kingofleon Posted May 6, 2006 Share Posted May 6, 2006 [center][img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/kingofleon/DAVE.jpg[/img] [size=5][b]Danger and Violence Extreme[/b][/size] [i]A Brief History[/i][/center] [right][i]“DAVE are now becoming nationally known, and have earned themselves the spot as the nation’s favourite underdog promotion. Unable to compete with ‘the big two’ in terms of finances, they offer a controversial hardcore style and use their creativity and wit to compete.”[/i] [b]- Mark Hatten, GRAPPLEfans.com[/b][/right] [center]****[/center] It all started back in 1992, when a small promotion calling themselves DAVE opened up in the tri-state area. Giving fans blood, scantily clad women and obscenities galore they quickly became one of the hottest promotions in the area, gaining a cult following amongst tape traders and fans disillusioned with the Supreme Wrestling Federation. Despite the low-budget feel of their shows, DAVE were strongly considered by critics to be one of the top promotions on the planet, and their reputation continued to grow through 1993 and into ’94. However DAVE’s dominance, especially in the tri-state area was coming under threat, as Real Pro Wrestling issued a short statement in April 1994, stating that any RPW worker that appeared on any DAVE promoted shows from then on could consider themselves blacklisted from Real Pro Wrestling. It was a move that would kick off the East Coast War, which saw workers and staff backstabbing promotions they had previously been loyal to as well as all the companies involved slogging it out in the gutter. Freddie Datsun, who had been a staple of the XFW roster and was seen as one of the most loyal workers in the company, shocked everyone when he turned up at the second night of DAVE’s [b]Extreme Double Header[/b], and defeated The Wolverine to capture the Danger and Violence Extreme Title. By November 1997 the war was in full swing, with companies resorting to cheap and dirty tactics in an effort to come out on top. DAVE nearly found one of their biggest events of the year; WrestleRAVE nearly cancelled in October ’97, as the venue that was scheduled to hold the event pulled out just a week before the event was scheduled to take place, citing DAVE’s use of ‘flaming tables’ as a fire hazard. Whilst it was never confirmed, many people in the industry feel that this was down to a couple of XFW staff members convincing the venue’s landlord that DAVE was a dangerous promotion, and that their running at the venue would seriously damage its reputation. However, DAVE eventually held WrestleRAVE at the McGaw Arena, and the event was headlined by Nemesis defending his title against Johnny Martin. No flaming tables were used. At this point four companies were left battling it out. DAVE, XFW, RPW and a relatively new promotion formed in early 1997 – PPPW Tri-State. PPPW had formed when two other promotions, Power Wrestling and Pro-Pain Wrestling joined forces, after both companies fell into financial difficulties towards the back end of ’96. Some wrestling journalists actually felt that PPPW would be the ones to win the war, as they had a dazzling array of talent at their disposal. However, 3PW closed in January of 1998, and became the first major victims of the war. Over the next two months, the east coast war came to and end when two of the final three companies left, XFW and RPW closed down. XFW’s owner Rowland Darius was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. Whilst he was eventually found innocent six months later, Darius was effectively cut off from the wrestling world as no company wanted to risk becoming associated with Darius. This left RWP, and whilst they had a solid roster they simply couldn’t compete with DAVE, who because of their ever-growing reputation around the company could pick and choose the best of XFW and 3PW’s talent. In February 1998 RPW announced that their last event would be held with DAVE in March, and the East Coast war would officially be over. The event, entitled [b]March into Battle[/b] saw the unification of all four companies’ major titles, becoming the Danger and Violence Extreme Unified Title. The man picked to take the tri-state area into the new, war-less era was Johnny Martin, who had won the DAVE title sixth months earlier from Nemesis. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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