Welcome to the EWA! It’s important that you read through the following few pages to gain a basic understanding of the EWA BEFORE you submit an application.
First and foremost, and we cannot stress this enough – the most important rule of EWA is…absolutely no “OOC drama” will be tolerated. This federation is a creative writing outlet within the context of a professional wrestling background, and is here for us to have fun and get to know one another, not to engage in arguments over match results, name calling or petty things like that. We’re all grown – if you have a concern, please bring it to Gates in a polite manner and he’ll be glad to discuss things with you.
We’ve built an extremely close-knit group of handlers who work together for the better of the story, not the character, and are primarily focused on story-telling. This is not a traditional “e-fed” in any sense of the word as a result, and if you’re not willing to collaborate openly and often with other handlers, this might not be for you. If you are? This is an environment you may enjoy greatly.
Check your egos at the door.
Also, keep in mind that your character needs to be within the realm of believably for the sake of on-air continuity, adhering to the rules of the EWA “universe” as laid out below. You can certainly tell more “risque” stories in your RPs (many do), but in terms of things that are “on camera”, whether that be in “filmed portions” of your RPs or on the shows themselves, we don’t have murders, guns, horrific violence, and things like that occurring on the shows. Obviously if you have questions, reach out within the Facebook group.
Now that that’s out of the way…
The EWA is an “angle/momentum federation”. What does this mean? Essentially, instead of having winners and losers determined on who “writes the better promo”, we book winners and losers of matches based on a combination of things:
- A wrestler’s overall body of work in their promos, angles, and on-card promos
- To further storylines being told within the federation
- Per request of a member of the league (i.e. if I request to have my wrestler lose, to further an angle)
Why the choice to run this type of federation? To avoid the constant grind of e-wrestling – having to post promos constantly to “one-up” your fellow competitors. We are all good-to-excellent writers, and ultimately, it’s an objective decision to determines who wins a match. This allows us to focus more on the “fun” aspect of e-wrestling, which is crafting promos and storylines. In addition, this way, you’re not punished if you’re unable to write a promo for an event due to extenuating circumstances. Having said that, if multiple events go by without you writing a promo, those situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
HOW TO JOIN
Fill out an official application by reading these rules, and following the link at the bottom of this page. You will be given a site login after you’ve submitted your application, which will allow you access to edit your wrestler’s profile, as well as post RPs on our forums.
Also make sure you join the EWA Facebook group! The bulk of the EWA news comes from there. Facebook is pretty much required to be a member of the EWA, as all of our interaction takes place there. If you do not have a Facebook, you’ll need to sign up for an account, if you’re looking to join the EWA. If you have any questions or anything of that nature, our Facebook group is the place to ask.
All wrestlers who aren’t “established” within the EWA or SHOOT Project universe will start in the Developmental Center for at least one match, wrestling on our non-televised live events (“Fight Night”). Determination on when to bring your character to the “main show” (Battlelines) will be determined based on a variety of factors. Feel free to contact us on Facebook for more details.
PROMOS & ON-CARDS
Promos will be done through the forum linked above. You can choose to join before your debut, or if you’d like your debut to be a surprise, you can join afterward. Please note that all registrations are admin based, so if you need a new account, you’ll need to contact Gates via Facebook/email to have one set up for you. All promos that are not to be placed on an actual card will be done on this message board. Feedback for ALL promos is provided in the Facebook group, both by Gates and multiple other members of the federation – feel free to leave constructive feedback for fellow handlers here.
If you wish to send in a promo or angle for an upcoming card, you can share your promo through Google Docs (this is the only format we use for on-cards) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Formatting instructions can be found on the RP forum.
The EWA has three types of live events:
– Fight Night shows are non-televised live events (of which word will “get out” to the public via Youtube “fan videos” or word of mouth). These shows will generally take place on every week that another live event isn’t occurring, and will feature a mixture of Developmental Center talent and main roster talent. (For more information on the Developmental Center, please check out the main page for it, located here) Fight Night results will be barebones – 2-3 sentences per match – and can feature oncards/angle development from wrestlers both booked and unbooked for the show.
– This is the EWA Network’s primary show, and airs generally every three weeks from a major arena. This is the “flagship program” and is televised with commentary/etc. Match results will feature ring entrances, 2-3 paragraphs detailing the action, and a blow-by-blow of the finish. The exception is the main event, which will feature a full match writeup.
– These are where major storylines and angles tend to culminate, taking place approximately every 10-12 weeks. Match results will be “full writeups” for every match on these shows. These are what you want to build your angles and feuds toward.
Deadlines will be set before every card. Essentially, as long as you complete whatever promos & oncards you want before this deadline, you’ll be fine for that show.
For more information on the staff (in-character) of the EWA, please visit the Staff Page.
The EWA is set in an “alternate reality” timeline where the WWF and WCW never existed. Instead, the primary wrestling promotions over the last 20 years are the EWA, the NYSWF (New York State Wrestling Federation, a regional group that expanded nationally) and the SHOOT Project. The federation is set in a slightly dystopian version of society where television is less censored, and people generally can “get away” with more. (For more information on the timeline and background of the EWA, please visit the Background page.)
The EWA’s home arena is the Combat Zone, in Boston, MA. It seats approximately 9,000 fans. The entrance area will feature a large curtained area, with two stantions holding up an Jumbotron supplied by EWA Entertainment, to be placed over the entrance. Think of it as the old WWF Warzone entrance from the Attitude Era. EWA Entertainment operates a streaming network called Combat TV, available for subscription on mobile devices, Smart TVs and PCs for $10 a month. EWA Battlelines, the EWA’s bi-weekly show, will air on this Network, as well as every “special event” (supercard), and most promos (RP board).
In early 2016, due to rapid growth within the EWA, the company began touring larger arenas around the country, and continues to do so to this day – however, the company’s homebase remains the Combat Zone in Boston.
The EWA is a mixed-gender federation. If a woman is strong enough to hang with the men, she’ll be booked against the men, no questions asked. All are equal here.
The EWA will have five championships. The championships are as follows:
- EWA World Heavyweight Championship
This is the premier championship in the EWA. Previously held by such legends as Erik Draven, Thorne Richards, Osbourne Kilminster, Sinnocence, Chris Kage, Grace Goeren, Grady Smith, Indrid Calder and Alexander Haven, if your goal isn’t to one day win this title, you’re in the wrong line of work.
- EWA Combat Championship
The newest, and second most prestigious championship to the company. A merged product of the EWA Atlantic Coast and Tapout Championships, this is an often defended title that sees a stiff amount of competition. Referees will generally allow more leniency in Combat Championship matches, even if there’s not a no-disqualification stipulation. Many consider this as a stepping stone to the EWA World Heavyweight Championship. Held by EWA legends such as Alexander Haven, Sahara, & Maggie McIntyre.
- EWA Network Championship
With a long and prestigious history, the EWA Network Championship has been held by legendary figures such as Laura Seton, NOTHING, Maggie McIntyre, Sean Boden, Philip Donovan and Martin Robertson. Formerly known as the EWA Television Championship.
- EWA Tag Team Championship
Self-explanatory! Held in the past by legendary teams such as Bloodsport, Public Enemy, and The Vice Squad, this is the premier goal for tag teams in the EWA.
Championships take priority in the EWA – you can be in feuds with a title, but at no point will the title become a part of the feud in a way that could prevent another competitor from winning it. (i.e. no stories will be allowed that require a title to stay with an individual for any certain amount of time)
Gates is most easily contacted via Facebook during “regular working hours” during the week. Without speaking for others, this is likely the best way to contact all handlers. However, if you are not “Facebook friends” with a handler and message someone, there is a possibility that your message will go into their “Other” inbox, and Facebook does not notify users if they get a message in this box. So it’s a safe bet to make a quick post as well in the Facebook group tagging the handler and letting them know you sent a message. If you’re “Facebook friends”, then there should be no issues.
There will be dedicated threads in the Facebook group for each show for RP feedback (a place where you can leave feedback for the work done by your fellow handlers), and for in-character talk (if you want to “talk smack” in a quick and easy fashion to other wrestlers via Facebook, in the guise of your character). Please note that in-character talk is limited strictly to that particular thread.
We’re all adults and may need to step away for any given period of time. Please contact Gates on Facebook to let them know if you need any time away. Please note that if you’re in the midst of an angle/storyline, we do reserve the right to conclude it properly, and/or write off your character until you’re able to return.
The EWA is ran by Gates, with help from “creative director” Darren E, as well as assistance in day-to-day operations from Harlan H, Val K. and Chris F. We have a wide array of match writers who also lend a hand as well.
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