DarK_RaideR Posted July 12, 2018 Share Posted July 12, 2018 Legends, they called us. The aces and faces of Golden Canvas Grappling for over two decades. Four times we won the World Heavyweight Tag Team titles together and during our friendly rivalry as singles wrestlers, Yoshifusa Maeda won the World Heavyweight title five times, two more than I ever did. We saved it from utter collapse. Even in its darkest days, we stuck with the Roaring Lion despite lucrative offers from elsewhere, because loyalty and respect, to us, are more than just buzzwords you throw around for marketing and cheap thrills. Obviously, those in charge of the company these days think otherwise. I retired from in-ring competition in 2006, at the ripe age of 54. Maeda was two years younger, but he retired that year as well. We were both well respected and experienced, which made the company keep us around as Road Agents. I only lasted a few months; couldn't stand being around but not in the ring, plus the tour schedules kept me on the road more than I'd like. I left the business to spend time with my family, while Maeda stuck around for a few more years, until CCG decided to join the Modern Japan Movement. WLW and WEXXV started this thing when they decided the old ways of touring were evil and holding back Japanese promotions. The way forward was TV shows and big monthly events, they said, like promotions in the West do. At first, no one took them seriously. WLW was a silly promotion, dressing their juniors up in panda masks and whatnot. WEXVV was always a garbage promotion of blood and guts, somehow surviving on their fringe market. It was when Golden Canvas Grappling joined them that 'the Movement' was really born and our legacy really died. Maeda responded with utter disgust. To his eyes, this was an insult to both himself and the company's proud legacy. Not only did he resign, he also started his own promotion, Black Canvas Grappling. If this was the West, he'd be marketing it as the 'counter-alternative' to GCG's modern twist. Instead, he simply went on carrying the torch as the true spiritual successor of the Roaring Lion's tradition. But Maeda couldn't do it all on his own. We always worked better as a team. So he shook heaven and earth to drag me out of retirement and into his company as the booker. It's been five years since and we've managed to stay alive while the New Japan Movement recruited almost every promotion in Japan, except Pride Glory Honour Wrestling and ourselves. Even the mighty Burning Hammer of the Wrestling Gods were affected and although they did not officially join the alliance, they did leave the days of touring behind. These days we're still under fire from our rivals, struggling to avoid debt as both our talent and fanbase keep shrinking, but I have a plan. Loyalty. If we stuck with a promotion our entire careers, then so must our roster. Having a solid pool of talent will help us build future stars without fear of others cherry-picking our investments. I just hope we manage to get there before the competition eats us up alive. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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