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  • #16
    Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

    I appreciate the kind words. As far as the 4th wall goes, I recommend you view the write-ups as a review written for a wrestling web site. I used to do full-on, move-by-move recaps with commentary a la Scott Keith (in fact, I was basically mimicking him). That can be real draining and over time I resorted to the recap-style I'm using here, which I prefer.

    Again, I really appreciate the kind words.
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    • #17
      Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

      From F4wrestling.com:

      Originally posted by F4Wrestling.com
      - In what could be considered quite the unusual circumstances, WCW officials made contact with just about every prominent wrestling web site last night (including us) as it relates to spoilers for this afternoon's tapings. In effort to contain the spoiler outbreak, officials have made a deal with us (and I assume others) to offer two WCW employees/contracted talents for radio interviews. Call us sell outs, but we agreed to the deal. Additionally, we were told that anyone who steps into Center Stage today - meanings Center Stage employees, fans, WCW employees, etc. - will have to sign a nondisclosure agreement to see the show. I'm guessing fans who refuse will be given a refund and won't be allowed in. Unless they plan to really go after someone with a lawyer, I'm not sure how well this is going to work.

      - The other big news is that John Michael Layfield, aka JBL of WWE, is going to be doing commentary in place of Austin Aries today. Not sure what that means for Aries, but we were told he would still have an on-screen presence.

      - The plan is to tape four episodes today, each one hour in length. As the show is airing on the Internet, there will be no commercials so 60 minutes should be a good amount of time for one episode of wrestling.

      - Lots of wrestlers backstage again, including Chavo Guerrero, Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page. I've also been told that Bobby Eaton, Dave Taylor, and Robert Gibson are there to function as agents.
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      • #18
        Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

        From F4Wrestling.com:

        Originally posted by F4Wrestling.com
        - Unsurprisingly, we've already received several e-mails on what went down at the tapings for the WCW Internet TV show this afternoon. We'll be honoring our agreement with WCW to not run those spoilers.

        - Some backstage notes on the show are that midway through, Chavo Guerrero left in a heated fashion. Some speculation going around is that he lobbied for a job with WCW and was turned down.

        - The big star coming out of the taping is apparently Davey Richards. We won't go into all the details, but it would seem that big things are in his future with how he was handled.

        - An announcement was made to the live crowd that the next set of tapings would be on 10/1.

        - There was lots of talk about the next iPPV taking place at the end of October.

        - As mentioned earlier, the agents for the show were Robert Gibson, Dave Taylor, and Bobby Eaton. Going forward it appears that they'll be filling the role full-time. I wouldn't be surprised to see Ricky Morton come in to assist.

        - Lex Luger was said to be very positive backstage and was said to have given a lot of advice to the younger wrestlers, particularly about drug abuse. DDP, on the other hand, tried to shill his Yoga-stuff.
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        • #19
          Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

          From F4Wrestling.com:

          Originally posted by FRWrestling.com
          - As expected, spoilers for last Saturday's WCW taping have been released to the Internet. No real shockers, there. The big shocker came this morning to several of the web sites that released the spoiler information over the weekend in the form of a cease and desist letter. And we're being completely serious. Dave Scherer has removed the results and announced that he was not only given a cease and desist letter from a live, in-person lawyer, but also was met by a police officer with a warrant to search his computer. Dave reported that he gave up away the contact information on who sent him the original e-mail with the spoilers and it would appear officials will be tracking that person down. So, basically, as we said on Saturday - unless WCW officials intend to make it a legal issue, the spoilers will not be stopped. And they're making it a legal issue. A big one. Many of the web sites that posted the spoilers have removed them. I don't know about if all of them have received cease and desists (I'm guessing if they haven't, they will). The only two major sites that didn't reveal spoiler information (and we did receive some) were ours and the Torch.

          - In a related-note, per our agreement with WCW officials we'll have, as guests, on the radio show two WCW employees this month. On Friday we'll have an interview with WCW events promoter Gary Juster and in two weeks we'll have an interview with WCW booker Dave Lagana.

          - Lots of rumors running rampant about how Kurt Angle's arrest will effect his position in the company, but nothing concrete.
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          • #20
            Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

            WCW Newswire (9/7/11)

            - We are only one day away from the world debut of the WCW Internet TV show! Check out WCWwrestling.com tomorrow evening to watch history be made!

            - The opening match of WCW TV in this new era will see the "Ramblin' Rebels" known as the Briscoes take on Caleb Konley and Sal Rinauro!

            - Tickets are on sale for a live event that will take place on 10/1 in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage! The next set of tapings will take place on this date, so buy your tickets now! The first three rows are already sold out.

            - In the interest of providing a surprising and shocking product to you all, WCW has taken measures to prevent any information from TV tapings being leaked to the Internet. While we realize this might not be a popular stance, we believe that in the long run it a measure that will be wholeheartedly necessary to continued success of the company. Thank you for your support!
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            • #21
              Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

              WCW Underground 1.01

              - Video opening gets the show off. Pretty well put together stuff, highlighting all of the main stars.

              - Lenny Leonard and JBL are the commentary team. Leonard introduces him as JML. Not a lot of time for talk as we have a match right away.

              Match 1: The Briscoes vs. Caleb Konley/Sal Rinauro
              Spoiler


              - Post-match the Briscoes go over to the commentary table. They ramble incoherently and JML hilariously goes into it with them. Lenny Leonard's facial expressions are hilarious. If you remember Boomhower from King of the Hill, that's what they all sound like. They all end up yelling "MAN UP!" and the Briscoes leave. JML isn't really playing the heel-role that Aries did.

              - Video package plays that recaps the LTM Tournament.

              - Alberto Dos Caras comes out and cuts a promo. Says that he's keeping with tradition, only instead of coming to America and taking all the jobs, he's coming and taking all the belts. Dos Caras brags about beating Angle and decides to go in for commentary on the next match.

              Match 2: Eddie Edwards w/ Davey Richards vs. Adam Pearce
              Spoiler


              - Dos Caras continues to bad mouth Edwards and Richards, long enough for the duo to catch on. They confront Dos Caras and hostile words are had leading up to Davey slapping the piss out of Dos Caras. Long story short, the main event becomes Alberto Dos Caras vs. Davey Richards in a non-title match.

              - A video plays that hypes up DOOMSDAY.

              - Lenny and JML discuss the match that didn't happen on iPPV, mainly the debut of Fastball Special. Fastball Special will be coming to Internet soon, they promise.

              Match #3: Drew Adler vs. Ace Rockwell
              Spoiler


              - Leonard asks for Claudio and Ares to come talk to them. Ares goes into a huge rant, but it's all in German. That's two promos on one show, by the way, where the idea is that the person speaking cannot be understood. Claudio translates for him in English. They promise to destroy any and all who get in their way. They made a statement last Saturday by taking out the little Mexican and that statement is: The Cross does not yield for anyone.

              - A video package plays that hypes up Brent Albright, calling him "The Shooter."

              - JML tells Lenny he likes how The Cross took care of business, but he didn't care for being spoken to in German. They hype next week's show with the promised main event of Brent Albright vs. Chris Hero in a rematch from their clash at The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament iPPV.

              Main Event: Alberto Dos Caras vs. Davey Richards w/ Eddie Edwards
              Spoiler


              - Lenny and JML thank the fans and Davey comes over to give his two cents. He says he's proven here that he can beat Dos Caras and he wants a rematch with no time-limits next time. Lenny thanks the fans again to end the show.
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              • #22
                Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

                Originally posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
                WCW officials took a huge gamble at their TV tapings that, as press time, looks to be paying off. TV tapings are historically linked to pro wrestling since the days of the territories. It wasn't until the mid-90s that live, episodic television took off with the advent of the Monday Night Wars between WCW with Nitro and WWF with RAW. At the TV tapings last Saturday, WCW issued binding non-disclosure agreements to anyone who wanted to be there. There were a few who opted not to sign the agreement that were given full refunds. Others opted in and watched the show.

                Additionally, we - and many web sites and newsletter writers like us - were presented with a deal late Friday from WCW officials. Knowing that, regardless of the non-disclosure agreement, somebody there would send out the results, WCW took a proactive stance and made deals with multiple web site owners and writers to not publish spoilers. The only major web sites to go through with the deal were ours and The Pro Wrestling Torch. As a result, we will have interviews with WCW employees live this month for you.

                We mentioned as soon as we heard that unless WCW were to take legal action against violation of the non-disclosure agreement, it would be all for nothing. And, in fact, on Sunday afternoon the first web site to publish spoilers ended up being Dave Scherer's Pro Wrestling Insider. From there, multiple web sites began posting results. Monday was a holiday, but Tuesday morning Dave Scherer was able to meet - at his home - WCW lawyers and police officers. An investigation is ongoing and they are tracking down any individuals they can that released the information. They have several names already (one of which was released to them from us). The early expectation is that they into prosecute any individual who violated the terms of the non-disclosure agreement to the full extent of the law. I spoke with WCW officials on the phone and was told, "We plan to send a firm message here and now so that we can nip this in the bud."

                It's unprecedented the steps they've taken to prevent spoilers being released to the Internet. With their show airing on the Internet, they stand only to make profit from live events, merchandise sales (of which is on the way shortly), and iPPV revenue. It will be interesting to see what they do, if anything, to combat piracy.
                We ARE pro-wrestling.

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                • #23
                  Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                  From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

                  Originally posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
                  - The TV tapings last Saturday were said to have been very successful as far as getting new talent over. In particular, Davey Richards is said to have come off as a huge star.

                  - A difference in TV and the initial iPPV is that John Layfield (JBL in WWE) has been brought in to do commentary for the company in place of Austin Aries. Layfield actually announced the change on his Twitter Saturday morning. He's said to be playing a role more similar to Joe Rogan than anyone else, where he supports the people he likes versus being a clear-cut heel.

                  - Look at the taping results and the announced TV show opener and just the general idea of what we've been told about the show, it would seem that the show was taped out of order. TNA has done similar things in the past which ended up pretty badly. Dave Lagana, WCW's booker at this point, is spearheading the anti-spoiler movement and this would be part of that.

                  - The internal reaction to Kurt Angle's arrest is not positive. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out since the next WCW show won't be for another month.

                  - The next TV taping will be at the beginning of October and the next iPPV will be at the end of October, tentatively titled "Halloween Havoc."

                  - According to this Twitter, Austin Aries is still a contracted employee for WCW, and he assures his fans that they still have plans for him.

                  - CM Punk was very instrumental in laying out matches with younger talent at the taping. He also did an unannounced, free autograph signing prior to the show. Midway through it he stood up and walked out saying he was too good for this crap. Fans still seemed to love him.
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                  • #24
                    Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                    WCW Newswire (9/14/11)
                    - Available on DVD in the WCWwrestling.com store: The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament! This action packed event comes to you complete with the entire iPPV that crowned the first WCW Champion of the new era. For $14.95 you can see the show that people predicting will sweep the Wrestling Observer Year End Awards!

                    - Tickets for the Internet TV taping on 10/3 have sold out! We'll have news next week about the next WCW live event and when tickets will go on sale for it.

                    - Viewership for the debut episode of WCW stands, currently, at 53,215 unique viewers! WCW officials are now asking YOU, WCW's wonderful fan-base, to start spreading the word! WCW can be seen every Thursday on WCWwrestling.com for FREE!

                    - The full WCW roster, with a few surprises, will be appearing at the 10/3 Internet television taping.

                    - Don't forget to check out the site tomorrow for next addition of WCW Underground, with the main event of Brent Albright taking on Chris Hero in a re-match from their battle at The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament.
                    We ARE pro-wrestling.

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                    • #25
                      Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                      WCW Underground 1.02

                      - Show opens with a video package recapping the Richards/Dos Caras-story from last week.

                      - Normal video package plays to open the show.

                      - Lenny Leonard kicks off with JML. Leonard talks about how last week Davey Richards took Alberto Dos Caras to the limit and how Davey challenged Dos Caras to a re-match without time limits. Leonard says we'll hear Alberto's response before the end of the episode.

                      - A video package plays that hypes up the tag division. We see clips of the Briscoes, DOOMSDAY, and Fastball Special in rapid fashion. It ends with the tag line: "TAG TEAM WRESTLING REBORN."

                      Match #1: Michael Cannon/Lee Roy vs. DOOMSDAY (Takeshi Morishima/Bison Smith)
                      Spoiler


                      - Post-match, Lenny calls the dominant tag team over for a promo. No dice, though, as they just stare menacingly into the camera before walking off.

                      - A hype package plays for CM Punk, playing up his straight-edge lifestyle.

                      - JML talks about CM Punk and admits to not liking his holier-than-thou beliefs. He calls CM Punk a dick, no less. They talk about the Butcher/Punk brawl from the iPPV and Lenny claims that the issue between Necro Butcher and CM Punk is far from over.

                      Match #2: Steve Corino vs. Necro Butcher
                      Spoiler


                      - JML invites Necro over and tells Necro he's a huge fan. Necro says he has unfinished business with "that sanctimonious sack of shit." CM Punk comes out and questions whether Necro can spell sanctimonious. Necro challenges him to a fight then and there, which the crowd vocally supports. Punk says no dice, because Necro is a drunken brute and shouldn't be allowed to sully the ring. Punk says Necro should be more concerned with matches he can win so he can take the winner's purse and buy his kids some toys. Punk follows that with, "Well, not that it matters. You'll just say to hell with the kids and go get a beer won't you?" That's enough to send Butcher over the edge and the two engage in a brawl which is quickly separate by referees and other officials.

                      - A commercial plays hyping the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD, which can be purchased on WCWwrestling.com.

                      - A video package recaps the assault on Drew Adler and Ace Rockwell last week by the Cross.

                      Match #3: Drew Adler/Ace Rockwell vs. The Cross (Ares/Claudio Castagnoli)
                      Spoiler


                      - The Cross head over to the announce table to do a promo. Ares goes into another rant in German. JML's facial expressions are hilarious. Claudio grabs the mic and translates, but mid-way through JML grabs the mic from him and tells the two nobody gives a damn about their German accents. Claudio is in the process of correcting him (he is Swedish, after all) when they attacked by El Generico and Paul London out of nowhere! They get thrown in the and London goes up for the Shooting Star Press, but Claudio saves Ares and they escape. London gets a mic and says that the Cross has one hell of a beating coming.

                      - A video package plays hyping Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.

                      - Alberto Dos Caras comes out and the crowd firmly boos him. Lenny asks him about the match Davey requested last week. Alberto denies the offer saying he only has to defend the title once a month and he wants to make his first defense matter. Alberto says he'll defend the championship against someone of higher quality, like Caleb Konley. This brings out Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards who get in the face of Dos Caras. Blows are about the be had but security steps in. Davey says he wants a title match. This brings out Kurt Angle who gets a HUGE reaction. Angle says that it's just like Dos Caras to duck a worthy challenger. Angle compliments Davey and Eddie and calls them the future. He invites both men to train with him and be his proteges. Both men agree and he says that even though Dos Caras is denying Davey now, one day it will happen and when it does: Davey will win the championship. Dos Caras calls Angle a crippled freak and they come to blows. Security breaks them up.

                      - A video plays hyping next week's show, with the main event of Kurt Angle taking on Steve Corino.

                      Match #4: Caleb Konley vs. Adam Pearce
                      Spoiler


                      - Caleb runs off, while he can, and Pearce is dumbstruck. He goes over the commentary desk and claims that Conley pulled his hair, held his tights, and had both feet on the ropes.

                      - Another commercial for the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD plays.

                      Main Event: Brent Albright vs. Chris Hero
                      Spoiler


                      - Albright offers the handshake, but Hero slaps the hand away and slides out of the ring. Lenny thanks the fans for tuning and reminds fans to come back next week.
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                      • #26
                        Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                        From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

                        Originally posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
                        - The talk going around is that following the TV taping on 10/3, Kurt Angle will be faced with a two month suspension. That seems lengthy but considering in that two months, he'll miss three shows, it's not that big of a suspension. He will not be paid during this time. A source close to WCW officials told us, "He was told he could either take the suspension or leave." Kurt Angle is getting good money for once-a-month, sometimes-twice appearances and at this point, WWE doesn't want him and he has burnt bridges with TNA. Japan wouldn't offer him enough money to do the little work he's doing. The real issue is that he's basically the top babyface in the promotion and between last week and this week's episode, it seems that they were probably building to an Alberto Dos Caras/Kurt Angle main event at the next iPPV. Angle will likely film a storyline to put him out of action at the next set of TV tapings.

                        - By putting Kurt Angle on suspension beginning 10/4, Angle will not be able to be a part of the late-October iPPV. Based off last week's episode, it's possible they could run a Davey Richards vs. Alberto Dos Caras main event which would draw with the hardcores, but probably wouldn't move the needle much past them. The other talk is that they're going to bring someone in to replace Kurt Angle on top as a babyface. Names being thrown around were Dave Bautista, Chris Jericho, and Shawn Michaels. I can guarantee that even though Shawn Michaels is a professed fan of the promotion according to his Twitter, he will not be showing up.

                        - WCW officials are in heavy pursuit of a national TV deal and only plan on doing Internet TV until they can get one.

                        - The Davey Richards/Alberto Dos Caras match is a match to be seen. If viewed on a regular TV show, it would no doubt be a top contender for Match of the Year. It's 15-minutes of state-of-the-art action and, in the process, made on hell of a star out of Davey Richards. Interestingly, just about everyone expected Davey to bring his A-game, but many (particularly in high places) were very happy that Alberto was able to keep up with him.
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                        • #27
                          Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                          From F4Wrestling.com:
                          Originally posted by F4Wrestling.com
                          BREAKING NEWS

                          Tonight will feature the final appearance of Jim Ross (for now) on WWE Monday Night RAW. Earlier today Ross signed a contract with WCW to serve as "Head of Personnel." He'll likely function in the role of scouting, hiring, and firing talent. He'll probably also, at some point, do commentary for major events. Jim Ross has been with WWE on and off for almost 20 years. Even during the time frames when he was not obligated to WWE, he never worked for another company. Jim Ross was recently brought back as a part of storyline where Triple H, as COO, re-hired Ross. Since his return he has mainly been background noise to the primary commentary team of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
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                          • #28
                            Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                            WCW Underground 1.03

                            - Show opens with the latest bit of drama in the ongoing saga involving Davey Richards, Kurt Angle, and Alberto Dos Caras.

                            - Normal video package to open the show plays.

                            - We kick off with Adam Pearce in the ring and Davey Richards making his way to it.

                            Match #1: Adam Pearce vs. Davey Richards
                            Spoiler


                            - Lenny calls Davey to the broadcast table. Davey says that for the past week he and Eddie have been going through boot-camp under Kurt Angle and all it's doing is turning him into a better athlete. He says tonight he was able to give the fans a look at that. Alberto comes out and questions whether Davey is tall enough to ride the Superman-ride at Six Flags. They almost come to blows, but out comes Kurt Angle and Eddie Edwards. Dos Caras calls them a group of bullies who try to outnumber people, but then he throws down a challenge: Team Angle vs. Alberto Dos Caras and two partners of his choosing. The three quickly agree to the match. Alberto sneers as if having pulled a fast one and walks off.

                            - A commercial plays hyping the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD, which can be purchased on WCWwrestling.com.

                            - A video package recaps the brawl between CM Punk and Necro Butcher last week.

                            Match #2: Caleb Konley vs. CM Punk
                            Spoiler


                            - CM Punk hits the broadcast table, uninvited, to cut a promo. He actually sits on the table to cut the promo. The crowd responds positively to him, remnants of the face-turn he had in WWE before leaving. Punk talks about how he hasn't really had an opportunity to sit down and just talk. He goes on a rant about how WWE has all but killed pro wrestling. He talks Vince McMahon's big-man fetish and Triple H's ego-driven fear of looking like crap on-screen. CM Punk says the worst part is that no matter how bad it is, the idiots in the crowd here and there and everywhere else encourages the crap Vince McMahon slings. He says that the fans buy the tickets and the PPVs for the Randy Ortons and the John Cenas. He left WWE to get away from that mindset, but here he is in WCW and the fans are ranting and raving about a guy who glorifies the idea of smoking pot and drinking beer. He says they're the same type of fans who glorify someone with no talent like John Cena. He says what's worse is that Necro is probably the worst wrestler on the face of the planet. He claims that Necro's biggest claims to fame were jumping on light-tubes and talking about a stapler with Mickey Rourke. He calls Necro a garbage wrestler, someone who doesn't really do anything but use weapons and bleed. He says Necro can't fathom how to lock in a wrist-lock, but if you need practice on swinging a light-tube - he's your man! The crowd pops for that and CM Punk calls them on it, saying they encourage that "backyard wrestling bullshit." CM Punk says that he is the Straight-edge Messiah and that not only will he do his part to rid the world of the addiction to drugs and alcohol, but the addiction to "shitty wrestling" like WWE or Necro Butcher. CM Punk leaves at that point. All-in-all it was a roughly 20-minute segment and one of the greatest promos of the year.

                            - A video package plays hyping up Paul London and El Generico, better known as the independent wrestling tag team cult-sensation: Fastball Special.

                            Match #3: Michael Cannon/Lee Roy vs. Fastball Special
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                            - Paul London and El Generico, as has become the norm, approach the broadcast table. London goes into one of his crazy rants about generally nothing. He ends with saying the Cross will get crossed out.

                            - Another commercial for the Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD plays.

                            - Austin Aries comes out in a nice suit alongside California-natives Joey Ryan and Brian Kendrick. Austin Aries gets right in JML's face right off the bat. Aries takes a mic and complains about how he had a nice, cushy job and all of sudden the fat Texan took it from him. Aries has no complaints because he's used to that kind of bullshit. Aries says that type of bullshit ends now. Aries claims he, and his partners, are three of the greatest this business has ever known. He says that they are three kings of the industry. He then solidifies the name, saying from here on out you can refer to us as "The Three Kings." He says when it comes to tag team wrestling, they do what they want and when they want. He brings out two jobbers and tells them to get in the ring. He specifically mentions that they don't even get names. He says tonight, he'll be the odd man out and let Kendrick and Ryan show the world what greatness truly is.

                            Match #4: Three Kings (Brian Kendrick/Joey Ryan) vs. ????/????
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                            - Aries brags about the win and says next week they might be in action again and this time it might be Aries and Kendrick or it might be Aries and Ryan. So, basically, Freebird-rule.

                            - Lenny and JML talk about the ongoing issue with Dos Caras and Team Angle. Lenny formally announces an iPPV air-date set for 10/29 that will feature a main event of Kurt Angle, Davey Richards, and Eddie Edwards taking on Alberto Dos Caras and two partners of his choosing.

                            Main Event: Steve Corino vs. Kurt Angle
                            Spoiler


                            - Kurt Angle celebrates in the ring and Alberto Dos Caras comes out with a chair. Angle challenges Dos Caras to get in the ring and Dos Caras starts to but then he gets cut off by Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. They face off while in the ring Kurt Angle, out of nowhere, gets jumped by none other than Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas - Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team! They take out Angle and as Davey goes for the save, Eddie gets a chair-shot to the back! Dos Caras then takes out Davey Richards and in the end, Team Angle is left laid out and Dos Caras celebrates his victory with Benjamin and Haas to end the show.
                            We ARE pro-wrestling.

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                            • #29
                              Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                              From the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

                              Originally posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
                              - Long-time WWE commentator Jim Ross has signed on as the "Head of Personnel." He will function in a role similar to that of his old WWE job - hiring new talent. He has been told to, specifically, scout the independent scene. That clashes with Ross' old modus operandi, but he's a team player and will no doubt find plenty of talent out there.

                              - Jimmy Jacobs is going to be brought in, likely to serve as a mouth-piece for DOOMSDAY.

                              - The first edition of WCW Underground had somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 unique views. Internally, they want it to be better. The real story on if this is successful or not will come on 10/30 when the iPPV buyrate comes in.

                              - The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament DVD seems to be a big seller. As an extra feature on the show, they have lots of sit-down interviews with various stars involved with the promotion talking about the history of pro-wrestling and what it means to them.

                              - The next set of tapings will more than likely feature the first round of a tournament to determine the WCW Tag Team champions.
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                              • #30
                                Re: World Championship Wrestling - Wrestling for the 21st century.

                                Before anything else, a welcome is in order. It's always great to see new blood in fan fiction. I'm sure that many of us are more than just happy for it; we're appreciative. A very small percentile of the world's populace thinks that writing pretend wrestling shows is a dream to pursue, so we're glad that you've decided to do it in our little neck of the woods. To the 'veterans' here, fan fic has been an important part of our life and many of us have been involved since we were teenagers, so hopefully you'll stick around and become a regular in the community.

                                The Lou Thesz Memorial Tournament

                                This all feels very weird to me. Under a standard 'create-a-fed' promotion it'd be fine, but it's strange that you've decided to take the second most famous wrestling company in the World to use as your fed. I'm open-minded (for the most part), but it'll be difficult to immerse myself when I'm waiting for Bill Goldberg, Ric Flair, the nWo, etc. to pop up at any moment.

                                Mixed bag of tournament participants there. I see the expected big names, such as Kurt Angle and CM Punk. Then some exotic talents, like Dos Caras; old-school influenced Adam Pearce and some truly 'out there' choices, like Corino and the Necro Butcher. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if anyone gets the title but Angle or Punk, I'll be gobsmacked.

                                Hero advances, and it really could've gone either way. Hopefully Albright gets some attention in your fed, and winds up being built to get the belt. I'm sure you know about the comparisons he received when he first debuted as Gunner Scott on Smackdown; people saying that he was the next Chris Benoit. As such, I'd like to see him get into a wrestling-orientated feud with Kurt Angle, or even Adam Pearce. But then I'm booking your fed now...

                                Surprised you jumped the gun on Necro/Punk so early, but as it's a genuinely interesting feud, I don't mind; afterall, you need to draw in some interest from the get-go and Necro/Punk is as natural as Austin/Punk would be. Well, I'm glad the match wasn't a decisive one, but I can't help but think you went too far with it too fast. You need to leave room for storylines to escalate, so that the interest is at a constant climb. Personally, I would've had Punk try to out-wrestle Butcher and the hobo himself, sock Punk with those unorthodox, un-trained shots to show that these two truly are World's apart. I wonder what you'll follow this with next show, since brawling for ten minutes around the arena, over the bar top and even out, onto the streets is a pretty extreme scenario.

                                Clearly Kurt was going to get the win here, but I can't believe how much Pearce took to keep him down! I know that in reality, he's basically a boring midcarder outside of the NWA, but then you seem to be keeping the NWA in mind for your WCW revival, so it's not as surprising to me that you've got him built as legitimate competition. At, not as surprised as I think I should be. Harkening back to your previous segment, I think you jumped the gun with how quickly you advanced something; namely, Pearce kicking out of the Angle Slam. Even though Kurt has years and years of wrestling matches where the Angle Slam ended things, you want to establish the finishers. For example, Angle/Benoit at the Royal Rumble was the debut of the Ankle Lock grapevine, because Kurt needed to pull something extra out to beat his opponent. If you have Pearce kicking out of the Angle Slam, the next time they meet, I'll probably be expecting Kurt to come up with something new; something fool proof. I hope I'm making sense.

                                Didn't like the Angle promo. Any time you break the kayfabe wall, is an instant dislike from me. Movie villains or guys with DayGlo tans... whatever the competition is, that's just what it is. You're basically saying that in WCW, the wrestling is going to be more real than what Kurt's been involved in, in the past; that is to say, that his past experiences have been more fake. Again, I hope I'm making my complaint clear. As for Pearce, I like that he gave the middle finger. I'll be honest: the guy does bore me, so anything you can do for his character that'll make him stand out and be a little more interesting, that's gotta' be a plus.

                                I'm not a fan of Alberto or Corino, but Dos Caras was the logical choice to advance.

                                Would've liked to have seen more content from the Briscoes promo. Knowing them - what you wrote - I recognised, but if someone is reading this and doesn't know who they are, you should make it known to them. Hell, it's the first show, pretend that every reader knows NOTHING about your talent and lay the ground work for future shows. If you're not using pictures, then describe the appearance of the Briscoes. They're dirty rednecks, covered in tattoos and looking tougher than old, leather boots. Teeth are missing, grammar is thrown out of the window when they speak. They're drunk, they're high, they're ready to fight and if you've got a problem with that, then come and see them. If you make it past their pitbulls and spot the redneck flag in the distance, chances are you've sufficiently manned-up and now it's time for an ass-kicking.

                                London and Generico are down, and I think you pointed it out to KJ that it was obviously Ares and Claudio Castagnoli? Good to see all your teams so far are fresh.

                                I don't know who Konley is, but I do know that poor Sal is a tiny, tiny man. I also know that Morishima/Bison are huge, stocky guys and, well... I didn't even have to look at the result to realise what would happen here. SQUASH CITY... and that's exactly what should've happened. You've now got 'em on the map as these big, dangerous guys who can and will crush all who oppose them. Though I have to say, the 'Road Warriors-inspired' garb threw me off. I can picture Bison dressed as an extra out of the Mad Max movies, but Morishima? I'm getting strange thoughts of an obese, Japanese schoolgirl with facepaint and spiked shoulderpads.

                                'Leonard announces a brief intermission.

                                INTERMISSION.'



                                Ahh shit... that's three Angle Slam's for Chris Hero and it's a two count. I see that you're using a more indy-orientated way of realising your matches, but really, Hero doesn't deserve this. Goldberg? Yeah, I'd let him kick out after three finishers. Big Show, Undertaker, even Shawn Michaels... but then I'm more sports-entertainment when it comes to writing a fed. This is something that I'll never be able to agree with, so I'll just accept it and move on. So with positivity in mind: Angle advances, Hero looks like a million bucks and a legitimate main eventer in your promotion along with Adam Pearce; so basically, what you've done is built two guys on this show. Not bad.

                                Wow, poor Kurt. He gets a middle-finger from Pearce and SPAT ON by Chris Hero. That's a little over-the-top for me... spitting on someone is extreme. The person you're spitting on has to DISGUST you, or you want to humiliate them. That's why Orton spitting on Foley was so effective, because he was disgusted that Foley was such a coward and wanted to show him the ultimate humiliation and lack of respect. Here, it just doesn't work and is just... odd.

                                I'm not surprised to see Dos Caras get the win based on tonight's events; Kurt just had a half hour match, Alberto is a master of submission (as you just built him up to be in his encounter with Kurt) and he's pretty ruthless when he spots his opening. You showed Angle's tenacity, his will to keep fighting no matter how much damage he's sustained but in the end, Alberto was the fresh man and so he walks away with the title.

                                It was a decent first show. Again, I don't understand using the WCW namesake because this couldn't have felt any less like it, but you do what you want. I think you need a lot of work on building characters, or else it'll be tough to immerse myself in your 'world'. Basically, take what I said about the Briscoes promos to heart, and do it for your whole roster. Looking forward to how you follow-up Punk/Necro, and we'll see how the next show is.


                                I'm really enjoying all the between-show reports you're doing. Helps me to be immersed in your World and buy into the whole scenario.


                                WCW Underground 1.01

                                If you dump Aries and keep JBL on commentary, I'll be a happy man. I like Austin, but I like the old Austin Aries, leader of Generation Next. I hate how he dresses now in pink, fluffy cardigans and is basically a metrosexual. I don't think he makes a good commentary guy in his current state. JBL on the other hand, not only is great at the booth, but he gives the promotion a more legitimate feel. I don't know what the 'JML' thing is, though. Looking at the next segment, the name is sticking so do clue us in. It's not very catchy.

                                Alright, this is more like it. The Briscoes completely squash what is now dubbed as 'that team brought in to be squashed' that every fed needs at least one of! I appreciated the comparison to Boomhower, that's pretty damn accurate. I'm getting the feeling that squashes will be part of every show, and that's great. I like the old wrestling style, where the regular shows were used to build up the guys for their eventual big, proper matches at the special events. I don't want to see 1/2 hour matches or even title matches on this internet show.

                                Surprised to see JB-... erm, JML, being so friendly with Dos Caras. His character has a lot of trouble with the Mexicans. I liked how you put on a quick match, then had Alberto come out and cut a promo. Start the show off with something engaging, then get the 'main guy' making his presence known. He gets to gloat, then he gets to do commentary to scout the future opposition... s'nice. Eddie does what Kurt barely could - win with little fuss - and Davey makes his presence known with Alberto. That's a pretty good main event for the first standard show.

                                Internet recap or not, I think you should've described the DOOMSDAY hype video. I pictured Morishima handing lollipops out to children, as Bison Smith bathed himself. I don't know if those were your intentions.

                                Drew and Rockwell look like lifetime jobbers, but hey, I appreciate that you're using unknowns on your internet show. You're able to bring a bit of realism to the fed by 'promoting' young talent much like a real indy fed would, and a match every week by new talent would be a nice feature. If they catch on, they stick around... or they can be squashed, or whatever role you need them for, they can serve. And hey, whaddaya know? They're squashed. See, this is perfect.

                                They have a problem with Mexicans? That's why this feud exists? Hopefully it's a little deeper than that, or else you'll have an awkward time trying to get around the fact that the WCW Champion should want to smack their heads in.

                                Picturing Albright shooting up heroin. Yes, I'm being sarcastic and probably a little mean, but ask anyone around here about how much I like my details and specifics. I want to envision every single thing that's happening and I'm literally pained when I read summaries. No, really, my ass is bleeding as I type this.

                                Davey takes the champion to the limit, but falls short thanks to the time limit. I must say, I find it so difficult to absorb myself in what's going on, because of the way I write my shows. Just being the champion, I would've liked to see Davey have a tougher time, but then I must constantly remind myself that this is your fed and like with your previous show, you've made a top guy in one night. Davey is now added to the list of people who stands at the top of the roster.

                                I think this was a better show than the first. Even if it's still a million lightyears away from a WCW product (even if I try REALLY hard), this show was focused. The squashes, the short yet solid undercard match and then the main focus of the show, the main event where the real competitiors lay. You had a good format for this, and I hope to see it continue in this tradition.

                                I'll try to get around to reviewing the other show tomorrow, but right now I have a date... with Guitar Hero.

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