Thoughts on Tony Kozina, Davey Richards, & Kyle O'Reilly recent actions......

Thoughts on Tony Kozina, Davey Richards, & Kyle O'Reilly recent actions......

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July 31st, 2012, 9:12 pm #1

What do you think about it??
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July 31st, 2012, 11:44 pm #2

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August 1st, 2012, 12:12 am #3

They went to an event together and held up the promoter for more money. Their opponents were in the ring waiting for them. The promoter wouldn't pay the money so the three left and fucked over the fans in attendance They then went on twitter and bragged about it calling themselves "team bandits" I kind of wonder if they tried this with Chuck and thats why they weren't at super indy? I think these guys should be blacklisted for pulling this shit.
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Branden Scott
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August 1st, 2012, 12:28 am #4

It's a long read but worth it. I think "Respect" should be the new "YES!"
Hello there. For those of you receiving this email and do not know me, I am Nathan Blodgett. I run MAGNUM PRO out of Council Bluffs, Iowa and I also perform professionally as Jaysin Strife and occasionally as The Yellow Dog. Now you may have caught wind of this incident, and gotten a very good look at my personal feelings about this, but I will attempt to be as professional as possible herein so that I may give you guys an accurate description of what took place on July 29th, 2012. Here is a little back story of events prior too, and also of this weekend that lead up to now...

Back in July I contacted Davey and his crew to come up and perform on a string of shows that three companies had come together to run the last weekend of July. I handled all the details with Davey personally in regards to the amount of money that would be paid for services and also lodging and such as well during their travels here. Everything was talked about, Davey informed me that their flat rate we discussed included transportation that he would take care of out of his side of it. I also let him know we would be doing things for them to earn some extra money so that their gas costs would not have to come out of their pay. 3X Wrestling on Friday night allowed Davey to do a polaroid session which they gave him a cut of. My company, MAGNUM PRO, allowed Davey to help young guys out with a training seminar on Saturday afternoon. On Friday night everything went great. The guys showed up on time, and where very professional and cordial in every way. They worked hard and put on a great show in every aspect. A "show" it seems to be exactly what it was. This leads into Saturday...The arranged time for the training seminar on Saturday didn't seem to be fitting to the Team Ambition schedule, so we switched the time on the fly to an hour later and no one seemed bothered by that at all. As the day progressed and we where setting up for the show, I was getting informed via text message from Tony Kozina that they would be running late. A half hour after the re arranged start time, the camp began. Davey had great information for the kids in attendance and spoke a lot about respect for the wrestling business and things of that nature. It the same fowl swoop, Davey began to BURY many of the top stars to these up and coming kids. I'm sure it happens in all aspects of wrestling at times, but what irked me is that he was taking time that these guys paid to learn, to basically have his own little shoot interview. In the course of all this I overheard Davey tell the kids in the camp that it would be best for them to all go places and work for free just to get beat up and learn, understandable in the sense of young guys just looking to branch out and get experience. However, in the exact same statement Davey states, "I don't work hard on these small indy shows like this." Only to notice I was standing in ear shot and heard every word. Immediate eye contact was made and Davey fumbled around to save it by saying, "except for tonight." This should have been a sign that things where not going to go correctly. Fast forward to that evenings show. For the entire first half of the card Davey and his crew sat out by the sound table and openly criticized the show, the venue, and the talent, very negatively within ear shot of all the fans. They slowly but surely seemed to show that instead of helping guys, like I believe people in his position should, that they only cared for the money and didn't respect anything that was being done that night. Which brings us to the second half of the show when "Team Ambition" was set to perform. It was a match slated to be Tony Kozina vs Ryan Kidd. Tony was upset at some things that Kidd stated in a promo that he shot for the show, as well as his twitter @KiddKillsCali. Now mind you, this is pro wrestling, this is a show, and put on a show is what Kidd had done to build for the match that he was looking forward to. By no means did Kidd personally attack or say anything that, in our business, could, would, or should, be deemed as a personal attack on someone. Before the match Kozina grabbed the mic and cut a little promo. He did clear that with me, however what came of it, he did not. Kozina proceeded to tell the crowd that they weren't going to see a pro wrestling match, they where going to see "real" wrestling. Tony Kozina proceeded to take liberties, and stretch and shoot on a 16 year old kid just looking to work someone who could teach him some stuff about wrestling. Much like I did when I wrestled Tony about 7 years earlier at NWA Central States wrestling. Legit choking a minor on a couple of occasions, as well as very dangerously performing wrestling maneuvers that could have had a very negative impact on his Kidd's health and well being. While all of this is going on, Davey Richards and Kyle O' Reilly stood in the back stage area and even right in the curtain area and shouted "respect" numerous times, very vocally, and very obnoxiously, to get their "gimmick" over, or to just disrespect everything that was taking place. There is a link on YouTube,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPMp86PRrzU, of the match, where all of my statements can be validated. This shouting "respect" did not just happen during that match. For all the matches left on the card these guys proceeded to do the very same thing and it did not cease until the show was over. All of these disrespectful actions leads into Sunday...

On Sunday, July 29th, Adrenaline Pro Wrestling was to be the last show on the 3 day stint for Team Ambition. I informed the guys via text of the address of the show and that doors opened at 3:30 PM on that day at 9:16 AM. Giving these guys plenty of time to be where they where supposed to be for the day. At 1:54 PM I began to get text messages from Tony asking if the card could be changed to put all of them against 4 guys from APW so that they could lighten the work load. Apparently Tony had dinged up his foot, and Kyle had tweaked his back. As I was relaying info to the promoter, the promoter said he would alright with doing that but since he wasn't get what was agreed upon that he would appreciate it if they lowered the rate. Shortly after I replied to Tony he says, "We'll talk to him when we get there..." and that was at a little after 2 PM. Between this time, and the next text I get from Tony at 3:46 PM, Tony begins texting with the promoter from Davey's phone. I was privy to all that was being said and the promoter went back and forth with Tony for over an hour and a half. Numerous times stating they where only 20 minutes away and things of that nature. First Tony agreed to the original plan, then changed it again and said no WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS, and things of that nature. The promoter tried coming up with many different ways to both appeal to these guys, and also make it feasible for him since he was not getting what was agreed upon. It was time to open doors and the guys still weren't there. The APW promoter had a tough choice to make and he told them they where not needed on the show any longer and that they should just head home, after being told that as of the doors opening they where 45 minutes away. Tony got in touch with me and stated that the promoter was trying to pull a fast one on them, I was obviously aware of the situation and stated that it was out of my hands and that I felt nothing was being pulled and the promoter was justified in his actions. At this point Davey begins to start contacting me personally. I sent Davey to the promoter because I said again that it was out of my hands. Davey told the promoter numerous times that he is not allowed to cancel them and that he has no choice that they are coming to work and get paid. After several of the scheduled matches they where to be in, where supposed to go on, they finally showed up. They showed up 4 minutes before the main event, which was then pushed forward to give these guys one last opportunity to do something because "Davey couldn't just lose $300." Once they arrived Davey went from being sincere, to be being pushy and violent in a matter of moments. Once I started hearing threats against the APW promoter I walked outside to step in. There is no reason for 4 men to threaten a 115 lb. promoter who is only looking out for his company. After the threat of violence, and the statement from Davey saying that if he called Jim Cornette that Jim would condone all of Davey's actions including beating up someone literally half his size. I helped diffuse the situation, came to an agreement for a VERY VERY last minute match, and the promoter came to an agreement on a rate with them for this as well. As the boys came in and suited up, just Kyle and Davey, they all chatted amongst themselves while doing so. It did not register with me quickly what was about to take place. Tony was slowly carrying their bags to the vehicle in which the student was already at. We chatted with Davey really quick about match details and figured out a finish. Everything seemed cool. As the first guy went to the ring I heard a little ruckus, and as my music began playing I turned around to see Kyle O' Reilly sprinting out the back door. The promoter had agreed to give them their money up front as a sign of good faith that everything was cool and this new match would go as planned. Obviously there was a reason that Davey DEMANDED the money up front. After all was said and done the boys from Team Ambition have been making light and poking fun at the fact that they robbed the same people who work in the same business that they do. They cheated the fans, no matter how many where in the crowd, of the matches that they paid to see. On Davey's FaceBook he has started coining the phrase Team Bandits and is "liking" every status about them robbing a local promoter who was doing nothing more then looking out for his company.

This is very tough for me to write about and not keep my personal feelings out of because I set this whole weekend up. I feel at fault for these men ripping off my friends and making a joke of the business that I have sunk a lot of my life into to. I hope you guys will take this information and put it to good use. I am available to be contacted personally thru email, text, phone call, twitter, Facebook or any other avenue you can think of. I will leave my contact info below and please feel free to follow up with me personally, or ask me any questions. Please email this to friends, promoters, websites, or anything that can get this story out. A lot of people are calling this a work and I am sad to say that it is not. I have very ill feelings towards these men, and do not consider this respectful business. Again, I hope all of you will take this seriously and help us spread the word that crooks and cowards like this don't belong in a business that we all love. Their abilities should hold no weight in the feelings toward the men that these boys portray. Thank you for your time and understanding and I hope that you will be able to help us in this fight.

Nathan Blodgett
Owner of MAGNUM PRO
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August 1st, 2012, 5:54 am #5

Kozina is over 40 and never been anywhere. He'll never go anywhere.

I don't care how "good" and "stiff" Davey works, he's a vanilla midget that will never go past the "third-largest" (LMAO) promotion in America.

Same goes for O'Reilly.

If anyone thinks anyone under 5'9" is going to make it big, they're stupid. Don't pull Mysterio out of your asses either.
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August 1st, 2012, 6:04 am #6

Ok what about Bryan, Jerricho, Benoit. Just sayin lol
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August 1st, 2012, 6:46 am #7

After watching that video.. well skimming through it anyway.. I noticed a few things. There were many times that poor kid coulda had his head kicked off, or worse.. Seriously.. It could have been much worse for him. and honestly if the promoter didnt live up to his end of the deal.. fuck him. I have been around Davey before and he was by far the one most humble, respectful, honest and helpful guy's in the entire ROH locker room.

Seriously.. Were liberties taken? Yep.. Did he kill the kid? No..Was the kid sore as fuck two days later.. Prolly.. but show me someone who hasn't been through something like this when trying to break in.. Hell I went through it for almost a year and a half. And I still get "tested" when working with guys that have been around a while, or have been to bigger and better places.

Quit your bitchin... #JustSayin
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August 1st, 2012, 9:56 am #8

what low life scumbags. what i dont get is why they werent arrested for this? the last time i checked stealing and threatening to hurt somebody is a crime.

the all should be arrested, and blackballed from roh and any fed that actually gives a fuck about the fans.


this shows hoe a little success can change some people. i met tony at pwx in the late 90s and taled to him for like all of intermission. he was the most humble, appreciative , nice guy, and he was actually glad to see that somebody knew who he was and was happy he was there, because most of the fans didnt know him. what a shame.

for whoever made the board banner i obviously had to remove it because of that asshole being on it. when i said i was a fan of 3 out of 4, he was the 4th that i wanst fan of to start with. if you want to make another with like adam cole ill be glad to use it.



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August 1st, 2012, 12:37 pm #9

Indymaster,

I agree with what you said. I had talked with Davey before and he was extremely nice and respectful. He worked a friend of mine and the promoter wanted them to do a spot that Davey deemed was too dangerous. He wanted to protect the other wrestler. Now that Davey doesn't seem to have the passion for wrestling anymore he's going to act like a dick and get himself blackballed.

If you watch the video from the Kozina match every time the kid has Kozina in a submission Kozina looks like he can break the hold anytime he wants. He really buried the kid. If you haven't seen it I can post Kyle's response to this whole thing but I will warn you it makes him look even more retarded then he is now
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August 1st, 2012, 1:37 pm #10

What do you think about it??
I don't have an issue with Kozina stretching the kid from a WRESTLING perspective. But once he whipped him into the corner and gave him those few nasty piledrivers, well...he was clearly trying to hurt the kid.
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