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[OOC: Trying to do 2 dynasties at once is probably really stupid, but this is going to have a very different focus from the solely in-ring stuff over at Cedar Rapids Wrestling. Like that one, it's a simmed through CV 97 game, but in this one I take over a newly created fed, The Next Big Things, in Feb 2002. Founder is Eddie Chandler, my character is Boss Man Brayfield. (Randomly picked by waiting to see who the game gave the job to then adding them as a new player, before leaving with The Grand Avatar, who I'd been watching with.)

Partly inspired by Historian's AMAZING The Climb, which I'm currently reading through, this will have mostly copied and pasted matches/angles, but will have more of a backstage focus. I'm three shows in and there's been some interesting happenings so far; hopefully I can do a good job of writing about them.

As for why Canadian wrestling needs a resurrection? Read on...



"Jackson Brayfield speaking." I answered the phone on its first ring. I'd been waiting for the call, having been told by my boss, Shane Sneer, that he'd passed my name onto somebody. Sneer - never known for his secrecy - had been unexpectedly tight-lipped about this, telling me he didn't want to influence me one way or another. I was intrigued, at least.

"Boss Man?" The voice at the other end sounded unsure.

"Yeah, that's me. Who's this?"

"Boss Man, this is Eddie Chandler. Do you remember me?"

I paused. Did I? I was about to say no, and then some memory stirred inside me. A fresh-faced kid, up at an indie show in Canada. I'd been managing his opponent, and Chandler had pulled off a mild sensation by announcing a special guest to keep an eye on me - George DeColt. It was a few months after CGC closed, and a while before the ill-fated LAW fiasco, so the patriach of one of Canada's two most famous families was a genuine shock. DeColt had obviously done the gig as a favour for an ex-employee, and had played very little part in the match overall - just snarling at me and warning me when it looked like I might interfere - but the crowd had loved it.

"Hello?" Chandler's voice broke my train of thought.

"Sorry," I said. ""I was just trying to place you. But yeah, I remember you. George DeColt's friend, right?"

He laughed. "Friend might be pushing it. But sure, he was in my corner when we met."

"I thought you quit, to be honest. It's been a while since I heard anything about you."

He sighed. "Yeah. CGC and NOTBPW both being taken over by Eisen like that, then closed, one after the other, it hit a lot of us hard. When 4C went, and UCW fizzled out so quickly, guess that was the final straw. Canada had gone from being a wrestling hotbed to a completely dead place. Well, for guys, at least. I love what Nathan and Frenchie are doing in CWWF, but it's not gonna get me a job."

"So you did quit?"

"I did. Weirdly, turned out okay for me. I had a little bit of money, invested in a gossip website a few friends were working on. They sold it just before the bubble burst, and I got a nice chunk of cash out of it."

"Impressive," I laughed. "So am I talking to a multi-millionaire?"

"Not remotely close! But probably richer than I would have been if I'd stayed in wrestling."

"Nice work," I told him, trying not to be jealous. I do okay, I guess, but 14 years as a manager and commentator, even when paired with the income from my car dealership, has not exactly set me up in the style to which my wife is very much hoping to become accustomed. And my daughter just hit her teens, and seems to be competing with her friends as to who can spend their daddy's money the fastest. "But, not that it ain't a pleasure to talk with you, why are you phoning me?"

"I was on the Warren Young memorial show last week," he said.

"Poor Warren," I interjected. "Not even 50. Far too young."

"It really is," Chandler replied. "I got talking to John Maverick, shooting the breeze about the old days. Like I said, seeing your entire country's scene go down in flames like that... it's a heck of a thing. Then we got talking to a kid called Julian Watson. Trained with Ed Monton at the DeColt Power House; in the old days he'd have been perfect for NOTBPW, but as it is, if he doesn't want to move to the States, there's nothing for someone like him."

"It certainly is sad. And I think I can see where you're going with this, Eddie. But where do I come in?"

He took a deep breath. "As I said, I'm doing okay financially. Not amazingly well, but I can afford a little treat for myself. I want to set up a fed in Ontario. Nothing major, at first, at least. Just a place where some of the guys who would have ended up in NOTBPW or CGC or 4C can put on a few matches. Show some fans what they've been missing. From then, who knows? Oh, and I want you to come up and book for me."

It had been obvious that this is where he'd been going, but I was still a little surprised when he made the offer. For a start, I'd been happy working for SCCW, and doing a few smaller shows, for some time now.

"Why me?" I asked him, partly curious, partly to buy some time to think about my response.

"You're reliable, you're well-liked, everyone says you have a great mind for the business, Boss Man. Why not you?"

"Because I can't move to Canada," I explained. "I've got a business down here, selling cars. My wife and daughter have friends here."

Eddie laughed. "So don't move," he said. "We're going to do a show a month, at least until we establish ourselves. No way you need to live in Ontario to make that happen. You can work from down there when it comes to contacting people, fly up for the weekend for shows, maybe once between shows if needed. If that's the only reason you're saying no, then you may as well just say yes."

I stalled further. "I'll think about it."

A sigh came from the other end of the phone. "Fine, think about it. But don't think too long, Boss Man. I know a bunch of people who could do this, and I'll go to someone else if I have to, but I want you. There's a lot of people telling me you'd be perfect."

"A lot?" I asked. "Who have you been talking to about this?"

"Well, just a few, then. But 100% of everyone who's heard the plan thinks you should be my first choice. Including George, you know."

"George DeColt?"

"The man himself, yeah. Come on, Boss Man. They all think you're gonna be great at this. Prove us right."
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Will definitely be following along. So are there no companies left in Canada at all? Or just the top ones are gone? You should have plenty of workers to pick from so interested to see who you bring in.
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I'm definitely interested to see where this goes. I'll be keeping a close eye on this.
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I've had all of the Canadian companies go under a few times in the 1997 mod. Really a bummer when trying to run a Canadian Indy. I'll be paying attention.
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Will definitely be following along. So are there no companies left in Canada at all? Or just the top ones are gone? You should have plenty of workers to pick from so interested to see who you bring in.
[OOC: Thanks for the kind words, all! In answer to the above question, everything except CWWF has closed down, so we're now the only employment opportunity for men in Canada. SWF took over NOTBPW in June 1998 and disbanded them, then did the same to CGC in September that year. 4C went bankrupt in January 2001, while UCW followed suit in June 2000, only about two years after opening.]


I’m not sure how things moved so quickly, but three weeks later, I somehow had a head booker position for The Next Big Things and a starting roster.

Well, not quite sure, but my wife Jenny had a fair amount to do with it. She’d been far more excited than I’d have ever expected when I casually brought up the idea of taking the job, and pretty much told me I should be calling Eddie straight back to accept. So, like a good husband, I did.

The following day, I came home for the dealership to find Jenny waiting for me with a home-cooked dinner, champagne, and two guests. The first was my brother Jordan, the second was Jenny’s best friend Dev. Despite a near ten year age difference between the pair, Jenny and Dev had hit it off immediately when I’d introduced them a couple of years ago. Dev was the girlfriend of Cliff Peterson, who wrestled as Archangel, and she played his valet in SCCW, having first worked with him in the ill-fated AMW a few years earlier. I was on friendly terms with Dev, and she’d been to dinner a few times before that, although previously always with Cliff. He was too busy to join us that day, she informed me, and without him there she seemed more talkative than I’d ever seen her before.

Back when AMW was still going - and by ‘going’ I mean ‘lurching from one crisis to another’ - there had been persistent rumours that Dev Triton had ideas to turn things around. Nobody ever knew what these ideas were, exactly, but they’d all talked to a friend of a friend who’d heard them, and who said they were amazing, and that Trenton Evenrud was a sexist, stupid egomaniac who didn’t believe anyone could have a better vision for his fed than he did, least of all a teenage girl. (Despite her youthful looks, Dev was in her twenties at this point, but Evenrud was never a details guy.) I’d never paid much attention. Sure, everyone thinks their ideas are great themselves, some people are good at convincing others, and when it comes to a popularity contest between a cute young lady and an obnoxious prick who’d stiffed nearly everyone who’d ever worked for him on their wages at least once, it was hardly surprising people were picking her side.

On hearing her ideas for the first year of TNBT, though, I started to think they might have had a point. Could she have saved AMW? I doubt ANYONE could have saved AMW, but she would certainly have made it a more interesting death than Trenton did.

The dinner turned into a brainstorming session, then a drinking session - at least for the other three; I’d been fairly close to teetotal for years and had switched to soft drinks after my second glass of champagne - then to another brainstorming session, although with rather stranger ideas that time around.

By the time I took my brother home, as Jenny made up the bed in the spare room for Dev to stay the night, we had our first roster member. Devorah Triton would, at least initially, be wearing the striped shirt for us.

“You can totally get someone better, I know,” she’d said to me. “But I’ve seen how much the SCCW guys get paid, and they’re not cheap. I can do it for a third of that, and I know what I’m doing.”

Coupled with another suggestion she made, it was enough to get her on board, as official referee and unofficial assistant booker.

Next up, how I put together my roster...
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I spent a week in Toronto, getting to know the place and meeting up with some potential hires. I decided it was definitely a place I could be happy in. Sure, I wasn’t going to move my family up from Texas for one show a month, but it was a pleasant city, despite its reputation as being boring. Also, that reputation seemed to be changing quickly. Heck, the day I got into town, the Toronto Sun’s front page story was about a ‘real life superhero’ who donned a mask (that he’d presumably just happened to have in his pocket) and stopped a store from being robbed.

As for the potential hires, it was an interesting mix. First to sign was Ryan Powell. A young rookie who claimed to have been trained by some guy I’d never heard of, he’d sent me footage from an indie match after hearing we were hiring. He seemed reasonable in the ring, as far as I could tell from 10 minutes of shaky handheld video, but it was his looks and charisma which got me interested in him. The kid carried himself like a star, and my wife and daughter both described him as ‘movie-star handsome’. Couple a willingness to work for cheap, and he was an easy signing.

Next up, a trio of friends. It was a sad irony that the greatest graduation class in the history of the House of Stone came along three years after NOTBPW closed their doors for good. If they’d had the six men who graduated in 2001 on their roster at once, things might have gone differently.

I was interested in all six, but initially, at least, that was too much of an outlay. Apart from anything else, Johnny Bloodstone - thought of by most as the star of the class - was spending most of his time in Japan. I decided to save Owen Love and Bobby Thomas for when we had more money, and instead hired a trio of friends.

Art Reed was a technician, fresh off a tour with SAISHO where he'd apparently impressed. He'd worked there as Da Monsta but would be going under his real name for us. I liked the guy; he had a ton of potential and from talking to a few contacts I had who knew the Stones' thoughts on the guys, he was said to be only behind Bloodstone in terms of talent. His two friends, Benson Crane and Greg Black, both had Japanese junior styles, although only Crane had made it across the Pacific, touring with Hinote Dojo the previous summer. I liked the trio as soon as I met them. They smiled a lot, teased each other, and couldn't seem to take anything seriously, but I'd been assured they were professional to a fault. In addition, I thought their friendship would help the backstage atmosphere.

We also brought in a DeColt PowerHouse grad. Julian Watson, who was the guy Chandler had been talking to when he got the idea for TNBT, was a kid with the real look of a bad ass. Did he have the wrestling skills to back it up? They weren't perfect, but they were pretty good, sure. Eddie was very keen on hiring him, but I was also glad to have him on board.

Moving from guys trained by Canadian legends to a guy barely trained at all. Ed Larkins, who wrestled as Phenomenal E, freely admitted that his main approach to wrestling was to throw himself at someone as hard as he could. That sort of thing has never been my kind of idea of skill, but we were going for variety, and he had a major plus point. He was significantly cheaper than most of the rest. I welcomed him aboard.

Then there was Stan Manna. Manna was only 17, but he was already outrageously talented. When it came to music, at least. As a wrestler, let's just say he made a very good rock star. Still, like Larkin, he was cheap, and he at least had a better grasp of the basics than E did. (Although I think even my daughter had a better grasp of the basics, than E did.) No, Manna wasn't someone I could really see going onto be a big star, if I'm honest, but the rock star thing gave him something different, and we needed a few extra bodies.

Eddie had said that his main reason for setting up TNBT was to give young Canadians a chance to break through and wrestle in their home country. While he hadn't specifically told me to avoid signing guys from the States, I was still surprised when he asked me to check out a guy from Pittsburgh. The 6 foot 9 Petr Novak, a near-400 pound behemoth who wrestled as The Big Problem, wasn't someone I'd have expected Eddie to have been a big fan of even if he HAD been Canadian. He was limited in the ring, didn't look like he could go more than 5 minutes without collapsing, and was a nice kid in real life, but without the charisma that would win over fans in the ring. Despite this, George DeColt apparently saw huge potential in him, and it was enough to make Chandler take a chance on him. DeColt had brought him into the short-lived LAW when he'd been head booker there; Novak had barely stepped into the ring before the network that owned LAW had crashed out of business, taking the fed with it. I think George felt bad, and wanted to give the guy another chance. Eddie still felt he owed the older man, so we had ourselves a monster heel. And while I didn't rate his wrestling ability, there was no question that he WAS a monster. As far the lack of charisma? Hey, lucky we had an amazingly talented manager who could help him out there.

Given we had one non-Canadian in the starting roster, I decided I could add one more. Tanzan Osagawa was someone who'd drifted around the Japanese indie scene for a few years. He'd just moved to Canada, after getting engaged to a girl he met on MSN Dating. I thought he was taking a massive risk when he told me this, but I figured the least I could do was to help him out with some employment.

Completing the opening roster was the man who would end up getting paid more than anyone else, by some way. I'd quickly started to wonder whether Eddie was really as impressed by my mind for the business as he'd claimed, or if it was my negotiating skills, honed as a car dealer, which had been what convinced him to ask me. I'd been given a staggeringly low target wage bill, and had kept a decent amount of that back. Zeus Maxmillion, a charismatic bronzed god who'd been a regular feature of NOTBPW for 2 years at the end of its existence, was a tougher negotiator than I was. Everyone else named their figure, and I managed to beat them down by between forty and twenty percent, explaining to them how strapped for cash we were, pointing out the great potential there was if we could get wrestling visible in Canada again, and anything else I could think of that seemed like it might win people over. When I tried this on Zeus, he wished me luck and suggested maybe he'd be better suited to continuing on the indies than joining us. I told him we'd love to pay him more in the future; he told me he'd love to work for us in that future. I said that if he agreed to take less than he wanted, I'd be able to book him more often. He said he'd be happy working less regularly, but being paid what he deserved. I told him maybe we needed to look at somebody else and he agreed that if I could get someone as good but cheaper, or the same price but better, this was probably a good idea. And, dammit, I gave in. Because truth was, for the role I had in mind for him, I didn't think there WAS anyone better for the price.

When I told Eddie I'd got Zeus to join us, he was thrilled. When I told him how much we were paying him, his excitement wore off quickly. "He'll be worth it," I promised Eddie. I sure hoped I was right.
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TNBT Resistance
Sunday Week 3 February 2002
Live from The Basement, Toronto Bar and Grill

Eight men. One belt. Come find out who will be crowned the first EVER TNBT Ontario champion!

Plus, Stan Manna performs LIVE. E-mail your requests to stanthemanmanna@aol.com

Prediction Key:

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Ryan Powell vs Eddie Chandler
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Phenomenal E vs Zeus Maxmillion
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Art Reed vs Benson Crane
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Julian Watson vs Tanzan Osagawa

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of Powell/Chandler vs Winner of Watson/Osagawa
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of E/Zeus vs Winner of Reed/Crane

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Final: Winner of 1st Semi-Final vs Winner of 2nd Semi-Final
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TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Ryan Powell vs Eddie Chandler-no way he loses here
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Phenomenal E vs Zeus Maxmillion-same as above
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Art Reed vs Benson Crane- I like Reed here but I feel a New Day thing coming with this trio from the write up.
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Julian Watson vs Tanzan Osagawa

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of Powell/Chandler vs Winner of Watson/Osagawa
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of E/Zeus vs Winner of Reed/Crane

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Final: Winner of 1st Semi-Final vs Winner of 2nd Semi-Final- I think Zeus walks with the belt here and sets up a nice feud with Chandler.
I like the signings and going with a heavy Canadian based roster.
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TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Ryan Powell vs Eddie Chandler
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Phenomenal E vs Zeus Maxmillion
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Art Reed vs Benson Crane
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Julian Watson vs Tanzan Osagawa

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of Powell/Chandler vs Winner of Watson/Osagawa
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Winner of E/Zeus vs Winner of Reed/Crane

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Final: Winner of 1st Semi-Final vs Winner of 2nd Semi-Final Zeus
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TNBT Resistance
Sunday Week 3 February 2002
Live from The Basement, Toronto Bar and Grill

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Eight men. One belt. Come find out who will be crowned the first EVER TNBT Ontario champion!

Plus, Stan Manna performs LIVE. E-mail your requests to stanthemanmanna@aol.com
I almost sent an email for a song request!

Prediction Key:

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Ryan Powell vs Eddie Chandler
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Phenomenal E vs Zeus Maxmillion
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Art Reed vs Benson Crane
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Round 1 Match: Julian Watson vs Tanzan Osagawa

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Chandler vs Watson
TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Semi-Final: Zeus vs Reed

TNBT Ontario Title Tournament Final: Watson vs. Zeus
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After the hassle he caused in the negotiation room, I'm hoping Zeus doesn't win. Rooting for Art Reed.
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Definitely reading this, but I'll hold off on predictions 'til I get more of an idea of how you see the roster- I don't really know Canada in this period.
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