NoDQ.com > Columns > The history of NoDQ.com (Part 4)
Posted by Aaron Rift on 04/16/2012 at 06:22 PM

(Note: This was written in 2005)

2003 could be considered the peak year for the "Xtreme Mayhem" audio show. During the entire year, Mike and Jeff conducted interviews with superstars such as Randy Savage, Terry Taylor, Vince Russo, Buff Bagwell, Joanie Laurer, Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett, Dusty Rhodes, Gene Okerlund, and countless others. In March 2003 I had what would be the first of many "falling outs" with Mike Nagel, but a couple of weeks later we were back on track. In August 2003, a fan of theMAYHEM.com (TM) by the name of Noah Donish decided to make some noise. He made a parody picture of Mike Nagel and decided to do a parody of Xtreme Mayhem. Noah was eventually brought onto XM and the hachet was buried, but once he got a taste of internet stardom, Noah continued to create controversy which hasn't stopped to this day. In November 2003, I decided to make a huge change to the website. I never really liked theMAYHEM.com domain name and it was something I had to come up with at the last minute. I wanted a shorter name and I wanted a name that associated with wrestling but didn't have the word "wrestle" or "wrestling" in it. I looked up a bunch of wrestling terms and I came upon "NoDQ" and, to my surprise, the domain was available. I snatched it up and I made the change. A lot of people thought this was a bad idea at first (especially Mike and Jeff) but it turned out to be one of the best moves I ever made as 2004 approached.

The year 2004 for NoDQ.com started off with a bang. I had gotten a new computer for Christmas and video editing software came with it. This would play a major role in the future of the website for various reasons. There was this guy that I had known a little bit. His name was Wade Needham and he had a website http://www.world-wrestling.net that he would purchase advertising for on NoDQ. In January, I posted a music video from the WWF video game No Mercy that I had made in high school. It got such a huge reaction that I figured why not make a music video from the current WWE video game which was Wrestlemania XIX on Gamecube. Being a fan of slasher films, I made a few music videos with my CAWs (created wrestlers) of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers. The response to these videos was tremendous and many people suggested that I should record matches with these CAW characters and put them online for people to watch. I made a tournament with my CAW characters and I put up the matches thinking this would be a one-time thing. I never expected to get the kind of reaction that I ended up getting. Wade e-mailed me and told me that he was so inspired by what I was doing that he was actually going to start his own full-time CAW league. I knew Wade has a great voice for audio, so I approached him about doing actual commentary for the final match of my tournament. Wade agreed, and what we expected to be a one-time thing became a major part of our lives for the next 18 months.

I started posting single matches with Wade's commentary, and then I had the idea of doing a huge PPV-like CAW event with several matches that had storyline buildup. The event was called "Impact" and was posted in February 2004 (yes, four months before TNA started using the name for their weekly FSN shows). Over 3,500 people downloaded the show and I was flooed with hundreds of e-mails from people, not one e-mail was negative. Before I knew it, everybody and their brother tried to start up a CAW league of their own. CAW got so huge that it was even mention in publications such as The Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Weekly. CAW was definitely a huge craze in the Internet Wrestling Community and it was started right here at NoDQ.com!

Meanwhile, things with Xtreme Mayhem weren't going so well. We did a few shows in early 2004, but the No Way Out predictions show in February 2004 turned out to be the final Xtreme Mayhem audio show with Mike Nagel and and Jeff Meacham. In June 2004 I purchased a new video camera and I approached Mike and Jeff with the possible idea of instead of doing an audio wrestling show, we could start doing a wrestling VIDEO show instead. The audio quality would be a lot better than over the phone and people would actually be able to SEE the hosts talking and interacting, as well as seeing actual wrestler interviews. The concept definitely sounded promising.

The first edition of Xtreme Mayhem VIDEO was in September 2004. The first show had Mike and Jeff sitting at a desk for 30 minutes talking about wrestling. Our first interview was with Frankie Kazarian, and it actually turned out quite good. Very quickly I realized there was so much more we could do with the video concept. For one thing, instead of taping a one location for an entire show, we could take the video camera and be creative. We could tape ANYWHERE we wanted to, and we could do WHATEVER we wanted to. We started doing storylines, we had Mike and Jeff dress up in constumes, we went to theme parks, we traveled to different cities, and so forth. Basically we took full advantage of the video medium. Like CAW, XMV became a huge deal in the IWC and soon other people were trying to create their own wrestling video shows. People were downloading and watching our videos BEFORE YouTube even existed.

Stay tuned for more!

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