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Jeff Nova.

What a stupid, stupid name.

I don’t think much of the man behind the name, either.

I’d sweated and slogged for seven years to make a name for myself in the British pro wrestling scene, and finally I’d started to crack it. In June 2006, shortly after my 26th birthday, I was offered a deal with 21st Century Wrestling in South England, six months of regular appearances, mainly working with Adam Matravers as a tag team.

In September, Jeff Nova came in and launched a big revamp of the roster, and in November he called me into his office with the news that he was letting me go.

“Why?”

“Because you’re not getting over with the fans, and your mic work, frankly, sucks.”

I waited for the punchline. I may not have been hugely over, but I wasn’t doing too badly for three or four months exposure – and my mic work was fine, among the best in the fed, in fact.

“Sorry, kid. You don’t have a future in the business.”

Nova walked out of the office, leaving my severance package on the desk in front of me.

I leafed through it. Ł5,000 to walk away from the business I loved, knowing full well that Nova was hovering up the best talent from every other British fed. Joining one of the others – if they wanted me, which they hadn’t a few months earlier – would have been risking tying myself to a sinking ship.

Still, five grand was more money than I’d held in my hands at any point in my life. I looked at the copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated sitting on Nova’s desk, and the cogs began to whirr in my head.

“Hey, Casey, get moving. I’ve got three other guys to fire today!”

I mustered all the dignity I could and left Nova’s office, not even acknowledging him as I passed him in the hall. I would have loved to wait around, but I had a feeling that he’d set his security guards on me if he ever found out that I’d taken a leak in his favourite coffee cup.

Three days later, I was on a 747 to New York, eager to buy a sturdy – and cheap – car, and tour the United States, searching for work in one of the world’s most fickle industries.

*

Six weeks later, and I’d been to every federation going. Not one of them was willing to take a chance on a young guy with no credentials – and I couldn’t even get past the front door of AAA or BOSC. I’d have been more than happy to start work as a trainer or road agent or something, just to get my foot in the door. Unfortunately, both companies seemed to have their quota of Y chromosomes.

There was only one place left to try.

*

Mid Atlantic Wrestling is located in Maryland, far, far from anywhere else, so getting there was a bear. My trusty ’87 Ford wheezed to a halt outside the Stanley Hall auditorium, which MAW rented for their monthly shows, and which housed the couple of offices Rip Chord used in running his little empire.

I rapped on the door, which opened slightly. Pushing it open far enough to allow me in, I poked my head around the door, for some reason acutely aware that I would be silhouetted in the doorway if I just walked on in.

“Hello?”

No answer. Stanley Hall wasn’t big, but by all accounts it was newly renovated, and I assumed there’d be someone around to stop kids running off with stuff.

“That’s it! I quit! I can’t do this anymore! I’ve got a 50" plasma TV and a complete set of House, Scrubs and Battlestar Galactica to catch up on. I’m not wasting my time coddling idiot wrestlers who don’t bother to tell the truth when they’re negotiating with other companies. He told me last week that he was ready to be out franchise, Rip!”

“Jean, listen-“

“No, Rip, I’ve had it. I’m done, I’m happy to work for you, no question. I love it here – but I’m sick of rebuilding after each show. I’m sorry.”

Two men came down a nearby set of stairs, passing a sign that read MAw, with an arrow that pointed generally up the stairs, if you thought about it.

The younger man was in the lead, gesticulating wildly, his long hair bouncing as he took the stairs two at a time.

“I can’t just let you go, Jean. Who’s supposed to book the damn show?”

As one, they turned to look at me.

“Who are you?” the older man growled, fixing me with a thousand-yard stare.

“Uh, James Casey, sir. I called you about the job?”

“Yeah, sure. You know anything about wrestling?”

Did I know anything about wrestling? It felt like a scene from The Wonder Years, with my life to this point and into the future all hinging on this one point. It was imperative, I told myself, that I said the right thi-

“Kid? While we’re young?”

“Yes! Yes, I know about wrestling.”

“Great. I’m Rip, he’s Jean, you’re hired. Jean, give him the pencil.”

Jean reached behind his ear and pulled out a pencil, which he threw to me. I caught it and stared at the silver writing on the side.

MAW Head Booker, it read.

I looked up at my new employer.

“Huh,” I managed.


To be continued...

OOC: More than one MAW diary on the board, I know, but it's only a small fed - there's room for lots of diaries about it, right? Anyway, this is my first CVerse diary, so lets see how it goes. The two of you who read my VCW diary may recognise the tone. I'm looking forward to writing Rip and the other MAW guys - and talking about Jeff Nova's 21CW...

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I soon learned what a head booker was responsible for, and it’s this: Everything.

Hirings, firings, merchandise, injuries, sickness, training, gym memberships...

Oh, and sorting out the rearrangements for the booking of the big show coming up. Especially as the Franchise of MAW had decided to leave for a development deal with SWF.

Not knowing what else to do, I swore at him repeatedly and rang SWF and RIPW, their developmental territory, and swore at them repeatedly as well.

Eventually, in the spirit of maintaining the working agreement between the companies, the SWF ordered their latest signing to do the right thing.

It was a rather frosty atmosphere in the office when the conference call came to an end.

Oh, yeah, and there was the small matter of my rather prominent role in this show – at the expense of a number of established MAW regulars. Well, tough. I had to save some money somewhere – and as I was on a written contract, I was going to be paid anyway.

Besides, from what I’d seen, I belonged as much as anyone. A strong showing would, hopefully, quell the mutterings backstage.

If not, well, there was a 50” plasma TV out there, and I’m a big Scrubs fan...

*

Wrestlers signed: Joey Beauchamp (unavailable for the first two shows due to prior commitments), Marc Speed, Raphael (immediately farmed out on loan to TCW in exchange for two months of American Elemental) and Kashmir Singh.

*


Stanley Hall, MD – Friday Week 4, January 2007 – Attended by 56 people

Fifty-six fans was exactly what Rip had predicted for this show, which surprised me slightly as the RCI seemed like it’d draw a little more. Still, we had a decent match to give them – and I was up first.

James Casey vs. Antonio
Round 1 – Match 1 of 4

A fun match to start off. Antonio is a decent young worker with a lot of promise – but he’s not quite there yet. Still, he’s capable, and a bright prospect, although he had a short night here. We went back and forth with a series of counters early on to establish parity, before kicking it up a notch with an aerial exchange that I got the better of, countering his elbow drop with a boot to the jaw, and then hitting a flying legdrop of my own. In the end, I took the win with a Somersault DDT to advance to the semis in about ten minutes.
Winner: James Casey
Rating: C


Erik Strong vs. Max Mayhem
Round 1 – Match 2 of 4

Two high flying workers went at it next, although Rip’s instructions made it clear that they shouldn’t ignore the fan’s Traditional leanings. As such, both men tempered their usually bump-happy style to put on a more ground-based offering. Unfortunately, neither are particularly good technicians, and the fans just weren’t into the first half of this eleven minute affair.

Only when Mayhem took matters into his own hands and picked up the pace did the crowd get a little more into it, and the resulting quick fire exchanges perked the crowd up a little. Mayhem got the pin to advance to the next round.
Winner: Max Mayhem
Rating: D-


Next up, Des Davids, one of MAWs top babyfaces, hit the ring to talk about his match with new signing Marc Speed.

“They say you’re good, and I’m glad to hear it. I love to have someone to compete against, so I can prove that everyone who named me the favourite for this tournament was right to do so. So, Marc Speed, if you’ve got it – bring it!”

The MAW fans get restless during non-match segments, so Davids and other MAW regulars know to keep it short.

Des Davids vs. Marc Speed
Round 1 – Match 3 of 4

The match between Davids and Marc Speed was short as well, in fact the shortest of the first round matches. Speed definitely brought it, making a big impression in his first match as he relentlessly worked over Davids’ right arm, nearly wrenching it from its socket, before clamping on a High Speed Crossface and bending the limb in a thoroughly unnatural manner to earn a surprise submission victory over one of MAW’s biggest names.
Winner: Marc Speed
Rating: C

Kashmir Singh vs. The Mean Machine
Round 1 – Match 4 of 4

The final match of the first round saw MAW crowd favourite The Mean Machine barely work up a sweat as he tied newcomer Kashmir Singh up in knots. Singh has a lot of promise, and a great look, but there was only going to be one winner here. Machine went out of his way to act heelish, slapping Singh in the face, low blowing him, arguing with the referee – all the traditional heel shortcuts, but the fans adore his style, and there were more cheers than jeers when he locked Singh in the Machine Lock (Dragon Sleeper) at the eleven minute mark for the submission victory.
Winner: Mean Machine
Rating: C+


I hit the ring to hype my semi-final match. Cracking a few jokes about Max Mayhem, I was met with stony silence. Okay... I switched tacks and ordered Mayhem to come down to the ring as I had a delivery for him: A personalised beating with his name on it. It didn’t get much more of a reaction.

James Casey vs. Max Mayhem
Semi Final 1 of 2

I let Max take the lead in this match, acting as his personal crash mat for the first several minutes. When he crashed and burned on a plancha dive, I was quick to roll him back into the ring and focus my attack on his neck. Wearing him down, I dealt with his sporadic attacks fairly easily, before drilling him a Half Nelson Suplex for the clean win in 11.14
Winner: James Casey
Rating: C-


The fans were more attentive to the next hype spot, as The Mean Machine took the mic. Although he’s not the best talker, he held their attention.

“Speed, I respect that you’re the kind of guy who’ll do anything to win a match – hell, me too. But let me make it clear: I’m going to twist you six ways ‘til Sunday, and then, when you can’t take anymore, I’ll put you in the Machine Lock, and you’ll beg to be allowed to give up.”

Marc Speed vs. The Mean Machine
Semi Final 2 of 2

Machine made every attempt to be true to his word, doing his best to rip Speed’s left arm from its socket in the early going. Armbars and hammerlocks had Speed on the back foot, but the newcomer broke out a spinning wheel kick to take control. The two men went back and forth, exchanging submissions and weardown holds. To the crowd’s surprise, Speed was getting the better of the exchanges, although the beating he took early on seemed to even things out. Eventually, the two clashed heads and collapsed to the mat. Gradually, they began to stir, and crawl towards one another. It seemed as though Machine had the match won as he began to apply a Machine Lock, only for Speed to manage to push off the turnbuckles into a backward roll, twisting out of the hold and clamping Machine in a High Speed Crossface in the centre of the ring, earning his second upset victory of the night in around seventeen minutes.
Winner: Marc Speed
Rating: C+


Natural Storm (c) vs. Canadian Blondes

Mid Atlantic Wrestling Tag Team Championship

Two of the most experienced teams on the roster clashed next, with the MAW tag titles at stake. Two-time and current champions Eddie Howard and DC Rayne took it to Flash Savage and Oscar Golden from the bell, showing impressive teamwork that came to a crashing halt when Savage caught Rayne from behind with a knee to the kidneys. Rayne played face-in-peril for several minutes, before a Golden low blow was caught by the referee, allowing Rayne to make the tag and bring a fresh Eddie Howard into the ring. Howard bowled over both his opponents and earned Rayne enough time to get his breath back, allowing him to join Howard in a Storm Warning double brainbuster on Savage that got a desperately close two-count before Golden broke the pin. With Savage and Rayne worn down, it was left to Golden and Howard to finish things off, which after a few minutes of rapid-fire brawling, Howard accomplished with a Howard’s End for the pin.
Winners, and still champions: Natural Storm
Rating: D


Mainstream Hernandez came to the ring to hype his upcoming match against Steven Taylor for the MAW title.

“One year ago, I had a tremendous night. One year ago, in this very venue, I faced the best that this federation had to offer – and I walked out victorious. One year later, here I am, and in order that my victory be commemorated, I’ll be challenging for the MAW title. Steven Parker, enjoy your last few minutes with the belt. Make sure you polish it nice, because I’ll be taking it from you tonight.”

James Casey vs. Marc Speed

Rip Chord Invitational Challenge – Final – Two out of Three Falls

Two newcomers to MAW faced one another in the final of the Rip Chord invitational. Marc Speed started the brighter, dominating the encounter with a series of leglocks that limited my manoeuvrability. I came back with a series of clotheslines and a single leg dropkick. Speed took the shot, but went back to work on my leg, clamping on a single leg crab and a leg grapevine that I was only able to break by reaching the ropes. Speed latched on to me with a kneebreaker before grapevining my leg once more, this time rolling me onto my shoulders and cinching the hold in tight as I yelled out in pain, unable to kick out and barely even noticing as the ref counted three.

With thirty seconds to recover, I crawled back to my corner and stretched my leg, trying to recover some feeling. When the bell rang, Speed went straight after my leg, allowing me to pivot on my good knee and nail him in the head with a kick that sent him tumbling. I mounted a period of offence, hitting a series of hard kicks and punches, intermingled with suplexes and a superkick to finish off. The last left me struggling, however, and when I went for a kneedrop, Speed had recovered enough to move out of the way. The impact left me unable to defend myself as Speed clamped on an STF, earning himself the second straight fall and the tournament title in twenty-one minutes dead. Speed celebrated with the trophy briefly, ignoring me the whole time, before heading backstage before an impressed crowd.
Winner, in two straight falls: Marc Speed
Rating: C


It was time for Steven Parker to hype his title defence, and he also kept it short.

“Hernandez, if you think this title is leaving me tonight, well, just forget it. Ya see, I’ve seen you out and about, partying, making nice with the fans, signing autographs... That don’t matter a damn, and you know it. You see, I eat, sleep, and breathe this business. This title never leaves my side. I will do anything it takes to keep my title – I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. I am the best conditioned athlete in the world. I have the dedication, and that’s what will make the difference.”


Mainstream Hernandez vs. Steven Parker (c)

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship

This was an incredibly close match, lasting nearly half an hour. Parker put his technical expertise to good use, targeting Hernandez’ legs to ensure that he would struggle to hit his Apparition #14 powerbomb finisher. Hernandez fought back and unloaded several big moves, targeting Parker’s head and neck, weakening the region in anticipation of hitting #14 – if his legs could support him.

The two went back and forth, trading near falls before an enthralled crowd. Hernandez just escaped a knee hook submission, sending Parker through the ropes to the arena floor with a powerful kick that earned him a few seconds to get his breath back.

As the match wore on, it became clear that Parker’s tactics were to weaken Hernandez all over, lessening the impact of his moves and holds. The tactic paid off when, after being on the defensive for several minutes, he was hoisted up onto Hernandez’ shoulders. But Hernandez stumbled, allowing Parker to break free and hit the Future Shock (flip uranage slam) for the successful – and impressive – title defence
Winner, and still champion: Steven Parker
Rating: C+

Final Rating: C

*

We lost about $2,000 on the show – not good news, but we did use a lot of wrestlers.

However, we had started to attract attention from outside the Mid-Atlantic region as a result of the show – we’d moved up a notch on totalextremewrestling.com’s gradings of the different feds in the world.

The show was Mainstream Hernandez’ swansong for MAW, as he had signed a development deal with SWF. While Jean Cattley’s plan had been for him to repeat his success in the tournament, it was decided instead to use the tournament to blood some new talent, hence three new workers in the brackets.

Despite internet plaudits and a big smile on Rip’s face at how well the show had gone, I knew that I hadn’t seen enough of MAW to decide where the future lay. I decided to wait until after March madness to make long-term plans for the fed. In the meantime, Marc Speed and Steven Parker would be the focus of the shows, with Speed parlaying his tournament success into a title shot. The only problem, was that both men were heels, which would not go down too well with the crowd.

Still, I had a solution in mind. We hadn’t had the space or money to debut American Elemental at the RCI show – so instead the well-travelled worker would be making his first appearance at the top of the card, battling Steven Parker and Marc Speed in a triple-threat for the MAW Heavyweight title.

February’s show, All Or Nothing, shaped up as follows:

American Elemental vs. Marc Speed vs. Steven Parker (c) – MAW Heavyweight title
Natural Storm (c) vs. The Rock City Stars – MAW Tag Team titles
James Casey vs. The Mean Machine
CZCW star Brendan Idol vs. Max Mayhem
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Stanley Hall, MD – Friday Week 4, February 2007 – Attended by 47 people

vs.
Brendal Idol vs. Max Mayhem
A fine match between two young workers. Mayhem is a MAW stalwart, Idol is on trial with us as I exploit our working agreement with his fed, CZCW. The two had a short, fun match where they worked a series of spots, Rip’s booking keeping them from getting too over the top for an opening match. Mayhem won with Seven Seconds Of Mayhem.
Winner: Max Mayhem
Rating: D-


After the bell, Mayhem rubbed Idol’s face in the result by laying him out with a Tornado DDT.
Rating: F

Natural Storm were making their way down the ramp for their tag team title match, when The Rock City Stars jumped them from behind, beating them down and blitzing Eddie Howard with a double suplex on the arena floor, leaving DC Rayne at a severe disadvantage as the match began.
Rating: F

vs.
Natural Storm (c) vs. The Rock City Stars

MAW Tag Team Championship
Rayne suffered through the first half of this fifteen-minute affair, taking the brunt of the glam duo’s soaring offence. By sheer stubborn willpower he managed to survive long enough for Eddie Howard to make his way into the match, with the ref’s control breaking down as all four men went at it. Stan Manna tried to steal the win with a title belt shot to Rayne, but he ducked and used Manna’s momentum against him, sending Manna into Howard, who snatched victory with a... Howard’s End (scissors kick).
Winner: Natural Storm
Rating: D


I came down to the ring and cracked a few jokes about The Mean Machine. “Why are you ‘Mean’? Are you tight with the cash? Do you push small girls over in the street, and steal their dollies? Or are you just a miserable, cantankerous, screwed up mess, with eighties hair – a tribute to the last time you had a friend?”
Rating: E

Machine replied in his own, inimitable style. “You think you’re funny – you’re not. You think you’re clever – but you’re challenging me, so you’re not. You think you’re a good wrestler – you may be. But I’m not going to give you a chance to prove it. Get ready to suffer, kid.”
Rating: E-

vs.
James Casey vs. The Mean Machine
What followed was the best match of my short MAW career. Machine and I clicked in a way I’ve rarely done in my career, anticipating each other’s moves almost seamlessly as we moved around the ring over the course of our twenty-minute match. Machine was relentless, shaking off my best moves and coming ever onwards, his attacks focusing mainly on my head and neck as he tried to set up the Machine Lock. I was able to block his attempts, and eventually he seemed to get frustrated, allowing me to set him up for a Half Nelson Suplex, but he blocked this with an over the shoulder throw that sent me sprawling, and when I tried to get back up he pulled me into a Piledriver – which Machine has dubbed the Mood Swing – for the pinfall win.
Winner: The Mean Machine
Rating: B-


Steven Parker sneered at me as I walked gingerly from the ring, before taking a microphone and airing his thoughts on the match ahead.

“Seems like management around here doesn’t want me to be a champion. After I beat Mainstream Hernandez so bad he ran all the way to Rhode Island to get away from me, they decided they needed to send two men after me to try and get this belt off me. Well, one, two, or twenty – it doesn’t matter. I’ve known for a long time that I can only rely on me – no steroids to boost my muscles, no drugs to help with the pain. Just me – and that’s why I’m the champion, because I’m better than everyone else – and that includes the two guys I’m about to beat.”
Rating: E

vs. vs.
American Elemental vs. Steven Parker (c) vs. Marc Speed

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship

With two men to contend with, Parker had a gruelling match ahead of him if he wanted to walk out of the ring with the belt. TCW star American Elemental seemed determined to earn the big upset on his debut, starting the brightest with a series of springboard attacks that seemed to dazzle his opponents.

Parker and Speed came back with a double-team that took the wind from Elemental’s sails as they spiked the debutant head first into the mat with a double brainbuster. Elemental sat out the next section of the match as Speed and Parker fought to a stalemate, each unable to establish dominance over the other as they were too closely matched. Elemental’s return to action broke up the duo, as each man then took turns taking charge, culminating in a Parker rally that saw him slingshot Speed chest first into the buckles before brutalising Elemental with a series of punches. Elemental fired back with a series of quick dropkicks and a leg lariat, before climbing slowly to the top turnbuckle to set up a moonsault. He was met up top by Speed, who snared him in a full nelson. Wrapping his legs tightly around the turnbuckles, he pitched backwards, catapulting Elemental over his head and back into the ring. His moment of glory was short-lived, however, as he was met with a running dropkick to the side of his face from Parker, leaving Speed stunned and upside down in the corner. From there, it was a simple matter for Parker to haul Elemental up into a Future Shock for the title-retaining win in the thirty-fifth minute of the match.

After the bell, Speed managed to drag himself out of the corner, and got into Parker’s face, yelling that as he hadn’t been the one who’d actually lost, he was still due a title shot. Parker snarled back that he would face him at the next show, March Madness – and to make it a fair match, it would be a 30-minute Iron Man match.
Winner: Steven Parker
Rating: C-

Show overall: D+

*

Rather stupidly, I’d advertised a match between Kashmir Singh and Joey Beauchamp for this show, quite forgetting that Beauchamp wouldn’t be available. While neither man is exactly big news, there were still a few grumblings about the match not appearing.

Additionally, it was clear that the fans hadn’t responded to the angles we’d staged, even the ones cleverly disguised as being part of the matches. Something to think about, to be sure.

Still, the buzz from the fans was genuinely positive, with one fan stating that “The small company has outshone some of the bigger promotion’s recent efforts” in their post on the GDS site’s message boards.

Oh, and we made a $1,000 profit, too...

*

Unfortunately, elsewhere things were going well too. Jeff Nova’s 21st Century Wrestling had risen to Cult level on the GDS meter, and Nova had graciously granted the site an exclusive interview. Highlights included:

Quote:
GDS: So, to what do you attribute your federation’s recent success?

JN: Money! *Laughs* No, but seriously, it’s down to finding the best and brightest, and giving them the chance to shine.
As well as that, there was also the following gem:

Quote:
GDS: There’s been quite a high rate of roster turnover since your arrival. From the workers you released, was there anyone who you have subsequently felt you made a mistake in releasing?

JN: None at all. I honestly feel that if they were going to make it anywhere, it would have been here – but they just weren’t up to the job. I know some of them have found work elsewhere but, well, they’re not exactly setting the world alight, are they? We have a group of workers now who’re exciting, talented, and extremely motivated – and that’s what it takes in this business.
Suffice to say, I was motivated to slap Jeff Nova’s smug grin off his oily, ugly face.

*

March Madness line-up:

Des Davids and Eddie Howard vs. Rockin’ Ryan Turner and Huey Cannonball
James Casey vs. Joey Beauchamp
Ultimate Dragon vs. The Canadian Blondes
DC Rayne vs. The Mean Machine
Marc Speed vs. Steven Parker (c) MAW Heavyweight Championship

To be continued...
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OOC: Heck of a main event this month, let me know what you all make of it...

Prior to our March show, I went on a hiring spree, bringing in the Greek/Canadian Zeus Maxmillion, who works an Olympian gimmick, Rafael Ruiz, a noted Mexican wrestler with a great reputation, Ultimate Phoenix and Snap Dragon, who were expensive but promised in-ring quality, and who I had ideas of pushing in the tag division, Burning EXILE, on a short-term deal, as he’s a freelancer, and Phenomenal E, who even Rip had never heard of – but who impressed me during training at the MAW facilities.

Okay, the MAW facilities consist of the basement at Stanley Hall – but it only costs $100 a month to keep our ring set up 24-7, and it means that we can train whenever we want. It may not be superstar standard, but it’s serviceable.

Enough of that – onto the show:

*

Stanley Hall, MD – Saturday Week 4, March 2007 – Attended by 56 people

Des Davids hit the ring to kick off the show, something that the fans actively protested against. The message was clear – they weren’t there to listen to promos, especially not straight off the bat. Davids’ message that he was teaming with Eddie Howard against Ryan Turner and Huey Cannonball got lost in the shuffle.
Rating: E+

vs.
Des Davids and Eddie Howard vs. Rockin’ Ryan Turner and Huey Cannonball
Two makeshift combos contested this match, as we tested the waters for the future. Davids and Howard were an immediate hit, and looked as though they’d been teaming for years. They dominated the match, and the fans perked up when Howard hit the Howard’s End on Cannonball for the win
Winner: Davids and Howard
Rating: D+

More active objections to our next segments, with first myself, and then Joey Beauchamp taking flack for trying to hype our match.
Ratings: F+/F

vs.
James Casey vs. Joey Beauchamp
The match itself met with much more approval. Beauchamp is a talented flyer, and I can take to the air as well. Beauchamp plays the heel role well, and the fans enjoyed seeing him cheat his way into the lead, before my big babyface comeback led to my victory after a Somersault DDT.
Winner: James Casey
Rating: C-


Dragon Phoenix must have wondered what he’d let himself in for as he tried to hype his upcoming match. More boos, jeers and chants then at your average anti-strip club rally.
Rating: F+

vs.
Ultimate Dragon vs. The Canadian Blondes

More classic face vs. heel action in this tag team match, with Blondes Savage and Golden taking every shortcut in the book. Ultimate Phoenix was pitched over the top rope by Savage as the match degenerated into a fourway tussle, but as the referee shepherded Golden back to his corner, the self-congratulating Savage was blasted in the face with the Dragon’s Breath (poison mist) by Snap Dragon, and the result went the way of the good guys.
Winners: Ultimate Dragon
Rating: D-


The fans love The Mean Machine – even while they hate him. Although there were still some grumbles about yet more talk, they listened respectfully to him talking about how he was going to dismantle DC Rayne – but listen was all they did, as his promo was met with silence.
Rating: E

vs.
DC Rayne vs. The Mean Machine

DC Rayne was given the chance here to prove he deserved more than just tag team glory in MAW. While Machine always does his best to make his opponent look good, it really wasn’t necessary in this case, as the two men put on a fine technical display. Rayne had Machine in trouble on a number of occasions, but Machine always found a way to escape. Rayne had the upper hand by a narrow margin throughout the sixteen-minute affair, contrary to Machine’s prediction, and this seemed to anger the veteran, who resorted to a low blow on Rayne on the ref’s blindside, before he drilled Rayne with the Mood Swing for a close pinfall win.
Winner: The Mean Machine
Rating: C-


A short video played hyping Marc Speed’s progress since his debut, and Steven Parker’s success as MAW champion.

The fans went for refreshments. Alas, we don’t get a cut of the proceeds.
Rating: F+

vs.
Marc Speed vs. Steven Parker (c)
30 minute Iron Man match


MAW Heavyweight Championship
This climactic tussle had been three months in the building, and featured two of MAW’s biggest names. Speed started as though he had a point to prove, blitzing Parker with a barrage of punches and kicks before taking him down to the mat and attempting to wrench his left knee from its socket as a means of countering Parker’s Future Shock finisher.

Parker was able to fight back, utilising his all-round game to keep Speed on the defensive, even as a slight limp betrayed Speed’s success in the early going. The clock hit ten minutes with Parker in charge, as he followed Speed into the corner with a clothesline, before mounting the turnbuckles and hitting a missile dropkick for a close two.

It was apparent that Parker had aggravated his knee injury on the landing, however, as he was clearly favouring the joint as he pulled Speed upright. He gave the signal for the Future Shock, but couldn’t hit the move. Instead, he used a downward spiral for another two, before mounting Speed and delivering a flurry of punches that forced Speed to cover up.

Parker sent Speed into the corner and followed in with a charging knee, a moved that proved to be folly as Speed moved, and Parker further injured his knee. Speed clamped on a single-leg crab, punching the knee, and forced the champion to submit.

Speed leads, 1-0

Parker bailed from the ring, clutching at his knee as the thirty seconds between falls elapsed, leading to a ten count that Parker just barely avoided by dragging himself into the ring. With all his weight on his right leg, Parker stood up, but Speed brutally clotheslined him down, before hurling him across the ring with an airplane spin. Parker used the ropes to pull himself upright, turning just in time to face an airborne Speed, who flattened him against the turnbuckles with a leaping splash. Parker slumped in the corner, his legs unable to support him, and he was further punished by a second splash. Speed went to the well too often, however, as a third splash attempt met nothing but steel, Parker collapsing out of the way, and Speed smashing his head into the ringpost.

Both men lay unmoving on the mat, a puddle of red gathering beneath Speed’s forehead as the gash across it oozed blood. With the rules of the match declaring that only the thirty-minute mark could end the bout, the referee had no choice but to let both men lay still as the clock passed the twenty-minute mark.

After nearly three minutes, Parker started to stir, raising himself up on all fours and crawling in Speed’s direction. Slumping down next to his opponent, he just managed to drape one arm across Speed’s chest. The referee began his count – One, Two-

Speed lifted a shoulder.

Parker looked furious as he pushed himself up onto his good leg. With a yell he booted Speed in the head as hard as he could once, twice, three times, before dropping down into a cover again – and again only getting two.

Growing more and more frustrated, Parker hauled Speed up, and flattened him with a DDT, before picking him up again, and drilling him once more with a cradle piledriver, holding the cradle for, finally, the three-count to even the match at the twenty-five minute mark.

Scores levelled, 1-1

With Speed’s wound pumping blood onto the canvas, and Speed quite insensible in the centre of the ring, Parker looked to have the match in the bag. However, for the first time in a very long time, Rip made his presence known, sliding into the ring from his position at the announcers’ table and pouring a jug of water over Speed’s head to wake him up. When Parker protested, Rip faced him down, and in a gravely growl that was still heard by everyone in the building, announced: “There’s going to be a clean decision here tonight, Parker. Whether it’s you or him, I don’t care, but I’m not letting one mistake decide the outcome of this match.”

With that, he turned and walked out of he ring and back onto commentary, where Marv Earnest seemed a little bit in awe of his broadcast partner.

With just three minutes remaining, Parker just had to hold on to retain his title, but a reinvigorated Speed seemed intent on denying that possibility. He fired drunken punches at Parker, despite being shaky on his feet. Lashing out with a surprise kick he caught Parker in his wounded knee, and made the champion cry out in pain. He dived forward, grabbing at Parker’s knee, only for Parker to twist desperately out of the way, and fall on top of him, attempting to clamp on Speed’s own Crossface. Speed bulled his way out of the hold, lifting Parker up on his shoulders, before toppling backwards with a thunderous Samoan drop. Shaking his head in a vain attempt to clear it – by now his face was the dictionary example of a crimson mask – he began to slowly climb up the turnbuckles. He perched on top, taking a moment to wipe his eyes, and had to put off any plans of leaping as Parker began to move.

Dragging himself to his feet, Parker limped the few steps into the corner, where he was met with a thunderous right hand to the jaw that spun him around. Changing tack, Speed hooked his legs around Parker’s shoulders, trapping him in place as he unleashed a series of hard forearms across the bridge of Parker’s face. With the clock entering the final minute, Speed pushed off the turnbuckles and tried for a victory roll – but all his previous work on Parker’s knee betrayed him, as Parker’s leg buckled, dropping Speed to the mat in a cradle, with Parker atop him. Parker had enough left to reach back and grab the ropes as Speed tried desperately to roll through and reverse the move, but the ref’s hand hit the mat three times, and the match was done, with Parker just barely retaining his title.
Winner, and still MAW champion: Steven Parker, by two falls to one
Rating: C+

Overall rating: C

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I’d learned a lot in my three months in charge of MAW. They can be summarised into four statements, thus:

1. Under no circumstances would we make money through merchandising.
2. Our roster was dominated by natural heels – and that was a misbalance that had to be rectified
3. We weren’t going to get popular by doing one show a month from Stanley Hall
4. Few, if any, of our workers should be allowed near a mic, not least because our fans were there to see matches first, second, and last.

To that end:

1. Cut back on our DVD manufacturing, which eats nearly as much money as it makes
2. Redress the balance. For the first time, I would have to start looking to make cuts – something I’d avoided so far. Contract expiries would help, a little.
3. Put our footage online. This would – hopefully – improve our recognitions outside our home area. Even if it were only one or two people visiting at first, that would help spread word of mouth. Slowly but surely, said the tortoise to the hare...
4. Interview time should be reduced forthwith

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So, who were the big owners? Rip Chord, of course, taking home $3,000 a month. But I figured I was better letting him realise he was costing his company money it couldn’t really afford.

Surprisingly, Nicole Kiss was up next, on $800 a show – and we weren’t using her. I decided to hold off on releasing her, as she was quite over with our fans, but the jury was out.

Our only ref, Jay Fair, was being used – and was also on $800 a show. However, DAVE referee Jez McArthuer would work for the same fee and could double up as a locker room leader, which we were lacking. It was a straight swap, but having to tell Jay that he was out of a job was a sobering experience, and one that Rip had decided I had to handle on my own.

While I have no logical problems with that, it wasn’t nice to have to let someone know that they were out of a job – especially as Jay is a perfectly competent referee, better than a lot of those who have jobs elsewhere.

Stan Manna and Erik Strong would be leaving when their contracts ran out. I wanted to keep Strong, but he was expensive. Manna I wasn’t too fussed about – although it did mean losing a good tag team. That division was uncompetitive – and that went against all my personal preferences.

I also signed three workers, all on low downsides: Tempest Appleby, K-Squared and Cal Sanders. Appleby, I decided, would team with Phenomenal E. K-Squared would have to be repackaged, and Sanders would be our own Canadian Dungeon graduate.

After three months, I had started to develop some long-term plans for this promotion, with a good roster in place, although I could never hope to use more than half the workers at any one time.

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Des Davids has signed a PPA deal with CZCW, in addition to his commitments with MAW and USPW.

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I convinced Rip that a website was essential for any fed with ambitions of growth. Rip’s just a few years past the age of getting caught up in the dotcom boom, so is pretty ambivalent towards the whole thing. Still, he agreed to my suggestions, and even agreed to pen us a column each month highlighting the upcoming show.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my new column. I’ll be posting from time to time, here on MAW.com, letting you know what I think of events here. My first column will be a preview of our next show, Spring Fever, coming to you on the last Saturday in April.

Kenny Kozitsky vs. Rockin’ Ryan Turner – Canadian rookie sensation Kenny Kozitsky has proven to be a highlight of independent shows north of the border, and this will be his debut match in the United States. Ryan Turner is an MAW stalwart, of course, but after Stan Manna left us last month, he’s seemed a bit lost. I expect Turner to show what he’s made of here, but I’m always reluctant to make a prediction about an unknown quantity like Kenny.

The Terrific 2 vs. The Italian Masters – A whole lot of new blood in this match, with three workers making their MAW debuts. MAW original Antonio has been out and about recently, and has brought in a long-term paisan of his, by the name of Raphael. The Terrific 2 are completely new to MAW, meanwhile. Phenomenal E and Tempestuous A have impressed our scouts with their speed and aerial ability. With so many unknowns in the mix, it’s hard to pick a winner – but from what I’ve seen, the Masters might have the edge.

James Casey vs. Burning EXILE vs. Zeus Maxmillion vs. Max Mayhem – Four way matches are always tough to call, especially in a straight, one-fall environment like this. Expect lots of twists and turns as each man tries to come out on top. Burning EXILE is my choice here, a famous Japanese name with a ton of experience. Both EXILE and Maxmillion are new names, at different stages of their careers. EXILE has seen and done it all, while Maxmillion has been impressing for 4C and CGC.

Des Davids and Eddie Howard vs. The Mean Machine and Marc Speed – All four of these men are very familiar to MAW fans by now. Speed took our champion to the limit last month, and has a big future ahead of him. After his staggering blood loss in that match, though, he’s agreed to halve his duties with The Mean Machine. Their opponents, meanwhile, have requested another match together, after having such a great time together at March Madness. Howard is a tag-team specialist, being one half of our champions. Davids is a great wrestler, as is Machine. It may come down to how well Machine and Speed click as a team. I’d probably back either of them against either of their opponents one on one, but when it’s two on two, it’s a whole other matter.

DC Rayne vs. Steven Parker – Rayne’s performance last month, even in defeat, impressed the brass here at MAW so much that he was chosen to face the champion in this match. Parker issued an open challenge after his narrow victory at March Madness, and we’re sure to hear about it at the next show. Parker’s experience in big matches is likely to be the decider here, as Rayne has never had a singles title shot in his time in MAW, but I expect another great performance from the kid, and I have a sneaking feeling that Parker may be surprised at how tough a match he’s going to get.
To be continued...
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I like MAW diaries... usually the write ups are simple and easy to follow plus the small roster makes it easier to get into the characters.
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Stanley Hall, MD – Saturday Week 4, April 2007 – Attended by 51 people

Rafael Ruiz, scheduled to make his first appearance for MAW, no-showed us in favour of appearing for OLLIE. While he’s a talented veteran, he was pre-advertised and gave us no warning, and therefore effectively signed his own release forms. I wasn’t happy.

In addition, the fans crapped on the angles used, even though there was less than a quarter of an hour used for them on a two-hour show. Something had to change.

Ryan Turner came out to hype his match – and the fans hated it.
Rating: F

vs.
Kenny Kozitsky vs. Rockin’ Ryan Turner
Two young stars clashed in our first contest of the evening. The match nearly collapsed when a botched spot resulted in a painful-as-anything headfirst landing for Kozitsky, but they were just about able to cover it. Turner picked up the win with a Six String Shooter (Twist Of Fate).
Winner: Ryan Turner
Rating: D-

The bronzed and gleaming Zeus Maxmillion came down to the ring, looking every inch the Greek god that he attempts to portray himself as. He said a few words about the upcoming four way dance, but the lack of reaction clearly put him off talking for longer.
Rating: F

vs.
Titans X vs. The Italian Masters

Titans X brought their A-game for this match, blitzing the Italians from the off with a string of stereo aerial moves that belied their inexperience in teaming together. The Masters came back into the match by locking the Titans down with submission and wear-down holds, but were unable to keep either A or E still for long. Eventually Antonio gave into frustration by hitting E with a low blow that the referee somehow missed, allowing the Antonio to hit the Italian DDT for the win in 12:32
Winner: The Italian Masters
Rating: D+


Rather than antagonise the restless locals, I spent my allotted promo time stretching and shadow fighting – but my ever-so-graceful exercise routine was met with as much apathy as the locals could muster. Worth a shot, I guess.
Rating: F

vs. vs. vs.
James Casey vs. Burning EXILE vs. Zeus Maxmillion vs. Max Mayhem

A frenetic fourway dance that allowed us three youngsters the chance to spend some time working with Burning EXILE. All four of us had the chance to strut our stuff, and all four of use had our turn playing crash mat to the other three’s offence. The even battle was decided at the 15:20 mark as Max Mayhem hit his Seven Seconds of Mayhem on EXILE to earn the upset win.
Winner: Max Mayhem
Rating: C-


Before the next match, Des Davids and The Mean Machine exchanged verbal barbs in the centre of the ring while their partners scowled menacingly at each other. As Machine was involved, the crowd paid some attention – just not very much.
Rating: E

vs.
Des Davids and Eddie Howard vs. The Mean Machine and Marc Speed
Davids and Howard again showed tremendous chemistry in the early stages of this match, belying their inexperience as a team. Machine and Speed held their own, but just didn’t have the same level of understanding. This proved to be their undoing as miscommunication between the heel tandem saw them taste dual superkicks from the faces after seeming a bit too pleased with themselves when they blocked dual corner whips. From there, it was a simple matter for Howard to hit Speed with a Howard’s End at 20:52 to win a thrilling match.
Winner: American Awesome
Rating: C


Another letdown of a segment, as Steven Parker taunted his opponent, DC Rayne. Parker gloated about how easy his upcoming victory would be – after all, Rayne had lost to Mean Machine at the last show, whereas he, Parker, had defeated Marc Speed in a thirty-minute war.
Rating: E+

vs.
DC Rayne vs. Steven Parker (c)


MAW Heavyweight Championship
Parker may have thought that he was in for an easy match, but tag team champion DC Rayne proved to be anything but easy opposition. Rayne dominated the opening exchanges as he used his impressive strength to repeatedly overpower the MAW champion. Parker came back with quickfire dropkicks and flying attacks that slowly seemed to take the edge off Rayne’s attacks, but with both men in excellent condition, it was clear that this match was going to be a long one, as the clock passed the fifteen-minute mark with neither man showing signs of tiring.

With the match going back and forth, and the combatants exchanging their own brands of high-impact, fast paced offence. After several more minutes of non-stop combat, it fell to Rayne to make the first critical slip, as he went to the well once too often, charging into the corner in a manner similar to Marc Speed the month before – and as with that match, Parker evaded, sending Rayne into the turnbuckles with such velocity that he was thrown over the top rope, crashing to the floor. Parker pounced like a hungry coyote, slamming Rayne into the crowd barriers and the ringpost, before attempting a piledriver on the arena floor that was only thwarted when referee Jez McArthuer threatened him with disqualification. Parker seemed to consider it, before throwing Rayne bad-temperedly into the ring. He argued with McArthuer as he climbed in, the distraction allowing Rayne to cradle him for two.

Parker seemed to be thrown by the interruption to his attack, and this allowed Rayne to get back into the match, powering the champion through a series of suplexes and throws before driving Parker into the mat with a hard powerbomb that was just close enough to the ropes to allow the champion to escape defeat by draping his foot over the bottom strand.

It was clear that Rayne was in control, but Parker mounted a comeback with a series of right hands before trying to go behind for a back suplex. When he couldn’t lift Rayne, he settled for shoving him into the corner. Parker followed him in with a shining wizard that left Rayne crumpled in the corner. Parker followed up with a dropkick that snapped Rayne’s head back. But it was clear that Parker hadn’t learnt his lesson, as this time he went to the corner a third time, another dropkick attempt foiled when Rayne dropped to the mat and out of the way, leaving Parker to crash painfully astride the ring post in a bump that elicited cries of sympathy from every man present. From there, Rayne pushed himself upright and hauled Parker out of the ropes, holding him upright just long enough to hit the Storm Damage (Implant DDT) for the win and the title at 34:32.

Both men lay slumped on the mat as Rip entered the ring with the MAW belt and draped it across the new champion’s chest, before crouching down to lift Rayne’s hand, before letting it fall across the belt, which his hand clutched instinctively. Fireworks greeted the crowning of a new champion as the two wrestlers lay exhausted and unmoving in the centre of the ring.
Winner, and new champion: DC Rayne
Rating: D+

Overall rating: D+

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Post show interview with MAW.com and your host, Marv Earnest

“Sha-zam!”

MAW has a new champion, and the title holder, DC Rayne, is ecstatic.

“Yeah baby! That’s what I’m talking about! The chizzamp is in the hizzle – you feeling me?!”

“Shut the hell up, you Jay-Z wannabe!”

Former champion Steven Parker barged into our interview and slapped the taste out of Rayne’s mouth.

“Now listen here, punk. One fluke win does not a champion make – do you hear me? That belt belongs to yours truly, the finest athlete to ever grace an MAW ring. And as the former champion, I’m set for a rematch – so I’ll see you next month. Go ahead and enjoy the next four weeks, champ. Drink, screw, snort – whatever. Just remember, I’ll be lying in wait, and I’ll be taking my belt back.”

Rayne stood up, and got in Parker’s face.

“Four words for ya, loser: Shizzle. Thizzle. Fizzle. Upizzle.”

Parker stormed off, and Rayne excused himself. I can’t help but thinking that he’ll be living just as clean and working just as hard as Parker over the next month. Folks, for MAW.com, this is Marv Earnest – see you next month!
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Rafael Ruiz was informed of his release by FedEx. Burning EXILE is suffering through the absence of other Japanese speakers, and has been allowed to leave MAW earlier than planned.

The Internet buzz for the show was very good, which will (maybe) increase downloads, boost word of mouth, and see us shooting up the GDS charts, which I’m trying not to check more than once a month.

I’d been to see Rip before the show, and successfully argued about further decreasing the time spent on angles, which we did. Word seemed to have leaked out, however, and the fans showed up expecting nothing but matches, which killed all the non-wrestling segments.

Young Canadian Davis Wayne Newton has signed on a nice, cheap deal. If only my $500 a show workers weren’t all main eventers...

Meanwhile, Rockin’ Ryan Turner had signed an extension, as both Rip and myself believe that he has a big future – with us, if not necessarily at a higher level. I’m a big fan of his pretentious glam rock gimmick, and he plays it to a T.

*

Rip and I sat behind the desk in my office, each of us staring at the paper strewn across the desk’s surface.

I’d let a few workers go in my time with MAW, but generally I had business or financial reasons for it.

Today, I was going to fire two workers for being poor in the ring.

Ricky Turner and Curtis Jenkins had been with MAW for a long time – practically since the start, in Turner’s case. Letting them go would seem like a slap in the face to the MAW originals – especially as I hadn’t been shy about bringing in new faces.

“Gentlemen, thank you for coming.”

They both nodded. Ricky looked ready to argue. Curtis just looked a little ill.

“I’ll be frank with you. I’ve been here nearly four months, and I don’t see either of you having a future in MAW right now. I’m sorry, but we’re going to release you from your commitments to us.”

“Why?”

It was Ricky who asked. I took a deep breath, and wondered if Jeff Nova had felt anything like this when he kicked me out of 21CW.

“Look, we’re running one show a month, with no time to hold matches featuring guys who can’t perform to a certain standard. You guys can’t do it in the ring – I’m sorry, but it’s true. I hate to have to tell you guys this, but I’ve hardly seen any improvement in the time I’ve been here.”

“Well... That’s just... Great.”

“I’m sorry. Maybe in the future-“

“Yeah, save me the crap,” Ricky snapped. “I’ll see you later – when I’m on top of DAVE or USPW.”

“I hope so,” I said. “If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to apologise.”

Ricky’s chair clattered to the bare concrete floor as he stormed out of the office. Curtis stayed long enough to shake our hands, but he was clearly as disappointed as Ricky as the door closed behind him.

“Kid, just remember – you felt that, right?”

I nodded. Rip was right – I felt like I wanted to throw up. We may not have paid either man in the last three months, but losing the possibility of a paycheck would have hurt both men, almost as much as if they’d been on written contracts.

“That makes you a better man than Nova – keep that in mind, yeah?”

I nodded again, and went in search of drink to wash the taste from my mouth.

*

In related news, Rip and I finally decided to cut Nicole Kiss loose. We’d decided to effectively cut interview and angle time to zero, leaving no real room for managers. Although she wasn’t costing us anything to have around, there was little point in keeping her hopes up by keeping her on the payroll. She took the news better than Ricky, and marginally worse than Curtis. Under no circumstances should a man have to make a woman that pretty cry...

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Hello again everyone, and I hope you’re all looking forward to this month’s show – Mother, May I?

Look, I don’t choose the names, okay?

The big news heading into the show is that DC Rayne and Eddie Howard have vacated the MAW Tag Team Championship. Rayne understandably wants to focus on his MAW Heavyweight title reign, while Eddie has convinced Des Davids to team up with him for the upcoming four-team title tournament.

Oh, yes – I did say tournament!

The four teams entered are Titans X, The Italian Masters who will face off in semi-final one in a rematch from Spring Fever, and Davids & Howard and The Canadian Blondes, who will face off in the second semi-final. It’s hard to look beyond the Blondes in this one, as the former champions have the edge in terms of experience and will be looking to set the pace for the newcomers to live up to.

In other matches:

James Casey vs. The Mean Machine: A rematch from their impressive clash at All Or Nothing this should be another fine match as the two men jockey for position. Each will be looking to secure a title shot in the future if they win here. Casey has impressed since joining us at the start of the year, but I’m sure all you MAW regulars know that I admire ol’ Machine, and as always, I’m backing him for the win.

***Steel Cage Match***
DC Rayne (c) vs. Steven Parker: There’s nothing that Steven Parker hates more than losing – and losing through his own mistake at that. Some say that DC Rayne got very lucky at Spring Fever, while others think Parker has been growing in arrogance for some time, and that it was past due for him to pay for his attitude. Either way, the belt changed hands, and now Parker wants it back. The MAW match-makers has had some fun with this one, offering Rayne and Parker their choice of matches, and champion and challenger finally agreed on settling this within the confines of a fifteen-foot steel cage. Always a brutal and often a bloody way of finishing a feud, this promises to be a magnificent match – be sure to be at Stanley Hall to see it in the flesh!

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Looks good James...I like how you have yourself in there but you're not putting yourself over lol Don't fall into the booker's trap!!!

I love the Italian Masters name...took me a second to get it
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dammit....i was reading it and thinking, "i need to sign that james casey guy, i don't remember seeing him in the cornellverse....."......then i realized james casey is writing this dynasty....doh!!!

good stuff, i do enjoy the classic tale of the underdog promotion rising up to be a force!

use davis newton as much as possible, he's a bad ass who will get snatched up quick once he gets some overness.....damn i miss him in my game....

keep it up!!!!
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dammit....i was reading it and thinking, "i need to sign that james casey guy, i don't remember seeing him in the cornellverse....."......then i realized james casey is writing this dynasty....doh!!!

good stuff, i do enjoy the classic tale of the underdog promotion rising up to be a force!

use davis newton as much as possible, he's a bad ass who will get snatched up quick once he gets some overness.....damn i miss him in my game....

keep it up!!!!
Yes, once a canadian promotion nabs him its only a matter of time. He is headlining a global NOTPBW as champion in my dynasty game.
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Yes, once a canadian promotion nabs him its only a matter of time. He is headlining a global NOTPBW as champion in my dynasty game.
NOTBPW got him from me too.....he was about to win the title when i got notice....it's a shame. he did win my MAW United States Title (then known as the MAW Tri-County Title) and the Rip Chord Invitational in 2008.....got some lineage at least....


EDIT: sorry for jacking the thread for a minute, kinda rude, my bad......
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Stanley Hall, MD – Saturday Week 4, May 2007 – Attended by 104 people

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I looked at the crowd peering expectantly at the ring. With ten minutes to go before the show began, there were over a hundred fans in the audience, nearly twice as many as we’d averaged previously. Quite what we’d done right to bring in so many fans I wasn’t sure – but I resolved to find out and do more of it.

MAW Tag Team Title Tournament – Semi-Final 1
vs.
Titans X vs. The Italian Masters

Phenomenal E and Tempestuous A once more attacked from the bell, landing stereo springboard dropkicks in lieu of entering the ring in a more normal fashion. They held the initiative throughout the opening five minutes, but Antonio pulled down the top rope as Phenom tried to gain momentum, and the intervention caused him to crash to the floor. From then on, it was clear that the Italians were out to cheat to win, with Rip struggling to stay impartial on commentary as his protégé Antonio took every opportunity to bend, break or outright annihilate the rules, finally doubling up on Tempest with a handful of tights and his feet on the ropes for the win at 15:12 as the fans announced their disapproval vocally.
Winner: The Italian Masters
Rating: D

MAW Tag Team Title Tournament – Semi-Final 2
vs.
American Awesome vs. The Canadian Blondes

Des Davids and Eddie Howard were introduced as American Awesome, adding a little extra heat to this second semi-final match. It proved to be a very close encounter, with Davids and Howard lack of experience as a team balanced by their sheer strength and brawling ability. The match went back and forth, including some desperately close near-falls that held the fans attention, only coming to a close at 15:28 with Davids pinning Golden following a Howards End that he borrowed from his partner.
Winner: American Awesome
Rating: C-

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James Casey vs. The Mean Machine

Steven Parker joined Rip and Marv Earnest on commentary for this match, critiquing the men he was sure would be coming after ‘his’ MAW title in the coming months. This was another very good match, perhaps a shade less impressive than our previous encounter as Machine allowed me a little more control over proceedings. In order to give the teams a little breathing time, we had a long battle that came to an end at 24:58 when I drilled Machine with a Vertabreaker – a move I’d only trust him to take, but which I wanted to use at least once in my MAW career.
Winner: James Casey
Rating: B-

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American Awesome vs. The Italian Masters

MAW Tag Team Tournament Final

Rip abandoned all claim to impartiality in this match, with Antonio and Raphael’s disregard for the rules becoming ever more flagrant, and the referee catching them more and more often. In fact, their tactics seemed to backfire as the ref came close to disqualifying them when Raphael tried for a field goal directly between Davids’ legs, only for David to ask – rather breathlessly – for the chance to beat the Masters cleanly. Such fair play met with definite approval from the crowd, and they cheered Awesome onwards. The Masters did their best to withstand the tidal wave of momentum, but it was clear that it was only a matter of time, and when Howard returned the finisher favour by clamping on Davids’ Pitbull Grip (Camel Clutch) on Raphael in the centre of the ring, we had new champions at the 25:33 mark.
Winners, and new champions: American Awesome
Rating: C

Rematch from Spring Fever – Cage Match
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DC Rayne (c) vs. Steven Parker

MAW Heavyweight Championship

Rayne and Parker stared one another down as the cage was lowered from the ceiling – and a special mention to the Nick Kayne and Kage Konstruction for their efforts at putting the setup together at minimal cost to us. Thanks, guys! – and Rayne made a special point of putting the belt in Parker’s face in the classic “This is as close as you’re gonna get!” spot that always looks great on the cover of DVDs.

From that point onwards, it was all about the fight, as Parker fired off a series of right hands that sent Rayne back into the ropes. Parker tried to slam Rayne’s head into the bars, but Rayne retaliated with a knee to the gut that doubled Parker over and left him easy prey for a victim. Rayne made the first climb, but was pulled back down at the two-thirds point, although he used the momentum from the drop to stagger Parker with a back elbow.

The two men brawled around the ring, each making failed bids for freedom on a number of occasions. Parker came closest when he hit a breathtaking Future Shock on a charging Rayne, using Rayne’s own momentum to catapult him, upside down, into the bars, where he dropped into the ropes and became badly tangled. Parker’s arrogance got the better of him again, though, as he paused to taunt his trapped opponent, who used the time to start to break free, just managing it in time to crotch Parker atop the cage. The two exchanged blows rather gingerly, each more concerned with taking the fall than sending their opponents crashing downwards. They seemed destined to stay up top until Rayne fired off a headbutt that left both men groggy, and as Parker grabbed Rayne for support, he overbalanced both of them and they dropped from the top of the cage to the mat below.

The two men twitched jerkily, their chests heaving as they stared blankly upwards. Suddenly, as though hit by an electric current, Parker snapped upright. Rolling onto all fours, he began crawling for the cage wall again, and clawing his way upwards. Rayne began to move as well, much slower, but gradually picking up speed. Pulling himself upright, he grabbed at Parker’s heel, and yanked his feet free from the cage. Pulling Parker’s lower body away from the cage, as Parker held on for grim life, Rayne let go, and Parker swung into the bare steel with a crack that elicited groans from the fans. Rayne began his climb, painfully pulling himself level with the stunned Parker, whose fingers were still locked on the bars. Rayne grabbed Parker by the hair, and tried to ram his head into the bars, but Parker blocked it, and tried to kick Rayne loose, succeeding with a third kick that sent Rayne swinging outward, maintaining his grip on the cage with one hand and one foot. He swung back toward the cage seemingly by sheer willpower, planting his foot on the far side of Parker’s legs. With a bellow of effort, Rayne pushed himself upwards, hanging unsupported in mid-air for what seemed like several very long seconds before he wrapped his arms around Parker’s head and managed to get a toehold on the bars of the cage. Parker flailed wildly at Rayne with one hand as Rayne visibly took a huge breath before he kicked off the wall once more, throwing himself outwards and bringing Parker with him in the sleeper slam that he calls the Raynefire – from ten feet above the mat.

Rayne and Parker crashlanded once more, and for a beat both lay still, but as the fans cheered, Rayne pushed himself up onto all fours and crawled to the cage wall again, pulling himself slowly, agonisingly up the cage as Parker just barely began to stir, only managing to push himself up onto his knees as Rayne swung himself over the top bar of the cage, and half-climbed, half-dropped to the floor outside for the decisive victory at 25:40.
Winner, and still champion: DC Rayne
Rating: C+

Overall rating: C

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Post show interview with MAW.com and your host, Marv Earnest

Following their impressive pair of victories at Mother, May I?, I am joined by our new MAW Tag Team Champions, Des Davids and Eddie Howard - American Awesome.



ME: Gentlemen, congratulations on your victory. Des, if I may begin with you, how does it feel to finally win a title here in MAW?

DD: Just fantastic – it’s a dream come true. Every wrestler starts their career dreaming of gold around their waist, and I was no different. To finally have that come true – it’s incredible.

ME: You’ve rebounded from your disappointment in the Rip Chord Invitational quite nicely.

DD: Yeah... I underestimated Marc Speed, and I learned a lesson in doing that.

ME: I know that Rip was furious with the cheating tactics of the Italian Masters during their matches – but you turned down the chance to punish them by taking a disqualification victory. Why was that?

DD: I could tell they were scared. *Laughs*

EH: My man’s got it right – they knew they couldn’t beat us clean, so they had to play it cheap. We knew we could do better – and we did.

ME: Eddie, if I may, you’ve now held tag team gold with two partners. Do you have a preference between DC Rayne and Des Davids as a teammate?

EH: Aww, no, no preference. Not yet, anyway. *Laughs* Des picks up the tab at dinner more often. I guess that puts him in the lead. *Laughs* But seriously, me and DC had a great run, and I’m stoked to see him with gold too. Now me and Des have to work on getting the same kind of understanding me and DC had.

ME: And what does the future hold for American Awesome?

EH: Right now, it’s just one match at a time. We’ve already had a run-in with Flash Savage and Oscar Golden – they reckon they deserve first shot at the belts after the match we had earlier. Hey, who are we to argue, right? So next month it’s American Awesome against the Canadian Blondes, one more time.

ME: I can’t wait. Gentlemen, thank you!
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In exciting news, Mother, May I? rose to an event of Above Average importance with the pundits at tew.com – the only site worth paying attention to on the ‘net, in case you didn’t know. This is the first time this has happened for MAW, and Rip was positively beaming as we had our monthly review on Monday morning. It sees like he’s been getting online more and more since starting his column on our site, which may be a mixed blessing if he pays attention to the more out-there sites.

Finance-wise, we lost about $200 on the show, which, frankly, we can do almost for ever and not worry too much about. However, we benefited from several longer matches, and the Masters and Awesome went twice. Putting our footage online had already resulted in more ‘foreign’ visitors, but we’d dropped a substantial pile of money by not releasing DVDs anymore. So long as it boosted popularity I figured that it was worth it, but the situation was under close scrutiny.

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Welcome back everyone, as we prepare for June’s big show – Summer Showdown.

We’ve lined up some great matches for you this month. DC Rayne takes on his first real challenge as champion, there’s some new faces making their MAW debuts – some of them rising stars, some of them already big names – and a rematch from Mother, May I? sees the tag team titles on the line.

Let’s run down the matches:

Cal Sanders vs. Davis Wayne Newton: Sanders comes from a long line of Canadian technicians and is as sound as anyone when it comes to tie-ups and wear-downs. He also has some useful aerial tricks in his armory that could surprise the young Newton, who is a skilled but inexperienced all-rounder. Sanders has done the rounds, and will know all kinds of tricks that Newton won’t, and for that reason I’ll take the Canuck for the win.

James Casey vs. Joey Beauchamp: Its Brit vs. Brit here in the Mid-Atlantic, as newcomer Joey Beauchamp makes his debut against a guy who’s rapidly becoming a fixture here in MAW. Beauchamp is a talented cruiserweight, like Casey, although his attack is almost totally based on his flying skills. Look for a lot of airtime in this one.

Ultimate Phoenix vs. Steven Parker: Former champion Steven Parker is in a foul mood, and set to take it out on the incoming Ultimate Phoenix. Phoenix has been doing great things with our Californian friends in CZCW, and should be a great foil for Parker’s explosive style of combat. While Phoenix is talented, I can’t help but feel that Parker should take the win here, as he has a lot to prove – to himself as much as anyone.

Snap Dragon vs. Marc Speed: Dragon is another of CZCW’s finest, a very talented cruiserweight whose aerial abilities should provide an interesting contrast to Marc Speed’s superior technical skills. If Dragon can stay out of Speed’s clutches, he should be able to sting the RCI champion enough to score a debut victory.

American Awesome (c) vs. The Canadian Blondes: These two teams put on a very impressive match last month, and even Davids and Howard would admit that they were pushed all the way. Expect more of the same – and remember that it’s a whole ton harder to hold on to a title than it is to win it in the first place.

DC Rayne(c) vs. The Mean Machine: It had to happen – Mean Machine is, no question, one of the best workers in America right now, and we’re lucky to have him in MAW. Credit to DC Rayne for actively pursuing this match from the moment he got backstage last month – but I can’t help but feel that maybe he’s bitten off more than he can chew. He may be the champion – but it’ll be a significant upset if he holds onto the belt.
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Stanley Hall, MD – Saturday Week 4, June 2007 – Attended by 82 people

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‘Stormy’ Cal Sanders vs. Davis Wayne Newton

Two Canadians tied it up in the opening match, a spirited affair with both men eager to make a memorable debut. Sanders was the stronger of the two, and Newton the quicker, and playing to their strengths resulted in a tidy, impressive match, ending when Newton missed a top rope dive, and Sander in turn went up top to hit a Lumber Leap (flying headbutt) for the pin at 9:47.
Winner: ‘Stormy’ Cal Sanders
Rating: C

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James Casey vs. Joey Beauchamp

Still no Americans as I squared off with my countryman in a high-flying affair, which amazingly are starting to get over with our fans. Beauchamp is a tidy worker, but over eager. He went up top in the early stages of the match, allowing me to block his dive and instead hit a superplex that had him on the defensive. Although he mounted a brief but explosive rally with a thumb to the eye on the referee’s blindside, I was able to wear him down to the point that when he missed his Beautiful Assault shooting start press, he was easy meat for a half nelson suplex for the win at 13:48
Winner: James Casey
Rating: C

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Ultimate Phoenix vs. Steven Parker

This match featured yet another new face, with Ultimate Phoenix out to prove himself against the former champion, Steven Parker. However, Parker was also out to prove something, and he absolutely brutalised Phoenix in the first half of the match, pitching him form pillar to post, and dumping him over the top rope twice in quick succession, leaving Phoenix looking thoroughly out of it. But Parker had failed to learn his lessons, and when he tried for a hurricanrana, Phoenix countered with a powerbomb that brought him breathing space, and allowed him to make a comeback. The match seesawed from that point, but Parker appeared to be haunted by his latest mistake, and shied away from any more explosive, high-impact moves. This allowed Phoenix to pull ahead, finally earning an upset win with the Phoenix Firebird Splash at 16:18.
Winner: Ultimate Phoenix
Rating: C

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Snap Dragon vs. Marc Speed

The last debut of the night was a very even affair, as Snap Dragon faced off against the recent MAW entrant, Marc Speed. Speed tried to tie Dragon up, but Dragon continually eluded serious harm by virtue of his quicksilver speed. Stinging his opponent seemingly at will, Dragon seemed to have the match in the bag, but a leaping clothesline was neatly sidestepped by Speed, who then drilled Dragon with a brainbuster, proceeding to focus his attack solely on his opponent’s head and neck before clamping on the High Speed Crossface for the tap-out win at 16:53.
Winner: Marc Speed
Rating: C+

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American Awesome (c) vs. The Canadian Blondes

Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship

The two teams squared off in a high impact rematch from our last show, with the Awesome pairing using their brute strength to take control of the opening exchanges. The Blondes did their best to come back with flying moves, but were on the back foot for most of the early going. When they did manage to regain control, they focused on Davids exclusively, seemingly targeting the 6’5 worker as the weaker of their opponents. Davids powered back with a double clothesline that sent both Blondes through 360 degrees, before brining Howard in for stereo powerslams. Howard kept both Golden and Savage busy, building the momentum to hit Savage with a Howards End, before tagging Davids back in to let him drill Golden with a back suplex, rolling through with it into the Pitbull Grip for the win at 21:21.
Winners: American Awesome
Rating: D+

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DC Rayne (c) vs. The Mean Machine

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
Rematch from March Madness

We obliged our fans with this match, exploiting the athleticism and near-inhuman stamina of Machine and Rayne to put on a match that lasted just 12 seconds shy of the half-hour mark. The workers used everything in their arsenals in an attempt to defeat each other, exchanging powerful blows, rapid-fire kicks and fluid technical exchanges that you could never imagine Rayne managing against a lesser opponent. Machine just seems to bring the best out of everyone, and so it proved here, as the two men held the fans spellbound from bell to bell.

Highlights included Machine tying Rayne up in the corner, and unleashing seven splash and dropkick variants, each designed to dish out maximum damage to different parts of Rayne as he shifted in position. The last assault was a direct riposte to Steven Parker, as Machine faked a splash, only to catch Rayne flush in the face with a dropkick as Rayne dived out of the way. Rayne came back later with a shoulder block-clothesline-dropkick-hurricanrana quartet that saw him use the ropes on each side of the ring for each different move. Rayne then fired Machine into the corner, and followed in with a leaping knee that caught Machine between the eyes – and nearly sent Rayne over the top rope to the floor below. Machine, groggy as he was, managed to come back with a series of suplexes, as each man sought to outdo the other. Machine only made a single mistake in the entire match – but he was punished for it, as he blindly charged Rayne after whipping him into the ropes. Rayne slammed on the brakes and sidestepped his incoming attacker and as Machine bounced off the ropes, Rayne snared him in a sleeper, using Machine’s own momentum to catapult him forward and drive him into the mat with a Raynefire for the pinfall victory.
Winner: DC Rayne
Rating: C+

Overall rating: C

To be continued...
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