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Passing The Torch

<p style="border:3px;border-style:solid; border-color:#0020C2; padding: 2em;"> January, 2016

Houston, TX


The three of them had gathered in the office that was QAW headquarters. An hour earlier, Sarah had gone her first match in QAW, rolled up by Toni Parissi in front of close to 700 people. It had been a good match for what it was, Toni had gotten the heat she should, and everybody seemed happy enough.


The office itself wasn't a very large room to begin with, and the the piles of paper, magazines and DVDs everywhere made the room seem even more cramped.


<img src="http://i.imgur.com/Ejm21gp.jpg" alt="Farrah Hesketh" />

The discrepancy between the untidy office and the immaculate appearance of the woman behind the desk could no be bigger. Farrah Hesketh, wrestling icon and owner of QAW was sitting with her chair against a wall lined with posters from previous QAW events.



In a cheap almost stereotypical "guest chair", a fidgeting Sarah Wilkes. If she was going to describe herself, comparisons to Farrah would be inevitable, because that's who she grew up trying to emulate. Since this was sort of an employment interview even though the contract was already signed, the typical positive attributes came to mind - dependable, positive, problem solving. Someone a booker could turn to and she would always have the answer "I can do that". But she had never been asked to be the booker before. Not since she'd decided that she should go over when wrestling her brother in the family backyard. And since the only one seeing her give her brother Adam his first concussion was their dad, Sarah didn't think that counted as work experience. She was also just 20 years old. QAW was the first "name" wrestling company she had ever worked for.


"I'm not sure I can do that", she was forced to admit, "I mean, I have never done it before, but if that is a job offer, there is not a chance in hell I'm going to say no."




The third person in the room, another legend, at least if you were steeped in the mid-South wrestling scene, Jackson "Bossman" Brayfield had sunk deep down in an armchair that rivalled the age of Brayfield himself. Somehow they seemed to belong together, from the same bygone era. The Bossman's attention had been diverted by the very nice cigar Farrah wouldn't let him light up in her office. Seeing that Brayfield wasn't going to answer, it was Farrah that broke what was starting to become an awkwardly long pause.


"This wasn't my idea. In fact, I think it is borderline foolish. I hired you to wrestle and bolster up the midcard, and if you got the reaction we hoped, move up to main events. You are the youngest workers in the company. I'm not saying you're not talented, just that you don't have the experience I would have looked for. When Jackson told me he wanted to spend more time with grand children and less time with workers showing up late to meetings high on drugs, I expected him to suggest one of our more experienced workers to replace him. But..."


"But I told her that if I'm going to hand over the book of this company to anyone, it could only be you." Bossman was suddenly animated, and fixed his gaze on Sarah.


"Don't get me wrong, I want to do this, more than anything, I'm just confused..." Sarah was trying desperately to seem composed, but not doing terribly well. She hadn't even applied for it, and was now being offered her dream job. And she could not understand why.


"Do you remember when we first met?" She nodded. Of course she remembered. It wasn't that long ago she had first been signed to do a few shows for QAW. She had introduced herself, they had discussed what her role on the roster was going to be, her gimmick, and...


"You showed me a notebook. Match notes. Ideas for how to use your character. Story line ideas enough to last a career." Brayfield chuckled, but there was something in his voice. He wasn't making fun of her, like most did. Always the nerd. She nodded. She had shown him her notes. How could she not? Bossman Brayfield had been in the industry longer than she had been alive. When they met, she felt an instant connection, maybe just her imagination, but she couldn't remember the last time someone so actively had listened to her. She had thirsted for just one little bit of feedback from someone like him but instead got a long dialogue with someone who treated her like an equal... His voice brought her back from her memories.


"So I realized then that this company had two bookers, and doesn't need more than one. I think I can finally make time to take the grand kids fishing." Jackson Brayfield looked pleased like a well fed cat.


Suddenly the implication raised panic in her. "You can't... I mean, I came here because I wanted to work for Farrah, but I want to work WITH you, not be your replacement..." She looked at him desperately. Learning from someone experinced in the business like Bossman Brayfield would be invaluable.


Bossman chuckled a bit and looked over to Farrah who had been observing the exchange in silence. "Don't worry, kid. I'm not dying, and I don't intend to go anywhere until you don't need me any more. But you can do this, I know you can."


Having assessed the situation, Farrah spoke up. "So here's how I'd like to do this. Jackson passes the book to Sarah. Jackson stays on, making sure the transition is smooth, until we see that our new booker know what she's doing. Is that acceptable to everyone involved? I trust Jackson's judgement, but I'm not throwing all eggs in one basket now after we have gotten QAW this far by sound, cautious business decisions."


"When do I start?"


"Now. Next show's on Monday."


<div style="border: solid 4px #0020C2;"><blockquote> QAW Fact Sheet



Key Feature: Mainstream, Lucha Libre

Heavy: Traditional, Modern

Very Low: Cult, Risque, Realism, Daredevil


(Trends, American market: Traditional and Mainstream - popular, Risque - very popular)


Great Lakes: 11; Mid Atlantic: 13; Mid South: 62; Mid West: 29; North West: 12; South East: 32; South West: 25

Northern Mexico: 20; West Central: 12


QAW has put on shows in the Mid South, the Mid West, the South East, the South West and Northern Mexico.



Production Values: High Quality

Live Event Experience: Large

Broadcast Quality: In House

Music: Minor Licensed



(as of the end of September 2018)

Cash at hand: $2,057,366

Profit in 2018: $1,347,892




Main Eventers


Capitano, Chitose Ariwara (Contenders Crown), Foxxy LaRue, Paige Croft, Cherry Bomb (Shockwave), Jillian Jarvis, Talia Quinzel (World, Tag Team)


Upper Midcarders


Juana Huracán, Higa, Pamela Rojo, Teresa Perez, Killer Kass, Purple Viper




Laura Flame Ava Anderson (Trios), Brooke Tyler (Trios), Charity Sweet, Claire Winters (Tag Team), Deborah Young, Lily Snyder (Trios)


Lower Midcarders

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Etsuko Arihyoshi, Gemmei Onishii, Maria Guest, Thea Davis, Maribel Mercado, Spectre


Openers and Enhancement Talent


Águila Azul Celeste, Jaguar Queen


Injured Reserve


Christy Higgins




Last five champions, where applicable


World Champion Prestige (100)


  • Talia Quinzel Oct 2018 - Present
  • Chitose Ariwara Aug 2018 - Oct 2018
  • Paige Croft Jan 2018 - Aug 2018
  • Foxxy LaRue (4) Aug 2017 - Jan 2018
  • Danielle Sweetheart (3) Jun 2017 - Aug 2017


Tag Team Champions (100)


  • The Untouchables Sep 2018 - Present
  • Vacant Sep 2018
  • Bubblegum Brawlers (2) Aug 2018 - Sep 2018
  • Dogs of War Mar 2018 - Aug 2018
  • Bubblegum Brawlers Dec 2017 - Mar 2018


Shockwave Champion (70)


  • Cherry Bomb Oct 2018 - Present
  • Pamela Rojo Aug 2018 - Oct 2018
  • Purple Viper (3) Jun 2018 - Aug 2018
  • Chitose Ariwara Mar 2018 - Jun 2018
  • Charity Sweet Dec 2017 - Mar 2018


Shockwave Trios Champions (60)


  • The Franchise Players Sep 2018 - Present
  • Jaguar Clan (Águila Azul Celeste, Juana Huracán, Teresa Perez) Sep 2018 - Sep 2018


Contenders Crown (100)


  • Chitose Ariwara 2018
  • Lauren Easter 2017


Queen of the Ring (91)


  • Higa 2018
  • Paige Croft 2017
  • Alina America 2016
  • Danielle Sweetheart (3) 2015
  • Danielle Sweetheart (2) 2014


Miss Mexico Trophy (51)


  • Paige Croft Oct 2018

Tag Teams:

Anderson & Snyder (Ava Anderson, Lily Snyder)

Bad Girls (Foxxy LaRue, Laura Flame)

Bubblegum Brawlers (Christy Higgins, Teresa Perez) (Tag Team Champions)

Kitsune Warriors (Chitose Ariwara, Etsuko Arihyoshi)

Princesses of Pain (Paige Croft, Maribel Mercado) (inactive)

Special Edition (Charity Sweet, Deborah Young)

The Dogs of War (Capitano, Killer Kass)

The Untouchables (Claire Winters, Talia Quinzel)

Top Dogs (Killer Kass, Spectre)


QAW Hall of Fame:

  • Danielle Sweetheart (3x QAW World, 3x QAW Queen of the Ring) Class of 2016
  • Farrah Hesketh (Founder) Class of 2016
  • Foxxy LaRue (4x QAW World, 1x QAW Tag Team, 1x QAW Shockwave) Class of 2016
  • Jillian Jarvis (4x QAW World, 1x Queen of the Ring) Class of 2016
  • Miss Mexico (1x QAW World, first World champion, 1x Queen of the Ring) Class of 2018



This is my first attempt at a dynasty. For me, this is all very unchartered waters. I want to try my creative writing, something I have done very little of, I want to flex my English (it being my second language), and I want to see what happens with my game when I'm actually writing down the stories that take place in it. My hope is that it will make the game itself better (though I also expect it to become slower). Exactly what the diary will look like remains to be seen. All I know is what the next update is shaping up to look like. I expect it will be up on Saturday. The game has advanced over two years since I started, and I feel I need to dedicate a couple of posts to get you up to date.



A lot of inspiration to start this come from MrWolf101's writings in his dynasty Dark Phoenix Wrestling: A Woman Scorned. Same thing for DarEatWorld's dynasty SNP - The Thistle In The Ashes. I'm also a big fan of James Casey's WCW: Dangerous Territory. Check all of them out if you haven't already.



Finally, competitions are popular, and I have one! Early in Sarah's career as booker for QAW a babyface stable was formed by Alexis Lee, Danielle Sweetheart, Maria Guest and Sarah's wrestling alter ego Capitano. Unfortunately, I didn't consider the connotations of the name I chose. It wasn't important at the time, it was just for my private enjoyment but now it feels unfortunate. So the competition is to name this babyface alliance. It was formed a) to have each others back at a time when the heels were taking liberties because they were organized while the faces weren't, and b) more nebulously protect the values and virtue of QAW as a noble home of women's wrestling at a time when it seemed the heel stables were taking over.


Come up with a name suggestion for this babyface stable, and if I pick your name I'll let you pick the next new signing for QAW.


<hr> It occurred to me that I have forgotten to give attribution to a) Iceisle for the Higa and Gemmei renders, and b) The C-verse Rerender Project: The 3rd Strike for a number of rerenders I'm using in my dynasty. They all deserve credit for their good work.

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<p>Great start! I like the render of Sarah, seems like she could play face or heel. She also has a different look than most of the QAW wrestlers which should help her stand out.</p><p> </p><p>

For the babyface stable, I'll go America's Sweethearts, though that does kind of point to Danielle being the leader when that may or may not be the case. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p>

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<p>I'm genuinely flattered to be namechecked, pretty sure it's a first for me! I'm also beyond impressed with the beginning of this dynasty and will definitely be subscribing and interested to see how it goes.</p><p> </p><p>

I'll go with The Angelic Alliance for the stable name (though I also think that the All-Angel Alliance - AAA - would make a great heel stable name for QAW).</p>

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<p>Thanks for the nice words guys. It means a lot. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p> Sarah can work both as babyface and heel, but is better as heel. She had a babyface run her first six months with the company, but has been a heel since then. </p><p> </p><p> There actually were a tag team called American Sweethearts, with Alina America and Danielle. The stable has never had any formal leader, but Danielle was the only main eventer among the founders, so reusing the name for the stable as well is not unreasonable. I don't remember off the top of my head if Alina ever were a member, but that doesn't really matter. Strong contender. I need to mull on it for a bit.</p><p> </p><p> I love All Angel Alliance as a heel stable! I'll keep that in the back pocket for now, but now I think I need to start scouting with a future invasion angle in mind. Paige Croft is a strong vanguard.</p><p> </p><p> Without having presented the roster yet, I realize predicting winners is a crap shoot, but in case you feel like, here is the card for the final show before the Contender's Crown tournament starts and take over QAW for a month.</p><p> </p><p> Card convention: faces are listed first, otherwise alphabetical.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v Selina Svelte</p><p> </p><p> Match 2: The New Wave (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest) v Special Edition (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)</p><p> </p><p> Match 3: Foxxy LaRue v Juana Huracán</p><p> </p><p> Match 4, for the Tag Team title: Higa & Pamela Rojo v The Dogs of War © (Capitano & Killer Kass)</p><p> </p><p> Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v Darkness Cat v Purple Viper ©</p><p> </p></div></blockquote>
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I'm at a huge disadvantage here with MrWolf101's encyclopedic knowledge of North American women's wrestling in the C-Verse! :p


But here goes nothing:


Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v Selina Svelte


Match 2: The New Wave (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest) v Special Edition (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)


Match 3: Foxxy LaRue v Juana Huracán


Match 4, for the Tag Team title: Higa & Pamela Rojo v The Dogs of War © (Capitano & Killer Kass)


Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v Darkness Cat v Purple Viper ©

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<p>Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v <strong>Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: The New Wave (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest) v <strong>Special Edition (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)</strong></p><p><strong>


Match 3: <strong>Foxxy LaRue</strong> v Juana Huracán</p><p> </p><p>

Match 4, for the Tag Team title: <strong>Higa & Pamela Rojo</strong> v The Dogs of War © (Capitano & Killer Kass)</p><p> </p><p>

Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v <strong>Darkness Cat</strong> v Purple Viper ©</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Dr_Avalanche" data-cite="Dr_Avalanche" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> </p><p> There actually were a tag team called American Sweethearts, with Alina America and Danielle. The stable has never had any formal leader, but Danielle was the only main eventer among the founders, so reusing the name for the stable as well is not unreasonable. I don't remember off the top of my head if Alina ever were a member, but that doesn't really matter. Strong contender. I need to mull on it for a bit.</p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Ah, that makes sense. I was trying to think of something like Defenders of the Crown as well, but nothing seemed to click.</p><p> </p><p> This is pretty cool and eclectic roster from this card. If you're willing to reveal, I have to ask, how is having Higa backstage? I imagine you have enough locker room leaders to keep her in line, but hopefully she isn't compeltely ruining the backstage atmosphere.</p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v <strong>Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> <em>Depending on how much you've built up Etsuko, I could see her winning this, but I'll go with Selina for now.</em></p><p> </p><p> Match 2: The New Wave (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest) v <strong>Special Edition</strong> (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)</p><p> <em>Hard for me to pick against Deborah Young, though Alexis and Maria are likely stars for your by now.</em></p><p> </p><p> Match 3: <strong>Foxxy LaRue </strong>v Juana Huracán</p><p> <em>I'm just guessing that Foxxy is one of your top draws by this point.</em></p><p> </p><p> Match 4, for the Tag Team title: Higa & Pamela Rojo v <strong>The Dogs of War © (Capitano & Killer Kass)</strong></p><p> <em>Ah yeah, Killer Kass. </em><img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p> Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v Darkness Cat v <strong>Purple Viper</strong> ©</p><p> <em>I could see you pulling a title change on your first show, but Purple Viper should be turning in good matches for you, so I'll stick with her.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="DarEatWorld" data-cite="DarEatWorld" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>I'm at a huge disadvantage here with MrWolf101's encyclopedic knowledge of North American women's wrestling in the C-Verse! <img alt=":p" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/tongue.png.ceb643b2956793497cef30b0e944be28.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Haha, I don't know about that. One of the reasons why I am looking forward to this is that I am not as familiar with QAW wrestlers, so this should be a learning experience.</p>
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Haha. You're right, we have plenty of locker room leaders keeping everything more or less under control. Higa is an "extremely negative influence", but our locker room was so healthy and her upside is so big I figured I could take a shot and see what would happen. I don't think she has been involved in any incidents so far, nothing serious at least...
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<p>Great Start! I will be following this one too. I can't really think of a good stable name. <img alt=":(" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/frown.png.e6b571745a30fe6a6f2e918994141a47.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v <strong>Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: <strong>The New Wave (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest)</strong> v Special Edition (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: <strong>Foxxy LaRue</strong> v Juana Huracán</p><p> </p><p>

Match 4, for the Tag Team title: Higa & Pamela Rojo v <strong>The Dogs of War © (Capitano & Killer Kass)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v Darkness Cat v <strong>Purple Viper © </strong></p>

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<p>This will be great for me to get a double dose of Women's CVerse for me to learn <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Match 1: Etsuko Arihyoshi v <strong>Selina Svelte</strong></p><p>

<em>Pretty much solely based on the fact I love Svelte's render</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: <strong>The New Wave</strong> (Alexis Lee & Maria Guest) v Special Edition (Charity Sweet & Deborah Young)</p><p>

<em>Don't think Deborah is that over, while you are talking about a stable for Alexis Lee and Maria Guest</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: <strong>Foxxy LaRue</strong> v Juana Huracán</p><p>

<em>One thing I DO know from perusing the QAW roster is Foxxy is basically the sole rock in the main event that is actually a face, so I have to give her the win here</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 4, for the Tag Team title: Higa & Pamela Rojo v <strong>The Dogs of War</strong> © (Capitano & Killer Kass)</p><p> </p><p>

Main Event, for the Shockwave title: Teresa Perez v Darkness Cat v <strong>Purple Viper</strong> ©</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Welllll for the last two I just realized the game isn't set on January 2016 so I have no idea where most of these guys stand on the roster at this point, so I'm just going to do the safe bet of both champs retaining</em></p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Dr_Avalanche" data-cite="Dr_Avalanche" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Haha. You're right, we have plenty of locker room leaders keeping everything more or less under control. Higa is an "extremely negative influence", but our locker room was so healthy and her upside is so big I figured I could take a shot and see what would happen. I don't think she has been involved in any incidents so far, nothing serious at least...</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Haha, that's what I figured. I guess as long as you don't have Higa and Shiori Jippensha at the same time, the locker room will be okay. I imagine them fighting all the time like mid-90s Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. <img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:36px;">The Wrestling Gazetteer</span></span></p><p>


<span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>An introduction to Queens of American Wrestling</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>


Have you caught the buzz about QAW, but didn't get the hype? Curious to get into the hottest women's wrestling today, but don't know where to start? Don't worry, the Wrestling Gazeteer is here to help! We'll introduce you to the stars that make up the roster, the stables, the events and the storylines. </p><p> </p><p>

To begin with, QAW is the dominant wrestling promotion in the mid South, currently holding the majority of their events in Irvine Hall, Kansas. Inroad have been made to make the company more established in the South East as well, and they frequently take the Army of One show as well as the Contender Series events on the road there.</p><p> </p><p>

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


<strong>World Championship, (A* prestige)</strong></p><p><strong>


<span>http://i.imgur.com/0Hskf5g.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Submission Princess, the Tiny Horror, Paige Croft, since January 2018</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Croft was signed to QAW in the summer of 2017 as the big shot from AAA, and right away, she set upon the task of putting the QAW roster on the injured reserve, one after the other. If you were foolish enough to allow her to lock up your arm, you might as well get used to the idea of wearing a cast. Lauren Easter was out of commission for nine months after her encounter with the Submission Princess, though rumour suggest the injury time coincided conveniently with maternal leave. Not that we're saying the injury was fake or anything. Unlike most heels, Croft has shown no desire to join any of the heel stables. She won the title from Foxxy LaRue (more below), and has defended her title 11 times already. Croft is a heel of the sadistic kind more than the chicken shit one. It happens that she cheats, but she's good enough that she rarely has to. She just likes to hurt people bigger than herself.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Past Title Holders:</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Foxxy LaRue (4) August 2017-January 2018</p><p>

Danielle Sweetheart (3) June 2017-August 2017</p><p>

Foxxy LaRue (3) April 2017-June 2017</p><p>

Zoe Ammiss November 2016-April 2017</p><p>

Jillian Jarvis (4) July 2015-November 2016</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Champions (A* prestige)</strong></p><p><strong>



<strong>The Dogs of War, Capitano and Killer Kass, since March 2018</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>When Foxxy LaRue abandonded the Bad Girls Club, it was a shock, and people assumed that without the face of the club the heel stable would fall apart. The reason it hasn't happened (yet) might be this tag team. Left as leader of the club more or less by default, Capitano was able to recruit Killer Kass to her side, but her loyalties are constantly in question. So far though, they have formed a formidable tag team, their matches against Bubblegum Brawlers (more below) giving the tag team title a lot of credibility. Kass brings the muscles, and Capitano the brains. Both are legit singles competitors as well. Capitano a past Shockwave champion, and Killer Kass' potential seem endless.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Past Title Holders</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Bubblegum Brawlers (Higgins & Perez) December 2017-March 2018</p><p>

Special Edition (Young & Sweet) (3) November 2017-December 2017</p><p>

The New Wave (Lee & Guest) August 2017-November 2017</p><p>

Special Edition (2) July 2017-August 2017</p><p>

America & Winters May 2017-July 2017</p><p>

Special Edition January 2017-May 2017</p><p>

Anderson & Snyder August 2016-January 2017</p><p>

Huracán & Alvarado July 2016-August 2017</p><p>

The Anti-Establishment (Hernandez & Rojo) February 2016-July 2016</p><p>

Crackdown (Huracán & Parissi) May 2015-February 2016</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Shockwave Championship (C+ prestige)</strong></p><p>



<strong>Purple Viper (3), since June 2018</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>QAW is branded as American Lucha, and Purple Viper is perhaps the most genuine luchadora on the roster. The masked rudo stops at nothing to win, her trademark move a cloud of black ichor sprayed in the face of an unexpecting opponent rendering them blinded and stunned, often enough to put them away. This is her second reign as Shockwave champion, most recently recovered the title from Chitose Ariwara (more below). And like Croft, Purple Viper is not part of any of the heel stables but is not above forming temporary alliances when needed.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Past Title Holders:</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Chitose Ariwara March 2018-June 2018</p><p>

Charity Sweet December 2017-March 2018</p><p>

Houston Handley December 2017-December 2017</p><p>

Purple Viper June 2017-December 2017</p><p>

Alexis Lee (2) April 2017-June 2017</p><p>

Capitano October 2016-April 2017</p><p>

Foxxy LaRue May 2016-October 2016</p><p>

Raquel Alvarado (2) September 2015-May 2016</p><p> </p><p>

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


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

<strong>Contender's Crown</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The Contender's Crown was last year won by Lauren Easter in a grueling tournament that saw her turn face when she mid-semi final saved her opponent Alexis Lee from an attack by interfering Jillian Jarvis, and still managed to hold on and win the whole tournament. Soon afterwards, Paige Croft broke her arm, keeping Easter from using her right to a match for the World title, and when she came back from her long injury, Paige Croft was so eager for a rematch, Easter decided she rather leave QAW and move to Canada. True story. In 2016, the trophy was won by Zoe Amiss, defeating her boss Jillian Jarvis for the trophy. The tournament itself is held in July as a round-robin competition, split in two groups, and either the two first in each group advance to semi-finals, or the winners of each group advance directly to a final. The title guarantees a marquee title match at one of the future big events.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Queen of the Ring</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The October tournament is typically a bit shorter, and often a bit less exclusive - while Contender's Crown has always capped at 16 wrestlers, Queen of the Ring fields more or less the entire roster. 2016 the tournament was won in a real upset by Alina America, in 2017 Paige Croft made her first big statement in QAW by claiming the trophy.</p><p> </p><p>

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

</span>The QAW roster is deep, and these are just a few of the names to keep an eye on. Others will no doubt challenge for titles before long as well.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Foxxy LaRue</strong></p><p>

Former Shockwave champion, former two time World Champion. Was a babyface, her feud with Capitano turned her heel, they made up, formed the Bad Girls Club together in a dramatic moment that saw Foxxy win the World title, then Foxxy's conscience caught up with her, she left the Bad Girls Club and turned babyface again. Man, she's been busy. Today, she might be the number 1 contender for the World title that she lost to Paige Croft, except there's an argument that she's used up her chances already. </p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Jillian Jarvis</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Two years ago, the reign of Jillian Jarvis as World Champion started the revolution that brought QAW from drawing three-digit crowds to now having to consider to move out of Irvine Hall, because there are literally thousands that can't get tickets to the sold out weekly Army of One events. Jarvis has been a constant as the boss of Ronin 3, a small group that she runs like her own biker gang. Jarvis like others to fight her fights, fans are often frustrated with the results of her matches, and love to hate her. Always a contender, but hasn't had much personal success in a while, to the point where she's almost been like a manager to her stable mates, the Special Edition.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Juana Huracán</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>For being so successful, Huracán has struggled to find her place. She turned babyface and feuded with her former friend Jillian Jarvis for a while, but that was a while ago, and while Huracán is still mentioned in any title discussion, she's kind of stuck in no man's land at the moment. Might need a gimmick change, or a new storyline.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Charity Sweet</strong> & <strong>Deborah Young</strong>, aka <strong>Special Edition</strong>. "We're Young and Sweet, we're the Special Edition." QAW doesn't play heavily on T&A to sell their product, instead relying on good wrestling and good stories, but if they ever want to titillate, it is typically Charity Sweet that is sent forward (with the imposing Deborah Young in tow). Their ring entrance is an exercise in teasing the fans with what they can't have, and the beauty with the gothic stylings know exactly how to turn what could be seen as pandering to the mostly male audience into a great heelish performance. They are three time Tag Team Champions, though to be fair, two of those were really the kind of reigns people label transitional. Charity Sweet also held the Shockwave title for a while. They are a force to be reckoned with. Ignore at your peril.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Chitose Ariwara</strong> </p><p>

For the longest time, the Japanese high flyer was slumming it at the bottom of the card, struggling for every win she could pick up, but about a year ago, it was as if she had acclimatised to America, to the style of wrestling in QAW, and to the language. Today, the bubbly babyface has to hold back on her Texan American accent because it is so jarring with the Harajuku jpop stylings of her gimmick. Ariwara was rewarded with a Shockwave championship, and now that she's dropped the title, the debate is if she's too big to keep going for the midcard title or if she's ready to challenge for the World title. </p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Teresa Perez</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Her recent gimmick change making her more rebellious, anti-establishment has given her a lot more personality to hang up her performance on, and consequently she (and tag team partner Christy Higgins) has flourished. The Bubblegum Brawlers lay claim to being the premiere face tag team in QAW. High flyer, recently joined the American Sweethearts, and has sown some internal dissension there, as she has challenged the goals and old fashioned methods of the stable. As a singles competitor, Perez is only now starting to see success, with a victory against Melody in her going away match. So far, her reputation is built as a popular tag team partner. When she isn't partnering with Christy Higgins, she also had the successful if a bit dorky named tag team Tex-Mex with Houston Handley.</p><p> </p><p>


Christy Higgins, the other part of Bubblegum Brawlers, perhaps the more grounded of the two? Like Perez, she's definitely seen as a tag team wrestler first, but she has had real success in singles as well, but never held any titles on her own. Like Perez, her tag team performances has seen her popularity sky rocket. Rumour has it she's about to go on hiatus, for family reasons.</p><p> </p><p>

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

The struggle between the three large stables for dominance has really defined QAW the last couple of years. Here's a brief rundown:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Ronin 3</strong></p><p>


(Jillian Jarvis, Charity Sweet, Deborah Young + "prospect" Brooke Tyler)</p><p>

The original heel stable of QAW, in the beginning consisting of Jillian Jarvis, Toni Parissi and Juana Huracán. The stable is run like a biker gang with a clear hierarchy, Jarvis as the gang leader, Sweet the lieutenant and Young the muscles. Members outside the three are considered "prospects". They haven't been involved in much as far as storylines are concerned since the feud between Jarvis and former member Juana Huracán cooled off a while ago.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>American Sweethearts</strong></p><p>


(Alexis Lee, Christy Higgins, Teresa Perez, Maria Guest, Higa)</p><p>

In response to Ronin 3 taking liberties with the roster's babyfaces, Alexis Lee, Maria Guest, Danielle Sweetheart, and a then babyface Capitano formed American Sweethearts. Additionally, there was concern that if kept unchecked, Ronin 3 would corrupt QAW at it's core. The American Sweethearts would be the counterbalance, ensuring that the spirit of American Lucha as it is expressed in QAW remains untainted by poor sportsmanship, cheating and manipulation. All this became even more relevant when Capitano left and formed Bad Girls Club. Recent members have voiced dissenting opinions about how to go about this, suggesting that QAW already is in the hands of the enemy, and that protecting the status quo is only helping the enemy. Perez and Higa have been the loudest of these new voices.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bad Girls Club</strong></p><p>


(Capitano, Killer Kass, Laura Flame, Selina Svelte + others)</p><p>

Capitano and Foxxy LaRue started feuding in October 2016, and they have been worst enemies or best friends ever since, never anything in between. When Danielle Sweetheart vacated the World title, Capitano and LaRue formed an alliance on the sly, and when the right moment came, Capitano helped LaRue win the 6-way ladder match, securing the ladder for her now partner. Immediately afterward, the two declared the Bad Girls Club formed, with Laura Flame as the third member. Many felt that the Bad Girls Club was fueled by the energy between Capitano and Foxxy LaRue, and when LaRue left a year later most assumed that the club would fall apart, but with the addition of Killer Kass, the bad girls look more menacing than ever. Their black flags and long black jackets with their popped collars help give the right impression. </p><p> </p><p>

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

Many storylines has been touched upon already, here are a few significant ones that hasn't been mentioned already.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Blackmailed GM</strong></p><p><strong>


In 2016, Boss Man Brayfield was General Manager of QAW. A petty, heelish, corrupt GM, a very poor representative of the faceless, multi-national corporation owning the wrestling company. The Ronin 3 decided that Brayfield was easy pickings, set up a honey trap. Charity Sweet and Jillian Jarvis drew lots who was going to be the bait, Jarvis cheated. Surprisingly to everyone the plan worked flawlessly, and for a while, the Ronin 3 practically had a veto over booking decisions. Things went smoothly until the higher ups noticed the erratic behaviour of their representative, demoted Brayfield to manager for a couple of midcard wrestlers and replaced him with a hand picked General Manager in Dharma Gregg.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Double Heel Turns</strong></p><p><strong>


Talia Quinzel has looked uncomfortable in American Sweethearts for a while, and it is generally assumed she's about to turn heel. Claire Winters has been on a terrible losing streak in singles, the few wins she has picked up recently has been partnering with - Talia Quinzel. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Soldier Just Following Orders</strong></p><p><strong>


Early in 2016 Zoe Amiss joined QAW. She debuted a soldier gimmick, a patriot, but soon it became obvious that she embodied the worst aspects of obedience and loyalty. She joined the reigning champion Jillian Jarvis as her bodyguard and gatekeeper. Anyone who wanted a title shot had to go through Amiss first, and not many succeeded. To be fair, a few title matches were arranged outside this arrangement, but it certainly helped Jarvis to take it easy on her throne. By the Contender's Crown tournament, Amiss loyalty finally started to crack, and when she faced Jarvis in the final, she did so as a full on babyface ready to take down the oppressor. If we stop here, the story gets the happy ending it deserves. Unfortunately, the sequel wasn't the same kind of feelgood story. Amiss reign as World champion was successful enough, but cut short by a serious knee injury putting her on the shelf for nine months. A few months earlier, it had been decided that she was going to be the QAW figurehead going forward, but when she came back from injury, the responsibilities of the new role weighed heavily on her, making Amiss more and more unhappy until the decision was made to remove her from the position, which to her only showed the management's lack of faith in her, doubling down on her depressed mood. In May 2018 Zoe Amiss chose to break her contract with QAW.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>The Rest of the Roster</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">




<strong>Etsuko Arihyoshi</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Has struggled to string wins together, know to go big or go home, and a little too often going home. Won a ladder match against Capitano and Killer Kass, so can get it done when it all fall into place.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Houston Handley</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Struggling to find her role, her gimmick as "just one of the fans" isn't really connecting, and the tag team connection she found with Teresa Perez seems to be on the backburner as Perez are busy with so much else.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Pamela Rojo</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Super solid midcard worker just waiting for the spark that sets her on fire. Really suffered when QAW didn't renew the contract with her tag team partner Hellcat Hernandez.</p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Thea Davis</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>1 in 12 in 2018. In need of a reboot of her QAW career.</p><p> </p><p>



<strong>Ava Anderson</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>One half of the at times successful tag team Anderson & Snyder, went through a very successful heel turn in 2017 pushing them all the way to the tag team titles. Since they lost their titles, they have bided their time as the tag team division has become more stacked than ever.</p><p>


<strong>Darkness Cat</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The spot monkey of QAW, always willing to throw herself off tall places. Unfortunately she is also QAW's worst wrestler. Her singles record is abysmal. </p><p>


<strong>Lily Snyder</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The other half of Anderson & Snyder. Really a specialist, she has only wrestled one singles match in 2018, a squash match against Zoe Amiss.</p><p>


<strong>Maribel Mercado</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The arrogant heel is viewed as one of the promising talents of QAW despite being 27 years old. Has been pairing occasionally with Paige Croft in tag team matches, but a solid singles performer as well. One of the unaffiliated heels on the roster uninterested in bowing to any master.</p><p> </p><p>

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


<strong>Alfonso Garcia, Announcer</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Boss Man Brayfield, Heel Manager</strong>, Manager of Killer Kass and Maribel Mercado</p><p>


<strong>Dale Kenney, Heel Referee</strong></p><p>


<strong>Dharma Gregg, General Manager</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Erin Lawrence, Face Referee</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Farrah Hesketh, Face Color Commentary</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Grace Harper, Heel Color Commentary</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Miss Mexico, Road Agent</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Vinny Cruz, Heel Manager, </strong>Primarily associated with Ronin 3, but also the manager of Paige Croft and tag team Anderson & Snyder</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>News, Gossip & Trivia</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;">


Women's Wrestling is heating up in America. Seeing the steps forward QAW is taking, other companies are doing their best to load up their rosters as well, especially at QAW's expense, if possible. Lauren Easter (NOTBPW), Melody (NOTBPW), Danielle Sweetheart (USPW) have all signed exclusive contracts with the larger companies the last year and a half.</p><p> </p><p>

Jillian Jarvis used to date her manager Vinny Cruz. At some point, their relationship ended, and Cruz is now instead dating Jarvis' stable mate Charity Sweet. Potential for awkwardness?</p><p> </p><p>

Christy Higgins is dating announcer Alfonso Garcia. Can't help but wonder what the pillow talk sounds like.</p><p> </p><p>

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


QAW hold a number of different events during a year, and here is the brief rundown.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Army of One:</strong> Every Monday, every week. </p><p>

<strong>Scars and Stripes: </strong>Held the last Thursday of every month. </p><p>

<strong>New Beginnings;</strong> First Friday in January, this is meant to start new storylines, introduce some new exciting signing. Things starting over.</p><p>

<strong>Roll the Bones:</strong> First Friday in April. No specific theme, but has often hosted a battle royale of some kind. </p><p>

<strong>Contenders Ball:</strong> Last Friday in July hosts the final of the Contender's Crown tournament, and is preceded by a number of extra events, typically just listed as "Contender Series I, Contender Series II," etc. This year, seven extra events have been scheduled, every Wednesday and the first three Fridays of the month, the last Friday being the big finale.</p><p>

<strong>Queen of the Ring:</strong> The fall tournament, in previous years this has been a shorter tournament, but with different competition forms. Last year it was held as a single elimination tournament. Again, usually a couple extra event dates are scheduled for the first rounds of the tournament.</p><p> </p><p>

Next time, we'll give you the rundown of the Contender's Crown Tournament about to start!</p><p> </p><p>

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I decided to go with MrWolf101's suggested stable name American Sweethearts, I will DM about the prize in due time.</p>

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<p><strong>Army of One, Mon week 1 July 2018. </strong></p><p><strong>

Irvine Hall in front of 5000 people.</strong></p><p><strong>


<p style="border:3px;border-style:solid; border-color:# 0020C2; padding: 2em;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/FadP8Et.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Sarah is in the gorilla position, flanked by Bossman. She gives Purple Viper a pat on the back as the rock riffs of her theme music blasts through the high end speaker system QAW recently invested in.</p><p> </p><p>

She can't help but smile at the boos the mexican luchadora is met by. It's an incredible scene, hard to imagine just two years earlier. </p><p> </p><p>

"Penny for your thoughts, kiddo."</p><p> </p><p>

Bossman Brayfield know her so well.</p><p> </p><p>

"Just thinking of how far we've come. How Farrah was afraid to lose what she had built up. Jackson, if I had a hand in taking QAW to where we are now, and I think I had, I am afraid of losing it. I look out there at 5000 people and I think I'm dreaming. If I didn't know better I'd ask you to pinch me."</p><p> </p><p>

Bossman shruggs. "My wife wouldn't like that."</p><p> </p><p>

"Not the butt you ass. My arm."</p><p> </p><p>

"...I knew you meant that."</p></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/2sYuUTT.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/oz8ZpSz.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

The show opens with General Manager Dharma Gregg in the ring, welcoming the fans to another great show, the last one before the Contender's Ball tournament starts. With two titles being defended, she promises a night of wrestling to remember. The reception from the crowd is quite muted, but only for a moment, because before she can complete her sentence, Purple Vipers intro starts playing.</p><p> </p><p>


</em></p><div class="ipsEmbeddedVideo"><div><iframe width="200" height="150" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/k5cllmg70Gw?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" title="Mr. Eliminator & The Deadly Vipers - Viboras Mortales"></iframe></div></div> <p> </p><p>

The reigning Shockwave champion strides down to the ring to loud booing. Purple Viper hisses at the crowd, before addressing the QAW head honcho, complaining that management has it in for her - she wants to be a "fighting champion", but the way they are having her defend her title days before the Contender's Crown tournament starts, it's as if they want her to enter the tournament in a weakened state. They go back and forth a bit, Purple Vipers arguments biting surprisingly well, in part because Gregg at times hesitates to find the words she's looking for.</p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: C</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/aI0ZR2b.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/2QUyjcm.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Opening Match: Etsuko Arihyoshi vs Selina Svelte</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>It is apparent that the crowd isn't very into a match between two wrestlers struggling to capture some momentum. A large part of the match takes place on the mat, where Svelte's good technique is put on trial as Arihyoshi from every position tries to lock in one of many submission moves, and that's how the match ends, as Arihyoshi wins in 10:15 with an Arihyoshi Lockdown. </p><p>

<strong>Match Rating D+</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/vrW0gLX.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

A brief hype segment of Foxxy LaRue getting ready for her match. Her recent face turn was well received, but some have not forgiven her dastardly behaviour against beloved babyfaces of the QAW universe. But the cheers at the sight of her on the big screen are still overwhelming. It's no doubt she is going to have the crowd on her side. </p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: B+</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/KMaU7bZ.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/nI873Lc.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/9MSufEA.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/UsrKpsP.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match 2: Special Edition (Young & Sweet) vs The New Wave (Lee & Guest)</strong></p><p><strong>


The two tag teams came strong out of the gate with stiff hits and high pace, but the match turned into a chaotic brawl as first Jillian Jarvis approached the ring to distract, but Higa chased after her, determined to even the odds. Jarvis entered the ring just to get away from Higa, and suddenly it was chaos as six people fought it out in the ring. The referee called for the bell as the two sides brawled. Some noticed how Maria Guest struggled a bit to keep up with the pace.</p><p> </p><p>

No contest draw after 11:42.</p><p>

<strong>Match Rating: C</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/vrW0gLX.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/TsoCedO.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Match 3: Foxxy LaRue vs Juana Huracán</strong></p><p><strong>


As far as the crowd was concernced, the buzz was all about this match. Former enemies, now begrudgingly offering each other the respect of a handshake before the bell rang. The brawling style of LaRue matched against the technical proficiency of Huracán, several times locking in submission holds but unable to keep LaRue away from the ropes. When it looked like Huracán had LaRue where she wanted her, a brief lapse of concentration gave LaRue room to counter with a stiff clothesline into a roll up for the win.</p><p> </p><p>

LaRue wins by pinfall in 9:41</p><p>

<strong>Match Rating: B-</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Foxxy LaRue is in the ring celebrating, promising that with the fans support, she's going to make sure the Contender's Crown is staying in safe hands in the upcoming tournament. At this statement, familiar music hits.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>


</em></p><div class="ipsEmbeddedVideo"><div><iframe width="200" height="113" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/x2rQzv8OWEY?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" title="Rammstein - Engel (Official Video)"></iframe></div></div><em>- God knows I don't want to be an angel...</em><p><em>

</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/0Hskf5g.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

The Submission Princess Paige Croft saunters down the ramp with a smirk on her face, stopping halfway at a healthy distance from the ring. She starts taunting LaRue, reminding her of their match record, that Foxxy with some luck might reach the final but only if they end up on different blocks in tournament. And if she's that lucky, it will end the same way as usual. LaRue looks annoyed, but with the fans firmly behind her, it doesn't matter if she can't find a good retort. Just as Croft is about to lay in to her with another tirade, Killer Kass suddenly come stampeding down the ramp with Capitano in tow. </p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/SrJMR1G.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Croft has just about time to look behind her before she's run over by what looks like a Kass-shaped freight train. The champion does a 360 in the air before collapsing on the ramp, which only works as signal for Killer Kass and Capitano to lay in to her with their fists. LaRue looks shocked at the assault, looks like she almost wants to come to the champion's defense but she's spent from her match and Croft might not be the one she would want to mount a dying defense for either.</p><p> </p><p>

It takes a good while before referees and backstage staff come running in to remove Kass and Capitano from Croft. After a final kick to the lifeless body, Capitano takes the microphone looking at Paige lying there on the ground.</p><p> </p><p>

"If you think the Contender's Crown tournament is going to be like your title defences where you can run home to mommy and make her change the rules on your behalf, prepare yourself for disappointment." If the first statement seemed directed at Paige, the second is for her old friend and rival. Capitano points her finger to Foxxy. "You can stop your pandering to these idiots right away. If you dream of winning the Contender's Crown, leaving the Bad Girls Club was the worst decision of your life. This tournament is not going to be a competition, but a month long tribute to the might of the Bad Girls Club."</p><p> </p><p>

The Dogs of Wars theme hits as Capitano and Killer Kass takes to the ring, while Foxxy LaRue wisely rolls out of it and Paige Croft is carried out by the staff.</p><p> </p><p>


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<strong>Segment Rating: A</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/SrJMR1G.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/xYuulxj.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/9pIGoQA.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Dogs of War © (Capitano and Killer Kass) vs Higa and Pamela Rojo</strong></p><p><strong>


Higa displays some slick wrestling, showing off beautiful chained moves and initially is driving Capitano around the ring, with stiff kicks and suplex after suplex but as usual when babyfaces aren't quite on the same page, she effectively ends up wrestling two against one in the Bad Girls ring corner, and Rojo can only look on from her side of the ring how Kass and Capitano take turns beating up the Japanese wrestler. When Higa finally managed to tag in Rojo, the uphill battle was briefly interrupted as Rojo managed to get in some offense on an overly cocky Capitano. Any hope for an upset is short lived however, as Kass would soon be there to break up whatever Rojo had going, to weak protests from the referee, and with no Higa around to save her, Rojo is brutally blindsided by Kass, and the count to three is a formality.</p><p> </p><p>

Dogs of War wins by pinfall after 19:39. </p><p>

<strong>Match Rating B-</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

After the match, the whole Bad Girls Club pour out from backstage, including a bunch of people who clearly aren't part of the roster. They raise the black banners of the club while Capitano and Killer Kass taunts the crowd from a corner post each, that if they don't like it, get used to disappointment, because the Bad Girls Club is here to stay.</p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: A*</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/bwuFVc8.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/oz8ZpSz.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/tjDJHC2.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Main Event: Purple Viper © vs Darkness Cat vs Teresa Perez</strong></p><p><strong>


A good match that consisted of high spot after high spot, with most agreeing that Darkness Cat didn't really belong in the title match, except for her willingness to take the bump of the night when she took to the air from the top turnbuckle, knocking Teresa Perez over the fences and into the crowd. The maneuver however seemed to hurt Darkness Cat more than Teresa Perez. With Darkness Cat knocked out, the finale turned into a battle between the champion and the fierce challenger Teresa Perez, who started to regain some strength as the match went on, and just as she was hitting a series of attacks, including a beautiful frankensteiner, Purple Viper sneakily managed to spit a cloud of black ichor into Perez' face while the referee was looking away, leaving the redheaded luchadora blinded and defenseless as Purple Viper delivered a power bomb then rolled her up for the 1-2-3. </p><p> </p><p>

Purple Viper by pinfall in 12:04</p><p>

<strong>Match Rating: B-</strong></p><p><strong>


After the match, Purple Viper celebrates, taking the opportunity to cuss out Teresa Perez for the temerity to challenge her, the QAW owner Dharma Gregg, the announcers and anyone else she can think of, drinking in the boos of the fans. </p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: B+</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>Event Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Next Event:</strong> Contender Series I, Wednesday week 1 July. Details upcoming.</p>

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<p>Great first show! I really like the render of Higa as it makes her character instantly different than what I am used to.</p><p> </p><p>

It sucks you lost some of your top people already, but with Danielle going to USPW (I haven't seen that in a game so far), that had to give QAW some credibility nationwide as she was the face of the company.</p><p> </p><p>

It's great to see Paige on top of a company, and Engel holds a special place in my heart when it comes to entrance music in this game, so that was a definite highlight.</p>

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Sometimes I think half the pleasure of writing a dynasty is figuring out the wrestlers' intro music. <img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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<p><div></p><p> <span><div><b><span style="font-size: 48px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Wrestling Gazetteer</span></span></b></div><div><hr/></div><div><br/></div><div><b><span style="font-size: 21px;">Introduction to the Contender's Crown </span></b></div><div><br/></div><div>Last time we gave you the 101 on Queen's of American Wrestling. This time, we want to go through the most talked about tournament in QAW, the annual Contender's Crown tournament held in July. It is a whole animal of it's own, demanding different attributes to win than any other title, not least stamina. Over four weeks, eleven events are held including the big finale, the Contenders Ball. </p><p> </p><p> The Contender Series events tend to go on the road, this year events are planned in both the mid West and the South East, though the first event is held close to home, in San Antonio. </p><p> </p><p> Each participant will wrestle each other member of their group. Wins award 2 points, Losses 0. In the event of a tie, the contestants split the points.</p><p> </p><p> Aside from the crown itself, the title come with a promised title shot, usually at a Scars and Stripes in the coming months leading up to the next tournament, Queen of the Ring.</div><div><br/></div><div>This year, sixteen wrestlers have been given a spot in the prestigious tournament. Given that QAW has a roster of close to 30 wrestlers, the competition just to participate is hard. The sixteen has been divided into two groups:</div><div><br/></div><table style="border-collapse: collapse; margin-left: 0px; table-layout: fixed;width:99.35979513444302%;"><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50.25773195876289%;"><div><b>Group A</b></div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:49.61340206185567%;"><div><b>Group B</b></div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/UQQevgf.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Brooke Tyler</b> - A big name in NOTBPW, the young star has struggled to established herself to the same degree in QAW. Has to be considered a longshot in this tournament</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:49.922239502332815%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/JDg7ZNg.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Christy Higgins</b> - Has shown new found confidence in 2018, and the tag team success has carried over to some degree to singles competition as well. It's a tough group, but Higgins is not outclassed.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Capitano</b> - Has promised the Bad Girls Club will dominate the tournament. Bold words, in a tough group. Still, Capitano has to be counted among those that could win this.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/vrW0gLX.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Foxxy LaRue</b> - Is this the Detroit brawlers time to shine? We shake the magic 8-ball and it say "Outlook Good". The three time World Champion have been on fire lately. Since she won the Roll the Bones Battle Royal, she has not lost one singles match. One of her last losses though was to Purple Viper, who she faces in the third round. We call her favorite to win the group, but it's tight.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/Heo5HkZ.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Chitose Ariwara</b> - The exciting rising star of QAW? Some would say so. Her reign as Shockwave champion was impressive and only just recently ended. She has to be hungry to bounce back here. A dark horse.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/HVIJsmp.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Jillian Jarvis</b> - The face of Ronin 3 has had a rollercoaster of a year, winning one week, losing the next. The capacity is there though - she has beaten Lauren Easter, Zoe Amiss, Melody just to name a few that aren't in QAW anymore...but also Foxxy LaRue (in her latest match, leading into this tournament). Difficult to predict, but we don't think she's far behind Foxxy LaRue.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/xYuulxj.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Higa</b> - The lone wolf used to be her epithet, but seems to have found something of a kindred spirit in Teresa Perez. Loads of potential, has struggled to put it all together. Some suggest the technical ability need to be matched by the same amount of passion? </div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/SrJMR1G.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Killer Kass</b> - Now we're talking unknown quantities. Kass was signed in March, and has since then gone four singles matches. She's 1 and 1 against Foxxy LaRue, otherwise undefeated, but not against the strongest opponents. We throw her in there with Jarvis and LaRue, guessing this will be a three-horse race.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/TsoCedO.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Juana Huracán</b> - The tough former MMA fighter is looking to go one on one with Paige Croft at her own game. Huracán has the size advantage, but has come up short in previous encounter. After Croft, Huracán and Capitano probably are the runner up favorites to come out of this group.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/omWPFiT.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Laura Flame</b> - Always the third member of Bad Girls Club, even when Foxxy LaRue left and was replaced by Killer Kass, Flame was leapfrogged in the hierarchy. This is an opportunity for her to measure herself against Killer Kass and show Capitano that she shouldn't be dismissed. We call that a longshot.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/UsrKpsP.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Maria Guest</b> - Here to see and learn, or to kill a few giants? Nobody expect Guest to win this, but where she picks up wins could decide the whole group.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/9pIGoQA.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Pamela Rojo</b> - Since Hellcat Hernandez left QAW, Rojo has focused on her singles career, with mixed results. Nobody doubts her capacity, but she has had a difficult time stringing wins </div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/koWhAJc.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Maribel Mercado</b> - Group A is stacked with the future of QAW. Mercado has been taken under Paige Croft's wing, and one of the interesting match ups of this group will be their master vs student face off in Round 5.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/oz8ZpSz.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Purple Viper</b> - The Shockwave champion is out to prove she can hang with the top echelon of QAW. A win here and we could see a champion vs champion match in the future.</div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/0Hskf5g.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Paige Croft</b> - For nearly a year, Croft has been nigh on invincible. Everybody knows her weakness - she's not very big, not as strong as some other wrestlers, and still everyone walks into her trap and taps out. With the recent assault by Killer Kass, has the Bad Girls Club found the solution? Still clear favorite to win the group.</div></td><td style="border-style:solid;border-width:1px;border-color:rgb(211,211,211);padding:10px;margin:0px;width:50%;"><div><span>http://i.imgur.com/tjDJHC2.jpg</span></p><p> <b>Teresa Perez</b> - The rebel that walks her own way. The system is corrupt, but she chooses to fight it from within. In this, she and Higa seems to be on the same page. In the ring, she needs to bounce back from the disappointing failure to capture the Shockwave title and go for the Contender's Crown instead. Not favorite, but not the craziest bet either.</div></td></tr></table><div><br/></div><br/><strong>The Schedule (all events in July):</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> Wednesday Week 1: Contender Series I</p><p> Friday Week 1: Contender Series II</p><p> Monday Week 2: Army of One</p><p> Wednesday Week 2: Contender Series III</p><p> Friday Week 2: Contender Series IV</p><p> Monday Week 3: Army of One</p><p> Wednesday Week 3: Contender Series V</p><p> Friday Week 3: Contender Series VI</p><p> Monday Weeks 4: Army of One</p><p> Wednesday Week 4: Contender Series VII</p><p> Friday Week 4: Contenders Ball</p><p> </p><p> Enough wrestling for you? </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div><b>The card for Contender Series I, held at The Ranch of San Antonio:</b></div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 1:</b> Pamela Rojo vs Purple Viper (B Group)</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 2:</b> Teresa Perez vs Killer Kass (B Group)</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 3:</b> Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters vs Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 4:</b> Maria Guest vs Maribel Mercado (A Group)</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 5:</b> Brooke Tyler vs Paige Croft (A Group)</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 6:</b> Juana Huracán vs Capitano (A Group)</div><div><br/></div><div><b>Match 7:</b> Chitose Ariwara vs Higa (A Group)</div><div><br/></div></div></blockquote><div>Results from the previous round of predictions:</div><div><br/></div><div>MrWolf101: 4 of 5</div><div>John Lions: 3 of 5</div><div>pyroman: 3 of 5</div><div>Wheelz316: 2 of 5</div><div>DarEatWorld: 2 of 5</div><div><br/></div><div>No prizes this time around, consider it a warm up round. In the month of July there are so many events in a short span of time that I don't feel I have enough prizes to have one for each event. So I think this is what I'll do: For every event in the Contender's Crown tournament I'll reward the prediction winner with 1 point. After the Contenders Ball, I'll award prizes to the top scorers over the length of the tournament. If the participation is high, I'll try to figure out prizes for the top 3. </div></span><p> </div></p>
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<p>Wow, you've really upped the ambition level with this kind of series. I have to give you credit for putting in the work it must take to book so many shows. <img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Match 1: Pamela Rojo vs <strong>Purple Viper</strong> (B Group)</p><p>

<em>Purple Viper seems like a big star for you, while Rojo appears to be floating right now</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: Teresa Perez vs <strong>Killer Kass</strong> (B Group)</p><p>

<em>Very tough, and I think Perez could be a real dark horse to win the whole thing to move up the card. But it's hard for me to pick against Kass, who is another really strong contender.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: <strong>Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters</strong> vs Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</p><p>

<em>Darkness Cat for the fall! </em><img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

Match 4: Maria Guest vs <strong>Maribel Mercado</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs <strong>Paige Croft</strong> (A Group)</p><p>

<em>I'm curious to know how Brooke became available to you. It's interesting that she is struggling to find her place, but I could see that since she starts out with low popularity in the US.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 6: Juana Huracán vs <strong>Capitano</strong> (A Group)</p><p>

<em>A tough one, but Capitano is in a main storyline, so I'll go with her.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Match 7: <strong>Chitose Ariwara</strong> vs Higa (A Group)</p><p>

<em>Similar to Match 2 with Perez, I think Ariwara needs a win here if she has a shot at advancing to the final, but with this one, I'll pick the upset.</em></p>

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<p>Match 1: Pamela Rojo vs <strong>Purple Viper</strong> (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: Teresa Perez vs <strong>Killer Kass</strong> (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters vs <strong>Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Match 4: Maria Guest vs <strong>Maribel Mercado</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs <strong>Paige Croft</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 6: Juana Huracán vs <strong>Capitano</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 7: Chitose Ariwara vs<strong> Higa</strong> (A Group)</p>

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<p>Oh man oh man I love me some tournaments. Going to hold off on giving much detailed reasoning for any of the winners and losers until I get a better feel for your QAW</p><p> </p><p>

Match 1: Pamela Rojo vs <strong>Purple Viper</strong> (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: Teresa Perez vs <strong>Killer Kass</strong> (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters vs <strong>Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Match 4: Maria Guest vs <strong>Maribel Mercado</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs <strong>Paige Croft</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 6: <strong>Juana Huracán</strong> vs Capitano (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 7: <strong>Chitose Ariwara</strong> vs Higa (A Group)</p>

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<p>Match 1: Pamela Rojo vs <strong>Purple Viper</strong> (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: <strong>Teresa Perez</strong> vs Killer Kass (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: <strong>Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters</strong> vs Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</p><p> </p><p>

Match 4: Maria Guest vs <strong>Maribel Mercado</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs <strong>Paige Croft</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 6: Juana Huracán vs <strong>Capitano</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 7: Chitose Ariwara vs <strong>Higa</strong> (A Group)</p>

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<p>I hope to have the event report posted tonight, European time. It's taken much too long to write them. Halfway through, I didn't like the style and started rewriting them, and I don't know if they got any better. We'll see.</p><p> </p><p>

It is very interesting to see which matches you seem to have reached consensus around, and which seem difficult to predict. Japanese wrestling is a big influence for me (even if the QAW product is predominantly a mix of American and Mexican styles) and one thing I've always liked with tournaments like the G1 is that on any given night, it really feels like anyone can beat anyone, and I want to have some of that in QAW.</p>

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<p>I always feel like mine take too long to write! Do it at your own pace though would be my advice. Whenever it gets up, I'll be excited to read it.</p><p> </p><p>

As for my predictions, I'm still very much finding my feet with your promotion so I wouldn't be expecting any repeat of my DPW heroics! <img alt=":p" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/tongue.png.ceb643b2956793497cef30b0e944be28.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p>

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<p>Match 1: <strong>Pamela Rojo</strong> vs Purple Viper (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 2: <strong>Teresa Perez</strong> vs Killer Kass (B Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 3: Christy Higgins, Thalia Quinzel & Claire Winters vs <strong>Darkness Cat, Laura Flame & Selina Svelte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Match 4: Maria Guest vs <strong>Maribel Mercado </strong>(A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs <strong>Paige Croft</strong> (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 6: <strong>Juana Huracán </strong>vs Capitano (A Group)</p><p> </p><p>

Match 7: Chitose Ariwara vs <strong>Higa</strong> (A Group)</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/IwAhPIR.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Wednesday, Week 1, July 2018</strong></p><p><strong>

The Ranch of San Antonio in front of 7,131 people</strong></p><p>

<p style="border:3px;border-style:solid; border-color:# 0020C2; padding: 2em;"><strong>A few hours earlier</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/Ejm21gp.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span></p><p>

Farrah Hesketh and Sarah Wilkes walk side by side through a dark corridor which soon opens up into the vast room that is the legendary Ranch Of San Antonio. Once home of the now defunct Texas Wrestling League, to many, this is hallowed ground.</p><p> </p><p>

Farrah steps into the space where workers are in the process of building the ring. She looks around, wistful.</p><p> </p><p>

"I fell in love with wrestling here. My dad brought me. I was probably too young, and it probably wasn't what mom thought about when she asked him to spend more time with his daughter, but I knew right away what I wanted to do with my life." Farrah looks to Sarah who's nodding.</p><p> </p><p>

"I have a similar story, except you'd have a hard time finding a wrestling fan who remembered either the promotion or the hole in the wall where they put up their matches. I'm sure we'll put up a show in Detroit one day and I could have my home coming event. It would be funny to put a QAW show there. Like a guerilla performance." Sarah grinned. The idea of putting up a QAW show now in a bar that would have a difficult time squeezing in a hundred paying fans seemed so absurd now. The day she was hired, it seemed a much more realistic scenario.</p><p> </p><p>

"This place is huge though. It must cost a fortune to rent. I know we have some money in the coffer, but are we going to make a loss here? You have given me financial goals to hit, you're not sabotaging me are you?" Sarah gave Farrah an elbow to make sure she understood she was joking, but there was a serious concern hidden behind.</p><p> </p><p>

"Building a war coffer for the future is important, especially given the nose dive the economy is taking right now. But some things are worth splurging on."</p></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/9pIGoQA.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/oz8ZpSz.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Opening Match: Pamela Rojo vs Purple Viper (Group B)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>A match that was closely fought, with Purple Viper using dirty tricks and Rojo using good fundamentals and greater power. This time, Rojo came out on top in a great match that ended with a running Powerbomb when Purple Viper failed to beat the three-count, to the surprise of many, not least Purple Viper who was beyond upset afterwards, accusing the referee of a fast count although it had been far from it.</p><p>

<strong>Pamela Rojo wins in 12:26 by pinfall</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/xYuulxj.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/tjDJHC2.jpg</span></p><p>

The giant tv screen cuts to a steady cam showing Higa, masked and hoodie pulled up. Next to her, Teresa Perez isn't masked but similarly hooded. She shakes a spray can, clinks it against one in Higa's hand. "Let's do this". </p><p>

At the same time the tv screen goes black, most spotlights goes out as well. Two dark shapes appear hustling next to the entrance ramp for a bit, and when the lights finally comes back on, the two large banners on each side of the entrance, both with the QAW logo on them have been defaced. One with the message "Resistance is Love", the other with a new symbol, a blue anarchist A not inside a circle, but inside a red heart. </p><p>

The two bump their spray cans together again, Higa giving the crowd a brief salute before returning backstage while Perez gives the hoodie with the "new" American Sweethearts logo on the back of it to a lucky ringside fan.</p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/qyk7nTU.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/Ejm21gp.jpg</span></p><p>

Grace Harper at the announce table is furious at the vandalism and demanding reparations, while Farrah Hesketh sounds amused. "I kinda like it. It's sweet. Can I buy one of those hoodies somewhere?" </p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/tjDJHC2.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/SrJMR1G.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Match 2: Teresa Perez vs Killer Kass (Group B)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The previous match got the show off to a great start, and the fans were out of their seats before this match had even begun. The popularity of Perez and the heat Killer Kass is absolutely incredible. </p><p>

The small Perez and the hulking Kass square off, Perez nobly accepting Kass' invite to lock up, immediately finding herself on the back foot pushed back until she loses her footing, at which point Kass simply chooses to toss her across the ring. Never one to give up, Perez take this as an clue how to beat the large woman she is facing. Staying at range, Perez lands kick after kick wearing Killer Kass down, but an attempt at a spinning heel kick from the top turnbuckle ends up her undoing as Kass steps into the attack and catches her in the air, leading into a devastating power slam. Kass goes for the pin, but Perez refuses to give up. </p><p>

Kass lifts her up over her head in a fireman's carry and delivers a Death Valley driver, drawing gasps from the crowd. Kass puts two hands on Perez' shoulders, grinning with satisfaction. The referee counts 1...2...but Perez, half unconscious, somehow manages to get a shoulder up again. Looking at Perez like she wasn't human, Kass once again lifts her up, throws her like a ragdoll into the air and delivers her finisher, the Killswitch, and this time, Teresa Perez is out of it. The ref counts her out and Killer Kass roars out her satisfaction.</p><p>

<strong>Killer Kass wins in 10:21 by pinfall </strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/JDg7ZNg.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/vzm4Q0V.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/LqQJWHu.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/bwuFVc8.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/omWPFiT.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/2QUyjcm.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Match 3: Christy Higgins, Claire Winters & Thalia Quinzel vs Darkness Cat, Laura Flame and Selina Svelte</strong></p><p>

Before the match starts, Quinzel and Svelte have some words for each other - not enough to come to blows, but it's clear that the two old tag team partners have some unresolved issues. Returning to their ring corner, Thalia and Claire Winters share a fist bump, making a point to show Svelte how good friends they are. Christy Higgins meanwhile look on bemused. </p><p>

Once the match gets going, it soon becomes clear that this match does not have the same kind of heat the previous bouts had, but the six women still put up a good display. </p><p>

The end of the match sees Thalia Quinzel and Claire Winters impotently urging Christy Higgins to tag one of them in, while Laura Flame with Selina Svelte and Darkness Cat's assistance delivered kick after kick to the defenseless Higgins. When the referee forced Laura Flame away from Higgins, Selina Svelte took the opportunity to choke out the babyface, and just as the referee looked back, she released Higgins into a Flame Fire Kick, and Laura Flame covered her for the pin.</p><p>

<strong>Laura Flame, Darkness Cat & Selina Svelte wins in 12:29 by pinfall.</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: C</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/JDg7ZNg.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/vzm4Q0V.jpg</span> <span>http://i.imgur.com/LqQJWHu.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Flame, Svelte and Darkness Cat celebrates on their way out, with Higgins, Quinzel and Winters left in the ring. Quinzel kneels to help Christy to her feet, but as soon as she's up, Quinzel's face turns into a sneer and she gives Higgins a push towards Claire who seems to have been waiting for this as the stumbling Higgins run straight into a superkick that spins her around 360 degrees before collapsing to the ground.</p><p> </p><p>

Thalia demands a microphone and kneels by Higgins, holding her up by her hair.</p><p> </p><p>

"Was it too much to ask that you actually put in some effort when you were asked to wrestle with the two "rookies"? Eh? Don't you think I've caught the condescending tone in your voice when you've talked about 'how good it is that we bring in kids into American Sweethearts that can watch and learn'? Eh? Do you think I am stupid? </p><p> </p><p>

Let me spell it out for you in case we've given you a concussion: I. AM. BETTER. THAN. YOU. You have nothing to teach me. Why did YOU get to compete for the Contender's Crown? I could have won it, you are just there to make up the numbers." Thalia let's go of Christy's head in disgust and spits her straight in the face.</p><p> </p><p>

"Tell Alexis and Maria that American Sweethearts can go to hell for all I care. Membership offer: DECLINED." Thalia looks so angry she can barely control herself, and she looks just as close to crying as she is to just straight up kill Christy. </p><p>

Finally, with a barely audible "Let's go, Claire" she drops the microphone and with Claire next to her she leaves. </p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/UsrKpsP.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/koWhAJc.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Match 4: Maria Guest vs Maribel Mercado with Bossman Brayfield (Group A)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Looking disturbed at what just happened in the ring, Maria's lack of concentration costs her the initiative as Maribel is not going to wait on some airhead daydreaming. It's only seconds before she has delivered the first spinebuster followed by a snap suplex that plants Maria Guest upside down against the cornerpost. Lifting herself up by the ropes at the last second saved her from Mercado's cannonball attack and turned the tide in the match at the same time. </p><p>

Maria mounted a strong come back, wearing Mercado down until Bossman got up on the apron and started complaining with the referee. Meanwhile, Maribel slid out of the ring with Maria in hot pursuit. Finding the right tool for her own comeback, Maribel grabbed a steel chair and with the referee still distracted the clang of steel chair meeting Maria's face echoed through the venue. Maribel pushed Maria into the ring, and while the referee suspected shenanigans, she got the pin.</p><p>

<strong>Maribel Mercado in 10:07 by pinfall.</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>



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The beats of Engel, theme of the World champion starts pumping out through the speaker system to the greatest pop of the night as the video screens show stark images of white angel wings being scorched dark.</p><p> </p><p>

Paige Croft appears at the top of the ramp, waits for the right beat, and raises her title to the sky. The crowd can't decide if they should boo or cheer, so they just go ballistic. </p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: A*</strong></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Match 5: Brooke Tyler vs Paige Croft (Group A)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Tyler goes into the match like one would wrestle a cobra - stay way clear. Any attempt from Croft to lock up is met by a swift kick and a retreat to safety. It works for a while, but it doesn't take very long for the more experienced Croft to figure out how to cut off Brooke's retreat routes - except sliding out of the ring, which she does. Paige immediately looks to the referee and demand he starts counting, which he does - fast. Brooke looks alarmed as she's about to be counted out and leaps back into the ring, only to be set upon by Paige trying to at the same time get Brooke away from the ropes and lock in a straightjacket crossface at the same time, but Brooke has a firm grip on the ropes. Eventually they get back on their feet. </p><p>

As the clock runs down, Brooke grows bolder, and lands some good kicks. At one point, it looks like Paige starts favoring her left leg, but real or not it's a trap as the next time Brooke attacks the same spot, Paige is prepared and in no time has Brooke down on the mat, locking in the patented Memphis Deathlock.</p><p>

<strong>Paige Croft in 20:03 by submission.</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/TsoCedO.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/ZGbvgUH.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Match 6: Juana Huracán vs Capitano (Group A)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>For once, the leader of the Bad Girls Club has come down to the ring without one of her hangarounds for moral support. Opposite her, Juana Huracán in red and white typical MMA gear is shadow boxing, ready to go as soon as the bell rings. Capitano teases locking up but pulls away both once and twice, but the second time Huracán has had enough and goes for the take down pushing Capitano to the mat, but she's next to the ropes, immediately pointing it out to the referee that she should get Huracán away from her. Known to be an opportunistic cheater, the rules lawyering is making both the crowd and Huracán outraged, and Capitano isn't late to take advantage as her opponent loses her head. </p><p>

As Juana rushes in for another take down she drops her guard, and Capitano's uppercut clocks her clean on the chin. Capitano looks incredibly smug as it seems she has won the match on her first punch, but Juana breaks the pin just before the three count. </p><p>

Eventually, Juana recover and the match start flowing back and forth, both escalating their attacks as the other's resiliency just won't allow them to surrender. And while the match itself is fantastic, the ending is as infuriating as the start when Capitano rolls up Juana and unseen by the referee hold her in down with a handful of the MMA-fighter's tights as the referee counts to three.</p><p>

<strong>Capitano in 19:57 by pinfall.</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i.imgur.com/Heo5HkZ.jpg</span> vs <span>http://i.imgur.com/xYuulxj.jpg</span></p><p>

<strong>Match 7: Chitose Ariwara vs Higa (Group A)</strong></p><p>

Chitose offers a handshake to her fellow Japanese opponent, and while Higa is in no hurry to take her hand, she eventually does so, including a small mutual bow before the bell rings. The match starts out at a furious pace, clear that both are prepared to finish this soon. There's not much psychology going on, just a series of more or less spectacular spots as the two small women use the ropes, the corner posts and each other to catapult themselves through the air. </p><p>

They go back and forth with shiranuis and moonsaults, both kicking out of pin attempts at points where they reasonably should not be able to go on. Higa staggers to her feet, point to the top turn buckle, starts climbing up towards it, but Chitose gets to her feet and catches up with her as Higa is about to get on the top rope. A devastating belly-to-back suplex later provides Chitose with the perfect opportunity to deliver her patented Victory roll, and Higa is not responding as the referee counts her out.</p><p>

<strong>Chitose Ariwara in 9:46 by pinfall.</strong></p><p><strong>

Match Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


As Higa rolls out of the ring, nursing her neck, Chitose encourages the crowd to applaud her competitor, and they don't require much encouragement. There are even some chants of "THANK YOU HIGA" to Higa's own bemusement. She turns and bow to the room before leaving the stage for Chitose who has been handed a microphone.</p><p> </p><p>

Still breathing heavily, she's pacing around the ring to a groove only she can hear.</p><p> </p><p>

"When I became Shockwave champion... your support carried me there. And all the time, I felt I held the belt for you."</p><p> </p><p>

Crowd pops.</p><p> </p><p>

"A month ago I lost the title to Purple Viper."</p><p> </p><p>

Scattered boos.</p><p> </p><p>

"I felt I let you all down. "</p><p> </p><p>

"WE STILL LOVE YOU" Clap clap clap.</p><p> </p><p>

"I fell down, and I will be knocked down again, but I promise, as long as you continue to believe in me, I will never stop getting back up. So thank you. Thank you.</p><p> </p><p>

HONTO NI ARIGATO!" </p><p> </p><p>

She bows deeply in all directions to the loud of the fans and her smile is a mile wide as she leaves the ring, high fiving fans and hugging kids until she's by the exit. She waves at them all one last time and disappears backstage.</p><p>

<strong>Segment Rating: A</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Event Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Next show: </strong>Contender Series II held in Arkansas Colliseum</p>

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<p>Results of the prediction contest: A three-way tie? I need to start providing tie breakers. <img alt=":p" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/tongue.png.ceb643b2956793497cef30b0e944be28.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p> MrWolf101 5 of 7</p><p> DarEatWorld 5 of 7</p><p> John Lions 5 of 7</p><p> KnowYourEnemy 4 of 7</p><p> pyroman 3 of 7</p><p> </p><p> That puts one point on the board for each of MrWolf101, DarEatWorld and John Lions. Well done. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p> I will tease one of the prizes now. QAW have a number of currently unused title belts lying around. The winner will get to choose the belt (from a selection) and we'll come up with a suitable class for it together (or I'll just take your suggestion straight up if I like it).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="MrWolf101" data-cite="MrWolf101" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Purple Viper seems like a big star for you, while Rojo appears to be floating right now</em></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> A completely true statement, but the gap between them is perhaps not as big as it might seem. It was a surprise win though for Rojo for sure.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Very tough, and I think Perez could be a real dark horse to win the whole thing to move up the card. But it's hard for me to pick against Kass, who is another really strong contender.</em></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Wise. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> And on point. Teresa's momentum is through the roof, but so is Kass'.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>I'm curious to know how Brooke became available to you. It's interesting that she is struggling to find her place, but I could see that since she starts out with low popularity in the US.</em></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I wish I had a better answer, but I didn't notice what was going on at the time. In June 2016 Brooke was NOTBPW Women's champion, ranked #205 on the Power 500 ranking. A year later, she was unemployed. It took me eight months to notice she was available...</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42699" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Similar to Match 2 with Perez, I think Ariwara needs a win here if she has a shot at advancing to the final, but with this one, I'll pick the upset.</em><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I don't want to say too much, and rather let the fiction speak, but kayfabe, this was not an upset. In the QAW universe, Higa hasn't "paid her dues" quite yet. With matches like this though, it shouldn't take too long...</p><p> </p><p> The Card for Contender Series II in Arkansas Colliseum (the start of road trip season...)</p><p> </p><p> Dark Match: Thea Davis vs Lily Snyder </p><p> </p><p> Match 1: Jillian Jarvis vs Christy Higgins</p><p> </p><p> Match 2: Talia Quinzel & Claire Winters vs Alexis Lee & Teresa Perez</p><p> </p><p> Match 3: Foxxy LaRue vs Laura Flame</p><p> </p><p> Match 4: Higa vs Maribel Mercado</p><p> </p><p> Match 5: Maria Guest vs Capitano </p><p> </p><p> Match 6: Chitose Ariwara vs Brooke Tyler</p><p> </p><p> Match 7: Juana Huracán vs Paige Croft</p><p> </p><p> Bonus Questions:</p><p> </p><p> - Which is the best match of the night?</p><p> </p><p> - One match is cancelled. Which, and why? </p><p> </p><p> Tie Breaker: What is the event rating? Previous show's was a 64, for some reference.</p>
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