2018 mndiy 50 (11)

For Air Wolf, there was only one way to go and that was up. In 2018, he became Wrestlepalooza Champion and the first ever two-time Heavy On Wrestling Champion and that barely scratches the surface of what he did this year. You could argue that he would get this spot without any work outside of Minnesota, but it’s precisely these opportunities and the growth of our own scene that have allowed “Big Poppa Pup” to lead the pack. Add that to working with top tier talent in F1rst and Heavy On and in the last year, Air Wolf has had matches with international superstars such as A-Kid, Ken Anderson, Sami Callahan, Jeff Cobb, Matt Cross, Sugar Dunkerton, Ethan Page, Shane Strickland, and Rich Swann. He has tempered some of the high-flying spots this year but has developed a richer arsenal by continuing to mix in other styles. Air Wolf is competing at the top level in singles competition and still finds time to be one of the most competitive tag teams in Minnesota with his brother Angel Dorado. He has established himself as The Alpha of the next generation of Minnesota pro wrestling and it may only be a matter of time before he does the same for the MNDIY 50, that is, if he doesn’t move up to the next level before next year’s list.

(Photos by Effie Stop and Knocked Out Entertainment)

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