Two men came to Absolute Intense Wrestling from touring around the world for a matchup. Steve Corino made his name in ECW and going to Japan. Sterling James Keenan started in the US, but really made a name for himself in Europe. That's where SJK and "The King Of The Old School" first met. Their rivalry crossed the Atlantic Ocean and came to AIW. Both men were new to AIW and wanted to prove to the other and the entire company their reputations were well deserved.