Wrestling fans wel­come Nash at event

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

MCW Pro Wrestling ac­tion re­turned to Wal­dorf on Nov. 11 for the Au­tumn Ar­maged­don Tour, a live wrestling match held at Unique Sports Acad­emy that brought ex­cited fans out to see wrestling leg­end Kevin Nash as well as a Wal­dorf street fight match that did not dis­ap­point.

“We’ve been do­ing this for two years now and ev- ery time it’s get­ting big­ger and big­ger,” said Ni­cholas An­thony, coach at Unique Sports Acad­emy. “Kev- in Nash is a leg­end from when I saw him as a lit­tle kid and now kids today get to see him. He was the lon- gest reign­ing cham­pion of the ’90s, and I think him com­ing here means a lot to the kids. Show­ing the kids that this is wrestling’s past and them see­ing the upand-com­ing stars. When you watch the big pro­grams on tele­vi­sion now, some of those stars start- ed off here with MCW. It’s nice to see them at the bot- tom and work their way up to the top.”

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mar­i­lyn Boswell had Nash, Lio Rush from Ring of Honor and Bran­don Scott from MCW sign a cast on her arm.

“It was ab­so­lutely amaz- ing meet­ing [Nash],” Boswell said. “I got him to sign my cast so that I can al­ways have it, for­ever and ever. I’ve al­ways loved him through­out his whole ca­reer, even in ‘Magic Mike.’ He’s such a won­der­ful per­son and he’s so sweet. We’ve met a lot of celebri­ties through MCW, but he is by far the most amaz­ing.”

It turns out the en­tire Boswell fam­ily are wrestling fans and they travel to all of the MCW Pro Wrestling events.

“It’s an honor see­ing him [Nash] come to Wal­dorf,” said her daugh­ter, Bri­anna Boswell, 18.

Alexis Boswell, 14, said she was blush­ing and al- most speech­less when she met her fa­vorite wrestler, Lio Rush.

Brent Boswell Sr. and Brent Boswell Jr. said Nash is “a leg­end,” and they love that MCW Pro Wrestling doesn’t charge an arm and a leg to meet him.

WWE Hall of Famer Nash ad­dressed the crowd and thanked ev­ery­one for com­ing to the event.

“This is my first year of re­tire­ment and with­out a wrestling match,” Nash said. “I made my mind up that Jan. 1 was go­ing to be the end. I’m pretty beat up, but my body is feel­ing bet­ter.”

Many know Nash from his wrestling ca­reer with WCW (World Champi- on­ship Wrestling), TNA (To­tal Non­stop Ac­tion Wrestling) and the WWF (World Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion), win­ning 21 champi- on­ships in to­tal. He is also one of the three found­ing mem­bers of the New World Order (NWO), along with Hulk Ho­gan and Scott Hall. Nash is also known for his act­ing roles in “Magic Mike,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “The Long­est Yard” and “John Wick.”

“When you’re go­ing from town to town, do­ing 300 towns a year, you don’t have much fan in­terac- tion,” Nash said. “Now this past year I’ve done a lot of sign­ings and ap­pear­ances and it’s nice to know that all of the 27 years that I’ve been in the in­dus­try have been ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Nash has a one-of-a-kind per­son­al­ity that en­dears him to his fans. The Detroit na­tive played bas­ket- ball in Europe and lived over­seas for four years. He served his coun­try by en­list­ing in the 202nd Mil­i­tary Po­lice Com­pany in Germany be­fore be­gin- ning his wrestling ca­reer. Lately, Nash has been keep­ing busy wth his act- ing ca­reer.

“I just shot a hor­ror film called ‘An­ders Manor’ and I’ve got a thriller movie called ‘The Bend’ that I’ll be shoot­ing prob­a­bly in about a month and half,” Nash said. “I’m out ev­ery week­end at a con­ven­tion or a sign­ing. I’m used to be­ing on the road, so I feel stir crazy if I’m home for too long.”

Nash said MCW does a re­ally good job of bring­ing wrestling en­ter­tain­ment to the fans and giv­ing wrestlers a start on their ca­reers. He said it’s al­ways a big crowd at an MCW event, and it’s a well-run in­de­pen­dent pro­mo­tion.

“I’ve seen so many tal­ented guys at this level that couldn’t make that next step,” Nash said. “They get ca­reer-end­ing in­juries. These new wrestlers should not take their body for granted.”

It was a night of great MCW match-ups for wrestling fans in Wal­dorf. The show be­gan with a pre-show match be­tween Chuck Len­nox, who pinned Mal­colm Moses. Win­ners of the night in­cluded Dante Ca­ballero, The Hell­cats, Bran­don Scott, Mack But­ler, Isa­iah Fra­zier, MCW Rage TV cham­pion Ken Dixon and Brit­tany Blake.

Some of the main card matches that night in­cluded MCW Tag Team cham­pi­ons The Eck­tourage re­tained over Bruiser and Rayo, leav­ing Rayo in­jured. The Dixon Line de­feated Ja­son Kin­caid and Lio Rush, and in a Wal­dorf street fight where any­thing goes, cham­pion Drolix re­tained over Sean Studd for the MCW Pro Wrestling Heavy­weight Ti­tle. Af­ter a night of in­tense matches, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Lio Rush and con­grat­u­lated him on his suc­cess.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash meets Perry Hall res­i­dents Xan­der Meyer, 6, son of MCW’s Bruiser, and Sam Di­cello, 10, along with Bal­ti­more res­i­dent Ken­dall Faulkner, 5, son of MCW’s Drolix, while at Au­tumn Ar­maged­don in Wal­dorf on Nov. 11.

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