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[DarK_RaideR] Road to Glory, Chapter 3: The Spartan

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4 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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Non title match

Edward Cornell vs "The Rock and Roller" Sebastian Koller vs "The Lone Wolf" Okami

Cornell and Koller seem to be getting in an argument, with Cornell apparently angry about the recent Viper's Moshpit segment where he was again compared to his big cousin, Tommy. Okami, who doesn't care, attacks both men, then splits his strikes equally between the two to dominate the start of the match. Koller and Cornell quickly bounce back after the wake up call and overwhelm Okami, knocking him out so they can go at each other's throats. The back and forth fighting isn't anything special from a wrestling standpoint, but the intensity between these two and the stiffness of their strikes tells the emotional story behind their brawl. As soon as Cornell seems to have an advantage over Koller, a recovered Okami returns to the fight trying to take advantage, only to get caught in the Black Thunder Bomb as Cornell covers him for the pin.

Grade: D+ (50/100)

 

Cornell is handed the NGW Young Lion title, which he puts on his shoulder and walks backstage when a loud bang is heard. The double side doors burst open in a flash of red lights as an ambulance apparently rammed them open. The vehicle comes to an abrupt stop next to the ramp and out of the driver's seat comes...

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...Beast Bantom, charging at Cornell. The two men have a big brawl at ringside, with a fresh Bantom enjoying a distinct advantage over the fatigued champion. Bantom whips Cornell onto the front of the ambulance, before picking him up to powerbomb him on the hood, giving fans a little sample of what they can expect when these two clash at Ultimate Challenge.

Grade: C (65/100)

Spectacular. I would watch the hell out of this.

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So we have the British, the French and the Russians now.  I like the way this is going.  Love Frye's hat too!

 

Also, loving the storyline with Beast Bantom bringing the ambulance :) 

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Monday, July 24

 

Eat lighter, eat healthier

As usual, breakfast was oats with milk, almonds and tahini again. For lunch, I grabbed some meat on a stick and a banana/apple/mango smoothie. Post workout we had a falafel pocket each, so overall not a bad day nutrition-wise.

 

Keep working out

1/3 workouts for the week, did 12x2 Box Squats before a 7' AMRAP of 50 Double Unders and 10 Overhead Squats. Pretty happy with my Box Squat performance, technique felt easier than last time, was able to use a lower (20") box and even though the weight wasn't as much, the sheer volume of it all makes up for it. Fortunately, someone had forgotten their wrist wraps and I borrowed them for the WOD, but even so I only used an empty barbell as my arms still ached from all the climbing on Sunday.

 

Bullet Journalling done and most tasks completed. I really should take advantage of the lighter work schedule and proximity to home and finally call in a plumber.

 

2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

So we have the British, the French and the Russians now.  I like the way this is going.  Love Frye's hat too!

 

Also, loving the storyline with Beast Bantom bringing the ambulance :) 

The French were just checking in due to the show being held in France, not really a long term faction. Frye's hat is another image I requested on the game's forums, together with X-Wing pilot Frank De Pain. Gotta love the community. As for Bantom and the ambulance, he did say he'll end Cornell's career... ;)

 

Song of the day

 

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NGW presents: Ultimate Challenge 2011

Held at Trikala Pavillion Arena

March 2011, Attendance: 6.405

 

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Girl Power (Megumi Nakajima & Jeri Behr) vs Russian Power (Marat Khoklov & Ivan Ivanoff)

Ivan Ivanoff starts the match trying to overpower Nakajima, but every time he gets close he's rewarded with a stiff kick to the ribs or a forearm to the jaw. Frustrated, Ivanoff simply charges Nakajima, tackles her to the ground and beats her down. Dragging her to his corner, he tags in Marat who just drives his body mass onto the much smaller woman in the corner before tossing her over. The pin attempt is broken when Behr takes a diving splash onto Marat, who just throws her out of the ring again before tagging Ivanoff in to inflict more damage on Nakajima. The Japanese wrestler manages to grab a hold of Ivan's leg and execute a takedown, putting him in a submission hold. Bigger and stronger, Ivanoff easily makes it to the ropes, but that allows Nakajima to tag in Behr. After hitting a few impactful moves, she goes for the pin but Marat lifts her up to break it. Behr runs to the ropes, where Nakajima taps her on the back for the tag, then hits Marat like a human missile. Staggering, Marat doesn't realize that Nakajima has put his partner in the Nakajima Straight Jacket and Ivanoff quickly passes out, giving the victory to Girl Power.

Grade: D+ (51/100)

 

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Frank De Pain comes down to the ring mic in hand, shaking his head at the outcome of the opening match. He points out he's defeated both Nakajima and Behr, so effectively this means he's good enough to beat Marat Khoklov, though he was never given the opportunity he clearly deserves because for years, NGW has put women like Viv Jacobs and Geena the Warrior Princess before him. With neither of them seemingly around anymore and every other female beat by him, he says he's run out of opponents, issuing an open challenge to anyone willing to face him and be ashamed in defeat.

Grade: D (43/100)

 

Lights go out and an all too familiar keyboard melody sends fans into a frenzy as lights flicker to the intro music

 

Some people get by... with a little understanding...

 

The song builds up and so does excitement, until the first guitar riff hits and all the lights focus at the top of the entrance ramp.

 

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Clad in a spectacular black outfit complete with fitting makeup, the newcomer makes her entrance and fans lose it when she's announced as "The Gothic Grappler, Fusae Etsuko". Commentary team explain that you shouldn't let her small stature fool you, this woman is famous the world over for her in-ring skills and a long time nemesis of Geena the Warrior Princess in Burning Hammer of the Wrestling Goddesses. Meanwhile, Etsuko is mesmerizing as she's doing her weirdo entrance into the ring, ending with her turning her attention to an unimpressed Frank De Pain clapping in irony.

Grade: B+ (86/100)

 

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Frank De Pain vs "The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko

Things are off to a slow start, as both wrestlers are feeling each other's style out. Though disrespectful as usual, Frank is wary of an opponent he recognizes as serious competition. Etsuko plays to that, pretending to attack but instead doing weird faces to get under Frank's skin and make him lose his cool. A few actual lockups quickly end with Etsuko easily getting the advantage, leading to a standoff where Frank rethinks his strategy and Etsuko just beckons at him to come get some for real. Eventually, the Dutchman sticks with what brought him to the dance and gets moving around the ring, building velocity and momentum for some aerial offense. Etsuko is shaken from the impact but it's because of the size and weight difference as she doesn't seem to be taking any real damage. Once Frank has pulled off a few moves, she puts the brakes on him with a decapitating lariat. Back to the mat wrestling, Etsuko focuses on Frank's neck and seems to be enjoying his screams, yanking to inflict more pain whenever she can. Flopping like a fish, Frank manages to roll over and force a pinning predicament to get the hold released, before hitting the ropes for a few more flashy aerial moves. Though he does connect, the landing isn't easy and it's apparent his neck has been damaged. His saving grace is that he's managed to tire Etsuko who's gasping for a breath, but still her technical excellence allows her to reverse an attempt at an Orange Wave into her own "Darkness Falls" finisher, a simple yet ultra stiff kick that knocks Frank out cold for the pin.

Grade: D+ (50/100)

 

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NGW Young Lion title Ambulance match

Edward Cornell vs Beast Bantom

The ambulance driven to the side of the ramp has fans cheering as it signals the upcoming match. Cornell makes a somewhat cocky entrance, seemingly sure of his victory, while Bantom just oozes bad intentions. As soon as the bell rings, the two men are on each other's throats and it's a slugfest. Really early in the match, Bantom hits the Savage Pounce and takes down Cornell, who he then rolls out of the ring. Bantom produces a mop from under the ring apron, which he disrespectfully wipes on Cornell's face before whacking him with it so hard it bends. He then takes one half and uses it to apply a chokehold on Cornell, taking the air out of his lungs so he can pick him up for a running powerbomb onto the steel railing that separates the front row audience from the ringside area. Lying on the ground, a desperate Cornell manages to kick Bantom in the balls, taking advantage of the fact there's no disqualifications in this match. This allows Cornell some time and space to get up, beat up a bent over Bantom on his back and then take him down with a spinebuster. Dragging his fallen foe around ringside, Cornell brings him to the announcers' table and hits the Black Thunder Bomb, driving Bantom's body through the table. Shifting in the splinters, both men struggle to get up and once they do, they grab each other by the hair and trade blows to the face. Bantom breaks it up by stepping forward and grabbing Cornell into a bearhug. Realizing he hasn''t got the strength or stamina to keep him in it, Bantom turns it into a belly to belly suplex and Cornell's back lands hard on the ring apron. Again, Bantom reaches under the ring and pulls out a weapon, this time a baseball bat but swings wide as Cornell dodges and pulls Bantom's head to drive him head first into the steel ringpost. Using the bat, Cornell goes low once again for good measure and swings between Bantom's legs. Seemingly incapacitated, Bantom is dragged towards the ambulance before Cornell picks up the stretcher to slam it on his fallen foe. Writhing in pain, Bantom is barely able to fight back as Cornell straps him to the stretcher. Instead of putting him in the back of the vehicle, Cornell takes advantage of a helpless, trapped Bantom to beat him down a little more, culminating to him climbing the roof of the ambulance to come down with an elbow drop. Once he's finally had enough, Cornell drags the stretchered Bantom to the back, puts in whatever strength he's got left in him after such a physical match and gets the man inside. In one last vengeful fit, Cornell places Bantom's head in position to slam it hard with the ambulance door, then kicks the stretcher properly in before slamming the door shut to win the match and keep the title as fans stand in confused silence from the carnage they've witnessed, some even hastily cheering in sympathy for Bantom.

Grade: C- (56/100)

 

 

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Fitness Fury (Viper McKenna & Petter Eriksson)

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Violent Mood Swings (Adam Matravers & Robert Howard)

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The Addams Family (Jimmy & Kalvin Addams)

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Landon Mallory & Hercules Johansson

Despite this being a 4 way tag team match, teams belonging in the same faction work together against the other two teams. Everyone gets their time to do a few moves and while everyone expects the incompetent henchmen to be eliminated first, it's actually Landon Mallory who taps out to McKenna's Single Leg Crab as miscommunication has his partner brawling with Robert Howard at ringside instead of helping him by breaking up the pin. This of course leads to the comical situation of the Addams Family having to stand their ground against both Fitness Fury and Violent Mood Swings. Though they try to retreat, Jimmy and Kalvin can't get past four opponents who drag them back into the ring and hit them with both Fists of Fury then Highs and Lows to pin and eliminate them. It comes down to the two babyface teams, who realize they've won the battle against Stars of the Show so they might as well put up a good fight for the rest of the match. Shaking hands in mutual respect and sportsmanship, the two teams are off to a straightforward tag team match. The finish sees Matravers knock McKenna off the apron with an aerial attack off the ropes. Viper bumps her head on her way down and is out cold, leaving Petter Eriksson with no one to turn to. The big Norwegian tries his best but by this point everyone's too exhausted and the numbers advantage favors Violent Mood Swings, who hit him first with a Chaos Theory and then a Mile High Moonsault for the pin.

Grade: D+ (53/100)

 

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#1 Contender for the NextGen championship match

Shiro Akuma vs Champagne Lover

The two men know each other inside out and it shows in their fight as they both evade and reverse each other's moves in a spectacle of move, countermove and chain wrestling. Pressing his size and power advantage, Champagne Lover leans towards using a lot of his puroresu based offense, which coupled with Akuma's super junior aerial style make this look like a match that could well take place in the land of the rising sun. Despite his occasional fits and shivers, Akuma seems to be faring better in the match, which in turn forces Lover to switch to a more classic lucha libre offense, blending high flying with some hard suplexes. This balances out the playing field and things turn around, as the two men are evenly matched and the difference maker now is Akuma's struggle for internal control. Champagne Lover isn't going to let this opportunity slide and he manages to get Akuma in a headlock for his Lover Stunner finisher, when he abruptly stops and releases, his hand tangled up in something around Akuma's neck. Pulling it free, Champagne Lover looks thunderstruck as he gazes at the jewelry in his hands. Camera gets a shot at it, a locket that he pops open to reveal his photo on one side and on the other, that of Tara Green.

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NGW's color commentator is watching the scene with sadistic pleasure and when Lover turns to face her, she stands up, takes off the headphones and walks to the ring as the two argue loudly. Green enters the ring and cradles the fallen Akuma in her arms, a scene Champagne Lover immediately breaks up. The argument continues as Akuma recovers in the background, with Tara Green saying she gave the locket to Akuma because of Lover's "multiple interests" in other women. Furious, the Mexican raises a hand to slap her, but before he can do it, Akuma grabs him from behind and hits the Akuma Cradle, one, two, three, Shiro Akuma is the new #1 contender.

Grade: C- (62/100)

 

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Tag Team Tournament finals for the NGW Tag Team titles

Cream of the Crop (Vice-Admiral Nelson Frye & Christopher Lister) vs Top Dogs (John Silver & Leo Harrison)

Harrison and Frye start the match, with Frye offering a handshake that Harrison refuses, kicking him in the gut instead. Aware that he can't brawl with his heavyweight opponent, Harrison goes for the headlock and a submission-based approach. Too fresh for that, Frye powers out of the holds and brawls Harrison around, eventually knocking him down with a flying shoulder block he hits with surprising grace for his size and usual style. Lister gets tagged in and waits for Harrison to get back up, something Leo uses to surprise his opponent. Harrison gets Lister to his corner and tags Silver in, who in turn brawls Lister in the corner until the ref breaks it up. A surprise Kanobi Kutter leads to a pin attempt that Harrison breaks up fast, but Lister gets up first and is still in control. Using a style that's a direct throwback to the 80s, Lister hits Silver hard with some big shots before getting him in oldschool submission holds. Frye comes in and continues with the brawling, the pace of the match keeping Silver on the defensive. Being in total control of the match leads to showboating from Frye, allowing Silver a quick escape to give the hot tag to Harrison. Leo jumps Frye from behind and pulls his feet to drop him down face first. Meanwhile, Silver has climbed to the top rope and hits a Silversault on Frye, but Leo's pin is broken up by Lister. Furious, Harrison hits the PRIDE Driver on Lister, but Frye is still the legal man and up on his feet. Running on adrenaline, Harrison spears Frye to the mat and tags Silver in, who goes for another Silversault. Frye gets the knees up to give Silver a hard landing, then floats over to lock in the Royal Armbar. Harrison comes in to break it up and walks straight into a Kanobi Kutter from the recovered Lister, which takes him out. Caught in the middle of the ring and with no one to save him, Silver is forced to tap and Cream of the Crop win the tournament to get the revamped NGW Tag Team titles.

Grade: B- (74/100)

 

Show Grade: C+ (70/100)

Ratings: 0.15 (112.500 viewers)

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I cannot decide which match was my favorite. That was amazing, start to finish. Seeing the girls take down the Russians was amazing, what I've been waiting for since Marat was introduced. Everything else was incredible as well, and the finish was electric.

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Once again, appreciate your words of encouragement, Tank. Like you pointed out upon your return from the honeymoon, my writing and storytelling have indeed picked up. I've finally settled down to a basic roster of characters and with no trimming or chasing new signings, the biggest thing since has been direction. I know where I want to go with every character, every narrative, every feud. I think it comes across that with Ultimate Challenge I knew the exact story I wanted to tell with every match and none of them were fillers, every match was there for a reason and to advance a certain narrative.

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8 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I cannot decide which match was my favorite. That was amazing, start to finish. Seeing the girls take down the Russians was amazing, what I've been waiting for since Marat was introduced. Everything else was incredible as well, and the finish was electric.

It would have taken me more words to say what Tank just did here...

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13 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

every match was there for a reason and to advance a certain narrative.

It shows.  We as the audience may not know where the story is going, but it feels like an actual show with plot lines, rather than a bunch of random matches.

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Tuesday, July 25

Uhm, we got to watch "Gimme Danger" at night, so that's something.

 

Eat lighter, eat healthier

In a twist of the usual stuff, breakfast was yoghurt with tahini, almonds and honey. Brought lentils to work with some feta cheese, but the portion was so small I came back home starving, therefore proceeded to stuff my face with a bit of cheese, a fig and sesame treat and a banana, before I regained control and made the rest of the yoghurt into something with more tahini, honey and almonds. Oh I also had some fruit juice at noon before that. Dinner was rice with shrooms, peppers and blue cheese that the SRLF cooked.

 

Keep working out

Rest day

 

Forgot to do my Bullet Journalling or look into calling a plumber.

 

15 hours ago, EricMN said:

It would have taken me more words to say what Tank just did here...

As usual, people basically agree with whatever Tank said :D

 

2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

It shows.  We as the audience may not know where the story is going, but it feels like an actual show with plot lines, rather than a bunch of random matches.

That's exactly what I meant. Glad it feels interesting as a read.

 

Song of the day

Still not sure if this or "Down on the Street" is my favorite Stooges song ever

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NGW presents: Back to the Future

Episode 25 (Monday, Week 1 of April 2011)

Held at Plaza Del Navarre in Spain

Attendance: 1.000

 

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The Addams Family (Jimmy & Kalvin Addams) vs The Falcons (Dark Falcon & Super Falcon)

The Falcons come out to a lukewarm reaction from the crowd. Hometown heroes pop aside, anyone who knows these two (including die-hard fans who remember their short stint with NGW) is used to seeing them fight each other. The opening match is less about actual wrestling and more about firing up the crowd in what looks like a duo of superheroes taking on two henchmen lieutenants. Striking a good balance between comedy, goofy gimmicky fun and an actual sports like performance, the match is entertaining enough for the ten or so minutes it lasts before the Addams Family take advantage of the arguing between their opponents and hit Super Falcon with a Spike DDT for the win.

Grade: E+ (32/100)

 

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Backstage, Ivan Ivanoff is facing the ire of Marat Khoklov for losing to Girl Power at Ultimate Challenge. Not one to take failures lightly, Marat doesn't want to hear anything about Ivan being used to working with his brother Igor. Instead, he says Ivan's incompetence made him look bad too, so he better make up for it if he and his brothers want to keep the Czars going.

Grade: C- (59/100)

 

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Edward Cornell comes down to the ring, his brand new NGW Young Lion title around his waist. Fans cheer but Cornell tells them to shut up, before cutting an angry promo. He says no matter what he does, people keep comparing him to "Rough Justice" Tommy Cornell and he's sick of it. He says fans took to social media after Ultimate Challenge to downplay his victory, some even saying it's not as big as when Tommy won the NextGen title. Cornell says he's tired of comparisons, tired of trying to live up to the weight of his surname and tired of living in his big cousin's shadow. From now on, he is his own man and he will prove that he is the Alpha Male of the family.

Grade: C- (56/100)

 

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Once again settled in a room of the arena they've taken over and converted to their liking, Rock and Roll welcome viewers to another episode of Viper's Moshpit. Their topic is none other than the arrival of Fusae Etsuko to NGW and they play footage from Ultimate Challenge over which they provide commentary. While they can't argue with her in-ring skills, the trio mock her entire gothic look and wacky faces, which then leads to a long discussion between them about gothic music, its fans and the whole subculture, which of course they run down, before they suddenly remember they've got a match coming up.

Grade: C- (54/100)

 

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"The Lone Wolf" Okami vs Petter Eriksson (with Viper McKenna)

Viper leads Petter to the ring and stays on his corner as a manager. After an ironic look over the duo, the Lone Wolf goes into combat mode and paces around his opponent. Swiftly dodging the big man's blows, he counters with knees to the gut and big elbow shots to the Norwegian's head. This angers Eriksson, who loses it and attacks Okami like a drunken brawler. With size and power on his side, Eriksson has no trouble manhandling the smaller Japanese wrestler around. When he goes to lift him up for the finisher however, Okami escapes with more punches and elbow shots to the head. Viper feels the momentum shift and climbs the apron to distract Okami as he sets up Petter for his own finisher. Referee tells McKenna to back off, but the short distraction is enough for Eriksson to recover and hit Okami with the Northern Lights Bomb for the pin.

Grade: D (42/100)

 

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Backstage, Hercules Johansson walks up to the Top Dogs, saying he can't find General Manager Travis Cool so he'll tell them instead. Asking for a chance to get his hands on any member of the Czars, his request is shot down when Silver and Harrison remind him he didn't just lose the match at Ultimate Challenge, his team was the first eliminated and that doesn't exactly put him in a spot where he can ask for things. Anger turns to disappointment, but Johansson finally accepts that he'll have to do better if he hopes to be heard and nods in understanding before walking away.

Grade: D (46/100)

 

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Sporting their brand new NGW Tag Team titles, Cream of the Crop come out to a huge reaction from the crowd. The duo go through their fights in the Tag Team Tournament, saying it feels good to be champions again, but every champion is as good as the one he beat to become or remain champion. That said, they need a contender. Cream of the Crop remind everyone they've always been fighting champions, as well as the fact that they've been the longest reigning NGW Tag Team champions, a feat they plan to repeat as they'll be looking to break their previous record.

Grade: B- (72/100)

 

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Back in the locker room, Ivan Ivanoff is shown sneaking up on the #1 contender to Marat Khoklov's NextGen title, Shiro Akuma. His intentions are obvious, especially since he's holding a sledgehammer. Raising it with every step, he gets in range behind his target, who's oblivious as he has his back turned, lost in meditation. Ivanoff takes a breath before bringing the hammer down, then the lights go out. A gutteral sound is heard, initially like a growl but it slowly turns into laughter. Banging noises follow, coupled with the sound of glass shattering and people grunting. The signs of struggle are heard for a while, then the lights come back on. Akuma is still sitting down with his back turned, meditating and oblivious to a battered and bruised Ivanoff lying in a pool of his own blood behind him. A third figure steps into the scene, holding the sledgehammer, which he drops on the floor. The clang seems to wake Akuma up, who turns around and sees the scene. What seems to shock him most though, is the figure standing.

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Grade: C- (54/100)

 

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Landon Mallory vs Hugo Lopes

After years of absence, one of the first members of the original NGW starting roster makes his return, this time upon a much grander stage. Hugo Lopes is obviously excited to be back and the local fans welcome the popular high flyer. Landon Mallory doesn't look too impressed though and he takes it upon himself to show the old timer that things have changed since the last time he was around. With big hits and slams, he pounds Lopes like a bull let loose. The Portuguese wrestler has a few moments to shine with a couple of comebacks that give him just enough time to pull of some flying move and excite the fans, but it's never enough to take the fight to Mallory, who gets a clean win with a Springbok Ram.

Grade: D- (37/100)

 

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Returning from commercial, Violent Mood Swings come out for a word. In what turns out to be an entertaining back and forth between a chill Matravers and an intense Howard, the team call out Top Dogs to be true to their word all the way. As the winners of the four way tag team match at Ultimate Challenge, the duo demands a match against the leading duo of Stars of the Show at this month's event, Walk through Fire.

Grade: C- (55/100)

 

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Once again, Champagne Lover and Tara Green are having an argument backstage. Lover is still furious at Green's betrayal that cost him the #1 contender match at Ultimate Challenge, to which Green responds with the man's multiple betrayals every time he was around another woman. Turning her jealousy to eleven, Green wonders if the newcomer Fusae Etsuko will be the next victim of his charms. Saying he's had enough, Champagne Lover puts an abrupt end to the argument and walks away, slamming the door.

Grade: C- (54/100)

 

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Submission match

"The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko vs Louis Figo Manico

The main event is set to be a spectacle for the ages, as hot newcomer Fusae Etsuko will be facing the greatest wrestler to come out of Iberia and perhaps one of the greatest European wrestlers ever, Louis Figo Manico. Announcers point out Manico was also the founder of Ultimate Combat Ring, the biggest wrestling promotion to ever exist in Europe before it's closure in the late 90s. Of course, they add, NGW has by now grown beyond the point UCR was ever able to achieve and things have turned around to the point where we are now witnessing this match. The bout itself starts slow and though the two opponents have a huge difference in terms of size and power, Manico takes his time to size up Etsuko instead of just jumping into the fight. With both wrestlers renowned for their technical prowess, things kick off with plenty of chain wrestling, hold for hold, counter for counter as the two work a real chess game of a match on the mat. That is probably the reason why they were booked in a submission match in the first place. Despite his 42 years of age and a long absence from active competition, Manico is still every bit as dangerous, especially since his fighting style isn't that reliant on flying or power moves. Etsuko on the other hand is able to go toe to toe with the experienced big man, screaming in delight with every painful hold she puts him in. Coupled with her crazy facial expressions, Etsuko's ways portray her as a sadistic woman out to break the bones of the living legend, specifically his knee that she works over with a variety of submission holds. It's clear Etsuko is looking to take out Manico's base and bring him down to her size, but that's easier said than done. Hometown crowd is firmly behind Manico and their support allows him to get a second wind to fight back, though Etsuko smartly rolls out of the ring once she realizes he's in control of the match. Denying the fans what they wanted to see, she's booed but doesn't seem to care. Manico goes out to drag her back in and Etsuko catches him between the ropes to trap his leg in a hold assisted by the ropes. Ref counts and she breaks it up before he reaches five to disqualify her, but the damage has been inflicted nonetheless and Manico has trouble putting on weight on one leg. Kicking it hard from behind after she's returned to the ring, Etsuko forces him down to one knee, then hits him with Darkness Falls. Since the match can't end by pinfall, she grabs Manico's thick neck in a sleeper hold till the referee raises his hand three times to check for consciousness. When Manico's hand falls down for the third time, the bell rings and Etsuko wins while medics rush in to check on a knocked out Manico and the announcers point out the symbolism of the match with the veteran UCR founder passing out just like his company and losing to a young up and coming NGW talent to pass the torch.

Grade: C- (54/100)

 

Show Grade: D+ (51/100)

Ratings: 0.12 (90.000 viewers)

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Travis Cool goes missing and Akuma's evil master show up at the same time. I'm guess that these aren't directly related, but it would be hilarious if they were linked in some way

 

Can't wait to see who CotC face next

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2 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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Edward Cornell comes down to the ring, his brand new NGW Young Lion title around his waist. Fans cheer but Cornell tells them to shut up, before cutting an angry promo. He says no matter what he does, people keep comparing him to "Rough Justice" Tommy Cornell and he's sick of it. He says fans took to social media after Ultimate Challenge to downplay his victory, some even saying it's not as big as when Tommy won the NextGen title. Cornell says he's tired of comparisons, tired of trying to live up to the weight of his surname and tired of living in his big cousin's shadow. From now on, he is his own man and he will prove that he is the Alpha Male of the family.

Grade: C- (56/100)

This seems like it's headed in an epic direction...

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Wednesday, July 26

Those of you connected with me via the Book of Feces Faces might have noticed a few animal-related posts recently (in Greek). That's because somebody tried to poison our coach's rescued dogs a couple of days back. Two of them (Conan and the three legged Romeo) made it, but the other two (Zombie and Kite) didn't. Last night, we volunteered to help him put up posters in the neighborhood, asking locals to speak up if they've seen anything. Frankly, the man isn't too optimistic about catching the perpetrator, but he can't just leave things be. Most likely he wants to raise awareness, scare the killer away from returning to finish the job and probably let people know that just because they keep their dogs within their own premises doesn't mean it's safe. Which makes the move all the more altruistic and awesome.

 

Eat lighter, eat healthier

Breakfast was yoghurt with tahini, almonds and honey as usual. This time I remembered to bring enough lentils, but no feta cheese. There was also a tiny non sugar energy bar the SRLF got me, plus a banana that I didn't have cause I was full. Things went downhill from there, as I had a can of monster post-workout and then after we were done with the posters, coach threw a feast to thank us and celebrate the memory of his two pups.

 

Keep working out

2/3 workouts for the week, with a spankin' new bench press PR, a push press PR and a tough workout. Details here. I should probably count all the walking too, especially since it was done at an incline (not to mention the stairs) but nothing will save me from what we ate and drank after.

 

Bullet Journalling up to speed but nothing as far as the plumber goes.

 

20 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Travis Cool goes missing and Akuma's evil master show up at the same time. I'm guess that these aren't directly related, but it would be hilarious if they were linked in some way

Maybe they aren't, maybe they are. Maybe you just gave me an idea and they might be eventually.

 

18 hours ago, EricMN said:

This seems like it's headed in an epic direction...

With his whole background, it makes sense. Plus he's developed enough to outgrow the bland generic goody two shoes babyface gimmick and get some depth of character. I just pulled the trigger after his title win because it tied everything together. Now if only I could somehow bring big cousin Tommy back into the fold...

 

Song of the day

 

 

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NGW presents: Back to the Future

Episode 26 (Monday, Week 2 of April 2011)

Held in Central Europe

Attendance: 2.900

 

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Mainstream Hernandez and Vita are backstage discussing match tactics as the manager hypes her client. Champagne Lover walks by with a smile of irony on his face, which Hernandez seems to completely miss as he says hello in his usual happy fashion. Lover tells the couple to keep working, as Hernandez has a long way to go before he can play with the big boys such as himself. Vita though, he adds, is welcome to play with him anytime. Before she can respond to his slimy firting, the sound of heels clicking on floor tiles is heard. Someone's coming.

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Jasmine Perolt walks in, saying she just happened to overhear part of their discussion and she could use something to play with since she's bored. Not needing to be asked twice, Champagne Lover wraps an arm around her and walks her away, saying it's Vita's loss if she wants to play hard to get.

Grade: D (47/100)

 

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Marat Khoklov and Ivan Ivanoff come out, before a recovered Igor Ivanoff joins them. Reunited, the Czars announce it's time to continue where they left off and that was the final stage of the Tag Team Tournament. Come Walk Through Fire, they will do what they should have done at Ultimate Challenge and that's take the NGW Tag Team Titles.

Grade: D- (40/100)

 

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The Addams Family are chatting backstage about their place in Stars of the Show. With Travis Cool missing, the Top Dogs had to take up leadership, which must be distracting them from the wrestling, clearly the reason they lost at the finals of the Tag Team Tournament. The Johanssons are in hiatus after Bam Bam's serious injury, Bantom is hospitalized after his ambulance match against Cornell and Landon Mallory is nowhere to be found. It is clear for the brothers they need to find a new employer, but the Czars are not an option. Marat is too scary and since they're not Russian themselves, they don't think they have a chance. That's when an eerie voice is heard, saying their new master has come for them.

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Turning around, the Addams brothers see a face NGW fans have become familiar with as of late. The odd figure is clad in a torn leather trenchcoat, stained with blood and rust all over. As if mesmerized, Jimmy and Kalvin stand up, slowly walking towards the figure like zombies. Just before getting in his face, they get down on one knee and bow their heads. Lights flicker for a while, then the strange voice commands them to stand up.

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Grade: D+ (50/100)

 

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The #1 contender Shiro Akuma comes out to the ring to a massive cheer from the crowd. After making his flashy entrance, he asks for a microphone. Citing his upcoming title match against Marat Khoklov at Walk Through Fire, Akuma points above. Suspended over the ring is a cage, which gets slowly lowered down. Saying he wants to avoid interference by the Ivanoff Brothers, Champagne Lover or... someone else of his many enemies, he wants the match to take place inside a cage. That is, if Marat has the guts to accept.

Grade: C (65/100)

 

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Shiro Akuma vs Cub Balowitz

NGW alumni and one half of Eastern Block, the last Tag Team champions before the titles were retired, Cub Balowitz comes out to enter the cage. Given his legitimate martial arts background, Cub tries to turn the match into an MMA fight, looking for a quick victory. Fast strikes connect but he's unable to catch the slick Akuma into a submission hold. No stranger to fast paced matches himself, Akuma gets some distance between himself and Balowitz, which then allows him to hit some high flying moves. Showing intensity and aggression, Akuma never takes his foot of the pedal, ultimately hitting an Akuma Cradle Shock to score the pin.

Grade: D+ (53/100)

 

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John Silver and Leo Harrison are walking down a backstage corridor when a strange smell hits their nostrils. Searching for its origin, they end up knocking on a nondescript door. Clearly zoned out of this world, Adam Matravers answers the door. Behind him, the room is a mess and it doesn't take long for the owner and head booker of the company to get angry. Pulling Matravers apart, the Louisiana Pitbull Robert Howard takes his place, his heavyweight frame completely blocking the door. Snorting and showing his teeth much like an angry dog, he quickly shuts them down. Top Dogs back off from the fight, but they swear Rock and Roll won't get away with this.

Grade: C (64/100)

 

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Hercules Johansson vs Mainstream Hernandez (with Vita)

The charismatic Canadian is up for a tough fight against the monstrous Norwegian. None of his impressive aerial moves do any real damage to Johansson, who manhandles Hernandez and throws him around like a rag doll. At ringside, Vita shouts instructions at her client/boyfriend but this is clearly a fight he cannot hope to win. Excitement leads Vita to climb up on the apron and the adrenaline is so much, she ends up screaming things in her native Swedish tongue. Somehow this seems to flick a switch in Johansson's mind, who turns to say something to her in Norwegian. Running on instinct and desperation, Hernandez hits his Apparition #4 finisher out of nowhere, drops Johansson and covers him. Hercules gets a shoulder up, but referee Gary Garret says it was a split second after he'd reached the three count and awards the underdog victory to Mainstream Hernandez.

Grade: D- (37/100)

 

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The trio of Viper McKenna, Petter Eriksson and Sebastian Koller are rocking out to Guns and Roses when Fusae Etsuko walks in. Faced with her in person, the trio pauses for an awkward moment, but then fear and surprise turn into laughter as they take a better look at her black outfit, decorated with lace and a sliver spiderweb pattern. Viper makes a remark about her and Etsuko being in the main event tonight and how Etsuko acts all mysterious and insecure and takes out the frustration of a world that doesn't "get her" in the ring like she's stuck in a perpetual angsty adolescence. The two men join in, throwing up the horns and generally acting out like teenage metalheads themselves. Unresponsive up to this point, Etsuko simply turns towards the stereo and literally makes it explode when she hits her Darkness Falls kick, driving her foot through the device to slice it in two. She then turns around to point a finger at Viper McKenna first, then the stereo's remains, before walking away.

Grade: C (66/100)

 

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Backstage, Cream of the Crop walk up to Edward Cornell. All three men carrying their respective title belts on their shoulders, Lister and Frye congratulate Cornell on his big win. Joking about being able to teach him a thing or two about how to be a proper, role model champion, Cornell gets all jumpy and defensive telling them he doesn't need directions from anyone. Nor does he need any more witty jokes, or comparisons to big Tommy and certainly he doesn't want any of that "England expects that every man will do his part" stuff. Enraged, Cornell rushes away, leaving Lister and Frye to look at each other in confusion.

Grade: C (67/100)

 

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"The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko vs Viper McKenna

Once again, Etsuko is in the main event against a technician, though admittedly McKenna is nowhere near the caliber of Louis Figo Manico and this is not a submission match. The match starts with McKenna's biting remarks on Matsuko, for which she gets a slap before being put in a headlock. Instead of transitioning into another hold, Etsuko just lets go, apparently wishing to only show dominance and piss off her opponent. This is enough of a wakeup call for McKenna and angers her enough to get her wrestling properly as the match begins to resemble an amateur wrestling contest. Careful observers might notice that McKenna's style is worthy of her 'Viper' nickname as she slides with snake-like grace between holds. Etsuko on the other hand sticks to lesser submission holds but applies them for much longer and with a lot more leverage to maximize the pain. Announce Mark Stanford picks up on Etsuko's spiderweb outfit and makes a cheesy comment about this being spider versus viper, to which color commentator Tara Green responds with a grumble. Excitement picks up when Etsuko turns a waistlock hold into a thundering suplex, which in turns fires up McKenna enough to start hitting her opponent with kicks to the ribs.Stiff shots are Etsuko's game though and she only needs a single kick on McKenna's knee to send her down screaming in pain. Totally in control of the match, Etsuko introduces some high flying off the ropes, taking advantage of her small stature.

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Rushing in to save their friend, Eriksson and Koller make it just in time. Koller blocks Darkness Falls just before it can connect with McKenna's head, then Eriksson comes from behind to grapple Etsuko and pull her away. The two men check on McKenna and try to help her up, but she's unable to put any weight on her knee. Meanwhile, Etsuko is arguing with the referee, who finally calls for the bell and gives her the win via disqualification due to interference.

Grade: C (64/100)

 

Show Grade: C (61/100)

Ratings: 0.15 (112.500 viewers)

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Addams Family are moving up in the world. Finally they have a chance to amout to sonething more than a couple of jokers who lie down on the mat to throw a match.

 

Also, looks like evil bossdude is getting a crew to rival the Russian mafia in evilness, giving further contrast to the gentlemen CotC

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6 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Now if only I could somehow bring big cousin Tommy back into the fold...

This is what I've been hoping for since you introduced the whole "Cousin Eddie with a chip on his shoulder" angle.

 

4 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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The #1 contender Shiro Akuma comes out to the ring to a massive cheer from the crowd. After making his flashy entrance, he asks for a microphone. Citing his upcoming title match against Marat Khoklov at Walk Through Fire, Akuma points above. Suspended over the ring is a cage, which gets slowly lowered down. Saying he wants to avoid interference by the Ivanoff Brothers, Champagne Lover or... someone else of his many enemies, he wants the match to take place inside a cage. That is, if Marat has the guts to accept.

Grade: C (65/100)

Love it...

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On 7/26/2017 at 4:57 AM, DarK_RaideR said:

 

On 7/25/2017 at 0:55 PM, EricMN said:

It would have taken me more words to say what Tank just did here...

As usual, people basically agree with whatever Tank said :D

 

Gonna have to agree with this too. @Tanktimus the Encourager is - shockingly- such a good encourager. :D

 

17 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Those of you connected with me via the Book of Feces Faces might have noticed a few animal-related posts recently (in Greek). That's because somebody tried to poison our coach's rescued dogs a couple of days back. Two of them (Conan and the three legged Romeo) made it, but the other two (Zombie and Kite) didn't. Last night, we volunteered to help him put up posters in the neighborhood, asking locals to speak up if they've seen anything. Frankly, the man isn't too optimistic about catching the perpetrator, but he can't just leave things be. Most likely he wants to raise awareness, scare the killer away from returning to finish the job and probably let people know that just because they keep their dogs within their own premises doesn't mean it's safe. Which makes the move all the more altruistic and awesome.

 

Wow that's just awful!  I'm so sorry you have to worry about someone like that wandering the neighborhood.  That's awesome you helped out like you did.  Poor doggies :(

 

Congrats on the PR!  

 

Also I totally slacked on my bullet journaling this week and I'm feeling way less organized because of it - it's crazy what a difference it makes!

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Thursday, July 27

Ugh, what a day. Coming back home around 3 a.m. last night took its toll and I was super sleepy, meaning as soon as I got home it was dinner and zzzzz.

 

Eat lighter, eat healthier

Simplified my breakfast to just milk and oats. Still full from all the stuff we ate the previous night, I survived the day with just a few snacks or mini sandwiches leftover at work from a meeting. Lentils again didn't sound as appetizing, not to mention I think my stomach couldn't handle them. We had a light salad fo dinner and then it was off to sleep.

 

Keep working out

Lol nope. Rest day and plenty of sleep to recover.

 

Did my Bullet Journalling and got some important chores done, no update on the plumber yet.

 

20 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Addams Family are moving up in the world. Finally they have a chance to amout to sonething more than a couple of jokers who lie down on the mat to throw a match.

 

Also, looks like evil bossdude is getting a crew to rival the Russian mafia in evilness, giving further contrast to the gentlemen CotC

They're still a tag team of lackeys, I just turned down the comedy aspect in favor of something a bit more gimmicky. Jimmy and Kalvin are super popular backstage and although they couldn't wrestle their way out of a paper bag, they're great performers, experienced in teaming up and blessed with tag team chemistry. All that has carried them a long way and kept them around after the tournament as well. It's just convenient timing, with the hellish storyline coming around and a serious lack of heel tag teams around (Fitness Fury are faces, Bam Bam Johansson is out with a long injury and the Ivanoffs were held back due to Igor's injury at a critical moment).

 

17 hours ago, EricMN said:

This is what I've been hoping for since you introduced the whole "Cousin Eddie with a chip on his shoulder" angle.

Me too. Thing is, up to Regional size I can only offer pay per appearance contracts and larger companies outbid me with Written, exclusive contracts. Right now talent such as Tommy Cornell, Golden Scorpion and Geena the Warrior Princess won't even negotiate with me because they're on written contracts with bigger promotions. Another reason I'm so hellbent on finally hitting Cult size. It really is the turning point in the game.

 

6 hours ago, Raxie said:

Also I totally slacked on my bullet journaling this week and I'm feeling way less organized because of it - it's crazy what a difference it makes!

I know, right?!?!?

 

Song of the day

It's just stuck in my head ever since I posted it as Fusae Etsuko's entrance theme. The more I think about it, the buildup during the intro and the whole "I want more" thing makes it an awesome entrance piece for a wrestler.

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NGW presents: Back to the Future

Episode 27 (Monday, Week 3 of April 2011)

Held in Italy

Attendance: 1.800

 

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Another segment of Lover's Lounge airs to open the show. This week's guest Jeri Behr may be in her ring attire and uncomfortable on the red velvet recliner, but she looks stunning as always. Champagne Lover interviews her about the new "extreme" direction and the ever mounting risks she's been taking, but every question can be read in multiple ways as a lot of innuendo lies between the phrasing of various words and phrases, not to mention the host's body language. Jeri answers truthfully about her career at first, but as she catches on to Lover's true intentions gets more defensive as she continuously tries to shut him down. Champagne Lover is about to establish -an uncomfortable- physical contact when the scenery collapses and a big man follows the rubble, screaming "FOOOOOOOOOORCE!!!'

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Sporting a facepaint that looks suspiciously similar to that of SWF and HGC power-and-paint icon Jim Force, Beast Bantom scolds Lover for his ways in the most simplistic, near idiotic limited vocabulary ever, before he tells Jeri Behr she's free to leave if she wants. Seeing her chance to slide away, Behr quickly thanks the big man and walks out as Lover gets back on his feet to warn Bantom that he just made a huge mistake. The only answer he gets is getting yelled in his face by a man who makes it crystal clear his name is BEAST! FOOOOOORCE!!!!

Grade: D+ (50/100)

 

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Meanwhile, Jeri Behr returns to the locker room just as the former Addams Family are done beating up an ambushed Megumi Nakajima. Seeing her tag team partner in peril, Behr rushes to assist her but the attackers manage to retreat before she can get her hands on them.

Grade: E+ (33/100)

 

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"The Fashion Icon" Roberto Milano vs Hercules Johansson

Former NGW member and one half of The Fashionistas tag team Roberto Milano returns to the ring. Despite technically being the hometown hero, his cocky attitude immediately has fans turning against him, which evolves into "Herc is gonna kill you" chants once his opponent makes his entrance. The chant isn't entirely wrong, as Johansson throws Milano around like a sack of potatoes, pausing to flex between moves. He then switches to big clubbing blows and a few power moves, leading up to a Hercules Lift that wins him the match.

Grade: E (25/100)

 

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Backstage, Top Dogs walk up to the founding trio of Rock and Roll. Once again unhappy with the arena room they've occupied, they announce that they have decided to give Fusae Etsuko her request, a shot at Rock and Roll, as punishment for the group's antics. Furthermore, despite the non-conclusive end to last week's match, to the eyes of management Viper McKenna is as good as having lost that bout, so Etsuko's opponent will be Petter Eriksson, the two set to clash at Walk through Fire.

Grade: C- (56/100)

 

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Non title match

Edward Cornell vs Mainstream Hernandez (with Vita)

Cornell makes his opinion of Hernandez public, shouting about how he's unworthy of being in the ring with him and even a non title match is too big a bite for his baby teeth. Unphased, Hernandez goes to work with a smile on his face, hitting the ropes to connect with a high flying move. After a few flashy flips that showcase his skills, Hernandez is caught by the more experienced Cornell, who takes him to the mat for a beating. Once the two men are back on their feet though, it's a different story because every time Cornell tries to lift his opponent for a throw or slam, Hernandez somehow reverses into a lucha inspired flip n toss. The man's antics, perhaps coupled with his ever-present smile and Cornell's inability to put him down for a quick win get under the champion's skin. When Vita gives him a bit of trash talking he finally snaps and slaps her, to which Vita responds with a slap of her own. Deeming it to be interference, the referee calls for the bell and awards the victory to Cornell due to a disqualification. Neither man looks satisfied with the outcome though and there's a heavy feeling that the two have unfinished business between them.

Grade: D+ (49/100)

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Violent Mood Swings are in the General Manager's office looking for Travis Cool, the splintered remains of a door nearby a testament to the way they broke in. The two men are looking for clues as to the whereabouts of Cool and their investigation produces various funny moments, whether it's the laid back Matravers discovering a funny random object or Howard thrashing the place in frustration as he searches. In the end they do not find anything, but have destroyed the place in the process. Disappointed, they leave the room with nothing but ruins behind.

Grade: D+ (52/100)

 

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NGW Tag Team champions Cream of the Crop come down to the ring and cut a promo on the Ivanoff brothers. Once again they criticize the Russians for the way they inserted themselves into the tournament, saying it was an ironic moment of divine justice that they got taken out just as fast. The two men recite their past achievements and end up saying regardless if it's the tournament, Walk through Fire or any other show, the outcome will always be the same, themselves coming in as champions and coming out as champions.

Grade: C- (54/100)

 

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Camera switches to a different setting, a room that resembles the dark temple in which Shiro Akuma has been seen a lot lately, only this time it looks more ominous. There's a fog-like smoke around limiting vision and the place has been decorated with spikes and chains. A man is kneeling in front of a figure. The tattered, bloody leather trenchcoat and dreadlock hair make him recognizable to fans, but the figure he's talking to has its back turned and hidden by a black cloak. The kneeling man tells his "master" that soon, Akuma will cross the line and finally lose control of his grip, then they can finally prepare his own arrival. Laughing, the "master" says the apocalypse is to arrive sooner than expected. He then turns around to reveal his face and say he's already arranged something for next week.

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Grade: E+ (35/100)

 

Back in the arena, the speakers come alive with a melody that fan's haven't heard in quite a while...

 

"Is it 'cause I'm cool?Why you dress like me is it honesty or you just a fool?"

 

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Despite his cheating ways and self-absorbed cocky attitude, Joey "The Breeze" Beauchamp gets a loud welcome as he returns to action in NGW.

Grade: D (44/100)

 

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Joey "The Breeze" Beauchamp vs Shiro Akuma

The big return of a veteran like Beauchamp deserves nothing less than a main event spot against the #1 contender for the NextGen title, Shiro Akuma. Things start off slow, with Akuma feeling out Beauchamp and testing if there's any ring rust due to the man's absence. Announcers point out that these two haven't fought each other in over two years, their last encounter taking place in February 2009's Tough Love event, a time when both men were completely different from where they are now. A few chops and lockups back and forth, Akuma gets rolling with some sliding attacks to pick up the pace. Joey is ring savvy enough to understand momentum shifting against him, so he rolls out of the ring to recover and bring down the pace, which of course is the cue for Akuma to fly over the top rope and land on Joey at ringside, much to the fans' delight. Out of the ring is Joey's territory though and the veteran uses his size advantage to whip Akuma into various items of the environment, before he gets him back in the ring to avoid a countout. Hitting an aerial move of his own off the second rope, Joey goes for the pin but only gets a two count. His forearm shots only seem to fire up Akuma and when he finally snaps, he hits full speed to kick Joey away and create some distance for his own high impact offense. Just as he gets things rolling though, the shivers return and the ever opportunistic Beauchamp uses it to regain control of the match. His comeback leads to a sequence that sets Akuma up for the Breeze Block, but the masked one rolls away before hitting Joey with his own finisher, the Akuma Cradle, to win the bout.

Grade: C+ (71/100)

 

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Though Akuma is announced as the winner, instead of his music, that of Marat Khoklov is played and the reigning NextGen champion comes out with the title belt on his beefy shoulder and a mic in his hand. The champion says he hopes this was a good warmup for Akuma, because come Walk through Fire, he's going to put him through hell. That's not even figurative, because he's out here to not just pick up the gauntlet Akuma threw last week, he's here to up the ante. At Walk through Fire, it'll be Shiro Akuma, versus Marat Khoklov, for the NextGen title, at a Hell... in a Cell match!

Grade: C (64/100)

 

Show Grade: C (62/100)

Ratings: 0.15 (112.500 viewers)

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7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Thursday, July 27

Ugh, what a day. Coming back home around 3 a.m. last night took its toll and I was super sleepy, meaning as soon as I got home it was dinner and zzzzz.

I don't think I mentioned it yesterday but thanks for clarifying the posters. It didn't look good when I saw it, it sounds even worse now that you explained it. I hope something good comes out of your efforts.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Thing is, up to Regional size I can only offer pay per appearance contracts and larger companies outbid me with Written, exclusive contracts. Right now talent such as Tommy Cornell, Golden Scorpion and Geena the Warrior Princess won't even negotiate with me because they're on written contracts with bigger promotions. Another reason I'm so hellbent on finally hitting Cult size. It really is the turning point in the game.

How close are you to Cult size? Your TV ratings are consistently over 100k for the weekly Back to the Future broadcasts, and with the ongoing story lines (Stars of the Show, COTC, The Czars, Rock and Roll, and whatever is going on with the Akuma Demon), things are just getting more compelling.

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24 minutes ago, EricMN said:

How close are you to Cult size? Your TV ratings are consistently over 100k for the weekly Back to the Future broadcasts, and with the ongoing story lines (Stars of the Show, COTC, The Czars, Rock and Roll, and whatever is going on with the Akuma Demon), things are just getting more compelling.

What's compelling is my writing, which sadly doesn't affect the actual grades or game mechanics. Since you want a look under the hood, put that ADD on hold and I'll tell you how things work.

 

Right now, NGW's popularity in Europe looks like this:

Central Europe: 40%

Scandinavia: 28%

Iberia: 27%

France: 35%

Italy: 35%

South East Europe: 57%

Eastern Europe: 11%

SE Europe being our home area is on top. Eastern Europe is so low because the broadcaster doesn't cover it, so the 11 only comes from spillover gainz. The rest is somewhat even thanks to TV coverage, with a mild increase in Central Europe as NGW has held a few more shows there than the other areas (excluding SE Europe, obviously)

 

Every region has its own importance factor, which slowly shifts as the game progresses.

Central Europe: 90%

Scandinavia: 75% (started at 73%)

Iberia: 86% (started at 83%)

France: 91%

Italy: 85% (started at 88%)

South East Europe: 78% (started at 79%)

Eastern Europe: 72% (started at 73%)

 

Multiply the company's popularity in each area by that area's importance factor and you get the company's importance in that area.

Central Europe: 36%

Scandinavia: 21%

Iberia: 23%

France: 32%

Italy: 30%

South East Europe: 45%

Eastern Europe: 8%

 

I made it to Regional size once I hit 29% importance in SE Europe. Cult size requires 47% importance in two regions of Europe. You can easily see the first problem here, we're based in a location that makes it hard to grow due to a low importance factor. Were NGW based in France, for example, its importance would be close to 52% already.

 

Now, popularity gains happen when a show's final grade is at least 6% higher than the company's popularity in that area. As you can see, pretty much every show earns me popularity across most of Europe (roughly 1-3% per month), but it's the really great monthly specials that can score C 63 or better to improve my SE Europe popularity once and even then, if you take the importance factor into account, it's too little.

 

Clearly, Central Europe and France are my targets. I'm also close to levels that will allow me to switch broadcasters, thus getting wider exposure. However, I can't completely rule out SE Europe. I still need the big monthly show to take place there for three reasons. One, more popularity means a higher attendance and thus higher ticket sales, which I need to balance out holding the other shows in areas where we're less popular. Two, company popularity doesn't just affect attendance, it also close to how popular the wrestlers are with the local audience, meaning the same match/angle can get a better rating in SE Europe. Three, because of the two prior reasons, I just invested in building the "NextGen Arena" in SE Europe, outfitted with 7.000 seats and with vastly reduced hiring costs for holding shows in it.

 

47% importance in Central Europe and France means I need 52% popularity in Central Europe and 51,6% in France. Assuming I keep gaining an average 2% per month in Central Europe and France, that should take (52-40)/2=6 months for Central Europe and (52-35)/2=8.5 months for France. I'm hoping the broadcaster switch can reduce this time, but still it's quite a lot.

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Friday, July 28

Bit busy day work-wise, but the worst part was the family drama flaring up a bit again.

 

Eat lighter, eat healthier

Oats, milk and honey for breakfast.Had two smaller than fist-sized sandwiches at work for lunch, leftovers from yet another meeting and a salad for dinner.

 

Keep working out

Rest day

 

Did my Bullet Journalling and got some important chores done, no update on the plumber yet.

 

Song of the day

 

 

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