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Always a fun topic. 

 

My current game sees Bobby Thomas trying to recapture his former glory by opening a small indy promotion in Alberta. Presenting "Pro Wrestling WILD: Best of 2020". I started with the best 10 matches of the year, but made a few adjustments. No rematches. No wrestler can appear more than three times. No more than two matches from a single show, and because I run two different venues, I wanted an equal-ish split between them. Going for diversity as much as quality here.

Matches listed in date order. 

1. Hudson Drake vs Bobby Thomas (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, June 2020)
An insufferable loudmouth challenges for Bobby's Calgary Openweight Championship. (219 in attendance, 51 rating) 

2. Kirk Drury vs Art Reed (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, July 2020)
The final match in a Best of Three Series between WILD's best submission specialists. (242 in attendance, 47 rating)

3. Hudson Drake vs Gnaw (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, August 2020)
Flips ahoy as Drake is trapped between the ropes with Alberta's masked WILD animal, Gnaw (aka Alistair Shufflebottom). (284 in attendance, 49 rating, They had a better match the night after in Calgary, but Edmonton needed some love on this DVD)

4. Art Reed vs Bobby Thomas (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, September 2020)
Two old friends fight to become No.1 Contender for the Calgary Openweight Title, now in the hands of evil French-Canadian Philippe LaGrenier. The twist? The loser must retire. The final match of one of Canada's greatest unsung veterans. (315 in attendance, 45 rating, Only the 38th best match, but I felt it was an important moment)

5. Hudson Drake vs Christopher Ball vs Philippe LaGrenier   (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, October 2020)
Cowardly Hudson's feud with MMA bad ass Ball was a back-and-forth highlight of 2020, leading to them sharing this title shot. Much like in Calgary, LaGrenier holds the Edmonton Openweight Title with a French-Canadian iron fist. (327 in attendance, 53 rating, 2nd best match of the year)

6. Jerry Martin vs Kirk Drury (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, November 2020)
Jerry proved too honourable/crazy to be bought by Kirk Drury's (father's) money, so it's time to fight. Technical wizardry versus fists of fury. (357 in attendance, 49 rating, Another one where they had a better match in Calgary, but rules is rules)

7. Shane Nelson vs Philippe LaGrenier (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, November 2020)
After defeating LaGrenier for the Edmonton Openweight Title the night before, Shane Nelson looks to take the Calgary belt as well. Can he do it? Let's find out.
(377 in attendance, 57 rating, Match of the Year - It would be tempting to also include their Edmonton match, as it was only a fraction worse, but both matches would have been extremely similar. Same spots, different crowd.)

8. Philippe LaGrenier & Jawsome vs Shane Nelson & Big Ballz (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, December 2020)
The LaGrenier/Nelson feud continues as their teams meet in the finals of the Edmonton Six-Man Tag Team Tournament. LaGrenier has netted the shark-themed of Ripster (Reilly Patton) and Hammerhead (Reggie Bishop) as his partners, while Nelson has Christopher Ball and Hawaiian heavyweight Penfold Perdition. (389 in attendance, 51 rating)

9. Shiva vs Quentin Queen (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, December 2020)
A sleeper hit between two relative newcomers to WILD, an evil martial arts man and a handsome young chap. Who will rise up the ranks? (387 in attendance, 47 rating - The night before in Edmonton, these two stunk out the joint with a 17-rated opener that damn near saw me firing them. What a turnaround.)

10. Bobby Thomas vs Jerry Martin vs Shane Nelson (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, December 2020)
Three heroic fan favourites meet in the finals of the Calgary King of Triangles Tournament. Philippe LaGrenier watches from the crowd, knowing the whoever wins will be coming for him next. (387 in attendance, 53 rating,)
 

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I remember this topic from back in the day too, and glad someone brought it back.

 

In TEW, ever since TEW2013 I've exclusively played in Australia/Oceania. In 2013 and 2016 I started from 0 pop/0$, but my 2016 game made it 12 years and I only lost steam on that game when I was neck deep through a bad industry in the slog through Cult. When I started my 2020 game, I decided I wanted to start as a larger company and actually try and get to national or larger. AEW got me back into actually watching wrestling, so I decided to create an "AEW" like alternative to RAW (on a smaller scale), uncreatively-named World Championship Wrestling. My user character is the fictional John Green, second son of the Original Lone Rider (Paul Green). In 2019, Sydney holds a Wrestling Supershow weekend, where the Lone Riders have been running a big indy show called "One Last Ride". In 2019, they hold their biggest show yet, jointly produced with APW and with wrestlers from BCG and even RAW making appearances... and starting storylines. WIthin weeks, WCW was officially announced in 2020, with immediate broadcasting of events on The Bloke Channel, an alternative to RAW and immediately the second biggest show in town.

I'm wrapping up my 3rd year (much slower progress when your schedule goes weekly much quicker than at the smaller levels), but I'll start with a "Best of 2020" - my Top 10 matches from 2020, with the stories that led to them.


WCW Best of 2020:

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATOR: Razan Okamoto (JAPAN) def Dingo Devine (AUS), Foundation [Sydney], January 2020 (#6 - image.jpeg)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATOR: Echo (MEXICO*) def Cameron Saint (NEW ZEALAND*), Road to Glory [Melbourne], March 2020 (#13 - image.jpeg)
WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Echo def Razan Okamoto, Glory Days 2020 [Sydney], April 2020 (#15 - image.jpeg)


To crown the first World Heavyweight Champion (you know I'm using the big gold belt), I did a small tournament with four competitors, all representing a different country. Razan Okamoto, representing Japan, who made his first appearance with a stellar 30 minute time limit draw at One Last Ride. The man he drew was Cameron Saint, the former Monday Next, who has taken on a more serious wrestling persona, bulked up, and is calling himself the "Ace" of WCW, representing the country he has lived the majority of his life, New Zealand. Former APW Commonwealth Champion and one of the very few Triple Crown holders in APW history, Dingo Devine represents Australia. Dingo Devine lost a tag match at One Last Ride, teaming with Boo Smithson in a brief reunion, winning against Goliath Global's Reggie Tate and Massacre to set the stipulation for their match at APW's Early Christmas Bash with Scottie Hamstead, a Cage Match which he lost. Representing Mexico was a mysterious luchador known as "El Desperado", represented by Armando Guerrero, a veteran luchador and wrestling trainer based in Australia. At Foundation, "El Desperado" was an imposter, the mask stolen by the former RAW star Echo, who signed the contract for the bout instead. A furious El Desperado, the masked identity of young luchador Felipe Caballero, would put his place in the eliminator on the line against Echo in a Street Fight at FringeFest in February, which he lost. Echo would then steal a win against the favorite, Cameron Saint, denying a rematch with Razan and then upsetting the former BCG World Champion for the title at out biggest show of the year, Glory Days.

WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Echo© def El Desperado, Gold Rush [Perth], June 2020 (#12 - image.jpeg)
WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Echo© def Dingo Devine, Rebellion [Sydney], July 2020 (#8 -image.jpeg )

Echo would be a stellar first champion, thanks to his great name value - his character works way better as the top guy than a midcarder in RAW, and going back to his strengths as a heel. El Desperado would battle his way from the bottom, picking up a surprise win against the hulking behemoth of The Lost Souls, Anguish (who was signed to RAW). After Echo would defend his title against the Original Lone Rider, Paul Green, disrespecting the veteran and his family, El Desperado would take offense. Disrespecting the man who gave a young Desperado a chance to become a star and prove himself, the additional motivation was not enough for the young Desperado to overcome Echo's mind games and win the World title at the July show in Perth, Gold Rush. Also at Gold Rush, Dingo Devine won a six way match between five other competitors who have yet to challenge for gold in WCW (Christian Blithe, Derrick Spears [fka D-Pod], Blackwell Bush, The Void [local worker], and Paul Parquar [local veteran]), winning the "Gold Rush" trophy and a shot at Echo. Despite a strong effort, Devine would come up short. After a great match, he would be overshadowed by an ominous countdown timer, that signaled the arrival of one of the most important factions in WCW history - The Golden Army. The commander, legendary World champion and veteran Toshiharu Hyobanshi, flanked by former GCG champions Sozen Ishinomori and Masashi Urogataya, make their debut in WCW with everyone their targets and gold on their minds.


Razan Okamoto def Sozen Ishinomori, Road Trip! [Kyoto], October 2020 (#4 -image.jpeg )
Razan Okamoto def Toshiharu Hyobanshi, Full Throttle [Canberra] November 2020 (#2 - image.jpeg)

Unfortunately for Toshiharu Hyobanshi, after some initial victories in six man tags against unlikely allies Cameron Saint, Echo, and young lion Takenori Doi, he ran up against a returning Razan Okamoto, who had been in Japan after his loss at Glory Days. A motivated Razan battled the massive Sozen Ishinomori in WCW's historic first show in Japan, the small Road Trip! show to Kyoto. Despite competing in front of hundreds, Okamoto put on a stellar performance, leading to a match with the Golden Army boss, Toshiharu Hyobanshi, giving him his second loss (Hyobanshi's first being a cheap one against Echo).

WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Cameron Saint def Echo©, Full Throttle [Canberra], November 2020 (#25 - image.jpeg)

After his loss to Echo, Cameron Saint lost confidence - his earlier boast that he would be WCW's ace fell flat when he couldn't even reach the finals to crown the first champion. Saint would battle his way up the mid card, including a friendly competitive match against his close friend Black Flash, before teaming up with a returning rival in Razan Okamoto against the Golden Army and finding his rhythm and developing a new finishing move. Cameron Saint would finally get his hands on Echo again, beating him in a match that was a bit underwhelming despite it's relative importance thanks to Echo sandbagging the match a bit, the vet not very happy about having to pass the torch.

DOG COLLAR MATCH: Harry Simonson def Alyx Macquarie, One Last Ride [Sydney], December 2020 (#16 - image.jpeg)

Meanwhile, outside of the World title scene, APW veteran (and also Triple Crown winner) Harry Simonson has been the focal point of the midcard. Harry Simonson made his debut at One Last Ride in 2019, beating promising rookie Damian Dastardly, a clean cut veteran looking to make his mark in WCW in a way he never did in APW - in a Tag Team. Latching on to fellow APW co-worker Alyx Macquarie, Simonson came on hard to the high flyer. Forcing Alyx into training standards, signing them up for matches that Alyx didn't want, and their chemistry together was abysmal (in the game too - my original plan was a tag team for them but I had to pivot). Harry Simonson would win a "friendly" match between the two, earning Macquarie's initial respect and "leadership role" in their short-lived team, but Macquarie would "Rebel", forcing WCW's first Ladder match with their tag team contract suspended from the ring. Macquarie would win the encounter, but upon tearing the contract would have a reconciliation between a conflicted Simonson turned into a calculated assault, as Barney Mason makes his debut in WCW attacking him. Harry Simonson and Barney Mason are Millenium, as the duo has won Tag gold in APW and now, with Simonson mentoring the young physical specimen. Simonson tells Macquarie that he wanted HIM to join Millenium too, and in his mind, he did. Millenium is forever, and through constant assaults, Macquarie and Simonson look to blow off their feud for good, in WCW's first Dog Collar match at the spiritual anniversary of the company. Macquarie recruited veteran and also former APW coworker Dingo Devine to protect the key to the collars, and with Barney Mason banned at ringside, it looked like Macquarie could finally rid himself of the veteran... until the young rookie Christian Blithe made a surprise attack, taking the keys and joining Millenium, giving Simonson the advantage.


1. WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Cameron Saint © DOUBLE COUNT OUT vs Razan Okamoto, One Last Ride [Sydney] December 2020 (#1 - image.jpeg)

Cameron Saint and Razan Okamoto, who I gave Excellent chemistry as part of the backstory of my game from their 30 minute draw at the original One Last Ride, meet again for the World title in Saint's first defense after winning the belt from Echo. Their first meeting in a year, in the 1 year anniversary of their first meeting in the same building, the two men have a stellar match, clearly a cut above anything we've ever seen before. Unfortunately... I messed up and chose "draw" without specifying "time limit". I kayfabed that the match ended in a botched spot at the 59th minute, when both men failed to get into the ring (Razan was waiting for the 20 count, as he's used to that in Japan). In the end, Saint realizes and doesn't enter the ring, and the main event of my biggest show ends in... a double count out. For as much as the finish probably brought the crowd and match down a notch, it goes to show how damn good the match was for those first 59 minutes!


APPENDIX: Matches in the top 15 that are good enough to mention but don't have much meaningful stories behind them.

Razan Okamoto def Blackwell Bush, Road To Glory [Melbourne] March 2020 (#3 - image.jpeg)
Razan Okamoto def Blackwell Bush, FringeFest PRE-SHOW [Adelaide], February 2020 (#14 - image.jpeg)
Cameron Saint def Blackwell Bush, Adrenaline Rush PRE-SHOW [Sydney], July 2020 (#9 - image.jpeg)

The "Blackwell Bush" section. Blackwell Bush was originally signed to just be a young jobber to the stars, to see if he could develop some kind of personality naturally. He had a very unique set of skills, being an incredible technical wrestler with the "slow and steady" trait, made him a perfect gatekeeper, the guy I could send out with anyone if I wanted them to get a hard-fought win in a longer match. This guy put on one of my best matches in the pre-show with Razan Okamoto, and then in the pre-show with Cameron Saint - he wasn't popular enough to be on the main show for more than 15 minutes, but the live crowds loved him, and eventually he found a spot as a clean-cut hyper competitive babyface, who was solely focused on taking on any competition, any match, the tougher the challenge the better.

5. Okamoto-gun (Black Flash, Cameron Saint, Razan Okamoto, and Takenori Doi) def Echo, Derrick Spears, Ichiro Mitsukiri, and Robbie D, Adrenaline Rush [Sydney, October 2020 (#5 - image.jpeg)
10. Okamoto-gun (Black Flash, Cameron Saint, and Razan Okamoto) def Fire, Flyer, and Desire (Derrick Spears, Ichiro MItsukiri, and Robbie D), WCW Way Of The Kiwis [Auckland], October 2020 (#10 - image.jpeg)
7. Cameron Saint and Razan Okamoto def Masashi Urogata and Sozen Ishinomori, Crowning Glory [Brisbane] September 2020 (#7 - image.jpeg)
11. Razan Okamoto def Masashi Urogataya, Adrenaline Rush [Sydney], September 2020 (#11 - image.jpeg)

Razan Okamoto was too good in-ring for the rest of my roster to hang, so I let him primarily work in Japan until I had a meaningful storyline for him. In the meantime, my relationship with BCG to send workers on excursion brought me Takenori Doi and The Golden Bulls, former GCG trainees Ichiro Mitsukiri and Koyo Kinoshita. Takenori Doi immediately made an impact as a massive Razan Okamoto stan, and he was the flag bearer to create "Okamoto-gun", without the aformentioned Okamoto for months until the end of 2020. Bringing together former Okamoto rival Cameron Saint, and Saint's friend Black Flash, they would spend the tail end of 2020 battling The Golden Army, as well as Echo and his lackeys-by-association, the odd trio of Derrick Spears (aka D-Pod), Robbie D (aka Dazzler), and the young Lion Ichiro Mitsukiri, attached to Echo by Robbie D's one-sided attraction to the Champ.

I'll go through 2021 later and 2022 once I finish up booking this year. Been wavering on making this game a dynasty as some point, but I don't think I have the time to commit to that from scratch but I wanted to start posting about my game on here.

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I've always been a fan of these threads, and now that I've reached five years in my longest game to date, it seems like the perfect time to release "The Best of World Class Championship Wrestling: The 5th Anniversary Collection!" That being said, in order to present as much variety as possible, I'm omitting two or three matches in my actual Top 100's list that aren't really that important/have a good backstory, so as to prevent this list from turning into "The Eric Tyler Collection" just because of how damn good he is.

 

1) Eric Tyler vs Shawn Gonzalez - WCCW Ignition (February, WK 1 2001) - Rating: 88

The No. 1 match in World Class history is historical for more than just grade value alone as the Lone Wolf challenges the American Heavyweight Champion on the debut episode of WCCW's first weekly television program, Ignition, just one day after the Parade of Champions V with his best friend Louis Figo Manico watching on...

2) Raymond Diaz vs Captain Classic - WCCW Trailblaze (October 2000) - Rating: 87

Twenty-two years of battle experience is put to the test against the strength of a Monster in the prime of his life, all for the chance to achieve the one accolade that the Captain has been after since day one in World Class, the American Heavyweight Championship.

3) Freddie Datsun vs Eric Tyler - WCCW EpiCenter 2001 (July 2001) - Rating: 86

The rivalry that defined World Class over its first five years finally comes to an end in a match that will not just break their score of 2-2-2, but also determine which man becomes the first officially recognized World Heavyweight Champion.

4) Eric Tyler vs Dusty Streets - WCCW Parade of Champions V (January 2001) - Rating: 86

Tyler vs Streets. True Tradition vs Texas Tradition. Title vs Career in the main event of the biggest show of the year.

5) Shawn Gonzalez vs Edgar Frey - WCCW Shockwave (August, WK 4 2001) - Rating: 85

A No. 1 Contender's match that turns very personal, very fast, courtesy of a remorseless Gonzalez & a hellbent Frey both intent on tearing each other apart.

6) Cabrakan, Edgar Frey, Freddie Datsun & Louis Figo Manico vs Eric Tyler, Damian Carvill, Joel Kovach & Danny Rushmore - WCCW Shockwave (January, WK 4 2002) - Rating: 85

Ignition & Shockwave come together for a star-studded main event to cap off the go-home show before the Parade of Champions VI, followed by a confrontation between main event competitors Freddie Datsun & Louis Figo Manico!

7) Freddie Datsun vs Damian Carvill vs Edgar Frey vs Shawn Gonzalez - WCCW Red Sky Calling (August 2001) - Rating: 84

Freddie Datsun's first title defense as World Heavyweight Champion sees him caught in the middle of three determined challengers in a bout that can very easily cut off his title reign before it truly begins!

8) Louis Figo Manico vs Eric Tyler - WCCW World Class Grand Prix: Night 2 (October 2001) - Rating: 84

After coming in second place during last year's WCGP Finals, Louis Figo Manico is a man on a mission seeking to achieve the last accolade left to him in World Class. The only thing standing in his way is a man who has gotten the better of him time and time again throughout the year in Eric Tyler.

9) Louis Figo Manico vs Shawn Gonzalez - WCCW Ignition (June, WK 2 2001) - Rating: 83

The first official encounter between best friends turned bloody enemies sees Louis Figo Manico & Shawn Gonzalez go into this match with nothing but hatred in each other's hearts after weeks of constant fights.

10) Freddie Datsun vs Louis Figo Manico - WCCW Parade of Champions VI (January 2002) - Rating: 83

The heroes of World Class collide in a match five years in the making on the biggest stage possible for the greatest prize in the company, the World Heavyweight Championship.

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I'm a little over six years into a save as WWF/E, starting just after the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. With it now being 2003, the Attitude Era has been and gone.  Here's my "WWE: Best Of The Attitude Era" DVD boxset! 

As stated above, the save starts after Survivor Series 1997 with the first show being RAW IS WAR. On this show, the first thing we see is Vince McMahon recapping last nights happenings similar to how it went IRL, with the exception of McMahon making the decision to ban Owen Hart from the arena in fear of what he might do in retaliation of the treatment of his brother Bret.

However, in a bizarre turn of events over the coming weeks Owen Hart aligns himself with Shawn Michaels and Degeneration-X. The group had been at war with the red hot Stone Cold Steve Austin, which leads us to the first match; Owen Hart vs. Stone Cold from the first RAW of 1998.

Steve Austin def. Owen Hart- RAW IS WAR (January week 1 1998)

The Owen/Austin/DX saga continues, eventually Owen Hart wins the 1998 Royal Rumble match. Also on this show, Austin engages in a classic A rated match vs. Shawn Michaels.

Shawn Michaels def. Steve Austin via count out to retain the WWF Championship-Royal Rumble 1998

On the road to WrestelMania boxing legend Mike Tyson makes his presence felt in the WWF; up next is a legendary segment which saw Tyson knock out Steve Austin with one punch!

Mike Tyson knocks out Stone Cold!-No Way Out 1998  

The first WrestleMania of the Attitude Era saw many classic encounters and moments such as The Rock winning the Intercontinental Championship in a battle royale, Ken Shamrock defeating Dan Severn in a Lions Den match and the two matches highlighted on the DVD, Undertaker vs. Kane and Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels.

Undertaker def. Kane-WrestleMania 14 

Owen Hart def. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship-WrestleMania 14

The family feud between The Undertaker and Kane was far from over at WrestleMania, the two would engage in fierce battles all throughout the years; most notably inside Hell in a Cell in the Summer of 1998.

Undertaker def. Kane. Hell in a Cell-SummerSlam 1998

The Attitude Era saw the birth of many world renowned stars. Brightest of all? Arguably The Rock. In December of 1998 he would win his first of many World championships.

The Rock def. Owen Hart for the WWF Championship-Badd Blood 1998

The first PPV of 1999 would see Steve Austin win the Royal Rumble, and The Rock retain his championship in a rematch against Owen Hart. With our main event set for Wrestlemania 15, it would start to get heated on an episode of RAW two weeks after the Rumble.

The Rock and Austin sign a no contact clause; Rock hits Austin before signing!-RAW IS WAR (January week 4 1999)

Steve Austin def. The Rock for the WWF Championship-Wrestlemania 15

Vengeance of 1999 would see the present and the future of the WWF collide in a six man match for the WWF Championship; Afterward, a moment which would ultimately unfortunately go no where due to contract negotiations falling through, but a historic one none the less.

Steve Austin def. Triple H, The Undertaker, The Rock, Chris Jericho and Bradshaw to retain the WWF Championship-Vengeance 1999

Hulk Hogan returns to the WWF for the first time since 1991 to confront and challenge Steve Austin!-Vengeance 1999

With Shawn Michaels having to retire after WrestleMania 14, Triple H and his version of Degeneration-X were able to take the WWF by storm. His time would officially come in the summer of 1999.

Triple H def. Kane and Steve Austin for the WWF Championship-Fully Loaded 1999

X-Pac and Kane would form an unlikely friendship in 1999, causing rifts in the ranks of DX. Things would finally come to blows on an episode of RAW in September of that year following a match between Triple H and Kane.

Triple H tries to unmask Kane! X-Pac makes the save-RAW IS WAR (September week 1 1999)

Triple H def Kane in an Inferno match for the WWF Championship-Breakdown 1999

Kane goes to Chokeslam X-Pac; Hugs him instead!-RAW IS WAR (January week 1 2000)

Arguably the best Royal Rumble match of all time took place in the year 2000, with arguably the most heart warming victor of all time in Mankind! It wouldn't be easy from there on for Mrs. Foleys baby boy, as constant attacks and bullying from Triple H and Degeneration-X would follow. Foley wasn't alone however, receiving help from Austin and The Rock. After many twists and turns, Mankind wouldn't get a one on one shot at the title at WrestleMania 

Triple H def. Mankind, The Rock and Steve Austin to retain the WWF Championship-WrestleMania 2000

Austin, Foley and The Rock attack Triple H after the match; Beer Bash follows!- WrestleMania 2000

This concludes disc 1! 

(realized the post was never ending lol. Might make another one soon documenting more moments and matches. Great topic!)

 

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1 hour ago, Kurtis said:

I'm a little over six years into a save as WWF/E, starting just after the Montreal Screwjob in 1997. With it now being 2003, the Attitude Era has been and gone.  Here's my "WWE: Best Of The Attitude Era" DVD boxset! 

As stated above, the save starts after Survivor Series 1997 with the first show being RAW IS WAR. On this show, the first thing we see is Vince McMahon recapping last nights happenings similar to how it went IRL, with the exception of McMahon making the decision to ban Owen Hart from the arena in fear of what he might do in retaliation of the treatment of his brother Bret.

However, in a bizarre turn of events over the coming weeks Owen Hart aligns himself with Shawn Michaels and Degeneration-X. The group had been at war with the red hot Stone Cold Steve Austin, which leads us to the first match; Owen Hart vs. Stone Cold from the first RAW of 1998.

Steve Austin def. Owen Hart- RAW IS WAR (January week 1 1998)

The Owen/Austin/DX saga continues, eventually Owen Hart wins the 1998 Royal Rumble match. Also on this show, Austin engages in a classic A rated match vs. Shawn Michaels.

Shawn Michaels def. Steve Austin via count out to retain the WWF Championship-Royal Rumble 1998

On the road to WrestelMania boxing legend Mike Tyson makes his presence felt in the WWF; up next is a legendary segment which saw Tyson knock out Steve Austin with one punch!

Mike Tyson knocks out Stone Cold!-No Way Out 1998  

The first WrestleMania of the Attitude Era saw many classic encounters and moments such as The Rock winning the Intercontinental Championship in a battle royale, Ken Shamrock defeating Dan Severn in a Lions Den match and the two matches highlighted on the DVD, Undertaker vs. Kane and Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels.

Undertaker def. Kane-WrestleMania 14 

Owen Hart def. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship-WrestleMania 14

The family feud between The Undertaker and Kane was far from over at WrestleMania, the two would engage in fierce battles all throughout the years; most notably inside Hell in a Cell in the Summer of 1998.

Undertaker def. Kane. Hell in a Cell-SummerSlam 1998

The Attitude Era saw the birth of many world renowned stars. Brightest of all? Arguably The Rock. In December of 1998 he would win his first of many World championships.

The Rock def. Owen Hart for the WWF Championship-Badd Blood 1998

The first PPV of 1999 would see Steve Austin win the Royal Rumble, and The Rock retain his championship in a rematch against Owen Hart. With our main event set for Wrestlemania 15, it would start to get heated on an episode of RAW two weeks after the Rumble.

The Rock and Austin sign a no contact clause; Rock hits Austin before signing!-RAW IS WAR (January week 4 1999)

Steve Austin def. The Rock for the WWF Championship-Wrestlemania 15

Vengeance of 1999 would see the present and the future of the WWF collide in a six man match for the WWF Championship; Afterward, a moment which would ultimately unfortunately go no where due to contract negotiations falling through, but a historic one none the less.

Steve Austin def. Triple H, The Undertaker, The Rock, Chris Jericho and Bradshaw to retain the WWF Championship-Vengeance 1999

Hulk Hogan returns to the WWF for the first time since 1991 to confront and challenge Steve Austin!-Vengeance 1999

With Shawn Michaels having to retire after WrestleMania 14, Triple H and his version of Degeneration-X were able to take the WWF by storm. His time would officially come in the summer of 1999.

Triple H def. Kane and Steve Austin for the WWF Championship-Fully Loaded 1999

X-Pac and Kane would form an unlikely friendship in 1999, causing rifts in the ranks of DX. Things would finally come to blows on an episode of RAW in September of that year following a match between Triple H and Kane.

Triple H tries to unmask Kane! X-Pac makes the save-RAW IS WAR (September week 1 1999)

Triple H def Kane in an Inferno match for the WWF Championship-Breakdown 1999

Kane goes to Chokeslam X-Pac; Hugs him instead!-RAW IS WAR (January week 1 2000)

Arguably the best Royal Rumble match of all time took place in the year 2000, with arguably the most heart warming victor of all time in Mankind! It wouldn't be easy from there on for Mrs. Foleys baby boy, as constant attacks and bullying from Triple H and Degeneration-X would follow. Foley wasn't alone however, receiving help from Austin and The Rock. After many twists and turns, Mankind wouldn't get a one on one shot at the title at WrestleMania 

Triple H def. Mankind, The Rock and Steve Austin to retain the WWF Championship-WrestleMania 2000

Austin, Foley and The Rock attack Triple H after the match; Beer Bash follows!- WrestleMania 2000

This concludes disc 1! 

(realized the post was never ending lol. Might make another one soon documenting more moments and matches. Great topic!)

 

Love this @Kurtis, especially taking WM14 in a different direction. What did Austin end up doing at WM14, and did he get any retribution on Tyson?

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Love this @Kurtis, especially taking WM14 in a different direction. What did Austin end up doing at WM14, and did he get any retribution on Tyson?

Really glad you enjoyed it! In the lead up to 'Mania Austin hit Tyson with a stunner, and even took out Tysons manager Don King as well. Unfortunately my planned Austin vs. Tyson match at Mania didn't go as planned, since Tyson's contract didn't allow him to have matches (I could have cheated to make it happen and in hindsight I wish I did, however I don't like to use the editor too much) Instead they were put into a segment, and Tyson helped Austin beat Vince McMahon later on in the show. It was all a bit crappy in the end really!  

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3 hours ago, Kurtis said:

Really glad you enjoyed it! In the lead up to 'Mania Austin hit Tyson with a stunner, and even took out Tysons manager Don King as well. Unfortunately my planned Austin vs. Tyson match at Mania didn't go as planned, since Tyson's contract didn't allow him to have matches (I could have cheated to make it happen and in hindsight I wish I did, however I don't like to use the editor too much) Instead they were put into a segment, and Tyson helped Austin beat Vince McMahon later on in the show. It was all a bit crappy in the end really!  

Ah, that's a shame but at least you found a way to pay the angle off without the editor, and it didn't stop Austin getting in the position you needed him in for WM15.

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The sequel DVD soon to be gathering dust in almost 30 homes, it's "Pro Wrestling WILD: Best of 2021". A much tougher list of matches to come up with, given my rule that no one can appear more than 3 times. 


1. Eddie Chandler vs Shane Nelson (WILD Wrestling in Edmonton, March 2021) 
Former CGC & TCW megastar Chandler has returned to Canada. He claims to simply want to 'help' his friend Philippe LaGrenier by 'softening up' the Edmonton Openweight Champion, but can anyone trust the Prince of Lies? (503 in attendance & available on WrestleWorld, 59 rating)

2. Hudson Drake vs Shane Nelson (WILD Wrestling in Edmonton, April 2021)
A month after losing his title to Chandler, Shane Nelson squares off against WILD's most-annoying motormouth. Isabella Encarta seduces/kidnaps the referee to try to get the match cancelled for her client, but Jerry Martin steps in as guest official. (514 in attendance, not broadcast, 55 rating)

3. Hudson Drake vs Jerry Martin (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, June 2021)
Having spent months ducking and dodging WILD's resident maniac, Hudson finds himself locked inside a cage with his foe. This feud must end tonight! (580 in attendance & available on WrestleWorld, 63 rating - Match of the Year, which was a nice surprise. The feud was fun, with a crazy, slightly-dim-wild-man going after a cowardly weasel, but I didn't think the blow off would have ranked this high.)

4. Philippe LaGrenier vs Penfold Perdition (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, July 2021)
Hawaiian Heavyweight Penfold has earned a shot at any title he chooses. As luck would have it, Edmonton Champion Eddie Chandler is 'sick' and 'can't compete', so Penfold chooses to fight Philippe for the Calgary title instead. So predictably honorable. (647 in attendance, not broadcast, 52 rating - If I was willing to break my 3-appearences-per-wrestler rule, there were some much better LaGrenier/Chandler vs Big Ballz tag matches that could be put here. Chandler was a revelation.)

5. Shiva vs Davis Wayne Newton - (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, August 2021)
A cold match, only notable for being the debut of DWN. (623 in attendance, not broadcast, 59 rating - Davis had a similarly great match with Quarrel (a masked Kid Fantastic) the next night in Calgary, but that match would be too similar to include here.)

6. Danielle Sweetheart vs Ava Anderson  (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, August 2021)
Women's wrestling is alive and well as Alberta's newest adopted daughter takes on America's (not Canada's) Sweetheart. (673 in attendance, available on WrestleWorld, 56 rating. I've had a small women's division from the start, but adding Ava this year is the first time it's gone beyond a training program for rookies.) 

7. The Fantatic Fur vs Hudson Drake & Jawsome (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, September 2021)
Six-man tag team action! Gnaw (Alistair Shufflebottom) Gnibble (Bowden Snoop) and Fuzzball (Flying Patriot) have been feuding with Hammerhead (Reggie Bishop) and Ripster (Reilly Patton) for most of the year. Now Hudson Drake has decided to get involved. Flips ahoy! (718 in attendance, 54 rating. Thrilled to see this make it onto the disc. The masked 6-man division was an undercard delight to book this year.)

8. Eddie Chandler vs Jerry Martin vs Philippe LaGrenier (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, October 2021)

LaGrenier has been suspicious of Eddie Chandler's 'friendship' all year, and now the Prince of Lies has orchestrated himself into a three-way for both titles. Chandler promises to lay down once they eliminate Martin, but will he?  (876 in attendance and available on WrestleWorld. 63 rating)

9. Eddie Chandler & Bobby Thomas vs Jerry Martin & Philippe LaGrenier (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, November 2021) 
Dastardly double champion Eddie Chandler has surrounded himself with The Golden Circle (Bobby Thomas, Canadian Crusher, and the Loverboys; Romeo Romaro & Quentin Queen). Jerry Martin needs a tag partner to fight them, and LaGrenier has shockingly stepped up. Has he turned over a new leaf? (987 in attendance, 62 rating - Probably should have been the last match of the disc, showcasing the new status quo going into 2022, with Chandler's new generic heel stable and LaGrenier's babyface turn.) 

10. The Fantastic Fur vs Quarrel & The Rock City Stars (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, December 2021)

Celebrating Christmas with a frantic festive six-man tag. (982 in attendance, 53 rating) 

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I posted this in the previous topic and feels like a good one to bring up given recent events 
 
WWE April 2014 mod for TEW 13 by Fleisch
 
A Career of Fear: The Bray Wyatt Story
A career introspective documenting the accomplishments of this bizarre future Hall of Immortals inductee. Bray Wyatt has struck fear in the hearts of many superstars on his path to superstardom. Relive all of his classic encounters in this one of a kind DVD set.

1. Money in the Bank Contract
Summerslam 2014
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (c)

After a re-ignition of the bitter rivalry between the Shield and the Wyatt Family, the Eater of Worlds scored a victory over Money in the Bank holder Seth Rollins on Raw. After careful manipulation, Bray convinced Seth to put his "golden ticket" on the line in a match against him. Rollins's stubborn pride proved to be his downfall as Bray captured the Money in the Bank contract after Seth's Shield brethren Roman Reigns speared him mid-match, allowing Bray to capture his guaranteed WWE Championship opportunity.


2. WrestleMania 31
Bray Wyatt vs. Sting

These two strange, enigmatic characters confronted each other at the Royal Rumble. After weeks of mind games, Bray accepted Sting's proposal for a match at Sting's first WrestleMania. The two engaged in a grueling contest for the ages, but unfortunately for Sting, he failed to get the job done. After defeating the Undertaker at Survivor Series, Sting fell prey to Sister Abigail by a much younger foe. Sting, however, did earn himself a post-match standing ovation. As for Bray, this wasn't the last time he was seen in front of the sold out WrestleMania 31 crowd.

3. WWE Championship
WrestleMania 31
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (c)

Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins had finally accomplished his dream of both main eventing WrestleMania and winning his first WWE Championship. These accolades were certainly no easy feat as he had to go through a determined Brock Lesnar to do so. After being put through hell by Brock Lesnar for 30 minutes, Seth's WrestleMania night wasn't over as the very man whom defeated him for the Money in the Bank contract cashed in as Seth's night of glory turned into a nightmare as the Eater of Worlds won his first WWE Championship.

4. Triple Threat for the WWE Championship
Battleground 2015
Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt (c)

WrestleMania 31 proved to be a nightmare for both Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. The Beast returned with a vengeance in July, anxious to utilize his rematch clause. Seth Rollins, however, has been constantly screwed out of WWE Championship matches by members of the Authority in Triple H, Kane, and Roman Reigns. Seth once again earned a WWE Championship match in this hellacious contest. The Cult Leader proved to be a bigger obstacle than even Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins could overcome as they both fell victim to interference by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. In the end, Bray reigned supreme as both Seth and Brock were forced to relive the setbacks they experienced at WrestleMania 31.

5. WWE Championship
Summerslam 2015
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (c)

One short month after experience hell in the form of the Architect and the Beast, Bray was faced with yet another major obstacle. This came from the Face that Runs the Place, John Cena. Cena says it has been too long since he's held a championship and reminded Bray of their WrestleMania encounter. Bray reluctantly accepted. However, General Manager Shawn Michaels barred Rowan and Harper from ringside. This stipulation proved to be troublesome for Bray as Cena gave him the fight of his life. In the end, Bray utilized Sister Abigail to retain his throne.

6. Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship
Hell in a Cell 2015
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt (c)

The hits keep on coming for the Master of the Wyatt Family, with each challenger getting more legendary. This challenge came in the form of the 25 year veteran, the Undertaker inside his playpen, Hell in a Cell. Despite Undertaker's best attempts at mind games, perhaps the biggest mind game in this rivalry came from Bray introducing Undertaker to the newest member of his Family, the 6'8", 350 pound Braun Strowman. This revelation appeared to take its toll on the Deadman as Bray extended his WWE Championship reign.

7. WWE Championship
Fast Lane 2016
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (c)

After losing his WWE Championship to his bitter rival, Seth Rollins, at Survivor Series 2015, Bray is finally getting his one on one rematch after being involved in a triple threat match also involving then WWE Champion Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble, but not taking the loss. Seth defended against each member of the Wyatt Family successfully before taking on Bray at Fast Lane. Bray was determined to walk into WrestleMania 32 as WWE Champion, but it was not meant to be as his long-time rival hit him with a Curb Stomp. Arguably, Bray had bigger plans at WrestleMania though.

8. No Holds Barred
WrestleMania 32
Bray Wyatt vs. Brock Lesnar

In order to provoke a reaction from the prize fighter, Bray began referring to himself as the Beastslayer. This didn't set well with Brock Lesnar as Bray lured him into several ambushed by his Family. The Conqueror vowed revenge. In this rare heel vs. heel match, these two held nothing back. These two men destroyed each other and the arena around them in an attempt to prove superiority. The two kicked out of each others finishers until the sun set on Brock's dominance as he fell victim to a Sister Abigail onto the stairs as Bray became one of the few to best Brock in a singles matchup.

9. WWE Championship
Roadblock 2016
Bray Wyatt vs. AJ Styles (c)

In October 2016, the Wyatt Family began feuding with the new top stable in WWE, the Club. The Club consisted of Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and their friend, WWE Champion AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One had burst onto the scene in January and already established himself as a top star, defeating John Cena at WrestleMania, winning the WWE Championship from Seth Rollins in July, defeating Cena two more times, including inside Hell in a Cell, and retiring Daniel Bryan. The Wyatt Family proved to be more problematic for AJ as Bray earned a WWE Championship match by proxy of the Wyatt Family winning an elimination match against the Club at Survivor Series. After competing in one of the WWE's legendary ranked matches, Bray wins his second WWE Championship after a hard-fought battle with AJ Styles.

10. Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
Royal Rumble 2017
AJ Styles vs. Bray Wyatt (c)

The Club and the Wyatt Family would compete in 2 more elimination matches, with the Club ultimately winning the series. Things looked set for AJ to win back his WWE Championship, as he picked the stipulation for the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble. In yet another legendary heel vs. heel matchup, AJ once again came up just a bit short in this bout as he was counted out after suffering a Sister Abigail on the announce table.

11. WWE Championship
WrestleMania 33
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (c)

In the summer of 2016, the Eater of Worlds ejected his mercenary Braun Strowman from the Family. Braun suffered his first pinfall loss in WWE to his former mentor at Summerslam 2016. The Wyatt Family then put their former brethren on the shelf for several months before Braun came back and won the 2017 Royal Rumble. Bray then tried to convince Braun that he was showing him tough love. Of course, Braun didn't feel up to the redemption talk and chose to face him instead of Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 33. The protege ended up defeating the teacher in the main event of WrestleMania 33 after a Running Powerslam to win his first WWE Championship

Special Features:
Bray manipulates Seth into putting his Money in the Bank contract on the line (Smackdown August 2014)
Bray says he isn't entering the Royal Rumble because he isn't greedy (Royal Rumble 2015)
Sting returns to challenge Bray at WrestleMania 31 (Royal Rumble 2015)
Bray celebrates with the WWE Championship (Post WrestleMania 31 Raw)
Promo inside the Elimination Chamber (Elimination Chamber 2015)
Braun Strowman debuts and attacks the Undertaker (Raw September 2015)
Braun Strowman is ejected from the Wyatt Family (Raw July 2016)
Braun Strowman is injured by the Wyatt Family (Raw August 2016)
Bray and AJ Styles contract signing (Raw December 2016)
Bray tries to convince Braun to face Universal Champion Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 33 instead of him (Raw February 2017)
Bray says that Braun is a quitter and that he'll force Braun to say I Quit at Extreme Rules (Raw May 2017)
WarGames is brought back for Summerslam with the Shield, the Wyatt Family, and the Balor Club (Raw August 2017)
Bray lays out his planning of stopping the old guard of wrestlers (Raw September 2017)
Bray's emotional injury and retirement speech. He retires but vows that the wrestling world hasn't seen the last of him (Raw February 2019)
The Fiend [Aleister Black] debuts with Bray at his side (Raw June 2019)
The Fiend is unmasked by Rey Mysterio (Raw December 2019)
The Fiend attacks Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (Raw April 2020)
 
What is next for the Eater of Worlds? In his short 4 year career in WWE, he has won the WWE Championship twice, main evented the Grandest Stage of Them All twice, led the Wyatt Family to two Tag Team Championships, and defeated some of the biggest names in the game. The career of this charismatic figure in WWE has seen him do it all, but Bray says he isn't done yet. What challenges and accomplishments lay ahead for this future Hall of Famer?
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Lucha Future Wrestling: Best of 2022. Relive some of the best matches of Lucha Future Wrestling as it established itself as the premiere lucha libre promotion in Mexico.


1. El Heroe Mexicano vs Multimillionario (IT'S LUCHA TIME in Mexico City (Centro) March 2022) 
The MillIon Dollar Man of Mexico storyline was firing on all cylinders as El Heroe Mexicano had been embroiled with a heated feud since the previous November with Multimillionario, who debuted that month. Multimillionario had proven to be a thorn in the side of El Heroe and his title reign and things had escalated to a rematch of their previous encounter as Multimillionario challenged for the Lucha Aztecca title. El Heroe would successfully defend the title in one of the best matches lucha libre fans had ever seen, much less from Lucha Future Wrestling which was only 2 years into its existence.  These two fought with everything they had for nearly THIRTY MINUTES. (46,882 in attendance & available on Demand-TV Mexico, 97 rating)

2. La Sombra Jr vs Multimillionario (UNA MASSACRE de NAVIDAD III in Estadio Tecnologico, Juarez (Noroccidente) December 2002)
Multimillionario and El Heroe Mexicano had been calling in help throughout 2022 and this time La Sombra would step in to handle Multimillionario. Unfortunately Multimiillionario had some tricks up his sleeve and was able to put down La Sombra for the 3 count in an admirable effort from one of Lucha Future's top technicos.  (27,039 in attendance & available on Demand-TV Mexico, 97 rating)

3. El Heroe Mexicano vs Multimillionario  (LUCHA EXTREMA II in Xalapa (Sur) January 2022)
THE FIRST ENCOUNTER. Multimillionario had made numerous efforts to interfere in El Heroe Mexicano's matches, had come out on the better end of the stick in sneak attacks and had accumulated victories in tag matches against Heroe. Now it was time for the one on one encounter... INSIDE A STEEL CAGE!!! Some wrestling historians argue this is one of the greatest title defenses of all time. These two would go nearly 20 minutes inside the steel structure designed to keep out allies. (15,340 in attendance & available on Demand-TV Mexico, 94 rating)

4. Masa Kurata vs Payaso Jr (Revolucion TV in Estadio de la Revolucion (Sureste) November 2022)
The rudo Masa Kurata quickly aligned himself with Multimillionario as a useful ally against the Lucha Azteca champion El Heroe Mexicano. Lucha Future's family friendly clown Payaso Jr stepped up to ally for El Heroe and the two squared off in front of nearly 1 million viewers in Mexico. Mexico's favorite clown would emerge victorious, scoring a victory for team Mexicano in a TWENTY MINUTE MATCH, successfully defending the Lucha Aztecca title which had been won by defeating El Speriente in October. (10,000 SELLOUT in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 93 rating)

5. Extraodinaro Jr vs Chess Maniac - (Revolucion TV in Plaza Monumental (Centro), November 2022)
Having concluded the Extraodinary Game of Chess rivalry the previous year, Chess Maniac and Extraodinaro Jr would run things back on live TV. Only this time, the master of mind games would emerge victorious. Proving to all lucha libre fans in Mexico, why Chess Maniac had been one of the most dangerous rudos to date. (14,896 in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 92 rating)

6. El Heroe Mexicano vs Mr Lucha III  (Revolucion TV in Estadio de la Revolucion (Sureste) December 2022)
El Heroe Mexicano and Mr Lucha III had all of Mexico in the palms of their hands throughout 2021 and 2022. This would be one of the final matchups these two would have as both would move onto new rivalries. This would be the start of the Million Dollar Man of Mexico storyline as Multimillionario would make his presence felt against El Hero, causing a DQ(9,539 in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 93 rating) 

7. El Heroe Mexicano vs John Greed (Revolucion TV in Sur, May 2022)
In the months following the Justice or Greed storyline with Rick Law, John Greed had established himself as a contender and a fixture in the main event scene. On this night he would challenge El Heroe Mexicano for the Lucha Aztecca title. In a solid bout of 15 minutes, El Heroe Mexicano was able to put down John Greed and show Mexico why he is MEXICO's champion. A true fighting champion. (10,000 in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 90 rating)

8. Jormungand vs Spencer Spade (Revolucion TV in Sur, September 2022)
Having jumped ship to Lucha Future Wrestling in the end of 2021, Spencer Spade was instantly a fixture in the main event scene in 2022 as one of the top rudos in the company. Jormungand had also jumped ship the previous year and now it was time for these two to go head to head in what would be one of Lucha Future's top 20 matches of 2022. While 19 other matches may be on wrestling historians' greatest matches of 2022, this bout is still an instant classic. Spencer Spade would emerge victorious. Reminding lucha libre fans why he's at the top of the wrestling industry. (10,000 in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 89 rating)

9. Violent Conduct (El Serpiente & Silver Tiger) vs El Heroe Mexicano & Extraodinario Jr (Revolucion TV in Plaza Monumental (Centro), November 2022) 
The Serpent of Mexico storyline was in its infancy as El Serpiente had solidified himself as a major contender and threat to Lucha Aztecca champion El Heroe Mexicano. Using his ally and tag team partner Silver Tiger to make life difficult for the champ, the champ enlisted the aid of Extraodinario Jr. Unffortunately it wasn't enough as Violent Conduct were able to secure victory. (15,000 SELLOUT in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno, 86 rating)

10. John Greed, Mr. Lucha III, & Spencer Spade vs Captain Lucha, El Mitico, & Rick Law (Revolucion in Mexico City (Centro) September 2022)
John Greed had proven to be a worthy adversary for Rick Law, who had been intent on serving out justice to the top rudos in Lucha Future Wrestling. The Justice or Greed storyline continued with this lucha libre trios match. Captain Lucha had carved out quite a name for himself in Lucha Future and in an effort to help take down his counterpart Mr Lucha III, teamed with Law and El Mitico. Unfortunately the odds were too much as Greed and company would emerge victorious. (15,259 in attendance, & broadcast on Canal Uno , 85 rating) 

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Do people buy DVD's of small indy promotions? I used to see cheaply made discs for sale at lots of shows I used to attend. Who bought them? Who would possibly want "Pro Wrestling WILD: Best of 2022".

 

1. Davis Wayne Newton vs Philippe LaGrenier (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, January 2022)
Evil Eddie Chandler has melted down the Calgary Openweight Title to create a Calgary Golden Crown. Now these two heroic heroes battle to become the No.1 contender. (66 rating, 1,118 in attendance)

2. Davies Wayne Newton vs Eddie Chandler (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, March 2022)
DWN challenges for the Calgary Golden Crown. Chandler's entire Golden Court are at ringside. Will shenanigans be afoot? (68 rating, 1,272 in attendance. Match of the Year.)

3. Quentin Queen vs Davis Wayne Newton (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, April 2022)
After being screwed in his title match the previous month by The Loverboys, Davis Wayne looks for revenge against one of those Fabulous Flunkies; Quentin Queen. (63 rating, 1,329 in attendance. Davis looked like he was going to dominate this year, but soon after this he was snapped up by CWA. A bit of a shame, as when FCW went bankcrupt and Davis moved to Alberta, I got my hopes up about making him the figurehead.)

4. Alan Parent vs Jerry Martin (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, June 2022)
Someway, somehow, Alan Parent has ended up with the Edmonton Openweight Title in his possession. Can he survive his first title defense against WILD's resident Wild Man? (61 rating, 602 in attendance - By this point, the Edmonton shows had become Lesser events in smaller buildings, and because Eddie Chandler is really expensive, I played hot potato with the belt until it was on someone cheaper and separate from the main Calgary stories.)

5. Poison Ivy & Pinky Perez vs Anderson & Snyder (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, June 2022)
Ava Anderson and Lily Snyder, one of the great women's tag teams of the modern age, have put out a worldwide open invitation for opponents. This month's challengers are two spectacular Luchadoras. (66 rating, 979 in attendance - The women's division became the Anderson & Snyder show this year, training rookies and having quality bouts with young AAA/QAW teams. This was a whole other level though.)

6. Eddie Chandler & The Golden Court vs Philippe LaGrenier, Jerry Martin, Chris Ball & Penfold Perdition (WILD Pro Wrestling in Edmonton, July 2022)
Two armies collide in a match that promises to get out of control fast. Chandler is protected by his Court (Canadian Crusher, Quentin Queen & Romeo Romaro) but LaGrenier has recruited some big guns to deal with them. (57 rating, 602 in attendance - The dominant story at the top this year was  pretty basic, an evil faction cheating their heart out. This match is that.)

7. Philippe LaGrenier vs Eddie Chandler (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, August 2022)
Following the absolute chaos of last month's eight-man tag, this match for the Calgary Golden Crown will be settled in a Steel Cage. With the Golden Court unable to interfere, will this be LaGrenier's chance to dethrone Chandler? (64 rating, 979 in attendance - Spolier alert. Yes. By this point 47 year old Chandler was slowing down, and with a lot of top babyfaces having left, I didn't have any more challengers for him. )

8. Alan Parent vs Christopher Ball (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, November 2022)
Calgary isn't big enough for the both of them. Loser Leaves Town! (61 rating, 979 in attendance - It's a shame Parent lives on the other side on the country, because he proved to be a really effective secondary villain. Ball, the local lad, took the win here, hoping to fill the void left by DWN & Penfold's departures. )

9. The Unforgiven vs The Loverboys (WILD Pro Wrestling in Calgary, December 2022)
Without the Calgary Golden Crown to unite them, the Golden Court have split in two. The serious thugs (Todd Haverford & Preston Fuller; The Unforgiven) on one side, and the fun-loving scamps (Quentin Queen & Romeo Romaro; The Loverboys) on the other. (57 rating, 979 in attendance - The Golden Court didn't really work for me as a faction. Too big for an indy promotion, and I fell in love with Chandler & the Loverboys. It's like Dalton Castle and his Boys, except the leader is older and flabbier, and one of the Boys is really good. They would be babyfaces before the end of the year.)

10. Robin DaLay vs Jerry Martin (WILD Pro Wrestling in Saskatoon, December 2022)
Free of the shackles of CWA and his father's watchful eye, Robin 'The Rock' DaLay is out to make a name for himself. (59 rating, 159 in attendance - A portent of things to come. Not only the expansion into Saskatchewan, but the arrival of Robin. A big, young heavyweight with tons of experience and a CGC legacy. Couldn't think of a better top heel if I tried.)
 

Some disappointing elements of the promotion missing from this disc. Nothing from the masked cruiserweights, despite Acid coming in to lend his experience. No Bobby Thomas, who massively slowed down and got lost in the Golden Court shuffle. And I honestly expected more Anderson & Snyder. Really great performances all year from them.

I like writing these. Like writing a dynasty, but doesn't absorb my entire life. 

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Title: The Fight for The New Japan Cup 

Synopsis: Ten matches for the prestigious New Japan Cup trophy that has shaped careers since the year 2000, take a peak back at the very first New Japan Cup finals, or relive Hirooki Goto's triumphant recent victory!

 

1. 2000: Jun Akiyama vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (Winner: Akiyama)

Two men shock Japan, as both struggled to break out and become something more. Jun Akiyama fighting to prove he is more than just the dark horse of the Holy Demon Army. Yamazaki battles to prove he isn't just Dan Severn's tag team partner. This match is special as it is also for the inaugural Intercontinental Championship!

2. 2001: Yuji Nagata vs. Kurt Angle (Winner: Angle)

Kurt Angle's meteoric rise to the top of the card practically began in the New Japan Cup! A rematch from the G1 Climax a year before, Yuji Nagata attempts to avenge his defeat. While neither man had a G1 campaign worth talking about, none of that matters now as both men fight to cement themselves at the top of the card.

3. 2002: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Chris Benoit (Winner: Takada)

Nobuhiko Takada is definitely one of the biggest what-if's in New Japan, choosing to remain loyal to his own promotion UWFI until the very end, Takada never had time to prioritize his times with New Japan. However, in 2002, Takada proved he was an elite athlete, and could easily be the man in NJPW. His opponent? An openweight competitor who was on an absolute hot streak.

4. 2003: Dan Severn vs. Shinya Hashimoto (Winner: Shinya Hashimoto)

The year 2003 might have been Severn's biggest year of his career. But before all that glory, he must face the Ace of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Shinya Hashimoto. 3 years after the New Japan Cup's creation, seeing Hashimoto in the finals felt right, it would be up to Severn to make a name for himself. (Fun fact: Hashimoto is the only one to win the title after winning the New Japan Cup! A bonus fun fact, Dan Severn's career would skyrocket after shockingly defeating Hashimoto at Dontaku of this year for the title.)

5. 2004: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Minoru Suzuki (Winner: Kawada)

2003 made the New Japan Cup must watch, it was apparent now that every fighter would do all they can to achieve glory, and with Hashimoto being the first to convert his tournament win to an IWGP Heavyweight title reign, the competition became somehow even more stacked. Minoru Suzuki, forming Suzuki-gun and becoming a top heel, takes on one of baddest men in the world in Kawada. Suzuki's technical prowess proved to be a lot, but his pride would be the deciding factor as Kawada simply batters through.

6. 2005: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (Winner: Marufuji)

A flashback almost to 2000, as two huge underdogs overcome all the odds imaginable and end in the biggest spot of their careers. Sekimoto's fighting spirit vs Marufuji's technical flashier offense. A contrast of styles that saw them do all they can to make a lasting impression. 

7. 2006: Kenta Kobashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Winner: Nakamura)

Shinsuke Nakamura was dubbed a super rookie, and had already captured the IWGP Heavyweight title. Meanwhile, Kobashi was an established megastar on the level of Shinya Hashimoto. This was a classic that saw Kobashi hammer and slam Nakamura. Nakamura's resilience and babyface fire, something he had yet to show to the crowd, powered him through, and allowed Nakamura to do the unthinkable: submit the legendary Kobashi.

8. 2007: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kensuke Sasaki (Winner: Suzuki)

Minoru Suzuki was the first man to reach the finals twice. And this time, with more experience, he looked unbeatable. Mixing his submission-based offense with now a heavy striking skillset, this was not the same Minoru Suzuki from 2004. Meanwhile, while Hashimoto's and Sasaki's rivalry was always raging, the two remained friendly throughout their careers. This was Sasaki's valiant attempt to do what Hashimoto had already done. Both men had so much to lose, and so much to gain. 

9. 2008: Hirooki Goto vs. Go Shiozaki (Winner: Hirooki Goto)

Hirooki Goto made an instant impact returning from excursion. In fact, Goto had just returned from excursion the very same month he won the New Japan Cup! Goto was against a man who had a very similar career however, as Shiozaki just returned not 2 months prior. The two battled as hungry lions, cubs no more. The beginning of the new era of New Japan takes center stage in this match!

10. 2009: Minoru Tanaka vs. Kensuke Sasaki (Winner: Minoru Tanka)

Kensuke Sasaki finds himself in the same exact situation as Minoru Suzuki just 2 years back. His opponent is Minoru Tanaka, a man who at times looks like he could be World Champion at any moment, with his perfectly balanced offensive flurries and high flying 450s. Sasaki, now in his older years, has very chances left to prove he can still be an elite athlete, Tanaka in his prime. 

Bonus: 2010: Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA (Winner: Goto)

Hirooki Goto becomes the 1st ever to win the New Japan Cup multiple times. While this established Goto as an elite singles competitor, this match was pivotal for KENTA as, a heel for all of his career, KENTA rallied the crowd behind him and had a star-making performance (he shot up from 82 to 86 popularity during this tournament so that was cool!) By all accounts this is considered one of the best matches in New Japan, not just the New Japan Cup, and it is absolutely "can't miss" (Only 100 rated match in the New Japan Cup)

 

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Title: The Fight for The New Japan Cup 

Synopsis: Ten matches for the prestigious New Japan Cup trophy that has shaped careers since the year 2000, take a peak back at the very first New Japan Cup finals, or relive Hirooki Goto's triumphant recent victory!

 

1. 2000: Jun Akiyama vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (Winner: Akiyama)

Two men shock Japan, as both struggled to break out and become something more. Jun Akiyama fighting to prove he is more than just the dark horse of the Holy Demon Army. Yamazaki battles to prove he isn't just Dan Severn's tag team partner. This match is special as it is also for the inaugural Intercontinental Championship!

2. 2001: Yuji Nagata vs. Kurt Angle (Winner: Angle)

Kurt Angle's meteoric rise to the top of the card practically began in the New Japan Cup! A rematch from the G1 Climax a year before, Yuji Nagata attempts to avenge his defeat. While neither man had a G1 campaign worth talking about, none of that matters now as both men fight to cement themselves at the top of the card.

3. 2002: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Chris Benoit (Winner: Takada)

Nobuhiko Takada is definitely one of the biggest what-if's in New Japan, choosing to remain loyal to his own promotion UWFI until the very end, Takada never had time to prioritize his times with New Japan. However, in 2002, Takada proved he was an elite athlete, and could easily be the man in NJPW. His opponent? An openweight competitor who was on an absolute hot streak.

4. 2003: Dan Severn vs. Shinya Hashimoto (Winner: Shinya Hashimoto)

The year 2003 might have been Severn's biggest year of his career. But before all that glory, he must face the Ace of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Shinya Hashimoto. 3 years after the New Japan Cup's creation, seeing Hashimoto in the finals felt right, it would be up to Severn to make a name for himself. (Fun fact: Hashimoto is the only one to win the title after winning the New Japan Cup! A bonus fun fact, Dan Severn's career would skyrocket after shockingly defeating Hashimoto at Dontaku of this year for the title.)

5. 2004: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Minoru Suzuki (Winner: Kawada)

2003 made the New Japan Cup must watch, it was apparent now that every fighter would do all they can to achieve glory, and with Hashimoto being the first to convert his tournament win to an IWGP Heavyweight title reign, the competition became somehow even more stacked. Minoru Suzuki, forming Suzuki-gun and becoming a top heel, takes on one of baddest men in the world in Kawada. Suzuki's technical prowess proved to be a lot, but his pride would be the deciding factor as Kawada simply batters through.

6. 2005: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (Winner: Marufuji)

A flashback almost to 2000, as two huge underdogs overcome all the odds imaginable and end in the biggest spot of their careers. Sekimoto's fighting spirit vs Marufuji's technical flashier offense. A contrast of styles that saw them do all they can to make a lasting impression. 

7. 2006: Kenta Kobashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Winner: Nakamura)

Shinsuke Nakamura was dubbed a super rookie, and had already captured the IWGP Heavyweight title. Meanwhile, Kobashi was an established megastar on the level of Shinya Hashimoto. This was a classic that saw Kobashi hammer and slam Nakamura. Nakamura's resilience and babyface fire, something he had yet to show to the crowd, powered him through, and allowed Nakamura to do the unthinkable: submit the legendary Kobashi.

8. 2007: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kensuke Sasaki (Winner: Suzuki)

Minoru Suzuki was the first man to reach the finals twice. And this time, with more experience, he looked unbeatable. Mixing his submission-based offense with now a heavy striking skillset, this was not the same Minoru Suzuki from 2004. Meanwhile, while Hashimoto's and Sasaki's rivalry was always raging, the two remained friendly throughout their careers. This was Sasaki's valiant attempt to do what Hashimoto had already done. Both men had so much to lose, and so much to gain. 

9. 2008: Hirooki Goto vs. Go Shiozaki (Winner: Hirooki Goto)

Hirooki Goto made an instant impact returning from excursion. In fact, Goto had just returned from excursion the very same month he won the New Japan Cup! Goto was against a man who had a very similar career however, as Shiozaki just returned not 2 months prior. The two battled as hungry lions, cubs no more. The beginning of the new era of New Japan takes center stage in this match!

10. 2009: Minoru Tanaka vs. Kensuke Sasaki (Winner: Minoru Tanka)

Kensuke Sasaki finds himself in the same exact situation as Minoru Suzuki just 2 years back. His opponent is Minoru Tanaka, a man who at times looks like he could be World Champion at any moment, with his perfectly balanced offensive flurries and high flying 450s. Sasaki, now in his older years, has very chances left to prove he can still be an elite athlete, Tanaka in his prime. 

Bonus: 2010: Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA (Winner: Goto)

Hirooki Goto becomes the 1st ever to win the New Japan Cup multiple times. While this established Goto as an elite singles competitor, this match was pivotal for KENTA as, a heel for all of his career, KENTA rallied the crowd behind him and had a star-making performance (he shot up from 82 to 86 popularity during this tournament so that was cool!) By all accounts this is considered one of the best matches in New Japan, not just the New Japan Cup, and it is absolutely "can't miss" (Only 100 rated match in the New Japan Cup)

 

Would love to see one of these for the G1 and BotSJ tournaments from your save Peria. 

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