IWA REPORT
Vol. 25, No. 5 -- April 2020
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JOHNNY B SAYS

Manager Anthony Ibrahim of Kansas, known to friends as "Tony Flair," passed away on April 3rd at the age of 53. Friends and co-workers described him as a sweet guy with tons of passion and personality, and his letters to us over the years always reflected that. His humorous trash talk and Supreme Dalek drawings doubtlessly brought smiles to the faces of many fellow players.

In addition to humor, Tony had a gift for playing music and cooking, and his wrestlers were a force to be reckoned with in the ring. He led nWo: Evil Wonder Woman (WUL) to the Rough House Wrestling Championship in the June and August cycles of 2001, then to the Ladies' World title in February of 2004. That same cycle, his nWo: Maren Jensen (WUL) took the Ladies' U.S. belt, and nWo: Yancy Butler (WUL) won the Ladies' National Championship! In the Winter 2005 cycle, Yancy brought home the Ladies' World honors, and Maren the U.S. strap. By January of 2007, all three had set up shop in the FFL, and ended in a three-way tie for the National title! The following cycle, Evil Wonder Woman was edged out for the U.S. Championship, but Tony didn't give up on her, and she won it the very next cycle! She finally entered the IWA Hall of Fame in the Summer cycle of 2008 as DX: Evil Wonder Woman (IIL).

Tony claimed the King of the Ring crown in the December 2007 cycle with DX: "Mr. Chyna" Tony Laurer (IIL), then again in the Winter cycle of 2008 with DX: Triple H (NAL). "Mr. Chyna" moved to the WSL, and picked up third place for the Buried Alive title at the 2011 Specialty Championships. Four cycle later, fans at Imagimania XXVI: World Conquest looked on as DX: Riptide (PKL) took home the Africa Championship, and DX: "The Franchise" Tony Flair (PKL) won second place in the battle for North America. DX: Stephanie McMahon (PKL) became our champion of California, Delaware, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia in the 2012 State Wrestling contest, and "The Franchise," then in the ALL, won the Inferno and Singapore Cane titles at that year's Specialty Championships, and also came in second for the Buried Alive strap and third for the First Blood title. Tony ended 2012 by coaching Stephanie to third place for the Hangman's Noose honors at Imagimania XXVII: Dirty Dozen Redux.

Stepping into the ring himself, DX: "Innovator of Arrogance" Anthony Ibrahim (PKL) narrowly missed winning the King of the Ring title in November of 2013, but promised fans he would one day wear gold. He managed BWE: "Cool Fire" Shaun Cassidy (NAL) to the Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wyoming titles at the 2014 State Wrestling Championships, then later that year, Tony moved him to the PKL and saw him take second place for the Buried Alive honors and third place for the Texas Bullrope belt during the Specialty Championships. The "Innovator of Arrogance," then part of the IX stable, made good on his word at the end of the year by securing the Butcher Knife title and coming in third place for the Icepick Championship at Imagimania XXIX: Fright Night! Deciding to call the BRL home in 2015, he picked up the Illinois, Louisiana, and Maine State titles, and finished in third for the Buried Alive title at the Specialty Championships.

In 2016, DX: Anthony Ibrahim-Jensen (GWL) won the Arkansas, California, and South Dakota titles at our State Wrestling Championships, and the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs gold at the Specialty Championships, in addition to coming in second for the Lumberjack title. His in-league winnings included nine regional titles and three battle royal victories, while the following year saw him take home the league championship, the TV title, and 13 regionals. He retired into our Hall of Fame in the Fall cycle of 2018, having collected another league TV title, four regional belts, and two battle royal wins earlier in the year.

Adding "Superstars" Shaun and Anthony Cassidy (GWL) to his pool of talent, he led Anthony to third place finishes for the I Quit and Texas Bullrope titles at the 2018 Specialty Championships, then coached Shaun to victory in the Alabama, Delaware, New Jersey, and North Dakota play-offs at our 2019 State Wrestling Championships -- and in doing so, helped raise $777 for fellow manager Jim Ripka, who was recovering from a stroke. He also guided Anthony to the SHL International title, and helped both win several league belts, TV titles, TV tag straps, regional belts, and battle royals.

Anthony Ibrahim really seemed to understand the spirit of the IWA -- creating wrestlers, managing them through the ups and down of a career, and eventually enjoying the prestige of having them qualify for retirement. Before his death, he had taken a new trio under his wing, and was beginning their journey in the GCL. Although his passing is a terrible loss to the game, it's a great source of comfort to us knowing that he held on long enough to witness his team of Shaun and Anthony Cassidy being inducted into our Hall of Fame last cycle.

Rest in peace, Tony Flair.

 

Players who are new to the IWA sometimes believe the hold values on the back of their bulletins will be used the following cycle, when they were actually used to determine the results in that very bulletin. But what if we did publish the hold values for the upcoming cycle in advance? That's what vote #4 is all about!

This is an online-only vote, since we would be posting the "values from the future" on our website. The sole purpose would be transparency: we would upload an encrypted file for each federation weeks before using the hold values contained within it, and release the password after processing all the leagues in that federation. Players could then verify that the hold values in the bulletins always match those we posted weeks earlier, well before any strategies were even a twinkle in some carefree manager's eye. (Naturally, we would be utilizing strong passwords and military-grade encryption to protect the files.)

Why didn't I do this sooner? I wish I had thought of it sooner -- years sooner, in fact! We have always locked the hold values for all six federations in place before beginning a new cycle, but that practice has occasionally caused problems, such as forcing us to restrict inter-league matches to the same federation, or incidents where the values for a later federation were inadvertently published in the bulletin for a league in an earlier federation. At least the timing of my idea isn't so bad, considering that one of the many benefits of our new bulletin system is that it's now basically impossible for hold values to be leaked early. That means we should never need another emergency redo, as we did with last year's Stablecade, so the values posted in advance should always be usable.

In other Stablecade news, it's back! Fill out the form and send it in with your matches for the upcoming Spring cycle, then it's off to the races!

 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES -- engraved plaque

"The Ladies' Man" Nick Dendekker of Canada

F-IT: "Amazingly Hot" Angela Sweetheart (FFL) 1,000-434-86, *21, $2,489,100
F-IT: Hired Killer (WEL) 1,005-333-62, *22, $2,676,100
F-IT: Missy the Vampire (MDL) 1,081-446-93, *25, $3,236,000
F-IT: Stacey the Vampire (MDL) 1,141-389-85, *28, $3,818,800

 

WORLD, U.S., KING OF THE RING

World Champion

COT: Pit Boss (KHL)
Steven M. Shotliff of Minnesota; 501; $250,000 + 75 free matches or a real wrestling belt & 25 free matches, 10 free matches for KHL managers next cycle

U.S. Champion

VIRUS/RWS: Sugrag Hcaz (CSL)
Michael Drake of New Jersey; 501; $100,000 + a large plaque or 25 free matches

King of the Ring

SOS: Omega Man (QPL)
"The Smooth One" Jeff Manning of Ohio; $50,000 + a large plaque or 25 free matches; 275 KotR total; hold positions were 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15; battle royal hold positions were 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14

 

FEDERATION TITLES -- $50,000 + 25 free matches

Iron Federation Champion

SOS/ORDER: Plague (EEL)
Randall Angel from the Republic of Texas; 500; edged VIRUS/RWS: C.W. Drake (CSL), COT/ICE: Barbarian King (BOL)

Steel Federation Champion

VIRUS/Luniz: Wall Knutzz (MUL)
Mitchell Johnson of Michigan; 500

Gold Federation Champion

COT: Pit Boss (KHL)
Steven M. Shotliff of Minnesota; 501

Diamond Federation Champion

TBABIT: "Sweet Talking" Trevor Geiger (NAL)
Seth Brubaker of Ohio; 501

Bronze Federation Champion

BNC/ORDER: Swordfish Tim (GRL)
Joseph Glen Clark of Washington; edged DOD/ORDER: Blade the Vampire Hunter (LNL), SOS: Seniram Eht Nioj (AEL), VIRUS: Big Bad Momma Shatterday (IGL)

Jade Federation Champion

IMT/GOAT: The Grappling God Gerald Robinson (WEL)
Gerald Robinson of Tennessee; manager held title 3 cycles in a row; 501; edged COT: Young Gab (GCL), SOS: Hacksaw Hamilton Leatherface (JDL), "Evil" Eli Manning (TGL)

 

SPECIALTY TITLES -- $25,000 + 10 free matches

American Champion

IMT/LPPF/DOD: Sir Gunther Kinderwacht (ASL)
"Dr. Pain" Mark Duchaine of Vermont; 500

Asiatic Champion

TBABIT: "Sweet Talking" Trevor Geiger (NAL)
Seth Brubaker of Ohio; 501; edged Young Gab

Elite Champion

COT: Young Gab (GCL)
Chris Stevens of Texas; 501; 60 free matches or a real wrestling belt & 10 free matches

Hardcore Champion

SOS/ORDER: Plague (EEL)
Randall Angel from the Republic of Texas; 500; edged VIRUS/Luniz: Wall Knutzz (MUL), The Skull of Death (LBL)

Metropolitan Champion

Trevor Geiger

 

NATIONAL, IWA-WIDE REGIONALS -- $25,000

National Champion

IMT/FRM-16: IMDKV Grappler #2 (JDL)
Dixie region; edged TBABIT: "Neutral" Ned Nelson (NAL)
IMT/FRM-16: Lord of Violence (PKL)
Big Marchand from the Diamond District; 501; a large plaque or 25 free matches; Northern region

Atlantic Champion

DB: Anvil Krauss (YJL)
Shawn McAbee of Tennessee; 499; edged TBABIT: "Reticent" Frank Du Pont (NAL), IMT/LPPF: The Mighty Deadhead (XPL), SOS/ORDER: Beast Boy (EEL), IMT/FRM-16/RC: Moonshine Marauder (JDL), EDGE/GiFt: Billy Asyn-Mei (TGL), IMT: Death Stalker (IGL)

Central Champion

Vax Zine (MML)
Tom Cottrill of Ohio; 500

Eastern Champion

ARMY/IMT: "Worst of the Worst" Simon Dresnok (XWL)
Donald Henry of Illinois; 499; edged McCafee (MML), EDGE/GiFt: ROOOOOCKS (TGL), IMT/LPPF: Becker (PKL), ARMY/IMT: "El Chapo" Felix Beltran (AAL)

Mountain Champion

EDGE: Mr. Obvious (NDL)
Jeff Annable of Canada; 500

Pacific Champion

IMT/FRM-16: IMDKV Grappler #1 (JDL)
Big Marchand; 501

Prairie Champion

IMT/LPPF: "Mad Dog" Maurice Duchaine (LSL)
"Dr. Pain" Mark Duchaine of Vermont; 500

Southern Champion

IMT/FRM-16: Elaborate Saboteur Drone (PKL)
Big Marchand; 501

Western Champion

Rakim (PKL)
"The Game" from Parts Unknown; 501

 

LADIES' TITLES

Ladies' World Champion

NGAA: Mara O'Connor (MDL)
S. Daniel Stunes of Iowa; 501; $50,000 + a plaque or 15 free matches

Ladies' U.S. Champion

VIRUS/VD: Nasty Patsy (LLL)
Frank Jay Belcher III of Michigan; 499; $25,000

Queen of the Ring

America
499; 271 QotR total; edged IMT/LPPF: Mistress of the Underworld #4 (FFL; lesser overall total)

Ladies' National Champion

SOS: Masked Dimepiece II (LLL)
Hamilton Ortiz of New York; 501

Ladies' Tag-team Champions

SOS: Monique & Vivian Blood (RWL)
Robbie "Blood" Pawelek of Texas; 516

Ladies' U.S. Tag-team Champions

COT/FLOW: Ladies Sin & Malice (NML)
Wade Reinhard of Pennsylvania; manager retained titles

World Six-woman Champions

SOS: Ashley Anderson, Betty Bazooka, Jaguar Jenny (LLL)
Hamilton Ortiz; 521

U.S. Six-woman Champions

COT/FLOW: America, Freedom, Lethal Lori Reinhard (VUL)
Wade Reinhard; retained titles

 

TAG-TEAM TITLES

World Tag-team Champions

EDGE: Chad Bro Chillington & Petey LaFlame (COL)
Caleb Crawdad of Florida; manager held titles 5 cycles in a row; share of $50,000 + 15 free matches

EDGE: Mr. White & Mr. Blue (CZL)
Jeff Annable of Canada

TBABIT: Steve & David Hewghes (AAL)
Seth Brubaker of Ohio

VIRUS/Luniz/W: B.O.D. Kane & Undertaker (IGL)
Mitchell Johnson of Michigan

Top Contenders

5. OOP: "Lightning" Lance Brown & LPPF/T-SANITY: The Dying Breed (GRL)
IMT/GOAT: Vlad the Impaler & Assassin 42 (GWL)

7. SOS: Rash & Second Sierra (OSL)
previous champions
LPPF/T-SANITY: "Suicidal Crank Yankers" Cammie Smith & Spoonie Luv (IIL)

9. Jacques & Ray Renot (HLL)

10. COT: Best of the Best II & V (MUL)
EDGE/GiFt: Chicken Peter & EDGE: Peter Pringle (WDL)

12. EDGE: "Mr. Dark" Randall Flagler & EDGE/GiFt: Billy Asyn-Mei (TGL)
VIRUS: F.B.III from the C.D.C. & Proctology (DXL)

14. COT: Buford Blackwood & Hugh Mungus (GCL)
last of the teams with 516

U.S. Tag-team Champions

EDGE: Jack Tupp & Hal O'Pena-Bidness (COL)
Caleb Crawdad; manager held titles 5 cycles in a row; share of $25,000

EDGE: Rob Slayer & Ric Passion (CZL)
Jeff Annable; 516; edged VIRUS/VD: Sandy Cheeks & Mrs. Douchea (IGL), EDGE/GiFt: Dee Snuts & Curtis Sea (WDL), TBABIT: "Road Trip Buddy" Phil Lee & EDGE: "Queen City" Char Lot (OSL; missed titles by point flow last time), EDGE: "Light" Dwight Harrington & EDGE/GiFt: Billy Asyn-Hymn (TGL), VIRUS/Luniz: Mitchell "The Butcher" Johnson & VIRUS: Dr. F.B. (DXL), ARMY/IMT: "El Chapo" Felix Beltran & "El Sicario" Oscar Leyva (AAL)

 

SIX-MAN TITLES

World Six-man Champions

EDGE: Bradley, Benjermin Logan, Mister GFY (AEL)
Caleb Crawdad of Florida & Geoff Silva of Massachusetts (GFY); Crawdad held titles 14 cycles in a row; share of $50,000 + 15 free matches

EDGE: Candy Land, Connect Four, The Game of Life (IGL)
Jeff Annable of Canada

VIRUS: Gweedo, 3-D, VIRUS/Luniz: "The King of Swing" M.J. (MUL)
Frank Jay Belcher III & Mitchell Johnson (M.J.), both of Michigan; Belcher held titles 7 cycles in a row, Johnson retained titles

IMT/FRM-16: Soldats Moufette, Mangouste, Branche de Cheval (JDL)
Big Marchand from the Diamond District
IMT/FRM-16/AFUN: Dog Barrett, Bad Marchand, Sly Spallone (LPL)
Big Marchand and Don Million of Boston, MA

SOS: Lil Italy, Lion Ted Cruz, "Sure Thing" Will Dew (HSL)
Derek Tuttle of Florida

SOS/ORDER: Ares Royal, SOS: Los Blood, Mike "* Collector" Cook (EEL)
Randall Angel, Robbie "Blood" Pawelek, both of Texas, Michael Cook of Kentucky

Top Contenders

8. SOS: Derek, Isaiah, Isabella "The Ninjas" Tuttle (KHL)
last of the teams with 521

9. LB: Cowboys Black Jack Kavana, Sexton Hardcastle, F.L. Slobberknocker (ASL)

10. EDGE: Worst Canadian Mooseriders Nickelback 4th, Molson 5th, Rush 6th (NDL)
ranked #8 last time
LPPF/T-SANITY: Shadow Walker, TM: "The Project" Sam McMillan, "Mister Mayhem" Saiga Genisys (XPL)

U.S. Six-man Champions

VIRUS/Luniz: Chin Knutzz, VIRUS: Yur Papa, "The American Dream" Dirty Toad (MUL)
Mitchell Johnson (Knutzz) & Frank Jay Belcher III; retained titles; Belcher held titles 7 cycles in a row, Johnson 3 in a row; share of $25,000 + 10 free matches

EDGE: "Cr*p!," Tiggle Byrds, Ludwig van Gruesome (AEL)
Caleb Crawdad & Geoff Silva (Gruesome); Crawdad held titles 14 cycles in a row

NME: Dominant Factors War, Greed, Anarchy (HLL)
~TZ~ of Virginia

SOS: World Champ Mike Cook, Blood Purple, SOS/ORDER: Dragovic Kasun (EEL)
Michael Cook, Robbie Pawelek, Randall Angel; 521

 

TOP 10 LEAGUES

1. BRL (1,398 matches) 485.528

2. NWL (976 matches) 472.694

3. EPL (920 matches) 489.714

4. NAL (892 matches) 493.961
highest average strategy total (active wrestlers only); 10 free matches for managers next cycle

5. RWL (710 matches) 491.488

6. IWL (704 matches) 484.813

7. UNL (696 matches) 490.276

8. CWL (666 matches) 491.791

9. IGL (659 matches) 492.044

10. BBL (598 matches) 491.424

 

TOP 20 MANAGERS -- 2020

1. Gerald Robinson 1115

2. Caleb Crawdad 830

3. Frank Jay Belcher III 655

4. Matt Yunick 455

5. Jeff Annable 435

6. Mitchell Johnson 425

7. Michael Drake, Seth Brubaker 365

9. "The Game" 340

10. Steven M. Shotliff 315

11. Kyle Devlin 310

12. Randall Angel 305

13. Michael Eaves 295

14. Derek Tuttle 290

15. Brad Norman 280

16. Big Marchand 255

17. Donald Henry 235

18. Michael Cook 230

19. Robbie "Blood" Pawelek 215

20. Jeremy Nace 170

 

TOP 20 STABLES -- 2020

1. SOS 1400

2. VIRUS 1250

3. IMT 1170

4. EDGE 1060

5. GOAT 795

6. COT, TAMMY 455

8. ORDER 445

9. LUNIZ 425

10. PERFECT 400

11. BNC 390

12. TBABIT 365

13. RWS 355

14. FRM-16 255

15. LPPF 250

16. ARMY 235

17. VD 210

18. GIFT 190

19. AR15 155

20. DOD 105

 

TOP 20 STARS -- active wrestlers only

1. IMT/LPPF: Wonderful Wally Brown (GRL) 183

2. IMT/LPPF/DOD: Sinister Steve Stryker (ASL) 173

3. IMT/LPPF/DOD: Sir Gunther Kinderwacht (ASL) 157

4. IMT/LPPF/DOD: Nightmare Sam Hell (ASL) 129

5. LPPF/T-SANITY: Misfit Messiah (NAL) 123

6. LPPF/T-SANITY: Medieval Tymes (GRL) 121

7. IMT/LPPF/DOD: Lord of Illusions (ASL) 120

8. VIRUS/RWS: Mike Drake (HWL) 114

9. IMT/LPPF: Mark the Master Duchaine (GRL) 111

10. IMT/LPPF: Buda von Blitzen (NAL)
IMT/LPPF: Inferno (GRL) 105

12. IMT/LPPF: The Executioner (XPL) 104

13. VIRUS/RWS: Mike Drake (CSL) 102

14. Executioner (LBL)
IMT/LPPF: Arson (GRL)
IMT/LPPF: Diabolical Jerry Savage (NAL)
IMT/LPPF: The Mighty Deadhead (XPL) 100

18. IMT/LPPF/DOD: Bruiser Brett Brown (ASL)
IMT/LPPF: Deadly David Death (GRL)
IMT/LPPF: Killer Kenny Stryker (PKL)
VIRUS: Outlaw Tony Taylor (EHL) 98

 

LIST OF LEAGUES

Iron Federation

Black Ops, Center Stage, Extreme Existence, Generation Next, Hardcore Wrestling, Heroes and Legends, Main Event, NEVER Puroresu, Quantum Pro, Unknown Wrestler, Vixens United, Xtreme Poison, Yellow Jacket

Steel Federation

American Wrestling, Gorgeous Amazon, Hired Assassin, Intense Impact, Louisiana Purchase, Louisiana Swamp, Mobsters' Underground, New Blood, Old School, Vicious Valkyries, World Domination

Gold Federation

All Star, Battle Royal, Blood Bath, Continental Wrestling, Danger Zone, Global Wrestling, Independent Wrestling, Knight's Honor, Masked Mayhem, Mystic Diva, New Wave, Ninja Dojo, Snake Venom, Western Trails

Diamond Federation

Action Packed, Evil Clown, Femme Fatale, Flying Aces, Lethal Brawling, Native Sensation, Night Falcon, No Man's, Non-stop Action, Saber Tooth, Wicked Warz, Xtreme Wrestling

Bronze Federation

American Extreme, American Outlaw, Brass Knuckles, Celebrities Only, Elite Prestige, Extreme Hardcore, Grim Reaper, High Rollers, Hot Shots, Iron Glove, Living Nightmare, Revolution Wrestling, United Nations

Jade Federation

Atomic Age, Combat Zone, Deluxe Wrestling, Global Championship, Jade Dragon, Lone Wolf, Lovely Ladies, Psychotic Killer, Super Hero, True Grit, Wrestlers Elite, Zig Zag

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