The Season 1 participants have been finalized, and to choose, I basically did a random draw. For some of the nations, especially on the female side, there are still a lot of "who is that" participant, but for the others, most of these guys are well known and have been signed to 1 year written contracts. The majority have been taken from ROH, LU, NJPW, or Impact (I'm certainly not making any friends here!)
Without access to graphics right now (I couldn't get all the graphics to work for the mod, and I still don't have patience for Photobucket), if there is a common wrestler that is known under a different name, I will announce that.
Here they are, broken down by nation:
Team USA (4 men, 2 women)- Austin Aries, James Storm, Jake Hager, Mr. Anderson, Madison Rayne, Celeste Bonin (Kaitlyn in WWE).
Team Mexico (4 men, 2 women)- Alberto El Patron, Pentagon, Fenix, Drago, Fabi Apache, Mari Apache.
Team Canada (4 men, 2 women)- Crazzy Steve, Petey Williams, Kenny Omega, Rene Dupree, Angel Williams (Angelina Love in TNA), Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness in TNA).
Team Japan (4 men, 2 women)- Kaz Hayashi, Kushida, SANADA, Toru Yano, Hikaru Shida, Makoto).
Team England (4 men)- Nick Aldis, Marty Scurll, Will Osprey, Zack Sabre Jr.
Team Puerto Rico (3 men)- Amazing Red, Carlito, Ricky Banderas (Mil Muertes in Lucha Underground).
Team Scotland (1 man, 2 women)- Grado, Isla Dawn, Kay Lee Ray.
Team Australia (2 women)- Tenille Dashwood (Emma in WWE), Madison Eagles.
Team Germany (2 women)- Katarina Leigh (Katarina in TNA), Alpha Female.
Team South Africa (2 men)- Dameon Duke (Adam Rose in WWE), PJ Black (Justin Gabriel in WWE).
Team Cuba (1 man)- Rocky Romero.
Team New Zealand (1 woman)- Toni Storm.
Team Philippines (1 man)- Shiima Xion (DJ Z in TNA).
Team Portugal (1 woman)- Shanna.
There are 28 men and 16 women in Season 1. That will be the standard format as long as I can make it work. If anybody wants a rundown on how the nations are divided, here it goes:
6- United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan
3- Puerto Rico, Scotland
2- Australia, Germany, South Africa
1- Cuba, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal
As far as the staff goes, all staff, other than myself since I'm the owner, has been signed to 2 year contracts.
Color Commentator- Taz
Road Agents- Trish Stratus, Lance Storm, D'Lo Brown
Referees- Carley Rae, Brian Hebner, Jim Korderas, Jack Doan
Stratus, Rae, and Doan will mainly be used in the women's division, while Storm, Brown, Hebner, and Korderas will handle the mens tournaments.
If I feel the need for an authority figure (which I shouldn't based on the product of the company) it will be me.