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Christ Almighty the backstory to this universe sucks you straight in getting you hyped quite easily can't wait now.
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Christ Almighty the backstory to this universe sucks you straight in getting you hyped quite easily can't wait now.
Thanks for the support. Working very slowly on this due to limited time but I'm still very passionate about.

Quick update I have all the workers for Hollywood Championship Wrestling in the database and I am almost done with the WWF. I will be posting HCW's backstory and roster very soon.
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A Short History of...
HOLLYWOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING


Lights, Camera, Action!

RUPERT MURDOCH is the definition of mogul. Since the 1950’s, the Australian native has acquired news outlet after news outlet, rising to the top of the world’s news industry. After becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1985, Murdoch could officially own a U.S. television station, starting with the acquisition of Metromedia, a television broadcasting company with stations in six large U.S. cities. This became the foundation for what is known today as the Fox Broadcasting Company, or more commonly known simply as FOX.

FOX would begin a meteoric-rise to compete with the Big Three during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and did so with gritty, original programming that captured the changing atmosphere of the United States as it ticked closer and closer to the new millennium. And with that attempt to capture even more of prime time television’s market share came the creation of a crazy idea: sports entertainment. How could the station combine the elements of the sports they were attempting to buy up through major contracts with the country’s largest sporting associations as well as the company’s knack for providing quality entertainment that appealed to the 18-34 year old demography? Professional wrestling was chosen as that answer.

But perhaps none of it would have happened if the pieces had not all fallen into place.

Vince McMahon is convicted. And FOX executives see their opening.

The mass exodus of WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION wrestlers was ignited like a wildfire, and Branson was quick to act. The phone calls began, word swift around. Quickly the situation went from, "I have to get out of Stamford" to "I have to get my tape to FOX's people". Not to mention, the media professional wrestling was receiving was unlike never before. Although, none of it was good, there was a silent eye on professional wrestling, and FOX’s creation was truly beginning to unfold.

Off the heels of McMahon's downfall, FOX scooped up considerable World Wrestling Federation talent. The industry was taken aback when Rupert Murdoch held a huge press conference announcing the debut of HOLLYWOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, to be starring the likes of SHAWN MICHAELS, his partner in crime KEVIN NASH, and LEX LUGER. Their biggest signing, however, was bringing in HULK HOGAN, who was fed up with his time spent apart of WORLD STAR WRESTLING (a company, he helped put on the map). And when Hogan jumped, it was truly a big deal, as he and the rest of the “big four” went on a primetime media tour to promote the new product, which they both described as the future of sports entertainment...

The Big Bang
July 17th, 1994. Los Angeles, California.

Their first big pay-per-view was a major success in terms of sales, as HCW THE BIG BANG set off the promotion in style on the third Sunday of July, 1994. A cocky but stunning Shawn Michaels would become the first HCW World champion after defeating Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Lex Luger in a four-way main event hyped as 'The Showdown of Stars'. And while the ring-work was sloppy, things felt big. Things felt, really big. Debuting the next night on the USA Network, HCW MONDAY NIGHT HEAT was unlike any wrestling show the world had seen, with a major emphasis on the production quality, smooth flow of the show, and direction to keep the viewer glued to their television; not to mention the big matches on Monday nights.

To the rest of the industry, things felt like a coup. The old boys club was a bit shaken, but certainly not defeated. The NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE hadn't done much to acknowledge any threat or anything that has happened in or around Hollywood Championship Wrestling. On the other side of the street however, World Star Wrestling had taken their jabs at the new FOX-business venture, referring to it as a "joke of a wrestling promotion", with BRET HART taking specific shots at Hulk Hogan who had ditched the company for it.

But no matter what anybody said, or didn't say, Hollywood Championship Wrestling was catching on, and history may tell the old-boys club they should have perceived HCW as a threat from the beginning, possessing pockets of wealth greater than what the National Wrestling Alliance has to pool from. Not only that, but HCW presents a wide variety of wrestling matches and styles. From hardcore brawls, to fast-paced cruiserweight action, HCW had done well to provide it all.

Along the way, however, like most entrepreneurial ventures, HCW hit a rough-patch of the road, as several factors began to collide in extraordinary fashion. It was reported that FOX was getting sick of the industry's nuances. Executives weren't used to handling the egos involved, the logistics that were required, the travel suffered. It wasn't long before FOX executives were on the hunt for an Executive Vice President of Hollywood Championship Wrestling.

Every decision was to lay in the hands on one man.

One man, with a vision.

ERIC BISCHOFF.

The company's current lead announcer, Bischoff was named to the position after relentless pitching of his vision to television company's executives involved in the project. Having previously worked for the NWA on a secondary level, Bischoff took a chance by accepting a contract offer from the yet to debut Hollywood Championship Wrestling. From day one, Eric has been the company's lead announcer, but now, he was its ultimate.

Starmageddon '95
July 23rd, 1995. Los Angeles, California.

Just for the record, Bischoff's reign seemed to have began around December of 1994. No immediate booking changes seemed to have take place, but his biggest impact became the turn of Hulk Hogan from the childhood hero legend he had become known for, to one of the biggest heels in wrestling history. At HCW's STARMAGEDDON '95, the company's premier equivalent to the NWA's Starrcade and the WWF's WrestleMania, Hogan successfully took the turn when he defeated Shawn Michaels to earn his first HCW World Championship title. But to Hogan, it wasn't about winning the title. He had held plenty of them.

For him, it was the principal of the matter.

Shawn Michaels had already been teasing a face turn, ever since he won the belt off of Lex Luger, in February, whom had defeated Michaels for it back in November. But after his victory, Hogan didn't begin it like any other reign. Instead, he refused to have his hand rose, and proceeded to spit, chuck, and stomp on the World championship. Taking the microphone, Hogan began ranting on about how much he had put into this business, and how little he had gotten out of it. How much his body had endured, the schedule he was forced to commit to, and how ungrateful all these fans were for it. How they all wanted the "Sexy Boy" to keep the title. How Michaels had already begun referring to the World championship as his title. Well Hogan was going to one-up all of that, and soon enough everyone will be talking about the greatness of "HOLLYWOOD" HULK HOGAN.

And after all this, Hogan refused the World championship. Instead, he declared himself, the HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHT champion, brother.

Five months later, Hogan still holds his "Hollywood" championship, and now has one man under his sleeve, Eric Bischoff. Revealed as the Executive Vice President of the organization just a month after his reign, Bischoff played mean towards Hogan, but in reality, slowly fell sway to one of the most capturing personalities in the industry. HCW's December payper-view, Mayhem on 34th Street, Bischoff officially revealed his alignment with Hogan, as the two successfully screwed Lex Luger out of his chance in taking the belt.

Now the Bischoff/Hogan alliance has officially begun, and there may not be much the rest of the Hollywood roster can do about it...
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HOLLYWOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
MAIN EVENTERS


HOLLYWOOD HULK HOGAN
Hulk Hogan is one of the most famous pro wrestlers in the world today. Hogan career really took off with the AWA/WSW during the 1980's and was responsible for the AWA's top-tier run after Hogan first won the belt in late 1983. From then on, Hogan was essentially the face of WSW (alongside Bret Hart) and proved himself to be one of the most charismatic workers the industry has ever seen. By 1994, differences in booking, conflicts with the Hart Family, an expiring contract, and a connection with Rupert Murdoch led to Hogan's departure from WSW. He would turn to revitalizing his career by becoming a cornerstone in the establishment of Hollywood Championship Wrestling. Things really took a turn for Hogan in 1995, however, when he turned heel in his title victory over Shawn Michaels, refused the HCW Heavyweight Championship, and declared himself "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. Since then, he has formed an alliance with HCW Executive Producer Eric Bischoff and has become the popular antihero of HCW


KEVIN NASH
Kevin Nash is an impressive big man who got his start in the NWA where they failed to utilize his untapped charisma. After receiving a strong contract offer from the WWF, Nash jumped ship and debuted in the WWF in 1991 and was in instant success. Under the moniker of Diesel, Nash quickly became a star. The Baltimore Screwjob changed the course of Nash's career, however, as he would ask for release from his contract immediately following the screwjob pulled over on his best friend Shawn Michaels. Jumping ship to the newly minted Hollywood Championship Wrestling, Nash is clearly one of the company's four pillar stones. Soon forming an on-screen alliance with his best friends Shawn Michaels and Sean Waltman (collectively known as The Kilq), the three have helped HCW and professional wrestling break into mainstream popularity and pop culture relevancy.


LEX LUGER
"The Total Package" Lex Luger is known for his incredible physique and has been a very popular wrestler since his mainstream debut in 1988 with the WWF. Luger quickly became a main player with the WWF and was always a reliable star to fall back on when star power would fade. Luger was one of the media's prime targets for supposed illegal steroid abuse although hard evidence has never surfaced. He stayed loyal to McMahon throughout his trial, but the last straw finally broke with the Baltimore Screwjob in 1994. This led to Luger asking for his release from the WWF and joining up with the start-up Hollywood Championship Wrestling. Luger fit the mold of a top HCW star and has been established as one of the company's four cornerstones. While he has not been able to get his hands on the HCW Championship, he is a central part to the company's booking and is still a popular star today.


SHAWN MICHAELS
"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels is one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling today. At the same time, Michaels is one of the biggest troublemakers as well. His popularity seemed to reach an unfathomable point following the infamous Baltimore Screwjob. Of course, Michaels was departing for the brand new Hollywood Championship Wrestling where Michaels would become the company's franchise face and first HCW Champion. Since then, Michaels has been the center of the show, mostly colliding with Hulk Hogan for supremacy and teaming up with his off-screen best friends Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman, collectivelly known as The Kliq. Michaels has helped HCW make strides to compete with the rest of the American professional wrestling industry, and certainly entering the prime of his career. For HBK, the sky is most certainly the limit. However, it may be Shawn's demons which prevent him from becoming the biggest star the world of wrestling has ever seen...

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Not soon enough very busy with work and life. This is a project of small steps at a time.
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The level of detail you've clearly put into this mod is amazing. Really looking forward to it.

My one question regards "the future" in the mod. How deep into the current crop of WWE/NJPW/TNA/ROH and indy stars to you plan to go? I'd imagine the likes of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and so fourth will be present. But what about the Bucks, Wolves, Okada, Omega, Adam Cole and the impressive amount of talented women that have debuted in the last 10-12 years.

I'm curious how deep a pool of "yet to debut" talent you plan for the mod.

As a side note, I love that you went with the organic style...I've become a huge fan of that recently.

Thanks for reading, good luck and take your time...when this does come out I have no doubt it will be epic!
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To be honest it hasnt really crossed my mind yet. Obviously I'd like to make it as deep as possible and luckily NJPW is the only wrestling today I keep up with so you will see a bunch of NJPW guys. I dont have a strong answer for you right now but in terms of my universe's story YTD guys give me A LOT of freedom because I willing to play around with their debut dates in order to fit the needs and stories of my universe.

In terms of the universe's timeline moving forward, if I were to ever update this mod and advance the time line it would definitely center around Vince McMahon's release from prison and reentry into the wrestling business in 2000.

Thanks for the support!
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HOLLYWOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
UPPER MIDCARDERS


BOOKER T
Booker T is one half of the Harlem Heat, a tag team he and his real-life brother have had together since their debut into the world of professional wrestling. Booker T can be called the more charistmatic of the duo, willing to work more on the microphone and seemingly able to carry more of a connection with the fans. He can also be called the better worker and has an incredible amount of athleticism that helps Booker stand-out. The two eventually became the top tag team in the USWA by late 1993 as The Ebony Experience. Come 1994, the two were continuously sought after by all of the major companies, but would settle with the start-up Hollywood Championship Wrestling (most likely due to the money on the table). Since their debut in HCW, the two have become the stand-up tag team. For Booker T, however, he is going to have a tough time standing out as a singles competitor in the future if he remains with HCW...


BRIAN KNOBBS
Brian Knobbs is one half of The Nasty Boyz, a tag team with Jerry Sags. The two have been fairly successful throughout their careers but have been fairly mercantile throughout, never staying with one promotion longer than a few years. Their most recent stop is with Hollywood Championship Wrestling, where they are a cornerstone of the company's tag team division. However, neither man has ever had much talent in the ring and rely on connecting with the fans to put on a show.


DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE
Diamond Dallas Page got his start with WSW as a manager for a year before gaining acceptance into the Hart Dungeon. DDP would leave the Dungeon before graduating from it after conflicts with trainers, leading to his departure from the company. DDP would work the independents for another year before signing a contract with the NWA. As a member of the NWA, DDP achieved midcard success before again departing from the company in 1994 to join the upstart Hollywood Championship Wrestling. Feeling the company fit his mold as a performer and always looking for greener pastures, DDP joined HCW to a much-more hefty contract and some name recognition already in the bag. Upon arriving to HCW, DDP has become an instant fan favorite and could break into the main event scene given the right booking. However, DDP's booking has been largely inconsistent, seemingly being cut at the knees whenever he seems to gain any momentum.


JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD
John "Bradshaw" Layfield is an upcoming big man who is a former collegiate football player who got his start in pro wrestling in 1992. Layfield would spend some time in the independents, including a short-stint with the USWA before going on to spend some time in Japan. Returning some Japan, Layfield was offered a contract with HCW where instead of playing his usual Cowboy gimmick, Layfield debuted as John Bradshaw Layfield, otherwise known as JBL. Based off his personal interest in wealth and finance, JBL plays a modern-day Texan stock market wizard, with a financial IQ perhaps greater than his in-ring ability. The JBL character has been a great success and has done well carrying the midcard level. If JBL can continue to grow, he has main event potential down the road.


JERRY SAGGZ
Jerry Sags is one half of The Nasty Boyz, a tag team with Brian Knobbs. The two have been fairly successful throughout their careers but have been fairly mercantile throughout, never staying with one promotion longer than a few years. Their most recent stop is with Hollywood Championship Wrestling, where they are a cornerstone of the company's tag team division. However, neither man has ever had much talent in the ring and rely on connecting with the fans to put on a show.


MARC MERO
Marc Mero is an energetic, charistmatic worker with enough in-ring talent to create a perfect combination of performance and entertainment. Trained by the Malenkos in 1990, Mero got an in with the NWA in 1992, debuting as Johnny B. Badd, a flamboyant character alikened to pro wrestling's version of musician Little Richard. The gimmick caught-on quick due to Mero's energetic work, and Mero quickly became one of the NWA's best supporting babyfaces, although never reaching the pinnacle of the promotion. Mero's entry into HCW was a simple case of perfect timing, as his contract with the NWA was expiring right as HCW was opening its doors. Looking for strong performers with a recognizable face, FOX picked up Mero with a heafty contract and repackaged him under his given name with the nickname "Wildman" applied. Essentially playing the same character he did in the NWA, Mero continues to provide a strong babyface position on the HCW roster.


RICK RUDE
"Ravishing" Rick Rude is a native of Minnesota and got his start in pro wrestling with the AWA in the mid-1980's. During this time, Rude was someone the AWA could not keep away from the WWF, and Rude signed with Vince McMahon in 1986. From then on, Rude became one of the top heels in the company and would remain with the WWF until late 1992. After achieving a level of success many others only dreamed of, Rude took a year off to rest and work the independents as he saw fit. Entering 1994, it became well known in the industry that Rude was thinking about entering the industry full-time once again. Rude unexpectedly received a message from Rupert Murdoch, who expressed his desire to open up a new wrestling promotion. Rude agreed to a contract, under stipulation, however, that he would only wrestle big events. With that, Rude has been a reliable upper midcarder ever since.


STEVIE RAY
Stevie Ray is one half of the Harlem Heat, a tag team he and his real-life brother have had together since their debut into the world of professional wrestling. Stevie Ray may not be the more talented member of the tag team, but can certainly hold his own enough to help make their tag team matches some of the most entertaining in the industry. The two eventually became the top tag team in the USWA by late 1993 as The Ebony Experience. Come 1994, the two were continuously sought after by all of the major companies, but would settle with the start-up Hollywood Championship Wrestling (most likely due to the money on the table). Since their debut in HCW, the two have become the stand-up tag team. For Stevie Ray, a singles run in HCW seems out of sight and out of mind for now and will remain relevant as long as he is together with his brother...


SYCLOPS
Robert Maillet is a Canadian professional wrestler who had never fully committed to the business until signing a contract with HCW in 1995 to fill the role of the company's boilerplate big man. Maillet has a very unique look, standing at 6'10" with a more naturally-built look than body-built. Debuting as the monster known as Syclops, Maillet wheres a white contact over his right eye to imply the use of just one eye, resembling the mythical cyclop-creatures from Greek mythology. The company has done a great job of not allowing his gimmick to hit the cheese-grate, instead describing Syclops as a man who lost the use of his left-eye as a child, resulting in his hermitization as a child. However, as he grew into the monster he has become, now Syclops seeks revenge on the world had banished him to a life of loneliness while growing up. Syclops is the most prominent member of the Dungeon of Doom, holding their most legitimate threat to the HCW Championship.


THE ZODIAC
Ed Leslie is a veteran worker who got his start in the AWA due to his close relationship with Hulk Hogan. Leslie would find consistent work with the AWA for most of his career into the 1990's, albiet never known for his wrestling ability. By 1992, WSW cut ties with Leslie in attempts to continue to push their product forward, leaving Leslie on the independent circuit until the creation of Hollywood Championship Wrestling. With his best friend leading the charge as the big name to join HCW, Hogan got Leslie a job with the promotion and has since gone through a variety of gimmicks. Entering 1996, Leslie has found one that has seemed to have stuck in his character The Zodiac. Sporting black-and-white face paint and never saying much more than "Yes!" and "No!" , The Zodiac is namesake of the The Taskmaster who controls The Zodiac's every move.


X-PAC
Sean Waltman may be best known as the 1-2-3 Kid in the WWF where he gained initial fame when he upset Diesel on an episode of Monday Night Raw, essentially the first upset a jobber has ever had over a certified star on a prime time wrestling show. The angle quickly caught on and Waltman engaged with a feud. The two eventually became great friends, as Waltman began hanging around with Nash, Shawn Michaels, and Paul Levesque (collectively known as The Kliq). Following the Baltimore Screwjob, Waltman demanded release from his contract and jumped ship to HCW following both Nash and Michaels. Now calling himself X-Pac, Waltman has become a popular underdog and received a large rub due to his association with both Michaels and Nash.
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To be honest it hasnt really crossed my mind yet. Obviously I'd like to make it as deep as possible and luckily NJPW is the only wrestling today I keep up with so you will see a bunch of NJPW guys. I dont have a strong answer for you right now but in terms of my universe's story YTD guys give me A LOT of freedom because I willing to play around with their debut dates in order to fit the needs and stories of my universe.

In terms of the universe's timeline moving forward, if I were to ever update this mod and advance the time line it would definitely center around Vince McMahon's release from prison and reentry into the wrestling business in 2000.

Thanks for the support!
I'm really enjoying this so far! Are you intending to use Hive's work as a base(with his permission of course)? Seems like an easier way to take of those incoming workers.
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HOLLYWOOD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
MIDCARDERS


2 COLD SCORPIO
2 Cold Scorpio is a graduate of the IWGP dojo during the mid-1980's, and wrestled in the IWGP early in his career. Returning to America, Scorpio worked the independent scene, including ECWA and USWA before signing a short-term contract with the WWF. Scorpio was once again a free agent in 1994 before signing a contract with the brand new Hollywood Championship Wrestling to help build their cruiserweight division. Scorpio enters 1996 holding the company's cruiserweight belt, which is titled the HCW West Coast title.


BOHEMOND
Barry Buchanan is a relatively green big-man who debuted in mid-1995 as a member of the USWA roster after receiving training through the promotion. The USWA's investment in Barry didn't pay off, however, as he was quickly picked up on a written contract by HCW in late 1995. Impressed with his physique and matching the template they were looking for, Buchanan quickly debuted as Bohemond, a follower of the Jackyl and one half of The Proselytes. Yet to speak in front of any crowd, Bohemond is the silent enforcer of the Jackyl's will.


GLACIER
Raymond M. Lloyd (born May 1964 in Brunswick, Georgia) is an American martial artist and professional wrestler who got his start working the independents. After a short break from the business, Lloyd was approached to join the new Hollywood Championship Wrestling. Lloyd accepted the offer and was repackaged as Glacier, a clear rip-off of the character Sub-Zero from the popular video game Mortal Kombat. While Glacier gets a decent response from the fans, his in-ring work is nothing spectacular and his gimmick does not seem to have much life left in its blood.


IRWIN R. SCHYSTER
Mike Rotunda is a former collegiate amateur wrestler who entered the world of pro wrestling in the 1980's, landing in the NWA where Rotunda was a regular midcard worker for a few years. Following his stint in the NWA, Rotunda left to join the WWF in 1991 where he debuted as Irwin R. Schyster. Known as IRS in a short form, Rotunda played a former IRS tax collector who scolded all who came before him as to not paying their "fair share" in taxes. While the entire concept was on the gimmicky side, it was a relative success allowing Rotunda to remain on the WWF roster before he would jump ship to the upstart HCW where he accepted a higher-paid contract offer. With Rotunda followed the gimmick, as he debuted as Irwyn R. Schyster, able to essentially steal the gimmick from the WWF now entering turmoil following Vince McMahon's incarceration and the Baltimore Screwjob. Rotunda remains a steady midcarder in HCW.


MUSTAFA
Mustapha Saed is best known as the partner of New Jack and currently works in Hollywood Championship Wrestling. Seizing on the growing popularity of gangster-rap, Mustapha Saed connected with New Jack in the USWA to form The Gangstas, which quickly became the most controversial tag team in the entire industry. The pair were soon offered a contract to join Hollywood Championship Wrestling due to their controversial image and growing popularity. While Mustapha may not be as controversial as New Jack, his image as a psycho-maniac street thug along with his pairing with New Jack will allow him to remain relevant as long as The Gangstas can continue to connect with the crowd.


NEW JACK
"The Original Gangsta" New Jack is perhaps professional wrestling's most dangerous man in the business. Seizing on the growing popularity of gangster-rap, New Jack connected with Mustafa Saed in the USWA to form The Gangstas, which quickly became the most controversial tag team in the entire industry. The pair were soon offered a contract to join Hollywood Championship Wrestling due to their controversial image and growing popularity. New Jack himself is forming an individual reputation for being a very dangerous worker in the ring and is the subject of various rumours regarding intentions to legitmately injure opponents in the ring he has personal problems with.


RIO, LORD OF THE JUNGLE
Rio, Lord Of The Jungle is a wild brawler who got his big break wrestling in North America with Hollywood Championship Wrestling. After a stint as a male stripper, Williams began training under Killer Kowalski in order to become a professional wrestler. After making his debut in 1992, he began performing on the independent circuit under the ring name Rio, Lord of the Jungle. He would eventually be recruited to join HCW's Dungeon of Doom under the moniker 'The Jungle Lord', where he essentially plays the exact same gimmick he performed on the independent circuit.


SIMON
Ric Savage is an average big-man who has caught a break teaming with Bohemond as The Proselytes, devoted followers of the Jackyl. Savage has worked the American independent circuit for most of his career, occasionally landing a jobber role with some of the larger companies. Forming a tag team with Barry Buchanan in USWA during 1995 led to his signing along with Buchanan into HCW. Now known as Simon, he has shown some promise but much remains to be seen if he can maintain any sort of mainstream success...


THE BARBARIAN
The Barbarian is known for his diving headbutts, savate kick to the face and incredible strength. Growing up in Tonga, Sione was one of five teenagers sent by the King of Tonga to Japan to study Sumo wrestling in the mid 1970s. After migrating to the United States, he fell into the world of professional wrestling and eventually received training initially taking the moniker of King Konga in the NWA. Eventually changing his gimmick to that of The Barbarian, he would spend time in different promotions including the NWA and WWF. The Barbarian signed on with HCW later into the promotion's life, brought in as one of the members of The Dungeon of Doom. So far he has found some success but is certainly past his peak in terms of getting much more out of his career.

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A Short History of...
UNITED STATES WRESTLING ASSOCIATION


The Unification

By 1987, the wrestling industry was changing at such a rapid pace. Not only concerning the talent and growing exposure to the national media, but also in terms of the promotions which were beginning to take shape and establish themselves for the years to come. The NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE had consolidated to Atlanta, Georgia, from which it began presenting itself as the number one single promotion in the world as opposed to various territories all over the country and world. The WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION had just ignited what would become known as "Macho Madness" with RANDY SAVAGE's victory and powerslam of ANDRE THE GIANT at WWF WrestleMania III. Meanwhile, up north, WORLD STAR WRESTLING had just formed thanks to an official alliance created by VERNE GAGNE and STU HART, combining their influence in Minnesota and Canada, and taking to Chicago, Illinois where a new "national promotion" was to be molded.

Things were a bit short-sighted down in Texas. Memphis was delusional, believing the old territory system would never falter, even though it was right before their eyes. Mid-South had made the transition only a year ago, creating the UNIVERSAL WRESTLING FEDERATION in attempts to "go national" all by themselves. All three territories had hit a dead-end, while the rest of the industry was fully consolidating and creating their own dominating promotions in the various corners of the United States. All three promoters out of Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, certainly were smart enough to understand what was happening, but were a bit stubborn in their acknowledgement.

By mid-1988, all three promotions were suffering, as the NWA was clearly the favorite and best drawing promotion in the South. The WWF was on a hot-streak, riding the wave of popularity provided by Randy Savage, and was effectively doing all it could to kill the territory system itself. WSW was the prime example of evolutionary adaptation, cultivating near national syndication with their television product based out of WGN-TV studios in Chicago, Illinois, while having since presented themselves as the number one wrestling promotion in America following its formation in August of 1987.

It took a few meetings before word had gotten out. By the time the negotiations of consolidation between MEMPHIS WRESTLING, WORLD CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, and the UWF had hit the dirt sheets and rumor mill, agreements had already been created, and the rumors became official news. In late 1988, the UNITED STATES WRESTLING ASSOCIATION was officially established; the future of real "wrasslin'".

The promotion's first show promoted under the USWA banner was promoted for another month before it would finally take place on December 13th, 1988 in Houston, Texas. The main event was hyped up as the most important match in wrestling history, especially within all threerespective territories. The first true "super card" event to take place under the USWA banner saw Memphis' own, JERRY "The King" LAWLER become the first ever USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion, successfully defeating the home-town favorite, KERRY VON ERICH, and UWF's representation for their world title, "Dr. Death" STEVE WILLIAMS.

The next year saw Lawler and Kerry Von Erich battle over the new unified world title, while Kerry only achieving victory once in April of 1989, where he defeated Lawler to become the second-ever unified champion, only to lose the belt twenty-four days later in Houston. Lawler dominated much of 1989, before CHRIS ADAMS won a hard-earned victory in October to win the belt for his first, and perhaps only time. Adams' title-run was shortlived as well, ironically cut off by Kerry himself, who took the belt in early November.

The Early 1990's

From Kerry's second reign and into late 1990, he would feud for nearly a year with his older brother, DAVID VON ERICH, in what is regarded usually as one of the hottest feuds in USWA history. The two would trade the belt back-and-forth seven times throughout most of 1990, with Kerry finally winning the title for good in October of 1990, going on to hold the title for the next five-months.

The next year would see the debut of JAKE "The Snake" ROBERTS, who had first competed in WORLD CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING before taking to the WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION in 1986. From there, Roberts was a prominent and very popular member of the WWF roster, but would be forced out of the company in 1991 due to personal issues concerning alcohol and recreational drugs. Returning to his roots, Roberts debuted in the USWA with a bang, and eventually won the unified title in July of 1991, winning it from a franchise face in JERRY LAWLER.

As a new essential piece of the roster, Roberts was able to give the USWA even more legitimacy in the South, where the Roberts was beloved for his mysterious persona and pet snake he would greet live crowds with. From 1991 to 1992, Roberts dominated the main event scene with multiple title victories, defeating and losing to the likes of Kerry Von Erich, the HONKY TONK MAN, and, eventually losing a steamed-rivalry between he and Jerry Lawler.

Leading the company into 1993, Lawler was forced to deal with the debut of the USWA's biggest, and most important signing in their short history. Following VINCE MCMAHON's conviction in the summer of 1993, one of the WWF's biggest stars, "Rowdy" RODDY PIPER was ready to get the hell out of Stamford. Piper found himself in a peculiar situation, just like many workers in the WWF following the trial, but the Scotsman ended with the most unique result, and contract, of any other wrestler in the industry. Looking to sign Roddy Piper as their next big star and attraction for their tours across the South, the USWA coalition was able to fund most of his contract through private investment from multiple millionaires whom had previously helped fund the USWA's annual budget, and were willing to invest some of their assets to keep their favorite wrasslin' promotion alive and hungry. Jokingly, Piper's contract is frequently referred to as "the oil contract", in reference to the multiple oil-family millionaires which fund the contract.

Piper won the title in his debut against the champion, Jerry Lawler. The Dallas, Texas crowd was ecstatic to get the built off of Lawler, who had nearly held the built for an entire year. Piper became the hottest face in the South, with much of his reign climaxing in what would become known as "The Christmas of 1993".

Heading into the Holiday season, the USWA usually slowed down on shows, waiting until after New Year's to kick things back up again, and to give their roster and staff a multiple week-long holiday break. But 1993 was noticeably different as the company planned on holding shows in Memphis, Tennessee, all the way up to Christmas Eve. Any wrestling fan in Memphis can tell you about "The Christmas of 1993", and everyone seems to say that "they were there" when Lawler won back the belt, or "when YOKOZUNA made his debut." The holiday would go down in Memphis legend, but would really begin in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Lawler was finally able to take the belt back from Roddy Piper.

Heading into December, Lawler graced the live crowds and television program with his usual cocky attitude, this time with a bit of a Christmas theme with how it would be the best Christmas in Memphis history with Lawler the new USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion. But December 20th of that Winter saw the first night in four of the craziest days in Memphis wrestling history. December 20th saw the surprise debut of Yokozuna, who had also left from the WWF, and was looking for an easier schedule to travel. Crushing Lawler in the surprise main event, Yokozuna would win the title sending Memphis into quite a wrestling buzz.

That buzz continued to grow as two nights later, Yokozuna dropped the title to Jake Roberts, as he won the unified championship for the fifth time in short career in the USWA! But the fifth time would be the shortest of them all, as the very next night, Roberts dropped the belt back to Yokozuna! The fans were absolutely electric once again, but the biggest night of them all came on the fourth, where Santa delivered a second-title victory for Roddy Piper, who left that Christmas Eve as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion, and the real winner of the wild "Christmas of 1993".

As 1994 came around, and even more impactful debut took place in February, as SID VICIOUS officially left the National Wrestling Alliance, having essentially been black-balled from the promotion he joined a year prior to Vince McMahon's conviction. As a face of the steroid scandal, the NWA was adamant about getting Vicious out of their territory and off their television programs. When his contract expired, Vicious only found a home in the USWA, where he accepted a written contract, and a title run on his debut. Much of the year revolved around Vicious, who feuded with Kerry Von Erich, Roddy Piper and Jerry Lawler. JEFF JARRETT was also able to sneak in his first title run, defeating Roddy Piper in January of 1995 to only hold the title for a short-month.

1995 itself featured a wide-array of title changes, beginning with Jarrett's victory in January. The next month, Piper won the title back, but that very next month, lost to Sid Vicious, the man he had won it from just a few months back in December 1994. Vicious held the title for all of March and most of April, but Lawler was able to take the title in El Paso, Texas. Lawler's victory led to a short but hot program featuring he and Jeff Jarrett, from which resulted in Jarrett's second title-reign, but this one, only lasting a week. It was Jake "The Snake" Roberts who would cut Jarrett's title run short once again, before losing the belt to Lawler in September at the USWA Big Night in Little Rock. But, in the final title change of the year, "The King" was only able to hold on until the next big event, dropping the unified title back to Roberts in October at the USWA Big Night in Amarillo.
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DAVID VON ERICH
David Von Erich, "The Yellow Rose of Texas", is the third son of Fritz Von Erich, patriarch of the famous Von Erich family. David is also considered to be the most talented of the Von Erich children. While he does not compete full-time now, David is still a major draw for the USWA, the promotion where he spent the latter half of his career after his father's WCCW helped form the promotion. A four-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, David was famous for his incredible work in-ring and his fiesty promos. David's most famous feuds have come against the Fabulous Freebirds, Jerry Lawler, Terry Funk, his brother Kerry, and many others. Closing in on the age of 40-years old, however, David took a backseat to consistent work in 1995, choosing more to pick-up on the behind-the-scenes action. Rumor has it David is planning on taking on the booking duties for the USWA in the near future...


JAKE ROBERTS
Aurelian Smith, Jr. is a second-generation American professional wrestler and the son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith. Better known as Jake "The Snake" Roberts, he became one of the biggest heels in wrestling with the WWF, garnering a reputation as perhaps the best worker in the world in terms of pure in-ring psychology. While Roberts earned his fame with the WWF, he was forced out of the promotion in 1991 due to Roberts' on-going problems with both soft and hard drugs. With no larger company willing to touch Roberts, his last resort was to sign an exclusive deal with the USWA. He would debut with a bang, defeating Jerry Lawler in July of 1991 for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. Roberts' arrival in the USWA proved to be a game-changer for the company, as Roberts has since remained the company's biggest heel despite continued problems behind the scenes...


JERRY LAWLER
Jerry "The King" Lawler is the most prolefic worker out of Memphis, Tennessee and continues to serve as the face of the United States Wrestling Association. Lawler has been with the USWA since day-one and can take credit for a majority stake in helping keep the USWA on its feet since the company was formed in 1988. It's hard to imagine Jerry Lawler working anywhere else, as he has been both Memphis and the USWA's best heel worker. Lawler has been involved in many of the company's hottest programs, including his famous feud with Kerry Von Erich shortly after the company was formed, Chris Adams, Jake Roberts, Roddy Piper, and many others.


KERRY VON ERICH
Kerry Von Erich can be considered the most famous member of the Von Erich family (except for his father Fritz), and has helped carry his family's name into the USWA following the promotion's formation in 1988. Nicknamed "The Modern Day Warrior", Kerry has an incredible physique and connection with the fans, especially those in his home state of Texas. Kerry worked with many of the best throughout the 1980's and was involved with the first program revolving around the new USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship along with Memphis' Jerry Lawler. He has gone on to become a five-time holder of the company's most prestigious title, having last held it in mid-1994. Entering 1996, Kerry is in the prime of his career and will most likely have one more world title run before whatever comes next of his career...


KEVIN VON ERICH
Kevin Von Erich is the second oldest son of Fritz Von Erich, a talented worker with a strong connection to the fans, known for his famous diving crossbody. Kevin rose to promenence during the famous feud between his family and the Fabulous Freebirds, but is also known for individual feuds with the likes of Chris Adams, Ric Flair, his brother Kerry, and more recently the likes of Jeff Jarrett and Jesse James. Strangely enough, Kevin has never won the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. Nevertheless, Kevin has had a successful career that may be coming to a close soon as they approaches the age of 40.


RODDY PIPER
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper is one of the most successful heels in wrestling history and is known as one of the best "talkers" in the game. Piper made his name with the WWF throughout the 1980's, but his time with the WWF came to an end during the steroid-allegations and trial that had engulfed his beloved WWF. Looking to leave the increasingly toxic environment that was the WWF during Vince McMahon's trial, Piper shopped around and received great offers from both the NWA and WSW, but would go on to sign with the dark horse, the USWA, in one of the most controversial moves in wrestling history. Piper signed what is now known as the "The Oil Contract", a deal funded personally by private investors of the promotion in attempts to give the USWA some serious clout. Since his debut, Piper has remained the company's biggest name and has held the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship five-times in only two years.


TERRY FUNK
Terry Funk has been a professional wrestler since 1965 and has never slowed down since. His boots have touched the mats of almost every major promotion ever to have existed around the entire world, which has given Funk the reputation of being one of the most respected workers and locker room leaders in the industry today. He has always remained a mercenary, however, never settling with a promotion for longer than a few years. While Terry had worked with the USWA in the past, he began increasing his workload with the company in 1995 as the company's roster has continued to improve past all expectations. Entering 1996, Funk can be expected to challenge for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship in some capacity, while also continuing to work the American independents...


TERRY GORDY
Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy earned his name as a member of the Fabulous Freebirds during the late 1970's and into the 1980's. Ironically, the Fabulous Freebirds have seen their time spent in Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Dallas, and thus, Gordy remains to be one of the biggest draws in the USWA today. He remains famous throughout the USWA territories but his inability to capture the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. Having been with the company for most of its lifespan, it's amazing to think Gordy has never captured the title given both his skill as a performer and popularity with the fans. The more time goes on, however, the more interesting the story gets. Entering 1996, Gordy hopes to finally get his hands on the title, but stands to face many obstacles along the way...


THE PATRIOT
Del Wilkes is a former offensive guard for the University of South Carolina and entered the wrestling industry a few years after graduation, receiving training at the world-famous Hart Dungeon in Calgary. Wilkes started off in the WSW where he achieved moderate success but never had the ability to break through into the top of the card. He eventually accepted an offer from the NWA in 1994, but was provided his release after creative differences concerning his position on the roster. This led to his arrival in the USWA where he debuted as The Patriot, a stars and stripes masked hero who has dedicated his life to the service of his country and the fans. It has been with the USWA where Wilkes has hit his stride, earning a position on the top of the company's card, where the potential for a USWA Unified World Heavyweight title run remains entering 1996...


SID VICIOUS
Sid Eudy entered the wrestling industry after an encounter with Randy Savage and his brother Lanny Poffo in 1987. This encounter led to a friendship with both men, and all it took was one word for Savage to get Sid a job with the WWF. It was with the WWF that Sid worked house shows in order to learn the game, eventually debuting on WWF television in 1989. Sid became a very popular star as both a face and a heel given his incredible physique and tough guy look. Sid left the WWF in 1992 and joined the NWA, just before Vince McMahon's steroid allegations began. While he never admitted to steroid-usage, there was no turning back to the WWF. His time with the NWA was a colossal failure, however, as he would eventually ask for his release and seek a new chapter in his career with the USWA in early 1994. Upon his debut, Vicious defeated Jerry Lawler for Unified title and has since become a 3x champion.


YOKOZUNA
Rodney Anoa'i began wrestling young having been born into the famous Anoa'i family. Rodney got his start with the AWA in 1984 before signing with the NWA in 1987. It was there Rodney made his name as Yokozuna, packaged as a sumo wrestler hailing from Japan. Although Yokozuna became a hit, he never earned the honor of becoming NWA World Heavyweight Champion. This, plus other factors, led ot his disgruntled departure from the NWA, signing with the WWF in 1993. Soon after his debut, Yokozuna became WWF Champion defeating Shawn Michaels in August of 1993. However, continued failures to pass WWF's physicals forced his release in December of 1993. Just a few days later, Yokozuna made a surprise debut with the USWA on December 20th, crushing Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship, igniting the famous "Christmas of '93". Although Yokozuna won the title two-times in just three-days, he has yet to hold the belt again, sparking rumors once again of low morale...

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UPPER MIDCARDERS


BOB HOLLY
Bob Holly debuted with the UWF in 1987, where he would remain on the USWA roster during its formation. Holly has remained one of the most consistent workers for the USWA since its formation, where he has yet to achieve the height of his career but is a household name for fans none the less. He has worked as a strong babyface the majority of the time, providing the cool down feuds for many of the company's popular heels. Given this time spent with the USWA, it is hard to imagine Holly working for any other company.


BODACIOUS BART
Mike Polchlopek made his debut in 1991 as Mike Barton on the American independents, eventually earning a try-out match with the NWA where he would join as Bart Gunn, the kayfabe brother of Billy Gunn. While Mike did not last as long as Billy would with the NWA, he would eventually find a home with the USWA as Bodacious Bart, a cocky, arrogant worker who plays to the crowd using his good-looks and body to talk trash to the men and sweet to the ladies.


CHRIS ADAMS
Talk to any wrestler that has stepped foot in USWA territory and they will all tell you, Chris Adams is the most underappreciated worker of all time. Adams, a successful Judo champion, got his start in WCCW thanks to efforts by Fritz Von Erich to bring him in. As a member of the WCCW roster, Adams feuded with just about every worker in the territory during the middle of the 1980's, and stayed with the company as it merged to form the USWA. He would go on to become the fourth-ever USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion by defeating Jerry Lawler in a classic match in 1989. This has been his only title-reign, however, as Adams has primarily been used to put over many of the big names to come through the USWA. Age is beginning to catch up to Adams, however, who turned 40 in 1995. Could one last title run be awaiting?


CHRIS VON ERICH
Chris Von Erich is the youngest member of the famous Von Erich family, making his debut with the USWA in 1990. Given his name, his debut was much anticipated, working alongside his brother Kerry in a tag team match. Much smaller than his brothers (standing at 5'5" vs. next smallest Mike who is 6'2") and subjectively with less of the good looks his brothers are known for, Chris has molded into his own man using more agile manuevers to defeat his opponents as opposed to the powerhouse and technical strategies made famous by his brothers.


DORY FUNK, JR.
Dory Funk Jr. is the son of Dory Funk Sr. and the brother to Terry Funk. He is the second longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding it for over 4 years from 1969 to 1973. Dory spent the majority of his career as a member of the NWA, working for the variety of territories the NWA was associated with around the world. His time spent working in the ring slowed down in the early 90's just as he passed the valient age of 50-years old. Now, Dory is associated with the USWA where he will work a few matches a year at large events. For years, Dory has continued to train a long list of talented workers, unofficially associated with the USWA.


ERIK WATTS
Erik Watts is the son of Oklahoma-based promoter Bob Watts, who helped form the USWA with his UWF headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. Erik debuted for the USWA in 1992, earning his first title victory the following year when he defeated Barry Horowitz for the USWA World Television Championship. It wasn't long after for Watts to get his hands on the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship, a title he has held three-times so far in his career. He has acheived moderate success in feuds against Barry Horowitz, Jesse James Armstrong, Jerry Lawler, and more recently, Jeff Jarrett. Entering 1996, Erik is primed and ready for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship and could breakout as a star in the next year or two.


HONKEY TONK MAN
The Honky Tonk Man first got his start working in Flordia has one half of the Blonde Bombers before making the move to the WWF in 1986. There he was graced with a gimmick he still carries to this day, an Elvis impersenator oblivious to how the fans really feel about him. The Honky Tonk Man would eventually leave the WWF in 1990 after achieving success over a five-year span. He would go on to work the American independents, working more and more with the USWA before finally calling it his new home. He battled Jake Roberts in 1991 to take the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship from "The Snake", dropping it back to him in just two months time. While Honky Tonk has yet to get his hands back on that title, he still remains a fiery part of every show he is on.


JEFF JARRETT
"Double J" Jeff Jarrett is the son of promoter Jerry Jarrett, and debuted for his father's CWA in 1986. Jarrett became an intregal part of the USWA after his father's CWA merged with the UWF and WCCW to form the USWA. Jeff is a terrific performer with a nacht for crowd interaction and reaction. Now entering the prime of his career, Jeff is approaching the point of ripeness to hold the USWA's Heavyweight championship.


JESSE JAMES
Brian Armstrong is a member of the Armstrong family, son to "Bullet" Bob Armstrong. The early portion of his career was put on hold as he served for the United States Marines, returning to the business with the USWA in 1991. There, as Jesse James Armstrong, he built his portfolio as an up-and-coming worker, becoming a 2x USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion, 2x USWA World Television Champion, and a USWA World Tag Team Champion early-on with his brother Brad Armstrong.
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