Wrestling Grand Prix™
Wrestling Grand Prix CEO Bob Backlund here, at your service. Welcome to the world of WGPX. Excuse me, 'Universe' would be much better terminology, as we do things a little differently around here. Hopefully, you've set your expectations high, because in Grand Prix, we only settle for the cream of the crop in the industry of professional wrestling. This, above all else, has been the deciding factor of our success since this company's proud founder, Antonio Inoki, first began this promotion in 1991. Today, we have evolved from our Puroresu roots, but it is still a heritage that we honor and pay tribute to at any given occasion.
In WGPX, there is an air of sportsmanship like no other, whether good or bad, every competitor fights his match as if it were the last one of his life. Interferences are rare, and rather than 'Sports Entertainment' style wrestling, here at Grand Prix, we want our matches to tell the story nine times out of ten. The odd man out in that equation will speak his mind via microphone, but if he does, this remains quite brief. Anything you need to say can almost always be told inside of the squared circle. So basically, we let our fists do the talking here...
We also approach terminology differently among how we determine the alignment of our competitors. For example, a traditional babyface in Grand Prix is almost always referred to as a 'Katakana,' meaning 'hero' in Japanese. Dually, a traditional heel is called a 'Kyoukan,' meaning 'villain.' This is more of a known secret among dedicated fans, and is almost never voiced through commentary, promos or elsewhere.
Rivalries in Grand Prix last much longer in order to give major and even sometimes minor feuds extra depth. Grudges between two or more wrestlers have gone on to last a year or more at a time, and still do occasionally to this day.
Transcribed here you will find the archives of my personal notes detailing the progression of our fine company, starting in the year of 2012. Obviously, there was no grand apocalypse, or I wouldn't have been able to detail anything beyond December 21st. Take that, ancient Mayan culture. But yes, back on topic - I've written down these events for the benefit of you, the mass of dedicated fans who live, eat and breathe our beloved sport. One day, this may be a collector's item. Or it could honestly just wind up catching dust in your Grandmammy's attic until your 37 years old and suddenly feel nostalgic.
Either way, we just want you to remember one thing - Wrestling Grand Prix CARES.
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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.
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There are currently 64 workers signed to Wrestling Grand Prix's main roster, with another 30 assigned to the company's Ring of Honor developmental territory. In WGPX, wrestlers are divided by weight class. Heavyweights are classed as anyone weighing above 230 pounds. Middleweights are classed between 205-229 pounds, while Juniors are sectioned as anyone weighing below 205 pounds.
Akebono (514 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Bob Sapp (329 lbs. / Katakana)
Brock Lesnar (266 lbs. / Katakana)
Brutus Magnus (240 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Bulldog Hart (250 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Charlie Haas (249 lbs. / Katakana)
Chris Hero (230 lbs. / Katakana)
Claudio Castagnoli (232 lbs. / Katakana)
Drew Galloway (254 lbs. / Katakana)
Dos Caras Jr. (239 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Giant Bernard (330 lbs. / Katakana)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (230 lbs. / Katakana)
Hong Man Choi (243 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Karl Anderson (240 lbs. / Katakana)
Kurt Angle (240 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Lance Storm (231 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Matt Morgan (325 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Samoa Joe (280 lbs. / Katakana)
Shelton Benjamin (240 lbs. / Katakana)
Shinsuke Nakamura (230 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Toru Yano (250 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Wade Barrett (246 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Willie Mack (245 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Yuji Hino (240 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Akira Tozawa (210 lbs. / Katakana)
Alex Shelley (215 lbs. / Katakana)
Austin Aries (210 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Bryan Danielson (210 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Chris Jericho (225 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Christian Cage (212 lbs. / Kyoukan)
CM Punk (218 lbs. / Katakana)
Cody Rhodes (215 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Jon Moxley (225 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Ken Shamrock (216 lbs. / Katakana)
Kofi Nahaje Kingston (212 lbs. / Katakana)
Michael Modest (220 lbs. / Katakana)
Minoru Suzuki (220 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Nick Nemeth (213 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Nigel McGuinness (225 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Shinjiro Otani (220 lbs. / Kyoukan)
StarBuck (225 lbs. / Katakana)
Tyler Black (205 lbs. / Katakana)
Tito Ortiz (206 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Último Dragón (220 lbs. / Katakana)
Yoshitatsu (221 lbs. / Katakana)
Adam Cole (190 lbs. / Katakana)
AKUMA (188 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Brian Kendrick (185 lbs. / Katakana)
Chris Sabin (200 lbs. / Katakana)
Chuck Taylor (184 lbs. / Katakana)
CIMA (180 lbs. / Katakana)
Kenny Omega (202 lbs. / Kyoukan)
KENTA (180 lbs. / Katakana)
Low Ki (174 lbs. / Katakana)
Masa Takanashi (150 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Mistico (180 lbs. / Katakana)
PAC (171 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Paul London (180 lbs. / Katakana)
Prince Devitt (178 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Roderick Strong (200 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Samuray Del Sol (180 lbs. / Katakana)
Stampede Kid (195 lbs. / Kyoukan)
Taka Michinoku (187 lbs. / Katakana)
Tim Donst (187 lbs. / Kyoukan)
FACTIONS & TAG TEAMS
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard / Karl Anderson)
CHAOS (Akebono / Shinjiro Otani / Shinsuke Nakamura / Toru Yano)
Defenders of the Crown (Brutus Magnus / Lance Storm)
Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero / Claudio Castagnoli)
Londrick (Brian Kendrick / Paul London)
Mi Rai (CIMA / KENTA)
The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley / Chris Sabin)
New Foundation (Bulldog Hart / Stampede Kid)
World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas / Shelton Benjamin)
Bob Backlund - CEO
Chavo Guerrero Jr. - Road Agent
Dave Meltzer - Announcer / Writer
Dave Prazak - Writer / Booker
Dean Malenko - Road Agent / Trainer
Don West - Announcer / Merchandise
Jim Cornette - Head Booker
Jim Ross - Talent Relations / Developmental Booker
Joe Rogan - Announcer
Keiji Mutoh - Head Trainer
Ole Anderson - Road Agent
Steve Austin - Road Agent / Trainer
William Regal - Announcer / Trainer
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Wow thats a lot of backstory but very well thought out and put together (wouldn't surprise me if you have complete PPV cards written up at this point lol).
I look forward to reading where this goes.
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January 22nd, 2012
Los Angeles, California - Staples Center
~ The STAPLES Center, live in the so-called "City of Angels." We can't help but notice that this esteemed structure has been filled perfectly to the brim at just over 19,000+ in attendance. Why are they here, you ask? Well, that answer is quite simple; to bare witness to the most exciting and unpredictable combat sport in the known world - Wrestling Grand Prix.
~ After a chilling hype video plays to introduce us to our much anticipated event, the haunting yet beautiful sounds of "Requiem for a Dream," by Clint Mansel now softly burgeons deep into the canals of our ears, as strobe lights softly pan around the stadium to this passionate and roaring Californian crowd.
~ As usual, both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan are on commentary duty for the big show tonight. We are welcomed with the information that tonight's event is indeed a record sellout here at the STAPLES Center. Dave and Joe recap our big feuds leading into this marquee event of the Grand Prix calendar year, making special note of Brock Lesnar vs. Ken Shamrock, as well as Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk.
MATCH #1 - Kenny Omega © vs. Low Ki
- World Juniors Championship
Time ~ 7:38
~ New Foundation, the team of both Bulldog Hart and Stampede Kid, are now seen warming up backstage. The shot then panels off into another split frame, where we see Mi Rai, the pairing of CIMA andKENTA, meditating in their locker room. Finally, we cut into a separate third frame, where the current WGPX World Grand Prix Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin (better known as World's Greatest Tag Team) are both silently making their way down the backstage area, eyes intently staring off into the distance as the other two separate panels of this split-frame shot now fade into the scene of Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan sitting high atop the crowd in their commentary booth.
~ Both Mi Rai and New Foundation have been on a separate hot winning streak as of late. What Meltzer did not make note of is that two weeks prior, both of these teams attempted to settle this score with a #1 Contenders match. A double schoolboy pinfall between the likes of CIMA and Stampede Kid would confuse our referee, yet, the answer seemed all too clear in the mind of our company CEO Bob Backlund - a Triangle Tag Team Match. Both Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, aka The World's Greatest Tag Team, have held their titles since August of last year. This is their fifth career reign as WGPX World Tag Team Champions.
MATCH #2 - World's Greatest Tag Team © vs. Mi Rai vs. New Foundation
- World Tag Team Championships
Time ~ 12:46
~ We're now taken backstage, where current WGPX World Middleweight Champion, Cody Rhodes, is standing nearby with interviewer, David Penzer. A look of disgust can be easily spotted upon the face of the champion, as he snarls at the mere presence of Penzer drawing up a microphone to his face. Penzer asks Cody how he intends to combat such an experienced competitor like Akira Tozawa in their upcoming match, to which Rhodes responds: "You may notice that I no longer don a mask, Mr. Interviewer. You may notice that I am now no longer exposing my knees. You may also notice that I am not frightened by the mere mentioning of my opponent, and you'd be correct each and every time. After all, three times a charm. You ask me what it takes to defeat Akira Tozawa, but you and I both know the answer to that question - One... Two... THREE."
MATCH #3 - Cody Rhodes © vs. Akira Tozawa
- World Middleweight Championship
Time ~ 13:04
~ Backstage, several members of the South Korean press are on hand outside of an unmarked locker room door. When this door opens, we see that none other than legendary kickboxer Hong Man Choi is making his way out into the corridor. Choi is being barricaded by the relentless reporters by his own personally hired bodyguards, as we notice that he is a dawning the same black robes he had once worn to the ring in K-1. As Choi can be seen making his way down the corridor with his personal entourage beside him, we quickly shoot over to a shot of Akebono doing the same. The crowd can now be heard roaring fiercely in the background as each competitor draws closer to the entrance of the ring.
MATCH #4 - Akebono vs. Hong Man Choi
- Battle of the Goliaths
Time ~ 10:22
~ Both referees can now be seen holding the wrists of each respective competitor, standing horizontal from one another in similarity to a judge's decision announcement in boxing. CEO Bob Backlund now appears from the curtain with a microphone. He goes on to explain that he was playing close attention to this match from start to finish. Backlund then says that, obviously, he should have checked who he was hiring to conduct this match on Hong Man Choi's behalf.
~ Then, Backlund says, maybe he should be keeping eyes on Choi himself as well. Backlund announces that, unfortunately, he has decided to call this match as a No Contest thanks in part to the Korean officials' incompetence. When this becomes translated to Hong Man Choi, he becomes enraged, throwing the official to the ground and yelling! Backlund ducks for life and descends to the outside of the ring. Choi grabs Earl Hebner by his collar, until Akebono shoves Hebner away, pushing Choi. The two then descend to the mat in an epic brawl! Backlund yells for several referees to arrive and break up this madness, but even that isn't to any avail, as both Akebono and Hong Man Choi proceed to escape their clutches multiple times. Eventually, order is regathered, as both men are now seen being held apart and escorted from out of the squared circle and to the backstage of the curtains.
~ "The Kentucky Gentleman" Chuck Taylor now arrives, walking around the crowd with a bible extended above his head, and a donation box tucked under his armpit. Taylor's got a microphone, too, and he's not too shy to use it for his own benefit. He informs the crowd that he's been praying for everyone's souls since he arrived in the bowels of Sodom. Chuck Taylor then also says he had heard the voice of God last night, telling him he was born to win the Grand Prix League Series. He then hops the guardrail, climbing into the ring as one dollar bills begin to flood out from the crease in the box.
MATCH #5 - 20 Unnamed Participants
- Glory League Battle Royal
Time ~ 24:01
~ The fans and our commentary team are shocked as Chris Hero now lifts the arm of Chris Jericho high into the air! Harsh boos now center down to the ring as both men bask in the glory of cheating their way into victory.
~ We now take a break away from this trickery as we zoom to the backstage area where Kurt Angle is ready for an interview. Angle says it's important to retain American values as his number one priority here in Grand Prix. He says that it anguishes him to see the American public cheering so passionately for a man that, seventy years ago, they would have booed out of the arena. Angle says his ancestors didn't wage war so that a Japanese competitor could grace the rings of the red, white and blue.
~ Quick shot of Hiroshi Tanahashi warming up for this match in the locker room as the fans go balistic. Tanahashi then stands to his feet, cracks his neck, flexes his wrists and then ascends towards the door and then to the corridor as the cameras follow him on his way to the ring...
MATCH #6 - Kurt Angle vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- The Ultimate Rematch
Time ~ 9:53
~ But Kurt Angle isn't finished just yet. He begins violently kicking away at that very ankle well after the bell has rung, even resorting to grabbing a steel chair from the outside and striking that tendon repeatedly, something we rarely see here in Grand Prix! The fans continue to boo as Tanahashi rolls around in agony, before countless referees hit the ring to escort Angle to the outside, as we can hear him yelling "I beat you clean, sushi boy! I BEAT YOU CLEAN!!!" as he slams the steel chair down to the concrete floor outside of the ring...
~ We are now presented with an advertisement from our sponsors before we see that Bob Backlund is backstage talking on his cell phone. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the camera shot, but soon, we see that the Grand Prix Owner is being accompanied by defending 2010 Inoki Cup winner, Bryan Danielson. As the crowd proceeds to boo, we see that Danielson is carrying that very trophy with him as they both begin to make their way through the entrance ramp and into the center of the building.
~ Both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan now give us the backstory on this tournament final, displaying a bracket for us that details how both Bryan Danielson and CM Punk got here. They also remind us that since the cup was introduced in 2000, no competitor has won it twice, let alone in two consecutive tournaments.
MATCH #7 - Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk
- 2012 Inoki Cup Grand Finale
Time ~ 17:35
~ After the match, the arm of CM Punk is lifted high into the air as Bob Backlund approaches the ring applauding. Streamers now fall down from the rafters as the lights begin to dim. A handful of men in suits now make their way down the entrance with the prestigious Inoki Cup being delivered upon a pillow made of felt. Punk is then handed the trophy, as he proceeds holding it high above his head while standing tall upon the nearest turnbuckle to the mass and frenzied response of these loving fans! We then pan to a shot of a disgruntled Bryan Danielson making his exit out of the ring and returning to the backstage.
~ Meltzer and Rogan give us a quick video package highlighting the heated feud between current WGPX World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, and the challenger, Ken Shamrock. Rogan comments that in all the years he's been doing this, never has he anticipated a match of this magnitude.
~ Backstage shot of Brock Lesnar warming up, the World Heavyweight Title firmly strapped around his waist as he makes his way down a lengthy corridor. Several crowd members can be heard cheering him in the background.
MAIN EVENT - Brock Lesnar © vs. Ken Shamrock
- World Heavyweight Championship
Time ~ 22:05
~ The bell defiantly sounds, but Lesnar still has that Kimura locked in! The bell repeats over and over as both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan commentate in confusion. Finally, the ref is able to pull Lesnar out of the submission, but not before Brock ceremoniously pushes the bystander back-first onto the canvas.
~ Lesnar now grabs his title, stripping it from the clutches of ring announcer Michael Buffer as he climbs over the guardrail and bravely treads through this sea of humanity! Finally, Lesnar reaches the midway point of the crowd before turning back around with his title to face the cameras. Brock then hoists the title high into the air, as our show finally reaches it's conclusion with the sight of a tired, broken down Ken Shamrock as CEO Bob Backlund and several medical personnel surround the ring to tend to the fallen challenger!
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Just gonna let you know, you need to post the full show in one post. I can edit it for you once the rest is posted.
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The Grand Prix Newsletter
- January 23rd 2012
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