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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    Undisputed
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Sponsor: Devour
    Date: May 19, 2018
    Attendance: 1,800
    Venue: Hammerstein Ballroom
    City: New York, NY

    Undisputed was a professional wrestling event promoted by World Series Wrestling (WSW). The event took place on May 19, 2018, in New York, New York, at the Hammerstein Ballroom and was the third event under the Undisputed name.

    Production

    The event aired live on the media streaming service Netflix and featured commentary by Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight. Undisputed marked the debut of Paige Knight as part of the WSW commentary team following her retirement from in-ring competition.

    Event

    The first match of Undisputed saw Adam Cole and Ricochet defeat Revolver (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) in a tag team match. The crowd was electric for this match, chanting heavily for Ricochet and Adam Cole. Cole and Ricochet hit a flurry of offense early to stun Revolver. Cole would hit a suicide dive, immediately followed by a corkscrew moonsault plancha from Ricochet. The fight would continue on the outside, with Cole throwing Doc Gallows over the timekeeper's table before launching himself over the table to continue the attack. As the match progressed, Revolver would gain the advantage as Karl Anderson distracted the referee inside the ring, allowing Doc Gallows to hit Ricochet with a chair on the outside. Revolver would cut the ring off on Ricochet, countering his attempts at a comeback, with Gallows blocking a hurricanrana attempt with a powerbomb over his knee for a near fall. Ricochet would make the hot tag to Adam Cole, after he avoided the Boot of Doom, with a combination dropkick/tornado DDT on Anderson and Gallows respectively. Cole entered with a flurry of superkicks and middle fingers for Revolver. With Cole and Gallows as the legal men, Karl Anderson reached for desperation and prepared to use the chair from earlier; however, Ricochet flew in and dropkicked the chair into Anderson's face. The finish saw Ricochet connect with the Benadryller on Anderson, sending him falling outside the ring while Cole pinned Gallows with the Last Shot for the win. After the match, Adam Cole produced his list--scratching off the names of Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows--keeping his promise to eliminate Revolver, leaving Cody as his next target.

    The second match of Undisputed saw Bram defeat Pentagon Jr. in a Mexican Death Match. The rules of the match stated that a pinfall must occur anywhere in the building. Once the pinfall was registered, a 10 count is initiated. The first competitor to pin their opponent and keep them down for a 10 count wins. Pentagon attacked Bram early with a tope con hilo during Bram's ring entrance. The two men brawled around ringside, spilling over the guardrail into the crowd. After brawling through the crowd, Pentagon would land a chair shot to send Bram back over the guardrail; however, the carnage continued as Bram powerbombed Pentagon onto the steel steps. Bram would bust open Pentagon by spiking his head off the top of the guardrail repeatedly and then lawn-darting him into the ring post. Bram refused to pin Pentagon, looking to inflict punishment, grabbing a chain from under the ring. Throughout the match, Bram would rip at Pentagon's mask much like he did with Fenix. Bram would remove a turnbuckle pad; however, Pentagon would avoid getting sent headfirst into the exposed steel, reversing an Irish whip to send Bram sternum first into it. Pentagon would wrap the chain around his first and deck Bram with it for a pinfall; however, Bram would get to his feet at 7. Pentagon would choke Bram with the chain and land several more shots with the chain, busting Bram open. Pentagon would wrap the chain around his leg and attempt to kick Bram in the head; however, "The Chesterfield Plague" avoided the kick and countered with a Buckle Bomb into the exposed turnbuckle. Bram would then hit the Brighter Side of Suffering for a pinfall, but Pentagon got to his feet at the count of 9. The finish came when Bram hit a draping Brighter Side of Suffering. Bram would then wrap the chain around Pentagon's neck and choke him out with it before pinning him and keeping him down for the 10 count. After the match, EMS and medics rushed to the ring. Pentagon Jr. was stretchered off, while Bram flashed a wicked smile on his bloody face. "The Agent of Chaos" had struck again.

    Backstage, Todd Keneley would enter the Revolver locker room where World Champion Cody was chastising Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows over their loss,

    "What the HELL were you doing?! Tonight was about reclaiming our fear--and you screwed it up!
    Doc Gallows would get up out of his chair and get in Cody's face, with Karl Anderson quickly stepping in between the two men in an attempt to let cooler heads prevail. Cody would say,

    "Sit your ass down--you're a disappointment. Once again, I'm going to carry Revolver on my back. I'm a goddamn superstar, and I'm beginning to think I'm going to be standing on top of the world ALONE soon."
    Cody would push Keneley out the way and storm out the locker room, as Doc Gallows threw a chair across the room in frustration.

    In the third match of Undisputed, Candice LeRae retained the WSW Women's World Title against Tenille Dashwood. Dashwood was accompanied to the ring by her Diamond stablemates (Tessa Blanchard and Nixon Newell). After weeks of being ganged up on by Diamond, LeRae would respond to Tenille Dashwood's trash talk with a flurry of chops, forearms, and slaps that echoed off the walls of the Hammerstein Ballroom, turning Dashwood's tan skin red. As the match progressed, Blanchard and Newell would factor in, as they would interfere allowing Dashwood to gain the advantage. With Dashwood distracting the referee in the ring, Newell would hit a running hurricanrana off the apron--sending LeRae into the steel steps. Later in the match, Dashwood would feign an injury to distract the referee again, allowing Tessa Blanchard to enter the ring and hit an Alley Oop, sending LeRae crashing into the turnbuckles. This allowed Dashwood to hit a cartwheel kick for a near fall. Eventually, LeRae would eliminate the outside interference--taking down Dashwood with a reverse hurricanrana and then wiping out Blanchard and Newell with a moonsault from the top to the floor. LeRae locked on the No Escape--attempting to make good on her promise to make Dashwood tap out; however, Dashwood made the ropes. The finish came with LeRae flashing her superior wrestling skills. Dashwood countered a Ms. LeRae's Wild Ride with an eye rake and superplex; however, LeRae was able to bridge and roll up Dashwood into a small package. After the match, LeRae celebrated on the stage with her belt while Dashwood threw a temper tantrum in the ring.

    Next up, Bobby Lashley defeated Alberto El Patron in a singles match. Lashley was accompanied to the ring by Arn Anderson. Before the bell, the two competitors met in the middle of the ring with the referee, where Alberto El Patron slapped Lashley across the face. As the two men backed into the respective corners, the bell rang and Lashley came out and immediately rocked El Patron with a jumping knee to the chin. Lashley would trap El Patron in the corner, pounding away--El Patron's only escape was to slip through the ropes causing the referee to physically separate Lashley for the break. El Patron would escape to the floor, rocked early. El Patron would slowly reenter the ring, low bridging a charging Lashley--sending the top rope into Lashley's midsection. El Patron then snapped Lashley's throat over the rope. El Patron would connect on an enziguri. El Patron would try for the Arm Bar; however, Lashley would block and throw El Patron across the ring with one arm. Lashley would charge in and hit a single leg takedown on El Patron and rain down a flurry of forearms and elbows to the head. El Patron was unresponsive and unable to defend himself from the attack, forcing the referee to call for the bell. Lashley would win by TKO in a dominant debut performance over a former World Champion.

    The fifth match of the card saw Will Ospreay retain the Intercontinental Championship over Austin Aries. Aries would go after Ospreay's neck early and often. Aries attempted to whip Ospreay into the guardrail; however, Ospreay lept over it. Ospreay attempted to springboard off the guardrail, but Aries caught him with a dropkick in midair. Inside the ring, Aries would attempt the Last Chancery, but Ospreay would avoid the submission with a series of sharp elbows followed by a standing shooting star press. With Aries on the outside, Ospreay would attempt a Sasuke Special, but Aries lept to the apron and kicked Ospreay in midair to counter the move. Aries would snap Ospreay's neck over the middle rope with a twisting neckbreaker, sending Ospreay to the floor writhing in pain. Aries would land a series of kicks and knees to the neck for a near fall. Aries would attempt a DDT, but Ospreay countered with a Northern Lights Suplex into the corner. With Aries inverted in the corner, Ospreay hit a dropkick followed by Off With His Head for a near fall. Ospreay went for the Oscutter, but Aries countered with the Last Chancery. Screaming in pain, Ospreay was able to make the ropes. Sensing Ospreay was wounded, Aries hit the shotgun dropkick and went for the 450 splash, but Ospreay got his knees up. Both men laid on the mat, getting to their feet at the count of 9. The two began to trade forearms back and forth. Ospreay ducked an attempt a Roaring Elbow by Aries and connected on the Robinson Special kick followed by the Oscutter for the pin and the win. After the match, Ospreay and Aries shook hands in a sign of respect.

    A promo aired for a special 2-hour edition of Ignition airing on the Paramount Network on June 7.

    The semi-main event featured The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) retaining the WSW World Tag Team Titles over AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli. The match was a fast-paced and all-action with the crowd divided amongst the two teams. AJ Styles would hit a Fosbury Flop onto the Bucks early in the match, followed by Castagnoli hitting a crossbody from the top to the floor. Inside the ring, The Young Bucks showcased their innovative double team offense, highlighted by Nick Jackson powerbombing AJ Styles into a kick by Matt Jackson. Styles eventually fought off the Bucks, hitting his flipping inverted DDT onto both brothers to tag in Claudio Castagnoli. Castagnoli would showcase his raw power--German Suplexing both Bucks at the same time. Castagnoli would whip the crowd into a frenzy by hitting a ridiculous sequence of alternating gutwrench suplexes to both Matt and Nick. Castagnoli locked in the Sharpshooter on Matt Jackson. Nick Jackson attempted to break it up, but AJ Styles cut him off and locked him in the Calf Killer for the double submission--The Young Bucks held each other's hands to avoid tapping out until Matt rolled through the Sharpshooter--sending Castagnoli falling into Styles. Matt Jackson hit superkicks on Castagnoli and Styles. The Young Bucks went for More Bang For Your Buck on Castagnoli, but Claudio backdropped Matt and caught Nick with a wicked uppercut in midair for a near fall. AJ Styles tagged in and went for the springboard 450 splash, but Nick Jackson got his knees up. The Bucks hit a double superkick on Styles for a near fall. Matt Jackson tagged in and attempted a Sharpshooter, but his back gave out from the Sharpshooter earlier. Styles was able to land the Styles Clash, but Nick Jackson broke up the pinfall at 2.999. The finish came when Styles and Castagnoli attempted their European Uppercut/Phenomenal Forearm combination; however, Nick Jackson tripped Styles on the springboard attempt, sending him crashing onto the top rope. Nick then superkicked Styles--sending him flying off the apron through the timekeeper's table. This left Claudio Castagnoli to fight both Young Bucks. He hit double European Uppercuts, but Nick and Matt bounced off the ropes and hit the Superkick Party followed by More Bang For Your Buck for the win to retain. Following the match, The Young Bucks celebration was cut short by a video promising the arrival of the Death Busters.

    A promo aired for SummerFest from Toronto, WSW's next Netflix special on July 7.

    The main event of Undisputed saw Cody retain his WSW World Championship over Kota Ibushi. The crowd was firmly behind Ibushi, and violently jeered Cody and Brandi Rhodes. There would be no feeling out process, as Ibushi came out with a quick pace--striking Cody early and often. Cody would escape to the floor, and use this to his advantage--as he would steal a fan's beer from the front row and spit it into the face Ibushi. This allowed Cody to hit a verticle suplex on the apron and throw Ibushi into the guardrail and steel steps. Cody would then debut a new move, a double springboard clothesline from the ring to the floor on Ibushi. Cody would attempt to slow down the pace of the match in the ring, but Ibushi wouldn't allow it--peppering Cody's legs with kicks before ripping him down with a snap suplex and Shining Wizard. Cody again bailed to the outside, but Ibushi followed with the Golden Triangle Moonsault. Ibushi then landed a roundhouse kick that sent Cody flying over the guardrail into the crowd. Ibushi would return to the ring and bring the Hammerstein Ballroom to its feet with a ridiculous springboard dive from the ring OVER the guardrail--crashing into Cody. Battered, the two men returned to the ring where Cody countered an attempt at the Kamigoye with a cradle for a near fall. Cody would then clip the same leg he attacked on Ignition and began a full assault on the appendage. Cody would finally slow the pace of the match with stomps and knees to the leg. Cody would then lock on the Figure Four to grind down Ibushi. With gritted teeth--Ibushi made the ropes, but he felt the effects of the submission. Ibushi would use the ropes to get his verticle base back only to have Cody kick the legs out from under him. Cody scored a near fall off a Disaster Kick. Cody climbed the corner looking for a moonsault, but Ibushi cut him off with a one-legged dropkick. Ibushi would climb the ropes and land a superplex immediately transitioned into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Both men laid on the mat in exhaustion, rising and engaging in a chop sequence, until Cody attacked the leg again. Each strike to leg caused Ibushi to cry out in pain. Ibushi would go for a desperation lariat, but Cody countered with Cross Rhodes--but Ibushi kicked out to a huge reaction! With a look of disbelief on his face, Cody took Ibushi to the top and went for a Super-Cross Rhodes, but Ibushi slipped underneath the legs of Cody and delivered the Last Ride Powerbomb! Ibushi then immediately transitioned into the Kamigoye which connected! However, the move was equally painful to Ibushi's injured leg--causing him to writhe in pain on the canvas while Cody rolled to the apron where Brandi Rhodes pulled him to the floor. Eventually, Ibushi hobbled to the floor to grab Cody and throw him back into the ring. He covered, but Cody was able to kick out as too much time had passed. With pain all over his face, Ibushi went for the final assault. He began to scale the ropes for the Pheonix Splash, but Cody dropkicked the leg of Ibushi to send him crashing. Cody then hit not one but two Cross Rhodes for the pin to retain his title. After the match, Cody and Brandi celebrated in the ring with the World Title--while Ibushi rolled to the floor, tears in his eyes as he gave every piece of himself in an attempt to win the World Title. Medics ran down to attend to Ibushi who could not stand by himself. Cody spit on Ibushi from the ring while holding the World Title overhead. Undisputed ended with Cody posing in the corner--echoing his words from earlier, he was standing atop the world by himself.

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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    News and Rumors
    May 22, 2018


    *It has already been a huge week of professional wrestling news, with the headlines filled with the announcement of WWE's record-breaking television deals for Raw and Smackdown. While most of the talk over the past 48 hours has been related to these deals, WSW is pushing forward on a TV expansion of their own. Although nowhere near WWE dollar figures, WSW is apparently going "all in" for the special 2-hour Ignition on 6/7. Sources say that Shane McMahon has a tremendous relationship with Paramount Network executives, and the network sees WSW as a key element of its lineup moving forward. McMahon really wants Ignition to expand to 2-hours to become a true staple of the Paramount Network's Thursday night lineup and open new revenue streams. As with everything in business, it's all about the bottom line, and the ratings for the 6/7 show could dictate further expansion talk.

    *In huge WSW news, Alberto El Patron officially left the company on Monday. Following his match with Bobby Lashley at Undisputed, El Patron was very vocal backstage in his unhappiness with his positioning in the company. El Patron met with Shane McMahon on Sunday morning in New York City and asked to be released from his contract. The full release was granted, and the following statement was featured on WSW's Twitter and website: "World Series Wrestling announced today that it has come to terms with the release of Alberto El Patron, effective immediately. We wish Alberto all the best in his future endeavors." Alberto El Patron has always been a lightning rod for controversy; however, he had kept a low profile recently. El Patron has been a part of WSW since 2015, and he is a former WSW World Champion. El Patron was pushed heavily during the early days of WSW, but he gradually slipped from a top spot with the influx of talent over the past few years. El Patron has name value, but signing him also locks in a promotion to signing up for the drama that inevitably follows.

    *In an update on the WSW Dojo, the target opening date is mid-November. Tryouts are expected to be held in late-October for the inaugural class, with the Dojo officially opening to coincide with November Reign season.

    *Brandi Rhodes underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair a broken clavicle and 2 separate fractures in her collarbone. Rhodes is training to be a full-time competitor and suffered the injury during training. Rhodes delayed the surgery to complete all her appearances for Undisputed, and she accompanied her husband to the ring during the main event. Brandi will not be at the television tapings this week or the weekend's house show tour.

    *Tickets for SummerFest on 7/7 in Toronto are sold out. This will mark the fifth consecutive Netflix special that WSW has sold out. With 9,000 tickets sold--the company will shatter their attendance record. This will be WSW's first ever show in Toronto. Tickets for the television tapings in Mississauga are moving very well too.

    *The house show tour hits the northeast with three shows this weekend: 5/24 in Poughkeepsie, 5/25 in Albany, and 5/26 in Boston.

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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    Ignition: Episode 141
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: May 24, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Event
    Ignition opened with highlights of Undisputed featuring Cody retaining the World Title, the Young Bucks retaining the World Tag Team Titles in a wild match, Bobby Lashley's domination, and the carnage left by Bram. The video package faded to Center Stage Atlanta where Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight hyped the show -- announcing that tonight we would hear from WSW Owner Shane McMahon and WSW World Champion Cody.

    Adam Cole came out for a promo to a MASSIVE ovation from the Center Stage faithful. Cole said,

    "....Ladies and gentlemen, I am a man of my word. I promised youthat I would drive the nail into the coffin of Revolver. At Undisputed--with the assistance of Ricochet--we completed step one. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows have officially been crossed off the list. That just leaves one person left........Cody. Yes, our current World Champion....you know the guy that likes to tell everyone he's a 'goddamn superstar.' Cody....I know who you are. Try as you may to convince everyone you are the greatest wrestler in the world, I know you are just a spoiled brat. Cody, when times get tough you resort to saying, “Do you know who my dad is?!” You weaseled your way into Revolver, you weaseled your way to winning the World Championship…..and you may think you’re protected, but as Revolver falls apart—take a look in the mirror…..you’re the last piece left standing. Not only am I going to fulfill my promise. I’m going to take your World Title as well…..


    As soon as these words left Adam Cole’s lips he was met with the music of Austin Aries. Aries came out on stage with a microphone and talked as he walked down to the ring, eventually standing toe to toe with Adam Cole,

    ”Adam, I’m glad you’ve got your eyes set on the World Title; however, there is one thing I want to clear up. I’m STILL “The Show” around here. I’m still the greatest man that ever lived, and you need to fall in line. You see that’s one of the reasons I came back to WSW because it makes me sick seeing people like you stake their claim to things they don’t deserve. Recognize greatness, and fall in line son!


    Every confident, Adam Cole flashed his trademark cocky grin and said…

    ”Well....it looks like Will Ospreay didn't totally knock the arrogance out you when he pinned your ass. I’ve been waiting 4 months to get my hands on Cody and the World Championship. I guess I can wait one more day, especially if it means I get to knock the smug look off your face….


    Adam Cole wouldn’t hesitate as he connected on a big right hand to the jaw of Austin Aries. The two men traded punches until Aries landed a knee to the gut. Aries would attempt a Roaring Elbow, but Adam Cole would duck and load up for a Superkick, but Aries put on the brakes and bailed from the ring. Austin Aries backed up the entryway talking trash to Adam Cole, who stood in the ring beckoning for Aries to return.

    The first match of Ignition saw The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) defeat The Carolina Outlaws (Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett) in a tag team match. Lee and Everett showed early why they are former World Tag Team Champions, using their quickness to pepper the large Canadians, tagging in and out. However, the power of St-Jacques and Dubois eventually took over. Mathieu St-Jacques caught Andrew Everett in midair on a springboard attempt, and in an impressive display on strength—pressed him overhead before throwing Everett into a dropkick from Thomas Dubois. St-Jacques would hit a delayed vertical suplex on Trevor Lee, holding Lee for well over 20 seconds and even doing squats while hoisting him up. The finish came after Thomas Dubois blocked an attempt at a Mushroom Stomp by Trevor Lee—tossing him over the top rope to the floor. This allowed The Union to hit the White Winter on Andrew Everett for the pin and the win. After the match, The Union got on the microphone and demanded WSW provide them more competition, they wanted the best……..they wanted The Young Bucks.

    A backstage interview aired from “After Undisputed” of Arn Anderson and Bobby Lashley. Anderson handled the majority of the talking,

    “….Don’t call me a prophet, don’t call me a fortune teller, just call me honest. I told you what was going to happen tonight. I told you as soon as that bell rings, the ultimate prizefighter goes to work, and he did just that tonight. That’s a former World Champion that Lashley put down in mere minutes. The wrath of a god was on display tonight. WSW, be on alert—this isn’t a game, this isn’t a show…..this is a fighter!”


    Bobby Lashley then uttered a simple phrase….

    "1 and 0......"

    The trailer for Bipolar Rock n’ Roller aired. The Showtime documentary centers on WSW commentator Mauro Ranallo and his battle with mental illness. The documentary airs on May 25.

    The second match of Ignition saw Nixon Newell defeat Santana Garrett in a singles match. This was Newell’s debut singles match in WSW, and she was accompanied by her Diamond stablemates Tenille Dashwood and Tessa Blanchard. Tenille Dashwood was especially irritated following her defeat at Undisputed. Dashwood was happy to get involved with kicks and stomps on the outside. Garrett showcased her talent, but the combination of Nixon Newell’s impressive talent and the steady outside assistance of Diamond was too much. Newell hit a wicked Shining Wizard that rocked Garrett before pinning her with the C’est La Vie (double underhook piledriver). After the match, Diamond hopped in the ring and began a post-match beat down on Santana Garrett. Tenille Dashwood got on the microphone and called out Candice LeRae….

    ”Candice…..Candice I know you’re here, and I know this gets your attention every time. You see yourself as the protector of the Women’s Division. You think hard work, respect, and dedication gets you ahead in this business, but IT'S NOT. Screw respect, screw tradition….you want to get ahead in this life—-BE BEAUTIFUL AND BE RICH. That’s what we are here for. That’s what Diamond stands for. We will burn the Women’s Division down till we are the only ones left standing. We are the elite class...WE ARE BEAUTY. You didn’t beat me Candice….you just bought yourself some more time. Poor Santana, isn’t so lucky…..”


    Nixon Newell and Tessa Blanchard prepared to hit Santana Garrett with the Brilliant Diamond (combination gutbuster/corkscrew neckbreaker); however, the music of Candice Le Rae hit and the Women’s World Champion marched to the ring. LeRae stood on the apron assessing the situation, while Diamond threw Garrett’s body to the side—ready for LeRae like a pack of wolves. LeRae knew the numbers were stacked against her; however, in a shocking moment, the music of Taya Valkyrie hit. The former Women’s World Champion and LeRae’s archival marched to the ring. To the surprise of LeRae and everyone, Valkyrie gave LeRae and nod and hopped in the ring and began swinging! LeRae followed and Candice LeRae and Taya Valkyrie began to clean house—TenilleDashwood quickly bailed from the ring, with Valkyrie tossing Tessa Blanchard and LeRae kicking Nixon Newell out of the ring. The former rivals shared an uneasy glance, in the ring as Diamond backed up the entryway.

    A promo aired advertising the special 2-hour edition of Ignition on June 7.

    The main event of Ignition saw Ricochet defeat ACH in a fast-paced matchup. The two went through a series of counters and reversals, with ACH showing he could go step for step with the talent of Ricochet. Ricochet landed a huge springboard moonsault, but ACH rolled through and hit a Death Valley Driver for a near fall that shocked the crowd and Ricochet. As the match wore on, Ricochet draped ACH over the top rope and headed up to the top turnbuckle for a shooting star press, but ACH was able to escape, crotch Ricochet on the top, and hit a massive Super Hurricanrana that sent Ricochet flipping through the air and crashing to the mat. ACH climbed up top and went for the 450 Splash, but Ricochet got his knees up. Ricochet then hit an implant DDT followed by the 630 Senton for the pin and win. After the match, Ricochet helped ACH to his feet and the two shook hands, Ricochet recognizing that ACH pushed him to his best tonight.

    Following the final commercial break, ring announcer Justin Roberts introduced WSW Owner Shane McMahon who was standing in the ring. McMahon received a tremendous reaction from the Center Stage crowd,

    ”Thank you very much—it feels great to be here tonight with you in Atlanta the HOME of WSW! Thanks to each and every one of you, WSW continues to grow. Saturday night we sold out the historic Hammerstein Ballroom for Undisputed, and on July 7 we will head to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first time ever for SummerFest. I am happy to announce that SummerFest is a sellout, and will feature the LARGEST crowd in WSW history. Over 9,000 people will convene in the Ricoh Coliseum to witness our men and women do what they do best in this ring! BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Thanks to YOU, in TWO weeks we will feature a very special episode of Ignition. The Paramount Network recognizes how special the WSW fans are, and on June 7 a special 2-hour edition of Ignition will take place right here at Center Stage! And the WSW World Championship will be defended on that show. At this time I would like to ask our WSW World Champion Cody to please join me in the ring…..”


    The music of Cody hit, and the World Champion walked out on stage to deafening jeers. Clad in a tailored suit, Cody walked alone—no Rev
    olver and no Brandi Rhodes. Cody entered the ring and shook hands with Shane McMahon before taking a microphone of his own,

    ”Before you continue Shane, I have just one thing I would like to say. I would like to say that it’s great to see you. I know you’ve been all over the place handling business for us here in WSW, but it’s great to see you face to face because I think it’s time for you to…..thank me. I just listened to you rattle on about all the sunshine and rainbows of WSW. What you failed to mention is that all of this business growth and expansion has occurred since I became World Champion. Sellouts, 2-hours specials of Ignition, merchandise sales through the roof…..all of that has come because of ME. Everyone said I couldn’t……and now every single day I prove that I’m the biggest superstar in professional wrestling, and the numbers don’t lie and neither does my track record. In 2018 alone, I’ve beaten Adam Cole, I’ve beaten EC3 so bad he hasn’t shown his face in weeks, and at Undisputed, I beat Kota Ibushi—the man everyone said was one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Not only did I beat him, I broke him and made him cry. Every day I wake up and prove my doubters wrong—including your father Shane. So before you continue to use me and MY World Title to leverage this show—why don’t you thank me first.....


    Cody’s comments drew even louder jeers, and a chant of “F*ck You Cody” started up. Ever the professional, Shane McMahon took Cody’s comments in stride, saying:

    ”You know Cody you’re right. You are living proof of what believing in yourself and betting on yourself is all about. You’re a risk taker and a businessman, and I respect that. But, as you know, titles are earned each and every day in WSW. You are the World Champion, and that honor goes further than just that title belt. That’s an honor every single person who ever laces up a pair of boots seeks to attain, but only a select few accomplish. That’s what makes the World Championship special—it’s rarefied air….the best of the best. That’s a class you’re in right now Cody, and that’s why I expect you to defend your title against the best. Because in two weeks, you will have your next title defense against a former World Champion…..a former World Champion that was never beaten in the ring for that belt…….on June 7, Cody you will defend the WSW World Championship against…..DREW GALLOWAY!”


    The music of Drew Galloway hit, and the Center Stage crowd exploded at his return. Galloway stood on stage, soaking in the adulation as Cody looked on incredulously from the ring. Ignition closed with Drew Galloway pointing at the World Champion from the stage while Mauro Ranallo closed the show,

    …..My God he’s back. ‘The Scottish Dragon is back, and he’s looking to reclaim his crown!”
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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

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    *Bipolar Rock n' Roller made its official debut on 5/25 on Showtime, receiving widespread praise. The documentary centers on WSW broadcaster Mauro Ranallo and his lifelong battle with Bipolar Affective Disorder. The film is an in-depth look at the life of Ranallo, complete with archived footage as well as current highlights of his work in WSW, MMA, and last year's Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match. Ranallo is very open in regards to mental illness, and he discusses the documentary and his struggle in an exclusive sit-down interview on the official WSW website.

    *Chael Sonnen launched a new podcast this week entitled Ring the Bell. The podcast is powered by V for Viacom, an editorial entertainment site operated by Viacom Media Networks--the parent company of the Paramount Network. New episodes will be released each Monday, and the show will feature Sonnen exploring different topics in the professional wrestling, sports, and entertainment world with a featured guest. No surprise that the first episode featured Sonnen's WSW broadcast partner Mauro Ranallo, with the two further discussing Bipolar Rock n' Roller. The podcast episode is generating buzz, with listeners praising the honest and candid discussion. WSW has been promoting the podcast on their social media channels and website. Shane McMahon is scheduled to be the second guest on 6/4, with Paige Knight being featured on 6/11.

    *Drew Galloway made his return on the 5/24 Ignition, setting himself up as the next challenger for Cody and the WSW World Championship. That match will main event the special 2-hour Ignition on 6/7. Other title matches are expected to be announced for that show this week, as WSW is pushing the 6/7 show heavily. The 5/31 Ignition will feature Candice LeRae, Taya Valkyrie, and Santana Garrett vs. Diamond (Tenille Dashwood, Tessa Blanchard, Nixon Newell) as well as Karl Anderson/Doc Gallows vs. Midnight Rush. The Young Bucks, AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli,and Will Ospreay are all advertised for the 5/31 Ignition as well.

    *The Young Bucks assisted with a marriage proposal during the 5/24 house show in Poughkeepsie, New York. A fan contacted the Bucks via Twitter with his idea. Matt and Nick Jackson assisting in the planning process. The fan and his girlfriend were invited into the ring following the Bucks match, and after some back and forth banter, the question was popped which garnered a huge pop. The proposal was filmed and shared on Twitter by the Bucks as well as WSW. She said "yes," and we wish all the best to these superfans.

    *There is only one stop on the house show tour this weekend, 6/2 in St. Louis.
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    This seems like one of the best fantasy promotion projects I've seen on here, honestly. Seems like you took the time to find a viable channel to put your show on, the Netflix deal is good, the roster is stacked but not unrealistic and I think what I find most fascinating is the presentation of your shows like it's a Wikipedia page. I actually really like that idea.

    As for what's been happening recently, I like your booking of Cody as the top level heel which I think is what he is ideally suited to be. He's pretty much the Hollywood Hogan of the modern day all the way down to the weight belt. I like the idea of Adam Cole getting a run at his title in the near future but since you've brought Drew into the fold, I'm a little torn. My gut feeling is that Cody still has a long reign ahead of him so I'm looking forward to his futute title defenses. His match with Ibushi was grade A stuff.

    Arn Anderson is a great way to make me care about Lashley. I've always said he needs a mouthpiece if I was ever going to get invested in him as a top tier guy so you nailed this pairing. This might be the first time I've seen Arn used in this role too so that's pretty sweet.

    Aries vs. Cole is a fucking dream match no question. When Aries was TNA World Champion back in 2011 or so I was probably his biggest fan, and while I was ecstatic TNA gave him that boost, I was disappointed they didn't do more with it. Cole at this point is one of the wrestling world'a brightest stars but I have to say I'm still pulling for the greatest man that ever lived.

    I'm also intrigued by the impending arrival of The Death Busters... Sounds like Trent Baretta is definitely gonna be involved somehow. And is this an intentional reference to Sailor Moon?

    Anyways, all in all I have to say I'm impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail you've put into this and I'll definitely be back to check out future shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The EC View Post
    This seems like one of the best fantasy promotion projects I've seen on here, honestly. Seems like you took the time to find a viable channel to put your show on, the Netflix deal is good, the roster is stacked but not unrealistic and I think what I find most fascinating is the presentation of your shows like it's a Wikipedia page. I actually really like that idea.

    As for what's been happening recently, I like your booking of Cody as the top level heel which I think is what he is ideally suited to be. He's pretty much the Hollywood Hogan of the modern day all the way down to the weight belt. I like the idea of Adam Cole getting a run at his title in the near future but since you've brought Drew into the fold, I'm a little torn. My gut feeling is that Cody still has a long reign ahead of him so I'm looking forward to his futute title defenses. His match with Ibushi was grade A stuff.

    Arn Anderson is a great way to make me care about Lashley. I've always said he needs a mouthpiece if I was ever going to get invested in him as a top tier guy so you nailed this pairing. This might be the first time I've seen Arn used in this role too so that's pretty sweet.

    Aries vs. Cole is a fucking dream match no question. When Aries was TNA World Champion back in 2011 or so I was probably his biggest fan, and while I was ecstatic TNA gave him that boost, I was disappointed they didn't do more with it. Cole at this point is one of the wrestling world'a brightest stars but I have to say I'm still pulling for the greatest man that ever lived.

    I'm also intrigued by the impending arrival of The Death Busters... Sounds like Trent Baretta is definitely gonna be involved somehow. And is this an intentional reference to Sailor Moon?

    Anyways, all in all I have to say I'm impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail you've put into this and I'll definitely be back to check out future shows.
    Thanks so much for your comments and thoughts, I appreciate you stopping by and reading. My only real "rule" with WSW has always been to keep it grounded in reality. As I work on this project I often ask myself, "If this company really existed what would it look like in the wrestling landscape of 2018." Taking a real-time approach keeps things fresh and interesting for me. I love the wrinkles of writing guys back into storyline after returning for absence (much like with Drew returning from injury).

    I really enjoy writing the character of Cody, especially as the saga of Revolver continues to play out. Cody may be the best heel in wrestling right now, so it's neat getting to play this out in this project. I also love writing the character of Adam Cole, because he is so dynamic. This version of Adam Cole is a little bit of a swashbuckling outlaw, and I love to play up his "riverboat gambler" tendencies. Bobby Lashley has always been an interesting figure, as his look and background should lead to him being a badass, top guy. Arn Anderson is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, and I believe he is a Top 10 promo. Letting Arn handle the talking with Lashley's being a fighter is the plan going forward.

    Stay tuned for more on the mysterious Death Busters. True story, I was kicking around names for a tag team and kept coming back to "Death Busters," and I just loved the sound and feel of it. It wasn't until I did my research that the Sailor Moon realization kicked in, but I was sold on the name at that point so I stuck with it.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts. The newest episode of Ignition will be up this weekend.

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    Ignition: Episode 142
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: May 31, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Event
    Ignition opened with highlights from last week's episode, centered around the dramatic return of Drew Galloway and the announcement that Cody will defend the WSW World Championship against Galloway on the June 7 edition of Ignition.

    As the camera cut inside Center Stage, The Young Bucks came to the ring for a promo to a massive ovation. Matt and Nick Jackson went back and forth, boasting about the fact that their World Tag Team Title reign currently sits at 202 days. In just 3 days, The Young Bucks would become the longest reigning tag team champions in WSW history. Nick Jackson then addressed next week's special edition of Ignition saying that no party would be complete without The Young Bucks. He also announced their next title defense would take place next week before acknowledging the challenge by The Union last week,

    "....The Union--I'm still not sure what kind of name that is, but there's no denying the fact they are two large, powerful men. Look they've been impressive as hell, but a cup of coffee in the big time doesn't make you ready for The Young Bucks. But, if you want to challenge us--this is your open invitation to do it face to face....
    Without missing a beat, The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) would make their way to the ring to confront the champions. The hulking Canadians stared down the Jackson brothers with intensity while Nick Jackson spoke,

    "This is what greatness looks like boys....and that feeling, yeah, that's the feeling of being in the ring with superstars. We all know what you are here for, but before you RSVP to the Superkick Party just know that we've put down the very best wrestlers and teams in the world. AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli, Anderson, Gallows, Pentagon, Fenix....are you sure you want to add your name to that list?"
    Thomas Dubois spoke for The Union, and his message was short but emphatic,

    "We DEMAND more competition. We will BREAK you in two!"
    Matt and Nick Jackson exchanged a glance and shrugged their shoulders, with Matt saying,

    "....Challenge accepted."
    The Young Bucks then prepared to deliver a set of superkicks, but The Union was ready and too quick, ripping the Bucks down with massive lariats. With incredible ease, St-Jacques and Dubois tossed the Bucks from the ring. Then in a ridiculous display of strength, Mathieu St-Jacques picked up one of the Bucks' Superkick Party title belts and ripped it in half, throwing the torn pieces at the Jacksons on the floor. Matt and Nick Jackson looked at the ring in shock, as Mauro Ranallo set the stage for next week's tag title bout on commentary,

    "The Young Bucks are all about the bright lights and the big time, but The Union has made their presence felt--THEY are new bullies on the block and they want the World Tag Team Titles!"
    A promo aired advertising the special 2-hour edition of Ignition on June 7.

    Todd Keneley interviewed Taya Valkyrie backstage regarding her assistance of longtime rival Candice LeRae last week. Tonight, Valkyrie will team with LeRae and Santana Garrett vs. Diamond.....

    "...I'm going to be real clear Todd, I don't like Candice LeRae. I can't stand her bright colors, her personality, her overbearing need to be Dudley Do-Right.....but, I respect the hell out of her. I know firsthand what she can do in that ring, and there's no denying the fact she is the best in the world right now--the Women's World Title says it all. What I don't respect is Tenille Dashwood and her B-Team. Diamond represents everything wrong with women's wrestling. Tonight these Instagram models are going to stand toe to toe with the Queen of the Ring. And tonight....it's off with their heads....
    The first match of Ignition saw Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay defeat Chris Sabin in a non-title match. The veteran Sabin was determined to grind down Ospreay in an effort to slow down the champion. Sabin applied arm wringers and an abdominal stretch to cut off Ospreay each time he would start to pick up the pace. Sabin hit a missile dropkick for a 2 count, but that seemed to light the fuse of Ospreay. Ospreay caught Sabin with a corkscrew kick flush and followed it with a Robinson Special that sent Sabin tumbling to the floor. Ospreay then brought Center Stage to its feet with a Sasuke Special. Ospreay picked up the win with an Oscutter. The Intercontinental Champion showcased a sample of the skills that have put him in an elite class.

    Footage aired from "Earlier Today" showing Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows arriving at Center Stage separately from Cody. When he arrived, Cody addressed the camera when asked about the status of Revolver,

    "Revolver is fine...I've got their back tonight in their match, just like they will have my back next week against Galloway.

    Footage aired from "After Undisputed" featuring a locker room interview with AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli following the duo's defeat to the Young Bucks two weeks ago. Disappointment was worn on the faces of the men. AJ said,


    "....This obviously isn't the result we wanted, but we pushed The Young Bucks to a level they have never been pushed to. We were so close to the gold I could taste it. We were so close, but close isn't good enough in this business. I want nothing more than to hold World Tag Team Titles, and this isn't the last you've heard from us.....

    Styles was interrupted by Castagnoli who delivered a shocking statement before storming out....


    "AJ just stop there! We were close tonight, but we didn't get the job done. That's been the story of my career and I'm tired of it. I was the very first World Champion in WSW history....I was the VERY BEST wrestler in the world. Since then, all I've done is come up short in the end time and time again. There is nothing I won't do to reclaim the honor of being the BEST, and I'm not going to do it teaming with you and fighting your battles. I refuse to get Honorable Mention, I demand First Place. It's time for ME to get MINE, and I can only do that alone."

    The second match of Ignition saw Diamond (Tenille Dashwood, Nixon Newell, and Tessa Blanchard) defeat Candice LeRae, Santana Garrett, and Taya Valkyrie in a six-woman tag team match. There was no feeling out process, as bad blood was flowing early with the all six women brawling as soon as the bell rang. Valkyrie would showcase her strength by pressing Nixon Newell over her head and throwing her onto Tenille Dashwood on the floor. As the match progressed, Diamond would cut the ring off from Santana Garrett and work her over. Garrett showed heart, refusing to give in--slipping out of a verticle suplex attempt by Newell and countering with a Reverse DDT. This allowed Garrett to make the hot tag to Valkyrie. Newell tagged out to Tessa Blanchard setting the stage for the two powerhouses to square off. The two women then proceeded to throw mighty blows, exchanging a forearm and chop sequence that brought the crowd to their feet. Valkyrie got the better of the exchange, but Dashwood cut off her momentum by grabbing a handful of Valkyrie's hair in the corner allowing Blanchard to go on offense. Blanchard would try for the Blanchard Combination (Slingshot Suplex into a lifting DDT), but Valkyrie countered with a Butterfly Suplex before tagging in LeRae. LeRae came in hot, striking anything in her way. The match broke down into a brawl again, and with everyone slugging it out on the floor LeRae took out all of Diamond with a huge moonsault from the top to the floor. The finish came with LeRae going to lock on the No Escape on Tenille Dashwood, vowing to make her tap out; however, Nixon Newell broke it up. LeRae dispatched Newell with a running dropkick, but Dashwood snuck behind her and rolled her up for pin. Tenille Dashwood pinned the champion! After the match, LeRae sat frustrated at her inability to rid herself of Diamond, while Tenille Dashwood celebrated on the stage pantomiming for the belt on her waist.

    A promotional video was shown for SummerFest, streaming live on Netflix from Toronto on Saturday, July 7.

    Highlights were shown of Drew Galloway's return to WSW last week. Galloway won the World Championship at November Reign, but was forced to vacate the title on December 7 after tearing his bicep. Galloway was out of action for over 5 months. A video montage set to "The Show Must Go On" by Queen aired. The montage showed highlights of Galloway's run through the 2017 Grand Prix, his victory over EC3 to win the World Title, and his injury. Footage was shown of Galloway in the hospital preparing for surgery and his subsequent rehab and training process. Galloway narrated the piece,

    "I've been in love with wrestling since I was a child. I used to lay in bed at night, stare up at the ceiling, and dream of becoming World Champion. Winning the World Title was the greatest moment of my life, I trained for years for the right to hold that gold belt. To have all of that ripped away from you is heartbreaking. The moment I vacated the World Title, I walked back through the curtain and I asked 'How quick can I come back from this.' ......Life is a journey, and this injury has taught me there is nothing you can't overcome if you want it bad enough. For five and half months, I've had one mission in mind....to sacrifice and train every day to get back in the ring. In Scotland, they say the dragon is the keeper of the gold......I'm back and I'm coming for what's mine....

    Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight hyped up next week's special 2-hour edition of Ignition. They ran down the card which includes:

    • WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway
    • WSW Women's World Title: Tenille Dashwood vs. Candice LeRae (c)
    • WSW World Tag Team Titles: The Union vs. The Young Bucks (c)
    • Taya Valkyrie vs. Tessa Blanchard
    • Austin Aries vs. Adam Cole


    The main event of Ignition saw Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows defeat Midnight Rush (ACH and Lio Rush) in a tag team match. Before the bell rang, the music of Cody hit to interrupt the process and the World Champion made his way out. Cody joined the commentary team stating that he was simply out tonight to support Revolver,

    "....This is my squad. I'm just being a great leader, inspiring Anderson and Gallows to victory tonight. I've got their back, just like they have mine. Revolver is fine."

    The matchup was a fast-paced affair, back and forth affair. Midnight Rush used their speed and agility to counter the size and strength advantage of Anderson and Gallows. The strategy worked until Gallows caught Lio Rush in mid-air off a springboard attempt and whipped him down with a swinging side slam. Anderson and Gallows then took turns ping-ponging Lio Rush around the ring. Lio Rush showed his heart though, refusing to stay down and fighting back with a tilt-a-whirl DDT on Gallows followed by a snap hurricanrana on Anderson to make the hot tag to ACH. The finish of the match came after ACH rallied and sized up Karl Anderson for a dive from the ring. ACH hit the ropes and charged but was intercepted with a wicked running bicycle kick by Doc Gallows. This allowed Anderson and Gallows to hit the Boot of Doom. Staring down Cody from the ring, the duo hit the Magic Killer for the pin and the win. After the match Cody came down to the ring to congratulate the duo, slapping them on the back and praising them on the microphone. Cody extended his hand for a handshake, but Karl Anderson took the microphone instead.....


    "....Cody, you only want Revolver, when you NEED Revolver. It doesn't work that way. We'll be watching next week to see just how goddamn great you really are, but it WON'T be at ringside. Good luck champ.....

    Anderson would throw the microphone at the feet of the World Champion before leaving the ring with Doc Gallows. For weeks Cody said he would do everything alone, now just 7 days away from his next title defense...he truly found himself without the backing of Revolver.










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    *Shane McMahon appeared as a guest on the second episode of Chael Sonnen's new podcast Ring the Bell. The very candid interview covered a wide array of topics including McMahon's departure from the WWE in 2009, the inception of WSW, and his plans for the future. Major highlights from the interview are featured below, beginning with McMahon's response to his resignation from the WWE:

    "...You know this is always a topic where I think people want there to be more to the story than there actually is. I think people really want there to be some salacious details or family drama, but me leaving was simply a personal and professional decision. By 2009, I had worked full-time for the WWE for sixteen years, and I was burned out on the professional wrestling/sports entertainment world. I wanted to try something different, and I pursued a major of interest of mine in streaming entertainment. I'm wired differently from my dad, I always had other interests and projects even when I was working there. My father amazes me with his drive and focus, it's part of the reason he's so successful; however, I wouldn't trade my five years away from the business for anything. I got to grow professionally and personally, but this business [pro wrestling] is in my blood and the lessons I learned helped shape what is now WSW."

    Sonnen mentioned that Shane was on the cutting edge of streaming entertainment in 2009. In 2018, streaming platforms are now a hot-button topic with the prevalence of cable cutting and OTT services. Sonnen mentioned the WWE Network, ROH's HonorClub, and the Global Wrestling Network, inquiring if Shane had plans for a WSW streaming service. Shane responded,


    "...Well I think we do have a streaming service--we've got the OG of streaming services...we've got Netflix as one of our key partners and outlets for our content....I mean in business I think every idea needs to be approached with a simple question, 'Does this make sense?' WWE, Ring of Honor, New Japan and all the different companies that offer a streaming service have years and years of history on us and hours upon hours of content. Even then...the dialogue is all about selling memberships to break even and hopefully make a profit down the road. We don't have the volume of content for our own streaming service to be viable right now, but we do have some tremendous broadcast partners. Netflix is one of the most important brands in entertainment, and we take pride in being the first and only program to stream live on the service. Plus it's Netflix....there are millions of subscribers worldwide. Their subscriber numbers are something that would take years to build on our own, so my thoughts are let's leverage our strengths and offer our brand of unique entertainment to promote to the millions of people who have access to our content."

    Also worth mentioning was the discussion of future plans for WSW. Sonnen mentioned the 2-hour Ignition on Thursday evening, the record sell out for SummerFest in Toronto, and the WSW Dojo. McMahon described his future goals for WSW,


    "I want us to sustain the momentum we are generating to grow to new levels. There is a space for us in this business, and I think we are tapping into it--we've got a great television partner and the best streaming provider in the world. We need to continue the growth of our brand both domestically and abroad. Selfishly, Chael.....I'm a New Yorker. I live in Manhattan and I love the City. Nothing would make me prouder than to one day sell out Madison Square Garden. I'm not saying that would be my ultimate moment--but it's something to dream about and strive towards."

    *Other tidbits from the podcast include McMahon confirming a November launch date for the WSW Dojo. McMahon mentioned that the Grand Prix is his favorite event and concept in WSW, because "it's so different than anything else offered by major North American wrestling companies...." While he stated he had no plans to step foot in the ring as a competitor any time soon he joked, "hey man it's professional wrestling, I've done this long enough to never say never."

    *The CM Punk rumor mill started up again. With Punk just days away from his next scheduled fight in UFC, he is wrapping up his court case revolving around his 2014 departure from WWE. WSW will run the Grand Prix finals from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates (a suburb of Chicago) on 9/22. Punk is advertised for an autograph signing at the Pro Wrestling Tees store in Chicago that weekend as well. This could all very well be a coincidence, but rumors will fly when it comes to pro wrestling. There is still a long way to go between now and 9/22, with the outcome of Punk's trial and his fight taking precedence over a potential return to the ring at this point.

    *It is confirmed that the Grand Prix will continue to operate in its 12 man, round-robin format this year. Participants will be divided into two blocks of 6 men each. Participants will be announced following SummerFest, and the first round could potential begin for the tv tapings in Mississauga.

    *There are no house shows this weekend. All promotion and attention is on Thursday's episode of Ignition. WSW wants to hit a home run to entice the Paramount Network to expand them permanently to 2 hours. The card for Ignition is:

    • Adam Cole vs. Austin Aries
    • Taya Valkyrie vs. Tessa Blanchard
    • WSW Women's World Title: Candice LeRae (c) vs. Tenille Dashwood
    • WSW World Tag Team Titles: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Union
    • WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway


    * Congratulations to Taya Valkyrie and Johnny Mundo who were married this past weekend in Los Angeles. Mundo has been absent from WSW television since Seize the Day to film the new season of Survivor airing in the fall. Valkyrie did not work last weekend's house show in St. Louis for her wedding; however, she will be back for the big tv tapings this week. Mundo is expected back after SummerFest.

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    Ignition: Episode 143
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    Date: June 7, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    The June 7, 2018 edition of Ignition was a special 2-hour broadcast, airing on the Paramount Network at 8:00 PM EST. The event took place at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Event
    Ignition began with a video package highlighting the roads taken by Drew Galloway and Cody leading into their main event match. The montage showed Galloway's run and subsequent victory in the 2017 Grand Prix. Galloway would go on to main event November Reign and end the year-long reign of EC3 to win the World Championship. The piece shows Galloway's injury that forced him to vacate the World Championship and put him out of action for 5 months. The piece then shifted to the rise of Cody. We see the highlights of Cody defeating Adam Cole in the finals of the World Title Tournament to claim the vacant title. The piece shows Cody's run to the top spot in Revolver, his turn on EC3, and subsequent title defenses against EC3 and Kota Ibushi. With the return of Drew Galloway, the collision course between the two comes to a head on Ignition.

    The first match of Ignition saw Adam Cole defeat Austin Aries in a singles match. Cole received an incredible reaction from the Center Stage crowd, with the roof blowing off the building for his signature "Adam Cole Bay Bay" chant. The match was a stalemate early, with Cole using his size advantage to gain leverage; however, Aries used his superior grappling to even the score. Aries would score a takedown with a Mexican arm drag and scream "I'm the standard here" at Cole. Not to be upstaged, Cole flipped off Aries and slapped him across the face before going head-on with forearm shots. After Cole shifted the momentum, Aries would take a powder to the floor. Cole would try for a suicide dive, but Aries would leap to the apron and land a knee strike to cut Cole down in mid-move. Aries then hit 3 straight suicide dives of his own followed by a Death Valley Driver on the apron. Aries would get in the ring and wait for the count out, urging the referee to count faster; however, Adam Cole got back in the ring at the count of 9. Aries would try for a shotgun dropkick, but Cole moved, sending Aries crashing into the corner. Cole would score a near fall off a ushigoroshi. Cole rallied again, including throwing Aries like a frisbee through the turnbuckles into the ring post. Cole would go for the Last Shot, but Aries elbowed out to counter. Aries would land the shotgun dropkick and attempt the Brainbuster, but Cole countered with a hangman's neckbreaker leading to a double down. The finish of the match came after a back and forth flurry. Cole landed a superkick, Aries fell back off the ropes and bounced back with a Roaring Elbow, Cole fell back on the ropes and bounced back with another superkick followed by a bicycle kick. Cole then hit the Last Shot for the pin and win.

    Todd Keneley interviewed Tenille Dashwood backstage in advance of her Women's World Title match. When asked what she learned about Candice LeRae following their initial matchup at Undisputed. Dashwood stated,

    "....Todd, look at me. Do you think I need to learn anything?! No woman in WSW has the body I do, the beauty I do, and the skill I do. Candice was lucky once against me, and that luck runs out tonight. Candice is a cute story, a glimmer of hope for all the underdogs out there, but history isn't written by the underdog--eventually, the clock strikes midnight on Cinderella. Tonight I'm going to win the Women's World Title and I can't wait to look out into the crowd and see the tears of all the little girls that look up to Candice....because in that moment they will realize that people that look like me will ALWAYS come first....."

    The second match of Ignition saw Tessa Blanchard defeat Taya Valkyrie in a singles match. Blanchard was accompanied to the ring by her Diamond stablemate Nixon Newell. The two heavy hitters did not wait long, as they met in the center of the ring and exchanged a chop and strike sequence to start the match. Valkryie would catch Blanchard with a flurry of suplexes early, with Blanchard escaping the wrath of Valkryie by low bridging her--sending Valkyrie over the top to the floor. Blanchard caught the former Women's World Champion with a baseball slide before throwing Valkyrie into the ring post and steel steps. Valkyrie would fight back, slamming Blanchard facefirst on the apron with a wheelbarrow slam. The hard-hitting match reached its crescendo when Nixon Newell tripped Valkyrie from the outside as she ran the ropes. This allowed Blanchard to drive a knee strike right into the temple of Valkyrie for a near fall. Blanchard would attempt a moonsault, but Valkryie got her knees up. Valkyrie attempted the Road to Valhalla, but Nixon Newell jumped to the apron to distract the referee and Valkyrie. The distraction worked, as Blanchard smashed Valkyrie with another running knee strike and hit the Blanchard Combination for the pin. After the match, Blanchard and Newell celebrated in the ring by laying the boots to Taya Valkyrie. Blanchard pressed Valkyrie overhead and threw her violently into the turnbuckles, sending a message to the entire Women's Division with her performance.

    Footage was shown from "Earlier Today" of Drew Galloway arriving at Center Stage Atlanta. When asked by cameramen his thoughts for tonight, Drew simply stated:

    "I've waited 182 days for this moment. For five months I've lived like a hermit, waiting to get back into the ring. The thrill is in the hunt, and tonight I'm hunting my World Title."

    Todd Keneley interviewed Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay in the ring. Ospreay came out to a tremendous ovation, and he backed up his claim to be a fighting champion....


    "....I understand what this belt represents.....and that's the very best. To call yourself the Intercontinental Champion you have to push yourself to the highest level every time you step into this ring. Kota Ibushi lived that mission, and when I won this title I promised I would continue to carry on that legacy. My next title defense will be on July 7 at SummerFest in Toronto. In front of the largest crowd in WSW history, I will defend the Intercontinental Title and--once again--I will show the world that the future of professional wrestling is here...the best in professional wrestling is here....and his name is Will Ospreay!

    Ospreay would quickly find out his next challenger, as the music of "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles hit to a thunderous ovation. Styles came to the ring and addressed Ospreay...


    "Will, I gotta admit....you've got an unbelievable amount of talent. You can do things that no one else in the world can do inside this ring. The funny thing is, once upon a time they used to say the same things about me. You see I've walked in your shoes, and I know that hunger that is burning inside you. The craving to be the best in the world on a night in and night out basis. I STILL have that same hunger, and it's that fire that motivates me each and every day and fuels my drive for championships. We all know what gold means in this buisness. You have something I want, and that's the Intercontinental Championship. Make no doubt about it Will, you are the future of this sport....but I'm still AJ STYLES. You may be the champion, but I'm still the foundation of WSW. You just said that the Intercontinental Title represents the best.....well what do you say, Will? SummerFest will be the biggest event in WSW history, why don't we give 'em something to talk about........The Future vs. The Foundation......The Ariel Assasin vs. The Phenomenal One.....Will Ospreay vs. AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship.......

    The crowd buzzed at the idea as the two men stood eye to eye. Will Ospreay smiled and held the Intercontinental Title high,


    "Ospreay vs. Styles at SummerFest.......I've waited my entire life for this match.....I accept."

    AJ Styles gazed up at the title belt held by Ospreay and extended his hand. The two men shook hands tensely while Mauro Ranallo waxed poetically on commentary,


    "The first matchup for SummerFest has just been set, and it's a dream match if there ever was one. Will Ospreay--the most sensational athlete in professional wrestling will defend the Intercontinental Championship against AJ Styles--a man whose name is synonymous with greatness and a man who wants nothing more than to taste championship gold once more."

    The camera showed Cody in his locker room, taping his wrists while staring into the mirror and said,


    "This is what a goddamn champion looks like. I'm a one-man island and I will leave no doubt!"

    In the third match of Ignition, Candice LeRae defeated Tenille Dashwood to retain the WSW Women's World Title in a singles match. Dashwood was accompanied to the ring by Nixon Newell as well. LeRae wasted very little time going after Dashwood, looking to exercise weeks of pent-up frustration. LeRae's strikes echoed throughout Center Stage, with Dashwood escaping to the ropes each time a flurry began. LeRae would take Dashwood down early twice and attempt the No Escape, but Dashwood scrambled to the ropes each time. LeRae came off the middle rope looking for a tornado DDT, but Dashwood countered it with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to take control--she began to work over the back of LeRae, even applying a Tarantula. Dashwood would throw LeRae to the outside and distract the referee so Nixon Newell could lay in some shots and throw LeRae into the guardrail. As the match progressed, the crowd rallied behind Candice LeRae who was able to take Dashwood down with an enziguri and Shining Wizard. LeRae then wiped out Newell with a suicide dive that saw her fly through the air like a heat-seeking missile. LeRae and Dashwood battled up top, with LeRae looking for Ms. LeRae's Wild Ride...but Dashwood raked the eyes to escape and get back to the canvas. LeRae then flew, looking for a crossbody; however, Dashwood intercepted her with a wicked roundhouse kick for a nearfall! Dashwood tried for her cartwheel kick, but LeRae ripped her down with a spear that led to a double down. The finish of the match saw both women stagger to their feet and engage in a chop battle, with Dashwood raking the eyes yet again and throwing LeRae down by her hair. Dashwood attempted the Beauty Mark (sitout scoop slam piledriver), but LeRae countered with a spinning headscissors immediately transitioned into the No Escape. With the submission locked on tight, Dashwood tapped. LeRae retained her title and finally made good on her promise to herself to make Dashwood tap out.

    A video package aired highlighting the dominating WSW debut by Bobby Lashley in his victory over Alberto El Patron. Mauro Ranallo announced that Lashley and Arn Anderson would be on Ignition next week. They also announced that Claudio Castagnoli would on Ignition as well to address his comments and breaking up the team with AJ Styles.

    In the fourth match of Ignition, The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) went to a no contest in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. The contest was a true matchup of contrasting styles, with The Bucks relying on quickness and style while The Union attacked with head on brute strength. The Bucks hit stereo dropkicks to send The Union tumbling through the ropes to the floor. The Bucks attempted stereo topes, but The Union caught them in mid-air and threw then violently over the timekeeper's ringside table. Inside the ring, The Union worked over Matt Jackson--cutting the ring in half. Mathieu St-Jacques lifted Matt up for a verticle suplex and began to do squats, but Matt hit knees to the head to get out of the move before peppering St-Jacques with a superkick. Nick Jackson got the hot tag and ran wild, striking both members of The Union, ping-ponging around the ring. Nick took down both Dubois and St-Jacques with a double bulldog. Nick went for a superkick on St-Jacques, but the massive Quebecer caught the leg in mid-strike to the amazement of Jackson and the crowd. St-Jacques then ripped Nick Jackson down with a chokeslam for a nearfall. Later in the match, Thomas Dubois went for a superplex; however, Nick was able to escape to the apron. Nick then kicked Dubois in the head and hit a ridiculous slingshot springboard sunset bomb. Matt Jackson immediately flew in with a 450 Splash, but Mathieu St-Jacques broke up the pinfall. The Young Bucks attempted the Indytaker, but St-Jacques knocked Nick off the apron sending him flying into the guardrail. The Union then hit Matt Jackson with the White Winter, but Nick broke up the pin at 2.9999. Nick lowbridged a charging St-Jacques, sending him to the floor. Nick was then caught by a spear from Dubois and all four men went down. The lights in Center Stage went black and the video for The Death Busters aired. When the lights came back up, two men stood in the ring with black, skull balaclavas. The duo proceeded to beat down Thomas Dubois, viciously throwing him into the steel ring post throwing the match out. They then laid out both Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson with a combination Flapjack/Doubleknee Facebreaker. The duo then slowly removed the balaclavas to reveal Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson--the duo formerly known as The Revival. Shock ran through Center Stage, as no one could believe what they were seeing.

    A promotional video was shown for SummerFest, streaming globally on Netflix on Saturday, July 7.

    In the main event of Ignition, Cody and Drew Galloway went to a 30-minute time-limit draw in a singles match for the WSW World Championship. Drew Galloway received a massive reaction for his return, while Cody was jeered thunderously. Cody came to the ring alone, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows holding true to their words from last week. With the crowd buzzing for the match, the duo immediately slugged it out from the opening bell. Both men landed several shots, with Galloway pummeling Cody with several massive forearms; however, Cody caught Galloway with a kick to the inside of the leg and followed with a knee strike. Cody took things to the floor, and attempted to powerbomb Galloway through the time keeper's table, but Galloway countered by backdropping Cody on the floor mats. Galloway then threw Cody with amazing force into the guardrail--turning Cody inside out in mid-air. Back inside the ring, Cody got a reprieve by snapping Galloway's repaired arm over the ropes. Cody would then attack the arm over and over again looking to re-injure it--even locking an Arm Bar in over the ropes. Cody would then lock the Arm Bar on in the ring, but Galloway would show his power...lifting Cody up and buckle bombing him to break the submission. As Cody ricocheted out of the corner, Galloway caught him with the Future Shock DDT for a near fall. Galloway was slow to get to his feet, feeling the pain in the arm. He chopped away at Cody, turning the Champion's chest bright red. Cody raked the eyes in desperation, wringing Galloway's arm and landing a series of kicks to bring the big Scotsman to his knees. Removing his weight belt, Cody began to whip Galloway across the back and choke him with the belt. The referee physically removed Cody and admonished him. While arguing with the referee, Galloway snatched the weight belt away and threatened Cody who immediately begged off. Cody bailed from the ring, but Galloway threw the belt away and took out Cody with a massive flip dive! Galloway took things back into the ring and landed a snap powerslam. Galloway fired up and attempted the Claymore Kick, but Cody pulled the referee into the way sending him flying! With the referee down, Cody landed a low blow and went outside and grabbed the ring bell. Cody brandished the weapon (the same one that helped him win the World Championship), but as he went to strike Galloway, Adam Cole ran down and yanked the bell out of Cody's hands. Adam Cole then laid out Cody with a superkick before escaping through the crowd. Galloway crawled over slowly and made the cover, as another referee ran down but Cody kicked out at 2. With 10 minutes remaining the two men staggered to their feet and slugged away at each other. Galloway got the better of the exchange, but Cody hit a low dropkick to the knees and locked in a sleeper. With the oxygen flow being cut off, Galloway struggled and went to a knee; however, he rallied back and drove Cody into the corner to break the hold. Cody charged out of the corner, but Galloway ripped him inside out with a lariat. However, Galloway hit the move with his injured arm and couldn't make the cover as he writhed in pain. With five minutes remaining, the duo slugged away again and headed up top. Galloway went for a super back suplex, but Cody reversed in mid-air and landed on top of him for a nearfall. Sensing urgency, Cody went for Cross Rhodes, but Galloway countered with a spinebuster for a nearfall. Galloway looked to end it with a Claymore Kick, but Cody ducked and went to counter with Cross Rhodes---but Galloway shoved him off into the ropes and nailed the Claymore Kick. Both men went down, and with precious time slipping away.....Drew Galloway crawled over inch by inch to Cody draping an arm over him...........1.................TIME EXPIRED. The time limit expired and Drew Galloway flopped to his back and stared up at the lights heartbroken and exhausted. The referee draped the World Title belt over the fallen Cody who clutched the belt exhausted. WSW officials hit the ring to check both men who stared at each other from across the ring as Mauro Ranallo brought the show to a close.....

    "My God what physicality! Cody is still the World Champion, but he didn't beat Drew Galloway--he survived the Scottish Dragon!"


    ****
    WSW SummerFest
    Saturday, July 7, 2018
    Ricoh Coliseum: Toronto, ON, CA

    WSW Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles vs. Will Ospreay (c)
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    2 hour Ignition review

    - Nice beginning with the video package which is especially beneficial to people like me who haven't read this all from the start.
    - Cole vs. Aries sounded really fun, especially the action on the outside with the triple suicide dives and death valley driver on the apron. Cole was probably the right guy to go over, he has a lot more of his career in front of him and could make for a great challenger for Cody. (Even though they already had a match.)
    - Wasn't sure who Tenille Dashwood was, apparently that's Emma from WWE, but to be honest, I didn't see much of her in WWE at all either. Nice promo though, very classic heel tendencies here.
    - Diamond seems like a dangerous stable for sure. Just discovered Tessa Blanchard is Tully’s daughter as well I'm uncovering a lot of new information through this BTB. I like that you feature multiple women's matches on this card and you seem to be putting a nice emphasis on the ladies in your promotion.
    - Drew’s segments was short but good and to the point. Fitting for his personality.
    - Damn Styles vs. Ospreay will absolutely be nuts. Sounds like the match of the summer to me. On a side note I think it's hilarious your PPV is called SummerFest since Jeremy Piven (I think?) accidentally referred to SummerSlam as SummerFest on that one episode of Raw.
    - Another fitting segment, this time for Cody. I like the strategy you're using here to continue building to the main event.
    - LeRae vs. Dashwood was another really good match that I would have loved to actually see. Very strong action between the two.
    - Can't wait to see what Arn has to say next week and I guess Bobby is ok too
    - The Union are some other guys I gotta learn more about. Surprised to see The Revival appear as The Death Busters. I like them appearing in ski masks before the attack, I hope they take on a more edgy gimmick in WSW because, while I enjoy their matches, they do lack personality for the most part, which I get is part of their WWE gimmick, but still.
    - Galloway vs. Cody sounds like one hell of a battle. I like Cody doing the armbar over the rope, using his weight belt to punish Drew, then begging him not to retaliate. When you say Drew hit a massive flip dive, you mean he flipped over the top rope onto Cody on the floor? Can he do that? That would be a sight to behold. Anyways, good to see Cole make an appearance to stop Cody from taking the easy way out. I love the counter out of the back suplex into a crossbody spot too. The ending is really epic and one of those scenarios you save for the biggest matches. The time limit draw pretty much guarantees that we'll get a rematch, I'm assuming at SummerFest, and maybe in an Iron Man match even?

    So this was a really great show and I think you did all the right things for your first ever 2 hour episode of Ignition. I'm wondering if this is going to one day become the norm for WSW. I think it could/should be very soon. All the wrestling was well written and sounded like entertaining stuff. This event definitely had me sucked in and I think it helped boost my admiration for this project. I'm really looking forward to the next show, boss!

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    Can't thank you enough for your comments The EC--always means a lot coming from such a talented writer!

    I came away really pleased with this show. I wasn't sure how the two-hour format would work and flow; however, as I dove into the writing of this episode I found it a very fun show to write and book as we continue the build towards SummerFest (damn it EC--everytime I write that name, I'm going to think of that Jeremey Piven botch from years ago ). I am a huge fan of The Revival, as I love the throwback NWA vibe they give off. I've been looking for a way to incorporate them into this project (and put my own spin on their act) for some time. This may be an instance of "bending reality" a bit to get them in WSW, but I have big plans for them as The Death Busters.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to read! To close this post, I'm featuring a video of Drew Galloway's tope con hilo--really neat seeing a dude this big flip through the air.



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    *The numbers are in, and the big 6/7 Ignition posted solid ratings for the Paramount Network. Ignition is always a steady ratings performer, but the stellar outing on 6/7 leads many to believe that the network will pull the trigger on a full-time expansion to 2-hours sooner rather later. As has been reported here before, the Paramount Network plans to use Ignition as "centerpiece programming" on Thursday nights. Their plan is to leverage Ignition to draw viewers to the bevy of new, scripted series they have heavily invested in. Shane McMahon was scheduled to meet with Paramount Network executives in New York City this week. McMahon is pushing hard for the 2-hour expansion to further what has been a tremendous year of growth for WSW thus far. With the news of WWE's massive TV deal beginning in 2019, Shane wants to lock in a bigger, expanded deal with the Paramount Network to solidify WSW's placement in the market moving forward.

    *It should be noted that Ignition's big night came against Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. While not the competition offered by the NBA Finals, WSW officials were very pleased with their numbers versus a major sporting event.

    *The other huge news item of the week came from the identity reveal of The Death Busters. Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler) and Scott Dawson (David Harwood), formerly known as The Revival in WWE, debuted on 6/7. After interfering in the World Tag Team Championship match, attacking both The Union and The Young Bucks, the duo removed their balaclavas to reveal their identity which drew a huge reaction. The men were identified as simply "Wilder" and "Dawson" on commentary, and it appears those names are what they will use going forward. In a day and age in which "surprises" in pro wrestling are becoming rare, the debut of The Death Busters was seen as a shock. After a successful run in NXT, the team was called up to the main WWE roster in April 2017. The duo was featured sparingly as time proceeded, and their last appearance of note came during the Royal Rumble pre-show. Fast forward to April 2018, and the team entered a period of contract negotiation with WWE, with both men ultimately choosing to pursue other options--leading them to Shane McMahon and WSW. They will be thrown right into the mix of the tag division, and appear headed for a collision course with The Young Bucks.

    *With a record crowd set for SummerFest in Toronto, WSW announced the return of the WSW Experience. The "fan fest" event will be held on Friday, July 6 at the Enercare Centre--a large convention center adjacent to the Ricoh Coliseum. The WSW Experience was last featured before Seize the Day in New Orleans (over Wrestlemania weekend). The event features autograph signings, meet and greets, the official SummerFest press conference, and an address by Shane McMahon. The press conference portion of the event will air live on Facebook Live.

    *Nixon Newell suffered an injured ankle last week during the television tapings. The injury is not severe, and Newell is expected to return to full strength for next week's house show tour.

    *Paige Knight was featured as the latest guest on Chael Sonnen's new Ring the Bell podcast. As is quickly becoming the norm with Sonnen's show, the interview is very open and honest. Paige was upfront and direct when speaking about her former relationship with Alberto El Patron and her departure from the WWE. Perhaps the most interesting portion of the interview came when Paige addressed her sudden, and shocking retirement from the ring:

    "....I wasn't ready for it. It was denial more than anything there for a while. I never once thought about what my life would be like without wrestling. So when I got that news, it was devastating....biggest heartbreak of my life. But, I'm so fortunate to work for and with so many great people that were there to support me--and then immediately pick me back up.....I'm still learning the commentary thing, I love it but I'm still learning. It's such an important role because you are the one who can really paint the picture to help with the story being told in the ring, and I love that...."

    *Advertised for the 6/14 Ignition are an appearance by Bobby Lashley and Arn Anderson, Claudio Castagnoli in action, Tessa Blanchard vs. Marti Belle, and Shane McMahon will address the World Title time limit draw between Cody and Drew Galloway.
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    Ignition: Episode 144
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    Date: June 14, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    Ignition opened with highlights from last week including Candice LeRae successfully retaining the Women's World Championship by submitting Tenille Dashwood, the shocking debut of The Death Busters, and the time draw between Cody and Drew Galloway for the World Championship. Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight introduced this week's episode. Tonight: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Aero Star, Tessa Blanchard vs. Marti Belle, and WSW Owner Shane McMahon will address last week's World Championship time limit draw.

    The first match of Ignition saw Midnight Rush (ACH and Lio Rush) defeat The Carolina Outlaws (Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee) in a tag team match. The match was a fast-paced affair to kick off Ignition, with both teams utilizing quick tags and unique double teams. The Carolina Outlaws used a combination powerbomb/guillotine leg drop for a near fall on Lio Rush. Later in the match, Lio Rush took out Trevor Lee with a running hurricanrana off the apron. The finish of the match saw Midnight Rush pin Andrew Everett with the Fade To Black-- a cartwheel Death Valley Driver by ACH followed by a split-legged frog splash by Lio Rush. After the match, Midnight Rush celebrated in the ring until the lights in Center Stage went out. As the lights came back up, The Death Busters (Dawson and Wilder) stood in the ring clad in all black with skull balaclavas. Much like last week, The Death Busters showed no mercy--pummeling ACH and Lio Rush. The duo lawn darted Lio Rush from the ring to the floor, sending him to the floor mats with a splat. The Death Busters then laid out ACH with their combination flapjack/facebuster (formerly known as the Shatter Machine). The Death Busters then sent a message, producing a Young Bucks t-shirt that they draped over the fallen body of ACH.

    A video package aired featuring WSW Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay. Narrated by Ospreay, the piece featured Ospreay training in an empty ring, working out, and running throughout New York City. Highlights of his career and images from his childhood faded through on the screen.

    "....September 11, 2005....that was the day my life changed. On that day I gained vision and clarity. I saw a match that changed my life--Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles....that match, that day inspired me to a professional wrestler. My journey started that day, and since then it has been a journey defined by thousands of miles traveled, sacrifices, pain, and triumph. The triumph makes every goddamn moment worth it........I'll never forget the tears in my mom's eyes the first time I won a championship....they were the same tears I shed when I won the Intercontinental Title....tears of pride. I have two goals....the first is to be the best professional wrestler alive each day and the second is to make the Intercontinental Championship THE championship of WSW. Life has a funny way of coming full circle.....my journey began because of one man, and it's only fitting my next chapter will be written with one man.......AJ Styles. They say 13 is an unlucky number....I say you make your own luck. I started as a working-class kid from London, and 13 years have led to this moment.......fortune favors the bold.......

    Todd Keneley interviewed WSW World Champion Cody backstage. When asked about his draw with Drew Galloway last week, Cody responded:

    ”….I think you’re missing one key piece there Todd. It’s called the Champion’s Advantage for a reason. Just like he’s done his entire career, Drew Galloway couldn’t get the job done last week. I AM STILL the WSW World Champion, and the GREATEST champion this company has ever had. I am the one putting this company on my back and carrying it to the promised land. It’s a fact, since I became champion—WSW is shattering box office records left and right….and on July 7 at SummerFest….in front of the biggest crowd in WSW history…..I will be the main event once again.”

    When asked about the status of Revolver, Cody stated:

    ”….Sometimes brothers argue. The three things certain in life are death, taxes, and Revolver running the show in WSW. Revolver is fine………..This isn’t about them though, tonight is about ME—the centerpiece of World Series Wrestling!”

    In the second match of Ignition, Tessa Blanchard defeated Marti Belle in a singles match. Blanchard was accompanied to the ring by her Diamond stablemates Tenille Dashwood and Nixon Newell. Once again, Blanchard looked incredibly impressive—bullying Marti Belle around the ring with her strikes and power. Blanchard even threw Belle across the ring by her hair at one point. After landing a solid running knee strike in the corner Blanchard began to gloat and taunt the fans. This lapse allowed Marti Belle to rally back with chops and kicks. Using her long legs, Belle used a combination of kicks capped by an axe kick to get a surprise two count. This seemed to just infuriate Blanchard who responded by landing several straight closed fist punches to the face before throwing Belle outside. As the referee admonished Blanchard for the closed fists, Diamond attacked Belle like wolves on the outside before rolling her back in. Blanchard would deadlift Belle into an overhead press before throwing her violently into the turnbuckles. Blanchard would hit the Blanchard Combination for the pin and win. After the match Diamond hit the ring to give Marti Belle a post-match beatdown. Blanchard and Newell hit the Brilliant Diamond while Tenille Dashwood got the microphone….

    ”LOOK AT US! Look at us and drink it in. We are what you will never be—you are looking at the most perfect trio of women in the world. The moment we walked in the door, the bar was raised around here. Every man wants to be with us—and every woman would give anything to look like us. One by one we will burn the women’s division down till the only thing left standing is Candice LeRae. Enjoy your time with the belt Candice, because you aren’t done with us yet……”

    Dashwood would be interrupted by the music of Io Shirai who made a bee line down to the ring. Laughing, Dashwood challenged Shirai to make a move. Shirai would take the microphone and simply say….

    ”….You are a jackass…..

    Dashwood would respond by slapping Io Shirai across the face, and Shirai would return the favor by double legging Dashwood followed by a flurry of forearms. This lasted only a moment, as Nixon Newell and Tessa Blanchard pulled Shirai off; however, Io Shirai would bounce off the ropes and take both women out of the ring with a double legged drop kick. As Io Shirai rose, Tenille Dashwood would sneak up from behind. Dashwood would attempt a clothesline, but Io Shirai ducked and laid out Tenille Dashwood with a wicked spinning roundhouse that sent Dashwood flying and scrambling out the ring. The crowd chanted her name, as Io Shirai stood in the corner fired up as Diamond retreated.

    A promotional video was shown for SummerFest, streaming globally on Netflix on July 7.

    In the third match of Ignition, Claudio Castagnoli defeated Aero Star in a singles match. The matchup was one of two contrasting styles, with Aero Star using his quick, lucha libre attack against Claudio Castagnoli’s technical skill. Needing a win desperately, Castagnoli showed a ruthless aggression early working takedowns and grinding on Aero Star’s legs. Castagnoli tugged on Aero Star’s mask before launching him into the turnbuckles with a release German Suplex. Ever the fighter, Aero Star would not give in—battling back with a mule kick and taking Castagnoli to the outside with a high revolution springboard spinning head scissors. Aero Star would then take flight with a step up springboard dive to the floor. The finish of the match came as Aero Star hit a springboard, but flew right into a wicked European Uppercut by Claudio Castagnoli. Castagnoli locked in the Sharpshooter for the submission win, even leaving the hold locked in for a few seconds after the bell.

    Following the match, Todd Keneley entered the ring to interview Claudio Castagnoli. When asked about splitting his tag with AJ Styles, Castagnoli answered….

    ”…..I respect AJ Styles, but I’m through being a pawn in someone else’s game. I’m a king! I was the very first WSW World Champion, and it’s time I get back to the top of the mountain. I’m DONE taking a backseat to anyone else—from this point on, it’s all about ME and GETTING MINE. As far as I’m concerned, I’m pound for pound the best wrestler on the planet and I have been for some time! There isn’t anyone I can’t tap out Todd I promise you that. I demand the best and there is a new bull that is staking his claim in WSW. Ever since he arrived in WSW, Bobby Lashley has said he’s the best prizefighter in combat sports. Bobby, you want a challenge—I know you’re here tonight, I’m waiting for you……..”

    The crowd buzzed as the music hit and Bobby Lashley made his way to the ring accompanied by Arn Anderson. Lashley stood in the corner with his arms crossed, wearing a slight smirk while Arn Anderson handled the talking….

    ”Claudio, it’s a pleasure to meet you…let me introduce myself. I am Arn Anderson, and I’m the manager for the most dominate athlete in combat sports today….Bobby Lashley. You know those are some mighty big words you just uttered son. Real big words when you consider the fact they came from the lips of the biggest waste of talent in professional wrestling. Let’s face fact Claudio, you’ve got all the intangibles….the strength, the technical skill, the body……but you don’t have a damn thing to show for it. Now before you tell me you were the first EVER WSW World Champion….why don’t you tell me what you’ve done since…..not a god damn thing! Oh wait….you carried AJ Styles’ bags. You’ve decided that NOW is the time you want to challenge Walking Armageddon?! Take a look at the world around you son, in Bobby Lashley’s first match in WSW, he beat a former WSW World Champion so bad he ended up quitting and running for the Mexican border with his tail between his legs! Bobby Lashley is here for two reasons and two reasons only…..Number 1–to get paid, Number 2 —to beat people’s ass. This ain’t a pride thing, unlike you….Bobby Lashley isn’t here to prove anything. I see the look in your eyes, it’s the look of desperation—-you are desperate to make a splash. You need a big fight so you decided to call out the alpha dog…….You DON’T DESERVE the right to stand in the ring with Bobby Lashley. But, we’ve always said that if the money is right, then the prizefighter will fight……but it WON’T be tonight. You want Bobby Lashley…..and I seriously want you to think long and hard about that too…..Think if you truly have the guts to stand in the ring and look the tiger in the eyes as the bell rings….Because if you want Bobby Lashley, you can fight Bobby Lashley in Toronto on July 7 at SummerFest!”
    Bobby Lashley then stepped up and stood toe to toe with Claudio Castagnoli, the tension rose with each passing second. On commentary, Mauro Ranallo described it as,

    ”They say the cornered dog is a dangerous dog, well Claudio Castagnoli is going to have to bear his fangs as he stares straight into the face of the DESTROYER Bobby Lashley!”
    A vignette aired set in an empty warehouse. A pair of black boots walked around derelict machinery cover in rust, and the gravely voice of Bram rang out….

    ”…..(chuckles) One by one they continue to fall like dominos. Grit, fire, and darkness and have stood before me and I have put all of them down. What’s the end game? Is it gold or is it victory…………maybe I just like to crush hope. Throw a little chaos on the fire and watch everything burn……….”

    The camera slowly panned up to reveal Bram holding a picture of Kota Ibushi. Bram laughed as he tossed the picture into a fire contained in a metal drum. The camera slowly zoomed in as the flames engulfed the picture, quickly turning it to ash as the scene faded to black.

    The main event segment of Ignition began with WSW Owner Shane McMahon being introduced by ring announcer Justin Roberts. McMahon announced that last week’s World Title match between Cody and Drew Galloway ended in a 30 minute time-limit draw, resulting in Cody retaining the World Championship. McMahon asked for both men to join him in the ring. Drew Galloway came out to a wave of cheers, while Cody was jeered unmercifully. Cody came to the ring clad in a three-piece suit, with the World Title belt over his shoulder. With both men in the ring, Shane McMahon said,

    ”Gentlemen, the WSW World Championship is the crown jewel of this company, and the highest honor one can attain. WSW has always operated on one key philosophy—the best of the best in professional wrestling competing in this ring to determine a winner. Cody, you deserve to hold that World Championship belt and Drew, you deserve a rematch as you were not defeated either. We WILL in fact have a rematch for the WSW World Championship on July 7 in Toronto, Ontario at SummerFest………

    Cody took a microphone and with his trademark smirk said,

    ”Well…well….well…..Drew looks like you have one last dance with destiny. Take a good look, because this is the closest you will ever get to the World Title again. I was born to hold this belt. Not only am I the greatest champion in WSW history, I’m the catalyst for the biggest growth period in WSW history. So after I beat you at SummerFest….don’t be mad, don’t be upset…..just grab my coattails and go a long for the ride.”

    The big Scotsman, Drew Galloway stepped up, and as usual he was short and sweet with his words,

    ”….You are one lucky bastard. Last week I had you beat…..I just ran out of time. At SummerFest, not only am I going to finish the job—-I’m going to kick your arrogant head in and take back MY belt!”

    The two men squared off, staring each other down; however, Shane McMahon broke the tension with a major bombshell,

    ”….Gentlemen—while you two will square off—there is one caveat, as there’s another man who has a legitimate claim to a title shot. This man was an eyelash away from winning the World Championship in January and since then he has put together a resume that can’t be denied. Due to the finish of last week’s title match I’ve had to make an executive decision. That’s why your matchup at SummerFest will NOT be a one one one contest. For the first time ever, the richest prize in WSW—the World Championship will be decided in a Triple Threat match. Cody will defend the World Title against Drew Galloway……..and ADAM COLE
    Center Stage came UNGLUED, as the music of Adam Cole hit. Drew Galloway looked on stoically, as Cody protested. Adam Cole marched down to the ring with a cocky smile, chomping on a piece of gum. As he entered the ring, Cole led Center Stage in his trademark chant. Cole shook hands with Shane McMahon before exchanging glances with Galloway and staring down Cody. The duo went eye to eye, with Cole telling Cody, “I’m coming for you—you’re next on the list.” With the quickness of a cobra strike, Adam Cole continued the night of surprises by hitting a superkick on Drew Galloway out of nowhere. Cole smirked and then shot the double bird at Cody before leaving the ring. Cody stood in the ring incredulous at what just happened. On commentary, Mauro Ranallo closed the show….

    ”….My god what news……..what a match for SummerFest! For the first time ever—a Triple Threat match to decide the WSW World Championship. It’s every man for himself, and the wild card Adam Cole just fired the first shot!”

    ****
    WSW SummerFest
    Saturday, July 7
    Ricoh Coliseum: Toronto, ON, CA

    WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Adam Cole
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. AJ Styles
    Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bobby Lashley

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    Ignition review:

    - Good to hear the 2 hour Ignition was well received and could become a permanent fixture down the road.
    - Fun match between Midnight Rush and the Carolina Outlaws. Sounds like my kind of match, two teams featuring entertaining superstars going at it. Clearly The Death Busters are being poised to collide with The Young Bucks, and that should make for a very exciting match at SummerFest but I wouldn't mind seeing Midnight Rush coming back for a little retribution.
    - I too will always remember the triple threat at Unbreakable 2005. It remains one of my favorite matches of all time to this day. Awesome promo from Ospreay that shows how meaningful it is for him to carry the gold and get the chance to create his own classic against a guy he idolized coming up in the business. This will be match of night at SummerFest, no question.
    - Getting a mixed signal from that Cody promo. He suggests Revolver is completely intact but continues to hog the spotlight for himself. Don't know how this is going to play out but I could see Cody being left to fend for himself if he keeps up this behavior.
    - The continued domination of Diamond is interesting, but will Dashwood achieve her ultimate goal of dethroning Candice LeRae? I say yes. But I have to admit I think I prefer Tessa Blanchard to Tenille Dashwood. Can't believe Io Shirai took out all of Diamond either. I imagine Diamond will exact their revenge in a prompt manner, with Shirai then forming a loose alliance with LeRae.
    - I feel like Claudio excels facing high flyers so I have no doubt his match with Aero Star was quality TV.
    - Wow, intense Claudio promo and an unexpected turn having him call out Lashley. Arn on the mic like a dignified southern Paul Heyman. I feel like you should do some things to differentiate Arn and Bobby from Paul and Brock because that whole promo kinda matched Paul and Brock’s gimmick to a t. Nevertheless, their bout at SummerFest should be good. I feel like Lashley is destined to win this to continue establishing him as the legit badass, which is fine because with Arn he is actually pretty compelling, but I'm still going to be rooting for Claudio. If he can't beat Bobby he's going to need a significant win shortly after to put him back on the right track.
    - Hmmmm. I never loved Bram but that's exactly my kind of promo. I'm a sucker for vignettes and though Ibushi vs. Bram sounds kinda… weird… I'm sure you'll produce something enjoyable between them.
    - Just as I suspected, the match at SummerFest is now a triple threat, which will be nothing short of epic. I enjoyed the closing promo, other than Galloway eating a superkick. I feel like falling short last week (even on a technicality) and then being the only one of the three guys laid out this week immediately puts him in the hole in my eyes. Totally clueless as to who will be taking the title home at SummerFest though, I'm pretty sure it won't be Galloway but stranger things have happened.

    Enjoyed the show yet again Delta. The road to SummerFest will be very fun to read as these feuds unfold and the matches are finalized. Looking forward to the next episode.

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    *It's official, the Paramount Network and Shane McMahon announced this week that Ignition will officially move to 2 hours beginning on 8/9. The program will continue to air on Thursday nights, occupying the 8-10 PM timeslot. The announcement was made in an official press release by WSW and the Paramount Network. The move is a significant one for WSW, as Shane McMahon has been angling for an expansion to the weekly television show for some time. It should be noted that the first "permanent 2-hour" show will coincide with the first night of the 2018 Grand Prix. The news was met with tremendous excitement from the WSW office and talent roster. Expect a tremendous amount of marketing and PR regarding this for the entire summer.

    *How the expansion of Ignition will affect the taping schedule remains to be seen; however, the plan as of right now is to continue using Center Stage Atlanta as the home base for television tapings. The question of road tapings has come up frequently, and Ignition taped from Las Vegas back in February and have tapings scheduled for Mississauga in July. McMahon and WSW have always been budget conscious and road tapings come with an increased expense; however, with a growing audience, don't be surprised if WSW eventually ends up taking Ignition on the road for good at some point in the not so distant future.

    *In other big news, WSW announced the 2019 edition of Seize the Day will be held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York during WrestleMania weekend on Friday, April 5, 2019. This will be the third year in a row that Seize the Day has been held during the biggest wrestling weekend of the year. This also continues the trend of WSW running larger buildings for their high-profile specials. WSW has had their eye on the Nassau Coliseum for some time, ultimately pulling the trigger for 2019. Although WrestleMania weekend is nearly 10 months away, the weekend has already been filled with controversy with Ring of Honor announcing their intentions to run Madison Square Garden during the same weekend, only to be blocked by WWE. It is worth noting, that Shane McMahon has stated several times his intention of running Madison Square Garden at some point in the future as well.

    *EC3 made his first post on social media in over two months this week. EC3 cryptically tweeted out ".....Thy kingdom come....." on Sunday evening. EC3 (real name Michael Hutter) has not been seen on WSW programming since Seize the Day in April. At the event, EC3 was beaten by Cody in the main event and subsequently had his head shaved. The absence is actually both real life and storyline. After being the centerpiece of WSW in 2017 and carrying the World Championship for 317 days, Hutter received must deserved time off following Seize the Day. The tweet is all storyline and is set to build towards his return.

    *Advertised for the 6/21 Ignition is Io Shirai vs. Tenille Dashwood, Kota Ibushi vs. Trevor Lee, The Union vs. The Death Busters in the team's debut WSW match, and Austin Aries in action.

    *The house show tour this weekend will see the following stops: 6/21 in Green Bay, 6/22 in Milwaukee, and 6/23 in St. Paul.

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    Ignition: Episode 145
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: June 21, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    Ignition opened with graphics honoring the memory of Vader (Leon White).

    Mauro Ranallo,
    Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight opened the show by running down the card and hyping the main event, The Union vs. The Death Busters— just three weeks ahead of SummerFest.

    The first match of Ignition saw Io Shirai defeat Tenille Dashwood via disqualification. Dashwood was accompanied to the ring by her Diamond stablemates, Tessa Blanchard and Nixon Newell. The matchup was a showcase for the styles of both women. Shirai answered Dashwood’s trash talk by hitting a series of strikes and kicks. Dashwood would escape to the outside, but Shirai would not wait—nailing a suicide dive. Dashwood eventually was able to take control of the match via outside interference by Diamond. Nixon Newell tripped Shirai while she ran the ropes. Shirai would head outside to confront Newell but was blindsided from behind by Tessa Blanchard. This allowed Dashwood to work over Shirai's back, hitting an assortment of backbreakers, knees, and stomps to set up the Muta Lock. Dashwood would eventually go for the submission, but Shirai countered with a roll up. As Dashwood scrambled to her feet to stay in control, she ran right into a huge spinning kick by Shirai for a near fall. The finish of the match came as Shirai fought through the pain in her back to hit a running knee. Tessa Blanchard jumped to the apron to distract the referee. As Shirai went to deal with Blanchard, Dashwood attempted a sneak attack from behind; however, Shirai moved and hit Suplex de Io. Blanchard jumped in the ring and broke up the pin for the DQ. After the match, Diamond put the boots to Io Shirai. Shirai would attempt to fight back, but the numbers were too much. Diamond started a beatdown until the WSW Women’s World Champion Candice LeRae ran down to make the save. Diamond scattered, with all three women wearing wicked smiles while the champion checked on Io Shirai.

    Todd Keneley interviewed The Union backstage. When asked about their preparation for tonight’s main event, Thomas Dubois and Mathieu St-Jacques were brief but intense with their words….

    ”…Death Busters……we know exactly who you are….BUT you don’t know who YOU screwed with! You stuck your nose in our business, ruining our championship opportunity. WE WILL be World Tag Team Champions, but tonight is all about retribution. Young Bucks, I hope you watch real close…..after we break the Death Busters we are going to finish what we started with YOU and TAKE those title belts!”

    A vignette aired featuring an old, tattered gym in Gainesville, Georgia. In
    chipped paint, the sign on the outside of the building read “NWA Wildside.” The camera cinematically panned through the gym, revealing a wall filled with old, dusty photos and an even older wrestling ring. Sitting on a chair in the center of the ring was AJ Styles. The vignette featured cuts of Styles sitting in the ring and walking through the gym while his voice narrated the piece….

    …This is where it all started…..right here. 20 years ago a scrawny, water delivery boy walked in that door with $200 to his name and a dream. These are my roots…..all the championships, the fame, the victories….they are all because of this place. Every time I need clarity, I come back home….I come here…..this place doesn’t care about trophy cases filled with title belts…this place doesn’t care about sold out crowds…..this place doesn’t care about money. This place cares about accountability. 20 years ago that scrawny water delivery boy stood here and said ‘I will be the best professional wrestler in the world.’ This place remembers that, and I carry that with me every day. I am the ‘The Phenomenal One,’ and for 20 years I’ve been the very best at what I do. Why? Because wrestling is my passion and my heartbeat. The sacrifices, the heartbreak, the success, all of it pumps through my blood. I never found anyone who could match my passion until recently….I look at Will Ospreay and I see myself…..he is hungry and he is obsessed with greatness. Just like me, Will has had hundreds of doors shut in his face, and he’s kicked down all of them. He is the future of this sport…..but I AM the present. On July 7, I'm heading to Toronto to tame the young lion. It’s one thing to be great….its another to be phenomenal...”

    The second match of Ignition saw Austin Aries defeat a local competitor named Joey T. The match was a totally one-sided affair. Aries showed a ton of aggression, turning Joey T’s chest bright red with chops. Aries finished the short work with a Roaring Elbow and Brainbuster. After the match, Aries grabbed the microphone,

    ”…When I came back to WSW I called myself the Big Game Hunter. Two times now I’ve set my sights on a target….and twice I’ve failed. I did NOT come back to WSW to just be a wrestler, I came back to prove I’m still THE GREATEST MAN TO EVER LIVE. To carry that mantle, I’ve got to beat the best. Ricochet…..you’re the trophy I need and you're the trophy I want…I will NOT fail again…..the hunt is on!”

    Todd Keneley attempted to interview The Death Busters backstage in advance of their main event contest tonight
    ...Dash and Wilder pushed him out of the way and uttered their first words in WSW…..

    ”….our message will be loud and clear in the ring tonight...”

    A promo aired was shown for SummerFest, streaming globally on Netflix on Saturday, July 7.

    In the third match of Ignition, Kota Ibushi defeated Trevor Lee in an all-action sprint. The Center Stage crowd was whipped into a frenzy as the two men put on an incredible display of athleticism, quick strikes, and high flying. Trevor Lee blocked an attempt at a Golden Triangle Moonsault and German Suplexed Ibushi on the apron. Lee followed with a running knee strike off the apron. Later, Ibushi would block a Mushroom Stomp and fold Lee in half with
    the Last Ride Powerbomb. Ibushi picked up the victory with the Kamigoye. After the match, the lights in Center Stage went dark and the video screen illuminated with two black boots walked across grey concrete, the heels clicking with each step. The camera slowly panned up to reveal the imposing frame of Bram who chuckled…..

    ”….Kota Ibushi...I’ve long wanted to look into your eyes. I'm sure you're wondering.....Why Me?....Why Now? Ibushi you represent hope. You have a fighting spirit that won’t die, and people love you for it. You represent just another ideal I must kill. I promised that chaos would fall. I may be crazy, but I'm a man of my word. Destroy everything.....all hope, all light, all darkness….and only chaos remains….I’ll see you soon Ibushi…

    The lights in Center Stage came back on, and Bram stood in the ring behind a completely unaware Kota Ibushi. Bram attacked Ibushi from behind, viciously raining down punches and stomps before hitting the Brighter Side of Suffering DDT. Kota Ibushi laid motionless in the ring, as Bram laughed maniacally. The Agent of Chaos had struck again.

    A promo video aired hyping the expansion Ignition to 2 hours beginning Thursday, August 9 on Paramount Network.

    A video package aired hyping the Triple Threat match for the WSW World Championship at SummerFest. The very first World Championship match contested in a Triple Threat. Highlights of all three men were intercut with sit down interviews
    with Drew Galloway, Adam Cole, and WSW World Champion Cody. Adam Cole spoke first...

    "…...I want the World Championship so bad, it hurts. Six months ago at Inception, I was close...I was so close I could taste it. Close doesn't count in this sport... Cody took the belt away from me, and it's haunted me every day since. I've clawed and scratched my way back to this moment. I promised to take out Revolver piece by piece....now there is just one man left on my list. Nothing has stopped me so far, and neither will Drew Galloway. There is no risk I won't take, no move I won't make.....I will do anything it takes to win and become champion. I don't believe in the no-win scenario, and that's what makes me dangerous. Adam Cole was built for the biggest stage and the brightest lights......I was put on this earth to make history."


    Drew Galloway was featured...

    "Three seconds. Three seconds is the blink of an eye, but it can create a legend. The entire time I was gone, I lived like a hermit--training, rehabbing, getting ready to claim those three seconds. I can smell intimidation on Cody, he knows how close I was from taking that title from around his waist. Adam Cole...as far as I'm concerned...he just walked into a briar patch. He has no clue what I'm capable of when that bell rings. This isn't about personal vendettas with me though, this is about reclaiming the title I never lost. The World Championship is everything. When I close my eyes, I can see myself holding that belt once again. We're making history at SummerFest with the Triple Threat, but the end result is the same.......one Claymore......three seconds.....three seconds that will last a lifetime."


    Cody spoke and smoked a cigar, wearing his trademark cocky grin.....

    "Here we are, knocking on the door of history once again. In front of the largest crowd in WSW history, the main event of SummerFest will see a Triple Threat match for my World Championship. Some would say that the odds are stacked against me, and I wouldn't dispute that. But where many would bitch and moan and claim they were being "screwed" -- I see it as an opportunity. Another opportunity to prove I'm the greatest champion in professional wrestling today. Look at me, I was BORN to be World Champion. NO ONE in professional wrestling is as powerful as I am. I move the needle in a way that scares people. Doubt me and I will prove you wrong every time. In ONE match, I will defeat the beloved Adam Cole and Drew Galloway. These two beacons of light will be extinguished just like everyone else that has challenged for my crown....and the crowd will fall silent. Honestly, I can't wait to drop that rebel asshole Adam Cole on his face and then kick Drew Galloway in the face. The only question on my mind is which one will I pin to win the damn match. It is my God-given right to be World Champion, and I will spit in the face of everyone who gets in my way. I am single handily taking WSW to infinity and beyond. And in Toronto, in front of 9,000 plus fans.....the era of Cody will continue, and I will prove that nightmares do come true....."

    The piece ends with a flurry of highlights fading into a closeup of the World Championship title belt.

    In the main event of Ignition, The Death Busters (Dash and Wilder) defeated The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) in a tag team match. This match was not for the faint of heart, as all four men beat the hell out of each other in one of the most physical matches WSW has seen in a long time. The Death Busters would hit a combination powerbomb/German Suplex on Thomas Dubois to work him over. Dubois would get his revenge though, launching Wilder back first into the ring post with a vertical suplex. Later in the match, The Union would stack both members of The Death Busters in a corner and hit stereo
    superplexes for a near fall. The power of The Union was matched by the rabid intensity of The Death Busters. The finish of the match came after The Death Busters hit a combination backbreaker/diving elbow drop on St. Jacques. Thomas Dubois entered the ring and broke up the pin, instantly causing him to be condemned by the referee. As the referee was distracted getting Dubois out of the ring, Dash struck Mathieu St-Jacques with a low blow behind the referee's back. The Death Busters then hit the Fall of the Axe (formerly known as the Shatter Machine) for the pin and victory. After the match, The Death Busters grabbed the microphone.....

    "…..A NEW DAY HAS ARRIVED IN WSW! We are the NEW frontier, and we have waited a long time to beat the shit out of The Young Bucks and we're not waiting anymore. Watch real close boys, because this ain't no game.....there ain't gonna be no laughs......this is a fight for your life.


    The Death Busters then proceeded to beat down The Union with chairs. The duos smashed the steel into the massive bodies of Dubois and St-Jacques. Repeadily the Canadian brutes would attempt to rise only to be struck with a chair shot that echoed off the walls of Center Stage. Matt and Nick Jackson came running down from the back. The Death Busters went for chair shots, but the Jackson brothers ducked. They loaded up Super Kicks, but The Death Busters put on the brakes and both Dash and Wilders spit directly in the face of the Bucks before bailing from the ring. The Death Busters laughed and spiked the chairs down on the outside. The Young Bucks looked on from the ring. As Ignition came to a close, the confidence and cockiness usually worn on the champion's faces was replaced with hatred, anger, and concern.

    ****
    WSW SummerFest
    Saturday, July 7
    Ricoh Coliseum: Toronto, ON, CA

    WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Adam Cole
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. AJ Styles
    Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bobby Lashley
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    June 26, 2018

    *Two matches for SummerFest were announced and confirmed by WSW this week: Bram vs. Kota Ibushi and The Death Busters vs. The Young Bucks for the World Tag Team Titles. At this point over 9,100 tickets have been sold for the event. As of now, here's the updated card:


    • WSW World Championship Triple Threat Match: Cody (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Drew Galloway
    • WSW Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. AJ Styles
    • WSW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Death Busters
    • Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bobby Lashley
    • Bram vs. Kota Ibushi


    *Over 4,000 tickets have been sold for the Ignition tapings at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The 7/12 and 7/19 episodes of Ignition will be taped at the event, and this will be the largest crowd for Ignition in the show's history. WSW officials are incredibly excited and pleased with the response from the Canadian audience for SummerFest, Ignition, and the subsequent house show tour. Plans are already in place for a return to Toronto and further exploration of the Canadian market in the near future.

    *With WSW continuing to draw larger crowds and expanding their "tentpole" events, a discussion has started on setup for November Reign, the company's flagship event. Taking place on 11/24 from the Los Angeles Convention Center, it is expected WSW will pull out all the stops for the event. As of now, early projections would call for a setup to accommodate an audience of 7,000 - 9,000. Sustained growth for WSW will be paramount moving forward. WSW clearly feels comfortable in the major markets of New York and Chicago, but carving a foothold into the Los Angeles market would be tremendous for the business. Thus why they selected the city to host their major show of the year.

    *Advertised for the 6/28 Ignition: Candice LeRae and Io Shirai vs. Tenille Dashwood and Tessa Blanchard, AJ Styles and The Motor City Machine Guns vs. Will Ospreay and Midnight Rush, The Young Bucks and Ricochet vs. The Death Busters and Austin Aries. Also advertised is a sit-down interview with Chael Sonnen and Arn Anderson and Bobby Lashley as well as the contract signing for the World Championship triple threat match.
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    Ignition: Episode 146
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: June 28, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    Ignition opened with Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight introducing the broadcast and running down the card and the contract signing for the World Championship Triple Threat match as WSW continues its build to SummerFest in two weeks.

    The first match of Ignition saw the team of Midnight Rush (ACH and Lio Rush) and Will Ospreay defeat The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) and AJ Styles in a six-man tag team match. The match was fast-paced and action-packed with lots of quick tags and innovative double and triple team striking offense. The Center Stage crowd exploded when AJ Styles and Will Ospreay tagged in to face one another just two weeks before their match for the Intercontinental Championship. Smiling, both men would slap hands before launching into a quick sequence. Ospreay would use his quickness to frustrate Styles, peppering the veteran with kicks and chops before sweeping Styles' legs and posing in his face. AJ Styles responded with brute force, firing off a lightning quick striking combination; however, Ospreay cut Styles off with a backflip kick transitioned into an enziguri to send The Phenomenal One through the ropes to the floor. Ospreay would go for the Sasuke Special, but Styles lept to the apron and cut him off with a kick--sending Ospreay tumbling over the ropes to the floor. Styles would taunt with a pose of his own. This led to a dive sequence for the remaining men in the ring, capped by an insane step-up springboard flip dive by Lio Rush. As the match wore on, The Motor City Machine Guns caught Lio Rush with a double team, an electric chair dropped into a lungblower--Will Ospreay broke up the pin attempt. AJ Styles that entered the ring and threw Ospreay to the floor. On the outside, Ospreay attempted a kick, but Styles moved and Ospreay kicked the ring post. In a flash, Styles locked on the Calf Slicer on the floor, causing Ospreay to cry out in pain. Inside the ring, The Motor City Machine Guns went for the Made in Detroit, but Lio Rush countered with a Rana Driver on Sabin to make the hot tag to ACH. ACH took out Alex Shelley with a running dropkick, allowing the Midnight Rush to hit Fade to Black for the pin and the win. On the floor, Styles released the submission when the bell rang and said "Lesson One........See you in Toronto" to Will Ospreay. Styles walked away as the Intercontinental Champion grabbed his leg in pain.

    Backstage, Todd Keneley interviewed The Young Bucks. Keneley mentioned that The Bucks would square off with The Death Busters in a six-man tag team match tonight in advance of their World Tag Team Championship match at SummerFest. Matt Jackson spoke first....

    "It's FINALLY happening. The tag team match of the decade is finally coming to fruition at SummerFest. The Death Busters wanted us so bad they came all the way to WSW. Here's the problem with that....this is our yard....this is our playground. The Young Bucks are the cornerstones of WSW and this town ain't big enough for the both of us. Todd, it's amazing....Dash and Wilder truly hate us. They hate everything we stand for...the flashy moves, the t-shirts, the fame, and the fortune. Here's the deal though....everything we have, we earned with our own blood, sweat, and tears.....we didn't go to wrestling school in Florida to be coddled and told how great we are."

    Nick Jackson chimed in...

    "Don't let the new skull masks fool you, The Death Busters are still the same two clowns that used to call us out on Twitter. We are the LONGEST reigning World Tag Team Champions in WSW history. Dash and Wilder.....you wanted to make an impact and send some shockwaves....well congratulations because the road to the big time goes through The Young Bucks. You may hate what we stand for, but tonight when that bell rings, you'll get to look into the eyes of greatness and see if you really want to dance with that devil. This is our world....you're just living in it."

    In the second match of Ignition, Candice LeRae and Io Shirai defeated Diamond (Tenille Dashwood and Tessa Blanchard) in a tag team match. Nixon Newell accompanied her Diamond stablemates to the ring. The match was back and forth with Diamond cheating to counter the surprising cohesiveness of Shirai and LeRae. Things came alive as Tessa Blanchard and Candice LeRae squared off. Blanchard was able to get the best of the champion--catching her coming off the second rope with a chokebomb. Blanchard was able to grind down the champion with her power. With the crowd behind her, LeRae fired up--escaping Blanchard's attempt at a press slam into the turnbuckles and connected on a shotgun dropkick. LeRae made the tag to Io Shirai as Blanchard tagged out to Tenille Dashwood. Shirai ran wild with kicks and strikes, but Nixon Newell interfered from the outside, tripping Shirai. The distraction allowed Dashwood to take control. Candice LeRae eliminated Newell's influence with meteroa off the apron followed by a shotgun dropkick into the guardrail. Inside the ring, Dashwood continued her attack, hitting her cartwheel kick for a near fall. Dashwood slapped Shirai on the mat and paraded around the ring to jeers before attempting the Muta Lock; however, Shirai countered into a cradle for a near fall. Shirai then snapped off a picture perfect Dragon Suplex. Tessa Blanchard entered the ring to interfere, but Candice LeRae intercepted her with a running knee strike. LeRae attempted to lock Blanchard in the No Escape, but Blanchard scrambled to the outside, with Nixon Newell pulling her to safety. The same couldn't be said for Tenille Dashwood who was hit with the Suplex De Io for the pin. After the match, Newell and Blanchard slowly pulled their fallen leader out the ring as Diamond was disheveled. Inside the ring, Candice LeRae and Io Shirai shared a handshake; however Shirai wouldn't break the grip. She smiled at LeRae and pointed towards the Women's World Championship. Understanding the message loud and clear, Candice LeRae held the Women's World Championship high in the air to cheers as she nodded her head towards Shirai.

    After a commercial, the announce team then fed things to a sit-down interview conducted by Chael Sonnen with Bobby Lashley and Arn Anderson.

    The interview was conducted inside the ring in an empty and dark Center Stage Atlanta. Sonnen asked the questions, and Arn Anderson did the majority of the talking. Chael asked, "....Bobby, we are just two weeks away from SummerFest and your next match in WSW against Claudio Castagnoli. He's a former World Champion and a very interesting opponent, technically sound and pound for pound one of the strongest men in professional wrestling. How have you been preparing for this match?" Bobby Lashley just responded by laughing and Arn Anderson answered....

    "Look at that response....tells you everything you need to know. Now Claudio Castagnoli is one of the finest professional wrestlers in the world.....I do believe he would have been a Horsemen back in the day....but this ain't no ordinary man sitting next to me. My God, look at him. This is an oak tree....an immovable object. Bobby Lashley doesn't have to prepare for Claudio Castagnoli....Bobby Lashley's training is so fierce all he does is show up, destroy, and get paid. Claudio Castagnoli picked this fight--don't forget that. And don't think I didn't hear you drop that 'former World Champion' line in there Chael. Bobby squared off with another 'former World Champion' in his first match....we all saw how that turned out. It was an ass kicking so bad Alberto El Patron decided he needed to quit the company."

    Based on that response, Chael asked: "Now Arn I want to ask about your involvement with Bobby. You serve as his manager and mouthpiece, but what exactly is your connection here?" Arn responded....

    "Chael...you're a fighter. You've had a promoter. That's what I am....a promoter. I've hitched my wagon to the greatest athlete in combat sports today. After 36 years in this business, I decided it was finally time for me to cash in. Look, I'm an old dog with plenty of fight but no fangs to bear. I used to ride up and down the roads, wheeling and dealing.....but Bobby Lashley is taking me into the stratosphere. After 36 years, I'm finally making some real damn money and that's what this business is all about....money. Look at this watch....Rolex Submariner....purchased through the purse of Bobby's first WSW match. We have a harmonious relationship. Point blank, I streamline things for Bobby...cut through the bullshit....and he gets in the ring, wins, and gets paid. And when Bobby gets paid....I get paid. Simple as that."

    Chael pressed further, "Bobby, I direct this question to you. What is your goal in coming here, why WSW?" Bobby Lashley leaned back and responded.....

    "I'm here, because I was the hottest free agent on the market and Shane McMahon paid me what I'm worth. Do not confuse my words...I'm the GREATEST prizefighter in the world. I fight for money, and I fight because I love to dominate. I love to prove that I'm superior to my opponent. I love to hit people and I love to see their eyes roll to the back of their head as I choke them out. I'm here to get paid, and I'm here to get to the top. I will be the GOD of WSW in due time....."

    A video was shown from "Last Week" of a wincing Kota Ibushi being tended to backstage following the attack by Bram. Ibushi clutched his head as he looked into the camera. He spoke in Japanese with English subtitles....

    "Bram.....you're a plague. I have no respect for you because you warp the beautiful art of wrestling. You seek to take my sport and hurt people to fill the void in your heart. James Storm, Fenix, Pentagon Jr.....all of these are good men you have hurt. I will have no sympathy for you....you are not a man, you are cancer and you must be cut out.
    The third match of Ignition was a six-man tag team match that saw The Death Busters (Dash and Wilder) and Austin Aries defeat The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and Ricochet. The Young Bucks and Ricochet came out of the gates firing, flying around the ring controlling the tempo with aggression. The Death Busters would use a shortcut, as Dash kneed Matt Jackson from the apron as Jackson ran the ropes. This shifted the momentum and allowed The Death Busters and Aries to cut the ring in half. Wilder worked over the back like a rabid dog, and the trio hit an assortment of backbreakers and doubleteams. Matt Jackson was desperate to make a tag, but each time he was cut off. Austin Aries tried for a crucifix bomb into the turnbuckles, but Matt Jackson rallied and countered with a hurricanrana. Dash charged in to cut off Matt Jackson, but Matt caught him with a superkick allowing him to make the hot tag to Ricochet. Ricochet came in like a house on fire--striking down anything that moved. He caught Austin Aries with a standing Spanish Fly for a near fall. Ricochet went up top to continue the assault, but he was distracted by the Death Busters. This allowed Aries to jump to the top rope and deliver a superplex immediately transitioned into the Last Chancery. Ricochet fought through the pain and made the ropes for the break, but the damage was done--he was grounded. With Ricochet and Dash as the legal men, the match eventually broke down into a 3 on 2 brawl, with Matt and Nick Jackson fighting valiantly with their tandem offense as Ricochet grabbed at his back in pain on the floor. The numbers game began to swing, with The Death Busters grinding down on the Jackson brothers and even spitting on them. Austin Aries went to the apron to attempt a springboard 450 Splash on both Bucks, but Ricochet charged out of nowhere and took out Austin Aries with a wicked tope suicida. The Young Bucks and Death Busters battled up top, eventually falling in a massive Tower of Doom. With the crowd chanting and jumping up and down, Ricochet instantly lept to the top and flew with a 630 Senton on Dash. He covered, but Austin Aries pulled him out the ring and delivered a brainbuster on the floor. He rolled Ricochet back in and Dash crawled over and covered for the win. Aries laughed wickedly on the outside at his handiwork. After the match, The Death Busters continued the assault on The Young Bucks...driving down brutal punches and stomps. The Death Busters laid out both Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson with Fall of the Axe and posed with the World Tag Team Titles to a chorus of jeers.

    A promo aired hyping SummerFest, streaming globally on Netflix on Saturday, July 7.

    After the final commercial, Mauro Ranallo confirmed that two more matches had been set for SummerFest...Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai for the Women's World Championship and Austin Aries vs. Ricochet. Ranallo then threw thing to ring announcer Justin Roberts.

    WSW Owner Shane McMahon stood in the ring which was set up with a table. McMahon held a microphone and stated....

    "Ladies and gentlemen, in just two weeks WSW will present the biggest event in company history. Streaming live on Netflix, SummerFest will see a record crowd of 9,000+ witness first hand the greatest professional wrestling on the planet. On this night, we will make history in more ways than one. In the main event, the WSW World Championship will be defended in a Triple Threat match for the first time ever. At this time, we will have the official contract signing for this historic match...."

    McMahon proceeded to introduce Drew Galloway, Adam Cole, and World Champion Cody. All three men came to the ring with Galloway posturing like a wolf ready to pounce, Adam Cole smacked on gum and cockily leaned back in his chair, putting his feet on the table, Cody--dressed to the nines--sat with the World Title belt over his shoulder. McMahon presented the contract to Adam Cole first and said...

    "Gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Each of you comes from a different walk of life, and you are a representation of what makes WSW great. You have earned this opportunity and the right to make history. Before this contract is signed, it is worth stating that when that bell rings at SummerFest, there must be a winner in a Triple Threat Match. No countouts...no disqualifications. One fall to a finish for the top prize in WSW.

    Cole picked up his microphone....

    "Wow....making history, what a concept. I've been waiting for this moment for a longgggg time. We're all here for the same reason....that belt right there. That's a helluva jackpot, the score of a lifetime. Cody, there's nowhere for you to run and nowhere for you to hide. I've been fighting against the odds my whole life....what the hell....I'm all in."

    Adam Cole signed the contract which was then passed to Drew Galloway. Galloway slowly looked at Cody and Cole back and forth before signing his name...his aura giving off intimidation without uttering one word. Finally, the contract came to Cody. The World Champion grabbed the microphone and said....

    "....Legends aren't born they are created. They are forged from the fires of adversity. That's what I'm facing now--the fires of adversity. I am a creator....my star has burned the brightest and I'm the sole reason for the grand stage we will perform on in Toronto. You may not like it, but it's the truth. I am a harbinger of change, and I am taking WSW to heights never seen before. No one can walk a mile in my shoes.....you take one look at me and you know you've seen greatness. I will walk into SummerFest champion, and I will cut down both of you just like I did EC3 and just like I did to Ibushi. When I walk out of SummerFest champion, I will not only be a superstar....I'll be a GODDAMN LEGEND....."

    Cody then signed the contract. Adam Cole wasn't done though....

    "Cody, I'm surprised your hair is so blonde considering how far you've got your head up your own ass. It's the same song and dance with you isn't it? I can see it clearly with my own two eyes. Deep down, you're still the same insecure spoiled brat you've always been. The only thing that's different is you're so pig-headed, you've actually fooled yourself into thinking you're elite. So continue to rattle on....it will only make kicking your ass even sweeter...."

    Drew Galloway's voice rang out for the first time...

    "ENOUGH! Cody, I can smell fear and when you look at me...you're scared. You're scared because you know you can't beat me. You know that I had you dead to rights...I just ran out of time. And Adam Cole.......the Panama City Playboy. You can flaunt that smile and devil may care attitude, but I don't think you're ready for what's ahead of you. I worked my entire life to win the World Championship, and when I had to forfeit that belt a piece of me died that day. I don't care how many men I have to go through...1.2..or 100...I WILL WIN MY TITLE BACK!"

    Adam Cole fired back...

    "Those are mighty big words Drew. Are you sure you're ready for the big moment at SummerFest? You always seem to choke when the lights are the brightest...."

    Drew Galloway stood up menacingly, while Adam Cole slowly rose and cocked his head. Cody rose and laughed...

    "Boys, boys, boys.....united we stand, divided we fall. Just like Joe Cocker, I get by with a little help from my friends.....

    Without warning, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows flew into the ring and attacked Adam Cole and Drew Galloway from behind. Shane McMahon went scrambling out the ring as Anderson and Gallows laid the boots to the challengers. Cody casually walked to a corner and sat on the top turnbuckle and laughed. Anderson and Gallows connected on the Boot of Doom on Drew Galloway before putting Adam Cole through the table with the Magic Killer. The challengers laid beaten from the blitzkrieg of Revolver. Cody walked over to his stablemates and produced two wads of cash from his jacket pocket, and gave one to both men. Cody then picked up the microphone and said.....

    "There's always a plan B.........Revolver is fine!"

    Cody then threw the microphone down on Drew Galloway. Revolver stood tall together for the first time in weeks, as Mauro Ranallo closed the show on commentary....

    "My god what have we just seen? You can hate him all you want, but after weeks of discontent, Cody has reunited Revolver. No count outs, no disqualifications in a Triple Threat match.....has the World Champion just evened the odds for SummerFest?!"


    ****
    WSW SummerFest
    Saturday, July 7
    Ricoh Coliseum: Toronto, ON, CA

    WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Adam Cole
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. AJ Styles
    WSW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Death Busters
    WSW Women's World Championship: Candice LeRae (c) vs. Io Shirai
    Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bobby Lashley
    Bram vs. Kota Ibushi
    Austin Aries vs. Ricochet






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    July 3, 2018

    *After weeks of build and anticipation, SummerFest weekend has arrived. It will be a busy weekend in Toronto followed by a full house show tour in Canada the following week. Here's the full list of events for the weekend/week:
    • 7/5 - Ignition, Go home show: Paramount Network, 9 PM
    • 7/6 - WSW Experience, Enercare Center: Fanfest, Autographs, SummerFest Press Conference, Shane McMahon address: Facebook Live
    • 7/7 - SummerFest, Ricoh Coliseum: Netflix, 8 PM
    • 7/9 - Ignition Tapings, Hershey Centre (Mississauga)
    • 7/12 - House Show, Hamilton, ON, CA
    • 7/13 - House Show, Ottawa, ON, CA
    • 7/14 - House Show, Montreal, QC, CA
    • 7/15 - House Show, Quebec City, QC, CA


    *Rumors began swirling again this week of possible interest from WWE in Cody and The Young Bucks. WSW has been working on signing their top talent to longer-term contracts for some time now, and this should only quicken that process. The growth of WSW has been one of the top stories of 2018 so far. With SummerFest, WSW will become the first North American promotion to draw a crowd of this size in years. With the expansion of Ignition to 2 hours, locking down top talent to long-term deals is priority number one for the company.

    *Speaking of talent, Santana Garrett has departed WSW. Garrett requested her release and it was granted late last week. Garrett has primarily been used as enhancement talent in WSW. It is believed she will be a participant in this year's Mae Young Classic and attempt to attract a WWE offer.

    *Nixon Newell is back to full speed. After suffering a sprained ankle at the last set of television tapings, Newell was back working in the ring on the recent house show tour of Green Bay, Milwaukee, and St. Paul.

    *With the expansion of television to 2-hours in August, WSW has been looking at expanding their talent roster. Konnan has been tasked by the company to scout and recruit Mexico. With an abundance of talent and pro wrestling interest red hot in Mexico right now, this will be a story to keep an eye on--especially with Konnan's ties to the top Mexican promotions.

    *The WSW Dojo is still on track for a November launch, and recruiting for the initial class is expected to begin soon. There are expected to be further updates on this project during Shane McMahon's address in Toronto this Friday.

    *WSW has announced their first tour of the UK. Scheduled for December, WSW will run 4 dates in England and Scotland. Cards and talent will obviously be announced as these dates near, but huge news for the company and UK fans.
    • 12/12 - Ignition Tapings, London, England
    • 12/13 - House Show, Birmingham, England
    • 12/14 - House Show, Liverpool, England
    • 12/15 - House Show, Glasgow, Scotland

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    Ignition: Episode 147
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: July 5, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    The 7/5 edition of Ignition opened with highlights of last week’s contract signing for the World Championship Triple Threat match at SummerFest. After weeks of tension, Revolver appeared to be on the same page, as Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows returned to attack Adam Cole and Drew Galloway from behind. The duo would lay out the Galloway and put Cole through a table, while World Champion Cody stood by watching and laughing. Revolver stood tall to close last week’s show.

    Mauro Ranallo, Chael Sonnen, and Paige Knight announced that tonight’s main event would see Drew Galloway and Adam Cole vs. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, just 2 days before SummerFest.

    In the first match of Ignition, Claudio Castagnoli defeated Andrew Everett in a singles match. With his big match against Bobby Lashley looming at SummerFest, Castagnoli put on a display—ripping Andrew Everett out the air on a leapfrog attempt, and spiking him into the canvas with a wicked
    spinebuster. Castagnoli would overpower Everett at every turn with his scary, raw power. Castagnoli would pepper Everett with a sequence of chops, forearm strikes, and a discus uppercut that nearly decapitated Everett. The referee forcibly pushed Castagnoli away to see if Everett was still conscious. Castagnoli shoved the referee out of the way and demanded that Everett get to his feet….screaming “Get Up You Bitch!” With glazed over eyes, Andrew Everett grabbed the ring ropes and rose to his feet. On instinct, he was able to avoid a Castagnoli charge and land a series of kicks. However, this only angered the Swiss Strongman more, as he grabbed the wrist of Andrew Everett and destroyed him with a short-arm European Uppercut. Castagnoli then locked in the Sharpshooter, and the referee immediately called for the bell as Andrew Everett was unconscious. Castagnoli kept the submission locked on for several moments after the bell. After releasing the hold, Castagnoli grabbed the microphone….

    “…..Bobby! Bobby, I hope you’re watching. I hope you saw that! While you’ve been piled up at your luxury gym….I’ve been training in the shadows.....busting my ass every day to beat the hell out of you. On Saturday at SummerFest, I’m putting my heart, my guts…..my everything on the line. At SummerFest, I will FINALLY get MINE! I will expose you for the fraud you are, run your ass back to MMA, and climb back to the TOP!”

    Shockingly, the music of Bobby Lashley hit, and Walking Armageddon made his way out with his manager Arn Anderson. Lashley walked with an intense look in his eyes and made a beeline to the ring. Castagnoli was not intimidated and didn’t back down. The two brutes stared at each other eye to eye. After jawing back and forth, Lashley audibly said, “Shut the hell up you punk bitch….” Lashley shoved Castagnoli; however, Claudio waisted no time and immediately headbutted Lashley in the face! A brawl was ignited with the two men ripping into each other like wolves. WSW Security, referees, and wrestlers from the back came pouring down to separate the two men. After much struggling, a mob of people was able to separate the two men, with Lashley being corralled in the ring and Claudio Castagnoli corralled outside. Lashley was seething with anger. The wild chaos to start Ignition erupted the Center Stage crowd.

    A backstage interview from “Last Week” was shown of Austin Aries laughing after the main event. Aries laid out Ricochet with a brainbuster on the floor during the match, allowing his team to pin with Ricochet and get the win.....

    "People ask me all the time, what my drive is, and the answer is quite simple. I demand excellence. I'm as decorated a star as anyone in the world, but everyone seems to forget about ole' Austin Aries. Well not anymore...because at SummerFest I'm going to record a victory that registers on the Richter Scale. Ricochet, I told you I was coming for you.....I told you and tonight I had to fire a warning shot. At SummerFest I will go for the kill. At SummerFest I will put down the shining star known as Ricochet and receive the spoils of victory. But it doesn't end there.....Ricochet, you're my first step to redemption.....I'm on a quest for gold, and you're just my first stepping stone....."

    A video package aired highlighting the battle for the World Tag Team Championships between The Young Bucks and The Death Busters. The package contains sitdown interviews with both teams and footage of The Young Bucks career highlights (including home footage of their backyard wrestling days) and The Death Busters shocking debut in WSW. Matt and Nick Jackson spoke first....


    "...Ever since we kids, all we have ever wanted was to become pro wrestlers. We must have given our parents heart attacks with all the shit we pulled. Swantons off the couch, moonsaults on our trampoline.....our first love has always been this sport. Teaming together was never our plan, but it just happened. It didn't matter if we were wrestling in front of 12 people, getting to step through the curtain has always been the greatest thrill in life. Pro wrestling is our life....this isn't an act. We are able to do what we do in the ring because it's our joy. Every time you see The Young Bucks, it's still those same kids from Rancho Cucamonga with stars in their eyes and big dreams. Never once did we think those two kids would become the greatest tag team in the world. We know we're not the biggest or strongest...but we won't be outworked and we won't accept defeat. We do things in the ring never seen before because that's our drive....that's what's taken us to the top. Dash and Wilder have come after us for a long time, and they are the definition of what it's like to be second best. At SummerFest, The Death Busters will find out what every other team in the world has found out.......The Young Bucks are the greatest thrill ride in the world......"

    The package cut to Dash and Wilder.....


    "...Very simply, we're the best tag team in the world. Doesn't matter what day...doesn't matter what godforsaken piece of this Earth we're on....WE are the greatest. There's a lot of confusion out there. People confuse star power and flash with greatness. The Young Bucks are con artists. They are a sideshow magic act, swindling people's money with flips and kicks. That ain't what we're about. The ring is our sanctuary and WE sing the gospel of wrestling. Why do we call ourselves The Death Busters? Because we're on a mission to execute all the bullshit that exists in tag team wrestling. We came to WSW for two reasons and two reasons only......we came to end The Young Bucks and we came to win the World Tag Team Championships. At SummerFest it ain't going to be pretty.....we are coming after The Young Bucks and those belts like a starving pit bull on a steak. Take your t-shirts, take your superkicks, and take your star power and stick it up your ass. This ain't going to be a dogfight, this will be trench warfare. Matt and Nick, ask yourself....how much do you love those titles? Are you willing to get bloody and nasty for them.....because we are. WE are a class all to ourselves....and at SummerFest, the sun will shine on the new horizon of WSW.

    In the second match of Ignition, Tessa Blanchard defeated Rachel Ellering in a singles match. Blanchard came to the ring accompanied by Nixon Newell. Blanchard immediately taunted Ellering at the bell, which earned her a flurry of forearm strikes from Ellering. However, Ellering was cut down with a nasty big boot from Tessa Blanchard. Blanchard dominated the match, showcasing her power. Ellering attempted to mount a comeback, as she slipped out of a verticle suplex attempt and locked on a sleeper, but Blanchard countered with a jawbreaker. Blanchard tossed Ellering into the turnbuckles with her wicked press slam and finished things with the Blanchard Combination. After the match, Blanchard threw Ellering out of the ring by her hair to parade around the ring and gloat while Center Stage rained jeers.

    WSW Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay came out for a promo to a massive ovation. Ospreay had a slight limp after the effects of kicking the ring post last week and the Calf Slicer by AJ Styles. Ospreay acknowledged the crowd and saluted them with the title belt.....


    "Last week I stood in this ring for the first time with a man I've looked up to my entire life. It was just a taste of what's to come at SummerFest, because on Saturday I put my Intercontinental Championship on the line against this best wrestler of this generation...."The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. I learned a valuable lesson last week...when AJ locked the Calf Slicer right there on the floor I learned firsthand about AJ's famous killer instinct, a desire to do anything it takes to win. I respect that. That's why I would like to ask AJ Styles to come out here right now to look me in the eyes....

    The crowd cheered as AJ Styles made his way out and got into the ring with Will Ospreay. The Brit continued.....

    "....AJ, I need you to look me in the eyes and know that I respect the hell out of you....but you haven't seen my killer instinct. You haven't seen the tenacity that has fueled my fire and kept me going as I traveled around this globe perfecting my craft. You haven't seen MY killer instinct that led to winning the Intercontinental Championship from one of the greatest champions in WSW history--Kota Ibushi. Last week you said that was 'lesson one' ... well at SummerFest, I'm going teach you a hard lesson.....I'm not the future....I'm the NOW."

    AJ Styles countered...


    "Will, looking at you is like looking into a mirror. Hearing you say that flashes me back to the early 2000's, because it's EXACTLY what I would have said. I know who you are kid. I've walked in your shoes. I know what it's like to have everyone doubt you, and using that doubt as your motivation to get to the top. The difference between you and me is 14 years experience. I've been every place you've been, I've done everything you've done--except I did it FIRST and I did it BETTER. I've won everything you've won with one exception....that Intercontinental Championship. There's one thing you need to know about me...when I want something I come at it relentlessly...and I want to become Intercontinental Champion. You're great Will....you're a young lion....but I'm the lion tamer and at SummerFest I'm going teach you Lesson Two....humility."

    Will Ospreay spoke....


    "When I became champion, I promised to be a fighting champion that would defend this belt against the best of the best. It doesn't get any better than you AJ. But your clock is ticking and at SummerFest, I'll prove that this young lion is the NEW standard bearer....."

    Will Ospreay held the title belt in the air, and AJ Styles flashed a smile--seemingly impressed at the confidence of Will Ospreay. The two men shook hands to cheers and departed the ring, knowing the next time they would be in the ring would be for the title.

    In the third match of Ignition, Bram defeated Aero Star in a singles match. Aero Star caught Bram with a flurry of offense early that seemed to surprise the Chesterfield Plague. Bram eventually blocked an attempt at a diving hurricanrana and dumped the luchador outside to the floor. Bram would display his wicked ways on the floor--slamming Aero Star into everything (ring post, ring steps, and the timekeeper's table). Bram launched Aero Star into the guardrail with a release overhead belly to belly suplex. The finish came when Bram dropped Aero Star with stun gun followed by the Brighter Side of Suffering for the win. After the match, Bram kept up the attack with his sadistic ways--ripping the mask of Aero Star halfway off until Kota Ibushi ran down to make the save. Rather than run, Bram slowly rose to his feet and stared Ibushi in the eyes. He cocked his head and laughed. Ibushi stood his ground, and Bram slowly departed (his eyes never leaving Ibushi's) in an uncomfortable sequence.

    A video package aired highlighting the Women's World Championship match at SummerFest between Candice LeRae and Io Shirai. Highlights of both women's accomplishments (including Shirai's Japanese career) are intercut with sit down interviews. Shirai spoke in Japanese with English subtitles.....

    "My life's mission has been to spread the borders of women's wrestling. My journey led me to WSW and the best collection of women's wrestling talent in the world. When I came to America, I came alone....I left Japan, my family, my everything for a chance to compete against the elite. The next step of my journey occurs at SummerFest. Candice LeRae is a pioneer for women's wrestling. She has broken down barriers, wrestled men when there were no other options for women and became champion. It will be an honor to compete with her...but my journey has led me here. Thousands of miles, thousands of hours training have brought me to this moment. When I dream at night I see myself holding the Women's World Championship. SummerFest is the culmination of this journey....and I will write the next chapter of my story as THE Women's World Champion."

    Candice LeRae spoke....


    "For years I chased this opportunity. I chased the dream of becoming the World Champion. When I won with my family and friends in attendance, everything I wanted in life came true. I learned real quickly the responsibilities of being champion though. For years I was the hunter now I'm the hunted. Everyone wants the chance to become champion and so few achieve it. That's why it's my duty to defend this championship with pride and honor. Holding the Women's World Championship doesn't just signify greatness....it's a badge of honor to carry for all the women that came before me that never had this opportunity and a beacon of hope for the future.....Io Shirai is one of the greatest wrestlers on the planet....not just women's wrestling. Her reputation proceeds her, and I know she's worked her entire life for this shot.....so have I. Our paths may be different, but our goals are the same. I am not intimidated by anyone....I am the Women's World Champion, and when the bell rings the switch flips....I'm not Candice LeRae anymore....I'm the BEST in the world!"

    In the main event of Ignition, the Adam Cole and Drew Galloway defeated Revolver (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) in a tag team match. Cody accompanied Anderson and Gallows, and joined the commentary team for the match. The match began as a brawl with all four men charging at each other and fighting inside and outside the ring. Drew Galloway even took Karl Anderson over the guardrail and into the crowd with a massive running lariat. The match eventually settled in with Revolver working cohesively and Galloway/Cole apprehensive about working together two days before they squared off at SummerFest. Cole even flipped off Galloway at one point rather than make a tag. Revolver showcased what's made them a world-class tag team though, as they got the drop on Cole and worked him over, cutting the ring in half with quick tags and double teams. Cole eventually slipped out of a double superplex attempt, catching both Gallows and Anderson with superkicks to make the hot tag to Drew Galloway. The Scottish Dragon came into a roar and looked incredible--throwing Revolver around the ring and cutting them down with incredible strikes that echoed off the walls of Center Stage. Galloway clotheslined Gallows out of the ring, and then press slammed Anderson from the ring onto Gallows. Adam Cole followed this with a tope suicida to wipe out Revolver. Soon after Cody came down to the ring and threw in a chair to distract the referee. As the referee was removing the chair, Cody hopped in and smashed Drew Galloway in the back of the head with the World Championship belt. Anderson covered but Galloway was able to kick out. Adam Cole lept off the apron and began to brawl with Cody. Inside the ring, Revolver set up for the Magic Killer, but Galloway escaped with hard elbows. Cole came out of nowhere and picked off Gallows with a missile dropkick, sending the big man tumbling. Galloway intercepted Anderson coming off the ropes with a Claymore Kick for the pin. After the match, Cody immediately attacked from behind, clipping the legs of Galloway and land a couple brutal kicks to temple. Cody reared back for another shot from the title belt, but Adam Cole cut him off with a superkick. Cody dropped like a rock, and Adam Cole picked up the World Championship belt off the canvas. Cole gazed at it for a moment but looked up just in time to eat a Claymore Kick from Drew Galloway. Galloway was the only man left standing in the ring, and the Scottish Dragon soaked in the cheers for a moment before picking up the title belt. Galloway gazed deeply into the gold that he was never beaten for. With a roar, Drew Galloway hoisted the title belt high to cheers. Ignition closed with Drew Galloway holding the World Championship high....





    ****
    WSW SummerFest
    Saturday, July 7
    Ricoh Coliseum: Toronto, ON, CA

    WSW World Championship: Cody (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Adam Cole
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. AJ Styles
    WSW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Death Busters
    WSW Women's World Championship: Candice LeRae (c) vs. Io Shirai
    Claudio Castagnoli vs. Bobby Lashley
    Bram vs. Kota Ibushi
    Austin Aries vs. Ricochet













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