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Forest Lake September30 2017(1)

Saturday September 30th American Legion Forest Lake MN 8pm – Story vs Bandit: The Rematch.  JD Bandit gets his long awaited rematch at Scott Story and the MIW Championship after being fired from Pete Huge in March.   Also Chadwick Wentworth III vs Mitch Paradse and Arik Cannon vs Ryan Cruz










Saturday October 14th, American Legion Chanhassen MN 8pm – “The Big Return

Scheduled for this card:  Genuine Article Chris Jordan vs Anarchist Arik Cannon

AND the return of a former MIW Champion.








Saturday October 28th American Legion Forest Lake MN 8pm

Friday November 10th John p Murzyn Hall, Columbia Heights MN: LION Open-Weight Champion “Mr Entertainment” Ty Cooper defends against Ryan Cruz. and the MIW Debut of Sleepover vs The Black Plague

Saturday November 25th American Legion Forest Lake MN 8pm

Saturday December 2nd American Legion Chanhassen MN 8pm

Saturday January 20th American Legion Chanhassen MN 8pm

Saturday February 24th Murzyn Hall Columbia Heights MN 8pm

Saturday March 3rd American Legion Chanhassen MN 8pm

Saturday April 14th American Legion Chanhassen MN 8pm

Saturday April 28th Holy Nativity Lutheran Church New Hope MN 6pm


Event Review: MS Benefit

The MS Wellness Society of Minnesota brought MIW to Ham Lake for their third annual benefit event.  This was the biggest event we’ve had with the MS Wellness Society yet.

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Riley Jackson made his MIW debut against the Super Lover.  This is Jackson’s first match since attending “The Academy” pro wrestling school.  Jackson was able to catch the Super Lover with a sunset flip and secure a victory in his first match.



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“Rising Star” Shane Lockhart made his return to MIW after a two hear hiatus to take on the wildly popular El Bano.  Shane felt right at home in an MIW ring, but El Bano once again wowed the MIW fans and scored the big splash and the victory.



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California wrestler Lockjaw made his debut appearance in MIW vs Mr Entertainment Ty Cooper. LockJaw grew up in Minnesota, but has never had the opportunity to wrestle in his home state.  He spared no time in ridiculing the MIW fans by telling them he was glad he moved away from MIW.  Ty Cooper came out to defend the honor of Minnesota.  The two clashed in a battle of bulls, but Ty Cooper came out victorious

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Chris Corday made his MIW debut.  This young talent is a real up and coming sensation in the midwest both as a singles competitor and a tag team wrestler.  Officer Rob Justice was more than willing to test the youngster and see what he can do on an MIW roster.  Corday really impressed the MIW faithful with his size, look, and speed, but it was Officer Rob Justice who was able to utilize his night stick in controversial fashion and win the match.

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MIW main-stay, former champion, Chris Jordan took on rookie Tomahawk kid.  Tomahawk kid has turned heads in the state of MN since his debut late last year, so much so that Jordan requested the match.  Tomahawk kid weathered an early onslaught from the veteran, and was able to turn the tables and batter Jordan on the ringside area.  Tomahawk kid allowed frustration to get the better of him and attempted to bring his war stick into the ring.  That gave Jordan the opportunity to take control and Jordan hit a brutal suicide dive to ultimately earn the hard-fought victory.

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In what was scheduled to be a monster tag-team match, Mitch Paradise found a last minute replacement partner in Chainsaw King.  MIW fans have been buzzing about King since he was announced, and a die-hard portion of the MIW faithful have been demanding King be brought to MIW for over a year.  Paradise and King at over 600lbs formed a formidable duo for the Black Plague.  Stonehenge Joseph Wayne and Heavy Metal Lore have both been staples of MIW cards for the last year, but this was their debut pairing within the organization.  The Black Plague has been terrorizing other federations throughout MN and MIW could no longer contain them as singles competitors.  The four men engaged in an epic slugfest and awesome displays of power. After a momentary miscue by Paradise and King, the Plague was able to capture King in a double chokeslam and win the match.  WATCH OUT FOR THE PLAGUE.

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In our main event, The Husky Heartthrob Kody Rice was finally granted the title match from Scott Story that he demanded back in May.  Story had an ace-up-his-sleeve and got Tom T Butterman appointed as the referee.  Butterman’s bias was not at all hidden as he skewed the match toward Scott Story.  Kody Rice ran into Butterman, causing him to get knocked out.  Referee Darin Davis came out to the ring and counted the three for Kody Rice to be the NEW MIW CHAMPION! However, Tom T Butterman disqualified Kody Rice for touching the referee, returning the title to Scott Story.

After the event, in a show of frustration, Kody Rice squashed Tom T Butterman in the corner with a Butter-roll.


Event Preview: Bandit v Story – The Rematch

Saturday September 30th | American Legion Forest Lake | 8PM

Forest Lake September30 2017(1).jpgMIW returns to the American Legion in Forest Lake for a rematch six months in the making.

Pete Huge and Scott Story thought they eliminated their biggest challenge when Pete Huge fired JD Bandit in March. But Terry Fox and JD Bandit had a trick up their sleeve and when Pete Huge missed yet another MIW event to be at his Mar-a-Lago vacation home, Fox made his move and reinstated JD Bandit.

Now Bandit and Story are set to meet for the Heavyweight Championship on SEPTEMBER 30th. Will this be the final Chapter for Scott Story?

Scott Story is Ready for JD Bandit

Special Challenge Match: Chadwick Wentworth III challenged Mitch Paradise to a match at this event after both men were successful at the Parking Lot Brawl Event. Who will be MIW’s resident hass?

Hometown favorite Arik Cannon vs Ryan Cruz

and so much more. Doors at 7:00. $12.00 admission


Scott Story defeats JD Bandit for the MIW Championship: Huge Fires Bandit

Event Review: Parking Lot Brawl

The rain moved the planned outdoor event indoors, but the neither action nor the atmosphere was damped as the MIW faithful cheered on their favorites.

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To the surprise and delight of the fans the steel cage was already up when they entered the building and the crowd was buzzing for the match.   It was announced that Chris Jordan would not be at the event due to a family situation.  Ryan Cruz stormed out the ring and demanded competition.  MIW owner Terry Fox promised Cruz competition and brought back JD Bandit from his firing.  Fox declared that the winner of the cage match would get an opportunity to face Scott Story for the MIW Championship on September 30th.

JD Bandit showed early ring-rust, but showed the grit that made him a champion for nearly a whole year as he was able to defeat Ryan Cruz and become the #1 contender.

MIW debuted two new singles wrestlers at this Forest Lake card.  Both Tomahawk Kid and Cal Creed were impressive but both fell short in their debuts vs El Bano and Aiden Wake respectively.  Tomahawk Kid gets another opportunity in an MIW ring at our MS Wellness Event as he takes on former champion Chris Jordan.


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MIW’s heavy hitter, Chadwick Wentworth III made an appearance at this card to take on “Mr Entertainment” Ty Cooper.  Wentworth III has made himself into a feared and respected competitor over the last 15 years and his reputation, regionally, is often intimidating enough before he even steps in the ring.   Since winning the LION Open-Weight Championship, Ty Cooper has stepped his game up against a higher level of competition, his next step will be to start winning some matches against the bigger name opponents.   Ty Cooper put up an impressive fight, but the bigger, stronger, more experienced Chadwick Wentworth III was able to secure the victory.


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MIW’s two resident monsters Mitch Paradise and Stonehenge Joseph Wayne closed their ongoing rivalry with a brutal street fight.  Moving the action indoors didn’t stop the action from spilling all over the venue.  Seeing these gigantic men up close both delighted the MIW fans as well as had them scrambling out of the way.  Paradise withstood a barrage of attacks from Stonehenge including a kendo stick and garbage can, but once again, Mitch Paradise proved he was the top of the mountain in MIW when he defeated Stonehenge.   After the match, Chadwick Wentworth III challenged Paradise to a match on September 30th to see who rules the roost as the true big man of MIW.   Paradise agreed.   These two will first put those differences aside as they team up on September 9th to take on the Black Plague.

Event Preview: Beers and Body Slams Tour MS Wellness Benefit.

Saturday September 9th Ham Lake Lanes Special 5pm Start Time

MS Wellness Sep 6 2017[224]


Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, CWIII will not be available.  Ever the crafty veteran, Mitch Paradise has found Chainsaw King to fill in as his partner against the Black Plague.  King has left a path of destruction everywhere he goes and is licking his lips at the opportunity to bring that path of destruction to MIW.




MIW’s return to the Ham Lake Lanes for a special event to benefit the MS Wellness Society of Minnesota

Scheduled for this event is MIW’s BIGGEST match in History.  The Black Plague make their MIW debut against Mitch Paradise and Chainsaw King.  Will the MIW ring be able to handle over 1200 lbs of athlete?  Will the Black Plague bring their path of destruction to MIW?

After issuing a challenge to MIW Champion Scott Story at Beers and Body Slams: Grumpy’s event, the Husky Heartthrob Kody Rice will receive his opportunity at the MIW Championship.  Will Rice close the book on the champion’s reign, or become another chapter in the tale of defeat?

Husky Heartthrob Kody Rice Calls Out Scott Story

Also scheduled for the event

The returning Shimdog Shane Lockhart takes on Aiden Wake

The debuting LockJaw vs Mr Entertainment Ty Cooper

Tomahawk kid vs “Genuine Article” Chris Jordan

Officer Rob Justice vs El Bano

Tickets $15.oo. Event start time 5pm


Event Preview: Parking Lot Brawl

Forest-Lake-August-26-2017Saturday August 26th – SPECIAL START TIME 7pm

MIW brings its biggest card of the summer to the Forest Lake Legion for a special outdoor event.

STEEL CAGE: Genuine Article Chris Jordan vs Electric Ryan Cruz

Forest Lake Street Fight: Mitch Paradise vs Stonehenge Joseph Wayne

PLUS: The return of a former MIW Champion

Also scheduled:
Chadwick Wentworth III
The MIW debut of Cal Creed
The MIW debut of the Tomahawk Kid
The Forest Lake debut of “Downtown” Petey Brown
Mr Entertainment Ty Cooper
Aiden Wake
El Bano

Tickets $12.00
Special 7:00pm start time
Outdoor (rain covered) event

Event Review: Beers and Bodyslams Forest Lake

Forest-Lake2-July-1-2017The faithful fans of MIW kicked off their 4th of July festivities with some good old fashioned American style pro wrestling.  Minnesota Independent Wrestling’s athletes and wrestlers did not disappoint at our wildest outing yet of the summer.

In our opening contest, fan favorite Jake Savage defeated Wrestle Machine 804 to remain undefeated in his new run in MIW.

Former allies Ty Cooper and Stonehenge Joseph Wayne wrestled a powerful lumbering match.  Each man knew each other so well that holds and counter holds were hard to come by.  In the end, Ty Cooper was victorious and continues his hot streak in MIW.


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Electric Ryan Cruz enlisted the help of Manager Tom T Butterman for his contest against Butterman’s former charge, Aiden Wake.  The move paid off as Cruz was victorious over wake, extending his record in Forest Lake to 3-0.



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Nearly 15 years ago, Rob Justice was a student at MPW’s Maple Grove wrestling facility where a young Arik Cannon was an assistant trainer.  It was a great moment for long-time fans to see how far these two have come in their contest at Beers and Bodyslams.  Rob Justice pulled out all of his tricks (old and new) but in the end, Arik Cannon once again proved he was the teacher, as he taught Rob Justice a lesson in humility.  The Forest Lake faithful were delighted to see the hometown star, Arik Cannon, get back on his winning track in MIW.

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In a highly anticipated match, MIW newcomer Heavy Metal Lore, took on 20 year veteran Chadwick Wentworth III.  Both of these over 250lb men spilled their fight onto the floor and all over the Legion.  Lore finally caught CWIII in the black hole slam and scored a very impressive win over the veteran.


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In the main event of the evening, MIW President, “Playboy Pete” Huge, had an ace up his sleeve as he appointed Tom T Butterman as the special referee for the title match between Scott Story (c) and El Bano.  After Butterman let the match get out of hand, El Bano blind sided him.  This brought out referee Willie Mack to call the match down the middle.  El Bano landed the Bano Bomb Splash on Scott Story.  As Willie Mack neared the three-count, Tom T Butterman called for the bell and disqualified El Bano for putting his hands on the referee.  As Scott Story Escaped with the title, El Bano decked Butterman, and landed the Bano Bomb splash on him, leaving Butterman lying in a heap in the ring.

Event Preview: Beers and Bodyslams Tour – Rumble in the Cage

July 22nd | Inn Kahoots – Hamel MN | 6pm


Back for the third year, the Hamel Hawks baseball team has partnered with MIW for another outstanding event at Inn Kahoots.

Steel Cage Main Event – Mitch Paradise vs Heavy Metal Lore | Lore and Paradise have had their wars over the spring, will the steel cage be able to contain them?

Fan Capture: Paradise and Lore spill to the floor

Electric Ryan Cruz challenges Scott Story for the MIW Championship

Stonehenge Joseph Wayne vs Chris Jordan

Ty Cooper vs Giant Griffin

El Bano vs Leonard Literacy

Downtown Petey Brown vs Aiden Wake


Matches start at 6pm.  Tickets just $12.00

Event Preview: Beers and Bodyslams Tour – Forest Lake

Forest-Lake2-July-1-2017July 1st | 8pm| American Legion Forest Lake

Kick off your 4th  of July weekend with MIW action.  The American Legion in Forest Lake will host the mayhem on Saturday July 1st at 8pm.

MIW Champion Scott Story will defend the championship against El Bano

Forest Lakes own “Anarchist” Arik Cannon vs Officer Rob Justice

Heavy Metal Lore vs Chadwick Wentworth III

Jake Savage back by popular demand

Stonehenge Joseph Wayne, Aiden Wake, Electric Ryan Cruz, and Mr Entertainment Ty Cooper all in action as well

Doors at 7:00 Matches at 8:00.  Tickets $12.00 and Michelob Golden Light on special.

Make MIW part of your 4th of July Plans


Event Review: Season 10 at the Legion Finale

Minnesota Independent Wrestling said thank you and goodbye to the American Legion in Chanhassen until Fall.  The 10th season ended with a bang, as Tom T Butterman and his associates seemingly disbanded after nearly three-years on top of MIW, at one time holding all the available championships.

Our photographer was not available for this event, so please enjoy our hard-cam captured matches.  As always, you can see all of MIW’s matches at our YouTube channel.

The night was scheduled to begin with Chadwick Wentworth III vs Air Wolf, however a scheduling conflict caused Wentworth to cancel on the event.  Mitch Paradise took it upon himself to challenge Air Wolf.  Even though giving up a massive size and experience advantage, Air Wolf was able to rally with the support of the fans and somehow snatch victory.

Air Wolf Steals a Victory from Paradise

Tom T Butterman, James Dawson, Aiden Wake, and Stonehenge Joseph Wayne made their way to the ring to bring out Ty Cooper and tried to force him to apologize for leaving their group.  Cooper refused and  Chris Jordan and El Bano came out as backup for Cooper.  This led to Chris Jordan going one-on-one with Stonehenge.  Jordan took a severe beating in this matchup.  A glimmer of hope appeared when he low-bridged the top rope and sent Stonehenge spilling to the floor.  Jordan tried to use this momentum to swing the match, but Aiden Wake came out and cost Chris Jordan the victory by count-out

Stonehenge with a Count-Out Victory Over Chris Jordan

MIW President, Playboy Pete Huge, came out to address the crowd and take full credit for the last 10 years of MIW at the Legion.  He then brought out the MIW Champion, Scott Story, and informed Story and the MIW faithful that he could not find a suitable challenger for the title and that Story would have the night off.  This brought out Heavy Metal Lore who hijacked the show until he was declared the challenger.   American Legion GM Paul Shellum stepped in and said that if Huge couldn’t deliver a title match, he may have to find a different wrestling promotion for his 11th Season.  Huge acquiesced and made the title match for later that evening:  Heavy Metal Lore v Scott Story

“Miami Money” Aiden Wake w/ Tom T Butterman took on Chanhassen favorite, El Bano.  Bano had the match well in hand when Stonehenge appeared from the back to return the favor to Wake from earlier in the evening.  When Butterman had the referee distracted, Stonehenge was able to chokeslam Bano, allowing Wake to get the tainted victory.

Miami Money Aiden Wake Steals a Victory from El Bano

James Dawson and Ty Cooper broke into MIW together.  They met at Terry Fox’s wrestling school where they learned the ropes with one another.  They struggled and toiled separately for two years until teaming up in 2015.  That teamwork, helped James Dawson to become the youngest MIW champion in history.  This was not a partnership built on friendship or respect, this was a partnership built on opportunity, and when James Dawson felt he no longer had a use for Ty Cooper, he kicked him to the side.  Ironically, Cooper would go on to win championship gold after the split, but none the less, the bad blood was already brewing.

James Dawson w/ Tom T Butterman vs Mr Entertainment Ty Cooper was a scheduled grudge match.  The two went back and forth with all the venom an athlete can muster against someone one who used to be on the same team. Years of pent-up frustration and anger boiled over.  Cooper seemed to have the match in hand, when once again, Aiden Wake and Stonehenge interfered, causing a disqualification.  Jordan and El Bano returned to the ring to the aide of Cooper and challenged Dawson, Wake, and Stonehenge to a six-man tag match for that evening. Tom T Butterman hastily accepted.

In our Main-Event of the evening, MIW Champion Scott Story retained his title over Heavy Metal Lore via Disqualification.  MIW President Playboy Pete Huge had a trick up his sleeve and employed well known crooked-referee, and former Junk Squad manager, Rob Page to be the referee for the evening.  Even with the deck stacked against him, the giant Lore nearly had the match won.  After hitting his black-hole-slam on Story, a mysterious man in a Russian mask assaulted Lore with the chair, right in front of Rob Page.  This left Page no choice but to award Lore the match by disqualification, allowing Scott Story to retain the title.  MIW president Pete Huge continues to deny any knowledge of masked Russian interference.

Heavy Metal Lore with the Victory by Disqualification Over Scott Story

In a bonus match of the evening, James Dawson, “Miami Money” Aiden Wake, and “Stonehenge” Joseph Wayne w/ Tom T Butterman vs “Genuine Article” Chris Jordan, “Mr Entertainment” Ty Cooper and El Bano in a six man tag.  The match started off wild as all six men brawled all over the Legion Hall.  Finally settling down, Butterman’s team was able to isolate the smallest member of the other team, Chris Jordan and start to try and break him down.  Aiden Wake spent a little too much time on the top rope, allowing Chris Jordan to hit a superplex out of desperation, and allowing Jordan to tag Ty Cooper.  Once again the  action spilled to the floor, where El Bano sent Stonehenge crashing through a table.  This allowed Ty Cooper to hit James Dawson with the power glove, and secure the victory.  After the match, a years worth of frustration finally blew, as Tom T Butterman’s team finally disintegrated.

Tom T Butterman and Associates Implode

Whats next for Tom T Butterman?

Be sure to join MIW for our Beers and Bodyslams Tour, all summer long.

Event Preview: Beers and Bodyslams: Free Event

Saturday June 10th: Grumpy’s Bar and Grill in Roseville to host the stars of MIW for a special FREE EVENT.

This is your chance to introduce someone to local independent wrestling. Bring your friends, spread the word, join us at this 4pm start time.

Grumpy's June 10 2017Steel Cage Main Event
Two MIW Monsters locked in the cage
Mitch Paradise Vs Heavy Metal Lore

MIW Championship Match

Electric Ryan Cruz challenges Scott Story for the MIW Championship

Chris Jordan Vs Stonehenge Joseph Wayne
Ty Cooper vs Aiden Wake
“Husky Heart Throb” Cody Rice vs Officer Rob Justice

Mitch Paradise with a Warning for Heavy Metal Lore

Mitch Paradise vs Heavy Metal Lore – March 25th