(“Salute” by Little Mix begins to play, as Thursday Night’s Empire begins to play. Just as Stephanie Matsuda is shown holding the EAW Women’s Championship, the scene changes to a montage of the Crowe’s Nest as the music switches to “Glory and Gore” by Lorde. The montage ends with all three members of The Nest holding their respective titles in the air at Terminus)

(Braxton DeVil is standing in the ring, holding a mic)

Braxton: Ladies and Gentlemen…welcome to Thursday Night NESTPIRE!!!

(Fireworks erupt on stage as the smarky Chicago crowd cheer in celebration of everyone’s heel stable. The camera moves around the arena and eventually settles on Chelsea Crowe, Jael Arcana-Rosario, and April Song. Before them are several tea cups and a large tea kettle.)

Chelsea: Welcome to the MUST SEE show of the evening! I’m your “Friendly Neighborhood C–t” Chelsea Crowe!

April: I’m the “Rage of Nestpire” April Song!

Jael: And…I’m like Michelle from Destiny’s Child, but cuter!

(April and Chelsea stare at Jael, confused)

Jael: What!? You know it’s true!

Chelsea: Anyway, as per Sheriff Ryan Adams, we are hosting tonight’s episode! We’re holding most of the belts, thus we’re deciding all the rules. Chicago…be blessed by our presence.

Jael: (waves) Hi Astraea.

April: #CrowesNestBetter

Chelsea: Later tonight, you lovely people sitting at home will have the pleasure of watching me successfully defend my Specialist Championship against that bitter child, Madison Kaline!

Jael: And before that, watch April and I eat Raven and Remi alive.

April: Yep.

Chelsea: Now let’s see which curtain jerkers are going to start this night right…

(“Money Bag” — Cardi B plays as Stella Star moonwalks from the curtain with her manager, Sonya Correa looking all intimidating.)

Jasmine Peyton: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —

Crowd: — ONE FALL!

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing first, being accompanied to the ring by Sonya Correa, from Los Angeles, California, she is “The Star”, STEEEEEEEELAAAAAA STAAAAAAARRRRRR!!

April Song: Ugh, there is something about her that I hate! What is it? Is it because she reminds me of every single Empire Elitist we have? Almost like another Sienna Jade, just not as good.

Chelsea Crowe: What has she done that is significant? She got her ass beat by Zakkii at Terminus, but other than that, she has done nothing! Perhaps, this match can change that all around!

(“This Will Be The Day” — Jeff Williams plays as the crowd reacts positively for Layla Lockhart! Layla comes out with a bunch of spunk and sassy as she is tagging the hands of the fans on the way to the ring.)

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing her opponent, from Orlando, Florida, she is “The Warrior Princess”, LAAAAYLAAAAAAA LOCKHAAAAAARRRRRRT!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Good, just like what Empire needs? Another REVOLT loser to have on Empire! What has Layla Lockhart done that means anything here? Let me tell you, nothing! Nothing at all!

April Song: She is nothing! She will never be any–HOLY CRAP! SHE JUST CONNECTED WITH A SUPERHERO KICK ON STELLA STAR’S BODYGUARD! THE SUPERKICK KNOCKS SONYA CORREA OUT OF THE RING!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Layla Lockhart does her best to take Sonya Correa out of the equation with the superhero kick! Now, she is firing way on Stella Star, throwing shots her way as Layla is backing Stella into the corner! Now that Stella is backed into a corner, Layla begins to kick Stella’s stomach a few times before whipping her to the other corner! Stella holds onto the ropes on each side of her! Layla runs and connects with some double knees to Stella’s face! Layla gets on the second turnbuckle as she fires away on some fists to Stella Star! One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten! Stella has Layla in a powerbomb position, but Layla connects with a reverse frankensteiner and flips Stella over! Layla tries to go for a cover there, but Stella moves out of the way before the referee can get in position for the count! Meanwhile outside of the ring, Sonya is still recovering from that superhero kick that Layla connected with before the bell already rung!

Chelsea Crowe: Meanwhile inside the ring, Layla connects with a single dropkick that makes Stella fall onto her back! Stella uses the side ropes in order to pick herself up; however, as Layla approaches Stella, Stella throws her out of the ring, but Layla manages to catch herself on the apron! Layla connects with a shoulder thrust to Stella as Stella manages to grab Layla in position for a second rope DDT! Layla Lockhart is trying to fight herself out of the next move, but Stella Star plants Layla with a second rope DDT! Stella dusts her hands off like the job was effortless for her to do! Stella has Layla in position for a suplex and Stella connects with a snap suplex on Layla! She picks up Layla, puts her in a seated position and connects with a low dropkick to the back of her head! Layla falls onto her back as Stella stands up and connects with stomps of Layla’s mid section! Layla is crying out in pain as Stella continues to stomp on Layla’s midsection! There, Stella gloats in front of the crowd before going for a cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Layla kicks out at two! Stella stands up before connecting with a knee drop to Layla, who is still back against the mat! Stella connects with another knee drop! And another! And another! And another! Stella picks up Layla and connects with a huge slap to Layla’s face! Layla manages to slap Stella back! Stella slaps Layla again! But, Layla slaps back again! That slap was enough to send Stella bounces to the side ropes! Layla runs to approach Stella, but Stella pulls down the ropes, which causes Layla to fall out of the ring and land on her stomach! Stella exits the ring as she stands on the apron and connects with with a tornado DDT to the outside of the ring! Layla goes flipping over as Stella connects with a dropkick that sends Layla crashing onto the steel steps! Stella goes to Layla and rolls her back inside the ring before sliding back into the ring herself. Stella goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

April Song: Layla kicks out at two as Stella looks at Jesse Carlton in disbelief. What does she need to do in order to take out Layla Lockhart? Stella gets Layla and connects with a neckbreaker! This floors Layla as she is clutching around her neck! Stella gets Layla up as Layla connects with some fists to Stella’s stomach! It seems like Layla is trying to make a comeback in this match up! Layla now begins to elbow Stella’s stomach as she is able to create enough distance from Stella and bounces to the side ropes to connect with a hurricanrana! Stella goes flipping around like a top! Layla follows that up with a backbreaker before connecting with a switchblade kick that sends Stella to her back! There’s some noise coming from outside the ring and that is Sonya Correa! She is standing on the apron, trash talking to Layla Lockhart! Layla uses the ropes to springboard and connect with a springboard dropkick and getting Sonya out of the equation! Trying to use that as a distraction, Stella Star tries to connecting with a jumping reverse STO, but Layla counters with a powerbomb!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOO!!

Chelsea Crowe: Stella Star kicks out as Layla symbolizes the end of this match! Layla distances herself from Stella and BOOOOOOOOOOOOTTLLLLLLLLLLLLLE ROOOOOOOCKEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTT!! The spear connects as Layla kips up and tries to get the crowd fired up! She points to the turnbuckle as the crowd cheers in approval as she approaches the top turnbuckle. She gets on to the top turnbuckle as she situated herself on it! She constantly looks back to see if Stella moved or if she looks like she is intending to move! Layla poses for the crowd before she connects with Second Star to the Right! The corkscrew shooting star press! No! Sonya Correa stands on top of the apron and pushes her off! The referee does not see Sonya, but Stella takes advantage with an inside cradle!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Money Bag” plays as Stella Star exits the ring with Sonya Correa joining next to her raising Stella’s hand in victory)

Jasmine Peyton: The winner of this match, STELLLLLLLLLLA STARRRRRRRRRRRR!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Almost a great match until that bodyguard ruined it for her. But hey, she got a victory!

Chelsea Crowe: Smart of Sonya to see Stella struggling and to help. Not as good of a help as Braxton, but good enough for her.

April Song: Once again, Layla Lockhart loses! What is this girl gotta do to turn herself around! As of right now, she needs something to help her get in the right direction!

Chelsea: We need to pay some bills for a few minutes, so don’t change that dial!

April: If you do, I’ll break your fingers.

Jael & Chelsea: O.O!!

April: …what?

(COMMERCIAL BREAK: EAW High School – the groundbreaking new (?) show, created by Jacob Steele! Season Premiere TBD on the EAW Network!)

(Jasmine Peyton is standing in the middle of the ring)

Jasmine: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Empire General Manager – Flannery McCoy!

(“Black or White” by Michael Jackson plays in the background as Flannery McCoy walks out, waving to the fans of the EAW Universe)

Chelsea: Welcome back to Thursday Night Crowe’s Nest! Right now, the woman who cut our checks is making her way down the ramp!

Jael: Speaking of which, my merchandise check was looking kind of light!

Chelsea: No offense dear…but between the three of us, you sell the least merchandise. :lupe:

Jael: What!? :sob: Blasphemy!

April: My Queen Slayer shirts sell out like hotcakes…

Chelsea: As does #ChelseaBetter.

Jael: Queen slayer!? IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT!

April: (shrugs) I was the most vocal about it.

Chelsea: She makes a good point, Jael.

Jael: Ugh. Anyway, Flannery has an announcement to make for Pain for Pride Festival!

Chelsea: Where you’ll see yours truly – The Crowe’s Nest!

April: If she books us in another multi-woman tag match…

(Flannery climbs into the ring and takes the microphone from Jasmine Peyton)

Flannery: GOOD EVENING CHI-TOWN!

(The crowd erupts into cheers)

Flannery: It’s nice to be in the Jerusalem of pro wrestling! Man, what a SEASON it’s been here on Thursday Night Empire! A lot of surprises, bumpy roads, and some of the most incredible matches of all time! We’ve had a few losses and exits, including a very tragic one. But now, we move onward to pain for Pride! Tonight I’m making an announcement regarding which matches from Empire you’ll be seeing during those four historic nights!

(Flannery pauses while the crowd cheers)

Flannery: Two weeks ago, Raven Roberts earned herself a unique opportunity when she defeated five other women in a six-pack challenge! Now that challenge will see her fighting alongside AND against EAW’s ONLY two-time Specialist Champion Consuela Rose Ava as Empire’s representatives in this year’s CASH IN THE VAULT LADDER MATCH!!

Chelsea: WOW!

Jael/April: Openweight better.

(Flannery looks over at the Crowe’s Nest and grins)

Flannery: SEGUE!

Jael: Wait, what!? She can hear us!?

Chelsea: She’s the GM – which means she can listen in on our mics.

Jael:…that’s creepy af.

Flannery: This year marks the 2nd annual Fatal 2-Way Openweight Championship match! Now, the other brands are offering their own paths to the prestigious event! As for Empire, there’s only ONE woman I can think of to represent Empire! Some may say she’s the “Heart of Empire”. Each and every week she comes out and gives her best – win or lose. In fact, she defeated the current AND former Women’s World Champions BACK-TO-BACK several months back! If you don’t know who I’m talking about, well spoiler alert: none other than ANDREA VALENTINE!

Chelsea: Ugh.

Jael: Yuck.

April: I need a drink.

(Flannery waits for the crowd to die down)

Flannery: NOW! With the CITV and Openweight matches out the way, let’s discuss the the Empire Tag Team Championship!

April: This bi-

Jael: April! She can hear us!

(Flannery grins)

Flannery: If Raven Roberts find herself to be fortunate tonight, then she will have her hands full the week after, because if she and Remi Skyefire can defeat the Crowe’s Nest tonight, then they will compete in a #1 Contender’s match next week against the winner of Kianna Carter/Daisy Thrash vs Jaded Hearts! The winners of that match will go on to face the Crowe’s Nest at PAIN FOR PRIDE FOR THE EAW EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!

(The crowd goes electric)

Flannery: Hold on, because we’re halfway there! Now onto the Specialist Championship…

Chelsea: F–k me.

Flannery: Back in October 2015, eight women of the Vixen’s Division competed in a scramble match to crown the inaugural EAW Specialist Champion – Won by none other than the retiring Zakkii! At this year’s Pain for Pride, to celebrate the legacy of Haruna Sakazaki, the winner of tonight’s main event match will compete against four other women in the 2nd ever SPECIALIST SCRAMBLE MATCH! And these women are the following: Stella Star!

Jael: Bimbo.

Flannery: Kianna Carter!

April: Thot.

Flannery: Remi Skyfire!

Chelsea: Poser.

Flannery: and Daisy Thrash!

Jael: More like Daisy TRASH!

Chelsea: Hmm. Good one Jael.

April: Obvious, but effective.

Flannery: Now…that leaves the Revolt Freeweight and EAW Women’s World Championships. When it comes to the Empire brand, every title has its own special significance; the Empire Tag Team Championship is held by the best female tag team in EAW, the Specialist Championship determines who is the most versatile Elitist, and the Women’s World Championship is held by the best women’s wrestler in the world. The Revolt Freeweight Championship holds the same purpose…

(Flannery sighs)

Flannery: Which is why two can’t coexist.

(Everyone – including the Crowe’s Nest – gasp in unison)

Flannery: That isn’t fair to either woman who holds their respective title. And though EAW acknowledges the Revolt belts, THIS is Empire, and Empire is a brand of ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING! So, there’s only one way to solve this dilemma.

(Flannery looks down for a moment, then looks up straight into the camera)

Flannery: Sienna Jade will put up her Revolt Freeweight Championship against Stephanie Matsuda’s Women’s World Championship in a match to determine who is the UNDISPUTED WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION!

(The fans are on their feet!)

Crowd: EM-PI-RE! EM-PI-RE! EM-PI-RE!

Flannery: That’s not all. Because on the first episode of the new season, the Undisputed Women’s World Champion will have her hands full when she defends her claim against the winner of Madison Kaline vs Astraea Jordan for the #1 CONTENDERSHIP WHICH WILL GO DOWN AT PAIN FOR PRIDE!

(At this point the fans are losing their freaking minds. Some may have even passed out from sheer excitement. Somebody call a medic!)

Chelsea: Interesting…very much so.

April: How so?

Chelsea: If and I mean IF Madison Kaline beats me tonight, she’ll have two matches at Pain for Pride. If she retains there and beats Astraea, then she has a chance to be the first woman to ever hold both the Specialist and Women’s World Championship!

Jael: As well as the Freeweight Championship.

April: And if the Jaded Hearts make it to PFP, beat us, and Sienna beats Matsuda, she’s not only a tag champ, but the Undisputed Women’s Champ.

Chelsea: Flannery McCoy’s playing a dangerous game, ladies. Stay alert tonight.

Flannery: Now, what about the 24/7 Battle Royal? While I was observing tonight’s opening match and I feel Layla Lockhart got a bad break. So I’m giving her the chance to redeem herself by being Empire’s SOLO entrant into the match! Ms. Lockhart, you will have to overcome near impossible odds, but if you walk out with that 24/7 contract, then that gives you an expressway to the top! Who knows…maybe you’ll be the one fighting the winner of Empire’s season 12 premiere main event. Only time will tell. Goodnight everybody!

(“Black or White” by Michael Jackson plays as Flannery McCoy waves her hands and walks out the ring)

Chelsea: I must say – our flawed general manager managed to outdo herself. So many possibilities for several women to walk out of Pain for Pride with more than one championship.

Jael: Heh, now I kind of want Sienna and Madison to win their matches – no shade Chelsea.

Chelsea: And why is that?

Jael: Three words: Empress. Of. Elite.

April: Explain.

Jael: The winner of next season’s tournament may have the opportunity to fight for ALL THREE SINGLES TITLES. Think about it for a moment: one of us could be sitting on the throne with the EOE crown, the EAW Specialist, Revolt Freeweight, AND EAW Women’s World Championships at once. #Domination.

Chelsea: Just one question.

April: Shoot.

Chelsea: Is it worth it to play the long game?

Jael: Something to ponder. But first, a word from our sponsor!

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(“Chun-Li” — Nicki Minaj plays as Kianna Carter comes out in her bedazzled jacket and shades, looking all confident due to the positive reaction from the crowd.)

Jasmine Peyton: The following tag team match is scheduled for ONE FALL —

Crowd: — ONE FALL!

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing first, from Saratoga Springs, she is KIANNNNNNNA CARRRRRRRTERRRRRRR!!

April Song: Eh, something about this girl rubs me the wrong way. What is it, Chelsea? Jael do you have a clue?

Chelsea Crowe: Reminds me of someone we got rid off, but not sure who?

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Isn’t it Ar–

(“Raise Hell” — DOROTHY plays as the crowd cheers for Daisy Trash, who comes out in a confident way as well.)

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing her partner, from Seattle, Washington, she is “The Razorblade Snowflake” DAIIIIIISYYYYYYYYYY THHHRASHHHHHHHH!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: That was so rude of her to interrupt me when I was finishing my sentence. We would never interrupt her!

Chelsea Crowe: Yeah, we would.

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Yeah, you’re right.

(“Resurge” — Gone is Gone plays as the crowd boos as Jaded Hearts, Sienna Jade and Kassidy Heart walk out and give one of those friendship handshakes before looking disgusted at their opponents in the ring.)

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing their opponents, the team of “The Uncrowned Queen”, Kassidy Heart and the REVOLT Freeweight Champion, Sienna Jade! JADEDDDDDDDDD HEEEEARTTTTTSSSSS!!

April Song: Why the hell does she parade that title like it means anything? Who cares if people say that it means something, it doesn’t mean anything! These tag titles? This Specialists Championship? These are the gold and it’s time for people to #respectit like Sienna likes to say!

Chelsea Crowe: Relax, April. Let’s see the tag match now. Ring the damn bell.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Daisy Thrash and Kianna Carter vs. Jaded Hearts is underway! Kianna Carter is starting off the match for her and Daisy. Kassidy Heart is starting off the match for Jaded Hearts. The two get to the point and lock up as Kassidy twists Kianna’s hand back as she stands behind Kianna! Kianna goes to cartwheel and counter with her own twist to Kassidy’s head as she goes back! Kianna goes and kicks Kassidy to the side ropes! Kassidy holds onto the side ropes as Kianna goes for a rollup, but Kassidy is able roll out of the roll up and connect with low dropkick that sends Kianna to her back! Kassidy tries to go for a cover, but Kianna is able to bridge herself out of the pin! She is able to elbow Kassidy in the chest as she uses the ropes to springboard her to connect with a springboard roundhouse kick, but misses when Kassidy backs away a few steps!

April Song: Kianna is on the ground as Kassidy goes over to tag in Sienna Jade into the match! The Freeweight Champion steps inside the ring as she and Kassidy connect with a double side kick to Kianna, sending her to her back once again! Sienna quickly goes for the cover, but Kianna is able to kick out before our official can get into position for her count! Sienna gets Kianna into a seated position and connects with a stiff kick to the back of Kianna! Kianna is yelling in pain as Sienna begins to elbow Kianna on her shoulder before transitioning to kneeing her sided before having her in a headlock! Kianna is trying to reach to her corner to tag Daisy Thrash into the match, but it is no use! Kianna tries to get to one knee in order to get fully up, but Sienna keeps applying pressure to the headlock!

Chelsea Crowe: Kianna manages to stand up as she is trying to elbow Sienna in the stomach! She elbows Sienna a few times, before Sienna lets go of the headlock! Kianna connects with a dropkick to Sienna’s feet, knocking her down to her knees! Kianna follows that up with an enziguri as she sends Sienna to her side! Kianna goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Sienna kicks out quickly as she throws Kianna to the side in the process of kicking out! Kianna picks up Sienna as she connects with a Japanese armdrag, sending Sienna flipping over! Kianna connects with a dropkick that sends Sienna to the corner! Kianna runs and connects with some double knees to Sienna’s face, knocking her forward as Kianna connects with a DDT sending Sienna’s face first against the mat! Kianna goes over to her corner to tag in Daisy Thrash as the crowd cheers for her arrival in the ring! Daisy and Kianna work together to suplex Sienna over! Daisy grabs Sienna by the hair to pick her up! Daisy connects with a headbutt sending Sienna to one knee! Daisy bounces to the side ropes and connects with a superkick to a sit down Sienna Jade! Daisy picks up Sienna and throws her over to a corner! Sienna slides down into a seated position as Daisy connects with multiple stomps to Sienna at the corner!

Chelsea Crowe: Daisy gets Sienna up and connects with a hip toss! This sends Sienna flipping over as Daisy connects a Dragon screw leg whip, sending Sienna to the ground! Daisy gestures for Sienna to get up as Daisy connects with a spinebuster on Sienna! Daisy waits for Sienna to get up! Sienna has no clue what is going to hit her next, but Daisy Thrash with This Knee Smash Fascists! The single leg facebreaker! Sienna goes flying onto her back! Daisy gestures for the end of this match as she grabs Sienna and goes for the No Pasaran! The crotch clutch suplex and…it connects! Daisy goes for the cover!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

April Song: Kassidy breaks the pin as Kianna rushes and spears Kassidy out of the ring! Both women are out of the ring! Meanwhile in the ring, Daisy grabs Sienna for another No Pasaran! But, Sienna is able to get out of the hold and connect with a Witches Hammer! No, Daisy is able to duck out of the way as she finds safety in her own respected corner! Kianna, who had just finished getting Kassidy out of the equation, asks Daisy for a tag into this match! Daisy tags Kianna back into the match as Sienna tags in Kassidy back into the match! Kianna connects with a thesz press on Kassidy Heart and begins to unload in a series of punches directly on her face! Kianna picks up Kassidy by the hair and headbuts Kassidy as she lands in one knee! Kianna whips Kassidy to the corner! Kianna runs and connects with some double knees into Kassidy’s face! No Kassidy is able to pick up Kianna as she hers her in a powerbomb position as Kassidy connects with a powerbomb on Kianna!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Daisy is able to break up the pin attempt as Sienna Jade spears her out of the ring! The two of them are fighting outside the ring! The two of them are throwing punches at one another before Sienna Jade connects with a dropkick that get Daisy to her knees as Sienna throws Daisy onto the steel steps! Meanwhile in the ring, Kianna is thrown into the corner, but Kassidy Heart! Kassidy runs and connects with a PCS – Post Concussion Syndrome as Kianna lands on the corner! Kianna falls back a bit to the front as Kassidy finds herself on the top rope, where she connects with The Heart Attack, the top rope o-face on Kianna Carter!

Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

(Daisy tries to make it back to the ring, but Sienna holds Daisy’s feet, preventing her from moving.)

Jesse Carlton: THREEEEEEEEEEE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Resurge” plays as Sienna Jade and Kassidy Heart hug in the middle of the ring and raise each other’s hands in victory.)

Jasmine Peyton: The winners of this match, the team of Kassidy Heart and the REVOLT Freeweight Champion, Sienna Jade. JADEDDDDD HEARRRRRRTSSSSSS!!

April Song: Jaded Hearts wins! Kassidy Heart once again proves that she could be the stronger member of Jaded Hearts! Credit to Sienna Jade, I suppose. She did keep Daisy from entering the ring and breaking the count!

Chelsea Crowe: Well, gotta give Jaded Hearts credit for winning the match. They were smart. Poor Daisy and Kianna, but they just didn’t have the chemistry like the other team has. Basically, the downfall for the three other teams in the four corner’s match at Terminus.

(Zakkii is backstage looking at her phone, when Stephanie Matsuda walks up to her.)

Stephanie: We need to talk.

Zakkii: (looking at phone) About what, Cloud?

Stephanie: (glares) About how much of a selfish child you’ve become.

Zakkii: Nani!?

Stephanie: You heard me the first time. You want to fight Azumi at Pain for Pride? The biggest event of the year in pro wrestling!?

Zakkii: Of course! It’s my LAST match Cloud! I want it to be SPECIAL!

Stephanie: Heh, oh really? Maybe special for you! But what does Azumi get out of it!? Literally every other woman on this roster will be fighting for A TITLE or at least an OPPORTUNITY to compete for one! And where’s Azumi! Stuck in a match with you, once again placating to your J-Drama fantasy that you seem to have about you and your life of whimsical ups and downs!

Zakkii: …

(Stephanie shakes her head)

Stephanie: You just couldn’t leave well enough alone huh? Azumi’s been doing her best, competing for title shot after title shot, getting better along the way! She’s leagues better than she was last season – when she was stuck with the likes of YOU and Erica at the hip! Azumi was always meant to fly on her own, getting stronger slowly but steadily, until she becomes the ACE that she was meant to be! But…but you just have to interfere…again.

Zakkii: …

(Stephanie leans forward)

Stephanie: Everyone else will be fighting for their dreams, while Azumi will be stuck in yours…again.

Zakkii: (glares) Is that all?

(Stephanie laughs for a moment and shakes her head)

Stephanie: You have nothing to say for yourself?

Zakkii: No, but I have something to say to you. From the first day you set foot in here, you treat everyone’s lives as if they were yours to play with! From forcing me into Sexy Curry, to beginning Cai and Ria into Formation, to using the Coven, and now bullying me again! This time, you trying to force me to abandon my match with Azumi!? Someone whom gave me the strength to continue in this god forsaken business longer than I intended to!? This is no disrespect to the industry, but I’m not like you and ‘Zumi – I’m not a warrior. I’m an entertainer! I give my life to put smiles on the faces of everyone all over the world! At one point I thought I could do that as a wrestler – but the business has changed since we first joined, Mia-san.

Stephanie: You’re calling me by my middle name? Only one person has –

(Zakkii touches Cloud’s face with both hands)

Zakkii: Yes, only one person has, and at one point she was the most important thing to the both of us, but those days have long since passed. That’s your biggest problem Stephanie, your greatest enemy – the past. Stop living in it, and embrace the future! You are Women’s World Champion – something you always wanted! Forget about who used to hold that title, who hurt you, and worry about the future of this business! You’re built to LEAD Mia-san! This is your destiny – something I’ve always known, even if I never said it! Somebody had to be hard on you, and I decided it had to be me.

(Zakkii pokes Stephanie’s chest)

Zakkii: Just let Azumi and I fight. This is a very important and personal thing for us. Win or lose, she’s going to cherish the memories of our match and use it to carry herself into the future! She’ll have plenty of matches Steph…

(Zakkii smiles)

Zakkii: Who knows? Maybe she’ll be the one to dethrone YOU.

(Stephanie nods a few times)

Stephanie: (sighs) Fine. Maybe I’ve overstepped my boundaries…I’ve just been feeling on edge as of late.

Zakkii: What do you mean?

Stephanie: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something’s up. If I were you, I’d suggest you and Azumi stay woke.

Zakkii: As should you. Both the Jaded Hearts and Crowe’s Nest have you in their sights.

Stephanie: (nods) Right. Matter of fact, let’s look for Azumi before her match starts.

Zakkii: (nods) Right.

(Cloud and Zakkii walk away)

(“Fire” — BTS plays as the crowd stands up to their feet for Consuela Rose Ava, who smiles and tags the hands of the EAW fans.)

Jasmine Peyton: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —

Crowd: — ONE FALL

Jasmine Peyton: From, Barcelona, Spain, she is “The Maid”, CONSUELA ROSEEEEEEEEEE AVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

Chelsea Crowe: Here comes one of the most inconsistent Elitist of Empire. What has been up with Consuela as of late?

April Song: Besides losing, NOTHING. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Jael Arcana-Rosario: That could all change tonight. I said with emphasis on could.

(“Chase” — Batta plays as the crowd stands up for Azumi Goto, but she does not come out.)

April Song: Did she forget that she had a match?

(“Chase” plays again for a few more moments, but Azumi does not come out.)

(“Chase” fades away as the jumbotron pans to backstage, where Azumi Goto is seen unconscious on the floor, almost like she had been attacked on her way to the curtain.)

(Zakkii is the first one to race to Azumi’s aid while Sakuya Goto and Stephanie Matsuda are right behind her.)

Zakkii (gets Azumi in her arms): SOMEONE GET HELP! I THINK SHE MIGHT HAVE A CONCUSSION!

Sakuya Goto: Azumi, can you hear me?

Stephanie Matsuda: The moment I find out who did this will pay!

Zakkii: Oh, they will pay for sure!

(The jumbotron goes off as Consuela is looking at our official with concern, but confusion about where this leaves her.)

Chelsea Crowe (sarcastically): POOR AZUMI. I WONDER WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING?

April Song (smirks): Whoever did, we want to thank you from the bottom of our black hearts.

Jael Arcana-Rosario: Top Ten Anime Deaths. Oop.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK – Color of Snow – the new Haruna Sakazaki photo book! Available now where all other books are sold!)

(Daisy Thrash is seen walking backstage, looking for someone. She sees a distressed Flannery McCoy shaking her head while on the phone)

Flannery: Yeah, I’ll keep you posted.

(Flannery hangs up and turns to Daisy)

Flannery: Listen Daisy, now’s not the time –

Daisy: Now is the PERFECT time, boss! First Aria, then Revy, and NOW Azumi! Something’s going on and I think I know who’s behind –

Flannery: There’s no evidence that suggest the Crowe’s Nest was behind the attack on Azumi! But, there has been a lot of injuries as of late…some on purpose.

(Flannery sighs and looks around)

Daisy: Where’s Cloud, Zakkii, and Sakuya?

Flannery: They went to the hospital to stay by Azumi’s side. The damage that was done…was bad.

Daisy: Someone needs to look out for everyone else.

Flannery: I might need to beef up security –

Daisy: Let me help!

Flannery: Huh?

Daisy: Let me be in charge of security! Someone needs to keep these ladies safe, and who better to do it than me!?

Flannery: Well I don’t know if the talent should be running things backstage.

Daisy: Just make me Sheriff! I promise I won’t abuse my power!

Flannery: Well we already have a Sheriff – he runs the company. But, I can offer you the role of deputy, and you can report to me and I’ll report to the Sheriff himself.

Daisy: (thinks) Deputy Daisy? I like it!

Flannery: Deputy Daisy does rolls off the tongue a little. Okay, I’ll put the responsibility of keeping the girls safe in your hands!

(Daisy gives a salute)

Daisy: Right on boss! I’ll also investigate the attack on Azumi!

(Flannery nods)

Flannery: Let me know when you find something out.

(Daisy nods and gives one more salute just before Flannery leaves. Daisy looks on with a satisfied smile on her face)

“Voodoo” by Nyxx begins to play throughout the arena, Remi Skyfire emerges from the back with Elyse, but Remi tells and gestures to Elyse that she’s got this to which Elyse nods reluctantly and goes to the back, while Remi heads towards the ring.

Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, introducing first from Somerset, Kentucky.. weighing in at 5’4″ 122 pounds she is THEEEEEEEE KILLLLLLLLERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……. REMIIIIIIIIIIIII SSSSSSKKKKKKKKKYFFFFFFFFFFFFIIIIRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Gia: There you have it! An already interesting start to this matchup, Remi is clearly the one who wears the pants in this situation!

SG1: Give me a break Gia. She’s just focused on the task at hand.

Gia: Listen I’m just excited that for this ONE MATCH we get to do what we do best!

SG1: And that’s only because the Crowe’s Nest has a match, and Chelsea is being interrogated by the general manager as we speak!

Gia: I can’t believe Azumi was attacked like that…something has to be done!

SG1: I wonder how this will affect her Pain for Pride match with Zakkii

Gia: We’ll keep the EAW Universe informed for any updates we receive on Azumi Goto’s condition!

“Give Up the Ghost” by Thousand Foot Krutch plays throughout the arena and Raven Roberts gracefully walks out from the back, she screams “ARE YOU READY?” before high-fiving the fans on her way down.

Jasmine Peyton: Introducing her partner originally from Louisville, Kentucky now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada weighing in at 6’1″ 151 pounds…. she is THEEEE BIRRRDDD OF PRRREEYYYYYYYY……… RAAAAAAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVVVENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN ROOOOOOOOOOOBBBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS

Gia: An extremely hard-fought performance last week against Stephanie Matsuda, but it wasn’t meant to be, if anything she turned a lot of heads and has been doing so since her debut!

SG1: It’ll be interesting to see how she rebounds this week in this tag match up, she threw everything she had at Stephanie Matsuda, but The Iconic War Queen is the champ for a reason!

“Glory and Gore” by Lorde fills starts to play as both April Song & Jael Arcana-Rosario slowly emerge from the back, boos from the crowd immediately fill the arena but both April and Jael ignore the heckling from the fans and continue their way down the ramp, staring coldly at both Remi and Raven in the ring.

Jasmine Peyton: And introducing their opponents, they are your current EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSSSSSSS…… APPROACHING THE RING AT A COMBINED WEIGHT OF 252 POUNDS THEY ARE ONE HALF OF THE… CROWE’S NEST.. APPPPPPPPPRIIIIILLLLLL SONNNNNNNNNNNGGG AND JAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEELLLLL ARRRRRRRRCAAAAAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAA-ROOOOOOOOOOOOSAAAAAAAARIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Gia: When I think of the Crowe’s Nest I think of dominance, we’ve got the Empire Tag Champions and The Specialists Champion in Chelsea Crowe plus Braxton DeVil, all in all you have one impressive faction.

SG1: Remi and Raven have an uphill climb there’s no denying that and that’s no slight against them, but April and Jael are the measuring sticks of the Empire tag division and quite possibly the EAW tag division as a whole!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Gia: Something tells me that the Raven and Remi team is a keep your friends close and your enemies closer kind of deal?

SG1: Or maybe they just beat the mutual admiration out of one another over their numerous encounters these past few weeks, either way, this should be a fun matchup. Remi stands in one corner Jael in the other, April patting her on the shoulder with encouragement. Both Remi and Jael approach each other slowly, even though Jael is more experienced in EAW than Remi she’s well aware of the danger that The Killer brings. They finally lock up but Jael quickly flips Remi forward with a beautiful snapmare, she follows that up with a lightning-quick dropkick to the back of th–

Gia: Remi is lightning quick herself as she’s able to evade the dropkick! They reach their feet and lock up in another tie-up now and this time Remi forces Jael into the corner but Jael ducks under the ropes and the referee gets in between them utilizing the count:

Referee: Come on Remi back off, one, two, three…

SG1: Remi holds her palms in the air while backing off… big mistake! JAEL NEARLY DECAPITATED REMI WITH A WESTERN LARIAT! SHE WAS SURELY SHOT OUT OF A CANNON WITH THAT CLOTHESLINE! WOW! Remi is woozy as she tries to get up but in comes Jael with a running swinging neck breaker! Now she’s planting a series of boots to the chest and shoulder area! Jael picks up Remi by her midnight black hair and throws her into the corner near April who she tags into a round of boos from the crowd. They both plant stomps to the cornered Remi until the ref reaches the count of four. Meanwhile, a look of concern is on Raven Roberts, she feels pretty helpless I’d imagine. April drives a stiff knee into the abdomen of Remi, grabbing ahold of her arm and twi–

Gia: DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN BY REMI! I think she’s had enough! She’s on top of April driving in a barrage of mounted elbows! She rotates to April’s side now, slamming her knees into the rib cage of The Killer Bee! April grimaces in pain, Remi grabs April by her hair and drags her up, but Remi goes right back down after she’s met with a drop toe hold by April! She grabs the arms of Remi and attempts to stretch them out, perhaps looking for a Mexican Surfboard but Remi is locking her hands together as some sort of makeshift defense mechanism so April can’t stretch out those arms! So in turn, April moves around to the front of Remi who is still laying on her stomach, she applies a front face lock to Remi, dragging her to her feet.

SG1: April plants a few clubbing blows to the back of Rem– NO! REMI LATCHES ON TO THE WAIST OF APRIL; NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX BY REMI! What a beautiful move! April is rolling around on her back! Remi approaches April and picks her up by her hair, she goes to land a few of her patented brutal headbutts but April evades her AND LOOKS TO LOCK HER INTO THE PROFESSIONAL DISPOSAL! A COQUINA CLUTCH LIKE MANEUVER, SHE HAS REMI LOCKED IN BUT THEY’RE RIGHT BY THE ROPES! Remi grabs ahold of the middle rope with her arm! April tries to pull Remi towards the middle of the ring now that she’s let go of the hold but Remi back bodies April over the ropes, but she lands on the apron! Remi turns around and.. ouch.. that didn’t look good!

Gia: April just hung Remi face first on the top rope as she dusts her hands off while sitting on the apron. Raven is desperately reaching out for the tag but Remi looks up at her mouthing “I got it” before tending back to her neck, I’m not sure if that’s such a great idea by Remi, she looks like she could use a tag, meanwhile April slaps the hand of Jael as she rushes back into action, she bolts towards the rope as Remi tries to get back up and flattens her with a running bicycle kick! The Crowe’s Nest are working like a well-oiled machine! She drops down for a quick cover!

ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

SG1: KICKOUT! Remi is still hanging in there! Jael looks at the referee and tells him to count faster next time, she drives a knee into the stomach of Remi, before irish whipping her into the ropes, she attempts a back body drop but Remi scouts it perfectly and punts her chest! Remi spins around.. THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM JOLTS JAELS HEAD BACK! THIS IS FOLLOWED UP BY A STEP UP ENZIGURI!

Gia: BUT JAEL DUCKS IT AND REMI FALLS TO HER STOMACH! Jael grabs the leg of Remi and drags her to April’s corner where she tags her in! April zooms through the ropes and stomps on the ankle of Remi, then on other ankle, she picks Remi up by her hair BUT REMI SWEEPS THE HANDS OUT FROM UNDER APRIL AND SWINGS BEHIND, SHE HOOKS THE WAIST OF APRIL! GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!!!!

SG1: APRIL COUNTERS AND BREAKS THE HOLD, SHE SWITCHES AROUND BEHIND REMI NOW! BUT REMI BACKS HER INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER! OH MAN! WHAT A DEVASTATING CORNER BACK ELBOW THAT JUST CAUGHT APRIL SQUARE ON THE JAW! Remi turns around! She attempts a stiff forearm but April catches her wrist! She twists forward and wrenches her arm down, bringing her towards the middle of the ring, she puts her foot on the jaw of Remi, Widowmaker perhaps? She drops down to connect the move but Remi manages to sling April’s foot out from her jaw! Remi grabs the legs of April and attempts to flip her over but April kicks her in the mid-section from her back! She vines her legs around Remi, I THINK SHE’S TAKING A PAGE OUT OF REMI’S PLAYBOOK WITH THAT IMANARI ROLL INTO A HEEL HOOK, SHE’S GOT IT SINCHED IN! Remi is screaming in pain but IN COMES RAVEN! She breaks it up before Remi may have had to tap there! In comes Jael and now the referee is in between Jael and Raven! They both talk trash to each other and depart back into their respective corners, meanwhile, April is stomping a mudhole into Remi! April says a few words to Remi, reaches down and picks her up by the hair but Remi switches behind April… GERMAN SUPLEX! THIS TIME IT CONNECTS!!! Remi looks up towards Raven and scrambles for the tag!

Gia: AND SHE MAKES IT! JUST AS APRIL TAGS JAEL! Jael steamrolls towards Raven but is met with a clothesline and another… AND another! A big boot to April who tried to intervene for good measure! Raven has been chomping at the bit to get into this match for a while now! Jael is back up, Raven goes for another clothesline but Jael catches her arm! She connects with an arm trap backbreaker, Jael runs towards the ropes and bounces back, she knocks Raven for a loop with a bicycle kick!

SG1: NOPE! IT’S COUNTERED! LOU THESZ PRESS AND NOW SHE’S RAINING DOWN FISTS ONTO THE FALSE PROPHET! RAVEN RISES UP OFF OF JAEL, SHE GRABS BOTH LEGS OF JAEL, SWITCHING HER OVER ONTO HER STOMACH AND SHE APPLIES A BOSTON CRAB! JAEL BITES HER LIP AND LITERALLY SCRATCHES THE RING TOWARDS THE ROPES! HERE COMES APRIL! WIDOWMAKER!!!!!!!!! THAT STUNS THE 6’1″ RAVEN AND SHE’S WOBBLY ON HER FEET! THE REFEREE SENDS APRIL BACK TO THE CORNER AS HE BARKS OUT ORDERS AFTER THE FACT! JAEL IS ON THE APRON NOW, SHE USES THE ROPES TO PROPEL HERSELF HIGH IN THE AIR AS RAVEN TURNS AROUND! SPRINGBOARD FOREARM SMASH!!!!!!!!

Gia: IS COUNTERED! MID-AIR HUNTTTTTTTRESSSSSSSSS BOMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!!!!!!! WHAT A THUNDEROUS SITOUT SPINEBUSTER! SHE PINS JAEL FROM HER SITTING POSITION!

ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

THHHHHR—

SG1: REMI JUST TACKLED APRIL AS SHE WAS GOING TO BREAK IT UP!!

Gia: BUT JAEL JUST KICKS OUT!!!!!!!! RAVEN COCKS HER HEAD AT THE REFEREE, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN ANYBODY POWER OUT OF A HUNTRESS BOMB BEFORE!!! I’M JUST AS SURPRISED AS SHE IS! REMI HAS APRIL TRAPPED IN THE CORNER, SHE’S LOOKING TO LAND THE EX-STERNUM-ATION BUT THE REFEREE IS NOW BETWEEN REMI AND APRIL! HE’S TELLING THEM BOTH TO GET BACK IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CORNERS! HE’S GOT TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THIS MATCH SOMEHOW! Raven picks up Jael who is still reeling from that powerful huntress bomb, but Jael drives a few forearms to the jaw of Raven, buying her some time! She attempts a discus lariat but Raven connects with a spinning backhand slap before Jael knew what hit her! She follows that up with a Muay Thai styled kick to the side! Jael drops to a knee and that’s when Raven catches her for a spike DDT!

SG1: JAEL MIGHT BE OUT COLD HERE! RAVEN DRAGS THE FEET OF JAEL TO THE CENTER OF THE RING! SHE POINTS TO THE TURNBUCKLE! COULD SHE BE LOOKING TO FLY HIGH? LOOK OUT!! APRIL FROM BEHIND, SHE’S GOT RAVEN IN A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING! THE REF IS TRYING TO SEPERATE HER BUT TO NO AVAIL! THERE’S REMI SNEAKING UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE TO THE SIDE OF APRIL! KUUUUUUUSHIDAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! SHE JUST COLDCOCKED APRIL, WHO HAD NO IDEA REMI WAS THERE! NOW JAEL IS BEHIND REMI, SHE LIFTS HER UP IN HIGH IN THE AIR!! STIIIIIGGGGGGGGGMAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAA!!! SHE JUST PASTED REMI ONTO THE MAT WITH THAT RUNNING CRUCIFIX POWERBOMB!!! REMI ROLLS TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING AND ONTO THE FLOOR! JAEL ADMIRES HER WORK BUT I’D ADVISE HER TO TURN AROUND, SHE’S GOT COMPANY! JAEL SLOWLY LOOKS BEHIND HER AND SHE’S MET WITH THE FACELIFFFFTTTTTTTTTT!!!

Gia: NOT SO FAST! JAEL DUCKS THE SPINNING HEEL KICK JUST AT THE LAST SECOND! RAVEN TURNS AROUND BUT JAEL SWIFTLY DROPKICKS HER KNEE WHICH DROPS RAVEN DOWN, SHE LAYS INTO RAVEN WITH A FEW STIFF SHOOT KICKS TO HER CHEST, WHILE TAGGING APRIL BACK INTO THE MATCHUP! APRIL QUICKLY GOES FOR THAT DEVASTATING PENALTY KICK BUT IN COMES REMI WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM AND APRIL IS OUT ON HER FEET!! JAEL TACKLES REMI AND THEY BOTH GO CAREENING TO THE OUTSIDE! APRIL IS STILL DAZED ON HER FEET AS RAVEN CATCHES HER AND LIFTS HER SKY HIGH INTO THE AIR!!!!!! LOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTT BBEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! THAT JUST SCRAMBLED APRIL’S BRAIN!! RAVEN DROPS DOWN AND HOOKS THE LEGS WHILE JAEL AND REMI CONTINUE BATTLE ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!

ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

THHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

“Give up the Ghost” by Thousand Foot Krutch replays over the arena and Raven gets to her feet, as Jael scowls and pulls a motionless April out of the ring. Remi slides in the ring soon after and the referee raises both of their hands.

Jasmine Peyton: THE WINNERS OF THIS MATCH………… RAVEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNN ROOOOOOOOOOOBBBERRRRRTSSSSSSSSSSS AND REEEEEEEEEMMMMMMMIIIIIIII SKKKKKKKKYYYYYYFIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

SG1: WOW! What an incredible victory! I think the Crowe’s Nest were definitely caught off guard tonight. Both Raven and Remi make one hell of a formidable team!

Gia: You could say that again, this goes down as an upset in my book! I mean they beat the current Empire Tag Champions CLEAN!

SG1: When they recover, Jael and April will be back on commentary! Right after these messages!

(FINAL COMMERCIAL BREAK – Pain for Pride Festival! Live! From the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Hosted by the Electric Daisy Carnival! Thur Jun 21 – Sun Jun 24!)

(The scene opens to Cori Simmons sitting in an interview room with Astraea Jordan)

Cori Simmons: Welcome EAW Universe! I’m sitting here with the hometown hero, Astraea Jordan! Astraea, thank you for coming by.

Astraea: Likewise.

Cori: So let me cut straight to the chase. Earlier tonight Flannery McCoy announced a number one contender’s match between you and Madison for what was described as the Undisputed Women’s Championship – an honor given to the one who will hold both the Revolt Freeweight Championship and the EAW Women’s World Championship. The champion to usher in the next season will either be Sienna Jade or Stephanie Matsuda. Before we discuss your history with Madison, which one of these two champions do you see yourself fighting?

Astraea: Well I’m not going to front – from the moment I heard the announcement, I ran this very scenario through my head like a couple, two, three and was like “though I want to snatch the wig off Sienna, my ultimate goal is to get into the ring with Stephanie Matsuda.” I’ll be straight – I have the utmost respect for Cloud. We’ve had our ups and downs but she goes out there every week and works her ass off to give the best performance she can. She’s hungry man – it freaking inspires me to work hard! You know what got me through my rehabilitation!? Watching her promos! It’s like she understands who she is as a woman and a fighter. I can mess with that. In fact I won the CLU Women’s Championship off one of her students – Noir Harmony Avery. That chick is real cool man! She was humble after losing and we even hung out the next day! I’m definitely looking forward to fighting her again!

Cori: Interesting. So if Matsuda beats Jade, you still have the obstacle of defeating Madison Kaline. Now for you, this is just more than a way to the title scene, right?

Astraea: You dan straight this is more than just a number one contenders match – it’s a freaking GRUDGE MATCH! Maddie took me out of action so I returned the favor! But yet she still got her shot at the Women’s World Championship! I still hold three titles and yet I have to compete with her!? I don’t hate Flannery, but man she makes some bozo ass decisions sometimes. Madison Kaline doesn’t belong on this new Empire Matsuda and the rest of us are trying to build! She can pop awf, but the bitch is still gonna get got! I had to sit on the sidelines for MONTHS missing out on opportunity after opportunity because of that wack s–t she pulled! But yet, she gets rewarded!? The Crowe’s Nest injured the previous champ, but yet they all have titles!? COME ON SON!

Cori: Well judging from her experience, what’s your strategy going into the match at Pain for Pride?

(Astraea looks at her phone for a moment)

Astraea: Oh snap. It’s almost time.

Cori: Time for what?

(Astraea smiles)

Astarea: You’ll see ma. Deuces.

(Astarea gives a sideways peace sign and leaves. Cori raises an eyebrow and shrugs her shoulders)

(“This Could be Anywhere in the World” by Alexisonfire as Madison Kaline walks out with her signature hoodie over her head. She takes in the surprising positive reaction from the crowd, and slowly makes her way down the ramp)

Jael: Ever since her hall of fame announcement, Madison Kaline, has been in the hearts of many fans all over the world!

April: Are you really doing this!? Are WE really doing this!? We lost Jael! We lost two newbs who are now going to face off with the Jaded Hearts next week! And if by some chance they beat THEM, then they’re going straight for OUR titles at Pain for Pride!

Jael: So what. We beat three other teams to become the first ever Empire tag champs! There’s no way in hell we’re not retaining at PFP!

April: True – but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to kill that oversized stork Raven and her scissor sister Skyfire.

Jael: To be honest? I feel the same way.

(Madison climbs into the ring and takes off her hoodie. ‘Born to Die’ by Sidewalks and Skeletons play as Chelsea Crowe walks out to a negative reaction with the EAW Specialist Championship around her waist. Beside her is Braxton DeVil who’s carrying a bunch of Crowe’s Nest T-shirts that he starts throwing into the audience. Much to his dismay, several shirts are thrown back at him.)

Jael: Here she is! Our fearless leader! Chelsea Crowe!

April: The one who will take us to the promised land!

Jael: Promised land?

April: Meh, I don’t know, it sounded cool in my head.

Jael: So April, how do you see this going down?

April: Maddie will put up a good fight, but Chelsea got this.

Jael: And for those who think Chelse can’t get it done on her own?

April: Well she did win the title on her own right? Wrestling fans are idiots.

Jael: Oop.

(Chelsea Crowe climbs into the ring and raises her Specialist Championship. Madison rolls her eyes and meets her in the center of the ring.)

Jasmine Peyton: Tonight’s main event is scheduled for ONE FALL!

Crowd: ONE FALL!

Jasmine: And it is for the EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPIONSHIP!

(crowd cheers)

Jasmine: First, the challenger! From Tampa Bay Florida! Weighing in at 120lbs! She is the “Mistress of Death” Madison Kaline!

(Maddie spreads out her arms, receiving a more positive reaction)

Jasmine: HER OPPONENT! From Auckland, New Zealand! Weighing in at 120lbs…YOUR EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPION! ”The Black Heart” CHELSEA! CROWE!

(Chelsea raises the title one more time before handing it to the referee Nikka Machida. Both women prepare themselves before the bell rings)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Jael: That new Asian ref calls for the bell and here we go! Chelsea steps back to the corner before Madison can move! She’s using the ropes to stretch her body, which will prevent Maddie from mounting an early offense!

April: Smart move by Crowe – she’s using the rules of the ring to her advantage! She’s staying close to the edge, while Madison adopts a catch wrestling stance. Crowe burts from the ropes and engages in a tie-up! Both women finds themselves against the ropes, with Chelsea having the upperhand! The ref calls for a break up and Chelsea obliges…by patting little Maddie on the head.

Jael: Ha!

April: The “Derptress of Death” looks quite livid. Being mad is one thing, but what she’s gonna do about it?

Jael: Maddie initiates another tie-up! They dance around the ring, and Chelsea gets the upper hand with a waistlock! Belly-to-back takedown! Crowe makes to smooth transition to the grounded headlock! Se’s sticking her tongue out at the crowd, who doesn’t seem to appreciate or champion’s good graces! Maddie slips out of the hold and counters with her own headlock! She seems to be losing ground as Chelsea gets to a knee and LIFTS Maddie in the air! Back suplex! Chelsea applies a grounded wristlock as she reclaims control over this match!

April: I may be the best grappler in the Crowe’s Nest, but nobody can deny Chelsea’s ability to control the flow of a match! She’s keeping things at a steady pace, trying to not overstep her boundaries too much. I imagine that she’s going to work over Madison bit by bit until there’s nothing left.

Jael: That seems to be the idea as Chelsea slowly disengages as Maddie lays prone and begins unleashing an ONSLAUGHT OF STOMPS TO THE HEAD OF THE FORMER VIXEN’S CHAMPION! Maddie’s rolling away, trying to avoid Chelsea’s attacks! She rolls out to the apron, but Chelsea has her! ROPE ASSISTED NECKBREAKER! Chelsea scrambles over her opponent to make the quick cover!

Ref: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Jael: That bitch kicked out! Come on ref! You’re moving like a damn slug!

April: She needs to get her ass fired.

Jael: Agreed!

April: Our dear ‘ol Chelsea isn’t giving up though, and neither is Braxton who’s out there supporting the love of his life! Chelsea picks up Maddie by the hair and whips her to the corner! She charges forward! Corner knee – NO! MADDIE DODGES OUT THE WAY AND CHELSEA CRASHES INTO THE CORNER! BELLY-TO-BELLY TO THE MAT BY MADDIE! She mounts herself over our champion and – WHAT DISRESPECT! SHE JUST SLAPPED CHELSEA ACROSS THE FACE! DO SOMETHING REF! SHE’S TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUR INCOMPETENCE!

Jael: Madison is taking advantage of our vulnerable champion and is dragging her to the corner! She delivers a couple of forearm shots! Kick to the gut! Knife edge chop! Chelsea’s stunned as Maddie lifts her to the top! Ref you better do something about this! Braxton jumps to the apron in attempt to save his damsel in distress! That idiot of a ref is telling Braxton to get down – AXE BOMBER BY MADDIE WHO KNOCKS BRAXTON OFF THE APRON! THE FORCE OF THAT BLOW NEARLY KNOCKED HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!

April: Maddie has turned her attention back to Chelsea – kick to the face by Chelsea! Maddie stumbles back as Crowe perches herself onto the top rope! Kaline recovered quickly and has nailed Chelse with a charging forearm! The champ is doubled over as Maddie hops to the second rope! She’s now climbing to the top! What kind of nefarious plan does she-

Jael: SUPERPLEX!

April: OMFPH! BOTH BODIES GO CRASHING ONTO THE MAT, WITH CHELSEA ABSORBING MOST OF THE IMPACT! MADDIE MAKES THE COVER!

Ref: OOOOONEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWW-

Jael: Chelsea gets the shoulder up!

(A replay shows Maddie’s top rope superplex one more time)

Jael: As much as I can’t stand her, Maddie possesses a great deal of strength and athletic ability! Chelsea needs to stay on her Ps and Qs if she wants to keep that title.

April: Or we could just go in there and beat the crap out of Maddie.

Jael: Great idea, but let’s see how this plays out first.

April: Alright.

Jael: Great, now Flannery’s yelling at us through the earpiece. She says if we want to keep our tag titles, we must stay neutral and continue to commentate on the match.

April: She’s such a bore. Anywho, Maddie has Chelsea in a standing headlock, trying to weaken the champ to the best of her ability. The way she has her feet planted firmly, it’ll be hard to get her off her feet! I think Chelsea realizes this too as she tries to adjust her posture to try and get an upperhand in this match! This slow pace may play out to Chelse’s benefit!

Jael: I have to agree, because it looks like she’s found that opportunity! NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX COUNTER! WAIT! CHELSEA FLIPS OUT OF IT – DOUBLE STOMP TO THE FACE OF KALINE! Huh!? What!? Chelsea’s not one! SHE DEADLIFTS MADDIE FOR ANOTHER NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! SHE HAS THE BRIDGE!

Ref: OOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!
THRRREEEEE-

April: HOW THE HELL DID SHE KICK OUT!? CHELSEA’S WASTING NO TIME AS SHE REACHES INTO HER BAG OF TRICKS FOR ANOTHER ONE! She gets Madison to her hands and knees – KA MATE! THE LEG DDT! SHE MAKES A SECOND COVER!

Ref: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOO-

Jael: A SECOND KICKOUT! WHAT THE F–K!!?

(Chelsea looks distressed as she stares at a stunned Madison in disbelief)

April: This is where Maddie’s experience is paying off! She’s been in plenty of situations such as this! She’s not giving up a chance to hold the Specialist Championship that easily! Chelsea hits the ropes and leaps- CHELSEA NEVER LEAVES THE GROUND! DEATH’S GRASP! MADISON KALINE HAS CHELSEA IN HER VERSION OF THE HELL’S GATE SUBMISSION! CHELSEA’S TRAPPED! I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S A WAY SHE CAN GET OUT OF THIS! WAIT! BRAXTON IS RUNNING OVER TO SAVE THE DAY! HE’S PLACING CHELA’S LEGS ONTO THE ROPES! THE REF DOESN’T NOTICE UNTIL BRAXTON IS FAR AWAY!

Jael: :whew:

Ref: One! Two! Three! Four!

Jael: Madison lets go of the hold, confused about how Chelsea’s legs reached the ropes! She shrugs it off, possibly to find another way to end this match! She runs to the ropes! LIONSAULT! Instead of making the cover, she runs to the nearest corner and climbs! Braxton tries to make it to the apron, but the ref warns him to think twice! Maddie perches herself on to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB – AND SHE MISSES! BRAXTON PULLED CHELSEA OUT OF THE RING IN TIME! HE TUMBLES BACKWARDS WITH HIS HANDS UP AS THE REF IS YELLING AT HIM! WAIT SHE’S TELLING HIM TO LEAVE- SUICIDE DIVE! MADDIE FLIES OUT AND CRASHES INTO BRAXTON, TAKING HIM OUT OF THE EQUATION! SOMEHOW SHE STILL HAD ENOUGH ENERGY TO FLY AGAIN AFTER THAT LAST CRASH AND BURN! USING EVERY OUNCE OF STRENGTH SHE HAS, SHE ROLLS CHELSEA BACK INTO THE RING!

April: Maddie slides back into the ring and takes position! No…she’s gearing up for the end! We can’t help our girl out! She needs to realize the dilemma she’s in! Maddie’s waiting for her to get to her feet! She’s stretching her arm to deliver that nasty clothesline of hers! She’s charges forward! AFTERLIIIIIIIFFFFFFE-

Jael: CHELSEA DUCKS! INVERTED DDT! SHE COUNTERED THE AFTERLIFE CLOTHESLINE WITH AN INVERTED DDT! SHE PICKS UP MADISON AND HOOKS HER INTO A GORY LOCK! SHE’S ABOUT TO DROP THE FACEBUSTER FOR THE BANKBREAKER! WHAT!? MADDIE ROLLS THROUGH THE THE BANKBREAKER AND REVERSE IT INTO THE ROLL-UP PIN!

Ref: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWWWWWWWWO
TH-

Jael: CHELSEA KICKS OUT! BOTH WOMEN ARE ON THEIR FEET! MADDIE DUCKS THE ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER-

April: M.O.D.!!!! M.O.D.!!! MADDIE WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF THE FAMEOUSER BEFORE CHELSEA COULD PULL OFF THE LITTLE DEATH SUPERKICK!!! Maddie gets to her feet and goes to the nearest corner! She wants to take Chelsea to the Afterlife in the worst way possible! You can see the look on that trifling bitch’s face! COME ON CHELSEA YOU TO STAY DOWN! SHE’S GOING TO TAKE YOU TO HELL IF YOU DON’T! COME ON BRAXTON DO SOMETHING YOU CUCK!!!

Jael: Ooo! Look who’s coming down the ramp: Astraea Jordan! Hmm, I wonder what she wants? She seems to have capture the attention of Madison with all of that ratchet yelling she does! Maddie marches to the corner, demanding that she leaves this instant! The ref is telling Astraea not to interfere with the match! Jordan has her hands up in defence, claiming she wants no part is disrupting what amounts to one hell of a – CHELSEA SMILE!!! CHELSE HITS HER SIGNATURE KNEE DROP FACEBUSTER!!! SHE RACES TO THE NEAREST CORNER! WHAT THE HELL DOES SHE HAVE IN MIND!?

April: Something she hasn’t done in a while…

Jael: DREAMKILLER!!!! THAT BEAUTIFUL F–KING MOONSTOMP CONNECTS!!! CHELSEA MAKES THE COVER TO CLOSE THE BOOK ON THIS ONE!

Ref/Jael/April/Crowd: OOOONEEEEEEEEEEEE!
TWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!
THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“Born to Die” by Sidewalks and Skeletons play as Chelsea rolls off Madison Kaline, exhausted)

Jasmine Peyton: Your winner! AND STILL YOUR EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPION! CHELSEA! CROWE!

(April and Jael takes off their headsets and run into the ring to celebrate with their stablemate and Braxton DeVil. Astraea walks back up the ramp with a sly grin, satisfied with the outcome of the match. A final shot is shown of the Crowe’s Nest celebrating in the ring.)

(EAW logo buzzes)