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Have you ever wondered what goes on before a crowd files in and the cameras go live from a major wrestling event? Writer Tim Fiorvanti and photographer Rich Messina were granted unprecedented access to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 30, as Ring of Honor held its pay-per-view event All Star Extravaganza VIII.With the hope of shining a light on just how much work goes into making a wrestling PPV happen, Messina shares a collection of some of the best images he shot that day, while Fiorvanti narrates the days events and action. click to enlargeIn the early morning hours on Friday, a caravan of trucks lined one side of Brown Street the whole way down behind the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. There were several truckloads filled with all of the elements of the wrestling ring, along with the ring barriers and all of the staging, but one full truck was dedicated specifically to a series of video LED boards.Its the biggest sign of ROHs step forward in the scaling up of its broadcast presentation.As you see above, Todd Gundy Gunderson, the lead LED tech for this pay-per-view event, is connecting one of the final individual boards behind a massive LED wall that serves as the primary display feature on stage. click to enlargeThe video board isnt the only recent addition to the ROH production -- the scale of its lighting setup surrounding the ring has changed entirely since the company was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group a few years ago. A member of the tech crew is pictured above scaling one of four vertical elements to the truss system, as the crew prepares to hoist the massive lighting rig.What were looking at is a 40x40 truss, and we call it the entertainment area, said Mark Davis, director of production for Ring of Honor. The 18x18 ring sits in the middle of it, but the trussing system itself, with all of the lights and everything, were pushing 4,000 pounds.As you can see, the ceiling and the setup of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, which opened up in 1922, presents a number of unique challenges for the production.This is a little bit of a different setup than what we normally do, said Davis. Normally, we just find rigging points and fly the rigging from the ceiling, and youre talking about a little less weight, maybe 3,000 pounds. This is a unique setup because its an older setting and it doesnt have the engineering specs. click to enlargeOnce all the trusses were up, its time to start building the ring. This process is entrusted to a ring crew made up of veteran wrestlers and officials -- each of whom has constructed and deconstructed rings hundreds of times -- who guide a group of younger wrestlers and future hopefuls through the process.One of four massive steel posts sit in each corner of the ring, connected by steel that forms the ring apron and the base of the ring. A series of planks are then laid out, one by one, creating a full platform for the ring. This process is particularly important, as one misplaced element could cause a dangerous environment for the competitors who enter the ring -- setting up the potential for serious injuryThe wrestler affectionately known as Cheeseburger is pictured here directing traffic, lending his experience and expertise to the process as the last planks are positioned. click to enlargeOnce all the planks are in place, a thin layer of foam is laid out on top to provide a consistent surface and some shock absorption for the ring.After this layer is put down, the full canvas is laid out, the ring skirts are added around the ring and the ropes are attached to each of the four ropes.Within a few short hours, what was previously an open space starts to feel very small. With the entertainment area prepared, its time to fine-tune the presentation before a crowd can be let in. click to enlargeWith the last of the panels of the video board in place, its time to test the LEDs. An assistant points out to Gunderson a single pixel thats not lighting up in the proper color.What we use is a 10 millimeter wall, that is our branded wall, said Gunderson, who works for Houston-based GVP media, which has partnered with ROH in producing the multimedia element of wrestler entrances. The resolution of the board is 672x384, and typically when you see a resolution like that you think its going to be really small, but because the pixels are actually large, when you look at it from far away its pretty clear, and you cant even see the pixels.The panel is moved, and after some further testing, everything works as it should. What started out with a 72-inch monitor eventually evolved into a 7x12 wall and expanded into an 11x22 primary video board with four secondary boards (two 12x4s and two 10x2s). click to enlargeAfter everything else is set up inside the arena -- from the chairs, to the merchandise stands, to the concessions and every minute detail is ironed out -- the doors are opened 90 minutes before the first bell is scheduled and fans come streaming in.The Boston-area crowd is excited and theres an energy from the moment the security team pushes open the doors of this venerated building.Theres a fair bit of wrestling history thats happened here as well. Various WWF programming was shot here in the 1990s, including a Thursday Raw during which Shawn Michaels famously lost his smile and The Rock defeated Triple H for the Intercontinental championship. This was also the site of an NXT Live Event in April during which Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor to win the NXT championship. click to enlargeThe crowd quickly piles into the arena, and gets split into two. The mass of people in the foreground are at the merchandise stand, perusing over a wide variety of T-shirts, wrestling figures, DVDs and even high-quality replica title belts.The line snaking out of the doorway connected to the foyer at the entrance features more than 50 fans lined up to get an autograph and a picture with one of a dozen wrestlers set up for a fan meet and greet session prior to the show. click to enlargeWith the show just a short time away, fans have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite performers. The flamboyant Dalton Castle is one of the most popular wrestlers on the ROH roster, and his table, which sits at the end of the row, has one of the longest and most consistent lines. He poses here with a fan and his valets The Boys, as two friends capture the image on their cell phones.The lines start to wind down as the first bell draws closer. click to enlargeAs the last of the autograph sessions wrap up, the team of Ray Rowe and Hanson -- collectively known as War Machine -- make their final preparations for their Four Corners Survival Tag Team match. Theyll take on The Cabinet (Kenny King and Rhett Titus), their current rivals Keith Lee & Shane Taylor, and a new team comprised of Castle and Colt Cabana.A three-way match between Silas Young, EVIL and Will Ferrara kicks off the show before the official broadcast begins, with Young picking up for the victory.An introductory sequence is shown on the video board, and All Star Extravaganza VIII officially gets underway. click to enlargeIn the opening contest of the pay-per-view, Donovan Dijak is the first wrestler to make his entrance. Dijak, whose hometown is less than a 15-minute drive from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, gets a raucous applause from the crowd as he enters for an ROH world television championship match against Bobby Fish.Dijak is accompanied by his manager Prince Nana (left) along with a number of New England Wrestling Academy trainees holding up a Dijak flag. In the foreground, youll notice that dozens of fans are waving smaller versions of the flag. click to enlargeDijak attempts his Feast Your Eyes finishing maneuver on Fish, with the move helpfully displayed on one of his kneepads. The move features an opponent on his shoulders, who is then flipped from the shoulders as Dijak brings up his left knee and connects with his opponents head.Despite this uncomfortable positioning for reigning champion Fish, the hometown boy would not get the victory in this match. Fish defended his championship successfully shortly thereafter via choke out on Dijak (although he never actually submitted). click to enlargeMark Briscoe makes his way down to the ring ahead of his first-round match in a tournament to crown the first ever ROH six-man tag team champions. Hes teaming with his brother Jay, with whom hes an eight-time ROH tag team champion, and Japanese wrestler Toru Yano.They take on a team of Super ACH, up-and-coming New Zealander Jay White and Japanese star KUSHIDA, with the latter picking up the victory to allow their team to advance. click to enlargeJapanese wrestler Kamaitachi rests on the bottom rope in the corner as his opponent, Dragon Lee, slowly approaches. The pair put on one of the most well-regarded matches of the night, with Dragon Lee, the CMLL world lightweight champion, ultimately pulling out the victory in a heated contest.Other early matches on the card saw Castle and Cabana win to become new No. 1 contenders for the ROH tag team championships, and Kyle OReilly defeating Hangman Page in a short match that also saw Page injure OReillys shoulder in a postmatch attack. click to enlargeIn one of the most highly anticipated matches of the evening, former ROH world champion Jay Lethal takes on Tetsuya Naito. As seen on the video display, Lethal has Naito lifted up into the air, though Naito is well-positioned for a counter with a DDT.This is the position from which Gunderson and his team watch over the show and all of the activity during wrestler entrances.What we originally did was take a feed from them and they ran the screen, but as the production grew we took over the video content and now we control it ourselves from our media servers, said Gunderson. click to enlargeIn the second title fight of the evening, long-time rivals Adam Cole and Michael Elgin compete for the ROH world championship.Reigning champion Cole, seen here tumbling over the top rope, won his first ROH world championship in a tournament final against Elgin, and lost that title to Elgin nine months later.Cole, now in his second reign as champion, defeated Elgin to retain his championship. click to enlargeNick Jackson and his brother Matt Jackson -- The Young Bucks -- walk down the ramp toward the ring for the main event of the evening.The match, entitled Ladder War 6, was just the sixth such match in Ring of Honors 14-plus year history. For the first time ever, a ladder war would be a multiway match, pitting reigning ROH tag team champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), The Young Bucks and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) against one another with the tag team titles suspended high above the ring.Over the course of 24 minutes, these six men risked life and limb going through tables and ladders, flying from the ring to the floor and dazzling fans both in attendance and at home in almost every way.Each team had a moment where it seemed they might win, and both Kamaitachi (an ally of The Addiction) and Jay White (an ally of the Machine Guns) got involved as well.That era of tag wrestling where we saw those great TLC matches with the Dudleys, Hardys, Edge and Christian. That inspired us, so we wanted to try to live up to those great matches, said Nick Jackson, reflecting on the match the following day.The TLC era is what brought us to want to be pro wrestlers, added Matt Jackson. click to enlargeThe Young Bucks performed super-sized versions of their signature maneuvers several times during this match, including this moment that served as the climax of the match. With all of their foes dispatched, including Daniels, who was wedged between two ladders, Nick Jackson had a free path to pull down the titles. Matt Jackson, however, had Kazarian positioned for a tombstone piledriver atop a table in the corner and beckoned his brother to complete the other half of their patented IndyTaker.Matt complied, leaping from the second rung of the ladder as the pair put Kazarian through the table.The Young Bucks then climbed the ladder as a team, and became ROH world tag team champions for the second time. click to enlargeAs The Young Bucks celebrate in the ring, the tolls of the match are clearly visible on Daniels face. The 46-year-old wrestler, who made his debut in the business back in 1993, put his career into perspective during an impassioned promo in the lead-up to All Star Extravaganza VIII.In pro wrestling terms, 23 years can seem like an eternity, said Daniels. I look around at a lot of the people who started after me and have already retired -- and Im still here. My thoughts turn to the end. Is the end close by? Can I see the end from where Im at? Is it close enough to touch? I know the cliche about an athlete dying two deaths, and I realize that my first death is a knock on my door that I can expect at any time.Despite being the elder statesman in this match, Daniels produced some of the biggest highlights, including a tumble through a ladder and a fall from a ladder inside to the ring onto a pile of guard rails set up on the outside. He also took a shot during the match that caused him to bleed profusely through the second half of the ladder war, and the wounds suffered by both Daniels and Kazarian led to a trip to the hospital following the show. click to enlargeThe Young Bucks hold up their newly-won titles from atop the ladder to wrap up the show. The main event ladder war was well-received across the board, and earned a 4.75 out of 5-star rating from long-time wrestling scribe Dave Meltzer; its one of only 12 matches in the entire world in 2016 to receive a rating of at least 4.75 stars.While neither The Young Bucks nor The Motor City Machine Guns required medical attention, and none of the six competitors suffered long-term injuries, everyone had battle wounds of their own. Nick Jackson, left, had significant lacerations on his right side from one of the many tables he went through during the match.In the end, it was all worth it.We asked for that match, we wanted the match, and they gave it to us, said Matt Jackson. We felt a responsibility to really have a good one, because that was us, that was our idea. Theres something about being an artist and having this creative idea in your brain and writing it down on paper, but actually doing it and seeing it and watching it, its so fulfilling for me. Its so fulfilling for Nick. I think its a thing that only an artist really understands. You cant put a price tag on it. Its just this weird fulfillment of, Aww we did it.As the show concludes, the crowd filed out for the evening. Unlike most shows in this vein, the ring crew didnt immediately come in and break things down to load them back on the truck.Almost everyone -- main event competitors included -- was destined to get right back into the ring the very next day for a set of TV tapings. Adidas Tennis Hu Kopen . -- Jimmy Walkers first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside. Adidas Continental 80 Heren . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. http://www.nmdbelgie.com/ . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. Adidas NMD XR1 Dames .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. Adidas NMD XR1 Heren . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? Why was this overturned? James Veaudry Pembroke, ON -- Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. Manu Tuilagi is set to make his long-awaited comeback for Leicester Tigers in the next couple of weeks, according to director of rugby Richard Cockerill.The 25-year-old England centre, who has been dogged by injury for two years and has not played since the first game of the season because of a groin injury, warmed up with his team mates ahead of Leicesters comfortable 25-6 Aviva Premiership home win against Harlequins.We are hopinng within the next couple of weeks he will be in the 23.dddddddddddd It would be nice would not it? Cockerill said.You saw him before the game, he looks sharp. I am just waiting for the medics to say he is good to go.The Tigers face Bristol on Friday, before a derby at home to Northampton on December 3. ' ' '

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