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    #LOPFantasyDraft Wrestlemania Cards discussion thread

    I will post the Wrestlemania cards for the #LOPFANTASYDRAFT here for further discussion between mostly those who are in it. As they're posted on the website, i'll post them here shortly after. Enjoy! Discuss! Debate!

    DYNO MANIA
    Dynamite Billington's Wrestlemania Card based on the 20 guys he drafted.

    Del Rio v Duggan(US Title)


    Following the Pre-show and Lillian’s customary rendition of America the Beautiful, the evening starts with the Mexican Aristocrat coming out with his US Title belt, cutting a promo about being better than the common folk that surround the ring.

    As the boos rise, Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes out to a huge pop.

    In a standard Face v Heel match, Duggan initially gets the upper hand with some brawling punches before Del Rio takes over and wears him down with his signature technical wrestling. Following a false finish, Duggan gets the crowd behind him and makes his comeback, bringing the US title home to an American working class hero and getting the crowd in a good mood for the rest of the evening.



    Stevie Richards (HC) v Viscera v Balls Mahoney v Brooklyn Brawler (Hard-core Title)

    It just wouldn’t be WrestleMania without a multi-man clusterfuck of a match to get as many people as possible on the card. The Hardcore Title was always perfect for this.

    Stevie Richards starts the night as Champion, but after 10 minutes of the usual hard core title match shenanigans, gets pinned by The Brawler giving us a new Champ and giving the jobber legend his long-deserved #WrestleManiaMoment.

    Then Balls Mahoney hits him with a trash can and gets the pin under the 24/7 rule before running for the exit with the belt.



    Bray Wyatt v Bo Dallas

    Wyatt, as the leader of the recently introduced Family and Dallas as the NXT Champion acknowledge their real-life brotherhood on screen. Wyatt attempts to recruit Dallas to join his new family, Dallas attempts to reconcile his brother with his real family by making him Bo-lieve.

    Bray wins, but Bo forgives him.



    Backstage Jim Duggan is being interviewed about his title win, when in the background Viscera hits Mahoney with a chair and pins him to become the new Hardcore Champion.



    Rikishi v Carlito

    This feud starts a few weeks before WrestleMania with Carlito interrupting Too Cool doing their usual dance, deciding it’s not cool. After a few confrontations between them, Rikishi gets involved. Carlito spits apple in his face and the match is set.

    Rikishi wins and his friends come out for a post match celebratory dance.



    In the car park, Viscera is about to get into his car & leave when Mahoney hits him with a road sign and pins him to become the new Hardcore Champion.



    Barbarian v Vader

    Following a series of television matches where Barbarian & Vader beat a string of the same opponents, they finally end up clashing to determine who the better man is. A typical big man bout, this features a good amount of technical wrestling as well as the expected amount of power moves and strength contests.

    I think Vader would win this one.



    Back in the venue’s foyer, Stevie blasts Mahoney with a fire extinguisher & pins him to become the new Hardcore Champion.



    Honky Tonk Man v Ron Killings (IC Title)

    The build for this was purely focused on the entertainment side of sports entertainment, based on who was more deserving of a Japanese record deal and whether Rap or Rock N Roll was the big thing out there.

    The match features all the best that the competitors can offer, incorporating comedy spots and typical cowardly heel antics, but in the end the Honky Tonk Man ends up with the victory successfully retaining his title.



    In a catering area somewhere in the building, Viscera slams Stevie through a table & pins him to become the new Hardcore Champion.



    Lance Storm (<100kg Champion) v Hurricane Helms

    Shortly after losing the Canadian Heavyweight Championship and the Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title, Lance Storm is expecting to defend his 100kg and Under title against the winner of a No. 1 contenders tournament, Gregory Helms. Unfortunately, the Hurricane has come to WrestleMania instead.

    Storm comes out trying to be serious and question where Gregory Helms is, only to be cut short on every sentence by The Hurricane. Eventually the match starts and the classic 100kg and under style bout takes place. Hurricane wins, renaming the title the Light-Heavyweight Championship.



    Stevie Richards, Viscera, Brooklyn Brawler and Balls Mahoney are shown brawling in the Gorilla position, before spilling out onto the entrance stage and continuing into the ring. Eventually Stevie Richards pushes Viscera off the ring apron through the announce table & pins him to become the new Hardcore Champion, before running away and successfully leaving the arena with the belt.[



    Edge v Harley Race (WHC)

    Edge (as a face having recently made his comeback from injury to win the Royal Rumble) challenges the heel champ for the Big Gold Belt.

    Much of the build up to the match revolves around Race’s opinion that he is the undisputed King and despite acknowledging Edge’s previous title runs, he also makes the point that they were all opportunistic and short lived – much like he claimed the match would be before making the pretender to his championship kneel before him after the match. Edge uses his wit and comedic timing to respond to all of Race’s put downs and get the crowd behind him.

    After the longest match of the night, Edge wins the match then humiliates Race by making him kneel before him as Race had done to so many in the past whilst posing with the belt for the benefit of those with flash photography.



    Taker v Balor (21-0 Streak v The Demon)

    Taker gets the most elaborate entrance to date, surrounded by 100s of druidic followers lit by the customary blue light.

    Once his entrance routine is complete, as his arms raise the lights turn red, and Balor’s music starts. The Demon makes his way to the ring and as he passes the druids they remove their hoods to reveal their faces covered in Demon style makeup.

    Following a long & hard fought battle which receives at least a 4* review from across the internet (despite occasional complaints about the use of special effects), Taker summons up his lightening and targets Balor. The Demon soaks up the energy, blasts it back at Taker and gets the victory, using a new finishing move that is specific to The Demon.

    The Demon’s inheritance of Taker’s supernatural powers sets off a multi-year streak of that character appearing randomly once or twice a year and remaining undefeated for several years, with that streak becoming a legend in its own right.

    The show closes with Taker getting the send-off he had at WM33. The next night on Raw, he comes out as the American Badass and cuts a ‘human’ promo, confirming his retirement.

    And he actually retires.

    MARC-MANIA
    Marc Asnes' Wrestlemania card based off the 20 guys he drafted.

    1. Marc mero vs tatanka
    Marc mero wins off distraction from Sable flashing her goods.

    2. Triple threat Hardcore title match
    Bubba ray vs test (c) vs the sandman
    Bubba ray wins title

    3. Cruiserweight championship
    Chavo guerrero (c) vs Dean malenko

    Malenko wins title

    4. Ahmed Johnson vs Vladimir kozlov
    Johnson wins

    5. Bobby lashley vs butch reed
    Lashley wins

    6. Jerry Lawler vs Damien sandow
    Sandow wins

    7. Intercontential title match
    Piper (c) vs George the animal steele

    Dq piper retains

    8. Number 1 contender to wwe title
    Kevin Nash vs Rusev

    Kevin Nash wins

    9. Wwe championship with special enforcer Mr t
    Batista (c) vs Stone cold steve austin

    Austin wins title

    'PLANMANIA
    Samuel Plan's Wrestlemania card based off of the 20 guys he drafted.

    The Top Guys (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) def. The Hart Dungeon (Tyson Kidd and DH Smith) (c.) for the Tag Team Championships


    The Competitors: This one is pretty paint by numbers. The Hart Dungeon will be as they were during their height on WWE’s main roster. The Top Guys will be exactly as you know Revival to be, with the added extra of having had an alliance with Rollins all these months and backed him up at every turn as ‘The Top Guys.’

    The Build: The Dungeon and D&D will have been the two big forces in the tag ranks from day one. The Dungeon first won the titles at SummerPlan only to trade them to D&D with a loss on TVs. They’d recapture the titles in an epic Eight Man Tag at TTT where the World, Openweight and Tag titles were all on the line and the champion pinned would drop their title – with the Dungeon pinning D&D, the titles moved back. From there D&D would be busy protecting Rollins while the Dungeon fended off challenges from all comers until the division comes full circle again just in time for PlanMania.

    The Match: I mean, it’s a Revival / Hart Foundation match essentially. You do the maths! Every show needs a hot opener and I’d produce this as exactly that, with D&D going over to recapture Tag gold, this time for a lengthy stint.

    The Aftermath: Hart Dungeon would lose a rematch before looking to temporarily focus in on singles competition for a while. D&D would beat down Rollins the night after ‘Mania thanks to the build to and outcome of the main event, before renaming themselves Shatter Machine (for having destroyed the Architect!). Rollins would be told he was no longer a ‘top guy’ and that it was they who didn’t need him, not the other way around. That would transition into Shatter Machine’s first title feud – them vs. Rollins and Mercury (more on that next!).

    Tyler Breeze def. Joey Mercury by pin fall


    The Competitors: Breeze will be his NXT self, back when the gimmick, though faintly comic, was still treated with relative seriousness. Mercury will be his 2006 self, all red carpet and paps, but having freshly turned babyface and gradually shedding the camp.

    The Build: At SummerPlan, Breeze and Mercury were two thirds of the Junior Heavyweight Championship Match that crowned Itami champion. In that fray they discovered what they were capable of as a team and formed the It Factor. From there they pursued a chance at the Hart Dungeon’s Tag Team Championships, working their way to a number one contendership match against the Caribbean Connection at TTT. They would prove victorious, and get their opportunity at Fury Road – only for things to go awry and for them to come up short.

    Breeze would blame Mercury for the loss, claiming Mercury wasn’t on his level and beginning a one-man campaign of hate against his famous friend. Mercury would respond by claiming Breeze was jealous of his greater fame and fortune – something Breeze would scoff at, claiming Mercury to be talentless compared to his gorgeous self. There would be a number of public run-ins at photo-ops and press conferences and red carpets where they would regularly come to blows until Mercury challenges Breeze to settle it in the ring at PlanMania.

    The Match: Lavishly produced, the ring would be surrounded by reporters, news crews and paparazzi for this match the world was watching. It would be the ‘Jericho / Christian’ of my card, a dark horse show-stealer wrestled between two excellent mid card workers to an over-achievement of a longer match than might have been expected. Eventually, Breeze would pick up a cheap win.

    The Aftermath: Mercury would slowly begin to shed his pomp and pursue adopting a more legitimate image, transforming into a more serious ‘Shield-lite’ type character. He would find himself linking up with good friend Seth Rollins, who would be beginning his own redemptive arc, to help in Rollins’ new feud opposite D&D. Meanwhile, Breeze would have his victory officially overturned when one of the news crews release footage of his having pulled Mercury’s tights. This would catalyse a more aggressive Breeze who would go to feud at length with Gable for the Junior Heavyweight title.

    Savio w/ Primo def. Bobby Roode w/ Shane McMahon in a Caribbean Strap Match


    The Competitors: Bobby Roode will be in his NXT heel persona, placing particular emphasis on his status as a box office attraction. Savio will drop his second name as part of his team with Primo, though the two will be basically as you know them – fairly straight up pure babyface characters who are all about work rate.

    The Build: Primo had beaten Savio in a singles match to qualify unexpectedly for the Fury Road at the last special event, in which he encountered Bobby Roode. During the action, Roode would go on to injure Primo, forcing him into missing active ring competition at PlanMania. Naturally Savio would take exception to this, and would pursue Roode on TV for the next few weeks, but thanks to McMahon Roode would always gain and upper hand and leave Savio laying. Eventually, getting sick of Savio’s interference and feeling ever cockier over his successful self-defence, Roode would challenge Savio to a match at PlanMania and promise to leave him injured like his partner before him. Savio agrees to terms on McMahon being in Roode’s corner during the match, but only if Roode accepts a Caribbean Strap Match stipulation; Roode does just that, then Savio reveals Primo will be his cornerman to counteract McMahon too.

    The Match: If you’ve seen Austin/Vega at IYH when they had a Strap Match you know what to expect here. There’ll be no blood, but the action will be multi-faceted and the cornermen will play a role not too dissimilar to Michaels and Heyman in the Trips/Lesnar WrestleMania match – basically counteracting one another throughout. Savio will eventually pick up a feel good win.

    The Aftermath: Primo will return to action and the Caribbean Connection focus their efforts on the tag team division, putting Primo’s injury behind them. McMahon and Roode would fall out heavily over Roode’s loss, each blaming the other, until Roode comes to side with Mayweather in wanting to kick McMahon from the faction he founded.

    William Regal def. Don Muraco (c.) by submission for the Openweight Championship


    The Competitors: The Magnificent One will be very much in the same guise he had as IC Champ when he was feuding with Snuka – brash, verbose, actively thriving off the animosity of the people. Regal will be like his current self albeit in physical prime of course – someone the people respect for his experience, for his work ethic, and I’ll play up his working class roots over his typical aristocratic character.

    The Build: Muraco is a long-reigning champion who has somehow survived his way past the majority of folks able and interested in challenging for his championship. A feud with Regal has felt inevitable, and it’s a real clash of personalities – the OTT Muraco and the muted and reserved Regal just do not get alone. Regal will win a three match eliminator to earn his championship shot, and from there the gloves will be off. The two will have a number of physical altercations ahead of the event, often interrupting one another’s interviews for example, and it’s never pretty. Not ever. Despite the technical skills of Regal, it’s a smash mouth affair between these two, with Regal promising to humble the braggadocios champion and beat some respect into him.

    The Match: Attitude Era style stuff, this one; just a sleeves up, fists up old fashioned bar fight between the two of them, but one that goes at a good pace. Eventually Regal will gain the upper hand and force Muraco into a Regal Stretch, eschewing the brawling for his submission skill and catching Muraco off guard to attain a submission win and become the new champion!

    The Aftermath: The division will make a basic switch, from being anchored by the roster’s best heel worker to the roster’s best mid card babyface worker. Eventually Muraco will find himself locked in a feud with Doug Furnas over which of them is the stronger man while Regal will go on to have a series of intensely physical matches with Itami before eventually surrendering to his avaricious, aristocratic tendencies to join the One Percent when McMahon is kicked out by Mayweather.

    Doug Furnas breaks a powerlifting world record


    The Competitors: Until this point Furnas will have been largely restricted to being Gable’s partner in tag matches, but will be presented with a heavy focus on his powerlifting records and as the premier strongman of the roster.

    The Build: Pretty simple this. When Floyd Mayweather starts running his mouth about being the most legit competitor on the roster, Chad Gable and Furnas both take exception. While Gable pursues Mayweather though, Furnas has his own way of disproving Mayweather and proving his own worth – setting a new powerlifting world record on a grand stage.

    The Segment: If you’ve ever seen the original 1988 Royal Rumble, they do a similar segment with Dino Bravo. This would be like that, only with a bit more pomp and higher production values. Furnas would also break the record for important reasons that play out later. Or it’s a nice toilet break ahead of the main event run.

    The Aftermath: This, combined with happenings later in the event, set Furnas on trajectory of a brief singles main event push before solidifying a singles career in the Openweight division, transitioning him fully out of a tag team role.

    Hideo Itami def. Shane McMahon by TKO


    The Competitors: Shane McMahon will be the irritating Boy Wonder version, crazy athletic and capable of a beating but also resourceful and able to hold his own in environments conducive to shenanigans, not to mention endlessly interfering in every match under the sun! Itami, meanwhile, wouldn’t stray too far from his heel persona in NXT before his promotion – except it’ll be angled as more of an anti-hero than an outright villain. Nor would he talk. I’d take the Goldberg approach, of silent and imposing and deadly. That’s the Itami who will have absolutely dominated the Junior Heavyweight division from day one, like the star I know he can be! Oh, and Itami is totally using his original NOAH entrance theme.

    The Build: Itami won the Junior Heavyweight Championship at SummerPlan and, heading into Fury Road, had beaten almost everyone. Mayweather seemed to be heading in that direction too, when Itami was even proven capable of picking apart Mayweather’s considerably larger entourage staff. Itami, however, never counted on McMahon’s interference. One belt shot to the head later and Mayweather had dethroned the Silent Assassin.

    Pissed, Itami would waste no time in chasing Mayweather down, only to discover that Mayweather had lawyered up to prevent Itami from having a well-deserved rematch – or, for that matter, any match whatsoever. Mayweather had a restraining order out. McMahon would take great glee in reminding Itami of the One Percent’s victory over him week after week after week while sticking close to Mayweather to prevent physical reprisals. It would be during Gable and Furnas’s physical altercation with Mayweather and his retinue (more on that later!) that would see McMahon stray too far from his golden boy and Itami was waiting – he battered McMahon into submission, forcing McMahon into relenting to an official in-ring showdown at PlanMania where the firebrand Itami had every intention of taking out his frustrations.

    The Match: With Roode out of action because of his earlier defeat and Mayweather’s own restraining order preventing Mayweather from being at ringside, Shane instead brings Umaga with him to the ring as a cornerman. In spite of the size difference, Itami squares up to Umaga from the off-set. Umaga still beats Itami down, leading to officials, refs and even cops trying to eject the monster from ringside. Fearing legal reprisals of an escalation and now confident of his advantage, Shane would collaborate and send Umaga back. Shane would then be cocky, confident, thinking he had this in the bag. Only early pin fall efforts see Itami kick out, the Silent Assassin slowly fighting his way back until the match becomes an outright beat down of Shane O’Mac, in the one-sided and sickeningly stiff style of the infamous Del Rio/Ziggler match from 2013. Itami would get his win by technical knock out / ref stoppage.

    The Aftermath: This would be Itami’s official transition away from the Junior Heavyweight division and lead to him challenging for Openweight Championships thereafter. He would also eventually reprise his issues with Umaga later down the line, and be produced as an absolute bad ass in refusing to back down from the monster even when heavily outmatched. Shane, meanwhile, would find his leadership challenged by Mayweather after PlanMania because of the humiliation of this defeat and the shenanigans surrounding how the match came together in the first place. This would facilitate McMahon’s downfall and see Mayweather become the faction’s replacement leader.

    DDP def. Umaga by pin fall in a No Holds Barred Career Match – if Umaga wins, DDP must retire


    The Competitors: Umaga will have been produced similarly to how he was heading into the John Cena feud, with a little bit of Yokozuna there too – a deadly monster handled by the man that brought him ashore, Shane McMahon. DDP, meanwhile, would be his WCW People’s Champion self, infinitely charismatic and capable of incredible matches with his Diamond Cutter being his secret weapon.

    The Build: Since SummerPlan, where the One Percent had a hand in costing DDP the World Championship, Dally has been the primary thorn in the side of McMahon’s mega-rich stable. It was Page who assembled the People’s Coalition in the main event of TTT, and it was Page who eliminated Bobby Roode from the Fury Road. In retaliation, the One Percent had cost Page – a man very much beneath them, like all the unwashed masses – the World Championship several times over; at SummerPlan and when Umaga eliminated Page in the Fury Road being the most notable examples.

    Sick of the One Percent’s shenanigans and toxicity, Page decides it’s time to end things once and for all and challenges any member of the group to a match at PlanMania. Shane McMahon accepts under conditions. First, the man he wrestles is no man at all but the monster Umaga. Second, the match is No Holds Barred. Third, if DDP loses, he has to retire. After a little contemplation, with the odds stacked against him, DDP, understanding the importance of the message behind his mission, accepts nonetheless – much to the shock and humour of McMahon.

    The Match: This one is a knock-down drag-out thirty-odd minute bloodbath, mixing the carnage of the Cena/Umaga Last Man Standing with the visuals of the Summerslam 2017 main event with the intensity of the Hogan/Vince Street Fight. Quirks of fate have evened the odds going in, with McMahon and Roode both out of action, promising no interference. DDP would put in a valiant fighting effort, even though Umaga would seem utterly unstoppable – until one well-placed Diamond Cutter, perhaps on a chair or through a table, would allow a crimson-masked Page his elating victory.

    The Aftermath: In the immediate aftermath on the night, once Page had been stretchered away, Umaga would regain consciousness and fly into a rage. Without his handler there to control him, Umaga would be unstoppable, destroying referees and officials all the way through the crowd to the back. In the longer term, Page’s victory, on top of Itami’s and Savio’s, would begin to sew seeds of dissension in the One Percent and Page would transition into eventually becoming Punk’s nemesis once the latter’s heel turn was fully complete (more on that later!).

    Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (c.) def, Chad Gable by escape in a Steel Cage Match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship


    The Competitors: As Mayweather has only ever really wrestled once, it’s that version that I’ll be producing of course, but it’s a gimmick that fits perfectly into my vision for the One Percent. Mayweather would also come complete with his own entourage as an inherent part of his gimmick, full of jabroni bodyguards and the like. Gable, meanwhile, will be as we knew him briefly when a singles competitor on SDL – young, hungry and determined to prove what he can contribute to the organisation. Except a much bigger deal will be made at all times of his Olympian past. Oh, and he’ll use the awesome theme he used with Benjamin, not the American Alpha one!

    The Build: After a run-in during the main event of TTT, Mayweather would challenge Itami for the Junior Heavyweight title at Fury Road – and go on to shock the world by winning thanks to interference from his entourage and, more directly, Shane McMahon. Mayweather would then begin the process of lawyering up to avoid title defences, and especially to avoid a rematch with a furious Itami. While doing this, he would run his mouth relentlessly, proclaiming himself the greatest and most legitimate athlete in the industry – which would grab Gable’s attention.

    In spite of World title frustrations, Gable would claim himself to be a member of a different One Percent – the top one percent of athletes in the industry, which Mayweather, with all his legal loopholes, was not. Gable would challenge for the title, but Mayweather would continue dodging legally and physically. Gable’s partner Doug Furnas – who had similar issues with Mayweather’s proclamation – would help Gable get past Mayweather’s entourage, resulting in Gable publicly humiliating Mayweather with an amateur wrestling display at the expense of the champion. Ignominious, Mayweather would accept the challenge, promising to now break Gable’s face with his fists – only for Gable to reveal, in a last minute twist, that he had lawyered up too to make their match a Steel Cage Match, denying Mayweather’s entourage and One Percent team mates any chance at interference.

    The Match: Taking a cue from both the Owen/Bret and Angle/Benoit Cage Matches, this wouldn’t be a bloodbath but would instead focus on high intensity competitiveness and escape courtesy of Mayweather’s character. Ultimately Gable would be frustrated when an out of control and rampaging Umaga smarting from his defeat and without Shane to handle him would storm the ring, tearing the Cage door clean off and beating Gable down as Mayweather escapes. This would result in a newly world record holding Furnas to run interference for his partner. A stand-off between the strongmen would ensue eventuating in Furnas spinebusting Umaga, derailing and flooring the monster like nobody had before him, to a huge pop, rescuing his buddy.

    The Aftermath: This would begin a main event push for Furnas who would go on to fight Umaga with his strength in a way nobody had witnessed before. With Itami the first main event star forged from the Junior division, Mayweather would soon follow and Gable would dethrone Money to become next in line and the division’s new centre star – this would come to earmark the Junior Heavyweight title as what the NXT title has become to the main roster today.

    CM Punk def. Seth Rollins (c.) by pin fall for the World Championship


    The Competitors: I’m using bratty Rollins circa 2015, constantly cheating his way to retaining his championship and generally acting smarmy and irritating, only using Dash and Dawson in place of J&J. Mixing his 2011 and 2013 anti-heroes, I’ll produce Punk as the violent and impassioned orator looking to change the status quo and crusading for greater influence to affect positive change.

    The Build: Rollins was originally crowned as the frst-ever World Champion at SummerPlan over DDP. Since that time, D&D have helped him escape and / or retain his title against a myriad of stars. CM Punk meanwhile, for a long time, had his hands full with the One Percent, clashing with similar loudmouth and disrespectful industry outsider Floyd Mayweather at SummerPlan before being embroiled with the wider war against the One Percent at Tag Team Turmoil (TTT).

    After getting the victorious pin fall in the Elimination Tag TTT main event, Punk set his sights on the World title, to the chagrin of a frightened Rollins. Punk won entry as a seventh man in the Fury Road after beating D&D in a Last Chance Handicap Match that same night thanks to botched interference from a guest commentating Rollins, and went on to win an impossible victory to earn his title shot.

    From that point on, Punk sought to even the playing field by wielding his pipebombs, accusing Rollins of being disrespectful to the industry and the title; that he was a paper champion hiding behind his hired protection; that he wasn’t on Punk’s level. Rollins would respond, his insecure vanity and his lust for success combining into ordering D&D to stay backstage come PlanMania so he could prove Punk and the world wrong, that he didn’t need back-up, that he was the real Best in the World and he would prove it under no uncertain terms. His final words to D&D would simply be “I don’t need you.”

    The Match: Would be a modern Savage/Steamboat affair, with relentless movement; a high octane competitive chess match, free of any shenanigans and that wouldn’t see Rollins attempt to cheat at all. Nor would it be overlong – a 15/20 minute affair that simply doesn’t stop for breath. Punk would eventually gain a hard-earned victory, while Rollins would gain a hard-earned handshake before bowing out gracefully, his match ostensibly being a babyface turn for him.

    The Aftermath: The next TVs would see fellow Top Guys Dash and Dawson turn on a Rollins seeking redemption, laying out and destroying the Architect and thereby re-christening themselves Shatter Machine – Rollins was no longer a champion even though they now were, was no longer a top guy and was no longer worthy of their effort. Rollins would team with his long-time friend Mercury in a title feud with Shatter Machine which would kick start a year long redemption arc for Rollins that would play in parallel with a year-long corruption arc for Punk, who would hold the title for a year and slowly transform into his latter-day 2012 self. PlanMania II would see Rollins win a rematch with the moral alignments switched as Rollins would complete his redemption while seeking to pull Punk back from the brink.

    JOSH-MANIA


    Main Event for the WWE Championship
    “The Battle of Generations”
    John Cena vs. Bruno Sammartino

    Demon vs. Beast
    Kane vs. Yokozuna

    Extreme Vs. Arrogance
    Jeff Hardy vs. “The Model” Rick Martel

    Tag Team Championship
    The New Age Outlaws vs. Ted DiBiase, Jr. and IRS

    Ron Simmons vs “Cowboy” Bob Orton

    Hair vs Hair Match
    Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs MVP

    Fatal Four Way Hardcore Match
    Crash Holly vs. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs Big Bossman vs. Michael “PS” Hayes

    Pre-Show Match
    Zack Ryder vs. The Red Rooster



    MATTMANIA



    Tazz vs Dain No DQ match for the Hardcore Championship. (Dain wins)

    Mr. Kennedy Open Challenge which is accepted by Masters and is then challenged to a Masterlock challenge. (Mr. Kennedy is unsuccessful)

    Kidman vs London vs Gabriel vs Axel vs Super Crazy vs Psicosis Championship Scramble for the Cruiserweight Championship. (Kidman retains)

    Shelton Benjamin/Charlie Haas (World’s Greatest Tag team) vs Brain Busters in the final of the Tag Team Tournament to crown the new Tag Team Champions. (WGTT wins)

    Mysterio vs Davey Boy for the IC Championship (Davey Boy becomes new IC Champion)

    Angle vs Dynamite Kid (Angle wins)

    Kevin Owens vs Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship (Michaels becomes new WWE Champion)

    Kurt looks like he won’t have an opponent come WM. He’s been proclaiming for weeks that he is the best pure wrestler to ever lace them up and it’s a travesty that someone of his capabilities won’t be in a featured match at WM. Dynamite Kid comes out and steps up to the challenge to prove that he is in fact the best pure wrestler ever.

    This accomplishes getting Kurt vs Dynamite on the card and Dynamite tells Davey that it is something that he has to do for himself and so he has to pull out of the Tag Team Tournament and he hopes that he can understand. This puts Davey on a downward spiral because now he feels he has no path to getting on the card himself and feels like he has been stabbed in the back and left out to dry by his brother so he can chase solo glory when they were so close to winning the Tag Team Championships in their last effort. He starts acting and doing more heelish traits during his single matches. He beats Mysterio in a non title match but after the match is over and Rey is trying to shake his hand Davey viciously beats him down and officially turns heel setting up their match at WM.

    KO and Michaels had been the Tag Team Champions going on 6 months heading into the RAW before Elimination Chamber, the last PPV before WM. There has been a lot of talk that perhaps Shawn has lost a step with his age as the last few title defenses they have had they have barely retained and it’s been Kevin coming to the rescue each time to pick up the win. But it’s been slowly but surely eating at Kevin. The fans have seen the signs that he’s getting frustrated. The commentators have pointed it out too. He hesitated to tag in during their last title defense and actually walked away before coming back and making the tag and picking up the win.

    They are squaring off against The British Bulldogs when Shawn once again has been isolated in the ring for 10 minutes. He jumps down off the apron and sits down in a chair with his head in his hands not knowing what to do. Shawn finally makes a comeback and crawls to his corner to see Kevin isn’t there. He sees him sitting down on a chair and is pleading for him to tag in. Kevin yells at Shawn that he can’t keep doing this. He eventually gets up and makes the tag and they pick up the win over The Bulldogs. Shawn is apologizing after the match saying he’ll do better. As they’re walking back up the ramp Kevin yanks Shawn by his hair head first on to the ramp. He drags him up the ramp and then powerbombs him through a table off the stage. KO opens up Elimination Chamber saying he is forfeiting the Tag Team Championships as he plans on walking into the Elimination Chamber and walking out as the WWE Champion. It comes down to Kurt, the reigning champion, and Kevin. After a hellacious battle Angle gives Kevin an Angle Slam on the grate on the outside but is unable to take advantage and roll him into the ring to make the pin.

    They eventually both get up and Kevin throws Angle into the ropes and gives him a pop-up powerbomb on the outside to the grate. He rolls Angle back into the ring and is barely able to make a cover when Angle kicks out. Shawn suddenly appears from under one of the grates and goes to super kick Kevin but he moves out of the way and he hits Kurt. Before Shawn can react to what he’s done Kevin throws him into the ropes and pop-up powerbombs him onto Kurt and makes the cover to become the new champion. Shawn accidentally costs Kurt his rematch the next night on RAW and keeps terrorizing Kevin until he agrees to give him a title match at WM to prove to him and everyone that he is still in fact the show stopper and he hasn’t lost anything.

    DOCMANIA


    Johnny Mundo (2014/2015) vs. Jeff Jarrett (1995) in Match 7 of a Best-of-Seven Series to determine the #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship – In this card’s opening contest, the culmination of a multi-month saga would bring back memories of Double J’s classic battle with Shawn Michaels from his peak WWF year, with the artist formerly known as John Morrison bringing with him the added edge that he found in Lucha Underground (Season 1).

    Mordecai (2004) vs. Apollo Crews (2016) – The cool-down match would strike diehard fans as an attempt to further push the mystical character played by a talented wrestler, but in a twist of fate, Crews would pick up the surprise win in a relatively short match (think British Bulldog vs. Warlord at WMVII).

    Raven (1996) vs. Tommy Dreamer (1996) in a Hardcore Match – Basically, this would be a carbon copy of the type of battle that they made famous during their classic feud in ECW, blood, guts, and all.

    Barry Windham (1986) vs. A-Train (2006) – Take the version of A-Train that made his career in Japan well-respected (as Giant Bernard) and put him against Windham at his babyface best and you would have a surprisingly fun hoss-ish match featuring mobile big men.

    Marty Jannetty © (1993) vs. Taka Michinoku (1998) vs. Scotty 2 Hotty (2000) vs. Jamie Noble (2002) for the Cruiserweight Championship – This traditional Fatal 4-Way would offer this card its 12-14 minute popcorn match full of intricate spots and incredible pace.

    Lex Luger (1988) vs. Luke Harper (2014) – In this grudge match born of repeated random attacks by Harper on Luger, The Total Package would put his strength and underrated guile up against a modern day monster with still-developing intentions.

    Razor Ramon (1994) vs. Christian © (2011) for the Intercontinental Championship
    – I envision a very similar storyline for Razor vs. Christian that Captain Charisma put to such good use opposite Randy Orton in his peak singles year, and I would imagine the matches to be of similar quality, particularly for this PPV pay-off.

    Shaquille O’Neal vs. Big Show (2008) – Take the version of Show that knocked it out of the park against Floyd Mayweather and give him an in-shape Shaq (insert out of shape Shaq joke here) and you have a special attraction with few peers historically.

    Triple H (2000) vs. Hulk Hogan © (1987) for the WWE Championship
    – If you ever saw a Hogan vs. Orndorff match, you will appreciate what I’m going for here and you will know that this was in no way suffer from a workrate perspective. Trips had the evil bonafides to be an awesome Hulkster foil and this essentially, paying close attention to the specified years, pits the arguably the greatest babyface of all-time against arguably the greatest heel of all-time.



    LATTAMANIA


    1999 D Lo Brown vs 2017 Trent Barreta – European Championship

    Two excellent workers and athletes going for Europe’s finest prize in a PWG style fast match.

    2009 Kofi Kingston vs 2017 Jason Jordan

    The best version of the most decorated midcarder of his or arguably any era (Kingston) against a young Heavyweight prospect who had it going before an injury.

    2013 Jack Swagger vs 1981 Tony Atlas

    A Real American vs Mr. USA. Who’s idea of America will prevail? All the Jingoism.

    1989 Rick Rude vs 1983 JYD

    The Summerslam 88 rematch, except we’re putting JYD back in his drawing prime, having him get led around by Rick Rude and having a clean finish. A perfect body vs The JYD.

    2009 Sheamus vs 1998 Booker T

    Two of the best heavyweight athletes at their athletic peaks, one loved for his intensity, charisma and matches. One reviled for his ruthless nature and quick rise to the top of WWE.

    2017 The Usos vs 1985 The Rock N Roll Express

    The zenith of tag team matches within this entire activity. The Rock N Roll get to meet the Heel Usos who are unlike anything they’ve ever faced with their athleticism, intensity, and aura.

    1998 Chris Benoit vs 2014 Sami Zayn

    Like Neville vs Zayn. But Better. 1998 Benoit was my favorite version of him, he also wasn’t a murderer yet in this time travel affair. 2014 Sami Zayn would look across the ring and face someone arguably better than anyone he’s ever wrestled. I’m giving them 22 minutes and telling them the world says they don’t deserve to be here.

    1985 Dusty Rhodes vs 1999 Vince McMahon – Steel Cage Match

    Hard Times vs The Corporation. Vince decided to cut off Dusty’s checks after an injury, and forced him to fight through hell to finally meet him in a Steel Cage Match. If Austin gave McMahon hell, a rotund charismatic man of the people would irritate him to no end. The prematch promo Dusty cuts is Hard times to the 5th power.

    2014 Daniel Bryan vs 2018 Roman Reigns (C) – WWE Universal Championship

    The one fans chose vs The One WWE did. This would resonate as perhaps the best wrestled most fan invested match that is possible in this competition. This is a match that could headline any stadium in the country. Reigns is getting fully unleashed as a hated heel, while Bryan goes up against his ultimate test and his antithesis in his Man vs The Machine journey.


    SIRSAM-MANIA



    Neville defeats Greg Valentine and Sabu – Openweight Number 1 contenders match


    I really like on fight cards how they will set up the next challenger for a championship early in the night and that is what I would do here. Have the ‘King’ of the Openweight Division Neville assert himself as the next man in line to face the winner of the Openweight Championship match that would come later in the card. Going into this match Sabu would be entering with a view of moving on from the Chaos division he was banished from by The Lions Den Stable. This would kick off the card in hot fashion with Sabu and Neville using Valentine as a platform to fly around the ring.

    Dory Funk Jr defeats Mike Knox – winning the right to corner Terry Funk in the co-main event

    I wanted to create a story that runs throughout the night and this match feeds off the co-main event feud with Dory Funk fighting the monstrous Mike Knox to win the right to corner his brother in the co-main event against Braun Strowman. I always thought Mike Knox was an underrated talent, he had some moments of complete domination and he had a very distinct look in a time well before beards were sported by every big man. In my universe he would pair up with Braun Strowman to reek havoc across the promotion, showing up in random matches and destroying everything. From the build up to the co-main event it would be fairly obvious that if Knox wins he would interfere significantly to help Strowman in the match so Dory Funk winning would give his brother some hope heading into the match against the unstoppable Strowman.

    Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows representing The Lions Den defeat Xavier Woods & Sin Cara

    One of the major sub plots of the midcard would be the domination of heel stable dubbed The Lion’s Den and headed up by Ken Shamrock (it is named after Shamrock’s real life MMA camp). Featuring, Wade Barrett, Brian Kendrick, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows these men would rule over the midcard titles, banishing Sabu from the Chaos division and target a number of the more colourful characters in the midcard, including Xavier Woods & Sin Cara. The pair would band together in the lead up to my Mania card in an effort to seek revenge for their mistreatment. Unfortunately it wouldn’t end so well for them on the night as they take the fall to give the Den some pride coming out of the night and setting up an internal struggle within the den that would play out in the next year.

    Sabu defeats Wade Barrett (c), Al Snow, Sabu, Spike Dudley, The Brian Kendrick, Lance Archer – Chaos Championship match

    A Chaos Championship match is a time limit anything goes match, there can be multiple pinfalls or submissions in the time limit with the winner being the last man to gain a pinfall or submission and is the signature match of the Chaos Championship, my hardcord title. This match would be the first hardcorde match on the card and these guys, who are all familiar with insane risks, would go a little crazy, with Spike Dudley and Kendrick flying around the ring, Sabu & Al Snow taking the crazy gimmick spots and Lance Archer and Wade Barrett providing the solid bases for everyone to brawl off.

    The story in this match though is mainly centered around the original Chaos Champion Sabu v The Lions Den members of Barrett & Kendrick. Through the year, he would have been banished from the division by the stable and his late entry into this match and return to the division would see him take the championship back to where it belongs.

    Mustafa Ali defeats Ken Shamrock (c) – Openweight Championship

    As I mentioned the main mid card plot for the year would be centered around the Openweight Champions stable running roughshod over the division. I think Shamrock is a particularly great midcard champ as he is a legitimate tough guy who has a natural aura of danger around him. He is also smart enough to rally these other men around him in an attempt to take over the company and secure his own position.

    These entitled hard men would be contrasted by the light in the darkness, Mustafa Ali who would come into the promotion as a relatively lower tier talent, get attacked and singled out by the lower levels of the Lion’s Den for his heart and passion. Just like he has in 205 Live he would slowly establish himself as the heart of the midcard, slowly overcoming different members of The Lions Den and build up to the point where he is the the center of the resistance to The Lions Den. Mania would see see Ali complete his arc and be crowned the Openweight Champion defeating Ken Shamrock in a match that starts slow but builds up to a frenetic pace as Ali’s excellent matches against Drew Gullack and Buddy Murphy have.

    This loss also frees up Ken Shamrock to move up to the main event scene and become a big rival to the new champion after Mania.

    Braun Strowman defeats Terry Funk w/Dory Funk Jnr – Dory Funk stoppage

    This match between the wily vet, Terry Funk and unstoppable monster Braun Strowman booked as he was in 2017, is set up at the number 1 contender battle royale when the Funks save Dean Ambrose from a three on one beatdown by Strowman, Knox and Mic Foley. It would be positioned as the always game veteran trying to draw a line in the sand against the marauding Strowman and Knox.

    I would use this match to build Braun Strowman’s unstoppable nature as he batters Funk from pillar to post. While Terry Funk would get his own offence in, eventually the unstoppable monster that survived being driven into the wall, would pummel Funk so badly his brother Dory would have to step in, throwing in the towel to end the match in heartbreaking fashion.


    Dean Ambrose defeats Mic Foley (c) – No DQ match


    My main feud for the year. A heel Mic Foley would run as the inaugural champion for the company, as the Cane Dewey era, anti-hardcore Cactus Jack heel that abhors the violence the crowd revel in ans will stop at nothing to bring down the crowd’s violent heroes. I love the intensely dark and psychological side to Mic Foley and that would be on full display in this version of him. His main competition would be firstly Terry Funk, then the people’s champion Dean Ambrose. I’m booking Dean as he was in early 2016, a people’s champ on a mission to prove himself. When it becomes apparent Foley would have to face the rising Ambrose earlier in the year, Foley would blindside him at every chance and manipulate the two monsters Mike Knox and Braun Strowman into attacking Ambrose and keep him from getting to his championship.

    AQUAMANIA



    Cruiserweight Triple Threat: Shannon Moore (C) vs. Funaki – Funaki wins and becomes the new Cruiserweight Champion

    Build: Funaki wins a Cruiserweight Battle Royal on SmackDown to determine the number one contender.

    Rick Steiner vs. Big E E wins via pinfall

    Hardcore Holly vs. Bad News Brown Bad News Brown via pinfall after landing the Ghetto Blaster on Holly. Good brawl.

    Build: Holly comes out on an episode of RAW and cuts a promo saying that no one is as tough as him. Bad News Brown takes exception, challenging Holly to see who’s tougher. The two fight and officials come out to break it up.

    Sgt. Slaughter vs. The MountieSlaughter wins via submission w/ a Cobra Clutch after The Mountie attempts to taser him while the ref is distracted by Jimmy Hart but Mountie tases himself.

    Build: Slaughter came to the aid of his tag partner, Jim Duggan who was Mountie’s opponent during a match on Superstars due to Mountie using his trusty taser on the opponent. Slaughter guarantees revenge for his tag partner.

    Justin Credible vs. NunzioCredible wins via DQ when the rest of the Full Blooded Italians interfere

    Adrian Adonis vs. Bob BacklundAdonis wins via submission w/ Goodnight Irene.

    “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. Tito SantanaSantana wins after a Flying Forearm in a good technical mix

    Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Waylon Mercy Bigelow wins after the Top Rope Headbutt

    Sycho Sid vs. One Man GangSid wins via pinfall after kicking out of the Splash and hitting a Powerbomb

    Main Event The Rock (C) vs Ultimate WarriorRock retains in a solid power match when a Warrior Splash misses and he nails a Rock Bottom.

    Build: Warrior won the Royal Rumble earlier in the year


    TYPEMANIA


    Triple Threat Match
    Battle of the Forces
    Hercules Vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff Vs. Earthquake


    The Background:

    Orndorff has taken issue with Hercules calling himself the strongest man on the roster. Mr. Wonderful mentions how he was drafted to the NFL, was in the college football hall of fame, and is the greatest athlete of all time. He said strength is about more than just having muscles. Earthquake says he’s the most powerful force of the 3 and will send both to the hospital at Wrestlemania.

    Match results:

    Hercules hits a couple of power moves and is pumped up. The fans are clearly behind him and he’s proving his strength He’s flying around the ring and Orndorff looks shocked at his diverse skill set. He goes for a double ax handle from the top rope on Earthquake and nails it., but spends a little too much time pandering to the fans as Orndorff sneaks up and steals the pin.

    Winner: “Mr Wonderful”

    “Don’t Trust Anyone” 4 team tag bout for the WWF tag team championship
    King Kong Bundy/Big John Studd (C) and Demolition (w/ Crush) Vs. The “Delete-thal weapons” Steve Blackman/”Broken” Matt Hardy and Valdango (Val Venis/Fandango)


    Match Stipulation: In an unprecedented move, this match will be two tag team pairings facing off against the other two tag team pairings in a traditional tag team match up. The catch? The winning two teams who score the pinfall will IMMEDIATELY face off against each other for the tag team titles. What kind of strategy will be employed?

    The Background:

    Valdango and and the Delete-thal Weapons have been at each others throats for weeks and Demolition have been chasing Bundy/Studd forever. Jack Tunney decided that these bitter rivals should work together as pairs if they want a crack at each other, so if the Demolition want to be tag champs, they’ll have to first be on the same side of King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd!

    Match Results:

    King Kong Bundy stood in the center of the ring staring over at his teammates, the Demolition, as he toyed with and made an example out of Val Venis Bundy boldly yelled “This is you in 5 minutes!” over at Ax and Smash before finally giving the inevitable Atlantic City Avalanche to a bruised and battered Venus.

    Winners: Bundy/Studd and Demolition

    WWF Tag Team Championship Match
    Bundy/Studd (C) Vs. Demolition


    Immediately following the match, Valdango and the Delete-thal weapons head back on the entrance ramp and continue their brawl. Ax and Smash use the opportunity to beat down a still celebrating King Kong Bundy while Crush distracts Studd. The crowd is going nuts and the ref is pre-occupied with stopping the other fight. Demolition are relentless on Bundy, attacking him with steel chair shot after shot. A new ref runs down to the ring. Ax pins Bundy 1,2, 3 and Bundy/Studd’s year long title reign is over.

    Winners and New Tag team champions: The Demolition

    Intercontinental Championship Match- Dolph Ziggler (C) Vs. Ricky Steamboat

    The Background:

    A rookie Dolph Ziggler had taken the wrestling world by storm. He became Intercontinental champion and has seemingly been unstoppable. Last year, Jim Ross said his match with Nakamura was the best mania match he’d seen since “Steamboat/Savage.” Instead of taking it as a compliment, Ziggler absolutely lost it and became obsessed with Steamboat. For weeks, he called the Dragon out and begged him to come out of retirement, which Steamboat refused. Finally, an absolutely fanatic Ziggler offered to put the Intercontinental title on the line if he’d come back. The title he covets and thinks about to this day. Steamboat accepts and will wrestle his first match in 8 years.

    Match Results:

    The announcers play up the idea that Steamboat just needs to last 10 minutes and his run will have been worthwhile. He’s absolutely dominated most of the match while the announce team beg for the ref to stop the thing. Ziggler looks a little too overconfident and the tide turns in Steamboat’s favor as he significantly slows the pace with arm bars and chops, arm drag take overs, and a back breaker drop. Ziggler looks exhausted but finds a way to hit a zig zag out of nowhere at the 25 minute mark for the win. The music stops and an absolutely spent Ziggler makes it to his feet and helps Steamboat get to his. Ziggler hugs it out with him and the announcers play out that both men won today: Ziggler learned to overcome adversity and grew up before our very eyes and Steamboat proved he still has it.

    Winner and still Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

    Unsanctioned MMA match
    Butterbean (IBA Superheavyweight champion) Vs. Baron Corbin (w/ manager John Brown)


    The Background

    Baron Corbin, a 3-time amateur golden gloves champion, has repeatedly called out Butterbean to face him. The WWE has refused to sanction such a match, but said they could sign a contract for Mania absolving the WWE of any responsibility. Corbin says he’s faster, tougher, and in better shape than Butterbean and he’ll lay him out like he was Bart Gunn.

    Match Results:

    Many were intrigued by the match because outsiders didn’t know if it was real or a work. It was indeed an unsanctioned match. Corbin was projected by Vegas to last just 1 round. Corbin hung around with speed and agility, mostly playing possum for 3 rounds until Butterbean hit him with a picture perfect shot that knocked him out cold with one punch. Corbin was checked on by trainers, but got up on his own power

    Winner (by TKO) in round 4: Butterbean

    World Heavyweight Championship Match
    Shinsuke Nakamura (C) Vs. Sting


    The Background:

    Think ’96 and before Sting here. The Stinger had a year+ reign as the WHC before running into heel Nakamura, who used a low blow when the ref wasn’t looking to steal the title at the rumble. Sting started wearing black and appearing from rafters for about 4 weeks during Shinsuke’s matches after not appearing at all the month after his title loss. Nakamura became extremely paranoid always looking for Sting after his matches.

    The match:

    Sting and Nak spend the first 5-10 minutes feeling each other out before the match picks up. Nak connects with a series of kicks and strikes before Sting gets back on the offense with some drop kicks and a signature bulldog. Sting misses a diving splash when Nak puts the ref in harms way. Nakamura grabs Sting’s bat and is about to low blow him with it, but Sting intercepts and puts him in the scorpion death lock. Ref collects himself and Nak is forced to submit.

    Winner and New World Heavyweight Champion: Sting

    World Wrestling Federation Championship Match
    Bret Hart (C) Vs. Owen Hart


    The Background:

    Owen’s career nearly ended after taking a brutal pile driver from Paul Orndorff last year. Owen was out with a neck injury for 12 months and was told by Doctor’s he’d likely never wrestle again. Bret Hart, who was on a bit of a losing streak and contemplating retirement himself at the age of 39, began dedicating his matches to Owen Hart and realized how fragile this business is and how it can end in an instant. Bret had a second wind in his career due to the Owen stuff and fans began to rally around him. At the Royal Rumble this past year, he won the vacated World Wrestling Federation Championship with Owen in his corner.

    The following night on RAW, Bret in an emotional tear filled moment, called Owen to the ring and said that the championship was just as much Owen’s as it was his. He wanted to thank Owen for giving him something to fight for again and they hugged it out. Bret’s guitar intro to his theme started up and the two were about to head out of the ring when Owen viciously attacked Bret from behind punching him relentlessly. As Bret was out cold, Owen grabbed a microphone and pulled out a piece of paper he had in his jeans pocket. A stunned and silenced crowd went mute eagerly waiting what Owen had to say:

    “I’ll get to the good part: Owen Hart has made a full and complete recovery from neck surgery and is cleared for in-ring competition”

    (Owen crumbles up the piece of paper, shoves it in Bret’s mouth, and walks out, throwing the microphone on him)

    FOLLOWING WEEK ON RAW
    “Why Owen, why?”!
    Owen hart explains his actions


    “A lot of people are asking me why I did what I did to my own brother. People are asking me why I’d turn my back on flesh and blood, the man who dedicated matches in my honor. The truth is, none of you know Bret. Bret Hart is selfish and Bret Hart only cares about himself. It’s why he wouldn’t willingly relinquish his title when he was out the door to WCW, it’s why he calls himself the best there is, was, and ever will be weekly right to my face, and most importantly it’s why he was so willing to make money off my MY injury. I sat at home not knowing if I’d ever lace up my boots again and Bret Hart used me as his comeback story. It’s always been about Bret. From the moment I was cleared by doctors, I knew I had to keep it a secret and wait for that special moment when Bret’s ego was getting so big, it was about to pop. Bret, it’s simple. I will not stop until I have my championship match at Wrestlemania.”

    BRET’S RESPONSE (FOLLOWING WEEK)

    “Owen, I think you injured more than just your neck- I think you injured your brain too. We’ve already been down this road before. I thought we got past all this bull sh*t. I didn’t use you to make re-ignite my career! This was our chance to do something together, Owen. If you wanted a championship match, if you were healed, all you had to do was ask. But under these circumstances? I wont fight you! I can’t fight you. Why? Because there’s guys in the back who don’t have attack someone to get their attention. There’s guys who aren’t whiny cry babies when they don’t get their way, ones that have earned the right to face me. Owen, we’ve put our family through hell for the sake of being good in this business for a long time and I won’t do it another second."

    (For weeks, Bret refuses to fight Owen under these circumstances and has brought his wife, Diana, as a mediator to no avail.)

    MONDAY NIGHT RAW (3 WEEKS BEFORE MANIA)

    Bret’s 10 year old son, Blade Hart, interrupts Owen’s usual tirade and says how he looks up to him as more than an Uncle and that Owen can prove he’s better not with his words, but his actions in the ring. Blade seems to appear to be getting through to Owen.

    “You’re right” Owen says. “I need to prove to your Dad with my actions in this ring not with words”

    Owen grabs Blade and puts him in the sharpshooter to a sea of boo’s. Bret makes his way down to ringside and attacks Owen Hart. The entire roster comes down to separate them as trainers check on Blade.

    “You want your match at Wrestlemania, Owen?! You got it. And I’m going to make sure your career ends for good this time”

    It’s on officially for Mania

    Match Results:

    It’s a crazy back and forth match for about 20 minutes. Both men are hitting their spots and Owen makes sure not to celebrate between moves or get overconfident like their meeting at Wrestlemania 10. Bret finally gains control and is a bit apprehensive, but hits Owen with a pile driver on the injury prone neck. You could see his anger start to build as he puts the sharpshooter on Owen. Owen tries to get to the ropes but cannot make it and ends up tapping out. Bret refuses to release the hold and Owen is writhing in pain. Martha comes to the ring as do other members of the Hart family. You could tell the family was just broken all over again about the rivalry between the two of them. Bret looks on from the ramp as the family is tending to Owen in the ring. Mania goes off the air

    Winner: Bret Hart

    The next night on RAW, a frustrated Owen Hart starts the show off and says this company isn’t big enough for the both of them any longer. Bret interrupts him to say that finally they agree on something. He tells Owen if he wants this company to himself, he’ll have to earn it, but he also wants Owen to put something up as well. Bret says their ambition to be the best is tearing this family apart and offers to put him the WWF championship up one last time, loser leaves the WWF. Bret says the WWF will a better place without Owen and everyone can move on. Owen wins the match with a sharpshooter and immediately clenches the title and over celebrates. The music stops and the reality of Bret leaving the company hits. Owen gives him a nod as to indicate he’s allowing him to have his moment. The two seem to have some sort of closure and understand. “Thank you, Bret” chants start up now as he has the ring to himself. Shane McMahon branched off from Vince and began a rival wrestling promotion, to which Bret Hart became the face of with a huge 5-year, $80 deal to begin his age 40 year with.

    LWO4LIFE-MANIA (LUCHAMANIA)

    Venue, Alamodome
    Date April 7th, 2018


    Kamala vs. Hector Guerrero: If Hector loses, he must leave the building right away

    Cody demanded that if Eddie challenged him at LuchaMania 2, Hector must have a match ahead of time with a wrestler of his choosing. If Hector loses this match, he will be barred from LuchaMania. The opponent picked was Kamala, a Texas Territory favorite.

    The Match:

    Hector comes out first to a big pop by the Texas crowd. Next is Kamala, whose battles in WCCW are now legendary. Hector goes to attack Kamala the moment he puts down his spear. The punches have no effect. Kamala pushes Hector off and then gives him a big kick. Hector gets up only to eat a double shop to the throat. Kamala then chops Hector, and then a big chop to the top of the head. Hector tries to roll out the ring, but Kamala stops him right away with a big splash onto Hector. 1, 2,… kick out at 2 and a half. Kamala starts to yell something but no one knows what. Hector gets up and kicks Kamala in the stomach. Kamala just slaps his stomach. Hector kicks his leg and Kamala finally falls. This gives Hector and opening. He grabs Kamala’s arm for an arm bar. Kamala gets up though and overpowers Hector, push him to a corner. The ref calls for a break, so Hector lets go, and surprise, Kamala just walks back. He is not use to being hurt, so he is confused on how to wrestle now, so he would not get hurt. Hector uses this to run and try to punch Kamala again, BIG MISTAKE. Kamala just grabs Hector and puts him in a bear hug. Then he runs with Hector to the corner with a sort of running avalanche. Hector falls down, and Kamala runs to the ropes and hits a huge splash! Hector looks out. Kamala climbs to the top rope and jumps off for a splash off the top rope. 1, 2, 3! Kamala wins. He then starts to roll over Hector, thinking you pin him on his stomach. He even hooks his leg from that position. The ref tells him that it is over. Kamala then gets up, and slaps his belly and walks off. A stretcher comes for Hector, and even if he is all right, he is not allowed in the building for tonight’s match.

    Winner: Kamala by pin fall

    NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title Match (225 weight limit)
    Challenger Kalisto vs. Champion Ultimo Dragon

    Ultimo Dragon has been NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion for over a year. The travelling champion is obligated to defend his title at the Texas PPV. Kalisto won a Luchador battle royal for the honor of being the challenger in this match.

    The Match:

    Kalisto and Ultimo Dragon start circling each other, and exchanging lock ups and counters. Kalisto has yet to face a wrestler with the amount of experience UD has but he put up a good fight; he even caught UD guard by his Handspring Head scissors Takedown. Eventually UD kicks Kalisto’s leg from under him when Kalisto finished a back flip. This gave UD the chance to grab Kalisto in a hold and start to wear down Kalisto.

    Though UD dominated most of the match, Kalisto did get some comebacks in. The crowd though was solidly behind the luchador, and at the 12-minute mark, Kalisto started to pick up momentum. Countering UD’s Handspring Back Elbow with a dropkick to the back of the head, Kalisto had the time needed to catch his breath. He rolled outside and waited for UD to get up, and then Kalisto hit his Springboard Seated Senton. When it looked like UD was going to get up, Kalisto rolled behind him as if he was going for a schoolboy, but instead hit his Listo Kick. With Dragon dazed on his knees, Kalisto hit his Running Hurricarnrana, and then covered UD, 1, 2,… kick out. Kalisto was on his knees trying to figure out how to finish off the great champion. He picks up UD and starts to try to get him in the corner to put on the ropes. Instead, UD kicks Kalisto in his leg, then chest, then leg again, then Spinning Heel Kick. As Kalisto tries to get up, UD turns his back to him, and grabs his head to hit the Asai DDT (which Kalisto took and called the Salida del Sol) and got the pin, 1, 2, 3! The winner the Ultimo Dragon. After the match, when the ref handed Dragon the belt, he turned to Kalisto and yelled, “That’s my move, I’m the creator!” as Kalisto rolled on the ground. After Dragon left, Kalisto stood in the ring and the Texas crowd cheered and chanted Lucha, Lucha, Lucha. Kalisto may have lost this match, but he will be back to fight another day.

    Winner: Ultimo Dragon by pin fall


    Chicago Street Fight
    Tenryu and Yoshi Tatsu vs. The Road Warriors

    In Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (Jim Crockett Promotions) in the Carolinas, the Road Warriors and Tenryu held the territories Trios Titles. Originally, the Road Warriors and Nikita Koloff won the titles from Kalisto, Pedro Morales, and Ultimo Dragon. Koloff was fired from that promotion after bleeding live on-air, causing the Road Warriors to pick a new partner. They called Tenryu from All Japan Pro Wrestling to fill in (actually, Tenryu and the Road Warriors were 6 man tag champs in JCP). Their first title defense with the new team was at Starrcade, as Tenryu and the Road Warriors defended against Randy Savage, Chris Jericho, and Doink the Clown. After the victory, the three celebrated. Two weeks later at a TV taping in Atlanta Center Stage, after the three successfully defended the title against Nikolai Volkoff, Iron Sheik, and Jake the Snake, Hawk clotheslined Tenryu when Tenryu’s back was turnt. Animal and Hawk doubled teamed Tenryu, breaking up the team, and causing Mid-Atlantic Trios titles to be held up in a tournament. The next week in Charlotte, the Road Warriors were battling Mark Henry and Kerry Von Erich to become the number one contender for the NWA World Tag Team championships. Tenryu ran to the ring and hit Hawk in the back with a chair, allowing Mark Henry to give Hawk the World’s Strongest Slam. Right when the ref’s hand hit three, Tenryu slide inside and nailed Animal with the chair. As each member of the Road Warriors tried to get up, Tenryu kept hitting them with the chair. Tenryu went back to Japan after this. As the Road Warriors thought that their feud with Tenryu was settled, after their squash match at a TV taping in February, Tenryu ran inside with a chair. This time once he hit Animal in the gut, Hawk hit Tenryu with the double ax handle. However, in comes Yoshi Tatsu with a chair and he hits Hawk. Tenryu and Tatsu challenge the Road Warriors to a Chicago Street Fight at the next LuchaMania!

    The Match:

    First, come out Tenryu and Tatsu. They get a mild reaction, as many do not know whom they are. Then comes the Road Warriors to a big mix reaction. Since most of the rivalry happened in Georgia, many in Texas just know the Road Warriors, and they are more invested in them. As both teams step to the middle of the ring, they start to go at it. It is a no selling fest, as no one is selling anything, except Tatsu, but only mildly. There is no time wasted, all four men are outside the ring and starting to use chairs and Singapore canes, as this match is starting to get out of control.

    15 minutes into this match, it is becoming clear that the LOD is the better team. They are using weapons, and the fans have turned completely in their favor. Out of nowhere, Tatsu hits both Road Warriors in the back with chairs. This was the break that they needed. Tenryu was able to grab a spike from the shoulder pads and use it to gouge on Animal’s head. Bleeding, Animal was trying for a comeback. Hawk was able to fight his way through Tatsu, and lift him up over his head and throw him into the ring. From there he gave Tenryu a double axe handle. However, Tatsu was not hurt from the thrown back into the ring, so he quickly recovered and ran to the ropes, and then hit a suicide dive onto Hawk. He then grabbed Hawk’s arm and started to hit his short arm chops. Tenryu throws a dazed Animal into the ring. There he hits Animal with a strong lariat, folding the Road Warrior in half. He pins Animal, 1, 2… no. Tatsu gets on the apron, and yells at Tenryu to put Animal on Tenryu’s sholders. Tenryu does just that as Tatsu gets on the top rope. Tatsu hits his Spinning Heel Kick from the top rope to Animal! Tenryu covers Animal, 1, 2, 3!! Tatsu and Tenryu win as the crowd applauds.

    Winner: Tenryu and Yoshi Tatsu by pin fall


    Doink the Clown (Matt Borne) vs. Pedro Morales

    As Doink was playing pranks all over the territories, in New York for the Royal Rumble, Pedro Morales has enough. Doink splashed water on fans at ringside, and Pedro Morales came out to confront Doink. The New York territory agreed to let Doink and Pedro’s feud play out in the Texas pay per view, as long as they could advertise the next King of the Ring PPV on the show.

    The Match:

    Morales is already in the ring, as he never had music. Doink comes out next to a loud set of boos. Both fighters lock up, but this turns into a very surprising mat wrestling match. Pedro underestimated Doink’s mat abilities, and Doink is truly hanging with the long time veteran. With a heavy Latino crowd in Texas, it is clear that Pedro is the popular choice in this match. Pedro is the first Latino champion, and the crowd is reacting as such. For 10 minutes, both Doink and Pedro are putting on a mat clinic. It actually becomes clear that Pedro is not as good as Doink in mat wrestling.

    Doink is stretching Pedro well now. He has him in an abdominal stretch, but as the crowd gets louder, Pedro is more fired up. Pedro then gives Doink a hip toss. Doink gets up, but all he is doing is feeding the comeback, as every time Doink gets up after being punched, Pedro just punches him again. Doink ducks one of the punches, and hits a low blow that the ref somehow missed. Doink starts to laugh, then get in Pedro’s face and laugh. Doink then grabs Pedro’s leg and stands over his shoulders from Pedro being in a seated position. By pulling up the leg, Doink has Pedro in a submission situation, which Pedro taps out to. Doink is laughing and having a good time as the crowd is booing him.

    Winner: Doink the Clown by submission


    Jake Roberts vs. Kerry Von Erich


    Kerry Von Erich and Mark Henry were well on their way to getting a tag title match against Volkoff and the Iron Sheik when Jake Roberts decided that Von Erich was his next target. After a match, Von Erich and Henry defeated Ultimo Dragon and Cody to get a shot at the NWA tag team titles, Jake attacked Von Erich from behind backstage. Eventually Jake unleashed a King Cobra on Von Erich, which bit him. Von Erich was out for months recovering from the attack. Upon his return, he released his tag title match opportunity with Mark Henry, so he could get a one on one match with Jake. For his part, Jake had been cutting promos on Kerry Von Erich throughout those 3 months, saying that he attack Von Erich because he saw weakness in him. In Texas, the Von Erichs are gods, but all Jake saw was a lost soul who had too many demons that the crowd does not know about. Jake would go on about the demons in everyone’s life, but in his final promo he said, “But know that even Lucifer has a handler, and you’re looking at him.” Von Erich’s dad, Fritz, came out after that promo and promised Kerry would be at LuchaMania, and he will be there to beat Jake Roberts.

    The Match:

    After both men came out, Jake first with his snake, Kerry Von Erich attacked Jake. Jake tried to run outside the ring, but Von Erich followed him and pulled him by the hair. The crowd in Texas was going crazy. Von Erich picked up a chair and nailed Jake in the back. The ref did not call a DQ, so Von Erich did it again. The ref came down to the floor and warned Von Erich, so Kerry threw down the chair and the just punched Jake, then ground and pound him. Jake was in a world of trouble. Finally, Kerry got up and got the crowd fired up!

    After 10 minutes of mostly Kerry having the upper hand, Jake finally got some offense. Jake rolled outside and when Kerry followed, Jake nailed him with a high knee to the face as Kerry was still on the apron. Jake pulled Kerry off the apron and grabbed Kerry’s arm and hit a short arm clothesline! The crowd was booing, and chanting for a Kerry comeback. That is when Jake waved his finger in the air, the sign for the DDT. Jake then grabbed Kerry’s hand and slammed it to the floor with the DDT! Kerry was out. Jake rolled back to the ring and demanded the ref count. The ref though went outside to check on Kerry. As he rolled back in, he started to count from one. That extra time checking on Kerry had bought him a few extra seconds. By the time the ref got to eight, Kerry was leaning on the apron, and at nine, he rolled in the ring. Jake grabbed Kerry’s head for another DDT, but Kerry back flipped Jake over the top rope and Jake feel onto the floor. Kerry rolled back out and started to get the upper hand on Jake. Jake finally rolled backwards into the ring to avoid Kerry. As Kerry followed, Jake was able to grab Kerry’s head and tried for another DDT, but Kerry rolled out. Jake ran for a high knee, but Kerry side stepped it, then countered with the Texas Tornado Punch. Jake was out, 1, 2,… foot’s on the rope. Jake then rolled outside, grabbed a chair and slide it in the ring. Kerry tried to get to Jake before he fully gets back in the ring, and the ref tried to get the chair out. Jake though had another chair, and this time he hit Kerry when the ref was distracted with the other chair. Instead of covering Kerry for the win, Jake took that same chair and hit Kerry with it, but this time the ref saw it. Jake was DQ’d right away. Jake then simply rolled out the ring and grabbed his snake. When Kerry was announced the winner, the crowd popped, but it was clear that this war was far from over.

    Winner: Kerry Von Erich via. DQ


    NWA World Tag Team Championship
    Challengers Mark Henry and Lawrence Taylor vs. Champions Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik

    Kerry Von Erich and Mark Henry won a tournament to get a title shot for the NWA Tag Team Titles at the next LuchaMania. Jake Roberts instead attacked Kerry Von Erich, leaving Mark Henry without a partner. In Volkoff and Sheik’s tour of Texas, they taunted Mark Henry, the former Olympian, and said he cannot find a partner. Henry said he would have a partner. As he left the ring, Sheik hit him from behind with his flagpole. Volkoff brought him back in the ring and both started to beat on him. Sheik then put on the Camel Clutch, which gained a lot of heat in Texas because Henry was an Olympic hero from Texas, and because the Camel Clutch’s inventor was Texas’s own Gory Guerrero. Lawrence Taylor was sitting at ringside, and he grabbed Volkoff’s flag and hit him with it. Sheik saw this, then proceeded to let go of the hold and ran away. LT had chased off the heels. After this, Henry demanded a handicap match against Sheik and Volkoff. Instead, the NWA honored the tournament results and said Henry would get his shot at the title, and he can pick any partner he wanted. With LT next to him, Henry gave him a big hug and said, “This is my partner right here!”

    The Match:

    Henry starts the match, as he is HOT. Sheik pushes Volkoff to Henry and runs out the ring. Volkoff tries to shoulder tackle Henry, but rarely are there men stronger than Volkoff. Henry knocks him down with a body block. Henry spends the next 5 minutes mulling Volkoff. Sheik does not try to tag in at all. Finally, LT tags in, and he is putting a hurting on Volkoff. However, his inexperience caused him to lose control of Volkoff, who tagged in the Sheik. Sheik ran right in and clotheslined LT. This starts a good 5 minutes of Sheik and Volkoff working over LT. Henry keeps reaching for a tag, but Volkoff and Sheik continue to stretch LT as if he’s rookie in Stu Hart’s dungeon. Now Volkoff has LT in the bear hug. The crowd starts to chant for Henry and LT is starting to come alive. LT hits Volkoff with an elbow, then another elbow, Volkoff releases the hold. This allows LT to dive to his corner and tag Mark Henry!

    Henry is a house of fire. He hits Volkoff with a big boot. Sheik comes in and gets meet with a Military Press Drop! Then he hits Volkoff with a military press drop. Sheik is pulling himself up the corner, and Henry hits a fully body Avalanche! He turns around and does the same to Volkoff. Sheik rolls out the ring and starts to walk away, but LT cuts him off with a diving shoulder block off the apron onto the floor. Sheik is out. Henry moves Volkoff into place for a Vader Bomb, and hits it. 1, 2, 3! Mark Henry and LT are new NWA Tag Team Champions! LT runs in and gives Henry and huge hug as both men have the belts!

    Winner: Mark Henry and Lawrence Taylor by pin fall.

    Steel Cage Match (Miss Elizabeth is barred from ringside)
    Randy Savage vs. Chris Jericho

    How we got here: Thanksgiving, at Starrcade in Greenboro, North Carolina, Randy Savage and Chris Jericho teamed up with Doink the Clown to battle Tenryu and the Road Warriors. In the promos leading up to the match, it looked like Jericho was getting a little friendly with Miss Elizabeth. During the match, Hawk started to chase Savage around the ring, Savage grabbed on to Miss Elizabeth, making Hawk stop dead in his tracks. Jericho then grabs Savage, yelling at him, “what are you doing man!” Savage SNAPPED, beating up Jericho pretty badly. This allowed the Road Warriors to put Doink in the Doomsday Devise. Outside the ring, Savage is beating up Jericho through the crowd, but Jericho starts to fight back. Miss Elizabeth looks worried. Referees pulled them apart. From that point on, it was war. Jericho the next night on Prime Time wrestling came on and showed Sean Mooney and Gorilla Moonson the List of Jericho! He then yelled, Randy Savage, YOU MADE THE LIST! Just as he uttered those words, Savage comes from out of nowhere and starts to beat Jericho all around the studio. Mooney and Moonson get out of there as Savage goes nuts.

    This set up a match the day after Christmas in New York, with Jericho and Savage going to a double DQ as both started to use weapons. In January, at the Royal Rumble when Jericho challenged NWA champion Cody, Savage attacked Jericho, causing a DQ finish and costing Jericho the title; but this time Jericho was ready. He had brass knuckles in his pants, which he pulled out and knocked Savage out cold. The crowd cheered as he held his hand in the air. Finally, at a TV taping for World Championship Wrestling, Savage and Jericho wrestled another match. At the end, it looked like Jericho would win, as he hit Savage with a Codebreaker. Savage was out, and Jericho runs to the ropes to hit a Lionsault, when Miss Elizabeth runs in and covers Savage. Jericho looks stunned. When Liz’s gets up crying and begging Jericho to end the feud, Jericho looks down in reflection when Liz pulls out Pepper Stray and gets Jericho RIGHT IN THE EYES! Jericho is blinded. Liz then wakes up Savage and hands him her purse. Savage grabs the purse and hits Jericho over the head with his, knocking Jericho out, Savage then turns the purse over and a brick drops out. The NWA committee the next night orders Savage and Jericho to settle their differences in a Steel Cage at LuchaMania. Liz will be barred from ringside so she doesn’t interfere.

    The Match:

    First Macho Man’s music hits. He comes to the ring in his traditional long tights, with jacket and cowboy hat. As Macho Man entered the cage, he threw his jacket and hat in a corner of the cage. Jericho comes out next in blue jeans and black kneepads. This is going to be a fight, and a fight it is. Both come out and start to punch each other right away. Savage getting the upper hand, back Jericho to a corner, he then looks to hit a big punch, but Jericho ducks out of the way. Savage turns around to a huge chop. Then another, Jericho gets in five good chops to Savage’s chest, which turn Savage’s chest bright red. Jericho then grabs Savage by the hair and throws him face first to the cage. The crowd is going nuts.

    After 20 minutes of back and forth, Jericho is making the comeback. As Jericho starts to fire up the crowd, Savage rolls to his jacket that never left the cage. In that jacket he pulls out a chain and wraps it around his right fist. Jericho goes to pick up Savage when Savage hits him with his wrapped fist. Jericho goes down. He’s not knocked out, but he is rolling on the floor trying to figure out what hit him. Savage starts to pull himself up, and the ref sees the chain on his hand, but does nothing because this is a cage match. Savage then stands over Jericho and starts to choke him with his chain. Savage then shoves Jericho down, and points up to the top of the cage. As he starts to climb up, Jericho runs over and grabs Savage’s leg. Savage tries to kick off Jericho, but Jericho pulls him down. The then grabs the chain on the ground and hits Savage with it. Savage is down. Elizabeth runs back down to the ring. Jericho turns his attention to her, as she has pepper spray. She’s standing on the steps, and Jericho is looking at her, about to open the door. She gets the pepper spray, but Jericho holds his hand over his eyes as she sprays. A ref grabs Liz and she’s taken back. Jericho starts to climb out the cage when Savage barely grabs his ankle. Jericho turns around, and the crowd is cheering him on as he stomps on Savage. He decides to go for the lion sault, but Savage gets his knees up. Jericho is down, and Savage starts to get up. He hits Jericho with a double axe handle. Jericho makes it to his feet and Savage hits in with his running elbow. Savage sees his chain, and picks it up. He then pulls Jericho up by the hair only to lay him out with a Savage punch in between the eyes with the chain. Savage then climbs to the top of the cage. Once on top, Savage looks back at Jericho, and he’s starting to feel it. The crowd rises with anticipation, as everyone can feel it. Savage points down to Jericho, and then points both fingers to the sky; THEN SAVAGE JUMPS OFF THE CAGE WITH HIS FLYING ELBOW! Savage then calls for the ref to make the pin, which he does, 1, 2, 3! Savage has beaten Chris Jericho!

    Winner: Randy Savage via pin fall

    NWA World Title
    Challenger Eddie Guerrero w/ Mystery Manager in an Egg vs. Champion “The American Nightmare” Cody

    How we got here: Eddie Guerrero won the NWA title from Randy Savage at the first ever LuchaMania. Being a popular babyface, Guerrero defended the title against all comers. Traveling outside of Texas, Guerrero was able to be that traveling champion of NWA yesteryear. His matches in Japan and Mexico are now legendary. It looked like the NWA was in good hands, that was until the All In PPV. There, in his defense against Cody, Eddie fell victim to his own strategies as the Bullet Club member Ultimo Dragon interfered in the match, giving Cody the win. Cody would go on to keep the title in Japan and sometimes go to Ring of Honor to defend the title. After Eddie lost the title, a giant egg would now show up at every TV and live event in the Texas territory. The people of the territories grew restless, as Cody travel schedule skipped over many places. In January, Cody would defend his title on the New York territories card. In his match with Chris Jericho in New York for the Royal Rumble PPV, Cody escaped barely when Randy Savage ran in, costing Cody the match by DQ, but allowing Cody to his championship. After the match backstage, Cody took his title to escape, and Eddie was there trying to chase him. Eddie was there for the Royal Rumble, winner getting a WWE title match at WrestleMania. Of course, Eddie did not win the Royal Rumble, but he wanted the NWA title more.

    After the New York territory event, Cody promised to defend his title in Texas, claiming that his father’s legacy was important to him. However, no one was buying it. Finally, Cody promised to fight whoever was in the egg in the next PPV. The NWA committee rejected this request, and Eddie Guerrero continued to call out Cody. Since Eddie never got his rematch, the NWA committee demanded that in the next PPV, Cody would defend his NWA World title again Eddie Guerrero.

    The Match:

    The egg still sits next to the entrance. First Eddie comes out, and as he comes out, he knocks on the egg and does his Latino Heat strut to the ring. The crowd is eating this up. Loud Eddie chats start up as Eddie fires up the crowd. Next comes out Cody to loud boo’s. As pointed out by the announcers Marc Lowrance and Frank Dusek, you had never thought you would see a Rhodes booed in Texas. Both wrestlers stair each other down as the crowd rises with excitement.

    Once the bell rings, Eddie charges Cody, but Cody was ready and side steps Eddie. Eddie stops before hitting the turnbuckle, and has a confused look on his face. Cody then steps back as Eddie turns around. Eddie realized that he cannot charge forward in this match, and if he is going to win, then he must trust his mat skills to breakdown Cody. Cody and Eddie then lock up and exchange holds and counters. Eddie using his lucha libre moves is able to flip out of many moves, but Cody kept using his knowledge of ground base wrestling to take down Guerrero. After 15 minutes, the action started to pick up.

    After 15 minutes, Cody slide outside with Guerrero trying to get up. He looked under the ring and pulled out a chair. Knowing he can keep the title on a DQ, Cody pushed the chair in the ring and rolled in. The ref jumped right in front of Cody, trying to grab the chair. As the ref was distracted, Ultimo Dragon and Doink the Clown run and crawl under the ring. The ref throws the chair out, and as Cody goes to get Eddie, Guerrero rolls him up in a small package. 1, 2,…. Kick out at 2 and a half! Just as Cody kicks out, the Egg starts to shake. Cody then tries to grab Eddie by his head, but Eddie gives him a jawbreaker. Eddie then runs to the top rope and pulls off a Frog Splash and the ref counts, 1, 2,… and Ultimo Dragon pulls the referee out the ring and Doink hits him with a giant clown hammer! Doink and Dragon both go into the ring and attack Eddie. Then the egg hatches, and out pops the Goobley Gooker! The Gooker starts to dance as the Chicken Dance song plays. The crowd has no idea what to think, some are chanting “bullshit”, but Dragon and Doink both look on. Cody rolls to the side, Dragon and Doink are staring out to the isle were a giant chicken is dancing to the ring, and behind both Eddie gets up with a chair that he just grabbed, and NAILS Dragon with it. Dragon is out cold. Doink turns around and Eddie hits him over the head, and Doink is out. Cody slides into the ring and low blows Eddie. Eddie is down. The Gooker now is in the ring and starts to grab Cody’s hand to dance. Doink and Dragon have rolled out the ring, and Eddie is in a corner trying to regroup. Cody looks at the Gooker, and the Gooker’s wing is out there. Finally, Cody agrees, and both are dancing in the middle of the ring with the fans booing loudly. Cody then tells the Gooker to bring him Eddie. The Gooker goes to Eddie, takes off his leg, and just when it looks like he was going to hit Eddie, he turns and HITS CODY! Cody is out cold, and the Gooker turns the foot over and out falls a brick! Then the Gooker takes off his mask to revel IT’S HECTOR GUERRERO! Hector then slides outside to revive the ref. The crowd starts chanting Eddie, Eddie, Eddie, as Eddie goes to the top rope and hits another Frog Splash! 1, 2, 3!!! The crowd EXPLODES. Hector jumps in the ring and gives Eddie a huge hug! The ref is dazed, but still hands Eddie the NWA World title. It’s a celebration in San Antonio, TX!

    Winner: Eddie Guerrero via pin fall



    MIZFANMANIA

    *Mr Perfect (c) (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. 2 Cold Scorpio – Ladder Match, NWA United States Championship

    The Competitors: Everyone knows Mr Perfect, and his association with Heenan is legendary. The Perfect I’m using is the one from 1990, when he first won the Intercontinental Championship. Hopefully people know 2 Cold as well, but if not you owe it to yourself to check this man. One of the biggest high flying innovators in wrestling history, in a different time and place his star could have been much brighter than it was. I’m taking him from one of his best runs, his 1993 WCW run.

    The Build Up: In an interview, it is suggested to Perfect and Heenan than Scorpio could be a valid challenger for his title. Heenan immediately dismisses the idea, stating besides having a ridiculous name, for all his fancy moves Scorpio is not the type of wrestler that can win a big title, that he’s so interested in flipping around the ring in new ways that he has no idea how to win when the chips are down, which is why during his career up to this point others have won the big titles and people have gone on to shamelessly steal the moves he innovated. Scorpio vows to prove that his style is effective as well as flashy, but Perfect takes to mocking Scorpio whenever he crosses paths with him… that is until Scorpio manages to pin him in a Heenan Family six man tag match with that same flipping offense. Perfect and Heenan become wary of Scorpio after that, but the championship committee rules Perfect must defend his title against Scorpio! Scorpio is even able to bait Perfect into promising that anything Scorp can do, he can do better (perfectly, in fact), and thus tricks him into accepting the stipulation of a ladder match!

    The Match: If you can imagine combining the innovative offense of 2 Cold with the bumping of Mr Perfect, you’ll be able to grasp just how good this has the potential to be! And adding a ladder on top of everything is so much the better. Scorpio is on a mission to prove the worth of his style, so he pulls out every move in his arsenal, as Perfect struggles to keep the match more grounded and focus on his own mat based strengths, as well as using the ladder as a weapon instead of a platform to jump off of. Scorpio is overwhelming him in the end, and Perfect is laid out flat as 2 Cold hits the Tumbleweed off the top of the ladder as a punctuation mark! Scorpio is about to reach the title, when Heenan jumps in and wraps himself around Scorp’s legs, preventing him just barely from reaching! Scorpio is forced to come down and knock him away, giving Perfect time to recover and hit him with the Perfect Plex. Perfect rolls Scorp out of the ring and is able to retrieve the title to retain. The message is clear: it isn’t Scorpio’s style that cost him, but rather The Brain was the difference maker.

    The Winner: Mr Perfect

    Ken Patera (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri

    The Competitors: Ken Patera’s legacy is a victim of bad timing, as well as his own temper. A major figure in the early 80s in both AWA and WWF, he ended up going to jail right when the WWF was exploding nationwide, and when he came back he was never quite the same. The Patera I will use is the incredibly strong, both literally and figurately, performer from 1980. In this year he was a prominent figure in the AWA version of the Heenan Family and also the year he ended Gorilla Monsoon’s career in Madison Square Garden. Yoshihiro Tajiri is generally known to modern audiences for his work the 00s in the WWE Cruiserweight division, where he performed admirably, but I will reach back further and use the meaner, more deadly Tajiri that performed in 2000 in ECW.

    The Build Up: On commentary, Heenan criticizes Tajiri for being a trickster and a hypocrite for accepting the cheers of the fans, pointing out his use of illegal moves like the green mist and the Tarantula, and dismisses his kick based offense as being “not real wrestling” and no match for good old fashioned power. He brings this up in backstage promos as well, and presents Patera as an ideal physical specimen of a wrestler. Through subtitled interviews, Tajiri explains that he cannot be a giant, but he can use his mind to overcome opponents twice his size or more, and that only a fool would rely on strength alone. Heenan and Patera are enraged by this, and attempt to bully Tajiri at every opportunity. Tajiri outwits them for the most part, but on one ugly occasion he is caught by Patera, who brutally beats him. Tired of trying to dodge these attacks, Tajiri challenges Patera to a match to decide the issue between them.

    The Match: The match is scheduled next, but as Tajiri enters Scorpio is still trying to get at Heenan! Perfect comes to his aid, and Patera charges out from the back to help his stable-mates. But Tajiri saw an opportunity and took it, and as soon as Patera comes through the entrance, Tajiri blasts him with green mist! Heenan and Perfect try to flee up the ramp just as Tajiri throws a blinded Patera into them, and they end up in a pile at ringside, which gives Scorpio the perfect opportunity to dive bomb them from the top rope! Perfect and Scorpio are finally sent to the back, and because of Tajiri’s strategy Patera starts the match as a major disadvantage. Tajiri runs over Patera at the start, as he is still having trouble seeing, and Tajiri is able to keep his distance and fire in with big kicks. However, a vengeful Heenan trips Tajiri up at a key moment and Patera is able to wrap his huge arms around him. Once Patera has a grip of Tajiri he won’t let go. He grounds the Japanese Buzzsaw and tries to pound the life out of him. It seems like it might be curtains for Tajiri, until Patera picks him up too close to the ropes and Tajiri is able to clamber over him and apply the Tarantula! Heenan screams that it’s an illegal move, but this only distracts the ref and allows Tajiri to apply the hold longer. When Tajiri releases Patera stumbles away in pain, then tries to rush back quickly in a rage, only for his headlong dash to be met face first with a Buzzsaw Kick! Patera goes down like a sack of rocks, and Tajiri wins! After the match Heenan tries to rush Tajiri himself, having learned nothing, and he gets a face full of mist for his trouble! Heenan screams that he’s blind long after Tajiri leaves, and a groggy Patera has to carry him to the back.

    The Winner: Yoshihiro Tajiri

    The Miz vs. Perry Saturn – No DQ

    The Competitors: Obviously the Miz has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and since he’s had a wonderful career renassaince I’ll pluck him from some of his most recent work, say 2017. Perry Saturn is best remembered as a Radical, but his best work was earlier than that. I’ll take the Perry Saturn of 1998 WCW for my roster.

    The Build Up: For the whole year preceding, The Miz has manipulated Perry Saturn into being his follower. He’s promised him opportunities, in wrestling and in Hollywood, dazzled him with the idea of great successes, but whenever it comes time to deliver, the Miz always pushes it to the future. Saturn’s friends try to help him snap out of it, but he seems quite willing to go along with the arrangement, acting very stoic and unbothered by everything. Things finally come crashing down when a “secret behind the scenes” video of the Miz’s latest TV show is posted online, showing Miz laughing at Saturn for being a chump and believing he could ever run in the same circles as Miz. Miz tries to smooth things over with Saturn, but despite his pleas and excuses, in the end he receives only a kick to the face! Saturn reveals he never cared about getting into Hollywood or free opportunities in wrestling, but he was willing to work with someone who recognized his value and didn’t mind his strangeness. But the fact that the Miz laughed at him, mocked him beind his back, and valued him as nothing more than a disposable tool… that’s what’s unforgivable! Miz angrily tries to cast Saturn aside and leave the feud behind, but Saturn continues to show up wherever he goes. Except instead of helping him, now it’s to attack him! After Saturn attacks him on the set of his show, Miz declares this must end and challenges Saturn to a fight. Saturn says Miz is finally truly recognizing him, and says he will only accept if there are no holds barred! Miz cannot abide these attacks to continue, so he agrees.

    The Match: Saturn uses his knowledge of hardcore wrestling, honed in ECW and the Attitude Era, to put Miz through the ringer, but Miz shows that surprising toughness that comes out when the chips are down and keeps fighting and searching for a way to gain an advantage. When Saturn takes one chance too many by leaping up to the top rope, Miz capitalizes and throws him off, sending him crashing through the announce table! From here Miz is able to run over Saturn, using relentless cheap tactics to keep Saturn smothered and stopping him from gaining the advantage again. Eventually Saturn does come back and very nearly defeats Miz, even driving him through a table, but Miz kicks out at the last millisecond. Only by heaving a chair directly into Saturn’s nuts and rolling him up with a handful of tights is bloodied Miz able to crawl away with a victory. As Miz retreats up the ramp, he doesn’t look like a winner, and it seems he finally recognizes Saturn and, though he’d never admit it, even respects him.

    The Winner: The Miz

    Heath Slater & Buddy Rose (c) vs. Rhyno & Ron Garvin – Steel Cage Match, NWA Tag Team Championships

    The Competitors: I’ve had a soft spot for Heath Slater since ’12 when he was doing that great gimmick of being beaten up by legends, so that’s the version I’ll pick here. Buddy Rose is a name not know as much today, but in the 70s and early 80s he was a hugely successful heel in the territory system, particularly known for his work on the west coast and a great bumping coward type character in his own right. I’ll take the ’80 version of him here. Rhyno is a hard hitting sawed off monster, particularly in the year I’m taking him room, ’01. Ron Garvin is a tough as nails former NWA Champion, and while his reign with that belt may have been a bit transitional, he’s still a pleasure to watch in the ring and should complement the gritty style of Rhyno perfectly well. I’ll take him from ’89, around the time he and Greg Valentine were trying to stiff the life out of each other around the country.

    The Build Up: Rose & Slater are Honky Tonk style champions, except they’re also actually good wrestlers, but they fit the mold insofar as they have consistently retained their titles by cowardly means. Rhyno and Garvin bonded over their disgust for these tactics, and decided to pursue the titles together. Rose & Slater were only too happy to take the match… provided they were able to get out of a true ending by way of countout or disqualification, which they did many times. After trying their tricks one too many times, the Championship Committee reveals since they haven’t had a true win in months(!), they will be tasked to defend the titles in a cage!

    The Match: Rose & Slater cut a bravado filled promo before the match, but as soon as Rhyno and Garvin storm the ring, they try to escape immediately! Both are dragged back in, and it’s open season on these two big mouth cowards! Rhyno and Garvin run through some big offense and seemingly make short work of these two, and both men move to leave the cage. However, Slater and Rose both grab onto Rhyno at the last moment, leaving Garvin on the outside and Rhyno on the inside! Since both men have to escape to get the victory, it turns into a handicap match, and though Rhyno is tough he ends up catching a rough beating from the champions, as Garvin watches helpless from the floor. Finally satisfied, Rose and Slater try for themselves to leave the cage at the same time, but when Rose escapes, Slater lingers an extra moment to taunt Rhyno! And BAM! A Gore! Slater is broken in half! Slater crawls pathetically but he’s got no chance, Rhyno escapes and we have new tag team champions!

    The Winner: Rhyno & Ron Garvin


    JBL vs. PCO – Falls Count Anywhere

    The Competitors: I’ve always been partial to JBL, not just as a promo and a character, but I think he’s underrated as a hard hitting brawler who also knows when to play the fool or the chicken. I’ll take the freshly emerged JBL of ’04 for this match. On the other side is Pierre Carl Oullett, Jean Pierre Lafitte, or, as he is best known in 2018, the fearsome PCO. I will, in fact, take the resurrected version of this man who is currently running around in 2018, and if you haven’t seen any of the absolutely mental videos of the stuff he’s been up to this year, you are missing out!

    The Build Up: JBL and PCO are set to face off randomly on TV in an exhibition match, but JBL is disgusted, gets on the mic, and says he doesn’t wrestle failures. He says PCO’s entire career was a dud and the only reason anyone cares about him now is because they feel sorry for him and don’t want to tell him he’s making a fool of himself, and it doesn’t matter how many crazy videos he puts out, because he’s just too old and he’ll always just be the one eyed loser that Bret Hart had to drag to his only good match ever. JBL leaves the ring and PCO seems crushed for a moment… until he gets a maniacal smile on his face, and dives out onto JBL! The match never starts because JBL flees backstage, but PCO follows him there! Over the weeks building up to the show JBL tries to run, tries to hide, but everytime PCO finds him busting down doors, knocking people aside. JBL even tries to drive away in his limo, but PCO jumps on top of it as it drives away! PCO punches through the sun roof and is still trying to take JBL apart as the limo drives out into the night! JBL is mentally a ragged mess after being pursued by this inhuman being, but since they won’t stop fighting and can’t be contained by the ring, they are booked for a Falls Count Anywhere match.

    The Match: JBL is so off the deep end, he tries to start the match by running over PCO in his limo! PCO avoids the impact though, and then climbs on the hood of the car and kicks out the windshield! He drags out JBL and the match begins properly. JBL is finally forced to buckle down and fight for his life, and he throws everything he’s got at PCO, brawling all over the arena. But PCO out-crazies him at every opportunity, taking wild chances, jumping from unexpected places, and it’s all JBL can do to keep his head above water. They finally end up back by the limo at the entrance. JBL tries to powerbomb PCO through the roof, but PCO throws him down to the floor, and moonsaults off the roof to the ground below! That’s all JBL can take, and PCO is the victor.

    The Winner: PCO

    Bobby Heenan & Meng vs. Finlay & Santino Marella

    The Competitors: Fans of the Life & Times of Bobby Heenan series will know that the Brain is an extremely capable in ring competitor, especially when it comes to strong psychology and sheer bumping, which persisted until the end of the 80s when his age and wear and tear caught up with him. I’ll take the Heenan of ’84, though you really can hardly go wrong with anything before ’89. For Haku, I’ll take the monster that appeared in WCW in ’94 along with the Meng name. Like many, WCW never fully capitalized on the talent this man had, but if you need proof check out his climactic attack on Dusty Rhodes that year. Heenan long used Haku/Meng as a henchmen, and their chemistry should be well known. On the other side, I’ll take the gruff but perhaps lovable Finlay of ’08, though there are no shortage of great years one could pick for him. For Santino I’ll take the version of him from ’12, when he made an arena full of people believe for a hot second that he might actually beat Daniel Bryan in the Elimination Chamber. Santino may be best remembered for his comedy, but he was also a very lovable underdog when he needed to be, and he excelled in both roles. The Santino/Finlay team is, to me, the seriously upgraded version of the Santino & Vladimir Kozlov team that was popular for awhile. You get all the straight man value with Finlay, but also he’s an awesome wrestler!

    The Build Up: For months, whenever Heenan saw Santino on commentary, he would rip into him, mock him, make him out to be a joke that nobody could possibly take seriously or care about. He calls him an embarrassment to wrestling, and worse. Santino eventually responds to this and tries to make a joke of it, but when Heenan sees that he’s taking it in stride, he gets the Family to start bullying him mercilessly, intimidating him, beating him in matches, even getting physical with him backstage. Santino turns to the locker room veteran Finlay for help, but Finlay dislikes Santino and doesn’t want to get involved, even though he agrees that the Family is going too far. Santino tries many times to persuade him, but with no success. Heenan eventually lures Santino into a trap by offering him a shot Ric Flair for the world championship. What Santino didn’t realize is that the match is a Lumberjack Match with only Family members outside the ring. The Family brutalizes Santino, and it becomes clear Flair isn’t trying to win but is trying to break Santino’s leg. Eventually Finlay can’t take it anymore, having begrudgingly grown fond of Santino, and he rushes the ring, punching Heenan in the mouth and going at it with the whole Family singlehandedly! After his initial flurry he is overwhelmed, but then the babyface locker room empties and the match becomes a huge brawl on the outside! Thanks to this distraction, Santino comes within an inch of beating Flair, who finally does put Santino away but just barely. After everything has died down, a smarting Heenan swears revenge on both men. He signs an open contract for any two Family members to face Finlay and Santino at the big event… not realizing that everyone but Meng and himself were already booked for the show! By his own contract, he is forced to participate in the match himself!

    The Match: Heenan and Meng enter first, Heenan still stained green, and now with a walking stick and dark sunglasses! Meng helps him to the ring and gives a microphone to the Brain. Heenan says he has spoken to his own personal doctor in Beverly Hills over the phone, and he confirmed that he is no longer fit to wrestle, therefore the match must be called off. He plays up his state as being pathetic and promises to sue Tajiri for permanently disabling him. However, when the referee isn’t looking, Heenan keeps lifting the glasses and winking smugly at the booing crowd! Just when it seems Heenan may get his way, the referee catches him in the act! The referee declares if Heenan does not participate in the match, he will be suspended from the company! Heenan throws a fit and breaks the glasses, no longer making a pretense that he can’t see. Santino and Finlay hit the ring, and the fight is on! Heenan bails immediately and lets Meng weather the storm, which he does admirably in his own monstrous way as one of the toughest men in wrestling history. Finlay is also in that conversation, however, and they proceed to pound the living daylights out of each other! Meng is able to take control when Santino is tagged in, despite Santino’s best efforts, and Meng dominates him for awhile. At this point Heenan is willing to tag in, and he gets a bunch of shots in at Santino as well, all while taunting Finlay on the apron. Heenan lets Santino slip through his fingers though, and he makes the hot tag! Meng runs in without a tag to save his manager, but Finlay clobbers him, and with Santino’s help they fight him out to the floor and suplex him over the railing and onto the concrete! Heenan is left alone in the ring, and Finlay holds him while Santino balsts him with the Cobra to get the pinfall over the Brain!

    The Winner: Finlay & Santino Marella

    Cesaro vs. Andre the Giant

    -Andre has recently had his big heel turn, driven because Cesaro tried to lift him in a babyface match, and Andre, through Heenan, castigates Cesaro for trying to exist in the land of the giants, and tries to bully him out of wrestling. Cesaro will slam Andre but still lose the match.

    The Competitors: Cesaro is a guy it’s hard to go wrong with, even from his indy days he’s been consistently fantastic. I’ll go with the version from ’14, when he was getting quite hot with the WWE (before an ice bucket was poured over him, of course). As for Andre, I’ll take him from ’81, when he was at his peak combination of great mobility and ridiculously imposing size.

    The Build Up: For many years Andre the Giant has been a beloved babyface, most recently teaming with Cesaro as “The Swiss Alps”. They were highly successful tag team champions together, with the finisher of Claudio lifting up Andre and slamming him down onto opponents! Needless to say, nobody gets up for that. However, Heenan gets into Andre’s ear and suggests to him that Cesaro is taking advantage of him and holding him back from his true potential. He wonders how Andre can stomach the humiliation of being reduced to being thrown around by another man willingly. Cesaro tells him the formula works and points to their past success together, but Andre is unsure. In a tag title defense against Rose & Slater, Cesaro and Andre are out of sync and tripping over each other. They seem to get back on track and Cesaro goes for their finisher, but Andre refuses to let himself be lifted! Cesaro strains, but Andre sand bags him. Cesaro and Andre get into a shoving match and Cesaro is thrown backwards, into a roll up that costs them their titles! Andre accuses Cesaro of abusing him and using him as a crutch, and after attacking Cesaro after the match aligns with Heenan officially. Heenan berates Cesaro for being a wannabe in the land of giants, and proclaims he could never manhandle Andre if he wasn’t allowing it, generally belittling his feats of strength. The match is made to settle the score between them!

    The Match: Andre expects to go the ring with Heenan, but he’s been so abused up to this point in the show that he cuts an impassioned promo to Andre about seizing all his frustration, all the times he was passed over or treated like a freak or taken advantage of, and funnel it into destroying Cesaro! He doesn’t need Heenan to destroy this so-called man. Andre comes out ready to rip Cesaro apart, but Cesaro is fired up as well! He throws everything he’s got at Andre, rocking him many times, but he can’t quite take him down. He goes for a slam but can’t quite get it, and Andre gains the advantage and bears down on the smaller man, trying to crush him in any way he can think of. Cesaro is able to call on his superhuman strength and throw Andre back, and Andre ends up tied up in the ropes! Cesaro unleashes a devastating barrage of uppercuts, then when Andre gets free, he does indeed get the slam!! But it’s not enough for Cesaro, he has a point to prove. He picks up Andre and tries to military press him!!! It seems like he might actually do it, but Andre claps a hand around his throat and chokes him until the strength goes out of him. Andre is able to throw him down and finally overwhelms him for the victory.

    The Winner: Andre the Giant

    Ric Flair (w/Bobby Heenan) (c) vs. Goldberg – NWA Championship

    The Competitors: Flair is another guy with a wealth of great years, but I’ll the the Flair of ’89 since it’s well known what amazing work he did through that period. As for Goldberg, is there any doubt? I’ll take the man from ’98, with all his incredible, record busting popularity intact!

    The Build Up: For a whole year, Goldberg has pursued Flair, only to be stopped or delayed at every turn. Flair’s alliance with Bobby Heenan has proved essential in this regard, as Heenan was able to throw Family member after Family member into his path. After finally plowing through Patera, Meng, and Perfect, Goldberg was finally positioned for a world championship opportunity that couldn’t be denied. Flair bragged that Goldberg doesn’t have the experience, doesn’t have the ability, he’s never been to the top and he doesn’t know how to get there! It’s one thing to beat world class athletes like the Family members, but it’s another thing to be THE MAN, and it’s simply never going to happen. He promises to wrestle circles around Goldberg and negate all his power and intensity with ease. Goldberg has little to say, but simply continues knocking down ever obstacle in his path! In the end even Flair is nervous, and the Family attempts a parking lot attack on Goldberg the week leading up to the show. Goldberg puts up as strong a fight as he possibly can, but at Flair’s direction the newly recruited Andre slams his leg in a car door, making his health into a question mark for the biggest show of the year.

    The Match: Heenan tries to beg off Flair, but Flair tells him to suck it up, and Heenan agrees to come to ringside, battered and in pain though he may be. Goldberg comes out bandaged, but at first he seems to be doing just fine, blasting Flair with big offense. Flair bumps and begs like the true champion he is, but Goldberg leaves a gap in his defense as predicted, and a huge chop block crumples his injured leg. Flair goes to work on him, and it seems like no matter how strong or tough Goldberg is he can’t win, as he can hardly walk. But you can’t count out Goldberg! As Flair tries to put him in the Figure Four to finish him off, Goldberg kicks him off with all his might! This sends Flair crashing into the referee, flooring him and leaving the field open. Flair gets back up, but Goldberg pushes off his good leg and spears him to the mat! Heenan pulls himself together and comes in to kick at Goldberg, but Goldberg hardly feels it, and Heenan falls back, begging and pleading. Heenan calls to the back, and Andre comes down to the ring! But, as he steps in, Goldberg once again pushes off his good leg and spears him! But Andre doesn’t go down!! Goldberg spears him again, and Andre falls out of the ring but still doesn’t leave his feet! He looks to get back into the fray, but Cesaro runs down and attacks him, and their brawl takes them away from the action. Heenan batters futilely on Goldberg, and receives a big punch for his trouble which sends him flying right out of the ring! The referee finally recovers as Flair goes for a low blow, but Goldberg blocks it! Flair goes for the chops, but there’s no effect! Flair runs at him, and Goldberg picks him up and slams him to the mat! He can still barely stand, but he lunges for one last spear and hits it! On one leg, he picks up Flair for the Jackhammer, and finally becomes world champion!! Heenan breaks down crying at ringside. What a night.

    The Winner: Goldberg

    After the Show: Goldberg moves the world title into a feud with Andre, whom he pushed back but couldn’t knock over. The Perfect/Scorpio feud continues. Heenan aligns Meng and Patera to pursue Garvin and Rhyno for the tag titles, leading to a hard hitting feud. Flair targets Cesaro for a time for sticking his nose into his business. Heenan does a series of Weasel Suit matches with Santino, playing off the Cobra/Weasel thing for comedic effect. Other feuds develop in time, and life goes on!

    That’s all I got! Hope everyone enjoyed it!
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    Del Rio vs. Duggan is pretty much a dealbreaker for me off the bat. You’d have to work very hard to think up a match that I’d less like to see! The Hardcore fourway screams throwaway even on paper, especially with the 24/7 rule in effect. I do like Brawler getting a moment in the sun, so fair play there. I have never liked been interested in the Rotundo’s doing a shooty shoot storyline, plus casting Bo as a face is historically a horrible choice. Rikishi vs. Carlito feuding over what’s cool is kind of funny. Barbarian vs. Vader is the first real winner of this card, these two guys clashing at their peak would be a stiff and brutal match for the ages. There seems to be a definite tribute to Wrestlemania X8 going on here, not sure feuding over a Japanese commercial is the way I would have gone. HTM/Killings doesn’t seem like much of a match in my book, but they could probably interest the crowd at least. Hurricane vs. Storm would probably be quite good and I like the way you played Storm’s seriousness off the goofy Hurricane, that’s well done. While “King” Harley Race had some fun moments, I have to say I’m disappointed that you would use that gimmick/version for one of the greatest NWA champions ever. I think the only way this would work is if it was a gimmick match and Edge was forced to test the legendary toughness of Harley by using modern weapons tactics to try to take him out. Pulling Undertaker from 2014 isn’t doing much for me, as we’re talking about a guy well past his prime at that point, and I don’t think Balor is the guy to pull something great out of him at that late date. Assuming we take the 21-0 record but somehow Taker is not falling apart, then you’ve got something, but the size difference would be tough to overcome. At any rate, the finish sounds like it’s on par with Bray Wyatt using a ghost to win Hell in a Cell that one year, so I can’t really cosign it. Very much appreciate Taker actually retiring though!

    All in all, this card was not for me, but I can see that it might appeal to others. Best of luck in the voting!


    Marc

    Tatanka is a bore, but Mero was pretty good as Johnny B Badd. Never really caught on as himself though, and by the time he joined up with Sable he didn’t seem to have much left in the tank. The finish is certainly very… Atttidue Era. Demoting Bubba Ray to the Hardcore division just because he was in ECW is a disappointing use of the guy as far as I’m concerned. Chavo/Dean would no doubt be a solid, albeit rather dry match. Ahmed/Kozlov could have some appeal if you took both guys at their peak, though it’s a rather short window of opportunity for both. Lashley/Reed has a strong chance of being good with both guys at their peak. Lawler/Sandow could actually be great, I think, if you play Lawler’s fiery Memphis face gimmick against Sandow at his snobbiest. I can see Sandow eating those right hands and bumping around. Piper/Steele is a bit of a random combination, but both guys are kind of wild so perhaps that’s the idea? Probably wouldn’t be much of a match, in all honesty, but there could be entertainment value beyond the traditional. Nash becoming #1 contender is a yawner for me, the guy rarely seemed to add value and was never really a draw. Poor Rusev. Batista/Austin could be a lot of fun, especially with the right story behind it. Perhaps Batista as the corporate champion? I think it’s a role he could have filled well under the right circumstances. Having Austin in your main event is a huge plus, of course. Mr T in an enforcer role is quite useless and seems like a wasted pick, but I guess you need to do something with him.

    Too bad about the lack of explanation, but I know not everyone has the time or inclination. There are a couple potential big winners in here, but I can’t help but feel you’ve not really maximized your roster. A few of these guys could have made a big difference to the roster, but they just seem to be taking up space. I can only go so far with this one, another card which isn’t really for me but may have more appeal for others.


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    I have to admit, I’ve been anticipating this one! I’ll say again, taking the time to get the Revival and deploying them in key position is a huge point in your favor. I never absolutely loved the Hart Dungeon (nice name) but they had their moments, and I think a position like this maximizes their usefulness. Digging the logic of the re-naming too, nice!

    Mercury/Breeze as a makeshift MNM is frankly a bit brilliant, and splitting them as you describe would be right on track. Appreciate you’ve named so many of your other events too! I like the idea of a Breeze “campaign of hate”. I can imagine the TMZ-esque slander he might apply in a case like that! I’m not a fan of a match being overturned after the fact though, because once you establish that precedent you’ve limited what your heels can do, or else you’re stuck with a double standard being applied.

    God bless you for returning Roode to one of his greatest periods, but damn you for jobbing him to a guy like Savio Vega! I dig the story and the execution, but I really do feel like for the health of your roster, a Roode victory makes more sense here. Save him up for someone a little more worthy, eh? But I see you’re using it as a catalyst for Roode falling out with Shane, which I can appreciate.

    Regal/Muraco is not a match I ever considered, but I can see that under the right circumstances it might be quite appealing. I thought I was higher on Muraco than most, but you’re a step above me! Perhaps you’ll drop a compelling Muraco match in my recommend thread? I admit, I never thought of Regal as muted or reserved, though he’s surely less bombastic than Muraco and some others. I wouldn’t expected the match to be a pure brawl either! Very surprising, this one. Love that Regal ends up in the rich heel stable, that’s something I would absolutely show up for!

    A faux record breaking is not something I expected either! Furnas was always very impressive physically but I’m not sure I ever saw him as a great singles guy. It’d be an interesting experiment though. Dig the idea of Gable and Furnas as a team, somewhat wish that’s what made the card here!

    Definitely digging the Itami/Shane build up, putting both guys together at their physical peak could absolutely produce something in the vein of Angle/Shane. Really like how you are blending a lot of stories and characters together as well, nicely done. I was thinking this would be better served as some kind of No DQ stipulation, which plays better to Shane’s strengths, but the way you’ve laid it out is pretty effective.

    DDP/Umaga is the first match that has me jumping out of my seat excited just on paper, a great combination straight off the bat! Taking the rules out and putting DDP’s career on the match raises the stakes even more, my god. I like that you framed that DDP accepts such difficult stipulations because of the strength of his message, I think if communicated well that could be extremely compelling. The image of a bloody Page saving his career and coming out on top is phenomenal, and will be hard to top on this card.

    Mayweather was one of the only celebrities I considered drafting for this thing, and that’s because he was such a fantastic fit in his one match. I’m undecided on whether Gable is worthy of the praise he’s gotten at times, but I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to find out once and for all, what a great chance for him! I absolutely love the idea of Gable humiliating Mayweather in an amateur exhibition, absolutely stupendous. Threading this match in with the Umaga and Furnas stuff really works for me, it stands well clear of being overbooked and instead is just fantastic character advancement.

    I’m not entirely taken with Punk accusing Rollins of being “disrespectful to the industry”, but I think attacking him for being a paper champion is a great bit of staging for this main event. Rollins alienating D&D as a result and playing into Punk’s hands is very well done. Very much appreciate that you specified that this wouldn’t be overlong, I’ve seen far too much long match = good match nonsense. Punk coming out the victor is the right call for an event like this. Rollins turning face as a result feels a bit abrupt, I must admit. I like the idea of him aligning with Mercury though, and a slow double turn over the course of the year for him and Punk could work very well, especially with them clashing on opposite sides of the mirror one year later.

    Even on paper this roster looked very good, but you’ve gone above and beyond to maximize it, Plan. Awesome work here, you’re the frontrunner for me by a mile so far!

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    Thanks Miz - Got to admit, had I gone in with a plan at the start like some of the guys, quite a few of the picks would possibly have been different. For the first 10-12 ish picks I was just going for what I considered to be the best individual available at that point in time, then once talk of doing a WrestleMania card with the rosters started I changed tack & started trying to pick a bit more tactically. Take Del Rio for example. Never been a fan myself, but someone with his resume being available in Round 8 made him a no-brainer pick IMO. Him v Duggan may not be the best match on the card, but the heel foreigner vs the typical all-American is Wrestling 101. So is the aristocrat v the working class hero. At a WrestleMania, the casual fans would love this one.

    Bo vs Bray? Totally get what you're saying about Bo as a face. Kind of not sure either of them would be faces though. The characters are so different they could make heel vs heel work, and those lines have been crossed so often in recent times I think that's far more acceptable than it would have been even 10 years ago.

    I have to admit - I don't really know enough about Harley Race to comment on what his best period was. I wanted the best guy possible from the pre-Hogan era, and based on reputation and my limited knowledge he was the guy I chose. I don't know what other gimmicks he had over the years, but based on what I do know no matter what else him & Edge could have put on a great main event match at their peak. TBH, this is the one I was expecting to get questioned on the choice of face - Edge was always best as a heel, but despite what I just said about Bo & Bray a heel v heel main event isn't likely to be so well received so I had to turn someone.

    And yeah, the Hardcore stuff is total throwaway. Every WrestleMania has a clusterfuck. And I was kind of using the 24/7 rule as slight homage to the Piper/Goldust Backlot Brawl which kept going throughout the night. Not sure it's a close enough reference for anyone to spot my thinking with that one, but good spot with the X8 reference though. Wondered who'd be the first to mention it!
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    I like all three of the cards. I’m a big fan of Dynos roster and I think what he’s done is try to spread the star power throughout outside of the two big main events. That said I really wish Vader was used ina more prominent position and while face Edge is ok, I would have loved to see The Ultimate Opportunist against Balor or Taker and Vader against the other one too.

    That said I love the detail you have of Undertaker’s entrance being transformed and usurped by Balor, really cool touch and a cool story too, having him hand over his powers that way.

    With Marc, we need to know more about the stories going in. Stone Cold v Batista is great but without knowing which versions of their characters are out there it is hard to know what to think. I do know that ‘97 Austin v 2010 Batista would be excellent.

    I am a big fan of Plan’s card, everything in it fits together and even something as old school as Doug Furnas breaking the power lifting world record contributed to the story on the card. The usage of Mayweather and McMahon as focal points are a master stroke and not something I expected given his stance on part timers generally. Heel Rollins v Face Punk then flipping the next year is such a great piece of character development. I think the devil is in the detail and he really has gone in depth here. So far he gets my vote.

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    Every card has been solid so far. Waiting for that one person to just mess everything up.

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    Type made this pretty awesome image. Gotta give you props for your work on the images man. I love this thing.


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    Sam - Thanks for the comment. At the start of this, I had no idea I was picking Undertaker so I could retire him. I picked him because for me, he's the greatest of all time. I also had no idea I was picking Balor to retire him. When the talk of doing a WrestleMania card started though, it was a match that had to happen, and a moment that needed to be done properly.

    Considering the send off Taker had at WM33 and considering how much respect he's always shown to the business, it saddens me that he's continued in the way he has.
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    Once this thing is over, I am going to rank the cards 1-12 (haven't reached deathxstroke about his card, I assume he's a no go)

    be on the lookout for that!!

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    Cena vs. Sammartino is a great match to put on top. Lots of similarities between those guys and I think they could mesh very well. It feels like a big deal on paper, and they are so far apart historically it definitely feels like it could only be a “dream” match. Digging the main event there. Kane/Yokozuna is something I could get behind, especially taking both guys from early in their WWF runs. Nothing wrong with Jeff/Martel, per se, but points off for not using Jeff in a gimmick match. Personal taste, would have much rather seen Martel as a babyface, a role he excelled in far beyond the modest success he found as the Model. NAO/Money Inc seems solid, probably not blowaway but you’ve got potential with the disrespectful rebels against the uptight rich guys. Simmons/Cowboy is actually an extremely solid match if taking both guys at their peak, maybe a dark horse MOTN contender. Haha, if you must use Beefcake I guess hair vs. hair is the way to go. Wouldn’t want to watch that one go down though. Points off for the obvious hardcore throwaway match, especially sticking Big Bossman in there, a waste of one of the best wrestlers on your roster. Ryder/Rooster is fine I suppose, though if you can use peak popularity Ryder seems like there’s something more you could do with him.

    Overall a solid card, though I think you missed a few opportunities with some of the older guys. A lot of stuff I’d definitely want to watch though.


    Matt

    Tazz/Dain sounds like a lot of fun actually, clearly in the veing of Tazz/Bigelow but I think it might actually be better. Kennedy and Masters getting a segment sounds like wrestlecrap to be frank, but might actually be preferable to Kennedy wrestling. CW six way feels a bit throwaway, you’ve certainly got enough top names in there to have a fun fast paced bout but there’s missed potential with some of these guys. WGTT/Brain Busters sound wonderful though, you’ve very obviously picked the wrong winner but I’ve no doubt the match would be astounding. Mysterio/Davey Boy would doubtless be very good, Mysterio could guide Davey to a great match just as Bret did in ’92. Mysterio could guide just about anyone, to be realistic. Not the biggest fan of a non-title victory setting up a title match in that feud, it’s a rather overused trope. Not sure why Davey would need to turn heel if he already beat Mysterio, either. I tend to think DK is rather overrated and I think he’d look tiny next to Angle, but I’m sure they could at least produce something exciting, though maybe below the lofty on-paper expectations. Funny enough, it was Davey Boy who all but left Dynamite for dead in real life when he couldn’t wrestle anymore. Owens/Michaels definitely has potential, not the match I would have expected to headline for this card but I can get behind it as far as it goes. Owens as the bitter/traitorous partner is a bit like the El Generico storyline so I think there’s potential to tap back into that. Seems like Shawn, the master of betrayal, would be savvier to Owens getting ready to destroy him.

    This roster has a lot of hype for having a lot of good workers. I think you’ve guaranteed to have a few great work-rate style matches. There are a few guys I think should have had more to do, but still this is a fun card.


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    Very much dig using Johnny Mundo in his best role, he’s been good for a long time but drawing from his Lucha Underground career is absolutely the right call here. I’m not much of a Jarrett fan but this is probably the best time and place you pull from him, and a solid role to use him for. Small pet peeve with assuming fan reaction in fantasy booking but I can see Mordecai/Crews going down the way you describe. I think Crews winning is definitely the right call as well. Fair play to putting Raven and Dreamer into one last big battle, the “dream match” potential of the draft has most people doing new combinations, but there’s something to be said for a classic feud being rekindled. Lots of history there. Windham/Train is a match I absolutely applaud you on and I think it would shock people how good it was, especially with the years you’ve pulled from. A lot of the proposed multi-man matches have seemed like throwaway bouts, but I think you actually hit a very nice sweet spot here using talented guys who aren’t necessarily well suited for a bigger spot. We know some could do more if needed but this is a good match for this kind of thing. Luger/Harper frankly sounds like a classic, I am absolutely loving some of these combinations. Ramon/Christian, yes! Another big winner! Shaq/Big Show as the big celebrity match that should have happened but didn’t is smart and makes sense for a ‘Mania event, and you’ve picked exactly the HHH/Hogan scenario I had in mind, in fact I think the only one that really gets my interest. Can’t buy into HHH as the greatest heel ever, but I’ve no doubt they would pull something very entertaining off here.

    Great work Doc, you’re up there on my shortlist with Plan.


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    A bit surprised but perfectly happy with D’Lo/Trent in the opener. Not sure D’Lo goes along with PWG style but I think they’d have a fun match regardless. Kingston/Jordan would be a nice athletic showcase overall. Swagger is awfully dull to me, and Atlas is one of the worst guys I’ve seen, but at least you’ve framed it in an entertaining way, points as far as that goes. Great choice dialing JYD back to a time he didn’t suck in the ring, I don’t think he and Rude would have ever had an in ring classic but you’d definitely get a red hot crowd for this, and that’s worth a fair bit. Big props to picking up on Booker as his genuine in ring peak, and giving recognition to both him and Sheamus, I’m a fan of both guys and think they’d tear the house down in this context. Usos/Rock N Roll is another very worthy match, nice dream match playing out there. Picking Benoit is controversial, of course, but his in ring skill can’t be denied. Matching him with Zayn is aces in my book and an all but guaranteed MOTY contender. Dusty/Vince is a very smart stroke as well, tons of charisma involved and the crowd would surely be out of their mind. Bryan/Reigns is something we’ve seen but honestly it worked so well the first time, in spite of the questionable thought process behind it, that I think you could get tremendous mileage out of it. Curious who you would put over here, it could very much change how people consider your roster!

    Overall I think you’ve maximized a lot of guys on the roster and not much stands out as missable, Swagger/Atlas aside. I think I’d have you third, behind Doc and Plan, off the top of my head, but that could change as I go over it all again in my mind, nicely done.


    Sam

    The madness! Lots of nutty guys on this roster, let’s see how it plays out. Dig that you’ve put some thought into the larger world of your promotion. Valentine as a base for a couple flyers is probably something he could do admirable, though his thunderous shots would make him a sure contender as well. I do wonder if any singles combo of these three might have served you better, but putting 3 different styles in the same match could definitely work. Hopefully it’s a no holds barred scenario though, or else it feels like a waste of Sabu. Dory/Knox is not seomthing I expected at all. I do agree that Knox wasn’t actually bad at all, and I’ve no doubt Dory could take him to something good, though I think this one wouldn’t gain a lot of interest. Club/Lucha Day feels a bit too thrown together for my taste, not sure it would come off well in execution. Sabu popping up a second time could work considering the chaotic nature of the man and your fed, and I can dig him taking the title home. I do think putting so many guys into a cluster might not use their talents to the fullest though. Ali/Shamrock is definitely interesting. It’s a bit hard for me to see Ali beating a guy like Shamrock but I think it if it was built up well, it could be very well done. I’ve got to admit, Strowman/Funk sounds like the true main event to me. Funk’s try-anything attacks, mixed with his all time great selling, would surely work wonders with a guy like Strowman, who could freely unload his biggest attacks but still be believably beaten if Terry gets the right shot in. I think it’d be a hell of a thing. My only objection is I don’t know if Dory would give up for his brother, the Funks aren’t exactly known for compassion or quitting even at the risk of death! For Ambrose, I think I would personally draw on his unbelievably good FCW persona, but the next best thing is when he looked for a brief time like the potential biggest star in the world, roughly where you’ve taken him from. This is the chance to finally have the bloody brawl that would put Ambrose over the hump once and for all, as Foley excelled in putting people over and making their names permantely mean something.

    This is a top tier card for sure, a couple things I would have done differently but I’d say overall you’re in the upper echelons of what I’ve read, right around Latta.


    This has been lots of fun, Type, thanks again for running everything so smoothly!

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    I have to thank Type for this image! Man, makes me excited to read what I typed... LOL. (something I hate)



    I'll read everyone's cards once they all are posted. Sorry, been super busy the last week.

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    I also have been really digging Type's mocked up posters! One more way he's been great in this whole process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    I also have been really digging Type's mocked up posters! One more way he's been great in this whole process.
    Got to agree with this.

    I don't expect to win this for best card or best roster, but if we have a vote on best Type-made-poster I'm definitely a contender....

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    Yea the balor/Taker one turned out nicely. There's no way, in good conscience, I could've done this type of thing and not had posters! It's what I do. When I did the "what if the 90's had monthly PPV's" column I had so much fun with that doing the posters and coming up with what matches would've looked like. I haven't felt inspired on topical events lately, to the point where I don't even know if I "have it" anymore as a writer, so this has been a nice change for me.

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    ** update **

    All 12 cards have been moved to the LOP discussion forums here! Let the debate rage on! For those wondering, all 12 entries were a combined 20,776 words.

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    Funaki/Moore isn’t an especially impressive CW match on paper, but I like that at least it’s a singles match and not a cluster. I think if you take Funaki from his prime he’s better than expected too. Not sure what Moore’s prime is, maybe 3 Count era? Mattitude Follower? Brown/Holly is actually a match after my own heart, that’d be one no nonsense, hard hitting affair. Slaughter/Mountie is something I’m actually surprised didn’t actually happen in the early 90s at some point. Can definitely see it being a good match, both guys were very fun at their peak. Credible/Nunzio would probably be better than people expect, I’m particularly a fan of Nunzio and probably would have drafted him late if he was still available. Adonis/Backlund is absolutely the match of the night in terms of in ring quality, fans of history know Adonis at his peak was damn Flair-like, and Backlund is an athletic marvel. Can see a lot of positive stuff there. Tito/DiBiase definitely seems solid, though I would have rather seen something less era-specific. Bigelow/Mercy would probably be fine, doesn’t wow me but not bad. Sid/Gang, well, that’d probably be flat out awful to be honest. I also absolutely do not believe Sid could powerbomb Gang, and if he tried he’d probably injure both himself and his opponent! Rock/Warrior would certainly have an excited crowd, but as you yourself mentioned it’s hard to imagine the action would be better than “solid”, and even that I’m skeptical of. If it were agented very carefully, I suppose.

    Lots of solid stuff here but only a few matches that really stuck out. Was surprised you did so many era-specific matches, almost all of these matches are between guys from the same period and many of them actually happened. Would have gone with something more cross-generational, but still you’ve put together some sleeper hits in the undercard using what you drafted.


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    The face who runs the place! Orndorff was incredibly strong, so I think that’s something which could have played into things here. I’ve got to say though, I like Hercules but I’ve watched about 100 Herc matches and I can’t say I ever saw him fly around or show much diversity. I do think you absolutely picked the right winner here though, Mr Wonderful rules!

    Props to using Studd in his forgotten Bundy tag team, they were actually very fun together and it’s far better than any singles run Studd could hope to have. Using the classic Demolition is also very good. Valdango is a thrown together team that feels like it could really go far, but even though “Delethal Weapons” is a BRILLIANT team name, it does feel like a waste of Matt Hardy who proved he had a lot to offer outside the tag ranks. I had to read your stipulation twice, so if I’m getting it right it’s an 8 man tag that morphs into a regular tag between the two winning teams? A bit complicated but I can see it working well. Massive props for using Jack Tunney as your authority figure! Bundy/Studd vs. Demolition is a match that I think would have actually kind of ruled, so nice choice for the title match itself. Strongly believe Demolition was better pre-Crush though, would have just had them go over cleanly considering how powerful and beloved they were at their peak.

    I’ve really cooled on Ziggler in the past few years but I like that you’re using the young and hungry version that probably would have matched up pretty well with Steamboat. I’m a bit confused about which version of Steamboat you’re using though. Is it 2009 Jericho feud Steamboat? Surely it’s not actual 2018, 65 year old Steamboat?? If he could last 10 seconds it would be amazing! For the sake of my enjoyment, I’ll just imagine it’s 2009 old man Steamboat, who was still shockingly awesome. And then yikes, 25 minutes?? Too long, no way you don’t lose the crowd and blow out old man Steamboat. And all that for a Zig Zag… couldn’t you at least give him a good finisher for once? It is a fantasy scenario, after all! It’s a bit cheesy but I could maybe buy that Ziggler learned respect from Steamboat. He’s lucky he didn’t face a 1994 Steamboat though, that dude was so intensely grumpy I think he’d have grounded Ziggler for life!

    Hm, not much a fan of an MMA match on a wrestling card. Corbin has never appealed to me and Butterbean always struck me as a lower tier celebrity, though I could be wrong about that. Very much dislike that we’re not supposed to know if it’s a “shoot” or not, the moment you cross into that nonsense you’re immediately drawing attention to how “fake” the rest of your card is. Pet peeve, for me. At least Corbin was knocked out, but four rounds of this?? Lord save us!

    I’ll imagine this is NJPW/early NXT Nakamura we’re talking about here, which is an extremely good thing. As for Sting, well, I’ve got to admit after watching almost all his major matches for The Legacy Series, I found him usually disappointing unless someone was physically beating a good match out of him, Vader style. Can Nak do that? Perhaps, perhaps. Certainly drawing on pre-96 Sting is a very good move though, he rarely seemed to be in good shape after that long layoff. I can’t say I’m here for an extremely rushed transition to the Crow here though. What made that transition work is it was slow-burned and really layered, Sting felt betrayed by everything he ever believed in, and turned his back on the world for a time. Doing it over a low blow just seems emo to me, haha. A year+ reign from Sting doesn’t speak very well to the drawing power of your promotion either I’m afraid, as Sting never seemed to deliver in that area except for a hot second in ’97, which quickly vanished when he started wrestling/talking again, though you can also blame the booking for that. Ah, all that and the title goes back to Sting. Not my favorite, but you’ve got to understand I’m just not a Sting fan at all. Someone who really liked the guy might love this despite my objections, so I get it.

    Two title matches, eh? Hard to imagine a brand split with such a small roster, but it’s been common enough in the modern era that I’m surprised we haven’t seen it in more of these cards. I like the idea of Bret righteously co-opting Owen’s struggle to use as inspiration, though I’m not sure the Hitman is capable of a tear-filled promo. I don’t need any explanation from Owen to know why he did what he did! Yet again, fully sympathize with the Rocket here. Personally would have preferred not bringing Montreal into the mix as it’s such a tired subject, but overall really loving the build here. Two quick points though, Diana was married to the British Bulldog, not to either of her brothers!! Also, she never was very good onscreen, I personally wouldn’t use her in a role like this, though I’ll grant she was significant in Hart storylines so perhaps a short segment could be done well. Owen putting a 10 year old in a hold is certainly unexpected. Feels very Attitude-esque certainly, not in line with anything Owen did in his career. Would be interesting to see how it would play out. Also, very silly that Bret named his son “Blade”. Silly Hitman.

    Really, REALLY like that Owen learned from Wrestlemania X and applied his new strategy accordingly. The ending seems very poignant and I can really get into it, I think it’s very well done. A bit of a darker version of the Summerslam ’94 post match segment. Owen winning the title the night after… can’t say I’m a fan of that, immediate rematches after a big show seem to kind of cheapen the whole thing, though I appreciate you at least put a big stipulation on it. After what Bret did the night before though, it was strange that Owen would suddenly be ok to give Bret his moment. Just seems very sudden. Bret suddenly going off to a new promotion at 40 years old struck me as strange (especially for only $80 ). The unsubstantiated rumors that Shane is good at booking have never impressed me, so the idea of him running off to make his own promotion doesn’t excite me much.

    I think overall you’ve got some real gems in here, though there are a few things I would have definitely done differently personally. Re-combining the Harts in conflict is a guaranteed classic match though. I feel you may have spent too many guys in what turned out to be a bit of a throwaway tag scenario and the card felt a little thing as a result. Still, lots of good stuff mixed in here. Nice work Type, especially since you had to plan this out while also running everything!


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    Been looking forward to this one! Kamala/Hector is certainly an unexpected opening match, but I love the “LuchaMania” moniker. Actually shocked nobody has used that in real life, now that I think of it! Really dig the Texas connection with Kamala, and definitely a dangerous force in his prime to throw in Hector’s way. My gut says you may have over-explained the actual in ring action here, but still I appreciate the attention to detail. Dig all the little things for Kamala, the belly down pin and all that. Absolutely believe that Hector would fight hard but fall to the Ugandan Giant.

    I think UD/Kalisto has obvious potential to be great, taking both guys from their peak of course. Dragon shouldn’t feel mad that people use his moves though, thanks to Toryumon and Dragon Gate his influence is enormous in the wrestling world totday!

    Oh bloody hell, Tenryu and the Road Warriors going at it!! Tatsu is a fine partner for Tenryu, I think, especially for those who’ve seen his recent work in All Japan. I might have used Tenryu as a singles guy considering his incredible legacy in that area, but when you’ve got the damn Road Warriors on tap you can’t find an opponent too big for them. Again, great attention to detail here, I could really believe a lot of this stuff really happened. I didn’t quite follow why the Road Warriors turned on Tenryu though, would have liked more of a motivation for that. Haha, I appreciate your acknowledgment that Tenryu and Tatsu wouldn’t get much reaction from a Texas crowd coming out of the gate, especially in the early 80s era you’re setting this in. I also totally buy that, heel or not, the Road Warriors would be the heavy favorites, as they were always so over everywhere they went. I actually think this match might have been better without weapons, but using the spike is a great nod to some RW history. Shocked that you had them lose here though honestly, I thought they’d go over for sure. I mean, it’s the Road Warriors for heaven’s sake! Still, really good stuff here.

    I think Pedro would have been very over in Texas, as he was in New York. I’ve not been a huge Morales fan from what I’ve seen in the ring (feel free to change my mind!) but his crowd connection can’t be doubted. Original Doink was AMAZINGLY good, so props to using him here. Very easy to underestimate his mat abilities, which were extensive. Love that Doink flat out-wrestlers Pedro for the most part, and laughing in his face? Heck yes, sign me up for a Doink main event run in the territories!

    Definitely dig how much you’ve thought out the title pictures for this era of yours, lots of nice connections in the back story. Absolutely LOVE the Jake promos, I can absolutely hear him saying this kind of stuff and making this one of the most must see matches regardless of what happens in terms of the actual action. Kerry is also underrated in the ring, especially at his peak, so I can see this being quite good. Being in Texas is again a great touch, you’ve chosen really well for the location. No doubt the people would have been losing their minds at all this. All that for a DQ is a little disappointing but I can’t say it isn’t realistic for the era, and would probably fill a bunch more houses down the road as opposed to a clean victory right here.

    Not sure it’s realistic that the average Texas fan would be ready to point out who invented the Camel Clutch, but still I’m sure Sheik and Volkoff would have no trouble getting plenty of heat in this era. LT is a guy I could possibly see being a good long term wrestler if he had chosen to go that way, and you’ve certainly got some star power with him. Seems a bit of a waste not to use Mark Henry in his Hall of Pain incarnation, but I think this would get over pretty well. Celebrity champ is always risky but if he’s committed to work a bunch of dates, I don’t see a problem with it.

    It was always going to be tough picking the face and the heel in Jericho/Savage, because both men peaked as heels. I think I would have gone the other way ultimately, but I can see why you went the way you did. Props to including Gorilla Monsoon and Sean Mooney in your promotion! You and I will have to cross-promote so Heenan and Monsoon can work together. Not sure how I feel about Liz cheating on behalf of Savage though, in her classic form that’s something she never would have done, though perhaps if it’s a later WCW version of Liz it’s more believable. She did some fun stuff there so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Haha, really dig Savage sneaking a weapon into the cage! I’m just surprised he didn’t use it earlier. A bit of a cop out that Liz comes to ringside despite being barred. Savage off the top seems very cool though, no doubt that’d be a classic one. I dig the use of the cage, very old school way to settle a blood feud.

    Mystery manager in an egg eh… well, I can’t say it’s not a clever way to sneak Hector back in, though I’m not sure it’s worth the tradeoff of having to have the Gobbledy Gooker around. Really like Cody’s attitude in the build and attempts to dodge title defenses, can really see him owning a role like that. I’m not sure Cody can outwrestle Eddie on the mat though, in fact I feel like he definitely can’t. The Gooker stuff was ultimately too overbooked for me, like, why would Cody start dancing in this big important match, and why would he trust the Gooker anyway? Definitely think the crowd would pop big for Eddie going over, but something less overbooked and silly would have hit home more with me.

    I loved your roster and think on paper this is a great card, but I can’t help but feel you’ve overbooked a bit of this stuff too much. I’m really not sure you’d get the reaction you fantasized about in the main event, which is too bad as some parts of it were quite brilliant. I give you huge props for building a show specifically that would be loved in Texas though, and including some awesome details. That Jake/Kerry feud especially sounds like something I would adore from start to finish. I still liked this overall my friend, well done, and others may like the main event a lot more than I did.


    Will definitely have to think on the winner, there are some very strong contenders in here, and a lot of others just a slight tier down from the top. This has been great, for sure!

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    @Mizfan- LOL I meant 5 years, 80 million and in the very loose timeframe of late 2000, I think Shane having his own promotion would at least seem like a realistic threat. Appreciate the kind words about the Owen feud, but let me clear something up. The night after RAW where Owen gave him his moment, it was kind of just him showing a subtle amount of respect given that he got everything he wanted (the title, the brand to himself). He realized the totality of the situation, that his brother Bret who poured himself into the company, lost and was leaving. Another beatdown of Bret made zero sense and an overly emotional hugging it out moment didn't make sense either considering what Owen did to Bret. I figured the nod of just saying "i'll leave you have your moment" sufficed

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    Ok, I can see what you're getting at with that. Fair enough!

    Soooo, is there any particular way we are voting for best card? Slap down votes in this thread, or PM, or what?

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    *Throws off hood* It was me Type! It was me all along Type!

    As Shane works for me, and was drafted in part for his business acumen, I would like to happily, publicly welcome Bret Hart to the Performance Art Wrestling roster. Let the build to the greatest match that could ever be begin! Seth Rollins vs. Bret Hart headlining PlanMania III here we come....

    Ok, so a quick thought on every card I read.

    Dyno - there's a simple, old school vibe to it I like, and having The Streak headline against Bálor, supported with what I think is a fascinating combo of Edge and Harley, is a good shout. Some of the details lost me though. I think a trick was missed in not having Ultimate Opportunist Edge against Harley - even if it was heel on heel - and the supernatural stuff in the main event was a little too far towards the overly fantastical for me.

    Marc - I would actually love to see Mero vs. Tatanka, provided it was New Gen Mero! I also really like a couple of these pairings too. Lawler vs. Sandow could be great if you're into your '80s structuralism in the ring and Chavo vs. Malenko is a classic waiting to happen. The main event is an interesting one. I'd never considered an Austin / Batista match, but if it was psycho unhinged '01 Austin against '07 Batista I could dig it. I'm just a little uncertain how the styles would marry up.

    Josh - While the main event wouldn't be one I would personally want to watch you would have to be insane to think that isn't going to draw, and Josh would have been crazy not to book it. Hell, as a strong man match, it could be produced into something truly special. Can't look past it. I have to say as well that Kane vs. Yokozuna is a match I would LOVE to see. I have a lot of love for both men and I think that could be genuinely off the chart as big man matches go. Love it, major points there. Hardy vs. Martel and the Outlaws vs. Money Inc. have a lot going for them too, but the rest of the card is less attractive to me. It feels like a show of two halves for me, but that top half is really damn strong man, and I appreciate the imagination shown throughout. Bonus point for pre-showing Ryder!

    Matt - this is a curious one. There's things here I absolutely love. Tazz vs. Dain strikes me as a sleeper hit from the off. That mix of size and style in a No DQ environment could create something compelling. I'm not crazy on the Kennedy / Masters creative though, and I'm not a huge fan of Scrambles either - though the cruisers would be head-spinning, no doubt! The Tag, IC and semi-main are all next level though. I quite like the Bulldogs creative going on, and the matches that would result would be incredible for sure. Angle / Dynamite is the real hit here, and I think should've headlined. It might be because I'm not a massive fan of either, but KO / HBK does little for me, especially if it's built to with a 'were tag partners who fell out' story arc.

    Doc - another mixed bag here. Fantastic opener between Mundo and Jarrett culminating a Best Of series. That's very Doc, and frankly very attractive on paper. The first four matches, in fact, all hold appeal to me. I like the simple and straight-forward creative that seems to be intimated here, primarily because simple often works best. The top half excites me a little less. Show / Shaq will pull in the numbers no doubt, and I'm sure fans would love what the cruisers go out and do - it's just not really for me. There's also nothing on earth that can get me excited for Triple H vs. Hulk Hogan, ever. Razor vs. Christian, though? Man, hipster classic right there!

    Latta - there are two bouts here that draw me in. Rhodes vs. Vince I think is an inspired choice. Those two characters match so obviously well it's a wonder how nobody else seemed to spot that possibility. Think of the promos! And I'm sure the result would be something crazy cathartic to watch as well. The other one is Usos vs. Rock 'n' Roll Express of course. It's hard to argue with Latta's statement that it's the zenith of tag wrestling in the draft. The rest of the card, though, has me a bit cold in honesty. I've never really bought into the sentiments that underpin the headlining match and there are a few too many mid-carders that fail to appeal to me. Some good creative could win me over, though!

    Sam - plenty of creative on show here! I really like the night-long story playing out, from the number one contender opener to the tale of the Funks and the monsters that I'm sure would result in some really fun slobberknockers. There's also a lot to like about the headlining match. Ambrose and Foley could compile something transcendent, both in character terms and in in-ring storytelling. My major concern here is the way talent is paired up elsewhere. I feel like more could have been drawn out of a really talented roster but use of a multi-man match sort of hamstrung that. I'm also unsure if Sabu was intentionally used twice or not? But I do really really, really like those top two matches....

    Aqua - there's an awesome early-90s feel to this one, and that's hard to dislike! I also like the way talent is paired here, which is half the battle. DiBiase vs. Santana could go up against any pairing booked with any other roster in this thing. Sid and Gang would be an awesome monster-mash, but I think a trick was missed in not letting them throw the chains of DQ rules off! Plenty of robust undercard action and a fascinating main event. I actually really like this card, I just wonder if there's enough there to make me love it. A couple of other championships, some more fleshed out creative could have made this an unexpected front-runner for me in honesty! It's awesomely retro!

    Type - my main stumbling block here is that I'm uncertain which versions of the stars I'm watching, which has me scratching my head on some of the creative. But the thrust of the storylines are pretty good. I like Owen getting bested by his jealousy again, and an exasperated Bret having to go back into the mess he thought he'd sorted. I'm not a huge fan of putting a kid in a storyline role though, let alone in a Sharpshooter, so that was a bit of a turn off, especially because Bret was never really one for that kind of Attitudinal storytelling, at least in WWF. Goes without saying the match would be special though. I actually quite dig the tag team stip for the titles and the opener is a cool one - a different vibe to most, going with powerhouses over cruisers. I'm left unsure with the rest though - especially booking Ziggler to go against a post-retired rather than prime Steamboat. That honestly seems mad to me!

    LWO - lots going on here. I dig the territorial mentality, and the creative is definitely very old school. The Chicago Street Fight really appeals to me and the weaker picks have been used and produced really well it seems. The Tag title match is a fantastic way to utilise LT and Savage vs. Jericho in a Cage topped with an elbow from the top? That's about enough to clinch my vote alone! I actually love the balls in having Cody headline over Savage or Jericho, especially against Eddie and all with the added intrigue surrounding Hector. I think L-Dub absolutely killed this, and even as someone who isn't that into territorial styles I would watch the hell out of this event. My only real gripe? Some of that character motivation seems a little inexplicable in the depths of the storyline progression.

    Mizfan - I think I've already left a little feed, but generally I think Mizfan killed it too. I can forgive the Ladder Match because of the creative supporting it. The Miz / Saturn storyline is classical mid card fare with some really unique story development and JBL vs. PCO is conceptualised really well. Heenan is used spectacularly well (not that this should come as a surprise!) and the top two matches aren't necessarily ones that would interest me but would definitely draw big and prove themselves memorable with a view towards the outwardly iconic if produced properly.

    Right now, I'm tossing this up between the last two entrants. I need to have a good think about LWO and Mizfan's cards I think, but generally I think everyone's done great and this was a blast to be a part of!

    I echo mizfan - how is the voting process being handled here?

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    'Plan - you're exactly the kind of person I included the line about special effects for Hopefully it would be handled better than the worms etc during Wyatt/Orton a couple of years ago...

    The trouble with Ultimate Opportunist Edge is that it requires a Main Event to have happened so he can cash in on a weakened opponent. I definitely didn't want that. It was probably his best gimmick though.
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    I was thinking gritty Race chasing champion Edge, but I absolutely take your point!

    Supernatural stuff is tricky I think. I've always felt it works best when it's left ambiguous, subtle, more than lightning bolts from the hands. Those are the 'Taker segments I've never really been to warm towards. The less zany stuff - like when he switched with Hardy at Punk's feet at Summerslam 2009 - those are the ones I think work well!

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    Love that rundown Plan, and glad to be considered in your final two. My main concern was over-using Heenan but I think it came off very well in the end, if I say so myself. Hope Type hasn't disappeared again at the end of everything!

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