Greetings fine readers of WC's Be The Booker sub-forum. My name is Radikal, and I'd like to cordially welcome you to the world of ECW: The Cuban Wrestling Crisis.
This project officially began in September of late last year on a completely different forum. Now, I plan to make it available to those of you here in the WC, in the hopes that maybe you will enjoy reading it as much as I have writing it. So, before we delve too deep into the storyline, there are a couple of things that will require some form of explanation...
BiographyMy interest in professional wrestling stems from an early childhood, much like many others who remain avid fans of the sport to this day. I began watching World Championship Wrestling in the 1990's, and have been hooked ever since. I've seen my fair share of times where the interest of professional wrestling begins to personally wane from time-to-time, yet I always find myself coming back. Nowadays, instead of eagerly awaiting for the next Raw or Smackdown, I've become far more emotionally invested in creating my own world of sports entertainment.
I've been writing fan fiction since early 2003, and until now, have been specifically involved with Pro Wrestling Forums. I wrote my very first project, Radikal's WCW, at the timid age of 14. Back then, full-length shows were quite popular and summarizing was scorned upon. Nowadays, it's become quite the opposite among those who enjoy this craft, but I guess I just never got the memo.
Last year, I tried to renew the magic of my WCW project with a fed called WCW/WWF: Revival, a storyline in which World Championship Wrestling, not the WWF, becomes the victor in the legendary Monday Night Wars of the late 90's. Yet, for one reason or another, things never panned out with the project personally, and I chose to scrap it altogether. Nowadays, I've concerned myself with this specific project and aim to one day complete it as a trilogy of sorts.
Now that you've gotten to know a little bit about me, let's talk about what really matters; the project itself.
Understanding the Universe
The events that follow begin in June of 2011, and are ultimately set to end in March of 2012. Unlike some projects, this one does not follow in real-time. In the "Radikal Universe," there are four major promotions that you need to concern yourself with. They read as follows:
- Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- Donald Trump's Trump Wrestling Federation (TWF)
- Cary Silkin's Ring Of Honor (ROH)
- Mark Cuban's Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)
Due to the major calomities that begin to fall prey upon the WWE (which you will soon be reading about as our story progresses,) as well as the collapse of the second largest professional wrestling promotion, Dixie Carter's Total Nonstop Action (TNA), professional wrestling has reached yet another boom period. This ultimately stems from two media moguls, Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, who have decided to take their war of words on the social media network Twitter, and raise the stakes by starting their very own promotions.
But Cuban and Trump are not the be all and end all of this boom period. In fact, they have very little to do in comparison to WWE Superstar, CM Punk, who begins to revolutionize the industry with his infamous shoot promo on the welfare of all things WWE on the June 27th edition of Monday Night RAW.
Although this project specifically follows the shows of Extreme Championship Wrestling, it does not solely report on that promotion, as you must realize that the WWE, TWF and ROH play a very large role in my Universe as well. Much like the Monday Night Wars, this is the start of a very cut-throat era in the business of professional wrestling. Vince McMahon, after losing superstar CM Punk, is a man on the brink of professional ruin. While financially healthy, the WWE begins to make some very questionable decisions with their talent, creatively and financially, on-screen and off-screen...
Without Punk's departure and his ever rising popularity, it's very plausible that both Mark Cuban and Donald Trump wouldn't have entertained the thought of beginning their own promotions in the first place. Also, in my Universe, Sinclair Broadcast Group opts not to purchase ROH from Cary Silkin. Therefore, much like the WWE, Ring Of Honor is a company on the brink of financial ruin.
Also, there's much more to this project than just the shows themselves. What happens outside of the ring is just as prevalent as what takes place within it. This includes newsfeeds from various wrestling websites, Twitter announcements or "tweets" from wrestlers and promoters, as well as magazine articles and interviews. This is mainly done to keep you invested in what's taking place in my own created world, therefore if a new wrestler has popped up into the project, you're not scratching your head and wondering why or how he/she got there.
The FormatUnlike most projects, this one implements nearly 100% full-length shows. While this may deter some from reading, it's the way I write and have always written. Some shows, (like CyberCore) are in fact summarized, while others (like Hardcore TV and monthly PPV's) are fully written out...
Descriptions of imagery, actions, music and everything that describes what you can't see uses the font Courier New, including matches. Commentary and verbal parts, as well as outside information, uses Verdana font. Headings and footers implement the font Palatino Linotype.
Matches themselves are hardly ever summarized and are usually described by what happens second-by-second. I leave up to you, the reader, to suspend your belief and imagine that indeed, these matches sometimes would take a lot longer in reality than they may appear when written out.
Unlike most BTB's, this one follows a chronological order of chapters. I use chapters because, when it comes down to it, there's a story I'm trying to tell here, just as much as I am a wrestling promotion and it's weekly activities. Eventually, I will post a Table of Contents for you to follow, located upon the post below me...
While I don't know any of you, I'd like to thank you for deciding to read my work and encourage you to post your concerns OR opinions without any hesitation. The only way for me or you to grow as writers is to be honest with one another, and be acceptive of another's constructive criticism or praise with open arms and a willingness to improve.
From my PW family (even though they aren't or never will read this) I'd like to thank each and every one of them for giving me the confidence to do this and the courage to improve in creating my project. It's been a lot of fun so far and hopefully will continue to be that way!
So please, do read and voice yourself. I look forward to sharing this with you and acknowledging your work as well!