[RELEASE] Shifting Sands
Shifting Sands is a modification that begins in January, 2006. I began this modification in March, 2015 and I assure you, I've worked on it almost every day since; whether it's been a full dedicated day - of which there has been a lot - or just an hour or two fiddling with statistics or something equally trivial. Almost everything - bar the things that I’ve credited people for towards the bottom of this post - have been made from scratch, which includes every single worker, every picture, every chemistry, every relationship, every title and every title history, amongst many other things. This was done partly because I didn’t want other peoples mistakes but mainly because I wanted this modification to feel like something new rather than one of those modifications that are simply made up of a whole host of other modifications. Like all my modifications, I've included as much detail as is humanly possible which is why everyone's ‘Biography’ and their ‘Employment History’ has been filled out as much as possible to give you, the player, an insight into the wrestling world in 2006. Overall? I just hope people give this a chance, and it's a modification that'll not only be played now but in versions of TEW to come. Thanks for reading and more importantly, enjoy.
All that appears solid and substantial is built on the shifting sands of ceaseless transformation and unfortunately, the wrestling industry is no different. After World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fought off the challenge of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), things became a little stale but the sands of time never stay the same for too long and it seems there are some new challengers brewing. The biggest challenger is coming from the South with Jeff Jarrett's Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) snapping up some of the biggest names in professional wrestling but a promotion closer to home and named Ring of Honor (ROH) is also turning heads. With other promotions also earning a cult following and the WWE in the middle of a transition from stars of yesteryear to potential stars of the future, North America's torch has been lit.
No longer a similar force to the United States of America, Canada has been in the doldrums for a number of years with even the iconic Stampede Wrestling struggling to bring in the crowds. Despite the lack of success however, Canada is still producing some of the best young talent in the world and promotions like the International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS) are earning a vocal and loyal fan base. With Border City Wrestling (BCW) also earning a fair amount of fanfare due to their partnership with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Canada could potentially see a rise in the near future if all their talent isn't snapped up.
With the might of Joint Promotions losing it's grip on British professional wrestling many years ago, a whole host of promotions have taken their own unique grip on the sport in Britain. With Joint Promotions original rival All Star Wrestling (ASW) still going strong in the North, the real fight has been between Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) and the International Pro Wrestling: UK (IPW:UK) in the South. Producing some young and exciting youngsters, Britain doesn't get the coverage it got in it's heyday but it's almost producing a better quality product with even promotions in Scotland and Ireland holding their own. Developing unique relationships with promotions from around the world too, British wrestling could be on the precipice of becoming a unique hub of professional wrestling.
In the early-90s, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) took the lead for several years but when the Mexican economy declined in the mid-90s, the promotion scaled-back and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre started re-building. Starting with the famous El Hijo del Santo Vs. Negro Casas feud where Santo shocked the world by turning heel when he dressed up like Negro Casas' brother Felino and attacked him, both CMLL and AAA continue to battle for supremacy. With Toryumon Mexico also in the mix, Mexico still produces some of the best and most athletic wrestlers in the world but they have some work to do if they're to contend with North America and Japan.
With All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Pro-Wrestling NOAH (NOAH) battling it out for supremacy each with their own unique stars, Japan has become one of the best places to watch professional wrestling in the world. Whilst the so-called "big three" are relying on developed stars however, the likes of Dragon Gate are relying on young and athletic wrestlers, many of which can be considered future greats. And whilst all of this is going on, the highly unique products of both Dramatic Dream Team Wrestling (DDT) and Pro Wrestling ZERO1-Max (ZERO1-Max) offer something very different. Offering dream matches, high-quality wrestling and some of the most unique story-telling professional wrestling has ever seen, Japanese puroresu is a hotbed which seems like it'll only get bigger and better as the years advance.
While the big challenge is happening in Germany between German Stampede Wrestling (GSW) and Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), Europe as a whole is producing a quality product and some good, young athletes. Forming unique relationships with promotions from around the world as well as producing their own talent, promotions in Europe are actually becoming known around the world but whether they have enough to ever compete with the promotions they regularly work with remains to be seen.
Mistakes - I expect there to be a lot of mistakes whether they’re tiny and insignificant like a spelling mistake or something more severe like a wrong picture given to the wrong person. That said, I’m more than happy to fix any issues/mistakes so please inform me of them when/if you find them, I will not be offended because like I say, I’m expecting people to find them. The way I see it, the more mistakes that you inform me of, the better the modification will be in the long run because I can fix them and then re-release the modification into the world. Just please bare in mind that I appreciate criticism, but I will not tolerate unhelpful condemnation with no helpful tips.
Further Information - If you have any further/more accurate information on this time period, then I’d still love to hear about it. For example, if you know of a storyline which was unfolding in January, 2006 in any given promotion that I can add to ‘Starting Storylines’ then I’d love to hear about them.
Tag Teams - Like my other modification, I have included "Yet to Debut" tag teams, but they obviously haven’t got any experience and their "Formed" date is obviously later than January, 2006. Fortunately, it’s a changeable value in the game so it’s up to you whether you wait for said date to come around or bump them up a bit.
Employment Histories - Also like Territory Daze, every single worker in the modification has an "Employment History" of some kind unless they’re ‘yet to debut’ and this is done to give you, the player, an idea of the persons background and where he/she has spent most of their time.
Credits - Thanks go to...
fullMETAL for his "Worker Names Database"
Idolized for his "iNSPIRED Angle Pack"
sockpuppet for both his "Injury Mod" & his "Venue Mod"
Matt Shannon for the Match Types from his "The Main Event" mod
Derek B for his mod making guide
wrestling-titles.com for their title histories
wrestlingdata.com for their amazing website
SLAM! Sports for their equally amazing website
and, finally, the GDS community for their help and encouragement.
This modification is completely freeware; mod-makers are free to use whatever they want in their mods and people are free to edit the database however they please. However, I do ask that you credit me if anything I've done in this modification is used on another. Thanks.
Last edited by Mammoth : 04-01-2019 at 03:49 PM.