MAW-The Young and the Wrestlers
OK, I just bought TEW2005, and have never played any of the series prior. I'm jumping into a diary to hopefully help me get started (you know the whole thing how writing stuff down helps you remember it better?). I want to start from ground zero, so MAW it is. This could crash and burn quick, so fair warning. I'm also hoping this will help me through readers feedback (if I don't bore you all to death). So here we go...................
“Come on Rip, do this for me, your favorite uncle!”
“Vinny, I don’t know man, I don’t even know this kid.”
“I know, but I told his old man that I would look out for him, and help out. He’s a great kid, and smart. I’m sure he would help out a lot.”
“Vin, there’s just too much going on right now. I can’t babysit this kid.”
“You won’t have to, he can handle himself. Listen, you don’t even have to pay him. I’ll take care of everything, help him out with the money if I need to.”
After a long silence……..
“Alight Vin, I’ll help you out. I owe you at least that. But let me tell you, I’m keeping a short leash on this kid.”
The next day, a young man shows up at the office of MAW, which is actually Rip Chord’s basement. After retiring from a great career of wrestling, Rip Chord has started a new promotion, one that will cater to new young wrestlers and give them a leg up in the industry. The young man walks in, and greets Rip with a hug.
“Whoa! What’s that about kid?!”
“I just really appreciate what you’re doing sir. I’ve been a big fan for a long time. I’ve always wanted to get into wrestling behind the scenes. I won’t let you down.”
“Alright, alright, settle down. Vinny tells me you’re a smart kid, that you are very creative.”
“Well, I’d like to think so. Mom always said I had a very vivid imagination.”
“This obviously isn’t TCW here, so don’t expect too much. We’re just here to help some young guys out, to get started. Which is why I agreed to this. I’m not just about helping the wrestlers. And hopefully, I can make some money along the way.”
“Sounds awesome Mr. Chord!! I can’t wait!”
“Easy, call me Rip. Well, let’s get down to business. We’re a traditional promotion here, so stick to the old school basics. You can throw in some angles here and there, but nothing fancy or risqué. And try to minimize the cruisers, they don’t tell to go over well with our kind of audience. The only other rules I’m going to give you is to watch the checkbook like a hawk. We don’t have a lot of scratch to start out with.”
With that, the two shook hands, and a new era in wrestling was born.
Main Eventers-DC Rayne, Mean Machine, Eddie Howard, Mainstream Hernandez, Oscar Golden, Stan “The Man” Manna, and Ricky Douglas
Upper Midcarders-Titan, Flash Savage, Antonio, Steven Parker.
Midcarders-Erik Strong, Atlas
Lower Midcarders-Rockin’ Ryan Turner, Al Coleman
Managers-Nicole Kiss, Persephone, Karen Miller
Week 1, December 2005
Tuesday-Needing to keep spending to a minimum, I let go Karen Miller and announcer Marv Earnest. Rip Chord will be on hand every night, so he agreed to take over the announcing duties. I get the feeling he’s a tight wad, so anything to save a buck.
Thursday-Our first show is here!
This has all happened so fast that I really haven't had much time to prepare. I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants here. I really only have one storyline I'm going off of so far, but since we're starting small, it should be a good start. I have vacated the Mid Atlantic title and the tag titles. To keep exenditures to a minimum, we won't have any tag matches for a little while. To start, we'll build up to a heavyweight title match with a little six man tournament. After the initial qualifying matches, the winners will face off in a triangle match.
-Rip Chord kicked off the night with a pre-show announcement of the upcoming match between DC Rayne and Steven Parker for the first Mid Atlantic title qualifier. This, after bragging about his new $500 suit. C-
-Atlas defeated Flash Savage by countout-F
-Oscar Golden came out to hype his main event match with Mean Machine saying he wasn't mean, just a wuss-E
-DC Rayne won a hard fought battle with Steven Parker-D
-A video is shown hyping the match between Machine and Golden-E
-Rip Chord is shown in back talking to Mean Machine. He tells him he’d better win tonight, or he’ll never see a shot at gold. C-
-Mean Machine gets a cheap win against Golden as he uses the ropes for leverage. C-
-Rip Chord announces that next week Ricky Douglas will be facing Mainstream Hernandez in the last qualifying match for the Mid Atlantic Title. D
Week 2, December 2005
-The Pre Show opens up with a backstage interview. Mainstream Hernandez and Flash Savage were goofing off as Savage gave a mock interview with Hernandez, though unbeknownst to them, they were being watched by the audience. Hernandez said he was going to crush Ricky Douglas. C-
-Eddie Howard beat Titan in a Last Man Standing match at 6:06. E
-Rip Chord comes out to the ring, of course to talk about himself. He is barely into his talk about how he started MAW when Atlas strolls down to the ring. Rip expected Atlas to thank him for the opportunity in MAW, but Atlas just said he was sick of hearing the old man babble about being a legend. He spit in his face, and proceeded to beat him down. The crowd was really giving Atlas some heat. C
-Mean Machine defeated Antonio in 6:31. It was a good tough fight, and MM knew it. He got bailed out when Titan ran down and gave Antonio a big boot as the ref was distracted. C-
-The camera heads backstage into Rip Chord’s office. He has Atlas brought in by security, and after slapping him, tells him he’ll be in a handicap match against Eddie Howard and Flash Savage next week. D
-Ricky Douglas defeated Mainstream Hernandez in 6:54. It wasn’t a great main event match as Hernandez was off his game. He ended up getting counted out for the loss. D
I think the main event killed the night. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt next week’s attendance. Next week we’ll see Atlas vs. Eddie Howard and Flash Savage. The main event will be a triangle match for the Mid Atlantic heavyweight title featuring DC Rayne, Mean Machine, and Ricky Douglas.
I had a feeling last night's show was a bust. We had risen to a "small" promotion after our first show, but fell back to "local" after last night. We'll be much better next week....
Week 1, January 2006
Due to rapidly depleting funds, I decided to scale back the shows for a bit. I haven’t decided, but we’ll either do a bi-weekly show, or once a month. I’ve got things to sort through, including looking into hiring at least one more worker, so I put off the next show until this week.
Top 100 Wrestlers-Postponed, not enough eligible
Wrestler of the Year-No one eligible
Young Wrestler of the Year-Freddy Huggins
Veteran Wrestler of the Year-Yoshifusa Maeda
Female Wrestler of the Year-Junko Hayakawa
Promotion of the year- None eligible
Most Improved Promotion-None eligible
Match of the Year-NOTBPW-Winter War in December-Jeremy Stone defeated Dan Stone Jr.
Show of the Year-BHOTWG Japanese Wrestle Peace Festival
Nicole Kiss has left MAW to join NOTBPW. Not a huge loss, we wish her well.
-The pre-show opens up with Rip Chord and Atlas backstage. Rip Chord informs Atlas that if he doesn’t win his handicap match against Eddie Howard and Flash Savage, that he is fired! C
-The backstage pre-show concludes with an interview with Eddie Howard and Flash Savage. They are very confident that they will beat Atlas and send him packing. E
-The show begins with a cage match between Erik Strong and Rockin’ Ryan Turner. Strong escaped the cage at 5:29 for the win. This was a terrible match as the workers just didn’t click at all. F
-Mean Machine caught up with Ricky Douglas backstage. He asked him to join up with him as an ally. MM saw the camera and took Douglas into another room, not allowing the camera in, so what transpired from there is anyone’s guess. C-
-Savage and Howard defeated Atlas in 5:06 as Howard laid Atlas out with a Roaring Elbow. Decent match, but the crowd wasn’t really into it. E
-In the main event, Mean Machine pinned DC Rayne to win the Mid Atlantic title in 5:57. He used a foreign object that Douglas took out of his tights to gain the advantage. C-
-Mean Machine then pummeled Rayne into the mat after the win. D Rip Chord came down to the ring, and announced that he did not like the ending of the match, so the next show would feature a rematch between the three.
We have once again risen back to a “Small” size promotion.
Week 2, January 2006
This week we signed a couple of young workers, one of which will debut at next weeks show.
Week 3, January 2006
-Rip Chord opened up the show by bragging about his new Lexus, and how plush the interior is. Then he remembered why he was out in the ring, to hype the main event, a rematch between DC Rayne, Ricky Douglas, and Mean Machine for the Mid Atlantic championship. This time it’s for real. C-
-Antonio defeated newcomer Julian Watson in 5:35 by pinfall. E
-Steven Parker comes down to the ring and grabs the mic. He challenges that pretty boy Mainstream Hernandez to face him in the ring (D), to which Hernandez comes out from the back to accept. D
-Hernandez beat Parker in 5:42 with Apparition #14. D
-In yet another senseless self indulging spot by owner Rip Chord, he is shown out on the golf course with Ryan Turner. He tells him he should never bet against the best in the business as he drops a hole in one on a par 3. He then takes a wad of cash from Turner’s hands and laughs. B (The crowd is getting restless)
-Mean Machine wins yet again in the main event. This time he had help from none other than Rip Chord! He distracted the ref while Douglas held Rayne, and MM beat him senseless. Mean Machine is officially the new Mid Atlantic Champion!. Afterward, Rip Chord grabbed the microphone, and said “that is how you win a match!”. C-
Week 1, February 2006
In an effort to corral our expenditures a bit, we are moving to a monthly show for a while since we have some sponsorship. That should cover most of our expenses each month. We’ll have a show the first Thursday of the month.
Month End Analysis:
We’re down to $12,992 in cash after losing just under $4700 in January. But we’ve put on some decent shows so far, and it has brought us along. A local gym and the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL are new sponsors totaling over $7,000 a month in revenue which will help a ton with our expenses. We’ve also been selling quite a few Mean Machine and Rip Chord t-shirts this month to boost our merchandising sales to over $2,000 in January.
Other News (National and higher):
Burning Junior Champion-Super Joshuya
Burning Junior Tag Team-Kansuke Konda and Hyosuke Kokan
Burning Openweight Champion-Yoshii Shiomi
Burning World Tag Team-Yasunobu Masuno and Everest
Burning World Champion-Raul Huges
Canadian Champion-Jeremy Stone
Tag Team Champions-Owen Love and Derek Frost
Unlimited Action Champion-Duane Stone
Young Lion Champion-Stone Yoshikawa
Glory Crown-Mito Miwa
Glory Tag Crown-Alexander Robinson and Lee Bennett
Historical Japan-Noriyori Sanda
International Tag Team-PRIDE Koiso and Kozue Kawashima
North American-Angry Gilmore
Shooting Star-Calamari Kid
World Heavyweight-Runaway Train
World Tag Team-Enforcer Roberts and Texas Pete
All Action-Freddy Huggins
World Heavyweight-Tommy Cornell
World Tagteam-BJ Shearer and Randall Hopkirk
-To start off the show, we see Mainstream Hernandez in Rip Chord’s office. He tells Rip that he deserves a shot at Mean Machine for the Mid Atlantic title. Rip seems to be agreeing, and tells Hernandez he can have his title shot….. IF he can beat the big man, Titan tonight… D
-Cameras in the parking garage show a strange car arrive. Out steps an unfamiliar face, a man known as Shooter Sean Deeley. F
-In a matchup of musicians, Oscar Golden defeated Rockin’ Ryan Turner in 5:33. E
-Newcomer Julian Watson makes his way to the ring, and begins to tell everyone how great he is. No one can beat him, and he’ll prove it. He lays out an open challenge for anyone in the back to face him (F). Shooter Sean Deeley peers out from the back with a microphone. He accepts Watson’s challenge. His stipulation is that this will be a two out of three falls match. F
-Deeley clearly dominates the match pinning Watson twice in a row to quickly end the bout at 8:53. It was noted that he used the ropes in the second pinfall. F
-Somehow Mainstream Hernandez manages to come out with a win at 5:10 by countout. Titan was just about manhandling Hernandez outside the ring, when Hernandez caught a break. He got back in the ring, and ran over and just cracked Titan’s head with a hard baseball slide. He hit the concrete like a sack of potatoes, and couldn’t make it up before the ten count. D
-As Mainstream is celebrating in the ring, Mean Machine comes out from the crowd. He sneaks in the ring with a chair, and just blasts Hernandez in the back. E
Thursday, Week 4
In an effort to boost attendance and get some quick exposure for the promotion, I took a chance, and signed veteran JD Morgan to a contract. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll be the first to go as he wasn’t cheap.
Having one show we only lost $1237 in February, not too bad. Merchandise sales did drop a tad. Salaries were way up, but that was because we signed Morgan at the end of the month. That probably wasn’t a smart move on my part since we automatically had to pay his $1,000 downside. So we could have been only $237 short.
Other News (Regional & Cult):
Tag Team-June Butler and Crusher Ichihara
Femme Fatale-Catherine Quine
Tag Team-Katherine Goodlooks and Jessica Bunny
Top Contender’s-Cherry Bomb
World Tag Team-Nate Johnson and Bobby Thomas
Brass Knuckles-Eddie Peak
Tag Team-Big Cat Brandon and The Wolverine
World Heavyweight-Kazu Yoshizawa
World Heavyweight Tag Team-Hiroyasu Gakusha and Kazu Yoshizawa
Blood & Beer-Thug
UK Championship-The Highland Warrior
UK Tag Team-Thug and Bruiser
#1 Contender-Luis Montero Jr.
Six Man-Phoenix 1,2, and 3
Tag Team-Miguel Dominguez and Julio Dominguez
Tag-Junior Youth and Masked Rebel
Trio-Mexican Beast, Enrique Merino and Tijuana Vampire
Female-Geena The Warrior Princess
Tag Team-Ruud Van Anger and Frank De Pain
World Combat-Sergei Kalashnov
World Tag Team-Tribal Warrior and Java
Show Stealer-Hell Monkey
Tag Team-KOKI Ishibashi and The Incredible KOYAMA
Tap Out-Magnum KOBE
No title changes in the big promotions.
Goofiest show name of February: 5SSW-“Hey You, What’s That Sound?”
Thursday, Week 1-March 2006
-A pre show press conference is held to introduce new MAW worker, JD Morgan. After introducing himself and answering a few questions, he issues a challenge to DC Rayne. C-
-In a pre show dark match, Eric Strong defeated Al Coleman in 5:50. E
-Stan “The Man” Manna makes his way to the ring. He goes on about how he is sick of all the “boy bands” these days and their trash music. He begins trashing on Flash Savage. He says he probably can’t even sing, that he has to lip sink his songs. He then issues a challenge to the little boy toy (D). Flash comes out and accepts his challenge (E).
-After an ugly match, Flash Savage defeated Manna after Rockin’ Ryan Turner interfered. The two really put on a stiff effort. F
-A Camera is backstage in Rip Chord’s office. He tells his secretary he is feeling good about the direction of MAW, and how he’s going to be raking in the money soon. He then lights up a cigar with what appears to be a $100 bill. B
-After a tough fight, DC Rayne came out on top of JD Morgan in 5:26 with the Storm Damage (C+). Afterwards, Morgan gets up, visibly pissed at the ending of the match, and proceeds to beat down on DC Rayne. He tells him he was lucky, and storms off. D
-Mean Machine retains the Mid Atlantic title in the main event ladder match. Interference by Ricky Douglas allowed MM to get up the ladder to the belt. C-
Things are status quo right now. We’ll see if hiring JD Morgan was a bad idea. C- shows aren’t bad, but our attendance hasn’t been getting any better. Time to decide if maybe we need to take a shot at an hour long show instead.
Other News (Local/Small):
Strong Style-Travis Cool
Tag Team-Genocide Agent and Suicide Agent
World-Pit Bull Brown
Hardcore Championship-Brett Fraser
Tag Team Championship-Canadian Gangsta and Hardkore Killah
Tag Team-Valiant and Primal Rage
Tag Team-Coyote Dynamite and Wiley Steinway
Tri-State Regional-Travis Century
#1 Contender-UK Dragon
Tag Championship-Adam Matravers and Petey Barnes
Blood Brothers-Nobuhito Ogiwara and Big Cat Brandon
King of Death Matches-Battle Sakata
Warrior’s Heart-Saionji Omura
5SSW World-Thunder Hike
BHOTWG Openweight Championship-Marihito Masuko
GCG Openweight Championship-Jack Marlowe
OLLIE Universal-Marcos Flores
PGHW Historical Japan-PRIDE Koiso
SWF Shooting Star-Flex
TCW All Action-Steve Gumble
TCW World Heavyweight-Ricky Dale Johnson
Thursday Week 1, April 2006
-Backstage, Titan and an unkown worker, who looks familiar, enter the office of Rip Chord. Titan tells him that with the tag titles being vacant, they want to wrestle DC Rayne and Eddie Howard for the belts. After a moments though, Rip Chord agrees. But he says it will be a ladder match, to which Titan smiles. C-
-Ricky Douglas defeated Antonio in 6:56 after putting him through a table. Earlier in the match, Mean Machine came down and interfered hitting Antonio with a chair to give Douglas the advantage. E
-JD Morgan comes out to the ring for an interview. After a few moments, he challenges Mainstream Hernandez to a match. He pulls out a wad of cash, and says he guarantees a win, and will put $200 on the line. Hernandez comes out, and accepts. C-
-Morgan scored the victory at 6:55 when DC Rayne interfered getting revenge for last month’s beatdown, disqualifying Hernandez. C-
-A segment is shown with Rip Chord at a pool hall with Julian Watson. After he sinks several shots, it is clear that he has beaten Watson. He tells Watson that his payment for losing will be to help set up the ring for the next show. B
-Mainstream Hernandez took the microphone backstage and interviewed Flash Savage for his upcoming match against Mean Machine. Flash was very confident of his chances, assuming there is no interference. D
-Natural Storm defeated The Gods of Thunder at 9:48 after DC Rayne retrieved the tag belts. The new partner of Titan was introduced as being Dominion (E). While Rayne and Howard are celebrating, Mean Machine and Ricky Douglas surprise them from behind, and begin beating them down with the title belts. E
-In the Main Event, Mean Machine made his first title defense as he beat Savage at 8:42. Though Savage made it a good fight, MM used just about every dirty trick in the book, including a low blow at the end to set up the finish (C-). As Savage is being helped backstage, Mean Machine grabs a mic, and proceeds to rip on Savage saying he’s a lightweight loser, and he will never hold the gold. Savage tries to come back at him, but he is held back by several security men. D
Sunday, Week 1[b]
We signed Flash Savage to a new contract for 9 months PPA.
Month End Analysis
Pretty much the same as last month. Not sure if signing Morgan was a good idea. He hasn’t generated the interest I thought he might. Lost another $3,000+
21CW World-Johnny Highspot
BHOTWG Junior Championship-The Awesome Kiyaru
Burning World Championship-Tadiyuki Kikkawa
4C Hardcore Championship-Air Attack Weasel
DAVE Brass Knuckles-Tank Bradley
DAVE Tag Team-Alex Braun and Tank Bradley
NOTBPW Unlimited Action-Matty Phatty
NOTBPW Young Lion-Kenko Takemitsu
OLLIE #1 Contender-Decimalo
SWF World Heavyweight-Jack Bruce
UCR European-Mister Blister
WLW Show Stealer-KOKI Ishibashi
WLW Streetfighting-The Incredible KOYAMA
WLW Tap Out-Insane Machine
Your promotion size has rissen right? If you want more attendance I advice you to have medium events in stead of small one. you'll get about 120-130 people then.
He means in schedule, when you modify an event you can go "Small, Medium, Large or PPV"(Or whatever else). He thinks you should do Medium events.
Good diary, Grimm. Hope you can live this up to your two amazing WreSpi diaries. You're doing great at the moment.
That's what I thought. Yeah, I went with small to start to keep the payroll down. Now that I have sponsors I'm gonna go with an hour show. I hired Morgan based on his C+ overness that I thought might help, but he's not getting good enough match ratings so far to justify it I don't think. He may have to go if I don't start making a bit more money.
BTW, thanks for the support. I can see I'm getting some readers, but didn't know how I was doing. It makes it more fun when you know someone is enjoying it. I think this will be more fun than the WreSpi diary. I really got burned out on match after match of the same stuff. And the randomness of who you face makes it hard to make any real storylines out of it.
I think lots of people read your diary, but most people don't post anything, it's very rare if someone posts actually, except if you have a really original thing. I like the way you write, very basic, i actually read the stories to know how you all play the game.
Monday Week 1, May 2006
NYC Wrestling has become the first casualty of the year having to close due to lack of funds. We may have to see if we can get any workers on the cheap.
-We start off this week’s show with Rip Chord hyping up the opening match between Antonio and Steven Parker, two fine up and coming stars in professional wrestling. F
-Before the match gets underway, Antonio goes over to the announcing booth and asks Rip Chord for his autograph, which he wants to give to a young friend who is dying of cancer. Rip obliged to the delight of the fans. C+
-Antonio defeated Steven Parker at 7:48. After some hard hits by Antonio, Parker seemed to motion that he had enough, and wasn’t going to go on any longer and walked off. He was counted out, giving Antonio the win. D
-Backstage, JD Morgan is shown playing a game of chess with Ryan Turner. He is having a hard time figuring out his next move as he has been put in “check”. Flash Savage walks by, and in two seconds makes the move for him. Morgan is visibly embarrassed and upset by this. D
-Upset over the embarrassment, Morgan comes to the ring and immediately challenges Savage to a match, and wagers $300 that he will beat him in a submission match (C-). Savage comes out and accepts his challenge (C-).
-JD Morgan defeats Savage in 7:53 by submission. After an open match, Morgan catches a break when the ref gets knocked down. He capitalizes by putting Savage’s leg in a steel chair and jumping on it, severely hurting his ankle. He then brings Savage into the ring, and gets the submission using an ankle lock on that hurt ankle. C-
-DC Rayne and Eddie Howard are shown in the back hyping up their match with Mean Machine and Ricky Douglas. D
-Rip Chord makes his obligatory self-hype in the ring, and announces that the fans will see a great matchup of Mainstream Hernandez and Stan “The Man” Manna as boyband meets rock star. D
-Manna defeats Hernandez at 6:53. Another tight matchup, though the crowd wasn’t much into it. Manna ended it with the Rockin’ Roller for the win. D
-Backstage, Antonio comes by the Natural Storm. He wished them luck in their match, and tells them he is a big fan of them asking them for an autograph for his sister. E
-In the main event between Natural Storm and Mean Machine/Ricky Douglas, we had another great match. It was back and forth the entire way until Rip Chord made his appearance. He attacked Eddie Howard, but the ref caught him and ended the match via disqualification at 8:01. C-
-At the end of the show, Rip Chord thanks the fans for coming as his limo pulls up to the front entrance. He gets in and leaves the show. B
Doesn’t look too good, we’re down to barely over $1000 cash. I hope this next show will get us over the hump somehow. We’ll have to pull out all the stops.
AAA Femme Fatale-Helen Wheels
4C Championship-Alan Parent
CZCW Xtreme-Insane Machine
DAVE Tag Team-Teddy Powell and The Wolverine
OLLIE Six Man-Rafael Ruiz, Mastericco and Decimalo
PGHW International-Kozue Kawashima
SWF North American-Robbie Retro
TCW World Tag Team-Genghis Rahn and Madman Boone
UCR World Combat-Louis Figo Manico
USPW National-Mick Muscles
WEXXV King of Death Matches-Nobuhito Ogiwara
WLW Show Stealer-Silver Shark
WLW Universal-Dark EAGLE
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, SMACK!!!!!
I stumbled to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and splashed some water on my face. After drying off, I went into the kitchen. I stopped in front of the fridge, and just stared. Uncle Vinny (not really my uncle, but I think of him as my uncle) walks by.
“Watcha starin’ at kid? Excited about your first day?”
I didn’t reply, I was still in shock. There it was, the calendar. It was on December, 2005. I went over to my computer, and clicked on the date, it’s Monday, December 1st, 2005. I can’t believe this. It was all a dream. It was like plain as day, like it was real. I had just gone through my first six months as the head booker for MAW, but it was all a dream. Well, rather a nightmare really. Things just sort of spiraled out of control. By July we were in the red. I didn’t see any way out of the hole. But it was all a dream….. I walked back to the bathroom, and as I brushed my teeth, I noticed it. I actually developed a few gray hairs during the night. Craaaazzzy……
I got to Rip’s house for my first day of work later that morning, still dazed, but ready to go.
“So Doug, what’s the first thing on your list to bring this promotion out of obscurity?” asked a chipper Rip Chord.
“I’m firing all the woman you hired.”
“What??!!” Are you crazy? The fans these days go nuts over good looking babes.
“So what? They are costing a fortune. Look at Karen Miller. She’s got a written contract almost three times that of your top star wrestler! Nicole Kiss and Persephone are also at the top of the list per appearance. We need to be lean and mean starting out.”
“Wow kid, you definitely have it planned out already. You seem sure this is a good move eh?”
“Let’s just say I’ve been through the first six months in my head already.”
Week 1, December 2005
My first moves this week were to let go Karen Miller, Nicole Kiss, Persephone, and also Marv Earnest. Marv wasn’t that great of an announcer I’ve heard, and in my dream, having Rip Chord announce seemed to work. I pitched him the idea, also playing up the fame card telling him he would have his face out in front of the fans more that way. It worked, as he agreed.
Next I hired a couple of new faces after checking into several young prospects. I settled on two guys, Warren Technique, and Young Leo. Both came at a good price, cheap, and have a lot of talent. Technique is a solid all around talent, with good stamina. Leo is a star in the making with great charisma and ring presence. He also is very sound with the basics.
Over the next few days I took a long look at the roster to see where I wanted to go. I decided it was best to not start off too quick. I want to let things build slow, and see where they go. The first couple of shows will just be about getting to know my workers, and how they work in and out of the ring together. I made a few changes of gimmicks, and decided the initial pushes I wanted to go with.
-Oscar Golden-face-Currently riding great momentum as a boy band character.
-Mainstream Hernandez-face-Also on a great run of momentum as a fun babyface.
-The Mean Machine-heel-Current MAW title holder. Currently he is a machine, and good at it.
-Ricky Douglas-heel-Douglas has a week straight edge gimmick, with no momentum at all. So he will be held out of shows for a couple months and changing over to a thief gimmick.
-Titan-heel-The big man is of course using a monster gimmick, but has no momentum going.
-Stan “The Man” Manna-heel-Manna is a rock star character, and part of the tag team Rock City Stars with Ryan Turner.
-Eddie Howard-face-Howard plays a legitimate athlete.
-DC Rayne-face-Currently a bad ass character, it doesn’t seem to fit too well. I went with a man on a mission gimmick, which I think fits his personality well.
-Steven Parker-heel-Straight Edge.
-Antonio-face-Currently straight edge, but changing to fan’s own. He’s a great guy, and I like him. I see him as the autograph seeking kid, and I think he can pull it off.
-Erik Strong-face-Fun babyface.
-Flash Savage-face-Another boy band character. He has terrible momentum right now, but I really like him.
-Al Coleman-heel-Another Machine. Good momentum right now, which is good since I want to run some cheap shows.
-Warren Technique-heel-Another machine, but since he was unemployed, zilch momentum.
-Rockin’ Ryan Turner-heel-another rock star, and with good momentum.
Young Leo-face-currently a prima donna, we’ll see how it works.
Besides being the mic man, Rip will play the role of the authority figure since he is the owner. I figure his fame in the ring should bring in a few more fans to the shows.
Week 2, December 2005
I booked two matches in hopes of generating some buzz. Antonio will be facing Mean Machine for the MAW title, and Mainstream Hernandez will square off against Erik Strong. Our first show will be this Thursday. I loved the title from my dream, so I’m going to go with it, Crash Course. Hopefully it isn’t an omen of things to come…
-Rip Chord comes out to the ring, and thanks the fans for coming to the first show of the new era. After he talks about himself, and how great he is, he hypes up the main event featuring the champ, Mean Machine, versus Antonio. C
-As Rip Chord is still in the ring, Al Coleman comes down. He wants to show how good he is in the ring, and wants a match. He doesn’t care who, but he will win. Rip agrees, and says he’ll take on Flash Savage right now. C
-The high flying skills of Savage were too much, as he defeated Coleman at 5:56. E
-Another worker, Mainstream Hernandez, is also ready to show his stuff. He calls out Erik Strong for a match. C-
-Erik Strong came out, accepting the challenge. In a good, close match, Hernandez defeats Strong with the Apparition #14 for the win at 6:47 (D). After the match is over, Strong shakes hands with Hernandez in a show of respect (F).
-In the Main Event, Mean Machine defeated Antonio at 5:43. MM took the early advantage after Antonio first asked for an autograph for his nephew. MM took the pen, and jabbed Antonio in the chest. From there is was a very good matchup. But it took the interference of Rip Chord to secure the win (C-). Rip Chord grabs a microphone, and says “this is my show! Doug Holy may be my new booker. But I still make the rules around here. Mean Machine is the MAW champ, and I’ll see to it, he stays that way! (B+).
Final Rating C-
Not a bad first show. Not too much drama, but like I said, a good slow start. I was very happy with the fan reaction to this one. The only negative I got from Rip was that we really need some veteran leadership. Mean Machine is the only guy over 22, so we could use some help in that area. We’ll have to sit tight for now though. I was really happy to find out we’d gained some popularity and rose to a “Small” promotion.
Year End Awards:
Top 100-Not enough eligible
Wrestler of the Year-none eligible
Young Wrestler of the Year-Ricky DeColt
Veteran Wrestler of the Year-Kazu Yoshizawa
Female Wrestler of the Year-none eligible
Promotion of the year-None eligible
Most Improved pomotion-none eligible
Match of the Year-Mito Miwa defeated Yohimi Mushashibo at PHGW Japanese Wrestle Peace Festival.
Show of the Year-Wrestle Peace Festival
Rip showed me the numbers for the first month, and he said it wasn’t bad for my first month. We only lost $469 thanks to the decent sum of $7328 in sponsorship money. We also made a surprising chunk of over $2200 on merchandise. Including Rip’s $3000, we paid out $5400. Not too bad. Some more good shows, and we’ll be in the black in no time.
PGHW rose to national size
21CW Strong Style-Travis Cool
BHOTWG Openweight championship-Yoshii Shiomi
CGC World Tag Team-John Maverick and Dan DaLay
CZCW Championship-Jimmy P.
CZCW Tag Team-Valiant and EMM Moe
NYCW Tag Team-Honest Frank and Cliff Wilson
NOTBPW Tag Team-Derek Frost and Alysian Scottsfield
NOTBPW Unlimited Action-The Natural
SOTBPW Television-Mexican Beast
USPW-All titles vacated
WLW Streetfighting-Koji Kojima
Goofy show title of the month: WLW’s weekly “Be Like Water”
Week 2, January 2006
-Prior to the show, Antonio is shown backstage as he sees Steven Parker. He asks Parker for an autograph, but Parker just shoves him. They start to argue, and Antonio challenges Parker to a match later that night, to which Parker agrees. D
-Antonio defeated Steven Parker at 5:37 by DQ. Parker was getting beaten, when he decided to end the match with a bodyslam of Antonio through a table. D
-New worker, Young Leo comes out to the ring. He decides to flaunt his greatness telling the crowd he is the best thing since the jock strap. D
-Rip Chord has heard enough. He comes down, and tells Young Leo, that since he is so great he will be facing Atlas this evening. D
-Atlas totally destroyed Young Leo, pinning him after a vicious Kronus Bomb at 4:46. F
-A video was shown hyping the main event between Mean Machine and Oscar Golden. E
-Backstage, we see Antonio yet again. He walks by Mean Machine, and again asks for an autograph. He obviously didn’t learn from last month. But surprisingly, Mean Machine obliges and grabs the paper from Antonio (D). As Mean Machine turns his back to write on the piece of paper on a table, Antonio grabs a chair and just nails Mean Machine in the back. He hits him one more time while he’s down, leaving a battered Mean Machine laying out cold. E
-Mean Machine slowly comes out to the ring, visibly hurt from the attack. Oscar Golden takes advantage, and defeats him at 5:42 to become the new MAW Heavyweight champion!! (C-) “Not so fast!!!” says Rip Chord. “Mean Machine was attacked prior to the match by Antonio. So this was by no means a fair fight. I’m sorry Oscar my boy, but I just can’t let the title change hands like this. Mean Machine will retain the title. But to make it up to you, I’ll give you another shot next month. As for Antonio, as punishment for that stunt earlier, you will get to face Atlas and your new friend Steven Parker in a handicap match!” (D)
-Rip Chord concludes the evening leaving the ring, and coaxing a beautiful young lady out of the crowd with a hand full of $100 bills. B
Final Rating C-
I guess the main event saved the overall rating on that show. We lost a bit less money ($278) this month thanks to a lower payroll. I had negotiations with Stan “The Man” Manna over the last couple of days. He asked for $350 a month, which I was up to $400 the first day. But every time I offered more, he said it wasn’t enough. He finally said that he wasn’t going to re-sign. Oh well, he’s replaceable.
Chica De Partido failed a steroid test.
5 Star World-Nyoko To****ala
AAA Femme Fatale-Black Widow
OLLIE Six Man-Mastericco, Decimalo, and Rafael Ruiz
PGHW Glory Tag Crown-Eisaku Hoshino and Larry Vessey
SOTBPW Junior-Del Muerto
SWF Shooting Star-Flex
USPW World Tag Team-Al the Hillbilly and Pete the Hillbilly
Goofy Show title of the month: Tie-WEXXV “High Protein Diet” and 5SSW “Value Pack”