Alright, the deadline has come for edit submissions. Thank you once again, everyone.
In a repeat of last year's tourney, there will be 15 entrants, check the first post in this thread. So, like last year, I will consider giving the #1 seed after the 1st round bye in the knockout stages. I'm open to any comments and anything else regarding this.
So, many apologies for this late post. I meant to post this on Friday, but I got pushed back. My laptop simply wasn't ready for all this action, and needed to update itself to prepare.
Amazon Kid has the #1 seed after a thorough round of edit testing in the sim league:
1. Amazon Kid 2. Mariana Flores 3. Lucy Burke 4. King Felix III 5. Alexis Burning 6. Trey Taylor 7. SOUL Michiko 8. Kelly McKinney 9. Eliza Faulkner 10. Twilight KYUBI 11. Steve Stennick 12. Mosca Tsetse 13. Angela Rothenburg 14. Harry Nichols 15. Masked Maniac IV
Notes: - Both Flores and Burke were tied for second, and Burke would have been #1 seed in a tiebreaker, as she defeated Amazon Kid, but... - Masked Maniac IV played the ultimate spoiler, earning his only win in the league against Burke. - Six wrestlers were tied for 5th. Alexis Burning takes 5th since she had wins against wrestlers above her in the final standings.
So, here's the bracket:
1. Amazon Kid (BYE) 8. Kelly McKinney vs. 9. Eliza Faulkner
5. Alexis Burning vs. 12. Mosca Tsetse 4. King Felix III vs. 13. Angela Rothenburg
6. Trey Taylor vs. 11. Steve Stennick 3. Lucy Burke vs. 14. Harry Nichols
7. SOUL Michiko vs. 10. Twilight KYUBI 2. Mariana Flores vs. 15. Masked Maniac IV
Because of scheduling conflicts, I've decided to split the 1st round matches into 2 days. The top half of the bracket will have its matches today, with the bottom half to run Monday. The results will be posted on Tuesday.
Critical-chan and Wonderland's The Ref will reprise their roles in the First Round.
Post by Senator Phillips on Dec 1, 2019 16:07:34 GMT
This sounds about right, excited to see how things progress.
PEWA referee Masked Maniac III and his trainee, the Senatorial Office's entry in the 2019 Star of the Jar, Masked Maniac IV are seen standing inside Paco's Mexican Pizzeria, a Philadelphia landmark. On the wall, behind the two, an old black and white portrait of the original Masked Maniac and an action shot of the second Masked Maniac swinging a chair are seen. Maniac III is wearing his usual mask and referee shirt and jeans while IV has a Paco's uniform on, along with his mask, of course.
Masked Maniac III: This is the place where it started! This is the place I always went after a long night of refereeing for a late night bite! And this is where the legacy of the Masked Maniac found new life!
Masked Maniac IV: I, uh, was working the counter and was a huge, huge fan of the PEWA, and I saw this guy and I knew who he was because I recognized him from when he wrestled before he was the Masked Maniac III. So I told him that, and he swore me to secrecy even though everyone knows who he really was back then, and then he promised to train me if I was up for it.
III: What I saw here, was someone who was worthy of the mask of the Maniac. Maniac I wrestled back between the fifties and seventies, and even though he kept losing, he always kept challenging the best around. Maniac II picked up the mask in the seventies when the original retired, and even though he never had a winning record, he always tried his best, helping found the PEWA, and when he found out he was dying, he told me he wanted me to take over from him as the Maniac. And I did that! I always lost, but I always tried, in the spirit of the Maniac! But my neck got really bad, and I had to retire from being a wrestler and instead, I became the PEWA's referee!
IV: And then he told me, a Maniac should always be wrestling, and he trained me, all the basics, all the foundation, that came from Maniac III.
III: And then he makes his big debut and destroys the champ, Young Blood! He already has a better career than me, hahahaha!
IV: And now I'm in the Star of the Jar, which is the tournament for making a name for yourself.
III: And he's gonna show the world how a Maniac fights!
IV: Never a favorite.
III: Usually losing.
IV: But never defeated.
III: That's the Maniac way.
IV: And I'm going to give this my best effort, because no matter what, there's always a chance if you put yourself out there. Even if I'm seeded last, maybe especially if I'm seeded last! And if I lose, that's fine, Maniacs know we're not the biggest, the fastest, the most talented, the most gifted, if we were, we wouldn't be Maniacs! We're Maniacs because we don't have any of that, but we still get in that ring and give it our best!
The opening match of this year's Star of the Jar was a tight encounter between the Texas Kidd, Kelly McKinney and the amateur wrestling dynamo, Eliza Faulkner. This was a technical match which went back and forth, a stalemate, and just when one felt they had an advantage - McKinney's figure-four and Rainmaker setup for a slingblade and Faulkner's exploders and Glorias - the other would escape certain doom. Faulkner ended it with a spinebuster to kneebar, as McKinney had to tap. Faulkner will face the #1 seed Amazon Kid in the Elite Eight.
Mosca Tsetse def. Alexis Burning (10:40)
Mosca Tsetse, the 12 seed, claims the first upset of this year's tournament after a stunning win over 5th-seeded Alexis Burning. Mosca surprised Alexis from the start with rolling pin attempts and quick and crisp technical moves, frustrating her opponent who resorted with rough, impactful moves in her arsenal. The fly girl rolled up Alexis with Mi amore de mi Novia for the fancy 3, and a spot in the Elite Eight.
King Felix III def. Angela Rothenburg (15:25)
King Felix III of Port City Pro faced off with the German powerhouse Angela Rothenburg, with both wrestlers clear and keen on their intentions. Angela used her stout strength to try to counter Mobile, Alabama's King of Mardi Gras and his strategy to wear down her powerful legs to get her to submit. Rothenburg even stunned the submission grappler a couple of times with a deadlift spinning powerbomb, and even her version of the Hydrangea, but Felix wouldn't give in. Felix found a crack in Angela's armor, and relentlessly attacked, putting her down with a couple of Shining Wizards and have her tap out to a Shawn Capture leglock in the center of the ring.
Trey Taylor def. Steve Stennick (17:24)
Not content with his 11 seed, "The Studly" Steve Stennick was clearly motivated to make the spotlight all his as he looked to upstage the latest prospect from Warrior Pro, 6th-seed Trey Taylor. Stennick began the match like a man possessed and insulted he had to grace the ring with Taylor. But, in Stennick's anger, Taylor began to withstand the punishment, and found openings as the match progressed. The match went back and forth with the pair exchanging impressive dropkicks, but Taylor turned the tide of the match with the model with a slingblade, and even nailed a running screw kick. A crossface chickenwing and Binding Suplex sealed the deal for a emphatic comeback victory for Taylor.
Lucy Burke def. Harry Nichols (12:01)
A stark contrast in styles was evident in this first round matchup between punk-themed red-clad Lucy Burke and her explosive, bold moves and modern style against Britain's No Nonsense Harry Nichols in blue, whose classical World of Sport style is as methodical as it is ruthless. An errant low blow in the opening minute from Burke gave a rush of aggression from Nichols, grounding her with mounts and clever mat techniques and pins to keep her on her toes. However, once Lucy got back in with a thunderous spinning powerbomb, she never looked back, as Burke advanced after an ushigoroshi to running dangerous kick knocked out the Brit, the oldest man in this tournament.
Twilight KYUBI def. SOUL Michiko (13:02)
10-seed Twilight KYUBI, the young ganguro masked idol luchadora, looked to create another shock in the opening round, at the expense of the 7-seed SOUL Michiko. KYUBI brought the fire and intensity early to Michiko, who returned the favor. KYUBI's overall quickness seemed problematic at times for the stronger Michiko, who got back in it by taking her out and nailing her with a springboard dropkick outside. However, KYUBI got the crowd in her favor, and took to the skies, with an Asai moonsault of her own outside on Michiko. The match seemed to head back into Michiko's favor, when the clever and cunning KYUBI finished the match and advanced with a running wheelbarrow facebuster to a running pop-up high-angle hurricanrana in the center of the ring.
Mariana Flores def. Masked Maniac IV (10:24)
The fourth man to don the mask of futility, Masked Maniac IV, representing PEWA and the Senatorial Office, had the tall task of taking on the 2nd-seeded Mariana Flores, and was overwhelmed early by her. Flores displayed her blend of classical mat-based lucha and freakish power to the crowd and to a hapless Maniac, who had one major moment in the spotlight briefly celebrating in the ring while the second-generation wrestler Flores was outside the ring. Flores ended any hopes for another miraculous giant killing with a moonsault, as Masked Maniac IV, like the previous Masked Maniacs before him, stared up to the lights for the three-count fall.
The Elite Eight for this year's Star of the Jar will be Friday, with the results posted Saturday. The Final Four, Final match and challenge match with last year's Star of the Jar El Menton will take place on Sunday with those results posted Monday.
For the second consecutive year, the #1 seed would be taken out in the round of eight as Amazon Kid never truly got going against Eliza Faulkner, who stopped any bit of offense early from the Kid. To add insult to injury, Eliza Okite'd Kid with his own pump handle suplex. The Ref would also get knocked down after Eliza whipped the Kid to the ropes. Amazon Kid tried to mount a comeback as the referee was down with his quick, agile moves, but Faulkner's aggressive opening was a deficit too insurmountable, delivering a victory after a ripcord running jumping knee pad. The "Nightmare" continues her dream run.
Mosca Tsetse def. King Felix III (8:00)
The run of upsets continues, as Mosca Tsetse made short work this time of King Felix III. Mosca's latest bracket-busting performance came at the expense of Felix getting busted open early, as while both wrestlers started off with quick openers, a stop to the face would change the entire flow and structure of the match. With blood pouring down his face despite his best efforts, Felix succumbed to Mosca's lightning-quick aerial assault, and ultimately a side-clutch rolling pin.
Lucy Burke def. Trey Taylor (17:41)
After outlasting Steve Stennick in the opening round, Trey Taylor turned his attention to Lucy Burke, the 3-seed. Both sides started off slow, testing each other out before Lucy took the initiative. The match went back and forth, as both sides began to up the ante as their moves got bigger and the stakes got higher. Burke's kicks stood toe-to-toe with Taylor's tenacity and technical ability. The match looked to be in favor of Taylor, as after both traded in big moves for 2.9s, Burke would get slingbladed and guessed wrong, eating a high screw kick, but Taylor couldn't seem to lock in that crossface chickenwing. Burke answered with a superkick, then a Boma-Ye for a 2.9, and would punch her ticket to the Final Four with an ushigoroshi to running dangerous kick. All of the action stayed inside the confines of the ring.
Mariana Flores def. Twilight KYUBI (13:52)
The last match of the Elite Eight was a hotly-contested lucha battle, as a highly motivated 10-seed Twilight KYUBI looked to take down 2-seed Mariana Flores. The smaller, lighter, faster KYUBI began the match risking her body, using all of her weight on energetic running crossbody splashes to a Flores ill-prepared for them. Once the match got settled, both sides exhibited great athleticism and traded brutal dropkicks. Flores used her size and strength as an advantage as the match waned, but even surprised KYUBI and the crowd by going airborne with Asai moonsaults on the outside and top-rope dropkicks back inside the ring. KYUBI nearly stole the match after a stunning hurricanrana from behind, and took Flores to a corner for something big from the top rope. Flores would stop it, and nail a moonsault to seal KYUBI away.
Once again, many thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Star of the Jar. Every edit brought something special to the tournament, and although not everyone were able to even send in an edit on time, the intent was appreciated, and the profile of the tournament raised even further.
Onto the results of Finals Night on Sunday (The challenge match with El Menton which also happened Sunday will be on a separate post):
The first semi-final in the 2019 Star of the Jar was a showdown between surprising mat specialists, 9-seed Eliza Faulkner and 12-seed Mosca Tsetse. The amateur wrestling prodigy was met well and early by the fly girl, sprawling on a takedown attempt. Mosca did a lot of the agile work to get Faulkner tired, but Eliza managed to have found equalizers in her own game, with dominating suplexes. As the match continued, what looked like it was going to be a battle of attribution was abruptly ended with a Blizzard Suplex from Faulkner, as Mosca couldn't beat the 3 count.
Mariana Flores def. Lucy Burke (14:56)
It was 2 vs. 3 in the other semifinal, as Mariana Flores took on Lucy Burke. Both competitors took it to each other at the start, but it was Flores who had a strategy, targeting Lucy's abs and back with shoulder thrusts in the corner and even following up with a bow and arrow stretch. Burke countered by going after Flores' legs as an attempt to stymie her multi-faceted attack. Flores' strength, speed and aerial ability was just one slight step ahead of Burke's in a match that went back and forth, either woman capable of winning, with Mariana taking the other spot in the Final with Darkness Falls after just kicking out of a Boma-Ye.
Mariana Flores def. Eliza Faulkner (10:41)
The 2019 Star of the Jar Final match between Mariana Flores and Eliza Faulkner would be best remembered as a battle of dimensions, as Flores would take the tournament over Faulkner. Although Faulkner had the amateur wrestling acumen with some surprising power moves, it would be Flores' multiple approach that would win outright. Flores bounced all around the ring showing off her attributes to a Faulkner that tired easily and looked to try and settle matters in the middle of the ring. Flores would seal it with a moonsault just after 10 minutes, capping off a near-perfect match with a exhibition of her strongest attributes.
Great tournament. I said this last year, but I'll echo it again- I love how you run this tournament. The screenshots and recaps are really fun to read and do a great job showcasing the matches and the edits themselves. Excellent work, and congrats to
Wooo Mariana won! I had a hunch she might do it as I tried to make her tough without being too overpowering. From the sounds of the write-ups she seemed to perform well, with the exception of destroying poor Masked Maniac IV (sorry Senator!). I'm also surprised she managed to put away Eliza Faulkner in around ten minutes and with a moonsault IN THE BOTTOM CORNER OF THE RING at that but I guess that's Fire Pro RNG for you.
Thanks to NSL for putting on another great SotJ and thanks too to all the other competitors / handlers.
In the challenge match, Mariana Flores faced off with the towering headhunter, last year's Star of the Jar El Mentón. Mentón opened up the match targeting his opponent's head, with European uppercuts, punches in the clinch, eye gouges and 12-6 elbows to the crown, the strategy he'd often use en route to the 2018 tourney win. But Flores kept coming back with her lucha-based offense, with quick dropkicks and even a rocking horse stretch on the far larger Mentón. Flores nearly put the match away with a spilt-legged moonsault, to which Mentón got back by using his chinlock as an equalizer. The match shifted gears right at the 10 minute mark, as Mentón would nail a Dodon's Throne, the move that would put away Illium Levantarse in last year's semifinal. But, Flores would kick out. The Master of the Chinlock would continue to punish Flores' head some more until he got her down long enough for the chinlock, and yet a resilient Flores refused to submit. Both sides each displayed some dirty sides to this match, with Flores hanging Mentón upside-down in the Tree of Woe and repeatedly kicking him in the head, and following up with a tower hacker bomb for 2.9, while a clearly frustrated Mentón retaliated with stomps to Flores' groin. Mentón caught Flores in a counter, setting up for another chinlock, but Flores held out once more. Flores would take the momentum with a timely rolling solebutt to a manic Mentón, and would come away with the win after her second Darkness Falls of the match.
"An invitation is hereby offered to the Star Of The Jar 2019, Mariana Flores, to compete (again) against Star Of The Jar 2018, El Menton, but this time for his CRITICAL! Club Grand-Prix Championship, at MILESTONE: Alliance Rising 2020, taking place on April 30, 2020 at B.I.G. Garden!
Invitations will also be extended to the other Finalist, Eliza Faulkner, and the Semi-Finalists, Lucy Burke and Mosca Tsetse, to compete for contendership to the Grand-Prix Championship, with championship matches following MILESTONE to take place during the 2020-2021 "Blue" Season, with the invitations to be accepted or denied at each of their individual discretions.
The Grand-Prix Championship represents the peak and pinnacle of championship competition amongst newcomers to the Fire Pro Wrestling Alliance in general and CRITICAL! Club and the Fire Pro CRITICAL! brand in specific, and we hope to make the Grand-Prix Division's association with the annual Star Of The Jar tournament a long-lasting one, if not a permanent one.
Congratulations to Mariana Flores, CRITICAL! Club's Star Of The Jar for 2019!"
(Btw, I'll design an SotJ trophy to use as a Fight! image, in the vein of the C!X COMMENCE trophy, if that's alright with everybody)