LIVE! ONLINE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Major League Wrestling's website launched at 6:00pm Eastern time on Monday, August 27th, 2012 complete with Staff, Roster, Tour Dates and even Merchandise details of the resurgence of Major League Wrestling. A link was featured in the center of the website for a Live Stream of Court Bauers' press conference which is to begin in 10 minutes. The archive of the video will be available on Major League Wrestling's website. MLW office staff spent the day promoting the website launch and press conference on every online avenue possible, even wrestlingforum.com became active on the MLW launch with a new forum created specifically for discussion of the storied franchise return.
Court Bauer stood in front of the new 2012 black MLW logo with diamond behind the large letters. Bauer had a smirk on his face that showed pride and a little arrogance. His black suit, white shirt and red tie were all pressed perfectly as he stood in behind the hotel conference room podium. The Hilton Garden Inn located in Denver, Colorado was the setting of this press conference and approximately 30 press officials were in the room with camera's. Media outlets such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Bleacher Report and the highest profile, ESPN, were represented on this day.
Court Bauer: Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the official press conference of Major League Wrestling. Today, August 27th 2012 is a historic day in the business of wrestling as the legendary and historic wrestling promotion of Major League Wrestling re-opens its doors providing high-paced, hybrid style of wrestling back to the wrestling entertainment industry. For those in attendance this evening, a file folder is being distributed among you giving all pertinent information that you can also find online at MajorLeagueWrestling.com. I would like you to take a moment to review, if you have not yet, while behind me a promotional video plays of Major League Wrestling. I will be happy to answer any and all of your questions following this presentation. Thank you.
OOC Note: The following post will give the full roster, staff, championships, tour dates, etc.
Court Bauer stepped aside as a video promotional video played with historical clips of wrestling with wrestlers such as: Mick Foley, CM Punk, Terry Funk, Jerry Lynn, Rob Van Dam and other stars who once competed in an MLW ring. The video cut out after proclaiming that a new chapter is about to begin. When the lights came back on Court Bauer stood proudly behind the hotel podium, and sitting in chairs to the right of the podium was Kevin Nash, Adam Copeland, James E. Cornette. To the left of the podium sat Scott "Raven" Levy, Joey Styles and Bret Hart. The six highest profile staff members sat at the tables set up during the short intermission.
Court Bauer: Indeed we are introducing a new chapter here at Major League Wrestling. From left to right I would like to take a moment and welcome some of Major League Wrestling's head office. Kevin Nash, Vice President overseeing Creative and Writing. Adam Copeland who is Vice President overseeing Talent Relations and Development. James E. Cornette the Head Writer. To my other side, Scott Levy and Joey Styles who will be the voices of MLW broadcasting the live shows as well as online content. And last, but not least, Bret Hart who is the President of the Professional Wrestler Association which is the newly formed Union of wrestlers who we are in partnership with here at Major League Wrestling. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Howard Cooper, as well as representatives from American Broadcast Company who are in attendance this evening as we launch Major League Wrestling.
A brief moment of applause from this in attendance as Mr. Cooper and three presumably ABC representatives stand beside him all waving and smiling widely. The press conference continued for a total of 30 minutes, as Court answered many questions from reporters. At one point, Kevin Nash said that WWE is "scared" of competition when a reporter asked about claims of dirty politics and staff poaching. Bret Hart used the same verbatim that he has been using for years that "the employees cleaning the arenas after the show have more insurance than the wrestlers" to describe his goal of providing a safe, secure and fair atmosphere for the members of PWA and wrestlers of MLW. One reporter questioned Scott Levy's experience as an announcer, but was quickly shut down by Joey Styles who says he has "complete confidence" in Levy's ability. Adam Copeland introduced the profile of each wrestler and took equal amount of time introducing the unknowns as much as the knowns. The biggest stir was created by the announcement of Nick Nemeth (once known as Dolph Ziggler) and Randy Orton - the two highest profile superstars from WWE. James Cornette said that his contract with Ring of Honor ended in the Spring of this year prior to being contacted by Court. Cornette said that he believes that the hybrid, cutting edge style of MLW is perfect for him and that he was excited to put together a competitive and exciting product for wrestling fans.
Finally, Court Bauer took time to outline the first show that will broadcast live on ABC Friday Nights taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. MLW Collision! will include many of not all stars outlined and the path to the MLW World Heavyweight Championship will be announced.
The Press Conference ended with a bang as Mick Foley came to the podium and said that MLW was the best thing to happen to wrestling in over ten years. Website traffic was so high at MajorLeagueWrestling.com that the server crashed on two separate occasions causing some angst with MLW executives and mockery from analysts. In reality, the technical difficulties did not overshadow the ambiance of a great launching press conference as MLW is about to ignite on the scene.