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    WSW: World Series Wrestling





    Background


    WSW has been a project that has been on my drawing board for the past three years. After reading hundreds of Be the Bookers over the years, I decided to create my own in 2014. My vision was simple, I wanted to create a project that presented a realistic, alternative wrestling product. WSW lived on a few different forums; however, I'm excited to bring this project to WC officially.

    Rules

    The goal of this booker is to maintain as much of reality as possible. My goal is to operate WSW as if it were an actual player in the business at the current moment. Injuries, real-life incidents, free agency...should they happen, I will write them in.


    Format

    With over two years worth of shows and storylines, I went back and forth on the presentation of WSW here on WC. After consulting with several folks, I decided to use a Wikipedia/almanac style format to present the history of the project. We will go over all the major events and shows leading up to our current point. I will attempt to provide as much detail as possible without bogging everyone down.

    Industry Professional wrestling
    Founded January 6, 2015
    Founder Shane McMahon
    Headquarters New York, NY
    Area served Worldwide
    Product Television, Social media, Internet and Merchandise
    Owner(s) Shane McMahon (2015-present)
    Website WSW.com


    World Series Wrestling
    (WSW) is an American professional wrestling promotion company headquartered in New York, NY. Founded by Shane McMahon on January 6, 2015, the creation of the company saw McMahon return to professional wrestling after his 2010 business departure from his father--Vince McMahon--and WWE. The younger McMahon resigned from his family's company to serve as the Executive Officer and Chairman for YOU On Demand, an American company providing steaming cable service for China.

    WSW produces 52 weeks of television content, with the primary outlet being its weekly television series Ignition airing in the United States on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike). Ignition debuted on September 8, 2015 with a special, commercial-free episode. WSW also has an exclusive partnership with the entertainment streaming company Netflix. The deal sees WSW produce six live specials a year from various venues around the country, streamed on the Netflix platform--WSW becoming the first company to air live content on the service. 2015 also saw WSW sign an exclusive lease with Center Stage Atlanta. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, WSW renovated the facility for a wrestling-only setup. With a seating capacity of 1,250, Center Stage serves as the home for tapings of Ignition, and a production facility was added to the venue, allowing WSW to control all aspects of their television production from the Atlanta location.

    Roster (as of June 7, 2018)

    Male Active Roster:

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    ACH Aero Star Karl Anderson Austin Aries Travis Banks
    Mike Bennett
    (Injured)
    Bram Claudio Castagnoli Cody Adam Cole
    TK Cooper Scott Dawson Thomas Dubois EC3 Andrew Everett
    Fenix Drew Galloway Doc Gallows Kota Ibushi Matt Jackson
    Nick Jackson Bobby Lashley Trevor Lee Lio Rush Johnny Mundo
    Will Ospreay Pentagon Jr. Ricochet Mathieu St-Jacques Chris Sabin
    Alex Shelley AJ Styles



    Female Active Roster:

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    Marti Belle Dahlia Black Tessa Blanchard
    Tenille Dashwood Santana Garrett Candice LeRae
    Io Shirai Ivelisse Velez Taya Valkyrie
    Nixon Newell Rachel Ellering



    Tag Teams/Stables:

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    Revolver Cody, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Brandi Rhodes
    The Young Bucks Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson
    The Lucha Brothers Pentagon Jr. and Fenix
    Midnight Rush ACH and Lio Rush
    The Union Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois
    South Pacific Power Trip TK Cooper, Travis Banks, Dahlia Black
    Motor City Machine Guns Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley
    The Death Busters Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder


    Managers/Valets:

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    Maria
    Brandi Rhodes
    Arn Anderson


    WSW Personnel:


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    Shane McMahon (Owner)
    Todd Keneley (Backstage Reporter)
    Mauro Ranallo (Play-By-Play)
    Justin Roberts (Ring Announcer)
    Chael Sonnen (Color Commentator)
    Paige Knight (Color Commentator)
    James Storm (Trainer; Retired from in-ring competition)
    Low Ki (Trainer; Part-time competitor)



    Former Active Roster Members:

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    Nick Aldis Armando Alejandro Shelton Benjamin PJ Black
    Genki Horiguchi Rey Misterio Jr. James Storm Masato Yoshino
    Ryback Bishop the Hunter Jack Evans Scorpio Sky
    Alberto El Patron



    Ignition


    Ignition History

    Genre Professional wrestling
    Created By Shane McMahon
    Starring WSW roster
    Opening Theme "Untouchable" (Swizz Beatz Remix) by 2Pac
    Country of origin United States
    Original language(s) English
    No. of episodes 143 (as of June 7, 2018)
    Camera setup Multicamera setup
    Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
    Original network Paramount Network (2015-present)
    (formerly Spike)
    Original release September 8, 2015-present


    Netflix Specials


    2018 Netflix Specials:


    Saturday, January 20, 2018 Inception Houston, TX George Brown Convention Center
    Friday, April 6, 2018 Seize the Day Kenner, LA Pontchartrain Center
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 Undisputed New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
    Saturday, July 7, 2018 SummerFest Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ricoh Coliseum
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 Grand Prix Hoffman Estates, IL Sears Centre
    Saturday, November 24, 2018 November Reign Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Convention Center


    2017 Netflix Specials:


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    Saturday, January 14, 2017 Inception Frisco, TX Dr. Pepper Arena
    Friday, March 31, 2017 Seize the Day Orlando, FL The Venue at UCF
    Saturday, March 27, 2017 Undisputed Phoenix, AZ GCU Arena
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 SummerFest Los Angeles, CA Gersten Pavilion
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 Grand Prix Chicago, IL Joseph Jr. Gentile Arena
    Saturday, November 11, 2017 November Reign New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom


    2016 Netflix Specials:

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    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Inception New York, NY Manhattan Center
    Saturday, March 26, 2016 Seize the Day Houston, TX Arena Theatre
    Saturday, May 7, 2016 Undisputed Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Saturday, July 2, 2016 SummerFest Anaheim, CA Anaheim Convention Center
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Grand Prix Las Vegas, NV South Point Arena
    Saturday, November 5, 2016 November Reign Chicago, IL Joseph J. Gentile Arena



    House Shows


    2018 House Shows:
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    Date City Arena
    Friday, January 5 Nashville, TN Curb Event Center
    Saturday, January 6 Memphis, TN Memphis Cook Convention Center
    Thursday, January 11 Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
    Friday, January 12 Long Island, NY Theater at Westbury
    Saturday, January 13 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    Friday, January 26 Cleveland, OH Connor Palace
    Saturday, January 27 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theater
    Thursday, February 15 San Jose, CA Event Center at SJSU
    Friday, February 16 Fresno, CA Fresno Convention Center
    Saturday, February 17 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
    Thursday, March 8 Baltimore, MD UMBC Event Center
    Friday, March 9 Washington, DC Charles E. Smith Center
    Saturday, March 10 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
    Friday, March 23 Detroit, MI The Soundboard
    Saturday, March 24 Chicago, IL Joseph J. Gentile Arena
    Friday, April 20 Louisville, KY Broadbent Arena
    Saturday, April 21 Indianapolis, IN Indiana Farmers Coliseum
    Thursday, May 10 San Antonio, TX Convocation Center
    Friday, May 11 Cedar Park, TX H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
    Saturday, May 12 Arlington, TX College Park Center
    Thursday, May 24 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center
    Friday, May 25 Albany, NY SEFCU Center
    Saturday, May 26 Boston, MA Matthews Arena
    Saturday, June 2 St. Louis, MO Lumiere Place Casino
    Thursday, June 21 Green Bay, WI Kress Event Center
    Friday, June 22 Milwaukee, WI Klotsche Center
    Saturday, June 23 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
    Thursday, July 12 Hamilton, ON, CA Hamilton Convention Centre
    Friday, July 13 Ottawa, ON, CA Aberdeen Pavilion
    Saturday, July 14 Montreal, QC, CA Maurice Richard Arena
    Sunday, July 15 Quebec City, QC, CA Palais Montcalm
    Friday, August 3 Charleston, SC Charleston Area Convention Center
    Saturday, August 4 Concord, NC Cabarrus Arena
    Thursday, August 16 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
    Friday, August 17 Orlando, FL The Venue at UCF
    Saturday, August 18 Tampa, FL Bob Martinez Athletic Center
    Thursday, August 23 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino Legends Theatre
    Friday, August 24 Fort Collins, CO Lincoln Center
    Saturday, August 25 Denver, CO Magness Arena
    Thursday, September 6 Beaumont, TX Beaumont Civic Center
    Friday, September 7 Tyler, TX Oil Palace
    Saturday, September 8 Kenner, LA Pontchartrain Center
    Saturday, September 15 Bronx, NY Rose Hill Gymnasium
    Friday, September 28 Columbus, OH Express Live
    Saturday, September 29 Pittsburgh, PA Palumbo Center
    Thursday, October 4 Portland, OR Chiles Center
    Friday, October 5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
    Saturday, October 6 Vancouver, BC, CA PNE Forum
    Saturday, October 13 Phoenix, AZ GCU Arena
    Friday, October 19 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
    Saturday, October 20 Buffalo, NY Burt Flickinger Center
    Thursday, October 25 Fort Myers, FL Alico Arena
    Friday, October 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Hard Rock Live
    Saturday, October 27 Miami, FL Knight Center
    Saturday, November 3 Las Vegas, NV South Point Arena
    Thursday, November 15 Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
    Friday, November 16 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Events Center
    Saturday, November 17 Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
    Thursday, December 13 Birmingham, England Arena Birmingham
    Friday, December 14 Liverpool, England Echo Arena
    Saturday, December 15 Glasgow, Scotland SSE Hydro


    2017 House Shows:
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    Date City Arena
    Friday, January 6 Long Island, NY The Sports Arena
    Saturday, January 7 Boston, MA Matthews Arena
    Saturday, January 28 Louisville, KY Broadbent Arena
    Saturday, April 8 Chicago, IL Joseph J. Gentile Arena
    Saturday, April 15 Nashville, TN Nick Gulas Sports Arena
    Saturday, April 22 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, June 3 Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
    Saturday, June 10 Oxon Hill, MD MGM National Harbor Casino
    Friday, June 23 San Diego, CA Bing Crosby Hall
    Saturday, June 24 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
    Sunday, June 25 Fresno, CA Fresno Convention Center
    Friday, August 4 Las Vegas, NV South Point Arena
    Saturday, August 5 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theater
    Saturday, September 9 Concord, NC Cabarrus Arena
    Saturday, October 14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
    Friday, December 15 Houston, TX Arena Theatre
    Saturday, December 16 Frisco, TX Dr. Pepper Arena
    Thursday, December 28 Ottawa, ON, CA Aberdeen Pavilion
    Friday, December 29 Mississauga, ON, CA Hershey Centre
    Saturday, December 30 Hamilton, ON, CA Hamilton Convention Centre


    2016 House Shows:
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    Date City Arena
    Saturday, March 12 Nashville, TN Nick Gulas Sports Arena
    Saturday, April 16 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
    Saturday, April 17 San Diego, CA Bing Crosby Hall
    Saturday, April 30 Baltimore, MD Du Burns Arena
    Saturday, May 21 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
    Sunday, May 22 Las Vegas, NV South Point Arena
    Saturday, June 11 Chicago, IL Joesph J. Gentile Arena
    Sunday, June 12 Detroit, MI The Soundboard
    Friday, July 15 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, July 16 Long Island, NY The Sports Arena
    Saturday, July 30 Kenner, LA Pontchartrain Center
    Friday, August 5 Miami, FL Knight Center
    Saturday, August 6 Tampa, FL Bob Martinez Athletic Center
    Sunday, August 7 Orlando, FL The Venue at UCF
    Saturday, September 17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
    Sunday, September 18 Frisco, TX Dr. Pepper Arena
    Friday, October 21 Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
    Saturday, October 22 Rostraver Township, PA Rostraver Ice Garden
    Sunday, October 23 Cleveland, OH Connor Palace
    Friday, November 11 St. Louis, MO Lumiere Place Casino
    Saturday, November 12 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre
    Friday, November 2 Concord, NC Cabarrus Arena
    Saturday, November 3 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse




    Championships


    Championship History

    WSW World Championship


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    # Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
    1 Claudio Castagnoli 1 October 6, 2015 117 Atlanta, GA Ignition Defeated Alberto El Patron in finals of World Title Tournament
    2 Alberto El Patron 1 January 30,
    2016
    56 New York, NY Inception ---
    3 AJ Styles 1 March 26, 2016 224 Houston, TX Seize The Day ---
    4 EC3 1 November 5, 2016 317 Chicago, IL November Reign ---
    5 Drew Galloway 1 November 11, 2017 26 New York, NY November Reign ---
    Vacant December 7,2018 --- Atlanta, GA --- Title declared vacant due to injury
    6 Cody 1 January 20, 2018 Current
    (139 Days--as of 6/7/18)
    Houston, TX Inception Defeated Adam Cole in finals of World Title Tournament to win the vacant title


    WSW Intercontinental Championship


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    # Wrestler Reign Date Days Held Location Event Notes
    1 Cody 1 November 5, 2016 203 Chicago, IL November Reign Defeated Kota Ibushi in finals of Intercontinental Championship Tournament
    2 Kota Ibushi 1 May 27, 2017 314 Phoenix, AZ Undisputed ---
    3 Will Ospreay 1 April 6, 2018 Current
    (63 Days--as of 6/7/18)
    Kenner, LA Seize the Day


    WSW World Tag Team Championship



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    # Team Reign Date Days Held Location Event Notes
    1 The Young Bucks 1 September 29, 2015 179 Atlanta, GA Ignition Won a four team, four corner elimination match
    2 Austin Aries and Nick Aldis 1 March 26, 2016 98 Houston, TX Seize The Day ---
    3 The Carolina Outlaws 1 July 2, 2016 68 Anaheim, CA SummerFest ---
    4 Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson 1 September 8, 2016 204 Atlanta, GA Ignition ---
    5 The Lucha Brothers 1 March 31, 2017 139 Orlando, FL Seize The Day ---
    6 Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson 2 August 17, 2017 86 Atlanta, GA Ignition ---
    7 The Young Bucks 2 November 11, 2017 Current
    (209 Days as of 6/7/18)
    New York, NY November Reign


    WSW Women's World Championship

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    # Wrestler Reign Date Days Held Location Event Notes
    1 Paige Knight 1 March 31, 2017 104 Orlando, FL Seize The Day Defeated Taya Valkyrie in finals of Women's World Championship Tournament
    2 Taya Valkyrie 1 July 13, 2017 267 Atlanta, GA Ignition ---
    3 Candice LeRae 1 April 6, 2018 Current (63 Days -- as of 6/7/18) Kenner, La Seize the Day



    WSW World Television Championship (retired)



    Spoiler:


    # Wrestler Reign Date Days Held Location Event Notes
    1 AJ Styles 1 October 20, 2015 64 Atlanta, GA Ignition Won a 15 Man Gauntlet Match
    - Vacated - December 22, 2015 - NA NA Title vacated due to injury
    2 Mike Bennett 1 January 5, 2016 140 Atlanta, GA Ignition Won a 15 man battle royal to claim vacant title
    - Title Retired - May 25, 2016 - NA NA ---











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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    WSW in 2015

    The professional wrestling world was turned upside down in January 2015, as Shane McMahon announced his return to the industry through the creation of his own company, World Series Wrestling (WSW). McMahon left the WWE in 2010 to pursue other business interests--mainly the growth of YOU On Demand the first video on demand service in China. Announced in January, a television deal with Spike was announced as was an exclusive deal with Netflix. McMahon and his staff conducted a global talent search, leading to a bevy of talent signings. When asked what prompted his decision to return to the wrestling industry, McMahon stated:

    "We all seek to do something special in life. What makes professional wrestling so alluring is this is the meeting place of sports and art. That's what WSW is all about. We will carry ourselves with a standard of excellence. Simply put, we will present the best professional wrestling in the world to create special moments for this sport, for this art form and for the fans."

    History was made on September 8, 2015, as WSW debuted with the inaugural broadcast of their weekly television series Ignition.

    The Crowning of a World Champion


    The quest to crown the first ever WSW World Champion began with an eight man tournament featuring AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Nick Aldis, Alberto El Patron, Rey Mysterio Jr., James Storm, Low Ki and Claudio Castagnoli. Castagnoli debuted as a surprise at the conclusion of the first episode of Ignition. Scoring victories over Nick Aldis and AJ Styles, Castagnoli met Alberto El Patron in the finals--El Patron defeated Mysterio Jr. and James Storm on his path to the title. On October 6, 2015, Castagnoli finally climbed the mountain, winning the World Title and etching his name in the history books.

    The weeks that followed saw Castagnoli proclaim himself a "fighting champion," and he welcomed all challengers that wished to step up and compete for his World Title. Castagnoli successfully defending his belt against Nick Aldis and Mike Bennett. Alberto El Patron waged a personal war path--showing a ruthless, wicked style--obsessed with obtaining the World Title. Using his deadly Arm Bar, El Patron vowed to snap every arm in WSW until he got what was rightfully his, the WSW World Title. El Patron finally claimed his long awaited title shot by winning a number one contenders four way, elimination match. Dubbing himself "The Conquistador" El Patron and Castagnoli squared off on the December 22 edition of Ignition. After an intense matchup, the bell sounded calling for a 30-minute time limit draw--leaving both men slumped across the ring from one another, unable to take their eyes off each other.

    The Superkick Party Takes Over


    One of the biggest talent signings for WSW came in the form of the dynamic tag team, The Young Bucks. Consisting of brothers Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson, the team instantly became two of the most popular stars. Challenging any and all teams to challenge their reputation, the brothers superkicked their way to the top of the tag team division, becoming the first ever WSW World Tag Team Champions--winning the titles in a wild four team elimination match against the Motor City Machine Guns, The Carolina Outlaws and Team Dragon Gate .

    In the weeks that followed, The Carolina Outlaws (Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett) emerged as a legitimate threat--with their uncanny ability to match the Jackson's speed and agility. Unable to defeat the Young Bucks straight up, Lee and Everett resorted to attacking them from behind and stealing the titles. Shane McMahon decreed that The Carolina Outlaws either return the World Tag Team Titles or get fired--Lee and Everett returned the belts, but not before issuing one last challenge to The Young Bucks--one more match, this time a ladder match. On December 15, the two teams competed in the first ever ladder match in WSW history, with The Young Bucks retaining the titles in a match voted 2015 WSW Match of the Year.

    Aries Wages War

    2015 was also marked by the personal vendetta of Austin Aries against "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. Styles defeated Aries in the World Title Tournament and later went on to win a 15 man rumble rules match to become the first WSW World Television Champion--eliminating Aries in the process. Aries began to cut promos speaking out against all who respect professional wrestling and carry themselves with honor. Aries stated that pro wrestling didn't care about anyone or anything--all that mattered was money. Aries was soon joined by Nick Aldis--a man Aries would dub "The Killer." Aries finally scored his long-awaited victory over Styles during a tag team match with Aries and Aldis vs. Styles and Uhaa Nation. This led to Aries earning a one on one shot at the World Television Title.

    Despite constant interference from Nick Aldis, Styles was able to defeat Aries; however, Aldis viciously attacked Styles with a chair during the post-match. With a sick smile, Aries then dropped Styles with a Brainbuster on the chair, sending the champion out on a stretcher. As a result of the attack, Styles would be hospitalized and out of action, forcing the World Television Title to be vacated.

    The Road to Inception

    With momentum building, Shane McMahon announced that WSW would host its first Netflix special, Inception, on January 30, 2016 from the Manhattan Center in New York City. The event would be headlined with the rematch between Claudio Castagnoli and Alberto El Patron for the WSW World Title. McMahon and WSW set their sights on making an impact in 2016.
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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    2016 - The Rise of Revolver

    On March 26, 2016, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles captured the WSW World Championship, defeating Alberto El Patron in the main event of Seize the Day. The moment the referee’s hand hit the canvas to complete the pinfall, the crowd in Houston, Texas erupted. This was the crowning achievement for arguably the greatest professional wrestler in the world. Just one year prior, Styles was the hottest free agent in professional wrestling. Seeing an opportunity, Styles took a chance on WSW and Shane McMahon—and made an immediate impact, becoming the first World Television Champion in company history. However, this was was where Styles belonged—in the main event and sitting atop the world as the champion.

    The celebration was short lived though. During his celebratory remarks on Ignition, Styles was viciously attacked by two hooded men, leaving the champion in a crumpled heap. The men pulled their hoods back to reveal themselves as— Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows. One of the most decorated tag teams in the world and cornerstone members of Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Gallows and Anderson had arrived in WSW. Gallows and Anderson declared they were targeting AJ Styles because Styles left Japan—he left them, he left Bullet Club and he left the fortune they had amassed. The duo made it clear, they came to WSW for three reasons: 1) To make as much money as possible. 2) To solidify their status as the greatest tag team in the world. 3) To destroy everything AJ Styles had built.

    Caught in the crosshairs, “The Phenomenal One” found himself fighting a two-front war—defending the most coveted prize in WSW as World Champion and battling the ghosts of his past. Styles would rise to the occasion, successfully defending the World Championship against Alberto El Patron in a rematch, Mike Bennett, and Anderson and Gallows respectively. Meanwhile, Gallows and Anderson would systematically claim victories over the tag teams of WSW in dominant fashion. In the weeks leading up to SummerFest, Anderson and Gallows declared they were bringing their “ace in the hole” to WSW. Following his victory over Mike Bennett in the main event of SummerFest, Anderson and Gallows confronted Styles and introduced the newest ally….EC3!

    Dubbing themselves Revolver the trio of EC3, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows put WSW on high alert with their ruthless tactics and constant outside interference in their matches. These methods led to Gallows and Anderson capturing the first gold for Revolver, as they defeated The Carolina Outlaws (Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett) for the WSW World Tag Team Championships on the 1 Year Anniversary episode of Ignition. EC3 immediately declared his intentions of winning the WSW World Championship.

    In July 2016, Shane McMahon announced the WSW Grand Prix. Inspired by the highly popular G1 Climax in NJPW, the Grand Prix is a 12 man round-robin tournament, with the winner getting to challenge for the WSW World Championship in the main event of November Reign—the biggest WSW event of the year. EC3 entered the Grand Prix. Willing to break any rule, EC3 displayed a cut throat attitude unseen before. Coupled with outside interference from Anderson and Gallows, EC3 won Block B of the tournament with a record of 4-1. EC3 would go on to defeat Claudio Castagnoli, the Block A winner, in the main event of Grand Prix—winning the tournament and earning a title shot against AJ Styles in the main event of the “Super Bowl of WSW.”

    Road to November Reign

    As World Tag Team Champions, Gallows and Anderson declared themselves the greatest tag team in the world. Their path of dominance and string of victories validated these claims…..except to one team—The Young Bucks. Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson had super kicked their way to becoming two of the most popular wrestlers in the world, and the duo held the distinction of being the first World Tag Team Champions in WSW history. The Young Bucks made it clear they wanted a shot at the gold and a shot against the bullies on the block:


    Matt Jackson: "…..you two love to list off all the teams you’ve beaten.
    Well, I’ve got news for you….we’ve been them too. You see, when you get down to it—there’s not that much difference between Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows and the Young Bucks. We’ve scratched every name off the list that you have and we’ve done it with a style that this sport has never seen before. You call yourself the best tag team in the world—yet you’ve never faced us. You’ve got to understand, you may be able to scare every team in WSW….but Nick and I aren’t just any other team—we are the g*ddamn Young Bucks. We aren’t intimidated by Karl Anderson or Doc Gallows, we aren’t intimated by Revolver— as far as we care….you’re just two more jackasses we have to superkick to win our belts back.”


    The match was set, Revolver would meet the Young Bucks for the World Tag Team Titles at November Reign.

    On the road to November Reign, Shane McMahon introduced the WSW Intercontinental Championship—with an eight-man, single-elimination tournament held to determine the inaugural champion, with the finals of the tournament taking place at November Reign. McMahon stated that the Intercontinental Championship would represent the global reach of WSW, and that statement was echoed by two massive entrants into the Intercontinental Championship tournament— Kota Ibushi and “The American Nightmare” Cody. With an incredible amount of fan support behind both men, Ibushi and Cody would advance to the finals, punching their ticket to November Reign—with a shot at the Intercontinental Championship on the line. As the match neared, both Kota Ibushi and Cody spoke highly of each other—declaring that the match would be fierce but based in respect—as the opportunity to become champion and make history fueled the fire of both men. Cody would go one step further during the November Reign press conference:

    Cody: "….look it’s clear that I’m venturing down a new path in my career. I’m here in WSW to compete against the best wrestlers in the world. My father is my hero, and every day I wake up I can hear his voice always challenging me to 'make history kid, and give them something they’ll never forget.' At November Reign, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to step in the ring with one of the best wrestlers in the world in Kota Ibushi with a shot at the Intercontinental Championship on the line—and I promise I will give the world a show they will never forget.”

    November Reign


    November 5, 2016, will be known as the date that Revolver took a stranglehold on WSW. The team of Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows successfully retained the World Tag Team titles against the Young Bucks. In the match for the Intercontinental Championship, Cody and Kota Ibushi engaged in a terrific contest with both men unwilling to give in and lose their shot at history. As the match reached its crescendo, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows came down to ringside. At first Cody acted bewildered at their appearance; however, he accepted the steel chair they provided—and in one swing, changed the dynamics of WSW. Blasting Ibushi with the chair, Cody followed with Cross Rhodes to win the match and become the first Intercontinental Champion. Following the match, Cody officially announced that he lived up to his promise of being unforgettable—officially joining Revolver as their fourth member.

    Everything led to the main event. The rivalry between EC3 and AJ Styles got deeply personal very quickly. EC3 looked for every opportunity to get under the champion’s skin, with AJ Styles declaring,

    AJ Styles: “EC3, you have to hide behind Revolver because you know that one-on-one, you are no match for me in the ring. Behind that facade, you are scared to death of facing me—because you know that in the main event…on the biggest night of the year….for MY World Championship—there is NO ONE in the world like AJ Styles.”
    The match lived up to its billing—as AJ Styles and EC3 engaged in a dramatic back and forth affair. Styles and EC3 battled inside and outside the ring and even into the first row of the crowd. Styles was prepared for the other members of Revolver as well, neutralizing the outside interference. However, when the dust settled, Revolver fired the final shot—as EC3 pinned “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, becoming the new WSW World Champion. “I am the FACE of WSW,” screamed EC3–moments after being presented the World Championship belt. Spitting on his fallen opponent, EC3 held his belt high. As November Reign came to a close, Revolver has achieved every goal they set out to accomplish, and they now held every championship in WSW.



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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    2017

    Revolver Thrives


    As the year 2017 began, Revolver was sitting atop the WSW world. A group driven by dollar signs held all the gold in the company. Furious over his loss to EC3 and determined to regain the World Championship, AJ Styles invoked his rematch clause, receiving his return match at Inception; however, Shane McMahon instituted one caveat. Due to Revolver’s propensity for outside interference, the World Title match between AJ Styles and EC3 would be contested inside a steel cage—the first cage match in WSW history. Vowing to “break the Phenomenal One,” EC3 successfully retained the World Championship—defeating AJ Styles in a wild, bloody affair. The victory would be the first notch in the belt for EC3–who would put together the best year of his career. Holding the World Championship for over a year, EC3 successfully defended his title against Alberto El Patron, Pentagon Jr., Claudio Castagnoli, Will Ospreay, Johnny Mundo. Relishing his role as the most hated man in WSW, EC3 was on top of the world and the unquestioned leader of Revolver.

    Much like EC3, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and Cody continued to reign supreme. On an episode of Ignition, Cody successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Fenix—following the match Revolver would use their gang tactics to beat down Fenix. As they prepared to unmask the luchador—the lights in Center Stage Atlanta went dark—when the lights came up Revolver found themselves staring into the eyes of the dangerous Pentagon Jr. Coming to his brother’s aid, Pentagon attacked with the rage of a fire-breathing dragon—clearing the ring. Revolver chose to make things personal, and as such—the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) declared war. The Lucha Brothers would challenge Anderson and Gallows for the WSW World Tag Team Championships at Seize the Day, and win the titles in a highly acclaimed match. The rivalry between the two teams wouldn’t end, and hell-bent on destroying each other—the stakes would only escalate. On August 17, 2017, WSW celebrated the 100th episode of Ignition with a special two-hour broadcast. The main event of this show saw the Lucha Brothers defend their titles against Anderson and Gallows in a ladder match (just the second ever ladder match in WSW history). In a match of the year candidate—Anderson and Gallows were the last team standing, pulling the belts down from the rafters and becoming the first two-time World Tag Team Champions.

    Not to be outshined—Cody entered 2017 on a roll. With his wife Brandi at his side and Revolver covering his back—he successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Uhaa Nation, Andrew Everett, Austin Aries, and Fenix. As Cody’s ego grew, so did the target on his back, as Kota Ibushi returned seeking retribution for his defeat in the finals of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. The match was signed for Undisputed. Learning from their previous matchup, Ibushi was seconded by AJ Styles. Ibushi captured the Intercontinental Championship—defeating Cody. Kota Ibushi would flourish as Intercontinental Champion, naming himself “The Golden Star” of WSW, Ibushi would showcase his talent as he defended the title in several highly acclaimed affairs.

    After losing the Intercontinental Title, Cody began growing more and more jealous of EC3’s status as World Champion. Cody would often be chastised by the leader of Revolver for losing the Intercontinental Championship. As the 2017 WSW Grand Prix approached, Cody announced his entry into the tournament, proclaiming that he would win to ensure Revolver stayed the most dominant faction in pro wrestling,

    Cody: “….and after I win the Grand Prix, I’m going to kick down the door to my destiny and become World Champion. Who knows….maybe that’s what Revolver needs…”
    This last comment drew the ire of EC3, with uneasy tension growing between the two men as the summer continued.

    New Faces Make An Impact



    The momentum of WSW continued to grow in the summer of 2017 with three major acquisitions: Drew Galloway, Ricochet and Adam Cole. Debuting in the first row of the crowd at Undisputed in May, Drew Galloway would be introduced to WSW through a sit down with Chael Sonnen. Describing himself as a tough kid from the streets of Ayr, Scotland, Galloway would speak at length about his career in the ring:

    Drew Galloway: “...Since I was 15 years old, all I ever wanted to do was be a pro wrestler. My career has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.....When I was in WWE, I was a young pup who was handed the keys to a Ferrari. I was thrust into the bright lights, and I melted underneath them. I had a moment that most people wait their whole lives for, and I wasn’t ready for it. As disappointing as that was at that time, it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me though. My failure gave me clarity—the past three and half years, I’ve been traveling the world….training…wrestling…fighting. Working my ass off to summit the mountain of this sport. I’m here in WSW because I believe in wrestling. Make no mistake about it, I'm here to fight...I don't care who it is. Deep down I’m still the same kid from Ayr, Scotland with the same dream—become the best pro wrestler in the world.”


    Galloway’s charisma and hard-hitting in-ring style would instantly endear him to the WSW fans. Galloway officially entered the WSW Grand Prix—saying the competition and the spirit of the tournament was a major reason he was drawn to WSW.

    The 2017 Grand Prix also saw a surprise entrant. Shane McMahon promised a major talent acquisition and delivered as Ricochet was announced as the final competitor. Galloway and Ricochet would not disappoint, with Galloway winning Block A and Ricochet winning Block B (claiming the deciding victory over Will Ospreay in a match that received widespread critical acclaim). The finals saw Drew Gallow vs. Ricochet, with a World Title shot at November Reign on the line. Galloway would pick up the victory, claiming the 2017 Grand Prix.

    On the Ignition following Grand Prix, an in-ring interview with Galloway was interrupted by the debut of the newest WSW signee....Adam Cole.

    Adam Cole: "Congratulations, Drew--seriously, you won the Grand Prix. That's a beast of an event, and now you head to November Reign with a serious shot to win the World Championship. You look surprised to see me....are ya? Don't worry, I won't take up a lot of your time—I realize this is your moment. But, I'm out here for two reasons—first, to congratulate you..... Second, I just want you to know that I'm here in WSW, and Adam Cole doesn't take a backseat to anyone. So, train hard...get ready for your match with EC3....but keep your head on a swivel because I'm coming....."


    After delivering his trademark celebration, Cole would then surprise Galloway and the WSW world with a superkick. In the weeks that followed, EC3 and Revolver attempted to get Cole to join their ranks. After rolling out the red carpet, Revolver made the official offer to Adam Cole. Cole would dawn the Revolver t-shirt, seemingly joining the group. However, before Revolver could celebrate—Cole superkicked the lights out of EC3, leaving the World Champion laid out. Cole would escape through the crowd, but the message was made loud and clear—Adam Cole was here to make a major impact and he wasn't taking sides with anyone.

    Women Take Center Stage


    2017 also saw the announcement of a Women’s Division and the creation of the WSW Women’s World Championship. Taya Valkyrie and Paige Knight—formerly known as Paige in WWE—debuted at the end of 2016, participating in a mixed tag match at November Reign with Johnny Mundo and Alberto El Patron respectively. In February 2017, Shane McMahon announced an 8-woman, single elimination tournament to crown the first Women’s World Champion, with the finals taking place at Seize the Day. Paige Knight defeated Valkyrie to become the first champion.

    A fan favorite, Knight would showcase her silver tongue on the microphone and impressive skills in the ring. However, Valkyrie would continue an unrelenting pursuit of the championship. Dubbing herself “The Queen of the Ring” Valkyrie would attack Knight from behind and backstage. Valkyrie's quest for the title would finally come to end, as she would defeat Knight for the title on Ignition, becoming Women’s World Champion. In the days before dropping the title, Knight (real name: Saraya-Jade Bevis) was involved in a real-life public dispute with former boyfriend Alberto El Patron at the Orlando International Airport. After dropping the title, Knight was suspended by WSW—not being seen for four months.

    With the Women’s World Title around her waist and Johnny Mundo by her side, Taya Valkyrie took a stranglehold on the Women’s Division. However, Valkyrie would find herself challenged by her antithesis—Candice LeRae. With bright colors, a bubbly personality and a hyper-athletic in-ring style, LeRae would captivate the WSW audience and climb the ranks in the women’s division. LeRae wasn’t the only wrestler turning heads. In September, Konnan made a surprise debut on Ignition—claiming he was bringing the new face of women’s wrestling to WSW. In the weeks that followed, Ivelisse Velez debuted with Konnan as her manager. With an impressive in-ring style and a willingness to break every rule, Velez rose as a threat to the Women’s World Title. A number one contenders match between Ivelisse Velez and Candice LeRae was scheduled for Ignition—with the winner receiving a shot at the Women’s World Title at November Reign. Seeing both women as threats to her title, Taya Valkyrie would interfere in the match, viciously attacking both women causing the match to end in DQ. As a result, Shane McMahon declared that at November Reign, the Women’s World Title would be defended in a Three-Way Dance—Taya Valkyrie vs. Ivelisse Velez vs. Candice LeRae— the first time a WSW championship would be contested in a three-way match.

    The Last Ride of the Cowboy



    A series of strange video packages aired in 2017, signaling the arrival of the dark man known as Bram. “The Chesterfield Plague” announced his arrival in WSW as the “Agent Of Chaos.”

    Bram: “….Society loves order…a system….a routine. Destroy the rules, and chaos ensues. People seek the path to riches and to power….there is one solution break the establishment. Usher in chaos and let the tigers feed on the weak…..”


    With a propensity for anarchy, Bram would interrupt matches or attack wrestlers following their matches. Bram would draw the ire of many when he attacked veteran Low Ki from behind, capping the attack by piledriving him through the timekeeper's table at ringside.

    The chaos of Bram would soon spread to another ring veteran. “The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm had worn a variety of hats since joining WSW. Storm had served as the manager and mentor for The Carolina Outlaws, but he returned to full-time in-ring competition in 2017. One of the most respected competitors in pro wrestling, Storm set his sights on the World Championship and entered the Grand Prix—proclaiming “this cowboy still has one good ride left in him.” Storm put together an impressive run in the tournament. Inspired by his performance, Storm proclaimed:

    James Storm: “This old dog still has fight left in him. Everyone who doubted The Tennessee Cowboy needs to be put on alert….I ain’t going anywhere anytime soon!”


    These words would be ominous foreshadowing for James Storm, as he became the next target for Bram. Bram said that he would finally put down the “lame horse,” and James Storm would be the first domino to fall. Bram set out to “break” James Storm….physically, by attacking him and breaking Storm’s trademark beer bottle over his head and mentally by handcuffing Storm to the ring post and forcing him to watch as he brutally beat and bloodied Andrew Everett, a James Storm protege. Bram's psychological warfare continued, as he taunted Storm....refusing to fight him unless Storm "went all in" and put his career on the line. Consumed by rage, James Storm agreed to put his career on the line, but it wouldn’t be a wrestling match…..in order to get his hands on Bram, James Storm would put his career on the line in a Last Man Standing Match at November Reign.


    November Reign

    The biggest WSW show of the year took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. In front of a sell out crowd and streaming live across the globe on Netflix, November Reign featured nine matches. The night began with a bang, as Will Ospreay defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. in a dream match. Ospreay was Mysterio’s hand-picked opponent, and the two embraced after the bell in what would turn out to be Mysterio’s last match in WSW.

    In a bloody, brutal matchup—Bram defeated James Storm in a Last Man Standing Match to end the career of James Storm. The match was chaotic and went all over the Hammerstein Ballroom. Bram would smash Storm’s leg with a steel chair repeatedly during the match. The pain caused by this would directly impact the finish of the match. After beating the hell out of each other, neither man was able to keep the other down. Storm dug down deep and hit Bram with the Last Call superkick; however, the move was crippling to the injured leg and sent Storm down in as much pain as Bram. Bram was able to recover, grabbing Storm’s beer bottle. With blood streaming down his face, clinging to the ropes to maintain a vertical base—“The Tennessee Cowboy” was defiant till the end—shooting the bird to Bram before getting hit with the glass bottle and going down for good.

    Since his dynamic debut, Adam Cole had turned heads in WSW. His rebellious, “devil may care” attitude drew the ire of Claudio Castagnoli, the very first WSW World Champion. Castagnoli would call out Cole, determined to see if Cole’s attitude and mouth could be backed up in the ring.

    Claudio Castagnoli: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m the standard around here. I want to know, are you as good as you think you are?”
    Cole accepted the challenge, saying that Castagnoli would be the first stepping stone on his way to the top. The match pitted the technical skill of Castagnoli against the quickness and innovation of Cole. In the end, Cole would pin Castagnoli with The Last Shot, picking up a huge victory over a former World Champion.


    Following his loss of the Intercontinental Championship, tension had continued to grow between EC3 and Cody—with EC3 chastising Cody for being the only member of Revolver not to hold a belt, and constantly telling Cody to “Know your spot!” Despite the growing infighting, Revolver continued to be a force in WSW. Determined to make his mark, Cody challenged AJ Styles to match at November Reign…even throwing shade at EC3 during his challenge by calling Styles “the best wrestler on the planet.” Styles accepted the challenge. Before the match, Cody told Revolver that he would beat Styles “by myself” insisting he didn’t want any outside interference. As the match ebbed and flowed, Cody would indeed get some outside help—in the form of his wife Brandi. While brief, the distraction allowed Cody to counter the Styles Clash with a low blow and Cross Rhodes for the massive win over Styles.

    The Women’s World Title Three Way Dance saw all three women leave everything in the ring. The story of the match was the underdog nature of Candice LeRae. Fighting against all odds, Candice put herself in a position to win—after taking out both women with a moonsault off the post to the floor. Inside the ring, LeRae hit Ivelisse Velez with her finisher, Ms. LeRae’s Wild Ride. It would have been good enough to win; however, Taya Valkyrie ran into the ring and threw LeRae out of the ring at the count of 2 on the pinfall. Valkyrie then hit her finisher, Road to Valhalla, on Velez to steal the pin and retain the title. An emotional LeRae could only look on from the floor at Valkryie's post-match celebration—heartbroken, knowing she was one second away from becoming Women’s World Champion.

    In a match voted “Match of the Year” in WSW, Kota Ibushi defended the Intercontinental Championship against Ricochet. Ricochet defeated Ibushi during the Grand Prix setting up the title match at November Reign. The match featured several ridiculous moves and unbelievable athleticism. Ricochet took Ibushi to a limit he had not faced in WSW; however, "The Golden Star" continued to shine. Ricochet grew frustrated, opening the door for Ibushi to finish off the dynamic newcomer. Hitting the Last Ride Powerbomb and Phoenix Splash to retain the championship.

    In addition to being the founding members of Revolver, the team of Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows had become the most dominant tag team in WSW. With an impressive resume, Anderson and Gallows were the reigning World Tag Team Champions and only two-time champions. This was a fact that the duo promoted at all times. One year prior, The Young Bucks had been defeated by Revolver at November Reign, and the Bucks spent 2017 climbing back to the top of the tag team division—determined to prove they were truly the best tag team in the world. After defeating the Lucha Brothers, Midnight Rush (Lio Rush and ACH), and the Motor City Machine Guns in a number one contenders, four corners tag match—The Young Bucks earned their long-awaited rematch with Gallows and Anderson. The match would see both teams pull out all the stops, with the Young Bucks fighting fire with fire—willing to break every rule Gallows and Anderson would break. After a wild match, the Bucks took out Karl Anderson with a Meltzer Driver to the floor, allowing them to hit Gallows with More Bang For Your Buck for the pin. With the victory, The Young Bucks won the World Tag Team Titles for the second time and completed their year-long journey.

    In the main event of November Reign, Drew Galloway challenged EC3 for the World Championship. In the lead up to the match, Galloway said:

    Drew Galloway: “I’ve waited my entire life for this moment. Over half my life has been spent in the sport of professional wrestling. I’ve traveled from one end of this earth to the other….seeing every peak and valley this sport has to offer. I’m headed to November Reign ready for a fight….I’m heading to New York ready to sacrifice every ounce of myself to achieve my dream. I’m not here for money, I’m not here for fame…..I’m here because professional wrestling is my life….my heart beats because of this sport....and EC3 that should scare you to death.”


    EC3 walked into November Reign, the World Champion for an unprecedented 371 days. Regardless of his tactics, the leader of Revolver was the most dominant World Champion in WSW history. At the November Reign press conference, EC3 directed words of venom towards his challenger:

    EC3: “….a bad guy? Am I a bad guy? You know what, I don’t care about respect….I don’t care about the history of this business. You know what I care about….my bank account, my cars,
    and my beach-front mansion. You know how I got those things—by being World Champion. If that makes me a bad guy….fine. But if you want to label me a ‘bad guy’ you might as well label me something else too, ‘the best.’ For over a year I’ve stood at the top of this company as the undisputed champion. I’ve seized my opportunity. Drew, you’re a legit bad ass. You are an ass kicker, but you also wilt under pressure every time the lights get bright. You can’t handle the big time….you choke. Take a look at me Drew, I’m the definition of Big Time. There is no bigger stage than the main event at November Reign…..just another opportunity for you to fail as you become just another victim of EC3.”


    The main event would be a slugfest between two bruisers. In a back and forth, hard-hitting affair, Drew Galloway and EC3 would beat the hell out of each other. The finish saw EC3 avoid a Claymore Kick and counter with his finisher—the One Percenter; however, Galloway would kick out. In a state of shock that Galloway kicked out of his finisher, EC3's attempt at a second One Percenter; however, it was countered with a Future Shock DDT and a Claymore Kick. This sequence allowed Galloway to defeat EC3 and achieve his dream of becoming World Champion. The Hammerstein Ballroom exploded in cheers, and the ring filled with streamers.

    As the dust settled at November Reign and the lights faded in the Hammerstein Ballroom, a new horizon greeted WSW. One year prior, Revolver stood tall—holding all the championship gold. Now, the group had no title belts, with their leader's year-long title reign coming to an end. It was clear that the landscape in WSW had changed, but no one could have anticipated just how drastic the change would be.




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    2018 - The Road So Far

    Heartbreak


    At November Reign, Drew Galloway achieved his dream—he became World Champion. The tough street fighter from Ayr, Scotland was at the top of WSW, and the fans loved him—drowning him out in "You Deserve It" chants during his coronation speech on Ignition following November Reign. The triumph would be short lived though. During Galloway's speech he was interrupted by EC3. Determined to invoke his rematch clause, the confrontation between EC3 and Galloway would get physical. During the interaction, Galloway would suffer a legitimate injury—tearing his bicep. The official news would be announced on the WSW website. An emotional Galloway would confirm the news on the November 30 edition of Ignition, relinquishing the World Championship...

    Drew Galloway: "This belt represents a lifetime of sacrifice. While this situation is not going the way I thought it would, it will NEVER change what happened at November Reign. With all of you behind me, we slayed the dragon and I became World Champion. The name Drew Galloway will forever be etched in the WSW history books.....and I promise you this, I will be back...I will heal....and when I return, you can bet your ass I will be coming back to reclaim my crown."

    World Title Tournament


    With the World Title vacated, Shane McMahon announced a 16 man, single-elimination tournament, with the finals taking place at Inception. The news came much to the chagrin of EC3, furious he had to participate in the tournament rather than receive a one-on-one rematch. The rift in Revolver only continued to grow, as Cody (who was also a participant in the tournament) would confront EC3:

    "….I guess now we'll finally get to see who the best wrestler in Revolver is. I'll do anything to win the World Title. See you out there....captain."


    As the tournament played out, Cody would advance to the finals, cheating to defeat Will Ospreay in a semi-final matchup. Adam Cole would make an impressive run through the tournament, including defeating Alberto El Patron to advance to the semi-finals. After the match, El Patron went mad, his frustration with being unable to regain the World Title boiled over. El Patron would attack several referees and backstage personnel—earning himself a 30-day suspension. In the semi-final, EC3 squared off with Adam Cole—a confrontation that had been building since Cole's arrival in WSW. In a back and forth matchup, Cody would come down to the ring and slide a chair to EC3—distracting the referee in the process. EC3 didn't want Cody's assistance, and the two men began to argue. The rebel Adam Cole, saw his shot—waffling EC3 with the chair behind the referee's back, and picking up the win to advance. The main event of Inception was set—Adam Cole vs. Cody to crown a new World Champion.

    With a cocky swagger, Cody began calling himself the “Gold Standard” of Revolver—even bleaching his hair blonde in the weeks leading up to Inception. With his sharp tongue and "guns blazing" attitude...Adam Cole would face the snake known as Revolver head on. In an eight-man tag match on Ignition featuring Revolver vs. Adam Cole, AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli and Ricochet, the tension between EC3 and Cody would heighten when Cody inadvertently struck EC3. The mishap would allow Adam Cole to steal a kiss from Brandi, superkick Cody and pin him for the win leading into their one-on-one encounter.

    At Inception, Cody and Adam Cole faced off for the WSW World Championship—Cody described the main event as "the biggest match of my career." The Houston crowd HATED Cody, standing firmly (and audibly) behind Adam Cole. As the match played out, the referee was inadvertently struck and went down. The referee being incapacitated is an extremely rare occurrence in WSW, and Cody took full advantage of it, hitting Cole with the ring bell. However, Cole would kick out of the pin attempt....refusing to lose. Sensing the match slipping away, Cody got a wild look in his eyes, and delivered two straight Cross Rhodes to pin Cole and win the World Championship. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows would flood into the ring to celebrate—the ultimate prize in WSW was coming back to Revolver. Begrudgingly, EC3 would share a congratulatory handshake with the new champion before Cody was hoisted onto the shoulders of Anderson and Gallows.

    As World Champion, Cody proclaimed he achieved his destiny. On the Ignition following Inception, Cody debuted a new look, wearing expensive suits and Brandi presented him with an ornate ring to celebrate his title. During his championship address, Cody would say:

    "Look at me, this is what the main event looks like. This is a $10,000 suit, this is a $5,000 watch, and this belt means I am THE World Champion. Take a good hard look, because I am the greatest wrestler in this company, and I am the LEADER of the most dominant faction in WSW..."


    The last comment drew a line in the sand. When EC3 went to protest, Cody exclaimed,

    "You know Ethan....ever since I joined Revolver I had to listen to you. I had to follow you around....well I'm done following. I've got the belt now....NOT YOU. I'm the top cat of WSW, I'm the champion and the highest paid man in the locker room. That's what Revolver is all about right? Money? Well, I've got news for you....I'm calling the shots now, and I think it's time we trim the fat...."


    As Cody uttered these words, EC3 was viciously attacked by Anderson and Gallows. The very men that brought him to WSW turned their back on him. Cody would deliver Cross Rhodes and then plaster EC3 with the World Title belt, leaving him laying a puddle of his own blood. The message was clear....there was a new sheriff in town and the era of Cody had begun.

    Devil May Care


    Following his defeat to Cody at Inception, Adam Cole found himself dragged into the Revolver minefield. Cole would call out the new World Champion Cody, but he was greeted by the (now) trio of Revolver. Cody would greet Cole:

    Cody: “Look at you Adam. You want to be the rebel. You want to be the lone wolf. Well, that’s a noble thought, but do you know what happens to the lone wolf in the wild Adam? It dies….it dies of starvation because it doesn’t have the strength of a pack. Revolver is a pack…every turn and every step of the way Anderson and Gallows have my back. Every time you have a thought about MY World Championship...just remember what happened at Inception---the pack hunted you and put you DOWN.”


    Throwing caution to the wind, Cole would fire the first shot; however, the number game was too strong and he was beaten down. Cole would keep his sights set on Revolver as weeks progressed, revealing that he had back up....AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli. Styles had a bitter history with Revolver and Castagnoli grew respect for Cole after their match at November Reign. On February 22, Ignition took place in Las Vegas (the first Ignition outside Center Stage). The main event was a six-man tag with Cole, Styles, Castagnoli vs. Revolver (Cody, Anderson, Gallows). In a wild match that saw action inside and outside the ring...Cole looked to exact revenge on Cody. Placing Cody on the timekeeper's table—Cole ascended to the top turnbuckle and flew.....however, Brandi pulled her husband off the table and Cole crashed and burned through the table with a splatter. Inside the ring, Gallows leveled Castagnoli with a chair...setting up the Magic Killer, allowing Revolver to get the win. Once again, Revolver came out on top; however, the celebration would be short-lived, as EC3 made a surprise appearance—running in through the crowd, attacking his former stablemates with a chair. EC3 had not been seen since Revolver turned on him, and as the Revolver ran for the hills, EC3 was manic in the ring—a man looking for revenge.

    In an interview with Chael Sonnen following the match, Cole would note that he would take the risk he did "10 times out of 10." Cole explained that he was a riverboat gambler—willing to put everything on the line to become World Champion. Cole’s interview would be interrupted by none other than Alberto El Patron. Still irate over his loss and lack of main event success, El Patron would blindside Cole and let his frustrations fly while standing over the prone Cole…..

    Alberto El Patron:“….When I look at you, my stomach turns. Mirame! LOOK AT ME! I’m what a champion is, I’m what a champion looks like. For thirty days, THIRTY DAYS I have had to sit at home and think about my loss to you…think about my failure. I will not be beaten by the likes of you….. you stringy haired peasant. I am the GREATEST champion WSW has ever seen, and I will be ignored no longer. Alberto El Patron is el mejor luchador todo el Mundo……and if I have to snap everyone’s arm to get back to the top I will……”

    Tag Team Division


    The defeat in the six-man tag in Las Vegas only fueled the fire for Claudio Castagnoli and AJ Styles. Determined to end the torment of Revolver, the duo decided to team together one more time, challenging Gallows and Anderson to a match….a Tornado Tag Match at Seize the Day. Styles said that the match would be the first nail in the coffin of Revolver.

    The tag team division was still dominated by The Young Bucks. After reclaiming the titles at November Reign—Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson began displaying an even cockier attitude than usual. The duo would debut a set of custom-made belts, the "Best Tag Team In The World Championships." to go along with their World Tag Team Championships. The Bucks told Shane McMahon to sign new teams because no one in WSW could challenge them. The bold statements of the Bucks soon drew out one of the most exciting tag teams in WSW—the Lucha Brothers. After winning a four corner tag match, the Lucha Brothers would issue a challenge to The Young Bucks. The following week, the Lucha Brothers would issue the challenge yet again, Matt and Nick Jackson responded by sneaking in through the crowd and superkicking Fenix and Pentagon….officially accepting their challenge for Seize the Day.

    Nick Jackson: "Best in the world is not just a slogan we throw out on t-shirts. It is our lifeblood. The Lucha Brothers are the last team to fall….and once they do, the dynasty of The Young Bucks will be complete."

    Women's Division


    Following her victory at November Reign, "The Queen of the Ring" Taya Valkyrie boasted about the fact that she successfully defended her championship in the first WSW title match ever defended in a Three Way Dance, Valkyrie said that there was not a woman in WSW that could beat her. This drew out Candice LeRae. Frustrated over the finish of the match at November Reign, Candice pointed out that Valkyrie had never beaten her one on one, and she challenged the champion for the Women's World Title. LeRae's challenge would be interrupted though....by the returning Paige Knight! Appearing for the first time since July, Knight stated that she had unfinished business with Valkyrie. A number one contender's match was set between Knight and LeRae, and for the first time in the history of Ignition—a women's match was featured in the main event. LeRae would win the contest, becoming Number One Contender; however, Valkyrie would viciously attack her following the match—striking her with the title belt and delivering Road to Valhalla on the stage—injuring LeRae.

    An unfortunate, real-life injury would sideline Paige Knight. On December 28 at a house show in Ottawa, Knight suffered a neck injury removing her from the active roster yet again.

    Valkyrie's reign would continue, and the champion would begin to wear elaborate fur coats and a crown. Valkyrie's dominance was only matched by her arrogance. After defending her title successfully against Io Shirai at Inception, Valkyrie would continue to attack Shirai after the match. Shouting "Off with her head!" Valkyrie prepared to hit Road to Valhalla on a chair, but the attack would be interrupted by the explosive return of Candice LeRae! LeRae would stop at nothing to get her hands-on Valkyrie and earn a shot at the Women's World Title.

    The Golden Star Continues To Shine


    Kota Ibushi was one of the biggest stars in WSW. For over 300 days, Ibushi had successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship in highly regarded matches. Ibushi entered into the World Title Tournament where he looked to become a dual champion. Ibushi's quest for the World Title would end in the second round, with a loss to Fenix. Fenix's victory would grant him a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, with that match taking place at Inception. Despite an incredible effort by Fenix, Ibushi would once again defend his championship successfully.

    Following his victory over Fenix, Ibushi declared his passion and love for the Intercontinental Championship stating the belt represented the fighting spirit of pro wrestling. The champion then issued a challenge to Will Ospreay. When asked why he picked Ospreay, Ibushi responded, "Ospreay is one of the top wrestlers in the world, and he represents all of the values of the Intercontinental Championship. Ospreay would accept the challenge, saying it would be an honor to challenge Ibushi for the prestigious championship. The match was set for Seize the Day.

    The Agent of Chaos


    Following his defeat of James Storm, Bram would continue his cryptic tactics:

    Bram: "The first pillar has fallen....I'm here to set fire to WSW.....Why? So I can watch it burn."


    Bram would soon find himself challenged by Andrew Everett, defending Storm's honor. The protégé of James Storm had been brutalized as part of Bram's psychological warfare with Storm. A match was scheduled, and despite a courageous effort from Everett, Bram would savagely attack Everett delivering a seemingly endless flurry of stomps to the head
    . The match ended via referee stoppage, and Everett would be stretchered out.
    After his victory, Bram would disappear—appearing only in a series of macabre vignettes, stating his next target would be revealed soon.

    Road to Seize the Day


    As spring rolled in, all roads in WSW led to Seize the Day in New Orleans. The event took place during the Wrestlemania weekend in the Crescent City.
    Seize the Day

    Friday, April 6, 2018
    Kenner, Louisiana
    Pontchartrain Center

    WSW World Title: EC3 vs. Cody (c)


    • Seize the Day is mainevented by Cody making his first defense of the WSW World Championship against EC3. Following his explosive return in Las Vegas, EC3 was dead set on regaining his championship and exacting revenge on the man who screwed him out of Revolver. Since Cody's rise to the top of WSW, EC3 had lost the World Title, been stabbed in the back, and left in a pool of his own blood. EC3 vowed, "At Seize the Day, I will win the World Championship and destroy the monster I helped create..."


    WSW Women's World Title: Candice LeRae vs. Taya Valkyrie (c)

    WSW Intercontinental Title: Will Ospreay vs. Kota Ibushi (c)

    WSW World Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Brothers vs. The Young Bucks (c)

    Tornado Tag Team Match: Revolver (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli

    Singles Match: Alberto El Patron vs. Adam Cole

    Singles Match: Ricochet vs. Johnny Mundo







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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    I really enjoyed the concise history you have put together here. Real fun recaps of a year. If feels like I watched a few episodes of "The Best of Ignition".

    I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop in Seize the Day.

    Where can I get a Revolver t-shirt?

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    Interesting topic. Hopefully the shows formats for weekly are easy to read, because that is the only thing I feel would stop me from continuing with this very promising thread.
    We're just some grizzled, young vets...



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    Seize the Day
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Sponsor: Red Bull
    Date: April 6, 2018
    Attendance: 4,600
    Venue: Pontchartrain Center
    City: Kenner, Louisiana

    Seize the Day
    was a professional wrestling event promoted by World Series Wrestling (WSW). The show took place on April 6, 2018 in Kenner, Louisiana, United States at the Pontchartrain Center. The event was streamed globally on Netflix.

    Production
    With the advent of WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, WSW announced that Seize the Day would take place on April 6, 2018 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana--a suburb of New Orleans. Tickets for the event sold out, and more seats were added to the venue set up to accommodate further demand. To coincide with the event, WSW held the "WSW Experience," a fan festival featuring autograph sessions and a press conference by WSW Owner Shane McMahon. During the press conference, McMahon announced that WSW would be opening up the WSW Dojo, a professional wrestling school, in Atlanta, Georgia. James Storm was named as the head trainer of the school with Low Ki serving as the Assistant Trainer. McMahon stated that he anticipated the school opening "before the end of the year."

    Event

    In the opening match of Seize the Day, Ricochet defeated Johnny Mundo in a singles match. Ricochet entered the World Title Tournament in December as a favorite to claim the vacant title; however, he was beaten in the first round by Mundo who used a handful of tights to claim the win. In the weeks that followed, Mundo would taunt Ricochet's failure to win the Intercontinental Title and his loss in the World Title Tournament. This led Ricochet to challenge Mundo to a one on one contest. Mundo would kick away Ricochet's attempt at a pre-match handshake. This was a fast-paced matchup with Ricochet highlighting his innovative offense, and Mundo cheating to even the odds. The finish came when Ricochet blocked Mundo's attempt at his finisher, The End of the World, with a backflip kick followed by a buckle bomb. Ricochet hit the 630 senton for the win.

    In the second match of the event, Adam Cole defeated Alberto El Patron in a singles match. El Patron would attack Cole before the bell and before he could deliver his trademark catchphrase, drawing massive jeers from the crowd. El Patron and Cole would slug away at each other inside and outside the ring. El Patron would block a baseball slide attempt by trapping Cole inside the ring apron and deliver a superkick to the prone Cole. El Patron would work over Cole on the outside, throwing him against the ring post and guardrail and choking him with a camera cable. Inside the ring, Cole was able to counter an Arm Bar attempt with a deadlift powerbomb followed by a frog splash for a near fall. El Patron would escape to the floor where he gave Cole a back body drop on the apron. Back in the ring, El Patron would attempt the Arm Bar again; however, Cole had it scouted, leading to a roll-up pinning sequence. Cole would hit a flurry consisting of a bicycle kick, superkick, flicking off El Patron and a shining wizard before putting El Patron down with the Last Shot.

    In the third match of the event, The Young Bucks retained the WSW World Tag Team Championships with a victory over The Lucha Brothers. The match was a sprint, with hyper-athletic moves that whipped the crowd into a frenzy. The Young Bucks performed a double flip dive within minutes of the match starting. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix were able to isolate Matt Jackson—hitting a combination back body drop/powerbomb allowing them to target his back. Matt eventually hit a desperation tornado DDT to make the hot tag to Nick Jackson. The Bucks were able to lock in the double Sharpshooters, but both Pentagon and Fenix escaped. The match soon broke down into a four-way, with dives, double-teams, and a four-way superkick spot that saw all four men go down. The finish came with Matt Jackson hitting a superkick on Fenix as he prepared for the Fenix Driver on Nick Jackson. Nick then took out Pentagon with a twisting dive to the floor. Nick and Matt Jackson then locked Fenix in the Cease and Desist, forcing him to submit. After the match, Pentagon confronted his brother in the ring about their defeat; however, their interaction was interrupted by a blackout of the lights in the arena. When the lights came up, Bram was standing in the ring with a chair. “The Agent of Chaos” laid out both luchadors with chair shots, before hitting Pentagon with The Brighter Side of Suffering. After weeks of declaring his next target would be revealed, Bram’s message was heard loud and clear.

    In the fourth match of the event, Candice LeRae won the WSW Women’s World Title by defeating Taya Valkyrie. The match was an emotional affair, with LeRae looking to complete her long journey of winning the title that had slipped through her fingers before. LeRae hit a flurry of offense early to stun the champion. Valkyrie used her power to slow down the pace of the match to take control. Valkryie attempted a Road to Valhalla early in the match; however, LeRae countered with a Death Valley Driver for a surprise near fall. Panic set in for the champion, and Valkyrie would attack LeRae’s arm in a fit of rage. Valkyrie would lock in an Arm Bar over the ropes and repeatedly smash LeRae’s arm against the ring post and steps in brutal fashion. Valkyrie would then begin to stomp the arm for a substantial amount of time, leading to cries of pain from LeRae. Despite the pain, LeRae wouldn’t quit, continuing to fight—landing a suicide dive into a tornado DDT on the floor. They teased a double count out, but both women made it back into the ring with 1 second left to spare. The women then slowly got to their feet and exchange back and forth elbows and slaps. Valkyrie attempted a super-Road to Valhalla off the top, but LaRae countered with a Super-Reverse Frankensteiner causing the crowd to jump up and down. Seizing the moment, LaRae achieved her dream, hitting Ms. LaRae’s Wild Ride to win the Women’s World Title. After the match, the crowd gave both women a standing ovation, with an emotional LeRae breaking down in tears as she was presented with the Women’s World Title. With an unbreakable will, LaRae had beaten her arch-rival, dethroning the “Queen of the Ring” and cemented her place in WSW history.

    After the Women’s World Title match concluded, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley was shown sitting in the first row with his entourage. Mauro Ranallo confirmed that Lashley was the newest signee with WSW.

    In the fifth match of Seize the Day, the team of AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli defeated Revolver (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) in a Tornado Tag match. The match would feature tables, chairs, a chain, and ladders. This was less a tag team match and more of a fight, as the four men brawled inside and outside the ring and into the crowd. AJ Styles would use the guardrail as a springboard to leap into the third row to take out Doc Gallows with the Phenomenal Forearm. Anderson would hit Castagnoli with a Gun Stun on top of a chair in the ring, but Styles would break up the pin attempt at the last minute. Gallows would wrap a chain around his fist and lay in brutal shots on both Styles and Castagnoli. Gallows would then begin to choke out Styles with the chain, but Castagnoli cut him off with a clubbing lariat. Castagnoli showed off his brute strength....getting 15 revolutions with the Big Swing on Gallows before launching Gallows into a ladder in the ring. Styles would take Anderson down with his Phenomenon Inverted DDT on the floor. He then put Anderson through a table on the floor with a springboard 450 splash from the ring. The finish of the match saw Castagnoli trap Gallows in the Sharpshooter while Styles pinned Anderson with the Styles Clash....the team of Castagnoli and Styles dealing a massive blow to Revolver and Styles settling his bitter two-year war with Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows.

    In the semi-main event, Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to win the WSW Intercontinental Championship. The two men shook hands before the start of the match to show their respect for one another. Ibushi and Ospreay would go move for move with each other--each men having well scouted their opponent. Ospreay broke up the first attempt of the Golden Triangle moonsault; however, Ibushi avoided Ospreay's attempt at a running shooting star press off the apron, immediately hitting an exploder suplex on the outside--sending Ospreay into the guardrail. Ibushi would hit the Last Ride powerbomb, but Ospreay would kick out. Ibushi would head up top; however, Ospreay would cut him off and hit a hurricanrana sending the champion crashing onto the apron. Ospreay would attempt a Spanish Fly off the apron, but he hit his head on the apron while performing the manuver in a nasty incident. Ospreay would be bloody mess, and the match would be momentarily stopped as doctors checked on Ospreay. Ospreay chose to continue the match. Ibushi would hit several devastating kicks to the head, pleading Ospreay to stay down. Ibushi scored a deep nearfall with a deadlift German suplex that folded the British sensation in half. Ibushi would scream that he didn't want to hurt Ospreay, but a staggered Will Ospreay motioned for Ibushi to "bring it on." Ibushi would go for the kill shot--the Kamigoye, but Ospreay countered with a Last Ride powerbomb of his own for a near fall! The finish would see Ospreay ascend to the top, but Ibushi would cut him off and attempt a Super German suplex--Ospreay would flip over and land on his feet in the ring. Ospreay would connect on a 540 kick to the back of Ibushi's head and another one to his face. Ospreay would then hit the Oscutter to win the match and the championship. After the match, an emotional Ibushi shook Ospreay's hand and presented him with the Intercontinental Championship awarding the new champion his crown.

    The main event of Seize the Day saw Cody retain the WSW World Championship against EC3. EC3 would come out the gate hot, driven by revenge and leveling the champion with hard strikes early. Cody would bail from the ring each time EC3 laid in hard offense drawing jeers from the crowd. EC3's desire for revenge got the best of him though, as Cody was able to take advantage of EC3's over-aggressiveness and turn the tides. Each time EC3 mounted a comeback, Cody would cheat to cut him off--using eye rakes and even a low blow after Brandi Rhodes distracted the referee from ringside. Cody locked on the figure four; however, EC3 was able to reverse it. Their fight soon spilled outside, with Cody spitting in the face of EC3. This enraged EC3 leading him to hit Cody with a release belly to belly suplex on the floor followed by a spear against the steel steps! EC3 was hellbent on breaking Cody as he set up a table on the outside, but Cody would escape back into the ring. Back inside, Cody caught EC3 with a One Percenter--trying to beat the challenger with his own move, but EC3 kicked out. Cody would land a superplex but miss moonsault. This allowed EC3 to rally back and make turnabout fair play as EC3 caught Cody with a Cross Rhodes for a nearfall and a TK3 for another nearfall. EC3 went for the One Percenter, but Brandi Rhodes again jumped to the apron for the distraction of the referee and EC3. The distraction would prove deadly, as it allowed Cody to backdrop a charging EC3 over the top rope through the table at ringside--his own revenge working against him in an explosion of splintered wood. Cody would then hit the Cross Rhodes inside the ring to pin EC3 and retain his title. After the match, Cody would strike EC3 repeatedly with the World Title belt, busting him open again. Cody would rub the belt in EC3's face, screaming that he would never touch gold again. "It's MY WORLD NOW.....MINE!" screamed Cody. Obessesed with humiliating and brutalizing the former leader of Revolver, Brandi would produce scissors and Cody would cut the hair of the incapacitated EC3 to massive jeers from the crowd. As Seize the Day ended, Cody held the World Title high as he stood with Brandi Rhodes over the fallen EC3, who laid motionless in a puddle of his own blood and hair.

    Results

    No. Results Stipulations
    1 Ricochet defeated Johnny Mundo Singles match
    2 Adam Cole defeated Alberto El Patron Singles match
    3 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) Tag team match for the WSW World Tag Team Championship
    4 Candice LeRae defeated Taya Valkyrie (c) Singles match for the WSW Women’s World Title
    5 AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli defeated Revolver (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) Tornado tag team match
    6 Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi (c) Singles match for the WSW Intercontinental Championship
    7 Cody (c) defeated EC3 Singles match for the WSW World Championship


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    Inception: Episode 135
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    Date: April 12, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Following Seize the Day, World Series Wrestling (WSW) returned to their home base of Center Stage Atlanta for the April 12, 2018 edition of their weekly television series Ignition. The event was broadcast on Spike in its regular timeslot, Thursday at 9 PM EST.

    Event

    The show opened with a video package highlighting Seize the Day, including Candice LeRae winning the Women's World Title, Will Ospreay dethroning Kota Ibushi for the Intercontinental Championship, AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli's victory over Revolver in a wild Tornado Tag match, and Cody retaining the World Title against EC3. Cody's post-match assault of EC3--including cutting his hair--was featured prominently. The Ignition intro video then aired.

    The new WSW Women's World Champion, Candice LeRae came out with her belt to a tremendous ovation from the Center Stage crowd. LeRae posed in the ring with her title and waited out a loud and long "You deserve it!" chant. Candice thanked the fans and said that she did not defeat Taya Valkyrie on her own, "WE did this together!" LeRae said that she got chills every time she looked at the Women's World Title, and she still couldn't believe it was hers--this prompted "Believe It" chants. LeRae said that her entire life all she wanted to do was be a professional wrestler. She talked about logging thousands of miles on the road, wrestling in high school gyms in front of 35 people, and wrestling men, ".......All of that has led to this moment. If you asked me if I would do it again.....I would say HELL YES. I am the WORLD CHAMPION! I have the best fans in the world...you always have my back, and I love you more than you will ever know!" Candice LeRae would then hop the guardrail and enter the crowd where she finished her address, "Tonight is a celebration, but I promise this isn't just a happy ending--THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!" LeRae held her belt high amidst the fans who celebrated with her.

    A locker room interview with Will Ospreay from "After Seize the Day" was shown A bloody and battered Ospreay smiled as he clutched his newly won Intercontinental Championship. Ospreay said that he and Kota Ibushi "..beat the piss out of each other." Ospreay said that this was the first gold he ever won in WSW and said it was the most satisfying moment of his career--especially since he beat one of the best wrestlers in the world. Ospreay vowed to heal up quickly, and defend the title with the respect and honor of Ibushi.

    In the first match of Ignition, Ricochet defeated Aero Star. Fresh off his victory over Johnny Mundo at Seize the Day, Ricochet looked solid here against the luchador controlling the majority of the match with his fast, high impact offense. Aero Star held his own though, even countering a hurricanrana attempt with a sit-out facebuster; however, Ricochet would claim victory with an Implant DDT and 630 senton for the win. Following the commercial, Ricochet would be interviewed backstage by Todd Keneley. Ricochet claimed that Johnny Mundo was a thorn in his side, but he had overcome the challenge "...and now I can continue my quest to get to the top of WSW and prove I'm the best wrestler in the world!"

    A promo video package aired hyping the debut of a group called "Diamond."

    In the second match of Ignition, The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) defeated Midnight Rush (ACH and Lio Rush) in a tag team match. The Canadian powerhouse duo of St-Jacques and Dubois had turned heads the past few weeks since their debut. The team faced their stiffest competition in Midnight Rush. ACH and Lio Rush would try to use their quickness to their advantage, making quick tags and flying around the ring. Even hitting a set of stereo dives. St-Jacques and Dubois would counter with their power, throwing ACH and Lio Rush around the ring. Dubois would even press slam Rush into ACH on the apron. The Union picked up the win with their devastating finisher--White Winter (combination powerbomb/lariat) on Rush.

    A vignette was shown from the parlor of WSW World Champion Cody's home. Cody and his wife Brandi Rhodes sat in massive leather chairs, dressed to the nines--the WSW World Title between them. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows played pool behind them. Cody smoked a cigar, wearing an arrogant smirk on his face. Cody declared that since he became the leader of Revolver and World Champion, he had "classed the joint up." Cody and Brandi bragged about his victory over EC3..... "I proved at Seize the Day that EC3 was exactly what I said he was.....a rat. His time is over, and I made sure the clock struck midnight. There is no place for EC3 in Revolver and there is no place for EC3 in WSW. I solve problems and I provide solutions--at Seize the Day I proved that sometimes the only solution is to scald the dog." Cody would reach into his jacket pocket and produce several locks of EC3's hair. "Let this serve as a lesson when you challenge the king, you get your head left on display outside the castle..." With a wicked smile, Cody claimed that Revolver would be back next week, "I took care of my business.......but others.....well let's just say, Revolver isn't leaving any stone unturned."

    Highlights were shown of the WSW Tag Team Championship match between the Lucha Brothers and The Young Bucks at Seize the Day. The Bucks retained their titles in a tremendous match, but after the match--the Lucha Brothers were attacked by the mysterious Bram.

    In the main event of Ignition, Pentagon Jr. defeated Alberto El Patron in a singles match. The match was a back and forth power struggle, with both men desperate to claim a victory. El Patron had been defeated by Adam Cole at Seize the Day, and he was desperate to regain his status as a top contender in WSW. The match was a hard-hitting affair, with Pentagon avoiding the Arm Bar by just forcefully stomping on El Patron's head. El Patron would score a near fall with a second rope Michinoku Driver. Pentagon would pick up the win after countering a superkick with a powerbomb over his knee followed by a Package Piledriver. After the match, Pentagon Jr. grabbed a microphone and called out Bram. With his firey Spanish, the message was loud and clear...he wanted Bram. The lights in Center Stage cut to black and Bram would appear on the LED video screen to answer the challenge, declaring that "Chaos can't be controlled or dictated.....it just spreads like fire....." The lights would come back up, and Bram was standing in the ring behind Pentagon with a chair. He laid into Pentagon with the chair, denting the chair with each massive swing. Bram would lay out Pentagon again with The Brighter Side of Suffering. Not content with the carnage, and wearing a sick smile, Bram would attempt The Brighter Side of Suffering onto the steel chair; however, Fenix ran down to protect his brother. Bram would throw Pentagon's lifeless body at the feet of Fenix, and just laugh hauntingly, never breaking eye contact with Fenix.

    Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen narrated highlights of Bobby Lashley's appearance at Seize the Day. Footage aired from "After Seize the Day" where cameras caught Lashley exiting the building. Numerous questions were asked of the newest WSW signee, but Lashley only answered one....."Bobby, what brought you to WSW?" ....his response, "Money." Lashley would then enter an SUV that would drive away. Ranallo and Sonnen announced that Lashley would make his official WSW debut next week on Ignition.

    This edition of Ignition ended with a serious in-ring promo by Paige Knight. Knight made her shocking return to WSW, having been out injured since December. Knight would thank the fans for the welcome but said that she had tough news to deliver. Knight revealed that she had suffered a serious head and neck injury in December, and as a result of this injury and her history of neck problems--she had to officially retire from in-ring competition. She thanked the fans for welcoming her into WSW:

    "Coming to WSW was a tremendous step for me....it was an unknown but I wanted to take on the challenge, and I'm so glad that I did. I found a new home in WSW and a new family with the wrestlers, backstage personnel, and most importantly you guys--the fans. I will always take great pride in knowing that I was the first WSW Women's World Champion. After watching Candice and Taya tear down the house, I know that the Women's Division here in WSW is the best in all of professional wrestling.....I was born in a wrestling ring, and today through all the tears, I take pride in knowing that I left every piece of me inside this ring."


    Paige Knight closed by thanking Shane McMahon, WSW, and her family. With tears streaming down her face, she said that she would never give up her dream of returning to the ring---"...but all I can say now is thank you and goodbye....." Paige would gently place the microphone on the canvas, as the Center Stage crowd gave her a standing ovation and serenaded her with chants of "Thank You Paige."

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    April 13, 2018

    *WSW cashed in big with Seize the Day and the “WSW Experience” fan fest in New Orleans over the WrestleMania weekend. Perhaps the biggest news for the company was Shane McMahon’s announcement of the WSW Dojo during a press conference at the WSW Experience. The training center will be housed in Atlanta—home of Center Stage and WSW’s production headquarters. In many ways Atlanta is becoming the “unofficial” home of WSW in a similar way Orlando serves the WWE. McMahon announced that James Storm would serve as the head trainer with Low Ki serving as the Assistant Trainer. Both Low Ki and Storm—who kayfabe retired after putting his career on the line in a loss to Bram at November Reign—eagerly accepted the opportunity when the concept came to fruition, as both were looking to significantly cut back on their in-ring and travel schedules. The concept of opening the school serves as another sign of the growing momentum and popularity of WSW. “Make no bones about it…this is a wrestling school. We will have the top of the line training technology and equipment, but the WSW Dojo is about teaching the science and art form that is professional wrestling,” said Storm. While no date was give, McMahon stated that he expected the WSW Dojo to open “before the end of the year.”


    *The other big news of the weekend was the announcement and initial appearance of Bobby Lashley. Lashley officially signed with WSW on 4/1 and appeared sitting in the first row of the crowd at Seize the Day, including being acknowledged by Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen. Lashley has spent the last four years in TNA/Impact where he was a four-time time World Champion and one of the top stars of the promotion. Rather than resign with Impact, Lashley chose to test the waters of free agency, looking for a higher paying deal. Both WSW and WWE courted Lashley, with Lashley ultimately signing a one-year deal with WSW. Sources close to the situation indicate that WSW ultimately came out on top due to Lashley’s relationship with Shane McMahon and Drew Galloway and the much lighter travel schedule. Lashley is set to make his official debut in a segment set for the 4/19 Ignition.


    *Paige Knight made her surprising return to WSW on the 4/12 Ignition where she announced her official retirement from in-ring competition in an emotional segment. Knight has been sidelined since December with a head/neck injury suffered during a house show match with Taya Valkyrie in Ottawa. Knight has an unfortunate history of concussion and neck injuries, ultimately leading doctors to advise her to retire for her long-term well being. At just 25, Knight is one of the top female wrestlers in the world and her debut in WSW in 2016 was a huge shock and early coup for the company as they looked to start a Women’s Division. Knight was the first WSW Women’s World Champion; however, she has been a lightning rod for controversy—with several notable public incidents with former boyfriend Alberto El Patron. The loss of Knight is big, and it is clear that she aspires to return to the ring one day—and with the recent return of Daniel Bryan anything is possible. However, the reality is that Knight will not be a wrestler anymore, with the question being what her next role will be. She’s still under WSW contact, and there are rumors she could be added to the commentary team with Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen. Knight is fantastic talker and would be a natural fit—the move would also be a progressive one for WSW as they would be the only major promotion in the world with a full time female commentator.


    *Drew Galloway has been medically cleared and is ready to return. Galloway suffered a torn bicep in late November during Ignition tapings, forcing him to vacate his newly won WSW World Championship.
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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    Ignition: Episode 136
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    Date: April 19, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Event
    Ignition kicked off with Revolver coming to the ring. WSW World Champion Cody declared that he kept his promise and killed the rat that was EC3 at Seize the Day. Cody said that he’s been hearing rumors that Revolver is cracking, but he promised that the group was still the most dominate faction in pro wrestling. “…I mean we’re collecting scalps for gods sake….” Uttered the champion, as he pulled out locks of EC3’s hair from his jacket pocket. Cody noted that Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson suffered a defeat to AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli—seemingly catching the duo off guard that he would bring it up. Cody would put his arms around the duo as he said, “Sometimes in competition it happens—you lose. These two guys are two of the biggest bad asses in wrestling, and they are already lining up their next targets and its only a matter of time before they sit atop the tag team division again……because losing is unacceptable in Revolver and they know that….” Gallows and Anderson exchanged glances as Cody continued with an arrogant smirk, “As long as this World Championship belt is around my waist, Brandi is by my side, and Gallows and Anderson are behind me—Revolver is forever!” The World Champion would be interrupted by Kota Ibushi. Ibushi would come to the ring and state for 313 days he held the Intercontinental Championship—a title he defeated Cody for—and he and Cody have unfinished business, they were tied 1-1, and he officially challenged Cody for his World Championship. Cody arrogantly declared that this wasn’t Japan, and title shots had to be earned—his answer was no. Ibushi countered by saying that championships were meant to be held and defended with honor, “You have no honor—you are a coward.” Cody would proclaim that he was a king who conquered EC3 and WSW……Cody would then cheap shot Ibushi with Gallows and Anderson joining in on the attack. As Revolver attacked Ibushi, Adam Cole ran down to ring with a chair to make the save. Revolver retreated, smiling at their attack.

    After a commercial, Mauro Ranallo announced that WSW Owner ShaneMcMahon had issued a six man tag team match for tonight — Revolver vs. Kota Ibushi, Adam Cole, and a partner of their choice.


    The first match of Ignition saw the tag team of AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli defeat the Motor City Machine Guns. Since joining as a tag team, Styles and Castagnoli had put together a string of impressive victories, capped by defeating Revolver in a Tornado Tag match at Seize the Day. That string continued on Ignition with a victory over a decorated tag team. The back and forth match was wrestled at a solid clip with Styles and Castagnoli picking up the win after a high impact combination that saw Castagnoli hit a pop up uppercut on Alex Shelley, immediately followed by a Phenomenal Forearm for the pin.


    Styles and Castagnoli were interviewed backstage by Todd Keneley. The duo said they would continue to team together, as they banded together in the war with Anderson and Gallows. Styles declared they had chemistry, and they were going to march towards the World Tag Team Titles.


    The second match of Ignition saw Taya Valkyrie defeat Rachel Ellering. The former Women’s World Champion was hyper-aggressive, clearly angered at losing the title at Seize the Day. Valkyrie would showoff her impressive power inside and outside the ring before finishing things with the Road to Valhalla. After the match, Valkyrie called out Candice LeRae saying that she wanted her rematch, and then sent a message hitting another Road to Valhalla on Ellering. Valkyrie set up for a third one, but Candice LeRae came down to the ring, accepting her challenge for next week—laying the belt down as a line in the sand, daring Valkyrie to step up. “The Queen of the Ring” backed off and gave a throat slash to LeRae.


    A promo video aired hyping the debut of a group called “Diamond


    In the back, Todd Keneley attempted to interview Kota Ibushi and Adam Cole about their partner in the six man tag. Cole told Ibushi that he didn’t save him out of the goodness of his heart—he had unfinished business with Revolver as well. “I’ll fight with you tonight Ibushi…but just know that at the end of the day, we are both gunning for the same thing..the World Championship.”


    WSW Owner Shane McMahon stood in the ring to introduce Bobby Lashley to sign his official WSW contract. Arn Anderson surprisingly came out though. Anderson announced that he had officially been placed on retainer by Lashley to serve as his manager. “My service is needed Shane, as Mr. Lashley is one of the top athletes in combat sports today. He is a World Champion, a mixed martial artist, and a prize fighter who steps between the ropes for one reason and one reason only….to dominate. Bobby Lashley is not just a professional wrestler, he’s a fighter and a world class athlete. Congratulations Shane, you wanted an impact signing—-you got one, but just know, when that bell rings—you have unleashed a force capable of unspeakable damage. Ladies and gentlemen, I….Arn Anderson….give you Bobby Lashley!” Lashley debuted, shaking hands with Anderson and McMahon. Alberto El Patron came out before Lashley could sign his contract though. El Patron complained that he was the original prize fighter of WSW and a former World Champion….El Patron would voice his displeasure with McMahon before turning his attention to Lashley. “Listen here perro, go ahead and sign that contract and collect your paycheck, but just know this is the big time and you aren’t a top dog here. This is my world, so once you sign your name on that dotted line and the fan fare is over, go head to the back and fetch my bags.” El Patron slapped Lashley across the face. With little emotion, Lashley flipped over the table set up in the ring for the contract signing and without warning speared El Patron violently. Grabbing the contract Lashley, signed and threw it down on the fallen body of El Patron.


    A vignette aired of Fenix training in an empty gym. Fenix spoke in Spanish with English subtitles. Fenix said that his family had been disrespected and he would defend his family’s honor. He would then utter one word….”Bram


    The main event of Ignition was a six-man tag team match pitting Revolver (Cody, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows) vs. Kota Ibushi, Adam Cole, and Ricochet. Ricochet was revealed as the chosen partner of Cole and Ibushi. The match was a wild affair with all six men shining, featured dives and double teams—including Ricochet taking out all of Revolver with a springboard shooting star press to the outside. The match built to an encounter between Ibushi and Cody, with Ibushi getting the better of the World Champion—Ibushi set up for Kamigoye, but Doc Gallows came into the ring to break it up. Ibushi would surprise Cody with a La Magistral cradle, but Brandi pulled the referee out of the ring to avoid the three count—this shocked Cody who immediately tagged out and stayed outside and away from Ibushi. The finish saw Adam Cole connect on superkicks to all three members of Revolver. Cole and Ricochet would take out Cody and Anderson with stereo suicide dives, while Ibushi pinned Gallows following the Kamigoye.
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    *After suffering a legit injury at Seize the Day, new WSW Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay is set to return to TV on the 4/26 Ignition. In a nasty looking incident, Ospreay smashed his head--bending his neck awkwardly in the process--on the ring apron while attempting a Spanish Fly to the floor in his title match with Kota Ibushi. In a fortunate turn of events, the accident looked a lot worse than it actually turned out to be. The blow caused Ospreay to bleed profusely, and the match was legit stopped for a doctor to treat Ospreay. With adrenaline kicking in at full bore--Ospreay confirmed he was okay and able to continue the match. Ospreay passed the concussion protocol issued by the doctor, or else the match would not have been continued. As it turned out, the spot, the blood, and Kota Ibushi's reaction worked in favor of the match--added an extra layer of drama that only heightened by Ospreay's ultimate victory. While battered and bruised, Ospreay came out unscathed but has been held off television and the recent house shows in Louisville and Indianapolis to rest and recover. Ospreay is one of the most talented performers in the world, but this should be considered a major bullet dodged, and it would be a shock to see this spot attempted again in the future.

    *The Red Bull advertising that appeared on the ring mat at Seize the Day appears to be here to stay, as it has been featured at Center Stage for all of the Ignition tapings. The partnership between Red Bull and WSW was officially announced in March, with Seize the Day serving as the official debut of the partnership and sponsorship elements. The partnership is a major win for Shane McMahon and WSW. While mat advertising is common in UFC, MMA, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Mexican promotions--the practice has not translated over to major US promotions--this is mostly due to WWE, with their presence serving as the "narrative" for wrestling business operations. With the ring obviously providing a high degree of visibility, this is an attractive element to sell to potential sponsors, as WSW appears eager to grow a sponsorship revenue stream.

    *As was previously announced, WSW will be running their SummerFest special on 7/7 from Toronto and the Ricoh Coliseum. This will be the largest venue WSW has ever run and depending on set up--a potential crowd of 6,000-9,000 could be on hand. The plan is for WSW to set their record attendance at this show. After a strong run of house shows in Canada last year, WSW announced an expanded tour of Canada this summer. That tour expanded this week, as it was announced Ignition will tape from the Hershey Centre in Mississauga on 7/10. Two weeks worth of TV will be taped, marking the second time Ignition will tape from outside Center Stage. Other previously announced dates will be house shows: 7/12 in Hamilton, 7/13 in Ottawa, 7/14 in Montreal, and 7/15 in Quebec City.

    *Based on the success of moving Seize the Day to WrestleMania weekend, the word is WSW is already scouting locations for next year's event. WrestleMania will take place in New York/New Jersey in 2019, and WSW has successfully run the Manhattan Center and Hammerstein Ballroom--the latter will host the upcoming 5/19 Undisputed special. However, rumor is WSW could be looking at running a much larger building--potentially eyeing the recently renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. There is a ton of time between now and then, but it is worth keeping an eye on this story.

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    Ignition: Episode 137
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: April 26, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Event
    The April 26 edition of Ignition opened with the new WSW Intercontinental Champion, Will Ospreay making his first appearance since winning the title. Ospreay showcased his innovative style by defeating Lio Rush in a non-title match. The match was a fast-paced affair with some breathtaking moves. Lio Rush was able to take control for a bit by working over the injured neck of Ospreay. Ospreay would score the win with an incredible sequence that saw him block an axe kick attempt with a powerbomb, immediately catapult Lio Rush into the corner, and catch him with the Oscutter on the rebound. After the match, Ospreay took to the microphone to say he was so proud to be Intercontinental Champion. Ospreay mentioned the amazing run Kota Ibushi had as champion, saying,

    "I beat one of the best wrestlers in the world today to win this belt, and I swear that I will defend this title with honor. The Intercontinental Title stands for greatness, and I look forward to wrestling some of the great talent in WSW for this belt....guys like Ricochet, Adam Cole, and AJ Styles to name a few...."
    Before Ospreay could continue, Austin Aries made his return to WSW. Aries came to the ring and said that he didn't hear his name mentioned on Ospreay's list. Aries said that he had been sitting on the sidelines for the past few months, but he had been watching--and his eye was on the Intercontinental Title.

    "Will, you are amazing, perhaps the most unique talent in professional wrestling--but you are looking at 'The Greatest Man That Ever Lived.' Yes, YOU are the man that beat the great Kota Ibushi for that belt, but as far as I'm concerned--you just beat me to the punch. By my record Will, that's the first gold you've ever won here in WSW; however, I have a nice trophy case at my house displaying all the belts I've collected over the years. There is an empty spot though--and I want that Intercontinental Title to fill it. So what do you say Will, how about you put that title on the line against me. Can't you see our names in lights kid, "The British Sensation" vs. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived." A marquee matchup for the most marquee city in America-- New York City and Undisputed."
    Ospreay agreed to the challenge, and the two men shook hands; however, Aries held on to the handshake and pulled Ospreay in close to ensure his presence was felt.

    A promotional video was shown for the next WSW special on Netflix, Undisputed, live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Saturday, May 19.

    "Earlier Today," Todd Keneley interviewed Revolver as they arrived at Center Stage in their custom SUV. Cody was brief in his comments....

    "....Look I told you last week that Revolver is stronger than ever...and it is. I'm getting sick and tired of doing everything and seeing us get pinned in matches though. Karl and Doc know what they did wrong last week, and tonight we will rectify that."
    When pressed about being challenged and almost pinned by Kota Ibushi last week...Cody cut off Keneley saying, "......Like I said Todd, everything will be rectified tonight."

    Backstage WSW Women's World Champion, Candice LeRae, was shown getting taped up and her challenger Taya Valkyrie was preparing in her respective locker room, receiving last-minute tips by Johnny Mundo. The two women will compete for the Women's World Title in the main event.

    Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen narrated a series of highlights regarding Bram and his attacks on Pentagon Jr. and Fenix. Last week Fenix challenged Bram. Bram defeated Fenix in a brutal singles match, and one of the best Ignition matches of 2018. Clad in all black, Fenix came ready for a fight--nailing a suicide dive as Bram made his entrance. Fenix would pull out all the stops, including sliding underneath the guardrail on an Irish Whip attempt before using the guardrail as a springboard to hit a hurricanrana, sending Bram into the steel steps. The fight took place in the ring, outside the ring, and even into the crowd. The turning point of the match saw Bram powerbomb Fenix on top of the guardrail. "The Agent of Chaos" would then bounce Fenix's head off the guardrail like a basketball. Bram would rip a top turnbuckle pad off; however, Fenix would score a nearfall after a series of wicked roundhouse kicks--including one to the head. The finish came after Bram countered a Fenix driver, hitting a Buckle Bomb into the exposed turnbuckle and the Brighter Side of Suffering for the pin. After the match, Bram would dig and tear at the mask of Fenix, driving elbows into the skull and bloodying the luchador. WSW Security hit the ring to pull Bram off, as he smiled a wicked grin--specks of Fenix's blood on his chest and face.

    A video package highlighting Bobby Lashley's contract signing from last week aired. Backstage, Todd Keneley interviewed Alberto El Patron who interrupted the signing and was speared by Lashley. El Patron was adamant that he was tired of the disrespect shown to him....

    "Since Day 1, I have been the FRANCHISE of WSW. I am wrestling royalty and the true definition of a prizefighter. Bobby Lashley....ese you crossed a line last week. I don't care what you've done or where you've been....because I've done it all and I've done it all better. Look here Bobby---look directly at me when I say this. I don't care if it's in the ring, in the parking lot, or in your training camp---the next time I see you, I'm going to snap your arm in two and then I'm going to take all the money in your contract. There is only room for one prizefighter in WSW, and it's me....Alberto El Patron....el conquistador!
    An advertisement "paid for by The Young Bucks" aired. The WSW World Tag Team Champions gloated over their victory at Seize the Day. With their trademark sarcasm, Matt and Nick Jackson listed off all teams they defeated and asked who was left. The duo said that they weren't blind, they saw and heard the noise made by AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli, stating "...You two have been teaming together for a few months, but look at the list boys....it takes a hell of a lot more than chemistry to step into the ring with the greatest team in the world--17 years of experience teaming together, and WE single handily made tag team wrestling cool again." They declared that they would be at Ignition next week, looking for the next team they would superkick to the back of the line.

    In the main event of Ignition, Candice LeRae defeated Taya Valkyrie to retain her WSW Women's World Championship. In a rematch from Seize the Day, there was no love loss between the two women--as a heated strike exchange started as soon as the bell rang. Valkyrie hit a neckbreaker on the apron and a draping DDT for a nearfall. Valkyrie would use her power to grind down on LeRae, but "Candice Wrestling" fought back with a series of kicks and lariats. LeRae hit a huge flying crossbody from the top to the floor on Valkyrie. Inside the ring, LeRae hit a moonsault for a nearfall. Valkyrie would go back to the neck, using her raw power to overwhelm LeRae--hitting a ushigorishi for a nearfall. Valkyrie would attempt the Road to Valhalla, but LeRae would block and counter with a Code Red for another nearfall. The finish saw Valkyrie attempt a super ushigorishi from the top, but LeRae countered with a superplex that she immediately floated into the No Escape (crossface chickenwing) forcing Valkyrie to tap out. After the match, LeRae celebrated with her belt for the fans--but she was interrupted by the debut of Tenille Dashwood. Accompanied by Tessa Blanchard and Nixon Newell, the trio known as Diamond made their first appearance, circling the champion before attacking LeRae and beating her down three on one. Dashwood would hit a Scoop Slam Piledriver to finish the attack. Dashwood would then pick up the Women's World Title and gaze at it before throwing it down on the fallen champion.

    After the final commercial, Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen previewed next week's Ignition featuring a four-way tag match between The Union, AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli, Motor City Machine Guns, and Midnight Rush and an exclusive interview with Chael Sonnen and Bobby Lashley. The duo was interrupted by commotion backstage where it was revealed that Cody had attacked Kota Ibushi with a steel chair. With a manic look in his eyes, Cody beat Ibushi out onto the stage down to the ring. Cody smashed the chair into Ibushi's leg over and over again before locking in the figure four around the ring post. As Ibushi cried out in pain, Cody yelled "Who's the coward now Ibushi.....WHO?!" Adam Cole ran down to make the save, but Cole walked right into Revolver's trap, as he was jumped from behind by Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows. The duo put Adam Cole through the timekeeper's table with a Magic Killer. Revolver stood tall in the ring over their fallen victims, and Cody took the microphone....

    ".....Consider this situation rectified, and Ibushi.....consider your challenge accepted. Next time, I'm going to put you in a wheelchair."
    A bold message was sent by Revolver and their power-hungry leader.

    ***

    WSW Undisputed
    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Hammerstein Ballroom: New York, NY

    WSW World Championship: Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (c)
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Austin Aries vs. Will Ospreay (c)

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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    News and Rumors
    April 27, 2018

    *With the rebrand of Spike to the Paramount Network in January, news began to surface this week that there is interest in expanding Ignition to 2 hours this summer. The Paramount Network is heavily investing in the idea of classifying as a "premium cable network" much the same as AMC and FX. The network will emphasize original, scripted series while leveraging their combat sports programs--WSW and Bellator--as these are frequently the highest rated programs on the network. The broadcast deal with WSW has been in place since the company's inception in 2015, and Ignition has always been featured as a 1-hour program--with the exception of specials such as their anniversary shows. Ignition has performed well since moving to Thursday nights in September of 2016--the show originally aired on Tuesdays, but was relocated when WWE moved SmackDown to Tuesday nights. The potential move could see the Paramount Network create a combat sports block on Thursday nights with WSW and Bellator, or use Ignition as a ratings lead-in to debut one of their new original series. WSW runs the Grand Prix during the summer, and the round-robin tournament format fits nicely within a 2-hour block. Ignition has received praise for being a well-paced professional wrestling show, with its one-hour time slot fitting well. There is no doubt Shane McMahon has ideas of capitalizing on the momentum WSW is generating and expanding the company. Moving Ignition to two-hours would be a testament to this growth; however, WSW would face the new challenge of maintaining their pacing and storytelling while filling more hours of television. This is definitely a story to keep an eye on moving forward.

    *The 4/26 Ignition saw the returns of Austin Aries and Tessa Blanchard as well as the debuts of Tenille Dashwood and Nixon Newell. Aries is being placed in a program with Will Ospreay for the Intercontinental Title while Dashwood will lead a new female stable, Diamond, accompanied by Blanchard and Newell. Dashwood appears to be the next challenger for Candice LeRae's Women's World Title, as Diamond laid her out following her main event title defense. Dashwood received a tremendous response from the Center Stage crowd upon her debut and came off as a star. This is big for depth in the women's division which took a hit following the retirement of Paige Knight.

    *Mike Bennett has been active on social media lately and appears ready to return. Bennett has been out since last July after he voluntarily entered a rehab facility for treatment for prescription pain medication addiction. The treatment was a success, as Bennett is now sober. This good news was coupled with the birth of Bennett's first child with wife Maria Kanellis in September. It appears WSW wants to have Bennett and Maria return together, as a tandem. Maria is a crucial component of the act, as she comes off as a star with her microphone work and presence as a manager.

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    Ignition: Episode 138
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: May 3, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    Ignition opened with highlights of last week, including Austin Aries' return and subsequent challenge to Intercontinental Champion Will Ospreay, the debut of the Diamond stable, and Revolver's attack on Kota Ibushi and Adam Cole.

    The first match of Ignition saw Austin Aries defeat Aero Star. Aries looked strong in his first match back, dictating the pace of the match with an aggressive offense and answering every attempt of offense by the luchador. Aries hit the shotgun dropkick and called out "I'm coming for you Ospreay!" before hitting the Brainbuster for the win. After the match, Aries grabbed a microphone and said that he's driven by competition,

    ".....For months I sat at home and watched Will Ospreay perform some of the most amazing feats ever accomplished in a wrestling ring. I respect what he's accomplished, but at the end of the day, I'm a hunter, a big game hunter. My trophy room is filled with belts and titles from all over the world, and I'm looking for my trophy buck--the Intercontinental Title. As far as I'm concerned, I'm still the measuring stick when it comes to this sport. At Undisputed, I'm going to take down my prey and collect my belt.
    World Champion Cody was interviewed by Todd Keneley in the Revolver locker room. When asked about his attack on Kota Ibushi last week Cody said,

    "...Last week wasn't just a message to Kota Ibushi...last week should serve as an example to the entire WSW roster that Revolver is the MOST DANGEROUS unit in wrestling. Look we haven't changed the way we operate. Since Day 1, our goal has been to sit at the top of this company by any means necessary and bleed this business for every single god damn dollar we can. When we want something....we take it. All of a sudden, the "cool" thing now is to call out Revolver and challenge us....you saw how that ends last week. You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, and you don't challenge Revolver. Now I do have a message for Mr. Kota Ibushi---Ibushi I want you to think long and hard about your decision to step in the ring with me at Undisputed. Being the World Champion is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in my life, and there is NOTHING I won't do to protect my belt. Look at what I did to EC3--the longest reigning champion in WSW history fell to me! I beat his ass, cut his hair and left him in a puddle of his own blood. EC3 hasn't been seen since. I like you Ibushi, I think you're talented.....make the smart choice and walk away...better yet run back to Japan. Because if you step into the ring with me at Undisputed.........I beat you and I will break your leg...that's not a threat, that's a promise.
    A promotional video was shown for the next WSW special on Netflix, Undisputed, live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Saturday, May 19.

    In the second match of Ignition, Tenille Dashwood defeated Marti Belle. Dashwood made her WSW debut last week and looked strong this week against Belle in her in-ring debut. Nixon Newell and Tessa Blanchard accompanied Dashwood to the ring. Dashwood showed off an impressive array of offense with a wheelbarrow suplex and a brutal butterfly suplex into the turnbuckles. Dashwood picked up the win via submission, getting Belle to tap out via the Muta Lock. After the match, Blanchard and Newell began to attack Belle. Newell hit a gutbuster with Blanchard immediately following with a corkscrew neckbreaker onto Newell's knee. Blanchard produced a $100 bill that she stuffed into the mouth of the fallen Belle. Standing over Belle, Tenille Dashwood got on the microphone and announced the arrival of Diamond.....

    "....Drink it in folks, NO ONE in WSW looks as good as we do. We are a force of change, and we're here for one reason and one reason only---to rule the women's division. Candice LeRae, take notice--I'm sick and tired of hearing people praise you, and the sight of you wearing the Women's World Title makes me sick. I am what a World Champion looks like. Your days are numbered Candice, because Diamond is here....and we all know that diamonds are forever....
    A sit-down interview conducted by Chael Sonnen with Bobby Lashley and Arn Anderson was shown. During the piece, highlights of Lashley's MMA and professional wrestling career are shown. Anderson did the majority of the talking, saying that he was hired as Lashley's spokesperson....

    "....because Bobby Lashley doesn't need to talk. Just ring the damn bell and see what this man can do. Chael, I've had a love affair with the sport of professional wrestling for over 35 years, and I have NEVER seen an athlete like Bobby Lashley. This man is a prizefighter, and make no bones about it--he's here in WSW to get paid. How does a prizefighter make money.....they lay waste to anyone that steps between the ropes with them. Alberto El Patron has decided he wants to be the first man in WSW to get in the ring with the Dominator. Well, I got news for you Alberto, you've run your mouth just enough to irritate Lashley. That's a bad place to be partner, but Bobby Lashley doesn't fight for free--you want him, you got him at Undisputed in New York City. Alberto, you asked for this, but I promise you this ain't going to be pretty. This ain't about pride, this ain't about glory---this is all about winning and domination. Once Lashley mauls Alberto El Patron, everyone will take notice, Bobby Lashley isn't just a pro wrestler--this is a force of nature....an act of God....and it has been unleashed on WSW.
    Adam Cole came out for a promo to a huge ovation from the Center Stage crowd. Cole said that since he arrived in WSW, his goal has always been to win the WSW World Championship; however, each time he got close enough to taste the gold, Revolver got in his way. Cole said that last week was the final straw...

    "...Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows kicked my ass and put me through a table, and as far as I'm concerned I've got red in my ledger. You see I'm going to do what I should have done a long time ago--I'm going to drive a stake through the heart of Revolver....and it starts with Anderson and Gallows. I'm going to cut the head off the snake and then I'm going to squash the worm that is Cody....
    Cole was interrupted by Gallows and Anderson, who came down to the ring. Karl Anderson mocked Cole saying once again Adam Cole found himself on the wrong side of the numbers game. "When will you learn to stop bringing a knife to a gunfight son...." Adam Cole just smiled,

    "....One day, you two will have the privilege of saying you lost to Adam Cole.................and Ricochet."
    Center Stage erupted as Ricochet's music hit and he came down to the ring. A brawl soon broke out with Cole and Ricochet gaining the advantage and clearing the ring. Cole then issued the challenge--Anderson and Gallows vs. Cole and Ricochet at Undisputed.

    The main event of Ignition saw AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli defeat the Motor City Machine Guns, The Union, and Midnight Rush in a four-way tag team match. The Young Bucks joined Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen on commentary during the match. The match was a fast-paced affair with all four teams showcasing their unique styles. The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) looked particularly impressive with their tremendous power. ACH and Lio Rush hit massive stereo Asai moonsaults early into the match. Later in the match, Thomas Dubois hit a release overhead belly to belly suplex, launching Lio Rush over the top rope, outside the ring, onto the pile on the floor. Dubois would then launch himself with a suicide dive. Claudio Castagnoli would showcase his ridiculous strength by using the Big Swing on St-Jacques for 12 revolutions. Castagnoli would also hit a German suplex on Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley at the same time. After a lot of big moves, Styles and Castagnoli pinned ACH to win the bout with their pop-up uppercut/Phenomenal Forearm combination. After the match, Styles and Castagnoli officially challenged The Young Bucks for the World Tag Team Titles at Undisputed. Matt and Nick Jackson would enter the ring and officially accept the challenge--shaking hands with Styles and Castagnoli and then hitting them with superkicks. Matt Jackson would grab the microphone and say...."See you in New York boys...."

    ***
    WSW Undisputed
    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Hammerstein Ballroom: New York, NY

    WSW World Championship: Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (c)
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Austin Aries vs. Will Ospreay (c)
    WSW World Tag Team Championships: AJ Style and Claudio Castagnoli vs. The Young Bucks (c)
    Adam Cole and Ricochet vs. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows
    Bobby Lashley vs. Alberto El Patron

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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

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    May 8, 2018

    *With two weeks remaining till Undisputed, ticket sales are moving strongly for the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event is expected to be a sellout, and WSW sold out the building on 11/11 for November Reign. WSW has always had demand for their shows in traditionally strong wrestling markets such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Undisputed could be launching pad for WSW and the next evolution of their business, as they will run much larger buildings for their remaining Netflix specials this year. The remaining schedule will be 7/7 Summerfest in Toronto (Ricoh Coliseum), 9/22 Grand Prix in Hoffman Estates (Sears Centre), and 11/24 November Reign in Los Angeles (LA Convention Center). There is no denying the momentum WSW has built, but with the announcement of the WSW Dojo, the talk of expanding Ignition to 2 hours, and running larger buildings for key shows it sure looks like Shane McMahon is going all in for the second half of 2018.

    *Confirming reports from a couple weeks back, Paige Knight has been training with Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen on color commentary. It is believed that Knight could make her official commentary debut at Undisputed. WSW is expected to push this hard, as Knight is a big name, and they will be the only major promotion with a full-time female commentator.

    *Speaking of Ranallo, the trailer for Bipolar Rock N' Roller was released on 4/30. The Showtime documentary is scheduled to debut on 5/25. The film will cover Ranallo's career and lifelong battle with bipolar affective disorder. Ranallo's career in WSW will be covered, and several filming sessions took place during WSW events and tapings. Shane McMahon and Chael Sonnen were interviewed and will appear in the film. The trailer could air this week on Ignition and don't be surprised if WSW promotes the film over the next several weeks.

    *WSW announced on Twitter and their website two matches for the 5/10 Ignition. The show will be built around two 6-man tag matches -- Diamond (Tenille Dashwood, Tessa Blanchard, Nixon Newell) vs. Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, and Marti Belle and The Young Bucks and Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli, and Will Ospreay.

    *The house show tour will hit Texas with three shows this weekend: 5/10 in San Antonio, 5/11 in Cedar Park, and 5/12 in Arlington.

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    Ignition: Episode 139
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: May 10, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

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    Ignition opened with Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen announcing two huge six-man tag matches for tonight: Diamond vs. Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, and Marti Belle and The Young Bucks and Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli, and Will Ospreay in the main event.

    The first match of Ignition saw Diamond (Tenille Dashwood, Tessa Blanchard, and Nixon Newell) defeat the team of Canice LeRae, Io Shirai and Marti Belle. All three members of Diamond looked impressive. Marti Belle went after Diamond early as revenge for their attack on her last week; however, the numbers game caught up to her and Diamond was able to isolate her. Belle was able to make the hot tag to Candice LeRae who cleared house and set up an encounter with Tenille Dashwood--their first face to face encounter since Dashwood laid her out two weeks ago. LeRae got the better of the exchange until she was hit from behind by Nixon Newell, allowing Dashwood to take over. Dashwood would work over the Women's World Champion with an assortment of backbreakers to set up her Muta Lock. Dashwood would also taunt the champion by getting in her face and screaming, "I am God's greatest creation--you will never look like me--you will never look like a champion!" LeRae would fire back with scalding chops, a gordbuster, and a wicked low dropkick before making the tag to Shirai. The match eventually broke down with all six women hitting high impact moves, highlighted by Tessa Blanchard deadlifting Shirai over her head and hitting a running powerslam. LeRae would take Dashwood out with a suicide dive; however, in desperation, Dashwood would grab LeRae's title belt and strike her with it on the outside. Dashwood would then lock LeRae in the Muta Lock on the outside of the ring. Inside the ring, Blanchard and Newell hit Marti Belle with the Brilliant Diamond (combination gutbuster/corkscrew neckbreaker over the knee) for the win. After the match, Diamond continued to beat down Shirai and Belle. Dashwood would parade around with the Women's World Title belt before placing $100 bills in the mouths of the fallen Shirai and Belle. Candice LeRae clawed at the apron, writhing in pain -- as Dashwood taunted her with the belt before tossing it down on the canvas and pantomiming to her wrist that LeRae's time as champion was ticking.

    After a commercial break, Todd Keneley interviewed Candice LeRae backstage. Grimacing, LeRae said,

    "...Tenille Dashwood came to WSW with the goal of getting my attention--well unfortunately for her, she's got it. Tenille, you seem to want to face me for the top prize in women's wrestling. Just know, this is competition Tenille--this is blood, sweat, and tears--this isn't about Instagram "likes" ....this is a fight. You think you have what it takes to be champion?! It seems to me you can't decide if you want to be a wrestler or a fake model, so you just blended the two together with your Diamond stooges. You better take all your Instagram pictures now, because at Undisputed--I'm going to show you where my priorities lie and I'm going to show you what world-class competition is. I'm going into New York City as champion, and I'm coming out as champion. I accept your challenge, and I want to be clear, once that bell rings--I'm going to make your fake ass tap out."
    In the second match of Ignition, Bram defeated Trevor Lee. Before the match, highlights of Bram's brutal attack on Fenix from two weeks ago was shown. It was announced that Fenix suffered a concussion and had to receive stitches as a result of Bram's attack. During the match, Lee fought valiantly, using his speed to his advantage; however, the brute strength was just too much. Bram would block a top rope frankensteiner attempt and hit a combination that saw him land a powerbomb followed immediately by a buckle bomb. Bram would then land not one, not two, but three Brighter Side of Suffering DDTs before finally pinning Lee. After the match, Bram retrieved a chain from under the ring. Wrapping it around his fist, Bram drove it into the skull of Trevor Lee and wrapped it around his neck--preparing to hang him over the ropes. However, the lights in Center Stage blacked out, and the image of a match being lit with its dancing flame appearing on the LED video screen. As the flame burned out, the lights came up to reveal Pentagon Jr. in the ring with a chair. As the crowd at Center Stage went nuts, Pentagon Jr. laid into Bram with the chair driving him from the ring. Grabbing the microphone, Pentagon spoke a flurry of Spanish; however, in English his message was clear.....

    "Bram............Undisputed.....Mexican Death Match
    A promotional video was shown for Undisputed, streaming live on Netflix on Saturday, May 19.

    A vignette was shown featuring Kota Ibushi training for his upcoming World Championship match at Undisputed. The piece highlighted Ibushi's training regime as well as highlights of his two previous matches with Cody--both of which were contested for the Intercontinental Title. Ibushi narrated the piece in Japanese with English subtitles:

    ....it seems as if this is destiny we are facing. The first time we met, was the day we both signed with WSW. Both of us were determined to forge our own path and create our own legacies. It was only a matter of time until we met in the ring. Our first match was historic, with the winner being crowned the first Intercontinental Champion, Cody spit in the face of respect and honor--joining Revolver to beat me, claim the belt, and steal the honor of being the first Intercontinental Champion away from me. That loss stuck with me more than any in my career. I have great respect for the Rhodes family, but Cody took the easy way out....he took the shortcut to get to the top. I trained relentlessly, harder than I ever have in my career to earn a rematch where I defeated Cody for the Intercontinental Title.......now we find ourselves on the doorstep of greatness. Destiny brought us here to WSW, and fate is allowing us to break our tie....Cody 1 Ibushi 1. At Undisputed, I will defeat my greatest American rival and complete my journey by winning the World Title.
    In the third match of Ignition, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows defeated a local enhancement team (Ryan Mellin and Matt Ponder) in a brief match. Anderson and Gallows beat down their opponents--throwing them around the ring like rag dolls. They hit both men with the Magic Killer for the double pin. After the match, Karl Anderson cut a promo in the ring,

    "....it's funny really. The idea that people have decided it's a good idea to call out Revolver. I've been laughing about this since Cody brought it up last week. First, it's Ibushi and then it's Adam Cole--everyone seems to want to face greatness. You see that's what happens when you're the best--people think they can make their career by beating you. Look at the calendar, it's 2018....for 2 damn years Revolver has been dictating the show in WSW with no end in sight. Plenty of men have challenged us, and all of them have fallen. Speaking of our leader.....Cody likes to talk and lately, his phrase of the month is for Doc and me to "carry our own weight".....well here's a history lesson--we're the goddamn founders of Revolver. It was US that fired the first shot that sparked this revolution. You don't have to worry about us Cody. At Undisputed we are going to show how ruthless we are when we silence the pest that is Adam Cole for good. Adam, I want you to listen real close......it's your fault for dragging Ricochet into this. It's a shame he's so talented too, but just know, his blood will be on your hands. After we win at Undisputed...we will reclaim the World Tag Team Titles. Don't worry about Revolver......we're beyond fine.....that's a promise!"
    With his final word, Anderson would flip the microphone into the air, and the duo would hit a stacked Magic Killer on both men. The message from Revolver was sent loud and clear.

    Chael Sonnen sat down with Alberto El Patron for an exclusive sit down interview to gauge his response to Bobby Lashley's interview from last week and preview his upcoming match at Undisputed. During the interview, El Patron made his thoughts on Lashley crystal clear,

    "......Bobby Lashley is a firework show. He's big, he's strong, and he's impressive the first time you see him--but eventually, he fizzles out. I see him for what he is--a fraud. Lashley only ended up in MMA because he failed as a professional wrestler. He's weak....this isn't a cage Chael--this is a wrestling ring...a kingdom.....MY kingdom. .....Lashley is far from the complete package that washed up redneck Arn Anderson claims he is. Look at me Chael, mirame! I am what greatness looks like. My heritage and my accomplishments surpass anything Bobby Lashley has done. Royal blood pumps through my veins. Why don't you ask Lashley what greatness is after I snap his arm and cripple his bank account."
    In the main event of Ignition, AJ Styles, Claudio Castagnoli and Will Ospreay defeated The Young Bucks and Austin Aries. The tension started early in this one as Will Ospreay met the Bucks in the center of the ring as they went for their trademark pose, striking his own pose in the face of Aries. As the match began, Ospreay and Aries would square off early. Aries would get the advantage, working over Ospreay's neck with a series of submissions. Eventually, Ospreay would rally back with a snap hurricanrana that sent Aries to the floor. Ospreay would fake a dive, feigning with a backflip in the ring. Styles and Castagnoli would square off with The Young Bucks in a preview of their title match. Eventually the match went to the floor, with the Bucks teasing the Meltzer Driver on Castagnoli on the floor; however, Styles would break it up and deliver a sick sliding knee to Nick Jackson. Castagnoli would plant Matt Jackson with an Alabama Slam on the floor. Austin Aries took out both Styles and Castagnoli with a suicide dive; however, Ospreay would take out Aries with a Fosbury Flop. As the match reached its crescendo, Ospreay got a nearfall on Aries with a standing shooting star press. The Bucks would interfere from the apron, allowing Aries to continue attacking the neck, eventually locking in the Last Chancery, putting incredible pressure on the neck. Seething in pain, Ospreay would make the ropes for a break; however, the damage was done. The finish of the match came after Ospreay was able to make the desperation tag to AJ Styles. As he laid on the apron in pain, Austin Aries would grab Ospreay and drop him with a neckbreaker on the floor. Inside the ring, Styles avoided the Superkick Party, taking out both Jackson brothers with a double Pele kick. Claudio Castagnoli took Matt Jackson outside with a clothesline before taking out both Aries and Matt Jackson with a massive crossbody from the top to the floor. Wasting no time in the ring, AJ Styles planted Nick Jackson with a Styles Clash for the pin! As the dust settled on a wild match, the words of Mauro Ranallo rang out,
    "....AJ Styles just pinned Nick Jackson! It's been months since we've seen one of the Young Bucks get pinned, if that happens again at Undisputed we will have new champions! And will there be any of Will Ospreay left to defend his Intercontinental Title, or will the big game hunter collect his prized trophy?!"
    ****
    WSW Undisputed
    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Hammerstein Ballroom: New York, NY

    WSW World Championship: Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (c)
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Austin Aries vs. Will Ospreay (c)
    WSW Women's World Championship: Tenille Dashwood vs. Candice LeRae (c)
    WSW World Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli vs. The Young Bucks (c)
    Mexican Death Match: Bram vs. Pentagon Jr.
    Adam Cole and Ricochet vs. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows
    Alberto El Patron vs. Bobby Lashley


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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

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    May 15, 2018

    *WSW and the Paramount Network announced today that a special 2-hour edition of Ignition will air on 6/7. The show will run from 8-10 PM, taping from Center Stage Atlanta. With the rumors in recent weeks that the Paramount Network is looking at expanding Ignition, the belief is this show could serve as a pilot for audience response and ratings. It is expected WSW will put a significant emphasis on this show from an in-ring, creative, and marketing standpoint to make a splash. While 2-hour editions of Ignition have been produced before for "specials" such as anniversary shows--the feeling in WSW is the roster is strong enough to support the extra hour of television each week. As we reported here a few weeks ago, the Paramount Network is interested in leveraging WSW and their combat sports properties to draw attention and viewers to their new, scripted series. Depending on the success of the 6/7 show, Ignition could expand in July in time for the Grand Prix.

    *Undisputed is officially a sellout. The news was confirmed over the weekend, marking the fourth straight Netflix special WSW has sold out. The 5/17 Ignition will serve as the "go home" show for Undisputed. WSW announced an eight-man tag match for the show: Kota Ibushi, Adam Cole, Ricochet, and Will Ospreay vs. Revolver (Cody, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows) and Austin Aries; AJ Styles vs. Nick Jackson will also take place. Bobby Lashley will appear on the show as well to build his debut match with Alberto El Patron.

    *Cody and Brandi Rhodes were featured as guests of the Atlanta Braves on 5/15. Cody appeared with his WSW World Championship belt and threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Braves vs. Chicago Cubs matchup. Cody was also interviewed during the game broadcast by Braves commentators Chip Caray and Joe Simpson and promoted Undisputed. Cody and Brandi live in Atlanta, and Cody is a lifelong fan of the Atlanta Braves.

    *Taking a look at first quarter merchandise reports, the top five sellers (in order) are The Young Bucks, Revolver, Adam Cole, and AJ Styles.

    *Johnny Mundo (real name John Hennigan) has been absent from television since Seize the Day. This is due to his casting on the new season of Survivor. The show is taping in Fiji's Mamanuka Islands and will air on CBS this fall. Mundo will return to WSW once filming has wrapped.
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    So I'm finally all caught up with this. I've been meaning to comment on this for the longest time, and I finally have a few minutes today to drop some thoughts.

    I love the almanac style, you pull it off really well. It's very easy to read and flows nicely throughout. Always fun to add Shane as the owner of a made-up company, I might have 20 different BTB's saved on my laptop through the years of unfinished projects with him at the helm. I really dig your talent roster, it is LOADED. Almost looks a bit like an ROH all star team, which is great. I also want to commend you on not overloading the PPV schedule. To me, less is more. Each one means something instead of just throwing a card together every month just because. The names are also creative, something different which I love.

    Reading through your posts, I liked the recap style of everything leading up to present day. I will say my favorite thing about this is it has just enough detail, much like you mentioned in your opening post about bogging us down with unnecessary filler. Onto the graphics, they are sweet. I don't know if you do them yourself, but if you do, kudos to you because IMO they really bring a project together.

    So onto the storylines, I like how you use the real life situations and incorporate them into your project. Early on, I loved your booking of Claudio and AJ. Also, Galloway was a monster before he got hurt. Revolver is by far my favorite thing you've booked thus far. I'm also a big fan of the small news and rumors updates, as it keeps us involved as to what's going on even when your not updating. The small little snippets like Cody and Brandi being at the Braves game just makes this that much better. The little details like that are what I love.

    I'm pretty pumped for Undisputed, looks like an incredibly stacked card. I'm predicting a clean sweep from Revolver here.

    Overall, just an incredible presentation, as you may have one of the most underrated BTB's on here. There is really no advice I can give you because it seems that you have it all figured out. Created BTB's are some of the most fun and best ideas I've had, and you knock it out of the park with this. I'm sure its tons of fun to book and write out everything you have written down. Apologies for taking so long to comment on this. I've been reading and will continue to read. Keep up the great work brother!




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    Re: WSW: World Series Wrestling

    Ignition: Episode 140
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    Promotion: World Series Wrestling
    Date: May 17, 2018
    Venue: Center Stage Atlanta
    City: Atlanta, GA

    Event
    Ignition opened with a view of a black SUV pulling up to Center Stage. Arn Anderson and Bobby Lashley emerged from the SUV and entered the building with Anderson telling the camera crew that no interviews were being granted at this time. Inside Center Stage, Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen announced that tonight we would see AJ Styles vs. Nick Jackson and a huge eight-man tag in the main event: Kota Ibushi, Adam Cole, Richochet, and Will Ospreay vs. Revolver and Austin Aries.

    The first match of Ignition saw The Union (Mathieu St-Jacques and Thomas Dubois) defeat the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) in a tag team match. The powerhouse team of St-Jacques and Dubois continued their impressive run in the tag team division. After turning heads two weeks ago in the four corners tag match, The Union picked up a huge victory over the veterans Sabin and Shelley. The Union dominated early, but Sabin and Shelley would use their experience to their advantage, using quick tags and striking offense; however, St-Jacques would cut the rally off with a lariat that turned Chris Sabin inside out. Thomas Dubois would catch Alex Shelley coming off the top with a chokebomb, allowing The Union to hit the White Winter (combination powerbomb/lariat) on Sabin for the win.

    Backstage Todd Keneley interviewed Revolver (Cody, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and Brandi Rhodes). The World Champion Cody did the majority of the talking....

    "....Can you feel it Todd?! Can you feel it?! That's electricity....that's the feeling of Revolver baby. Last week something incredible happened, the fire got lit inside big Doc Gallows and the 'Machine Gun' Karl Anderson again. That fire is what makes Revolver so dangerous....that fire is what allows us to do what we want, when we want, because there is simply NO ONE in WSW and all of professional wrestling that can stop us. For WEEKS all I've heard is people saying Revolver is crumbling......now I know these two gentlemen founded our organization, but I am the one that has taken us to a whole new level. I am the World Champion and a GODDAMN superstar. Revolver is fine Todd...we just had to level set. And tonight we are going to continue to prove that when you cross Revolver, you will fall with one pull of the trigger. Austin Aries, consider yourself lucky to team with us tonight....because tonight is a spoiler alert for Undisputed."
    A promotional video was shown for Undisputed, streaming live on Netflix this Saturday.

    A vignette was shown on Pentagon Jr. The piece featured scenes of Pentagon Jr. training inside the ring, hitting a heavy bag, performing martial arts. The voice of Konnan narrated the piece....

    "...In Mexico, nothing is stronger than the bond of a family. It's everlasting, iron-clad....cross a man's family and you've crossed him.....Throughout his entire career Pentagon Jr. has earned respect through fear--fear of his fury......He is a walking Rottweiler.....Now Pentagon Jr. fights not for respect, but for revenge.....Revenge for his fallen brother.....The Mexican Death Match is not an idle threat, it's a war......It's a life-changing experience....You don't win a Mexican Death Match--you survive it.....It is a match that has struck fear in the hearts of many men in Mexico......But Pentagon Jr. isn't a man, he's a demon......Hell hath no fury like Pentagon Jr.......Cero Miedo
    With Konnan's last line....Pentagon Jr. strikes the heavy bag so hard it is knocked from its chain.

    The second match of Ignition saw Tessa Blanchard defeat Rachel Ellering in a singles match. During the contest, Nixon Newell of Diamond accompanied Blanchard to the ring, while Tenille Dashwood joined Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen on commentary. Blanchard made short work of Ellering, displaying her incredible power. Blanchard would press Ellering over her head before throwing her violently into the corner. Blanchard hit a Slingshot Suplex for the pin. During the match Dashwood would state on commentary,

    "Diamond came together because we are what women's wrestling needs. We are goddesses--strong, beautiful and the elite standard of WSW. I wake up every morning knowing I'm better than every woman out there. It makes me feel good to know that all the women here tonight can only dream of looking like me...much like Candice LeRae. It makes me sick to hear people chant her name. She's trash. When I look at Candice, I see nothing but a peasant. At Undisputed I'm going to become the Women's World Champion and that belt will go great with my diamonds....
    After the match, Diamond hit the ring for a post-match beatdown on Ellering; however, their attack was interrupted by Candice LeRae. LeRae hit the ring with fire, striking anything that moved, but the numbers game was too much. Blanchard would grab LeRae by the hair from behind and whip her to the canvas in wicked fashion. Tenille Dashwood laid out LeRae with a scoop slam piledriver. Once again, Dashwood picked up the Women's World Title, gazing at the gold before holding it overhead to a chorus of boos. Diamond had struck again.

    Mauro Ranallo and Chael Sonnen announced that Paige Knight would officially be joining the commentary team at Undisputed.

    Arn Anderson and Bobby Lashley came out for a promo inside the ring. Anderson would handle the talking,

    "Ladies and gentlemen, standing before you is a weapon of mass destruction. This is a bad dude....This is a prizefighter.....This is "THE DOMINATOR" Bobby Lashley! On Saturday at Undisputed, WSW is going to witness a force unleashed that hasn't been seen before. Bobby Lashley lives for the sound of that ring bell because it means two things: Somebody's going to get hurt and somebody's going to get paid. I can't put it any other way folks....THIS is your feature attraction. Alberto, son....you're a helluva wrestler. You've had a great career. No one will think any less of you if you want to back out. But if you do show up in New York on Saturday night--say and prayer and kiss your family because when you step in the ring with The Dominator...your life will never be the same. That's not a threat....that's just a fact....
    Anderson's promo was interrupted by the arrival of Alberto El Patron. El Patron sauntered to the ring getting in the face of Anderson and Lashley. He would say,

    "....Bobby are you a mute?! Do you let this balding relic speak for you? You know I think it's funny that the red carpet and fanfare is being rolled out for you....because you are looking at wrestling royalty. Yo soy el mejor luchador todo el mundo. I am a conquistador Bobby. I'm built to last--and at Undisputed I'm going to prove that you do have a voice when you cry out in pain. I'm going to snap your arm and send you right back to where you came from......you don't belong here, this is MY kingdom
    El Patron would then spit in the face of Lashley. Lashley would respond by double legging El Patron and beginning a ground and pound attack. WSW Security would hit the ring, but Lashley would throw the security off of him like flies. Lashley lined up El Patron for a spear, but Alberto would slither out the ring as Lashley charged...avoiding the impact. El Patron would backup the entry way mouthing off as Lashley stared at his Undisputed opponent from the ring.

    In the third match of Ignition, AJ Styles defeated Nick Jackson via DQ. A week earlier, AJ Styles pinned Nick Jackson in a six-man tag match, marking the first time in months one of the Young Bucks had been pinned. The match was a tremendous, back and forth affair. Jackson would attempt to whip Styles into the ring apron, but Styles would leap to the apron and counter with his flipping, inverted DDT on the floor. The two would engage in a fast-paced striking sequence that saw Styles avoid several Superkicks, and Jackson would counter the Pele Kick with the Sharpshooter; however, Styles would get the ropes. The finish came after Jackson hit a pair of Superkicks. Jackson would attempt a third; however, Styles would counter it with the Styles Clash. As he went for the pin, Matt Jackson jumped into the ring, kicking Styles for the DQ. Claudio Castagnoli jumped in the ring to counter Matt's attack. Matt Jackson would attempt to strike Castagnoli with one of the World Tag Team titles; however, Castagnoli ducked and countered with a massive European Uppercut--leveling Jackson and sending The Young Bucks retreating. Mauro Ranallo stated on commentary,

    "...The Young Bucks have dominated the tag team division in WSW; however, the champions are being put on alert by AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli!"
    In the main event of Ignition, Revolver and Austin Aries defeated Kota Ibushi, Adam Cole, Ricochet, and Will Ospreay in an eight-man tag team match. Ibushi and Cody went face to face immediately, starting the match. Ibushi gained the quick advantage early with his strikes, with Cody quickly tagging out. As the match wore on, it was clear Ibushi had his sights set on Cody, as he took out Aries and Gallows with a Golden Triangle Moonsault to brawl with the World Champion on the entrance ramp. Cody would tease the Cross Rhodes on the ramp; however, Ibushi countered with a Northern Lights Suplex. Will Ospreay also set his sights on Austin Aries as payback from last week. Ospreay would hit a standing Spanish Fly on Aries for a near fall. Revolver and Aries would isolate Adam Cole, working him over; however, Cole rallied, hitting a Superkick and spinning neckbreaker on Gallows and Anderson respectively to make the hot tag to Ricochet. After breaking up a pin attempt, Aries was taken to the outside by Ospreay where the duo brawled on the floor. With Ricochet and Karl Anderson as the legal men, Anderson distracted the referee, allowing Cody to enter the ring illegally and hit a low blow on Ricochet behind the referee's back, allowing Karl Anderson to hit the Gun Stun for the pin. After the match, Ibushi went after Cody. As he set up for the Kamigoye, Brandi Rhodes would enter the ring and rake the back of Ibushi. As Ibushi briefly turned his attention to Brandi, Cody would clip the leg of Ibushi. The World Champion would then stomp down violently on the leg over and over again. Adam Cole would hit the ring with a chair to clear things; however, the damage had been done. As Revolver smiled triumphantly on the stage, Mauro Ranallo closed the show.....

    "Revolver promised to send a message tonight, and they did just that! Two days before Undisputed, the juggernaut that is Revolver heads to New York with all the momentum in the world!"

    ****
    WSW Undisputed
    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Hammerstein Ballroom: New York, NY

    WSW World Championship: Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (c)
    WSW Intercontinental Championship: Austin Aries vs. Will Ospreay (c)
    WSW Women's World Championship: Tenille Dashwood vs. Candice LeRae (c)
    WSW World Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles and Claudio Castagnoli vs. The Young Bucks (c)
    Mexican Death Match: Bram vs. Pentagon Jr.
    Adam Cole and Ricochet vs. Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows
    Alberto El Patron vs. Bobby Lashley

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