Roleplay / Xtreme Wrestling Alliance

"Let me give you a 101 in XWA- we might all fight, we might be a crazy and dysfunctional place most nights, but one thing you should know about us is that we can pull through anything. You guys think you're the first, but you're the latest in a long line of groups who thought they could push us around. And I encourage you to ask yourselves “what happened to those people?”"
- Hector Alonzo Perez, XWA Doomsday 2013

The Xtreme Wrestling Alliance (often referred abbreviated simply as the XWA) is a forum-based e-wrestling role-play board, set in the fictional Xtreme Wrestling Alliance league. Writers are able to create their own characters, and chronicle their careers and legacies with the company, competing with other characters created by fellow members.

In-universe the XWA is a successful, globe-travelling company with millions of fans across the world, much the same as World Wrestling Entertainment is in real life, albeit far less PG-friendly.

It has been running since 1999, and is match-writing based. It can be found at the following link.

Storylines and the environment of the XWA have provided examples of:

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  • Adorkable: Jack Jackson Jr. pretty much defined this trope with his overwhelming awkwardness and humble nature.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pretty much any female valet character of the past few years. Carmen King, Amy Taylor, Lya Sanchez, etc. Though, this is understandable given the nature of what the male characters do.
  • All There in the Manual: The promotion's name is the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance. You'd think a place with a name like that would be as crazy as it is just from the name alone.
  • Alternate Universe: While there have been references to the top real-life companies, it is apparent the XWA does not take place in the same universe as them, rather a shared universe with other existing E-Feds.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Whisper's a way.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: NEVER let Diamond Jack Sabbath win a championship.
  • Arc Words: "We've come to take what once was ours."
  • Asshole Victim: Jeffrey Grey, the interviewer for the Genesis show, is constantly picked on and made to look silly, but he's so unlikable and overt that people allow it to slide and almost applaud it.
  • Bad Boss: There has yet to be a long-running authority figure in the XWA that has had unanimous appraisal-
    • Richard J Maxwell sat on the fence when it came to picking sides, and in trying to be fair he suffered for it and just ended up getting hated by everyone. Later on, he would conspire with Angelus and would make him the world champion for no other reason other than thinking it would bring in the ratings, and also antagonise top guys like Rose, Diamond Jack Sabbath and Tempest.
    • Hector Alonzo Perez's run has been plagued by this- ignoring Rated X and Whisper, micromanaging Amy Taylor-Sabbath, giving Blake Jones, Jack Jackson Jr. and multiple other stars an harder time than is probably necessary. He wants to do right, but he is shown to be very pompous most of the time and quite difficult.
    • As General Manager for Massacre, the MadDog spent the better part of his first night on the job hearing how much people already hated him. It would become a running theme for his whole tenure.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Any Rated X promo is pretty much crawling with these.
    • Diamond Jack Sabbath to Trace Demon: "This is going to be the last time we face, Mr. Demon. And I promise you'll remember it forever. At best I'll just defeat you. But at worst, Trace...these hands will ruin you career."
  • Best Served Cold:
    • Richard J Maxwell's return was completely and utterly fueled by this.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • Whisper's War are basically a group of top heels assembled from other feds, making them far more than just some mindless Mooks lead by Whisper.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "It's not be Mad!"
    • "Just Run."
    • "I'm Better. Than. You."
    • "You can't stop Perfection, and you can't stop Me!"
    • "Do you hear it?"
    • "I gave you fair warning."
    • "We are the Legion, and we are many."
  • Canon Welding: If stars have won titles or done something of note in other exising e-wrestling sites, it is usually mentioned, making those places part of the same universe as the XWA.
  • Career-Ending Injury: A re-occurring method to write out characters.
  • Character Tics:
    • EBR's frequent use of "word" has become a well-known tic.
    • Diamond Jack Sabbath refers to people as 'mate' when he's being confrontational.
      • And repeats himself.
      • And "exhales" when getting annoyed.
    • It is not unlike Whisper to occasionally tilt his head before destroying his opponent.
    • As a manager, Jeffrey Grey often would nod approvingly and pinch the lapels of his suit after doing something that was self-benefiting. When he got angry, he would suddenly start speaking and acting like a ghetto stereotype, despite being from a fairly middle-class background.
  • Crapsack World: It is very rare that the XWA it's self isn't being tormented, threatened, having wars, being host to conspiracies and generally being rather unsafe. People have been seen to walk into the XWA completely fine and then leave unhinged and a lot worse than they were.
  • Cult:
    • The Legion.
    • The clue's in the name with Trace Demon's "Cult of Tomorrow"
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Richard J Maxwell. Having once been the commissioner, he knows what it takes to press an authority figure's button. The deceptive plan by Whisper's War at Doomsday was deliberately designed to cause the sort of paranoia and panic the Legion would try and cause, only this time it was a complete hoax and essentially amounted to Maxwell showing off how easy it was to set the XWA off into panic mode.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Whisper and Ace Andrews revealed Whisper's War, the first person they attacked as a cohesive unit was Diamond Jack Sabbath, the leader of the long-gone Legion. Due to the similarities of the groups, this made for a nice nod to declare from the get-go that this new group was much worse.
    • Dan Bennett, Satine X and Hutton Brown have been opposed to Rated X since their returns. All three men were members of the previous incarnation of Rated X some years prior.
      • Dan rejoined the group a few weeks later, sighting the fact DGX and Alex Sean were his mentors as his reason for joining back up.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Whisper is this for Richard J Maxwell. As long as he sticks around and does Maxwell's bidding, he and his plan can't be touched and he knows this.
  • The Empire: The XWA turned into this after Rated X took control in early 2011.
  • Fake Defector: Danger Liam joined the Legion as a double-agent for the XWA during the Faction War.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • It is a common occurance to see this in Diamond Jack Sabbath promos, so much so that the arrival of Whisper was foreshadowed nearly two years prior to it even happening.
    • Rated X's return at Legends 2013 was foreshadowed by their inductions into the Hall of Fame for that year, having been absent for the entirety of 2012.
  • Genre Roulette: With the abundance of different characters and gimmicks, the XWA can go from funny to terrifying to epic from segment to segment.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Professor Rupert Von Hammerstrap's entire thing is that he's a gentleman adventurer who looks and sounds like he belongs in an entirely different century.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • Despite reforming slightly in recent times, Trace Demon is still most definitely not an easy person to become friends with.
    • Angelus' brief Heel–Face Turn exhibited this. He was still as grouchy and nasty as he was as a heel, just this time it was directed towards a different party.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It takes an incredibly minimal amount of effort to annoy Angelus.
  • Jaded Washout: Rose in the run-up to his 2012-13 run and feud with Trace Demon. Following his departure from the company, he'd been working independent shows for smaller companies and putting his body on the line for very little money, always somewhat bitter he wasn't doing it in the XWA instead.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Danny Diamond is a rich and refined man with honor and respect. Mirage on the other hand...
  • Large Ham:
    • The angrier and more intense Diamond Jack Sabbath is, the louder he's likely to shout.
    • Hector Alonzo Perez can be this quite a lot when announcing something.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Almost every promo, match or work in general from thefan was an example of this.
    • Derrick Jedi has been known to toy with this concept in his promos, sometimes even in his direction.
  • Little Miss Badass: Amy Taylor-Sabbath. She's generally mellow and understanding, but if you tick her off...
  • Male Gaze: Not one woman in the XWA is unattractive. Not a single one of them...and they know it.
  • Meaningful Name: Whisper was named as such because he is not extensively boastful and only speaks when he has something important to say. To expand on that, he believes words are the most dangerous weapon and if used quietly, without knowing or hard to understand if not properly listened to (like a whisper) they can "win wars".
  • Motive Decay: Richard J Maxwell started out with the intention of getting the XWA some lovely high ratings. By the end of it, he just wanted his reputation to stay in-tact and money to be placed firmly in his pocket.
  • New Era Speech: The Legion would give one of these every chance they got.
  • Nobody To Nightmare: Jericho Shaw became the World Heavyweight Champion at Legends, the biggest show of the year but only after being an awkward young upstart in a mask called "Jack Jackson Jr.", and he is now the top heel in the company. Not bad for a first year.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Whisper.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: You can put Blake Jones in there with Angelus, Whisper or any huge guy and he will absolutely make damn sure he leaves the winner. There is no one too big to lose to Blake Jones.
  • Royal "We": Whisper uses this all the time, referring to himself and Whisper's War at the same time. It has been implied he does this as he feels he owes his existence and notability to Maxwell, and so he includes him in every action he takes to reassert Maxwell's hold over him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Since the appointment of Trace Demon as new owner and losing every match since his return so far, Diamond Jack Sabbath seems to be going through one of these at the moment...
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Trace Demon's response to losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Alex Sean and the growing need for some sort of hero in the XWA in latter 2013.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In 2012, Chris Novak decreed if he did not win a title in the next year then he would leave the XWA. Come Legends '13, his destiny was fulfilled.
  • Sequel Hook: When Levi Hallows was taken out, it was noted that his bodyguard Gideon Leicester was nowhere to be seen.
  • Shout-Out: In his original run, it was never stated where Richard J Maxwell was actually from by his creator, Tempest. When he returned and DJS took over as the writer for the character and was picking a place for him to come from, he chose Detroit in homage to Tempest, who comes from Michigan.
  • Show Within a Show: During his first run, Derrick Jedi would run down the matches of upcoming Pay Per Views in his irreverent manner, usually accompanied by Dan Bennett.
  • Significant Anagram: Danger Liam wrestled for almost an entire year under a mask. His name? Gain Dermal.
  • The Starscream: There were subtle implications of this from Jack Hazard in the Legion, especially before his departure
  • The Only One I Trust: Amy Taylor has always been this for Diamond Jack Sabbath, being the only character to never really move away from or betray Jack.
  • Take That:
    • Legendary, the writer for Derrick Jedi, apparently loves to do this.
    • There are two e-wrestling boards with the name "XWA" (the other using the word 'Association' as opposed to 'Alliance' for that ending 'A'). Once Ace Andrews departed due to several personal reasons, the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance tweeted several minutes after his walking out that he could now be seen "every week on Massacre!".
  • Talkative Loon: Dwight Lights after his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Villains Never Lie: Even with all the dastardly things they do, every member of Rated X seem to have very logical reasons for everything they do, which are usually quite hard to argue with.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Diamond Jack Sabbath goes through a pretty huge one at Legends 2011. As the Legion finally stand defiant against him, he goes on a tirade declaring they are his property and calling himself their God. As the night progresses, he goes more and more off the deep end.
  • The Wonka: Hector Alonzo Perez may run the show, be the big leader of the company and the board...but he can sometimes be a very strange person.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • Some of the promos for The Fan really did make you wonder exactly what Drama was going to get such ideas. In the end, it just turned out he was incredibly creative.
    • Levi Hallows promos slowly became this, so much so that DJS had to tone down Levi's return promo for being a little too disturbing.