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Default February 2003: SuperBrawl XIII Wrap-up

SuperBrawl was an exercise in frustration for most of the night with several matches that underachieved, but the show ended on the strongest note possible. Between a couple of great promos and two absolutely amazing final matches, it actually wound up being our second best event ever, ahead of last month's Sin and behind only Starrcade, 2002's Show of the Year. There was no real distinction between the last two matches, both of which were nearly perfect. I heavily praised Punk for his great delivery in both the match and the promo earlier in the night, and said I had no doubt he would be the world champion one day. I also complimented Styles and Storm on their match. It would have worked just fine as the main event and world title match, and I said as much. Between those three guys and Mysterio, the last two matches featured guys who never would have been given a legitimate chance to headline under the old regime. That's why that regime failed, and we're gaining momentum.


Vince ran his No Way Out PPV head to head with SuperBrawl. I'll be fair: it was a great show. The ring work in the main event wasn't the greatest, but the star power had the fans eating out of their hand anyway. It was a six man tag where Hollywood heel Rock joined forces with original nWo members Hogan and Scott Hall to defeat Hunter, Kurt Angle and Big Show. That was match of the night based solely on the crowd reaction.

Not far behind it was the great semi main event where Benoit retained the ECW title over William Regal. That was obviously much better as an actual match, but the crowd reaction in the main event put that over the top. WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero did not wrestle on the show, because he got into a brawl with Rock at the very beginning of the show that led to Big Show taking his spot in the main event. Royal Rumble winner Chris Jericho was left off the show entirely. While this was admittedly a great show, I think everyone would agree that SuperBrawl was even better. Try harder next time, Vince!

Ron Simmons hurt his back in a dark match with Marty Jannetty, and he's expected to be out for two or three months.







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Prediction Scores (out of a possible 13 points):

K-Nection: 11

2Sweet: 10
Rateddc: 10
Nobby_McDonald: 10
GingeyOne: 10

Uncrewed: 9
Warhawk8492: 9
deanohbk: 9
DiamondKnucklez: 9
BHK6: 9

Happy0wns: 8
jscotty: 8
JMike: 8
Dead_Jester: 8
evileddie10: 8
odan: 8
cbacon87: 8
Kijar: 8
Satyr24: 8
Cro Cop Rules: 8
crackerjack: 8
Danny_H22: 8

DGenerationMC: 7
michgcs: 7
sportsfanmas: 7
kinnikuniverse: 7
chrismday: 7
GnarlsFunk: 7
Ian carlisle: 7
Wolfman84: 7
tg01: 7

bonnie: 6
ElectricX: 6
DavidCorperial: 6
Beejus: 6
The OGI: 6

smw88: 4

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Standings in prediction contest after three shows:

Rateddc: 24

Satyr24: 23
cbacon87: 23
jscotty: 23
BHK6: 23
K-Nection: 23

GnarlsFunk: 22
Uncrewed: 22

DavidCorperial: 21
Dead_Jester: 21
odan: 21
deanohbk: 21

Wolfman84: 20
JMike: 20
evileddie10: 20
Happy0wns: 20
Warhawk8492: 20
GingeyOne: 20

DGenerationMC: 19
Ian carlisle: 19
2Sweet: 19

bonnie: 18
chrismday: 18
tg01: 18
Kijar: 18

Beejus: 17
kinnikuniverse: 17
Cro Cop Rules: 17
crackerjack: 17

smw88: 16
michgcs: 16

Danny H22: 13
KnowYourEnemy: 13

sportsfanmas: 12

The OGI: 11

Nobby_McDonald: 10
Destiny: 10

DiamondKnucklez: 9

Inic: 8

thecoolestjedi12: 6
ElectricX: 6




The last two matches both scored a 99, so both of those counted as MOTN. The 'correct' answer for who Austin speaks to was Bischoff, but I gave Nobby credit for 'the fans' as well, because it amused me and he technically wasn't wrong.

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Bring in Low Ki as a manager. I don't know why, just do it.
A manager with no popularity and horrendous promo skills?

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THE FANS? THE FANS? I hope he just shows up now and says absolutely nothing
Like the Chris Jericho gimmick in his 2012 comeback, where he wore the light-up jacket, walked around with a cheesy smile on his face and said nothing? I seriously loved that!

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Toryumon closing, hopefully to become dragon gate?
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Yeah Adam said in the dev journal that time is a factor in match grades. anything under 15 minutes can create a ceiling on the match grade.

And I think I'm the only one who guessed him and Bischoff would be having a confrontation! And it appears Corino and and Austin are going to be walking into some epic matches!
Yeah, I'm aware of the match length thing--I thought it was 20 minutes though? Or maybe I just have 20 in my head because that's what you need to hit for the slow build note to be useful.

I think there were actually 4 or 5 people who guessed Bischoff. And there was certainly a tease for Austin/Corino!

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So we got a good old country boy in Knoble forced into the Empire, who are now at war with wrestling's most famous redneck? That could lead to some real interesting things.
Hmmm....

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Srsly though, you should thank true heroes, aj and rey for saving the show.
I did, as you can see.

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Punk plunge? 1/10 not sponsored by Pepsi.
I renamed it for obvious copyright reasons...but maybe I COULD just say that Pepsi has taken notice of WCW's recent rise in importance and offered to partner up with them, especially with the dude with the Pepsi tattoo on his arm.

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Maybe SuperBrawl was hampered by being "one of those nights"? Does TEW even do that? I remember EWR used to have a random RNG that caused everyone to just have an off night.
I'm about 99% sure that that feature didn't make it past the EWR days. Thank goodness for that too, because it made no sense. Within an individual segment, sure, but for an entire show? That was one of my least favorite things in EWR.
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Yeah, I'm aware of the match length thing--I thought it was 20 minutes though? Or maybe I just have 20 in my head because that's what you need to hit for the slow build note to be useful. .
Whoops you are right it is 20 minutes. Slow build is effective at 16 minutes though.
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The last two matches both scored a 99, so both of those counted as MOTN. The 'correct' answer for who Austin speaks to was Bischoff, but I gave Nobby credit for 'the fans' as well, because it amused me and he technically wasn't wrong.
Amusing and correct. Can't beat that.
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TFC, I've been reading this one on and off for a while now, but every time I seemed to make real headway your page count leapt ahead again

It's such a good read, and I'm really pleased to be caught up. I've enjoyed the rise of Rey Mysterio, the fantastic tag matches, the slow dismantling of the old big names... you've even found a use for Shane Douglas, who I thought peaked around about 1994 and then fell off a cliff.

For a resurgent WCW to have Steve Austin on board is great news. I'm curious how good he'll be in the ring - Austin in 2003 was just about done, match-wise, I think? But maybe in-game he'd dinged up but can still go.

I love the fan interaction you've got going - the prediction contests, the UFS... I know that must be so difficult for you to keep organised, but it really works (and I love seeing the UFS winners get their own angle on a show, too!)

I also like that Bret hasn't become the focus of the show too much. Obviously in real life he was physically incapable, but in a diary it would be excusable for him to get involved to some degree. It's cool you haven't gone that way (says someone who does often go that way...)

Excellent work all 'round, and now to see what Vince can put together for WrestleMania!
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February 24th, 2003

From The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois

Attendance: 12,000

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart

We begin with backstage footage after SuperBrawl went off the air last night. Rey Mysterio Jr. returns from ringside after having retained his World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk, but out of nowhere he's attacked by Shane Douglas! Douglas slams Rey's head against the wall, slams him on the floor and bashes him in the face with his own title belt! In a voiceover, Mike and I let fans know that Douglas will step into Piper's Pit tonight to explain his actions. (B+)

With his tutelage under Booker T seemingly over and having just lost to Fit Finlay in a decisive UFS match, Bobby Roode's career looked to be in flux. He got his hand raised tonight with the Northern Lariat in a convincing win over Jason Jett. (C)

Satyr's Hopeful Few are cutting a promo on tonight's 4 on 4 elimination-style tiebreaker against The K-Nections (with The Unnatural doing most of the talking) when Ric Flair struts into the camera shot. He tells "Dustin" that this tiebreaker never would've been necessary if he hadn't been disrespectful just like his old man, because Ric would've been more than happy to help him beat RVD. Unnatural begins to chastise Flair, but Father Isaac cuts him off. "I think we got off on the wrong foot," he says to Flair. "Perhaps you and I could go and speak in private?" Flair agrees to that, walking off with Isaac after a parting "woo" in Dustin's face. (B)

The Shooting Stars soared (get it?) to victory against independent wrestlers Chris Bosh and Jerrelle Clark. (B-)

One of the UFS Semifinal series is already set: The Phenomenal Enigmas will take on the Sin-free Society. All the male members of those teams assemble in the ring for a promo, and it unsurprisingly gets heated. Of particular notice was CM Punk, who did almost all of the talking for his team, trashing AJ Styles on Lance Storm's behalf and saying that he should just hand that US title over to the real champion. No blows were thrown, but the series will get underway next week when Rick Steiner wrestles Lance Storm. (A)

The Empire (sans Eric Bischoff and Etsuko Mita, but including reluctant new member Jamie Knoble) are gathered backstage by King Corino, who rallies the troops. "The CEO extended his hand to Steve Austin in friendship last night, and that SOB bit that hand like the snake he is! Tonight, we're going to call him out to the ring and make him pay for it!" (B+)

Last night's "Armani emergency" had apparently been resolved, because Made in Italy competed tonight. They had no trouble disposing of Lash Leroux and Big Vito. (B-)

The Steiners attempt to attack Made in Italy after the match, but Dawn Marie catches Scott's attention long enough for Parisi and Mamaluke to escape. (B-)

24 hours after overcoming a massive size difference to beat The Destroyer and send Uncrewed's Crew into the Semifinals of the UFS, Bryan Danielson took on someone his own size in Cash. Cash gave a good effort but was defeated by Cattle Mutilation. (B)

Bobby Heenan interviews the male members of The K-Nections. After Scott Steiner, DDP and Harry Smith get their turns to comment, RVD says that he would've ended this series last night if it wasn't for Ric Flair, but tonight all four of them would work together to do so. With three former World Heavyweight Champions and a future superstar among them, they were going to be a winning combination. (A*)

The legend Sting showed he's still a force to be reckoned with by tapping Shawn Stasiak out to the Scorpion Deathlock. (B-)

Bobby Heenan visits the locker room of Steve Austin for a reaction to King Corino's comments earlier in the night. Austin says that he's not in a match tonight and was just going to drink some beer and have a good time, but if Corino calls him out, you can bet your last dollar that The Hellraiser will answer the call, son! (B+)

Volador and Aguila recovered from their loss last night by defeating the team of Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Psychosis, Volador taking care of Chavo while Aguila finished Psychosis with a beautiful moonsault. (B-)

Shane Douglas on Piper's Pit: "Why did I attack Rey Mysterio Jr. last night? It should be obvious: because it's past time for me to get my shot at the title! After that punk AJ Styles allegedly made me submit in my US title rematch, I could only watch as Bobby Roode came up short and got my team eliminated from the UFS. My stock was fading, and who knows if I would ever be given a fair shot? Front offices don't like someone like me, someone unafraid to speak his mind and unafraid to call them out on their garbage. I couldn't afford to wait for an opportunity to be given to me: I had to take it. And I took it by laying Mysterio out last night. Now he'll have revenge on his mind--and he'll be willing to put that title on the line to try and get it." (A)

Main event time. One team advances, one team goes home. The K-Nections were dealt a horrible blow early on in the match when, during a wild brawl between the two teams that the referee couldn't control, Ric Flair snuck in and knocked RVD out with brass knuckles. He was the first elimination of the match moments later, and the K-Nections were trying to play catchup from then on. DDP eventually found himself in an unenviable 3-on-1 situation. He opened the door after hitting the Diamond Cutter on Alexander and pinning him, but The Unnatural and Mortis exploited their two on one advantage to the fullest. Page fought hard, but Unnatural Selection finished him off and set up a Semifinal series between Uncrewed's Crew and Satyr's Hopeful Few. (B+)


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As promised, The Empire came to the ring and Corino called out Austin. He promised that the unprovoked assault of Eric Bischoff would not go unpunished. Since he figured Austin would be too afraid to come down there and get his butt kicked by the entire group, he'll personally guarantee that only one member of The Empire will make any attempt to beat him down tonight. "After all, we don't need the numbers! One's all we need to take you out, you stupid redneck!"









Whether Austin believed Corino's guarantee or not probably made no difference, because he stepped out from the back like he was fully prepared to take on every last member of The Empire. The crowd rose to their feet as Austin started walking down the aisle. Before he could make it all the way down, though...












He was attacked from behind by Booker T! Austin was too surprised by the ambush to mount much of a defense, and he was soon laid out with a Book End on the floor! Corino had a huge grin on his face as he watched.

"I'm a man of my word, Steve. I promised that only one member of The Empire would attack you, and that's just what happened! Eric might not be here with us tonight physically, but his presence is still being felt. He reached out and offered Booker T a position in our growing Empire, and Booker made the wise decision to join our ranks. You could have too, Austin. You could have shook Eric's hand and joined the winning side, but instead you chose to stand alone. And now you'll be destroyed, alone."



Grade: A*


Show Grade: B+






March 1st, 2003

From the Sendai City Gymnasium in Sendai, Japan

Attendance: 7,000

Announce Team: Joey Styles and Tracy Brooks

In the opener, Chigusa Nagayo beat Sonoko Kato with the Super Freak. (B)

Post-match: Nagayo grabs the microphone and says that she was just trying to pass some of her wisdom as a 22-year veteran on by reassuring Etsuko Mita that her failure to regain the title wasn't the end of the world, but Mita threw it in her face, and she won't let that stand. Mita comes into the aisle and tells her she didn't ask for or want her advice, and she doesn't care if Chigusa is insulted or not. (A)

Aja Kong and Meiko Satomura cut brief pre-taped promos for tonight's singles main event, with Kong's AAAW Singles title "unofficially" on the line. (B-)

Shinobu Kandori used her judo skills for a submission win over luchadora Mary Apache. (C)

Backstage: Our Generation confront Daffney and LuFisto. Melissa tells them that Nattie has been cleared to return to action after being hit with Daffney's mist at Dancing with the Devil, and she'll be wrestling LuFisto one on one next week. (C+)

Veteran Kyoko Inoue and youngster Momoe Nakanishi joined forces to defeat Takako Inoue and Katarina Waters (borrowed from 5SSW for this show) when Momoe pinned Waters with the Momo*Latch. (C+)

Recap video: King Corino goads Steve Austin into a trap, where he's attacked and laid out in the aisle by Booker T, the newest member of The Empire! (A*)

Many feel that Meiko Satomura could be the standard bearer for Renaissance in the future, but facing Aja Kong was a big test to find out where she stands in the present. She acquitted herself very well, executing a smart gameplan that was all about fast, high-flying offense and not allowing Kong to use her size and strength. She even showed veteran poise in ignoring the presence of Devil Masami when she showed up halfway through and began watching the match from the aisle, but she made one big mistake. As she came off of the top rope for an aerial attack, Kong smacked her with her Uraken backfist. That was all it took for Aja to maintain her grip on the title she's held since January 2002. (B-)

Post-match: Manami Toyota comes to the ring to confront Kong. She says that a showdown between them has been a long time coming. She's the officially recognized Women's World Champion in WCW, but Kong keeps calling herself the true champion--and it's a fact that Aja never lost the belt Manami now holds. She says there's only one way to settle this: Manami puts up her belt, Aja puts up hers, and we have a title unification match to determine once and for all who the champion truly is! A grinning Kong says that sounds like a great idea to her. She'll happily bash in Manami's pretty face, the face that WCW has sold Renaissance on, and in the process she'll prove she's the most dominant wrestler in the world today, regardless of gender! (A*)


Show Grade: B+

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March 3rd, 2003

From the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Attendance: 11,286

Announce Team: "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Bret "The Hitman" Hart


Spotlight Segment:



We opened with The Empire in the ring. They were out to explain how and why Booker T came to join the group. Booker said that everyone saw what happened to him after Starrcade, after the World Heavyweight Championship was taken from him. After spending over a year trying to get that belt back, he couldn't cope with losing it all over again. He hadn't known what to do next--and that's where Eric Bischoff came in.

Corino took over and explained the Bischoff side, since Eric was still selling the Stunner and wasn't here to handle this part. He said that it had been Eric who saw the potential in Booker in the first place and brought him to WCW, and he'd always believed that Booker would be great one day. Even though their paths hadn't often diverged, he was proud of Booker for achieving so much success. Eric was content to leave Booker to do his own thing, but he saw what happened to Booker after Starrcade and felt that he needed a helping hand. Eric was happy to provide that, and with Booker now joining the fold, the World Heavyweight Championship would soon belong to The Empire! Both of these guys did a pretty good job with their delivery








Out came Austin to crash the party, steel chair in hand. He said that he didn't give a damn about empires, helping hands or anything else. What he cared about was Booker T whipped his ass last week, and he wasn't about to let that stand. He said that he knew the odds were against him, with all of The Empire standing there and him being by himself. But he did have a steel chair in his hands, and even if they did eventually overwhelm him, you could bet he was going to take a couple of them out first!

Corino hastened to say that wouldn't be necessary. There was no reason for Austin to enter a fight he had no hope of winning; The Empire was all about sportsmanship and fair play! (Mike and I were quick to say that Corino just didn't want anything to do with a chair-wielding Hellraiser.) Booker agreed, saying that he can beat Austin up all on his own any time he wants, just like he did last week. This led to Austin challenging Booker to a one on one match, right then and there! Booker agreed to face Austin in his first match back in WCW--but not tonight. "If I'm gonna send 'The Hellraiser' back where he came from, I'm gonna do it on pay-per-view! I'll see ya at Slamboree, sucka!"

Steve was really good here, and this was a great start to the show. The fans loved it and are already looking forward to Austin versus Booker in Steve's WCW (re)debut.



Grade: A*


Ultimate Fan Series, Opening Round: #2 The Phenomenal Enigmas vs. #3 Sin-free Society
This Semifinal series opened with Rick Steiner taking on Lance Storm. Steiner connected with a couple of Steiner-lines and used a few effective suplexes, but Storm was able to outwrestle him and earn a tapout with the Calgary Clutch. (B)

After the match, AJ Styles steps into the aisle. He says Lance has a right to be upset with the way their match at SuperBrawl ended. AJ's upset about it too, because even if he was still the champion, he still didn't get to prove he can beat Lance. That's why he went to Arn Anderson and requested a rematch at Slamboree--this time with no time limit! Storm nods in approval, obviously happy to be getting a second shot at the US title. (A)

Per Rey Mysterio Jr's request, both he and Shane Douglas are summoned to Arn Anderson's office. Rey says there was no need for Douglas to attack him from behind like a coward; if he wanted a title shot, all he needed to do was ask. Douglas laughs and says Rey knows nothing about the politics of wrestling if he really believes that, because people have been denying him the things that he's deserved for years. Rey asks Arn to sanction a title match between he and Douglas at Slamboree, and despite his unease about rewarding bad behavior, Arn gives the champion what he wants and makes the match official. He also reminds Shane to prepare himself, because he's wrestling Bryan Danielson in tonight's main event. (A)

Ultimate Fan Series, Semifinal Round: #1 Uncrewed's Crew vs. #4 Satyr's Hopeful Few
It was The Empire against Salvation here: Chuck Palumbo against Mortis. Fans might not have known who to cheer for here, but the match was of critical importance to both teams as they tried to start the series off right. It was Mortis who did so for the Hopeful Few with his Flatliner. (B)

Stacy Keibler leads the Jung Dragons to confront Sean O'Haire at an autograph signing. Stacy brags that Kaz will not only beat O'Haire in their UFS match next week, he'll be taking the World Television Championship while he's at it. O'Haire grins and says he looks forward to it. (B-)

The entirety of Satyr's Hopeful Few gathers backstage, where The Unnatural delivers what is apparently supposed to be a motivational speech. Mortis and Alexander naturally follow their fellow Salvation member's line of thinking, and Christopher Daniels seems receptive to it as well. This leaves Melissa Anderson as the only one standing there looking absolutely baffled as she tries to decipher what was just said. (B+)

Jamie Knoble took on Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a #1 contender's match, with the winner to challenge Christopher Daniels for the Cruiserweight title at Slamboree. Knoble wrestled his normal mat-based style of match, but received unexpected aid when TAKA attacked Chavo on the outside of the ring. Knoble's back was turned when it happened and he was seemingly unaware of it, but it worked to his benefit and allowed him to win the match not too much later. (B+)

The Sin-free Society gather backstage. CM Punk congratulates his friend Lance Storm on getting the series started with a win over Rick Steiner. Daffney cackles and says she'll do the same to "pretty little Alexis Laree" this week on Renaissance and put the team one win away from the finals. (B+)

Harry Smith is still trying to find his way in WCW, especially now without his father there to support him, but he did get his hand raised tonight when he beat Shawn Stasiak. (C+)

The Steiners confront Made in Italy backstage, and Scott wants to know when they'll "stop runnin' and stand and fight!" Mamaluke says they are not afraid of the Steiners and will be happy to prove it at the appropriate time. Scott asks when that will be, and Parisi says they'll check their schedules and get back to them. (B-)

The Shooting Stars have shown some promise in their early days as a team, but they had a huge test tonight as they met the Hardys in a non-title match. Kidman and Teddy Hart put up a good fight against the champions, but Teddy missed on a Shooting Star Press and was subsequently finished with a Twist of Fate from Matt. (B)

Post-show footage from last week: Rob Van Dam is unwrapping his wrist tape when Ric Flair struts into his locker room. Flair taunts him, saying he'll soon be forgotten after being eliminated in the first round of the UFS, but promises to make sure he gets an invite to Slamboree so he can watch the Nature Boy get inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame. RVD gets up and shows uncharacteristic anger as he shoves Flair backwards. Ric, surprised and no longer smiling, hurries out of the room. (A*)

Shane Douglas now has the World title match he wanted, but he needed to get his head in the game if he wanted to defeat one of the brightest young superstars in WCW, Bryan Danielson. Danielson used his masterful technical wrestling skills to put Douglas on the defensive, and Shane, while a fair technical wrestler, could not match him in that department. Danielson proved himself a capable brawler as well when Douglas tried to turn the match into more of a fistfight. This left Shane to try and win the match with his mind. When Danielson attempted a top rope headbutt, Shane proved that he'd been playing possum as he jumped up, ran over and brought him back down to the mat with a huge superplex for the pin. (B)


Show Grade: B+






March 8th, 2003

From the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan

Attendance: 8,164

Announce Team: Joey Styles and Tracy Brooks

In her first match since Dancing with the Devil, Nattie Neidhart looked as good as ever in defeating LuFisto via submission. (C)

It is officially announced that Manami Toyota and Aja Kong will meet in a title unification match in the main event of the next Renaissance PPV on April 6th, which will appropriately be titled 'Unified.' Both women give pre-taped comments about the match and plug the contract signing that will take place next week. (B+)

Ultimate Fan Series, Semifinal Round: #2 The Phenomenal Enigmas vs. #3 Sin-free Society (Society leads 1-0)
Alexis Laree looked to get the Enigmas on the board in a match with Daffney. She performed well and seemed to be closing in on the victory, but Daffney rolled her up and held onto her pants for additional leverage to get the pin and put the Society up 2-0. (B-)

Vignette: Meiko Satomura approaches Melissa Anderson during a public appearance and wishes her luck during her UFS match against Devil Masami next week. Devil is also on hand, and she mocks both of them. She says Meiko should just be happy it'll be Melissa getting beat up next week instead of Meiko. (B)

A video promotes a battle of champions coming up Monday on Nitro, where Rey Mysterio Jr. of Uncrewed's Crew will wrestle Christopher Daniels from Satyr's Hopeful Few. (A*)

Her title unification match is already official, so tonight's match pitting Manami Toyota against Momoe Nakanishi was obviously not for the title. That didn't mean it wasn't a huge match though, especially for Momoe. She gave the Women's World Champion everything she had. The 'Genius of Pin' nearly pinned Manami several times with some of her sudden pin combinations, but Toyota prevailed by brilliantly countering a Nakanishi victory roll attempt into her Ocean Cyclone Suplex. (B)


Show Grade: B





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TFC, I've been reading this one on and off for a while now, but every time I seemed to make real headway your page count leapt ahead again
It probably helps that my pace has slowed down quite a bit!

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It's such a good read, and I'm really pleased to be caught up. I've enjoyed the rise of Rey Mysterio, the fantastic tag matches, the slow dismantling of the old big names... you've even found a use for Shane Douglas, who I thought peaked around about 1994 and then fell off a cliff.
Big night coming up for Douglas, too. He's got some big shoes to fill, trying to follow some of Rey's recent big matches.

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For a resurgent WCW to have Steve Austin on board is great news. I'm curious how good he'll be in the ring - Austin in 2003 was just about done, match-wise, I think? But maybe in-game he'd dinged up but can still go.
It still remains to be seen since I haven't actually put him in a match yet, but it at least looks like he should be up to the task.

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I love the fan interaction you've got going - the prediction contests, the UFS... I know that must be so difficult for you to keep organised, but it really works (and I love seeing the UFS winners get their own angle on a show, too!)
It can be difficult to track at times, yeah. Tallying up the prediction scores is pretty tedious. It usually takes me a bit to try and piece together how the UFS will play out each time, but it's also led me in some interesting directions I probably wouldn't have taken on my own.

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I also like that Bret hasn't become the focus of the show too much. Obviously in real life he was physically incapable, but in a diary it would be excusable for him to get involved to some degree. It's cool you haven't gone that way (says someone who does often go that way...)
I don't think there's any other way you COULD go, playing as Ric Flair. Especially when he's still an active wrestler!

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Thanks man! I appreciate the comment, and I'm a big fan of Dangerous Territory. As for Mania, well...that'll be in the hands of the winner of this prediction contest, assuming they want it.
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Another great read man!

Really enjoy the feud between Steve Austin and The Empire. You've been doing a great job with the promos leading into Slamboree. I got to admit, really like the addition of Booker T in The Empire. Cannot wait for the match between Austin and Booker T.

Mysterio Vs Douglas will also be a good one, but like you was saying, Douglas definitely has some big shoes to fill.
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A little salty at naitch for putting in the nail in the coffin for the K-Nections (should have seen that coming when I picked RVD....).

Really psyched for the Unification match on....Unified lol.

Book joining the Empire was a nice swerve I didn't see coming and should be a nice safe opponent to gauge how well Steve can still go after his Aussie tours.

Shane has been a great wildcard for you and has been as great as Hercules was for you in TGAB.

Glad to see Nattie doing well after recovering from injury.
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God has returned! Rejoice!

Holy slinky, I didn't see the booker twist coming! Though why would bischoff use a note? I mean, a stunner just stuns, for crying out loud! I guess he was just lazy.

Now douglas is finally getting his chance at the big time!

I swear to god, austin better save knoble mania from that wretch Corino!

Lots of tag teams coming up for the eventual hardy and true heroes split. Wonder if the tag titles would still maintain the same level of prestige, tho.

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Love how The Empire bounced back. It's certainly a step up, feuding with Jamie Knoble to Steve freakin' Austin. I wonder how Booker's arrival could impact Corino's rise, though. Maybe a face turn is in the works?
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Man, Austin vs The Empire is going to be GOODT!

Also, Booker entering the faction gives them the credibility to be the definitive nš1 faction on the show.
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Just want to say, the amount of ideas and motivation I get from this thread has kept me playing TEW, there's been times where I'm bored with it, and I've seen a new update and fell back in love with the game.

I've wanted to do my own Dynasty, but it's too much work for me :P
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In what is a pretty huge deal for us, we've signed a yearlong deal with Televisa to air Nitro in Mexico. This is a massive jump up in network exposure from our existing deal with Canal 5. Canal 5 is also the current home for Raw and Smackdown, so this gives us a big leg up on Vince in Mexico. Clearly our recent push to national status has inspired confidence in us as a brand, because even having a meeting with a broadcaster the size of Televisa would've been a pipe dream at the start of the year. The new contract won't begin until we finish up our commitments on Canal 5 next month, but it'll be exciting to see how our reputation begins to grow in Mexico after that. We may need to consider trying to tape some TV and hold a PPV down there later in the year.

We've signed Austin Aries away from NWATNA on a two year contract. I would've been content to let him stay in TNA for the foreseeable future as I have no immediate plans for him, but despite announcing him as a roster member when the company opened last May, they've never actually booked him in a match. He's someone my scouting team is high on, and he sure wasn't going to get any better sitting on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing while Russo pushes Mantaur to the moon. He'll be starting down in Wildside on a developmental deal, and when he eventually gets called up he would seem a good fit for the Cruiserweight division.

Shinobu Kandori has signed a contract extension to stay with us for the next six months. I did have to throw her a cash bonus first though, because she was still furious about being asked to put over Kyoko Inoue on TV last October.

Two weeks in a row now, I've seen Sting giving Johnny Parisi some tips on how to draw sympathy from the fans if he ever turns babyface. No plans to turn him any time soon, but it's good that he's trying to help him prepare for any possibility.

Harry Smith broke his toe during the eight man tag on the February 24th Nitro, but that healed after just a few days. There was also a feeling that he was used too much on that show given his current position in the company, but I think sharing the ring with so many stars in a main event match was good for him.

I reached an agreement with Mexican female wrestler Mary Apache, who will be working for Renaissance under a PPA deal as a glorified enhancement talent basically.

CM Punk and Hugh Morrus both praised Tony Mamaluke's in-ring work. I've been pretty impressed as well. For a guy who was brought in on a one night jobber deal, and then was signed to a developmental contract because of chemistry between he and Johnny Parisi, he's really made the most of his chance so far.

Jason Jett, Mike Sanders and Shawn Stasiak all came up to me after the February 24th show to say they're unhappy with their booking and want to be pushed harder. It's not going to happen for any of those guys. I might just let all three walk when their contracts are up and rotate some fresh faces into the mix in those roles.

Big Vito did the same the following week. Yeah, I don't care.

Etsuko Mita has been pretty complimentary of Sonoko Kato's in-ring work, and she seems to think I should give Kato a legitimate push instead of using her as a jobber to the stars. We'll see.



The WWE have called up Leviathan from OVW. Leviathan, real name Dave Bautista, apparently isn't a great worker but he does have a great superstar look.


I'm not sure how this slipped my notice before, but reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Yuji Nagata tore his quad in a tag match taped for TV in late January. Obviously he had to vacate the title, which is a big shame for him just one month after winning it for the first time. It's also a big blow to NJPW, who honestly can't afford it right now.

They held their 'Wave Rising Formation' PPV on February 24th. The main event of the show was Tatsumi Fujinami and Masahiro Chono battling for the vacant IWGP Heavyweight title. The match ended in a double count out though, so there's still no champion. It was a decent match, but nowhere close to the best of the night. That honor went to Koji Kanemoto over Osamu Nishimura in an absolute classic two matches earlier. Kanemoto's name seems to pop up a lot in matches of the night on these big shows, so maybe Inoki should put the title on him.

'Elements of Battle' followed on March 3rd. They still didn't crown a new heavyweight champion. Instead the main event was Manabu Nakanishi and Masahiro Chono battling Koji Kanemoto and Tatsumi Fujinami for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles (which also were vacated after Nagata's injury, as he and Fujinami held the belts.) The match was pretty good, but it ended in a double countout. So two straight PPVs main evented by matches for Nagata's vacated titles, both of which ended in double countouts. What strange booking. The show itself was just slightly below the previous one, with the best match being Taiyo Kea retaining the Junior Heavyweight title over Hiroshi Tanahashi in the third to last match.



Matt Sydal's reign as NWA World Champion came to an end on a Zero-One event on March 7th, where he was defeated by Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba is a legit star in Japan from his work in MMA group PRIDE, but his name isn't very widely known anywhere else.


Florida businessman Sal Hamaoui has begun advertising his new independent promotion, Full Impact Pro, or FIP for short. Seems like he'll be aiming to build the promotion around a cult atmosphere.

If that's what he's shooting for, the decision to hire former CZW owner John Zandig as his head booker probably makes sense. I never thought much of CZW when it was around, but at least he's not Russo.



Germany's Westside Extreme Wrestling is gone. They put on some decent shows for a company of their level, but their regular touring events didn't draw well enough for them to be profitable.






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It was a fake injury, so it's not THAT impressive.

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Holy slinky, I didn't see the booker twist coming! Though why would bischoff use a note? I mean, a stunner just stuns, for crying out loud! I guess he was just lazy.
The note was just to set up a private meeting away from the arena, so no one could spot them talking backstage.

I have to give nods to both MisterRomanini and Bluestillidie00 for their avatars. Nicolas Cage and Toni Storm are both amazing (though for very different reasons!)
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No! Don't put Aries in the Cruiserweight division! He's just gonna walk out!
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I am really liking Booker joining up with Uncle Eric and his Empire here. It's a natural move for him in this position of not being sure of himself, and the add-on effect is that his overness should rub off on all other members of the group, who I would imagine have almost capped off after their previous feuds ran their course. In that I mean to say that there's only so much that they were going to gain by just hanging around Bischoff and having matches with aging Flair and Sting, but being around Booker and Austin are going to add a whole new level for them to reach.

I always liked Tony Mamaluke, he may not have been quite as sound as Guido was but he definitely is a solid hand. If I remember correctly, his selling is through the roof as well, which will help if the Steiners ever get their hands on him!

I like the signing of Aries as well, he should improve pretty fast in Wildside and be a strong player soon. I don't think he'll be quite "A-Double, Best Wrestler in the World" or anything for some time, but he can for sure be the intense killer that he was in his early Ring of Honor career.
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