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    IndyPuro THRIVE Pro Wrestling


    By mid-2016, it seemed no top indy talent was safe from the clutches of World Wrestling Entertainment. All the best up-and-coming promotions watched their draws get signed away to developmental contracts from under their noses. The hopeful saw this as an opportunity to get more eyes on the new breed of pro wrestling. The doubtful wondered how the indies could survive the insatiable monster that is NXT.

    Things need to change. Everyone must stand together or die alone.

    Wrestlers will cross enemy lines. Fans will see dream encounters.

    Not only will the indies survive.

    They will...






    Spoiler:

    THRIVE Pro Wrestling is a non-profit organization. The company was formed with a gratuitously large donation from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, on the condition that all staff (and especially wrestlers) are paid generously, given benefits and free education, and treated well. This donation has insured that THRIVE has the comfort to operate as its board of directors sees fit, without need of outside funding, for some time.

    As a non-profit with ties to charities across the globe, the company has formed working relationships with wrestling promotions the world over, all of whom benefit from their association with a philanthropic juggernaut. There are no ongoing negotiations in regards to working with WWE’s NXT brand at present time but the board of directors has not ruled it out as a possibility in the future.

    A good portion of revenue from merchandise, tickets, video on demand, DVDs, streaming events and subscriptions goes toward building THRIVE’s reputation as wrestling’s leader in community action, making large donations to charities and research funding programs whenever possible . Every week, THRIVE pays its wrestlers to visit community centers, youth rehabilitation programs, children’s hospitals, and schools to promote positivity and good habits (and of course, the wrestling product).


    Spoiler:

    I was torn between running a brand-split WWE (very tempting) and playing with a TNA buyout/revamp (less tempting) but ultimately decided on something new this time around: a custom build. Since I’m doing this one from the ground up and playing by my own rules, I decided on using a company that is able to do the same.

    I will still walk a realistic line in some regards (I’ll most likely allow real-life injuries to affect my programs, for instance, and I won’t book someone during a 90 day no-compete) but I’m not letting streaming/VOD contract exclusions get me down. If you absolutely *need* to justify who gets put over who, or why Company A would work with Company B, just assume the answer is always money and/or cross-promotion. I will try not to be too unrealistic though.

    I’ll also try to update this fairly frequently and not get side-tracked with other stuff but you know what they say: life, uh, finds a way. Please discuss whatever you find interesting/cool/clever/boring/awful - that goes for lurkers too, don’t be shy! Your feedback makes me hard.

    Love,
    Natty





    THRIVE Presents 'Worldwide 96' | 96 wrestlers from all over the world compete to become our inaugural World Champion. The tournament, spanning 94 matches, has concluded, and a World Champion has been crowned! See below for the events, check out the Big-Ass Recap or click here for Worldwide 96 quick results!



    001 | Worldwide 96 | Round 1 Playlist
    002 | Worldwide 96 | Round 2 Playlist
    003 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - London - Night 1
    004 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - London - Night 2
    005 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - California - Night 1
    006 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - California - Night 2
    007 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - Tokyo - Night 1
    008 | Worldwide 96 | Round 3 - Tokyo - Night 2
    009 | THRIVEcast | Hosted by Scarlett Bordeaux
    010 | THRIVEcast | Hosted by Scarlett Bordeaux
    011 | Worldwide 96 | Round 4 - Toronto - Night 1
    012 | Worldwide 96 | Round 4 - Toronto - Night 2
    013 | BIG-ASS RECAP of the Worldwide 96 to now
    014 | Worldwide 96 | Final Event - New York - Trifecta
    015 | THRIVEcast | Hosted by Scarlett Bordeaux
    016 | Showcase | Episode 1 - Los Angeles, CA, USA
    017 | Showcase | Episode 2 - Dallas, TX, USA
    018 | Showcase | Episode 3 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    019 | Showcase | Episode 4 - Mobile, Alabama, USA
    020 | Tournament Road | Episode 1 - Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
    021 | Tournament Road | Episode 2 - Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
    022 | Tournament Road | Episode 3 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    023 | Showcase | Episode 5 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA



    Next: THRIVE presents Pro Wrestling Showcase
    Last time on Showcase, a fatal four-way determined our last Twin Lions Tournament participant, a tag team broke up and had a singles match, and THRIVE held its first ever Charity Brawl! Tune in to find out what happens on the next episode of Showcase.

    Then: THRIVE presents Tournament Road
    There are three big tournaments being held to determine title holders for our other championships.


    • The Twin Lions Tournament is a single-elimination tag team tournament full of first-time teams that ends with the triumphant team having a singles match for the Lionheart Championship. The
    • The Super-Tag Carnival is a tag team tournament that sees teams join together for 8-Man Tag Team Matches every other round before fighting their former partners in the next round, until one team remains and they are the new THRIVE Tag Team Champions.
    • The Female All-Pro Invitational is a single-elimination tournament with 48 wrestlers from around the world that ends with a triple threat match to determine our very first THRIVE Women's Championship.


    All three tournaments will be taking place exclusively on our new series Tournament Road over the course of fifteen episodes before we reach the finals at Trifecta 2.





    Worldwide 96 : A 96-wrestler tournament that concluded with a triple threat match to determine our inaugural World Champion. Click here for event page.





    Official THRIVE Ruleset

    | Refereeing | All decisions and discrepancies regarding rules and their enforcement are the sole responsibility of the presiding official for a given match. In the event that a referee is rendered injured and unable to perform his duties, another official is on stand by and ready to take their place. Oversight from the Board of Directors is intended to be minimal.

    | Count-Outs | The referee's count ends at 20 seconds. This applies to traditional singles, tag team, and six-man tag team contests. There are no count-outs for tornado tag team matches, triple threats, triangle matches, fatal four ways, four-or-more-man elimination matches, and most gimmick matches.

    | Decisions | Matches can end by pinfall, submission, knockout, disqualification, countout, forfeit, draw, or no contest. These decisions may only be overturned by our Board of Directors in extreme circumstances.

    | Disqualification | All enforcement of rule violations and resulting disqualifications is at the discrepancy of the presiding official. Referees are encouraged to trust their instinct to give fans an exciting but fair contest. Violations include: hair pulling, low blows, eye gouging, bites, chokes, scratching, grabbing tights or clothing, holding the ropes for leverage during a hold, use of foreign objects, outside interference, and any verbal or physical misconduct with the referee.

    | Time Limits | There are time limits, but there are no 'draws' as a result of reaching the time limit. Instead, a match that reaches its time limit enters overtime and becomes a 'Sudden Deathmatch.'

    Sudden Deathmatch Rules


    This replacement for the time limit draw feature no countouts, no disqualifications, and no rope breaks. Falls count anywhere and there must be a winner!

    Sudden Deathmatch History

    Spoiler:

    001 | Akira Tozawa def. Sami Callihan, Match 11 of Worldwide 96 Round 2
    002 | Jeff Cobb def. Kyle O'Reilly, Match 8 of Worldwide 96 Round 3
    003 | Adam Cole def. Big Daddy Walter, Match 6 of Worldwide 96 Round 4

    | Rematch Clause | There is no such thing as a rematch clause in THRIVE.






    Spoiler:


    THRIVE WORLD CHAMPION
    PENTA
    (FORMERLY PENTAGON JR.)





    Roster details coming soon.



    Tag Team details coming soon.



    Stable details coming soon.



    Manager details coming soon.



    Staff details coming soon.




    Spoiler:


    06/12/16 - Index posted.
    06/14/16 - Added rule about 'losers by disqualification.'
    06/25/16 - Uploaded 'Round 2' of Worldwide 96 tournament. Updated 'Next Show' and 'Events.'
    07/01/16 - Re-uploaded 'Round 2' after some vBulletin fuckery.
    07/02/16 - Reduced image sizes for dividers in index post, just because.
    07/10/16 - Uploaded 'Round 3 - London Calling - Night One' of Worldwide 96 tournament. Updated 'Next Show' and 'Events.'
    07/14/16 - Reorganized the Index.
    08/15/16 - Lots of updates including upcoming events, news, rules section and more.
    09/15/16 - Added California Dreaming Night One to uploads.
    11/11/16 - Added California Dreaming Night Two to uploads.
    11/14/16 - Added Tokyo Rising Night One to uploads.
    11/16/16 - Added Tokyo Rising Night Two to uploads.
    11/17/16 - Added THRIVEcast #1 to uploads.
    11/28/16 - Added THRIVEcast #2 to uploads.
    11/29/16 - Added Round 4 Night One to uploads.
    12/14/16 - Added Round 4 Night Two to uploads.
    01/11/17 - Added Big-Ass Recap and TRIFECTA to uploads, updated World Champion listing.
    01/26/17 - Added Showcase to uploads and changed World Champion from Pentagon Jr. to PENTA.
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    Worldwide 96 - Round 1



    The following matches take place at various independent promotions throughout the U.S. and are presented as “bonus matches” featuring premiere American and international talent with no additional hype or advertising prior to the show. Each match takes place at a different event in a position other than main event. The tournament is arranged without brackets. Additionally, neither fans nor talent (kayfabe) know who is facing who.

    As part of an arrangement with promoters, utmost secrecy was maintained in exchange for splitting talent costs and production budgets (each indy show saw a significant upgrade to their lighting/cameras). Additionally, relationships have been formed that will see smaller independent promotions getting to make use of premium talent that has already been flown in when convenient.

    Before each match, the announcer presents the bouts as first round match-ups in the Worldwide 96 tournament, telling the crowd that this is the first of six rounds that will culminate in a triple threat match to determine an inaugural World Champion for a brand new company.

    Matches appear free of charge the next day as part of a new YouTube channel called THRIVE Pro Wrestling, with vague titles that leave out the participants’ names (ex: Worldwide 96 - Match #23). Titles will be edited to include wrestlers’ names 48 hours after the initial upload. It is rumored that a show with a longer format will follow but nothing has been revealed yet.

    The very first upload is a brief video that explains the rules of the tournament, what’s at stake, and when the rest of the uploads can be expected. It goes on to explain that the first round matches are being contested at smaller venues throughout North America and that venue size will sequentially increase as we enter later rounds, thematically following the path of the independent wrestler from gymnasiums to arenas.



    Click the spoiler button below to check out the results for Round 1 of the Worldwide 96 tournament.

    Spoiler:

    All matches in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds of the Worldwide 96 tournament will go unannounced so that wrestlers will not have time to prepare against any one opponent or style.


    Match #1 of 48

    Spoiler:

    Caleb Konley is out first and he gets a decent reaction from the crowd but it’s nowhere near the ovation that comes when fans hear the Roppongi Vice theme begin. There is momentary confusion as Konley wonders if he’ll have to face his Premiere Athlete Brand stablemate, but he breathes a sigh of relief as Rocky Romero emerges, wearing black fur coat and matching eye patch, and we have our first match of the Worldwide 96.


    A short but competitive match sees Konley trying to put Romero away several times early on, scoring numerous two counts but repeatedly failing to keep “Azucar” down. A frustrated Konley is caught off guard by Rocky Romero’s Nomisugi Knee out of nowhere! It dazes him long enough for Rocky Romero to line up another and he hits it for the win at 05:53.



    Match #2 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Next up, it’s “British Messiah” Timothy Thatcher looking right pissed. The YouTube begins with Thatcher already getting into it with a fan at ringside as he makes his way to the ring. Thatcher is taking his time, going around the ring to let the fans know how he feels about them and get some heat.


    His opponent’s music plays and his demeanor changes when he sees Eddie Kingston burst through the curtains with fire in his eyes. The two brawl on the outside for a good few minutes before the bell even rings to start the match. Inside the ring, it’s a medium-length affair, with Thatcher doing his best to ground and weaken Kingston. The strategy seemed to be working until Thatcher eats a Backfist to the Future out of nowhere. Eddie Kingston advances and this one is over at 08:32.



    Match #3 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Out first is Tama Tonga along with his brother, who goes by Tonga Roa or Tonga Loa, depending where you look. I know, I know. It’s a whole thing with the translation stuff. Don’t PM me about it. “Bad Boy” is wearing his Bullet Club gear, IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and a fresh coat of face paint but he’s far from the scariest person in this match once his opponent is revealed to be none other than Low Ki.




    The two have a stiff and unrelenting match that sees Camacho try to interfere on his brother’s behalf, only to be met with what is almost certainly a way-too-stiff kick to the head. Camacho drops off the apron and splatters on the ground outside. Tama Tonga tries to take advantage but this just makes an always-mad Ki even madder. A few deafening chops, several stiff shots, a Warrior’s Way, and this one’s over at 09:17.



    Match #4 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Brian Myers gets a decent reaction from the crowd as he makes his way to the ring. There is a long wait after this, though. As the silence becomes awkward, a familiar face appears at the entrance way. It’s Brad Maddox. Or Mad Braddox. Whatever you want to call him, he’s there, and he’s got a grin on his face. He’s also got a microphone in his hand.


    Brad Maddox: Curt… I’m sorry... Brian… all these names, they get so confusing, y’know? It’s been a long time. How have you been?


    Myers looks amused but the question is clearly rhetorical. He sits on the middle rope and gestures for Maddox to step in and face him, despite Maddox wearing business attire.




    Brad Maddox: Oh, I can dance in these, Brian, but these aren’t my dancing shoes. You see, I’m not here as one of the Worldwide 96. I’m here *representing* one of the Worldwide 96. And at the risk of needing even more spoiler tags in this thing - here’s one more: my guy wins the whole thing.


    Myers looking less amused with every breath.


    Brad Maddox: Ladies and gentlemen, at 6’4” 340 lbs, hailing from Vienna, Austria… I give to you BIG DADDY WALTER.


    The mountain of a man they call Big Daddy Walter emerges from the curtains and lumbers down to the ring. Myers fakes a look of confidence but his apprehension is obvious. The match begins and Myers does the usual speed and strike moves to try to take Walter off of his feet. He manages to get him down to a knee and then hits the ropes to gain momentum. Instead of putting the kneeling Walter down, Myers takes a vicious lariat.




    The monstrous Big Daddy Walter stands over his fallen foe. He leaps into the air and squashes him in more ways than one. Walter hits some more big moves before finishing it mercifully fast with a Golden Bomb (pumphandle powerbomb) at 02:05.


    Brad Maddox: This is only the beginning, kids.



    Match #5 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Who wants a mustache ride? Joey Ryan slides out from the backstage area covered in baby oil and points his lolly-pop at the ladies in the audience. One audience member is wearing a King of Dong Style t-shirt and Joey goes out of his way to greet/thank him.


    The lights dim for his opponent’s entrance and we see a skeleton wearing a suit make his way toward the ring very slowly. It’s the mysterious BUSHI of Los Ingobernables de Japon. He takes off his entrance attire but leaves his Ingobernables shirt on because merch.




    This is more of an entertainment/comedy match but BUSHI does manage to get in some exciting offense. One of his more flashy moves comes up a bit short and sends both wrestlers tumbling into the referee. The ref over-dramatically sells it like death and is unable to see BUSHI kick Joey Ryan in the crotch. Fortunately for Mr. Ryan, his junk is the strongest around and he is unphased. Unfortunately for Mr. Ryan, BUSHI has black mist spray in his mouth and uses it.


    A flailing Joey Ryan swings wildly at nothing while BUSHI stands upon the second turnbuckle and watches. He picks his moment and hops off the turnbuckle to put Dong Style away with the vaulting codebreaker he calls MX at 08:02.



    Match #6 of 48
    Spoiler:



    Donovan Dijak makes his way to the ring and it appears this crowd is familiar with his work because he is getting a good response. His opponent Jonathan Gresham gets some pops here and there but it’s not quite as loud. A good back-and-forth match that makes Gresham look like Dijak’s equal until Dijak is able to stop Gresham climbing the turnbuckle with a few forearms, carry him into ring center, and put him down with Feast Your Eyes at 7:46.





    Match #7 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Chris Mordetzky is out first and his familiar face gets a good reaction from the crowd. He is looking very dangerous, having seemingly added more muscles and tattoos since leaving WWE. There’s a small “Masterlock” chant going before it’s interrupted by the entrance of “Bastard” Dave Mastiff.


    Despite being the much shorter of the two (Mordetzky has a half foot on Mastiff), the “Bastard” looks like he’s on equal footing when he stands toe-to-toe with the former Chris Masters. The crowd is going nuts for this before it’s even started.




    Mordetzky begins to initiate a lock-up, but this isn’t WWE Superstars! Mastiff right out of the gate with chops and elbows and a flurry of punches that his opponent doesn’t know what to do with. Then a big front dropkick that sends Mordetzky out of the ring to regroup.


    Mastiff doesn’t give him a second to recover before he’s continuing the offensive outside. The two brawl outside and make generous use of THRIVE’s 20 second count before getting back in at 18. Surprisingly, Mastiff is the quicker of the two to get back to his feet and manages to senton Mordetzky before he can stand. Another senton. And another. Mordetzky grabs the ropes and the ref forces a break but Mastiff stalks his prey into the corner and hits Mordetzky with a huge Cannon Ball. Mastiff goes for the first cover in the match and Mordetzky kicks out at 3.01! The referee calls it in Mastiff’s favor and awards him the victory at 01:58. Mordetzky is beside himself.



    Match #8 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Next up, it’s “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams coming to the ring without much fanfare (although two smarks yelled “Silver Ant!”). His opponent, however, has the crowd on their feet chanting for Chuckie T! Taylor makes his way to the ring and doles out high fives to anyone who wants them. Williams watches all of this and waits patiently, almost emotionless. There are mixed chants for a “hand grenade” or “slow motion” spot but as soon as the bell rings, it’s on, and “Hot Sauce” lets the “Kentucky Gentleman” know early on that this is no comedy match.


    Taylor shows that he’s no slouch either and manages to keep up with Williams at every turn. The groundswell of support for Chuck Taylor is immense but all it takes is one nefarious eye gouge and Tracy Williams is on top. The two engage in a lot of ground wrestling with Williams firmly in control until we reach a series of roll-up reversals and nearfalls that last about thirty seconds, the last of which garners a 2.99999 count.


    Tracy argues with the referee that he should have won before attempting a gutwrench suplex - Chuck Taylor lands on his feet and catches Williams off guard with just enough time to hoist him up and over for an Awful Waffle. Chuckie T scores the abrupt win at 5:05.




    The crowd explodes for Chuck Taylor, who goes on the microphone to announce that this is the beginning of ”Chuck Taylor, Serious Wrestler,” and half-jokingly asks if anyone in the crowd can get him a t-shirt design for prowrestlingtees.com ready by the end of the night.



    Match #9 of 48
    Spoiler:



    “The Last Real Man” Silas Young comes out to a good reaction that starts out as cheers but turns to boos as the grizzled veteran makes his way to the ring, screaming at the camera man, sneering at fans, and exchanging middle fingers with the rowdier among them. He uses the ropes in the corner to stretch out as he awaits his opponent. The announcer makes sure to let you know that Silas’ opponent hails “all the way from Glasgow, Scotland.” Mark Coffey gets in the ring and is attacked by Silas before the bell even rings.


    The two trade blows back-and-forth but this is very much Silas’ match. Coffey is made to look very strong and resourceful but ultimately the wisdom of Silas’ nearly 15 years in the business or being a real man is too much for the surly Scot to overcome. Silas starts to pull off a turnbuckle pad and gets admonished by the referee. As the referee begins to secure the pad, Silas lands an unseen low blow and gets Coffey up for Misery. He goes the pin and takes it at 11:21.



    Match #10 of 48
    Spoiler:

    “Warrior Man” by Dr. Dog plays and the crowd is on their feet for “Reborn” Matt Sydal. He does a lap around the ring and makes sure to get in handshakes and high fives before he does his signature running dive/slide beneath the bottom rope. His opponent is none other than Moose! And thus the crowd begins to do the Moose chant for pretty much the entire time he is making his way to the ring.


    Interestingly enough, it is Matt Sydal who works a subtle heel here by constantly using the ropes and leaving the ring to avoid confrontation. Then, he goes for the roll-up pin and the crowd really turns on him. Moose starts to pick up steam and looks to have the victory secured.


    Fans are strongly behind Moose but just as he goes to nail his front-flipping Spear, the smaller, leaner Sydal manages to counter with a small package, a la Jeff Hardy vs. Edge at No Way Out ‘09 (thanks YouTube). Sydal picks up the win, then proceeds to climb the turnbuckle and celebrate, throwing out peace signs and smiling ear-to-ear.




    Moose is understandably upset but he keeps his head and congratulates Matt Sydal on the win. He offers Sydal a legit handshake and takes the loss like a class act. Sydal watches him leaving for a second before going back to his celebration. Sydal with the win at 13:22.



    Match #11 of 48
    Spoiler:

    John Silver is making his way to the ring alone tonight but that doesn’t stop the fans from cheering ”Beaver Boys!” He acknowledges them and immediately begins stretching using the ropes. He’s got his serious face on. ”We live in a world…” the crowd pops - this time it’s Trent representing Roppongi Vice in the Worldwide 96.


    He seems very relaxed in contrast to the stern Silver, yet he manages to keep control of the match, even finding time to do his “huge build up, quick/easy move” stuff several times. Silver reaches his breaking point after Trent gets the crowd hyped up only to step on Silver’s face and twist. Trent’s foot hasn’t even left Silver’s skin before Silver grabs hold and twists his ankle in a direction it shouldn’t turn.


    Trent goes down and Silver gets a crazy look in his eyes. Now there’s a sentence that requires context. Trent manages to make it to the ropes but Silver takes full advantage of the referee’s count. A hobbling Trent backs himself into the corner and then takes a breather on the outside.


    Silver goes on the offensive and gives chase outside but plays right into Trent’s hands. Trent sends him into the steel ring steps hard and gets back into the ring. Silver has more than enough time to beat the count out but Trent flips over the ropes and crashes down on him before he can get back in.




    Trent gingerly kicks Silver into the steps to produce a loud ”thud” sound and smirks at the crowd. While he is looking away, Silver finds his 2nd wind and gets to his feet quickly. Trent has an ”oh shit” moment when he turns and sees John Silver charging at him full steam. Silver lifts Trent and runs a few paces with him before both go crashing over the guard rail. Fans move just in the nick of time.


    The referee has been counting but Silver cannot hear it through his berserker rage. An incensed Silver helps Trent to his feet just to send him back down with a rough body slam. He picks him up and hits another body slam on the outside which causes Trent to let out an audible groan. Silver pulls Trent up to his feet and lifts him in fireman’s carry position. Silver lets out a warcry and drops Trent with an F5 on the outside. His rage subsides as he hears the referee say “19” and makes a mad dash for the apron. He manages to slide in just before 20 to defeat Trent by countout at 8:37.


    Crowd cheers for Silver who then collapses in the ring, out of breath.



    Match #12 of 48
    Spoiler:

    A decent reaction when Jay White steps through the curtains and makes his way to the ring for the Worldwide 96. As a Young Lion of New Japan, Jay is preparing for his excursion to the West. Commentary explains that advancement in this tournament will do wonders for his negotiations as he takes more bookings in the States so a win here can be very important at this point in his career.


    But first he will have to get through his opponent, and that will be no easy task. White’s adversary tonight is none other than Roderick Strong. Strong has his eyes on White the entire time he makes his entrance, knowing full well that the rookie views this as a tremendous opportunity to establish himself as top player at Roderick’s expense.




    The two have a very competitive match and Jay White is made to look just shy of being able to hold his own against Strong. At one point, White gets the better of Roderick a few moves in a row, but Strong baits him into going for a flying dropkick and gets caught by a Roderick Strong gutbuster. In the final moments, Roddy toys with White like a bored lion before dispatching him with a Sick Kick followed by the End of Heartache at 11:28.



    Match #13 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Out first is Rampage Brown, who comes through the curtains and makes his way down to the ring without much pageantry. His opponent tonight: Johnny Gargano. Brown has three inches and about forty pounds on Gargano so Gargano will need to bank on his speed, youth, and innovation here. Thunderous chants of ”Johnny Wrestling!” as Gargano and Brown square off.




    Johnny Wrestling puts in some serious work to earn the nickname and keep Rampage suppressed. The end draws near when Gargano side-steps Brown in the corner and Brown goes shoulder first into the ring-post. Johnny Gargano is quick to follow up with a reverse STO into the middle turnbuckle and then snaps on Gargano Escape. Brown puts up a fight but ultimately gives up at 9:39.



    Match #14 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Children are crowded around the entrance area hoping to get a high five from Alex Shelley as he makes his way to the ring. Small “Motor City” chant as Shelley waits in the ring. Those same kids hoping for high fives flee in terror when Trevor Lee comes running at them. Lee enters the ring and the fight starts.




    The two square off in a competitive match that sees both men looking strong but with Lee looking just a little stronger. Shelley has the experience edge but Lee’s aggression proves too much for Alex Shelley. The “Carolina Caveman” and ½ of MCMG collide mid-air for Lee’s fallaway moonsault slam. Lee is quick to gather up his dazed opponent and deliver an Orange Crush. Shelley doesn’t kick out at 12:24.



    Match #15 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Introduced as a “Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” and former Ultimate Fighter, Matt Riddle makes his way to the ring barefoot. Never been a huge fan of the barefoot wrestler thing but what are you gonna do. He gets a pretty good reaction (the UFC mention doesn’t hurt) and waits for his opponent. It’s the “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson who looks ready for business. He hits the ring and it’s on like
    Spoiler:




    Riddle stands a little taller but the “Dirty Daddy” has a clear weight advantage and he uses that weight to keep Riddle from finding his footing. Dickinson is dealing in stiff strikes and kicks and staying on offense for most of the match, but errs when he becomes too repetitive and Riddle gets a read on him. The match goes on for another minute but all of it sees Dickinson struggling to escape Riddle’s ground game, coming up short and being forced to submit to a Triangle Hold at 10:43.



    Match #16 of 48
    Spoiler:



    “Brass Monkey” plays and we see the 31st wrestler in this tournament emerge from the entrance way. Mike Bailey is wearing a white gi and shiny blue pants that say ‘Speedball’ on them. He is not wearing shoes… The crowd gives him a hero’s welcome and he seems very humbled by it. When the Beastie Boys song dies out, the crowd keeps the rhythm going for a while and Bailey tries hard not to blush. He fails.


    Next, it’s the sounds of a shooting star and we witness the ~3 minute entrance of ”Stardust Genius” Tetsuya Naito, dragging the IWGP Heavyweight Championship behind him. Naito’s wearing a Los Ingobernables de Japon t-shirt and baseball cap. Speedball looks slightly starstruck - certainly not someone he was expecting to face tonight. When Bailey takes off his gi, Naito takes off his cap. The shirt stays on.


    Their match is fast and hard-hitting, with Naito leading the dance, but Bailey makes his shots count and overall it feels like it could go either way. The kids in the audience love “karate boy” but Naito’s offense is impressive in its grace and simplicity, he’s winning some of them over. Naito is a step ahead of Bailey at every turn now and making his attacks seem effortless yet still devastating. Sensing defeat, Bailey turns it up a notch and lands several stiff kicks to Naito’s legs. When Naito falls to his knees, Bailey directs his kicks toward Naito’s chest, and when he blocks those, he takes a buzzsaw kick to the head. 2.99.




    Naito seems to be knocked loopy as he stumbles to regain footing. Naito holds his head and waves toward the referee. Speedball hesitates to follow up on the attack as the referee asks him to back off. The crowd boos this. Bailey, good guy that he is, tries to get the crowd to simmer down, taking his eyes off Naito long enough for the Stardust Genius to get in close. It looks like we’re going to get a Destino but Naito stops short and kicks Bailey in the Speedballs. (I’m sorry. I love you.) Mike Bailey seems outraged for a moment, then doubles over and clutches his abdomen as the referee has the bell rang for disqualification. Naito grabs the referee, pulls him close, apologizes, pats him on the chest, and then sends him away. Not so fast! Naito runs after the ref and we get a Destino after all. Naito takes off his L-I-J shirt and drapes it over the referee’s face before grabbing the IWGP title and walking out. Karate Boy advances at 8:04.



    Match #17 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Christopher Daniels is out first in street clothes including one of those ‘Generation Killers’ t-shirts. He steps a few paces from the curtains and makes way for Kazarian, who is geared up and ready to wrestle. They act pompous on the way to the ring but Kazarian can be seen giving his shirt away to a member of the audience with special needs before the camera cuts to more heel antics from the “Ring General.” Kaz waits in the ring for his opponent.


    Out next it’s the “Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi from New Japan Pro Wrestling, who commentary reminds us was a finalist in this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament, going one-on-one with and losing to Will Ospreay. Unlike BOSJ however, this is not a round robin, and Taguchi risks elimination if he loses here.


    This produces a more serious Ryusuke, getting the mean side out of him and a fairly even match with Kazarian. Daniels provides minimal distraction, mostly just shouting encouragement and strategy at his partner from time to time. Finish comes when Daniels tries to distract the referee but gets a running butt bump that sends him crashing off the apron for his troubles. Kazarian goes for Tomikaze (Unprettier) but Taguchi manages to counter and spin around for Dodon’s Throne. He covers Kazarian and gets the win at 7:56.



    Match #18 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Crowd gets on their feet for TJ Perkins as he makes his way to the ring. There’s a slightly longer pause before his opponent comes out, for suspense. It’s none other than former WWE superstar Lance Storm, looking to be in great shape for the tournament. TJP looks like he doesn’t know what to think. This is certainly not what he expected. Perkins’ look of confusion is soon replaced by one of arrogance - he thinks he’s got this.




    TJP has the speed edge over Storm and exploits it at every opportunity but Storm has strength and strikes on his side. Storm adapts quickly, looking to target TJ’s legs in order to slow him down and weaken him for the finish. Perkins ducks a stiff looking superkick, hits the ropes, and sells the leg work ever-so-slightly as he struggles to springboard back with a dropkick, but Storm scouts it and catches his leg, transitioning to the Calgary Crab in the center of the ring. Perkins has nowhere to go and taps at 5:53.



    Match #19 of 48
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    ”Flip, flip, flip, flip..” plays and through the curtains emerges “Chocolate Thunder” Willie Mack with a ’Mack Mode’ t-shirt on and an afro pick in his hair. A nod and smile is all the acknowledgement Willie gives to the crowd for their warm reception of him, humble guy. The crowd grows quiet in anticipation of his opponent and explodes when they see Akira Tozawa emerge.




    Duelling chants of “Let’s go Willie!” and “To-za-wa!” and this match is off to a strong start. They keep a hard-hitting pace and don’t slow down for anything. Willie Mack has a great showing and some very impressive power moves including a vicious sit-out powerbomb that looked like it got a 3 count (but didn’t). Tozawa makes Mack look like a million bucks in defeat but ultimately puts Mack away with his Bridging Delayed Package German Suplex at 18:35. This is the closest match to approach Overtime and the Sudden Death Match so far.



    Match #20 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Our second masked luchador in the tournament appears - it’s Volador Jr. - who I will admit to having been aware of forever but not really giving a proper viewing until this most recent BOSJ - and he’s wearing his blue lightning gear. Next, it’s another masked man - this time in the form of Tommaso Ciampa wearing a jacket with red lights and a spooky skull mask. The crowd is going nuts for Ciampa, who takes his skull mask off in the ring and hides his smile well.


    This match belongs to Ciampa, though Volador Jr. is not made to look like a chump, either. Volador Jr. at one point manages to surprise Ciampa with that ‘rotation suplex’ deal where a wrestler drapes a leg across the back of his opponent’s neck and the opponent lifts up, causing the wrestler to do a backflip and *then* grab his opponent for a suplex - only Volador Jr. doesn’t hit a suplex, he hits his finisher, the Ataque Depredador. Ciampa uses the momentum of his landing to roll himself out of the ring and Volador Jr. is unable to capitalize.




    He follows Ciampa to the outside and it isn’t long before Ciampa is able to turn the tables, using the environment to his advantage and sending the luchador crashing into steel steps and guard rails alike. Ciampa rolls Volador into the ring and sets up his running knees to a seated opponent in the corner. He delivers two before the crowd encourages him to do it ”one more time!” He does. Tommaso lifts Volador Jr. up for Project Ciampa and secures his place in Round 2 at 11:30.



    Match #21 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Crowd pops for Matt Cross, recognized from his stints in Tough Enough as a contestant and Lucha Underground as Son of Havoc. He’s sporting a pretty manly beard that makes non-beards like me jelly AF. He’s also pretty ripped. Cross awaits his opponent as their music starts but neither Cross nor the fans seem to register who the music belongs to.




    Ever so slowly, a figure emerges at the entrance way. He’s wearing black boots, shiny black tights, a leather jacket, a black t-shirt and a black skull mask - it’s SANADA. The crowd reacts nicely when the announcer reveals his name, and then again when he removes the mask.


    Matt Cross does his best to hang with SANADA but it’s clear that SANADA’s just on another level. SANADA takes off his Los Ingobernables t-shirt and chokes Cross with it before the referee manages to take it away. SANADA doesn’t waste a second before grabbing Cross’ neck and locking on the Skull End (dragon sleeper with leg scissors) at 7:16.



    Match #22 of 48
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    Another score from Lucha Underground, it’s the ever-impressive Fenix, decked out in his white and red gear. The kids in attendance are hype for the luchador and the LU fans make their presence known. Their raucous support for Fenix turns into head-scratching and low murmuring when his opponent appears on stage: it’s Rickey Shane Page.


    The crowd doesn’t know what to make of Page. Their apprehension quickly fades as RSP doesn’t miss a step going arm-drag-for-arm-drag and hip-toss-for-hip-toss with Fenix. Rickey hits a few power spots on the smaller Fenix and starts to generate heat.


    Fenix bounces back with the crowd’s support and strings together an impressive series of tilt-a’s, ranas, whips, and other flippy shit. Rickey Shane Page tries to keep up but Fenix is just too fast, turning a desperation lariat from RSP into a Spanish Fly for the victory at 8:29.



    Match #23 of 48
    Spoiler:

    The fans at this match have no idea how spoiled they are about to be as Andrew Everett makes his way to the ring and tosses his shirt to a female member of the audience who gushes for him when she catches it. Where most wrestlers might stretch on the ropes or adjust their wrist tape, Everett’s match prep involves doing flips against the ropes and testing their elasticity.


    His opponent may be unfamiliar to some, but once the announcer begins listing off his accomplishments, the crowd begins to understand what they’re getting into: former CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion, CMLL World Tag Team Champion, CMLL World Trios Champion, it’s RUSH! The crowd wants to pop for him but immediately Rush is flipping off the crowd and acting like he doesn’t want to be here.




    Crowd is firmly behind Everett as he and Rush put on an athletic/technical display. The match remains anyone’s game for the duration but comes to a close when Everett goes for the 630 Senton but Rush moves out of the way. Everett gets to his feet but he’s on spaghetti legs and Rush hits him with a kick to the midsection. Rush lands the Martillo Negro (double underhook piledriver) and takes the victory at 14:10. Rush gets on the microphone afterwards and tells a crowd that doesn’t understand him how much he can’t wait to get out of this shit hole town.



    Match #24 of 48
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    The crowd doesn’t know who this young man is but international fans will recognize him as “Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne - sporting a no-frills singlet and a scowl. In something of a mirror match, his opponent hits the stage and now it’s a singlet party with Sami Callihan. The place goes nuts for him as he rushes the ring. Dunne ducks out as Sami enters and gets a lot of boos.


    This match is as brutal as can be expected - at one point Callihan is busted open hardway. Dunne puts on a good showing, almost scoring the upset with a nasty looking Liger Bomb, but Callihan kicks out. Eventually, Callihan realizes that punching a stone wall is only going to hurt his hands and shifts his attention to maiming Dunne’s leg to set up for the Stretch Muffler. When the time comes, Dunne has no choice but to tap at 16:21.




    Callihan takes the microphone afterwards and puts Dunne over as a tough son of a bitch. He makes it clear that he hopes that isn’t their last match against one another and Dunne nods in return. Dunne leaves ringside as Callihan tells the crowd that he’ll take on anyone from anywhere in the world - this is his tournament.



    Match #25 of 48
    Spoiler:

    First out is the masked Dragon Lee from Jalisco, Mexico. Despite being a relative unknown to this crowd, his look and demeanor gets them going. A handful of people know who he is and try to get a “Dragon Lee” chant going but it is interrupted by “B-B-B-B-Bullet Club.” The place erupts as Adam Page appears with Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale in tow and makes his way to the ring.




    This match sees a lot of impressive spots from Dragon Lee but the combined efforts of Page and his Bullet Club mates make it impossible for Lee to mount an offensive for long. Only after Yujiro and Fale are ejected from ringside does business start to pick up in Dragon Lee’s favor. He hits back to back frankensteiners and transitions the second into a pin but Page kicks out.


    Page escapes the ring and tries to get his bearings outside the ring but Dragon Lee hits him with a topé con hilo! The “Dragon Lee” chant emerges like a phoenix from the ashes. He hits Page with a series of kicks on the outside and they brawl as the referee begins counting toward 20.


    Adjusting his strategy without Bullet Club, Adam Page goes after the mask of Dragon Lee and succeeds in untying it, but doesn’t manage to pull it off completely. Lee is struggling to fix his mask when he rolls into the ring at the 16 count. Adam Page pops up onto the apron and stalks his opponent. As Dragon Lee stands in the center of the ring, still adjusting his mask, Adam Page slingshot somersaults over the top rope, lands on his feet, and decapitates Lee with a lariat for a 2 count. The Hangman of the Bullet Club pulls Dragon Lee to his feet and then hoists him up for the Rite of Passage to score the victory at 13:44.



    Match #26 of 48
    Spoiler:

    The Addiction’s theme plays and out comes Christopher Daniels in wrestling gear accompanied by Kazarian in street clothes. Daniels is wearing his ‘Ring General’ entrance attire complete with decorated jacket, cap, and white gloves. The crowd gives a good response to the veteran and his heel mannerisms but they light up when JT Dunn shows up.


    Solid match between both men, minimal interference from Kazarian for most of the match. Daniels almost hits the BME early on but Dunn manages to get his knees up. Finish comes when Kazarian finally interjects himself by standing on the apron - he gets a Rolling Elbow for his trouble.


    Christopher Daniels tries to cheap shot Dunn with a superkick but Dunn has the awareness to side-step and Daniels racks his leg on the middle rope, almost falling awkwardly. Daniels, foot still on the rope, gives Dunn all the opportunity he needs and Dunn smashes the “Fallen Angel” with a vicious Rolling Elbow to the temple. Daniels recoils from the force and wobbles but doesn’t even have a chance to fall down before JT Dunn hits another Rolling Elbow to his defenseless opponent. A limp Christopher Daniels drops to the mat and the referee rules this over by knockout at 9:49!





    Match #27 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Hey everybody, it’s Tony Nese! The ”Premiere Athlete” makes his way to the ring and flips in, getting a nice little pop. Crowd starts chanting ”NESE! NESE! NESE!” as they wait to see who he will be facing. The music doesn’t seem to trigger much of a reaction from the audience but as soon as they see King Cuerno the fans are on their feet and chanting “Lucha!”




    Nese tries not to look nervous as Cuerno takes off his hunter’s headdress and places it on the turnbuckle before the match. They go at it like wild dogs and the pace is unreal compared to what fans in attendance had seen in previous matches that night. The “Let’s Go Cuerno!” chants begin to drown out fan support for Nese as the Lucha Underground star stays on the offensive and delivers The Arrow from the Depths of Hell.


    Tony Nese rallies back, almost making a comeback, but Cuerno catches his opponent during an attempted springboard crossbody and turns it into his Thrill of the Kill, trapping Nese in a pinning position and getting the 1, 2, 3 at 07:58.



    Match #28 of 48
    Spoiler:

    There’s a moment of almost-silence as the long intro of a death metal song slowly rolls along but once the guitars and screaming come in, Tommy End emerges from the curtains. ”Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Fucking End.” He finds a corner of the ring and stretches his legs for the next bout.




    The sound of dogs barking can mean only one thing - no, we didn’t book Rick Steiner - it’s Tomohiro Ishii! Commentary reminds viewers that Ishii, having recently lost the ROH TV Championship to Bobby Fish, is looking to regain lost momentum, and there’s no better way than the Worldwide 96.


    It’s a brutal match with many nearfalls following lariats and various roundhouse kicks to the head. Neither man bleeds but you wouldn’t be surprised if they started gushing, given how hard they’re hitting one another. It’s back-and-forth like it’s anyone’s game all the way to the very end, when Tomohiro drops Tommy with a brutal Brainbuster and advances to the next round at 15:01.



    Match #29 of 48
    Spoiler:

    One half of the popular tag team Monster Mafia, it’s ”The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander, sporting vibrant blue ring attire and black headgear. He is appearing here without tag team partner Ethan Page. The crowd quiets down in anticipation of the next participant and it’s one half of the Killer Elite Squad, Lance Archer! The former WWE superstar makes his way to the ring wearing a leather jacket and a black cowboy hat, spitting water at fans and generally being a douche.




    The match starts with both men locking up but quickly turns into a slugfest. Alexander is younger and perhaps hungrier but Archer is no pushover and he gives as good as he gets. Archer manages to control the majority of the match but it’s like 60/40. Finish comes when Alexander hits Archer with a massive Pearl River Plunge and the ring barely stays together. Crowd is firmly behind “The Walking Weapon” as he celebrates his victory at 11:12.



    Match #30 of 48
    Spoiler:

    A surprising number of people in attendance recognize our next competitor despite being a newcomer to the scene, it’s Kamaitachi. The announcer has a difficult time pronouncing that. Kamaitachi does the rounds with high fives and fan interaction before getting in the ring and awaiting his opponent.




    ”7AM I’m up early, ready for the grind-” and Cedric Alexander comes out to his old ROH theme song. The crowd pops hard for him and he seems to appreciate it. Cedric and Kamaitachi go balls to the wall and deliver a match worthy of a main event with several nearfalls, including Kamaitachi kicking out of Cedric’s Lumbar Check. The crowd is at a fever pitch when Kamaitachi finally locks in and nails the Fisherman Suplex for very close 3 count at 12:37. Both men show tremendous respect for one another after the bout.



    Match #31 of 48
    Spoiler:

    ”B-B-B-B-Bullet Club!” It’s time to get too sweet again as Adam Cole and the Young Bucks come out to the loudest reaction of the tournament so far. Men, women, children - everybody’s getting a “2 sweet.” There are some boos but they are almost inaudible over the chorus of cheers. Someone tries to start a ”suck his dick” chant but c’mon guy, there are kids in the audience. Instead, they get a loud ”Bullet Club! Bullet Club!” going that doesn’t come close to dying down before the next competitor’s music hits.


    ”Tony Smoke” by SHADOWPEOPLE plays and confusion fills the room. Out walks Mikey Whiplash, fishnets and facepaint and all. Adam Cole looks dumbfounded. Whiplash is an unknown to most here but his look and his swagger is winning fans over and the fervor behind Cole dies down somewhat.




    Cole and Whiplash go to war. The Young Bucks don’t even have an opportunity to interfere as this one becomes an unrelenting brawl. Whiplash is made to look like a bona fide star until Cole manages to get one step ahead of him and stay there. Finish sees Adam Cole hit a superkick that sends Whiplash reeling, draping his throat across the middle rope. Adam Cole puts his leg against Whiplash’s back and uses the top rope for leverage to choke him until the referee breaks it up.


    While the ref is backing Cole away from Whiplash and Whiplash is still staring down at the apron, gasping for air, the Young Bucks spring up and deliver stereo superkicks before jumping back down and 2-sweeting one another, fans, even the camera man. The Bucks take a moment to say ”SUPERKICK PARTY!” and make an antri-New Day comment before cameras cut back to the action. Everyone is happy (except Ed). The referee turns around but he hasn’t seen any wrongdoing. Adam Cole grabs Whiplash by the rear of his tights and pulls him toward ring-center for the Florida Key at 13:36.


    After the match, the Young Bucks insist on continuing their assault of Whiplash but Cole goes out of his way to prevent them from taking further action. Cole had been through hell with the guy and didn’t want them to tarnish that. So he turned arounds and superkicks a recovering Whiplash in the side of the head and Whiplash is out. Most of the crowd boos this but they still say ”ADAM COLE, BAY-BAY!” when he throws his fingers up.



    Match #32 of 48
    Spoiler:

    The Briscoes theme music plays and Mark makes his entrance to a good pop. He’s practicing his redneck kung fu and looking generally goofy as he waits for his opponent. The audience reaction to Mark Briscoe was good but their reaction to Brian Cage dwarfs it. “Mr. GMSI” is looking even more swollen than usual.


    Cage dominates most of the match with Briscoe getting in some fun, oriental-flavored assault here and there. Brian Cage no-sells a crane kick and finishes Mark Briscoe off with Weapon X. Short match at 05:10.



    Match #33 of 48
    Spoiler:

    The other half of the Killer Elite Squad, it’s son of the British Bulldog, David Smith. He looks right massive, he does. But his opponent is not entirely outmatched because out next it’s Damian O’Connor from Belfast, Northern Ireland. There will be no U.S.A. chants here.


    Smith and Damo have a brutal clash and the fans get behind both men, neither of which appear to be working heel. It’s the type of match JR would call a “slobberknocker” and claim to legitimize the business. They both hit eachother with clotheslines for a double down but Damo pops back up a second later. Crowd pops for the surge of energy and Damo stomps the mat in anticipation. David Smith gets to his feet and turns around in time to receive a Bann River Boot and Damian O’Connor scores the win at 10:55.



    Match #34 of 48
    Spoiler:

    “The Product” David Starr is out first and the fans show some love. He is awaiting his opponent when two figures emerge from the curtains, scantily-clad and carrying some sort of feathers. Dalton Castle’s music kicks up and the crowd is on their feet. “The Peacock of Professional Wrestling” ignores the steel ring steps in favor of human-stairs, courtesy of his boys.




    The boys don’t interfere - they were raised better than that - but they do take every opportunity to fan off Dalton Castle and make sure he’s taken care of. Starr takes umbrage with this and manages to drop one with a Rolling Elbow. The match is a pretty even contest but towards the end, Dalton Castle begins to pick up momentum that Starr cannot stop. Castle hits his bridging delayed German suplex but only gets a 2 count.


    Starr tries unsuccessfully to turn things around and gets caught up in the Bang-A-Rang from Dalton Castle and this one is over at 09:29. Castle takes his seat upon a throne formed of boys and basks in the adoration of the fans.



    Match #35 of 48
    Spoiler:

    Fred Yehi is out first and the fans aren’t too loud but there’s a pop when the announcer says his name. He stretches out a bit as he waits for his opponent and moments later, ”Dance Away” begins to play. Kyle O’Reilly pops off his Redragon t-shirt, chucks it into the crowd, and heads to the ring.


    A very technical and fast-paced match between the two as O’Reilly manages to keep control. Yehi almost scores the win with a number of cradles and other pins but nothing final. O’Reilly hits his combination of slaps and chops and kicks to the back of the head and eventually puts Yehi away with a Brainbuster at 11:37. O’Reilly offers Yehi a handshake afterwards. Yehi reluctantly shakes his hand and heads off while Kyle celebrates.



    Match #36 of 48
    Spoiler:

    “The Darewolf” PJ Black is out next and he gets a great response from the fans. He takes his Darewolf t-shirt off and gets a pop from the ladies in attendance. PJ can be seen testing the ropes for their springboard potential as ”Hey Scenesters!” blares throughout the venue and the crowd goes crazy for Zack Sabre Jr.




    Sabre Jr. takes off his shiny red jacket and hands it to the referee before taking a cheap shot from PJ Black, who is ready to do anything to win. What follows is a very athletic contest involving a mix of aerial and ground work. Black looks pretty good here but Sabre Jr.’s technical wizardry shines through. Zack Sabre Jr. secures the victory with the New School Armbreaker (cross armbreaker) at 09:32.



    Match #37 of 48


    Spoiler:

    No, that’s not a cosplayer who wandered away from Comicon, got lost, and ended up here - it’s ACH, wearing entrance gear inspired by an anime. He gets a roar of approval from the crowd upon his appearance and again when he flips into the ring. ACH looks confident.


    “27” by Breaking Point starts and the more well-informed among the crowd pop from just the song. Once Kota Ibushi appears from behind the curtains, they go ape. Ibushi looks like a million bucks as he enters the ring and stands across from ACH.


    There’s flips, there’s kicks, there’s even an attempt to go Stone Cold ACH but Kota Ibushi is having none of it. The match approaches its end when ACH attempts a springboard hurricanrana but Kota Ibushi catches him, hoists him back up, and plants him down with an Elevated Sitout Powerbomb for a 2 count. A frustrated Ibushi gets ACH back to his feet and finishes the contest with the Phoenix-Plex (bridging package fallaway powerbomb) at 11:49.



    Match #38 of 48
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    There’s a chant for Lucha Underground as Jack Evans makes his way to the ring, possessing a swagger like no one else. He gets on the microphone and tells them to shut up, if they want to chant anything they should be chanting “Evans,” not Lucha. “They may write my checks but *I* earn them, you ungrateful… (he searches for the right word) ...buffoons.” Evans doesn’t wait for them to boo again. “Now bring out my opponent or leave him back there and give me the win, they’re two roads leading to the same place as far as I’m concerned and this muscle car has got plenty of gas.” Evans flexes. Crowd boos.


    The jovial anime theme of Jushin Thunder Liger starts and Jack Evans loses his smirk. The crowd sings ”Liger!” along with the song as the Japanese veteran enters the ring. Evans walks straight up to him and bows in an insulting manner. Liger looks to the crowd for a brief moment before leveling Evans with a Shotei palm strike. Liger pins. 1 count. Thunderous “LIGER” chants.




    The rest of the match sees Evans trying to over-do it with his agility and theatrics. Eventually, his ego costs him and Liger is able to take control of the match. It looks to be a sure thing for Liger as he sets up for his Liger Bomb but Evans manages to escape and counter with a sunset flip powerbomb that catches everybody off guard except the referee who counts 1, 2, 3! Jack Evans takes it, but just barely, at 06:13.



    Match #39 of 48
    Spoiler:

    This match takes place in CZW’s neck of the woods and the C-Z-Dub fans in attendance rally behind Joey Janela as he makes his way to the ring, the 77th wrestler to debut for THRIVE. Joey is looking just a little bit intimidated when he sees #78 emerge from the curtains - “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin.


    Big Mike and Joey J stand across one another and the crowd gets real hype. They go to lock-up but Janela with a basement dropkick to take Elgin down to one knee. Janela follows up with a stiff forearm and a snap DDT. Janela has taken Elgin by surprise early on and remains unrelenting. Elgin on the defensive for the first half of this one but turns it around with an epic spinning backfist out of nowhere. The crowd lets out an audible “ughh” at how devastating it looked. Janela kicks out at 2.99 and barely holds onto consciousness.


    Elgin doesn’t let Janela stand, instead opting to deadlift him for a massive gutwrench suplex. And another. And another. Janela refuses to quit and defiantly throws knife edge chops and forearms towards Big Mike but Big Mike is unphased.




    Janela’s finally able to mount some offense again after rolling out of the way and narrowly dodging a corkscrew senton from Elgin. Janela is regaining his momentum as the crowd chants ”JOEY! JOEY!” but Big Mike decides it’s time for a Buckle Bomb. A battered Janela stumbles out of the corner into an Elgin Bomb and it’s over at 11:06.



    Match #40 of 48
    Spoiler:

    “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix plays and Redragon’s Bobby Fish is on the scene to a great response from the crowd. He gives his t-shirt away and gets in the ring to await his opponent. The lights dim about as much as they can for a high school gymnasium with emergency lights around the perimeter - and his opponent is Pentagon Jr.!




    If they were getting loud for Bobby Fish, they are downright screaming for Pentagon Jr. Duelling chants of ”Pent-agon-Jr!” and ”Bob-by-Fish!” but the majority of the crowd is behind the Lucha Underground star. The masked Pentagon smiles at Bobby Fish from across the ring. Bobby’s response is half smile, half mouthguard. They charge and lock up.


    It’s a technical display as the men trade holds and get to work on the mat for several near-falls. Fish shows tremendous acumen in his ground game but Pentagon Jr. is innovative and unpredictable. Try as he might, Fish can’t keep up. Pentagon Jr. is triumphant after hitting the Pentagon Driver (pumphandle half nelson driver) at 08:37. He gives the slightest nod of respect toward his fallen adversary and then disappears backstage.



    Match #41 of 48
    Spoiler:

    The music is unknown to most but "X" by Yonosuke Kitamura plays and the man that comes out is someone almost everyone recognizes. Shelton Benjamin makes his way to the ring with a Suzuki-gun t-shirt on. He takes it off and there are some pops from the ladies in the crowd. He acts like he’s surprised by this, but he isn’t. He knows. He leans in the corner and waits to see who we’ve got lined up for him.


    Out comes a man shorter than Shelton with a towel on his head (no, not like that... like Taz or Cesaro) and a powerful build. The announcer says his name as he pulls off the towel and is ready to fight. There’s some audience recognition but you can see a decent number of people using their phones to look up who ‘Jeff Cobb’ is. Cobb enters the ring and stands in the center.. Shelton casually walks up to meet Cobb eye-to-eye.


    Shelton has 4 inches and around 50 pounds on Cobb but Cobb is built like a brick shithouse so what do stats matter. They lock up and test each other’s amateur wrestling prowess. They go back-and-forth trading holds, counters, and reversals, and a minute in, neither are any closer to controlling the other. They remain locked in a stalemate until Cobb manages to get behind Shelton, pick him up, and swing him back down with an Athleticplex. Shelton kicks out before a 1 count and now he’s pissed.




    The two men have a much uglier match from here on out. Shelton takes liberties with referee counts and always takes the opportunity to kick Cobb while he’s down. Shelton strings together a series of exploder suplexes and looks damn impressed with himself, taking a moment to let the crowd know Brock Lesnar isn’t the only one who can spam suplexes. While he’s chatting up the audience, Cobb springs to his feet with fighting spirit and locks an unsuspecting Shelton Benjamin in another Athleticplex. Cobb gives him 1-and-½ rotations this time and slams him down hard. Instead of going for a pin, he goes up to the top rope. Shooting Star Press!


    The crowd is starting to get behind Cobb. Cobb hooks the leg and the referee counts to 3 but doesn’t quite make it before Shelton manages to kick out. Shelton looks like he’s had the wind knocked out of him and is really hurting but he’s still in it. Cobb takes a moment to breathe before he picks Shelton up off the ground with a deadlift gutwrench suplex. He hits it and hoists Shelton up to deliver another gutwrench suplex, and then another. He releases Shelton’s body and nearly collapses into the corner.


    After taking a moment to recover his stamina, Cobb drags Benjamin to his feet but that is no easy task. Benjamin surprises Cobb with a T-Bone Suplex and follows up to superkick Cobb as he gets to his feet. The adrenaline rush subsides and Shelton drops to his knees, clutching his ribs and trying to regain composure. Cobb is seeing stars for a moment and he wobbles to his feet. Shelty B tries to take advantage and finish Cobb with Paydirt but Cobb counters and slams him onto the mat. Shelton lets out an audible groan before he gets picked up again and this time it’s Cobb going to Finisher Town with a Tour of the Islands that always looks impressive but maybe more so against an opponent as large as the former Intercontinental Champion. The crowd cheers the finish at 15:13.



    Match #42 of 48
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    Woop woop it’s time for “The Villain” Marty Scurll, with his fur coat and umbrella and sick sunglasses, to make his way down to the ring as the 84th participant in the Worldwide 96. He takes off the coat and hands it to the referee along with his umbrella and sunglasses.




    His opponent is ½ of the Time Splitters, KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA carries with him the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. Great reaction from the crowd. He gives the belt to the referee and doesn’t notice Marty Scurll ‘s villainy in the background. KUSHIDA begins taking off his Back to the Future jacket when Marty Scurll attacks from behind with the umbrella he had previously given to the referee, laying vicious shots across the back of KUSHIDA’s head and neck that can be heard throughout the room.


    The crowd boos and that tips off the referee that something is amiss, but he was too busy putting the belt under a turnbuckle that he didn’t see anything, and by the time he turns around to get a proper look, Scurll’s discarded the umbrella at ringside. Fans point to the foreign object but Scurll quickly applies a side headlock and forces the referee’s attention onto the hold, then smiling at the audience who thought they could rat him out.


    The smile disappears and Marty returns to kill mode, keeping his attention on the area he blasted with the umbrella. The match is pretty much Marty’s but KUSHIDA does get a comeback in and even manages to apply the Hoverboard Lock (kimura) at one point but Scurll gets to the ropes and the ref has to break it. KUSHIDA’s still hurting from earlier and a pumphandle neckbreaker from Scurll certainly doesn’t help, so when “The Villain” locks in the Crossface Chickenwing with Bodyscissors, KUSHIDA taps at 08:32.


    Commentary mentions that KUSHIDA is already an IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and a defending one at that so it makes sense that he would want to live to fight another day as it were and avoid potential injury by tapping before any serious harm was done. (Note: It was announced after this match that Marty Scurll would be challenging KUSHIDA for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at an upcoming New Japan show. Go Marty!)



    Match #43 of 48
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    “Morning Glory” by Oasis begins. There is a semi-elaborate lighting set up for our next competitor’s entrance and he really makes a scene of it - it’s Noam Dar, who heads to the ring wearing the jacket from Drive - so sick. He’s got a cocky grin about him that fades when he sees his opponent step through the curtain - it’s ½ of the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Ricochet. Crowd is on their feet for Ricochet. Noam Dar begins to pace slowly as he waits for Ricochet to finish milking the entrance pops.


    Dar is not visibly upset, though his demeanor suggests he was not expecting an opponent the calibre of Ricochet. But you know what they say, anything can happen in THRIVE. Copyright infringement notwithstanding, this is a dream match and the audience is firmly Team Ricochet. The crowd decides that Noam is the heel and he’s only too happy to oblige.




    The two put on a great showing and the fans are into it. Back-and-forth almost all the way through (but with Ricochet getting in just a bit more offense), it really looks like it could be anyone’s game. Then Ricochet stops playing with Dar and turns it up a few notches - Dar starts to get frustrated and at one point tries to pull Ricochet’s tights during a pinfall. The audience does not approve.


    Ricochet delivers a slap across Dar’s face that’s meant to goad him, and goad it does. Dar swings wildly as Ricochet ducks and hoists Noam up into a fireman’s carry position for the Benadryller. Dar elbows his way out of the fireman’s carry, lands behind Ricochet, turns him around and goes for a DDT, but Ricochet reverses with a Northern Lights Suplex and then floats Dar over into a vertical suplex in the same move. Huge pop.


    Ricochet hops to the top turnbuckle and lets the crowd’s anticipation marinate for a bit before he pops off a huge 630 Senton and Dar is out of the tournament at 13:35. Ricochet celebrates with the crowd as he catches his breath.



    Match #44 of 48
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    Lio Rush is out next and he is impressive even in his entrance. They pop for him and he soaks it in but keeps his game face on, watching the entrance way in anticipation of wrestler #88. It’s this year’s Best of the Super Juniors winner Will Ospreay! Crowd anticipation swells and the two drink it in for a moment before they lock up and start the show.


    This thing stays even throughout with Rush meeting Ospreay on speed and agility. There are numerous ‘turn toward each other and stop fighting while the crowd cheers’ moments and a showcase of their agility that people will argue about on the internet. Only this time, Rush fakes a handspring toward the ropes, instead turning to chase and strike Ospreay in the face with a dropkick. Ospreay lands awkwardly and becomes disoriented. He rolls out of the ring and Lio gets the crowd hyped up for a big dive. Rush darts toward the opposite ropes to gain momentum but when he comes back, Ospreay is already in the ring and and catches Lio Rush with the Essex Destroyer (front flipping DDT). Rush barely gets the shoulder up! Fans are chanting “that was 3!” Ospreay can’t believe it either. Ospreay stays on him, following up with the jumping corkscrew roundhouse kick as Lio is trying to get up. Ospreay goes for the pin again, and again Rush kicks out.




    He takes to the skies and prepares to hit Rush with something from the top rope but Rush rolls to safety. Ospreay aborts mid-move, lands on his feet and rolls through. He and Rush meet in the center of the ring and trade stiff forearms with one another. Lio Rush loses the exchange and struggles to remain standing as Ospreay hits the ropes to deliver an OsCutter (springboard cutter). 1, 2, 3. Ospreay advances at 10:21!



    Match #45 of 48
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    #89 in our tournament is the other half of the Motor City Machine Guns, Chris Sabin! He high fives fans on the way to the ring and does his “palm of my hand” pose on the turnbuckle. A “Motor City” chant starts up for a moment before his opponent’s music plays. #90, it’s Johnny Mundo! Great response for the former JoMo. He takes off his flowy jacket and looks around for a kid to give his sunglasses to, before ultimately putting them on the referee. The ref doesn’t appreciate the gesture as much as Mundo expected he would. Mundo even tries to teach him his signature taunt but the ref wants none of it.


    Both have tremendous agility and start by countering practically every other move their opponent throws at them. Mundo gives Sabin an irish whip into the ropes and ducks down for a back body drop but Sabin rolls over Mundo’s back and lands on both feet behind him. Sabin whips Mundo into the ropes and goes for the over/under maneuver, successfully leap frogging over Mundo and then diving toward Mundo’s feet so that he’ll have to jump over Sabin’s after hitting the ropes. You know the spot: irish whip, leapfrog, then dive at the legs, then perform the rebound move. You’ve seen it a thousand times. Well so has Johnny Mundo, because he puts on the breaks and hits a standing shooting star press across Sabin’s back like it’s nothing.




    Sabin gets to his feet and ducks a superkick from Mundo, jumping to the ropes and coming back with a springboard tornado DDT. Some ”Let’s Go Sabin!” and “Let’s Go Mundo!” chants break out. Mundo escapes to the outside but when he turns around, Sabin is on the apron and delivers a running soccer kick to Mundo’s chest that can be heard in the cheap seats. Sabin grabs the ropes and it looks like he’s going to go for a moonsault but Mundo gets outta there. Sabin jumps off the apron and gives chase to Mundo, who slides back into the ring and nails Sabin with a superkick as soon as Sabin tries to stand.


    Their brawl spills to the ringside area a few more times after this but Mundo controls most of it, tossing Sabin into the guard rails and steel ring steps numerous times in the generous 20 seconds they are given on the outside. Inside the ring, a confident Mundo goes for a theatrical spinning leg drop and Sabin rolls away at the last second. Mundo gets to his feet in time to meet Sabin’s enziguiri and Mundo goes down but Sabin only gets a 2.


    Sabin tries to string together some offense but Mundo, still wobbly from the enziguiri, rakes the eyes of his opponent in a desperation maneuver, and then delivers an enziguiri of his own! An angry Johnny Mundo continues the assault and doesn’t let up. He hits a Russian legsweep, a corkscrew neckbreaker, and ultimately the End of the World (Starship Pain). Mundo’s victory gets a roar of approval from the crowd at 12:48.



    Match #46 of 48
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    A few confused faces in the crowd as jungle music starts playing and out walks Kongo Kong. Kids in the audience are taken aback by the size of him. He slowly approaches the ring and gets inside, staring at various members of the audience and ignoring the boos. Many are speechless, which makes it easier to hear the wind that kicks up in the beginning of his opponent’s theme music. “Kaze Ni Nare” plays Minoru Suzuki out to the ring and rather than afraid, Minoru looks amused by his opponent tonight.




    This is a brutal match that sees both men give and take a tremendous amount of punishment. Minoru reminds the world what real brawling looks like and Kong proves you can’t judge a book by its cover with his unreasonable athleticism. There are a few moments where Minoru even looks impressed.


    Nearfalls come when Kong hits a huge lariat on Suzuki and again when Kong drives Suzuki into the mat with a huge sitout powerbomb, but the leader of Suzuki-gun kicks out both times. Commentary suggests that if anyone is going to withstand everything that Kongo Kong has to offer and keep on fighting, it’s Minoru. The war continues until Suzuki is able to lock in a Sleeper Hold and take the big man down. The referee does the arm check and on the third drop he awards the victory to Minoru Suzuki at 08:27.



    Match #47 of 48
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    The epic "Blood and Tears" plays as Hanson, one half of the tag team War Machine, makes his way to the ring. Hanson takes off his Mad Max gimmick and stretches out on the ropes. The opening notes of Requiem for a Dream start and the crowd gets HYPE. ”Chris is awesome, he’s as hot as it gets-” and Chris Hero is headed to the ring with a vintage Portland Trailblazers basketball jersey and matching tights. The fans start chanting ”Ring of Honor!”, to which Hero responds by jokingly offers a handshake to Hanson at the start of the match. Hanson isn’t playing games. He doesn’t shake. Chris Hero will remember that.




    The two battle all over the venue, making good use of the 20 count afforded to them. At one point, Hero does his impressive flip over the top rope and fakes out Hanson before actually cannonballing into him from the apron. Hanson is equally impressive with a huge suicide dive to Hero. He tries to do it again later in the match but Hero scouts it and catches him with a huge elbow, nearly knocking Hanson unconscious. It might have been a pinfall if it didn’t take so much time getting Hanson back into the ring.


    The finish comes when Hero just barely ducks a spinning heel kick from Hanson, then follows up with a rolling elbow, another elbow to the back of the head/neck, and finally a spinning roundhouse kick as a dazed Hanson tries to get back to his feet. Hanson kicks out after 3 and the win goes to Chris Hero at 16:52. Afterwards, Hero offers his hand again. This time out of respect. Hanson shakes it.



    Match #48 of 48
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    ”The Miracle” Michael Bennett and the lovely Maria Kanellis make their way to the ring in what is the last match uploaded to YouTube for Round 1 of the Worldwide 96. The camera men are a bit more disciplined in their filming of Maria then say, New Japan, but they still manage to get some quality footage, if you know what I’m saying. (Her ass. I’m talking about her ass.)


    Maria is walking around the outside of the ring, chastising the fans behind the guard rails, but Bennett has his eyes locked on the entrance ramp. The last participant of the tournament appears and it’s Katsuyori Shibata! Bennett doesn’t look thrilled about this. Shibata gets in the ring and stares down Bennett. Maria is screeching at fans on the outside but it becomes white noise as Bennett and Shibata get within inches of one another.


    Bennett throws the first shot and Shibata blocks it, delivering several of his own and rattling “The Miracle” right out of the gate. Shibata controls most of the match and hits several impressive strikes against Bennett. At one point, he snapmares Bennett into a seated position and lays in a kick across Bennett’s back that’s so loud the audience groans. He’s made to look like a monster while Michael Bennett is just barely hanging on. Maria’s presence is felt when she manages to distract the referee long enough for Michael Bennett to counter a back suplex from Shibata with a low blow (kicking back with one of his legs). The crowd boos very loudly. Bennett grabs Shibata and nails a rough looking Piledriver in the center of the ring. It looks like this one is over. Shibata kicks out at 2.99! Bennett can’t believe it. Maria can’t believe it. The ref can’t believe it.


    Bennett helps Shibata to his feet and then delivers Divine Intervention (samoan driver). Michael Bennett hooks the leg and takes home the win at 13:27. He and Maria celebrate in obnoxious fashion, with Bennett panting and looking beet red in the face and chest. After he has a chance to compose himself, “The Miracle” gets on the microphone and lets the audience know how privileged they are to see the first THRIVE World Champion’s rise to power in person.




    He claims that he requested to have the last match and it was granted to him ”because you always save the best for last.” He didn’t even know who his opponent would be but he knew the match would be main event calibre because he was in it. The crowd boos Bennett and Maria tells them to shut up. “First, it’s this Shinobi guy - next, it’s whoever’s next. After that, it’s whoever’s after that. And it goes on, and on, and on, until you witness ‘The Miracle’ holding championship gold in one arm, and the world’s most beautiful woman in the other. I am the greatest professional wrestler in the world. WITNESS ME!” Bennett drops the microphone, falls to his knees, and extends his arms like he’s Jesus on the cross. Maria strikes a seductive pose behind him as the last upload comes to an end.
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    It seems like you're putting your all in this one. It screams passion! And it's highly creative. I'll be reading. Good luck!

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    Holy fuck. I'm really hyped for this thread. Don't have the same wrestling views (among other stuff as you) but you know how to run a good BTB and the set up has me super excited. Always clamoring for more non-typical stuff so glad to see a super indy pop up.

    Definitely a huge read so I'll come back with more significant feedback when I've gotten through all of that. Probably would've released it in blocks of 4 or 6 but that's whatever. Looking forward to seeing this develop.

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    Dude you have no idea how hyped I am to see this unfold. When I started doing this in 2010, I remember you were one of my favorites every single time. Your TNA project was probably my favorite of all time. I have such high hopes for this and you seem to have a really good handle on this so far.


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    This is amazing. I read through all of the results and even though I didn't have any prior knowledge of half of the people involved, the recaps were great at giving a small insight into everyone's character.

    I'll definitely be subscribing to this and following the tournament as it progresses.

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    The Godfather of BTB's is back You know how many years I've been pestering you to return. Hyped for this.

    I wouldn't worry about the concerns some readers have of 'why is so and so wrestling for this company', all these New Japan, Lucha Underground, ROH dudes make smaller indy dates in America and England, so I can dig a bigger get together. You avoided the big fantasy issue which would of been throwing WWE contracted talent into the mix and booking Kevin Owens Vs Pentagon Jr for example, so I can get my mindset into reading this like it's a believable project.

    When you said your were adopting an ambitious concept, I thought you were just being a good hype man This is one of the most ambitious projects I've ever seen and that first update with the 48 matches must of taken you ages to plan, write, create GFX and spoiler tag everything correctly. I just pray this doesn't die an early death like NA2 did and we don't see what Thrive would look like beyond this tournament because the creative opportunities Thrive offers you are endless.

    I won't go into match by match specifics but BIG DADDY WALTER being represented by Maddox was pretty cool, in fact shoutout to all the English talent used on the show, Thatcher losing pleased me no end, Riddle I'm hoping goes far. Hangman page being the one to eliminate Dragon Lee felt like it was an joke at the anti-BC fans on WC, as did Adam Cole and Young Bucks getting the loudest reactions of the night (maybe they would put the line felt like it was put in there for Zero and I to read), and what a sight Kongo Vs Suzuki would be. Rest assured this was a long, but great read and you've held up to your previous standards of writing.


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    I saw Lance Storm beat TJP and had to shut things off.

    Also Hyph Mngo > Hey Scenesters

    Okay seriously, there are obviously going to be booking gripes in a 48 match series (96 was an odd number I must say) but there was way more good than bad, just tackling such a concept is an accomplishment in and of itself. I really like this and you're off to a strong start.

    The backstory of this supposed "mysterious benefactor" seems like something out of Metal Gear Solid where later we find out he's secretly funneling THRIVE's profits into a radical nuclear weapons fund.

    This is 1 zillion times better than if you did a WWE or TNA BTB. You're on fire right now and already my favorite project going. Keep it up.

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    My god dude this is so beautiful put together. The whole project is just so well thought out and I can't wait to read everything you've done. Due to the sheer size I am going to Review Round One in parts, so I am going to look at your first twelve matches to begin with.

    Match One: Konley and Romero is a great way to kick the whole tournament off, although I must admit I was hoping that "my favourite Pirate" was going to advance to the next round. Romero picks up the win, but does so partly because of Konley making a mistake which in many ways make it a better match.

    Match Two:
    Thatcher vs. Kingston was interesting, and I thought you were going to give Timothy the win based solely on the entrance only for you to bury in the graveyard.

    Match Three: Was another interesting contest although I am not going to pretend that I wasn't annoyed that it was Low Ki that walked away with the victory. However, your stye is short and yet precise enough to tell just enough of a story to keep me reading on.

    Match Four: Brad Maddox just made this project even better than it already was, and he didn't even wrestle. I have high hopes for Big Daddy Walters with Maddox as his microphone mouthpiece.

    Match Five: BUSHI! BUSHI! BUSHI! (do I need to say anything else?) BUSHI!

    Match Six: Dijak comes off looking very strong (at least from the way I have interpreted it) and I have a feeling he might go a lot further in this tournament that most people might expect.

    Match Seven: I actually laughed reading this match, I can't believe how brutal you just buried Chris. Ouch! Mastiff onwards.

    Match Eight: I love Chuck Taylor and I am so glad you gave him the W! But Serious Wrestling? Could this be?

    Match Nine: I think you captured Silas perfectly, so it great when you read something with such likeness of that person then goes on to pick up the victory. Nice job!

    Match Ten:
    Moose vs. Sydal was a great read and the handshake was a very nice touch. Each match so far has been totally different, so I am hoping that ability to keep things fresh can stay constant although it will be very difficult to be that spot on for forty-eight different matches.

    Match Eleven: Silver vs. Trent was really just excellent! Spot on.

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    Strong looked Strong, and feeding him a Young Lion no doubt only is going to make him hungry for more.

    So far I am 25% through the First Round and the only thing I would of change was breaking up Round One into maybe a number of different posts as it seems like a bit of an information overload, but honestly that is just a person preference. None the less so far what I have read has been really very good, and I promise you give you feedback for the other 36 matches as soon as I can.



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    This has to be the most ambitious project I have seen in the BTB section. I've tried reading the show and considering there's so many matches it's a daunting. However, I will say that I love the Main Event being Bennett and him advancing. Brad Maddox as the mouth piece for Big Daddy Walter is pretty cool though I never really thought of Maddox as a great talker.Mordetzky and Mastiff was a brilliant match up. I can't wait to see the next update for this project.

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    96 wrestler tournament with 93 matches? That is amazing everything is very well put together and well done. I'm going to be subscribing to this, this looks really good. Good luck to you, going to be a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Vid View Post
    It seems like you're putting your all in this one. It screams passion! And it's highly creative. I'll be reading. Good luck!
    WWE and ROH product have left me feeling underwhelmed as of late, so they're mostly responsible. It’s like my wrestling therapy. I love pro wrestling and I really hope that shows even if I am a tad cynical at times. Keep reading and I’ll keep writing. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Snow View Post
    Holy fuck. I'm really hyped for this thread. Don't have the same wrestling views (among other stuff as you) but you know how to run a good BTB and the set up has me super excited. Always clamoring for more non-typical stuff so glad to see a super indy pop up.

    Definitely a huge read so I'll come back with more significant feedback when I've gotten through all of that. Probably would've released it in blocks of 4 or 6 but that's whatever. Looking forward to seeing this develop.
    With this season of Game of Thrones coming to an end this weekend, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have another thing to be hyped about! And I very much appreciate you mentioning a desire for “non-typical stuff” and being glad that it’s a super indy - I really was on the fence about WWE draft and how I might do things differently, even just a BTB where I rewrite the promos to focus on more important subjects - ultimately I’ve been having a good time watching NJPW/PWG/various-indies-on-YouTube and it felt like this is too much fun not to ‘have a go at,’ so here we are. And thank you for commenting.

    A huge read to be certain but brevity was never my thing. I thought about releasing it in chunks but decided against it for a couple reasons. One was I wanted anyone who needed a time killer to see me as their lord and savior for a hot second, and two was I wanted to simulate the feeling of a super indy hitting the scene without prior notice and taking the wrestling world by storm. By doing this and withholding key information (brackets, future opponents) I hope to foster a sense of urgency that will help the company/project to stand out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlemm1 View Post
    Dude you have no idea how hyped I am to see this unfold. When I started doing this in 2010, I remember you were one of my favorites every single time. Your TNA project was probably my favorite of all time. I have such high hopes for this and you seem to have a really good handle on this so far.
    A fan since 6 years ago - that’s dope AF. Thanks for remembering me and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Also a little ashamed that NA2 didn’t go as planned but that’s life. I hope you find my future offerings adequate, good sir. Thanks for the comment.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatWeirdGuy View Post
    This is amazing. I read through all of the results and even though I didn't have any prior knowledge of half of the people involved, the recaps were great at giving a small insight into everyone's character.

    I'll definitely be subscribing to this and following the tournament as it progresses.
    Thank you ThatWeirdGuy! I hope that you enjoy the homework I have given you and follow up with some YouTube searching of the various guys in here! They’re all pretty watchable and worthy of consideration. I actually trimmed this list down to 96 from something like 213 (much less discretion in that list, as you might imagine). There will be even more new challengers approaching as time goes on.

    One of my inspirations for the Worldwide 96 was watching WCW Saturday Night when I was a kid and seeing some foreigner or new wrestler I wasn’t familiar with and being so intrigued - it was like I wanted to see the people without the build more than the stars, but that’s how I rolled. Another inspiration was Street Fighter II and its ‘various nationalities fighting at various locales’ theme.

    And I can’t go without mentioning WCW vs nWo World Tour for N64. I’ll never forget popping that in and realizing that despite their use of fake names, there was an entire world of professional wrestling I wasn’t aware of. So there you go - a bit wordy just for me to get around to ”I know how you feel” but I can totally relate.

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    The Godfather of BTB's is back You know how many years I've been pestering you to return. Hyped for this.

    ...

    I won't go into match by match specifics but BIG DADDY WALTER being represented by Maddox was pretty cool, in fact shoutout to all the English talent used on the show, Thatcher losing pleased me no end, Riddle I'm hoping goes far. Hangman page being the one to eliminate Dragon Lee felt like it was an joke at the anti-BC fans on WC, as did Adam Cole and Young Bucks getting the loudest reactions of the night (maybe they would put the line felt like it was put in there for Zero and I to read), and what a sight Kongo Vs Suzuki would be. Rest assured this was a long, but great read and you've held up to your previous standards of writing.
    Much love to a forever bro. Thanks for checking it out. Shoutout to all my English and European homies out there. They’re separate now, right? What’s all that about? Anyway… .. I am so happy to be back flexing some BTB muscle. It really has been too long. I’m sad I aborted the last one and will try not to abandon this.. at least, not until people grow bored of it. Though I will try to be the last of that group. And I’m not going to acknowledge any in-jokes or meta-chatter except to confirm all of your suspicions and leave it at that.

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    I saw Lance Storm beat TJP and had to shut things off.

    Also Hyph Mngo > Hey Scenesters

    Okay seriously, there are obviously going to be booking gripes in a 48 match series (96 was an odd number I must say) but there was way more good than bad, just tackling such a concept is an accomplishment in and of itself. I really like this and you're off to a strong start.

    The backstory of this supposed "mysterious benefactor" seems like something out of Metal Gear Solid where later we find out he's secretly funneling THRIVE's profits into a radical nuclear weapons fund.

    This is 1 zillion times better than if you did a WWE or TNA BTB. You're on fire right now and already my favorite project going. Keep it up.

    Also of note: Your GFX >>>
    I welcome any and all of your gripes, as I clearly take any opportunity to entertain some essay-lengthed wrestling discourse. Hope you enjoy Round 2. The matches themselves could probably be written better but it’s whatever; I risk running a fine line of being not descriptive enough that people could misinterpret what I’m trying to say with the booking, and being too descriptive in that I undermine how good the match could be in your imagination. I’ve settled on describing some of the more interesting spots and using a time stamp to give a better idea of what kind of affair it is. How’s it working so far?

    Honest to goodness, I never really planned anything with the “mysterious benefactor” setup but now that you’ve mentioned it I’m probably going to have to steal it. And if it’s a dud then I’m going to say it was all your fault. But yes, very Metal Gear. Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake.

    Many thanks for checking this out and for letting me know that you prefer this over a WWE/TNA BTB from me, as this almost didn’t happen for that very reason. I mean how does anyone resist having a blast with ‘Big Banter’ Baron Corbin right now? Seriously.

    Quote Originally Posted by juniorsenior View Post
    My god dude this is so beautiful put together. The whole project is just so well thought out and I can't wait to read everything you've done. Due to the sheer size I am going to Review Round One in parts, so I am going to look at your first twelve matches to begin with.

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    Match One: Konley and Romero is a great way to kick the whole tournament off, although I must admit I was hoping that "my favourite Pirate" was going to advance to the next round. Romero picks up the win, but does so partly because of Konley making a mistake which in many ways make it a better match.

    Match Two: Thatcher vs. Kingston was interesting, and I thought you were going to give Timothy the win based solely on the entrance only for you to bury in the graveyard.

    Match Three: Was another interesting contest although I am not going to pretend that I wasn't annoyed that it was Low Ki that walked away with the victory. However, your stye is short and yet precise enough to tell just enough of a story to keep me reading on.

    Match Four: Brad Maddox just made this project even better than it already was, and he didn't even wrestle. I have high hopes for Big Daddy Walters with Maddox as his microphone mouthpiece.

    Match Five: BUSHI! BUSHI! BUSHI! (do I need to say anything else?) BUSHI!

    Match Six: Dijak comes off looking very strong (at least from the way I have interpreted it) and I have a feeling he might go a lot further in this tournament that most people might expect.

    Match Seven: I actually laughed reading this match, I can't believe how brutal you just buried Chris. Ouch! Mastiff onwards.

    Match Eight: I love Chuck Taylor and I am so glad you gave him the W! But Serious Wrestling? Could this be?

    Match Nine: I think you captured Silas perfectly, so it great when you read something with such likeness of that person then goes on to pick up the victory. Nice job!

    Match Ten: Moose vs. Sydal was a great read and the handshake was a very nice touch. Each match so far has been totally different, so I am hoping that ability to keep things fresh can stay constant although it will be very difficult to be that spot on for forty-eight different matches.

    Match Eleven: Silver vs. Trent was really just excellent! Spot on.

    Match Twelve: Strong looked Strong, and feeding him a Young Lion no doubt only is going to make him hungry for more.


    So far I am 25% through the First Round and the only thing I would of change was breaking up Round One into maybe a number of different posts as it seems like a bit of an information overload, but honestly that is just a person preference. None the less so far what I have read has been really very good, and I promise you give you feedback for the other 36 matches as soon as I can.
    I very much appreciate the individual match reviews. Don’t hate me when I upload Round 2 very soon if you haven’t gotten to the others yet. I’ll be just as interested in reading those as well so please do keep them up!

    I laughed when I read your feedback about Thatcher’s entrance and then getting buried in the graveyard. He’s a good hand so he’ll get some play later on but yeah, this wasn’t Timothy’s time. I’m not super high on Kingston per se but I know he’s better than Round 1 so it wasn’t a difficult decision.

    Your review of Joey Ryan versus BUSHI is perhaps the single most thoughtful and concise examination of content I’ve read in this section and I think the others could really learn a thing or two from it. I can only hope that BUSHI’s next contest will be as... noteworthy.

    Silas Young is really underrated so I’m happy that you’re happy with his win. And as for every match being different, thank you - I’m trying. 48 posted so far with another 24 coming very soon - I really appreciate your effort in checking them out. Looking forward to your future feedback, juniorsenior!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit View Post
    This has to be the most ambitious project I have seen in the BTB section. I've tried reading the show and considering there's so many matches it's a daunting. However, I will say that I love the Main Event being Bennett and him advancing. Brad Maddox as the mouth piece for Big Daddy Walter is pretty cool though I never really thought of Maddox as a great talker.Mordetzky and Mastiff was a brilliant match up. I can't wait to see the next update for this project.
    I’ll apologize again on the length - it would have been easy enough to divide them into 4 sets of 12. And I went a step further by excluding any form of summarized results to encourage people to click through. So it’s a bit daunting, I realize, but my hope is that in being daunting, fabe-wise it has helped to get people’s attention in the wrestling world and keep it, setting THRIVE apart as one of the more serious and ambitious players in the indy realm. Please do stay tuned and thank you for your commentary.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhenomenalOne View Post
    96 wrestler tournament with 93 matches? That is amazing everything is very well put together and well done. I'm going to be subscribing to this, this looks really good. Good luck to you, going to be a lot of work.
    Thank you thank you thank you. I hope you do not regret your subscription. Round 2 will be coming up soon. After that, only three more rounds (and ‘only’ 21 matches) before the triple threat match that will determine the first THRIVE World Champion. Be excited.

    I’m happy to be back and I appreciate you stopping by.

    Round 2 Results to follow...
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    The Worldwide 96 has concluded and a World Champion has been crowned,
    but we're far from finished scratching our tournament itch. Introducing...



    The above image will lead you to an index for Tournament Road.
    The links below cover everything leading to these tournaments.

    BIG-ASS RECAP | TRIFECTA | SHOWCASE 1 | SHOWCASE 2

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    If anyone knows me then one things for sure, I know BTB's, and this is by far the best one.
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    Re: Natural Approach 3

    Unfortunately I don't believe I was active in the BTB section during your last Booker. But I have in the past checked out all of your previous works after hearing Ed and others say great things and I was not disappointed in those projects. But I have to say without a doubt in only a couple of posts this has become not only my favorite BTB of yours but also my possible favorite in the section right now. I love tournaments and have booked some in the past. But I fully commend you for being so bold with such a mammoth tournament especially on an indy level rather than a mainstream promotion (Although in reality it is more feasible on the indies.)

    I like the mixture of talent you've brought into the tournament as well. Some names I'm higher on than others in the general group such as Scurll (can't give you enough love for bringing him in. Scurll is fantastic.), Sabre, O'Spreay, Thatcher and Pentagon Jr for example. Whilst others I'm not so keen on such as Eddie Kingston and Bushi. I'll say as well whilst I'm not one hundred percent on the Big Daddy Walter train. I've been impressed with your work with him especially with him being associated with Brad Maddox who I could see being great smarmy little fucker hiding behind his monster.

    Whilst Walter may seem to be the favorite to take this. I'm going to go a little out of the box with I think 2 of my choices for the final three. As I can see both Donovan Dijak and Marty Scurll going far. Whilst Zach Sabre Jr may be a more obvious choice. In my mind he'll be the one I'm guessing to round out the three. Keep up the good work with this project dude. Can't wait for the next update!





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    Worldwide 96 - Round 2

    These were previously uploaded (without all the custom artwork) and all that but there was an error that resulted in the page getting blacked out until admins were able to delete the glitched item. Sorry for any confusion.




    The following 24 matches take place at venues throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. They are contested under THRIVE Rules. See the index for more details.

    The ring apron is swapped with a blue and gold marble design that reads ‘THRIVE’ in white letters. Matches start with the announcement that they are “presented by THRIVE Pro Wrestling” before the wrestler introductions begin.

    These matches are not announced prior to the show start times. The idea being that the wrestlers do not know who out of the other 47 competitors they are facing.

    All of these matches serve as the sub-main events at the respective shows they take place at.



    Click through the spoiler tags below to check out Round 2 of the Worldwide 96 tournament.

    Round 2 Matches #01-12
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    Match 01
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    We are in Germany for match number one. An absolute slobberknocker as we see John Silver and “The Villain” Marty Scurll throw everything at each other to try to secure the win in Round 2 of the Worldwide 96 tournament for THRIVE Pro Wrestling. Silver shows off his muscle in a lot of strength spots but ultimately Marty Scurll is able to surprise Silver with the Crossface Chickenwing with Bodyscissors and he advances to Round 3 at 09:31.




    Match 02
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    Dijak/Romero starts off with the big man overpowering one half of Roppongi Vice until “Azucar” is able to turn things around. Romero has years on Dijak and it shows when he is able to stay a step ahead of Dijak at each turn and casually humiliate Dijak with slaps and chops before Dijak can respond. Romero gets caught off guard with a few stiff punches that send him reeling. Dijak follows up with a clothesline to send Romero over the top rope.

    Donovan Dijak takes to the skies with a dive to the outside that impresses the fans but there’s nobody home. Romero steps aside and taps his head like he’s too smart for that. As the referee begins a 20 count, Romero struggles to get the winded Dijak into the ring and the crowd laughs. Back inside, Romero catches his breath while Dijak uses the ropes to get back to his feet. Romero gets a bit cocky and scouts an opportunity to end things early with his Nomisugi Knee but Dijak is playing possum.


    Romero hits air and ends up tangled in the ropes. Dijak traps him there with several stiff forearms to the back and then hoists him up for Feast Your Eyes. It connects with a loud impact and Romero isn’t getting up. Dijak with the pinfall victory at 07:45.



    Match 03
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    Ryusuke Taguchi has the home field advantage in Japan as he comes out with his awesome new t-shirt and goofy gimmick glasses. He hams it up on the way to the ring but when he removes the gimmicks he’s got his serious face on. He’s going to need it, as his opponent is none other than “The Last Real Man” Silas Young. Taguchi wrestles a more serious style here but still manages to fit in his butt-related offense where appropriate. The crowd appreciates it.



    Silas Young takes control with aggressive force and what was a back-and-forth match turns very one-sided until Silas Young is able to hit Misery (fireman’s carry cutter) for the win. After the match, Young sits Taguchi up, puts the glasses back on Taguchi, and then slaps them off his face. Crowd boos and it’s over at 12:25..



    Match 04
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    Fenix and Kyle O’Reilly put on a showcase of their very best and have a brutal match in and out of the ring. ”Let’s go Fenix!” and ”O-Rei-lly” duelling chants, fans are behind both men. Fenix mounts an impressive speed-and-aerial-based offensive until Kyle is able to ground him and show off the technical skills he and Redragon are known for.


    This continues until Fenix has an opportunity to use the ropes to his advantage, escape, and turn things around with a corkscrew moonsault.


    Finish comes when Fenix goes for his Spanish Fly (moonsault slam/flip bottom) but O’Reilly blocks and counters with several hard elbows, then follows up with his ax and smash, before ultimately delivering a sickening Brainbuster to finish off the luchadore at 13:20.



    Match 05
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    It isn’t long before the crowd is chanting ”this is awesome” for this Round 2 encounter. Dunn and Sabre Jr. play a game of cat and mouse as Sabre Jr tries to get Dunn where he wants him but “The Juice” manages to slip through Zack’s paws each time. A mostly equal encounter all the way through. They even go double down when both men attempt a rolling elbow, but manage to answer the referee’s 10 count to avoid a TKO.



    The two recover and begin brawling before they’ve managed to fully stand. Zack is throwing chops and uppercuts until Dunn manages to sidestep, duck under a chop and then nail a superkick. Only gets a two count. An impatient Dunn rushes Zack Sabre Jr with a Rolling Elbow but Zack is too aware and counters it into an arm drag and then ultimately a Cross Armbreaker that Dunn can’t escape. Sabre Jr. moves on to Round 3 with a submission win at 08:52.



    Match 06
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    “Mr. GMSI” and the “Bastard” charge at one another like bulls out of the gate. The two wrestle a hybrid of strongman and strong style in addition to some high spots. Cage nearly lands on his head during more than one flip. The crowd gasps each time but he is ok if reckless. They get into a chop-off that Mastiff wins and then Brian Cage is on the defensive. Mastiff is taking Cage apart piece by piece and doing it the smart way but he underestimates Cage’s abilities. Mastiff tries to hit Brian Cage with a shotgun front dropkick but Cage sidesteps and puts out his knee to catch the falling “Bastard” with a backbreaker.



    Cage follows up with a dropkick of his own that sends his opponent into the ropes and then continues with a 619. Cage is back in the ring and getting the crowd hyped up. Dave Mastiff hardly gets a chance to breathe before all 220 pounds of Cage comes crashing down with a Lionsault. Mastiff somehow gets the shoulder up before 3. Brian Cage stalks the recovering Mastiff like he’s prey and then finishes the match with a Discus Lariat at 8:39.






    Match 07
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    Commentary makes note that both Matt Sydal and Johnny Gargano share a win over the other in singles competition on the independent scene so this would serve as something of a tiebreaker for the two. They both get a great reaction from the crowd and people are really into this as it kicks off.



    This one is lightning fast, starting off strong and ending abruptly before having a chance to cool down. Both men are able to get in a lot of quick strikes and counters in addition to their signature offensive maneuvers. Finish comes during a series of near-falls on the floor, both men rolling through pinfalls to try to get the other down for a 3 count. There are about 5 near-falls before it’s Sydal’s turn to make a reversal, only this time he gets his feet on the ropes for leverage and keeps Gargano’s shoulders down past the three count. A sneaky Sydal advances to Round 3 at 5:39.



    Match 08
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    A strong showing from Dalton Castle who is made to look like a star here. BUSHI coming up ahead and finding himself in control of the match halfway in. BUSHI begins dominating, using his Los Ingobernables t-shirt as a weapon to choke Castle out. It gets taken away by the referee. BUSHI takes this opportunity to go for the mist but a game Castle has two ‘peacock feather fans’ crossed in an X to protest him. They take the brunt of the mist. Castle pulls the feathers away and laughs in BUSHI’s face before BUSHI nails him with a kick to the boys. The referee turns back around in time to see Dalton Castle eat the MX (codebreaker) from BUSHI and it’s over at 7:20.



    Match 09
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    This one is more of a fight than a match as “The Knockout Artist” finds himself outnumbered against “The Hangman’s” entourage. Page is joined by fellow BC members Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale. They, especially Fale, take immense pleasure in toying with Hero whenever he’s on the outside - laying in hits behind the referee’s back and distracting him long enough for Page to capitalize.



    Unfortunately for Hero, they never do anything so blatant as to get banned from ringside, so he has to deal with their shit. This would be an obstacle for any man to overcome, but to make matters worse for the big man, Adam Page is fighting with an unrelenting fervor. He takes the fight to Hero like few else have and it looks like Page may have it won.


    Hero fights off the Bullet Club members in an impressive comeback that sees him fake-out flip over the top rope, leap onto Page’s thugs at ringside, and pummel Page with a series of stiff forearms. Chris Hero drags a thumb across his throat and signals for the end but a split-second before he can lift Adam Page for a piledriver, Page lifts Hero and nails the Rite of Passage for the win at 12:49.



    Match 10
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    The crowd is alive for this one and both men are giving 110%. “The World Warrior” holds nothing back as he attempts to kick Mundo’s face off of his face. Mundo is working heel here and trying to slow down or ground Low Ki. It’s futile at first; Ki’s speed and size make him difficult to pin down. As the match progresses, Low Ki slows down a pace and Mundo is able to find his tempo.



    For a moment, they make sweet music together, and find each other at several of those “double stop” moments that allow the fans to cheer for both men. Mundo stands in front of Low Ki and starts to do his WWE pose in what Ki sees as an act of sheer arrogance, but it’s more than that, and less than halfway into the pose, Mundo surprises Low Ki with a superkick. Another superkick as Low Ki tries to recover. And one more to the face as Low Ki lies prone on the mat.



    The referee admonishes Mundo for that last one but he laughs it off. The referee starts a count but Low Ki begins to muster his strength to stand around 6. Mundo doesn’t let him get all the way up before laying in some devastating knees to the gut. One final knee to the head and Low Ki drops into position near the corner turnbuckle. The fans know what’s coming and hold their breath as Johnny Mundo hits the End of the World (starship pain) and moves on to Round 3 at 10:04.



    Match 11
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    Crowd is on their feet and chanting for both men before this even gets underway. Tozawa smiles and basks in the affection, Callihan grimaces and keeps his eyes locked on his opponent. The bell rings and the two lock-up with Callihan getting a slight power advantage but Tozawa excelling in reversals and speed. Their exchanges are hard-hitting and lightning fast. Both men seem equals as the crowd has trouble deciding who to cheer.



    Clubbing blows from Callihan manage to slow Tozawa down but Tozawa switches gears and begins laying in strikes, surprising the Callihan Death Machine with a hard enziguiri and following up with a powerful bicycle kick. Tozawa manages to get Callihan seated atop the turnbuckle and nail him with a big super-German-suplex. Tozawa ascends to the top rope and comes flying off with a big diving headbutt but Sami Callihan gets a shoulder up before 3.



    An enraged Sami Callihan finds his second wind and mounts a comeback. At one point, Tozawa tries to repeat his luck with another powerful bicycle kick but Callihan counters into his Stretch Muffler. Tozawa manages to get to the ropes before much damage is done. Callihan lets frustration get the better of him and begins getting sloppy, going after Tozawa with chops and throat thrusts that give Tozawa time between to get his bearings. Tozawa uses the ropes to break up a grapple, lay in some elbows, and springboard into the ring with Ganki (diving double knee drop to a standing opponent's shoulders) that transitions immediately into a pinning predicament.


    Callihan kicks out at 2.99 and the crowd is starting a “that was three!” chant when suddenly the bell rings. This contest has reached its time limit at 20:00. That means only one thing: this match has entered OVERTIME and is now a SUDDEN DEATH MATCH. Rules, countouts, rope breaks - all are thrown out the window as we must find a winner! Pinfall, submission, or referee’s decision, and it can happen anywhere in the arena. Shit’s about to get real.



    Shortly after the rules are explained and the match is ‘continued’ under Sudden Death Match rules, Callihan goes after Tozawa and they brawl to the outside. Callihan sends Tozawa into guard rails and fans alike, tossing his opponent around with reckless abandon. Not to be outdone, Akira Tozawa disappears in the audience before springing off of a folding chair, holding another chair, and delivering a flying chairshot to Callihan.


    Carnage on the outside continues until Tozawa is able to get the upper hand, ground Callihan, drape a chair across his chest, and hit a big senton splash from the apron to the outside floor. This knocks the wind out of Callihan and he turns over to catch his breath, looking down at the concrete floor and a pool of his own sweat. For a few short seconds, there’s still a chance for Sami Callihan. He thinks about what he has to do to put away someone with the resolve of Akira Tozawa, but is unable to find an answer before Tozawa links his arms around Callihan’s midsection, hoists him up, and delivers a crazy bridging German suplex on the concrete. The referee quickly but safely drops to the ground to count the pinfall and Akira Tozawa wins the first-ever THRIVE Sudden Death Match to advance to Round 3 at +24:04.



    Match 12
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    The match hasn’t even started yet and fans are chanting ”THIS IS AWESOME!” as Tommaso Ciampa and SANADA stand across the ring from one another, both wearing their skull gimmicks, standing still and unnerved. The chant dies down and both men take off their masks.


    Ciampa and SANADA feels like it’s personal despite this being their first meeting. They are really working snug and letting fans believe the action. Ciampa seems like he’s in control but as he approaches a seated SANADA for his running knee strike in the corner, SANADA pulls himself out of the ring beneath the bottom rope and grabs Ciampa’s ankles to trip him. He pulls one of Ciampa’s legs around the other side of the pole and manages to lock the “Sicilian Psychopath” in a figure four around the ringpost.


    SANADA lets the referee count to 4 before releasing the hold and then goes right back to it again. When Ciampa does get to his feet, he finds them unreliable and stumbles into a beautiful dropkick from SANADA. Ciampa tries to regain composure on the outside but SANADA is on him like a shark that smells blood. SANADA continues the attack to Ciampa’s leg and when it comes time for the Skull End (dragon sleeper with bodyscissors), Ciampa doesn’t have the leg power to maneuver them both closer to the ropes. He is forced to tap at 09:12.



    Round 2 Matches #13-24
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    Match 13
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    Both get a decent pop but it’s hard to tell who fans favor in this one. Although many in the crowd are seeing these two perform for the first time here, all in the crowd become fans of both men by the time this one is done. An absolute car crash effort by these two - delivering a quick and unrelenting match that sees both men pull out everything they’ve got in a short amount of time.



    Several near pinfalls for Jeff Cobb against Tomohiro Ishii but the Stone Pitbull turns things around with a series of nasty headbutts that would sicken even the most bloodthirsty crowds. He thinks he’s got things in the bag and goes for a huge lariatooooooooooo but Cobb counters and puts Ishii down with a Tour of the Islands. Ishii kicks out after 3 but it’s too late. The crowd gives a tremendous ovation to both men. They shake hands and leave the fans wanting more at 06:39.



    Match 14
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    Speedball Mike Bailey has the patience of a saint as he sits through an unbearably long (but also amazing) promo from Jack Evans that covers topics such as: how gross it is to wrestle barefoot, the various foot diseases one can pick up in athletics, the joys of consuming marijuana edibles before long flights, and how he’s learned more about martial arts from Jackie Chan movies than Speedball Mike Bailey will know in his “entire stupid lifetime.”



    The fans give Evans a round of applause once he finishes his diatribe and this one’s hot out of the gate. Speedball seems roused by Jack Evans’ pre-match banter, putting a little extra on each of his stiff kicks and forearms. Evans gives as good as he gets, however, and isn’t about to let the younger Bailey outshine him yet.


    It becomes a martial arts parody when Jack Evans gets some support from the crowd in the form of a pitcher half-filled with a local brew. Enter Drunken Master. Speedball is thrown off of his game a little bit, having to react quickly to unique offense. This gives Drunken Master Evans the opportunity to bestow some wisdom in the form of slaps and throat thrusts. Evans toys with Speedball too long, however, and gets a reverse frankensteiner for his troubles. Evan bounces. 2 count.



    The two go through a bit more over-the-top martial arts stuff, including a few strong backhands to Bailey that leave him dazed. A wobbly Speedball throws a sloppy kick forward out of desperation, Evans catches it easily. Jack Evans does his best Bruce Lee impression with a “wahhh” while holding Bailey’s foot, but before he can capitalize on the mistake, Bailey uses his other foot to jump up and enziguiri himself free.


    Finish comes when Evans gets advantage again, gets cocky again, and tries for a back handspring elbow in the corner. Speedball Mike Bailey times it perfectly so that he manages to counter with another reverse frankensteiner. Evans looks like he could be knocked out but shows signs of life. He tries to push himself up off of the mat but Mike Bailey crashes down with the Shooting Star Double knee Drop on an unsuspecting Evans. Speedball advances to Round 3 in 13:04.



    Match 15
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    This one has a real big match feel as the two men leave nothing on the table. Ricochet is younger and faster but it’s like Rush has a tome of heel tactics memorized and he’s using them all. Very solid showing from Rush but in the end, Ricochet’s speed gives him the slightest of advantages. A short match description for what is probably one of the better matches so far, but there’s not much to it. Just a straightforward, proper wrestling match. Ricochet takes it with the Benadryller at 13:29.




    Match 16
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    Chuck Taylor is having fun with his fans, dramatically stretching out on the ropes before donning headgear and a mouth guard. The era of “Serious Wrestler” Chuck Taylor has begun, apparently. The laughter in the audience becomes gasps when they see who Chuck Taylor is scheduled to face off against. Big Daddy Walter comes to the ring with his manager, the former Brad Maddox.


    Maddox: Ah, yes, the uproarious ‘Chuckie T.’ I guess we were slightly overdue for a bit of comic relief in this thing. But now I’m here. And now it’s time for horror.


    Maddox points to the behemoth standing by his side.


    Maddox: Allow me to introduce you to Big Daddy Walter, THRIVE Pro Wrestling’s first World Champion in the making. Because things are changing and the change is global. It’s true what they say, we have entered “a new era.” Today, wrestling is truly worldwide and we are at the precipice. (pause) You can put your smart phones away, it means ‘a steep cliff.’ (another pause) There’s revolution happening in this industry and Chuckie - you’re just one of the casualties. You do entertain me, though, so we’ll make this one mercifully short.


    Maddox turns to Walter.


    Maddox: Whaddaya say? 5 minutes?


    Walter nods but says nothing. Maddox tells the referee to ring the bell and get this contest underway.


    This is a quick match - as if you expected anything else. But it doesn’t go quite the way that Maddox had planned. To start, Taylor’s years of experience have him playing a game of keep away that appears to be tiring out the gigantic Walter. Even three minutes in, there’s no offensive exchange so far. The crowd is getting behind Taylor as his antics continue to get him out of harms way just before Walter can make contact. Additionally, Taylor keeps finding ways to position either the referee or Maddox himself between he and his opponent, drawing the match out and keeping Walter from scoring any offense.



    The finish almost comes when Taylor manages to get Walter to accidentally clothesline Maddox. Big Daddy is upset as he lumbers back into the ring to chase after Chuckie T, but the “Kentucky Gentleman” was planning for this and traps Walter with a small package as he enters the ring. Chuck Taylor nearly manages to win the match in less than four minutes, having taken no damage whatsoever. Taylor could just imagine himself asking the crowd whether his next t-shirt should read “Master Manipulator”, ”Untouchable,” or “Flawless Victory.”



    Walter explodes out of the pin attempt at 2.99 and comes at Taylor like a raging bull afterward. It’s mostly a squash from here. Taylor does manage to get a desperation superkick in but it barely phases Big Daddy who responds with a kick of his own and a large clubbing forearm across the back that sends Chuckie T to the mat. Maddox is giddy on the outside as he watches Big Daddy Walter dismantle Chuck Taylor and ultimately defeat him with a big Powerbomb at 5:24. Crowd boos.



    Match 17
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    It’s a clash of the titans in this brutal war that sees action spiling outside of the ring several times. These guys are just clobbering each other and the Japanese crowd loves it. Both men look very strong here and their onslaught is bordering scary at times. No blood but both men are truly battered.



    Elgin drops the straps of his singlet to show everybody it’s business time but fails to deadlift gutwrench the massive Damian O’Connor. The story becomes a bit like ’how can Elgin do any of his big moves if he can’t lift Damo’ and despite wrecking O’Connor’s shit with several impressive strikes, Elgin can’t seem to keep him down for a 3 count.



    The finish comes when the two battle into a corner and Elgin manages to sit Damo atop the top turnbuckle. Smart crowd pops as they realize we’re 17 minutes in and only now one of these men is being lifted for the first time in this match. Elgin starts throwing ‘bows like it’s nobody’s business but Damo manages to block the last two or three, so Elgin switches it up, putting his left hand on the top rope and bringing his right foot up to Damo’s temple for a big enziguiri to his opponent seated atop the corner. This might be enough but a wise Elgin decides to follow up with a spinning backfist, raised slightly to accommodate his opponent’s present verticality.


    Damo is on dream street as Elgin positions his arms underneath his opponent’s legs, lifts, carries him toward the center of the ring and hits an unbelievably massive Elgin Bomb that shakes the place. The crowd erupts as the referee counts to 3 and “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin secures advancement with a pinfall at 17:37.



    Match 18
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    “Let’s go head-gear / Adam Cole!” duelling chants as this one kicks off and Alexander is impressive against the world-traveled Cole. Half of Monster Mafia, Alexander is used to being the power factor of the team and he shows it here with an array of impressive suplexes. Cole regroups with the Young Bucks on the outside and they take a moment to shit-talk New Day.



    This one started off in Josh Alexander’s favor but became Adam’s game once he was able to apply some heel tactics, including raking the eyes and taking cheap shots during rope breaks. The crowd is fairly behind Alexander here but their love for the Bullet Club shows through so that no one is really the heel here. That doesn’t stop Cole from distracting the referee long enough for the Young Bucks to get a Superkick in. Adam Cole with the Florida Key at 8:20.



    Match 19
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    Matt Riddle with “UFC” chants and the support of the fans as he goes one-on-one with Mike Bennett. Riddle surprising Bennett who perhaps underestimated his opponent going in but begins to take things very seriously once Riddle starts going for a number of nasty submission moves. Bennett manages to weasel out of them with rope breaks but he looks to be taking things more seriously now.


    Riddle is made to look very competent here while the story is that Mike Bennett’s experience edge doesn’t come into play until he drops his ego and realizes he faces a serious challenge. Even then, Riddle is a counter machine and continues to bring the match to the mat again and again. Bennett is continuously having to escape complicated holds and getting tired while Riddle looks like he has plenty left in the tank.



    Mike Bennett manages to surprise Riddle with an impromptu kick-to-the-midsection, but when he goes to follow it up with a Piledriver, Riddle grabs one of Bennett’s arms and rolls him onto the ground before expertly applying a Triangle Hold. This one looks to be over until Maria gets on the apron and distracts the referee out of Riddle’s eyesight. Bennett taps out and Matt Riddle releases the hold thinking he’s won. He starts to confront Maria and looks for the referee to raise his hand before he makes sense of what’s occurred. It’s too late, as an opportunistic Bennett turns Riddle around and slams him down with Divine Intervention (samoan driver) to pick up the victory at 11:01.



    Match 20
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    The crowd seems firmly behind Lance Storm as he goes up against a tough competitor in King Cuerno. They show some love for Lucha Underground but the older Storm is getting the ‘underdog support’ early in the contest. The two clobber each other around the ring and outside of it, which allows Cuerno to set up for his Arrow From The Depths of Hell. Storm rolled back into the ring for a 2 count.


    King Cuerno is unrelenting in his assault and it’s clear that Storm isn’t getting in any more offense from here on out. He tries, but is ultimately countered and pummeled. A decisive victory for King Cuerno as he puts away the veteran with an impactful Thrill of the Kill at 07:20.



    Match 21
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    Sound the war drums. Get the ambulances on standby. This one is ultra-violent and could only take place at an adults-only-show. Minoru Suzuki is accompanied by members of Suzuki-gun in Shelton Benjamin, Lance Archer, and David Smith Jr. Although their presence is felt throughout, and Kingston constantly keeps his eyes on them, they do not interfere during the match. Simply being there is distracting enough to give Minoru the edge and he doesn’t feel he needs the help.



    Both men are bleeding by the end of this classic and its uploaded to YouTube with that ‘mature audiences’ nonsense, in addition to a flashy viewer discretion advised graphic that stays up for ~8 seconds. Somehow all of this is managed without any rules or bones being broken. Suzuki is tough as nails and never lets up but Kingston is just as tough and will not quit. He refuses. Literally. The referee does the hand raise three times - a bloody Minoru Suzuki chokes out a bloody Eddie Kingston with a Sleeper Hold at 12:03.



    Match 22
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    The anticipation is almost palpable as the two stand across the ring from one another and soak in the adulation from the crowd. Pentagon’s rocking a Cero Miedo t-shirt and Lee’s got his hair in a top knot. They lock-up in the center of the ring and go on to have a pretty even match. Lee is rough and tumble, nailing a number of sloppy-but-successful dropkicks and strikes to keep Pentagon guessing.


    Pentagon Jr is no slouch, however, and begins to anticipate the rugged offense from Lee. Pentagon begins using some innovative offense and catching the “Carolina Caveman” off guard but Lee comes back with one of his own as they hit that ‘catching moonsault fall away slam’ thing that Trevor Lee does. They remain down as the referee begins to count but both are up by 3.



    This one goes all over the ring, the apron, the outside, the ramp, and almost to the backstage area before they bring it home for the finish. Trevor Lee is in control after previously hitting his ‘run diagonally across the ring and dive over the turnbuckle to the outside’ on an unsuspecting Pentagon Jr.


    Trevor Lee tries to give Pentagon Jr. either an Orange Crush or Small Package Driver but Pentagon hooks his leg behind Trevor Lee’s calf and prevents this. Pentagon with a spinning backfist to daze Lee and then he follows up with the Pentagon Driver (pumphandle half nelson driver) to secure the victory at 15:30.



    Match 23
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    Kamaitachi receiving a groundswell of support from the fans as he faces off with the ex-Mr. ROH, Roderick Strong. The fans begin the match by chanting ”Shitty Little Boots” and do not get any nicer to Strong as it progresses. A good eight minutes in, plenty of impressive offense from Strong, and this crowd is still giving him the business. He’s not thrown off by this, and even gives some shit back to the crowd when he gets a chance, but-


    Kamaitachi seizes this opportunity and unleashes a series of strikes that Roderick can’t keep up with. Eventually, he’s knocked loopy and finished off with a Fisherman Suplex that may as well be described as ‘from out of nowhere!’ Roderick Strong is losing his god damn mind at ringside as Kamaitachi celebrates. Commentary notes that this may be one of the biggest upsets of the entire tournament. Many had Roddy pegged for final 3 material, but it was not meant to be, as Kamaitachi takes home the victory at 09:07.



    Sourpuss Strong stays in the ring and argues with the referee, like that’s going to change anything. Suddenly, he goes off the handle and hits the referee with the End of Heartache to a mixed reaction (the most positive he’s gotten tonight) before heading backstage.



    Match 24
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    The last upload for Round 2 of the Worldwide 96 comes to you from Australia and features England’s Will Ospreay facing Kota Ibushi from Japan. The crowd has trouble picking a favorite because everything they’re doing is so exciting and so crisp. ”Both these guys!” chants throughout. They’re throwing everything at one another, including Kota’s Elevated Sitout Powerbomb (Ospreay manages to grab the ropes), Ospreay’s Jumping Corkscrew Roundhouse Kick (he actually connects but Kota rolls to the outside), Ospreay’s Sasuke Special, and Kota’s Golden Star Press (Ospreay gets his knees up).



    Nearfall of 2.99 when Ospreay catches Ibushi with the Essex Destroyer. The “Aerial Assassin” from England looks to finish a recovering Kota Ibushi with an OsCutter (springboard cutter) but Kota Ibushi catches him with a bridging german suplex for 1...2… kickout by Will Ospreay! Crowd goes mental at this point. Cue theatrical aerial display that will no doubt receive criticism from Vader on Twitter tomorrow. This comes to a head when Ospreay goes for another Essex Destroyer but Kota Ibushi counters into a big Northern Lights suplex. Ospreay crashes down and rolls to the other side of the ring. They stand to face one another but Ibushi is up first and takes control. He tries to give Ospreay another Elevated Sitout Powerbomb but Ospreay rolls over his shoulders and lands on his feet.


    Will Ospreay leaps forward at the ropes and springs back before catching an unsuspecting Kota Ibushi with the OsCutter just as he turns around. Ospreay hesitates to go for the pin and instead takes to the skies, jumping to the top turnbuckle to deliver a 630 Splash. He pops back around and hooks the leg for a 3 count. Pinfall victory goes to Will Ospreay at 14:40.



    Show of respect from both men afterward. Ospreay tries to handshake and Ibushi goes in for a hug. Crowd eats it up and we have finished Round 2 of the Worldwide 96.


    Round 3 to follow... but I figured I'd give you a couple of minutes to get through these first... jk there will be a short wait, as Round 3 will be taking place at the first official THRIVE Pro Wrestling shows. A series of two-night endeavors across the wrestling world, get ready for "Blue, Green, and Red."
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    Round 1: Matches 13-24

    13: Johnny Wrestling! A good match to read whilst getting back into the swing of your project, and I felt that Gargano came up looking strong against Rampage and certainly must be giving some sort of good odds for some progression in the tournament.

    14: Alex Shelley and the "Motor City" chants made me laugh, and I am not even sure if that was even meant to be funny. I personally think Trevor Lee is a worthless talent, but Shelley is probably a bit stale without someone like Kushida keeping him fresh so I had no real issue with how this went. And when I say Lee is worthless, I just don't believe him as a character at all.

    15: Matt Riddle from Team Rampage TUF7? If this is the same dude, then I didn't even realise he was actually doing pro-wrestling but I didn't realise that PotHead Riddle was in the game. Nice to see he won, just for the comedy values. Surprised his finished isn't the Stoner Stunner.

    16: Speedball actually beat Naito? Did you just bury Naito? You are fucking hilarious!!!

    17: Taguchi is one of the most under-rated old boys from Japan, and yes I said underrated. As soon as his name was mentioned, it would have been blasphemy if Kaz had beaten him. Very nice to have Daniels involved in the contest as well, and you made it a much more believable read because of it.

    18: LANCE FUCKING STORM! (nothing else is needed to be said, but...) LANCE FUCKING STORM!

    19: A long match and I thought we might hit overtime, although Tozawa going through is imperative. In the real CWC he is probably the only man that actually legitimises the tourney IRL, and that might sound harsh but he is from my POV the best in his weight-class right now. Mack looks strong, but see you later fool!

    20: When you have a worse version of Seth Rollins hair cut you deserve to lose. Glad he did! Volador Jr you schmuck!
    Spoiler:

    "MY HAIRCUT SUCKS!"

    Saying that I do think Ciampa is an extremely over-rated performer but the better of two evils.

    21: Matt Cross vs. Sanada? Hold on for a second, but does that sound like the potential for a really great match. That could have easily been a match that I would have expected much later on in the tournament, but to be treated to it so earlier on is certainly a gift. Sanada winning is probably the smartest option though in the long run.

    22: I don't even know who Rickey Shane Page is, although one look at him and he looks like a baby faced version of Road Dogg which is actually sort of scary. I know I should talk about the match, but seriously where did you dig up this weird looking mother fucker? I almost forgot that I actually have a small liking to Fenix, glad to see the back of that creepy looking mofo.

    23: Must admit I have only started to educate myself about CMLL, but I have heard of RUSH before so I suppose its the logical victory over par talent that is Everett. I loved that he spoke on the microphone even though no one understood a single word he was saying, about from probably that one fat guy that was only invited because he has a people carrier and could drive all his work mates to the show that night. Yeah I just said that, but come on he wanted to see RUSH really badly and they paid gas.

    24:
    Callihan looked impressive and him actually putting someone over on the microphone actually adds strength to his character nice job!

    Side-Note: I'm halfway through Round 1, and I've noticed that you have just dropped Round 2. I will try to keep up to speed, but I hope my review don't become like a strange time machine. None the less this is a really unique project dude, and I really am loving it for everything that it is.

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    Unfortunately I don't believe I was active in the BTB section during your last Booker. But I have in the past checked out all of your previous works after hearing Ed and others say great things and I was not disappointed in those projects. But I have to say without a doubt in only a couple of posts this has become not only my favorite BTB of yours but also my possible favorite in the section right now. I love tournaments and have booked some in the past. But I fully commend you for being so bold with such a mammoth tournament especially on an indy level rather than a mainstream promotion (Although in reality it is more feasible on the indies.)

    I like the mixture of talent you've brought into the tournament as well. Some names I'm higher on than others in the general group such as Scurll (can't give you enough love for bringing him in. Scurll is fantastic.), Sabre, O'Spreay, Thatcher and Pentagon Jr for example. Whilst others I'm not so keen on such as Eddie Kingston and Bushi. I'll say as well whilst I'm not one hundred percent on the Big Daddy Walter train. I've been impressed with your work with him especially with him being associated with Brad Maddox who I could see being great smarmy little fucker hiding behind his monster.


    Whilst Walter may seem to be the favorite to take this. I'm going to go a little out of the box with I think 2 of my choices for the final three. As I can see both Donovan Dijak and Marty Scurll going far. Whilst Zach Sabre Jr may be a more obvious choice. In my mind he'll be the one I'm guessing to round out the three. Keep up the good work with this project dude. Can't wait for the next update!

    Agreed on tournaments being dope. Really looking forward to G1 and eventually BOLA. Not sure if this type of tournament will become an annual or recurring thing, potentially reduced to 48? 24? Worldwide 24 sounds pretty sweet. I'll also probably do one of those trophy deals or something down the road.

    I don't think I'll ever stop mixing and matching various talents from all over but that's the fun of these. I will be building up certain people and doing specific things but I want to remain pretty flexible by design. Scurll I love, Sabre Jr, Pentagon - sorry you are not high on BUSHI but I love him too. Looking forward to seeing what you think about how it plays out. Thanks for your response.

    Quote Originally Posted by juniorsenior View Post
    Round 1: Matches 13-24
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    13: Johnny Wrestling! A good match to read whilst getting back into the swing of your project, and I felt that Gargano came up looking strong against Rampage and certainly must be giving some sort of good odds for some progression in the tournament.

    14: Alex Shelley and the "Motor City" chants made me laugh, and I am not even sure if that was even meant to be funny. I personally think Trevor Lee is a worthless talent, but Shelley is probably a bit stale without someone like Kushida keeping him fresh so I had no real issue with how this went. And when I say Lee is worthless, I just don't believe him as a character at all.

    15: Matt Riddle from Team Rampage TUF7? If this is the same dude, then I didn't even realise he was actually doing pro-wrestling but I didn't realise that PotHead Riddle was in the game. Nice to see he won, just for the comedy values. Surprised his finished isn't the Stoner Stunner.


    16: Speedball actually beat Naito? Did you just bury Naito? You are fucking hilarious!!!


    17: Taguchi is one of the most under-rated old boys from Japan, and yes I said underrated. As soon as his name was mentioned, it would have been blasphemy if Kaz had beaten him. Very nice to have Daniels involved in the contest as well, and you made it a much more believable read because of it.


    18: LANCE FUCKING STORM! (nothing else is needed to be said, but...) LANCE FUCKING STORM!


    19: A long match and I thought we might hit overtime, although Tozawa going through is imperative. In the real CWC he is probably the only man that actually legitimises the tourney IRL, and that might sound harsh but he is from my POV the best in his weight-class right now. Mack looks strong, but see you later fool!


    20: When you have a worse version of Seth Rollins hair cut you deserve to lose. Glad he did! Volador Jr you schmuck!
    Spoiler:

    "MY HAIRCUT SUCKS!"

    Saying that I do think Ciampa is an extremely over-rated performer but the better of two evils.


    21: Matt Cross vs. Sanada? Hold on for a second, but does that sound like the potential for a really great match. That could have easily been a match that I would have expected much later on in the tournament, but to be treated to it so earlier on is certainly a gift. Sanada winning is probably the smartest option though in the long run.


    22: I don't even know who Rickey Shane Page is, although one look at him and he looks like a baby faced version of Road Dogg which is actually sort of scary. I know I should talk about the match, but seriously where did you dig up this weird looking mother fucker? I almost forgot that I actually have a small liking to Fenix, glad to see the back of that creepy looking mofo.


    23: Must admit I have only started to educate myself about CMLL, but I have heard of RUSH before so I suppose its the logical victory over par talent that is Everett. I loved that he spoke on the microphone even though no one understood a single word he was saying, about from probably that one fat guy that was only invited because he has a people carrier and could drive all his work mates to the show that night. Yeah I just said that, but come on he wanted to see RUSH really badly and they paid gas.


    24: Callihan looked impressive and him actually putting someone over on the microphone actually adds strength to his character nice job!

    Side-Note: I'm halfway through Round 1, and I've noticed that you have just dropped Round 2. I will try to keep up to speed, but I hope my review don't become like a strange time machine. None the less this is a really unique project dude, and I really am loving it for everything that it is.
    Pretty cool that this is how you are finding out about Matt Riddle, professional wrestler. I was not familiar with him until recently (don't really follow MMA) but I am rooting for him based on what I've read and seen since hearing his story. Stoner Stunner, Grinder, Vaporizer, Figure Four-Twenty, Couch Lock... the sky is the limit if you wanna go that route.

    As for Naito, I'd say it's more like he buried the tournament than anything else. And judging by his subsequent loss of the IWGP Championship, I imagine his loss here (by DQ, no less) is marginalized substantially. I was disappointed with Naito's loss to Okada for the obvious reasons but also b/c now I'm more wary about how I use Okada, if at all.

    Akira Tozawa is awesome. I really can't wait to see his CWC performances. I would like to see him go all the way to the finals if not win but could go a number of ways.

    And LOL at Volador Jr's bad Seth Rollins hair. That is quite a pic. Half-tempted to make him start using the Curb Stomp now...

    Commentary on Rickey Shane Page and Fenix is A++. Died at "seriously where did you dig up this weird looking mother fucker."

    Thank you for your feedback! Appreciate all the reviews so much. Glad you are digging it.
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    Re: Natural Approach 3

    Round 1: Matches 25-36

    25: Enjoyed Page winning with the addition of the Bullet Club (as someone that certainly believes that Bullet Club has a lot of potential and credibility) the match really was a good read to get back into the swing of the tournament.

    26: Kaz and Daniels are both gone! And Daniels got knocked the fuck out! WOW! Was good to see JT Dunn get involved in the 96, although I don't think he will survive the second round.

    27: King Cuerno is just one of those wrestlers that is really good to watch, but his entrance is just horrible. That deer head hat is just too much. None the less Cuerno getting the win is a smart decision and he is a wrestler that is a realistic prospect of winning the whole tournament.

    28:
    I honestly can't believe this is already the end of Tommy End, damn! And to lose to the Japanese Bulldog-Meathead Ishii. I object! Sir I object!

    29: Not going to lie never heard of Josh Alexander, but when I saw him all I saw was a younger version of Jeff Jarrett that was more likely to be a gay porn-star than a pro-wrester. Saying that having this funny looking bastard beating Lance Hoyt is equally funny, although I hope is attire covered up a bit more leg than that which he normally exposes to the masses. Killer Elite more like....(literally couldn't come up with anything funny to say, so just stopped just like Lance Hoyt's career should...OH SNAP!)

    30: Cedric Alexander is gone! It was a good read, although I think Alexander is a seriously under-rated wrestler and even in the fantasy world he is being put on the bench.

    31: Even more Bullet Club action. I feel like you could maybe do a Bullet Club project in the future because I love the way in which you are putting them forward. ADAM COLE BAYBAY! And what way to swerve the ending, you know he is a heel but yet everyone loves the man who knows no limits to his own ego. Shame about Whiplash on a side note though.

    32:
    Mark Briscoe literally got his entire career ruined, did you just effectively retired him and force him to go an get a dentist's appointment? Career over! And for Brian Cage to be the man to dispatch him, that just makes Cage look super strong and a serious threat to anyone he faces in Round 2 of the tournament.

    33: Killer Elite is officially terminated, just add DH Smith to the point I made in 29. And to lose to O'Connor, my word his Daddy must be turning in his fictional grave in this fictional world that you have created in this reality that we call Wrestling Clique. If this isn't all just my dream and you are just a figment of my imagination? Or maybe this is your dream, and I am just a concept that shouldn't even be able to be think like this
    :ERROR ERROR DOES NOT COMPUTER...TRINITY!:

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    34: I am a massive Dalton Castle fan, if if I think his Ashley Remington is a far superior alter-ego with a lot more potential. I genuiely cheered out loud when I saw that he had advanced to the the next round! WOOP WOOP!

    35: KYLE O'REILLY! KYLE O'REILLY! KYLE O'REILLY!

    36: PJ Black versus Zack Sabre Jr. SO MUCH POTENTIAL! Literally if you did it properly you could create a feud between both these men over a number of months and due to their in-ring skill and creativity every match would be different. Even before the result is known, it is such a shame that one of these men is going to be eliminated in the first round. I am happy that ZSJ won the match, although think that maybe the match could of last a little longer.

    Side Note: Well I am 75% through Round One dude, and this is continuing to be my favourite project on the site at the moment. Big props dude!





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    The next events/matches/whatever in this Worldwide 96 will be as follows: two nights in England, two nights in USA (California), and two nights in Japan. Each night will see two matches from Round 3, which means we'll see 12 wrestlers moving on to Round 4 (the quarterfinals) and 12 wrestlers being eliminated outright. There will be additional matches, segments, and content made available as these are the first 'THRIVE Pro Wrestling' events.




    Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander... which one will you- no wait, wrong fan fiction.

    Some tournament participants have been announced for these shows, as you can see, along with some 'non-participants.' Previously eliminated wrestlers will round out the rest of the cards in addition to THRIVE first-timers. The main event of each night will remain a closely-guarded secret and THRIVE hopes you will trust their judgment as you tune in and spend your hard earned time on a free streaming event. Lots of fun and surprises abound, so stay tuned.

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    When is THRIVE coming to Toronto?

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    everyone has stolen what I wanted to say, nothing much for me to add except this appears to be another winner on here.

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