(RECAP – a montage of last week’s season premiere is shown. Empire General Manager Flannery McCoy revealed that the Empress of Elite 2018 tournament will start the following week with the bracket to be revealed on the weekend via EAW.com. She added that an assistant manager would be revealed next week as well. Clips from the triple threat between Team Remi and the Crowe’s Nest, with Braxton DeVil interfering to give the Crowes the victory. Clips from the epic showdown between Stephanie Matsuda and Astraea Jordan is shown, with Malcolm Jones calling out the Joneset to interfere. Kendra Shamez is seen observing from the stage. After fighting off members of the Joneset, Stephanie slides under Astraea’s Free Smoke reverse roundhouse and counters with a Last Surprise sling blade and retains her world championship with a C9. The ending scene is a furious Malcolm Jones standing over a worn Stephanie Matsuda and Monica Vaughan.)

(“Girl Gang” by Leikeli47 plays during the NEW intro for Thursday Night Empire. The camera changes to the interior of the arena as pyro goes off on-stage!)

(SCREEN BAR – Live! From Jacksonville, FL!)

SG1: Forget the World Cup! It is EOE season here on Thursday Night Empire! I’m “Your Friendly Neighborhood Vixen” SG1 and this is my partner “Yet to Have a Nickname” Alicia Amby!

Alicia Amby: Thank you SG1! Tonight we have a special guest sitting with us – none other than the EAW Unified Women’s Champion herself, Stephanie “Cloud” Matsuda!

Stephanie Matsuda: Hey guys! Thank you for having me. Of course I was told to sit in with y’all, but let me see if I can make this free will thing work.

SG1: Well last year both the world and specialist champions took over commentary duties. What makes this so different?

Stephanie: From what I gather, Flannery McCoy wanted the focus to be on race to fight for the Empire’s world championship, nothing more, nothing less.

Alicia: I guess that makes you the most wanted woman in EAW. So, that match with Astraea Jordan…like wow! That had to be one of the most impressive matches I’ve seen since well your respective matches at Pain for Pride!

Stephanie: Well, Astraea and I really took it to one another. It’s like I said on social media – I didn’t beat Astarea Jordan, I survived her.

SG1: Well judging from the way things ended, you may not heard the last of her bae, Malcolm Jones.

Stephanie: Well, we’ll cross that road when we get to it. I’m not afraid of MJ, and any time Astraea wants a rematch, I’ll give it to her.

(Cori Simmons is standing in the middle of the ring)

Cori Simmons: Please welcome Empire General Manager, Flannery McCoy!

(“Black and White” by Michael Jackson plays as Flannery McCoy walks out, waving at the fans. She walks down the ramp, giving high fives to everyone she walks by)

SG1: What a second half of season 11 it’s been for the up and coming authority whom everyone is calling the “Billion Dollar Manager!” In my years of being involved with the industry, I never seen anyone progressed a show like I’ve seen Flannery do with Thursday Night Empire!.We’ve witnessed ratings skyrocket, an influx of new talent, and recently a BILLION DOLLAR deal that landed us on the Fox Network proper! And after announcing the Empress of Elite tournament the week prior, she will now introduce to us a new assistant general manager!?

Stephanie: Sounds like she’ll have a Flannery for her own Flannery.

Alicia: ???

Stephanie: It’s funny if you was here before January ‘18.

Alicia. Ah.

(Flannery climbs into the ring and takes the microphone)

Flannery McCoy: Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I welcome you to another sold out edition of Thursday Night Empire!

(crowd cheers)

Flannery: I must say that I have to thank each and every one of you for helping make Thursday Night Empire the MUST SEE brand in Elite Answers Wrestling! While I’m about to be interviewed by entities such as Forbes and Rolling Stone, I alone can’t take credit for the success we were blessed with! It was each and everyone one of you in the crowd and those of you at home you helped Empire become the way it is! We have a new TV deal, a tag division, and our biggest event, Manifest Destiny is now a FPV! When I was assistant GM, I never thought in my wildest dreams, it would be like this. Speaking of assistant GMs…SEGUE!

(crowd laughs)

Flannery: While The Board of Directors, specifically the Chairman himself has noticed the positive of Thursday Night Empire, there were some concerns that were addressed, specifically the backstage safety of Empire talent. We saw several women, including the previous women’s champion all sidelined by backstage violence. Then, there was the debacle that was the ending to last week’s main event. While Matsuda vs Jordan was the stuff of legend, how Malcolm Jones was able to send the entire Joneset ringside is an issue under review by the administration. Meanwhile, I have now been assigned a general manager to help me with the demanding environment Thursday Night Empire has become. I was quite surprised with whom was chosen, but apparently she has authority experience.

(Flannery’s face grows cold for a moment, but quickly forces a smile)

Flannery: Please welcome to Thursday Night Empire…your NEW Assistant General Manager…Kendra Shamez!

Alicia: Kendra Shamez!?

SG1: You gotta be kidding me.

Stephanie: …

(“Needles and Pins” by the Deftones play as Kendra Shamez walks out, practically glowing. There is a strong mixed reaction to her presence as she makes her way down the ramp)

SG1: With the current controversy surrounding her, I can’t imagine why the board would select Kendra Shamez as the Assistant GM of Thursday Night Empire.

Alicia: Didn’t she make it known on live television that she would do whatever it takes to end your reign, Matsuda?

Stephanie: …

SG1: Something’s up, but I’m sleep though.

(Kendra climbs into the ring, smiles at an expressionless Flannery and takes the mic)

Kendra Shamez: Thank you Flannery. It’s interesting to see how everyone is reacting right now. I’m sure there are those of you who think my previous actions were…controversial. And now that I look back, I agree.

(Kendra looks at Stephanie Matsuda)
Kendra: Cloud? I’m sorry for the things I’ve said. And while I wasn’t behind those attacks on your friends-

Stephanie: Bulls–t.

Kendra: I can explain why I said what I said before. You see for years, I’ve invested blood sweat and tears into this business, both in the ring and out. I was a general manager – a hell of a good one – and for a period of time I was the face of the Vixens Division. I know what it’s like to have the whole world in the palm of my hands…

(Kendra’s eyes narrow)

Kendra: Which is why I was so upset when the previous champion threw it all away. I’m not going to beat a dead horse, but long story short, I took my anger out on you, Cloudy. I should have been praising you for your loyalty to EAW and Empire, not admonishing your already historic reign. While I think the Jaded Hearts and Crowe’s Nest are the future, you are the catalyst for that future to take place.

Stephanie: …

Kendra: Which is why I have a very special opponent planned for you at Manifest Destiny. I’m still working out certain contractual details, but I think you’ll be pleased. Consider it…an olive branch.

Alicia: Who could she be talking about!?

SG1: I have an idea. What do you think, Cloud?

Stephanie: I think she’s full of herself.

Kendra: Of course I don’t expect you to forgive me so easily Matsuda, but in time you will know, understand, and believe in my vision. Like for instance, this year’s Empress of Elite tournament…

(Kendra turns to the crowd)

Kendra: We’re all aware that when it comes to tournaments, not everyone can be winners. There is only ONE Empress of Elite who will be fighting the Unified Women’s Champion, while everyone else will be left on the sidelines…

(Kendra looks at Flannery, but turning back to the audience)

Kendra: Which is why as my first act as assistant general manager, I am enacting the EOE Second Chance Initiative! The SCI, as I like to call it, is a series of matches to determine who will not only fight the for Specialist Championship at Manifest Destiny, but the Empire Tag Team Championship as well!

(the crowd cheers while Flannery stares at Kendra with an eyebrow raised)

Kendra: So you have the EOE finals and Unified Women’s Championship matches co-headlining, the Specialist Championship match, and the Empire Tag Team Championship match. More will be announced, but for now, the EAW Universe can sit on that! Thank you everyone and enjoy tonight’s show!

(The crowd is now in full support of Kendra Shamez as she waves and exits the ring. Flannery is standing there in disbelief for a moment.)

SG1: Is it just me, or did Kendra just get the world on her side in one moment?

Stephanie: I need to speak to Flannery later.

Alicia: I’m still new to this place, but it seems like Manifest Destiny is going to become quite the show!

Stephanie: Perhaps…

SG1: Anyway, let’s cut to tonight’s opening match!

(“Hahaha” — Death Grips plays as the crowd gives Toni Gunn a mixed reaction from the crowd. The ones cheering are mostly the male Empire fans and supporters of the LGBTQ as Toni comes out with a bottle of Yorkshire lager in her hand.)

Cori Simmons: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Cori Simmons: Introducing first, from York, North Yorkshire, England, she is “The Rat Daddy”, TOOOOOOOOONIIIIIIIIIIII GUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!

Alicia Amby: Toni Gunn managed to make an impression with getting a victory over Mali Evans last week on Empire! Not only was this woman one of the most talked about signees in a while, but she managed to be more talked about after her victory last week!

SG1: Some say that her victory was a fluke and that she won’t be able to defeat this opponent this week, but it looks like we are going to figure that out soon enough!

(“All Star” — Smash Mouth plays as the crowd boos as Harlow Reichert comes out with confidence with each step that she takes. She does not give a fuck about the reaction of the crowd as she continues her walk to the ring.)

Cori Simmons: Introducing her opponent, from Christchruch, New Zealand, she is “Miss No F-cks Given”, HAAAAAAAARLLLLLLLLLOWWWWWWWW REEEEEEEICCCCCCCHEEEEEEERTTTTTTT!!

SG1: Here is a fellow newcomer herself, Harlow Reichert is someone who is considered really gifted in wrestling; however, she doesn’t seem to care or try to understand the wrestling business. To make things shorter, she just doesn’t care and she doesn’t care about anyone, but herself.

Alicia Amby: Then, why is she here? She gotta care to win this match if she wants to get somewhere on Empire. Perhaps, this victory will place her in the right direction!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

SG1:Toni Gunn vs. Harlow Reichert is underway! The two women make it to the center of the ring! Toni goes to lock in with Harlow, but stops for a moment! She goes to the corner and picks up the bottle of Yorkshire lager and begins to drink out of it! Harlow is looking at Toni. All she wants to do is to start the match! Harlow does not like that Toni is wasting her time right now! Toni is just guliping the lager up like no tomorrow! Harlow is tapping her foot against the mat as she rolls her eyes! Enough with having her time wasted, she rushes over to Toni!

Alicia Amby: TONI GUNN SPITS THE LAGER INTO THE FACE OF HARLOW REICHERT! HARLOW IS LOOKING AT HER DRENCHED SELF IN SHOCK AS TONI LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY! HARLOW, ANGRY, GOES TO THROW THE FIRST PUNCH IN THE MATCH! INSTEAD, TONI IS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND THROWS THE FIRST PUNCH IN THE MATCH! HARLOW FINDS HERSELF IN THE CORNER AFTER A FEW PUNCHES FROM TONI! Toni gives a “wanker” gesture before connecting with a sucker punch – the Wank and Bank connects as Harlow holds onto her face! Toni grabs Harlow by one of her arms and whips her to the other corner! Harlow is holding onto the corner as Toni runs and connects with a clothesline! No! Harlow is able to get out of the way! Toni goes crashing onto the corner! No! Toni was able to stop herself before colliding against the corner! She delivers a back elbow on Harlow, who steps back a few steps before following that up with a superkick! Harlow goes falling to the ground as Toni goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOONE!!

SG1: Harlow kicks out at one as Toni pulls Harlow by the hair in order to get her up! Toni connects with a harsh headbutt! Harlow is sent down to one knee as the headbutt was hard enough to even make Toni stumble a bit! Not sure if that’s it or if the lager is finally kicking in with her? Anyway, Toni manages to maintain hold on Harlow as she connects with another headbutt that sends Harlow to her knee again! Once again, Toni stumbles back again! She lets go of Harlow’s hair before connecting with a back kick that makes Harlow hold her stomach. Toni bounces from the ropes and connects with another superkick to a seated down Harlow! Harlow finds herself on her back as Toni picks up the woman again and whips her to the ropes! Harlow does her best to try to hold on to the ropes, but Toni connects with a brutal knee to Harlow’s stomach before picking her up and connecting with an exploder suplex! Harlow is thrown across the ring as she finds refuge underneath one of the bottom ropes! Toni finds herself in a seated position as she looks for where Harlow landed before getting herself up!

Alicia Amby: Harlow is holding onto the bottom rope, trying to save herself from Toni, but Toni approaches Harlow and holds on to her foot! Harlow continues to hold on to the bottom rope for dear life! She is not letting go of it one bit! Toni begins to pull Harlow away from the rope, but Harlow seems to have a pretty good hold on the bottom rope! Toni pulls Harlow by the foot again and nothing! Toni gives one last push to Harlow by her foot and manages to separate Harlow from the bottom rope! In the process, Harlow goes up and crashing stomach first against the mat! Harlow is holding her stomach in pain as Toni goes for the middle rope! She situates herself on the middle rope! She is constantly looking at Harlow to see if she hasn’t gotten up yet before connecting with a knee drop from the middle rope! Once again, Harlow is holding her stomach in pain! That knee looked pretty harsh from Toni! Toni gets herself up as she gestures for Harlow to get herself back up as well! I have no idea what Toni is going to do next, but it cannot be a good thing at all! Harlow slowly finds her way up to her feet, still holding her stomach in pain! She turns around…

Stephanie Matsuda: AYYYE!

SG1: SPEAR FROM TONI GUNN! HARLOW IS SPLIT RIGHT IN HALF DUE TO THE SPEAR! Toni with a smirk on her face as Harlow continues to hold her stomach in pain! Her stomach has been through so much in these past few minutes! I would not blame Harlow if this is the end of the match! Still, Harlow tries to get herself back up as Toni rebounds from the ropes and goes for Rat Daddy Cometh! No! Harlow is able to duck herself as Toni goes right past her! Harlow uses her strength to find herself into a standing position before connecting with a back elbow to Toni right in the jaw! Toni holds her jaw in pain as Harlow quickly follows that up with a roll up! No! Harlow follows that up with a superkick that sends Toni into the ropes! Toni tries to hold onto the ropes as Harlow races towards Toni with a stiff knife edge chop that makes Toni hold onto her chest! Harlow whips Toni to the opposite ropes as Harlow runs and connects with another knife edge chop on the chest of Toni Gunn! Harlow Reichert connects with another knife edge chop and another one! Over and over again, Harlow makes Toni’s chest red with her stuff knife edge chops! Harlow connects with a belly-to-back suplex on Toni as she goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOONE!! TWOOO!!

Alicia Amby: Toni kicks out at two as Harlow quickly connects with a double foot stomp to Toni as she holds her stomach in pain! Harlow now gets Toni back up to her feet as Harlow gets Toni and connects with a northern lights suplex! Harlow quickly follows that up with another double foot stomp on Toni! Harlow gets Toni up and whips her to the corner! Toni seems a little too weak at the moment to hold on to the corner with all of her might! Toni seems to be falling into a seating position as she has no strength to get herself up at the moment! Harlow distances herself a few steps before running and connecting with a running cannonball senton on Toni Gunn! Harlow collides harshly on Toni, making her head bounce back against the corner! Harlow finds her way back up to her feet! Harlow gets Toni in position before connecting with a snap German suplex, throwing Toni across the ring! Harlow walks over to Toni to pick her up! Harlow throws Toni to the corner again as Harlow connects with a corner forearm smash directly at Toni’s face! Harlow follows that up with a running facebreaker onto her knee as Toni goes falling directly onto her back! Toni somehow begins to get herself back up. You can tell that her mind is not in the right place at the moment, but Harlow does not waste any time, but connects with DAMN! The backflip DDT connects on Toni!

SG1: DAMN! What a move? Get it? Anyway, both women are on the ground as Harlow slowly finds her back up to her feet! She tries to gain enough energy to get Toni up to a standing position! Harlow connects with a European uppercut! This sends Toni back, but not back into a corner yet! Harlow connects with another uppercut and she finds Toni getting closer to the corner! Harlow continues to uppercut Toni until she makes it to the corner! Harlow sees that Toni is already in the corner as she backs away a few steps before running and connecting with a running dropkick to an already cornered Toni Gunn! Toni has her back sliding down as she gets into a seated position! Harlow gets Toni back up and has her in position for a brainbuster! She has Toni where she wants her and Harlow Reichert connects with LMFAO! THE BRAINBUSTER TO THE KNEE! Toni is down as Harlow hooks the leg and goes for a cover!

Stephanie Matsuda: That was vicious!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOONE!! TWOOOOO!!

Alicia Amby: Toni kicks out! Harlow has a look of frustration forming on her face! All she wants to do is get Toni down for the three count and win the match! Aggressively, Harlow gets Toni up to her feet! Harlow gets Toni and connects with PAIN – the spinning torture rack slam! The move connects as Harlow grins and gestures for the end of this match! Harlow looks at Toni as she gets her up! Harlow with Fate’s End, the kiwi crusher! The move connects!

SG1: No! Toni manages to move out of the way! Toni somehow has enough energy to get out of Fate’s end! Harlow turns around and connects with backbreaker! Harlow is caught off guard! She did not see this coming at all! It is almost like she is shocked to see Toni making a comeback in this match! Harlow is holding her back in pain as she makes her way back up to her feet! Toni quickly does not give Harlow any breathing room to process whatever is happening to her and connects with a bicycle kick that sends Harlow to the ground! Harlow is able to distance herself from Toni Gunn a bit, but Toni still does not give her any time to breathe as Toni connects with a shining wizard! The shining wizard was harsh enough that Harlow hits her head on the corner! Harlow has her hand on her head as she manages to get herself up! RAT DADDY COMETH OUT OF NOWHERE! THE REBOUND LARIAT CONNECTS AS HARLOW REICHERT FALLS ONTO HER BACK! HARLOW GOES SPINNING AROUND IN THE PROCESS AS TONI SMIRKS AND LOOKS LIKE SHE IS MORE THAN READY TO END THIS MATCH!

Alicia Amby: Toni Gunn sees that Harlow Reichert is lying on her back! This may be her one chance to put Harlow away for the three count! Toni approaches the top rope as she sets herself! She is looking at Harlow to see if she is getting up, but it seems like Harlow is not moving a muscle! Toni stands on the top rope as she shows off for the crowd a bit! Toni jumps off the top rope and THHHHHHHHHHHHHOTTTTTTTTTTT DEEEEEEESTTTTTTTROOOOOOOOYEEEEEEEEEER!! THE DIVING DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP CONNECTS! TONI QUICKLY GOES FOR THE COVER!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Hahaha” plays as Toni crackles a bit as she gets her arm raised, while looking down on Harlow, who is still down on her back.)

Cori Simmons: The winner of this match, TOOOOOOOOONIIIIIIIIIII GUNNNNNNNNNNNN!!

SG1: Once again, Toni Gunn wins the match! I think she was able to prove any doubters wrong if they doubted her to begin with! She managed to put away Harlow Reichert in the end of this match!

Alicia Amby: Harlow was impressive in her own right. She has proven that she can be someone to watch for on Empire. Tonight was not her night, but that can change in the future!

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(Kendra Shamez is walking backstage when Flannery McCoy catches up to her from behind)

Flannery McCoy: We need to talk.

Kendra Shamez: Indeed we do, Flan. We have a meeting with the Fox executives later and I-

Flannery: I’m not talking about that! This “Second Chance Initiative!?” How come you didn’t run this by me first!?

Kendra: Honestly? You seemed quite preoccupied. I didn’t want to bog you down with handling what’s to be a salty group of women whose dreams of being Empress of Elite was shattered on a random Thursday night. I have the experience and the…mettle to deal with such situations. You have bigger fish to fry. You’re the boss of the year! You’re the one that goes with the girls to children hospitals and help good ‘ol Cloudy make those wishes for the sick kids, right? So allow me to deal-

Astraea Jordan’s Voice: Flannery!

(Astraea Jordan walk up to Flannery and Kendra)

Astraea: We need to talk.

Flannery: Maybe later Astarea. Right now I-

Kendra: I got this Flan. This is the exact kind of situation I was talking about.

(Kendra steps in between Flannery and Astraea)

Kendra: Run along Flan. Don’t keep those execs waiting. I heard they just arrived.

(Flannery walks away as Astraea turns her attention to Kendra)

Astraea: Know what? It’s better that I speak with YOU.

Kendra: It is. You want to know about the events of last week, and if I have some kind of connection with it huh?

Astraea: Took the words right out of my mouth, sis. Listen, I know sending the Joneset out there was Malcolm’s doing, but I can’t shake the feeling he was somehow ‘motivated’ to save his boo- which by the way, I didn’t need saving. I also don’t cheat, either! You could even argue if the ‘Set didn’t get involved I would be EAW Unified Women’s Champion. From the way MJ apologized, I think he realized that too. But the thing that gets to me is when I asked him if anyone else was involved, he got quiet. You know just as well as I do that MJ is never afraid to speak his mind. Then after looking back at the match, I saw you standing there on stage. Pray tell Ms. Assistant Gm…what was you doing out there, huh? You certainly wasn’t trying to police the situation! I didn’t see no security or any other officials! So tell me Kendra…what lie are you going to tell me to make me think you had nothing to do with letting MJ’s crew ringside!?

(Kendra sighs and crosses her arms)

Kendra: I can’t provide all of the answers you’re seeking at the moment. I can however say that I came out to ensure the situation didn’t get out of control any more than it already have. But about time I was able to do anything, it seemed Stephanie Matsuda had already resolved the situation herself…

(Astarea glares at Kendra, who remains unfazed)

Kendra: You’re not seeking answers for what Malcolm did. He’s your partner – you already know what he’s about. If anything, you’re disappointed in yourself. Let me give you some advice – get even. How? Defeat every obstacle that comes your way in this tournament. Win the crown. And at the aptly named Road to Redemption, prove to the world why ‘Astraea Better.’ Now if you excuse me, I have a meeting to attend.

(Kendra turns around and walks away, leaving Astraea to herself)

(“Murder (Instrumental)” — Impending Doom plays as the crowd begins to boo as Sonya Correa walks through the curtain. Sonya has a serious look on her face as she pays no attention to what the crowd’s reaction towards her is.)

Cori Simmons: The following match is a FIRST ROUND MATCH in the EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT and it’s scheduled for ONE FALL–

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Cori Simmons: Introducing first, from Medellin, Colombia, she is “The Black Rose”, SOOOOOOONYYYYYYYYYAA COOOOOOORRRRRREEEEAAAAA!!

SG1: Here is the woman who was once known as the bodyguard to Stella Star. She got tired of being someone’s bodyguard and now wants to make a name for herself on Empire. Sonya Correa is one woman who can really prove herself worthy of being part of this roster if she manages to win Empress of Elite.

Stephanie Matsuda:In the eyes of the Empire fans, she’s only a baby. I admire her for taking out the trash in Stella Star, but this may be her shot to prove that she is way more than that.

(“Flashbacks” — Emika plays as the crowd’s booing becomes louder as Jael Arcana-Rosario comes out from the curtain. Jael has a serious and angry look on her face as she walks her way down to the ring.)

Cori Simmons: Introducing her opponent, representing The Crowe’s Nest, from Tempe, Arizona, she is “The False Prophet”, JAAAAAEEELLLLLLL ARRRRRRRRRCAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAA-ROOOOOOOOSSAAAAAARRIOOOOOOOO!!

Stephanie Matsuda: This is a woman I am quite familiar with. She was one of the first challengers I had for the Women’s World Championship. Jael Arcana-Rosario surprised me that night, but it was no shock that I walked away with the victory. I wouldn’t mind facing her again and defeating her.

Alicia Amby: A way to redeem Jael and The Crowe’s Nest from their losses at Pain for Pride would be winning Empress of Elite and taking the Undisputed Women’s World Championship from you, Stephanie. It will make Pain for Pride a thing in the past for them.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Alicia Amby: This particular Empress of Elite tournament match is underway! The newcomer Sonya Correa takes on the Crowe’s Nest Jael Arcana-Rosario! Both women are circling around each other. Neither woman is making the first move in this match up! It looks like they are strategizing how to approach the other. These women are completely different from one another. Jael leans more into the powerhouse category. Sonya leans more into the technical/MMA category. Sonya connect with a sweep underneath Jael’s feet, but Jael is able to distance herself and back away a few steps! Sonya backs away as she has her fists right in front of her. Jael begins to step forward as she is looking for a way to launch herself and lock in with Sonya! Sonya connects with a punch, but Jael is able to shift herself, so that she avoids the punch! Jael tries to go in with a punch of her own, but Sonya is able to get out of the way and get Jael in a chokehold! Jael is able to connect with an armdrag quickly as she sends Sonya into a seated position! Jael connects with a back kick, but Sonya is able to grap Jael by her leg, spin her around and take her down to the mat!

Stephanie Matsuda: DAMN! SONYA GETS ON TOP OF JAEL AND BEINGS TO UNLOAD IN A SERIES OF FIERY FISTS ON THE MEMBER OF THE CROWE’S NEST! JAEL HAS NO WAY TO COVER HER FACE. SHE IS LEAVING HER FACE COMPLETELY EXPOSED FOR SONYA CORREA TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF! SONYA GETS JAEL UP BY A FISTFULL OF HAIR AND BEGINS TO HEADBUTT JAEL, SENDING HER TO A KNEE! SONYA BOUNCES FROM THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A KICK TO THE SIDE OF JAEL’S HEAD, SENDING HER DOWN TO HER SIDE ON THE MAT! Quickly, Sonya begins to mount Jael with a series of elbow’s to the top of her head! Over and over again, Sonya is unleashing her fury of her elbows onto Jael! The official of the match, Jesse Carlton, manages to back Sonya away from Jael and yell at her! Sonya rolls her eyes as she quickly gets back into the match and connects with a low dropkick that sends Jael on her back! Sonya begins to stomp on the neck of Jael Arcana-Rosario as Jael is struggling to get air back into her lungs! Sonya uses the assistance of the ropes to hold her hands as she applies more pressure onto the lungs of Jael! Jael manages to get one of her hands on the bottom rope!

Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

SG1: Sonya has no choice but to release her foot from Jael’s throat as she backs away with a smirk on her face. Jael remains on her back as she gasps for air, but slowly works her way up back into a seated position. Her hand remains on her neck still as Sonya does not waste any time and get back into inflicting more punishment onto Jael! SONYA APPROACHES JAEL AND WRAPS HER ARMS AROUND HER WAIST! SONYA GOES BACK AS SHE CONNECTS WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX ONTO JAEL! SONYA STAYS IN THAT POSITION AS IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS GOING FOR A PIN, BUT JAEL IS ABLE TO ROLL HERSELF AWAY BEFORE THE COUNT HAPPENS! NO! SONYA STILL HAS A PRETTY GOOD HOLD ON JAEL! IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS PLANNING TO GO FOR A SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX ON JAEL! SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX ON JAEL AS SHE CRASHES ONTO ONE OF THE CORNERS! JAEL IS HOLDING HER NECK AS IT SEEMS LIKE SHE LANDED QUITE HARSHLY ON ONE OF THE CORNERS! SONYA GETS JAEL AND CONNECTS WITH KICK TO THE THROAT OF JAEL ARCANA-ROSARIO! SONYA PULLS JAEL BY THE LEG AND HOOKS THE LEG FOR A COVER!

Jesse Carlton: OOONE!! TWOOO!!

Alicia Amby: Jael kicks out at two! Jael is still holding on! Sonya does not like that at all as she pulls Jael by her hair and tosses her to the opposite side of the corner! Sonya gestures for Jael to approach her! Jael, with some fight left in her, runs towards Sonya! SONYA CONNECTS WITH A SPEAR. SHE TAKES DOWN JAEL WITH HER AS SHE BEGINS TO UNLOAD IN A SERIES OF FISTS ON THE FORMER EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPION! Once again, Jael finds herself in this situation. This time, she tries to cover her face, but Sonya grabs Jael’s arms with one of her hands and begins to unload in some fists with the other! Eventually, she steps away from Jael as she watches the woman try to get herself up. Jael seems to be wobbly due to the impact of the punches, but uses the ropes for assistance in getting herself back up! Jael forces the official to step in the middle, so that she is given some time to recover, but Sonya is not having any bit of it! Sonya goes to approach Jael, but Jael connects with a dropkick to Sonya’s feet, sending Sonya to her knees! Jael quickly bounces from the ropes and connects with a discus lariat to Sonya, who was trying to get herself back up!

Stephanie Matsuda: That was smart of Jael to get the official to stall for a moment, so that she could get herself back into the match! This was something that she REALLY needed! JAEL GETS SONYA UP AND CONNECTS WITH SIDE DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! JAEL COULD HAVE WENT FOR THE COVER THERE IF SHE WANTED TOO. INSTEAD, I THINK JAEL IS FOCUSED ON GETTING RID OF SONYA FROM THE TOURNAMENT! IF THAT MEANS INFLICTING AS MUCH PAIN AS POSSIBLE, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE WILL DO! JAEL GETS SONYA UP AND WHIPS HER TO THE ROPES! INSTEAD, SONYA IS ABLE TO COUNTER AND WHIPS JAEL TO THE ROPES! JAEL IS ABLE TO HOLD HERSELF AGAINST THE ROPES! SONYA BENDS DOWN, BUT JAEL KICKS SONYA IN THE FOREHEAD AND FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A DRAGON LEG WHIP THAT SENDS SONYA TO THE MAT, HOLDING HER LEG IN PAIN! JAEL QUICKLY APPROACHES SONYA AND BEGINS TO STOMP ON SONYA’S LEG THAT JAEL CONNECTED A DRAGON WHIP ON! IN A WAY, IT SEEMS LIKE SHE IS GIVING A SONYA A TASTE OF HER OWN MEDICINE FOR WHAT SHE DID WITH HER THROAT EARLIER IN THE MATCH! JAEL APPLIES PRESSURE ONTO THE FOOT AGAINST SONYA’S LEG! JAEL GIVES ONE LAST STOMP AS SHE BACKS AWAY BEFORE THE OFFICIAL CHECKS ON SONYA!

SG1: Jael is rolling her eyes! She wants to win this match as soon as possible! The last thing that she wants to do is have this match drag on longer than it needs to go! As Sonya assures the official that she is alright to continue the match up, Jael does not hesitate with grabbing Sonya and whipping her to the corner! Sonya is able to hold onto the corner; however, Jael connects with a running knee to the corner! She follows that up with a kneeling facebuster that sends Sonya back a bit! Jael gets herself up and runs to Sonya and connects with a running spinning neckbreaker that sends Sonya to the mat! Sonya goes planting to the ground as Jael goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOONE!! TWOOOOO!!

Alicia Amby: Sonya Correa kicks out at two! It seems like Jael is not the only one with some fight left in her. No one should be sleeping on Sonya, who dominated the first part of the match up! Jael gets Sonya up and connects with a double underhook suplex! Sonya is on the mat. Jael is in a seated position as she forms a smirk on her lips! JAEL GRABS SONYA AND BOTH APPROACH THE ROPES! JAEL HANDS SONYA IN A TREE-OF-WOE POSITION! SONYA IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET OUT OF THIS POSITION, BUT SHE IS HAVING NO LUCK AT ALL! JAEL BACKS AWAY A FEW STEPS BEFORE SHE RUNS AND CONNECTS WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK THAT WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO GET SONYA OUT OF THAT POSITION AND SLIDING DOWN! JAEL GRABS SONYA BY HER LEGS AND SLOWLY BEGINS TO APPLY A MODIFIED INDIAN DEATHLOCK ON SONYA CORREA! IT LOOKS LIKE JAEL MAY BE TRYING TO GET A SUBMISSION VICTORY RIGHT HERE! SONYA TRIES TO FIGHT OFF THE MOVE, BUT IT IS TOO LATE AS JAEL HAS THE MOVE SECURED! SONYA IS SCREAMING IN PAIN AS SHE TRIES TO MAKE IT TO THE ROPES! JAEL TRIES HER BEST WITH APPLYING AS MUCH PRESSURE AS SHE CAN! The modified Indian deathlock is probably one of the most painful submissions that Jael could apply in this match! Sonya may have no other choice, but to tap out! You can tell how much pain Sonya is by the move! This is probably the last move she thought Jael would connect with in a match where the stakes are high!

Stephanie Matsuda: I would not blame Sonya if she taps out here! Jael has proven to be a great technical wrestler when given the chance. Not only does she excell when hitting the powerhouse moves, but she has a great choice of submissions when it comes to important matches like this! Sonya is stuck in the center of the ring! SHE IS DOING HER BEST TO SCRATCH AND CLAW TO THE BOTTOM ROPE. JAEL TRIES TO HOLD HER BACK, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE SONYA IS MAKING SOME PROGRESS WITH MOVING FORWARD INTO THE BOTTOM ROPE! JAEL IS SHAKING HER HEAD NO AS SHE REFUSES FOR SONYA TO MAKE IT TO THE BOTTOM ROPE, BUT IT IS NO USE AT ALL! SONYA IS SOMEHOW FINDING ENOUGH STRENGTH TO DRAG HERSELF TO THE BOTTOM ROPE! JAEL IS TRYING HER BEST TO KEEP THE SUBMISSION MOVE ALIVE, BUT SONYA MAKES IT TO THE BOTTOM ROPE!

Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

SG1: Jael has to let go of the submission hold as she takes a few steps back! Sonya is trying to use the ropes to help her get up! It looks like she is still holding onto her left leg, which Jael dragon whipped earlier in the match! I think the deathlock may have made things worse for her! Jael runs to Sonya and tries to go for the injured leg, but Sonya is able to take a step to the side as Jael goes crashing onto the ropes! No! Jael is able to catch herself before she collided with the ropes! Sonya is able to take advantage of that and connect with a belly-to-belly suplex on Jael Arcana-Rosario! Jael is holding her stomach in pain as Sonya tries to shake some feeling back into her injured leg! Sonya gets Jael up and connects with a neckbreaker, sending Jael flat on her back again! JAEL IS HOLDING HER NECK IN PAIN! IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS STILL SUFFERING FROM THE GERMAN SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER FROM EARLIER IN THE MATCH! I THINK THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH WILL BE WHO DOESN’T GIVE INTO THEIR INJURY FIRST. SONYA CONTINUES ON WITH THE MATCH AND CONNECTS WITH UP AND DOWN, THE POP-UP POWERBOMB CONNECTS ON JAEL AS SHE LANDS HARSHLY ON HER BACK!

Alicia Amby: I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of this match up! Sonya is smirking and gesturing for the end of this match up! Sonya gets Jael in position for the Starkiller, the double underhook backbreaker! Jael is refusing to go down! She is refusing for the move to connect! She has her feet planted on the mat! She is not allowing the match to end like this! Sonya goes to connect with the Starkiller again, but Jael is refusing to move! This is frustrating Sonya, who just want to end this match! Sonya begins to mount some elbows to Jael’s back. She is hoping that this would be enough to weaken the Crowe’s Nest member and win the match and advance to the second round! Sonya goes to connect the Starkiller again as she manages to lift up Jael! NO JAEL IS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A BACK BODY DROP! SONYA GOES CRASHING HARSHLY ON HER BACK! JAEL TAKES A DEEP BREATH AS SHE BEGINS TO PLOT HOW SHE WANTS TO FINISH THIS MATCH! A MOMENT LATER, SHE BEGINS TO PICK UP SONYA AND CONNECT WITH CRUZ DE NAVAJAS, THE ARGENTINE POWERBOMB! THE MOVE CONNECTS ON SONYA CORREA!

Stephanie Matsuda: Jael is gesturing for the end of this match up as she picks up Sonya and has her in position for what it looks like to be the Stigmata! The running crucifix powerbomb! STTTTTTTTIGGGGGGMAAAAAAATAAAAAAAA! THE MOVE CONNECTS AS JAEL GOES FOR THE COVER!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOO!! THRREEEEEEEEEEE!!

(Ding! Ding Ding!)

(“Flashbacks” play as Jael Arcana-Rosario gets her arm raised in victory.)

Cori Simmons: The winner of the match, JAAAAAAAAELLLLLLLLL ARRRRRRCAAAAAANAAAAAA-ROOOOOOSAAAAAAAARIIIIIIOOOO!!

Alicia Amby: What an impressive match between both women! It seemed like Sonya Correa’s frustrations got the best of her! It costed her the match and that’s the last thing that it should do!

SG1: Jael Arcana-Rosario advances to the second round of the Empress of Elite tournament! Look at here, Stephanie.

(Jael Arcana-Rosario looks directly at Stephanie Matsuda from the ring and gestures at her Undisputed Women’s World Championship.)

Stephanie Matsuda: We’ll see about that, Jael.

SG1: When we come back, more Empress of Elite action!

(COMMERCIAL BREAK – “Cam Cake” now sold at your local bakery!)

(Andrea Valentine is walking around backstage with the EAW Openweight Championship over her shoulder. She walks past Kassidy Heart who has her EAW Empire Tag Team Championship belt over her shoulder as she leans against the wall.)

Kassidy Heart: Nice belt. Can I have it?

(Andrea stops in her steps and turns around)

Andrea Valentine: You’re going to have to pry it from me. I doubt you’ll succeed.

(Kassidy smiles a little)

Kassidy: What I love about that belt is that it gives is wielder the chance to prove themselves against the entire EAW roster. I would ask if you want to trade, but I love Sienna too much to leave her by her lonesome. So I’ll have to settle for kicking your ass next week. It’s not for a title, but it’ll keep you from getting that crown. How does “Empress Kassidy” sound?

Andrea: Over my dead body.

Kassidy: Finally we agree on something.

(Kassidy walks away, laughing. Andrea stares in her direction with a slightly uneasy look in her eyes.)
(“The Enemy” — The Commonjets plays as Mali Evans gets a positive reaction from the crowd. On her way to the ring, she is tagging the hands of the fans as she has a huge smile on her face.)

Cori Simmons: The following match is a FIRST ROUND MATCH in the EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT and it’s scheduled for ONE FALL —

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Cori Simmons: Introducing first, from Birmingham, England, she is the “Suplex Queen”, MAAAAAAAALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII EVVVVVVVVANNNNNNNNNNS!!

Alicia Amby: This is a young woman who had a great showing last week going up against Toni Gunn. Sadly, she fell short in the match, but she is looking at Empress of Elite as a way to turn her losses into wins!

Stephanie Matsuda: She’s adorable as hell. She reminds me a little of me when I was starting off in the business, but I do not want to be suplexed by her whatsoever. It does not look fun at all.

(“Sweet Leaf” — Black Sabbath plays as Sienna Jade comes out with the Empire Tag Team Championship on her shouder. She raises the title high up in the air as she hears the crowd booing and reacting negatively to the woman.)

Cori Simmons: Introducing her opponent, representing Jaded Hearts, from San Diego, California, she is one-half of the Empire Tag Team Champions, SIIIIIIIIIIENNNNNNNNNNNAAAAA JAAAAADDDEEEEEEEE!!

SG1: Here is a woman that you are quite familiar with, Stephanie. There’s the possibility that you could be facing her in the ring again if she manages to win Empress of Elite.

Stephanie Matsuda: Sienna gave me the fight of my life. I don’t mind defeating her again if the time comes for it. I’ve proven to be the best once and I’ll do so again.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Alicia Amby: The second match of the Empress of Elite tournament is underway as both Mali Evans and Sienna Jade make it to the center of the ring. The two women go straight to the point and lock up, but Sienna gives a good twist of the arm and gets behind Mali! Sienna takes Mali down to the mat as she still maintains the twist to the back of the arm! She rolls herself in front of Mali as she continues going for some basic grappling. Sienna applies a headlock on Mali as she tries to get herself up! Mali pushes Sienna towards the ropes, but Sienna bounces off the ropes and connects with a shoulder block on Mali. Mali falls into the ground in the process. Sienna Jade opens her arms up in confidence as she soaks in the boos of the Empire fans! Sienna picks up Mali, who rams her against the ropes, not allowing Sienna from making her next move! Mali whips Sienna to the opposite side of the ropes before taking Sienna over with an armdrag! Sienna falls into a seated position! Mali quickly follows that up with a superkick. This knocks down Sienna in the process as Mali goes for the quick cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOONE!!

SG1: Sienna Jade kicks out in the one count! Mali picks up Sienna and whips her to the corner! Mali runs to Sienna, who is stuck at the corner and connects with high-knee, striking Sienna in the chin! Mali gets down from the second rope and pulls Sienna over to connect with a snap DDT! This plants the former Freeweight Champion to the ground! Mali Evans rolls Sienna over to her back and begins to throw a few punches to Sienna’s face! Sienna tries to fight back by raising one of her hands, but Mali catches one of Sienna’s hands! MALI BENDS SIENNA’S HAND BACK AND HITS IT AGAINST THE MAT! SIENNA CRIES OUT DUE TO THE PAIN AS MALI GRABS SIENNA’S HAND AGAIN AND SMACKS IT AGAINST THE MAT, JUST LIKE SHE DID LAST TIME! SEEING THAT SIENNA’S HAND IS ON THE MAT, MALI BEGINS TO STEP ON SIENNA’S HAND! SIENNA ONCE AGAIN BEGINS TO YELL DUE TO THE PAIN SHE IS FEELING! Sienna is struggling with escaping this situation. Mali picks up Sienna with the hand she was just stepping on moments ago and begins to elbow Sienna’s head, knocking her down to her knees! Mali bounces from the ropes and connects with a powerful clothesline, knocking Sienna over to her back again!

Stephanie Matsuda: Things are not looking good for Sienna Jade! Mali Evans has been dominating the match! Mali picks up Sienna and whips her to the ropes! Sienna tries to hold onto the ropes with the one hand that has not be injured and to stop herself from bouncing off the ropes! Mali notices that and quickly connects with a backstabber that Sienna does not see coming at all! Sienna is clutching onto her back as she tries to get herself up! Mali gestures for Sienna to approach her closer as she bounces off the ropes and connects with springboard roundhouse kick, knocking Sienna to the ground! Mali follows that up with a low dropkick to Sienna’s head, knocking her to her side! MALI GETS SIENNA UP AND CONNECTS WITH A DRAGON SLEEPER HOLD WITH THE LEGS WRAPPED AROUND SIENNA’S WAIST! IT IS SO SMART FOR MALI TO GO WITH A SUBMISSION HOLD IN THIS MATCH SO EARLY ONTO THIS MATCH. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF SHE IS ABLE TO GET A VICTORY OVER THE FORMER FREEWEIGHT CHAMPION? NOT ONLY DOES SHE HAVE THAT IMPRESSIVE VICTORY, BUT SHE MOVES ON TO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT! SIENNA IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP HERSELF UP AS MALI CONTINUES TO APPLY MORE PRESSURE TO THE HOLD ON SIENNA’S HEAD!

SG1: Sienna falls down to her knees as Mali continues to apply her dragon sleeper hold! I’m thinking that Mali might get a submission victory! Sienna seems to be leaning forward! Mali is still not letting go of the submission hold! I think that she wants to make sure that Sienna is out cold before she lets go of the move! Wait…is Sienna trying to make it to the bottom rope? It seems like she is trying to reach for the bottom rope! She is trying to claw closer and closer until she makes it to the bottom rope! Mali is doing her best to keep the submission hold alive, but Sienna Jade is somehow gaining the strength to get back into this match up! Sienna is getting closer and closer to the bottom rope! She is scooting herself closer until…

Alicia Amby: SIENNA JADE HAS HER FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! Mali is forced to let go out of the submission hold!

Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Stephanie Matsuda: Mali Evans lets go of the sleeper hold as she separates herself from Sienna Jade! Sienna now has her hand on the bottom rope as she tries to recover for a moment. She is trying to adjust to everything that has happened so far. Jesse Carlton, the official of the match is trying to prevent Mali from approaching Sienna! Sienna slowly tries to get herself back before Mali approaches Sienna again with the intentions of continuing this match up! BEFORE MALI COULD DO THAT, SIENNA DELIVERS A BACK KICK THAT BENDS MALI FORWARD BEFORE SIENNA BOUNCES FROM THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A KNEE BUSTER THAT KNOCKS MALI TOWARDS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROPES! SIENNA GRABS MALI BY HER ARM AND WHIPS HER TO THE ROPES! MALI TRIES TO COUNTER, BUT SIENNA IS SMART ENOUGH TO STOP MALI DEAD IN HER TRACK AND CONNECT WITH A SIDE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! MALI GOES DOWN AS SIENNA SEEMS LIKE SHE IS GAINING CONTROL OF THIS MATCH UP! YOU CAN SEE IT WITH THE SMIRK ACROSS SIENNA’S LIPS! SHE GETS HERSELF UP AS SHE GRABS MALI AND PULLS HER IN FOR A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX WITH A BRIDGE! SIENNA HOLDS MALI THERE FOR A COVER!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOONE!! TWOO–

Alicia Amby: Mali kicks out in two as Sienna pulls in Mali and connects with a headlock. She begins to get on one knee as she applies pressure onto the headlock. Mali is trying to reach for the ropes, but Sienna seems to have a pretty gold hold of the headlock! In a way, it seems like Sienna Jade is showing off having Mali Evans in a headlock! Like she is showing off for the cameras before she focuses on applying more pressure onto the headlock! Mali begins to try pushing Sienna near the ropes, but Sienna has her feet planted on the ground and not allowing Mali to do that! Sienna decides to connect with a headlock takedown as Mali finds herself with Sienna on top of her as she continues to apply pressure of the headlock! Mali is trying to look for a way to roll herself away from Sienna, but Sienna is not giving her any room to breath. Mali has Sienna on her shoulders for a roll up! Mali trying to steal a victory right here!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOO!!

SG1: No! Sienna was able to see that coming as she is able to roll herself back into the headlock takedown This time, she has a much stronger grasp on Mali! Mali begins to stomp her foot against the mat, trying to get the Empire fans behind her! After a few stomps, the fans manage to find themselves getting behind of Mali! Mali is slowly trying to work her way out of the headlock! Sienna begins to panic as Mali begins to wiggle herself out of the headlock! Mali is able to make a bridge with her back as she tries to find her way out of the headlock! Sienna keeps mouthing no to Mali trying to get out of the headlock takedown!

Stephanie Matsuda: At last, Mali Evans is able to break free from Sienna Jade’s hold! Mali distances herself from Sienna as she approaches Sienna preparing to go for a clothesline! Sienna ducks and bounces from the ropes and connects with a crossbody! No! MALI MANAGES TO CATCH SIENNA FROM MIDAIR! SHE HOLDS SIENNA AND THROWS HER OVER HER HEAD WITH AN EXPLODER SUPLEX! SIENNA JADE GOES FLYING OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RING! MALI BEGINS TO HYPE HERSELF UP AS SHE GOES OVER TO GET SIENNA. SIENNA IS SCOOTING HERSELF TO THE CORNER! SHE IS LOOKING FOR ANYWAY TO AVOID BEING SUPLEXED BY THE SUPLEX QUEEN HERSELF! MALI GRABS SIENNA JADE BY THE HAIR AND PULLS HER IN TO CONNECT WITH A VERTICAL SUPLEX! MALI MAINTAINS HOLD OF THE VERTICAL SUPLEX AND GOES FOR ANOTHER VERTICAL SUPLEX! THIS IS MUCH LIKE WE SAW WITH ASTRAEA JORDAN DURING HER MATCH WITH STEPHANIE MATSUDA LAST WEEK ON EMPIRE! MALI GOES FOR A THIRD VERTICAL SUPLEX AND IT CONNECTS! SIENNA JADE IS DOwn and Mali goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOO!!

SG1: Sienna Jade kicks out! Mali Evans tries to remain calm, cool and collected as she picks up Sienna by her waist and goes for a German suplex Mali maintains hold on Sienna’s waist as she goes for another German suplex! Mali maintains hold of Sienna’s waist and goes for a third German suplex! This time, Sienna goes flying across the ring! Mali gets herself back up and approaches Sienna! Mali grabs Sienna up by the hair, pulls her in and connects with a snap suplex! Mali gets on top of Sienna and begins to throw some fists to Sienna’s fist! Jesse Carlton tells her to stop before Mali picks up Sienna and whips her to the ropes! Mali distances herself a bit before she runs and connects with a hesitation dropkick, sending Sienna back into the corner again! Sienna goes sliding against the corner into a seated position! MALI PULLS SIENNA OVER BY ONE OF HER LEGS AND SLAMS ON HER HER LEGS AGAINST THE MAT! SIENNA CRIES OUT IN PAIN AS SHE HOLDS ONTO HER LEG! SHE REFUSES FOR HER LEG TO BECOME MORE INJURED THAN IT IS AT THE MOMENT! MALI MANAGES TO GET THE SAME LEG THAT SIENNA WAS CLUTCHING AND SLAMS IT AGAINST THE MAT AGAIN! ONCE AGAIN, SIENNA CRIES LOUDER IN PAIN AS THE OFFICIAL TRIES TO BACK AWAY MALI FROM SIENNA!

Alicia Amby: Sienna Jade is trying to use her good leg to crawl closer to the ropes. Sienna is using the ropes to help get herself up, but I think the damage may be done! Mali Evans goes and gets Sienna Jade by her leg and whips her to the other side of the ring! Sienna continues to hold onto her leg as she yells at Jesse Carlton to get Mali away from her! MALI EVANS IS SHOWING TO BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AT ONLY EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD! SHE IS PUTTING ON AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE FOR SOMEONE AS YOUNG AS SHE! MALI IS GESTURING FOR SIENNA TO COME AT HER AGAIN! YOU CAN SEE THAT MALI IS BEGINNING TO ACT A LITTLE COCKY. IT’S ALMOST LIKE SHE IS NOW TOYING WITH SIENNA JADE. IT’S ALL A MATTER OF WHEN MALI EVANS WILL TAKE SIENNA OUT FOR THE THREE COUNT! SIENNA JADE LOOKS LIKE SHE IS GOING RED. SHE CANNOT BELIEVE THAT SHE IS LETTING THIS YOUNGER WOMAN OUT WRESTLE HER AND SHOW HER WHO’S BOSS! SIENNA, WITHOUT THINKING AT ALL, RUNS TOWARDS MALI! MALI GRABS SIENNA! SIENNA IS TRYING TO SCRAMBLE OUT OF MALI’S HOLD AS MALI HAS SIENNA IN POSITION FOR MALI DRIVER I, THE MICHINOKU DRIVER! THE MOVE CONNECTS! SIENNA JADE NOW FINDS HERSELF IN SERIOUS TROUBLE AS MALI GESTURES THE END OF THIS MATCH UP!

Stephanie Matsuda: Mali Evans motions for Sienna Jade to get up! Sienna has no idea what is going to hit her, but it looks to be the end of this match up! Sienna turns around…

Alicia Amby:BRRRRRRITTTTTTTTISSSSSSSH KNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE PAAAAAAARTTTTTTTY!! THE SHINING WIZARD CONNECTS ON SIENNA JADE!

SG1: NO! SIENNA JADE WAS ABLE TO DUCK OUT OF THE WAY! MALI EVANS GOES AND GETS SIENNA JADE AND SIENNA CONNECTS WITH THE WITCHES HAMMER, THE RIPCORD ROLLING ELBOW STRAIGHT TO THE JAW OF MALI! SIENNA ROLLS OVER MALI IN A SMALL CRADLE! SIENNA HAS MALI BY THE TIGHTS!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Sweet Leaf” plays as Sienna Jade crackles as she gets her hand raised by Jesse Carlton.)

Cori Simmons: The winner of this match, ONE-HALF OF THE EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, SIIIIIIIIENNNNNNNNNNAAAAA JAAAADDEEEEEEE!!

Alicia Amby: Sienna Jade cheated to win! Mali Evans had the match won! She was impressive from beginning to end, but Sienna played dirty in the end to win!

Stephanie Matsuda: I’m not shocked, but Sienna’s proving why she is one of the smarter people on the Empire roster as she advances to the second round of the Empress of Elite tournament!

(Sienna Jade looks over to Stephanie Matsuda from the ring and points at her title.)

Sienna Jade: THAT TITLE IS MINE, DYKESUDA!

Stephanie Matsuda: Said the same that before Pain for Pride and how did that work for you?

(Sienna Jade rolls her eyes as she continues celebrating her victory in the ring. Outside the ring, Mali Evans tries to tell Jesse Carlton about Sienna Jade’s cheating.)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK – Showdown Presents: Midsummer Massacre! Saturday, July 23! From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ!)

(Screenbar: EARLIER THAT DAY)

(The camera opens to a boardroom, where GMs Flannery McCoy and Kendra Shamez are sitting with the well-dressed, stern-faced Fox executives. As one conversation ends, another begins, with the executives questioning Flannery and Kendra on their ambassadors for Empire.)

Fox Executive 1: It was already published in the article announcing our deal that we’d like to put certain women at the forefront of this show, but we can’t put our finances in all of them. We need ambassadors.

Flannery McCoy: Well, we have a lot of successful women to make ambassadors. It’s just a matter of deciding out of them.

Fox Executive 2: With all due respect, we wanted ambassadors before the deal was even announced so they could do PR with us ahead of the season premiere. We’re working on a clock here.

Kendra Shamez: And with all due respect to you, we’ve also been dealing with a lot of issues–

(The door to the boardroom suddenly opens and the Crowe’s Nest strolls in. All four are dressed in appropriate business attire. Braxton DeVil throws a box of Crowe’s Nest merch onto the boardroom table whilst Chelsea Crowe, Jael Arcana-Rosario, and Raven Roberts assemble at the front of the room.)

Flannery: Who gave you guys permission to come here?

Jael Arcana-Rosario: We did.

Chelsea Crowe: As the stable that runs this show, we have every right to be here for your little meeting. Especially one that’s about the new ambassadors of Empire.

(In the corner, Braxton has already turned on the projector and hooked up a powerpoint presentation, displaying the Crowe’s Nest’s logo on the big screen at the front.)

Chelsea: I’m sure the discussions are going well, but we’re here to help you come to the right conclusion. Can you name anyone on Empire who has made as big an impact in the last few months as we have?

Kendra Shamez: The Jaded Hearts, Astraea Jordan–

Jael: You mean the #JadedHomophobes who weren’t here last week, and the Astraea who took a loss despite having about six people in her corner? Please. We’re actually here, every single week, and we always perform. Andrea Valentine won’t be able to say the same when she goes off to other brands with the Openweight title, people like Daisy Trash and Consuela have suffered far too many losses to be proud reps, and then who else is there? Flukes, drunks, kids?

Raven Roberts: No one is as fit to represent Empire as the Crowe’s Nest.

Chelsea: People can say what they want, but we’ve proven ourselves to be the biggest force on this show. We don’t need titles to prop ourselves up, we don’t focus on irrelevant details. We’re all about the business.

(The Fox executives’ eyes light up.)

Chelsea: And what’s best for business is us as the ambassadors of Empire. CNN.

(Raven uses a pointer to indicate the letters on the next slide of their powerpoint.)

Chelsea: Crowe’s Nest Network. By making us ambassadors, Fox can make more money than with anyone else. Why? Because we have all the untapped potential in the world. Look at Jael and Raven: neither of them had been with EAW for a year before becoming the inaugural Empire Tag Team Champions. It took me only a matter of months to become not only the Specialists Champion, but one of the few women to win the Specialist Rampage. Who knows where all of us could go from here?

(Braxton clicks over to the next slide, which shows graphs and profits, before stepping to the front.)

Braxton DeVil: And our merch sales are almost unrivalled. The only people who manage to outdo us are the champions, but we still have more merch on sale than anyone else. Which is all in-house, which means no extra expenses for EAW or Fox.

(Braxton and Chelsea make eye contact, and Chelsea finds her opportunity.)

Chelsea: You see this man? Him being here is what Empire’s about: equality. We’re the only stable that accept the only male talent on Empire, whilst others ostracise him and make fun of him. Equality is a part of our mission statement.

Flannery: You have a mission statement?

Raven: Of course. The Crowe’s Nest Network believes in good business ethics and maximising profits for Fox via hard work and supporting each other.

Kendra: Right…

Jael: And we believe everyone should be given equal opportunities for the work they put in and success they have. Since we’re the most hard-working group here, it’s only right we’re given the honour of being the ambassadors.

Fox Executive 1: They make an interesting case.

Chelsea: Did we mention that Fox will get royalties for every merch and headline ticket sale that the Crowe’s Nest make?

Fox Executive 1: They make a VERY interesting case. We haven’t seen a pitch like this since Seth McFarlane begged us to keep Family Guy running. Can any of your other girls give a pitch like that?

Jael: They won’t need to.

Raven: Allow me to summarize. The Crowe’s Nest brings you a unique marketing opportunity. You see, we are three highly attractive women with undeniable talent and personalities. But we also bring you controversy. Why does everyone spend hundreds of dollars to see Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring? Is it to see their valiant hero? No. In most cases, people buy because they want to see him get beaten. They want to see the great ones knocked down. There’s a reason why I am personally main eventing tonight’s episode. It’s because people want to see someone knock me down because of the impact I’ve made since the REVOLT! merger. Extra viewers tuning in, putting eyes on your product and sponsors, simply because I’m in it. The same goes for the entire Crowe’s Nest. We look good on advertisements. We draw ratings. And we guarantee you merchandising revenue. Who else can truly offer you that entire package?

(Jael gives Raven a light hug, looking like a proud mom.)

Jael: They grow up so fast!

(Chelsea smirks as she directs her attention back to the executives, whilst Braxton silently hands out Crowe’s Nest Network business cards.)

Chelsea: Foxes and crows are both predators of their own ilk. By networking together, we can combine our resources and abilities to truly become a shark in the waters of national broadcasting.

(The executives and GMs look at each other, seemingly impressed.)

Chelsea: Thank you for your time, we trust you’ll make the best decision when it comes to the ambassadors position.

(Chelsea gives one of the executives a wink before leading her group out. The Crowe’s Nest file out of the room, leaving their merch behind for the impressed executives. The executives and GMs watch them leave as we fade to black.)

(“I Smell A Massacre” by The Butcher Babies play as Tyler Wolfe comes running out)

Cori Simmons: The following match is an Empress of Elite First Round match scheduled for one fall! First, making her way to the ring! From Sydney, Australia! Weighing in at 153 lbs! She’s “Really Good at Professional Wrestling!” Tyler! Wolfe!

Stephanie: This is Empire, sweets. Everyone here is pretty good at wrestling.

SG1: After being one of the final three in the 24/7 Battle Royal, Tyler Wolfe now sets her sights on the Empress of Elite! She’s shown to be one hell of a threat! What do you think of her, Cloud?

Stephanie: I’ve heard of Tyler Wolfe, and even seen a few of her matches in person back in Japan. She’s as fierce as they come, but I’ve beaten the fiercest in this business.

(Tyler jumps on the apron and poses for the crowd. She makes eye contact with Matsuda for a brief moment before jumping into the ring. “Raise Hell” by Dorothy plays as Daisy Thrash comes running out.)

Cori: Her opponent! From Seattle, WA! Weighing in at 115 lbs…”The Razorblade Snowflake” Daisy Thrash!

Alicia Amby: Daisy certainly looks ready to take on Tyler tonight!

Stephanie: I have to be honest – I’m pulling for my girl Daisy. She’s worked really hard to get this far in the business. There some things she needs to work on, but once she figures it out she’s gonna be unstoppable!

SG1: That’s a lot of faith you have in Daisy, Cloud.

Stephanie: Well what kind of champ would I be if I didn’t believe in the ability of my roster?

Alicia: Good point!

(Daisy climbs into the ring and confronts Tyler)

(DING! DING! DING!)

SG1: The third round of the Empress of Elite tournament is underway! Tyler Wolfe and Daisy Thrash immediately tie-up! Tyler has the side headlock, but Daisy attempts a switch- Wolfe swiftly disengages and wails on Daisy with several stiff, forearm strikes!

Alicia Amby: SURPRISE ENZUIGIRI FROM DAISY!

Stephanie Matsuda: Ooo! Nice kick!

Alicia: This match is already in another gear as Tyler falls back, shocked at what just happened!

SG1: It doesn’t look like Daisy is here to play games. You can see the spark in Tyler Wolfe’s eyes! It looks like she just got a wake up call!

Stephanie: It looks like she’s beginning to slow her pace down a bit. People easily underestimate Daisy Thrash and pay for it tenfold.

Alicia: Tyler is in a low catch position, circling around Daisy, who’s standing her ground! She reaches out, but quickly retreats to avoid a low kick!

SG1: It looks like Tyler’s testing the distance between them, possibly planning some kind of takedown! Word on the street is that she has a vicious ground game!

Stephanie: Whoa! She quickly sneaks under Daisy’s guard to initiate a grapple! Damn, she’s fast!

SG1: It looks like she’s forcing the wristlock by bending the fingers! Daisy’s screams gets louder as Tyler’s stepping on her foot! She’s slowly regaining control over the match! Snapmare takedown, followed by a soccer kick to the back!

Alicia: Wow, that kick was harder than the one Croatia gave to England for that second point!

Stephanie: Good thing you said that now and NOT next week, since we’re going to be in England and all…

SG1: Tyler’s demonstrating her power as she picks Daisy up and hit a gutwrench suplex! Thrash is holding her back, but Tyler’s already on top, delivering several knees into the side! Daisy is attempting to worm her way out! Tyler goes for another knee! Wait! Daisy caught the leg and counters with a grounded ankle lock! She has it locked on tight! Tyler reaches the ropes!

Ref: One!
Two!
Three!
Four!

SG1: Daisy lets go of the ropes and stands up!

Stephanie: Daisy is showing off just how deep her technical skills go! If anything, she’s letting Tyler know that she has plenty of tricks up her sleeve!

Alicia: The ref is between Daisy and Tyler at the moment. Tyler pushes the ref aside and sneak attacks with a front thrust kick to the gut! Oh come on! That should disqualify her!

SG1: STIFF headbutt from Wolfe, and Daisy stumbles back halfway across the ring! She’s not used to taking shots like that! Tyler WHIPS Daisy to the corner! The force of the impact has Thrash in a seated position! RUNNING METEORA! Those double knees has Thrash rocked to the core!

Stephanie: At the cost of Tyler’s left leg though. You could tell that Daisy’s ankle lock had an effect on her.

SG1: Wolfe’s pulls Daisy from the corner and puts her in a facelock. It looks like she’s going for the Michinoku Driver- Daisy slips out and lands behind Tyler! Standing dropkick to the back and Wolf is knocked into the corner, head-first into the middle turnbuckle!

Alicia: Tyler took a nasty spill into the corner over there! Daisy runs up and starts stomping on the back of Tyler’s head! One! Two! Thre! Four! Thrash picks up Tyler and knocks her back into the corner with a shoulder thrust! Two! Three! Four! Daisy runs to the opposite corner and comes charging back RUNNING HIGH KNEE TO THE FACE! Tyler stumbles out, dazed and confused!

Stephanie: Here it comes…

SG1: Daisy grabs the leg and bends over backwards! Daisy Chain! She has the Muta Lock applied! Tyler Wolfe is in the red!

Stephanie: This is a bad place to be right now! The Muta Lock is secured air tight! Tyler’s trying to fighting out of it!

Alicia: She’s close to the ropes! He just needs to reach out! She’s got it!

Ref: One!
Two!
Three!
Four!

SG1: Daisy lets go and backs away. Tyler’s leaning against the ropes and Daisy goes for a running clothesline! Back body drop counter by Wolfe and Thrash lands on the apron! She gets a forearm to the gut by Wolfe! She’s pulling Daisy through the ropes! WOLFE’S BANE! DAISY’S HEAD HITS THE CANVAS HARD! Tyler kip-ups! She’s grabbing Daisy’s legs! Is she going for a sharpshooter?

Stephanie: No…it’s a scorpion cross lock! I think she calls it the Cry Wolfe!? Yes! TYLER ATTEMPTS TO LOCK IN THE CRY WOLFE!

Alicia: It looks like she’s giving Daisy a taste of her own medicine! Wait! Daisy slips out somehow! She rolls on her back and kicks Tyler away! Daisy kip-ups-

SG1: RUNNING HEADSCISSORS BY TYLER! DAISY LANDS ON HER FEET!? SHE RUNS FORWARD! TYLER COUNTERS WITH AN ARM DRAG! DAISY LANDS ON HER FEET AGAIN! SHE’S NOT GIVING UP, NOR IS SHE GIVING IN! ANARCHY IN THE WA!!! DAISY JUMPED ON TYLER WITH THE THESZ PRESS AND WOLFE FINDS HERSELF ON THE RECEIVING END OF A HELLACIOUS SERIES OF MOUNTED PUNCHES! I CAN BARELY COUNT HOW MANY SHOTS TO THE DOME DAISY HAS UNLEASHED! She jumps off her opponent, and is now marching around the ring, ready to end it all! Tyler’s struggling to get to her feet…

Stephanie: She needs to stay down! Daisy looks ready to end it all! She winks at the crowd and picks up Wolfe from behind…

Alicia: Is she going to do what I think she’s going to do!?

SG1: DAISY GRABS TYLER’S CROTCH! NO PASARAN!!

Alicia: TYLER JUST KICKED BACKWARDS INTO DAISY’S CROTCH! DIDN’T THE REF SEE THAT!? TYLER STUMBLES AWAY AND TURNS AROUND- GOT YOUR NOSE!!!

Stephanie: TYLER DUCKED THE DISCUS ELBOW SMASH! SHE TURNS AROUND MID-SQUAT AND LIFTS DAISY IN THE AIR!!

Alicia: BAD!

SG1: BITCH!

Stephanie: BAPTISM!! THAT REVERSE PILEDRIVER INTO THE DOUBLE KNEES IS MONEY! DAISY’S LAID OUT!!! TYLER GOES FOR THE PIN!

Ref: OOOOOOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!
THRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“I Smell A Massacre” by The Butcher Babies play as Tyler Wolfe rolls off Daisy, wiping the sweat from her brow)

Cori Simmons: Your winner by pinfall and advancing to the quarterfinals of the EOE 2018…Tyler Wolfe!

SG1: Some quick thinking on Tyler’s part got her the surprise victory over Daisy Thrash! There were moments where I thought Daisy had it, but Tyler took advantage of her eagerness!

Stephanie: Yeah, Tyler has proven she’s quick on her feet.

Alicia: Judging by the way she’s looking at you Cloud, I think she knows how far she wants to go in this tournament.

Stephanie: Let her come at me, then. Hell, let them all come for me. I’ll fight them all.

SG1: Bold words spoken by Unified Women’s Champion! When we come back, tonight’s main event!

(MATCH CARD – Raven Roberts vs Remi Skyfire – Empress of Elite First Round)

SG1: This is going to be a good one, don’t go away!

(FINAL COMMERCIAL BREAK – “Art of War” a new series, hosted by Alexander Da Vinci! Series premiere on August 11 after Saturday Night Showdown, only on the EAW Network!)

(Remi Skyfire is standing in gorilla with her new comrades-in-arms Revy, Mali Evans, and Layla Lockhart: The Pride!)

Revy: Break a leg out there darling – specifically, Raven’s legs!

Layla Lockhart: I know you want to go out there alone, but if you need help, we got your back!

Mali Evans: Yeah, those broads don’t scare us!

Remi: Thanks guys, but I handled Raven before.

(Remi cracks her knuckles as “Earth People” by Doctor Octagon plays. She wears her Specialist Championship over her shoulder as she steps out on stage)

Cori Simmons: Tonight’s Main Event is an Empress of Elite First Round Match scheduled for ONE FALL!

Crowd: ONE FALL!

Cori: From Somerset, Kentucky! Weighing in 140 lbs! She is your EAW Specialist Champion! REMIIIIII SKYFIRE!!!

SG1: Here we go ladies and gentlemen! The fight everyone’s been waiting for all week! Remi vs Raven, part 2 !!!

Stephanie Matsuda: Their last match was nothing short of amazing. I expect nothing less this time around.

Alicia Amby: I wasn’t around for their previous match, but I remember catching it on the network. I must say, I doubt the bad blood between these two will die out anytime soon.

(Remi climbs into the ring, raising her Specialist Championship. ‘Make A Move’ by Icon For Hire plays as Raven Roberts walk out by herself. She stands on the stage for a moment, taking in the chorus of boos from the crowd.)

Cori: Her opponent! From Louisville, KY by way of Las Vegas, NV! Weighing in at 143 lbs! One third of the Crowe’s Nest…RAAAAAAVEN ROBERTS!

(Raven smiles as she walks down the ramp)

SG1: Raven looks strangely confident tonight.

Stephanie: I’ve noticed that in the locker room. I think her experience in the Cash in the Vault match has opened her eyes a little bit.

Alicia: All three Crowes are in the EOE ad so far Jael has advanced. If Raven wins tonight and Chelsea wins next week, we could find a semi-finals dominated by the Crowe’s Nest!

SG1: Well that will only be a possibility of Raven is able to surpass her biggest rival.

(Raven climbs into the ring and steps up to Remi. There’s a moment of silence between the two before the bell rings)

(DING! DING! DING!)

SG1: Jesse Carlton calls for the bell, and these two are watching each other with hungry eyes! It looks like they’re waiting for the other to make the first move!

Alicia Amby: Remi Skyfire and Raven Roberts are looking at each other and that’s all it takes for them to unleash hell upon each other! Remi is throwing shots at Raven! Roberts is fighting back with stiff forearms! The boxing combinations of Skyfire are prevailing! knocks Raven is forced into a corner! She hasn’t given up as she continues to trade shots with her rival! Remi grabs Raven in a clinch and hits a jumping knee to the chin! Raven slumps in the corner but quickly slides out to avoid receiving anymore punishment! Remi is calling for Raven to come back inside, but Roberts isn’t hearing it!

Stephanie: Both women are taking their time walking around to gather their composure! I don’t think anyone expected things to get so hot! Wait Raven slides in! She ducks the roundhouse and catches Remi with a surprise roll-up!!!

Ref: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Alicia: Remi Skyfire kicks out, surprised by what just happened! It seems you can’t let your guard down around Raven Roberts!

SG1: Skyfire wastes no time knocking Raven on her back with a surprise spinning elbow to the face! She attempts the heel hook, but Roberts kicks her away! She kip-ups! CODEBREAKER OUT OF NOWHERE AND REMI IS DOWN!

Stephanie: That’s what happens when you’re consumed with vengeance! You get distracted by the small things. Trust me, I know first-hand!

SG1: Raven wastes no time raining down elbows upon Remi’s shoulder! Skyfire fights back with an elbow of her own! Roberts is forced to take a step back! Remi kip-ups and kicks at Raven, who catches the foot! She pulls in Remi and tosses her down with a judo throw! She attempts a knee bar, but Remi kicks her away! It’s been an absolute back and forth between the two!

Alicia: Both women get to their feet and return to their ready stances. This feels more like an MMA match than BAS KICK! RAVEN BARELY AVOIDS THE SURPRISE LIVER KICK! ONE WELL-PLACED SHOT COULD HAVE SPELLED THE END!

Stephanie: Raven attempts to counter with a big boot- RIGHT HAND OF DOOM! ROBERTS WAS KNOCKED SILLY BY THE SPINNING BACKFIST! REMI MAKES THE COVER ONCE RAVEN HITS THE CANVAS!

Ref: OOOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!

Alicia: Kick out by Roberts! She was almost out of this but she still has life! Remi’s shocked, but smacks herself into getting back into this match! She tries to apply a gogoplata, but Raven slams her head into the mat! She grabs Remi’s legs and TURNS HER OVER FOR THE ELEVATED BOSTON CRAB!!! RAVEN LEANS BACK TO STRESS THE BACK AND LEGS! REMI’S IN PAIN! THERE ARE NO SCREAMS, BUT YOU CAN TELL SHE WON’T BE ABLE TO HOLD OUT FOREVER!! She’s trying to reach the ropes! SHE’S USING EVERY OUNCE OF STRENGTH TO GRAB THE ROPES! SHE MAKES IT!

Ref: One!
Two!
Three!
Four!

Stephanie: Raven releases the hold! Remi rolls under the ropes to the apron, trying to find some breathing room! BOOT BOOT! REMI FALLS OFF THE APRON AND HITS THE FLOOR BELOW! She gets to her feet- SUICIDE DIVE BY RAVEN AS SHE GOES CRASHING INTO REMI SKYFIRE!

(An instant replay shows Raven diving in between the ropes for the suicide dive)

SG1: Raven rolls off of Remi, taking her time getting back to her feet.

Ref: One!

SG1: Jesse Carlton started the count as Raven pulls up her opponent, delivering a couple of shots several times and tosses her into apron! Big boot to the face- REMI DODGES! Raven’s leg is caught on the apron! Remi wastes no time delivering strike after strike to the back of Raven’s standing leg!

Ref: Two!

SG1: A third kick! Fourth! Fifth! Teep kick to the knee and Raven nearly splits herself in half as her leg falls off the apron! Remi is already on top of her, stomping away with every ounce of anger in her heart! This is payback for everything Raven has put her through! This is a blood vendetta!

Alicia: Raven tries scrambling to her feet! DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX AND RAVEN HAS FLOPPED LIKE A RAG DOLL! HER BODY HAS HIT THE FLOOR AND IT’S NOT MOVING! REMI MAY HAVE KILLED HER!

Ref: Three!

Stephanie: Remi grabs Raven and rolls her back into the ring! She slides in and hits the ropes- SOUTHERN SKIES!!! THE LIONSAULT CONNECTS!

Ref: OOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!
TH-

Alicia: RAVEN GETS THE SHOULDER UP! Remi is furious! She starts arguing with the ref! You can see the frustration in her eyes! She turns her attention back to Raven and goes for another gogoplata! Wait! Raven’s resisting! Her hands are slipping around Remi’s- WING BREAKER! RAVEN HAS SUCCESSFULLY COUNTERED THE GOGOPLATA INTO THE WING BREAKER! REMI’S KICKING AROUND! HER FOOT TOUCHES THE ROPES!

Ref: One!
Two!
Three!
Four!

Stephanie: Raven slowly picks her up! You can see the damage that Remi has afflicted upon her! That Wing Breaker Kimura lock may have even things out between them! BRIDGING NORTHERN LIGHTS

Ref: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!

SG1: Remi kicks out! She needs to think of something quick because it doesn’t look like Raven is willing to give this victory up so easily! Raven is taking a page from her rival’s book to attempt an MCL lock! Remi kicks her away and garbs the ropes to help her up! Raven runs forward! Remi counters with a back body drop! Raven lands on the apron! Remi grabs Raven to throw her over, but she’s not budging! The two are struggling for a moment – huh!? Remi staggers away, holding her eyes! What the hell just happened!? Raven climbs back into the ring! FACELIFT!!! REMI GOT CLOCKED BY THAT SPINNING HEEL KICK!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?

Stephanie: Looks like some kind of mist…

Alicia: Raven climbs to the nearest top rope! What the hell!? Remi’s half-conscious!! RAVEN’S WINGS!! THE TWISTING MOONSAULT CONNECTS! SHE’S NOT DONE! SHE’S PICKING REMI UP! LOST BEAUTY!!! THE HESITATION BRAINBUSTER LANDS REMI SQUARE ON HER HEAD! SHE GOES FOR THE PIN!

Ref: OOOOONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!
THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

SG1: REMI WAS ROBBED! REMI SKYFIRE WAS ROBBED!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(Raven slowly gets up from Remi with a crooked smile on her face)

Cori Simmons: Your winner by pin fall and advancing to the quarterfinals! Raven Roberts!

Alicia: What the hell!? What just happened! Remi looked like she was about to make a comeback!

Stephanie: Raven Roberts walked into that match with a plan…and it looked like it paid off.

SG1: I don’t believe this! This is a travesty! Raven Roberts just cost Remi Skyfire a chance at the Empress of Elite! I’m sure Chelsea Crowe is patting herself on the back right now!

(Raven Roberts stad over an unconscious Remi Skyfire with a wicked grin as the camera fades)

(EAW logo buzzes)