Vol. 12, No. 10 -- Summer 2007
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IMAGIMANIA XXII - DESTINATION: DANGER
Below are the brave grapplers who risked their own, personal safety to compete in this year's mega-contest. The winners each received $100,000 in imaginary money plus 25 free matches for their managers! Second place brought in $25,000 and 10 free matches. Wrestlers who were thrown out of the ring second-last won $10,000 in earnings, with 5 free matches going to their managers.
Thanks to every wrestler who put him- or herself in jeopardy so we could pull off this extravaganza!
JOHNNY B SAYS
Former IWA manager James Overstreet informed us that Lee Cooper of New York, who was also a former player, passed away on July 5th at the age of 55. James wanted to share the following with everyone:
"Lee was a good man in and out of the game. He was in the IWA off and on for 11 years, contributing to stables like SA, DOOM, SL, and finishing his career as part of FDR. He was in various leagues, holding numerous TV and regional titles, and even won the league title in the NDL. Probably his greatest claim to fame was winning the King of the Ring title in May of 2006 with the infamous Deathwish. Anyone who was fortunate enough to share a league with him remembers his saying: 'Bottom line: I don't break rules, I break bones!' Lee might not have been a big name manager, but he was my best friend, and he will be missed by all. Let Lee Cooper be forever in our hearts, whether you knew him or not. I knew Lee personally, and we all know he is in a better place, so please take a moment to honor this great man. Thank you all."
We're honored that Lee allowed us to be a part of his life, and offer our sincerest condolences to his family during this difficult time.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Last cycle's inductee and former six-man tag partner Red Eagle Indian played a joke on his friends which caused them to miss their flight, so they weren't inducted into the Hall of Fame together. LOD: Road Warrior Sting (IGL) and LOD: Fabulous Felix Rodriguez (ASL) were known in the SGL as the Iron Grenaders. They dominated the tag scene, then brought the young gunner Red Eagle Indian to help with six-man matches. The three soon became the best in the league and joined great stables like LOD, UKA, LPPF, LOD-2000, IE, ICE, and NVUS.
Sting's final stats are 1,013-401-69 *24, with $3,531,000 in earnings. He started his career in the Cable Vision League in 1990. After trying a few small stables (Crimson Guard-Kausing Much Damage), he found his home in Legion of Domination (LOD). Managed by his wife, Sexy Missy, Sting went on to make a name for himself in the DXL, SGL, HTL, TSL, EBL, SHL, and IGL, winning the league title in every league he was in. He teamed with his younger brother Hawk in the TSL, and they became known as Missy Boyz. They won tag gold in every league they shared since the TSL. Sting took on the name Road Warrior in honor of his late uncle in the IGL. He is also a former Jade Federation champion.
Also owned by Eric Lindsay of Pennsylvania, Felix ends his tour of duty with a record of 1,044-418-96, 30 stars, and $3,325,300 in his bank account. Originally managed by Wade Reinhard until he sold his contract to Sexy Missy, "The Fabulous One" has spent time in the SGL, LAL, MIL, CVL, SHL, and ASL. Over the years he has fired and rehired Sexy Missy numerous times. He was always proud of his Spanish heritage, as he brought the Spanish street fight to the SGL. He wasn't a man of many words, but spoke well in the ring. He is a former Diamond and Jade Federation champion, and is very proud of his World Championship from the Spring cycle of 1999.
Our final retiree this cycle is ACE: The Messiah Julius Hudson from the NAL. His final record is 1,052-280-58, with $2,315,600 in imaginary money and 14 stars. This fierce competitor body slammed Thunder Crusher out of the ring in our live SuperBrawl 2002 event! Congratulations are in order for his manager, John M. Kruse of Indiana, who will receive an engraved plaque for the occasion.
Our top prize last cycle went to ACE: Masurao (THL), managed by Fungeki from the Cobra Kai Dojo! He conquered the Jade Federation with his 501-pointer, then used it to win 100 free matches or a real wrestling belt and 50 free matches for Fungeki.
John Lala of California not only managed Halawa Neanderthal to the TV title in the KSL, he also led him to point flow victory over NGAA: Dionysus (SHL), CTI: Viper (THL), UZI: The Ravenloft (AAL), LPPF: Iron Mike Claymore (PKL), Sting (WWL), and COT: Raven (JDL)! That earned him the U.S. title's prize of $60,000 plus his choice of an engraved plaque or 25 free matches. All seven wrestlers had 501 points.
KING OF THE RING
COT: Stan Whiskey (IML) earned manager Michael Eaves of Mississippi his third consecutive KOTR crown! Adding up the values of hold positions 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, and 14 in the strategy of every battle royal winner brought us to his 275 total. Michael gets to decide between another engraved plaque and 25 free matches! The hold positions used for the regular battle royals were 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, and 15.
With a 501-point strategy, nWo: "Big Daddy" Chris Speilman (JDL) claimed this $25,000 title and 10 free matches for Bradley E. Starmer of Ohio. Nice job!
Derek Nordio of California won 10 free matches when his wrestler, LPPF: Devastator (PKL), defeated the champions of our other Hardcore leagues! He had a perfect 501 total.
The last man standing in the Unknown Wrestler League removed his mask as we awarded his manager, Daniel Peton of New Jersey, the prize of an engraved championship belt and 25 free matches. UKA: Jacques Eclair (LBL) -- better known as the French Phenom, the Prince of Paris, and France's greatest export to the U.S. since the Statue of Liberty -- has proven that he is what he has always claimed to be: the Creme de la Creme of the IWA! Eclair "Jacques Bottomed" his way through the best the UWL had to offer and emerged victorious. Jacques returned home to Paris, France, where he was greeted by a ticker tape parade and granted the key to the city. Jacques had this to say: "I have proven that France is not populated with weak cowards! We are strong and dominant! Viva la France!"
King of the Ring COT: Stan Whiskey (IML), managed by Michael Eaves of Mississippi, handily added the Iron Federation belt to his winnings. In the Steel, WWW: Sammy Solar (DIL) won the title for Austin Pierce of Wisconsin. John Gabriel of Pennsylvania picked up 25 free matches in the Diamond Federation by coaching WWW: The British Bullfrog (ECL) to a win over PAIN: Sacrament (ALL)! UZI: King of the Hill (KTL) went home with the Bronze Federation strap, thanks to a 500-pointer supplied by Johnathan Bridgeman of Arkansas. Just like the previous time, Fungeki from the Cobra Kai Dojo won the Gold Federation prize! This time he did it with ACE: Meiun (OGL). Fungeki also won the Jade honors, using eventual World Champion Masurao! He edged out former champion LPPF: Devastator (PKL), and LPPF: Lethal Larry Claymore (JIL) missed the belt by point flow for the second cycle in a row. Also edged were Shawn Michaels (WWL), UZI: Evil Eric Cartman (AAL), NGAA: Hawkeye Science (SHL), CTI: Inuyasha (KSL), nWo: "Big Daddy" Chris Speilman (JDL), and FTW: Russ Kelly (LWL). They each had 501 points!
NATIONAL CHAMPION, IWA-WIDE REGIONALS
The Atlantic region was again home to our National Champion. Mike Blitzkrieg (PKL) won the engraved plaque or 25 free matches for Philosophy Jones of Nebraska after edging out CTI: Toxic Flesh (KSL), ONE LIFE CREW: Sabac Red (TPL), CTI: Maniac Psycho (THL), and Demolition Smash (WWL). Every wrestler listed in this section had 501 points! The remaining champions were...
IW: Irish Rose (LLL) retained the Ladies' World Championship! She couldn't have done it without the help of her manager, Paul C. Low of Maryland, who wins another engraved plaque or 15 free matches for providing the 501-pointer. The Queen of the Ring title went to EBM: "Sexy" Eva (LLL), managed by Jamison O'Neal of Maine. Her 501-pointer also helped her do quite well in this year's Imagimania. However, she was edged out, along with LPPF: Two Ton Tessy (LLL), for the Ladies' National honors. That winner was LPPF: Chili Con Carnage (LLL), who lost the title by point flow last time. Her manager, Derek Nordio of California, gave her a perfect 501 total! UZI: Laquisha Champagne Jackson (LLL) also had 501 points, and used them to win the Ladies' U.S. belt. Her manager, Jason P. Miller of Kansas, also won the Ladies' tag straps! UZI: Victoria's Secret Angel #1 and Self Loathing Mongoloid Chick (LLL) scored a perfect 516. Jason took the Ladies' U.S. Tag-team belts with UZI: Lawanda Shonda Diamond and Shaquita Mogadishu Shiraz Jackson (LLL), then won the World Six-woman titles with UZI: Your Grandma, Your Sister, and Your Mom (LLL)! The U.S. Six-woman champions were UZI: Jackie, Jessica (UZI), and Jenn (LLL). They are managed by Gregg Boyle of Maryland.
WORLD TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONS
Howie Sandberg of New York took these belts away from his brother Jason, using ACE: "High Flyin'" Alex Hash and "The Golden One" Petey Pump (JIL)! Also sharing in the spoils was Jason P. Miller of Kansas, who manages UZI: Precious Moments Squirrel and Professor Chaos (AAL). The top six teams in the standings had 516 points.
TOP 10 TAG-TEAMS
U.S. TAG-TEAM CHAMPIONS
UZI: Steve and Stephon (KTL) won these titles by point flow over stablemates European Big Game Hunter and Illuminate (JRL). Their manager, Gregg Boyle of Maryland, gave them a team strategy worth 516 points!
WORLD SIX-MAN CHAMPIONS
Three teams tied for these belts. The War Room faction answers to Howie Sandberg of New York -- marking the third cycle in a row that he's held these titles! The other ACE members belong to the devious Bob Dippy of Pennsylvania, while the UZI team is managed by Jason P. Miller of Kansas. All 10 teams listed had 521 points, as did ACE: Bad Boy Billy Roper, American Hero John Birch, and George Lincoln Rockwell (NDL), who made the list last time; ACE: Dungeon Antagonist, Flamer, and Icon (SPL); CTI: Gravedigger Granger, Mangler Kennedy, and Mr. Autopsy the Flesh Eating Clown (LWL); UZI: Caregiver Prozac, Polish Power Jakub Pavlik, and Manasa "Fists" Umbari (JDL); plus UZI: Mr. Stroke of Death, Slick Vic Greed, and Masked Inmate V.E.B. (IML).
TOP 10 SIX-MAN TEAMS
U.S. SIX-MAN CHAMPIONS
ACE: Yukikira, Rintaro, and Shiro (JRL), managed by Fungeki from the Cobra Kai Dojo, won these titles by using point flow against UZI: Flooder #69, Flooder #94, and Flooder #999 (OSL). Both teams had a 521 total.
TOP 10 LEAGUES
Listed below, ranked by the number of matches, are the most active leagues for the July cycle. The All Star League remained in first place, with the Main Event League nipping at its heels once again. Managers in the Just Incredible League can take two matches for $1 next time since their league had the highest average strategy total (using only active wrestlers)! The LLL followed closely behind.
TOP 20 VICTORIES
(Only active wrestlers were included on this list.)
LIST OF LEAGUES
IRON FEDERATION: Battling Titans, Center Stage, Danger Zone, Hardcore Wrestling, Imminent Destruction, Iron Man, Murder Incorporated, Quick Pin, Southern Pride, Under Fire, Wrestling Superstars
STEEL FEDERATION: Absolute Pain, Caribbean Coast, Devil Inside, Intense Impact, King Kong, Mid-Atlantic Region, Old School, Pittsburgh Power, Praying Mantis, Rebel Yell, True Grit, Vicious Valkyries, Wild Panthers
GOLD FEDERATION: All Star, Battle Royal, Blood Bath, Chicago Legends, Classic Wrestling, Gold Digger, Good Times, Hit Man, Majestic Property, Masked Wrestling, New Millennium, Ninja Dojo, Olympic Gold, Texas Death
DIAMOND FEDERATION: Arm Lock, Axe Blade, Dark Days, Evil Clown, Femme Fatale, Fractured Jaw, Internal Rage, Last Breath, Lights Out, Night Falcon, Noble Savage, Non-stop Action, Rajun Cajun, Xtreme Wrestling
BRONZE FEDERATION: Alter Ego, Barbaric Warrior, Coffin Filler, Flowing Blood, Grim Reaper, Hot Streak, Iron Glove, Jagged Edge, Knight Time, Main Event, New York, War Cry, Wild America
JADE FEDERATION: Atomic Age, Jade Dragon, Just Incredible, Just Rasslin', Killer Shark, Kings Court, Lone Wolf, Lovely Ladies, Psychotic Killer, Super Hero, Thor's Hammer, Total Package, World Wrestling
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