Of all of the stables in the Asylum Wrestling Society you can argue that none of them had more untapped potential than the Maple Leaf Uprising. They were young but they had some wrestling experience and undeniable wrestling passion, they each had different wrestling styles and backgrounds to help them succeed in the ring, and their purpose was noble enough to get the fans on their side. Especially Canadian ones since their goal to make Canadian wrestling respected worldwide again was patriotic but not necessarily villainous. Fans born in the United States could get behind them because of it.
Or at least they would if they had more television time. Granted in more recent shows they’ve gotten more exposure but the five-person group was hungry to show what they could do as a proper unit.
Luckily at AWS Ward they had their chance to show what they could do and leave it to Maverick Hart, the founder of the team, to play the role of coach and team captain to give them all the rundown.
Maverick Hart: I got the Ward card match posting on my phone. Which means you four all got it too. We’re facing The Age Of Fall at Ward. This is a chance for us to make a statement of power and get back in control. Because people need a reminder of just how skilled and powerful we can be.
Grant Hammer: Before you give us a pep talk, who's going out there to fight?
Maverick Hart: Getting right down to business eh? Well it’s going to be me, you Grant, and Grayson.
Maverick's selection got a split reaction from the locker room with Grant and Grayson being fine with this and Hilda, Aurora, and Jacques showing displeasure.
Jacques LaCroix: Why am I not surprised you picked them. I’m getting tired of stretching out training opponents.
Grayson smirked at his Quebec-born comrade.
Grayson Howlett: Hey size matters Jackie. Nothing personal.
Jacques LaCroix: I can kick you in your chin big guy and you know it.
Maverick Hart: Easy fellas. Jacques you’ll get your chance.
Jacques LaCroix: I better mon ami. Starting to get bored here.
Hilda Stark: Hey doesn’t Age Of Fall have a girl we could beat up?
Aurora Stark: Yeah when are we going to get back out there?
Maverick Hart: Again, don’t worry. Knowing AWS’s women’s division you two will get chances to shine soon enough. There’s always room for talent here. Besides, They didn’t specify who was going to fight but since I founded this group and I refuse to sit out if I had to choose I just thought I’d pick who’s starting. Now if Grant, Grayson, and I win that’s going to lead to more opportunities for all of us, especially if we go further in this tournament.
Maverick asserted himself in the name of peace which did quiet the rest of his team for a moment in understanding. This didn’t mean they liked it. But they understood where Maverick was coming from.
Hilda Stark: Well then founder. You and the muscle men over there better win for all of us.
Grant smiled a cool smile at the statuesque blonde woman.
Grant Hammer: Don’t worry about it Hil. We got this. We’re gonna win this match and advance in that tournament.
And that was the mission of the match. Win and advance…
The actual promo itself took place in the AWS Performance Center with Maverick Hart in his workout gear and being the first person that the cameras saw in the room to introduce the viewing public.
Maverick Hart: This is our home away from home. We in the Maple Leaf Uprising believe in staying ready so we don’t have to get ready. That way when we have a match all we have to do is get our gear on, head to the ring, and fight. It’s just that simple. And win or lose, you know where to find us.
Maverick said this while pictures of his heavyweight teammates Grant and Grayson were seen pumping iron. Lifting big weights. The two of them combined were in the 500lb range alone. Mountains among men.
Maverick Hart: Now it’s not in my genes to get comfortable as a pro wrestler and lose that fire. I am the son of Bret “Hitman” Hart after all but that’s extra important since I am the team captain of the Maple Leaf Uprising and the two bulls you just saw are hungry as hell for action which makes them just right for the AWS Empire Championships and it spells bad news for the Age Of Fall at Ward…
First Grayson was shown in the manner of a hype-up vignette. Where the camera did a slow rising shot from his feet to his head.
Maverick Hart: Grayson Howlett. Believe it or not this giant used to be in the Canadian military. All seven feet, 280 pounds of him. As if he even needed a weapon to kill a man. He reached the rank of Major after serving his country for four years before finding a new passion. And that’s kicking ass in a wrestling ring.
The fans got to see Grayson in pictures and videos of him as not only a Canadian soldier but as a rising professional wrestler throwing around unlucky opponents. Between sights of him doing squats which combined weighed more than a couple of Age Of Fall members.
Maverick Hart: And then there’s Grant Hammer. Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber from the Canadian Football League. He made a career of knocking grown men down on their asses on the football field, winning the Grey Cup for his team as a standout defensive lineman who is choosing to conquer the ring after conquering the gridiron.
And more dual action clips were shown of muscle bound Grant Hammer. Working the bench press with heavy weights, throwing around opposing wrestlers like ragdolls, and running over grown men on gameday.
It seemed as if they grew them BIG in Canada.
Maverick Hart: But I know you didn’t just come here to hear me talk. Grant, Gray, come over here and tell the fine AWS fans how badly you’re going to beat up Age Of Fall at Ward with me guys.
And the camera showed flattering angles of Grant and Grayson. Focusing on their physiques and height. Looking like pure powerhouses with just the right amount of sweat highlighting their bodies. These were the meatheads the Age Of Fall had to look forward to.
Grant Hammer: It’s game time at Ward. We don’t know who from the Age Of Fall will be fighting us but honestly I don’t give a damn. It doesn’t matter who’s in the ring with me because I put them down and get the win for us on any night. But the night at hand just happens to be Ward.
And this made Grayson scoff and then smirk.
Grayson Howlett: You guys are taking this a little too seriously. This match is going to be fun for me. I’m going to love being in front of the fans, cheering me on, ready to beat the hell out of anyone the Age Of Fall puts our way at Ward. In other words, we’re going to make the Age Of Fall. Fall.
Maverick Hart: And I can see it now men. We are the first ever AWS Empire Champions and we get one step closer to victory when we win at Ward. Especially since you don’t get a chance for a lot of firsts in this business.
Grant Hammer: The only thing better than being a champion is being the first champion so hell yeah I want us to go further in the Empire tournament.
Grayson Howlett: Win and advance that’s what it’s all about. We win this match, we go on to beat the next team in the next round, then the next team in the round after that until we win the whole damn thing.
Maverick Hart: And when we defeat you at AWS Ward Age Of Fall it will be just that simple
And Maverick stood right in the middle of his taller, beefier teammates with Grayson waving at the camera and giving smirk while Grant made his pecs bounce on camera to close the promo after Maverick made his closing statement.