In The Beginning.......
For those of you who don't know who I am (most of you) and for those of you who just don't care (all of you), allow me to introduce myself.
My name, is Derek Blackley. And I love wrestling. I'm telling you this now because to me, the rest of the details of my life are insignificant compared to this fact. Honestly, my life without wrestling, is pretty much just me sleeping. And even then, it might still creep in. But just so you know a little more about you, I'm going to give you a bit of background about me and how I've come to find myself in the situation I'm in. For anyone who loves wrestling as much as I do, you'll want to know exactly how it came about.
My whole life, ever since I was a child, has been following wrestling. My single earliest memory of my life comes from when I was just two years old. My parents say I can't possisbly remember it, but I do. On holiday at a well known holiday camp in the UK, I got to see a match between two unknown wrestlers. At least, they were unknown at the time, I was only two years old. But as I watched a very young Tommy "Uppercut" Bailey lose to Melvin the Fantastic, I could tell I was watching something that would become special to me forever.
My love affair with wrestling had began. As I grew up, I watched the family friendly product of the SWF and played with the action figures just like so many other kids did. Like so many other people, it was presumed to just be a phase I was going through. You know, something I'd grow out of as I grew up, just like I did to all my clothes.
But I didn't. As wrestling advanced further forwards, with stars going all over the place, Sam Strong piling on title reigns, Bruce the Giant demolishing everything in his path and men like Sam Keith showing the technical side of things, I grew more passionate. I started learning the behind the scenes stuff. I learned about kayfabe (though I'm still not sure how to pronounce it) I learned that it wasn't real and I learned that it might just be possible for me to one day be on that TV screen myself, alongside the men I had idolised since I was a child.
As I entered my late teens, I kept fantasising about the possibility of being a wrestler. I pride myself on never missing an SWF show for almost 10 years. I remember the infamous night when Nemesis had his last ever match for the SWF, when he and Tommy Cornell tore things up in one incredible night. I watched as TCW debuted, then known as HGC and Cornell stole the show again. I watched as Sean McFly made himself a legend in the SWF. I watched as Nemesis started to lead DAVE to being a name promotion. I've seen so much and yet I was always left wanting more.
I went to university, I studied some stuff. I learned psychology and philosophy, interesting stuff. But what I wanted to learn was ring psychology. What I wanted to do was step into a wrestling ring in front of thousands of screaming fans, put on a match that McFly and Cornell would be proud of and in the end, walk away with my hand raised in victory, a title belt in hand. I graduated university, reasonable grades. And at the age of 21 and a bit, in May 2005, I went to North Carolina to see if I could track down a man I had seen a few times on some old wrestling tapes I had bought on E-bay. Armed only with an address I had found on the internet, I went in search of the legendary Pistol Pete Hall.
......... And I found him.
June 2005, I had found what I had been looking for my whole life. Pete was perhaps one of the nicest guys I had ever met. At first, he was sceptical of me. A youngster, fresh into the real world, wanting to try his hand at wrestling. Who wouldn't be sceptical of that?
But it didn't take him long to realise that I had passion. I told him all about the story you've been reading. My early experiences, my tape trading, details of his own career that even he didn't know. I'd not only done my homework, I'd done his for him.
He agreed to take me on at his training camp, PileDriver wrestling. The roster was small but the guys there were a great group. Pete said he'd train me, obviously not for free, but I knew that. I'd managed to work through university and had managed to save some cash.
The next four months had to be the most painful in my life. I knew wrestling wasn't easy, everyone told me that, but I never knew it would be this hard. After every session, I was bruised so much that I joked with the guys I would have to put purple when filling in any equal opportunies forms in future. One time, I thought Sean (Deeley) had actually broken my leg with when practising a figure four. Turns out I'm just a wuss.
I made some great friends at PDW, with one exception. Merle O'Curle, by far the oldest student there, just didn't seem to like me. Perhaps it was because people liked me more than him, but he always seemed to be in a bad mood when I was around. But then, he acted like a pro in that ring every day while I bumped badly and stank the place up. Roz (Larren) loved teasing me about that.
Yeah, I sucked at wrestling. If my talent for wrestling was anywhere near near as much as my passion, I coulda been the next Tommy Cornell. Sadly, I couldn't bump to save myself. I might very well be able to name ever move that has ever been conceived but blind men could execute them more easily than me. But at least all the guys really liked me. Except Merle, of course. If only I'd got his talents.....
Over the course of the four months, Pete was starting to take more time off. In early 2005 he had started wrestling again, at least on a part time basis. I joked with Josh (Nash) that Pete might be thinking of coming out of retirement at the ripe old age of 44. If only I'd known then that, for possibly the first time ever, I might be right.
October 31st, usually great for all kinds of fun, especially when everyone had agreed to come to training in full costume. Well, everyone except Merle of course. What was supposed to be a fun day of training (and more bruises for lucky me) turned out to be one of the worst days ever. Pete showed up late for training, again, and he didn't look good. When anyone looks like he did that day, you know its bad news.
He told us all that he wanted to return full time to wrestling. We cheered. He then told us that he'd be doing so in Japan. We tried to speak Japanese at him. He told us he didn't have time to keep training in PDW. We were silent.
It was like someone had dropped an A-Bomb on us all. We were all silent. Some of the guys had already started finding work elsewhere. Before I had even arrived, Tommy Cornell himself had handpicked Wolf Hawkins out of PDW and into TCW where he was becoming a star already. But for guys like me and (Kentucky) Bill, the news wasn't good.
We begged, we pleaded with Pete to keep the camp open. We said we'd do anything we could. We'd pay more money, we'd give him any earnings we made, we'd do anything. But he had made up his mind. He said that I, Derek Blackley, was the last student he had ever accepted to the camp and that was only because of the passion I had. He'd been slowly letting the roster count drop ever since he'd decided to rejoin full time wrestling. He told us all how much fun it had been and how he hadn't regretted a moment of the time he'd spent with us, not even the wasted time he'd spent on me trying to teach me a suplex, even after Merle had got it first time.
We knew his mind was made up. He spoke to us individually. He spoke to Roz, he spoke to Hell's Bouncer (he won't tell me his real name, not since he legally changed it. I bet its Clarence), he spoke to Merle, Antonio, Geoff (Borne), Josh, Bill and Spike. And lastly, with lots of people looking at me, he spoke to me.
"Derek. Lets be honest. As a wrestler, you suck. I don't doubt for a second that you could tell me the name of every move ever, give me a match history of any wrestler ever on TV and tell me the names of every wrestler active in the world today. But you just can't wrestle worth a lick."
I didn't like where it was going, but his mischievous smile stopped me from speaking out of turn.
"But I'm not sure I've ever met someone with as much passion for the business as you have. I may have taught these guys how to wrestle, but it seems like you've given them all a gimmick to use. Geoff would still be using the name Cartweight if it wasn't for you. Sean might never have been the Shooter. Spike would never have had so many bad nicknames if you didn't keep coming up with names he liked. Derek, I know you still have the passion for wrestling and I know you'll do whatever you can to stay in the business. Thats why I spoke to you last."
I could tell something big was about to happen. Everything moved in slow motion, I was sure everyone who was looking at me could see my chest expand with every terror filled heartbeat. I could feel the same butterflies that had been in my stomach since my first day, flying around like a swarm of drunken bees.
"I want you to keep PDW running, but not as a training camp. I want you to turn PDW into a proper wrestling promotion and I want you to run it. You've got the ideas, the creative spark and the passion to make it work. I've never had a student so inept, but with so much passion. I've asked everyone else here to help you out, if you want them to. Its up to them if they want to stay with you, but I hope you all do. Derek, will you run PDW for me?"
OH........ MY........ GOD!!!!
Needless to say, I said yes. I couldn't believe it. And neither could Merle. The moment I accepted, Merle walked out of the gym and disappeared. I've not seen or heard from him yet but Bill says that Merle has went back home to Ireland. As Pete smiled from ear to ear, each of his students hugged him. He had a date to work the next day in Japan and he was going to be staying over there with GCG full time from now on. I got his phone number of course, I was going to stay in contact with him to let him know what was going on. And once he left the gym, he left the last 9 students of PDW in his gym, wondering what they were going to do next.......
Last edited by Derek B : 10-23-2005 at 11:24 AM.
The next 4 weeks were interesting to say the least. With help from Pete, who had agreed to foot the international phone bill, he managed to sort out a whole lot of stuff that you can't learn from watchng tapes. He even helped us get sponsors and put me in contact with people who could handle all the finances, legal stuff and anything else I wouldn't have a clue what to do.
The guys (and Roz, who we usually include as a guy anyways) went off to work all over and keep themselves warmed up. Over a few meetings, we agreed to hold our first event in December. The change from training camp to promotion wasn't easy, but with Pete's help, it was much easier than it could've been.
One day, he rang up sounding particularly excited. Thanks to Wolf Hawkins, Pete had managed to secure some extra finance for PDW, which was great, as we really didn't have much. When asked how much, he replied...... $25,000!
OH........ MY....... GOD!!!!!
Pete explained that he'd spoken to a handful of ex-PDW trainees and that Wolf (an ex PDW student) had spoken to TCW owner, Tommy Cornell about some cash. Cornell was happy to give us a little of TCW's cash to help us start up and......
OH........ MY....... GOD!!!!!
We actually had some money! Along with the reputation Pete had managed to establish in the surrounding area for us through his years of training, we were already fairly well known and starting to hype our first event as a real promotion. PDW had been around for more than 20 years but only now was it preparing to run its first real show.
Oh, how I wished the butterflies had stayed in their chrysalisses. I need pest control for my stomach, STAT!!
DECEMBER 2005, Week 1
Right, things are slowly taking shape. Hell's Bouncer is doing really well in DAVE, which bodes well for us. We need some names on our first card if we're to not look amateurish. The hype campaign was starting to build up for our first event which we had finally came to agreement about a name on. Actually, even though I'm supposed to be the booker, it was really Roz's idea for the name.
It was simple, it was perfect. A bit like Antonio at times really. PDw was born as a training camp and now its being reborn as a promotion. Roz, I would kiss you if I wasn't so scared you'd suplex me again.
Although we did get some news from Pete again of an important nature. He'd been ringing around trying to get someone in to help us out. It was simply too expensive to keep calling me so he was organising someone to help out. In fact, he was getting someone to come along and be the new boss for me.
Mixed feelings about that really. On the one hand, it takes the responsibility of everything away from me in a good way. On the other hand, it takes the responsibility of everything away from me in a bad way. If Pete thnks its a good idea, then I'm going to agree with him. He's never done anything bad for me yet.
All I need to do now is get a few more guys on the roster. I haven't heard yet if any more ex-PDWers are joining and with our roster of 7 men and 1 woman, we need to expand a bit. I've set my sights on having about 5 or 6 more people. Maybe I can bring some of my indy favourites in.
OH......... THE......... POWER!!!!!
On the 3rd Friday of December, 2005... witness the rebirth of PDW! Tickets only $10! Card to be announced!!
DECEMBER 2005, Week 2
I'll Sell You My Owner For 2 Camels......
OH........ MY....... GOD!!!!!
Well, it could've been anyone. Thanks to Pete, the nicest guy on the face of the Earth or any other planet, we've got some experience in PDW. And when he said the guy he was gonna get was experienced, he wasn't kidding.
At the tender age of 55, Sheik Mustapha is my new boss. Pete assures me that he's a great guy when you get to know him and that he'll be able to teach me a lot about booking and organising finances and stuff. I hope so. One meeting with the Sheik so far and he's already having a go at me about finances. I've not even spent a cent yet..... sigh.
Anyways, at least his goals are simple. Make money, don't ruin PDW's reputation any time soon, don't lose money... blah blah blah. If I get PDW into the red, I'm getting fired without Pete even getting a call about it.
Y'know, I don't know if Pete has even met the Sheik in the last twenty years, cos I can't imagine them getting along at all. I guess I'll just have to grin and bear it. I've got $30,000 to play with and a lot of girls I would love to meet in the flesh. Shame Catherine Quine won't even speak to me. Maybe I can get Joanne Rodriguez to come along..... in my dreams.
Next week, we announce our roster to the world (well, the Mid Atlantic region) and start to hype some matches for our first show.
Less than 2 weeks away, the 3rd Friday of December, 2005... witness the rebirth of PDW! Tickets only $10! Card to be announced!!
DECEMBER 2005, Week 3
The Roster List Post
Being a booker isn't just about coming up with ideas, I'm supposed to be paying attention to whats going on EVERYWHERE! Just aswell I have passion for wrestling then.....
The Japanese Wrestle Peace Festival went down on Saturday. Only WEXXV weren't represented throughout the day. It was ladies first for the 5SSW roster which was highlighted by Sensational Ogiwara claiming the 5 Star World title from Saori Nakadan in a match that will probably be better than all of ours on Friday. Up next was WLW. 2 Fly N'Hara stinks up every show he's on without exception. I may be relatively new to the industry, but there's a guy who needs to retire. GCG followed on from there. No suprises when Yoshifusa Maeda, the living legend that he is, stole the show, defeating Jack Marlowe to retain the World title. He definitely shouldn't retire, he's got at least 10 years left in him yet. I was so happy to see Pistol Pete win his match against Barry Griffin. I was even happier to see him win his other match later that night on GCG's TV show, Stars of the Golden Canvas. I marked out when he pinned Cliff "Dark Angel" Wilson in the tag match. It seems he really is committed to being full time. Guess he won't be returning here for a while then. Damn.
Then onto the big guns. PGHW put on the best overall show of the entire day, which is saying something. From the opener with Bryan Holmes beating Masayuki Shiga all the way to Mito Miwa defending the Glory Crown against Yoshimi Mushashibo, the crowd was electric. If anyone needs proof that PGHW is a real threat to BHOTWG's dominance in Japan, this is it.
BHOTWG couldn't follow it up to the same standard, but still put on a helluva show. Double headlined by a giant match from Bruce and Everest (which was a let down) and a three way which saw Raul Hughes defend vs Kinnoji Horri and the scariest man in wrestling, Tadiyuki Kikkawa..... it was so good. But not as good as PGHW.
Anyways, there are more important things than the Wrestle Peace Festival to talk about. Its only a few days until PDW holds its first show! So without further ado, here's a list of people you can expect to see when (not if) you come along!
Hell Monkey (heel) - He's not as funny as the name suggests. With a viscous streak a mile wide, he claims to be the future of wrestling. Lets hope not all people have to become animal-people hybrids in future.
The Cutting Edge (face) - He works in Mexico as Champagne Lover. The Cutting Edge (TCE) is the very definition of an extremist, pushing everything as far as he can in order to succeed. Fearless and almost suicidal, he'll do anything to push the boundary, cross the line and go over the edge.
Hell's Bouncer (heel) - He's been doing great with DAVE over the last few months and getting really well known. He's playing a demonic type character which I find hard to believe cos I know him so well. But he's damn good at it, I've seen people cross the street to get away from him when we're walking down it.
Jacob Jett (heel) - The kid is unbelievable. If I'm making PDW a success, I'm building it around guys like Jett. His incredible talents in the ring make his arrogant character believable.
American Elemental (face) - I'd only seen this guy on a few indy videos I'd collected, but he's an awesome flyer. The stuff he can do is unreal and because of his willingness to bump, he's been branded PDW's resident thrill seeker.
Geoff "Air" Borne (face) - He always makes me laugh and he's a nice guy. But once he gets in the ring, he'll throw himself all over the place to get that adrenaline rush. He's almost hurt me a few times with his flying moves.
Spike (heel) - With his spiky hair, his spiky clothes and spiky wristbands, we shoulda called him Porcupine. But Spike will do, even though he's got a myriad of other (bad) names I've given him this year. He plays a punk character that gets on people's nerves by being obnoxious.
Shooter Sean Deeley (heel) - A legitimate athlete, Sean is awesome. He may not be naturally gifted at pro wrestling, but he was an exellent amateur and he's got the will to succeed. I predict big things from him in future.
Kentucky Bill (face) - I musta been drunk when I thought of this. His finisher is...... the Kentucky Flying Chicken. Bill plays a stupid dancing berk who goes to the top rope, does the chicken dance (God, I hate it so much) and executes a big splash. Seriously Bill, we need to talk about your gimmick. Or feud you with Stretch the Chicken Boy.
Josh Nash (heel) - He's big, he's strong, he looks bloody mean. He's also spying for us in MAW just down the road. Josh plays our resident monster heel and beats on people with his sheer strength. Wish I could put Merle in there with him.
Antonio (heel) - Antonio claims to speak Italian but really, he's probably just watched the Godfather too much. Still, if the crowds want to believe he's in the Mafia then we can use that. Underworld gimmick for Antonio.
Brendan Idol (face) - Everyone loves the plucky underdog character who fights against the odds. Which is why we have Brendan. I'd never heard much about him, but from training sessions, he looks pretty good.
"Suicidal" Flemmy Lemming (heel) - Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? Only when I control them. Flemmy is a technical genius when he wants to be. He attributes this to the amount of wrestling tapes he's watched which is why he knows so many moves. He's a bit of an obsessive fan, just like I am.
Phenomenal E. (face) - He really is phenomenal. I can't wait for the crowds to start the phenomenon song during shows. I'll even stand in the crowd myself to do it. He plays a cool, anti authority rebel. Note to self: Get an authority figure.
Joey Beauchamp (heel) - He's cool, he is the breeze..... possibly the worst catchphrase ever, but at least he has one. And he's got great talent. And he's UCR's European champion. He'll be moving up the card soon enough.
"Trademark" Thomas Morgan (face) - Tommy Morgan has been a diamond in the rough for soooo long. I'm so glad I'm the one to give him a job and help his career. He plays an old school face for us, which suits him really since he's such a nice guy. He doesn't even want a decent push. I had to convince him not to be a jobber and this was as high as I could get him.
"The Lion Queen" Roz Larren (face) - Guess who likes her Disney movies a bit too much. Without any other women on the roster just now, she doesn't have any obvious opponents. But she's a good flyer and good fun to have around.
THE ANNOUNCE TEAM
Terry Smith - He calls what he sees. The main play by play man who seems to know what he's talking about. I wish I had his confidence in front of a crowd.
Roger Rogers - So good they named him twice. He plays our heel foil on the table. Even though no-one listens to him, he's always shouting orders at people in the ring. Should be fun when he does it at a proper event.
Sheik Mustafa - Road Agent - I hope he's good at it cos TCW and SWF have signed pretty much everyone else I wanted to sign instead.
Dewey Libertine - Referee - Has car, will travel. He's from the Tri-State and comes recommended by Pete himself. My wrestling knowledge stops before referees so I hope he's good.
Merle O'Curle - Idiot - The only guy at PDW who wasn't happy with it becoming a real promotion. I wish I could've had the opportunity to bury him for all the painful submissions he put me in. I hope he never finds a job.
Matches Announced So Far!
There will be a 15 person battle royale to decide the first PDW champion! The winner will be the man (or woman) who defeats everyone else by pinfall or submission!
Hell's Bouncer will warm up for the match by facing anyone brave enough to step into the ring with him!
Plus: Interviews with many of the particants of the match! Get to know their feelings about PDW's rebirth!
Coming Soon! Tickets Still Available!! Only $10!!
Last edited by Derek B : 10-23-2005 at 11:16 AM.
The OOC Post
Right, I got inspiration from this out of nowhere. I've been wanting to write a diary for a long time, but figured no-one would want to read a diary for a random fictional promotion. In my opinion, they just aren't as much fun as the ones based in existing Cornellverse promotions or even in the "real" world....
And that was where it hit me. I realised Pistol Pete Hall had taken to wrestling full time and that PDW would be without an owner and trainer. So working on that (as you may have read in my rambling back story) I took the original PDW roster from TEW2004 and moved it forward.
I love playing in the Cornellverse, its just so much fun to play. I don't know why, but I haven't yet managed to really enjoy a game in RaveX. I think it might simply be because its a more rigid world to play in that I don't enjoy it so much.
So I'm going to stretch my creative muscles for PDW and hopefully someone out there will read it and enjoy reading it. Any and all suggestions are welcomed, I can't always think of good ideas. Some people say I can't ever think of good ideas. Here's some quick backgroundon me and PDW.
ME: I've been playing Adam's games forever and I'll keep playing them forever too. They just so much fun to play. In real life, I'm a student studying psychology and philosophy at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Also, I'm still an active e-fedder. If you want to see my stuff, check out www.shootclub.com and track down the character of Derek B. He the man
PDW: Taken from TEW04. I set their overness at 25 in the Mid Atlantic region and 20 in New England and Tri State. This is down from 60 in each in TEW04. Prestige of the promotion is set at 15 to start with too. Relationship generation is set to high, as is new worker generation. All regions are on. Strict advance booking is off, cos I hate having workers not show up when I can't be bothered looking in advance. Strict storylines are on, but it shouldn't matter anyways because I'm playing PDW as a Cutting Edge promotion. Should be interesting. I'm playing in straight edge mode with my booking reputation starting at lowest. There are no promotion relationships set and I think thats me covered everything I need to cover.
There will be more coming soon, of course. I just don't want to post everything in one go, especially since I've already written sooooo much. Stay tuned, there's a catchy catchphrase coming soon!
Actually, thats a lie. We need someone else to think of a catchphrase for us.
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DECEMBER 2005, Week 3 (part 2)
I can hardly believe it but its happening. Everyone I've been talking to over the phone, with the exception of Joey Beauchamp (who's working elsewhere), has gathered in the PDW gym. And its my job to tell everyone whats going on. So I start off with the news that the gym has been renamed. No longer is it just the PDW Gym, it will now be known as.......
The Pistol Pete Hall!
Everyone seems happy with that. Phew! Then its on to the match assignments. Hell's Bouncer (I still don't know his real name) is already starting to let his DAVE fame go to his head. Earning more than anyone else, he wants to win the PDW championship too. We'll see about that. Now, on with the show!
- The show opens with Shooter Sean defeating Kentucky Bill by submission. It seemed right to start with two of PDW's students in the first match. [E]
- Hell's Bouncer makes an open challenge [C] and Brendan Idol comes out to accept it [C-]. Seven minutes of squashiness later and Bouncer finally puts Brendan away with the Damnation Drop [C-]
- Jacob Jett taunts The Cutting Edge [C-] and Hell's Bouncer [C-] saying that it'll be him that wins the PDW championship battle royale.
- Backstage (in our changing room) Flemmy Lemming and Thomas Morgan are arguing about who's better. Morgan challenges Flemmy to settle it in the ring and Flemmy agrees. [D]
- After 15 minutes, Flemmy walks out on the match, looking like he would've lost anyways. Dragged in the middle a bit. [E]
- The Cutting Edge retorts to Jett's earlier comments [D] and then singles out Hell Monkey as a main threat to him, but says he'll still beat him easily. [C-]
- American Elemental hypes up Thomas MOrgan [C-] and Hell Monkey [D] for the upcoming battle royale.
- The Cutting Edge wins the pinfall/submission battle royale, defeating Antonio, Josh Nash and Spike (all PDW students) in the final four. [C-] He celebrates in the ring as our show draws to a close [F]
Overall Rating - D
Attendance - 871
OH......... MY.......... GOD!!!!!
We lost almost $2000 dollars on the show. Admittedly, we did use everyone we had and thats something we wouldn't normally do. In fact, if we hadn't used Hell's Bouncer or the Sheik, we would've made money. But it wasn't bad. I can't imagine what it would be like to perform in front of that kind of crowd, but I'm proud of all our guys for doing so well. Now, time to start planning our next show.....
DECEMBER 2005, week 4
Plus: The End of Year Review
Its been an interesting week for wrestling, thats for sure. DAVE and CGC both get crappy Christmas presents as they lose TV slots and a new promotion called EXODUS FB (which supposedly stands for Final Battleground) opens up in Japan. And on top of that, we got all our sponsor and merchandise revenue added up... we actually made money in our first month!! Over $2500!!
OH.......... MY......... GOD!!!!!
Pro Wrestling Hits magazine has decided to start up an official Top 100 Wrestlers in the World. At the end of each years, they'll release it but since they haven't been working on it properly this year, they've only got a few awards. Here's a run down.
Wrestler of the Year - none
Young Wrestler - Freddy Huggins (TCW)
Veteran Wrestler - Nemesis (DAVE)
Female - Rebecca Petty
Promotion - none
Most Improved Promotion - none
Match of the Year - Mito Miwa defeating Yoshimi Mushashibo at the PGHW Wrestle Peace Festival.
Show of the Year - The PGHW Wrestle Peace Festival. I told ya it was good.
Pete kept up his string of great performances in Japan by beating Barry Griffin again. Its a good end to the year for the nicest guy in the wrestling industry.
On another note, Merle lost his Strong Style in 21CW last month, which made me smile. Not because he lost, but because he lost to someone who isn't as good as he is in Davey London. Hah!!
And lastly, I'm still trying to decide on the details of our next show. We'll probably hold it on the 3rd Friday of the month again, but we need a name. Following the relative success of Rebirth, we need a good name. The urge to call it PDW: Afterbirth is strong, but it might turn the crowds away. Think, Derek.... think......
OH....... MY...... GOD!!!!! Disaster!!!!!
At least for Pete. GCG ha lost its regular TV timeslot in Japan for Stars of the Golden Canvas. I guess that means I won't get to see him on tape every week. On the plus-side though, I might get to speak to him about the Sheik Mustapha situation. I don't like him....
Also in Japanese news, EXODUS FB are getting a roster together after Nene Ebina, a tough female competitor with MMA experience, took over ownership. So far she's signed the following people.
In PDW news, we've named our show and started out hype for it already. I came up with the name all on my onesome. I hope you like it On the 3rd Friday of Janurary, PDW are proud to present to you....
PDW: Fight of the Phoenix
PDW is reborn and now it has to fight to survive and flourish!
Matches Announced So Far Include:
Hell's Bouncer vs A mystery opponent!
The Cutting Edge defending the PDW Championship vs Antonio (the last man eliminated in the battle royale)
Plus: Thomas Morgan is expected to challenge Flemmy to a rematch! Jacob Jett is expected to be in attendance! To find out what will happen, come along to Stanley Hall, Maryland!! Tickets still available!! Only $10!!
JANUARY 2006, Part 2
GCG may have lost their TV timeslot, but they've got an award for best show name, in my opinion, as Pete beats Nathan Coleman on GCG: Side 2 Contains Studio Tracks in front of 2000 fans. Pure genius. Almost makes me wish I had called the show Afterbirth afterall. Speaking of which, its time to get down to the serious business of this.
After a relatively successful first show, confidence was running high. Having moved venue to Stanley Hall in Maryland, I knew numbers would be down a little. But that would hopefully mean smaller losses. Only when I realised it would only support 300 fans did I work out the numbers. If only my passion for wrestling was matched by my aptitude in numbers. Oh well.
PDW: Fight of the Phoenix
- Shooter Sean Deeley beats Geoff Borne with a top rope suplex [D]
- Spike and Flemmy Lemming hypes up a tag match [D](which wasn't really just something for them to do. Honest)
- Roz fires shirts into the crowd as part of her entrance [C-] but then gets pinned as Spike and Flemmy beat Roz and Kentucky Bill by cheating [E]
- Jett makes an open challenge [D] that Brendan Idol takes [D] completely forgetting about the beating he got from Bouncer last week. Jett beats Brendan cleanly in 11 minuteswith the Afterburner submission hold [C-]
- Hell Monkey taunts Phenomenal E from backstage [C-] as the two warm up for their match. Monkey wins the match in 10 minutes [C]
- As expected, Thomas Morgan makes a challenge to Flemmy Lemming for a rematch after last week. [F] Not expected, Hell's Bouncer comes out and takes the challenge instead [C] beating Morgan in 7 minutes to cement him dominance [C-] (In reality, its because he can't go much longer than that without stinking the place up)
- Antonio, the runner up from last month's batte royale, hypes up his match with The Cutting Edge for the PDW Championship [F]
- TCE beats Antonio in 12 mins to retain the belt [D] and is then attacked in the ring by Hell's Bouncer [D] who makes a challenge for the title, claiming he's the most dominant man in PDW. [C-]
Overall Rating - D
Attendance - 300
Bah, TCE and Antonio just didn't seem to work together in the ring. Not to worry, its not likely that Antonio will be near the main event for a while again anyways. And we lost money too. Hopefully our sponsors will pull through and help us out. Note to self: Run smaller shows.
While at the show, I also took the decision to let Joey Beauchamp know that I was gonna be letting him go. His loyalties lie with the Ultimate Combat Ring over in Europe and he's going to be with them every Friday. So to cut on us paying his downside, we're letting him go.
His replacement? Buggered if I know at the moment, but having just realised how heel-heavy the roster is, its probably gonna be a face. I wonder if Catherine Quine will speak to me yet......
Coming Soon to PDW!!
TCE defends against the second runner up, Josh Nash!!
What will Hell's Bouncer have to say about that?!
Thomas Morgan still wants Flemmy Lemming!!
And a new face will debut!!
Last edited by Derek B : 10-23-2005 at 04:34 PM.
Whoa, how did I miss this? Fun read, and you post insane amounts. Wish I had the patience to make that many posts in one day.
Oh well, I don't. But I'll read this, as it entertained me.
Snap Dragon and Insane Machine always worked for me in these situations.
And I don't know if he'll work the States or not, but Burning Takas hita would definitely fit in your group. ((Odd that it would censor that name, Taka****a. o.O))
Very fun, I'll be reading as long as you keep writing!