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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.



Albert Thorp Dunton Hall


Main Event



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.



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.



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.



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





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.





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.



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.



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.





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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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.





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.



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.





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.

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<p>VWA is a promotion I'll definitely play at some point. Their concept is... weird but somewhat interesting, they've got some guys with loads of potential, but it's obviously a real shame that Mallory won't stay with them.</p><p> </p><p>

Let's see what you can do with them and how you're gonna replace your most important wrestler. Do me a favour and include worker pictures in the shows and you can count me in!</p>

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<p>No wonder you were looking for character ideas if you're doing a VWA diary. Look forward to seeing what you come up with for January. Being a Capricorn born on the January end of the sign, I've always wanted well for him. </p><p> </p><p>

Also gotta say I've always found the promotion intriguing in general but never really gotten comfortable in a game with them. Between the oddball sensibilities and Thorpe being a bitter pill as an owner, I've never really gotten a fix on them creatively.</p>

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VWA Swan Song

Saturday Week 1 of January 2016




Landon Mallory stands in the ring, title draped over his shoulder with a bittersweet smile on his face. The VWA fans chant his name as his eyes appear to get a bit watery. He tries to raise the mic to his mouth a few times to address the crowd, but the chants keep drowning him out. Eventually, they allow the champ to speak.


Mallory goes on to have a heartfelt speech about how much his time in VWA meant to him and his career and how much the fan support has carried him through the good and bad. Once it seems like he has said his piece, new VWA Commissioner Dunton Hall comes out.




He informs Mallory that after his great service to VWA for the past 6 years, he has earned the right to go out on his own terms. So tonight, Mallory gets to pick his opponent.


Just about as soon as those words leave Dunton Hall’s mouth, the intimidating Polish powerhouse Cub Balowicz comes down to the ring. Without saying a word, he gets a couple feet away from Mallory and points to the belt. There is quite the buzz in the crowd for this potential match up, as it has somehow never taken place in any ring in the world.




Landon Mallory smiles and says he would love to fight Cub…if he had more time left in VWA. However, the fact of the matter is, he hasn’t been able to give Walker Van Cleer his rematch for the belt. So he feels that tonight, he has to do the right thing and give Van Cleer the rematch he is entitled to.


This enrages Cub. Dunton Hall immediately interjects himself on the microphone and lets Cub know he has a match specifically for him later tonight. This doesn’t seem to please Cub, but it does get him to leave the ring without any physical confrontation. (32)


The focus then shifts from Landon Mallory and Cub Balowicz to Dunton Hall. Hall introduces himself as the new commissioner.


Dunton Hall: Tonight marks the end of an era for VWA. There is no doubt about it, Landon Mallory has been our top guy for some time now. However, with him moving on, that leaves quite the void to fill. I want to know who wants to seize this opportunity and take that spot for themselves. I want two of VWA’s hungriest talents to come out here right now and kick this show off with a bang!


Matthew Macks and Ultra Fly answer his call to action. (28)


Matthew Macks vs. Ultra Fly




These two didn’t get any mic time to state their case for why they should shoot up to the top of the VWA cards, but they did let their in ring work speak for them. While they were only given about 6 minutes, they went all out for every second. There was a lot of high flying and hard hitting action that really got the crowd going. In the end, Matthew Macks hits his signature move, the diving sommersault leg drop (Harlem Hangover) that when he uses it is called the Emerald Execution. (34)


Some behind the scenes notes for the previous match: Matthew Macks injured Ultra Fly, giving him a bruised tailbone as a result of a botched move. Ultra Fly isn’t really all that innocent as he was obviously intoxicated throughout the match. Both men have been getting a lot of dirty looks from others in the locker room.




Backstage in Dunton Hall’s office, a ludicrously over the top dressed Lauro Giordano walks in. His coat looks to be made of many endangered species and his sunglasses appear to be bedazzled with blood diamonds. Giordano informs Hall that he is on a crusade to rid the professional wrestling business of ugliness. He thinks only model tier competitors should be allowed in the arena to compete. He then demands that Dunton Hall gives him the ugliest person on the roster tonight in a match so he can make an example out of them. Dunton Hall gives Giordano a devious smile and tells him that he’s got it. (41)


Next up, we get a very smug Lauro Giordano waiting in the ring for whichever hideous opponent Dunton Hall has chosen for him. He is still wearing that hideous fur monstrosity that he calls a “coat”. Giordano gets unpleasantly surprised when his opponent comes out. It’s the Abominable Snowman. Giordano protests the match up, audibly arguing with the referee. Snowman lumbers down to and into the ring and the referee calls for the bell, even though Giordano is still verbally protesting.


Lauro Giordano vs. Abominable Snowman





Snowman hits Giordano with a huge punch, knocking him on his backside and sending him out of the ring. From the outside of the ring, Giordano looks up at his beastly opponent and decides he is not worth his time and starts walking to the back. The referee doesn’t stop his count and it ends up being a count out victory for the Abominable Snowman. The commentators berate Giordano for asking for this match and then cowardly running away when he got what he wished for. (34)


Wild Child vs. “The Nihilist” Night Spyder




Often times, these two men are confused with one another by new VWA fans. It is pretty easy to do as they both have crazy hair, a similarly distinct skin tone and both have absolutely no hang ups about putting their bodies on the line. Their reasoning behind their willingness to put their body on the lines is where these two separate themselves. You see, Wild Child is just an outrageous daredevil that almost likes to cause himself pain. He loves to put on a crazy spectacle and see how far past his bodies limitations he can push. Night Spyder, on the other hand, is a bit of insufferable nihilist. He believes nothing anyone does, himself included, is important or purposeful. So with that kind of “who cares’ mindset, why not throw your body around with no-look springboard maneuvers?


Anyway, this match was similar to the opener in that it had two men going out there, looking to wow the crowd with their own safety being put on the backburner. The difference here is that some of the stuff that these guys did in this match you can barely watch for fear of legitimate injury. Night Spyder does pick up a knock on the very last move of the match, a springboard moonsault that put Wild Child away for the three count. (32)


After a little bit of the commentators talking amongst themselves at ringside, the camera cuts to Night Spyder limping backstage, fresh off his victory over Wild Child. Griffin, the eldest member of the VWA roster, approaches the young high flier. He starts off talking to Spyder in some Scandinavian language, before switching to English. The gist of the conversation is that Griffin sees a lot of himself in Night Spyder. He tells Spyder that early on in his career, he felt like he had to do the death defying stuff to get noticed. Injuries started to rack up and one of the older guys told him he needed to calm his stuff down if he wanted to be more than a flash in the pan. Griffin says he is only still competing here today because he took that advice. Griffin tells Spyder that if he wants to see how to wrestle successfully without racking up medical bills, he should check out his match up next. Griffin exits the frame and Night Spyder does not seem to be amused by Griffins “friendly advice”. (22)


Griffin vs. Michael Gregory




If ever there was a human being created in a test tube in a lab, it is Michael Gregory. He is the perfect physical specimen, but at just 22 years old, he is still completely devoid of the mental acuity that experience brings to the table. Griffin is kind of on the other end of the spectrum, where his ability to understand and diagnose an opponent allow him to overcome his diminishing physical abilities. Griffin weathers the early storm from his young opponent and then puts on a mat wrestling clinic before putting Gregory away for the win while simultaneously sending a message to Night Spyder. (35)


Modern Day Warlord lumbers down to the ring and surprisingly grabs a microphone. He delivers a short statement through his thick accent.


Modern Day Warlord: Kronos! Ever since you show up here in VWA, everyone act like Modern Day Warlord is old news. Well I’ve got news for you “conqueror”. I’M the real powerhouse in VWA. Now come out here and show the crowd just how inferior you are!


Kronos, never one to back down from a challenge, makes his way out to the ring. (30)


Modern Day Warlord vs. Kronos




This was pretty much exactly what you would expect between these two up until the end. It was an ugly, brutish slugfest with both men looking to impose their will on the other. Before either man could really take over the contest, we got one of the strangest run ins in recent memory, as Thunderbolt came down and nearly missile dropkicked the boots off of Kronos. All of this happened in plain view of the referee, leading to a DQ win for Kronos. Thunderbolt then bolted back out of the ring, almost as quick as he came down, leaving both giants feeling angry and cheated by the result. (30)




In Dunton Hall’s office, the current VWA Swiss Champion, Jason Dempsey, is looking to get a match. He says he is tired of the complete lack of respect he continues to get, despite being the Swiss Champion. If people didn’t get it after the first time he beat Jasper January, maybe they will get it after tonight. Dunton Hall gives him the rematch, so long as he puts his belt up on the line. Dempsey doesn’t hesitate to say yes. (25)


Cub Balowicz vs. Antonio Arias




When Dunton Hall said he had an opponent for Cub earlier tonight, I don’t think Balowicz thought it would be journeyman Antonio Arias. Cub always carries himself like he’s on a lifelong revenge quest, but he seems to have an especially big chip on his shoulder after being snubbed by Landon Mallory and now being matched against a guy the caliber of Arias. Regardless, Cub makes the best of the circumstances and takes out his pent up aggression on Antonio, throwing him around the ring like a lifeless dummy for a few minutes before finally finishing things off with a devastating combination. First, Cub absolutely rocked Antonio Arias with a huge left cross, leaving his opponent out on the feet on wobbly legs. With Arias’ defenses completely shut down by the punch, Balowicz then cinched up a vicious rear naked choke that rendered his opponent completely unconscious in a surprisingly short amount of time. (35)


Randy Haute vs. Thunderbolt




The commentators spent a decent chunk of time early on in the bout speculating about why in the world Thunderbolt attacked Kronos early in the evening. Eventually the in ring action seized their attention, with Randy Haute utilizing every little dirty tactic he could think of to try and maintain an advantage. In the end, dirty veteran tactics ended up winning Haute the match up as he distracted Thunderbolt by pointing and exclaiming, “Kronos!”. Thunderbolt turned, ready to fight, but Kronos wasn’t there. Before he could turn back around, Haute low blowed the masked man and rolled him up with a fistful of tights, picking up the dubious victory. (35)


VWA Swiss Championship Match:

Jason Dempsey vs. Jasper January




Dempsey looked to garner respect by trying to pummel Jasper January into a million tiny little pieces. The insecure rage that the VWA Swiss Champion exhibited for the world to see in this match gave him a vicious edge to his offense, but that edge ended up being a double sided sword. The anger that Dempsey harnessed also led to him making several mistakes and losing his focus because of frustration at times where every little movement didn’t go as perfectly as planned. Those mental lapses allowed January to get some offense in here or there and almost steal the victory. Had Demspey been in a more emotionally neutral state of mind on this night, he would’ve been damn near unstoppable. He still won, but that unchecked emotion could create problems for the talented youngster down the road. (29)


Prior to their championship match, Walker Van Cleer and Landon Mallory shake hands and hug. These two (amongst others) have helped build this company and keep it afloat since nearly day one. Walker Van Cleer wishes Mallory all the luck in the world in 21CW and says he’s earned his spot with the big boys. (36)


VWA European Championship Match:

Landon Mallory vs. Walker Van Cleer




These two put on an excellent contest with great action and numerous near falls that had the crowd anticipating a victor with baited breath. Unfortunately, the VWA incarnation of the Grinch, Cub Balowicz, decided to come down and rain on everyone’s parade. He unceremoniously intervened in the match up, indiscriminately laying out both Landon Mallory and Walker Van Cleer, ending Landon Mallory’s VWA career in a very unsatisfactory double DQ. (49)


After the match, Cub tosses Landon Mallory out of the ring and focuses his assault on Walker Van Cleer. The crowd becomes a chorus of boos, deeply displeased with Balowicz and his selfish actions. (24)


Overall Rating: 41 (Disappointed with lack of comedy matches)


OOC: So there is the first show. Finally! Positive or negative comments/suggestions are extremely appreciated. Also, 2 gold stars for anyone who knows why Thunderbolt attacked Kronos.

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<div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VWA The Audition</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Saturday January Week 3 2016</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:10px;">Attendance: 574</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Dunton%20Hall_zps0cwwe4oy.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">VWA Commissioner Dunton Hall makes his way down to the ring with a nondescript classical music piece playing in the background. Hall is wearing a plain gray suit which he either has a closet full of or he just re-wears the same one over and over again. Once in the ring, Hall grabs a microphone.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">

Hall again reiterates that the entire VWA locker room is auditioning for the opportunity to become the face of the company. He wants everyone to go out there and make an impression in any way they can…well, except for Cub Balowicz way. Hall disparages Balowicz for interfering in the main event of last show, ruining Landon Mallory’s final appearance for VWA and leaving the VWA European Championship vacant. </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">

</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Walker%20van%20Cleer_zpskhhtk5ro.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">

Walker Van Cleer takes this as his cue and comes down to the ring to join Dunton Hall. Walker agrees that the jealous action that Cub took last show was unacceptable and he should be punished for it. Walker asks Hall for the honor of being able to punish Cub for sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">

Dunton Hall declines Walkers request, citing that that is exactly what Cub wants. “Cub ruined my first night as commissioner so I’m going to ruin him in return.” Hall decides instead to make tonight’s main event a match between Walker Van Cleer and Jason Dempsey. With both men seeking validation, this bout will certainly be huge in deciding the successor to Landon Mallory as VWA European Champion. Hall concludes the segment by saying that instead of Cub main eventing, he will be curtain jerking against someone possibly even more unprofessional than he is (a subtle jab at Ultra Fly for wrestling under the influence last show). (32)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cub Balowicz vs. Ultra Fly</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Cub%20Balowicz_zpsy3knsdoc.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;"><strong>VS</strong></span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Ultra%20Fly_zpstfmq4bnj.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">This bout ended up being pretty much exactly what Dunton Hall wanted. He was able to keep Cub out of the main event picture while allowing him to get out some steam against a member of the roster that also needed some punishment. Once again, Ultra Fly looked a bit out of it out there, which only added to Cub’s fire. Cub absolutely bludgeoned him in route to a completely one sided victory. Again, Cub finished the match with a huge punch that rocked Ultra Fly and then put him to sleep by ensnaring him in a rear naked choke. (29)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jasper January vs. Antonio Arias</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Jasper%20January_zpsy61ugcm4.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Antonio%20Arias_zpsamaqocmp.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">Both of these guys have been having a really tough go of it as of late in VWA, with both men boasting a pretty depressing losing streak. Winning this match would represent redemption for one man, while losing would be yet another devastating blow in the midst of a terrible slump. This match went a surprisingly long time (11 or 12 minutes) with both men hungry to get back on the right track. Lots of near falls and a refusal to quit by either man really got the crowd invested in this one. In the end, Antonio Arias somewhat surprisingly picks up the victory. As he celebrates, Jasper January just seems to zone out in a bit of an emotional stupor while kneeling on the ground. (34)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

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</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">Backstage, in separate parts of the venue, Modern Day Warlord and Kronos are asking random stagehands if they have seen Thunderbolt. Both men obviously want to get their hands on him for getting involved in their match last show. (48)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wild Child vs. Griffin</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Wild%20Child_zpszlzqerq3.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Griffin_zpsfrosvdua.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">Prior to his match, Griffin surprisingly grabs a microphone. He again calls for Night Spyder to watch his match tonight. He wants him to see how he avoids falling into the trap of “high risk crap” that Wild Child engages in. He says he is going to win tonight while barely taking a scratch. (23)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">As far as the actual match is concerned, Griffin’s words weren’t too far off from the truth. Wild Child seemed extra fueled to go all out against Griffin, but being the wily vet that he is, Griffin just used that unchecked emotion against Wild Child, countering him at a very high frequency. Griffin does pick up the win and while he did take a bit of damage, he did come out of the bout largely unscathed, just as he claimed he would. (37)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Night Spyder vs. Michael Gregory</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Night%20Spyder_zpsyohl8y9u.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Michael%20Gregory_zpsem73zdny.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">Without uttering a single word, Night Spyder sent a big response to Griffin by doubling down on his high risk offense. His moves seemed to get riskier and even more death defying, but they paid off and then some. Spyder cruised to a very dominant victory and showed Griffin there is certainly more than one way to go about things. (31)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">Backstage, we rejoin Kronos’ hunt for Thunderbolt. He enters a locker room and the lights go out. There is a scuffle in the darkness and Kronos demands that the attacker identify himself. A muffled voice identifies himself as “Nobody”. The scuffle continued for a few more moments and then silence took over. A couple things get knocked around and then Kronos turns the lights back on, but the attacker is gone. Modern Day Warlord approaches from the hall and asks Kronos who attacked him. Kronos tells him it was “Nobody” and MDW laughs a bit as the segment comes to a close. (27)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Randy Haute vs. Matthew Macks</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Randy%20Haute_zpsrvbpbxxa.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Matthew%20Macks_zpsjt2xadfr.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">This match pretty much makes itself, with these two combatants entire personas being completely at odds with one another. Macks claims to be the future, while Haute is an aging veteran who needs to beat down the younger guys to retain his spot on the roster. Haute put on his typical performance, taking any and every shortcut that presented itself, while Macks went into overdrive, utilizing every ounce of athleticism to overcome Haute’s veteran tricks. Macks picks up the big victory with the Emerald Execution (his variation of the Harlem Hangover). </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Strap Match</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Lauro Giordano vs. Abominable Snowman</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Lauro%20Giordano_zpszephevbc.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Abominable%20Snowman_zpsxizhepxj.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">This match was made as punishment for Lauro walking out on the match last show and losing via count out. Lauro was super reluctant to allow the strap to be put on his wrist, while Snowman was incredibly eager. Once the match got underway, Giordano did his best to try and slip out of the strap or get away from Snowman, but his efforts were in vain. Eventually, Snowman was able to pull Giordano close to him utilizing the strap and commence the beat down. Clubbing blows and slams had Giordano in a constant state of getting up just to be knocked right back down. The little offense Giordano got in was ineffectual at best. Eventually, circumstances completely swayed both the momentum and result of the bout in just a few key moments. The strap ended up somewhat wrapped around Snowman’s throat just as he tossed Giordano to the outside apron. With some quick thinking, Giordano realized that if he dropped down off the apron, the strap would cinch around Snowman’s giant throat, choking him out. The referee tried to get Giordano to abandon his ghastly tactic, but it was too late. An incapacitated Snowman slumped over while Giordano demanded his strap be removed. Lauro gets the huge upset victory via stoppage. (25)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">The brutal finish wasn’t enough for Lauro Giordano, however. He wanted to verbally berate Abominable Snowman as well. He snatched a microphone from a nearby attendant and called Abominable Snowman “A hideous beast” and said “He’s lucky we don’t just lock him up in a cage and throw away the key!” (42)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Walker Van Cleer vs. Jason Dempsey</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Walker%20van%20Cleer_zpskhhtk5ro.jpg</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:36px;">VS</span></span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Jason%20Dempsey_zpshbmsad60.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';">This was a very good showing by both men. Jason Dempsey pulled out all the stops to try and show that he is the top guy in the company as he believes, but Walker Van Cleer would just not go away. That resiliency and possible a bigger set of tools at his disposal is what gave Walker the edge and the victory. Even though It is Walker Van Cleer who comes away the winner in the record books, but both men looked like a million bucks after this match up. (46)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span>http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w373/thefedorfan/Cub%20Balowicz_zpsy3knsdoc.jpg</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

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After the hard fought battle, Walker Van Cleer is then confronted by his rival, Cub Balowicz. The usually silent Balowicz decides he needs to make his voice heard. Through a very thick, but intimidating accent, Cub says that it is obvious that he and Walker are the top two guys. They should be the ones fighting for the belt. Walker agrees and the fans are abuzz. (34)</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"> </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">

Dunton Hall interrupts Cub and Walker on the big screen in the arena. Dunton Hall says that after all the action tonight, he has quite the stacked card in mind for VWA’s next outing. First, he makes a match pitting Night Spyder and Griffin against one another. He also seems amused by Lauro Giordano talking about putting Abominable Snowman in a cage because next show he gets his wish…sort of. It will be Lauro Giordano vs. Abominable Snowman in a steel cage match to break the 1-1 record they have against each other. And finally, Dunton Hall announces that there will be a match for the vacant VWA European Championship. The bout will feature Walker Van Cleer and….Matthew Macks! Cub is outraged and starts throwing expensive looking equipment around. Walker Van Cleer doesn’t seem happy about the announcement either. The final scene of the show is Cub Balowicz angrily approaching the camera and throwing it to the ground, causing the feed to go to static. (36) </span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">

</span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Overall Rating: 41</strong></span></span><span style="font-size:14px;"> (Disappointed with lack of comedy matches...again)</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">


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