(EAW intro pays.)
(“Girl Gang” by Leikeli47 starts up throughout the Jeunesse Arena, where the fans in attendance are cheering and screaming at the top of their lungs, more than ready for another fantastic episode of Empire. The camera pans over the crowd as the commentary team begins their welcome:)
CJ Hana: Good evening everybody, my name is CJ Hana–
Gavin Kirkland: And I’m Gavin Kirkland, the real star of the commentary team–
CJ Hana: And welcome to another episode of EMPIRE! We are coming to you live from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and Gavin, I don’t even have words to describe how excited I am for tonight’s show!
Gavin Kirkland: Well, let me give you a hand, CJ! Tonight, our main event is a Champion versus Champion match where the EAW Specialists Champion, Serena Bennett, takes on the Women’s World Champion…SIENNA JADE!
CJ Hana: Not only that, but we have yet another Iconic Cup qualifying match up featuring the former Women’s World Champ, Madison Kaline, and Karina-Ann, who’s partner, Celes Dumont will also be going up against Io Shimori! And lest we forget–
(“Zombie” by The Pretty Reckless begins to blast across the public address system, cutting off “Girl Gang” and stopping CJ Hana mid sentence. The fans inside the Jeunesse Arena get to their feet and as soon as Raven Roberts steps onto the stage, the fans began to boo. Raven can’t help but roll her eyes.)
Maria Del Rey: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome RRRRAAAAVVVVEEEENNNN RRRRROOOOOOBBBBBBEEEEERRRRRTTTTSSSS!!!
(Raven ignores the crowd for the most part and slips inside the ring. She’s already dressed to compete and has an official Raven Roberts Piledriver Athletics shirt thrown on over the top of her gear. She strolls around the ring for a moment before snatching the microphone from Maria. The former New Breed Champion motions for her music to cut and once it does, she brings the microphone to her ruby red lips.)
Raven Roberts: FUCK EMPIRE!
(The crowd is not impressed with this.)
Raven Roberts: Fuck Empire. Fuck Empire. FUCK. EMPIRE.
Raven Roberts: If I’ve said it once this week, I’ll say it ten thousand more times! Fuck this shit. I’m sick of it. I have been busting my fucking ass since day one, doing everything I fucking can to prove my worth to this shitty ass brand. No one was willing to give me a chance, not even after I came within an eyelash of winning the Cash in the Vault briefcase back at Pain for Pride. Because of that I went above and beyond to stand out. I put in the work, got better, and continued to improve. No one wanted acknowledge it but despite all that and knowing just how people fucking felt about me, I went out and I won the New Breed Championship. I became the first woman to ever carry that belt and I did more for it than any other champion who’s come before me. When people think of the New Breed Championship, they automatically think of Raven Roberts, and that’s something no one can deny. No matter how much people want too, that fucking belt will forever be synonymous with me and no one will ever forget the things I’ve done with it. While I don’t have a championship to actually show I’m a champion, I was never fucking pinned to lose my title. I never got pinned by Madison Kaline either so believe me when I say, I consider myself the uncrowned fucking champion of this place.
But you wouldn’t fucking know that would you? You wouldn’t even know Raven Roberts ever held a fucking title in EAW thanks to the way Empire has treated me. I can’t believe I’m the person who has to stand up and talk about this, but here we fucking are. We’re basically on the road to Pain for Pride, and there’s nothing that gives me any inkling that this brand is going to respect me. If there is anyone on this roster who deserves to be showcased on the biggest stage of them all, it’s me. I’m the one who represented Empire across the other brands for months. I showed everyone that I can stand against whoever this place throws at me and come out on top. Empire should be fucking grateful. Empire should be thankful. Kendra Shamez should be on her fucking knees thanking me for everything I’ve do-
(“O Father O Satan O Sun” by Behemoth begins playing, effectively cutting off Raven. This does not settle well with the Bird of Prey at all. A few seconds pass and Sian Ryder walks out with a microphone in hand. The newcomer has a smirk etched across her face and the second her eyes lock with Raven’s, she shakes her head.)
Sian Ryder: Fuck Empire, huh?
Raven Roberts: Why the fuck are you out here? Shouldn’t you be wasting your time Tweeting me by now?
(Sian looks around at the crowd and finally back at Raven.)
Sian Ryder: Because I didn’t feel like listening to you bitch anymore. It’s funny how the entitled are always the ones kicking up a fuss and making the most noise about never getting their just due. You literally just came off an impressive championship reign and instead of taking a step back and waiting for your turn again, you decide to act like all the other spoiled bitches inside that locker room. I find that hilarious considering the fact this company has done nothing but cater to you and give you everything you’ve ever fucking wanted.
(Raven narrows her eyes.)
Raven Roberts: You’re kid-
Sian Ryder: Shut the fuck up. Don’t stand there and act like you haven’t been given countless opportunities since you got here. You got thrown in a unique opportunity match before Pain for Pride that gave you a chance to compete in the Cash in the Vault ladder match. Prior to Pain for Pride, your little Crowe friends HANDED you a championship that you never had to lift a finger for. You got yourself into the New Breed Championship picture. You latched onto Rex McAllister to get yourself almost all the way through the Grand Prix. You did some shady fucking shit to get your world championship opportunity and have the nerve to fucking cry about being screwed in the end. I mean maybe it’s karma, Raven. Maybe that’s why you can’t call yourself the Unified Women’s World Champion. But you damn sure can’t stand there and whine about lack of opportunity. You’ve had more opportunities than most, and you are the one who continues to squander them. You’re the one who can’t live up to the expectations. You’re the one who continues to fuck up when everything is on the line. You’re the one who doesn’t pull her own weight. And you, Raven, are the reason why all of this is happening to you. There’s a reason I decided to target you. I know how people like you operate. You fear those who are stronger and more powerful than you are, and that’s why you always go for the proverbial throat. I know damn well that eventually I would wind up on your radar because that’s how you handle shit, Raven. I watched EAW long before I signed my contract and I’ve seen you take out countless people for reasons as petty as them being aligned with Remi Skyfire. There’s no doubt you would have eventually used that as excuse to go after me since I teamed with her in a match, so I decided to beat you to the punch. Not to mention beating your ass was fun for me. I came here to make an impact and change the story up. You’re the perfect person to start with. You can thank me later for the motivation.
(Raven can’t help herself. She laughs.)
Raven Roberts: Wow. The amount of stupid that just came out of your mouth is mind blowing. Are you sure you watch Empire? Do you even know what the fuck you’re talking about? The impact you made last week did you no favors. All it did was genuinely put you on my radar. You’re gonna regret taking cheap shots from behind when you have to actually face me directly, Miss big and bad. You talk real tough online. But I didn’t see you wanting a match heads up. I’ve moved on from Remi and all the fucking people she deals with, but if you want to use that as excuse to start a fight, then bring it bitch. I won’t hesitate to snap your neck and end your time here in EAW before it even gets started. The last thing you ever want to do is come at me with bullshit because I’ll expose your ass, especially since you made the fatal mistake of not finishing me off. I’m here and I’m standing. I don’t need your fucking judgement and I damn sure didn’t ask for your opinion from the sidelines.
Sian Ryder: Well you got it, didn’t you? I bet you can tell me a thing or to about sidelines, though, couldn’t you, since you spend enough time on them. Why don’t you tell me what it’s like to experience eating dirt – never done it, but you did it just last week, so it must be fresh in your mind right? God, you’re nothing but a self-serving, greedy little bitch. I can’t wait to get my hands on you again.
Raven Roberts: Then do something about it, Sian. Get in the ring and fucking fight me.
(The crowd erupts and Sian doesn’t hesitate. She drops the mic and rushes towards the ring. Raven is ready. She drops her mic as well and immediately begins beating down Sian the second the “Deus Ex Machina” slides under the ropes. Sian is more than ready though! The adrenaline is pumping and she immediately grabs Raven by the ankles and takes her down. Sian mounts Raven and begins punching her over and over in the face. Raven grabs Sian by the throat and reverses their positions. She fires off a series of forearms and right hands! Sian kicks her off and both women get back to their feet. They lunge for one another right as a slew of EAW officials come running down to the ring. The two have to be separated by EAW officials and once Raven is finally pulled out of the ring, Empire fades to commercial break.)
(Commercial for EAW Network’s “Fight Grid,” featuring their Black History Month Series “More Than A Month.”)
Maria Del Rey: The following contest is set for one fall and is an Iconic Cup qualifier! Introducing first, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Siren Assassin, Karina-Ann!
(“Siren Assassin” by Kristine Elezaj plays as Karina-Ann makes her way to the ring.)
Gavin Kirkland: I was going to say, it was quite a hectic start to Empire, CJ, but I’ve already forgotten about it now! Wow, look at those legs! The girl may not have too much going up top, but those legs go allllll the way up!
CJ Hana: Karina has proven herself a very game competitor, Gavin! I can’t believe you sometimes. Show some more respect, this woman is about to head into one of the most important matches of her career thus far.
Gavin Kirkland: Well, at least she didn’t bring that thing she usually has with her to the ring. Ugh!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing next, from Tampa Florida…she is the former Unified Women’s World Champion…The Mistress of Death…MAAAAAADIIISSSSSSONNNNN KAAAAAAALLLIIIIIIINNNNEEEEEE!
(“O! Fortuna” by Carl Orloff plays as Madison Kaline makes her way to the ring, the Court noticeably absent.)
Gavin Kirkland: Look at this amazing piece of blonde bombshell! The Queen of Death is on her way to show Karina that she’s in WAAAAAAAAYYYYY over her head when it comes to this Qualifier match up!
CJ Hana: Madison is a very formidable competitor, a two time World champion, and a hall of famer member. It will be interesting to see how Karina rises tonight–I think she’s my choice to win in this one.
(Maria exits the ring as the official calls for the bell.)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: Iconic Cup qualifier, it’s lit! Karina and Madison have faced each other before, at the Palace a few months ago, and in that occasion Madison had the help of the Court to secure a victory, but that’s not the situation here tonight! Karina catches Madison in the midsection with a quick kick, cutting off the attempt at a collar and elbow tie up! Headlock from Karina, who transitions into a hiptoss, laying Madison on the mat! Kaline doesn’t get a reprieve though, Karina locks in a rear chin lock, and sinks it in deep! The Mistress of Death’s feet are kicking wildly, and just manage to reach the ropes, causing the referee to break the hold. Karina moves quickly and drops a leg across the throat of Madison as she was trying to recover!
Gavin Kirkland: ‘Legs’ here is really taking it to Maddie, I’ll admit I’m surprised! Karina isn’t going for the pin, though, she’s got to know better than that! She pulls Madison to her feet and whips her to the corner…she follows through with some kind of running…CJ, what is that?
CJ Hana: A heel kick, Gavin, it’s a running heel kick, and it was one of the best deliveries of a wheel kick I’ve seen! Karina has came to play here tonight! Madison falls to the mat, and Karina runs to the ropes…MIDDLE ROPE MOONSAULT! Karina landed that moonsault after the wheel kick with expert timing! Karina goes for the cover!
Referee: ONE! TWO!
CJ Hana: Kickout from Kaline, it’s gonna take more than that to beat the former Women’s champion! Karina pulls Madison to her feet and whips Madison to the rope…REVERSAL FROM MADDIE! Karina hits the ropes and on the rebound is caught with a superkick, leveling her to the mat! Madison follows this up by grabbing Karina by the hair and slapping her face! The referee is calling for Madison to release the hair and she does after one last slap. She hits the ropes as Karina struggles back to her feet…SPEAR! Karina is flattened!
Gavin Kirkland: Nah, she’ll be fine, I’m sure she’s used to being on her back! Madison is climbing the ropes now…BACKFLIP…THING!
CJ Hana: …MADDIE BOMB!
Gavin Kirkland: Ah, doesn’t matter, Karina moved! Madison landed on the mat with enough force that the impact brings her back to her feet! Karina moves in quickly…THE MONEY SHOT’! The snap DDT plants Madison! This could be an upset in the making, Karina hooks the leg!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: Karina done it! She beat the former Women’s Champion! And she made it look EASY!
Maria Del Rey: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and qualifying for the Iconic Cup match…KAAARIIIIIIIINNNNNNNAAAA AAAAAAANNNN!
(“Siren Assassin” plays as Karina raises her hands in victory.)
CJ Hana: I’m absolutely stunned. What an incredibly victory for Karina here tonight! She moves forward to the Iconic Cup finals! You go, Karina!
Gavin Kirkland: You know I get excited when my blonde babies win. I’m speechless! What an opportunity Karina has earned herself here tonight.
(Karina-Ann exits the ring as the camera cuts to Madison Kaline sitting up on the ring mat, fuming with rage as “Siren Assassin” dies down.)
CJ Hana: Hold on, is everything alright with Madison Kaline?
(Madison begins to cry suddenly, uncontrollably. Her tears are soon accompanied by hair pulling and rocking back and forth, much to the confusion and discomfort of the EAW fans in attendance.)
Gavin Kirkland: Her hair! Those beautiful blonde locks! What is she doing?!
CJ Hana: Madison has–it looks like Madison Kaline is malfunctioning! I don’t think Maddie is taking this loss very well. First losing her title, and now failing to qualify for the Cup. The Iconic Cup probably meant more to her than she realized! But if she cared that much, hell, she should have given it her all! No excuses.
Gavin Kirkland: Hold on! Look! Here she comes! The mother of my children! Cleopatra is running down the ramp! It’s very much like the flawless Queen Cleopatra is to come running to her partner’s aid, without a moment’s notice!
(Cleopatra slides underneath the ring, and walks slowly towards Madison. Madison, noticing Cleopatra, raises her arms in the air, as if to ask Cleopatra to help her up. Cleopatra merely looks down at Madison, a sympathetic look on her face as Madison Kaline pleas with Cleopatra to help her up.)
Madison Kaline: CLEO! CLEO HELP ME! WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?! I NEED YOU!
Gavin Kirkland: Doesn’t look like Cleopatra is interested in carrying–I mean, lifting Madison up right now. I don’t understand. What is my wifey trying to say here by first, abandoning Madison, causing her to lose this matchup and now–now she can’t even be bothered to help her up while she’s clearly in the middle of a mental breakdown.
(Cleopatra simply turns around and exits the ring slowly, making her way back up the ramp without looking back. Suddenly, “Unfuckwithable” begins to play throughout the arena, the fans in attendance reacting strongly to the presence of Sienna Jade at the top of the stage, approaching the ring.)
CJ Hana: WHAT THE HELL! IT’S THE WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION! SIENNA JADE IS HERE AND SHE’S FACE TO FACE WITH CLEOPATRA!
Gavin Kirkland: DON’T YOU DARE PUT A HAND ON HER, YOU WENCH! Cleopatra is out of your league! And she’s coming for that title!
CJ Hana: I can’t really make out what they’re saying to each other halfway up that ramp, Gavin, but–my god, it looks intense. But Sienna–Sienna almost seems more focused on Madison in the center of the ring than she does Cleopatra right now. It’s no secret Sienna and Madison aren’t fans of each other–
Gavin Kirkland: What is this?! Cleopatra just–she just–she moves out of Sienna’s way? Huh?
(Cleopatra steps to the side and is now seen seen gesturing for Sienna Jade to continue her way to the ring.)
CJ Hana: It almost looks to me like Cleopatra is inviting Sienna to have her way with Madison right now–this is bizarre! What does this mean for the Queen’s Court, The 1%?!
(The camera cuts to Sienna Jade who stares at the weak and vulnerable Madison Kaline as she licks her lips. She glances quickly at Cleopatra, and then back at Madison and rushes to the ring where Madison is still kneeling and crying at the center of the mat.)
Gavin Kirkland: THIS DOESN’T LOOK GOOD FOR MADISON, CJ! SIENNA JADE SLIDES RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE ROPES–AND GOES STRAIGHT FOR MADISON! SHE TAKES THE WORLD TITLE–AND SMASHES IT RIGHT INTO MADISON’S SKULL! MADISON IS NOW OUT COLD! And if she wasn’t already showing signs of brain damage, well, hell, she certainly will be after a shot like that one!
CJ Hana: And the onslaught continues! Sienna Jade with a boot to the skull of Madison Kaline, and she raises her championship in the air–
Sienna Jade (off-mic): That’s right, bitch. Never miss an opportunity to strike, and show up every last one of you hoes. I’m UNFUCKWITHA–
Gavin Kirkland: YES! YES! YES! CLEOPATRA FROM BEHIND! CLEOPATRA WITH A BACKBREAKER TO SIENNA JADE! WHAT A GENIUS MOVE! CLEOPATRA TREATED MADISON KALINE LIKE BAIT! NOW SHE HAS SIENNA JADE RIGHT WHERE SHE WANTS HER!
CJ Hana: Cleopatra showing Sienna just how FUCKWITHABLE she really is! Sienna Jade somehow didn’t see that coming. She should know how menacing and tricky the Queen’s Court really can be, and it’s very much like Madison and Cleo to come up with a ruse quite like this one.
Gavin Kirkland: Hold your horses, CJ. Something tells me this isn’t a Queen’s Court work after all–Madison, now at her feet, now looking to exit the ring with Cleopatra, she reaches for her arm–but Cleo pulls away–what?!
CJ Hana: This is all so confusing, Gavin. What does this mean for the Queen’s Court? Where is Amber Keys?! What kind of mind games has Cleopatra picked up from her team members on Dynasty?! I need answers, Gavin!
(The crowd is heard audibly gasping as Cleopatra forcefully pulls her arm out of Madison’s grasp. Madison now begins to cry again as Cleopatra darts out of the ring. “Mona Lisa” begins to play throughout the arena as Cleopatra walks backwards up the ramp, towards the top of the stage, smiling wide with her arms extended as Sienna Jade finally comes back to her senses, and Madison Kaline continues to scream and cry like the infantile she is.)
(Commercial for Doordash — use the code “EMPIRE2019” for 15% off your next Doordash delivery!)
(The camera transitions to outside of the arena in the garage location where a black limousine can be seen slowly pulling up. The limo honks loudly several times prompting a few staff members to come outside to check the commotion, and Kathy Kush, Empire’s backstage interviewer to rush outside as well with a microphone in hand.)
Kathy Kush: Ah this must be her.
Staff member #1: So you know who this is? Mind telling your friend to stop making all that noise?
Kathy Kush: I actually have no idea who this is, I received an anonymous tip saying that Empire’s “biggest signing of the year” would be arriving at this location at this time so I’m assuming they wanted me to be around for an interview?
Staff member #1: Sounds pretty obnoxious, well whoever it is I th– OH MY GOD.
(The staff members jaw drops mid sentence as him and Kathy’s facial expression both change in shock, as Kathy rushes towards the limousine noticing the person who just stepped out of the car. Former REVOLT Freeweight, Lexi Sheckler. Her appearance is finally shown on the screen soliciting loud cheers from a large portion of the crowd who is familiar with her prior work. Sheckler seems to be paying attention to something in the car instead of Kathy who then tries to get her attention.)
Kathy Kush: Lexi Sheckler, welcome back to EAW! And for the first time, welcome to Empire! The last time we saw you was at REVOLT 2 where you headlined against the current Women’s Champ! I’m not going to lie this isn’t something I never thought would be possible to ever see you in action again let alone in EAW?
(Lexi Sheckler takes a minute to look Kathy up and down with disgust and begins speaking.)
Lexi Sheckler: Who said anything about coming back to action? Yes it’s me, Lexi Sheckler in the flesh, the woman who was the face of REVOLT. The woman who nobody could pin for the whole four months I was around until I LET Sienna do so as I was on my way out. You aren’t that lucky however. I’m still enjoying being away from the ring but in my time off I’ve managed to put someone under my wing so to speak. Someone who embodies everything you would want in the face of your company, and most importantly someone who will be a world champion one day. I’d like to introduce Empire’s newest signing…. Felix Hartley.
(A six inch red bottom stiletto heel can first be seen stepping out of the limo, followed by the other and a beautiful red haired woman exits the limo adjusting her skirt, she has an iced chai latte in her hand that she sips before immediately snatching the mic away from Kathy and addressing the camera in front of her.)
Felix Hartley: It’s me bitches. I’m not gonna beat around the bush, I didn’t come here to play games with anybody or tend to any sob stories about how trash your careers panned out to be or join any circle jerk to get ahead. I’m here for the fame and the glory and you better believe I’m coming all for it and I’m not waiting in any lines to do so. The fact of the matter is that wherever I show up, I show out. I steal the show and become the main attraction by default because I tend to just naturally attract the attention of whomever I want it from whether that be your favorite rappers, your favorite wrestlers, or yourself… but I certainly don’t want that. Some may say I have quite the history of being a tease, my days in the independent scene I’d take over company after company and whenever the hell I felt like leaving I did so, and they’d still ring my phone every week inquiring about being blessed with my presence. This past year I’ve been gone from the business for a legit reason, I’ve actually found the love of my life and now that I have the stability and the foundation around me that is necessary… it’s time to take over again. What better place to take over than the land of elite am I right? The number one company in the stratosphere, where all of the biggest stars go… you name them and I’ll knock them down one by one without even trying sis. I get more clout just by having my signing announced than most of you bitches do when you win championships. So just imagine what’s gonna happen when I get a title for myself? I can see it now.
(Felix closes her eyes imagining and then continues)
Felix Hartley: Might as well get them main event slots ready for ya gurl cuz I’m ready for prime time. EAW, Empire, you made the right investment, because I’m not going anywhere and I’m here to stay. I’m here to take this company by storm, emphasis on company. Empire is only the beginning for me. All you hoes are my stepping stones and I’ll be getting to the top sooner or later, by any means necessary. Oh and if you really want a sneak preview into the future of this company… just take a look at Fight Grid tomorrow night where I proceed to end that little charity case bitch Santana Matthew’s career once and for all. Let that serve as a notice to this entire roster. I’m gonna fuck shit up….. and I’ll do it all without a care in the world.
(Felix shoves the mic back into Kathy’s chest as she and Sheckler chuckle and walk confidently into the arena.)
(The scene opens up ringside as we pass by a few fans waving signs. A trio of girls wearing Raven Roberts’ PLDR t-shirt could be seen going crazy as we arrive inside the ring with Maria Del Rey holding a mic.)
Maria Del Rey: Our next contest is scheduled for…
Everyone: ONE FALL!!!
Maria Del Rey: Our first contestant…
(“Ten Thousand Fists” by Disturbed banged out of the public announcement speakers. Celes Dumont strolls out from the back wearing a leather jacket and a beanie as Karina-Ann stands back as to not take her shine away. Celes raises her hands up as she poses a bit for the cameras.)
Maria Del Rey: Accompanied by Karina-Ann…Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts…weighing in at one-hundred and twenty pounds…”Lady Gojira”…CEEELLLLLESSSSSS DUUUUUMMMMOONNNNNNNNT!
CJ Hana: Celes is accompanied by her partner in Fatal Destiny in Karina-Ann this week after teaming up two weeks ago unsuccessfully against Sian Ryder and Remi Skyfire. Last week, Karina-Ann bounced back and beat Mali Evans and Io Ishimori in a triple threat and its Celes Dumont’s chance to try and beat her as well.
Gavin Kirkland: Not so fast! Karina won last week but she didn’t pin Io Ishimori and Io is going to look to even the score after last week. What better way to get revenge then to beat Karina’s partner tonight?
(Celes Dumont slides in from under the bottom rope as Karina walks up the stairs. Fans are going crazy but Celes looks focused as Karina is nodding her head to the music. The referee looks at Karina who raises her shoulders as if she was confused at anything he could be trying to tell her. Suddenly, the lights go dark. Gob’s “Underground” rang out as fans lose their minds. Out walks the mask wearing Io Ishimori as blue lights resembling snow shine down on her on the stage.)
Maria Del Rey: And her opponent…weighing in at one-hundred and nineteen pounds…by way of Osaka, Japan…she is the Ice Goddess…IIIIOOOOOOOOO “THE WINTER” ISHIIIIMMMMMOOOORRRRRRRRIIIIII!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Keep this scary young lady away from Karina-Ann and those incredible legs!
CJ Hana: *sighs* Anyway, this young lady made waves last week in her debut even in defeat. Ishimori is more than just a flashy entrance and a haunting mask, Gavin. She belongs here in EAW and she looks to become a great addition to our Empire roster.
Gavin Kirkland: I’d like to make an addition of my face between Karina’s legs!
(Io bobs and weaves down the ramp while showcasing another one of here masks, this time with powder blue fur on the side of it as Karina and Celeste stand looking disturbed at what was coming towards them. Io hopped on the apron, climbed the turnbuckle, and perched at the top as the arena lights went back up. She slowly removed her mask and revealed a devilish smirk on her face as she nodded her head to the fans staring at her. Ishimori turned around from on top of the turnbuckle as she noticed Karina Ann exiting the ring. Io hopped down and tossed aside her mask. Celes removed her leather vest with her back towards Io, as she handed it to her partner ringside. Ishimori, thinking quickly, sprinted towards Celes and smashed her in the back of the head with a running knee.)
CJ Hana: OH MAN! What a knee! The match hasn’t even started yet!
Gavin Kirkland: Io just kneed Celes in the back of the head when she wasn’t looking! Wait! She grabs the back of her head…She just tossed her over the top rope on to Karina-Ann!
CJ Hana: The crowd is going wild! The Ice Goddess has not come to play this week. She grabs the top rope…she just hit a High Fly Flow to the outside of the ring on to both members of Final Destiny! This is crazy; the match hasn’t even begun yet!
(The referee recalls Io Ishimori as he checks on both Celes Dumont and Karina Ann who were clearly caught off guard by what just happened.)
Gavin Kirkland: This is insane, did somebody not translate the rules to Ishimori?
CJ Hana: I think she is aware of what the rules are, Gavin! She must have saw this disadvantage she faces with Karina-Ann being ringside and wanted to try and block that before it affects her chances of winning. Karina and Celes get back to their feet, now going off on the referee who is trying to calm both ladies down. Celes and Karina are not happy at all at what just happened.
Gavin Kirkland: This Ishimori girl needs to learn that’s not how we do it in America!
CJ Hana: Gavin…we’re in Brazil.
Gavin Kirkland: So?
(The referee finally calms both women down as Celes turns to the ring and sees Ishimori smiling sadistically, motioning for her to come fight. As Celes gets on the apron, Ishimori sticks her tongue out and drags her thumb across her throat. Dumont enters through the bottom rope as the referee slides in.)
CJ Hana: The referee checks on Celes to see if she is ready. He asks Io…both women are ready!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: Celes charges Io and Ishimori side steps her as Dumont goes running off of the ropes. Dumont comes back charging but Io hops right over her and sends her bouncing off the ropes again. Celes comes back one more time and is caught with dropkick right to the face!
CJ Hana: That knee to the back of Celes head and the following High Fly Flow on to both women may have done some real damage to her early. Dumont is dragged to her feet as Io begins to hammer away at the back of her neck with forearm smashes. Ishimori lowers Celes Dumont’s head between her legs, wrapping her arms around her midsection, and she attempts to hoist her up…but no! Celes flips her over and drops Io Ishimori on her back. Io hops back up; she goes for a quick dropkick, and Dumont blocks it this time as Io falls back down. Ishimori rolls to her feet one more time, she charges Celes who BAM! Big boot to Ishimori’s chest as Io rolls backwards on the mat!
Gavin Kirkland: Io is rushing to try and keep hitting Celes with a furious attack but Celes has regained some composure here.
CJ Hana: Celes doesn’t wait for Io to get up all the way as she delivers a thunderous knife-edge chop to her chest. Io is stunned a bit, but she rallies back with a chop of her own as she gets back to her feet. Both women begin trading knife-edge chops as they move to the middle of the ring. Io throws one more chop as Celes ducks. Celes waits for a chance and BAM! Head butt! A sickening thud to Io as everyone cringes at the site of the collision! Io drops down but not for long as Dumont drags her back to her feet, lifting her in the air, snap suplex! She climbs on top of Ishimori!
Gavin Kirkland: That head butt alone could have been enough but I thought after the suplex Io was done. She isn’t done just yet, CJ!
(Ishimori is dragged to her feet as Karina yells for Celes to try and finish this match soon.)
CJ Hana: Celes comes from the famed Dumont/Slayton wrestling family and she is determined to use everything she has learned from her lineage to get the job done tonight! She puts turns Io around, she hooks her arms, TIGER SUPLEX….NO!!! The Winter lands on her feet! Celes hops back to hers to be met with another big running knee! This sends Dumont down hard!
Gavin Kirkland: Celes struggles to get back to her feet, crawling towards the middle ropes facing her tag team partner on the outside. Karina Ann pleads with Celes to get up but it might be too late. Poor Karina and her incredible legs are begging for Dumont to move!
CJ Hana: Now, o Ishimori drags her thumb across her throat as she charges towards Celes. TIGER FEIGNT KICK TO THE HEAD! Io swung around the ropes and clocks Celes with the move as Io stands now on the ring apron!
Gavin Kirkland: The referee is checking on Celes, but she looks out of it! Ishimori is begging her to get back up…Dumont fights to get to her feet…Ishimori hops in the air and jumps off the top rope…SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK!!! Dumont is down!
CJ Hana: Karina slaps the mat! Celes is down! Io goes for the cover!
CJ Hana: WAIT!!!!!!!!! Karina Ann is on the apron screaming at the referee! WHAT IS SHE DOING?
Gavin Kirkland: Ishimori has the match won! The referee is distracted!
CJ Hana: Ishimori turns to see Karina distracting the ref–WOW! Karina just gets sent flying off the apron thanks to a V-Cutter knee from Ishimori! Karina Ann saving her partner did not amuse Ishimori!
Gavin Kirkland: CELES IS UP! CELES IS UP! IO HAS HER BACK TURNED! IO IS SCREAMING AT KARINA AND CELES IS WAITING!
CJ Hana: Celes is begging for Ishimori to turn around…DEVIL TRIGGER!!! She rocks Ishimori where she stands! Io is out but she is still on her feet! That kick has he loopy! Dumont hoists Io to her shoulders…GREETINGS FROM JUNON!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Karina and her legs distracted her and now Io is paying the price!
CJ Hana: The Greetings from Junon drops Io flat on her face! Celes rolls her over for the cover!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Maria Del Rey: HERE IS YOUR WINNERRRR…”LADY GOJIRA”…CELLLLLESSSSS DUUUUUMMMMOONNNNNNNTTTTTT!!!
CJ Hana: So close! Ishimori was holding her own against both ladies! She had both Karina and Celes down and hurt multiple times but the distraction may have cost her the match!
Gavin Kirkland: There is strength in numbers and that is a lesson our Asian friend is going to learn the hard way here on Empire. The Final Destiny takes this one as Karina and Celes drag themselves back together ringside.
(Ishimori starts to wake back up, confused at how she was defeated and angry when she sees Celes and Karina laughing up the ramp and off to the backstage area. Io screams in Japanese at the referee who has no words to defend what just happened.)
(Pizza Hut commercial featuring Jael and Chelsea Crowe–tonight only, order one large two-topping pizza through eawnetwork.com and receive your very own Empire Tag Team Championship replica belt!)
(Empire returns from commercial break and cuts to Maria Del Rey inside the ring.)
Maria Del Rey: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Maria Del Rey: AND IT’S A TAG TEAM MATCH!!!!
(“I Don’t Give a Fuck” by Big Sean begins to blast across the public address system.)
Maria Del Rey: INTRODUCING FIRST… BEING ACCOMPANIED TO THE RING BY CARSYN CARTER… CROSBY CARTER AND THADD BLAZEVICH… THE FLOBROS!!!!
(The trio known as the FloBros step onto the stage, all smiles. The Dynasty Elitists are greeted warmly by the crowd because even the diehard Empire faithful can’t help but enjoy their infectious attitudes.)
CJ Hana: Well it’s going to be interesting to see what this team actually brings to the table tonight against our reigning Empire Tag Team Champions, the Crowe’s Nest. I’m not sure if they have enough big match experience yet to actually give Raven and Jael a challenge.
Gavin Kirkland: Well here’s the thing Ceej… no one cares. Carsyn Carter and her new titties being at ringside might be the only upside to this entire scenario, because I really find it hard to give a shit about the two losers she parades around with.
CJ Hana: Well so far, they’ve mostly been winners here in EAW, so it might not be fair to refer to them as losers.
(All three Bros slip inside the ring and pose for the crowd. After a moment, their music fades out. The lights go down, and the sound of “Glory and Gore” by Lorde fills the area. Red and white strobe lights flash as the beat kicks in.)
Maria Del Rey: AND THEIR OPPONENTS… BEING ACCOMPANIED TO THE RING BY ONE HALF OF THE EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, CHELSEA CROWE… THE TEAM OF RAVEN ROBERTS AND ONE HALF OF THE EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, JAEL… THE CROWE’S NEST!!!!
(As the song builds up, Chelsea emerges with a spotlight focused on her. She gives the crowd a condescending look as two more spotlights shine down on either side of her. Jael and Raven stand by Chelsea, ignoring the crowd, sporting their newest merchandise.)
Gavin Kirkland: WHEW! If you’ll have a look at those shirts, CJ! I need me one of those. ‘Cause, fuck Empire, ammirite?
CJ Hana (sighing): I honestly don’t know what to think. On one hand, I completely understand why these three women would be frustrated. But on the other hand, they’re not the first Empire Elitists to take this stance. It’s nothing new. There always seems to be a never-ending door of unhappiness here on Thursday nights.
Gavin Kirkland: You see, that’s the problem with women in general. All of them are eternally ungrateful. They never see past their own selfish agendas and egos.
CJ Hana: Really?!
Gavin Kirkland: I didn’t stutter. Now, go get me one of them shirts.
(The Crowes have gotten in the ring and Raven and Jael each scale the turnbuckles to look out at the crowd, making it a point to show off their merchandise. Chelsea remains in the center, soaking in the moment. As the music dies down, they remain in their corner, discussing tactics and preparing for the match. The Bros are also discussing strategy. The referee checks with both teams and then calls for the bell. Chelsea and Carsyn both take their places on the outside and the match gets underway.)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: And here we go! This most unique match…
Gavin Kirkland: Pfff. Instead of watching anyone else on the roster face the Crowes we get these stupid ‘bros’ from Dynasty. Two assholes facing off against the big chinned lesbian and the fucking giant.
CJ Hana: So we’re not going to sit here and act like you don’t enjoy watching the Crowes.
Gavin Kirkland: I want to watch them have sex with each other. I don’t want to watch them wrestle this match. Not to mention with all their bitching and whining this week, I’d have to silence all of them with ballgags.
CJ Hana: Well you guys are going to have to excuse Gavin tonight. Ever since Cleo started hanging around Theron Nikolas and Mr. DEDEDE more, he’s gotten really cranky.
Gavin Kirkland: Meh.
CJ Hana: 🙂 Thadd and Raven are starting things off for us. Raven has a lot of aggression and frustration and I reckon Thadd is pretty chill. I’m excited for this match and what these two can bring out of one another. They start with a collar and elbow tie up and it’s Thadd who is able to gain the advantage and muscle Raven back into the corner. Before he can take advantage, Raven drives her knee into Thadd’s stomach forcing him back and away from her. Raven pushes her way out of the corner and charges towards Thadd! He ducks a clothesline attempt but Raven quickly wraps him up from behind! Thadd blocks a German suplex attempt and nails Raven in the side of the head with an elbow. Raven lets go and Thadd whirls around, attempting a spinning heel kick. Raven ducks, grabs Thadd in a wristlock, and snaps him down to the mat. Both spring back up to their feet and Raven goes on the attack. She drives her shoulder into Thadd’s stomach and forces him back into the corner. Raven thrusts her shoulder into Thatt’s midsection several times before grabbing him by the arm, pulling him towards her, and bringing him down to the mat with Seoinage judo throw! She keeps a hold of the arm, and looks to follow up with an armbar, but Thadd is quick to get his foot on the ropes!
Gavin Kirkland: Raven lets go and gets up, grabbing the ‘bro’ by his shitty flo and dragging him to the center of the ring. Thadd levels Raven with a strike to the jaw that forces her to let go and she stumbles back. Thadd gets to his feet, slams his knee into Raven’s gut, and spikes her into the mat with a DDT! Thadd with the first cover of this match.
CJ Hana: Raven gets the shoulder up and Thadd goes back to work. He grabs Raven and drags her to the corner, making the tag to Crosby!
Gavin Kirkland: Thadd grabs Raven by the legs and drops down, getting the Bird of Prey in a slingshot position! Crosby is positioned in the corner and here he comes! SUPERKICK! Raven falls back against Thadd’s knees, and Crosby jumps… DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP TO RAVEN!!!!
CJ Hana: BRO!
Gavin Kirkland: Thadd lets go and rolls out of the way! Crosby goes for the cover!!!
CJ Hana: Raven with the kick out!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Crosby looks to capitalize and wraps Raven up in a sleeper. A nap would be pretty good right about now…
CJ Hana: Raven gets her arm up and catches Crosby with a thumb to the eye to break the hold. Both competitors return to their feet and begin to circle one another. They go for the lock up and it’s Raven who is able to get Crosby from behind. Crosby slips out, and grabs Raven in a side headlock, but Raven counters into a front facelock! She changes positions, and now it’s Raven with the side headlock! Crosby grips her around the waist, and looks for a side suplex, but Raven sends him into the ropes. She looks to take Crosby down with a shoulder block, but he remains standing! Crosby rushes the ropes now and looks to take down Raven, but she eats the shoulder block takedown attempt, and remains on her feet. Crosby goes for the ropes again and times time he unleashes a dropkick!
Gavin Kirkland: It takes Raven down and Crosby grabs her from behind as they both get up! Raven grabs him by the arms, unhooks his grip, and shoves him forward! Crosby bounces off the ropes and falls back and Raven goes for the roll up!
CJ Hana: Crosby powers out! Raven grabs Crosby by the hair and pulls him into a sitting position! She unleashes a series of shoot style kicks to the back of Crosby, and then drags him over to the Crowes’ corner! Jael makes the tag and together they stand Crosby up. Raven lifts Crosby up into the Alabama slam position! JAEL WITH A DDT WHILE CROSBY HANGS FROM RAVEN’S SHOULDERS!!! SONG OF CROWS!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: JAEL GOES FOR THE COVER!!!
CJ Hana: Crosby gets the shoulder up!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Jael takes Crosby and tosses him into the corner. She gets a running start, looking for a knee strike, but Crosby moves! Jael manages to stop herself from crashing, but Crosby is quick to grab her from behind! He looks for the roll up, but Jael rolls through! Both competitors get back to their feet and lock up with one another. Both of them jockey back and forth for position. It’s Crosby who muscles Jael against the ropes and begins striking her with those forearm shots. Jael fights back though, shoving Crosby back and coming at him with a series of straight right hands to the jaw. Both of them exchanging rights and lefts now, and finally it’s the Bro who grabs a handful of hair and kicks Jael in the ribs! He takes her down to the mat with a snap suplex and goes for the cover.
CJ Hana: But Jael kicks out before our referee can even get into position. Crosby looks to stay on the attack and he begins stomping away on Jael. She rolls towards the ropes and looks to grab them, but Crosby grabs her by the ankle and jerks her back. He flips Jael on her back, but the 2-time champion kicks out, sending Crosby back against the ropes. Crosby comes back at her, but Jael brings him down and immediately goes for a modified Indian deathlock.
Gavin Kirkland: Carsyn Carter just jumped on the apron and she’s screaming at the referee!! That does draw the referee’s attention but here comes Chelsea Crowe! Carsyn sees what’s going on and jumps down, but the referee is distracted. Thadd rushes the ring to break up the submission but Raven cuts him off and the two start throwing hands!
CJ Hana: Jael lets go of Crosby and screams at Raven. The two Crowes grab Thadd and whip him into the ropes! They go for a takedown, but the Bro ducks! Thadd comes flying back at Jael and Raven and takes them both down with a clothesline! Thadd jumps up and he pulls Crosby Carter back up to his feet! Both of them go for Raven and Jael, but both women have gotten back to their feet! Raven stands against Thadd. Jael stands against Crosby! THERE THEY GO! ALL FOUR COMPETITORS START SWINGING FREELY!!! RAVEN AND THADD WITH FOREARM STRIKES! JAEL AND CROSBY WITH THOSE STRAIGHT RIGHT HANDS!!! RAVEN AND JAEL SEIZE CONTROL AND LOOK TO WHIP THE BROS INTO THE ROPES! THE BROS BLOCK! THEY SEND THE CROWES INTO THE ROPES! CLOTHESLINES!!! NO!!! JAEL AND RAVEN DUCK! THE BROS SPIN AROUND! DROPKICKS BY JAEL AND RAVEN!!! THE BROS DEFLECT THEM! THEY GRAB RAVEN AND JAEL!!! THEY’RE GOING FOR DOUBLE SUPLEXES! BUT RAVEN AND JAEL BLOCK! RAVEN HEADBUTTS THADD! JAEL RAKES CROSBY ACROSS THE FACE! IT’S THE CROWES WITH THE SNAP SUPLEX TAKEDOWNS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: They roll Thadd out of the ring and Jael, the legal woman in this match, takes control of Crosby. Raven runs to the corner, and Jael gets Crosby in position! CATAPULT BY JAEL!!! RAVEN WITH THE SPEAR!!! JAEL GOES FOR THE COVER!!!
CJ Hana: CROSBY GETS THE SHOULDER UP!
Gavin Kirkland: Raven is back on the apron and Jael drags Crosby over to their corner. The Crowes make the tag and Raven is back inside the ring now. Once again, the Crowes display their teamwork. They double team Crosby in their corner before Jael steps back onto the apron. Raven brings Crosby to the center of the ring and plants him into the mat with a nice looking Nothern Lights Suplex!!! She keeps the bridge for the pin…
CJ Hana: THADD MAKES THE SAVE!!!
Gavin Kirkland: The referee forces Thadd from the ring, but Jael claps her hands and slips back inside the ring! The referee assumes it was a tag and that brings Carsyn back into the fray. She’s back up on the apron now, screaming at the referee, and that allows Thadd to get back inside!
CJ Hana: SUPERKICK TO RAVEN!!!
Gavin Kirkland: SUPERKICK TO JAEL!!!
CJ Hana: Chelsea just grabbed Carsyn and jerked her off the apron!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Chelsea has Carsyn and she slings her into the steel barricades!!! Carsyn is back up though and she charges towards Chelsea!!! SPEAR!!! Carsyn just took Chelsea down with a spear! Carsyn mounts Chelsea and starts wailing away on her! Meanwhile Thadd and Crosby have Jael backed into the corner! They’re double teaming her now! Crosby whips Jael into the corner and her back slams against the turnbuckles! They grab Raven and whip her into Jael!! Thadd rushes towards them both and leaps in the air!!! Huge splash!!! Both Crowes hit the ground! Thadd grabs Raven by the hair and throws her to Crosby! Crosby lifts her up and plants her into the mat with a belly to back suplex! Thadd follows up with a senton!! Crosby has Jael and throws her into the middle of the ring! He climbs the ropes and gets set!!!
CJ Hana: MOONSAULT!!! Crosby lands on top of Jael!!! Crosby with the cover!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Jael with the kick out!!
CJ Hana: On the outside, Chelsea Crowe has Carsyn Carter and she just slammed her face off the hardest part of the ring!! Chelsea grabs Carsyn by the hair and throws her face first into the ringpost!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Thadd has made his way back to the apron and he’s urging Crosby to make the tag! Crosby does make it and Thadd jumps into the ring!! Raven Roberts has also made her way back to the apron of the ring! Jael is almost at her corner, but Thadd stops her! He lifts Jael up and nails her with a huge European uppercut!! Jael hits the mat and Thadd puts the boots to her!! Jael tries to crawl toward her corner but Thadd jerks her back and drops down to the mat. He wraps Jael in a sleeper and applies a body scissors for even more pressure! The bro is throwing elbows now! Striking Jael right in the skull!! Chelsea is banging on the apron urging her clit licker to stay strong!! Jael is fading fast and that brings Raven into the ring!!
CJ Hana: Crosby Carter rushes in though!!!
Gavin Kirkland: TALON!!! Raven just took out Crosby with the Claymore!!!
CJ Hana: THADD LETS GO OF JAEL AND GETS BACK TO HIS FEET!!! HE EATS A TALON AS WELL!!! THADD IS DOWN!!! RAVEN HELPS JAEL UP AND GETS OUT OF THE RING!!! JAEL MAKES THE TAG AND THE CROWE SISTERS TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO THADD!!! RAVEN WITH HER IMPRESSIVE STRENGTH WHILE SHAKES OFF THE EFFECTS OF THAT SUBMISSION THADD HAD HER IN!!! RAVEN LIFTS THADD UP FOR LOST BEAUTY!!! JAEL CLIMBS TO THE TOP ROPE!!! JAEL JUMPS OFF!!! SHE SPIKES THADD RIGHT INTO THE MAT!!! FINAL FLIGHT!! YESSS!!! RAVEN FALLS ON TOP OF THADD FOR THE COVER!!!
Gavin Kirkland: JAEL KICKS CROSBY OUT OF THE RING RIGHT AS HE STARTS TO STIR!!!
CJ Hana: CARSYN IS SOMEHOW STILL INVOLVED!!! SHE GRABS FOR THE ROPES BUT CHELSEA STOPS HER!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Maria Del Rey: AND YOUR WINNERS… THE CROWE’S NEST!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: RAVEN AND JAEL PICK UP THE WIN!!!
(“Glory and Gore” kicks up again, but Chelsea has grabbed the microphone from Maria and climbed in the ring. The referee is helping Thadd get out while Raven and Jael celebrate their victory.)
Chelsea Crowe: Cut the music. Just cut the music.
(The obedient production people oblige the champion.)
Chelsea Crowe: I think the three of us made it perfectly clear this week that this isn’t what we came back for. Jael and I came back to EAW to stand beside Raven and rise to the top of Empire once again. Winning these Empire Tag Team Championships should have propelled us back into the forefront but since King of Elite we have been overshadowed. No one cares that we’re champions because those spoiled Jaded Cunts are frolicking around with the Unified Tag Team Championships. Our belts are considered second rate especially because we don’t have the luxury of going from brand to brand in order to defend them. That’s complete garbage and I’m pissed about it. Time and time again Jael and I have proven our worth to this company. We slaughtered the Queen’s Court and sent them on their way to Dynasty. We were the inaugural Empire Tag Team Champions, defeating the so-called darlings of the tag division in that match might I add. We are going to be respected and we are going to be recognized, and I’m not going to stop demanding what all three of us are collectively owed until we get it. I think what just happened inside the ring tonight proves that whatever team wants to challenge the Crowe’s Nest, we have no problem rising to the occasion. Jael and Raven promised to destroy those two morons and that’s exactly what happened. If that doesn’t get people to open their eyes, then I don’t know what will. Those two were sent here to get a taste of the big time. Starr Stan wanted them to use us as a stepping stone to a much bigger prize. Low and behold we foiled that plan. That’s what we’ve always done though. No matter what the odds are, we come through, and I will be damned if things go south for any of us this time around.
(Chelsea pauses for the briefest of moments to look at Raven, and then finally her eyes settle on Jael. A soft smile crosses Jael’s face and she gives Chelsea’s arm a little squeeze. Chelsea returns the smile and goes to speak again. However, Chelsea is interrupted. “Rainmaker” by Dillon Spears begins to play.)
CJ Hana: FATAL DESTINY!!!
Gavin Kirkland: WHY?? I THOUGHT I SAW ENOUGH OF CELES EARLIER!!! YUCK!!!!
(Karina-Ann and Celes walk out and both have microphones. Once their music fades, Celes starts speaking.)
Celes Dumont: Blah. Blah. Blah. Fuuuuuck. You bitches are so goddamn annoying.
Karina-Ann: Like honestly. We’ve had to listen to this bullshit all week and I speak for the both of us when I say shut up. Just shut up. If you two want competition here on Empire, then look no further.
Celes Dumont: Karina and I are also sick of being overlooked here. Do you think we enjoy sitting in the back watching not one, but two tag teams run around with championships and not getting a shot? Hell no!
Karina-Ann: We were very close to knocking off the Queen’s Court ourselves and becoming champions and at the Iconic Cup we another opportunity. We want to show all of Empire exactly what Fatal Destiny is capable of.
(The Crowe’s Nest all look at one another and Raven takes a step back. Jael and Chelsea communicate silently with their eyes and finally a little smirk crosses Chelsea’s face.)
Chelsea Crowe: We will never be the team who turns down a challenge, especially one as pathetic as this. But if you two honestly want to step inside the ring with a two-time champion and a former Specialists Champion, then by all means. Let’s do it. But make no mistake about it. Jael and myself will be out for blood come the Iconic Cup. We have a point to prove and you two are the unfortunate ones we are going to make it against. Because we deserve the spotlight. We deserve to be recognized. We deserve to be front and center as the faces of Empire. And we will be respected. More than anything, we will be respected. So you better be prepared. You better bring everything you possibly can because trust me Karina and Celes, you aren’t going to be ready.
(Karina and Celes roll their eyes at one another.)
Karina-Ann: Oh we’ll be ready and come the Iconic Cup, Celes and I will leave New Mexico as Empire Tag Team Champions.
(Karina pauses, and smirks just a little.)
Karina-Ann: And I’m going to have a nice, shiny Iconic Cup to go with mine.
Celes Dumont: Fucking whores.
(Fatal Destiny’s music hits again and the two leave the stage. Inside the ring, the Crowes are standing tall, completely unaffected by the challenge they just accepted. Empire fades to commercial break.)
(Commercial break featuring an ad for the interactive educational platform “Flocabulary,” with special partners, The Flo Bros! Learn your ABCs, 123s, and the do’s and don’ts of being a true Bro.)
Maria Del Rey: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled foooor…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Maria Del Rey: ONE FALL!
(“Fuel” by Metallica begins to play throughout the arena as Remi Skyfire makes her way to the stage, walking with a purpose as she makes her way towards the announce table.)
Maria Del Rey: Please welcome, one of your guest commentators for this matchup–RRRRRREMMMMIIII SSSSKKYYYYYYFIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRREE!
(“Fuel” is soon overtaken by “Put Em Up” by Lupe Fiasco, the crowd responding positively to the EAW Vixen’s Champion. Kassidy raises her title high in the air as she walks down the ramp, all smiles.)
CJ Hana: Super excited for both Remi Skyefire and Kassidy Heart to join us on commentary tonight, Gavin! Being that these two women will be competing in the Iconic Cup against Minerva, one of the competitors in this matchup tonight, I think they might be just as excited as I am.
Gavin Kirkland: Or nervous! Minerva has been on an incredible streak since her arrival to Empire, and is absolutely full of momentum! If they’re smart at all, and I don’t necessarily believe that they are, I hope these two women are looking to study her and look for any way they could possibly exploit her when it comes time to the Iconic Cup Finals!
Maria Del Rey: Aaaaand our second guest commentator for this match–please welcome, the EAW Vixen’s Champion of the World…KAAAAASSSSSIDDDDDYYYYY HHEEEEEAAAARRRRTTTTT!
Gavin Kirkland: Oh my god. I can’t believe it, she’s–she’s really coming this way! CJ, what am I going to do!?
CJ Hana: Here we fucking go.
(Remi and Kassidy get settled at the announce table with their headsets on. Gavin is seen drooling over Kassidy Heart while CJ shuffles in her seat, visibly uncomfortable that she has to sit next to Remi Skyfire.)
(“Roar” by Katy Perry begins to play throughout the arena as Constance Blevins makes her way to the stage, the crowd erupting into cheers.)
Maria Del Rey: And introducing first…from Baltimore, Maryland…she is the Lioness…COOOONNNNSSSSTTAAAANNNCE BLLLLLLLLEVIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNS!
(Constance makes her way to the ring while slapping hands with fans down the ramp.)
(“Big Bad Wolf” by In This Moment replaces “Roar” as Minerva jumps out from behind the curtain, bursting onto the scene full of energy as she soaks in the positive crowd reaction.)
Maria Del Rey: And her opponent…from Coyote Flats, Texas, MMMIIIIIIIINNNNEEERRRRVVAAAAAAA!
(Minerva makes her way down the ramp, making it a point to pass by the announce table before entering the ring. She locks eyes with both Remi and Kassidy as she stands on the apron. Both women say nothing, they simply glare at her.)
Gavin Kirkland: Aaaaawwwwkkkwaaarrrrdddd…
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: The bell sounds, and this match is underway as right by me sits Kassidy Heart and Remi Skyfire! Blevins wastes no time initiating a lock-up with Minerva, and Minerva creeping underneath the shoulder of Constance Blevins and gaining a little upper-hand on her opponent with a waist lock, but only to be met with a stiff elbow in the noggin by Constance Blevins! Minvera staggers back and is now leaning against the ropes, and Constance Blevins on the follow-through contorts her body and turns herself around, gripping Minerva by the arm as she’s backed up against the ropes, and now Irish whipping her off the ropes, and connecting as she meets her in the center of the ring with a boot smack-dab on the temple of Constance Blevins!
Remi: Seemed like a glancing blow to me, but who’s keeping score?
Kassidy: No shock from the guy in the booth right there.
Gavin: Chill, Kassidy, what about our date later tonight? As for Remi… Leave it to the professionals, alright?
CJ Hana: Don’t know about that one, but Minerva is now lunging forward for a clothesline attempt! Constance Blevins ducks under the attempted clothesline, sidestepping it and attempting to connect with a drop toehold — but Minerva manages to get her feet in the right position to avoid the drop toehold, and the two instead both stand at a vertical base, with Constance poking the eye of Minerva with her thumb! Minerva’s vision is obscured right now, and Constance is looking to capitalize quickly, and now Constance with a Spinebuster! A picture-perfect Spinebuster delivered to Minerva, and you can hear her agonizing in pain as Constance Blevins forces Minerva back-first into the mat! Constance Blevins drops and hooks the leg of the prone Minerva for the cover!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEE!!!!… TWOOOOOOOOO!!!!….
Gavin: But a kickout by Minerva! Constance thought she had her right there, but Minerva’s resiliency is shining through. Constance smacks her hands in frustration as she gazes into the eyes of the referee, who leaves her without answers. Constance again bashes her fists against the mat, now grabbing Minerva by the nape of the neck, taking advantage of the groggy foe and looking to connect with a Snap Vertical Suplex!
CJ Hana: But Minerva sticks her leg on the back of Constance’s heel, blocking the Vertical Snap Suplex Attempt, and now Constance Blevins attempting to connect it once more, trying to overpower Minerva, but to no avail! Minerva is connecting with a flurry of punches to the gut, maybe even sneaking some closed fists in there, and sends Constance lurching backward as she tries to regain momentum in this bout!
Gavin: I’d like to gain some momentum with Kassidy over there.
Kassidy: As if…
CJ Hana: And Minerva wrenches Constance Blevins in now, and she’s setting her up for some sort of Vertical Suplex! Constance Blevins is struggling, kicking her legs in the air to avoid being slammed down, and Constance manages to get back to a Vertical Base! Minerva just didn’t have enough strength, but she’s going for take two on the set right now, setting Constance Blevins up and wrenching her in once again after several stiff, shoot kicks to the leg of Constance Blevins! There’s no let-up whatsoever in Minerva right now, and she hoists Blevins up in the air, wrenching her back-leg with all the aggression of a cheetah honing in on its unsuspecting prey, connecting with the Fisherman’s Buster! The Seeds of Evil connects on Constance Blevins, and Minerva hooks it after connecting into the cover! NO! Minerva instead breaks the pin up of her own volition, and she’s looking to continue to do damage to Constance Blevins! How much more can Blevins take before saying uncle?
Gavin: Uncle? Actually, I was thinking Daddy. Right, Kass?
Remi: I don’t know what Empire would do without its resident budding Tinder serial killer over here.
Gavin: But enough about me, and more about the action in the ring right now! Minerva is pounding away with vicious, unyielding mudhole stomps to the pectoral region of Constance Blevins, and Blevins just has NO answer for it at all right now. She’s completely prone and at the whim of Minerva! Minerva now tries to drag Constance up by the back of her hair, and the screams of agony once again virtually palpable from the mouth of Constance Blevins, but Blevins showing some fight-back with a roll-up pin on Minerva! The desperation pin! Is she going to steal it?
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEE!!!!… TWOOOOOOOOO!!!!!… THRRRR—
CJ Hana: BUT A KICKOUT BY MINERVA! Minerva realizes that she just snatched another opportunity from the near-certain jaws of defeat, and she’s enraged! Constance Blevins is still completely exhausted from the onslaught she suffered at the hands of Minerva, desperation pin aside, and she has nothing to follow through with as Minerva sends a closed fist squarely into the jaw of Constance! Minerva with a stiff kick to the back of Constance’s leg, and she uses this to get that extra bit of “gimme” on Constance, now taking her and hoisting her up in the air, positioning her perfectly — TPK! THE TPK CONNECTS! AND YOU COULD HEAR THE NASTY THUD ON THAT TWISTING PILEDRIVER FROM HERE ALL THE WAY TO THE BLEEDERS! MINERVA WITH AN EMPHATIC HOOK OF THE LEG ON CONSTANCE BLEVINS! THAT HAS TO BE BALLGAME!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEE!!!!!… TWOOOOOOOO!!!!… THRRRR–
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Big Bad Wolfe” begins to play throughout the arena speakers as Minerva has her hand raised in victory.)
Maria Del Rey: Here is your winner…MIIIIIIINNNNNNEEERRRRVVAAAAAAAA!
(Remi Skyfire and Kassidy Heart both remove their headsets, tossing them down onto the top of the announce table. The two Iconic Cup finalists exchange a look as they watch Minerva celebrate in the center of the ring.)
(Commercial for EAW’s Kitty Brawl! A new EAW Network series dedicated to the cuteness overload that is a bunch of kittens play fighting in a makeshift ring.)
(We return from commercial break and find Andrea Valentine in a dressing room turned office backstage, pacing back and forth as we hear FOX Network executive, Stephon Hunte, rambling on another phone call.)
Stephon Hunte: Yes, yes — yes, I know. Thank you. Absolutely, right. Looking forward to it.
(He hands up the phone, and turns his attention back to Andrea.)
Stephon Hunte: Well, you’re all set, sweetheart. The Specialists Championship is basically yours for the taking at this point. This is incredible. Like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The second annual Iconic Cup is certainly going to be a show for the ages–our PR team sure as hell knows what they’re doing when it comes to the marketing of this event! I’m pretty darn proud, if I say so myself.
Andrea Valentine: What the hell do you mean?
Stephon Hunte: Well, considering we have Brody Sparks on the cover of each and every promotional poster, and that you’ll be facing Serena Bennett for the title again–god, Andrea, do I really have to spell it out for you?
Andrea Valentine: Stephon, enough of your shit. Just please tell me why you asked me to come meet you here. I grow tired of you and your games already.
Stephon Hunte: No games to be played here, Andrea. Just some really good marketing. I already told you what the plan was for Empire, for FOX, and for you. We’re putting all of our eggs in this one basket here. You should consider yourself lucky to be as highly valued as you are by our team! And we’re not only hoping that you’re going to win at the Iconic Cup, Andrea, between you and I, we’re doing everything that we can to ensure that you walk out with that victory, and that championship. Just think about it! Sure, you might not be in the cup yourself, but you have the chance here to be a two time Specialists Champion–just like your pal Brody, start your reign as not only one of the only two time champions, but maybe even surpass Brody’s reign! And it’ll happen at the very show EAW has dedicated to her, to her catchphrase. It’s a plan so perfect, a plan that is guaranteed to make us sooo much money. You’ll be rolling in the dough! Gee, what absolute branding genius came up with a plan as elaborate as this one? Oh, that’s right. It was me. You’re welcome, Andrea.
(Andrea stops her pacing and lands in front of Stephon’s desk. She plants herself and reaches over the desk, smacking Stephon straight across the face with enough force to knock him back slightly in his chair. The crowd in the arena is head cheering for Andrea in the distance.)
Andrea Valentine: Don’t you EVER let me hear you talk about Brody EVER AGAIN. You understand me? God, I’m almost not surprised. It would be someone like you who would take the legacy and the name of someone like Brody Sparks and turn it into some fucked up FOX marketing scheme. Unbelievable. No, that shit doesn’t impress me whatsoever. Maybe any other greedy bitch in that locker room, but not me. I’m the wrong choice. And I don’t even get a say in whether or not I want to be a PART of it! This has got to be the last straw, Stephon. I’m dead serious. This is more than me just winning the Specialists Championship, this is more than me protecting my honor–this is about Brody Sparks. One of the greatest, most beloved champions to ever grace an EAW locker room and to ever succeed in sports entertainment. (Andrea shakes her head, disgustedly.) You’re probably the worst thing to ever happen to Empire, Stephon. And I’m going to make it my business to ensure you don’t stick around here for much longer. Mark my words.
(Andrea turns on her heels and exits Stephon’s office, slamming the door behind her as he is seen leaning over his desk, head in his palm, contemplating the situation in front of him as the camera cuts back to ringside.)
(“Surfin’” by Kid Cudi featuring Pharrell Williams plays through the speakers as Serena Bennett walks out from the curtains with confidence in every step. She has the Specialists Championship on her waist as she is decked out in her usual flashy ring gear as she poses on top of the ramp.)
Maria Del Rey: The following match is a CHAMPION VERSUS CHAMPION MATCH and it’s scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first, from Compton, California, she is the EAW Specialists Champion, SEEEERRRRREEEEENNNNNNAAAAAAAA BEEEEENNNNNNEEEEEEETTTTTTT!!
Gavin Kirkland: Serena Bennett has to be one of the biggest pains of my ass on Empire! The thought of her holding the Specialists Championship and not my beautiful and blonde Andrea Valentine! This is such a crime! Andrea needs to make this right at the Iconic Cup!
CJ Hana: Serena Bennett has been amazing, but she is facing the current Women’s World Champion, Sienna Jade in this match! This is probably going to be her biggest challenge to date! She needs to put on her game face on if she wants to make it out of this match as the winner!
(“Unfuckwithable” by Deez Nuts blasts through the speakers as Sienna Jade walks out with confidence in her step as well. She has the Women’s World Championship on her waist as she has her eyes darted at Serena Bennett in the ring.)
Maria Del Rey: Introducing her opponent, from San Diego, California, she is the EAW Women’s World Champion, SIEEEEENNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAA JAAAADDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEE!!!
CJ Hana: Sienna Jade rules the top of the Empire brand as the Women’s World Champion! She has been on the top of her game since winning the title from Madison Kaline back at King of Elite! Sienna Jade looks more than determined to prove why she is above Serena Bennett!
Gavin Kirkland: Sienna Jade has the perfect attitude of being a big money maker for FOX, but the hair just throws me off! I feel like if she were a blonde, she would have this entire world in the palm of her hand!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: Champion versus Champion. The Specialists Champion versus the Women’s World Champion. Sienna Jade versus Serena Bennett. This is a match up I have been wanting to see since Serena showed up on Empire. Both of them are confident. Both of them are badass. Both of them are champions. Serena is undefeated in one-on-one matches on Empire. Sienna has tasted defeat before. If I’m looking at the winning category, I would think that Serena would be a favorite in this match!
Gavin Kirkland: Serena Bennett is the traitor that turned her back on FOX! I will never forgive her for doing that! Sienna Jade all the way! If only, if she would dye her hair a little lighter. I think as a blonde, she would be EVERYTHING that FOX is looking for! Just think about it, Sienna! It would hurt you to dye your hair! Serena goes right at Sienna’s face! It seems like Serena is going to do a little trash talking before getting onto the wrestling part! This woman ALWAYS loved to run her mouth when working for Stephon Hunte! It seems like Sienna Jade is not responding well to the trash talking and gets some words in there herself!
Sienna Jade: I’M ABOVE THAT CHAMPIONSHIP YOU CARRY AROUND TO THE RING! I AM THE REAL CHAMPION ON EMPIRE! RESPECT IT!
Serena Bennett: RESPECT THIS, BITCH!
(Serena Bennett delivers the biggest slap across Sienna Jade’s face! The crowd reacts like they’re cringing at the sound of the slap. Sienna Jade almost looks like in shock at what Serena did as Sienna casually shrugs and demands for Sienna to come at her.)
CJ Hana: It seems like Sienna Jade did not like that happen at all! Sienna Jade rushes at Serena Bennett, but Serena puts a halt to Sienna by deliver a drop toe hold! SIENNA GOES PLANTING FACE FIRST ON THE MAT AS IT SEEMS LIKE SERENA IS LOOKING TO END THIS MATCH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! SERENA BENNETT WITH THE TRAP QUEEN! THAT ARM TRAP TRIANGLE CHOKEHOLD! SIENNA SCRAMBLES AWAY FROM THE HOLD AND SCOOTS HERSELF AWAY FROM SERENA! SERENA IS LOOKING AT SIENNA WITH A COMPETITIVE SMIRK ON HER FACE AS SIENNA TRIES TO PICK HERSELF UP! Sienna holds her finger up in the air and demands for the official of the match, Marti Solo to get Serena back as Sienna tries to pick herself up! As soon as Sienna gets in a vertical base, Serena goes right after Sienna, but Sienna manages to connect with a drop toe hold of her own, but at the same time, Serena bounces face first onto the top rope and goes springing back! Sienna races behind Serena and connects with an inverted DDT that plants Serena Bennett to her back! Sienna races for the cover!
Marti Solo: ONE!
Gavin Kirkland: Sienna Jade is so smart, CJ! She is an opportunist! She is always looking for the perfect opportunity to get the upper hand on her opponents! She knows how fiery and aggressive Serena Bennett can get! It’s not just her attitude, but her wrestling as well! One of the most important things that Sienna cannot let Serena do in this match is apply that Trap Queen! Not even that Serenity! I assume that Sienna knows that and will do her best not to fall victim to that! Sienna begins mounting away with some closed fists onto Serena’s forehead! Sienna can be a little aggressive herself, which may come in handy in the bedroom! Sienna gets Serena by that cheap weave of hers before running and slamming her head first against the turnbuckle! SIENNA DOES THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN! SIENNA IS ALMOST LIKE A RABID WOLVERINE AS SHE SLAMS SERENA’S FOREHEAD AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE! BEFORE THE OFFICIAL CAN BEGIN TO COUNT FOR SIENNA TO BREAK UP WHATEVER SHE IS DOING, SIENNA STOPS AND GLARES AT THE OFFICIAL! SERENA IS RESTING AT THE CORNER AS SHE IS HOLDING HER FOREHEAD IN PAIN! SIENNA EXTENDS HER FOOT AND PLACES IT AGAINST SERENA’S NECK BEFORE PRESSING IT THERE!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! —
Sienna Jade: I GOT UNTIL THE COUNT OF FIVE!
CJ Hana: Sienna Jade delivers a chop to Serena Bennett’s chest as Serena is holding onto her chest in pain, but Sienna manages to move Serena’s hand out of the way before connecting with another side hand chop! And another one! And another one! And another! Sienna is going ballistic with these side hand chops as Serena is trying to block each shot, but Sienna is just nailing Serena with those chops! The official is needing to pull Sienna away from from Serena! Sienna and the official have a little exchange before Sienna goes back to Serena Bennett! Sienna clutches Serena’s hair before getting her in position and connecting with a flatliner! Serena is planted face first against the mat as Sienna does not go for the cover there, but decides to apply a camel clutch on the Specialists Champion! Serena Bennett is stuck in the middle of the ring! Sienna Jade has managed to get the upper hand for a good portion of this match so far, but Serena is smart and will find a way to make a comeback! However, do you know how impressive it would be to be the first woman to defeat Serena in a one-on-one match? That would look fantastic for Sienna as she faces Cleopatra at the Iconic Cup!
Gavin Kirkland: Serena Bennett would be the smartest woman in this brand if she managed to tap out and live to wrestle another day! This isn’t worth it, Serena! You got a title to defend at the Iconic Cup! This match should be the least of your worries! I don’t understand how this crowd is pro-Serena! This woman is a traitor! This woman shouldn’t be holding the Specialists Championship! How is Serena still trying to fight this move! It seems like she is trying to get herself up to her feet! SHE SEEMS SHAKY AT THE MOMENT; HOWEVER, SERENA IS TRYING TO MUSTER UP SOME STRENGTH TO COUNTER THIS MOVE! GETTING ON HER TWO FEET, SIENNA JADE IS DOING HER BEST TO HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE, BUT SHE IS SHAKING HER HEAD NO! SERENA BENNETT MANAGES TO GET UP FROM THE CAMEL CLUTCH! THE CROWD IS IMPRESSED AND ON THEIR FEET THAT THIS TWIG MANAGED TO HAVE THAT MUCH STRENGTH! SERENA IS BACK ON HER TWO FEET AS SHE RACES TO THE CORNER AS SIENNA’S ENTIRE BACK COLLIDES WITH THE TURNBUCKLE! BUT, SIENNA IS NOT PLANNING ON LETTING GO ANYTIME SOON! SERENA RACES TO THE CORNER AS SIENNA’S BACK COLLIDES WITH THE TURNBUCKLE AGAIN! IT SEEMS LIKE SIENNA IS SLOWLY RELEASING THE HOLD, BUT SERENA WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE GETS SIENNA OFF HER BACK AS SHE RACES TO THE CORNER AS SIENNA’S BACK COLLIDES WITH THE TURNBUCKLE FOR A THIRD TIME AS SIENNA FINALLY SLIDES OFF! SIENNA TAKES A MOMENT TO REST AT THE CORNER, BUT SERENA DOES NOT WASTE HER TIME AS SHE RUNS AND DELIVERS SOME DOUBLE KNEES TO SIENNA AT THE CORNER! SIENNA STUMBLES FORWARD AS SERENA FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A SUPERKICK! THE SUPERKICK DROPS THE WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION BACK AS SERENA HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOO!!
CJ Hana: Sienna Jade kicks out at two! Serena Bennett has finally shifted this match back to her favor and that should concern Sienna! Serena drags Sienna by her hair and sets her up at the corner! Serena takes a step back before running and connecting with some double knees to Sienna’s face! Serena gets herself back to a vertical base before she begins to stomp on Sienna Jade at the corner! The stomping is slow, but eventually, it begins to pick up as she begins to stomp the living hell out of Sienna! Serena stops her stomping as she presses her foot against Sienna’s neck before holding it there!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! THAT’S ENOUGH, SERENA!
Gavin Kirkland: Serena Bennett did one of the smartest things that she could do in her career — actually listen! SERENA GETS SERENA OUT OF THE CORNER BEFORE GETTING HER INTO POSITION! SERENA TAKES A FEW STEPS BACK BEFORE RUNNING AND CONNECTING WITH A MOONLIGHT, A RUNNING NECKBREAKER ON SIENNA JADE! SERENA GETS BACK TO HER FEET AS SHE CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER MOONLIGHT! HOWEVER, THIS WOMAN LOVES TO SHOW UP AND APPARENTLY, TWO MOONLIGHTS WAS NOT ENOUGH, SO SHE CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER MOONLIGHT! AND ANOTHER ONE! FINALLY, IT SEEMED LIKE FOUR MOONLIGHTS WERE ENOUGH! SERENA DOES NOT GO FOR THE COVER THERE AS SHE LETS SIENNA FIND HER WAY TO A SEATED POSITION BEFORE RUNNING AND CONNECTING WITH A BASEMENT METEORA! SERENA LANDS ON SIENNA AS SHE STAYS THERE FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOO!!
CJ Hana: The Women’s World Champion gets her right shoulder up! Sienna is still in this match as Serena Bennett begins to connects with some closed fist punches at Sienna Jade’s head! As this match goes on, you can tell how much more aggressive that Serena gets! She is going into this match to defeat Sienna! Defeat the Women’s World Champion! If Serena gets a victory over Sienna, this would be the biggest victory of her career! This would make her better than the Women’s World Champion! Serena gets Sienna back to her feet before getting her by the arm and whipping her to the ropes! Sienna rebounds from the ropes as Serena connects with a somersault clothesline on Sienna! Sienna goes down as you can tell that somersault clothesline looked devastating enough! It seems like Sienna is going to roll underneath the bottom rope! She could be buying herself some time to recover! SIENNA FINDS HERSELF ON THE OUTSIDE AS SHE TRIES TO GET SOME FEELING BACK TO HER BODY, BUT SERENA CAN SEE WHAT SIENNA IS TRYING TO DO FROM A MILE AWAY! SERENA GETTING HERSELF ON THE TOP ROPE! SERENA BENNETT WITH FLY OR DIE, THE SOMERSAULT PLANCHA TO THE OUTSIDE! SERENA FALLS ON SIENNA AS THE CROWD APPLAUDS SERENA FOR THAT IMPRESSIVE MOVE! BOTH CHAMPIONS ARE DOWN; HOWEVER, IT SEEMS LIKE SERENA IS SLOWLY TRYING TO FIND HER WAY BACK TO HER FEET! SERENA TRIES TO GET SIENNA BACK TO HER FEET, BUT SIENNA MANAGES TO RAM SERENA BACK FIRST AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE RING APRON! THAT WAS OUT OF NOWHERE, BUT IT SEEMED LIKE SIENNA BOUGHT HERSELF ENOUGH TIME TO STRATEGIZE WHAT SHE NEEDED TO DO NEXT! SIENNA GETS SERENA AGAIN AND RAMS SERENA’S BACK AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE RING APRON AGAIN! SIENNA THEN PULLS SERENA CLOSER BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A WITCHES HAMMER, RIPCORD ROLLING ELBOW! SERENA BENNETT GOES DOWN AS SIENNA ROLLS HERSELF BACK INTO THE RING!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!
Gavin Kirkland: Serena Bennett is still down from the Witches Hammer! It seems like Sienna Jade will pull this off and be the one to defeat Serena! This makes me want to jump for joy! I have been waiting for the past month for Serena to get what she rightfully deserves and she deserves this! She deserves to lose to the best champion on the Empire brand!
Marti Solo: FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT!
(Serena Bennett begins to slowly crawl back to her feet. She is feeling a little loopy, but she is trying to regain enough strength to roll herself out of the ring.)
Marti Solo: NINE!
CJ Hana: SERENA BENNETT MANAGES TO ROLL HERSELF INSIDE THE RING ON TIME! BUT, SIENNA JADE CONTINUES HER ASSAULT BY STOMPING ON THE RIBCAGE OF THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION! Sienna manages to get Serena in a vertical base before as she applies the headlock on Serena! Sienna does a great job with maintaining the headlock, but she manages to let go of the headlock and rebound from the ropes! Sienna runs and connects with a clothesline that floors Serena! Serena gets herself up as Sienna connects with another clothesline! Serena falls to the mat, but gets herself back up as Sienna connects with a beautiful dropkick! SIENNA JADE GETS UP TO HER FEET AS SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE IS DETERMINED TO END THIS MATCH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! LOOK WHO’S GOING DOWN THE RAMP, GAVIN!
(The camera pans as the crowd gets a little rowdy when Cleopatra goes down the ramp. Sienna Jade throws Serena Bennett to her side. This give Serena some time to recover as Cleopatra races to the top of the apron.)
Gavin Kirkland: This match just became five stars already! The beautiful Cleopatra is now in our presence! I love her, CJ! It’s so sexy when she gets angry!
Sienna Jade: WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME! HAVEN’T YOU HOGGED UP THE SPOTLIGHT ENOUGH YOU OLD HAG —
CJ Hana: SERENA BENNETT ROLLS UP SIENNA JADE! SHE HAS HER THERE FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Surfin’” plays back up again as Sienna Jade goes right after Serena Bennett, but Serena manages to roll out of the ring to avoid Sienna from attacking her. Sienna Jade is on her knees in shock and disbelief as she cannot believe that Cleopatra had costed her the match.)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH, THE EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPION, SEEEERRRRREEEEENNNNNAAAAAA BEEEEEEENNNNNNEEEEEETTTTTTT!!
CJ Hana: Serena Bennett keeps her winning streak alive as she got a HUGE victory over the Women’s World Champion, Sienna Jade! But, it seems like Serena has to thank Cleopatra from that distraction! Sienna looked like she was just a few seconds away from ending this match!
Gavin Kirkland: I don’t blame Sienna Jade! I find myself distracted over Cleopatra’s presence! It’s nothing to be ashamed of!
(The camera pans to Cleopatra, who has already jumped off the apron. She begins to walk backwards up the ramp as she has a huge smirk on her face. Sienna Jade gives a huge screech of anger as she glares at Cleopatra’s way. Meanwhile, Serena Bennett is celebrating ringside with some of the fans as she raises her Specialists Championship high in the air.)
CJ Hana: This was an amazing way to end this match event match, but that is all the time we have! Signing out in behalf of Gavin Kirkland, I am CJ Hana! Goodnight and see you next week!
(EAW logo buzzes.)