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Introductory Notes


This diary is designed to be written from a perspective of someone outside of the company. I intend to write, for the most part, from the perspective of a journalist-esque character, and so will write as if I do not know everything about the company. This is my first diary attempt, and I do not claim to be any good at writing nor good at booking in TEW. I will update using monthly reviews of shows, company news or anything else I find interesting, posting screenshots of all shows ran in each month. I am booking each show myself in TEW2016. This mod will use Real World Chronicles Continued (November 2018 release, thank you to the hard work and effort that is put into the mod constantly)


A New Journey:

The National Wrestling Federation (NWF) is a new wrestling company set up by a consortium of wealthy businessmen (who wish to remain unknown) in March 2018. The consortium, simply known as the 'NWF Foundation', based out of the Mid-Atlantic region, has stated their ambition to go head-to-head with the top wrestling companies in the world. This would imply that the company will be going after big-name stars, as well as competing financially with the WWE.


All has seemed quiet since the announcement of the company in March, leaving some fans wondering whether the project was still going ahead. On 1st November 2018, however, the NWF Foundation issued the following statement:

Welcome to the National Wrestling Federation. We can only apologise for the long delays in updates on this new and exciting venture since the initial announcement in March. We are excited to announce that, with all the hard work behind the scenes by our partners, we are now ready to begin running shows in December. Over the following days and weeks, we will be announcing new members of the roster, as well as the exciting news that a weekly television programme, NWF Pulse, will debut on SpikeTV in Week 1 of December 2018 in the USA, and on-demand on Netflix internationally. The 'Pulse' TV shows will be accompanied by monthly events, all taking place on the last Sunday of each month. December's event will be named 'Night of Destiny'.


Today, we also unveil the NWF's brand logo, as well as the show logos for NWF Pulse and Night of Destiny:





We hope you are all as excited as we are to finally unveil the plans for NWF going forward, and hope you will join us in watching and enjoying our story unfold.


The NWF Foundation.


November 2018:


Following the November 1st announcement, Bruce Prichard was announced on Twitter as the Head Booker, as well as the on screen General Manager for the NWF. It is thought that the NWF Foundation wished to go with an experienced hand in the wrestling business, but wanted to ensure that the product remained innovative, and this would be shown in the personnel signed both on and off-screen.


The week of this press release proved a very busy one for the NWF, with the announcement of the signing of Brandi Rhodes to an exclusive contract on Wednesday, Week 1 leading to speculation that Cody Rhodes would soon follow, someone who it is thought that the NWF wish to make a top star in the company. The announcement of Brandi was followed up in the few days afterwards with the confirmation of talent such as Rey Fenix, Adam Page, Pentagon Jr and Alberto El Patron. Cody Rhodes was, in fact, confirmed on the Saturday of Week 1.


In perhaps the biggest shock signing in recent history in the wrestling business, UFC Champion Daniel Cormier signed on as the primary colour commentator for the company, confirming rumours that he had wanted to 'dip his toes' into the wrestling business.


In Week 2 of November, an even bigger surprise was unveiled. Paul Heyman, who was not under a written contract with the WWE, signed for the NWF as both a permanent on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. Many other signings were undoubtedly finalised during this period, but the company seems to want to keep some names as out of public knowledge until they appear on-screen.



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<p><strong>December 2018:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 1: NWF Pulse's Inaugural show:</p><p>

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The first show signalled a good start for the young company, with Alberto El Patron stealing the show in the main event, carrying the show to a good overall reaction.</p><p> </p><p>

We also had Paul Heyman introducing his newest client, DB Smith (known elsewhere as Davey Boy Smith, Jr.) and the debut of Ryan Gotch, formerly known in WWE as Simon Gotch.</p><p> </p><p>

Toni Storm vs. Madison Eagles opened the NWF's Women Division, with the pair having a bout that is thought to have exceeded the NWF Foundation's expectations, and as a result the NWF is thought to have high expectations for the Women's division, portraying it as equal to the Men's Main Event.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 2: NWF Pulse:</p><p>

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This week's show saw El Patron announce a 4-way elimination match for next week's main event after beating down the debuting Cody Rhodes. The final 2 competitors in the match will face-off for the NWF World Heavyweight title at Night of Destiny, with the eventual winner of the bout deciding the stipulation of the match at the Pay-Per-View event.</p><p>

Scarlett Bordeaux also debuted in NWF, carrying over her 'Smokeshow' gimmick from Impact Wrestling, a persona which Bruce Prichard is thought to rate highly, hence the continuation of the gimmick in NWF. This was rewarded with a very good reception for the character, despite the slight reduction in match quality compared to the women's bout last week on Pulse.</p><p> </p><p>

A short vignette for Damien Stevens (Sandow) was also played during the transition to the main event.</p><p>

While Cody managed to fight off Chavo Guerrero in his first match in the company, Brandi's debut in the women's division was a loss to Mercedes Martinez.</p><p> </p><p>

Former WWE Star PAC also made an appearance this week, and it is thought that he too has signed an exclusive contract with the company. He defeated the youngster Anthony Bennett, who was brought in as an enhancement talent, quickly and efficiently.</p><p> </p><p>

DB Smith and Paul Heyman's on-screen partnership was also further developed, with Heyman hyping up DB Smith as a future star.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 3: NWF Pulse:</p><p>

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This week's show opened with Tenille (fka as Emma) defeating Allison Kay. Following her victory, Tenille was placed in an NWF Women's title match at Night of Destiny against Mercedes Martinez. It is thought that the company scrambled to get a title made for the women's division following the impressive reactions to the women's division over the first 2 weeks of programming, and this was the reason for the hot-shotting of a match at the PPV event.</p><p> </p><p>

Rick Rougeau (son of former WWE Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion, Jacques 'The Mountie' Rougeau, real name Cedric Rougeau) was brought in to face a local talent John Skyler, in a tryout match for Rougeau, who stands at 6'7". NWF officials are thought to be satisfied with his performance, and he has since signed a deal with the company.</p><p> </p><p>

Heyman and Smith then assaulted the debuting MVP following his introductory promo to the audience. MVP stated that he wanted to cement himself as a recognisable 'Hall of Famer' during his NWF tenure. Whether he will achieve this goal or not remains to be seen.</p><p> </p><p>

Pentagon Jr, under the name 'El Penta Zero' also faced Rocky Romero.</p><p> </p><p>

Following Matt Jackson's concussion in a match in Ring of Honor versus The Addiction, he has been out of action, but the NWF wanted The Young Bucks to make an appearance on TV, as they feel they are big names who can draw in the hardcore viewers and so the company wanted to make it known that The Bucks have also signed exclusive contracts with the NWF.</p><p> </p><p>

This week's Main Event, as advertised, was the 4-way for the PPV match spots. Rey Fenix and Ted DiBiase Jr were the unannounced competitors, but the match did not meet backstage officials' expectations. Cody Rhodes won the match, and thus the chance to choose the stipulation for his title match against Alberto El Patron at Night of Destiny.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 4: NWF Pulse:</p><p>

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Chavo Guerrero's first victory in the company, against Rocky Romero, opened this week's show.</p><p>

Scarlett Bordeaux again played up her 'Smokeshow' character, by insulting Tessa Blanchard's looks during Blanchard's promo.</p><p> </p><p>

Matt Sydal's scheduled match against Hangman Page was cancelled following a pre-match attack by Ryan Gotch. Following the show, Sydal confirmed on social media that he had requested, and been granted, a chance at retribution with a match against Gotch at Night of Destiny.</p><p> </p><p>

Tessa Blanchard's promo was followed up by a match against Madison Eagles, which she won. She then called out Bordeaux, challenging her to a match at the PPV on Sunday. This was again thought to be a result of the company deciding to push the women's division heavily and thus wanted to get another women's match onto the PPV card.</p><p> </p><p>

Cody Rhodes then taunted Alberto El Patron, and confirmed that his chosen stipulation was a steel cage match. The NWF confirmed that they would use classic steel cage rules. That is, only a pinfall or submission can end the match.</p><p> </p><p>

Jay Lethal then defeated a debuting Carlito, which was followed up by an announcement of a 4-way match at Night of Destiny for the NWF United States Championship. Unlike the late addition of the women's match, the announcement of the US title match was intentionally left until the last show, in order to create a 'surprise moment' on the Pulse TV show ahead of the NWF's first big event. The 4 confirmed competitors for the match are Jay Lethal, El Penta Zero, Damien Stevens and PAC. PAC is thought to be the company's early favourite to win the US Title, but plans are subject to change.</p><p> </p><p>

MVP then defeated Ted DiBiase Jr., in a match designed to boost MVP's stock ahead of the match with DB Smith at Night of Destiny.</p><p> </p><p>

Sunday Week 4: NWF Night of Destiny:</p><p>

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The Night of Destiny event opened with the NWF US Title bout, which was one-fall-to-the-finish. Despite PAC being the company's early favourite, it was decided that his title victory should be built to, and thus he lost the match, being pinned by eventual winner, Damien Stevens. He then attacked Stevens after the match, alluding to a longer-term programme between the two.</p><p> </p><p>

Rob Van Dam was also shown as being in attendance at the show, but it is unknown whether he has signed with the company or not. Reports have suggested that, if he was to sign, he would only play a part-time role and would not feature prominently week-to-week.</p><p> </p><p>

DB Smith then defeated MVP. DB Smith is someone that higher-ups in the company are high on and his push is expected to be maintained, especially due to his new partnership with Paul Heyman.</p><p> </p><p>

Scarlett Bordeaux then defeated Tessa Blanchard with a roll-up. Blanchard had been on top in the match but was quickly pinned by Scarlett.</p><p> </p><p>

Chavo Guerrero then cut a bitter promo, demanding not to be overlooked in NWF, as he is better than everyone on the roster. This is thought to be part of a new bitter veteran gimmick which will play out over the next few months.</p><p> </p><p>

Ryan Gotch then defeated Matt Sydal. Company officials are thought to be keeping a close eye over Gotch, due to his past behavioural issues in WWE, but is someone that they believe has the right tools to be an important member of the roster, despite not being someone they think can be a top star.</p><p> </p><p>

Mercedes Martinez then defeated Tenille for the NWF Women's Championship.</p><p> </p><p>

A special episode of 'Being the Elite' then debuted on the event, played through the screen in the arena. This was met with a relatively lukewarm reaction by the fans, although did signal that The Addiction, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels, have signed with NWF. It is thought that a long programme between The Bucks and The Addiction will follow, based around Matt Jackson's injury during their match with The Addiction in ROH.</p><p> </p><p>

Alberto El Patron then defeated Cody Rhodes in the main event, becoming the first ever NWF World Heavyweight Champion. Having signed Patron on a pay-per-appearance deal initially, the company have been pleased with his performances and are looking to reward him with a written deal and a 1-year contract extension, designed to prevent other large companies from swooping in and taking their champion.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Also in December:</strong></p><p>

Following the contract expiry of long-tenured WWE star Heath Miller (Slater), he has signed with the NWF on a long-term deal. This is one of the few attempts by the NWF to poach WWE employees, with Paul Heyman being a successful example. Tom Phillips and Patrick Clark, known as The Velveteen Dream, were other examples who decided to stick with the WWE over the NWF.</p><p>

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<p>NWF: Disaster Strikes - January 2019</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>January 2019</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 1: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Matt Sydal opens the show, claiming that Ryan Gotch got lucky at Night of Destiny. He intends to prove himself in NWF and show he is still a great wrestler. Sydal faces and beats Carlito Colon.</p><p> </p><p>

Rick Rougeau comes down to the ring to show off his muscles, flexing and posing like a bodybuilder. Anthony Bennett interrupts him but is quickly beaten and passes out to Rougeau’s sleeper hold. Matt Striker and Daniel Cormier hype up Rick Rougeau’s dominance over Bennett.</p><p> </p><p>

A vignette is shown to promote the Young Buck’s in-ring debut tonight. The Bucks were alleged to be unscripted for this promo, but failed in their attempts to hype up the crowd. The company should think twice next time before allowing them to go off-script.</p><p> </p><p>

Tenille faces the debuting Nicole Matthews, who comes out as a patriotic Canadian, trying to irritate the crowd, who reacted well to her attempts. Tenille’s in-ring work was not to her usual standard, but she still managed to pick up the win.</p><p> </p><p>

The Brooklyn Bruisers (Shad Gaspard and Jayson Paul) are announced as the Buck’s opponents for tonight. They talk down the Bucks and try to ‘get in their heads’, the crowd boos them as they go off-screen.</p><p> </p><p>

Cody Rhodes comes out to apologise to the fans for failing to defeat Alberto El Patron however promises to win the title for them soon. Sources say the NWF will continue with Rhodes vs. Patron for the next couple of months. Cody also seems to be getting more into the groove of playing his character, and this may in part be due to the good on-screen chemistry between himself and Brandi.</p><p> </p><p>

The Bucks come out for their match and defeat the Brooklyn Bruisers in the main event. The tag team bout continues the trend of the Bucks failing to live up to expectations in their segments, and this brought the crowd down a little towards the end of the show. The NWF remain hopeful that, with the right opponent, the Bucks will finally hit their stride and begin to show why they have garnered such a good reputation, as well as such a heavy pay check.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 2: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Rick Rougeau, who seems to be being pushed hard by the NWF recently, opens the show with a match against Chris Melendez. Rougeau quickly dismantled his opponent and tapped him with a Sleeper in under 5 minutes. Rougeau continued to hold him in the Sleeper post-match, and the official struggled to separate him before Melendez was choked out. Rougeau celebrated his destruction of Melendez.</p><p> </p><p>

Tessa Blanchard vs. Allison Kay was next on the show. Tessa won again, but was confronted by Scarlett Bordeaux post-match, who now took to insulting Tessa’s family, and claiming that she is only here because of her father, not her talent, or her looks. Scarlett Bordeaux again impressed in this segment.</p><p> </p><p>

Christopher Daniels then faced Rocky Romero, whom he defeated in under 10 minutes. Daniels impressed in the ring, and despite his age, is seen an important member of the NWF roster going forward.</p><p> </p><p>

This loss marked Romero’s 3rd in a row, and he showed his frustrations after the match. Old tag team partner, Greg (Trent) Barretta, calmed Romero and reunited The Vice.</p><p> </p><p>

Alberto El Patron then made his first appearance since winning the title, issuing an open challenge to ‘anyone but Cody Rhodes’ and claiming that he is the greatest performer in the world today. In an unexpected move, El Patron promised to put his title on the line to the challenger. Rich Swann accepted the challenge but was defeated after putting on a good match.</p><p> </p><p>

In between the issuing of the challenge and the match itself, a short hype video was played for DB Smith. He is another member of the roster that the NWF upper management sees as a future main event player in the company, but remain wary of the fact that it hasn’t worked out for him in other companies despite his potential.</p><p> </p><p>

This show has been seen by many as the best weekly show NWF have put on so far, and the company will hopefully continue to improve as everything settles and storylines fall into place. This is highlighted in the highest TV rating so far, with the show garnering over 1.4m viewers worldwide.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 3: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Chavo Guerrero complains about having to face an ‘inexperienced rookie’ in Rich Swann, despite Swann’s 10 years of in-ring experience. Chavo defeated Swann, but looked to be slowed down by injuries. It was confirmed after the show that he sustained a sprained shoulder, but still managed to hit a Gory Bomb to end the match. Rich Swann was thought to be to blame for the injury, and he had a bit of heat backstage afterwards, as well as clear tension between Guerrero and Swann, despite the injury only keeping Chavo out of action for a few days. We have been informed that Guerrero should be fit and ready for the next TV show on Tuesday.</p><p> </p><p>

The show cut backstage while Chavo received medical attention in the ring, with PAC requesting a shot at the US Title against Damien Stevens. GM Bruce Prichard gave him a #1 contender’s match against Jay Lethal in tonight’s main event.</p><p> </p><p>

Mercedes Martinez then cut a promo, taunting Tenille and hyping herself up in a good segment.</p><p> </p><p>

MVP then defeated Ryan Gotch with a Playmaker, after Matt Sydal ran to ringside to distract Gotch. After the match, Gotch started wrecking the ringside area in anger and frustration. This was supposedly unscripted and may have led to a talking to backstage.</p><p> </p><p>

While the ring area was repaired, Tessa Blanchard was interviewed by Matt Striker. Tessa stated that, given the chance, she would ‘rip Scarlett Bordeaux’s head off of her pretty little shoulders’, in another good segment for the women’s division.</p><p> </p><p>

Damien Stevens then joined the commentary team for the main event, announcing that next week’s main event would be himself and Cody Rhodes teaming up against PAC and Alberto El Patron.</p><p> </p><p>

In a very good match, PAC defeated Jay Lethal. The quality of wrestling, combined with the heat from the crowd, ensured this was one of the better NWF matches thus far.</p><p> </p><p>

The NWF shows have been nothing if not consistent, with all shows maintaining a good, but not great, overall quality. While the presentation is flashy and expensive, the talent, or the creative team, must take the next step in ensuring that the product reaches a level worthy of the investments made. Despite this, viewership remained almost exactly level with the high of 1.44m last week.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 4: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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The talent may have listened to our plea for them to step up in last week’s review, as this show was one of the better Pulse episodes NWF have produced so far. Viewership again remained constant, hitting another 1.4m in the ratings.</p><p> </p><p>

Rich Swann defeats Jayson Paul in the opening match. Post-match, Swann is blindsided by Chavo Guerrero with a steelchair in hand. Guerrero beats Swann with the chair, and he has to be stretchered out of the arena.</p><p> </p><p>

MVP challenges DB Smith to a rematch at NWF Disaster Strikes.</p><p> </p><p>

Scarlett Bordeaux ‘performs a smokeshow’ for the audience, dedicating the performance to Tessa Blanchard, in a clear attempt to anger Tessa.</p><p> </p><p>

Mercedes Martinez faces Toni Storm in a match that got some decent time on the show. At 11 minutes, Mercedes hit a Fisherman’s Buster for the win.</p><p> </p><p>

Tenille comes down to the ring to confront Mercedes Martinez. The two have a staredown, and Martinez raises the title above her head in a show of confidence.</p><p> </p><p>

Matt Striker chases Chavo Guerrero down backstage to question why he assaulted Rich Swann. Chavo replies saying ‘nobody gets away with crossing me like Swann did last week’ and walks off laughing.</p><p> </p><p>

DB Smith and Paul Heyman then agree that while MVP’s challenge to a rematch is ‘comedic’, they accept as they have ‘nothing to lose from beating the old man again’.</p><p> </p><p>

The tag team main event goes ahead as advertised, and is a phenomenal match. El Patron carries the match again, but this is clearly all-around the best NWF match so far. Cody Rhodes picks up the victory with a Beautiful Disaster kick on PAC.</p><p> </p><p>

Sunday Week 4: NWF Disaster Strikes:</p><p> </p><p>

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The show opens with MVP vs. DB Smith II. A good (but not great) match, aided by Paul Heyman’s ringside work. MVP catches Smith with a cradle and pins him. Heyman and Smith are in shock after the match.</p><p> </p><p>

Scarlett Bordeaux then dances her way down to the ring seductively. Before she gets in the ring, Tessa attacks her in her rage and the match is called off.</p><p> </p><p>

Damien Stevens vs. PAC for the US Title is next. The match starts strong and only improves. PAC nearly pins Stevens a few times, but gets frustrated before he can get the 3-count and gets accidentally disqualified. Stevens retains the title.</p><p> </p><p>

Heath Miller shows up and announces officially that he has signed with NWF. He is portrayed as ‘Rockstar’ Heath Miller.</p><p> </p><p>

In an impromptu match, Rick Rougeau faced Rey Fenix. Rougeau wins with his patented sleeper hold. It is thought that the NWF higher-ups wanted to give Rougeau a chance against a stronger opponent, and he made the most of his shot, making this his best match to date.</p><p> </p><p>

Chavo Guerrero enters the ring and laughs at how weak Rich Swann is for not being here tonight. To his surprise, Swann limps down the ramp and confronts Guerrero. Swann offers Chavo a match against him at next month’s PPV event, with a No-DQ stipulation. Chavo rejects stating that Swann doesn’t deserve his time.</p><p> </p><p>

The women’s title match is next, with Mercedes Martinez facing Tenille in a rematch from last month. Martinez again defeats Tenille in an average match. The women’s division in NWF needs spicing up, as the current crop simply lack the popularity to draw big money.</p><p> </p><p>

The Addiction taunt the Bucks, stating they’ve been nothing more than disappointing so far. The Bucks do not respond.</p><p> </p><p>

In a match better than their last, Cody Rhodes and Alberto El Patron tore the house down at Disaster Strikes. Given 25 minutes, this pair pulled off a great match, which was won by El Patron’s Cross Armbar. Del Rio held the Armbar long after the bell had rung, trying to break Cody’s arm. Cody received medical attention and the commentators announced that Cody was being taken to a local hospital for treatment, with a suspected separated shoulder. It is unknown what the plan after tonight’s event is with Cody, as it is not clear whether the injury is a work, or an opportunity for him to rest and heal some lingering injury problems.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Also in January</strong></p><p>

Sources say that NWF performed very well financially in their first active month, running a profit of over $500,000, with most of this coming from the PPV revenue generated by Night of Destiny. This trend continued in January, with a profit of around $415,000 being reported. This healthy start to life will only push the owners into investing more and more money into the company going forward.</p><p> </p><p>

The release of the End of Year Awards in January is always a moment to look forward to for wrestling fans. This year, Wrestler of the Year was awarded to Hiroshi Tanahashi, who wins this accolade for the 4th time. New Japan dominated the awards, but WWE’s The Bar won Tag Team of the Year. NWF, unsurprisingly, did not feature in any category.</p><p> </p><p>

Chris Jericho fractured his elbow working a NJPW show, and will be out of action for around 2 months.</p><p> </p><p>

John Cena will be a notable WWE absentee in the coming months, as he has agreed to take a major part in a Hollywood film. He will leave to film in 3 months.</p><p> </p><p>

Alberto El Patron put pen to paper on a new exclusive contract with NWF. He is reportedly earning around $20k a month and will remain with the company until 2021.</p><p> </p><p>

Christopher Daniels has taken Anthony Bennett as a protégé. NWF officials hope Bennett will gain something from the process, given Daniels’ experience, but still see him as little more than enhancement talent.</p><p> </p><p>

NWF are considering moving for a deal with Dave Bautista for a one-off match at the show they are planning to utilise as their ‘season finale’ in August; Fade to Black. They would prefer to slowly develop their own talent such as DB Smith and Rick Rougeau, while keeping established independent stars such as Jay Lethal, Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks towards the top of the card come August-time, but are considering the potential drawing power a name such as Bautista could have.</p><p> </p><p>

Also on NWF’s shopping list is Kenny Omega, but the NJPW star has been lighting up Japan in recent months as the reigning IWGP Heavyweight champion. Omega has shown little interest in moving back to North America, but time will tell if he can be persuaded by the resources at NWF’s disposal.</p><p> </p><p>

The company are also aware that the roster may become too bloated, and with only 1 hour of TV time per week may seek to either reduce the number of contracted workers, increase the running time of Pulse, or add a second TV show to the mix. These plans are thought to still be a long way away at the moment, but has been creating food for thought within the company's management.</p>

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<p>NWF: Long Way Down - February 2019</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>February 2019</strong></p><p><strong>


Tuesday Week 1: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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The Vice have their first match in the NWF, facing off against the Brooklyn Bruisers. Rocky Romero finally got his first win in the company, and Greg Barretta celebrated with him post-match.</p><p> </p><p>

Alberto Patron then comes out to brag about his decimation of Cody Rhodes’ shoulder last night. Cody did not appear on this show and it is still unknown when he will return. Patron’s promo was excellent, and he continues to impress in NWF, with this segment being the clear highlight of this week’s show.</p><p> </p><p>

NWF recognised that the women’s division needed room to grow and brought in Mayu Iwatani from Japan in order to address this problem. Iwatani’s stock in the US has skyrocketed in recent months, as Stardom managed to improve their distribution in the States. As one of Stardom’s biggest names, NWF hope she will transition well to the American style. She debuted tonight against Madison Eagles, in a very good match, which Iwatani won in 12 minutes.</p><p> </p><p>

PAC storms into Bruce Prichard’s office, and complained about the ‘crooked’ referee who disqualified him at Disaster Strikes. Prichard tells him the decision was justified and informs PAC that he will not receive another title match.</p><p> </p><p>

Nick Jackson then faced former WWE wrestler Trevor Murdock. Setting up the post-match promo, where he called out The Addiction for a match on Pulse next week. General Manager, Bruce Prichard has since announced that next week’s show will include Matt Jackson vs. Christopher Daniels, followed the next week by Nick Jackson vs. Frankie Kazarian.</p><p> </p><p>

Heath Miller debuted in NWF, following the confirmation of his signing on Sunday. He faced Carlito, who he swiftly beat in the main event, capping off another good show.</p><p> </p><p>

This week’s show performed exceptionally well in the ratings, and this may be due to a knock-on effect from the success of NWF Disaster Strikes. The company pulled in 1.9m viewers this week, a 30% increase on last week’s show.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 2: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Alberto El Patron opens the show, again hyping up his actions against Cody Rhodes. He refuses to defend the title at Long Way Down, as ‘no one is worthy’ of wrestling him. He is an aristocrat, he says, and that means he’s better than everyone else.</p><p> </p><p>

In another showcase match for recent signing Mayu Iwatani, she defeated Allison Kay in 8 minutes. It is thought that NWF may push Iwatani quickly, and are considering her as Mercedes Martinez’s opponent at the next PPV.</p><p> </p><p>

Rich Swann then called out Chavo Guerrero again, demanding that he face him at Long Way Down. Chavo did not answer.</p><p> </p><p>

NWF announced on social media that, since PAC will not compete for the US Title again, a new contender is needed. A 3-way between MVP, DB Smith and Heath Miller was announced. DB Smith attacked MVP pre-match, essentially taking him out of the match. The bout continued as a singles match between Smith and Miller while MVP was checked, and despite MVP’s attempts, failed to prevent DB Smith from defeating Heath Miller with a Powerslam.</p><p> </p><p>

After the match, Paul Heyman took a microphone and told Damien Stevens to watch out, because at Long Way Down, he will fall a ‘long way down’ from grace.</p><p> </p><p>

Tessa Blanchard then apologised for her actions at Disaster Strikes, conceding that her emotions got the better of her when she attacked Scarlett Bordeaux. She requests another shot, this time with No Holds Barred, against Scarlett.</p><p> </p><p>

In the advertised main event match, Christopher Daniels defeated Matt Jackson in 13 minutes. This was a very good match for both competitors and has left the company with high hopes that they have found a strong opponent for The Bucks in The Addiction.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 3: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Heath Miller pins Ryan Gotch to start the show. This match was okay, with a decent performance by Miller in particular.</p><p> </p><p>

The camera cuts backstage following the match, where MVP is seen warning Damien Stevens about DB Smith and Paul Heyman before his title defense at Long Way Down. This was a good segment, with both participants performing well.</p><p> </p><p>

Mayu Iwatani then indicated that she wants a chance at the title against Mercedes Martinez. It is thought that NWF may push Iwatani as Martinez’s opponent as soon as Long Way Down, but these reports are still unconfirmed. If this was the case, however, Iwatani is likely to win the belt sooner rather than later.</p><p> </p><p>

Chavo Guerrero defeated Anthony Bennett in a quick squash match for Chavo. Rich Swann confronted Chavo after the match, demanding that Guerrero fight him at LWD. Chavo finally gave in after Swann got in his face, and this match is confirmed for the Long Way Down card with a No DQ stipulation.</p><p> </p><p>

Madison Eagles then defeated Tenille in a good match. It is thought that the company have cooled on Tenille and wanted Eagles to gain some momentum after a few successive losses.</p><p> </p><p>

Contrary to El Patron’s statement last week, where he told the audience he would not compete at Long Way Down, Bruce Prichard informed him that there would be an NWF World Heavyweight title match on the card next Sunday, and he is actively selecting an opponent for El Patron.</p><p> </p><p>

The main event, Nick Jackson vs. Frankie Kazarian, then got under way. In a 10 minute match, Nick Jackson defeated Kazarian with a 450 Splash. After the match, The Addiction teamed up against the Bucks, and closed the show with their arms raised after beating the Bucks down.</p><p> </p><p>

Tuesday Week 4: NWF Pulse:</p><p> </p><p>

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Rick Rougeau appears on Pulse for the first time in a month, facing off against fan favourite jobber, James Ellsworth. Ellsworth was quickly beaten, again by Rougeau’s Sleeper hold. Rougeau showed off after the match and this riled up the fans very effectively. The company still intends to build Rougeau into a star, but does not want to oversaturate him to the audience, and prefers a slow build for the young worker.</p><p> </p><p>

A graphic is shown, announcing that Bruce Prichard will reveal Alberto El Patron’s opponent at the end of the show tonight. The announcers suggest some possible names.</p><p> </p><p>

Mercedes Martinez then faced Tessa Blanchard. During the match, Scarlett Bordeaux entered the ring and attacked Tessa, getting Mercedes Martinez disqualified. Scarlett fled the ring to the top of the ramp, blowing Tessa a kiss after costing her the match.</p><p> </p><p>

Rich Swann then faced Trevor Murdock, in a match designed to give Swann a small momentum boost heading into Long Way Down, where he faces Chavo Guerrero. Swann won the match.</p><p> </p><p>

A video hyping up The Addiction/Young Bucks match at the PPV plays. The match will now be for the NWF Tag Team Titles. It has been questioned why the tag team division has not had a prize to fight for, but is thought the company wanted to build up enough names for the division before shoehorning in another championship for no reason.</p><p> </p><p>

Damien Stevens then defeated Ryan Gotch, who has been on a losing streak since tearing up the ringside area a few weeks ago on Pulse, in a move that is thought to have drawn heat to Gotch. This losing streak is, supposedly, meant to ‘set him straight’ and teach him a lesson in going off-script if it damages company property.</p><p> </p><p>

Alberto El Patron then entered the ring, ready for the announcement of his opponent. Bruce Prichard then joined him soon after, and announced that Rob Van Dam will be the one to face El Patron at Long Way Down. Given the show’s name, he also announced that this bout would be a Ladder match. RVD comes to NWF in as a part-time attraction, and this was the time the company thought best to introduce him, given Cody Rhodes’ absence in recent weeks. It is still not clear when Rhodes will return, nor whether the injury is legitimate or not.</p><p> </p><p>

Sunday Week 4: NWF Long Way Down</p><p> </p><p>

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The show opens with Rich Swann vs. Chavo Guerrero in a No Disqualifications match. After some good back and forth action, Rich Swann comes out on top, pinning Chavo Guerrero in 14 minutes.</p><p> </p><p>

The show then went straight into the NWF US Title match, with DB Smith taking on Damien Stevens. Stevens had the upper hand, but a distraction by Paul Heyman allowed Smith to capitalise, hitting a Saito Suplex and winning the US Championship. After the match, Heyman and Smith run up the ramp, celebrating their robbing of Stevens.</p><p> </p><p>

Next up was Tessa Blanchard vs. Scarlett Bordeaux, No Holds Barred. Tessa overcame Scarlett, making her tap out with a Figure Four Leglock in the middle of the ring. Bruce Prichard then comes out, telling the two girls to stay in the ring. In the absence of a women’s championship match, the entire women’s division will face off in a 10 woman battle royal to determine the next contender for Martinez’s title. The remainder of the girls come down to the ring, including ex-WWE star Tamina, whose contract expired last month. Tamina, it was noted, was only working the show on a one-off deal to fill out the last spot. Mayu Iwatani won the battle royal, being crowned the #1 Contender. She will face Mercedes on next month’s PPV event.</p><p> </p><p>

MVP is seen backstage consoling Damien Stevens, but says that ‘he told him so’ regarding Paul Heyman’s heinous nature.</p><p> </p><p>

The Young Bucks then beat The Addiction to become the inaugural NWF Tag Team champions, when Nick Jackson pinned Frankie Kazarian for the second time. The Bucks celebrated winning the titles after the match. It is thought that this programme will continue for the foreseeable future, but the company does want to slowly introduce new names into the division.</p><p> </p><p>

Rob Van Dam and Alberto El Patron then make their entrances to the ring ready for their Ladder Match for the World title. In a very good match, similar in quality to last months Cody/Patron classic, Patron retrieved his title from above the ring and retained the championship. The NWF management were satisfied with Van Dam’s performance and may use him again in the future.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Also in February</strong></p><p><strong>


Sources from within the NWF have noted that DB Smith and Cody Rhodes have been bonding backstage recently. As two key members of the roster, this new relationship may benefit them both politically within the company.</p><p> </p><p>

Roman Reigns signed a new deal with WWE this month, while he is still out of action fighting leukaemia.</p><p> </p><p>

Elias also signed a new contract with WWE this month, and it is thought that despite the NWF’s past attempts to poach WWE talent, an offer was not made to Elias.</p><p> </p><p>

Braun Strowman was the subject of a WWE-NWF bidding war this month, but the Monster Among Men pledged his loyalties to WWE after thorough negotiations. The fact that he was open to negotiation, however, as the reigning WWE Universal Champion, shows that NWF are certainly making a splash in the wrestling industry.</p><p> </p><p>

Dave Bautista claims no contact has been made by NWF about a deal to bring him in, but doesn’t rule out that it could happen at some point in time if ‘the money is right’.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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