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This is a Cornellverse dynasty, which looks to combine some of my older dynasty ideas into one mega-diary. The initial inspiration was BriFidelity and the stylistic choices were based on InfinityWPI. So thank you to both of them for inspiration.

The rain hammered the filthy streets. It was the kind of rain which washed away your sins along with your hopes and dreams.

I ran from shelter to shelter, soaked through and freezing. The bright lights of the lamp posts illuminating the otherwise dark of a night. I was alone in the concrete jungle of the City. Every few steps there was something new to see; scantily clad women, men in hoodies offering everything a young man could want and the atmosphere was punctured with the sound of horns of the endless yellow taxis screaming around the streets.

I pulled a soggy letter from my pocket and checked the address and then looked above. Written in bulbs of lights were the words ‘The Ministry.’

This was it.

I pushed the door open and entered. It was dark, and quiet and sat at odds with the cacophony of sound outside. Ahead rows and rows of foldaway chairs were neatly lined up surrounding a dirty looking wrestling ring. The apron covers read NYCW in blue. In the centre of the ring was an old man, hunched. You could tell by looking at it that he used to be muscular and lithe, but age, as always had reduced him to a shell.

“Hey kid, nice to see you finally showed up.”

“Hello Mr. Vessey,” I said.

“No need for pleasantries, we both know why you’re here. You might as well call me Larry.”

I did know why I was there. Years after graduating and following a successful internship at Total Championship Wrestling, I had been headhunted. Well that wasn’t quite the right word. Fortune, serendipity, luck. Whatever you want to call it, some unknowing force had put me and Larry in the same bar on the same night. I’d been drunk and bragging about how the latest storylines which were keeping TCW in the game had been my idea. It was an exaggeration. Actually, who am I kidding, they were a lie. I was only an intern for godsake. My biggest claim to fame was I’d brought coffee into the meetings where the big decisions were made. But on that night, I’d been feeling good and started bragging.

Larry, a veteran of the sport and the owner of NYCW, a small company in the big city had taken notice and offered me a job on the spot. Tired of having his talent raided by the big three promotions in America, he wanted revenge. I got it. I really did. Busting yourself to stay relevant in an increasingly saturated market wasn’t easy. When he’d offered me the book, I’d jumped at the chance. I told him there was nothing to worry about.

But now I was here, sober and way out of my depth. I’d never so much as booked a single match before, now I had control of an entire roster. This wasn’t going to be pretty.

Larry had handed me the ‘book,’ which in an old school promotion like NYCW was exactly that. A book. A massive book filled with handwritten notes, story ideas and crossed out names. I looked at the list and noticed some names I’d heard about; Cameron Vessey, Matthew Keith, Greg Gauge, Casey Valentine, Oblivion, KC Glenn. Each one had gimmick ideas, story threads and each had a word next to them. TCW, USPW, SWF, Japan, God knows where. It was a list of workers Larry had clearly wanted, but been unable to sign.

The problem with NYCW is that it was old school. The original founder, The Stomper had wanted it that way. An unapologetic throwback to the old ways of wrestling. Clearly defined good guys and bad guys, technical and brawling style matches and simple, yet effective characters. None of this new-fangled high-flying ballet which the people actually wanted. I mean why offer what the people want, when you can tell them.

The company, desperately in need of sustained growth and success had all but given up. They’d banded together with a few other regional promotions to create something called the Confederation of the Territories, where wrestlers were shared and everybody played nice.

From the outside looking in, it was sweet.

And in a lot of ways, pathetic.

Larry liked the old school feel, but hated all the other owners, bookers and frankly, almost everyone in the industry. Even his own son, who he’d been grooming for superstardom and was then surprised when he jumped at the chance.

Larry kicked the door of the broom cupboard, I mean my office. In his hand was a black hood and on his face, a big grin.

“Come on kid, we’ve got to see a Keith about a bunch of dogs.”

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Somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region…

I was ushered into a room by the strong grip of Larry Vesey and was sat down in a comfortable chair. The hood was still on my head as it had been for the seemingly never-ending car journey which had brought us here. I didn’t know where hear was of course. It was like being in spy movie. Not a good spy movie of course, but one of those straight-to-TV nonsense where the plot didn’t make sense and all the villains were a moustache twirl away from victory.

“Where are we?” I asked.

“Shut up kid,” Larry growled.

“Whose the rookie?” said a gruff voice from elsewhere in the room.

The hood was lifted.

I was sat around the table with Larry and five important-looking men and five other not so important. When I say important, I don’t mean in the global, political or social sense, but in the ‘look at me and how important I am’ type of way. These were wrestling promoters. The sort of hard-nosed, carnival-inspired lunatics who presented oiled-up men in pants hitting each other with chairs as an art form.

Each introduced themselves in turn; Cliff Anderson of CZCW, Joaquin Soler of OLLIE, Troy Winner of 4C and the self-appointed leader Sam Keith of MAW. This was a meeting of the Confederation of the Territories. Alongside each owner sat the booker for each promotion; Too Hot (4C), Billy Peers (CZCW), Jay Fair (MAW) and Phoenix I (OLLIE).

I’d read all about them in the ‘book.’ The alliance; designed as a way of keeping their names relevant in a business which had basically passed them by. Each had a noble reason for running an unsuccessful business, whether it was to train the next generation, present something alternative for true fans or to help buoy the failing economy in their respective area. Whatever reason they gave; the uncomfortable truth was that they wanted to be powerful, successful and influential. They wanted to be stopped in the street by strangers and applauded for their business acumen, their financial clout and above all else they wanted to be the owners of the top wrestling promotion in the world.

The powerhouses of SWF, TCW and the new champions USPW dominate global wrestling and a bunch of near-to-the-top promotions are hot on their heels. But for the smaller fish, they needed to work together for now in order to survive and perhaps one day, thrive.

This must’ve been the yearly meetup. It was December after all. The notes in the ‘book’ simply said, ‘Waste of time, don’t care, just a chance for a drink and reminisce about the good old days. Idiots.’

Only, those notes didn’t seem to ring true. Especially not for this particular meeting, they looked tense and as they discussed their various promotions, plans for the titles and who should run what shows on what days, I could tell there was something playing on their minds. Larry told me to sit down, shut up and don’t make a fool of myself.

And other than spilling coffee over myself, I did ok.

Rich plumes of smoke danced through the air and seeped into the custom-made suits of these important men and they all laughed maniacally. Definitely villains.

Even though my heart was pounding in my chest, it really was fascinating to have a seat at the table. Literally, in this case.

Sam Keith was winding down proceedings when there was a single knock at the door. The others looked at one another in surprise. Presumably nobody else knew about this meeting.

“Come in,” said Keith.

The door burst open. In walked a suited man. This was a man not suited to events like this. He wore a suit that was more at home in the boardroom of a multinational promotion. He was tanned, but not orange, his teeth were white, but not glistening white and his shoes were pristine and shiny. This man was everything the others in the room wished they were.

“So it’s true,” he said and walked to the head of the table. “The little people are working together. I always thought it was some running gag. Amazing.”

“Who in the blazes are you?” shouted Larry and he nearly knocked me over as he stood.

“I’m Allen Packer,” he said confidently. “I own Reverie. And USPW and hopefully soon, you lot.”

He pulled five envelopes from his pocket and slid one to each of the big boys at the table.

“It’s 2016 and it’s all about online content,” he said. “You’ve got some, I want it. Here’s a pay cheque for you to go home and stop playing at promoting.”
Sam opened up the envelope and pulled out a cheque. He looked at it and then screwed it up and tossed it on the floor.

Allen Packer laughed.

“Not enough old man?” he said. “How about I double it?”

“I’ve got plenty of money already,” said Keith.

Larry didn’t even open the envelope, he just screwed it up and shoved it in his mouth. He then tried to speak, but his mouth was full of paper. So he raised his middle finger to the newcomer instead and let out a little choked cough.

“OK,” said Packer. “Have it your way. I’ll run you all out of business and then buy your tape libraries for $1 when I’m finished.”

With that he spun on his heels and strolled out of the dark room.

“How the hell did he find us here?” asked Sam. “Who flapped their gums?”

Nobody responded.

“Wha’re we gonna do about zis man? Kill im?” said Soler.

The bookers suddenly looked nervous, but the owners barely looked fazed.

“We can’t,” said Winner. “Too high profile.”

“So wha den?” replied Soler.

“We’ll expand,” grinned Keith. “We’ll get as many promotions in the COTT as possible, unfiy, absorb and eventually force him out the industry. Old school. You can have all the technology you like, but nothing beats good old fashioned wrestling knowledge.”

The others looked at him like he was mad, but nobody presented any other idea. The meeting ended abruptly after that. The hood went back on and I was stuffed back into a car.

Hours later, once I was sure it was just me and Larry, he swore loudly.

“Everything alright?” I said, aware that we didn’t really have a relationship strong enough for such a personal question.

“Plans have moved up,” he said. “We’ll need to be very careful now.”

“And what plans are those?”

“Why do you think I hired you kid?”

I didn’t have an answer better than ‘because I appear more impressive to people when I’m drunk,’ so I remained silent.

“I’m tired of presenting Stomper’s vision of what NYCW is. We’re at war now. And I want to win.”

“With Allen Packer?”

“No with everyone, I want to take them all down. I’m going to reshape the wrestling world, and you’re going to help me.”

I gulped and Larry pulled the car over and removed the hood. We were outside The Ministry once again.

“It’s time to go to work, oh and Welcome to New York City.”
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Welcome… to New York City… where I’m sure everything would be fine…

Oh God, what was I doing? I had one week until NYCW Rush Hour 2016 and had no idea about the talent, the storylines, the promotion or anything.

I thumbed my way through the book and a few pages in, I found details on the current roster:



New York Championship Wrestling

Main Event
Honest Frank (Heel)
Man Mountain Cahill (Heel)
Bulldozer Brandon Smith (Face)
Steve Flash (Face)

Upper Midcard
The Masked Mauler (Heel)
Marv Statler (Face)
Rick Sanders (Heel)
Roger Cage (Face)

Midcard
Tennessee William (Face)
Geoff Borne (Heel)
Andrew Harper (Heel)
Dean Waldorf (Face)
Crockett Tubbs (Face)
Animal Harker (Face)
Dermot O’Logical (Face)

Lower Midcard
Devastating Don (Heel)
Howlin Mad Mort (Heel)
The New York Doll (Heel)
Whitehorse Whittaker (Heel)

Opener
Brutus Milano (Heel)
Freedom Eagle (Face)

Enhancement Talent
Hawkeye Calhoun (Face)

Manager
Cheerleader Nicki (Face)
Fern Hathaway (Face)

Announcer
Rock Downpour (Heel)

Colour Commentator
Ernie Turner (Face)

Referee
Michael Bull (Face)

Road Agent
Larry Vessey (Face)

$250,000 in the bank
Prestige: E-
Momentum: D
Importance: E (Tri-State)
Popularity: E (Tri-State)

Titles:
NYCW Empire Title - Roger Cage (B prestige)
NYCW Tag Team Titles - Southern Stars (C Prestige)
NYCW Tri-State Regional Title - Crockett Tubbs (C- Prestige)

Hall of Fame:
The Stomper (2 x Empire Champion, 1 x Tag Team Champion)
Whistler (3 x Empire Champion, 2 x Tag Team Champion)
Wiley Coyote (4 x Tag Team Champion)

No. of Tag Team Champions:
Wiley Coyote: 4
Old School Principals: 4
The Ring Generals: 4
The Southern Stars: 3
Shark Cage: 2
The Boys from the Yukon: 1
The Stomper and Whistler: 1
Land Mass and the Big Problem: 1
Whistler and Mr. America: 1
American Machine and Steve Flash: 1

No. of Tri-State Champions:
Sammy the Shark: 2
The Masked Mauler: 2
Andrew Harper: 2
Bulldozer Brandon Smith: 2
Animal Harker: 2
Crockett Tubbs: 1
Steve Flash: 1
The New York Doll: 1
Monty Trescade: 1
Travis Century: 1
Nevada Nuclear: 1
Grandmaster Phunk: 1
Lee Wright: 1
Dazzling Dave Diamond: 1

Empire Champions:
Roger Cage: 3
Honest Frank: 3
Steve Flash: 3
Whistler: 3
American Buffalo: 3
Man Mountain Cahill: 2
The Stomper: 2
Joey Minnesota: 2
Paul Steadyfast: 1
Grandmaster Phunk: 1
Black Hat Bailey: 1

Things were stable. Comfortable. Nice. None of that worked in the new world. It was time to be ruthless. But how can you be ruthless with the boys and maintain the illusion of legacy and old school values? The two were at odds with one another. This was going to take some time and effort, not to mention we needed an injection of new talent. We also needed a big storyline to hook the locals to coming back. Finally we needed to keep our best talents and phase out those who were struggling. We also couldn’t spend too much money.

Nice. It was like trying to juggle with lots of knives. Sharp knives. Sharp knives which were also on fire.

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Welcome to New York… Where Allen Packer spends more in a day than we do in a year.

As part of the new regime, Larry gave me a series of goals to keep me on track. Aside from total domination and eventual war with everyone in the Confederations of the Territories, I had to make sure we didn’t shrink in size, no law-breakers, spot monkeys or cruiserweights.

I immediately checked the books and specifically wrestler contracts. There was also a list of independent wrestlers and their skillsets and estimated ability. What on Earth was Larry playing at?

I called the numbers of the following wrestlers and told them their services were no longer needed:

Man Mountain Cahill
Devastating Don
Geoff Borne
Fern Hathaway
Cheerleader Nicki
Dermot O’Logical
Hawkeye Calhoun
Freedom Eagle
Rock Downpour (I’ll do the commentary)

I was actually proud of myself. In a week I’d contacted various wrestlers from Larry’s list. Signed some up and had some complicated, intertwining stories for the show sorted. Most revolved around out ultra-charismatic Empire Champion, Roger Cage.

He’d obviously heard the rumours of the mega-push I had for him and walked into my office on the day of the show.

“Hey bookerman, how’s tricks?” he said.

“Busy Rog, very busy. Making plans. How can I help the future franchsie player in the new look NYCW?”

“Errr,” he said and rubbed the back of his neck. “So I’m off.”

“What!”!”

He slid a piece of paper over the table. It was a written contract from USPW with his name and signature on it.

“Oh,” I said.

“Sorry bookerman, I’d love to stay, but Mr. Packer made me one hell of an offer.”

“I bet he did.”

“He wanted me to bring the title with me.”

“What the Hell…”

“I said no. I’m around for the next show and willing to do whatever is necessary.”

“Thanks kid.”

“Errr, I’m older than you I think.”

“Gotcha,”I replied disinterestedly. “Thanks old man.”

Damn USPW. Damn Packer and damn this industry. Roger wasn’t the only one either. Other champions from around the country had been signed to contracts. A lame attempt to devalue our titles. Well the jokes on him, our titles are fairly meaningless already.

Oh wait.

We had one show to get the title off our youngest and most charismatic star. We had to find his replacement too. Luckily I was brought here for my creative talents. Sort of. Well, that’s why they thought they’d hire me.

I found an awesome wrestling website which kept me up-to-date with the latest news from the world of wrestling. Sam Keith had accepted a contract with Pittsburgh Steel Wrestling, which further solidified the COTT. Japanese legend Elemental announced his plans to retire and move away from the sport and USPW, not content with stealing Roger also signed Nelson Callum, Greg Black and Donnie J. I crossed out their names from the ‘maybe hire’ list. How annoying.

In other news, Jonnie Perez, brother of Frankie, won the Xtreme Title in CZCW. Good for him. He wasn’t the kind of guy we’d be going for, but I’m always happy to see the future of pro wrestling take the necessary steps.

On the eve of my first big show, I walked backstage and did a quick meet and greet with all the workers old and new. What I saw was a mock court setup with Steve Flash, the only Grand Slam winner in NYCW history as the judge. One of our new guys, the awesomely talented Ernest Youngman was sentenced to buying beers for all the guys after the show for his hand in making the mess. I was worried he was about to be upset, but he laughed it and promised to behave better.
It was time for the show.

NYCW Welcome to New York 1: Rebirth
Sunday, Week 2, January, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

Roger Cage grabbed his title and as his music started to play, he nodded at the other guys and strutted out from behind the curtain, microphone in hand.

“Hello dudes and dudettes of New York City, it is I, the legend Roger Cage. I don’t have a match tonight, but I’m feeling frisky, if you know what I mean. So I’ll accept a challenge from anyone new and show why I’m the main man.”

Some very funky music plays and someone dressed like a pimp returns to NYCW to a rapturous applause.

“That’s right fools, Grandmaster Phunk has returned! I thought I’d swing by to see you all. Still as ugly and useless as always.”

Crowd boos

“I’m back for the gold, cos a pimp always needs more… Bling! But I know what it’s like in NYC, so I’ve brought some backup.”

Two men slide into the ring behind Roger Cage and deliver a beatdown. Once he’s unconscious, the larger of the men grabs a microphone.

“The name’s Nate DeMarcus, and this here is my boy Curtis Shaw. Phunk brought us here to dominate. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Cos we’re the Harlem Profits!”

(D-)

And thus we set out our stall for the year ahead with a new stable. Losing Cage is a blow, but Phunk should fill the gap nicely until we’re able to reach regional and find ourselves a franchise player.

TAG TEAM TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Steve Flash and Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Brutus Milano and Austin Smooth and Curtis Shaw and Nate DeMarcus in 7:59; the order of elimination was Brutus Milano and William Jetterson first, and then Curtis Shaw and Nate DeMarcus. (E+)
And starting as we mean to go on, with the Harlem profits having bad chemistry. Fantastic. This would require some further though.

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Southern Stars (c) defeated The Boys From The Yukon in 10:05 when Animal Harker defeated Whitehorse Whittaker by pinfall with a Texas Meat-Grinder. (E+)
Need to build up our tag team division, so we’d focus on a triple threat feud between the Southern Stars, the Harlem Profits (maybe) and The Ring Generals.

ANGLE: The Southern Stars cut a promo hyping their upcoming match with The Ring Generals. (D-)
We’ve added young Texan Joffy Laine to the Southern Stars as a mouthpiece. We’ve also renamed him Joffy Pinkerton and given him a cowboy hat. Because he’s a Southerner and we’re in New York. Stereotypes for the win.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE FOURWAY MATCH: Ernest Youngman defeated Crockett Tubbs (c), Andrew Harper and The New York Doll in 10:23 when Ernest Youngman defeated Crockett Tubbs by pinfall with The Hit. Ernest Youngman wins the NYCW Tri-State Regional title. (D)
Hot shot the title off of someone we don’t like, to someone we plan to push. Ernest carried the match, which is what he should get used to doing for the next year.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo saying that once he’s done with Dishonest Frank, he’ll face the winner tonight’s title match. (D-)

SINGLES MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Honest Frank in 13:19 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (D)
Wanted Bulldozer to beat Frank at his own game to show that he’s savvy.

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Ring Generals defeated Old School Principals in 10:12 when Dean Waldorf defeated The Masked Mauler by pinfall with a Wheelbarrow Bomb. (D-)
Ring Generals get the win to build momentum. Old School Principals are way past their prime, so will be used to get over the newer teams.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 9:59 by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage after interference from the Harlem Profits. (E+)

ANGLE: Roger Cage cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Grandmaster Phunk. (C-)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk defeated Roger Cage (c) in 22:34 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner. Grandmaster Phunk wins the NYCW Empire title. (D+)
And thus we find a suitable replacement for Cage and set our stall out for the next few months. Bulldozer chasing Phunk for the title.

OVERALL: D-

Pretty good show all in all, happy with the majority of the debuts, especially Logan Wolfsbaine whose gimmick is legendary. He’s got a bright future ahead for sure.

We had a look at the Harlem Profits and decided Nate DeMarcus was the keeper, so we fired Curtis Shaw and brought in a suitable replacement. Crockett Tubbs was also released. Our colour man Ernie Turner signed a PPA with RIPW, who also sent Primus Allen up to the main roster. Elsewhere MAW held their annual Rip Chord Invitational Tournament, which was won by the terribly-named Cheetah Boy.

At the end of the month, the ratings were in and we’d finished last to PSW, MAW and RIPW in the regional battles, which made us look like a bunch of nobodies. Combine that with our awful production values and we really were easy to overlook. At least we lost $4,587.

Next time on Welcome to New York… The territories come into play…

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As a guy whose been playing with MAW and dealing with stolen stars and the COTT (but a smaller bank account, just 100K) I'm instantly sold on this thread. I'll admit, I'll probably have a perverse joy since your guys picked up every so often.

The shitty ratings thanks to production values suck but odds are you probably aren't going to match RIPW. It'll be interesting to see if you say **** it and have weeklies ahead of having a TV show or if you'll stick to the monthlies.

I'd say you probably used way too many guys lol. With MAW I stuck to about 14 guys per show but again - smaller bank account.

Greg, Bulldozer, Ernest, Logan are all awesome. Hoping to see Ring Generals get a push. Love them.

Anyways, looking forward to the next update
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Welcome to New York… where we try to rinse our alliance in order to boost our popularity. What else are friends for?

February started with Mario Heroic returning to wrestling. We pinged him an email and were told, politely, to scram. Over in Pittsburgh, PSW held Night of Combat 1 where Ernest Youngman lost his National Title to JD Morgan. No doubt a shot at us. But we had to focus on ourselves before we turned our attention to destroying them. Before Welcome to New York 2, Bulldozer and Ernest became friends and lifted the locker room while Howlin Mad Mort was brought before wrestler’s court and judge Steve Flash for making a mess. I love professional wrestling.

NYCW Welcome to New York 2: Friends to the South
Sunday, Week 2, February, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH: Harlem Profits (Nate DeMarcus and Donte Dunn) defeated Old School Principals and The Boys From The Yukon in 7:38; the order of elimination was The Boys From The Yukon first, and then Old School Principals. (E)
We found a replacement for Curtis Shaw and they didn’t suck as a team. They didn’t have chemistry either, but we’ll take no loss as a win.

ANGLE: Harlem Profits cut a promo demanding a match with The Southern Stars for all the bling. (D-)
Grandmaster Phunk continues to pay for himself by carrying the new guys in promo land.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine and Steve Flash defeated The New York Doll and Austin Smooth in 7:43 when Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Austin Smooth by submission with a Boston Crab. (D)
Another win for the vet/rookie combination and Austin Smooth was off his game again. He probably should be careful about that. I know no one likes to lose, but he should still be bringing his a-game.

ANGLE: Fro Sure cuts a promo saying he wants a shot at Ernest Youngman and the Tri-State Title. (E)
Not the best promo in the world, but we’d put that down to the fact he still needs some exposure in the Tri-State region.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 8:01 by count out. (D-)
A win, but also a result which keeps Joffy a little relevant. I don’t really have anything for him to do at the moment, but I don’t want to bury him either.

ANGLE: The Southern Stars cut a promo hyping their upcoming match with The Ring Generals and how they’re about to take the COTT World Tag Team Titles to add to their collection back home on the farm in Tennessee. (D-)

COTT AND NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Southern Stars (c) defeated The Ring Generals (c) in 12:43 when Tennessee William defeated Marv Statler by pinfall with a Texas Meat-Grinder after Joffy Pinkerton interfered. The Southern Stars win the COTT World Tag Team titles. (D-)
I wanted to keep the title picture clear as I could and the fact both these teams are face means that the better story currently involves the Harlem Profits.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Brutus Milano and Andrew Harper in 9:48 when Ernest Youngman defeated Brutus Milano by pinfall with The Hit. (D-)
Standard ‘establish the champion as a fighter’ match. Andrew Harper wasn’t too happy though. Unfortunately for him, Ernest is the man.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo saying that he’ll be facing Grandmaster Phunk at Rush Hour in a month, but for now he’s going to beat Honest Frank again, only this time he’ll do it the ‘right way.’ (D+)

SINGLES MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Honest Frank in 7:49 by pinfall with a Backdrop Driver. (D)
Building up the challenger. Frank wouldn’t be happy with continuous losses, but with his decline in performance due to age, his time as a focal point was at an end.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk congratulates Bulldozer Brandon Smith on his win and he looks forward to destroying him at Rush Hour. But for now he had some overgrown lunk from South of the Border to beat! His title would be on the line, because to make Bling, you gotta spend Bling! (C-)
He is spectacular on the microphone.

COTT WORLD AND NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk (c) defeated Nicolas Lopez (c) in 22:48 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner. Grandmaster Phunk wins the COTT World Heavyweight title. (D)
Actually disappointed in this one. I expected a loaned talent as good as Lopez to deliver, but he was off his game. Still, it did what it needed to and Phunk becomes a unified champion.

OVERALL: D-

Another solid show which gains us popularity. We discovered after the show that Logan Wolfsbaine had started dating free agent Venus Angeletti, which was good to know for a later date. And NYCW Hall of Famer Wiley Steinway was hanging up his boots. He sent him a nice card.

In terms of our monthly performance we finished last, again and managed to lose $8,201. Deciding to follow Phunk’s adage of spending bling to make bling. We upped our production values, notably our music department. And you know what that means; ENTRANCE MUSIC.

Ernest Youngman – We’re An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad)
Grandmaster Phunk, Harlem Profits and Fro Sure – Mama Said Knock You Out (LL Cool J)
Andrew Harper – Homecoming (Kanye West)
Brutus Milano – The Godfather Theme
Steve Flash – Flash Gordon Theme
Bulldozer Brandon Smith – Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen)
Honest Frank – My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Animal Harker, Tennessee William, Joffy Laine – Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi)
The Boys from the Yukon – The Lumberjack Song
Old School Principals – No music (old school after all)
The Ring Generals – The Final Countdown (Europe)
Logan Wolfsbaine – All Along the Watchtower (Jimmy Hendrix)
New York Doll – Hey Ho, Let’s Go (The Ramones)
Austin Smooth – Smooth (Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana)

Having done that, we then gave Bulldozer Brandon Smith a pay rise of $80 and prepared for one of our Big Four shows… Rush Hour 2016.

Next time on Welcome to New York… Rush Hour 2016…

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Welcome to New York… Where the old school not only lives, but thrives

So having looked at the books and done some maths, if we were going to remain competitive AND not go bankrupt, we’d have to trim the fat a little. But first we had a big show to do.

NYCW Rush Hour 2016
Sunday, Week 2, March, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH: Harlem Profits defeated The Ring Generals and Old School Principals in 10:09; the order of elimination was Old School Principals first, and then The Ring Generals. (D-)
And with this, the Harlem Profits announce themselves properly into the mix for the titles. The Southern Stars were already in action later, but now we had three teams with decent momentum. The Ring Generals were good enough to bounce back from this if necessary.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. (C)
I wonder if I should just have Phunk do all the promos for all workers.

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Honest Frank defeated Brutus Milano and Logan Wolfsbaine in 7:56 when Honest Frank defeated Brutus Milano by pinfall with a Frank-N-Hurter. (E+)
Wanted to give the old boy a win to cheer him up. Also made sure that Logan wasn’t pinned too as I wanted him to organically move up the card.

ANGLE: The Southern Stars cut a promo saying once they’d dealt with hairy weirdos from up North, they’d happily give the Harlem Profits a shot at some gold. (D)

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Southern Stars (c) defeated The Boys From The Yukon in 8:02 when Animal Harker defeated Whitehorse Whittaker by pinfall with a Texas Meat-Grinder. (D-)
Thus we blow off the North/South story. I don’t really like the Boys from the Yukon and can’t see how they possibly fit into the new-look NYCW.

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Fro Sure and warned him against trying anything dishonest. He’s a man and expects his opponents to be the same. (D)
I think I might have a little crush on Ernest. He’s everything I want to be.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Fro Sure in 12:32 by pinfall after using a foreign object dropped by Grandmaster Phunk. (D)
Well, my main man Ernest did warn him, but he wouldn’t listen. I’m a little disappointed in the match, but I’m pretty sure it’s Fro Sure’s fault.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Grandmaster Phunk. It’s time he fulfilled his destiny and became the second NYCW Grand Slam winner. (C-)

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Steve Flash defeated Andrew Harper and The New York Doll in 8:26 when Steve Flash defeated The New York Doll by pinfall, illegally using the ropes for leverage. (D-)
Wanted to keep Flash strong as our transitional top-flight face. Plus Harper was starting to irritate me a bit and Doll is a perennial loser.

SINGLES MATCH: Joffy Pinkerton defeated William Jetterson in 5:54 by pinfall after using a foreign object. (D-)
Welcome to New York, William ‘Cobra’ Jetterson. Yes he brings a snake with him to the ring, yes he’s a rip-off of Jake the Snake and yes he needs to pay his dues.

ANGLE: A video plays hyping Grandmaster Phunk vs. Bulldozer Brandon Smith. (D)

COTT WORLD TITLE & NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk (c) defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith in 31:35 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner following interference from the Harlem Profits. (D)
Dammit, I wanted better. Bulldozer barely edged out Phunk in performance, but neither man really delivered the goods.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith is being attacked by the Harlem Profits. Seeing the assault, Steve Flash comes running in and fights them both off, saving Bulldozer from a serious beating. (E+)
And thus we move someone new into the title picture. Bad segment though.

OVERALL: D-

Even with the boost to our production values, this was not a great show and all but guaranteed us a last place finish again. It’s almost like the universe wants to make it impossible for us to progress. The day after Rush Hour, Phunk travelled to Canada to lose his COTT World Title to Lightning Lomas. Meanwhile, we totally forgot that Whitehorse Whittaker’s contract was expiring, so he’s gone. He immediately re-signed Animal Harker with a $40 raise. And finally we lost $4,495 for the month, which wasn’t too bad at all.

Time to spend some more.

Next time on Welcome to New York… One of our midcarders goes berserk…

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Welcome to New York… where our midcarders either love or hate our colour commentators.

So before Welcome to New York 3 we received word that Andrew Harper had beaten up Ernie Turner. We didn’t stand for that nonsense, especially from an underperforming midcarder with no direction. Larry’s son Cameron re-signed with BHOTWG. Fro Sure left GSW after a fallout over money. Fine by us.

So we fined Harper and he become even more unhappy. What on Earth did he expect?

NYCW Welcome to New York 3: Bulldozer vs. Phunk II
Sunday, Week 2, April, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH: The Ring Generals defeated Old School Principals and Brutus Milano and Howlin' Mad Mort in 8:10; the order of elimination was Old School Principals first, and then Brutus Milano and Howlin' Mad Mort. (E+)
Yeesh, no chemistry with Mort and Milano. Eurgh, why can I never seem to get good chemistry notes?

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming rematch with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. Apparently he’ll give him one last shot before moving onto the next chump! (C)

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: The New York Doll defeated Joffy Pinkerton and William Jetterson in 7:46 when The New York Doll defeated William Jetterson by pinfall with a Punk-N-Nasty. (D-)
So the perennial loser gets a win. Not because that’s what I had planned, but because I accidentally wrote his name as winner instead of Joffy. Still, he seemed over the moon with the result.

ANGLE: Honest Frank cuts a promo saying he’s on a roll (one win) and is going to use that momentum to take the Tri-State title off Ernest Youngman. (D)
Good luck with that old man.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Honest Frank in 8:17 by pinfall with The Hit. During the match we also had Fro Sure run in and attack Youngman. (D)
You see, Ernest is such a man that he can brush off interference to retain his title. I’m pretty sure he’s single. What a guy!

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Grandmaster Phunk. It’s time to fulfil his destiny… properly this time. (D+)

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Harlem Profits defeated The Southern Stars (c) in 10:14 when Donte Dunn defeated Tennessee William by submission after Animal Harker accidentally went berserk and knocked out his own partner. (D)
Aaand we pull the trigger on the titles. We have a plan for these teams and the titles. A long term plan, one which should culminate at Big City Showdown in December. What do you reckon the chances are it actually works.

ANGLE: After the match, Joffy goes mad at Harker, blaming him for the loss, but Tennnessee William steps in to tell him ‘this is what happens when animal gets too angry.’ (D-)

SINGLES MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Andrew Harper in 3:02 by submission with a Boston Crab. (E)
And that ladies and gentlemen, is a burial. Don’t anger your bosses folks.

SINGLES MATCH: Steve Flash drew with Fro Sure in 9:51 following a double disqualification after Ernest Youngman and the Harlem Profits interfered. (D-)
Actually a great result for Fro Sure, plus it ties multiple storylines together.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk comes down to the ring, he’s ready to send Bulldozer back to the biker park with the rest of the white trash. (D+)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 27:50 by count out. (D+)
That’s more like it. Bulldozer gets the win, but Phunk keeps the title. Sets us up nicely for a rubber match for the gold.

OVERALL: D-

Oh good grief, will we ever get out of D- purgatory? We fired Andrew Harper and made sure to fine Dean Waldorf for being late. He accepted the fine, improved his behaviour and was happy about it. Good lad. We also let Austin Smooth go, because we’d forgotten about him entirely. Whoops.

We decided to start working on expanding ourselves to another region and to build a base outside of the Tri-State, so next time we’ll launch our first ‘Traditional Tour’ event in New England.

All because RIPW became hostile towards us.

Next time on Welcome to New York… Our first non-Tri-State show…

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Just stumbled at this dynasty and I'm intrigued about where will you take NYCW.

In my opinion, you should give the belt to Austin Smooth - great worker at this stage, still has popularity low enough to not be immediately grabbed by the big ones and, c'mon... his theme song is Grammy-Award Winning 1999 Hit Smooth By Santana Feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty
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In my opinion, you should give the belt to Austin Smooth - great worker at this stage, still has popularity low enough to not be immediately grabbed by the big ones and, c'mon... his theme song is Grammy-Award Winning 1999 Hit Smooth By Santana Feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty
This did not work out, as you may tell from the complete re-write of the shows above and beyond.

Austin Smooth does not last long anymore.

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Welcome to New York… Where we’ll spend every penny of Larry’s money just to make the smallest amount of progress.

Tennessee William’s contract was up, so he got a small raise and pat on the back. Cueball Lynch sadly passed away, while Dan Stone, George DeColt, Larry Wood, Marcus McKing, Razor Valentine, and Eve Grunge all retired. Jay Chord, son of the legendary Rip Chord began renegotiating his contract with TCW and our very own Masked Mauler took Logan Wolfsbaine on as a protégé. You see, we’re like a family. A family of violent lunatics.

On to New England…

NYCW Traditional Tour
Sunday, Week 3, April, 2016
Biker’s Paradise, Boston, New England
Attendance: 207

OPENING MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Logan Wolfsbaine in 8:18 by pinfall with a Sure Thing after Ernest Youngman accidentally hit Wolfsbaine. (D-)
Ally yourself with Masked Mauler, immediately start losing. Decent match though. Poor Logan, only lost because of our other golden boy.

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo saying New England may not know his history with Fro Sure, but basically, they hate each other. (D)
Simple and effective.

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Harlem Profits (c) defeated The Ring Generals in 9:44 when Donte Dunn defeated Marv Statler by submission after interference from Grandmaster Phunk. (D-)
Establishing the Harlem Profits as an actual threat.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated William Jetterson in 9:59 by pinfall with The Hit. (D)
Ernest is our hero. We want to make sweaters out of his belly button fluff.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk has heard the people saying he can’t beat Bulldozer without outside help. That’s bad for his brand. So he’ll face him, one last time. In a cage. At Gang Wars. Time to put up or shut-up. (C-)

SINGLES MATCH: Steve Flash defeated The New York Doll in 5:56 by pinfall with a Flash Bang. (D)
No booking mistakes this time. Sorry Doll.

SINGLES MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Rick Sanders in 7:42 by pinfall with a Tombstone Piledriver. (D)
Old School Principals continue to be jobbers to the stars and they do a pretty poor job of it. At least their expensive. Eurgh.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith is going do to Grandmaster Phunk, what he just did to Sanders. At Gang Wars, they settle the score. (D+)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk (c) defeated Animal Harker in 12:06 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner following botched interference by Tennessee William. (D)
Phunk gets the win, Tennessee accidentally hits his partner. Decent little match between the two of them actually.

OVERALL: D-

Of course it was. We came last in all regional battles AGAIN, and lost $25,565 to boot. That’s how we do that. Rick Sanders and Honest Frank each came to us separately with booking complaints, which we basically ignored. And Leftie Wilkes beat Lightning Lomas for the COTT World Title.

In SWF Rogue’s contract came up and they decided not to renew it. We called, he ignored us.

Sounds about right.

Next time on Welcome to New York… A double-header and negotiations on a big name signing…

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Welcome to New York… We’re the big boys might one day play!

Not much happening, so we roll on the show.

NYCW Welcome to New York 4: The Road to War
Sunday, Week 2, May, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING TAG TEAM MATCH: Steve Flash and Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Old School Principals in 9:50 when Logan Wolfsbaine defeated Rick Sanders by submission with a Boston Crab. (D)
How’s the booking there Mr. Sanders?

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming cage match with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. There will be blood! (C)
Hmmm, he went off script a bit there, there probably won’t be blood.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 7:46 by pinfall with a Sure Thing. During the match we also had Ernest Youngman run in and attack Fro Sure. (D-)
Hey look at that, Fro Sure is becoming more of man and dealing with Ernest’s attacks too. I mean, he’s still no Ernest, but his performances are getting better.

COTT WORLD & NYCW TAG TEAM TITLES: The Southern Stars (c) defeated Harlem Profits (c) in 11:45 when Tennessee William defeated Donte Dunn by pinfall with a Devil's Crossroad following interference from Howlin Mad Mort. The Southern Stars win the NYCW Tag Team titles. (D-)
That’s right folks, the Southern Stars are back on the same page, and are once again the unified World Tag Team Champions. As for Howlin Mad Mort, what does he want?

ANGLE: Ernest Youngman cuts a promo saying that he’s considering giving Fro Sure another shot at the title. (C-)
Good promo. Seriously is there anything this man can’t do?

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated William Jetterson in 9:41 by pinfall with The Hit. During the match we also had Fro Sure run in and attack Youngman. (C-)
After Fro Sure’s interference, Ernest clocks him and laughs before finishing off the Cobra. He isn’t even scared at William’s pet snake being unleashed on the ring.

TAG TEAM MATCH: The Ring Generals defeated Brutus Milano and The New York Doll in 6:26 when Dean Waldorf defeated Brutus Milano by pinfall with a Wheelbarrow Bomb. (E+)
Rebuilding another tag team for the conclusion of the Southern Stars/Harlem Profits match.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk comes out to call out Howlin' Mad Mort. Apparently Mort wants a shot at the title. Phunk is just mad enough to accept. (D-)

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk defeated Howlin' Mad Mort in 8:30 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner. (D-)
Not a great single showing for the remaining lumberjack. How disappointing.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming cage match with Grandmaster Phunk. (D+)

SINGLES MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Honest Frank in 22:25 by pinfall with a Backdrop Driver. After the match we had Grandmaster Phunk run in and attack Bulldozer. (D+)
Silly Frank. Never complain, just do your job, which in this case was THE job. Good match though.

OVERALL: D-

No comment.
Also, no news, so onto New England we go on the final stop before Gang Wars.

NYCW Traditional Tour
Sunday, Week 3, April, 2016
Biker’s Paradise, Boston, New England
Attendance: 216

OPENING NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Rick Sanders defeated Ernest Youngman (c) in 5:49 by disqualification after Fro Sure ran in and attacked Youngman. (D+)
There you go, you ridiculous man. You got a win over the golden boy. Now shut up!

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming cage match with Grandmaster Phunk. (C-)
It’s repetitive, but it’s doing the job.

SINGLES MATCH: Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Fro Sure in 5:55 by pinfall with a Backdrop Driver following interference from Ernest Youngman. (D-)
Well of course they don’t click. Why would they? Still, Ernest gets his revenge.

NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Southern Stars (c) defeated Howlin' Mad Mort and Honest Frank in 7:30 when Tennessee William defeated Howlin' Mad Mort by pinfall with a Texas Meat-Grinder. (D-)
Another poor showing by Mort and Frank adds another L. Yeah so what if I’m feeling vindictive.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming cage match with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. (C)
It’s like being in some weird vortex of continuous promos.

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Grandmaster Phunk (c) defeated Joffy Pinkerton in 8:16 by pinfall with a Phunkensteiner. (D)
Building momentum and giving another midcarder a chance to impress. Joffy did ok.

SINGLES MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine defeated The Masked Mauler in 8:01 by submission with a Boston Crab after blatantly cheating. (D-)
He’s learnt from his master how to cheat. No chemistry notes though, which is a real shame.

MAIN EVENT: Steve Flash defeated Dean Waldorf in 22:38 by pinfall with a Flash Bang. (D-)
Needed a main event, these two stepped in. The results were… ok.

OVERALL: E+

Yuck. Worst show to date. Fortunately this was New England, so it still boosted our popularity.

Before Gang Wars we decided to reduce the roster having lost $26,154. So goodbye to:
Howlin Mad Mort
Rick Sanders
Honest Frank

Across the world a tsunami devastated Japan, which is bad, but in even worse news we came last in all our regional battles. Man Mountain Cahill, Elemental and Dick the Devastator all announced they were retiring. Dean Waldorf re-signed with us for a little more money, Fro Sure and Masked Mauler are now friends (clever boy that Mauler, making nice with all the top youngsters) and Logan Wolfsbaine’s attitude was infectiously awesome.

Then we received word about a new signing, one who just might change the landscape of the scene in unimaginable ways.

Next time on Welcome to New York… Gang Wars, and he arrives…

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Secret COTT Headquarters…

The meeting room was busier than normal, what with all the new members we had taken in and a heated discussion was taking place.

“While we’re discussing the titles Larry, care to explain what the HELL the deal was with moving the titles exlusively onto your boys?” snapped Sam Keith.

“Yeah I’d love to. This idiot,” he said directly to Joaquin Soler (owner of OLLIE). “He changed the tag titles from the established team of the Ring Generals to some thrown together rubbish. He’s disrespecting the alliance.”

“You’re just annoyed cos your boys lost,” sniped Mitch Naess (owner of PSW).

“You’re damn right I am,” he spat back. “There are plenty of ways to end the match without switching the title.”

“So you send your boys out there to run us down in front of ze dozen people who watch your shows?” sneered Soler.

“They were just words,” said Vessey. "I'll happy show you how I feel in person"

He was fired up and I didn’t blame him. Soler had pulled a fast one and Naess had been playing bitchy mcsnipe throughout the whole meeting. The two had history of course, always playing a game of one-upmanship in the Tri-State region. Their entry to COTT was always going to cause problems.

“Well I don’t see what the problem is,” said Naess. “The Generals were happy to lay down, there really was no need…”

“You’re new here,” interrupted Larry. “So let me spell out a few things. This isn’t the old days, when you were part of a relevant wrestling promotion…”

“That’s enough!” snapped Keith. “Stop it, both of you. This is a confederation and I will not tolerate in-fighting. We’ve got enough problems with Packer as it is.”

“Vhat problems,” said the enormous man in the corner.

“He wants to put us all out of business,” replied Sam. “And it’s nice to see you do speak Mr. Puerto Rican Power. Do you have an actual name I can address you by?”

“No,” he replied.

“I see. Well fine, welcome to the COTT and hopefully you will be part of a long-standing tradition of mutual help for us independent promoters.”

“Yes,” said Power. “Although we did not have much choice. Running a business in Puerto Rico is not easy.”

“Why don’t you branch out a bit?” said Naess. “California is nice.”

“Don’t you drag us into it,” replied Cliff Anderson. “You concentrate on co-existing with your best buddies over there and leave the West Coast alone.”

Naess smirked. I didn’t like him one bit, but it made good business sense to paly nice.

“With USPW in mind, has anyone had any further dealings with them?”

“You mean other than them stealing our Empire Champion,” said Larry.

“Did anyone even notice he was gone?” Naess laughed.

Larry leapt across the table, but the blonde guy with a black beard called Teddy Powell intercepted him. Naess continued to laugh. I rolled my eyes.

“You better take your hands off me Teddy,” said Larry. “I may be older, but I can actually wrestle.”

“Calm down man,” said Teddy. “There’s no need to fight.”

Naess stood up.

“We’re in Sam, for all this. But I am going to single-handedly make it my business to put this chump out of business.”

With that Teddy let go of Larry and left with his boss.

“So,” said Larry once he’d regained his compsure. “I vote to remove PSW from the COTT.”

“That,” replied Sam. “Is not going to happen. You just need to find a way to co-exist. Meeting adjourned.”

In the hallway out of the building, Larry grabbed my arm.

“Kid, I don’t care how you do it, but we are going to run that swine out of business. Spend all the money you want, burn all the bridges. Nothing is off limits. Take em down. Bring *him* in if you have too?”

"You sure boss? The things I've heard about his backstage behaviour... not to mention his price."

"Just do it!"

I nodded.

Next time on Welcome to New York… Cometh the hour...

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NYCW Gang Wars
Saturday, Week 2, June, 2016
The Ministry, Queens, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,000 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING GANG WARS MATCH: Steve Flash and The Ring Generals defeated Brutus Milano, The Masked Mauler and The New York Doll in 21:22 when Dean Waldorf defeated The New York Doll by pinfall with a Waldorf Salad Toss. (D)
Solid opener with the right team winning.

SINGLES MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine defeated William Jetterson in 7:38 by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage. (D+)
Hell of a match from two of our young stars. This was no chemistry too. Perhaps we should consider a feud for them both? Or more likely, completely forget.

GANG WARS MATCH: Fro Sure and Harlem Profits defeated Ernest Youngman and The Southern Stars in 17:48 when Donte Dunn defeated Tennessee William by pinfall following Animal Harker knocking out his own partner. (D)
Poor Animal Harker, he’s just so clumsy. They can afford the loss and Ernest was kept strong and beautiful to boot. I do love multi-storyline matches.

ANGLE: A video plays with a countdown clock… 30 minutes to go. (C+)

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming cage match with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. Apparently the red neck will never be Grand Slam champion and he might as well forfeit now. (C)

CAGE MATCH FOR NYCW EMPIRE TITLE: In a 23-minute epic, Bulldozer Brandon Smith defeated Grandmaster Phunk in a Cage match in 22:41 by bloodying his opponent, climbing the cage and falling to the floor. The crowd went berserk. (D+)

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith is celebrating his victory in the ring. Steve Flash, Logan Wolfsbaine and the Ring Generals applaud him from the rampway. Just then, the countdown clock counts down from 10. Everybody stops to watch as it hits zero, the lights go out and Knights of Cydonia blaws over the speakers. The lights come back on and behind Bulldozer is a man in an ornate robe, covered in jewells. Bulldozer turns and is smashed with a cradle piledriver. He grabs a microphone…

“Ladies and gentlemen of New York City… welcome to the JAY CHORD ERA! (C-)

OVERALL: D

That’s right, the son of the legendary Rip Chord signed a PPA contract with TCW, so we swooped in and grabbed him. He’s not all that liked backstage, but he is far and away the biggest star we have. Not only was his arrival a secret, his gimmick is legendary and because of him we came second in the Mid-Atlantic, defeating his dad’s old company MAW. And while we did lose $10k, we also…

Hit Regional!

Suck on that COTT.

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Welcome to New York… Where we hit regional, with half our starting funds and start spending like maniacs to sign-up every hot free agent on the market…

Heading into Welcome to New York 5, we were able to run Pennsylvania Park in Brooklyn, which was a lovely bonus of hitting regional. We had to sign more workers so we didn’t seem amateurish, which seems fair.

Before the show, William Jetterson cooked a lovely BBQ for everyone. What a champ, or was he worried he was going to be further lost in the shuffle?

NYCW Welcome to New York 5: The Jay Chord Era
Sunday, Week 2, July, 2016
Pennysylvania Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Attendance: 1,994 (ohhh so close)

OPENING TAG TEAM MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine and Joffy Pinkerton defeated The Masked Mauler and William Jetterson in 7:36 when Logan Wolfsbaine defeated William Jetterson by submission with a Boston Crab. (D)
Standard opening tag match to get the youngsters on the card. No chemistry notes though.

ANGLE: Jay Chord is out to cut a promo about how lucky they all are to be in his presence (he’s not wrong). He’s here for one reason, gold! He has a legacy to live up to and that starts tonight. So Bulldozer Brandon Smith better lace up his boots, because “it’s time!” (B-)
Blimey, this guy really is as good as we thought. But can he back it up in the ring?

COTT WORLD & NYCW TAG TEAM TITLES: Harlem Profits defeated The Southern Stars (c) in 12:05 when Nate DeMarcus defeated Tennessee William by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage. Harlem Profits win the COTT World Tag Team titles. Harlem Profits win the NYCW Tag Team titles. (D-)
Round and round we go, on the longest thought out and planned feud in our short history.

ANGLE: After the match Animal Harker and Tennessee William argue. Then Tennessee William says something that Harker doesn't like, and they start arguing. After some more heated words, Tennessee William challenges Harker to meet him in the ring for a match. Opting to settle things, the Tennessee way, with their fists. (D-)

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Ernest Youngman (c) defeated Brutus Milano and The New York Doll in 3:37 when Ernest Youngman defeated Brutus Milano by pinfall with The Hit. (D+)
Great match, almost entirely carried on Ernest’s broad, masculine shoulders.

ANGLE: Flash is out to say, he doesn’t care if you’re the son of a legend, all roads in New York go through him. So if there’s any other new guys who want a spot, now’s the time. Seek and Destroy blares by Iggy Pop and out comes Thom ‘Guide’ Barrowman. (C-)

SINGLES MATCH: Thom Barrowman defeated Steve Flash in 12:48 by pinfall with a Guided Missile. (D+)
That’s right, not just Jay Chord, but Guide too. We were definitely going to go broke, but we’d be the hottest indy in the world when we did.

ANGLE: Grandmaster Phunk is annoyed at Chord stealing his rematch, but like Flash he announces that he has decided to give some local talent a chance to shine tonight… Monday Night Football Theme plays and out comes… Ross Henry. (C+)

SINGLES MATCH: Ross Henry defeated Grandmaster Phunk in 10:14 by pinfall with an Earthquake Powerslam. (C-)
Boom! Seriously though, these guys are so expensive. But judging by the start, they’re worth every penny.

SINGLES MATCH: Fro Sure defeated Marv Statler in 6:16 by pinfall with a Sure Thing after Grandmaster Phunk interfered. After the match we also had Ernest Youngman run in and attack Fro Sure. (E+)
The longest brewing rematch in history continues. Will they ever fight one-on-one again? Probably not.

SINGLES MATCH: Greg Gauge defeated Dean Waldorf in 7:17 by submission with a Proton Lock after blatantly cheating. (D)
Aaaaand we have another new guy. Greg Gauge had been single-handedly carrying MAW on his back for months, so it was time to give him a shot at the big time. And by big time, I of course meant, equally small time. He did ok here.

ANGLE: Bulldozer Brandon Smith cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Jay Chord. He’d finally climbed the mountain and fulfilled his destiny and he wasn’t about to let a silver spoon fed chump take it from him. (C-)
Good fire shown here.

NYCW EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Jay Chord defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith (c) in 25:55 by pinfall with a Cradle Piledriver following interference from Greg Gauge. Jay Chord wins the NYCW Empire title. (C)
Boom goes the dynamite. Turns out the silver spoon-fed chump can GO in the ring. Chord is God!

OVERALL: D+

Woo hoo!

Might as well get the title on the hottest thing in pro wrestling right now, plus knowing his history we wanted him as part of our title lineage. In fact his victory boosted the title to B+ prestige. Nice.

Now onto New England once again.

Before the show For Sure organised a videogame tournament. While Brutus Milano was hauled in front of Steve Flash and the wrestler’s court.

NYCW Traditional Tour
Sunday, Week 3, July, 2016
Biker’s Paradise, Boston, New England
Attendance: 300 (SOLD OUT!)

OPENING NYCW TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Harlem Profits (c) drew with The Ring Generals in 4:52 following a double count out. (D-)
Wanted to keep them both strong for a bigger match down the line. I would need a new tag team soon though, I can’t keeping running the same three over and over again.

SINGLES MATCH: Logan Wolfsbaine drew with Fro Sure in 6:30 following a double count out. (D)
Another draw and a thank you to Logan for his tireless work in every show. I mean, it’s not a win, but he’s not quite there yet. Soon though. Maybe.

NYCW TRI-STATE TITLE MATCH: Greg Gauge drew with Ernest Youngman (c) in 12:42 following a double count out. (C-)
These boys bring the goods and I have plans for them both in the future. Obviously Ernest is still my favourite.

SINGLES MATCH: Animal Harker drew with Tennessee William in 7:40 following a double count out after their wild brawl spilled outside. (E+)
Welcome to New York, where every match ends in a draw. Bloodied and battered they shake hands at the end. That’s how men do it.

TAG TEAM MATCH: Ross Henry and Steve Flash defeated Thom Barrowman and Grandmaster Phunk in 5:48 when Steve Flash defeated Grandmaster Phunk by pinfall with a Flash Bang. (C)
Excellent chemistry from Barrowman and Phunk. Ooooo, that’s interesting to say the least. Fantastic match to boot. I love our new main event scene.

ANGLE: Jay Chord cuts a promo hyping up his upcoming match with Bulldozer Brandon Smith. (B-)

EMPIRE TITLE MATCH: Jay Chord (c) defeated Bulldozer Brandon Smith in 21:55 by pinfall with a Cradle Piledriver. During the match we also had Greg Gauge run in and attack Bulldozer. (C-)
And that’s the exclamation point on Chord’s coronation.

ANGLE: Jay Chord grabs a mic and welcomes us to the Jay Chord Era and along with Greg Gauge, they are the Legacy of professional wrestling. (B-)

OVERALL: D

Seems an overly harsh grade right there. Still we’d moved all the pieces into place before running The King of New York tournament. We managed to lose $34,444 this month, but came second in all battles. We’re progressing.

In other news Professor Nero passed away, YEPW opens in Australia (who cares?) and over in MAW, the Harlem Profits won the Sam Keith Classic Tournament VI. That’s my boys!

So next month, we’d stop the Traditional Tour and focus our single show on qualifiers for the King of New York tournament.

Next time on Welcome to New York… The Road to the Throne begins…
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