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He sat at the bar. One hand held a highball glass of Kentucky’s finest contribution to the world -- bourbon, the other a cigar. Here in this hole in the ball bar in Amarillo was one of the last vestiges that a man could smoke and drink in peace. His Stetson rested crown-down on the bartop. There was the normal noise of the bar around him, but everyone ignored the big six foot six cowboy. This had been his stomping grounds once upon a time. Back when he was running wild over West Texas. Him and Skull and James and Sheik and the Professor. The whole crew. Now he was here to unwind after a day as an office guy.

Ricky took a puff from his cigar and chased that with a long swallow of bourbon. He sighed. When he was breaking in, he did not imagine that he would become this. He was supposed to run wild. Drinking booze, smoking cigars, loving women, kicking ass, driving fast and living hard. That was the life he had imagined. He was supposed to be the reincarnation of some great wild west figure. Hickok or Earp or even an outlaw like like Hardin or James or Cassidy. None of his plans were to be an office man. To travel around the country to scout talent and sign talent and manage budgets and all of the things that his job now entails. He is a man who sits on the board of a wrestling company now. Not just the top star like he was for the TWL or for TCW for a short time period when he was their number one face. Before Rocky exploded onto the scene and Ricky became the number two. Before Sammy made him the number three. Before age and the betrayal of his body relegated him to occasional status. He had a run as booker and commentator before that run was axed because he was not what BriCo would label a company guy.

He wasn’t a company guy. A least not a BriCo company guy. He had no loyalty to them, they had shown him no loyalty either. When he retired and his contract came up, they let him walk instead of having him stick around. They said that he was expendable, until he wasn’t and they needed him to help right the ship. So he righted the ship, stabilized their company and then he was out of a job again.

He’d say he was loyal to CWL, but that’s not entirely true. He was loyal to Robert and he loved his job but he can’t pretend like he wouldn’t leave if an opportunity presented itself that was too good to pass up. If a group of investors wanted him to head an organization? He’d take that opportunity, or at least listen to it. If the right company wanted him to become the head booker, he’d listen. He had told Robert that too. He would listen to other offers if it came to that time. He didn’t want to leave. He liked his job. Some days he really liked his job.

He took another drink from his bourbon and another puff on his scotch and looked down the bar. Many of the patrons knew who he was. A lot of them were the same crowd that would come here in 1994. Almost thirty years later. They had been young then, but so had he been. Some of them were grandparents now. He took another slow drink from his bourbon and took another puff on his cigar. He should be heading back to the hotel so he can get ready for his flight tomorrow. To some other city to watch some other indy show to see if any of the guys or girls on that show had a future in the business that the CWL could use to their benefit. He downed his scotch and took another puff.

He should be leaving. But that blonde at the end of the bar had been making eyes at him all night and empty hotel rooms were never fun to go home to. So he ordered another scotch and sent one to her. He was Ricky Dale Johnson after all. The last of a dying breed of men who cut their teeth in pro wrestling in West Texas, where the heat was oppressive, the hair big, and the liquor ever-flowing.

He should be going back to his hotel… But he rarely did what he should.
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Historian, I've been lurking on this thread for a very long time, but I don't think I've gotten the chance to ever post comments in here. I just wanted to say that this is my favorite dynasty on the forum. You make so many characters come to life that usually don't have a part in CVerse dynasties. Jebediah would be proud

The Rick Law signing is exciting! How does his overness relate to the top guys in the company? It's cool that you can add a star from elsewhere to the main event scene of guys that you personally built up. He's a natural opponent for Torment as well.

Also, I love the latest RDJ update. It reminds me of an excerpt from Bret Hart's book. Good stuff. It would be interesting to see some narratives from people we haven't heard from before, someone like Pearl Flanders or Leon Pena. The dojo graduates are definitely intriguing to me. Keep up the good work!
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Historian, I've been lurking on this thread for a very long time, but I don't think I've gotten the chance to ever post comments in here. I just wanted to say that this is my favorite dynasty on the forum. You make so many characters come to life that usually don't have a part in CVerse dynasties. Jebediah would be proud

The Rick Law signing is exciting! How does his overness relate to the top guys in the company? It's cool that you can add a star from elsewhere to the main event scene of guys that you personally built up. He's a natural opponent for Torment as well.

Also, I love the latest RDJ update. It reminds me of an excerpt from Bret Hart's book. Good stuff. It would be interesting to see some narratives from people we haven't heard from before, someone like Pearl Flanders or Leon Pena. The dojo graduates are definitely intriguing to me. Keep up the good work!
Well thank you for posting, Cro! It's nice to get new a new poster. Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you're enjoying the dynasty.

Rick Law is my most popular wrestler at this point, with Spencer Spade being my number two, and then Riley McManus, Lauren Easter, Ross Henry, and Torment rounding out the top six.

I will see what I can do about giving some spotlights to some of the lesser heralded members of the roster. I've got a Pena one kicking around in the head and I do need to give some more narrative love to the women.
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LAUREN EASTER! Former NOTBPW and USPW Women’s Champion comes running to the ring. The one third Mexican, one third Native American and one third Welsh wrestler sends Strong and Tyler running to the hills for cover and then checks on a fallen Pearl Flanders.
Sounds like Scott Steiner's been doing Lauren Easter's genealogy!

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He should be leaving. But that blonde at the end of the bar had been making eyes at him all night and empty hotel rooms were never fun to go home to.
G'wan, RDJ! Get you some!

Great stuff as always, Historian! Keep 'em coming!
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Favorite thing about CWL sand this diary is that it avoids a lot of the common trappings of most diaries of creating what is essentially C-Verse All Star rosters inevitabily.

There’s a clear hierarchy of top stars, rising prospects, tag team specialists and gatekeepers that isn’t prevalent when you have guys like Mainstream Hernandez and El Leon as Lower Midcarders because you just completely overloaded signing every talented worker a la USPW by offering unrealistic deals.

I just realized why this is one of the only diaries I actually read consistently and that dynamic is probably one of the biggest aspects.
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Favorite thing about CWL sand this diary is that it avoids a lot of the common trappings of most diaries of creating what is essentially C-Verse All Star rosters inevitabily.

There’s a clear hierarchy of top stars, rising prospects, tag team specialists and gatekeepers that isn’t prevalent when you have guys like Mainstream Hernandez and El Leon as Lower Midcarders because you just completely overloaded signing every talented worker a la USPW by offering unrealistic deals.

I just realized why this is one of the only diaries I actually read consistently and that dynamic is probably one of the biggest aspects.
This is an excellent point about Historian’s story here. It’s one of the things that I also enjoy
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Available on NCTV
Week 2, December 2023.
Filmed at: Huntsville Fairgrounds [South East. USA]
In Attendance: 5,000 [SELL OUT]
Rating: 2.79 [2,092,560 viewers]
Commentators: Lee Bambino & Ricky Dale Johnson



LB: Hello and welcome to another exciting and thrill-packed episode of Saturday Night Slammasters. We are coming to you from the Huntsville Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Alabama for what it is sure to be a great night of professional wrestling action. I'm Lee Bambino and I'm joined in the broadcast booth, as always, by Ricky Dale Johnson.

RDJ: It's great to be here once again, Lee. What a night we have for our fans. Last week, both Rick Law and Lauren Easter shocked the wrestling world by showing up in a CWL ring. Tonight, Lauren Easter gets her first taste of action as she teams up with former North American Women's Champion, Pearl Flanders to take on current champion Alicia Strong and her running mate Brooke Tyler.


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Matty Faith is backstage. By himself. With the camera on him. He is aware of the camera presence. He knows the lense is watching him closing, watching his every movement but he does not move. He does not say anything. Not for a while. Instead, he just stares at the ground. After a long moment, he raises his head and lets his eyes stare into the camera.

MF: I let you all down. I let myself down. I made promises to you. I made promises to myself. I said that I was going to dethrone Torment. I was going to conquer the man at the top of the mountain. I was going to become North American Heavyweight Champion -- but I didn’t. I failed. I came up short. I lost. I can’t say that I was cheated or screwed or that something wasn’t fair. I lost. It’s been keeping me up at night. It’s been eating me alive. I’m supposed to be the guy. I can feel that in my bones. I’m supposed to be the person you all can count on. You’re supposed to have faith in me, but how can you when I don’t have faith in me? I need to find that part of me. That part of me that rises to the occasion. That part of me that slays giants. That part of me that conquers mountains and climbs to the summit. So I'm going to. I'm going to take inventory. I'm going to seek out that part of me so I can become North American Heavyweight Champion -- so I can be the Matty Faith that I am supposed to be.

Opening Match
Tag Team Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit



American Muscle versus The New Towers of Power [Alex Ostlund & Mick Muscles

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, American Muscle defeated Alex Ostlund and Mick Muscles in 6:30 when Ballistic defeated Alex Ostlund by pinfall with a Star Face Slam.

Alex Ostlund was the weak link, struggling to keep up with everyone else's in-ring performance.


Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

“The Hillbilly Hammer” Clyde Puder versus Brett Chambers

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Clyde Puder defeated Brett Chambers in 4:53 by pinfall with a Patriot Powerslam.


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The Devil's Rejects are backstage. It's just Keith and Johnny with February. February is holding both of the North American Tag Team Titles.

KH: Well hell boys. At Christmas Chaos, we're gonna be in for one hell of a fight, ain't we? We're gonna be in for a fight for the yard. A fight for this territory. For this piece of the pie that me and Johnny been carvin' out for ourselves for the past six years.

JA: That's right. For the past six years, we've ran things here. We've been the constant. We've been the backbone of the tag team division. It's our turf. Our home. We collect the checks. We make sure everyone plays by the rules. By our rules. We made the blueprint here.

KH: Five times we've been the tag team champions. That's more than anyone else. Five times we've proven that we're the toughest, we're the baddest, we're the meanest. We ain't going anywhere.

JA: And at Christmas Chaos, the Cummos and the Heartbreak Express will be there. Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match. That's big time. That's a chance to prove your mettle. To earn your stripes. Both of you are great teams. Both of been North American Tag Team Champions... But not five times.

KH: Nope, not five times. That's us. The men so bad the devil won't have us. The devil runs from us. Like you four should. 'Cause at Christmas Chaos, it's going to be chaotic. It's going to be wild. It's going to be violent.

February steps forward.

FM: And at the end of the night. My boys are still going to be North American Tag Team Champions.

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Fifteen Minute Time Limit

Maria Guest versus Queen Amazon

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Queen Amazon defeated Maria Guest in 8:24 by pinfall by using underhanded tactics.


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PA: You want a piece of me, Ash? You want to prove your mettle? You want to see how you stack up? That's fine. At Christmas Chaos, let's do the damn thing and find out.

Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit


“Relentless” Wesley Browning versus “The Latin Sensation” Leon Pena ©

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Leon Pena defeated Wesley Browning in 12:17 by pinfall with an Easy Palm Strike. Leon Pena makes defence number 3 of his CWL Television title.


Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

“The Troubadour” Floyd Reeves versus Cameron Vessey w/ Lisa Bowen

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Cameron Vessey defeated Floyd Reeves in 7:53 by pinfall with a Vessey Driver II.


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RM: You know... I've been itching for a fight. I've been itching for an opportunity to prove myself. Itching for a chance to get in the ring with someone who is supposed to be big time, or prime time, or major league, or even...Hollywood... So Bret. You're sticking around for a little while. I don't know how long, but I know this. You and I? We should lock up. Let's find out if Hollywood is as good as good ol' fashioned Georgia hardwork. Let's find out if you can beat the Cornerstone.

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Tag Team Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit



Lauren Easter & Pearl Flanders versus Alica Strong & Brooke Tyler w/ Lisa Bowen

In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Lauren Easter and Pearl Flanders defeated Alicia Strong and Brooke Tyler in 19:27 when Lauren Easter defeated Brooke Tyler by submission with a Figure Four Leglock.

Pearl Flanders was the weak link, struggling to keep up with everyone else's in-ring performance.


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PGHW Night of WRESTLING
PGHW visited Aomori Stadium for the Night of WRESTLING -- which definitely lived up to its name.  With GCG, BCG, and Burning Hammer of the Wrestling Gods having been swallowed up the past few years in the wake of the tragic Tsunami that hit Japan and some financial mismanagement, PGHW is the real last vestige of proper puroresu.  Night of WRESTLING definitely lived up to the hype.  A fantastic B+ show that really delivered from top to bottom.

Main Event
Muruyama & Ugaki def KitoGuchi - B+

Seiji Jimbo def Bunrakuken Torri to retain the PGHW Glory Crown Championship - A

Tanyu Toshusai def Logan Diaz - A

Yoshimi Mushashibo def Konrad Makinen - B

Yoshinaka Taku def Tesuya Tokuoka - C

Yodo Tomonaga & Genichi Nawabe def Hands of Death to retain Glory Crown Tag Team Championship - C+

Pavel Vanzchya def Avalanche Takano - B

Furusawa, Svensson, & Funakoshi def Diaz, Koga, & Genda - B

Yano & Kikcuhi def Reckless Life - C+

Kuemon Watabe def Tasukichi Makiguchi - D

 
 

NOTBPW Winter War Results

North of the Border Pro Wrestling held their annual December Spectacular -- Winter War.  They held the show at St. Crispin's Ballpark and drew a sold out crowd of 10,000 people.  They've really been on a roll lately with the full-time return of David and the arrivals of Dan Stone III and John Stone to the fold.  This show was easily a B+.

Main Event
Edd Stone def Omar Brown to retain the Canadian Championship - B+

Sally Anne Christianson def Antoinette Lessard to retain the Canadian Women's Championship - B+

Jay Chord def Harlem Haynes - A

Duane Stone def Nathan Whitehead - C

Agrican Cloutier and Paul Blais wrestled to a time limit draw - B-

Solomon Gold def Perry Laurent - B

Dan Stone III def Hugh Ancrie - B

Julian Watson def Philip Gagnon - C+

Nina Cacace and Pinky Perez wrestled to a time limit draw - B_

Toussnint Vidal & Robb Moreau def Philip Belanger & Jerry Lauzonvia disqualification - C+

 
 

USPW Made in America!

USPW was not to be out done.  With PGHW and NOTBPW having put on stellar shows this week, Allen Packer's juggernaut followed suit with another B+ show.  They drew almost 30,000 fans to the H. Jones Building for this show.

Main Event
Rocky Golden def Roger Cage to retain the USPW World Championship - A

Adam Matravers def Rich Money - B

Juana Huracan def Kate Lilly to retain the USPW Women's Championship

Jack & Ricky DeColt def Callum & Thompson to retain the USPW World Tag Team Championship - B

Erik Strong def Masked Cougar by DQ - B

Justin Sensitive def Frederique Antonio Gracia - B+

Eddie Howard def Hellion - B

Darryl Moore def King Kong Kennedy - B-

Wild Things def The Stretchers - C+

Grouch Bling def Jeremiah Moose by DQ - C

 

 

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He’s back.....but didn’t get the triumphant return he deserves. I think he deserves a rematch, for the title. I can see it now, CWL TV champion, “Relentless” Wesley Browning.

Make it happen!
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Im Surprised that PGHW won the war of Post-Tsunami Japan. I've never seen that happen.
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Im Surprised that PGHW won the war of Post-Tsunami Japan. I've never seen that happen.
I have but its very rare that PGHW doesn't go out of business beforehand.
It's like either PGHW kicks it very early like the first 3 years or they somehow outlast Burning who every time I've seen them die dies like 10 years into the game.
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He’s back.....but didn’t get the triumphant return he deserves. I think he deserves a rematch, for the title. I can see it now, CWL TV champion, “Relentless” Wesley Browning.

Make it happen!
He is back! The Relentless one has returned. I promise there is something more than just being an enhancement talent for him.

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Im Surprised that PGHW won the war of Post-Tsunami Japan. I've never seen that happen.
Well, the Tsunami claimed both BCG and GCG -- BHOTWG bought them both out, then got hit with an embezzlement scandal, went into debt for a significant amount of time and I was able to buy them out. So PGHW survived because of that -- though WLW has been the 'winner'. They are the number two company in the world right now.
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He is back! The Relentless one has returned. I promise there is something more than just being an enhancement talent for him.



Well, the Tsunami claimed both BCG and GCG -- BHOTWG bought them both out, then got hit with an embezzlement scandal, went into debt for a significant amount of time and I was able to buy them out. So PGHW survived because of that -- though WLW has been the 'winner'. They are the number two company in the world right now.

Bahahahahhaa!'

Out of curiosity, are you more popular in Japan than in he United States? You probably could get a TV/PPV deal in Japan but I could see why you wont for narrative purposes.
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Bahahahahhaa!'

Out of curiosity, are you more popular in Japan than in he United States? You probably could get a TV/PPV deal in Japan but I could see why you wont for narrative purposes.
When I initially bought out BHOTWG, I was. Now, because I haven't run any shows there and have no viewership there I'm not.
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Her hands tightened around the ropes that were draped on her shoulder. The ropes were attached to weights several feet behind her. The rope slack between her and the weights. Her hazel eyes were focused ahead. Straight ahead. Leon Pena stood to the side with a stop watch in his hand. He was timing Pearl.

Pearl was focused. Deeply focused. At two hundred and five pounds, she was the heaviest woman on the roster. She thought she carried it well. It wasn't in her midsection as much as it was in her hips and thighs and even then it was primarily muscle. She had always been big. At five feet seven, she was above average height for a woman, and with her weight she was the big power house of the women's division. Her and Teresa Newton. Because of her size, she felt the need to train harder. To show Ricky and Sean and Pete and Robert and whomever else may have a say in any creative decision for CWL that she was in tip top shape. She could continue to be a player in the women's division.

"Ready?" Leon's heavily accented English asked her. Without looking, she nodded. "Go." He said and she pushed herself off. Her feet dug into the floor. Her legs pumped. Her jaw clenched and she moved forward as fast as she could. The weight was heavy behind her, but she pushed forward. She had to have the best time. Wrestling was -- despite what anyone wanted to proclaim -- a cosmetic industry. Sure, you could be heavy set and still be a star, but the people with the most impressive physiques were generally the ones pushed. It was easier to make them stars. Pearl needed to be in the best shape of all of the women. She knew that wrestling had made a lot of progress. She and Lauren had just main evented Saturday Night Slammasters against Alicia and Brooke. The women were taken seriously -- at least in companies that presented them seriously. Robert had always presented the women as seriously athletes. He wasn't Brother Grimm who wanted a bunch of eye candy. There was no requirement here to have a bunch of 'hot' girls to appease the appetites of men who wouldn't know how to talk to them anyway. The women in the CWL were athletes. Pearl took a lot of pride in being an athlete. She wanted to be the best...

Leon watched his friend drag the weight behind her. They had become friends in Amarillo. Pearl was one of the few people who was fluent in Spanish. Sure, Leon spoke English, but it was nice to be able to speak his native tongue with someone. He had grown up in Mexico City as a fan of MPWF. He was not an OLLIE loyalist. He was not a South of the Border guy. He liked the Mexican Premier Wrestling Federation. To him, it was the premier organization -- or had been until he closed. He had grown up with their footage. With Mr. Lucha, Luis Montero, Sam Keith, Pablo Rodriguez, Electrico, Spanish Superfly, Magnifico, Soul Taker... His heroes. The men who had inspired him to follow in their footsteps, but no lucha companies had called. Robert Oxford did. Called him to go to Texas. So he went. And there he met Pearl. They were a platonic pair. Almost like siblings in the way they interacted. They trained together. Rode to the shows together. Went over footage together. Studied the game together.

He had wanted to be a lucha libre star. He had wanted to be the rebirth of classic lucha libre. Not the lucha-sports entertainment of a South of the Border. He wanted to be the lucha that his father had grown up on. His grandfather. It was a family tradition. It was hertiage -- and wasn't that what lucha libre was? More so than any other style of professional wrestling. Lucha libre was inherited. Masks. Feuds. Name. Legends. All inherited. Leon's inheritance did not take him to one of the great lucha companies, but it took him here. To a friendship with a girl from the trailerparks of New Mexico. To a Television Championship and a legion of young latino fans who wanted his autograph. It had made him a budding star in a company that was on an upward trajectory. It had given him a future that at twenty-two years old and three years as a professional, he knew was bright. MPWF had closed when he was a teenager. When it did, his father cried. His father, who hated South of the Border wrestling. Who hated Jorge Ibanez. Who hated what they represented, because they were not what lucha libre was supposed to be. Leon Pena was.

He thought all of this while he timed Pearl. He thought all of this in the blink of an eye. In the twenty-eight seconds it took her to finish her sled drag. "Your best time yet."

She nodded and took several deep breaths. Leon tossed her the bottle of water he was holding. She downed the whole thing in one long gulp. They were both driven be the same goal. They just wanted to be the best. Not the biggest stars, just the best.

She looked at him. "One more time." Her voice was heavy with the intake of air.

Leon nodded at his friend. "One more time." He told her as she picked the ropes up again. The weighted sled behind her once more. She was the daughter of a single mother. Grew up in a trailer park. Not in an ashamed way. In her mother could afford the mortgage on a forty-thousand dollar mobile home way. In a pride of ownership of something even so minimal. Pearl was a proud woman. Her mother was a proud woman. A three jobs to make ends meet woman. Leon respected that. They respected each other.

"Go." He said and she took off once more...
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