YEAR IN REVIEW: “The Don” Michael Morleone
EPW Win-Loss Record: 7-3
What Went Well:
The Don started the new year riding high on top of EPW, alongside his Generation Zero family, as they held all the championships in EPW. A fighting champion, he accepted the challenge from some of the top names around the globe as he defended the EPW Championship successfully against the likes of Jimmy Havoc, Carlo Cannon, and 5-Time EPW Champion Marcius Pitt. It was off the back of how well he represented himself and EPW throughout the year as champion that the fans voted Morleone as the 2018 EPW Wrestler of the Year.
What Went Wrong:
The first part of his year was spent chasing his supposed “challenger”, Chris Vice, in the hopes of making that match happen. However, after a sneak attack, Vice took his talents abroad where he has been smashing faces since. The Don took this as a sign of clear disrespect and set about taking on any and all challengers to prove himself. Through this, he indirectly caused his Gen Zero teammates, Hayden Zenith and Allyson Cruz, to lose their Tag Team Championships as a result of a previous match stipulation. Perhaps this was what caused his now former Gen Zero stablemate Zenith to betray The Don at Vendetta and cost him his EPW Championship.
The Don picked up some massive victories this year as he defended his EPW Championship against all-comers. However, what should’ve been a great year as EPW Wrestler of the Year has been soured by the events of the last few months. Sympathisers of Zenith may say Morleone’s focus on constantly proving himself cost him the championships and friendships he so closely treasured. Whereas fans of Morleone will point to the impressive bouts and willing attitude of the former EPW Champion. Either way, what sits as a career year for Michael Morleone will, unfortunately, have an asterisk placed next to it due to the breakdown of Generation Zero.
Final Grade: B
What grade would you give for The Don’s year?