Here at Project: Diverge, we wanted to give an update regarding the latest of things post-Operation New Wave.
We are hard at work currently editing footage for a future release of Operation New Wave from 4.21.18. There are different formats that are being worked on as it comes to the release of the event on different realms. Once the direction is set, Executive Producer Brian Belzer and Jon Harder will announce to the world what will be next.
Regardless of timetable, Project: Diverge wants to make sure this event is as perfect for the viewers at home as it was for the 100+ on 4.21.18 at the Old Bridge Elks in Old Bridge, NJ.
Speaking of Jon Harder, he exclusively wrote some comments inside his Professional 3 Blog on HardwayHQ.com, particularly about Project: Diverge.
“Running the Old Bridge Elks in Old Bridge, NJ and packing the hall with over 100 people, combined with the absolute best talent and crew around me MADE Operation New Wave. There is no amount I could ever repay anyone involved with Project: Diverge on 4.21.18. This was a complete success.
There are no amount of stories that can come from the lead-up to this event. However, once Tom O’Malley and Giovanni Marranca made it halfway into their epic tournament final match, I knew a dream was completed. I finally had a figurative big bag of rocks lifted off my back as it came to living the dream.
I also knew that I was SPENT. Emotionally, mentally, and physically, I had used the last of my creative energy. Everything I had ever wanted led to that moment. The biggest “WHAT IF?” I ever had in my life was just completed. Project: Diverge was just THAT: a Project. I had a vision and I saw it through.”
Needless to say, where does that leave Project: Diverge going forward? Read the full blog HERE.
Stay tuned to all Diverge social media accounts as we go forward regarding Operation New Wave release dates.
This past Saturday night, Tom O'Malley won the Operation New Wave Tournament and was awarded the New Wave Cup. Check out some exclusive photos here from our Facebook page.
PROJECT: DIVERGE Operation New Wave results
Old Bridge Elks
Old Bridge, NJ
The first covert Operation for Project: Diverge took place on April 21, 2018 in front of a packed house at the Old Bridge Elks in Old Bridge, NJ. The Operation New Wave Tournament was on the menu, and it did not disappoint!
Tom O'Malley defeated 2Hot Steve Scott
Speed against Scientific Wrestling opened the New Wave Tournament. This contest was an absolute barnburner. "The Selfie Superstar" took O’Malley to the limit; however, with mere seconds left in the matchup, due to 10 minute time limits in the first round, the Scientific style overcame the Speed. O’Malley locked in a Stepover Toehold into a Regal Stretch - STR for short - and tapped out 2Hot Steve Scott at 9:55. Both men fist-pounded in a show of respect after this battle.
“Tough” Tim Hughes pinned Ricky Richards
Old School and Violence really took it at one another. At one point, Hughes actually put on Richards’ vintage Islander jersey and attempted to take down the Long Island native; in turn, Richards pulled it over his head and started pummeling him. Towards the end of the encounter, “Tough” Tim feigned an injury. As the referee went to check on Hughes, WildMan Kongo, fellow representative in Old School, jumped on the apron and delivered a blow to the back of Richards’ head. Hughes “miraculously” recovered and scored a three count over Richards. As the dastardly duo celebrated, the hockey goon Richards stormed out the door of the building.
Sizzling Stan Stylez beat Vince Steele
Throughout this battle between Entertainment and Powerhouse, Stylez’ mind games completely threw off the “Jurassic Juggernaut” from the start. Although Steele gave the Sizzling One some serious blows, it took Stan two Stunners and one very unique Whipped Cream Stunner to take the big man off his feet. One Facial later, and Stan pulled off the biggest upset of the first round. MMM THAT’S RIGHT!
“The Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca pinned Darius Carter
The final first round match between Striking and Hybrid really lit up the crowd. “The Magnificent” and “Wrestling’s Richest Prize” went toe-to-toe and hold-for-hold. However, during a striking exchange, the referee Dave Castaldo was accidentally struck with a blow. When Marranca became vulnerable, Carter went out to the ringside area and grabbed a chair from ringside from an intimidated fan. Once re-entering the ring, Carter was looking to eviscerate Marranca, when suddenly...he came to his senses. Showing a rare case of remorse, he tossed the chair to the floor. As soon as he turned around, “the Magnificent” delivered a vicious LOW BLOW, taking Carter down. One Roaring Elbow later, Marranca, to a stunned crowd, pinned Mr. Carter and advanced to the second round of the Operation New Wave Tournament.
Tom O’Malley defeated “Tough” Tim Hughes
Before the match, Tough Tim tried to bring his cohort WildMan Kongo to the ring with him. However, Jon Harder, the Diverge Founder, ran immediately over to the entrance way and ejected Kongo from ringside. As Hughes protested, Kongo whispered something into his ear. Hughes nodded and the muscle of Old School shuffled backstage. Throughout the battle, O’Malley suffered an injury to his left shoulder, which Hughes capitalized on. As much as Tough Tim tried, O’Malley fought back. Near the end, Hughes went for a Tornado DDT, but as O’Malley pushed off, Hughes went to the canvas, seemingly suffering a knee injury. As referee Jamal Jackson eyed Tough Tim, KONGO ran from backstage and tried to attack O’Malley from behind. However, Tom sensed it and leveled the WildMan to the floor. Hughes got up, one Enzuguri later, O’Malley locked on the STR and tapped out Tough Tim. Scientific wrestling overcame Old School and straight into the finals. However, O’Malley’s shoulder was worse for wear.
“The Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca pinned Sizzling Stan Stylez
Marranca got a jump at the bell on the Sizzling One. As much Striking as Gio put on the table, Entertainment kept shining through. Stylez went for the Whipped Cream Stunner, but “the Magnificent” reversed into a waistlock. After a Stylez reversal, Marranca spit the whipped cream in his mouth into the face accidentally of referee Tyler Southwick. With the referee distracted momentarily, Marranca mule-kicked Stylez right in the groin! One Roaring Elbow later, and “the Magnificent” went into the finals of the Operation New Wave Tournament.
However things got interesting here. Vince Steele, upset over his loss to Stan earlier in the tournament, came in through the back door and not only leveled Stylez with a running splash, but also CHOKESLAMMED referee Southwick! Security and the remaining referees ran out to ringside to try and calm down Steele, but he was “hijacking the show”. Who was going to make him leave the ring?
ENTER Kyle the Beast.
Unannounced, KTB crashed the party at the Old Bridge Elks and proceeded to confront “the Jurassic Juggernaut”. Eye-to-eye and nose-to-nose, both men were not backing down. Then, a brawl commenced. When Steele gained the upper hand, he decided to go for broke. The 6’4, 430 lbs man from the Boogie Down Bronx went for a Vader Bomb. However, KTB put his feet up! Then, with all his strength, the Beast showcased that he was a BEAST, putting the big man on his shoulders and delivering a POWERFUL Samoan Drop! Steele rolled to the outside and was swarmed by security, forcing the Powerhouse backstage. KTB saved the Operation New Wave Tournament.
MC MONTY MAX PRESENTS THE STYLES CLASH:
Mike Del defeated WildMan Kongo, Prince Akkanatan, and Gabby Ortiz
The Four-Way Dance between four different styles took place and definitely made an impact. Early on in the match, Kongo absolutely dominated his 3 victims. However, just as he delivered a vicious blow to Ortiz in the corner, Ricky Richards snuck back in from the bar and clubbed Kongo in the head with his hockey glove. Giving Kongo a receipt, both Akkanatan and Del delivered a double spinebuster to Kongo, pinning and eliminating him from the match.
All 3 remaining combatants gave it their all, fighting tooth and nail. However, Akkanatan got caught into a small package by Gabby and he got pinned for the 3 count. The second Ortiz got to her feet, Del quickly came in and schoolboyed her up. Putting his feet on the ropes, Del got the 3 seconds he needed and won the match. Mike Del won the Styles Clash!
While Gabby Ortiz was ranting inside the ring, Del was celebrating like he won the Super Bowl. However, Darius Carter, still smarting over his loss earlier, stood at the base of the entranceway, seemingly bothered by the fact the Del had to cheat to win, while he was cheated himself. It was a very interesting dichotomy to say the very least.
Tom O’Malley defeated “the Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca
O’Malley walked into this finals with an immediate disadvantage, suffering from a shoulder injury suffered in his second round encounter with “Tough” Tim. Both men went back and forth into battle. At one point, Marranca leveled O’Malley with a Roaring Elbow, sending him to the floor. “The Magnificent” wanted the countout win, but O’Malley got in before the count of 10. After another back and forth, O’Malley delivered an Enzuguiri, dropped Marranca with a torture rack face drop, and then locked on the STR, all with an injured left shoulder! Pulling him tight and deep, “the Magnificent” TAPPED OUT to the STR. Tom O’Malley won the Operation New Wave Tournament and, in turn, won the inaugural New Wave Cup!
Stay tuned to Project: Diverge all throughout social media for any further updates on when we will release Operation New Wave footage to the masses.
Andrew from Wrestling IQ 101 did an interview with Jon Harder regarding this Saturday's Operation New Wave.
Listen to Jon's critiques on this match and what makes every competitor so unique.
Follow Wrestling IQ 101 on Twitter at @WrestlingIQ101.
This is why Project: Diverge is happening.
This is the Ballad of Jon Harder. This is personal.
With a little more than a week away from Operation New Wave, "the Magnificent" Giovanni Marranca released a Rough Cut regarding Darius Carter and his feelings regarding 4.21.18.
Marranca's comments were in response to this Darius tweet a few days ago.
After seeing the back and forth between these two, it seems as if this contest is definitely among the more personal heading into the Old Bridge Elks in Old Bridge, NJ on 4.21.18.
A few days ago on http://facebook.com/thejonharder, Jon Harder wrote a personal Facebook message towards the vision of Project: Diverge.
However, the doubt of the man putting this together has once again asked the one question that's been persistent from him this entire time:
What Did I Just Do?
For less than two weeks out, the man who put this together is showing a wee bit of doubt.
During the Thursday night edition of the Angry Marks Podcast, Jon Harder got his last minute plugs of the Project: Diverge Operation New Wave event, which led founder of AngryMarks.com and host Stevie J to make his prediction on his choice to win the Operation New Wave Tournament.
Project: Diverge Operation New Wave
April 21, 2018
The Old Bridge Elks
67 Old Amboy Rd
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
7PM Bell Time
Tickets on sale: http://diverge1.booktix.com
THE OPERATION NEW WAVE TOURNAMENT
One Night, Single Elimination Tourney For The New Wave Cup
FIRST ROUND MATCHES
Match 1: Scientific vs Speed
Tom O’Malley vs 2Hot Steve Scott
This matchup will open the Operation New Wave Tournament. O’Malley and Scott both trained under the tutelage of independent wrestling legend Jay Lethal. However, the comparisons stop there. O’Malley, a man with a strong amateur wrestling base from South River, NJ, really identifies with the grappling nature of scientific and technical wrestling. Scott, a master of the Selfie from Roselle Park, NJ, lives and dies by his Speed in between the ropes. These two men know each other extremely. Will O’Malley dominate on the mat? Or will 2Hot show that his need for Speed can garner him a victory?
Match 2: Violence vs Old School
Ricky Richards vs Tough Tim Hughes
For Ricky Richards, Operation New Wave is a break-out opportunity. The silent but violent fighter from Long Island, NY lives and embodies the hockey toughness that lays out in the wrestling ring. On the other end is Tough Tim Hughes, a man who has truly learned the ways of Old School from his mentor Brutal Bob Evans. At Operation New Wave, will Violence overcome the tricky ways of Old School? Or will the little nuances Tough Tim has learned over the years help him garner a W over the cerebral Richards?
Match 3: Entertainment vs Powerhouse
Sizzling Stan Stylez vs Vince Steele
This is a battle of “David Vs Goliath”. Sizzling Stan Stylez is quite possibly the most charismatic individual inside of the Operation New Wave tournament, but not even the Sizzling One can be sure on how to prepare for the 6’4, 435 lb “Jurassic Juggernaut” from the Bronx, NY. Vince Steele is big, strong, and agile. Does size matter in this battle? April 21, we find out.
Match 4: Striking vs Hybrid
“The Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca vs Darius Carter
Giovanni Marranca is on a crusade. He has made a self-imposed mandate, stating that if he does not win the Operation New Wave tournament, he will leave wrestling forever. On the other end, Darius Carter is looking to showcase his abilities and win on his terms. Both men are driven and both men have fire to succeed. This contest might be the most intriguing on April 21st. “Wrestling’s Richest Prize” and “the Magnificent” are definitely looking to steal the show.
PLUS, THE SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS TO DETERMINE THE WINNER OF THE NEW WAVE CUP!
In non-tournament action
MC MONTY MAX PRESENTS THE STYLES CLASH
A Four Way Elimination Match
Prince Akkanatan (Entertainment) vs Mike Del (Hybrid) vs WildMan Kongo (Old School) vs Gabby Ortiz (Speed)
On February 23, 2018, on an edition of the Purge of Diverge, Jon Harder’s Hypeman, MC Monty Max, announced that he had a vision for Operation New Wave. A multi-man match. Elimination rules. He planned on a match that would blow Jon’s socks off. On March 30, 2018, he succeeded.
MC Monty Max announced the Styles Clash, with four different styles inside of one match. In an elimination concept, the last person standing would be the winner and sole survivor of the Styles Clash.
HYBRID - Darius Carter selected Mike Del
ENTERTAINMENT - Stan Stylez selected Prince Akkanatan
OLD SCHOOL - Tough Tim Hughes selected Wildman Kongo
SPEED - 2Hot Steve Scott selected Gabby Ortiz
WHO WILL WIN THIS BATTLE AND OVERCOME THREE DIFFERENT STYLES? Welcome to the Styles Clash!
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