(October 21, 2011) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – NWA Ring Warriors Chief Operations Officer (Talent) Larry Brannon today named the final four participants for the upcoming NWA Ring Warriors Grand Championship tournament, scheduled to kick off on December 14th at the Fort Lauderdale National Guard Armory, 400 S.W. 24th Street (State Road 84), as part of the group’s “Inaugural Brawl” event.
In addition to naming the final four tournament combatants, Brannon also said one more match for the “Inaugural Brawl” will soon be announced and that it will be another major NWA title bout. While Brannon offered no hints on which title might be defended on the card, he did say he was wrapping up negotiations and hopes to get final confirmation from the match opponents “any minute now.” It should be noted that Brannon has gone on public record stating that NWA Ring Warriors will be proactive in booking all of the NWA’s major title holders at some point.
The final four competitors named for the tournament are:
- Wes Brisco – If family lineage is a factor in determining who will wrestle their way to the Grand Championship, then Brisco would have the edge. Growing up in Tampa, Fla., he watched his WWE Hall of Fame father and uncle, Gerry and Jack Brisco, claim countless titles not only in the Sunshine State, but across the globe, including the NWA World Junior and NWA World Heavyweight titles respectively. With a strong amateur wrestling background, Brisco has also had his share of success in the pro ranks as he won the Florida Tag Team Championship in 2010 with his partner, Xavier Woods, for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Florida Championship Wrestling development territory.
- J.D. Maverick – As the lone Canadian in the tournament, Maverick has been a lifelong athlete, performing more than 10 years in the squared circle for almost 60 wrestling organizations across North America and Europe. Included in that run has been a two year stint with the WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling development territory. Maverick has held nearly a dozen regional titles throughout his career, including the OVW Television Title and OVW Tag Titles twice. Maverick has also worked several matches for WWE, including a highly competitive contest in 2010 against current WWE kingpin Alberto Del Rio.
- “The Marquee” Bruce Santee – Another Florida native who calls St. Petersburg his home, Santee made his pro wrestling debut in 2000 and since 2005 has been one of the Sunshine State’s marquee performers; thus his nickname. Aside from being a former NWA Florida Heavyweight and NWA Florida Tag Team Champion, the 6-foot 4-inch 245-pound Santee has competed for virtually every major Florida promotion including AWA World 1 South, Full Impact Pro Wrestling and IPW Hardcore, has performed in the Dominican Republic for Dominican Wrestling Entertainment and has been featured on Total Non-Stop Action (now Impact Wrestling).
- The Giant Titan – At 7-feet tall and 318 pounds, this menacing figure has not only wrestled across the Sunshine State where he dominates his opponents, but throughout the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago), in Mexico, Canada and Japan where he has competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Hustle and Zero-One. Born in Japan, but of American heritage, Titan not only has a strong wrestling background, but he is trained in both kickboxing and jiu-jitsu. Initially trained by pro wrestling legend Dory Funk, Jr., Titan has also wrestled for the WWE’s Florida Championship Wrestling development territory.
With Brisco, Maverick, Santee and Titan, the eight man field is now complete as they will join the previously announced foursome of Francisco Ciatso, Steve “Moose” Madison, “The VIP” Cassidy Riley and Vordell Walker in the tournament.
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