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Monday 1st December 2015


Hi. My name is Antonio Marquez. You all know who I am. I'm one of the most famous wrestlers, and the greatest wrestler, in the world. I am honoured to be seen as a hero in my homeland of Mexico. You know me better as “Champagne Lover”, hero of South of the Border Pro Wrestling, or as “Antonio Ramoray” on The Young and The Fearless.

So what am I doing here in California, I hear you ask. It is a long, long story, my friend. I shall try to keep it short and simple, but... you know...

So, all my life I am being tied to South of the Border – obviously a name that an American came up with – and I enjoy my life as an icon of screen and canvas. I hope that one day one of the big, American companies will come in and make me even more famous in America as well. Preferably paying me large amounts of dollars to secure my amazing talents, of course.

I become Campeonato many times, and even am honoured as Wrestler of the Year on several occasions by your prestigious Wrestling Newsletter. I hope to find myself pitted against other stars of the mat, the Sam Strongs, Sam Keiths, Tommy Cornells, Christian Faiths of this world, and show that greatness can be measured in so many different ways, in so many different styles, like the greatest of them have done before me.

But I hear nothing. The years pass by, and I think that, maybe the SWF do not appreciate what I can give them as an entertainer – perhaps I am too Mexican for them, no?

The TCW, perhaps they think the lucha libre is not what heir fans want to see, with the tecnicos and brawlers they have there?

The USPW, the new powerhouse, they think I am too flash, too risqué for them?

So I stay with South of the Border, and continue to be recognised as the greatest in Mexico, and time passes more, and I conclude that the time for me to be “el hombre” in America is passing. I hear about other, smaller companies, and I wonder if they are put off by my lifestyle or my extravagance and think they cannot afford me.

Then I hear from Mr Cliff Anderson.

Mr Cliff wants me to come to America. Not just to star in his high-flying energetic wrestling ring, but to help to run it. To book the shows and run his office. He has a man who has been doing this, but wants to go back to being a lesser man, who talks about the show. I look at his company. They have some very good lucha wrestlers. They have some very silly names as well. First order of the day will be to change some of that. Americans think we Mexicano have some funny names for our wrestlers, but “Air Attack Weasel”? Really?

It has no rudos and tecnicos, only luchadores. Some are not really luchadores either though.

No, I look at his business. It is nearly thirty years in its history, but is still small. It has some money, but is not making lots of money back. It has good connections with some other, small, companies, but it has problems that need money to fix as well. Mr Cliff has fought off people who want to buy it from him, and also those who want to use it for their own ends as a training school.

I agree, not without some reservations. But it is a new challenge for me. We see how this progresses.

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Monday 8th December 2015


Mr Cliff has let me see the contracts for the luchadores he has in the company. As was to be expected, CZCW has good wrestlers and bad wrestlers. Some talent and some no-talents. Mostly it is easy to see what is what.

My secretary, young David, will explain...


This is what we have:

The top guys


Donnie Johnson

Current Coastal Zone Champion, for the fourth time. Excellent Cruiserweight, trained by Preston Holt, who spent several years in TCW. Currently 38-years-old but still flies pretty well. Good guy to have backstage. Almost certain to be targeted by any of the “Big Three” who need a steady hand in their midcard. Also the first name change, as he will be acquiring a full surname. Dating Britney Hollywood, who also happens to be his manager, though that's mainly a cosmetic thing. We also need to change his character a bit, as the fans don't currently like the way he portrays a “Fan's Favourite”.



Fox Mask

Has been with CZCW since about 2000, and is a seven time champion here. Also a graduate of the Preston Holt dojo, he's a classical high flier, whose fundamentals are as sound as they come. One of three masked wrestlers at the top of the card (which should help Antonio feel at home!), his “Comic Book Hero” shtick is getting a bit stale. Another great guy to have around backstage.


Frankie Perez

A top all-round talent who can brawl just as well as he can fly, and has mat work to go alongside it all. How he never caught on with one of the Majors is a mystery, but we hope to get as much as we can out of him, given that he is also contracted to WLW in Japan, where he holds the Modern Japan title. Younger brother Jonnie isn't a patch on him, and is never likely to be, unfortunately. Still only 31, if we can hold onto him, he'd be an absolute cornerstone of the organisation.


Masked Cougar

Another guy fighting as a Comic Book character, and whose gimmick will need to be freshened up a bit, he's a two-time CZCW champ, and another guy who is a big presence on the roster. More of a one-dimensional aerial threat than some of the others, he can still work a mat routine when needed. Nothing to stop him from being a top man here for many more years to come.



Super Ninja

Our third masked wrestler, and one with a lot of history. Started with CZCW back in 1996, before becoming one of the stars of the now-defunct TCW Cruiserweight division as Fumihiro Ota. Disappeared from the wrestling scene for several years after being released by TCW, but another fundamental part of the CZCW roster now. Unbelievable that he hasn't held a title here yet, but likely to be in the hunt at pretty much a moment's notice. Has a natural affinity as a heel, but plays his Ninja-type character with just enough humour that he fits into the roster here well without slipping into that sort of role.


Champagne Lover

Depending on your perspective, he's either the biggest superstar in the world, or the most over-rated wrestler Mexico has seen. Naturally talented and with the rock star looks that make him the envy of every wrestler from here to Canada, he has few flaws in his armour, and those he has are less likely to be taken advantage of here in a company that apes lucha libre the way CZCW does than in almost any other American promotion. Six time SOTBPW Champion, four-time wrestler of the year, and has a reputation as being a locker-room leader from his years in Mexico. And yes he was looking over my shoulder as I wrote this.


The next best


Dave Wallace

A change of name by order of the boss, and not before time, he's a two-time Coastal Zone Xtreme title holder and has the basics down absolutely pat. His selling is so good that it makes you wonder why one of the larger companies hasn't picked him up for regular jobber use, but whilst we still have him, his flashy aerial moves suit CZCW down to the ground. Has been with the company since 2008 after a spell in Canada. Character needs tweaking slightly, as his current “anarchist” role isn't going down too well.



Jimmy Marvel


Once known as Marvel Malloy, Jimmy's a young all-rounder with possibilities to progress. Cocky and flashy, his big break so far has actually come in Tag Team wrestling, as the American Cobras, alongside his best friend Storm Spillane, with a Coastal Zone tag title and a Confederation of the Territories tag title so far. On the verge of outgrowing the tag ranks (such as they are) and not quite making the leap to serious title contender, Marvel may be stuck between the two for a while.


Lance Trueman

There can only be one Love Machine at a time, so the former “California Love Machine” gets a name change here so the boss can stick with his long-time moniker. Not sure that his routine will change very much though, and he is another who is also prominent in the Tag ranks, teaming up with Fernandes Franklin as “Going Coastal” for three Coastal Zone tag tile reigns to date. Has a really flash finisher, a shooting star leg-drop, known as the LAX Departure, which could really get him over.


Matt Sparrow

Another trained by Preston Holt, Sparrow initially found himself in DaVE, but quickly moved on to CZCW and was a regular here by the end of 2006. He a fan favourite, yet has progressed very little in nine years; you would probably expect him to be headlining the organisation by now. His main weakness is in meshing with other styles, but here in CZCW that's relatively little problem as we don't have too much Hardcore or Purorescu to speak of (Frankie Perez notwithstanding). Teams with American Flash as the unimaginatively named “Flash Sparrow” at present, and they are former tag champions.


The Others



Al Coleman


Initially broke into the business with MAW, before attitude problems saw him released in 2006, and he's been with CZCW ever since. A steady mid-card hand who has multiple tag title reigns with TCW's Marc Speed.


American Flash

Came through the CZCW academy and has some lovely flashy moves, but is on the small size even for here. Has continued to improve working alongside Matt Sparrow, but his ceiling looks lower than once it might have done.


Bullseye

Recent CZCW debutant, with an awful lot still to learn. Brawly and inconsistent, and not well appreciated by the fans. Likely to be relegated to jobber work for the foreseeable future if he is retained.


Carlos Berrera

Another academy recruit, he teams up with Miguel Rivera as “Notorious”, and they have picked up one tag reign already. Skills still need developing, but is already considered to be something of a tough b*****d among his peers.


Chet Chavez

One of the most enthusiastic of the roster on hearing of Antonio's appointment as booker, he hopes to learn from him and one day sign for one of the big Mexican promotions. Still has a long way to go though, and will mostly be learning by losing.


El Jaguar

Current tag champion and a former three time CILL tag champion alongside current partner Tigre, he fits neatly into the midcard and can be relied upon to be a stalwart of the show since his arrival last year.


Fernandes Franklin

Another name change here. With two Frankie's on the roster, one had to take precedence. Fernandes is touted as one of the best to have come through the CZCW academy though, and could potentially be a real star. At present, teams with Lance Trueman as his learning progresses.


Jackpot Jordan

Something of a success story within the company, he was brought in and expected to be a jobber for much of his career, but has developed into a very solid all-round performer. He and Jake Idol form what is probably the best-performing tag team in CZCW at present, Rich and Famous, and they have racked up four tag title reigns.


Jake Idol

As with Jordan, Idol has come on nicely, though is probably slightly the weaker of the two in terms of in-ring skills. Probably the largest wrestler on the roster, which isn't saying much and he would be a barely average-sized wrestler in TCW or SWF, but he is very much liked by the female fans.


Jonnie Perez

Nice guy, and with some nice, flashy moves, but his skill set is well short of his brother's and he's probably lucky still to be with the organisation, despite having been here six years since graduating from the academy. May need to find a tag partner for him to get some momentum.


Miguel Rivera

Working hard in tag matches with Carlos Berrera, but his forte seems to be Hardcore wrestling, rather than the more Lucha-style that most of the rest of the roster is most comfortable with. Basics are solid. Tough as nails.


Simon Waves

Eerily reminiscent in looks of James Prudence (Jimmy P), but still only 21 and with a lot to live up to. Needs work on all elements of his game and the near future is likely to feature a lot of staring at the lights when he does get used. As with other prospects, finances may determine how much time he actually gets in the ring.


Storm Spillane

Young and starting to look like he will be a break-out star sooner rather than later, his partnership with Jimmy Marvel is starting to bear fruit. Good all-round skills that eclipse those of his better known tag partner and mark him out as probably the most proficient of the wrestlers on the lower card. Indeed, if there's one lower card guy who could really shine in the ring, this is him, but his (poor) mic skills and (lack of) charisma suggest he'll not be getting any calls from SWF any time soon even though they don't hamper him in CZCW.


Tigre

Shortening of the name, but still a very good all-rounder who came to CZCW via FCW in Puerto Rico and then CILL in Mexico. Current tag champion with El Jaguar, and fits the CZCW mould nicely.


Waylon Walls

Current Coastal Zone Xtreme champion, and primarily a brawler, his Gangsta gimmick has gone over really well, it's just a shame that his skill set isn't really suited to rising any higher up the card.



The Support Crew



Britney Hollywood

Charisma and Sex Appeal in spades, but rather wasted as valet for her boyfriend Donnie, as his own skills don't really require a manager or mouthpiece. Could be better utilised with another worker, but splitting up the loving couple seems harsh.


Cliff Anderson

Owner of CZCW, so the Big Boss, though he has pledged to largely stay out of Antonio's hair in terms of running the book once he's set out his basic vision for the next couple of years. Likely to stay on in his role as Lead Announcer, given that we don't have anyone else who can do the job.


Dylan Sidle

Road agent and general locker room star, Dylan wrestled in the early nineties for RPW, but retired with concussion problems before getting a break. He's been CZCW's primary agent for the last eight years or so. Needs some support.


Pee-wee Germaine

Currently CZCW's only referee, who chips in with all sorts of backstage jobs, including merchandise sales. Rumour has it he's not in this for the money, but everyone backstage loves him, and he's great at his wide variety of jobs, even if he's not the best referee in the world. He's been a solid presence for CZCW without really adding any of the little touches that the best zebras bring to matches to enhance the story.


The Guru

The previous booker here in CZCW, and also the Colour Commentator for all the shows. He's got a great pedigree as one of the top managers in the business, with a long spell on SWF's roster behind him. Ideally we would use him in that role here as well, but his Colour is the best we've got. Very happy to have ceded booking duties.


Willow

Currently valet and mouthpiece for Al Coleman, she's lacking in the charisma department for a top line manager, and her character is likely to be de-emphasised if we get better managers in, or find someone to replace The Guru at the announce table. Will see some changes over coming months with a change in gimmick to more of a simple valet, and possible involvement in early storylines. Had a previous stint with NYCW to which she would probably be more suited now, at 35, than she was then, at 25.

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CZCW Revolution 2016 Preview

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to CZCW's traditional curtain raiser for the year, “Revolution”. All the best high-flying and fast paced action you've come to expect from your favourite California wrestling organisation.

The big news for the coming months is that most of our events are going to have a consistent feel to them in terms of the format of matches you're going to see. A one-on-one match for the Coastal Zone Championship will headline most of our events, and we kick off 2016 with one that will certainly be among the most hard fought we've seen in a while, as Coastal Zone Champion Donnie Johnson will defend his crown against the ultra-stiff Frankie Perez to round off the show. You've loved the work that Frankie has been doing recently, so it's only right that he gets this opportunity.

In the co-headliner, we'll have a four-way bout to determine who will be the champion's next contender. Again, we hope to make this a regular slot for the number one contendership, so that you fans will all know who the main challenger is going to be the following month... you know what they say about the best laid plans...

This time around, vying for the next shot at the Coastal Zone Championship will be three CZCW stalwarts, whose masks are well known to all our fans, plus a surprise newcomer to the company, in Mexican lucha libre legend Champagne Lover. The actor and wrestler, who graces a CZCW ring for the first time, will feel at home with opponents Fox Mask, Masked Cougar and Super Ninja bringing the best that CZCW has to offer from our own lucha athletes.

Elsewhere on the show, the newly-styled Dave Wallace, who you may know better as “Air Attack Weasel” has shed his former skin and will face off with the wrestling machine that is Al Coleman. Expect this one to stay more grounded if Coleman has any say about it!

We'll also be bringing you a tag match for the Coastal Zone Tag Team Championship, with Wild Cats defending their titles against Rich and Famous. You'd think that Jackpot Jordan and Jake Idol would know not to take their masked opponents lightly, but recent comments by the challengers seem to indicate that they believe taking the belts will be a breeze. The Wild Cats are better than that though, and you can be sure they'll put up one heck of a fight before they lose the titles.

You can also expect to see Matt Sparrow, Lance Trueman and the American Cobras in action in some form as well.

Come along for the night of your life!


Card for predictions

The American Cobras vs. Flash Sparrow

Coastal Zone Tag Team Championship:
Wild Cats (c ) vs. Rich and Famous

Dave Wallace vs. Al Coleman

#1 Contendership Bout
Fox Mask vs. Super Ninja vs. Champagne Lover vs. Masked Cougar

Coastal Zone Championship:
Donnie Johnson (c ) vs. Frankie Perez

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CZCW Revolution

Monday 1st January 2016


Los Angeles, California

Attendance: 2,000


The American Cobras (Jimmy Marvel/Storm Spillane) v. Flash Sparrow (American Flash/Matt Sparrow)

Straight into the action, as is traditional here in CZCW, where there's little in the way of introductions or preliminaries. All four wrestlers here have a ground game as well as flashy moves, and normally appear to work well together in their respective tandems, but it is the high flying of Jimmy Marvel that catches the eye here, as it is interspersed with moments where his fluency isn’t all that great. Nevertheless, The Cobras pick up the win here when Spillane's mat game comes to the fore, as Marvel holds off Sparrow whilst American Flash is forced to submit to Spillane's kneeling Boston Crab submission after about a dozen minutes.

Winners: The American Cobras (D+)






With the Cobras celebrating their victory, Lance Trueman comes charging down the aisle and gets in Spillane's face, though it isn't clear what his beef is about, and with three other men in the ring, it doesn't seem like it would be prudent for him to be putting himself about. Eventually he back down and heads back to the locker room. (E+)





Coastal Zone Tag Championships



Wild Cats (Tigre/El Jaguar) (c) v. Rich and Famous (Jake Idol/Jackpot Jordan)

You might expect this to be something of a clash of styles, with the much larger Idol facing off against the smaller masked luchadores, but the Wild Cats slip into a mixture of styles that complement their opponents quite nicely, and it's plain to see that the challengers become less cocky than they had appeared on their way to the ring with every passing counter-move that Tigre and El Jaguar unleash. Both Jackpot and Idol struggled to match the consistent fluidity of the champions despite their longer partnership, and when Idol succumbs to a Jaguar Suplex after around fourteen minutes it's less of a surprise than it might have been.

Winners: Wild Cats (D+)





Rich and Famous aren't done, though, and whilst Tigre and El Jaguar are celebrating retaining their belts, the defeated duo attack them from behind, beating them down. From what Anderson and The Guru say on commentary, it is clear that they expected a much easier contest, and are taking their frustrations out on the champs. (E)





Dave Wallace v. Al Coleman (w/Willow)

The story here is less about the wrestlers than about Willow. She seems to have glammed up somewhat, which The Guru, at the announce desk comments on as particularly noteworthy. It doesn't seem to have helped her relationship with Coleman though, as they don't seem to be able to get on the same page as far as his tactics for the bout are concerned. It's a decent enough contest, with Wallace's aerial manoeuvres looking like they'll be enough to knock Coleman off, but they are all for naught when a distraction from Willow causes Wallace to slip from the top rope and land awkwardly on his ankle, leaving him pray for Coleman's Ankle Brace submission finisher. Coleman looks askance at Willow as the referee raises his hand, but they do leave together, if not necessarily all that harmoniously.

Winner: Al Coleman (D)






#1 Contendership bout
Fox Mask v. Super Ninja v. Champagne Lover v. Masked Cougar

An entertaining mix of styles, with the high-flying of Fox Mask and Masked Cougar blending into the all-round games of the other two quite neatly. The debuting Champagne Lover showed his class here, and demonstrated why he is such a big star in Mexico, at times turning this into a showcase of his second-best spots from SOTBPW. That isn't to say that the others don't hold their own – the nature of a four-way match means that Lover isn't able to concentrate on one man and keep him grounded, and all three of his opponents have spots where it looks like they might pull off the victory. If anyone fell short, it was Super Ninja, but in this company that was no knock on him, and the end only comes when Fox Mask has taken out Masked Cougar on the outside of the ring with a flying cross-body and neither is able to make it back in time to prevent Lover picking up the three-count on Super Ninja following a Lover Stunner.

Winner: Champagne Lover (C)




Prior to the Main Event, a video plays with some of the highlights of the best performances we've seen over recent years from Frankie Perez and Donnie Johnson. (D)






Coastal Zone Championship



Donnie Johnson (c) v. Frankie Perez

Sometimes, when watching these two mix their flying, brawling and mat skills, it's hard to believe how long they've both been in the industry, and, although it was clear that the Champion was starting to blow heavily towards the end of this enjoyable 20-minute bout, you got the sense that he was still finding ways to improve, even at 38. Perez looked like a threat to Johnson's title for the whole match, with his stiffer kicks leaving the audience wincing, let alone his opponent, and his wider repertoire occasionally making the former Fly Boy look a little bit bereft for where to turn next. But Johnson hasn't come this far without picking up a trick or two, either, and despite his fatigue, despite, perhaps, the sense that he might have to give best to the younger man, he was still able to reach back and pull out the stops. A lull in Perez's onslaught gave Donnie the window of opportunity to get the challenger down with a hard DDT, and a Death on Miami Beach from the top rope was enough to prevent him beating Pee-wee Germaine's count.

Winner: Donnie Johnson (C )






Post-match we got an extravagant celebration from the champion, as Perez looked on, and although at one moment it looked as though the defeated challenger might offer his hand in respect, Johnson appeared deliberately not to give him the opportunity, as he raised the title above his head in triumph.


Overall Show Grade: D+
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I come to sense that Mr Cliff is a clever man. Last night, after our first show, we had a meeting to cover the goals he wants us to stick to. Simple, I thought – he has concerns about the weakest members of our roster being unsafe in the ring, which should only affect one or two of our wrestlers, and he wants to make sure I do not hire any more wrestlers who are as bad or worse in that manner. The lawsuits, they are apparently very costly here in California, he tells me. Mr Cliff also says not to hire anyone who cannot sustain a reasonable time in the ring. This should not be a big problem. Again maybe only this affects one or two of our weakest. But also, shrewd businessman that he is, Mr Cliff insists that I do not run the company into any debt. There is a small pot of money available, but it is not much. Mr Cliff has run CZCW on a shoestring, and this is why it has lasted for nearly thirty years. Of course I agree. Very sensible, no?

We discuss the show last night. Mr Cliff is very happy. The show was very good. Better than they have been doing recently. And why not - it had Champagne Lover in it, after all. Two good matches to finish the evening off and nothing that was bad at all. But the news sheets and reviews, they are not so good. They agree that the wrestling itself was fine – is that not what the fans come for, after all? - but they pick on other things that they do not like. “The production qualities are not as good as other shows” says one newsletter. “The local bands who provided the music are not up to the calibre of those used by PSW,” a review reports. I despair. They might as well be complaining that the ring is the wrong colour.

Hmm. Now I start to see why the company is still so small, when such little things are blown out of proportion by the media. Little things making a big impression when the news sheets tell the fans they need high quality sound and lighting for their wrestling to be good. I am amazed that wrestling ever got off the ground back before we had such wonderful technology, if all the reviews were bleating about such inconsequentialities like this. But then, this is America. Where everybody wants everything, and wants it right now.

I consider asking Mr Cliff what he has done about these reports in the past, but I am sensing that they were largely ignored. Do I spend money we don't have on upgrading things? Not if I want to keep my job... And yet Mr Cliff insists that I maintain the company in at least it's current position, and this I cannot do if the competition is seen as better or more professional, all of which costs money. It is a vicious circle.

So – how to make more money? One show a month doesn't cover the costs we are currently having. We have just enough wrestlers that to release several to save money looks like a bad idea. So more shows? But not as long, so we don't have to pay as many wrestlers, no? Maybe we try it.
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CZCW Tonight! – Friday 5th January 2016 – Preview

And it's yet more great news for all you CZCW fans, with a brand new hour-long weekly show featuring your favourite fast-paced high-flying wrestling down here in Bakersfield, California.

We've got an hour of the best wrestling around for your delectation tonight, where following on from a heated confrontation earlier this week at CZCW Revolution, Lance Trueman will take on Storm Spillane. Nobody seems to know what Trueman's problem with the youngster is, but they'll go head-to-head anyway!

Rich and Famous will also be in action, as they look to clear their heads of the defeat on Monday against Wild Cats. Idol and Jordan looked furious at their loss in the championship bout and tonight they'll see if the team of Miguel Rivera and Carlos Barrera are where their frustrations get taken out.

And in the main event, the fabulous newcomer Champagne Lover shows us all how to do things, as he takes on young Jonnie Perez. Perez will be looking to make a name for himself that doesn't rely on, well, his family name, and taking the scalp of an accomplished and well known luchadore like Lover would be a big step on that journey.

Come and join us, at CZCW Tonight!


Card for predictions:

Lance Trueman vs. Storm Spillane

Rich and Famous vs. Notorious

Champagne Lover vs. Jonnie Perez
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CZCW Tonight

Friday 5th January 2016


Bakersfield, California

Attendance: 3,200




Lance Trueman v. Storm Spillane

The minimum in the way of fripparies as Cliff Anderson and The Guru welcome everyone to the first edition of CZCW tonight, and Storm Spillane is already in the ring awaiting his opponent. Trueman charges down the aisle and wastes no time waiting for the bell as the fight explodes into life. It's more of a brawl than is often the case in CZCW, but both men can hold their own in that medium, so it works out fine.

Once he's worked out his initial rage, Trueman spends a lot of time posing for the ladies at ringside rather than concentrating on his opponent, which gives Spillane a few more chances to capitalise than might otherwise have been the case – a flying senton into the ringside area finally forces Trueman to take things more seriously, and once he gets his head back into things he remains in charge through to the key moment.


Whilst Pee-wee Germaine is occupied remonstrating with Trueman, Trueman's tag partner, Fernandes Franklin, races out to ringside and nails Spillane from behind with a forearm as he leans against the ropes, giving Trueman just the opportunity he needed to land the LAX Departure and pick up the victory.

Winner: Lance Trueman (D+)







Backstage, Al Coleman and Willow are having a blazing row. Coleman is insisting that he would have won on Monday without Willow's help, and that she had no clue what his gameplan was. He's critical of her new appearance as well, and that's enough for Willow, who flounces out, leaving Coleman with no manager. (D-)










Rich and Famous (Jake Idol/Jackpot Jordan) v. Notorious (Miguel Rivera/Carlos Barrera)

Idol and Jordan come out looking cocky once again, and perhaps with more justification this time. Rivera and Barrera are tough guys, but not in the same class of wrestler as the tag champions, so they can expect to have an easier time. This one is less surprising when it turns into a brawl, that being the strength of Notorious, but their lack of versatility and experience, and the overall confidence of Idol and Jordan is far too much for them, despite Idol looking somewhat distracted. Jordan finishes things after ten minutes or so with a Cash In.

Winners: Rich and Famous (D)







It seems like it's the night for arguments, as we crash another one backstage, this time between Fox Mask and Masked Cougar. Fox Mask is angry that he was unable to win the #1 contendership four-way at Revolution, and is blaming Cougar for being a distraction. Cougar is equally adamant that it was all Fox Mask's own fault for wiping out, and the argument ends in them looking like they will face off at some point within next month to settle their differences, though nothing is decided there and then. No doubt CZCW Management will arrange something! (D+)








Champagne Lover v. Jonnie Perez

This one is something of a foregone conclusion – you don't expect a veteran with the skills and charisma of Lover to do anything but make easy work of Jonnie Perez. And to a certain extent that's exactly what happens. Perez puts up a grand fight for nearly fifteen minutes, and he seems to have a natural chemistry in the ring with Lover, but there's no stage where you really think he's going to pull an upset. And so it turns out. Lover eventually hits the Lover Stunner hard enough to keep Perez down for a three-count in a surprisingly well-received contest.

Winner: Champagne Lover (C)



Overall Show Grade: D+

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And now the dropping of the other shoe occurs.

CZCW seems to have a roster that is full of wrestlers who have been with the company for many years, yet it still is only a small company. One of the reasons is that those who are successful and attract attention from bigger companies are easily hired away. CZCW cannot offer exclusive contracts - nobody would be stupid enough to sign one, as it would tie them into the company.

As it was last night, when Mr Cliff talked to me soon after our first weekly show of CZCW Tonight! My thinking was that it was to discuss the success of the show – more than 3000 in attendance, and another solid performance. However, I find that Mr Cliff tells me that Masked Cougar has been approached by USPW – for what reason I am unsure, given their current profile – and that the Coastal Zone champion Donnie Johnson has also been made an offer by the same company. Cougar was just starting a feud with Fox Mask, and Donnie was due to defend his championship against the greatest wrestler on earth at CZCW Vendetta – myself - where I would of course be hard pressed, but eventually prevail, as you would expect. Now? Who knows. For both of them, I wonder if we can stretch to a contract extension, but I am doubting we have the means to fight off USPW's bid.

It is as well that we are now running a weekly show. We could have Donnie drop the belt next week, or possibly the week after, if we need to. But ultimately, if Mr Cliff's edicts are to be obeyed and we keep the company at its current level, we will need a replacement who can fill each of the slots that would be left vacant should we lose both men. And it must be a replacement that is affordable. Not just anyone, but somebody that the California fans will recognise. One who can match our current luchadores in the ring. Of course there are veterans and youngsters alike who fit one or more category, but not many who may fit all.

And this is not even the most shocking news this week – the hiring spree that USPW has gone on has included former TCW Champion and Owner Tommy Cornell! Will we see him up against the likes of Steve Frehley and Rich Money in the sort of dream matches that SWF and TCW fans had in their fantasies just a few years ago, before Cornell shocked the wrestling world and left TCW for his home country?
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CZCW Tonight! – Friday 12th January 2016 – Preview


Welcome to our second edition of CZCW Tonight!

The big news of the evening is that after last week's confrontation, Masked Cougar and Fox Mask will be facing off in a ladder match. Clearly CZCW isn't big enough for the both of them, as the saying goes, so a contract renewal is the prize that hangs in a briefcase above the ring for just one man to obtain. CZCW management clearly decided that they wanted this issue resolved now, rather than waiting for CZCW Vendetta at the start of next month, but it also lends an extra dimension to what is sure to be an exciting evening.

Also falling out from last week's show, we're told that Willow has an announcement for us and for Al Coleman in particular. Maybe her makeover has given her new confidence as well, as it is a while since she has spoken out. Given last week's issues, we wonder what she has in store - has she kicked Coleman to the kerb? Or will she be apologising and begging for him to take her back?

Going Coastal will be in tag action against the young pairing of Waylon Walls and Bullseye. The latter two will be looking for an upset to add to their currently lean resumes, but with Lance Trueman having an ongoing dispute with Storm Spillane, who knows what else might happen.

Veteran masked luchadore Super Ninja will also be on the show tonight, taking on Tigre, one half of the Coastal Zone Tag champions, Wild Cats, in singles action.



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Going Coastal vs. Waylon Walls/Bullseye

Super Ninja vs. Tigre

Ladder Match for CZCW contract extension:
Masked Cougar vs. Fox Mask
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Going Coastal vs. Waylon Walls/Bullseye
Walls and Bullseye aren't ready for a push yet

Super Ninja vs. Tigre
Unless he's well into time decline, I'd keep Ninja strong here

Ladder Match for CZCW contract extension:
Masked Cougar vs. Fox Mask
Looks like Cougar's about to embark on a career as a USPW jobber
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CZCW Tonight

Friday 12th January 2016

Sacramento, California

Attendance: 3300




Going Coastal (Lance Trueman/Fernandes Franklin) v. Bullseye and Waylon Walls

Tag action kicks the evening's entertainment off, though the fans aren't all that interested in watching Bullseye entertain them this evening. Meanwhile, Lance Trueman seems distracted, possibly by the sight of Storm Spillane coming down to sit with the commentary crew and the possibility he might get himself involved, given their recent disagreements. It's a fairly poor match, heavy on the brawling to accommodate the younger men, and it's no surprise when Fernandes Franklin finishes it fairly swiftly with a Coast-liner that Bullseye is unable to kick out of. The biggest surprise is that Spillane just sits and watches, without getting involved.

Winners: Going Coastal (D)






Next up, Al Coleman is in the ring with a microphone, and demands to hear what Willow has to say, given that she has made such a fuss about her "big announcement".

Willow comes out onto the stage and makes it short but sweet: “I've had enough of your ungrateful attitude, Al, so I've taken on a new client to replace you.”

Coleman wants to know who her new client is, but she isn't telling.

“You'll just have to wait for CZCW Vendetta. You'll find out then, since you're booked in a match with him.” (E+)






Super Ninja v. Tigre

A better match, this time, if not by a huge amount, but a much more even contest than the tag match was. Tigre's high flying is well-countered by the experienced Ninja, whose well-developed ground game appears to be much the better strategy, especially when it becomes clear that he starts to get winded towards the end, so keeping Tigre less mobile means less chasing around for him. The veteran works in a number of submission attempts, which Tigre does very well to escape from, and replies with a nice series that starts with countering an armbar into an arm-drag of his own, transitions into a DDT and then follows up with an attempted splash from the top rope.


That gets a two-count from Pee-wee Germaine, but Ninja appears to have been lying doggo a little, and when Tigre goes to follow up with a second splash, he's shoved off the top by Jackpot Jordan, who seems to be appearing from nowhere (though replays from another angle will show he was lying in wait alongside the ring all along), straight into a Ninja Strike, and that's all she wrote for the tag specialist.

Winner: Super Ninja (D+)





Backstage, Matt Sparrow and American Flash are in the locker room, and Flash is congratulating Sparrow on being selected for the 4-way #1 contenders match at CZCW Vendetta, showing support for his tag partner. (D-)





Ladder Match for CZCW Contract Extension



Masked Cougar v. Fox Mask

A briefcase has been hung high above the ring, containing the putative contract, and both luchadores stare up at it during the introductions. It's a very fast-paced affair once things get going, and Cougar is ready to pull all the moves out of his arsenal to win this. A top turnbuckle cross-body sets up a neat knee-level drop kick that takes Fox Mask off his feet, but Fox Mask replies with a more varied assault, mixing in more matwork with some nasty chops as well as his own aerial moves – even now he still seems to be finding ways to expand his repetoire.

Given how quickly these two manage to bounce up again after being on the receiving end of a move, it's no surprise that it takes more than ten minutes before the ladders even come into play, first being used as a weapon by Fox Mask to throw at his opponent, and then shortly afterwards as a set up for a 450 Splash by Cougar.

It's Cougar's high-flying that eventually sets up the win though – he set up an attempt to land a Senton on his opponent from the top of a ladder inside the ring all the way to the ringside floor, and misses his opponent completely, wiping out onto the crowd barrier surrounding the ring. That gives Fox Mask more than enough time to re-set the ladder and climb to the top in order to claim the briefcase, in what has turned out to be one of the better matches CZCW has seen in recent years.

Winner: Fox Mask (C )

Overall Show Grade: D







Author's note: Thanks for the predictions, Lt. Lucrativo. I was beginning to think nobody was reading! 3/3 as you will have expected, with solid reasoning.
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CZCW Tonight! - Preview

Friday 19th January 2016

Hi, and welcome to another edition of CZCW Tonight!

On tonight's show, we have another surprise for you! Management have ruled that Donnie Johnson has to defend his CZCW Coastal Championship against Frankie Perez one more time. This will come as a significant disappointment to lucha superstar Champagne Lover, who won his four-way match at Revolution to be the next contender! What the self-proclaimed greatest wrestler in the world thinks about will become evident, as the Mexican superstar has made it clear that he intends to address the subject this evening.

Tag team action will also be featured, as The American Cobras, Jimmy Marvel and Storm Spillane, continue their recent partnership, and will face off against Notorious, who have been putting in some good efforts of late, even though they haven't been all that successful. We wait with bated breath to see what Lance Trueman makes of it all, and whether he will get involved as well, given his recent involvement with Spillane.

Also on tap, Dave Wallace faces off against El Jaguar. After his tag partner's defeat last week following interference from Jackpot Jordan, you can bet that Jaguar will need to be on high alert for further involvement from Rich and Famous tonight, but he can't afford to take Wallace lightly!

This, and more on CZCW Tonight! Tonight!



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The American Cobras vs. Notorious

Dave Wallace vs. El Jaguar

CZCW Coastal Championship:
Donnie Johnson (c) vs. Champagne Lover*



*Note this is a deliberate difference from the Preview.
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The American Cobras vs. Notorious
Cobras are the better team at this point

Dave Wallace vs. El Jaguar
Not sure about this, but I'll give the former Weasel the nod. Wallace has to be higher on the card at present, and as noted, anti-Jaguar shenanigans are a real possibility.

CZCW Coastal Championship:
Donnie Johnson (c) vs. Champagne Lover*
Seems like Donnie may be abandoning ship along with Cougar. If so, he'll need to drop the belt tout de suite.
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Dave Wallace vs. El Jaguar

CZCW Coastal Championship:
Donnie Johnson (c) vs. Champagne Lover*
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Dave Wallace vs. El Jaguar

CZCW Coastal Championship:
Donnie Johnson (c) vs. Champagne Lover*
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