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copied and pasted from http://www.wewf.co.uk/ascnews.htm

 

These are random thoughts and Observations of the World of Wrestling from The Showstealer Alex Shane.

 

The Re-launch is putting the FWA management into a creative spin. So many creative Ideas are being put forward but the final decision will be made at the FWA Management's First meeting of 2003 in London on 3rd of January. Expect some major rules changes that will make the product a lot more believable but still maintaining a Sports-Entertainment approach in regards to storylines and angles.

 

The Idea to go for a more realistic approach stems from talks with several TV companies about making a product that stands alone in terms of in-ring action, thus giving it a very British feel but still keeps the soap opera style that makes the US scene so popular. A change in colour scheme has also been suggested, possibly going for Red, White and Blue. Mark Sloan has put forward the idea of changing the name from FWA to just Frontier Wrestling. The company is currently torn on that decision at present. I like the idea although I would still prefer to keep the initials until we are established on TV as I feel the letters FWA are a lot more marketable. The other big debate is whether or not to move up to the 20' by 20' ring? The 3 main problems are - Retraining our roster to get their timing correct, which would take some time to do, being detrimental to the next couple of shows which at this point in time is something I feel we can not afford to do. Secondly, I am concerned that it will really show the difference in size between our roster and their America counterparts. This to me is actually worse than our ring looking to small. Finally, it will restrict the use of several of our venues, such as Broxbourne. These could become financially unviable to run due to the loss of seats in the Gold ringside area, which a bigger ring would cause. All the major news from the 3rd of January meeting will be in next week's Shooting Gallery.

 

The new FWA Commissioner should be confirmed and signed next weekend. There are several chooses but seeing as my first choice is a reasonably large name in British wrestling circles, this signing we take some time to finalise, Although the plan is for him to be signed in the next 10-14 days. He will still not be unveiled until New Frontiers on the 8th of February at Walthamstow.

 

The Main Event for New Frontiers will not sadly but definitely be Chris Daniels Vs Jerry Lynn. We were contacted by Chris, several days before Season's Beatings. He informed us that he will not be able to make the Walthamstow date, having just booked for New Japan. Even though we had booked him for the 8th of February back in October, he couldn't understandably turn the New Japan Tour down. This lead to the last minute booking change in the Round Robin Tournament at Season's Beatings, resulting in the Double pin finish to give us somewhere to go until we can rebook Chris again, hopefully for March 16th. On a side note, I'm still very determined to book Chris Daniels Vs Jerry Lynn, because it'll be a dream match.

 

We are currently trying to book a second American for New Frontiers. The Original plan for the Main Event was the Jonny Storm, Doug Williams & Jerry Lynn 3way Dance. Although if we can get the US star we have in mind then Jonny will be taken out of the 3way and face the American. If this is the case we will go with a Williams and Lynn Main Event, it will be given an Ironman or 2 out of 3 falls stipulation. If we do go with the 3way, I am tempted to go with a ladder match for the #1 Contender's contract; I feel the Williams/Lynn/Storm 3way Ladder match would be an absolute blinder.

 

I though the confrontations between Scott Steiner & Triple H the last 2 weeks on Raw have been very good. I can always tell when an angle is working when friends of mine, who aren't wrestling fans, (mostly Bodybuilders and Doormen) tell me how good it is. It seems like the first time an angle has been a non wrestling fans talking point.

 

I am the only person who feels that Test's new gimmick does nothing for him? Test is the empathy of someone who should be a huge star but lacks that important 'X-Factor' that you need to make it big. Although, looking at the physiques in the WWE recently that magical ingredient 'X-Factor' is the only chemical not readily available to the roster. Star Power in a bottle?!? Hey, Wow! Chemists take note! Bet you Billy Gunn would volunteer as a guinea pig!

 

Was over the moon with the Power Slam top 50, Doug Williams at 21 in the world can only benefit British wrestling. It's about time that my favourite British wrestling Magazine gave the Brits a bit more coverage. I was also very happy with the reason they put for me not being added this year (the injury) as I really did imagine seeing 'Alex Shane was kept out of the top 50 because Fin Martin finally saw him work and well…He Sucked!'

 

I am planning on flying to Philly to meet with XPW and ROH. There is huge potential for great deals with both each of the companies offering different benefits. Although, there seems to be a case of us or them developing. This is something I would like to iron out as I would very much like to work with both companies, hopefully if the right deal is successfully negotiated then not only will all 3 companies benefit but also will the fans.

 

Work is currently in progress to get together on the FWA Fan Club. The current idea is a year membership, which gives the fans the following - FWA Unseen matches Video - Featuring Jonny Storm Vs Flash Barker from Hotwired, Doug Williams Vs Jody Fleisch Vs Chris Daniels from London Calling. Plus many other highly requested but as yet unreleased bouts, As well as an unreleased FWA Music CD featuring currently unavailable tracks, An FWA Limited Fan Club T-Shirt, 10% off merchandise discount card, 24 hour advanced ticket hotline number, giving members the chance to purchase their tickets early, As well as invites to the FWA News Pre/Post Event Press Conferences - Which only Press and Club Members will have access to. I am toying with the idea of £50-60 per year for the membership with all the money going right back into buying new equipment for the FWA. Any Fan Forum feed back will be appreciated before we go ahead with this idea.

 

Now for some 'predictions' from 'The ShowStealer'… - Look for many new tag teams to surface in the coming months in the FWA and a new and improved Tag Team scene to begin shortly.

 

- Expect Birchall to be a huge name on the British scene this year and his push to be continued to the moon and beyond.

 

- Expect to see a lot more of Simmons in the coming months as a wrestler and also, I have a feeling, as a total cult idol. Ditto with The Family as well as a new leader to give them a bit more star power.

 

- Expect to see the first ever Brit Fed Vs US fed feud leading to a huge one off show in the middle of next year.

 

- Expect to see Nikita used to gain much national publicity for the FWA in the Coming year. And no, that doesn't mean she id getting naked…sadly.

 

- Expect to see the return of the Pitbulls with a new hardcore image. And no, they we not be getting naked either…I hope!

 

- Expect Flash Barker to finally make it in the US this year, there is interest in him from several companies and I feel his new Shoot gimmick will be the icing on the cake for him.

 

- Look out for the King of England 2 before the end of the year.

 

- If all goes well expect to see the FWA at the 4,000 seater Coventry Skydome, although several BIG names will have to be brought in.

 

- Don't expect to see Ulf Herman using venue dustbins.

 

- Expect to see former UWA & UCW assistant booker Kenny McBride to begin stage managing for the FWA in the near future.

 

- Expect to see the release of FWA videos to become quicker and more efficient.

 

- Expect to see a few more women appearing in the FWA in the coming months.

 

- Possible US names to see this year include - Syxx Pac, Low Ki, The Amazing Red, American Dragon, Super Crazy, Taka Michinoku and the return of Steve Corino. And also regular trips from Jerry Lynn and A.J. Styles. And if British Uprising is anything to go by a return visit from Balls Mahoney.

 

- 2003 to be the year FWA gets a national TV deal & shed it's reputation of Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy & replace it with Doug Williams and Jody Fleisch.

 

- And finally expect Shane's Shooting Gallery to continue to me into trouble, telling the things that aren't meant to be told. For those FWA wrestler and managers that have a problem with my Shooting Galleries there are two things you can do about it…That Nothing and Like it or Read it and weep! You decide.

 

Until next time,

 

Take care,

 

 

Alex Shane

 

So what do you guys think...

 

 

Personally I think the XPW deal would be a bad mistake as XPW (if you didnt already know) is a subsidery of Extreme Associates a porn company owned by a Mister Rob Black (he of theatening feeding snake to hungry dog fame....umm I think that was the other way round ;) )

 

I would pay a lot to see a Low-Ki vs American Dragon vs Doug Williams vs Christopher Daniels 4-way dance for the FWA Title

 

50-60 quid for the FWA Fan Club seems a bit steep until you see what they have to offer...perhaps a direct debit account would be good where you can pay a certain amount a month (£60 divided into 12 months is only £5 a month)

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the problem is (as with all bus trips) people have put their names down interested for the trip but people arent paying up (the problem with the upcoming GWF trip) the FWA have tried this before (not necassarly the FWA, but a trip organised by fans) and it was proven to be unsucessful as bus trips normally take a direct route leaving some fans still unable to travel to shows.

 

The Reason that the ROH/CZW bus trips work in the states is that they travel from New York City and can guarentee a full bus every time.

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A fan club is a great idea £50-£60 is steep though...

 

Surely the FWA need to be doing a lot more shows before they develop a fan club, a few shows a year is not the best way to build a fan club up.

 

The Bus idea is a good one, but again, it would be hard to organise and manage. If you have plenty of smaller shows in a concentrated area, building up a local following, then taking bigger shows around the uk it might work.

 

Nice to see the FWA wanting to expand though, it can only be a good thing for wrestling in the UK...

 

 

Gary

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I like several of these ideas,the red/white/blue sounds good(very patriotic,seems fitting for British wrestling!).I also think that the FWA need more decent tag teams as this is the area i think they lack in,ditto female wrestlers!.I think the FWA should keep the ring the same size for now,at least until they have a tv deal,although i dont think it would take to long to train the wrestlers to get used to a 20x20 as most of their talent wrestle for other companies that do use 20x20 ie GWF.I like the name FWA,should stick with it!The fan club is a great idea in theory aswell!,i would join.I would really like it if they did do a show at Coventry,from a personal point of view,(as its fairly local!),but they would need the bus trip for this,as i"d expect their fans are mainly down South,and a 4ooo seater would be hard to fill otherwise!
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I hope they do not form a deal with XPW, I think that is a very bad idea. Ring Of Nonour - yes, XPW - hell no!

 

60 quid a year, get real, how many people are gonna pay that? Certainly not me, if they start running shows in Cymru then maybe I'd consider it...

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