Marshe Rockett has been with SSW for nearly a decade, whereas Pauly Thomaselli joined SSW just over a year ago. Even so, Pauly inserted himself into the SSW Championship title picture right after Marshe lost that very title at "Headlock on Hunger 8". The two would meet for the first time last May at "Ascension", against new champ Vic Capri, as well as Justice Jones, in an epic four-way battle for the SSW Championship that saw Vic retain his title.
Marshe and Pauly would once again face off at "Ring of Horror", in a triple threat match with Justice Jones, as both men had a score to settle with the man that cost them both chances at the SSW title. The match would conclude as Jones was tossed from the ring by Pauly, but as Marshe attempted a cover on Pauly shortly after, Jones grabbed Pauly's legs and prevented a kick out, thus allowing Marshe to score the win.
In the following months, Marshe and Pauly would both battle their way through 3 rounds of competition in the "Lords of the Ring" tournament, both advancing to the final round, and thus squaring off one-on-one for the first time at "Game of Gold" in December. Pauly would score the pinfall, winning the tournament, and also earning himself a guaranteed SSW title shot. After the match, it looked like Pauly and Marshe had put the past aside, and concluded the match with Marshe holding Pauly's arm high in victory.
It would all come undone at "Headlock on Hunger 9" in March, when Pauly and Marshe took on Rydell and Beckham, with a Tag Team title shot on the line. It would be confusion between the two that would cause Pauly to accidentally punched Marshe after Beckham ducked a roundhouse, which cause the two to explode on each other once again. This time, Marshe walked off, leaving Pauly at the mercy of Beckham and Rydell, and effectively costing them the match. After the match, Pauly stormed to the back and confronted Marshe, and the persuing argument led to the two men to agree to face each other once again.