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  #1981  
Unread 08-21-2019, 11:06 PM
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In my opinion the writings are the best part of the diary. They are just so good. Like, its on a whole new level that I've never seen in a diary.
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I would argue that in today's day and age, with the death of kayfabe and the rise of social media, fans know so much about the wrestlers' real lives and struggles, it becomes part of their in-character and storylines. AEW especially does a great job on that and it's evident on how they not only acknowledge but use the struggles of Cody, Moxley and Spears in WWE to do promos and tell a story, how they use Being the Elite to expand on narratives, how they're building on the Runnels' past for Cody vs Dustin, then Rhodes vs Bucks and now Cody vs Spears with Tully Blanchard on his side. NJPW does the same in a different manner: knowing the real life connection between, say, Shibata and Kenta, Naito and Takagi or Ibushi and Omega, adds a whole new dimension of drama and storytelling when you watch a show where that comes up.

This diary and Historian's writing has managed to do the exact same thing, but using TEW and these forums. We already know the workers from their bios, their struggles, their relationships but the narratives manage to build on those, expand them and update them as the game world evolves. After so many narratives about McManus, he really feels like the Cornerstone of CWL, he's not just named that because of his time with the company and his achievements with it. With all the naratives between him and Lisa Bowen, it felt special to read him wrestling Spencer Spade with Lisa on Spade's corner, then we got a post-match narrative that dealt with exactly that. The Devil's Rejects feel like a group because we've had narratives of them chilling together backstage. KC Glenn's flight to Japan and his big return were all the more impactful because of the narratives around his love story with Marjorie Oxford, not just because he's a good worker with solid pop.

I'll admit I'm a sucker for good visual presentation in a diary; it doesn't have to be flashy, but I won't bother if there's not at least portraits of the wrestlers on display. I struggle to stay focused and interested when there's a wall of text involved and I imagine several others do too. Historian has managed to provide great stuff to read and he's been making minor graphics updates on the way too, covering both bases. There's a reason why The Climb has been going on for so long and has been so successful.
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In my opinion the writings are the best part of the diary. They are just so good. Like, its on a whole new level that I've never seen in a diary.
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I would argue that in today's day and age, with the death of kayfabe and the rise of social media, fans know so much about the wrestlers' real lives and struggles, it becomes part of their in-character and storylines. AEW especially does a great job on that and it's evident on how they not only acknowledge but use the struggles of Cody, Moxley and Spears in WWE to do promos and tell a story, how they use Being the Elite to expand on narratives, how they're building on the Runnels' past for Cody vs Dustin, then Rhodes vs Bucks and now Cody vs Spears with Tully Blanchard on his side. NJPW does the same in a different manner: knowing the real life connection between, say, Shibata and Kenta, Naito and Takagi or Ibushi and Omega, adds a whole new dimension of drama and storytelling when you watch a show where that comes up.

This diary and Historian's writing has managed to do the exact same thing, but using TEW and these forums. We already know the workers from their bios, their struggles, their relationships but the narratives manage to build on those, expand them and update them as the game world evolves. After so many narratives about McManus, he really feels like the Cornerstone of CWL, he's not just named that because of his time with the company and his achievements with it. With all the naratives between him and Lisa Bowen, it felt special to read him wrestling Spencer Spade with Lisa on Spade's corner, then we got a post-match narrative that dealt with exactly that. The Devil's Rejects feel like a group because we've had narratives of them chilling together backstage. KC Glenn's flight to Japan and his big return were all the more impactful because of the narratives around his love story with Marjorie Oxford, not just because he's a good worker with solid pop.

I'll admit I'm a sucker for good visual presentation in a diary; it doesn't have to be flashy, but I won't bother if there's not at least portraits of the wrestlers on display. I struggle to stay focused and interested when there's a wall of text involved and I imagine several others do too. Historian has managed to provide great stuff to read and he's been making minor graphics updates on the way too, covering both bases. There's a reason why The Climb has been going on for so long and has been so successful.
Agree with all of the above! Great stuff, hope it never ends!
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Unread 08-22-2019, 12:46 PM
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I agree with the above as well from Dark Raider. The stories are amazing and the visuals with pictures etc adds to the story. The graphic part is the main reason why I haven’t done a dynasty here, but slowly I’m working my way to figure it out. Historian has sent me some things and some others have offered to get me “up to speed” at least to a basic graphic basis. I won’t be doing all the bells and whistles but hope to at least present something that can showcase who the talent is. And the pictures (renders) being done today are so much more advance than they were several years ago. Brings it up to a whole new level.

Great job Historian, your fast approaching 1 year (3 months to go). Congrats
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Unread 08-22-2019, 03:10 PM
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Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. I'm glad this last narrative has gone over so well. I wanted to feature some talent that doesn't get featured in the narratives a lot. The narratives are my favorite part to write.
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Wow. That feature was brilliant. I instantly became a fan of Pearl and Leon.
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Unread 08-23-2019, 09:22 PM
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Available on NCTV
Week 3, December 2023.
Filmed at: Gorski Ballroom [South West. USA]
In Attendance: 5,000 [SELL OUT]
Rating: 2.68 [2,012,650 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 Gorski Ballroom for what should be an action packed night of great professional wrestling. As always, I’m joined in the broadcast booth by the legendary former World’s Champion, Ricky Dale Johnson.

RDJ: It's great to be here once again, Lee. What a night we have for our fans. Tonight in our main event, Leon Pena puts the Television Championship on the line in what is probably his toughest match up of his career -- Cameron Vessey. That is sure to be a thriller. Clyde Puder and Ross Henry are both in singles action and so much more!


Opening Match
Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

KC Glenn versus “Ladies Man” Bret Heartbreak

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, KC Glenn defeated Bret Heartbreak in 9:30 by pinfall with a Tune Up The Sunshine Band.


Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

Miller Fforde versus The Acolyte w/ Father Grim

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, The Acolyte defeated Miller Fforde in 11:20 by pinfall with a Bear Knee.


Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

“The Dragon” Mikey James versus The Architect

In a decent match, Mikey James defeated The Architect in 8:02 by pinfall with a Scything Side Kick.


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Alexander Vasquez cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Mikey James.

Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

Teresa Newton versus Selina Svelte

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Selina Svelte defeated Teresa Newton in 4:38 by pinfall.


Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

“The Hillbilly Hammer” Clyde Puder versus Raheem Stash

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Clyde Puder defeated Raheem Stash in 6:21 by pinfall with a Patriot Powerslam.


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Father Grim had an interview hyping the upcoming singles match between his client Torment and Rick Law.

Singles Match
Fifteen Minute Time Limit

“The Boss” Ross Henry versus Brett Dewes w/ February Malaise

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Ross Henry defeated Brett Dewes in 14:12 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam.


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Shadaloo had an interview hyping their upcoming tag match with Yoder and Shaw.

Main Event
Singles Match
Twenty Minute Time Limit


Cameron Vessey w/ Lisa Bowen versus “The Latin Sensation” Leon Pena ©

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Leon Pena defeated Cameron Vessey in 14:36 by pinfall with a fast roll up. Leon Pena makes defence number 4 of his CWL Television title.


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Unread 08-23-2019, 09:25 PM
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Miller Fforde and The Architect Signed

CWL has announced that it has come to term with non-exclusive contracts with both Miller Fforde and The Architect. Both men have previously been employed by CWL -- each having spent time in TGL. They are both graduates of the Mid Atlantic Bootcamp and are well regarded Junior Heavyweights that are being added back into a very competitve Junior Heavyweight division that is fast becoming the best Junior Heavyweight Division in the GWC.

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I've been silently lurking for a while and I'd just like to say that this is currently my favorite diary, and the narratives and the way you make the wrestlers feel like real people is definitely the reason for that.
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Unread 08-23-2019, 09:57 PM
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He clutched the microphone in his right hand. His left hand was extended out towards the crowd. His long, dark hair held out of his face by his bandana. Johnny Anderson was at home in two places. The wrestling ring and the stage. Tonight it was the later. The Denver Warehouse, a concert venue located in Denver was the home of this event. Almost five hundred people had filled it. He was, after all, a local celebrity. He had been on TV in the Denver area for years. Pretty much since he started wrestling. They knew who he was and tonight was a special night. Tonight was the night that Johnny Anderson released his first album.

Johnny sang into the microphone. His voice was classified as a tenor. Not as low as a bass singer, but low none the less. It carried a lot of weight and pain in it. Gravelly. Johnny put his all into the words.

"I know you loved him, a long time ago
Even now in my arms, you still want him I know
But darling this time, your memories die
When you hold me tonight, don't close your eyes"

He sang the old Keith Whitley song. He had made it more bluesy than typical country. He'd describe himself as a blues singer more than a country singer -- or a blues/soul singer, but he would take any kind of radio play he could get. His eyes were narrowed. He was above the crowd. Above the noise. He could see everything. He could see Keith and Luis and Brett and February by the bar. Keith towered over everyone. They looked so proud. Their pride in him made him dig deeper into himself. To pull the song from the depths of his core.

"Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes"

Along with Dolly Parton's Jolene, this might be the saddest love song ever wrote. A man begging his woman to not let her mind stray. To stay be present in the moment with him. It took a willingness to be open, to admit the kind of doubts that creep into your mind when you love a woman that you're not entirely convinced is all in on the relationship. At twenty-seven years old, Johnny understood that all to well. Johnny had thought, foolishly so, that he'd been in love before. Some woman who came to the matches all the time. She would come to the bar after. She bought Johnny drinks. Could you believe that? She bought the drinks. She never asked him for anything. She just wanted to be with him and Johnny was sure he'd found the one. Yet here he was. On a stage with the spotlight on him. His voice carrying out over the crowd. Friends and strangers alike were mesmorized by the sound of his voice. But Laura? She was somewhere else. With some med student, or lawyer or accountant. Someone who wasn't Johnny.

"Maybe I've, been a fool, holding on all this time
Lying here in your arms, knowing he's in your mind
But I keep hoping someday, that you'll see the light
Let it be tonight and don't close your eyes"

For six years, Johnny had dedicated himself to his wrestling career and his music. He'd played shows when he wasn't training or on the road. He practiced and wrote songs on a near daily basis. He kept a notebook with him for the car rides with Keith and February so he could write in the car. He studied the greats. Stevie Ray, Merle, Whitley, Redding, Yoakm. He consumed music. He had been working on this album for a long time. With the exception of this song, every song on his album was written by him. No other writers. No other composers or producers. Just him and his brain pouring into the music.

"Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes"

His voice rang out. He made eye contact with two women at the front of the stage. One of them, with scarlet hair and eyes the color of envy, was reaching for him. She was in this moment with him. That's what music could do. It could connect people who would otherwise never been connected. This woman didn't know him. She didn't know what kept him up at night. She didn't know that sometimes he looked at Keith and February and it made his stomach wrench. They were so happy together -- and such an odd couple to be happy together. Johnny was jealous. He didn't want February -- but he wanted someone. Maybe the scarlet-haired woman also wanted someone. Maybe she couldn't sleep most nights because the other side of her bed was empty.

"Don't close your eyes, let it be me
Don't pretend it's him, in some fantasy
Darling just once, let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you'll ever know
Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes"

Maybe she too knew what it was like to not feel good enough. To be afraid that the person you're with doesn't really want to be with you. They want to be with a previous lover. The one they never got over. The one they were convinced was the right one, but the one they had still lost. Johnny didn't know because he didn't know her either. But she was staring at him. Her eyes filled with the same kind of pain that Bob McDill must have been in when he wrote this song. The same kind of pain Keith Whitley had to tap into when he first sang this song. The same kind of pain that Johnny tapped into to sing this song tonight. It was a slow ballad. He dropped to his knees. His six-feet-four, three hundred pound frame touching the stage. His eyes on her. She sang the final lines with him. Not into the microphone. No one else but the people immediately around her could hear her. Johnny couldn't even hear her. But he could see her mouth move in time with his.

"Just hold me tight, when you love me tonight,
And don't close your eyes."

Johnny lowered the microphone. He let his band play the few remaining chords. Beads of sweat rolled down his face -- having escaped the bandana. The top of his chest glistened with the same kind of sweat that Bob Seger used to sing about. The band drifted into silence and the crowd roared with their approval. The scarlet-haired woman applauding loudly. Her eyes on him, but no longer with the same kind of tranfixed gace. The moment was over. The song had been their intimate moment. A shared moment between two strangers. Johnny rose back to his feet.

"I want to thank you all for coming out tonight. It means the world to me. I've spent the last couple of years trying to make sure this album, my first album, was perfect. I wanted it to capture just how I feel about music and I think it does. It's available at the tables off to side of the floor. If you want to pick one up, I'd appreciate it. If you like what you hear, tell your friends, tell your family, tell your radio stations. My name is Johnny Anderson and you've been great."

He let the microphone fall from his hand. His night was done. He was spent. Physically and mentally drained. He had poured everything he had into this performance. Into this night. Hopefully the crowd would buy every copy of "Even The Devil Gets The Blues." Hopefully. He backed away from the edge of the stage. His eyes looked out at the crowd once more. He looked down at where the scarlet-haired woman had been just moments before, but she wasn't there. She had been lost to the crowd. Johnny smiled to himself. He knew that he had reached her. She was going to be buying the album and tonight...that was all that mattered.


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Author's Note: I want to thank the incomparable Togg for his graphical work on the album cover. He helped me bring this idea I had to do an album release for someone to reality (at least fictional reality) by creating a look for it. If you haven't, make sure you check out his WCW - Saving the Legacy diary. You won't regret it. Hopefully, you enjoyed this narrative. I wanted to do something different, something that wasn't focused on wrestling per say but still developed a character. Feel free to leave any thoughts.
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Miller Fforde and The Architect Signed

CWL has announced that it has come to term with non-exclusive contracts with both Miller Fforde and The Architect. Both men have previously been employed by CWL -- each having spent time in TGL. They are both graduates of the Mid Atlantic Bootcamp and are well regarded Junior Heavyweights that are being added back into a very competitve Junior Heavyweight division that is fast becoming the best Junior Heavyweight Division in the GWC.

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Nice! How have they been in your save before coming to CWL?
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Absolutely awesome stuff Historian! I really enjoyed the “concert” and bravo to Togg for the album cover! Really just all came together very well! You’re consistently setting new standards for what a diary should be!
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Nice! How have they been in your save before coming to CWL?
Fforde has had a very under-whelming career. He's not won any championships since the game started. In fact, he spent several years unemployed before he got signed to a company in 2020 and then to a developmental deal by me and now back by me. He's developed into a worker with very strong performance skills and above-average in ring skills.

The Architect has had a much better career. He won the RCI, the COTT World Junior Heavyweight and COTT World Heavyweight as well as the MAW Championship. He's a strong technical wrestler with very strong performance skills.
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Unread 08-24-2019, 08:37 AM
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Continental Wrestling League presents its annual year-end pay per view event, Christmas Chaos! What a show CWL has scheduled for its fans this year to end 2023. There are six big title matches at Christmas Chaos and two big special attraction matches. Rick Law makes his in-ring debut for the CWL as he challenges Torment for the North American Heavyweight Championship. Lauren Easter gets a shot at Alicia Strong and Alexander Vasquez and Mikey James look to settle the score with one another in the second ladder match in CWL history! Contact MySelectUSA today to make sure to order Christmas Chaos. You do not want to miss what could be a historic night of professional wrestling action.

Main Event
Singles Match
Sixty Minute Time Limit
North American Heavyweight Championship
Rick Law versus Torment (c) w/ Father Grim

Semi Main Event
Singles Match
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
Ladder Match
GWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship
"The Dragon" Mikey James versus "The Butcher" Alexander Vasquez (c)

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Women's Championship
Lauren Easter versus Alicia Strong (c) w/ Lisa Bowen

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
"The Cornerstone" Riley McManus versus "Hollywood" Bret Starr w/ Lisa Bowen

Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Tag Team Championship
The Cummos versus The Heartbreak Express versus The Devil's Rejects (c) w/ February Malaise

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
United States Championship
Ash Campbell w/ Lisa Bowen versus "The Evolution" Primus Allen (c)

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
"The Headhunter" Jeffery Aroma versus "Cool Hand" Casey Valentine w/ Lisa Bowen

Opening Match
Tag Team Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Women's Tag Team Championship
Zoe Ammis & Steph Blake versus Amber Allen & Jaime Quine (c)
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Main Event
Singles Match
Sixty Minute Time Limit
North American Heavyweight Championship
Rick Law versus Torment (c) w/ Father Grim

Semi Main Event
Singles Match
Forty-Five Minute Time Limit
Ladder Match
GWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship
"The Dragon" Mikey James versus "The Butcher" Alexander Vasquez (c)

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Women's Championship
Lauren Easter versus Alicia Strong (c) w/ Lisa Bowen

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
"The Cornerstone" Riley McManus versus "Hollywood" Bret Starr w/ Lisa Bowen

Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Tag Team Championship
The Cummos versus The Heartbreak Express versus The Devil's Rejects (c) w/ February Malaise

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
United States Championship
Ash Campbell w/ Lisa Bowen versus "The Evolution" Primus Allen (c)

Singles Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
"The Headhunter" Jeffery Aroma versus "Cool Hand" Casey Valentine w/ Lisa Bowen

Opening Match
Tag Team Match
Thirty Minute Time Limit
North American Women's Tag Team Championship
Zoe Ammis & Steph Blake versus Amber Allen & Jaime Quine (c)
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