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The year was 2018. The first lawsuit came in Australia, of all places. Employment laws were very clear. Wrestlers could not be treated as contractors; they were, retroactively, employees. Within a year, every other major market followed suit. The settlements bankrupted every federation in existence. A few managed to sell their name and properties, but most were simply gone.


This left a major vacuum. Eleven federations across the world prepared to launch within the year. The battle for talent looked to be cutthroat. That is, until the idea of a draft was floated.


It happened.


All 11 federations agreed to the draft. All willing wrestlers and other workers, even former owners, were part of a huge mix of talent to be drafted. Random order, snake draft, 40 rounds. After that? To each their own.


This is the story of the rebirth of the old, in the age of the new.


This is the story of Stampede Wrestling.

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<p>Hi,</p><p> </p><p>

I’m Arda Ocal, host of Aftermath.</p><p> </p><p>

With the rise of 11 new wrestling federations, we’re back with analysis of the biggest Canadian federation, STAMPEDE. Join us every week for detailed reports, and in-depth analysis.</p><p> </p><p>

We’ll touch on some of the other ten companies as well, but STAMPEDE is the return of a Canadian institution so it will be our focus.</p><p> </p><p>

Joining me on the panel will be, comic legend (and wrestling superfan) Jon Stewart, and legendary manager the Sensational Sherri. </p><p> </p><p>

We’ll have clips, match recaps, feud analysis, and more. Expect extra-long specials for monthly Pay-Per-View specials. As you may know, all of STAMPEDE’s shows will be on DirecTV, and also available on NetFlix Europe.</p><p> </p><p>

Join us for our premiere, right after STAMPEDE’s debut weekly PPV, STAMPEDE Forever.</p>

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You won't be able to withstand the mighty WS X with its unbeatable mix of women who look good but can't wrestle and it's Exotico horde.<img alt=":p" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/tongue.png.ceb643b2956793497cef30b0e944be28.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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And the rest:


Kevin Steen

El Generico

John Cena

Randy Orton

Kofi Kingston

Xavier Woods

Big E

Cody Rhodes

Aaron Stevens

Eddie Edwards

Davey Richards

Davey Boy Smith

Teddy Hart

Robert Roode

Eric Young

Shaun Ricker

Brian Cage

Ultimo Ninja

Garza Jr

The Big Show

The Undertaker

Petey Williams

Shawn Spears

Jay Lethal

Sonjay Dutt


Titus O'Neill

Uhaa Nation

Matt Taven

Mike Bennett

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Arda Ocal, here with a quick update.


With the dust of the draft settled, it's become obvious Stampede is far and away the success story. A true international giant, backed by some of the biggest names in the business today, Stampede is already looking to add global media coverage and add even more tag teams to its already impressive roster.


The debut show is coming up fast... it's going to be a wild ride.

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Welcome to Aftermath, I’m Arda Ocal and with me are the Sensational Sherri and Jon Stewart.






I’m thrilled to be here.



The show opened with John Cena, back in his doctor of Thuganomics dress, and style. In a rap, he revealed he was expecting two things tonight. One was a shot at a title, and the other was to know who his assigned tag team partner was.

The answer to the second was immediately revealed as The Rock entered to thunderous applause. Neither Cena or The Rock were happy to be paired, but, as it looked like it was going to come to blows, the two were interrupted in turn.

Randy Orton and Chris Jericho burst on the scene, making their usual claims to be the best. They also made it clear they had CHOSEN to be a team, not been forced together.

Lastly, Orton revealed there would be a title match tonight. But not for the tag titles, that will have to wait. Instead, Stampede’s only singles title, the Better Man belt would be on the line. Though Stamped is focused on tag team wrestling, sometimes you have to settle who the better man in the team is.

And tonight, in the main event, Orton revealed he would be facing Cena. Cena was overjoyed and raring to go, vowing he would prove he was the best man in the arena.

(Segment rating 100)



This was such a good start to the show.



A promo like this makes you sit up and pay attention. I can’t think of a better beginning to a new era. Four of the best in the business on stage at once.



Up next, the first match in Stampede’s revival. The New Day, specifically Kofi Kingston and Big E, took on the reunited Kingdom, Matt Taven and Mike Bennett.



That surprised me. That’s a lot of faith to put in the Kingdom. Obviously, someone has to do the first job of the era, but Mike not only doesn’t get to work with his wife anymore, he also has to eat the first ever pin.



Can I just say, New Day Rocks! The chemistry between Woods and the others just shines off the screen.

(Segment Rating 76)



Another match right away saw The New Hart Foundation taking on the Bro-Mans. Thoughts?






I liked Davey Boy Smith’s Running Powerslam that got the pin on Robbie E.



This was the low point of the show so far.

(Segment rating 60)

Next, we finally got to see Bret Hart coming out to show his obvious pride that his father’s dream was alive again. Of course, he had to be interrupted. And this time, it was Eric Bischoff-



He’s not booking, right?



No, purely on-screen.



Thank heavens.



Bischoff is a smart guy. With Rhino at his side, I can see him going far.

(Rating 73)



The new team of Ultimo Ninja and Garza Jr., known as Mi Familia, clashed with the Rhodes Scholars. They looked good even in a loss.



But it wasn’t a very good match.



I have to agree. And really Ultimo Ninja was the worst guy in the match.

(Rating 65)


ARDA Next, Petey Williams and Shawn Spears, BLAME CANADA, teamed up for the first time and, well, it didn’t go well.



Bad chemistry is, well, bad.



I didn’t realize Pepper Parks and Rene Dupree were even on the roster.



It was a one-night deal.

(Segment rating: 52)


Up next was a few minutes of The Big Show and The Undertaker, tagging again for the first time in a long time, basically looked scary.



They’re still good at it.



Always room for big scary people in the spectacle that is professional wrestling.

(Segment rating 88)



Steenerico, the authentic Steenerico, took down Jay Lethal and Sanjay Dutt.



Should these guys really be heels? I mean Steen works well either way, but Generico is a born face when he uses that gimmick. He’s not totally convincing.



I agree. Steen was head and shoulder over the others in this match. And Generico using the tights to win made him look somewhat weak.



Sonjay struggled too. He just wasn’t standing up to the others tonight.

(Segment rating 88)



Not much to say about the triple tag match. The American Wolves outlasted Titus Worldwide and Natural Selection.



Somebody give Shaun Richter some mic time.

(Segment rating 71)



Thoughts on the singles match between Shawn Hernandez and Eddie Kingston?



I thought they played well off each other. But really, it was bad wrestling the audience didn’t care about. Better luck next time.



In a moment dear to my heart, Bobby Roode and Eric Young reunited as Team Canada. They’re heels again.



I’d call it glorious, but those days are over.



Trouble is, it was a bland an predictable promo. Arda, since you’re Canadian I’ll forgive you liking them. Jon, what’s your excuse?



Ummm… I like Bobby’s moustache?

(Segment rating 58)



And, at long last, the main event. Sherri, your thoughts?









You bet your bippy it was.



I can’t disagree either. I was a little surprised to see Randy Orton tap to the STF. You would not expect a submission from a major heel on the very first night of the company’s existence.



I disagree; I think they needed a big shock. And Cena with the Better Man title means he’ll give out opportunities like candies. Possibly even more open challenges.

(Segment Rating 83)


(Show rating 84)



Overall? A good show, but maybe not as good as they need to be. Turns out Direct TV wasn’t as happy with the buy rates as they’d expected to be.



The ring work is lacking a bit. Many of the wrestlers are past their peak, and that never helps.



This company bills itself as performance first, yet they’re really playing up their stars.



Including some really old stars, Undertaker is in his 50s for crying out loud.



One of the advantages of a tag team focus is every team only grows in experience every week. I think this company has a ton of potential.






I still have high hopes.



That’s all for this episode, we’ll be back after Stamped episode two, the second last episode before Stampede Hart Foundations, the first major show Stampede will put on.

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Stampede Forever, Episode 2



Welcome back to Aftermath. Another Stampede wrestling Pay Per View, another chance to sit down with the Sensational Sherri and Jon Stewart. Jon give us a joke.



Comedians hate when you do that.



I don’t get it.



Can we get on with this?



We opened with John Cena, the new Better Man Champion.



I noticed The Rock was not with him.



John’s promo was old school rap, again.





They said I was washed up

And I didn’t matter

I say they should step up

And their noses I’ll shatter


I’m take on all comers,

I’ll face anyone.

Defending this title

Is my idea of fun.


So here I am,

And I’ll make it clear.

I’ve said it before:

The champ is here!



Orton’s music hit next. He and Jericho showed up and demanded he face them in a handicap match for the title. They promised to work together and share, not like him and his corporate mandated partner, The Rock.



Speak his name and he shall appear.



Rock cut a hell of a promo too.



Still, “The Rock and Jorts Connection,” seriously?



I’ve heard worse. And people didn’t think Mankind and The Rock would work together either, at least, not at first.



To end it all, Bret appeared on the screen and, calmly and efficiently, announced a tag match between them in the main event of Hart Foundations.


(Segment rating 88)



We got to some action next. The New Hart Foundation taking on Team Canada.



I was surprised Team Canada went over. I hope Bret doesn’t just push his friends and family.



How good was Bobby Roode in this match? He shone.


(Segment rating 71)



Steenerico’s confrontation with New Day set up the main event tag match to crown the first ever Kings of the Rodeo.



I expected better.



El Generico just doesn’t work as a heel.


(Segment rating 65)



Next we had some really subpar matches. Natural Selection beat ACH & Rich Swan. Cheating, not that surprising.



Bro-Mans beat Mi Familia, Garza Jr. and Ultimo Ninja. People are high on Ultimo Ninja, but he struggled here.


(Segment rating) 58



Next The Dudleys wreslted. And, you know something, the wrestling was ok. Tomasso Ciampa and Rhino did their share too.



Bully gets the win here.


(Segment rating 71)



Jay Lethal and Sanjay Dutt vs Bram and Eddie Kingston wasn’t great. But it wasn’t the worst of the night.



Lethal’s win was all well and good, because he was the star here.


(Segment rating 66)



Eric Bishoff, with Rhino backing him up, tried to recruit The Undertaker and Big Show into joining his faction.



I thought they were going to bury them.



Rhino is a really menacing man. But he gets blown away by the other two.


(Segment rating 88)



The midcard plodder alongwith Titus Worldwide beating The Kingdom.



As talented as Matt Taven is, he’s really low on the totem pole here. Him taking the pin may be a sign of things to come.


(Segment rating 60)



The next match helped. The wrestling at least.


I trust the American Wolves and BLAME CANADA to put on a good show. Hopefully it gets them noticed.



Eddie Edward submitting Petey Williams made it a decisive win.


(Segment rating 73)



Up next, The Rhodes Scholars took on LAX in a match that could have been better.



Shawn Hernandez is past his prime, it showed here.


(Segment rating 67)



Rhodes scholars got some mic time too. They were smug, arrogant and superior. I loved it.


(Segment rating 78)



The main event was easily the best match on the show.



I liked Steenerico going over New Day.



They cheated of course, like rich people cheat taxes.



Finally, a joke.



So there you have it. No more vacant titles.



It will be interesting to see how Hart Foundations turns out, but we still have the go to show first.


(Show rating 83)

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Liking it so far. STAMPEDE is definitely the powerhouse in my game. I started a WS_X Dynasty and cut and pasted your intro (with credit to you) as I like the internal consistency of the world description. Your Dynasty and mine are taking different tacks with how they are set up and I quite like the idea of presenting it as a review package - I've gone for the more standard breakdown of the show - I haven't bothered about scoring the show or segments because at small size the numbers look bad even though every show gets an awesome reaction (because it's so far above what was expected for that size). Lets face if you put the Miz on an indy show he's going to get a big reaction.
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News flash!</p><p>

Stampede became the latest in a string of wrestling companies to fall out of favor with DirecTV. Ratings and star power just haven't quite been there for a lot of ambitious companies who took advantage of DirecTV's initial rush of enthusiasm over the new era of professional wrestling.</p><p> </p><p>

Stampede has moved to an earlier time slot, leaving much of the show outside of prime time. This is a blow to Stampede, but nowhere near as bad as losing the deal entirely.</p>

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STAMPEDE Forever 3



Welcome to Aftermath as we head into STAMPEDE Hart Foundations.






Hi, sexy boy.



Let’s get right to it with John Cena’s open challenge.



I really like Cody Rhodes getting a title shot already.



And Aaron Stevens was really entertaining. Though not compared to The Rock when he came out. Rock as referee for the main event seemed a bit odd, you would think he'd ’e too biased.



He swore to call it down the line.


(Segment rating 82)



Now, is The New Hart Foundation already being overpushed?



I wouldn’t say that.



Another win this time out.



Over the Bro-Mans. That’s hardly epic competition.


(Segment rating 64)



Not much to say about Natural Selection beating the OGz.



Shaun Richter just strikes me as someone who could be a star. And I wish he were being showcased more.



Perfectly acceptable wrestling, I suppose.


(Segment rating 63)



Now, Eric Bischoff continues to try to recruit The Undertaker and Big Show.



Bischoff is playing dirty, as usual. Implying they’re too old and scared to even step into a ring anymore.



Which meant The Unholy Alliance, I love that name for them, demanded a match tonight.



The question became, would it be a train wreck?



It seems like every week we struggle to get everyone on the card. So we end up with 8-man tags and the like.



It’s like Smackdown with Teddy Long in charge.



Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt get to team with the Dudley Boys. That has to be some kind of dream come true.



Really though, the other side had a lot more to gain from winning. Bram, Eddie Kingston, Matt Taven and Mike Bennet may find themselves losing a lot more than winning if they can’t break out somehow.


(Segment rating 67)



Eric Young and Bobby Roode, Team Canada as we Canadians proudly call it, beat ACH and Rich Swann. Thoughts?



About as good as the match before it. Typical for TV, nothing special?



Young getting the pin was what I’d expect. And I think the crowd was less than impressed with ACH.



The “Who are you?” chants were downright cruel.


(Segment rating 68)



Do we know if the New Day cooking segment is going to be a regular thing?



It was more of an eating segment.



As much as I like to see Big E covered in powdered sugar, these guys should be doing more.



There’s not much in the way of ongoing stories on these shows so far. Will that change?



I think the company is still up in the air on how much entertainment and how much wrestling they truly want to be.


(Segment rating 81)



Eric Bischoff managing Tomasso Ciampa and Rhino makes a formidable force.



Shawn Spears and Petey Williams found that out the hard way.



I know this show is about tag teams, but these guys do not work well together.



Experience could help.



Maybe in a year or more. Is it worth waiting?


(Segment rating 67)



The American Wolves being back in action just fills my heart with joy.



I have a candy heart, like Raggedy Anne.



I felt bad for Titus Worldwide having to face them. The Wolves outclassed hem in and out of kayfabe.


(Segment rating 75)



I liked Steen and Generico picking on fans at concession.



El Generico is a bad heel. I will try not to harp on it forever, but it’s going to be an issue until he gets better, or turns.


(Segment rating 74)



And, at long last The Undertaker and Big Show end up facing… Mi Familia, Garza Jr and Ultimo Ninja.



It was bad, but not absolutely awful.



Take a couple of springy dudes, have them bounce off the big guys, get caught, get tossed around. Simple formula, but the outcome was never in question.


(Segment rating 57)



As for the main event, what did you think Sherri?



I don’t want to say it was a bad match. The Rock’s role as referee was handled really well. And a DQ finish means it’s far from settled who the better man is.



John keeps the Better Man title.


(Segment rating 76)



Now the aftermath was interesting.



Rhodes Scholars attack Cena, Rock saves him, Orton and Jericho run in and help destroy Rock and Cena, then turn on Cody and Stevens and level them too.



It makes for a lot of action, and a lot of questions. Who is the dominant team in Stampede anyway?


(Segment rating 83)



Coming up next? Hart Foundations, the first big show of the new era.


(Show rating 76)

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<p>ARDA: What’s cracking everyone? Let’s start at the end. Sherri, what’s your feeling on the show overall?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: It’s was good. But Stampede sets such a high standard, I think they might have been a little disappointed.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: When you start on top, it’s easy to slide in your first few shows.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Ok, analysis. The opening segment was really solid.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Rock and Jorts continued to butt heads.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I’ve seen smaller egos on Fox News.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: We knew they’d clash with Team Y2KO soon and there was no better time to do it. And Cena’s rap was awesome.</p><p> </p><p>

<CLIP - CENA></p><p>

You think you can mock me? My name’s not Michael.</p><p>

But you might be busy</p><p>

Crashing your motorcycle.</p><p> </p><p>

And as for Y2J</p><p>

You think you’re so special</p><p>

And you’re barely ok</p><p> </p><p>

Team Y2KO? That’s oh so clever,</p><p>

So when will you beat us?</p><p>

The answer is never.</p><p> </p><p>

<END></p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: So there’s the main event.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Does anyone else think it’s weird that major shows look to have been written on a napkin at a Denny’s right before the show?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Do they have Denny’s in Nova Scotia?</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I liked the idea of having the item to retrieve in the ladder match be a briefcase with a mystery opportunity in it.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 95)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Making this triple tag team match kick off the action, good idea?</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I think the American Wolves are a good idea up and down the card.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The OGz being eliminated first shows what an uphill climb they are going to have just to stay relevant in this day and age.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Are you calling them long of tooth?</p><p>

ARDA: A Shakespeare reference; that may be a first.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: But seriously, Shawn Hernandez is fighting a losing battle with time.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I think the match was pretty decent, Brian Cage and Eli Drake make a good team.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I think the wrestling shone. The crowd just wasn’t as into it. These 6 guys could headline at many smaller promotions, here they are low on the totem pole.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Eddie Edwards really stood out here.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 75)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Jay Lethal and Sanjay Dutt and the Bro-Man didn’t quite measure up. I’m glad Jay Lethal went over. He has real potential to break out if given the chance.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 70)</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The next match? The Kingdom and ACH and Rich Swann? Pretty bad.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: And The Kingdom inning was pretty predictable.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 61)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: New Day’s segment was fun. I didn’t think you could make that many puns about fish.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I think they floundered a little.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Maybe I should handle the jokes.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: You let me know if you tell one.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 68)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I was really interested to see The Dudley Boys face Garza Jr and Ultimo Ninja.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: You would think the young guys would come out looking better, but Ultimo Dragon really struggled.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: And, again, predictable. You know the Dudleys are going to win. Still getting an 11-minute match will showcase both teams.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: But does it make them look good?</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 69)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: What can you say about the memorial to Jim Neidhart? Bret got pretty choked up out there.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: At least no one tackled him. But seriously, according to everything I’ve heard the guy was a mensch and wrestling is lessened with his passing. </p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 75)</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: It’s great to see Eric Young and Bobby Roode back together. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: Even in a match with Titus Worldwide.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Apollo Crews has developed to the point he’s out-wrestling his mentor. </p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Plus he got the pin. I think Bret and company have faith in him.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 70)</p><p> </p><p>

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, The New Day defeated Bram & Kingston in 14:36 when Kofi Kingston defeated Eddie Kingston by pinfall with a Midnight Hour. Bram/Kingston bad chemistry 80</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: So next we got to see New Day wrestling, against Eddie Kingston and Bram.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The latter two should be split up. They have no chemistry at all.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Overall though, it was a good match. Still, Kofi getting the win I hardly a shocker.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 80)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: What do you think about Eric Bischoff’s continued efforts to recruit Undertaker and Big show?</p><p> </p><p>

JON: The thing is, Rhino protecting Bischoff from these two isn’t really believable. He’s just not as menacing as the two he’s trying to stand up to.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Stampede may have put more faith in him than he can handle.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 86)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: What did you think of Rhodes Scholars versus Shawn Spears and Petey Williams.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Spears and Williams looked ok, with experience they should work out fine.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: If neither retires before they get that much experience.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I would have expect Cody to get the pin. Stevens and that Terminus finisher looked good. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: Spears looked weak in the loss.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Good wrestling, sleeping crowd.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 72)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: As for Ciampa and Rhino, I was surprised to see them go over The New Hart Foundation.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: We were worried BLAME CANADA would be pushed to the moon; so it was nice that they lost here.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Biggest upset of the night.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Let’s face it though. This match was there to calm the crowd a little before the big finish.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Crowd burnout is a thing.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 64)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Bret Hart calling Steenerico out, and Kevin Steen refusing to wrestle without a pay raise, made for a really solid segment.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Not defending the tag titles on a show this big, in a tag based federation, was a gamble.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 81)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: As for the main event, these four were an odd choice to put in a ladder match.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: But it worked pretty well.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Was it well enough, remember standards are really high here.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Watching The Rock retrieve that briefcase, I was genuinely scared he’d fall to his death.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: It was definitely one of the riskiest matches in the show’s history.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: And giving the winners any match they wanted in two show’s time? That was a nice twist.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 75)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I don’t know, using a big show to set up a lesser show? Is that financially sound?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: We’ll know when we start seeing some numbers.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: They drew 40,000 people in Nova Scotia. That’s a great start for finances.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Let’s see where Stampede goes next, and if they can hold their dominant position in the global marketplace.</p><p> </p><p>

(Overall rating 79)</p>

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<p>ARDA: Welcome back to Aftermath, and another Stampede Forever show. With me as always, Jon Stewart and the Sensational Sherri.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Great to see you both again.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: So, the question of the week, were you as surprised as I was when John Cena’s opening promo was interrupted-</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Never.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Clever. But this time, it was New Day who cut him off. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: The days of PG are over after this one.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I didn’t think you could say that word on television.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: You can on Pay-Per-View.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Not here please. As much of a surprise as it was, I loved the idea of Kofi and Cena battling for the Best Man title.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 94)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I loved seeing the Rhodes Scholars kick off the actual wrestling part of the program. </p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt are a solid tag team. Despite that, this would have been quite an upset. Even the announcers admitted that.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: A good match though. Even if you knew who’d win.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I was a little surprised it was Lethal who took the pin though.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 74)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Up next, Titus Worldwide beat the Bro-Mans.</p><p>

JON: Meh.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Titus may not be able to keep up in this company.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 63)</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Jericho and Orton’s press conference protesting not getting the next shot at Cena’s title was really good. </p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Orton RKOing that reporter was… wait for it… out of nowhere.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Sherri, only one of the three of us is a professional comedian.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 97)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: The Rock’s “good luck” wishes to Cena were hilarious.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I haven’t seen such backhanded compliments since Anthony’s eulogy for Julius Caesar.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The payoff was even better. Rock challenging Xavier Woods to take him out of the equation in the main event. Perfect.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 100)</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The next match was textbook filler.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I had higher hopes for Brian Cage and Shaun Richter than to be jobbing to Rich Swann and ACH.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 65)</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Can you believe it’s almost 2020 and the Dudleys are still putting on decent matches.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: And they are accepting their role as gatekeepers. Putting over Team Canada makes sense in a Canadian federation.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Notice it was Devon who took the pin.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 75)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Now, Rock versus Woods.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The styles meshed ok, the crowd got into it and the wrestling worked. Good overall, for a midshow match.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I couldn’t have said it better.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Next time, they should play video games. I’d pay to see that too.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 77)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: The next few matches were nothing special. Ciampa and Rhino beat Shawn Spears and Teddy Hart. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: Ciampa with the tried and true feet on the ropes.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 70)</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The tag talent in this federation is simply amazing. You can have American Wolves facing a Garza Jr and Ultimo Ninja, who have only just started teaming together.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: They are cousins though.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: If they haven’t tagged before, just being related doesn’t mean much.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: They lost, which was no surprise, and Ultimo is the one who is struggling to keep up.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 75)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: As for Big Show and The Undertaker, their promo was pretty cool. Let’s see a clip.</p><p> </p><p>

UNDERTAKER: For two long now, we have stayed in the shadows. For too long we have let Eric Bischoff and his flunkies distract us. </p><p> </p><p>

BIG SHOW: No more.</p><p> </p><p>

UNDERTAKER: Now, we hunger, hunger for gold once more. We are not the past.</p><p> </p><p>

BIG SHOW: We are the now.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 92)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: As for the OGz versus The Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Not great. I’ve seen better looking sushi at a gas station.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Homicide was the best thing in the match, and that isn’t saying much.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: And really, Homicide needs a surprise roll up just to get over Matt Taven?</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 62)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Next up to air their grievances were Steenerico.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I wish Generico would talk again. The Penn and Teller routine was cute at first, but it’s starting to grate.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Plus, the show should be more than just the complain train.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Then came the worst match of the night. Davey Boy Smith and Petey Williams team up against Bram and Kingston for a nine-minute, bathroom break match, just before the main event.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment Rating 59)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: What do you think Sherri, did the main event live up to the hype?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I think so. For a weekly show this was a good performance. They trusted these two with twenty minutes of ring time. I’d say it paid off.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Say what you will about Cena hogging the spotlight, and the gold, he can still go.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 81)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Overall?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: This show was up to the standards this company needs. More like this and I’d say Stampede can only get bigger still.</p><p> </p><p>

(Show rating 83)</p><p> </p><p>

JON: They already packed over 37,000 people into Calgary University for this show. It wasn’t that long ago that selling 10,000 seats in an US arena was a challenge. Here’s the best of the new feds, in Canada, and it’s drawing these crowds.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Rumor is, the company is already in the black financially.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I’m not surprised.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Thanks to you both, we’ll see everyone next time!</p>

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ARDA: Welcome back everyone, Arda Ocal here with Jon Stewart and Sherri Martel. We’re all set to recap the latest Stampede Forever!


SHERRI: I loved the main story of the show. Jericho and Orton, given the choice that only one of them could compete against Jon Cena tonight, and the other would face The Rock in the opener? Brilliant.


JON: I was surprised to see Jericho get the nod. We know Randy Orton has the ego of, maybe not Donald Trump, but maybe one of his more overlooked children.


ARDA: What do you suspect when you think Rock vs. Orton.


SHERRI: I expect a match with a ton of crowd heat and decent wrestling, I’d say that’s exactly what we got.


JON: Say what you will, I love The People’s Elbow. Seeing Rock win with it makes me feel like a kid again.


(Segment rating 81)


ARDA: I thought the contract signing with Cena and Jericho was excellent.


SHERRI: The only weak spot was Kevin Kelly. I wish Stampede could find someone stronger.


ARDA: I’m not sure there’s anyone out there right now.


JON: Ignoring that, they really dug into each other. Cena ripped into Jericho for his weak TV career and unsuccessful band.


SHERRI: And Jericho chose to go serious and portray Cena as being a joke, not just at this stage in his career, but at every stage in his career. And for Cena to surrender the choice of stipulation? Nice touch.


JON: Jericho’s choice of a cage seemed odd.

SHERRI: I was convinced he truly wanted to beat John. No tricks. No controversy. Once and for all.


(Segment rating 100)


ARDA: Up next, it was nice to see The Kingdom get a win.


JON: It’s just too bad Rich Swann and ACH are spirally to jobber town.


SHERRI: Bennett needing to use the ropes for the pin softened the blow.


ARDA: I do think they really went all out on this one. I appreciate that. But even that wasn’t enough to really make it up to par.


(Segment rating 66)


ARDA: Eric Bischoff continues to lead Ciampa and Rhino to success. This time they beat Titus Worldwide.


JON: Not much of a match. Titus still looks like he’s in over his head.


SHERRI: Apollo Crews impressed me. He keeps improving. If he can keep it up he has a huge upside.


(Segment rating 67)


ARDA: What did you think of the Big Show and Undertaker’s vow to take the tag titles?


SHERRI: It was… stilted somehow. They just weren’t as menacing as usual.


JON: I still would not want to tangle with either of them.


(Segment rating 83)


ARDA: The eight-man tag pairing the Dudleys and the New Hart Foundation versus all of LAX-


SHERRI: Bram, Eddie Kingston, Shawn Hernandez and Homicide, that is.


ARDA: Thoughts?


JON: It’s weird to see guys who could have main evented in some feds before the Great Suit, being forced so low on the card in this new age.


SHERRI: So far, this looks less than stellar compared to the rest of the card. However, shows need high points and low points. Crowds like to surge, calm, build, surge. All more than once in a show.


JON: So it’s filler.


SHERRI: No, it’s still an important part of the show. Most episodic TV has b-plots, even c-plots.


ARDA: Great insight, Sherri.


ARDA: Davey Boy Smith’s Saito Suplex looked good. Hernandez really sold it for the pin.


(Segment rating 61)


SHERRI: It’s too bad Garza Jr and his cousin aren’t winning yet.


ARDA: Don’t you think Brian Cage and Shaun Richter-


JON: Dummy, yeah!


ARDA: Don’t you think they needed the win more.


SHERRI: How is it ever going to pay off for them if no one will put them over?


JON: I agree, I think Garza is a future star. I hope Bret Hart agrees.


(Segment Rating 56)


ARDA: When it comes to New Day, sometimes all three of them take equal roles. Sometimes, Woods acts more like he’s managing the other two.


SHERRI: Sounds right.


JON: Here, with Big E doing nothing but eating pancakes Kofi frisbeed him.


SHERRI: He looked like Cookie Monster the way he was eating. That was funny.


ARDA: Xavier is good on the microphone, of course. Next time, let them all talk.


(Segment rating 76)


ARDA: The next match was amazing.


SHERRI: I could not believe The American Wolves went over twenty minutes against Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt on worldwide TV.


JON: But was the crowd really into it? To a purist, it was awesome. To a casual fan, maybe not so much?


ARDA: I think Stampede tries to appeal to both.


SHERRI: In the end, I think they care more about the product than the popularity.


JON: Not overwhelmingly.




ARDA: Good old fashioned chair shot when the ref is out finish. Eddie hit Lethal hard on that one.


SHERRI: Did you see Sanjay lamost blow the finish? He came too fast to break up the pin and that fake stumble he did to cover looked just that, fake.


(Segment rating 82)


ARDA: You had to wonder how long it would be before Team Canada faced Blame Canada.


SHERRI: And the payoff wasn’t worth it.


JON: Bobby Roode looked good out there. His Fujiwara Armbar to tap out Shawn Spears really looked painful.


(Segment rating 63)


SHERRI: What did you two think of the confrontation between the Rhodes Scholars and Steenerico?


JON: Generico needs to talk more. The whole Penn & Teller thing isn’t working any more.


SHERRI: Steen was convincing in giving Cody and Stevens respect, while also saying they hadn’t earned a title shot yet.


ARDA: I thought it went well.


JON: Hopefully, they’ll defend the belts next week.


(Segment rating 77)


ARDA: Now, the main event. John Cena. Chris Jericho. A steel cage. The Better Man title.


SHERRI: Looks great on paper.


JON: Ten years ago this would have been a classic. Today, it was still great.


ARDA: They gave it 21 minutes, the crowd was totally into it.


JON: But at this stage in their careers, the wrestling was not quite up to snuff.


SHERRI: How about that finish though. Reversing an FU into a Code Breaker? From the second turnbuckle?


JON: Yeah, a clean win for Jericho. No controversy at all.


ARDA: A new champion, on a monthly show. That’s a big deal. Stampede is showing us they’re willing to throw in some twists.


(Segment rating 75)


ARDA: Summing up?


SHERRI: Not as good as last time.


JON: Have to agree.


(Overall rating 79)

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ARDA: Hey everyone time for a quick recap of the rest of the wrestling world.


Some fast growth by other feds, WSX and PWG, already looking to move up in the wrestling world.


Showtime appears to have selected Becky Lynch to be their new flagbearer.


CECW is reporting strong financial numbers. They’re sitting at the second richest company out there at the moment behind only Stampede itself.


On the injury front, Marty Scurll is out for 14 months. Paige got hurt, nothing major, but she may actually be made of glass.


Dutch Mantel has retired.


And lastly, congratulations go out to JoJo Offerman, who had a healthy baby girl.

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<p>ARDA: It’s time for another Aftermath, as the 6th episode of Stampede Wrestling is in the books! Jon Stewart, thoughts on the opening?</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Well, seeing The Dudley Boys and Steenerico face off seems like a dream come true.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: And they really played off the crowd well.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I just don’t feel El Generico as a bad guy, so there’s a disconnect there. And I was nervous if they could carry the main event.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 67)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: The first match of the night was Mi Familia versus the Bro-Mans.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I’m high on Garza and Ultimo Ninja. Seeing them get a win here warms the cockles of my heart. Maybe even the sub-cockles.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Word is though, that Robbie E got an injury, and Ultimo Ninja is being blamed.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Backstage heat is never good for a company.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 65)</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Speaking of rising stars, Apollo Crews is still impressing me. Even carrying Titus O’Neil and facing against Bram and Eddie Kingston, he looked good.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Bram and Kingston work together about as well as Democrats and the GOP.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 60)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Who here is getting tired of seeing Rock, Jericho, Orton and Cena locked in conflict?</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Not me.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Me neither. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: More classic stuff here. Both sides claiming the other is keeping them out of tag title contention. </p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Rock wanting a shot at the title makes sense, but he needs to be wrestling less and less these days.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: So Rock taunts Jericho, Orton jumps in and promises a shot to Cena instead. That leaves both pairs of partners with beef with their own teammate. And it gives us a Jericho/Cena rematch for Harts and Minds. No complaints here.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: It’s nice to get some news that isn’t annoying, about Trump or… well it can’t not be both.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 95)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: I really like the next match. Big E and Kofi Kingston versus Tomasso Ciampa and Rhino.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Not to mention Xavier Woods and Eric Bischoff at ringside.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Their antics really improved the whole package.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: New Day are obviously the bigger team, and it showed. But the match was a lot better than I expected it to be.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I agree.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 78)</p><p> </p><p>

JON: The next match was no slouch either.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Three-way tags are usually exciting, especially elimination matches.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Three of the lower level teams: Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal, The Kingdom and Shaun Richter and Brian Cage. I had that last team pegged as the winners, so I was surprised when Lethal and Dutt went over.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: They were the best workers in the mix, so good booking to put them over.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: This is supposed to be about in-ring skill, more than entertainment or name value. This did the job.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 72)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Rich Swann and ACH versus The American Wolves, thoughts?</p><p> </p><p>

JON: The Wolves just shone here.</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: That Kimura by Richards on Swann looked sick.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I thought he might really injure him. It was a stiff hold.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 78)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Bret Hart himself got some screen time as The Rhodes Scholars and Blame Canada both came looking for tag title shots.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Can I just say, everyone seems so high on Davey Boy Smith and I just don’t see it. He looked bad here, especially compared to Cody.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Blame Canada stepping up to face any team on the roster was cool, Bret making them face The Unholy Alliance was a nice twist.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 73)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Next question: Is Robert Roode ageless?</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: It sure looked like it here. Eric Young had an off night and Shawn Hernandez is showing his age in that ring.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: So is Homicide, though not at much. I hope they are saving for retirement.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 74)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Up next, the best of times, the worst of times. A great entrance by Big Show and Undertaker… </p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 95)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Followed by a truly awful match.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: If this is indicative of what Taker and Show have left, they’re best trotted out as special attractions in matches with no title implications. </p><p> </p><p>

JON: I felt bad for them, and their opponents. You’re not going to impress Dave Meltzer with matches like this one.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 58)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Now, the main event. Steenerico finally defend the tag belts.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Against two of the most decorated tag wrestlers in history.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: I thought they did well. </p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: The wrestling was good actually. The crowd was fairly into it and twenty minutes was the right length for them.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: We talked about Robert Roode being ageless, the Dudleys are holding up quite well too.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: Letting Steenerico, if not out wrestle The Dudleys, at least out cheat the Dudleys, showedjust how much faith Stampede management has in them.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Not to mention, beating The Dudleys is bucket list worthy.</p><p> </p><p>

(Segment rating 78)</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: Stampede’s weekly shows are at almost the level of old school PPVs themselves.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: I think five shows a month is a smarter plan than going to nine, or even more.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: The roster could be a little larger to get these shows a bit more air time.</p><p>

ARDA: Word is, at least one offer went out recently. No word on who that team will be.</p><p> </p><p>

JON: Maybe it will be the Rock and Roll Express.</p><p> </p><p>

SHERRI: It could happen…</p><p> </p><p>

ARDA: We’ll see you next time with the go home show before Harts and Minds.</p><p> </p><p>

(Overall rating 80)</p>

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