( We hear the sound of pouring rain over an ominous re-made instrumental of “Paint It, Black” … )
( Visually, we open up to a dark room on a dark and storming afternoon, where we see a young woman sitting at a table by the window as lighting continues to flash in the skies outside of the window. Sitting across from her is an old man wearing dark, hooded clothing. Between them on the table lies a medieval style scroll contract, written in cursive with extensive fine print. )
Narrator: There are many ways to sign away your soul.
( We get a flash-type shot of Sheridan Müller returning to Empire. )
Narrator: The easiest way is to stake your soul on a promise.
( We cut back to Sheridan declaring that EAW and Empire needs her, and claiming to be the very lifeblood of this company. )
Narrator: Another way is to bare your soul unto the world.
( We see Stephanie Matsuda from the post-RTR Empire, emotionally addressing the crowd with tears in her eyes. Then cut back to the original scene where the shaky hand of the old man, slowly slipping a syringe-like pen signifying it being filled with blood, over to the hand of the young woman sitting across from him. )
Narrator: Some designate their lives to a sole objective, and will gladly sign away their soul for the sake of their passion.
( We see Aria Jaxon holding up her EAW Womens Champion and admitting to Matsuda on the most recent Empire that she’s devoted her life to be the very best, and to guard her spot on the top with everything she has. )
Narrator: Others are consumed by passion, even at the risk of losing everything they have.
( We see Tarah Nova agree to face Sheridan at Bloodletter, and see her being restrained by security after learning the terms & conditions to the “Blood Contract.” )
Narrator: But there are many motivators to signing a faustian deal…
( The contract on the table between the young woman and elderly robed man is zoomed in on, and the narrator reads of selective ‘reasons’ written in the very small fine print. )
( We get a shot of Aria Jaxon walking backstage amidst the flashing lights of paparazzi.)
( We see Megan Raine battling with Sydney St. Clair. )
Narrator: To establish order.
( We get a shot of Consuela holding up her Specialists Championship. )
Narrator: Or to maintain order.
( Tarah Nova is seen telling Sheridan off in a face-to-face confrontation. )
Narrator: To soothe ones pride.
( We see April Song watching herself as Specialist Champion, longing to reclaim the title, then we cut back to the original scene with the young protagonist taking up the pen, and hesitating to sign the contract on the table. )
Narrator: This misconception is that a faustian deal is signed unknowingly.
( We get a close up of the young woman with distress in her eyes, swallowing in nervousness, second guessing the deal she is about to make. )
Narrator: But we decide, by our actions, whether or not we side with the devil.
( The young woman slips the contract closer to her, and begins to sign her name in blood. )
Narrator: And the actions of tonight will be imprinted in blood, and tonight’s deeds will forever be etched into eternity.
( The young woman slowly stands up, turns around and walks away while the old figure across from her smiles… his figure slowly begins to fade, and the apparition of the old man dissipates into a demonic, shadowy cloud. The screen cuts to black. )
( “Paint It, Black” by Ciara hits, and the Bloodletter animated graphic comes on the screen. )
Narrator: AND NOW… EAW PRESENTS ITS FIRST EVER EMPIRE FPV… BLOODLETTER!!!
( We cut to the Moda Center, and pyro begins to fire off on the stage as “Paint It, Black” blares from the sound system and the thousands of fans in attendance cheer wildly in excitement for the event. )
Gia Cervantes: IN A NIGHT THAT WILL ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS HISTORIC, WE ARE LIVE FROM THE SOLD OUT MODA CENTER WITH OVER 19,000 FANS IN ATTENDANCE! WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE FIRST EVER…. BLOODLETTER!!!!! I’M GIA CERVANTES, ALONGSIDE FORMER VIXENS CHAMPION AND BROADCAST EXTRAORDINAIRE, SG1!
SG1: Portland has been a gracious city to us all week, but we’re also broadcasting on FPV and the EAW Network in over 175 COUNTRIES, and of course all U.S. territories! I’ll tell you this Gia, I’ve been among the girls in the lockerroom for Pain for Prides, RTRs, Empire supershows – and I have NEVER felt the same energy as I am tonight! Everyone back there is invested into this 110 percent!!! It’s only appropriate that we kick this thing off with two young, hungry young ladies who may very well be the future of Empire!
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Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is set for one fall….
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Jasmine Peyton: And will be contested with NO HOLDS BARRED!
(“Search and Destroy” by Skunk Anansie blasts through the arena as Daisy Thrash makes her way to the ring, arguing with several fans on her way.)
Jasmine Peyton: Introducing first, from Seattle, Washington…..DAISYYYYY THRRRRRRRRRRASSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHH!!!!
Gia: This young woman has become quite disillusioned of late. She doesn’t think she’s gotten a fair shake in EAW and is now hell-bent on proving that she belongs.
SG1: After an angry Twitter exchange between Daisy and her opponent, EAW granted her demand that this match be No Holds Barred!
(“Roll With Me” by Charli XCX plays as the crowd gets loud for Andrea Valentine, who is carrying a Singapore cane with her to the ring. Daisy immediately starts to protest to the referee, but he shrugs his shoulders and informs her of the rules.)
Jasmine Peyton: Her opponent, from Orlando, Florida-
SG1: Andrea Valentine is sprinting towards the ring with that Singapore cane in hand and Daisy immediately bailed! She slides out of the ring and Andrea is ready to go!
Gia: Daisy getting cold feet!? She asked for this match to be contested this way and now she’s too scared to get into the ring?
(DING DING DING!!!)
Gia: The referee is calling for the bell and this match is underway, and Andrea is sliding out of the ring chasing after Daisy and swinging wildly with that cane! The referee is trying to keep some semblance of order, but Daisy pulls him in and uses him basically as a human shield for a moment! Daisy wanted no disqualifications and now she’s using the referee to shield herself from harm!?
(The crowd starts booing wildly as Daisy keeps the referee in front of her, frustrating Andrea as she tries to hit her. She eventually just tosses the cane aside and tries to leap over the referee’s shoulder, grabbing Daisy by the hair until she slides off him and she and Daisy both tumble to the arena floor, the crowd starting to cheer wildly as they brawl.)
SG1: Andrea throwing punches, rights and lefts and Daisy is too! We have two hungry young women trying to settle a score here and this is escalating right from the start! Andrea starting to land a few more impactful punches and Daisy is just trying to cover up now and weather the storm!
Gia: The referee is back in the ring now, almost begging Andrea to bring her opponent back in the ring to restore some semblance of order. Andrea obliges as she pulls Daisy up by the hair and rolls her in the ring, but Daisy is quick to capitalize on having the high ground, quickly getting on her knees and bash Andrea on the head as she tries to get back into the ring.
SG1: Daisy, while most don’t agree with her ideas and style of late isn’t a dummy! She wanted to get into Andrea’s head a bit before this match started and I think now she’s able to exploit her opponent’s eagerness.
Gia: I think you may be right, partner. Daisy pulls Andrea up by the ears and hits a picture-perfect swinging neck breaker! Andrea’s head and neck hit the canvas hard and now she’s had some of the wind taken out of her sails. Daisy sliding out of the ring now and now she claims that Singapore cane that Andrea brought out here and now she plans on using it!
SG1: I love it when a plan comes together! Disarm and rile up your opponent, then use her own weapon on her!
Gia: Andrea is struggling to her feet and Daisy is standing around like she’s Aaron Judge waiting on a fastball down the plate, she’s going to take Andrea’s head off with that cane…. SHE SWINGS!!!…. BUT ANDREA CONNECTS WITH A SUPER KICK FIRST!
SG1: That stunned Daisy a bit and now she’s dropped that stick, Andrea picking it up and now she’s getting to hammer Daisy with shot after shot! To the back, to the ribcage, to the shoulder! She’s leaving some nasty welts and bruises on poor Daisy now I’m sure! That’s not how you treat a revolutionary!
Gia: Revolutionary? Please! Andrea has literally broken the stick across the body of Daisy and now just tosses the remnants out of the ring before going back to work…RUNNING ONE-HANDED BULLDOG bounces Daisy’s head over the mat and now she looks to score a big win as she hooks the leg!
SG1: NO! Daisy gets a shoulder up and manages to keep herself alive! This match has been Andrea’s pace now and unless Daisy can kinda slow it down, I think she’s in for a long, long night! Daisy trying to get to her feet but is greeted with an Armdrag takedown as soon as she gets up! Daisy gets right back up, but she’s caught with a flying headscissors! Andrea is running wild!
Gia: Daisy tries to retreat out of the ring again and Andrea is not letting up as she goes through the ropes looking for a suicide dive…. BUT DAISY IS READY AND COUNTERS WITH A “GOT YOUR NOSE”, THAT VICIOUS DISCUS ELBOW GOT HER RIGHT IN THE FACE!
(A slow-motion replay of Daisy’s move hitting Andrea square in the face and then Andrea crashing to the floor is shown side-by-side with live action on a split screen as the match continues)
Gia: Daisy now pulling various objects out from underneath the ring right now. Fire extinguisher? A table. A steel chair! Daisy just has this look in her eye right now, she has malicious intentions on her mind it would appear.
Gia: Thank you. Daisy swings that chair down HARD on the back of a vulnerable Andrea, the young star screaming in pain as now Daisy has her right where she wanted her. Daisy said she wanted this woman to suffer and to bleed and while she’s not bloody yet she’s damn sure suffering! Daisy eyeing those steel steps and Andrea, and I think she has some sick ideas coming up….
SG1: She pulls Andrea to her feet, Andrea still shaken up badly after that tumble and then the chair shot. Daisy is going to Irish whip her right into the steps….AND THERE GOES ANDREA! BUT NO! SHE CARTWHEELS HER WAY ONTO THE TOP OF THE STEPS! Daisy looks stunned and so do most of the fans at ring side!
Gia: Andrea quickly gets onto the apron and avoids a strike attempt from Daisy….AND NOW ANDREA FLIES WITH A HURRICANRANA, JUMPING FROM THE APRON TO APPLY THE HEADSCISSORS AND TAKES DAISY DOWN! This young woman is putting on an athletic display for the ages!
SG1: Daisy is now shaken up a bit as she landed hard on the arena floor! These two women are taking all the chances they can to try to one up each other in what has been a very personal, very bitter rivalry. Andrea holding the small of her back for a moment, she’s still feeling pain from everything she’s been through in this match too.
Gia: Andrea pulls Daisy up and rolls her up into the ring, deciding on some quick pin options, she ops for an Oklahoma roll!
SG1: NO! Not yet! Daisy keeps fighting and finding a way to survive. Andrea is making sure she doesn’t survive what she has planned next as she slides out the ring and sets up that table that Daisy introduced into this match! Andrea rolls back into the ring as she pulls Daisy towards the turnbuckle!? Wait….NO…. OH NO!
Gia: I don’t know what she has planned but it’s not good for Daisy! She’s trying to keep her balance as she pulls Daisy up, but Daisy manages to muster enough strength to hammer her with vicious forearms! A jumping high-knee right to the jaw. AND THEN A LARIAT THAT SENDS ANDREA TUMBLING DOWN TO THE ARENA FLOOR!
SG1: Daisy has seized control of this match now as she immediately goes in for the kill, kicking Andrea hard in the ribcage before pushing her back into the ring. And now Daisy gloating to the EAW Universe, gesturing to her opponent and behaving as she’s already got this one in the bag. Andrea’s stirring though as Daisy has her back turned.
Gia: Andrea has the fire extinguisher that Daisy introduced and now Daisy’s momentum is about to be cooled off, metaphorically speaking and quite literally, as Daisy turned around and is greeted by a fire extinguisher blast right to the face! The referee waving his hands frantically as some of it gets in his face and now Daisy is temporarily blinded!
SG1: And now Andrea just hits her straight in the face with a hard SLAP that echoes across the arena, Daisy’s not all that unaware anymore and she responds with a kick right to the gut! She tries to go running into the ropes to set up her version of the Thesz Press but she slips! She falls and now Andrea has a chance to capitalize!
Gia: Andrea hits a Thesz press of her own and starts raining down punches! Daisy may regret yet making this no holds barred since everything she’s tried is backfiring almost repeatedly. She’s trying to cover up again from the fiery offense from the younger blonde! Now Andrea is turning her attention back to that table as she pulls Daisy by the hair towards the apron. I have a clue of what she has in mind and it won’t end well for Daisy she does it!
SG1: Daisy is in serious trouble as Andrea sets up on the apron…both women are in danger here! IS SHE GOING TO!?
Gia: Andrea is trying to set up for a Sunset flip Powerbomb, but Daisy is fighting like hell once she realizes what’s about to go down! Daisy grabs the ropes and now both women are desperately struggling to gain superiority….and DAISY DRIVES A SHOULDER RIGHT INTO THE STERNUM OF ANDREA, DRIVING HER BACKFIRST INTO THE RINGPOST!
SG1: Daisy not finished either as she quickly pulls Andrea towards the positioned table…. A LEAPING SPINNING NECKBREAKER FROM THE APRON THROUGH THE TABLE! TNO- THE NUCLEAR OPTION! THROUGH A TABLE!
Gia: NEITHER WOMAN IS MOVING AS THE REFEREE SURVEYS THE DAMAGE! Andrea Valentine may have been broken in half, but so may be Daisy. But she’s the only one moving, wincing in pain as she drapes an arm over an unmoving Andrea.
(DING DING DING!)
(“Search and Destroy” by Skunk Anansie plays as a grimacing Daisy Thrash very slowly rises to her feet, the official raising her hand before immediately turning his attention to Andrea Valentine, who is slowly starting to regain consciousness.)
Jasmine Peyton: Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of this contest…………. DAIIIIIIIIISYYYYYYYYYYYYY THRASSSSSSSSH!!!!
Gia: I don’t know how she did it, but Daisy managed to silence many of her critics tonight, Andrea Valentine chief among them. She worked on that lower back as best as she could during this back and forth match and landed that nasty Nuclear Option through a table set up here near the ring to score a massive victory!
SG1: I think both of these girls elevated themselves tonight on Bloodletter and Daisy especially may be working her way towards a potential title match in the near future. Her new attitude is working for her and I congratulate her on getting the job done tonight!
( Camera cuts backstage to head backstage announcer, Max A. Million, who is with Astraea Jordan, flanked by Malcolm Jones and Mr. DEDEDE. )
Max A. Million: Max A. Million here standing backstage with Empire Elitist Astraea Jordan, the EAW Chairman Mr. DEDEDE and NEO Elitist, Malcolm Jones! It’s a pleasure to see you three here.
Astraea Jordan: The pleasure’s all yours, Max.
Max: I know you guys are enjoying the show and all so I don’t want to hold you three up for too long-
Astraea: Yeah, right, I’m ‘definitely’ enjoying watching fake edgy white bitches do they thing.
( DDD and MJ try to contain their laughs. )
Max: I see, well, shots fired. Nevertheless, I have it on good word Astraea that you’ll be at ringside to attend the main event featuring Stephanie Matsuda challenge Aria Jaxon for the Womens Championship. What are your thoughts on the two heading into this main event, with arguably the two best womens wrestlers in the world clashing for the title?
Malcolm Jones: Hold up now Max, not trying to be ‘dancing in the videos’ or anything but let me just correct you really quick. Aria and Cloud are great – phenomenal even, but.
( MJ shows off the scarf around Astraea’s neck which reads #AstraeaBetter )
Malcolm Jones: Astraea better.
Mr. DEDEDE: Facts.
Astraea: That’s tea. MJ’s right, I’m not watching this match like some fan, I’m not “excited” for any of this. I’m here simply to do research, and see for myself what makes Aria and Stephanie tick. To me it doesn’t matter who wins, because I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m just trying to see who’s really the head bitch in charge… at least for the time being.
Max: Do you have a message for either of your potential King of Elite opponents?
Astraea: Sure, by all means girls, give it all you’ve got out there! I speak for everyone when I say that we’re gonna learn a lot about the both of you, especially Stephanie Matsuda. But if it is Aria that manages to retain her title tonight, I’ve got a game plan especially ready for you, Aria. You’ve been keeping that title warm for me for quite a long time, so it’ll only be right that at King of Elite, I take that off your hands.
( Astraea smiles and leaves the scene along with DDD and MJ. )
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( “River Blood” by Nature Of The Beast plays over the sound system, and Haruna Sakazaki follows closely behind Azumi Goto as the two walk out to the stage in matching black attire with red trimming They both survey the crowd, and make their entrance to the ring. )
Jasmine Peyton: The following tag team contest is scheduled for ONE FALL! Introducing first, weighing in at a combined weight of 237 POUNDS.. THE TEAM OF HARUNA SAKAZAKI AND AZUMI GOTOOOO!!!
Gia: Whether you like them or you don’t – and trust me I’ve been on both sides – ”Hazumi” have grown tremendously as individuals and as a team by establishing a united front as their credo. Last week on Empire Azumi and Haruna looked determined to solidify their spot in the Specialist Championship four way match scheduled for later tonight.
SG1: But thanks to Revy with the assist from “Drunk Savannah”, the united front were sent up out of the match. You can just tell Haruna and Azumi are still seething after that, they want their revenge on Savannah – but it’s not gonna come easy!
( “Red Fraction” by Mell hits, and Revy makes her way out to the ring. )
Jasmine Peyton: Their opponents, introducing first from Houston, Texas…. SHE IS REVYYYYY!!!!
Gia: Well following the Specialist Title contendership battle royale, Haruna and Azumi repaid the favor later that night, going after Savannah Sunshine only to bump into Revy! Revy requested this match shortly after receiving a two on one beatdown from Hazumi, but I think the biggest takeaway from all of this is how Revy was willing to risk bodily harm for the sake of protecting a friend! Revy may be rough around the edges, but the more you get to know her she isn’t so bad after all!
SG1: Revy’s certainly a loyal friend, but hopefully Savannah isn’t drunk and passed out this time, maybe she can get up and help her during this match!
( “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” by Suburban Legends hits and Savannah Sunshine makes an energetic entrance, rushing right behind Revy who’s already halfway down the ramp, and the two make their entrance together. )
Jasmine Peyton: And her partner, from Candy Land, USA… SAAAAVANNAHHHHHH SUNSHINE!!!!
Gia: IT’S GOOD TO SEE SAVANNAH BACK IN HER NATURAL STATE! NO MORE YUCKY 80 PROOF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS MY LITTLE SUNSHINE! STAY SOBER DON’T GET PULLED OVER!
SG1: Uh… looks like Savannah’s clean as a whistle Gia, and lord knows Revy’s gonna need that especially against a duo such as Hazumi!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Gia: Revy starts this match off circling the ring with Azumi Goto, who begins the contest for her own team as well. Azumi sends a couple of shoot kicks, forcing Revy to dodge each one and keep her guard up even higher than it already is. The two close in for a Greco-Roman knuckle lock, turning the opening moments of this contest into a test of strength… Revy’s definitely got the upper hand on that one, Azumi has no choice but to back into the corner which prompts the official to separate the two.
SG1: AZUMI FIRES OFF WITH A KICK! Revy caught it! Azumi’s going into a bit of a panic, she basically gave away control of the leg and Revy’s capitalizing with a DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP! No Azumi keeps a firm grip on the ring ropes, refusing to be sent over, and she uses her leg strength to pull Revy back into an elbow to the face! Revy responds with a SOUTHPAW UPPERCUT! That knocks Azumi down to the mat, only for her to quickly recover and be taken back down with another right hand! Azumi recovers, and Revy picks her spot to send her into the ropes with an Irish whip – only for Azumi to reverse the whip and follow up quickly to deliver a RUNNING KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION! Azumi rushes over to Haruna who’s standing near by, and takes Haruna in! Haruna charges on the apron until she’s right behind Revy and delivers a STEP-UP ENZUIGIRI! THIS SENDS REVY STUMBLING FORWARD, ONLY TO BE HOISTED UP ONTO AZUMIS SHOULDERS, AND TAKEN DOWN WITH A SPRINGBOARD ELBOW TO THE SPINE, KNOCKING REVY OFF OF AZUMIS SHOULDERS!
Gia: Already some nice synchronicity by Hazumi, and Haruna slides over for the cover.
Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWW-
SG1: Definitely not enough to finish Revy, albeit a very nice move delivered from the former Specialists Champion. Haruna traps Revy in a headlock, keeping Revy at an upright sitting stage and forcing her to battle as much as she can out of that position. Revy’s got a lot of power in her small frame, she’s built up a ton of strength in her past combat experience, and she manages to deliver a couple of well placed elbows into the body of Haruna. Revy straightens herself up to a standing base while Haruna still maintains a rear chinlock from behind… and Revy SWINGS HARUNA OFF OF HER WITH A HAIR-PULL SNAPMARE! AND DELIVERS A ROCKET FAST PENALTY KICK TO THE BACK OF THE NECK!!! That sends Haruna rolling under the ropes to the apron, and Revy tags in the one and only Savannah Sunshine!
Gia: That’s got a lot of the younger audience members fired up here in the Moda Center! Savannah rushes over to Haruna who’s laying on the apron… and SCOOPS HER IN, TO DELIVER A FALLAWAY SLAM INTO THE BARRICADE!!! THAT SENDS HARUNA’S BODY BOUNCING OFF OF THE BARRIER BETWEEN THE FRONT ROW FANS AND THE COMPETITORS! SAVANNAH RUSHES BACK INTO THE RING – BUT IS CUT OFF BY AZUMI GOTO WHO DELIVERS A JUMPING CLOTHESLINE TO CUT OFF HER MOMENTUM! NOBODY HOME, SAVANNAH SIDE STEPS IT AND REVY TRAPS AZUMI IN HER CLUTCHES WITH AN EXPLODER SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!
SG1: Wicked suplex practically dumps Azumi on her head! The self-proclaimed ace of Empire is in the corner hanging upside down, and Haruna recovers Azumi’s hanging upside down in that corner… in comes Haruna, hoping to drag Azumi out of the ring, but REVY DRAGS HARUNA BY HER HEAD FROM RINGSIDE INTO THE RING, AND DELIVERS A BRUTAL KNEE TO THE FACE! That forces Haruna to lean back against the upside down Azumi, cornering both teammates… and Savannah stands at the opposite side of the ring with a big smile on her face!
Gia: I think they’ve got some sort of move plan, but Revy doesn’t look to anxious to do it! Look at this, Savannah starts skipping around in a circle…… Revy can’t help but facepalm as Savannah skips around, almost like it’s ring around the rosie! Now Savannah skips over to Revy… and THE TWO LINKS ARMS AND SKIP AROUND IN A CIRCLE! THIS IS AMAZING! THIS IS MY FAVORITE TEAM EVER! LONG LIVE REVANNAH!
Gia: Revy and Savannah!
SG1: I am NOT adopting that nickname.
Gia: Come on, you adopted Hazumi!
SG1: LOOK AT THIS, REVY TRANSITIONS THEIR LITTLE ‘DANCE’ INTO A HIPTOSS, SENDING SAVANNAH INTO A CORNERED HARUNA AND AZUMI! Haruna rolls out of the ring and Azumi drops to the mat before rolling out via the opposite side of the corner! This prompts Revy to target Azumi, who’s rolled out of the ring to the bottom of the ramp….. waiting for Azumi to slowly stir and eventually recover… and Revy does a shooting taunt before RUNNING THE ROPES, AND SPRINTING ACROSS THE RING TO DELIVER A LIGHTING FAST SUICIDE DIVE!!!!
Gia: AZUMI CUTS REVY OFF WITH A ROLLING ELBOW JUST BEFORE SHE SLINGS THROUGH THE ROPES! THAT SENDS REVY TUMBLING WITH A NASTY SPILL ON THE APRON, AND LANDING DOWN AT RINGSIDE!
SG1: Meanwhile Savannah Sunshine’s trying to get Haruna back in the ring, but JUST AS THE TWO ARE ON THE APRON HARUNA HOISTS SAVANNAH ON HER SHOULDER AND DELIVERS A BACK SUPLEX ONTO THE APRON!!! Haruna steps into the ring, tags a still weary Azumi Goto in, and drags Savannah to the center of the ring before straightening her up and sending her into the ropes with a hard Irish whip… and Haruna catches an oncoming Savannah with an OVER-THE-SHOULDER FLAPJACK, INTO THE PICTURE PERFECT DROPKICK FROM AZUMI GOTO! BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED! AZUMI FOLLOWS UP WITH THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gia: SAVANNAH WITH THE SHOULDER UP! Let’s get another look of that combo, I think Savannah might be knocked out!
( Replay airs of the flapjack/dropkick combo, with a slow motion view of Azumi’s boots smacking off the face of Savannah Sunshine, and Savannah being turned inside out – hitting the mat head first. )
SG1: Yeah you see the way her head hit the mat after that brutal kick to the face! Savannah’s laid out on the ground, and Azumi’s looking to capitalize POTENTIALLY LOOKING FOR A STANDING ANKLE LOCK!!! BUT SAVANNAH COMES ALIVE, DRAGGING AND CLAWING HERSELF TO THE ROPES WITH ALL SHE’S GOT! Azumi looks a bit surprised by how defiant Savannah is, she might have thought just like you did Gia that she was unconscious, but Savannah’s managed to get herself within reach of the ring ropes, and now she’s using the ropes to drag her way back up… AZUMI FOLLOWS UP WITH A BRUTAL ASSAULT OF RAPID FIRE KNEE STRIKES TO THE CORNERED SAVANNAH SUNSHINE! AZUMI UNLOADING WITH THE MACHINE GUN KNEE STRIKES, WITH EACH SHOT STRONG ENOUGH TO LEAVE WELTS ALL OVER THE BODY!
Gia: Savannah still has it in her to remain standing, and she’s not necessarily that far off from Revy who’s standing on the apron and calling for Savannah to tag out. Savannah does her best to run over to Revy’s corner, but Azumi pulls Savannah back into the corner and deliver a SPINNING HEEL KICK TO THE CORNERED SAVANNAH SUNSHINE, AND FOLLOWS UP WITH THE MURAMASA!!! SAITO SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!!! Savannah hits the corner so hard, she bounces off of it and tumbles to the mat, only to be pulled away from the corner and covered with a firm hook of the legs by Azumi!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
SG1: SAVANNAH WITH ANOTHER KICK OUT!
Gia: Azumi’s not going to settle for that. She slowly, meticulously rises with the wheels turning in her head, and she snatches both arms from behind, and applies a FOOT-PRESSED DOUBLE ARM STRETCH SUBMISSION!!! AZUMI REEEEEARS BACK WITH THAT UNGODLY HOLD! POOR SAVANNAH, SHE’S HURTING SO BADLY, SHE’S PROBABLY SO CLOSE TO CALLING IT QUITS! DON’T GIVE UP SAVANNAH, PLEASE!
SG1: AZUMI HAS THAT HOLD WRENCHED, SHE’S LITERALLY LAYING BACKWARDS WITH THAT HOLD, DAMN NEAR MOMENTS AWAY FROM PULLING BOTH OF SAVANNAH’S ARMS OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS…….. AND HERE COMES REVY WITH A JUMPING LEGDROP TO BREAK THE HOLD! Haruna rushes into the ring, and the referee holds Haruna back from getting involved! Haruna’s flipping a lid over this, and in this case I can’t really blame her, it’s not like it was her side who played the interference.
Gia: Azumi and Savannah recover at roughly the same time… and SAVANNAH CATCHES AZUMI WITH A SHOOT KICK! ANOTHER KICK TO THE OTHER LEG! INNER THIGH KICK! A FOURTH SHOOT KICK TO THE RIBS! AZUMI DELIVERS A FOREARM! SAVANNAH RESPONDS WITH ONE OF HER OWN! AZUMI HITS A SPIN-KICK TO THE MIDSECTION, AND A LIFTING HEEL KICK TO THE FACE OF A DOUBLED OVER SAVANNAH! NO, SAVANNAH CATCHES THAT LEG, AND HITS A LEG-TRAP OVERHEAD BACK SUPLEX!
SG1: That just about levels the playing field between these two! Savannah and Azumi both desperately begin the long and excruciating crawl to their respective partners, and Savannah especially seems determined to get over to Revy, who’s anxious to get back into this contest! SAVANNAH’S JUST ABOUT FINGER TIPS AWAY………. BUT LOOK AT THIS, AZUMI’S TRYING TO CUT SAVANNAH OFF WITH A SNATCH OF THE ANKLE! AZUMI GOING, YET AGAIN, FOR A STANDING ANKLE LOCK! BUT SAVANNAH ROLLS FORWARD THROUGH IT, SLINGING AZUMI FACE FIRST INTO THE ROPES!! AZUMI ROLLS AWAY, AND SAVANNAH KNIPS UP TO HER FEET AND JUMPS OVER TO REVY FOR THE TAG! REVY RUSHES INTO THE RING, CHARGES AT AZUMI, AND DUCKS THE ONCOMING LARIAT FROM AZUMI! AZUMI CHARGES UP AT SAVANNAH SUNSHINE WHO’S SEATED ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, AND SAVANNAH HITS A DIVING TORNADO DDT ON AZUMI GOTO!!!
Gia: REVY JUST KNOCKED HARUNA CLEAN OFF OF THE ARPON WITH A RUNNING FOREARM! SAVANNAH SUNSHINE SCRAPES AN OUT-OF-IT AZUMI GOTO UP FROM THE MAT, AND SENDS HER INTO REVY… FOR A RING RATTLING SPINEBUSTER!!!! FOLLOWS UP WITH A HOOK OF THE LEG!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
SG1: KICK OUT BY AZUMI! REVY’S STILL GOT A MOUNTAIN OF ENERGY INSIDE HER, PENT UP FROM HAVING TO WATCH THIS MATCH FROM THE SIDELINES WITH BATED BREATH, AND SHE’S STALKING AZUMI JUST WAITING FOR HER TO RECOVER AT THE RIGHT TIME, AT THE RIGHT MOMENT…. AZUMI TAKES A BIT LONGER THAN REVY HOPED, BUT JUST AS SHE GETS INTO THE RIGHT POSITION REVY SPRINTS RIGHT AT AZUMI!!!! SHINING RED!!!!!!!! YES SHE GOT IT!!! STEP-UP SINGLE LEG DROPKICK, SURE TO PUT AZUMI’S LIGHTS OUT! AND A LATERAL PRESS!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gia: HARUNA DOGPILES OVER REVY WITH AN ELBOW ATTACK! AND HARUNA BATTERS A FLURRY OF ELBOW SHOTS TO THE UNPROTECTED SKULL OF REVY! The official tries to intervene, but Haruna refuses to ease up on those ferocious blows, forcing the ref’s hand to make the count!
Ref: 1! 2! 3! 4!
Gia: Haruna yells at the referee… and SAVANNAH SUNSHINE FROM BEHIND! SAVANNAH WITH THE REAR WAISTLOCK! COULD WE BE GETTING A GERMAN SUPLEX? NO! HARUNA DELIVERS A BACK ELBOW! Now Haruna grabs Savannah by the nape of the neck and flings her RIGHT INTO A RECOVERING REVY, SENDING BOTH LADIES TUMBLING DOWN TO RINGSIDE! OUCH, they might have even bumped heads along the way.
( Haruna comes to Azumi’s aid and starts to communicate with her in Japanese while Revy and Savannah slowly stir at ringside. )
SG1: The official asks both Haruna and Azumi to bring this back in the ring, but the two seem to have other plans…. Haruna’s managed to be sort of a “healer” for Azumi, willing her back up and delivering some instructions as well. Azumi’s definitely not all the way there right now after just eating a Shining Red, but she’s able to listen to what Haruna says. The two exit the ring and walk right past us over to the international announce table where the steel steps are located… and they begin pulling the steel steps out of place! What are they thinking? Haruna and Azumi begin straightening up the incredibly heavy base of the steel steps, until they’ve got it standing vertically – almost matching Azumi herself in height!
Gia: These two are playing a really dangerous game, those steps could cause some really serious injury.
SG1: I think that’s the plan Gia… Haruna, directing traffic, walks over to Savannah Sunshine right in front of us, with Azumi following suit. The two pull Savannah up at both sides… oh dear lord… I THINK THEY WANNA SEND HER INTO THOSE STANDING STEEL STEPS!
Gia: LOOK OUT!!! REVY DELIVERS A SUICIDE DIVE, SENDING HARUNA FLYING RIGHT OVER OUR DESK!!! Azumi sends a couple of stomps down at Revy, but SAVANNAH GRABS AZUMI BY THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND BASHES HER FACE REPEATEDLY INTO THE APRON, BOUNCING IT OFF THE SHARP PART OF THE APRON LIKE A BASKEBALL! Azumi drops to a knee, Savannah rushes around the ring to her own corner, and REVY GOES BACK ON THE OFFENSE DELIVERING A WICKED POP-UP BACK SUPLEX ON HARUNA INTO THE HOOD OF OUR ANNOUNCE DESK YET AGAIN!!!! REVY AND SAVANNAH RALLY BACK!
SG1: Revy re-enters the ring with Haruna in her clutches and painstakingly walks over to Savannah Sunshine to tag her in! Savannah Sunshine is back in her groove, pulling Haruna up slowly while Revy rebounds off of the ropes for a BRUTAL RUNNING LARIAT!!!! THAT TURNS HARUNA INSIDE OUT!!!!
Gia: AND SAVANNAH FOLLOWS UP WITH THAT, DRAGGING HARUNA UP FOR THE MAT AND REELING HER IN, FOR THE CANDY LAND DESTROYER!!!!!!! FRONT FLIP PILEDRIVER TO FINISH THE MATCH!!!!!!!
SG1: IN COMES AZUMI FROM BEHIND, DELIVERING A REAR WAISTLOCK INTO AN O’CONNOR ROLL ON SAVANNAH SUNSHINE BEFORE ROLLING THROUGH AND HITTING A GERMAN RELEASE SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER! REVY CHARGES BACK INTO THE RING — AND IS CUT OFF WITH A ROLLING FOREARM, TAKING REVY OFF OF HER TRACKS! NOW AZUMI GOTO DEADLIFTS SAVANNAH SUNSHINE OFF OF THE MAT…. WOOOOOOOOW, AZUMI DELIVERS A DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX INTO THE SUPERKICK FROM HARUNA!!!!!!! HOT DAMN WHAT A COMBO!
Gia: Revy comes right after Azumi and Haruna, but the two quickly overpower Revy in this all out brawl! The two deliver more punches than Revy, delivering shots all over the body, beating down fists, and raining down a mudhole of unrelenting stomps!
( Revy rolls under the bottom rope and drops to the ringside floor, and Haruna & Azumi follow Revy down to ringside… slowly drag her up from the ringside floor… )
Gia: OH NO!!!! HARUNA AND AZUMI HIT A DOUBLE TEAM IRISH WHIP, SENDING REVY FLYING ACROSS RINGSIDE AND HITTING THOSE STANDING STEEL STEPS HEAD FIRST!!! SOMEBODY NEEDS TO CHECK ON THAT RIGHT AWAY!
SG1: HARUNA AND AZUMI ARE CRUISING THEIR WAY TO VICTORY, AND THEY KNOW IT. HARUNA RETURNS TO THE RING, WATCHING, WAITING FOR SAVANNAH TO WILL HERSELF BACK UP…. SHE’S COMPLETELY DEFENSELESS, HER PARTNER’S BEEN INCAPACITATED, AND HARUNA DELIVERS THE FINISHING BLOW!!! LAPIS LAZULI!!!! CURVED ROUNDHOUSE KICK PUTS SAVANNAH’S LIGHTS OUT, AND SHE DROPS OVER HER FOR THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “River Blood” by Nature Of The Beast hits, and Azumi enters the ring to join her partner in celebration. )
Jasmine Peyton: Here are your winners, AZUMI GOTO AND HARUNA SAKAZAKI!!!!
Gia: A hard fought win for Hazumi… as sickening as it was to watch those final attacks, and as sad as I am to see Savannah go out that way, I really have no choice but to respect the level at which Hazumi competed in.
SG1: They were just on another level chemistry wise, and their performance in the clutch proved that to be the case! Don’t get me wrong, Revy and Savannah make a fantastic team, but Haruna and Azumi had the edge up in experience. These two worked with a synergy that you just don’t see from most other teams in wrestling, period!
Gia: Haruna and Azumi are closer than partners, they’re practically conjoined at the hip. It’s almost to a point where they can sense each other in distress, and be in the perfect place at the perfect time for each other. Well earned win.
( We see Revy sitting at ringside out cold, Savannah Sunshine stirring in the ring hardly responsive, and we see Azumi and Haruna celebrating side by side on the ramp with their arms behind each others backs before the camera pans somewhere else. )
( AD: On January 5th, 2018, NEO presents “CROWNED IN BLOOD” LIVE! from the Park & Suites Arena in Montpellier, France! Tickets are available right now, show begins at 6PM and doors open at 5. )
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(“Studio” by Schoolboy Q and The Chicago Kid blares over the speakers as Megan Raine makes her way out of the curtain, strobe lights flashing and shrouded in a smoke that fogs the top of the ramp before making her way down the aisle to a chorus of boos from the audience)
Ring Announcer: The following match is scheduled for one fall, and is for number one contendership to the EAW Specialists Championship! Introducing first, from Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom, weighing in at 110 pounds… MEGANNNNNNNN RAINEEEE!!!!
Gia: Megan’s got a look of confidence, some would say cockiness, on her face as she walks down the ramp tonight. But when doesn’t she?
SG1: She knows what’s at stake tonight and you have to think she’s been preparing hard.
(“Weatherman” by Dead Sara hits as Sydney St. Clair bursts through the curtain spiritedly, a smile on her face as she high-fives numerous adulating fans on her way down the ramp)
Ring Announcer: And her opponent, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England, weighing in at 112 pounds… SYDNEYYYYYYY ST. CLAIRRRRR!!!
SG1: Sydney means business tonight. She’s in a hurry to get down to that ring and throw her hat in the cap as a possible next Specialists Champion if she wins here tonight and gains an opportunity to challenge for the coveted championship.
Gia: It’s going to be a dog fight.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gia: This Specialist Championship number one contendership match is underway! Megan Raine is staring daggers into the face of Sydney St. Clair, but before Megan Raine makes a move Sydney charges Megan, launching herself into her opponent for a shoulder block that connects and stuns Megan, sending her staggering back up against the ropes! Sydney is pummeling the midsection with stiff precision knees, you can tell Megan didn’t expect this at all as she had zero time to adjust right there!
SG1: Sydney breaks off of Megan Raine momentarily to catch her breath, now Megan’s momentum is causing her to stumble forward, and a quick response by Sydney who connects with the jumping enzuigiri straight to the side of Megan Raine’s head! Sydney wasn’t going to allow Megan Raine to play possum with her for even a moment. She didn’t want to take the chance of Megan luring her into a false sense of security! Sydney came to play tonight with her game face on.
Gia: Sydney aggressively forces Megan Raine back up to her feet after grabbing her by the neck, and now it’s Megan with a thumb to the eye of Sydney! Megan buys herself some time to recover by temporarily impairing the vision of Sydney with that thumb to the eye, and now it’s Megan with a quick roll-up from behind!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEE… TWOOOOOOOOO
SG1: A kickout! Megan was hoping to escape with a cheap victory right there, but Sidney managed to stay alert and kick out well before the three count. Megan is still regaining her energy after the early onslaught by Sydney, but Sydney is right back up to her feet after the roll-up pin and she now attempts to level Megan Raine with a clothesline, but Megan sidesteps the clothesline and quickly wrenches in Sydney St. Clair – Snap DDT! It connects and both competitors are laid out!
Gia: Megan Raine is clutching the air trying to grab the nearby ring ropes and leverage herself back up to her feet! She finds the middle rope, clawing her way back up as Sydney remains laid out in the center of the ring. Megan Raine pulls herself all the way back up to her feet, now feasting her eyes on the top turnbuckle and darting toward the ropes as Sydney remains centered in that ring, yet to move!
SG1: Megan quickly climbs up the ropes, not wanting to waste any time, holding each side of the ropes with her hands to position herself correctly – MOONSAULT! MEGAN RAINE WITH THE MOONSAULT!
Gia: But Sydney gets her knees up at the last possible moment, resulting in Megan Raine taking the brunt of that fall! An acrobatic aerial maneuver by Megan Raine proves to be more risk than reward this go-around, and now it’s both competitors rising to their feet, Megan Raine grasping her stomach in pain, and the two now rise to their feet simultaneously! A quick left from Megan Raine is followed by a right from Sydney St. Clair, and the two women continue to trade blows before Megan manages to dodge one of those punches from Sydney and connect with a punishing knee to the sternum of Sydney St. Clair to gain some separation!
SG1: Megan charges forward at Sydney St. Clair with the spinning wheel kick, but Sydney ducks underneath the kick attempt and both women land on their feet! Megan turns around and meets Sydney right as she does who connects with the back body drop on Megan Raine right as the Raine once again charged toward her!
Gia: A quick elbow drop right after the back body drop catches nothing but mat as Megan Raine alertly rolls right out of the way, pulling herself back up with the assistance of the ring ropes, but Sydney weathers the storm and stands right back up herself, favoring her elbow somewhat, but springing toward the ropes Megan clings to for a running elbow – but nobody’s home! Sydney tugs down on the top rope to try and send Megan flying to the outside, but Megan somehow manages to hold onto the outside ropes from one knee, quickly pulling herself back up and connecting with a headbutt to the midsection of Sydney right as she turns around! Sydney clutches at her stomach and staggers back whilst Megan seems to be plotting something, still on the outside of the ring ropes! AND SHE SPRINGBOARDS! THE ONE HIT WONDER! MEGAN GOES FOR THAT SPRINGBOARD FOREARM SMASH!
SG1: SPEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!!! SYDNEY ST. CLAIR WITH WITH EXCELLENT FORESIGHT, OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST INSTINCT, BUT WHAT A COUNTER BY SYDNEY AS SHE LAYS THE LEAPING MEGAN RAINE OUT WITH A SPEAR IN MID-AIR!
Gia: But that seems to have taken a lot out of Sydney St. Clair! She’s still clutching for her ribs after that headbutt to the midsection delivered by Megan right before the magnificent spear counter, but Sydney manages to get a shoulder over Megan!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEE…. TWOOOOOOOOO.. THRRRR—
SG1: And a shoulder up for Megan Raine! Wow, I can’t believe it! What incredible resiliency by Megan Raine. You don’t have to like her, but you have to respect her.
Gia: Sydney looks at the referee holding up two fingers in disbelief over that near-fall! Sydney rises to her feet clutching her ribs, and she regains her breath for a moment before forcing Megan Raine back up by the hand. Sydney charges forward for a final strike at Megan Raine – FLAPJACK!!! MEGAN RAINE OUT OF NOWHERE, ON PURE INSTINCT, CONNECTS WITH THE FLAPJACK AS SYDNEY ST. CLAIR WAS COMING AT HER! MEGAN RAINE’S MOMENTUM TAKES HER DOWN AS SHE COLLAPSES ON SYDNEY ST. CLAIR FOR THE COVER!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE… TWOOOOOOOOOOO… THRRR—
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Studio” by Schoolboy Q and BJ The Chicago Kid hits as the referee raises Megan Raine’s hand)
Ring Announcer: The winner of this match by pinfall, and number one contender for the EAW Specialists Championship… MEGANNNNNNNN RAIIIIIIIINEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
SG1: A shocking victory for Megan Raine! It looked like Sydney St. Clair has Megan right where she wanted her, but Megan flipped the script and picked up the victory.
Gia: There’s your new number one contender! Megan Raine with an impressive display of resourcefulness in the face of certain defeat. She earned every bit of that W tonight.
( We get a shot of the Portland, Oregon downtown area, and get a view of the outside of the Moda Center. )
SG1: An official count of 19,521 fans have piled into the Moda Center for this evening! Portland is one of the more beautiful cities in the United States, but Gia, thinks are about to get real UGLY.
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Gia: It’s the culmination of pent up frustration from Sheridan Müller, and a heated rivalry between her and the former Empire General Manager Tarah Nova. It’s been a bitter feud, stemming from several months ago when Sheridan Müller was released from the company, and so much has transpired from that point on. Let’s take a look.
( A grim, suspenseful video package plays – first showing Sheridan Müller’s return to Empire, where from the gate she would verbally attack the sitting authority of EAW and of Empire. Tarah Nova would respond to these comments in an “Empire address” by taking shots at Sheridan, with a look of scorn being seen on Sher’s face. Later that night in a match against Chelsea Crowe, we see Sheridan using dirty tactics only for Tarah Nova to intervene later in that match and distract Sher from the victory – costing her the match. We then recap on a face to face confrontation between the two, leading to Tarah agreeing to a match at Bloodletter against Sheridan. This is when we see Sher blindside Tarah, beat her senselessly and German suplex her onto the announce table. We finally get a view of the “blood contract signing” where EAW Board members are in the front row spectating, and Sher reveals that upon the agreement from Tarah Nova to compete in this match she has been stripped of her role as Empire GM. She informs Nova of the stakes in the contract that has been arranged via divine mandate of the EAW Board, stating that if Sher loses she is gone from Empire for good. )
( Video package comes to an end. )
( We return to the Moda Center, and “Surfacing” by Slipknot plays over the sound system causing the audience to erupt with a major mixed reaction. Sheridan walks out to the stage in black ring gear with gold trimming, and she makes her entrance with complete disregard for the reaction of the fans. )
Jasmine Peyton: This following contest is sceduled for ONE FALL!!! Introducing first, from Munich, Germany… she is the self-proclaimed “Last Vixen”, SHERIDANNNNNN MÜLLER!!!!!!
SG1: A lot of people have a lot of reasons to look forward to this match. Personally I speak for a lot of people when I say that my biggest draw to this contest is the fact that FINALLY the politics are over! No more talking, no more pointing fingers, no more of this ‘he said, she said’ – this isn’t about backstage relationships or the opinions of the front office, this is about who is the BEST in this wrestling ring!
Gia: And in Sher’s mind there’s no one who is better than her when it comes to this ring. But like you said Gia, this is the only place that matters. We’ve heard both sides, and in some ways what Sheridan says – to a lot of people – makes sense. A lot of people also hate her guts, but in this match there must be a winner, meaning even if you can’t come to an understanding of Sheridan’s viewpoint, if she wins this match none of us have any choice but to acknowledge her for being EXACTLY as good as she thinks she is!
( “Boss’ Daughter” by Pop Evil hits, and Tarah Nova walks out dressed in ring gear as she receives a HUGE ovation from the capacity crowd. Nova walks to the ring with a fire in her eyes. )
Jasmine Peyton: And her opponent… from Detroit, Michigan, “THE VIXEN KILLER”, TARAAAAAAAAAH NOVA!!!!!
SG1: This is a woman who has spent years, arguably, the best in this division! She’s accomplished more than what a lot of women in this sport every dream of accomplishing – whether it’s wins at Pain for Prides, championship reigns, and a Hall of Fame induction.
Gia: What makes tonight interesting, for lack of a better term, is that for the first time in a long time Tarah doesn’t have to worry about the burdens of being a General Manager. She’s been able to focus 100% on being a wrestler- scratch that, a KILLER! And even though the politics are put to the backburner, this political feud has turned into a personal blood rivalry!
SG1: Without question, Gia. Remember, if Sheridan is defeated tonight she is banished from Empire forever! In this match, no matter what goes down, there MUST be a winner!
( Tarah and Sheridan share the same ring, and the official keeps the two separated and goes over the rules between them both. Tarah and Sher stare deeply into each others eyes, and the referee finally calls for the bell. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Gia: TARAH COMES RIGHT AFTER SHERIDAN, AND SHER IMMEDIATELY BACKS INTO THE CORNER AND STEPS THROUGH THE ROPES WHILE TARAH’S GRABBING AT HER HAIR AND GOING FOR SHOTS TO THE FACE! THE SHOCK COLLAR OF EMPIRE HAS TO BE DRAGGED AWAY FROM HER CORNERED OPPONENT, AND TARAH WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO RIP SHERIDAN LIMB FROM LIMB!
SG1: Sheridan steps back into the ring and dusts herself off, while Nova is getting a warning from the ref. Tarah Nova doesn’t have any more power than anybody else, if she gets herself disqualified there’s no way out of this, it’s not like she can reverse the decision or a book a rematch for this thing! Sheridan closes in closer to Tarah, and the two of them slowly circle the ring – before Tarah hits a kick to the lower abdomen – boot caught by Sher and Sheridan pushes Tarah back into the ropes with a hold of that boot before CLOCKING her with a forearm to the face! TARAH FIRES BACK WITH A HEAD BUTT! AND SHE DOUBLES DOWN WITH A THESZ PRESS INTO A FLURRY OF RIGHT HANDS! Sheridan manages to cover up, and she shoves Nova off of her before the two recover, and Tarah goes right back after her opponent-
Gia: Sheridan takes Tarah by the head over to the nearest corner and hits a LOUD BODY BLOW TO THE RIBS! That brings Tarah to a knee, and Sher pulls her up after snatching the wrist just to take her back down with a battering ram shoulder block! Follows it up with an elbow drop to the chest! Tarah spins out of that and rushes up to a stand in seconds flat, while a doubled over Sher holds her elbow in pain and tastes a BOOT LIFTED TO THE FACE! TARAH CATCHES SHERIDAN WITH A CRUCIFIX BACKSLIDE!
SG1: SHER HOLDS HER GROUND, REFUSING TO BE TAKEN OVER, FORCING TARAH TO FIGHT JUST TO TAKE HER FEET OFF OF THE GROUND! Tarah changes course, releasing the crucifix hold just to turn around and shove Sher into the ropes from behind, and as Sher backpedals following a ricochet off the ropes she stumbles RIGHT INTO THE CLUTCHES OF NOVA … WHO DELIVERS A GERMAN RELEASE SUPLEX!!!! THAT DUMPED SHERIDAN ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD!!! TARAH HITTING SHERIDAN WITH HER OWN BEST MOVE!
( Sheridan looks up at Tarah from the ground in shock, while Tarah crouches over signalling for Sher to ‘come at her’ )
Gia: I DON’T THINK SHER EXPECTED THAT AT ALL! SHE’S STUNNED! Tarah is feeling confident in the early going, and Sher can’t help but look up appearing to be rattled by that attack! Perhaps it’s been so long since Sher’s been on the receiving end of a German suplex, she’s forgotten what it feels like! Tarah comes right after Sheridan, but Sher quickly bails from the ring. That’s not gonna stop Tarah though, she rushes to the outside herself while Sher’s doing her best to create space… and TARAH CHARGES AFTER HER – ONLY FOR SHERIDAN TO RESPOND WITH A BIG BOOT RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!!!
SG1: NOBODY HOME, TARAH WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE UNDER THE BOOT, AND SHE RUSHES BACK UP FROM BEHIND, SENDING SHER HEAD FIRST INTO THE LED RINGPOST! AND SHE’S GOT SHERIDAN IN WITH A REAR WAISTLOCK, SHADES FROM A COUPLE OF WEEKS ON EMPIRE, IS SHE GONNA???? OH MY GOD GIA LOOK OUT!!!
( SG1 and Gia quickly part ways from the announce table as Tarah delivers a MASSIVE GERMAN RELEASE SUPLEX ON SHERIDAN. )
Gia: SHERIDAN’S BODY JUST BOUNCED OFF OF OUR REINFORCED ANNOUNCE TABLE, AND SHE’S LANDED RIGHT BETWEEN OUR CHAIRS IN A HEAP! TARAH NOVA LETS OUT A PRIMAL YELL, HER ADRENALINE’S PUMPING 100 MILES AN HOUR!
SG1: TARAH NOVA RETURNING THE FAVOR FROM TWO WEEKS AGO ON EMPIRE, LETTING SHER KNOWS HOW IT FEELS THIS TIME AROUND!
Ref: LET’S TAKE THIS BACK IN THE RING! 1! 2! 3! 4!
( A replay shows Tarah drilling Sher skull first into the LED ringpost, and hitting Sher with a release German suplex onto the hood of the announce table. In real-time, we see Tarah scraping Sher up from the floor behind the announce desk, and returning into the ring with her opponent in tow. )
Gia: NOVA WITH THE COVER NOW!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
SG1: SHERIDAN SHOOTS THE SHOULDER UP! Sheridan Müller’s getting a run for her money, but she’s definitely still in this. You can see her already doing her best to climb back to her feet, and Tarah’s looking on from behind with just a look of utter disdain for her opponent. After all of the nasty exchanges these two have had, you can’t be surprised that Tarah’s shooting to kill straight from the beginning. As Sher straightens up, Tarah releases a DOUBLE AX-HANDLE FIST SMASH TO THE SPINE! Sheridan tanks that, it doesn’t even move her! Sher turns around and LEVELS TARAH WITH A LIGHTING SWIFT LARIAT!!!! TARAH DUCKS UNDERNEATH THAT AND GOES FOR THE ROLL UP, STACKING SHER ONTO HER SHOULDERS!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWWWWWWW-
Gia: Sher rolls out of that, up to a knee, and is BLASTED WITH A CRAZED DAZE TO THE CHEST!!! TARAH DIDN’T GET ALL OF THAT, SHER LIFTED THE ARM UP, BUT TARAH DRAGS SHER UP OFF OF THE GROUND AND ONTO HER SHOULDERS, PERHAPS LOOKING FOR THE MOTOR CITY PLUNGE!!!! FIREMANS CARRY INTO THE GTS PERHAPS???
SG1: SHER SLIDES OFF OF HER SHOULDERS AT THE LAST SECOND, AND HOOKS HER BY THE WAIST!!!!! SHERPLEX!!!!!! GOT IT!!!!!!!!!
Gia: NO, TARAH COUNTERS AT THE LAST SECOND WITH A HIP TOSS! She just BARELY got that over, Sheridan had her in her clutches! Tarah Nova sprints right at a recovering Sher GOING FOR THE HYPERNOVA!!! SHINING WIZA– SHE’S BLASTED OUT OF THIN AIR WITH A CORKSCREW RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT FROM SHERIDAN MÜLLER!!! THAT KNOCKED THE TASTE RIGHT OUT OF OUR FORMER GM, AND IT MAY HAVE EVEN PUT SHER IN THE DRIVERS SEAT! SHER HOOKS THE LEG WITH THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWWWW-
SG1: Shoulder up by the tenacious Tarah Nova! Nova drags herself over to a corner, perhaps to create some space.. but in a match against anyone else, that may have been the right call. In a match against Sheridan Müller, that puts you right in the trajectory of the SHERBALL! SHERIDAN BACKS AT THE OPPOSITE CORNER, WATCHING WITH A SCOWL AS TARAH IS ADJUSTING HERSELF TO A SEATED POSITION, TRYING TO USE THE ROPES TO RECOVER… AND SPRINTS ACROSS THE RING TO HIT THE ROLLING SENTON TO THE CORNERED NOVA!!! SHERBALL CONNECTS!!!
Gia: INTO THE CORNER!!! TARAH SPRINGS UP TO THE SECOND ROPE, AND SHER HITS NOTHING BUT TURNBUCKLE BEFORE WIPING OUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PERCHED NOVA! WHAT AN AWESOME COUNTER! … AND TARAH HITS A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP FROM THE SECOND ROPE, STRAIGHT INTO THE RIBS!!! SHERIDAN ROLLS OVER HOLDING HER MIDSECTION IN A TON OF PAIN.
SG1: And it looks like Tarah’s salivating it! Her eyes are smiling for the first time, even though she refuses to crack a grin. You can just tell that she fancys unleashing this kind of punishment onto her opponents, this is the Tarah Nova that’s been seen – plenty of times – as virtually unbeatable! Nova is is picking her spot wisely, backing into the right corner and waiting for Sheridan to get over whatever pain she’s in so she can force a recovery… and just as Sher gets to all fours, TARAH CHARGES RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE!!!!! BANG!!!!! RUDE AWAKENING RIGHT INTO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!!!!
Gia: SHERIDAN DODGES THAT CURB STOMP, AND HITS A CHOP BLOCK TO THE BACK OF THE LEFT LEG! THAT KNEE BUCKLES, AND TARAH’S BROUGHT DOWN TO SIZE – BEFORE EATING A VICIOUSLY LOUD BOOT TO THE HEAD!!!! That kick was so hard, it’s sent Tarah halfway across the ring and rolling under the ropes to the apron! Sheridan takes some time to recover after that brutal kick to the face, and Sher takes a brief moment to recover – favoring her ribs noticeably after having a couple of boots stomped into them. Tarah’s using the ropes to pull herself back up to a standing base, only to be SENT FLYING OFF THE APRON WITH A RUNNING SHOULDER THRUST THROUGH THE ROPES! THAT SENDS TARAH CRASHING RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAMP! What a nasty fall!
SG1: Sheridan’s going against the ref’s wishes, stepping through the ropes and down to ringside. The official follows Sher, urging her to bring this back into the ring, but Sher walkes over to a seemingly incapacitated Tarah and drags her up from the floor just to walk her up the ramp and FLINGS HER HEAD FIRST INTO THE METAL BARRIER, BLOCKING OFF FANS WHO ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE RAMP!!! You could see Tarah’s head literally bounce off of that metal protective barrier, and she’s definitely dazed after taking a hit like that! Tarah’s glazed over eyes look down at the blood-red glow of the lit up ramp underneath her, and Sher steps on her head, loudly verbally taunting her in German language, forcing the ref to back Sheridan away from the injured Nova!
Gia: The referee seems to be concerned for Tarah’s health which is why he’s not still in the ring trying to count these two out. A trickle of blood falls down Tarah’s face, right from where she hit her head on that barricade.
SG1: She didn’t hit her head Gia, she was DRIVEN into that full force from her opponent! Speaking of which, Sheridan pulls Tarah up from the aid of the referee drawing an admonishment from the ref, but Sher completely ignores him and takes Nova further up the ramp to the stage! Tarah can barely even defend herself… SHERIDAN RUNS TARAH NOVA HEAD FIRST INTO THE LED MINITRON!!!! OH MY GOD THAT WHOLE MINITRON SEEMED TO HAVE MOVE UPON IMPACT, AND TARAH SLITHERS DOWN TO A SEATED BASE, WITH BLOOD POURING PROFUSELY FROM HER HEAD!!!! TARAH’S FACE IS DAMN NEAR A CRIMSON MASK, AND SHERIDAN WALKS BACK TO THE RING, SATISFIED WITH HERSELF, WHILE THE OFFICIAL RUSHES TO HER AID YET AGAIN! CAN WE JUST ACKNOWLEDGE HOW DAMN LOUD THAT IMPACT WAS? JEEZ!
Gia: The ref has every right to be VERY concerned. These environmental attacks can change the tune of a match, and Sher has turned this already physical contest into a bloody display! Perhaps this is the devil Tarah has chosen to deal with, she signed willingly to this match and it cost her all of her power, and could potentially cost her much more! The official has a towel with him to keep blood from getting in Tarah’s eyes, and he’s trying to reason with her to see if she’d like to continue. Sheridan is in the ring with a vindictive smirk, still physically worn from the offense she’s taken already — TARAH TAKES THAT TOWEL AND SHOVES IT IN THE REFS FACE! TARAH NOVA IS USING THE REF TO DRAG HERSELF UP, BUT SHE’S GETTING UP BY HER OWN VOLITION! AND NOVA GINGERLY LIMPS DOWN TO THE RAMP, WITH A DEATH GAZE AIMED STRAIGHT UP AT SHERIDAN MÜLLER!
SG1: SHER IS SAYING ”YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE THAT”, AND SHE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING TO MEET TARAH DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAMP – AND THE TWO COME TO BLOWS!!! A HOCKEY STYLE EXCHANGE OF FISTS ENSUES, WITH THE TWO OF THEM UNMERCIFULLY DISHING OUT THE BEST THAT THEY’VE GOT! SHER CUTS TARAH OFF WITH A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION! AND SHER TAKES TARAH OVER TO THE APRON… TO DELIVER A BRUTAL DOUBLE UNDERHOOK SUPLEX INTO THE RING APRON!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LISTEN TO TARAH’S SCREAMS, I’M GETTING SHIVERS SENT DOWN MY SPINE!
Gia: That apron as you always mention SG1 is the hardest part of the ring, and Tarah’s spine just got driven right into it! Sheridan pushes Tarah back into the ring and covers for the cover herself! The referee slides under the bottom rope and has no choice but to make the count!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THRRRRRRRRR-
SG1: TARAH NOVA MANAGES TO SHOOT THE SHOULDER UP! Sheridan can only look on at her opponent. You can’t really even call that a look of respect, but Sher is forced to recognize the entity she’s in the ring with. This isn’t a “lesser”, or an “inferior” competitor, this is one of the greatest womens wrestlers of all time that she’s in the ring with! Sheridan spots Tarah favoring her back, and she mimicks Tarah’s pace of recovery, really only picking her spot, before snatching Tarah by the wrist and SENDING HER WITH EVERYTHING SHE HAS, SPINE FIRST INTO THE CORNER WITH A HARD IRISH WHIP! Tarah hit that corner, kidneys first, so hard that she basically bounced off of it! She’s down to both knees hanging on with every fiber of her being, and Sheridan’s getting into her face, yelling abuse, knowing there’s probably not a damned thing Tarah can even do about it-
Gia: YES THERE IS!!! TARAH NOVA SPITS RIGHT INTO SHERIDAN’S FACE!!!
( Sher wipes the spit from her face, looks down at her hand seething in rage, with her entire face turning red in anger. She turns back to Tarah. )
Gia: SHERIDAN WITH A SLAP TO THE FACE!!!!!
SG1: JESUS CHRIST!!!!
Gia: THAT SLAP COULD BE HEARD FROM THE FREAKING PARKING LOT! I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE HOW HARD THAT WAS! AND TARAH WAS KNOCKED COMPLETELY SILLY FROM THAT ONE, SHERIDAN HOVERS OVER HER WITH THE REAR WAISTLOCK… GOING FOR A DEADLIFT SHERPLEX!!!!!!!
SG1: TARAH IS STRUGGLING OUT OF IT WITH EVERYTHING SHE HAS, KICKING HER LEGS, RIPPING APART THAT GRIP OF THE HANDS, AND SHE RUSHES FORWARD INTO A CORNER TO SLING SHERIDAN SHOULDER-FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING POST!!!
( Tarah Nova falls back to the floor in a daze with a huge mark across her face from that slap, and Sheridan is in the corner, stunned by how hard she hit the ringpost. )
SG1: How much more brutal can this freaking match get!? Sher might have shattered her collarbone on impact, that was a NASTY collision! When shoulder meets steel, steel wins every single time! Tarah is still doing everything she can just to get to a knee, not even looking in Sher’s direction, just trying to get something going for her own self. Sher stumbles out of that corner favoring her left shoulder, and TARAH MANAGES TO SPRING ONTO SHERIDAN’S SHOULDERS FROM BEHIND, FOR THE TRIPLE X DROP!!!! REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER, SPIKING SHERIDAN INTO THE CANVAS!!! THIS HAS GOTTA BE OVER, NO WAY CAN SHER CONTINUE AFTER THAT!!! TARAH DRAGS HERSELF DESPERATELY OVER HER OPPONENT, FLINGING A LIMB OVER THE CHEST OF SHERIDAN!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
SG1: RING THE BELL!!!
Gia: NO SO FAST, SHERIDAN’S GOT HER ARM UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE! THE REFEREE WAVES OFF HIS CALL! A frustrated Tarah Nova protests the call, but she’s got no choice but to move on to the next strategy. It didn’t take long to come to a conclusion however, Sheridan is already starting to stir and Tarah’s taken her spot in the corner of the ring waiting for an eventual recovery…
SG1: AND JUST AS SHERIDAN GETS INTO THE RIGHT SPOT AT THE RIGHT TIME, TARAH COMES CHARGING OUT OF THE GATE YET AGAIN!!!! RUDE AWAKENING!!!!!!!!
Gia: SHER MANAGES TO DODGE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND BRING TARAH UP ONTO HER SHOULDERS FOR THE ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP POSITION! TARAH HOWEVER COUNTERS WITH THE TRIPLE X DROP YET AGAIN!!!! ANOTHER REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER!!!
SG1: NO, SHER MANAGES TO HOLD HER GROUND!!! WITH WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS FREAKISH GENETIC STRENGTH, SHERIDAN STANDS FIRMLY ON THE GROUND, AND TARAH LIFTS HERSELF UP AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FALL BACK WITH A REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER…. AND SHER TRANSITIONS THE ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP POSITION INTO A POP-UP SHERPLEX!!!!!!!! DRILLING TARAH NOVA’S HEAD INTO THE MAT!!!!! FOLLOWS UP WITH THE PIN!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-
Gia: TARAH! KICKS! OUT!
( Sheridan lays back with a devastated look on her face. )
SG1: OH MAN, THE FRUSTRATION HAS SET IN FOR SHERIDAN MÜLLER! SHE DRILLED THE SHERPLEX WITH EVERYTHING, BUT IT WASN’T ENOUGH! Sheridan’s faced hefty challenges before, she’s defeated Hall of Famers, but this may be the first time she’s dealt with a threat at the level of Tarah Nova! Sheridan shakes off the cobwebs and recovers after taking a bit of time to come to grips with what just happened, and now she pulls Tarah Nova back up… ONLY TO BE HIT WITH A CHOP BLOCK TO THE LEFT LEG BY NOVA! TARAH HITTING SHER WITH THE SAME DOSE OF MEDICINE SHE DISHED OUT EARLIER!
Gia: It’s sure as hell an effective counter! Sher’s holding her leg in agony, and she stumbles over to the corner to recuperate after being hit with that last ditch counter move from Nova! NOW HERE COMES TARAH!!!!! ETHER!!!!!!!!!!
SG1: SHERIDAN DRAGS THE REFEREE IN HER WAY, AND HE GETS HIT WITH THAT ONCOMING BOOT!!! THE OFFICIAL JUST GOT ROCKED BY THAT KICK, AND TARAH’S DISTRACTED TO THE POINT SHE GETS BLIND SIDED FROM BEHIND BY SHER…. ANOTHER SHERPLEX!!!!!!!
Gia: NO! TARAH SEVERS THE WAISTLOCK, WRINGS THE ARM AND YANKS SHER ONTO HER SHOULDERS! MCP!!!!!! MURDER CITY PLUNGE DROPS SHERIDAN MÜLLER LIKE A STACK OF BRICKS!!!!
( Tarah looks at the incapacitated official who is down at ringside still very much dazed. )
SG1: NO TIME TO WORRY ABOUT THE OFFICIAL, TARAH HAS TO CLOSE THIS MATCH UP! TARAH DRAGS SHER CLOSER TO THE CORNER, AND BEGINS HER CLIMB ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP ROPE…. SHE MIGHT BE THINKING “SUICIDE X” TIME!!!!! NOVA’S GONNA GO FOR THE PHOENIX SPLASH!!!!!
Gia: HEY WHAT THE HELL!?!?
( Azumi Goto rushes up to the ring apron, coming face to face with Tarah Nova who is on the top rope. )
SG1: AZUMI!?!? WHAT THE HELL??? AZUMI DELIVERS A FLURRY OF SHOTS TO THE SKULL OF TARAH NOVA!!!
Gia: ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? WHAT THE HELL IS SHE DOING HERE!?
SG1: TARAH IS SLUMPED OVER SITTING ON THE TOP ROPE, HER LIGHTS ARE OUT, AND FROM BEHIND… IT’S HARUNA SAKAZAKI! HARUNA YANKS HER BY THE HAIR OFF OF THE TOP ROPE, DRAGGING HER BACK IN THE RING. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND FOR THE LIFE OF ME WHAT’S BRINGING THESE TWO OUT HERE, WHY HERE? WHY NOW???
( Tarah slowly crawls back up to a standing base… only to see herself surrounded by Haruna, Azumi and a weary Sheridan Müller, who stand around her in a triangle formation. Tarah – with her shoulders slumped, blood dripping down her face, sweating profusely, and taking long, painful breaths – takes a long look at Azumi, then Sheridan, then turns to … )
SG1: LAPIS LAZULI!!!! CURVED ROUNDHOUSE KICK FROM HARUNA!!!!! DAMN NEAR DECAPITATING NOVA!!!!
( Tarah is turned around to a 180, dropping helplessly to a knee. )
SG1: KAMIGOYE!!!!!! BOMA YE KNEE STRIKE BLASTS TARAH OVER THE SKULL!!!!
( Tarah Nova is down to all fours. )
SG1: PUNT KICK BY SHERIDAN!!!!! SON OF A BITCH!!!!
( The dazed official drags himself into the ring, unaware of Azumi and Haruna’s presence, and Sheridan drops over Tarah confidently with the lateral press. )
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! ………………………… TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…………… THREE…………..
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “Surfacing” by Slipknot plays )
Jasmine Peyton: Here is your winner, SHERIDAN MÜLLER!!!!!
Gia: Disgusting. I-I have no words for this. This is awful.
SG1: It’s hard to justify any of this, but make no bones about it, this was a concentrated effort. Sheridan Müller more than likely knew the whole time that she had this ace up her sleeve. The question is, why. Why would someone with the gifts that Sheridan has, and the confidence she has, go to this kind of length to put Tarah down?
( Sheridan sits up, and is helped up off the floor by Azumi and Haruna, and the three of them look down at a bloody and battered Tarah Nova before leaving together. )
Gia: Just when I felt like I could maybe start to respect Haruna and Azumi, they go out of their way to squander it. I hope these two enjoy the dark side, because by what they did, basically selling their souls to Sheridan Müller, they’ve signed a deal with the demoness.
( Fade away. )
( AD: Commercials for this week’s episodes of Dynasty, Showdown and Voltage all play back to back, as we draw closer to the 10TH ANNUAL King of Elite. )
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( We open back up to the Moda Center, where Jasmine Peyton stands by in the center of the ring. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Jasmine Peyton: The following is a fatal four way match contested for one fall… and is for the EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPIOOOONSHIPPP!!!!
( ‘Born to Die’ by Sidewalks and Skeletons hits and Chelsea Crowe walks out to the stage looking self-assured. )
Jasmine Peyton: Introducing the challengers… first, from Auckland, New Zealand… CHELSEA CROWWWEE!!!!
SG1: We begin the first of two title matches tonight here in Portland, Oregon before a capacity crowd of nearly 20,000 members of the Empire faithful! And right now we could very well be looking at our next Specialist Champion. For all intents and purposes, Chelsea Crowe very well could dominate this match, she’s begun her Empire career on a fantastic note, being able to hang with the likes of Aria Jaxon, Stephanie Matsuda and Sheridan Müller. It takes being able to adapt on the fly to win a match like a four way dance, and Chelsea Crowe knows just how to do that.
( “Fairy” (KOF ’96 Remix) plays and April Song walks out confidently, eyes scanning the crowd and the entire arena atmosphere, and makes her way down to the ring with a purpose. )
Jasmine Peyton: Her opponents, first from Colorado Springs, Colorado, APRIIILLLLL SOOONGGG!!!!
Gia: April Song already knows what it takes to hold the Specialists title, and I actually got a chance to talk to April during the week. Let’s just say, you’d better believe she’s ready for literally anything to go down during this match! She’s got all of her opponents scouted, ESPECIALLY the champion! If I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on April Song coming out of here, especially after everything she’s already had to deal with in her road back to the title so far. I don’t think there’s anyone more hungry in this match than her!
( “Wild” – The Screaming Females hits and Mallory Wilde rushes out to the stage, energetic as ever, and makes her entrance hi-fiving fans on her way to the ring. )
Jasmine Peyton: Next up, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada… “THE ZERO STAR”, MALLORYYYY WILLLDEEE!!!!
SG1: Mallory Wilde’s the one we know the least about, which is dangerous considering someone like her is a wrestling enthusiast, who’s probably spent the entire past couple of weeks game planning for this night! Just a few matches into her Empire run, and Mallory is capitalizing on a unique opportunity given to her after a win over Yasmin Hyland. Don’t forget though, she also knocked off the former Specialists Champion April Song just last week on Empire! All that being said, tonight may be the night we actually find out what Mallory Wilde is truly made of as an in-ring performer, which is a little scary when you think about how good she is already!
( “Exotic” by Priyanka Chopra ft. Pitbull plays as Consuela Rose Ava struts out with a confident smile on her face, holding up her Specialist title. Esmeralda and Francesca walk out behind her holding cleaning equipment and wearing maid outfits with “#ConsuelasCleaningCrew” on their aprons, and Consuela puts on yellow latex gloves before hi-fiving fans on the way to the ring. )
Jasmine Peyton: AND FINALLY… from Frias, Spain, being accompanied by Esmeralda and Francesca… she is the EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPIOOOON, CONSUELAAAA ROOOOOSE AVAAAA!!!!
Gia: Consuela doesn’t look all that fazed coming into this, despite the fact that the odds really aren’t on her side! Not only are there multiple participants all vying for her title, but she doesn’t even have to be pinned or be submitted to lose it! But Consuela’s a gifted competitor in her own right, and we’ve seen her be able to create advantages when she has none! Especially now that she’s got her own cleaning crew in tow…
( Consuela kisses her title and hands it over to the official, and the referee raises the Specialist Title up for the crowd to behold. He then hands it over to a worker, goes over the rules with all four ladies, and sends them back into their respective corners. The official calls for the bell shortly after! )
( DING! DING! DING! )
SG1: The EAW Specialist Championship is on the line here in this four way clash, and we begin at a stalemate… no one wanting to make the first mistake of making any sudden movements and leaving themselves wide open to be picked apart…. oh, looks like I spoke too soon! Mallory Wilde walks to the center of the ring and looks around at everyone else, challenging them to come at her! And a scorned April Song, still bitter over the loss to Mallory over a week ago goes after her – ONLY TO BE TAKEN THROUGH THE ROPES AND TOSSED OUT OF THE RING! April Song looks up from ringside somewhat astonished, that’s definitely gonna be a killer to the psyche!
Gia: Mallory’s got the mental edge already, BUT CONSUELA FROM BEHIND STACKS HER UP ONTO HER SHOULDERS WITH THE ROLL UP …. OH NO MALLORY COUNTERS THE ROLL UP INTO A CROSSFACE!!!! ARMTRAP CROSSFACE SUBMISSION APPLIED, AND CONSUELA HAS JUST ABOUT NOWHERE TO GO, SHE’S KICKING AND TOSSING HER LIMBS, BUT MALLORY’S GOT THAT SUBMISSION HOLD IN REAL SNUG! But here comes Chelsea Crowe with a SLIDING LOW FOREARM to the face of Mallory Wilde! Chelsea follows up with a stomp to the kidneys! That sends Mallory rolling away, and Chelsea goes right after her to straighten her up and knock her for a loop with a headbutt!
SG1: In comes April Song who goes right after Chelsea Crowe, but Chelsea slides out of the ring underneath the bottom rope just in time… April changes targets, and delivers a BIG TIME corner clothesline! She charges out of the corner with a one handed bulldog, but Mallory shoves her away just at the last second to send April Song into Consuela! APRIL DELIVERS A BRILLIANT DROPKICK! WELL EXECUTED! She recovers, ducks an oncoming lariat from Mallory Wilde and delivers a SPINNING BACKFIST FROM BEHIND! April Song hooks Mallory for the neckbreaker, Consuela charges at April, April kicks Consuela in the midsection however and then reels her in for a front facelock…. and delivers a NECKBREAKER/DDT COMBO ON MALLORY WILDE AND CONSUELA ROSE AVA!!! THAT WAS NICE!
Gia: IN COMES CHELSEA WITH A VICIOUS RIB STOMP TO APRIL! April Song goes rolling over to the apron holding her ribs which may have possibly been bruised, and CHELSEA DELIVERS A STUN GUN TO THE MIDDLE ROPE! That sends April Song dropping back down to ringside, and Chelsea Crowe hopes to capitalize off of April’s offense by covering the Specialist Champion!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWO-
SG1: Kick out by Consuela! Chelsea goes right after Mallory Wilde, who’s on all fours and on her way to recovery, and Chelsea takes Mallory over to the corner to bash her face into the turnbuckle! She leans Mallory back in the corner and delivers a STUNNING KNIFE EDGE CHOP TO THE CHEST! AND MALLORY FIRES BACK WITH A CHOP OF HER OWN! I don’t think Chelsea was expecting that! NOW MALLORY DELIVERS A CORNER-ASSISTED STEP-UP ENZUIGIRI – BUT CHELSEA CATCHES THE LEG AND SWINGS HER LOWER BODY TOWARDS THE ROPES – LEAVING MALLORY LAYING HORIZONTALLY UP ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! Chelsea hammers a few punches to the ribs of a defenseless Mallory Wilde, leaving her incapacitated and laying in that percarious position, horizontally up on the top turnbuckle!
Gia: Consuela Rose Ava comes right after Chelsea Crowe, but Chelsea takes her down to the mat with a double legsweep, hooks both legs, and delivers a BIG TIME SLINGSHOT!!! THAT SENDS CONSUELA CRASHING BODY-FIRST INTO MALLORY, AND COLLAPSING TO A SEATED BASE IN FRONT OF THE TURNBUCKLE! Consuela hasn’t had an easy go at all since this match started, but Chelsea Crowe has been able to do what she does best and that’s manipulate things into her favour… Now she’s up on the top turnbuckle, holding Mallory up in what appears to be a FALLAWAY SLAM POSITION, IS SHE GONNA HIT THAT ALL THE WAY FROM THE TOP ROPE???
SG1: HERE COMES APRIL SONG, SHE COMES SPRINTING UP THAT TURNBUCKLE, LOOKING TO DELIVER A GERMAN SUPLEX ON CHELSEA CROWE OFF THE TOP, ALL WHILE CHELSEA HAS MALLORY CRADLED IN HER ARMS!!!!
GIA: OH MY GOD!!!!! CONSUELA RUSHES UP TO HER FEET, AND DELIVERS A POWERBOMB ON APRIL SONG FROM THE TOP ROPE, AND APRIL TAKES CHELSEA WITH HER VIA A GERMAN SUPLEX, WHILE CHELSEA TAKES MALLORY WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM!!!! TOWER OF DOOM!!! CHELSEA, APRIL AND MALLORY GO CRASHING DOWN TO THE MAT, WITH MALLORY TAKING BAR FAR THE LONGEST AND HARDEST FALL…. AND CONSUELA IS THE SOLE WOMAN STANDING! CONSUELA RUNS OVER TO MALLORY WILDE, WHO WAS THROWN JUST ABOUT THE ENTIRE DISTANCE OF THE RING, AND SHE STACKS MALLORY UP ONTO HER SHOULDERS AND PROPS HER FEET UP ON THE MIDDLE ROPE FOR THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THRRRRRR–
SG1: MALLORY KICKS OUT, JUST IN TIME! You’ve gotta admire the resilience from Mallory Wilde, especially after she was sent flying with the force of three women sending her across the entire damned ring! Mallory just on instinct plops down to the ringside floor, falling from the apron. Consuela rushes over to Chelsea Crowe, who looks racked with pain after taking just as hard of a spill as anybody, and Consuela hooks both legs firmly this time around for another cover!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gia: Kick out by Chelsea Crowe! Chelsea rolls away to create space, and Consuela turns her sights towards a recovering April Song, and delivers a WICKED inner thigh kick! And she follows up with a loud shoot kick across the arm! She delivers another kick to the ribs with the opposite leg, but April catches the leg… Consuela counters with a wheelbarrow front-roll pin!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOO-
SG1: April kicks out, and the two scramble back up virtually at the same time – only for April to FIRE OFF WITH A YAZUKA KICK!!! Consuela baseball slides under the leg, does a standing switch, and does an O’CONNOR ROLL INTO THE PIN!!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
SG1: APRIL SONG WITH ALL OF HER LEG STRENGTH, KICKS OUT AND SENDS CONSUELA FLYING OFF OF HER…. AND INTO A JUMPING DDT BY CHELSEA CROWE!!! YIKES, CONSUELA’S HEAD HIT THE FLOOR LIKE A STACK OF BRICKS! Chelsea Crowe rushes up, and spots Mallory Wilde crawling back up to the apron only to sprint over to the apron and knock her RIGHT BACK OFF down to ringside with a running forearm! Chelsea turns back over to a recovering April Song who’s in the corner, and FIRES OFF WITH THE HAKA!!! DOUBLE KNEES IN THE CORNER, AND JUST AS APRIL DROPS TO HER BOTTOM CHELSEA FINISHES THE HAKA WITH A ROPE-AIDED CORNER DROPKICK, CANNONBALL DROPKICK POSSIBLY KNOCKING APRIL’S WHOLE BOTTOM ROW OF TEETH OUT! Chelsea Crowe is firmly in the drivers seat, and she rolls April over onto her back and firmly hooks both legs for the finish!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gia: MALLORY WILDE DRAGS CHELSEA OFF OF APRIL FROM THE OUTSIDE, AND SWINGS CHELSEA’S LEG STRAIGHT INTO THE LED RINGPOST!!! OH GOSH!!! Mallory drags Chelsea onto the apron, but you can hear Chelsea’s hollars in pain, holding the left calf muscle while on the apron, sitting there with a face full of despair! She might have potentially injured her left leg, even the official is concerned over that one… BUT MALLORY HOPS UP ON THE APRON, SPRINTS ACROSS AND DELIVERS A SHOTGUN DROPKICK SENDING CHELSEA CROWE SMACKING HEAD FIRST INTO THE RING POST, BEFORE COLLAPSING DOWN AT RINGSIDE!!!
SG1: Not good, not good at all for miss Crowe. She hit that ring post hard and if she doesn’t have her bell rung, she might potentially have her leg broken! Mallory Wilde climbs up that very same turnbuckle she just smashed Chelsea’s leg into, and is waiting for Consuela and April to recover… AND AS THEY DO, MALLORY DELIVERS A DOUBLE DROPKICK, EACH BOOT SMACKING INTO EACH OPPONENTS CHEST! Consuela’s taken less damage, so she’s a lot quicker back up to her feet, which prompts Mallory to reel her in! KILLER TOE-FU!!!!! RIP-CORD PELE KICK!!!!!! NO, CONSUELA BREAKS OUT OF THE RIP-CORD JUST IN TIME AND SENDS MALLORY SLINGING OVER THE MIDDLE ROPE! AND HERE COMES FRANCESCA, WITH A CAN OF LEMON PLEDGE, SPRAYING IT INTO THE FACE OF MALLORY WILDE!!! JESUS THAT COULD HAVE GOTTEN IN HER EYE!
Gia: THIS IS BAD, MALLORY’S RUBBING HER EYES FRANTICALLY, YELLING OUT IN PAIN – JUST TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE RING BY A LOW DROPKICK FROM CONSUELA! Consuela rushes over to a recovering April Song, reeling her in and ATTEMPTS THE NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!! CONSUELA ROLLS THROUGH IT, AND DELIVERS AN EMPHATIC PICTURESQUE NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX – WITH THE PINNING BRIDGE! BUT BEFORE THE REF CAN SLIDEDOWN TO THE MAT CONSUELA BACKFLIPS OUT OF HER OWN PINNING BRIDGE, AND HITS A RUNNING KNEE TO THE FACE! WICKED SHOT, BUT EFFECTIVE ENOUGH TO RETAIN HER SPECIALISTS CHAMPIONSHIP, ANOTHER COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THRRRR-
SG1: APRIL SONG HANGS ON, LAST SECOND KICK OUT! Consuela knows she has to go for the gusto… but from the corner of her eye she spots Chelsea Crowe slithering back in the ring and favoring her left leg, using the turnbuckle for support. Consuela rushes over to Chelsea, backflips over to the corner and hits a BIG TIME BACK ELBOW! AND FOLLOWS UP WITH AN OVERHEAD PELE KICK! Consuela pulls Chelsea Crowe up by her dead weight, slings her up by her shoulder and seats Chelsea on the top rope… AND PULLS CHELSEA ONTO HER SHOULDERS… POSSIBLY LOOKING FOR HER VERSION OF THE ONE-WINGED ANGEL, BETTER KNOWN AS THE “LEMON PLEDGE”!!! IF SHE HITS THIS, IT’S MORE THAN OVER!
Gia: CHELSEA HAMMERS DOWN CLOSED FIST SHOTS TO THE TEMPLE, REFUSING TO LET THIS NIGHT END FOR HER! CHELSEA IS BEING PUSHED, YET AGAIN, AND SHE’S ADAPTING TO THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND HER LIKE SHE ALWAYS DOES……… NOW CHELSEA COUNTS THE ONE-WINGED ANGEL INTO THE CROW’S NEST!!!! HEADSCISSORS KIMURA LOCK TAKES CONSUELA DOWN TO THE CANVAS! BRILLIANT COUNTER! THAT WAS FREAKING REMARKABLE, CONSUELA’S JUST, I MEAN SHE’S BEEN CAUGHT COMPLETELY OFF GUARD! SHE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO RESPOND, ALL SHE KNOWS HOW TO DO IS SURVIVE, BUT CHELSEA IS DOING EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO RIP CONSUELA’S ARM OUT OF IT’S SOCKET! HOW MUCH LONGER IS OUR SPECIALISTS CHAMPION GONNA LAST? CONSUELA’S ON HER LAST LEGS, SHE’S BEING PUSHED TO THE BRINK BY THE CROW’S NEST SUBMISSION HOLD… BUT IN COMES APRIL SONG!!! BANG!!!!!!! LOUD PENALTY KICK TO THE BACK OF CHELSEA’S HEAD!!!
SG1: *laughs* DAMN IT MAN, WHAT THE HELL JUST GOT INTO APRIL? THAT KICK SOUNDED LIKE A GUN SHOT!
Gia: April Song’s still recovering from that beating she took from Consuela just earlier, but she’s managed to shake the cobwebs off and is now pulling Chelsea Crowe up – but Chelsea collapses down, clutching at that damaged left leg. April forcefully straightens her back up and delivers the WIDOWMAKER!!!! EAT DEFEAT, SENDING CHELSEA STUMBLING BACK INTO THE ROPES DAZED BUT NOW DOWN — APRIL IS TURNED AROUND, RIP-CORD PELE KICK FROM MALLORY WILDE!!!! KILLER TOE-FU SENDS APRIL TURNING AROUND, BUT BEFORE SHE CAN COLLAPSE CHELSEA CROWE DRILLS THROUGH APRIL SONG WITH A SPEEEAAAAAR!!!! JUST OFF OF INSTINCT, CHELSEA DUMPS EVERYTHING SHE HAS TO BULLDOZE THROUGH APRIL WITH A SPEAR! CHELSEA ISN’T ABLE TO CAPITALIZE, IN FACT SHE MAY HAVE AGGRIVATED THAT LEG INJURY EVEN MORE!
SG1: KNEE OF DEATH!!!!! CONSUELA DRILLS THROUGH MALLORY WILDE WITH THE RUNNING KNEE OUT OF NOWHERE!!!! AND CONSUELA COVERS!!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gia: CHELSEA MAKES A DESPERATE LUNGE AT CONSUELA!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( Exotic” by Priyanka Chopra ft. Pitbull comes back on, and a barely conscious Consuela is helped to her feet by the referee, handed her Specialists title and has her arm raised before dropping back down to the canvas. )
Jasmine Peyton: Here is your winner and STILL THE EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPIOOOON, CONSUELAAAA ROOOOOOSEEEE AVAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
SG1: BRAVO! BRAVO TO ALL FOUR OF THESE WOMEN FOR AN INCREDIBLE MATCH, AND ESPECIALLY KUDOS TO THE CHAMPION CONSUELA FOR GIVING ARGUABLY THE PERFORMANCE OF HER CAREER!
Gia: That was amazing! I may have been a vocal critic towards Consuela’s actions and the way she went about defending her title, but there’s no way I can take anything away from her now!
SG1: Consuela is quickly becoming one of the better champions in the entire company, and a match like this does nothing other than validate that. Fantastic performance from a very game Chelsea Crowe, April Song and Mallory Wilde, but Consuela inches her way to a hard earned retention.
( Consuela is embraced by Francesca and Esmeralda at ringside, and stumbles up the ramp before stopping and proudly holding up the Specialists title once more. Fade to a break for advertisers…)
( AD: EAW presents the TENTH ANNUAL “KING OF ELITE”, LIVE from the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France! Witness Astraea Jordan challenge either Aria Jaxon or Stephanie Matsuda for the EAW Womens Championship, and find out who reigns supreme as King of the Land of Elite once again! )
( AD EXCLUSIVE TO THE LA AREA: On December 30th, EAW presents “LIVE at The Shrine” for the first time ever! Witness EAW’s absolute best in action LIVE including the EAW Champion Heart Break Gal, the World Heavyweight Champion Jamie O’Hara, the Womens World Champion Aria Jaxon, as well as Ares Vendetta, Cameron Ella Ava, The Gawd Complex, a returning Y2Impact, and TWO surprise return matches featuring:
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(The a black screen is appears with the words “Once upon a time, there was two girls…” “Paint it Black” cover by Ciara starts to play)
I see your red door, I want it painted black
(Pictures of Aria and Cloud are shown when they’re young, from birth to high school)
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
(“They grew up to be princesses…”)
(Cloud’s debut in JET is shown as she walks to the ring)
Announcer: SKY PRINCESS! CLOUD MATSUDA!
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
(Aria’s debut at an EAW dark match is shown)
Announcer: Princess of Killafornia! ARIA! JAXON!
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
(“And turned into Queens…”)
(Aria’s victory at the Empress of Elite tournament is shown, followed by Stephanie’s War Queen entrance at Terminus)
I see the line of cars and they’re all painted black
(“But, there is only one Empire…”)
(Various victories won by both Aria and Cloud are shown)
With flowers and my love, both never to come back
(“Therefore, there can only be ONE Queen…”)
(Aria and Cloud are shown staring at each other in the ring post-RTR)
I see people turn their heads and quickly looked away
(Cloud is shown walking backstage where she sees Haruna and Azumi)
(Cloud’s Voice: Nobody thinks I can win. No matter. All I got is me, and that’s more than enough)
Like a newborn baby it just happens everyday
(Aria is shown holding the Women’s World Championship)
(Aria’s Voice: I go in, I fight, I win. That’s all there is to it.)
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
(A scene is shown of Cloud standing in the rain in her regular attire. There is a flash of lightning, which reveals her dressed as The War Queen)
(Cloud’s voice: She wants me at my best? So be it.)
I see my red door, I must have it painted black
(Aria is shown sitting on a throne, holding her championship)
(Aria’s voice: They call me The Queen for a reason. All hail.)
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
(Cloud’s three title shot losses are shown)
(Cloud’s voice: If I can’t beat Aria Jaxon, if I lose my shot at glory for a fourth consecutive time…then maybe I don’t belong here.)
It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black
(Aria’s title successful title victories are shown)
(Aria’s voice: I’m not going to like what I have to do, but this is My Empire.)
(The last part of Ciara’s “Paint is Black” is played, as a variety of scenes of Cloud and Aria in their respective matches are shown in contrast to pictures of them together outside of the ring. The segment ends with Aria in her throne facing Cloud who is glaring at her.)
(Aria/Cloud: Losing is not an option.)
(The show cuts back to the arena where they fans are going wild. The camera zooms in on the titantron which shows Stephanie’s Matsuda’s dressing room backstage. Standing on both sides of the door are Billy and Jimmy Wilde, the Wild Boys. Billy knocks on the door.)
Billy: Sensei! We’re up!
(“You Say Run” by Yuki Hayashi plays as Stephanie Matsuda walks out wearing a black kimono robe and a bandanna around her face that says ‘STAY WOKE’. She begins walking down the corridor as she’s flanked by the Wild Boys. Various Empire staff stand to the side, watching the trio head to the gorilla area. Jimmy grabs a random towel and slings it over his shoulder. The camera follows Stephanie as she walks out to a chorus of cheers and some boos She observes the arena for a moment and walks down the ramp. When she gets ringside, she nods at the Wild Boys and takes off her robe, revealing a similar black and red attire that she wore at Terminus. She gives her robe to Billy and slides into the ring. She puts her gloved hands together to show off her signature ‘C9’ symbol.)
SG-1: She looks ready as ever. This will be the ultimate litmus test for Stephanie Matsuda.
(‘You Say Run” fades out. There is a moment of silence as the crowd begins to anticipate the familiar opening to Aria Jaxon’s theme song. Instead, an instagram video appears on the titantron, showing a teenage girl, dressed in a blue Aria wig and Kanye shades)
Teenage Girl: All hail!
(Another video is shown of a little girl in an oversized blue wig and shades)
Little girl: All hail!
(A third video is shown of a slim effeminate male wearing a blue wig and shades.)
Male: All. Hail.
(Various videos of people from different walks of life is shown, wearing Aria’s blue hair and shades, followed by them saying “All Hail”. The video finally ends, showing a pair of legs walking down a familiar corridor. The camera pans up to show Aria Jaxon in her entrance gear holding the Women’s Championship.)
Aria: All. Hail.
(“Formation” by Beyonce plays as Aria Jaxon walks out from the back to a standing ovation. She greets the crowd with a wave and a smile and gestures for someone to come out. A very familiar face walks out from the back – Monica Vaughan, EAW interviewer and girlfriend of Stephanie Matsuda.)
(Cloud is not happy at what she’s seeing as she starts walking back and forth in the ring)
SG-1: Gia! Did you know Monica was going to be coming out with Aria!?
Gia: Not really, but I know Monica and Cloud were getting into arguments this week about this match. Monica hates the idea of those two fighting and knows Cloud will do whatever it takes to beat her best friend.
SG-1: So she’s trying to save their friendship by betraying her girlfriend?
Gia: That’s reaching, don’t you think?
SG-1: Doesn’t matter what I think. It’s about how Cloud feels and she doesn’t seem too keen on what’s going on.
(“Formation” continues to play as Aria and Monica walk down the ramp)
Crowd: I GOT HOT SAUCE IN MY BAG!
(The crowd noise level picks up as Aria walks up the stairs and climbs into the ring. She doesn’t make eye contact with Cloud as she holds up the title and marches around the ring. Jasmine Peyton climbs into the ring with her microphone. Aria and Cloud stand in their respective corners as the ref holds up the title.)
Jasmine Peyton: Ladies and Gentlemen! Your main event of the evening! The following matched is scheduled for one fall-
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Jasmine: And it is for the EAW Women’s Championship! Before I introduce to you the competitors, allow me to introduce to you the senior official for this match and Empire’s FIRST female referee, JESSE CARLTON!
(A blonde woman wearing a referee’s outfit steps up and waves to the audience)
Jasmine: And now, first, the challenger! Fighting out of Brooklyn, NY! Weighing in at 132lbs! She is The War Queen of EAW! STEPHANIE! “CLOUD”! MATSUUUUUUDAAAAAAA!
(Cloud takes off her bandanna and tosses it to the Wild Boys)
Jasmine: Her opponent! Fighting out of Los Angeles, CA-
(The crowd is so loud it nearly drowns out Jasmine’s voice)
Jasmine -eighing in at 116lbs! She is “The Face of Empire”! Your REIGNING! And DEFENDING EAW Women’s World Champion! Aria…JAAAAAAAAAAAX-OOOOOOOON!
(The crowd goes wild as Aria raises a fist in the air, staring defiantly at Stephanie Matsuda. All of the sudden, “Unfazed” by Lil Uzi Vert plays as Astraea Jordan is carried out on a throne by her Chiraq goon squad. She adjusts her crown as the throne is placed on stage. She dismisses her goons and crosses her legs)
SG-1: Looks like the self-proclaimed Empress of Elite has a stake in this match as well.
Gia: From that view not only does she get to watch a ‘blassic’ match-up, but she can scout her the potential of her next opponent and future Women’s Champion!
(DING! DING! DING!)
SG-1: Here. We. Go! After weeks of anticipation, we’re now in the main event of Bloodletter! Aria Jaxon vs Stephanie Matsuda! I can barely hear the sound of my own voice as the crowd of 19,000-plus is expressing their excitement to the universe!
Gia: Aria and Stephanie are staring at each other, soaking up the atmosphere! The EAW Universe is split down the middle!
Crowd: LET’S GO A-RIA!
Crowd: LET’S GO A-RIA!
SG-1: The two competitors, two best friends-turned-rivals are circling each other in the middle of the ring! They both know what’s at stake! The EAW Women’s World Championship and a shot at immortality! This the first ever official FPV for the women’s division and you can see just how far the women’s division has come since their vixen days! Aria and Cloud lock-up, both fighting for leverage! Cloud has the advantage, using her strength to overpower Aria! Jaxon feels herself being pushed backwards as her shoulders hit the mat! Jaxon goes with the momentum, lifting her legs in attempt to capture Cloud’s arm!
Gia: Matsuda reacted just in time and avoids the submission attempt! It looks like Aria was going for a triangle choke. Jaxon’s technical ability is unparalleled!
SG-1: Matsuda’s no slouch either; She was trained by some of the best grapplers in the industry! It’s interesting to see her so focused and careful as she pivots her foot, and adapts a defensive stance. She knows how high the stakes are! This isn’t just any match for her! She described it as “personal business”.
Gia: Aria is just as calm and collected. She is back on her feet as her eyes are searching for some kind of opening! Cloud’s defensive stance is leaving very few openings! You can tell the bit of frustration left on the champ’s face! She’s beginning to realize that Cloud came ready!
SG-1: Jaxon’s inching closer with an outstretched arm. She’s offering another test of strength. Cloud hesitates, but takes her up on her offer. Aria ducks low and closes in! She’s behind Cloud with an applied waist-lock! Cloud tries to twist around but Aria transitions to a headlock! Back suplex counter by Cloud- Aria flips out! Jaxon runs to the ropes while Cloud goes to the opposite side! Leap frog by Matsuda! She ducks low as Aria jumps over! Japanese arm drag! Aria lands on her feet! Inverted Frankensteiner! Cloud flips out of it! Aria parries the forearm! She starts evading Cloud’s jabs and kicks! She finds herself backed into a corner! Aria slips through the ropes to the Apron! Cloud blocks the rope-assisted kick and pulls Jaxon back into the ring! Aria lands on her feet and avoids a reverse roundhouse! She lifts a leg for an axe kick! Matsuda blocks! She pushes Aria who backrolls to her feet! Shoulder block by the War Queen- ARIA’S STILL STANDING! The champ slid back from the impact, but she didn’t fall! Matsuda’s eyes are wide with shock!
Gia: Aria Jaxon is a rock; she can take whatever’s thrown at her and give in return! Now it’s Jaxon’s turn to initiate a tie-up! She pushes against Matsuda who almost loses her footing! Aria’s taking advantage of her surprise grapple to push Stephanie against the ropes! Stephanie palms Aria’s face and pushes her off! What strength from the challenger! Aria stumbles back, but doesn’t fall! Aria charges! Matsuda dodges but Aria grabs her in a headlock! JAXON SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES! MATSUDA PUSHES HER OFF MID-ROTATION! SHE WAS ONE STEP FROM THE RECEIVING END OF THE HOLLYWOOD HANGOVER!
SG-1: Cloud was fortunate to stop the springboard bulldog, but now she realizes what’s in store for her tonight against the champ whom many already consider to be the best in 2017, male or female! Cloud needs to be better! Aria’s performing lock-ups and surprise maneuvers to catch Cloud off-guard! She needs to avoid fighting Cloud head on! It looks like Stephanie realizes this as well, because she’s carefully moving away from the ropes. Aria’s standing her ground, watching every step Cloud is taking! The fans are hot on their heels! We’re nearly a few minutes in and so far it’s been a constant back and forth battle!
Gia: We both called it before the show – fighting each other would be the greatest challenge either woman would have in their entire career! Cloud assumes a muay thai stance and inches closer to her opponent! Aria’s sidestepping, as the pressure wears on! Matsuda’s trying to close the distance- ARIA AVOIDS THE FLYING KNEE! Cloud back kicks to prevent a counter and succeeds in keeping a distance between each other! Aria didn’t get hit, but she’s frustrated.
SG-1: This is becoming a game of stamina! Cloud potentially has a superior core, but Jaxon has proven she go can all night! Aria’s trying to get in close, but Cloud is keeping a distance with several low kicks! Stephanie has the reach advantage and you can tell that it’s not making things any easier for the champ!
Gia: Aria will find a way though! She runs to the ropes and bounces back! Cloud goes for another flying knee! Aria slides under! Cloud turns and blocks the dropkick! She goes for one of her own! Aria blocks! Armdrag from Matsuda but Jaxon lands on her feet! Aria goes for an armdrag but Cloud lands as well! Aria slides under a short-arm lariat! She counters with a wrist-lock! Cloud rolls through! DUAL DROPKICKS FROM BOTH WOMEN!
(The crowd applauded the efforts of both women as they remain on one knee, taking a moment to catch their breath)
SG-1: They know each other so well. Since the days of SoCal Pro, San Diego Wrestling, Diva All-Stars, and many other indy promotions. They toured together, trained together – hell, rumor has it Cloud gave Aria her first lesson in the squared circle!
Gia: I’m sure someone Stephanie doesn’t like the idea of someone she trained surpassing her. I’m willing to bet that’s the core of her frustration with Aria Jaxon’s career!
SG-1: Regardless, you can’t take away the accomplishments that blue-haired warrior has achieved since setting foot in the Land of Elite! Cloud can’t get caught up in her personal feelings. This is war, and The War Queen needs to immerse herself in the battle she’s fighting!
Gia: Both women are slowing down the pace again as they circle each other once more. Matsuda is keeping a low guard, possibly expecting a double leg takedown. Aria has her guard down, just simply side-stepping with her hands on her hips. Cloud’s eyes look like they’re scanning Ms. Jaxon’s posture, searching for holes in her posture. Matsuda remains passive; I wouldn’t be surprised if she thinks Aria is setting her up.
SG-1: Nobody has yet been able to execute a successful strike or grapple. Something has to give Gia, it’s only a matter of time! The champion and challenger close in for a collar-and-elbow! Cloud pulls Aria into a facelock! Back body drop counter by Aria! Cloud lands on her feet and attempts a sleeper hold but Jaxon slips out! Cloud blocks the enzuigiri! Matsuda has her leg- Aria pushes away and rolls! Stephanie follows suit- MATSUDA BARELY DODGES THE SURPRISE SUPERKICK FROM JAXON!
Gia: Cloud has rolled out the ring, trying to gather her bearings! It’s been a non-stop back and forth from both competitors! These two are dead even, as if they’re reading each other’s mind! Aria was one Contract Killer away from having the match in her favor!
SG-1: Cloud read the situation perfectly! The Wild Boys are standing close by their sensei! They’re not shocked at all by the turn of events! Their facial expressions matches that of Matsuda. She knew what she was getting herself into.
(Cloud turns to the Wild Boys with an outstretched hand)
Cloud: (no mic) Towel.
SG-1: Billy Wilde tosses the War Queen a towel! Stephanie wipes her face and tosses it back. It looks like Aria’s corner woman Monica Vaughan has something to say about it! She’s yelling back and forth with the Wild Boys!
SG-1: Matsuda winks at Monica and slides back onto the ring once the ref tells Aria to back away! Matsuda and Jaxon finds themselves in another lock-up! Cloud twists around and gets the hammerlock! Aria squats low and gets her arm free! She has Cloud in a headlock! Cloud pushes her to the ropes! Matsuda’s about to jump but thinks otherwise when Aria holds onto the ropes!
Gia: Cloud hesitates! Aria sees this as an opportunity! She charges – MATRIX EVASION SLIDE UNDER MATSUDA’S CLOUD O’CLOCK DISCUS ELBOW! Aria’s legs wraps around Cloud’s body! She pulls herself up and swings around Matsuda’s body in a tilt-a-whirl! Matsuda spins and and Aria flies off and lands on her feet! Both women run to opposite ropes, Aria ducks under the lariat! They both rebound! Cloud slides under Jaxon! Aria turns around! Cloud slips through the ropes! She springboards! FINAL HEAVEN! CLOUD HITS THE FOREARM SMASH! JAXON IS DOWN! Matsuda goes for a cover!
SG-1: Aria kicks out! The Moda Center is in complete chaos! After nearly five minutes of intense back and forth competition, Stephanie Matsuda drew first blood – literally! The champ is bleeding from her nose! Aria’s holding her face as she rolls away from Cloud!
Gia: This is a bad position for Ms. Jaxon to be in! Cloud is in War Queen mode, stalking her prey in a low couching position! Aria gets to the ropes! She elbows Matsuda in the face! With an an an angry roar Cloud charges forward and clotheslines Aria out the ring! The Champ hits the apron as she falls ringside, land in the narrow area between the ring and barricade!
SG-1: Cloud has the champ in her sights! She makes a gun gesture at Aria! The Wild Boys starts singing! That tune sounds familiar – is that Back to the Future?. Cloud runs and DIVES THROUGH THE ROPES FOR A SUICIDE DIVE! SHE DIVES INTO ARIA WHO CRASHES INTO THE BARRICADE! Matsuda’s not done as she slides back into the ring! She bounces off the ropes and DELIVERS A SECOND SUICIDE DIVE! She just needs one more to complete her signature! Matsuda’s back in the ring, she bounces off the ropes aaaaand THIRD TIME’S A CHARM! BACK TO THE FUTURE!
Gia: Aria’s slumped against the barricade! Her supporters are trying to urge the champion to fight back! She expended a lot of energy trying to keep up with Cloud! She needs to tap into that resolve she’s famously known for!
SG-1: This goes to show you just how cunning the War Queen actually is! She knew Aria was too proud to let her get the first hit in! She knew the champ would give it her all to try and dominate the match early! Though she was cleared to compete, she may not be main event ready! Cloud nods at the Wild Boys as she rolls Aria back into the ring before the ref could begin her count! Cloud goes for a second cover!
Gia: Aria kicks out! She’s been through worse beatings than this, SG! Her fans knows this as well! She’s survived the brutality of Cailin Dillon, the ring supremacy of Cameron Ella Ava, the viciousness of Madison Kaline! Cloud will need to put Jaxon through hell if she wants to even get a glimpse at the Women’s World Championship!
Crowd: LET’S GO A-RIA!
SG-1: The fans are letting their voices be heard as Stephanie gets Aria to her feet! Back kick to the stomach! Kick to the face! Spinning sole kick and Aria is knocked into the corner! Cloud bolts ahead like a bullet train! Cannonball Senton! Aria’s taking the beating of a lifetime! You can see a satisfied smirk go across the face of the War Queen! Everything she said she’d do, everything she predicted is coming to pass! Cloud has the armlock and delivers a vicious stomp on Aria’s shoulder! The champ’s in pain as she tries to rolls away! Cloud grabs Aria’s legs and kicks at the thigh! 1! 2! 3! 4! 5! The ref separates Cloud who backs away with her arms raised! The champ is being picked at piece, by piece. Matsuda is like a vulture, playing with her food before devouring it!
Gia: Aria’s more than that. She’s the Women’s Champion. She’ll find a way! Cloud has Jack in a reverse facelock and lifts! Reverse suplex! The challenger is on her knees, taking her time with the champ. Matsuda is standing over Aria and grabs an arm and twist! She has the step over armlock tight as Jaxon’s screaming in pain! She’s reaching out to the rope! Monica is close by, attempting to cheer her on the best she can!
SG-1: Stephanie is eliminating the key components to Aria’s finisher, the California Crush. She knows with a weakened arm and leg it’ll be impossible to perform an effective diving corkscrew stunner! She’s demonstrating her knowledge of high flying wrestling by eliminating the biggest threat in Aria’s arsenal! Jaxon is trying to worm herself free from Matsuda’s grasp! Aria breaks free and gets to her – ROLLING KNEEBAR! Cloud has grabbed Aria’s leg and flipped her over into a rolling kneebar submission!
Gia: Oh my god! This is the exact move that made Chelsea Crowe tap! Matsuda’s original submission finisher when she first arrived in EAW! I never heard Aria scream in pain this loudly before! She’s reaching for the nearest rope, but Cloud’s not budging!
SG-1: The fans are zeroed in on this contest, Jaxon supporters are cheering for their champion to reach the rope!
Crowd: REACH THE ROPE!
Crowd: TAP! TAP! TAP!
SG-1: Jaxon is tossing and turning! She refuses to tap! She doesn’t want to give in! Aria is stretching her hand out more, but every inch she takes is causing more pressure to that knee!
Gia: Come on AJ! You got this…YES! Aria reaches the rope! Matsuda still has it locked!
Ref: One! Two! Three! Four! F-
Gia: Matsuda disengages and squats low. She watches a weakened Aria struggle against the ropes. Aria’s glaring at the War Queen, refusing to show any signs of – CLOUD DELIVERS A VICIOUS YAKUZA KICK, KNOCKING ARIA OUT OF THE RING!
SG-1: Aria finds herself down and out ringside once again! She’s crawling along the floor, trying to find some way to tap into her inner resolve! Cloud is standing in the middle of the ring and drops to a knee!
(The Wild Boys start hitting the canvas to the tune of the Terminator theme)
Gia: Aria needs to stay down, ARIA! STAY DOWN!
SG-1: Gia! Please!
(Cloud runs to the ropes, bounces over and charges towards Aria)
SG-1: Stephanie’s about to fly- ROPE STEP CLOUD CON HILO! WHAT HEIGHT! OH MY GOD! And she lands on her feet! The challenger is on fire!
(A replay of is shown of Stephanie Matsuda using the second rope to leap over the top. She hits Aria with a full body flip and lands on her feet)
SG-1: What a beautiful maneuver! Even YOU can’t deny that was an extraordinary sight, Gia!
Gia: Cloud Matsuda is one of the best high flyers in EAW, and Aria needs to get her head back in the game!
SG-1: At this point there may not be a game for Aria to go back to! Whoa! Cloud just jumped on top of the announcer’s table! She has her arms stretched out, showing the masses who she is! The War Queen is here to play!
Gia: Cloud spots Aren Mstislav in the audience! She grins at the former champ and goes back to Aria! She’s taking off the top of the Spanish announcer’s table!?
SG-1: Cloud is determined to put an end to Aria Jaxon’s reign! She’s dragging Aria over to the Spanish announcer’s table and throws Arria on top! The champ’s attempting to fight back, but a couple of stiff forearms put that resistance to rest!
SG-1: Cloud climbs atop the announcer’s table! Aren’s looking on, calling out to his fiancee to snap out of it! Cloud wraps Aria in a straight-jacket hold!! She grins at Aren one more time!
Cloud: (off mic) SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR BABY MOMS!
SG-1: Aren’s yelling things I can’t repeat! The War Queen looks like she’s taking Aria to Cloud Cit- REVERSE HEAD BUTT AND BACK BODY DROP COUNTER BY ARIA! Cloud lands on her back hard! The War Queen rolls over, while Aria stumbles off the desk!
Gia: Somehow the champ dug deep while trying to fight her way back into this match!
Gia: Aria’s using every muscle in her body to crawl back to the ring! Matsuda is stumbling towards the same goal! She knows she can’t win the title in a countout! Both competitors are are almost their, their respective cornermen cheering them on!
Gia: Both parties made it inside the ring! Cloud is using the ropes for support while Aria’s still on all fours! The champ has to endure the pain she’s feeling to fight back and retain what she says is rightfully hers! Meanwhile the Spanish announcers are moving over here next to us! The fans are trying to fire up the competitors’ spirit!
SG-1: Astraea is leaning forward in her throne, watching with interest! Both the challenger and the champ are face-to-face against the ropes! Cloud hits Aria with the forearm!
Gia: Aria hits Cloud with one of her own!
SG-1: Matsuda returns the favor!
Gia: Aria almost stumbles over and LUNGES FORWARD WITH A STIFF FOREARM!
Gia: A second! Forearm! A third! A fourth! Aria whips Cloud to the ropes – SLINGBLADE! The Women’s Champ is beating her chest signaling the change in momentum in this match! Jaxon wastes no time making her way to the top! You can see the wear and tear of this match on her face as she’s pulling herself up to the top turnbuckle! It looks like she may still have it in her to deliver that California Crush after all! Cloud’s slowly getting to her feet, trying to shake off the cobwebs! Aria is point both fingers in the air! (gasp) Shades of B- SPARKS FLY! SPARKS FLY! ARIA HITS THE SOMERSAULT NECKBREAKER! This is what won her the Extreme Elimination Chamber! She goes for the cover!
SG-1: MATSUDA KICKS OUT! MATSUDA KICKS OUT! THE FANS ARE ON THEIR FEET – AS ARE WE – STOMPING IN UNISON! The War Queen is nowhere near finished! That’s the statement she’s sending to the champ! Aria’s bewildered, but she’s laughing! It was as if she expected for Cloud to have this much fight in her! She’s taking a momenting to gather her bearings – Cloud is reaching for the champ! Aria slips out of the armbar attempt! Butterfly suplex! Wait! Aria transitions into a CROSS ARMBREAKER! She has the submission locked in!
Gia: Aria has her opponent in the middle of the ring! It would be next to impossible for Cloud to reach the ropes! The War Queen is howling in pain! She’s trying to fight through! Aria is showing no signs of letting go! This may be the end of the line for Matsuda! We may see her tap for the first time! Cloud flips over on top of Aria and starts lifting the champ! Cloud DEADLIFTS the Champ who still has the armbreaker applied! Aria let go before applying the bodyscissors! She flips Cloud to the canvas! Double-foot stomp to the sternum of Matsuda! Quick cover by Jaxon!
SG-1: Cloud kicks out at two! I think Jaxon knew it, but wants to exhaust the challenger! At this rate it’ll take everything for either woman to keep going! It affects you mentally just as much as it does physically! Aria lifts Cloud up and goes for the irish whip! Cloud counters with one of her own! Aria handsprings and bounces against the ropes! She rolls backward – she has Cloud in a headscissors! Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown! What a spectacular move! Cloud is back up on her feet and stumbles into the corner! Aria runs to the corner and leaps! Dropkick to the corner!
Gia: Aria keeps Stephanie in place and jumps to the second rope! She starts wailing on her face with ruthless aggression!
Crowd: 1! 2! 3! 4! 5! 6! 7! 8! 9! 10!
Gia: Aria tosses Cloud onto her back! Ms. Jaxon is back on top of the turnbuckle! Cloud gets to her feet – DIVING HURRICANRANA! Aria sends Cloud halfway across the ring! Matsuda stumbles back up and leans against the ropes! CONTRACT KILLER! THE SUPERKICK CONNECTS! STEPHANIE MATSUDA FALLS TO THE OUTSIDE! The challenger is down! The Wild Boys try to attend to Matsuda, but Jaxon is warning them otherwise! She nods to Monica who smiles and starts signaling to Aria’s fans in the audience! Cloud is getting to her feet, but Billy and Jimmy is warning her to stay down! Monica yells to Aria who nods and runs to the ropes!
Monica/Crowd: SHE CAME IN LIKE A –
Gia: WRECKING BALL DROPKICK BY ARIA! The Queen slipped through the ropes as her feet made contact with the side of Cloud’s face! She’s standing on the apron and blows a kiss to her fiance! drops down from the apron and takes in the crowd’s roaring applause! She’s been on FIRE since taking control! She drags Cloud over to the Spanish announcer’s desk and throws her on top!
Aria: (no mic) You want to talk mess to someone’s man!?
SG-1: OOOH! Stiff shot to Stephanie’s face! Instead of climbing on top of the desk, she’s making her way to the nearest ring post! Aria’s climbing up the apron and I feel she has something risky in mind!
Gia: Aria goes back into the ring and climbs the nearest turnbuckle! The crowd gets back on their feet! They know what’s happening next! This is the very move that got her the concussion! She missed it it last time when she attempted it on Chelsea! Wait! Aria is turning her back to Cloud! She’s going for a moonsault that far!? The champ is looking up at the heavens and kisses the sky! Wait, is she!? She’s not – ARIA FLIPS OFF THE TOP ROPE! ROUNDING MOONSAULT! CAUSE AND EFFECT! SHE HITS THE SECOND HALF OF SPARKS’ CAUSE AND EFFECT! ARIA AND CLOUD GO THROUGH THE ANNOUNCER’S DESK! OMG! OMG! THAT HEIGHT! THAT DISTANCE! BOTH WOMEN ARE ON THE GROUND! THE MOD CENTER IS IN AN UPROAR AND UPHEAVAL! IT’S MADNESS OUT HERE! DID YOU SEE THAT SG!? DID. YOU. JUST. SEE. THAT!?
SG-1: I did indeed Gia, in fact we have to replay what we just witnessed!
Crowd: YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
(A replay is shown of Aria performing a rounding moonsault from the top turnbuckle and landing on top of Cloud. A second, slower, replay is shown freezing mid-way to show just how much height and distance Aria obtained while in the air.)
Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME! (clap-clap clap-clap-clap) THIS IS AWESOME! (clap-clap clap-clap-clap)
SG-1: Both women are barely moving as the ref begins the count!
SG-1: What we just witnessed was just how far the champion will go to retain her title! Honestly no matter who gets counted out, the title would stay with Aria Jaxon! I doubt that’s how she would want to either win or lose at this point! Both women are stirring, probably with broken ribs or other forms of pain! Jaxon has shown the EAW Universe that there’s a new Sky Princess- No, SKY QUEEN in town!
Gia: Cloud City has just become Queen Country in a matter of moments! Both women roll into a prone position and slowly start crawling towards the ring! Aria’s ahead with Cloud behind her! I can’t imagine what it must take for either of them to still be moving! Medical staff is trying to attend to the competitors, but both women are fighting them off! The ref paused for a moment, unsure of what to do! Medical staff is backing away! Aria Jaxon and Stephanie Matsuda wants to finish this! This are two best friends bound by fate! They have a destiny to fulfill here in Portland, Oregon! They will not stop until there’s only one woman left standing! The ref resumes her count!
SG-1: Cloud is grabbing at Aria’s leg! The champ is kicking back at her face, but Cloud climbs on top, trying to slam her best friend’s head into the floor! Aria elbows Cloud in the nose! I just saw blood go flying! Both women are bloodied in the nose! This is EAW! This is Empire! Tonight is Bloodletter! Two friends! One bloody match!
Gia: Cloud’s rolling away! The Wild Boys toss the War Queen her towel! Cloud’s wiping her nose! They’re trying to give her a pep talk! Meanwhile, Aria is being supported by Monica! The champ is trying to shake off the cobwebs!
SG-1: Cloud turns to Aria and stumbles towards the champ! Monica jumps in front of Aria! With her hands up!
Cloud: (off mic) Get the hell out of the way!
Monica: (off mic) She’s your friend!
Cloud: f*bleep*k out of here!
SG-1: Cloud pushes Monica aside, who’s pleading with Cloud to not do anything she’s going to regret!
Gia: Cloud continues to make her way to the champ – Aria leans past Cloud! Scorpion kick! Cloud falls on her rear! Aria falls to her hands knees, still worn out from that risk-taking move she performed! All she did was buy herself some very limited time!
SG-1: Monica runs over to the barricade! She’s speaking to a little girl in a blue Aria wig! She’s asking for the girl’s blue slurpee! This is no time for a drink! The girl gives Monica the slurpee and she runs back over to Aria! She’s offering the champ a drink!
Gia: Does the Sugar Rush works on people other than Savannah Sunshine? Meanwhile, The Wild Boys are motivating Cloud to get back into the ring! Matsuda is close to realizing her dream but needs that extra incentive!
Gia: Aria drinks from the slurpee! The champ is wide awake! BLUE SUGAR RUSH! Aria scrambles to the ring! So does Cloud!
Gia: BOTH WOMEN MAKE IT! The audience starts to applaud the efforts of both competitors before going back to their ‘This is Awesome’ chants! Cloud and Aria crawl to opposite ends of the ring! The Queen of the New Guard in one corner, the War Queen in the other! Two Queens! One Empire! Both women gets to their feet! You can only imagine what’s going though their minds at the moment! The slowly make their way to the middle! Aria starts mouthing off at her best friend! Cloud is returning the gesture! Neither woman wants to show any form of weakness!
SG-1: Their foreheads are pressed against each other as each woman uses their anger to fight through the pain! Aria pushes Cloud! Cloud pushes back! SLAP ACROSS THE FACE BY JAXON! CLOUD SLAPS HER BACK! Aria stumbles into the corner! Cloud stalks her prey and delivers a chop across the chest!
SG-1: Matsuda is trying to gain momentum – HEADBUTT BY JAXON! Aria stumbles about from the impact and falls against the second rope! Cloud shakes off the headbutt! The War Queen uses this opportunity to jump over the ropes and land ringside!
Cloud: STAY WOKE!
SG-1: ANOTHER SMACK ACROSS ARIA’S CHEEK! The champ is on her back! Cloud climbs upon the apron! AIR MATSUDA! SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH!! Lateral press pin!
Gia: ARIA KICKS OUT! STEPHANIE MATSUDA IS PISSED! SHE’S SLAMMING HER FIST AGAINST THE CANVAS! She wants to end this as soon as possible- PACKAGE ROLL UP BY THE CHAMP!
SG-1: It’s now Cloud who kicks out! Aria was close to securing the surprise pin! Stephanie’s face is the embodiment of fury at this moment! She picks up the champ- JAWBREAKER COUNTER BY ARIA! Cloud falls into a seated position! RUNNING KNEE STRIKE TO THE FACE OF MATSUDA! CLOUD IS LAID OUT! ARIA TRIES FOR ANOTHER PIN!
SG-1: Cloud Matsuda kicks out WITH AUTHORITY! The champ must have flown several feet into the air half way across the ring! Stephanie Matsuda is ENRAGED! The challenger is on one knee, practically foaming at the mouth! I’ve never seen this side of Cloud before!
Gia: Neither have I, SG! It’s as if she’s pos- CLOUD O’CLOCK! DISCUS ELBOW ACROSS THE BRIDGE OF ARIA’S NOSE! HER NOSE IS BUSTED! Cloud folds the champ in half on her shoulders for the pin!
SG-1: ANOTHER KICK OUT BY JAXON! STEPHANIE’S RED IN THE FACE! She grabs Aria by the hair and TOSSES HER OUT THE RING! The champ nearly bounces upon impact! She’s grasping her side as Cloud slide out the ring, determined to finish the job! Aria ducks the lariat! Cloud turns around – HESITATION DROPKICK BY ARIA! CLOUD IS SENT INTO THE BARRICADE!
Gia: Cloud’s back is in serious pain! Aria charges forward – BACK BODY DROP AND ARIA HAS FALLEN INTO THE SEATING SECTION ATOP SEVERAL CHAIRS! Cloud slowly climbs over! She picks up Aria and throws her back into the barricade! Christ! (starts sniffing)
SG-1: Cloud attempts to slam Aria’s head into the barricade! Jaxon stops it with a leg pressed against it! ELBOW TO THE MOUTH! Was that a tooth I just saw a tooth fly out!?
Gia: God…they’re supposed to be friends…
SG-1: With a battle cry of her own, Aria tosses Cloud back over the barricade where she lands ringside! Monica Vaughan is approaching her girlfriend, looking worried at what she just saw! She’s begging her to throw in the towel- CLOUD JUST THREW ARIA INTO MONICA!
Gia: Ay Dios mio!
(Gia takes off her headset and runs over to pull Monica from the brawl going on between Cloud and Aria)
SG-1: My partner Gia is trying to keep Cloud’s girlfriend and Aria’s cornerwoman safe from the carnage! Aria strikes Cloud! Matsuda hits the forearm! The two start a flurry of blows, raining hell upon each other’s head! Aria just came out of a concussion, is this wise!?
(Gia returns to the desk with Monica)
Gia: (off mic) I-I don’t think she realized you was there!
Monica: (off mic) I can’t believe she did that, though!
SG-1: Gia! I need you! Matsuda hammer throws Aria back into the ring! The War Queen is seeing red! Her murderous gaze gives it away that she’s dead set on ending the reign of Aria Jaxon – by any means necessary!
Gia: It wasn’t supposed to be like –
Gia: Y-yes! Matsuda slides into the ring! SPLIT-LEGGED YAKUZA – CLOUD BLOCKS AND FLIPS ARIA! She lands on her feet!! Aria dodges the lariat! Cloud ducks under the roundhouse kick! DRAGON SUPLEX! CLOUD CONNECTS WITH THE DRAGON SUPLEX!
SG-1: She’s not done! Aria’s trying to fight out of it! She’s kicking and screaming! TIGER SUPLEX! SHE HIT TWO OUT OF THREE! SHE NEEDS JUST ONE MORE FOR THE CHIMERAPLEX! HER ULTIMATE MOVE! SHE NEEDS TO HIT THE CLOUD CITY! THE MOVE ARIA ALWAYS ESCAPES FROM! SHE HAS THE STRAIGHT-JACKET APPLIED! CLOUD’S TRYING TO END IT HERE AND NOW! ARIA’S FIGHTING TO BREAK FREE FROM THE HOLD! THE CHAMP IS SCREAMING WITH THE FURY OF A GODDESS! CLOUD’’S FIGHTING BACK! ARIA’S FOOT REACHES THE ROPES – CLOUD SWITCHES TO A GERMAN SUPLEX! ARIA FLIPS OUT OF IT! SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!!! SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX FROM JAXON! Cloud bounces to her feet from the impact! Kick to the gut from Jaxon! She hoists Matsuda in the air – differently from the way Aren – oh my she’s – MERCY RULE!!!!! THE MERCY RULE BRAINBUSTER!!!! SHADES OF HER MENTOR DIAMOND CAGE! ARIA MAKES THE COVER AND THIS ONE IS OVER!
SG-1/Gia: WHAT THE F- WHOA!!!!!
(Aria’s face grows pale when she sees Cloud’s shoulder up. The arena is stomping their feet in unison. SG-1 and Gia are speechless)
Monica: (off mic) Someone stop this match…
(Aria looks frustrated as tears start coming down her eyes)
Aria: (off mic) Stay the hell down, Stephanie!
SG-1: Cloud can barely speak at this point. I’m surprised she’s still conscious.
Aria: (off mic) I’m sorry.
Gia: 187! ARIA HAS THE KOJI CLUTCH APPLIED! SHE’S READY TO END THIS! STEPHANIE BARELY HAS ANY STRENGTH LEFT TO FIGHT BACK!
SG-1: WHAT. THE. Matsuda is getting to her feet and while Aria has the submission applied! This woman’s stamina is inhuman! Aria let go! Knee to the gut of Matsuda! BLUEPRINT! THE – Cloud flips out of it as Aria attempted the double knees! How the hell did she – LAST SURPRISE BY MATSUDA! Cloud climbs to the top! It looks like she’s about to take off with the Cloud 9- wait! Matsuda has turned her back! What is she thinking – IMPLODING 630!!!! OUT OF NOWHERE CLOUD HAS PULLED OFF AN ULTRA RARE IMPLODING 630 SPLASH!!! She goes for a pin!
SG-1: ARIA KICKS OUT! ARIA KICKS OUT! CLOUD HAD ENOUGH! She lifts Jaxon in a the electric position hoisted on her shoulders! It looks like she’s going for her mentor’s finisher, ENDLESS WORLD! The electric chair straight-jacket german! Aria’s trying to fight back by hitting Cloud on the head! Matsuda’s stumbling about! Aria reaches for the ropes! MULE KICK TO THE FACE OF CLOUD! The War Queen tries to turn around as Aria slips out on the apron – CALIFORNIA! CRUSH! THE SPRINGBOARD CORKSCREW STUNNER!! CLOUD IS DOWN! CLOUD IS DOWN! ARIA SCRAMBLES FOR THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Formation” by Beyonce plays as Aria cradles Stephanie’s face as she starts crying)
Jasmine Peyton: Your winner by pinfall AND STILL EAW Women’s World Champion….ARIAAAAAAAAAA JAX-ON!!!!!
Gia: Oh my god. What a match. I don’t know how she did it, but Aria Jaxon has beaten Stephanie Matsuda!
SG-1: But at what cost? Aria’s already apologizing to Cloud, who’s probably unconscious at this very moment! Who knows how all of this will play out! Cloud Matsuda has given it her all, but yet The Face of Empire still comes out on the other side, stronger than ever!
Gia: This had to be the toughest match of her career! I don’t know if she ever fought someone for this long in a one-on-one match before! The ref is trying to give Aria her title, but she pushes her away! Her sole focus is consoling her friend as medical officials come into the ring! You can tell this was not an outcome she was happy with, though it was something she had to do!
(Aria stands up and takes her title as medical staff get into the ring to check on Cloud. Astraea’s crew comes up and lifts up the throne to carry her backstage. Aria climbs the nearest turnbuckle with the Women’s title raised high. The crowd applauds the champ but a unison of gasps cause Aria to turn around)
SG-1: Cloud is sitting up! The War Queen is somehow still conscious!
Gia: I don’t believe it…
(Cloud’s hair is covering most of her face as she attempts to stand. She falls on her knees as medical staff try to assist her. Cloud pushes them away and and glares at Aria who approaches her. The champ squats down to try and console her friend. “Formation” stops playing)
SG-1: Cloud’s not even responding right now. Aria’s hugging her friend, but Cloud’s hands are at her side.
Gia: Her eyes. What little you can see of them…they look hollow. It’s like she’s dead inside…
(Aria presses her forehead against Cloud, begging her to say something. Cloud pushes her aside and rolls out the ring. She uses the apron to support herself and gesture for the Wild Boys to back off when they attempt to assist her)
SG-1: She wants to walk out of here under her own power…
Gia: Judging by the look on Aria’s face, this is not a victory she’s happy about.
(The whole arena is silent as Cloud stumbles to the ramp, occasionally falling down. A few moments later, the entire Moda Center starts applauding and starts chanting Cloud’s name)
Crowd: MAT-SU-DA! MAT-SU-DA! MAT-SU-DA!
SG-1: Monica is trying to help, but even she’s getting pushed away!
Gia: I don’t think Cloud wants to be around anyone right now; but she out on one hell of a performance!
SG-1: But still – her fourth title shot this year, and she still came up short. I doubt she has it in her to look anybody in the eye right now.
Gia: Aria’s beside herself. She doesn’t know what to say.
(The camera focuses on a tearful Aria, who’s clutching the title, trying to hold back her emotions. The view switches to a close-up of Cloud’s face as she’s hobbling up the ramp, face bruised and bloodied. She barely looks anybody in the eye as she walks backstage, followed by The Wild Boys. There is one more shot of Aria with her title before the screen fades, showing the EAW logo)
( EAW logo buzzes )