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    The Rise and Fall of Lonestar Wrestling

    Chapter One -- The Beginning

    This is the first in a series of interviews on my fed Lonestar Wrestling, better known as the LSW, and why LSW rose and quickly fell. We’re going to focus primarily on LSW’s breakout Season II.

    Originally, LSW was my attempt to write a fed that combined my favorite indy wrestlers with the big names seen in TNA and WWE. I was struggling to do so, when my brother-from-another-mother PI stepped in and wrote a fantastic back story for LSW. He also briefly contributed to the kayfabe world I was creating with Empire State Wrestling (aka - ESW), but it never panned out. PI also developed the roster, knowing what I was looking for. This challenged me to do something different by using someone else’s roster and developing something new from there.

    I also wanted to challenge some of the general notions of “fan fiction” wrestling. I introduced the Iron and Fusion championships to redefine the general rules of a fed that “all titles must be the same.” The Iron Division was a thinly-veiled modification of the Ring of Honor Pure Title while the Fusion Division was what I considered the next-step in the progression of “high-flying” championships…from the wCw Cruiserweight Championship to the TNA X-Division Championship to the Fusion Division Championship.

    Going back to my idea of blending the indys with mainstream wrestling, I developed the “Battle at the Alamo” concept to do an indy tourney to crown the first Champion. No one expected John Cena, which added to the fun of shocking you. I also introduced Chris Jericho in a shocking turn that would lead to the double-turn between Cena and Jericho in the same vein as Austin/Bret at Wrestlemania 13.

    What was also fun was putting some of my favorite indy guys on an equal platform as established wrestlers in believable ways. Danielson vs. Regal, for instance, was a tremendous feud because stripping away which feds they were, their reputations and ring styles synched-up so well. I also tried developing the Tag Team scene by including mix-matched teams such as Gregory Helms and Christopher Daniels or Matt Striker and CM Punk. It just overall seemed to blend these different guys effectively, though that’s all in the eyes of the readers.

    LSW Season I was riding along to great success when the Benoit murders occurred. Benoit, who was not only a main focus in the fed but one of my favorite personas in all of wrestling not only derailed the fed’s progress, but destroyed my passion. I tried writing the fed from there but was unable to keep up.

    Eventually, that old itch to return to writing kicked in and I was so in love with the characters I was developing in LSW that I decided to skip ahead to Season II.

    Next, I’ll discuss the ideas behind Season II.

    Lonestar Wrestling Season I: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=22927
    Lonestar Wrestling Season II: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=65217

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    The Rise and Fall of Lonestar Wrestling

    Chapter Two -- Developing the Fed

    When I began developing Season II, I wanted my storylines to be unique. No more wrestler x hates wrestler y for generic reason a that so many real-life promotions do. I decided to take stories everyone knows and translate them into the wrestling world. Originally, every story was to be taken from the bible. As I began fleshing out storyline, it slowly took the progression to just being famous stories, namely film. I kept the religious theme in the title of the season, “Genesis.” It seemed appropriate since I was developing something new.

    I also realized I wasn’t writing so much a wrestling fed as I was an organic story. What would affect the top of the card would have reverberations to the lowest of the lows on the card. Through this, I decided to incorporate a three-act play structure with a defined beginning, middle, and end. Even when I wrote the introductory interview with Shawn discussing the fed, I had him blatantly explain it:

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Michaels Interview
    LSW Season II will be only three months. The way I look at it, professional wrestling isn’t just a sport and it isn’t just a TV show. It’s more organic than that. It’s like a play. So we’re splitting it up like one. Season II will in essence be a three-act play. The first PPV will be the close of Act I, PPV II will be Act II and naturally, PPV III will be Act 3.
    The other thing I tried doing differently was half-laziness, half-brilliance, to use those terms lightly. I didn’t have the desire to write a full fed anymore…with segments, promos, matches, etc. It had become cliché and to be honest…I didn’t want to make anyone read it. I was writing an indy fed…I felt it should read like one. So the development of message board-style posts for the shows made it accessible for all readers, much like RoH shows are. Some people loved this idea (Jeff, PI)…others hated it (Kid). I was happy with the overall format, but I understood the criticisms…the lack of actual “writing” that was involved. I only see that now in hindsight, though.

    The last thing I’ll discuss in this edition is the “marketing” of LSW. I wanted to build hype, so with the help of PI I developed a series of banners for promoting some of the main characters in LSW -- Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, Matt Striker, William Regal, Christian Cage, Edge, and the Hooliganz (London and Kendrick).

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    I was inspired by the brilliant marketing campaign DC Comics had been doing for their weekly comic “Countdown.” Teaser ads ran for months promoting the campaign with choppy text, cryptic taglines and a stark orange background. The first I saw a Jimmy Olsen teaser with the brilliant line “Jimmy Olsen Must Die”:

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    You can see how fond I was by looking back at my Austin Aries teaser.

    One more thing to glance at in my “marketing” campaign was the bizarre wall of photos and phrases image I posted in the Fed Thread as LSW was ready to begin again earlier this year:

    Spoiler


    This was also inspired by DC Comics, though not an ad-campaign and instead an in-comic reference. One of their characters, the time-traveling Rip Hunter, has become an internet phenomenon for his blackboards:

    Spoiler


    Hunter’s blackboards are DC Editorials way of providing teasers for the comic community…a glimpse at the storylines to come. Mine were the same philosophy…cryptic quotes and phrases would serve as the platform to the storylines you’d see in the future.

    Next time, we’ll get into the storylines themselves.

    Lonestar Wrestling Season I: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=22927
    Lonestar Wrestling Season II: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=65217

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    This has been a really good read thus far, KJ. I wasn't happy when you stopped writing, but it's definitely understandable, as everyone loses interest at some point. I really like this, though. It has a documentary feel, it's really nice. One of the main things I really empathize with you about is the Benoit situation. I had him Main Eventing my WrestleMania in my WWF fed, and him dying really screwed me over, as I had no backup plan at all and there was no one who could realistically take his place. That's the main reason I ended the WWF fed. I feel like I would've still had it going, if not for at least a little while longer. I think I would've at least done my WrestleMania if I still had him in there, but without him, it was really difficult to just replace him and it was too difficult to continue with the fed.
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    Thanks, Parth.

    Between segments, feel free to ask questions guys. I'd love to have some dialogue as well.

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    DFamn KJ this is great reading... I really like seeing how you came up with all the ideas and such. The fact PI put together that roster just speaks volumes about his Fan Fic mind in relation to how a fed works, its a pity he doesn't have a fed round these parts anymore... what impressed me just as much was what you did with a roster that you didn't put together... that was great in itself, also the stories and such and how you came up with them was great... I always loved that season II banner with the shadowy figure, now I see the reason behinf it, SIMPLY AWESOME!
    Thanks to Rad for the awesome banner!


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    I hate that you didn't finish that Regal/Orton storyline, Kip.


    I just read the 2 season, and they were both awesome.

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    Thanks Chris. And call me KJ...

    Regal/Orton, Aries storyline, and the Shawn Michaels-through-the-windshield storyline were my favorite ones.

    Today I'll start posting the breakdowns of storylines.

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    I won't post some of my questions because you said you'll be nexting to the development of storylines and addressing storyline-related things in the next chapter...

    In the meanwhile...

    I recall absolutely loving your rendition of Christian Cage. I also recall you having trouble finding a right fit for Sting and other characters. You also wrote so fluently as Shawn Michaels, and your description of certain characters actions (the examples that spring immediately to mind are William Regal, Bryan Danielson, Chris Benoit, and Brent Albright). At some point, can you comment on your relationship with the characters you used? Who were your favorites to write with? Any surprises there? Also, who proved to be difficult to write with and/or fit into the scheme of things? Again, any surprises? Finally... what characters do you wish you could've used in LSW that you couldn't or didn't during its two season?

    Beyond those questions... I agree with Mike and Parth. This is a great, interesting read. AND... I always love seeing shoutouts for PI's genius.

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    hey mate just to let you know i just read through what you have got and i really like it i will leave some proper comments after the next installment

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    The Rise and Fall of Lonestar Wrestling

    Chapter Three -- The Cacophony Society

    One of my attempts at promoting LSW was a mini-viral marketing campaign where I sent several members the following message via PM:

    Quote Originally Posted by Cacophony Society
    You’re the first to hear the word, to possibly learn the truth behind the disarray. It is your responsibility to share The Word to those whose deaf ears bleed from the silence.

    This is the story of one man who thought he was better than everyone else. His sick, twisted delusions of grandeur…and why? Because he’s young? Because the world hasn’t spit him out across the masses? He waited and waited, and this irreplaceable truth finally came to fruition.

    He failed. It was unavoidable, everyone falls from grace. And when he did, he looked up and me and realized he was not his “six-pack”, he was not his championship aspirations.

    This was a man who reached rock bottom; who reached his home.

    These words are true; these words have yet to pass, yet these words are the past.

    Spread The Word.
    This was the beginning of my CM Punk/Johnny Jeter storyline. Punk was the messenger of the Cacophony Society, with his messages directed at Jeter, who was then the Fusion Division Champion.

    Punk was preaching for Jeter, who had turned into an egotistical, self-absorbed man who felt his sole reason for being alive was to be champion. Jeter was booked to lose the title at the first PPV (we’ll get to who exactly in future posts), it was Punk who would pick him up; brainwashing him in the process. Punk’s philosophy was that you’re bound to hit rock bottom…and once you do you can live.

    Sound familiar? No?

    Simply put, CM Punk was Tyler Durden and Jeter was the narrator from Fight Club.

    Obviously the split-personality concept wouldn’t play a part, but the nihilistic teachings of Punk to the shallow, young, short-sighted Jeter was designed to mimic their relationship with one another.

    The two men would band together, inseparable as brothers, until Jeter would realize he was nothing more than a tool for Punk’s main quest -- to take over the LSW. Slowly, Punk was building an army with various wrestlers who seemingly had lost their purpose. He was counseling them and retooling their anger towards his own plot.

    It wouldn’t be until the finale of the season, Act III, that Jeter would see through Punk’s motives. Season III would begin with a blood feud between the two, one of the few storylines I intended to carry over.

    Going back to the teaser poster…

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    You can see “The Cacophony Society Needs JJ” in the top-left corner. I think that is self-explanatory now, no?

    Oh, and the name of Punk’s faction has a cool tie to Fight Club as well. Fight Club’s author, Chuck Palahniuk, has claimed a small society he was a part of inspired the Project Mayhem group in the novel. And that society’s name? You guess it…The Cacophony Society.

    Next time...Montel Vontavious Porter

    Lonestar Wrestling Season I: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=22927
    Lonestar Wrestling Season II: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=65217

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    DAMN KJ!

    That would have been a killer angle/storyline to have seen played out man...

    I would have loved to have seen who else would have joined Punk...
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    Thanks Mike.

    It also had overtones of Raven's more cerebral days...but of course that makes sense since he's a nihilist as well.

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    Injecting Raven into the angle in some capacity would have been great too man... like maybe he's the one who made Jetter see what Punk was doing and wakes him up.....
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    generating fight club into wrestling? that has to be an all time greatest idea ever. my envy is that i never thought of it (and never would have either, but now you've inspired me to try a motive like that from a book or movie into a wrestling story liine)
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    Greywolf, you'll see all my storylines were based on either film, stage, novels, or the Bible.



    Glad you liked it.

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    I seriously like how you pulled ideas from other sources of entertainment for this project, it has really inspired me to I dunno try and use the same idea a little. I wont be able to do it over the top and such as that is not the premise of my fed but all confrontation in movies has a basic source for outdoing an opponent or something to that affect... maybe I can tone it down and see how it goes, who knows!

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    KJ, you know I love Fight Club with a passion. That is a perfect storyline that'd would've been amazing in every single way. The best thing about it? I know you would've done it justice, because your an amazing, amazing writer.

    This has been fantastic to follow, keep it up. It's interesting and insightful, and proves what a great mind you have. Can't wait for the rest buddy, and can't wait for your new project following this.


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    Yeah that fight club angle would've been awesome.

    When is season 3 coming , KJ?

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    I'm actually going to do a different fed.

    I have a migraine tonight. Tomorrow at work should be a slow day...I think I'll write the next segment there.

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    The Rise and Fall of Lonestar Wrestling

    Chapter Four -- Montel Vontavious Porter and Matt Sydel

    MVP and Sydel both joined LSW this season with the sole purpose of this storyline.

    Sydel’s character was to be a young, upstart wrestler (very similar to what his character ended up being in WWE as Evan Bourne). His high-flying moves and exciting pace would captivate crowds.

    MVP would come in as egotistical as ever. A self-proclaimed veteran. But while his charismatic demeanor has always split crowds, his actions towards Sydel would win them over.

    Under the thuggish attitude he portrays, MVP would take the wide-eyed Sydel under his wing. Sydel, understandably, would be cautious. MVP wasn’t necessarily a “good” guy. He would cheat. He would help Sydel out in matches to propel his career. But MVP assured Sydel that this was how things worked at the show. “I have your back, you have mine.”

    Despite MVP’s urgings, Sydel kept it clean. He refused to cheat. But there was a definite bond between the two men…they would become friends. MVP laughed off Sydel’s na´ve attitude, but respected it. When Sydel challenged for the Iron Division Championship at the second PPV, MVP accidentally cost him the match. After the match, MVP went to help up Sydel, only to be decked with a right hand. Sydel screamed at him why he shouldn’t destroy MVP, but relented as MVP smoothly calmed him down.

    Things seemed good, and MVP and Sydel even secured a tag title shot for the final PPV of the season when Sydel pinned Homicide in a number one contender‘s match. But rumors shuffled throughout LSW that MVP had been seen having several conversations with LAX, though they were never caught on film together. When Sydel confronted MVP about them, MVP assured him it had nothing to do with them…they were “cool.”

    The show before PPV, LAX beat the hell out of Sydel after they jumped him. As he was being beat, they berated him, asking why they shouldn’t end his career right there. Sydel said they could try and he’d still walk to the ring the next week. For whatever reason, LAX backed off…possibly shocked at the fortitude Sydel displayed.

    True to his word, Sydel showed up at the PPV the next night. MVP was nowhere to be found. Sydel battled valiantly against the tag team champions. When the ref took a bump, MVP showed up out of nowhere and drilled the champs with a chair and then nailed Sydel. He tagged himself in as the ref came to and covered for the win.

    As he grabbed the belts, a groggy Sydel went after MVP, but he was no match after what he’d been through. Suddenly, LAX surrounded the ring and rolled in before MVP could further injure Sydel. MVP looked terrified as LAX slid into the ring. Sydel slowly got to his feet and grabbed his newly won title. MVP stood close to him, almost as if he expected Sydel to be on his side. LAX surrounded the two men. Sydel looked at his belt, stepped towards LAX, and threw the belt at their feet. The members of LAX parted, and Sydel walked out of the ring. As he walked out of the arena, the smile on his face was ever-present as LAX gang-jumped MVP. Sydel never looked back as MVP begged for help. Oddly, no referees or officials helped him out.

    Got the storyline yet?

    MVP is Alonzo and Matt Sydel is Jake. That’s right…Training Day.

    It would come out after the season MVP had guaranteed LAX tag team gold early in the season for undisclosed reasons. His chance to make good was the number one contendership match, but Sydel’s perseverance ruined that for him. So MVP set Sydel up for the fall. The inherent good in Sydel…the never say die, uncompromising attitude…was too much for MVP.

    King Kong ain’t got shit on MVP.

    Next time…The Hooliganz

    Lonestar Wrestling Season I: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=22927
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    I have a feeling this will without a doubt be Kid's favorite storyline.

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    God I wish you would have continued with this.

    Some of this is so damn inspiring and its only a recap. I'm not one just to unload praise for the hell of it because you are a Moderator and a well-liked poster, but this stuff is truely incredible, not so much the writing, just the ideas and knowing what was behind them. Veyr motivational.

    A true shame this did not come to fruition.

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    That would have been a killer angle KJ, these are turning out awesomely and I can't wait to see what else you had up your sleeves.....
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    Thanks guys. I'm glad you enjoyed.

    If anything doesn't make sense, or you even think an angle's stupid...tell me. Please.

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    The Rise and Fall of Lonestar Wrestling

    Chapter Five -- The Hooliganz

    One of the premier tag teams pushed throughout season was the RoH Express…Londrick…The Hooliganz -- Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Personally, I’m huge fans of both of these guys. As a tag team, I’ve dreamed of Hooliganz versus the Murder City Machine guns. That was one of the primary reasons I put these two teams into a big feud in Season I.

    With Season II entering, I knew London and Kendrick had run their course as a team…it was time to split them up. The challenge was splitting up an established team in some interesting fashion. There’s only so many ways you can do it…even if you try something creative. I decided to reference back to one of my favorite works of art -- Othello -- in a very, very, very loose manner. Really, I just used the motives of petty jealousy.

    In Season II, London would win a number one contender’s match for the LSW Fusion Division Championship, pinning the man who pinned Kendrick. Kendrick, though visibly upset, would support London.

    The following week, The Hooliganz would win a tag team gauntlet for a number one contender’s match for the tag titles. This set an interesting situation for the first PPV…London was now booked in two matches. Knowing he would be clearly beated and exhausted in match two, COO Jonathan Carter booked Kendrick versus Alex Shelley at the final show before the PPV. The winner of the match would be able to have their choice of position on the card…if Shelley won, MCMG would face the Hooliganz after the Fusion Title match. If the Kendrick won, the Hooliganz would face MCMG first. Shelley would go on to win.

    At the PPV, London faced Johnny Jeter and defeated him for the Fusion Division Championship, though he took quite a bit of abuse to his knee. After the match, London was resting with his title with ice on his knee when Kendrick made sure he was OK. London guaranteed he was fine, and assured Kendrick they would win tonight. Of course, the brilliant tag champs isolated London, barely giving Kendrick a chance to get in. In the end, London was pinned and the MCMG retained. Kendrick again was upset, but he helped London to the back.

    During the weeks building towards London’s Fusion Division defense against AJ Styles, Kendrick pleaded Carter for a tag title shot, but Carter refused saying he wouldn’t sacrifice his champion’s health like that again. London confronted Kendrick, asking if he has his support. Reluctantly, Kendrick said yes.

    At the second PPV, Styles and London had a brilliant match. Styles attempted to cheat, but Kendrick saved London, allowing him to hit the standing SSP for the pin. Kendrick and London celebrated, when it happened…London was laid out by Kendrick. Kendrick whipped London with the belt, dragged him to the outside, and left him in a pool of his own blood.

    Rumors swirled London might be out of commission. With Carter’s mandate all titles must be defended at every PPV, if London was out of commission, a new champion would have to be crowned. The match was set to be Kendrick vs. AJ Styles. At the final show before the PPV, London came out unexpectedly attacking Kendrick. With his return, Carter was forced to switch the match to a Triple Threat.

    At the final PPV, Styles was cutting a promo when London savagely attacked him. London grabbed the bloody Styles by the head, pulled him close, and told him “this is between Brian and me. There’s no room for you,” before throwing Styles into the brick wall with a thud.

    Carter would confront London, saying if he wants it like this…he’ll get it…and changed the match to a falls count anywhere match.

    London and Kendrick battled through the entire arena. The match was back and forth, but in the end, London would win when he nailed the SSP from the top of the fan entry-way as Kendrick was sprawled out over a table. EMTs would help London to the back, but it was clear neither man would be the same again.

    So like I said…very loosely based on one of the best jealousy revenge stories ever told.

    Looking at the teaser poster for their storyline:

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    It says “It all comes full circle.” This was the tagline to the film “O”, which was loosely based on the play Othello.

    And the black board:

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    Featured the mathematical equation on the bottom right “London Divided By Gold Equals Kendrick.” I think that one now speaks for itself.

    Next time…Matt Striker

    Lonestar Wrestling Season I: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=22927
    Lonestar Wrestling Season II: http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=65217

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