Casino Wrestling Federation
The top three promotions in North America (WWE, TNA & ROH) have been bought out by the Atlantic City based casino mogul Richard D. Dreyfus. He formed a new wrestling organization called the Casino Wrestling Federation (CWF). Although a lot of big name wrestlers came across to the CWF quite a few were happy to wait it put and see whether or not the CWF was a success before joining.
Bubba Ray Dudley
Bad News Barrett
Beer Money (Storm & Roode)
Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray & D-Von)
American Wolves (Edwards & Richards)
English Knights (Barrett & Williams)
Tajiri & Whipwreck
The Young Bucks (The Jacksons)
The Sinister Minister (Tajiri & Whipwreck)
William Regal (English Knights)
Natalya (Tyson Kidd)
Tamina Snuka (The Usos)
Jim Ross (Meltdown, Specials & PPV)
Tony Schivone (Power Hour, Specials & PPV)
JBL (Meltdown & PPV)
Nigel McGuinness (Power Hour & Specials)
Mike Tenay (Meltdown & Power Hour)
There are four kinds of shows hosted by the CWF:
Monday Night Meltdown: The A-show held every Monday night in large arenas across the world. 2 hours.
Power Hour: The B-show held every Tuesday night in smaller arenas across the world. 1 hour.
Specials: An irregular event held 3 or 4 times a year. Saturday event. High profile matches. 2 hours.
Pay-per-views: There are 5 PPV events a year: The Beginning of the End, Last Rites, The Garden Classic, Total Elimination and The Grand Finale. 3 hours.
W1 Meltdown: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
W1 Power Hour: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
W2 Meltdown: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
W2 Power Hour: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
W3 Meltdown: Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
W3 Power Hour: Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
W4 Meltdown: HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
W4 Power Hour: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
W5 Meltdown: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA
W5 Power Hour: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
W5 Special 1 Road to the Gold: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W6 Meltdown: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
W6 Power Hour: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
W7 Meltdown: Quicken Loans Area, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W7 Power Hour: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio, USA
W8 Meltdown: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W8 Power Hour: Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
W8 The Beginning of the End I: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., USA
W20 Last Rites I: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
W30: The 1st Annual Garden Classic: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
W42: Total Elimination I: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
W52: The Grand Finale I: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Monday Night Meltdown
Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Meltdown begins with a huge fireworks display above the ring. Howard Finkel then announces to crowd to help him welcome the Commissioner of the CWF... Bret 'Hitman' Hart! Bret Hart made his way to the ring to a huge ovation. Bret took the microphone...
"Thank you, it's great to be back in the greatest arena in the world. Tonight is the beginning of a new era in our great sport. We will begin the road to new champions.
Four teams will start on that road tonight and that road ends in Detroit at the 1st CWF Special.
At the end of tonight we will also be closer to finding out our 1st CWF World Heavyweight Champion. The winner of tonight's battle royal will go to The Beginning of the End on PPV to wrestle for CWF World Heavyweight Championship. The other wrestlers who make the final five of the battle royal will enter a knockout tournament for the right to face battle royal winner in Washington D.C.
I hope you enjoy tonight, a new era begins and we kick off with a six man tag."
The American Wolves & Jack Evans v Yoshihiro Tajiri, Mikey Whipwreck & Tyson Kidd
As you would expect from a match involving six of the quickest wrestlers in the world this match was an aerial exhibition. Bodies flew everywhere and the action rarely staying in the ring. The match settled down somewhat with The Sinister Minister's trio getting Eddy Edwards stuck in their corner. Edwards managed to escape the corner and make the hot tag to Jack Evans who clears house. As The American Wolves brawl with Tajiri and Whipwreck at ringside Kidd and Evans exchange near falls in the ring. Kidd looks set to put the Sharpshooter on Evans when Tajiri climbs on the ring apron and motions for Kidd to let him spray the mist at Evans. Kidd holds Evans while Tajiri gets ready to spit the mist but Evans ducks out of the way and the mist blinds Kidd instead. Tajiri is pulled off the apron by Richards while Evans hits Kids with a super kick before heading to the top and hitting the 630 Senton for the win.
Evans and the Wolves high five their back to the dressing after a quick breakdance from Evans. The action in the ring hadn't ended though as Kidd and Tajiri squared up in the ring having to pulled aside by their respective managers. (12:53)
Renee Young was introduced as the backstage interviewer for the CWF. Her first interviewee was none other than the 7 foot Big Red Monster himself; Kane. Renee (looking rather nervously at Kane) asked why he had chosen to don his mask again. Kane's response:
"Because human beings fear what they can't see. The only thing scarier than seeing the monster is knowing it's there but not being able to see its true face. Michael Elgin is going to understand fear first hand tonight..."
Kane v Michael Elgin
As soon as Kane stepped over the top rope Elgin took the fight to him. Elgin used his incredible strength to suplex and throw Kane about the ring but Kane eventually gained the upper hand thanks hitting Elgin with a big boot. A Tombstone later and Kane was victorious. He stood over the unmoving body of Michael Elgin, lifted his arms and set off his pyro from the four turnbuckles. (8:13)
CWF World Tag Team Championship: Qualifying Semi-Final
Beer Money v The Young Bucks
Before Beer Money could make it to the ring The Young Bucks got hold of the microphone and started running down their opponents and everyone in MSG. Before they could carry on though Beer Money ran down to the ring and the match was under way. The Young Bucks tried to keep a fast pace and took the advantage getting Roode on their corner. Roode managed to escape and tagged Storm. As Storm and Nick Jackson brawled Jackson went for a cross body off the top rope but Storm nailed him with a Last Call super kick for the win. (7:49)
We head backstage as a furious Tyson Kidd and Natalya barge in to Bret Hart's office.
Bret: "What do you think you are doing?"
Tyson: "Do you see what that Japanese idiot did to me? Why did you put me on that team anyway? I'm better than all those guys anyway!"
Bret: "You had a great opportunity tonight opening the show. Look, if you want a match against Tajiri then you can have one next Monday but don't go expecting favours just because we're family."
Tyson: "Hey, that's all I wanted to here."
JR, Mike Tenay and JBL plug tomorrow night's Power Hour from Poughkeepsie to be headlined by Jack Evans v Yoshihiro Tajiri. Also, Randy Orton and the English Knights will be in action.
CWF World Tag Team Championship: Qualifying Semi-Final
Dudley Boys v The Usos
The Usos spend most of the match attempting to get a foot hold but the experience of the Dudley's prevents The Usos from gaining a sustained period of pressure. Eventually Bubba pins Jimmy after a 3D to sent the Dudley Boys to a match for the CWF World Tag Team Championship at the CWF Special 1: Road to the Gold in Detroit against Beer Money. (5:10)
CWF World Heavyweight Championship: Qualifying 22-man Battle Royal
Randy Orton, Raven, Undertaker, Christian, Rhyno, Brock Lesner, AJ Styles, Steve Corino, Bad News Barrett, Doug Williams, Roderick Strong, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, Christopher Daniels, Kane, Michael Elgin, Tyson Kidd, Jack Evans, Yoshihiro Tajiri, Mikey Whipwreck, Eddy Edwards & Davey Richards
Before the main event begins Howard Finkel introduces the wrestling legends sat at ringside for the event including Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and Jake Roberts who all get a huge ovation.
All 22 men make their way to the ring and as soon as the last man (Undertaker) gets into the ring the fight begins. Tyson Kidd is the first mam out after his attempt to get Tajiri out is prevented when Mikey Whipwreck tips out Kidd. A furious Kidd gets back in and eliminates both Tajiri and Whipwreck with the three brawling their way to the back.
Michael Elgin and Roderick Strong (former partners and then enemies in ROH) form an uneasy alliance to eliminate Kane and Corino. Strong charges Elgin when he turns his back but Elgin senses it coming and pulls down the rope to eliminate Strong.
After several eliminations we end up with six men in the ring: Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Christian, Michael Elgin, Undertaker and Christopher Daniels. Christian is the unlucky sixth man as AJ Styles hits him with a Pelé kick when he is on the apron to eliminate him. An irate Christian grabs AJ Styles and yanks him over the top rope. Three referees finally separate them. Christian is out of the running but Styles is in the Road to the Gold tournament.
The four remaining men pair off with Lesner going at it with the Undertaker and Elgin with Daniels. Lesner eliminates the Undertaker when the Dead Man goes for Old School and Elgin flips Daniels over the rope at the same time. Lesner and Elgin get their breath before marching towards the centre of the ring and stare each other down knowing one more elimination would send them straight to a title match. The 20,000 strong crowd is behind Elgin as the two go back and forth. Elgin comes within a hair of eliminating The Beast but Lesner holds on. Lesner then gets Elgin on to his shoulders and flips over the top rope to get the win. MSG gives Elgin, a relative unknown at the start of the night, a huge ovation and Lesner celebrates, motioning to his waist as Meltdown goes off the air. (25:06)