Texasrangers13 Posted January 16, 2017 Share Posted January 16, 2017 http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss39/Kamchatka863/TEW2013/EWAKam2014-1.png http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/wwe_1_1_540__composite/public/rd-talent/Profile/William_Regal_pro.png April 2019 The wrestling world has been on a strong uptick throughout America since 2015. The launch of the WWE Network helped to push the envelop in how we consume Pro Wrestling. The WWE remains the most recognized wrestling federation in the world but in the last year they’ve been challenged abroad in Japan by the resurgence of AJPW and the international strength of NJPW. In America, TNA, under new ownership since June 2016, has been able to establish itself firmly as the number two group in America and a future threat abroad as they’ve made strong inroads in Canada and Japan thanks to a growing international distribution. At one point in the mid-2010s it looked like Indy Wrestling was going to thrive as well with companies like ROH, HOH, PWG all having success domestically and beginning to travel the country. Suddenly it got too big too fast and that fact combined by the collapse of the online streaming portal FloSports, which numerous feds had made a large bet on led to a failure in distribution for the Indies. Indy darling, Ring of Honor took another major hit in early 2018 when Sinclair Broadcasting opted to cut ties. El Rey Network’s Lucha Underground shuttered itself after four seasons due to many of the talents signing exclusive deals in Mexico with AAA rival CMLL. Abroad the European wrestling scene exploded as well, boosted by a strong currency and an explosion of talent. The WWE and TNA both swooped in and began signing much of the top talent in the Indy world to exclusive contracts, sending them to their respective development centers. Then BREXIT hit and rocked the European Union. Companies like RevPro, SVS, STHLM, PCW, NGW, GBG, FCF, FFUK closed forever, while ICW, IPW: UK and Progress all still claw their way through the battleground, it is a daily struggle for them to keep the doors open. In January 2017, Alex Shane launched Powerhouse Wrestling Grand Prix in an effort to fill some of the gap, but the South Eastern European based federation hasn’t caught on. Only Scotland-based ICW, which has gone fully hardcore with a weekly Pivotshare TV show, has grown and caught on throughout the Indy world. In fact, with the growth of TNA into the dominant number two, ICW has become the indy darling that the most fans recognize but with its hardcore focal it turned off many fans and wrestlers alike. The company, centered around Jimmy Havoc, Chris Renfrew, and El Ligero, has become the “focal” point of European wrestling and many purists see this as problematic. Prominent big names in European wrestling have gone on to establish themselves as stars in the WWE and TNA. Finn Balor, Sheamus, Doug Williams, Adrian Neville and Drew McIntyre are shining examples with the WWE, while Stuart Alexander (the former Wade Barrett), Gryffyn (the former Mason Ryan), Bram and Magnus hold it down in TNA. Mark Haskins, Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre have begun to establish themselves in TNA now that they are no longer touring the globe but all three are now on exclusive deals. In 2017 TNA took a unique step and acquired GBG bringing in eight of the top Scandinavian wrestlers as developmental talents. The Cimex brothers (Ante and Kjell) have started to become recognized names in the USA, while former TV Gladiator, Beast is slowly but surely becoming less green. The true breakout star among the class from GBG is Lars Makela, the former Big Machine, who has truly blossomed under TNA Head Trainer, Desmond Wolfe. Sensing opportunity and having a desire to move home now that his three children are all grown and out of college, William Regal, announced his retirement from the WWE lifestyle and moved back to England in late 2018 with his wife. Many sensed Regal, who had been around wrestling his whole life was done for good. Little did the wrestling world know, Regal was about to reappear in a big way, revitalizing not just the British, but the European wrestling scene as a whole. Regal had long been well-connected throughout the wrestling world, but he knew little about the process of launching his own successful company. Thankfully there was help on the way. On the financial side, Regal had the backing of several prominent British sports fans, led by Newcastle United owner, and reclusive billionaire Mike Ashley. On the wrestling side Regal enlisted the help of fellow WCW alumni Alex Wright to help with the growth on the rest of Europe. Tapping into Wright’s network, as well as his extensive wrestling database cultivated during his career and post-career time as a talent scout for the WWE, William Regal was prepared to launch the European Wrestling Alliance. And so, one day after WrestleMania, April 1st, a relatively simple press release was sent to all the prominent internet dirt sheets. William Regal announces the launch of the European Wrestling Alliance. Premieres April 28th, 2019, exclusively on European Wrestling TV. For more details, visit, EWATV.co.uk. Curious fans began to click the link and see the EWTV was a free to download app that announced you could watch the first PPV staring the best wrestlers Europe had to offer live. In order to entice some purchases of the product Regal had included his own personal library of matches from around the world. Many of these matches were one of a kind and unique. They also announced that the channel was funded by Newcastle United’s owner (the aforementioned Mike Ashley) and the channel would become the new 24/7 home for Newcastle United news and game action. Beyond that, not much else was known, only that in the next few weeks a lot would become clear. In a brief message on the website Regal announced a roster reveal party was scheduled for April 14th, but that he’d leak a couple names a week early. He promised the first show, Rule, Britannia! Would feature a Tag Title Tournament, and the beginning of the European Championship tournament. OOC: Welcome, I’ve been playing a game as TNA since May 2016, this diary is a spin-off of my own game world. Clearly I am in April 2019 at this point. The European Wrestling Alliance will be an event-based promotion aimed at growing in Europe by providing fans with the wrestling and stories they want. The roster will be primarily European, but there will be non-Europeans thrown in to add flavor as I see fit. I know some of these guys backgrounds and stories, I've even developed a couple of these guys myself with my developmental fed, and they’ll be used to some extent. Many of these guys are totally new to me in terms of backgrounds and stories...and as such I'll tell their stories as I see fit. I want this to be a fun, easy diary, I’ll run one-two events per month with a simple write-up and backstory to the matches. The rest of the diary will be story telling of sorts. I may never get that in-depth, or get that graphically. Oh well, this is a release for me. I want this to be fun, for both the readers and the writer. I wanted to use my world but run a parallel story that I can run alongside my TNA story (which I just keep for myself) so I created a second player and assigned Regal as the avatar. Much of this was inspired by the recent UK tournament the WWE held (loved the crowd, I really felt like kayfabe could exist with them). But also the recent success of Brits like Sabre, Scurll and Ospreay Smarky yes, but incredible) but also a general interest in the British style. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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