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December 1st 1997- 7:43AM

The Sleep Eazy Motel- Newark, Delaware






Not exactly the thing anyone would like being barked down the phone to you first thing Monday morning.


My name is Dara Miller, or if you're someone who actually follows indie wrestling in Britain in the state it's in nowadays, you might know me as Dara McCoolpants. For whatever reason, I decided this time of year was a good time to make a trip to America, make visits to some friends I made while they were on tour here last year, and if possible squeeze in a few bookings.


Since you most of you likely have no clue who I am, I'm a 21 year old independent wrestler from Ireland. I've been working the British independent scene for close to 4 years now, since wrestling is practically non-existent in my home country, not that the British scene is much better. Honestly, I'm not huge into the non-mainstream scene anywhere in the world, even if I do love working in it. I've been in America for about a month now, just drifting from place to place, but for the most part I've stuck to the east coast. I mostly get bookings because of my dumb, or I guess 'unique', ring name, Dara McCoolpants. I used to work under my real name with the same 'Teen Idol' stuff I still do, one night I used that name as a joke but it was pretty well received so I guess I'm stuck with it now.




The voice yelling at me through a cell phone I didn't even know I had was Ace Darling, a mainstay on the American indie scene for years. He used to be a frequent job guy in WWF and he's currently one of the top stars of the ECWA, a Delaware promotion that I worked for on my little tour. Based on my limited discussions with him, he's a decent enough guy and he's been one of the biggest helps in getting me used to working over here. So him being this pissed at me is incredibly out of character. Then again, I can tell I have been drinking pretty heavily, judging off this god-awful headache.




"What the hell do you think you're doing waltzing in here like this?"


Uh... What?

"Sorry, mate... I have no clue what you're on about."




He let out a long, angry sigh before he managed to lower his voice, to the joy of my pounding head.


"I just woke up to a letter from Jim Kettner telling me that you're after taking the ****ing book!"


Okay, let me just make something perfectly clear here. I'm supposed to be getting a flight home to Ireland in two days time for the holidays. Just to take some time off, let my body recover, spend time with my family, that kind of stuff. It was never my intention to get a job here, especially not something like being a booker of a company, irregardless of how small it is.


As I tried to process the information I just learned, Ace went back to yelling at me.


"Well, Mr. Boss Man, if that's the way you want to operate, then I'm not putting up with you. I'm out, don't expect to ever see me in ECWA again, you ****ing traitor."


The phone clicked and I threw my head back against the pillow on the rough mattress I had spend how ever much of the night I had actually slept on. The Sleep Eazy Motel was a tiny, off-ramp motel. It wasn't exactly the most comfortable of places. I still wasn't quite sure how I got here, I'm pretty damn sure I was in Philadelphia last night.


So what the hell had I gotten up to last night?


December 1st 1997- 2:33PM

Meg's Diner- Newark, Delaware


After having some coffee and getting my head together in some manner, the first logical thing to do seemed to be to call Jim Kettner, the promoter of ECWA, to try and piece together some of what had went down the night before. From all my dealings with Kettner, he was significantly less scummy than most promoters I was used to talking to, and for the most part nowhere near as loud and pompous either. But he, like Ace, was uncharacteristically angry when he took the seat opposite me in the diner.


Meg's was a small, not too busy diner in Delaware, just a few blocks away from the building which served as both the ECWA 'offices' and the usual location for a majority of the shows. From what I'd heard in the locker room, Jim had some kind of a strange love for this place. Whenever he wanted to talk to someone, be it talent or potential business partners or whatever.




"So let me get this straight, you swear to me you'll have us on pay-per-view in 3 years, drunkenly shit talk one of our top guys and then cause one of our backbones to walk out on us and now you're telling me you're not going to even stick around to do the job?!?"




"Yes. That would appear to be the situation."


He was angry, that was very clear to me. Maybe it was just because Jim was so calm most of the time, but he was pretty damn scary when he was angry.


"Well listen here, kid. You made some pretty damn big promises to me when you were running your mouth last night." He stopped to shake his head and sigh. "It's my own darn fault for listening to big-mouthed drunk kid. But let me make something clear to you. You're going to be held responsible for this company's future."


"I can't just throw my life away for this."


Jim shook his head.


"You don't get it, do you? It's too late to take this back. Either you step up and take what you wanted, or this company goes down and you never work in America again."


Well, shite. That's that decided then. I had a small feeling Kettner was bluffing, but I knew that this would also be the opposite of good for my own reputation. Plus... I did have to take some level of responsibility for what I had said in my drunken stupor.


"There's so much stuff to deal with. Like, I need somewhere to stay, I'll probably need a way to make some money, a visa..."


"That's all your problem. But you know Chuck Ristano? He can hook you up with a quick visa."




Chuck Ristano was ECWA's 'official journalist'. I had met him once or twice, and he was one of the few people around I was able to call 'kid'. He was barely out of high school and no one could explain to me how he had secured this position, other than the fact that he seemed to have a 'guy' for everything. Needed chairs for the venue, or for match purposes? Chuck had a guy. Needed to fix dodgy sound equipment on short notice? Chuck had a guy. Apparently securing visas was just another thing on that list.


I was just staring into the coffee in front of me, trying to figure out how I'd explain this to everyone back home, when Jim went on.


"Meet me at the office later. Bring along some kind of booking plans, show me if you can really match up to your claims."He shook his head one more time."You have no idea how much crap I'm gonna have to deal with business wise. If you make me regret this, I swear..."


Jim pretty much up and left at that point and I came to the sudden and real realisation that I had messed up. Big thing. But... I had to make the best of this.


Time to get to work.


OOC Comments: This is my first ever attempt at a dynasty and I thought I'd try and make it a bit unique, both in terms of company and the writing style. I hope people enjoy it! The McCoolpants character has stats according to the Road to Glory stat rules, but this isn't really a Road to Glory save. I will probably eventually have him move company (if I get that far) but for now, he's just an ECWA guy. Next time: The Meeting at HQ and the roster revealed!





The Herbert Wells Ice Arena, College Park, Maryland

Saturday, Week 3, December 1997

**Card to be Announced!**

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</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-size:36px;">ROSTER</span></strong></span></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>ECWA Heavyweight Championship</strong></span></p><p>

<span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Current Champion: </strong></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Viper</span></strong></span></p><p><strong>

~Previous 3 Champions~</strong></p><p><strong>

5: Glen Osborne (February 22, 1997 -> March 22, 1997)</strong></p><p><strong>

4: Cheetah Master (May 10, 1996 -> February 22, 1997)</strong></p><p><strong>

3: Ace Darling (March 3, 1996 -> May 10, 1996)</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>ECWA Mid-Atlantic Championship</strong></span></p><p>

<span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Current Champion: </strong></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Reckless Youth</span></strong></span></p><p><strong>

~Previous 3 Champions~</strong></p><p><strong>

4: Ace Darling (February 22, 1997 -> November 29, 1997)</strong></p><p><strong>

3: VACANT (??? -> February 22, 1997)</strong></p><p><strong>

2: Boogie Woogie Brown (?? January 1997 -> ???)</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>ECWA Tag Team Champion</strong></span></p><p>

<span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Current Champion: </strong></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Cheetah Master & Lance Diamond</span></strong></span></p><p><strong>

~Previous 3 Champions~</strong></p><p><strong>

6: Viper & Armageddon (October 1996 -> April 26, 1997)</strong></p><p><strong>

5: Boogie Woogie Brown & Inferno Brown (May 16, 1996 -> October 1996)</strong></p><p><strong>

4: Steve Corino & Lance Diamond (November 17, 1995 -> May 16, 1996)</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>December 1st 1997- 8:30PM</strong></p><p><strong> ECWA HQ- Newark, Delaware</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">The ECWA headquarters was basically exactly what you would expect from an independent promotion. It was two respectable size offices upstairs from a Blockbuster Video store. It had taken me quite a while to manage to find the store, given I had never been to Newark with the exception of the one show I had done for ECWA a few days before and the prior night's drinking session. I wound up having to text around to several of the ECWA roster to get directions, and even then some of them had no clue that Jim even had an office. I had spent the hours since my prior engagement with Kettner in my motel room trying to piece together something that would somewhat calm him down a bit. I thought I had both together something interesting enough, hopefully Jim would agree even though I could tell our wrestling philosophies were very different.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> From the moment I climbed the stairs to the floor that the offices were on, it was clear that they weren't really cared for in the manner they should have been. The carpets were damp, there was paint peeling off the walls and there was balls of crumbled up paper on the floor closer to one of the doors. I poked my heard and Jim was in there. He sighed when he saw me and looked away from the pages in front of him.</span></p><p> </p><p> <em>"Come in here then, kid. Let's get this over and done with..."</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> "You don't sound like you have a lot of faith..."</em> <span style="color:#000080;">I flashed him a little grin.</span></p><p> </p><p> <em>"Don't push it, kid. Just tell me what your ideas are and we'll see if it makes me happy about this."</em></p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">I nodded at him and pulled the yellow paged legal pad out of the backpack I had with me. I have no clue why, but I just prefer writing on yellow paper.</span> <em>"Okay, here's what I came up with in the last few hours..."</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42140" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Basic Outlines for ECWA's future</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong>#1:</strong></span><span style="color:#000080;"> Focus on making ECWA the </span><span style="color:#000080;"><em>number one</em></span><span style="color:#000080;"> independent promotion in the world.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>#2:</strong></span><span style="color:#000080;"> Given the way that wrestling is going, characters and good storytelling are key.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>#3:</strong></span><span style="color:#000080;"> But if we wish to stand out, we can push top quality matches along with both of those.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>#4:</strong></span><span style="color:#000080;"> We need to get people known as 'ECWA guys'. Even when they work elsewhere, </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> people should be aware of us.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>#5:</strong></span><span style="color:#000080;"> The current operation style is outdated. People aren't aware of our shows happening, </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> and even if they are we aren't drawing them from outside of Newark.</span></p></div><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">Jim shook his head at me again.</span> <em>"You seem to not understand that I'm the one who you're calling outdated."</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>"Well, I feel wrestling is evolving, but ECWA hasn't yet."</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>"And I feel that I'm the one in charge here, you're just booking. So we'll see how you do at that first."</em></p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">To be honest, I probably could have worded that differently, but Jim did definitely have a point. At the end of the day, he was the one pulling the strings and booking venues and that sort of stuff. I'd probably have to build up a lot of goodwill before I could get a say in that kind of thing.</span> </p><p> </p><p> <em>"Okay, I understand where you're coming. But I do have some talent ideas that I think I can do some cool things with, if you don't mind having a look."</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42140" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y361/RicketyZubat/ECWA%20dynasty/Edge%201_zps2gfeo92o.jpg</span><p> <span style="color:#000080;">Adam Copeland, who sometimes go by the name of Sexton Hardcastle, is a young Canadian talent who is friendly with Christian Cage, who we of course already have on our roster. I think their natural chemistry could give us some entertaining stuff.</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y361/RicketyZubat/ECWA%20dynasty/CW%20Anderson_zps5ojuikhm.jpg</span></p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">CW Anderson is a very solid heel worker who claims a connection to the famous Anderson family. He hasn't become too popular around the circuit yet, but I feel at the very least he could be a reliable 'gateway' heel for us.</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y361/RicketyZubat/ECWA%20dynasty/Joey%20Matthews_zpsgz0kgwka.jpg</span></p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">Joey Matthews who, on occasion, tags with Christian York, who is already an established ECWA roster member. I would like to establish a strong tag division in our promotion, as I feel that tag wrestling isn't very focused on right now and that it could add a level of uniqueness to ECWA.</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y361/RicketyZubat/ECWA%20dynasty/Tracy%20Smothers%20FBI_zpsiw0jxyoz.jpg</span></p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">Of course, even with the shift in presentation of wrestling right now, a good proper heel character is always appreciated, and I think Tracy Smothers can be that man for us. He's a very talented worker, and also experienced, so he can help us with developing talent and also has the potential to be our top heel if need be.</span></p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">Jim definitely looks intrigued at my proposals and he nodded as I finished my list.</span> <em>"Even if I disagree with some of what you say, it's important that we work together for the good of the company. You understand that?"</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>"Of course I do, sir."</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>"No need to call me that, we're partners now. I'll do my best to get those guys booked. But don't expect me to be throwing money about."</em> <span style="color:#000080;">I thanked Jim and he looked down at the notes he had been going through when I came in here.</span> <em>"We have a show coming up at the end of the month in Maryland. Ice rink. I thought it'd be a good idea if we could throw some kind of card together, for promotional purposes."</em></p><p> </p><p> <span style="color:#000080;">That process was not easy. Me and Jim were debating pros and cons of certain decisions for hours on end, but eventually the first show of the McCoolpants regime was established. I decided against wrestling on it, because I wanted to focus on the booking aspect, but Jim had told me he had no problem with me booking myself if I felt it would be good or the show. Which I do. Anyway, here's what our card for Maryland looks like...</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">ECWA Live!</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">The Herbert Wells Ice Arena, College Park, Maryland </span></strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>Saturday, Week 3, December 1997</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>Card/Prediction Sheet</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>~For the ECWA Heavyweight Championship!</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Viper © defends against Christian Cage!</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Notes:</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>~For the ECWA Tag Team Championships!~</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Cheetah Master & Lance Diamond © defend against The Haas Brothers!</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Notes:</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>~For the ECWA Mid-Atlantic Championship!~</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Reckless Youth © defends against a debuting roster member!</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Notes:</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> CW Anderson vs Michael Modest!</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> Notes:</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> PLUS! Scoot Andrews, Christian York & MORE in action!</span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#000080;"> </span><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>Who will Reckless Youth's opponent be?</strong></span></p></div><p></p>
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I'm really interested in this one- normally I'm not a fan of real-world dynasties but the historical angle makes this one a lot more interesting. I'm not gonna post predictions this time- I know less than half of these guys and can't really judge it- but I'm definitely reading.
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<p>~For the ECWA Heavyweight Championship!</p><p>

Viper © defends against <strong>Christian Cage!</strong></p><p>

Notes: Christian!</p><p> </p><p>

~For the ECWA Tag Team Championships!~</p><p>

Cheetah Master & Lance Diamond © defend against <strong>The Haas Brothers</strong>!</p><p>

Notes: Haas= Blind faith to me</p><p> </p><p>

~For the ECWA Mid-Atlantic Championship!~</p><p>

<strong>Reckless Youth ©</strong> defends against a debuting roster member!</p><p>

Notes:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CW Anderson</strong> vs Michael Modest!</p><p>

Notes:</p><p> </p><p>

PLUS! Scoot Andrews, Christian York & MORE in action!</p><p> </p><p>

Who will Reckless Youth's opponent be? Adam Copeland( Or whatever his alter ego name is here, basically I'm thinking Edge)</p>

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