Of all the characters I created during my time e-wrestling, Scott Cruise was by far the biggest outlier in terms of type and style. Most of my characters were comedy based, and the few more serious ones (M.U.M., Luke Marshall, WarCom) still had a humorous bent at times. Reading through all of their stuff I can definitely see the through line of my writing style. Cruise doesn’t fit that through line.
The creation of the Scott Cruise character came about one afternoon at work when I was really bored, itching to write, but looking for something a little different. So without much of a plan, I sat down and starting writing a biography for an as yet unnamed wrestler as though it were a magazine article. The backstory started flowing out without any real thought and before I knew what I was doing I had written one of the longest singular pieces of fiction I had ever attempted. I went back and tweaked some things to tighten the story when it was all said and done, but for the most part what I wrote that day was one long stream of consciousness exercise. Happy with the result, I decided to try taking that character into the NWC to see what I could do with a more serious, straight-forward character. Given that I was going to try writing a different style and didn’t want to be judged by my past contributions (not to mention some of the political B.S. that was going down at the time), I created yet another alias and submitted the Cruise character to the LCW fed of the NWC umbrella. That’s when things got weird.
LCW accepted my app but told me it would be awhile before my first match since they had just released a line-up and there was something coming up that would prevent them from doing a follow-up show for a few weeks. So I broke down my initial magazine article in a five-part roleplay and posted it on the LCW board as a way of introducing the character. At the same time another guy was running a massive 62 man tournament (S.M.I.T.) as sort of a side-project featuring a lot of NWC characters even though it wasn’t officially NWC sponsored. I threw the Cruise name into the mix hoping to use it as a way of getting the character over while I waited for LCW to book me. And wait I did.
LCW eventually put out another card and I wasn’t booked on it. When I emailed the fedhead to find out why he claimed to have never hired me (although he did like the RP I had posted). He promised to put me on the next show. He did not fulfill that promise. Meanwhile the S.M.I.T. tourney was a disaster, with tons of guys no-showing and the resulting shows being plagued by delays. I got locked in one of the few actually contested RP battles with an NWC guy named Dez Bradley and eventually pulled out a massive win. The guy running the tourney had Cruise and Bradley wrestle an epic 72 minute match (which was both unheard of and unnecessary at that time) in order to make up for the fact that one of us was going to have to lose while other folks were advancing thanks to little or no work. Cruise’s second round opponent then announced his intention to “retire” once the second round matches were announced. The tournament never progressed beyond that point.
Somewhere along the way I submitted Cruise to a revamped HIW (where I had my first success with Devo) and once again I got a bit of runaround before eventually giving up Cruise completely. Looking back over his stuff I’m not really sure there was much of a future anyway, as the more traditional “smack talking serious guy” style didn’t really suit me. Although it was never my intention at the time, I definitely get a Steve Austin wannabe vibe from the Cruise writings. It just wasn’t my thing.
That said, the initial article I wrote for Cruise I rank among the three best things I ever produced during my time e-wrestling (along with Devo’s three part “The Date” series and his later “Tranquility” post). I guess that counts for something.
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“THE PRODIGAL SON” SCOTT CRUISE
Weight: 242 lbs.
DOB: August 16, 1968
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Theme Music: “Prodigal Son” by Kid Rock
Physical Appearance: A coldly handsome man with an average though well-proportioned build, Scott Cruise has the type of look that could easily land him a gig modeling or acting if he was so inclined, yet at the same time fails to leap out at you as being anything special. His facial features are unremarkable in every way, with a set of hazel green eyes being the only notable exception. His skin is smooth and unmarked and his face lacks any of the grooves or divots that mark many faces. Instead it’s as if his face is made of rubber or plastic, allowing only for the inclusion of the necessary features while providing little in the way of “character”. His black hair is currently kept short with a tight flattop which represents a new look after years of maintaining a wild, shoulder-length mane.
At age 32, Scott has what can best be described as a typical wrestler’s physique; big in all the right places without taking on the unnatural look of a body builder, he is in excellent physical condition and keeps his body tight and toned at all times. While being well proportioned in most respects, his legs are noticeably bigger and a slight bit longer than his upper body, occasionally giving him an odd funhouse mirror appearance, although only when at just the right angles. His body contains no markings or scars aside from a small surgical scar along the outside of his right elbow which is generally covered over by a brace. Like his face, his body’s skin is smooth and firm, lacking any odd colorizations or grooves.
When wrestling, Scott wrestles in a pair of black trunks with a slashing “SC” scrawled in red on each hip. He generally wears a plain, skin-tight, black t-shirt as well, preferring to wrestle with it on whenever possible. Traditional black boots with black laces and a combination elbow pad/brace on his right elbow complete his attire. Outside of the ring, which generally includes any promo time, he wears faded blue jeans, the same black tee, and a shiny, black leather, biker’s jacket. Scott is also almost never seen without a pair of black ray-ban sunglasses.
Background: Charles Scott Braddock was born in Athens, Texas on August 16, 1968. An only child, he was raised primarily by his mother and pursued a career as an actor upon graduating high school in 1987 before turning to pro wrestling a year later. A longtime regular on the Texas independent circuit as well as in Mexico (where he was known as Stud Wayne), he had a brief stint with WCW in 1992 before his father’s unexpected death brought him back home. A new name and a new attitude led him to Europe where he toured for two years before heading to Japan in the winter of 1995. In five plus years with Royal Japan Pro Wrestling, Scott held the RJPW Heavyweight Championship six times and was involved in one of the longest running and most successful feuds in Japanese history, a near three year long war with the legendary Ohanu Nawagana. Despite achieving immense international success, Scott is still relatively unknown to American fans (outside the hardcore followers of indy and international promotions), and is looking to make his first big splash on his home soil.
Gimmick/Attitude: At this stage of his career Scott is beyond the traditional “gimmick”. He is what he is and his in-ring persona grows closer and closer to his real life personality with each day. As “The Prodigal Son” Scott Cruise is the rebellious, “bad boy from the wrong side of town”, frequently being portrayed as a loner. Untrusting and with a massive chip on his shoulder, he’s the kind of guy who will take what he wants without asking and doesn’t think twice about doing it. Having wrestled for the last few years as “The Wayward Son”, he now returns to the United States for his first real crack at becoming a star on his home soil, hence the name change to “The Prodigal Son”. His goal is to “take his rightful place” among the pantheon of American wrestling legends and cement his status as a true worldwide superstar.
Fueled by ego, he’s a calculating type who will do what’s necessary to succeed, a fact that has led to a number of uneasy alliances over the years, despite his suspicious nature. Of course these alliances almost always end in an explosion of mistrust and the inevitable feud. On the mic Scott’s a slow boiler who chooses his words carefully and does his best to keep emotions in check. Ultimately his goal is success and victory, whether that means holding titles or stealing loyalties (such as an opponent’s valet) or just plain whooping up on somebody, he does what he needs to wind up on top and more importantly, make sure everybody knows it.
Wrestling Style: Having wrestled all over the world in every conceivable type of federation, Scott’s personal mat style has become an amalgam of differing approaches that is impossible to pin down. In his early years, a much smaller Scott Cruise (then weighing in at about 215 lbs.) used his lightweight frame to full effect, but time, injuries, and increased size have all but eliminated that part of his repertoire. While still occasionally making the trip up top, it is without the frequency or flare that he once possessed. Having spent a number of years in Japan, Scott has amassed a strong knowledge of submission and mat techniques, although back on American soil he is hesitant to use much of this style knowing that stateside fans are less apt to appreciate the slower, more plodding pace. Only on occasion will he slip into a mat-based attack, usually when wrestling longer matches that will require a more deliberate pace. A decent brawler when he needs to be, Scott is not hesitant to mix it up but has made it clear that his desire is to stay away from the more simplistic savagery of “extreme” or “hardcore” wrestling. Instead he draws from his many influences to produce a rather generic American style, relying on a set base of low-level power moves and a number of “filler” moves such as punches and clotheslines. While never hailed as a particularly great worker in the mold of a Keiji Muto or Chris Benoit, Scott has nonetheless earned a reputation in his years in the business as a solid hand and a superior seller for his opponents.
1. Haymaker — Scott tends to use a big, sweeping fist as his ordinary “punch” as opposed to the quicker jab employed by others.
2. Reverse Hip Toss — A standard hip toss with the exception that he executes it from behind his opponent, flipping them over and onto their stomach.
3. Cruise Missile — One of the rare times when Scott will scale the turnbuckle is to execute this missile dropkick, renamed for obvious reasons.
4. Corner Knee Lifts — Having hurled his opponent into a corner buckle, Scott will follow up with a series of high knee lifts to the stomach and chest which come fast and furious and almost always in groups of five.
5. Powerslam — Just what it says, a simple but effective scooping powerslam usually delivered on an opponent who comes shooting off the ropes.
6. 2nd Rope Flying Elbow — Once upon a time Scott featured a devastating top rope elbow drop in his arsenal, but that has made way for a slightly less impressive although equally as punishing second rope variation. Sitting himself on the top buckle, feet on the middle, he launches himself out and drops to his back, delivering a heavy elbow across his opponent’s head and chest.
7. Cross Arm Breaker — A favorite picked up in Japan, this is one of the few wrenching submission-type moves Scott will employ with any regularity.
8. Prodigal Suplex — Formerly the Wayward Suplex, Scott stands face-to-face with his victim and quickly hooks both their arms in front before sending them up and over in a spine tingling belly-to-belly double arm suplex.
9. Flap Jack — Lifting his opponent up for a back drop, Scott pushes them up in the air to let them drop back to the mat with jarring impact.
10. Chinlock Slam — A custom made move, this one involves Scott slapping on a reverse chinlock before grabbing his victim by the tights and lifting them up in the air, then dropping them down on their back, chinlock still intact.
“Wasted Years” – Nothing more than an implant DDT or Brainbuster DDT, if you will. Simple in its set-up and deadly in its execution.
“Gravedigger” – Best described as a reverse Boston Crab, this is Scott’s submission finisher which is applied on a face-down opponent by standing at their feet, facing their head, and lifting their legs, putting their calves across Scott’s shoulders, his head between their legs and his arms wrapped around their thighs, then scrunching down while pushing forward, applying intense pressure to their lower back and neck/shoulder areas. Named for the way the victim claws and scratches at the mat as if trying to dig their way to safety.
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MATCHES AND ROLEPLAYS
2001.02.17 ~ Of Sons And Suns
PCW (March to June 2001)
2001.04.00e ~ PCW: S.M.I.T.
~ Scott Cruise vs Dez Bradley [Tournament First Round Match]
2001.06.17e ~ PCW: S.M.I.T.
~ (backstage interview)
~ Scott Cruise vs Scott Mitchell [Tournament Second Round Match]
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