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Unread 05-08-2018, 09:42 AM
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Welcome to New York… The home of the hottest young talent in America…

No news, so it was time to organise the first round of the King of New York tournament. The big show in September would feature the final eight, so this month, we had to weed it down to eight from sixteen. Winner of the tournament would receive a shot at the Empire Title in December at Showdown in the City I.

NYCW Welcome to New York 6: Road to the Throne
Sunday, Week 2, August, 2016
Pennysylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Attendance: 2,000 (SOLD OUT!)

ANGLE: Jay Chord and Greg Gauge are out. They’ve only found themselves a new member of the Legacy and they want him to earn his stripes right now… out comes the son of Dan Dalay… Robin DaLay. (D+)
He’s cheap, decent and fits the story. It’s almost too perfect.

KONY QUALIFIER: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Robin DaLay in 5:27 by pinfall with a Tombstone Piledriver. (D+)
Solid opening performance from the youngster. I was never going to give him the win here, but he held up his end of the bargain beautifully.

KONY QUALIFIER: Greg Gauge defeated Garry The Entertainer in 5:21 by submission with a Proton Lock. (D)
Testing another newcomer, he’s got bags of entertainment skill, but raw in-ring talent. Time to start developing the only way we know how. By jobbing him out to much better workers.

KONY QUALIFIER: Brutus Milano defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 5:37 by submission with an Italian Backbreaker after blatantly cheating. (D-)
That’s right everyone! Brutus Milano, jobber-to-the-stars is into the final eight of the King of New York tournament. Can you say, UNDERDOG!

KONY QUALIFIER: Ernest Youngman defeated Fro Sure in 11:07 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (C-)
And finally, FINALLY, these two hook it up and it goes exactly the same way as before. The main man Ernest Youngman delivers the goods, by cheating. Hey, nobody’s perfect. Good match.

KONY QUALIFIER: Grandmaster Phunk defeated Animal Harker in 6:11 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner following botched interference by Tennessee William. (D-)
Oh dear, we have ourselves further issues with the Southern Stars. Actually a pretty underwhelming match, but it’s more about storytelling than ratings.

KONY QUALIFIER: Thom Barrowman defeated Tennessee William in 6:23 by pinfall with a Guided Missile. (C-)
Tennessee William immediately suffers at the hands of fate. I mean, it’s not like he stood a chance of getting in the way of Thom Barrowman, but at least he looked spectacular in defeat.

ANGLE: Harlem Profits cut a promo hyping their upcoming final match with The Ring Generals. “Get it done now, or go back to Maine, or wherever the Hell you’re from.” Quite right too. (D-)

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Harlem Profits (c) defeated The Ring Generals in 7:39 when Donte Dunn defeated Dean Waldorf by pinfall after using a foreign object. (D)
Not a great match, but a nice full stop on the three-way tag feud which has dominated the year in New York. But where next for both teams?

KONY QUALIFIER: Logan Wolfsbaine defeated The Masked Mauler in 5:46 by pinfall with a Belly To Belly Suplex. (D+)
Master vs. apprentice for the second time. Good match and it seems everything Mauler has taught Logan is paying off. Maybe I should consider tagging them up?

KONY QUALIFIER: Ross Henry defeated William Jetterson in 5:23 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (C-)
Another fantastic singles match with absolutely the right man going over. Poor William J, he really is struggling to make a name for himself. Perhaps he needs a tag team partner in the new year too.

ANGLE: Jay Chord cuts a promo hyping up his gloriousness and that he’ll happily destroy the face of NYCW, Steve Flash tonight and twice on Sundays. (B-)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Jay Chord defeated Steve Flash in 22:25 by pinfall by using underhanded tactics. (C+)
WOAH! Flash brings the goods against the young upstart and delivers the best match in company history to boot. We’d have to have a rematch of this one I’d imagine. Perhaps at The King of New York event in fact.

OVERALL: D+

BEST. SHOW. EVER.

Around the area, JD Morgan and Land Mass (former Tri-State Champ) retire, while in MAW Bradley Blaze beat Greg Gauge to claim their championship in a doozy of a match. Might need to look to invest in him soon.

In terms of our performance, we came 2nd in both battles, but only lost $4,701. That’s not too bad at all.

Next time on Welcome to New York… The Inaugural King of New York tournament and we discover who’ll be fighting for the gold at Empire City Showdown…
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Welcome to New York… Where underdogs are underdogs for a reason…

NYCW The King of New York
Sunday, Week 2, September, 2016
Pennysylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,939

KONY QUARTER FINAL MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Brutus Milano in 3:47 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (D+)
Poor old Brutus Milano. Made it to the dance and is immediately destroyed by the unstoppable former football-playing God. Still, he looked decent in defeat and this is actually his best match ever, although neither man could sell for a damn. Ross Henry is through to the semi-finals to face the winner of the next match.

KONY QUARTER FINAL MATCH: Greg Gauge defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith in 5:58 by submission with a Proton Lock after interference from Jay Chord. (D+)
Poor Bulldozer. The Legacy drop the bomb on the Grand Slam winner and send him out before the semi-finals. From a storyline perspective it works, as he doesn’t quite fit into the main event currently.

KONY QUARTER FINAL MATCH: Thom Barrowman defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 6:19 by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage. (C-)
In a battle of the heels, the one-time tag team partners explode in a… frankly disappointing match. Phunk, like Bulldozer before him is not quite up there with the rest of the main event players, so will probably be scaled back in the coming months.

ANGLE: Fro Sure, who doesn’t have a match, takes time out his busy schedule to run down the talents of Ernest Youngman. He also takes a dig at Phunk’s leadership of the Harlem Profits. INTRIGUE. (D-)

KONY QUARTER FINAL MATCH: Ernest Youngman defeated Logan Wolfsbaine in 10:47 by pinfall with The Hit. (C)
Boom! What a match from two of our younger starlets. Huge upsides to both of these guys and it’s now time to escalate the Wolfsbaine push I think.

NYCW TAG TEAM MATCH: Harlem Profits defeated Garry The Entertainer and Joffy Pinkerton in 5:26 when Donte Dunn defeated Garry The Entertainer by pinfall with a Sunny Daze. (D-)
Filler match to control the mood of the crowd before the big-hitting finales. No chemistry, so that’ll be the last time Joffy and Garry team up.

KONY SEMI FINAL MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Greg Gauge in 11:43 by pinfall by Earthquake Powerslam. (C)
Another fantastic match in a seemingly endless run of them.

KONY SEMI FINAL MATCH: Thom Barrowman defeated Ernest Youngman in 8:04 by pinfall with a handful of tights. (D+)
And there we go. These two don’t click, which is a shame. But ‘God Among Men’ Ernest Youngman finally gets bested. But it took a handful of tights to get it done. DAMN YOU GUIDE, YOU CHEATING SOB!

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Ring Generals defeated The Southern Stars in 21:25 when Dean Waldorf defeated Tennessee William by pinfall with a Wheelbarrow Bomb. During the match we also had Tennessee William turn on Harker. (D-)
And finally, we do what has been brewing for months. Just as Animal goes for the tag, Tennessee jumps off the apron. He then grabs his guitar and smashes it over Animal’s head to the shock of the crowd. The turn went magnificently and William may now be the most hated man in NYCW.

ANGLE: Animal Harker, bloodied and confused, holds out his hand to Tennessee William who just looks at him in disgust. Joffy Pinkerton runs in to stand between them and then joins William in destroying Animal. (E-)
Yes the rating sucked, but the double turn worked to perfection. We might even have a super-hot new tag team in the making here. Depends on how good William is in singles competition.

ANGLE: Jay Chord cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Steve Flash. (B)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Jay Chord (c) defeated Steve Flash in 21:51 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (C+)
Another match with these two which absolutely knocked it out of the park. We might need the obligatory third match before Empire City Showdown, just to milk it for what it’s worth.

ANGLE: Ross Henry cuts a promo saying that he came here to win and Thom Barrowman is just another obstacle he’s going to destroy on his way to the title. (B-)

KING OF NEW YORK FINAL MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Thom Barrowman in 20:41 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. Ross Henry wins the NYCW King of New York title. (C)
And thus the main event is set; ‘Glorious’ Jay Chord defends the Empire Title against the rookie phenom Ross Henry. Let’s just say, expectations are sky high!

ANGLE: Having picked up the victory, Ross Henry celebrates in the ring. (B)

OVERALL: C-

A new best show ever.

The card for Empire City Showdown I is taking shape. We’ll likely have; Jay Chord vs. Ross Henry and Animal Harker vs. Tennessee William.

Next time on Welcome to New York… we begin the build to our biggest show of the year. Hearts will be broken, dreams will be shattered and the wrestling world, will never be the same again…
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Secret COTT Headquarters…

“What the hell are you playing at Vessey?”

Mitch Naess was angry. This wasn’t his normal, calm, bitching, but full-blown rage.

“What’s wrong boy?” growled Larry. “Can’t keep up? We’ll happily buy you out if you can’t handle the pressure.”

Naess snorted with laughter.

“Calm down please,” said Sam Keith. “Larry, I think we’d all like to know what’s going on with your lot in New York.”

“We’re doing what we have to do,” said Larry. “At the end of the day, we’re all working towards the same goal aren’t we? We all want to stop Allen Packer. Well I’m just doing it better than most.”

“But Jay Chord, Greg Gauge, Ross Henry and Guide,” said Keith. “That’s a LOT of money to spend on new talent.”

“It’s Thom Barrowman now,” I interjected. “Not Guide.”

The room went quiet and Keith gave me a stare which told me to keep my mouth shut.

“The kid’s right,” said Larry. “At the end of the day, we’ve made the sort of moves necessary to not only stay relevant, but to progress. To grow. We can’t fight without a competitive product. And let’s be serious here. It’s not like you lot are any better. You’ve all loaned one or all of the above to help boost your shows. Haven’t you?”

The room went silent again, so Larry continued.

“Exactly. So maybe focus a little less on what we’re doing and worry about your own moves. I have no intention of putting anyone out of business except USPW. That is still the goal, and we’re going to do it. Together. So get on board, or get out of our way!”

Sam Keith stroked his beard momentarily.

“OK Larry, we’ll keep going as we are, but as we grow in size and strength, we have to keep an eye on each other. We don’t won’t anyone getting too big for their region do we? All of this falls apart the moment we start turning on one another. This isn’t a wrestling story, this is life. Keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t ever forget where you came from.”

The meeting adjourned and Larry and I walked back to the limousine to take us to New York City. Inside, over a whisky on the rocks, Larry spoke.

“It’s all going perfectly kid, keep it up. Mitch is rattled, I don’t think they can keep up and he refuses to push new stars. As for Keith, well I like him, but MAW are on the ropes too. In a year I suspect they’ll both be gone. They’ve both lost a leg, now it’s time to lean on them until they fall over.”

“You got it boss,” I replied.

Just then his mobile rang and he answered, making sure I didn’t see the name of the caller.

“Yup,” he said. “Yup… yup… I said yes. Exactly like you said. It’ll be fine… Whatever you say.”

“Who was that?” I asked.

“You’re doing a good job kid, but don’t ask questions. You might not like the answer.”

Next time on Welcome to New York… On with the plan…

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The Intrigue!

Great story you're telling by the way, all solid grabs in terms of talent too.
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Welcome to New York… THE home of low-grade professional wrestling…

With our biggest show just around the corner, let’s have a look at the brief history of the year, which feuds we’ve got bubbling and who the major players are in each area:

NYCW Empire Title

The biggest story is the emergence of the new wave of NYCW main eventers. It all started at the original Welcome to New York show where former Empire Champion Grandmaster Phunk returned with the Harlem Profits and Fro Sure in tow. He defeated the departing Roger Cage for the title before launching into an extended feud with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. He finally lost the title in a cage match just as ‘Glorious’ Jay Chord debuted. He beat the NYCW Grand Slam winner and future Hall of Famer in his first match and now heads into Empire City Showdown set to face the former NFL star and rookie sensation, Ross Henry. Beyond that, there are a host of new stars like Thom Barrowman and Greg Gauge who could elevate straight into a feud with either man, not to mention both Bulldozer Brandon Smith and Steve Flash. As for Grandmaster Phunk; the Harlem Profits appear to have run out of patience with him and he’s on a downward spiral for his career.

NYCW Tri-State Regional Title

The year started with Crockett Tubbs as champion, but he lost to Ernest ‘The Man’ Youngman, who has held the title ever since. He’s been in an extended feud with Fro Sure, desperately trying to teach him how to be a man. The two have had a couple of matches of which Ernest won both and a recent showdown with Logan Wolfsbaine proved to be a star-maker and could well lead to an extended feud down the line. Fro Sure does however get his last shot at the title at Empire City Showdown to see if he can finally best the dominant rookie.

NYCW Tag Team Titles

The Southern Stars (Animal Harker and Tennessee William) added Joffy Laine as a mouthpiece at the start of the year and not only kept their titles, but added the COTT World Tag Team gold to boot. They were entrenched in a long-running feud with The Ring Generals and the Harlem Profits for most of the year and are currently tied as a record four-time champions. Disaster recently struck as Tennessee William and Joffy Laine turned on their partner after a series of miscommunications and are now looking likely to team up. Animal Harker has begun the search for a new partner to help him, but might well end up in singles competition before the year is out. The current tag team champions are the Harlem Profits who have one last showdown with The Ring Generals left in them before they go looking for stiffer competition.

The Young Blood

The rest of the main roster is made up of young and developing talents. Logan Wolfsbaine has shown time and time again that he can deliver the goods with anyone on the roster and is currently learning a lot from his mentor The Masked Mauler. William ‘Cobra’ Jetterson is on the verge of making a name for himself too, especially as he has a mentor himself in Thom Barrowman. These two in particular could see their stock sky-rocket and be in line for a Tri-State Regional Title shot, if anyone can prize the belt away from Ernest Youngman. Robin DaLay looks to be every bit the star his father was, while Garry the Entertainer has all the tools necessary to be a big star, if he can just find himself a suitable gimmick to carry him through. And finally there’s Brutus Milano, who has the looks to succeed, but still struggles to carry himself in the ring, but after making the final eight of The King of New York tournament, might finally be doing what he needs to in order to succeed.

NYCW Infrastructure

We are bleeding money on a monthly basis and while it would be lovely to expand into another region, at the moment it just isn’t worth our time, unless we reduce our production costs and limit workers for that show to say ten. There is a possibility to run two Tri-State shows a month, but we could easily burn out our audience there, although it would speed up our gain in popularity. Final option is to split the crew in two; Have the Empire and Tag Team Titles represented on Welcome to New York shows and the Tri-State Regional on the Traditional Tour. PSW have upped their production in an attempt to beat us in the regional battles, but our top-loaded cards are making that impossible. MAW are in trouble financially too, but for the time being the status quo remains intact. TCW fell to Cult, but have recently risen back up and are signing their workers to written contracts. We may have to consider signing our guys to exclusive PPA contracts to suffocate the competition in the local area? But that could be dangerous and expensive.

Next time on Welcome to New York… We start loading the card for the biggest show of the year…
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Welcome to New York… where the veterans pick a youngster and train them in the ways of the ring…

The first bit of news this month is that Thom ‘Guide’ Barrowman has taken William ‘Cobra’ Jetterson as his protégé, mirroring the relationship Masked Mauler and Logan Wolfsbaine have.

Around PSW: Sam Keith has got divorced, which is sad for the head of the COTT. But anything which might throw off his creativity had to be considered good. Their latest event, PSW – Army of One was a prime example of this as it only got an overall grade of D from the dirtsheets. Ernest Youngman meanwhile, won the National Title back for his third reign. Better bookers might’ve just kept the title on him the whole time.

With the seventh Welcome to the New York show on the horizon and our major storylines coming to a head, it was time to look at the roster, notably the wages. They were sky-high and we were still losing money, despite gaining critical acclaim and buzz with every show. We had forced PSW to upgrade all of their production, which was crippling their finances and it felt like all we had to do was get to the end of the year and he could push them into complete suffication.

And who knew, maybe we could actually turn a profit one day?

I tried to put Larry’s phone call to the back of my mind and get on with the next steps in our storylines.

NYCW Welcome to New York 7: Profit’s Fall
Sunday, Week 2, October, 2016
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 1,986

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Harlem Profits (c) defeated The Ring Generals and Tennessee William and Joffy Pinkerton (The New Southern Stars) in 9:47; the order of elimination was The Ring Generals first, and then Tennessee William and Joffy Pinkerton after Animal Harker ran in and attacked them both. (D)
Some sweet revenge for Animal their after his vicious beatdown last time. The feud is bubbling, but I’m not sure the two of them have the chemistry to really make it sizzle.

ANGLE: Joffy Pinkerton and Tennessee William turn the tables on Animal Harker. It’s a two-on-one beatdown again, as the mad simpleton tries his best to fight them off. Seeing the assault, Logan Wolfsbaine of all people, comes running in and fights them both off, saving Harker. (E+)
Maybe the addition of such an awesome young performer might help? Or maybe it’s a waste of Logan? Who knows?

TAG TEAM MATCH: Animal Harker and Logan Wolfsbaine defeated The Masked Mauler and The New York Doll in 7:36 when Logan Wolfsbaine defeated The New York Doll by submission with a Boston Crab. (D)
Well, well, well. My loose plan for Logan and Harker as a part-time tag team pays immediate dividends and they have excellent chemistry. I am already seeing it now, like two Viking invaders, covered in war paint and ready to fight.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk is in the ring talking. Fro Sure strolls down and takes the microphone;
“Classic Phunk! Always chat chat chatting about some thing or another. Never actually doing what is necessary. You were the Empire Champion man, now look at you. Cutting generic speeches about being a bad man, or NYCW’s resident gangsta. You’re nothing. You have no title, you’ve got no street cred and now… you’ve got no support! Get me a ref.”
The Harlem Profits slide into the ring behind Phunk and deliver a Shatter Machine. Fro Sure directs traffic as the three destroy the future NYCW Hall of Famer.
(D-)
Hmmm, actually expected better. So, Fro Sure steps up to the plate. Should be interesting in the future.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 12:10 with the Sure Thing. (E+)
Ouch. This was NOT a good match. And in fact, the two are an awkward pairing. Typical. Phunk was very unhappy about the loss too, which is fair. Still Fro Sure did ok and the storyline meant he needed the win here.

ANGLE: ‘Glorious’ Jay Chord is out with Greg Gauge and Robin DaLay. They talk about how little competition there is for their talents in this scummy town, especially Ross Henry. Robin promieses to deal with him later. Greg says he and Jay should have an exhibition match to make sure they’re still fresh, ready for the big event. ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’ by WAR plays over the speakers and Garry the Entertainer interrupts. He says, why not make it a triple threat and chuck that lovely golden belt on the line too. (C+)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Jay Chord (c) defeated Garry The Entertainer and Greg Gauge in 11:31 when Jay Chord defeated Garry The Entertainer by pinfall with a Super DDT. (C-)
Way to go Garry. Delivers big in the promo and wisely allows himself to be carried to a great match by two of the top in-ring independent workers going. Nicely done. He might need a gimmick overhaul though.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Brutus Milano in 8:28 by pinfall with The Hit. (D+)
Brutus steps up to challenge Ernest, but falls short to the man who looks like he’s carved out of wood with flowing locks like Samson.

SINGLES MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Robin DaLay in 7:31 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (E+)
Some truly awful psychology in this one, which really dragged the match down. But Henry unstoppable march to Empire City Showdown continues.

ANGLE: Thom Barrowman is out saying that he’s found a suitable tag team partner for the main event against Flash and Smith. He brings out William ‘The Cobra’ Jetterson, together, they are Serpent Strike. (C-)

TAG TEAM MATCH: Serpent Strike defeated Steve Flash and Bulldozer Brandon Smith in 13:51 when William Jetterson defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith by submission with a Viper Vice. (C)
What’s that? Another excellent chemistry note for Barrowman and Jetterson. I love it. That’s now two new tag teams with that note. And thus we accidentally stumble into a far better tag team division than ever before.

OVERALL: D

Ouch, what a horrible rating. Ross Henry and Robin DaLay weighed us down there, which is a shame. Elsewhere Ross Henry was sent on Territory loan to PSW, which was annoying. But in good news, Spencer Spade, RIPW stalwart was finally called up to SWF. That should tank their ratings for a bit.
In the regional battles we came second in Mid-Atlantic and last in New England. Ouch. We also lost $6,982, which wasn’t great. Still a double excellent chemistry note makes this month’s somewhat filler episode a winner in my book.

Next time on Welcome to New York… We go made with Tag Team Madness…

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Welcome to New York… Where we go mad with tag team action…

That’s right, it’s time for Tag Team MADNESS. Not the catchiest title of course, but at least you know what you’re going to get. It was time to continue building momentum and give our newest tag teams a chance to shine. Plus it would serve multiple storylines heading into the big event in December.

We also decided to see if we could make money by lowering production values and double the number of shows we run in the Tri-State area in the month. But first…

NYCW Welcome to New York 8: Tag Team Madness
Sunday, Week 2, November, 2016
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000 (SOLD OUT!)

ANGLE: Serpent Strike attack Mauler and New York Doll backstage and leave them down and out. (E+)
A simple way to turn Doll and Mauler face, in an attempt to even the divide on our roster. The turns worked out ok actually. Not that it mattered for two enhancement talents like them.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Serpent Strike defeated The Masked Mauler and The New York Doll in 7:43 when William Jetterson defeated The Masked Mauler by submission with a Viper Vice. (D+)
Speaking of which. The two jobbiest jobbers do the job and build some experience for our new favourite team.

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Brutus Milano and Robin DaLay in 5:46 when Ross Henry defeated Robin DaLay by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (D+)
Not content with beating just DaLay, he also chucks in Milano for good measure. Henry has been on an unstoppable roll since debuting and is only suppassed in momentum by Logan Wolfsbaine and The Living Legend Ernest ‘My Hero’ Youngman.

ANGLE: Ross Henry cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Jay Chord. (B-)
He can wrestle. He’s popular and he’s entertaining. What a besat. I mean, he’s no Ernest Youngman, but he’s still awesome.

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Mighty Invaders (Logan Wolfsbaine and Animal Harker) drew with The New Southern Stars in 7:50 when the referee lost control and stopped the match. (D+)
That’s right, Logan and Animal are now kitted out in war paint, furry pants and boots and crazy shoulder pads covered in skulls. They are the MIGHTY… INVADERS. Didn’t give them a win, in order to keep the match-up fresh for the coming year. But I am EXCITED about this pairing.

ANGLE: Fro Sure cuts a promo; “Ernest Youngman, at Empire City Showdown we will meet for the last time. I am willing to stake any future title shots for the belt on the line. This is it. One shall stand, one shall fall…” (D-)
Goosebumps… probably.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 10:24 by pinfall with The Hit. During the match we also had Fro Sure run in and attack Phunk. (C)
Fro Sure wanted to make sure no one stole the title before he could get his hands on it. Poor Phunk has seen his stock fall and fall and fall. Take note, this is how we treat those who serve us no immediate purpose. Plus he’s the PSW Champion, so always good to job him out.

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Grand Slam (Bulldozer Brandon Smith and Steve Flash) defeated Harlem Profits (c) in 7:58 when Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Nate DeMarcus by pinfall after a double powerbomb. Bulldozer Brandon Smith and Steve Flash win the NYCW Tag Team titles. (D+)
That’s right. The titles have seen their stock fall from C to D- with the Harlem Profits, so we’ve finally switched them onto something of a dream team. There’s an immediate uptick in quality of match. The titles prestige goes up to C- AND we have multiple new, fresh feuds available to us through Serpent Strike, The New Southern Stars and potentially The Legacy. Not to mention The Ring Generals and The MIGHTY… INVADERS! All the titles in New York WILL be important dammit.

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo; “Fro Sure, if that’s your real name. I look forward to destroying you once and for all. Then all everyone will be asking is… Whose Ernest going to make famous next?” (C+)

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Garry The Entertainer in 5:43 by pinfall with a Sure Thing. (E+)
And of course they don’t click. How disappointing and a bad match to boot for Garry. Still Fro Sure gets the win and ready’s himself for his last title shot in December.

ANGLE: Jay Chord is out: “Ladies and gentlemen of Pig City. We’re one month away from the biggest match in this company’s history. Former NFL washout Ross Henry gets a shot at me and my GLORIOUS title. It’s a dream match. But like all dreams, it must come to an end and when the bell rings, Henry will realise he’s living his own personal nightmare!” (B-)
He’s great on the mic that lad. What a champ.

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Legacy (Jay Chord and Greg Gauge) defeated The Ring Generals in 25:55 when Greg Gauge defeated Marv Statler by submission with a Proton Lock. During the match we also had Ross Henry run in and attack Chord. (C-)
Solid main event as The Ring Generals don’t need any momentum heading into the big show as they’re already completely tanking as it is.

OVERALL: D+

Solid show and a slow news week leads us straight into our inaugural Old School Wrestling show…

NYCW Old School Wrestling
Sunday, Week 4, November, 2016
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000 (SOLD OUT!)

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLES: All Americans (c) drew with Serpent Strike in 12:18 following a double count out. (C+)
Wowza. Hello BEST opener ever. Turns out when you put four great workers in a ring together, they spin GOLD. There will obviously be a rematch and it will OBVIOUSLY be higher up the card. Awesome stuff.

SINGLES MATCH: Animal Harker defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 8:07 by pinfall with a Stump Piledriver. (D-)
Animal, with Logan watching his back, destroyed one half of the men who cost him his title. Joffy is a solid player, but the story here is Animal vs. Tennessee, so we’ll play to that.

ANGLE: The match is over and Animal Harker is celebrating. Tennessee William looks angry, and jumps him from behind, beating him down. Logan steps in and challenges the Elvis impersonator. (E-)
Yuck, the story may be great, but these guys lack the star power or overness to carry these sort of segments it seems.

SINGLES MATCH: Tennessee William drew with Logan Wolfsbaine in 13:06 when the referee lost control and stopped the match after interference from Animal Harker and Joffy Laine. (C-)
Good match from Tennessee of all people here. The ending was predictable, but we now have two singles matches to go onto the main card.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated The Masked Mauler in 8:01 by pinfall with a Sure Thing. (E+)
A filler match if ever I saw one, but did it’s job. One of these days I’m going to have to do something with Mauler. I really like the guy, but he’s just so old.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Harlem Boys defeated The Ring Generals in 10:29 when Donte Dunn defeated Dean Waldorf by submission. (D)
The former champs get a bit of their heat back along with a jaunty new name. Feels like with Phunk out the way, it’s time to freshen up his former stable. Poor Ring Generals. They’re good, but have absolutely zero star presence.

ANGLE: Ross Henry cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Jay Chord. He also challenges all members of The Legacy to a Gang Wars match now. He’ll even let them pick his tag team partners. (B-)
Simple and effective again from Henry.

SIX-MAN TAG MATCH: Legacy (Greg Gauge, Jay Chord and Robin DaLay) defeated Ross Henry, The New York Doll and Garry The Entertainer in 8:29 when Robin DaLay defeated Garry The Entertainer by pinfall with a DaLay Down. (C)
Wanted to give DaLay a big rub heading into the new year as I have plans, but him being an enhancement talent doesn’t work. Henry does his best, but the Legacy get the last word before Empire City Showdown.

ANGLE: Jay Chord cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Ross Henry. (B-)
Simple and effective here too.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 27:37 by pinfall with The Hit. During the match we also had Fro Sure run in and attack Youngman. (C-)
Ernest really fits in the main event doesn’t he? Just like he fits in everywhere.

OVERALL: D+

Another great show as we roll into December. We won every regional battle, but lost $21,035 in the process. Ross Henry was loaned out once again, but made it up to the guys by setting up a pancake station backstage. Meanwhile Brutus Milano told hilarious road stories. Good lad.

So after a year’s worth of build-up and roster churning and leaking of money, we had finally made it to Empire City Showdown and the card reads like this:

Empire City Showdown I
The Ring Generals vs. The Harlem Boys
Brutus Milano vs. Garry the Entertainer vs. Joffy Pinkerton
The Legacy (Gauge and DaLay) vs. Doll and Mauler
Hardcore Match: Animal Harker vs. Tennessee William
Logan Wolfsbaine vs. Grandmaster Phunk
NYCW Tag Titles: The Grand Slam vs. Serpent Strike
NYCW Tri-State Title: Ernest Youngman vs. Fro Sure
NYCW Empire Title: Jay Chord vs. Ross Henry

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Empire City Showdown I
The Ring Generals vs. The Harlem Boys
Brutus Milano vs. Garry the Entertainer vs. Joffy Pinkerton
The Legacy (Gauge and DaLay) vs. Doll and Mauler
Hardcore Match: Animal Harker vs. Tennessee William
Logan Wolfsbaine vs. Grandmaster Phunk
NYCW Tag Titles: The Grand Slam vs. Serpent Strike
NYCW Tri-State Title: Ernest Youngman vs. Fro Sure
NYCW Empire Title: Jay Chord vs. Ross Henry
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The Ring Generals vs. The Harlem Boys
Brutus Milano vs. Garry the Entertainer vs. Joffy Pinkerton
The Legacy (Gauge and DaLay) vs. Doll and Mauler
Hardcore Match: Animal Harker vs. Tennessee William
Logan Wolfsbaine vs. Grandmaster Phunk
NYCW Tag Titles: The Grand Slam vs. Serpent Strike
NYCW Tri-State Title: Ernest Youngman vs. Fro Sure
NYCW Empire Title: Jay Chord vs. Ross Henry
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NYCW Empire City Showdown I
Sunday, Week 4, December, 2016
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000 (SOLD OUT!)

TAG TEAM MATCH: In a match we’ve seen a few times now, The Ring Generals of Marv statler and Dean Waldorf finally get a win over the free falling Harlem Boys in 8:08 when Dean Waldorf defeated Nate DeMarcus by pinfall with a Wheelbarrow Bomb. It was an open match which could’ve gone either way, but the wily veterans wanted it just a little bit more. (D)

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: In the epitome of ‘get them on the card’ Brutus Milano defeated Garry the Entertainer and Joffy Pinkerton in 7:37 when Brutus Milano defeated Garry The Entertainer by submission with an Italian Backbreaker. It’s been a year of solid growth for Brutus and he looks poised to step up his game in the new year. (E+)

TAG TEAM MATCH: Staking a claim for future tag title glory, The Legacy of Greg Gauge and Robin DaLay defeated The New York Doll and The Masked Mauler in 8:03 when Robin DaLay defeated The Masked Mauler by pinfall with a DaLay Down. With further victories, the Legacy could be on a path to greatness. (D)

ANGLE: Tennessee William comes out with Joffy Pinkerton and his trusty guitar ‘Cheryl.’
“Now listen up here Animal. We’ve been through a lot, but this anger of yours has to stop, you get me? It’s not healthy brother. We always worked best when you did what I say. So do not now and call off this ridiculous match.” Animal Harker’s music hits and with Logan Wolfsbaine by his side, he looks ready for some action. (D)

HARDCORE MATCH: In what can only be considered a disappointing match, Animal Harker finally put the ghost of the Southern Stars demise behind him after he defeated Tennessee William in 13:18 by pinfall with a Stump Piledriver. It was a wild brawl, but with almost a year’s build-up, the former record-breaking tag partners couldn’t deliver on the promise of a game-changing performance. (D-)

SINGLES MATCH: In a follow up, the other half of the MIGHTY… INVADERS, Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 8:14 by submission with a Boston Crab. It wasn’t pretty, but the former Empire Champion took his licks like a man. When the dust settled and the INVADERS left the ring, Phunk grabbed a mic and just shouted “I quit!” (D+)

ANGLE: Serpent Strike cut a promo hyping their upcoming match with The Grand Slam. They’re ready for the gold and to prove to the world that they’re the hissingest team of all time. The catchphrase needs work obviously. (D+)

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLES: In a match which didn’t quite live up to the first, The Grand Slam (c) defeated Serpent Strike in 12:26 when Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated William Jetterson by pinfall after using a foreign object. The match didn’t feel like the end of the feud, but rather the beginning as the crowd were chanting ‘We want more!’ (C)

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo telling the crowd that it’s time for him to make Fro Sure famous. “Buckle up kiddo, it’s time to ride.” (C+)

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: In a good match, the most winningest man in NYCW history, Ernest Youngman (c) finally defeated his long-time foe Fro Sure in 13:01 by pinfall with The Hit. Fro Sure gave a great account of himself, but in the end, Youngman maintains his incredible streak. (C-)

ANGLE: A full NFL team line the aisle to the ring as the challenger Ross Henry makes his most elaborate entrance to the ring yet. (B+)

ANGLE: Following the challenger, the champion ‘Glorious’ Jay Chord struts down to the ring dressed in a flowing, jewel-encrusted robe. Looking every bit the star he is. (A)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: For almost half and hour, former NFL star Ross Henry and decorated son of a legend, Jay Chord (c) battle it out. The crowd is buzzing from the first ring bell. Jay Chord lifts the mammoth Henry up into position for a Super DDT, but is surprised as Henry reverses into an Earthquake Powerslam for the win and title. (C+)

ANGLE: Having picked up the victory, Ross Henry celebrates in the ring as confetti falls and the rest of the locker room comes out to applaud. (B)

OVERALL: C-

Best show ever. Beautiful. Expensive, but beautiful. With that we won every regional battle, we lost only $10k and as the year ended, Grandmaster Phunk quit the promotion in disgust over his treatment. Which was fair.

Next time on Welcome to New York… The Year-End Awards Show…
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New York City…

The dangling chandeliers in the Packer Ballroom, just off Madison Square Garden, illuminated the gathered great and good of professional wrestling. Representatives from SWF, TCW, BHOTWG, SOTBPW and NOTBPW. Owners, head bookers, top stars, legends. They were all there.

Then, towards the back, was us; The Confederation of the Territories. Owners and selected bookers only, with the occasional star there, but on another table. Larry Vessey and Mitch Naess were staring daggers at one another as the compare announced the winner of Young Wrestler of the Year. A masked man called Jormungand took the stage. He brimmed with energy.

“Why are we even here?” said Naess.

“We’re representing ourselves. It’s good PR,” said Sam Keith as he looked interestedly over to the SWF table.

“We’re not going to win any of the awards, it’s a fix. Only the big boys get them,” said Naess.

“Speak for yourself,” said Larry. “We’re having a great year.”

“It must be nice living in your head,” said Naess. “Sort of peaceful, made up of clouds and fairies and stuff.”

‘And in the category of Best Veteran, the winner… Steve Decolt.’

“Anyone heard anything more from Allen Packer?” said Puerto Rican Power.

“No,” said Joaquin Soler. “I don’t like it.”

“Yeah, it’s a little too quiet,” agreed Keith.

‘The winner of tag team of the year… The Golden Kings.’

“Good team, I wanted them,” said Soler.

“So none of us have heard from Packer,” said Keith. “But the raids haven’t stopped. Best talent is being snapped up by USPW.”

“Or NOTBPW… or TCW,” said Larry.

“Sour grapes?” sneered Naess.

“Look Mitch,” Larry fired. “I don’t like you, you don’t like me. But we share a lot of talent, and I notice the territory loans have increased. I don’t mind you poaching our talent, but how about you shut that mouth of yours before I do it myself.”

“How very like you! At an awards ceremony in your thirty cent suit and you want to fight.”

“You both talk too much,” said Puerto Rican Power.

The table fell silent.

‘The winner of match of the year… Tommy Cornell vs. Buff Martinez.’

“You remember when the UK was a dead territory?” said Keith.

“No,” said Larry.

“No, me neither,” replied Keith. “They’re almost as big as the States now. That’s a worry. Cornell has a lot to answer for.”

Larry’s phone rang and he stood up, answered and left the table.

“Must be important to just get up and take it now,” Naess shouted after him.

“I think it’s his wife,” I lied.

‘The winner of most improved promotion of the year… NYCW.’

All eyes on the table fell onto me. I couldn’t believe it, we’d won. We’d actually won. I looked around for Larry, but he had left the ballroom.

“Well go on kid,” said Sam Keith. “Go get your award.”

***

Later that night, after the booze had flowed and the COTT table jointly celebrated our victory. Champagne Lover won wrestler of the year, while SOTBPW was promotion of the year. With the evening winding down, Larry finally returned to the table.

“You missed your big moment old man,” said Naess.

Larry looked at the award. “Kid, we need to talk.”

I followed Larry out into the hallway and once he was sure we were alone, he spoke. “Things are happening in the industry kid. We’re doing well, but things can’t stay the same. Keep your eyes peeled and what I’m about to tell you can go no further…”

Next time on Welcome to New York… A new year and a new focus, and the rematch of Jay Chord and Ross Henry…
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Welcome to New York… Where the ball drops once a year...

The New Year started with irritating news with Greg Gauge having bruised his pectoral muscle. He could still wrestle thankfully, but would be severely hampered. From my end, I went through the planned storylines for the year, making sure to listen to what Larry had told me at the awards ceremony.

Things were going to be tough, but frankly, we’d already made huge strides. The big problem was cashflow. Having assembled one Hell of a roster, it was slowly, but surely bleeding us dry and if I wasn’t careful, we’d go down the tubes.

Luckily I had my eyes on a couple of cheap talents with huge upsides who could plug any and all gaps which were about to appear.

NYCW Welcome to New York 9: New Chances
Sunday, Week 2, January, 2017
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Mighty… INVADERS defeated Harlem Boys in 8:01 when Animal Harker defeated Donte Dunn by pinfall with a Stump Piledriver. (C-)
Great opener from two of our most successful created teams. Logan Wolfsbaine continues to be an A-star player and his rise up the card has been phenomenal.

SINGLES MATCH: Harvey Robbinfield defeated The Masked Mauler in 8:22 by pinfall with an Omega Driver. (E)
Our newest star in-the-making is former basketball prodigy, ‘The Omega Man’ Harvey Robbinfield. He’s got all the star potential required, but judging on this performance, there’s work to be done. But I remain hopeful for now.

SINGLES MATCH: Brutus Milano defeated The New York Doll in 7:52 by submission with an Italian Backbreaker. (E+)
The streak continues for the stalwart midcarder. He still lacks the relevant talents in the ring, but he has the look. Plus Larry is a HUGE fan, so it’s time to give him some wins and see how he gets on.

TAG TEAM MATCH: New Southern Stars defeated Dean Waldorf and Marv Statler in 23:05 when Joffy Pinkerton defeated Marv Statler by pinfall with a Death Spiral. (D)
A nice clean win for the new boys. I’m a little stuck with the Ring Generals. On paper they should be one of our best teams, but they never, ever seem to deliver in terms of great matches. It could be a momentum problem, but they’re pricey for the lack of delivery.

SINGLES MATCH: Greg Gauge defeated Garry the Entertainer in 5:39 by submission with a Proton Lock. (D+)
Even with a damaged pec, Gauge can bring the goods. There was no way Garry was getting the win, here, but he did well. I hated his name and gimmick though, and as one for the future I had to really find something for him to do.

ANGLE: Serpent Strike cut a promo saying they wanted a rematch with The Grand Slam for all the gold, but they’d settle for some singles action. (C-)
While they’ve got the chemistry, I’m still not 100% sold on Serpent Strike. Still, without a viable alternative, I wanted to give them a chance.

SINGLES MATCH: Steve Flash defeated William Jetterson in 8:05 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (D)
Disappointing match here considering.

SINGLES MATCH: Thom Barrowman defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith in 9:53 by pinfall with a handful of tights. (C-)
Much better stuff as the two more talented workers deliver beautifully. So that’s one win a piece for each of the teams.

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo saying that Fro Sure is very clever getting a rematch by adding a third person. But Ernest doesn’t care who you are, he’ll make anyone famous. (C)
I love him.

NYCW TRI-STATE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Fro Sure and Robin DaLay in 9:51 when Ernest Youngman defeated Robin DaLay by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (C-)
Keep Fro Sure strong and DaLay eats the pin. Ernest’s streak with the Tri-State Regional Title is a thing of beauty. It’s been a whole year and he is our longest tenured champion. He always delivers in the ring and on the mic and I’ve started to question why he isn’t challenging for the Empire Title.

ANGLE: Jay Chord makes an elaborate entrance. (B+)

ANGLE: Ross Henry makes an elaborate entrance. (B+)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: In the long-anticipated rematch, Jay Chord drew with Ross Henry (c) in 27:59 following a double count out after interference from Greg Gauge and Robin DaLay. (C+)
These boys are our number one face and heel and each can go in the ring. What a match!

OVERALL: D+

Seems to me to be a harsh rating considering, but then my production values have been reduced to almost nothing in an attempt to actually make some money this year.

Steve Flash’s contract came up for renewal, so we gave him a much-deserved extension, same for Masked Mauler too. There’s no way we could lose Logan’s mentor, even if he was the ultimate jobber for NYCW.

In the regional battles, we came first in both Mid-Atlantic and New England. But we once again lost money to a tune of $7,220. Ouch. Our former two-time Empire champion Grandmaster Phunk has taken our release of him badly and has become quite flabby. Poor lad.

Next time on Welcome to New York… We attempt to unify the Empire and COTT titles again and a bidding war threatens to reinforce Larry’s big news…
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Welcome to New York… Where we say goodbye just as much as we say hello…

Heading into St. Valentine’s Day Massacre we received word that Ross Henry had caused a ruckus backstage and was dragged in front of Steve Flash and sentenced to buying beers for the guys. Seemed reasonable.

MAW ran the Rip Chord Invitational XII, which was won by Syd Collier, whose name I didn’t really recognise. Was he worth a look? Probably not. I also decided with our tag team division as stacked as it’s ever been, it was time to separate the Ring Generals and see what they could do in singles action.

On with the show.

NYCW Welcome to New York 10: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Monday, Week 2, February, 2017
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000

SINGLES MATCH: Robin DaLay defeated Marv Statler in 8:18 by pinfall with a DaLay Down. (E+)
Ok-ish match here from one guy with no popularity and another with no momentum. Marv, as the allegedly better half, does not bring great goods in the ring. That was disappointing considering his cost.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Serpent Strike defeated The Heartbreak Express (Ralph Liotta and Johnny Needham) in 5:49 when William Jetterson defeated Johnny Needham by pinfall with a Solid Snake Stunner. (D+)
Decent match from our young new tag team from MAW. They’ve got all the tools needed to succeed, but we needed to get them used to our style. So for the time being they’ll be jobbers to the stars.

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman has heard that The Ring Generals have split up and he’s willing to give Dean Waldorf a shot at the title, providing he can get past Fro Sure. (C+)
Ernest continues to rule the midcard and is now actively playing them off each other. He’s literally transcended his position and is now the KING of NYCW.

NYCW TRI-STATE FATAL FOURWAY MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Brutus Milano, Garry The Entertainer and Harvey Robbinfield in 8:03 when Ernest Youngman defeated Harvey Robbinfield by pinfall with The Hit. (D+)
Robbinfield did well here as he and Ernest continued to batter one another. Could we have a youngster stepping up to actually challenge the great man? Probably not. Ernest is God.

ANGLE: Ross Henry cuts a promo saying he’s willing to give Jay Chord another shot. But first he’s got someone from ‘up North’ to beat and finally unify the two top belts in the world. (B-)

COTT WORLD & NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Ross Henry (c) defeated Leftie Wilkes (c) in 9:56 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (C-)
Quite how Leftie Wilkes ended up with the title is beyond me. But he ain’t got it no more. Ross Henry is stepping closer and closer to figurehead status, but while he’s a rookie there’s still question marks.

ANGLE: The Legacy (Chord and Gauge) cut a promo hyping their upcoming match with the Mighty… INVADERS. Chord says he’s going to beat the two woolly lunatics before rolling onto Henry and taking all the titles. (B-)

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Dean Waldorf in 10:04 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (D-)
So Marv underperformed and Dean Waldorf didn’t click with Fro Sure. Not the stellar start to their singles careers I’d hoped for. The excuses for keeping such high-cost midcarders was running out… fast.

COTT WORLD & NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Grand Slam (c) defeated Harlem Boys (c) in 10:28 when Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Nate DeMarcus by pinfall with a Backdrop Driver. The Grand Slam win the COTT World Tag Team titles. (C-)
With news coming in over the wires, it was time to get the COTT titles off the Harlem Boys and unify them once again. Great match in fairness, but with the changes we had planned we needed the Boys out of the picture.

TAG TEAM MATCH: New Southern Stars defeated The Masked Mauler and The New York Doll in 8:26 when Joffy Pinkerton defeated The New York Doll by pinfall with a Death Spiral. (E+)
Simple tag match to keep the Stars in the hunt. I was wondering if it was worth splitting them into singles performers considering their differing momentums.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Jay Chord and Greg Gauge defeated The Mighty INVADERS in 25:04 when Logan Wolfsbaine was counted out while fighting Jay Chord. During the match we also saw Tennessee William run in and attack Harker, and Ross Henry also attack Chord. (C+)
Well hello awesome matchup! Turns out Harker and Wolfsbaine are riding a hot streak. Sure they lost, but the crowd were so into the match it’s insane.

ANGLE: Jay Chord attacks Ross Henry in the ring and leaves him down and out. (B-)

OVERALL: D+

The New Southern Stars matchup really hurt our rating there I think. Ernest the God pulled me aside after the show to tell me he thinks Joffy can’t sell worth a damn. Ok then. That may be true, but I don’t really know what he wants me to do about it.

Marv Statler’s contract was up for renewal and he wanted a $200 pay rise. Unfortunately I am not in a position to make that happen with finances as they are. So with an opportunity like that opening up, I opted not to renew. We thanked him for his hard work and showed him the door.

Then we received word which confirmed everything Larry had told us. Jay Chord, main event icon and the man responsible for putting the rocket up the backside of the entire company was negotiating with the big boys. NOTBPW, TCW, SWF and USPW had all offered him exclusive contracts and he had his pick.

It was time to build towards his inevitable departure and make sure he gave the rub to the right people on his way out. It was a shame, but not wholly unsurprising. What was annoying, is that he wasn’t the only one…

Next time on Welcome to New York… We gear up to send off Jay Chord in style and try to deal with the big boys coming calling again…
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Welcome to New York… Where the greatest Era in company history comes to an end, in more ways than one…

We’ve decided with declining costs on worker salaries, we might actually be able to make a bit of money. All we had to do was run a second show in February, but with limited workers. So we dusted off the ‘Old School Wrestling’ show and ran it again.

Then disaster…

I’d accidentally booked the show to be in New England instead of the Tri-State area. Dammit. This was going to cost us some money and no mistake.

Before the show Ernest ribbed Fro Sure to the delight of the backstage area, thus showing that their feud isn’t just for our dusty cameras. Meanwhile Tennessee William organised a video game tourney, Robin DaLay was in wrestler court and improved his behaviour because of it and Logan learnt more selling from Masked Mauler.

I love our backstage area.

NYCW Old School Wrestling
Monday, Week 3, February, 2017
Biker’s Paradise, Boston, New England
Attendance: 300 (SOLD OUT!)

TAG TEAM MATCH: Serpent Strike drew with New Southern Stars in 7:53 following a double count out. (C-)
Keeping the two heel teams strong and putting on a great show to boot. Well done all.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Ralph Liotta in 6:02 by pinfall with a Sure Thing. (E+)
Would you believe these two had great chemistry. Sadly they’re so far apart on the spectrum of popularity it’s unlikely to ever be used to it’s full potential.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Greg Gauge in 7:44 by count out after interference from Harvey Robbinfield. (C)
Woof! I always knew these two could go, and they showed it here. Please note the appearance of Harvey too as he has apparently moved from opener to Upper Midcarder in a month. Blimey!

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Grand Slam (c) drew with The Mighty INVADERS in 9:47 following a double disqualification after Thom Barrowman attacked Bulldozer, and Tennessee William also attacked Harker. (C-)
Another cracking match from two of our top tag teams. Disgusted with the performance a representative from Serpent Strike and the New Southern Stars attacked.

ANGLE: Jay Chord makes an elaborate entrance. (B+)

ANGLE: Ross Henry makes an elaborate entrance. (B+)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Jay Chord in 24:41 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (C+)

OVERALL: D+

No point protecting Chord at this stage. He delivers in the third and final matchup between these two. Now we turned our attention towards a special show and what would be his final match for the company. We wanted to make it a special one.

Desperate not to completely financially cripple ourselves, we decided to run a Tri-State Old School Wrestling at the end of the month. We were banking on the fact that we could turn a profit and would save some of the loss incurred by running New England out of the blue.

Fingers crossed…

NYCW Old School Wrestling SPECIAL EVENT – End of an Era
Monday, Week 4, February, 2017
Pennsylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 2,000 (SOLD OUT!)

SINGLES MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine drew with Tennessee William in 10:05 when the referee lost control and stopped the match. (C-)
Keeping their feud simmering nicely with the first of two singles matches between the New Southern Stars and the MIGHTY… INVADERS! Good match too.

SINGLES MATCH: Animal Harker defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 6:03 by pinfall with a Stump Piledriver. (D-)
Disappointing match as the INVADERS sweep the Stars. This should line them up for another shot at the tag titles. Perhaps Animal Harker wasn’t the solid worker I’d always believed. I really was expecting better.

GANG WARS MATCH: Ross Henry and The Grand Slam defeated Thom Barrowman, Fro Sure and Greg Gauge in 12:22 when Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Greg Gauge by pinfall with a Tombstone Piledriver. (C)
Bit of a mismatch and a ‘get them on the card’ matchup and the crowd loved it! Another loss for Gauge though. Poor lad needs momentum.

ANGLE: Jay Chord makes an elaborate entrance. (B+)

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman makes an elaborate entrance. (D+)
Oh dear, he’s not really one for elaborate anything… except ass-kicking.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Jay Chord in 28:24 by pinfall with The Hit. (B-)
BOOOOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE. On his way out the company, the man responsible for so much passes the torch to Ernest Youngman and delivers a match of the year contender for us (obviously inter-company). What man. What a match. He will be missed.

OVERALL: C-

As expected, Jay Chord announced he’d signed with USPW. Allen Packer delivered another blow to the COTT. But it was fine, we got what we needed while we could. Packer also signed Ricky DeColt who we’d looked at for almost a year.

In the regional battles we finished 1st in both, and in terms of finances, we lost… $37,092. Oh God. That wasn’t good. We only had $44,011 left in the bank. Just as we were looking on ways to save some money, the universe stepped in on our behalf.

Greg Gauge signed to GCG, Donte Dunn and Nate DeMarcus signed to BHOTWG and we decided to release Dean Waldorf. That was a big chunk of change to take off the roster in one hit. And my word did we need it.

Joffy was acting in a selfish way backstage, so I fined him. He accepted, improved his behaviour, but now has a simmering tension with me. Which might be the worst singular move anyone in New York can do. Was he mad?

Larry pulled me into the office, in what I thought was a pep talk before Rush Hour. But instead he told me he’d just heard that The Stomper, former owner of the company and NYCW Hall of Famer had passed away.

Next time on Welcome to New York… We honour The Stomper at Rush Hour in the best way we could, we some good old-fashioned professional wrestling…
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