1.1 Who runs this dumb thing?
1.2 Gimme the real scoop!
1.2.1 The Backstory
1.2.2 The real scoop
1.3 The Concept
1.4 Schedule/Shows/The Like
1.5 The Peeps
1.6 Despite my better judgment, I wish to apply
1.1 WHO RUNS THIS DUMB THING?
It is I, John "Glutton for Punishment" Armstrong. I've run feds before. They all closed. This one will be no exception. Deal.
1.2 GIMME THE REAL SCOOP!
1.2.1 The Backstory
Mid-South Wrestling has been in existence since 1973, forever operating right in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally brought into being by former wrestler Jimmy Tate (better known as The Masked Mauler in southern territories in the 60's). Tate ran the shop until 1979, when he sold it to Earl Kincade, who used to operate territories in Florida and Texas.
Kincade managed the territory throughout the 1980's as it became one of the hottest regional territories in the business. Many wrestlers who went onto national superstardom first had a stop in Memphis with MSW. In fact, it became an unspoken rule that to get to the big-time, you had to spend some time in Memphis with Kincade. A master of building heels and angles, many recognize Kincade as being the man who was always a step ahead of the competition in terms of storylines and the like.
In 1992, Kincade suffered a massive heart attack that required triple-bypass surgery. Doctors ordered him to stay away for six months, during which time Earl turned operations over to his son, Chris. And in those six months, Chris almost literally destroyed everything his father built for the previous decade. He pushed young, green guys who were his party pals. He had no idea how to tell a story. He alienated and ran off MSW's longtime announcer Vance Welch. Attendance dropped. Talent left. Sponsors dwindled. What was once a money-making machine now struggled to get by month-to-month, and Chris drained much of his dad's coffers just to stay alive.
When Earl was ready to return, his mid-south empire was left in shambles. Distraught, he sold the business to Richard Stapleton, a local real estate magnate with no previous experience running a wrestling territory. It showed. While things did improve slightly, MSW was still a very, very far cry from what it was in the 80's. Tired of losing money, Stapleton sold in 1997 to a former MSW wrestler by the name of Martin Wilson (who enjoyed success in the area as "Maniac" Mike Wilson). Using his connections and recognition in the area, Wilson was able to get the territory back to respectable (if not profitable) heights by 2001.
However, Wilson grew tired of working nearly round the clock at his age, and sold out to former manager "Precious" Paul Ross in 2002. Ross has run the territory since, barely managing to keep it afloat. And that brings us to today. Ross recently made contact with a the son of a former co-worker, Steve Wyatt, who operates Texas Heritage Wrestling. The two realized that working together might actually help both in business. A deal was struck, and Ross - now more fired up than ever - brings that zeal back to the locker room for one more shot at keeping MSW alive.
1.2.2 The Real Scoop
Woo! Cool, huh? Alright, anyway, as you can probably tell this is going to be an old-school fed. We're going back to the days where piledrivers actually sent a man to the hospital in traction. Where 450 splashes were a fruit drink, not a wrestling move. Where kayfabe actually existed. When you app, app with that in mind.
1.3 THE CONCEPT
Clearly, this fed is inspired by the goodness that was Memphis wrestling. They will provide the template for what we do here.
Memphis used to do their Saturday morning TV show with mostly jobber matches, interviews/angle development, and clips from Monday night's big shows. So we use the same formula. We have one TV show every other week, a big Monday night show every other week, and house shows to fill the rest of the time. More on that in a bit.
When MSW opens, it will open with titles already assigned to certain individuals. Remember the storyline - MSW has been in continual existence in 1973. We're just picking up in the present. Long-term, I plan to have full title histories for all titles dating back to 1973. I said long-term, OK?
1.4 SCHEDULE/SHOWS/THE LIKE
- Championship Wrestling: That's our Saturday morning show, live from the studios of WMC-TV in downtown Memphis, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. It's shown every other week. This show primarily consists of jobber matches (though the main event each week won't be), interviews, and highlights of what went down on the Monday night shows (see below).
- Mid-South Coliseum Shows: Every other Monday night, this is where the big matches normally take place. You're getting results-only for these. Important clips will be shown on the Saturday TV show, though.
- House Shows: MSW travels throughout West TN, East AR, and North MS doing house shows. Results from those events will be sent out as well in the same format as above.
Seriously, if you're looking for some RAW or Smackdown type deal, this ain't the place for you.
This is pretty much going to be an angle-based fed. RP's will make a difference, of course, but I want to see youse handlers working together to tell a good _story_. That's what we miss about the good old days anyway, isn't it?
1.5 THE PEEPS
Owner: "Precious" Paul Ross. A former hated manager, Ross bought the jazz in 2002 and has been trying to keep it afloat since. You don't see him on camera except for in the most heated of feuds when the heavy hitter needs to come in for effect.
Lead Announcer: James Frazier. Frazier replaced Welch, and has done an excellent job as the main man selling everything MSW is doing. Still, he's got big shoes to fill and has much yet to learn.
Announcer: Anthony Patterson. A veteran weatherman for WMC-TV, Patterson doubles as the sidekick to Frazier on Saturday morning. Doesn't do much except relieve Frazier when he needs to catch a breath.
Referees: Who cares?
1.6 THE GOLD
MSW Southern Heavyweight Title: Ah, the big one. Everyone who's anyone in wrestling has held this title, foo'!
MSW Southern Tag Team Titles: Ditto. And yeah, we're doing tag team stuff here. That was a staple of Memphis wrestling, so we're gonna pay homage to that one way or the other.
MSW Mid-American Title: Sort of a second tier belt. Well, not sort of. It is.
1.7 DESPITE MY BETTER JUDGMENT, I WISH TO APPLY
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