wshred13 Posted June 5, 2016 Share Posted June 5, 2016 VWA Overview VWA is either a way ahead of its time promotion, looking to cater to every kind of wrestling fan all at the same time or a horrible mess of failed wrestling experimentation. Either way, this little known gem of a promotion in Central Europe is fascinating to watch. Every show seems to deliver violence, death defying high flying action, gripping storytelling and comedy, all while utilizing only one on one match ups. After opening its doors a little less than 7 years ago, wealthy owner Albert Thorp has decided it is time to start making moves. Thorp has hired on Dunton Hall to be the VWA Commissioner and to give the promotion the breath of life it needs to start gaining ground in Europe. Having been burned in the past, Thorp is restricting Dunton Hall’s ability to hire new talent for the foreseeable future. This reason for this restriction is twofold. For one, Thorp doesn’t want yet another “idea guy” to waste a bunch more money on “sure fire” prospects that don’t pan out. Secondly, he wants to see what Hall can do with the current crop of VWA wrestlers. Thorp knows the roster isn’t perfect, but if Hall is the creative genius he claims to be, surely he can make do. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Albert%20Thorp_zpsg6w79dib.jpghttp://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Dunton%20Hall_zps0cwwe4oy.jpg Albert Thorp Dunton Hall Main Event http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Landon%20Mallory_zpsxmnzqznn.jpg Landon Mallory Landon Mallory is the guy in VWA…for the next week. Landon Mallory has been with the company for almost its entire existence and currently holds their biggest prize, the VWA European Title, but it is poorly hidden secret that Landon Mallory has signed an exclusive contract with 21CW and will only be working one more show for the company that got him his start. It will be interesting to see how Mallory’s departure will be dealt with and who will step up to take his place. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Cub%20Balowicz_zpsy3knsdoc.jpg Cub Balowicz Cub is a menacing mute from Poland. Well, that isn’t entirely true. It isn’t that Cub never talks, he just much prefers to let his fists do the talking. Cub’s background of street fighting and mixed martial arts is obvious in every single one of his matches, that often end up looking more like a mugging than a professional wrestling contest. It is heavily rumored that Cub will face Landon Mallory in his last match for the VWA European Championship, as the two have somehow never crossed paths in their entire tenure as pro wrestlers. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Walker%20van%20Cleer_zpskhhtk5ro.jpg Walker Van Cleer It’s hard not to think that with Landon Mallory leaving that Walker Van Cleer won’t finally step up and become the face of the company. He’s pretty much the total package as he’s got good looks, great wrestling skills and is pretty much one of the only guys in VWA that can speak as well as he can fight. On top of that, he has a natural happy go lucky demeanor and is bilingual in a region where speaking multiple languages is crucial. The only thing holding Walker back now is that with Mallory gone, he now moves up to the number one spot of guys that are most likely to be poached by a bigger company. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Randy%20Haute_zpsrvbpbxxa.jpg Randy Haute Randy Haute will forever be in the history books as the first ever VWA European Champion. However, don’t let that reign fool you, it has more to do with him being the first guy to sign on the dotted line with the company than any particular skills he has. The American has never been particularly awesome in the ring, but now that he is starting to enter the twilight of his career, his abilities have started diminishing even further. This has really put the magnifying glass up to his already questionable personality, as he has reduced himself to winning by any means to keep his spot in the company and try to keep young guys down. Randy Haute is a shameless cheater and is not to be trusted. Upper Midcard http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Griffin_zpsfrosvdua.jpg Griffin Griffin is far and away the most veteran member of the VWA locker room. The soft spoken Swede has been well liked for most of his career, but he has begun to rub people the wrong way as he gets up there in years. Griffin has taken it upon himself to serve as the father figure for the locker room, giving advice to guys whether they want it or not. Griffins intentions are good, as he just wants to help younger guys avoid his mistakes and clean up some of the ills of pro wrestling, but not everyone appreciates the insight. Some of the locker room sees him more as a condescending, holier than thou type, which can lead to conflict. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Kronos_zpsrg4xz4ge.jpg Kronos What can I say about Kronos that can’t be inferred just by looking at him? He is an absolute mountain of a man and most of his matches end up being short and brutal, with him on the winning end. He has a bit of a mean streak and can be quite the bully, but again, I those kind of things are assumed when you just look at the former body guard. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Matthew%20Macks_zpsjt2xadfr.jpg Matthew Macks Matthew Macks is without a doubt the most successful of the daredevil contingency in VWA. Macks is constantly on the threshold of challenging for the belt, but always seems to be just one step away. The fans tend to have a love or hate relationship with the Irish Daredevil, with no room for any feeling in between. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Modern%20Day%20Warlord_zpsuxmvcmaa.jpg Modern Day Warlord Since Kronos was signed to VWA in 2012, it started to become pretty apparent that Modern Day Warlord’s days were numbered in VWA. MDW has been with VWA since its inception, but Kronos is pretty much the exact same guy as Warlord, just a little better in pretty much every regard. Modern Day Warlord has fought to retain relevance, but unless if he is able to somehow garner massive interest, MDW may find himself slipping down the card or even out of VWA entirely in 2016. Midcard http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Abominable%20Snowman_zpsxizhepxj.jpg Abominable Snowman Snowman’s back story has never truly been touched upon. During his little over a year run with the company, they have danced upon the line of whether Snowman actually is the monster of legend or just a regular human being with an unfortunate (or fortunate, depending upon perspective) look about him. Either way, he is one hell of a competitor and always bring violence every time he shows up to an arena. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Jason%20Dempsey_zpshbmsad60.jpg Jason Dempsey Dempsey currently holds the VWA Swiss Championship, defeating Jasper January for the strap in December of last year. Despite this accomplishment, Dempsey continues to carry a huge chip on his shoulder. Dempsey always feels like people don’t give him the respect he deserves. This serves as a motivating factor, but also enrages Dempsey at times, making him a less effective combatant. Dempsey is certainly talented, but unless if he overcomes some of his insecurities, he may never reach his full potential. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Jasper%20January_zpsy61ugcm4.jpg Jasper January Jasper is a person that I like to refer to as a “blank slate”. There is nothing of note about Jasper January. He is the most cookie cutter, bland human being possible and I find it really hard to care about anything he says or does. January has some decent aerial ability and a good look about him, but unless if he acquires some personality, he will probably just continue to elicit yawns from the audience. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Lauro%20Giordano_zpszephevbc.jpg Lauro Giordano If head size was proportionate to ego, Giordano would have trouble walking into most building. Lauro knows he’s an extremely attractive man who dresses immaculately and looks down on anyone who isn’t also a physically superior specimen like he is. Just like his wardrobe, his wrestling repertoire is obnoxiously flashy and he has such a way with words that he could convince a landlocked country to invest in a navy. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Wild%20Child_zpszlzqerq3.jpg Wild Child When someone becomes a parent, one of the last things they want their kid to turn out to be is someone like Wild Child. That isn’t to say that Wild Child is a bad dude, because he is certainly a well-liked, laid back individual. However, Wild Child’s complete disregard for his own health must keep his parents up at night. He launches himself around arenas in Europe like a cannonball, he has a reputation for utilizing a buffet of drugs and his girlfriend/valet Jasmine Perlot, while beautiful, also seems to deem success to be correlated to the number of notches she can get on her bed post. Wild Child is burning the candle at both ends and it is only a matter of time before it catches up to him. Lower Midcarder http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Antonio%20Arias_zpsamaqocmp.jpg Antonio Arias Much of what I said about Jasper January can be said about Arias. Antonio is a fairly non-descript high flier that never really evokes much emotion from the crowd. That is certainly in part because he is a pretty private person. If the fans knew more about his upbringing and the constant struggle he goes through to make sure that his wife and kids are fed and taken care of, they would definitely find him to be a more sympathetic character. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Night%20Spyder_zpsyohl8y9u.jpg Night Spyder The evil twin trope is something that all different kinds of media have gone to over the years. While it isn’t truly the case in VWA, it drives the point home as to who Night Spyder is in relation to Wild Child. Both men have somewhat similar, alternative looks and both men are known primarily for their high risk wrestling offense and propensity for drug usage. Where it seems that Night Spyder veered away from his unofficial twin is that while Wild Child is the most amicable, laid back guy ever, Night Spyder is just a complete and total dick. Spyder definitely thinks the world revolves around him and he rubs nearly everyone he comes in contact with the wrong way. It is overlooked for now because of his wrestling ability, but surely that won’t always be the case. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Thunderbolt_zpswafe9tz1.jpg Thunderbolt Thunderbolt is a bit of a generic, fun kind of luchador. He has flashy offense and is relatively inoffensive, but at the same time, there isn’t a ton to write home about with him either. With many guys on the roster willing to put their bodies on the line for the fans entertainment, he’s going to have to find something other than his aerial offense and cool mask to set him apart from the rest of the crowd. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Ultra%20Fly_zpstfmq4bnj.jpg Ultra Fly Ultra Fly is all about going out there and putting on a show for the fans. He, like much of the rest of the roster, loves to go up to the top rope and come crashing down onto his opponent with some crazy innovative aerial maneuver. With so many other similar workers in VWA, it remains to be seen whether Ultra Fly will be able to stand out enough to make his way up the ranks. Opener http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Michael%20Gregory_zpsem73zdny.jpg Michael Gregory Gregory is an absolute specimen of a man, but is also incredibly green in the ring. If his abilities end up being even half of what his physique brings to the table, then Gregory could find himself in the main event picture for years to come. However, it is still far too early to tell what the future holds for him. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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