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4/27/17 - We're through six months of AAA, including AAA's WrestleMania, Women of Wrestling. Wanting to jump in, but not wanting to read through everything? Jump to Page 12 to read through Women of Wrestling and the state of AAA after six months!


Welcome aboard! I've gotten through the first three months of the diary. Looking for a place to jump onto the story after three months, so you don't feel like you have to read everything to get current? The three month round up starts over on Page Five - come on over and join the AAA Revolution!


This is the my second diary - I did a CGC diary for TEW 2013 that was cut short when my old laptop died. With a much improved computer and a copy of TEW 2016, I look forward to seeing what kind of story I can tell.


I'm playing as Catherine Quine, Head Owner and now Booker for AAA. I have two goals for this playthrough. First, I want to take AAA from Regional to Cult. Secondly, I want to get AAA a national television deal. Along with telling a good story, I'll be working toward those two goals.


Before we get into the story itself, here's the roster with current champions and tag teams noted.




Owner/Booker/Color Commentator/Player Character


Catherine Quine


Road Agent


Black Widow


Announce Team


Jim Lou Freebush (play-by-play)

Catherine Quine (color)




Dwight Kumas


Main Event


Sara Marie York (AAA Femme Fatale Champion) - Face

Joanna Rodriguez - Face

Demelza Wade - Heel (managed by Cat Jemson)

Nadia Snow - Heel (managed by Cat Jemson)

Cherry Bomb - Heel


Upper Midcard


Steph Blake (tag team w/Zoe Ammis) - Heel

Jamie Quine - Face

Suzanne Brazzle - Face

Tracy Brendon - Heel

Paige Croft - Face




Kate Lilly (Tag Team Champion; tag team w/Debbie Rose) - Heel

Debbie Rose (Tag Team Champion; tag team w/Kate Lilly) - Heel

Devil's Daughter - Heel

Katherine Goodlooks (tag team w/Jessica Bunny) - Face

Jessica Bunny (tag team w/Katherine Goodlooks) - Face

Zoe Ammis (tag team w/Steph Blake) - Heel

Wendy Anderson - Face


Lower Midcard


Talia Quinzel (AAA Top Contender's Champion; tag team w/Selina Svelte) - Heel

Ellie May Walton - Heel

Christy Higgins - Face

Lady Liberty - Face




Steffi Chee - Face

Selina Svelte (tag team w/ Talia Quinzel) - Heel

Simony Sentinel - Face


Enhancement Talent


Sarah Taylor




Cat Jemson (managing Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow)


AAA uses a Face/Heel divide. Match ratios are set 70/30 in favor of matches. AAA's Product Settings are:

Traditional, Mainstream - Key Feature

Modern, Realism - Low

Comedy, Cult - Very Low


The US Economy is rated 35 and falling. The US Wrestling Scene is rated 75 and falling. AAA begins with $250,000 in cash, one event per month, and the following popularity:


Northwest: 38

Midwest, Southwest: 20

British Columbia, Alberta: 12

Mid-South, Great Lakes: 8

Northern Mexico: 6

All other regions have a popularity of 5 or less.


AAA begins with a working arrangement with 5SSW (Japan).

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<p>January 1, 2016</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>From the paper diary kept by Catherine Quine, owner, AAA:</em></span></p><p> </p><p>

Happy New Year 2016 to me. Out with the old, in with the new. Or I guess old with the older, in with the somewhat less old.</p><p> </p><p>

Anne Stardust wanted to retire to her farm on the other side of the Cascade Mountains. Just her and her dogs, and cats, and horses, and goats, and chickens...honestly think the woman liked animals far more than people. In this business, who could blame her? Still, the look of relief in her eyes when she signed the final paperwork and turned the company - her company, the one she built from the ground up when no one would give a woman a job in this industry except to stand around a look pretty - over to me was palpable. "Cathy," she said, and she's the only person I let call me that, "This is my legacy and I'm turning it over to you. Be good to her, and she'll be good to you."</p><p> </p><p>

Thanks, Anne. No pressure, right?</p><p> </p><p>

So we have a show tomorrow night. Pretty Amazing is our midpoint as a company, as we build toward Women of Wrestling. But this year, it's a new beginning. I'm taking head booker, though Cherry - or Sharie, I've called her by her ring name so long Cherry is how I think of her - Cherry will be advising me. I'm also doing color commentary. And pretty soon I'll be taking over as head road agent. Am I taking too much on? Probably. But I made Anne a promise and I'm going to keep it. And I'm going to take this company places Anne was too settled in her ways to go.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>From Da Sheetz, home of wrestling gossip, some of which is occasionally true:</em></span></p><p> </p><p>

It's not a happy new year for The Black Widow. The polarizing two-time AAA tag champ turned head road agent was reportedly sent packing as the first move of the new Cat Quine era. Several disgruntled former AAA employees have shot on Widow, claiming her attitude was toxic and that she lives up to her spider name in terms of playing young workers against each other. Others have said Widow's mind for the business played a key part of their development. Widow herself has not yet spoken about the matter, though Da Sheetz is negotiating an exclusive shoot video with her side of the story.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>From The Argonaut, the University of Idaho's student-run newpaper:</em></span></p><p> </p><p>

MOSCOW, ID - The campus is buzzing with excitement as the War Memorial Gymnasium hosts the Angel Athletic Association (AAA) and their "Pretty Amazing" show Tuesday evening. AAA was founded in 1996 and this year marks their 20th anniversary as a woman-owned and operated company. AAA Champion Sara Marie York told us, "What we're doing is pretty special. Women have been making huge strides in athletics, such as MMA and pro wrestling. The USPW's women's division has been making a lot of waves. But AAA remains woman-owned and woman-operated, and we're a great show no matter who you are - whether you're 8 or 80, man or woman, we've got something for everyone."</p><p> </p><p>

According to AAA, the matches at "Pretty Amazing" will be:</p><p> </p><p>

Tracy Brendon vs. Simony Sentinel (pre-show)</p><p>

Sarah Taylor vs. Ellie May Walton</p><p>

Steffi Chee vs. Talia Quinzel for the AAA Top Contender's championship</p><p>

Cherry Bomb vs. Jamie Quine</p><p>

Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Feel free to make your predictions!</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>AAA "Pretty Amazing" at the War Memorial Gymnasium will start at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00. Tickets are nearly sold out but some remain available.</em></p>

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<p><strong>Tracy Brendon</strong> vs. Simony Sentinel (pre-show)</p><p>

<strong>Sarah Taylor</strong> vs. Ellie May Walton</p><p>

Steffi Chee vs. <strong>Talia Quinzel</strong> for the AAA Top Contender's championship</p><p>

<strong>Cherry Bomb</strong> vs. Jamie Quine</p><p>

<strong>Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez</strong> vs. The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow)</p>

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<p>It's good to see an AAA diary. It should be a fun challenge taking them to cult. Good luck!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tracy Brendon </strong>vs. Simony Sentinel (pre-show)</p><p>

Sarah Taylor vs. <strong>Ellie May Walton</strong></p><p>

<em>Unless your thinking of doing a big push for Taylor, Ellie can be useful for putting over someone bigger.</em></p><p>

Steffi Chee vs. <strong>Talia Quinzel</strong> for the AAA Top Contender's championship</p><p>

<strong>Cherry Bomb</strong> vs. Jamie Quine</p><p>

<em>I'm curious to see how this one plays out, as Jaime can be a big star for AAA.</em></p><p>

Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. <strong>The A-List </strong>(Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow)</p><p>

<em>I'll go the opposite way and say the heels need to be built up before one of them challenges Sara for the belt.</em></p>

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Ah, looking forward to this. I'll echo everything MrWolf101 said. :)


Tracy Brendon vs. Simony Sentinel (pre-show)

Sarah Taylor vs. Ellie May Walton

Steffi Chee vs. Talia Quinzel for the AAA Top Contender's championship

Cherry Bomb vs. Jamie Quine

In my mind, it's a little early to give Jamie her big push, but I could be wrong.

Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow)

I like MrWolf101's reasoning, but I think the pairing of York and JRo is just dynamite. Pushing them to the moon might be more fruitful than creating a second strong heel team.

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<p>January 2, 2016 - AAA Pretty Amazing Recap</p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>From the “Live Show Reports” Section of Smark-plex City, the home of “The Internet’s Smartest Wrestling Fans”, which is occasionally a true statement:</em></span></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Subject: Pretty Amazing? MOAR LIKE…actually it was pretty good</strong></p><p><strong> Posted by GettinPotato’d</strong></p><p> </p><p> Still saving up to get out of Idaho once I get my degree, because nothing ever happens here, but at least it meant I was in prime position to see the AAA Pretty Amazing show last night at the Memorial Gym on campus. I mean, I guess it’s kind of a neat building, if you like old-tyme architecture and such. Pictures:</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://www.vandalwomensbasketballcamp.com/images/Memorial_Gym_01.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://sjimg.scout.com/stadiums/2187_Vandals_Volleyball_1.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The Student Activities Board seemed to have paid for at least part of each ticket, so tickets were stupid cheap for students. Still, looked like there were some families there, some townies too. They sold the place out – announced the show hit the 2,500 maximum capacity of Memorial Gym for a sell-out – which I guess is still pretty impressive even if SAB subsidized a bunch of the tickets. The Gym got loud during the show, too – look at the picture of the Gym’s interior and imagine 2,500 people in there. Noisy AF, y’all.</p><p> </p><p> They opened the doors at 7 and had a match at 7:15 while people were still getting to their seats. Tracy Brendon vs. Simony Sentinel. Sentinel looked like she might have gone to school here – had kind of a punk rock-emo kid-happy goth look thing going with her bubble-gum pink hair. Brendon whooped her pretty quick being the veteran and all but Sentinel was fun to watch. She might turn out to be good. Found out Tracy Brendon is originally from Idaho. Gives me hope about getting the heck out of here.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Pre-show: Tracy Brendon def. Simony Sentinel in 6:26 with an Idaho Crunch. Match rating: 43)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Pretty Amazing</em><p> </p><p> Cherry waited in the gorilla position as Tracy Brendon came backstage after the pre-show match. “Good match. Real good. Kid looked like she might have some potential.”</p><p> </p><p> Brendon nodded. “Yeah. She’s green but she’s already connecting with the crowd. Can’t teach that. Hey, let Cat know I appreciate her getting me a match tonight, even if it is pre-show. Extended family doesn’t get to see me do my thing very often, especially in my old neck of the woods.”</p><p> </p><p> “I’ll let her know, Trace. Anne had a lot on her plate getting the company ready for sale. I’m sure it was an oversight that you weren’t scheduled for a match. Glad you spoke up so we could make this happen.” Cherry watched as Tracy disappeared backstage. Simony Sentinel - real name Simone French - came through the curtain next, smile beaming. “Kid, you just got beat. Why are you smiling so hard?”</p><p> </p><p> Sentinel’s smile crumbled. “Oh, Cherry, I’m sorry, I was just really feeling that match, yanno?”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry sighed, and smiled. “Yeah, kid, I know. Listen, you got to stay in your character until you reach the curtain. Then you come back here and smile like an idiot and pop open a PBR and put selfies on your Instagram and all that. But you did good out there. Keep it up.”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> When the show actually started, only 5 minutes late which is amazingly prompt for a ‘rassing show, Joanne Rodriguez and AAA champ Sara Marie York came down to the ring. They got a good bit of applause, and when they got in the ring, they thanked the fans for coming out, how excited they were to be in such a historic venue. You know, white-meat babyface shtick. Then the A-List – Demelza Wade, Nadia Snow, and manager Cat Jemson – came out to the ring. Even people who had never heard of AAA knew these were the “bad guys” and booed them before they started talking. Wade and Snow threw huge shade, and said if it wasn’t for the paycheck they’d never be caught dead in the state of Idaho, much less this podunk. The crowd booed, and I secretly cheered because it’s not like they’re wrong about this backwater. A-List goes back and forth with J-Ro and York, as the faces defend the honor of the audience and their town, eventually getting to the point where they challenge the A-List to a tag team match, for the good people of Idaho’s honor, I guess?</p><p> </p><p> Real A to B to C basic storytelling here, but it worked. People learned who to cheer and boo, and I think it worked because the A-List – particularly Wade – cut close enough to the bone for their taunts to be effective. It’s weird, though – Wade and Jemson just weren’t clicking, and I wasn’t buying Jemson’s “I’m too good for this” routine. Didn’t ruin the segment, just weird.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Angle Rating – 50)</em></p><p> </p><p> After that, ring crew set up a barbell with a good amount of weight on it, and they had Ellie May Walton lift it. Weights looked legit to me, and she cleaned it like it was nothing. What didn’t look legit were the “crazy” faces she made being led to the weights. Still, if wrestling is old-time carny stuff, here’s your sideshow strongwoman.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Angle Rating – 45)</em></p><p> </p><p> Also not legit? Walton’s in-ring skills. WOOF. She was in there with someone named “Sarah Taylor”, who really might have been a student. Everything about this match was off. I mean, how do you screw up a jobber squash? And yet, it happened.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(In a terrible match, Ellie May Walton defeated Sarah Taylor in 5:07 by pinfall with a Barn Stormer. Match rating – 26)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Pretty Amazing:</em><p> </p><p> A “you suck” chant could be heard as Ellie came back through the curtain. Her body collapsed a bit as she got out of audience sight. “They hate me,” she said, matter-of-factly.</p><p> </p><p> Cherry scowled. The match was a total wet fart, no question. “It was a rough match, Ellie.”</p><p> </p><p> Ellie’s cheeks – her whole face – flushed red with anger. “But Cat planned that match out! Scripted it, point by point! She said the crowd would need to warm up so we’d take it slow and easy, but they were hyped up when we went out there!”</p><p> </p><p> “Yeah, but Ellie, Cat’s not out there. You are. You have to play the crowd you’re given, even if they’re not the one we planned to have!” Cherry bit her lip. There was no point in antagonizing Ellie, and she did have a point. Cat did script the match and Cat did guess – wrongly – the crowd full of college kids who probably had never seen a AAA match before would need time to warm up to the product. “We all have bad nights. This was yours. They ate up that lift you did. Next time, we’ll put you in a better position to succeed.” Ellie nodded, curtly, and stormed off. Cherry wondered if Cat was stretching herself too thin, trying to be owner and head road agent and color commentary and head of sales and marketing director and everything else. Cat was wonderful, but she’s not Wonder Woman, thought Cherry. She can only do so much before she collapses, and if she does, AAA might collapse with her.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> As the ring crew cleared out the garbage tossed into the ring during the abomination of the Walton match, Jamie Quine talked with the show’s announcer about her match with Cherry Bomb later that night. More white-meat babyface stuff, but Quine knows how to make it sound believable, though a bit scripted. Most of you already know Jamie Quine is the new boss’ daughter, but she doesn’t seem like she’s got a rocket strapped to her, and unlike a lot of famous wrestlers’ kids, Jamie seems to have actual talent.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Angle Rating: 49)</em></p><p> </p><p> Tracy Brendon hit the ring again. She launched into a tirade about Suzanne Brazzle. Brendon said Brazzle’s not there tonight, probably because she’s developing arthritis, given how old she is. She ticks off all kinds of “you’re old” cracks – wondering if Brazzle gets an AARP card, wondering if Brazzle can read the tiny print on the card when it arrives, if Brazzle has problems getting her walker through airport security and missed her flight here – and surprisingly, Brazzle doesn’t show to refute the remarks with either words or fists. The crowd did chuckle a bit before booing, so Brendon definitely seemed to hit her mark, though without Brazzle there to fight back, the segment didn’t oay off. Still, good for what it was.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Angle Rating: 45)</em></p><p> </p><p> Second match of the night – third if you count pre-show – was a match between Steffi Chee and AAA Top Contender champ Talia Quinzel. So, the b-level belt. Still, the crowd was into a title match, which immediately raises the stakes. Chee and Quinzel told a nice little story – Quinzel clearly didn’t take Chee seriously at first, which Chee took advantage of. Soon, Quinzel started taking her seriously and got momentum in her favor, but Chee fought back and started picking up a head of steam. It looked like Chee was about to seal the deal when Selina Svelte ran in and clocked Chee in the back with a chair, causing a DQ. The crowd heartily booed the cheap shenanigans, as Quinzel retained. Svelte helped pick Quinzel up and get her backstage, clutching her belt, as Chee grabbed a mic and promised Quinzel one day Svelte wasn’t going to be able to save her. Chee sounded like she was going off the cuff, and it paid off – she sounded cold furious, like how you know you’re about to enter a world of hurt when the dude at the bar who’s about to fight you isn’t cussing or screaming, just cold staring you down.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Steffi Chee defeated Talia Quinzel in 10:58 when Talia Quinzel was disqualified when Selina Svelte ran in and attacked Steffi Chee. Quinzel retains. Match rating – 39. Angle rating – 42)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Pretty Amazing</em><p> </p><p> Steffi Chee came backstage, joining Quinzel and Svelte. “That felt good!” she exclaimed.</p><p> </p><p> Cherry nodded in agreement. “That was pretty good work, Stef. Talia, Selina, I hope you were taking notes because Stef’s been doing this all around the world for a long time and she knows what she’s doing.”</p><p> </p><p> Chee laughed. “Not THAT long, Cherry! You calling me old?”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry almost smiled, a bemused smirk lifting up one corner of her mouth. Usually the closest she got to a smile. “I think the term they’re using now is ‘retro’. Of course, saying that, proves I’m pretty retro, too.” The group laughed. “Listen, one thing I wanted to point out for the future. Stef, I know it's been a while since you've been on this side of the Atlantic, and Talia, you’ve got a few years but you’re still a rookie compared to people like Stef and me. I know the finish of the match relied on Selina to come out with the chair for the DQ. It’s hard to trust people you don’t work with often. But you two occasionally seemed like you were holding back to make sure no one missed their cue. It wasn’t too bad but I could see it. You gotta trust each other to execute.” Heads nodded.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> AAA’s mean girls, the A-List, came back out at this point and proclaimed their inevitable victory in tonight’s main event. Demelza Wade ended the promo by looking at interviewer/mic holder Jim Lou Freebush and declaring, “Your brush with greatness is over,” and waving him out of the ring. The crowd just rained down boos for that line, just utter contempt. I think Wade found herself a catchphrase.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Angle Rating – 49)</em></p><p> </p><p> The next match was the highlight of the night, no doubt. Jaime Quine is on her way up, while Cherry Bomb is heading toward retirement. Quine wants to climb the ladder, while Bomb knows Quine only climbs up the ladder by bumping Bomb out of her way. The match was hot, as Quine winning seems an upset but not unbelievable. False finish teased after false finish, and Quine got a 2 and 9/10th on a roll-up. Cherry Bomb managed to roll through and recover quickly enough to set up a thunderous Cherry Bomb (double underhook powerbomb) for the 3.</p><p> </p><p> After the match, Cherry Bomb celebrated her victory while Jaime Quine pulled herself back up to her feet using the ring post. Bomb sees Quine and is somewhat amused. Cherry grabs a mic and tells the audio team to cut her music. As Quine takes a few wobbly steps toward Cherry, fists raised and ready to go, Cherry says that she can appreciate the fire and the heart shown by Quine. Cherry tells the audience to give Quine a round of applause, which the audience does, but then Cherry nails Quine over the head with the mic, laying her out. Over the booing, Cherry stands over Quine and tells her fire and heart don't mean anything compared to skill, experience, and nastiness. The crowd was so, so into this segment. Cherry Bomb clearly improvised and she was superb at it, had the crowd in the palm of her hand.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Cherry Bomb defeated Jaime Quine in 15:46 by pinfall with a Cherry Bomb. Match Rating – 60. Angle Rating - 66)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Pretty Amazing</em><p> </p><p> Cherry Bomb returned backstage, thunderous boos crashing down on her as she went behind the curtain. Cherry got back to work immediately, putting her headset back on. Catherine Quine’s voice piped into the earpiece. “Sharie, you there?”</p><p> </p><p> “Yeah, I’m here.”</p><p> </p><p> “You did real good out there.”</p><p> </p><p> “Thanks, boss.” Cherry rubbed the sweat off her brow and took a deep breath. “Your girl did real good too.”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Then the show went right into the main event, which seemed a little abrupt, but the crowd was into it, maybe just not quite as much as the previous match. J-Ro and York vs. the A-List was pretty standard faces vs. heels tag wrestling, with tags by the faces reversed due to trickery and managerial distractions allowing the heels to double team the faces. In the end, the managerial shenanigans by Jemson backfired when Jemson tried to mace J-Ro, only for J-Ro to dodge at the last second, resulting in Wade getting blinded. The ref turned around in time to see J-Ro hit the J-Rocker and get the three.</p><p> </p><p> Of course, the heels aren’t happy, and as J-Ro and York celebrate, Snow, Wade, and Jemson attack from behind, poor sports and all. The show “ended” on that note, though J-Ro and York made their way to the lobby very quickly to let the kids know they were all right and they would "teach those mean girls a lesson". It was kinda cute.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Joanne Rodriguez and Sara Marie York defeated The A-List in 21:33 when Joanne Rodriguez defeated Demelza Wade by pinfall with a J-Rocker following botched interference by Cat Jemson Match rating – 58. Angle rating – 39)</em></p><p> </p><p> Decent show. LOADS better than the usual bingo hall crap that’s barely better than a backyard fed we usually get around here. Would definitely travel a ways to see another AAA show. And maybe stay wherever that may be. Man, I got to get out of this town.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Final show rating – 51)</em></p>
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I love the unique angle you have given your dynasty. Writing the event reports from the perspective of a fan is inspired. I was interested before, now I'm a fan. Can't wait to see where you take this. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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<p>First and Second Weeks of January, 2016</p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From the “AAA News & Views” Thread on the “Smark-plex City” website:</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Thread: AAA is unamerican!!!!1!</strong></p><p><strong> Posted by pat-riot1776, 1-7-16, 2:43am</strong></p><p> </p><p> jjust read on DaSheetz aaa fired lady liberty. more proof teh LIE-beral media conspriacy at work! WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Reply: Already Awake, Stop Yelling</strong></p><p><strong> Posted by GettinPotato’d, 1-7-16, 6:45am</strong></p><p> </p><p> Holy crap, dude. You realize that’s just a gimmick, right? And the woman under that gimmick is kind of a witch with a b, if you believe rumors. AAA dropped Black Widow and now Lady Liberty because they had reputations for stirring up crap backstage. Unless the liberal media conspiracy calls for the eradication of arachnids, I think the sheeple should probably stay asleep for now. It’s early, I wish I was still asleep. Maybe you should take a nap, see if you feel better.</p><p> </p><p> Also, they added Joanna Silver, Laura Flame, and Mary Beth Chase. Unless the liberal media conspiracy now includes pirates, fire, and female weightlifters…?</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Reply: RE: Already Awake, Stop Yelling</strong></p><p><strong> Posted by pat-riot1776, 1-7-16 7:02am</strong></p><p> </p><p><em> EDIT: This post was removed by the moderator for several violations of the board code of conduct, which includes no profanity and no personal attacks. You’ve been warned several times, pat-riot, so I’m assessing a 1 week posting ban – Ringer89{mod}</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">An IM conversation between Catherine Quine and Sharie “Cherry Bomb” Guthrie on January 9, 2016:</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Sharie, you handled gorilla beautifully at Pretty Amazing.</p><p> Thank you.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> thanks cat</p><p> we did real good</p><p> girls did real good</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> They did. Listen, I wanted to talk about that Ellie/Taylor match.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> it stunk</p><p> like, loaded diaper stink</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Lol</p><p> That was my fault. I have too much on my plate right now. That match was a symptom of a bigger issue.</p><p> I know Anne was going to make you booker before she decided to sell.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> go on</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> I just have a very clear vision on where I want this company to go.</p><p> So I took the book.</p><p> But I respect the heck out of you and your talent.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> okay okay, what do you want from me?</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> I was hoping you’d be willing to take over head road agent duties?</p><p> I can’t do everything.</p><p> As much as I want to do.</p><p> I need help if this is going to work.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> on one condition</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Yes?</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> you make me assistant booker.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Absolutely!</p><p> Of course, Sharie. You deserve at least that.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> just so long as you don’t forget that :-D</p><p> all right</p><p> as assistant booker, what’s going on with our next show?</p><p> got about a month to plan</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Yeah.</p><p> About that.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> ???</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> We’ve been stuck in a rut. Shows here in the Pacific NW do good business.</p><p> But they don’t grow our business.</p><p> So I made a few phone calls, hit up a few contacts.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> ?????</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> I booked us a show on January 16 at the Hopkins Pavilion. Suburban Minneapolis.</p><p> Links: <span>http://www.thinkhopkins.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/pavilion.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://tirelesstot.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015-04-14-11.09.54-Medium-04-19-15-10-36-27.jpg</span></p><p> Small venue – 500 seats max – but Minneapolis is a great wrestling town.</p><p> We do good there, I think we can get a solid foothold in the Midwest.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> you know, I was playing 40,000 seat stadiums with USPW</p><p> now you’re telling me we’re doing a show in a 500 seat ice rink/kids play center in friggin suburban Minnesota</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> It’ll be great exposure for the company.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> sigh</p><p> yeah I know</p><p> guess it’ll be like the old days when we first started with AAA and were playing tiny clubs that were trying to figure out what to fill the space with when grunge died</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Everything old is new again.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Sharie says:</em></p><p> if that’s true, then you’re the newest person in the company >:-)</p><p> </p><p> <em>Cat says:</em></p><p> Lol shut up</p><p> Here’s what I was thinking for the card:</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-Show</span></strong><p> 4-Way Match, Single Fall: Mary Beth Chase vs. Laura Flame vs. Joanna Silver vs. Selina Svelte</p><p> Ellie May Walton vs. Sarah Taylor</p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main Card</span></strong></p><p> Cherry Bomb vs. Simony Sentinel</p><p> Tracy Brendon vs. Christy Higgins</p><p> Susanne Brazzle vs. Demelza Wade</p><p> Nadia Snow vs. Sarah Marie York for the AAA Femme Fatale Championship</p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <strong>OOC: Your predictions? Any narrative methods you'd like me to experiment with? I really liked Dr_Avalanche's wrestler spotlight, where y'all choose someone on the roster to be "interviewed", so as long as he doesn't mind me grabbing the idea, who do you want an interview with?</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Also, I have booking ideas for several months but feel free to toss ideas and suggestions. I'll totally steal one if I like it and it fits in with my narrative. After all, hacks borrow, artists steal </strong><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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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="kingjames" data-cite="kingjames" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> </p><p> <strong>OOC: Your predictions? Any narrative methods you'd like me to experiment with? I really liked Dr_Avalanche's wrestler spotlight, where y'all choose someone on the roster to be "interviewed", so as long as he doesn't mind me grabbing the idea, who do you want an interview with?</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> Also, I have booking ideas for several months but feel free to toss ideas and suggestions. I'll totally steal one if I like it and it fits in with my narrative. After all, hacks borrow, artists steal </strong><img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I stole the idea from DarEatWorld and MrWolf101, I think it's public domain by now. <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> If you are soliciting votes on who to highlight, I'll say Talia Quinzel. Holding a title that says "Top Contender" in it's name suggests she must be eyeing the more prestigious title. Additionally, she's playing a big role right now in my dynasty so I'm extra curious about your take on her.</p><p> </p><p> Otherwise, I say just keep it up. How you presented your first event really clicked with me. Don't change a thing. <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> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Pre-Show<p> 4-Way Match, Single Fall: Mary Beth Chase vs. <strong>Laura Flame</strong> vs. Joanna Silver vs. Selina Svelte</p><p> <strong>Ellie May Walton</strong> vs. Sarah Taylor</p><p> <em>A new chance to get the squash match right?</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p> Main Card</p><p> <strong>Cherry Bomb</strong> vs. Simony Sentinel</p><p> <strong>Tracy Brendon</strong> vs. Christy Higgins</p><p> Susanne Brazzle vs. <strong>Demelza Wade</strong></p><p> <em>Need every strong heel you've got to challenge York for her title...</em></p><p> Nadia Snow vs. <strong>Sarah Marie York</strong> for the AAA Femme Fatale Championship</p><p> </p></div></blockquote>
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<p>I'll add more comments when I have more time, but this is pretty good stuff so far!</p><p> </p><p>


4-Way Match, Single Fall: Mary Beth Chase vs. Laura Flame vs. Joanna Silver vs. <strong>Selina Svelte</strong></p><p>

<em>Somethig tells me you'll get Selina right where the simmed AAA usually doesn't.</em></p><p>

<strong>Ellie May Walton</strong> vs. Sarah Taylor</p><p>

<em>To the moon Ellie!</em></p><p> </p><p>

Main Card</p><p>

<strong>Cherry Bomb</strong> vs. Simony Sentinel</p><p>

<strong>Tracy Brendon</strong> vs. Christy Higgins</p><p>

Susanne Brazzle vs. <strong>Demelza Wade</strong></p><p>

<em>Tough, but unless Wade has one foot out the door, she needs to avoid the momentum drop.</em></p><p>

Nadia Snow vs. <strong>Sarah Marie York</strong> for the AAA Femme Fatale Championship </p><p>

<em>No snow plow here.</em></p>

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<p>January 16, 2016 - AAA Midwest Mayhem</p><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From Metro Pages, Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Alternative Weekly Newspaper:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Ladies First: Angel Athletic Association Flips the Pro Wrestling Script</strong></p><p><strong> by Miranda Brownstein, staff reporter</strong></p><p> </p><p> Of all the places I thought this job would take me, I didn’t expect it to take me to an ice rink over in Hopkins on a Tuesday evening to watch fake fighting. I asked my editor, shouldn’t Darla Parker cover this? I haven’t seen professional wrestling since I would watch SWF with my older brothers as a kid. Darla’s been doing the Minnesota Rollergirls’ roller derby beat, isn’t this more her thing than the person who normally does dance choreography? My editor said, no, derby’s a sport, this is more up your alley.</p><p> </p><p> I would like to thank my editor, because without my editor’s insistence, I would have missed something I never knew I was missing in my life.</p><p> </p><p> The Angel Athletic Association (AAA) is a women’s professional wrestling promotion founded in 1996 in Tacoma, Washington. The company was founded by Anne Stardust, who was tired of the only opportunities for women in the business being to stand around, to look pretty, and to be the prizes awarded after the men’s in-ring battles. In those 20 years, AAA has remained woman-owned and operated while developing a strong cult following in the Pacific Northwest, occasionally being name checked by riot grrl bands who have also provided entrance music for some of AAA’s wrestlers. Stardust recently retired and left the company in the hands of Catherine Quine, a long-running star of the promotion who’s since retired from in-ring action. According to Quine, AAA is “looking to bring the fierce action and drama Northwest fans know and love to the rest of the country.”</p><p> </p><p> Getting to the Hopkins Pavilion, I saw the ring had been set up within the rink itself. It was a bit of an odd sight, seeing a ring and folding chairs set up within the Plexiglas. I arrived early enough that I got a front row seat and caught a few pre-show matches. The first was a match with four women, where the rule was the first women to pin her opponent to the mat or make her give up with some painful looking move would win. According to a highly-knowledgeable middle-aged man sitting next to me, three of these women were newly signed and this was a tryout match to see how well they worked together. One woman, called Selina Svelte, had a tough femme look; another, Joanna Silver was dressed like a pirate; another, Laura Flame, had bright red hair, MMA gloves, and a serious case of resting b face; the last, Mary Beth Chase (her real name, according to my new friend) was older than the rest and looked like a pro bodybuilder. The pirate girl was sort of awkward, but the rest moved with a quickness and grace I wasn’t expecting. My new friend didn’t seem all that impressed, though. The tough femme girl put a wince-inducing armlock hold on the pirate, who repeatedly slapped the mat, which I learned means “I give up” in pro wrestling.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(In a terrible pre-show match, Selina Svelte defeated Laura Flame, Joanna Silver and Mary Beth Chase in 8:25 when Selina Svelte defeated Joanna Silver by submission with a Prawn Armlock Match rating - 31. Mary Beth Chase's Crusher Gimmick is great; Joanna Silver's Pirate Gimmick is great; Laura Flame's Bitch Gimmick is Above Average.)</em></p><p> </p><p> The second match featured a really big farm girl called Ellie May Walton who reminded me of some of the more unhinged field hockey players I knew in high school, against a much smaller girl named Sarah Taylor. The match didn’t look fair to me, and it definitely wasn’t fair as Walton tossed the poor girl around, finally putting her through a table after picking her up by the neck with two hands. After doing so, Walton said something to the referee, who made a big X sign with his arms, then declared the match was over by TKO after four painful minutes. My friend said the X sign meant someone had gotten hurt, and I said I believed that the little girl was broken after that. But he said the little girl was fine, and it was the big girl who got hurt; when he said it, I could see the big girl’s right arm was hanging limp. This was when I realized pro wrestling is kind of like stage magic – really good at misdirecting the audience’s attention.</p><p> </p><p><em> (In a terrible pre-show match, Ellie May Walton defeated Sarah Taylor in 4:08 by stoppage when Sarah Taylor could not continue. Match rating – 29. Match chaos helped hid Walton's performance. Walton sustained a strained rotator cuff. Taylor getting a little backstage heat for people feeling like it was her fault Walton got injured.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Midwest Mayhem</em><p> </p><p> Ellie Walton stomped backstage on her own power, while the referee “helped” Sarah Taylor backstage. The medical personnel rushed to Walton, and tested the rotation of her right arm. Walton sucked air inbetween clenched teeth. “Son of a…ow!”</p><p> </p><p> Taylor looked on with concern. “Ellie,” she said, hesitantly, “are you all right?”</p><p> </p><p> Walton wheeled around to look Taylor right in the face. “No, I am *not* all right, rookie! What kind of crap is that, sandbagging me when I was picking you up?”</p><p> </p><p> Taylor’s face turned red, and she could feel everyone backstage looking at her. “Ellie, I wasn’t sandbagging you! Or if I didn’t, I didn’t mean to. I didn’t know you were – “</p><p> </p><p> Walton cut her off. “Of course you didn’t know, rookie. Of course you didn’t. I’m sure that’s not the only thing you don’t know, but hopefully the next time you don’t know something, you don’t injure someone because of it!”</p><p> </p><p> Taylor’s eyes flashed anger. “Ellie, it was an accident!”</p><p> </p><p> “Oh, you want an accident, rookie?” Walton growled. “I can show you what a real accident looks like.”</p><p> </p><p> “All right, that’s enough now!” Cherry Bomb stepped between the two of them. “Ellie, go to the locker room and let the medical staff check that arm. Hopefully it’s just a strain, not a tear. Sarah, back off. We’ll talk about this later.”</p><p> </p><p> “But Cherry –“</p><p> </p><p> Cherry had never been a mother, but every mother in the room noted she had prime mom face as she said “<strong>Later</strong>, Sarah.”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ladies First, Cont’d:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> As I looked around for the actual start of the show, it looked like every seat had a butt in it. Later, Quine told me all 500 seats they were allowed to set up were sold. The show started with the announcer saying we’d see Suzanne Brazzle take on Demelza Wade and Nadia Snow versus Sarah Marie York for the AAA Femme Fatale Championship, which I later learned is the biggest prize in AAA. After that announcement, a wrestler named Cherry Bomb (love the Runaways reference!) bragged about how bad she was going to beat her opponent tonight, a woman with the unlikely name of Simony Sentinel. Cherry Bomb was super hateable – a “heel”, in pro wrestling terms – and the crowd cheered for Sentinel when the pink-haired punk girl came out. Unfortunately, the pink-haired girl got clobbered by Cherry Bomb, who apparently was part of the internationally-known United States Pro Wrestling (USPW) women’s division before returning to AAA. Which, I guess, makes her a big deal but as good as she talked I didn’t see anything special in how she wrestled. My friend said she was having an off-night, so who knows? But after she easily beat Sentinel, Cherry Bomb got a mic again and taunted someone named Jamie Quine, talking about how experience beats youth every time (I confirmed this Jamie Quine was the owner’s daughter), and the crowd booed her even harder than before. I even started booing, and I didn’t even know who Jamie Quine was!</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Match Announcement Angles – 37 and 45 ratings. Cherry Bomb pre-match angle rating – 66. In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but terrible wrestling, Cherry Bomb defeated Simony Sentinel in 5:40 by pinfall with a Cherry Bomb. Cherry Bomb seemed off her game; Simony Sentinel & Cherry Bomb just don’t seem to click at all. Match rating – 38. Cherry Bomb post-match angle rating – 70.)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Midwest Mayhem</em><p> </p><p> Simony Sentinel was waiting at gorilla when Cherry Bomb returned after cutting a blistering promo. The kid looked nervous, Cherry thought. Which didn’t surprise her – the match wasn’t very good. It wasn’t turds-on-toast terrible, but compared to the match with Brendon, Simony showed her youth.</p><p> </p><p> “Cherry,” she said immediately, “I’m sorry!”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry put on her headset. “Sorry for what, kid?”</p><p> </p><p> Simony looked miserable. “I dunno…I’m sorry the match didn’t go really well. I just…I don’t know, every time you zigged, I thought you were going to zag, and –“</p><p> </p><p> “Kid,” Cherry interrupted. “It’s fine. The match didn’t go really well, but you’re going to have plenty of matches not go really well before you’re done in this business. I was a bit off tonight myself. And sometimes, I don’t know, you just approach your in-ring work differently than other people. Sometimes, you could lock up with someone a thousand times and you just never seem to be on the same page.” Sentinel looked like a ton of bricks had just been lifted off her chest as she nodded and drifted back toward the locker room.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ladies First, Cont’d:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> A very small but good-looking woman – a former model, I found out later – named Cat Jemson came to the ring next. She said her clients Wade and Snow would win their matches tonight. Maybe it’s because models aren’t actors, but I felt like she was someone playing arrogant rather than someone who was arrogant. After her, there was a wild brawl that looked more like a bar fight than a wrestling match between Tracy Brendon and Christy Higgins. Higgins looked like she was more of the appletini crowd, but her and Brendon went at each other like the High Life and Mad Dog set. Finally, after going at it non-stop for like 8 or 10 minutes, Brendon slammed Higgins face first into the ring mat and got the victory. It wasn’t ballet, but it was exhilarating, and it was surprisingly revolutionary to see two women showing ruthless aggression without it being sold as a “cat fight” for a certain kind of man’s enjoyment. After picking up the win, Brendon taunted Suzanne Brazzle, saying “the old woman” wouldn’t have been able to keep up with Brendon in a match like that, and expressing surprise Brazzle was wrestling tonight she Brendon knew “grandma liked watching her stories” late in the evening. The taunts were almost as savage as the match itself!</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Jemson angle rating – 39. In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Tracy Brendon defeated Christy Higgins in 7:49 by pinfall with an Idaho Crunch. Tracy Brendon and Christy Higgins seem to have pretty good chemistry. Match rating – 50. Post-match angle rating - 49)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA Midwest Mayhem</em><p> </p><p> Chrstiy Higgins was waiting for Tracy Brendon when she got backstage. Brendon saw her and lit up. “High-friggin’-five, kid!” Higgins laughed and made sure she didn’t leave Brendon hanging. Cherry Bomb smirked. Two shows in a row Tracy managed to get the best out of one of the younger kids. If Tracy decided to stick around the business, Cherry decided she’d make one heck of a trainer.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ladies First, Cont’d:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> Then they showed a video on a projector screen of this Suzanne Brazzle, who I expected to be in her 50s based on Brendon’s taunts but looks like late 30s at most (and who do I need to kill to look that good in my late 30s?). Then Brazzle herself came out, and her opponent Demelza Wade and her manager Cat Jemson, who reminded me of every mean girl in high school that ever picked on nerdy teenage me. Then Tracy Brendon came out and sat in a folding chair near the bell ringer. The match itself was long – much longer than any of the ones before – but it was pretty engaging. I kept remembering Anton Chekhov’s maxim that if a gun is introduced in the first act, it will go off by the end of the third, waiting for Brendon to get involved. Which she did - when it looked like Brazzle was going to win, Brendon jumped up from her chair and stood on the edge of the ring, which Wade took advantage of to sneak up behind Brazzle and do what’s called a “roll-up” to pin Brazzle. Wade cleared the ring as Brendon and Brazzle got in each other’s faces, and soon, they started to punch at each other. Apparently, Brendon’s character is really into punching people. Wade and her manager got in to pull them off each other, as well as the referee. It only sort of worked, and several times they broke away to start trying to punch each other again. It went on a little long but I definitely got the point – these ladies do not like each other!</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Music video angle – 39. Brendon distracts Brazzle at ringside angle – 34. In a decent match, Demelza Wade defeated Suzanne Brazzle in 17:41 by pinfall after a distraction from Tracy Brendon. Match rating – 50. Pull-apart brawl angle – 54.)</em></p><p> </p><p> Then it was time for the main event between Sarah Marie York and Nadia Snow for the AAA Championship. York, the champion, came out and said how much she enjoyed coming to Minnesota and wrestling in front of new fans. She was very likeable, sort of a gee-shucks girl-next-door…if the girl next door was in incredible shape and pretended to beat people up for a living. York said that she worked hard to get the championship and that she didn’t take shortcuts and that she didn’t cheat, and that a true champion doesn’t need to in order to succeed…unlike her opponent tonight, and her “bestie” Wade. Serious shade thrown! The match for the championship was another long one, and during it, Jemson grabbed York by her hair and punched at her while the referee wasn’t looking, making the audience boo loudly. But in the end hard work and fair play won the day, and York climbed to the top of each corner of the ring, holding the belt over her head in victory.</p><p> </p><p> <em>(York pre-match promo rating – 58. In a decent match, Sara Marie York defeated Nadia Snow in 19:31 by pinfall with an Energy Burst. Sara Marie York makes defence number 4 of her AAA Femme Fatale title. Match rating – 61. York post-match celebration – 52)</em></p><p> </p><p> I was skeptical at first, but as it turns out, I really had a great time. I asked Catherine Quine when AAA would be in Minnesota again, and she said “soon” but said she didn’t have any definite plans to share. I know I’ll be looking forward to whenever it may be!</p><p> </p><p> <em>(Final show rating – 54)</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>The Cat’s Lair Wrestling School in Tacoma, Washington</em><p><em> January 25, 2016</em></p><p><em> 9:49 PM</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p> Cherry finished her last squat reps. Perks of working for AAA, she thought. No gym fees, no gym full of annoying people, and a decent set of equipment. She toweled down and was ready to leave when she noticed the lights in the upstairs office – the one with the big picture window overlooking the training ring, Anne’s old office, Cat’s new office – were still on. Cherry headed up the 32 stairs to the office, the ones she had climbed so many years when she first started in this business, and knocked on the closed door.</p><p> </p><p> “Yeah?” came a surprised voice from behind the door.</p><p> </p><p> “It’s me, Cherry.”</p><p> </p><p> “Oh, hey, Sharie, yeah, come in,” said Cat Quine. She had stacks of paper strewn about her desk, a pair of reading glasses and a slight scowl on her face. “What are you doing here so late?”</p><p> </p><p> “I could ask the same thing,” Cherry said. “I was catching a late workout, figured I could have the place to myself since you weren’t having a class today. What’s your excuse?”</p><p> </p><p> Cat sighed, heavily. “I was looking over our numbers, end of month accounting. We lost about $12,500 this month.” Cherry nodded, but said nothing. “It was that Minnesota show. Playing to a house of 500, there was no way we could make enough to cover the expenses. I mean, and don’t tell the girls any of this, understand? But the profit AAA makes each month is due to our sponsors. Especially now that we’ve started putting our shows on the Internet, instead of selling DVDs. That’s what our profit margin is, what we can pull from sponsors.”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry didn’t know exactly how to respond. She had a head for her own business, and for the creative elements of the business, but she knew she had no idea how to run the numbers side. “We’re not going out of business, right?”</p><p> </p><p> Cat blanched. “Oh, no, no, not at all. Not even close,” she said. “No, I have a decent sized cash reserve. Not gigantic, but we could weather more than a few months like this before I’d hit the panic button. But still, I’d like to avoid putting this company at risk.”</p><p> </p><p> “So, what?” asked Cherry. “No more Midwest shows? Back to one show a month?”</p><p> </p><p> Cat shook her head. “No, we can do two shows. We can turn a profit with two shows here in the Northwest. So, we’ll do two shows around here in February. Then we’ll head back out to the Midwest in March. Probably lose money there again, but so long as we make back what we lose every other month, we can still grow our footprint while keeping a good reserve in case something catastrophic happens.”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry chuckled. “Listen to you, you sound like a real business woman.” Cat laughed, and rolled her eyes. “All right, boss lady, I’m heading home. You probably should, too. Those numbers aren’t going to change if you stare at them hard enough!”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <strong>NEXT – An exclusive interview with AAA Top Contender’s champion Talia Quinzel!</strong></p>
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<p><em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From Bow Down to the Queens, a blog dedicated to women’s wrestling:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Our Exclusive Interview with AAA's Talia Quinzel!</strong></p><p><strong> Posted 2/1/16 by Carlotta Vaughn (Editorista)</strong></p><p><strong> Tags: aaa, interviews</strong></p><p> </p><p> Loyal readers, I have a treat for you! A few weeks ago, I mentioned AAA started putting their shows up on their website, free-to-view. Which is great! To be honest, I thought AAA was starting to get maybe a little stale, a little complacent in recent years. Happy to rest on the small but devoted audience it built up the Northwest. But moves like putting shows on the internet, and their recent foray into the Midwest, seems to indicate AAA under new owner Catherine Quine wants to see if an all-women’s promotion can succeed on a nation-wide scale. Obviously, we think it’s possible!</p><p> </p><p> Part of AAA’s success, like any promotion, will rely on its ability to make new stars. One of the ways a promotion makes new stars is secondary titles, like AAA’s Top Contender Championship. Long seen as a “tryout” for a potential main event push, several AAA Femme Fatale champions were once Top Contender champions. I’m excited to report I was able to get a phone interview with current Top Contender champion Talia Quinzel.</p><p> </p><p> For those without headphones to listen this on the bus or at work, transcript below the cut!</p><p> </p><p> ***************</p><p> </p><p> <em>Carlotta Vaughn</em>: Talia, thank you for doing this interview with us. We’re big fans of AAA.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Talia Quinzel</em>: You should be big fans, we're the best promotion going! <em>(laughs)</em> No, really, everyone at AAA is so very grateful for the support of people like you and your readers, and for our fans all around the world.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: So, let’s talk about your ring name. How’d you come up with it?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: It’s my real name! <em>(laughs)</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: No way, really?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Well, okay, <em>almost</em> my real name. <em>(laughs)</em> My driver’s license reads Natalia Quinn. When I graduated from the Cat’s Lair and got hired on by AAA, Catherine Quine – who was my trainer, and is now the head of the company – was wrestling in the main event scene, and her stepsister Jamie [Quine] was new around the same time and they wanted to acknowledge the stepsister connection. And since they didn’t want people to think I was a third Quine in AAA, or accidentally switch out the last “n” in my name for an “e” out of habit, I switched up my last name to "Quinzel".</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: I’m imagining a world where you debut in AAA as like, the Quine family's evil cousin.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Oh, no, don’t say that too loud and give them ideas! <em>(laughs)</em></p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: So, as you mentioned, you trained at the Cat’s Lair, the famed women’s wrestling dojo run by Caterine Quine. Has anyone else influenced your approach to wrestling?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Obviously, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Cat. Beyond her, I’ve learned a lot from Suzanne Brazzle. She’s really taken me under her wing and has been giving me amazing advice.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: You’re billed as six foot tall, which, even if wrestling is notorious for stretching the truth – literally when it comes to height – can’t be too far off reality.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: No, I didn’t play basketball.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: What?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Or volleyball. Isn’t that what you were going to ask? Everyone asks me that!</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: <em>(laughs)</em> I was going to ask you how that has influenced your in-ring style!</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Oh, heh, well, that was something that we focused on in my training. If I was doing MMA, my height would give me one heck of a reach advantage against most fighters. So, we figured we should run with that and focus on my striking – built in stories for the commentary team, you know? Can my opponents even get in close enough to perform their best moves?</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: That makes sense. Of course, you’re more than just stomp-stomp-punch. You’re known as the “Queen of the Backbreaker”. Where did that come from?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Another thing in training we figured out was that my height means me doing backbreakers against women nine inches shorter than me looks nasty – especially the more flexible girls, the ones into yoga or who did gymnastics as a kid, where they can really get one heck of a back bend over my knee. Girls who can sell backbreakers like that make me look like a million bucks! Though I’m really glad I’m not a luchadora, because me, in a mask, doing backbreakers? They’d give me a Bane gimmick since I’m already doing Bat-Breakers as it is!</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Speaking of women smaller than you, your tag team partner, Selina Svelte, is a wonderful visual contrast to you, given her height.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: She’s also a great contrast in styles, because she has some actual Brazilian Ju-Jitsu training. Her ability to work pretty much any situation into a legit-looking hold is amazing. It’s why I love tagging with her, because it means our matches together have a good mix of stuff no matter what you like in-ring.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Clearly, management agreed, since you and Selina – The Uprising – held the tag straps for 7 months.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: That was my first championship in this business, and winning the tag championships...it’s a moment I’ll never forget.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Speaking of championships, you just won the AAA Top Contender championship from Wendy Anderson in December.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Wendy’s an amazing story. She started answering the phones, you know? No one saw anything in her, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer, she wouldn’t quit. She absolutely deserved the recognition. So to win the belt from her, that’s a huge show of trust by management.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Does the Top Contender championship mean the end of The Uprising?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: No, though I think you’ll see me and Selina in singles action a little more. But the Uprising is still very much a going thing and I’d love for us to have a second reign as tag champs.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Where do you see yourself in five years?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Well…I mean, who knows, right? AAA has been great to me and I will always be proud to represent it no matter where I go. But who knows? At some point, I might want to try something different. I mean, I was essentially “raised” in the AAA style. A lot of the women on this roster have either spent their entire careers here or at least their formative years. For my own growth as a performer, I have to be willing to listen to offers from other companies, if they're offering a fair amount. And Cat knows that, and understands that, and as much as she wants us to stay she understands sometimes it’s good for us as workers to branch out. I think having Cherry [bomb] back really helped people to understand that no matter how big we may get elsewhere, there’s no place like home. But, I’m absolutely happy to be part of AAA and if I’m part of AAA five years from now, I’ll still be happy. No matter where I am, I’m hoping to have been a world champion!</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Speaking of championships, do you know when your next title defense will be?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Well, I’ve been booked in a tag match with Selina against Sarah Taylor and Joanna Silver – she's one of the newest members of the AAA roster – at More than Meets the Eye. Which is tomorrow night in Salem, Oregon, so buy your tickets and come buy my merch! <em>(laughs)</em> But I’m hearing they’re setting up a title defense for our second show of the month, so it’ll be soon.</p><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Can you tell us about the card tomorrow night?</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: I think Cat would kill me if I did this interview and <em>didn’t</em> say what the card was! Here’s the show:</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">AAA presents More than Meets the Eye – Oregon State Fair Pavilion, Salem, OR</span></strong><p> </p><p> <em>Pre-Show:</em></p><p> The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte) vs. Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor</p><p> Laura Flame & Ariel Breaks vs. Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins</p><p> </p><p> <em>Main Show:</em></p><p> Kate Lily & Debbie Rose (AAA Tag Team Champions) vs. Good Lookin’ Bunny (Kate Goodlooks & Jessica Bunny)</p><p> Zoe Ammis vs. Paige Croft</p><p> Devil’s Daughter vs. Jamie Quine</p><p> Cherry Bomb vs. Wendy Anderson</p><p> Sara Marie York, Joanna Rodriguez, & Suzanne Brazzle vs. The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) & Tracy Brendon.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <em>CV</em>: Sounds like an exciting card! <strong>Readers, we’d love to hear your predictions in the comments!</strong> Talia, thank you so much for the interview.</p><p> </p><p> <em>TQ</em>: Any time! And remember, if you can’t make it to More than Meets the Eye tomorrow night, log onto the AAA website later this week to watch the show. It’s free, you just need to create an account with AAA. And while you’re on the website, be sure to check out all the super cool merch available for sale. Free shipping anywhere in the US for purchases greater than $50!</p><p> </p><p> *************</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Out of Universe:</strong> <em>Thanks for the interview suggestion, Doc! Talia was fun to write as - I tried to play up her "humble" trait while also having her plug her merch and make clear she'd consider jumping ship for the right price so I could be true to her "mercenary" trait as well. Technically, Brazzle doesn't become her mentor until the next event (I'm playing a little ahead), but it was too good a detail not to bring up at this point.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> Any ideas for the next character spotlight? Anything you'd like to see more or less of in this diary? Always interested in what people have to say, because I hope other people will enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing them!</em></p>
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<p>This seems pretty good, however I have three points:</p><p>

</p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Jamie Quine is Catherine Quine's step-sister not daughter<br /></li><li>This diary could do with some pictures<br /></li><li>Why the hell did you sign Joanna Silver?<br /></li></ol><p></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte)</strong> vs. Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor</p><p>

Laura Flame & Ariel Breaks vs. <strong>Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Main Show:</p><p>

<strong>Kate Lily & Debbie Rose (AAA Tag Team Champions)</strong> vs. Good Lookin’ Bunny (Kate Goodlooks & Jessica Bunny)</p><p>

Zoe Ammis vs. <strong>Paige Croft</strong></p><p>

Devil’s Daughter vs. <strong>Jamie Quine</strong></p><p>

<strong>Cherry Bomb </strong>vs. Wendy Anderson</p><p>

Sara Marie York, Joanna Rodriguez, & Suzanne Brazzle <strong>vs.</strong> The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) & Tracy Brendon</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Temes1066" data-cite="Temes1066" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>This seems pretty good, however I have three points:<p> </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Jamie Quine is Catherine Quine's step-sister not daughter<br /></li><li>This diary could do with some pictures<br /></li><li>Why the hell did you sign Joanna Silver?<br /></li></ol><p></p><p> </p><p> Pre-Show:</p><p> <strong>The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte)</strong> vs. Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor</p><p> Laura Flame & Ariel Breaks vs. <strong>Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins</strong></p><p> </p><p> Main Show:</p><p> <strong>Kate Lily & Debbie Rose (AAA Tag Team Champions)</strong> vs. Good Lookin’ Bunny (Kate Goodlooks & Jessica Bunny)</p><p> Zoe Ammis vs. <strong>Paige Croft</strong></p><p> Devil’s Daughter vs. <strong>Jamie Quine</strong></p><p> <strong>Cherry Bomb </strong>vs. Wendy Anderson</p><p> Sara Marie York, Joanna Rodriguez, & Suzanne Brazzle <strong>vs.</strong> The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) & Tracy Brendon</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Thanks for the feedback, Temes! </p><p> </p><p> 1. I didn't have the game open and I was trying to remember their relationship - made the wrong guess! I've corrected it in the entry, so, thank you, I'm sure that would take people right out of the narrative.</p><p> </p><p> 2. I've put a few links in for venue pictures, but I'll see if I can't get more pictures of workers and other things that can get people into the story!</p><p> </p><p> 3. Oh man, Silver's cold turds in terms of in-ring performace right now and probably always will be, though I'm trying to put her in the ring with good in-ring technicians and see if we can't get to, at least, passible. However! There's several pluses I'm finding she brings to AAA, or at least AAA the way I'm playing it. She's got some really surprisingly good skills in terms of Camera and Entertainment, which is great for me as a pop > perf fed. In playing just a little ahead, she's already made some really impressive popularity gains. I'm going to see how well she does with a "Comedy" match aim; I think she's got the skills to actually do well in that context. I'm also experimenting with her as a potential manager/on-screen personality, and early returns suggest that she's actually a really good manager. She's also a very good locker room influence, which is helping me get my backstage harmony above 80%. Lastly, she's cheap as heck to sign <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>Good stuff! I wonder how many different perspectives you can write your event reports from. I like it very much, it feels very fresh. Nice to get the inside scoop on Talia. I think I'll hold back on suggestions for other wrestlers to highlights a bit, giving someone else a shot this time.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Pre-Show:<p> <strong>The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte)</strong> vs. Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor</p><p> <em>I can't see this going any other way.</em></p><p><em> </em><strong>Laura Flame & Ariel Breaks</strong> vs. Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins</p><p> <em>This is much closer. Simony is portrayed as a bit of a rookie, I have a lot of confidence in Laura, so I'll go with them.</em></p><p> </p><p> Main Show:</p><p> <strong>Kate Lily & Debbie Rose (AAA Tag Team Champions)</strong> vs. Good Lookin’ Bunny (Kate Goodlooks & Jessica Bunny)</p><p> Zoe Ammis vs. <strong>Paige Croft</strong></p><p> Devil’s Daughter vs. <strong>Jamie Quine</strong></p><p> <strong>Cherry Bomb</strong> vs. Wendy Anderson</p><p> Sara Marie York, Joanna Rodriguez, & Suzanne Brazzle vs. <strong>The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) & Tracy Brendon.</strong></p><p> <em>I'm banking on the babyfaces already having a world of momentum, and the heels needing to be built up before someone can challenge for main title.</em></p><p> </p></div></blockquote>
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3. Oh man, Silver's cold turds in terms of in-ring performace right now and probably always will be, though I'm trying to put her in the ring with good in-ring technicians and see if we can't get to, at least, passible. However! There's several pluses I'm finding she brings to AAA, or at least AAA the way I'm playing it. She's got some really surprisingly good skills in terms of Camera and Entertainment, which is great for me as a pop > perf fed. In playing just a little ahead, she's already made some really impressive popularity gains. I'm going to see how well she does with a "Comedy" match aim; I think she's got the skills to actually do well in that context. I'm also experimenting with her as a potential manager/on-screen personality, and early returns suggest that she's actually a really good manager. She's also a very good locker room influence, which is helping me get my backstage harmony above 80%. Lastly, she's cheap as heck to sign :p


This has been my experience with Joanna too, and she has a surprsingly easy time connecting with the audience despite being bad in the ring. I don't know if this varies game to game, but I received messages about her high star quality, so that could be why. She also received the "connects with the young women in the crowd" note in two different playthroughs, so that might have something to do with it too.



The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte) vs. Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor

Laura Flame & Ariel Breaks vs. Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins

Tough. I think Christy is the most over of the four, so I'll go with her.


Main Show:

Kate Lily & Debbie Rose (AAA Tag Team Champions) vs. Good Lookin’ Bunny (Kate Goodlooks & Jessica Bunny)

Just a personal preference.

Zoe Ammis vs. Paige Croft

Should be interesting to see how this one plays out, but I'll go for a bit of an upset with Zoe winning.

Devil’s Daughter vs. Jamie Quine

Cherry Bomb vs. Wendy Anderson

Sara Marie York, Joanna Rodriguez, & Suzanne Brazzle vs. The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) & Tracy Brendon.

Unless Brendon is getting built up for something, I see her taking the fall here.


I've always been a Jaime Quine fan, so a spotlight on her would be cool. :D It's always interesting to see a take on her relationship with Catherine.

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<p>February 2, 2016</p><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From the Angel Athletic Association's "Show Recaps" webpage:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>20/20 Vision: AAA Presents More than Meets the Eye 2016</strong></p><p> </p><p> We want to thank everyone who joined us February 2nd for AAA Presents <a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/user/RayW1986/media/CornellVerse/AAA/AAA_MoreThanMeetsTheEye.jpg.html" rel="external nofollow">More than Meets the Eye</a>! We also want to thank the State of Oregon for letting us host the best in women's wrestling in the <a href="http://oregonstateexpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/pavilion-external-1030x687.jpg" rel="external nofollow">beautiful</a> Oregon State Fair <a href="http://oregonstateexpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pavilion_interior-1030x687.jpg" rel="external nofollow">Pavilion</a> in Salem. We are proud to announce we had a sellout crowd of 2,000 on hand to support the Women's Wrestling Revolution. Thank you for coming out and showing your support - you are all Angels.</p><p> </p><p> Our pre-show featured two exciting matches featuring some of the most exciting young women in wrestling today. The Uprising (Talia Quinzel & Selina Svelte) defeated Joanna Silver & Sarah Taylor, while Simony Sentinel & Christy Higgins defeated Laura Flame & newcomer Ariel Breaks in her AAA debut.</p><p> </p><p> (<em>In a terrible pre-show match, The Uprising defeated Silver & Taylor in 5:30 when Talia Quinzel defeated Joanna Silver by pinfall with a </em><a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f6/03/e5/f603e50c46265c92abfbd8879313dfc0.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><em>Spinal Trauma</em></a><em>. Match Rating - 32. In a terrible pre-show match, Sentinel & Higgins defeated Ariel & Flame in 7:31 when Christy Higgins defeated Laura Flame by pinfall with a Florida Upswing. Match Rating - 34.</em>)</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage at AAA More than Meets the Eye</em><p> </p><p> Talia Quinzel, Selina Svelte, Joanna Silver, and Sarah Taylor came backstage following their pre-show opening match. Pre-show matches were always a bit hard - the crowd still milling in, people still buying concessions, hit or miss in terms of paying attention. But the new kid, Ariel Breaks, was paying attention. Not only that, but she had even doodled a caricature of Quinzel in Bane's luchador mask giving a Spinal Trauma backbreaker to Joanna Silver, in full pirate regalia...and Batman's cape and cowl. Quinzel looked at it and rolled her eyes. "Well, I guess I can at least say this means you listened to my interview, huh?" The five women laughed, and Cherry Bomb, at the gorilla position, couldn't help but crack a smile as well. The new kid was going to be all right.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> When the show started, AAA Femme Fatale Champion Sara Marie York, four-time Femme Fatale Champion Joanne Rodriguez, & one-time Femme Fatale Champion Suzanne Brazzle tried to express our appreciation to our audience, but unfortunately The A-List (Demelza Wade & Nadia Snow) and Tracy Brendon used the opportunity to continue their disagreements. </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA More than Meets the Eye</em><p> </p><p> The crowd immediately booed when the paparazzi camera clicks and slinky sounds of the A-List's music flooded the Pavilion. Wade and Snow emerged from behind the curtain, their equally haughty manager Cat Jemson trailing behind...along with Tracy Brendon. The A-List took their time getting to the ring, pretending to ignore requests for autographs the audience wasn't asking for, while Brendon stared a hole into Suzanne Brazzle. When they reached the ring, Wade impatiently signaled for a mic.</p><p> </p><p> "Listen, even if they are played out, at least Portland has people who are trying to be hip. When this show was booked, the first thing I did was figure out how far away from Portland - something that could at least pass for civilization - was from this dump. It's an hour away! How can you people live here knowing there's a place at least slightly worth being just an hour away? How sad your little lives must be!"</p><p> </p><p> As the booing intensified, Tracy Brendon, who had never taken her eyes off Brazzle, took the mic and got right up in Brazzle's face. "Listen up, Brazzle. I know what you're doing. You know you just don't have what it takes anymore, so you're gonna surround yourself with people who can protect you. Hide that you're past your prime. You don't fool me, you're not fooling anyone!" Brazzle rolled her eyes, shook her head, and turned to walk away from Brendon, unfazed by her needling. "Hey! Don't you walk away from me! Who do you think you are!"</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Unfortunately, Brendon tried to hit Brazzle from behind when Brazzle turned her back on the "Bad Attitude from Boise". The ring exploded, fists flying, and once order was restored the night's main event was set to try and resolve the issue once and for all - a three-versus-three tag team match!</p><p> </p><p> (<em>Angle rating - 58</em>)</p><p> </p><p> Next, the AAA Tag Team Champions Kate Lily & Debbie Rose put their belts on the line against long-time crowd favorites Jessica Bunny & Katherine Goodlooks, better known as Good Lookin' Bunny. Despite the fans' support, the Adorable Duo couldn't defeat the four-time tag champions, whose latest reign began last October.</p><p> </p><p> (<em>In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Lilly & Rose defeated Good Lookin' Bunny in 10:01 when Debbie Rose defeated Jessica Bunny by pinfall with The Thorn. Lilly & Rose make defence number 3 of their AAA Tag Team titles. Match rating - 47</em>)</p><p> </p><p> After more trash talk from the A-List & Tracy Brendon (<em>Angle rating - 53</em>), Zoe Ammis came to the ring to run down the rest of the roster, proclaiming herself to be the best woman in the business today. But she wound up biting off more than she could chew (<em>Angle rating - 42</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA More than Meets the Eye</em><p> </p><p> Zoe Ammis shook her head at the audience. "Boo all you want, you jealous losers! Believe me, I've heard it in the back, in the the locker room. Because they know it too! They know that Zoe Ammis is the hottest, brightest star in all AAA, and they're all jealous! When they're not busy being too scared to face me in this ring, because they know if they step in the ring with me, they're going to be embarrassed. You put me against any woman back there, any of them, and the result is the same." Ammis leaned over the top rope, directly addressing the locker room. "That's right, you all know it! I dare you, I dare any one of -"</p><p> </p><p> A blast of music, unmistakable, some unholy cross of Memphis Soul and industrial, cut off her. The crowd popped as Paige Croft emerged from the back. Walking at a fast but not hurried pace, a look of disdain and something that might have been either pity or chagrin on her face, Croft marched to the ring like a tiny Terminator as Ammis sputtered and tried to convince the referee this wasn't a match...which it was most certainly about to be.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Paige Croft was happy to answer Ammis' challenge (<em>Angle rating - 41</em>), and after a show-stealing, hard-hitting match Ammis was forced to admit that at least one woman was better than her, at least that night, as she tapped out to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTWsDgtdvaQ" rel="external nofollow">Memphis Cloverleaf</a>.</p><p> </p><p> (<em>In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Paige Croft defeated Zoe Ammis in 10:11 by submission. Match rating - 58</em>)</p><p> </p><p> After AAA Champion Sara Marie York, J-Ro, & Suzanne Brazzle had an opportunity to respond to the taunts of the A-List and Tracy Brendon (<em>Angle rating - 53</em>), Jamie Quine came to the ring for her match with the dark and mysterious Devil's Daughter. But first, she called out Cherry Bomb, who had beaten her in a hard fought match at last month's <a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/user/RayW1986/media/CornellVerse/AAA/AAA_PrettyAmazing.jpg.html" rel="external nofollow">Pretty Amazing</a>, asking for a rematch. Cherry and DD came out together, and Cherry made her disdain for Quine clear as she refused her the rematch (<em>Angle rating - 50</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA More than Meets the Eye</em><p> </p><p> Cherry Bomb and Devil's Daughter sauntered to the ring. Jamie Quine kept a close watch on both, aware of her disadvantage in the numbers game. As Cherry stepped through the ropes, she addressed the up-and-coming Quine.</p><p> </p><p> "You want this, you want that. Do I look like I give a crap about what you, or anybody else, wants? What, you think just because you share a last name and some of the DNA of someone who was a worthy champion, it makes you worth my time? Kid, you got another thing coming! That's not how this business works. No, you get ahead in this business by scraping and clawing and taking every opportunity you get and making the most of it! That's how you ascend to the top, like I did. I didn't get things handed to me because I threw a hissy fit! So, no, you don't get your rematch, unless you <strong>earn</strong> it. You beat Devil's Daughter tonight, you can have your rematch. Otherwise, I don't want to hear your whining ever again!"</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> With another shot at Cherry Bomb on the line, Jamie Quine and Devil's Daughter locked up as Cherry watched at ringside. More than once, it looked like Jamie Quine had the match won, only for Cherry to distract the ref, giving DD a few extra counts to kick out. However, Cherry's interference backfired as she slipped DD a weight belt to use as a weapon against Quine and distracted the ref so DD could cheat her way to victory. Quine dodged, however, and responded with a </p><div class="ipsEmbeddedVideo"><div><iframe width="200" height="150" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6SXVsekFBVU?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" title="Great Sounding Superkick - SNAP!"></iframe></div></div> that could be heard in the back row. The referee counted the one-two-three as Quine picked up the victory.<p> </p><p> (<em>In a decent match, Jaime Quine defeated Devil's Daughter in 10:21 by pinfall with a K.O. Kick. During the match we also had Cherry Bomb distract Quine. Match rating - 51</em>)</p><p> </p><p> Before leaving the ring, Quine demanded her rematch at the Northbest Bash, taking place on February 16 at the Klamath County Event Center (tickets <span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span>). Cherry Bomb was furious and took her aggression out on AAA mainstay and former Top Contender Champion Wendy Anderson. </p><p> </p><p> (<em>In a decent match, Cherry Bomb defeated Wendy Anderson in 9:51 by pinfall with a </em></p><div class="ipsEmbeddedVideo"><div><iframe width="200" height="113" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/UKTWfg38qII?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" title="Double Underhook Powerbomb - Bob Holly"></iframe></div></div><em>. Match rating - 56</em>)<p> </p><p> After the match, Cherry got on the mic again (<em>Angle rating - 72</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In ring at AAA More than Meets the Eye</em><p> </p><p> Cherry Bomb climbed the corner turnbuckle. Her eyes burned with fury, as they had since Jamie Quine got the three-count against Devil's Daughter. "Quine! You listening, kid? You better be! Now, see, me, up here? This is where I am. And you?" She pointed to the shattered body of Wendy Anderson, who had rolled out of the ring and was now in a heap on the ringside mats. "That is you. That is every snot-nosed up-and-comer, next big thing that thinks they're going to make their name by beating the legendary Cherry Bomb. I've faced dozens of punks like you in my career, little girl, and I've beat them all! That's why Cherry Bomb is on top of the mountain, and if you want to be where I am, you're going to have to find some way to dislodge me."</p><p> </p><p> Cherry took a breath, and the hot fury in her eyes grew ice cold. "A deal's a deal, kid, don't let anyone say Cherry Bomb doesn't fulfill her word. You won and you get another chance to humiliatingly lose to me. But I'm going to teach you a few lessons, and the first one is patience. You get your match - in one month, at <a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/user/RayW1986/media/CornellVerse/AAA/AAA_GirlOnGirlAction.jpg.html" rel="external nofollow">Girl on Girl Action</a>, on the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_University" rel="external nofollow">Washington State University</a> campus. Professor Bomb's going to teach you all kinds of lessons that night - the kind you're never gonna forget."</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> The night's main event saw AAA Champion Sara Marie York team with Joanne Rodriguez and Susanne Brazzle against the A-List and Tracy Brendon, following the free-for-all earlier in the night. The match went back and forth, and any time Brazzle and Brendon got into it, the already hot action ignited. In the end, far more concerned with beating each other into a pulp than wining the match, Brazzle and Brendon brawled on the outside to a double count out. As the bell rung, all six women ending up scuffling. Even as officials and security tried to escort the women back to the locker room, they continued to throw punches. Clearly, the bad blood is not over!</p><p> </p><p> (<em>In a decent match, Sara Marie York, Joanne Rodriguez and Suzanne Brazzle drew with Tracy Brendon and The A-List in 23:48 following a double count out. Match rating - 62</em>)</p><p> </p><p> We want to thank all the Angels who came out to AAA More than Meets the Eye, and we thank you for your support of the first woman-owned and operated promotion in North America. We will continue the Revolution on February 16 as we host the NorthBest Bash in Klamath Falls, Oregon (tickets <span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span>)!</p><p> </p><p> (<em><strong>Final show rating - 55</strong></em>)</p><p> </p><p> <em>OOC: MrWolf, your wish is my command. The next wrestler spotlight will feature Jamie Quine - and I agree, there's a LOT you can do with that relationship, and with her feud with Cherry Bomb.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> A special shoutout to RayW, whose event logos I use both in-game and as part of this post. They're awesome and they add so much in terms of feeling like AAA is a "real" promotion.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> Congrats to Temes1066 for getting every match prediction right - including the draw in the main event swerve! As always, your comments, suggestions, and ideas are welcome - I want to make sure you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.</em></p>
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I am sooo pleased that terminator Paige Croft is becoming the canon interpretation of her wrestling persona. I marked out for that entrance. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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<p>February 10, 2016</p><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From DaSheetz, the Internet's greatest repository of shoot interviews that make sure angry, bitter ring vets stay unemployed:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> You know DaSheetz is always hustling to get you the real dirt not just on the big feds, but the mid-sized players too. Well, we are happy to post to our members' section our exclusive interview with Angel Athletic Association star <a href="http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/Marginal0/media/TEW/Jaime%20Quine.png.html" rel="external nofollow">Jamie Quine</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>**************</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p> <em>Robert Ladd, DaSheetz</em>: Thanks for joining us, Jamie.</p><p> </p><p> <em>Jamie Quine</em>: No problem.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Now, we know you share a last name with long-time AAA star and now owner <a href="http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/Marginal0/media/TEW/Catherine%20Quine.png.html" rel="external nofollow">Catherine Quine</a>. But not everyone knows what your relationship is. There's a couple different answers out on the web. Let's set the record straight.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Yeah, I've seen some...weird ideas out there. Cat is my step-sister.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: She's a bit older than you, right?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Yes, Cat's 15 years older than me.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: So you didn't grow up together?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Not really. I mean, Cat started her career at 18. Didn't even bother with college, soon as she was a legal adult she hopped in her car and headed out to join AAA.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: She was part of the original roster, right?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Yeah, she was. Growing up, my parents thought this pro wrestling thing my sister was doing was a phase. She'd get her wildness out and go back to college, get a degree in something respectable, start a family, white picket fences and everything. Don't get me wrong - they were never nasty to her about it, but I think my parents just kept on waiting for this ridiculous career choice to eventually peter out. Honestly, I don't think it was until the last few years that they finally realized this wasn't a phase for her.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: So with that attitude, did your parents try to get you to not follow in your sister's footsteps?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Yeah, definitely. I mean, I knew Cat from the times she'd come around to the house for holidays when her schedule let her. But other than that, I mean, I was three when she left home. We were cordial, but not close. I've seen more of Cat in the past ten years than I did for the first eighteen years of my life. In some ways, that kind of gave Cat a mystique. When I told people I had an older stepsister, and they asked me about her, telling them she was a professional wrestler was the coolest thing in the world. And people would ask me if I was going to become a professional wrestler. Sometimes I would say yes, sometimes I would say no, but as I got older, the answer started to be yes a whole lot more. My parents were not thrilled, to say the least.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: What about your sister?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Cat was...lukewarm about the idea.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Really? Why?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Cat had gotten a chance to see the business up close. She had been pretty successful, sure, but it's hard work for the pay and even with AAA around there wasn't a lot of options for women who wanted to do more than look pretty and wave. She had seen this business eat up a lot of women - a lot of men, too - and I think she thought she was one of the lucky ones. And she didn't want me to test my luck and become one of the ones who don't make it, or end up a physical or mental wreck. She said I needed to have a backup plan in case wrestling didn't work out. So I went to community college for two years while I was training, got an AA in human resources, and only then did I get to actually wrestle.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: But she trained you despite those reservations.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: She did, but she didn't make it easy on me. She was harder on me than she was on any other trainee. And I had to sort mail, answer phones, run concessions, all that kind of stuff, before I got to set foot in the ring. Anne Stardust - the woman who founded AAA and ran it until Cat bought it last year - she was hard on me too.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Some people have suggested you've been handed opportunities on a silver platter because of your relationship with your sister.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Can you tell me who those people are? Because I'd like to smack them upside the head.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Well, I'm not saying it! <em>*laughs*</em> But it's been suggested in various forums and by a few people who have done interviews with us.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: It's [CENSORED]. Total and utter [CENSORED].</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: What would you say to those people?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: I'm not going to say knowing Cat didn't help me get a foot in the door. That would be stupid to say. But that's all it got me - a foot in the door. Everything after that, I worked for it. Remember, Anne was running the company, not Cat. She was a main event star, but so were a bunch of other people. It's not like Cat got to call the shots.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Some have pointed to you winning the Top Contender belt in February 2010, less than 2 years after you started wrestling for AAA, as an example of you getting opportunities handed to you.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: I had trained under Cat for two years before I stepped into a ring, and let me tell you, those were two years of hell. Plus, Cat had me studying kickboxing on top of the work at the dojo and getting my degree, because, as she said, "your strikes look like someone getting hit with a pool noodle." So it's not like I just waltzed right in and was handed a title.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Speaking of the Top Contender championship, you've held the title on three occasions. That makes you the current record holder, in terms of Top Contender reigns. Some people - again, I'm not saying I believe this - but some people point to a belt that has traditionally been one that signals AAA seeing whether someone's going to stay in the midcard or ascend to the main event.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: And?</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: And so some people have suggested it means AAA is wishy-washy about you being main event material.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Now, Rob, tell me this. How do I get "opportunities handed to me on a platter" but also get held back by management not supporting me?</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: I'm not saying I believe that, so I don't know -</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: We have been incredibly lucky to have had some amazing women in this company. Anne, my stepsister. Belle Bryden. Raven Nightfall. Suzue Katayama. Sara Marie York. Joanne Rodriguez. Demelza Wade and Nadia Snow. The Brendon Sisters, Suzanne Brazzle - do I have to keep going on? I remain in awe of the talent that I have gotten to work with here in AAA. Those women were at the top of their game and they deserved to be the biggest names in the company. I hope to carry on that legacy.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: Any last words? Maybe something about your current program with Cherry Bomb?</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Cherry's been amazing to work with. The woman can do everything - she took over training at the Cat's Lair dojo, she's assistant booker, she wrestles, she talks, she's the locker room mom. I want to learn as much as I possibly can learn from her. Already, I've learned a lot. She's a woman who has been to Atlanta -</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: That's USPW, for anyone not in on the lingo.</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: She's been to Atlanta, gone to the top there, and then came back here to pass on what she knows. It's a reflection of what we have built here, what it means to women in this industry, that she did that.</p><p> </p><p> <em>RL</em>: I'm seeing hand signs saying our time is up. So, thank you for talking to us, hope we see you again soon!</p><p> </p><p> <em>JQ</em>: Thanks for having me, Rob.</p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>**************</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p> Well, there you go, folks, another exclusive shoot interview from DaSheetz! After the cameras stopped rolling, we got the card for AAA NorthBest Bash, which is going to held at the Klamath County Event Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon on February 16. As we often do, <strong>we'd love to hear your predictions</strong> on how this card turns out!</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>AAA Presents NorthBest Bash</strong><p> February 16, 2016</p><p> Klamath County Event Center</p><p> Klamath Falls, OR</p><p> </p><p> <em>Pre-show:</em></p><p> </p><p> Mary Beth Chase vs. Sarah Taylor</p><p> </p><p> <em>Main show:</em></p><p> </p><p> Jamie Quine vs. Selina Svelte</p><p> Simony Sentinel vs. Talia Quinzel, for the AAA Top Contender's Championship</p><p> Cherry Bomb vs. Christy Higgins</p><p> Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. Steph Blake & Zoe Ammis</p><p> </p><p> <em>Bonus Question: The venue has a capacity of 2,800. What will be the final attendance? I'll use this as a tiebreaker for predictions, if there's a tie in terms of correct predictions. Closest to actual attendance "wins", and gets to decide who's our next wrestler spotlight! Thanks for the suggestion of Jamie Quine, MrWolf!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> Also, a big shout out to Blackman, who posted the amazing full body renders of Catherine and Jamie Quine!</em></p><p> </p></div></blockquote>
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Ah, that was awesome. I like the set-up for Jaime's character, and it gives you a lot of ways to go with her if you do move her up to the main event. Also, those full body renders by Blackman are amazing!


AAA Presents NorthBest Bash




Mary Beth Chase vs. Sarah Taylor

Hmmm. Would Mary Beth be anything more than a jobber for AAA so close to her retirement? Can Sarah be more than a career opening act? I say no to the former. :)


Main show:


Jamie Quine vs. Selina Svelte

On a silver platter. :D

Simony Sentinel vs. Talia Quinzel, for the AAA Top Contender's Championship

As much of a Simony fan as I am, I just hope she gets out of this match alive.

Cherry Bomb vs. Christy Higgins

Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. Steph Blake & Zoe Ammis

Faces keep their momentum, but I'm guessing the post-match events will be the most important coming out of this show.


Bonus Question: The venue has a capacity of 2,800. What will be the final attendance? I'll say sellout of 2,800.

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Mary Beth Chase vs. Sarah Taylor

I'm really not familiar with Mary, and I should probably listen to MrWolf101's reasoning, but my gut say me there isn't much to Sarah as far as potential goes.


Main show:


Jamie Quine vs. Selina Svelte

I like Selina, but there is no way.

Simony Sentinel vs. Talia Quinzel, for the AAA Top Contender's Championship

Talia all the way.

Cherry Bomb vs. Christy Higgins

Not sure what your end game with Cherry is, but I feel she's being built strong, perhaps to lose against someone that needs a properly big win to go over.

Sara Marie York & Joanne Rodriguez vs. Steph Blake & Zoe Ammis

Obviously there will be shenanigans. I kinda think the faces will win, but at the same time I feel the heels can't just keep losing if they are to stay relevant. I say a run-in interference/distraction give Steph and Zoe the win.


Bonus Question: The venue has a capacity of 2,800. What will be the final attendance? 2630

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<p>February 16, 2016</p><p> </p><p> <em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From the e-mail account of a USPW talent scout:</span></em></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/9u2gi3f.jpg</span></p><p> To: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">VPtalentrelations@uspw.com</span></p><p> Subject: AAA Scouting</p><p> </p><p> Boss,</p><p> </p><p> I think we can call this trip a success.</p><p> </p><p> Attended the Angel Athletic Association “NorthBest Bash” show full civilian. Don’t think anyone made me. Went up to <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=klamath+county+event+center&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=673&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwj2op_J-YzQAhXrzFQKHVJMAr8Q_AUIBygC&dpr=1#imgrc=Tgv6bZC9H6E6eM%3A" rel="external nofollow">Klamath County Event Center</a>. Wasn’t expecting much, and with the exception of the music, production values were unimpressive. Coastal Zone's got a better look and feel – except in terms of their house crew. Purple polos with the AAA “Wings” logo, super helpful, very professional.</p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/UU290zR.jpg</span></p><p> Found out they’re volunteers, though crew heads are paid. Says a lot about how passionate their fan base is, even if it’s not huge. Bought a ticket at the door, in cash. No receipts to trace me. Sat in the first row of fixed seats, off the floor. Mentioned they’ve got a passionate fanbase – managed 2,741 paid admissions, nearly sold the place out, doubly impressive because it’s not like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klamath_Falls,_Oregon" rel="external nofollow">Klamath Falls</a> is a huge, bustling metropolis.</p><p> </p><p> I’ve written up each match and angle, some in more or less detail. Overall, a couple of prospects who could make an immediate impact. Others, wouldn’t take now, but in a few years, might be ready to come in and make an impact.</p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show notes</span></p><p> </p><p> During the pre-show, young worker named “Simony Sentinel” cut a promo about her facing the AAA Top Contender Champion – that’s AAA’s secondary singles title – later tonight (<em>Angle rating – 40</em>). </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/U10U2qP.jpg</span></p><p> Kid had a good look, maybe a little wild with the neon-pink hair and the copious arm-sleeve tattoo. Long sleeves would cover them just fine. Had good enough charisma and that intangible “look at me” quality to get some people to pay attention. Still obviously pretty green, though. Keep her name on file for the future, <strong>but recommend no action on Simony Sentinel at present</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> Then, a stinker of a match between Mary Beth Chase, who looks to be on the bad side of her 30s, and an obvious jobber named Sarah Taylor. Chase looks like a bodybuilder, but for all her size, no threatening aura. Also, wrestles like a bodybuilder, not a wrestler. Chase won in a five-minute squash. Honestly, if not on business, would have been checking my phone. <strong>Do not recommend we add either Chase or Taylor to our prospects list</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/FDBf9w8.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/cCSn7Mv.jpg</span></p><p> <em>(In a terrible pre-show match, Mary Beth Chase defeated Sarah Taylor in 5:36 by submission with a Boston Crab. Match rating – 26.)</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Show Notes</span></p><p> </p><p> Show opened with Sara Marie York (AAA Champion) and Joanne “J-Ro” Rodriguez thanking crowd for coming, putting the fans and AAA over.</p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/4WuhyP5.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/nU2biRU.jpg</span></p><p> Old-fashioned babyface stuff. Cat Jemson, who normally manages the A-List tag team of Demelza Wade and Nadia Snow, came out saying Wade and Snow won’t be there. That’s not a setup for a later run-in. Sadly, means I won’t have notes on either Wade or Snow. Jemson – good enough on the mic, definitely better than you’d expect for a catalogue model – says Steph Blake and Zoe Ammis have asked for her to represent them tonight.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA NorthBest Bash</em><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/2grrL5B.jpg</span></p><p> Jemson looked almost naked without Demelza Wade and Nadia Snow. Compared to York and J-Ro, Jemson looked like a stick that could be snapped in half. Still, her obvious physical disadvantage did not temper her arrogance.</p><p> </p><p> “Demelza and Nadia couldn’t be here tonight.” The audience cheered. “Did I say couldn’t? I meant they wouldn’t be caught dead in this redneck, Podunk backwater!” Cheap heat or not, the audience let their displeasure be known with a shower of boos.</p><p> </p><p> J-Ro shook her head in disgust. “Do you have a point, Cat, or did you realize there was a camera out here and decided you couldn’t live without being in front of it?”</p><p> </p><p> Jemson continued as if J-Ro hadn’t spoken at all. “Anyway, my talents as an executive agent will not go to waste tonight. The sophisticated Steph Blake and the stunning Zoe Ammis have asked me, the greatest manager in AAA history, to represent them tonight. How could I leave them to face…this…” She made a dismissive sweep of her hand toward the audience. “All by themselves? So, as their representative tonight, I am challenging you two unfashionable hacks to a tag team match in tonight’s main event!”</p><p> </p><p> York and J-Ro looked at each other. Without needing to communicate aloud, they came to a decision. “It would be my pleasure, and J-Ro’s pleasure, to show these good people in Klamath Falls exactly how talented we are when we beat Blake and Ammis tonight!” The crowd cheers, but quickly turn to boos as it becomes obvious that Jemson intentionally positioned York and J-Ro with their backs to the entrance. </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/2m3v59w.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/RkMOrtI.jpg</span></p><p> Blake and Ammis run down the aisle and sucker punch York and J-Ro while their backs are turned, throwing a few more stomps in the process. After ensuring York and J-Ro won’t immediately get back up, Jemson leans down to where the two are down on the mat.</p><p> </p><p> “Good luck tonight, girls,” she sneers. “You’re going to need it.”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Solid A to B storytelling (<em>Angle rating – 49</em>). York & J-Ro are definitely the stars of AAA. That neither of them have worked for USPW is criminal. Definitely got the chops on the mic. I’ll give my final word on them after their match, but suffice to say, it’s positive. Also save judgment on Blake and Ammis until later on. As for Jemson, good at what she does. Natural heat magnet, even if her shtick isn’t terribly original. Definitely not cut out for in-ring work; undoubtedly attractive but already old for her line of work. Not like we’re hurting for beautiful women with passable mic work. <strong>Recommend we pass on Jemson unless she comes as a package deal should we sign Wade and/or Snow</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> Next up, Jaime Quine cut a promo on Cherry Bomb, who Quine's been feuding with (<em>Angle rating – 49</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA NorthBest Bash</em><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/5Auj7Hh.jpg</span></p><p> Jaime Quine, mic in hand, strode to the center of the ring. “Cherry, last week you said if I beat Devil’s Daughter, I got my rematch. You talked all about earning my shot, about all your hard work, how nothing got handed to you. I can’t choose who I’m related to. But you can choose whether you want to interfere with my match, which you did. And you can choose when to face me, and you could have faced me tonight, but you begged off until two weeks from now at Girl on Girl Action. And why is that, Cherry? I think it’s because you’re scared. I think you’re scared that if we face off again, you’ll lose. You almost lost last time, by a fraction of a second. You talk tough Cherry, but down deep, you’re scared, and I know it, you know it, these people here know it, and every fan around the world, all the Angels, they know it too!”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Then Quine had a match with Selina Svelte, half of a tag team called The Uprising. Solid but not spectacular match. Svelte looked less polished than Quine but she's better at mat and chain wrestling. Quine got the win with a sharp-looking superkick.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/5Auj7Hh.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/3vdoMpU.jpg</span></p><p> <em>(In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Jaime Quine defeated Selina Svelte in 7:13 by pinfall with a K.O. Kick. Match rating – 48.)</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Cherry Bomb did a run in as Quine got her arms raised, and after putting a beatdown on her, grabbed a ladder, continued the beatdown, and eventually positioned the ladder over Quine so the ladder pinned down Quine at the neck and ankles. Bomb then sat on the rungs above Quine’s neck, mic in hand (<em>Angle rating – 49</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA NorthBest Bash</em><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/Dw8k489.jpg</span></p><p> Cherry Bomb loomed over Jaime Quine, perched on the second rung of the ladder above Quine’s neck. Quine, already severely beaten, struggled but could not generate enough force to knock the ladder over. Cherry grinned, a leering smile that was all teeth and bad intentions.</p><p> </p><p> “I’m scared, huh?” she asked, entirely rhetorically. “I’m not scared, Jaime, I’m insulted. I’m insulted by this idea you have, that you are on my level. But you’re not. Let me give you some advice, little girl, free of charge. You want to climb the ladder of success in this business? You gotta knock people off the rungs above you. You want to keep at the top of this business? You have to make sure the people on the rungs below you, stay below you. Because if they can knock you off your rung, you deserve to get knocked down the ladder. So let’s make this metaphor real, at Girl on Girl Action. You get your second chance for me to humiliate you, this time in a ladder match.”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Segment got a decent enough pop, even if someone had lived on Mars their whole life could have seen they were announcing a ladder match when Cherry pulled the ladder out. Bomb shows up later, so my judgments are on Quine & Svelte. Svelte needs time for polish before we make any decisions. She’s got some good technical skills, so if she continues to develop them, she might be a good midcard worker for our women’s division. <strong>I recommend no action on Svelte at present.</strong></p><p> </p><p> Jaime Quine…tough one. She’s got a good look, good pedigree, solid in-ring and on the stick. But I’m not entirely convinced she can put it all together, and I can’t help but wonder how much of her success is her own and how much is Cat Quine’s sister. Right now, she’s less than the sum of her parts. If she can put her skills together, real potential – though maybe not as high of a ceiling as Cat Quine. <strong>Recommend we let Jaime Quine develop for the next six months to a year and re-evaluate at that time.</strong></p><p> </p><p> The AAA Top Contender Champion Talia Quinzel came out, cut a decent enough promo on her challenger, Simony Sentinel (Angle rating – 38), and then they fought. Do I not sound excited? The match was bad. Barely better than the pre-show, not at all what I would have expected from the promotion’s secondary champion. Though I put it more on Sentinel than Quinzel. The match was booked to be fast-paced, and the kid just looked like she couldn’t keep up. Quinzel held up fine but wasn’t skilled enough to carry her opponent. Interference finish, one-two-three, moving on. <strong>Recommend low priority at most for Quinzel, do not recommend monitoring of Sentinel.</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/dcnOexP.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/U10U2qP.jpg</span></p><p> <em>(In a terrible match, Talia Quinzel defeated Simony Sentinel in 7:50 by pinfall with a Spinal Trauma following interference from Selina Svelte. Talia Quinzel makes defence number 2 of her AAA Top Contender's title. Match rating – 31.)</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Next, a "live" backstage video segment on a projector screen they had set up near the entranceway. Definitely low-rent but a step up from when Anne was running the promotion and everything was a live promo in front of the house. Cherry Bomb was stomping the backstage hallways when one of AAA's up-and-comers, Christy Higgins, stopped her in her tracks by blocking her way (<em>Angle Rating - 61</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Backstage video shown at AAA NorthBest Bash</em><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/TjVyclG.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/Dw8k489.jpg</span></p><p> Cherry Bomb growled. “Move,” she rumbled.</p><p> </p><p> Christy Higgins shook her head. It was clear she was nervous to stand up to the surly legend, but she stands firm. “Not after what you did to Jaime tonight.”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry looked at the young wrestler as if she had grown a second head. “What I did to that pathetic wannabe Jaime Quine tonight is none of your business, jabroni. <em>Move</em>.”</p><p> </p><p> Higgins was vibrating with fear enough that you’d think she had a motor inside her. “No, Cherry. You’re a legend in this business but that doesn’t mean you can bully this roster. What you did was a cheap and dirty trick. I used to respect you. I still respect your accomplishments, but after how you’ve been acting, I don’t respect you as a person.”</p><p> </p><p> To Higgins’ surprise, Cherry started laughing. Higgins looked more unnerved by Cherry’s laughter than she would have been at Cherry shouting. “You have got to be kidding me. Do you think I care one fraction of one percent what you think about me? Kid, your respect doesn’t mean a thing. You’ve done nothing. You are nothing. But you are going to be living in a world of hurt if you don’t get out of my way. <strong>Immediately</strong>.”</p><p> </p><p> Higgins’ eyes flashed terror, but then gained a steely resolve. “No, Cherry. Maybe no one else will stand up to you, and maybe I’m about to get put through hell for it, but I am challenging you to a match tonight. For Jaime. For everyone backstage who is sick and tired of you pushing us around!”</p><p> </p><p> Cherry smirked, which gave her the look of a shark smelling blood. “You just bought a one-way ticket to the emergency room tonight. You want me? You got me. Meet me in that ring, right now.” Cherry walked out of frame, then reappeared. “You might want to check your health insurance before you walk through that curtain, kid.” Higgins watched Cherry go, clearly afraid, but determined to face her fears.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Match that followed more proof that Cherry still had some left in the tank when she decided to come back to AAA after declining our contract extension. Continue to believe we never should have tried to lowball her, she’s still got a few years left and could have put our new signees over. Anyway, I digress. The match was quick-paced, think they were trying to tell a story where the younger, faster Higgins, full of nervous energy, tried to keep moving because she knew if Cherry caught her, it was over. Higgins might have been kayfabe nervous, but think she was shoot nervous too. But Cherry carried Higgins when the younger woman looked like she didn’t know what to do next. Match ended with Higgins trying to knock Cherry down with double axe handles off each turnbuckle. Higgins goes up, Higgins comes down, Cherry stumbles but doesn’t fall. Three buckles, then Higgins goes to the well one time too often. Bomb steps back, avoids the axe handle, kicks Higgins in the gut. Cherry Bomb powerbomb, one-two-three. After the match, Bomb trash-talked Quine again (<em>Angle rating – 65</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/Dw8k489.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/TjVyclG.jpg</span></p><p> (<em>In a decent match, Cherry Bomb defeated Christy Higgins in 7:02 by pinfall with a Cherry Bomb. Match rating – 54</em>)</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Do you really need my opinion of Cherry Bomb? 40 years old but still in good physical shape, head for the business like you wouldn’t believe, should have signed her to a 2 year deal instead of insulting her with the offer we gave her. Think if we had offered her something worth her value, she might have declined and retired. Instead, we pissed her off and she went back to AAA. They’re no threat to us, and it’s not like our fans monitor small indy feds, but made us look arrogant and disrespectful. Bad optics. <strong>Recommend we build a time machine and negotiate a better contract with Cherry Bomb, because we’re not getting her back in this timeline</strong>. As for Higgins? Green. Let AAA develop her for a while. <strong>Recommend minimal to no monitoring of Christy Higgins at present time</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> Before the main event, Steph Blake and Zoe Ammis ran down Sara Marie York and Joanne Rodriguez (<em>Angle rating – 47</em>).</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>In the ring at AAA NorthBest Bash</em><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/2m3v59w.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/RkMOrtI.jpg</span></p><p> Steph Blake looked at the crowd with utter disdain, as if she smelled something rotten. “You plebeians nauseate me,” she declared in a posh British accent – not her natural one. In reality, she had more of an Oop North dialect, and the accent she put on wouldn’t have fooled someone in the UK, but it worked just fine to get across the idea of “uppity Brit” for an American audience.</p><p> </p><p> “In case you’re too stupid to know what that means,” her tag partner Zoe Ammis interjected, “it means you rednecks make us sick!” The crowd booed as Ammis climbed the turnbuckle and mock-innocently shrugged. “What? Why are you booing? It’s the truth! You ARE rednecks! And you ARE stupid!”</p><p> </p><p> “You know who else makes me sick?” asked Blake.</p><p> </p><p> “Who makes ya sick, Steph?” asked Ammis, tossing her partner a verbal softball.</p><p> </p><p> “Joanne Rodriguez and, to the shame of every woman on this roster, our “champion” Sara Marie York,” replied Blake, while Ammis made exaggerated gagging noises. “Now, let me offer an apology to these…people.” Blake’s hesitation made clear her reluctance to grant the audience the benefit of personhood. “Their lack of class, their lack of grace, is not entirely of their own doing. I blame their atrociousness on Rodriguez and York. You all see these women as heroes and role models, and they feast on your attention like dogs given scraps. It is our fault, as an organization, that we have allowed those disgusting creatures to mold you, to shape you, to reinforce your unwillingness to pull yourself out of the mire and better yourself!” The crowd’s booing comes as a low but constant wave, and at one ebb a voice clearly called out “You suck!” which got some audience applause.</p><p> </p><p> Ammis scanned the crowd for the heckler. “We suck? We suck? You aren’t going to be saying that when we take out the trash and beat those stupid idiots 1-2-3!”</p><p> </p><p> Blake locked eyes with Ammis, signaling her to calm down. Ammis reluctantly obliged. “My dear friend Zoe and I have waited not just all night for this, but for a long, long time. Get out here, you pathetic shams, so Steph Blake and Zoe Ammis can show these poor misguided souls what true sophistication looks like!”</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> The following match was definitely the best of the night. York and Rodriguez are superb in the ring, all-around talents. For their part, Blake and Ammis have the kind of chemistry a booker dreams about as tag team partners, where they don’t need to communicate – orally or otherwise – to know what each other is about to do and to be in the right position for it. York wound up playing the babyface in peril, as much as you let your champion play that part – several times, when York went for the tag, Blake and Ammis would distract the ref to miss the tag, or pull Rodriguez off the apron, or go for a cheap stop like a hair pull. Cat Jemson got involved in the match after Rodriguez finally made the tag, using a Blake and Ammis distraction to hit Rodriguez with a loaded purse. Ammis tried to make the pin, but came up with only a near-fall. Rodriguez then made a comeback and bounced off the ropes, bumping Jemson to the floor in the process – nothing spectacular but a bit more physical than I expected from her. Shaking off the cobwebs, Rodriguez went for the tag as Blake ran in to break it up – too late, as York used Blake’s own momentum to toss her over the ropes, then hit the Energy Burst on a still-stunned Ammis for a victory to send the crowd home happy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="42833" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/4WuhyP5.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/nU2biRU.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/2m3v59w.jpg</span><span>http://i.imgur.com/RkMOrtI.jpg</span></p><p> (<em>In a decent match, Sara Marie York and Joanne Rodriguez defeated Blake & Ammis in 20:28 when Sara Marie York defeated Zoe Ammis by pinfall with an Energy Burst. During the match we also had Cat Jemson run in and attack York. Match rating – 64</em>)</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I don’t care what Alicia says or wants. Sam’s not calling the shots any more. If we want to have a women’s division people care about, we have to get Rodriguez, York, or – we might as well try – both of them. Of the two, I would pick Rodriguez. A little older, sure, but years left. Plus, wouldn’t discount the loyalty AAA has been able to inspire their workers. York’s got the belt, might entice her to stay. Or ask for more money than we want to spend. Rodriguez has been playing second fiddle to York recently, don’t see a heel turn coming that would put her in running for the title. <strong>Recommend we take immediate and necessary action to sign Joanne Rodriguez and/or Sara Marie York</strong>. Blake and Ammis? I’d keep an eye on them. They’re greater than the sum of their parts. Blake is good, but I’m not sure I see greatness. Ammis is the same. But as a team, they are remarkable. <strong>Recommend we closely monitor Blake and Ammis for potential tag team addition, less on either solo</strong>.</p><p> </p><p> As for AAA as a promotion? Haven’t changed a whole lot with Cat at the helm compared to the <a href="http://i.imgur.com/Opjjmbh.jpg" rel="external nofollow">Anne Stardust</a> regime. Running more shows, branched out to new territory, but in-ring stuff is very similar – meat and potatoes professional wrestling with a low-risk in-ring style, lack of risqué or sexualized characters and angles, conflict based on fairly simple, easy-to-follow personality clashes opposed to fantastic or convoluted storylines. Still a good place for women to polish for a shot at the big time. Can only hope the famous promotional loyalty that kept AAA workers from leaving for greener pastures was actually personal loyalty to Anne, and under Cat Quine, roster won’t have the same reluctance to leave 2,000 seat shows for 20,000 seat stadiums.</p><p> </p><p> (<strong><em>Final Show Score – 52</em></strong>)</p>
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Well, Doc and Wolf, you each got 4/5 right, but Wolf, you were a teeny tiny bit closer than Doc on the attendance - it's maybe the closest I've come to a sellout without actually selling the place out. So congratulations to MrWolf101 on a very narrow victory!</p><p> </p><p>

Since predictions are more fun when there's something on the line, how about this - I've got a couple of story interlude ideas kicking around in my head, which could come at any time really, and I'm having trouble picking one. Which do you want to see first? I'll probably get around to all of them eventually.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joanna Silver - A Pirate's Life for Me</strong></p><p>

What was Joanna Silver's life like right before she got the call from AAA?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The L.W.A. Incident</strong></p><p>

What exactly went down with Viv Jacobs and Corrine White, and the allegations of AAA blackballing them from the industry? Was it just sour grapes, or was there a conscious decision to exclude out lesbians from AAA?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Birth of AAA</strong></p><p>

It's February 1996, and outside of Japan, no one takes women's wrestling as anything but a joke or softcore pornography. But a legend of the 1980s, dropped for being "too old" for the 18-24 demographic, has decided when the rules are against you, it's time to change the game.</p>

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<p>The L.W.A. Incident</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">March 1, 2003</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

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

"I categorically deny the Angel Athletic Association, or any staff member of the Angel Athletic Association, believes in discrimination based on sexual identity," Anne Stardust said to the throng of reporters gathered on the steps of the AAA corporate headquarters. Cat Quine stood behind Anne as cameras captured Anne's denials on film. "The Angel Athletic Association represents the pinnacle of athleticism and entertainment for women in our business, without consideration of race, religion, or anything other than their talents and abilities, and that includes sexual orientation.</p><p>


Our decisions regarding Viv Jacobs and Corrine White were consistent with our previous decisions to not hire performers who we do not believe are skilled to the level our audience have come to expect." Reporters lobbed questions at Anne, who held her hands up and declared, "I have no further statement at this time". She turned and headed into the building, telling Cat under her breath, "Come in with me and away from these vultures." Cat watched the reporters surge forward, a wave of humanity, and dutifully followed.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>February 2, 2003</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Five years of hard work</em>, though Cat, <em>five years of toil and struggle, but we've survived. And now it's time to celebrate our fifth anniversary in style.</em> As she climbed the steps up to Candy's apartment - Cat thought of her as "Candy Floss" and she responded to it, so she rolled with it - she heard steps behind her.</p><p>


It was the new kid - Sara, the latest graduate of the AAA school. She was holding an opened, flimsy 24 pack of a knockoff beer brand Cat had never heard of before, her eyes barely peeking over the cardboard. Cat grinned. "Miss Sara, I know your age for a fact. You aren't supposed to have any of that."</p><p> </p><p>

Sarah Marie York's cheeks flushed crimson. "Oh," she stammered. "I just thought, well, it's a party and -"</p><p> </p><p>

"And it's not a problem so long as you don't get busted and make the company look bad," Cat said with a smile. The 18 year old looked deeply relieved. "And it's not a problem so long as you don't drop the case and we all have exploding beers in Candy's apartment. Come on, I'll hold the door open for you." The two professional wrestlers - Cat still thrilled to realize the the truth of that statement - followed the bass rumble of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" to Candy's apartment. Cat rapped the door once, politely, without response. A second, firmer door pound resulted in the door opening for them.</p><p> </p><p>


Candy poked her head with its bright pink shock of hair around the door. "Christ, Cat, you were pounding hard enough I thought one of my jerkoff neighbors had called the cops on us." She saw Sara, who had almost been hiding behind Cat. "Hey, rookie, glad you could make it! And even more glad you brought refreshments. Looks like you taught her the really important things about the business over at the dojo, Cat!"</p><p> </p><p>

Most of the girls and their various boyfriends had already shown up.</p><p>


Wanda Fish, Raven Robinson, and Vixxen danced with their current male interests, while Lisa - or "Helen Bach", <em>clever name rookie</em>, thought Cat - and Tash Alldock were talking at the folding table in the kitchen. Cat tried to hide the grimace on her face. The last thing the new kid needed was having The Black Widow in her ear, filling her head with Tash's gossip and politicking. </p><p>


Sherie Guthrie and her bright red shock of hair that had gotten her the nickname "Cherry Bomb" on her first day she came to the company was sitting on a coffee table across from poor Farrah Heskath, who was still wearing a massive metal brace on her left knee. <em>A goddamned shame</em>, Cat thought. Anne, of course, was not there. She never was, and Cat was never sure why that disappointed her.</p><p> </p><p>

The party was going fine until Tash decided she wanted to read any reviews of the that may have already come out. <em>Tash</em>, thought Cat, <em>is her own biggest mark</em>. The girls crowded into Candy's bedroom, or at least as many of them could fit. The rest had to look on out in the hallway. Candy interrupted her computer's screensaver and opened up Yahoo, and searched "Angel Athletic Association".</p><p> </p><p>

The search engine didn't produce reviews as the top links. Instead, the top links were articles with titles like "Lesbians Not Allowed" or "AAA Breaks Barriers for Women - But Only Straight Women Need Apply". Candy's brow furrowed. She turned to Cat. "Cat, what's going on? Is this true?" she asked. The entire room looked at Cat. As Anne's booker - or at least the person who drafted the book for Anne to change at will - the girls assumed she knew. Cat stared at the screen, then looked back to the rest of the party.</p><p> </p><p>

"I don't know," she said. "But I'm going to find out."</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">February 20, 2003</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

The protesters had followed through on their threat and picketed outside the AAA training school and offices, despite the misty cold. The protesters held signs with phrases like "AAA: Homophobia is Not Okay!" and "Honk if You Hate Homophobia". Horns had been heard fairly steadily throughout the day. Anne looked at the gathered protesters with a sneer. "God, what a bunch of jackoffs," she said as she turned away from the glass front doors and headed up to her office overlooking the training ring. Cat trailed behind her, and closed the door behind them. Anne was already sitting behind her desk. Cat didn't want to sit, couldn't sit.</p><p> </p><p>

"Anne, we have to do something," she said, quietly.</p><p> </p><p>

Anne wheeled around to Cat, fire in her eyes. "Jesus, Cathy, don't you think I know that? Thank you for stating the obvious." Anne tried to collect her thoughts for a second, then slammed her fist into her desk. "Those conniving, no good for nothing...what did you say to those two to tick them off?"</p><p> </p><p>

Cat was taken aback. "I didn't say anything that you didn't tell me to say to them. I thanked them for coming and working out for us, and that I had spoken to you and you said we would not need their services at this time." Anne continued glaring. "Anne, I swear, that's all that I said to them!"</p><p> </p><p>

Anne looked Cat straight in the eye, "You had better not be lying to me."</p><p> </p><p>

"I'm not," Cat said, a bit of an edge climbing into her voice. Neither spoke for what seemed like an eternity before Cat broke the silence. "Why did you turn Corrine and Viv down, Anne?"</p><p> </p><p>

Anne's voice was tight and controlled. "What do you mean, Cathy?"</p><p> </p><p>

Cat swallowed and searched for her courage. "What I mean is, why did you decide Viv Jacobs and Corrine White shouldn't work for us?"</p><p> </p><p>

Anne looked like she was about ready to pounce over the desk in response to Cat's impudence. Instead, she swiveled her chair to look out over the ring. "You yourself said they weren't all that good. Couple of wild brawlers. Sloppy."</p><p> </p><p>

Cat nodded. "I mean, they're never going to be confused for the Vessey Brothers, that's for sure. But our tag division is basically non-existent, and if we wanted to really get that going..."</p><p> </p><p>

Anne continued to look down into the ring. "You said they didn't have the best attitudes, either."</p><p> </p><p>

"That's true," said Cat. "But neither does Tash."</p><p> </p><p>

Anne sighed. "Cathy, do you know why I started this company?"</p><p> </p><p>

"Because 'no one else would give us a chance'. At least," Cat said, "that's what you've always said."</p><p> </p><p>

Anne nodded. "And it's the truth. Magazines said I was one of the top ten wrestlers in the United States, all through the 80s and 90s. Not top ten women's wrestlers, top ten regardless of gender. And do you know how many calls I got from SWF? Or PPPW, or TWL? Or even North of the Border or CWF? Zero. Not one call. Or, at least, I should say not one call as a wrestler. Plenty wanted me to come in as a valet. Just stand there, look pretty, say nothing, have the hero save me. If I wanted to have a career, I would have to leave the country. Go work for OLLIE, or 5SSW." Anne turned to face Cat again. "That's why I started this company. I spent the best years of my career ramming my head against the wall, working tiny venues, earning a fraction of what the guys earned."</p><p> </p><p>

"I know, Anne."</p><p> </p><p>

Anne arched an eyebrow. "I don't think you do, Cathy. I want AAA to focus on athleticism and storytelling. What I don't want is for this to become a glorified T&A show. Which is what everyone wants us to be, eye candy. That's what the big companies want out of us. Which is why we never talk about sex in AAA. We are more than our body parts, Cathy."</p><p> </p><p>

"I'm not sure I'm following you, Anne."</p><p> </p><p>

Anne rolled her eyes. "White and Jacobs, those two idiots, calling themselves 'Lesbians with Attitude', all they do is focus people on what they do in bed. They're bringing sex into the product, and right in the faces of the audience. And, boom, suddenly everyone wants into the bedrooms of every woman on this roster. Suddenly we're all locker room orgies, like some kind of cheap porno flick. And, god, the sponsors..." Anne trailed off.</p><p> </p><p>

"What about the sponsors?"</p><p> </p><p>

Anne shook her head. "Do you know how many strip clubs and porno stores I've turned down for sponsorship? And for the very few bars I've agreed to sponsorship agreements with, how many bars I've turned down? Because that's not the crowd we want at our show. We want families, we want little girls out in that audience to see nothing can stop them, no matter their dream."</p><p> </p><p>

"Which is why next month's show is called 'Girl on Girl Action', huh?" Cat snarked.</p><p> </p><p>

Anne's perpetual frown, at least when she was out of public view, deepened. "Cathy, you know just as well as I do that I named that event as a take-that to the sleazebags who wanted to write about our company in lewd terms. You, me, the Pope, the Man in the Moon all know that it's a sarcastic joke. But back to my point before you interrupted me. We live month to month on the basis of our sponsors. The kind of sponsors we want are those who court families. And several of those sponsors have called me and made it clear they don't feel comfortable with us promoting homosexuality."</p><p> </p><p>

Cat's eyes narrowed. "And we're just knuckling under for these bigots? 'Promoting homosexuality?' Like it's a brand, like Coca-Cola? What, do they think our next slogan is 'Try Gay!' or something? That's ridiculous!"</p><p> </p><p>

Anne shrugged her shoulders. "I know, I know. You don't have to tell me. I'm not saying that I agree with that point of view. You know that I don't care what you all do in your bedrooms - as long as it stays in your bedrooms. Corrine and Viv want to make what they do in their bedroom front and center. For the sake of all you girls not having to make <em>your</em> sex lives front and center, and to ensure we keep our sponsors, we are not bringing Corrine White and Viv Jacobs. And that's final, Cathy. Maybe it feels good to be progressive, but what we're doing here in AAA is more important in the long run then a couple of mouthy lesbians. Especially since this state doesn't allow them to sue us for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."</p><p> </p><p>

Cat went over to the window and looked down at the training ring. She thought about herself just five years ago, the starry-eyed girl who read about what the legend Anne Stardust was starting in Tacoma, packed her meager belongings into a car and drove without having a job, a place to live, or anyone she knew waiting for her. She lived in her car for the first few months, she worked three part-time jobs and volunteered at the AAA offices. She pushed her body and her mind to the breaking point. Five years later, girls like Sara and Sharie didn't have to do all that. There was a place for them where they could follow their dreams.</p><p> </p><p>

"I...understand, Anne." She didn't like it, not one bit. <em>But the needs of the many</em>, she thought ruefully.</p><p> </p><p>

"Good girl. I knew you would. Now, we've been ignoring the press to see if this would die down, but it's not. Help me figure out the statement we're going to make to the press."</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>*************</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Thanks to MrWolf101 for choosing to have me write about the L.W.A. Incident for this diary's first story-only interlude. Are there other stories you'd like to know about? Other interlude ideas? Do you want to talk about the stories of AAA, either in-ring or out? Want to tell me that I am the worst writer since William McGonagall? Leave me a comment! I'm more than happy to geek out over this stuff with y'all!</em></p>

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