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IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 7/15)
"We're back on Gold Tuesday, and the 124th issue of the IWA Ringside Magazine is here to help you make it through the most difficult time for IWA players: F5 Day, the time when IWA players relentlessly press the Refresh key in the hopes that the July cycle results will be posted so they can see how they did. The IWAR is here for you in your time of need with breaking news, event updates, league reviews, and more. Last time, we added the BBL to the IWAR Network, and just the other night, we held our first-ever Facebook Live: Gold Strategy Workshop! (What'll we think of next?) This issue will cover the finals of the Marano Memorial, reveal the finalists for the Johnny B Cup, and cover the results from the latest round of the All-Rookie Cup. Don't forget the second annual Summer Series starts this cycle, and we fill you in on how to get in on future events like the Tag-team Derby, Triple D Cup Six-man Tournament, and Bound for Glory! Of course, we have updated rankings, along with our Frequently Asked Questions page, as well as the Behind the Scenes page, which gives you the type of information you can't get anywhere else. Congrats to Tim Logston, manager of this issue's cover subject, winner of the 2019 IWAR Draft competition, Gran Sabrosa (IWL), who recently defeated Graham Underwood for the IWAR Revolution Championship! We know you'll be killing time as you wait for the IWA to post the results from the Gold Federation, so take a break from hitting 'refresh' and chill out with the IWAR Mag. Find out why so many players choose to compete in the best place to play in the IWA: the IWAR."
-- IWAR Commissioner Matt Riley
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GNL COMMISSIONER REPORT (updated 7/8)
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UNL COMMISSIONER REPORT (updated 7/1)
"Time to celebrate: the UNL has completed its second year of IWA tours! In addition, all the commissioner champions retained their titles, and new series begin this cycle. We continue to build towards our next pay-per-view, Global's Greatest. As a premier place for trash talk in the IWA, the stories and feuds are some of the best in the game today!"
-- Commissioner Anderson
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DRAMA IN THE COL
Tom Cruise is on his computer. He is on Twitter, doing a search of himself, because, that's what celebrities do, when he notices something: Justin Bieber calls him out! He can't believe it! His pride! His honor! His dignity! He isn't going to take this lying down. He could give Bieber a few words. But that wouldn't send the statement he desires. A confrontation is a must! And he knows where to do it, the Celebrities Only League. If a celebrity is going to get noticed, it's going to be in the COL!
Later that night, he shows up, totally unannounced, at the COL Arena. Celebrities do that. He grabs the first steel chair he finds, folds it, and prepares it for what is to come. Steel chair, meet Justin Bieber's cranium. But first, he must find him. That doesn't take long. The problem, Justin is surrounded by his security team. As the confrontation begins, the two men exchange some harsh words. Tom thinks back to that insult on Twitter; Bieber must pay! As it escalates, Justin's wife, Hailey Baldwin, enters the scene. Tom swings the chair at Justin, Justin ducks, and Hailey gets hit hard on the skull. She goes down instantly.
Paramedics arrive instantly to help Justin's wife. Within minutes, Hailey is placed on a stretcher, and brought into an ambulance. Tom Cruise is chased out of the COL Arena. He'll be back, though. Justin watches as his wife is driven away, getting angrier at what just happened by the minute. Justin and Tom have never gotten along, but this incident made a bad situation that much worse.
Welcome to the COL! The league where celebrities go to be seen. At the same time, the league where something is always happening. Some celebrities might seem friendly, but they are constantly in competition with each other -- a competition which can sometimes get out of hand, as we just saw.
Some new developments in the COL:
- It is now part of the Steel Interfed Association. This means that the celebrities of the COL will have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves against some of the Steel Fed's best. The first opportunity is next cycle. From now on, COL managers will be rewarded for any wins out of this.
- The points system will be based on a manager's roster size. Hence, a manager can run a small roster. If they do well with that roster, Manager of the Year is a possibility.
- The top three managers will win cash prizes at the end of the year -- a thank you for helping to make the COL what it is.
- Five free matches for the league champ. Five free matches for every Report appearance. A minimum of 10 free matches handed out every cycle. If this league picks up, that number will increase to a possibility of 25 free matches.
If you enjoy running celebrity wrestlers, the COL is for you! If you would like to join, please send the commissioner an email at mattyunick, followed by the @ symbol, and then gmail dot com. See you soon!
BREAKING NEWS FOR STEEL FED MANAGERS:
We have some updated information in regards to how to challenge for the newest craze in the Steel Federation... the Interfed Steel World 24/7 Hardcore Ironman Heavymetalweight title!!!
- This title can be battled for in the Hardcore style, the 24/7 style, or the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight craziness. Be creative!
- The title is on the line, all the time, in ALL STEEL LEAGUES!
- The target will remain in place for two cycles. This will allow commissioners to post in their reports whom to face for the title.
- The current target for the July and August cycles is Mean Matt Ratcheck (AWL #136).
How do you battle the champ?
- If you are in the SAME LEAGUE as the champion, send in a match against him! If you beat him, you earn a title reign. There is NO LIMIT to the number of your wrestlers who can challenge for the title!
- If you are in ANOTHER LEAGUE IN the Steel Interfed Association, request that your commissioner send in a match against the champion. We are limiting these requests to one wrestler per manager per league.
- If you are in ANOTHER STEEL LEAGUE OUTSIDE of the Association, send your request to the Interfed Request page. We are also limiting these requests to one wrestler per manager per league. (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)
The wrestler with the highest point differential with the latest time after the two-cycle period will be the new target for the next two-cycle period.
All results will be posted on Will Wizdom's Facebook page, and on the AWL Information page. (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.) See the AWL bulletin for details.
JOIN THE NEW JAPAN LEAGUE
Pete Ellering: "Hi, IWA managers. I'm the co-owner of the New Japan League, and I'm here to make you an offer you can't refuse. The NJL is a brand new league -- only two cycles old. The other management and I are proud to offer free transfers for any wrestlers with up to 300 wins, and free transfers beginning in cycle #4 with any $12 match deal you purchase. Or, feel free to create new wrestlers! ALL WRESTLERS must be based on former or current NJPW wrestlers (no female wrestlers), and there is a roster limit of four. We ask that you change their names a little instead of having them the same as real wrestlers. We have three divisions: Junior Heavyweight, Heavyweight, and Tag-team. We will be having PPV's once we get more active managers. We ask for trash talk and attacks, and being active is a MUST! We want the best of the best in the NJL so we can flourish into a top 10 league. We are in the Iron Federation, and look forward to more activity; we've already gone from 4 cards to 14 in two cycles, and look to get better every cycle. We have an NJL Facebook page, and are very easy to contact. If you think you're the best of the best, come to where you as managers are the reason we do what we do! Come give us a chance to make your future a bright one!"
HISTORY HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN MADE
After a thrilling first year, the MvG Sports Louisiana Purchase Ligue is finally opening its French doors to the outside world, and allowing wrestlers with up to 500 wins to join in on the fun. To celebrate this occasion, we're offering free transfers for the next three cycles! Don't miss this opportunity to experience the LPL's unique bataille royales, match deals, and atmosphere. And while you're there, be sure to take your shot at winning the real-life IWA Elite championship belt!
(Let's have a round of applause for Commissioner Trevor Riley, who created the ligue and put in the work to make its first 18 cycles so successful. The best is yet to come!)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM MICHAEL LONG
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THE UNOFFICIAL HOW TO WIN IN THE IWA GUIDE
Learning the ropes in a game where those ropes are imaginary can be confusing, but this unofficial How to Win in the IWA video is here to help. Join IWAR and BRL Commissioner Matt Riley as he walks you through the fundamentals of the game to help you get a better grasp of the IWA.
Click HERE for the YouTube page. (This link will open in a new browser window. The IWA is not responsible for its content.)
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE IWA RINGSIDE MAGAZINE (updated 7/11/17)
"The Unofficial History of the IWA, as brought to you by the IWA Ringside Magazine. This special edition is loaded with pictures, stories, and nostalgia from over 30 years of the IWA."
For this issue, right click HERE and choose "Save Target As..." (you will be downloading a PDF file with a size of 14.1MB).
The current bulletins from all our leagues are now available on our League Champions page. These PDF files are updated the same day the federation results are posted and include everything the snail mailed versions have, with the added bonus that some feature trash talk pages in full color.
Match results are also available in HTML format from that same page, for those who want a searchable option.
If you want us to continue providing results this way, contact Kimberly and tell her you'd like to "go green." We'll stop sending you printed bulletins, which will help keep our prices low, and you'll get the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you just helped save the planet. Everyone wins!
MATCH SELECTION SHEET AND CONTEST FORM
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These are PDF files, so Windows users will need to install the free Adobe Reader to print them out. Click HERE to open the download page in a new browser window.
Keep a copy of every email you send us. If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), resend your message. Kimberly replies to all legitimate email.
Also, make sure to email any matches, strategy changes, etc. at least 24 (and preferably more than 48) hours before your league will be processed.
RANKINGS AND ACTIVITY CHANGES
Your wrestler's number of stars, current point flow, and previous strategy total are now used as additional tie-breakers in our league rankings system. The new progression is as follows: activity status (active or inactive -- see next paragraph), having at least one win, number of wins over losses, total number of wins, number of stars, amount of imaginary money, number of ties, point flow, and strategy total from the previous cycle.
Also, each wrestler must initiate a one-on-one match to be considered active. Tag-team matches, six-man matches, and battle royal entries do not count toward activity. Inactive wrestlers cannot compete for major titles, so if you'd like to see your grappler's name in the IWA Report, don't forget to have him sign at least one singles match!
NEW ROOKIE LEAGUE POLICY
From now on, managers may not create new wrestlers or transfer existing wrestlers into rookie leagues without permission from both the league commissioner and IWA Management. This protection does not expire after a certain number of cycles: it ends when it is agreed that managers in the league are ready to compete against more experienced players.
We hope this change will provide those who are new to the game with a chance to hone their skills on a more even playing field.
The Special Leagues page contains a list of our rookie leagues.
AN EXCEPTION TO OUR STABLE INITIALS POLICY
Our policy against changing stable initials after a league has been processed, but before The IWA Report has been published, failed to address the special nature of the World Wrestling League. Since this league does not allow stable initials, managers are prevented from gaining recognition for their group on an IWA-wide basis should they win a major title.
Attaching stable initials in The Report alone should have zero impact on in-league angles and storylines, since the WWL doesn't even use them (and by "them" we mean stable initials; the WWL certainly uses angles and storylines!). Because we are also able to afford our snail mail players the same option, we see no reason to prohibit managers from having Report-only initials in this league.
Several members of the WWW stable pointed out this shortcoming in our policy, although it just as easily could have been any other stable had its wrestlers won major titles from that league. We're glad this special circumstance occurred at the beginning of the year since it allows all groups to start on equal footing. (Remember that the January issue of The IWA Report actually lists the major champions from the final cycle of the previous year.)
NEW POLICY FOR CHANGING NAMES AND/OR STABLE INITIALS
Effective immediately, wrestlers may only change their names and/or stable initials at the time their league is processed. As usual, Kimberly has been too nice in honoring requests, and we feel the situation is getting out of hand. Allowing these changes to occur between bulletin mailings can create confusion, and leave managers who choose to play via snail mail feeling "out of the loop" or like less-valued members of our wrestling family.
We want to use the Internet to provide conveniences for all who play our game, but that must be balanced with keeping the emphasis on the league bulletins -- where the action is! When wrestlers are permitted to change these attributes between bulletin mailings, it makes online activity just as important as league activity; it's as if time doesn't "pause" between bulletins #34 and #35 like it should, but instead continues on in some arena that exists only on the Internet. That's obviously not fair to our snail mail players.
So from now on, wrestler information must remain a reflection of what is printed in the league bulletins. This should ensure that everyone -- whether online or not -- will be on the same page. You can decide for yourself if that was intended to be a pun. :)
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