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I feel that the best way to start this story is to answer a question that I am often asked.

“What does it mean when you say that lucha libre is your religion?”

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When someone approaches me with this question, I always try to explain. Somehow, my description never seems enough. Religion is something that guides your life, teaches you morals and gives you a set of values. It is an organized system of belief—faith overcoming logic, wonder defeating reason—that presents an explanation for why the world is the way it is. Lucha libre, to me, is all those things and more. It is Truth and Beauty embodied in a fifteen-minute blur of masked gladiators. There will be good and there will be evil; sometimes the right side will triumph and sometimes the wrong one will. Like most Mexicans, I was born Catholic, but the word of the Pope and the Holy Trinity never worked for me. I saw how much religion meant to my parents and felt wicked for not letting the Church have the same role in my life. I first saw an OLLIE show when I was thirteen years old. I knew then that I had found my Church.

Lucha libre embodies the eternal struggle between good and evil in a square of ropes and a blur of motion. It brings the child’s comics, the adult’s fortitude and the momentary breath of divinity into the everyday world. To the fans, the successful luchador is a superhero made flesh, something greater than man, taken from the world of imagination that is so important to all children. In its way, lucha libre makes the adult a child and yet brings him nearer to universal Truth. The luchador is an actor, an athlete, and something more than both.

For a moment, as the fans chant his name, he is a god.


The wonder of lucha libre is that it means something different to each fan, whether it gives them the hope to overcome their own struggles or is simply a diversion from the everyday. Each mask or wrestling persona represents a dastardly villain or heroic underdog that can draw derision or adulation. The man under the character does not matter. In a way, then, all luchadors are something greater than flesh—divorced from the mortal world while their earthly bodies defy gravity with their feats.

As I sat in the crowd at that first show, next to my uncle Pablo, eating a torta and screaming at the tecnico to destroy the rudo in front of me, I knew I had met my soul mate. Girls were nice, but lucha libre was on a higher plane. I went home that day and told my father that I was going to be the greatest luchador who had ever lived. I wanted to grow up to embody all of the things that the men in front of me could do. My character was born in my bedroom that night in the spring of 1974. Since that day, I have been lucky enough to spend my life with my first and only true love (my wife Rita is a close second. Please don’t tell her I wrote that).

And yet now, in this age of instant gratification and living online, lucha libre in her most essential form is dying. Guerreros de Lucha Libre de Mexico [OOC: a rechristened SotBPW] has taken my love and driven a stake through her heart. The war between good and evil—the battle between the wealthy rudo who thinks he can buy off the heroic tecnico, the fight between an angel and a demon—is on life support. GLLM have made lucha libre, a beautiful, organic, breathing being, dead and corporate. Their luchadors are focused on what will take them to the top of the company, not what will take the fans to another world. There is no place for joy or fear or anguish or fun in the world of GLLM. Only money, and things that will make them more. And, thus, they are destroying my love week by week.


I was born in Mexicali and I intend to die here. I have never lived anywhere else for any extended period. But I swore an oath to the Gods of Lucha Libre that I would do anything if the life of my dearest love depended on it.

Last week, I received a call from my dear Rita’s godson Brian. He owns a toy company in Los Angeles, California. He recently bought a wrestling company. One that, like those of my youth, used to understand the love that is lucha libre. It did not initially understand. I worked there for a short time twenty years ago, but I departed because the company had no spark of life. And yet one man changed that. He kept it alive based on his love for pure lucha libre—he battled money on one side and fame on the other, and though he did not win, he also did not lose. Brian’s new company had a purpose once. It wanted to bring lucha libre, in its most beautiful form, to people all over America. And then its conscience finally ran out of money and departed, leaving Brian with the shell.

This company grew a heart once. It developed a spine. And it will have them again when I am done with it. Brian has asked me to take his company and make it the greatest lucha promotion on the planet. I have not watched American lucha libre in twenty years, but it cannot be that different from the sport as practiced in Mexico. It is the same wherever you go. Wrestling is love. It is joy. It is spirit personified.

Lucha libre is the way we know men have souls.


And so I leave tomorrow to bring a soul to El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles. Tomorrow, I take over Total Championship Wrestling.





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I had one super-brief diary for TEW 2013, but the demands of my senior year of college caught up with me and I let it drop way sooner than I meant to. I’ve posted in the TCW thread about my vision for the promotion, and it gave me the idea for this diary. I’m a fourth-generation Angeleno (and there aren’t many of us) and the third generation born at the same hospital right in Mid-City. My bachelor’s thesis was about the relationship between sports and racial tension in 1930s LA, and, while I don’t intend this to be too much of a history lesson, Manuel may learn things over the course of the diary that explain how LA got to where it is today culturally. TCW has a chance to be Los Angeles embodied in a wrestling company (not just Hollywood like HGC was), and getting to that point is my goal for this diary.

I always make a few changes to the default database in order to make both increase realism and give the AI-controlled companies as many advantages as I can. SWF and USPW have both had their products slightly altered in ways that will help them long-term—I changed USPW to a 40% match/angle ratio and upped their Comedy to Heavy, thus making their product much more popularity than performance rated and giving them yet another fiscal advantage with extra sponsorship money; SWF now runs at 50/50 matches/angles and has a product closely resembling Attitude Era WWE. Finally, I’ve changed the names of several promotions because I felt that they were culturally unrealistic. SotBPW will henceforth be Guerreros de la Lucha Libre de Mexico, or GLLM (they needed a name in Spanish and one that didn’t reference the United States), BHotWG will be the New Grappling Association of Japan, or NGAJ, NOTBPW is now National Canadian Wrestling, CGC is the Canadian Wrestling Coalition, and virtually all the small Mexican and Japanese promotions have had name changes that sound better in their native languages (I’m from LA but now live and work in Japan, so I’m familiar with both Spanish and Japanese wrestling names). I imported YouTube and iPPV both because they’re realistic and so that small companies can find somewhere to show their product without all the big companies suddenly having global TV. Lots of small companies will now show their events online, which helps them make money, or at least boost popularity to a level where they can make money.

The product I’m running is perf = pop, with key Modern and Lucha Libre, heavy Cult and Traditional, medium Mainstream, Hardcore, Realistic, Comedy and Daredevil and none of anything else. 60% match intensity, 75% danger, low T&A (though, as you’ll see later, I love managers and this might change at some point). We’re not USPW or the SWF—we’re serious wrestling geared towards grownups. Imagine RoH crossed with CMLL with a little hint of Dragon Gate thrown in. I’ll be using an 80% match/angle ratio for TV and 90% for events. Expect lots of trios matches. We won’t be signing a ton of new guys to main-roster deals, but there will certainly be some debuts, especially in the tag division. Many of my PPV names are different than canon, since BriCo is trying to subtly re-brand TCW. I’ll let you guys know about other differences as they come up.

There will probably be OOC posts with planned show cards and calls for predictions after Manuel entries. Rewards for prediction contests will vary, but there should be some kind of prize after each PPV. The show recaps will be fairly short, I think—the match write-ups will hopefully only get across what is important for the story that the match is trying to tell and, since I only use about 15-20 minutes of angle action per 2-hour show, summarizing promos shouldn’t take up too much space. For most of the rest of this diary, all professional wrestling will be referred to as “lucha libre”—while that isn’t actually the case, that’s how Manuel thinks of it. Faces will be “tecnicos” and heels will be “rudos.”
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Finally, I wanted to thank and acknowledge a bunch of people. To everyone who’s ever posted an alt or re-render on these boards, thank you for making the game more fun to play. Thank you to everyone who’s ever posted a diary for your excellent writing and expansions of the game world, but, especially, thank you to BigPapa42, whose diaries “WCW: Rebuilding the Empire” and “Generation Supreme” inspired me to purchase TEW in the first place several years ago, to Phantom Stranger for “TCW: A Quiet Retirement,” which made me love TCW, and to MonkeyPox for “Mark Cuban Does DaVE,” which helped me appreciate what happens when great booking and great writing are combined. You guys rock. And to all the people who have posted in the “What’s Going on in Your Game” and “Booking Committee” threads, thank you. I (and I’m sure many others) appreciate the inspiration.

And, last but not least, thanks to pro wrestling as a whole and Eddie Guerrero in particular. My dad died in early 2003, just before my ninth birthday, and I wasn’t coping particularly well. I discovered professional wrestling while staying at my grandma’s house a few days after. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre got me started (and will always be my first love), but within a few weeks, I found my first episode of SmackDown. Wrestling took my mind off everything, which was nice, but it was my first Eddie Guerrero match that made me a true fan. Pretty soon, I was watching every WWE event he was on just to see what he would do. For some reason, he was always a tecnico in my head no matter what he was doing on screen. Eddie made things better. It still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, even to me. I wasn’t sure how to grieve, and then I found lucha libre and then Eddie Guerrero and suddenly everything was going to be okay.

I cried when Eddie won the world title in 2004.

When he died, I almost felt like I’d lost another family member.

I’ve been a dedicated wrestling (CMLL, WWE on and off, and, since the start of college, NJPW and Dragon Gate) fan for more than half my life now. Whenever something in my life is going badly, watching wrestling helps me get through. I guess my other goal with this diary is to communicate something of what wrestling—lucha libre in particular—has meant to me.

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Very excited for someone else's take on TCW (And you are using my logo/banner!).

I just brought in Mr. Lucha III and El Mitico Jr in my take on TCW in the WIRE: Kings of Wrestling multiplayer dynasty (and more luchadors are on the way), so very excited to see Prieto's running of TCW. I always see as TCW as the place of the US big 3 where lucha makes sense the most.

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Very excited for someone else's take on TCW (And you are using my logo/banner!).

I just brought in Mr. Lucha III and El Mitico Jr in my take on TCW in the WIRE: Kings of Wrestling multiplayer dynasty (and more luchadors are on the way), so very excited to see Prieto's running of TCW. I always see as TCW as the place of the US big 3 where lucha makes sense the most.

If you need any graphics or anything for events/titles just hit me up. I'll be reading.

Thank you so much! I look forward to taking you up on this. And I love your logos for USPW as well. The graphical work you do is really nice.

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I arrived in Los Angeles this morning, with Brian’s corporate jet picking me up at 4 in the morning to carry me from Mexicali to my new church of lucha libre. Even in one day, it is the greatest city I have ever seen. So many people of different colors and different backgrounds speaking together and walking down the packed streets. It seems that everyone here must be prosperous in culture even if not in cash. I spent nearly the whole flight reading the history of the company that I will now control, and I understand why J.K. Stallings, Jr. wanted to bring lucha libre to this city. There is nothing else that could adequately capture the heart, the soul, the essential meaning of Los Angeles.

I do not understand it yet, either. I haven’t been here long enough. Maybe this company will help me to understand what Los Angeles and American lucha libre really are. After poring over the list of luchadors currently employed by TCW, I have prepared a list to help Brian get to know his new company and to help me get my priorities in order when it comes to booking the first few shows.
The main event scene is very promising.




Rocky Golden:

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As pure a tecnico as there is in TCW, Señor Golden is a big man who looks like a wrestling superstar. His jaw is chiseled, his muscles are beautifully proportioned, and he can brawl with the best of them. Señor Golden can talk, as well, and still has probably ten good years left in him. He is the leader of the tecnicos and will be the angel in the fight against the darkness.
FINISHER: Hebrew Hammer (Attitude Adjustment); The Rack (Torture Rack); SIGNATURE MOVE: Rocky Road (Irish whip into big boot)




Wolf Hawkins:

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The protégé of the recently departed former owner, Tommy Cornell, “The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins is the top rudo in the company. He has been a rudo since 2007 and plays his egomaniacal “top dog” routine to perfection. His one issue, maybe, is how long he was in Señor Cornell’s shadow. I’m not sure yet if fans are used to seeing him be the primary rudo in the company, especially with how long his gimmick consisted of Cornell’s favoritism giving him advantages. Nonetheless, he can go in the ring, is charismatic and is popular. Thus, he should be a superstar for us.
FINISHER: Full Moon Rising (Superkick); SIGNATURE: Big Dog Down (Top rope elbow drop)





Aaron "Ace" Andrews:

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The current TCW World Heavyweight Champion, “Triple A” appears to be the purest rudo in the company. I like the degree to which TCW have given even their rudos some shades of gray. Andrews, though, doesn’t have any, which will make him both more difficult and more interesting to book. He is young, too—only 29—and I don’t think that he’s even in his prime yet. I am extremely excited to see where Señor Andrews is in three or four years and I look forward to helping him get there.
FINISHER: Twisted Future (Spinning package piledriver); SIGNATURE: The Prophecy (Swanton onto chair)




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The man they call “The Peacekeeper,” RDJ is that both in the ring and outside of it. A permanent fixture in the main event even though he’s on the wrong side of 40, RDJ is one of the company’s most important leaders backstage. I intend to use him the way he and others of his age should be used—to help build up the popularity of the younger workers who are the future of our main event scene. He’s just starting to go downhill at 45, so I’m hoping he’s got a couple more good years left.
FINISHER: Southern Justice (Clothesline from Hell); SIGNATURE: The Price of Peace (Running powerslam)




Bryan Vessey:

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One of the most interesting workers in the company, Señor Vessey is a former megastar in Japan who came to TCW when his body started to betray him. It shows. Vessey has always worked a punishing in-ring style and now, at 44, it’s starting to show in terms of what he can do. Even so, he’s one of the company’s best pure in-ring workers and his knowledge of the psychology of wrestling is second to none. He’s a bit of a difficult presence backstage, too, so I’m hoping to use him to improve our young guys and eventually let him depart when he’s ready to retire.
FINISHERS: Vessey Driver (Angle Slam), Super VesseyPlex (Top-rope superplex); SIGNATURES: Vessey Lock (Armbar); VesseyPlex (Belly-to-back suplex)




Sammy Bach:

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According to what I have read, Señor Bach is a great what-if story. He is massively charismatic, excellent in the ring and plays a character that the fans love. Somehow, though, he has never quite managed to take that final step; to make that rise to a place where he can be the face of the company. He is not the backstage leader that some of the other men in the company are, he has never bulked up to the same size as Señor Cornell or Señor Golden, and he does not have the consistency some legends of the business have possessed. Nonetheless, he can sell a lot of merchandise and should have success for us.
FINISHER: Adrenaline Shot (Curb Stomp); SIGNATURES: Bach on Your Back (Standing full-nelson sleeper); The Groupie from Last Night (turnbuckle body press)




Joshua Taylor:

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If Señor Taylor were more charismatic, he would be the next great tecnico. As it is, he will probably always have to deal with playing second fiddle to Señor Golden, or one of the next big stars to come along. I love the way he works in the ring. The realism! The problem is simply that he cannot connect to the average fan coming to watch lucha libre as an escape. The man who does not know as much about the intricacies of the work in the ring will find Señor Taylor to be a disappointment. That is extremely sad, because he deserves to be a superstar.
FINISHER: Butterfly Lock (Cattle Mutilation)



Our other champions:



Marc Speed



The Behemoths:


Killer Shark & Titan



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I slipped my list into my pocket as there was a knock on my hotel room door. A man in a perfect suit had arrived to drive me to TCW’s main headquarters at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North Gower Street. It is the first time I have ever ridden in a limousine. We passed many different kinds of architecture as we drove, some of it familiar from Mexico and some of it so different as to be nearly unbelievable. There are simply so many buildings. I will admit, I did not expect the headquarters to be across the street from a strip mall. I had misgivings as I left the limousine. I should not have worried.

Our building is newly constructed, built when Brian purchased the company. It is beautiful. It is a shrine to American lucha libre’s past, present and future. The first floor consists of a shop and a museum of the history of our company. I intend to add some men to its Wall of Legends. There is also a themed café. This, I do not entirely understand, but it seems that the Angelenos enjoy eating in a room surrounded by relics of luchadors gone by. I do not begrudge them their connection. The second floor is our new training school. It is here where we will teach the next generation of TCW luchadors. I have already made plans to call in some old friends to run a small company that will tour California and train graduates from our school as they prepare to join the main TCW roster. My new office is on the fifth floor. I can see the Pantages Theatre, apparently one of Los Angeles’ most famous sights. It is here where I will plan the beginnings of a new era of the beautiful religion that is lucha libre.
Los Angeles, welcome to church.

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This is a great read so far. It's an easy decision to follow.

Are you planning to bring more luchadors into TCW?
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This is a great read so far. It's an easy decision to follow.

Are you planning to bring more luchadors into TCW?
Absolutely. I'm running lucha libre as one of the key aspects of the new product. Even with non-luchadors, I'll be trying to bring in a lucha libre-type booking style, but there should definitely be actual luchadors coming in as well. I don't want to debut too many guys at once, so they'll mainly start in development.

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Today began my first day as the CEO of Total Championship Wrestling, and I have little time to prepare. There is a show tomorrow and I have only begun to learn the names of the men who wrestle for us. I believe that the first couple of shows we put on will be relics from the previous booker, our color commentator, Kyle Rhodes. My first step of the day was meeting the men and women who will help me on this journey to making TCW the greatest wrestling company in the world. I walked into the locker room at the lovely Wisconsin Gardens Arena planning to proselytize for my Church. Luckily for me, many of the wrestlers in TCW seem to already be regular attendees. This is the advantage that we have as a company over the other major promotions—the Supreme Wrestling Federation, United States Pro Wrestling and the Guerreros de Lucha Libre de Mexico. Our wrestlers love what they do. Many of them have had the chance to go elsewhere and make more money, but for them, it is not the paycheck that is the appeal. It is the opportunity to be a priest or priestess in this beautiful religion.

To them, I can say only, “Amen.”




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I have already begun to watch many videos online of workers who do not yet wrestle in one of the major companies and who could thus be available for us to hire. We have decided to create a development territory—something I never would have had the chance to do in Mexico. Hosted in a small theater on La Brea (what a strange name for a street—it means “The Tar” in Spanish, yet there is no tar to be seen) between Beverly Boulevard and Melrose, FANTASMA Promociones, an extension of our FANTASMA TOTAL training school, will hold a weekly small show for the many tourists that grace this neighborhood and for those residents who want to attend. We are charging only six dollars for admission to each week’s FANTASMA: Face Off. I hope that many people will be inspired to attend church and that we can get both more experience for our young workers and more audience converts. The business side of the company will be run by Harry Chadwick, a friend of Brian’s father and investor from New Orleans. Any profits from FANTASMA will go into his pocket. FANTASMA needed a head booker with experience but youth, someone who could work in the ring and who was good backstage. Roger Cage from New York City Wrestling was the man for the job. We sent Joel Bryant, Robert Oxford and Brent Hill to be the head trainers.


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Our first show, which I did not entirely plan, gives me hope for the future. I have included the card that Kyle Rhodes booked in what would be his last week in charge. Thankfully for the future of our storylines and in-ring product, I was allowed to have some input. Even though I didn’t schedule any of the matches, I was able to help write some of the angles that we ran. After all, as much as a luchador needs to be able to tell a story in the ring, he needs to be able to tell one outside of it as well. I have never liked the style in American wrestling where a worker comes to the ring and has a microphone—I find it unrealistic. I prefer to treat an interview like a promotional interview for a boxing match. Thus, our first priority is finding a charismatic interviewer. This week, though, we will have to do without.
PREDICTION CARD: TOTAL WRESTLING—WEEK 1 (Wisconsin Gardens)



Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths



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PREDICTION CARD: TOTAL WRESTLING—WEEK 1 (Wisconsin Gardens)

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Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
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Will be interested to see how it goes with the Lucha Libre style in TCW. Haven't really review TCW in TEW 2016 diaries (only ones from 2010-2013) so really interesting to see it without Tommy Cornell. Anyway look forward to it.

Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
Good series to prime up Hawkins for a shot at the big gold belt

American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
Toss up in my mind so interesting to see where they go

International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
I traditionally go with ??? in predictions but since this is a transition show I'm going to go with the known roster member and champion. Since the show was booked by the former booker, I will assume no new talent will show up, otherwise I might have taken ???

“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Peak is a shark, so he is going to take a bite out of Benson

Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
Sammy needs to take the next step to start moving forward
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Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???(Guess Jay Chord)
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
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Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
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Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
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Will be interested to see how it goes with the Lucha Libre style in TCW. Haven't really review TCW in TEW 2016 diaries (only ones from 2010-2013) so really interesting to see it without Tommy Cornell. Anyway look forward to it.
I’m glad you’re looking forward! I hope you like where I go with it.

Thanks for the predictions, guys! The show will go up in the late evening Japan time.
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Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
The underdog needs to have something to fight back against, and this is only match 1

American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
Tornado appeared to be missing from your summary of the Main Event, so I'm assuming he's lower down the card than that - I'd still expect him to win here though. This looks like a typical "learning" match with guys with different styles teaming together.

International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. ???
Speed's not ready to head to the main event, so a longer stint as International Champion would appear to be in order. I'm guessing that ??? will be Greg Black.

“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
It's Eddie Peak against a midcarder...

Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths
Bach needs a proper push. Vessey should be putting him over here.
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The show is written, but I had to work late yesterday. I’ll get it up today.
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Total Recap
by Mickey Silver, totalextremewrestling.com



Hey, everyone, and welcome to a new year and a new edition of the TCW: Total Wrestling live blog here at totalextremewrestling! Thanks for joining us on TCW’s new network. After several years on Pop!, we’ve got TCW live on USA Sports 1 for the first time this week, and they’ve picked a great venue to do it in. This is the first event at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Gardens Arena since it closed for remodeling in September, and man did they do a good job. I hope we get lots of wrestling here in the future. This place has some of the nicest bathrooms I’ve ever seen in a sports venue.

Anyways. It’s finally 7:00—onto the show.



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Jason Azaria and Kyle Rhodes welcome us to Madison and hype the new arena a little bit. The usual intro plays on the TotalTron but immediately cuts into Adam “Rocky” Golden’s entrance music. The crowd pops huge for the “Kosher Colossus,” who’s got his usual black tank top and jeans getup, plus a microphone in his hand.



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Golden comes down to the ring and talks about Aaron “Ace” Andrews. He says that he never got pinned by Triple A and that he wants a chance to give the people the title match they want—Andrews/Golden, one on one, in Rocky’s hometown of Brooklyn at Honor Eternal later this month. “I know what it’s like to have that title around your waist, Aaron. I get how intoxicating a feeling it can be. You’ve been saying you want to be the face of TCW. If you’re as good as you say, beat me fair and square and keep the strap. If not, let the better man have it back. Come on, Aaron. You know it. I know it. Most importantly, the fans know it! My dad called me last night after he closed the deli.”

Golden puts on the thick Brooklyn-Yiddish accent he always uses when he quotes his father. “‘Adam,’ he said, ‘when are you getting a title shot?’ What am I supposed to tell him, Ace? Don’t leave my dad hanging.”

We cut to commercial with the crowd chanting Golden’s name.






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Back from commercial and Devine Fortune are already in the ring. Nickelback’s “Rock Star” hits and Sammy Bach makes his way down to the ring. This is his first match back after his kayfabe hospitalization by Bryan Vessey, who I assume we’ll be seeing in this match as well. The next to the ring are the tag team champs, who, as usual, get Killer Shark’s weird green lighting paired with Titan’s music for their entrance. Finally, Vessey comes out—no music and no frills, just taped fists and black trunks.

The match is actually a good one despite the fact that Titan is still pretty awful in the ring. Lots of power moves from The Behemoths, who are showing a new brutal side here, and plenty of Vessey’s typical MMA-influenced strikes. The Behemoths may not be the classic TCW types, but they’ve got a preternatural ability to know where the other one is at all times, the kind of natural tag team chemistry that can’t be taught. About ten minutes in, Bach gets a wave of momentum, gets a running start and hits the Groupie from Last Night body press on Killer Shark in the corner for a very close two. Titan is there to pull the rocker out, and he drags Shark over to the ropes to tag Vessey. The Behemoths wait for Bach to tag out, then start working him over outside. Eventually, Vessey isolates Chance Fortune in the center as The Behemoths double-team Bach on the apron and hits a VesseyPlex for the three.
WINNER: Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths







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Backstage again, and a suit-and-tie-clad Jay Chord is watching the legendary Ricky Dale Johnson lace up his boots for a workout. Chord gets in Johnson’s face and tells him that he’s washed-up, finished and needs to make room for young guys like Chord to be the future of the business. Johnson says that Chord’s bloodline, background and training give him an advantage, but that he’s not ready to be a top name yet.

Chord stiffens. “I am not my dad. Don’t insinuate that he made me who I am. It’s just a name. I did my own work. I’m my own man.”

“I don’t want to be a legend. I want to destroy them.”

He stalks off and leaves Johnson looking bemused.






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Back in the ring for the next match after a commercial break.

“IT’S FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDING TIME!”

The “Land Shark” Eddie Peak sprints out yelling his catchphrase, “END IT!” over and over. He’s nominally a heel, but the “FEEDING TIME” chants when he hits his PME (Peak’s Match Ender) finisher are always enormous. His opponent, the high-flying Benny Benson, whose in-ring style belies his 35 years, is out in a University of Wisconsin t-shirt and Badgers-colored headband. Needless to say, he too gets a pretty good pop.

The match itself is…alright. Absolutely nothing special, but not bad. Benson gets a chance to hit his Shockwave from Next Year, but Eddie catches him and hits his Samoan Drop signature Peak of Perfection before putting Benson in a fireman’s carry for the PME [fireman’s carry back drop].

“END! IT!” The PME hits perfectly.

…And then Peak walks out of the ring and out through the crowd, screaming “END IT!” all the while. Eventually, the referee starts counting, and a barely-moving Benson is awarded the count-out victory. Clearly a character change here for Eddie, who has somehow managed to make this weird ending kind of work. Call it veteran savvy.
WINNER: Benny Benson (count-out)








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We cut to the back, where International Champion Marc Speed is watching Benson’s match on a backstage monitor. Speed says that the only reason the International Championship isn’t the top belt in TCW is that he doesn’t have a sexy manager to come to the ring with him. “There are two ways to make your name in wrestling. Be the best, or be interesting. I’m already the best. Soon, I’m gonna be both. I’m Marc Speed, the Most Interesting Man in Wrestling. If anyone wants to manage of Wrestling’s Most Compelling Superstar, they can let me know.”

Speed says that he challenges any man on the roster who thinks he’s more interesting than Speed is to come down to the ring right now and face him, and heads towards the entrance ramp as we cut to commercial.







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Weirdly, it’s the champion who has the jobber entrance, as he’s already in the ring when we get back from the commercial break. The upbeat pop music of Bart Biggins’ entrance greets him, and Speed looks incredulous as the hair-dyed fan favorite comes to the ring with a bag of oversized, bright yellow stuffed penguins wearing International Championship belts. Biggins passes them out to all the kids he passes and then finally offers one to Speed when he gets in the ring. The champ is not amused and responds with a stiff left, the bell rings and the match is on. It’s more open than the crowd—or Speed—expected and the champion is clearly getting frustrated. After ten minutes or so, Speed hits a huge dropkick and locks on the Cross Armbreaker—with Biggins’ foot on the ropes! The ref doesn’t see it, and Speed is awarded the victory to resounding boos and “Speed is boring!” chants. He picks up the last plush International Champion penguin and kicks it into the crowd before storming off with his title in tow, plugging his ears as the crowd chants “Speed is boring!” and “We don’t like you!”
WINNER (and still International Champion): Marc Speed





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Backstage, and Wolf Hawkins is in his private dressing room taping up his fists for his main-event match against Josh Taylor later tonight, the first of the Best-of-Seven series for the pair. As usual, the Orlando-born star wears a green t-shirt with “Big Dog Wrestling” over a crossed out “TCW” on the front. Hawkins turns to the camera. He says that people have learned the hard way for years that “The Big Dog” is the present and the future of TCW, and that it doesn’t matter what Josh Taylor thinks about the way he’s gotten there. Hawkins thanks former TCW owner Tommy Cornell for leaving the company, saying that it’s finally given Hawkins a chance to shine.

“I don’t know why you care so much about how I win, Joshy-boy. You should know it’s only W’s and L’s that matter. This isn’t figure skating—style points don’t count for s***. In the Big Dog’s Yard, it’s win or get out. Tommy Cornell got out. Pretty soon, you will too.”






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There’s a commotion outside the locker room door, and we see that American Buffalo’s handler, Floyd Goldworthy, is trying to get a furious AmBuff, who is apparently disagreeing with some piece of Goldworthy’s advice, under control. Goldworthy pleads with Buffalo, telling the 300-pounder that they don’t have the budget to replace the locker room again, but the massive biker grabs his manager’s phone and throws it to the ground. “I said, get lost!” He starts breaking furniture as Goldworthy tries to back towards the door. The cape-clad "Last Real Superman” Mighty Mo hears the commotion, opens the door and heroically steps in front of Buffalo, allowing Goldworthy to back out the door. “You. Me. Ring. Now,” a furious Buffalo demands.




(w/ )

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Back from the commercial break, the TotalTron fades into Mo’s entrance. He comes out in a gold cape and wrist guards alongside “Human Arsenal” John Anderson—apparently we’ve got an unannounced tag match going on. As Mo’s music cuts out, American Buffalo sprints out with a steel pipe in hand. Troy Tornado follows behind him. Buffalo smashes Anderson over the back of the head with the pipe, and the bell rings with Anderson out cold on the floor. Mo does quite a good job dealing with the two-on-one, but Arsenal gets up just as Mo is getting overwhelmed and evens the odds. This one is fairly slow-paced, and it seems like the crowd understands that this is kind of a cooldown match. The unhinged biker Buffalo, who smokes a cigarette whenever he’s waiting to be tagged in, eventually puts Human Arsenal through a table for a near-fall, but Mo pulls him off. With Arsenal back to his feet and dueling with Buffalo outside the ring, a huge Superman Punch by the Mighty One at about the sixteen-minute mark drops Tornado and the spinebuster Mo calls the Manbuster off an Irish whip ends the match pretty quickly.
WINNER: Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal






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“The Smooth Operator” Freddy Huggins is in the ring with his special cabaret-reminiscent set for this week’s episode of “Smooth Lovin’ with Dr. Huggins.” The guest is Danny Fonzarelli, who enters in bright pink bell bottoms to a disco love song. Huggins looks disgusted. He asks Fonzy how he can stand being such a socially-inept, boring weirdo stuck in the wrong decade. “The Love Chunk” tells Huggins that the only thing the ladies love more than the spirit of the 70s is the “Love Chunk” himself, Danny Fonzarelli.

Huggins calls that “bulls***,” and then challenges Fonzy to prove it.

“I’m the only ‘Ladies’ Choice’ in this company. I’m going to end you like Richard Nixon ended the 70s. Seriously. I’ll drag you kicking and screaming into this decade or out of the company, Mr. Fake Love.”
Huggins throws a copy of the Kama Sutra at a puzzled Fonzarelli, who catches it, then dances his way out of the ring as we yet again cut to commercial.






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It’s time for the main event! Wolf Hawkins and Josh Taylor will collide in the first match of the best-of-7 series between the two. Taylor is out first. Hawkins’ pounding rock theme starts as the words “The Big Dog’s Yard” are superimposed over “TCW” on the TotalTron. The match itself is a good one—the two guys look almost entirely evenly matched. The back-and-forth is flowing and both men get good moments of offense. Taylor’s old-school, Japanese-influenced style is a nice counterpoint to the more muscular Hawkins’ power moves and brawling. With both guys in prime physical shape, there are very few pauses for rest holds. The focus, though, is the story—Taylor is the traditional babyface to Hawkins’ hard-hitting heel antics.

After about 25 minutes, Hawkins creates a distraction by sliding out of the ring to get a chair. When referee Ray Johnson turns to toss the chair out of the ring, Hawkins pulls a pair of brass knuckles out of his trunks and hits Taylor with them. Taylor drops like he’s been shot. Hawkins hauls him back to his feet and hits the Full Moon Rising superkick for the pin and the win. We cut to backstage with Taylor out cold and Hawkins watching from the top of the ramp as his music plays.
WINNER: Wolf Hawkins







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Backstage, Aaron “Ace” Andrews is leaning against a wall. He wears an unbuttoned denim shirt and black slacks. The World Championship belt is haphazardly strewn over his shoulder. He tells Golden that just asking for something doesn’t make it come true. Triple A says that Golden needs to recognize that everything he represents to TCW fans is a lie.

“You say that you’re this New York City everyman, Rocky. You want to be the people’s hero. I know there’s no such thing as heroes. You want a shot at this belt? Stop lying to everyone, Rocky. Admit that you’d do anything to get it back. There’s no moral code when the top spot in the company is on the line. I’m not going to give you a shot at it until I’ve broken—not beaten, but broken—every other guy who’s foolish enough to stand in my way.

Then we’ll see the real Rocky Golden when you choose following your moral code or having the belt around your waist. I think I know what you’ll decide. You’ll prove that these fans don’t matter. This belt doesn't matter. Only the title of best in the world does.”

The show fades to black with Andrews turning away and walking down the hall, dragging the belt on the ground behind him.




SHOW GRADE:


RESULTS:
Main Event: Best-of-7 Series Match 1—“The Big Dog” Wolf Hawkins vs. Joshua Taylor
American Buffalo and Troy Tornado vs. Mighty Mo and Human Arsenal
International Championship Open Challenge: Marc Speed (c) vs. Bart Biggins
“The Land Shark” Eddie Peak vs. Benny Benson
Sammy Bach and Devine Fortune vs. Bryan Vessey and The Behemoths

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