Saturday, February 04, 2006

G.L.O.W. Diary 9

Monday, Week 1, March 1983

There were 446 people in attendance at the Mayan Theater.

While Vampira's opponent waits in the ring, a coffin is rolled up to it. The lid opens and Vampira sits up. She climbs into the ring and the lights dim, with a single spotlight focusing on her face as she flashes her fangs.[D]

Vampira defeated Americana in 3:06 by submission with a Vampira's Caress.
Jackie Stallone did some good work at ringside.[D]
Tina Ferrari is walking backstage, turns a corner, and bumps into Matilda the Hun. Matilda says something that Tina Ferrari doesn't like, and they start arguing. After some heated words, Matilda challenges Tina Ferrari to meet her in the ring for a match.
Tina Ferrari is developing better performance skills.[C]
Mountain Fiji defeated David McLane in 0:50 by pinfall with a Splash.
The fans came to see female competitors, and so were not happy to see David McLane. Jackie Stallone did some good work at ringside. Mountain Fiji and Jackie Stallone are an awkward pairing, they just have no chemistry whatsoever.[D]
Before the match starts, Matilda the Hun grabs the house microphone and demands of the referee to make a five count on Matilda's pinfall attempt.
"Five... not three. You got me, Ref? Five!"[B+]
Matilda the Hun defeated Tina Ferrari in 5:27 by pinfall with a Big Belly Bop.[C-]
The bell rings, yet Matilda the Hun continues to lay across her trounced victim. Matilda insists that the referee counts to five, after the pinfall, and refuses to get up until her demand is met.
The helpless referee obliges.[B+]
I wasn't happy with the show. I swore to never again give in to demands if they hurt the show. A lesson learned.[D]

*

Tuesday, Week 1, March 1983

At the meeting, Matlida announced that her contract was ending. I wished her the best of luck and regretted I wouldn't be able to pay her what she was worth.

I told Jackie that she wasn't the best manager for either Ebony or Emily. I'd just have to keep them from talking. With Ebony, that was no problem - she was just what the others called a jobber. But Emily was going to be the next champion.

Penny must have heard me thinking out loud, a habit I have when I'm stuck on a problem.

"I could manage Mountain Fiji, Joel. You're already paying me anyway. I can do both."

"Great! That solves that problem."

Vampira asked if she could just skip her entrance, since the crowd seemed to be getting tired of it. I said okay.

After announcing who would be booked for the next show, I ended the meeting. McLane, however, stuck around. What the Hell did he want?

"Is the wrestling business as easy as you thought it would be, Mr. Wideman?"

"Actually, it is, when I don't have some jackoff sabotaging my shows."

"Nobody has to sabotage your shows, Mr. Wideman. You have no idea what you're doing and that is proving to be enough."

With that, he left. He could say what he wanted, I wasn't hired because of my familiarity with wrestling. And my storylines were better than the exploitation he had planned.

G.L.O.W. Diary 8

Monday, Week 4, February 1983

We had 424 people in the seats of the Mayan Theater.

While Vampira's opponent waits in the ring, a coffin is rolled up to it. The lid opens and Vampira sits up. She climbs into the ring and the lights dim, with a single spotlight focusing on her face as she flashes her fangs.[C-]
Vampira defeated Ebony in 2:54 by submission with Vampira's Caress.
Ebony was really off her game tonight. Jackie Stallone did some good work at ringside, but her and Ebony are an awkward pairing, they just have no chemistry whatsoever.[E]
David McLane helped Debbie during this segment. Debbie Dancer cuts a promo hyping up her upcoming match with Scarlett.[C]
David McLane and Jackie Stallone welcome Sally the Farmer's Daughter to the announcer table, where Sally will be a special guest announcer for the next match. Sally the Farmer's Daughter is developing better performance skills.[C-]
Debbie Dancer defeated Scarlett in 2:32 by submission after blatantly cheating. The girls looked lost in the ring, but at least Scarlett is improving in Performance skills.[D]
Having picked up the victory, Debbie Dancer celebrates in the ring.[C-}
After the match David McLane and Sally the Farmer's Daughter begin their post match discussion. Out of nowhere, Sally the Farmer's Daughter begins insulting the work of Debbie Dancer - calling her an insult to professional wrestlers everywhere. Sally the Farmer's Daughter is developing better performance skills.[C-]
As California Doll makes her way to the ring, California Vine comes out of the crowd and follows behind, copying Doll's every move. California Vine is developing better performance skills.[C+]
California Doll defeated Corporal Kelly in 3:24 by pinfall with a Small Package. During the match we also had California Vine run in and attack Kelly.[C-]
After the match, California Doll tells California Vine that she doesn't need or want her help. Vine looks hurt. California Vine is developing better performance skills.{C+]
David McLane and Jackie Stallone are in her's office. Jackie is yelling at him.
"You nearly ruined our company's reputation!"
"I have a problem! I need help!" He gets on his knees and begs.
"And you'll get it. But first we are going to settle this like we do everything else."
McLane looks worried. "You mean?"
"Yes, you're going to have a match with--"
McLane cringes.
"Fiji!"
McLane relaxes. "Oh. Little Fiji. I was worried for a second there." He exits the office, leaving Jackie shaking her head.
"Mountain Fiji, you twit."[C]
The show was a success.[C-]

*

Tuesday, Week 4, February 1983

Tina and Matilda approached me together before the meeting. What could this mean?

"You need to show us we're not being ignored, Joel." said Tina.

"Alright, I'll give you the main event next week."

"Not enough." said Matilda. "We want more segments."

I nodded. "I'll do what I can."

At the meeting, Tammy told me that her contract was ending. I asked her if she wanted to extend it, and she said she'd think about it. I'd be sorry to see her go, but there was little I could do to keep her around. Even if she stayed, she wouldn't be real happy.

I made a decision I hoped I wouldn't regret. I'd have to take the belt off Tammy before she left. It seemed like a good idea to give it to someone I could afford to book. And there was only one logical choice - Mountain Fiji. But it would have to wait until the last week of Tammy's contract.

G.L.O.W. Diary 7

Palestina's contract was ending, and despite my efforts, I couldn't get her to stay. She would be missed, as only her high pay demands kept me from using her.

On the third Monday of February, our show was held in front of 420 people at the Mayan Theater.

Sally the Farmer's Daughter is reading letters for her "Ask Sally" show.
"My stalker... Listen, California Doll, maybe if you ignore them they'll go away."[C-]
While Vampira's opponent waits in the ring, a coffin is rolled up to it. The lid opens and Vampira sits up. She climbs into the ring and the lights dim, with a single spotlight focusing on her face as she flashes her fangs.[D]
Vampira defeated Olympia in 3:08 by submission with a Vampira's Caress.[E]
David McLane and Matilda the Hun are in the locker room, discussing the match coming up. McLane wants her to take a dive! Jackie Stallone walks in just in time to see money changing hands, and suspends Matilda on the spot.[C]
Little Fiji defeated Beastie in 2:43 by pinfall with a Flying Cross Body.
Beastie and Little Fiji just don't click at all, and it showed in their performances.[D]
David McLane: Whew! I was worried about that match.
Jackie Stallone: You didn't think Little Fiji was going to win?
David McLane: Not in a million years. I thought I was going to lose my house.[C]
Ashley Cartier is walking backstage, turns a corner, and bumps into Spike. Spike says something that Cartier doesn't like, and they start arguing. After some heated words, Spike challenges Cartier to meet her in the ring for a match.
Spike is developing better performance skills.[C-]
Ashley Cartier defeated Spike in 3:13 by pinfall with a Drop Kick.
Ashley Cartier is improving in Flying skills. Ashley Cartier is improving in Performance skills.[D]
It was a good show, though not as good as some.[D]

*

The next morning, Tammy showed up early. That wasn't a good sign.

"Joel, some of the girls are getting on my nerves."

"I don't understand. Don't you have a lot of friends here?"

"It's not that. I'm not getting booked but a bunch of less talented and less popular girls are!"

"That's because you cost 8 times as much they do. I can't center the whole show around one person!"

"Why not?"

Oh great. Things were going downhill. But the others started showing up and I was able to change the subject.

"Okay, who wants a haircut?"

That seemed to confuse them.

"Oh, come on, nobody wants to try short hair?"

Sally raised her hand.

"You want a new look, Sally?"

"Depends on how short it is." she said, drawing a few laughs.

"I was thinking bald, actually."

"I'll do it."

Everyone gasped.

"Nobody takes me seriously because of my looks. They say 'Oh, she's so beautiful and charming, that's why she gets booked.'"

As a matter of fact, that was why she got booked. But maybe she'd surprise us all and be a breakout talent. I wanted to match her up against someone that had some skills to give her a fighting chance.

"Okay, you and Debbie get the Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow storyline."

That got a few chuckles. I booked the next show and concluded the meeting. I had a story to write.