|The front rows
surrounding the ring located in the center of the PWA Dome are filled
with an exclusive crowd that were asked to attend the PWA Hall of Fame
Ceremony. For the first time in PWA history, the Hall of Fame ceremony
is taking place inside the Dome and not at Chase Park Plaza Hotel,
where it had years prior. And of course to build even more hype and
anticipation for the PWA's biggest event, Genesis, we are doing this
the night before the destinies of the PWA superstars are revealed. Joe
BoXeR is in the middle of the ring, holding a few notecards with a
microphone in his hand. The ring is covered in a red carpet, and two
nice chairs are set up in one of the corners. One of the chairs is
occupied by Jon McDaniel.
Joe BoXeR: "Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the 2010 PWA Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tonight, we put aside egos, grudges, and everything else that stands in the way of true class and sportsmanship and we honor those who have dedicated so much of their career and life to this sport and more importantly to Pioneer Wrestling. These individuals tonight are to be honored by being enshrined into one of the most prestigious hall of fames in professional wrestling, the PWA Hall of Fame. Now, before we go ahead with the induction ceremony, I'd like to introduce to you the host, a staple in the PWA organization and one half of my favorite announce team, Jon McDaniel!"
Jon McDaniel stands up from his chair and the small crowd of roughly 500 people is on their feet and giving McDaniel a standing ovation. Joe BoXeR hands over the microphone to Jon and they shake hands. Joe takes a seat in the other chair in the ring and Jon addresses the crowd.
Jon McDaniel: "Thank you, Joe. I appreciate your support, and the support of everyone here. A year has gone by since the last time I was able to fulfill my duties as Hall of Fame host, and it has been quite an exciting year. Before we get into our new inductees and giving them their rightful place inside the holy temple of PWA greatness, we take a look back at past Hall of Famers.
Some of them are here tonight in St. Louis as they have been asked to come back and entertain you all, perhaps for the last time, at one of the biggest PWA events in its entire history. Genesis X has been ten years in the making, and we honor some of those who have done so much to make sure that these last ten years have been memorable and exciting.
A few current hall of famers with us tonight that will be competing in tomorrow's colossal Genesis event are Project X, Thunderwolf, Corey Lazarus, Sirus Moran, Chamelion, Raizzor, The Phoenix, and, even though he isn't competing, I'm sure even Scottie Snow is around here somewhere telling the magnificent story about how he was World Champion, if only for a ten minutes."
The crowd and McDaniel share a laugh at Snow's expense. And why not? There probably isn't anything Scottie can do about it, except get excited that he was mentioned as a hall of famer with legends like those.
Jon McDaniel: "These men helped pave the way for the future of the PWA, and these men have done all they can to make sure the PWA has a great legacy and has ultimate success. There are many others who have done their parts and then some to ensure high success and legendary reputations for Pioneer Wrestling, and we honor them by enshrining them into our Hall of Fame. And now, onto our inductees, those who have recently, since the PWA's rebirth in the beginning of 2008, helped secure the PWA's legendary success and paved the way for the future talent of this business. We recognize these individuals as wrestlers, warriors, and innovators."
McDaniel shuffles his cards. The lights dim, and the first inductee is about to come out.
Jon McDaniel: "And now, the first member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class..."
Muse's "Knights of Cydonia" hits the sound system as the entire crowd gets on their feet and starts cheering. We recognize this entrance song used by none other than Jamie Flynn. Flynn walks out from backstage in a fine black Armani suit, now sporting black sunglasses made by Oliver Peoples. He shakes hands with a few fans and then steps into the ring. Jon McDaniel shakes Jamie's hand, and Jamie also shakes hands with Joe BoXeR. Joe and Jamie share a few words and Jon goes back on the microphone as "Knights" dies down.
Jon McDaniel: "We will use the ADCtron to display Jamie Flynn's accomplishments as a PWA superstar."
The ADCtron comes to life with almost a mini-biography of Jamie Flynn in the PWA, showing his accomplishments in the ring.
Jon McDaniel: "Jamie Flynn put together during his nine months as a PWA superstar an impressive record of 25 wins, only 7 losses, and 2 draws. His winning percentage is .765, which is the highest of all time since the PWA's rebirth in 2008.
Jamie Flynn's championship reigns include being a PWA Intercontinental Champion, a PWA Television Champion, and a three-time PWA Tag-Team Champion.
Flynn has been decorated with numerous awards as well. Some of his biggest awards are Promo of the Year, Best Feud of the Quarter, Tag Team of the Quarter with Jethro Hayes, and Wrestler of the Quarter.
Jamie Flynn shares a distinction with Marxx, Trent Bradley, and Emperor Ian of having the fourth longest PWA win streak since the PWA's rebirth of 2008. Jamie won seven matches in a row from October 3rd, 2008 to January 16th, 2009."
Most of the crowd manage to give Jamie Flynn an applause for his successes in the PWA. Jon McDaniel steps back and hands over the microphone to Joe BoXeR, who is up from his seat. He shakes hands with Flynn, and Joe speaks.
Joe BoXeR: "Jamie was one of the most entertaining and talented athletes to ever grace a PWA ring. Those accolades Jon listed off are extremely impressive, and the Lyrical Assassin himself is here to accept the honor being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame. Unfortunately I was not able to sit down with you Jamie like I did with Matt and get you to reveal some of your favorite moments in the PWA. You're a hard man to get ahold of, that's for sure."
Jamie Flynn: (over Joe's microphone) "Not hard enough, apparently."
Joe and Jon share a laugh and Joe hands over the microphone to Jamie. He takes it reluctantly, and removes his sunglasses. He stares down at the PWA Hall of Fame plaque.
Jamie Flynn: "You know, there's a part of me that could have come out tonight and spoken humbly about his achievements while lavishing thanks and praise on front office personnel and quality opponents and been very sincere in doing so. People have often talked at length about my ego's boundlessness, but the fact is I've always been a realist. I realize that one man can't possibly accomplish anything in this business on his own. It takes the drive of many to build the foundation of a federatoin as long-lasting as this one and it takes the competitive fire of hundreds more to keep the entertainment flourishing. This place didn't live and die by myself alone.. But when I was here it sure as hell stood tall against the most scrutinizing of critics.
The competitive fire might still burn in that locker room, but no one salivates now like they did back in oh-eight. You can look back at my tenure here and criticize wherever you will, but no matter what I did or did not accomplish I had the undivided attention of every god damn man, woman and child who fancied paying attention to these airwaves. There were those who ranked getting one up on me far higher than any single title reign, and they were damn justified in doing so. When people build you up that high, no piece of leather and gold is necessary.
Now look around. Ten years in the making and Kelser and Lazarus can't be bothered to promote their culmination because they're too busy training. You can bet that if I was so much as the fucking timekeeper for that match, no way they get away with that bullshit. My mere presence holds people to standards.
You're all certainly free to disagree with me. After all, who am I to come back here after all this time and roll my eyes at the very federation seeking to honor my achievements? Who am I to claim my name alone carries more merit than championship gold? With all that I left unfinished, who am I to call out those who are still putting it all on the line in front of you?
Easy. I'm Jamie fucking Flynn.
If you think that doesn't vindicate everything this award implies, then go ahead and lay down a challenge. If you're lucky, I'll only break you with the most elegant prose that's ever been crafted together by a professional athlete. If you're unlucky, I'll accept. Then reality hits. This was never a game to me. Goodnight, ladies and gentlemen."
Jon McDaniel: "Thank you Jamie Flynn. Congratulations on being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame!"
Jamie takes his plaque and leaves the ring. He puts back on his sunglasses and exits up the rampway. Jon McDaniel shuffles his cards and gets ready for the next inductee.
Jon McDaniel: "And now, the next member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class..."
Cold's "Whatever You Became" hits the sound system as the entire crowd gets on their feet and starts cheering. We recognize this entrance song used by none other than Mark McNasty. Mark comes out in some casual attire and climbs into the ring. He shakes hands with Joe and Jon respectively.
Jon McDaniel: "Again, we will use the ADCtron to display Mark McNasty's accomplishments as a PWA superstar."
The ADCtron comes alive again. Mark stands in the ring with a look of pride.
Jon McDaniel: "Mark McNasty put together a record of 27 wins, 26 losses, and only 1 draw.
Mark's championship reigns include PWA Television Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and World Champion.
Mark McNasty has the record for the longest World Championship title reign at 98 days. He also holds the record for the longest Television Championship reign at 65 days, under the moniker 'Malicious'. Mark also holds the second longest PWA Intercontinental Championship title reign at 84 days.
In fact, out of all of the top three longest title reigns per title, Mark McNasty is the only one in PWA history listed in three different titles or more.
Mark McNasty has been decorated with a lot of PWA awards. Some of his biggest awards are: Best Feud of the Year, Tag Team of the Year with Alex Wilkie, Most Improved of the Quarter, and Match of the Quarter.
Mark McNasty is one of the original hosts of PWA Radio, along with The Phoenix."
The entire crowd gives Mark McNasty an applause for his successes in the PWA. Jon McDaniel steps back and hands over the microphone to Joe BoXeR, who is up from his seat. He shakes hands with Mark once more, and Joe speaks.
Joe BoXeR: "There's no doubt about it that Mark McNasty truly defined the term 'Iron Man', and can be compared next to other iron men like Brett Favre. Mark was a workaholic, and he always improved his game on a weekly basis. To have the longest World Championship title reign is essentially one of the best accomplishments you can possibly get. The competition level in the World Title scene is crazy amazing... and to have a title reign like Mark did speaks volumes about just how good he is. And now, Mark McNasty."
Joe hands over the microphone to Mark.
Mark McNasty: "Ladies and gents, thank you so much for this amazing honor. I wish I could say more, but unfortunately I have some very personal business to take care of. I just want to thank everyone in the PWA universe, my friends and my family. Thank you all for your continued support."
Jon McDaniel: "Thank you Mark McNasty! Congratulations on being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame!"
Mark takes his plaque and shakes hands with Joe and Jon once more. He climbs out of the ring, raising his hands one last time and disappears backstage. Jon shuffles his cards and gets ready for the next inductee.
Jon McDaniel: "And now, the next member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class..."
"Sympathy for the Devil" performed by Guns N' Roses hits the sound system. The small crowd is on their feet as Matthew "Virus" Engel walks out from backstage. He receives a mixed reaction from the crowd, even though most of them still aren't pleased with his recent actions and words against heroine Riona Langly. Matthew Engel walks down the rampway, wearing his trademark dark green tuxedo. He enters the ring and, oddly enough, shakes hands with Jon McDaniel. Engel steps back for a moment as "Sympathy" dies down and McDaniel continues.
Jon McDaniel: "As you all can see, the ADCtron shows Matthew Engel's accomplishments since his debut in February 2008."
The ADCtron comes to life with almost a mini-biography of Matthew Engel in the PWA, showing his accomplishments in the ring.
Jon McDaniel: "Matthew Engel has amassed a current record of 41 wins, 25 losses, and 4 draws. That puts him second all time in most wins, right behind Riona Langly.
He is one of fifteen PWA superstars since the PWA started in 1999 to win the PWA Triple Crown, recognized currently as a title given to superstars who capture the PWA World or Global titles, the PWA Intercontinental Title, and the PWA Tag-Team title.
Matthew Engel's championship reigns include being a three-time PWA World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time PWA Intercontinental Champion, and a PWA Tag-Team Champion with his sister Enika Engel.
Matthew Engel had a five month break from January 2009 to June 2009 and then came back stronger than ever in mid 2009, winning three titles, seventeen matches, and the Rumble in the Bronx 2009.
Engel has been decorated with numerous PWA awards. Some of his biggest awards are: Wrestler of the Year 2008, Heel of the Year in both 2008 and 2009, Promo of the Year 2009, and he was involved in both Match of the Year for 2008 and 2009."
Most of the crowd manage to give Matthew Engel an applause for his successes in the PWA. Jon McDaniel steps back and hands over the microphone to Joe BoXeR, who is up from his seat. He shakes hands with his brother, and Joe speaks.
Joe BoXeR: "In my opinion, my brother is a natural born winner. His past associations and tactics, so to speak, haven't always been favorable to the Engel family and the PWA, but there is no doubt that Matthew Engel has been one of the greatest superstars since its rebirth in 2008. His accolades and work ethic speak louder than anything. Matthew, I am very proud as your brother and colleague to induct you into the PWA Hall of Fame."
Joe and Matt embrace in a short hug.
Joe BoXeR: "Now before we go ahead and let you give your speech, we sat down and talked about some things that I thought would be interesting for the fans and the PWA universe to know.
First question I asked you is what current PWA superstar would you like to compete in the ring with that you have never fought before?"
Matthew Engel: "Well, that one chick that lives with Riona. She seems fiesty, and I'm single these days."
Joe BoXeR: "You are referring to Laura Estella?"
Matthew Engel: "Sure."
Joe BoXeR: "You know we are talking about wrestling, right?"
Matthew Engel: "Oh. Well, in that case... Joshua Danielson. I know you're a fan."
Joe BoXeR: "I am indeed. I'm sure that would be a good match. Another question I asked you was to indulge us in some of your most memorable moments in the PWA. I took the liberty of incorporating your answers into a slide show here on the ADCtron."
Matthew Engel: "Alright Mr. Fancypants."
Joe BoXeR: "I try. Go ahead and get that going."
The ADCtron comes to life, as Matt's answers are seen scrolling on the big screen.
Joe BoXeR: "Some of Matthew Engel's most memorable moments are...
(reading from the ADCtron) 'Winning my first PWA World Title against Chamelion'
'Defeating Jethro Hayes at Bad Blood for my third World Title'
'Defeating Scott Nash Strader at Unsanctioned in my seemingly retirement match'
'Winning the Rumble in the Bronx in 2009'
'Winning Wrestler of the Year in 2008'.
Those are some fine momemts there, Matt."
Matthew Engel: "I know."
Joe BoXeR: "And our final discussion was your top three list for matches here in the PWA. Here is what you said.
At Number Three - your match with Vicious at Revolutions Per Minute on April 18th, 2008.
Number Two - your match with Scott Nash Strader at Unsanctioned on January 16th, 2009.
And at Number One - your match with Jethro Hayes at Bad Blood on October 25th, 2009.
All three high quality matches, that's for sure. Now, I will leave you to your speech."
Joe hands over the microphone to Matthew Engel. The crowd calms down in anticipation of Engel speaking.
Matthew Engel: "In spite of.. being a driving force with the Masters of Armageddon and The Pantheon, engaging in violent and blood-filled rivalries with many PWA superstars, and being voted the best bad guy of the PWA two years in a row... I do treasure this honor of being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame. It's not about ego or bragging rights, it's really about getting respect and appreciation from those who came before me, and passing that on to those who will arrive after me. Every time I step into the ring, I am there to prove myself not only to my opponents and the fans, but every single athlete who has come and gone in our sport, who has made their mark in the PWA, and to those who have yet to do so. I have always felt that I have been riding against the tide, doing things that others said I couldn't, and I enjoyed nothing more than proving people wrong.
Speaking of which... Jamie? I'd really like to accept that so-called challenge of yours. This ain't 2008 anymore kid.
As much as I dish out verbal abuse to my opponents and other people in the PWA, I do entirely respect what these people have done for the sport and for this place. In fact, I am grateful I was given an opportunity to wrestle here two years ago and blossom once again into a megastar and do what I do best: wrestle. I have regrets, everyone has regrets, but I don't dwell on them. I operate within the realm of the present, and right now you all are recognizing me as a PWA legend, and I can't thank you enough.
I know that in the past month, I haven't exactly been.. in a proper state of mind. It begs the question if what happened to me after Chaotic Rampage really scarred me just as bad mentally as it did physically. Deception is a powerful tool, ladies and gentlemen.
Just remember: it's all part of the plan."
Matt gives the crowd in front of him a wink, and the crowd is a little confused. He raises his Hall of Fame plaque up in the air, and hands off the microphone to Jon McDaniel. "Sympathy" hits the sound system again as the crowd gives Engel a proper applause. Joe and Matt embrace once more, and Joe takes a seat while Jon McDaniel centers himself in the ring. Matt heads up the rampway and goes backstage, with "Sympathy" dying down and McDaniel getting ready.
Jon McDaniel: "Thank you Matthew Engel. Congratulations on being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame!"
Jon shuffles his cards again.
Jon McDaniel: "And now, the next member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class..."
Wall of Jericho's "The New Ministry" hits the sound system as Riona Langly appears from backstage. She calmly makes her way to the ring, wearing some casual attire for the evening and enjoying a moment's relaxation. She reaches the ring and shakes hands with Jon McDaniel and Joe BoXeR. She steps in the background for a moment and Jon speaks again.
Jon McDaniel: "As you all can see, the ADCtron shows Riona Langly's accomplishments since her debut in March 2008."
The ADCtron comes to life again with Riona's accolades and accomplishments.
Jon McDaniel: "Riona Langly has amassed a record of 46 wins, 28 losses, and 8 draws. She has the most wins all-time since the PWA's rebirth in 2008.
Her championship reigns include being a two-time Grizzly Beer Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and a two-time Tag-Team Champion.
Riona set the record for longest PWA Intercontinental Championship reign with 149 days as its champion. This is the third longest title reign of all time, since the PWA's birth in 1999. Riona also set the record for the longest Grizzly Beer title reign in June 2008 at 84 days, but that record was beaten by Matt Stone the next year. Still, Riona holds the title's second longest reign.
Riona also holds the PWA's longest winning streak since the beginning of 2008, with 10 wins and 2 draws, amounting to 11 wins total. Along with her winning streak, she has the record for most consecutive title defenses in a row at 5 successful defenses.
Riona has been decorated with numerous awards. Some of her biggest awards are: Match of the Year two years in a row, Best Feud of the Year as the leader of the Apostles of Ares, Best Feud of the Quarter with Jamie Flynn, Wrestler of the Quarter, and Match of the Quarter against Jethro Hayes."
The entire crowd gives Riona a huge ovation. She tries to flash a smile. Joe is handed the microphone.
Joe BoXeR: "Riona Langly has.. redefined women's position in the professional sports entertainment business for years. She has been one of the most dominate wrestlers the PWA has ever seen, and her title reigns reiterate that fact. She has done more for the sport and the PWA than most men could dream of, and that is why we are electing her into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations!
But before we move to your speech... we were able to sit down and talk with you about some interesting topics, much like we did with my brother a little bit ago. First question I asked you is what current PWA superstar would you like to compete in the ring with that you have never fought before?"
Riona takes the microphone for a second.
Riona Langly: "Being here as long as I have, and fighting as much as I have here in the PWA, there aren't too many people I haven't fought at least twice. However, more recently, I would like to fight Ryan Ross.. or even Laura Estella."
Joe BoXeR: "Ah, that's twice Laura has came up tonight. But, the way Matt brought her up wasn't exactly too professional and--"
Riona Langly: "Let's move on."
Joe BoXeR: "Right. Now, for the next two parts we took your answers and created a sort of presentation on the ADCtron. The next question I asked you was to indulge us in some of your most memorable moments. Here were your answers...
'My triumph and fall at WarGames in 2009.'
'Singing with Nightwish at Genesis IX.'
'Entering out of nowhere in the Rumble in the Bronx in 2009.'
'My 60 minute draw with Jamie Flynn.'
'Returning at X-mas @ Ground Zero in 2009.'
All very impressive moments, indeed."
Riona Langly: "Thank you Joe."
Joe BoXeR: "And our final discussion was your top three list for matches here in the PWA. Here is what you said.
At Number Three - your Intercontinental Championship match against Corey Lazarus at Genesis IX.
Number Two - your No Surrender Dog Collar Match against Matthew Engel at Chaotic Rampage.
And at Number One -- your Ladder War for the Intercontinental Championship against Jamie Flynn at Manitoba Mayhem 2008.
Definitely some PWA classics there. And now, ladies and gentlemen, Riona Langly."
Joe hands over the microphone to Riona. The crowd calms down in anticipation of her speaking.
Riona Langly: "I'm... really honored by this. I see the groans on all your faces out there, and I know that you're all thinking that I'm about to spend over 3 hours thanking everyone and anyone that has ever been a huge sucess on my PWA career. Well, I'm not... When I heard that I was making the PWA Hall of Fame this year, I honestly didn't think that I deserved the honor of being one of the few women to be inducted. After all, I've only been with the company for 2 years now... I've not had the honor, like Psycho Sandra, to win the PWA World's Heavyweight Championship... yet. All I've done is be a consistently good match...
Still... I guess I should thank Mark Sommers for giving me the opprotunity to wrestle for all of you. Scott Nash Strader for getting his ass kicked by me 3 times. Jamie Flynn, for giving me some of the hardest hitting, best matches of my career in the summer of 2008. Corey Lazarus, for helping me tear this building down last year with the REAL Match of the Night. Jethro Hayes for being one of the best friends I've made in this business for a long time... Laura, for being a friend when very few would ever think of seeking me out. And my Warbound... Lacey, Johnny, Jacob... They were there for me in the darkest of hours, and had it not been for their help, I may have been lost to my rage and hate. Finally, I want to thank my family... My mother, my brother, my sister-in-law... Through everything, thick and thin, the good and the bad, they have been there for me... to support me, to hear me out in times both troubled and victorious. Without them, I might be in the business, but I certainly wouldn't be the person that I am today.
All I ask that my legacy, both what I have forged and what is to come, be judged fairly... Both the good and the bad. I've worked too hard to have my faults erased and my mistakes glossed over. And... thank you to those that have supported me. I'm not exactly the easiest person to like, but I appriciate the people out there that have overlooked my massive personality defects in order to be my fans. It means alot to me even if I don't show it all that often..."
She raises her Hall of Fame plaque up in the air, and hands off the microphone to Jon McDaniel. "The New Ministry" hits the sound system again as the crowd gives Riona a proper applause. Joe and Riona shake hands once more, and Joe takes a seat while Jon McDaniel centers himself in the ring. Riona heads up the rampway and goes backstage, with "The New Ministry" dying down and McDaniel getting ready.
Jon McDaniel: "Thank you Riona Langly! Congratulations on being inducted into the PWA Hall of Fame!"
Jon shuffles his cards again.
Jon McDaniel: "And now, the final member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class..."
Korpiklaani's "Journey Man" hits the sound system as the fans rise up with loud cheering for the Southern Hero, Jethro Hayes. Jethro makes his way down to the ring. He climbs in and happily shakes hands with Joe BoXeR and Jon McDaniel. Jethro takes a backseat in the ring and lets McDaniel do his thing.
Jon McDaniel: "As you all can see, the ADCtron shows Jethro Hayes' accomplishments since his debut in July 2008."
The ADCtron comes to life again with Jethro's accolades and accomplishments.
Jon McDaniel: "Jethro Hayes has put together 34 wins, 23 losses, and zero draws as a PWA superstar. He is third all time for most wins since January 2008, behind Matthew Engel and Riona Langly respectively.
Jethro Hayes' championship reigns include: a two-time Tag-Team Champion, Television Champion, Grizzly Beer Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Hayes has won the PWA Triple Crown Championship and is arguably the youngest PWA Grand Slam winner in PWA history.
Hayes has the third longest World Title reign at 76 days, behind Sirus Moran and Mark McNasty.
Hayes has the third longest winning streak in the PWA since its rebirth in 2008, with 9 wins. In front of him is The Order of Chaos with 9 and a half wins and Riona Langly with 11 wins. Also with Hayes' winning streak, he is tied with Matt Stone for second most consecutive title defenses with 4 successful.
Jethro has been decorated with numerous awards. Some of his biggest awards are: Most Improved Wrestler of the Year, Face of the Year, Wrestler of the Quarter, Match of the Quarter with Riona Langly, Shocking Moment of the Quarter, and Match of the Quarter with Matthew Engel."
The entire crowd gives Hayes a huge ovation. Hayes is taken aback. Joe is handed the microphone from Jon McDaniel.
Joe BoXeR: "What is there to say about Jethro Hayes that hasn't already been said? Jethro Hayes has been one of the best superstars in the PWA since the rebirth in 2008. The fact that not a week goes by that he doesn't get compared to Sirus Moran is a great and fitting compliment. Sirus Moran is without debate the best PWA wrestler of all time. Jethro Hayes is looking to take up Sirus' mantle, and you know what? I couldn't agree more.
But before we move to your speech... we were able to sit down and talk with you about some interesting topics. First question I asked you is what current PWA superstar would you like to compete in the ring with that you have never fought before?"
Hayes takes the microphone for a second.
Jethro Hayes: "Well Joe.. if Project X should decide to stick around, I would certainly enjoy an opportunity to face him. If not, then I think I would like to compete against Jacob Figgins.."
Joe BoXeR: "We do not know yet what PX plans to do after Genesis. I will let you know as soon as I know, Jethro."
Jethro Hayes: "Thank you."
Joe BoXeR: "Right. Now, for the next two parts we took your answers and created a sort of presentation on the ADCtron. The next question I asked you was to indulge us in some of your most memorable moments. Now I noticed you put down some moments that didn't favor you."
Jethro Hayes: "Well, y'all didn't mention if they were good or bad."
Joe BoXeR: "Haha, you're right. We didn't. Here were your answers, Jethro.
'Being forced to take some medical time off after Matthew Engel defeated me.'
'First World Title victory.'
'Being Intercontinental Champion, which made me the youngest Grand Slam champion.'
'2009 PWA Face of the Year'
'2008 PWA Most Improved Wrestler of the Year.'
'Any match with Riona Langly, of course!'
'Losing the title to Marxx.'
'Feuding with Matthew Engel.'
'Feuding with Hunter Sullivan.'
'Creating Farm and Harm Express with Jamie Flynn.'
'Winning tag gold as Farm and Harm Express.'
'Jamie Flynn leaving Jethro high and dry. It helped me gain some self-confidence.'
'Jonothan Riker saying that to be a champion means I should have self confidence.'
'Second World Title reign.'
'First wrestler in this PWA incarnation to be a double singles champion.'
You certainly had a lot there, Jethro, but I agree that they were all very memorable for you."
Jethro Hayes: "Yessir."
Joe BoXeR: "And our final discussion was your top three list for matches here in the PWA. Here is what you said.
At Number Three - your Full Metal Mayhem Match for World Title against Hunter Sullivan at High Stakes.
Number Two - your Elimination Chamber Match against The Phoenix, Mark McNasty, Jacob Figgins, Hunter Sullivan, and Riona Langly at Phoenix Rising.
And at Number One -- your duo championship match against Matthew Engel at Manitoba Mayhem for both the PWA World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships..
Amazing picks there, Jethro. You certainly have accomplished so much here in the PWA. And now.. ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jethro Hayes."
Jethro looks around at the fans who bought tickets to the PWA's Hall of Fame ceremony before the huge Genesis show tomorrow night. He stares out at them before looking down at the plaque in his hand signifying that he is a 2010 Inductee to the PWA Hall of Fame. Looking back up there is tears threatening to spill from his eyes.
Jethro Hayes: "So many awards."
He is choked up, that is obvious from the gravely sound to his voice.
"So... many titles..."
He sniffs back the tears.
"So many others that could be chosen, but yet... Jethro Hayes was chosen."
He pulls out a hankerchief to wipe his eyes.
"Sorry, but this is a bit emotional."
He chuckles that sort of embarrassed chuckle.
"I don't know who to thank, where to begin, or really what to say."
He looks down at the plaque again before scanning the crowd.
"It all began long before I was born with my grandpa on my mom's side. I never got to know him but had heard stories that he and my mom loved to watch wrestling on Saturday nights. They'd travel around South Georgia to watch various independent shows. So from an early age I guess I loved wrestling, one might even hesitate to say that it is in my blood."
He chuckles as he wipes his eyes again.
"From the stories my mom told me I knew I wanted to do something with my life that would make him proud of me, even though he never knew me nor I him. I knew my grandma only a short time, but I love her just the same and as far as I know she liked wrestling, but not as much as my grandpa did."
He looks back over the crowd.
"My grandpa on my dad's side was a farmer and loved that life more than anything; he didn't hate wrestling but neither was he as devoted to it as Duke, my mom's dad. Well, I wanted to do something that would make them both proud so I began to train while I worked on my own farm."
"I became successful there with various crops and gained enough money to really train hard to become a professional wrestler and hope to make the big time in the PWA."
He sniffles again, thinking back on his journey and life.
"I kept farming, kept wrestling indy cards, then got a call one day that the Pioneer Wrestling Association was looking for some wrestlers to hire. Knowing I was not likely to make it I didn't even bother putting in my application because I was afraid of rejection and afraid to step out of the box."
He looks down at the plaque, to the crowd, to each and every person seemingly at once.
"My friend Jake encouraged me to just try because the worst they could say is "No", so I tried. I filled out the application... and I was hired."
Another smile, remembering.
"Amazing journey so far. I knew I wanted to do what I loved for my grandparents, my parents, my friends, and for each and every single one of you. Each and every single thing I do, Jethro Hayes does for you."
A smile, showing that he loves the fans.
"No matter what you may or may not remember about me, remember that. But I'm getting a bit off track here and need to quit chasing those rabbits."
A slight chuckle from Jethro and the crowd.
"Back to my grandpas. I went with what some call a gimmick, but what for me is real life. You've seen the promos, what you see now is no different than what is on the farm in Georgia; I don't fake this because I am real and want you all to believe in me as well."
He is getting teared up again.
"But the little feller down here is telling me to wrap it up so I guess I had better hurry or he might plant me or plow me over."
Chuckle from the crowd.
"Over many losses and wins I began to win a championship here, there, and like Old McDonald's farm everywhere."
"Ok feller I'm hurrying I'm hurrying."
Laughter and the guy causing Jethro to hurry blushes fiercely.
"I became the youngest Grand Slam Champion in PWA history, I became Most Improved of the Year in 2008. I became World Champion in 2009... all because of you and this sport we all love dearly. Now..."
He gets choked up again.
He wipes his face and clears his throat.
"I am part of the 2010 PWA Hall of Fame induction class..."
He lifts up the plaque, high into the sky. Jethro turns the plaque up towards the sky.
"Papa... I did this for you.... thank you for believing in me even if you didn't know me. Papa Harvey Lee, thank you for loving me... Grandma Edna Merle... thanks for me being your little firecracker... Grandma Opal... thanks for all you ever did for me..."
The plaque is still held high.
"This is for you thank you..."
Jethro has tears running down his face as he hugs the plaque to his chest and turns to walk away. The crowd in attendance rise as one to their feet giving "The Southern Hero" a standing ovation. Jethro turns back, mouthing "I Love You All." before waving and exiting the ring and going backstage. Jon McDaniel has the microphone again.
Jon McDaniel: "Well ladies and gentlemen... we have just one more person to induct. This person has been an extremely beneficial help backstage here in the PWA. He has done everything and anything to ensure the finest product on PWA airwaves. We give many, many thanks to one Richard "Bean" Bennett. Unfortunately he is not able to join us here live tonight, but we do have a video clip from him that he wanted to share with you all!"
The ADCtron comes to life once more. We see Bean on the big screen, going from the heart on this speech. Hey, it's gotta be hard for a blind dude to write down a speech and memorize it.
Richard "Bean" Bennett: "Hey guys, it is your old pal Bean here, or as some of you say that Blind Bean Fuck. Man I just really can't believe this because almost two years ago, April of 2008, I made my first roleplay ever. I still remember my opponents and who I was portraying at the time. It was Seamus and Sean O'Connor and they were facing Grade A Nastyness (Mark McNasty and Alex Wilkie). Back then I didn't know any better so I'd just write up what I thought was great work and would post you to death by posting like crazy with promos that didn't make any sense(nowadays) and back then they were great(imo). However, reading them back now... I sucked more than a vacuum cleaner with turbo power. But so many of you believed in me and helped me along.
Oh yeah, my opponent for the other match was Hank Serbia and I was the Grim Reaper... dreadful is not an adequate enough word to describe that guy... but live and learn. Anyways back to you all helping me out by giving me advice, helping me out, other such things. If it weren't for you guys helping me out, giving criticisms, advice, lending a helping hand, etc... I wouldn't have quit but might have been fired long before Jethro had a chance to emerge into the character he is now. That is probably one of my proudest moments when Jethro was crowned Grizzly Beer champion... at Summer Sizzler I think but I know it was in the summer anyways. I couldn't believe I had actually won a title then I was approached by Jamie Flynn's handler about forming a tag team. I know some of you may not like him, but I think I owe alot of Jethro's success to Jamie Flynn. Well we went on to create the Farm and Harm Express, tag team champions and when he left... I'm not going to lie I was ticked off but, thanks to Jamie again, it lit a fire under my writing ass and I knew I could run with this character on my own. Jamie's leaving drove me to prove to myself and to you all that I could do it and I did.
Its hard to say who has helped me the most; perhaps Brandon for giving me a punching bag in the pay per views(just kidding man, I loved facing you because you brought the best in me and it was a constant struggle not knowing either way.) Brandon made me strive to be the best I could be. Then I went on to become perhaps even better by facing Joe's Matthew Engel. I keep saying so many fueds are my favorites because they simply are, every single one of them. Joe and I planned a few things out but the match decisions were all up to the judges and I honestly bit my nails waiting on results and was sure that Joe had beaten me every single time. As most of you know I don't think I am very good at writing, but you all say I am so I have to believe it. Well that is pretty much the Jethro story and now onto another of my favorite fueds.
Bubba J and Ryan Ross. Ryan has pushed the Bubba J character farther than I think anyone else has. He was created as a character for Rebel Pro, but instead I had to drop him from there when I started running it and he was a secondary character here. Thanks to Ryan though, he pushed Bubba J up and beyond any of my wildest dreams and hopefully I have pushed Ryan up as well. I've tried to help him out as I was helped out and maybe... just maybe I have. I know it has been fun for me with Bubba J and hopefully the same goes for Ryan as well. Bubba J was created as an outlet for when I was upset, angry, or whatever because he is a no bullshit type of character and hopefully I've been able to portray that at least decently. That is until this thing with Ryan started, he has taught Bubba J respect and has earned it from the Ragin' Redneck as well and who knows where it will go from here.
So in closing, because I know this is getting long, thanks go out to everyone. Chris for giving me a chance. Rob for giving OCB their first win against Might and Magic. Brandon for being a damn tough opponent. Joe for some great storyline ideas. Ryan for bringing Bubba J to a new level. To anyone who I didn't mention by specific name, it is because the little guy down below this stage is telling me to hurry along and wind it up. Anyways thanks to everyone else as well for their support and criticisms when I needed it."
Jon McDaniel: "And that is the Class of 2010! Thank you all, and enjoy Genesis X!"
RICHARD "BEAN" BENNETT