Post by lankylefty17 on Jan 17, 2022 16:54:58 GMT -5
Catching up on the action here. As much as I like the booking, I love seeing those old arenas.
Thanks! The search for arena pics has been a fun side gig on this thread, figuring out where to run, then chasing down good images.
Lots of heels getting heat in these qualifying matches. I'm picking Flair to win the initial title. Looking forward to more!
The initial rounds have been pretty heel heavy, which is interesting and should allow for some good initial angles once we get to dig into the individual territories.
Post by lankylefty17 on Jan 20, 2022 0:35:39 GMT -5
Road to Gold Stop #6
Madison Square Garden in New York CityThe show opens with Vince McMahon coming out to make a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT. Added to an already stacked card is a special international match that will determine another slot in the World Title tournament. True North Wrestling’s own Brett Hart will face off again Japanese superstar Antonio Inoki for a spot in the one night tournament in San Francisco at the end of the month!Jimmy Snuka vs Paul Roma
In a shocking opener of a match, Paul Roma took control early and overwhelmed Snuka with offense, finishing him off with a diving elbow drop to earn the quick pin fall.Winner: Paul Roma (*)Honky Tonk Man vs Jake Roberts
Another quick match, with Honky Tonk controlling much of the early offense. But the instant Jake Roberts started to mount a comeback, Honky Tonk didn’t take any chances, rolling outside and hitting Jake with his guitar to earn the DQ.
After the match Honky Tonk Man celebrated in the ring as if he won, threatening the ref until he raised his hand despite the official match announcement.Winner: Jack Roberts (via DQ) (*)Andre the Giant & Randy Savage vs Natural Disasters
A fun back and forth match with lots of Big Man vs Big Man spots between Andre and both members of Natural Disasters. Savage did a lot of the ring work, then in the end tagged in Andre who secured the win with back to back splashes on Earthquake.Winner: Andre the Giant and Randy Savage (**)Bob Backland came out, riling up the crowd claiming its a travesty that he was not chosen to be in the Tournament Qualifying match- saying he would take any match for the right to face the winner of the qualifying match to prove NWF management made a mistake by overlooking him...Heavyweight Tournament Qualifier: Bret Hart vs Antonio Inoki
Inoki cam out aggressive, but the Canadian native Bret Hart seemed to have a counter for everything. Frustrated, Inoki got sloppy and eventually found himself in the sharpshooter. The Japanese big man would work his way to the ropes, but the damage was done, and soon after Hart nailed a piledriver for the upset.Winner: Bret Hart (**)MAIN EVENT Heavyweight Tournament Qualifier: Hulk Hogan vs Bruno Sammartino
The story of this match was Bruno Sammartino sinking in the bear hug time after time, while Hulk Hogan found a way to break out of it, start a comeback, only to end up right back in the devastating hold. It looked at one point that Hogan might actually mount enough offense to pull off the comeback victory, but one final bear hug was too much for Hulkamania, with Hogan eventually passing out.Winner: Bruno Sammartino (***)Tune in next week for the FINAL STOP on our Road to Gold tour, where we head to Memphis, Tennessee for the Memphis Championship Wrestling!
Austin Idol vs Tracy Smothers
Moondogs vs The Fabulous Ones
Dutch Mantell vs Jackie Fargo
MAIN EVENT Heavyweight Tournament Qualifier: Jerry Lawler vs Tommy Rich (w/Jimmy Hart)
Post by lankylefty17 on Feb 6, 2022 15:17:27 GMT -5
Road to Gold Stop #7Lance Russell comes out to open the show, announcing that MPW would be holding its own tournament to crown the King of Memphis! The tournament would be kicking off in a couple weeks, with the brackets being announced in the coming days… He then proceeds to announced the nights card.Austin Idol vs Tracy Smothers
Mid South Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee
Good back and forth match, with Smothers driving the pace early on. Eventually Austin Idol takes control and finishes with the Las Vegas Leglock. Solid opener.Winner: Austin Idol (**) The Moondogs vs The Fabulous Ones
Back and forth match with a good mix of power spots from both teams. Eventually, the Moondogs isolated Steve Keirn and hit back to back Moondog Drops for the pin. Winner: The Moondogs (**)Dutch Mantell vs Jackie Fargo
This was a shockingly one sided match. Jackie Fargo controlled the match from bell to bell, never letting Dutch get any offense in. This one ended quickly with an Atomic Drop. Fargo looked amazing in this one.Winner: Jackie Fargo (*)A surprise guest came out before the main event. National Pro Wrestling Alliance commissioner Roy Shire announced to the crowd that the upcoming World Title Tournament would be closed circuit broadcast in each territory so fans around the country could see who the first true World Champion would be. He then wished the final two qualifiers good luck before exiting the arena... MAIN EVENT Heavyweight Tournament Qualifier: Jerry Lawler vs Tommy Rich (w/Jimmy Hart)
To the shock of the crowd, Tommy Rich comes out with none other than manager Jimmy Hart! The crowd boos as both Rich and Hart shake hands before Rich gets in the ring. A fired up Jerry Lawler charges Rich on the opening bell and instantly hits the piledriver, but Hart distracts the ref. As Lawler sets him up for another, Hart again distracts the ref, allowing for Tommy Rich to nail Lawler with Jimmy Hart’s cain- following it up with a deep sleeper hold. With Lawler refusing to tap, Rich transitions into a Thesz Press for pin and shocking upset. Rich and Hart mock the crowd as they leave the arena in celebration. Winner: Tommy Rich (w/Jimmy Hart) (**)The World Title “Road to Gold” Tournament participants have now been finalized, with official brackets to be announced next week! The participants are:
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 4, 2022 12:09:34 GMT -5
Road to Gold FINAL TOURNAMENTBefore the show, NPWA commissioner Roy Shire comes out with the NPWA World Heavyweight Title Belt, and announces the seedings for tonights tournament, wishing all the wrestlers good luck before holding up the belt and exiting the ring for the first match...
The Cow Palace in Daly City, CA
1- Bruno Sammartino
2- Verne Gagne
3- Ric Flair
4- Roddy Piper
5- Ted Dibiase
6- Bruiser Brody
7- Bret Hart
8- Tommy Rich w/ Jimmy HartBruno Sammartino vs Tommy Rich (w/ Jimmy Hart)
Bruno cut the ring off all match, using his strength advantage to wear Rich down. Jimmy Hart would try multiple times to insert himself in the match to no avail, and eventually Rich would succumb to the Backbreaker Rack.Winner: Bruno Sammartino (***)Roddy Piper vs Ted Dibiase
Roddy Piper came out firing, and Dibiase never really recovered. He narrowly escaped an early sleeper hold, but got cut off any time he tried to mount an offensive attack. In the end Piper locked in a figure four leglock in the middle of the ring, forcing Dibiase to tap.Winner: Roddy Piper (**)Roddy Piper vs Bruno Sammartino
Piper again came out quickly to force the offense, but Bruno brushed off the initial attack and took over. From there it was academic, as Piper was on his heels the rest of the match until a brutal running boot put him on his back for good.Winner: Bruno Sammartino (**)Verne Gagne vs Brett Hart
Gagne came out quickly, overwhelming Hart with offense and looking to end the match before it could really get started. Bret survived the onslaught to make a valiant comeback, trapping Gagne in the Sharpshooter for what looked like a huge upset in the tournement… but Verne just barely got to the ropes, was able to recover and locked in the Sleeper to claim victory.Winner: Vern Gagne (***)Ric Flair vs Bruiser Brody
Flair was masterful in this one, surgically attacking Brody’s legs all match, till the big man was limping around and barely moving. It didn’t stop Brody from nailing a late piledriver for a close 2 count, and almost stealing the match again with a late lariat. But Flair would hit Brody with a chair when the referee’s back was turned, before rolling up a woozy Brody in the ring to pick up the controversial win.Winner: Ric Flair (***)Ric Flair vs Verne Gagne
Flair tried the same approach with Gagne that he did with Brody, working over the legs to try and set up the figure four- but Gagne seemed ready for it. Verne reversed a toss into the ropes, and hit a flying head scissors, then a dropkick before sinking in a sleeper hold. Flair managed to get out of it, but Verne worked to get it back on and Flair passed out before he could counter.Winner: Verne Gagne (***)Bruno Sammertino vs Verne Gagne
A classic back and forth match, with both men scoring near falls and exchanging offense. Bruno seemed poised to catch Gagne in the Bearhug late, but Gagne avoided, hit the ropes and came off with a thunderous dropkick that knocked Bruno out cold… giving Verne an opening for the pin fall, the victory, and the belt as the inaugural National Pro Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion!
Winner: Verne Gagne (****)
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 7, 2022 12:41:24 GMT -5
Welcome to The Pro Wrestling Tribune, your one stop shop for all the news, insights, and rumors floating around in the world of professional wrestling. With the newly formed National Pro Wrestling Alliance crowning their first world champion, the focus shifts to who will be Verne Gagne’s first challenger.
Sources say that first challenge will come from non other than Gagne’s own Midwest Wrestling Alliance. NPWA Chairman Roy Shire all but confirmed this, stating the champ himself would announce his next challenger, and given reports of Verne being spotted in St. Louis it seems highly likely that MWA will host the first defense.
Around the rest of the country, the major territories seem primed to start crowning their own local champions. Northwest Wrestling Federation has already announced a rematch of Bruno Sammartino vs Hulk Hogan will headline their next Madison Square Garden show for the Northeast Heavyweight Championship. Atlantic Championship Wrestling has also announced a tournament to crown their own champion, and Mid South has followed suit as well. We don’t have confirmation from California, Texas, or Memphis- but none are advertising a world champion appearance, further indicating that the champ will be defending at a potential big venue show later this month at the Kiel Auditorium.
With that, The Tribune will be providing recaps of the Midwest Alliance tour, including any World Title defense.The announced card for this week in St. Louis:Sgt. Slaughter vs Baron Von Raschke
The Hennigs vs The Vachons
The Crusher vs The Sheik
MAIN EVENT: Nick Bockwinkel (w/Heenan) vs Dick the Bruiser
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 7, 2022 22:05:19 GMT -5
Midwest Wrestling Presents: Card #1The newly crowned world champion comes out to celebrate with the crowd. He states that there is no better place to hold his first defense of the world title than right here in Midwest Wrestling. He announces that tonight, his opponent will be decided in the MAIN EVENT- Nick Bockwinkel vs Dick the Bruiser.Sgt Slaughter vs. Baron Von Raschke
Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, MO
Slaughter was the aggressor from the beginning of this match putting the big German on his heels and never giving him a chance to mount any sort of comeback. A Cobra Clutch submission finished the job.Sgt Slaughter (0) beat Baron Von Raschke (0) via Cobra Clutch submission in 20 min
Match Rating: ★★The Hennigs vs. The Vachons
Shockingly quick, the Hennigs went right through the Vachons, with Larry hitting the AXE before tagging in his son to nail Butcher with the Hennig Plex for the win.
After the match, Curt Hennig got on the mic to call out the Road Warriors for a match down the line...CURT HENNIG (0) & Larry Hennig (0) beat Mad Dog Vachon (0) & BUTCHER VACHON (1) via HENNIG PLEX in 10 min.
Match Rating: DUDThe Crusher vs. The Sheik
An utter brawl that left both men battered ended in controversy as The Sheik hit The Crusher with a FIREBALL to the face without the referee noticing to get the win.
After the match, doctors were in the ring tending to The Crusher, with a towel draped over his face as he was assisted to the back...The Sheik (1) beat The Crusher (2) via a FIREBALL in 31 min
Match Rating: ★★★MAIN EVENT #1 Contender Match: Nick Bockwinkel w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Dick the Bruiser
A slugfest between two of the promotions top stars, but the story of the match was really Bobby Heenan, who made his presence very much felt. It was a timely distraction from The Brain that allowed Bockwinkel to smash Bruiser into the turnbuckle and roll him up, giving him the first WORLD TITLE DEFENSE.Nick Bockwinkel (2) beat Dick the Bruiser (2) via roll up pin in 21 min
Match Rating: ★★★As the crowd started filing out, the preliminary card for the next show in Chicago was announced...
Billy Robinson vs Don Kernodle
Sgt Slaughter vs Larry Zbyszko
The Vachons vs The Road Warriors
MAIN EVENT: Dick the Bruiser vs Larry Hennig
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 10, 2022 19:10:26 GMT -5
Midwest Wrestling Presents: Card #2The show opens up with Bobby Heenan giving a promo saying the days are counting down until the real World Heavyweight Champion is crowned. Heenan runs down Verne Gagne and promises the crowd that in a few short weeks, his client would be wearing gold around his waist.Billy Robinson vs. Don Kernodle
Chicago International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL
A fun opening match that saw Billy Robinson in control from the beginning, working a variation of hold before ending things with a reverse piledriver.Billy Robinson (0) defeated Don Kernodle (3) via REVERSE PILEDRIVER in 14 min
Match Rating: ★★Sgt Slaughter vs. Larry Zbyszko
A super entertaining back and forth match that say Slaughter get the upper hand early on before Zbyszko came roaring back with a big comeback- nailing Slaughter with a piledriver for the win.Larry Zbyszko (2) defeated Sgt Slaughter (4) via PILEDRIVER in 19 min
Match Rating: ★★★The Crusher came out with his head heavily bandaged from taking a fireball from The Sheik last week. He said the doctor told him he almost lost his eye, and that he was lucky. Crusher said he didn’t feel lucky… he felt red with rage. He vowed to get revenge, challenging Sheik to a rematch… inside a steel cage!The Vachons vs. The Road Warriors
The Vachon's tried to force the action early but the Road Warriors shook it off and picked up another decisive victory.
After the match, Curt Hennig came down to ringside taunting, reminding the Road Warriors of his challenge from last week...HAWK (1) & Animal (0) defeated Mad Dog (0) and BUTCHER (0) Vachon via DOOMSDAY DEVICE in 11 min
Match Rating: DUDMAIN EVENT: Dick the Bruiser vs. Larry Hennig
The main event was a good old fashion slug fest, with both men throwing bombs. Eventually The Bruiser would gain control and set up Hennig for the TOP ROPE KNEE DROP to secure the win in front of this home town crowd.Dick the Bruiser (1) beat Larry Hennig (1) via TOP ROPE KNEE DROP in 30 min
Match Rating: ★★As the crowd started filing out, the card for the show next week in Detriot was announced...
Sgt. Slaughter vs Kenny Jay
Curt Hennig vs Don Kernodle
Billy Robinson vs Larry Zbyszko
The Bruiser & The Crusher vs The Sheik & Baron Von Raschke
Plus appearances from The World Champ Verne Gagne and an interview with The Road Warriors!
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 11, 2022 18:22:13 GMT -5
Midwest Wrestling Presents: Card #3Verne Gagne kicks off the show announcing that in two weeks, Supercard Bash will be held at the Kiel Auditorium and will feature his first WORLD TITLE defense. He's heard all the talk from Bobby Heenan, but talking isn’t going to get this belt off of his waist.Sgt. Slaughter vs Kenny Jay
Cobo Hall in Detriot, MI
A quick squash for the opener, but Slaughter seemed to be making a statement- taking the match to the outside and hitting a brutal suplex on the concrete floor that knocked Kenny Jay out cold.Sgt Slaughter (0) defeated Kenny Jay (0) via count out in 5 min
Match Rating: DUDCurt Hennig vs Don Kernodle
Solid back and forth, with another gritty performance from Kernodle against one of the companies top starts. But in the end Hennig's speed was too much for Kernodle, and a Hennig Plex proved to be the match ender.Curt Hennig (1) defeated Don Kernodle (1) via HENNIG PLEX in 19 min
Match Rating: ★The Road Warriors are interviewed in the middle of the ring. When asked about the Hennig’s challenge, Hawk was clear that they don't run from anyone, so in two weeks- at Supercard Bash- they accept the challenge.Billy Robinson vs Larry Zbyszko
A wild marathon of a match. Both men worked mostly worked a mat based approach, with Zbyszko springing up and hitting Robinson with three straight piledrivers, only to have each one kicked out of. Frustrated and getting slopping, Zbyszko left himself open and Robinson took advantage, nailing a neckbreaker for the win.Billy Robinson (4) defeated Larry Zbyszko (1) via neckbreaker in 40 min
Match Rating: ★★★The Bruiser & The Crusher vs The Sheik & Baron Von Raschke
A determined Crusher and Bruiser looked excellent in this one, limiting antics from The Sheik and taking care of business in the Main Event.
After the match, Crusher got on the mic and challenged The Sheik to a one on one rematch at Supercard Bash... IN A STEEL CAGE. The Sheik turned and smiled, presumably accepting the terms of the match.THE CRUSHER (0) & The Bruiser (0) defeated The Sheik (0) & BARON VON RASCHKE (1) via blatant choke in 17 min
Match Rating: ★As the crowd started filing out, the card for next week was announced...Dick the Bruiser vs Kenny Jay
Sgt Slaughter and Don Kernodle vs The Vachons
Billy Robinson vs Baron Von Raschke
MAIN EVENT: Curt Hennig vs Animal
PLUS! A face to face interview with both champion and challenger, Verne Gagne & Nick Bockwinkel...
Post by lankylefty17 on Nov 19, 2022 18:18:17 GMT -5
Midwest Wrestling Alliance Presents: Card #4The ring announcer opened the show announcing the card for the night, plus advertising for the special interview between World Champion Verne Gagne and challenger, Nick Bockwinkel... Dick the Bruiser vs Jake Milliman
The St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, MN
Bruiser was in a foul mood for this one, taking it to Milliman right from the opening bell, making quick work of him with his patent Top Rope Knee Drop.
After the match, Bruiser got on the mic and said he didnt have an opponent for SUPERCARD BASH, but he heard Stan Hansen was going to be in town for the show. He yelled at a backstage Verne to make the match, slamming down the mic and leaving the ring...Dick the Bruiser (0) defeats Jake Milliman (1) via TOP ROPE KNEE DROP in 8 min
Match Rating: ★Cobra Corps vs The Vachons
Slaughter and Kernodle's debut as a tag team did not go as planned, with The Vachons shaking off a couple of rough starts to pull off an impressive victory, isolating Slaughter from his corner and nailing two straight piledrivers for the pin.MAD DOG (0) & Butcher (0) beat SGT SLAUGHTER (3) & Don Kernodle (1) via PILEDRIVER in 16 min
Match Rating: ★Billy Robinson vs Baron Von Raschke
A fantastic back and forth match as both men worked the mat and tried to submit the other, with the big German getting close a couple of times against the catch specialist. In the end, Billy Robinson's quickness was the decider, and hitting a big Gut Wrench Backbreaker proved the decider.Billy Robinson (4) beat Baron Von Raschke (2) via GUT WRENCH BACKBREAKER in 28 min
Match Rating: ★★★A mediated interview between champion and challenger take place in the middle of the ring. Verne appeals to the crowd, saying he will do what he has always done- roll up his sleeves and get to work to be a true fighting champion. Bockwinkel responded by dismissing the "low class humanoids" in the building, and stating that next week the world will get a true and worthy champion.
The segment ended with both men staring down the other in the middle of the ring, with Heenan trying to take a cheap shot at Gagne but the champ saw it coming and clocked The Brain- sending him flying out of the ring to the roar of the crowd...MAIN EVENT: Curt Hennig vs Animal
With the Hennigs and Road Warriors set to face at SUPERCARD BASH, the main event looked to potentially be a preview of how that match might play out. If that ends up being the case, the Hennigs are in trouble. Motivated by Curt Henng's mouth, Animal took charge early and kept the smaller more agile Hennig off balance, opening up for a thunderous Power Slam that shocked the live audience- giving the Road Warriors a quick win and a huge mental edge heading into their match.**Animal (0) defeats Curt Hennig (1) via POWER SLAM in 8 min**
DUDAs the crowd started filing out, the SUPERCARD BASH lineup was officially announced for next weekend...
Cobra Corps vs Larry Zbyszko & Baron Von Raschke
Dick the Bruiser vs Stan Hansen
The Hennigs vs The Road Warriors
CAGE MATCH: The Crusher vs The Sheik
MAIN EVENT: NPWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Verne Gagne (c) vs Nick Bockwinkel