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: 5 Ft 11 In
Weight: 175 Lbs
Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan
Pro Debut: 2007
Where you have seen him: Hybrid Pro, Dragon’s Gate USA, Insanity Pro, Price of Glory Wrestling, Firestorm Wrestling, AIW, AAW, Rapid Pro Wrestling, Pure Pro Wrestling, Championship Wrestling Experience, Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling, JAPW, NWA Indiana, GALLI Lucha Libre, Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling, Championship Wrestling of Michigan.
Alan Wojcik: What were your initial thoughts on being named to Team Hybrid for the 2009 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup?
Louis Lyndon: Excitement! I was quite surprised. The fact that there is a Team Hybrid for the Peterson Cup in itself was very surprising when I first heard. Never thought a couple years ago that Hybrid promotion would make it this far. The chance to represent the Hybrid promotion in Florida is chance of a lifetime.
Alan Wojcik: Doing research showed you work as both Louis Lyndon and Bryan Lyndon. Is this true and why the two different names?
Louis Lyndon: I started off as Brian/Bryan Lyndon basically for a couple promotions including Hybrid and AIW. After furthering my training at Price of Glory Wrestling in MI, my trainer, Josh Raymond, decided I should do something different and use my real first name. I started taking on that name in December 2007. I use Louis Lyndon everywhere minus Hybrid to this day.
Alan Wojcik: On your Myspace you have a photo of someone named Clive Myers. Who is he and what does he mean to you?
Louis Lyndon: Clive Myers! He was a 70’s-80’s British wrestler from the World of Sport era, during the times of your Johnny Saints, Steve Greys, and Mark Roccos. He was a kung-fu influenced wrestler like myself. I watch and study his wrestling all the time. He definitely inspires me when I go out and wrestle every single match.
Alan Wojcik: Before asking you about a specific match in the promotion, you’re representing Hybrid Pro Wrestling. Tell us something about the promotion that makes it different than other Midwest based promotions.
Louis Lyndon: Hybrid Wrestling is a unique animal, at least compared to many other Midwest promotions. It is very athletic based company, always pushing limits of the human body. From the wrestlers to fans hitting metal sheets on guardrails it has a little different feel. It kinda goes away from old school wrestling of 80’s and kinda embraces the high impact style, high flying style of Michinoku Pro or Dragon Gate I would say.
Alan Wojcik: On December 16, 2008 you wrestled in what is talked about in wrestling as a five star ladder match against Marion Fontaine,Dave Cole & Christian Faith. Talk about the match and its place in Hybrid’s history.
Louis Lyndon: This match was really painful. I got beat up like I had never had been before or even sense. The match itself introduced a unique idea where each person had their own colored ladder and thus was only be able to retrieve the title by climbing that ladder. This lead to people trying to break other people’s ladders in the match. My ladder actually was broken and I had to put my ladder on top of another person’s ladder near the end of the match. Kinda worked for a second, heh. Even though I lost, it was an honor to have a change to be the first Hybrid Champion and also to be apart of the company’s biggest match to date.
Alan Wojcik: Like Chris Jones, Johnny Gargano, Arik Cannon & Flip Kendrick you have worked for Dragons Gate USA and competed in their FRAY match. Talk about working for the promotion and for people at the JPC who will see FRAY!, explain the concept of the match.
Louis Lyndon: FRAY! is one of craziest match ideas. It basically involves 8 men with two competitors started off. Every 3 minutes someone new enters randomly. The standard match rules apply with no countouts with the final survivor winning. You can’t prepare properly for a match like this. I myself had very little if any luck in the two I competed in. Working DGUSA was like a dream. I never thought I would get a chance to work for company like it. It was one of the greatest experiences of my wrestling career. Hopefully, down the road I will have another chance to work for them.
Alan Wojcik: If things go your way you might be coming to Florida the Insanity Pro Jr. Heavywight champion. Hybrid Pro teammates Flip Kendrick & Marion Fontaine are also in the tournament (Louis faces Billy Roc in round one, www.insanityprowrestling.com). Scout out them & Dave Cole for fans who have never seen them.
Louis Lyndon: I am really planning on it. I have been in dojo double-time preparing for the tournament. Yes, Flip and Fontaine are both in the tournament as well. Flip, my brother, is always a tough competitor in few times we have fought each other. You have no idea where his flips are going to come from. He has come along over way over the last year. Fontaine and I have had few matches with him getting the better 2 out of 3. You kinda underestimate Fontaine when you see him at first glance. You quickly, find out he is one crafty wrestler out there. Dave Cole is one of toughest guys I have ever fought. He is all around wrestler. Doesn’t seem to have a weakness.
Alan Wojcik: Of the other fifteen competitors is there someone you are looking forward to possibly facing and someone you consider a possible roadblock to the trophy?
Louis Lyndon: Everyone is a roadblock. Any single person in this tournament could win it. I know nothing will be easy. I am just going to bring my 70’s Kung Fu and give it everything I got!
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