Post by brucetosis on May 24, 2016 10:25:36 GMT -5
Another 19 cards played in February 1987, and most of the main events feature the Hand vs. the Federation Defense Fighters in various types of matches. Here's how my letter summed up this month:
After many brutal matches, the Hand continued their winning ways by Thantos taking the Championship from Star Warrior, and by beating the FDF in a 5-on-5, 4-out-of-7 fall match. Massif, though, took the Interdimensional Title away from Comrade Terror. The Hand also lost their Six-Man Tag Belts to the Flying Titans, rejoined by Pulsar.
Lord Nexus and Pit Viper beat Brute & Renegade for the Tag Team Championship.
Krakan, Exo-King, and Mutant became officially known as the New Society of Death.
The Greek Gods started taking a slide against the competition, which played a big part of their future.
Brute & Renegade started a small war against Comrade Terror & Massacre, and Star Warrior won back his belt from Thantos.
Deathknight shocked the universe as he took out the entire FDF in a 10-man elimination match.
That really sums up the highlights well; otherwise Ghengis Khan fought with various members of the New Society of Death, the Spacemen held their own in singles and tag matches, and Brute's tiff with with Massacre was left over frustration from Brute turning his back on his former partner, and a desire to get the Tag belts back with Renegade.
Every belt changes hands so the champs look like this: Champion: Thantos (2/2), Star Warrior (2/24) Interdimensional: Massif (2/9) Tag Team: Lord Nexus & Pit Viper (2/12) Six-Man Tag Team: Lord Nexus, Pit Viper & Pulsar (Flying Titans) (2/18)
The contender list at the end of February is: 1. Comrade Terror 2. Brute 3. Massacre 4. Thantos 5. Lord Nexus 6. Executioner 7. Renegade 8. Exo-King 9. Pit Viper 10. Wolf
I can tell you March is a huge month. HUGE. I'm going to break it up into different sections and for the most part ignore my letter since it basically recaps everything, and you guys may enjoy a more in-depth look at what was going on.
Post by brucetosis on May 24, 2016 17:31:16 GMT -5
Before I get into March 1987, I want to thank all the people reading/liking/commenting on my thread. I've never done anything like this before, and I realize it's not as intense as some of the other write-ups, and doesn't have all the cool mini-characters. Of course, I have some more homemade wrestlers coming, so the fun cartoon dudes wouldn't work for me...lol. Trying to figure out and relaying stuff you did 29 years ago is not easy...lol. Things slow down and get more intense eventually...I promise.
The month of March started out with a bang. The first pay-per-view ever was announced, which is really big because it's the first GWF card on TV ever. Yes, all my cards were house shows that I guess peopled followed in......futuristic magazines, maybe? It was the mid-to-late 80s, what do ya want?
On March 1st, Krakan announced he would retire from wrestling and concentrate on being a manager for the New Society of Death. His last match was a shot at the Interdimensional Title, and he soundly defeated Massif to win the title. That prompted the first tournament to be held in the GWF to decide a new champion.
March 2nd saw 16 competitors gather to fight for the title. It broke down like this (surprisingly no DQs in the whole tournament!):
Wolf beat Mutant Beast Rider beat Proteus Meteor beat Deathknight Commander Sam beat Executioner Killer Queen beat Pulsar Asteroid beat Vanity Lord Nexus beat Brute Exo-King beat Pit Viper
Wolf beats Beast Rider Meteor beats Commander Sam Killer Queen beats Asteroid Exo-King beats Lord Nexus
Wolf beats Meteor Exo-King over Killer Queen
Wolf beats Exo-King to become the new Interdimensional Champion!
Did I mention more bootleg wrestlers coming? Next time we'll look at Slicer, Cultist, and Krakan II
Since the Spacemen worked out well, I decided to create a couple more wrestlers. First, here is Slicer:
I always pictured him being an orangey-red being with yellow eyes who was kind of insectoid, even though he had teeth...lol. His finisher was called the SLICER, which was him bouncing off the ropes three times and then dropping a leg drop, sort of like The People's Elbow (the WWF stole this from me!) For those that care, here is his card:
LEVEL 1 OFFENSE
LEVEL 1 DEFENSE
2. arm ringer-1
3. knee lift-2
5. into the turnbuckle
6. double throat chop-3
LEVEL 2 OFFENSE
LEVEL 2 DEFENSE
2. monkey flip-2
3. into the ropes
4. flying dropkick-3
5. Turnbuckle Slicer-3
6. slam head into mat-3
LEVEL 3 OFFENSE
LEVEL 3 DEFENSE
2. out of the ring
4. out of the ring
6. PIN 5
Yup, he's a beast. His role was neither good nor bad; he was basically what Wolf was supposed to be until I lumped him in the Federation Defense Fighters.
Next up is Cultist. Created from the growing worry about Satanism that plagued much of the late 70s-mid 80s, the ultimate personification of evil looked like....a Klansman?
Yes, he ALWAYS wore the hood while he wrestled. What did he look like under there? Here's his stats:
LEVEL 1 OFFENSE
LEVEL 1 DEFENSE
2. arm bar-1
3. reverse chin lock-2
5. falling head smash-2
6. into the turnbuckle
LEVEL 2 OFFENSE
LEVEL 2 DEFENSE
1. slash with foreign object-2
3. into the ropes
4. flying dropkick-3
6. Satanic Sleeperhold-3
LEVEL 3 OFFENSE
LEVEL 3 DEFENSE
1. power body drop-2
1. PIN 6
2. abdominal stretch-3
3. out of the ring
5. Hell Ride-3
The SACRIFICE was Cultist placing the opponent on the top turnbuckle facing the audience, lifting them up with their arms spread (like being on a crucifix) and slamming them down on the back of their neck.
Finally, the third new wrestler is the easiest to describe--Krakan II. I thought Krakan was too old to wrestle, so I used his card to be his son, and pretended the picture on the front was a younger version...lol. This way I would not lose a wrestler, but could keep things fresh.
OK, now that we know the new players, we can get into the first PPV---Wrestlestar!
Post by brucetosis on May 25, 2016 16:02:00 GMT -5
I played 16 cards in March of 1987, but none bigger than Wrestlestar! On March 21st it was my 15th birthday, so I celebrated in style with a pay per view..lol. I'll catch you up on events under each match.
Match 1: Cultist vs. Beast Rider
It was the debut match of what was being hyped as the ultimate evil; a wrestler determined to spread his Satanic influence throughout the galaxy. Of course that means he gets upset in his first match by a struggling superstar.
Match 2: Omega & Commander Sam vs. Vanity & Killer Queen
In a rare match away from the FDF/Hand feud, Omega & Commander Sam were unable to get a pin, but still won by disqualification.
Match 3: Slicer vs. Pulsar in a No Disqualification match
Slicer was signed away from another federation. He had been there 3 years and had never been pinned. In his short time in the GWF, he had never lost either, but had a couple of matches against Pulsar that resulted in DQs. This was the culmination of that short feud as Slicer dominated and got an easy win.
This brings up an interesting thing about my fed--I assumed from the beginning that all the wrestlers were signed away from other organizations. As a teenager, the breaking of the code didn't make a lot of sense to me, and so I ignored it. Of course, in a future storyline there is reference to the beginnings of GWF (2074), so like all good serialized fiction, I contradict myself..lol.
Match 4: Mutant vs. Ghengis Khan in a 30 Day Federation Exile Match
As the New Society of Death was gaining serious momentum, one thing was hanging over their heads--Ghengis Khan. Still outraged at being cast out of the group for losing their Six-Man Tag belts, Khan looked to get the victory he thought he deserved. As an enforcer, Mutant was sent into this match to take out Khan for 30 days....minimum. It was Khan, however, who emerged the victor, and Krakan had to figure out how to be a man down for the next month.
Match 5: Lord Nexus & Pit Viper vs. Comrade Terror & Massacre for the Galaxian Tag Team Championship
As the Hand's prominent tag team, Terror & Massacre finally got their shot at the champs. The Flying Titan partners were a well-oiled machine though, and they were able to keep the Hand from gaining a stronger foothold in the GWF.
Match 6: Wolf vs. Exo-King for the Interdimensional Championship
The first match between these two since the Interdimensional tournament final did not disappoint. The hatred was strong between the two combatants, and for Exo-King it got the best of him. Wolf took the decision by DQ, but it was obvious this war was far from over.
Match 7: Spacemen vs. Brute & Renegade in a Cosmic Cage Match
Earlier in the month, Krakan got involved in a match between these two teams. Perhaps thinking the Spacemen were a threat to his team of Exo-King & Mutant, he came ringside after the victory, knocked the ref unconscious, tied Meteor up in the corner, and savagely attacked him. The Spacemen wanted revenge, but Krakan offered to help Brute & Renegade avenge their earlier loss. Even being guided by the deviousness of Krakan, Brute & Renegade were unable to beat the Spacemen, although Krakan was able to escape without being harmed.
Match 8: Proteus vs. Actagon in a Cosmic Cage Match
The Greek Gods were mired in a losing streak. Tensions were getting high, but the youthful Proteus became angry that Actagon was getting more positive publicity. Offended that there was not equal blame, Proteus split from his former partner, and was easy manipulated by Krakan into joining the New Society of Death. No build up was necessary in this war, as they met for the first time in a grudge match. Proving that he could succeed from under Actagon's shadow, Proteus won the match and looked to go far under Krakan's tutelage.
Match 9: Executioner vs. Massif for the Galaxian Heavyweight Championship
On March 13th, the Hand was able to re-seize control of the Championship. In the shortest title match to date, Executioner was able to take the title from Star Warrior. His first title defense came against the big man of the FDF, and Executioner proved he was no fluke, downing the big man and keeping the Hand in control, however....
Match 10: Thantos vs. Star Warrior for the fate of the Hand
The war had gone on long enough. Star Warrior challenged Thantos to a match where if he won the Hand had to disband. Thantos agreed to the match, but only if Star Warrior would join the Hand if he lost. In an intense back-and-forth battle, both members gave their all to support their cause. There could only be one winner, and it was Star Warrior who won the fall, and was mobbed by his FDF teammates after the match. The threat of the Hand was over...for now.
Post Wrestlestar, Massacre rejoined with Brute, and Thantos (while staying away from Massacre) watched over Brute & Renegade. Thantos, Brute & Renegade defeated the Flying Titans to win the Six-Man Tag Titles during the first card after the PPV, only to lose it back to the Titans on the last day of the month.
Deathknight joined up with the Cultist, and Omega & Commander Sam got their pin victory over Vanity & Killer Queen in other events to round out the month.
With the Hand defeated, the champions look like this: Champion-Executioner (3/13) Interdimensional-Krakan (3/1), Wolf (3/2) Tag Team-Lord Nexus & Pit Viper (2/14) Six-Man Tag Team-Thantos, Brute & Renegade (3/25), Lord Nexus, Pit Viper & Pulsar (Flying Titans) (3/31)
The contenders for Executioner's belt are as follows: 1. Lord Nexus 2. Comrade Terror 3. Exo-King 4. Brute 5. Massacre 6. Pit Viper 7. Star Warrior 8. Thantos 9. Renegade 10. Meteor
No Wolf?....lol I don't think I had much of a system at this time, it was more of a direct standings of how many wins you had (if I remember correctly).
Hopefully you agree March was pretty huge. How will April expound on these events?
Post by brucetosis on May 26, 2016 12:31:46 GMT -5
April 1987 and I'm still cooking along. I played 15 cards this month, and here is how my letter broke down these events:
As the Hand tried to find a way to rejoin, Executioner decided he wanted out and was attacked severely by his former teammates. In a match with Star Warrior, he was attacked again, but Star Warrior saved him and they became a tag team.
Comrade Terror joined with the Society of Death, and soon became champion by beating Executioner.
Proteus defeated Slicer to give him his first pin of his career.
Brute & Renegade regained the Tag Team Championship from Lord Nexus & Pit Viper.
Slicer became the Champion towards the end of the month, which sparked a feud with the Society of Death.
Proteus, Exo-King, and Comrade Terror beat the Flying Titans for the Six-Man Tag Championship.
Exo-King beat Wolf in a Titan Death Match to receive the Interdimensional Title.
The Society of Death has dropped the "New" moniker and is quickly shaping up to be the team to beat in the GWF. I've always loved the concept of a team dominating the sport, and the same goes in my fed today.
Actagon tried out new tag partners in Wolf, Commander Sam and Massif, and also beat his former partner Proteus in a Titan Death Match in a Wrestletar rematch.
The Spacemen never really got revenge on Krakan, opting to climb the Tag Team ladder instead.
Otherwise, everyone else is basically were we left them at the end of March.
All the titles changed hands this month, so this is how we look there: Champion-Comrade Terror (4/7), Slicer (4/19) Interdimensional-Exo-King (4/30) Tag Team-Brute & Renegade (4/9) Six-Man Tag Team-Comrade Terror, Exo-King & Proteus (Society of Death) (4/21)
The always interesting top 10 contenders are: 1. Lord Nexus 2. Brute 3. Comrade Terror 4. Executioner 5. Massacre 6. Pit Viper 7. Exo-King 8. Star Warrior 9. Wolf 10. Thantos
Boy, Wolf really gets shafted in these rankings...lol.
OK, May is the last month that my letter talks about, and gets cut off in the middle. Will I be able to figure out what I had going on besides match results or will I lose my mind?
Post by brucetosis on May 27, 2016 11:06:56 GMT -5
May 1987. Only 10 cards this month but some big happenings. Since this is the last month talked about in the letter that started this whole re-hash, and it gets cut-off, I'm going to list what goes down both from my writing and my 2016 researching.
Trouble brewed between Vanity & Killer Queen and Tag Team Champions Brute & Renegade as Renegade punched out one of Vanity's valets. A major fight led to a successful title defense inside a steel cage.
Exo-King and Wolf took their rivalry for the Interdimensional Championship to the next level, as they had a best-of-seven match series. Match 6 would be a Titan Death Match and Match 7 would be in a Cosmic Cage. Exo-King won the first 3, and successfully defended his title in 5 matches.
Mutant returned to action after his 30-day exile, and was soundly defeated by Omega. Mutant would not be happy, and enlisted Exo-King to help him in tag matches against Omega & Commander Sam.
Actagon found decent tag-team success with Massif, until they lost multiple matches to Deathknight & Cultist.
With the Society of Death taking the GWF by storm, Omega felt it was time to gather the Federation Defense Fighters again. This time, the team was Omega, Commander Sam, Star Warrior, Wolf, and the Executioner.
Not only was the Society of Death spinning out-of-control, but Thantos' group of himself, Brute, Renegade & Massacre was providing an alternate threat for the FDF.
Thantos' manipulation of the GWF as a whole reached a pinnacle when he took advantage of a wrestler who was passed over by his former mates, and was mired in a slumping tag team--that's right, Massif's emotions were played with and he was convinced to join up and form a second iteration of the Hand.
On May 24th, a huge card took place which saw the following events: Wolf beat Deathknight Vanity over Massacre In a rematch of the Federation Exile participants from Wrestlestar, Mutant got his revenge by pinning Ghengis Khan. Thantos took down the newcomer Slicer to win the Galaxian Heavyweight Championship The Spacemen finally broke through and won the Tag Team Championship over Brute & Renegade Finally, the Society of Death (Comrade Terror, Exo-King, & Proteus) dispatched the Flying Titans (Lord Nexus, Pit Viper & Pulsar) in a steel cage.
That event causes the Champions to look like this at the end of May: Champion-Thantos (5/24) Interdimensional-Exo-King (4/30) Tag Team-Spacemen (Meteor & Asteroid) (5/24) Six-Man Tag Team-Society of Death (Comrade Terror, Exo-King & Proteus) (4/21)
Our contenders list is as follows: 1. Brute 2. Lord Nexus 3. Exo-King 4. Comrade Terror 5. Executioner 6. Star Warrior 7. Massacre 8. Renegade 9. Wolf 10. Actagon
Next up, June 1987 features a 1 million dollar tag team tournament, and we start building towards another pay-per-view.
Post by brucetosis on May 31, 2016 14:53:24 GMT -5
June 1987 featured 13 cards as a build-up to the next pay per view. Wrestlestar was such a hit, that the GWF was going to leave the friendly confines of the Federation Headquarters Arena on Deimos, and travel throughout the rest of the solar system. On July 4th, the GWF would find itself on Earth which would be televised. Before that point though, the storylines that carried us through June:
After Massif's heel turn, he forms a devastating tag team with Thantos that helps the new Hand rise to power, although they were still not able to re-organize under that name officially.
The newly re-united Federation Defense Fighters find themselves splitting their matches against the Society of Death and the Hand.
Lord Nexus takes Ghengis Khan under his wing due to his continued fight against Krakan.
June 13th featured an interesting card that featured two title changes:
Deathknight beat Mutant
Cultist over Pit Viper
Slicer downed Thantos
The newly formed team of Renegade & Massacre downed the Spacemen to win the Tag Team Championship
Lord Nexus pinned Brute
The FDF struck a huge blow against the Society of Death when Star Warrior, Executioner & Commander Sam won the Six-Man Tag Titles over Comrade Terror, Exo-King & Proteus
The last huge event of the month was a million dollar, sort-of double-elimination 12-team tournament. You may ask how is that going to work--the math doesn't add up? You would be correct, and my 15-year old self wishes he was better at math. I made it work though, like this:
First-Round Matches--all draws pulled randomly, all matches 6/21 & 6/22
Massif & Thantos beat Pit Viper & Pulsar Vanity & Killer Queen upset Exo-King & Comrade Terror Actagon & Wolf over Lord Nexus & Ghengis Khan (yay for Actagon not having another partner turn on him!) Star Warrior & Executioner beat the Spacemen by DQ Brute & Renegade destroyed Omega & Commander Sam Deathknight & Cultist beat Krakan II & Mutant by DQ
First Elimination Matches held 6/23
Exo-King & Comrade Terror defeat Pit Viper & Pulsar Lord Nexus & Ghengis Khan surprised the Spacemen Krakan II & Mutant beat Omega & Commander Sam
Winners Bracket Matches held 6/24
Star Warrior & Executioner over Actagon & Wolf Massif & Thantos thrashed Vanity & Killer Queen Brute & Renegade advanced by DQ over Deathknight & Cultist
Elimination Round #2 Matches held 6/25
Vanity & Killer Queen stayed alive when Comrade Terror & Exo-King were DQed Actagon & Wolf took advantage of a hot-headed Ghengis Khan to advance by DQ Krakan II & Mutant pinned Deathknight & Cultist
Elimination Round #3 Matches held 6/26
Star Warrior & Executioner won when Actagon & Wolf were DQ'ed Massif & Thantos again pounded Vanity & Killer Queen Brute & Renegade beat Krakan II & Mutant
With 3 teams left, and two of the teams consisting of Hand members, Thantos agrees to back his team with Massif out of the tournament if Star Warrior agrees to a match at Tour of the Solar System-Earth with Massif--if Massif wins, then the Hand are officially able to re-organize. Star Warrior agrees and...
Final Match for 1 Million Dollar Prize:
Star Warrior & Executioner beat Brute & Renegade
With the two title changes the champions stack up like this: Champion-Thantos (5/24) Interdimensional-Exo-King (4/30) Tag Team-Renegade & Massacre (6/13) Six-Man Tag Team-Star Warrior, Executioner & Commander Sam (6/13)
If anyone is interested, I'm going to start a Title History over in that section, in case you'd like to see all the defenses that are not listed in my highlights.
Top 10 Contenders: 1. Brute 2. Lord Nexus 3. Exo-King 4. Executioner 5. Star Warrior 6. Comrade Terror 7. Massacre 8. Slicer 9. Renegade 10. Wolf
It will take a little bit until I can post again, but next up, another crop of new wrestlers, but unlike anything ever done before (and maybe since)! This one's a little heady (literally), and we'll see what you guys think...
In two posts, the pay per view that forever changes the GWF....no hype.
This is some incredibly cool stuff. It's fun to look back. I'm looking forward to more of this.
Thank you EventHorizon. It's been really fun for me to figure out things that I did in my teenage years with an adult eye. I wish I kept better track of why certain things happened, but the big stuff I remember quite well. As I get older and repeatedly go back to it after long dormant periods, it starts to look more like what people expect out of wrestling shows today. Reading other people's feds have even changed what I keep track of today. I'm pretty glad I got back into it this year and found this community!
Thanks for reading. Hopefully, you'll stick with me after the next couple of posts, which get weird and disturbing...lol.