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    Shock the World: The Story of Wrestling Revolution

    A/N Hello guys! Maki Salonga here.

    To get a bit of context, I originally started this story back in December, but due to incoming schoolwork and a failure to come up with a consistent flow of the story, updates were scattered at best and non-existent at worst and I didn't really appreciate what I was working on.

    I tried writing this again a few months ago, but I had to stop because I had to follow the rules of the forum. Like the last time, the main issue was the background, because it was still too long and becoming more of a plot dump rather than an introduction to the story.

    Using the lessons I learned from my Creative Writing Workshop class, I'm writing this for the third time, and hopefully this time, it works out.

    From writing this story before, I learned that my mind wasn't in the right place when I started, because schoolwork and my inability to handle social relationships were making my mind fuzzy. I decided t would be better to re-evaluate myself first before conceptualizing a story.

    I still have my doubts about whether this project is going, but I have the ambition, the determination, and hopefully the time to dedicate myself to writing this story.

    Enjoy, and as they always say, let's hope the third time's a charm.

    SHOCK THE WORLD: THE STORY OF WRESTLING REVOLUTION

    by Maki Salonga

    Introduction:

    Once there was a wrestling company known the WWE, w
    hich stood head and shoulders above the rest in the industry for a long time

    However, questionable booking decisions, especially that of holding a show in Saudi Arabia in spite of a Saudi journalist being assassinated, constant mismanagement of talent, and putting the spotlight on company legends who were past their prime, hindered the appeal of the product. Much of the blame on the creative direction that the company was heading towards, although harsh, was always justified. Vince Mcmahon was being too stubborn and not giving everyone an equal shot.

    Wrestling fans clamored for change. They wanted something new. A product that not only they could get behind immediately, but become a major player in the wrestling industry for years to come.

    Recently, signs have been spotted at WWE live events which included slogans such as: "VINCE SUX OUR TESTICLES", "THE REVOLUTION IS COMING", and "WE WILL SAVE WRESTLING"

    The second sign, in particular, drew speculation across wrestling fans. Was there talk of a new promotion on the way, which would directly compete with WWE and the other major promotions head on?

    Was this the first serious attempt at fighting against Vince McMahon and co. in a while? (and no, TNA does not count) Also, who was the "WE" that the last sign was referring to?

    The speculation only increased 2 weeks later when another sign was spotted in the crowd reading "ALL ELITE WRESTLING=FULL OF CRAP". It was a shot at Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks' ambitious plans to start their own wrestling promotion, backed by wealthy sports owner Shahid Khan and his son Tony.

    Whatever was going to happen, the wrestling industry would never be the same again.


    THE OWNERS:


    The three owners who make up Wrestling Revolution ordinary folk. Not wealthy socialites looking to spend, nor businessmen without a background in wrestling, just three casual fans from the northeast United States who want to make a difference in the industry:


    Trevor Johnson
    -30 years old from Worcester, Massachusetts. An entrepreneur and avid wrestling fan, he dedicated the past few years of his life to researching what makes a good wrestling promotion. He grew up watching wrestling with his father. He cites John Cena, Jim Cornette, and Shawn Michaels as his idols, alongside current wrestlers like AJ Styles, Kazuchika Okada, and Matt Riddle. He is married and has a son named Austin who was named after one of his favorite wrestlers, Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Ryan Bailey- 33 years old from Newark, New Jersey. He knew Trevor from high school. He is the most vocal among the three, openly criticizing WWE's current product as well as other wrestling issues on his personal blog. He works as a mobile game developer, which comes in handy when he discovered Wrestling Revolution on the app store. He is married and has 3 children, the eldest he named after Steve Jobs.

    Zackary "Zack" Watkins- 32 years old from Erie, Pennsylvania. He's the eccentric one of the three, often screaming and prone to making irrational decisions He grew up watching WCW and openly cried into his Hulk Hogan poster the night he turned heel and joined the NWO. He's also an avid player of Mat Dickie's mobile games, which came in handy in coming up with the promotion's name. He met Trevor at a wrestling convention 2 years ago while he was trying to get an autograph of his favorite wrestler The Warlord. He currently works as a promotional manager for a energy development company.

    BACKGROUND:

    In September 2018, these three men met up at Trevor's apartment to discuss plans to start up a new wrestling promotion. While Zack was just going on and on about the newest 5-star match put on by New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ryan ranted on the recent Hell in a Cell PPV, especially the controversial ending to the main event, Trevor was focused on the task at hand. He told his two buddies that he came up with an idea on how to present it. Zack suggested using Wrestling Revolution as the company's name, citing the mobile game of the same name and saying that it invokes a desire for change and the unlimited power of the masses that can make that change happen. Both Trevor and Ryan liked the idea, noting that they have to ask Mat Dickie to allow them to acquire the rights to use the name. Trevor suggested that they sign wrestlers in their prime who could draw large crowds and have a history of being unsuccessful with major promotions.

    With a few tweaks here and there, the original concept for Wrestling Revolution (or WresRev as an abbreviation to avoid lawsuits with other promotions who also used the acronym WR) was in place. All they needed was a financier, an on-screen authority figure, about 500 pages of notes to help them write the first show, and some optimism. They told themselves that somehow, their vision will become a success.


    Over the next few weeks, Trevor, Ryan and Zack made contract offers to various wrestlers across the world, ranging from current and former WWE Superstars, prominent independent stars like Jeff Cobb, Shane Strickland and Chuck Taylor as well as young prospects seeking national exposure. They even got themselves a financier (well, financiers) in ex-Bellator owner Bjorn Rebney, former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, plus various investors ranging from businessmen to wrestling fans who were willing to chip in their own support (They were also planning to start up a Patreon campaign, but Trevor convinced his friends that setting up a starting capital was a better idea.)


    During the period when they spent all their time negotiating and finding suitable partners, their first major acquisition was not a wrestler, but an authority figure, someone familiar with writing shows and nurturing future top-tier talent. Someone who's given out his fair share of passionate speeches and who can do wonders as both a manager and booker. Someone who's taken criticism from wrestling fans and smacked it in the back with his tennis racket. Someone who's fallen off a scaffold, held public assemblies to deal with company issues and managed one of the best tag teams of all time....

    (Trevor's House, November 7, 2018)
    (phone rings)

    Trevor: Hello?

    ???: Are you Trevor Johnson?

    Trevor: Yeah, who is this?

    ???: I'm Jim Cornette and I'm wondering how in the hell are you going to start up a wrestling company in 3 weeks without anyone to direct it for you?

    Trevor: WHAT? Jim Cornette? As in THE Jim Cornette? The Jim Cornette who fell of a scaffold? The Jim Cornette who I idolized growing up as a young boy? The Jim Cornette-

    Jim Cornette: Hold your horses kid, that's me alright. Listen, I got wind of you new promotion you plan to start up in a few weeks and I must say that I am impressed. You and your friends managed to come up with a promotion in less than a month. How did you manage to do that?

    Trevor: Well, Mr. Cornette, we aren't exactly starting up right away. We're actually waiting until next year to launch. We're just looking for someone to finance the shows, a head booker, an on-screen authority figure, some road agents-

    Jim Cornette: OK then, well first off you need to build connections with famous wrestling personalities, figure out what type of wrestlers you're going to sign and make sure that they're not egotistical jackasses who only care for paychecks and don't have any passion for professional wrestling. The second thing you should know is to not rush things. When exactly are you guys going to start?

    Trevor: Maybe next summer.

    Jim Cornette: Well there's a red flag right there. You don't just start wrestling companies with a simple snap of a finger. You need to figure out how you're going to present your company. You need to hire staff, pay them adequately, sell tickets and obtain sponsorships and TV deals. You do realize that earning money is priority number one in this business, right?

    Trevor: Yeah?

    Jim Cornette: Well if you didn't know, now you know. I'm going to teach you guys how to do it, just because I relate with how passionate you and your buddies were, so I'm not letting you screw up almost immediately.

    Trevor: Wow, thanks for the advice. I was actually considering you to be our on-screen authority figure and head booker for our promotion-

    Jim Cornette: Say no more Trevor, I'm in.

    Trevor: Really? Alright! I didn't know you would accept right away given how highly regarded you are in the wrestling world.

    Jim Cornette: Well that's your first lesson in the wrestling business: expect the unexpected. Now kid, we've got a lot to discuss, and also a lot of lessons you need to learn, so let's get going......


    With his Idol James E. Cornette (Jim to you and me) on board as head booker and on-screen authority figure, Trevor Johnson continued his recruitment of literally every wrestler he could find. He, Ryan and Zack were determined to get WresRev off the ground even though it would take months of their time and sacrifice their jobs, their time with their respective families and possibly their income. Even if he had no experience writing, producing, or being in the wrestling business, he knew from studying wrestling history that the time to strike is now. Wrestling fans have only a short amount of time to appreciate them before moving on to the next trend in the industry. If they were going to present a credible alternative to the WWE, then it has to be something that if it says it will be different from major promotion, they meant it because for them, the words "fresh start", "competition", and "something new" were a bit overused at this point.

    In a few months, when all the long hours of preparation were over, the Revolution will commence, and contrary to popular belief, it WILL be televised.

    The only problem they had to face was how they were going to handle business. Sure they managed to get people to help finance the company, but how long is it going to last?

    The three of them needed to take a look at wrestling from a business standpoint. Ticket sales, merchandise, PPV buys, worker salaries, and almost every concept about pro wrestling promotions that involve money in some way were the biggest needs that they had to address quickly. If they didn't, their new company was going to flame out very quickly. With the help of guys like Jim Cornette, they learned the ins and outs of the wrestling business, hoping not to learn the same mistakes that doomed other wrestling companies.

    With their financial situation likely settled, they now looked to secure wrestlers who were willing to perform for them, or in their case, join the Revolution.
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    Re: Shock the World: The Story of Wrestling Revolution

    Roster:
    Wrestling Revolution Officials have unveiled today the partial list of wrestlers that have agreed to contracts with the company.

    "We wanted to scout talent that will not only grow our brand, but have the ability to put on amazing shows for our audience" co-owner Trevor Johnson commented at a recent interview.

    When asked about acquiring talent from All Elite Wrestling, Johnson stated: "We're going to wait and see if we're going to have peaceful negotiations with Cody and his friends. Ryan may not like them, but I'm also intrigued on how they are going to perform." Johnson also noted that the Khan family-backed promotion could be their best competition.

    "We have no interest in competing with WWE, even if we are signing talent from them. Even if their shows have been poor recently, we can't deny that they're still the best wrestling promotion in the world."

    The list of wrestlers currently signed to the upstart promotion are as follows, with more names to be announced by the company as soon as they finalize negotiations:

    Male Wrestlers:
    Bold indicates wrestler was signed from WWE
    Italics indicates wrestler was signed from NJPW

    Ace Austin
    Andrew Everett
    Akira Tozawa
    AR Fox
    Austin Aries
    Bobby Lashley
    Chavo Guerrero
    David Starr
    Dezmond Xavier
    EC3
    Eddie Kingston
    Flip Gordon
    Gabriel Kidd
    Heath Slater
    Jack Evans
    James Storm
    Jeff Cobb
    Joe Hendry
    Lince Dorado
    Mark Haskins
    Mike Bailey
    Mr. Anderson
    MVP
    Nick Aldis
    Paul London
    Rob Van Dam
    Robert Roode
    Rocky Romero
    Samuel Shaw
    Shane Strickland
    Shelton Benjamin

    Stu Bennett
    Tommy Dreamer
    Willie Mack




    Women's Division:
    Allysin Kay
    Angelina Love
    Ivelisse Velez
    Kimber Lee
    Kay Lee Ray
    Lana Austin
    Madison Rayne
    Mickie James
    Millie McKenzie
    Natalya
    Santana Garrett
    Shazza McKenzie
    Tenille Dashwood
    Tessa Blanchard
    Xia Brookside
    Veda Scott
    Velvet Sky


    Tag Teams/Stables:
    Best Friends (Trent Barretta and Chuckie Taylor)
    Catch Point (Tracy Williams and Fred Yehi)
    Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

    Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh)
    TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne)
    The Original LAX (Homicide and Hernandez)
    The Singh Brothers (Sunil and Samir)

    Staff:
    Trevor Johnson- Co-Owner
    Ryan Bailer- Co-Owner
    Zack Watkins- Co Owner
    Al Snow- Head Trainer/Producer
    Dean Malenko- Producer
    Mat Dickie- Creative Consultant
    Jim Cornette- Head Booker/General Manager
    Steve Keirn- Head Writer


    On-Air Personalities:
    Charly Caruso- Backstage Correspondent
    Matt Striker- Play-by-Play Commentator
    Don West- Color Commentator
    David Penzer- Announcer



    Current Champions:
    WresRev World Heavyweight Championship: Vacant
    WresRev Women's Championship: Vacant
    WresRev Television Championship: Vacant
    WresRev Tag Team Championship: Vacant
    WresRev Cruiser X Championship: Vacant

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    (From an article posted on Cageside Seats, March 15, 2019)

    WRESTLING REVOLUTION INKS TELEVISION DEAL
    Contrary to popular belief, it looks like the Revolution will in fact be televised.

    Wrestling Revolution owners Trevor Johnson, Ryan Bailey and Zack Watkins announced in a recent press conference that the upstart wrestling company has agreed a 4-year TV deal with NBC Sports Network.

    As part of the agreement, NBC will hold exclusive rights to WresRev's weekly programming, including the company's flagship program Revolution TV beginning August 26 with a 2-hour live show to be aired on NBCSN with subsequent broadcasts every Friday.

    "In keeping with our marketing strategy, which is deviating from the norm in the wrestling industry, we're about to become the first wrestling promotion to air on this network. We're honored to be a part of the NBC Sports Network Family and we look forward to showcase our own brand of professional wrestling" Johnson said.

    NBC is currently home to the Premier League, the NHL, Sunday Night Football and the Olympics among its current sports programming. The network's executives are pleased to welcome the three under the NBC fold.

    Johnson, Bailey and Watkins have very high aspirations in entering the wrestling industry and by getting themselves a television deal despite being relative newcomers, they're positioning themselves to be a major player in the coming years.

    (Wrestling Revolution Press Conference, April 9, 2019)

    (Trevor, Ryan, and Zack sit down on a table that comes with mounted microphones.)


    Trevor: Hello and welcome to our inaugural press conference for Wrestling Revolution. Right now, Myself, Ryan, and Zack are currently taking your questions. Later on, we have 3 huge announcements concerning our inaugural slate of programming, new marquee signings, and how we plan to conduct business.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 1: From what we have heard so far from you three on social media, you seem like the kind of wrestling fans who want to appeal to hardcore fans. However, we haven't heard that much about your business model. How will it work?

    Trevor: For starters, our main objective is to selling tickets at a reasonable price while putting on a show that caters to the casual wrestling audience. We also want to be as financially stable as possible by getting sponsors and financial backers who are willing to contribute to producing the shows.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 2: How many people do you expect to contribute?

    Trevor: Plenty. We're expecting a near-sellout for our first show, which will take place August 26 from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 3: I have a question for Ryan. I've heard about your dissatisfaction with All Elite Wrestling. What drove you to think about the company in a negative manner?

    Ryan: One thing that I can mention is that I hate when big businesses and wealthy owners ruin the wrestling industry. It's been seen before, like Ted Turner with WCW, so I'm pretty skeptical about what the Khans are going to do. As Trevor mentioned, these guys are our best competition. They've got Jericho, Neville, Kenny Omega, etc. We're going to have to step it up this early and beat them before they have the chance to seize control of the wrestling market.

    Trevor: Ryan's pretty agitated about AEW, because he thinks that they will make the same mistakes TNA did back in the day. He REALLY hates them, but I'm concerned that his hatred might cost us when we bid against them for talent.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 4: Among unsigned talent, who would you like to sign?

    Trevor: Pretty interesting question. I would say Will Ospreay is very high on our radar, but his commitments to New Japan would make it difficult for us to sign him on an exclusive contract. Other names that interest us include Shane Strickland
    , Tom Lawlor, Brian Cage, and now that Tye Dillinger's on the free agent market, we're working to get him as well.

    Zack: We're pretty aggresive in signing talent to our brand. Our main goal in starting this promotion is to prove everyone wrong, that big names and gimmicks don't get you anywhere if you have the drive, the passion, and the connection to the audience that we have.

    Reporter 4: You've mentioned earlier that you have some marquee signings you want to announce. Is it time to unveil them?

    Trevor: Well we have three. The first one is coming up to the stage right now:

    (To be continued)

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    This is really interesting so far, I'll be reading!

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    (Wrestling Revolution Press Conference, April 9, 2019) (part 2)

    Previously:

    Reporter: You've mentioned earlier that you have some marquee signings you want to announce. Is it time to unveil them?

    Trevor: Well we have three. The first one is coming up to the stage right now:

    (The three pointed to the end of the stage, where a familiar looking woman started to come down the ramp. The reporters quickly flashed the camera at her, noticing the blonde locks of hair giving her identity away. Trevor, Ryan, and Zack couldn't believe their luck, realizing they have managed to sign Charlotte Flair. Yes, she the 8-time Women's Champion. Yes, she the daughter of the Nature Boy Ric Flair. And yes, she who fans trashed for hogging the spotlight in the women's division. Also, this was 5 days after Wrestlemania, too, so Trevor was completely stunned that the Nature Girl actually agreed to sign. Zack pulled him aside for a bit, completely confused.)

    Zack: Wow. We actually did it, didn't we?

    Trevor: Yeah we did.

    Zack: But how did you....how...the.....

    Trevor: Zacky, relax. I'll explain later. And by later I mean after this conference.

    (Charlotte shakes hands with Trevor, Ryan, and Zack.)

    Trevor: I was starting to thing we couldn't pull this off.

    Charlotte: Trust me, I didn't think this would happen either.


    (She is handed a white baseball jersey with silver pinstripes reading "Wrestling Revolution" in black lettering. The back of the jersey reads "C. Flair", also in block font". She then takes her seat next to Ryan, not noticing two other empty chairs immediately following hers.)

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 5: Trevor, can you explain how this signing came to be?

    Trevor: Well, long story short, I was pretty shocked when she agreed to sign for us. We began negotiations about 2-3 weeks before Wrestlemania 35. Ryan and I were visiting Monday Night Raw and we were blown away with how she was playing a "corporate champion" or company favorite. A few days later, we visited WWE headquarters in order to negotiate with them to sign some of their guys for our promotion.

    Ryan: We told them that with the creative problems they are having (Zack quietly whispers in the corner: "He seriously had to mention that"), we wanted to openly negotiate with some of their top wrestlers. Trev did research on all their salaries in case we had to increase our offer. Eventually, we agreed a transfer fee with WWE management.

    Reporter 5: Transfer fee? Can you explain?

    Trevor: Since wrestling is primarily a money making business, and we knew that some WWE guys were under contract for about at least 3 more years, we agreed on a compromise. Instead of waiting the same period of time before we could sign guys like her when the contracts expire, we chose to activate a buyout clause found in her contract, allowing us to freely negotiate.

    Ryan: We want to be taken seriously in the wrestling business, and by signing a woman of that caliber, we're putting the wrestling world on notice.

    Trevor: By applying concepts seen in other sports that were never touched on before in the wrestling industry. we believe that being an "alternative to WWE" means that being something new is not a concept, but a reality. I would be concerned about eating those words in the next few months but we already did back in October.

    Ryan: Establishing deviance is one thing, but being deviant from the norm is another.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 6: My question is for Charlotte. With all the accolades you've achieved in the WWE, what made you sign with Wrestling Revolution, knowing full well that it is still a new company?

    Charlotte: I feel like it's a good place to have a fresh start. I'm happy with WWE, but sometimes I feel like I've faced everyone I have to face there. I thought that it was time for the Queen to ascend to a new throne. As a result, when it came time to negotiate, I signed on the dotted line without question, and I look forward to take this company to heights it never thought it would achieve.

    Reporter 6: Follow up question for Ryan, was it your intention to get on WWE's nerves by stealing one of their top female Superstars?

    Ryan: I wish! But we believe that with WWE in a complete decline and the threat of AEW on the horizon, myself, Trevor, and Zack believe that the time to strike is now, so even if we have no intention of being number 1, we're okay with being number 2.

    Zack: As wrestling fans, we know that the wrestling business is a battlefield, and not even us know how to navigate it so quickly. But we have the guts, the passion, the connection with our fans that no other promotion can boast to having.

    Trevor: Speaking of the number 2, we have the second of three major acquisitions, a man who has fought in a ring full of barbed wire, has his back slammed onto thumbtacks, put through tables, and if you look closer, he has a bit of an edge to go with his multi-faceted personality.

    (Trevor points to the end of the stage, the reporters flashing their cameras and looking very surprised, with some even in total shock. Even Ryan was in complete silence. Nobody didn't expect this to happen. One's thing is for sure, these three have done it again.)

    (To be continued...)


    A/N Thank you for all the support so far, and please read and review. I would like to receive any form of constructive criticism so I can see what works and what doesn't.

    See you next time!
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    Re: Shock the World: The Story of Wrestling Revolution

    (Wrestling Revolution Press Conference, April 9, 2019) (part 3)

    Previously:

    Trevor: Speaking of number 2, we have the second of three major acquisitions, a man who has fought in a ring full of barbed wire, has his back slammed onto thumbtacks, put through tables, and if you look closer, he has a bit of an edge to go with his multi-faceted personality.

    (Trevor points to the end of the stage, the reporters flashing their cameras and looking very surprised, with some even in total shock. Even Ryan was in complete silence. Nobody didn't expect this to happen. One's thing is for sure, these three have done it again.)

    (At the end of the stage, a familiar figure wearing his signature flannel shirt and a pair of black jeans came up the stage. Ryan and Zack looked on in shock: MICK FOLEY has joined Wrestling Revolution. Ryan wanted to pinch himself to see if he was dreaming: he remembered when Foley won the WWF Championship when he was younger. He was one of his idols; a man with unlimited charisma, a willingness to put his body on the line just for the love of the fans, Mr. Socko, a barbed wire baseball bat, and a charisma that cannot be unmatched by anyone who has worked in the industry for so long.

    Mick shakes the hands of Trevor, Zack, and a still stone-faced Ryan, receiving his own customized Wrestling Revolution Jersey, which replaces the pinstripes with barbed wire, afterwards)

    Mick: I didn't know that you would come through, but you did.

    (He then takes a seat next to Charlotte, as reporters continue raising hands)

    Reporter 6: Now with Mick Foley on board, do you think the wrestling industry now sees you as a credible threat to the WWE's dominance?
    Trevor: A signing like this is why we will not be-


    Zack: Trev, you might need to cut down on the preaching dude. To answer your question, we have no intention of competing with the WWE, but even if engaging in negotiations with some of their wrestlers could say otherwise, we would rather forge our own identity. Basically, we can become an outstanding wrestling company with a little help from our friends.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 7: Mick, can you tell us what was the moment that convinced you to join these three?

    Mick: About a few weeks ago, we were negotiating a contract at Trevor's house and he told me "Mick, if you join us you are risking your family's name and your reputation in the wrestling business. Are you sure you're in?" I told him that "Trevor, I've been through more painful situations than these. If you guys bring me on board, I can teach you more than enough in order to survive this wrestling business." Basically, I was ready to take that risk. Hell, I was planning to sign the contract while wearing Mr. Socko! (laughs from reporters). In all seriousness, the reason I came here was I saw potential in this company that no one has ever thought of before.

    Reporter 7: And what potential would that be?

    Mick: The potential that these three men right here can build a wrestling promotion from the ground up, sound more competent and composed than 80% of all current wrestling authority figures, and look good while doing it! Trevor, Zack, and especially Ryan are three of the most driven, passionate, and brave young men that I have the pleasure to meet. I firmly believe that their vision of the wrestling business will succeed, and if they run into any problems, they'll have me and the rest of the staff with their full support.

    (reporters raise hands)

    Reporter 8: Ryan, do you have anything to say to the people who have doubted you from the beginning?

    Ryan: If I'm going to eat my words, me and my crew will make sure that those haters eat theirs as well. (laughs from reporters, who continue to raise hands)

    Reporter 9: Trevor, any final words?

    Trevor: I would like to say thank you to everyone who has attended this press conference. I apologize for the ending being abrupt, but we still have business to take care of. Any announcements will be made on the Wrestling Revolution website. Again, thank you all for coming and don't forget to join the Revolution.

    (Trevor and Zack leave. Before Ryan does, Mick pulls him aside....)

    Mick: Wait, who was the 3rd signing you were going to unveil?

    Ryan: You'll find out, Foley.


    (END)

    A/N WOW I took too long writing this chapter. Anyway, please read and review, and look forward to the next entry!
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    MONTHLY UPDATES: April 2019 (all taken from various news articles)

    (April 16, 2019):

    Wrestling Revolution has agreed to terms with contracts with Ethan Carter III (real name Michael Hutter) and Shelton Benjamin earlier today. As per company policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reporters believed the amount to be around 200,000-230,000 dollars each per year.

    Benjamin, a former standout amateur wrestler at the University of Minnesota, as well as a former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion, has signed a 4-year contract after requesting his release from WWE earlier this week, citing lack of screen time and a desire to prove himself on the independent circuit as his reasons

    Hutter, who also performed under the name Derrick Bateman in his first spell in the WWE, is a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He signed a 3-year contract with an option for a fourth. After staying less than a year in NXT, he felt like he was frustrated with management since he re-signed with the company back in March of last year."Once WWE did almost nothing after calling me up to the main roster, I knew that I was going nowhere, so I jumped when I had the chance." he told reporters.

    The company has also agreed to release Jimmy Havoc and Sammy Guevara due to their contracts with All Elite Wrestling, co-owner Trevor Johnson announced recently on their official website.

    Johnson also stated that one week after their monumental press conference that saw the unveiling of Charlotte Flair and Mick Foley as two of their three "marquee signings" the company has promoted, he has yet to unveil the third major acquisition, although he hinted it could be a main event talent, or any of the wrestlers already contracted to AEW.

    "I spoke with Ryan and Zack earlier today, and they still haven't given me information on who he is. My guess is that it could be anyone, as long as he can bring in ratings" he said.

    The company also announced on their official Twitter account the dates and locations for the first 5 weeks of television programming:


    August 26- Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
    September 5- Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    September 12- Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec
    September 19- Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
    September 26- First Niagra Center, Buffalo, New York


    They are also planning to host 2 house shows a week, which Johnson stated that it gives more time for the wrestlers to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

    Meanwhile, fellow co-owner Zack Watkins has been in talks with various business who are willing to sponsor the upstart wrestling company. He stated that Playstation, Burger King, 12BET, Virgin Media, and Nexen Tires were among those interested.


    (April 19, 2019):

    Ten days after being unveiled at a press conference, Charlotte Flair has officially signed her contract with Wrestling Revolution, co-owner Trevor Johnson told reporters earlier today.

    "Ms. Flair has agreed to terms on a 5-year contract, effective August 14, because we see that she is still a major player in WWE's current storylines, so we wanted to make sure that she is still involved by that time." Johnson said.

    Flair, a recognized 9-time Women's Champion by WWE (she won the Raw version 4 times, the Smackdown version 3 times, as well as the NXT version once and the final holder of the Divas Championship), is one of the top women's wrestlers in the world. Johnson stated that he was shocked to find out that she agreed to join the upstart promotion after intense negotiations.

    He also reported that Johnathan Gresham and Hardcore Holly are close to agreeing deals.

    "Holly will mainly serve as a trainer; he will be one of the heads along with Al Snow" Johnson stated.

    "Gresham, on the other hand, will likely split his schedule between us and New Japan"

    He was also mull on the identity of the third major signing promoted by the company.


    (April 21, 2019)

    Wrestling Revolution co-owner Ryan Bailey revealed the list of referees for the upstart company on his Twitter account:

    "Without further ado, your @WrestlingRevolution referees!:



    Charles Robinson
    Dan Engler
    Derek Sabato
    Jason Ayers
    Jim Korderas


    All of them have agreed contracts within the past few months. We are still looking for more referees as well.

    More announcements to come withing the next few months.

    Thank you and Join the Revolution!"



    -@RyanMBailey


    (Forbes article posted on April 24, 2019)


    8 Things You Should Know About Wrestling Revolution

    8. They're Named after a Cult Classic

    What Wrestling Revolution fans may not know is that the promtion's name comes from the popular mobile game of the same name. Said games involved copy and pasting actual wrestlers and changing the names to avoid lawsuits. It had lanky controls, mediocre graphics, and was deemed "objectively bad" by some critics

    However, it proved to be popular in the mobile gaming department, being downloaded 10 million times, with its 3D version that was downloaded 50 million times on Google Play. Creator Mat Dickie has been a self made man throughout his life, and when he heard that there was going to be a wrestling promotion based on the game that made him popular, he went on board quickly.

    Dickie, a game developer by profession, is part of the creative team at WresRev, working as a consultant in addition to holding the rights to the promotion's name and all related properties used by the company going forward.


    7. They market themselves as underdogs, and embrace that notion.

    Wrestling Revolution is not like most promotions. None of their owners have experience in the wrestling business, nor are they rich financial gurus. They are limiting themselves to a budget on signing wrestlers and staff.

    Their slogan: "Shock the World" is not only a message to the likes of AEW, that just because you claim to not compete with WWE doesn't mean you can take advantage of their mistakes. When the company markets themselves as an "alternative", it means that they want to deviate themselves from the norm. By trying out new concepts, the promotion is looking to branch themselves out from all the rest, and hope it turns out to be successful.

    When your expectation is to be "second-best", there are plenty of doubters asking why you're not gunning for number 1. However, the goal for Wresting Revolution in the future is to live up to their name: starting a Revolution that transcends the business and giving fans an exciting and Wrestling-heavy product.

    6. They're on NBC.

    Back in March, the company agreed a deal with NBC Sports Network that will see them air their first show on August 26, airing subsequent shows every Thursday.

    NBC is a prestigious TV network, but never have they taken an interest in professional wrestling. By trying out a new attraction, the folks at the Peacock Network are looking to bring in new viewers and a new fanbase that caters to professional wrestling.

    Getting a major network to sign on the dotted line is a really big deal to the pro wrestling world, especially when you are just starting up. That being said, Wrestling Revolution is ambitious and very willing to take risks, so if this TV deal doesn't pay off, they'll quickly look for a suitable replacement.

    5. They REALLY hate AEW.

    Well, at least partially.

    Co-owner Ryan Bailey has made himself known to make discouraging remarks towards the Tony Khan-backed promotion. He called them "Always Elite Wankers", among other derogatory terms.

    However, fellow co-owners Trevor Johnson and Zack Watkins have a more positive view on AEW. Both have said that they're proud of the steps their biggest rival has taken, and have looked forward to more healthy competition with them.

    WR vs AEW doesn't have quite the intensity of AEW vs WWE, or even WWE vs WCW, yet, but look out for these two gunning after each other to see which is the true alternative in pro wrestling.

    4. They're really aggressive when it comes to acquiring talent.

    I mean, who openly poaches WWE talent like Bobby Lashley, Charlotte Flair, and Shelton Benjamin these days? Who convinces the likes of James Storm, Nick Aldis, and Tenille Dashwood to agree to sign with a fledgling company? Who has the guts to compete with AEW in providing a proper alternative to the WWE empire?

    WR don't mean to brag, but they are certainty aggressive. Aside from providing creative freedom to all their contracted wrestlers, the company has also instituted a "no-backstage politics" policy in order to create a harmonious working environment.

    Getting high-profile talent is one thing, but trying not to make the same mistakes as WCW and TNA did is another. Hopefully, it's more of the former rather than the latter.


    3. The Owners are Real Fans (and they got support too)

    As the owners of an upstart commodity, Johnson, Bailey, and Watkins are three wrestling fans who share a common idea: they saw cracks in WWE's impenetrable armor, and are looking to take advantage.

    Years of horrible booking left WWE fans with sour tastes in their mouths. Their appetite needed to be quenched on other wrestling promotions rather than Vince McMahon's house of wackiness. That's where the trio of co-owners from the Eastern United States come in.

    Also, did you know that the promotion is also fan-funded?

    Yes, the three owners have also started a Patreon so that fans can contribute their own money to fund their promotion, while also counting on lucrative financial backers to support them as well. Once again, another unique endeavor by the lifelong friends and wrestling fans, but one that could bring them success in the near future.


    2. They're trying out ambitious concepts never before seen in wrestling

    A salary cap? Keeping an actual win loss record? An offseason? Those concepts have never been tried out before in professional wrestling. But those three are banking on the execution of these concepts in order to achieve success.

    But how do these work? Is there anything reported yet? We don't know.

    However, the thing with Wrestling Revolution is that if the term "something new" applied to the wrestling business, they will go out of their way to make sure they mean it.

    Nothing has been reported about each of these concepts so far, but according to reports, the owners have stated that more details regarding these will come out anytime over the next few weeks.


    1. There's a true aura of mystery

    To paraphrase a certain Steve Borden, the only thing sure about Wrestling Revolution is that nothing is for sure.

    Who knows what going to happen between now and their debut show on August 26? Will various disgruntled WWE wrestlers sign with the company? How many bodies can they fit on their increasingly stacked roster?

    More importantly, how will their first show go? Will it be a disaster, or a well-tuned machine?

    So many questions yet to be answered, but one thing that we can expect is that there are some new kids on the wrestling circuit, and they're not going down easily.

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    Re: Shock the World: The Story of Wrestling Revolution



    MONTHLY UPDATES: May 2019 (all taken from various news articles and TV Commercials)

    (Cageside Seats Rumor Roundup, May 3, 2019)


    • According to PW Insider, Jon Moxley has turned down a contract with Wrestling Revolution, citing disagreements with his projected salary. Wrestling Revolution management held meetings with the former Dean Ambrose, but left without any progress.
    • Wrestling Revolution has planned a "Wrestlemania-style show" for Super Bowl 54 Weekend, says the Observer.
    • WresRev co-owner Trevor Johnson has not told reporters about the company's third major signing, the Observer saying that "he wants to hold on to it for as long as possible"


    (Television Advertisement, May 7, 2019)

    (Wide shot of a large crowd of people are throwing eggs at a wall with WWE's logo on it. Three hooded men walk away from the crowd and move towards the front of the camera.)

    (The first one takes his hood off, revealing a 30-something man with brownish hair, a mostly clear complexion with black eyebrows curved upwards, a scruffy beard, and a scar on his cheek)

    Man 1: We are the ones who have been wronged by the wrestling industry.

    (The second one removes his hood, revealing himself to be a blond-haired young adult with a light brown complexion)

    Man 2: We are the rebels, those willing to risk everything just to see our chosen ones succeed.

    (The third man removes his hood, revealing himself to be a 30-year old with red hair)

    Man 3: We will not let this industry suffer at the hands of the power-hungry. We won't let these greedy mercenaries win.

    Man 1: We have seen enough. It's time to take a stand.

    Man 2: We may be ignored now, but come August, you will have no choice but to hear us.

    (All three raise the fists in the sky, with the drawings on each of their gloves revealing the WR insignia when joined together)

    All Three: LIVE THE REVOLUTION!

    (Before the three return to the crowd, the first man faces the camera once more)

    Man 1: Or else.......(throws a rock at the screen)

    (May 10, 2019)

    THE WRESTLING WRUMOR MILL:


    • Fans have been reacting negatively towards WWE implementing the "Wild Card Rule", with the general consensus being that it would most likely render the brand split meaningless. WWE officials are unlikely to take the feedback into consideration.
    • In the meantime, AEW is in serious negotiations with Brock Lesnar. Sources have told that owner Tony Khan has offered a "seven, maybe eight if the money is there" figure contract to the former Universal Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion.
    • Wrestling Revolution have confirmed the signings of both Bob "Hardcore" Holly, and Jonathan Gresham, according to the company's official website. As for the talent that won't be signing, WWE rejected their offer to sign Cedric Alexander because they refused to disclose the former Cruiserweight Champion's release clause, and have also failed to bring in Toru Yano and Satoshi Kojima due to their commitments with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
    • Speaking of WresRev, more details about the company's future programming were revealed at a press release on their official website. Their first show would premiere on August 26, a few weeks after WWE Summerslam, at a 7:00 pm start time. The choice of schedule is quite risky, as it is 1 hour before Raw airs, and it would overlap with them come their second hour. Also, they've drawn quite the flak for airing their first TV ad three days ago. The ad showed a man throwing a rock at the TV screen, which critics called "very risky and unattractive", but still commended the efforts made by the company to promote their product.
    • Meanwhile, Major League Wrestling is stepping up to ensure that their talent isn't poached by either WWE, AEW, or WR.


    (Newspaper Advertisment, May 13, 2019)
    August 26

    The Revolution

    Is Coming.

    Are You Afraid Yet?

    (May 17, 2019)

    THE WRESTLING WRUMOR MILL


    • WWE has terminated the contracts of Luke Harper, Fandango (who has been out with a shoulder injury since last year) and Eric Young, with reports confirming that more releases are to come as the company tries to sort out their declining ratings and product quality.
    • AEW has opened up negotiations with both TJ Perkins and Sasha Banks, but are likely to lose the former to Wrestling Revolution. With 9 days to go before Double or Nothing, owner Tony Khan looks to shore up his roster for the future, but are unlikely to exceed 70 wrestlers for their inaugural show.
    • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla are unwilling to let their World Champion, Jeff Cobb, leave for other promotions, despite reports linking him to both AEW and Wrestling Revolution
    • Wrestling Revolution have agreed to a partnership with British promotion Defiant Wrestling, says PW Insider.


    ("It Isn't Easy Starting A Revolution", article posted on The New York Times, May 24, 2019)

    Back in October, Trevor Johnson, Ryan Bailey, and Zack Watkins, had an interview with Sam Roberts for his podcast. There, they laid out their plans for their own wrestling promotion called Wrestling Revolution, named after the cult mobile game.

    The interview, although not a disaster, quickly showed the personalities that most wrestling fans didn't appreciate. They were dismissed as "smarks", "boring", "uninspired", and worst of all, "hypocritical fake cokeheads".

    "To be quite honest, I regret the attitude that we showed during the interview. I'm still trying to process those remarks. I've been wondering how we managed to make new enemies in so little time." Johnson told reporter Victor Mather.

    Johnson, who currently works in entrepreneurship, is trying to balance his current job, his family, and his ambitious new wrestling project at the same time. "Trying to work a middle-class job, acquiring funds for WresRev, and spending time with the kids all at once looks a lot more complicated than it looks" he said. "I thought the biggest challenge was trying to discuss WWE's booking problems."

    Trevor is not new to the wrestling industry; he used to wrestle in independent promotions when he was 20, before retiring as a competitor 5 years ago to focus on his family. He has since run a blog called TheSharpestShooter.com, and the 30-year old uses it to vent on issues surrounding pro wrestling.

    "It's part blog, part rant, part review" he said. "We discuss storylines, baffling booking decisions, and the latest news and rumors around the wrestling world."

    In trying to assemble his roster before the company's debut show on August 26, Johnson has had some difficulty.

    "Ryan and I were rambling for hours on who we would like to approach. He said in a recent meeting that we should try to sign Randy Orton, but I believed he was too good for us. He also suggested we sign Konnan, but I told him he was too old. He can get quite aggressive and agitated when things don't go his way. Trying to keep his impulses in check is going to be tough for him and for us." he said.

    Trevor is also aware that taking shots at WWE's lackluster performances is not going to work. He says that building an unique identity to go along with top-quality wrestlers who are willing to give their all in the wrestling ring is his main priority.

    "The two biggest words in the business: new competition. WWE's shooting themselves in the foot, but we can't mock them for long. AEW looks very promising, but at the same time, they need some form of challenge in order for them to hold their own. Myself, Ryan, and Zack are willing to provide that challenge."

    Their mantra: "Shock the World" is not only a slight dig at AEW's "Change The World" slogan, but for Trevor, it means more to him.

    "We came up with that as a message to not only AEW, but all the other wrestling promotions that we won't be intimidated by their glitz and glamour, and that we can tell our own story, that of the masses who were starved for a wrestling organization that values them more than any other. If we failed to fulfill on any of our promises, then we accept these mistakes and learn from them to help ourselves grow."

    He doesn't expect WresRev to be number 1, because he feels that spot is already taken. Realistically, he and his friends strive to do the best they can to not only survive, but thrive in this heavily contested wrestling environment.

    Wrestling Revolution premieres August 26 on NBC Sports Network, and will air every Thursday following it.




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