eWr The Complete Story
elite Wrestling revolution
Before we begin, allow me to answer some questions right off the bat.
What is eWr?: eWr is a user created (by me) promotion/game which I have played for the last 4 or so years. I have modded it and adjusted it to deal with some important times and dates in current wrestling.
Haven't you done this before?: Yup. Multiple times actually. I have gotten the rep of sort of a flake in the dynasty world as I will start a dynasty, get a ton of looks, then have it fall off. Yet my many attempts at getting eWr going have proved to be kinda meh. So I figured I'd do this, in a style similar to Bigpapa42's amazing WCW Empire dynasty, which you all should/should already be reading.
Are you starting from the beginning of your eWr game?: I have thought about that, but I will actually start in June of 2009. Why June 2009? Well it is a very key part of my game. I will try and explain why in further posts.
Why is CM Punk in the GFX of the game when he's not on your roster?: Spoiler alert, I do sign CM Punk at some point. Just figured I'd get a few more views with Punker.
What's the style, etc of eWr?: The best way I could describe the style and everything of eWr is a combo of ECW, ROH, and PRIDE. Realistic story lines and character, focused on the in ring work, along with a very high production value. This has gotten my once Indy promotion, into one of the top 3 promotions in the world
You mention Bigpapa42's WCW Empire dynasty as sort of an outline of this. Rip off artist?: No sir. I have always been a big fan of the monthly recap/chapter formula and that's what I shall be doing with this. I just consider his to be the best version of this formula. Just a reference point.
Anything else?: Not really, I do hope you all enjoy this. And please comment and stuff as much as possible. lol
elite Wrestling revolution Promotion Info
elite Wrestling revolution Company History
eWr World Heavyweight Champion
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
Defeated: Chris Hero
December 21, 2008
eWr World Tag Team Champions
The Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay Briscoe)
Defeated: The Murder City Machine Guns
May 24, 2009
eWr World Hybrid Champion
Defeated: Joey Ryan
November 9. 2008
Last edited by Save_Us.Necro : 09-17-2011 at 08:44 PM.
elite Wrestling revolution Staff
In Ring Roster
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
"Captain Charisma" Christian Cage
Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana
"Damn Good" Davey Richards
"Last Of A Dying Breed" Eddie Kingston
"The Pariah" Jimmy Jacobs
"The JR Superstar" Joey Ryan
"Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen
"The Golden Phoenix" Kota Ibushi
"Lightning" Mike Quackenbush
"The Lady Killer" Rhett Titus
"The Little Dragon" Richie Steamboat
"The New Horror" Sami Callihan
"The Gentleman Villain" Steven Regal
The Human Tornado
Age Of The Fall-Tyler Black & Jimmy Jacobs
Briscoe Brothers- Mark & Jay Briscoe
F.I.S.T- Gran Akuma & Icarus
Incoherience- Delirious & Hallowicked
Murder City Machine Guns- Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin
Up In Smoke- KC Day & Cheech Hernandez
Sweet and Sour Inc.: "Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeney, Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma, Icarus, Davey Richards
Age Of The Fall: Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black, James Keenan, Sami Callihan, Necro Butcher
Fergal DeVitt - Fractured Shoulder (8 months)
Karl Anderson - Torn MCL (4 months)
eWr Senior Official Bryce Remsberg
elite Wrestling revolution Television Info
Time: Thursday Nights at 9PM EST
Theme Song: "Devour (eWr Remix)" by Shinedown
Competition: TNA Impact!
Announcers: Joey Styles and Matt Striker
Backstage Interviewer: Josh Matthews
Yet Unnamed eWr Show
Theme Song: Unknown
Backstage Interviewer: Unknown
Fans and insiders alike were treated to a huge shock on June first, when eWr delivered on their promise of a "major announcement" when they announced they had a new owner in the form of long time wrestling fan and billionaire Mark Cuban. eWr officials were on hand for the official announcement in Dallas. Cuban had mentioned he had wanted to get into the wrestling business for years, but unlike Ted Turner, he promises to put his full backing and support into the eWr product. Cuban would not address how much he paid for eWr or the major loss of Ric Flair. Cuban addressed the lack of a clear "head" of eWr by claiming he was in "negotiations" with a few names and promised an announcement soon. Cuban promised "a new era" for eWr, announcing new sets, HD cameras, and an increased advertising campaign.
But soon following the presser, more was learned about Cuban's purchase. Fans had heard of rumored eWr money woes, but none truly understood how bad they were until now former eWr owner Calvin Ayre spoke to PWInsider's Mike Johnson. Ayre claimed, since his parent company bodog hit rough financial times, eWr became the company's top money cow, and also the first thing in which they borrowed from. He claimed that it seemed as though if he continued to borrow against eWr, the company could realistically be out of business by the year's end. This was a big reason why Flair left and why rumors were swirling about Christian Cage audibly claiming he would soon be gone from the company. But the Cuban regime refused to speak on it. As far as they were concerned, the past was in the past and the future was all that mattered.
And the future came as eWr began to book for the first time in months without The Kings Of Wrestling, arguably the most important stable in company's history, and also the most over heels. Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli were both on two very long and deserved "rest periods", with both men being written off TV with injuries, with Hero being taken out by the man who seemingly replaced him as the company's top heel, Eddie Kingston. You can say that June was Eddie Kingston's coming out party. Kingston has been repackaged early in March when he returned from a injury, as a bitter, psychotic sociopath. Kingston's promos and his very stiff style quickly made him viewed as a legitimate contender for the eWr title. Kingston also gained the reputation as a knockout artist, by knocking out/injuring his opponents with his tandem Backdrop Driver/Backfist To The Future finishers. But Kingston certified his spot when in a span of two weeks took out Chris Hero, Austin Aries, and Ric Flair. Kingston was being groomed for a future title shot, but it would not happen in June, as Kingston would face Austin Aries in a grudge match following Kingston duel savage beat downs of Aries.
The title shot would go to Christian Cage. Cage, since coming to eWr, had been viewed by many as someone with a lot of hype with little delivery. Many believed Cage would quickly become the face of the company, but he had surprisingly taken a bit of back seat. eWr played up Cage's seemingly lackluster record, but hyped how well he did against eWr Champion Bryan Danielson during their sole encounter earlier in the year. The rare face vs. face battle was Cuban's personal choice for his first PPV main event.
Another personal choice of Cuban was the signing of Steven Regal. Regal had been released from the WWE in late March on his own accord. Regal was seen by many as a huge pickup both in front of and behind the camera. He instantly entered a feud with one of the hottest heels in wrestling, in Nigel McGuiness, which was promoted as a semi main event at Vendetta. But behind the scenes, Regal took on double duty as both a part time trainer at eWr's Proving Grounds wrestling school, but also as an agent, working with a lot of the younger talent in the promotion. And with that, eWr restructured it's agent pool as Al Snow, who was serving as interim head booker, was removed from the agent pool and was replaced by a close friend of Regal in Dave Taylor. Taylor joined Regal, Lance Storm and Tom Carter as eWr's talent agents, but also entered CHIKARA as a wrestler/manager.
For their first Cuban Era PPV offering, eWr put forth a bunch more interesting matches, including a 6 man tag bout where eWr Tag Champs The Briscoe Brothers would team with Colt Cabana against The Age Of The Fall. The AOTF was an interesting case. They were initially scheduled to debut in Ring Of Honor, but that was stopped when eWr purchased ROH. eWr liked the idea and brought them in and they slowly became a big deal. They had a very different look, somewhat similar to early nWo vignettes, but actually a lot more political and sociological in nature. The stable got over the most during their feud with Raven and his reformed Flock, but Raven and his team were released from the company and The AOTF, now in a bit of a booking pinch, were pitted against the unlikley combo of The Briscoes and Cabana, which surprisingly got over with fans.
eWr also put a lot of stock behind Japanese import Kota Ibushi. Ibushi was the ace of Japan's DDT promotion, who had a few memorable brushes in Pro Wrestling NOAH and New Japan, and was signed on the urging of his former partner Kenny Omega. Ibushi was quickly given a huge push over alot of members of the Hybrid "division" and would face Omega for the title. eWr also gave a big push to some of it's younger talents including The Young Bucks, Joe Hennig, Ritchie Steamboat and Sheamus O'Shaunessy. The case of Sheamus was an interesting one, as he was part of The Saints, a team clearly based on the characters of "The Boondock Saints" until his partner Fergal DeVitt was injured at an house show, keeping him out of eWr until at least 2010. eWr quickly booked Sheamus turning on Fergal and began to book him as an unstoppable monster, something eWr has lacked. Sheamus quickly garned quite a following and will see his first true big time match as he faces a man who earlier in the year became the talk of eWr by putting forth several amazing bouts in Drake Younger.
The eyes of the wrestling world were solely on eWr's first Cuban Era PPV in Vendetta. And they would not be disapointed
Sunday June 21, 2009
Williams Arena; Minneapolis, MN
Cuban was not lying when he said he would be helping eWr in terms of production values, as eWr debuted a new, impressive set very similar to what MMA promotion PRIDE and DREAM use. Viewers were also quick to notice the better sound and video production. And the fans in the Williams Arena seemed to be quite surprised how major league and streamlined the set up was.
It was interesting how little the importance of the new ownership had in the marketing for this event. Only for the 2 weeks before, it's importance was even spoken of on tv. And the wrestling media did not eWr as a result of it. But eWr treated it as business as usual, and proceeded to put forth a solid show.
Again eWr brought out some of their better stars of CHIKARA to do dark match duty. The night began with a decent tag team encounter between Minnesota's own North Star Express and the newly formed Street Assassins team of Kory Chavis and Jon Davis, which saw the much bigger Chavis and Davis pick up the win.
But out next was the man many considered to be the next big thing in eWr whenever he was chosen to come up in the form of Jon Moxley. Moxley at the age of 24 was a young veteran, wrestling mostly out of the HWA and had become a top guy in the promotion by doing a very unique arrogant psycho type character, being compared to men like Roddy Piper, Brian Pillman, and even Heath Ledger's Joker. Moxley quickly rose up the ranks of CHIKARA and quickly got on the radar of many within eWr. Moxley had become a stable of dark matches before PPV's, and this was no different and in terms of competition was one of his biggest ones yet as he face The Human Tornado. Moxley defeated Tornado in a very good bout and got an excellent crowd reaction.
The PPV portion of the show opened with the duo of Kevin Steen and Davey Richards against Cheech and Cloudy. Quite a fall for Steen and Richards who main evented the biggest show of the year to date to opening against a team who have been poorly booked since their debuts. Richards and Steen would get the easy victory here.
Up next saw a 4 corners match to determine a number one contender to the Hybrid title as Rhett Titus, Silias Young, El Generico, and Delirious. A pretty good contest here, alot of comedy with Titus, Generico, and Delirious. But the star of the match was Young, who has been silently becoming one of the better guys in the Hybrid division. Young would spike El Generico with a powerbomb and then nail his Peegee Waja Plunge headstand moonsault for the win.
Very interesting tag bout up next as The Young Bucks took on The Murder City Machine Guns. The two teams began feuding shortly after the last pay per view following a Guns beat down of the Bucks after a hotly contested debut match for The Bucks. And since then the two teams have had a series of pull apart brawls after the Bucks cost The Guns the eWr Tag Titles in a rematch against the Briscoes. This was, up to this point the match of the night. Alot of excellent tag team moves in this one, where the Bucks pick up a surprising victory over the former champs after landing their spectacular More Bang For Your Buck finisher. With matches like this, you can fully expect this feud to continue.
Sheamus O'Shaunessy was out next and completely destroyed Drake Younger in less than 4 minutes. A very Goldberg-esq showing for Sheamus, who looked amazing, winning with his Choke Bomb finisher.
A very interesting battle of third generation stars saw Ritchie Steamboat face Joe Hennig. There was very little in ring pre booking for this match, as Hennig scouted Steamboat for weeklys, half hearty applauding him after each bout before challenging him and also referencing how better his father was that Steamboat's. A very solid bout saw Steamboat telegraph Hennig's Perfection Fisherman Buster and pin him with a well timed Oklahoma Roll. Following the match, Hennig spat at Steamboat who offered his hand in respect. These 2 can only get better in the ring and one should fully expect them to continue.
eWr World Hybrid Title match up between Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi. A very fast paced bout which held that way the entire match. Omega went for Croyt's Wrath but Ibushi rolled out and nailed his Phoenix Kick followed by his amazing Golden Star Splash for the victory and the title. THe 2 shook hands to a standing ovation. Very interesting that Ibushi who has barley in the US for more than a month, has been given the title.
Up next was Eddie Kingston vs. Austin Aries. A decent enough match, nothing at all special. You can see it was obviously a tool for Kingston to continue getting over. Kingston caught Aries with the Backdrop Driver for the win and after the match referenced he would be watching the ME.
Semi main events up next, firstly saw Steven Regal match up against Nigel McGuiness. The two started with a very good back and forth World Of Sport esq series before going into the heavy work. Regal had Nigel locked in the Regal Stretch but Nigel got his foot under the rope and as Regal argued with the ref, Nigel snuck in with an illegal tights aided roll up for the win.
6 man tag team action up saw The Briscoes and Colt Cabana take on The Age Of The Fall's Jimy Jacobs, Tyler Black and Necro Butcher. This match did lack alot of in ring spark, kind of being a bit of a snoozer at various points. Cabana was able to pick up the pin after hitting the Colt 45 on Necro after he accidentally bumped Jacobs off the ropes a la Bret and Owen at Survivor Series 93. But what was most interesting was post match Jacobs yelling at Black and Necro for losing, clearly signaling for some kind of break up or something in the future.
Main event time saw the crowd seemingly split for Danielson and Cage. What was interesting was the very UFC-esq introductions and entrances of the two men. A very strong technical bout here saw alot of back and forth exchanges and near falls. Clearly the match of the night. Cage had had Danielson locked in the Unprettier but Danielson was able to telegraph it into a Tiger Suplex and did a seamless transition into the Cattle Mutilation for the victory. The 2 shook hands, but then from the crowd came Eddie Kingston, who destroyed both men with Backdrop Drivers. Kingston had to be taken out be security and cops as he screamed for Bryan Danielson. Very Interesting.
Overall the show was a much bigger deal in terms of backstage morale and eWr's image, than in terms of in ring action, which was honestly mostly saved by the excellent Danielson/Cage bout and the equally good Young Bucks/Machine Guns match.
so its like a game of sort?