Glad you all enjoyed this draft. It was a lot of fun. I think next time around I might do a no hold's barred draft; wrestlers, real people, fictional characters, whoever you want. That should be chaotic, but fun too.
I admit that after almost a decade of participating in various drafts across OO and Pun's it does feel satisfying to win one. This was a really fun one too! An all NC Triangle final was a good way to get a win and beating Eric in any of these is always an accomplishment! Looking forward to the next one.
Two great cards and I think I voted for each time in the first two rounds. Favorite match on each card is Cosmere vs. Bowser/Night King and Green Ranger vs. Maul. I think I like the depth of Eric just a tiny bit more, but I'll think a bit on it.
For Shark, the loser leaves town scramble is clever. I'd like to see a real fed do that, feels like an Impact idea. The TLC Match has real potential. Revenge of the Broken Hearts tag match sounds like the craziest bag of fun ever.
Solly matches his teams up well and it's an interesting concept with a sort of team tournament, but I think in actual execution that makes for a long and complicated night.
The Crow vs Captain Hook and The Green Power Ranger vs Ryu are the stand outs of each card for me. Liz's match is a unique but great combination but THE Power Ranger vs the most famous character from Street Fighters is pure 90s awesomeness.
Leo's card is nicely put together as their some great contrast and parallels between opponents and teams, Conan vs Hercules is a no-brainer, King Arthur's Roundtable vs The Jedi are two of the most revered good guy groups in all of fiction,Allan Quatermain and Tarzan as tag partners is fun and so is Black Dynatime teaming up with Black Lightning.
Dev's on the other hand is more balls to the walls crazy with the Winchesters having to deal with a mind controlling pyschopath and a morally ambigous would be king, River placed in the same match with fucking Xena, the Mean girls vs two powerful mutants, the Doctor teaming up with Shadow Moon while another Doctor is with Lisbeth.
Giving it to Dev on the strength of his first six-man tag match. Harley Quinn teaming up with Spidey is awesome, even better with Lara Croft playing the straight man.
This is like choosing between WM17 and Canadian Stampede 97. Dalem's card is ridiculously stacked. The ultimate bad guy from films vs one of the ultimate good guys from comcis, all star wizard showdown, Godzilla vs perhaps the most famous modern monster in Drogon, the Dog Fight and a Ninja Turtle vs a goddamn Power Ranger.Meanwhile Dash's card sounds just so fun. Mostly for the reasons Leo already stated.
Going with Dalem but this might have been the two best cards of this round.
The tiny monstrosities roll around the ring as the gremlin holds back the face-hugger by just an inch. After creating some distance the Gremlin gets a weapon and tries to shoot the tiny alien. Chasing after it the Gremlin inadvertently caps a few members of the audience. He stops to laugh about it which gives the face-hugger it’s opening to jump on and attach itself. A few hours later an xeno-gremlin is born. WINNER:Alien Face-hugger
Reminded of their last encounter, Dracula and The Thing carefully spar,resisting the urge of consuming their opposition, knowing how poisonous they are to each other. The Thing fighting as an unsightly set of limbs and other body parts and the Count tearing through it with his super strength.Unfortunately, those torn body parts turn into separate Things and go kamikaze on Dracula,assimilating him which kills them but leaves the original Thing standing tall. WINNER:The Thing
Tearing through high ways and rooftops the empowered demon hunters keep going back and forth until Ghost Rider uses the Penance stare. Despite Dante’s superhuman powers he doesn’t have the mental willpower to push past that.WINNER:Ghost Rider
The damned Number games does Gipsie Danger in as the five pilots inside Voltron brainstorm better strategies to outmanuever and beat Raleigh and Mako. The Jaeger ends up cut in half by Voltron’s sword. WINNER:Voltron
It is ugly, it is nasty but Wolverine manages to outlast all of Wesker’s attacks thanks to his adamantium skeleton and healing factor. An exasperated Wesker can only curse God as Wolverine chops his head off.WINNER:Wolverine
The Xenomorph goes to goddamn town on the skilled but underpowered shooters that were put on it’s way. Even with Jill’s and Chris’s experience bringing down zombies and super powered freaks and Agent 47’s unparalleled skills, the alien bulldozes through them. Damian puts up a much better fight thanks to his training under Ra’s Al Ghul and Batman making him better suited to face an otherwordly threat. But junior gets too cocky and tries to finish things off with a stab to xeno’s head which just bathes Damian in acidic blood. The Gauntlet ends in gruesome fashion. WINNER:The Xenomorph
Kratos is losing his mind as all of his usual, brutal methods are only met with gags from Beetlejuice. The Ghost with the most pushes back the demi-god and Kratos can only keep using the same attacks that can’t put the ghost down. Kratos out of frustration turns Beetlejuice into stone and instead of trying to cut or break him into smaller pieces, Kratos chugs every piece of stone as far as he can from each other. It’s an inelegant victory but it’s a victory for Kratos as Beetlejuice is last seen as a bouncing head asking if somebody has seen his liver. WINNER:Kratos
Space bounty hunters>Supernatural monster hunters. Samus’s better training and arsenal gets her the win over the Vampire Slayer and the Women’s Title. WINNER:Samus Aran The Iron Giant goes all Brock Lesnar on Megatron’s ass with his bigger arsenal of firepower. Megatron tries to outwit the naive Giant by begging off and asking for a chance to get back on his feet but the cheap shot only delays the inevitable. The Iron Giant puts himself back together, assumes Megatron is ready now and finishes the fight off in dominant fashion. We crown another new Champ. WINNER:The Iron Giant
Through dumb luck and the powers of cartoony resistance to damage, Archer and Lana actually manage to get the advantage over the former Robin and current Batgirl. Unfortunately thanks to some ill-advised comments and dumb bad luck Archer and Lana break into an argument letting the Bat Family take the lead. Jason Todd comments on the absurdity of two idiots getting distracted in the middle of fight to win an argument with each other, something that not even his dysfunctional family does while Batgirl just rolls her eyes and pins Lana for the win. Archer later points out he wasn’t the one that got pinned so he tecnically didn’t lose. WINNERS:The Red Hood and Batgirl
Batman gets put through the ringer as Freddy makes him relive his biggest tragedies and losses. Losing Harvey Dent, Jason Todd, and his parents all in a sickening montage with Freddy’s laugh in the background. The Dark Knight however has the mental fortitude to focus on the task at hand and gets a hold of Freddy before forcing himself to wake up. The detective’s gamble pays off as he drags Freddy into the real world. The terror of Gotham’s criminals vs the terror of Elm Street’s children fight in a much more even field. It’s not easy but Batman eventually puts Freddy down.WINNER:Batman
Much like his fight with Batman, after the gunshots and attempted stabbings, Frank’s fight ends up turning into a mano a mano contest, this time against John Wick. This time however it’s Frank’s mental quirks that cost him as Wick’s much more cool-headed approach gives him the edge and secures the win for him.We have our first World Heavyweight Champion. WINNER:John Wick
Leo - Star Trek vs. Star Wars, particularly being smart enough to realize if you don't give Trek lightsabers too it's a huge power discrepancy. Archers vs. Highlanders is cool. He-Man vs. Conan is smart.
Hodgey - Buffy vs. Elektra is one of the best on any card. Buffy paired with Splinter was also a really good call. Karate Kid with Splinter was also nice. Robo Cop vs. T-1000 was a good pull.
I thought I was going Hodgey based on the strength of Buffy/Elektra but I the balance and top to bottom of Leo might take it. Will consider more.
Wilson Fisk presents The Shattered Dimension LIVE! in Every Dimension from The Hunger Games Island! Pre-Show: Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir Commentary: Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks Interviews: J. Jonah Jamison Psych After Pshow: Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster
This was almost enough to get my vote before having to look at a single match up, until...
Groot just saying "I Am Groot" to introduce each person is brilliant and brought you back into contention.
I think Burn Notice vs. Fast and Furious is my favorite match up on these cards. It just makes sense. The comic nerd in my is a little annoyed that Miles and Kamala's team isn't called The Champions to match their team in the comics, but Young Avengers gets the point across better to those who don't read as much marvel as I do.
Tony Montana vs. Walter White is my favorite for Solly. Another one that just makes sense.
Wilson Fisk presents The Shattered Dimension LIVE! in Every Dimension from The Hunger Games Island! Pre-Show: Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir (In The Morning) Commentary: Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks Interviews: J. Jonah Jameson Psych After Pshow: Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster
Logic vs. Chaos Sherlock Holmes vs. The Joker
Survivor Series Match Winners Take Control of the Genie's Lamp The Street Rangers (Green Ranger, Ryu, Austin Powers, Katniss Everdeen, Sonic The Hedgehog) vs. Fear Itself (Bane, Raiden, Mystique, Kingpin Wilson Fisk, and Pennywise)
Casey Jones vs. Oliver Queen
The Avengers (Captain America Sam Wilson, War Machine, and Black Widow) vs. Young Avengers (Spider-Man Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, and Spider-Gwen)
Black Panther vs. Voldemort
The Super Mario Brothers (Mario and Luigi) vs. The Mega Men (X and Zero)
Luke Hobbs vs. Kraven The Hunter
Burn Notice (Michael Weston, Sam Axe, Fiona Glennanne) vs. The Fast and Furious (Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Connor, and Leticia Ortiz)
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard trips through the dense jungle brush when he hears a voice call.
“I could give you a machete to help out, but I know how much you despise help from me,” the voice says. Picard recognizes it right away and turns in that direction.
“Q, I should have known when I exited my Ready Room to a thick earth jungle it was your doing. I demand you return me to the Enterprise at once,” he commands.
“If I were a betting man, I would have put money on those being the first words out of your mouth. Money doesn’t mean anything to me, but it does to so many others across the multiverse,” Q says as he steps into frame dressed like a jungle adventurer in a khaki outfit and pith helmet.
“Valuables don’t concern me, but boredom does,” Q replies. “I was bored, playing around with the fabric of space time and discovered a tear.”
“Discovered it or caused it,” Picard accuses.
“I believe the earth saying here would be six of one, half dozen of the other,” Q responds. “Anyway, I found so many universes filled with so many new wonderful characters for me to play with. And, believe it or not, many people who appreciated my charm and sense of fun, unlike you Picard.”
“Sadists all I assume,” he says back.
“Anyway, they encouraged me to pull others from across the multiverse to create a fighting tournament for them to watch and wager on,” Q continues. “I found this island which made a perfect home for it. It’s called Fantasy Island it’s owner, Mr. Roarke, was more than happy to help me out when he heard my proposal.”
“I’ll play no part in this, Q,” Picard states.
“I promise once you’re done, I’ll return you to your beloved Enterprise. I have found you a perfect tag team partner. One James T. Kirk,” Q says.
“Jim Kirk is here,” Picard asks.
Q points. “You’ll find him about a mile that way ogling an Amazon Queen and knocking back something called Mai Tais. Here this might help you get there.”
Q produces a black sword hilt out of nowhere and hands it Picard.
“It might be helpful for you to learn how to use that. Your opponents for the first round have them as their weapons of choice,” Q says and then fades out.
Picard presses a button on the handle a blade of light comes out of it. He looks at it quizzically for a moment and then starts hacking through the brush with it.
~~~ Fade back inside WIR Headquarters. Jessica Rabbit is standing by with the Commissioner, Ferris Bueller. ~~~
Rabbit: I'm here with the Commissioner of Wrestling Is Real, Ferris Bueller. Ferris, you said you had a big announcement to make.
Bueller: Thank you. That's a nice dress by the way. Now, We've had a bit of a situation developing the past few weeks, between a couple of sets of bitter rivals. We've seen the predatory pairing of Killer Croc and Tiger Shark causing chaos anytime they are in the ring with Quint and Crocodile Dundee. So at Miami's Shark Stadium, We're going to put both teams in a Steel Cage. Two teams will enter, no pinfalls, no submissions, anything goes inside the cage. The match end when both members of one team manage to escape.
Rabbit: Wow! What a match you've Drawn up there.
Bueller: Thank you. It came to me during my nap. Now, I have some work to put off until tomorrow. If you don't mind.
~~~ Fade ~~~
Luchas de Apuestas (Hair vs. Mask) Fezzik vs. The Phantom
Falls Count Anywhere - For Control of the Swamp Oddjob & Boba Fett w/ Teddy KGB vs. Shrek & James Dalton
Reality Championship Match Johnny Lawrence w/ The Brain (C) vs. Lance Harbor
Reality Tag Team Title Fatal Four Way Tornado Match Cartoon OGs (Bugs Bunny & Mickey Mouse) vs. The Crush Brothers (Roy Hobbs & Crash Davis) vs. Elliot Stabler & Derek Morgan vs. Bo & Luke Duke
Reality Championship Number One Contenders Match Pedro Cerrano w/ Teddy KGB vs. Johnny Utah
Escape Rules Steel Cage Match Quint & Crocodile Dundee vs. Killer Croc & Tiger Shark
Lincoln Hawk vs. Thing w/ Hawkeye Pierce
No Disqualificaiton Hoss Fight Sloth vs Gaston w/ The Brain vs Hagrid vs Wreck It Ralph
Of those who expressed an opinion, it was 3-1 for no real wrestlers, including myself. The next draft I'm thinking is just do anything goes, so you're dream match ups of fictional characters, wrestlers, real people, etc., can come true in the future. But allowing real guys I don't think is the spirit of this draft. Draft open now. Everyone have fun.