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OOC: Ok, before we start I want to make everyone reading this aware of something: I love Phantom Strangers TCW diary (Link: http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47928) and have lurked in it pretty much ever since I joined this forum. I think his presentation is fantastic and for that reason you will probably see some similarities between my style and his. This is intended as a homage - though maybe some people will see it differently.


If you've stuck around through that first bit then let me welcome you to my TCW diary - A Wild Approach. There is an IC section beneath this where I introduce certain things to you. But for the time being just know that I will be starting my game in February 2010 and therefore January will be dominated by backstage stories and various titbits of info. This should also mean that we get through January (and by extension, into the action) fairly quickly.


So without further ado, thanks for reading people - now buckle up, it's going to be a wild ride...



The name's J. Douglas, though the boys have taken to calling me 'Wildcard'. That might seem to be a pretty cool nickname at first but I'm well aware that it's a shot at my surprise selection as new head booker of TCW. After all, what does a 32 year old Englishman know about booking a promotion with roots in California? Honest answer to that: I couldn't say.


I made a name for myself across the pond in 21CW and Tommy's cousin (or maybe someone else, I just know me and Ed were pretty tight back then) must have put in a good word for me when Joel made it clear that he didn't want the job full time because somehow I ended up with an interview. And I guess I must have impressed someone because now the office has got my name stencilled across the door, minus the 'Wildcard' bit.


I get it though. Why trust me? I wouldn't in their position. They most likely see me as a temporary placement until Tommy can find someone more suited to the business and to tell you the truth I wouldn't be surprised if that was what was going through the boss' mind when he signed my contract. From my point of view that doesn't change a whole lot though. I came here to do the best damn job I could and knowing that I've got something to prove to a pretty hostile locker room just makes me more determined.


This journal is designed to stand as testimony to what a man can achieve if he takes adversity and uses it to fuel his own desire. So call me 'Wildcard' if you want, I'm too busy building a legacy to care.

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</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Week 1 January 2010 – Roster Assessment</strong></span></span></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

My first week in the company and I've got plenty to do.</p><p> </p><p>

Joel has been really gracious about me taking over from him, which is more than can be said for 80% of the locker room. He's got until the end of the month to wrap up his storylines and then I'll be taking over.</p><p> </p><p>

You'll forgive me if I don't dwell too much on what he's booking. This journal is about me – egotistical as that might sound. So I'll give you a run down of where he's left things once I've got everything else in order but for the time being I have more pressing business to attend to.</p><p> </p><p>

First things first: the roster. In the few days I've been here I've already signed contracts with several new workers and managed to convince Rip Chord that we'd both stand to gain if he let me send some of my boys down to work with him at MAW. The 'old school' style he promotes over there will really toughen some of these guys up and benefit them in the long run.</p><p> </p><p>

I've brought in a few guys to train others and sent them over to Rip (pretty sure he hates me calling him that) along with Robert Oxford who has way too much experience to get lost in the midcard shuffle. Joel took some swinging round on this one – he said that it was damaging an already weak tag division. I've already laid plans for that but I'm getting ahead of myself.</p><p> </p><p>

Below is the roster divided up into the people I like, the people I'll be watching, the tag teams and the rest. This might sound harsh but a successful wrestling promotion needs guys at the bottom as much as it needs guys at the top and hell, if being considered the chaff pisses them off so much then they should use it as an opportunity to prove me wrong. I'll hold my hands up as soon as any of them do.</p><p> </p><p>

First impression: there's a lot of people currently working heel angles in this company.</p><p> </p><p>

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</span></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Top Guys</span></strong></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tommy Cornell</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Breaking The Law' by Judas Priest</p><p>

The boss, the most popular worker in the company by a long way at time of writing and probably the greatest wrestler of this generation. If Tommy has a flaw then I don't know what it is. In this company all roads lead to Cornell and as such it'd be remiss of me to not put him first. </p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sam Keith</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Kashmir' by Led Zeppelin</p><p>

Sam Keith will outlive us all. A legend in his own lifetime, he is starting to show signs of ageing but is nowhere near done. He's a fantastic talent and an incredibly humble guy for someone so successful. Of the age now where he's looking forward to putting over the next generation.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rocky Golden</strong></span></span> (World Heavyweight Champion)</p><p>

Theme: 'One Vision' by Queen</p><p>

Let's be honest here, in a perfect world Rocky wouldn't have held that title for a few years yet. I've joked about this to his face a couple of times since my arrival and to his credit he gets the joke. In fact if my instincts are right I get the impression he's kind of embarrassed about the whole thing. Still, he DOES have the belt and damned if the fans don't take to him quick..</p><p>

Needs work in the ring and could do with a bit of time away from the limelight to train but for the moment he's our champion and I'll support him as such.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wolf Hawkins</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Cottonmouth' by Emanuel</p><p>

Tommy's heir apparent and a damn fine wrestler for his age. I think there's more to come from young Wolf and we'll be looking to coax that out of him by pairing him with workers who can teach him.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Ricky Dale Johnson</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Whiskey Rock-A-Roller' by Lynyrd Skynyrd</p><p>

The old warhorse is still going strong. Despite being another one who's getting on in years Ricky assures me that he's still got plenty left to give and I'm inclined to believe him. He's also one of the most popular guys backstage and I'd be a fool to cross him. Definitely need him on-side for the near future at least.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Bryan Vessey</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Big Gun' by AC/DC</p><p>

Vessey is a talent, no doubt, but his vices are so widely publicised that they qualify as one of the industry's worst kept secrets. He and I have had a coming together over them already and he has assured me that those days are behind him. We'll see. I'd hate to lose someone so good but I don't need that poison backstage.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Eddie Peak</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Doll-Dagga-Buzz-Buzz-Ziggety-Zag' by Marilyn Manson</p><p>

Big Eddie is one of the few guys backstage who seems like he doesn't want to kill me, which is ridiculous when you consider the character he plays. I'll take all the allies I can at the moment however especially when for my money they come in the form of the businesses best big man. Not sure I'd say that to his face though. Can't be giving him an ego.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Joey Minnesota</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Up With Me' by Boys Night Out</p><p>

Joey Minnesota could be one of the greatest workers of the next generation if only he could get over being such a massive tool. In his defence I get where it comes from – he's had to scratch and claw to get where he is and doesn't want to risk giving it up. The problem is that it drives a wedge between him and everyone else. He's a great guy sometimes and a real talent but usually a nightmare to deal with.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Troy Tornado</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' by Scorpions</p><p>

I've never met a guy who has had to work harder for his spot than Troy. He's had very little given to him during his career despite his obvious skill and this is something that I'd like to remedy. For the moment he's not involved in the Syndicate storyline which Joel is running but we'll definitely find him something to do before long.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ones To Watch</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Aaron Andrews</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Right Now' by KoRn</p><p>

The first time I ever spoke to Joel Bryant he took me to one side and told me to keep an eye on Andrews. I responded that if he needed looking after then I'd assign Joel to do it in an official capacity and made them tag partners. I'm hoping that under his excellent tutelage he'll develop into a really fine worker.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Sammy Bach</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Heresy' by Nine Inch Nails</p><p>

Sammy Bach may very well be the future of TCW. There is almost nothing the man can't do and to top it all off he's a class act. Expect great things from him.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>American Buffalo</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Destroy Everything' by Hatebreed</p><p>

Genuinely terrifies me despite having barely spoken. The man seems to radiate some kind of aura which makes him scary to behold. Another guy who deserves a run at something serious.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Edd Stone</strong></span></span> (All Action Champion)</p><p>

Theme: 'Kickstart My Heart' by Motley Crue</p><p>

If he didn't carry ID with him at all times to make sure he gets served in bars at all hours (another story) I wouldn't believe Edd was a Stone. That's not because he doesn't have the talent, just because of his outlook, which is different to say the least. I brought in JD Morgan to work with him as a partner in the hopes of improving his skills and gave Edd the opporunity to choose the name. You can scroll down to see what he chose. And no, I don't know what it means either.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hell Monkey</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn' by Beastie Boys</p><p>

One of the guys I signed on my first day; he's fit in perfectly and will be making runs at midcard titles before long. He's way more popular in Japan than he is back in America. I intend to change that.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Koshiro Ino</strong></span></span> (International Champion)</p><p>

Theme: 'Doubleback' by ZZ Top</p><p>

A Japanese ZZ Top superfan, who'd of thought? Ino's a great guy and really talented in the ring. I asked Joel to give him a run with the International Title before I took over fully and he has obliged. The belt definitely looks good on him.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Larry Wood</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Now You've Got Something To Die For' by Lamb of God</p><p>

Another guy who was pretty kind about my situation with TCW. Maybe that's because I'd just signed him to a two year contract at the time. Who can say? All I know is that for what it cost us to get him we'd have been stupid not to. Great look, great guy and good in the ring.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rick Law</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Bulls on Parade' by Rage Against The Machine</p><p>

One of the nicest guys I've ever met in the business, if personalities won you titles Rick would be in the Hall of Immortals already. As it stands he's a fine brawler with charisma to burn and I plan to tap that resource as soon as possible.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Acid</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Syndicate' by Skrillex</p><p>

Finished up the contract yesterday and faxed it across today (yes, TCW still uses fax machines when necessary). Looking forward to getting him in to add a bit of flash to our midcard.</p><p> </p><p>

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</span></strong></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Tag Division</span></span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The New Wave - Scout & Guide</strong></span></span> (Tag Team Champions)</p><p>

Theme: 'Greenface' by Iced Earth</p><p>

Best team in the division hands down and current champions. Without them the whole thing is basically handicapped until we can build some more teams up. This is a priority.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Machines – Brent Hill & John Anderson</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Parabola' by Tool</p><p>

Not far off The New Wave but miles ahead of third. Same thing goes for these two as with the champs, with the added proviso that both are excellent in the ring as well.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Volcanic Force – Samoan Machine & Rhino Umaga</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Slaughter of the Soul' by At The Gates</p><p>

I wanted Machine because I think he has potential. When he turned up he overheard a conversation I was having with Tommy about the tag division and suggested I bring in Rhino as the two have some experience teaming together. I followed his advice and am glad I did. A real powerhouse tag team.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Trans-Atlantic Terror Machine – Edd Stone & JD Morgan</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Kickstart My Heart' by Motley Crue</p><p>

A learning experience for Edd Stone with the possibility of getting a good tag team out of the deal. Just don't ask about the name. I don't understand it and neither does Morgan.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pain Industry – Aaron Andrews & Joel Bryant</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Right Now' by KoRn</p><p>

Joel's pet project and something I have high hopes for. Another tag team based on giving a youngster some experience to help him grow.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Darkness Unleashed – Soul Taker & Shingen Miyazaki</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Around The Fur' by Deftones</p><p>

If TCW is serious about being 'wrestling first' then it needs to have the best wrestlers. These two represent some of the talent I've brought in from Mexico and Japan, mixed up to give the fans a taste of what International Wrestling looks like.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Juniordores – Marco Flores & Eagle Kawasawa</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' by Santa Esmeralda</p><p>

And this is much the same thing. Exciting but different talent put into a team. We'll see how it works. I see the tag division being based around these two teams for a long time to come.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Legend – Greg Gauge & Matthew Keith</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Come With Me' by P. Diddy</p><p>

I brought in Sam Keith's sons because a) they're talented and b) it got Sam on my side. At the moment they're earning their way up the card but I have high hopes for them both as a team and as singles competitors.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">The Rest</span></strong></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Benny Benson</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Try Honesty' by Billy Talent</p><p>

Benson's a decent worker who's gotten over through hard work and perseverance. I wont take that away from him but I also wont lie and tell him I'm dying to push him, because I'm not really.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Chance Fortune</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Saturday Superhouse' by Biffy Clyro</p><p>

Not a bad worker by any stretch of the imagination, just not a great one either. Chance can do a job for me no doubt and maybe even hold a title or two along the way but I can't ever see him breaking out of the midcard pack.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Genghis Rahn</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Feed My Frankenstein' by Alice Cooper</p><p>

Wild brawlers are actually kind of hard to come across in the top feds these days but unfortunately Eddie Peak does it better and more consistently, relegating Rahn to an also-ran.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Clarke Alexander</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Icarus' by Hopesfall</p><p>

If this guy could tell a slightly better story in the ring then I'd definitely have plans for him. However at 34 he's probably not going to be learning too much more (says the 32 year old) and I can't bring myself to bet against what looks to be a dead certainty. Maybe he'll prove me wrong. I hope so.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Davis Wayne Newton</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Battle Without Honour' by Tomoyasu Hotei</p><p>

Definitely one for the future but a guy who needs to learn to work the TCW way before I use him. A little time spent earning his spurs will be good for his ability and his ego.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Flying Jimmy Foxx</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Just Good Friends' by Michael Jackson</p><p>

Now I'm a fan of luchadores, juniors and cruiserweights. Anyone can look through the signings I've made thus far and see that. But unfortunately Jimmy just doesn't make the cut for me and I can't see him getting a contract extension when his current one expires without some SERIOUS improvement.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Freddy Huggins</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Uprising' by Muse</p><p>

Another young guy with potential who needs time to learn and improve. This is exactly what I plan to give him as I don't think he's quite ready for any kind of push just yet.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Harry Allen</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'All Fired Up' by Pat Benatar</p><p>

Harry knows he's a jobber. A talented jobber, but a jobber. I actually looked into signing Gumble back on a short term contract so the two of them could add a bit of stability to the tag ranks but it just didn't seem worth it. Harry's got enough skill to keep a job with me though.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>James Prudence</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Hungry Like The Wolf' by Duran Duran</p><p>

Hired as feeder talent for the higher ups. He's only 30 and has plenty of years ahead of him but for the moment there are others above him in the pecking order who need his skills to put them over.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Joshua Taylor</strong></span></span></p><p>

Theme: 'Armed and Ready' by Michael Schenker Group</p><p>

Same as DWN and Freddy. Needs to learn his trade and earn his place before I push him. Others are waiting ahead of him and he's got plenty of room for improvement.</p>

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<p>Cheers Blake. I have big plans for Rocky based largely on your unwaivering support for him!</p><p> </p><p>

Those links aren't displaying differently for me. Do you mean that if I don't use the <span></span> tags you will only get the URL when you click the link?</p><p> </p><p>

EDIT: To clarify, I didn't want the actual images to show up in this thread so as to save readers (and myself) on the load times.</p><p> </p><p>

EDIT EDIT: Ignore what I said. Penny dropped and I've changed it now. Thanks for pointing it out Blake.</p>

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Well, I can hardly not follow along at this point...


You really need to get a face or two in there.


Ha, the old puppy dog eyes, works every time.


I'll try not to tarnish your legacy too much Stranger :D.


There are turns incoming; if only Joel Bryant were as good at counting as he is at putting people over!

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Week 2 January 2010 – Changes


So the first thing we're doing is taking the weight limit off of the All Action Title for the simple reason that I don't see it as a Cruiserweight-only belt. Maybe it will stay with the cruisers in general, maybe we'll have a tournament and Eddie Peak will win it. I just don't want to hedge my bets on a cruiser division that TCW doesn't presently have. Now to qualify, that's not to say there aren't great lightweights in the promotion – there are, they're just tied up in tag teams and other stuff at the moment. Maybe this'll end up making me look like an idiot but my philosophy has always been that I don't care how I look so long as the end result benefits the business.


Anyway, second thing is organising who's going to development. Thus far I've sent big Charlie Thatcher, Danny Fonzarelli, Giant Tana and Texas Pete. I should explain (as I did to them) that none of them are dreadful workers, I just have nothing for them at the moment and would like to see them develop a bit before committing time to improving them on television. I don't think any of them took it personally although Pete seemed kind of angry with me. I'll need to watch him closely.


Joel's been a massive help while still working his stories on TV which frankly is more of a commitment than I could handle. He should be a godsend if I can keep him on in an advisory role.


We've set a list of things we want to achieve and have pitched ideas back and forth. After Malice In Wonderland you'll start seeing them come into effect. I'm actually excited about this – I can't wait to reveal what we've got planned. Best of all we've managed to work in a big angle Joel's been

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Week 3 January 2010 – Giant Killer


I was sat in my office today when I got a knock at my door, which is strange because most of the boys have taken to just walking straight in – yet another display of how little respect I command around here presently. Anyway, it was Sammy Bach saying he wanted to talk to me about something. This was doubly strange since no one consults me about anything at the moment. Seriously I feel like the ghost at the feast.


Regardless he said he had a few things to discuss with me, chief among them being the idea of establishing himself as something of a giant killer. To contextualise this: he knows I want to work with him and am willing to listen to his ideas if he has feelings on what direction he wants his character to go in. He also knows that you don't just waltz into a main event scene as talented as ours and with that in mind I've transcribed the conversation we had below:


Wildcard: Giant Killer? I don't know... that sounds a little too gimmicky.


Bach: (laughing) And Gothic Rock God doesn't? Anyway, it's not about a gimmick there are just some guys I think I could enjoy working with.


Wildcard: Alright, like who?


Bach: Well Buffalo's got a bunch of heat on him at the moment...


Wildcard: Wait, before I hear anything: have you discussed this with these guys? I don't need pissed off giants wandering around backstage on top of everything else.


(Note: Even my short time in the business has taught me that if the guy you are proposing to job out isn't in the room then there's a VERY good chance he isn't aware of it. This is especially bad if the man in question is as scary as American Buffalo.)


Bach: Relax boss, you think I'd come in here and pitch to job out one of the boys without their say so?


Wildcard: You wouldn't be the first Sammy...


Bach: Well you don't spend three years on the road together just to turn around and screw your buddies.


(Note: This annoyed Bach more than I actually gave him credit for here. I found out later that had I not acquiesced to his wishes I probably would have lost a potentially powerful ally, possibly for good)


Wildcard: Fine, fine. So Buffalo and who else?


Bach: Larry [Wood]?


Wildcard: He's literally just signed for us.


Bach: So? Give him some wins and the man will get over. He deserves a solid run after what he's done around the world and I think we could do some good work together. Big guys versus cruisers. You know?


Wildcard: Position them as monstrous bullies then have the dark hero come in and challenge them?


Bach: If it works for you.


Wildcard: Tell you what: I'll run it by Joel next time I see him and we'll iron out the details. Speak to you about it next week?


Bach: You got it.


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Well, I feel slightly sheepish now...


Don't be, you just swung me round to seeing him as a project to work on rather than a donkey to be shipped off to development at the first available opportunity. Plus: he really isn't all that bad in the ring. Not great by TCW standards but that's why we have guys like Cornell and Keith.

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Week 4 January 2010 – The Day Before Malice


OOC: The entry that follows is based on a randomly generated event which was made possible by a world alteration. This post is therefore part explanation of the change I made in the first place but also a story development.


It's pretty common knowledge that when Sean McFly left the business 8 months ago nothing short of divine intervention was going to bring him back. For those who don't know / remember (how is that even possible?), he essentially went through one of the messiest divorces that I've ever seen. From what I've heard he and Victoria couldn't even be in the same room as each other without there being a genuine risk of property damage and/or physical harm by the end of things. The business played it's part as it so often does in these stories about couples being torn apart by the stresses and demands of the industry and unsurprisingly it was the talk of the wrestling world. The story only intensified when McFly went to his boss and then-father-in-law Dan Stone Sr and asked for his release from North Of The Border. Stone - being a nice guy by all accounts - eventually agreed due to the knowledge that Sean needed to go somewhere quiet and get his head straight before he could even think about working again.


Most people thought this hiatus would take years and some doubted whether he would ever be able to come back to the business that gave him a marriage and then broke it up in the most acrimonious, vicious fashion possible. Imagine my surprise then when Joel pulled me aside this morning and whispered – as if spies might hear him – that Sean had sent him an email saying he was thinking about getting back in the ring. To say I and the rest of the wrestling world are excited about this development would be an understatement.


Will he come to TCW? Who can say. Certainly not me. It'd be foolish to think that others wont also be interested. We'll just have to wait and see.


On a side note I'm also trying to get a pay-per-view deal arranged for Mexican TV as at present parts of the country can watch our show without being able to watch our PPVs. That feels like money lost to me. Joel concluded something similar with Canada 1-Choice before I arrived which should also serve as a nice little revenue stream.

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Week 1 February 2010 – First Day On The Job

Joel wrapped up the storylines I had nothing for at Malice last night and drew some excellent responses in what some people have taken to calling his 'Farewell Show'. Not sure how I should feel about that. It seems like they're getting nostalgic for the good old days already. Maybe that's just my fragile self-confidence speaking.


But I'm getting distracted. I've been full of nerves all day. There's been a high benchmark set by my predecessor(s) and it's one I'll strive to reach but I'm under no illusions as to how difficult that will be. It must be showing though because as I was walking around the Coliseum today Sammy asked me, amongst other things, if I wanted to come meditate with him and Clarke Alexander. I told him that I appreciated the offer but was too busy. We'll see how this job goes but I might end up taking him up on it to keep myself sane.


The Story So Far


Tommy Cornell is a shadow which hangs heavy over the whole of TCW. With Troy Tornado and Wolf Hawkins forming a seemingly impenetrable wall around him in the form of The Syndicate, the man seems close to unstoppable.


Beyond simple wrestling prowess, 'Rough Justice' has just finished floating TCW on the open stock exchange and has bragged about purchasing 30% of all shares with the revenue generated, consolidating himself as the man in charge of the company. He has made a habit of arrogantly dismissing the idea that anyone else in the company could compete with him, be it in the ring or on the stock market.


The responsibility for finding a way to counter this threat falls on the capable shoulders of Ricky Dale Johnson and Joey Minnesota, the appropriately named Freedom Fighters. Thus far they have failed to score a single victory over Cornell in the ring thanks to the layers of protection the former owner surrounds himself with.


The only power which Tommy does not presently hold is the TCW World Heavyweight title which thankfully lies around the waist of the young powerhouse: Rocky Golden. And while Sam Keith has been enlisted by his old Syndicate buddies to remove this relatively minor concern, thus far Golden has proven to be a stubborn opponent who refuses to part with the belt. Keith seems unwilling to fully toss his hat back in with his old running buddies Cornell and Wolf but he may yet call on them for aid if Rocky continues to resist.


Elsewhere Koshiro Ino has established himself as an International Champion of some calibre, enjoying a stellar first month with the title which saw him fend off the approaches of Rick Law. However others are waiting in the wings to challenge the Japanese Kobra with Sammy Bach in particular making clear his desire for gold.


The Machines and The New Wave have once again been exchanging words as well as moves following a heavily disputed victory for the former team which saw them record their third reign as Tag Team Champions. With new talent flooding into the division it remains to be seen how both pairs will react to this going forward.


Aaron Andrews has been making enemies all over TCW in the past month, first betraying Chance fortune following a failed attempt at the tag titles and then enlisting the help of Joel Bryant to polish off his former tag partner in malicious style.


American Buffalo and Larry Wood have been carving a swathe through the promotion, crushing everything that has been put in their path. At this point it seems that no one can stop this two man reign of destruction although thankfully it seems that they are operating independently of each other at present.


Edd Stone continues to show all of the talent of a Stone with none of the poise in the form of an unpredictable and entertaining run as All Action Champion. The belt suits the young Cruiserweight who has made clear his desire to achieve success on multiple fronts – singles and tag. This is something his partner JD Morgan has echoed and the pair look set to make a run at the title before long. Can Edd stand the pressure of being a singles competitor who is also seeking tag gold?

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CARD: TCW Presents Total Wrestling


Week 1 February 2010



Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune


The New Wave vs Volcanic Force


Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander



Sammy Bach vs Joel Bryant vs Harry Allen


Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews



Joey Minnesota vs Sam Keith

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Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune


The New Wave vs Volcanic Force


Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander



Sammy Bach vs Joel Bryant vs Harry Allen


Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews



Joey Minnesota vs Sam Keith

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Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune


The New Wave vs Volcanic Force


Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander



Sammy Bach vs Joel Bryant vs Harry Allen


Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews



Joey Minnesota vs Sam Keith

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Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune


The New Wave vs Volcanic Force


Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander



Sammy Bach vs Joel Bryant vs Harry Allen


Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews



Joey Minnesota vs Sam Keith

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At the risk of sounding unprofessional, I am genuinely surprised to have responses this early.


Thanks to all of you who have placed your bets on the card.


Side note: Feel free to leave constructive criticism, point out things you like or things you don't. As this is my first diary I am open to the idea of playing around with things.


Event will be posted in a couple of days.

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Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune


Acid is too new to build up to this, and not big enough to just come in and take it, and with the plethora of midcard heels on the roster, it makes more sense to leave the International title in the hands of a face.


The New Wave vs Volcanic Force


The Samoans should be title contenders... but not yet.


Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander


Law is the kind of guy who can go as far as you push him. Alexander might have a midcard run some day if he's lucky.



Sammy Bach vs Joel Bryant vs Harry Allen


You like Sammy Bach. Not my kind of worker, but then again, I don't see aging tag specialist Bryant or acknowledged jobber Allen taking this.


Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson


Don't overlook Benson for a push. He may not be the best of the House of Stone Class of '01 -- Bloodstone, Reed and Groucho are definitely better, Owen Love is probably a little better... Benson beats Bobby Thomas. Still, my point is, he's in that range. He'll do good work for you. Peak will do good work too, of course.



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews


Andrews will get there some day, but it sounds like today he's in a tag team. Vessey has his problems, but you have to push him. He's too good not to.



Joey Minnesota vs Sam Keith


From what you've written, I get the sense Keith is the proxy for Cornell when you need a main-event Syndicate heel to lose.

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TCW Presents Total Wrestling


Tuesday Week 1 February 2010


Live on GNN Total Sports (5.90)


Minnesota Coliseum (Mid West)


Attendance: 10'000 (SELLOUT)


Your Announcers:

Jason Azaria - J. 'Wildcard' Douglas - Shawn Doakes



'Click, Click, Boom' by Saliva rings out as the opening video for Total Wrestling plays on television screens across America. We see Cornell landing the Rough Ride, Koshiro Ino delivering the Kobra's bite first to Brent Hill and then John Anderson and Sammy Bach sailing off of the top turnbuckle all interspersed with the TCW logo. The package closes out first with Rocky Golden nailing the Royal Order on Cornell and then standing victorious in the centre of the ring with the TCW World Heavyweight Championship in hand.








Total Wrestling opens with who else but Tommy Cornell standing in the centre of the ring, a furious look on his face and a crumpled piece of paper in his hand. In the other is a microphone into which he begins to speak long before the boos of the crowd have subsided.


“Does someone want to explain this letter to me?” he asks, seemingly rhetorically.


He raises the paper like a lawyer confronting someone with evidence.


“This came through my door this morning. It says...”


He pauses, regarding the letter distastefully.


“It says that floating the company on the open market was a bad idea. Especially since I could only afford to buy back 30% of all shares at the time. It says that an interested party could sneak TCW out from under me without too much trouble and is signed 'An Old Friend'.”


He stares accusingly back up the ramp, towards the locker room.


“It is written in glued newspaper cuttings like a damned murder mystery!” He shouts.


“And more to the point it sounds an awful lot like it's threatening me.”


This gets a response from the crowd who cheer their approval.


“I hate being threatened.” His voice is full of menace as the camera zooms in to capture his face.


“More to the point,” he continues “I hate being threatened when the man making the threats doesn't have the decency to show himself. And for the record: I checked and there have been no share purchases larger than mine since the day this company went public.”


Cornell's face reverts to the arrogant smirk that fans are so familiar with, though it seems unconvincing this time.


“So not only are you a coward but you're a liar too.”


He rips the paper up and tosses it over his shoulder.


“Next time something like this comes through my door I'll spare no expense finding out which of you ingrates in the back sent it. And once I find you – which I will – it won't just be your job you lose. Alternatively, any information that leads to me discovering who sent this will be put you in the good books of the most powerful man in the company. Think on it peasants”


He tosses the mic down with a burst of noise as 'Breaking The Law' plays him off.





TCW International Title Match

Koshiro Ino vs Acid vs Chance Fortune



It's a display of different styles meshing well as Ino's heavyweight brawling, Acid's cruiser-work and Chance's adaptability combine to produce an entertaining display Despite having wrestled a physically intense match two days ago at Malice In Wonderland it's Koshiro Ino who starts strongest as he takes the early fight to Acid and Chance, using his superior size to great effect.


His luck turns when he attempts to nail Acid with a big clothesline and runs straight into a Stroke of Luck from Chance. The two smaller men then exchange high-flying offense before the Canadian junior gets the upper hand with a well-placed low blow. It looks for all the world like the International Title is about to change hands as Acid mounts the turnbuckle and signals for his trademark senton swan dive – The Acid Rain Bomb. However he doesn't spot the champion who hits him with a running kick to the head, sending him spiralling out of the ring before lifting Chance Fortune up for the Ino Plex and making the cover.


Koshiro Ino defeated Chance Fortune, Acid by pinfall

Match Rating: B-






The camera cuts to a room backstage where American Buffalo reclines in a leather chair while his manager Floyd Goldworthy paces back and worth nervously. Buffalo looks like he's about to burst out of the suit he's wearing – an uncommon sight in and off itself, his shoulders seeming to pull at the seams of the fabric.


“He should be here soon.” Goldworthy mutters, seemingly to himself.


Buffalo just watches him through heavy-set eyes, his features completely unchanging, his arms stretched out across the back of the sofa.


“Hope so anyway.” Goldworthy says with a fearful smile.


“He should be here!” The smile turns into nervous laughter. Buffalo just watches.


There's a knock on the door and the camera pans around as it opens to find itself confronted by the intimidating form of a barrel chested man, naked from the waist up and carrying a long, rusty piece of metal. His hair is matted and he has a wild look in his eyes which dart around the room, taking everything in with the observance of a hawk. He is Larry Wood.




“Larry!” Floyd blurts as he spreads his arms to greet the Mountain Man who does nothing in response. Across the room Buffalo lazily turns his head to regard the other man, taller than him but possibly narrower across. Wood's response is a fixed glare, his right eyelid flickering manically.


“Well.... now that you've met. Larry, we've got a proposition for you.”


Slowly Wood shifts his eyes back to Goldworthy who he seems to view with something approaching contempt.


“Now-n-now listen to me now. What we're offering here is a chance to share power and split rewards. You know what that means don't you Larry?”


The Mountain Man nods silently.


“Good, good. That's... that's good. Well listen to me: you like hurting people and that just so happens to be our business to.”


“MY business,” comes the low, gruff voice of Buffalo from across the room.


Goldworthy looks around at his client for a moment before smiling anxiously and returning to look at Wood. “Right, right. HIS business. I just help out. Regardless, it could be your business too Larry.”




“See the thing is that we like you're style and we think we could do some work with you. What do you reckon?”


More silence.


“See now listen... if dominance doesn't float you're boat how about money? We could make a bunch. You think that suit Buffalo's got on is store-bought? Bespoke, baby. Now you name your price and we'll...”


Suddenly Larry screams and wheels away from Goldworthy. With all of his force he slams the door behind him and then kicks it so hard that it buckles, flies off of the hinges and crashes into the wall across the corridor.


He turns back to “The Fast Buck” with a maniacal glint in his eye and nods, grinning as he pats his iron club in his left hand.


Now it's is Goldworthy who stands in stunned, unbroken silence.


“Good to have you aboard,” he manages. Buffalo snorts and the scene fades to black.




Volcanic Force vs The New Wave



The New Wave look to get back on track following the loss of their titles at Malice in Wonderland but the Samoan powerhouses that form up Volcanic Force are not to be underestimated. Scout gets in a lot of early offense and looks to use his technical skills to ground first Samoan Machine and then Rhino Umaga. An uncharacteristic mistake allows the Samoans to utilise their power game to inflict serious damage on Scout, but when he avoids a Rhino Charge and makes the tag to Guide the game changes.


While not matching their power the stronger member of The New Wave has the guile to overwhelm Volcanic with a series of clotheslines and slams. An attempt at a neckbreaker from Samoan Machine is turned into a Guided Missile, followed by a failed pin attempt and a tag. The match rapidly descends into chaos as both members brawl in the ring and the legal man – Scout – locks in the Special Force on Umaga who resists for a few seconds before being forced to tap.


The New Wave defeated Volcanic Force by submission

Match Rating: C




Rick Law vs Clarke Alexander



It's clear from the off that Rick Law is furious about losing to Koshiro Ino at Malice and this shows in his performance as he visciously attacks Clarke Alexander, clubbing him with hard blows including an early Justice Jam. The Hawaian mounts a spirited fightback, briefly grounding the corrupt cop with a series of mat grapples designed to frustrate his opponent into making a mistake. This works as Law goes for an ill-advised Long Arm of the Law which Alexander turns into an armbar. It looks as though Law may actually have to submit but he is able to power out of the move and once on his feet Clarke is again outmatched.


The man formerly called 'Ice' loses his cool and makes a series of rash decisions which allow Rick to press his advantage further and one Long Arm of the Law later the ref is calling for the bell and raising the cop's hand in victory.


Rick Law defeated Clarke Alexander by pinfall

Match Rating: C+






Once again we are taken to a room backstage. This time it appears to be an office complete with desk, chairs, lamp, fish tank and a frustrated looking Tommy Cornell. He seems to be deep in thought, his gaze downward yet distant as his fingers massage his temple.


There is a knock on the door and he lifts his head distractedly.


“Enter,” Cornell says firmly.




His eyes linger on the doorway for a moment as Troy Tornado steps into the room in a leather jacket and jeans, an unlit cigarette tucked behind his ear. Then he nods absent-mindedly and looks off into the near distance again.


“So...” Tornado says with a look that suggests he's waiting for Tommy to speak.


In response 'Rough Justice' simply looks at him again as an awkward atmosphere settles over the office. Tornado raises his arms in disbelief, still waiting for Cornell to speak.


“Tommy what the hell? You invite me into your office and then refuse to speak?”


The Englishmen shakes his head across the desk and stands up, raising his palms as a sign of contrition.


“Sorry Troy. Just... distracted.”


Tornado waves away the apologies dismissively.


“By the letter right?”


Cornell guffaws at this and makes a face as he responds: “Ya think? Jesus Troy it's a good thing I didn't hire you for your powers of deduction.”


“Screw you Tommy,” Tornado mutters as he runs a hand over his slicked-back hair.


“Listen did you want something? I've got places to be.”


Tommy snorts derisively. “Drop the attitude 'Tony'. We might run together but I'm still your boss.”


With that he drops back down into the leather chair behind his desk.


“Listen, have you heard anything from the boys about who might have posted this letter?”


Tornado shakes his head thoughtfully.


“Nothing man...”


Cornell curses under his breath and a pause passes between them.


“So you're going to buy them right?” Tornado questions.


Tommy takes a second to respond.


“Buy what?”


“The shares.”


Cornell shakes his head and laughs incredulously.


“Am I going to buy 21% of TCW's shares to make sure that absolutely no one can buy me out?”


“Yeah, why not?” Tornado responds,


“Well, let's see. How about: 'Do you have half a millon dollars lying around?'” Cornell's voice has an edge to it now.


“No, of course not” Troy responds, becoming defensive.


“Well then there's your god-damn answer.” Tommy says with a tone that spells the end of the conversation, his hand finding his temple again as the scene fades to black.




#1 Contenders Match for International Title

Bach vs Harry Allen vs Joel Bryant



With a shot at the International Title on the line everyone in this match is clearly going all out to get the win. Bach and Allen form a temporary alliance early on to eliminate the experience of Joel Bryant, the Australian-born cowboy landing a fine missile dropkick before Bach hits a springboard splash.


Allen covers: ONE... kickout by Bryant after one.


Bach drags him up and chews him out about trying to steal the win then points to the turnbuckle.Allen goes to the top rope but the partnership falls apart as Bach nonchalantly hits the ropes, crotching the fan favourite.


The crowd seem torn by Bach's natural charisma as he flashes a dark grin and stalks the helpless Allen, landing a flying headscissors that sends his victim flying down to the mat. However while he soaks up the mixed reaction from the fans Bryant gets to his feet and hits a vicious german suplex. And with the gothic high flier grounded he sets about disabling any offensive ability he might have, working the legs with a string of knees before locking in a half crab. Bach grimaces in pain as Bryant leans back into the hold but the submission is cut short when Allen gets up and hits Bryant with a low front dropkick, sending him rolling out of the ring.


It's Allen's turn for offense as he lays Bach out with a snapmare and then nails an elbow drop off the second rope.


He goes for the cover: ONE...TWO....NO!


Bach manages to get a shoulder up. Allen lifts him and goes for a vertical suplex but Bach reverses, slipping over the cowboy's shoulder, bouncing him into the ropes and going for the roll up.




Allen wriggles free. Both me are down and Bryant is crawling back under the bottom rope and getting to his feet. He puts the boots into Sammy Bach then lifts Allen, whips him against the ropes and meets him with a kitchen sink that flips him over. The ground game comes into play again as Bryant cinches in a front facelock that Allen slowly powers out of only to get floored by a clothesline as he works up momentum.


Bryant works the legs now with a grapevine leglock that has Allen groaning in agony, but he hasn't spotted a fatigued Bach mounting the turnbuckle! Splash that nails Bryant to the mat and releases Allen! Cover by Bach!


One...Two...THR-NO! Bryant just gets his shoulder up in time.


Bach experiencing his second wind now as he picks up Bryant and lays into him with stuff chops that force him into a corner. He runs to the opposite corner then charges across the ring going for a big splash, but Bryant rolls out of the way and Bach slumps into the corner.


Allen up now and setting Bach up for something on the turnbuckle. He puts him in position for a superplex but Bryant is up behind him and landing clubbing blows to his back. Allen turns around and Bryant nails him once more in the gut before dragging him onto his shoulders – ONE SHOT DROP!


Goes for the cover: ONE...TWO...THR-NO! Bach comes off the top rope with a Pressing Darkness that nails both men! Bach gets his hand over Bryant.




Sammy Bach defeated Joel Bryant, Harry Allen by pinfall

Match Rating: B-





The scene switches backstage to a suited and striding Rocky Golden, World Heavyweight Championship slung over his shoulder. The crowd in the arena roars it's approval as the camera follows the Champion as he walks.




Suddenly an arm his extended across his path which stops Golden in his tracks and the camera zooms out to reveal Ricky Dale Johnson, seated on a crate with a 'Whiskey Lover' t-shirt on. Rocky's eyes drop to the arm and then meet RDJ's.


“Johnson,” he says a little curtly.


“Rocky,” the Texan responds more casually with an easy smile.


“Something on your mind?” The big man asks warily.


“Easy hoss, just wanted to run something by you,” comes Ricky's response.


Rocky seems to loosen up a bit, adjusting the belt at his shoulder while opening his posture slightly.


“You seen Cornell today?” RDJ asks.


Rocky laughs before responding, “Who DIDN'T see his little hissy fit earlier?”


“Yeah,” RDJ laughs in response, “You don't get to see that happen every day.”


“But listen,” he continues - standing up, “I know you don't fully trust me and I get that. When you're holding that belt you might as well paint a bullseye on your back...”


Rocky listens silently, unmoving.


“I just wanted to warn you. I know Cornell and I know when he's scared. But he don't run when he's frightened, he gets nasty.”


“I don't see your point. Me and him steer clear of each other and that seems to work for both of us.” Rocky interjects.


“Well that might work for you now but I'm telling you I know the man and I know when he's about to start making rash decisions.” The Texan continues.


“And that belt,” he points to the gold on Rocky's shoulder, “That's power. Power that Cornell feels like he's in danger of losing.”


Rocky looks ponderous and takes his time over his response.


“So what are you saying?”


Ricky smiles but his eyes betray the fact that he is deadly serious.


“I'm saying that right now only Keith is gunning for you but soon enough you're gonna have a whole pack of wolves on your tail. When that time comes, I'm here to help.”


RDJ extends his hand again and after a moment Rocky nods, smiles cautiously and then grips the hand in acceptance and friendship.


“It's appreciated Ricky.”


RDJ's smile relaxes and turns into a toothy grin.


“De nada man.”


The camera fades to black.




Eddie Peak vs Benny Benson



In a match that pitches starkly contrasted styles against one another it is clear that there's only ever going to be one winner. While Benson puts up a brave offense in the early running it soons becomes obvious that there's no way he can stop the irresistable force of the monstrous Eddie Peak.

An attempt at a flying head scissors which Peak reverses into a tilt-a-whirl back breaker is the beginning of what appears to be a painful few minutes for Benson. A string of powerful blows, a huge lariat that looks to have knocked Benny out and a big boot that nearly takes the smaller mans head off ensure the match is over long before he is hoisted up for the Widows Peak. When the ref makes the three count it actually seems like a blessed relief.


Eddie Peak def Benny Benson by pinfall

Match Rating: B



Bryan Vessey vs Aaron Andrews



From the first bell Vessey and Andrews deliver a fine and varied performance as one would expect from the vast array of skills on display in the ring. Vessey gains the upper hand early on as he wins an initial slug-fest before grounding Andrews and subjecting him to a sequence of painful-looking holds designed to weaken crucial parts of the younger man's offensive arsenal.


In the past this might have been enough to defeat Andrews but in recent weeks the youngster has developed a real mean streak starting with his betrayal of Chance Fortune and he uses this to good effect in this match. First he manoeuvres out of an armbar and then kills Vessey's momentum after ducking a clothesline with a thumb to the eyes. This drops the veteran to one knee and Andrews is on him like a shot with a sequence of stinging kicks followed by an attempt at a pin.




Plenty of life left in Vessey yet. Andrews shrugs arrogantly and drags the technical specialist to his feet and goes for the Three Kings; the first two German suplexes hit but Vessey uses the ropes to block the third and counters with a snapmare.


A frustrated Andrews leaps to his feat and charges recklessly at Vessey who sidesteps and sends him flying into the turnbuckle. A series of body blows soften the youngster up and Vessey then lifts him up and with one arm signals for the end. The fans rise in response as Andrews is drilled from the top rope to the mat with the Super Vessey Plex.


He makes the cover, nodding with the referee:




Bryan Vessey defeated Aaron Andrews by submission

Match Rating: B




Sam Keith vs Joey Minnesota



Keith and Minnesota are both men who have recently come off high-profile losses at Malice In Wonderland, Keith failing to overcome Wolrd Champion Rocky Golden while Minnesota dropped a loss to Tommy Cornell (with the help of some dirty tricks). This clearly factors into the early proceedings as both men take a cagey approach, circling and occasionally holding out a hand to encourage a rash grapple. Minnesota dives for Keith's legs but the veteran is ready and sidesteps – the standoff continues.


The two men warily approach the centre of the ring, their hands touching as they scout out each others potential offense. It's Keith who strikes first when he lands a kick to Minnesota's gut and then locks in a side headlock. He cinches hard on the younger man and then rolls around his back to convert it into a hammerlock in trademark Sam Keith fashion. A few seconds of wrenching is all he gets though: Minnesota has youth on his side and is a fine technician in his own right, so it is then that he counters the hammerlock and flips up to standing before landing an open-palmed strike to Keith's jaw which sends the veteran stumbling back.


Keith bounces off the ropes and comes back with a strike of his own which staggers Minnesota who responds with another hard punch. Keith returns fire again but Minnesota is gaining the upper hand and lands another strike,and another, and another. Keith reeling now as Joey whips him against the ropes, he comes back: back toss! Sam sent flying through the air! Minnesota locks in a chinlock two keep the veteran grounded but Keith is quick to work his way out of it with elbows to the mid section.


The youngster goes for a clothesline as Keith runs back at him but it is ducked, he's spun around and DDT! Keith goes for the cover:




Minnesota gets the arm up at two and yanked to his feet. Another hammerlock, possibly attempting to neutralise the Minnesota Salute and then an irish whip into the corner which is reversed. Joey lands a series of body blows and then chops Keith's chest mercilessly as the crowd count along. Falling back to the far corner Minnesota is signalling for his signature running knee but as he charges across the ring Keith drops to the mat and rolls under the bottom rope. Joey stops himself in time and watches the dazed veteran slowly trying to stand.


With a grin on his face Joey bounces off the ropes and comes back with a baseball slide which nails Keith into the guard rail. Now they brawl outside with Minnesota taking the boots to the downed Keith who starts to climb up Minnesota, looking at him with pleading, begging eyes. Maybe his youth shows here as the young fan favourite is fooled for long enough that Keith can regain his breath and land a low blow out of sight of the referee who is patiently waiting for both men to re-enter the ring. Joey crumbles but Keith grabs him by the head and bounces it off of the guard rail then gives him some hard stomps for good measure. Now he's rolling back into the ring, happy to take the count out.




The ref continues the count. Joey is stirring with an arm up on the apron to steady himself.




He's up and just needs to roll into the ring.




Minnesota rolls under the bottom rope and the match continues. Talk about skin of your teeth!


A visibly angry Keith attacks with renewed vigour, hitting stomps and elbow drops before going for a cover.




Minnesota not beaten yet. Keith has him up and goes for a vertical suplex but somehow Minnesota finds the energy to reverse into a small package!




Keith is too wily for that and kicks out just in time. He's clearly mad now though and that may have been Joey's last bit of energy. More boots and then a vicious surfboard stretch that has Minnesota grimacing. He's too close to the ropes though and the ref forces Keith to break the hold. They both get back up and Keith forces Minnesota back into the corner before going for a whip to the opposite buckle, but Joey reverses and it's Keith who flies across the ring at high velocity! Minnesota raises a fist and then charges, landing his signature knee to Keith's gut.


The veteran stumbles out of the corner and Minnesota mounts the turnbuckle, waits for Keith to turn and then nails him with the Minnesota salute! Both men down but the youngster is showing signs of stirring first and he groggily gets to his knees.



But down the ramp comes Wolf Hawkins – smarting from his loss to Ricky Dale Johnson at Malice. He can't get back at RDJ today but he can inflict injury to the freedom fighters. As Minnesota staggers to his feet he is met with with Full Moon Rising which lays him out in full view of the ref who calls for the bell. Hawkins continues the assault while Keith looks on disappointedly before eventually joining in, cinching in the Proton Lock while Hawkins pummels Minnesota.




Ricky Dale Johnson races down the ramp to make the save but the Wolf and Sam Keith scatter, leaving Minnesota down and badly hurt as TCW Presents Total Wrestling goes off the air.

Joey Minnesota def Sam Keith by DQ

Match Rating: B


Overall Show Rating: B+

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And the scores for that round of predictions are as follows:


Pauls07 - 7/7


Oregano Jensen - 7/7


Midnightnick - 3/7


Phantom Stranger - 4/7


Two clean sweeps! Congratulations to Pauls07 and Oregano Jensen for their cognitive powers! Will start working out prizes for this at some point in the near future.

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Thursday, Week 1 February 2010 – New Faces


Couple of things to tell you about in between now and next weeks TW.


First off is that there'll be a few new faces coming in over the next week: a partner for Flying Jimmy Foxx (frankly so he's got something to do) – Snap Dragon, a veteran worker from Mexico – Rafael Ruiz and this charismatic Australian who Joel Bryant absolutely swears is going to be a superstar some day – Swoop McCarthy. All three are going straight onto the main roster to bolster the ranks of the faces. Swoop in particular is one I want to keep an eye on – the charisma that boy's got at such a tender age is unbelievable. There's one other signing which I'll keep a secret until after the next show. Watch this space. The roster entries are beneath this paragraph.



Snap Dragon

Theme: 'Turn The Hell On' by Fist

Will reform Air Force 1 with Flying Jimmy Foxx.



Rafael Ruiz

Theme: 'All Along The Watchtower' by Jimi Hendrix



Swoop 'The Mark II Superstar' McCarthy

Theme: 'Superstar' by Saliva


And from new signings to veterans, both Larry Wood and Sam Keith have come to me separately since Tuesday and sang the praises of two different youngsters. Keith has said that he sees a lot of himself in Aaron Andrews and has pledged to help guide the young man to a successful career in the business. I'm completely supportive of this although with the former booker as a tag team partner and a living legend as his mentor I will need to ensure that Andrews doesn't become alienated from the rest of the locker room. Normally developing an ego would be a problem as well but I know Keith and Bryant will keep that in check. Meanwhile Jimmy Fox seems to have come out of his shell backstage a bit following the arrival of his friend Snap Dragon and he and Larry Wood have developed a keen – in unlikely friendship – over their shared love of musicals. I discovered this by walking in on them singing along to a DVD of West Side Story in Wood's hotel room when I came to discuss a storyline with him. Weird but ultimately a good thing.

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