The Climb [RMW, CVerse]
“I sold the company.”
I rubbed behind my ear like I was checking to make sure they worked properly. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Tommy must have noticed the dumbfounded look on my face.
“To BriCo. They made an offer that was too good to pass up. They’ve got the monetary resources to compete with Eisen and Packer. I don’t. I’m not a billionaire. It’s an arms race and I’m not willing to risk my Jen or Tommy’s futures on a race I can’t win.” He told me.
I nodded. I understood. I’d been here for almost twenty years. I had been a good soldier. Loyal. Dependable. I knew that. Tommy knew that. The whole world knew that.
“I’m going to be leaving. Heading back home. I’ve been here too long. I miss home.” Tommy said and I stared at him. Selling the company is one thing. Leaving it? That’s something else entirely. “Kyle will run the day to day. Brent will take the book from Joel. You’ve still got a job, Bobby, I made sure of that.”
I didn’t say anything. I really didn’t know what to say. I was here when it was J.K. I was here under Tommy. I couldn’t say I wanted to be here under Kyle. He was polite, but ruthless. Brent would be a good booker, but Joel had made magic out of can goods. Injuries. The budget that had to be followed strictly. He had done good. “I understand.” I lied. Or partially lied. I understood needing to sell. I was married. I had kids. I understand their security being paramount, but leaving the company all together? Tommy had been here twenty years. He was just a pup when he came over for Eisen. Now he’s Rough Justice. He carved out a legacy for himself here. Going back to England? I couldn’t understand that. Or maybe I could, I don’t know. Sometimes I missed home. I pined for it. Los Angeles would never be home. Not really. Too obsessed with image. Too obsessed with money.
Tommy rose from behind his desk and went to the window overlooking the Burbank Town Center. “We fought a good fight, Bobby. A fight to be proud of. We gave ‘em hell. We built Rocky into a superstar. Aaron into a true ace. Wolf into a stud. Eddie Peak into something more than a hardcore brawler. We made magic happen. For eleven years, I steered this ship. Now I’m going home to rest.”
“You do that, Tommy.”
“You going to be okay here?”
“We’ll see. I’ll give Kyle a few months. Otherwise, I might set up shop somewhere else.” I told Tommy. I was honest to a fault with him, that’s what made me a good agent, a good producer. I was trusted because I was honest.
“You’d be good to work for. Young kids could learn from you.”
We shook hands. It wasn’t the last time. That would come on his last day. His office would be empty, but the seed was planted there. I’d been a good soldier my whole career. I’d been a man who followed orders. I followed instructions. It was time for the soldier to become the general. Or the admiral in this case. It was time for me to steer my own ship.
I was going home. Going back to the North West, where there are four seasons and it rains. For thirty years the world had known Robert Oxford as the Tag Team Master. The backbone of every company I’d ever been in, but it was time for the wrestling world to know Robert Oxford as a man who could give back to wrestling, by doing wrestling. No tits and ass. No insulting comedy.
Rocky Mountain Wrestling… Coming soon.
[Formerly Rocky Mountain Wrestling]
Base of Operations: Denver, Colorado, United States [Northwest Region]
User Character/Owner/Booker/Road Agent:
Starting Size: Local
Current Size: Cult
Starting Money: $100,000
Product Name: "Old School"
Product Key Feature: Traditional
North American Heavyweight Champion
Wolf Hawkins [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, March 2024]
United States Champion
"The Cornerstone" Riley McManus [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, March 2024]
Sgt. Bison [x2] [won at Saturday Night Slammasters ep 138, Week 3, March 2024]
North American Tag Team Champions
American Muscle [won at Wrestling Summit IX, Saturday Week 4, Mar 2024]
North American Women's Champion
Lauren Easter [won at Christmas Chaos Saturday Week 4, December 2023]
North American Women's Tag Team Champions
Alicia Strong & Jaime Quine [won at The Eighth Anniversary Special, Saturday Week 4, January 2024]
Tournament Champions & Year End Award Winners
Diary of the Year Awards
2018 CVerse Diary of the Year
2018 Writer of the Year
2018 New Writer of the Year
2018 Most Improved Writer of the Year
2018 Worker of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Champion of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Face Worker of the Year [Clyde Puder]
2018 Heel Worker of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Stable of the Year [The Devil's Rejects]
2018 Most Shocking Push of the Year [Riley McManus]
2018 Most Shocking Turn of the Year [Riley McManus]
Diary of the Month Awards
Legendary Diary of the Month - June 2019, July 2019, August 2019
C-Verse Diary of the Month - November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, April 2019
Rookie Diary of the Month - November 2018
Showcase of the Month - February 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019
Match of the Month - February 2019, April 2019, May 2019
Event of the Month - March 2019, May 2019, June 2019
Last edited by Historian : 10-05-2019 at 08:23 PM.
Notes for the Game
In 2015, Tommy Cornell sold Total Championship Wrestling to BriCo and left to move back to England and help 21CW with their international expansion. This move shocked the wrestling world. What would happen to TCW? It turned out, BriCo appointed Kyle Rhoades as CEO and replaced longtime booker Joel Bryant with Brent Hill. At the time, Robert Oxford was serving as the lead agent/producer for TCW and Tommy's lieutenant. He was left at a crossroads with a very difficult choice. Did he continue on with the new regime or did he try something different? He decided to try something different. He uprooted his family from Burbank, California and headed back to his hometown of Denver. He invested in a closed down retail space and started both a wrestling promotion and a wrestling school -- Rocky Mountain Wrestling and Rocky Mountain School of Wrestling. They were just a local operation at first, but Robert felt that with good booking, solid workers and consistency they could develop into something. He started off with a roster of thirteen wrestlers, none of whom were working full time for any other organization. Their first show was ‘The Climb’. It featured a fifteen man battle royal with Hardcore Killah and Steve Flash making special appearances for the rabid crowd of seventy-six people. At the end of The Climb, former RIPW USA Champion, “The Amish Mountain”, Jebediah eliminated three people including legendary wrestler Steve Flash to become the first Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Champion. Jebediah’s title run was the establishing run -- he was the focal point of early shows [he had wrestled twice on The Climb]. He main evented the first five shows, with singles matches against Hardcore Killah, Jack Griffith, and two with Shady K. In May of 2016, at Coal Miner’s Glove, Jebediah lost the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship to Shady K. Tragically, the big man died the next day in a car accident that rocked the wrestling world.
With the passing of Jebediah, Rocky Mountain Wrestling had to find a new babyface focal point. Shady K was champion and Rocky Mountain Wrestling had its first graduate, ‘The Mennonite Mammoth’ Jakob Yoder. The big man was picking up steam heading into the first ever Gold Rush where he faced off against Hellion in the tournament semi finals He came up short, as American Hellspawn won the first ever Gold Rush tournament -- but both men were signed by SWF and again Rocky Mountain was left looking for someone to be the face of the organization.
Attention turned to “The Georgia Bulldog” Riley McManus. The technician was handsome, had come to some notoriety in Mid Atlantic Wrestling as a really good hand and he was putting on consistent performances for RMW. At Gold Rush I, he faced off against Roderick Remus for the COTT World Heavyweight Championship but came up short when Shady K and his tag team partner, Knuckles, interfered.
This led into a feud between McManus and Shady K that culminated with Riley McManus winning the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Throwdown and then beat Shady K at Thanksgiving Thunder in a match that sent Shady K out of Rocky Mountain Wrestling. McManus would hold the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship until July of 2017 when he went up against “The Evolution” Primus Allen. Primus Allen had been competing for SWF before he was released and found himself employed by Robert Oxford.
The big man entered into Bowen Services and unseated Riley as the new King of the Mountains. While Primus Allen became champion, Riley McManus went on to win the second Gold Rush tournament and form a team with KC Glenn that won the Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championships and the first ever Oxford Invitational tournament.
This was when Rocky Mountain Wrestling began to carve out their own identity. They were the home of outcasts from SWF, USPW, and TCW but they were also developing their own talent. Riley McManus was the gold standard, but Clyde Puder, Franklin Rush & The Devil’s Rejects came onto the roster.
In their third year, RMW began running two shows a month. This allowed them to feature talent from their dojo on one while continuing to develop their brand on the other. It was at this time that Logan Diaz began to really take hold. He had come to RMW in their first year after PSW let him goal. The muscular Logan Diaz was the perfect compliment to Riley McManus.
As Rocky Mountain Wrestling continued to grow, they would have talent leave for big money contracts, but they continued to produce high quality shows. Guys like The Mission, The Keiths, David Stone, Cameron Vessey and more began to call Rocky Mountain Wrestling home.
In 2021, Rocky Mountain Wrestling hit the fabled 'Cult' status and rebranded as Continental Wrestling League. As the CWL, they have launched a weekly television show 'Saturday Night Slammasters' and are continuing their old school brand of professional wrestling mixed with high quality promos and guys who just love the business.
This is their story. This is their Climb.
Hall of Fame
Jebediah | The Aces of Mayhem | Running Wolf | Riley McManus | Primus Allen | Logan Diaz
James Diaz | Greg Keith | Matthew Keith | Ox Mastadon
Year Two, Complete Collection. [This link contains the entire year two in a PDF format. All the narratives and all of the shows -- but none of the predictions or author's note posts. It is just over eighty pages and just under 16,000 words.]
Year One, Complete Collection. [This link contains the entire year one in a PDF format. All the narratives and all of the shows -- but none of the predictions or author's note posts. It is just over sixty pages and just under 24,000 words.]
Last edited by Historian : 09-28-2019 at 11:49 PM.
Chapter One: The Convention
I fidgeted with the Windsor knot of my silver tie and looked around the table. It was a who’s-who of wrestling in North America. A who’s-who of people keeping independent pro wrestling alive despite the rate at which Eisen and Packer would probably like to drive it out. Tommy always liked the Indy companies. Thought they were good for the business, because he understood that that is where his guys honed their crafts. I took a drink from my water glass and looked to the front of the room.
A long table was there and sitting in the middle of the table was Sam Keith. My old friend. My old tag partner. We established the CGC Tag division together. He was flanked on either side by Cliff Anderson, long-time promoter of Coastal Zone Combat Wrestling and Larry Vessey of New York City Wrestling. The three of them were the Board of Directors for the Confederation of the Territories. Sam Keith, the founder, served as President with Cliff Anderson serving as Treasurer and Larry Vessey serving as Secretary.
Sam stood up and looked out at the small gathering of people. I looked around at the faces. A hodgepodge group if there ever was one. Wrestling was always a hodgepodge though. Outlaws, misfits, conmen, ramblers -- men and women who don’t quite fit in with normal society. That’s how we all got here, anyway. Sam cleared his throat.
“Thank you all for joining us for the fifth annual meeting of the Confederation of the Territories. What started in my house in Maryland as a way for small companies to work together to succeed as grown throughout the years to be a major force in North American wrestling. We are pleased this year to announce that we are expanding from five members to fourteen. Mr. Buchinsky accepted our offer to join and has brought ACPW into the fold. We are also pleased to add Puerto Rico’s only full-time wrestling company to this confederation as well. The other seven companies joining us are brand new. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all.”
I looked around the room. The Power was sitting across from me. He’d never been a man for many words and he carried with him a permanent scowl that made him seem unapproachable. I took another drink as I looked at the other people here.
Grace Harper sat next to Power in a very smart pants suit, looking very much like the promoter she now is. Investors in Cedar Rapids Wrestling tapped her to be the promoter of the organization and it was clearly a role the women’s legend was taking seriously -- being the first female promoter of a non-female wrestling company.
Next to me was my old friend Pistol Pete Hall. He opened Wrestling Premier League based out of Dallas. Long time announcer Marv Earnest was sitting anxiously as the new promoter of Pro Wrestling Wild in St. Louis, Stuart Ferdinand sat stokely as the promoter from Canadian Pro Wrestling -- Alberta based in Calgary. Ryan Holland had made the shocking move to Montreal to run QPW, and Michael Bull made the move to the islands to run Lethal Ring. Daedalus Buchinsky, Joaquin Solar from OLLIE, and Troy Winner from 4C rounded out the group.
It was a good group. Vessey, Hall, Ferdinand, Harper, Keith, Power, and myself had all been wrestlers. Prominent wrestlers too. Power was still active and still the top guy in the Caribbean. Holland and Bull were competent referees that could control the action for their company in the ring. Earnest was one of the most respected play by play men in the business. Solar, Winner and Anderson are all successful promoters and business men who have operated their companies for a long time. I didn’t know much about Buchinsky, until the meeting we had never met, but he seemed like a nice enough fellow.
I took another drink before turning back to Sam who was still talking.
“So thank you to both OLLIE and NYCW for hosting our current World and World Tag Team Champions respectively. With the addition of so many new companies, the Board voted unanimously to add a third World’s Title -- a World Junior Heavyweight Championship to service our workers that are Lightweight and under. This will allow all of our companies to present legitimate challengers to all of the championships. We are also going to increase the frequency that our championships are defended. With fourteen promotions now under our banner, we want to get our champions out as much as possible to really increase brand recognition and drive traffic to the COTT website. We’re going to break for lunch, but after lunch the COTT Accountant, Gabriel Morris will be presenting on some tax codes we want to make sure we are all aware of and our chief legal council, Ms. Catherine Adams will be presenting some anti-trust developments we want to be aware of.”
With that, Sam sat down and the room was alive with injury. There was a buffet spread in the back for us all so we didn’t have to try and find food. Food could wait though, I wanted to saddle up to Sam and pick his ear.
Sam saw me approach and grinned big. “Bobby-boy. You excited to be in Denver?”
I nodded. “Yeah. And nervous.”
“That’s normal.” Sam sad. “When I first got the book for Eisen, I was nervous. The budget, the sheer size -- very overwhelming. You get used to it though.”
“I bet.” I replied. “Promoting. Booking. Training. It’s a lot to get used to.”
Sam clapped me on the shoulder. “You’re not alone though. The COTT takes care of its own. We’ll help you grow. We’ll help you get your feet under you. I’m only a phone call away after all.”
“I know, I appreciate that.” I said genuinely. “I’ve got my first phone calls out to talent, so hopefully I’ll have some people lined up for our first show soon.”
“Who you going with?” Sam asked.
I paused for a moment, “Some guys who don’t have jobs currently. Winchester. Mitico. Youngblood and Mayhem. Some guys who could really be useful but don’t otherwise have commitments to any full time organizations. I’m trying to stay away from expensive talent right now as well and guys who are working for other places. It just makes it easier to establish an identity.”
Sam nodded. “Youngblood and Mayhem will be good. They were good for me. Take a look at Riley McManus as well. He’d be a good hand. And if you want to use some of my guys, for just a show or even use them as full time, let me know.”
“I might.” I said with a smile. “I want to build the best tag division I can so I might come calling to use Syd and Cameron once we get established.”
“I’m sure they’d be happy to.” Sam retorted.
“I think I can do this.” I finally said as Sam and I stood in front of the buffet table.
“I know you can. It’s not easy, but you can do it.”
“Thanks for the vote of confidence.” I said and clapped my friend on the back.
We all ate. We laughed. We got important information. By the end of the annual meeting, I was beginning to feel confident. I knew that I could book. Now, I was feeling confident that I could promote and that with the COTT network of support and experience, that I would be able to promote successfully and turn Rocky Mountain Wrestling into an establishment in Denver.
All that was left was to finalize some contracts. I was hoping for some call backs and I did not have to wait long…
I looked down at the stack of papers on my desk. We didn’t have a fancy operation yet. We probably wouldn’t crack one hundred fans on our first show, but I needed a place to work out of that wasn’t my house -- plus I needed a place to train perspective talents. So I found an empty retail store that a buddy could get me a good deal on -- and I signed away. Hopefully having the building won’t bankrupt us before we get started…
The papers were freshly signed agreements for the guys I’m going to use full-time. I kept to my initial idea of keeping my first class of workers to guys who didn’t have full-time gigs elsewhere. I also tried to limit myself to wrestlers who weren’t high-spot guys. We were going to run a traditional, old-school promotion so we needed guys who would fit that. Some of the guys were straight technical wrestlers. Some were brawlers. Some were guys I felt had the skills to be stars -- that had the look of big time wrestlers.
El Mitico Jr. - Babyface
“Cowboy” Buck Winchester - Babyface
Ace Youngblood - Babyface
Max Mayhem - Babyface
Justice Jolson - Heel
Richie Riggins - Heel
Jebediah - Face
Cip Conduit - Heel
Desert Storm - Heel
The Silencer - Heel
El Hijo del Neutron - Heel
Riley McManus - Face
Roger Monterio - Face
Alvin Lavin - Referee.
The Aces of Mayhem [Ace Youngblood and Max Mayhem]
National Guard [The Silencer and Desert Storm]
I looked down at the guys who would be making out my starting roster. It’s a hodgepodge group, but it’s a hungry group. Silencer and Storm should, hopefully, be able to build themselves into a good, solid heel tag team. Youngblood and Mayhem would provide the early stability to the tag division I wanted to build -- they were three time Mid Atlantic Tag Team Champions. Buck Winchester, Jebediah and Riggins had achieved success, at least for a short while, in RIPW. Riggins had a great look and might make a good partner for youngster Justice Jolson -- another young powerhouse with a great look.
Riley had a whole host of skills and had been a solid member of the Mid Atlantic roster before his time there just ran its course. Roger Monterio had the potential to be the next big babyface in wrestling. El Mitico Jr. was someone I tried to get brought in to TCW several times but was never successful. Neutron could go. Cip was young and hungry and looking for a break.
This would do as a starting roster. They’d work hard. They’d apply themselves. They were young, for the most part. I would need to add a veteran locker room leader, but that wasn’t really in our budget for the time being, so we would have to make due with what we had. Hopefully I could keep them all in line. I was going to be doing what I’ve been doing since I retired -- producing the show. That should help. At least I hoped..