Rich Storms was a color commentator and talent scout for Josh Manhunt’s iXw in the early to mid-2000’s. After some schmoozing and palm greasing, Mr. Manhunt released Mr. Storms from his iXw contract at which point he entered into employment for Damon Riggs’ Icon Statys Marketing and Talent Agency.
Suddenly the lights go out plunging the arena into darkness, when red and white strobe lights and lasers begin to spin and flash all around the inner walls of the jam-packed arena. A thick white fog bellows out from beneath the entrance stage as the opening riff to Birdy Wing’s ‘Kashmir’ hits the arena sound system.
OH LET THE SUN BEAT DOWN UPON MY FACE
AND STARS FILL MY DREAM
I’M A TRAVELER OF BOTH TIME AND SPACE
TO BE WHERE I HAVE BEEN
A blaring white light appears from the entrance screen, to reveal the silhouette of Dane Preston banging his head to the beat of the music. A light mist begins to come down on the crowd, while Preston’s demeanor from this distance is enough to give chills to anyone standing at ringside.
TO SIT WITH ELDERS OF THE GENTLE RACE
THIS WORLD HAS SELDOM SEEN
THEY TALK OF DAYS FOR WHICH THEY SIT AND WAIT
ALL WILL BE REVEALED
Preston stands there with his head hung low as the music picks up, before snapping his neck from side to side. As the lights come back on, Preston begins to stalk his way down the entrance ramp, pounding his chest to psych himself out for his match.
TALK IN SONG FROM TONGUES OF LILTING GRACE
SOUNDS CARESS MY EAR
AND NOT A WORD I HEARD COULD I RELATE
THE STORY WAS QUITE CLEAR
Sliding into the ring on his stomach, Preston quickly gets to his feet and walks to a corner with a purpose. Shrugging off his leather vest and handing it to the ring attendant, Preston turns his attention to [either the ramp to await his opponent or to face his opponent in the corner opposite him.]
- Royal Dream Sequence [A fast punching combo => snap toe kick to the stomach => Flowing DDT => Guillotine Choke w/ body scissors.]
- Burnout [Flatliner]
- Ravager [Urinagi Suplex]
Born into a broken home in the San Francisco Peninsula suburb of Redwood City, CA, Dane Preston’s formative years were tumultuous. There were only two things Dane really took to, wrenching on anything with engines and wheels and getting in fights. After being arrested a number of times while he was a teenager, Dane was signed up for boxing lessons as a constructive outlet. Eventually Dane outgrew boxing and trained in MMA, excelling in Jiu-Jitsu, Muy Thai and Greco Roman wrestling. Showing promise as an aspiring professional fighter, Dane’s rise was halted when he crashed into a fellow street racer, killing the driver of the other car. Dane spent 5 years in jail for vehicular manslaughter when he was released on parole in 2007 as a result of good behavior and proving to be an exemplary inmate.
A year after his release, Dane was fighting in underground street fights and working in a custom car and motorcycle performance shop where he met wrestling legend Damon Riggs. Unbeknownst to Dane, Riggs broke into the professional wrestling industry by way of the street fight scene some 15 years prior. With his contacts being his eyes and ears, Riggs was put onto Dane, whose reputation of an up and coming fighter made Damon want to train with him. In 2010 Dane was married to Damon’s daughter Allison and broke into the business, having only about 10 professional matches before taking a break to start a family and open his own performance shop.
Fast forward almost 8 years, Dane was put in touch with EWA by one of his peers.
* denotes guest appearance in another wrestler’s RP
*Invasive Species [w/ Murphy Doyle Maher] (11.17.17)
*Elderly People and the Ocean [w/ Murphy Doyle Maher] (11.9.17)
Now is the Time…[f/ Murphy Doyle Maher] (11.6.17)
When Life Hands Me a Lemon (11.3.17)
A Taste of Things to Come (10.25.17)