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Re: Wrestling Grand Prix™
Grand Prix Network - A channel completely specified to WGPX competition, as well as providing information on what's happening in other wrestling promotions, albeit, ones not in direct competition with Grand Prix. Therefore, you will see no WWF on this station.
Grand Prix TV - Originally slotted for Saturday nights, Grand Prix TV is the main broadcast of the company and airs Tuesday nights, live on the SPIKE channel at 9 PM, with a re-run airing at 12 PM on Grand Prix Network. The show is a two hour broadcast, first debuting in 1995, replacing WGPX's original show which was simply named "Wrestling Grand Prix" after the promotion itself.
Cyberstrike - Introduced in 2005, Cyberstrike is a taped broadcast that airs weekly via the internet and can be streamed from either Netflix, Youtube or the company's website itself. This show lasts no longer than an hour and is usually reserved to give exposure to the company's younger, lesser known talent.
Green Prix - Similar to UFC's 'Ultimate Fighter,' this show follows 12 wannabe Grand Prix wrestlers, with each man trying to oust the other upon the scrutinizing watch of such legendary figures as Dean Malenko and Steve Austin.
Millenium Battle - This show takes place at the beginning of every year in January, and was first introduced in the year 2000. Every year since then, a battle royal is held to determine a wildcard position for the Grand Prix Glory Tournament.
Pride & Glory - One of the newer events in comparison to the WGPX pay-per-view calendar, Pride & Glory is a show held in March of every year and centers around the Grand Prix Glory League Series. Originally, the series finale was held at the Second City Showdown. The four competitors at the top of the league standings face one another in the main event of this show in an elimination style match, with the winner being able to face a champion of his own choosing.
Grand Prix World Cup - Held in May of every year since 2005. Traditionally, this card features participants from America facing off against wrestlers from around The World, though originally it was restricted between fighters from both America and Japan. The main event of this show is a five man tag team contest to determine which side will win the prestigious Grand Prix World Cup trophy.
Second City Showdown - An annual show held in Chicago and it's surrounding metropolitan area since 1995, the Second City Showdown celebrates the city and it's rich, traditional history within the business. This event usually takes place in July of every year, but has also been held in May and June on some occassions.
Juniors Cup Grand Prix - This event centers around the Juniors Cup Grand Prix Tournament and takes place in August of every year. The tournament itself usually takes up most of the card, but it is not uncommon for matches outside of the tournament to take place or even main event from time-to-time.
Fighting Spirit - Named in the likeness of New Japan Pro Wrestling's event of the same namesake, this show was introduced in 2003 and has been a mainstay of the calendar ever since. The event takes place in October of every year and, in the past, was used to promote lesser known NJPW stars to the American crowds.
Grand Prix Climax - Held in December of every year since 1993 in celebration of the company's success, this is the biggest show in the Wrestling Grand Prix calendar. The most important feuds of the year usually find themselves concluding at this very event.
WGPX World Heavyweight - Established in 1988 when the company first came to fruition, the WGPX World Heavyweight Championship is the most presitigous belt in the company, formerly held by the likes of legendary figures such as Big Van Vader, Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, Ricky Steamboat and many others. Although the word Heavyweight is associated with the belt, the title no longer has a weight restriction but is purely limited to Grand Prix's top stars.
(Current Champion - Brock Lesnar)
WGPX World Middleweight - The midcard title of the company, this belt is reserved for wrestlers weighing usually between 205-220 pounds, although it is not uncommon to see certain holders of the title weighing less than that. This championship is used as a stepping stone for future talent looking to access the top tier levels of the promotion. The belt was established in 1990, and has been held by figures such as Brian Pillman, Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels and many more.
(Current Champion - Cody Rhodes)
WGPX Pure - A championship re-introduced by Bob Backlund in 2008, this title first came to be in 1994 and centers around submission style competitors, meaning that the belt can only change hands upon a submission or referee decision. Esteemed mat technicians such as Bryan Danielson, Kurt Angle and William Regal have all once held this title.
(Current Champion - Nigel McGuinness)
WGPX World Juniors - Introduced at Grand Prix Climax 1993, this championship is reserved for competitors usually weighing below 205 pounds and is relevant to NJPW's Junior Heavyweight Title. The opening matches of most events usually center around the Juniors division, due to it's high-octane, fast paced style of combat. Wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Jushin Thunder Liger and Rey Mysterio Jr. have all called this belt their own at one time or another.
(Current Champion - Kenny Omega)
WGPX World Tag Team - These titles are primarily reserved for the tag team division and were introduced in 1988 when the company first came to be. Legendary teams such as The British Bulldogs, The Midnight Rockers, Strike Force, The Unstoppables and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team have all once held these prestigious plates of gold.
(Current Champions - World's Greatest Tag Team)
SERIES, TOURNAMENTS & TROPHIES
The Inoki Cup - The most prestigious trophy in the company, the Inoki Cup was first introduced in 2000 as a means to honor the company's founder, Antonio Inoki. Unlike the other tournaments of the promotion, the Inoki Cup is a bi-annual affair. No title shots are earned by winning this trophy, although winning the Cup has garnered favor from bookers in the past. Sixteen competitors will ultimately compete for the honor of winning this trophy. The finale for the tournament is almost always held at Grand Prix's Millenium Battle event.
Grand Prix Glory League Series - An annual series based on a league format, this championship is usually reserved for mid-to-upper card talent that are looking to make a name for themselves. The series begins at the dawn of the new year, before finally concluding at the WGPX Pride & Glory event, with the final four top ranked competitors facing off in an elimination match to determine the champion. The winner of this tournament earns a shot at any title of their choosing. Despite minor differences in execution, this series bares similarities to NJPW's G1 Climax.
Grand Prix World Cup - While not a tournament, this is an annual match and event held since 2005. This match features five men facing off in a tag team match, pitting Team USA vs. The World. Originally, this began as a battle between Bob Backlund and Antonio Inoki for control over the company, with Inoki's interests being in taking the promotion to Japan. After Inoki sold the company in real life, Team Japan was disbanded in the annual event, with wrestlers from all over the world now facing off against the Americans. The winner of the five man tag team match ultimately wins the Grand Prix World Cup trophy.
Juniors Cup Grand Prix - Stylized after the NJPW's J-Cup, the Juniors Cup Grand Prix is a very prestigious tournament held once every year in the month of August, featuring a total of eight juniors division competitors. The tournament was first established in 1993 after the introduction of the World Juniors Championship in order to determine a number one contender for the title. Since then, this same format has remained the same, with the winner of the Juniors Cup Grand Prix trophy facing the current champion at the Grand Prix Climax.
Tatsumi Tag Team Invitational - This tournament was introduced in 1996 and is named in the likeness of former WGPX World Heavyweight Champion, Tatsumi "The Dragon" Fujinami. Unlike other tournaments within the company, a maximum of only four teams are allowed to compete, with each matchup being determined in a best of 3 series. Although it is an annual tournament, there is no set date for when the tournament begins or ends like other tournaments in the promotion, but is rather booked sporadically within the course of a couple months. The winning team earns a shot at the WGPX World Tag Team Titles.
The Caged Pyramid - This is a rare type of match that involves a 30 x 30'' octagonal caged ring a top several ascending platforms. The shape of this structure has been stylized as a sized-down pyramid. There are no disqualifications or penalties associated with this match type, and a winner can only be declared by pinfall, submission, or exiting down the length of the pyramid to the floor. In the ten years of it's creation, only two Caged Pyramid Matches have ever taken place - Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz, and Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle.
Pure Wrestling - This match is strictly reserved for those competing for the WGPX Pure Championship. Rules are as followed:
1.) Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
2.) There are no closed-fist punches to the face allowed in a Pure match, only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body (save for low-blows) are permitted. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will cause the wrestler to be penalized a rope break. If he is already out of rope breaks, he will be disqualified.
3.) A wrestler is subject to a twenty count by the referee if the wrestler goes to the floor.
Scramble Cage - This match is held inside a cage with wooden platforms in each of the corners for "high risk" moves. All men are allowed inside and outside of the cage. The match begins with two teams with another entering every two minutes. The match cannot be won until every team is in the match.
Malenko Match - Another rare contest, this type of match was invented in the mid 90's by dominant former WGPX Pure and Middleweight duel-Champion, Dean Malenko, as an attempt to gain more heat. The story is that Malenko had paid off officials within the Pure Division to allow him to bend the rules of the Pure Wrestling Match, by allowing closed-fists punches and an extra rope break. After his retirement, this came to be called a 'Malenko Match' and is usually reserved to benefit kyoukan wrestlers with a kyoukan referee.
CHIKARA - A company based in Philadelphia that appeals to a smaller demographic of fans looking for a more comedic relief to the serious combat of WGPX. While they are not sports entertainment by any means, CHIKARA recognizes itself as a perfect blend of puroresu, lucha libre and American style. Both promotions maintain a working relationship and have shared workers on several occasions.
Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) - Based in Philadelphia, they are the only advent of hardcore / ultraviolent wrestling in America. CZW appeals to a teenage-to-young adult audience looking for blood and chaos. The only promotion of it's kind, the company is perhaps one of the least profitable in the business today. Yet, since they arrived in 1999, CZW has still been able to retain a strong underground following that continues to grow.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) - Now operated by the company YUKE's, New Japan Pro Wrestling is the second largest promotion in the world, and remains not far behind WGPX. The promotion is famous for popularizing the style of Puroresu in it's native Japan, and was once the sister promotion of Wrestling Grand Prix, until founder Antonio Inoki broke away from both Grand Prix and the NJPW itself. While the two companies retain a healthy relationship, they no longer share workers or help promote the other promotion's events.
Ring of Honor (ROH) - Established in 2002, Ring of Honor was originally owned by Rob Feinstein and Gabe Sapolsky. In 2004, amidst a scandal within the promotion, the company was sold to Wrestling Grand Prix and it's shareholders. Since then, ROH has been used primarily as a developmental territory for the company and is centered around the Chicago metro area. Top performers in Grand Prix today such as Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Nigel McGuinness, Samoa Joe and many others once called ROH home.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - Despite not being a wrestling promotion, the UFC does owe a bit of it's success to the groundwork that Wrestling Grand Prix laid in the early 90's for sportive combat. Subsequently, retired UFC fighters have gone on to have a marginal amount of success working for WGPX, most notably the likes of Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock, both being former WGPX World Heavyweight Champions. Today, UFC remains both highly profitable, as well as being a gateway for former fighters to expand their career within the reaches of Grand Prix.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF) - The WWF, operated by Vince McMahon, originally foreclosed in 1985 amidst the wake of a steroid scandal. Yet, after establishing a career in broadcasting, McMahon was able to secure funds to bring the company back in 1999. While it does not dominate the business as we see it today by any means, the WWF is easily the second biggest promotion in the United States and third largest in the world. It focuses on a genre known as "sports entertainment" which is more aimed at storytelling and theatrics rather than pure combat. The WWF targets a younger audience than Wrestling Grand Prix, and is lead today by newly established stars such as John Cena, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio Jr.
Last edited by Radikal : 08-29-2012 at 03:21 AM.