Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In 2007, the AWA Championship was defended in Fairfield, Maine in a fantastic bout.

Steve Corino was set to come to Fairfield, Maine to defend the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and it was generating a lot of buzz. The match was being billed as the "first" time the AWA Championship has ever been defended in Maine. That statement is not entirely true for various reasons however we will discuss this in a later post. As for right now, let's take a trip to 2007 and check out an article promoting this great bout.
From the Morning Sentinel newspaper, Waterville, Maine 
FAIRFIELD -- Twenty-one year old wrestler Cameron Mathews of Winslow finally gets a shot at the American Wrestling Association title this coming week. Mathews, who wrestled for Mt. View High School in Thorndike, goes up against AWA World Heavyweight Champion -- "The King of the Old School" -- Steve Corino at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Community Center. 
It is being billed as the kid against the champ, and it is the first AWA heavyweight title match ever to be held in Maine. "The kid is like Rocky vs. Apollo Creed," said promoter Sonny Roselli of Dexter. "I think the kid might have what it takes to pull this one out. We haven't been to the central Maine area since September, and it's going to be one heck of a night. All the titles will be on the line. All new champs -- and maybe a new world champ?" Mathews, whose real name is Luke Robert, is the kid, the challenger, the contender. Corino is the veteran with several wrestling titles to his credit. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a card of six wrestling matches. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for children and $9 for adults in advance at Joseph's Clothing on Main Street in Fairfield. Tickets are $9 and $11 at the door. "Ever since I was born, my uncle would sit me on his lap and we used to watch wrestling," Mathews said. "When I was about 12, I was like, 'This is something I really, really want to do.' And luckily, a year or two later, a school opened in Bangor." The Unity native and one-time cruiser weight champion (170 pounds and under) said he would drive an hour to classes at Rampage Pro Wrestling in Bangor with a family member every day, five days a week until he felt he could handle himself in the ring. "I learned the basics, how to fall, how to protect yourself, the moves you see on TV," Mathews said. "I trained about six months before my first match. I had just turned 15." 
His first match was a memorable one. "I was in Bangor, Maine, in a 30-man battle royal -- I got thrown out three times -- you have to go over the top rope to get eliminated from the match," Mathews said. He said he has been injured, but not too seriously -- a bulging disk in his neck -- but a friend of his broke his neck in the ring and was in the hospital for two months. Mathews said he continued to wrestle through his teens, getting more matches every year -- and getting beaten up every year -- until he turned 18 and started getting serious about his training. He said he studied under World Wrestling Entertainment professionals to sharpen his game. Mathews trained in Philadelphia, Houston and Nova Scotia and Vancouver, Canada, where he learned the finer points, such as the pile driver and the moonsault. "Off the top rope I do a back flip, it's called the moonsault," he said. "It's just a back flip. I also do a pile driver." Mathews said in a pile driver, he puts the challenger's head between his legs and raises him up him and then jumps, landing hard on his rear end. "The pile driver is probably one of the most dangerous moves," he confided. "So if you don't know what you're doing, you can get really hurt." Mathews said the matches are manipulated to a certain degree by promoters to maintain maximum excitement for the audience, but the moves inside the ring are real and the wrestlers really get hit. "There is contact, it's not as fake as people seem to think," He said. "You're landing on him, but you're not trying to kill him. There's real grudges out there." Since becoming a professional at age 15, Mathews has had 375-400 matches. His first victory came in his fifth match against a wrestler called Rain, in Howland at Penobscot Valley High School. He now weighs in at 165-175, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and gets paid $50-$70 per bout. Mathews works for Community Correctional Alternatives, a program for ex-prison and jail inmates on College Avenue in Waterville. Sonny Roselli, the promoter, said he has been in wrestling for seven years, from Nova Scotia to Tennessee. "I wrestled twice for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, which is a big wrestling company that has a TV show on the Spike TV network," he said. "I'm a heavyweight and have been champ several times." New Wrestling Horizons is the world sanctioning body for this event, he said. The American Wrestling Association has been around since 1960, he said, and has produced some of the biggest stars of wrestling. Hulk Hogan got his start in the AWA. As for predictions for the big match between the kid and the champ from Philadelphia, who is a veteran of WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling, Roselli had only one answer. "It'll be one great night of family entertainment," he said. 
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This article was originally published on 02/19/2007. Below you can view the bout itself. Enjoy the footage and remember to subscribe to us on YouTube!

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Rhythm & Blues" will be at the Bangor Comic Con

Former WWE Superstars "The Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time" Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine with be at the Bangor Comic & Toy Con '17 to meet fans

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jim Londos Makes his Maine Debut, 1932

This article from April 4, 1932 announces the Maine debut of "The Golden Greek" Jim Londos. Jim Londos was recognized as the first official champion

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gabe Sapolsky Talks about the Indy Scene

"Some people look down on independent wrestling. Some people say independent wrestling is better than WWE. I'm a little tired of all of this. There are independent
wrestlers and promotions that suck. There are some that are total amateur hour. However, there are many that are the lifeblood

This years Al Biondi Memorial Tournament Winner: Rick Daniels

A fine display of sportsmanship
from Rick Daniels & Andy McKenzie 
Thank you to everyone who came out last Friday for the 5th Annual Al Biondi Memorial Tournament! It was great to see so many new faces there and Al would be proud to know that his friend, Rick Daniels, was this years winner! Next up for Central Maine is Pro Wrestling Experience on July 2nd at Halifax Park in Winslow. This is a free show so bring everyone you know. On July 6 in Fairfield, Wrestling is Awesome teams up with Independent Wrestling Entertainment. Again, thank you all for supporting independent wrestling in our great state!
The Finalist in the 5th Annual Al
Biondi Memorial Tournament 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mission Statement & Current Goals

For those who may have just stumbled upon this website, I would just like to give you a brief overview of who we are and what are current goals are.

The mission of Maine Professional Wrestling Preservation Project is to preserve and promote the dignified history of professional wrestling in the State of Maine. Our purpose is to enshrine and pay tribute to professional wrestlers who have advanced the sport in our state in terms of athletics and entertainment. In doing so we will acquire and maintain records, memorabilia, and artifacts related to Maine professional wrestling. The Maine Professional Wrestling Preservation Project will advance the legacy of the sport of professional wrestling, and give due credit and commemoration to those who have contributed to its greatness.

Current Goals:

  • Compile a database of past results from professional wrestling shows in the state of Maine
  • Acquire a extensiveness collection of memorabilia from Maine's professional wrestling past
  • Establish a Maine Professional Wrestling Legacy List
  • Organize our resources to form a physical exhibit