My favorite clock style and the one I run with whenever I head a draft is the 8-hour clock with overnight (midnight-8am) stop and the first picker of the day has until noon or until their 8 hours expires (whichever happens first). I don't remember whose idea that was originally, but props to that person. Of these two choices, I like the standard 8-hour clock.
I think the "noon rule" was mine, but I might be wrong. Either way, that's the overwhelming majority and the way we will go!
It's time for the annual Wrestling Draft! This year's theme, Wrestling Freedom, means you get to draft what you want. Follow the rules (check the archives), but...
You don't need to draft an arena.
You don't need to draft announcers.
You don't need a General Manager.
Can you have these things? Of course--and if you pick them, they are yours. But they're not necessary. Draft your talent, tell your story. Have a great time. Lose to Mayhem or Leo.
It's that simple!
I recently got a promotion at work, and had to work all last weekend. This weekend is trending to be better, so I can get the draft board up and ready to run. Let's plan on opening up the clocks at 8 PM on Monday, April 11. Once I get the board up, picking can begin early.
We do need to make a decision on the clocks, and for that I am posting a poll.
You have two choices:
Traditional model: 8 hour clocks with the overnight pause.
Straight up 12-hour clock (no pause).
Are you ready? Of course you are!
And welcome new folks--this is fun, we are glad you're here. Check the board 3x per day, have a list ready, and be comfortable providing someone with your list if you're going to be away. Have fun with this! The results don't matter, Leo or Mayhem are going to win anyway.
Even though I posted early, I still kept with original time plan. So draft closes at 8 pm Saturday. We have 12 votes of 17 drafters. So five people still need to vote. If a tie, I’ll probably reach out to Liz as I talk to her on FB all the time.
As admitted, I guess I had an advantage of seeing the cards as they came in and writing comments. My hope was by people seeing comments on the threads, they'd post their own, that didn't work.
I will say, that I'm not influenced by the comments of others and I don't read the comments before reading the cards and casting my votes, in the past.
While I didn't like your first card, Dev, I was complimentary on cards two and three. It's back to the "you're not going to please everybody." Some people's booking and talent sensibilities are different than others. There's talent some people like and others don't. There's match types and booking styles some like and others don't. We don't mesh most of the time and that's okay. Hey, it's why ice cream parlors just don't serve vanilla.
8:23 pm Breaking News~ Paige VanZant has been cleared to Wrestle!
8:24 pm YAWN announces that due to blatant financial and mail fraud by interim General Manager Paul Heyman, as well as embezzlement and mismanagement by General Manager AJ Lee, YAWN has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Who the hell put those two in charge of the financials?
Dusty: The American Dream is back Baby! For all of you fans who sent cards and letters during my rehab, I can't possibly thank you enough and I love you all. And I can't even begin to say how proud I am of my son Dustin finally fulfilling his destiny and becoming the World's Heavyweight Champion. He will be an even better champion than I was. As eager as he is to defend that Championship, he has given me permission to issue a challenge on our behalf.
You see we've heard the Horsemen talk about how they want a war. How they're ready for War. Well, to all you Horsemen I say this: I may be a broken down old man. I may be out of shape. Some may consider you all better wrestlers than I. But the one thing I can still do is go to war. Lex Luger, The Junkyard Dog, My son Dustin the World's Heavyweight Champion and my self we challenge you to a WAR GAMES!
JAX Championship Triple Threat AJ Styles(C) vs Marc Mero vs Diamond Dallas Page After hitting Mero with a Diamond Cutter, DDP was hit with a Phenomenal Forearm and knocked out of the ring. Styles then pinned Mero
Ken Kennedy vs Brian Pillman Jr w/Julia Hart Kennedy continued to assault Pillman after the match, leading Jungle Boy Jack Perry to run-in to make the save
No Disqualification Tracy Smothers w/Jim Cornette vs Tommy Dreamer w/Beulah McGillicutty Dreamer dominated the match more than Cornette liked so eventually, the Blade came out to help Smothers. The 2 on 1 beatdown continued until Smothers got the pin. The beatdown continued after the match, and the Bunny got involved as well, going after Beulah
Challenger Match Britt Baker, D.M.D vs Angelina Love Britt earns a future shot at the BSW Women's Championship, currently held by Sasha Banks
Dublin Pub Street Fight Fit Finlay vs Finn Balor In a match with barstools and beer mugs all around the ring with various other 'toys', Finlay eventually broke a beer mug into the face of Finn, knocking him out cold. After the match, as Finn still laid in the ring, unconscious, Decay (Rosemary & Roxxi Laveaux) came to the ring with full special effects. The lights went out and when they came back on, all three were gone
Killer Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux vs Dalton Castle Poor Dalton
Challenger Match Kevin Nash vs Damien Priest vs Moose vs Matt Morgan Morgan missed a Carbon Footprint on Priest, crotching himself on the top rope. Priest then hit a pumphandle powerslam for the victory. Priest earns a shot at the BSW World Championship, currently held by Triple H
Doubles Match Sasha Banks(C) vs Paige(DQ) Deonna Purrazzo vs Cora Jade Deonna defeated a game Cora Jade. Both women remained at ringside to watch Banks vs Paige. Until Deonna got in the ring and delivered a backstabber to Sasha, causing a DQ. Deonna stood over Sasha making the 'belt' motion around her waist, seemingly ending their partnership and her time in the Royal Family
BSW World Championship Triple H(C)(DQ) w/Zelina Vega vs Andrade After Triple H hit a Pedigree on Andrade, all but securing the victory, Angel Garza & Humberto Carillo hit the ring to lead to a DQ. After a few moments of 3-on-1 on Triple H, Damien Priest runs down to make the save. Andrade immediately fled the ring as Priest took care of Garza & Carillo, clearing the ring. Triple H patted Priest on the back and turned to yell in Andrade's direction. When he turned back towards Priest BIG BOOT to the FACE! The crowd erupted as Priest stood over Triple H. Priest and Andrade grin at each other as Zelina screams bloody murder
Flanked by his father Sika and brother Rosey, Roman Reigns is out in the ring at a house show following Greg DeMarco’s agreement (see draft thread) to re-choose a man as Roman’s Superheavyweight Championship opponent in place of Bianca Belair … and his choice of Cletus Gambino.
Reigns: Cletus, man, I know you’re back there, and you had better be listening. I am addressing you in my house, with all these fans watching, because I want to say this in public. I am addressing you not in front of Vince, not in front of Brock, but in front of my family, because I want you to know I’m speaking only the truth. I’m not about to lie in front of my family, Cletus. The truth is, if you face me in Chicago – I’m going to smash you. I’m going to break you. I’m going to make your pathetic bingo hall sad sack body twist in agony, and I’m going to make you beg on your knees for your life.
But hey – to borrow a phrase, I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know. So I’m going to do you a favor. If you just come out here, acknowledge me, and walk away, I will generously give you the loser’s purse for the night, no work required. What do you say?
Roman and his family look toward the entrance. No response.
Roman: Your Tribal Chief is generous, Cletus. But I am not patient. And if you don’t—
“Redneck Mafia” plays over the PA system and Cletus Gambino comes out and enters the ring. Rosey hands Cletus a microphone. Cletus raises it but we can’t hear him over the crowd.
Crowd: CLE-TUS! CLE-TUS! CLE-TUS!
Roman: Y’all done?
Crowd: CLE-TUS! CLE-TUS! CLE-TUS!
Roman: Fine. You tell them they’re done.
Cletus: Folks, I’m sorry, but I’m not going to wrestle Roman.
Cletus: I'm sorry, but, I know a good deal when I see it.
Roman: You’re a wise man.
Cletus: And I already made that deal. I sold my contract already.
PA System: MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY!
Ted DiBiase comes out, flanked by Yokozuna and IRS.
DiBiase: You see, Roman, you’re right! Everybody has a price! But I pay a better price, and Cletus, I’m so glad you finally accepted.
Cletus: Ted, hey, you gave me a great offer. But I’m sorry to tell you … I got a better one.
PA System: Let me tell you all a story about a guy named Grimes …
Cameron Grimes comes out to a pop! He walks down past Ted, Yoko, and IRS, hops into the ring, and gives Cletus a big hug. He takes the microphone.
Grimes: Ted, I love you, and I know you got a lot of money. But you ain’t got Gamestop money! And Cletus, you may not be going to the main event any more—but your bank account is going …
Crowd/Grimes/Cletus: TO THE MOON!
Grimes: Bring out the check!
Jade Cargill comes out carrying a big, golf-tournament sized check for Cletus. The amount says “To The Moon.” She slides it into the ring, and enters behind as Cletus picks it up for the pose. Jade walks over to Roman.
Jade: Hey Aquaman, would you mind taking the picture for us?
Rosey: (stepping in front) You trying to piss us off right now?
Roman: (arm to the side) I got this.
Roman walks forward to Cameron and Cletus.
Roman: Cameron, fool, you’re gonna need to save some of that money and buy yourself an education. The name on the door is 265 Live. The contract says “The challenger must be over 265 pounds.” The top of that championship says “Superheavyweight.” And the nameplate is going to say Roman Reigns, because I don’t care if you bought the main event contract from Cletus, your buck-fifty ass ain’t even eligible for the championship.
Jade: See, uh, I think you’re the one who might need to take some reading classes.
Sika: Boy, can you tell your booth babe over here to shut up?
Jade: Oh, I’m not Cameron’s booth babe.
Cameron: She’s my lawyer!
Jade: And Roman, the first thing you need to do when you read a contract is look at the defined terms. And yes, “the challenger must be over 265 pounds.” But “the challenger” is defined as “that person, or persons, competing against Mr. Leati Joseph Anoaʻi in a Sports Entertainment Contest at the Specified Event. Where challenger refers to multiple persons, any references as to the requirements or duties of “the challenger” may be fulfilled by those persons together completing those duties or together meeting those requirements. For the avoidance of doubt, the requirements and duties assigned to “the challenger” are not expanded or multiplied by the number of persons comprising “the challenger.”
Rosey: What does that mean? Is he supposed to eat all those fancy words and get big?
Roman: Don’t embarrass me, Matthew.
Roman steps up to Jade.
Roman: So you’ve got a second challenger.
Roman: And he gets you over the weight limit.
Roman: And you think that I’m going to stand back and be scared just because you’ve got a second guy? On my record? Would you like me to get you a DVD of when I smashed, stacked, and pinned two former world champions at once? Is that what you’d like?
Jade: What I’d like, Roman … is for you to keep your noise down while your new challenger shows you … what a real man is supposed to look like.
RICK RUDE comes out on stage, to Roman Reigns’s exasperation.
ROMAN REIGNS w/ Sika v. RICK RUDE w/ Jade Cargill v. CAMERON GRIMES w/ Cletus Gambino
Mo & Phineas Godwinn defeat Fake Sting and Fake Razor when Godwinn barely gets three off a running crossbody to Fake Sting.
PG-13 defeat Well Dunn with Wolfie D delivering the Slash and Burn to Steven Dunn.
Slyck Wagner Brown and Asya (replacing April Hunter after her add-drop pickup) defeat the Top Guns when Jackie Gayda turns on her team and keeps Derrick Dukes from making the save while Brown and Asya hit a Doomsday Device on Ricky Rice.
Robbie Dynamite and Danny Hodge defeat the Youngbloods when Hodge rolls up Chris Youngblood following a salt toss from General Adnan.
The Hawx defeat the Patriots with a 450 splash from Luke Hawx to Firebreaker Chip.
The Cutler Brothers beat Damien Demento and Bob Sapp when Brandon Cutler reversed Damien’s splash with a (modified) TPK!
Round One, Left Side:
Jose Maximo & Are$ defeat The Heart Throbs when Are$ plays Cesaro’s music as a distraction and rolls Antonio Thomas up.
The Bad Breed defeat the Simpson Brothers with a double underhook DDT by Ian Rotten to Shaun Simpson.
Kristal Marshall & Maurice Tillet make quick work ofthe Love Brothers with no tags after Tillet hits a running powerslam on Hartford Love.
Kwee Wee and Danshoku Dino defeat Jack Victory and John Tatum when Kwee Wee hits a piledriver on Victory.
Josh Prohibition and Luther Reigns defeat the Rock & Roll RPMs following a Reigns Supreme sit-out side powerslam from Luther to Mike Davis.
The Ministry of Darkness defeats Cousin Luke & Cousin Junior following a giant splash from Viscera to Cousin Luke. Viscera gets the advantage before this off a low blow with Leia Meow initiating a fight with Nidia outside and distracting the referee.
Round Two, Right Side:
The Cutler Brothers defeat The Hawx with a 3D to PJ Hawx – calling out the already-drafted Dudleys after the match!
Slyck Wagner Brown and Asya defeat Robbie Dynamite and Danny Hodge by disqualification when General Adnan goes for the salt again, but catches the referee after Asya shoves him in the path.
Mo & Phineas Godwinn defeat JC Ice & Wolfie D when Kimona distracts JC Ice on the ring apron long enough for Mo to hit a BIG dropkick when he turns around! (Yes, dropkicks used to be finishers when the guy was that big!)
Round Two, Left Side:
The Bad Breed defeat Jose Maximo & Are$, again with the DUD to Maximo!
Kristal Marshall & Maurice Tillet defeat Kwee Wee and Danshoku Dino after some mounted corner antics by Dino are reversed into a big situout powerbomb by Tillet.
The Ministry of Darkness defeats Josh Prohibition and Luther Reigns with another big splash from Viscera to Josh Prohibition as Mideon stops Luther from entering.
Phineas Godwinn & Mo defeat Slyck Wagner Brown & Asya and The Cutler Brothers when Phineas Godwinn hits a running powerslam on Brandon Cutler after Kimona catches him with a dropkick. Kristal Marshall & Maurice Tillet defeat The Bad Breed and The Ministry of Darkness when an obviously exhausted "Mideon" hits the big splash on Ian Rotten, but Tillet STOMPS Viscera in the head, causing him to roll off! Leia Meow runs in and grabs his leg, but this still lets Kristal get the pin!
With Kristal staying in the corner, Phineas and Mo take turns wearing down Tillet with quick tags in the corner, Dave Prazak noting that either of Phineas or Mo could fit in 265 Live, with Tillet’s promise to place Kristal Marshall quickly fading … but then Phineas has Mo hold Tillet for the crossbody, Tillet pushes Mo in front, crash and burn! Before Phineas can get up, Tillet hits the second Curbstomp of the tournament – rolls him over, Kristal grabs Kimona from running in, 1-2-3 for Kristal Marshall and Maurice Tillet!
Kristal Lashley enters the ring and hugs Maurice. The bell rings and she gestures for him to lie down – he does, but as she drops to her knees to pin him, he rolls her over and holds her down: 1-2-3! Maurice Tillet has betrayed General Manager Kristal Marshall and won the tournament!
The Winner … and officially a member of the 265Live roster at Pick 675 … Maurice “French Angel” Tillet!
Delmarva Championship Wrestling Owner and President: Paul Thunder Promotional Radius: Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virgina TV Tapings held every Friday Night- Dover Recreational Center- Dover, Delaware Commentator: Gordon Solie
Harley Race Nick Bockwinkel Bruiser Brody Carlos Colon Assassin #1 Bruno Sammartino Paul Jones Jack Brisco Ken Patera Mr. Wrestling 2 Ivan Koloff Gene Kiniski Killer Karl Kox Bobo Brazil Dream Machine Troy Graham Pedro Morales Mark Lewin Kevin Sullivan Jay Youngblood Steve Keirn Lou Thesz Crusher Blackwell Thunderbolt Patterson "One Man Gang" Ronnie Garvin Ron Wright Victor Rivera Ricky Romero Bearcat Wright Big Bill Miller
Roster: (Female) Wendi Richter Raquel Gonzalez Bayley Madd Maxine Lelani Kai Cowgirl Sue Green
Titles: DCW World Title DCW Womens World Title DCW World Tag Team Titles DCW World Television Title
Along with the first round of the tournament highlighted above and easily seen in that nifty bracket I posted, PRW will also promote some of the best women in the world.
Ruby Soho and Serena Deeb will battle it out to become the 2022 PRW Woman's Champion.
RoxC Perez and Tegan Nox will fight to become the #1 contender.
And then in 3 different contender's ladder (not actual Ladder Matches) matches, we will see The Dark Angel "Sarah Stock" face Australia's Influencer Tenille Dashwood. Next up would be Stardom's Ace Mayu Iwatani against Tasha "Flava" Steelz. And our final contender's match will see "The HBIC" Mia Yim compete against The All-American Canadian Taylor Wilde.
I likely won't have the time or energy to post promos and the like, but here's how my roster breaks down:
The Heavyweight & Intercontinental Divisions Shawn Michaels The Rock Bray Wyatt (Wyatt Family) Jake Roberts (Wyatt Family) The Miz (w/Maryse) Tajiri (w/Mr. Fuji) Hurricane Helms Don Muraco (w/Mr. Fuji) Juventud Guerrera Justin Gabriel/PJ Black
The Tag Team Division The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) (Wyatt Family) The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) Border Patrol (The Big Boss Man & The Mountie) Smack Talk (Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura) The Good Brothers (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) (w/Mr. Fuji) Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado)
The Wyatt Family Bray Wyatt Jake Roberts The Hardy Boyz Lita Alexa Bliss
The Fuji Faction Don Muraco Tajiri The Powers of Pain Dakota Kai Shotzi Blackheart
Lucha Dragon Party Kalisto Sin Cara/Hunico Gran Metalik Lince Dorado
The Spanish Announce Team Hugo Savinovich Carlos Cabrera
Featuring the greatest wrestlers born in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Ohio Randy Savage Brian Pillman Johnny Gargano Wardlow (crossing state lines to form the Rogue Warriors with Animal) Abyss Ray Rowe (War Machine) Hanson (War Machine) Al Snow (crossing state lines to form Head Cheese with Steve Blackman) Sami Callahan (OvE) Jake Crist (OvE) Dave Crist (OvE) Madman Fulton (OvE) Matt Cross EC3 Madison Rayne Dana Brooke Jack Reynolds (commentary) Carmen Electra (valet) Hailey Hatred Nevaeh
Pennsylvania Kurt Angle Adam Cole Animal (crossing state lines to form the Rogue Warriors with Wardlow) Raven (in the ECW Originals) Shane Douglas (in the ECW Originals) Stevie Richards (in the ECW Originals) The Sandman (in the ECW Originals) The Blue Meanie (in the ECW Originals) Billy Kidman (billed from Allentown) Brian Knobbs (Nasty Boys) Jerry Sags (Nasty Boys) Steve Blackman (crossing state lines to form Head Cheese with Al Snow) Dominic Denucci Drew Gulak Jessicka Havoc Lady Frost “Battman” Tony Marino (staple of Pittsburgh wrestling) Mike Quackenbush Dennis Miller (commentary) April Hunter (valet) Lord Zoltan
West Virginia Ray Stevens Jamie Noble (in the Poor Horsemen) Heath Slater (in the Poor Horsemen) Henry O. Godwinn (in the Poor Horsemen) Necro Butcher (in the Poor Horsemen)
(Those on my board I got sniped on from Ohio included Jon Moxley, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Candice LaRea and Chris Hero. Those from Pennsylvania were Ax, Bruno Sammartino, Big John Studd, Elias, Britt Baker and Bryan Clark.)