Gentlemen, today we gather to remember and honor the Fan Fiction careers of two of the finest men to ever do what we do by inducting them and their work into the Fan Fic Hall of Fame. Though this is the third class induction, it would be a disservice to both to say that they are anything less than first class. Both have moderated this forum, both are multiple award winning writers, and in-general both are just stand-out individuals. It has been an honor to write alongside them, know them, and watch them both grow and develop into Hall of Fame writers. Today, we honor and remember WMS and PB.
- Forum Moderator -
- Fan Fiction MVP -
- Multiple Power 10 Winner -
Shinobi A wise man named Miyamoto Musashi once said, "Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world. If there is one guy that I've crossed paths with on the internet that is the quintessence of that state of mind, it would be the man that I am here today to induct into the PW Fan Fiction Hall of Fame: WMS. You know, when I look back to when I first came here to PW back in late 2011, it's almost hard for me to believe that I've been regularly posting on this forum for going on 4 years now. We have been through a lot together over the years. When I think about it now, when I realize how this message board is like my little home, my little hideaway on the internet, it all goes back to when WMS interviewed me for his 20 Questions article that he was running regularly at the time. When WMS sent me the interview I had only been posting on PW for like 6 months and I was suffering from panic attacks in real life. He asked some questions in that interview that hit close to home. I was able to get some things off my chest that I really needed to get off and I think it had a great effect on me on many levels looking back now because I never had another panic attack again. So WMS was like my Dr. Melfi and he didn't even know it. I got to know him well after that and became a massive fan of his writing through his 2012-2013 NWA Resurrection project, a fan fiction that remains one of my all time favorites to this day. WMS as a writer is side by side with RT as my biggest influences. I wouldn't be the writer that I am today without this circle of fan fiction writers here at PW, and a big part of that is WMS, one of the brightest, wisest, most open minded individuals on PW. Guys it is truly an honor to introduce the newest member of the PW Fan Fiction Hall of Fame, a man that really deserved it, a man that I love very much... Wise Man Say.
- Forum Moderator -
- Fed of the Year Winner -
- Multiple Power 10 Winner -
PB There's something very funny about writing an induction speech for being entered in a Hall of Fame on a discussion forum, dedicated to fake fighting, for achievements in making up your own stories about said fake fighting. It seems silly, and yet it isn't. It's an honour and it's incredibly meaningful and the reason for that is the community which has been formed here. I'm more private than many of our posters but that doesn't mean I don't truly value the support and the relationships I have developed on PW and in Fan Fiction in particular. I've been a part of this sub forum forever 7 years now. That's longer than any job I've had. That's as long as I spent in high school. That's why this seemingly silly achievement is actually so incredibly meaningful, because this place feels like home. Here's a list of all my feds just for fun. Can you remember more than 2?
I don't want to talk too much about myself. I'm proud of both incarnations of Legacy, of RCW, and of the countless feds I started and didn't get going with. I'm also proud of my time as moderator and working alongside first WMS and then RT. I'm thankful to everyone who reviewed shows, helped me with the Power Ten and inspired me during my time in Fan Fiction. Shout-outs go to Kid for being such a great cheerleader during Legacy. To Solid Mike and System for handing out so many reviews. To Holzhammer for always being willing to give advice and constructive criticism. Kemis, Wrestling MVP, Shinobi, RunIn, PI, JJ and countless other guys have helped and inspired me while I've been here, and for brevity's sake I cannot list them all - but there are a few who deserve special recognition.The first is WP. I definitely felt like a valuable member of Fan Fiction before we teamed together, but I don't think I had earned people's respect as a writer yet. So thank-you WP for letting me come on board. Thank you for pushing me to meet deadlines and to commit to a schedule. Thank you for pushing me creatively both by trying to outdo each other and for dropping random wrestlers into the fed and seeing what I came up with. I remember getting excited when I would see a new post in the Legacy thread and I thought Will had posted a show. Instead I would open it up and it would be a hype video fro a new wrestler or for an un-coming pay-per-view. I was very excited, although surprised, when I opened up the thread and there was a hype video for Samoa Joe. We hadn't discussed him bringing Joe in so I wasn't expecting it. What I was expecting even less was the PM I received a few days later asking if I wanted Joe for my roster as he had no plans for him. Sometimes that could be frustrating but it pushed me and boy am I glad. Joe/Punk II was a great moment in Legacy Season 2 and it wouldn't have happened if I was left to my own devices. WP took a real risk by brining me on board. Neither of us had cemented ourselves as serious writers here and it would have made sense to keep his new project for himself. Instead he took a chance on me and it worked out for the best for both of us. If anyone here is considering a split just do it - it will be the best decision you ever made. Will, if there is Wi-Fi in Wales, then I want you to know how grateful I am that you took a chance on me.One split that was a dream come true for me was when I started planning a split with Kid Jericho. It was one of my biggest regrets that we drafted rosters but I couldn't take things to the next step because of time issues. I know for sure that we would have killed it. KJ was part of the moderating team when I first got here and if I'm honest, I found him very intimidating. Sometimes the sense of community that holds a group like this together can be difficult for an outsider coming in and I found the General Discussion here impossible to come to grips with. There were so many inside jokes and big characters that I hadn't a clue how to start fitting in. So KJ intimidated me and I didn't know how to handle him. As I got to know him, however, and got used to his posting style, I realised that there was so much about him that I respected and admired. For starters he was a phenomenal writer. LSW was of such a high quality that is spurred everyone here to do better. Although he never committed to a fed long-term during my time here - everything he did do was of such an incredible standard that you had to take notice. On top of that, he was a natural leader. Yes, he rubbed some people the wrong way, but when he said something he meant and I respected that conviction. I always look to KJ as a mentor both as a writer and then as a moderator. He may not ever have realised I looked to him that way, but I did and I wouldn't have done as much as I did in Fan Fiction if I hadn't been trying to follow in his footsteps.Jeff was someone I instantly liked when I joined Fan Fiction. I loved his attention to detail in his writing and the love and care with which he wrote his characters. Jamie Noble is a favourite wrestler of mine, purely because Jeff made me care so much about him through his writing. I care about tag team wrestling so much because aPw showed me what it could look like done well. I don't hate Kane and Big Show as much as others do because he always booked them well. So when I wrote I wanted to match Jeff's love for details and love for characters. I don't think I came close but I sure tried. Jeff is another poster that I looked up to both as a moderator and a writer. He had such a heart and passion for fan fiction that even though he didn't get it all right, he always gave it his all. It's been a joy to see Jeff change and grow over the years and although it's sad he doesn't post as much as he used to it's great to see him be as fruitful in life as he was in Fan Fiction.WMS is one of my favourite people ever. He really truly is. I was honoured when he asked me to come on board as moderator with him and although he was worn out at that stage, I learned a lot from him. WMS made his rise in Fan Fiction just before I did and so I've always tried to catch up with him. I've failed miserably. There was a time it was maybe close, but where I faded out he just kept going. I think the reason I don't think of one writing project when it comes to WMS isn't down to a lack of quality but an abundance of quality. He has written so many great, indy-type feds that I couldn't list them all. From NWA to ROH to everything else in between, he has proven time and time again what a great writer he is and how well he utilises talent just on the margins of the mainstream. Like Jeff, he makes me care about people I otherwise don't care about. I think Alex Shelley isn't all that as a wrestler, but I care when WMS uses him because WMS' Alex Shelley is better than the real life version. When I realised that I didn't have the time to be able to give Fan Fiction the attention it deserved I wanted RT to make his own decision as to who he would ask to join him. Secretly I was hoping he would ask WMS to take up the job again and I was so happy that he did and that Wise Man accepted. He has really risen to the challenge and although Fan Fiction has had it's challenges recently, WMS has been the MVP ever since he took that job. He cares so much about this place and it shows in everything he does. He's one of the people I respect the most and I am truly honoured to be entering the hall of fame in the same class as him.And then there's Rolling Thunder. When I first joined PW I was a cereal lurker. I joined for somewhere to read wrestling news and such, but when I found Fan Fiction I found it really interesting. It had already started but I opened a thread called New Era Wrestling and started to read it from the beginning. I was absolutely hooked. Everyone remembers their first, and the first fed that introduced me to the joys of Fan Fiction was RT's NEW. It was fantastic and it inspired me to start my own fed. Enter the first incarnation of RCW. It was pretty terrible, but RT gave me a review. The RT. Well if that didn't inspire me to keep going then I don't know what would and so I was hooked. Then RT disappeared for a while and I was heartbroken, but by then I'd gotten into KWF and aPW and The Draft Changes Everything and I felt a part of Fan Fiction life. When RT returned I was among the most excited and he showed us all why by writing more and more quality feds. When WMS stood down as moderator there was only one man I wanted to take his place. I was pretty sure he would say know, but when I opened the Private Message from RT saying that he'd love to come back on board I was elated. The times when RT and I moderated together are my happiest memories of Fan Fiction. I was writing well with Legacy 2 and together we made did some great stuff. More than that though we developed what I thought was a great working relationship and today I am so stoked to call RT, the RT, not just someone who writes awesome fake fighting stories but someone I consider a friend. So thank you Fan Fiction for this honour. I know I'm not around as much anymore, I'm always wanting to change that, but to know that people remember and respect the contributions I've made in this crazy place we call Fan Fiction means a lot.