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NGW Back to the Future (Weekly TV show)
Held on Monday, Week 2 of December 2013
Venue: Nagy Budapest Arénában, Hungary, Europe
Attendance: 4.432, Ratings: 0.71 (534.490 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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Not seen for over a year in NGW, Swedish manager Vita returns but this time as an interviewer. Not that Champagne Lover seems to mind much and between being flirtatious with her, he cuts a promo to accept Sebastian Koller's challenge for an NGW Cruiserweight match at End of the World, saying the belt should be around the waist of a proper representative of that weight division, that of course being "the lucha sensation" himself!

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"The Steppe Cowgirl" Anna Twirl vs Jeri "Air" Behr

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Jeri Behr defeated Anna Twirl in 10:43 by pinfall with a Standing Moonsault.

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Edward Cornell is cutting another promo about his upcoming match at End of the World against Marat Khoklov when he's interrupted again by the Czars, this time in the form of Dovydas Vidmar. The tension is broken up by the appearance of the NGW Commissioner, Sebastian Krause, who books a match on the fly: Vidmar will face Koller's ally Roy Edison, with the winner moving on to represent the brand at End of the World as a contender for the brand new Openweight title.

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"The Bratva Bruiser" Dovydas Vidmar vs Roy Edison (with Edward Cornell)

In a decent match, Roy Edison defeated Dovydas Vidmar in 13:38 by submission with an Arm Bar after interference from Edward Cornell.

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The League of Heroes take turns on the mic (except Howard, who just stands in the background looking mean) to announce that since they've all held tag team gold on various occasions and in various combinations, they are planning to challenge the Johanssons for their NGW Tag Team titles. This brings out the reigning champions and Signe Lythjohan gets on the mic to say they accept, no matter which pair will end up wrestling;the Norwegian titans will crush them anyway!

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"The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov vs Aleksander Knyazev

In a decent match, Marat Khoklov defeated Aleksander Knyazev in 10:14 by pinfall with a Russian Legend Powerbomb.

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NGW Proving Ground (Weekly TV show)
Held on Wednesday, Week 2 of December 2013
Venue: Nagy Budapest Arénában, Hungary, Europe
Attendance: 4.546, Ratings: 0.61 (459.430 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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The show kicks off with the Outcasts as Viper McKenna gets on the mic to cut a promo about Koller's now-scheduled match against Champagne Lover for the NGW Cruiserweight title, then saying that Bantom, Orson and Mallory will challenge the Czars for the NGW Open Collective titles. McKenna makes sure to be extra venomous about the way Landon Mallory has yet again been mistreated by management, as he was suspended for "a minor transgression" but promises that he will be back and ready in time for End of the World!

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Darkness Cat vs Megumi Nakajima vs Melanie Flyman vs Zofia Jankovic

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Melanie Flyman defeated Darkness Cat, Megumi Nakajima and Zofia Jankovic in 9:57 when Melanie Flyman defeated Darkness Cat by pinfall with a Ninjitsu Strike.

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Double Dutch cut a promo next, saying they also want a shot at the NGW Tag Team titles when John Silver walks in to announce that next week, they will be facing him and Shiro Akuma in a tag match. Double Dutch laugh at the mention, saying Akuma is no team player and this will be too easy, but accept, if nothing else out of sheer curiosity.

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"Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen vs Ryushi Ryusaki

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Konrad Mäkinen defeated Ryushi Ryusaki in 9:33 by submission with a Swedish Grapevine.

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Vita is here again, this time interviewing Ripper LeStat about his semifinals match against Leon Harrison next week. LeStat looks confident, saying he'll make Harrison bleed and then lose.

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Tournament match
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Andriy Boronin vs "The Fresh Prince of Belarus" Sergei Kalashnov

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Andriy Boronin defeated Sergei Kalashnov in 10:08 by stoppage when Sergei Kalashnov was injured and could not continue.

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On 11/20/2019 at 3:47 AM, DarK_RaideR said:
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Geena the Warrior Princess vs "The Pain from the Ukraine" Karen Bilous

Geena's first match after leaving Proving Ground is a pretty hard hitting brawl against Ukraine's Karen Bilous, the kind that wouldn't be out of place in a joshi ring in Japan. Both women bring the physicality with neither backing down, but as soon as Geena gets a chance to hit the Amazon Plunge, it's all over till the ref can count to three.

Winner: Geena the Warrior Princess
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After the match, Geena grabs a mic to cut another of her signature "angry promos" and announce that she has arrived, so the entire Women's division better take notice!

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Always notice Geena. Always.

 

On 11/20/2019 at 8:24 AM, DarK_RaideR said:

P.S. I recently stumbled upon a well-written article about the Fabulous Moolah, written last year after WWE named (and subsequently un-named, followin fan and sponsor backlash) their Women's Battle Royal after her. It's an interesting story on sexism in the business and the overall portrayal of women's wrestling in the U.S. on its own, but following some @EricMN's comments, I figured it also fits into why I've chosen to portray NGW women the way I do ;) 

The fact that your women's division is less this

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And more this

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...is why I enjoy your storytelling.

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2 hours ago, EricMN said:

Always notice Geena. Always.

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2 hours ago, EricMN said:

And more this

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Ah, good ol' Charlie Morgan. Was a shame to see her retire at such a young age. Honestly though, I think it's just Jeri "Air" Behr and Darkness Cat who'd pull off dives like that. Maybe Geena when doing the Amazon Plunge.

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And Viv Jacobs. It blows my mind she started as a one-dimensional brawler and now she's not only well rounded, her highest in-ring stat is Aerial!

 

 

I just finished running End of the World and it's gonna be such an awesome show! Seriously, I pushed it into a 3 hour show to fit in all the awesomeness, including a triple main event of Koller vs Lover for the Cruiserweight title, Cornell vs Khoklov for the Heavyweight title and J-Ro vs Etsuko for the Women's title. Got new faces coming in, old favourites returning, storyline payoffs, new storylines, you name it.

 

Then I rolled on the random "end of the year" table for the Road to Glory challenge and the result blew my mind. But that's a story for another time...

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23 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

 

On 11/21/2019 at 8:51 AM, EricMN said:

And more this

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Ah, good ol' Charlie Morgan. Was a shame to see her retire at such a young age. Honestly though, I think it's just Jeri "Air" Behr and Darkness Cat who'd pull off dives like that. Maybe Geena when doing the Amazon Plunge.

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And Viv Jacobs. It blows my mind she started as a one-dimensional brawler and now she's not only well rounded, her highest in-ring stat is Aerial!

I didn't just mean the aerial work, more the fact that while "sex appeal" is a stat that has meaning, you push the storylines over any implied T&A.

 

23 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

I just finished running End of the World and it's gonna be such an awesome show! Seriously, I pushed it into a 3 hour show to fit in all the awesomeness, including a triple main event of Koller vs Lover for the Cruiserweight title, Cornell vs Khoklov for the Heavyweight title and J-Ro vs Etsuko for the Women's title. Got new faces coming in, old favourites returning, storyline payoffs, new storylines, you name it.

 

Then I rolled on the random "end of the year" table for the Road to Glory challenge and the result blew my mind. But that's a story for another time...

Yeah, I'm still your huckleberry.

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NGW Back to the Future (Weekly TV show)
Held on Monday, Week 3 of December 2013
Venue: Slaskie Stadion, Poland, Europe
Attendance: 4.803, Ratings: 0.75 (564.110 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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The show kicks off with the Army of Lovers being... well, the Army of Lovers. Paolo Gandalfini is lifting some weights to get that last pump before their opening match, Champagne Lover is playing the motivational speaker to the group's already bloated egos, Marcello Ricci is trying out shades in hopes of finding the perfect pair to match his ring gear and Giovanni Bruno is busy bathing himself in baby oil... because reasons.

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Army of Lovers (Marcello Ricci & Paolo Gandalfini) vs Nigerian Hit Squad

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Marcello Ricci and Paolo Gandalfini defeated Nigerian Hit Squad in 10:03 when Marcello Ricci defeated Rahabad Lawal by pinfall with a Milanese Elbow. During the match we also saw Champagne Lover distract both members of Nigerian Hit Squad.

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The League of Heroes convene once more to decide the combination that will face the Johanssons for the NGW Tag Team titles. After some back and forth, the group agrees that it's best if the two heavy hitters in Robert Howard and Captain Hero II face the big Norwegians/

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Next up, Vita interviews Dovydas Vidmar and the Ivanoff brothers who accept the challenge for their NGW Open Collective titles, saying they'll beat some respect into those whiny Outcasts.

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Joanne Rodriguez & Jeri Behr vs Fusae Etsuko & Viv Jacobs

In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Rodriguez & Behr defeated Etsuko & Viv Jacobs in 13:59 when Jeri Behr defeated Viv Jacobs by pinfall with a surprise roll up.

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Before the main event, we get a short speech from Edward Cornell, who hypes up Roy Edison as the next NGW Openweight champion before talking about himself and his big match coming up against Marat Khoklov.

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"The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov vs Pavel Vanzycha

In a decent match, Marat Khoklov defeated Pavel Vanzycha in 10:12 by pinfall with a Moscow Lariat.

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NGW Proving Ground (Weekly TV show)
Held on Wednesday, Week 3 of December 2013
Venue: Slaskie Stadion, Poland, Europe
Attendance: 4.907, Ratings: 0.74 (556.160 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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The episode begins just like it did last week, only now the Outcasts are in full force! McKenna hypes up Koller's match against Champagne Lover as well as that for the NGW Open Collective titles, saying Mallory will be in action next week to prove his absence hasn't held him back.

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Andriy Boronin vs "Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Konrad Mäkinen defeated Andriy Boronin in 11:11 by submission with a Swedish Grapevine.

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Vita is interviewing John Silver this week, trying to discern why he picked Shiro Akuma as his tag team partner. Silver praises Akuma and points out they've both held the NGW Cruiserweight title, discarding any doubt about Akuma's will to cooperate with anyone.

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Leon Harrison vs Ripper LeStat

In a poor match, Leon Harrison defeated Ripper LeStat in 11:05 by pinfall with a PRIDE Driver.

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A graphic is shown, hyping the tournament finals of Leon Harrison vs. Konrad Mäkinen.

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Double Dutch vs John Silver & Shiro Akuma

In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, John Silver & Shiro Akuma defeated Double Dutch in 13:40 when John Silver defeated Frank Ven Heer by pinfall with a Silversault.

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NGW Back to the Future (Weekly TV show)
Held on Monday, Week 4 of December 2013
Venue: PalaBari, Italy, Europe
Attendance: 3.954, Ratings: 0.71 (534.650 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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The show starts with a promo from Champagne Lover, who hypes up his upcoming singles match with Sebastian Koller. Too long, he says, he has been out of the spotlight and without a championsihp; this changes at the end of this week, when he'll take the NGW Cruiserweight title from "The Rock and Roller"

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Alberto Montero vs Roy Edison

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Roy Edison defeated Alberto Montero in 9:49 by submission with an Arm Bar.

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The Czars are doing another interview with Vita about their NGW Open Collective titles match against the Outcasts when Petter Eriksson walks into the scene to interrupt and inform Vidmar he'd better get ready for a one on one match against him later tonight.

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A video plays recapping the rivalry between Joanne Rodriguez and Fusae Etsuko, ending with a graphic about how they'll wrestle once again at End of the World for the NGW Women's title.

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"The Bratva Bruiser" Dovydas Vidmar vs Petter Eriksson

In a decent match, Dovydas Vidmar defeated Petter Eriksson in 9:42 by pinfall with a Bratva Bomb.

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The League of Heroes are shown at the gym training as Captain Hero II and Robert Howard prepare for their match against the Johanssons. The announcing team praise the skill of Lister and Matravers but wonder how effective they can be as training partners when the scheduled opponent is completely different, namely the two Norwegian powerhouses.

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"The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov vs Giovanni Bruno

In a decent match, Marat Khoklov defeated Giovanni Bruno in 10:19 by pinfall with a Russian Legend Powerbomb.

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Edward Cornell runs to the ring after the match with a chair in hand, looking to soften up Marat before their match later this week. Cornell takes the shot from behind and the chair whacks Marat's back, but the hit only seems to infuriate him further and the show goes off the air as Khoklov glares menacingly at Cornell, who retreats to the backstage area.

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NGW Proving Ground (Weekly TV show)
Held on Wednesday, Week 4 of December 2013
Venue: PalaBari, Italy, Europe
Attendance: 4.014, Ratings: 0.65 (488.320 viewers), Shown on Continental Sports X1

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The show begins with some backstage footage of John Silver trying to persuade Akuma to regularly team with him in light of last week's victory and how they seem to naturally understand each other in the ring, but to no avail.

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Andriy Boronin vs Ripper LeStat

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Ripper LeStat defeated Andriy Boronin in 10:26 by pinfall with a Vlad's Impaler.

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Viper McKenna (and occasionally Melanie Flyman) get on the mic for the Outcasts' segment next, airing their grievances and hyping their group's upcoming matches, ending with a reminder that Mallory is in action next after his suspension.

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Landon Mallory vs "Super Duper" Phillip Cooper

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Landon Mallory defeated Phillip Cooper in 10:28 by pinfall with a Springbok Ram.

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A cartoonish video airs next, hyping up a new mysterious team under the name of "Kawaii Crew"

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"Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen vs Leon Harrison

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Konrad Mäkinen defeated Leon Harrison in 14:02 by submission with a Swedish Grapevine.

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NGW End of the World 2013 card
The first ever 3 hour show in NGW history, complete with a triple main event!

Main Event
NGW Women's title match

Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez © vs "The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko

Co-Main Event
NGW Heavyweight title match

"The Alpha Male" Edward Cornell © vs "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov

Co-Main Event
NGW Cruiserweight title match

"The Rock and Roller" Sebastian Koller © vs Champagne Lover

NGW Tag Team titles match
The Johanssons © vs The Gentleman and the Pitbull

Three Way Tag Elimination match
Double Dutch vs Team Fly vs The Foreign Legion

NGW Openweight title match
"Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen vs Roy Edison

Women's Tag Team Showcase match
Girl Power vs Wrecking Krew

Opening Contest
NGW Open Collective titles match

The Czars © vs The Outcasts

Pre-show Women's match: Darkness Cat vs Geena the Warrior Princess vs Melanie Flyman vs Zofia Jankovic
Pre-show Men's match: Adam Martinez vs Alberto Montero vs Andriy Boronin vs Phillip Cooper vs Ripper LeStat

 

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On 11/23/2019 at 2:38 AM, DarK_RaideR said:
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The League of Heroes convene once more to decide the combination that will face the Johanssons for the NGW Tag Team titles. After some back and forth, the group agrees that it's best if the two heavy hitters in Robert Howard and Captain Hero II face the big Norwegians

I'm here for this. Best tag team? Maybe not, but they're in my top five.

 

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Joanne Rodriguez & Jeri Behr vs Fusae Etsuko & Viv Jacobs

In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Rodriguez & Behr defeated Etsuko & Viv Jacobs in 13:59 when Jeri Behr defeated Viv Jacobs by pinfall with a surprise roll up.

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"B" my big pale butt. This is a PPV-worthy booking.

 

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Edward Cornell runs to the ring after the match with a chair in hand, looking to soften up Marat before their match later this week. Cornell takes the shot from behind and the chair whacks Marat's back, but the hit only seems to infuriate him further and the show goes off the air as Khoklov glares menacingly at Cornell, who retreats to the backstage area.

Waking a sleeping giant seems like poor decision making.

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1 hour ago, EricMN said:

I'm here for this. Best tag team? Maybe not, but they're in my top five.

Wish I'd made them a team when they were starting out, now they kinda feel like Hero/Frye and sidekick. But still a great team indeed.

 

1 hour ago, EricMN said:

"B" my big pale butt. This is a PPV-worthy booking.

And imagine my surprise when I got a notice that both pairings have great chemistry with each other!

 

1 hour ago, EricMN said:

Waking a sleeping giant seems like poor decision making.

Cornell being chickenshit Cornell, he tried to take the easy way out and soften him up. It backfired. Hope fans are hyped for the finale now!

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Edward Cornell runs to the ring after the match with a chair in hand, looking to soften up Marat before their match later this week. Cornell takes the shot from behind and the chair whacks Marat's back, but the hit only seems to infuriate him further and the show goes off the air as Khoklov glares menacingly at Cornell, who retreats to the backstage area.

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NGW End of the World
Held on Friday, Week 4 of December 2013
Trikala Pavillion Arena, Greece, Europe
Attendance: 10.000 (sold out), Buyrate: 0.11 (57.530 buys), Shown on Euro Your Demand




The show begins with the reunited band Cold playing their song "End of the World" on the entrance ramp of the specially constructed, apocalyptic themed set, with the camera occasionally switching to the front row where a few well known celebrities are in attendance. Announcers Steve Smith and Fink Finkelton welcome the viewers and run down the night's match card, while also informing those who missed the pre-show that Alberto Montero and Geena the Warrior Princess won the men's and women's matches respectively.

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NGW Open Collective titles match
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The Czars (Dovydas Vidmar & The Ivanoff Brothers) © vs The Outcasts (Badass Bantom, Landon Mallory & Wade Orson)

The main show kicks off with a title match and a pretty intense fight as all six men in it bring a lot of physicality to it. Mallory starts the match against the quick tagging Ivanoff brothers and although they try to isolate him near their corner, Mallory is able to escape and tag in the powerhouse Bantom. The Czars respond by tagging in Vidmar and the two big men stare each other down in the middle of the ring for a moment before the punches start flying. Bantom eventually gets the upper hand and bullies Vidmar to his team's corner, where Orson gets the tag to become the legal man. Thanks to a series of rolling suplexes leading to a bridge and a two count, Vidmar is slammed across the ring and near the ropes, where Orson applies a crossface to soften up the big Russian's head for his Bounce Back finisher. Vidmar tries to crawl to the ropes as the Ivanoffs circle the ring to cause some tension with Bantom and Mallory. Things don't come to blows just yet, but the momentary distraction is enough for Vidmar to reach for his vodka bottle instead of the ropes, smashing it on top of Orson's head. Fortunately for the Outcasts, the blow sends Orson tumbling out of the ring so no pin is made, but the match essentially continues as a 3 on 2 bout. The remaining two members of the Outcasts team show plenty of fire but the numbers game eventually catches up to them once the Ivanoffs hit the Russian Roulette on Mallory on the apron. The champions converge on Bantom next and with some assistance to lift him up, Vidmar slams Bantom down with the Bratva Bomb, making the cover to keep the titles around the waists of the Czars.

Winners: The Czars (Dovydas Vidmar & The Ivanoff Brothers)
The Czars make defence number 2 of their NGW Open Collective titles
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Backstage, Vita is supposed to be interviewing the Army of Lovers but despite her best attempts, the trio of Bruno, Ricci and Gandalfini seem more interested in being flirtatious with her, at times a bit past the point of good taste.

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Ryushi Ryusaki walks into the scene as the proverbial knight in shining armor to rescue Vita, telling the three Italians to leave her alone. Instead of firing back on the mic, the trio simply assaults Ryusaki, beating him down until two more figures enter the fray to pull them away and create some separation.

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It's Masaru Ugaki and Morimasa Kato! As the announcing team comments, the two men have spent time with Ryusaki in EWA, with Ugaki being the hand picked protege of the legendary Yoshimi Mushashibo while Kato is a legitimately dangerous shoot wrestler and mixed martial artist. The segment ends with Ugaki and Kato helping Ryusaki up, the three Japanese wrestlers now apparently having formed some sort of group against the Army of Lovers.

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Girl Power vs The Wrecking Krew

While there may be no title on the line for this match, it is heavy with story and drama, which is what the four competitors focus on. There's the past (Jacobs), present (Girl Power) and future (Edwards) of the NGW Women's division on display; there's the teaming experience of Girl Power up against the natural chemistry of the Wrecking Krew. There is Behr's recent successful teaming with Rodriguez and Nakajima's time in EWA that create questions about their ability to still function as a team. There's Edwards' recent injury that kept her off for a while. There's Jacobs' growth from a one-dimensional powerhouse bully to a well rounded athlete that moves and even flies with grace you wouldn't expect from a woman her size. All of that is up on display, the wrestlers telling their stories between the ropes while the announcers break it down and provide context for the ten or so minutes this match goes on before Behr hits a Standing Moonsault on Jacobs for the pin, a symbolic passing of the torch from the Hall of Famer to the one who's about to break into the top of the division as a legitimate future title contender.

Winners: Girl Power
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John Silver, Leon Harrison and Sebastian Krause come out next to a specially prepared booth on top of the entrance ramp. Silver goes first and proceeds to reveal the brand new NGW Openweight title belt

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Silver explains how he expects this title to provide match-ups the weight classes wouldn't normally allow, but isn't shy about tooting his own horn too when it comes to the tournament he came up with to pick his brand's contender, who will be competing for the title next.

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Harrison and Krause speak up next for "Captain Hero" Stig Svensson's induction into the NGW Hall of Fame. A three time Heavyweight champion and winner of the Independent Wrestler of the Year award in 2009, Svensson is also hailed as the man who helped NGW make the jump from a localized promotion to Europe's top wrestling company as well as the one who popularized the mask of Captain Hero that Nelson Frye is now carrying as the second incarnation of the character.

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NGW Openweight title match
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"Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen vs Roy Edison

A match made for the aficionados of classic technical wrestling, the contest to crown the first ever NGW Openweight champion was a potent mix of catch wrestling, technical prowess and more than a few deadly submission holds. Far from a slow and methodical technical masterclass though, Mäkinen and Edison fought this at a breakneck pace that felt like it belonged less in a wrestling ring and more inside an MMA cage. Mäkinen sought to take his opponent to the mat and work on his legs to lock up the Swedish Grapevine, while Edison shot for his opponent's upper body in search of the armbar. With plenty of counterholds and evasions, the match flowed back and forth until Mäkinen finally managed to slap on the Swedish Grapevine in the middle of the ring after a series of snap suplexes that had take the air out of Edison's sails to bring about the tap out.

Winner AND NEW NGW Openweight champion: Konrad Mäkinen
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Following Mäkinen's win, Shiro Akuma's music hits and the masked wrestler walks down to the ring, signalling to the new champion that he wants to be the first in line to challenge him for his brand new title.

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Three Way Tag Elimination match
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Double Dutch vs Team Fly vs The Foreign Legion

Double Dutch and Team Fly are both well known, veteran teams who have held tag team gold, meaning that French technical wrestlers Jaqcues and Pierre DuPont enter this match as the underdogs. As such (and probably as a joke fitting their offensively stereotypical gimmicks) they shy away from any tags for most of the match, preferring to let their opponents wear each other out. Once Lister hits a Kanobi Kutter on Van Heer though, the DuPonts see their chance and quickly drag Lister away from the cover to forcibly tag themselves into the match and steal the pin. Van Heer kicks out though and that leads to Double Dutch versus the Foreign Legion for a bit, the Frenchmen doing their best to ground the plucky underdog high flyers but eventually falling to their Orange Wave double team maneuver. The match down to Double Dutch and Team Fly again, things pick up without the distraction of the DuPonts on the apron and after a spectacular crescendo, Van Bon is hit with a Mile High Moonsault. Van Heer tries to make the save but Lister cuts him off as Van Bon kicks out of Matravers' cover. A quick tag later, Lister is the legal man and picks up Van Bon to deliver a Kanobi Kutter, this time enough to keep him down for the count while Van Heer is reeling at ringside.

Winners: Team Fly
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The video that aired during the latest episode of Proving Ground is shown again, hyping up the "Kawaii Krew". This time however, the video ends with two men making their entrance at the top of the rank.

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Japanese aerial sensation Emerald Angel and one of Japan's most entertaining masked characters, Panda Mask!

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NGW Tag Team titles match
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The Gentleman and the Pitbull vs The Johanssons © (with Signe Lythjohan)

To anyone quick to point out that veteran wrestlers and former tag team champions Captain Hero II and Robert Howard were the favourites in this match, the announcing team pointed out that the Johanssons were not just two big powerful men managed by a smart woman but they've also held those titles since May, meaning they've proved they'll take on all comers and prevail. Although this match featured very little mat grappling and submission holds, it was far from a wild brawl, instead the power and intensity of it was delivered with great finesse, making it a very precise and physical bout one would expect to see in a Japanese strong style promotion. Signe Lythjohan was a priceless bonus on the champions' corner, providing an extra set of eyes and a clear head to guide them in the heat of battle against two formidable opponents. Though pretty non intrusive, Lythjohan still provided a single distraction her men exploited to mess with Captain Hero's mask and rake Howard's eyes, the slight opening allowing them to pull off double Northern Lights Suplexes and throw their massive bodies on top for stereo covers to retain.

Winners: The Johanssons
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NGW Cruiserweight title match
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Champagne Lover vs "The Rock and Roller" Sebastian Koller © (with Viper McKenna)

First of the night's final three big matches, this one pitted the 26 year old German champion against the high flying and hard hitting Champagne Lover. If there's one thing this match was in no shortage of, it was egos and charisma. Apparent already from their respective entrances and how they worked the crowd before the match, their similarities weren't limited to cockiness and physical size; once they got to wrestling, it quickly became apparent they both had an amazing knack for chain wrestling. Whether it was countering each other's moves back and forth in elaborate sequences or chaining their own attacks into offensive combinations, the two men barely threw a single move on its own from bell to bell. Things got a bit out of hand when Koller reversed a high flying move from Lover to send him out of the ring, which led to a rough ringside brawl that Koller got the best of but only came away with a two count once he was back in the ring for the cover. Lover also had a big moment when he reversed a Hamburg Rock City attempt into a huracanrana that sent Koller face first into the corner, only for Lover to catch him as he rebounded with a Lover Stunner for another two count. The match escalated as both wrestlers took ever greater risks and pulled ever bigger moves, with Lover almost hitting another Lover Stunner before McKenna pulled him away and planted a kiss square in his mouth. Fans went wild, Lover lost his concentration for a split second and that was all Koller needed to pick him up for the Hamburg Rock City that gave him the pinfall.

Winner: "The Rock and Roller" Sebastian Koller
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It's Hardcore Hernandez! Hardcore Hernandez is back after a run in EWA where he also held the Europa title and he cuts a scathing promo to call himself the true underutilized star in NGW. Koller and McKenna try to welcome him back into the fold but Hernandez cuts them off; he's done buying their story about the Outcasts banding together. From now on, he'll take care of himself, for himself, without relying on others or having to watch anyone else's back but his own!

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NGW Heavyweight title match
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"The Alpha Male" Edward Cornell © vs "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov

A match half year in the making, this one began with Khoklov winning the King of the Ring Starmageddon match in June for the right to face the NGW Heavyweight champion at End of the World. Although the title was at the time held by Champagne Lover, the latter lost it to Edward Cornell the following month, leading to the night's matchup. Ever since, the two men had interesting trajectories: Cornell made some shady defenses while using his Real Deal group for his own ends, while Khoklov led the Czars from the background while scoring impressive victories over the likes of Champagne Lover and Captain Hero II. The interesting part in this match was how well studied Cornell came into it. Well aware that he couldn't hope to win a standing battle against the Russian giant, Cornell employed scything kicks to chop him down while smartly avoiding all of his moves, seemingly a step ahead of him. Khoklov was brought down to one knee, but once Cornell closed in, he grabbed him in his arms for a bear hug as he slowly regained his vertical base. Cornell did not submit, but the air had definately been squeezed out of his lungs, maybe some of his ribs were broken too, the important thing is Khoklov gained control of the match after that spot. Slowly dismantling Cornell with big slams and blugeoning blows, Marat beat the champion into a pulp as if he was enjoying the process and from the sound of it, the sold out crowd certainly was. Despite the beatdown, Cornell miraculously managed to kick out of a Moscow Lariat and while it kept him in the match, it only infuriated Khoklov further, leading to a Russian Legend Powerbomb that finally kept him down for the three count, with Khoklov winning the title to become the first ever four-time NGW Heavyweight champion in history.

Winner AND NEW NGW Heavyweight champion: "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov
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Cornell's troubles weren't over though, because Roy Edison, the Lawal twins, Wael Hossam and Aleksander Knyazev all showed up like vultures to surround the ring and block his escape. Knyazev, now seemingly aligned with the others, took the first shot and everyone piled on Cornell for a beatdown as the Real Deal finally imploded or at least kicked Cornell out of the helm. Sick of Cornell's antics, his cockiness and his treatment of the group for months, fans cheered on as each man hit his finishing move on Cornell, leaving him bloodied and beaten in the center of the ring as medical staff ran in to check on him.

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NGW Women's title match
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Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez © vs "The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko

Rodriguez and Etsuko had no small task headlining the show, especially after everything that preceeded their match, but they delivered like they always do: a half hour epic contest that is sure to go down in the history books as one of the best matches NGW has ever had to date. The chemistry was there, as were the history and drama, yet the two women wrestled like proper athletes: no theatrics, no hatred on display, just two world class wrestlers out to prove who is the best of them. Rodriguez even pulled off an Amazon Plunge, a nod and a tribute to Etsuko's greatest opponent to date, Geena the Warrior Princess, getting a loud reaction and a near fall as a result. Etsuko showcased all the signature traits of her joshi training, from stiff strikes to slick technical wrestling, graceful high flying, athleticism and resilience as she chased the Lullaby. Rodriguez countered it once or twice, escaped it another time and almost tapped out to it before she mustered one final burst of courage to reach the ropes for a break. Likewise, Rodriguez made several attempts to pull off the J-Rocker, with Etsuko escaping the set-up front facelock before the move could be completed. She even hit Etsuko with her own Darkness Falls running knee, getting another near fall and just past the thirty minute mark, she finally managed to execute a J-Rocker for a pin.

Winner: Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez
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That B rating is a travesty. That show was amazing from start to finish.

4 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

The main show kicks off with a title match and a pretty intense fight as all six men in it bring a lot of physicality to it. Mallory starts the match against the quick tagging Ivanoff brothers and although they try to isolate him near their corner, Mallory is able to escape and tag in the powerhouse Bantom. The Czars respond by tagging in Vidmar and the two big men stare each other down in the middle of the ring for a moment before the punches start flying. Bantom eventually gets the upper hand and bullies Vidmar to his team's corner, where Orson gets the tag to become the legal man. Thanks to a series of rolling suplexes leading to a bridge and a two count, Vidmar is slammed across the ring and near the ropes, where Orson applies a crossface to soften up the big Russian's head for his Bounce Back finisher. Vidmar tries to crawl to the ropes as the Ivanoffs circle the ring to cause some tension with Bantom and Mallory. Things don't come to blows just yet, but the momentary distraction is enough for Vidmar to reach for his vodka bottle instead of the ropes, smashing it on top of Orson's head. Fortunately for the Outcasts, the blow sends Orson tumbling out of the ring so no pin is made, but the match essentially continues as a 3 on 2 bout. The remaining two members of the Outcasts team show plenty of fire but the numbers game eventually catches up to them once the Ivanoffs hit the Russian Roulette on Mallory on the apron. The champions converge on Bantom next and with some assistance to lift him up, Vidmar slams Bantom down with the Bratva Bomb, making the cover to keep the titles around the waists of the Czars.

At this point, any opponent of Vidmar who doesn't check the ring for Vodka deserves what they get.

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Harrison and Krause speak up next for "Captain Hero" Stig Svensson's induction into the NGW Hall of Fame. A three time Heavyweight champion and winner of the Independent Wrestler of the Year award in 2009, Svensson is also hailed as the man who helped NGW make the jump from a localized promotion to Europe's top wrestling company as well as the one who popularized the mask of Captain Hero that Nelson Frye is now carrying as the second incarnation of the character.

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4 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

The match escalated as both wrestlers took ever greater risks and pulled ever bigger moves, with Lover almost hitting another Lover Stunner before McKenna pulled him away and planted a kiss square in his mouth. Fans went wild, Lover lost his concentration for a split second and that was all Koller needed to pick him up for the Hamburg Rock City that gave him the pinfall.

Nice to see CL hoist by his own petard.

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"The Alpha Male" Edward Cornell © vs "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov

A match half year in the making, this one began with Khoklov winning the King of the Ring Starmageddon match in June for the right to face the NGW Heavyweight champion at End of the World. Although the title was at the time held by Champagne Lover, the latter lost it to Edward Cornell the following month, leading to the night's matchup. Ever since, the two men had interesting trajectories: Cornell made some shady defenses while using his Real Deal group for his own ends, while Khoklov led the Czars from the background while scoring impressive victories over the likes of Champagne Lover and Captain Hero II. The interesting part in this match was how well studied Cornell came into it. Well aware that he couldn't hope to win a standing battle against the Russian giant, Cornell employed scything kicks to chop him down while smartly avoiding all of his moves, seemingly a step ahead of him. Khoklov was brought down to one knee, but once Cornell closed in, he grabbed him in his arms for a bear hug as he slowly regained his vertical base. Cornell did not submit, but the air had definately been squeezed out of his lungs, maybe some of his ribs were broken too, the important thing is Khoklov gained control of the match after that spot. Slowly dismantling Cornell with big slams and blugeoning blows, Marat beat the champion into a pulp as if he was enjoying the process and from the sound of it, the sold out crowd certainly was. Despite the beatdown, Cornell miraculously managed to kick out of a Moscow Lariat and while it kept him in the match, it only infuriated Khoklov further, leading to a Russian Legend Powerbomb that finally kept him down for the three count, with Khoklov winning the title to become the first ever four-time NGW Heavyweight champion in history.

MARAT SMASH! MARAT SMASH! MARAT SMASH!

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Cornell's troubles weren't over though, because Roy Edison, the Lawal twins, Wael Hossam and Aleksander Knyazev all showed up like vultures to surround the ring and block his escape. Knyazev, now seemingly aligned with the others, took the first shot and everyone piled on Cornell for a beatdown as the Real Deal finally imploded or at least kicked Cornell out of the helm. Sick of Cornell's antics, his cockiness and his treatment of the group for months, fans cheered on as each man hit his finishing move on Cornell, leaving him bloodied and beaten in the center of the ring as medical staff ran in to check on him.

 

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Wow. Where to start here?

 

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The Czars (Dovydas Vidmar & The Ivanoff Brothers) © vs The Outcasts (Badass Bantom, Landon Mallory & Wade Orson)

The main show kicks off with a title match and a pretty intense fight as all six men in it bring a lot of physicality to it. Mallory starts the match against the quick tagging Ivanoff brothers and although they try to isolate him near their corner, Mallory is able to escape and tag in the powerhouse Bantom. The Czars respond by tagging in Vidmar and the two big men stare each other down in the middle of the ring for a moment before the punches start flying.

This is one of my favorite vibes... two really big dudes who just wail on each other before they get to the wrestling moves. The rest of this match was awesome, too. I hate Eyeless Vidmar.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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I'm ready for more factions. This looks promising.

 

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Girl Power vs The Wrecking Krew

This was killer.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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NGW Openweight title match
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"Stone Cold Killer" Konrad Mäkinen vs Roy Edison

A match made for the aficionados of classic technical wrestling, the contest to crown the first ever NGW Openweight champion was a potent mix of catch wrestling, technical prowess and more than a few deadly submission holds. Far from a slow and methodical technical masterclass though, Mäkinen and Edison fought this at a breakneck pace

Love it. So many real-world matches could be so much better if they would just up the tempo like this. I'm ready for Konrad to make his name.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

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The Gentleman and the Pitbull vs The Johanssons © (with Signe Lythjohan)

Howard & Frye, still one of my favorites of all time. Outstanding.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:
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NGW Cruiserweight title match
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Champagne Lover vs "The Rock and Roller" Sebastian Koller © (with Viper McKenna)

it quickly became apparent they both had an amazing knack for chain wrestling. Whether it was countering each other's moves back and forth in elaborate sequences or chaining their own attacks into offensive combinations, the two men barely threw a single move on its own from bell to bell.

This match would have popped, hard.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

before McKenna pulled him away and planted a kiss square in his mouth. Fans went wild, Lover lost his concentration for a split second and that was all Koller needed to pick him up for the Hamburg Rock City that gave him the pinfall.

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This is outstanding.

 

7 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:
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NGW Heavyweight title match
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"The Alpha Male" Edward Cornell © vs "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov

A match half year in the making, this one began with Khoklov winning the King of the Ring Starmageddon match in June for the right to face the NGW Heavyweight champion at End of the World. Although the title was at the time held by Champagne Lover, the latter lost it to Edward Cornell the following month, leading to the night's matchup. Ever since, the two men had interesting trajectories: Cornell made some shady defenses while using his Real Deal group for his own ends, while Khoklov led the Czars from the background while scoring impressive victories over the likes of Champagne Lover and Captain Hero II. The interesting part in this match was how well studied Cornell came into it. Well aware that he couldn't hope to win a standing battle against the Russian giant, Cornell employed scything kicks to chop him down while smartly avoiding all of his moves, seemingly a step ahead of him. Khoklov was brought down to one knee, but once Cornell closed in, he grabbed him in his arms for a bear hug as he slowly regained his vertical base. Cornell did not submit, but the air had definately been squeezed out of his lungs, maybe some of his ribs were broken too, the important thing is Khoklov gained control of the match after that spot. Slowly dismantling Cornell with big slams and blugeoning blows, Marat beat the champion into a pulp as if he was enjoying the process and from the sound of it, the sold out crowd certainly was. Despite the beatdown, Cornell miraculously managed to kick out of a Moscow Lariat and while it kept him in the match, it only infuriated Khoklov further, leading to a Russian Legend Powerbomb that finally kept him down for the three count, with Khoklov winning the title to become the first ever four-time NGW Heavyweight champion in history.

Winner AND NEW NGW Heavyweight champion: "The Moscow Mauler" Marat Khoklov
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Cornell's troubles weren't over though, because Roy Edison, the Lawal twins, Wael Hossam and Aleksander Knyazev all showed up like vultures to surround the ring and block his escape. Knyazev, now seemingly aligned with the others, took the first shot and everyone piled on Cornell for a beatdown as the Real Deal finally imploded or at least kicked Cornell out of the helm. Sick of Cornell's antics, his cockiness and his treatment of the group for months, fans cheered on as each man hit his finishing move on Cornell, leaving him bloodied and beaten in the center of the ring as medical staff ran in to check on him.

Everything about this makes me happy. Fans to Cornell:

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NGW Women's title match
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Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez © vs "The Gothic Grappler" Fusae Etsuko

Rodriguez and Etsuko had no small task headlining the show, especially after everything that preceeded their match, but they delivered like they always do: a half hour epic contest that is sure to go down in the history books as one of the best matches NGW has ever had to date. The chemistry was there, as were the history and drama, yet the two women wrestled like proper athletes: no theatrics, no hatred on display, just two world class wrestlers out to prove who is the best of them. Rodriguez even pulled off an Amazon Plunge, a nod and a tribute to Etsuko's greatest opponent to date, Geena the Warrior Princess, getting a loud reaction and a near fall as a result. Etsuko showcased all the signature traits of her joshi training, from stiff strikes to slick technical wrestling, graceful high flying, athleticism and resilience as she chased the Lullaby. Rodriguez countered it once or twice, escaped it another time and almost tapped out to it before she mustered one final burst of courage to reach the ropes for a break. Likewise, Rodriguez made several attempts to pull off the J-Rocker, with Etsuko escaping the set-up front facelock before the move could be completed. She even hit Etsuko with her own Darkness Falls running knee, getting another near fall and just past the thirty minute mark, she finally managed to execute a J-Rocker for a pin.

Winner: Joanne "J-Ro" Rodriguez
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"B"

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That was awesome!

 

On 11/25/2019 at 10:19 PM, DarK_RaideR said:
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Double Dutch vs Team Fly vs The Foreign Legion

Double Dutch and Team Fly are both well known, veteran teams who have held tag team gold, meaning that French technical wrestlers Jaqcues and Pierre DuPont enter this match as the underdogs. As such (and probably as a joke fitting their offensively stereotypical gimmicks) they shy away from any tags for most of the match, preferring to let their opponents wear each other out. Once Lister hits a Kanobi Kutter on Van Heer though, the DuPonts see their chance and quickly drag Lister away from the cover to forcibly tag themselves into the match and steal the pin. Van Heer kicks out though and that leads to Double Dutch versus the Foreign Legion for a bit, the Frenchmen doing their best to ground the plucky underdog high flyers but eventually falling to their Orange Wave double team maneuver. The match down to Double Dutch and Team Fly again, things pick up without the distraction of the DuPonts on the apron and after a spectacular crescendo, Van Bon is hit with a Mile High Moonsault. Van Heer tries to make the save but Lister cuts him off as Van Bon kicks out of Matravers' cover. A quick tag later, Lister is the legal man and picks up Van Bon to deliver a Kanobi Kutter, this time enough to keep him down for the count while Van Heer is reeling at ringside.

Winners: Team Fly

I was afraid the Legion would get away with their dirty trick, but I was pleased to see that the rightful champions came out on top :)

 

On 11/25/2019 at 10:19 PM, DarK_RaideR said:
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Ryushi Ryusaki walks into the scene as the proverbial knight in shining armor to rescue Vita, telling the three Italians to leave her alone. Instead of firing back on the mic, the trio simply assaults Ryusaki, beating him down until two more figures enter the fray to pull them away and create some separation.

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It's Masaru Ugaki and Morimasa Kato! As the announcing team comments, the two men have spent time with Ryusaki in EWA, with Ugaki being the hand picked protege of the legendary Yoshimi Mushashibo while Kato is a legitimately dangerous shoot wrestler and mixed martial artist. The segment ends with Ugaki and Kato helping Ryusaki up, the three Japanese wrestlers now apparently having formed some sort of group against the Army of Lovers.

Oooh, I am liking this!  This looks like a group that could have some serious potential to split my fandom between them and the League of Heroes

 

On 11/25/2019 at 10:19 PM, DarK_RaideR said:
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Cornell's troubles weren't over though, because Roy Edison, the Lawal twins, Wael Hossam and Aleksander Knyazev all showed up like vultures to surround the ring and block his escape. Knyazev, now seemingly aligned with the others, took the first shot and everyone piled on Cornell for a beatdown as the Real Deal finally imploded or at least kicked Cornell out of the helm. Sick of Cornell's antics, his cockiness and his treatment of the group for months, fans cheered on as each man hit his finishing move on Cornell, leaving him bloodied and beaten in the center of the ring as medical staff ran in to check on him.

Bravo!

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