Courtesy of Alan J. Wojcik and http://alanwojcik.com
In May 2003 IPW Hardcore promoters created the JEFF PETERSON MEMORIAL CUP in tribute to the fallen cruiserweight star who passed in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Since then the event has garnered a list of international stars who supported the event and honored Jeff’s memory by putting on five star caliber bouts. The previous winners were “Reckless Youth” Tom Carter, Justice, Chris Sabin, Milano Collection AT, Chris Hero & Erick Stevens. On November 20-21 sixteen men will come to Brooksville & Crystal River, Florida to try and join those names. Could this year’s winner be:
Height: 5Ft 8 In
Hometown: Mt .Clemens, Michigan, Resdies: Lansing, Michigan
Website/Myspace/Facebook/Youtube: www.myspace.com/dkendrick, http://www.youtube.com/user/flipkendrick
Pro Debut: 2006
Tournament history: HYBRID Title Tournament (Lost in the second round of Blonde Bracket)
Where you have seen him: Hybrid Wrestling, Dragons Gate USA, JAPW, Absolute Intense Wrestling, Insanity Pro Wrestling, Championship Wrestling Experience, HWA Wrestling, Mega Championship Wrestling, Cleveland All Pro Wrestling, Rapid Pro Wrestling, Epic Wrestling, Price of Glory Wrestling, Mr. Chainsaw, MCWA Wrestling, AAW Wrestling, Galli Lucha Libre, WASP Wrestling, Far North Wrestling, and IWA East Coast.
Championships held: JAPW Light Heavyweight champion.
Alan Wojcik: What were your initial thoughts when your were announced as part of Team Hybird for the 2009 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup and what did you know of the event’s history?
Flip Kendrick: It’s hard to believe that HYBRID has made it this far as a company. Who would have thought that in 2006 (it’s debut) that it would be regarded as a rising company and would be included in a tournament with the such well know wrestling promotions as CZW, AAW and FIP. I was proud to find out that out of all the HYBRID wrestlers that I would be chosen to represent HYBRID. As far the events histroy, I’m going to be honest I’ve heard of the tournament before and I understood that FIP ran it. But I’ve never actually seen any tournament matches from previous tournaments.
Alan Wojcik: How does a Michigan St grad with a major in telecommunications, media & info studies end up becoming a professional wrestler? Why MSU and not Michigan (JPC supporter Ron Niemi is a mega-huge Michigan supporter) was is their degree programs or were you always a Spartan supporter?
Flip Kendrick: Not sure how I became a professional wrestler. I think it was just a natural progression. At least while I was school it was just a cool hobby to tell people about. At that time, I was wrestling at 2 promotions maybe once a month or once every other month due to school. So nothing serious at all. When I graduated December 2008 and I was contacted about JAPW for the BOTLH, my career basically took off. Started doing more shows and working on basics. But yeah if you have ever seen my YouTube page I have a lot music videos that I edited, and I believe that my Teaser video and best of video (Death of Me) have contributed to the attention I’ve been getting. I basically chose MSU because my brother Louis had already been attending and it’s a lot easier to get in. If I were to choose some school related to my degree I wouldn’t have chosen either.
Alan Wojcik: On your Myspace page there are videos of you doing some amazing gymnastic moves. How long has gymnastics been in your life and how much does it influence your wrestling style, is there a Lucha influence as well?
Flip Kendrick: I did gymnastics for 4 years in high school. Basically self trained from there. Picked up martial arts tricking (which is martial arts with gymnastics influence) and met a couple people involved in that. My wrestling style is very acrobatic. I’d say my flipping background is a direct correlation to my wrestling style since flipping came first in my life. I find that lucha libre is the best style to incorporate my gymnastics and tricking.
Alan Wojcik: You were part of a FRAY! match on the 2nd Dragons Gate event. Tell the fans what that match is like and how did you come to work for this fast rising promotion?
Flip Kendrick: The match was quite an experience, very nerve wrecking. After my injury, I had about 2 matches before this match so I was definitely not at 100%. I don’t want to go into too many details but I was contacted about doing the first Fray and wasn’t able to make it so they were able to fit me into the second one.
Alan Wojcik: On an recent CWE event you and Louis Lyndon teamed to face Sexual Harassment and also faced him in IPW. Talk about him as a partner and opponent.
Flip Kendrick: Ahh, Louis Lyndon, we have a lot a history since we are brothers. He basically pushed me to get involved in wrestling. But as far a being a tag partner, it is very fitting since our styles are both almost identical minus my flips. As an opponent he is a tough competitor.
Alan Wojcik: If things go your way you might be coming to Florida the Insanity Pro Jr. Heavywight champion. Hybrid Pro teammate Marion Fontaine is also in the tournament (www.insanityprowrestling.com). Scout out him & Dave Cole for fans who have never seen them.
Flip Kendrick: I could become the Insanity Pro Jr. Heavyweight champion, that would be quite an accomplishment. Marion Fontaine and Dave Cole are both very talented. I’ve known them both for a quite a few years now and know what they are both capable of. Although they may not work for a lot of promotions they will definitely impress the fans JPC 2009.
Alan Wojcik: Checking out the IWA East Coast site sees you listed being part of a 2009 Zero-G Crown Scaffold match taking on Shimma Xion, Michael Facade & Zac Vincent. What are you thinking about when you hear the name of that match?
Flip Kendrick: When I think of this match I think insanity and injuries.
Alan Wojcik: Looking over the other 15 competitors do you see anyone as a road block from you winning the tournament and why?
Flip Kendrick: Basically everyone is a road block, seeing as how I’m probably the guy with the least matches and experience under my belt.
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