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Inspired by infinitywpi's fantastic Welcome To The Coastal Zone dynasties, the bug bit me again, and I'm going to try a quick and dirty style CZCW diary. A couple of quick notes below, then I'm going to post show one.


Changes to the starting data (which is DerekB's fabulous CVerse Reworked mod) - I've brought back the CZCW women's division which they had in the 97 mod. I've added AAA to the COTT, mainly to get one person in for the first show, but also to take advantage of alliance loans.


We'll be running weekly shows in addition to the Monday Week 1 monthly events, at least until I figure out if it's sustainable to do so without going bankrupt.


Oh, I'm playing as the Masked Avatar, brought in to lead the weekly expansion.


First order of business - bumping up production a little. Broadcasts quality goes from Hired Pro to In House, music from Local to In House, live event experience from Volunteers to Small.


And now, onto the show...


CZCW Revolution Monday Week 1 2016




Britney Hollywood comes out, shooting T-shirts, before introducing her boyfriend Donnie J. ©


Donnie J joins her, and thanks the crowd for being here in a generic babyface champion promo. ©


Al Coleman taps out Fearless Blue (in for one night) with an ankle brace in a short match. (D-)



Main show


A video hypes tonight's main of Donnie J vs Fox Mask vs Super Ninja. (D)


In the opener, Jonnie and Frankie Perez team up with Air Attack Weasel to take on Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves. They're sent out there to wow the crowd with a quick 'car crash' style match, and the Perez Brothers and AAW each hit a couple of big moves in a relatively one-sided contest before Weasel pins Bullseye. The elder Perez carries this one, but it's a decent enough showcase for the three of them. (D)


The Guru leaves the commentary table and heads into the ring, for a big announcement. "We have great news for you all - CZCW is going WEEKLY! That's right, from now on, you'll be able to check out your favourite stars on our new CZCW The Next Wave show, every Thursday. In addition, in the first 4 shows, 20 indy stars will compete to gain CZCW contracts in 4 5-way match-ups. Because just like the name of tonight's event says - here comes the Revolution!"


As Guru finishes speaking, some formerly familiar music plays, and a brunette walks out. For a few moments no-one's sure what's going on, and then people in the crowd who are either VERY long-term CZCW fans, or are up to date with AAA, recognise her. That's right, for the first time in well over a decade, Joanne Rodriguez is BACK in the Coastal Zone! Stepping into the ring, she asks the Guru for his mic, which he hands over to her.


“Hey, CZCW!” She smiles. “I missed you! Looking at people in the crowd, I feel so darn old, a lot of you won’t remember last time I was here in the Zone. For those who don’t know me from AAA, I’m Joanne Rodriguez, and once upon a time, without wanting to boast, I was a pretty big deal in the women’s division here.”


A few cheers.


“That’s right, once upon a time, we HAD a women’s division here. And then over the years, it became a shell of itself, and it closed completely. And now USPW has women wrestling. NOTBPW has women wrestling. Over in AAA, we do pretty well for ourselves with JUST women wrestling. But here in the Zone, where we were ahead of our time, no more women.”


She takes a deep breath. “How about we change that? Because you talk about Revolution, you talk about a new era, you talk about building for the future - and you’re doing that WITHOUT 50% of the population? And turning your back on your history as well.”


Shaking her head, she looks down at Cliff Anderson. “Say it ain’t so, Cliff!”


There is a fairly small, but sustained, J-Ro chant coming from some of the crowd by now.


“So lets get a WOMEN’S revolution started. Right here, right now, let’s put on a show. I am pretty sure I’m not the only female wrestler in the building right now - so if anyone wants to come on out, I’m ready.”


Smiling, she walks to the turnbuckles, waving to fans. (C-)


As J-Ro finishes speaking, another woman DOES head out. CZCW Champion Donnie J’s manager, Britney Hollywood, heads down and steps into the ring.


Joanne looks puzzled. “We can go at it if you want, Brit, but didn’t you retire?”


Britney shakes her head. “I am NOT going to get back in the ring - sorry, y’all.” She smiles at the fans. “But my friend is visiting backstage, and her English isn’t too great, so I said I’d come and accept on her behalf. So, J-Ro, what do you say to Joanne Rodriguez against...


Electric Dreamer!”


J-Ro smiles broadly.


“I say HELL YEAH!”


Electric Dreamer - a masked luchadora - charges out, high fiving fans on the way out, before sliding into the ring and excitedly shaking hands with J-Ro. Britney slides out, and this one is on.




This isn't quite the match we wanted to kick off the rebirth of the women's division - J-Ro looks as good as ever, but whether because of nerves or some other reason, Electric Dreamer is seriously off her game and blows a couple of big spots. Eventually, J-Ro takes control and hits the J-Rocker for the win. (D+)


I put myself in the ring next, teaming with another one-night guy, Mark Smart. We do the job to Rich and Famous, putting them over strongly with them on offense for the vast majority of the match. Cash In by Jordan on Smart seals it. (D+)


Matt Sparrow and Masked Cougar go at it for 18 minutes, Sparrow getting the win in a very good bout packed full of high-flying moves. (Solely because he got seriously upset at the original double count-out finish, and I don't care enough about this match to argue with him.) ©


In a four-way match for the Xtreme title, Waylon Walls defends successfully against American Flash, Carlos Barrera and Miguel Rivera. The Notorious duo team up early on, but Walls and Flash respond by joining forces to combat them 2 on 2. Eventually, Flash takes Rivera out of the ring with a spear, and Walls gets the Jumping Double Arm DDT on Barrera to make the cover just before the masked man can come back in and break things up. (D)


The Wild Cats defend their tag titles against The American Cobras and Going Coastal, mainly by staying out of the way as much as possible and letting the two feuding teams wear each other down. El Jaguar strikes, though, hitting Frankie-Boy Fernandes with a Jaguar Suplex for the win. Decent bout, but El Jaguar's off his game. (D+)


Our main event, a ladder match, sees Donnie J beat out Foxy and Super Ninja to grab his Coastal Zone Championship belt. They're encouraged to go out there and steal the show and do just that, with a host of amazing high spots - the pick of the bunch being Fox Mask's moonsault from the ladder to the outside, wiping out both of his opponents. ©


Post-match, as Super Ninja rolls to the outside, a disappointed Fox Mask nevertheless raises the hand of the champion and applauds him. (C-)


Overall C-


I praise Foxy, Donnie and Britney.


Post-show, Masked Cougar praises Jake Idol, saying I should get behind him.

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<p>You know Jaded has been talking much lately...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vote: Jaded</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Seriously though, I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your first show. CZCW is my favorite C-Verse company so it will be interesting to see where you take it from here. I love that you brought back the Women's Division and added AAA to COTT (I am running an NYCW game and did the exact same thing).</p><p> </p><p>

I am interested in how you are going to book the COTT championships. I often struggle with trying to find a way/reason to book them in CZCW. Therefore, I look forward to seeing your take on the situation.</p>

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Thanks, both! Not 100% sure about the COTT belts myself, but I think I have a plan. Expect to see them feature fairly infrequently - maybe once every few months on our big shows.


Here we go, with the first ever CZCW The Next Wave show, at a generic South-West venue on Sat week 1.


CZCW The Next Wave - Sat Week 1




Bullseye and I team up in the first dark match, jobbing to Rich and Famous. We are NOT a good team, and he's also having an off day; it's left to the established team to carry us through the match with some reasonably good matwork and excellent heelish gestures. Cash In on Bullseye finishes. (D)


Also on the pre-show, Al Coleman taps out Chet Chavez via ankle brace. Note to self: for the moment, the crowd REALLY don't want to see Chet! (D-)



Main show


We open things up with another Donnie J promo. "I want to test myself against the best. So I asked the CZCW Board of Directors and they agreed to let me name 8 competitors, who'll face off in two 4-way matches tonight. The winners of each match will join me in next week's main event, a Coastal Zone Championship three-way dance!" (B)


The first of those four-ways is the opener, with Matt Sparrow, Frankie Perez, Super Ninja and Tigre Salvaje Jr colliding. In a match in which the three veterans all appear dangerous, and hit some nice spots, it's Sparrow who gets the pinfall, hitting the Bird Brain Buster on Tigre. However, he also suffers knee ligament damage during the match after Tigre botches a move. ©


In a Coastal Contract try-out match, three former Zone Academy grads - Ade Nelson, Ash Barnaby and Zach Rudge, better known as the Paratroopers - compete in a four-way with Mexican competitor Rapido. It seems early on as if the former Troopers will focus on the luchador from the start, but after Nelson takes out Barnaby accidentally with a super kick aimed for Rapido, the alliance breaks down. Rapido takes advantage of this, waiting for Rudge and Barnaby to be locked in combat on the outside before he hits a Rapido Knee on Nelson to get the win. The Troopers weren't meant to be around for too long, but Rudge does better than expected in the ring and the crowd go wild for his bubbly babyface gimmick, so there's a chance he'll get an extension. D)


The second four-way qualifier for next week's title match sees Air Attack Weasel, Masked Cougar, Fox Mask and El Jaguar go at it. The quartet go all out for a great match and Foxy and Cougar, in particular, deliver. Finishing sequence sees the pair of them collide after they drop the other two on the outside - Cougar tries for a hurricanrana, but Foxy blocks it and falls forward to powerbomb him, then picks him up and hits a Fox Hunter for the win. (C-)


Joanne Rodriguez introduces the 3 women who'll be taking her on in the first round of the Women's Title tournament; Jana Marie Bowen from Canada, Maribel Mercado of Mexico, and Japan's Fuyuko Higa. (E-)


J-Ro looks great in this one, hurling around Mercado and Bowen, and showing off her great power moves. But it's Higa who shows everyone - in kayface AND in reality - why she's nicknamed Miss Perfection; spending most of the match keeping out of everyone else's way as much as possible, she pounces on the other three when they're tired, dropping Bowen and Mercado with vicious leaping DDTs, then locking on a crossface chickenwing which forces J-Ro to submit! (D)


In a five-way non-title match, Donnie J beats Marvel Malloy, Storm Spillane, Frankie-Boy Fernandes and California Love Machine. The members of Going Coastal team up, as do the pairing of the American Cobras, and they go at each other fiercely. As the latest chapter in their epic rivalry continues, the champion is able to spend much of the match pumping up the crowd, who go wild when he eventually drops FBF with Death on Miami Beach and makes the cover to win. ©


Overall: C-


Matt Sparrow's injury will keep him out for a month - not as bad as I'd initially feared, but far from good given he's meant to be in next week's main event.


Higa and Ninja both tell me they're feeling the effects of a gruelling schedule.

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<p>Just realised I forgot to mention Cliff's owner goals - no MMA crossovers, no-one over the age of 35, no-one who's had problems with the law. And the big ones, don't fall below #18 in rankings and NEVER go into debt. J-Ro's 36, annoyingly, so plans for her will be limited (yay for alliance loans/talent trades though.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CZCW The Next Wave Sat Week 2</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p>

I give myself a win in the opener, teaming with Zack Rudge (who's staying around) against the other two Paratroopers (who aren't), and getting the pinfall over Barnaby with a piledriver. We are NOT a good team, to say the least. (E)</p><p> </p><p>

Maribel Mercado and Fuyuko Higa take on Jana Marie Bowen and Britney Hollywood (stepping into the ring for the first time in years as a trial of something, and worryingly looking just as good as Rudge or Nelson did last match.) Squash/showcase for Higa, who finishes Brit off with the Higa Green Driver. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Jaime Quine, whose fan favourite gimmick goes down well, beats Faith McGee (another one-night try out, who fails to impress) via a KO Kick. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J and Britney come down again. Donnie calls out Matt Sparrow. "Matt, I'm sorry to hear that the doctor's haven't cleared you for tonight's triple threat match. As far as I'm concerned, you earned a shot, and once you're fit for the match, you can have it any time you want." The pair shake hands. "But that leaves us with a vacancy for tonight's main event," the champion says. "So how about the six guys who lost in the four-ways last week get one more chance to take their place against me and Fox Mask RIGHT NOW?" ©</p><p> </p><p>

In a show-stealing match with all six guys looking good and getting near-falls on each other, Masked Cougar sneaks out a victory over Super Ninja, Frankie Perez, Air Attack Weasel and both members of the Wild Cats. Finish sees the Cats hit a double suicide dive on Perez and AAW; back in the ring, Cougar gets I Am Cougar, Hear Me Roar on Ninja. (Who was whining initially when he wasn't involved in the finish; maybe don't pull that stuff when you're on time decline, SN...) (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

A quick sprint for the next Coastal Contract match, in which Delirium beats out Cyclops, El Serpiente and Amazing Fire Fly in a luchador special. Dazed and Confused on El Serpiente gets him the win, but it's clear to everyone watching that AFF is the man who holds this one together, while the fans are really digging his bubbly babyface gimmick. Expect to see the man in the red and gold mask back soon. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

I pull double duty tonight, teaming with American Flash to put over the Cobras, submitting to Storm's Kneeling Boston Crab. It's a reminder to myself that I probably SHOULDN'T wrestle twice in one night at my age, I drag the other three down. Still pretty good, with the Cobras' tag experience shining through. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

In another Women's Title tournament match, Lily Snyder beats out Ariel Breaks, Natalie DiMarco and Simony Sentinel. Worryingly, this does NOT go down well with the crowd seeming bored and hating Snyder's old school face mannerisms. DiMarco's willingness to throw herself through the air makes the Zone crowd eat her up, though, and they're displeased when she's on the outside, having just wiped out Sentinel with a beautiful flying headscissors, and Snyder hits her Cut-Throat Suplex on Breaks for the win. (E)</p><p> </p><p>

In a non-title match (due to Jake Idol's failure to make weight), Jonnie Perez pins Waylon Walls in a four-way also involving Idol and Rapido. There's some confusion over what's happening to the belt here, and Perez is backed by most of the crowd as he angrily demands it, but referee Pee-Wee Germaine is insistent that the failure of even one wrestler to make weight means it CANNOT be a title bout. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

In another show-stealing match, Donnie J beats out Masked Cougar and Fox Mask to retain the Coastal Zone Championship. Foxy wipes out with a cross body to the outside which misses his two opponents, and Donnie is able to drag Cougar back into the ring to hit a Death on Miami Beach and pin him. (C+)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>C- overall rating. </strong></p><p> </p><p>

Post-show, Donnie J finds me to tell me how impressed he is with Tigre Salvaje Jr.</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="John Lions" data-cite="John Lions" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45670" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Really enjoying this Jaded. I approve of any Welcome to the Coastal Zone-style dynasty, it's a fun quick read that easy on the writer and the readers and goes far enough into the game to show a different spin of how things develop and turn out.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Cheers John, really good to hear that - feedback is always appreciated.</p><p> </p><p> Speaking of which, I think I'll post the card for Vendetta ahead of time to give people a chance to make predictions if they want to? Expect the week 4 show, along with that card, up tomorrow at some point and then Vendetta on either Friday or Saturday.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>CZCW The Next Wave Sat Week 3</strong></p><p> </p><p> Miguel Rivera makes a mess backstage; Wrestlers' Court judge Fox Mask orders him to clear it up. Miguel's behaviour improves. Foxy is also busy outside the court, taking Zack Rudge under his wing as a protege. </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p> I team with Notorious to go over Ash Barnaby, El Serpiente and Cyclops, Miguel hitting a Shot in the Dark on Barnaby. Miguel is REALLY off his game here; the rest of us (even Barnaby) look surprisingly good. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> Fuyuko Higa and Britney Hollywood - who have excellent chemistry teaming together, pretty much ensuring that Britney's return to the ring is going to become a real thing - beat Maribel Mercado and Faith McGee. Higa Green Driver on Mercado finishes it; this is all about how talented Higa is, with Brit doing little but supporting her from the outside, but the interplay between the pairing working perfectly. (D)</p><p> </p><p> Simon Waves and Al Coleman beat Bullseye and Chet Chavez in a quick match. Bullseye is off his game, and it's left to Coleman to carry this one before making Chet tap out to the ankle brace. Our fans do NOT like the losing team. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p> Britney fires T-shirts into the crowd. ©</p><p> </p><p> Donnie explains that he's excited to defend his title tonight, and he's persuaded the Board of Directors to allow him to set a 'beat the clock' challenge - four of our top stars will take on up and comers, whichever two of the four win in the quickest time will challenge in the main event. (B)</p><p> </p><p> In the first Beat the Clock match, Frankie Perez beats Rapido in 5:49, hitting the Perfect Parity. Some good high spots, but Rapido is off his game here and it's a one-sided match anyway. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> We go to another Coastal Contract match, as Alistair Shufflebottom, The Architect, Leftie Wilkes and Tennessee William go at it. None of them look much good, to be completely honest, although Leftie Wilkes is another babyface who our fans seem happy to cheer. He's out of luck, though, as The Architect piledrives him before locking on the Blueprint for the submission victory. (E+)</p><p> </p><p> More Beat the Clock action, as Foxy defeats his protege Zach Rudge in 7:59 with a Fox Hunter. The King of the Zone does his best to make Rudge look good here, but even he can't help someone who misses as many spots as Zach does. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> Jonnie Perez comes out to complain about last week. "I don't know what happened, but I know that I pinned the champion in the middle of the ring, and that SHOULD mean I win the belt. Being told it wasn't a title match, because some other guy failed to make weight? That's BULL, man. Walls, if you're a real champion, you'll take me on again." Walls swaggers out. "If I'm a real champion, I'll be walking around with a belt, unlike you." He looks theatrically at his title. "Yup, real alright. You want another shot? Go out and EARN it, then." (D-)</p><p> </p><p> Beat the Clock match 3, and Masked Cougar beats Ade Nelson, but Nelson's stalling and playing for time means that Cougar is NOT in contention for a spot in the main - taking 8:38 to hit the High Rise Cougar Pounce. Cougar may be a miracle worker to get this match out of a Paratrooper, although Nelson's mannerisms and taunts are top-notch, even if his wrestling isn't. (C-) </p><p> </p><p> In another Women's title tournament match, Aguila Azul Celeste beats Ella Calvo, Jillian Jarvis and Selina Svelte. Aguila Press on Jarvis gets the win, in a match she gets to show off some great high-flying skills in. The crowd are also really happy to cheer her, loving her old school face gimmick. (Our fans are REALLY into the old school face/bubbly babyface/fan favourite gimmicks.) (E+)</p><p> </p><p> There's a MASSIVE shock in Beat the Clock match 4 - 7:59 is the time to beat, and the match is over in 6:13 - when Amazing Fire Fly scores a stunning roll-up victory over Super Ninja. (Ninja was, predictably, furious again. Oops.) (C-)</p><p> </p><p> Post-match, Donnie J comes down and applauds, but points out there's an issue here. The idea was the two fastest winners of Perez, Foxy, Cougar and Ninja would be in the main, but while Perez and Foxy were the fastest two of that quartet, AFF was faster than Foxy. What should we do? He asks Cliff Anderson, who's the representative of the Board of Directors, and Anderson thinks for a minute, before announcing that it'll be a four-way match! (D)</p><p> </p><p> Rich and Famous give us 2016's first Coastal Zone title change, as they take the tag titles from the Wild Cats. Using lots of subtle heel tactics, and cutting off Tigre Salvaje Jr for a large amount of the match, they're able to take control, and Idol finishes him with the Reality Check. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> In a high-spot filled encounter, Donnie J retains his title against Frankie Perez (who looks terrible, apparently worn out by the previous match), Fox Mask, and Amazing Fire Fly. Fire Fly shines in just his 3rd match in the federation and is potentially going to be a major star in the future, looking nearly as good as Foxy and Donnie do. Donnie seems to be trying to focus his attack on Fox Mask and even passes up a chance to get a pin attempt on Fire Fly at one point to instead leap out of the ring with a plancha on the King of the Zone. In the end, though, with Fox Mask and Perez brawling on the outside, the champion hits the Death on Miami Beach on Fire Fly to retain. ©</p><p> </p><p> Post-match, Donnie grabs a mic and walks over to Fox Mask just as he's about to leave the ring. "In my life, I've achieved so many of my ambitions. I've wrestled dozens, maybe hundreds, of great matches. I've outlasted my former partner to become one of the top wrestlers here in the Zone over the last few years. And I've done what so many people thought I couldn't do, and won this belt."</p><p> </p><p> He takes a deep breath. "But there's one thing I still haven't done. One thing I desperately want to do. I haven't pinned the King of the Zone, or made him submit. Foxy, I respect the HELL out of you. But forget these three-way, four-way matches." Smiling at the crowd now. "I know you love them. I love them too. But for one night, I want this to be one on one. Donnie J vs Fox Mask, mano y mano. No ladders, no tables, no gimmicks, because dammit, we can fly without them. Just the champion of the Zone, and the King of the Zone, in a match that'll take people's breath away, at Vendetta. How about it?"</p><p> </p><p> Fox Mask clasps his hand. "You got it, champ." (B-)</p><p> </p><p> <strong>C- overall. </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> Dammit, MASSIVE blow to future plans as Ant-Man, who was about to debut, gets scooped up by RIPW. Time to find another young guy who can wrestle AND talk, who isn't on our current roster.</p>
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Rhyme1234" data-cite="Rhyme1234" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45670" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Awesome, I am really enjoying this!</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Great to hear; thanks Rhyme!</p><p> </p><p> Pre-week 4's show, Ariel Breaks cooks waffles; Foxy passes on tips on using psychology to Zach Rudge.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>CZCW The Next Wave Sat Week 4</strong></p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p> I put myself in action again, despite still feeling tired after last week's match. Teaming with Leftie Wilkes, we put Rich and Famous over in a non-title bout. They look good, we don't. (Hey, I'm old. What the heck is his excuse?) Jordan's Cash In on me gives us the finish. Jake Idol nearly decapitates me by screwing up what should be a simple kick, but thankfully I'm able to adjust just in time. Idiot. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> Ariel Breaks, Jaime Quine and Simony Sentinel beat Faith McGee, Selina Svelte and Elsa Calvo. The winners here are a smooth team making lots of quick tags; the losers are pretty dysfunctional, with McGee and Svelte both yelling at Calvo when she tries cheating. Quine is the only good thing about this match, to be honest, but that was pretty much expected. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p> We kick off with a video package showcasing the friendly rivalry between Fox Mask and Donnie J. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> Amazing Fire Fly and Frankie Perez team up to take on Super Ninja and Delirium. Ninja is still furious (in storyline AND out of it) at his loss to Fire Fly last week, and he concentrates pretty much exclusively on him, treating it more as a singles match which happens to have two guys on the outside than a tag contest. As the pair fight, though, Perez locks on a P-Clutch to get the submission out of Delirium. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> Claire Winters, Electric Dreamer, Jaime Quine and Gemmei Oonishi battle in the final Women's Tournament match before the belt is up for grabs on Monday. Oonishi's not-at-all-stereotypical, honestly, cute nerd gimmick goes down well, as does Dreamer's fan favourite one. Winters is by far the weakest link here, somewhat surprisingly. Quine - wrestling for the second time in the night - gets a KO Kick on Oonishi to complete the line-up for Vendetta's title match, where she'll face Snyder, Higa and Aguila. (D)</p><p> </p><p> Backstage, Donnie J cuts a promo about his respect for Fox Mask but swearing he'll still come out on top on Monday with the belt he values so much. (B-)</p><p> </p><p> In a gauntlet match, Jonnie Perez defeats Carlos Barrera, Miguel Rivera, and Bullseye, therefore earning him a shot at Waylon Walls's Xtreme title in 2 days' time. I was expecting this to be bowling shoe ugly, but it was surprisingly watchable. The scrappy Perez takes a bunch of punishment but keeps coming back, and unleashes that Triple-Jump Tornado DDT 3 times to get the win. (D)</p><p> </p><p> In what's billed as the final Coastal Contract Four-Way, El Mitico Jr wins a short match against Deadly Deadshot, Miller Fforde (who looks horrible) and Reggie Bishop. Northern Lights Suplex on Bishop is the finish. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> Masked Cougar teams with Simon Waves to take on a couple of guys we're giving try-outs to, Clutch McKane and Mercutio Sleep. McKane as a cheerful, happy-go-lucky guy who applauds big moves whoever they're from, and raises Waves's hand after Simon defeats him with a missile dropkick, goes down well with the fans - if less so with Sleep, who seems irritated. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> Al Coleman taps out the Architect in a quick bout, putting over Coleman's deadly ankle brace. This is NOT a good contest given how established Coleman is. (D)</p><p> </p><p> We go backstage, where Britney Hollywood is trying her hand at being an interviewer. A sit-down interview with Fox Mask, who talks earnestly about how much he loves the company and how desperate he is to regain the belt, goes pretty well. Britney wishes him luck against her man, furthering the respect angle between these two. Britney's gimmick is moving to a more straight forward fan favourite one, which is going down really well. ©</p><p> </p><p> Fuyuko Higa and Natalie DiMarco beat Aguila Azul Celeste and Lily Snyder (who are a HORRIBLE team) in something of a preview of the title match in 2 days time; everyone except DiMarco is involved on Monday. DiMarco goes for flashy moves, the crowd eat them up but Higa is furiously trying to get her to take less risks. Snyder nearly pulls off the victory, catching DiMarco's crossbody attempt to hit a fallaway slam, but Higa saves, drags her over to the corner and tags in, where she hits Snyder with the Higa Green Driver for the win. (D)</p><p> </p><p> In a number one contenders' match for the COTT Tag Team titles, Going Coastal's long-running rivalry with the American Cobras continues. This time, it's team GC who get the upper hand in a contest that's as close as ever, with California Love Machine's Coast-Liner on Spillane getting the duke. CLM and FBF both change their gimmicks to old school faces here; Fernandes's is by far the better received of the two. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> In a match intentionally kept short to try and avoid tiring either of our top two guys out before Vendetta, Donnie J and Fox Mask team up to beat American Flash and Air Attack Weasel, Fox Hunter finishing off Flash. Fun showcase to highlight some great moves by the duo, and to further the respectful rivalry. ©</p><p> </p><p><strong> C- overall.</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> Post-show, Super Ninja admits his legs aren't as good as they used to be, and he needs some time off to heal, while California Love Machine asks me if I've ever thought Bullseye is a charismatic young star who could be the face of the company one day. The short answer? No.</p><p> </p><p> We win the regional battle! In more good news, we make a slight profit, ending the month nearly $10,000 better off than we started it. </p><p> </p><p> Vendetta preview/predictions key to follow fairly shortly.</p>
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<div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>CZCW Vendetta preview</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

The main event will see Donnie J take on Fox Mask, the King of the Zone! Donnie has been a fighting champion, Fox Mask has come up short several times already this month but Donnie desperately wants to pin the legend or make him submit. </p><p> </p><p>

In the semi-main, the COTT Tag Titles will be on the line as champions Marv Statler and Dean Waldorf, the Ring Generals, defend against Going Coastal.</p><p> </p><p>

We'll see more title action as Jonnie Perez, fresh off an impressive gauntlet victory over Bullseye and BOTH members of Notorious, challenges the man he thought he'd taken the Xtreme belt from a few weeks ago - and this will be a tables match!</p><p> </p><p>

And in our first title match of the evening, the resurrected CZCW Women's Championship will be up for grabs in a fatal four-way between Aguila Azul Celeste, Fuyuko Higa, Jaime Quine and Lily Snyder. And the referee has been announced as none other than CZCW's most famous female alumni, the returning Joanne Rodriguez!</p><p> </p><p>

In a battle royal, the 12 guys who lost Coastal Contract four-ways - as well as three newcomers - will battle for one last chance to get a spot on the roster. A 15-man battle royal will see the winner get a contract, with a fan vote for ONE other wrestler to get one as well. The competitors? Ade Nelson, Alistair Shufflebottom, Amazing Fire Fly, Ash Barnaby, Cheech Kong, Clutch McKane, Cyclops, Deadly Deadshot, Diablo Duvak, El Serpiente, Leftie Wilkes, Miller Fforde, Reggie Bishop, Tennessee William, Zach Rudge.</p><p> </p><p>

And in frantic attempts to get everyone on the damn card, Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves will take on Masked Cougar, Air Attack Weasel and American Flash, while we'll open the show with Super Ninja, Rich and Famous and Notorious against Frankie Perez, the Wild Cats and the American Cobras!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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

Super Ninja, Rich and Famous and Notorious vs Frankie Perez, the Wild Cats and the American Cobras</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Coastal Contract Battle Royal: Ade Nelson, Alistair Shufflebottom, Amazing Fire Fly, Ash Barnaby, Cheech Kong, Clutch McKane, Cyclops, Deadly Deadshot, Diablo Duvak, El Serpiente, Leftie Wilkes, Miller Fforde, Reggie Bishop, Tennessee William, Zach Rudge</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Coastal Zone Women's Title match (Guest referee: Joanne Rodriguez): Aguila Azul Celeste vs Fuyuko Higa vs Jaime Quine vs Lily Snyder</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves vs take on Masked Cougar, Air Attack Weasel and American Flash</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Coastal Zone Xtreme Title tables match: Waylon Walls © vs Jonnie Perez</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

COTT Tag Titles match: Ring Generals © vs Going Coastal</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Coastal Zone Championship match: Donnie J © vs Fox Mask</strong></p></div><p></p>

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<p>Super Ninja, Rich and Famous and Notorious vs <strong>Frankie Perez, the Wild Cats and the American Cobras</strong></p><p>

<em>Ota is a guy I used to like back in the day, but 2010 and 2013 there was an overexposure of him. It didn't matter what promotion you ran, EVERYONE brought Ota in. At this point, he's getting old and copping attitude about any loss, so he is going to take another loss here. The win could either go to Frankie (if Donnie J wins the title match) to build him up as the next challenger, or to one of the two tag teams to build up a shot against Rich & Famous</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Contract Battle Royal: Ade Nelson, Alistair Shufflebottom, <strong>Amazing Fire Fly</strong>, Ash Barnaby, Cheech Kong, Clutch McKane, Cyclops, Deadly Deadshot, Diablo Duvak, El Serpiente, Leftie Wilkes, Miller Fforde, Reggie Bishop, Tennessee William, Zach Rudge</p><p>

<em>This one was a pretty easy call. I could see someone like Clutch McCane sticking around from the fan vote, or Zach Rudge due to the protege rub</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Women's Title match (Guest referee: Joanne Rodriguez): Aguila Azul Celeste vs <strong>Fuyuko Higa</strong> vs Jaime Quine vs Lily Snyder</p><p>

<em>Tough call, but I feel like Higa's booked the strongest, and giving her the belt before she gets locked up somewhere else gives you the great bragging right of "this prestigious belt was held by Fuyuko Higa, who is now a champion in USPW/NOTBPW/etc!"</em></p><p> </p><p>

Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves vs take on <strong>Masked Cougar, Air Attack Weasel and American Flash</strong></p><p>

<em>Keep giving your young guys the experience working with your top guys</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Xtreme Title tables match: Waylon Walls © vs <strong>Jonnie Perez</strong></p><p>

<em>Walls can be good, but he is not good enough yet to warrant having the Xtreme title. Perez is the living embodiment of the Coastal Zone, he deserves it</em></p><p> </p><p>

COTT Tag Titles match: Ring Generals © vs <strong>Going Coastal</strong></p><p>

<em>Always a good idea when you are in the COTT to take the titles for yourself. It adds a wrinkle to the Going Coastal/Cobras feud without it consuming your primary tag titles.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Championship match: Donnie J © vs <strong>Fox Mask</strong></p><p>

<em>This is a tough one. The people who get poached are always so different game-to-game. I'm going to give this one to Fox Mask because I feel like the "passing of the coastal zone torch" story could go a bit longer. I feel like once Fox Mask is pinned, the story's over, and you haven't build anyone up in singles competition yet to fight Donnie J next</em></p>

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<p>Super Ninja, Rich and Famous and Notorious vs <strong>Frankie Perez, the Wild Cats and the American Cobras</strong></p><p>

<em>SN can keep eating pins, that whiny little b****! But seriously, he is way past his time and needs to find a new home.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Contract Battle Royal: Ade Nelson, Alistair Shufflebottom, <strong>Amazing Fire Fly</strong>, Ash Barnaby, Cheech Kong, Clutch McKane, Cyclops, Deadly Deadshot, Diablo Duvak, El Serpiente, Leftie Wilkes, Miller Fforde, Reggie Bishop, Tennessee William, Zach Rudge</p><p>

<em>I almost went Rudge since AFF already probably has a deal in place.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Women's Title match (Guest referee: Joanne Rodriguez): Aguila Azul Celeste vs <strong>Fuyuko Higa</strong> vs Jaime Quine vs Lily Snyder</p><p>

<em>Has to be the biggest name in the group, and gives the title some pop.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves vs take on <strong>Masked Cougar, Air Attack Weasel and American Flash</strong></p><p>

<em>I like Cougar.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Xtreme Title tables match: <strong>Waylon Walls ©</strong> vs Jonnie Perez</p><p>

<em>Perez got his win, but Walls gets the last laugh here.</em></p><p> </p><p>

COTT Tag Titles match: Ring Generals © vs <strong>Going Coastal</strong></p><p>

<em>Might as well make them yours!</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Zone Championship match: Donnie J © vs <strong>Fox Mask</strong></p><p>

<em>But I think belt stays on Donnie J. Let Frankie get involved and cause some chaos!</em></p>

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<p><strong>CZCW Vendetta Monday Week 1 February</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman, Delirium and the Architect beat me, Rapido and El Mitico, with Coleman making me tap out. Perfectly acceptable opener. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Brit fires T-shirts into the crowd. ©</p><p> </p><p>

J-Ro and Brit (whose involvement is limited to mainly standing on the ring apron cheering on Joanne, until the veteran tags her in to unleash her Hollywood Hills top rope splash for the first time in years) beat Jillian Jarvis and Selina Svelte. J-Ro can totally carry Brit, which is awesome. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

J-Ro talks about how excited she is for the women's division's success to continue, and says she's honoured to be the guest ref for tonight's title match. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Natalie DiMarco and Danielle Sweetheart beat Elsa Calvo/Faith McGee and Ariel Breaks/Claire Winters. DiMarco's off her game here, but her team get the win, Sweetheart's Super Kick on Calvo doing the job. (E+)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J vs Fox Mask vid starts things off. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

The big 5 vs 5 match is our opener, with Super Ninja, Notorious and Rich and Famous ending up victorious over the Wild Cats, Cobras and Frankie Perez. Ninja takes the pinfall over Jaguar, with a Ninja Strike. Malloy and Idol are the stand-outs here, performing better than Zone vets Perez and Ninja. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Amazing Fire Fly wins the big 15-man battle royal, officially gaining a place on the roster. There's far more flying than you'd normally see in a battle royal, with everyone out to impress the fans, and that goes horribly wrong a few times for people, most notably when El Serpiente tries a cross body on Leftie Wilkes who catches him and fallaway slams him over the top rope and out (thankfully the just-eliminated Deadly Deadshot breaks his fall. Big story, though, is the debuting Diablo Duvak, who eliminates 6 other competitors, mostly with his deadly head kick, and comes agonisingly close to winning the whole thing, being the last person Fire Fly eliminates - Diablo misses the kick, allowing AFF to catch him off balance and throw him out. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Super Ninja walks out to the top of the entrance ramp, and gestures to Amazing Fire Fly saying "I'm going to make you wish you never even HEARD of the Coastal Zone." (E)</p><p> </p><p>

Backstage, Fox Mask promises to give it everything he has to regain the title he's held so many times. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Higa carries the other three to a decent women's title match, although Quine is also pretty darn good. They get the lion's share of the offense, although barely trade blows themselves, and the finish comes as Quine locks Lily Snyder in a Boston Crab while Higa grabs Aguila in an armbar. With both the victims fighting to break free, the aggressors glare at each other and the commentary team point out what a difficult choice it is to make - let go of the hold and try and break up the other one, or hold on and hope you can get the tap out victory before the other woman does. Both hold on, and it's Snyder who gives in first, tapping out just a few seconds before Aguila does. J-Ro makes the correct call; Jaime Quine is the champion! (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, a disappointed Higa slides out of the ring, then changes her mind and rolls back in. She grabs Jaime's hand to get her attention and there's a tense moment as the two stare each other down, before she joins J-Ro in holding the new champion's hands in the air. (E)</p><p> </p><p>

In the six-man tag, Air Attack Weasel, American Flash and Masked Cougar beat Bullseye, Chet Chavez and Simon Waves. Cougar is the stand-out here, and the match goes pretty much as fans would expect, the three younger guys struggling against the more-established team. Pop Goes The Weasel by AAW on Bullseye is the finish. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J cuts a promo, talking about his pride at being champion and the respect he has for Fox Mask. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Jonnie Perez comes up short in the Tables match for the Xtreme Title, with the announcers selling his exhaustion after the gauntlet match 48 hours earlier. In the end, he has Walls on a table on the outside and goes up top, coming off with a moonsault, only for Walls to slide off and catch him on the way down, chokeslamming him through the table for the win. (A hastily added stunt bump after SOMEONE in our main event decided he didn't feel like taking one at this show...) Walls swaggers off as Perez is stretchered away. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

In a fairly short match, with decent heat, Going Coastal come up just short as they challenge for the COTT tag titles. The experienced team of the Ring Generals are quick to isolate Fernandes and work him over, with the Waldorf Salad Toss taking the victory. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J is off his game in the main event, and there's a change necessitated to the booking when Fox Mask for some reason decides he won't take a stunt bump. The initial plan was for him to wipe out with a tope con hilo to the outside; in the end we compromise by having Donnie J sidestep a Fox Mask charge, with the King of the Zone slamming arm first into the ringpost and spilling to the outside, screaming in pain. Donnie looks concerned for his rival's health and brings him into the ring, where he tries to pin him, but even in a world of pain, Foxy won't give up, and kicks out. Donnie tells him to stay down, but FM shakes his head, and even nearly snatches a victory with a small package. Eventually, a Death on Miami Beach means the champ retains. ©</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Donnie barely celebrates at all, instead - along with Britney - helping Fox Mask backstage, and looking worried. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>D+ overall.</strong> (Ouch, worst show so far?!)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-show, I praise Higa and Donnie for awesome performances, and Jonnie for being brave and selfless enough to take a bump, unlike some people. (Bitter? Me?)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>BigJay2003 3/7</strong></p><p><strong>

John Lions 2/7</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Thanks for predicting, both. Ummm... I swear I have reasons for all the decisions, even the ones which seem dumb. (Cough Higa not winning...)</p>

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<p>We invite QAW to join the COTT; they're happy to accept. </p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J takes Frankie-Boy Fernandes under his wing as a protege.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CZCW The Next Wave, Sat Week 1 Feb</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p>

I bump my ass off for the debuting Kip Keenan, who throws me around like a rag doll before locking on an MMA-style leglock for the victory. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Diablo Duvak and Waylon Walls beat Alistair Shufflebottom and Cheech Kong, Duvak nailing Shufflebottom with the big head kick for the win. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Jonnie Perez is helped out by two other men. He cuts an emotional promo, saying he WILL be back but he's not sure when doctors will clear him to compete again. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman and Rich and Famous beat Cip Conduit, Tennessee William and Stuntman. This is surprisingly good, partly because the debuting Conduit - working a bad ass gimmick - goes down well with the crowd from a gimmick point of view, even if his in-ring skills leave much to be desired. He shows no fear in going head to head with the more experienced guys, and ends up standing and banging with Coleman, only to be trapped in an ankle brace and forced to tap out. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Danielle Sweetheart and Lily Snyder beat Ariel Breaks and Elsa Calvo, Snyder's Cut-Throat Suplex getting her the win. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

In a poor match with both wrestlers falling short of their expected standards, Air Attack Weasel finishes a packed pre-show with a win over Mercutio Sleep via Air Attack Ace. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Frankie Perez and American Flash beat Simon Waves and Chet Chavez, Perez unloading on both the younger guys showing a fire he hasn't shown for some time. He even blasts Flash with a spinning heel kick at one point, after miscommunication, and seems to barely care that he's floored his partner. The announcers, recording for the upcoming DVD release, remind viewers than it's just 5 days since his brother was hurt badly by Waylon Walls, and Perez bears the look of a man who wants to make the entire world pay. Chavez and Waves are both poor here, but Frankie carries them to a decent match anyway. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

El Mitico Jr teams with Fox Mask to take on Rapido and The Architect. The main story here is Fox Mask's arm injury leading to him doing little other than acting as a cheerleader for El Mitico, and it's clear that the other duo are too much for the young masked man. When Foxy does tag in, he's on fire briefly, punching away left-handed, but an armdrag by Rapido leads to a yell of pain and he's forced to quickly tag back out, leaving a tired El Mitico Jr easy pickings for the Rapido Knee. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Clutch McKane, Deadly Deadshot, Diablo Duvak and Zach Rudge are out with Cliff Anderson. They're the four highest-placed finishers in the fan voting for a battle royal competitor to get a new contract. Anderson announces the results in reverse order - 4th place Clutch, 3rd place Deadshot, 2nd place Diablo - bringing a scream of joy from Rudge, and seeing Diablo sink to his knees in despair. Donnie J and Britney come out, applauding the new signing. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Rudge is in action RIGHT NOW, it's announced, taking on Masked Cougar. He jobs to the Cougar Pounce, but looks reasonable doing so. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

In a four-way number 1 contenders' match for the tag titles, Wild Cats, American Cobras, Notorious and Going Coastal collide. As usual, GC and the ACs focus on each other, and the war is brutal enough that El Jaguar is able to small package Barrera for the win while everyone else is fighting. Cobras are the stand-outs here, though, with CLM seeming off his game. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

The Guru introduces a signing he PERSONALLY went out and made for CZCW - Quentin Queen, the ex-TCW Academy graduate! (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Queen is in action now, and is booked to make an impressive debut, beating Bullseye with the Q-ball. Sadly, he's having a bad day and does NOT impress our fans. (E)</p><p> </p><p>

Backstage, Waylon Walls boasts about how he's considering a new nickname - maybe The Vetenarian, after the way he put the Dirty Dog down? Jonnie Perez's brother, Frankie, overhears and is furious, and the two nearly come to blows, having to be dragged apart. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Fuyuko Higa and Jaime Quine team to beat Electric Dreamer/Aguila Azul Celeste and Simony Sentinel/Gemmei Oonishi. Higa's armbar is more successful than it was at Vendetta, forcing Sentinel to tap. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J comes out to officially announce that he's heard Matt Sparrow is recovered, and he owes him a title shot, so why not go for that - next week! For now, he's got an offer for Sparrow - as a warm-up, maybe the two of them can team against whoever's in the back and wants a match? Sparrow accepts, and the two are quickly joined by Super Ninja, and Amazing Fire Fly! It's clear that these two have both come out here individually, but neither will walk away, so a deeply strange tag team is born. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

The announcers remind us of the staredown at Vendetta after AFF got the win in the battle royal, and the previous match between the pair when Fire Fly had pulled off the shocking upset win. The two start off arguing, with Donnie J finally having to ask Ninja to step aside so we can at least get the match started. He does, and we get a great bout kicking off. For the first few minutes, AFF matches Donnie every step of the way, while Ninja barely seems to acknowledge the match, instead jawing with the fans. He does enter the ring to break a pinfall attempt, though, after Donnie J hits a piledriver which gets 2 and a 1/2, and the champion then walks over to tag in Sparrow and let Ninja make the tag himself. From there on, it's more of a traditional tag match, and Ninja and Fire Fly even show some surprisingly good teamwork at a few points, hitting a gorgeous spinning leg sweep/spinning heel kick combination to get 2 and 3/4 on Sparrow. Eventually, though, Fire Fly falls victim to Matt's Bird Brain Buster. ©</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Ninja berates Fire Fly for the loss, and Sparrow and Donnie quickly get in his way, ensuring the pair don't end up coming to blows. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Overall rating: D+</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

We seem to be taking a beating on production values, so upgrade music and live event experience. Now we just need to worry about going bankrupt...</p><p> </p><p>

Over in Japan, working for WLW, Frankie Perez sustains a herniated spinal disc!<strong> ARGH!!</strong></p>

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You mean <em>Waylon hired some goons</em> and had Frankie ambushed in Japan, right? <img alt=";)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/wink.png.686f06e511ee1fbf6bdc7d82f6831e53.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> Some easy storytelling there.
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="John Lions" data-cite="John Lions" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45670" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>You mean <em>Waylon hired some goons</em> and had Frankie ambushed in Japan, right? <img alt=";)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/wink.png.686f06e511ee1fbf6bdc7d82f6831e53.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> Some easy storytelling there.</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I like your thought processes. More on that to follow in a future show. <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><p> <strong>CZCW The Next Wave, Sat Week 2 Feb</strong></p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p> J-Ro and Danielle Sweetheart win a four-way tag match, beating Gemmei Oonishi/Ariel Breaks, Lily Snyder/Natalie DiMarco and Electric Dreamer/Simony Sentinel when Danielle's super kick downs Dreamer. J-Ro debuts an awesome spot in which she counters a superplex attempt into a top rope powerbomb. (D) </p><p> </p><p> Al Coleman and Kip Keenan beat Reggie Bishop/Stuntman (a terrible team) and Tennessee William/Cip Conduit. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> Fox Mask, Super Ninja, and Diablo Duvak beat Copperhead, Aldous Blackfriar and Zack Rudge in a match where Fox Mask barely steps in the ring, again selling the arm injury. Blackfriar as a cult leader and Copperhead as his acolyte have great crowd reactions. Duvak's head kick on Copperhead gives his team the win. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> In a dire match, Notorious beat Jonah Pilgrim/Miller Fforde and Drop Kix/Cheech Kong, Barrera's Drop Off defeating Pilgrim. (E+)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p> Masked Cougar beats Quentin Queen, American Flash and El Mitico Jr. Queen is having an off night, and drags the match down a little, but it's still very very good. He eats the pinfall after a Cougar Pounce. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> Britney Hollywood and Fuyuko Higa come down to the ring together. Translating for the Japanese star, Britney says that Fuyuko knows there's a number one contender's match next week for the women's title, but she's requesting NOT to be entered into it - because she's heard that J-Ro will be taking a break from CZCW soon, and she wants to face her one-on-one in March before she goes! Rodriguez comes out and, smiling, accepts. (D)</p><p> </p><p> In a surprisingly good Xtreme title match, carried by Amazing Fire Fly, Waylon Walls retains his belt vs Fire Fly, Architect, Simon Waves and Rapido. End comes when The Architect looks to have a Boston Crab locked onto Walls, only for Kip Keenan to take advantage of the referee being distracted by the other three brawling and to slide into the ring and attack The Architect, powerbombing him and pulling Walls on top. The commentators are FURIOUS here, loudly exclaiming that this kind of thing doesn't happen in the Zone! (D+)</p><p> </p><p> The American Cobras win a three-way vs myself and Air Attack Weasel, and Going Coastal. In a change from every other Cobras/Coastal clash, the four of them actually team up at the start to attack me and AAW so they can get on with fighting each other. Eventually, Malloy's Cobra Strike beats CLM. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> Waylon Walls gives a backstage interview. "Beating Jonnie Perez so bad I don't think he'll ever come back? Yeah, that's XTREME. Having the brains to get an insurance policy like Kip Keenan? Also XTREME." (D-)</p><p> </p><p> Fuyuko Higa beats Claire Winters with a Higa Green Driver and WOW, anything Higa touches is gold. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> Masked Cougar gives an interview calling out Walls. "I don't have a problem with you putting my friend Jonnie Perez through a table - there's a tradition in the Zone that you go as far as you need to, within the rules, to win. But there's also a tradition that after the match you respect your opponent, and to BOAST about hospitalising him? Or to do what you did earlier, and get someone to sneak attack an opponent because you can't win fairly? That's not XTREME. That's being a damn coward." Given this is basically Frankie Perez's script hastily rewritten when he was shelved for seven months, Cougar nails it. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> Rich and Famous beat the Wild Cats in a match that exceeds my expectations significantly; Jordan and Idol are looking damn good these days. Cash In by Jordan on Jaguar stops the former champions from regaining the belt. (C-)</p><p> </p><p> OUCH. Main event is overshadowed by nearly ALL of the previous matches, Donnie can't go all out for quarter of an hour and the pair of he and Sparrow just don't work well together. The champ retains with Death on Miami Beach, but this is a poor main event. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> <strong>D+ overall again.</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Post-show, California Love Machine suggests I should let Keenan loose on a mic soon. Super Ninja reminds me he's getting old and tired, so can't work too much. (Old and tired enough to actually put someone over? I won't hold my breath...)</p>
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<p><strong>CZCW The Next Wave, Sat Week 3 Feb</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Pre-show</em></p><p> </p><p>

Going Coastal win a three-way, beating Copperhead/Blackfriar and Freedom Eagle/Bradley Blaze. BOTH members of the winning team look poor here; this is not a good way to open the show. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Fuyuko Higa, J-Ro and Jaime Quine team to beat Claire Winters, Ariel Breaks and the debuting Maria Guest, whose bubbly babyface character gets a lot of cheers. Having said that, the crowd are still happy to chant "Higa's gonna kill you" at her when she's in the ring with the Japanese star. Quine takes the pinfall over the debutant with the KO Kick. (D+)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J kicks things off with a killer promo. "I've tried to be the best champion I can be, and to take on as many challenges as I can. Now, it's my turn to make a challenge. Nicolas Lopes, I hear you're going to be joining us for a night. So how about you bring that COTT gold belt, I'll bring this one, and we'll go title vs title?" (B)</p><p> </p><p>

Kip Keenan and Rich and Famous beat Rapido, El Mitico Jr and Quentin Queen. Idol's Reality Check on Queen gets the victory. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

The big story, though, is post-match, as Keenan scoops up the former TCW trainee and hits him with a vicious powerbomb off the apron through a ringside table. Even Rich and Famous, no strangers to rule-breaking, are looking less than happy here, while the Guru is devastated to see the man he brought in a few weeks ago lying motionless. Waylon Walls comes out, though, to applaud, while he's accompanied by a man familiar to long-term wrestling fans - Travis Century! (E)</p><p> </p><p>

In the number 1 contenders' match for the Women's title, Danielle Sweetheart defeats Lily Snyder and Natalie DiMarco, superkicking DiMarco. Joanne Rodriguez, commentating, puts over how honoured she is that Fuyuko Higa turned down the chance to compete in this match to take her on one-on-one in just over a week's time, but says she's sure Higa will be in the title hunt soon. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Diablo Duvek comes out and begs Cliff Anderson for another chance to get on the roster. "I came second in the battle royal, and second in the fan voting. And I didn't get two chances, unlike nearly everyone else who had a four-way match as well as that battle royal." Cliff says he'll consider the request. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman and Bullseye beat me and Chet Chavez, Coleman making Chet tap to the ankle brace. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Coleman heads backstage where he finds interviewer Britney Hollywood. "Hey, you have this new gig as an interviewer. I want an interview RIGHT NOW." She starts to respond, but he interrupts her.</p><p> </p><p>

"Ask me how it feels to sit around, cooling my heels, because this federation doesn't recognise talent when it sees it, while Fox Mask gets more title shots in a month than I have matches, and even when he's injured, he still gets booked." </p><p> </p><p>

She obediently repeats the question. "IT FEELS LIKE A CROCK OF <BLEEP>," he screams. "Fox Mask, get in the ring with me and I will BREAK your goddamn arm." Coleman is looking irate, and towers over a scared-looking Britney, but there's a huge crowd pop as Fuyuko Higa walks out of the dressing room and walks over to the two, staring down Coleman. Coleman glowers, then walks off, only to bump into Donnie J. "Hey," the champ says, "Weird that you're calling Foxy out on the ONE DAY he's not here." Coleman ignores him, and walks off. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Carlos Barrera beats the Architect and American Flash, hitting Curb Your Enthusiasm on Flash. The Notorious member is not looking good here. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Travis Century brings out Keenan and Walls to formally introduce himself as their new representative. "Just to show Donnie J that he's not the only fighting champion around here, Waylon Walls is calling out the Wild Cats!" El Jaguar and Tigre Salvaje Jr come out, but before a triple threat can start, Century shakes his head. "You two, mano y mano. Winner takes on Waylon RIGHT AWAY." (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Tigre Salvaje Jr wins the clash of the Wild Cats, with a Salvaje Suplex, in a fun sprint. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, the two clasp hands and El Jaguar gets ready to support his tag partner in the title shot, only for Century to shake his head and talk to the referee. The ref shrugs, and sends El Jaguar to the back, as Century smugly holds up a pair of managers' licenses - the commentators explain that it looks like he and Keenan have them, and are allowed to be present, whereas Jaguar doesn't. This is a wild brawl, with Walls throwing everything at Salvaje but the crowd firmly behind the masked man. The end comes when the ref is distracted by Century, allowing Keenan to climb in the ring and target Salvaje - only for Masked Cougar to come out of the crowd, and leap into the ring! Cougar Pounce on Keenan sends both men to the outside! Salvaje grabs Walls, Salvaje Suplex! The ref turns around, and we have a new Xtreme champion! (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Walls, Century, and Keenan are besides themselves, and it looks like they're about to attack Cougar and Salvaje, but El Jaguar runs out for the save and there's a stand-off. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

In a match with tag teams selected by fan votes, Amazing Fire Fly and Super Ninja find themselves paired up again. Their opponents are Air Attack Weasel/Simon Waves, and Donnie J/Zach Rudge. While the masked duo clearly still don't like each other, we see some sweet double-teams, and they look surprisingly good together. In the end, they take home the victory, Ninja Strike on Waves for the win. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>C- overall</strong>. Who needs Fox Mask anyway?!</p>

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<p><strong>CZCW The Next Wave, Sat Week 4 Feb</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman beats Hawkeye Calhoun via armbar. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Aldous Blackfriar, Copperhead and Matt Sparrow team to defeat Mosher, Jonah Pilgrim and Bradley Blaze. Blackfriar's Batwing beats Mosher. (D-)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

Foxy and Amazing Fire Fly are sent out there to pop the crowd, and to show what Foxy can do now he's not selling the arm injury as much. They absolutely deliver in one of our best matches of the year, Fox Hunter getting Mask the win. ©</p><p> </p><p>

J-Ro comes down and asks for Higa and Britney to join her. She explains that in all her years as a top star in CZCW womens' division, she never got a chance to main event, and she really doesn't want that to happen to Higa - so she's asking Cliff Anderson to let them team together in tonight's main, since Donnie J has the night off! Cliff agrees. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Fox Mask officially accepts Coleman's challenge for Monday night. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

The Wild Cats beat me and Rapido in a short match, Jaguar Suplex on me getting the win. I should probably think about retiring soon. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, the Cats embrace, before El Jaguar says that he enjoyed last week's match so much that on Monday, they should do it again - in a ladder match, for the Xtreme title Tigre just won! Tigre accepts. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Danielle Sweetheart and Natalie DiMarco beat the debuting Nami Genda (here on an excursion from her native Japan) and Ariel Breaks, Sweetheart's Super Kick pinning Genda. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman teams with Rich and Famous to defeat El Mitico Jr and Flash Sparrow, Coleman's armbar making Mitico tap out. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Coleman sneeringly tells Fox Mask that HE will be facing the armbar in 2 nights' time. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

In a decent main, Higa and J-Ro show great chemistry and good teamwork to beat Claire Winters and Lily Snyder. Higa Green Driver takes care of Winters. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

We end up with a video segment to promote Donnie J vs Nicolas Lopes. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>C- overall.</strong></p><p> </p><p>

2nd in the regional battle, thankfully losing to fellow alliance members AAA. More worryingly, lost $30,000 this month. Oops. It's a good job J-Ro's not in too many of our plans for a while...</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>CZCW Uprising Preview</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

In a title vs title bout, Donnie J will put his Coastal Zone Championship up against Nicolas Lopes's COTT World Heavyweight title!</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman will go head to head with a legend of the Zone, Fox Mask! Coleman is bitter over his recent lack of appearances, and has sworn he'll break the arm which Fox Mask injured against Donnie J at Vendetta, in revenge for the spotlight being given to the popular masked man so much.</p><p> </p><p>

Jaime Quine will defend her women's title against Danielle Sweetheart.</p><p> </p><p>

Waylon Walls will fight against Masked Cougar, who's out for revenge on behalf of his friend Jonnie Perez. But we've had word that while Kip Keenan and Travis Century are in the corner of Walls, ANYONE who enters the ringside area without a manager's license will lose their CZCW contract!</p><p> </p><p>

Also in the women's division, Fuyuko Higa will get her wish, and take on the legend Joanne Rodriguez one-on-one!</p><p> </p><p>

In an elimination match for the number 1 contendership to the Coastal Zone Championship title, four men will collide! Air Attack Weasel, Matt Sparrow, Super Ninja and Amazing Fire Fly. Fire Fly is the fastest rising star in CZCW at the moment, it's fair to say, and all eyes will be on he and Super Ninja, who've had problems with each other but have also done surprisingly well as partners, taking Donnie J and Matt Sparrow to the limit and then defeating Donnie/Zach Rudge and AAW/Simon Waves in a three-way.</p><p> </p><p>

Rich and Famous will take on hand-picked opponents in a tag-title match. The duo have said that both of their opponents are former tag team champions in the Zone, leading to lots of speculation. (If you're trying to guess who they could be, full list of wrestlers that applies to - Going Coastal, American Cobras, Flash Sparrow, Mikey James, Frankie Perez, Marc Speed, Al Coleman, Insane Machine, Citizen X, Flying Jimmy Foxx, Snap Dragon, Gilberts, Donnie J, Jimmy P, Primal Rage.</p><p> </p><p>

The Wild Cats will go head to head, as El Jaguar challenges friend and partner Tigre Salvaje Jr in a ladder match!</p><p> </p><p>

And in a match for a Coastal Contract, Diablo Duvak, Aldous Blackfriar, Copperhead, Cip Conduit and Stuntman will collide!</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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

</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Fuyuko Higa vs Joanne Rodriguez</p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Contract match: Aldous Blackfriar vs Cip Conduit vs Copperhead vs Diablo Duvak vs Stuntman</p><p> </p><p>

Xtreme title ladder match: Tigre Salvaje Jr © vs El Jaguar</p><p> </p><p>

Tag title match: Rich and Famous © vs ???/???</p><p>

Bonus: Who are the mystery challengers?</p><p> </p><p>

Elimination match for number 1 contendership to Coastal Zone Championship: Air Attack Weasel vs Amazing Fire Fly vs Matt Sparrow vs Super Ninja</p><p> </p><p>

Masked Cougar vs Waylon Walls</p><p> </p><p>

Women's title match: Danielle Sweetheart vs Jaime Quine ©</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman vs Fox Mask</p><p> </p><p>

CZCW Championship vs COTT World Championship: Donnie J (CZCW champion) vs Nicolas Lopes (COTT champion) </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

It'll be a few days until the show itself is posted, would love to see predictions!</p>

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<p><strong>Fuyuko Higa</strong> vs Joanne Rodriguez</p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Contract match: Aldous Blackfriar vs Cip Conduit vs <strong>Copperhead </strong>vs Diablo Duvak vs Stuntman</p><p> </p><p>

Xtreme title ladder match: <strong>Tigre Salvaje Jr © </strong>vs El Jaguar</p><p> </p><p>

Tag title match: <strong>Rich and Famous © </strong>vs ???/???</p><p>

Bonus: Who are the mystery challengers?</p><p> </p><p>

Elimination match for number 1 contendership to Coastal Zone Championship: <strong>Air Attack Weasel </strong> vs Amazing Fire Fly vs Matt Sparrow vs Super Ninja</p><p>


Masked Cougar</strong> vs Waylon Walls</p><p> </p><p>

Women's title match: Danielle Sweetheart vs <strong>Jaime Quine ©</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Al Coleman</strong> vs Fox Mask</p><p> </p><p>

CZCW Championship vs COTT World Championship: <strong>Donnie J (CZCW champion) </strong>vs Nicolas Lopes (COTT champion)</p>

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<p><strong>Fuyuko Higa</strong> vs Joanne Rodriguez</p><p>

<em>Give the rub to the person who is actually on your roster</em></p><p> </p><p>

Coastal Contract match: Aldous Blackfriar vs Cip Conduit vs Copperhead vs <strong>Diablo Duvak</strong> vs Stuntman</p><p>

<em>I think Aldous is the "usual suspect" in this match, but I think Duvak is a better fit for the Coastal Zone</em></p><p> </p><p>

Xtreme title ladder match: <strong>Tigre Salvaje Jr</strong> © vs El Jaguar</p><p>

<em>Anything could happen in this match from teasing a break up, a jealous interfering team, or just a friendly bout. I think it's more likely the title doesn't get hot-shot, though</em></p><p> </p><p>

Tag title match: <strong>Rich and Famous</strong> © vs ???/???</p><p>

Bonus: Who are the mystery challengers?</p><p>

<em>Easy pick would be one of the established teams that isn't booked on this show. I'm going to go with the out-there pick, and choose two former tag champs who don't team together, but are big Zone names and one is possibly out of his contract at this point: Remmy Skye and Flying Jimmy Foxx</em></p><p> </p><p>

Elimination match for number 1 contendership to Coastal Zone Championship: Air Attack Weasel vs Amazing Fire Fly vs Matt Sparrow vs <strong>Super Ninja</strong></p><p>

<em>You being a not spiteful person, I think you give Super Ninja a last shot at the top title before he officially works his way down the card</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Masked Cougar</strong> vs Waylon Walls</p><p>

<em>Man Walls is one of the few guys you have in a fairly important story, I don't see him beating Cougar unless Cougar was poached. I'll say Cougar wins via DQ when his "managers" get involved so he can keep his heat</em></p><p> </p><p>

Women's title match: Danielle Sweetheart vs <strong>Jaime Quine</strong> ©</p><p>

<em>Quine vs Higa will probably be your best match in the Zone at the time of it happening</em></p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman vs <strong>Fox Mask</strong></p><p>

<em>I think there is a real fear of losing the "zone" stars to the poachers in the next coming months, but from what I've seen Fox Match usually sticks around a while. If he needs to fill that veteran void at the top, 2 back to back big losses might be a little hard to recover from</em></p><p> </p><p>

CZCW Championship vs COTT World Championship: <strong>Donnie J</strong> (CZCW champion) vs Nicolas Lopes (COTT champion) </p><p>

<em>Could swerve it here but Donnie J is looking to be your face for a while</em></p><p> </p><p>

On the last show that was posted, did El Mitico Jr wrestle Fox Mask in the opener AND lose the trios match to Rich and Famous and Coleman?</p>

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<p>Fuyuko Higa vs <strong>Joanne Rodriguez</strong></p><p><strong>


Coastal Contract match: Aldous Blackfriar vs<strong> Cip Conduit </strong>vs Copperhead vs Diablo Duvak vs Stuntman</p><p> </p><p>

Xtreme title ladder match: Tigre Salvaje Jr © vs <strong>El Jaguar</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Tag title match: <strong>Rich and Famous</strong> © vs ???/???</p><p>

Bonus: Hmmm.......... Tyrone Gray and Nate DeMarcus</p><p> </p><p>

Elimination match for number 1 contendership to Coastal Zone Championship: Air Attack Weasel vs Amazing Fire Fly vs <strong>Matt Sparrow</strong> vs Super Ninja</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Masked Cougar</strong> vs Waylon Walls</p><p> </p><p>

Women's title match: Danielle Sweetheart vs <strong>Jaime Quine</strong> ©</p><p> </p><p>

Al Coleman vs <strong>Fox Mask</strong></p><p> </p><p>

CZCW Championship vs COTT World Championship: <strong>Donnie J</strong> (CZCW champion) vs Nicolas Lopes (COTT champion)</p>

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On the last show that was posted, did El Mitico Jr wrestle Fox Mask in the opener AND lose the trios match to Rich and Famous and Coleman?


Oops, nice spot. It was Amazing Fire Fly who jobbed to Foxy in the opener; have edited now.


Thanks for the predictions so far everyone. :)

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<div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>CZCW Uprising Monday Week 1 March</strong></p></div><p></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pre-show</span></p><p> </p><p>

American Cobras beat Jonah Pilgrim/Bradley Braze. (D)</p><p> </p><p>

Notorious - with Miguel Rivera off his game - beat Freedom Eagle and Hawkeye Calhoun. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Bullseye, and a mysterious masked man, beat Mercutio Sleep and El Mitico Jr. Bullseye changes to a biker gimmick, which goes down really well. On the negative side, Mercutio Sleep breaks his wrist. (D) </p><p> </p><p>

Claire Winters and Lily Snyder beat Maribel Mercado and Maria Guest. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

I give myself a rare pinfall victory, teaming with American Flash, Zach Rudge, Simon Waves and Rapido to beat The Architect, Drop Kix, Mosher, Chet Chavez and Leftie Wilkes. (D)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Main show</span></p><p> </p><p>

J-Ro cuts a promo, telling the fans how honoured she was to main event a few days ago, but saying she's just as honoured to be opening up here against the best young female talent in the world today. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Higa beats J-Ro in an fantastic back and forth match, with a ton of near-falls for both women before the Higa Green Driver gets the victory. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Britney Hollywood raises Higo's hand and the two high-five before departing the ring, pointing to J-Ro and encouraging her to make the most of her last night here. Rodriguez applauds the fans, as on the outside Higa yells something into the camera - which Brit translates as "Beat that, boys!" J-Ro rolls out, and the three embrace each other before walking backstage. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Aldous Blackfriar beats Copperhead, Diablo Duvak, Stuntman and Cip Conduit to earn a contract, Copperhead taking out Duvak on Blackfriar's orders with a clothesline which sends both men over the top rope, allowing Blackfriar to hit his Batwing on Stuntman. (D-)</p><p> </p><p>

Tigre Salvaje Jr defends his Xtreme title against El Jaguar in a very impressive ladder match, full of great aerial moves, and wrestled in the spirit of a friendly rivalry. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Rich and Famous introduce their challengers, calling for the American Cobras and Going Coastal to come out. The fans get excited at the thought of a three-way, but Jackpot Jordan shakes his head. "Whoa, whoa. We couldn't decide who best deserved the shot out of these WONDERFUL tag teams, so we figured we'd give it to one member of each of you. Up to you who it is, boys." Rich and Famous smirk, as the other four men start frantically discussing who should fight. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

It looks for a while as if R & F's plan has backfired; Storm Spillane and California Love Machine have never teamed before, but you don't wrestle against someone dozens of times without getting a decent sense of what they're going to do. Also, the long rivalry between these two teams has always been about who's the best of the best, rather than a blood feud, and the two men isolate Jordan and make quick tags to keep him well away from his partner. It's a classic heel technique which eventually changes the course of the match, Idol blasting Love Machine from behind as he runs the ropes and then double-teaming him with Jordan. As the referee stops Storm from charging in, Jake manages to pull Jackpot over to make the tag, and takes control from there, eventually getting the win with a piledriver. Excellent bout, though, one of the best of the year for us. ©</p><p> </p><p>

A video hypes up the title vs title match between Nicolas Lopez and Donnie J. (D+)</p><p> </p><p>

In a number one contender's elimination match, Super Ninja and Amazing Fire Fly put aside their differences to show off some flashy double team moves, Ninja pinning Matt Sparrow after a Doomsday Device and Fire Fly hitting an incredible move on Air Attack Weasel with Ninja flapjacking the luchador high into the air, and AFF getting a 540 splash to knock the wind out of Air Attack Weasel and eliminate him. Post-move, the two shake hands - only for Ninja to drag the youngster into a vicious head kick. With the Mexican reeling, Ninja Strike finishes. ©</p><p> </p><p>

Waylon Walls is off his game, but Masked Cougar still carries him to a very watchable match. These two go at it hard, with Cougar needing all of his pace and agility to avoid being hit by too many of the big man's bombs. The end comes as Kip Keenan tries to interfere, only for Diablo Duvak to dive out of the crowd and land that huge head kick to put him down. With Walls distracted, Cougar Pounce finishes things. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Post-match, Walls attacks Cougar again, while Century and a recovered Keenan blast Diablo. Century powerbomb from the apron to the outside finishes the segment, leaving the commentators horrified. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Jaime Quine successfully defends against Danielle Sweetheart in a very good match which goes back and forth, until the KO Kick wins it. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Fox Mask starts his match against Al Coleman looking good, hitting a couple of high-flying maneuvres for two and a half counts, but Coleman fights back into it, relentlessly working over the right arm injured a month ago as Foxy crashed to the outside. Eventually, he manages to win control of the right, and a Fox Mask comeback is aborted as he tries to climb up top only for his arm to fail him, causing him to let go of the rope and slip down. Coleman is back in control from then on, and locks on a vicious armlock, demanding the Zone favourite quits. With the fans chanting his name, Fox Mask refuses to do so - only to pass out through the pain. The referee calls this one as over, and announces Coleman as the winner - but Coleman isn't satisfied, and refuses to let go of the hold! The man in the stripes changes his mind, calling Fox Mask the winner via DQ. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

Going Coastal charge out to make the save, and help Foxy backstage by Going Coastal. (E+)</p><p> </p><p>

Donnie J goes to a double-count out with Nicolas Lopez, meaning both men retain their belts, after a Donnie plancha wipes them both out on the outside. I always think the title match should go on last, but in hindsight, booking this after the Fox Mask injury angle perhaps wasn't the brightest idea; the crowd seem too stunned to get into it. (C-)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>D+ overall.</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

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<strong>Predictions</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

John Lions 7/9</strong></p><p><strong>

Historian 4/9</strong></p>

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