The Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 Championship – The Legacy
Since the inception of Dynamo Pro Wrestling, fans had always asked for a second singles championship that could showcase the wide variety of styles and abilities in Dynamo Pro Wrestling. The wrestlers wished that there could be a championship that they could work for and, one day, would become “the stepping stone” to the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship. In the fall of 2015, Dynamo Pro Wrestling management held several days of meetings to discuss what the year 2016 would hold for the promotion. The overwhelming decision was the inception of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship.
Now that the idea had been decided upon, Dynamo Pro Wrestling wanted to find a way to acknowledge the outstanding abilities of as many competitors as possible in the process of crowning the first Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. The decision was made to hold three six-way scramble qualifying matches to determine the three finalists. The competitors that were chosen to compete read like an “all-star” team of Dynamo Pro Wrestling history
“The Valedictorian” Keon Option
“The Alternative” Ozzie Gallagher
“The Millennial” Danny Adams
“The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga
“The Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal
“The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs
“Young and Dangerous” Evan Morris
Starting on October 3rd, 2015, the six-way scramble matches were held at The Stratford Bar and Grill in Fenton, Missouri.
By January 2016, the field of eighteen competitors was down to the three finalists…Jayden Fenix, “The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga, and Outtkast.
On February 6th, 2016, the stage was set to once again create Dynamo Pro Wrestling history.
To increase the importance of this historic night, long-time St. Louis professional wrestling personality Brian Stull was in attendance to present the brand-new championship to the winner of the match.
For nearly thirteen minutes, all three men fought valiantly to become the champion.
Yet, when the smoke settled and the match was over, it was Outtkast who walked out of The Stratford Bar and Grill as the inaugural Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion.
Upon winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship, Outtkast openly stated that he wanted to face everyone in defense of his newly-won championship. Outtkast’s reputation inside the Dynamo Pro Wrestling locker made him an extremely tough champion. He was so adept at a wide variety of professional wrestling styles that a wrestler would never know what move Outtkast would pull out of his arsenal next.
Over the next 196 days, Outtkast lived up to his statement, defending his D-1 championship against the challenges of Jayden Fenix, “DirdEY” Jake Dirden, “The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga, Jayson Khaos, Kevin Lee Davidson, Brandon Espinosa, Kiyoshi Shizuka, and “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz. At NatsuCon on July 22nd, 2016 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Illinois, Outtkast was successful in his ninth defense of the D-1 championship in a hard-fought victory over Jesus Bryce.
Moments after his victory, Outtkast had to prepare for his tenth defense of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship. Outtkast agreed to defend his championship…against his own Bum Rush Brothers tag team partner, “The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs!
Over the course of the next month, professional wrestling fans and wrestlers alike were amazed that the longest reigning tag team in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling would now be competing against each other for a singles championship in Dynamo Pro Wrestling.
On August 20th, 2016 at the Douglas Club in Wood River, Illinois, a standing room only crowd waited in anticipation for a landmark match in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling. As the match began, both Shorty Biggs and Outtkast showed why they belonged at the top of the list for the D-1 championship. For over sixteen minutes, both of these competitors fought with the heart and determination that the fans of Dynamo Pro Wrestling had grown to love about these two men.
At the end of the night, Dynamo Pro Wrestling had its second D-1 champion, as “The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs defeated Outtkast in the center of the ring.
Ever the humble competitor, Shorty Biggs offered Outtkast his contractual rematch on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at the Sports Academy in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Unfortunately, this would backfire on the new champion as he would lose the D-1 championship back to Outtkast in his first defense.
After regaining the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship, Outtkast returned to his role as the dominant champion, defending the championship against “The Filipino Warrior” Elvis Aliaga, Rocket Mapache, and “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze, Many people began to wonder if Outtkast would have another monumental reign as the D-1 champion. In early January 2017, Outtkast scheduled a meeting with Dynamo Pro Wrestling management.
He wanted to continue facing the best competition in the world. Dynamo Pro Wrestling management informed Outtkast that a contract request had been made for the D-1 championship…and they had quickly honored the request. Outtkast was signed to defend his championship against “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin!
As soon as the match was announced, tickets for this event instantly became the hottest thing in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling. The dedicated, focused, and dominant champion Outtkast defending his championship against a wrestler with a large amount of international experience in “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin.
Both men were extremely quiet going into this championship match-up. On February 25th, 2017, at Mineral Springs Mall in Alton, Illinois, another standing room only crowd saw an outstanding professional wrestling contest.
It was the classic match-up of the speed and aerial offense of the champion versus the powerful, high-impact, powerful style of the challenger.
Early in the match, Outtkast’s hit-and-run strategy worked well against his challenger. Yet, as soon as “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin caught Outtkast, it became extremely difficult to combat the power of the challenger.
After a rare mistake by Outtkast, he suffered some form of injury to his arm. Like a shark that smells blood, Elgin quickly focused his assault on the injured arm. A relentless attack on the injury led Elgin to showcase his underrated submission skills. After locking in a vicious Fujiwara armbar, Outtkast had no choice but to submit.
As the referee called for the bell, the future of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship would now be determined by “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin!
In May 2017, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin looked dominant in his first defense of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship, defeating “The Lone Star” Curt Stallion. Many professional wrestling fans wondered if anyone could take the championship from Elgin. In late October 2017, Dynamo Pro Wrestling management was made aware by representatives for “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin that, due to numerous international wrestling commitments, Elgin would have no choice but to relinquish the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship. The year 2018 would lead to a resurgence of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship.
JANUARY 1ST, 2018
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DYNAMO PRO WRESTLING ADDRESSES D-1 CHAMPIONSHIP SITUATION
In late October 2017, due to his numerous international wrestling commitments, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin relinquished the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 Championship. After much discussion, Dynamo Pro Wrestling management chose to begin the process of crowning a new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. Over the course of the next three Dynamo Pro Wrestling events, six qualifying matches will be held. The winners of these qualifying matches will compete in a future six man scramble ladder match for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 Championship.
In the first three months of 2018, Dynamo Pro Wrestling made the decision to hold six qualifying matches.
The winners of each match would then participate in the first-ever six man ladder match in Dynamo Pro Wrestling history for the vacant D-1 championship.
Once again, the list of those individuals that wanted to compete for the coveted six spots in the ladder match were quite impressive. In the days leading up to the April 21st, 2018 D-1 championship ladder match, Brandon Espinosa had earned the opportunity to challenge for the D-1 championship, but was unable to compete.
In the first match of the evening, “The Mercenary” Graham Bell won a triple threat match to take Espinosa’s vacated spot in the match. In one of the most brutal matches in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling, it was a familiar face that would wind up walking out of the Concordia Turners Gymnasium as the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion.
Jayden Dominic Rose, who was a finalist in the inaugural D-1 championship match more than two years earlier, took advantage of the situation that was presented to him and accomplished his dream of becoming a singles champion in Dynamo Pro Wrestling.
At Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “Heat of the Moment” event, the night started with one major problem…Mike Outlaw was nowhere to be found. As the evening moved along, the rumblings from the crowd began to get louder. What had happened to Mike Outlaw?
As match time drew near, there was still no sign of the challenger. Jayden Dominic Rose smugly walked to the ring, stated the obvious fact that Mike Outlaw was not at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, and that Outlaw should be counted out.
Out of nowhere, Mike Outlaw enters through the front door in his street clothes and began to chase Rose around the ringside area. As soon as both men were in the ring, the referee called for the bell for the match to begin.
Rose, always one to have multiple schemes brewing, quickly hit Outlaw with a chair, ending the match by disqualification. It was then everyone realized how far Rose had gone to ensure his victory.
According to Mike Outlaw, someone had taken the time to flatten all four of the tires on his car. In his weakened state, Mike Outlaw challenged the champion to once again enter the ring and defend his D-1 championship in a no-disqualification match. Sensing a golden opportunity to continue his assault on the challenger with his trusty steel chair, Rose quickly agreed to the match.
Less than two minutes later, Mike Outlaw had used the steel chair to stun the champion, climbed the ropes, delivered his “High Noon” elbow drop, and won the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship.
Mike Outlaw knew the honor and reputation that the D-1 championship had in Dynamo Pro Wrestling. He wanted to add his name to the legacy of the championship. Outlaw was also in a unique situation, having won his opening round match in the 2018 RIOT on the River tournament again Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champion Viktor von Stein. As Outlaw began his championship reign, he knew that challengers would be looking for him, but he could never have expected the challengers that he would see.
Returning to The Loading Dock Bar and Grill on August 3rd, 2018, Mike Outlaw continued his momentum by defeating Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champion tag team champion Xavier Shadowz in the quarterfinals. Two weeks later, at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, Mike Outlaw faced “The Hybrid Ace” Jon Webb in a match where both Outlaw’s Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship and Webb’s Italian Wrestling Association championships were on the line. Near the end of the match, both Outlaw and Webb had to deal with a familiar foe that had returned to Dynamo Pro Wrestling, “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz.
Once Outlaw recovered from Cruz’s attack, he returned to continue building his legacy as the D-1 champion. On September 7th, Mike Outlaw successfully defended his D-1 championship against former Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champion Jack Gamble in Columbia, Missouri. Many fans believed that this win would give Outlaw all of the momentum that he needed to win the 2018 RIOT on the River tournament seven days later. In the tournament semi-finals, Mike Outlaw was taken to the limit by the hometown hero, “Mr. Extraordinary” Benjamin Trust. After securing the victory, most fans thought that it was academic that the reigning D-1 champion would defeat his challenger in the tournament finals, The Snitch, and win the 2018 RIOT on the River tournament. In one on the most shocking events in Dynamo Pro Wrestling history, The Snitch silenced the critics by defeating Mike Outlaw to win the tournament. In addition, The Snitch was also able to injure Mike Outlaw’s ankle during the match as well.
With all of the chaos going on around Mike Outlaw, he still found a way to persevere and retain the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship. Victories over “The Heartthrob” Jaden, C.J. Shine, and Outtkast proved that Mike Outlaw was a respected competitor inside the ring and a fighting champion. As Mike Outlaw entered 2019, many fans believed that it was only a matter of time before the reigning D-1 champion would have to be considered for a chance at the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight championship. However, a non-title triple threat loss to “Mr. Excitement” Christopher Adams on January 26th, 2019 put those aspirations on hold. On March 23rd in DeSoto, Missouri, Outlaw proved why he was the rightful Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion, defeating “Mr. Excitement” Christopher Adams in the center of the ring. Adding in successful championship defenses over “The Millennial” Danny Adams and Camaro Jackson, Mike Outlaw proved that he was ready for any challenge as Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion.
For the past several years, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has been a integral part of the St. Louis Cinco de Mayo Festival. As fun as this event is for the fans, it is always a challenging day for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling roster.
Early in the day, Mike Outlaw successfully defended the D-1 championship against the challenge of Shiroi Senshi. After the match, Outlaw was attacked by Tony Esteem. To prevent further injury to the champion, “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz evened up the odds and sent Senshi and Esteem on their way. Cruz and Outlaw then challenged the team of Senshi and Esteem to a match later in the day.
A miscommunication between Cruz and Outlaw led to their loss in the tag team match. At this point, the animosity boiled over. Cruz challenged Outlaw to a match for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship.
Despite already wrestling two matches that day, Outlaw accepted Cruz’s challenge. The two men fought like warriors in the main event. At the end of the day, Ricky Cruz proved that he was the better man, defeating Mike Outlaw, winning the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship, and became the first “triple crown” champion in Dynamo Pro Wrestling history.
As the championship reign of “The King of Chaos” began, Ricky Cruz showed why he was one of the most dominant champions in the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling with victories over “The Valedictorian” Keon Option and Camaro Jackson. On July 27th, 2019, Mike Outlaw made a huge statement at the expense of both “The King of Chaos” and C.J. Shine, defeating them in a non-title triple threat match.
With another match with Outlaw potentially on the horizon, Ricky Cruz successfully defended his D-1 championship against C.J. Shine on August 31st and against Ace Hawkins on October 26th, both at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium.
The fans of Dynamo Pro Wrestling were wanting Ricky Cruz to show his excellence in the ring. Jayden Dominic Rose complained to Dynamo Pro Wrestling management, demanding the contractual rematch that he “claimed” he never received after losing the D-1 championship to Mike Outlaw.
Ricky Cruz was more than willing to give Rose his opportunity, “The King of Chaos” also wanted to give an opportunity to a competitor that was quickly gaining support from the Dynamo Pro Wrestling fans, Camaro Jackson. Dynamo Pro Wrestling management agreed with the champion and signed a triple threat match for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship for “Thanksgiving SLAM!”.
On November 30th, 2019, “The King of Chaos” was at the top of his game. He seemed to have the perfect balance of skill, knowledge, and confidence entering the championship match. Jayden Dominic Rose was extremely vocal about the match, stating that he was the ‘face of the D-1 championship”. Camaro Jackson on the other hand, was excited, but quiet. He knew that Ricky Cruz had defeated him on several prior occasions.
He knew that the champion himself said “Camaro Jackson has all the potential to be a champion”. Jackson knew that another loss could be his last opportunity at a Dynamo Pro championship for a long time. He had to find a way to win the D-1 championship. There was no other option.
There was something in the air at “Thanksgiving SLAM!”. The energy was at an all-time high at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium. The fans knew that the night would be memorable. The D-1 championship match did not disappoint on this night. After ten minutes of grueling action, “The King of Chaos” made a tactical mistake.
Jayden Dominic Rose capitalized, driving both of his knees into Cruz’s face, taking him out of the picture. As Rose celebrated his success, he took his focus off of his other challenger. Camaro Jackson saw his chance. He picked up Rose and hit his swinging sit-out slam.
Three seconds later, the bell rings and Camaro Jackson became the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion.
Even though he was angry that he lost his championship without being pinned, Ricky Cruz congratulated the new champion in the ring.
The new champion was full of energy and excitement after winning the championship. Yet, he remembered a favor that he asked for early in his career. Camaro Jackson had asked another member of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling roster, “The Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal, to help him along the way in becoming a professional wrestler.
Jackson also did his research. He noticed that, even though he had competed in many countries, Sydal had never received a championship opportunity in Dynamo Pro Wrestling. Camaro Jackson asked that Dynamo Pro Wrestling allow his first D-1 championship defense to be against his friend “The Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal.
At Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “New Year’s Brawl”, Camaro Jackson defeated "The Yoga Monster" Mike Sydal to retain the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship in a memorable matchup. After the match, many people saw that the new champion was extremely respectful of his long-time friend, shaking his hand and offering Sydal the opportunity to compete against him again in the future.
To Camaro Jackson, he wanted to be the champion that everyone was talking about. He also wanted to show that he deserved to be a champion in Dynamo Pro Wrestling. Once again, Camaro Jackson looked into the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling. In a move that had only been done one other time in the four year history of the D-1 championship, Camaro Jackson challenged the Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion to a “Braggin’ Rights” match at “Jams and Slams” on February 1st, 2020.
As the name of the match implied, both men agreed that neither championship would be on the line in this match. This match would be about competition and who was the better competitor on that night.
For over eleven minutes, the two champions fought in a manner that showed why they were the top two competitors in Dynamo Pro Wrestling. When the match was over, Camaro Jackson stood tall as the winner of the “Braggin’ Rights” match.
As the history of Dynamo Pro Wrestling has been written, many people have said that the inception of the D-1 championship was one of the most memorable events in the history of the promotion.
The Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship has cemented itself as one of the most prestigious championships not just in Dynamo Pro Wrestling, but around the world. Looking at the history of the D-1 championship, everyone needs to “expect the unexpected” when it comes to this championship.
At any time, there are countless professional wrestlers wanting their chance to gain this important championship.
Only time will tell what the future holds for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 championship.