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Where to start? To keep the early part of life short I suppose I was much like many a kids. Enamored with wrestling for as long as I can remember. I remember watching both NOTBPW and CGC growing up and going 'I'll be there' one day. A big tough guy one day taking on either the Stones or DeColts. The problem is I never became a big tough guy. I ended up being five foot seven and about a one sixty to one hundred and seventy pounds. Needless to say in wrestling I had a steep hill to climb.


Despite my size I pressed on. I worked hard to make the extra money so I could get some training from a dingy old school for about a year until I finally did my first show. I remember being excited despite the fact I drove four hours to get to the show. I didn't even mind I didn't get paid or I had to sleep in my car that night to cut costs. I got to wrestle! Sure the match was about two minutes and I got squashed by Biff The Bruiser, but I finally had some bragging rites as small as they may be.


Strange how things could go so fast. I had a handful of matches in six months when I got something of a big break. At least it will always be a big break to me. Daedalus Buchinsky created ACPW. It was a company looking for smaller, quicker wrestlers and apparently some of my matches got in the hands of him and booker Face Nelson. So here I was only eighteen with six months of of career in the books when I became part of their first show.


Even if the company was tuned towards the smaller wrestlers I still had a lot of climbing to do. There were true stars on that roster and many are still there today. I was the plucky underdog that never won much, but the pay was consistent and I got to work with guys that greatly helped me gain confidence and improve as a wrestler. It took me almost a year before I got a surprise victory over Taylor Kidd. Sure he was much like me in the fact he was near the bottom of the card, but it was my first ever win so I will always remember it.


Years passed and I continued to work with ACPW. I saw new names come in and some go. Despite that I never saw a huge rise in the card. I could accept that. In ring I felt I was pretty good for my age, but I would be the first to admit I am bland when it comes to personality. All I had was a bit of a pretty boy thing going that got some ladies cheering for me, but no real charisma and I should rarely ever be let near a mic if at all. It might be why as years progressed I found myself doing less shows and eventually in 2014 I found my contract up and Face Nelson decided not to renew it.


It was heart breaking, but perhaps for the best. That is what I was telling myself at least. I had been there just shy of five years and I only had a handful of wins. I figured with the experience I would at least get some calls. Do some small shows and hope for the next big break. The calls didn't come. The shows few and far between.


I had one match here in 2015. I did get to wrestle (and lose to) K-Squared, but that was back in March and since then not one single match. Now it is early November and I find that despite only being twenty-four that my career was already done. Not that it was ever a good enough one to pay the bills, but it was a nice way to release tension and not think about the horrible retail job I have been working the past few years. I was about to just give up when one day I got a call.



"Hey, kiddo. I am in town and want to talk. I got a deal you might be interested in."


The voice is one I hadn't heard from since leaving ACPW. Art Lawson was the road agent of ACPW the entire time I was there and a man I believe helped me greatly improving as a worker. I didn't even need to ask what he had in mind. It had to be wrestling related so I was on board without even knowing what I was getting into.



"Whatever it is. I'm in."


I'm Alistair Shufflebottom and I just got in over my head.



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It was about two days after the call when I managed to finagle a day off work to go meet up with Art. I couldn't It had only been a bit over the year since I saw him, but it really did feel like it had been ages. I don't know what he really wanted to talk about, but it was already an hour or two of conversation before that ever came up.</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "So what did you leave? I figured you were going to stay there until the company decided to close up or if you retired for good."</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Needed some fresh air, kiddo. I had been there from the start like you. That and when Canadian Dragon came around I could see the writing on the wall. Really he is a better fit as a road agent for them. Now that I have had several months I decided what I wanted to do. I am going to start my own company."</p><p> </p><p>

This is what I had hoped he meant when he called. Sometimes things work in mysterious ways and if it means me getting another shot to wrestle again I am all for it. I more couldn't believe Art wanted to meet me in person. He could have just called or emailed me letting me know he needed a worker.</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "So what is it? What kind of company?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Think similar to ACPW, kiddo. Same idea but different location. Canada is a pretty big place, but when you think about it there are some untapped markets for smaller companies. I figure eight or so wrestlers starting out. Just run a few shows. Keep it simple with some nice high paced action and we can start drawing a crowd. I figure even without big names we can attract at least thirty or so people."</p><p> </p><p>

It feels like ACPW all over again. Sure we had a bigger roster than eight people, but I remember that first show. Fifteen people in the audience and that was it. One thing I do admit liking is Art seems to want to do something similar than ACPW which bodes well for me. If it were anything else I would be assuming I was just there to eat pins. Maybe this time around I have a chance at getting some more wins.</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "So why like ACPW? What is going to make people want to see that when ACPW is already established?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Well for one they don't travel out of their comfort zone. We set up shop here in the Saskatchewan area we might pull in fans that like the product, but don't want to travel as much. Likewise bring in fans from the area that might not know about ACPW. Not like they are the biggest company, kiddo. Gonna change it up a bit too. Little differences here and there. It will work out, trust me."</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "So when are you looking to start? Do you have anyone signed yet?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "I want to get a show running monthly starting next year. I wanted to talk to you first before I got into working on signing talent."</p><p> </p><p>

Now that is kind of flattering. Not only did he come out to personally meet me, but I am apparently going to be the first signing?</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "Well I am on board if you need me. I miss being in the ring. So what do you need from me?"</p><p> </p><p>

The grin he gave was a bit worrying.</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Kid, I am giving you the book."</p><p> </p><p>

Oh boy. Now I am worried.</p><p> </p><p>

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The job of booker. One I never expected to have. Even a few days after that meeting I am not quite sure what Art was thinking. I have passion for the business, but there has to be several people out there that have a better understanding. In fact when it is such a small group I am not sure why he isn't running it all himself. It just makes me feel antsy and I have to admit unsure about myself. I know how to wrestle, but hiring talent and keeping them happy? Putting together a show and trying to tell people who is winning and losing? I am only a few months shy of being twenty-five. Will anyone even listen to me? Art assured me he would be around to help, but it is still a bit much.</p><p> </p><p>

Despite all that we did work closely on finding talent. Art had a pretty nice career even if he was never a star. Apparently he was wise to invest money in ventures outside the business so he has managed to make a nice living. He won't tell me what the budget was, but at the start we both agreed finding cheap talent to start was a good idea. By the time December was rolling around we had our first roster put together.</p><p> </p><p>

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

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Staff</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Art Lawson(Owner) / Kurt Lovenkrantz (Referee)</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

Not much more to say about Art. He is the one funding this and in the end gets the final say, though he said he is going to give me a long leash and will only step in if he sees a bad decision from a mile away. Despite only being thirty-four, Kurt is the third oldest member of the roster. He has been a referee for around five years and while not great he is more than fine for a company our size.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Perfomers</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Alistair Shufflebottom</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Not much to say here. I gave a bit too much about my history already. My style is mostly fast paced with some high flying moves moved in. I have managed to develop decent enough brawling skills and mat work. My weakness as far as ring work goes is I never was very good with submissions so I tend to stay away from them.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Brimstone</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

He fancies himself a hardcore high flyer. The hardcore aspect won't really be something he has to worry about. I have heard some stories about him injuring people in the ring which worries me, but Art thought he might bring an interesting touch to our roster. Hopefully now that he has about eight years under his belt as a performer he has learned not to be so dangerous.</p><p> </p><p>

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<em><span style="font-size:8px;">"Howdy!"</span></em></p><p>

<strong>Fearless Blue</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Kris was a member of XDW which from my understanding was a backyard federation that didn't last long. Many of the other alumni have gone on to find work, but Kris never did. He is actually a rather exciting worker to watch and is very athletic. Seems like a very nice and friendly guy that is excited to be part of the roster.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Kirk was a part of ACPW and joined up a few months after I did. He also only lasted a bit under two years before moving on. He offers something different due to his style being more on the lines of what you would say is a 'traditional' wrestler. He isn't as exciting as other members, but he is solid and a good mix of all the techniques overall.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Lobo Blanco</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

When Art was talking about a budget I didn't expect we would really be pulling in any veteran talent. Sure we had guys like Brimstone or Fearless Blue which have around eight years under their belt, but both are still young enough you wouldn't consider them a veteran. Lobo Blanco is easily our most expensive contract, but he is worth every penny. While not a big name in Canada he is well traveled and spent time in SOTBPW for several years. He is a solid technical wrestler that likes to grind people down on the mat. I admit I feel a bit intimidated working with him and being his boss.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Mercutio Sleep</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Mercutio has mostly been working in the Tri State area of the US, but an offer for more consistent work has drawn him to Canada. I don't know if it to be true, but Art has mentioned that some larger companies have actually had interest in Mercutio, but have not taken a chance on him just yet. Makes me wonder if he will be with us very long if that is true.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Mercy Micheals</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

If anyone on the roster didn't look like much of a wrestler I would say it is this man. Mercy looks more like a guy that is looking to get into fist fights at the local bar than someone that wrestles. He is the resident brawler type of the group and I suppose if we ever did have to do a hardcore style match he and Brimstone would be the first two names we would have come to mind as competitors.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Sandra Shine</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Well Art did say he wanted to do a few things different than ACPW and this certainly is different. At first when he mentioned women I figured he was talking a division, but then he made it clear that at least for now he wanted one female competitor in the mix and have her wrestle the guys. I am not sure how well it will go over, but Sandra was the one picked to carry that burden. She has been around less than a year and is the rookie out of all of us. Even so she is rather impressive for been wrestling for such a short time.</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Title and Show History</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>AAW All Action Canadian Championship</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/RAoWMrz.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Current Champ: 'Kick Ass' Kirk Drury</p><p> </p><p>

Previous Champs: None</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>Shows</strong></span>:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Taking Flight</strong>: <a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2192301&postcount=24" rel="external nofollow">1 </a>, <a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2193419&postcount=34" rel="external nofollow">2</a> , <a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2196101&postcount=46" rel="external nofollow">3</a></p><p> </p><p>

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(OOC: Credit to KnowYourEnemy for the belt design)</p>

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<p>Considering the subtitle, I'm surprised just how good this roster actually is. Almost looks like one of my training fed rosters. Well except for Sandra Shine mixing in with the boys. But then, nobody's really all that huge so that's not quite as crazy as it could be.</p><p> </p><p>

Oh and I don't know what it is but Shufflebottom's always kind of intrigued me where the ACPW crowd goes. I look forward to seeing more of how you write him.</p>

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I've never run an inter gender fed or women's fed for more than a few shows-- every time I start a game, the women's talent pool in the C-Verse is so much deeper that it isn't challenging enough to keep my interest. At small, you can usually draw in a top-10 talent with ~A Star Quality -- and it sort of breaks the game open.
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<p>That being said, I really look forward to your project. I've used Sandra Shine in TEW 2013, and she has plenty of talent to spare -- she could easily carry the company if need be. </p><p> </p><p>

I'm actually really enjoying the Women's wrestling dynasties on this forum -- SincereNoble's AAA Diary has been great.</p>

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<p>Hey all. Just want to thank you all for the comments and I am glad to see people excited to see how this goes. I have been wanting to do another take on AAW since 2016 came out, but wasn't sure how I wanted to go about it. I didn't want it to be a repeat and wanted to find some familiar faces, but also change things up to make it a memorable story in its own right.</p><p> </p><p>

For those that read my PSW diary I would just like to note I am not stopping, but maybe at least taking a short break as I get AAW on its feet. Once again thank you all.</p>

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Art: "So what do you think?"</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "Are you sure we are going to have room?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Of course we will have room. This place is bigger than you think. I took measurements and with the ring I am renting we should be able to have enough space for fifty or so seats. I would love to fill them all and be optimistic, but I figure at best we might get half of that. Even so I rather be over prepared."</p><p> </p><p>

The place reminds me a lot of the building the first few ACPW shows were ran out of, but perhaps smaller. I couldn't tell you what the dimensions were, but after hearing Art saying we could fit fifty people around the ring I am guessing it was about the same. It seems most seating would be on two sides with perhaps a single row on a third. That way the fourth can be left open towards the back where the talent can come in and out. Needless to say there probably won't be many dives being made outside if it can be helped.</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "It is hard to believe we will be holding a show in two weeks. Everything seems to be moving fast now."</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "It will be fine, kiddo. We are keeping it simple. Four matches and some talking here and there. I got all payments covered for the talent and rentals. We'll pick up the ring the day before and set it up overnight. Kurt and Sandra said they would help so the four of us should be able to knock things out in a few hours."</p><p> </p><p>

I could only nod. I am sure he could tell I was still nervous about it all, but I have been lately doing my best not to show it. The confidence comes in time. Or so that is what Art keeps assuring me. I just hope it comes sooner than later.</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "You're doing it again. Overthinking things."</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "No.....maybe a little."</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "A little is still too much. Come on."</p><p> </p><p>

With that Art slung an arm around my shoulders and turned me about. For a man that is 55 years old he still had one hell of a grip. He often talked about how he could still wrestle if he wanted to. And while he has gotten a bit of a gut to go along with going older I can't say I don't believe him nor do I want to have a match with him and find out.</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "Where are we going?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Down the street to the pub I saw, kiddo. We're going to have a sit down with some beers and plan things."</p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>AAW: Taking Flight</strong></span></p><p>

<strong>Wednesday, Week 2, January 2016</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Quarterfinal Matches to Crown the first AAW All Action Canadian Champion</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Lobo Blanco vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p> </p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs Kirk Drury</p><p> </p><p>

Brimstone vs Alistair Shufflebottom</p><p> </p><p>

Sandra Shine vs Fearless Blue</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p><strong>Lobo Blanco </strong>vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p>

<em><span style="font-size:8px;">Coin flip here, but Lobo Blanco is the better worker.</span></em></p><p> </p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs <strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p><p>

<em><span style="font-size:8px;">ACPW Boyz.</span></em></p><p> </p><p>

Brimstone vs <strong>Alistair Shufflebottom</strong></p><p>

<em><span style="font-size:8px;">Shuffling his way to the top.</span></em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Sandra Shine </strong>vs Fearless Blue</p><p>

<em><span style="font-size:8px;">It's hard to imagine Fearless Blue winning anything.</span></em></p>

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<p><strong>Lobo Blanco</strong> vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p>

<em>Lobo is the kind of guy that should be holding the title tbh.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs <strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p><p>

<em>The good lad setting up the ring gets a win. And he's a wrestler, not a cashier at the supermarket cosplaying as a wrestler.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Brimstone</strong> vs Alistair Shufflebottom</p><p>

<em>I really don't know why, of all the AAW originals, why you hired Brimstone again. You just love the baddies.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Sandra Shine vs <strong>Fearless Blue</strong></p><p>

<em>Fearless Blue is still my boy. Defying feminism and equal booking rights, hallelujah!</em></p>

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<p><strong>Lobo Blanco</strong> vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p>

<em>I see Blanco as one of your better workers, so need to get him some wins.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs <strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p><p>

<em>Give some love to your old friend that counted lights with you.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Brimstone</strong> vs Alistair Shufflebottom</p><p>

<em>You'll get there, but let's build up Brimmie some before letting him blow it off with Blanco.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Sandra Shine</strong> vs Fearless Blue</p><p>

<em>Didn't bring her in to lose, right?</em></p>

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<p><strong>Lobo Blanco </strong>vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p>

<em>Sleep is pretty decent, but Blanco is better, and more respected</em></p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs <strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p><p>

<em>Drury looks like a wrestler, Michaels don't</em></p><p>

Brimstone vs <strong>Alistair Shufflebottom</strong></p><p>

<em>He's the booker, Brimstone isn't great</em></p><p>

Sandra Shine vs <strong>Fearless Blue</strong></p><p>

<em>Fearless is a favourite of mine</em></p>

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<p>Quarterfinal Matches to Crown the first AAW All Action Canadian Champion</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Lobo Blanco </strong>vs Mercutio Sleep</p><p>

<em>Lobo may very well be your figurehead... if you can afford him.</em></p><p>

Mercy Michaels vs <strong>Kirk Drury</strong></p><p>

<em>Kick-Ass over here has the talent and overness to take the whole thing home, baby. Michaels is here to put guys over.</em></p><p>

Brimstone vs <strong>Alistair Shufflebottom</strong></p><p>

<em>I... don't see you losing in the first round. I'm guessing you'll put over the eventual champion in the semis.</em></p><p>

<strong>Sandra Shine</strong> vs Fearless Blue</p><p>

<em>Shine is star-in-waiting. Fearless Blue is a redneck jobber.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Interested to see where you go from here. A lot of good options down the road -- some of your choices may not be the best financial ones, but I'd think otherwise the lineup would feel same-y.</p>

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Quarterfinal Matches to Crown the first AAW All Action Canadian Champion


Lobo Blanco vs Mercutio Sleep


You need a good worker to advance and the White Wolf is the choice.


Mercy Michaels vs Kirk Drury


Popularity is the key to advance.


Brimstone vs Alistair Shufflebottom


As above.


Sandra Shine vs Fearless Blue


If you want a woman, you need to push her.

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<strong><span style="font-size:14px;">AAW Presents: Taking Flight</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Wednesday, Week 2, January 2016</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Saskatchewan, Canada</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

33 Attending</strong></p><p> </p><p>

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<em><span style="font-size:8px;">"Howdy!"</span></em></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

Fearless Blue makes his way to the ring ready to kick things off for the first official show of AAW. He has a dopey smile on his face as he looks over the crowd.</p><p> </p><p>

Fearless Blue: "Howdy! I have to say I am mighty excited to be here in AAW. And it would be a darn good time if I could be the first champion here."</p><p> </p><p>

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Before he can get much further a rather peppy looking Sandra Shine comes into the ring. Fearless Blue seems a bit enamored by the young lady, but composes himself to show her respect.</p><p> </p><p>

Sandra Shine: "Sorry to interrupt, but I am just nervous and....well I am ready for the match. I feel like I have a lot to prove being the only woman here. And I am sorry Blue, but you are the first person I have to take out if I am going to be champion."</p><p> </p><p>

Fearless Blue: "Aww shucks. Don't be so nervous, Ms. Shine. We can get started. Oh, and one more thing. Woman or man. Everyone here will have to learn to Fear the Fearless."</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Rating: 21</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Fearless Blue vs Sandra Shine</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

The first match of AAW kicks off with a very evenly contested bout. Fearless Blue has the experience edge by far, but he very much relies on high risk moves that wow the crowd. Sandra shows more polish and a better all around game. The two trade momentum a few times until Fearless Blue's luck just seems to run out. He misses on a 450 splash and Sandra Shine capitalizes by hitting some big kicks to further daze Blue and finally puts him away with a Rise and Shine super rana.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Winner: Sandra Shine</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">

Rating: 31</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Brimstone vs Alistair Shufflebottom</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

There is a strange beauty to the car crash style offense of Brimstone. It is a mix of brawling and high flying moves that he uses to overwhelm Alistair at first. With that being said Brimstone looks to need a lot more work in several areas and Alistair is carrying most of the load in this match. He takes a beating and makes Brimstone look great in doing so for the first few minutes, but then the smaller man starts to mount his comeback and show off a nice blend of brawling and chain wrestling with a mix of more high risk offense. Alistair in the end overcomes the beating he took earlier and delivers a big running dropkick into the corner to put Brimstone away.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Winner: Alistair Shufflebottom</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">

Rating: 34</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>'Kick Ass' Kirk Drury vs Mercy Michaels</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

This match is a bit different compared to the first two. Both men aren't really the type to deliver the flashier moves like some of the other competitors and rely on other strengths. In Mercy's case he is very smash mouth and relies on stiff elbows and kicks. Kirk shows off a more well rounded game and can trade shots with Mercy, but soon starts to rely more on his mat based game to keep the brawler down and for the most part unable to put up much of a fight. Kirk mostly concentrates on punishing the legs of Mercy to eventually apply his favorite submission, the Scorpion Deathlock. Mercy tries to fight to the ropes, but finds himself having to tap out.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Winner: Kirk Drury</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">

Rating: 33</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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A confident and cocky looking Mercutio Sleep enters the ring in preparation for the main event. He does elicit a few boos do to the fact he brushes off attempts at high fives from the audience and even looks at them with a bit of disgust.</p><p> </p><p>

Mercutio Sleep: "My opponent tonight wears a mask. He calls it tradition, but I think the only kind of man that wears a mask is a coward. Lobo Blanco, tonight I am going to give you such a beating I will send you running all the way back to Mexico and never want to come back. And once I am done with you I will be one step closer to the title."</p><p> </p><p>

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Lobo Blanco comes to the ring and doesn't seem too impressed by what he heard come from Mercutio. He just stares the other man down for a few moments and then slaps Mercutio across the face when he tries to start trash talking. The match begins quickly after that.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Rating: 21</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Lobo Blanco vs Mercutio Sleep</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Lobo Blanco shows great poise and his experience in the ring shows. Things are very fluid and natural for him and his technical prowess is rather impressive. Mercutio more than holds up his end as well. He perhaps isn't great at anything, but he has a good blend of skills that probably mean he can pretty much compliment any style rather well. A strong start by Lobo is countered by a good old thumb to the eye that allows Sleep to take control and score several near falls. The lack of three count visibly frustrates him and Lobo starts to fight back. The two exchange blows for a bit and finally Lobo starts to get momentum when he grounds Sleep finds various ways to painfully bend Mercutio Sleep. The masked wrestler picks up a victory when he slaps on an Indian Deathlock which Sleep quickly submits to instead of risk further damage.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Winner: Lobo Blanco</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"> </span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">

Rating: 40</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Final Rating: 36</strong></span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

- Kick Ass made the mistake of not shaking the hand of another worker before the show. Art stepped in to reprimand Kirk and tell him he should know better. His sentence was to buy drinks for those that decide to go out after the show.</p><p> </p><p>

- It was kind of hectic for me. On top of being in a match I was also the one working as a road agent. Art discussed a few things with me on what he wanted to see, but for the most part was hands off. Kirk was helpful and when I was in the ring he helped cover for me on that part.</p><p> </p><p>

- We got thirty-three people for our first show which is more than I expected. If we can keep that up I will be happy. I doubt we made any sort of profit off this show, but it is good to see about twice as many people as expected. Hopefully we can grow on that.</p><p> </p><p>

- Lobo was going to be in the main event no matter what. In this case we went with Mercutio Sleep as his opponent and it worked out well. I think in general everything worked out fine and I went ahead and volunteered to be Brimstone's opponent just to see if rumors of him being reckless were true. At least tonight it wasn't the case.</p><p> </p><p>

- And with the show being over we are down to myself, Lobo Blanco, Sandra, and Kirk as our semi-finalists. It was really hard to choose who all would advance. Lobo was about the only lock and really the other three spots could have been a mix of people.</p><p> </p><p>

- I need a nap.</p>

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Oww.</p><p> </p><p>

I admit I was excited to be back in the ring that I forget the soreness that usually comes the next day. It might not help that Brimstone was a bit on the stiff side with quite a few of his moves. Even so the pain isn't too horrible. Some ice and a heating pad will help and I am sure by the evening I should be mostly back to normal. Of course getting back into the swing of things should make the soreness not so bad as I get used to wrestling again. At least I felt I didn't have too much rust.</p><p> </p><p>

I was settling down on the couch with some ice when the phone began to ring. Dammit, I knew I forgot to bring something with me. Rushing to grab the phone right now was probably one of the things I didn't really want to do at the moment.</p><p> </p><p>

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Art: "Hey, Kiddo. Just want to say good show to start off on the right foot. Can only go up from here."</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "I hope so. So everyone is for sure going to comeback? Even if some are having to pay a bit to even travel up this way?"</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "If anything kid a few of the guys are looking to get a place closer by since they know they at least got somewhat consistent work. Not sure how that will affect jobs, family and all that, but that is all up to them. We just offer them a check."</p><p> </p><p>

I had a few ideas on who might be ones looking to move this way. Lobo has to be one. Probably some of the US based guys too. Brimstone, Mercy and Mercutio all have pretty far travels and they aren't exactly getting paid big bucks.</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "Just wanted to give you a call and rest up a few days. We'll meet up this next weekend and start working on the next show. How are you feeling?"</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair: "A bit sore. Just going to ice myself and watch some television."</p><p> </p><p>

Art: "It sounds weird, but I bet you miss that pain. It is the pain you feel after a job well done. Catch you later kiddo."</p><p> </p><p>

He is right in a way I suppose. A good pain that comes with doing something I love. Everything you want in life comes with some sort of price. If this is the price I have to pay for a match then so be it. Now if it feels like a fair trade when I start getting into my thirties? That remains to be seen.</p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>AAW: Taking Flight 2</strong></span></p><p>

<strong>Wednesday, Week 2, February 2016</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Semifinal Matches to Crown the first AAW All Action Canadian Champion</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Lobo Blanco vs Sandra Shine</p><p> </p><p>

Alistair Shufflebottom vs Kirk Drury</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Other Matches Include</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Brimstone vs Fearless Blue</p><p> </p><p>

Mercutio Sleep vs Mercy Michaels</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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