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The Sanguine Apotheosis, Part 1
2020.04.18 06:12 Pandoric_MakerThe Sanguine Apotheosis, Part 1
Martin Chase woke up screaming at the top of his lungs. The features of his nightmare melted away and were replaced by the face of James Query staring back at him. James was shaking him and yelling trying to get him to focus. "Martin! Martin! You left the door open! Hey, wake up! I've been trying to call you for over an hour!" Martin Chase was a tall, lean, dark-haired man in his prime. He was also a troubled soul who felt he was living in two worlds at the same time. A strange sense of dread had crept into his life after he came home from Turkey and it clung to his every waking moment. Alcohol could not drown away the feeling that he was living on borrowed time no matter how hard he tried. He had turned thirty last night and celebrated the milestone with the phone turned off, spending it with his two closest friends, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. Together they toasted all the good times while he reminisced through his wedding album. He missed Jen, and remembering only hurt. Two years ago, a driver lost control of his car and plowed headlong into the bus she was boarding, sending her and three others through the windshield, killing them. Martin dealt with the loss by burying himself in his work. His job was everything. Currently he was on his second month of leave after the assignment in Turkey had gone seriously wrong. A teammate was lost and Martin sustained serious injuries that needed time to heal. He was on forced sick leave until further notice from his work from 'collections' as part of a group of ex black ops, Navy SEALs and specialized military types run privately by the Olympex corporation. His job was to acquire things, when money or negotiations were no longer viable options. He and his partner of almost ten years, James Query, shared an illustrious history and were referred to as the negotiator and the enforcer. They weren't thugs and always conducted themselves very professionally while representing the company. When Martin couldn't talk sense into someone, James, the quiet one, would beat it into them. Martin sat up suddenly back in the comforts of his bed and reached for the pack of cigarettes on his nightstand. He made a face as he realized the sheets were soaked from sweat…and urine, "oh Christ. Not again." He roused himself after a long drag and headed into the bathroom. James continued to talk to him through the closed door telling him there wasn't time, barely audible over the sounds of the running shower. "Just towel yourself off. We have to go… now! I got a call. We've got a new assignment and they want the both of us in the office. I told them as soon as I tracked you down and got your lazy ass out of bed we'd be in. They're waiting. Vacation's over Mr. Chase, we have a job and this one comes from the top." "Who from?" came Martin's reply. "You're never going to believe this. I received a call from a Mr. Scarswood. If you don't recognize the name, he's Mr. Prince's personal secretary." Martin opened the bathroom door a crack, toothbrush still in his mouth, interest clearly piqued. "Charles Prince? The Charles Prince?" "I know right?" James grinned back at him. "I thought the man was a myth too but apparently he's real and wants to see us. So get yourself in gear, we gotta go!" James' cheerful demeanor left his face as he threw Martin a clean shirt, pants and shoes. While Martin got dressed James bent down examining something under his shoe. It was a fine reddish sand. "What's with the sand?" He asked at the closed door. Martin sounded like he was wrestling on the other side, "Shit's everywhere. Must have brought it back from the last assignment. I clean it up but it keeps coming back. Did you find some?" James came back from the kitchen with a Ziploc bag, took out a credit card and used it to scoop up some of the granules, before sealing and then pocketing the bag. "Yeah, same as last time. No idea where it's coming from? Heh, maybe it's a sign." The door to the bathroom opened and out came Martin Chase as if transformed into a new man, "Yeah, maybe I need to move to Florida." He smiled. "Let's go. I'm driving." James protested, "Hey, my car's already here—" Martin was already out the front door, "I'm driving." James cringed then sighed, "Man…I hate the way you drive." Martin was already in the car and started it, "For fuck sake, just get in the car!" Charles Prince was arguably the wealthiest man on the planet. His Fortune 500 corporations could be found in every country of the world. His interests and holdings in communications, real estate, cable, internet, education, technology, textiles, weapons, chemicals, food, and so forth, could (or more likely would) fill a phone book if fully compiled. There wasn't anything within his reach that he did not have a piece of or interest in. Rumors about the man, his family background and his business dealings were the stuff of urban legend in financial circles. No one knew what to believe, but everyone was in agreement about that same uneasy feeling of trepidation whenever his name was mentioned in conversation. His family seemed to have come out of nowhere, establishing businesses in France just prior to Napoleon's reign. Even with the Emperor's tyrannical grip on France, the Princes flourished in real estate ventures and through auction houses dealing in works of art. Across Europe and America wars were fought and the Princes began quietly acquiring existing companies, concealing their growth behind the respect and established names of others when they ventured into textiles, manufacturing and metal foundries that provided clothing, weapons and information to armies and nations. Elaborate plans were orchestrated involving the companies under their control, creating false competition and bidding wars across Europe that put demands on materials and manufactured goods, manipulating markets, events and outcomes. When wars ended, the Princes expanded into new ventures in construction. They provided cheap homes for veterans backed by government grants and forced industry reforms benefiting every aspect under their control. Within a few hundred years the Princes had managed to tap into the pulse of the world and changed its rhythm to their own dictating how world events would happen, when they would happen…and for how long. Though no one dared speak it, people sensed the hand of the Prince and feared it. The current heir to the throne, Charles Prince, was a reclusive man who stayed out of the public eye intentionally. He had whole departments of people whose jobs were to make sure it stayed that way. He never appeared in papers or tabloids, on the news, or on the internet… ever. Charles Prince was a myth the world believed invented as a figurehead by some advertising agency decades ago. Currently the myth himself was standing in his office looking out over the city that never sleeps through an enormous wall of glass that was his window to the world. With a soft knocking on the door followed by a measured pause, Mr. Scarswood entered quietly. "Mr. Chase and Mr. Query are here sir." Mr. Prince did not move or give any indication he heard the man. "Very good sir, I'll just show them in," he replied after a moment's silence. Mr. Scarswood was quite accustomed to Mr. Prince only talking to him when necessary. Like a servant he backed out of the room and closed the doors softly behind him. After a few moments, the soft knocking came again and Mr. Scarswood ushered both men in, directing them to stand in the center of the room. He gave them a quick look, his eyes telling them "not a word or sound" and they waited. From the window came the voice of Mr. Prince. "That will be all Scarswood." The man quickly backed out of the room, leaving them to their privacy. After a moment they heard Mr. Prince mutter, "God how I loathe that man." Mr. Prince turned and walked towards them, motioning for them to be seated with a simple gesture. "You have no idea why I have summoned you here and until this morning probably never knew if I was real or some ghost story." At this last part he gave a grin, and there was something very unpleasant in the way he smiled when he said it. The smile dropped as he became serious. "Mr. James Raymond Query and Mr. Martin Lawrence Chase. Both selected as part of an elite team working inside the department of collections. Over the years you have secured the more 'difficult' acquisitions that money can not always obtain. You have both proven discrete, resourceful, and above all, loyal. This is why you are both here." He rose from behind the large mahogany desk and made a slight gesture in the air to the lavish cathedral-sized office with furnishings of dark exotic wood and soft leather. Around the room were tastefully lit displays containing rare books, works of fine art, statuary and artifacts that would make even the Louvre envious. Both men were brought back from the sights and their curiosity when Mr. Prince snapped his fingers, once getting their attention. "My private collection." He said grinning again, "It is beautiful, is it not?" He sauntered over to a display and produced a key, beckoning the others to follow. Opening the case, he removed an ornate golden cube. The sound that came from him next was almost loving as he softly cooed "my first…my enigma." He gazed upon the intricate patterns for several long moments. Slowly rotating it in his hands, the golden light reflecting in his eyes as it appeared to stare back. Just as suddenly, the nostalgia was gone, "Two months ago, your team obtained an object similar to this one in Istanbul called the Sanguine Apotheosis," he told them as he placed the cube gently back inside the case and locked it. "Yes sir. We located it in catacombs under the Hagia Sophia." Replied James. "And how many of your team were lost?" Mr. Prince asked. Both men replied at the same time. "One," said James. "Two," said Martin. Both men looked at each other for a moment, Martin stared at him searchingly. James turned quickly to Mr. Prince. "We lost Jack Hunter, sir. Mr. Chase has been on leave recovering from his ordeal in Istanbul. He had a reaction to the medication he was prescribed that caused issues affecting portions of his long term memory. The doctor's recently changed his script and informed us it just needs to clear his system for the effects to wear off." Mr. Prince raised an eyebrow at Mr. Chase who recovered by adding, "Just Mr. Hunter sir." Mr. Prince continued, "Until recently, the Sanguine Apotheosis, obtained at the cost of Mr. Hunter's life, rested in this very case next to its sister along with the diary of the man who created them." "Stolen?" Martin gasped. Mr. Prince gave him a look and shook his head as if to say 'who would dare?' "No," replied Mr. Prince dryly. Mr. Prince moved to a seating area where there were couches and a low teak table. He sat down and picked a bell up from the table and rang it once. Mr. Scarswood entered quickly. "Sir?" Reaching into the humidor on the table, Mr. Prince removed a cigar and began lighting it. In between puffs he said one word, "brandy." While the two men began to sit, Mr. Prince never looked away from his cigar, only his eyebrow raised as he regarded them warily. Mr. Scarswood poured a generous measure into a snifter and brought it over to Mr. Prince on a silver tray. Mr Prince put out his hand and maneuvered the snifter onto his outstretched hand between two fingers without so much as touching Mr. Scarswood. The manservant lowered the tray once the glass was secure and backed away once again to leave the office. Mr. Prince lingered on the cigar before tasting the brandy. Once Mr. Scarswood closed the doors behind him, Mr. Prince began to explain. "I take it you are aware that I own the Sybillen Publishing Houses? It should only be expected, seeing that I have a passion for books and their mysteries. Currently, my most prolific and controversial author is Mr. Athytas B, a pet project of mine, so to speak. He has three titles currently on the Times best seller and reviews list. When he was brought to my attention, Mr. B was teaching as an adjunct professor of history in some dreary community college up in Maine. He wrote fiction of historical events from a first-person perspective; nothing too original, but he made inventive connections that were like finding the missing link in historical circles. "Much of his writings I have put to use and they have proved instrumental in the solving of certain ancient mysteries and in the recovery of several lost treasures. The information for your recent assignment in Istanbul was provided by the research obtained from Mr. B's latest novel. He is not aware of the role he plays as a specialist in solving ancient mysteries, so I strive to keep him happy and indulge him now that he has become a celebrated author. I saw something more than fiction in his writing and capitalized on it. He's a successful writer and everyone comes out a winner. "A month ago, Mr. B made a personal request from me for the loan of the diary, the Sanguine Apotheosis and the Enigma. He was excited about a discovery he made involving the Académie Royale d'Architecture while working on his upcoming novel and asked to borrow the items to correlate his data. Against my better judgement, I allowed the diary and the Sanguine to be placed at his disposal. He agreed to give nightly reports with his findings, which he did with considerable punctuality and with new information found in the diary. By the end of the second week, he had turned his attention to the Sanguine and sent in his findings. "Last week his reports began to ramble on and he repeatedly stated he could not finish his work without the aid of the Enigma. He was told that if he brought back the diary and the Sanguine he could study the Enigma. He refused, and last night when he failed to send in his report by midnight, I had the matter looked into. By 12:30 A.M. this morning I was informed his apartment had been vacated and that Mr. Athytas B had disappeared without a trace." He stared into the red glow at the end of his cigar and said two words. "Find him." The office doors opened, and Mr. Scarswood entered, beckoning Martin and James. "This way gentlemen." Outside, Mr. Scarswood informed them that anything they needed would be placed at their disposal and requested their cell phones. These he replaced with a new pair, as well as a pair of fake IDs and passports. "These are voice-keyed to each other and to my own," he explained, showing he had a similar phone. "If you need anything, just ask." "Which number do I press?" Asked James. "You don't," replied Mr. Scarswood. "Just ask." James was impressed. "I don't have to impress upon the both of you the seriousness and magnitude of Mr. Prince's betrayal of trust," Mr. Scarswood continued. "I've never seen him this angry before and frankly… it's alarming." He handed a small docket to Martin, who began flipping through the contents. It contained everything they would need to know about Athytas B the author: his real name, background, education, social and email accounts with usernames and passwords, phone numbers, known addresses, and a key to his New York apartment. Martin looked up from the contents he was rifling through, a question at the tip of his tongue. "Just find him? What about the diary and the box?" "Just find him…" Mr. Scarswood's voice broke just a little as he continued, "He was very clear on that point." The elevator bell chimed and the doors opened. Mr. Scarswood was already occupied with other work to notice the pair enter and the doors close quietly behind them. A few floors down, James, straight faced asked, "Martin…Lawrence?" "Oh fuck off, 'Raymond'" In the elevator, James produced a badge and waved it in front of the floor indicator while making a hand motion to Martin. He raised a fist under his chin, opened his hand, then waved it in a slicing gesture across his neck. Radio silence. Martin nodded and neither men said a word for the rest of the ride. The elevator did not stop at any other floors in the one hundred and three- story Olympex building that took up an entire city block in downtown Manhattan. It continued moving downward at a steady pace even after the light marked with a "B" went out. They counted five floors not visible or listed in any of the buildings' manifests. None of the elevators had buttons that could be accidentally pressed to access them. Far below the parking garages and past the basement level, the elevator came to a gentle stop and the doors opened silently. Both men exited the elevator into a large dimly lit hall with a high counter at the far end. They could only see the top of a guard's hat as they approached. He was seated above them and bathed in pale light from monitors. He didn't bother to look up when they approached. "George," James called out to the hat. "How's the wife and kids?" asked Martin. George suddenly looked up, all smiles, "Hey! Martin, good to see you back. Kids are good. Doing good. Wife's still the same bitch." He laughed, then his face grew serious. "Okay boys, let me see 'em." Both men produced badges and waved them under a scanner. There was a hum and a cheerful beep as a red light turned green and the doors behind the guard's station slid open, leading to a wing dubbed Collections. It looked like it was designed as a tribute to Ian Fleming and to every James Bond film ever made. Glass-walled suites lined every level, some crammed with computers and rows of monitors with people wearing headphones talking into microphones and typing away on keyboards. Other larger areas were filled with machinery and technicians wearing face masks and respirators, or had people in white lab coats carrying clipboards and continually looking at wrist watches. Martin received periodic waves from colleagues in lab coats and technicians as the pair made their way to their desks. "About time you got back to work," chimed one of the men working on a computer a few desks away. Martin waved back to the man who was handing several packets to a 'runner' who took them and quickly disappeared. "Don't get comfy," James warned. They moved past their desks towards a vacant office used for briefings, before taking a sudden detour towards a room where a machine was in use, producing an extreme amount of noise even through the dampening glass. He produced his phone and tossed it into a microwave oven on the counter, motioning for Martin to do the same. They left the noisy room and went to the vacant office. Once the door was closed behind him, James touched a panel and the glass went black. He finally broke the silence, repeating Mr. Scarswood's words in a mocking tone. "'Just ask.' This business just got way too Orwellian," he remarked with an edge to his voice. "This is not a simple search and retrieval," Martin agreed, knowing that they were both thinking the same way. "When it comes to these boxes—" "Pandorics," James corrected. "Pandorics, whatever." Irritated, Martin continued, "we both know they're bad mojo. Every time we pull an assignment and it turns out to involve a Pandoric… shit always happens and never goes down easy. There's always something to deal with that they didn't know about, or they just neglect to think it's important enough to tell us saying it's not part of the assignment. Something in the background, someone we don't know about… There's always collateral damage and unhappy people. They're always crazy and they never give them up willingly." "Amen to that," James chimed in. "Money's never up for discussion." "Exactly! We've both seen it. People get fanatical about them. Almost religious!" Martin lowered his voice continuing, "we need to start treating these assignments like cops on a domestic call." James smiled in agreement, "We never know what we're dealing with, who's going to react or where it's gonna come from—" "—but we both know it's coming," Martin finished. "We don't always know from who, but it always does. So let's not show them our backs anymore." James nodded, "I'm with ya. It's why we're here. What do you think we'll need?" Martin pursed his lips and his brow furrowed. He had been thinking about this on the ride down in the elevator. "Put yourself in this guy's shoes. Mr. Athytas B, college professor, author, researcher, inventive… real creative type. This guy's not stupid, so we can't underestimate him. He just pissed off 'the Prince' and took his personal property. He has to know Prince will send everything after him until he gets what he wants. So where does he run?" "He's not running," came James' response. "He's had to have had all of this planned out for a while. Made his preparations, done his research. He didn't just bolt in the middle of the night or crack under the stress. And this isn't about him stealing either. Prince wasn't interested in the diary or the box—" "Pandoric," corrected Martin, with a smirk. James rolled his eyes at him. "Something bigger is going on between these two players and they're both playing long games. Mr. B is set up someplace he thinks is safe. Off the radar from everyone. Somewhere even Prince wouldn't be able to find out about easily. We're not talking money, we're talking smarts. Even with a change of identity he's got to figure they'll find him eventually. So it's not about the where but the when." "Right," came Martin following his train of thought. "In the end they'll track him down. He knows this. Either this was his plan all along or something happened to force him to move now. All he has is the present to do whatever he has planned. So let's take this one step further and assume he's prepared for all of this. So what's his ace in the hole? What's his protection?" "Do you think he has something on Prince?" wondered James. "We're walking into something," Martin said quietly. "None of this feels random. It's Istanbul all over again." James nodded, opening the door, "We'll talk about that later. Right now they're watching and expect us to be in motion. Watch what you say and guard your words. We'll need to communicate without the phones. You get the suits and vests, I'll grab the gear and a bag of tricks just in case. What kinda protection do you want?" Characteristically Martin was already out the door and calling over his shoulder. "Everything. Big and small." He ducked into the machine room and grabbed their phones from the microwave. Closing the door, he tossed one to James who was heading to a wall with a large metal door fit for a bank vault with a sign on it that read Acquisitions. He produced his keycard and slid it into the slot of the lock and waited. Martin headed down the hall in the opposite direction towards an area where the walls were lined with lockers. A moment after Martin was out of sight, James turned away from the vault door and moved to his desk and picked up the phone. He rummaged through the drawers until he found an old mailing tube. Reaching into his pocket, he produced the plastic Ziploc bag containing reddish sand from earlier, tucking the bag inside the tube, then writing something on a post-it note in Sharpie placed over the previous address. He used packing tape to seal the tube and secure the new label and wrote something on another post-it. As he finished, a 'runner' came up to his desk. He handed him the tube and the note. The 'runner' nodded, handing him back the note, and sped off with the tube. Meanwhile, James walked back just in time to the Acquisitions door as its light finally turned from red to green and opened before him. A smile began forming as he entered. Both men reconvened back in the briefing room, loaded down by three large gym bags they sat on the table. James was busy securing a strap on his bag. "Have everything?" Martin held up a finger. "Almost." He then put a finger to his mouth and began. "I was thinking. We need to have a look at those reports B was sending in. There might be something in his notes that hint where he might have gone." James put his phone on the table and wrote something on a piece of paper, clearly in agreement with Martin's proposal. "Mr. B was researching the Sanguine and the diary for his next novel," Martin continued. "Whatever he found made him nervous enough to cut and run." James held up the paper, with the words "THINK THEY HEARD?" Martin gave him a thumbs up. "Mr. Scarswood?" James began. "We need to have a look at the reports. There might be somethi—" "Mr. Prince is well aware of your needs gentlemen. Please come up now." Came the voice of Mr. Scarswood interrupting. Both men shared the same telling expression as they grabbed their bags and headed back to the elevators. In the waiting area just outside Mr. Prince's office Mr. Scarswood recited a litany of "thou shalt not's" before he opened the doors on Mr. Prince's inner sanctum. He ushered them into the room closing the doors behind him. There was a very audible 'click' that seemed magnified by the space of the room, giving the impression they were separated from the rest of the world. He walked them into the center of the room and removed a small remote control from inside his jacket and pressed something. With his free hand he gestured for them to move back a few paces as the large round design on the floor began to rise up to reveal a large metal column. Mr Scarswood placed an open palm over a square panel, turned his back on them and whispered something into a microphone. There was a soft hum of hydraulics being engaged as the column parted in two. Both halves moved smoothly apart until there was enough room for all three men to walk between them comfortably. "Wait, where's Mr. Pr—" "Mr. Prince has left the building and is currently away on business," announced Mr. Scarswood, cutting Martin off. "I have the authority to grant supervised access to Mr. Prince's private vault." The interior of this private looked just like the inside of a bank vault. Metal lined with various-sized lockbox doors. What caught James's attention were the few doors made of thick glass that looked like display cases. Behind one thick glass panel he noticed the Pandoric that rested within. He recognized it from a past assignment and nudged Martin. Martin's nod was almost imperceptible and he motioned with his eyes to the other Pandorics on display behind them. Mr. Scarswood unlocked and slid aside a large metal section revealing filing cabinet drawers for sensitive documents. He found the drawer he was looking for and pulled it out a few feet, then began running his fingers over the files until he found what he was looking for. He removed two thick folders, tucked them under his arm and pushed the drawer closed. He then slid out a larger vertical section above the drawer that became a work surface. He plopped the folders onto the table, reached up for a light that was on an articulated arm just above the cabinets, and adjusted it over the table. Mr. Scarswood cleared his throat quietly and turned to Martin and James. "Would either of you gentlemen care for a refreshment?" Both men replied, "water" at the same time. Martin looked at him smiling warmly and added a very sincere, "Thank you Mr. Scarswood." Something in the way Martin smiled at Mr. Scarswood embarrassed the man, catching him off guard by the sudden acknowledgment and gratitude. Flustered, he quickly disappeared. "Up to your old tricks?" James asked when Mr. Scarswood was out of earshot. James picked up one of the folders marked The Sanguine Apotheosis and handed the other labeled The Gates of I'Dristhd to Martin. Both men were so intent as they pored over the information that they almost jumped when Mr. Scarswood appeared carrying a silver tray. He placed it down on the surface containing an open unlabeled bottle and two glasses filled with an effervescent liquid garnished with slices of blood orange. Martin removed a glass, took a long appreciative sip, smacked his lips and smiled back at Mr. Scarswood, "Where's yours?" Mr. Scarswood blinked, not understanding at first, before his cheeks flushed slightly. "Oh… I'll… just get a glass?" Martin beamed warmly, "Absolutely!" James pretended not to notice as he read. Being teamed up with Martin, he discovered early on that the man possessed an amazing talent for schmoozing people. Not just charm or bullshit but a whole new level of artistry. He could just nonchalantly utter those four magic words, 'just tell me everything,' and people developed verbal diarrhea. If there was a drawback to this gift it was getting them to shut up. James broke the silence every so often reading something informative out loud he had come across. Martin in turn would include Mr. Scarswood in the conversation and ask him to expand more on the subject since he seemed to have personal knowledge and insights on the matter. "Do you think Mr. B was acting erratically?" Martin addressed Mr. Scarswood. "We've gone over the reports. I get his frustration. Everything was coming together but he was missing the rest of the puzzle. He hit a block and wasn't able to finish the work, or so he wrote. There was something that he needed that had to do with the Enigma. Did you happen to hear any of the conversations that took place, Mr. Scarswood?" The questions put to Mr. Scarswood had become more and more frequent that the man failed to notice when he became actively involved in the conversation. When it did, his stiff demeanor returned and he addressed them both. "I'm not a fool, gentlemen." "Never said you were." James said without looking up from his reading. "I know what you're doing." Mr. Scarswood continued, "I work for Mr. Prince—" "And so do we," Martin interrupted. "The more time we waste here, the colder the trail is getting. It would really speed things up and make all of our jobs a lot easier if you dropped the butler act for five minutes to help your boss out. Look, we're not here to judge. This is our job, this is what we're good at, and we need to know what's really going on. The longer it takes for us to figure this out when you could be helping, the more time Mr. B has to do what he has planned. We all know he didn't run. There's nowhere he could go that he wouldn't be found in time. He found something and he's acting on it. So let's all be friends and work together to be on the same page." Martin's smile was still friendly and never hinted at anything hidden even when the seriousness of the situation entered his voice. "There's a lot of sensitive stuff that doesn't leave this office." He paused to take a drink, put the glass down and the smile left his face as he looked back at Mr. Scarswood. "We get it." Mr. Scarswood let out a breath he seemed to be holding and relaxed. "Alright," He said as he straightened a little, an invisible weight seeming to leave his shoulders. "Let's sit down, there's a lot to cover and little time." They moved to the soft leather couches that surrounded the low teak table that Mr. Prince had used earlier that day. Mr. Scarswood was having an internal conversation and listening to his words before he spoke. "Before I begin there's a question that needs to be addressed." Both men took his meaning. This was a delicate matter and very important. They each nodded for him to continue. Mr. Scarswood gave a nervous half smile when he began, "How much do either of you know about Heaven or Hell? Really know?" Now this was something James or Martin could have never anticipated. Neither of them rolled their eyes or suppressed a laugh. Martin leaned forward with interest and said, "Just tell me everything." The doorman of the Concordia Arms opened the doors for the two men. They walked through the lobby heading towards the elevators when a man behind the desk called out to them. His name badge just over his left breast pocket informed them 'Carl' wanted to know who they were and where they were headed. One of them told Carl they were going upstairs on 'company business.' Carl asked for IDs and pushed an open book across the counter at them, stating, "all visitors are required to show ID and sign in." The men produced their IDs and Carl scrutinized them reading out loud. "James Query and Martin Chase. Going to…?" James took a key from his pocket and read the number, "Apartment 2102." Carl informed them the previous tenant had already moved out over a week ago and the apartment was already being serviced for the new tenants. "Fast turnover, we only just heard he left this morning. Still, we have to go up. Like I said, 'company business' and before you ask… don't." Martin said in a confidential way and handed Carl a business card. Carl's eyebrows raised and he nodded knowingly though he really didn't. The elevator shimmied all the way to the twenty first floor. Just down the hall, James unlocked the door to 2102 and they entered the vacant apartment. The rooms were spotless, and there was a faint smell of fresh paint. James decided to go downstairs to see if there was security camera footage and to talk more with Carl, see if the man knew anything more. Martin was going to sweep the apartment for anything that might have been missed and ask if a neighbor had seen anything. He un-shouldered the bag he was carrying and fished out a portable UV light before passing it over the wood floor. He moved slowly across the room to the far wall. Faint rectangular patches revealed where pictures had been. The wall had been cleaned but the paint was old. He sniffed, catching the lingering scent and began looking around. In one of the bedrooms a window was open. The largest wall was slightly tacky to the touch and had an odd dimpled texture. He turned on the UV and thousands of tiny blue dots lit up, covering every square inch of the entire wall. He used his knife to prod one of the dots. It was soft and the blade pushed in easily. He rubbed a sample between his fingers, smearing them white with a chalky texture. The wall had been patched with plaster paste and painted over immediately. The plaster was never sanded and resulted in thousands of tiny dimples made visible under the blue light. There didn't seem to be any sense or pattern that he could make out. It looked as if someone got bored, started poking holes at one end of the wall and didn't finish until they reached the other side. Martin began taking photos of the wall aided by his portable light when he sensed more than heard someone else in the apartment. He stopped his breathing to extend his senses, reaching out for the slightest sound or vibration. Someone as quiet as a cat was moving around the apartment. He crept down the hallway and saw the front door was slightly open. He couldn't see anything from where he was positioned but he could hear soft footsteps. He reached out and used his phone to take a picture. Looking at the screen he almost laughed. He drew a deep breath, held it then let it out while folding up and pocketing the knife into his pocket. "Hi there!" he said in his friendliest tone. A little blond haired girl jumped and let out a high pitched squeaking sound that turned into a laugh when she saw Martin. "You scared me!" she scolded him. "Oh, I'm sorry," he apologized. "Wanna try again now that you're ready?" She coyly nodded a yes. "Okay…you're sure you're ready now?" he teased. She laughed and nodded yes again. "Okay…but if you're not ready…" he smiled She rolled her big eyes at him, "come on already." "Okay…I'm sorry…" Martin extended his hand out to her, "Hi there. I'm Mr. Chase…and you are…?" She laughed at him and said proudly, "Goldilocks!"
2018.12.07 04:04 mh_12rm_66Timeline of 2015 Waco Biker shootout that left 9 dead and 18 injured (+ autopsy reports in comments)
Timeline of events: Before the event: 2013 – According to a nine-count federal indictment filed in San Antonio in December 2015, John Xavier Portillo, national vice president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, declared in 2013 that the group was “at war” with the Cossacks OMO. Nov. 2, 2013 – According to a federal indictment, a group of approximately 10 Bandidos and their associates confront and assault a contingent of Cossacks members outside a Logan’s steakhouse in Abilene, Texas. Four Cossacks suffer stab wounds and other serious injuries. Among those injured is Timothy Satterwhite, who was arrested at the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco in May 2015. Aug. 8, 2014 – A group of Bandidos Nomad Chapter members are dispatched to the Fort Worth area to conduct surveillance on Cossack OMO members for the purpose of identifying them, according to the federal indictment. Dec. 11, 2014 – Bandidos members enter Red’s Take 5 Sports Bar, a known Cossacks hangout in Bridgeport, looking for members of the Cossacks. None were present. The Bandidos members left a sticker on the door of the bar with the OMO’s emblem on it as the left. Dec. 12, 2014 – Bandidos members enter the Gators Jam Inn in Fort Worth, where members of the Cossacks, Ghost Riders and Winos OMOs were conducting a meeting. Bandidos members immediately begin to assault those in attendance. A member of the Ghost Riders is shot and killed. March 3, 2015 – According to a federal indictment, Bandidos National Vice President John Portillo again declares the OMO is “at war” with the Cossacks. The indictment cites the Cossacks’ use of the “Texas” bottom rocker patch on the backs of their vest without Bandido permission. March 22, 2015 – Approximately 20 Bandidos confront a Cossack at a gas station near Gordon, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. After the Cossack member refused to give them his vest with the “Texas” bottom rocker displayed on the back, he was assaulted, including being struck in the head with a claw hammer, causing serious injury. March 22, 2015 – A Bandido is assaulted on I-35 by members of the Cossacks near Lorena. April 11, 2015 – Three members of a New Mexico Bandidos chapter are stopped in Odessa, Texas, and found to be in possession of 10 firearms and ammunition. Federal officials state in the indictment against Portillo that the New Mexico Bandidos were acting on orders from Portillo to confront Cossacks in the Odessa area. April 16, 2015 - Twin Peaks hosts a Bike Night, attended by 55 Cossacks and members of the Los Caballeros, a Bandidos support group. Nothing happened that night, but there was a large police presence there from at least five agencies. May 1, 2015 - The Texas Department of Public Safety cautioned authorities about increasing violence between the Bandidos and the Cossacks. The DPS Joint Information Center bulletin said the tension could stem from Cossacks refusing to pay Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing a patch on their vest that claimed Texas as their turf without the Bandidos’ approval. “Traditionally, the Bandidos have been the dominant motorcycle club in Texas, and no other club is allowed to wear the Texas bar without their consent,” the bulletin said. Day of the Event (May 17, 2015): 10 a.m. (approx.) – Waco Police Department positions 18 officers and SWAT team members, along with four Department of Public Safety troopers, across the street from the Twin Peaks parking lot inside Central Texas Marketplace. Waco PD spokesman Patrick Swanton said the officers were conspicuous, in an effort to quell potential violence between rival biker gangs. 11 a.m. – Twin Peaks opens for Sunday business. 11 a.m. – An employee at Hooters reported that a group of 11 Bandidos entered the restaurant and ate, but did not drink. “They came in wearing their colors. They were kind of rude this morning. They came in with an attitude,” she said. 11:30 a.m. – A contingent of around 50 Cossacks and their support groups, the Bogatyrs and Scimitars, arrive at Twin Peaks before the scheduled 1 p.m. meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents Region 1. They took over the patio area, which had been reserved for the COC&I meeting. 12:15 – As another group of Bandidos arrived in the Twin Peaks parking lot, several Cossacks, Bogatyrs and Scimitars climbed over the patio railing and went toward the Bandidos. “Several of the Cossacks pulled their weapons, including handguns, as they stood on the patio and exited the patio,” according to police department affidavits. Scimitars moved to the front entrance of the patio, appearing to take a “rear guard” position for the Cossacks, the documents allege. A Bandido nearly struck a Cossack with his motorcycle in the parking lot. Members of both groups converged and a Bandido punched a Cossack in the face. “Several Bandidos and Cossacks pulled out guns and knives, and shot and stabbed each other,” the records show. 1 p.m. – Scheduled start of Region 1 meeting of Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents spring meeting at Twin Peaks. 1:30 p.m. – An assistant manager at Denny’s inside the Flying J Travel Center at I-35 and New Road reported a group of “about 30” bikers came into the restaurant. All were dressed in black clothing. The group ate and left in a hurry without paying the check. About five minutes later, police SWAT teams descended on the restaurant and appeared to be searching the grounds. 2:30 p.m. – Waco police describe the Twin Peaks scene as “secure, but active.” “In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the most violent crime scene I have ever been involved in,” Swanton said. “There is blood everywhere.” 4 p.m. – Police confirm nine people were killed in the melee. Eight died at the scene, and one at a nearby hospital. 5 p.m. - In response to reports of many biker gang members coming into town from throughout the state, police move some witnesses to a secure location. At least 18 people are confirmed injured, most with gunshot or stab wounds. Officials shut down all of Central Texas Marketplace. 10:30 p.m. - Waco police detain 239 bikers at Twin Peaks. Of that number, 62 are released at the scene or from the Waco Convention Center, which served as a holding and processing center. The other 177 are held for questioning. McLennan Country District Attorney Abel Reyna arrives at the Waco Convention Center and instructs police officials to detain all members of the Bandidos and Cossacks OMOs, as well as members of their support groups that were at Twin Peaks. All are to be booked under the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. After the event (link to longer version available at bottom since original post exceeded word limit): May 18, 2015 9 a.m. - In affidavits to support the arrests of the bikers issued by Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson on Monday morning, Waco police Officer Manuel Chavez officially identifies the groups as “members and associates of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.” JP Peterson sets bail for the bikers arrested at Twin Peaks at $1 million each. 10:30 a.m. – The booking process for the 177 bikers detained at Twin Peaks is ongoing, but the final group of them leave the Waco Convention Center for transport to a McLennan County jail. 1 p.m. – Twin Peaks spokeswoman Meghan Hecke said the Waco location would be closed permanently. The company revoked its franchise from Peaktastic Beverage LLC, ownership group for Twin Peaks restaurants in Waco and Harker Heights headed by Jay Patel. May 19, 2015 Preliminary autopsy reports identify those killed at Twin Peaks as: Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44, of Waco; Richard Vincent Kirschner, 47, of Wylie; Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39, of Ranger; Wayne Lee Campbell, 43, of Fort Worth; Charles Wayne Russell, 46, of Tyler; Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, of New Braunfels; Richard Matthew Jordan II, 31, of Pasadena; Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, of Allen; and Matthew Mark Smith, 27, of Keller. All are identified as members of either the Cossacks or Bandidos OMOs by police. Police say seven of the reported 18 injured during the Sunday shooting remain hospitalized. May 20, 2015 - Jeff Battey, 50, a member of the Bandidos from Ponder, became the first of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks to post bail and be released from jail. Battey was arrested after being treated and released from a nearby hospital following the melee. Battey was fitted with an ankle monitor, per the conditions of his release, after officials met that morning to solidify the conditions. Battey became one of three of the 177 arrested May 17 to post the initial $1 million bond. The others were Dave Martinez of Terrell, president of the Dallas County chapter of the Bandidos, and Christopher Stainton, of Georgetown. - Central Texas Marketplace reopens for business. Police removed barricades at 3:30 a.m. on the second part of the shopping center near Twin Peaks that had been closed since Sunday immediately following the shootout. - Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton described the surreal scene inside Twin Peaks restaurant as the investigation continued. Weapons were hidden between sacks of flour and bags of tortilla chips, Swanton said. They were in vehicles, tucked in benches, strewn across the floor, in kitchen stoves, thrown into trashcans and stuffed in toilets, he said. An AK-47 was found in a vehicle in the parking lot, Swanton said. He said he thinks the majority of those weapons were “hastily” hidden or discarded during or after the melee. Among the weapons and blood spatters were half-eaten burgers, beer bottles covered in gang-symbol koozies and half-drunk margaritas. - A statement released by the Twin Peaks franchisee also claimed the violence was primarily limited to the outside of the restaurant, though police have noted that a good amount of blood was found inside, particularly in the bathroom. The statement reads, in part: “Based on restaurant security camera video footage, what happened inside the restaurant was that people sought safety inside, where they assisted each other and came to the aid of patrons, staff and management. In addition, based on the same footage, no violence started inside the restaurant.” - The Tribune-Herald filed a request under Texas’ Public Information Act for all video from the shooting, including security surveillance from Twin Peaks and Don Carlos, as well as any dash cam or body camera footage. Waco police objected to the release of the videos and sent the request to the Texas Attorney General’s office on June 2, seeking an opinion. - The Associated Press released a story describing footage captured on the Twin Peaks security system. The AP was shown the video by representatives of the Twin Peaks franchise, who have said the fighting began outside the restaurant, not inside as police have said. Video footage shows police with assault rifles entering the door about two minutes after the shooting begins. As two officers enter, bikers can be seen lying on the floor with their hands spread. When gunshots start at 12:24 p.m. on the video, most bikers, other patrons and staff immediately run away from the windows and into the restaurant’s interior. One camera angle shows bikers running into the men’s bathroom. When there’s no space left in the bathroom, they dash toward the kitchen. May 21, 2015 - Owners of Don Carlos Mexican restaurant file a lawsuit against Twin Peaks, seeking compensation for damages to the property as well as past and future lost profits after the shootout forced the restaurant to close for three days. Don Carlos sits next door to Twin Peaks, and the two restaurants share a parking lot. The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County, names as defendants Peaktastic Beverage LLC, the owner of the Waco and Harker Heights franchises, as well as Twin Peaks Investments LLC and Front Burner Restaurants GP LLC, the restaurant management group that oversees the Twin Peaks brand. It seeks in excess of $1 million in compensatory damages. The lawsuit also charges that Twin Peaks’ parent company actively encouraged franchisees to host events to drum up business, and that the franchiser was aware of past “Bike Night” promotions the Waco location hosted weekly. “Twin Peaks didn’t just add gas to the fire, it threw the match. Inviting armed rival gangs to a place where alcohol is served is not only unwise, it is reckless,” said Tony Buzbee, lead counsel for Don Carlos. - Christopher Stainton, of Georgetown, becomes the second biker arrested at Twin Peaks to be released from jail. He posted $1 million bond. May 22, 2015 State investigators issued a bulletin warning that members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang may be plotting attacks on law enforcement, and officers in Waco say it’s being treated as a serious threat. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told the Associated Press his office received the bulletin issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. McNamara says the bulletin warns of retaliation against officers and their families following the shootout with bikers in Waco. McNamara says threats against law enforcement have streamed in since Sunday’s melee at Twin Peaks. “Are they going to come into town at 100 miles per hour lobbing grenades and firebombs? Right now, we don’t know,” McNamara said. - Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court said McLennan County has 29 attorneys who are approved to handle first-degree felony cases for those who cannot afford lawyers. He said so far 75 to 80 suspects in the Twin Peaks shooting have filled out financial affidavits to request indigent defense. Johnson noted that number may go up or down based on how many more apply and how many are approved for indigent defense. Johnson requested appointment lists for attorneys who handle first-degree felonies from surrounding communities, including Bell, Williamson, Travis, Dallas, Hill, Coryell, Limestone and Johnson counties. May 26, 2015 Austin attorney Adam Reposa alleges in motions that the charging documents filed against his clients, Jimmy Pond and Thomas Paul Landers, and the 175 others jailed in the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks, are legally insufficient. He also claims that the $1 million bonds are unreasonably oppressive and that the judge who set them and the judges who, so far, have not reduced them have shown bias and should be recused. Reposa seeks to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson because he set $1 million bonds on each defendant, saying he was doing so to “send a message” because of the “atrocity of the incident and the impact on the community.” Those motions will be forwarded to Regional Administrative Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, of Georgetown, who can reject the motions or appoint a judge to hear the recusal motions. - Police clear out of the Twin Peaks property. “That scene has been released,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. May 27, 2015 175 of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks remain jailed on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, 10 days after the melee that killed 9 people and injured 18 others. According to county records, the county has spent upward of $80,000 just to house the inmates at a rate of $7,958 a day. May 28, 2015 State District Judges Matt Johnson and Ralph Strother approved bond reductions from $1 million to $25,000 each for Jonathan Lopez, Theron Rhoten and Ryan Craft, members of the Vice Grips Motorcycle Club who ride antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The three rode from Austin to attend the meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents and had only just arrived when the shooting started. They became the first of the 177 arrested at Twin Peaks to be released from jail on a reduced bond. McLennan County officials say they have appointed 47 lawyers to represent indigent bikers, and are spending $8,000 a day to detain the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks. - Prosecutors and defense attorneys begin negotiations to reduce bond amounts on the 175 bikers who remain jailed on $1 million bonds. Two of those arrested, Jeff Battey and Christopher Stainton, paid the $1 million bond amount – Battey on May 20, Stainton on May 21. May 29, 2015 Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30, of Hewitt, a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, files a federal civil rights lawsuit against in Waco’s U.S. District Court. The suit names as defendants the city of Waco, McLennan County and Waco police Officer Manuel Chavez, who drafted what Clendennen’s attorney calls the “fill-in-the-blank warrants” for the bikers’ arrests. Clendennen, who remains jailed under $1 million bond, claims he was not engaged in criminal activity at Twin Peaks and was arrested and detained without cause. The suit also claims his motorcycle was seized illegally. His attorney is Clinton Broden, of Dallas. - Juan Carlos Garcia, Drew King and James Harris, all of Austin, are released from McLennan County Jail after posting bond of $25,000 each. All three were arrested at Twin Peaks May 17, but mistakenly charged with a lesser engaging in organized criminal activity charge, which resulted in a lower initial bond. District Judge Ralph Strother declared their first bond amount – set between $20,000 and $50,000 – insufficient and ordered the three to be arrested on May 19. Garcia, King and Harris became the 7th, 8th and 9th of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks to post bond, and the second group of three to post lowered bond amounts. June 2015 June 1 – Dave Martinez, president of the Dallas County chapter of the Bandidos, is released from a McLennan County jail after posting a $1 million bond. He was the ninth biker released on bond since the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks. June 2 – Jail officials report 25 of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17 have been released on bond. Among those released on the lowered bond amount of $25,000 are Sandra Lynch of Mart, and her husband, Mike, a plumber. Lynch reserved the patio at Twin Peaks for the May 17 Texas COC&I Region 1 meeting and is a well-known local bike enthusiast. Also released was Matthew Clendennen of Hewitt. - A Dallas attorney who represents a biker in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco and McLennan County filed a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by attorney Clint Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons in the manner in which he set bonds for jailed after the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. Broden said his complaint is based on comments Peterson made to the Tribune-Herald, including, “I think it is important to send a message. We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in, and most of them were from out of town. Very few of them were from in town.” The complaint also alleges that Peterson set $1 million bonds for the bikers “without any individual consideration for the facts of the individual cases.” June 4 – Visiting Judge Doug Shaver, of Houston, denied an attempt by an attorney for nine bikers arrested in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout to remove McLennan County’s two felony court judges from presiding over the cases. Adam Reposa, who represents nine bikers associated with the Bandidos, failed in his efforts to prove 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson and 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother are biased and should not hear the bikers’ cases. Reposa tried to base his claims of judicial bias on an incident that occurred when Strother and Johnson intervened two weeks ago after three bikers from Austin, who were booked into the jail on lesser charges, were released on bonds lower than the $1 million set for the others. June 7 – More than 500 motorcycle riders converged on downtown Waco to protest the continued incarceration of 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17. Dubbed as the “Waco Freedom Ride,” some wore shirts that read “Waco biker massacre” and “Read this: I’m not in a gang.” June 9 – Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, who presides over the 26-county region, meets with Ralph Strother and Matt Johnson, McLennan County’s primary felony court judges, to “basically brainstorm” ways to expedite bond-reduction hearings and other matters involving the bikers’ cases. As of June 7, 73 out of 177 arrested bikers had been released from jail, most on reduced bonds negotiated between their attorneys and the district attorney’s office and approved by Johnson and Strother. June 10 – During a bond reduction hearing before 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson, Reginald Weathers, 43, of Forney, a member of the Bandidos, testified in court about his role in what started the May 17 melee at Twin Peaks. Weathers testified that he and about 15 other Bandidos from the Dallas area had just pulled into the restaurant parking lot and saw Cossacks lining the patio area. He said he hadn’t even parked his motorcycle before Cossacks yelled at club President David Martinez that he couldn’t park in a particular spot. Weathers said he felt like the Cossacks were “disrespecting” Martinez, and he rushed over and told them not to talk to his president that way. Suddenly, a Cossack punched him in the face, he said. He said he put his head down to cover up and defend himself and heard gunshots seconds later. He was being pulled to the ground and was being hit in the face, he said. Later, he was shot in the arm. The bullet passed through his arm, entered his chest and exited the other side, he said. June 12 – In his first public comments, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman told reporters that three Waco officers fired a total of 12 shots during the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that killed nine people and injured 18, landing 177 suspects in jail. Stroman said 12 shell casings were fired from police rifles and found at the scene. No other law enforcement officers from other agencies fired their weapons, he said. To date, a total of 44 casings had been recovered, but Stroman said that total doesn’t include any casings that remained inside revolvers that were fired. All other shells found at the scene weren’t from law enforcement weapons, he said. A Waco Police Department press release reports that the three officers fired .223-caliber rifles that are capable of fully automatic fire, but were only used in semi-automatic mode during the Twin Peaks shootout. All Waco police officers were inside their vehicles at the time the shooting started at Twin Peaks, the release says. The officers involved have been assigned administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Police confirm 239 people were transported to the Waco Convention Center from Twin Peaks after the shooting, with 62 being released and 177 arrested. Police also updated the list of confiscated weapons to include 475 total, including 151 firearms, 12 of which were long guns. Other weapons include knives, brass knuckles, batons, tomahawks, weighted weapons, a hatchet, stun guns, bats, clubs, a machete, a pipe, an ax, pepper spray and a chain. June 16 - Prosecutors file notices of their intent to seize and forfeit 17 motorcycles, eight pickup trucks and two SUVs, alleging the vehicles are contraband used during the commission of the noon-hour incident that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. June 28 – According to McLennan County Court records, local bail bond companies wrote $12.88 million in bonds during the month of June. Of the 177 bikers arrested May 17, 166 had posted bond by the end of June, including 163 who posted lower, negotiated bonds from the $1 million bond set by Justice of the Peace “Pete” Peterson on May 18. June 30 - Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court granted a prosecution request to place a gag order in the Matthew Alan Clendennen federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County and Waco PD officer Manuel Chavez, preventing attorneys on both sides, law enforcement officers and witnesses from discussing that case only in the media. Though the gag order only applies to Clendennen’s case, law enforcement from that point forward declines to discuss any of the cases, citing the gag order. July 2015 July 1 – Dallas attorney Clint Broden files an emergency appeal seeking to lift the gag order imposed by Judge Matt Johnson in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Matthew Clendennen of Hewitt. Broden said in his appeal, “Whether real or perceived, there is a noxious odor surrounding the investigation by the Waco police and the McLennan County District Attorney’s office with regard to the Twin Peaks shooting and the wholesale arrest of 177 motorcyclists based on identical, fill-in-the-name criminal complaints.” July 8 – Waco police Detective James Head, a 34-year police veteran who spent 26 years with Waco PD, was selected to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that could be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings. The grand jury was selected using the new state-mandated random method. James Head was among the first 14 on the panel qualified to serve on the grand jury and, beyond that, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother selected Head to serve as the foreman. July 10 – Only four of the 177 bikers arrest May 17 at Twin Peaks remain jailed in McLennan County: Michael E. Chaney, a Cossack from Fort Worth; Joseph Ortiz, a Bandido from San Antonio; Marcus Pilkington, a Bandido from Mexia; and Daniel Pesina, a member of a Bandidos support group called Macheteros from San Antonio. Of the four, only Ortiz did not have charges pending in other Texas counties. - Parking lot video from Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant across from Twin Peaks is released to local, state and national media. The 90-minute video shows bikers scrambling to take cover at the time of the shooting next door. July 17 – Joseph Ortiz, a member of the Bandidos from San Antonio, reached an agreement with the district attorney’s office to reduce his bond from $100,000 to $20,000. His release leaves the number of bikers arrested May 17 at Twin Peaks still in jail at three. July 23 - Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the case involving Matthew Clendennen after Clendennen’s attorney, Clint Broden, filed a complaint against Peterson. Peterson set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 bikers arrested in the aftermath of the May 17 shootout, and he was on the scene that day to pronounce death and order autopsies on all nine bodies of those who were killed. Carroll said Clendennen’s case should now fall to the next-closest justice of the peace, Dianne Hensley. Broden noted during the hearing that Hensley has said she will recuse herself because she doesn’t think she can be impartial. Complete timeline of aftermath
2018.04.14 20:33 SaintRidley30 Days of Women's Wrestling Trailblazers Bonus! - Day 31 LuFisto, Sara Del Rey, Mercedes Martinez, MsChif, and Cheerleader Melissa
Thank you so much for reading along with the 30-day series. I have one more post for you, and it’s a bonus. Today we look at the careers of five of the most important women in modern American independent wrestling, on whose backs the real Divas/Women’s (R)Evolution began. I would also like to plug the new subreddit /QueensoftheRing for more discussion about women’s wrestling, past and present. Prologue All five of these women got their starts in the late 90s-early 2000s at a time when women’s wrestling in the United States was very much an endangered species. Following the collapse of the territory system, it didn’t exist but for the occasional filler match in WCW and ECW, the AWA was dead, the NWA World Women’s Championship was inactive, few of the remaining holdout territories that hadn’t folded offered anything at all, and Moolah had sold her title to the WWF. You had GLOW, POWW, LMLW, the LPWA, and WOW – all short-lived women’s promotions – holding the torch alive for women’s wrestling at a time when women’s wrestling was a falling star. The Professional Girl Wrestling Association of Penny Banner was the only long-lasting women’s organization, and mostly facilitated booking girls through other promotions. The only major promotion to sustain interest in women’s wrestling for any length of time was the WWF. Despite that, the WWF Women’s Championship had a troubled history. There was the Original Screwjob (which frankly seems far less original when you know about Burke and Byers, but Moolah had done enough to largely erase the contributions of the women who came before her from the business). There was the deactivation of the title during Rockin Robin’s reign. There was the revival with Madusa as Alundra Blayze and the partnership with AJW, only for the division to be shuttered once again. By the close of the century, the WWF revived women’s wrestling within itself once more as little more than a booby prize, an excuse to titillate the audience by giving it to whomever Vince McMahon thought had the nicest breasts that day. This is a time when the championship was won by stripping the opponent, or wrestling in gravy, or losing a match by being stripped to your underwear (as Debra did), or by a man in drag as a joke, where at no point did the concept of wrestling seem to even factor into the picture. The Divas division of the post-Lita and Trish era is derided as being the nadir of women’s wrestling in WWE but compared to the Attitude Era prior to the folding of WCW it would have seemed a golden age. That is what women’s wrestling was as the five women profiled today were first breaking into the business, and each of them balked and said that wasn’t for them. Each took their own path to improving the situation on the independent scene, and all five would come together at the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, Illinois, where Dave Prazak and Allison Danger made the daring attempt to start an all-women wrestling promotion in the United States that aimed to be more like AJW, GAEA, Jd’, or JWP than any American women’s promotion had ever tried to be. That promotion, SHIMMER, is still the shining star of the independent scene for women in American wrestling thirteen years later. The following five women could very well be considered the five pillars of women’s independent wrestling in the 21st century. Without their work, as well as that of the others they’ve wrestled and trained, SHIMMER would probably not be the success story it is and women’s wrestling in America would potentially still be endangered. LuFisto Born on February 15, 1980 in Sorel, Quebec, Genevieve Goulet became interested in wrestling when she saw tapes of Manami Toyota, Bull Nakano, and Akira Hokuto. Luna Vachon and her unique look, however, was a much more local inspiration. After being coached through training by Pierre Marchessault and Patrick Lewis, retired wrestler Lise Raymond gave LuFisto the final pep talk that cemented everything together. LuFisto was advised to stand up for herself and never let wrestlers who didn’t want women in wrestling demean her, and that it’s “better to be a bitch and secure one’s spot than to get along with them” (Laprade and Murphy, 358). LuFisto debuted as Lucifer in 1997, wrestling across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan. Over the course of these early years she became Luscious Lucy, then Precious Lucy, and finally LuFisto. She made her mark as a hardcore wrestler and was soon known as the First Lady of Hardcore, leading to an invitation to wrestle some extreme shows for Lucha Libre Femenil, before taking a two-month tour of Japan where she trained with Sara Del Rey and Kana. Somehow, LuFisto has never been signed to a major promotion. She talked to WCW in 2000, though for obvious reasons (namely, their freefall collapse) nothing came of this. In 2009 she nearly signed with TNA, but the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff put an end to that. LuFisto heard rumblings that it was due to her looks, as she didn’t look “enough like the Beautiful People” (Laprade and Murphy, 357). She had a tryout with TNA in 2012, and tried to enter both TNA’s Gut Check Challenge and WWE’s Tough Enough, but was passed over. LuFisto has reason to claim responsibility for the legalization of intergender wrestling in Ontario. That began in April 2003, when a hardcore intergender tag team match she was scheduled for was cancelled due to another promoter filing a complaint with the Ontario Athletic Commission (predictably, these rules only applied to independent wrestling, as WWE had run intergender matches in Ontario without interference from the Commission). LuFisto enlisted the help of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, making the case that “the regulation in question was a violation of [her] human rights, based on [her] gender” (Laprade and Murphy, 362). On May 10, 2006, the Ontario Athletic Commission not only lifted the ban on intergender wrestling, but deregulated professional wrestling completely. OAC commissioner Ken Hayashi said of the decision:
It's been something we've been considering for a while. There's been a lot of requests from promoters for de-regulation. The bottom line is there were no real health and safety regulations (to oversee), that's the main thrust of this office. Wrestling is choreographed, pre-arranged. I think we are the only jurisdiction in Canada that still regulates it. It was just a matter of time and that time has come; we no longer regulate professional wrestling.
Of the five women profiled today, LuFisto has been wrestling the longest. Despite this, she is the only one not to be a SHIMMER original, making her debut in SHIMMER on volume 7. She’s appeared on 65 of SHIMMER’s 100 volumes (and will likely add to that number today and tomorrow as volumes 101-104 tape), and has wrestled numerous times against and alongside women like Cheerleader Melissa, Kana, Mercedes Martinez, Rain, Kellie Skater, the Canadian Ninjas, and Amazing Kong. For the past 20 years, LuFisto has been a constant force on the independent scene, where she’s earned numerous accolades. Among her past championship accomplishments are the CZW Iron Man Championship (the first woman to win it), two reigns with the NCW International Femmes Fatales Championship, the WSU World Championship, and numerous others from smaller promotions. She’s won several tournaments, including the 2007 IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatch tournament, the 2007 Sherri Memorial Cup Tournament (with partner El Generico), and the 2010 NCW Femmes Fatales Championship Tournament. Other honors include being inducted into the Association de Lutte Féminine Quebec Female Wrestling Hall of Fame and winning the 2008 CZW Best of the Best People’s Choice award. LuFisto is, at the time of writing, the current reigning Shine champion. LuFisto suffered a stroke on April 17, 2010, but it only kept her out of the ring for a month and a half. There’s no doubt she’s one of the toughest women in professional wrestling today. She was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. The easiest way you as a fan can help LuFisto with her medical bills (she’s Canadian, but because she is now an American citizen she has to deal with American healthcare) by visiting her website and buying merch. Matches NGX May 7, 2005, vs. Princesa Sugey, hardcore match CZW November 10, 2007, vs. Sabian ALF October 12, 2007, with El Generico vs. Misty Haven and Alex von Payton (round 1 Sensational Sherri Memorial Cup SMASH August 18, 2013, vs. Vanessa Kraven CZW Prelude to Violence May 31, 2014, with Kimber Lee vs. Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh Beyond #HOGxBEYOND June 17, 2016, vs. Sonya Strong Beyond Over-Nite Sensation December 11, 2016, vs. Kimber Lee Beyond #Caffeine April 2, 2017, vs. Deonna Purrazzo Beyond Feeling Minnesota April 30, 2017, with Jordynne Grace (Team PAWG) vs. Anthony Greene and Brick Mastone (ΑΣΣ) Sara Del Rey The Death Rey, the Queen of Wrestling, The American Angel. Sara Del Rey has gone by many names, but she was born Sara Ann Amato on November 13, 1980 in Martinez, California. She started wrestling in 2001 after being trained by Brian Danielson, and today she’s the assistant head coach in WWE’s Performance Center, being the driving force behind the rise in quality of WWE’s women’s division. A year after her debut in 2001, Del Rey was accepted to a tour with ARSION in Japan, where she sat under the learning tree of Aja Kong and truly began to hone her craft. She wrestled in Japan and Mexico, and wound up back in the United States to take part in the first taping for Dave Prazak’s new all-women’s promotion SHIMMER, where she and Mercedes Martinez fought to a time-limit draw in their first match together. SHIMMER was at that time closely-affiliated with Ring of Honor, and Del Rey was a fixture of the nascent Women of Honor division, as well as in CHIKARA. In SHIMMER, Del Rey was the de facto locker room leader. She was there to wrestle for the first 48 shows without missing a one before she was signed to WWE. She was the ace of the promotion, and in the words of Dave Prazak she was someone “young wrestlers looked up to” as “someone to aspire to be like because she proved that gender doesn’t have to hold one back from being a top-flight pro wrestler.” Del Rey won the 2007 tournament to crown the first SHIMMER Champion, and in 2010 she got to have a dream match, partnering with Claudio Castagnoli against Manami Toyota and Mike Quackenbush. In 2011 she got to wrestle and defeat Aja Kong, Tsubasa Kuragaki, and Ayako Hamada. Del Rey is one of the rare few wrestlers from outside of Japan to have defeated Asuka at any point in her career, and one of only two to do it twice. And in 2012 she got the rare distinction of placing #430 in the PWI 500 after having defeated such male wrestlers as Castagnoli and El Generico (Laprade and Murphy, 408). From March to July 2012, she and Courtney Rush were the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions as the Queens of Winning, making her the first woman to have won both the SHIMMER Tag Team and singles championships. Del Rey signed with WWE in 2012 and retired from active wrestling, taking on her current role of trainer in the Performance Center. It’s her “lifelong passion,” she told Vice. Her enduring legacy is WWE’s revived, revitalized, revolutionized women’s division. Matches ROH , vs. Taeler Hendrix ROH, vs. Amazing Kong AIW, vs. Hailey Hatred SHIMMER June 2, 2007, vs. Lacey to crown the first SHIMMER champion Jersey All Pro Wrestling, December 11, 2010, vs. LuFisto for the JAPW Women’s Championship SHIMMER October 2, 2011, with Madison Eagles vs. Ayumi Kurihara and Ayako Hamada for the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship Bonus promo segments: Sara tries to find a partner on SHIMMER volume 47 Mercedes Martinez Born Jasmine Benitez on November 17, 1980 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Mercedes Martinez grew up as a fan of professional wrestling and was inspired by wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. GLOW gained a fan in her as well. She played basketball in high school and college until she was injured and had to quit. That’s when she learned of a new pro wrestling school opened by Jason Knight (Laprade and Murphy, 244). Like LuFisto, she’s never been signed by a major promotion, though she has worked a few matches for ROH and WWE in her tenure. Within a month of beginning her training, Martinez had her debut match in 2000, and Knight gave her the name Mercedes Martinez. She made the rounds of the New England independent circuit, impressing enough to impress Dave Prazak, who brought her in to main event SHIMMER’s first show in a time-limit draw against Sara Del Rey, the first of 69 volumes she has wrestled on for SHIMMER (possibly as many as 73 after this weekend). In 2005 and 2006 Martinez worked the indies, being a highlight of SHIMMER’s shows and in 2007 she became part of Ring of Honor’s Vulture Squad stable. She won several titles, including the NWA Midwest/IWA Mid-South Women’s Championship, the WXW Cruiserweight Championship, and the WXW Women’s Championship. In 2006 Martinez was given a tryout with WWE in a match against Victoria, but she wasn’t what they were looking for (Laprade and Murphy, 345).
“I was told to revamp myself,” she said, in reference to the feedback the WWE road agents provided following the match. “My style was too aggressive for them – too hardcore, too strong-style. I had to tone it down and we could go from there. I didn’t want to water down myself and be something they wanted me to be when I knew what I was capable of at that time.” So Martinez said thanks but no thanks and went back to the independents. “I don’t regret turning them down because what they wanted wasn’t right for me,” she said. If what’s going on now [a greater emphasis on athleticism and workrate] had happened 10 years ago, I believe I would have been there.”
One of Martinez’s biggest accomplishments came under Sean McCaffrey’s stewardship of Women Superstars Uncensored. She was brought in as a top star and a booker, winning the WSU championship on March 7, 2009. Martinez made many marks in history during her feud with Angel Orsini, including the first women’s bullrope match, and on June 6 in an Iron Man match. Feeling a 30 minute match would be too easy and even ho-hum, they made a 60 minute match that went into sudden death overtime, ending at a final time of ~71 minutes, officially becoming the longest women’s match ever (blowing away every the 60-minute draw in AJW and even the 63 minute no contest claimed on Mildred Burke’s behalf for her shoot with June Byers). Martinez would hold the title for three years before dropping it to Jessicka Havok, but not before breaking her own record in a title defense on August 6, 2011 against Lexxus (Impact’s Alisha Edwards) that went 73 minutes. In 2017 Martinez was part of WWE’s Mae Young Classic, where she advanced to the semi-final before losing to a familiar face from SHIMMER: Shayna Baszler. Baszler, Martinez, and Nicole Savoy were a stable in SHIMMER at the time called Trifecta, with Martinez as the SHIMMER champion and Savoy as the Heart of SHIMMER champion, with Baszler as the extra muscle. Following the tournament, Baszler signed with WWE, and Aja Kong was brought in as a new third member of Trifecta, with Martinez explicitly calling her the new #2 of the group, to the annoyance of Savoy. Savoy would turn on Trifecta and win the SHIMMER Championship from Martinez. Martinez unsuccessfully challenged Savoy for the title at SHIMMER 100. Martinez is a highly decorated champion with nearly thirty championship reigns in her career. She is currently the SHINE Tag Team champion with Ivelisse as well as the WSU Champion (in her third reign). She recently lost the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship to Vanessa Kraven and the SHIMMER Championship to Nicole Savoy. In 2014 Martinez was inducted into the WXW Hall of Fame, and in 2017 she was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame. In 2011 she was #2 in the PWI Female 50. She’s still going strong, as well as teaching newer wrestlers through seminars with RISE. Matches WWE Heat June 12, 2006, vs. Victoria (tryout match) SHIMMER October 2, 2011 and March 17, 2012, vs. Athena (highlights from vols. 43 and 44, entirety of the match from vol. 45) AAW November 26, 2016, vs. Kimber Lee for the SHIMMER championship WWE Network July 14, 2017 Mae Young Classic round of 16, vs. Princesa Sugehit July 14, 2017 Mae Young Classic quarterfinal, vs. Abbey Laith July 14, 2017 Mae Young Classic semifinal, vs. Shayna Baszler Nov. 15, 2017 NXT, vs. Ember Moon MsChif Rachel Frobel, née Collins, was born in 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri. A microbiologist by trade, she was profiled on The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers (herearesomeclips), where she revealed that her inspiration to wrestle came when a secretary asked her what she would do if she could pick any thing fun to do in life. She began training in 2000, one of only two women in her class and the only one who stuck with it past two shows. She debuted in July 2001, and wrestled intergender matches until Daizee Haze came into the picture. The two worked each other and as partners across the Midwest independents, and in 2005 the two took part in the first SHIMMER taping. Haze wrestled Lacey in the main event while MsChif wrestled an intense brawl against Cheerleader Melissa. With her banshee scream and imposing look, MsChif by all appearances should have been the heel, but in reality she was the face of the match. In her tenure with SHIMMER, MsChif would wrestle on 52 volumes. MsChif won the NWA World Women’s Championship from Christie Ricci in January 2007. MsChif explains that NWA promoter “Ed Chuman really wanted to kick up the women’s division and get it out into the spotlight,” perhaps an attempt to reverse some of the damage it had done to its own reputation in women’s wrestling during the early TNA years, but “unfortunately, several of the NWA promotions didn’t have a lot of money and weren’t willing to invest in women’s wrestling. It never took off quite the way Ed wanted” (Laprade and Murphy, 368). Around this time, MsChif would say that she had no intention of going to WWE, explaining:
It’s sad to me to see talented women wrestlers go to waste because the WWE won’t really let them wrestle. Instead they use them as nothing more than sex objects. I don’t ever want to leave wrestling the way I wrestle now. I don’t want to be told what I can and can’t do.
She would lose the title to Amazing Kong in April, before winning it back on April 27, 2008, the day after she won the SHIMMER Championship from Sara Del Rey. She would hold the SHIMMER Championship for 715 days before dropping it to Madison Eagles, the longest reign with the title on record, and would hold onto the NWA World Women’s Championship for 818 days before dropping it to Tasha Simone. She was also the NWA Midwest Women’s champion for four years during this period. This time as a triple champion helped her earn her spot at #4 on the PWI Female 50 for 2009. MsChif married Michael Elgin on July 4, 2013, and they had a child in September 2015. MsChif’s last match to date was on May 11, 2014. If she intends to return to the ring in the foreseeable future, she hasn’t said, but she has also not made any official statement of retirement. She’s not ready just yet to close the door on wrestling (Laprade and Murphy, 369). Matches ROH, vs. Daizee Haze, Lacey, and Ashley Lane EWF, with Christina Eerie vs. Candice LeRae and Davina Rose SHIMMER April 7, 2007, vs. Amazing Kong RQW 2007, vs. Eden Black and Cheerleader Melissa for the RQW Women’s Championship D1W June 7, 2013, vs. Crazy Mary Dobson Cheerleader Melissa Born Melissa Anderson on August 17, 1982 in Los Angeles, Cheerleader Melissa is a second generation wrestler. Her father, Doug Anderson, had her attending Cauliflower Alley Club banquets from the time she was a teenager. When his tag team partner opened a wrestling school in San Bernadino, she signed up at the age of 15. She trained under the tutelage of Billy Anderson (no relation, but he was her father's tag team partner) and began touring the All Pro Wrestler circuit as a manager to the Ballard Brothers, a pair of heelish hockey players as their villainous cheerleader. She received additional training from Christopher Daniels and Brian Danielson before having her first match in 1999 on her 17th birthday, where she lost to Lexi Fyfe. She thought “Cheerleader Melissa” would be just a temporary thing, but she “realized very quickly that in the field of sports entertainment, that the name Melissa wasn’t marketable – it wasn’t catch and not getting people’s attention at all” (Laprade and Murphy, 354). In 2002 Melissa was invited to Japan to work with ARSION, wrestling against Lioness Asuka on her 20th birthday. By 2004 her hard work was already paying off, when the Cauliflower Alley Club gave her their Future Legend Award. They weren’t wrong. On the West coast she wrestled for ChickFight, and when SHIMMER opened its doors in 2005, she was right there on the first show, proving her heel credentials against MsChif. The most prolific wrestler for the promotion, she has wrestled on 89 volumes of SHIMMER (and likely more this weekend), most recently defeating Shotzi Blackheart at SHIMMER 100. As far as SHIMMER goes, she wrestled the most consecutive volumes of any SHIMMER wrestler, working the first 60 volumes. She would have wrestled the first 80 straight volumes if not for having to get stitches at the hospital following a match with LuFisto on volume 60, forcing her to only appear in a run-in on 61 after rushing from the hospital to make the show in time. Melissa would become the SHIMMER champion in 2011 by defeating Madison Eagles. She would lose it to Saraya Knight, before regaining it on April 6, 2013 by defeating Knight in SHIMMER’s first ever cage match to become the first two-time SHIMMER champion (an honor only she and Mercedes Martinez share). This helped make her #1 on the PWI Female 50 for 2013. Through her time in SHIMMER, she also became only the second American to have two pinfall victories against Kana (WWE's Asuka). All the while, Melissa tried out for WWE in 2006, though she was passed over. She was at one point considered for a spot in WWE prior to that tryout, but nothing came of it due to a change in direction (namely, the dropping of the Muhammad Hassan character). She was originally to have been part of the Muhammed Hassan and Khosrow Daivari group, and this led to the persona she adopted when she first joined TNA in 2008 as Raisha Saeed. She managed Awesome Kong and occasionally wrestled in this role, but she was criminally underused. At some point someone in TNA realized this, so they asked her to do double duty. She debuted as Alissa Flash in 2009 and wrestled outside the niqab all while also wearing it to wrestle for and/or against Kong as well (October 20 and 21, 2009, for instance saw her wrestle as Saeed one day and Flash the next, losing to Awesome Kong and Tara, respectively). She requested her release from TNA in 2010 due to feeling underused. In 2014 she was made president of Stardom’s American branch, responsible for booking American talent for Stardom shows. In that role she and Madusa have had many conversations relating to the struggles of being a woman in wrestling (Laprade and Murphy, 356-57).
“When I talk to Madusa, I sometimes feel like I’m talking to a version of myself from the future. We’ve had so many of the same experiences. When she worked for some of the bigger companies, she would struggle because she had trained in Japan with that style. She would wrestle and the men would be pissed that they had to follow her. I was like, ‘Oh God, you too?’”
2017.07.20 14:50 autotldrUsher paid a celebrity stylist $1.1M after allegedly infecting her with genital herpes and withholding his diagnosis
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Usher was allegedly embroiled in a million dollar lawsuit after he allegedly gave a woman genital herpes. The singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, paid out $1.1 million to the celebrity stylist after he allegedly gave her the STD, according to court documents obtained by Radar Online. According to the court documents, the 38-year-old U Got It Bad singer was diagnosed with herpes between 2009-10. After initially admitting his concerns to his partner Usher then allegedly convinced her that he was all clear - and they continued to engage in unprotected sex. The court documents claim that after the unnamed woman realised she had the virus, Usher was "Very apologetic and promised to figure things out". The lawsuit accuses Usher of "Consciously and purposefully" withholding his herpes diagnosis from the stylist and continuing to have unprotected sex with her.
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2016.11.18 03:50 MatthewMirThe Essential Survivor Series Match Collection: The best and most significant Survivor Series Matches
Hey wrestling fans, going to try something different this week, instead of the usual ‘Essential Matches’ of a certain wrestler we’re going to look back at the Essential Matches of one of the ‘Big Four’ PPV’s – Survivor Series since it’s the 30th anniversary. As always you’re welcome to see my other essential posts on here by going through this link or with this:
These collection of matches comes from Dave Meltzer his matches feature his ratings for matches rated 3* Stars, also matches that I believe that are also good too (these matches will be included in honourable mentions). If you have any suggestions for matches that could be included simply privately message me or add a comment on this and I will considerate it. Please read the entire list before commenting saying I’ve forgotten a match when it’s already on the Honourable Mentions.Also since a few people have commented on these posts saying 'stop throwing lists at us with no information' so on a few matches I’ve added a little bit of a backstory for new fans/fans of who haven’t seen the matches, some match details do contain spoilers, so you have been warned, but really if you’re getting up in arms about a match spoiler from several years ago that’s not my problem. I have also tried to add a link to each match as well, videos come from either WWE Network, YouTube and Daily Motion. Lastly, and most importantly, I used Meltzer’s ratings as a guide but make sure to make your own opinion (or rating in this case) about the matches. Just cause he gives something a 3, doesn't mean that it isn't a 5 to you! If you do not like this list because I’ve based it off ratings, that is not my problem. Alright, now lets start the list: 1987:
Bret Hart Vs Shawn Michaels - WWF Championship - 4 ½* - 5 years before the Infamous Screwjob, these men would put on a great match between each other when they were still quite young and up-and-coming in the business for the WWF Championship. Honestly, 1992 is a weird year because many of the top WWF stars would leave the company ushering in a new era of younger stars – and knowing that the future will involve these two is a very good thing.
Bret Hart Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin – 4 ½* - The build up to this match was purely just Austin talking smack about Bret Hart for months on end about how much better the was and how Bret Hart wasn’t that good anymore. This is their first match in their series of matches, and I think it’s on par with their ‘Mania match. Many wrestling fans sometimes will say that this match is better than there Wrestlemania match, which gained a 5 star result from Dave Meltzer.
The Rock Vs Mankind - Deadly Games Tournament for the WWF Championship Final – 3 ½* - After a gruelling series of tournament matches which featured 14 superstars these two saw each other face off each other in the finals. It’s noticeable for many reasons because not only was it The Rock’s first WWF Championship win, but it also featured a rare double-turn and also the first attempt of a ‘Montreal Screwjob’ re-enactment.
CM Punk Vs Alberto Del Rio (WWE Championship) - 3 ½* - The start of Punks 434 Day WWE Championship reign. The Madison Square Garden crowd absolutely loved Punk on this night – and he repays the favour by celebrating with the crowd after the match.
John Cena & The Rock Vs The Awesome Truth (R-Truth & The Miz) – 3 ½* - In early 2011, The Rock returned to WWE after 6 ½ years to host Wrestlemania 27 and to also start his feud/build to his match with Cena at Wrestlemania 28. For a strange reason, John Cena decided to choose Rock as his tag team partner at Survivor Series. To make sure the Rock didn’t have any ring rust before he returned for his big fight with Cena at Wrestlemania 28 they set him up in a tag-team match where he would team with Cena and face the top heels on Raw – The Miz & R-Truth. It was almost like Rock hadn’t left WWE because he didn’t miss a beat and the crowd still absolutely adored him.
CM Punk Vs Ryback Vs John Cena (WWE Championship) – 3* - Punk would go on to win this match and remain champions for 365 days, a full calendar year; also this match features the debut of The Shield – 3 men who will be very involved in this list after this match.
Dean Ambrose Vs Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament - Final Match) - 3 ½* - If you’ve my essential lists for both Rollins and Ambrose you’d probably would’ve noticed A LOT of Ambrose Vs Rollins matches, but this is actually the first time that the other member of The Shield (Roman) would face off against Dean. It was set up perfect with Rollins unfortunate injury, a tournament was made to award the WWE Championship which saw these two meeting in the final. If you stay for an extra few minutes after this match there’s an altercation with Triple H which leads to Sheamus cashing in on the winner of this match.
Noam Dar, Rich Swann & TJ Perkins Vs Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak & Tony Nese - Survivor Series 2016 - 3*
The Miz Vs Sami Zayn - 3 1/4*
Team Raw (The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston), Enzo Amore & Big Cass, The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows), The Shining Stars (Epico & Primo), Cesaro & Sheamus Vs Team Smackdown (American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan), Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango), The Uso's (Jey & Jimmy), The Hype Bros (Mojo Rowley & Zack Ryder), Heath Slater & Rhyno - 4 1/4*
Brian Kendrick Vs Kalisto - 3 1/4*
Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton & Shane McMahon) Vs Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) - 4 1/2
Honourable Mentions:If you see a match missing here please comment/privately message and I’ll add it to this section
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