Merger adds to the KC-St. Louis Sports Rivalry: Pro Wrestling

Dakota Draper & Major Baisden

Dakota Draper & Major Baisden

Oct 31, 2016, 2:55pm CDT
Kansas City Business Journal

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) acquired the assets of Kansas City-based Metro Pro Wrestling to create a rivalry with a similar group it’s creating in St. Louis.

Terms were not disclosed. Metro Pro Wrestling founder Chris Gough, a former WWE Smackdown writer, will join NWL KC as the promotion’s general manager. He will oversee creative and talent relations.

“For the last five years, Metro Pro has been synonymous with professional wrestling in Kansas City,” NWL President Major Baisden said in a release. “Much of Metro’s success can be attributed to Mr. Gough, who has proven himself to be one of the most creative minds in the wrestling business. The acquisition is the perfect fit as NWL KC prepares to launch its promotion and build upon Metro Pro’s foundation of loyal fans.”

Founded by Baisden in July, NWL has been creating an organization that taps into professional wrestling’s historical roots, fueled by rivalries among wrestling groups in different cities.The ultimate goal is to create additional dual-city rivalries nationwide.

The Royal Bloods

The Royal Bloods

Metro Pro was founded in 2010 as the first professional wrestling organization based in the Kansas City area to do monthly shows in 25 years. It broadcasts a one-hour TV series at 11 p.m. every Saturday on Time Warner Cable’s SportsChannel in Kansas City.

The newly merged organizations finalized an agreement with the Scottish Rite Temple in midtown Kansas City to serve as the official site for its slate of 2017 live shows, which will start Jan. 7.

“This historic venue will help provide the perfect atmosphere for fans looking for a rowdy, communal sports experience like no other,” Gough said in the release.

Before merging with Metro Pro Wrestling, NWL KC signed a multiyear deal with Sam Udell, a nationally acclaimed professional wrestler from Denver who will compete in the NWL as Dakota Draper. The NWL also signed twins Logan and Sterling Riegel of Lee’s Summit to multiyear contracts, who will compete under the names Jet and Jax Royal, with the pair being known as Royal Blood.

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