The first Mayhem opened with a sort of teaser promo by backstage reporter Steve Spielman, and went on to include promos by Cameron and matches that included such characters as The Executioner and The Valentine Kid. Most of the characters featured in this show would be fired within weeks, but several were kept that became mainstays in the WCSF for a long time: Cameron, Daniels, The Executioner, Jason Williams, the tag team TWF, and John Zhilone.
Mayhem has had several General Managers over the course of its existence. For most of its history, the GM was Jay Jameson. During a brief period in 2005, however, David Logan returned in the role after Jameson was fired for ineffective job performance. After an Annihation match pitting Team Jameson against Team Logan, though, Jameson was able to regain his position. He held this until early 2009 and the WCSF Steroid Scandal, at which time he was fired and replaced by WCSF CEO Ralph Pierce until a suitable replacement could be found. This replacement was never found, however, as Johnny Devine and The Mafia took out Ralph Pierce and took control of the WCSF. Devine became the General Manager, renaming the show WCSF Carnage. The show remained Carnage until the return of "Fabulous" Freddy Flynn, who became General Manager and subsequently renamed the show Mayhem.
Mayhem, for a long period of time, had an undercard show called High Voltage, in which newer characters could display their worth to the company in simply-booked matches. This strongly benefited characters such as Brian Davis, Alex Morgan, Daz, and the Carnage Crew, who may never have had the chance to make it on Mayhem without such an opportunity. The show is now known as WCSF Ascension, the name of the similar show that had previously been held before every episode of WCSF Rampage during the brand split.
Expansion and The Brand Split
Touring all across America and even Europe, the WCSF began to make a name for itself, attracting more talent from many areas of the wrestling world, Merrick Brycen being a prime example. This influx of newer talent called for a change in displaying the wrestlers accquired - not enough space was on Mayhem to allow for this, and so Mayhem had competition with the WCSF for the first time in Unleashed, with the draft taking place after Revolution II, on the 13th of April 2006.
With the formation of WCSF Unleashed, Mayhem now had to make up for some losses. Although Dynamite stayed on Mayhem and kept the WCSF Heavyweight Championship on the show, along with keeping Matt Falcon and the WCSF International Championship; Jameson had lost both the WCSF Tag Team Championship and the WCSF Cruiserweight Championship with the rest of the cruiserweights (except for Vincent Viazon) - which caused a slight rift for Mayhem's title scene until Jameson introduced the WCSF Mayhem Tag Team Championships, crowning Los Illuminados as the champions after winning a tag-team tournament.
Aside from titles, the Brand Split also split apart a destructive unit in Reaper and Oblivion, put Vincent Viazon on a path without a chance to claim the Crusierweight Championship and brought up a competitive spark between Mayhem and Unleashed that has become an almost endless battle that continues to this day to determine the superior brand.
In early 2009, The brands were united once again as members of both shows would appear on both Rampage and Mayhem for the foreseeable future as the WCSF lost several big names due to wellness policy violations. The main show is still called WCSF Mayhem.