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The Revolution Begins
12 October 2009

Dear Journal,

My fourth day here and it's beginning to feel real. Very real. It's much cleaner and quieter than I had expected, perhaps because I haven't been placed in the psyche ward, but it doesn't make the place any better. The steel bars ring louder than a match bell when one of the guards closes a door. Who would have thought that I - ordinary, typical Jackson Shields, would be writing from a cell in the California Correctional Institution? I've started regretting even getting involved in the business. Maybe dad had been right. Maybe the violence corrupted me along the way. Or was it nothing to do with the wrestling? I've been wondering where it all went wrong and I feel the need to retrace my steps: every circumstance, every coincidence. Whether it was to blame or not, damn, I sure do miss Golden State Wrestling.

I'll be back soon.

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I've read your past work and have enjoyed it so I'm definitely looking forward to this. Very intruiging and unique backstory which is always a solid start, so I wish you the best of luck with this thread. :)
 

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In terms of writing, your one of the best around, and its glad to see you back in WF. I enjoyed your last BTB, the SCWR, so I'm expecting good things coming from this. Good luck bro, I'm definitely going to be reading.
 

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Sixteen Months Ago​
05 June 2008

I have decided to start writing a journal, for the first time since high school. I came across my old journal while searching for some blueprint drafts in the old bookshelf upstairs. Those were the days, where my greatest problems were who to take to the upcoming dance and which colleges to apply for. Too much has changed since my teenage years. 27 years of age and still single, working for an almost bankrupt architectural firm, living alone in the East Bay of San Francisco, California. The Golden State. I guess the only thing which hasn't changed is my passion for wrestling.

I've been quite busy with work for the last few weeks, which means I need to catch up with the latest storylines and fixtures. Wrestling has always been more than just entertainment for me; wrestling tells a story: the tenacity of the wrestlers, the technicality of the moves, the psychology behind every gesture, everything. I remember when my dream once was to become a professional wrestler, slamming teddy bears on the mattress and pinning them down for the three count. But dad was quite against that, being a pastor and all, the peacemaker of the family. To be honest, I miss him a lot sometimes. But I'll be seeing him again in Heaven when I get there.

I think I'm doing quite well these days: I'm attending church every Sunday, paying my tithe, saying my prayers, helping the elderly, stopping at the red lights. I'm trying to be as good a man as I can. Maybe this will mean the big man upstairs gives me some kind of blessing. I've done enough to deserve it.
 

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Looks like an interesting diary style BtB. I'll tag along.
 

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The continuation of the backstory has me even more interested, and it has me kinda puzzled at the same time but I expect the picture will become clearer and I can't wait for this thread to really get started.
 

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This has definately got my interest. I'm familiar with your name but have never read your work so hopefully this is a good opportunity to do so. You seem like a highly competent writer which is always good, and I really like the GSW logo.

Good luck!
 

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The backstory is really interesting. I've never read your work, but this looks really good. I wish you the best of luck with this.
 

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Jackson Shields​

27 June 2008

I even prayed. I did everything right but nothing worked out. Someone at church told me that architecture might not have been His will and that He works in mysterious ways. To be honest it sounded like an overused method of consolation. Mysterious enough to what, make my only source of income go bankrupt? This is a huge blow for my future; I said the firm was almost bankrupt, I didn't expect it to actually fall to pieces so quick.

I want to see just how mysterious these ways of His are.

01 July 2008

Unbelievable news. Through my contact Raewyn Moore from the firm and the old city church, I have just been offered the opportunity of my life. I can't make an emotional decision and say yes without thinking it through, but I am most definitely excited. I feel like a kid who has just been promised a new toy. I feel like I'm back in my childhood, with my dream of entering the wrestling business, all of a sudden, coming true.

The offer is simple - take over the operations of a new wrestling promotion in the works here in California; to put in other words, become the boss. She knew of my interests in wrestling; I was the first one for her to approach apparently. Raewyn's expertise is in accountancy, she's the one who sorts the cash, has the looks, and has the contacts. I've always found her attractive, but never really had strong feelings for her, maybe her straight forwardness puts me off. She was approached by a former colleague only recently, being asked to find him a potential partner for this new project. This isn't feeling real just yet, but even a dream of this nature would have me on the edge like this.

The catch, I guess, is that there is no guaranteed profit; the preparation, booking, scheduling costs may and probably will overweigh the income from spectators and possible sponsors, if they even consider sponsoring the promotion. I need more details and need to meet this guy in person, just to make sure everything is legitimate and actually going down.

I want this, but I need the money. I need money, but I want this.
 

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07 July 2008

The guy's name is Cain Henderson. He's only a year older than me and seems alright. I came down to San Jose to meet up with him today. He's not religious. He was a former photographer for independent wrestling sites and worked part time as a reserve referee for California Wrestling Alliance before it went into the ground. He was able to buy off a lot of the property and rights from the promotion; it was only starting to get off the ground but there just wasn't enough flair, meaning not enough support either.

The wrestling ring, gear, booking of the convention centre, have all been arranged - the remains of California Wrestling Alliance. We would need to go over to Pleasanton over in Alameda County as this is where the promotion was held. All this came quite easily and cheap too, but considering the signings of talent we would need to make, preparation for events, advertising to the public, all sorts of other factors, we would be bound to make a loss. A big loss. And I would need to make my investment in the promotion too if I am going to form a partnership: money I cannot afford to waste on some dream.

But deep inside I already know. I know that I am going to end up saying yes, giving the thumbs up to Cain. Half of me is already in and quite ready to be honest. I guess I'm just worried about what this is going to mean for my future, because seeing what happened to the promotion we're about to be feeding off, the future doesn't look as bright as I would have wanted it to be.

Next meeting with Cain, Wednesday 11am. Don't forget.
 

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Jackson Shields​

18 July 2008

So a lot has happened since the last time I wrote, I have been fully submerged in getting the promotion ready and set for the first show, which still does seem quite a while away.

I am officially in. Cain and I are reasonably content with the negotiations we have made. We will be moving down to Pleasanton in two weeks' time as flatmates; that will have its ups and downs. Once we move, we will need to have a meeting with the Fair Operations Committee of the Alameda County Fairgrounds convention centre to confirm the bookings for shows, held every second week.

So much has gone on that it is difficult to explain everything in an orderly manner. Firstly, Raewyn has gladly agreed to become involved with the operations of the promotion. She is assisting with advertising and building a public image for us through her contacts, as well as handling any finances and organising future sponsorships. She has made her investment also, along with another man of the name of Adrian Burnsley. This man is the founder of what once was California Wrestling Alliance. The unwanted failure of his project has brought him to us. Luckily, he is still in touch with many of his former staff and workers. He has already brought along with him what looks to be our first worker, The Machine. Cain wants to put Burnsley in charge of recruiting talent and scouting, I don't disagree.

Obviously progress is being made. We need to keep this momentum going. As owners and key personnel of the promotion, we just do not have enough to sit back and tell people to do things for us. We are fully committed and motivated at the moment in ensuring the success of Golden State Wrestling.
 

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Amazingly awesome diary you have going on so far with each entry getting me more and more excited about the promotion. Favorite line thus far is "I want this, but I need the money. I need money, but I want this." Good job thus far. Keep it up Jae.
 
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