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.
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).
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.
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
| Rematch Clause | There is no such thing as a rematch clause in THRIVE.
THRIVE WORLD CHAMPION
(FORMERLY PENTAGON JR.)
Roster details coming soon.
Tag Team details coming soon.
Stable details coming soon.
Manager details coming soon.
Staff details coming soon.
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.