Xendarii Posted March 27, 2017 Share Posted March 27, 2017 http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj572/Xendarii/Dynasties/GBWF/Dynasty-Logo_zpsgemsefqv.png http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj572/Xendarii/Dynasties/GBWF/Writings/Welcome%20To%20The%20GBWF_zps1q1tlf02.png The powerhouse of British wrestling. The origin of the famous Hart family. The place where the careers of some of the finest wrestlers of all time have begun. History books are filled with reports about the successes and the grandiosity of the biggest and oldest promotion in Europe that, founded in 1960, survived through the hardest times of trouble and outlasted almost every other major wrestling company in the world: the Great British Wrestling Federation. A promotion that, during its prime, even looked set to expand its borders beyond the British Isles and take the international wrestling community by storm, regularly producing matches that would compete for the coveted Match Of The Year Award and sometimes even overshadowing what the WWWE in the United States had to offer. However, as always, the bigger they come, the harder they fall... The 1990's were a time when not only the GBWF, but also the biggest threat to their long-time undisputed dominance in Great Britain so far - the United Kingdom Wrestling Association - were on a meteoric rise. The battle for supremacy that took place between these two promotions lead to great matches and storylines, but also resulted in bidding wars and ambitions to overcome each other that ultimately proved to be too much to handle. The UKWA had to close, unable to pay back the debts they had made by signing famous foreign workers and pushing their production values to the limit, and the GBWF emerged victorious. However, the boom years would soon come to a sudden stop as a new challenge - not another rival company, but change within the wrestling industry itself - came to life, and this time, it truly was existence-threatening. Shortly after the turn of the millenium, viewing figures started to drop for the GBWF, and the increased interest of British wrestling fans in the Sports Entertainment product that had been proven so successful in the United States was made out to be the reason. The GBWF had always stayed true to their extremely traditional product, completely neglecting the influences from overseas that turned the sport into a mere Soap Opera, but time had changed and the promotion seemed to be in danger of losing the popularity they had built over the past decades. However, things only started to get out of control when Derek Harrison, a well-respected former two-time GBWF World Heavyweight champion, was elected as president of the GBWF Board Of Directors and immediately started to change the very core of the company. Injecting a huge dose of the Sports Entertainment aspect into the GBWF's product, Harrison was set on taking the promotion to a whole new level of greatness - but failed miserably. The changes he introduced were too many and went way overboard, and within a few years, the GBWF had turned into a shell of its former self, having lost a large portion of its financial power and popularity, not only internationally, but also in their home area. This period of time would be called the Harrison Years from then on, and the most prestigious British wrestling promotion of all time never fully recovered. http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj572/Xendarii/Dynasties/GBWF/Writings/Rise%20Again_zpsjlwzs21q.png However, the GBWF survived through it all, and 2007, four years after the beginning of the Harrison Years, Charles Ravensdale took over as president of the Board Of Directors. He lead the promotion back to its traditional roots, maintaining a small amount of the entertainment aspect that had almost forced it into closure and calling it Updated Tradition, a move that, over the years, brought back many of the sponsors and fans that had turned their backs on the company. Then, in 2015, a true legend of the sport returned from retirement to carry on the long way back to the top his predecessor had set up: Daniel Hart himself, one of the greatest wrestlers in history and the founder of the unquestioned best wrestling school in the world who had begun his incredible career in the GBWF back in 1976. There is no denying that the Great British Wrestling Federation has all the tools necessary to once again rise to absolute greatness. Veteran stars like Douglas Pallett - who wrestled the only British Match Of The Year ever in 1994 - and Graham Mackenzie, who could go down in history as one of the best British workers of all time, young talent with so much potential that sky seems to be their limit, a Board Of Directors consisting of GBWF legends who will give their heart and soul for the company that turned them into superstars, and sufficient financial power, it might be a long way to go until the promotion can climb to the heights of 20 years ago. But one thing is for sure: The rise of British wrestling has begun again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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