The Intensity of Mark Sterling
The Intensity of Mark Sterling:
A look at the most relentless man in the Midwest
[This post is from my private vault of articles on Missouri Wrestling Revival. I have edited it and made it a much better product for readers of the Progressive Wrestling Fan!]
A few years back, I had the opportunity to do a sit down interview with Mark Sterling when I was just starting to establish myself on the Midwest pro wrestling scene. Looking back, it’s clear to me that the assignment was given as an initiation of sorts. Those in charge of Central States Wrestling at the time knew I was fresh into the business, but they also knew that Sterling was slowly beginning to descend into madness. It would be the perfect way to make sure I was serious about doing what I said I was going to do. If I survived my interview with Sterling, people would know I was serious about my pursuit of a dream and not just blowing smoke.
Fast forward a few years into the future and Sterling has channeled this “madness” that I discovered in that interview into a very violent form of professional wrestling… not hardcore, but every bit as dangerous. It’s a safe bet that in the ring he is as punishing as any man in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Total Nonstop Action (TNA), or Ring of Honor (ROH). Even this new Dragon Gate USA promotion should take notice.
Not only is the man intense, but he is a notorious workhorse on the Midwest independent wrestling scene. Since the beginning of 2009 Sterling has wrestled in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, encompassing promotions such as Lethal Wrestling Alliance (LWA), High Voltage Wrestling (HVW), NWA Dynamo Pro, Scott County Wrestling (now known as Pro Wrestling Next [PWN]), Central Empire Wrestling (CEW), All American Pro Wrestling (AAPW), 3XWrestling (3XW), Pro Wrestling Phoenix (PWP), NWA Showcase , Wrestling Past Present & Future (WPPF), Maximum Wrestling Alliance (MWA), Pro Wrestling Entertainment (PWE), Metro East Championship Wrestling (MECW), and IWA Mid South (IWAMS). Sterling also recently wrestled to great reviews for Coastal Championship Wrestling in Florida, and I have heard rumors that he may make it back there sooner rather than later.
Sterling takes professional wrestling very seriously. He trains hard and he wrestles even harder. Many promoters know Sterling as a go to guy who doesn’t mind putting in the driving time to inflict some punishment on whoever his scheduled opponent happens to be. Win or lose, Sterling is always welcomed back to do it all over again.
Always outspoken “TNT” Keny G of High Voltage Wrestling agrees. “No doubt about it. Sterling is the real deal. He brings a hard-hitting, grounded style to any show he is a part of. Champions should worry when a guy like me brings a guy like Mark Sterling in for a show. It’s a sign that the champ’s days could be numbered,” he said.
One of Sterling’s rivals, 3XW President Skylar Pierce, begrudgingly relented when asked to comment on Sterling’s worth. “He’s good… and he gives the fans somebody to hate, which is always nice,” Pierce confessed.
Wrestlers might not fear him, but they certainly respect him. I was witness last year at a World League Wrestling/Pro Wrestling NOAH Camp show in September to a Dustin Lane beating at the hands of Mark Sterling the likes of which hasn’t been seen in some time. It’s not something I will soon forget, so I can imagine Lane has it engraved in his mind, too.
More so than singles competition, Sterling seems to enjoy tag team battles. When asked why he is involved in so many tag team matches in so many promotions, Sterling replied, “Why do you think? One-on-one I only have one guy to beat up, but in tag teams there are at least two morons that I can destroy. Now why don’t you type that up on your little Internet site.” Sterling is a member of the Gentlemen’s Club with Gage Octane and manager Todd Countryman, the 3XW tag team champions. He has teamed with “#1” Brett Young and Rebelucha in AAPW in efforts to defend AAPW tag team gold, but won those belts by defeating the Phoenix Twins with his long time tag team partner, Darrien Sanders, as the tag team known as the Leaders of the New Revolution (LONRs). The LONRs were front-runners for MWR’s 2008 Tag Team of the Year and 2008 Match of the Year (versus the Northstar Express for PWP ), having been the PWP and AAPW Tag Team Champions. Sanders has since retired and Sterling has been forced to look elsewhere for a reliable, week in and week out tag team partner. In addition to the previously mentioned tag team partners, Sterling has teamed with a handful of others within the past year. John Saxon and Eric Fantabulous are two of them, although there have been more.
If you want to see more of Mark Sterling, you probably do not have to go far. He wrestles throughout the Midwest and is truly one of the best. Fortunately, Sterling has another way for you to see what he is capable of. The Best of Mark Sterling Volume 1: “Descent Into Madness” is available on DVD and features some of his best work from the early years of his pro wrestling career. You can buy it online by going to Mark Sterling’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/marksterling123 or by visiting SEP Video’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/sepvideo. I will be doing a full review of this DVD in the future, but what I’ve watched so far has made it one of the best compilation DVDs a wrestler in the Midwest has put together!
Mark Sterling can be contacted via his previously mentioned MySpace page for booking information. His available dates are snatched up fast by other promotions, so book him now!
Sterling’s star is rising in yet another promotion, with the assistance of newly formed Kansas City Killers partners Mike Sydal and Jeremy Wyatt. Another lesser published fact is that he is the NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion, defeating Midwest wrestling legend Michael Strider for the title at Strider’s retirement match this year!
Don’t miss your chance to see the intense Mark Sterling in action!
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