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The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: New book by Chris Graham offers look behind the scenes of pro wrestling business

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Afterword, Acknowledgements, About the Author

Marvin Ward and I have continued our on-again, off-again schedule of work, putting on three shows in 2013 – one a total bomb in Lexington, Va., with a business partner who promised the world in terms of upfront money and media push, and offered nothing in the way of either; the second, a sellout crowd of more than 1,900 for a house show featuring Kevin Nash, Mick Foley and The Rock ‘n Roll Express; and then a fan meet and greet with Shawn Michaels.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 12

The company was coming apart at the seams at this stage of the game. It had been for at least a couple of months, as I had hinted at earlier, when I wrote about how it seemed my main job with AWE had become that of peacemaker between Hank and Marvin, with my responsibilities in creative, PR and marketing taking a backseat role, just as we tried to keep the company moving forward to the night of the pay-per-view.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 11

We’d started with Kevin Nash and Marvin Ward against The Rock ‘n Roll Express, but when it became clear that Marvin wasn’t working himself into shape to be able to perform in-ring, we wrote him out of the match with a storyline injury at the hands of the Rock ‘n Rolls suffered at a house show a month out from the pay-per-view.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 10

I haven’t seen Hank Fawcett since the night of the pay-per-view, technically the early-morning hours the day after the pay-per-view, when he met my wife and I to give us a really big check to catch up on what he’d owed us for our work.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 9

We had already laid out a plan for where we’d wanted things to go from where we were. We’d shoot some videos with a back-and-forth between Marvin and Ricky, then end with the insertion of Nash into the feud.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 8

Kevin Nash, we didn’t know at the time, will do anything if his price is met, and his price wasn’t out of reach on this one, not with Hank fronting the money.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 7

Before I tell you that story, I’ve got a few other stories to tell you, because as with everything else that involves the wrestling business, the backstory is much more interesting than what you end up seeing in the ring.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 6

The Finlay-Silva match actually came after two other very forgettable matches on the card. The first featured the return of Perry Saturn after a lengthy absence from the wrestling world facing off with former ECW minor player C.W. Anderson.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 5

Still scrambling to figure out how to get things on track, we were fortunate that next up were Sonjay Dutt and Jamin Olivencia, the two best workers, by a long shot, on the card.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 4

Six years later, I’m still trying to unsort everything that happened sort of minute by minute, with so much that was going on. I don’t remember keeping up with my phone much, for example, but it does strike me that at some point during the day word got back to us that we had a leak backstage.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 2

“We just don’t even say where we are. Nobody knows where Fisherville, Virginia, is, anyway, so we’re not losing anything there.”


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Chapter 1

I’d had no idea how I was part of something “infamous” until I consulted Wikipedia for information on a pro wrestler named Jamin Olivencia for a piece I was writing for my online news website, AugustaFreePress.com.


The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Foreword

Every match has a good guy, known as the babyface, and a bad guy, the heel. The heel’s job is to basically piss you off; he or she often will grab a microphone on the way to the ring for the purpose of informing the paying fans how awful their hometown is, how ugly the people who live there are, how bad everything smells.