Post by Chris Reager on May 3, 2014 11:44:04 GMT -5
I have ummed and ahhed over doing this for a long time, and after getting some help from Slappy and Devilkiller, have decided to type out the ideas I've had with my 'Fed' for literally over ten years but just never did...life happens, but writing things down and making fixups of Jakks RAs/DRAs to represent most of these guys have kept me sane I guess...
Before I do, I have to lay out the (for lack of a better term) 'Universe' that my promotions take place in which is an alternate reality to our current one, though if a wrestler is in WWE or TNA or NJPW in real life, they won't wrestle for SUMMIT PRO unless the I feel it is appropriate for SUMMIT PRO to take them on as employees.
Major promotions like WWE, NJPW, TNA, ROH, AJPW, Lucha Underground and NOAH exist and have had a working agreement with '3NWPRO', which is (not only my signup name) but is the governing body behind SUMMIT PRO.
AJPW, NOAH, SMASH, PWG, WWE, ROH and NJPW have all had previous working relationships with 3NWPRO.
3NWPRO is bankrolled by businesswoman and entrepreneur Lady Laura Crothers, a multi-billionaire from Islington, UK, who moved to Japan to concentrate on furthering her business empire, Crothers Group of Companies.
The CEO of 3NWPRO is former KING, FORGE and RIPTIDE pro wrestler Seth Cronyn.
Seth is also responsible for the training and development for SUMMIT PRO, where he has a wrestling school/dojo in Osaka, called 'Stovebolt Championship Wrestling' or 'SCW' where wrestlers are trained extensively.
3NWPRO operates similar to the WWE as an 'umbrella' company (like how WWE has NXT, WWE Films, WWE Music, etc) but more rooted in professional wrestling as opposed to sports entertainment.
SUMMIT PRO is the main 'brand' that exists within it. 3NWPRO chooses to tour in certain areas around the world that are receptive to their product, mainly Japan, South Korea, Canada, Scandinavia, India, United Kingdom, Dubai, etc.
SUMMIT PRO is comprised of six smaller 'sub-promotions' that come together for supercards called 'MAELSTROM' which usually emanate from Osaka's (fictional) Tsuruta Commemorative Arena, Himitsu-No Shima, Osaka Prefecture.
Five out of the six promotions often have 'VERSUS' supercards against one another with title ramifications for MAELSTROM.
The annual 'supershow' (similar to WrestleMania or WrestleKingdom) is 'SUMMIT PRO: KING OF PRO WRESTLING THRESHOLD' which is held over 2 days, also in Osaka. This was altered in 2016 with an ambitious co-promotion with heavy metal festivals Wacken Open Air in Germany and Heavy Montreal in Canada.
The six sub-promotions are called:
These promotions co-promote and have different approaches to professional wrestling; with BEAST, FORGE and KING operating out of Japan, with RIPTIDE and IGNITION originally operating out of Pasadena and San Diego respectively before also moving across to Osaka in Japan like the three aforementioned promotions.
RIPTIDE is a workrate-focused promotion originally based in Pasadena, California, (now in Osaka, Japan) with predominately young wrestlers, in a similar vein to PWG, though a more refined respect for psychology and selling. Instead of stupid highspots and passages of matches where no one sells anything, RIPTIDE showcases true athletic talent while still adhering to pro wrestling's 'heart' .
3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn is responsible for helping foster the talent from RIPTIDE, and it is managed by his grandfather, Sovereign Cronyn, who is the CEO.
BEAST is a kayfabe-heavy promotion based in Osaka, Japan with predominately gaijin facepainted powerhouse wrestlers (with the exception of Reaper, who is not a powerhouse) in the vein of The Road Warriors, Papa Shango, The Powers of Pain and Demolition if they wrestled a style similar to late '80s/early '90s AJPW.
In a secret location in Himitsu-No Shima, Bruiser and Kraven created BEAST and founded a training academy called the BEAST Power Training Universum.
Stables and factions are a recurring theme in BEAST.
IGNITION is a modernized lucha libre promotion based in San Diego, California, with international wrestlers working a style similar to that of Dragon Gate, essentially lucharesu. They are not as 'showy' and will actually let you absorb what you have just seen instead of rushing from spot to spot like the actual Dragon Gate is guilty of.
Most are "luchadores enmascarados" (masked wrestlers).
FORGE is a promotion made in homage to Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and JCP; as well as Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling and UWF, late '80s/early '90s AJPW, with wrestlers seemingly 'stuck' in the late '80s/early '90s without overt gimmicks.
Most wear attires you would see from those promotions and prefer stiff chops, lariats and forearms to be part of their respective repertoires.
KING is a promotion based in Japan; the first puroresu promotion to exist within SUMMIT PRO and originate from Lady Crother's Himitsu-No Shima in Osaka. It has origins since before aligning with SUMMIT PRO. Galvanised by two distinctly skilled divisions, Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight, KING is an affirmation of the respect and admiration Lady Crothers and Seth Cronyn hold for Japan and their take on professional wrestling; exhibiting the Strong Style, Modified King's Road and modern style associated with the likes of NJPW, AJPW and NOAH.
DRIVEN is the first and only joshi puroresu promotion owned by a gaijin (Lady Crothers) and operated by SUMMIT PRO. A brand new take on joshi puroresu, the world was introduced to the concept of DRIVEN courtesy of a press conference held by Lady Crothers; the 'Turmoil in Tokyo' edition of 'Three Minutes To...'
Crothers intended to make history and not lead by example as a powerful woman by shaping an internationally-focused roster of incredibly talented and beautiful women into DRIVEN Women who would eschew the notion that any woman stepping into a ring is a 'Diva' - a decidedly pejorative term, especially to a proud woman like Lady Crothers.
These promotions have their own titles, defended in their own promotions as well as infrequently at the MAELSTROM supercards.
- RIPTIDE Heavyweight championship (Primary title)
- RIPTIDE Openweight championship (Secondary title)
- RIPTIDE Tag Team championship (Tag team title) - will be phased out in due course
- BEAST King Beast championship (Primary title)
- BEAST Iron Beast championship (Secondary title)
- BEAST Dual Beast championships (Tag team titles) - will be phased out in due course
- IGNITION Turn The Key championship (Primary title)
- IGNITION Throttle Engage championship (Secondary title)
- IGNITION Twin Turbo championships (Tag team titles) - will be phased out in due course
(modelled after Dragon Gate's 'Open The ... Gate' titles)
- FORGE International Heavyweight championship (Primary title)
- FORGE Eastern Pacific championship (Secondary title)
- FORGE Tag Team championship (Tag Team titles) - will be phased out in due course
- CKGP Heavyweight championship (Primary title)
- CKGP Junior Heavyweight championship (Secondary title)
- CKGP Openweight championship ('Tertiary' title - contested between both classes)
- CKGP Tag Team championship (Heavyweight tag titles) - will be phased out in due course - CKGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team championship (Junior Heavyweight tag titles) - will be phased out in due course
(CKGP stands for Crown King Grand Prix)
These five promotions comprise SUMMIT PRO and the MAELSTROM supercards, though BEAST, FORGE and KING have infrequent co-promoted cards entitled 'SUMMIT PRO: VERSUS' be it FORGE VS KING, KING VS BEAST, FORGE VS BEAST, i.e. I, II, III etc...same deal for RIPTIDE and IGNITION.
The VERSUS cards are chosen at random by Seth Cronyn.
There are also スポットショー (Showcase) events, released on iPPV on TCN, the channel that broadcasts all SUMMIT PRO PPV events. In 2015, SUMMIT PRO launched 'APEX', an on-demand service in the vein of Netflix and the WWE Network, available for streaming devices, for all SUMMIT PRO content.
SUMMIT PRO...WHO ARE THESE GUYS? (reminiscent of...)
3NWPRO Owner Lady Laura Crothers - reminiscent of Dame Judi Dench; regal, all-business, immensely wealthy, a polymath and speaks 13 languages. Hardly ever seen on 3NWPRO programming
3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn - reminiscent of Edge circa 2009, speaks Japanese and is amiable and respectful, has had a hand in training every wrestler in some capacity. Credited with the SUMMIT PRO concept. Trained by Dory Funk Jr, and enjoyed a fifteen-plus year career as an in-ring talent, essentially beginning and ending in Japan.
Carl Jordan - reminiscent of Shelton Benjamin, former RIPTIDE talent, current commentator for RIPTIDE, co-host of WAVES. As of 2017, has moved to another department, away from the cameras.
Lee Hunter - reminiscent of Jeff Hardy (circa '05) former RIPTIDE talent, current commentator for RIPTIDE, co-host of WAVES. As of 2017, has moved to another department, away from the cameras.
Kaori Oyama - reminiscent of Japanese actress/model Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine). Multi-lingual host, presenter, interviewer and podcaster. Current English-language commentary team member and co-host of WAVES.
Yoji Mirai - reminiscent of Japanese actor Kento Hayashi of NetFlix Original 'Hibana Spark' fame. Bilingual presenter, interviewer and podcaster. Current English-language commentary team member and co-host of WAVES.
Kakei Miwako - based on the young gravure idol. One-third of the 'New Gravure Three'; a backstage interviewer for KING, FORGE and RIPTIDE.
Seika Furuhata - based on the young gravure idol. One-third of the 'New Gravure Three'; a backstage interviewer for KING, FORGE and RIPTIDE.
Anri Sugihara - based on the young gravure idol. One-third of the 'New Gravure Three'; a backstage interviewer for KING, FORGE and RIPTIDE.
Matt Striker - English-language analyst for SUMMIT PRO programming, notably WAVES, VERSUS and MAELSTROM. Left SUMMIT PRO in 2015 to concentrate on Lucha Underground.
BEAST owner/President Lord Lucius - reminiscent of Father James Mitchell, but African-American and facepainted, evil-looking, but clever and resourceful, deep resonant voice
IGNITION owner/President Konrad Mitchell - reminiscent of Triple H circa '05 (Motorhead look); laidback individual, but very open to other cultures, travelled, respectful
RIPTIDE owner/President Sovereign Cronyn - reminiscent of Liam Neeson; grandfather of Seth Cronyn, grizzled, but open to young talent's development
KING owner/President Kunimura Saito - reminiscent of Jun Kunimura; father of Kenichi Saito, stoic, respected businessman who is tough but fair
FORGE up originally had Seth Cronyn's mentor, Dory Funk Sr, as owner and President, but stepped down in early 2015 due to age and personal issues. As of June 2015, Jim Weaver was sworn in as permanent FORGE President.
BEAST ring announcer Malevolence - reminiscent of late legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee in terms of voice
BEAST backstage interviewer Arkane - reminiscent of British actor Tom Hardy's 'Bane' portrayal in 'The Dark Knight Rises' in terms of voice
Kodoku of 'Kenryoko Dasshu' (BEAST's commentary team)
Fuwa of 'Kenryoko Dasshu' (BEAST's commentary team)
One of the seven MYSTERIOUS TIGERLILY DIVINA
Kumiko Saito - Reminiscent of Asian-American actress Tamlyn Tomita. Kunimura Saito's wife and Kenichi Saito's mother, as well as formidable businesswoman in her own right
Ring announcer TETSUO KANEDA - based on Nakamura Shido II from Jet Li's Fearless
Japanese-language commentator AKITOSHI SHIRAI - based on Hiroyuki Sanada from Ring, The Last Samurai, The Wolverine
Japanese-language commentator NOBUHIKO TAKASE - based on Ryo Ishibashi from The Grudge, Audition
RIPTIDE ring announcer Takeo Shibasaki - reminiscent of Ryuhei Matsuda from Nana
Kyoko Fukada - Backstage interviewer and occasional ring announcer for FORGE
IGNITION Spanish-language commentator Javier Moreno - based on Gael Garcia Bernal from Blindness
IGNITION Spanish-language commentator Maximo Valdez - based on Clifton Collins Jr from Dirty
Karnage - wizened ex-luchador, integral to the creation of IGNITION. Mysterious and well-spoken, He is the booker of IGNITION.
IGNITION ring announcer/backstage interviewer Raquel Arrulo
IGNITION backstage interviewer Anissa Garcia` - reminiscent of Mexican meteorologist Yanet Garcia
IGNITION ring announcer El Encender` ('The Light')
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'SP3'- Yuriko Morimoto - reminiscent of gravure idol Yoko Mitsuya. Co-host of 'Voices of Contention'
'SP3'- Hitomi Suzuki - reminiscent of gravure idol Hiroko Sato. Co-host of 'Voices of Contention'
'SP3'- Misaki Kurihara - reminiscent of gravure idol Kana Tsugihara. Co-host of 'Voices of Contention'
Motoko Suwa - reminiscent of Filipino/Korean DJ/model Jinri Park. One-third of the DRIVEN announce team
Katsuki Omigawa - reminiscent of South Korean K-pop recording artist Park Gyuri. One-third of the DRIVEN announce team. Voiceover artist for Kaori Oyama's 'A State Of Flux' podcast
Naoko Yutani - reminiscent of Taiwanese metal musician Doris Yeh of Chthonic. One-third of the DRIVEN announce team
RIPTIDE PRO WRESTLING
1. Dan Starling - reminiscent of Kyle O'Reilly circa 2012-2013, Prince Devitt and KENTA, stiff kicks, submissions and fighting spirit; the 'ace' of RIPTIDE
2. Kaleb Delta - reminiscent of Brian Cage and Anthony Nese, immense power yet breathtaking agility
3. Breckin Stryker - reminiscent of Brock Lesnar and Mike Awesome, stronger than Delta, incredibly agile; inhuman strength and tough mindset
4. Winston 'Windy Rhodes' Rowe - reminiscent of Samoa Joe and Willie Mack, 'fat' but unbelievable fire and charisma; known for Kobashi-like chops and agility
5. Joe Weaver - reminiscent of Dolph Ziggler, Kurt Angle in his prime and Adam Cole; phenomenal workrate, big on psychology, son of FORGE's Jim Weaver; incredibly talented amateur wrestler
6. Leon Harris - reminiscent of Trevor Murdoch and Go Shiozaki, 'bigger' like Windy, powerful and resilient
7. Corey Knight - reminiscent of Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy, high flyer career babyface, believable Ricky Morton-like selling
8. Zen Pike - reminiscent of Kevin Steen (in-ring work only) and Tommaso Ciampa (physique only); clever psychology, crafty
9. Joey Dexter - reminiscent of Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks; identical twin brother to Jesse Dexter, high flyer
10. Jesse Dexter - reminiscent of Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks; identical twin brother to Joey Dexter, high flyer
11. Caden Raith - reminiscent of Bobby Fish and TJ Perkins; technical and clinical versatile heel
12. Johnny Prime - reminiscent of Johnny Goodtime and Brian Kendrick circa 2013 PWG; resilient and able to work different styles
13. Samuel Phoenix - reminiscent of latter-day Edge with attire and physique similar to John Cena's; heroic and tough, career babyface
14. Kotaro - reminiscent of Low Ki and The Great Muta circa 1990; unhinged, somewhat similar to BEAST's Reaper but less experienced
15. Mason Jones - reminiscent of Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire in WCW; young, athletic and poised for greatness, narcissistic
16. Drake Madsen - reminiscent of Drake Younger in his first PWG match; tough, likeable, versatile
17. Mossad Hammoud - reminiscent of Tyson Tomko circa 2003-4; agile, athletic wrestler originally from Israel
18. Nigel Newhart - reminiscent of Zack Sabre Jr, Dynamite Kid, Lance Storm and Nigel McGuiness; incredibly talented wrestler from Canada
IGNITION PRO WRESTLING
1. GT Havok - reminiscent of PAC; unbelievably flexible and resilient, the true 'ace' of IGNITION
2. El Graffiti - reminiscent of Dragon Kid circa 2009 and Rey Mysterio circa '97; masked, smallest wrestler in all of SUMMIT PRO; the heart of IGNITION, incredible luchador
3. Scotty Rictor - reminiscent of Billy Kidman circa '98; technical, adaptable to other styles
4. El V Fuego - reminiscent of Eddie Guerrero circa '97; slimy "rudo", charismatic and technical
5. Razor Dragon - reminiscent of Ultimo Dragon; masked, resilient, technical and high flying
6. Mantis - reminiscent of Mistico circa 2005; masked, technical, versatile and resilient, tag partner of Silvestro in Morphosis
7. Ortega - reminiscent of Super Crazy circa '99, a veteran of IGNITION, helped it get started, still amazing and epic lucha libre/lucharesu
8. Silvestro - reminiscent of Rey Mysterio circa '02, masked, (trademark silver attire); awesome resilient technical lucha libre/lucharesu, tag partner of Mantis in Morphosis
9. Criptico` - reminiscent of Samuray Del Sol, masked, technical epic lucha libre/lucharesu, however is a "rudo"
10. El Malicioso - reminiscent of Charly Malice, facepainted, creepy but technical and crafty "rudo"
11. Shintaro Suzuki - reminiscent of TAKA Michinoku, high flying, pays homage to Shawn Michaels often
12. Equinox - reminiscent of Rey Mysterio circa '96, masked, technical and phenomenal lucha libre/lucharesu
13. El Azul - reminiscent of Mistico circa 2006; masked, technical, versatile and high flying
14. Super Xero - reminiscent of Super Nova in CMLL circa 2007, technical, high flying
15. Lizmark Jr. - powerful, resourceful and ruthless
16. Tinieblas Jr. - tenacious, resilient and crafty
17. Sydistiko - frenzied, rabid and merciless
BEAST POWER WRESTLING
1. Bruiser - reminiscent of '80s Road Warrior Animal; facepainted, powerful, wise and resilient, the true 'ace' of BEAST, created BEAST along with Kraven in 1996
2. Reaper - reminiscent of Low Ki and Tajiri; facepainted, the smallest member of BEAST, the most animalistic, fond of stomps, kicks, and quick chops
3. Virus - reminiscent of '90s Road Warrior Hawk; facepainted, the most charismatic member of BEAST, powerful and fond of Lariats
4. Legion - reminiscent of The Warlord in POP; facepainted, silent, aggressive and powerful, 'truly BEASTly'
5. Warbringer - reminiscent of The Barbarian in POP; facepainted, silent, aggressive and powerful, 'truly BEASTly'
6. Cthulu - reminiscent of Papa Shango; facepainted, tough, clever, resourceful
7. Vessel - reminiscent of Big Daddy V; huge big man, like the actual Big Daddy V but can actually wrestle 'better'
8. Bludgeon - reminiscent of Bam Bam Bigelow; big man, powerful and agile, protégé of Bruiser
9. Nightmare - reminiscent of Bruiser Brody; facepainted and powerful, tag partner of Ravage in Bane of Ruination
10. Ravage - reminiscent of Wrath; tall, powerful facepainted and mulleted 'monster'; tag partner of Nightmare in Bane of Ruination
11. Venom - reminiscent of Kane circa '98; brooding, huge and awe-inspiring; tough and powerful
12. Battlegod - reminiscent of Demolition Crush; facepainted, powerful and agile
13. Kraven - reminiscent of The Boogeyman circa 2006; facepainted, powerful, dark and mysterious, created BEAST along with Bruiser in 1996
14. Mictlan - reminiscent of Acolyte Faarooq circa 1999 with Tony Atlas' physique in the '80s; facepainted, brutish, powerful and dark, loyal to Kraven
15. Vortex - reminiscent of The Warlord circa 1991, tall, imposing, powerful and surprisingly agile
16. Animus - reminiscent of The Great Muta (look only); facepainted, athletic and technical
17. Oseron - reminiscent of The Great Kabuki (look only); facepainted, athletic and crafty
18. Miasma - reminiscent of Sting (1997 look only); facepainted, morose yet athletic and skilled
19. Hazard - reminiscent of Demolition Ax; facepainted, powerful and agile
20. Tyrant - reminiscent of Demolition Smash; facepainted, powerful and agile
21. Inferno - reminiscent of Acolyte Bradshaw circa 1999; facepainted, tough, brutish, brawling style
22. Raze - reminiscent of Acolyte Bradshaw circa 2000; facepainted, tough, brutish, brawling style
23. Senium - reminiscent of The Undertaker circa 1994 (SummerSlam look); facepainted, tall, powerful, strong, occult-like, athletic, awe-inspiring
25. Ennea - reminiscent of The Undertaker circa 1997 (SummerSlam look); facepainted, tall, powerful, strong, occult-like, athletic, awe-inspiring
26. Sekem - reminiscent of The Undertaker circa 1998 (WM XIV look); facepainted, tall, powerful, strong, occult-like, athletic, awe-inspiring
27. Nihil - reminiscent of The Undertaker circa 1999 (Ministry look); facepainted, tall, powerful, strong, occult-like, athletic, awe-inspiring
28. Kraken - reminiscent of Kamala (sans the whole Ugandan gimmick); brutish, fierce and powerful
CURRENT BEAST FACTIONS/STABLES/TEAMS:
The Blood Pack: Kraven (leader), Mictlan, Vortex, Reaper
The Pain Division: Virus (leader), Legion, Warbringer
The Violence Continuum: Cthulu (leader), Battlegod
Kolossal Miscreation: Vessel (leader), Kraken, Bludgeon
Seeds of Hate: Animus (leader), Oseron, Miasma
Bane of Ruination: Nightmare, Ravage
Perilous Oppression: Hazard, Tyrant
Hellfire Eternal: Inferno, Raze
Occasus: Nihil (leader), Senium, Geilt, Ennea, Sekem
Onslaught: Bruiser, Venom
FORGE PRO WRESTLING
1. Steve Wilson - reminiscent of Dr Death Steve Williams; epic, tough and resilient; truly the 'ace' of FORGE
2. Lance Hansen - reminiscent of Stan Hansen; tough as nails, does the Western Lariat as homage to his namesake
3. Crusher Brannigan - reminiscent of Terry Gordy in AJPW; tenacious and tough, tag team partner of Mammoth Barnett
4. Junior Fifita - reminiscent of Haku; unbelievably tough Tongan, stiff and agile, incredibly over in Japan
5. Miles Roper - reminiscent of Bad News Brown mixed with James Brown; the most charismatic member of FORGE, 'The Funkmaster'; tough, cool heel. Is semi-retired as of 2015
6. Draco Koloff - reminiscent of Nikita Koloff mixed with Ivan Drago; the tallest member of Forge at 7 ft tall; an awe-inspiring Russian monster
7. Terry Sampson - reminiscent of Sid Vicious (physique only); monster Brit, tag team partner with Robbie Drake
8. Robbie Drake - reminiscent of Davey Boy Smith in AJPW; resilient and tough Brit, tag team partner with Terry Sampson
9. Mammoth Barnett - reminiscent of Earthquake; big, big man, similar to Vessel; tag partners with Crusher Brannigan
10. Ryusuke Tengan - reminiscent of Yuji Nagata and Mitsuharu Misawa; tenacious, stiff shoot kicks and chops, fighting spirit
11. Keiji Sakoda - reminiscent of Kensuke Sasaki and Toshiaki Kawada; stiff shoot kicks and chops, amazing fighting spirit
12. Jermaine Oxbow - reminiscent of Bobby Lashley and early WCW Ron Simmons; incredible conditioning and power, agility
13. Ivar Koloff - reminiscent of Ivan 'The Russian Bear' Koloff and Wahoo McDaniel; tough, uncompromising, father of Draco, brother of Viktor
14. Viktor Koloff - reminiscent of Nikolai Volkoff and Greg Valentine; tough, scientific, uncle to Draco, brother of Ivar
15. Eric St.Paul - reminiscent of 'Cowboy' Bob Orton; lanky, athletic and smooth heel
16. Augustus Brooks - reminiscent of Tony Atlas; incredibly ripped physique, massively strong and agile
17. Bob Henson - reminiscent of Larry 'The Axe' Hennig in AWA and Harley Race in NWA; big, tough and uncompromising heel
18. Hank Stevens - reminiscent of Nick Bockwinkel in AWA; charismatic, but a working man's ethos and determination despite being a heel
19. Stan Bryant - reminiscent of Barry Windham as a face in JCP; tall, natural athletic competitor
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KING PRO WRESTLING
Out of KING; the ones to watch are (stables):
Heihachi Miyamoto - reminiscent of Kensuke Sasaki circa 2005; powerful, resilient, epic with ungodly strength
Tetsuya Sekimoto - reminiscent of Yoshihiro Takayama circa 2006; tall, stiff, powerful; a true alpha male, stern, epic and brutal at times
Koji Nakata - reminiscent of Mr Gannosuke circa 1997; big, broad, powerful; tough and crafty
MERCILESS (formerly DK-KOJI-GUN):
Kenichi Saito - reminiscent of KENTA circa NO MERCY heel turn; crafty, stiff, more submissions-based; lethal and cunning
Takeshi Gannosuke - reminiscent of Yoshinobu Kanemaru circa 2008; versatile junior heavyweight, explosive when necessary
Katsuhiko Yamada - reminiscent of Kazuchika Okada (just before becoming 'Rainmaker'; tall, athletic and polished; ruthless and epic
OSOREZU-GUN (Without Fear Army):
Naoki Tamaguchi - reminiscent of Atsushi Aoki; versatile, resilient and athletic
Hiroshi Tamura - reminiscent of Kota Ibushi; breathtaking agility and poise, incredible heart and psychology
Ikuto Nakamura - reminiscent of Munenori Sawa; clinical, technical and stiff, resilient competitor
Kendo Ishida - reminiscent of Shinsuke Nakamura (before he found his current niche); strike-based (knees, chops and forearms), athletic and crafty
Tatsutoshi Shimizu - reminiscent of Katsuyori Shibata; crisp and clever submissions-based shooter, fond of shoot kicks as well
Toshihiro Nobunaga - reminiscent of Takashi Sugiura; crisp, solid and athletic
RED VOLTAGE ARMY:
Shiro Kawashima - reminiscent of YAMATO circa 2009; charismatic, athletic and resourceful
Satoshi Murakami - reminiscent of CIMA circa 2007-2008; athletic and charismatic
Katsumi Kimura - reminiscent of KAGETORA circa 2011; athletic and resourceful
Takahiro Otsuka - reminiscent of KUSHIDA; quick, agile and athletic
Daisuke Mirashima - reminiscent of Takeshi Morishima; huge, powerful and imposing
Yoshihiro Fujihara - reminiscent of Minoru Suzuki; athletic, crafty, favours submissions
Koji Koshiwada - reminiscent of Hiroshi Tanahashi; charismatic, powerful with fighting spirit and pride
Atsushi Nakano - reminiscent of Go Shiozaki; powerful career babyface, favours hard-hitting knife edge chops, resilient, fighting spirit
Hiromichi Oyama - reminiscent of Masato Tanaka; stout, powerful, tons of fighting spirit and pride
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KING Junior Heavyweights:
Kiyoshi Genjiro - reminiscent of 'H'(Hayabusa's alter ego in FMW); crafty, with fighting spirit and versatility
Naoya Nakagawa - reminiscent of Ikuto Hidaka; quick, agile and courageous
Nobuhiko Ogawa - reminiscent of HARASHIMA; stoic, athletic and agile
Masahiko Yoshida - reminiscent of Katsuhiko Nakajima circa 2008; top babyface in KING for junior heavyweights, excels in stiff shoot kicks and submission-based wrestling
Akira Ishimura - reminiscent of Kotaro Suzuki; resilient, quick and versatile
Togi Mizushima - reminiscent of Naruki Doi circa 2009; stoic and deft competitor, athletic and agile
Kenjiro Kojima - reminiscent of BxB Hulk circa 2007; handsome, charismatic and incredibly athletic and agile; career babyface
Takayuki Momota - reminiscent of Masaaki Mochizuki; stiff, resilient and agile
Manabu Okamoto - reminiscent of Akira Tozawa; tough, resourceful and clever
Takeo Shiraishi - reminiscent of Minoru Tanaka; resilient, athletic, has a background in kickboxing and Muay Thai
Shingo Takashima - reminiscent of Gedo circa 2006; stout, tough, resilient
Kazuharu Yasuda - reminiscent of Naofumi 'Yoshi Tatsu' Yamamoto; sleek, agile and athletic; favouring quick shoot kicks
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Masato Takahashi - reminiscent of Jun Akiyama; stoic, stiff and intense
Kazuya Yamazaki - reminiscent of Yuji Nagata; powerful, resourceful, charismatic
Kintaro Hayata - reminiscent of Takeshi Rikio; massive, imposing and powerful
Mitsuhiro Koshinaka - reminiscent of Satoshi Kojima; powerful, stout, athletic
Kazuyuki Ichikawa - reminiscent of Hiroyoshi Tenzan; powerful, tall, athletic
Makoto Utada - reminiscent of Manabu Nakanishi, immense powerhouse, agile and resourceful
Shoichi Onizuka - reminiscent of Tomohiro Ishii; stout powerhouse, imposing and crafty
Ryoto Hirabayashi - reminiscent of Tomoaki Honma; tall, athletic and powerful
Ryusuke Sumitani - reminiscent of Shingo Takagi; stout, stoic, athletic and agile
Low Ki - World-travelled veteran, the 'World Warrior' fooled SUMMIT PRO at BEAST VS KING XI with the introduction of SWORN, a faction of African-American athletes 'sworn' to make their presence felt in SUMMIT PRO. Low Ki is the first 'real world' talent to sign with SUMMIT PRO in a special business agreement. His heel alignment with SWORN is his first villainous turn in a stable since TNA's Beat Down Clan.
Nate Draymond - Based on Busta Rhymes circa 2015. Tough, uncompromising and charismatic pseudo-leader of SWORN. Draymond's aura is an uncanny one, and Draymond himself has no problems showing how imposing he can be if pushed.
Marlon Porter - Based on Mykel Shannon Jenkins from the film 'Undisputed III: Redemption'. Unofficial 2IC behind Draymond, Porter is at times brash yet calculated and intelligent, with exceptional speed, strength and agility.
DeShawn Carter - Based on ACH circa 2013. Confident, athletic and surprisingly resilient, Carter has 'star' written all over him - though he would prefer to get the 'W' and send messages if need be.
Tyrone Wallace - Based on Shelton Benjamin circa 2009. Natural athlete, somewhat cocky and aggressive, Wallace seamlessly can alternate between chain wrestling and straight-up brawling.
Clay Boswell - Based on Jay Lethal circa 2014. Fundamentally sound, athletic and with a pronounced mean streak, Boswell makes opponents look foolish in trying to keep up.
Malik Livingston - Based on Shad Gaspard circa 2010. An imposing big man who is incredibly strong yet agile, Livingston is not afraid of anyone.
Jerome Broadside - Based on Moose circa 2014. Like Livingston, Broadside is imposing, impossibly strong with a cold personality to match.
Terrell Hudson - Based on Cedric Alexander circa 2013 in PWG. Explosive, athletic and focused, Hudson's skill belies his anger.
Jalil Selasi - Based on acclaimed guitarist Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders (and formerly of Reflux). A laconic individual, Selasi seconds Draymond and Ki as an advisor and confidant.
Darius Langston - Based on actor Taye Diggs from the film 'Equilibrium'. Like Selasi, Langston is often laconic, but is one of the first to up the ante in relevant scenarios.
Antoine Thurlow - Based on actor Black Thomas from the film 'Step Up 2'. Fierce, often quick to anger and brutish, Thurlow eschews niceties for viciousness.
Isiah Black - Based on actor Joshua Joseph Gillum from the film 'Get Hard'. Loyal, tough and often a frenzied assailant when the situation calls for it.
Alvin Dantley - Based on actor Sharieff Pugh from TV show 'Orange Is The New Black'. A trusted subordinate, Dantley is tough and fierce, often bordering on cruel.
Deon Hill - Based on actor BJ Britt from TV show 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'. Smooth, enterprising and calculated, Hill is more than capable in handling himself, and is a trusted friend of Draymond's.
Marque Lanier - Based on actor Mahershala Ali from TV show 'House of Cards'. Of French, African and American background, Lanier is resourceful, powerful and manipulative.
Saul Kingley - Based on mixed martial artist Paul 'Semtex' Daley. Originally from London, Kingley's background in bare knuckle boxing brought him to the attention of Draymond. With explosive power and unbridled tenacity, Kingley adds true firepower to SWORN.
DRIVEN WOMEN'S WRESTLING
Priya Roshan, from Mumbai in India, resembled Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu.
Mikayla Benson, from Sydney in Australia, resembled German-Australian model and poker enthusiast Tina Wallman.
Yasumi Fujita, from Sapporo in Japan, resembled Japanese-American actress and singer Miki Ishikawa.
Tatsumi Shindo, from Hokkaido in Japan, resembled Taiwanese model and singer Mikako Zhang-Kaijie.
Sun Xiao-Jing, from Beijing in China, resembled Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.
Raina Ji-Kyung, from Seoul in South Korea, resembled South Korean K-pop singer and artist Kim Boa; a member of girl group 'SPICA'.
Satori Onizuka, from Sendai in Japan, resembled modest gravure idol Riko Kawano.
Kumiko Nakayama, from Aichi in Japan, resembled popular K-pop act and model/actress/dancer BoA.
Hiromi Oshiro, from Tokyo in Japan, resembled Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama (famous for Battle Royale and Kill Bill vol. 1).
Eliana Velez, from Mexico City in Mexico, resembled Colombian model Melissa Giraldo.
Carmen Mendoza, from Tijuana in Mexico, resembled American-Cuban actress and singer Christina Milian.
Isabelle Vasquez, from Toluca City in Mexico, resembled Filipino-Mexican model from Canada, Misa Campo.
Tamika Ito, from Chiba in Japan, resembled American actress of Japanese descent, Devon Aoki.
Sadaka Kisugi, from Osaka in Japan, resembled J-Pop idol Sayaka Yamamoto.
Lucy Renshaw, from London, England, resembled American actress and former model Krysten Ritter.
Kayana Dawson, from London, England, resembled British/American actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
Sophie Geroux, from Montreal, Quebec in Canada, resembled videogame Watchdogs character Clara Lille; complete with 'alternative/punk' aesthetic.
Narumi Tamayama, from Nagoya in Japan, resembled gravure idol Kadena Reon.
Sienna Cronyn, from San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles California, resembled British actress Sasha Jackson.
Asumi Ishimoto, from Tokyo in Japan, resembled gravure idol/actress/singer Ai Shinozaki.
Keisha Hamilton, from Crenshaw Heights in Los Angeles California, resembled African-American actress and dancer Meagan Good.
Tanisha Landon, also from Crenshaw Heights in Los Angeles California, resembled African-American actress and dancer Telisha Shaw.
(Credit to Google.com and the Photobucket of a nice bloke called 'TheWho87EWR' for the images)
The style of wrestling for all promotions, whilst having their own individual style, adheres to ring psychology that I prefer meaning no matches ending by DQ, rare no-contests, etc...the in-ring style of each promotion within SUMMIT PRO still lends itself to The Four Quarters where possible, and again with the right heat; selling and overall correct and proper psychology as I see fit.
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SUMMIT PRO: MAELSTROM I
Tsuruta Commemorative Arena, Himitsu-No Shima, Osaka Prefecture
Show opens with promo from 3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn thanking Osaka for hosting the first MAELSTROM supercard for SUMMIT PRO, 'MAELSTROM I'.
He announces that the main event is a special 6-man tag which will feature a 'dream team' comprised of 'aces' of their respective companies to take on the near-undefeated stable in BEAST, The Pain Division (Virus and the BEAST Dual Beast tag team champions Legion and Warbringer).
He is joined by Kenichi Saito's father, Kunimura Saito, the President of KING who respectfully asks that Seth instead choose three of his hand-picked KING heavyweights in the IRON FIST stable; Sekimoto, Miyamoto and Nakata.
IRON FIST have previously been defeated by Legion and Warbringer in Tokyo at BEAST VS KING X; Kunimura-san requested a chance for retribution.
Seth agrees, and the two shake hands - the main event has been changed to the delight of the fans.
Lenne Hardt announced the matches with her over-the-top delivery akin to PRIDE's heyday while vignettes appear hyping each match and highlighting the strengths of each promotion participating this evening.
The WWE contributes with The Shield and The Wyatt Family in respective matches tonight against BEAST, though it is Bray Wyatt in singles action against Venom.
1. Reaper, Nightmare and Ravage [BEAST] defeated Kazuyuki Ichikawa, Ryuji Kitazawa and Toshihiro Nobunaga [KING] (12:09) when Reaper pinned Nobunaga after a Diving Demon Footstomp
2. Winston Rowe and Breckin Stryker [RIPTIDE] defeated Miles Roper and Jermaine Oxbow [FORGE] (13:40) when Stryker pinned Roper after a Breckin' Machine Lariat
3. Lance Hansen [FORGE] defeated Hiromichi Oyama [KING] (14:03) with a Hansen Lariat
4. GT Havok, Ortega, Silvestro and El Fuego [IGNITION] defeated Corey Knight, Caden Raith, Johnny Prime and Zen Pike [RIPTIDE] (15:28) when Havok pinned Knight after a Turismo DDT
3NWPRO CEO Seth Cronyn informed fans that the next VERSUS card would be a Junior Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament between IGNITION and KING.
The winners would move forward in the Grand Prix, to meet winners of the second stage of the Grand Prix, which would be RIPTIDE and KING.
This would be a lengthy tournament to crown the top Junior Heavyweight in SUMMIT PRO.
5. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns [WWE] defeated Cthulu, Vessel and Battlegod [BEAST] (19:17) when Reigns pinned Cthulu after a Spear
6. Venom [BEAST] defeated Bray Wyatt w/ Erick Rowan and Luke Harper [WWE] (17:48) with a Devil's Cut-Throat Driver
7. RIPTIDE Heavyweight champion Dan Starling and Kaleb Delta [RIPTIDE] defeated Crusher Brannigan and Mammoth Barnett [FORGE] (19:33) when Delta used the Delta Dragon Suplex on Brannigan
8. PRE-MAIN EVENT: Junior Fifita [FORGE] defeated Takeshi Morishima [NOAH] (20:13) with an Island Driver
9. MAIN EVENT: Tetsuya Sekimoto, Heihachi Miyamoto and Koji Nakata [KING] defeated Virus and BEAST Dual Beast tag team champions Legion and Warbringer [BEAST] (33:52) when Miyamoto used a Black Ogre Bomb on Virus
The commentators view replays of certain moves/entrances/moments from the entire show, and throw to the analysis with legends Race, Funk and Hansen. Japanese analysis with subtitles is also shown with Kobashi, Sasaki and Kawada's thoughts on the night.
It is thrown back to Hunter and Jordan, who thank the viewers for watching and inform of upcoming 3NWPRO shows noting the next MAELSTROM supercard will appear in two month's time.
Well, that was cool...and literally took me 6 hours...I write this at nearly 3am...I'm quite the perfectionist and while it may seem strange, this meant a lot to me...a damn lot.
I admit that even up until last year I dead set against revealing something this personal (and I know no one asked me to, but it's my prerogative)
Thank you to whoever reads this, thank you to Slappy and Devilkiller and here's to the next MAELSTROM...all comments welcome...