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Historian 11-05-2018 08:49 PM

The Climb [RMW, CVerse]
 
Prologue

“I sold the company.”

I rubbed behind my ear like I was checking to make sure they worked properly. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Tommy must have noticed the dumbfounded look on my face.

“To BriCo. They made an offer that was too good to pass up. They’ve got the monetary resources to compete with Eisen and Packer. I don’t. I’m not a billionaire. It’s an arms race and I’m not willing to risk my Jen or Tommy’s futures on a race I can’t win.” He told me.

I nodded. I understood. I’d been here for almost twenty years. I had been a good soldier. Loyal. Dependable. I knew that. Tommy knew that. The whole world knew that.

“I’m going to be leaving. Heading back home. I’ve been here too long. I miss home.” Tommy said and I stared at him. Selling the company is one thing. Leaving it? That’s something else entirely. “Kyle will run the day to day. Brent will take the book from Joel. You’ve still got a job, Bobby, I made sure of that.”

I didn’t say anything. I really didn’t know what to say. I was here when it was J.K. I was here under Tommy. I couldn’t say I wanted to be here under Kyle. He was polite, but ruthless. Brent would be a good booker, but Joel had made magic out of can goods. Injuries. The budget that had to be followed strictly. He had done good. “I understand.” I lied. Or partially lied. I understood needing to sell. I was married. I had kids. I understand their security being paramount, but leaving the company all together? Tommy had been here twenty years. He was just a pup when he came over for Eisen. Now he’s Rough Justice. He carved out a legacy for himself here. Going back to England? I couldn’t understand that. Or maybe I could, I don’t know. Sometimes I missed home. I pined for it. Los Angeles would never be home. Not really. Too obsessed with image. Too obsessed with money.

Tommy rose from behind his desk and went to the window overlooking the Burbank Town Center. “We fought a good fight, Bobby. A fight to be proud of. We gave ‘em hell. We built Rocky into a superstar. Aaron into a true ace. Wolf into a stud. Eddie Peak into something more than a hardcore brawler. We made magic happen. For eleven years, I steered this ship. Now I’m going home to rest.”

“You do that, Tommy.”

“You going to be okay here?”

“We’ll see. I’ll give Kyle a few months. Otherwise, I might set up shop somewhere else.” I told Tommy. I was honest to a fault with him, that’s what made me a good agent, a good producer. I was trusted because I was honest.

“You’d be good to work for. Young kids could learn from you.”

“We’ll see.”

We shook hands. It wasn’t the last time. That would come on his last day. His office would be empty, but the seed was planted there. I’d been a good soldier my whole career. I’d been a man who followed orders. I followed instructions. It was time for the soldier to become the general. Or the admiral in this case. It was time for me to steer my own ship.

I was going home. Going back to the North West, where there are four seasons and it rains. For thirty years the world had known Robert Oxford as the Tag Team Master. The backbone of every company I’d ever been in, but it was time for the wrestling world to know Robert Oxford as a man who could give back to wrestling, by doing wrestling. No tits and ass. No insulting comedy.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling… Coming soon.

Historian 11-05-2018 08:56 PM


[Formerly Rocky Mountain Wrestling]

Base of Operations: Denver, Colorado, United States [Northwest Region]
User Character/Owner/Booker/Road Agent:

Robert Oxford
Starting Size: Local
Current Size: Cult
Starting Money: $100,000
Product Name: "Old School"
Product Key Feature: Traditional




Staff




Vice President of Wrestling Operations - "Pistol" Pete Hall


Vice President of Talent Relations - Ricky Dale Johnson


Assistant Producer & Assistant Head Trainer of the Rocky Mountain School of Wrestling - Sean McFly



Play by Play Announcer - Lee Bambino


Senior CWL Referee - Darren Smith


CWL Referee - Ray Johnson


Director of Television Production and New Media - Marjorie Oxford


Head of Developmental/Owner & Booker of Texas Grappling League - Joel Bryant


Play by Play Announcer/Head of Advertising/Assistant Booker - Michael Riggs


Color Commentator/Developmental Trainer - Bobby Thomas


Senior Developmental Referee - Alvin Lavin


Developmental Referee - Glen Mir



Developmental Trainers - Emma Bitch, Raymond Diaz, Brandon Smith, Nate Johnson






North American Heavyweight Champion

Wolf Hawkins [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, March 2024]

Previous Champions


18. Torment [Jul '23 - Mar '23]
17. Riley McManus [x3] [Jan '23 - Jul '23]
16. Spencer Spade [x2] [May '22 - Jan '23]
15. Matty Faith [Mar 22 - May 22]
14. "The Supreme Star" Spencer Spade [Dec '21 - Mar '22]
13. "The Return of the Monster" James Diaz [Sep '21 - Dec '21]
12. Ox Mastadon [Oct '20 - Sep '21]
11. "Glorious" Logan Diaz [x2] ([May '20 - Oct '20]
10. Atlas [April '20 - May '20]
9. "The Hillbilly Hammer" Clyde Puder [March '20 - April '20]
8. "The Cornerstone" Riley McManus [x2] [March '19 - March '20]
7. "Glorious" Logan Diaz [Nov' 18 - March '19]
6. "The Evolution" Primus Allen [x2] [March '18 - Nov '18]
5. "The Pride of the Apache Nation" Running Wolf [Jan '18 - March '18]
4. "The Evolution" Primus Allen [July '17 - Jan '18]
3. "The Georgia Bulldog" Riley McManus [October '16 - July '17]
2. Shady K [ May '16 - October '16]
1. Jebediah [Jan '16 - May '16]




United States Champion

"The Cornerstone" Riley McManus [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, March 2024]

Previous Champions


21. Ash Campbell [Dec '23 - Mar '24]
20. "The Evolution" Primus Allen [Aug '23 - Dec '23]
19. "The Butcher" Alexander Vasquez [x2] [Jul '23 - Aug '23]
18. "Lionheart" Funakoshi [x2] [May '23 - July '23]
17. Keith Holly [Mar '23 - May '23]
16. "Lionheart" Funakoshi [Oct '22 - Mar '23]
15. Cali Slick [x2] [Aug '22 - Oct '22]
14. "Bulldozer" Brandon Smith [July '22 - Aug '22]
13. Cali Slick [June '22 - July '22]
12. "The Canadian Wrestling Machine" David Stone [x2] [Feb '22 - June '22]
11. Cameron Vessey [Nov '21 - Feb '22]
10. "The Canadian Wrestling Machine" David Stone [Sep 21 - Nov 21]
9. "The Nightmare" Scythe [Jul '21 - Sep '21]
8. "The Return of the Monster" James Diaz [Marc '21 - July '21]
7. "The Headhunter" Jeffery Aroma [June '20 - Marc '21]
6. Blue Tiger [Dec '19 - June '20]
5. "Flawless" Franklin Rush (x2) [October '19 - Dec '19]
4. "The Lucha Libre Machine" El Mitico Jr [July '19 - Oct '19]
3. "Flawless" Franklin Rush [Mar '19 - July 19]
2. "The Hillbilly Hammer" Clyde Puder [Oct '18 - Mar '19]
1. Joel Bryant [Jan '18 - Oct '18]



Television Champion

Sgt. Bison [x2] [won at Saturday Night Slammasters ep 138, Week 3, March 2024]

Previous Champions


8. "The Cornerstone" Riley McManus [7 defenses]
7. "The Latin Sensation" Leon Pena [7 defenses]
6. Sgt. Bison [Sep '23 - Nov '23] [6 defences]
5. "The Mennonite Mammoth" Jakob Yoder [Aug '23 - Sep '23] [3 defenses]
4. Johnny Anderson [Aug '23 - Aug '23] [2 defenses]
3. Ranger [July '23 - Aug '23] [2 defenses]
2. Alexander Vasquez [May '23 - July '23] [7 Defenses]
1. KC Glenn [Apr '23 - May '23] [4 defenses]



North American Tag Team Champions

American Muscle [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, Mar 2024]

Previous Champions


27. The Devil's Rejects [x5] [Sep '23 - Mar '24]
26. The Heartbreak Express [x2] [Aug '23 - Sep '23]
25. The Dynamite Express [Jun '23 - Aug '23]
24. The Heartbreak Express [May '23 - Jun '23]
23. The Diaz Cousins [x2] [Mar '23 - May '23]
22. Homegrown [x2] [Sep '22 - Mar '23]
21. Gangsta Nation [Jun '22 - Sep '22]
20. The Keith Brothers [Jan '22 - Jun '22]
19. The Devil's Rejects [x4] [Dec '21 - Jan '22]
18. Clyde Puder & Jakob Yoder [Oct '21 - Dec '21]
17. The Devil's Rejects [x3] [May '21 - Oct '21]
16. The Cummos [Feb '20 - May '20]
15. The Ring Generals [x2] [Oct '20 - Feb '20]
14. James (x2) and Raymond Diaz [Sep '20 - Oct '20]
13. The 937lb Express [Mar '20 - Sep '20]
12. The Hawaiian Boys [Jan '20 - March '20]
11. The Devil's Rejects [x2] [Oct '19 - Jan '20]
10. The Diaz Cousins [July '19 - Oct '19]
9. The Devil's Rejects [Feb '18 - July '19]
8. The Ring Generals [Nov 17 - Feb 18]
7. Riley McManus & KC Glenn [Feb '18 - Nov '18]
6. The Hazard Gang [2] [Dec 17 - Feb 18]
5. The Griffins [July 17 - December 17
4. The Hazard Gang [March 17 - July 17]
3. The Aces of Mayhem [2] [October 16 - March 17]
2. The Boys from the Yukon [May 16 - October 16]
1. The Aces of Mayhem [Jan 16 - May 16]



North American Women's Champion

Lauren Easter [won at Christmas Chaos Saturday Week 4, December 2023]

Previous Champions


11. Alicia Strong [x2] [Aug '23 - Dec '23]
10. "Country Made" Pearl Flanders [Jun '23 - Aug '23]
9. Vacant
8. Lucy Stone-McFly [x2] [May '23- Jun '23]
7. Brooke Tyler [Jan '23 -May '23]
6. Jaime Quine [x2] [May '22 - Jan '23]
5. Alicia Strong [Nov '21 - May '22]
4. Jaime Quine [Sep '21 - Nov '21]
3. Missy Masterson [June '21 - Sep '21]
2. Lucy Stone-McFly [Jan '21 - June '21]
1. Wendy Anderson [Aug '20 - Jan '21



North American Women's Tag Team Champions

Alicia Strong & Jaime Quine [won at The Eighth Anniversary Special, Saturday Week 4, January 2024]

Previous Champions


3, Amber Allen & Jaime Quine [Sep '23 - Jan '24]
2. The Uprising [Jul '23 - Sep '23]
1. Ladies Night [ May '23 - July '23]


Tournament Champions & Year End Award Winners



Gold Rush
[Tournament, Held Every August]

2023 - Matty Faith
2022 - Greg Keith
2021 - James Diaz
2020 - Ox Mastadon
2019 - Clyde Puder
2018 - Logan Diaz
2017 - Riley McManus
2016 - Hellion


The Robert Oxford Invitational
[Tag Team Tournament, Held in April]

2023 - The Heartbreak Express
2022 - The Fallen
2021 - The Mission
2020 - The Devil's Rejects [Holly & Anderson]
2019 - The Keith Brothers [Greg and Matthew Keith]
2018 - Riley McManus & KC Glenn

Year End Awards

Male Wrestler of the Year
2023 - Riley McManus
2022 - Spencer Spade

Female Wrestler of the Year
2023 - Alicia Strong

Tag Team of the Year
2023 - Homegrown
2022 - Homegrown

Match of the Year
2023- Riley McManus def Hellion at Fire on the Mountain VII
2022 - Greg Keith vs. Spencer Spade

Newcomer/Comeback of the Year
2023 - Not Voted On
2022 - Funakoshi



Developmental Champions



Texas Heavyweight Champion

"The Artctic Wolf" Brody Irons

Previous
6. "Cowboy" Buck Winchester
5. Leon Pena
4. Hammer Hadley
3. Clinton Westybrook
2. The Natural
1. T Bone Bright


Texas Junior Heavyweight Champion

Leo Loynes [x4]

Previous
21. Steven Stewart [x2]
20. Leo Loynes [x3]
19. Steven Stewart
18. Leo Loyones [x2]
17. The Acolyte [x3]
16. Othello Morris [x2]
15. The Acolyte [x2]
14. Leo Loynes
13. Vacant
12. Larry McFly
11. AG4000
10. Othello Morris
9. The Acolyte
8. Ralph Lioota [x2]
7. Masselin Pascual
6. Owen Love [x2]
5. "Top Rope" Robby Griffin
4. Owen Love
3. Nigel Svenson
2. Ralph Liotta
1. Duval Dubois


Brass Knuckles Champion

Ryan Steel

Previous
11. Chris Plotcheck [x2]
10. Johnny Rain
9. Florus Lefčvre [x2]
8. Larry McFly
7. Chris Plotcheck
6. Nolan Dunn
5. Blaisdell Michaud
4. Dan Stone III
3. Taylor Holemore
2. Jared Montoya
1. Florus Levefre


Texas Tag Team Champions

The Hazard Gang [x2]

Previous
10. Derringer & Rain [x2]
11. The Hazard Gang
10. Derringer & Rain
9. Precious Metals [x2]
8. Vacant
7. Larry McFly & Eddie Carter
6. Precious Metals
5. The Can Am Blondes [x2]
4. The Cummos [x2]
3. The Heartbreak Express
2. The Cummos
1. The Can Am Blondes


Texas Women's Champion

Debra Wood

Previous Champions
12. Courtney Metzger
11. Jo Gallagher [x2]
10. Isabeau Grenier
9. Emma Bitch [x2]
8. Donna Cook
7. Teresa Newton
6. Linda Crump
5. Jo Gallagher
4. Beatrice Martinez
3. Margaret Deeley
2. Emma Bitch
1. Colleen Appleseed




Rosters



Continental Wrestling League Roster
Official Roster


Texas Grappling League Roster
Official Developmental Roster




Community Awards
Diary of the Year Awards
2018 CVerse Diary of the Year
2018 Writer of the Year
2018 New Writer of the Year
2018 Most Improved Writer of the Year
2018 Worker of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Champion of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Face Worker of the Year [Clyde Puder]
2018 Heel Worker of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Stable of the Year [The Devil's Rejects]
2018 Most Shocking Push of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Most Shocking Turn of the Year [Riley McManus]


Diary of the Month Awards
Legendary Diary of the Month - June 2019, July 2019, August 2019
C-Verse Diary of the Month - November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, April 2019
Rookie Diary of the Month - November 2018
Showcase of the Month - February 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019
Match of the Month - February 2019, April 2019, May 2019
Event of the Month - March 2019, May 2019, June 2019

Historian 11-05-2018 08:59 PM

Notes for the Game
 


In 2015, Tommy Cornell sold Total Championship Wrestling to BriCo and left to move back to England and help 21CW with their international expansion. This move shocked the wrestling world. What would happen to TCW? It turned out, BriCo appointed Kyle Rhoades as CEO and replaced longtime booker Joel Bryant with Brent Hill. At the time, Robert Oxford was serving as the lead agent/producer for TCW and Tommy's lieutenant. He was left at a crossroads with a very difficult choice. Did he continue on with the new regime or did he try something different? He decided to try something different. He uprooted his family from Burbank, California and headed back to his hometown of Denver. He invested in a closed down retail space and started both a wrestling promotion and a wrestling school -- Rocky Mountain Wrestling and Rocky Mountain School of Wrestling. They were just a local operation at first, but Robert felt that with good booking, solid workers and consistency they could develop into something. He started off with a roster of thirteen wrestlers, none of whom were working full time for any other organization. Their first show was ‘The Climb’. It featured a fifteen man battle royal with Hardcore Killah and Steve Flash making special appearances for the rabid crowd of seventy-six people. At the end of The Climb, former RIPW USA Champion, “The Amish Mountain”, Jebediah eliminated three people including legendary wrestler Steve Flash to become the first Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Champion. Jebediah’s title run was the establishing run -- he was the focal point of early shows [he had wrestled twice on The Climb]. He main evented the first five shows, with singles matches against Hardcore Killah, Jack Griffith, and two with Shady K. In May of 2016, at Coal Miner’s Glove, Jebediah lost the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship to Shady K. Tragically, the big man died the next day in a car accident that rocked the wrestling world.

With the passing of Jebediah, Rocky Mountain Wrestling had to find a new babyface focal point. Shady K was champion and Rocky Mountain Wrestling had its first graduate, ‘The Mennonite Mammoth’ Jakob Yoder. The big man was picking up steam heading into the first ever Gold Rush where he faced off against Hellion in the tournament semi finals He came up short, as American Hellspawn won the first ever Gold Rush tournament -- but both men were signed by SWF and again Rocky Mountain was left looking for someone to be the face of the organization.

Attention turned to “The Georgia Bulldog” Riley McManus. The technician was handsome, had come to some notoriety in Mid Atlantic Wrestling as a really good hand and he was putting on consistent performances for RMW. At Gold Rush I, he faced off against Roderick Remus for the COTT World Heavyweight Championship but came up short when Shady K and his tag team partner, Knuckles, interfered.

This led into a feud between McManus and Shady K that culminated with Riley McManus winning the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Throwdown and then beat Shady K at Thanksgiving Thunder in a match that sent Shady K out of Rocky Mountain Wrestling. McManus would hold the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship until July of 2017 when he went up against “The Evolution” Primus Allen. Primus Allen had been competing for SWF before he was released and found himself employed by Robert Oxford.

The big man entered into Bowen Services and unseated Riley as the new King of the Mountains. While Primus Allen became champion, Riley McManus went on to win the second Gold Rush tournament and form a team with KC Glenn that won the Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championships and the first ever Oxford Invitational tournament.

This was when Rocky Mountain Wrestling began to carve out their own identity. They were the home of outcasts from SWF, USPW, and TCW but they were also developing their own talent. Riley McManus was the gold standard, but Clyde Puder, Franklin Rush & The Devil’s Rejects came onto the roster.

In their third year, RMW began running two shows a month. This allowed them to feature talent from their dojo on one while continuing to develop their brand on the other. It was at this time that Logan Diaz began to really take hold. He had come to RMW in their first year after PSW let him goal. The muscular Logan Diaz was the perfect compliment to Riley McManus.

As Rocky Mountain Wrestling continued to grow, they would have talent leave for big money contracts, but they continued to produce high quality shows. Guys like The Mission, The Keiths, David Stone, Cameron Vessey and more began to call Rocky Mountain Wrestling home.

In 2021, Rocky Mountain Wrestling hit the fabled 'Cult' status and rebranded as Continental Wrestling League. As the CWL, they have launched a weekly television show 'Saturday Night Slammasters' and are continuing their old school brand of professional wrestling mixed with high quality promos and guys who just love the business.

This is their story. This is their Climb.



Hall of Fame


Jebediah | The Aces of Mayhem | Running Wolf | Riley McManus | Primus Allen | Logan Diaz


James Diaz | Greg Keith | Matthew Keith | Ox Mastadon



Event History

2024


Jan SNSM - Episode 128 | Episode 129 | Episode 130 | Episode 131
Jan Week 4 - The Eighth Anniversary Special
Feb SNSM- Episode 132 | Epside 133 | Episode 134 | Episode 135
Feb Week 4 - No Law and Order
Mar SNSM - Episode 136 | Episode 137 | Episode 138 |
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit IX



2023


2023 Beginning Of Year News
Jan SNSM - Episode 80 | Episode 81 | Episode 82 | Episode 83
Jan Week 4 - The Seventh Anniversary
Feb SNSM - Episode 84 | Episode 85 | Episode 86 | Episode 87 [Aired after NLO8]
Feb Week 4 - No Law or Order 8
Mar SNSM - Episode 88 | Episode 89 | Episode 90 | Episode 91 [Aired After WSVIII]
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit VIII
Apr SNSM - Episode 92 | Episode 93 | Episode 94 | Episode 95 [Airs after OIN2]
Apr Week 4 - Oxford Invitational VI Night One | Oxford Invitational VI Night Two
May SNSM - Episode 96 | Episode 97 | Episode 98 | Episode 99 [Airs After FOTM]
May Week 4 - Fire On The Mountain
June SNSM - Episode 100 | Episode 101 | Episode 102 | Episode 103 [Airs After SS23]
June Week 4 - Summer Spectacular '23
Jul SNSM - Episode 104 | Episode 105 | Episode 106 | Episode 107 [Airs after Independence]
Jul Week 4 - Independence
Aug SNSM - Episode 108 | Episode 109 | Episode 110 | Episode 111 [Airs after GR8N2]
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush VIII Night One | Gold Rush VIII Night Two
Sep SNSM - Episode 112 [250th Show!] | Episode 113 | Epsidoe 114 | Episode 115 [Airs after The Last Hard Men]
Sep Week 4 - The Last Hard Men
Oct SNSM - Episode 116 | Episode 117 | Episode 118 | Episode 119 [Airs after HT]
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov SNSM - Episode 120 | Episode 121 | Episode 122 | Episode 123 [Airs after TT]
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec SNSM - Episode 124 | Episode 125 | Episode 126 | Episode 127 [Airs after CC]
Dec Week 4 - [UR:=http://greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2373049#post2373049"]Christmas Chaos[/url]



2022


Jan SNSM - Episode 32| Episode 33 | Episode 34 | Episode 35 [airs after TSA]
Jan Week 4 - The Sixth Anniversary
Feb SNSM - Episode 36 | Episode 37 | Episode 38 | Episode 39 [Aired after NLOO] |
Feb Week 4 - No Law or Order 7
Mar SNSM - Episode 40 | Episode 41 | Episode 42 | Episode 43
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit VII
Apr SNSM - Episode 44 | Episode 45 | Episode 46 | Episode 47 [Airs after OI]
Apr Week 4 - Oxford Invitational V Night One | Oxford Invitational V Night Two
May SNSM - Episode 48 | Episode 49| Episode 50| Episode 51 [Airs after FOTM]
May Week 4 - Fire on the Mountain 6
Jun SNSM - Episode 52 | Episode 53 | Episode 54 | Episode 55 [Airs after SS]
Jun Week 4 - Summer Spectacular '22
Jul SNSM - Episode 56 | Episode 57 | Episode 58 | Episode 59 [Airs after IND]
Jul Week 4 - Independence
Aug SNSM - Episode 60 | Episode 61| Episode 62 | Episode 63 [Airs after GR]
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush VII Night One | Gold Rush VII Night Two
Sep SNSM - Episode 64 | Episode 65 | Episode 66 | Episode 67 [Aired after TLHM]
Sep Week 4 - The Last Hard Men
Oct SNSM - Episode 68 | Episode 69 | Episode 70 | Episode 71 [Airs After HT]
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov SNSM - Episode 72 | Episode 73 | Episode 74 | Episode 75 [Aired After TT]
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec SNSM - Episode 76 | Episode 77 | Episode 78 | Episode 79 [Aired After CC]
Dec Week 4 - Christmas Chaos




2021


Jan Week 2 - RMW Live #36
Jan Week 4 - The Fifth Anniversary
Feb Week 2 - RMW Live #37
Feb Week 4 - No Law or Order 6
Mar Week 2 - RMW Live #38
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit VI
Apr Week 4- Oxford Invitational IV
May SNSM- Episode One | Episode Two | Episode Three [Aired After FotM]
May Week 4 - Fire on the Mountain 5
Jun SNSM - Episode Four | Episode Five | Episode Six| Episode Seven [Aired After SS21]
Jun Week 4 - Summer Spectacular '21
Jul SNSM - Episode Eight | Episode Nine | Episode Ten | Episode Eleven [Aired After IND]
Jul Week 4 - Independence
Aug SNSM - Episode Twelve | Episode Thirteen | Episode Fourteen | Episode Fifteen [Airs After Gold Rush] |
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush VI Night One | Gold Rush VI Night Two
Sep SNSM - Episode Sixteen | Episode Seventeen | Episode Eighteen| Episode Nineteen [Aired after TLHM]
Sep Week 4 - Last Hard Men
Oct SNSM - Episode 20 | Episode 21 | Episode 22 | Episode 23 [Aired after HT]
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov SNSM - Episode 24 | Episode 25 | Episode 26 | Episode 27 [Aired after TT]
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec SNSM - Episode 28 | Episode 29| Episode 30| Episode 31 [Aired after CC]
Dec Week 4 - Christmas Chaos '21



2020


Jan Week 2 - RMW Live #24
Jan Week 4 - The Fourth Anniversary
Feb Week 2 - RMW Live #25
Feb Week 4 - No Law or Order 5
Mar Week 2 - RMW Live #26
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit V
Apr Week 2 - RMW Live #27
Apr Week 4 - Oxford Invitational III
May Week 2 - RMW Live #28
May Week 4 - Fire on the Mountain 4
Jun Week 2 - RMW Live #29
Jun Week 4 - Summer Spectacular '20
Jul Week 2 - RMW Live #30
Jul Week 4 - Independence
Aug Week 2 - RMW Live #31
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush V Night One
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush V Night Two
Sep Week 2 - RMW Live #32
Sep Week 4 - The Last Hard Men
Oct Week 2 - RMW Live #33
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov Week 2 - RMW Live #34
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec Week 2 - RMW Live #35
Dec Week 4 - Christmas Chaos 2020


2019


Jan Week 4 - The Third Anniversary
Feb Week 2 - RMW Live #13
Feb Week 4 - No Law or Order 4
Mar Week 2 - RMW Live #14
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit IV
Apr Week 2 - RMW Live #15
Arp Week 4 - The Robert Oxford Invitational II
May Week 2 - RMW Live #16
May Week 4 - Fire on the Mountain 3
June Week 2 - RMW Live #17
June Week 4 - Summer Spectacular '19
July Week 2 - RMW Live #18
July Week 4 - Independence
Aug Week 2 - RMW Live #19
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush IV, Night One
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush IV, Night Two
Sep Week 2 - RMW Live #20
Sep Week 4 - The Last Hard Men
Oct Week 2 - RMW Live #21
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov Week 2 - RMW Live #22
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec Week 2- RMW Live #23
Dec Week 4 - Christmas Chaos 2019



2018


Jan Week 2- RMW Live #1
Jan Week 4- Second Anniversary
Feb Week 2 - Live #2
Feb Week 4- No Law or Order 3
Mar Week 2- RMW Live #3
Mar Week 4 - Wrestling Summit III
Apr. Week 2 - RMW Live #4
Apr. Week 4 - The Oxford Invitational I
May Week 2 - RMW Live #5
May Week 4 - Fire On The Mountain 2
June Week 2 - RMW Live #6
June Week 4- Summer Spectacular '18
July Week 2 - RMW Live #7
July Week 4 - Independence
Aug Week 2 - RMW Live #8
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush III Night One
Aug Week 4 - Gold Rush III Night Two
Sep Week 2 - RMW Live #9
Sept Week 4 - The Last Hard Men
Oct Week 2 - RMW Live #10
Oct Week 4 - Halloween Throwdown
Nov Week 2 - RMW Live #11
Nov Week 4 - Thanksgiving Thunder
Dec Week 2 - RMW Live #12
Dec Week 4- Christmas Chaos '18



2017
Year Two, Complete Collection. [This link contains the entire year two in a PDF format. All the narratives and all of the shows -- but none of the predictions or author's note posts. It is just over eighty pages and just under 16,000 words.]

2016
Year One, Complete Collection. [This link contains the entire year one in a PDF format. All the narratives and all of the shows -- but none of the predictions or author's note posts. It is just over sixty pages and just under 24,000 words.]

King Bison 11-05-2018 09:04 PM

I love it already! I’m in

Historian 11-06-2018 11:41 AM

Chapter One: The Convention
 
Chapter One

I fidgeted with the Windsor knot of my silver tie and looked around the table. It was a who’s-who of wrestling in North America. A who’s-who of people keeping independent pro wrestling alive despite the rate at which Eisen and Packer would probably like to drive it out. Tommy always liked the Indy companies. Thought they were good for the business, because he understood that that is where his guys honed their crafts. I took a drink from my water glass and looked to the front of the room.

A long table was there and sitting in the middle of the table was Sam Keith. My old friend. My old tag partner. We established the CGC Tag division together. He was flanked on either side by Cliff Anderson, long-time promoter of Coastal Zone Combat Wrestling and Larry Vessey of New York City Wrestling. The three of them were the Board of Directors for the Confederation of the Territories. Sam Keith, the founder, served as President with Cliff Anderson serving as Treasurer and Larry Vessey serving as Secretary.

Sam stood up and looked out at the small gathering of people. I looked around at the faces. A hodgepodge group if there ever was one. Wrestling was always a hodgepodge though. Outlaws, misfits, conmen, ramblers -- men and women who don’t quite fit in with normal society. That’s how we all got here, anyway. Sam cleared his throat.

“Thank you all for joining us for the fifth annual meeting of the Confederation of the Territories. What started in my house in Maryland as a way for small companies to work together to succeed as grown throughout the years to be a major force in North American wrestling. We are pleased this year to announce that we are expanding from five members to fourteen. Mr. Buchinsky accepted our offer to join and has brought ACPW into the fold. We are also pleased to add Puerto Rico’s only full-time wrestling company to this confederation as well. The other seven companies joining us are brand new. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all.”

I looked around the room. The Power was sitting across from me. He’d never been a man for many words and he carried with him a permanent scowl that made him seem unapproachable. I took another drink as I looked at the other people here.

Grace Harper sat next to Power in a very smart pants suit, looking very much like the promoter she now is. Investors in Cedar Rapids Wrestling tapped her to be the promoter of the organization and it was clearly a role the women’s legend was taking seriously -- being the first female promoter of a non-female wrestling company.

Next to me was my old friend Pistol Pete Hall. He opened Wrestling Premier League based out of Dallas. Long time announcer Marv Earnest was sitting anxiously as the new promoter of Pro Wrestling Wild in St. Louis, Stuart Ferdinand sat stokely as the promoter from Canadian Pro Wrestling -- Alberta based in Calgary. Ryan Holland had made the shocking move to Montreal to run QPW, and Michael Bull made the move to the islands to run Lethal Ring. Daedalus Buchinsky, Joaquin Solar from OLLIE, and Troy Winner from 4C rounded out the group.

It was a good group. Vessey, Hall, Ferdinand, Harper, Keith, Power, and myself had all been wrestlers. Prominent wrestlers too. Power was still active and still the top guy in the Caribbean. Holland and Bull were competent referees that could control the action for their company in the ring. Earnest was one of the most respected play by play men in the business. Solar, Winner and Anderson are all successful promoters and business men who have operated their companies for a long time. I didn’t know much about Buchinsky, until the meeting we had never met, but he seemed like a nice enough fellow.

I took another drink before turning back to Sam who was still talking.

“So thank you to both OLLIE and NYCW for hosting our current World and World Tag Team Champions respectively. With the addition of so many new companies, the Board voted unanimously to add a third World’s Title -- a World Junior Heavyweight Championship to service our workers that are Lightweight and under. This will allow all of our companies to present legitimate challengers to all of the championships. We are also going to increase the frequency that our championships are defended. With fourteen promotions now under our banner, we want to get our champions out as much as possible to really increase brand recognition and drive traffic to the COTT website. We’re going to break for lunch, but after lunch the COTT Accountant, Gabriel Morris will be presenting on some tax codes we want to make sure we are all aware of and our chief legal council, Ms. Catherine Adams will be presenting some anti-trust developments we want to be aware of.”

With that, Sam sat down and the room was alive with injury. There was a buffet spread in the back for us all so we didn’t have to try and find food. Food could wait though, I wanted to saddle up to Sam and pick his ear.

Sam saw me approach and grinned big. “Bobby-boy. You excited to be in Denver?”

I nodded. “Yeah. And nervous.”

“That’s normal.” Sam sad. “When I first got the book for Eisen, I was nervous. The budget, the sheer size -- very overwhelming. You get used to it though.”

“I bet.” I replied. “Promoting. Booking. Training. It’s a lot to get used to.”

Sam clapped me on the shoulder. “You’re not alone though. The COTT takes care of its own. We’ll help you grow. We’ll help you get your feet under you. I’m only a phone call away after all.”

“I know, I appreciate that.” I said genuinely. “I’ve got my first phone calls out to talent, so hopefully I’ll have some people lined up for our first show soon.”
“Who you going with?” Sam asked.

I paused for a moment, “Some guys who don’t have jobs currently. Winchester. Mitico. Youngblood and Mayhem. Some guys who could really be useful but don’t otherwise have commitments to any full time organizations. I’m trying to stay away from expensive talent right now as well and guys who are working for other places. It just makes it easier to establish an identity.”

Sam nodded. “Youngblood and Mayhem will be good. They were good for me. Take a look at Riley McManus as well. He’d be a good hand. And if you want to use some of my guys, for just a show or even use them as full time, let me know.”

“I might.” I said with a smile. “I want to build the best tag division I can so I might come calling to use Syd and Cameron once we get established.”

“I’m sure they’d be happy to.” Sam retorted.

“I think I can do this.” I finally said as Sam and I stood in front of the buffet table.

“I know you can. It’s not easy, but you can do it.”

“Thanks for the vote of confidence.” I said and clapped my friend on the back.

We all ate. We laughed. We got important information. By the end of the annual meeting, I was beginning to feel confident. I knew that I could book. Now, I was feeling confident that I could promote and that with the COTT network of support and experience, that I would be able to promote successfully and turn Rocky Mountain Wrestling into an establishment in Denver.

All that was left was to finalize some contracts. I was hoping for some call backs and I did not have to wait long…

Historian 11-06-2018 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by King Bison (Post 2314644)
I love it already! I’m in

Well thank you. Hopefully I can hold your interest throughout the chapters.

Herrbear 11-06-2018 04:01 PM

Looks very interesting. Looking forward to more.

Historian 11-07-2018 07:06 AM

I looked down at the stack of papers on my desk. We didn’t have a fancy operation yet. We probably wouldn’t crack one hundred fans on our first show, but I needed a place to work out of that wasn’t my house -- plus I needed a place to train perspective talents. So I found an empty retail store that a buddy could get me a good deal on -- and I signed away. Hopefully having the building won’t bankrupt us before we get started…

The papers were freshly signed agreements for the guys I’m going to use full-time. I kept to my initial idea of keeping my first class of workers to guys who didn’t have full-time gigs elsewhere. I also tried to limit myself to wrestlers who weren’t high-spot guys. We were going to run a traditional, old-school promotion so we needed guys who would fit that. Some of the guys were straight technical wrestlers. Some were brawlers. Some were guys I felt had the skills to be stars -- that had the look of big time wrestlers.


Starting Roster

El Mitico Jr. - Babyface
“Cowboy” Buck Winchester - Babyface
Ace Youngblood - Babyface
Max Mayhem - Babyface
Justice Jolson - Heel
Richie Riggins - Heel
Jebediah - Face
Cip Conduit - Heel
Desert Storm - Heel
The Silencer - Heel
El Hijo del Neutron - Heel
Riley McManus - Face
Roger Monterio - Face

Alvin Lavin - Referee.

Tag Teams
The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem]
National Guard [The Silencer and Desert Storm]

I looked down at the guys who would be making out my starting roster. It’s a hodgepodge group, but it’s a hungry group. Silencer and Storm should, hopefully, be able to build themselves into a good, solid heel tag team. Youngblood and Mayhem would provide the early stability to the tag division I wanted to build -- they were three time Mid Atlantic Tag Team Champions. Buck Winchester, Jebediah and Riggins had achieved success, at least for a short while, in RIPW. Riggins had a great look and might make a good partner for youngster Justice Jolson -- another young powerhouse with a great look.

Riley had a whole host of skills and had been a solid member of the Mid Atlantic roster before his time there just ran its course. Roger Monterio had the potential to be the next big babyface in wrestling. El Mitico Jr. was someone I tried to get brought in to TCW several times but was never successful. Neutron could go. Cip was young and hungry and looking for a break.

This would do as a starting roster. They’d work hard. They’d apply themselves. They were young, for the most part. I would need to add a veteran locker room leader, but that wasn’t really in our budget for the time being, so we would have to make due with what we had. Hopefully I could keep them all in line. I was going to be doing what I’ve been doing since I retired -- producing the show. That should help. At least I hoped..

RingRider 11-07-2018 08:50 AM

Great start. I'll be following!

Historian 11-07-2018 10:57 AM

Chapter Two
 
Chapter Two

Contracts had been signed. A venue booked. Things were in place. I had thirteen guys signed to contracts to compete for me on a semi-regular basis. No downside guarantees, which I couldn’t afford anyway. Now I had to figure out how I was going to put the first show together.

People outside of the wrestling business think it is easy to put together a show. They think anyone could do this, but the truth is -- it is incredible difficult. To promote and book? Even more difficult. Booking venues, handling contracts, handling egos, making decisions that will be profitable and present the best in-ring product, scout talent, negotiate with talent, run the locker room, produce the shows. It really was a one man operation. I didn’t have an assistant booker. I didn’t have anyone helping with getting sponsorships or flyering. It was me and occasionally my wife. Mariah had been great through this transition. It was not easy telling her I wanted to leave a job where I was making half a million a year to start my own shop. The easiest part was telling her we could back up and leave Studio City and go back to Denver. She stuck by me for twenty years in Los Angeles. When I wanted to live in something resembling a neighborhood, she spent weeks with a realtor to find the perfect cottage style house tucked away in a cul-de-sac with a good school of choice near by for the kids. When I was on the road putting my body through hell, she provided the home stability for the kids. She made the sports practices and the band recitals and the parent-teacher conferences. She made sure they ate dinner and got where they needed to go while I was on the road living my dreams. Here I had done it again, asked her to live my dream one more time.

She did it without complaint. She helped without complaint. She put flyers up in the bookstores and gas stations. She schmoozed small businesses. She finessed where I was force. Maybe that’s why we’ve been married so long. We are a great team. Better than Joel and I, Steve and I, or Sam and I ever were. That was why I had to make this work. Yes, it would be nice for my legacy. To be remembered for something other than just being a good hand who was successful. I wanted to be remembered as someone who made a difference, but I also wanted to provide stability to my wife. To be in the business I love but still be home every night. As stressful as this was, I could do that.

I looked down at the document in front of me. The first card. The Climb. We will lose money on this card. I already know it. I’m putting all thirteen guys on the card, plus two special attractions for the main event. It will cost me, but hopefully it will have been worth it and will set us up to make money in the future.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents:
The Climb!
Saturday, Week 4, January, 2016

Main Event
Fifteen-Man Mayhem Battle Royal for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Featuring:
El Mitico Jr., Buck Winchester, Ace Youngblood, Max Mayhem, Justice Jolson, Richie Riggins, Jebediah, Cip Conduit , Desert Storm, The Silencer, El Hijo del Neutron, Riley McManus, Roger Monterio, Plus Two Mystery Entrants

Four Way Tag Team Dance
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] versus National Guard [The Silencer and Desert Storm] vs. Justice Jolson & Richie Riggins versus. Riley McManus & Roger Monterio

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah versus Cip Conduit

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
“Cowboy” Buck Winchester vs. El Hijo del Neutron.

That’s it. Four matches. Two singles matches, a tag title match, and a fifteen man battle royale where you are eliminated by pinfall or submission and not being tossed over the top rope. I don’t plan on making using fifteen guys a show a habit, but for our first show we wanted to make a splash. We wanted to let the people of Denver know that we are real and we deserve to be taken seriously. Hopefully they would take us seriously.

Historian 11-07-2018 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by RingRider (Post 2314905)
Great start. I'll be following!

Thank you! I've really been loving what you're doing in your NOTBW diary.

The card, for prediction purposes, if anyone out there is wanting to predict.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents:
The Climb!
Saturday, Week 4, January, 2016

Main Event
Fifteen-Man Mayhem Battle Royal for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Featuring:
El Mitico Jr., Buck Winchester, Ace Youngblood, Max Mayhem, Justice Jolson, Richie Riggins, Jebediah, Cip Conduit , Desert Storm, The Silencer, El Hijo del Neutron, Riley McManus, Roger Monterio, Plus Two Mystery Entrants

Four Way Tag Team Dance
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] versus National Guard [The Silencer and Desert Storm] vs. Justice Jolson & Richie Riggins versus. Riley McManus & Roger Monterio

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah versus Cip Conduit

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
“Cowboy” Buck Winchester vs. El Hijo del Neutron.

Lohchelle 11-07-2018 11:23 AM

Looks Great, Really Interesting!

Lohchelle 11-07-2018 11:24 AM

Looks great, really interesting!

Historian 11-08-2018 11:04 AM

RMW Presents: The Climb
 
The Climb
Saturday, Week 4, January 2016

Opening Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
“Cowboy” Buck Winchester vs. El Hijo del Neutron

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Buck Winchester defeated El Hijo Del Neutro in 11:54 by pinfall with a Neckbreaker. E.

Buck debuted his cowboy gimmick to an initial rating of ‘Great’
El Hijo Del Neutron debuted his Lone Wolf Gimmick to an initial rating of ‘Great’

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah versus Cip Conduit

In a decent match, Jebediah defeated Cip Conduit in 11:41 by pinfall with a Sundown Splash. E+

Jebediah debuted his Simpleton gimmick to an initial rating of Very Good, but he did seem a little off of his game in this contest.
Cip Conduit debuted his Bad Ass gimmick to an initial rating of great.

RMW Tag Team Titles
The Aces of Mayhem versus Richie Riggins & Justice Jolson versus Roger Monterio & Riley McManus versus National Guard

In a decent match, the Aces of Mayhem defeated Richie Riggins & Justice, Roger Monterio & Riley McManus, and National Guard in 15:25. National Guard was eliminated first when McManus pinned Desert Storm, Riggins and Justice were eliminated second when Ace Youngblood pinned Justice, and finally Monterio and McManus were eliminated when Youngblood pinned Monterio. The Aces of Mayhem become the first Rocky Mountain Tag Team Champions D-.

Ace Youngblood debuted his Native American gimmick to an initial rating of Great
Max Mayem debuted his Extremist gimmick to an initial rating of great
Richie Riggins debuted his Prima Donna gimmick to a rating of Very Good
Justice Jolson debuted his Egomaniac gimmick to an initial rating of Very Good
Roger Monterio debuted his fan favorite gimmick to an initial rating of Great
Riley McManus debuted his gimmick to an initial rating of Good
Desert Storm debuted his gimmick of Sadistic Corporal to an initial rating of Great
The Silencer debuted his gimmick of Armed Forces to an initial rating of Good.

Fifteen Man Mayhem Battle Royal
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Ace Youngblood vs. Buck Winchester vs. Cip Conduit vs. Desert Storm vs. Hijo del Neutron vs. El Mitico Jr. vs. Hardcore Killah (special entrant #1) versus Jebediah versus Justice Jolson versus Max Mayhem vs. Richie Riggins vs. Riley McManus vs. Roger Monterio vs. Steve Flash (special entrant #2) versus The Silencer

In a decent match, Jebediah won a 15 man Mayhem in 25:29. The other members of the final four were Steve Flash, Buck Winchester, and El Mitico Jr. with Steve Flash being the final elimination. Justice Jolson got the most eliminations over the course of the match. Jebediah becomes the first Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Champion. D.

ORDER OF ELIMINATION
1. Hijo Del Neutron eliminated by El Mitico Jr
2. Roger Monterio eliminated by Justice Jolson
3. Desert Storm eliminated by Justice Jolson
4. Max Mayhem eliminated by Justice Jolson
5. The Silencer eliminated by Justice Jolson
6. Richie Riggins eliminated by Riley McManus
7. Riley McManus eliminated by Justice Jolson
8. Justice Jolson eliminated by Buck Winchester
9. Hardcore Killah eliminated by Jebediah
10. Ace Youngblood eliminated by Steve Flash
11. Cip Conduit eliminated by El Mitico Jr.
12. El Mitico Jr. eliminated by Jebediah
13. Buck Winchester eliminated by Steve Flash
14. Steve Flash eliminated by Jebediah

El Mitico Jr. debuted his gimmick of ‘Old School Face’ to an initial rating of Great.

Overall: The crowd wasn’t happy as they had expected more angles and interview segments. This show increased our popularity in 1 region. E+.

foolinc 11-08-2018 11:34 AM

Jebediah over Steve Flash? Interesting choice. Then again, I'm really unfamiliar with the latest C-Verse so I could be both under estimating the popularity of Jeremiah and over estimating the ability/popularity of Flash.

RingRider 11-08-2018 11:39 AM

Interesting choice on Jebediah...but not a bad one. I've seen him develop into quite a decent worker in various games. Interesting to see how he fairs as your initial champ and what kind of programs he'll get.

Historian 11-08-2018 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by foolinc (Post 2315118)
Jebediah over Steve Flash? Interesting choice. Then again, I'm really unfamiliar with the latest C-Verse so I could be both under estimating the popularity of Jeremiah and over estimating the ability/popularity of Flash.

Steve Flash was only brought in under Alliance Loan, since we're apart of the COTT. Since I can't justify paying his $2000 an appearance with any sort of regularity -- and he's pretty severely in to time decline and doesn't really have the skills anymore to be a long term top guy -- I made the choice to go with Jebediah, who is currently my number one rated guy under creative meeting.

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Originally Posted by ringrider
Interesting choice on Jebediah...but not a bad one. I've seen him develop into quite a decent worker in various games. Interesting to see how he fairs as your initial champ and what kind of programs he'll get.

Hopefully he develops like he has for me in the past. There are some narrative reasons that will be explored in the next chapter, but from a straight business sense, he comes in as a Main Eventer, he's a babyface (and I like my first champion to be a babyface). He's big with some decent skills all around -- and he has a championship pedigree that you can point to for qualifications with his run as RIPW US Champ -- while at the same time being affordable enough that I can program him on a regular basis without going broke (the problem with Steve Flash).

But again, the narrative will address this! I appreciate the feedback though. If I could have afforded to keep Steve Flash for anything more than a special appearance, I probably would have put the strap on him because he would make te most sense -- but fiscally it just did not make any sense.

Historian 11-08-2018 03:17 PM

Chapter Three
 
Chapter Three

The final bell rung and Jebediah stood in the center of the ring in front of seventy-six money paying fans and held the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship above his head. The big man pulled double duty tonight. He worked a hard hitting contest with Cip Conduit where they really worked a nice snug, old school contest. He came back in the battle royal and worked hard for almost thirty minutes before he hit his second rope splash -- the Sundown Splash, onto Steve Flash to get the three count and the title.

The crowd was applauding nicely when Steve pushed through the black curtain I had gotten at Michael’s to serve as a small divider between the room we were using as a locker room. I reached out to shake his hand. “I really appreciate it, Steve.”

Steve shook my hand and patted my shoulder. “It’s my pleasure. You’re trying to set up shop here. I won’t be back, at least not for awhile. It was the right thing for business.”

I nodded my head. “If I could afford --”

He waved his hand to stop me mid-sentence. “I know, and I know you can’t. I know you already took a loss on tonight. I was a special attraction to draw in some more fans, hopefully it worked. You needed me for the job. That kid,” Steve motioned with a thumb back towards the ring, “Will be money. He’s got a good head for the business. He understands what he’s supposed to do. He uses his size well. He’s a good first Champion. He will get you started off right.”

“Thank you again.” I told Steve as he nodded and head to towel off. The high school gym we were running in fortunately had working showers, so he everyone could clean up before heading out. I turned to wait for Jeb, and I did not have to wait long before he did. The Championship was over his shoulder. I smiled ear to ear. “Good work Big Man.”

He grunted an affable, out of breath kind of grunt. “Thanks.” He took a deep breath. “I appreciate you having faith in me. When I got cut… I wasn’t sure if I was going to get another opportunity. This means the world to me.”

I reached out and clapped the polished metal of the center plate of the championship. “I know you’ll do well. You were on the shortlist of guys I was recommending when I was still in Hollywood. Now you’re here. Work hard. Keep your nose clean. You’ll do well. I’m trusting you, Jeb.”

Jeb nodded and pulled the belt off of his shoulder. “I know I’m not the hottest big man in the country. People would rather have Findlay, or Brandon, or Brody, or even Harker -- because they’re getting the Japanese bookings. I’m not. I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.”

I nodded. I believed him. Sure, I would have loved to be able to sign Findlay and Bulldozer so that I could have American Demolition. Brody could be a big star. Harker and his tag partner Tennessee William were on my short list for when we grow -- because The Southern Stars are great. None of them were affordable right now -- and they all had other gigs. I didn’t want guys who had Japanese commitments and other US commitments. It made booking them too restrictive. Jebediah was the best option for me at the moment, but I also believed in his talent. He had shown really good skills working for RIPW. I truly did believe that with the right booking, I could turn him in to a big star. “Just don’t let me down, kid.”

“I won’t.”

He walked off. He deserved a night to celebrate. I called after him. “I know you won’t.” Might as well let him know that I believe in him. Now to tear down…

[Monday, Week 1, February, 2016]

Financially, we had a bad month. I realized that looking down at the financial break down. We made some good money of sponsorships, but we also spent almost thirteen thousand dollars on talent -- that’s not something we can do moving forward. Not if we want to stay in business, but I knew that and I had spent the money on purpose. I needed to make a splash with the first show, but coming out of this one I would have to monitor the purse strings a little more closely.

My phone rang. I answered immediately. “Are you sure?” I knew what this call was about. It was a call back about a talent that I had heard was not being renewed by SWF. “You sure he’ll take my call?” I listened to the other end. “Well then text me his number. I will call him directly.”

This addition, along with the decision to bring in Hardcore Killah on a more regular basis after his positive reception at our first show and I could possibly have my heel situation taken care of. It was only a matter of moments before the text came in and I dialed the number. “Hey big fella, it’s Robert Oxford. I’m running a little company out of Denver called Rocky Mountain Wrestling and I heard that you’re not going to be renewed… I’m sorry to hear that, but I was wondering if you wanted to come be the Hell Hound of the Mountains… Yeah, we can pay that, no problem. Excellent. I’ll send over the actual paperwork so you know we’re locking it in, but I’m glad to have you aboard.”

I leaned back in my chair. Hardcore Killah and Hellion -- they’ll round out the roster to fifteen. A solid number that we can work with. I’ll use probably half that a show, maybe less depending on what I need, but we are building now.

XMultiGames 11-09-2018 11:58 PM

Hey Man, good to catch other of your diaries, Im always intrigued by your stories, and the fact we have that educators connection, always makes me happy when I see a diary of yours.

Pretty Good Roster, I like Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem alright, but I love The Aces of Mayhem as a team, so good call giving them the tag division instead of having them as solo wrestlers, dont get me wrong they can work good as individuals, but usually they work better as a team.

Ummm, Jebediah as Champion, he wouldnt be my first choice, but I like to see new people getting new opportunities, and I know you can book him well as champion, I was honestly going to bet on Riley McManus but good swerve, maybe if you went with McManus would seem to MAW, so I see why not, or maybe he wasnt in your plans.

Hellion, well that was unexpected, Im Calling it with a little work, this guy is going to be your main attraction.

Now, I have to tell a nitpick, because if not im going to be uncomfortable all diary, given how the game doesnt have states but regions, given the official maps made by the Devs, Denver isnt in the North West Region, is in the Mid South, but the Rockies are in the North West, just not the part of it that is in Denver, more like the Idaho-Montana Rockies, so the name of the company is factually correct.

Jaded 11-10-2018 02:07 AM

Awesome start, really enjoying this so far!

Historian 11-10-2018 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaded (Post 2315401)
Awesome start, really enjoying this so far!

Thank you very much! I do appreciate it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by XMultiGames
Hey Man, good to catch other of your diaries, Im always intrigued by your stories, and the fact we have that educators connection, always makes me happy when I see a diary of yours.

Pretty Good Roster, I like Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem alright, but I love The Aces of Mayhem as a team, so good call giving them the tag division instead of having them as solo wrestlers, dont get me wrong they can work good as individuals, but usually they work better as a team.

Ummm, Jebediah as Champion, he wouldnt be my first choice, but I like to see new people getting new opportunities, and I know you can book him well as champion, I was honestly going to bet on Riley McManus but good swerve, maybe if you went with McManus would seem to MAW, so I see why not, or maybe he wasnt in your plans.

Hellion, well that was unexpected, Im Calling it with a little work, this guy is going to be your main attraction.

Now, I have to tell a nitpick, because if not im going to be uncomfortable all diary, given how the game doesnt have states but regions, given the official maps made by the Devs, Denver isnt in the North West Region, is in the Mid South, but the Rockies are in the North West, just not the part of it that is in Denver, more like the Idaho-Montana Rockies, so the name of the company is factually correct.

I appreciate your feedback. I'm glad to have you back on board. I'll be honest, I thought about McManus, but there is something about Jebediah that made me make the decision to go with him right at the beginning. Hellion was unexpected for me as well, but I had to pounce. Hopefully I'll be able to turn him into a star.

In response to the map, I'll be honest, I haven't seen it. I've always made up my own map of what states/cities were encompassed by what region using how the old pro wrestling territories were set up. So I apologize for the game-world inaccuracy, but darn it, I want to be in Denver and I already based us out of the North West, so, I'm suck (though, Denver is only a short drive from Wyoming) so for the purposes of this diary, Denver has been included into the North West territory -- at least for a base of operations, though we will probably be running our shows at some of the other buildings in the North West territory after awhile. Hopefully the inaccuracy won't keep you from enjoying the diary.

SomeLazyMagic 11-10-2018 08:30 PM

Some of my absolute favorite diaries on these boards are about the regional and below companies, and this diary is hitting all the reasons why that is so. From the unexpected win of Jebidiah to the logic behind creative but financially limited booking, I really am enjoying the read and can't wait for your next show!

Historian 11-10-2018 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SomeLazyMagic (Post 2315509)
Some of my absolute favorite diaries on these boards are about the regional and below companies, and this diary is hitting all the reasons why that is so. From the unexpected win of Jebidiah to the logic behind creative but financially limited booking, I really am enjoying the read and can't wait for your next show!

Thank you very much for your feedback. I should have the next chapter and card up tonight or tomorrow morning.

Historian 11-10-2018 08:55 PM

Hellion had agreed to terms. Hardcore Killah had agreed to terms. Our first show was reviewed nicely by the looking wrestling press, and I use the term press lightly. For the most part, it’s just guys who go to a lot of local wrestling shows and then go online and talk about them. For us though, right now it was much needed. Any positive promotion could only help us. We were just a local operation and while I had no intention of taking down the Packer’s and Eisen’s of the world, I would like to become a regional success so that we can maintain a full-time schedule, give guys a place to work, and really establish something special. Our own little niche nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

I took a drink from the water in front of me and looked down at the advertised card for our next show. It was a small card -- I wasn’t going to be using everyone on the same show again. That would be fiscally irresponsible. We had to maintain our budget, after all. This card would feature the acts I wanted to feature. Eight of our guys would be on the show. Just over half. That’s a solid number.

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Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents: No Law, No Order
Saturday, Week 4, February, 2016
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Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty-Minute Time Limit
Hardcore Killah versus Jebediah ©

Co-Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
Muscle and Fitness [Justice Jolson and Richie Riggins] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Roger Menterio versus Hellion

Challenge Series Match #2
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Justice Jolson versus Max Mayhem

Challenge Series Match #1
Captain’s Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Richie Riggins versus Ace Youngblood

I looked over the card again. I was putting a lot of eggs in Jebediah’s basket -- he and Killah were going to finish the show and have to deliver. The tag teams were going to have to pull double duty -- but that was an old school wrestling trick. I learned it going to shows as a kid. Hopefully it will pay off for me. Only time will tell.

Historian 11-11-2018 10:55 AM

Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents: No Law, No Order
Saturday, Week 4, February 2016
In Attendance: 83 People at Club X

Challenge Series Match #1
Captain’s Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Richie Riggins versus Ace Youngblood

In a decent match, Richie Riggins defeated Ace Youngblood via pinfall while holding a handful of tights. The match lasted 11:08. E+


Challenge Series Match #2
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Justice Jolson versus Max Mayhem

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub par wrestling, Justice Jolson defeated Max Mayhem via pinfall in 9:08 when he illegally used the ropes for leverage. E+

Hellion cuts a menace based promo for his debut match against Roger Monterio. C+.

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Roger Monterio versus Hellion

In a match that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub par wrestling, Hellion defeated Roger Monterio in 7:26 via pinfall after a Devastation Bomb [Sitout Powerbomb]. E.

Co-Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
Muscle and Fitness [Justice Jolson and Richie Riggins] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

In a decent match, the Aces of Mayhem defeated Muscle and Fitness in 19:29 when Ace Youngblood defeated Justice Jolson with a Chaos Effect. The Aces of Mayhem made defense number 1 of the Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship. D-

Jebediah cuts a promo to hype his upcoming match with Hardcore Killah, E.

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty-Minute Time Limit
Hardcore Killah versus Jebediah ©

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Jebediah defeated Hardocre Killah in 16:12 via pinfall after a Sundown Splash. Jebediah makes defense number one of his Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship. E

Overall: The show increased our popularity in one region. E.

Theheel 11-11-2018 05:09 PM

Glad to see you with another diary. Interesting story and with Jen as the champ, I will enjoy seeing how he does.

RingRider 11-11-2018 06:20 PM

Fun little show... what is a "captain's match?"

Historian 11-11-2018 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by RingRider (Post 2315704)
Fun little show... what is a "captain's match?"

It’s an old southern wrestling spot show gimmick. You name two members of a tag team as captains and they go at it in a singles contest. It serves no real purpose other than to distinguish who is supposed to be the leader of each team.

Historian 11-11-2018 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by XMultiGames (Post 2315387)
Now, I have to tell a nitpick, because if not im going to be uncomfortable all diary, given how the game doesnt have states but regions, given the official maps made by the Devs, Denver isnt in the North West Region, is in the Mid South, but the Rockies are in the North West, just not the part of it that is in Denver, more like the Idaho-Montana Rockies, so the name of the company is factually correct.

I meant to add, I found the maps that someone shared, and I see that Colorado is listed in the Mid South territory, but the only venue that is definitely in Colorado is the Colorado Springs building. Since Colorado Springs is about 71 miles South of Denver, I'm going to use that as my official cut off point between the Mid South and North West, because darn it, Rocky Mountain Wrestling just makes sense to be based out of Denver!

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Originally Posted by theheel
Glad to see you with another diary. Interesting story and with Jen as the champ, I will enjoy seeing how he does.

Hopefully I can hold your interest. This one should be easier for me to maintain because I'm not writing the full results like I did before, so it makes shows significantly easier.

Historian 11-11-2018 09:08 PM

Monday, Week 1, March, 2016.

No Law, No Order went off okay. I would have liked the main event to be better, but apparently Hardcore Killah was taking advantage of me. He had showed up ready to work for the battle royal, but with a singles contest he didn’t show up in shape, almost hurt Jebediah when he botched a move and, simply put, at the worst performance of anyone that night. I expected a lot more from Killah, but he didn’t deliver and I’m not in the business of keeping people around just to keep them around. I let him know this morning that he would not be asked back. He understood. He’s been around a long enough time.

We drew more fans to No Law, No Order than we did to the Climb. We still lost money, but we only lost a small fraction of what we had lost before -- and most of our loss could be traced to the running of the dojo. As much as I want to train new talent, if we don’t see some growth within the year, I’ll probably have to close the training center. It’s not cheap to keep the lights on and I don’t want to have to keep losing money each month. This month was better though -- so if we grow a little bit we should be able to make up the difference.

I also put out a few phone calls this morning. Shady K is sitting unemployed right now and while he is it at the top end of what I would like to pay, he has some name value from his time on SWF and might be able to function as a top heel. I called Jack Griffith too -- but he’s not a long term solution. I only want to bring him in for a show. He’s expensive, I’ve seen some tapes of him from some indy gigs and he is a shell of a guy. Alcohol and pills can do that to you. I also called Phillipe LeGrenier. He’s a good looking kid. He has some good skills. I would have thought Jeremy or Alex would have brought him in full time -- or at least Troy. None of them have, so I might as well try. He could fill a void.

The last calls I put in were to the Boys from the Yukon from New York. While I want to make sure I don’t flood my roster with guys working elsewhere, I got a call from Steve that told me he might be finishing them up soon and he thinks their lumberjack gimmicks and overall style would fit nicely in what I’m trying to build -- so I might as well. They’re big, they’re burly, and if they can get over they could be a great addition to my roster.

I looked down at the plan for Wrestling Summit. Eventually, if we are able to tread water enough and become successful, I hoped to turn Wrestling Summit into a hallmark event for our organization. That comes in time though. Right now, I’m hoping this show brings us closer to breaking the century mark in attendance. It looks like we’ll have a new home in Club X. Not my first choice for a place to run shows, I’ll be honest. It was a gay bar that had terrible lighting. The patrons were super nice and the crowd we drew there was very much into the action, but you can only do so much with terrible lighting. It can fit three hundred people in it, though, so we had some room to grow.

I was pretty happy with the card for Wrestling Summit. It presented some good action and continued our smaller card trend, but featuring guys who were going to be players. It is also allowed me to continue to stagger featuring talent.

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Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents: Wrestling Summit I
Saturday Week 4, March 2016

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard


SomeLazyMagic 11-11-2018 10:31 PM

It's a shame about how Killah turned out for your last show, but in a way it's situations like that that add to the overall experience as you try things out. Hopefully Griffith will be a much smoother and better defense for Jeb.

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©
Like Oxford said before, Griffith is a shell of a himself, but if I remember correctly he should still be enough to get both a good rating and some improvements for Jeb.

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard
A victory for the heel team would be a pretty good way to build heat for several of the matches imo, especially for Jack since he's the one off challenger.

Leion 11-11-2018 10:37 PM

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard

King Bison 11-11-2018 10:41 PM

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©
I don’t see Griffith winning but I am glad to see him on the card. Even in his current state I still have a soft spot for him

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©
I don’t like Desert Storm

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester
Buck is just such a good “old school” wrestler. I love seeing him on the sings but I think SWF messed up not signing him to developmental when he was without ripw

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard


I love the old school feel of this show and the “insider perspective”. I’m a big fan of the story you’re telling right now

Herrbear 11-12-2018 02:31 PM

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard

foolinc 11-12-2018 02:39 PM

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©
Fool me once, same on me.

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard

moafnsteel 11-13-2018 10:41 AM

I am loving the diary so far! Love seeing different people get pushed, especially ones that I like, but never figured out how to push lol.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents: Wrestling Summit I
Saturday Week 4, March 2016

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard

Historian 11-13-2018 11:49 AM

RMW Presents: Wrestling Summit I
 
Rocky Mountain Wrestling Presents: Wrestling Summit I
Saturday Week 4, March 2016

Opening Contest
Eight Man Tag
$400 Bonus to the winning team
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Jebediah, Buck Winchester, and the Aces of Mayhem versus Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and National Guard

In a decent match, Buck Winchester, Jebediah, and the Aces of Mayhem defeated Jack Griffith, Cip Conduit, and the National Guard via pinfall in 16:16 after Jebediah hit Desert Storm with the Sundown Splash. D-

Buck Winchester cut a promo on Cip Conduit hyping their upcoming match. D

Special Attraction
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit
Cip Conduit versus “Cowboy” Buck Winchester

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Cip Conduit defeated Buck Winchester in 12:45 by pinfall with a Running Boot E+

Semi Main Event
Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
National Guard [Desert Storm and The Silencer] versus The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem] ©

In a decent match, The Aces of Mayhem defeated National Guard in 16:14 when Ace Youngblood pinned Desert Storm after hitting the Chaos Effect. This is the second successful title defense for the Aces of Mayhem. D.

Jebediah cuts a promo hyping his upcoming title defense against Jack Griffith, E+.

Main Event
Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship
Sixty Minute Time Limit
“Southern Justice” Jack Griffith versus “The Amish Mountain” Jebediah ©

In a bout that had good heat and a decent wrestling, Jebediah defeated Jack Griffith in 18:05 by pinfall after a Sundown Splash. This is Jebediah’s second successful defense of the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship. D-.

Overall: This show increased our popularity in one region, D-.

Historian 11-13-2018 11:51 AM

Thank you to everyone who predicted and to everyone who has given me positive feedback on the diary so far. I'm glad people are liking it. The old-school vibe has been very fun to write, so I'm glad it has been fun for people to read. Hopefully the short show reports aren't taking the enjoyment away from people.

Historian 11-13-2018 01:10 PM

There is an old adage that I heard from my first days in the wrestling business. I was a young wrestler in the late seventies and early eighties, the veterans used to tell me that they didn’t have to be as good night in-night out as they had been in their youth. They had to be good enough on the big shows to make people still believe in them. To still pay money to come out in see them. That was the key to longevity in the wrestling business, they told me. “Be just good enough when it is big enough.” I never believed that. I believed you wanted to perform at as high a level as possible -- then again, I was young and dumb and didn’t understand main eventing in weekly territories.

I was working in Texas when Clint Wayne came back for a run. He wasn’t the same performer he had been when he set Texas Wrestling on fire. One too many longnecks. One too many late nights in bars trying to prove he was outlaw enough to compete with the legends of old. He got brought back in though by a sympathetic ownership group and Professor Nero -- who had the book at the time. I was young. Just eighteen months into my career and I was being used as a carpenter. I was going to do the loop with Wayne to help get him back into ring shape -- help re-establish him with a fan base that they were hoping hadn’t forgotten him. After our first match, he was winded and sweaty and truth be told had been rotten, but the people reacted to him.

I asked him why. Why did they care so much? He wasn’t the performer he had been. He took a grand total of one bump the whole match. He didn’t use any holds out side of the lock up and a wristlock. Nothing else. Just punches and kicks and elbows. He laughed at me. Not in a mean way. In an amused way. He said ‘kid. I gave them what they wanted. They wanted to see me punch and kick and snarl. So I gave them that.’

Jack Griffith did that for my fans. He’s not the wrestler he was in his youth. He’s not the guy that set East Tennessee and Georgia on fire with his performances for Sneer in the early aughts. He was slower. Not nearly the athlete. Not nearly as exciting, but he knew what the people wanted to see. They wanted ‘Southern Justice’. They wanted him to be a little wild. A little crazy. They wanted the ‘Southern Justice’ jacket. He gave them that. He led the eight-man tag match. He kept the timing down, made sure the guys hit their spots at the right time. In the main event, he slowed the big man down. Helped him work like the six-feet-eleven giant that he is supposed to be. He cowered away. He powdered. He sold. He got his heat on Jeb without making the big man cheapen his gimmick. He bounced off the Amish Mountain and ultimately got a solid main event for Jeb’s second defense -- and helped lead us to what was the best show of our initial trilogy of shows.

Jack left with his envelope of cash and my respect. He’s not a guy I can use every show. His body can’t do it like it used to. He’s a guy that earned my respect though. He did business the right way. He would have liked to go over, sure. He would have liked a full time gig too, but he knew neither of those things were in the cards -- so he did his job.

Jeb looked like a star too. He got the biggest win of his career and really set himself up for what’s next. He’s worked five matches in three shows and won every one of them. He was improving too. Getting better at working to his size and understanding his role as the lead babyface.

The only negative? Five people fewer came to this show. I could have blamed it on the weather, or that there was something on TV that night that couldn’t be missed -- there was a special ceremony for Ross Henry getting inducted into some Ring of Heroes for the football team -- or maybe the new Wal-Mart that opened up was getting more attention. All of those would be excused though. The reality is, five fewer people showed up because we didn’t convince them to come out. Eighty-one people showed up to this show. All eighty-one were at the last show, so we haven’t made any new fans since our first show -- in fact we lost five, but with the critical reception of this show we are bound to attract more fans at our next one.

Historian 11-13-2018 04:53 PM

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -- C. Powell.

The boy in the ring took a near flawless flat-back in the small ring in the converted store. The acoustics in the building made sure that you could hear the slapping of flesh against canvas-covered wood boards. I leaned against the apron. My eyes watched intently. If you were going to train students you had to watch them. You had to pay close attention -- and I took the job seriously. If Rocky Mountain Wrestling was going to be sustainable in the long term, we had to be able to restock our own shelves. The secret to Rip and now Sam’s success in Baltimore was in the Boot Camp. It put out talent that made up the bulk of their roster. Syd and Cameron -- products of the training school. Nate and Tyrone -- products of the training school. The Architect, Deuce Deadline, Miller Fforde, Copperhead -- I could go on. They filled their roster with products of their camp and by proxy, guys tailor made to succeed in their environment. I wanted to replicate that success seventeen hundred miles away.

The boy flat-backed again. Then a third time. I watched. I said nothing. I didn’t need to -- he knew the method. I had shown him and all the others the proper method. Now he had to feel it. Had to have his shoulders drive into the woods. Had to feel his palms against the canvas, spreading out the impact and creating the right sound. Had to feel the benefit of tucking his chin so as to avoid the sickening sensation that comes when the back of the head hits the mat. Wrestling was part art, part sport, part science, all performance. You had to feel it. You had to live it. A man who worked with his hands all day naturally grew calloused to protect his hands. A wrestler had to condition his or her body to the bump. It had to become natural. You had to learn to fall that way every time. Once, after a particularly bad (and rare) rainstorm in Los Angeles, I slipped in my driveway and I took a perfect flat-back right there on the concrete. It hurt. I ached for a couple of days after, but I wasn’t damaged. I fell correctly and spared myself real injury.

The boy in the ring got out and another one took his spot. They’re all boys to me. We’re all boys. The boys and girls of wrestling. No matter how old you are, you’re still one of the boys or still one of the girls -- hell, even sometimes the girls are one of the boys. These guys are young. Pups really. Not yet in the fraternity of pro wrestling, but pledging to be in said fraternity. A tap on the shoulder brought me out of my idle daydreams. I turned towards the assaulting fingers.

“You’ve got a call.” The student said. He was nervous. More nervous than he should have been. Maybe I turned too aggressively. His fingers didn’t actually assault me. It just brought me from the zone.

“How do you know?” I asked curiously. I didn’t hear the phone ring. We don’t even have a phone installed here in the building. Everyone uses a cellphone.

“You left your phone with me… Told me to get you if anyone called.” He said confused. I did do that.

“That’s right. Thanks.” I took the phone from him and took a few steps from the ring. “This is Robert. Ray? How the hell are you? What time is it there anyway?” I paused to listen to Raymond Diaz. Ray was a legend in this business. A monster of a man who had spent virtually all of his career in the Land of the Rising Sun. We had met a handful of times. I was part of a committee that was sent to do overtures of several top North American wrestlers who were working out of Japan. He also started working for PGHW when I was still with GCG. He and Lee Wright were the top foreign tag team for them while Joel and I were the same for GCG. For twenty years he has been loyal to Japan and I was unable to help persuade him to come stateside for several runs with TCW over the years, but we had stayed friendly. “Yeah, I know your nephew Logan has been pro for a couple of years. He’s a hot prospect. I know that Naess had high hopes for him when he brought him in.” I took a pause. “What do you mean they cut him? When? January? Yeah, I’d love to talk to him and see if we can’t work something out.”

I listened intently to Ray. He was looking out for his nephew. Logan was a good athlete from what I remember. A two-time Florida Freestlye Wrestling Champion who skipped out on college scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Seaton Hall, and Minnesota to turn pro. He’s big and burly. I had seen tapes of his when I was producing for Tommy. I was always watching tapes, trying to find that next guy. We needed a next guy. USPW was aggressive, SWF was aggressive, South of the Border was aggressive -- hell, North of the Border was aggressive too. We had managed to get Jay Chord and Matt Hocking -- but the rest of our young talent had been from our school. We weren’t able to restock the shelves. We weren’t aggressive in getting the young talent that was out there and we weren’t able to steal top talent -- and it cost us a lot of money. It cost them Tommy and Rick. Tommy did not like unproven commodities. He didn’t like to roll the dice on rookies -- despite the fact that Richard and J.K. had rolled the dice on him when he was a pup with big paws. He could have had Cameron, Casey, Brett, D.C. and Eddie -- any of Rip and then Sam’s talent. There was a natural relationship there that could have been used to refill our coffers. Logan would have been a great asset for TCW -- I’m sure one day he will get the call. But right now? I was negotiating with his uncle to bring him in for me. He was cheap. Unproven. Raw in a lot of ways, but he looked great. Fit the bill for what I was looking for and would make it easier when I inevitably had to make some tough decisions down the road.

“Tell him to call me as soon as he can. I can do some great things with him. Thanks for the call, Ray.” I hung up. The future was looking bright, rainy weather be damned.


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