Guest skinsfan55 Posted October 9, 2016 Share Posted October 9, 2016 Monday, Week 1, January 2010 "Do you know why I founded Mid Atlantic Wrestling? Redemption. I was on top of the world in the 70's and 80's. I was in high demand wrestling for all kinds of different territories... then drinking got a hold of me. See, back in the day everyone took pills. You're filling up your bump card day in and day out, you need something to manage the pain, and back then everyone drank. It's how you made connections. You'd go out to the bar after a show to talk about the business. If you weren't there maybe your push went to someone else. So booze had always been there, but in the 90's when I was starting to get a little older and my body was breaking down, I drank a little more and a little more until I was a goddamn shitshow. My body was breaking down, my matches were shit. I was tearing down a career and a reputation I worked my whole life to build. When I finally stopped drinking and got my life together, I opened MAW. I could use my skills and my experience to help mold the next generation of wrestlers. I'd done that, and I was proud of it. After a year or two with me a guy would have what it takes to make it on the next level, and hopefully he could learn from my mistakes and stay away from booze and pills. Anyway, for 5 years I ran MAW when my old pal Sam Strong called up. He and I were enemies in the ring but best friends now. It's funny how we could never hang out when we were younger. With kayfabe firmly in place we couldn't be seen in public together, but in later years we started seeing each other more socially and talking about the old days. He offered me a job with USPW. Look, I love MAW, and I love working with young kids... but if I aligned MAW with USPW as a development territory and worked with Sam I'd have one last run at the big time. USPW might be small, but they're #3 in the country. They've got a real shot at becoming nationally recognized and I decided to go for it. Sam wanted me to join the booking committee. Today was our first real meeting... set in a cramped office at the USPW Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/USPW%20Meeting%20Room_zpsnlgchvvs.jpg You already know who I am. I'm Rip Chord, and there's just no one better than me at building matches or getting the most out of talent. Is that arrogant? Is it self promoting? Of course it is, I'm a professional wrestler. I've been in the business for 42 ****ing years. I am the top road agent, and head of development at USPW now. It's going to be a hell of a ride.The band is back together.http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/Rip%20Chord_zps8kjxekxp.jpg Rip Chord, Head of Development (Key Skill: Motivation) Sam Strong might be the biggest name in wrestling history. When I first met him I'll admit it, I kind of thought he was an asshole. He was a big bodybuilder who sorta sucked in the ring. I was always really proud of my workrate, but this dude was all bodyslam, bodyslam, Strong Arm Tactic. Anyway, once you get to know him, you like him. It's impossible not to. He's one of the most charismatic people I've ever met and he could probably run for office if he wanted. He used his charisma to great effect. The man could sell ice to an Eskimo. He convinced big names like Bruce the Giant, Liberty, Enygma and BLZ Bubb to join a small, and some would say hokey wrestling company like USPW... but Sam made you believe in this place. He made guys believe they would be the missing piece to make this company #1. He convinced me to join after all...http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/Sam%20Strong_zps3ndthxkc.jpg Sam Strong, Owner (Key Skill: Negotiation) Shane Sneer owned and operated Southern Championship Class Wrestling from 1998 to 2003. He was never a great businessman, SCCW barely kept their heads above water for those 5 years, but fans still remember it because of the characters and the stories. Shane was a talented writer, and he knew how to write to his character's strengths. It's pretty amazing that Danny Jillefski was able to get him right after SCCW folded. Shane was a manager and off and on color man... but now he was 100% in as being the slimy heel color commentator to Danny Jillefski's babyface. Danny isn't part of the booking meeting, he knows it's not his strength and he cares about this company more than anyone. He doesn't really even want to be involved in the booking committee anyway. As the lead play-by-play guy he'd rather not know what's happening in advance. Not sure how Shane manages to write and do color, but he does.http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/Shane%20Sneer_zpst4k2ewjf.jpg Shane Sneer, Lead Writer, Color Commentator (Key Skill: Creativity) "Mighty" Micky Starr is as responsible for the establishment of the Supreme Wrestling Federation as anyone. He's wrestling royalty and it's sad that kids today don't seem to realize what he's done for the business. To a lot of kids today, Christian Faith is an old time legend. Old Mick was selling out arenas when Faith was filling up diapers. Once kids realize who Micky is, he's someone they respect. When he handles discipline backstage, his word is law.http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/Micky%20Star_zpstettrnot.jpg Micky Starr, Head of Talent Relations (Key Skill: Diplomacy) I'd never met Robbie Sanchez before, but he was obviously a natural leader. His act in the ring of always being calm, cool and collected and not getting pushed around? That's a shoot. He's still only 39, but guys older than him or more experienced than him come to him for advice about finishes, gimmick changes, etc. I could tell already, he's a valuable part of the staff.http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/sturg48/USPW/Robbie%20Sanchez_zpsvdmhqnvf.jpg Robbie Sanchez, Head Referee (Key Skill: Leadership) Yup... I could tell, this was gonna be a hell of a team. If the key skills a booker needed were negotiation, motivation, creativity, leadership and diplomacy I'd say we ranked a solid 10/10. Now it was time to actually get to work. Sam Strong: "Guys, I think you all know Rip Chord. He's going to be joining us from now on as our head of development." [A welcoming murmur made its way through the room.] "I hate to overshadow Rip's arrival here, but I'm going to start this meeting with a big announcement... I just got off the phone with UDemand today, and they're going to start offering our monthly events on Pay-Per-View." [sounds of approval surround the table. This is a BFD.] Micky Starr: "That's great brother, but I thought none of the PPV companies were gonna work with us." Sam Strong: "Tell him, Shane" Shane Sneer: "Sam just invested about 20 grand into increasing the production quality, broadcast quality and music licenses. Once we upped our game, UDemand was ready to give us a shot. 1 year and we can go live at 8 o'clock eastern. Show's over by 10ish on the east coast. That's early enough for family friendly entertainment. Shows start at 5 on the west coast. It's a great set up, we can't afford to **** this up." Rip Chord: "Great, so we've got 3 episodes of TV until we get to the first ever USPW Pay-Per-View? Let's get to work." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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