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    AWF: Welcome to the Awesome Nation [ThunderVerse]

    Awesome Wrestling Federation

    Welcome to the Awesome Nation
    A ThunderVerse Project by Big Papa

    Welcome to the ThunderVerse 2014!
    Welcome the AWESOME NATION!


    The Project

    After ending my last WCW project, I wasn't sure I would ever take on another diary project. The writing bug was always there to some extent, but finding a story to tell... that was lacking. I explored a few ideas but always found them lacking before I ever got to the point of starting things. Which is probably for the best. Lack of time has also been an issue.

    This one I've been toying with for quite some time, but it finally "clicked" when the ThunderVerse 2014 mod was released. I found a story I wanted tell and despite still somewhat lacking time, decided to take a swing at it.

    Rather than sticking with the "monthly recap" style I used on the past couple of WCW projects, this one goes back to a full show style. I don't intend to do "full promos", at least not regularly. A few might get that treatment but most will be more of an overview. The first few shows will be more detailed as I work to establish the overall look and feel of the company. After that, they will hopefully become a bit more streamlined, which should make them easier to read as well. I've tried to create a vision of the company that goes beyond the pure in-ring product to an overall esthetic idea, which I will try to get across to you dear readers.

    The front page here will be in my typical style, will full promotion detailed and it should be updated constantly.

    The Mod

    The ThunderVerse has recently been given official recognition and endorsement by Adam Ryland. That's a first for a fan-made mod and a huge tip of the hat. If you play TEW 2014 and haven't given the mod a try yet, you are definitely missing out.

    Although the world of the Tverse is intended to stand on its, finding parlells to the world we know can help make it feel more real. The idea behind some of the characters comes from some real world talents, and the ethetic of the promotion as a whole comes partly from real promotions. I will try to avoid direct comparisons, like "Timothy Hawk is just John Cena" as its not that simple.

    The Credits

    First and foremost, to jhd1 and the entire ThunderVerse Team. MichiganHero and PhenomenalPat contributed with graphics, along with jhd1. Jim and Ed contributed with some booking ideas. Endless credit is also deserved by the great diary writers on this and other sites, who have I taken inspiration from, in addition to blatantly stealing ideas and formatting from. An incomplete list includes Ed, God, Natural, Shade, Diablo, Ego, Willis, Sykotic, Willis, Looking Glass... and others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

    The Past Projects

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    ThunderVerse Info

    Welcome to the ThunderVerse

    The ThunderVerse is a fictional universe created for TEW by the ThunderVerse Team. It features 66 companies, 34 of which are active, spread out over 4 game areas. There are nearly 1600 workers. It has a rich and detailed history, which is where this universe really comes to life.

    Although one can draw parallels between this fictional universe and our real wrestling, there are key differences. Perhaps the most notable is that there is no single dominant promotion in the United States. Since the fall of the World Wide Wrestling Elite promotion in 2001, there are three promotions competing for the top spot - the traditional Championship Wrestling from Tennessee, the modern Pro Wrestling Integrity, and our subject here, the Awesome Wrestling Federation.

    Beyond the wrestling world, the ThunderVerse resembles ours in most ways. But its not identical.

    A Brief History of the ThunderVerse

    Although each game area - the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico - has its own detailed history, its the USA that we will focus on.

    From 1947 to 2001, the American wrestling scene - and the television airwaves - were dominated by the World Wide Wrestling Elite. The New York company was broadcast nationally, building its shows around big characters and fun story arcs, de-emphasizing the pure sporting aspects of the business. Other companies found it impossible to compete, forming the American Wrestling Council simply to stay in business. Through the years, the WWWE changed ownership many times but never lost its dominance.

    In 1984, the company was purchased by Turner Paige, a media mogul with global reach. He pushed the WWWE to new heights, spread-headed by new-found superstar Terry Thunder. The product was geared towards young fans more than ever, and the fans tuned in by the millions. The same year, the Real American Wrestling Alliance opened for business and it would become the greatest challenger the WWWE had ever faced. For a decade, the two companies battled over fans, ratings, and talent. Despite having fantastic talent like Guy Lothario and Richie Santana, RAWA would eventually lose the war. It closed its doors in 1994.

    That battle took a toll on the WWWE as well. The huge contracts that the company had handed out to steal talent from the RAWA created a financial mess that was compounded by dropping attendance and ratings. The product continued to be simplified with basic and cartoonish characters. The fans left in droves. In March 2001, the WWWE finally closed it doors. It was a shock when Turner Paige simply shut the company down rather than selling it on, as most had expected him to do.

    The closure removed professional wrestling from the mainstream in America. Yet the business did not die. Former WWWE writer Shane Allman opened Pro Wrestling Integrity in 2002, focusing on the athletic competition rather than the characters and story arcs. The very traditional Championship Wrestling from Tennessee found a national audience with its old school approach. And in 2005, the AWF was opened by unrepentant WWWE fan Ezekiel Trillion.

    Beyond the big three is a thriving scene of smaller companies from coast to coast, offering fans a wide variety of different approaches to wrestling.

    A Brief History of the ThunderVerse


    • March 1934: CLLM opens
    • February 1947: Debut of Ozeki
    • October 1947: The WWWE opens
    • October 1951: Japanese territories unify to form United Promotions Japan
    • December 1965: Antonio Sabatino, 4 time WWWE champion and superstar, is killed stopping an armed robbery in New York City
    • August 1977: Debut of Terry Thunder
    • December 1984: The Real American Wrestling Alliance opens
    • December 1994: RAWA loses its war with the WWWE and closes
    • March 2001: The World Wide Wrestling Elite closes its doors
    • February 2002: Pro Wrestling Integrity opens
    • January 2005: The Awesome Wrestling Federation opens
    • February 2010: UPJ loses key Super Junior Talent, who walk out in frustration and form DIASPORA
    • April 2013: Ezekiel Trillion steps down from running the AWF on a day-to-day basis
    • October 2013: Legendary Japanese heavyweight wrestler Kenta Sonada leaves UPJ and forms Pro Wrestling HONOR


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    AWF Information Center

    Based: Los Angeles, California
    Founded: January 2005
    Style: Awesome Sports Entertainment
    Ranking: #2
    Slogan: Because Wrestling is Awesome


    _________________________________

    Corporate Information

    Company Type: Private LLC
    Ownership: Ezekiel Trillion via TrillCorp
    Headquarters: TrillCorp Hollywood Studios Building, Hollywood, California
    President: Dax Deekins
    Head Booker: Casey Skym

    _________________________________

    Digital Footprint

    Website: www.AWF.com
    Official Chatterbox: @OfficialAWF
    Offical Mobile App: All Devices

    _________________________________

    Financial Information

    Estimted Value: $11.2m US
    Primary Sponsor: Blue Rhino Energy Drink
    Video Game Partner:

    _________________________________

    By The Numbers

    Wrestlers on Roster: 32
    Non-Wrestlers
    Active Manager Licenses: 3
    Active Championships: 4

    _________________________________

    Fan Base: the Awesome Nation
    Touring Area: Continental United States


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    AWF History

    A Brief History of Awesome

    Had Turner Paige decided to cash in on the WWWE at its low point at the turn of the millenium, Ezekiel Trillion would have been the most likely bidder. A dot.com billionaire thanks to his diverse TrillCorp, Trillion grew up on the WWWE of Terry Thunder. Although rumors began almost as soon as the WWWE shut its doors, it would not be until 2005 when Trillion opened his own promotion. Based in Hollywood, the company was given the name the Awesome Wrestling Federation and it took as many cues as possible from the WWWE.

    With a roster filled with former WWWE stars, the company found an immediate audience and filled auditoriums. But all of Trillion's billions couldn't get the company on national television. With major television networks avoiding WWWE-style wrestling due to the lingering stench of that companies demise, the AWF had to make due with weekly PPVs, syndicated television, and a variety of webcasts. By mid-1997, the AWF had established enough of its own brand and identify that it forged a partnership with the Adrenaline network, debuting Shockwave and moving to a monthly pay per view format.

    An obvious and enduring criticism of the AWF is that it is Ezekiel Trillion's vanity project. There is much truth in that, evidenced by the frequency of which the fanboy owner managed to appear on-screen. Although the company managed to avoid some of the more overt mistakes of its predecessor - notably the preponderance of "wrestlecrap" gimmicks and focusing the product on the youngest fans. The AWF targeted the 14-35 male demographic, pushing the boundaries of mainstream good taste with some edgy characters and storylines. But it never strayed far from the basic Sports Entertainment formula. With former WWWE color commentator Jerry "The Lawyer" King running the creative side of the company from 2009 through 2012, the AWF seemed to frustrate fans almost as much as it thrilled them.

    In 2012, Casey Skym returned to the company and was given the Head Booker position. The change to the company was not drastic - the addition of a women's division and the de-emphasis of the tag team division. In early 2013, Zeke Trillion stepped away from running his beloved vaneity project, leaving it in the hands of TrillCorp executive Dax Deekins and Skym. The man lovingly known as "The Zombie" has continued to exert his influence, leading up to a shocking invasion storyline in late 2013 that has seen talent from Pro Wrestling Superstars Uncensored and Xtreme (PW-SUX) show up on AWF television and spill blood.

    AWF Timeline

    • January 2005: AWF Opens
    • February 2005: Jean-Claude Giroux becomes 1st AWF World Heavyweight Champion
    • March 2005: The Starr Brothers becomes the 1st AWF World Tag Team champions
    • October 2005: United States championship is introduced, with Marshall Law becoming the inaugural champion
    • February 2006: Former WWWE star Drake Richards debuts and wins the AWF World championship
    • August 2006: Towerblock becomes WHT, the first AWF world champion to have never worked for the WWWE
    • July 2007: AWF Shockwave debuts on Adrenaline
    • July 2007: WrestleFest debuts as the AWF's first major monthly PPV and flagship event
    • June 2011: Wilson Hancock debuts with controversial porn star gimmick
    • May 2012: Casey Skym debuts as Director of Amazing, the AWF's on-screen authority figure
    • June 2012: Casey Skym replaces Jerry King as AWF Head Booker
    • July 2012: Claudia is crowned 1st Starlets champion
    • April 2013: Zeke Trillion steps down from running AWF directly
    • November 2013: Invasion by PW-SUX wrestlers begins
    • December 2013: Tag team Enemies of the State join the SUX invaders
    • December 2013: Silva Dolla wins AWF World Heavyweight championship


    What Makes the AWF Unique?

    This might be a touch heavy-handed, as I hope to get most of these concepts across in the shows. But since I'm not sure how much all of them will come across, and most of it is kinda vital to the AWF "vision" I have, so...

    In terms of real world comparisons, there is no direct similar company. You can see some correlation to early 90s WCW if WCW had more stability, was more streamlined, and already used a more SE product. You could also compare it to TNA in some ways, but the AWF is not a distant #2 so there is no "little brother" syndrome. So if TNA had unlimited resources, outstanding production quality, significant brand recognition, and talent with WWE-levels of individual popularity... So yeah, its hard to directly compare it.

    Product

    So the Awesome Wrestling Federation is a Sports Entertainment company. That doesn't mean the product is simply exactly what the WWE or TNA present every week. It means that characters and stories are a primary focus. Its an edgy approach, with plenty of adult content and adult humor. That description may immediately raise thoughts of the Attitude Era, but so many key elements of the Attitude Era are absent. So perhaps a bit more like the Ruthless Aggression Era of WWE in that sense. Even that comparison can only go far, as there are some elements that I don't know have ever really been part of a major promtion.

    The AWF directly embraces aspects such as the Hollywood connection and the fact that there is a very rich man bankrolling everything.

    Production & Presentation

    This is where the AWF really differentiates itself from any other companies in the ThunderVerse. With massive financial resources and direct Hollywood connections, the company is very cutting edge in terms of production values. It is also an area where the company continues to evolve and push the envelope. This is honestly an area where I feel like the WWE has gone stagnant as there is no one pushing them. Idea for the product and presentation are not been taken only from "real" wrestling (WWE and puroresu), but also MMA, other professional sports, game shows, and more.

    Fans, Media & Social Media

    Given the Awesome Wrestling Federation is owned by TrillCorp, there is an emphasis on use of technology. From heavy use of streaming content on the webstie to integrating social media (notably Chatterbox, which is the Tverse version of Twitter) as much as possible.

    The fan base is given the label of the Awesone Nation, but they go further with some things than the WWE does, actually pushing fans to form local "fan clubs" which play a role. They also function as street teams for the promotion.

    In regard to the media, the ThunderVerse is similar to our own in that professional wrestling is on the fringe of mainstream pop cultulre and so dedicated "wrestling media" is limited. But that hasn't stopped the AWF from working to subsidize what does exist, and then using it for things like post-show press conferences after bigger events.

    Criticisms

    Smarky fans exist in the ThunderVerse, and I think the AWF would give them plenty of ammunition. A lot of "purists" would have issue with the mere existence of a company that is a rich fanboys vanity project, based heavily on a dead company, and uses so many of the WWWE's former stars. Despite having some great in-ring talent in the company, they aren't prone to getting the chance to simply go out and have great, long match on a regular basis. They happen, but some fans would find frustration that those great matches aren't the intended focus of the comapny and therefore happen less frequently than they could.

    Not all of the criticism is valid, however. Or at least not still valid. The AWF has evolved over time, going from a vanity project and rip-off of the WWWE to something more substantial. It has created its own stars (Timothy Hawk, Towerblock, Vincent Parker, and Silva Dolla) who never wrestled for the WWWE at all. It has moved away from some of the "wrestle-crap" gimmicks that the WWE was notorious for. The booking and storytelling has evolved and improved over time, especially with the change of head bookers in 2012. Yet many fans are still stuck on the negative aspects from its early years, much as many fans will talk about TNA's problems by mentioning stuff that was done years ago, making it clear they don't pay any attention to the current product.
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    Hall of Champions

    AWF World Heavyweight Championship


    Silva Dolla
    Won: December 2013
    Reigns: 1
    Length: 4 weeks
    Previous Champion: Drake Richards
    Most Reigns: Drake Richards - 6
    Longest Reign: 48 weeks - Drake Richards - May 2009 to May 2010
    Total Reigns: 34
    Total Champions: 14

    AWF United States


    Garrett South
    Won: January 2014
    Reigns: 1st
    Length: 0 weeks
    Previous Champion: Bryce Christiansen
    Most Reigns: Theo Barkley - 3
    Longest Reign: 50 weeks - Timothy Hawk - March 2007 to February 2008
    Total Reigns: 30
    Total Champions: 22


    AWF Television


    Ricky Fyre
    Won: January 2014
    Reigns: 1
    Length: - weeks
    Previous Champion: Kiss
    Most Reigns: Luke Graves - 3
    Longest Reign: 18 weeks - Leroy Winters - July 2013 to November 2013
    Total Reigns: 11
    Total Champions: 7

    AWF World Tag Team


    Vacant
    Vacant Since: December 2012
    Previous Champion: Enemies of the State
    Most Reigns: 5 teams - 2
    Longest Reign: The Christiensens - 29 weeks - October 2011 to July 2012
    Total Reigns: 26
    Total Champions: 21

    AWF Starlets


    Jess
    Won: January 2014
    Reigns: 1
    Length: - weeks
    Previous Champion: Jazz
    Most Reigns: Megan + Serenity - 2
    Longest Reign: 18 weeks - Claudia - July 2012 to December 2012
    Total Reigns: 7
    Total Champions: 5

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    Shows

    Television

    AWF Shockwave

    Network: Adrenaline
    Length: 90 minutes
    Slot: Wednesday Night Prime Time
    First Broadcast: July, 2007
    Number of Episodes: 312
    Theme: "The Sound of Madness" by Shinedown

    Commentary Team: Thomas Aria & Chaperone
    Authority Figures: Casey Skym & Dax Deekins
    Interviewer: Kitty Reardon
    Regular Segments: Johnny Hollywood Presents The Hollywood Show & Johnny Hollywood Presents Awesome Games of Fate






    Pay Per View Events












    • January: New Year, No Limits
    • February: No Love Lost
    • March: The Battle for Los Angeles
    • April: Chaos Reigns Supreme
    • May: Mayday Melee
    • June: Cage Rage
    • July: WrestleFest
    • August: Uprising
    • September: Best in the World
    • October: Hollywood Horror Show
    • November: Fall Brawl
    • December: Where Champions Clash


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    The Talent, Part I

    The Money-Makers


    • Core | "The Devil Machine" | 6'11" & 360 lbs | 35 years old | The Underside of Heaven
    • Drake Richards | "The Bad Boy" | 6'1" & 238 lbs | 42 years old | Hollywood, California
    • Jean-Claude Giroux | "Parisien Playboy" | 6'2”& 290 lbs | 35 years old | Paris, France
    • Mountain Albert | "The Behemoth" | 6'7” & 345 lbs | 39 years old | The Heart of the Rockies, USA
    • Silva Dolla | "Tha Dawg" | 6'6" & 270 lbs | 30 years old | Harlem, New York
    • Timothy Hawk | "The Heartbeat of Awesome" | 6'5" & 300 lbs | 35 years old | Chicago, Illinois
    • Towerblock | "Nicknames are Unnecessary When You are This Damned Big" | 7'1" & 475 lbs | 38 years old | Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Vincent I. Parker | "Beast Mode" | 6'4" & 285 lbs | 34 years old | Miami, Florida
    The Blue Collar Meat & Potatoes



    • Cloud James | "x" | 6'3" & 288 lbs | 32 years old | San Antonio, Texas
    • Derrick Rollins | "Thunder" | 6'2" & 245 lbs | 27 years old | Love, Nebraska
    • Garrett South | "The Honey Badger" | 6'3" & 305 lbs | 26 years old | Harlan County, Kentucky
    • Herculez | "The World's Strongest Man" | 6'2" & 388 lbs | 33 years old | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Joe Havana | "The Modern Conquistador" | 6'1” & 315 lbs | 29 years old | Havana, Cuba
    • Leroy Winters | "Harsh" | 6'7" & 265 lbs | 36 years old | Washington, DC
    • Marshall Law | "Hard Time" | 6'6” & 330 lbs | 43 years old | Athens, Georgia
    • Mo Fury | "Mighty" | 6'1” & 288 lbs | 29 years old | England
    • Omri Stone | 6'2” & 261 lbs | 31 years old | West Canaan, Texas
    • Revolver Binx | 6'4” & 295 lbs | 33 years old | Abbeville, Louisiana
    • Ricky Fyre | "The Orange Inferno" | 6'5” & 250 lbs | 29 years old | St. Louis, Missouri
    • Theo Barkley | "Prime Time" | 6'9” & 340 lbs | 33 years old | Jacksonville, Florida
    • Wilson Hancock | "The Big Bang" | 6'4" & 277 lbs | 36 years old | Under the Covers, USA


    The Spare Change


    • Bryce Christiansen | "Skyfall" | 5'9" & 220 lbs | 25 years old | St. Cloud, Minnesota
    • Chris Candell | "The Love Punk" | 5'11” & 235 lbs | 29 years old | Cleveland, Ohio
    • Johnny Hammer | "Handsome" | 5'9” & 219 lbs | 63 years old | South Beach, Florida
    • Julian Bishop | "The Rook" | 5'11” & 240 lbs | 22 years old | Calgary, Alberta
    • Kiss | "The Rock Demon" | 6'3” & 266 lbs | 31 years old | The Wastes of Detroit
    • Mario Neri | "Smooth" | 5'11” & 237 lbs | 33 years old | Boston, Massachusetts
    • Woo Mercy | "True" | 5'11” & 299 lbs | 55 years old | Love, Saskatchewan
    The Starlets


    • Alexis | "The Queen of Funk" | 5'6" & 119 lbs | 24 years old | Detroit, Michigan
    • Amy | "The Jersey Lady" | 5'6" & 124 lbs | 26 years old | Hoboken, New Jersey
    • Claudia | "The Heartbinder" | 5'8" & 127 lbs | 27 years old | Curatiba, Brazila
    • Harmony | 5'9" & 139 lbs | 29 years old | San Diego, California
    • Jazz | "The Duchess" | 5'7" & 122 lbs | 26 years old | New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Jess | 5'10" & 126 lbs | 32 years old | England
    • Megan | "The Belle" | 5'8" & 133 lbs | 26 years old | Mobile, Alabama
    • Serenity | "DeathRose" | 5'7" & 137 lbs | 26 years old | Sausalito, California
    Pro Wrestling SUX Invaders - Why are These Guys Even in the AWF????

    • Arson
    • Cross
    • Iesha
    • Klaxon
    • Omar G
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    The Talent, Part II

    Staff



    • Casey Skym | Director of Amazing
    • Chaperone | Color Commentator
    • Dax Deekins |
    • Johnny Hollywood | Host of the "Johnny Hollywood Presents... The Hollywood Show"
    • Kitty Reardon | Interviewer
    • Thomas Aria | Announcer


    Managers


    • Adrienne: Manager, Executive Consultant & Booking Agent for Wilson Hancock
    • Helen Noir: Supermegaduperfan for Kiss
    • Nikita: The Controller of Mountain Albert


    Tag Teams

    • Dead or Alive: Cloud James & Sean Riley
    • Enemies of the State: Omri Stone & Revolver Binx
    • Hammer of Mercy: Johnny Hammer & Woo Mercy
    • The Mercenaries: Marshall Law & Theo Barkley
    • The New California Blondes: Chris Candell & Bryce Christianensen


    Stables

    • The SUX Invasion - Cross (Leader), Klaxon, Iesha, Arson, Omar G, Revolver Binx & Omri Stone
      Its not quite clear yet what the group, as all but Binx and Stone are not AWF contracted talent. They are part of the hardcore promotion Pro Wrestling Superstars Uncesored & Xtreme. They have come into the AWF univited, unwanted, and with a sinister agenda.

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    Storylines

    The Awesome Nation versus the SUX Army
    Began: November 2013

    Synopsis: the seeds of the storyline began in October of 2013, when Pro Wrestling Superstars Uncensored and Xtreme (PW-SUX) appeared in the crowd at AWF Shockwave, clearing wearing SUX gear. He was there again the following week. In November, he showed again, this time with friends from SUX. This "army" was soon audaciously attacking AWF wrestlers, giving the Awesome Nation a bloody nose. Led by charismatic and brooding Cross, the invaders proclaimed the greatness of SUX. The group somehow managed to consistently evade the myriad of AWF security officials and management took no efforts to keep them from the building.

    In December, much-hated AWF tag team The Enemies of the State "defected" and joined the invaders, giving the group a foothold within the company. The invaders took it to another level at the year-end Where Champions Clash pay per view, when they interfered in the semi main event between Timothy Hawk and Core, and then the AWF World Heavyweight championship match between champion Drake Richards and challenger Silva Dolla. The SUX invaders were instrumental in Silva winning the world title for the first time and that he remained untouched raises thoughts that he may have crossed the lines.

    Despite spouting some pro-SUX rhetoric, the motivations and intent of the invading "army" remains murky at best. Unless some AWF superstars or company management put a stop to it, the group could have a significant impact on the Awesome Wrestling Federation in 2014.


    Flashy & Flashier: Jean-Claude Giroux versus Vincent I. Parker
    Began: December 2013

    Synopsis: An innocuous comment from the brash V.I.P. at the post-event press conference for the AWF's year-ending Where Champions Clash pay per view seems to have given offense to French superstar Jean-Claude Giroux. The two have battled in the past but the ever-improving V.I.P. has a few new tricks. Can he unseat the Parisien Playboy as the loudest and flaand put himself in contention for the AWF World Heavyweight championship?

    A Porn Star & a Badger: Wilson Hancock versus Garrett South
    Began: December 2013

    Synopsis: two mid-card mainstays of the AWF havce been squaring off. The surly and cantankerous southern, Garrett South - a man so mean that he has been dubbed The Honey Badger - couldn't give a damn about Wilson Hancock's controversial lifestyle. "The Big Bang" is a porn star, in addition to being a professional wrestler. But what South does see is an opportunity to elevate himself into upper reaches of the AWF roster. And he is determined to use Hancock to get there.

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    Around the World


    Pro Wrestling Integrity
    • Based: Boston, Massachusetts
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #1
    • Owner: Shane Allman
    • Booker: Shane Allman
    • Founded: February 2002
    • Style: Wrestling Integrity
    • Major Stars: James Gilmour-Hart | Jesse Van Holt | Martin Van Holt | Nick Hart | Ryan Doherty | Scott Hart | Sebastian Curtis



    United Promotions Japan
    • Based: Tokyo, Japan
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #1
    • Owner: Kenji Matsumuto
    • Booker: Jun Matsumuto
    • Founded: October 1951
    • Style: Ozeki Puroresu
    • Major Stars: Eli Morton | GIANT Kodama | Juro Deguchi | Kintaro Kinjo| Pain | Thunder Ieseda | Torture | Waotaka Eda


    DIASPORA
    • Based: Tokyo, Japan
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #4
    • Owner: Prime Dragon
    • Booker: Zodiac
    • Founded: February 2010
    • Style: Junior Style
    • Major Stars: BURNING Toyotomi | Eikichi Minamoto | GUSHIKEN | Hiroti Nori | Hyotaru Ichigawa | Incognito | Koto Arato | Prime Dragon | Sariento | Zodiac




    Pro Wrestling HONOR
    • Based: Tokyo, Japan
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #5
    • Owner: Kenta Sonada
    • Booker: Baba Taru Signh
    • Founded: October 2013
    • Style: Wrestling Honor
    • Major Stars: Kenta Sonoda



    DRAGON Pro Wrestling
    • Based: San Francisco, California
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #6
    • Owner: DRAGON Michinoku
    • Booker: Ryotaro Naruto
    • Founded: April 2009
    • Style: DRAGONresu
    • Major Stars: DRAGON Michinoku | Jung DRAGON | Ryotaro Naruto



    Championship Wrestling from Tennessee
    • Based: Memphis, Tennessee
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #7
    • Owner: J.D. Briscoe
    • Booker: Bill Hickock
    • Founded: February 1974
    • Style: Tennessee Traditional
    • Major Stars: Cloud James | Evgency Dobrenko | Roscoe Carmine | Sean Riley



    Imperio de la Lucha Libre
    • Based: Guadalajara, Mexico
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #8
    • Owner: Alfredo Cruz
    • Booker: Alfredo Cruz
    • Founded: January 1992
    • Style: Lucha Libre Entertainment
    • Major Stars: El Hijo Del Sultan | Green Doctor Jr | Luzbel




    Campeonato de la Lucha Libre de Mexico
    • Based: Guadalajara, Mexico
    • Size: Cult
    • Rank : #9
    • Owner: Javier Gallardo
    • Booker: Hector Yzagiurre
    • Founded: March 1934
    • Style: Traditional Lucha Libre
    • Major Stars: Acuatico | El Gigante | Nocturno Negra | White Panther Jr.



    The Club
    • Based: Seattle, Washington
    • Size: Regional
    • Rank : #10
    • Owner: Cesar Kaslow
    • Booker: Cesar Kaslow
    • Founded: December 2011
    • Style: Modern Mayhem
    • Major Stars: Corbin Trent | Luke Graves | Travis Stine | Yoaki



    All Japan Joshi
    • Based: Osaka, Japan
    • Size: Regional
    • Rank : #11
    • Owner: Takeo Mashita
    • Booker: Masakado Mashita
    • Founded: March 1990
    • Style: Golden Age Joshi
    • Major Stars: Toshie Tabuchi



    Golden Age Wrestling
    • Based: Manchester, New Hampshire
    • Size: Small
    • Rank : #12
    • Owner: Gordon Watts
    • Booker: Adam Sullivan
    • Founded: January 2012
    • Style: WWWE Returns
    • Major Stars: Buff Norton | Cherokee Warrior

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    Re: AWF: Welcome to the Awesome Nation [ThunderVerse]




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    Re: AWF: Welcome to the Awesome Nation [ThunderVerse]

    A Silva Moment
    By Brian Jack
    Monday Week 1 January, 2014


    There are two kinds of people in this world – those who can admit when they are wrong and those who can’t. Despite the claims of some of my more negative readers and naysayers, Brian Jack is a man who can admit when he’s wrong. It’s just not a situation that happens very frequently.

    I have justifiably been critical of the whole “SUX Invasion” story angle that Skym has shoved down fans throats for months now. While some fans and “critics” choose to ignore the obvious logic gaps and problems with the whole thing, my job is to point out the problems. And there have been plenty.

    Even a shallow, silly, illogical story can sometimes have its good moments. Even its great moments. And Skym somehow managed to hit on one of those last night.

    If you are enough of a wrestling fan to be reading this, you cannot be ignorant of the fact that Silva Dolla won the AWF World Heavyweights title last night, and he did so after interference from Cross’ SUX invaders. The fans in LA hated the moment, going so far as to throw trash into the ring as Silva celebrated. It was easily the strongest reaction to a heel turn that has been seen in American wrestling for a long time.

    The moment where Silva took advantage of a downed and bloodied Drake Richards to claim his first world championship, it was a decisive heel turn that ended a long gradual turn, where the first signs can be traced back almost a year. Even better, it was the end of a 9 year climb up the card by Dolla, who was an opening match jobber on the first very AWF card in January of 2005. Whilst am I not fond of the AWF’s habit of running feuds between fan favorites as they tend to do, rather than actually turning one of the workers in question heel, it did work well here. Had Skym turned Dolla earlier in his threeway feud with Timothy Hawk and Drake Richards, it would have made this moment impossible. And make no mistake, this was a big moment for Silva Dolla and for the company.

    A ring full of garbage may strike some as an odd positive on which to move into a new year. Yet it is indeed a very positive thing. Trust The Jack on this one. Unless Skym does something stupid like has the decision reversed, the AWF will start 2014 with a world champion who has a ton of momentum. I have faith Skym and the company will manage to screw this up, but they deserve props for making the heel turn work.

    Where Champions Clash 2013 is proof positive that even an idiot like Skym can get things right. On occasion.

    And that, folks, is the Jack word.
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    So I am fully aware and accepting of the fact that a fictional company full of fictional workers in a fictional universe is a tough sell. BUt one of the reasons that such a project appeals to me is that its an awesome combination of an established world with plenty of history and canon, yet still with lots of blanks to fill in creatively. While I am obviously going to strive to get both of those across to you readers, please feel free to ask for clarrification or explanation on things. To ask what a real world comparison for someone or something might be.

    Take, for example, the above editorial article by Brian Jack. He is an actual in-game character. He was a writer for the WWWE in the late 90s but got fired just before it closed by getting in a fight with Shane Allman (the guy who opened PWI). He also wrote for the AWF for a time before getting fired from there. He runs a controversial website/blog that rips on almost everything (hence the negativity) and puts himself over. His background in and access to the wrestling world makes him somewhat unique and gives his criticsm (and there is a lot of it) a bit more weight than the average online geek with a keyboard. You could compare Jack to Vince Russo, if Russo had never got beyond being the writer for Sunday Night Heat.

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    Not read through everything yet, Papa. Just a few bits thus far but already, it's evident you've put in a lot of effort to get the beginning of your story across and it's effort that should be noted. This always was going to be a struggle to convince people to tune in, I'm even one of them but I'm more than willing to give this a go, if anyone can convince readers to stay, it's you. My advice to those who do read, come in with an open mind.

    Again, you've evidently went to a load of effort and so far from what I've sat down and had a read of, you're doing a top job. Good luck and welcome back to the section fella.

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    I was waiting for this, since your thread in the music section. Although admittedly I'm unfamiliar with the Thunderverse, compared to the default Cornellverse, but I do love and prefer these kind of diaries as opposed to Real World diaries. I find myself usually bored with RW diaries, compared to something like this where there is a real sense of openness in terms of the characters and things that can be done.

    Normally I'm more of a binge reader but I'm going to try to really pay attention to this and comment regularly.

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    I was expecting a troll job and for you to announce another WCW BTB instead

    I read everything today during my lunch break, it's always a tall ask to get readers in to these kind of projects, but you are a talented enough writer to make it work and I think your detailed backstory gave us a good enough insight into this fantasy universe at this early stage. I'm looking forward to the actual shows as it'll be easier to grasp AWF and the wrestlers that make it up when the BTB gets rolling, once you read a promo, or a match, or just a feel for their booking, then it'll be easier to imagine these fictional characters.

    I did laugh that even in a fantasy universe where the promotions, wrestlers, divas, bookers etc are made up, you've still got a women's champion called Jazz, who looks remarkably like Jazz

    Have you created chatterbox? or is that an feature of TEW?

    Good luck with this buddy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldwin View Post
    Not read through everything yet, Papa. Just a few bits thus far but already, it's evident you've put in a lot of effort to get the beginning of your story across and it's effort that should be noted. This always was going to be a struggle to convince people to tune in, I'm even one of them but I'm more than willing to give this a go, if anyone can convince readers to stay, it's you. My advice to those who do read, come in with an open mind.

    Again, you've evidently went to a load of effort and so far from what I've sat down and had a read of, you're doing a top job. Good luck and welcome back to the section fella.
    Thanks and its good to be back. Really to trying to make the world feel real and full. But its gonna be a challenge. I blame no one if they don't connect and decide not to read. It is what it is. I appreciate the faith.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lghikas View Post
    I was waiting for this, since your thread in the music section. Although admittedly I'm unfamiliar with the Thunderverse, compared to the default Cornellverse, but I do love and prefer these kind of diaries as opposed to Real World diaries. I find myself usually bored with RW diaries, compared to something like this where there is a real sense of openness in terms of the characters and things that can be done.

    Normally I'm more of a binge reader but I'm going to try to really pay attention to this and comment regularly.
    Thanks Lghilkas. And you nailed pretty much exactly why I enjoy writing for these fictional promotions and fictional worlds so much. There is some canon and history. But there is also so much room for creativity that it is really difficult to pull of in a real world project. Not impossible, but very difficult. Glad to have you on board.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    I was expecting a troll job and for you to announce another WCW BTB instead

    I read everything today during my lunch break, it's always a tall ask to get readers in to these kind of projects, but you are a talented enough writer to make it work and I think your detailed backstory gave us a good enough insight into this fantasy universe at this early stage. I'm looking forward to the actual shows as it'll be easier to grasp AWF and the wrestlers that make it up when the BTB gets rolling, once you read a promo, or a match, or just a feel for their booking, then it'll be easier to imagine these fictional characters.

    I did laugh that even in a fantasy universe where the promotions, wrestlers, divas, bookers etc are made up, you've still got a women's champion called Jazz, who looks remarkably like Jazz

    Have you created chatterbox? or is that an feature of TEW?

    Good luck with this buddy!
    Trolling and going with WCW again would have made Ken love me again but no, I just couldn't do it. I legit did toy with a bunch of WCW ideas over the past year and tried doing a bit of writing for it. It felt too much "the same" and I could not get into it.

    Chatterbox was actually created by a couple of the guys who created the ThunderVerse, and they used it in their diary projects. They also have FaceSpace, which is basically Facebook. They created the templates to create the Chatters. I just thought it was a great little addition, especially as I think a company like this would go all out to make use of social media. So expect to see Chatters regularly.

    And yeah Jazz does look like Jazz. To be honest, there are quite a few workers in the mod who seem to correlate to real world talents. Terry Thunder (who the mod is named after) sure seems a lot like Hogan, especially given his iconic status and such. The AWF authority figure and head booker, Casey Skym, strikes one as pretty similar to Mick Foley. Like, as in very similar. But the great thing about a game like this is that you don't have to write them anything like who they might seem similar to.

    Have a bit more "stage setting" to do. The first show is written and just needs a bit of formatting. Will probably be looking at having it up this weekend.

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    Re: AWF: Welcome to the Awesome Nation [ThunderVerse]

    I'm usually one of those who doesnt get into fictional worlds like this, but given the amount of work you put into the introduction I'm more than happy to give it a good shot and hopefully be able to get into it. No-one better than yourself to do it either.

    Good luck and hopefully it works out well for you.
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    Re: AWF: Welcome to the Awesome Nation [ThunderVerse]

    I personally see no problem with the fictional universe btbs. I mean, I went to my first ROH show solely for Matt Hardy, and didn't know almost anything about ROH or any of the indie guys, but the quality of the shows got me absolutely hooked.

    Like has been mentioned above, if anyone can make us get invested in a completely fictional world, its you Papa. Hell, before I read your WCW one I couldn't have cared less about Sean OHaire, and now I'm about the biggest OHaire mark there is.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with, man. I'm already hooked from what you've posted so far. Good luck with this!

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