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  • #16
    Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

    WorldWide Progressive Wrestling
    August 2012

    The last image we saw of WorldWide Progressive Wrestling on our TV screens was that of WPW World Champion, Samoa Joe being confronted by the “nearly man” Ron 'The Truth' Killings after an absolutely grueling encounter against The last Legend of Extreme, Masato Tanaka. Both men finally saw each other face to face since they had last faced in the Gold Rush Series where the future champion, Samoa Joe escaped with victory. At Siege of Chicago I, Samoa Joe had spoken in length about Ron Killings being the one man he felt he did not beat of his own accord. Upon being allowed to pick his first challenger for the World Pro Wrestling Championship, Joe picked Truth giving Truth his chance at last to challenge fairly for the supreme championship in pro-wrestling. Truth in turn thanked Joe but warned him that he would die in the ring for Joe to be able to defeat him.

    The stare down electrified the Chicago massive. Samoa Joe pounded his chest and gave respect once again to the veteran, but Ron Killings was expressionless – perhaps reverted back to his old self, a manic look in his eyes and the WPW Championship in his sights. Joe did not realize then, but he surely would very soon...

    And so it was, Siege of Chicago III crept through the airwaves on Saturday August 25th 2012 but it was another rivalry that would end up taking center stage. A rivalry that was personal from the get go. As soon as the show went on the air, MVP walked out to the ring and placed a chair slap bang in the center and simply refused to budge until he was given what he needed, given the match that was hinted at but never came through – a match against Homicide.

    MVP had fiery words for The Notorious 187 -

    About a month and a half ago, I signed a contract with WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. I was told that this would be a place where the best competitors got a chance to showcase their skills and become champions.

    Then some punk ass named Homicide who couldn't do anything for the last 15 years of his career finally decided he wants to make an impact in the wrestling world. See... I didn't have a problem with that. Hell I even agreed with some parts of what Homicide had to say, every lie has a grain of truth in it. BUT... You picked the wrong guy to make an example out of.

    I am sick of poneying around chasing The Usos and working with others who can't even watch my back, that's right Low Ki you ain't SHIT (huge shocked reactions). I want to to end this so I can focus on my career. I want to finish it with on one, no interference, no stipulations, no conditions. JUST A FUCKING FIGHT.”

    He would not have to wait long and in typical fashion of always having the last word, Homicide came out and confronted MVP.

    How long have you been in wrestling? That's right, maybe a quarter of the time that I have. YOU just get shit handed to you, big major league contracts, big chances in Japan, so what you did time? Am I supposed to RESPECT YOU FOR THAT???

    MVP you try to play like I'm stopping you career, like I'm taking your chances away. As if you are the victim. Man... IT'S BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT I AM DOING WHAT I'M DOING.

    It's because of people like you who can't even tie my shoelace in the ring. Yet the world knows you and they don't know me. You could quit now and cake off all the cheques and appearances, autographs, merchandise. I AIN'T GOT SHIT. I NEVER DID. THAT...THAT IS WHY I did what I did. And don't think for a second that I feel guilty about it.

    In this ring, a guy like you could NEVER intimidate me, you will never beat me. You want me at Future Is Now? YOU GOT IT.”

    Tough talk and promises never settle a rivalry – both men had spoken their piece but not everything had been said – so Homicide took the first shot, clubbing MVP in the face and a vicious brawl broke out between the two resulting in Homicide getting busted open and unprepared WPW officials having to somehow tear the two men apart. The match was set in stone soon after and announced on the broadcast, MVP would lock horns with Homicide at The Future Is Now Special Event the next Sunday in a No Disqualification Match.

    Once the chaos was settled the crowd was treated to their first match of the night. Another very personal feud rekindled as Hunico made a rare television appearance against the Lucha Libre Icon, Sin Cara in a display of high flying brilliance. Neither man was in any mood to concede defeat, especially Hunico who 'survived' the initial stages of the match but became more and more sinister hurting Sin Cara's right leg as the minutes wore on and taking the match to ground zero in the middle of the mat. It was a rare chance to impress the world and they did – the match became so intense that it was declared a draw after reaching the 20 minute time limit for TV matches. Many people would not forget the image of Hunico applying the Quebradora, a painfully angled Inverted Boston Crab and only the screams coming from behind the mask of Sin Cara.

    The next match of the night was a hugely anticipated match. It was announced during the previous week and many were wondering how any of the men would get along and keep things cordial. Jake Swagger and Charlie Haas faced off against Dolph Ziggler and Shelton Benjamin. Men who used to be team-mates now divided by the will to become top dogs in the wrestling business. There was hardly any co-ordination between either team, for all of them it was a chance to get their hands on their opponents before the big night the next Sunday. Dolph Ziggler is known for showing off but displayed his absolute cunning by brutalizing Swagger's upper body whenever he got the chance, even whispering to Benjamin to work on that area if the opportunity arose. Swagger remained isolated for much of the match, bar a rare attempt at an Ankle Lock on Benjamin but predictably the difference came when he was finally able to tag in 'The Outlaw' Charlie Haas who turned the tides completely and ended up winning the match by making Ziggler tap to the Haas of Pain – as Benjamin watched it all unfold after being taken out of the ring by Swagger.

    If people thought it was over after the bell rang, they were mistaken as Swagger returned to the ring, hurt on his upper body but he was strong enough to paste an already battered Dolph Ziggler to the mat with a Gutwrench Powerbomb. Ziggler's advantage, at least on the surface seemed to have evaporated.

    Behind the scenes, The Immortal Rey Mysterio was in preparation of his mammoth main-event Non-Title Match against WPW Champion, Samoa Joe. He was joined in the locker-room by a surprise guest – KENTA! Reverberations of cheers could be heard inside the AllState Arena at the sight of these wrestlers together as KENTA requested Rey for a match at The Future Is Now, a rematch from the Gold Rush Series classic between the two citing that it would be great if the two of them could put on another great match for the people. What was to come next was a shock to many, Mysterio refused, asking KENTA politely to find another opponent. Even KENTA himself was taken aback knowing Mysterio's reputation of never backing down from a match. As KENTA was leaving he met Chavo Guerrero who was himself on the way to meet Mysterio. When asked by Chavo, KENTA revealed that Mysterio had declined to fight him and Guerrero himself was flabbergasted. He however reassured KENTA he would talk to Rey about it.

    The Chicago massive would be treated to an absolutely stellar match and a rematch of the Gold Rush Series Semi-Final as the Silver Champion, Randy Orton fresh off his first defense beating Dolph Ziggler at Siege of Chicago II, faced off against Hiroshi Tanahashi whose so far prolific performance in WPW had been overshadowed a week earlier when Shinsuke Nakamura sabotaged their scheduled match and introduced the iconic Masahiro Chono who in front of the world questioned Tanahashi's reputation and warned that Tanahashi had been purposely sent across the shores to WPW to simply die because he was no longer needed in Japan. This played a huge factor in the match with Randy Orton for the Silver Championship. Tanahashi took the offensive to Orton and hounded the Silver Champion at every go. Orton was losing every 50/50 and Tanahashi had red hot momentum all throughout. Most in Chicago were sensing a title change, after all Tanahashi was the only man to defeat Orton in WPW previously and it almost seemed so as Tanahashi was perched to nail the High Fly Flow Frog Splash in the dying minutes. There would be no title change however. Shinsuke Nakamura and Masahiro Chono again showed up on the giant screen, goading Tanahashi and urging him to take his career into “his own hands”. They disappeared as quickly as they came, and the moment for Tanahashi to win was gone. The Viper, Randy Orton was recovered now and took over the match, finishing Tanahashi with the RKO and retaining the Silver Championship.

    As Orton walked out, his second of a possible five successful title defenses completed, Tanahashi stared up at the lights, spending a moment alone in the ring, an uncharacteristic weariness in his eyes amidst the muffled cheers of the Chicago crowd which he could not hear anymore.

    It was announced to the TV audience that Randy Orton would next defend the Silver Championship for the third time against Hirooki Goto at The Future Is Now, a possible victory against Goto next Sunday would take Orton to the halfway point, two more victories after that and he would be able to challenge for the WPW Championship.

    Chavo Guerrero as promised to KENTA, spent a long time grilling Rey Mysterio on his reason for declining KENTA's challenge. Mysterio remained calm and continued dodging the question until Chavo told Mysterio that just maybe he was scared of being upstaged for the first time in his career by a more versatile wrestler. Mysterio snapped, telling Chavo that he would face KENTA and he was glad that Chavo was finally telling the truth for once and how he really felt about Mysterio. Rey walked on Chavo, showing his anger at his friend's critical words.

    He would not have a very long time to dwell as he had to go out and compete in a match against the No.1 Contender for the WPW Championship, Ron 'The Truth' Killings moments after in a match where Truth really showed a mean streak doing to Chavo what he had done to Carlito Colon and not allowing Chavo to mount any offence and attacking before the bell even rang. The Chicago crowd did not know how to react as the match was over before it even started when Truth finished Chavo off with the Corkscrew Scissors Kick to pick up a dominant victory against on paper a very tough opponent. When the cameras closed in on the victor the same look seen in the Gold Rush was once again apparent, he was in a zone as he made his exit without once acknowledging his victory.

    All this was seen by Samoa Joe on the TV's backstage and when asked by the interviewer on Ron Killings' change in attitude he had an explanation prepared -

    It's understandable what happens to a man when the goal of his life is in his sights. I won't say its attainable because Truth has to walk over my fallen body to get this World Title. But I have no complaints about his character, a man will do what he needs to get the job done.

    And as far as I am concerned, I am willing to go as far as Truth wants to take me, and further if I need to in order to remain the World Pro Wrestling Champion.”

    There was anxious silence in the arena, minutes passed as the cameras remained focused on the ring and the entrance gate, nobody was to be seen as Matt Striker also wondered on commentary if we would go ahead with the scheduled visit – and then he showed up – to very little fanfare, a silent Chicago awaited every word from Joey Mercury as he arrived to the ring. Melina Perez and WPW Spokesman, Kurt Angle were not far behind as they stood inside with Mercury to find out any information he had about John Morrison.

    It was to be a strange moment and an anti-climax as Mercury spoke out, carefully choosing his words.

    Unfortunately...I don't know where he is. Melina, I apologize and Mr. Angle I am sorry I could not be of greater help. I will though say that Melina, you were wrong, John did speak to me on occasion and I was the last visitor he had at the hospital before his disappearance.

    It is for this reason that I requested this moment. The last time that me and John spoke, the only wish he had was to hear an apology from Mr. Masato Tanaka for breaking protocol and for going against the rules of the match, and the code of wrestlers.

    So...I request on behalf of John that Mr. Tanaka to come out here and please apologize for his actions.”

    All through Mercury's speech Melina had a glare of distrust directed towards him but it turned to shock, in fact so did everyone's in the arena. Nobody could believe it when Masato Tanaka, in a very somber mood actually came out to the ring and apologized quietly to Melina Perez and to Kurt Angle. As Tanaka left, Melina seemed to break into tears – and was immediately comforted by Kurt Angle. When Joey Mercury went to do the same she rejected it and slapped Mercury in the face before she had to be taken to the back shivering and sobbing. The question still loomed in the silent AllState Arena, where was John Morrison? And what had happened?

    This question would be left unanswered for the time being as the show had to go on and it was time for the big main-event Non-Title match between WPW World Pro Wrestling Champion, Samoa Joe who went up against The Immortal, Rey Mysterio. Both men took a methodical approach to the match, especially Mysterio who spent most of the time dodging Joe's offensive with one eye on next Sunday and his match against KENTA. Joe simply tried to win the match but Mysterio would use shadow technique – hurting Joe on occasion with the quick Tilt A Whirl here, or a Drop Kick there, nothing severe was happening as the match reached the 10 minute mark. Joe finally broke through with the offensive after catching Mysterio's mid-air attempt at a Flying Crossbody and reversing it into a devastating Exploder Suplex. It was all Joe from there as he grounded The Immortal and kept him in various submission holds to wear Mysterio down.

    It was perhaps fate, or the laws of human instinct that the tension that was in the air all night blew into a fire as Ron 'The Truth' Killings, just like last week made his way down towards the ring, his eyes fixed on Samoa Joe. This time though, the match was still on and Truth completely disregarded everything and attacked Joe with a steel chair, felling the champion and handing the victory to him. Truth smashes Joe's head with multiple chair shots and went on to target the champion's ribs, without abandon as Mysterio escaped to the back. Just before the officials could stop Truth he decided to show mercy and tossed the chair before rolling out and backtracking through the crowd.

    The World Pro Wrestling Champion, The Warrior of the Islands, Samoa Joe was reduced to a bloodied heap. Unaware of where he was, his face busted up and his body shivering from the aftershock of the cold steel as Truth screamed out, all sense of normality gone from his head and for every single soul in the arena to hear -

    I'm taking you far...I am taking you to the end of your career, and the end of mine.”


    Hunico and Sin Cara fought to a draw.

    Charlie Haas and Jake Swagger def. Dolph Ziggler and Shelton Benjamin.

    Randy Orton (C) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi.

    Ron 'The Truth' Killings def. Chavo Guerrero.

    Samoa Joe (C) def. Rey Mysterio via Disqualification.

    Sunday 2nd September 2012. LIVE on HBO

    Samoa Joe (C) VS Ron 'The Truth' Killings

    Silver Championship
    Randy Orton (C) VS Hirooki Goto

    No Disqualifications
    Homicide VS MVP

    Shelton Benjamin VS Charlie Haas

    Dolph Ziggler VS Jake Swagger

    Rey Mysterio VS KENTA


    Gold Rush Series Rematch
    Katsuhiko Nakajima VS Hunico
    Last edited by T-Money; 11-11-2012, 06:40 PM.


    • #17
      Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

      WorldWide Progressive Wrestling


      My sincerest apologies to all pro-wrestling supporters. Sunday September 2nd 2012 was a bleak night for my organization WorldWide Progressive Wrestling and one of the darkest nights of my life as someone who lives and breathes pro-wrestling.

      We were set to stage our first special event, The Future Is Now at the AllState Arena in Chicago, Illinois. At 2PM Eastern Time our lawyers received a Cease and Desist letter from representatives of World Wrestling Entertainment. A lawsuit has also been filed along with it. I am not at liberty to discuss specifics but there were conditions in the letter which forced us to cancel the event and any subsequent events that were to be broadcast on television or pay-per-view. As a result we had to part ways with Home Box Office and the lucrative deal they had agreed with us. We wish to sincerely apologize for letting you, our loyal supporters down and also our business partners down.

      I am ashamed to say that it is partially my fault for having overlooked certain contractual details of wrestlers we contracted from World Wrestling Entertainment. It is also my fault that we did not cover every legal loophole which would allow anyone to take advantage of our organization.

      As a result I hereby step down as Chief Operating Officer and Spokesperson for WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. I wish to remain as a minority investor if my partners will accept and I live and breathe every remaining day to see WPW get its fair chance at a new beginning. My mistake has been a fatal blow to this organization and I can only repay it by working as hard as I can to assist in the transition phase.

      My words and my proclamations still stand, I will never change them – The future is still now. WPW has been given to very able hands, and like they say, it is darkest before dawn.

      Kurt Angle


      • #18
        Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

        WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

        |THE DAWN|
        December 2012

        Professional wrestling is the business of nearly moments and nearly men. What could have been has fascinated people and inspired many discussions filled with possibilities. The shadow of true promise, from once having the capacity to deliver the equivalent of wrestling salvation to now swimming in the abyss. WorldWide Progressive Wrestling, shaken and bloodied to its knees, now crawled its way through the valley of the indies. Hastily organized house shows in the Midwest throughout October and November 2012 kept the remaining roster busy and the company afloat but every night there was the dread of everything folding completely.

        No longer was there the guarantee of a worldwide television audience courtesy of HBO. The minor sponsors had backed out within a fortnight. Arenas across the United States were sceptical of hosting the shows, time and options were running out very fast. Kurt Angle had promised to remain after his stepping down as COO, but was distant and a shell of his former self. A man's dream had blown up in smoke and tarnished his reputation in the pro wrestling community.

        The roster was severely thinned, cut to a third of what it used to be. As was well documented, the wrestlers who had joined from World Wrestling Entertainment made their way back. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Randy Orton, Sin Cara, The Usos, Rey Mysterio, and others had been given options to return albeit with the stigma of having jumped ship previously. Orton had taken the opportunity to relinquish the WPW Silver Championship, having the class to return it to WPW's Chicago office rather than create theatrics and take it with him to the WWE. What actually happened involving these WWE talent we will never know. What was in the specifics of the lawsuit or in the cease and desist letter handed to WPW on the eve of The Future Is Now event will forever be speculation and hearsay.

        The only certainty is that it was a move on the part of World Wrestling Entertainment that would have been a complete deathblow had it not been for Mr. Naoki Sugabayashi, majority shareholder in WPW and President of New Japan Pro Wrestling. In the nick of time WPW, with its remaining roster was taken to Japan for the forseeable future. Away from the scrutiny and pressure of the United States market and the NJPW infrastructure at its disposal to rebuild. Also, the forgotten man was once again forgotten, WPW managed to retain Matt Striker who would remain as the sole voice of the promotion for the time being.

        “The wrestling will do the talking”, said Mr Sugabayashi in an interview with a Japanese newspaper. It was time to restart, and perhaps the powers that be were kind enough to grant a second life.

        The first event that was booked was Warrior's Way for Sunday December 16th 2012, promoted heavily through NJPW's media team and would be held at the iconic Ryougoku Sumo Hall. Warrior's Way was envisioned to be a call-to-arms for the entire roster and a showcase for the new WPW. The presence of WPW World Champion, Samoa Joe proved to be a tremendous draw amongst the puro fanatics in Japan who had not forgotten his past forays to the East. There would be five bouts total scheduled for the card. Some of them were rematches from the past and some to resolve rivalries which were still boiling over. The headline match was to be Samoa Joe/Tanahashi II for the WPW World Pro Wrestling Championship.

        The first and most bad blooded however was Homicide against MVP which would finally take place in a No DQ Match. Homicide took the beating of his life in the hands of MVP. The Tokyo crowd were shocked to see the levels of brutality MVP was willing to go towards to gain the victory especially with his mastery of tables and barb wire bats. A highlight of the match was when MVP and Homicide were battling on a platform with a light rig situated above a section of the crowd. MVP smashed Homicide's head in with a 10K light and tossed him off the platform and into the sea of people. The battle eventually made its way back to the ring where miraculously Homicide was able to defeat MVP after repeated desperate low blows and a Gringo Killa Double Underhook Piledriver on a spread of thumbtacks. The cameras captured a decimated Homicide crawling to the back as MVP lay cornered near the turnbuckle, his forehead bleeding profusely.

        In between the matches there were no backstage segments. Instead the focus was on building up Samoa Joe VS Hiroshi Tanahashi II. A highlight video was shown of their epic 2 out of 3 Fall/Submission Gold Rush Series encounter. Every break a fall or submission was shown until it was one a piece and Joe's final victory in Chicago was broadcast – the iconic tangle of Tanahashi's feet on the ropes and the subsequent Enziguiri followed by the Muscle Buster as Samoe Joe was crowned World Champion.

        The second match of the night again was a match that was supposed to take place at The Future Is Now – Charlie Haas/Shelton Benjamin II. The contest to see who is the better singles wrestler. The last time the two men met Shelton Benjamin was sent to the hospital after refusing to tap out to the Haas of Pain. This match was even more intense, a suplex clinic was put on by both men, with sprinkles of Benjamin's aerial prowess particularly the Suicide Arabian Press to Haas crashing into the guard railing. There were reversals and double reversals, Benjamin nearly won the match with a Superkick after flipping over a loosely attempted German Suplex by Haas. There were multiple occasions during the match when Haas targeted Benjamin's midsection with stiff Shoot Kicks and stomps. All this was part of his strategy to decimate Benjamin with the Haas of Pain for a quick tap out. However every time he got close to applying the Haas of Pain, Benjamin reversed it. The climax happened on one such occasion as a desperate and tired Charlie Haas caught Benjamin's second Superkick attempt – and tried to put him in the Haas of Pain but Benjamin kicked him into the ropes and caught Haas on the rebound with a Jumping Implant DDT for the win. The severe disappointment was clear to see on Haas' face as an ecstatic Benjamin made his exit, they now stand at 1-1, each having a victory.

        The dilemma of the Silver Championship after the departure of Randy Orton was to be sorted next in a classic match pitting two Puro favorites Hirooki Goto and Katsuhiko Nakajima against each other. Goto and Nakajima laid it all out for the title and Nakajima betrayed his young age hanging with the Daredevil until the very end. Nakajima just like Haas before him specialized in absolutely stiff Shoot Kicks but he added even more with combinations and Spinning Kicks that battered Goto for long periods of the match. There were three Drop Kicks which looked like absolute poetry, one flooring Goto in midflight when attempting a Double Axe Handle from the second turnbuckle. This was as close as Nakajima would get to a victory though. Goto survived only with some great fortune and last moment thinking and in one key moment he drove Nakajima to the mat with the Shouten Kai Vertical Side Suplex Slam for the hard earned victory. There was thunderous ovation all around the Sumo Hall as Goto and Nakajima shook hands after the match. Nakajima himself volunteering to raise Goto's hand as the new Silver Champion. Goto may have become the new Silver Champion but this was a vindication that Katsuhiko Nakajima could hang with the very best.

        Almost all the talent who had come over from WWE had gone back to their home promotion...almost everyone. One man who remained because his contract with WWE had actually expired prior to joining WPW was Hunico, originally known as Incognito. For him there was no going back. He was overlooked in WWE from the get go even though his ring skills were far better than his contemporaries from Mexico.

        He now arrived at the Ryougoku Sumo Hall with a new mask and was announced as “Incognito de Juarez”, coloured half in black, half in blue to represent his days as Mistico and a version of Sin Cara – a show of duality he had told people – his past, his present, and his future would stare the opponent in the face. His opponent at Warrior's Way was none other than Low Ki himself. Not one bit daunted by Incognito, Low Ki took him through a serious beating early on during the contest. A highlight of the match - after Low Ki performed the Black Magic Reverse Roundhouse Kick, Incognito stayed on his knees roaring for more and Low Ki was forced to perform a Tidal Wave Springboard Roundhouse Kick to finally shut him up. Everyone in the hall believed Low Ki would win this match but Incognito performed probably one of the greatest reversals of 2012 when Low Ki was going for the Tree of Woe Ghetto Stomp but Incognito pushed Low Ki's legs in as he fell flat on his face and then locked in the Quebradora Inverted Boston Crab to make Low Ki tap out in submission. There was absolute shock amongst the people as Incognito's hand was raised in victory.

        There was a brief intermission before it was time for the main-event. It would be 'The Warrior of the Islands' Samoa Joe versus 'The Ace of the Universe' Hiroshi Tanahashi in the rematch from the Gold Rush Final where Joe had prevailed. Both men came out to grand entrances, standing in distant corners of the ring as they were announced. The crowd was split 50/50 as the match would progress – Tanahashi was and is a superhero like figure in Japanese wrestling. Samoa Joe on the other hand was fast building a reputation as an icon, a pro-wrestler in the vein of the old days and the people ate it up. There was no handshake between them, just a long, long stare down. Tanahashi refused to back down from Joe – an uncharacteristic snare visible on his face as Joe was announced. The bell rang and the war began, there were no tactics, neither man really wanted to win the conventional way – they wanted to make a point.

        Tanahashi and Joe slugged it out in the early going, battling all over the ring and on the outside, on the ramp, by the announce table and even into the crowd. A particularly brutal moment was when Samoa Joe performed a Death Valley Driver to Tanahashi into the ring steps. Joe would then continue to work on Tanahashi's back, tossing him from corner to corner with Exploder suplexes. This was short lived however as Tanahashi got a second wind and came back with a succession of Flying Forearm Strikes finished off with a Spring Board Enziguiri from the second rope – an eerie omen that had the crowd gasping when Joe was looking like he was going to get up and avoid the move – Tanahashi had lost their previous match from a similar position. Nothing of that sort happened though as Tanahashi flowed Joe into a Dragon Sleeper slap bang in the middle of the ring. This was never going to be enough and Tanahashi decided to end that attempt with an Inverted DDT and opt for a different approach. He mounted the top turnbuckle and decimated Joe with a High Fly Flow Frog Splash but it still was not enough. The crowd in Tokyo was not accustomed to seeing people kick out of that move as the entire hall rumbled in anticipation. This match had gone into a different territory. Tanahashi fed off the energy and put Joe back into the standing Dragon Sleeper after a beautiful Sling Blade – but this time Joe within seconds lifted Tanahashi off his feet and into the Island Driver. Tanahashi kicked out – emphatically.

        There was a moment when the cameras caught Joe staring into the mat, his eyes blood red – the realization of losing his championship in Tanahashi's domain was coming closer and closer to reality. The match hung on a razor's edge as Tanahashi narrowly escaped an attempted Coquina Clutch and reached the ropes, then using the ref's position blocking Joe's line of sight to floor him with a spring board Cross Body Drop. Nobody could guess which way it would go – Tanahashi defied the forces and Dragon Suplexed Joe into a Bridge but still, still could not secure the victory. What happened in the next few minutes would go down as a significant moment in wrestling and WPW history. A crowd member in a hoodie hopped out from the barricades, attacking the referee from behind and standing in the ring face to face with the exhausted Hiroshi Tanahashi. Tanahashi squinted his eyes trying to get a closer look at who it was – the hoodie came off – and even the Tokyo crowd which is rarely surprised by anything was buzzing in disbelief. It was the man known only as 'Phenomenal' AJ Styles! Tanahashi could not react, his body was already on the verge of breaking down – Joe and the referee were on the mat. Styles looked in complete anguish as he simply uttered “sorry” and in moments had nailed Tanahashi with the Styles Clash. He took a second to look around the crowd, disgusted by what he had just committed. AJ donned his hoodie again and disappeared back into the crowd and out of the hall before anything could be done. Samoa Joe came to his senses minutes after, lifting Tanahashi up for a lazy Muscle Buster and picking up the win from a long count by the dazed official. The match was over but the hallowed grounds of the Ryougoku Sumo Hall had been desecrated by the dirty finish.

        Even the once cheered Samoa Joe was jeered as he lifted the WPW World Championship into the air. A decent night had been completely ruined. Officials poured out from the back as the show came to a close and Samoa Joe was told of what had happened. He looked out into the crowd – searching for the man known as AJ Styles. Hiroshi Tanahashi could not be comforted as he threw officials out of the way and stormed to the back.

        WorldWide Progressive Wrestling had in one night impressed and disgusted the audience at the same time. Word spread fast, the internet was clamouring for footage of the event – in this era of sensationalized content the pro-wrestling supporters back in the Americas were hounding for the clips to be put on YouTube or a DVD to be released of the event. Which it would be in due time. In Japan the buzz was electric, how did AJ Styles arrive in WPW? Was this planned? How dare they finish a World Championship match in this manner! The promotion was back in the consciousness of the core wrestling supporters. It was a dawn, not yet the morning, but just a dawn – a sign of possibilities to come.


        No DQ
        Homicide def. MVP via pinfall - 17:13

        Shelton Benjamin def. Charlie Haas via pinfall – 19:00

        Silver Championship
        Hirooki Goto def. Katsuhiko Nakajima via pinfall – 19:54

        Incognito def. Low Ki via submission – 11:21

        WPW World Championship
        Samoa Joe (C) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi via pinfall – 38:11
        Last edited by T-Money; 02-10-2013, 01:47 AM.


        • #19
          Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

          WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

          |NO QUARTER|
          January 2013

          In the back of their minds people always wish they lived in a constant. They wish that logic were the only rule of life. They wish they could see the storm coming in front of them or to be able to plan ahead, to be able to live a perfect lifestyle – to wrestle the perfect match. Hiroshi Tanahashi thought he wrestled the perfect match. After being emphatically beaten by Samoa Joe on a summer night in Chicago, his redemption song played loud in the form of the crowd in Tokyo's raucous Ryogoku Sumo Hall in December. This time the match was his for the taking. For close to forty minutes he pushed Samoa Joe to breaking point. The WPW World Championship was so close, so, so close. It all would have made sense. The months sitting on the sidelines nursing the loss, the days and hours spent studying his greatest defeat – it would all make sense. And then the storm came. The things you cannot plan for, forces at work beyond your comprehension. AJ Styles came. Nobody knew what his motives were. They still don't know.

          Aside from the personalities, the finish of a World Championship match in such a dirty manner, especially in a promotions first show in a revered wrestling hall was no less shocking. Warrior's Way would later be streamed the next Sunday through and on iPPV for all to see. The pro-wrestling community was soon afire with reactions, mainly negative to the way the show ended. It left a sour taste in the mouth of the people who had paid hard earned money to give a struggling promotion a chance. However those same people were hooked – people wanted to see more. It had lit a fire, though so far only the smoke signal could be seen. So far, any high ranking official from WPW had denied that AJ Styles had signed with the company. His interference was not planned, or at least that's their side of the story, and they would stick by it.

          And so it was. WPW's next event was announced to take place again once again at Ryogoku Sumo Hall. The posters and fliers went up for the event named as Steel Justice set for Sunday January 6th 2013 with a headlining Steel Cage match that promised to live up to the title - the Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto partnering Hiroshi Tanahashi against Homicide and World Champion, Samoa Joe. Clearly the officials of WPW were going through a Roman complex when the match was booked. Neither team was going to work together, and both teams had a history of hostility between the partners. The rules were either win by pinfall or submission, there was no escape from the cage. “Steel justice” truly was the motto for the night.

          As the fade in sequence to the show began, the crowd were treated to the World Champion, Samoa Joe sitting on a chair in the middle of the ring with his title and a microphone staring out for presumably, AJ Styles. Usually The Warrior of the Islands betrays a foul scowl but tonight he was livid. “I've waited two weeks to say my piece. This show is not going to begin until I've represented myself properly. I haven't slept, haven't eaten right, I can't live because everyone thinks I knew about AJ Styles coming to do what he did.” Before he could continue though, out came Hiroshi Tanahashi, stone faced as he came down to the ring, snatching Joe's microphone. He spoke in his own tongue but Joe might as well have understood. “I want another match. That's all.” Samoa Joe had much to say – but he had been silenced now. Tanahashi gave him the microphone back in the hope that there would be an acceptance.

          The people in the Hall pushed and pushed for Joe to say something but he waited, and waited, and waited. Tanahashi had had enough, he spit on the mat in disgust and began to leave the ring thinking it was a refusal but that's finally when Joe spoke, “Hiroshi. You really do think you would have beat me that night huh? That some punk bitch called AJ Styles helped me to win that match?”. Tanahashi nodded and he was not alone as the Ryogoku Hall reverberated with roars of approval from the supporters. Joe looked at them too, he could feel it, he was no longer the invincible and undisputed World Champion of months ago, and now people didn't even trust him. Here, Tanahashi was now top dog, and his performance at Warrior's Way had endeared him to the supporters. “Fair enough. There's one thing you and the people will never believe if I say it just with words. That I am the Champion and I cannot be beat, not by you, and not by anyone in this company. We've had two matches so far, and I've won both, doesn't matter how. So I accept but I have an offer of my own. This will be the last one as long as I am champion, this is the last match, the last fight. If you lose this match you cannot challenge my reign again”, challenged Joe.

          He extended his hand to Tanahashi. The Ace looked around, weighing his options - and Joes handshake was met, with conviction. Tanahashi stared at Joe defiantly. Whether he was staring at his end or a change in his fortune, we would only find out weeks later. Until then he did his best not to betray his fear, and he wasn't the only one. Samoa Joe looked around at the raucous crowd, all on Tanahashi's side. Nobody wanted anything to do with the Champion anymore. For the first time in the rivalry, Tanahashi was the favorite, Joe the underdog. On this night they'd have partners inside of a Steel Cage. The job was simple for both Joe and Tanahashi – weaken the other as much as you can and for Samoa Joe now, secure the psychological upper hand once more. AJ Styles was still nowhere to be seen or heard.

          The night moved swiftly on with a match that potentially stole the show. Rumours had been circulating that another returning WPW original was scheduled to compete. Nobody knew exactly who that was and the list to choose from was sizable so the speculation seemed fruitless. All they knew was that he would face Shelton Benjamin. Hot off his victory over Charlie Haas, Benjamin was in a super mood as he sauntered out to the ring cutting a short promo rubbing in his victory and promising that in the future, if ever there was a Part 3 to the series, that he's the “Better, AND the betters choice.” Benjamin was mighty happy with that terminology but not when he saw who the returning wrestler was.

          One of the biggest reactions in recent memory greeted the man who emerged from the back. To the sound of “Hero” by Nas, KENTA emerged with a smile, ending up in the ring too soon for Benjamin's liking as the two men stared down to flashing cameras. Benjamin berated KENTA almost immediately and tried to recover some of his confidence in the face of his super calm adversary. The supporters inside the hall began to clap in recognition of what was to unfold as the two men were ushered to either corner by the ref to open the match. The bell rang and a clinic unfolded that had everyone standing for the full duration of it. Shelton Benjamin was so desperate to make his mark that he absolutely overpowered KENTA in the early stages out-manoeuvring his opponent and shadowing KENTA every time he tried to recover from a suplex or throw. There were plenty of German Suplexes and belly-to-belly's in Shelton's offence as he looked to down KENTA with sheer repeated force. Though Benjamin was faster and stronger, he was predictable. This wasn't 2004 Shelton who nobody knew about, KENTA had him very well scouted and the element of surprise was definitely on his side at least this one time as he turned the match when first he ducked out of a Superkick and returned with a Busaiku Knee Kick to Benjamin. Second, Benjamin tried his best to come back quick a few minutes later with a Springboard Somersault Neckbreaker but KENTA reversed and fell back into a Cutter dropping Benjamin cold to the mat. Benjamin, to his credit kept coming back, relentlessly, picking himself up out of missed moves and combinations, not giving KENTA enough time to exploit. This would not last forever he was about to finish a T-Bone Suplex but KENTA rolled through, yanking Benjamin's arm and into his 'Game Over' Omoplata Crossface. There was no way out of it, Benjamin tapped out. KENTA's hand was declared in victory and he had achieved something Charlie Haas had tried so hard to do – get Shelton Benjamin to submit and the crowd definitely made him know about it.

          Steel Justice would continue the showcase of the pro-wrestling styles and hardcore wrestling would come to the fore this time as Masato Tanaka challenged MVP to a match via a video clip that would become very popular on . The backdrop was a chair production factory where Tanaka stood and cut his promo, the humour was totally lost on him though as Mr. Tanaka told MVP that he had been impressed at MVP's showing against Homicide and how MVP had backed up his words by taking Homicide through hell and back at Warrior's Way. He felt MVP was one of the few men with a true code and wanted a fight against him. MVP responded via his own clip and said he would be “honoured to make you bleed” in reference to Mr. Tanaka.

          This was nowhere near as personal for MVP as his last outing and his lack of aggression gave Tanaka a huge advantage. MVP was not a hardcore wrestler, just because he had one match against Homicide did not mean he could hang with the self dubbed and a new T-Shirt printed “Last Living Hardcore Legend” Masato Tanaka. The early periods of the match involved Tanaka running havoc on MVP with his patented steel chair and MVP was looking powerless to stop the onslaught. An improvised and desperate DDT to Masato Tanaka finally gave him the opening. He mimicked his last match, following his habit and pulling out the Barb Wire Bat and slashing Tanaka's back to shreds. He then Superplexed Tanaka through a table but the win was still some distance away. In fact MVP was not even close, all he had done was brought Tanaka to his element – the veteran psyched up, screaming with aggression as he pounced back on MVP like a Bengal Tiger with his Discus Elbow Smash. The bleeding Tanaka was now in his craze as he went to the ringside staff, grabbed the chain links that MVP wears as part of his gear and tried to choke his opponent with them. It was only Tanaka's one rare moment of mercy that actually stopped MVP from going unconscious. Tanaka could smell his opponent's end though as he finished MVP with a Complete Dust Inverted Sitout Powerbomb onto his steel chair for the win.

          MVP had chalked up his second loss in two events but there was no sympathy from the crowd this time around as the revered Masato Tanaka took his own blood and painted it across his chest holding the steel chair aloft to a roaring ovation. Things were as they should be - until the lights started playing with themselves, flickering heavily. A red and green snake-like spotlight fell on Tanaka, a slithering snake projected onto his body as he looked above in puzzlement. The glitch in the lighting was gone almost as soon as it came, a hush had fallen over the crowd and Tanaka himself left quickly towards the back.

          Steel Justice was also going to be the event where a new debut would be handed out, and the first in a sequence. WorldWide Progressive Wrestling officials knew that the roster was razor thin. To sustain the promotion and keep people coming back more had to be offered. Careful consideration was given to what type of wrestlers they wanted to attract and showcase. Kurt Angle would finally make his presence felt backstage and vouched passionately for the idea of bringing in light to middleweight wrestlers. High fliers but technically superb, and with mat skills to boot to complement the talent already in the promotion. Tapes had been played in the meetings of the old WCW Cruiserweight Division and TNA's original X-Division from the mid 2000's which Kurt had witnessed first hand. 'Progressive' was the keyword cited in many meetings. The back office clearly felt that a void had been created for this type of division in the big promotions in the world and they wanted to fill it, fast. So it was decided and the first debut booked against the resurgent Incognito.

          The previous event, Warrior's Way had been a frustrating show for many of the wrestlers and many of the personnel in WPW for the way certain events had panned out. For one wrestler however, it was his watershed moment. Underutilized and held back, used as the stepping stone for others less talented than himself, Jorge Areas aka Hunico aka Incognito de Juarez had defeated the heavy favorite Low Ki in just over ten minutes, and not only that. He had defeated Low Ki by submission. Ancient warriors made a practice of galvanizing themselves by applying face paint, masks, skins of predators they had slain, all to tell their adversaries they were more than just mere men – they were fearless, they were themselves a dedication to the mastery of the skill of combat. Under the dim lights and a garden of mist inside the Ryogoku Sumo Hall rose Incognito's blue and black masked head. He was now a warrior, his pride restored, and the ceiling removed. He waited, and it did not matter who debuted from behind the curtain. He was at complete peace with his abilities now.

          Incognito's opponent and debutante was someone well known in the independent circuit. He was brought in by close friend Jay Lethal from the well travelled “developmental hell” as Lethal had described on a pro-wrestling podcast days before. He was none other than Xavier Woods, but more famously, Consequences Creed. The versatile and powerful Creed championed his way out decked in his red, blue, and white in all his aloof glory having never seen the tape of Incognito and Low Ki's match from Warrior's Way. Even though he had Jay Lethal at ringside to help him adjust to the pace of WPW, he would not be able to last long against a man reborn in Incognito. The match began as a brawl with the aforementioned getting Incognito with his patented Springboard One Handed Bulldog and even his goofy three left hand punch and then right hand hook combination. However it soon deteriorated as Hunico turned the 2tide with a Tiger Driver and after a brief fight back from Creed, he latched on the feared Quebradora Inverted Boston Crab for his second submission victory in a row. Lethal gaped in shock as Creed lay there clutching his quadriceps. The Japanese supporters at the Hall were chanting Incognito's name, he was developing a steady reputation here in Tokyo.

          Shelton Benjamin and KENTA's match had become the standard for the night, nothing was looking like coming even close to the intensity of that duel. Katsuhiko Nakajima and Charlie Haas thought differently. It was a different type of match altogether actually, full of stiffness and pure guts. Two guys who hated losing fought a match piled with high impact moves to the head and inhuman lengths of time spent applying submission holds. The first moment of note was midway through after spending minutes simply grappling with each other, Nakajima knocked Haas nearly out cold with the R-15 Roundhouse Kick. Haas would barely kick out at a deep two and rallied himself to drive Nakajima past the ten minute mark with a sickly angled overhead Belly to Belly suplex. Both men had targeted the head of the other to cut the oxygen off and strike at the opportune moment. The match dragged past fifteen minutes and everyone in the Hall could see the pace slowing drastically. Nakajima in one flash Superkicked Haas over the top rope to the outside and then while Haas lay by the guard railing it happened. Nakajima threw it all on the line and flew off the top turnbuckle and Moonsaulted into Haas and the guard railing. The Ryogoku Hall erupted in roars but both men could not get up. Officials and medical staff poured out from the back to tend to them and the match was deemed a double count-out, the first draw in WPW history. What it did for the reputation of both men could be sampled by the claps from the supporters. They knew exactly the way the strategy had played out and how the deadlock was achieved, it was brilliant from both sides. Somewhere the Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto was watching this and holding his title just a little bit closer. A statement had been made by Haas and Nakajima that every single victory in WPW would have to be fought for to one's physical limit.

          Steel Justice had so far been a success as far as match performances went. Everyone booked on the card secretly knew that not only were they fighting to keep themselves relevant but also wrestling for the greater good of the entire promotion. Simply, WPW had to bring itself back on the map. This brought out an edge in the wrestling, moves went harder, emotions were heated, and nobody would take a loss without putting up a struggle. The near 11,000 people who had packed into the Ryogoku Sumo Hall definitely felt they had got their money's worth and now it was time for the main-event.

          A buzz reverberated around the Hall as the wrestlers arrived to the ring, the last being the now jeered World Champion, Samoa Joe. It almost seemed like a fatal-four-way match as neither of the teams were even glancing towards their partners. Homicide sat crouched in the corner staring at the other three men who would be locked inside with him, pure focus in his eyes. Hirooki Goto remained absolutely disciplined, not a twitch of fear on his calm face as he handed the Silver Championship to the ringside staff. Tanahashi and Joe stayed lock on each other's every move, looking to find anything they could exploit. The fifth man, the Steel Cage was then slowly lowered, no quarter was going to be given to any of these four souls tonight...

          The match began with a brawl. Samoa Joe and Homicide surprisingly had each other's back and synced perfectly as 'Cide went at Tanahashi and Joe towards Goto. The mix up was not what the two Japanese warriors were expecting and were caught completely off guard in the early stages. Joe smashed Goto into the cage repeatedly and had the Silver Champion busted open early into the match. Tanahashi was not faring any better as Homicide targeted his back with a particularly painful Alabama Slam onto the unforgiving steel. Tanahashi lay crumpled as Homicide and Samoa Joe double teamed on Goto. The crowd endured one of the most merciless beatings that had ever taken place as Goto was thrown around like a rag doll between the World Champion and The Notorious 187 as they took turns tossing him into the cage and Homicide took particular delight in the finality of a Bronx Bomber Sitout Scoop Slam Piledriver to finish Goto – but it wasn't to be.

          Goto valiantly kicked out when it would have been in his interest to stay down for the count. Homicide looked shocked and look towards his partner but Joe waited in the corner for Tanahashi, a disgusted and infuriated look beginning to appear on his face that would become worryingly habitual. He was aloof to everything else now. Joe saw Tanahashi recovering on the corner and gave him a CCS Enzuigiri and took his turn to pin the challenger but just like Goto, Tanahashi also kicked out. Joe and Homicide continued beating Goto and Tanahashi in separate corners for minutes on end. Joe dangerously began mounting Tanahashi for a Death Valley Driver to break his back and finish Homicide's job but this is when the opening came for the Japanese duo. Goto had somehow managed to avoid a Diving Double Foot Stomp from Homicide who now lay crumpled and his legs trapped on the turnbuckles. He ran towards Joe and Dropkicked him straight in the face as Joe fell and dropped Tanahashi to the mat. Goto stomped away at Joe relentlessly, his blood stained knuckles now pounded at the World Champion's forehead.

          Homicide had finally broken free but Goto was not going to give away the upper hand now. He had taken too big a beating all match long. He fought off both Samoa Joe and Homicide, no planned moves just instinct and then in a magnificent moment, blood pouring down his face he lifted Homicide into a definitive Ura Shouten Overhead Gutwrench Backbreaker rack swung into a Reverse Swinging Side Slam Facebuster. Goto screamed in primal anger as he pinned Homicide but the World Champion, Joe just barely rescued the match by breaking the count. Joe had had enough. Before Goto could come to his senses he locked him into the Coquina Clutch for a gruesome screenshot for any cameras that picked up a half dead choking Hirooki Goto helpless and about to tap. And finally, finally, Hiroshi Tanahashi made his presence felt. He Enzuigiri'd Joe on the back of the head to break the Clutch. An eye for an eye, or head for head. Then he mauled the World Champion, taking a run up and then felling him with the Sling Blade Spinning Sitout Sleeper Slam. The Ryogoku Kokugikan was erupting in anticipation of what would come next, they wanted what they had not been given last time...

          But then time stopped, everything stopped. Always a risk taker, Hiroshi Tanahashi had began climbing up towards the top of the Steel Cage to mount for the High Fly Flow Frog Splash. His intentions were symbolic of his desire to finish Samoa Joe off. But it was too much, he had climbed too high, too far, he was in the wilderness, and at this moment the outsider made his presence felt. It was AJ Styles, he sat atop the Cage. Tanahashi looked up in complete horror to see AJ Styles blocking his path. The world had slowed to a crawl - Styles dangled his legs and punted Tanahashi in the head and he fell, motionless as he landed on the mat. Styles just waited. The Hall was near riotous as groans and jeers greeted the snakish crawl of Homicide who collapsed atop Tanahashi's body and stole the match. The Ryogoku Kokugikan was filled with anger and even items were being thrown towards the Steel Cage and towards AJ Styles.

          AJ Styles sat atop the Steel Cage, surveying the carnage below him. The traces of a grin appearing amid the hatred spewing from all directions.


          KENTA def. Shelton Benjamin via submission – 22:34

          No DQ
          Masato Tanaka def. MVP via pinfall – 14: 49

          Incognito def. Consequences Creed via submission – 9:21

          Katsuhiko Nakajima and Charlie Haas fought to a draw via double count out –19:00

          Steel Cage
          Homicide and Samoa Joe (World Champion) def. Hirooki Goto (Silver Champion)and Hiroshi Tanahashi via pinfall - 27:03
          Last edited by T-Money; 02-03-2013, 03:47 AM.


          • #20
            Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

            "A WISE MAN ONCE SAID...." - WMS Reviews T-Money's Steel Justice

            -Iíve read bits and pieces of WPW since you started writing it and Iíve always enjoyed what Iíve read. Youíve gone unnoticed for the most part in 2012 despite producing solid work. I think 2013 can be your year if you continue chipping away.
            -Interesting move to get rid of the likes of Orton and Mysterio. I think those two guys helped give your fed a bit of credibility and made it unique too. You still have the likes of Joe, Ki, etc. but no star guys. Reminds me of my NWA. I like having to build up stars and make them credible; itís more of a challenge.
            -I like the new format youíre going with. Itís sleek and different from most shows in Fan Fiction Ė refreshing.
            -Opening paragraph was awesome. Itís a recap but youíve presented in a narrative style that is different from the norm youíd associate in Fan Fic.
            -The first three paragraphs served as a precursor to your event, I really like the idea of having a mini backstory before each event. It works well, especially in your case as you no longer are doing TV Shows and youíre just going with events. The events seem more like chapters than wrestling shows from the style youíre writing them. Iím not complaining as I dig it.
            -The opening between Joe and Tanahashi was extremely well done. The writing was fine and I really like the angle youíre running with here. The crowd have turned on Joe, but Joe is doing everything right. Heís being a fair champion. This leads us to question is the Samoan in cahoots with AJ Styles? What are Stylesí motives? Solid booking as it makes me want to read on.
            -I enjoy your match summaries, they cover the action well, flow nicely and make for a light entertaining read. That is precisely what I aim for with my writing Ė you do it very well.
            -Unsure about your thought process with KENTA going over Shelton. If youíre going for KENTA as a big player, then fair enough but from your earlier shows I was under the impression that Shelton and Haas were being booked as two big deals, who were really even. If Haas canít make Shelton tap, but KENTA comes in and does it automatically, it makes Haas look weak IMO. Questionable but itís only a minor thing. I love KENTA so I hope heís an important fixture of WPW.
            -I liked the build-up for Tanaka and MVP. It was different. Iím using that word a hell of a fucking lot, but I want you to know itís a positive thing in my eyes.
            -I liked your thought process behind their match, with MVP not seeking it as a personal match like his match with Homicide therefore heís at a disadvantage. Thatís solid reasoning, completely logical.
            -That made for an awesome read. The post-match going on has me curious as to what exactly that was and who is behind it. Good.
            -The backstory for each match is fantastic. Itís filling the void that a TV show could fill, surprisingly well.
            -I like the push youíre giving to Hunico/Incognito. Heís the most underutilised guy in WWE at the moment so itís nice to see youíre building him up. Iíd love to see a cruiserweight division built around him. Iím also in favour of a Jay Lethal/Consequences Creed tag team in your fed. Lethal Consequences ftw.
            -The booking behind Haas and Nakajima redeemed the Benjamin/KENTA stuff slightly. You captured it as a really hard-fought contest and the draw was the right decision. That spot was fantastic, by the way. Iíd love to see those two, plus KENTA and Benjamin be involved in your Silver division. You hinted that with the mention of Goto so I hope that is what you go for.
            -The main event was AWESOME. This was an out and out war. I had trouble writing a Tag Team Cage Match a few months ago but you made it look rather simple. Your description of Tanahashi scaling the cage to hit his finisher was brilliantly written, I must say. Stylesí appearance on the top of the cage felt like such an epic moment. I loved it.
            -It made perfect sense for the heel Homicide to steal the win rather than Joe who, despite being jeered, comes across as honourable.
            -Brilliant conclusion and youíve got me racking my brain as far as where AJ Stylesí concerned.
            -Overall: I feel like a music fan who has just discovered an awesome new artist that no one else has really heard of yet. Kind of like a favourite of mine Jake Bugg. I discovered him and then wham! A few months down the line everyone is listening to him and saying how amazing he is. T-Money Ė you are my Jake Bugg. Iíve read a brilliant show and I think youíre going to get a lot more praise in the next few months. Itís deserved. Well done man.
            Man of the world.


            • #21
              Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

              ShinobiMusashi's Ultimate Ninja Master Review: T-Money's WPW: Steel Justice

              Alright my man, I really like this opening paragraph. Very, very well written piece.

              Hiroshi Tanahashi thought he wrestled the perfect match. After being emphatically beaten by Samoa Joe on a summer night in Chicago, his redemption song played loud in the form of the crowd in Tokyo's raucous Ryogoku Sumo Hall in December. This time the match was his for the taking.
              I seen what you did there,and I fucking loved it. Very nice.


              Just wanted to say that I really liked how you completely rebooted the fed here over the past couple of shows. Very well done.

              I'm reading through this Joe/Tanahashi exchange in the opening, and I'm really liking this format so far. Everything is to the point and easy to read, yet you manage to get a lot across to the reader with your style. You set a nice atmosphere and you summarize the promos very well. I like the way you use bits and pieces of dialogue while still keeping it short and sweet in the summary format.

              Love the way you described the handshake and the emotions involved in it, the crowd reaction. Everything. You are a really good writer T.

              The Kenta vs Shelton Benjamin match summary is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I like the way you booked it, and it read to be a really cool match, but I think I would have maybe liked it more if it were just written out fully. This is more of a personal preference I guess, but I like reading full matches.

              The Last Living Hardcore Legend t-shirts for Tanaka. Love it. The guys has been in some of the most brutal matches I've ever seen, yet he's still going strong. Crazy. Tanaka took the sickest chair shots of all time. You'd think he would have killed his family by now, but he's still wrestling. Madness.

              There are several guys I'm not real familiar with that appear in this show. Shelton Benjamin is one of them. MVP is another. I'm not a real big fan of MVP's work, but I honestly haven't seen much. I don't like his gimmick or his outfit, I don't know. Just something about the guy that doesn't jive with me for some reason. Can't quite put my thumb down on it.

              WHOA, you went strait up FMW with this match. I love it. It's just insanity. The good kind of insanity. Exaggerated reality, like the massive joint in Cheech and Chong. I like crazy shit like that, and I guess that's what I like about hardcore wrestling. It's just insanely exaggerated fighting, and it cracks me up sometimes. A guy pulls a barbed wire baseball bat out during a wrestling match. If that irony and sarcasm doesn't make you laugh you need to stop and pull your head out of your ass.

              Awesome fucking match my man. Tanaka is a favorite of mine, and I'm glad to see him being used in fan fic by somebody that knows what's up.

              Whoa, the snake. What's going on? I like this. I want more.

              Pretty cool way you repackaged Hunico. Really original stuff. The match summary for Incognito vs Creed was pretty good. I liked this one better than the opener.

              Haas vs Nakajima was even better. I don't know, I just like the shorter style summaries for some reason. The Kenta vs Benjamin summary was like you were trying to sqeeze a lot of details into a summary, and when a summary gets like that I'd just rather read it written out fully, move for move. The other matches on the card though have been very well written. I loved the summary for Tanaka vs MVP, and Nakajima vs Haas and Incognito's match were both solid.

              The main event was really good my man. Tag team matches are hard to write, and you managed to summarize this one excellently. I can tell you put a lot of thought into the booking, and it paid off. Really good stuff. I like the way you are positioning Samoa Joe, and I can't wait to see where you're going with this AJ Styles storyline.


              I think you have a hit on your hands here T-Money. This format is unique because you have your own distinct narrative style. I like it. You get the emotions across, and you tell your stories well with so few words. Keep hammering away with this style my man, because I like it. I legitimately can't wait to see where everything is going. You've seriously managed to grab my attention with WPW over the past couple of months in fan fic. I'd say you're up there on that level with Kemis, RT, Rad, and WMS as the cream of the crop of fan fic.


              • #22
                Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                |THE OUTSIDER|
                February 2013 Pt. I

                For the second time in a row the unpredictable entity, the variant, the anomaly that wrecks the whole formula, one AJ Styles had again left his imprint all over WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. The setting was Steel Justice. The event headlined by the Steel Cage Tag Rules match. The match had entered its close. Hiroshi Tanahashi was going to shake off all the doubts and demons that had plagued him since joining the promotion. Always playing second fiddle to Samoa Joe, he would make his stand on that night, the fire burned clear in his soul. The Ace already had a final rematch for the title for the following event but now was the chance to decimate the Champion psychologically.

                Tanahashi climbed the Cage, every tier symbolic of his desire to end Samoa Joe's dominance. But there sat the outsider, AJ Styles at the top waiting for him. A punt to the head and The Ace, the pride of New Japan and the darling of the crowd fell into oblivion. Homicide crawled over his body, the three count was quick, and the fire was extinguished.

                Outside of the squared circle, WPW was beginning to regain some of its lost ground. Attendance of both Warrior's Way and Steel Justice had generated good income and the promotion itself was seen as a bonus, complimenting and offering an alternative to NJPW and the other promotions in Japan. Online the two events were getting plenty of downloads on the iPPV format. would also be starting its merchandising component with themed t-shirts for Samoa Joe, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Homicide, and KENTA being among the first printed. The next event would also be broadcast live. Progress was steady and the promotion was ready to capitalize on the increasing interest generated by what had happened so far at the events. So the decision was made to host the next show in the month of February on Sunday 10th February 2013 titled All Or Nothing playing off the pact between the World Champion, Samoa Joe and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

                It would be their final encounter as long as Samoa Joe was champion. If Tanahashi lost he would never get another title shot against Joe as agreed between them due to the two previous challenges Tanahashi had already made. A dramatic video package was therefore created to hype the match and was made viral to all pro-wrestling sites and forums to garner interest. Set to the soundtrack of “Let The Sparks Fly” by Thousand Foot Krutch it recapped the colossal battle from Chicago in August and their last match at Warrior's Way mixed with soundbites from both men's previous promos.

                All or Nothing opened with another title being put on the line. The Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto defended against Incognito de Juarez. Incognito had been the most in form wrestler on the roster so far, notching up two victories – one over Low Ki and one over Consequences Creed in impressive fashion. He was granted the shot and many people knew he would take Goto to the very limit. Goto himself needed three successful title defences to activate the clause in the championship and challenge for the World Title but that seemed very distant as Incognito ripped into his offense early into the match, making Goto almost look lethargic compared to the ease with which he swiftly reversed out of Goto's assaults. A notable moment came when he had Goto in the Argentine Backbreaker Rack and snapped Goto to the mat with a Samoan Drop. Soon after, smelling a possible victory Incognito climbed to the top to finish Goto with a Senton Bomb but Goto caught a ghost as he sprung up right after him and Belly-to-Belly Suplexed Incognito off the top for a deep two count and thunderous roars. This was a sign of things to come though because Goto was back with a vengeance as moments later lifted Incognito into a devastating Bridging German Suplex. But again Incognito kicked out at two. Goto desperately looked to finish it right then and there, and out of pure will and speed, dragged Incognito up by his mask and nailed him with the Shouten (Vertical Suplex Side Slam). This time the 1-2-3 went unopposed. Incognito's rise was halted. Goto had completed his first defence to a rousing reception from the supporters.

                Before the second bout of the night could begin, a message was broadcast across the PA system informing the supporters that they would be treated to two Qualifier matches to determine the two combatants who would face off for the new Super Crown Middleweight Championship at the next event in two weeks time. The first of the two matches involved another debutant to WorldWide Progressive Wrestling as the 'Playa from the Himalaya' Sonjay Dutt arrived to a warm reception from the supporters. Dutt looked very glad to be back in action and in the thick of it as he pumped up the crowd but not for long. The atmosphere changed completely as Low Ki made his way out from the shadows and ran to the ring, not waiting for the bell to ring as he Spinning Heel Kicked a half bewildered Dutt to the mat. It was a rude introduction for Dutt as Low Ki buried him under a flurry of Tidal Crush and Tidal Wave combos. Dutt did manage to get one significant moment to turn the match as Ki was lifting him up for the Ki Krusher 99' and Dutt reversed into a Tilt A Whirl Tornado DDT. Low Ki would kick out at two however and Dutt's efforts went in vain. The end came within minutes as Ki snapmared Dutt out of thin air from an attempted Somersault Neckbreaker and locked in the Dragon Clutch to make Dutt tap out and advance prolifically. There were whispers amongst the crowd as Ki did not even acknowledge the bell or the official and simply walked to the back and even shoved a camera man out of the way who was attempting to get a close-up.

                The second Qualifier match was set to be held next as the ring announcer was about to announce the combatants but in a split second the feed cut to a dimly lit sound stage with a caption suddenly appearing which read 'The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of WorldWide Progressive Wrestling (WPW)' accompanying it. “Everbody's in panic”, said AJ Styles, “they'd have you think I'm some vigilante”. Now Styles was in clear view, wearing a jet black hoodie, seated on a stool. “Ask Angle, ask Sugabayashi how much money they made off my two shenanigans so far. WPW's back on the map now. You're welcome”, he smirks. “Did they give me any of the thousands they earned off that? No of course not. But I don't care about that. I'm earning something else, more true, more precious. I'm earning your wrath. Your wrath Hiroshi Tanahashi. Your doubt, Samoa Joe. And the people, can't forget about the people. The people holding AJ Styles on their fucking pedestals looking for that one guy to carry all the good will, put the butts in the seats and sell all that merchandise. Now I'm earning your hate”, he finishes. Styles looks up directly at the camera, his fiery eyes just about visible from underneath the hoodie, whispering, “I'm not phenomenal. Those wings were clipped a long time ago, ask those has beens at TNA. No, that name is dead. Just like my conscience. I'm the man that is not part of the plan anymore. I'm done. I'm finished. Back there they consider me a renegade. To you all, I am the outsider, and I answer to NOBODY.”

                We returned to the arena soon after where they cut quickly to Matt Striker at the commentary booth who explains that the video arrived at the WPW production truck minutes earlier. Striker says that as a result security has been beefed up even more inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan in case AJ Styles decides to make his presence known and somehow affect the World Title match. He repeats that AJ Styles is not signed to WPW but also says, “AJ if you're watching this. We want to talk to you, man. I repeat, I've been instructed to tell you. We want to talk to you. Just come to the front of the arena we have our officials waiting. We're asking you to trust us, we offer amnesty.”

                As the tension inside the building began to grow, the second Qualifier match took place with The Prince of Puroresu, Katsuhiko Nakajima battling it out against Jay Lethal who made his first in ring appearance since the Gold Rush Series. Lethal had to use all his acumen to steer clear of Nakajima's fatal kick combinations and spent most of his time ducking out rather than retaliating. The crowd started to get on his back but he was in no mood for courage on this night as he resorted to quick roll-ups and inside cradles to snatch a possible victory. Nakajima persevered, using up all his patience to goad Lethal into an open confrontation. For a moment around the ten minute mark Lethal surprised everyone as he Hip Tossed Nakajima to the mat and then followed up with a superbly timed Dropkick to the face. Lethal followed up with a Leg Lariat, pumping himself up as he geared up for the Superkick to finish – but Nakajima knew all along and caught Lethal, twisting him into the Ankle Lock and there was no way out, Lethal tapped out in pain.

                The two finalists and contenders to become the first Super Crown Champion were now decided – it would be Low Ki versus Katsuhiko Nakajima in the next event. Supporters who had been watching WPW since 2012 would remember the infamous Gold Rush Match which Low Ki won due to Homicide's antics. Ki would soon realize that Nakajima had not forgotten either, whether it was Low Ki's fault or not. Matt Striker dubbed it “the battle of the blades” for the prowess that both men display in their kicking arsenal. This name ended up sticking and the WPW officials would use it to promote the match heavily. People also had the feeling that this match would have taken place despite Lethal and Dutt proving formidable challengers. Destiny was circling.

                The last match before the main-event was to be a Tag Team match pitting Masato Tanaka alongside Shelton Benjamin against KENTA and Charlie Haas. Haas and Tanaka started off the match as the 'Last Hardcore Legend' felled Haas early with the Dangan Elbow and went old school, stomping and punching away at his adversary. When Tanaka tagged in Benjamin the crowd sat up as Shelton took particular glee in decimating his former friend with a Diving Clotheslines and a superbly timed Exploder Suplex. He then had Haas in a Fujiwara Armbar for a minute and a half until Haas willed himself to the ropes. Benjamin and Tanaka made frequent tags wearing Haas down to a shell in their corner. KENTA waited, ice cold. The opening came from out of nowhere when Haas somehow slid off Tanaka's attempted Brainbuster and threw the Hardcore Shogun into his partner, Benjamin. Haas rolled to his corner and KENTA was finally tagged in. Benjamin took the tag off a shocked Tanaka and spring boarded into the ring to be caught in mid-air by a Roundhouse Kick from KENTA, which got the deepest two count of the night and a thunderous reaction. KENTA dominated the match as Tanaka even tried to come back at him but KENTA was absolutely fresh and ducked an Elbow Smash and then nailed Tanaka with a Cutter. Benjamin and KENTA were the legal entrants and the ref restored some order.

                Now their rivalry from Steel Justice was renewed with vigour as KENTA rolled out of Benjamin's attempted suplex and wrapped Benjamin into a Triangle Choke. The crowd roared on the manoeuvre as Tanaka screamed at Shelton not to tap out. There was no way Benjamin was going to reach the ropes – forcing Tanaka back into the ring as he kicked KENTA right in the face and pulled him into the corner. Charlie Haas snuck inside as well and again an all out brawl ensued but this was Masato Tanaka at his best as he ducked Haas and flung him into a German Suplex as Haas crashed into his partner, KENTA. Both of them groggily got up as Tanaka took turns swinging at them with furious elbows. Haas and KENTA took the first few blows but they had caught on as they came back quicker and quicker, rolling around and isolating Tanaka in the middle as the veteran was swinging wildly, calculation was replaced by instinct and then finally Tanaka was exhausted and instantly overpowered as Haas placed him with an Inverted Atomic Drop and then KENTA finished with a Fisherman Buster. Shelton Benjamin tried to come back – Haas saw him and ducked – and Benjamin walked right into a Busaiku Knee Kick from KENTA and the match was over via pinfall.

                There was a brief cut when Masato Tanaka was walking through the Hall back towards the lockers as a production member came and handed him an envelope and he opened it finding a pair of black sunglasses inside, snakes were painted on them. Tanaka just tossed it and walked off.

                Time had run down and the night was now nearing its end. A short intermission was arranged as the cameras kept rolling and it was easily visible that at least four dozen security members were at every gate, every possible entrance into the main hall. We then got a glimpse of Tananashi and Joe on simul-screen walking towards the hall. A minute later the lights would begin to dim and the music pounded through the atmosphere as Hiroshi Tanahashi walked out to an eruption of support. The Ryogoku was shaking as he gave the crowd a pranam folding his hands in respect once he entered the ring. Tanahashi waited calmly but sweat lined his forehead and it did not take a psychoanalyst to tell the pressure coursing through the Ace's veins. The emotions inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan turned 360 - the World Champion, Samoa Joe walked out to absolute hostility. Joe had a towel over his face, and even his eyes seemed covered as he did not look up off the ground. The World Title rested heavy on his shoulder as he entered the squared circle and handed it off without barely a look. As both of them were announced Joe kept the towel on his head until the very last moment when he and Tanahashi stood toe to toe in the middle. Samoa Joe's face was deathly, not a trace of emotion was visible – Tanahashi sneered something inaudible to him as the referee raised the World Championship into the air.

                Neither man was going to be blinking as the buzz rose steadily. The bell rang and they back stepped to their corners before circling. What proceeded was a complete hammering as the champion overpowered Tanahashi with a combination of brutal shoot kicks and knife edged chops in the corner. He even took advantage of illegal bare knuckle shots to the head before the official had to pull him off a battered Tanahashi. This was more than a title match, it had become personal a long time ago. It was hard to tell however because both men were such disciplined fighters that it never spilled out in their words but inside the squared circle Samoa Joe's rage at being doubted came unleashed as he rammed into Tanahashi with reckless abandon, stomping relentlessly into the abdomen and then Facewashing Tanahashi finished with a spit that really riled the Tokyo crowd. Hiroshi Tanahashi was struggling, groggy by the sudden fury of Joe's shots. The World Champion lifted him like a rag doll and Sidewalk Slam pasted him to the mat.

                Samoa Joe was nowhere near finished, he did not even pin The Ace but picked him up, whipped him back into the corner and again did the exact same - beat the life out of Tanahashi. He even attempted a diving Ole Kick smashing Tanahashi into the turnbuckle. Joe then mounted a ragged Tanahashi on the second rope and performed a devastating Death Valley Driver off the top smashing the back of The Ace. Finally the champion went for the cover but Tanahashi kicked out after a deep two count. The Ryogoku's silence was now broken though as the supporters shouted words of encouragement. This did not help Tanahashi's cause as Joe just turned up the intensity on his offence and it evolved to working purely on Tanahashi's back as he twisted the Japanese star into a Gory Special Backbreaker submission hold for an extended time period. Joe would then Half Nelson Suplex Tanahashi to the mat moments later - but again The Ace would kick out of it.

                As the fifteen minute mark passed, the crowd were ominously quiet – they were watching a one sided and methodical ravaging as Samoa Joe continued hounding Hiroshi Tanahashi from behind, there had already been a slew of snap Samoan Drops and this time he picked him up for a long delay as if displaying the fallen hero to his people before planting him into the mat again. Many started wondering if the pressure had really got to Tanahashi, he had barely thrown a punch all match but to his credit he was still moving and still getting up from Joe's attacks – barely. Then a spark came out of nowhere. As Joe went for a modified Spin Out Powerbomb, Tanahashi locked Joe's arm in and cushioned his own fall, pulling Joe down to the mat into a Gogoplata chokehold. Tanahashi screamed in desperation for Joe to tap as the Samoan warrior struggled for breath. Rabid roars for Joe to tap now rang out in the atmosphere – but he was not going to give in like this as he reached with all his might and was able to choke Tanahashi with his free arm. The crowd was going haywire as Joe and Tanahashi seemed like they were not going to let go – but Tanahashi relented, he released Joe and coughed for breath before rolling far away. Joe lay almost motionless on the mat.

                The cameras caught a close up of Tanahashi holding his neck, his eyes nearly closed as he breathed deeply – he knew he had survived but the battle had just begun. He looked around and began to get up – waiting for Joe to sit up as he would nail a stiff Shining Wizard Kick moments after and pin Joe 1-2-but no, Joe was still hanging in there. Within a minute Tanahashi would attempt to attack Joe but the Champion would step aside and throw Tanahashi to the outside. Samoa Joe took no breather – he flew after Tanahashi into a Suicide Dive as both men fell to the floor. They would spend minutes brawling outside – Joe would get smashed into the guard rail shoulder first by Tanahashi on multiple occasions. The champ was clearly reeling now as The Ace pounded on him with every last drop of strength he had before bringing the match back into the ring. The end was nearing as the fatigue kicked in and Tanahashi threw it all on the line leaving Joe laying on the mat and climbing up high for the High Fly Flow – the Ryogoku Kokugikan was bursting at the seams. Until.

                Everyone including Tanahashi turned towards the far corner of the arena, by the gate where a brawl had erupted between security members – and AJ Styles! Styles had broken in and he was causing a havoc at the gates. Audience members and the remaining security members were all crowding up in the area - Tanahashi shook his head in anger but turned back to the match and Samoa Joe was already at him as he tried to pluck Tanahashi into a Muscle Buster from the top but Tanahashi somehow rolled off Joe's back, launched for the Superkick – but nailed the referee instead. Joe had ducked out. Samoa Joe tried to come back but Tanahashi saw him - and Enziguiri'd him on the spot. Joe was out cold. But the curse had been placed, there was no way – out of nowhere a masked assailant, in full black climbed up to the apron screaming at Tanahashi to turn around as he spring boarded off the top rope into a Corkscrew Roundhouse Kick on Tanahashi. Pandemonium broke out as the assailant placed Joe's carcass over Tanahashi's – time froze. The security members made a mad dash towards the ring – AJ Styles had been apprehended and was held by some of the security but he was smiling in pure satisfaction as he watched the assailant knock the referee's head and snap him into consciousness. The ref began counting, people were throwing things into the ring – protests and screams broke out as the security scrambled over the guard rail but the assailant dashed out – the ref had gone halfway to the count one...two...

                And then there was blackness. Nothing, no image, All Or Nothing disappeared from viewing. There was just...dark.

                ALL OR NOTHING

                Silver Championship
                Hirooki Goto (C) def. Incognito via pinfall – 18:40
                - Defended 1 of 3 (Three victories activates the clause to challenge for WPW World Title)

                Super Crown Qualifier I
                Low Ki def. Sonjay Dutt – 13:19

                Super Crown Qualifier II
                Katsuhiko Nakajima def. Jay Lethal – 10:55

                Charlie Haas and KENTA def. Masato Tanaka and Shelton Benjamin – 23:38

                WPW World Championship Match
                Result unknown. – 34:06
                Last edited by T-Money; 02-03-2013, 01:06 PM.


                • #23
                  Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                  ShinobiMusashi Presents The Ultimate Ninja Master Review: WPW: All or Nothing

                  T-Money, my man, I really appreciate the feedback you gave recently in the Buyout. I was curious about how that new format read to foreign eyes, so that was just the perfect timing. I've been planning on reviewing All or Nothing since before you wrote that review, just haven't had the time. I did read it for the P10 list, and I liked it. I may not have time to review all of your shows, but know that I'm always reading. I love to read, especially about wrestling. I don't know what it is, but it's just very interesting to me. Kind of like how some guys read comic books I guess. Pro Wrestling is like comic book MMA to me really. Maybe that's why I love it so much.

                  /stoned rambling

                  Starting with the first four paragraphs. This is a pretty cool thing your doing with these opening summaries. A really good recap of the last show as well as an update on the behind the scenes state of the promotion. I like how this promotion has fallen on hard times and is trying to work their way up. That all adds an element of drama over everything that is going on storyline wise. Let the Sparks Fly is a pretty cool song. This was the first time I've heard it. Overall this was a great opening intro that gets me back up to speed and hyped up to read this thing. Job well done.

                  First match is the Silver Championship. I like the 3 defense clause, giving the title holder the right to challenge the world champion. This was a phenomenal summary. One of the better match summaries I've read anywhere in fan fic. The layout and psychology of the match wasn't anything impressive, but just the way you described it. Just a really good, detailed description of the match that was phenomenally written with so few words that it was a breeze to read. Whatever the fuck you do, do not stop summarizing your matches like this. Goto vs Incognito read to be a nice little four star opener. Good stuff. I like how Goto worked his way back into the match. Incognito also came off looking pretty good even in a losing effort. I like the Argentine Backbreaker Rack into a Samoan Drop.

                  Another great summary with the second match. Read to be a really fierce match right from the start. Lovely images given of Dutt countering the Ki Krusher with a Tilt A Whirl Tornado DDT. Really awesome finish there as well with Ki winning with the Dragon Clutch. Ki is pretty awesome in this fed. Poor Dutt just got fucking steamrolled here.

                  Ok, two things. #1 that was a really good AJ Styles promo, #2 I'm really interested in your AJ Styles character now. You have done a great job of getting this over in this and your last show. He's all of a sudden one of the more interesting characters in all of fan fic with this one promo IMO, that was how much I liked it.

                  I like how the Nakajima won this match against Lethal. This was another well written summary that was a breeze to read. Nothing real great about it, but nothing really wrong with it to me either.

                  I'm really looking forward to this Ki vs Nakajima match now after reading their two summaries in this event. That match should be fucking awesome. The Battle of the Blades. I like it. Great job of building this match up.

                  The Last Hardcore Legend is a beautiful nickname for Tanaka. I don't know if that's what he's going by these days, or if that's something you came up with for him, but it's fucking perfect. The man is a fucking survivor.

                  The tag match summary was definitely the weakest of the show. It still did it's job of carrying the story on, but it just didn't have the flow that the other matches had. I think maybe it was that the other summaries were just so good. This one just didn't have the same pop. Solid booking though with the actual finish and the feuds that feed off of it.

                  What's the deal with the snakes?! I'm very intrigued with this angle.

                  This Tanahashi-Samoa Joe feud has been money so far. I like how you used something as simple as closed fisted strikes to get the emotions and urgency across. I love ECW's ruleless structure, but I also really like when pro wrestling enforces the rules very strictly.

                  GOGOPLATA!?! How did you know that was my favorite submission?


                  Loved the way you used it in this match with Tanahashi screaming at him to tap, that's so dramatic. I fucking love it!


                  Holy shit my man this is such an awesome match. First of all before all of the chaos booking at the end(which I fucking loved), it was just a fucking really dramatic, stiff battle, kind of like Joe vs Kobashi, but better. The way you used the Gogoplata in the match made me cream my pants, and the booking with the finish would have made Paul Heyman cry. I fucking loved everything about this, especially the cliffhanger ending.

                  Absolutely can not wait to see what happens next my man. This show was fan fucking tastic. I love how it was all about AJ Styles and the main event. The undercard made for an entertaining read, but the main story going on here was the focal point. Really, really good stuff man. That match will go on my running list for top matches of the year. Best match of 2013 so far by a country mile. Congratulations.

                  Overall Show: 10/10


                  • #24
                    Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                    WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                    |TWO KINGS|
                    February 2013 Pt. II

                    This was the first time that WorldWide Progressive Wrestling had sold out an event in Japan. The Ryogoku Kokugikan was packed to its capacity. The date was February 24th 2013. Retaliation was the name and it would broadcast via and iPPV. People had packed inside the revered hall to find out the fate of the World Championship bout at All Or Nothing between Samoa Joe and Hiroshi Tanahashi that ended with a blocked feed as a panicked reaction by WPW officials to the interference in the match by AJ Styles and a masked assailant. It made people wonder whether Tanahashi would have won the World Championship that night and also the legitimacy of Samoa Joe as a fighting champion. First it was a minority, now people were truly wondering if Samoa Joe was somehow behind AJ Styles and the other assailant. His reputation as a fighting champion, and more importantly as a true warrior had taken a severe hit in Japan. And lastly, the men at the center of the storm – 'The Outsider' AJ Styles and his unidentified accomplice. It was widely reported Styles was taken to jail temporarily for illegally entering the arena after being apprehended but not much else was done and WPW did not go ahead and press charges. All sorts of rumours and hearsay were running in the pro-wrestling circles.

                    So it came to this very moment. In the centre of the ring stood a convoy of officials – separating two men on opposite corners of the ring. The WPW World Champion, Samoa Joe in one corner, and Hiroshi Tanahashi on the other. Both wrestlers kept their silence. The officials, people from the back office who had never publicly revealed their roles were now in the open, standing in front of the cameras. Not only were Kurt Angle and Naoki Sugabayashi at the forefront but other known faces from the wrestling world also – legends like Masahiro Chono and Taka Michinoku were in the background among others. Another face who had not been seen in decades was among the group as well, one Tod Gordon the co-creator of ECW. They all stood solemnly, looking out into the vast crowd of people who waited for answers. Mr. Sugabayashi, the majority owner of WPW and also President of New Japan Pro Wrestling took a handkerchief and wiped the sweat off his face before being handed a note and a microphone. He spoke in Japanese, with an interpreter by his side for the viewers across the world.

                    “After continuous deliberation within the organization, we have decided to withhold the footage of the finish of the World Championship match that took place at All Or Nothing”, he spoke. There was instant outrage in the audience but Sugabayashi raised a hand to offer peace. He assured everyone, “What is in the past, is in the past. The result of that match will be erased from the history of this promotion. Hiroshi Tanahashi never lost the match, he may in the future still be able to battle for the WPW World Championship, even if Samoa Joe is the champion at that point of time. The pre-match condition these two gentlemen made is void as per my wish.” Some of the anger was calmed as the supporters began to quieten a little. Tanahashi did not even react, he kept staring at the ground, his eyes betraying a deep anger. Joe exchanged words with some of the officials but remained composed.

                    It was what Sugabayashi said after this which would be another turning point in the history of WPW. At a moment when the crowd was least animated he began - “In exactly a month's time WPW will host its biggest show in Japan at the Tokyo Dome. It is at this event that we have extended an offer for AJ Styles to appear and wrestle Hiroshi Tanahashi to settle this once and for all. With Mr. Tanahashi's consultation, AJ Styles if he wishes, is guaranteed a WPW contract if he is able to win the match. The winner of the match will also get a future shot at the World Championship. We are offering everything Mr. Styles, so I hope you will take it seriously.” There was an explosion of emotion in the crowd as all eyes went towards Hiroshi Tanahashi who looked up for a brief moment and exchanged a foreboding look with Sugabayashi who continued on, “As for Mr. Styles' accomplice. And this is with great reluctance that I say this – he is invited to reveal himself and be at ringside at the request of Mr. Hiroshi Tanahashi.”

                    Every passing second, the fate of WPW was being decided by the decisions that Naoki Sugabayashi was revealing – the Hall was raucous as people started chanting for and encouraging Hiroshi Tanahashi. He was in a distant place though, isolated in the corner of the ring, looking forward in time. The World Champion, Samoa Joe was up next as Mr. Sugabayashi turned towards him. “The recent events have not only damaged Mr. Tanahashi's career but also the reputation of the WPW World Championship, and the champion, Samoa Joe. So I would like to take this moment to publicly endorse Mr. Joe as our champion. After investigations we have concluded he is not at fault for the interference that has happened regarding the title matches and has always been professional through this entire ordeal”, said Sugabayashi. There were thunderous boos around the Ryogoku – Joe shook his head in dismay, slowly becoming angry as Kurt Angle went over to have a word and calm him down.

                    “To maintain the prestige of the WPW World Championship as the supreme championship in professional wrestling, our Championship Committee will after careful consideration announce a new challenger for Samoa Joe in a week's time”, announced Sugabayashi. People were still booing the announcement - chants for Tanahashi were going strong, the supporters wanted no no other challenger. Sugabayashi quickly handed the microphone back and nodded to everyone in the ring. The address was over as unexpectedly as it had begun. It would take a few minutes for all the officials to filter out as both Samoa Joe and Hiroshi Tanahashi were escorted to the back separately.

                    From here on in Retaliation would go at a breakneck speed. Every wrestler had seen what had unfolded, and many had aspirations to catch the eye and get a shot at Samoa Joe. The first match of the night pitted Incognito de Juarez against Shelton Benjamin. It was as if a knife had been placed in the middle of the ring for both men to kill each other over – both were coming off losses in their previous matches and the hunger shone in the intensity of the contest. It was a tumultuous match, there was not a second of breathing room as Benjamin and Incognito matched each others pace in the early going. Incognito threw Benjamin around with well timed Hip Tosses but Benjamin replied with a plethora of belly-to-belly suplexes. There was a sudden turn in the tide as Benjamin ducked under and devastated Incognito with a Saito Suplex for a very deep two count. The raw impact had jolted Incognito and he struggled to maintain his pace. Benjamin took onus and dominated for the next couple of minutes hammering into Incognito's midsection with stomps and tried to finish him with an unbelievable Turnbuckle Powerbomb – he was able to lift a man of the exact same size and throw him into the turnbuckles with absolute power. Incognito crumpled to the mat as Benjamin made the cover but the luchador barely stayed in there by putting his foot on the rope. Benjamin kept hammering away, he could feel his moment as he tried to go for the T-Bone Suplex but Incognito reversed, rolling out and pulling Benjamin to the ropes – Benjamin came back full force but Incognito out of sheer technique crouched under pulling Benjamin over his head and finishing him with a Michinoku Driver II and the definitive pinfall out of nothing. The crowd was electric throughout and Incognito got huge support as Benjamin cursed his own overzealous nature after the match pounding the mat in frustration.

                    A tale of the tape video was shown for the main-event of Low Ki and Katsuhiko Nakajima highlighting their accomplishments and prowess. They were shown on simul-screen warming up backstage for their Super Crown Championship match which would come later on. Matt Striker continued to build it as the 'Battle of the Blades' for the deadly kicking arsenal that both competitors possess.

                    Up next was a match pitting comeback king, KENTA against the inconsistent but still dangerous MVP. Both men fought out a very stiff and calculated contest. MVP purposefully kept the pace of the match as slow as he possibly could, using the corners and rolling out of the ring at opportune moments to limit any momentum KENTA could muster. The match returned to the ring around the seven minute mark where MVP took full advantage by tossing KENTA with a Flapjack straight into the ropes. KENTA caught his neck badly as MVP followed up with three perfect Rolling German Suplexes. MVP finished the final one with a bridge but got a two count as KENTA vehemently kicked out and rolled to the corner struggling for breath. MVP was hungry for the scalp as he brought KENTA back into a Leaping Reverse STO and this time the two count was even closer than before. KENTA was hurting, there was no doubt as MVP waited again for KENTA to get up – MVP went for the Malicious Intent Spinning Capoeira Kick but KENTA ducked under and got MVP with the Go To Sleep on the rebound. It was over as KENTA completed the three count and took the priceless victory over MVP.

                    There was a quick cut backstage where Shelton Benjamin was shown walking to the lockers still angry over his recent run of losses and tonight's loss to Incognito especially. He was met in the hallways by Charlie Haas. Benjamin's attitude immediately changed to total seriousness as the two former friends squared up – but Haas said he was only there to tell him that their third match in the series which was 1-1 so far, would take place at the Tokyo Dome show, and we would find out who really is the best. Benjamin said Haas would have to end his career to win. “That's funny because this time when you wake up after the Haas of Pain, you'll be on a plane back to America”, replied Haas.

                    We returned to the commentary booth for a special feature – Matt Striker spoke about how the Silver Championship was the most unique championship in professional wrestling and that its legitimacy was built by the difficult rules associated with holding the belt. He brought attention to the rule that wrestlers from other promotions were allowed to challenge for this championship. “Ladies and gentlemen a challenge was formally made and was answered by our defending champion Hirooki Goto”, stated Striker. Footage was shown of an NJPW event where none other than Toru Yano would challenge Hirooki Goto for the Silver Championship. Goto was given a rousing reception on his return to NJPW, much to the dislike of Yano who had hoped for home advantage but none was provided. Yano therefore began the match with true purpose, punishing Goto from the start with damning clotheslines and hard elbows into the lower back. Toru Yano did what he always does – took full advantage of the ringside area tossing Goto around and most importantly repeatedly whipping him into the guard railing. Yano built the entire match around it and around the eight minute mark he was going to finish Goto with a Oni Koroshi, Kneeling Powerbomb inside the ring but Goto reversed it into a Shoryu Kekkai Modified Armbar bringing Yano to the mat. Yano spit out the pain but did not tap, willing himself to the ropes. This was the opening though as Goto came back as soon as Yano came to, with a Muramasa Spinning Heel Kick. The champion then went haywire on Yano, beating into him with every part of his body he had absolutely snapped as Yano tried to protect himself but Goto continued beating into him. Yano was nearly out as Goto again put him into the Shoryu Kekkai Modified Armbar again right in the middle and Yano tapped out. The bell rung and the statement was made as Goto celebrated with a tremendous roar raising the title into the air – he was one match away, one match away from a shot at the World Championship.

                    The live broadcast resumed with the fourth match of the night scheduled. Two potential contenders for the Silver and World Titles, Homicide and Masato Tanaka squared off to stake their claims. It quickly turned into an unapologetic brawl as Homicide took the first shot but Tanaka returned fire at every turn, his war cries echoing even more than the noisy crowd. The brawl went to the outside when Homicide had clotheslined Tanaka out and attempted a Somersault Tope over the top rope but Tanaka completely moved out of the way. Masato Tanaka shared no forgiveness as he later lashed Homicide's head off the announce desk and beat him up all around the crowd. The Last Hardcore Legend finally rolled a shaky Homicide back inside before a gigantic German Suplex with a bridge but only a two count was given. Tanaka would follow up with a combination of a stiff Brainbuster and superbly timed Discus Elbow Smashes. Homicide's risk earlier in the bout seemed fatal – and it probably would have been had it not been for a moment that would change the destination of Masato Tanaka's career in WPW.

                    A man in a steel faced Native Indian tribal mask walked out of the entrance gate – a chilling close-up showed deranged eyes, fixated upon Masato Tanaka. He came down to the ring and climbed to the apron facing Tanaka who for a split second looked competely awed at what he was seeing. Tanaka snapped out, insulting the man and swinging for him but the steel masked man ducked and headbutted Tanaka's abdomen before climbing inside and hammering away. The bell rang in the distance but nobody cared as the masked man unloaded on Tanaka savagely. For the first time, in complete silence the crowd watched Masato Tanaka cower and crawl out somehow out of the ring as he staggered towards the back. The masked man stared back, the vengeance had only just begun.

                    An intermission took place as the bronze Super Crown Championship was brought out and the officials paraded it across all four corners of the ring. Everyone was directed to watch the mega-screen above the entrance video as a short promotional package was played to “Colors” by Crossfade highlighting their paths to this moment. A large portion was also dedicated to the finish of their Gold Rush Series match which Low Ki won when the lights went out in the arena and Nakajima lay unconscious – Nakajima's response over the following months and his desperate quest to win was the final part of the package as the ending shot featured them both celebrating victories.

                    Various chants were already filling the atmosphere, some for Nakajima and some for Low Ki. Two warriors with no love lost between each other were about to collide for the most prestigious cruiser-weight pro-wrestling championship in the world. The 'Battle of the Blades' was about to begin. Both Low Ki and Nakajima came out to tremendous support from the 13,000 strong in the Ryogoku Kokugikan and the match unfolded with Nakajima attempting to stymy Low Ki's aerial arsenal early on keeping Ki on the ground with a combination of Side Headlock and a vice-like headscissor. Low Ki eventually wriggled his way out and returned stiff kicks to Nakajima's midsection. After this was pure poetry for almost eight minutes where Low Ki and Nakajima struggled for control – hip tosses and missed roundhouse kicks, combos, and Lariats galore. It wasn't until Low Ki nailed the Black Magic feinting a Shining Wizard on a kneeling Nakajima but reversing into a roundhouse kick that some advantage was visible. But Nakajima was relentless though, screaming away the pain and continuously coming back at Ki and finally getting one back with a Spinning Heel Kick. He was able to mount Low Ki for an Over the Shoulder Back to Belly Piledriver for a very deep two count – it seemed Nakajima would take a clear advantage but this match was very far from over, and it would be dead even throughout with some close calls. One specific moment that made it clear was when Nakajima had Low Ki in the corner and ran in for what seemed like a Flying Fist strike but Low Ki pulled up and over and flattened Nakajima with a Diving Double Foot Stomp into the corner.

                    Now it was all Low Ki again as he relished kicking Nakajima's abdomen into oblivion, insulting and cursing at him while doing it. Ki went for the kill with a Dragon Wing Double Underhook Suplex but only got a two count for his effort. Low Ki would then repeatedly leg drop Nakajima until he was satisfied that Nakajima was not going to move and again went for the cover but still just a two count. Low Ki came in for another leg drop but Nakajima rolled out and dived on Low Ki – and put him into the Ankle Lock. The Ryogoku burst into life as Low Ki screamed out in pain, trying to launch himself to the edge and just barely got his hand on the bottom rope before Nakajima could lock in properly. There was no timeout for the World Warrior though as Nakajima pulled him back out and up with a gigantic tossing German Suplex as Low Ki crashed to the edge of the ring and fell outside. Low Ki was sprawled on the guard railing catching his breath as Nakajima climbed to the apron – and flew off for a Moonsault onto the guardrail – but missed. There was a hush inside the Hall as Nakajima slowly bowled over and fell on the floor convulsing. His stomach had hit the guard rail full force. Officials checked to see if he could continue but Low Ki like the vulture literally pushed them away and dragged Nakajima to his feet and gave him a Ki Krusher 99' right on the concrete floor. It seemed academic at this point as Low Ki rolled Nakajima inside and made the cover 1-2-and somehow, from deep inside Nakajima got his shoulders up as the ref's hand was about to reach the mat for 3.

                    Low Ki could not, and would not believe that Nakajima was still alive in the match. He absolutely exploded on the referee putting hands on him even as he fought his case but the ref waved him away and Nakajima with pure instinct pulled from under and rolled Low Ki up but just barely got a two count as Low Ki kicked out with ease and went batshit on Nakajima stomping and punching away at the contender after downing him with a Shining Wizard Kick. Low Ki dominated again with a devastating flurry of shoot kicks to a cornered Katsuhiko Nakajima. But still the Supernova would not give up - Low Ki had downed him after a vicious Tidal Crush Cartwheel Twist Kick but he still kicked out. The youngster's pain however was taking its toll as he struggled to pin his opponent after hitting Ki with a reversal into a desperation Wheelbarrow Suplex. The Ryogoku Kokugikan now spurred him on, heartened by his comeback. Little did they know what was around the corner. Nakajima tossed Low Ki onto his shoulder and went for a Fireman's Carry Powerbomb – but Ki reversed it into a huricanrana as Nakajima crashed into the corner hitting his head on the turnbuckle, he dizzied back and it was over as Ki lifted him into the Ki Krusher 99' again. Low Ki went for the cover 1-2-NO! The Ryogoku Kokugikan exploded as Nakajima again kicked out in sheer defiance. But it wasn't for long, the young man had taken too much damage. He could not even move anymore as he just lay there – and Low Ki knew it, he mounted the turnbuckle – feeling the moment for a second and then flew off into the Phoenix 450 Splash and the thumping 1-2-3. A section of the audience roared out, the rest applauded in respect. They had to - the experienced warrior Low Ki sat next to Nakajima, covered in his own sweat roaring out in elation as the Super Crown Championship was awarded by the referee and he held it close, so very close.

                    For the first time in a long time, WPW finished an event with no mystery, no sour taste, and the sold out Ryogoku Kokugikan was finally able to applaud a proper finish as Low Ki hoisted his Super Crown Title into the air and bellowed out in jubilation. The young Katsuhiko Nakajima was given a standing ovation as well as he was being checked by the medical staff. Retaliation had started off somber, but finished with a bang. Perhaps a brief moment for WorldWide Progressive Wrestling to celebrate a day in the sun, before the night fell completely...


                    Incognito def. Shelton Benjamin via pinfall – 17:44

                    KENTA def. MVP via pinfall – 13:00

                    Silver Championship – Challenge Rules (NJPW Sanctioned)
                    Hirooki Goto (C) def. Toru Yano via submission – 15:43
                    - Defended 2 of 3 (Three victories activates the clause to challenge for WPW World Title).

                    Masato Tanaka def. Homicide via disqualification – 13:32

                    Super Crown Championship Final
                    Low Ki def. Katsuhiko Nakajima via pinfall – 27:09
                    Last edited by T-Money; 03-06-2013, 03:37 PM.


                    • #25
                      Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                      ShinobiMusashi The Ultimate Ninja Master Reviews: T Money's WPW: Retaliation

                      T-Money my man, WPW has officially taken the lead as my favorite project running in fan fic right now. I really loved your last show, and I can't help but picture a Pride like setting when I read your shows. I've been anxiously awaiting the follow up to the cliff hanger you left us with on the last show. I'm realizing that your are just moving this fed along pretty much with just one show a month. I don't know if that's the type of schedule you planned on, or if it's just a lack of time, but to be honest I kind of like it. It's really easy to follow, and the way you ended your last show really got me into the story your running with. Lets get into this show.

                      Todd Gordon? I'm totally getting a TODD IS GOD! chant going up in this bitch!

                      That was a pretty cool little surprise there man, I really like it. Gordon was the man that bought the remains of Tri States Wrestling and started Eastern. He brought in Eddie Gilbert as his booker and the rest is fucking history. Those guys gave birth to something that would bring wrestling out of a really shitty era. I don't think ECW gets enough credit of the success that WCW and WWF had in the late 90's.

                      Man that was a great opening. You have a really awesome story going on right now that I don't think gets the credit it deserves. I think you have done a great job of building up Joe vs Tanahashi into a match that I want to fucking read. I want to read it now, and I want a clean decisive winner motherFUCKER!

                      So far this has been an awesome read. This has been a fun project to keep up with over these past few shows.

                      Opening match was very good. Really good flow, and some excellent writing. It was just easy to read. Nothing really to get excited about(except for the turnbuckle powerbomb, I love those!), but not a bad opener at all. Incognito De Juarez got the clean win, and continues to rise. I think your doing a nice job of building this character up without overbooking him.

                      Can't wait to read the Battle of the Blades. I thought you did a great job of building that match up with the last show.

                      KENTA is somebody I'm not real familiar with, same with MVP. I think I have one of Kenta's matches on a ROH best of DVD, but that's about it. I need to check him out because I've read a lot of great things about him. Not a bad match at all. More of that great writing. You are good with words and can put together something that is remarkably easy to read. I would probably like this match more if I were more familiar with these guys though. I need to load up a few youtube vids.

                      Haas vs Benjamin rubber match at the Tokyo Dome. I like it.

                      I really like the Silver Championship concept. One of the better ideas around. After so many defenses the champion earns the right at the world title shot, but the title is open to be defended against any wrestler in any promotion. I like it. Here we go with a challenge from an NJPW wrestler that I've never heard of. Lets see how it turns out.

                      Man, that was a fucking awesome match. Some great grappling, a bit of brawling on the outside, and some great reversals. Goto beats the shit out of the guy in the end and is so close to a world title shot he can taste it. I love it.

                      Homicide vs Tanaka, this sounds like my cup of tea. Homicide is a guy I've been interested in since I seen a few matches of his from ROH recently. I've come up with some interesting ideas for him in my thread. He seems like he would have been a perfect fit in ECW, so this is a really intriguing matchup.

                      Tanaka owns him after letting him bust his ass on the floor with a missed somersault. Homicide comes off looking pretty weak in all of this, but this isn't just anybody he's facing here, this is Tanaka(former ECW World Champ), who should be booked to be a pretty bad ass motherfucker, so I'm ok with this. What's up with this dude though? Who is this? You got me hooked man, I'm hoping for a pretty crazy feud.

                      Time for that main event. Awesome build up man, even these sentences before the match just builds up the anticipation. Well done. Very well hyped up matchup with a "Big Fight" feel for sure. I like the big fight feel, and I wish modern day pro wrestling would go for it more often.

                      Oh, moonsault onto the guardrail. Shit that's a bump.

                      Man, what a fucking BATTLE! Jesus. I can't act like this was as good as the last main event, which is the front runner for my 2013 match of the year so far, but damn. This was just a fun match to read. Not only did it live up to the hype, but it exceeded it. Ki picked up the nice clean win, but Nakajima looked like a strait up warrior in this match. I think this was worthy of a rematch booked somewhere down the road. Pretty good stuff.

                      Really nice outro. I can't wait for the next show man. This was another great one, and I can honestly say that I'm hooked to this little universe you have going on. FEED ME MORE!



                      • #26
                        Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                        WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                        March 2013

                        Approximately three weeks remained until WorldWide Progressive Wrestling's Battle at the Dome spectacular, booked to take place on March 31st 2013 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. As a result there was a great deal of promotion and publicity attributed to the event and to WPW in Japan. The motto 'progressive wrestling' playing upon the 'pro-wrestling' terminology was bandied about quite heavily on radio spots and social media. There were also rumours that this would be the last show in Japan for another few months and that an international tour was in the pipeline for the rest of 2013.

                        Looking back, at the very least WPW had now built a niche in the Japanese wrestling market largely in part to the unique mix of a truly international roster with a seamless fusion of wrestling styles. There was also the relentless extra publicity work done on the part of the local mega-stars mainly Hiroshi Tanahashi to bring people into the product. Putting on superb matches also helped quite a bit in endearing to the most demanding wrestling supporters.

                        The rivalry between Tanahashi and WPW World Champion, Samoa Joe was not only a big hit amongst wrestling supporters in Japan but also amongst the international fan-base. Their first two WPW Championship matches, the Gold Rush Final from August and the Warrior's Way return were heavily viewed on YouTube, Dailymotion and many other popular video sharing sites. Dirt-sheets and respected pro-wrestling columnists raved about the chemistry. Therefore the WPW media team decided not to force the sites to take the videos down due to people eventually landing up at subsequently and finding out more about the movement.

                        It was indeed still understood as a movement by the staff and wrestlers of WPW. Something that the once former COO, Kurt Angle had proudly shouted out, and now quietly kept locked away as a mantra in the corner of his mind - even after the near fatal blow the promotion had taken at the hands of the mighty World Wrestling Entertainment and its lawyers. Competing again one day was still on the cards but this time the planning would be obsessive and no detail would be left unturned. For now all eyes were on the Battle at the Dome, and there was one more show remaining to build up to the colossal event.

                        For the second time in a row the Ryogoku Kokugikan was packed to capacity on March 17th 2013 for the final stop, an event named The Rising. No punches were pulled here and the deliberate meaning of the name was a call to arms for the entire promotion. It was time to finish off in Japan and leave a lasting impression on the people that had given a chance to WPW at its most uncertain period. The event was headlined by a mammoth main-event match as The Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto would face WPW World Champion, Samoa Joe.

                        The mood throughout would be as the mad Colonel Kurtz had once put it, “like a snail crawling across the edge of a straight razor”. It was no more evident than right after the fade in – the arena camera showed an ominous steel cage, wrapped with barbed wires surrounding the ring. In its last appearance the cage had decided the destiny of WPW's biggest stars and eloped with The Outsider himself. It now played host to the dark will of a man transformed by the brutality cut into him. Matt Striker on commentary remarked that it was John Morrison, but he might as well be a different man who now haunted the ring. Some had started referring to him just as The Shaman. Inside he stood alone, every emotion hidden beneath the steel mask which shone wickedly in the light. His eyes were scanning the Cage, and the vast sea of people beyond. In one hand was a microphone, and in the other was an artificial larynx. The microphone held in his hand slowly rose toward to the mask as he looked back down, bringing everyone into the prism. The larynx was stabbed to the throat when a sinister voice, pitch fluctuating, echoed through - “Mr. Tanaka I want to thank you. For leading my way through the river of blood you battered into my face. That river (he fingers the lines of the mask carefully as he speaks) has led me far away from the illusion that I was living for the last thirty two years. What my loved ones thought was darkness and the misfortune of losing my ability to speak and interact – was really a desert of peace where I felt truth, immense, pure truth. The breeze, the...the quiet, FREEDOM. Thanks to you. I am compelled therefore to invite you to an evening inside the cage so I may thank you with all my heart and give you back all you've done for me...sir”, he crackled. “And this cage, will...explode upon contact. The bang that will resonate through your soul – and burn understanding into you. And you will then be thanking me...”

                        The Hall came alive as the caption of the speech revealed across the mega-screens and the people understood what he was saying. Many were chanting for Tanaka to answer the call but he was nowhere to be found. Morrison looked around, “Surely you are not afraid now, are you Mr Tanaka?”, goaded the masked man. Magic words – the Ryogoku Kokugikan was hardly containable as the Last Hardcore Legend himself, Masato Tanaka came out from the back with a microphone in hand. He could hardly believe what he was hearing here. It was surreal. He spoke in Japanese – trying his hardest to be clear and avoid exploding into curses. It barely worked -

                        “You son of a bitch. I've spilled the blood of the most sadistic and brutal wrestlers EVER to step foot inside the ring. I've put my life on the line every time I've set foot inside that ring. Did I beat you that badly that you lost all sense of pain? Its a pity I don't even remember it, because it was just another bloody face amongst the thousands. But I wish I did, I would have enjoyed it even more.

                        Seriously have lost your mind and I will gladly take your mask and your head off. Because behind the mask is nothing, just a boy who does not know how to react to the pain inflicted upon him. You want me inside the cage? You will have me, I will finish you in front of 40,000 people at the Tokyo Dome. Your body will be hung for all to see”, screamed Tanaka, slamming the microphone down in a seemingly convincing fit of rage. He stormed back in the direction he came from as Morrison stood inside the Barbed Wire Steel Cage, absolutely still, staring in the direction of the gate that Tanaka disappeared behind.

                        The first match of the night began with the crowd still a bit shaken from the exchange that had just taken place. Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, and a young Mexican rookie announced as Samuray Del Sol fought it out in a Three Way Super Crown Division match that slowly brought the thrill and excitement back. Samuray had everybody's support from the very get go and the Japanese supporters respected his name paying homage to their culture. Del Sol completely surprised the two experienced wrestlers fighting them both off simultaneously. He left Lethal and Dutt biting the dust after a slew of whirlwind huricanrana's and springboard drop-kicks. The enthusiastic youngster would eventually tire after a suicide dive to Lethal and Dutt to the outside had put more damage on him than his adversaries. A few moments later inside the ring, Lethal would nearly finish him off with the Pump-Handle Sit out Powerbomb Lethal Injection only to be pulled down out of the move by a Jumping Neckbreaker Calcutta Kutta by Sonjay Dutt. Dutt would nearly the pick up the victory moments later after a photographic 450 Corkscrew Splash Hindusault but Del Sol broke the count at a deep 2.77. Jay Lethal by now had taken heavy damage and rolled to the safety of the corner as Del Sol and Dutt duked it out, both furiously trying to gain the ascendancy. The highlight of the match and probably the night – both men reversing twice, thrice, quadruple times out of a Standing Shiranui. This was ironically a finisher they both used but this time Dutt finally completed the move on the sixth attempt and got the 1-2-3 over Del Sol to great applause for the insane ending. Dutt rolled out of the ring with a huge smile on his face while Del Sol kicked the ropes in frustration at being upstaged on his debut. For this time at least the rookie could not beat experience.

                        Matt Striker could barely hear himself as he went shouting about and hyping two important match additions involving the Super Crown division to the the Battle at the Dome as the news came in. The two men who had just fought to a close finish would face off as Sonjay Dutt would take on Samuray Del Sol in a Super Crown Division singles match. The Super Crown Champion, Low Ki would defend his title in one final rematch against Katsuhiko Nakajima. Striker said more matches were being decided and he would update the world but that AJ Styles had yet to accept the offer by WPW to compete against Tanahashi. There was a lot of speculation that an answer would be given by the end of the night while everyone was watching.

                        The Rising would present a golden opportunity to one wrestler in the WPW roster. On this night, as promised would be the announcement of a challenger for Samoa Joe's WPW World Championship. Many people had been clamouring for Hirooki Goto to be that name but the Silver Champion still had one more scheduled defence to make before he could activate his chance to challenge for the World Title. Goto would be defending the Silver Championship at Battle at the Dome in perhaps his most important defence ever. His opponent, and Samoa Joe's opponent would be found from one match. An announcement on the PA System directed the crowd to a video feed of WPW President, Naoki Sugabayashi. He was quick and to the point – tonight there would be a No. 1 Contender's match between two wrestlers. The winner would go on to face Samoa Joe for the WPW World Championship and the loser would have the consolation of facing Hirooki Goto for the Silver Championship. There was anxious expectation as Mr Sugabayashi announced the names. It would be KENTA going up against Homicide. The roof nearly blew off the Ryogoku Hall as the two names were greeted with tremendous enthusiasm.

                        The electricity was definitely in the air. People knew that this night would produce new contenders and new paths for all involved. The second match of the night split four men who would face off in separate matches with plenty on the line, into tag teams. Charlie Haas and Katsuhiko Nakajima would face the Super Crown Champion, Low Ki and Shelton Benjamin. Nobody gave a damn about team work or picking up the win, they just wanted to hurt each other. Both teams faded in and out of the match as Nakajima and Benjamin remained the legal combatants for the majority. Benjamin dominated Nakajima who did not seem his explosive self- allowing 'The Gold Standard' to focus on his back with intense and repeated irish whips into the corner and a minute and a half spent keeping Nakajima in a spectacular Bow and Arrow Hold. There was near silence in the Hall and only Nakajima's occasional screams from the pain shooting through his back could be heard. Benjamin dismantled Nakajima to the mat and started talking trash right into Haas' face. This is when the match descended into chaos as Haas stormed the ring, brawling with Benjamin prompting Low Ki to go after the fallen Nakajima. Order was restored four minutes later as Haas was finally able to get a tag out of Nakajima and went berserk on his former partner finishing with a thunderous Olympic Slam. Haas made the cover as Low Ki tried to go for the save but Katsuhiko Nakajima came from behind and German Suplexed Low Ki off the apron and to the cold floor. The one, two, three went through unopposed as Haas and Nakajima picked up a crucial momentum building victory over their opponents.

                        There wasn't a moment to linger as within minutes every single one of the 13,000 people stood up and took notice – from the corner of the Hall and out from behind one of the exit gates entered 'The Outsider' AJ Styles. His masked accomplice was nowhere to be seen as the triumphant Styles strutted down the long stairwell, protected by a dozen security guards. The atmosphere was toxic as abuse poured in from every side of the Ryogoku Hall – a feeling that chaos would break out at any moment. There was complete irreverence in Styles' attitude as he walked up to the ring announcer, snatching a microphone – grinning in the face of Matt Striker before entering the ring and tossing his chewing gum into the air and slapping it away like the late Curt Hennig. “It's ON NOW!” roared Styles – flinging his arms out like old times and revelling in the hostility. “Tanahashi, Sugabayashi, WPW you sly sons of bitches. You really think I'm a simple sea fish don't you – just waiting to take the bait. Well boys, what you thought is RIGHT!”, laughed Styles. “I ACCEPT. As for my friend, he's going to reveal himself when he wants to, this round I will be playing alone.”

                        AJ Styles looked out toward the distant cameras – as if he was looking at Hiroshi Tanahashi directly across the screen. “You know I would have accepted anyway Tanahashi. You didn't need to throw me a title shot like I'm some beggar – I'm not like you,” he coldly claimed. As the caption of his words rolled across the screen the supporters erupted in boos at Styles insinuation. This time though AJ Styles found nothing amusing, “You're just a piece of the puzzle Hiroshi. A pillar that's about to crack. You're already doubting yourself aren't you. I saw the footage. You're asking yourself - are you as good as Joe? Do you deserve another chance? Are you even ready to face ME? And what about when you lose, and everyone blames you for all the things that I will do here.” The security guards surrounding the ring were starting to become nervous as it had gone past hostility and people were literally itching at the bit to have a go at AJ Styles. “I lost my conscience a long time ago, but you still have yours – and it will make you suffer. After March 31st, WPW will change forever – and you – whether you like it or not, will have played----”. Styles stopped in mid-speech - the Ryogoku's roof nearly blew off. Hiroshi Tanahashi came running down out of the entrance gate, leapfrogged past the guards and into the ring pummeling Styles with right hands. It was short lived as the security came back inside and pulled Tanahashi off while AJ Styles clutched his chin. He eventually smiled back at the raging Tanahashi once he knew he was safe. Officials and agents from backstage quickly ran down to avoid escalation as AJ Styles was immediately escorted out of the ring and back up the stairwell – trash was being thrown as the security made a shield around Styles. There was a close up shot of Styles at the exit as he gave Tanahashi the finger and screamed, “I'm taking your career!”. Tanahashi was raging, screaming out at Styles on the top of his lungs to come back and fight.

                        It is often difficult to put a finger on the emotion, that sixth sense, the tingling feeling that heightens ones awareness of clear and present danger. This feeling was running throughout the Ryogoku Hall as the time came for the No. 1 Contender's match pitting KENTA against Homicide. The noise levels were going through the roof as the majority crowd gave KENTA a thunderous welcome – the polar opposite for Homicide but that's how the Notorious 187 liked it anyway as he flipped off everyone in sight during his entrance – channelling the animosity into pure focus as he stepped inside telling KENTA “Fuck your house!” to his face. The ref had to separate both men as the trash talking continued until the match could be cleared.

                        The bell rang and it was on. Two men who were on the cusp of greatness, talent and chance wise made their last stand against each other. The match remained dead even for the first five minutes, descending from a Collar and Elbow Tie Up to a stiff brawl that Homicide seemed to be winning. KENTA though equalized within a split second with a devastating Roundhouse Kick and took complete control. The high stakes had intensified his game plan, he wasn't looking to put on a show but went straight for the neck – to cut off oxygen for Homicide, feigning a Hip Toss but actually pulling Homicide back in and to the floor with a Rear Naked Choke. 'Cide struggled for breath, trying his best to wriggle to the sides. The pulsing noise from the crowd and KENTA's relentless hold were suffocating him as the Ryogoku Hall clamoured for the tap out. Instinct saved the match for him as he was able to just about roll KENTA enough to the side to claw and get a desperate finger to the bottom rope, and then his whole hand on the rope.

                        The cameras caught a half choked Homicide breathing in relief as KENTA broke the hold and crawled for position. Homicide spent the next two or three minutes doing his best to shield and dodge against KENTA's arsenal. He would roll out of the ring when KENTA nearly nailed him with the Busaiku Knee Kick after a string of dodges and reversals – 'Cide rested near Striker's commentary desk, going blow for blow was not going to work. KENTA made the biggest mistake of the match trying to go outside and take on Homicide as The Notorious 187 took full advantage by using the announce desk to toss KENTA into and bash his head over. 'Cide goaded the crowd, parading the groggy KENTA around before rolling him into the ring and going into his typical mode of stomping KENTA out in the corner and Facewashing the holy hell out of him with his right boot.

                        Homicide mounted KENTA on the corner – and climbed up high himself and devastated KENTA with a Double Underhook Superplex. The Tokyo crowd hushed in shock as Homicide went for the finish 1-2-and just at 2.7 KENTA got his shoulders off the mat. There was a collective sigh of relief, but only for a moment because the finish line was starting to become visible for Homicide as the sadistic look on his face showed. 'Cide stomped on KENTA's back angrily, lifting him up again, this time for a cracking Exploder Suplex but he still could not get the 3 count. KENTA was shaking, trying his best to reach out, find some balance, some way to turn the tide. But was no way Homicide would let that happen - he came back like a vulture with multiple elbow drops, keeping KENTA grounded the whole time.

                        There was a sense of resignation as the eerily quiet Ryogoku Kokugikan crowd witnessed Homicide devour KENTA. The Japanese star was showing no fight back, his body was shaky and ragged as Homicide closed in, working KENTA's back with a plethora of modified suplexes and delayed Irish Whips in to the corner. And then it came – Homicide's crowning glory of the match was in its process, he carefuly lifted KENTA up for his Gringo Killa Double Underhook Piledriver but KENTA finally reversed it into a pinning combination, 'Cide kicked out at an early two – but there was life. There was life after all in KENTA – within seconds, as Homicide was getting up to charge back, KENTA roared off the ropes and felled 'Cide with the Busaiku Knee Kick out of nothing. The Ryogoku exploded into life but both KENTA and Homicide were face down on the mat. Exhaustion had caught up and 'Cide had now taken a near fatal blow in the match. The people urged KENTA onward, to at least attempt a cover on the fallen Homicide and he eventually did but Homicide dramatically kicked out at the deepest of twos.

                        The final minutes were a complete struggle, with muscles cramping in exhaustion but their minds buzzing – trying to avoid getting beat and sealing a win somehow. There was complete deadlock as Homicide and KENTA broke into a vicious fist fight in the middle, until KENTA clotheslined 'Cide's head off emphatically after taking a hard uppercut himself. KENTA collapsed atop Homicide again 1-2-thr- Homicide got his shoulder up again. There was no way this would be so straightforward. He lifted Homicide somehow, and brought him crashing down with a Fisherman Buster – the crowd was exploding as KENTA again went for the cover 1-2-no way. At 2.8 Homicide instinctively got his shoulder up. KENTA lifted the groggy Homicide back to his feet, but 'Cide got a third wind as he hammered back at KENTA with right hands, whipping him into the ropes and then tried to pick KENTA for the Bronx Bomber 27 Scoop Slam Piledriver – but that was it, when he was about to finish the slam KENTA reversed, literally pulling Homicide back down from behind and back into the Rear Naked Choke from earlier – and this time Homicide had no option, tapping out to the submission hold as his neck was being choked out. The Hall exploded in jubilation.

                        KENTA's arm was raised by the official but the new No.1 Contender could barely stand as he saluted the supporters inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan and then collapsed to the mat in exhaustion. He had proven himself to be a true contender and his ultimate test would take place in three weeks at the Tokyo Dome to attempt to dethrone the all powerful World Champion.

                        The last intermission of the night took place as The Rising came to a memorable close. It would be topped off by a marquee bout featuring the World and Silver Champions, Samoa Joe versus Hirooki Goto in a Non-Title bout. Goto was given a true warrior's welcome, more so for the fact that he was facing Joe tonight than anything else. The World Champion once again arrived as public enemy number one in the Ryogoku Hall. Joe did not care, he maintained his solace, his head buried under the towel and the World Championship glistening against the lights as he handed it over to the officials. Goto himself would have the opportunity to test himself, in case he got past Homicide in three weeks – this would be his fate. What proceeded was an epic encounter, Goto and Joe going toe to toe, blow for blow, Ole Kicks, Enzuigiris, missed forearm smashes turned into sickly angled German Suplexes. This was the first half of the match, not an inch was given by either man. Pride was at stake. Goto's sheer desire to get one over Joe led him to a crucial breakthrough with the Wrist Clutch Jigoku Kuruma Olympic Slam which got him a deep 2.6 out of the World Champion. He continued his relentless effort to keep Joe down, following up with a Muramasa Spinning Heel Kick to the champion.

                        There was pleasant surprise and encouragement as Samoa Joe struggled to meet Goto's pacing, swinging wildly at Goto but being easily outrun as Goto plastered him to the mat with another stiff Bridging German Suplex. But the Warrior of the Islands had motivation in reserve. As the crowd started hounding for Goto's victory, Joe sprung the trap – Goto climbed up high to perform an Elbow Drop to the back of Joe – but the champion got up like a ghost and came right after him and Island Driver'ed Goto off the top! The sheer suddenness of it all produced chaotic reactions among the support as Samoa Joe waited, not going for the cover – but watching Goto as he staggered to his feet, and then finished it with the inevitable Muscle Buster smashing Goto for the 1-2-3. The Silver Champion had made one mistake – one mistake and Samoa Joe had punished him dearly for it.

                        After being handed the World Championship back by the officials, Samoa Joe raised it slowly into the air, looking out into the sea of faces. As if to will them into believing in him like they once had. Hidden beneath his anger was a deep desire to earn their respect back but none was shown – and they made it clear as KENTA re-appeared through the entrance gate. The No. 1 Contender walked down to the ring slowly, a weary look upon his face as he entered the squared circle. They both looked into each other's eyes, not a shred of fear or doubt. The noise was deafening, throbbing in their ears. Joe said something inaudible to KENTA, who just nodded back. Slowly, ever so slowly, Samoa Joe raised the WPW World Title into the air – dominance. KENTA took a long, hard look and then raised his right fist – a chance at history, immortality. The Ryogoku Kokugikan was exploding at the confrontation.

                        As The Rising faded – the iconic shot of Joe and KENTA – one raising his World Championship into the air, the other his right fist would become imprinted into the very fabric of WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. Everything was going to change, and yet there was a sense that this change itself was a constant – that it was natural, that this moment, was natural, that it was destiny. WPW was rising back and its destiny was the Tokyo Dome, a grasp on the ladder to elevate the promotion to a new zenith.

                        THE RISING

                        Sonjay Dutt def. Samuray Del Sol and Jay Lethal via pinfall – 15:37

                        Charlie Haas and Katsuhiko Nakajima def. Low Ki (Super Crown) and Shelton Benjamin via pinfall – 16:21

                        No. 1 Contender's Match
                        KENTA def. Homicide via submission– 33:50

                        Non-Title Match – World Champion VS Silver Champion
                        Samoa Joe def. Hirooki Goto via pinfall – 18:01
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                        Last edited by T-Money; 03-20-2013, 03:37 PM.


                        • #27
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                          ShinobiMusashi's Ultimate Ninja Master Review: T-Money's WPW: The Rising

                          Hey man, I just scored some really good herb so this may get a bit lengthy. I'll put it in spoilers for the sake of tidiness of your fresh page 2. I miss page 2. Those were the good ole days.



                          • #28
                            Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                            NOTE: This is the preview for Battle at the Dome, and I would urge you to read it with the music that is mentioned in the post. Your predictions/thoughts are most welcome.


                            The announcement had been made public only a month earlier, but the plans for the Battle at the Dome spectacular had been in place since WPW had taken shelter in Japan in late 2012. This was the closing chapter of the Japan journey. A land and its pro-wrestling nation that had given a chance to a promotion close to collapse. People who had ensured a living to dedicated staff and world class wrestlers who had in one fell swoop found themselves on the sidelines of the sport, wondering where they would make their next paycheck. The story behind the scenes was as deep as the rivalries that were going to be sorted out on this special night of March 31st 2013.

                            A tremendous amount of credit was given to New Japan Pro Wrestling who had provided the infrastructure for the Japanese transition of the WPW product. NJPW had helped co-promote and produce all of the WPW shows so far. Naoki Sugabayashi had worked tirelessly to keep it afloat and position WPW as the alternative wrestling promotion in Japan. The fact that the Tokyo Dome booking went successfully was a testament to the growing reputation of WPW in Japan and worldwide – people now had faith and tuned in to the online shows, picked up the initial bootleg DVDs, illegal downloads, and if they were fortunate enough, were one of the 13,000 who had packed the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall over the last months.

                            Several rivalries had run through WPW since its inception but undoubtedly the one that involved the WPW World Championship had become the most memorable. One man had lost more professionally than anyone else in WPW over the last six months in his quest to attain it. A video had been circulated to Decyfer Down's “Fading” to tell the story so far. In the first ever Gold Rush Series Final held in Chicago, back in the USA in August 2012 – a tournament which involved 32 of the best wrestlers in the world, Hiroshi Tanahashi battled Samoa Joe for the WPW World Championship in a 2 of 3 Fall/Submission Match. He lost the match 2-1 by the closest of margins and had to watch as Joe received the adulation of the community and began a mighty reign as WPW World Champion. A few months later, as half the roster would desert and WPW be driven out of the USA, the chance fell upon Tanahashi's shoulder to challenge Samoa Joe's reign and avenge his loss. They fought a mighty battle at Warrior's Way and Tanahashi knew he had wrestled the perfect match, neutralizing Joe, taking him to limits like nobody else had done before. It would have all been worth it, but it wasn't to be.

                            A man who would later dub himself 'The Outsider', came in and destroyed months of preparation in one fell swoop – AJ Styles left Tanahashi out cold on the mat after a Styles Clash and Joe retained the title. On that one night there was regret in Styles' eyes but that would prove totally false as time went on. Weeks later, at Steel Justice in a Steel Cage match involving Samoa Joe and others, Styles would appear again and punt Tanahashi off the top of the cage. That one moment became symbolic of Hiroshi Tanahashi's plight in WPW. He was falling further away every time he reached up. So it was at All or Nothing that Tanahashi would have his final chance to face Samoa Joe for the World Championship. A stipulation meant he had to win or never challenge Joe's reign again. Tanahashi endured the beating of his life but refused to lose and as he made his fiery last stand it seemed he would finally banish the demons. Nobody knows if he would have been able to pull it off because after feigning an interference AJ Styles was apprehended but a masked accomplice of his blew Tanahashi's chances straight to hell by laying him out. Joe made the cover but the footage of the event was cut and wiped out from memory by WPW officials who shouldered the blame. None of that mattered because Hiroshi Tanahashi had laid it all down for the promotion and yet those efforts had yielded nothing but pain.

                            At Battle at the Dome Tanahashi will confront AJ Styles for the first time in a WPW sanctioned match – a contract for Styles and a potential World Championship opportunity for the winner have been put on offer. Much more than reward is at stake, six months of darkness is what Hiroshi Tanahashi will attempt to dispel. For AJ Styles it is the chance at a new beginning, dictated on his terms.

                            AJ Styles' path of chaos not only affected Tanahashi but the legitimacy of Samoa Joe as the WPW World Champion. At first Joe was welcomed as a hero in Japan, a true warrior that reminded people of the old days – but no more. After the repeated events in his title matches with Tanahashi everyone suspected Samoa Joe of acting in collusion with AJ Styles. An accusation which has haunted the champion to breaking point. From hero to villain, Joe is the most hated WPW wrestler in Japan. He has kept his silence amongst it all – only reminding the new No. 1 Contender, KENTA by raising his Championship high into the air at The Rising – that he is the dominant force in wrestling, the constant in the ocean of change. For KENTA this is the opening to break out completely. A chance at history, the immortality of becoming WPW World Champion.

                            The Battle at the Dome was meant to be a showcase of the highest calibre of pro-wrestling but one match on the card could eclipse it with its brutality. The Gold Rush Series that took place in August 2012 happened to be the turning point in the life of John Morrison. In a first round match Morrison was badly injured after taking repeated blows to his head and face out of an act of stiff rage on the part of Masato Tanaka with a steel chair. Morrison would be immediately taken to the local hospital and suffer heavy bleeding to his face and head. Rumours said that his face had been disfigured by the blows but nobody knew how bad the injuries really were. Morrison would be sidelined permanently, and a story picked up by WPW in its last days in the USA would reveal that he had disappeared from the hospital and was nowhere to be found by friends and family.

                            That was until after weeks of mystifying Masato Tanaka with the symbolism of the desert snake, he would return behind a steel mask at the Retaliation event and shock Tanaka with a vicious beatdown. A few weeks later he would appear at The Rising and challenge Tanaka to an Exploding Barb Wired Steel Cage Deathmatch, as a thanks for changing his life and to bring Tanaka into the freedom that the pain had provided him “to burn understanding” into the man that had changed his life. People were now reluctant to call him by his name. The masked Morrison made a chilling account of his “discoveries” during his time on the sidelines, which made many people refer to him as a crazed 'Shaman'. After being goaded into it, Tanaka did accept the challenge. The veteran reminded Morrison of his reputation as The Last Hardcore Legend and promised to finish the job. A man transformed by brutality will face one of the last remaining Sensei's of hardcore.

                            33,000 supporters will pack the Tokyo Dome for undoubtedly the biggest night in WPW history. Dutt/Del Sol, Low Ki/Nakajima for the Super Crown Title in the Battle of the Blades rematch, Haas/Benjamin III the final encounter, Tanaka/Morrison in an Exploding Barb Wired Steel Cage Deathmatch, Goto/Homicide for the Silver Championship, Tanahashi/Styles, and Samoa Joe/KENTA for the WPW World Championship. 14 warriors, 7 matches. The Battle at the Dome.
                            Last edited by T-Money; 04-04-2013, 11:57 PM.


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                              God damn I can't wait to read this show. The AJ Styles "Outsider" storyline has been very well done so far imo. I can't wait to see where it goes next.

                              Shit man, exploding barbed wire match. It's about fucking time somebody did one in fan fic and I can't wait to read it. Lovely build up to it so far. You sir, have balls.

                              Incredible card. Excellent preview. I can't wait man.


                              • #30
                                Re: WPW - WorldWide Progressive Wrestling

                                Dedicated to ShinobiMusashi, Pduh Ed, Big Papa, RT, WMS, and every BTB/Fan Fiction person that has had read through/supported/educated me in their own way. Thank you! P.S. When you read you will see links for certain segments that lead to the appropriate music for the moment. To enrich the reading experience have the music playing while you are reading.

                                It had come full circle now, just as the logo symbolized. A wrestling promotion that was knocked into oblivion now proudly draped its banners over the Tokyo Dome in the hopes of a brighter future. The first true show of strength for the wounded WorldWide Progressive Wrestling would be made on this night. A lone helicopter circled the historic stadium, with the buzz from the crowd inside complimenting the aerial view. The noise rose steadily as a camera outside the stadium gate looked up at the giant Dome rising up to the Tokyo night. A special video package set to cuts of Tool's “Lateralus” then aired, recollecting the moments that had brought us to here.

                                On July 10th 2012, WorldWide Progressive Wrestling introduced itself to the world. It was the infamous speech made by Kurt Angle that rallied the pro wrestling nation behind this promotion - “it kills me to see my sport burned in the glare of the lights of this circus that is mainstream America. I have had enough, I cannot sit back and watch it die. It is time for the sport, the supporters, and the wrestlers to fight back. To show what it is that we love and live for.” Then the historic Gold Rush Series took place through July and into August 2012 – leaving the final two warriors, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Samoa Joe to engage in a 2/3 Falls/Submission war. On that night Joe would hoist the WPW Championship into the air after a 2-1 victory.

                                Months later WPW would have the ambition of hosting its first pay-per-view on US soil titled The Future Is Now. On the day of the event, a cease and desist letter was submitted by the biggest wrestling and sports entertainment organization in the world citing loopholes in the contracts of wrestlers that had defected from their organization to WPW. WPW was forced to call off the event. After an exhaustive legal battle, all the TV and sponsorship deals were pulled like a domino effect. Kurt Angle sent an emotional letter to the supporters, stepping down as COO of the company and apologizing for this fatal mistake. The once proud WPW now crawled through the remaining months of the year with independent shows in the Midwest. The skeleton roster did its best to keep the company above water.

                                December 2012. Naoki Sugabayashi, now the majority investor and also President of New Japan Pro Wrestling brought WPW to Japan, to rebuild the dying promotion. “The wrestling will do the talking”, said Mr Sugabayashi and he firmly believed deep inside that one day this company would rise back. And so it did - from December 2012 to March 2013 – monumental matches, the Tanahashi/Joe rivalry, the arrival of 'The Outsider' AJ Styles. MVP/Homicide from the early days, the Super Crowning of Low Ki, Haas/Benjamin, the return of 'The Shaman' Morrison to shock Masato Tanaka and their impending Deathmatch. Who could forget the rise of the likes of Incognito, Hirooki Goto, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and KENTA. The video and song finished on an explosive high with those same words ingrained in the promotion's fabric fading into and out of the screen “the future is now...”

                                Enter the Tokyo Dome. Thousands upon thousands of people massed inside as a spectacular light show was finished off by pyrotechnics that illuminated the circular entrance gate for the wrestlers with the 'WPW' initials flaring at the very end. Seated at the commentary booth by ringside with pandemonious supporters at his back, an excited and completely marked out Matt Striker roared out his best possible pitch for the importance of the night, and how proud he was to be there to call it.

                                The first bout of the night was to be the Super Crown Division singles match pitting 'The Playa from the Himalaya' Sonjay Dutt against the rookie who had impressed everyone at The Rising, Samuray Del Sol. Dutt got a great reception as he came out to decked in full native Punjabi Indian gear from head to toe and bowed to all four corners of the crowd once he entered the ring. Samuray Del Sol's arrival was greeted with equal fervour. It was noticeable the amount of knock off masks people were wearing in his tribute already. He himself wore a custom tribute mask designed in the style of the legendary Hayabusa of FMW fame. The match started off in traditional fashion as the two men grappled and engaged in an elaborate sequence of holds, reversals and arm drags. This tussling eventually took them to the corner where Del Sol pulled Dutt up to the top turnbuckle and into an unthinkable Moonsault Side Slam that broke it all wide open. Del Sol now took full advantage - bewildering the groggy Dutt with a slew of springboard huricanrana's and a beautifully timed 180 Splash into the corner. He would continue attempting to impact Dutt from distance using the corner and flying into Dutt's exposed front. But the laws of the ring dictated that there would be retaliation - minutes later Sonjay Dutt came exploding back into the match with a Pendulum Kick as Del Sol came into the corner empty handed. Then it was the Calcutta Kutta Facebreaker Knee Smash followed by the Jumping Neckbreaker. Dutt went for a quick cover but Del Sol got up after 1.7. The Playa from the Himalaya did not let up though, Del Sol was finally slowing down from the frenetic earlier pace and Dutt continued his offense with Half Nelson Bulldogs, and a beautifully attempted Bombay-Rana Springboard Somersault Huricanrana – but the super sharp Del Sol reversed at the last moment into a hook of the legs and got a deep, deep 2.8 as Dutt kicked out at the very last moment. There was a degree of shock in Dutt's eyes – he had just been a millisecond away from losing out of nothing. There was no time to lament however - both men again went on the offensive, the fatigue was going to kick in soon and a priceless victory was at stake. A sequence of desperate hip tosses, flying lariats, and even a monkey flip by Dutt to Del Sol culminated in both attempting Missile Dropkicks at the same time and falling away to big claps from the audience. Del Sol was the faster man in the next sequence as he tossed an oncoming Dutt to the outside. What he attempted next was unreal as he took a run up and spring boarded off the second and over the top rope into a death defying 450 Corkscrew Senton Bomb onto Sonjay Dutt on the outside.

                                The stadium had come unglued as Del Sol and Dutt lay there, both hurt from the impact. Moments later Del Sol would roll Dutt inside the ring for the cover and surely the win but at 2.8 Sonjay Dutt brought his shoulders up. A close up shot showed Del Sol shaking his head in dismay. Dutt had broken the count but was in no position to get up as he clutched his head while the official checked on him. Del Sol motioned the official away, lifting Dutt up and went for the Standing Shiranui – but again, just like their last meeting Dutt reversed and nailed Del Sol with the same move. The Tokyo Dome came alive as Dutt went for the hook of the legs 1-2-thr, no Del Sol kicked out at the absolute last second. Fatigue had now kicked in fully as both Sonjay Dutt and Samuray Del Sol struggled for ascendancy. Dutt out of pure desperation sidestepped an incoming Del Sol and Double Foot Drop Kicked his head as Del Sol crashed into the corner. Sonjay knew he could finish it right now – positioning Del Sol on the top turnbuckle. Breathing heavily he tried to lift Del Sol for his Indian Summer Elevated Cradle Neckbreaker but that was it - Del Sol reversed and slid off Dutt's back and pulled him off the top into a Sunset Flip Powerbomb to the mat and trapped Dutt's shoulders, lifting the legs for the pin 1-2-3! There was a rousing roar reverberating around the Dome as Del Sol slid off Dutt's body and his arm was raised by the official. Dutt had his head in his hands, crushed by the sudden nature of the loss, and the match had literally slipped past him. Samuray Del Sol climbed the turnbuckle to an even bigger reaction for the unbelievable match as everyone in the stadium paid tribute. While celebrating however he saw Dutt laying there in anguish and as as a touch of class Del Sol went over, lifting Sonjay up and offering a handshake – which was met. The Tokyo Dome faithful cheered on both wrestlers as they raised their arms together. The Super Crown Division had stolen the show, and it had only just begun.

                                The exhilarating opening bout had left the supporters in the Dome noisier than ever. This transitioned into the second match of the night, the intensely personal yet sporting rivalry that was tied at 1-1 between Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. In the Gold Rush Series first round match in July 2012, Benjamin had refused to tap out to Haas and was unconscious and as a result the match was forced to end and Haas declared the winner. At Warrior's Way Benjamin finally got his own victory over Haas and some semblance of revenge. Now it all comes to an end. The question of who really was the better wrestler between the two was finally going to be answered.

                                Both wrestlers, regardless of their recent history and actions were given very respectful welcomes. There was no showboating, no grand entrances – these were former friends whose careers were reaching a crossroads at the biggest pro-wrestling event of the year. Once they had both entered the ring the fans began clapping – Benjamin and Haas looked around at the Tokyo Dome, the emotion of the moment was telling on both their faces. Benjamin came to the middle – and offered Charlie Haas a handshake. Haas was very hesitant as he slowly walked to meet Benjamin, still distrustful – the official warning them the bell had not yet been rung. Benjamin stood there and patiently waited for Haas with his hand offered. Charlie Haas looked at the crowd for an opinion and they cheered back – he shook hands with Benjamin to even greater applause. The bell was rung, this was it. The Collar and Elbow Tie Up began the match, Haas was the stronger – pushing Benjamin into the corner but had to relinquish the hold – no cheap shots were made as he backed off. Benjamin slapped himself into focus and they met again in the middle. Benjamin was quicker now – him and Haas went through multiple Standing Switches but Benjamin won at the end with a Takedown on Haas – and this time it was he who backed off. The jockeying and psyching out continued for the first three minutes. Every single takedown and reversal was eaten up by the crowd. These were two well seasoned wrestlers - they knew each others moves by heart. Haas and Benjamin were soon in a total deadlock, each having had multiple takedowns on the other – Benjamin had Haas in a leg-scissors at one point but moments later Haas would perform another takedown on Shelton and a textbook Arm Hook Sleeper Hold to boot. Now Benjamin showed signs of struggle, oxygen circulation was becoming scarce as he began to heave and puff. Haas kept the Sleeper diligently locked – Benjamin was fading, Haas now transitioned into a Camel Clutch on Benjamin – the referee was there asking Benjamin if he wanted to tap – his arm was even up but he would not give up just yet. Shelton tried his hardest to breathe as much as he could in the little space that he had.

                                Benjamin eventually pushed back and somehow he was able to force Haas up as well. Using all his leg strength Benjamin stood up. Now Haas had to adapt into a regular Sleeper Hold but he would not let go. Benjamin out of pure desperation was able to stagger backwards and drive Haas back first into the corner. Haas finally relinquished the hold as Benjamin teetered, nearly falling down – taking every precious breath he could. Haas ran at Benjamin but the ever quick Benjamin ducked under, and tried a Superkick – Haas caught the leg, Benjamin now tried a Spinning Heel Kick but Haas dropped him to the ground – and slid over back into the Sleeper Hold! The crowd roared at Haas' focus but Benjamin this time reacted as fast as he could somehow getting a foot on the bottom rope. Haas had to let go as he rolled away and Benjamin breathed in relief. Benjamin's eyes were droopy though, his face was losing colour as he tried his best to maintain alertness. Striker noted how Benjamin had probably expected Haas to target his legs – but he instead had targeted the head with great success. Benjamin had not been prepared for this. Charlie Haas now charged towards Benjamin, and the commentator's curse struck as Benjamin popped him with an Arm Drag, and another. But Haas was still fresh, he kept coming back until Benjamin finally stopped him by ducking under a Clothesline this time and blasting Haas into the mat with a German Suplex. Benjamin went for the cover this could be it, 1-2-no. Haas at 2.5 still had too much in the tank. However Shelton Benjamin had finally carved out an opening in the bout and he made full use of it. The next few minutes he targetted Haas' back – starting with a Side Slam Backbreaker, then going to a plethora of Powerslams and the signature T-Bone Suplex. High Knees, Elbows to the back. Absolute physical impact to the back of Charlie Haas. Benjamin finally mounted Haas at a corner, setting him up for a Superplex – but Haas knew he could have been finished – he fought back with all his energy, nailing fists to Benjamin's head as The Gold Standard teetered on the second turnbuckle. Haas now locked Benjamin in – and into a Front Superplex off the top! Both men took heavy damage from the unforgiving mat as Haas stared up at the lights and then back – trying to find where Benjamin had fallen – he finally made the cover one...two...thre-no! Benjamin got his shoulder up at 2.8.

                                A minute passed as both men finally got their bearings and rekindled this do or die battle – Haas this time took ascendancy with three huge overhead Belly-to-belly Suplexes on a very fatigued Shelton Benjamin. Shelton was nearly out as Haas brought him to the middle to hoist him for the Haastile Takeover Scoop Lift Inverted DDT, but with the remaining reserve of energy he somehow slid off – went for a desperation Superkick – it was telegraphed – Haas caught him and plunged Benjamin into the Haas of Pain! The supporters erupted as Haas roared for Benjamin to tap out – but he could not hold the move for more than 30 seconds – Benjamin with all his will flipped Haas over who crashed into the corner shoulder first. Haas staggered out – Benjamin rolled him up – this could be it – 1...2...thr-Haas with the kick out! By a fraction of a second. Haas sprang back up, swinging at Benjamin but missed again – and this time Benjamin got him straight in the face with the Superkick. Benjamin collapsed atop Haas 1...2...three-no! Again. Again Haas shouldered out. There was no way, no way that either of them could swallow this loss. Benjamin got up to his feet, Haas was still down. Shelton looked at the corner, something clicked within him – and he started climbing. He got up to the top, carefully balancing himself as he waited for Haas to get up – and Shelton flew off for a Flying Crossbody – caught by Haas in mid-air. Haas slung Benjamin over to go for a Piledriver – but Benjamin reversed and pulled Haas down and hooked both legs 1...2...Haas kicked out again – he got up frantically but Benjamin nailed him with a Superkick that finally connected! Haas teetered, bouncing off the ropes – Benjamin kicked him in the midsection – and lifting him delivering a sick, sick Turnbuckle Powerbomb as Haas crashed back first into the corner. Charlie Haas was out, Benjamin dragged him into the middle – with the cover – one, two, THREE!

                                A tremendous reaction greeted the wild finish as Shelton Benjamin sat on his knees, exhausted watching Charlie Haas – not interested in the official raising his hand. There were claps around the Tokyo Dome as Charlie Haas, clutching his decimated back, began to get up – the loss sinking in but his head held high. Benjamin got to his feet and helped Haas up and the two men shared a long hug and handshake. There was pleasant surprise inside the Tokyo Dome – for the first time they had seen a bitter rivalry resolved, both men laying down an example of sportsmanship for the night.

                                The cameras briefly cut backstage as the good vibes turned to disdain – The Notorious 187, Homicide stood in one of the darkest corners of the stadium with a message for Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto who he would face in mere minutes. 'Cide spoke with absolute certainty, “Nearly a year ago I stepped into this promotion. A lot was promised and yet nothing was given. I told you all how I was sick of earning the respect of my peers for the last two decades with nothing to show for it. I just wanted my shot at the big one.” For a moment Homicide looks into the distance, recollecting the memories from one year back -

                                “I was given that shot, I was given those opportunities, but I blew it. I blew it all away, every single time – but now – Hirooki Goto... ma man, this is my last chance. My last stand, mi ķltima resistencia. And yet, its ironic that at this very moment...I keep thinking about YOUR journey here. Because you my friend, your career and mine, there's not much difference is there? For you it's been the same fate. We're the nearly men, the two of us. You're one win away from challenging for the World Title. And I've seen - there have been moments in your career when you've been on that cusp, knocking on the ceiling ready to blow the roof of this mother but you just never could get it done. Destiny is waiting out there, can you hear the crowd? Can you feel the pressure? The expectation of your family, your friends, your peers. I have waited 20 YEARS. 20 YEARS YOU HEAR ME? HOW LONG DID YOU WAIT? HOW LONG?! I've slipped, one too many times, I've SLIPPED. But I'm not gonna fall away...not now. I've repped Brooklyn, I've repped Puerto Rico, but this ain't for some community or place, or some block or street sign, or anyone for that matter. FUCK EM' ALL...this is for ME. Voy a morir por esta victoria.”

                                We returned to the ring area and it was now time for what had been dubbed as the second Battle of the Blades for the Super Crown Championship. Low Ki and Katsuhiko Nakajima had battled each other since WPW started business, Ki stealing a win in the Gold Rush Series in August 2012 – and the fateful meeting in the Super Crown Final where Low Ki again beat Nakajima for the Super Crown Championship. Now was the chance for Nakajima to change the entire direction of the rivalry and finally get a win over Low Ki on the biggest stage and capture the Super Crown title.

                                Katsuhiko Nakajima was the first to enter, betraying not a single emotion – his eyes were transfixed on the ring as he shut out a stadium that was cheering him with all their heart. Nakajima gave no acknowledgement to the people and simply stepped inside and waited, this had happened too many times before for him to take it any less seriously. A close-up shot was then taken as Low Ki entered the grand stadium at the absolute peak of his confidence, displaying the Super Crown Title, shining bright over the haze of the pyros and fog machines – the World Warrior roared out in defiance and the crowd ate it up as the champion marched to the ring and climbed all four corners – his body language portraying that he was unfazed at the task of defending his championship in such a high stakes situation.

                                But little would he know how things would pan out – as soon as he climbed down from the turnbuckle Nakajima was at him, not even waiting for the bell to ring. The Prince of Puro hammered Ki into the corner, stomping the life out of the SC Champion. Low Ki had sunk to the mat but Nakajima lifted him back into the corner and unloaded with stiff kicks, elbow shots to the head and anything else he could do – there was no longer a method for Nakajima, he just wanted to destroy Low Ki. The official had to push Nakajima away as Low Ki staggered to the ropes, pulling his head out and coughing for breath. There was no respite however. As soon as he came in and attempted a misguided kick to the chest - Nakajima caught his leg and trapped him in the Ankle Lock. The Tokyo Dome was beside itself as the champion screamed his way towards the ropes, clawing and grabbing and just finally getting a hand on them. There was no pause, Nakajima pulled Low Ki up off the ground and high into the air with a thunderous German Suplex, and another one, and another, and another – countless German Suplexes – an absolute madness inducing sequence. At the end Low Ki lay broken on the mat and Nakajima finally satisfied went for the cover 1-2-and just barely, subconsciously, Low Ki got a shoulder up. The champion was fortunate to turn the match a mere two minutes later – nailing a desperate Facebreaker Knee Smash to Nakajima and following up with his Krush Kombo, finishing with the Roundhouse Kick but still Nakajima did not go down – he was kneeling clutching his face as Ki took a spring-board off the ropes – but again got caught in mid-air attempting a Double Foot Dropkick. Nakajima had him back in the Ankle Lock again! The crowd exploded as Low Ki writhed and shook in agony but broke the submission by reaching the ropes.

                                The SC Champion crawled to the edge, wanting no part but Nakajima followed right behind him and tried to Suplex Ki back inside – but Low Ki reversed launching his legs off the ropes in mid motion and turned it into a sick Tornado DDT. The champion scurried for the cover but Nakajima would kick out at a deep 2.7. This began the most heart stopping sequence of near falls – Low Ki and Nakajima would both trade blows, an exhilarating sequence of irish whips, attempted Roundhouse and Flying Calf Kicks, ducks and dodges - and nail each other first Low Ki with the Dragon Wing Underhook Suplex, but moments later after a sequence of stiff kicks a Fireman's Carry Powerbomb by Nakajima – until Low Ki fought back and devastated the challenger with a final Ki Krusher 99' Fisherman Driver at the end. He covered, it was going to be over, 1-2-thr-no. The people roared out as Nakajima kicked out of Low Ki's staple finisher. Low Ki collapsed on the mat in exhaustion, there was no point protesting – a look of understanding at how far Nakajima had brought him was now dawning. The seconds were passing away as both men began to budge – Low Ki was first to his feet – Nakajima tried his best to come back and swung wildly but missed a clothesline – Low Ki ruthlessly took the opportunity to trap Nakajima into a Headscissors Armbar. He was looking for the kill as the official begged Nakajima for a response, who was not even budging – Low Ki wrenched the submission even more tightly – the official was now forced to check Nakajima's free arm, raising it up as it dropped off twice – and before the crucial third a fist arose – Nakajima was still conscious and made his last stand, pushing up with his legs and forcing Low Ki's shoulders down into a pin, Low Ki had to let go of the Armbar and kick out at 1.5. This time Nakajima was nowhere near as deadly, a wounded animal – but still feral as he battled Low Ki with stiff chops, but Ki returned fire now – this was the decider – the crowd was on the edge as Ki and Nakajima kicked and brawled in the middle – Nakajima suddenly ducked behind Low Ki's attempted Superkick – into a devastating Tiger Suplex bridged 1..2...three- NO! And the gasps said it all as Low Ki kicked out even after that. Everyone could feel the tension as Ki rolled to the edge again and Nakajima staggered behind. They fought for their livelihoods as Low Ki pulled Nakajima over the ropes but the Japanese star kept hanging on somehow. They teetered on the edge. It all came crashing down - Low Ki devastated Nakajima with a Superkick out of nothing – it should have been lights out as Nakajima's head spun and he was about to fall. The unthinkable then happened – Low Ki jumped up and tried to pull Nakajima into a Sit-out Facebuster to the floor but Nakajima pulled the fall and reversed - Powerbombing the champion to the cold concrete and they both were laid out on the floor. The stadium was rocking but people did not see how much damage Nakajima and Ki had taken. Nakajima clutched his neck in absolute agony, coughing uncontrollably as the official began the ten count 1-2-3-4-5-6...nobody was getting up 7...8 – no way 9...10.

                                It was shockingly over. The place had become deathly quiet at the anti-climactic ending. Medics rushed down to ringside to check on both Low Ki and Katsuhiko Nakajima's conditions as Striker indicated that due to a count-out Low Ki had been able to retain the Super Crown Championship. However every soul in the stadium knew he had been out-wrestled by Katsuhiko Nakajima on this night. There would an intermission to set up the next match and Striker assured us that he would give updates on the conditions of both competitors.

                                It would take some time, and a buzzing anticipation began to build as the final touches were made – the Barb Wire Steel Cage rigged with explosives was now almost ready. A very nervous looking official stood inside in a fireproof suit – the fear behind the visors absolutely real as he surveyed the monstrosity that had been constructed around him. The main posts and walls were made of steel but smaller grids of barb-wire were enforced upon them to create a menacing structure. The red hot Tokyo Dome supporters roared a royal tribute as the Sensei, the Last Living Hardcore Legend, Masato Tanaka marched towards the ring in all his glory. The years gone by and the daunting task ahead was not affecting him at the slightest as he exhibited huge confidence while he walked towards the Cage and entered the door. Without even a moment's hesitation. Tanaka and the Tokyo Dome supporters then waited – and out he came, The Shaman himself. Flickers of light in the darkness shining off his steel mask as he walked slowly towards certain carnage. Nobody could know what was running through the mind of the mystic as he stepped inside. Once he was locked in, the switch was activated – any touch into the barb-wire cage would now result in an explosion.

                                A handful of officials and medics stood by ringside for precaution. Matt Striker also directed our attention to a special timer that would activate after 15 minutes – any explosives that had not been activated in that time would all explode simultaneously and both competitors had to watch out for this. The okay was given as the official rung the bell – to a deafening ovation that shook the Tokyo Dome – Tanaka and 'The Shaman' Morrison stood absolutely still, staring each other down, taking a long hard look at the other. By the end they would not look or even feel the same, this was for certain. And it was on – Tanaka came out with his war cry and tried to draw first blood. The opening three minutes were Shaman simply dodging Tanaka as both men teetered to the edge of the ring to gasps from the crowd, dangerously close to the barb-wire cage wall. Tanaka finally caught Shaman with a Dangan Elbow, and then Suplexed him to the mat. Tanaka would dominate the next few minutes, keeping Morrison locked down with Sleeper Holds and an ungodly couple of DDT's to end the sequence. The masked man was struggling to get up as he tried to grab at Tanaka's leg. The veteran screamed expletives at him, stomping on his back in anger.

                                Tanaka finally dragged Morrison up and attempted to whip him into the Cage but Morrison slid to the mat using every muscle to stop from going into the barb-wire and break the motion. A displeased Tanaka went right after him but Shaman finally retaliated Dropkicking Tanaka down in mid-rush. He then dragged Tanaka up and threw him into the cage wall to a massive explosion that jolted the whole stadium and drew shocks from every corner. Shaman tried to catch a visual in the haze – Masato Tanaka roared out of the smoke and felled him with a Discus Elbow Smash out of nowhere to turn the tide back to his favour. The first blast had done little to damage the veteran.

                                That fifteen minute mark was getting slowly closer as Tanaka pulled Shaman up, and Overhead Belly-to-belly suplexed him back first into the barb-wire cage. Another thunderous explosion occured as Shaman crumpled to the mat in agony to raucous roars from the supporters. It was getting heavy now. A close-up showed that both men were bleeding, Tanaka on his right arm and Shaman had cuts all over his back. Tanaka decided to go for the mercy cover but Shaman kicked out at two to everyone's surprise. The legend seemed offended, scolding himself for even making the cover – he knew better. Tanaka now dragged Shaman up and lifted him – and Thunderfire Powerbombed him into the other side of the cage to another massive explosion that even knocked Tanaka and the official back! As soon as the smoke cleared the official went to check on Shaman whose body was twitching all over. Tanaka kneeled in exhaustion and waited as the official looked over – it was taking too long. Tanaka went over and threw the official aside and started hammering away with open fists into the top of Morrison's head. Even the audio was disturbing as Morrison grimaced in pain from the head shots. Tanaka pulled him back into the center by the hair and went for the cover 1-2-thr, no - Shaman had enough to get a shoulder up. The people in the stadium could not believe it and neither could Masato Tanaka. The Hardcore Legend struggled to bring Shaman to his feet as he began to mount him for the finishing Dangan Bomb – but Shaman flipped off his back – Tanaka turned and charged in bewilderment but Morrison Flapjacked Tanaka face first into the barb-wire cage and a blast went off instantly! Shaman collapsed to the mat, as Tanaka came staggering back out of the smoke and collapsed beside him – he was busted open on the head, bleeding profusely. Shaman crawled, and time went so, so slow – he just about got an arm across Tanaka's chest for the cover - the stadium was reverberating in chaotic reactions, there was no way - 1-2-thre-no! Tanaka at 2.9, 2. fucking 9 got a shoulder up somehow and the place was going absolutely berserk.

                                An eternity passed as Shaman and Tanaka would both lay still, on the brink of unconsciousness – but something else had caught the crowd's attention – the timer was now winding down, there were only a couple of minutes left until the remaining explosives would go off and the realization began to spread across the Dome. Slowly both men came to their senses, staggering to their feet as they heard the crowd rallying in the background. Shaman went towards Tanaka, and Tanaka the same – the brawl was on as they exchanged rights and lefts, the timer winding down behind them - there was less than a minute left. Shaman tried to kick Tanaka's head but the veteran caught the leg and desperation Clotheslined Shaman into the mat. Tanaka went to throw Shaman to the cage but he was too weak, Shaman reversed and threw Tanaka towards the cage – and BOOM! The cage completely exploded, again BOOM! All the explosives went off!! A final last explosion! And there was complete haze – nothing could be seen. Anxiety passed around the Tokyo Dome. Nobody could see anything. Thick smoke rose from the ring. The ringside camera-men all went as close as possible. Finally people could make out an image – the official was checking on both Shaman and Tanaka who were face down in the center of the mat. There were cuts all over the bodies of both wrestlers, blood spots were everywhere on the mat as the official kept prodding and asking both men if they could continue. Shaman was barely able to nod as he got on all fours, using his fists to push himself up somehow to his feet. Tanaka was beginning to get up as well, wiping blood off his face, his eyes were wandering – he was only half conscious. Shaman ran at Tanaka but he ducked somehow and threw his opponent over his back – but Shaman with amazing dexterity landed on the corner post and began to climb up the cage! He was holding onto the bars that supported the barb-wire grids. Tanaka followed right after him. Shaman was nearly at the top as Tanaka finally caught his right leg and stabbed it into the barb-wire grid. Shaman's howls were heard by every soul in the stadium as he teetered on one leg and one arm. Now Tanaka was now going for the other leg – he was hell bent on taking Shaman down – but the steel masked man in an act of complete desperation used the injured leg and landed a sick choppy kick on Tanaka's head. The Legend's eyes rolled, his grip strained, he was hanging – then another desperate kick came from Shaman. Masato Tanaka fell to the ground below, he was completely laid out. But Shaman kept climbing, he kept climbing with only his left leg and arms. And he made it to the top, looking around the arena – his bloody and scarred body positioned itself to stand on top of the cage. The Tokyo Dome was in chaos – Shaman turned around to face outwards. Time stopped as the Shaman flew off, his body twisting in the air, the snake had transformed into a flying beast - A Corkscrew Moonsault off the top of the cage and onto the body of Masato Tanaka! The roof blew off the Dome. Eruptions of shock everywhere - Shaman put an arm over Tanaka for the cover it?...THREE! IT IS! The Legend of Hardcore had been defeated by the desert snake.

                                Officials and medics rushed immediately to go into the barb-wire cage, snapping the barb-wire wrapped around the door. Both competitors were laid out in the center of the ring as medics came inside and stretchers were brought out. Matt Striker sounded shaken on his headset speaking of the brutality that had just taken place. There were no more words left, there was just silence on audio and the buzz of a shaken stadium.

                                Battle at the Dome was far from over. Another intermission saw the ring ropes being put back together and the blood spots cleaned out of the ring while the audience watched highlight packages of the shows prior as the food and beverage carriers made their rounds. In particular they were shown Hirooki Goto's capture of the vacant Silver Championship at Warrior's Way defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima and subsequent defences of it against Incognito and Toru Yano. They were also shown the gritty No. 1 Contender's Match for the WPW World Title from The Rising where Homicide had lost to KENTA and so was given the consolation chance to challenge Goto for the Silver Championship. Goto needed just one more win to be able to challenge for the World Championship – but Homicide now stood in the way and was arguably going to be the biggest challenge to Goto's reign.

                                As the ring had been cleaned up it was now time for the Silver Championship to be put on the line. The challenger Homicide was out first, with a bottle of water that he poured over his face before he coldly walked to the ring ignoring the heated reaction of the supporters. The Notorious 187 was all focus as he crouched in the corner and waited. As he had stated earlier in the night – this was his chance and he could not blow it at any cost. The Silver Champion, Hirooki Goto came out to a tremendous reception from the Tokyo supporters – the focused eyes glared at Homicide as he took the long march down and climbed inside the ring. He reluctantly handed the championship to the referee as both men were announced and it was on, there was not a second to waste. It started off with a Collar and Elbow Tie Up, descending into a chain wrestling clinic with Goto attempting a Side Headlock every chance he got but 'Cide was too fast, wriggling out smoothly. The back and forth continued for three minutes but Homicide took the advantage as he transitioned an Armbar into the Abdominal Stretch. Goto was struggling already, and 'Cide made it even deadlier, transitioning further into an Octopus Hold on Goto. The champion though somehow managed to push back and smash Homicide into the corner. Goto now dominated the challenger with a Muramasa Heel Kick and immediately after, dropped 'Cide with a disgusting Fireman's Carry Neckbreaker for the hook of the legs, but Homicide kicked out at 2. No matter, Goto now finally had 'Cide down and back into the Headlock at last as he wrenched it as tight as possible. But not for long. Homicide seeing the danger signs was able to break loose from under and push Goto into the ropes and follow up with a Clothesline that sent the Silver Champion tumbling to the outside. There was a roar from the supporters as 'Cide took a run up and flipped over into a Somersault Tope onto Goto and they both collapsed on the floor!

                                Both were down on the mat, catching their breath as the official checked on them. Homicide slowly got up after a minute and it was now his turn to dish out the punishment as he threw the champion into the guardrail and Clotheslined him over it. Snacks and drinks went flying as Hirooki Goto instantly retaliated and they brawled amongst the gathered crowd. The brawl never went too far inside the crowd as Goto kicked Homicide in the midsection and Back Body dropped 'Cide clean over the guardrail and back to ringside to the approval of the entire crowd. The official berated Goto to bring it back inside the ring and he was forced to oblige - he attempted the cover immediately but again Homicide shouldered out at 2. Goto felt his chest tug from the earlier Octopus Hold and squinted in pain as he raised Homicide up and whipped him into the ropes but out of nothing 'Cide came crashing back with a Flying Lariat with such impact that Goto was nearly out cold on the mat. Homicide went for the hook of the legs, 1-2-th-no, Goto kicked out and reached for the ropes as quick as he could, still dazed. Homicide could feel the change – he sprung into action and caught the champion with a Tiger Feint Kick from around the ropes straight to the face as Goto fell back into the ring. Then in ruthless fashion he spring-boarded off the top rope and into a Double Foot Stomp on the bare chest of Hirooki Goto. The champion was now rolling around in pain, that same chest was taking further damage from Homicide. It was indeed looking very ominous as Homicide continued stomping on Goto's chest and even attempted a Camel Clutch in the middle of the ring for what seemed like eons until Goto out of desperation somehow caught Homicide's legs and was able to turn over onto his back and break the Clutch.

                                The damage had slowed him though as he struggled to mount an offensive and Homicide was able to regain control almost instantly. The Strong Style Thug was ruthless as he lifted Goto up for a T-Bone Suplex and went for the cover - but Goto valiantly kicked out at 2.5. The champion was struggling to get up though as Homicide punted him with a boot to the chest and went for a hard cover planting his arms on the chest of Goto, but again he kicked out at 2. A man so close to a career defining victory – Hirooki Goto mustered every ounce of courage inside and after sustaining further assault by Homicide, finally came back into the match reversing out of the Cop Killa Back 2 Back Double Underhook Piledriver - he lifted Homicide for the Ura Shouten Overhead Gutwrench Backbreaker into a Swinging Side Slam Facebuster! The crowd went nuts. Goto went to hook 'Cide's legs, it had to be over – one, two, thr-but no. His opponent was equally courageous, or perhaps Homicide was sick with his desperation to win as he kicked out at the very last moment. Goto huffed and puffed, clutching his chest as he used the ropes for support to get back up – never letting Homicide escape his vision, he had to finish it now. Homicide was still getting off the ground coughing at the the impact, muttering to himself as he tried to find Goto – who was booming with anticipation, the Tokyo Dome had grown feverish in his support - they all waited – everyone waited for Homicide to get up and turn around. And he finally did, walking into the Jigoku Kuruma Wrist-Clutch Olympic Slam – no, the Dome was in shock as Goto was caught in mid-move - Homicide reversed it back into the Octopus Hold! There was thunder inside the Tokyo Dome - terror outlined Goto's eyes. Homicide screamed with shameless abandon for Goto to tap out – the champion had been dragged to the floor with the weight and Homicide had the hold fully locked in. Goto was screaming out in pain and desperately flailed his legs – and the right leg somehow landed on the bottom rope. The official screamed at Homicide to let go and he finally did.

                                Goto staggered to the corner in pain, breathing heavily, his eyes drooping in fatigue. How much more could he take? Looking up from the pain, he squinted and saw Homicide was running towards him – but he moved out at the last moment as Homicide crashed into the turnbuckle. The dazed Homicide then turned around right into the Shouten Kai Vertical Suplex Sitout Side Slam from Goto out of nowhere! It had to be over now - one, two, thr-NO! At 2.8 Homicide got a shoulder up. The supporters inside the Dome were in a frenzy as Goto collapsed next to Homicide in pain. Long, anxious moments passed as both Goto and Homicide lay still – finally crawling away and recovering on opposite edges of the ring. There was great foreboding spreading inside the Dome – Goto pulled himself together, as the crowd urged him on – he could not lose after he had come this far, one pinfall would guarantee a World Title shot. But it was such a night, a stage where one man's hopes could be swept away by the sheer will of change. 20 years it had been building and the moment had finally come in the most shocking of forms. The crowd went berserk as the wounded Super Crown Champion, Low Ki came stumbling out of the entrance gate down the long ramp. He came down to the ring, the Tokyo Dome was bursting - Low Ki stood up on the apron to distract Goto who blasted him right in the face. But that was enough - Goto turned around to see Homicide coming towards him and completely missed a Muramusa Spinning Heel Kick as Cide ducked under. Homicide caught his arms from behind – pulling him up as Goto screamed out, his chest bursting with pain – Homicide lifted him upside down into the Cop Killa Back to Back Double Underhook Piledriver! There was uproar in the Dome one, two, not like this, not like this...3! It was done. Goto's chance of a potential World Title shot had been blown away to smithereens.

                                The supporters were screaming in anger, huge boos rounded across the stadium. The official handed the Silver Championship to Homicide who stared at it like a long lost heirloom, hardly believing his own eyes as Low Ki entered the ring. There was a standoff between the two – and then a gleeful handshake and hug to huge jeers from everyone. Homicide was beaming! Screaming out in revelation. Low Ki immediately went to a fallen Hirooki Goto and stomped what little life remained inside him. There had been a years worth of speculation as to Low Ki's relationship with Homicide and it was now out in the open – they had collaborated all along. Low Ki and Homicide raised the Silver Championship together into the air. The imprint of Homicide screaming “MY TIME!” to the thousands in the stadium would remain as a nightmare for Hirooki Goto forever.

                                So much had happened already on this historic night. Striker ran through the big results and some highlights from earlier. He said that both Low Ki and Nakajima were now in better condition and no long-term damage had been incurred. But this was now the business end of Battle at the Dome. Now remained two mammoth main-event matches with everything at stake to come. First up was AJ Styles versus Hiroshi Tanahashi. How it all came about was shown through a video that had been circulated for the last week set to Decyfer Down's “Fading” explaining the entire six month saga. Previews had been circulated prior to the event. This was the rivalry that everyone knew about and as the cameras came back to the Tokyo Dome the crowd had become absolutely electric in anticipation. Chants for Tanahashi began to reverberate. Matt Striker ran through what was at stake – a contract for AJ Styles – a World Championship shot for the winner. Every incentive to achieve victory - but none was needed because for Hiroshi Tanahashi for whom this was all about revenge. The stipulations had been only put in place to goad Styles into the match. And out came Tanahashi. The triumphant theme music of “In The Air Tonight” by Sageone gave way to a spectacular light show for 'The Ace of the Universe' and the absolute biggest, almost deafening reaction of the night was given for the hero of Japanese wrestling. There were no poses as he appeared, no showing off, no gestures from the former IWGP World Champion – he simply walked down the long ramp towards the ring.

                                Once inside, he waited, a grim expression outlining his face. The penance had been completed in these hellish six months - the time was now to find meaning and rise again. Finally he would be able to face the man that had ruined it all for him, 'The Outsider' AJ Styles. The entire stadium cooked in anticipation. The music hit. “My Own Summer” thundered through the atmosphere, changing the mood 360. Everyone was amped. The cameras focused on a far stairwell from which descended AJ Styles flanked by WPW security. His black hoodie was covering his eyes – blanking out the riotous sections of the crowd he passed on his way down the stairs to the ring.

                                It was truly a memorable sight as AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi stared at each other from opposite sides of the ring. Styles took off his hoodie and smiled at Tanahashi – but Tanahashi had no emotion at all. The official was sweating bullets as he waited for the signal – and it was given! The bell rang to an eruption from the supporters. Tanahashi exploded instantly into AJ Styles hammering him with rights, lefts, chops, kicks anything he could - driving Styles to the corner as he stomped a mud-hole into The Outsider. There was no relenting as Tanahashi continued his assault until the official came in between and nearly got a punch for his troubles. Styles was clutching his face, dazed completely. But he had no time to relax as Tanahashi came right back and Dropkicked him into the corner and dominated the next minutes, keeping Styles limited, drilling elbows to the face and planting his right leg on Styles throat to choke the life out of him. This was a different, more ruthless Hiroshi Tanahashi and the crowd ate it up. Tanahashi Vertical Suplexed Styles back into the center and quickly mounted the nearest corner – but Styles wisely rolled outside the ring, panting for breath. The supporters were instantly on his back with jeers as Tanahashi followed after Styles to the outside. And this is when Styles pounced with a sick Discus Lariat onto Tanahashi and then ran havoc stomping down Tanahashi on the floor. They battled near the commentator's desk as Styles took turns throwing The Ace into any piece of wall he could find. Styles was in Tanahashi's ear constantly, goading and abusing him. Eventually Styles tossed a bruised Tanahashi into the ring, climbing the top turnbuckle as he entered and flew off into a superb Senton Bomb on his still battered opponent. Styles went for the quick cover but Tanahashi kicked out at 1.5. However it truly was beginning to get dangerous now as AJ Styles took over total control of the match.

                                Styles would focus heavily on Tanahashi's back. He started with a surprise Backbreaker, a slew of Knee Drops and then two Standing Somersault Senton's to the lower back of the laid out Hiroshi Tanahashi. Styles mercilessly whipped Tanahashi into the corner and charged after him – but The Ace out of desperation flung Styles out of the ring as he went crashing to the outside, landing on his chest. The stadium roared as Tanahashi, clutching his back, painfully climbed the top turnbuckle. Tanahashi waited until Styles had got some piece of bearing and then flew off into a daredevil High Fly Flow Frog Splash – but Styles reversed it into a Dropkick in mid-air that sent Tanahashi crashing into the steel steps! This moment had thrown the stadium into chaotic reactions – it was so iconic of this entire rivalry. The cameras caught a close-up of Styles, even through his pain he flashed a devilish smile of satisfaction. The Outsider got to his feet, a disgusted look on his face as he pummelled hard fists into Tanahashi's face and then rolled him back inside the ring, and hooked the legs one...two...thr- kick out by Tanahashi! The supporters had quietened down considerably. Unable to stomach the domination of AJ Styles at this moment. But they would have reason to cheer a few minutes later when Hiroshi Tanahashi again with a lone spark came roaring back with his Sling Blade Spinning Sitout Sleeper Slam after Styles had attempted a tired Irish Whip. Styles tried to get up but Tanahashi ruthlessly Enzuigiri'd him back to the mat and fell down in exhaustion himself.

                                The damage to his back severely limited The Ace's movement while AJ Styles stared up at the lights barely conscious, still reeling from the Enzuigiri. Tanahashi went for the cover but at 2.5 Styles shouldered out of it. Chants for Tanahashi filled the atmosphere, people willed him on to finish Styles off. He heeded those calls, going to the corner as he mounted the top with true purpose, it had to be finished now. But as soon as he got up top, there he was again – AJ Styles, the anomaly, the curse on Tanahashi – Styles floated up to the top and brought Tanahashi crashing down to earth with a surreal Frankensteiner. Everyone saw on the giant screen a close-up of Tanahashi's painfully lost expression. It was as if fate would not allow him a victory. But a man must change his destiny. As AJ Styles stumbled over, Tanahashi pulled him by the arm and into an Inside Cradle 1...2...thr-Styles kicked out. Almost. Tanahashi and Styles struggled to their feet but Styles was a second quicker and nailed him with a desperate Pele Kick to the head. AJ Styles screamed at Tanahashi to “stay down” as he dragged The Ace up by his hair and landed such a vicious right hook followed by the Starmaker High Angle Belly-to-back Suplex. Tanahashi was pasted on the mat, nearly out cold as Styles hooked the legs, people could hardly believe it – 1...2...thr...NO! Tanahashi kicked out somehow and supporters inside The Dome exhaled in pure relief. The referee immediately went to Tanahashi's side to check on his upper back as he gasped in pain – but The Ace pushed him out of the way, to try and get up. Styles was at him instantly like a rabid dog, pounding on his back relentlessly as Tanahashi screamed out and clawed for the ropes, finally putting a hand on them as the ref came in between and pulled Styles off of him.

                                Hiroshi Tanahashi really was in a bad state as AJ Styles took a look around the Tokyo Dome, savouring the moment, his moment – but even a moment can cost you because in the very next second the crowd erupted - Tanahashi spring boarded off the top rope into a Flying Forearm Strike on Styles. The Outsider, bewildered tried to get up and swing at Tanahashi – but he ducked under and latched on delivering a devastating sickly angled Dragon Suplex into a Bridge. Everyone thought this was it,! Styles kicked out this time but he was clearly winded, spasming from the impact. Tanahashi 's war cry was heard around the stadium as he went at Styles, picking him by the legs and twisting them into a Cloverleaf. AJ Styles screamed out in agony – his hands outstretched . There was no way Tanahashi was going to let go as he roared for Styles to tap – pure emotion going into every detail of the submission as AJ Styles nearly pulled his own hair out in pain. The crowd was exploding – waiting for Styles to tap but those turned into gasps of horror – Styles pushed up with all his might – rolling under and pulling Tanahashi down and into a Figure Four Leglock! An animated AJ Styles abused Tanahashi as he wrenched the Figure Four but Tanahashi withstood somehow and twisted the Figure Four over and forced Styles to break the hold. Both men scrambled to their feet, knowing the other was a second away – Styles flew after Tanahashi who ducked under and jacked AJ with a Kinkasan High Angle German Suplex! Styles was down and out. For the first time in the match Tanahashi got up and pointed to the heavens – he felt sure he could finish AJ Styles now. Tanahashi had wrestled the match with absolute devotion, coming back from everything thrown at him. So sure was Hiroshi Tanahashi that Styles was down – but The Outsider had a will of his own. A will to carve out a path for himself in WPW no matter what – and he awoke, staggering to his feet as he watched the bruised Tanahashi, clutching his back which was cracking with pain, begin his climb to the top. There was absolute terror inside the Tokyo Dome. Time had slowed to a snails pace - people screamed at Tanahashi to turn around – too late. Styles staggered over, jumping up to the top turnbuckle just as Tanahashi was about to turn and face him - and pulled Tanahashi into the depths of hell with another Starmaker High Angle Belly-to-back this time a Superplex off the top turnbuckle! They did not want to see this, nobody wanted this – AJ Styles picked himself up, the realization coming to him as Tanahashi lay there nearly out cold. Styles pulled Tanahashi by the legs – mounted them and locked on Tanahashi's arms – Styles Clash. He collapsed atop The Ace – 1...2...THREE!!!

                                The Dome exploded into a near riot. The cameras broadcasting the event were shaking as AJ Styles collapsed on the side. He had struck at the very heart of WPW. At one of the best wrestlers in the company. At the pillar of the promotion. And he had won. The Outsider had just defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi. The foundations of the Tokyo Dome were shaking, just like the very foundations of WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. This was unthinkable – add to the fact that AJ Styles, The Outsider now had a WPW contract and a World Championship match to his name. The referee reluctantly raised Styles' hand – garbage was being thrown in Styles' direction as he shielded his face – barking his hatred for the supporters. Hiroshi Tanahashi just lay on the mat – his face buried under his arms. He would not get up. The people witnessing Battle at the Dome inside the Tokyo Dome stadium and worldwide on and iPPV had been shaken to their core. AJ Styles rolled out and made his way out of the stadium with the same security that he came with. It took two guards to even help him walk while the others acted as shields – everyone took turns trying to throw whatever they could find towards Styles. He was well guarded as he gave the middle finger to people who came close to abusing and spitting on him on the way up the stairwell to the exit. A close-up showed Hiroshi Tanahashi begin to sit up as the referee asked if he was okay. Tanahashi did not reply – he was staring into the distance, unable to react.

                                No matter what had just happened, the show had to go on. There was one more match left on this momentous night and it was for the most prestigious prize in professional wrestling, the WPW World Championship. Surely the two combatants had seen what had just happened – there was clear discontent inside the Tokyo Dome – people were anxious. Too much heartbreak had taken place already. A recap video set to “Just Like You Imagined” by Nine Inch Nails was shown of Samoa Joe's entire reign as champion starting from the Gold Rush Series in August 2012 when he defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the 2/3 Fall/Submissions match, and all his subsequent defences against Tanahashi, to the supporters turning on him and his increasing silence and withdrawal as champion – juxtaposed with the rise of KENTA in WPW to the hard fought victory against Homicide for the No. 1 Contendership at The Rising which had led to this moment. The music came to a dramatic climax of a piano solo - the last shot of the video showed KENTA's fist rising in the air while Joe raised the WPW Title to meet it. It was the continued dominance against the inevitable uprising, the constant against the destiny of change. The future was now.

                                The ring announcer directed everyone's attention to a hidden platform by the entrance gate. It was now fully lighted up and there were great cheers as a close-up showed a set of turntables and equipment, a capped figure stood and started spinning the surreal tunes from his world, the mythical DJ Krush was here. Even the most jaded supporters managed to picked themselves up as “Kemuri” spun out of Krush's set and thundered through the atmosphere. The No. 1 Contender, KENTA appeared from the entrance gate following a dazzling sepia laser show and pyrotechnics. Full support was given as people willed KENTA on to do the impossible – he pumped the crowd back in acknowledgement, feeling the energy inside the stadium as he made his way down towards the ring, saluting Krush on his way. KENTA immediately began warming up as he rolled inside, taking glances at the thousands upon thousands chanting his name non stop, until – the ominous “Game has Changed” echoed through the massive stadium. The lights went completely dark, shadows flickered – flames licked into the air from the entrance gate. And marching out of them came the WPW World Champion, towel over his head, the title slung over his shoulder, Samoa Joe. The frustration that had built up inside the stadium was all directed towards Joe as supporters jeered the World Champion's descent. A small minority however were as raucous as ever – among the 33,000 there was a group that roared on the Warrior of the Islands. The larger than life Samoa Joe climbed inside. The gold adorned World Championship was handed over to the official as both competitors were announced. Joe finally took the towel off his face and came to the middle of the ring, staring into the soul of KENTA who defiantly stared back.

                                The stadium was shaking as the two men looked at each other, unflinching – sweat was already running down both their faces. It had all built up to this very moment. And the bell rang - they stepped back to their corners. A giant opening roar came from the supporters as they began circling each other. Joe pounced, attempting a Shoot Kick – KENTA caught his leg and tried to pull him into a Cloverleaf but Joe kicked the challenger away. They paused for a moment, Joe on the mat looking up at KENTA, maybe, just maybe a hint of surprise – KENTA had his fists up, he motioned Joe with his fingers to come back at him and the crowd ate it up. The champion took his time getting to his feet – and this time as he feinted a right hook he caught KENTA with a knee to the gut and the clinic was open. Joe used his power advantage wisely – throwing KENTA into the corner and following up within a millisecond with a Splash and then a Corner Forearm Smash, followed by a CCS Enziguiri – a trifecta assault. KENTA collapsed to the mat as Joe went for the early cover but the challenger kicked out at 1.5. The champion immediately transitioned into a Sleeper Hold, wrenching it with a dangerously clean grip on KENTA's neck. Chants and calls for KENTA to fight back grew louder but Joe was having none of it – his sole focus was to cut off oxygen and it was working - KENTA was fading in and out. But he had energy in huge reserves and within moments he was pushing up at Joe's arms and forcing Joe to his feet and finally throwing the Samoan Submission Machine into the ropes – to follow up with the deadly Busaiku Knee Kick but he hit air – Joe had held on to the ropes and rolled outside. That was close. That was very, very close and it was evident that maybe, just maybe there was a hint of pressure now beginning to rumble through the heart.

                                Joe took his time to slowly get back inside, trying to stymy any momentum KENTA would have had – and again it worked perfectly as after a chain sequence he now had KENTA into the lethal Coquina Clutch. KENTA somehow elbowed out, pushing Joe away and this time the champion missed a swing and got caught with a crunching Neckbreaker. After nearly six minutes KENTA had landed his first offensive – and even that was not enough as Joe was already looking to get to his feet. KENTA immediately kicked Joe stiff in the back, and again, and again. Relentlessly the challenger kicked him and sent shivers up Joe's spine as the champion crawled to protect himself. KENTA crashed into Joe's head with a High Knee flooring the champion before he could get to the ropes. It was now his turn to cover, but Joe shouldered out at 1.5 defiantly. KENTA continued the offensive for the next minutes, unloading with every kick possible on Joe's unprotected back and face. The champion was cornered as he helplessly tried to fend off the vicious blades slicing into his core – and finally, as a brilliant counter he was able to catch KENTA's attempt at a Shining Wizard, and lift him up and over into a deadly Exploder Suplex to stop the onslaught. Joe snapped, laying fist after fist to KENTA's forehead and then threw KENTA into the corner as he buckled back out and into an overhead Belly-to-belly suplex. This was Samoa Joe's time – and the supporters knew what they were witnessing, they had seen it so many times before. The Warrior of the Islands pulled a groggy KENTA up and then Ole Kicked his face off. Again he pulled up KENTA almost instantly, the challenger as now reeling – Joe lifted KENTA up and threw him into the corner as KENTA lay pasted there. He went for a second Ole Kick – but to everyone's surprise KENTA just about had his wits, ducking under as Joe crashed leg first into the corner, grimacing in pain. KENTA pulled Joe's bad leg out, dropping the champ to the floor and locked in the Cloverleaf slap bang in the middle of the ring. The Tokyo Dome went berserk as KENTA screamed out for Joe to tap – the champion's face was a portrait of agony as he tried to reach the ropes, and made a great leap pulling KENTA along and finally got a hand to the bottom rope to force the break.

                                But KENTA was far from done - targeting Joe's right leg as he came back and stomped on the knee specifically with deadly precision. KENTA finally pulled Joe to his feet locking the right knee in and lifting Joe, slamming him down hard on his left leg. Joe went scrambling to the corner unable to maintain balance as KENTA stalked him methodically. There were claps in the audience – nobody had seen Joe neutralized like this in a long time. KENTA took a small run up and battered Joe groggy with a High Knee to the face. His domination would continue on Samoa Joe who seemed to find no break from the offensive on his right leg and face, even suffering a painful Dragon Screw Leg Whip from KENTA. The match was reaching the fifteen minute mark as the biggest flashpoint arrived – KENTA had clotheslined Joe onto the apron but Joe did not fall to the outside, holding the ropes with his fingertips – KENTA climbed the nearest corner to attempt a Missile Dropkick – but Samoa Joe, like the Leviathan of the deep, pulled KENTA off the top and Island Drivered KENTA off the top turnbuckle and out onto commentary desk! They crashed and burned, absolutely laid out on top of the remains. Monitors and wires lay scrambled next to the bodies as the shocked Matt Striker called for medics. There were chaotic roars inside the Dome as every single person stood to survey the damage. People had hands on their heads, shocked faces looked on as medical staff cleared past the debris to check on both combatants conditions. After an exhaustive few minutes the thumbs up was given to claps and roars of approval – both KENTA and Joe were somehow still able to continue.

                                Joe struggled to his feet, using most of the power from his left leg, squinting every time any pressure was on his right. The champion glanced over and saw that KENTA had begun to stir and picked up one of the TV monitors, smashing KENTA across the head with it. The official screamed in Joe's face and threatened to disqualify him but Joe just spat on his face to red heat from every corner of the stadium – Samoa Joe was too tired to hear this shit. He knew there was no way this match was going to be ended on a technicality. The damage meanwhile had opened up KENTA's forehead and blood began to pour down the challenger's face as a tired Samoa Joe dragged him up and rolled him into the ring with whatever energy he had left. Joe attempted to lift KENTA – KENTA reversed! Go 2 Sleep out of nowhere! The crowd was erupting, KENTA covered, this was it - 1...2...three-no! Joe, Joe, Joe! Just kicked out, just. KENTA collapsed. Everyone was in disbelief – KENTA now crawled with all his strength to the ropes. The seconds ticked away as he got to his feet – a blood trail left in the ring as he waited for Joe to get up – and he went for it – Busaiku Knee Kick – no, Joe ducked at the last moment and KENTA landed on the ropes, Joe came back – Enzuigiri to the busted head! A dazed Samoa Joe collapsed atop KENTA as the official counted 1...2...three-NO! KENTA got his shoulder up somehow! People could not take many more of these heart attack incuding calls. KENTA was just barely in contention. His eyes had lost all sharpness as he tried to find his bearings. Samoa Joe pulled KENTA back up, and Dragon Suplexed him stiff into the turnbuckle! There were gasps in the audience as KENTA bobbled off the turnbuckle and fell to the mat. It was looking increasingly like the end for KENTA, blood continuously poured down his face – he wasn't even moving. Joe dragged him to the middle went for the hook of the legs, this had to be it – 1...2...three-no! Kick out by KENTA AGAIN. The supporters roared defiantly back and Samoa Joe had a very hard time stomaching the kick-out, sitting to the side as he crawled to his feet and watched KENTA suffer through the pain – and he decided then and there that he would finish off the upstart, complete his domination and leave the WPW World Champion. Joe dragged KENTA up and again went to throw KENTA to the corner – but KENTA got whipped straight into the referee. The official collapsed from the impact. Joe raged, grabbed KENTA and this time smashed him into the corner – Joe staggered over mounting KENTA on his shoulders, they had seen this before – he lifted KENTA off – went for the Muscle Buster – and nailed it! Joe with the cover but there was no ref to count it!

                                It was riotous inside the dome, they thought they saw an official running down to the ring – but as soon as the man came into frame the roof literally blew off. His identity – it was the distraught Hiroshi Tanahashi – the fatigue dripping from his body, his eyes hypnotized on Joe! Tanahashi blasted past camera-men, clotheslining a medic to the floor – he went and grabbed a steel chair from ringside! Samoa Joe finally let go of the cover, and sat up looking towards the entrance gate groggily. He had not seen Tanahashi yet and was looking for a referee to come out. Joe stood up, checking on the knocked out official – The Ace climbed inside the ring from behind – time had stopped – the stadium was erupting – Samoa Joe slowly turned around – and got thwacked across the head with the steel chair by Tanahashi! And again, and again, again, again, again. Tanahashi unloaded on Joe with chair shot after chair shot. There was absolute pandemonium inside the stadium – the majority owner Naoki Sugabayashi came out from the back along with Kurt Angle. They brought with them every able bodied senior official in tow and ran down! They stopped at ringside as Tanahashi screamed out at them – he wasn't having any of it as he swung the chair wildly not letting them come inside the ring. Samoa Joe was now bleeding profusely from the chair shots, his eyes rolling – he STILL tried to stand! He tried to stand even after that but Tanahashi turned around and nailed him again with a final chair shot. Joe collapsed, he was out – he had to be. But it wasn't enough, it wasn't enough for Hiroshi Tanahashi – he walked past the two bodies of Joe and KENTA, climbed up top to the turnbuckle with the chair in hand – and nailed the High Fly Flow Frog Splash on Joe with the steel chair to the chest! Joe was near dead, his body spasmed from the impact. Tanahashi spat on him – dragging KENTA up by the hair – putting his body over Joe and slapping the official, literally shaking him off the ground. Sugabayashi and others tried to enter the ring but Tanahashi swung at them again – the official was now stirring – he began to count, the stadium was in disbelief 1...2...3!!!!

                                The music thundered through the stadium, and it was literally shaking – at what had just happened. They were all caught up in the moment, how it had come about they could not even begin to comprehend, not even Matt Striker over the audio who was going berserk – his words hardly coherent. KENTA's name was blasted through the PA system – he began to stir – the WPW World Championship was placed on his lap by the ringside staff – but he stared up, his crimson dripping face stared at Hiroshi Tanahashi – who just stood there, standing atop Samoa Joe's body. Looking down, emotionless. Naoki Sugabayashi was at a loss by ringside, so was Angle and every other official in the promotion. They just could not believe what they had just seen. The crowd, the people, the stadium was exploding. There was a new WPW World Champion. It had happened. Samoa Joe had been beaten, and at this very moment the Tokyo Dome did not care how – but they knew they would have to come to terms with it. KENTA could not come to terms, he dragged his body up – shivering. He had to look at the WPW World Championship in hazy disbelief. He looked across the ring at Hiroshi Tanahashi – to try to understand what had just taken place. Chaos. Pure chaos had broken out in the Tokyo Dome. The Battle at the Dome was over. The future had come.

                                Change is change. Only the interpretations are varied. Sometimes people see it as a gradual pattern - they can feel it happening around them. And then sometimes change just blows every preconceived notion, every grain of belief into oblivion, and arrives at the most unexpected moment. All we can do is adapt. WorldWide Progressive Wrestling was shaken to the very core. For good or for bad? That was not possible to say. It was just change, and everyone would have to adapt to it.

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