NEWS FROM THE PRIDE
MANTELL SHINES, PRESLEY FLIES
MAY 17, 2019 - MOONSHINE MANTELL walked in to Dripping Springs and faced his biggest championship challenge yet. He left still holding the Lions Pride Sports Title.
With The Brand’s creative producer, CHASE PARADISE, banned from ringside, Mantell went it alone against both the returning two-time Lions Pride Sports Champion MIKE DELL and former 360 Champion NATE JOLLY in a match made at the top of The Chute Out event by General Manager AARON PRESLEY.
Dell was returning after a five-month recovery from ACL surgery and looked better than ever. Jolly suffered a ruptured ear drum the previous month in a title match against Mantell, and came out fired up. Dell and Jolly teamed up at times against Moonshine, but all three men unleashed their trademark offense on each other. In the end, Dell landed his Dellbow drop onto Jolly, only for Mantell to sneak in, remove Dell from the ring and pin Jolly. Without help from The Brand, Moonshine solidified himself as The Pride’s top competitor.
Surprisingly, Presley was also in action, and the GM pulled off a death-defying move. Earlier in the evening, BRENT MCKENZIE answered The Dark Circus’s open challenge. STEWY THE CANNIBAL CLOWN was disqualified when THE RINGMASTER intervened in the match. Presley had apparently had enough of The Circus’s antics, and decided to take matters into his own hands, booking a no DQ tag match involving himself and McKenzie. The task seemed even more daunting, though, because of 500-pounds of THE MOUNTAIN under the mind control of The Ringmaster.
The violent encounter had a truly wild finish. Under orders from The Ringmaster, The Mountain provided a powder. Unfortunately for The Dark Circus, it went into Stewy’s face. The blinded clown goozled Ringmaster, chokeslammed him and made a cover on his own man. Presley fooled Stewy by slapping the mat three times. Still blinded and thinking he was the winner, Stewy celebrated his way into an End of the Line from McKenzie.
The Ringmaster was incapacitated and unable to give The Mountain orders, so the big man simply stood at ringside as a table and massive ladder were set up in the ring. In a throwback his only other match in The Pride, Presley ascended the ladder and crashed down on Stewy as he was sprawed unconscious on the table. A legitimate three count later, and The Dark Circus was silenced in Hays County as the crowd roared.
the brand retains, regains gold
APRIL 5, 2019 - By hook and by crook, The Brand not only held on to the Lions Pride Sports Championship in Downtown Bryan, but also gained the 360 Title.
At The Battle in Bryan, as expected, Lions Pride Sports Champion MOONSHINE MANTELL and challenger NATE JOLLY produced an epic, hard-hitting clash. Before the match, the referee ejected The Brand’s WILL ALLDAY and MAX CASTELLANOS from ringside, much to the dismay of Brand Creative Producer CHASE PARADISE. Mantell and Jolly battered and bruised each other in front of the packed Lions Den. Eventually, Allday and Castellanos would return, forcing the referee to reissue his ejection order. Paradise took advantage of the distraction, sliding the title to Mantell, who buried it into Jolly’s skull and picked up the 1-2-3.
Allday had lost the night’s opening contest to the rookie CADE CARSON, but he and Paradise promised to return. Sure enough, they showed themselves following 360 Champion BRENT MCKENZIE’S handicap match win over STEWY THE CANNIBAL CLOWN and THE RINGMASTER. The Dark Circus had damaged McKenzie’s knee, one which kept him out for months due to injury.
Paradise petitioned Lions Pride Sports Owner HOUSTON CARSON, who noted Allday hadn’t gotten his 360 Title rematch. Ultimately, he left the decision to McKenzie, who displayed a fighting champion’s spirit in taking the match. Unfortunately, Allday continued what the Dark Circus had started, further damaging McKenzie’s knee. With weapons legal in the no DQ, falls count anywhere 360 format, steel chairs were used by both men. In the end, Allday took the W following a brutal chair shot and a flurry of kicks, and became the first two-time 360 Champion in The Pride.
Paradise may have lost the general manager post at the March 2 South Texas Showdown in San Antonio thanks to McKenzie’s defeat of Mantell, but Chase left Bryan having helped end “Super Tex’s” 360 reign. With both titles in The Brand’s possession again, what is in store for The Pride when we head to Dripping Springs?
MARCH 2, 2019 - Chase Paradise’s reign as Lions Pride Sports general manager is over, and Aaron Presley has been returned to the role after a grueling no disqualification match between the company’s champions.
It was the first Lions Pride Sports Champion, Mike Dell, who made a shocking return in San Antonio to assist Presley’s representative, Brent McKenzie, in defeating Paradise’s proxy, Moonshine Mantell.
Back in February, Paradise defeated Presley in a street fight to take the GM spot, but due to interference by Paradise’s crew, The Brand, Owner Houston Carson gave Presley a chance to earn his gig back at South Texas Showdown. Each man picked a wrestler to compete on their behalf. Paradise chose Lions Pride Sports Champion Mantell. Presley picked recent Brand defector and 360 Champion Brent McKenzie.
As expected, the contest was hard hitting, especially with the no DQ stipulation allowing the competitors to unleash their power offenses all over Made for Moore Fitness. As expected Presley and Paradise got involved physically. And as expected, Paradise’s villainous pack used the stip to their advantage to interject themselves in the match. But a Lance Hoyt-led contingent of competitors wronged by The Brand came to the rescue, running off Will Allday and Max Castellanos. Then, just weeks removed from ACL surgery, Dell came through the crowd with a chair to deliver blows to Mantell, the man who took the title from Dell and contributed to the knee injury that has “One Man” on the shelf. Back in the ring, “Super Tex” hit the all-too-fitting End of the Line to Moonshine, getting the pin fall and getting Presley his job back.
DELL UNDERGOES SURGERY
FEBRUARY 7, 2019 - The first person to hold the Lions Pride Sports Championship is on the mend.
“One Man” Mike Dell underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL. He will go through physical therapy, and then plans on returning to the ring.
In March 2018 in Rockdale, Texas, Dell became the first winner of the company’s top prize. He’s also the first and only person to hold the title twice, having lost and regained it over the summer in the state’s hottest feud with Lance Hoyt.
The second reign lasted from the end of June until the end of 2018, when Moonshine Mantell captured the championship in Bryan, Texas with help from The Brand. Dell’s battles with Mantell were defined by their hard-hitting, brawling nature. His knees were showing signs of wear and tear from two decades in the ring through those battles.
We wish Dell a speedy, full recovery, and we look forward to seeing him in The Pride again.
paradise in permanent power, or presley’s revenge?
FEBRUARY 3, 2019 - A new era in Lions Pride Sports begins in The Alamo City, but will that era proceed permanently or end early when the final bell sounds at South Texas Showdown?
Chase Paradise is now our general manager after defeating Aaron Presley in a brutal street fight at the Full Throttle event in Killeen. Not only does Paradise lead the vile group known as The Brand, he now holds a unique level of power in The Pride.
Lions Pride Sports Owner Houston Carson admitted the morning after Full Throttle that his decision to book Presley vs. Paradise was unwise. Plus, The Brand disobeyed Carson’s direct order to stay away from ringside. In San Antonio, the GM position will once again be on the line, and once again, Paradise and Presley will do battle. But this time, they’ll have wrestlers representing them in the ring. Lions Pride Sports Champion Moonshine Mantell will fight on behalf of The Brand’s leader. If Mantell wins, Carson says Paradise will be GM “forever,” and we may never see Presley in The Pride again. The new 360 Champion — and recent defector from The Brand — Brent McKenzie will compete for Presley. If “Super Tex” earns the victory, Presley gets his GM job back. Control of The Pride is on the line in the biggest match in our history.
PARADISE SENDS PRESLEY PACKING
FEBRUARY 2, 2019 - The Brand lost its founding member and one of its championships in Killeen, but they gained control of Lions Pride Sports in the company’s wildest event yet.
Fans in the sold-out Boys & Girls Clubs’ Woody Hall witnessed Chase Paradise, the creative producer of the despicable group, defeat General Manager Aaron Presley in a jaw-dropping street fight. Presley and Lions Pride Sports Owner Houston Carson aimed to shut Paradise up for good. To entice the weaselly loud-mouth into action, the general manager position was put up for grabs at the Full Throttle event.
Despite an early ejection of Brand members from ringside by Carson, Lions Pride Sports Champion Moonshine Mantell, Will Allday and Max Castellanos would once again disobey rules and orders. Presley unloaded an arsenal of offense on all of them, though, including dropping an elbow on Castellanos from a 12-foot ladder. In a match that included chairs and kendo sticks, Presley used all to his benefit. Sadly, Paradise and company used them as well. Now-former Brand member Brent McKenzie coming to Presley’s aid wasn’t enough for Presley to overcome the numbers game. Presley was finally put out when he was sent through a table in the center of the ring. Paradise is now Lions Pride Sports General Manager. What in the world is in store for the company now?
McKenzie will surely have hell to pay for his actions. At the start of the night, “Super Tex” made his return to The Pride from a knee injury he suffered in the fall. From the sidelines, the Bell County-born powerhouse had witnessed Paradise reshape The Brand, bringing in new members and using even more devious tactics to win. McKenzie clearly saw that Paradise had never fully invested in the founding member of the group, and in front of a supportive crowd, he ditched Chase and company. In what would be his final act as GM, Presley inserted McKenzie into the 360 Championship match later that evening.
The Brand’s Will Allday would not only have to contend with Nate Jolly in defense of the 360 gold, he now had a returning, rebuilt, reenergized McKenzie. As with all of those title matches, falls counted anywhere, and there were no disqualifications. Each man fought their way to near falls in the hard-hitting three-way dance, but the 360-pounder hit a sit-out driver to Jolly and an End of the Line to Allday. “Super Tex” starts the next chapter of his career in The Pride with the 360 Title.
The biggest prize in the company still belongs to The Brand, though. Moonshine Mantell was able to retain the Lions Pride Sports Championship despite a next-level outing from Chocolate City’s Nobe Bryant. “The Real Deal” delivered a performance worthy of the title shot he’s earned from Day One of the company. But the powerhouse Mantell kept gold in The Brand’s grasp.
They still hold the biggest prize in Lions Pride Sports. They now hold the general manager’s position. What’s next for the hottest promotion in Texas with The Brand having all this control?
and still…and new…and in control?
JANUARY 18, 2019 - The Brand, the nefarious network of wrestlers led by Creative Producer Chase Paradise, has never been more powerful in Lions Pride Sports after The Clash at Caldwell 2.
A sold out, standing room-only Caldwell Civic Center crowd saw Moonshine Mantell retain the Lions Pride Sports Championship with a lot of help from his fellow Brand members at ringside. Despite a super-human effort by Lance Hoyt and the restarting of the main event after a controversial DQ was overruled by owner Houston Carson, Paradise and company found their way out of Burleson County on top. The last straw: a title belt shot from Mantell to Hoyt’s head that went unseen by the referee thanks to Paradise.
The Brand also captured a second title on the night when Will Allday made it through a six-man gauntlet match to open the show. With the Lions Pride Sports 360 Championship on the line in the no DQ, falls count anywhere affair, Allday entered fourth. He defeated a weakened Nobe Bryant, topped the high-flying Estrella Galactica, and got through the now-former champion Nate Jolly with the help of his fellow Brand mates. Each pinfall would have been disallowed in a regular match, but taking advantage of the rules and with his buddies in tow, Allday holds 360 gold. Jolly’s inspiring reign ended despite his best efforts.
The Brand’s arrogance and utter disregard for authority and rules were on display throughout the night. Angel Blue attacked Alejandra the Lion before their match, forcing the referee to rule a no contest as Alejandra was taken to the trainer’s room. Paradise was so confident The Brand’s Max Castellanos could defeat Houston Carson’s cousin, Cade Carson, that he put Castellanos’s Pride career on the line. With Chase’s help, Max defeated one of the top trainees of The Lions Den facility in Bryan.
Two weeks out from Full Throttle in Killeen, Lions Pride Sports is in a chaotic churn because of The Brand’s shenanigans. A drastic shift is needed to right the ship. Will that come when the final bell sounds in Bell County on February 2?
FIGHT NIGHT DELIVERS IN A PACKED HOUSE
JANUARY 4, 2019 - The first edition of Friday Night Fight Night was a huge success thanks to the outstanding athletes and a loud crowd to watch them.
The co-hosted event also featured four power-packed boxing matches put on by the B/CS Boxing Club, which shares its space with The Pride.
Hundreds of enthusiastic fans packed the training facility in Downtown Bryan to see all the action.
This is just the first event in this first-of-its-kind series for the Brazos Valley. Mark your calendar for Friday, February 8 and join us when pro wrestling and boxing come together again for an action-packed Fight Night.