2009 Pulse Wrestling Fantasy Draft: Rounds #7-11

Draft recap

BIG ANDY MAC – International World Class All Star Professional Championship Wrestling Global Alliance and Grappling Arts Federation Unlimited (IWCASPCWGAAGAFU)

GENERAL MANAGER

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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AARON GLAZER – Pro Wrestling Company (PWC)

GENERAL MANAGER – The Rock

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. John Cena
2. Nigel McGuinness
3. The Rock (general manager)
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5. Cody Rhodes
6. Ted DiBiase Jr.
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MARK ALLEN – Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW)

GENERAL MANAGER – Ric Flair

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COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. Randy Orton
2. “The Instant Classic” Christian
3. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (general manager)
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STEVEN GEPP – Generic Wrestling Promotion #25 (GNW-25)

GENERAL MANAGER – Hulk Hogan

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR – Jim Ross
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. Chris Jericho
2. Robert Roode
3. James Storm
4. Jim Ross (play-by-play commentator)
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RAFFI SHAMIR – Just Pro Wrestling (JPW)

GENERAL MANAGER – Eric Bischoff

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. CM Punk
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GREY SCHERL – Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW)
GENERAL MANAGER – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. Edge
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 ROY REYNOLDS – Full Force Wrestling (FFW)

GENERAL MANAGER – Paul Heyman

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
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MICHAEL O’MAHONY – Lost Art Wrestling (LAW)

GENERAL MANAGER – Matt Striker

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
COLOR COMMENTATOR

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1. Jack Swagger
2. Shawn Michaels
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DAVID BRASHEAR – New Generation Wrestling (NGW)

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Round #7

Big Andy Mac of International World Class All Star Professional Championship Wrestling Global Alliance and Grappling Arts Federation Unlimited (IWCASPCWGAAGAFU) selects Brian Kendrick.

Call him Spanky, call him by his given name, but make sure to call him one of the most consistent performers in the wrestling world today. He could be a staple of the Junior Division or a backbone of the tag teams ranks, either way he will be a major player for that crazy long named company.

Pulse Glazer of Pro Wrestling Company (PWC) selects Místico.

I have no idea how one of the biggest draws in the world lasted this long, nor do I care; I’m just happy he could be a part of the PWC fold. Both the best worker and biggest draw in Mexico, Mistico has amazing crossover potential in the states. He’s also current IWGP Junior Champion, a right reserved for only the truly elite non-New Japan talent ever get. We’re happy to bring you that level of talent in our Junior division.

Mark Allen of Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW) selects John “Bradshaw” Layfield (color commentator).

Layfield is arguably greatest wrestler turned into color commnentater since Jesse Ventura. Even though JBL is long retired from active competition he will make an excellent addition to the broadcast booth. His years of experience allow for valuable analysis that can only be gained by actually being in the ring night after night.

Steven Gepp of Generic Wrestling Promotion #25 (GNW-25) selects Fit Finlay (formerly known as Finlay).

Finlay started wrestling in the 1970s in the UK. He also comes from a proud background with many members of his family involved in the sport. His knowledge and longevity makes him a good general, both in the ring and behind the scenes. That and the fact he looks like he could kill you without breaking a sweat makes him welcome into our ranks.

Grey Scherl of Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW) selects Big Show.

One of the better big men in the business these days, Big Show has proven for over a decade now that when you need a giant, look no further. While he may not be the kind of worked you build a company around, he is definitely a worthwhile addition to any roster, if not just for the fact that he’s fucking gigantic. RAPW are happy to have him.

Michael O’Mahony of Lost Art Wrestling (LAW) selects Claudio Castagnoli.

As well as being Very European, LAW feels that this entertaining all-rounder is Very Underrated. Castagnoli shows great technical and aerial ability for a man of his height, and consistently demonstrates a thorough understanding of how to draw heat both during promos and through his in-ring psychology and body language. Though the comedic aspect of his character will undoubtedly be toned down in LAW (and the most ridiculously-named finisher in the business – the Ricola Bomb – will have to go), Castagnoli will make a great addition to the roster.

Round #8

David Brashear of New Generation Wrestling (NGW) selects Joey Styles (play-by-play commentator).

For almost a decade, Joey Styles was known as the voice of ECW and one of the most respected play-by-play men around. Until the show on TNN started, Styles called the action completely solo. That changed when he signed with the WWE. Now free of the WWE machine, Styles is returning to his home at the play-by-play seat of the commentary table as he begins a new legacy – the voice of NGW.

Michael O’Mahony of Lost Art Wrestling (LAW) selects Mike Tenay (play-by-play commentator).

Let’s face it, Mike Tenay’s recent association with a less-than-stellar wrestling product – with the accompanying shift into an onscreen performer role he clearly isn’t very comfortable with – hasn’t exactly played to his strengths. Tenay rose to mainstream prominence on the strength of his encyclopedic knowledge of wrestling history and holds, becoming known as “The Professor” during his tenure with WCW. LAW management believes that good play-by-play is one of the arts that’s in serious danger of being lost to the industry, and is delighted to offer Tenay the chance to do what he does best – call the action.

Roy Reynolds of Full Force Wrestling (FFW) selects Mike Quackenbush.

There aren’t many bad things you can say about “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush. He’s exceptional on the microphone and is arguably one of the most talented technicians on the independent wrestling scene today. He has trained a majority of the wrestlers on the CHIKARA roster and knows the business inside and out. Not only does FFW hope that Quackenbush will be able to mentor a lot of their younger talent, but they also hope to see him rise up into a mid-card or even a main event star.

Grey Scherl of Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW) selects Taz (color commentator).

The former Human Suplex Machine retired several years ago, much to the dismay of his fans, but rather then just make a mockery of himself, Taz moved on to commentary. While he may have started rough, he’s grown over the past several years into the best color man in the business. He will be an asset in the commentary booth, one that we are happy to have. It’s just too bad he can’t run out and Tazplex some fools at the same time.

Raffi Shamir of Just Pro Wrestling (JPW) selects Todd Grisham (play-by-play commentator).

This young broadcaster is one of the best new broadcasters to hit the wrestling world in recent years. Together with Matt Striker he was part of a surprisingly good broadcast team and now he has the chance to learn the art of calling wrestling matches from arguably the best of all times, Jim Ross. As good as he was in ECW, Grisham is only getting better and his teaming with JR will do wonders for his abilities and career.

Steven Gepp of Generic Wrestling Promotion #25 (GNW-25) selects Kofi Kingston.

This young man has burst onto the scene recently with enthusiasm and vitality. Entertaining and skilled, the crowds love him. And he already has a few secondary WWE title reigns under his belt. GNW-25 is proud to have this young gun join its ranks.

Mark Allen of Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW) selects “The Modern Day Enforcer” Paul Burchill.

The Chelsea, England, native has had a rocky go of things in his tenure in WWE in the past. However PCW is ready to allow Burchill to show his full array of talents in charisma. Look for big things from this often unheralded Brit.

Pulse Glazer of Pro Wrestling Company (PWC) selects Nick Nemeth (formerly known as Dolph Ziggler).

This man has done nothing but impress in his time in the WWE. Given a joke gimmick, he made it work for him and not against him and even managed to steal a major Pay Per View with Rey Mysterio in the proccess. This up and comer is equal parts Randy Savage and Curt Hennig and will make a great addition to our roster.

Big Andy Mac of International World Class All Star Professional Championship Wrestling Global Alliance and Grappling Arts Federation Unlimited (IWCASPCWGAAGAFU) selects Roderick Strong.

Roddy might be the most underrated worker in wrestling today. He is involved in some of the best matches in RoH since his first appearance there in 2004. He can fill almost any spot on the card despite his lack of verbal skills. He will be a welcome addition to the fold.

Round #9

Big Andy Mac of International World Class All Star Professional Championship Wrestling Global Alliance and Grappling Arts Federation Unlimited (IWCASPCWGAAGAFU) selects Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson, the Young Bucks.

With my next pick I am again taking a tag team, but not just any tag team. This duo is the talk of the independent and international wrestling world. They will soon be the talk of IWCASPCWGAAGAFU. That team is none other than Matt and Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks.

Pulse Glazer of Pro Wrestling Company (PWC) selects Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Tanahashi is the ace of the second biggest wrestling company in the world, New Japan and, as such, has taken on the top competitors of TNA and all of Japan. Like an Asian Shawn Michaels, he combines a flair for the dramatic with consistency and well-timed flashiness, making an excellent addition to PWC’s heavyweight division.

Mark Allen of Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW) selects Tyler Black.

Black is one of the fastest rising stars on the independent circuit. He has shown his talent and charisma to make it on a major stage in the wrestling industry. This will be his opportunity to make an impact.

Steven Gepp of Generic Wrestling Promotion #25 (GNW-25) selects Batista.

Though injury-prone, he has the look and power to be a dominant force in any promotion. His ability to be face, heel or tweener us important. He also has a distinctive aura about him. We feel there is much more life left in him yet.

Raffi Shamir of Just Pro Wrestling (JPW) selects Matt Morgan.

“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan is a big surprise in his TNA career. Believed by many to be just another generic ex-WWE bigman, Morgan took the chance he got and proved that he has the charisma of a true star and the in-ring talent to back up his words. Morgan is on the cusp of cementing his main event status and perhaps JPW will be the place where he finally does it.

Grey Scherl of Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW) selects Bobby Lashley.

Why Lashley? During his time in the WWE he grew into a pretty good worker, and was able to have some decent high level feuds built around him. Sure he quit early to go after a career in MMA, but having watched several of his fights I can see why. His recent signing with TNA has made him an active wrestler again, albeit for a few days a month while he spends the rest training. This dual sport superstar, showing that you can seriously compete in MMA and still pro-wrestle on the side, will make a welcome addition to the RAPW roster.

Roy Reynolds of Full Force Wrestling (FFW) selects Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe, the Briscoe Brothers.

At one point in their careers, Jay and Mark Briscoe were once seen as being the best tag team in all of professional wrestling. Injuries have prevented them from taking that status in recent years, but in a perfect world, they are a phenomenal team to have on any company’s roster. From their reigns as tag champions in ROH, Pro Wrestling NOAH, FIP, and CZW, they can easily be considered one of the most versatile and unique teams of all-time. Time to man up, FFW!

Michael O’Mahony of Lost Art Wrestling (LAW) selects Petey Williams.

This ridiculously talented Canadian hasn’t had a great time of it as of late, from being modeled after Scott Steiner to getting unceremoniously dropped from the TNA roster (Cody Deaner still has a job!). We at LAW believe that Petey’s undeniable in-ring talents together with his potential as a performer and the draw of The Canadian Destroyer – one of the most specactular finishes in the business – equal a sweet draft pick.

David Brashear of New Generation Wrestling (NGW) selects CIMA.

As one of Ultimo Dragon’s students, CIMA quickly became the top star in Toryumon. He remained on top even through the transition from Toryumon to Dragon Gate. However, 2008 saw CIMA sidelined for most of the year with a severe neck injury. Now that he has returned to the ring, will he recapture his former glory in NGW, or will the odds be too much for him?

Round #10

David Brashear of New Generation Wrestling (NGW) selects Kota Ibushi.

Although his United States exposure has been limited, Ibushi is a rising star in Japan. He calls DDT home but has also branched out into CHIKARA (where he won the Rey de Voladores in 2009), New Japan (where he competed in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament), Pro Wrestling NOAH, and Ring of Honor. Ibushi has proven himself in his homeland, and now NGW will present him the opportunity to do so in the United States. Once he arrives, it’s doubtless that he will begin to focus on the cruiserweight title – and with his experience in unorthodox situations, that may give him the edge he needs to capture the belt.

Michael O’Mahony of Lost Art Wrestling (LAW) selects Umaga (formerly known as Aumaga).

The hard-hitting Samoan comes with a brawler’s pedigree, a cult following, and main event experience. LAW believes that Umaga can play a similar role for LAW as he played in the WWE, that of the perennial upper midcard heel.

Grey Scherl of Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW) selects Kaz (formerly known as Suicide).

The multi-time TNA X division champion has proven to be impressive over the last several years. From his days teaming with Michael Shane, to his incredibly brief run in the WWE, to his return to TNA, to his run as Suicide, Kaz has proven that he can work with the best of them. He might not be a huge name, but the man can work, and RAPW sees him as a future superstar.

Raffi Shamir of Just Pro Wrestling (JPW) selects Abyss.

While hardcore matches are not the bread and butter of JPW, a little blood and a lot of thumbtacks can be fun occasionally. And when it comes to that area, Abyss is one of the biggest and best names you can find without going completely overboard. Abyss will be a welcomed addition to the roster of JPW.

Steven Gepp of Generic Wrestling Promotion #25 (GNW-25) selects Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus, the British Invasion.

These two are new to the world-wide scene, but are already IWGP champs. They have started to make quite an impact in TNA. The two of them also work well as individuals. They will be a perfect fit for GNW-25.

Mark Allen of Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW) selects “The Long Island Playboy” Zack Ryder.

“The Long Island Playboy” has come a long way since his humble beginnings as Major Brother back in 2006. He has grown in the ring, on the mic and as an overall performer. His clueless frat boy schtick, with obnoxious catchphrases and theme song make him a perfect antagonist. Ryder will have a chance to continue to grow in PCW.

Pulse Glazer of Pro Wrestling Company (PWC) selects Eddie Kingston.

There’s no possible pick like the Last of a Dying Breed. You won’t believe how awesome “God’s middle child” is. Eddie Kingston, the best promo on the indies is also an awesome, intense brawler who will make an awesome edition to the roster.

Big Andy Mac of International World Class All Star Professional Championship Wrestling Global Alliance and Grappling Arts Federation Unlimited (IWCASPCWGAAGAFU) selects Kevin Steen and El Generico.

IWCASCPWGAAGAFU selects yet another tag team. I guess you can tell one of the focuses of this company. This team has been featured in almost every federation they have wrestled in, they are of course Kevin Steen and El Generico. Steenerico as they are more commonly known has proven one of the best “odd couple” teams on the American indies, and are both pretty great singles wrestlers to boot.

Round #11

Pulse Glazer of Pro Wrestling Company (PWC) selects Chris Sabin.

One half of one of the best teams in the world, Chris Sabin is so much more. Perhaps as accomplished as his partner in ring, Sabin’s personality is constantly evolving. His athleticism is unmatched, but what really sets him apart is his ability to put on a match with a great story, as seen against everyone from Samoa Joe in TNA to Katsuhiko Nakajima in All Japan.

Mark Allen of Prime Championship Wrestling (PCW) selects Drew McEntyre (formerly known as Drew McIntyre).

The young star has yet to make a major impact in the wrestling world, but now is the time for McEntyre to break out. He has the looks and tools to become a major star.

Raffi Shamir of Just Pro Wrestling (JPW) selects Brother Ray and Brother Devon, Team 3D.

Their best days are behind them but Team 3D are still an asset to any tag team division. The most decorated tag team in North America can still bring it in the ring and has shown more than once that it can still create stars.

Grey Scherl of Real Ass Pro Wrestling (RAPW) selects Carlito and Primo, the Colons.

Brothers Carlito and Primo Colon are both young, but both have plenty of untapped potential. Carlito has proven that he can get himself over with natural charisma, and Primo shows signs of a bright future. They’re also the first Unified Tag Champs in WWE history, and they did pretty well with them.

Roy Reynolds of Full Force Wrestling (FFW) selects Katsuhiko Nakajima.

When wrestling fans take the time to take Nakajima’s accomplishments for a guy his age into consideration, it’s truly remarkable. The man is unquestionably the future of puroresu. Without question, Katsuhiko Nakajima will make a huge difference in the mid-card or even eventual main event of FFW.

Michael O’Mahony of Lost Art Wrestling (LAW) selects Kenny Omega.

This enthusiastic young Canadian has shown a ton of potential over the course of his indie career, most recently in Ring Of Honor, where he has rapidly established himself as a performer well worth watching. Omega is clearly a gifted athlete, and the infamous ATOMIC BUSTAH (YouTube it) notwithstanding, has a varied and impressive arsenal of next-gen moves not influenced by Street Fighter. LAW sees Omega as a show-stealing midcarder with a very bright future.

David Brashear of New Generation Wrestling (NGW) selects Elijah Burke (formerly known as D’Angelo Dinero).

Whether known by his real name or as D’Angelo Dinero, Burke’s talent is unmistakable. From charisma on the microphone to in-ring skills, Burke is the entire package. NGW is proud to welcome Burke to the roster, and also to offer him the opportunity he’s never fulfilled – a shot at the world title.

I have a gut feeling that I am going to be extremely busy this entire week. With that said, readers are probably going to have to wait until the weekend for another update on the “Pulse Wrestling Fantasy Draft”. It’ll include five more rounds of nonstop action, so be sure to check back soon. Meanwhile, sorry for the inconvenience.

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