WMS I'm so hyped to read this my man. I've been waiting quite some time. I believe this is the first War Games match written in fan fic since I've come around. War Games was my favorite back in the day circa 96-97. The 97 War Games match is absolutely a top 20 all time favorite match of mine(the storyline going into the match has a lot to do with it). I wrote a War Games style match for my Invasion show, but I changed a lot of the rules and didn't know what I was doing as far as fan fiction, so needless to say it sucked.... Bad.
That banner is just too sweet. That's the best pic of Samoa Joe that I've ever seen. Makes me want to bring him into the Buyout II and push him as the new Taz, something I swore to myself I wouldn't do.
Here we go back to the Spectrum. This place looks awfully familiar for some reason.
That truly is a historic venue for pro wrestling. It's a shame it got torn down. All of the old pro wrestling venues are fading out and getting destroyed. All of the old WCCW venues have been demolished here in Texas, which is a damn shame, especially the Sportatorium, which should have been declared a Texas Landmark.
Speaking of Texas, what the fuck dude!?! This was supposed to be a Texas promotion! What's with all this NY/Philly shit!?! COME BACK! These fans have seen enough awesome wrestling in their lifetimes. The Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston is an awesome little 4,000 seat intimate venue that I think would be perfect for wrestling.
What Price, Glory? Epic ppv name.
Nice song. I bet these lyrics tie into the show somehow, which makes me want to cream my pants.
Opening paragraph flows so well and does so many things with so few words. The main thing it does is hype up the importance of this show. The preservation of the NWA lineage. This show means something, and I got that from the first paragraph. You, my friend, are a professional.
The second paragraph reminds me of something that I'm not sure you even know about(probably do). Something that didn't really click with me until recently. Did you know that a couple of months after Shane Douglas threw down the NWA title in ECW that Dan Severn won the belt(in Smoky Mountain from Chris Candido), and took it to the UFC 5 tournament, where he dominated, hoisting the NWA belt up beside the UFC V tournament belt at the end of the night? It didn't mean much back then, but looking back now that was a pretty big deal.
Classic Shinobi review where I go off into something that has nothing to do with this fic.
That fucking intro man. The story recap, and the whole deal about how the clean apron of the ring will be stained with blood, sweat, and tears by the end of the night. The cage looming over the ring. Good god man. This show is off to an awesome start just four paragraphs in.
Kendrick with a beard. Good call. More wrestlers need beards. So many babyfaced dudes. It's just, I don't know. Good god almighty, would it kill you to grow a mustache. Get some fucking scruff going and stop looking like a god damn teenager. For crying out loud you're a wrestler man!
In all seriousness though, the beard was a great small little touch to help me buy this guy as a threatening heel. Very smart.
Some excellent promos here.
You know the main event is going to be crazy when the opening match starts off with some technical mat wrestling. Might as well get this shit out of the way.
You are one of the best technical mat wrestling match writers in fan fic. This opener is a great example of it. Some very well written scientific exchanges here, a great human chess match. You have probably been my biggest influence in that department of match writing.
The working of the ear in this match was downright brutal.
Excellent use of the 10 count as well. That's highly underused, but so dramatic.
Kendrick mauling London's ear in this match is fucking brilliant.
Such great sequences here in the finish. This is an outstanding opening and one of your best matches, which is saying something.
I love the way they both are constantly countering and side stepping each other, as if they know each other like the back of their hands.
BITING THE FUCKING EAR! FUCK!
YEAH! This is a match right here son.
DOUBLE PIN!? NO!
I like it man. Kendrick got screwed and this is still wide open, now with some added heat. Great booking, great aftermath, phenomenal match. Seething with brilliant psychology and brutality.
The Pulp Fiction shot of Austin.
Oh my god man, I can't wait to read this fucking match.
Great promos here.
I love the Brisco bros in your fed. I'll never forget that steel cage match.
This tag match has a great flow to it, which is hard to pull off. Well done. I love the teamwork with the Brisco brothers.
Some good tag team match writing here, but I wasn't real impressed with this match overall. I'm not real familiar with Bourne yet, and I'm still reeling from that opener, which was fucking awesome. This felt a bit like a cool down match. Still nothing bad though. Easy to read and picture for sure, which is always a challenge with tag matches.
Kofi getting a little edgy here, I like it. He's definitely got some good motivation for it after becoming the Buffalo Bills(American football reference) of the NWA. Hopefully we'll see this character fleshed out and given some depth with this in the future.
TAKEOVER is such a boss group of heels. JBL is so sinister. Cody Rhodes is a guy I think could be a great heel with some booking similar to what Paul Heyman did with Justin Credible in ECW from 98 to 2000. I like the way you have booked all 4 of these men.
Ki vs Strong. Man I loved those matches.
...And I'm falling back in love with this fed.
*Jams 5 Minutes Alone at ridiculous volume*
Great start to this match. ACTION!
Man, Morrison looked great in this match even in defeat. He was very dominant, but he got caught. Strong looks like a beast in the finish. Some fantastic booking.
I'm glad that match was short and sweet because I'm ready for some god damn war games. Shame on you for making me wait six months for this.
Oh man, a Kofi interview? Ask and yee shall receive.
Man, what a great promo. I wanted more depth out of this character and I immediately got it. Now I'm interested in this character. Outstanding promo. Great little twist in Kofi's saga. I really like it.
The next PPV is called Ironman? Holy shit man. You have the best PPV names by far. We should make that an award for the end of the year awards.
Man, I love this intro as the cage lowers, reminds me of those old school UFC disclaimers that would open the show back in the old days.
Cody starts it off and I love the mention of his father's history in this match.
IT'S FINALLY FUCKING HERE!
Great one on one start, and that's important for a War Games match. It's starts with the one on one and builds off of that. So far so good. Samoa Joe comes out next with JBL. This is getting good already.
Now it's 2 on 1. God damn I love War Games.
Shelley shines and evens it up. Great spotlight on him.
Now it's 3 on 2, man, I wasn't planning on using War Games in my WCW in The Buyout II, but reading this has changed my mind. This is just too fucking awesome.
A head shot!? In WMS' NWA?! I'm a little shocked. The conservative setting of the fed makes shit like this a big deal, and I love that.
VAN DAMINATOR! You know I love that shit.
Double crimson masks, my fucking god man. Are we on our way to a new match of the year?
Richie Steamboat is the hero just as NWA is on the ropes and bloodied. Genius booking here. Genius. I've loved this character from the start of this fed and this is the moment in his story that I've been begging to see. I love you.
Man, he's in over his head with Samoa Joe. I love the slow way you are pushing this guy. Great call on not having him come in and Ultimate Warrior everyone. You are such a smart and conservative fan fic writer and it pays off huge for you.
Great job of using the double ring in the match.
This is fucking bloody madness, exactly what War Games should be. Man this is awesome.
Man, Steamboat the first to go. Not sure I like that. I'm still loving this match though. You've nailed the War Games concept my young friend. This is great.
Some great nearfalls.
Damn, down to 4 on 2, shit is getting real. Great, great booking with this match. You could have easily fucked this up but you didn't.
Shelley getting a great push in this match. Well done.
My god man, this is so long, but it never fades or drifts, everything is very concise and entertaining to read even here in the depths of the match. We're in the belly of the motherfucking beast here at 40 minutes and it's still fresh. If only the WWE or TNA would put this kind of a spotlight on these young guys, shit man.
Damn, Shelley bites the dust. I wasn't expecting that.
AJ Styles is the last hope. This is amazing.
This match was nothing short of epic and is my official new pick for Match of the Year, just barely nudging the Exploding Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match from WPW. This was really a huge turning point for the entire fed, and it was masterfully executed. This match pretty much had it all. Perfectly booked. I think I changed my mind again about doing a War Games match of my own because I don't think this one could be topped. I throw around a lot of 10/10's in reviews in fan fic, but this match was truly perfect and beautiful and will go down as one of my all time favorites. This match is why I love fan fic. I love reading shit like this. The lead in story only made it better, just like a War Games match should be. Perfect. I can't say enough how perfect this was for a War Games match. Congrats man. You nailed this.
As a whole I'm not sure this was as good as some of your past shows, but I imagine it will take you a couple more shows before you get back into that 'True Grit' form. The War Games match was the definition of epic as far as fictional matches are concerned. I don't know if it will ever get much better than this. I enthusiastically encourage any fan fic readers to go back and read up on the story leading into this match before diving into it. Truly amazing. The rest of the show was money as well. Kendrick vs London was one of your best matches and right up there with the Ki vs Strong series. Loved the development of Kofi's character as well. Unbelievable show man. You are back with a vengeance for sure.