(EAW intro plays.)
(RECAP: Ahren Fournier calls out Ryan Wilson into the ring, blaming him for losing the No Way Out Match at Odyssey. Ryan Wilson is grabbed by the collar of his shirt, but he claims that he’s not the enemy and if starts a war with him, Ahren won’t make the Pain for Pride card this year. Ahren lets go of the collar of Ryan’s shirt before heading towards the back. Ryan claims that what he did to Ahren is an example of what he could do to the rest of the roster. If they push their weight around, they won’t make it to Pain for Pride.)
(RECAP: Ryan Wilson finds Xavier Williams and offers to give him a shot at the PURE Championship, but Xavier declines the offer and seems very set on declining the offer, which pisses off Ryan. It forwards to Jake Smith already in his office where Jake states that he wants to get an extra title defense in before Pain for Pride. Ryan does that, but Jake is going against Ryan himself and Alexis Chambers is banned from ringside. Jake exits out the office before staring down Xander Payne as Xander goes into the office.)
(RECAP: It goes to the Cash in the Vault qualifying matches as Myles defeats James Ranger. Then, it goes to the main event of the evening where MITSUBACHI, Dray Fontana and Lance Blackfyre battle for the last spot in the ladder match. It goes to the official being knocked out as a bit of chaos erupts. It goes towards the end of the match with MITSUBACHI and Dray pinning Lance. Each referee sees the other going for the pin and counts to three. There’s a little confusion on who qualifies until Ryan Wilson comes out and announces that both Dray and MITSUBACHI will qualify for the match.)
(Recap ends as it fades elsewhere.)
(SCREEN BAR — EARLIER TODAY.)
(A shot of the EAW Performance Center from the outside is seen before panning to the catering area where Ryan Wilson is looking at the endless options of food.)
Ryan Wilson (to the catering lady): I think I’ll settle on the tuna melt.
(The catering lady places the small box of the tuna melt into Ryan Wilson’s tray.)
Ryan Wilson (to the catering lady): Amazing, thank you so much.
(Ryan Wilson goes to turn around, but is met with Veena Adams.)
Ryan Wilson: Veena, what can I do for you?
Veena Adams: It’s more like what you can do for your roster, Mr. Wilson. You’re always looking for what you can do to improve Showdown as a whole. My uncle Ryan said that if I had any ideas, that I would go to you about them. You see, Mr. Wilson, I contributed with Voltage and gave it some of them most memorable shows of the season. I was the reason why Bloodsport earlier this season was so successful. Hell, I’m the reason why Charlie Marr has become one of the hottest talents in this company. My ideas are something that you would be more than fortunate to have, Mr. Wilson, so if I were you, I would actually listen to what I have in mind for Showdown going into Pain for Pride. I got an idea on how to improve Pain for Pride.
(Ryan Wilson is listening to Veena Adams.)
Veena Adams: It seems like we have a huge issue on Showdown and it’s about the part-time talents believing that they can waltz in and take the spots that could go to hardworking men who are in desperate need of an opportunity. Mr. Wilson, you always strive to make sure that your Elitists work hard and as a result of that, you will give them the opportunities that they deserve. I understand exactly where you’re coming from. If you work hard and stay in your lane, you will be rewarded down the line. That’s what I’m hoping to get a spot at Pain for Pride and I hope by wiping the floor with Dray Fontana tonight, it may put me in the favor of being at Pain for Pride.
Ryan Wilson: There’s no doubt that there will be a spot for you, Veena. When you mean part-time talents, are you talking about Candice Blair?
Veena Adams: Come on, Mr. Wilson. She’s like the worst of them all. She thinks that she can waltz around here and get booked whenever she feels like it. She is someone who doesn’t deserve a spot at Pain for Pride. Hell, I don’t seem to really understand how she gets booked against some of these top talents. I mean, this bitch, managed to HEADLINE Odyssey and she’s barely had ten matches in this company. She thinks that she can rope people in and manipulate them by using her older sister, but we can’t let her get to Pain for Pride, Mr. Wilson. She doesn’t deserve a spot at Pain for Pride. She doesn’t deserve to even be part of this company. I know that the loss to her still stings you…
Ryan Wilson: I’m not looking to be petty, Veena.
Veena Adams: I’m not asking you to be petty, Mr. Wilson. I’m asking you to do the right thing for your roster and ban part-time talents from competing at Pain for Pride. I know that you would rather a spot go to someone more deserving than her. Think about your roster and do the right thing.
(Ryan Wilson thinks about it for a moment. Obviously, he’s aware that this ban would only apply to Candice Blair. On the other hand, he would have to shaft any hardworking and deserving members from getting to Pain for Pride in any capacity.)
Ryan Wilson: I’m thinking about my roster, Veena. I agree, I would hate for them to miss out on Pain for Pride. Any part-time talents would be banned from competing at Pain for Pride.
(Veena Adams smirks at the declariating from Ryan Wilson.)
Veena Adams: I knew that you would make the smart choice. I’ll leave you to your stupid sandwich.
(Veena Adams walks out of catering and completely disappears from the camera shot. Hiding behind a wall, it’s revealed to be Candice Blair, who had heard the entire conversation between Veena and Ryan Wilson. Candice shakes her head and it’s obvious that she’s fuming at the ban.)
(It fades into the socially distanced EAW Universe behind a wall of plexiglass. They are cheering out of their minds as the sight of the cameras.)
( “Talk Up” by Drake ft. Jay-Z hits, and the social distanced audience comes into a frenzy. )
Gina Romano: Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome the CHAIRMAN of the Board of Elite Answers Wrestling, and the ANSWERS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!!!! MMMMISSTEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRR DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
( Mr. DEDEDE walks out to the stage dressed in a custom leather jacket, checkered button downs, ripped Escada Couture Swarovski jeans and Saint Laurent Wyatt boots. Dark shades cover his eyes, making it difficult to read the expression on his face. He carries the Answers World Championship over his shoulder, and walks to the ring slowly. )
Deadprez: A week removed from tearing his MCL at Fighting Spirit, an injury that is supposed to put him out of action for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks, and this man Mr. DEDEDE is walking.
Gavin Kirkland: In a twist of fate as well as brutal irony, our Answers World Championship is dealing with the same exact injury that almost made him miss Pain for Pride: Festival two years ago. Two years later and now the champion has been met with, what was reported earlier today on Fight Grid, a more severe version of that same injury.
Eve: This entire ordeal has been enshrouded in a veil of mystery if you ask me. Between the latency of information coming from the front office compared to results happening in real time, and the state-sponsored esque release coming from Fight Grid, it’s been very hard to get a read on the actual state of our chairman’s health. Especially now that we see him walking virtually unabated.
Gavin Kirkland: Well who better to hear from than the very source himself Evie? We had no idea whether DDD was even going to be here tonight or not, so I think we’re going to get what we’ve all been looking for. I’m hoping for the best for our fearless leader :mjcry:
( DDD, after gingerly entering the ring, stands at the center of the ring with a microphone in hand. The audience continues to shower him in a mostly positive mixed reaction, and he takes some time before lifting the microphone up to his face. )
Mr. DEDEDE: ….
( “Ultimate Battle” by ZENTA [EAW Edit] hits, and the audience loses their minds as Jamie O’Hara walks out dressed in an authentic “IMAGO DEI” t-shirt over his ring gear. O’Hara soaks in the response of the crowd, connecting with the few but present members of the EAW Universe from soul to soul before continuing to the ring. DDD awaits his arrival, patiently waiting as Jamie ends up on the apron, and from the apron to the top rope to again connect with the fans in attendance. After a moment he enters the ring, standing across from DDD with a microphone of his own. )
( “Ultimate Battle” dies down, and DDD and Jamie engage in a staredown that sends chills through the spine of the audience sheerly from just the imagery. )
Jamie O’Hara: Go on, “Gawd”. Explain yourself. We’ve all been waiting, with bated breath, since Fighting Spirit came and went. You’ve had the world ready and frothing at the mouth for the next piece of news you have for us, you have us all as your captive audience, you have everyone’s undivided attention. You’re so good at opening your mouth when we don’t want to hear you. But now we need to hear you, DEDEDE, we need to hear what you have to say.
Mr. DEDEDE: Jamie, you have no idea what I’m about to say.
Jamie O’Hara: No, for the first time since Pain for Pride you have me with my back turned once again. The ball is completely in your court. I’d even be willing to admit that you have the opportunity to shoot me in the heart the same way you did at last year’s Pain for Pride… if it weren’t for the fact that the arrow to the heart pales in comparison to the (looks down at DDD’s leg) arrow that you’ve taken to the knee.
Mr. DEDEDE: Is that so.
Jamie O’Hara: Just a wild guess.
Mr. DEDEDE: Did you ever consider the fact that you might be wrong about absolutely everything? Have you ever questioned all of the things that you believe in, or entertained the idea that everything you hold near and dear might just be a lie? Or did you spend your entire life believing you are justified in all of your convictions, and that you and ONLY YOU view the world from the proper lens? People like me are wrong all of the time in your eyes. You view people like me with contempt, with disgust, and it has nothing to do with what I did to your wife.
( Jamie gets in DDD’s face. )
Jamie O’Hara: Watch it, yeah? Before this gets ugly real fast.
Mr. DEDEDE: Oh Jamie, Jamie! Jamer.
( DDD removes his dark shades, revealing bloodshot, sickly eyes. Still, he bears a callous grin as his expression. )
Mr. DEDEDE: It’s been ugly.
Jamie O’Hara: You have no idea DDD, you have no idea how low this can really get. Stick to the fucking script. Tell us the truth, what is your condition going into Pain for Pride. As far as I’m concerned that’s all I need to hear from you tonight. Granted, I had the intention of opening this show to speak to these people about Pain for Pride, but when I knew you were going to be here, nothing else mattered more than making sure you and I still have our date with destiny marked down on the calendar for the weekend of June 26th. All else is secondary, in my mind.
Mr. DEDEDE: So why don’t I address the elephant in the room then? What do you guys think?
( DDD turns to the crowd to ask that question, and they all respond with a unilateral “YES” )
Mr. DEDEDE: There you have it, The People have spoken. One week at Fighting Spirit, I tore my MCL. Similarly to two years ago when I teamed up alongside Cammie Wammie, except Boogaloo style, with new special effects and in 3D. In other words, I’m not supposed to compete with you at Pain for Pride. As a matter of fact, my primary obligation for being here tonight is to relinquish the Answers World Championship right here, right now.
( The crowd whines out of disappointment, and Jamie himself sucks in his breath, hanging on DDD’s every word. )
Mr. DEDEDE: And if this were you, Jamie, standing here with the injury that I have. If you were even able to stand whatsoever, you would be forced to do the same thing. You would not be allowed to keep your Answers World Title for another day. Not even sure we’d allow you to come out to this ring tonight and do it yourself. There wouldn’t be the week long radio silence. No cover-ups. No mystique. Your MRI would be exposed for the entire world to see. You’d be forced to miss the biggest event of the year, the showcase of the immortals, the spectacle of spectacles, the same way you were forced to sit on the sidelines for the Grand Rampage and watch me demolish your WIFE.
Jamie O’Hara: Fucker, what did I say.
Mr. DEDEDE: Just get out of your feelings for two seconds Jamie, that’s all I ask. Then you’ll know what you need to know. The fact is, if the same fate that befell me were to befall you, you would have no say in the matter. Your season would be over. But that’s the funny thing about fate Jamie. Most people allow fate to rule their lives, and there are a select few who take the fate by the reins and become masters of it in their own right. I intend on imparting this level of wisdom upon my wife even if I have to do it the hard way, because unlike you, I hold those who surround me to a standard of all-encompassing excellence.
In other words there are people like you, who subject themselves to sitting and watching misfortune take place with no control, no input, no plan of recourse in effect. And there are people like me, who deal with fate in a much different manner. And you and I have been compared to one another basically from the day you first stepped foot into this company, until now. But you and I aren’t the same, Jamie. We have tremendous differences, and these differences are going to become abundantly clear for the world to see… at Pain for Pride.
( The crowd belts out a roar of applause over this news: Mr. DEDEDE vs Jamie O’Hara at Pain for Pride is still on. )
Jamie O’Hara: OK. Fantastic. Good enough for me. Can’t help but ask, however: how.
Mr. DEDEDE: What do you mean?
Jamie O’Hara: Don’t play stupid. How. How are you going into Pain for Pride with a bloody torn MCL, what permits you to even accomplish that. Especially considering by all accounts you are far more hurt than you were two years ago. Inquiring minds must wonder, how.
Mr. DEDEDE: The wrong question to ask isn’t “how”, it’s “why”. By understanding the latter, you get a true concept of the former. The reason WHY I am going into Pain for Pride is actually very simple. Because I can. The proof has been in the pudding for the entirety of my career and I’m surprised after all this time you people still struggle to get your dense little heads around it.
Yes I am officially on the company’s injury reserve list. Yes, I should be on crutches. Yes, I shouldn’t be walking. Yes I shouldn’t be champion. Guess what. I’m walking. I am walking into Pain for Pride as the Answers World Championship. At 150%, do you hear me? I am walking into Pain for Pride at ONE HUNDRED FIFTY PERCENT. And I am leaving another consecutive Pain for Pride headline with the very same World Title that I left last season. And in the very same fashion – there was, as there will be – not a god damned thing that you or anybody can fucking do about it.
( Jamie narrows his eyes, looking down at DDD’s injured, braced up knee, before looking back up at him. He tilts his head to the side, gears running in his head at overclocked speed, attempting to sort out the truth for himself. )
Jamie O’Hara: And that is how it’s always been, huh. DDD has his way because he is Gawd and he says so. Even at the expense of careers, families, livelihoods, legacies. And knowing you, you intend to sacrifice my legacy before the altar of your own. By hook or by crook. By whatever means are available. That’s the DDD way that we’ve all come accustomed to. It’s why you’re widely seen as the greatest Elitist of all time to the point where it’s no longer a debate anymore. However, DDD, the entire world knows you for what you are. But there’s something that even the omniscient, omnipresent, all powerful “GAWD” doesn’t know.
Me. You don’t know me.
Mr. DEDEDE: Oh, I don’t?
Jamie O’Hara: Not one bit. You see me for the heart that I proudly bear on my sleeve. You said it poignantly just a year ago, “a heart on the sleeve can bear more burdens than a heart locked away in a chest.” There’s one similarity you and I both hold, that’s one quality the two of us do have in common whether you’re willing to admit it or otherwise. So allow me to ask you one thing, Ryan Adams, if you see my heart on my sleeve, and the brave face that I wear, then what of that in which I’ve hidden? What of the skeletons in my closet? What of the bodies I’ve buried? With all of the heart I’ve shown, what do you believe is locked away inside my chest?
Mr. DEDEDE: Humor me.
( Jamie chuckles, and stares daggers through DDD’s soul before growling out the next line. )
Jamie O’Hara: Nah. You’re gonna find out personally at Pain for Pride.
Until then, you won’t know. You won’t know what awaits, the all-knowing luminary figure of this industry remains as in the dark as the rest of his subordinates. And mark my words, what you don’t know, WILL , WILL, kill you.
( Jamie drops the mic, and “Ultimate Battle” comes back on. The raucous audience unleashes their excitement with a massive cheer, thankful for being able to witness this staredown in person. Jamie reminds DDD “20 days from now” and DDD nods his head to confirm the very same thing. Jamie takes his leave, and DDD stands there holding up his Answers World Championship. )
Deadprez: I don’t even have the words.
Gavin Kirkland: FUCK. Neither do I. This match is actually going to happen. FUCK. FUCK!
Eve: It’s happening. Two men of a different breed, born for greatness, who live and are willing to die for greatness. Two pillars that, on their own, can uphold the entire EAW franchise and all of the history that comes along with it. This isn’t simply the old guard vs the new. We’ve seen that story a million times before. This is so much greater than that, and it’s beyond words. But no matter the cost, no matter the risk, these two unprecedented figures in the lore of this artform are going to meet – and they’ll stop at NOTHING to walk away the winner.
Deadprez: And it’s just weeks away. It’s really starting to sink in after what we just witnessed.
Gina Romano: THIS MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL AND IS A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH.
Gavin Kirkland: Oh boy.
(The lights cut out.)
Gavin Kirkland: What is with everyone and this need to turn out the lights to make their entrance?
Eve: Gavin, shush!
(‘Unsainted’ by Slipknot begins to pump through the Performance Center.)
(A bright red-light shines from behind the entrance way, showing the massive silhouette of Braddock. The massive shadow begins to walk towards the ring slowly.)
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM SOMEWHERE THAT DOESN’T MATTER…WEIGHING IN AT 305 POUNDS…HE IS THE FREAK, BRAAAAAAAAAAADDDDOOOOOOOOCK!!!
(As Braddock approaches the ring, the light goes out and for a moment there is nothing but darkness.)
Gavin Kirkland: See, I told you. Can someone tell these new guys that they don’t pay the bills, so quit turning the lights off?
(The red-light suddenly shines straight down into the rick, where Braddock is standing.)
Deadprez: Well isn’t he just a MONSTER!
Gina Romano: And his FIRST opponent…
(The lights go back to normal as ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ by The Living Tombstone begins to play.)
Gina Romano: …FROM BRISBANE AUSTRALIA…weighing in at 136 pounds…T-NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN-T!!!
(TNT steps out of the back and stands in the entry way, looking down at Braddock.)
Eve: We haven’t seen TNT since the beginning of May. It’s good to see him back.
Gavin Kirkland: Well right now, I think he is contemplating why the hell he is even coming back. Look at the size comparison between these two!
Deadprez: Yeah but remember David and Goliath.
Gavin Kirkland: TNT might have to go back on leave after this one.
(TNT slowly makes his way down to the ring, keeping his eyes on Braddock. He slides in under the bottom rope and quickly jumps to his feet, staying an entire ring’s distance from the monster across the squared circle.)
(The lights go out again.)
Gavin Kirkland: Jesus Christ!
(‘Long Hard Times To Come’ by Gangstagrass begins to fill the Performance Center.)
Gina Romano: And their opponent from Lexington, Kentucky…weighing in at 220 lbs…he is the Alpha Assassin… RAAAAAYYYYYLLLLAAAAAN BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!
Eve: I’m sorry, everyone. Gavin, calm the heck down!
(The runner lights around Performance Center light up and begin to flash in sync with the bass. As the lyrics begin, the lights come up and Raylan Brees is already out on the ramp.)
Gavin Kirkland: Oh, him.
Deadprez: He may have lost last week to the invaders from Voltage, but we can blame that on Alex Blade.
Gavin Kirkland: He still has a lot of making up to do.
(Raylan is wearing full-length wrestling tights and a red and black ‘Alpha Assassin’ t-shirt. He points trigger fingers at his opponents, his left black-gloved hand at TNT and his right red-gloved hand at Braddock. He puts his gloves together in a diamond shape, forming a double-A logo on his gloves.)
Gavin Kirkland: Someone save me.
(Raylan walks to the ring quickly and with purpose, rolling underneath the ropes. He quickly stands to his feet and climbs up onto a turnbuckle in an empty corner, looking out at the small crowd. He raises his right hand into the air, but is quickly hit in the back with a forearm by Braddock, knocking him over the top rope and to the outside.)
Eve: Woah, cheap shot by Braddock.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Deadprez: And we are underway.
Eve: TNT tries to strike Braddock first, running over and throwing a punch into the kidney area of his back.
Gavin Kirkland: That didn’t even PHASE the big man. Braddock turns around, grabbing TNT quickly by the throat with both hands. Goliath raises TNT In the air…AND THROWS HIM OVER…NO RAYLAND BREES WITH A SHOULDER THROUGH THE ROPES. Braddock drops TNT, the small guy landing on his rear.
Deadprez: Raylan grabs the ropes and springs up onto the top rope. What is he doi-THE RED RIGHT HAND! THE RED RIGHT HAND!!! WE’VE JUST GOT UNDERWAY AND RAYLAN HAS ALREADY LAID BRADDOCK OUT!!!! Braddock crumples to the floor and Rayland drops and hooks his leg for a cover!
Eve: TNT with a kick to the ribs to send Raylan off of Braddock. TNT drops onto Braddock, trying to be opportunistic.
Eve: AND BRADDOCK JUST LIFTS TNT UP OFF OF HIS CHEST AND TOSSES HIM. All three men quickly to their feet…and they just stand there looking at each other.
Gavin Kirkland: Come on guys, this is a wrestling match, not a staring contest.
Deadprez: TNT CHARGES BRADDOCK, BUT BRADDOCK GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT! RAYLAN CHARGES BRADDOCK WHILE HE IS DISTRACT-NO! BRADDOCK GRABS HIM TOO!
Braddock (off mic): YEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!
Deadprez: Braddock plants his feet…LIFTS BOTH MEN INTO THE AIR…DOUBLE CHOKESLAM!!! DOUBLE CHOKESLAM AND BOTH RAYLAN BREES AND TNT ARE ROLLING AROUND IN PAIN!
Eve: Braddock stands to his feet and grabs TNT, pulling him back to his feet. He hooks TNT and lifts up onto his right shoulder. This could be it…this could be the end for TNT! Braddock is flaunting with TNT on his shoulder. He turns around…PELE KICK BY RAYLAND BREES! Braddock stumbles and drops to a knee, dropping TNT onto his feet. TNT quick with the turn and run, bouncing off the ropes. Braddock slowly getting to his feet, bent over a little as TNT comes back…THE STOMP!!! THE STOMP!!! AND BRADDOCK IS OUT ON THE MAT!!!
Gavin Kirkland: TNT back on both feet and Rayland is there to greet him with an enziguri! TNT STUMBLES AND FALLS THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE! Raylan grabs the ropes and launches himself the top rope…turning in the air to face the inside of the ring…MOONSAULT TO TNT ON THE OUTSIDE!!!
Deadprez: Braddock is starting to move, but he could win this one with both his opponents on the outside.
Ref (off mic): ONE…
Eve: Come on you two, get back into the ring.
Deadprez: Raylan is up to his feet and is pulling himself onto the apron…but TNT is up and grabs him!
Deadprez: TNT pulls himself up onto the apron as well, both men starting to exchange punches.
Deadprez: Right, left, right, left…
Deadprez: BRADDOCK IS UP! He rushes over and sends a shoulder through the ropes to both men…
Deadprez: Braddock grabs them both with his arm around each neck…
Deadprez: DOUBLE SUPLEX INTO THE RING!!! BRADDOCK JUST SUPLEXED BOTH MEN BACK INTO THE RING!!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: That man is a BEAST! He is taking everything TNT and Raylan are throwing at him…AND he just keeps going!
Eve: Braddock is back on to his feet! He is looking around the Performance Center, slapping his own chest. Didn’t he learn from the first time he showboated? He grabs TNT by the hair and pulls him to his feet. He scoops TNT up…fireman’s carry slam! TNT is grabbing his back, in obvious pain!
Gavin Kirkland: Braddock turns and grabs Raylan by the hair, pulling HIM up to his feet. Braddock hooks Raylan and picks him up onto his right shoulder. Braddock takes a step…FREAK SH-NOOO!!! RAYLAN GOT MANAGED TO MOVE AROUND AND CATCHES BRADDOCK WITH A CUTTER!!! WHERE WAS THIS RAYLAN BREES LAST WEEK?
Deadprez: He was busy watching Alex Blade lose it for them.
Eve: Raylan is pulling himself back up to his feet…and Braddock is slowly moving. Raylan looks at Braddock and grabs the ropes. Braddock is slowly back up to his feet…he looks at Raylan…Raylan uses the ropes and propels himself to the top rope…bounces…THE RED RIGHT HAND AGAIN!!! BRADDOCK IS LAID OUT!!! WILL THIS FINALLY PUT DOWN THE BIG MAN!!! Raylan up to his knees…AND TNT OUT OF NOWHERE WITH THE RUNNING KNEE TO THE FACE OF RAYLAN!!! TNT drops to his knees, still in pain from Braddock hitting him with that fireman’s carry slam earlier.
Gavin Kirkland: PIN BRADDOCK, DUMBASS!!!
Deadprez: TNT finally shuffling over to Braddock. He lays on him and hooks his leg.
Deadprez: Raylan is moving around again after a hard knee to the face.
Deadprez: Is Braddock moving? Raylan sits up, trying to gain his composure…
Deadprez: NO! BRADDOCK THROWS TNT OFF OF HIMSELF AGAIN!!! Braddock quickly back to his feet, his face is red with anger. He grabs TNT and pulls him to his feet…scoops him up on his shoulder. FREAK SHOW!!! FREAK SHOW!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Is he going to showboat again?
Deadprez: Braddock grabs Raylan and pulls him to his feet. The ref is getting on him about grabbing them by the hair. Braddock grabs Raylan by the arm…AND IRISH WHIPS HIM INTO THE REF!!! THE REF IS DOWN! THE REF IS DOWN! Raylan stumbles forward…Braddock grabbing him and scooping him up…FREAK SHOW!!! FREAK SHOW ONTO RAYLAN BREES!!! BRADDOCK BACK TO HIS FEET AND LOOKING AROUND AT THE CARNAGE!!! EVERYONE IS DOWN IN THE RING, EXCEPT HIM!!!
Eve: Braddock drops down and slides to the outside. HEY! He just pushed Gina Romano off her metal chair and took it!
Gavin Kirkland: Watch what the hell you’re doing there big guy!
Eve: Braddock slides the chair into the rick and climbs in after it. Quick to his feet and sets the chair up in the middle of the ring. He walks over to TNT and pulls him to his feet. He whips TNT into the ropes…TNT bounces and comes flying back…Braddock grabs him and tosses him into the air…AND TNT COMES DOWN FACEFIRST ONTO THE CHAIR!!! TNT’S LIP IS BUSTED OPEN AND BLEEDING!!! SOMEONE HAS TO STOP THIS! WE NEED ANOTHER REF DOWN HERE!
Deadprez: Braddock walks over to Raylan and pulls him to his feet. This man is DESTROYING these two. Braddock turns Raylan around and GERMAN SUP-NO! RAYLAN HOOKED HIS FEET UNDER THE ROPES! BRADDOCK TRIES AGAIN…AND RAYLAN STOPS HIM AGAIN!!! Raylan grabs Braddock around the neck…he runs up the post…pushes off…BRADDOCK SPINS AROUND…DEADSHOT ONTO THE METAL CHAIR!!! DEADSHOT ONTO THE METAL CHAIR!!! BRADDOCK’S IS OUT COLD!!! RAYLAN WITH THE COVER.
Eve: THE REF IS JUST STARTING TO MOVE!
Eve: The ref stumbles over…
Deadprez: FASTER REF!
Gavin Kirkland: Typical slow count…
Eve: NO!!! KICKOUT BY BRADDOCK!!! RAYLAN IS BESIDE HIMSELF! He could have had the win!
Deadprez: The ref grabs the chair and tosses it out of the ring. Raylan back up to his feet…TNT OFF THE TOP ROPE…HURRICANRANA AND RAYLAN IS DOWN!!! TNT jumps back up as Braddock regains his footing…KICK TO THE MID-SECTION AND BRADDOCK IS BENT OVER…TNT GRABS HIM AROUND THE WAIST…
Gavin Kirkland: Is this dumbass really going to try to powerbomb someone who is two-and-a-half times his size?
Deadprez: And over a foot taller! TNT TRIES TO LIFT HIM…BUT HE CAN’T. Braddock grabs TNT’s legs…AND STANDS TO HIS OWN FEET…DOUBLE LEG SLAM!!! DOUBLE LEG SLAM!!! TNT IS BROKEN IN THE RING!!!
Eve: Think TNT is dead.
Gavin Kirkland: Raylan is back up and he is standing behind Braddock, just looking at the size of the monster before him. Braddock turns around…SUPERKICK!!! BRADDOCK STUMBLES BACK AND RAYLAN RUNS AROUND BEHIND HIM AND GRABS…GERMAN SUPLEX ON THE BIG MAN!!! GERMAN SUPLEX ON THE BIG MAN!!! ALL THREE MEN ARE NOW DOWN IN THE RING!!!
Eve: That must have taken a LOT out of Raylan. His eyes are open, but he is just lying there.
Deadprez: Well he better gain his senses…Braddock is moving again.
Gavin Kirkland: Meanwhile TNT has not moved since that double leg slam.
Eve: Braddock is using the ropes to pull himself up to his feet. I’m sure he wasn’t expecting either of these men to pull that on him. He is back up and he turns around…AND RAYLAN IS UP TO. Both men are just staring at each other. Braddock swings a large right hook…AND RAYLAN BLOCKS IT! RAYLAN ANSWERS WITH A RIGHT HOOK OF HIS OWN! THEN A LEFT…THEN A RIGHT…THEN A LEFT. BRADDOCK DROPS TO ONE KNEE. Raylan runs past Braddock…jumps up onto the top rope…
Deadprez: Braddock is back up and turns around.
Eve: A THIRD RED RIGHT HAND FROM RAYLAN!!! BRADDOCK IS DOWN! BRADDOCK IS DOWN! WILL THIS KEEP THE FREAK OUT ENOUGH FOR RAYLAN TO GET THE WIN??? Raylan with the cover.
Gavin Kirkland: NO! TNT OUT OF NOWHERE, DROPS A DOUBLE AXE HANDLE ONTO RAYLAN, KNOCKING HIM OFF OF BRADDOCK! These two need to quit fighting amongst each other and team up to keep Braddock down! Stop jumping in each other’s shit and take one for the greater good!
Deadprez: TNT pulls Raylan up to his feet. TNT kicks Raylan in the gut…DD…NO! Raylan pushes TNT off of him. TNT swings with a right hook…RAYLAN DUCKS…HE SLIPS UNDER TNT’S ARM AND LIFTS HIM UP INTO A TORTURE RACK!
Eve: This could be the end, folks!
Deadprez: He spins TNT around…ALPHA ASSAULT!!! ALPHA ASSAULT!!! TNT SLAMS HARD AND HIS MOMENTUM CAUSES HIM TO ROLL OUT OF THE RING! RAYLAN TURNS AROUND AND COVERS BRADDOCK!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(‘Long Hard Times To Come’ by Gangstagrass blares out of the speakers.)
(Raylan uses the ropes to pull himself to his feet. As he turns, the ref grabs his hand and raises it into the air.)
Gina Romano: AND YOUR WINNER…THE ALPHA ASSASSIN… RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN BRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
Eve: It took a lot out of his tank, multiple finishing maneuvers on Braddock to keep him down…but ultimately Raylan Brees pulls out the victory with the Alpha Assault on TNT to keep him away and a pin on the big man, Braddock.
(The camera cuts backstage to Xavier Williams walking through the hallways of the EAW Performance Center. He has the hood of a grey sweatshirt over his head with his beats visible over his ears. He stops at a door as he takes a deep sigh, taking the hood of his head and lowers his beats to around the back of his neck. He opens the door to reveal Ryan Wilson’s office with the Showdown General Manager sitting behind his desk, already dressed for his PURE Championship match later in the night against Jake Smith and to Xavier’s surprise – Harlow Reichert seated as well.)
Ryan Wilson: Thank you for finally joining us, Xavier. We’ve been waiting for you, take a seat.
Xavier Williams: I’ll stand.
(Ryan Wilson shakes his head as he shrugs his shoulders. Xavier stands behind Harlow and folds his arms.)
Harlow Reichert: Are you finally going to explain why you called both of us here?
Ryan Wilson: In due time. Let me explain how I’ve come to the decision that I’ve come to. I’m not going to lie – I wasn’t too pleased with Xavier turning down the offer that I gave him to face and take the PURE Championship from Jake Smith, and I’ve thought about how I was going to react to that. I thought about punishing you. I thought about making sure that you remained a bottom feeder in this company, never having the opportunity to reach the heights that your career once did, because a man that refuses to help Showdown reach the vision that I want it to be doesn’t deserve the chance to stand at the forefront of it. But, with a little piece of foresight and the decision that I made to have myself compete against Jake later tonight – that’s a better vision than having you as champion, Xavier. I’m even willing to admit that you saw that before I did and can understand why you would prefer me to be the PURE Champion over yourself.
Xavier Williams: We’ll go with that.
Ryan Wilson: There’s no need to be hostile here, Xavier. But, with that – it leaves me in a tough position. Pain for Pride is only weeks away and the truth is that I didn’t have an idea what I could provide for the two of you. While the two of you were extremely impressive at Odyssey, there’s no room for the two of you to compete for something greater on such a grand stage with Jesse Barlow and Colby Sol already locked to face Fire & Ice for the Unified Tag Team Championships. Even with the doubt surrounding Mr. DEDEDE’s condition after that knee injury at Fighting Spirit, there’s no way that I’m going to have either of you near that situation so that was out of the question too. I’ll be facing either Xander Payne or Harper Lee for my newly won PURE Championship, so I had to take that off the board. I’ve contemplated a lot of things and at one point – the best decision that I could come up with was simply leaving the two off the card.
(Harlow goes wide eyed as Xavier visibly grits his teeth.)
Harlow Reichert: You can’t do that.
Ryan Wilson: Oh, I can… but, I’m not going to do that. I’ve thought of something better.
Xavier Williams: This should be good.
Ryan Wilson: I’m positive that the two of you are going to be more than happy with the decision that I’ve come to. I even thought about giving the two of you opportunities to qualify for either the Cash in the Vault Ladder Match or a spot in the 24/7 Battle Royal, but this idea surpasses both those opportunities. Pain for Pride is Showdown’s opportunity to stamp its flag in the ground to undoubtedly prove that we are the best brand in this company. We already have the biggest World Championship match between Mr. DEDEDE and Jamie O’Hara. There’s going to be no bigger match than my first PURE Championship defense. But, Showdown needs more. That’s when it hit me. Why try to find something for the two of you, when it’s the two of you that are perfect for what Showdown needs. I’ve been trying to find something that I could call a Showcase. A match that isn’t about championships or bad blood; simply two competitors that walk out in front of the world and showcase what it means to be two of the best that this brand has to offer. What’s a better way to showcase that than having Harlow Reichert face Xavier Williams at Pain for Pride? Mentor against protege.
Xavier Williams: I’m out.
Harlow Reichert: Yeah, I’m out too.
(Ryan shakes his head as Xavier turns his back and makes his way towards the door as Harlow rises from her seat.)
Ryan Wilson: I was afraid of this, but have no fear – I’m more than prepared. I know for a fact that neither of you are going to want to miss out on Pain for Pride, especially you Harlow with all of the hard work that you’ve put into this season. But, for you – there’s no bigger match. How long have you had to listen to everyone talk about how you wouldn’t be where you are if it wasn’t for Xavier… this is your opportunity to prove that you’ve managed to achieve everything that you have this season because of your own merit. I wouldn’t expect someone who calls themselves the best Pure Wrestler in this company to turn down their opportunities to rid any doubt left over that claim.
Harlow Reichert: I am the best Pure Wrestler in this company. Reflecting on everything that I’ve gone through this season, there shouldn’t be any doubts on my capabilities to make the most out of my opportunities. Xavier placed me in the right path to achieve all of that, but everything that I’ve accomplished? That’s been all me and Xavier would second that.
Ryan Wilson: But, if you really think about it – you standing there saying that you’re the best pure wrestler in this company would mean you’re expressing that you’ve already eclipsed your mentor.
(Xavier keeps his back turned to both Ryan and Harlow as he stops at the door.)
Harlow Reichert: That’s not what I’m saying, Ryan. Xavier’s an all-time great. He can excel in any position he’s in. You can’t compare an all-time great like Xavier Williams to someone like Harlow Reichert, who is still looking to be an all-time great herself.
Xavier Williams: Don’t let him play his games.
Ryan Wilson: What’s really the harm in this? If the two of you respect each other enough, a simple match shouldn’t be a problem. I know that Harlow isn’t one to back down from a challenge, but I think that you’re the one that’s really against this idea, Xavier.
Xavier Williams: I’ll miss Pain for Pride. I know that there’s something else better there for Harlow.
Ryan Wilson: You would be willing to sacrifice that for her?
Xavier Williams: I wouldn’t think twice.
Ryan Wilson: That’s kind… but, as I said. If this doesn’t happen then there isn’t a Pain for Pride for either of you. This isn’t a decision to make out of emotion or bonds. This is a decision to make from a business sense. The Best Pure Wrestler in EAW against the man who showed me at Odyssey that there’s still a shred of the man that was once the Best in the World left.
(Both Harlow and Xavier look at each other as Xavier grits his teeth. The two know that Ryan’s trying to back the two of them against a wall.)
Harlow Reichert: There has to be something else. I’m a former PURE Champion. The 24/7 Battle Royal, Cash in the Vault – anything.
Ryan Wilson: The 24/7 contract offers a championship opportunity to the winner and since losing that PURE Championship, Harlow, in my eyes you haven’t earned the opportunity to be placed in it. But, if you’re not willing to face Xavier at Pain for Pride I’m sure that you should be more than willing to face him next week to earn that spot.
Harlow Reichert: How have I been able to earn my spot when you’re barely given me a match since Under Siege.
Ryan Wilson: Those who want it bad enough find ways to create their opportunities. I’ve given you the opportunity to compete at Pain for Pride, it’s not my fault you don’t want to take it. Why should I try to help those who aren’t willing to help themselves.
Harlow Reichert: Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and we can really see who earns their opportunities, Ryan.
Ryan Wilson: Why would I do that when I’m already competing for and becoming the new PURE Champion tonight?
(Harlow goes to snap back, but Xavier steps forward placing his hand on her shoulder.)
Xavier Williams: He’s baiting you, stop arguing with him, Lo’.
Ryan Wilson: It’s simple. You either want to compete at Pain for Pride or you step back and watch with everyone else dreaming about being able to compete for Showdown at the greatest spectacle in this business. If you miss it, you don’t have me to blame. You have yourselves to blame.
(Xavier takes a deep sigh and he takes a look at Harlow.)
Xavier Williams: I know how much you want to compete at Pain for Pride. If this is your chance, the decision is yours to make.
Harlow Reichert: I don’t want this to be my decision.
Xavier Williams: I know how much Pain for Pride means to you, Lo’. You have spent the last year fighting for everything that you’ve managed to attain and you can’t let anything take away that moment. You know where I stand on this, but if this means giving you the platform that you’ve earned – it’s just a pill that i’m going to have to swallow. If this is your opportunity to stand on the grandest stage in this business and prove that you are what I have watched you become… then I would be proud that it is against me.
(Harlow remains quiet as she looks at Xavier. Ryan begins to tap his fingers on his desk as he impatiently waits for a decision.)
Harlow Reichert: We’re not missing Pain for Pride.
(Xavier nods his head as a big smile crosses the face of the Showdown General Manager.)
Ryan Wilson: See! Was that so hard! I’ll get straight in contact with the EAW Board of Directors and inform them that we’ve come to a decision and that the two of you will be facing each other at Pain for Pride. Remember to give it your all, and more importantly – make Showdown proud.
(Both Xavier and Harlow look at Ryan Wilson as he puts his hands up. The two make their leave together as Ryan Wilson grabs his phone and begins to dial.)
Ryan Wilson: When are people going to learn that my decisions are the best decisions.
(Camera fades to ringside with Gina Romano in the middle of the ring.)
Gina Romano: The Following Contest is scheduled for ONE FALL! Introducing first, hailing from London, England, weighing in at 243 pounds….“THE BLACK MAMBA” JAMES RANGER!!!
(“6:24” by Danger starts to play as James Ranger comes out, slowly eyeing the fans to the left and right to him, as a slow smile creeps on to his face, as he stops short of the ramp, the lights focus upon just James Ranger, his sunglasses reflecting the light as it transitions from white to an eerie green..)
Deadprez: Talk about an intimidating looking man, James Ranger is it and “The Black Mamba” gets his chance against one of the staples here with his BVU, Shaker Jones.
Eve: And coming off an impressive yet grueling Odyssey, Shaker looks to make a statement heading into Pain For Pride, he wants to be on that stacked three night card but a against this man, could be hard pressed.
Gavin Kirkland: I wonder why he calls himself the Black Mamba?
Eve: Gavin…. Stop.
(He takes off his sunglasses, smirking as he squats briefly, surveying the arena and the ring before slowly rising to his feet and walking slowly and purposely towards the ring, the smirk now gone. As 6:24 by Danger starts to fade, “Love it Loud” by Kiss kicks off…)
Gina Romano: His opponent hailing from Inglis, Manitoba! Weighing in at 238 pounds! Accompanied to the ring by Detective Asson and Detective Ty, The BVU! He is “THE CANADIAN WOLF” SHAKER JONES!
(The howling of a wolf sounds throughout the arena before Shaker Jones walks out, priming his mustache and beard, the BVU standing side by side with Jones. Focused on the ring, he makes his way, The BVU are investigating the ringside, they pull the referee to interrogate him.)
Deadprez: Shaker out here with the BVU and he looks like he’s recovered from a taxing, Odyssey. He looks to make a statement here.
Eve: Well, Shaker has taken a turn and all thanks to Chris Elite who he seems to worship, but it has paid off and now the BVU is interrogating the referee.
Gavin Kirkland: The BVU has given Shaker a resurgence here and that hairy Canadian is actually doing something meaningful, he’s a lead detective!
(Shaker gets to the ring, he rolls in and stands in the middle, looking over at his opponent James Ranger, as the referee is finally done with the questioning, he rolls into the ring, checks both competitors and rings the bell.)
(DING!!!! DING!!!! DING!!!!)
(Shaker and James circle the ring, they go to lock up, but Ranger quickly drops a knee, getting the advantage and taking Shaker to the ropes. The referee is calling for the clean break….)
Deadprez: James Ranger with a forearm, and another, forget the clean break by James, he Irish Whips Shaker to the ropes, he reverses and hits a backdrop on Ranger! He gets right up into the arms of Shaker as he slams him down hard, going for an elbow, but Ranger quickly rolls out of the way, he misses. Ranger back on his feet, a huge kick to the gut and another! Taking the wind out of Shaker Jones! Ranger picks him up, whipping against the ropes, he picks up the big man for a powerslam!
Eve: It seems like James Ranger has studied Shaker in the early goings of this match. As Shake is trying to get the momentum, Ranger has an answer to it. Ranger picks up Shaker by the beard, a slap out of disrespect! Another slap! Shaker Jones is stumbling, kick to the gut, Snap Suplex and with such precision and power! HE rolls over for the quick cover….
Gavin Kirkland: Shaker Kicks Out! The Black Mamba might be pretty yolked and stout, he picked up Shaker with ease and is toying with the Head Detective right now, but he better watch out for the greatest Unit to solve crime. The BVU. Ranger picks up Shaker, whipping him to the turnbuckle! He charges in and Shaker gets THE SHAKERMAKER! James staggers back, Shaker with a Big Boot to the face of Ranger! The BVU is happy. Shaker bounces off the ropes, an elbow drop, yelling at the referee to count…
Eve: Ranger kicks out. Shaker wastes no time, kicking the man while he is down, the referee is pulling him away but look at the BVU! Detective Asson and Ty are choking out James! Shaker is still arguing with the referee as the damage is already done! Ranger rolls away, the referee questions the BVU, they are shaking their heads, denying anything. Shaker picks up James Ranger, hoists him up for a stalling suplex! He holds him up….. THE BLOOD IS RUNNING TO HIS HEAD! SHAKER DROPS JAMES IN THE SUPLEX! THE BVU ARE CLAPPINGG AS SHAKER RUNS AGANST THE ROPES WITH A CANNONBALL! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!
Deadprez: THE BLACK MAMBA KICKS OUT! Shaker starts arguing with the referee some, he gets up, grabs James Ranger, who is in a lot of trouble, a short arm clothesline puts him down! Shaker is now climbing the second rope, he is up there waiting for Ranger to get up, here he comes with a Double Axe-Handle, NO! RANGER WITH A PUNCH RIGHT IN HIS GUT! SHAKER IS SHOOK, DAWG! SUNRISE TRIPLE! THE KICKS TO SHAKER’S HEAD AND HE FALLS TO THE MATS! RANGER NOW HOISTS HIM FROM HIS WASTE INTO A GERMAN RELEASE SUPLEX! HE RUNS AGAINST THE ROPES; DETECTIVE TY GRABS HIS FOOT! HE TRIED TO TRIP HIM UP, RANGER TURNS AND KICKS TY! ASSON GETS ON THE APRON AND JAMES TAKES A SWING AT HIM BUT DETECTIVE ASSON DUCKS! HE HOLDS RANGER AS SHAKER CHARGES IN! NO! RANGER GETS OUT OF THE WAY! SHAKER STOPS! HE AND ASSON NOD… DEATHSTRIKE! THE SUPERKICK BY JAMES RANGER! SHAKER’S HEAD HIT DETECTIVE ASSON’S AND SHAKER FALLS! WE HAVE A COVER!
Eve: SHAKER GETS A SHOULDER UP AT THE SPLIT SECOND! SHAKER IS STILL ALIVE AND HE ALMOST LOST TO THE BLACK MAMBA! THE BVU HAS BEEN GETTING INVOLVED THIS ENTIRE MATCH AND THEY ALMOST COST HIM BUT HE TURNED THE TABLES! JAMES RANGER SLAPPING HIS HANDS AT THE REFEREE, HE WANTED A FASTER COUNT! HE PICKS UP SHAKER BY THE BEARD, A FOREARM! ANOTHER FOREARM! AND ANOTHER! SHAKER IS SPAGHETTI LEGGED! RANGER GOES FOR THE FINAL EXECUTION! SHAKER MOVES OUT OF THE WAY JUST IN TIME, HE GOES FOR THE WHIPSMASH! RANGER DUCKS, SHAKER TURNS RIGHT INTO A STAND UP ENZINGUIRI! SHAKER FALLS TO HIS KNEES AND ON HIS BACK! RANGER RUNS UP THE ROPES!
Gavin Kirkland: HE MIGHT BE GOING FOR THAT ADVENT DAWN! HE IS GOING TO HIT THE DOUBLE STOMP…. WAIT! DETECTIVE ASSON AND TY BOTH HOP ON THE APRON! RANGER KICKS THEM OFF! BUT HE LOSES HIS BALANCE SOME! THAT WAS ENOUGH TIME FOR SHAKER TO JUMP ON THE SECOND ROPE! A HEAD BUTT STUNS THE BLACK MAMBA!
Deadprez: SHAKER HAS HIM…. MR. JONES WILD RIDE! THE TOP ROPE STUNNER ON RANGER! SHAKER HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE COVER!
(DING!!!!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Gina Romano: The winner of the match….. SHAKER JONES!!!!!
(“Love it Loud” by Kiss starts to play throughout the arena, Shaker is helped up by Detectives Ty and Asson, as Shaker is barely on his feet. They raise his hand as Detective Ty starts to draw a chalk line around James Ranger in the ring as he stirs…)
Deadprez: Big win for Shaker Jones, even though the BVU was constantly interfering, this is a step in the right direction. Big move by Shaker, taking out a game James Ranger.
Eve: It was a big win but what makes Shaker more dangerous now is the BVU and with their distraction and help, this could spell trouble for the Showdown roster. Big win for Shaker tonight.
Gavin Kirkland: Black Mamba was impressive, but I still want to know why they call him that.
Eve: Gavin, stop. We’ll be right back.
(Detective TY finishes drawing the Chalk Line around Ranger, as he slowly starts to turn to his side. The BVU helps Shaker Jones out of the ring and up the ramp, he smirks and raises his arms in victory as James Ranger sits up and slams the mat in anger.)
(The camera fades to commercial.)
( Showdown returns from commercial break as “Mark My Words” by Doll Skin begins to play through the speakers of the Performance Center. The small crowd ends up giving a positive reaction as the winner of the Women’s No Way Out at Fighting Spirit, Raven Roberts, comes out with a smile on her feet. Despite the crowd being small, she is totally feeling the love tonight.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…PLEASE WELCOME AT THIS TIME… “THE BIRD OF PREY” … RAVEN ROBERTS!!!!!!
Eve: Here is the woman who is going to be facing Minerva for the Universal Women’s Championship at Pain for Pride! Raven Roberts defeated five other women in order to get herself an opportunity at the championship! She’s already one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions. She could add the Universal Women’s Championship and become a double champion!
Deadprez: You can consider this a so-called “rematch” from Grand Rampage. Let me remind you that it was a bit controversial as the referee made an error and didn’t’ see Raven’s foot on the bottom rope; however, I’m not too sure that Minerva will be confirming or denying the entire thing.
Gavin Kirkland: It didn’t matter. At Odyssey, she proved that she can be the champion that not only the Showdown brand, but this entire company can be proud of. She will be walking into this Pain for Pride as champion which was something that she had told us on a few occasions that she was going to do. Minerva is a woman of her word, guys.
Eve: Raven Roberts isn’t a slouch in the ring. Last year, she managed to win Cash in the Vault. This year, she has plans to be a double champion and if there is anyone that can push Minerva to the limit, it has to be her. These two know each other quite well due to their confrontation and I have no doubts that this match is going to steal the damn show.
(“Mark My Words” dies down as Raven Roberts is seen in the middle of the ring with a microphone in her hand. She walks for the small crowd to calm down, but she can’t handle but smile due to the love and praise that she gets from the crowd.)
Raven Roberts: It’s very odd to see myself on Showdown, but I heard rumors that Minerva was going to come out and say her thoughts about me, but I thought that I would beat her to the punch. Minerva and I are already familiar with each other. We faced each other at Grand Rampage in my rematch after she cashed in the Iconic Cup at Under Siege and took the Universal Women’s Championship away from me. Even when she was cashing in the Iconic Cup, I still had a ton of fight in me. She connected with ‘Paradise Lost’ on me and I still managed to kick out. Even when she went for the exact move at Grand Rampage, it was not enough to put me down completely. I still managed to find the strength to get my foot underneath the bottom rope and do my best in continuing this match, but the referee didn’t see it coming and that’s the entire reason why Minerva’s reign continued. I knew if the match lasted a couple minutes longer, it would be me who would be walking into Pain for Pride as the Universal Women’s Champion. Who knows? Perhaps, it would have been Minerva outlasting all the competition and walking into Pain for Pride as the challenger. There would be a ton of possibilities to what Minerva would be doing at Pain for Pride, but I’m fully confident that we would be crossing paths somehow. It’s poetic that we’re facing each other in a few weeks. She was the woman who took the title away from me. She is the same woman who screwed me out of regaining the championship. Now, she will be the woman who will help me make history by becoming a two-time Universal Women’s Champion.
(A mixed reaction from the crowd is heard. Boos are mostly, from Showdown stans.)
Raven Roberts: I understand that I’m in uncharted territory at the moment with this being Showdown and all, but I wanted to be the first one to step up and prove that I’m not intimidated by Minerva whatsoever. I said it after our match at Grand Rampage, but I’m not done with you whatsoever, Minerva. I may have gained a little gold before winning the No Way Out Match, but that doesn’t mean that I was going to completely ignore any lingering aspirations of trying to regain my championship. I hated how things at Grand Rampage ended for me. You may not think of it much because you ended up retaining and setting out to do the one thing that you intended to do, but that’s never been me. I didn’t want to duck and coward away without getting my rematch like the champion before me. I still have a ton of unfinished business with you and I need to settle them once and for all. Pain for Pride is more than the perfect place for us to settle any issues that we have of each other, but I would rather not talk to a camera to get the message towards you. I would rather much you come out here, Minerva.
(Raven Roberts is finished with speaking for the time being as she waits for Minerva’s entrance music to play. A moment passes before “Children of the Son” by Pipe Choir plays through the speakers. A mixed reception from the small group of fans is heard throughout the performance center as Minerva walks out with the Universal Women’s Championship on her shoulder.)
Eve: Here is the Universal Women’s Champion herself! Minerva had a successful title defense against Kasey Kaos at Odyssey. She remained quiet last week due to scouting the competition at Fighting Spirit. With Raven’s victory, the Universal Women’s Championship match at Pain for Pride is set in stone.
Deadprez: Minerva’s victory at Odyssey should have provided her with a bit of confidence going into Pain for Pride, but she will be going into the ring with a completely different Raven Roberts.
Gavin Kirkland: Raven will be stepping into the ring with a completely different version of Minerva. None of these two would want to end their season with a loss at Pain for Pride. Both women want to win for completely different reasons.
(The camera shows that Minerva is already in the ring as she gets a microphone from Gina Romano before standing across from Raven Roberts. “Children of the Son” dies down as the champion takes the time to process what is going on.)
Minerva: It’s admirable that you took the first step in this so-called “confrontation” before Pain for Pride, Raven. Isn’t it nice that we’re standing in the same ring at the same time again? The last time that happened was at Grand Rampage where I defeated you, one, two, three and at that moment, it should have ended your road to recapturing the Universal Women’s Championship; however, it seems like you’re more stubborn than what most people would think. You didn’t accept the loss at Grand Rampage; however, it seemed like you did everything you could to move on from the situation. You teamed with your hubby at Gateway to Glory and defeated Drizzy & Vizzy and won the Unified Tag Team Championships. At the same time, you secured yourself an opportunity to vye for my title again. I had questions in my mind on if you would be able to pull this off. Perhaps, your priorities changed and you would be so focused on making sure those tag titles remained on you and Rex’s shoulders, you would have distanced yourself from the Universal Women’s Championship and most importantly, me. I thought someone like Super Darcy or one of the eighty Ava siblings would be challenging me for the title, but Raven, you pulled it off and won the match for yourself. Congratulations, but the time for celebrating and basking in the glory of your victory at Fighting Spirit is over. It’s time for us to move forward to Pain for Pride and I have no fear in telling you this, you are going to end up with your heartbroken again, Raven. You’re familiar with that feeling right? Remember how it felt to have me connect with a ‘Paradise Lost’ on you and retain my title? Remember how much it sucked for you to come so close to regaining the title, only for me to swoop in and retain? That’s what’s going to happen in Pain for Pride.
Raven Roberts: I can assure you that you’re not going to look for an opening and use that to help you walk out of Pain for Pride as the Universal Women’s Championship. You barely escaped me at Grand Rampage. You have to thank the referee for being blind because if he would have seen my foot underneath the bottom rope, I can assure you that the result of the match would have been completely different, Minerva. I would be still standing as the Universal Women’s Champion. I would be walking into Pain for Pride as the champion.
Minerva: But, you aren’t. I am; Raven and that must get underneath your skin. It must get underneath everyone’s skin that this Pain for Pride headliner will have no Barbies, Divas or glorified models. It seems to be the first time that a marquee match up for women’s wrestling as a whole won’t have any models, but it will have a top tier athlete in myself. A woman, who has busted her ass off and made sure that she didn’t conform to anyone’s standards of what a female wrestler is supposed to be. Raven, I don’t consider you much of a Barbie, Diva or glorified model, but I do consider you to be a golden girl. If there is anything that I have done this season alone, it’s destroy this company’s golden girls and expose them for being nothing at all compared to me. At Pain for Pride, I can assure you that I will destroy another golden girl and send her to the back of the line where she would have been if it wasn’t for the No Way Out Match at Fighting Spirit. When talking about our match at Grand Rampage, people keep talking about your foot being underneath the bottom rope, but I didn’t see it. The referee didn’t see it. Even with my conversations with Ryan Wilson, he assured me that as long as this title remains on Showdown, I can resort to any tactics that I will need to make sure that I walk out of Pain for Pride as the Universal Women’s Champion. I don’t care if anyone likes the methods or not. I couldn’t care if the company approves of my decisions, but they cannot deny that I am the one woman who is keeping this division from going down under. I am the one woman who is elevating this title on my shoulder and making it one of the most desired belts in this company. What’s the issue with that? Because I’m not pretty to look at? Because I don’t fit a certain mold? Because I don’t care about whose feelings I hurt? I am ruthless, Raven. I will do whatever I need to do to win. If Grand Rampage wasn’t enough proof, then, Pain for Pride should be enough proof for you.
Raven Roberts: That’s nice and all, Minerva, but —
Gavin Kirkland: RAVEN ROBERTS SPIKES THE MICROPHONE TO THE FOREHEAD OF MINERVA, WHICH TAKES HER DOWN TO ONE KNEE!!!! RAVEN IS TAKING A FEW STEPS BACK BEFORE RUSHING TOWARDS THE UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S CHAMPION!!!!
Deadprez: NO! MINERVA! MANAGES TO DUCK OUT OF THE WAY AS RAVEN ROBERTS CRASHES DOWN!!! MINERVA PICKS UP RAVEN BY HER HAIR BEFORE THROWING HER TO THE CORNER!!! MINERVA RUSHES TOWARDS HER CHALLENGER BEFORE CONNECTING WITH WITH A METEORA, BUT RAVEN MANAGES TO RUSH OUT OF THE WAY AT THE LAST SECOND!
Gavin Kirkland: MINERVA CRASHES TO THE CORNER, BUT RAVEN ROBERTS MANAGES TO GET MINERVA BY HER HAIR BEFORE SLAMMING HER TO THE CANVAS! RAVEN HEADS FOR THE TOP ROPE AND IT SEEMS LIKE RAVEN IS GOING FOR THE SPIRAL TAP! SHE CALLS THAT ‘RAVEN’S WINGS.’
Eve: RAVEN’S WINGS!!!!
Deadprez: BUT, MINERVA MANAGES TO ROLL HERSELF OUT OF THE RING AS RAVEN ROBERTS GETS OFF THE TOP ROPE! MINERVA IS MAKING HER WAY UP THE RAMP!
(Minerva yells for the referee to hand her the Universal Women’s Championship as he does so quickly. Minerva clutches to her title as she glares at Raven Roberts, who stands tall in the ring. “Mark My Words” plays once again as the two women stare intensely at one another.)
Gavin Kirkland: I was not expecting for Raven Roberts to make the first hit of this entire build up, but she is proving to everyone that she’s not going to let Minerva get the best out of her.
Eve: I don’t think that this was the confrontation that Minerva was expecting to get from Raven Roberts, but she sees that this is not the time and place to clash with Raven. Minerva would want to do things at her time and place. She’s the champion after all.
Deadprez: This match is gonna be a good one, but Minerva refuses to let Raven get the last laugh in this matter.
(The last shot as of Minerva raises her title high in the air with Raven Roberts gesturing for the title on her waist. Camera fades to black.)
(“Pure Water” by Skepta plays through the speakers of the Performance Center. Dray Fontana comes out with a serious, but focused look on his face. A mixed reception from the social distanced crowd is heard.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!
Socially Distanced Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND…WEIGHING 200 POUNDS… HE IS “THE PRINCE” … DRAY FONTANA!!!!!
Deadprez: Next to MITSUBACHI, Dray Fontana was the other man who found himself in a situation with a controversial finish, but he ended up finding himself qualifying for Cash in the Vault! A few months ago, I don’t think Dray saw himself in this position, but he’s redeemed himself in the most amazing way possible! I think he’s back on the winning track and we’ll be seeing that at Pain for Pride!
Gavin Kirkland: He’s ruthless and that’s something that all the competitors in the Cash in the Vault match need to be on a look out for! Dray is someone who has stepped up his game within these past several weeks and I could see that working in his favor.
Eve: There’s that possibility that all of the competitors in the match will have no clue what to expect from Dray Fontana. That goes for his opponent tonight!
(“ME” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie plays through the speakers as the crowd begins to shower Veena Adams with boos. Veena is feeling poised and confident as ever before making her way down to the ring.)
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING HIS OPPONENT..FROM GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT…SHE IS “THE VANILLA GODDESS”…VEENA ADAMS!!!!!
Deadprez: I guess, you can say that this woman is the reason why Interim General Manager, Ryan Wilson added the stipulation of part-time talent not being allowed to compete at Pain for Pride! We have seen her have a bit of issues with Candice Blair, but Veena has been nothing, but amazing since her arrival on Showdown!
Gavin Kirkland: The loss on Odyssey doesn’t look like it stopped her whatsoever! I believe that match proved that we shouldn’t be overlooking Veena Adams. Yes, she’s an Adams, but she’s a very talented competitor and the sky’s the limit with her! I’m excited to see what she does at Pain for Pride!
Eve: I wonder how she does against someone like Dray Fontana, but this is truly going to be an interesting match up!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: Dray Fontana steps into the middle of the ring as Veena Adams remains at her corner, still brainstorming on how to approach this match! Dray is gesturing for Veena to come at him! Dray is more than willing to begin this match! It seems like he’s offering Veena a test of strength as Veena almost looks disgusted at the entire thing!
Deadprez: But, it seems like she’s trying to look for a way to accept Dray Fontana’s test of strength! She seems hesitant, but she is slowly going to connect her hands with his’ and —
Gavin Kirkland: Never trust an Adams, Deadprez! VEENA ADAMS CONNECTS WITH A KICK TO THE STOMACH OF DRAY FONTANA AS SHE THROWS HIM TOWARDS THE PERPENDICULAR SET OF ROPES! DRAY MANAGES TO GRASP ONTO THE ROPES, BUT VEENA FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO THE STOMACH! NOW, VEENA BEGINS TO UNLOAD WITH A SERIES OF KNEE STRIKES TO THE RIBS OF ONE OF THE COMPETITORS IN CASH IN THE VAULT! You can see the aggression that Veena possesses as she takes a stand back before connecting with a chop to the chest of Dray! Dray yelps in pain as Veena gets Dray by the arm before Irish whipping him to the opposite set of ropes! Dray rebounds himself out of the ropes before connecting with a discus lariat! Veena gets turned inside out as Dray goes for the cover!
Referee: ONE! TWO!
Eve: Dray Fontana gets Veena Adams by her hair! Dray is not done with her yet as he picks up Veena by her waist and connects with a German suplex! But, Dray doesn’t realize that Veena was able to land on her feet! DRAY TURNS HIMSELF AROUND AS VEENA RUSHES TOWARDS HIM BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A LOU THESZ PRESS ON THE MAN! VEENA BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF RAPID PUNCHES TO DRAY! VEENA MANAGES TO GET TO HER FEET AS SHE STALKS FOR DRAY TO GET BACK TO HIS FEET, BUT VEENA TAKES HIM TO HIS KNEES WITH A SUPERKICK! Veena takes a few steps before following that up with a low dropkick! Dray falls to his back as Veena grabs Dray by his hair before throwing him to the corner! Veena rushes towards Dray at the corner before connecting with a meteora!
Deadprez: But Dray Fontana manages to catch Veena Adams before she connects with that meteora! HE HOISTS VEENA UP BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! DRAY IS IN THE PERFECT POSITION FOR THE PINFALL ATTEMPT!
Referee: ONE! TWO!
Gavin Kirkland: Veena Adams manages to roll herself out of the way as she clutches to the ropes as a way to help her up to her feet! Dray Fontana tries to get to his feet as well! He charges towards her, but Veena manages to connect with a side hand chop to Dray’s chest, but no! Dray is able to catch Veena’s hand before it strikes! Dray delivers a huge kick to the stomach of Veena, which sends her down to her knees! Dray has Veena’s hand before he shushes the social distanced EAW Universe before —
(Dray Fontana breaks Veena Adams’ fingers.)
Veena Adams (off-mic): AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! YOU FUCKING DUMBASS!
Eve: Veena Adams eats a superkick soon after by Dray Fontana! Veena falls to her back as Dray follows that up by a double foot stomp onto the ribs of Veena! The look of pain on Veena’s face is still there as she manages to roll herself underneath the bottom rope! Things aren’t looking too hot for Veena at the moment and she needs to change her approach to the entire thing! Dray rolls himself out of the ring to join Veena, BUT HE ENDS UP PUSHING HER TOWARDS THE PLEXIGLASS, WHICH OUR EAW UNIVERSE IS SITTING IN FRONT OF! MAN, VEENA CRASHED FACE FIRST ONTO THE PLEXIGLASS! IT COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED TO A MORE TERRIBLE PERSON THAN VEENA! DRAY PICKS UP VEENA BEFORE SLAMMING HER BACK FIRST ONTO THE HARD PART OF THE APRON! VEENA REMAINS ON THE APRON AS DRAY GETS ON THE APRON HIMSELF! DRAY FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH ANOTHER FOOT STOMP TO VEENA’S STOMACH! Veena rolls herself back inside the ring as Dray rolls back into the ring himself! Dray goes for the cover!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Deadprez: Veena Adams gets a shoulder up! Veena has taken a bit of a beating with those double foot stomps by Dray Fontana, but she is still in this match up! Dray looks to get Veena by the legs and it seems like he’s going for that figure four leglock! I’m not sure how things will look for Veena if Dray manages to lock the move in! Veena is trying to twist herself out of Dray’s grasp, but Dray manages to stomp Veena’s stomach a few times before locking in the figure four leglock on Veena! Veena is screaming out of pain! Those screams are not something that we need to be hearing on Showdown!
Gavin Kirkland: At least, we know she’s a screamer. :mjlit:
Eve: Gavin, please! Veena Adams is feeling conflicted on what she needs to do at the moment! Does she submit? Should she look for a way out of the move? It seems like the distance between her and the bottom rope is far away and Veena doesn’t have the strength quite yet to make the effort to reach for the bottom rope! By looking at Dray Fontana’s face, he is screaming for her to tap out and end the match! Dray would love nothing more than to get himself some good momentum going into Pain for Pride! Veena is reaching for the bottom rope! She needs to look for a way out of this hold before she passes out! That’s something that happened to her at Odyssey! We’re aware that she is refusing to submit these days, but doesn’t she want to get the Pain for Pride? At least, she’ll know that she’s good to compete there!
Deadprez: Veena Adams begins to grasp for the bottom rope! Dray Fontana can feel his figure four grasping away from him as Veena is finding the strength and determination to make it to the bottom rope! Veena is needing to drag all over her and Dray’s weight towards the bottom rope! Dray is shaking his head no! He doesn’t need for Veena to get to the bottom rope and change this match in a different direction! Veena is getting closer to the bottom rope and…she gets to it! Dray must release the hold!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! LET GO, DRAY!
Gavin Kirkland: Dray Fontana releases the figure four from Veena Adams! Veena is clutching onto the bottom rope as the official separates Dray from Veena! Dray is demanding for Veena to get to her feet! Veena begins to use the assistance of the ropes to get to her feet and as soon as Veena does this, DRAY CONNECTS WITH THE PARAMOUNT OUT OF NOWHERE! THE RUNNING KNEE STRIKE TAKES VEENA DOWN! DRAY BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF PUNCHES TOWARDS VEENA’S FACE! HE BEGINS TO RAKE VEENA’S LEFT EYE! :damn: :damn: :damn:
Eve: That’s when the referee needs to separate Dray Fontana from Veena Adams! Veena is trying to see if her left eye is bleeding, but it seems like the referee stopped Dray before the damage could get worse! Veena finds herself in a seated position as she tries to get herself back to her feet, but Dray manages to take Veena down with another The Paramount, but this time, Veena is thrown at the corner! Dray begins to connect with a series of forearms to Veena’s face before getting her by her arm before connecting with an Irish whip to the opposite set of ropes! But, Veena is able to plant her feet planted on the mat as she manages to whip Dray to the opposite set of ropes! Veena rushes towards Dray as she connects with a running uppercut to the corner! DRAY STAGGERS FORWARD IN RESPONSE TO THAT AS VEENA MANAGES TO GET DRAY IN POSITION BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SPINNING HEADLOCK ELBOW DROP — A DARK TURN BY VEENA! VEENA GOES FOR THE COVER ON DRAY! COULD THIS BE ENOUGH TO DEFEAT DRAY FONTANA?
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Deadprez: Dray Fontana kicks out! Veena Adams has an annoyed look on her face! She feels like she should have won the match by now! Veena would love nothing more than to be getting a victory and hopefully, it would be enough to impress Ryan Wilson and get her on the Pain for Pride card in any way! Veena is heading for the top rope! It seems like she’s going for Fatal Vow — moonsault into a double footstomp! PERHAPS, IT WILL BE A BIT OF PAYBACK FOR ALL THE FOOT STOMPS THAT DRAY HAD GIVEN HER IN THIS MATCH! DRAY IS IN THE PERFECT POSITION FOR VEENA’S NEXT MOVE! VEENA FROM THE TOP ROPE! FATAL VOW!
Gavin Kirkland: DRAY FONTANA MOVES OUT OF THE WAY! HE SLOWLY RISES BACK TO HIS FEET AS HE GETS VEENA ADAMS TO HER FEET AS WELL! FONTANA ‘97! THE INVERTED TORNADO DDT ON VEENA ADAMS, BUT VEENA MANAGES TO GET HERSELF OUT OF THE MOVE AT THE LAST SECOND! VEENA TAKES DOWN DRAY WITH A KNEE STRIKE AS SHE SENDS THE MAN DOWN TO HIS KNEES! VEENA RUSHES TOWARDS DRAY BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A METEORA AND THIS TIME, THE MOVE MANAGES TO CONNECT! VEENA IS IN POSITION FOR A PIN FALL ATTEMPT!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Eve: Dray Fontana pushes Veena Adams off of him! Veena gets back to her feet, but Dray stops her with a roundhouse kick which takes her to her back! Dray gets Veena before throwing her head first against the corner! DRAY GETS VEENA BY HER WAIST BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX! BUT, HE HAS A GOOD HOLD OF HER WAIST! HE CONNECTS WITH A SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX, BUT ROLLS HER OVER AND CONNECTS WITH A THIRD CONSECUTIVE GERMAN SUPLEX! VEENA LANDS ON THE BACK OF HER NECK AS DRAY HAS A HUGE GRIN ON HIS FACE! DRAY IS HEADING FOR THE TOP ROPE AND IT SEEMS LIKE DRAY IS MORE THAN DETERMINED TO WRAP UP THIS MATCH! DRAY FROM THE TOP ROPE, HIS OWN VARIATION OF THE DOUBLE FOOT STOMP — RAPTURE KILLER ON VEENA!
Deadprez: Veena Adams manages to move out of the way! Dray Fontana lands on his feet, but Veena charges towards Dray and connects with a superkick that takes the bigger man down! Veena begins to back away towards the corner and you can see the devious smirk on her face! She’s aware of what she needs to do to end the match! She is going to pay homage to her uncle, Mr. DEDEDE and why not do that with his spear? DRAY IS SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET! I DON’T THINK HE IS AWARE WITH WHAT VEENA IS LOOKING TO CONNECT WITH NEXT, BUT DRAY IS GETTING TO HIS FEET! VEENA CHARGES TOWARDS DRAY WITH A SPEAR —
Gavin Kirkland: BICYCLE KNEE STRIKE TO VEENA ADAMS OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: THAT’S CANDICE BLAIR AS SHE BEGINS TO UNLOAD ON VEENA ADAMS! IT SEEMS LIKE CANDICE IS AWARE OF THE NEWS OF VEENA GOING TO RYAN WILSON ABOUT NOT ALLOWING PART-TIME TALENT TO COMPETE AT PAIN FOR PRIDE AND OBVIOUSLY, SHE’S AWARE OF WHO THE STIPULATION WAS FOR! Veena switches positions with Candice before unloading in some punches of her own! She manages to get a couple of hits in, but Candice manages to wrap her hands around Veena’s neck before strangling the living hell out of Veena! Candice manages to trade positions with Veena as she begins to bash the back of Veena’s head against the mat! You can see the heartbroken and angry look on her face! Candice wants nothing more than to get to the Pain for Pride stage and Veena is the reason why she won’t be able to do so!
Deadprez: Multiple referees are getting inside the ring as they try to separate Candice Blair from Veena Adams! Candice doesn’t want to let go of Veena! She wants to make sure that Veena gets what she deserves!
???: Candice, if you know what’s good for you, you would release Veena Adams!
(Showdown Interim General Manager, Ryan Wilson comes out from the back with a microphone in his hand; however, Candice Blair ignores Ryan before continuing her punishment at Veena Adams, but the referees manage to restrain Candice from Veena. The other referees manage to check on Veena. Ryan joins all of them in the ring.)
Ryan Wilson: I don’t want an issue with you, Candice, but my decision was strictly business. I’m thinking about the wellbeing of my roster. I’m trying to remain as calm as possible before my title match, but Candice, think about your future in EAW. The best thing for you is to let all that anger just simmer down and think about goals for the next season —
Gavin Kirkland: CANDICE BLAIR LAUNCHES HERSELF AT RYAN WILSON!!! THE SOCIAL DISTANCE CROWD IS GOING INSANE AT THE MOMENT! CANDICE BEGINS TO UNLOAD ON PUNCHES ON RYAN! RYAN IS BASICALLY THE REASON WHY SHE’S NOT COMPETING AT PAIN FOR PRIDE! THE REFEREES ARE PULLING CANDICE AWAY FROM RYAN!!!!
(The referees help Ryan Wilson to his feet as he manages to get his hand on the microphone that he dropped.)
Ryan Wilson: I expected for my roster to be smart and not push their weight around here, Candice. I’m an easy man. As long as you stay within the lines, you will be rewarded heavily. If you cross lines, then, well, you are going to face the consequences. Now, I can’t punish you with taking away your Pain for Pride. I need to make an example out of you, Candice. For anyone who thinks that they can push me around, they will face the consequences and your consequences are the same thing that I told Jenny Punk when I took this job. Candice Blair Ava, you’re fired.
Eve: WHAT IN THE HELL?!?!?!?
Gavin Kirkland: I like staring at her. :noah:
(The heartbroken look on Candice Blair’s faces is seen as she was not expecting to find herself fired. Veena Adams is sitting at the corner, recovering and crackling like hell.)
Ryan Wilson: Now, all of you get her the hell out of the ring.
(The referees escort Candice Blair out of the ring, up the ramp and possibly out of the arena. Veena Adams has a huge smirk on her face as one of her problems on Showdown has been taken care of. Ryan Wilson shakes his head in disappointment. It wasn’t something that he wanted to do, but he needed to make a statement and why not on Candice? The scene fades elsewhere.)
(A new Crack Stories intro begins to play and it’s some of the worst editing that you could ever imagine. Ryan Wilson assisted in providing Bronson Daniels with a nicely edited intro, but Bronson insisted that he can come up with something himself. Highlights of Bronson’s best performances are seen, especially, Bronson defeating Dray Fontana and MITSUBACHI at Odyssey and getting himself a unique opportunity, which was eventually revealed to be a shot at the New Breed Championship at Pain for Pride. The introduction ends as it pans to Bronson Daniels and his manager and buddy, Julio Nixon. Instead of being outside the EAW Performance Center, they are in some random ass room in the center, but no one knows for sure what’s the room exactly. Both men are sitting down in bean bags as they look at the camera.)
Bronson Daniels: Hello, everyone! Welcome to the first installment of this Pain for Pride version of the Crack Stories! I promise you that this is going to be a show that people are going to be talking about when it’s over. After weeks of everyone ating EAW on social media and me begging to get this show on Showdown, it was a success! :blessed:
Julio Nixon: :blessed:
Bronson Daniels: Ight, so what I have planned in store is that these next few weeks, I’ll talk about different Elitists in the New Breed Fatal-4-Way match. Now, I have no clue what I am going to be talking about, but that’s what makes good television. Me and Julio smoked some weed before the cameras got here because apparently, Ryan Wilson would suspend us if he saw us smoking weed on camera. I was basically lectured when I smoked some weed on commentary a few weeks ago, but it’s a compromise and I’m not going to cut back on this weed that Julio managed to sneak into the arena.
Julio Nixon: Broooo, this is the good shit. Maybe, we can give Ryan some —
Bronson Daniels: I’d rather not. The Chairman is on the same brand as me and I’d rather not get in his crosshairs. :whoa:
Julio Nixon: Good point.
Bronson Daniels: Okay, so for this first installment. Why don’t we talk about the current New Breed Champion? His name is Jalyn Garcia and I don’t know why, but that sounds like a girl’s name.
Julio Nixon: Is he one of those pansies?
Bronson Daniels: Nah, bro. He calls himself ‘WildHeart’. What the fuck is that supposed to be? His heart is wild? The only thing wild is that hair of his which happens to flop all over the place whenever he’s in his matches. That hair has more of a personality than he has. Does he ever hear himself talk?
Julio Nixon: It seems like he loves the sound of his own voice, but he doesn’t have your charm, Bronson. He doesn’t have that one thing that has gained everyone’s attention on Showdown. You got the charisma, personality and attention. You are the full package in the ring.
Bronson Daniels: I know I am, bro. Jalyn is probably one of the most monotone people that I’ve heard since my arrival in EAW; however, I’m not going to deny how talented the guy is in the ring. At the same time, he doesn’t need me to confirm that for him. Nah, he knows how good he is. He was trained by JAMIE O’HARA out of all people. He probably has former World Champions on his speed dial to call for any advice. That seems to be his biggest flex at the moment besides being New Breed Champion. All of that seems to be a huge confidence boost for him, but it’s also gotten him a bit cocky. Not in the way that I’m cocky, but it almost comes across as arrogant. Like bro, get that stick outta your ass. Just because you won the New Breed Championship doesn’t automatically mean that you’re above everyone else in the ring. Yeah, that’s the symbol that you’re the face of the New Breed division, but Jalyn is not better than me in the ring. That is something that he is going to figure out at Pain for Pride. I can sit and joke around, but when it’s time to compete, all the games are gone and he’ll be saying that I am amazing at what I do. There’s no way that I am going to drop the ball on this opportunity, Julio. Ever since my arrival on Showdown, I have been talking about talent on this brand. As for Jalyn…
Julio Nixon: He didn’t have your hype, bro. I didn’t even know who the hell he was until he won the New Breed Championship. It took me time to realize that Jalyn is the guy that Jamie O’Hara took underneath his wing, but there wasn’t much teaching from Jamie to Jalyn going into his match with Justin Windgate.
Bronson Daniels: Nah, some cool guy named Desmond Helms trained him that week and he seems like a shit ton of fun. I’d want to party with that guy. At the moment, that seems to be the only thing cool about Jalyn, but Jamie may be looking at Jalyn’s title win as a way to take the credit and claim that his teachings got Jalyn that New Breed Championship. In reality, it was Desmond who got Jalyn into that position to defeat Justin. If anything, Jamie trained his wife and well, I don’t think that I need to explain what happened afterwards. 😬 Even with the new baby in the way and Jamie’s focus on DEDEDE, it seems like Jalyn will be an afterthought to Jamie, but I think that Jalyn would be used to that. He’s an afterthought on Voltage despite being the New Breed Champion. That’s pathetic, bro. That must fucking suck to have all of these connections and STILL, you are nothing to these people. Jalyn doesn’t have the connection with these people that I have. I don’t expect for the connection of these people to lead me to become New Breed Champion because being a part of Pain for Pride is enough motivation to be on my A-game.
Julio Nixon: You are going to steal the show, Bronson.
Bronson Daniels: That’s the goal, Julio, my man, I’ve always called myself the future of EAW. I am someone that people need to be keeping their eyes on. I got all of this hype with me and I can’t let Pain for Pride diminish all of that. I could care less about Andre Walker or whoever from Voltage will be joining me in this match up. Dynasty and Voltage can bring their best competitors forward and I’ll take them down. I expect that the competitors decided to be above the competition that I’ve faced on Showdown. I’m not going to say that Jalyn isn’t going to be giving me his best at Pain for Pride. There’s no denying that he will prove why he’s the New Breed Champion, but I am going to prove why I’m the next New Breed Champion. Julio, what I got planned for Pain for Pride… :whew: You do not want to miss it!
Julio Nixon: I’m not missing it for sure.
Bronson Daniels: Well, that’s all the time we have here for Crack Stories. Join us next time, where we hope to talk about another competitor in this match!
Julio Nixon: Or not. What if Ryan Wilson thought that this was trash?
Bronson Daniels: Bro, we didn’t smoke on camera at least —
(Julio Nixon is shown trying to light up a joint, but pauses as Bronson Daniels looks at him.)
Julio Nixon: Come on, I need a smoke. :noah:
Bronson Daniels: Okay, but let me shut this camera off quick. :krabs:
(The camera goes to static before panning elsewhere.)
(Showdown returns from break and cuts to Gina, who is standing by.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…
Sparse Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
Gina Romano: AND IT WILL DETERMINE THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR THE PURE CHAMPIONSHIP!
(“Debate Scrum” by Masafumi Takada begins to blast across the PA system and the crowd begins to cheer.)
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST… FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA… WEIGHING IN AT 118 POUNDS… SHE’S ‘THE AMAZING’ HARPER LEE!!!
(Harper rushes out from behind the guerilla curtain, all smiles and full of energy. Harper poses for the crowd, clearly excited about the opportunity in front of her, and begins to make her way to the ring.)
Deadprez: Last weekend at Fighting Spirit: Omaha, Harper Lee put on a hell of a performance in the No Way Out Match. While she came up short in her quest to face Minerva for the Universal Women’s Championship, tonight she finds herself with another chance to make the Pain for Pride card.
Eve: Harper is no stranger to the PURE division, having faced the then-champion, Harlow Reichert, in one of the best women’s matches of 2020 so far. Harper really pushed Harlow to her limits and nearly walked away with her first ever championship that night.
Gavin Kirkland: I got fond memories of Harper versus Thicclow, but something tells me I’m going to end up with nightmares after this match. Harper is blonde, and even though she’s borderline annoying, she does not deserved to be flattened by Xander Payne’s fat fucking self.
Deadprez: He’s 159 pounds though :mjlol:
Eve & Gavin Kirkland: :mjlol:
(Harper slides into the ring and takes her corner, ready to grab the brass ring and stamp her ticket to Pain for Pride.)
(After Harper’s music fades out, “It Follows” by Cane Hill begins to play. Immediately, the audience begins to jeer and that gets even louder when Xander Payne steps onto the stage.)
Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT… FROM TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA… WEIGHING IN AT 159 POUNDS :mjlol:… HE IS ‘THE PAYNEKILLER’ XANDER PAYNE!
Gavin Kirkland: Bruh, he musta only placed one arm on whatever scale he used to get his weight. There’s no way in Hell he weighs 159 pounds???
Eve: :lupe: I would like to know what scale he uses personally…
Deadprez: Weight aside, this is a massive opportunity for Xander Payne.
Gavin Kirkland (under his breath): Massive indeed…
Deadprez: It’s clear that Xander is on Jake’s radar and vice versa due to their recent interactions, and I’m not going to lie. I would love to see the two of them face one another at Pain for Pride for the PURE Championship.
Eve: Of course Jake still has to get past Showdown General Manager, Ryan Wilson, later on tonight in the main event, but I think it’s definitely worth noting that Jake Smith versus Xander Payne is a match we all want to see.
Gavin Kirkland: Harper versus Ryan better :wow:
(Xander is in the ring now and he is set. It takes him a moment, but he notices that Harper is wearing a T-shirt that has Myles’ face on it with a heart around it. That doesn’t really settle well with Xander….)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: And this PURE Championship contendership match is underway! Xander seems triggered that Harper is wearing a Myles shirt and he charges forward, full steam ahead! Harper ducks a lariat from Xander and catches him in the back with a dropkick that sends Xander chest first into the ropes! Harper quickly goes to roll Xander up, but he is able to power out before the referee can even count. Both competitors are back up and Harper tries to lock up with Xander! Xander swats her away and slaps her right across the face! Harper fires off several rapid forearms and backs Xander against the ropes! She goes to whip him across the ring, but Xander plants his feet, and sends Harper flying across the ring! He catches her on the rebound with an armdrag, maintains control, and looks for an armbar!!!
Eve: Harper quickly rolls herself backwards to slip out of the armbar, and gets to her feet! She stomps down on Xander’s back, runs the ropes, and connects with a basement style dropkick! Xander’s face slams into the mat, and Harper runs the ropes again! Xander is sitting up and Harper lays him out! She quickly grabs the legs for the cover!
Deadprez: XANDER KICKS OUT!
Gavin Kirkland: It’s gunna be important for Harper to stay on the attack when it comes to this fat fuck. She seems to have a gameplan tonight, because she’s mounted him and is firing off several rights and lefts. They’re connecting with Xander’s face and head, and he has no choice but to take Harper by the hair and sling her off him! Xander rolls to the ropes and is on the apron now, and Harper is heading over there! Xander quickly drops to the floor! Harper quickly scrambles to the top rope and she’s going high risk!
Eve: FLYING CROSSBODY!!!
Deadprez: BUT XANDER CATCHES HARPER! XANDER HAS HARPER LEE IN HIS ARMS AND HE SWITCHES TO A BEAR HUG!
Gavin Kirkland: 159 POUNDS MY ASS! THAT WHALE OF A MAN IS CRUSHING HARPER’S RIBCAGE WITH THAT BEAR HUG! THE REFEREE HAS STARTED THE COUNT, BUT XANDER ISN’T PAYING HIM ANY ATTENTION! XANDER TIGHTENS HIS GRIP AROUND HARPER, RAGDOLLS HER A BIT, AND HE RUNS FORWARD… CRUSHING HARPER BETWEEN THE RINGPOST AND HIS OWN GIRTH! :damn:
Eve: Xander tosses Harper inside the ring and climbs back in himself! He drags her to the corner and pulls her into a sitting position, and now Xander is back up! Xander runs for Harper and absolutely flattens her with a cannonball!!! Xander drags Harper out of the corner by her legs and goes for a cover of his own!
Deadprez: Harper kicks out! Xander uses a handful of hair to pull Harper into his arms and he wraps her up in a sleeper hold! This small, but fiery crowd is solidly behind Harper and they are urging her get back into this match! Harper is banging her feet against the mat, in rhythm with the cheering, and she is reaching for the ropes! They’re just out of reach, but Harper is digging her elbow into Xander’s gut! She forces him to release the sleeper and she rolls away from him! Xander is on her though! He pulls Harper up but she catches him with a back elbow! Harper is free of Xander now and she whirls around, connecting with a right hand to the face! The force of that punch nearly took Xander to the ground and Harper with a step-up enziguri!!!
Eve: XANDER MOVES OUT OF THE WAY! Harper is able to turn around but there’s Xander with ‘Overdose’! The discus palm strike connects with Harper’s nose and she crumbles to the mat! I’m not sure if he caught her enough to draw blood, but Harper seems to be in a lot of pain right now. Xander is being smart and stomping on her face now, doing even more damage, and Harper tries to crawl to the ropes! Xander stomps down on the small of her back which halts Harper’s progress and he grabs her by the hair, clubbing her in the back of the head. Xander pulls Harper to her feet and hooks her from behind… FULL NELSON INTO A REVERSE STO!!! XANDER HAS THE COVER ON HARPER NOW!
Gavin Kirkland: Harper gets her shoulder up!
Deadprez: Xander now dragging Harper to her feet and he pops her across the jaw with a solid right hand! The force of the blow sends Harper staggering back, and Xander catches her with another right! Xander goes for a third straight punch to the face, but Harper is able to block this one and counter with a forearm! She nails Xander in the jaw and follows it up with a nice looking uppercut! Harper drives her knee up into Xander’s chin and brings him down into a sitting position with a snapmare! She kicks him right between the shoulder blades, takes him by the hair, and slams the back of his head into the mat! Harper with a double footstomp to Xander’s face and she is climbing to the top rope! Harper takes a moment to soak in the reaction of the crowd and there’s ‘Light Grenade’!!!
Eve: Xander is able to roll out of the way! Harper misses the diving senton and Xander knows he must take advantage right now! Xander Irish whips Harper into the corner and stomps her down into a sitting position. He backs up just a bit and comes running around the ring! ‘THE PURGE’!!! THE RUNNING KNEE STRIKE CONNECTS ON HARPER AND HER HEAD SLAMS INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! XANDER BEGINS KNEEING HER IN THE FACE AND SHE IS FORCED TO SLIP BETWEEN THE ROPES IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE HERSELF!
Gavin Kirkland: The referee is stepping in now and he is starting the count, but Xander pulls away from Harper, and she pulls herself onto the apron of the ring. Xander shoves past the referee and reaches through the ropes to grab Harper! Harper fires off a nice right hand and she pulls herself up! She darts between the ropes and catches Xander with a shoulder to the gut! Xander staggers back and Harper quickly leaps on the ropes! Springboard crossbody!!! She gets Xander down! Harper turns Xander over and she locks in the crossface!!!
Deadprez: Xander immediately reaches for the ropes but he’s just out of reach! The former New Breed and Unified Tag Team Champion has been subdued by Harper Lee for the time being. The referee is asking Xander if he wants to quit, and Xander responds by digging in and using his strength advantage to start inching his way to the ropes! Harper is trying to hang on to the crossface but Xander is just inches away right now! ‘The Amazing’ finally lets go and she stomps on Xander’s hand that was about to reach the ropes! Xander grabs his hand and Harper with a shoot style kick right to Xander’s face!
Eve: She goes to pull him up BUT XANDER GRABS HER BY THE ARM YANKS HER DOWN INTO A SMALL PACKAGE! HE HAS THE TIGHTS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: HARPER SOMEHOW POWERS OUT!
Deadprez: The longer this match goes, the more I feel it favors Harper. She’s become so resilient in such a short amount of time and I know she would love another crack at the PURE Championship after coming so close to winning it back in February.
Eve: Trust me, I’m totally #TeamHarper but to count Xander out is a huge mistake. He’s got the big match experience under his belt and he’s nearly become a world champion on several occasions. Harper can’t match him in experience. She’s going to have to rely on her natural talent and sheer will to win. Beating Xander would be an upset, but it’s one she is capable of pulling off.
Gavin Kirkland: Xander just took Harper’s head off with that lariat! You were saying?? She can’t defeat Two Ton Tony!
Deadprez: Xander has Harper up and he throws her in the air! X-Plex Release Suplex!!! Xander follows it up with a jumping seated senton!!! His leg lands across Harper’s throat and that’s where he stays!! Cover!!!
Eve: HARPER KICKS OUT!
Gavin Kirkland: There’s frustration in Xander’s eyes now! He wants to put Harper away.
Deadprez: But what’s it going to take?
Eve: Xander drags Harper up and it looks like he’s setting her up for ‘Last Sedation’! Xander hoists Harper up for a powerbomb BUT SHE FIGHTS BACK! SHE PUNCHES XANDER IN THE HEAD REPEATEDLY AND MANAGES TO SLIP OUT OF HIS CLUTCHES! HARPER RUNS THE ROPES AND SHE TAKES XANDER DOWN WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! HARPER WITH A DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP TO THE STOMACH! XANDER QUICKLY PULLS HIMSELF UP WITH THE ROPES BUT HERE COMES HARPER!!! ‘SOLAR FLARE’!!! HARPER JUST PLANTED XANDER WITH THE RUNNING SPRINGBOARD FLATLINER! SHE GRABS THE LEGS FOR A COVER!!!
Gavin Kirkland: :noah:!!!! FUCK! XANDER KICKED OUT!!!!
Deadpraz: Harper can’t believe it! She thought for sure the ‘Solar Flare’ had taken Xander out of this match! She quickly gets them both up and tries to hook Xander for a Tornado DDT! Xander is able to spin out of it and he looks for a spinning back fist! Harper ducks, and launches herself in the air for a dropkick, but Xander brushes her to the side! He deadlifts Harper up by the waist and throws her in the air for a release German suplex! The back of Harper’s head strikes the turnbuckles and Xander drops and begins bashing her skull in with elbow after elbow! Harper covers up, but Xander doesn’t stop! He lifts her up in the Full Nelson position once again and drops her face first into the mat!
Gavin Kirkland: He just crushed poor Harper Lee! FUCK!
Eve: Xander is standing over Harper as she grips her lower back! He’s smirking, sensing this match is his for the taking now, and he’s got Harper by the wrist! ‘THE ASCENSION’!!! OH MY GAWD! XANDER JUST PULLED HARPER BY THE WRIST AND DESTROYED HER WITH A BACK BODY DRIVER! THIS HAS GOT TO BE IT!!! XANDER COVERS HER!
Deadprez: SHE GOT THE SHOULDER UP! XANDER IS IN SHOCK!
Gavin Kirkland: Harper with that fighting spirit! She wants that PURE Championship!!!!
Eve: Xander looks incredibly annoyed over the fact Harper won’t stay down and he is just absolutely unloading on her! Harper tries to cover up once again, but Xander is just beating her face in with forearm after forearm right now! The referee is stepping in now, but Xander shoves him back! He continues beating on Harper! The referee grabs Xander and he pulls him away! Xander Payne and the referee are shouting at one another and look at Harper’s face! Xander did a number on her!
Deadprez: But she’s being very smart right now! She is letting Xander self-destruct! If he’s not careful, he is going to get disqualified and it’ll be Harper Lee who goes to Pain for Pride to compete against either Jake Smith or Ryan Wilson for the PURE Championship!!!
Gavin Kirkland: SHE DOESN’T WANT TO WIN LIKE THAT! HARPER REACHES UP AND PULLS XANDER DOWN FROM BEHIND! ROLL UP!
Eve: SHE DID IT!!!!
Deadprez: NO! XANDER POWERED OUT AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND!
Gavin Kirkland: HARPER QUICKLY GETS UP BUT XANDER WITH ‘OVERDOSE’!!! THE DISCUS PALM STRIKE TAKES DOWN HARPER AND THAT’S ALL XANDER NEEDS! HE HOISTS HARPER UP AND PUTS HER DOWN WITH ‘THE PAYNEKILLER’!!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… HERE IS YOUR WINNER AND THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR THE PURE CHAMPIONSHIP… XANDER PAYNE!!!!
(“It Follows” by Cane Hill begins to blast across the PA system as the referee raises Xander’s hand in the air.)
Gavin Kirkland: BOOOOOOO! That’s not the result I wanted!
Deadprez: :wow: Well it’s the result you’re going to have to live with. Xander Payne just secured his spot on the Pain for Pride card. We now know that he is going to challenge for the PURE Championship in just a few short weeks.
Eve: The question is, who’s going to be the champion going into Pain for Pride?
Deadprez: That’s something we’re going to find out later on tonight in our main event when Ryan Wilson challenges Jake Smith for the belt. But for right now, it’s all about Xander Payne.
Gavin Kirkland: Tough luck for my little anime cutie. Harper fought hard and there were some instances where it looked like she had the match in the bag. She gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough to get the upset win over an experienced competitor like Xander Payne.
Eve: And just to touch on the bright side for Harper, there are still plenty of opportunities for her to get herself on the Pain for Pride card. That woman is too talented to sit on the sidelines and miss the biggest show of the year!
(Harper has rolled out of the ring, a little worse for the wear. She looks a bit down about the fact she came up short, and it doesn’t help that Xander Payne is in the middle of the ring gloating. A dejected Harper walks up the ramp, while Xander turns and points to the Pain for Pride sign. The small crowd boos him as he makes a title gesture around his waist, and Showdown fades to commercial break.)
(“Black Honey” by Thrice plays through the speakers as the socially distanced EAW Universe gives him a mixed reception. MITSUBACHI walks out with a focused look on his face, more than prepared for this match.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!
Socially Distanced Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST… FROM SOKA, SAITAMA, JAPAN…WEIGHING IN 189 POUNDS… “THE SILENT ANIMAL” … MITSUBACHI!!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: It was an interesting scenario that MITSUBACHI found himself last week as he managed to pin Lance Blackfyre at the same time as Dray Fontana did. It was unclear which man would qualify for the match, but both MITSUBACHI and Dray got inserted into the match!
Eve: It was amazing luck for MITSUBACHI who more than deserves this opportunity! From the get-go, he has been an extraordinary athlete! He has risen to the occasion despite the outcome in the match! There’s no doubt that he will make the most out of this match at Pain for Pride!
Deadprez: We got a few hidden gems from the Showdown brand in the match! Any of the men from our brand could walk away with the briefcase, so I wouldn’t count someone like MITSUBACHI out!
(“Enemy Strike” by Yuki Hayashi plays through the speakers as the socially distanced crowd boos Myles who seems more than disgusted at the sight of fans in the Performance Center.)
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING HIS OPPONENT…FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA…WEIGHING IN 227 POUNDS… “THE MANIFEST”…MYLES!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Myles qualified for Cash in the Vault after defeating a returning James Ranger! Out of the three Elitists on Showdown, Myles can say that he qualified for the match without any controversy on his part!
Eve: Myles only suffered a defeat so far and that was at Odyssey, but he wasn’t the man pinned in the match; however, in singles matches, he is undefeated and he looks like he wants to keep it that way!
Deadprez: Myles has been amazing since his return. Love him or hate him, but you cannot deny how talented this guy is! He is the competition that people should want to look out for at Pain for Pride!
(DING! DING! DING)
Gavin Kirkland: MITSUBACHI rUNS TOWARDS MYLES, LOOKING TO KNOCK HIS HEAD OFF WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK, BUT MYLES MANAGES TO DUCK! MITSUBACHI STUMBLES FORWARD, BUT MYLES TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A LEG SWEEP! MITSUBACHI FALLS TO HIS BACK, BUT MYLES POUNCES ON HIM BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SERIES OF FOREARMS ON MITSUBACHI, BUT MITSUBACHI MANAGES TO ROLL HIMSELF ON TOP OF MYLES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH SOME PUNCHES OF HIS OWN! MITSUBACHI GETS HIMSELF OFF OF MYLES AS HE’S GESTURING FOR MYLES TO GET BACK TO HIS FEET!
Eve: MITSUBACHI connects with a calf kick on Myles, which staggers him back! MITSUBACHI rebounds himself off the horizontal set of ropes and he goes for a scissors kick, but Myles manages to twist himself out of position for the time being before kicking MITSUBACHI in the stomach before pulling him closer and following that up with a suplex, but MITSUBACHI manages to stand on his feet as Myles flips him over! MYLES TURNS AROUND AS MITSUBACHI HITS HIM WITH A SIDE HAND CHOP TO MYLES’ CHEST, BUT THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO PHASE MYLES! AFTER A MOMENT, MYLES HITS MITSUBACHI WITH A SIDE HAND CHOP OF HIS OWN! MITSUBACHI DELIVERS A SIDE HAND CHOP IN RETURN! MYLES! MITSUBACHI! MYLES! MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI!
Deadprez: MITSUBACHI manages to chop Myles into the vertical set of ropes before tugging him by his arm and delivering an Irish whip to the opposite set of ropes! Myles rebounds himself off the set of ropes as MITSUBACHI nails him with a dropkick! MITSUBACHI goes for the cover!
Referee: ONE! TWO!
Gavin Kirkland: Myles kicks out as quickly as possible as MITSUBACHI begins to apply a headlock to the former Unified Tag Team Champion! Myles tries to push MITSUBACHI away from him, but MITSUBACHI manages to wrench in the headlock tighter, making it a bit difficult for him to get out of the move! MITSUBACHI manages to spin himself to his knees, while maintaining the headlock on Myles!
Eve: Myles uses some of his strength to push him towards the ropes and he manages to get his hand on the ropes as well, which is going to force MITSUBACHI to break the hold!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE!
Deadprez: MITSUBACHI releases a headlock! I’m not sure that Myles thought that this was going to be a scenario that he wanted to be in. Myles distances himself from MITSUBACHI for the moment! MITSUBACHI is gesturing for Myles to come at him! MITSUBACHI more than wants this fight! Myles has his arms up, ready to lock up and it seems like MITSUBACHI is going to do the same thing! These two Elitists begin to lock up! MITSUBACHI manages to get Myles’ wrist before applying a wristlock! Myles elbows MITSUBACHI in the face as that seems to release the wristlock on Myles! Myles turns himself around before he hits MITSUBACHI in the stomach before whipping him towards the ropes! MITSUBACHI rebounds off the ropes before Myles connects with a giant shoulder block! This is enough to take down MITSUBACHI! Myles gets MITSUBACHI by his head and whips him to the corner! MITSUBACHI manages to catch himself to the corner, but Myles charges towards him before connecting with a giant running uppercut! MITSUBACHI stumbles forward as Myles nails him with a superkick! MITSUBACHI is sent back to the corner!
Gavin Kirkland: Myles rushes towards MITSUBACHI before connecting with a running forearm to him at the corner! Myles picks up MITSUBACHI before connecting with a snap suplex! Myles goes for the cover!
Referee: ONE! TWO!
Eve: MITSUBACHI manages to get a shoulder up!
Deadprez: Myles begins to apply a chinlock on MITSUBACHI! Myles pulls MITSUBACHI’s chin back as it seems like MITSUBACHI is in a bit of trouble at the moment! Now look at this! Myles is going for a surfboard stretch on MITSUBACHI! MYLES HAS MITSUBACHI BY HIS ARMS! MYLES LOOKS LIKE HE’S TRYING TO RIP MITSUBACHI’S ARMS OUT OF HIS SOCKET! MYLES PLACES HIS BOOT ON THE BACK OF MITSUBACHI AND YOU CAN SEE THE LOOK OF PAIN ON MITSUBACHI’S FACE!
Referee (off-mic): DO YOU SUBMIT, MITSUBACHI?
MITSUBACHI (off-mic): NO!
Gavin Kirkland: MITSUBACHI manages to rip one of his arms away from Myles! You can see the intense look on his face! He refuses to submit! He doesn’t see himself submitting! He wants to keep this match going! MITSUBACHI manages to rip his other arm away from Myles! MITSUBACHI manages to get to his feet as he takes down Myles with a knee strike, but it ends up taking Myles to the corner! MITSUBACHI BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF HIGH KICKS TO MYLES AT THE CORNER! MYLES IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BLOCK THESE KICKS, BUT MITSUBACHI IS NAILING HIM WITH EACH ONE! MYLES STUMBLES FORWARD OUT OF THE CORNER BEFORE MITSUBACHI NAILS HIM WITH A CALF KICK! MITSUBACHI REBOUNDS HIMSELF OFF THE SET OF ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SPINNING NECKBREAKER ON MYLES!
Eve: MITSUBACHI doesn’t go for the cover there, but it seems like we’re going to see him apply a Boston crab on the former Unified Tag Team Champion! Myles is trying to turn himself away from MITSUBACHI, but MITSUBACHI manages to stomp on the lower back of Myles before applying the Boston crab on him!
Deadprez: MITSUBACHI traps Myles inside the ring! Myles looks to be in pain at the moment, but he doesn’t look like he wants to submit! Myles is trying to go for the bottom rope! He sees that as the only way to get out of this hold at the moment! Unless, he can find a counter, then getting to the bottom rope may be the solution to everything! I cannot imagine how Myles’ lower back must be feeling at the moment, but I don’t think that anyone can handle all of that pressure!
Gavin Kirkland: But, it’s not stopping Myles! He is trying to use his arms to drag himself closer to the bottom rope! I don’t think that he sees himself submitting her as well! He’s been undefeated in singles matches since his return and he doesn’t want that to change anytime soon! Myles is literally dragging his entire body and it seems like MITSUBACHI is sensing his grasp on Myles fading away bit by bit! MITSUBACHI is shaking his head no as Myles gets closer and closer to the bottom rope and…HE GETS TO IT! MITSUBACHI has no other choice, but to release the hold!
Eve: Instead of waiting for the count, MITSUBACHI just releases the hold as Myles clutches into the bottom rope! MITSUBACHI manages to distance himself away from Myles and it seems like Myles is going to roll himself out of the ring! It seems like Myles is going to need some time to strategize on how the hell he wants to approach MITSUBACHI going forward into this match! MITSUBACHI doesn’t strike me as the guy that wants his time wasted! MITSUBACHI manages to hop himself over the top as he lands on the apron — NO! MYLES LOOKS TO SWEEP MITSUBACHI OFF HIS FEET! NO! MITSUBACHI MANAGES TO JUMP OVER MYLES TRYING TO SWEEP HIM OFF HIS FEET! MITSUBACHI GETS FOR A BACK KICK, BUT MYLES MANAGES TO CATCH MITSUBACHI’S FOOT BEFORE SLAMMING HIM FACE FIRST AGAINST THE APRON!
Deadprez: That does not look good for MITSUBACHI as Myles manages to shift this match back into his favor! Myles gets MITSUBACHI back up before throwing him face first against the plexiglass, which has our socially distanced EAW Universe behind it! I heard from Myles earlier this week that Myles wasn’t too happy about fans being let back in the arena! He preferred not to hear the fans because they annoy him so much, BUT MYLES GETS MITSUBACHI BACK TO HIS FEET BEFORE BATTERY RAMMING HIM AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE APRON BEFORE THROWING HIM TO THE PLEXIGLASS AGAIN! MYLES GETS MITSUBACHI AGAIN BEFORE BATTERY RAMMING HIM AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE APRON! MYLES THROWS MITSUBACHI INTO THE PLEXIGLASS AGAIN —
Gavin Kirkland: MITSUBACHI manages to nail a headbutt to Myles’ skull! The force of the headbutt proved to be too much for Myles! MITSUBACHI manages to throw Myles back first into the plexiglass! MITSUBACHI gets Myles and rolls him back into the ring! MITSUBACHI gets for the top rope and he’s stalking Myles back into his feet! Myles slowly rises back to his feet as he turns himself around, BUT MITSUBACHI LAUNCHES HIMSELF FROM THE TOP ROPE AND CONNECTS WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK! MYLES EATS THE DROPKICK AS MITSUBACHI! BEFORE MYLES CAN GET BACK TO HIS FEET, MITSUBACHI NAILS HIM WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO HIS FOREHEAD! MITSUBACHI GOES FOR THE COVER!
Referee: OOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Eve: Myles pushes MITSUBACHI off of him! MITSUBACHI gets Myles to his feet by his head before throwing him shoulder first against the ring post at the corner! Myles clutches his right shoulder before standing himself up! But, MITSUBACHI runs towards him — HESITATION DROPKICK TO MYLES AT THE CORNER! THAT’S MITSUBACHI’S GO-TO FINISHER AND HE MANAGES TO HIT MYLES WITH IT OUT OF NOWHERE! :damn: :damn: :damn: MITSUBACHI is just a few seconds away from getting a victory over a former Unified Tag Team Champion!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THREE–
Deadprez: MYLES GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!
Gavin Kirkland: MITSUBACHI would have had Myles there if it wasn’t for the bottom rope! You can see a bit of frustration on MITSUBACHI’s face! He is more than anxious to end this match! He would love nothing more than to get some momentum going for himself into Pain for Pride! Getting a victory over a rising star like Myles would be excellent for him! MITSUBACHI gets Myles to his feet again before whipping him to the same corner again! MITSUBACHI takes a few steps back and it seems like he’s going for another hesitation dropkick! MITSUBACHI rushes towards Myles!
Eve: ANOTHER HESITATION DROPKICK TO MYLES! MYLES STUMBLES FORWARD, BUT MITSUBACHI DOESN’T GO FOR THE COVER THERE! INSTEAD, MITSUBACHI GETS MYLES ON HIS SHOULDERS AND IT SEEMS LIKE HE’S GOING FOR THE ‘GO2SLEEP’ — WHICH IS A FIREMAN’S CARRY INTO A KNEE STRIKE! NORMALLY, MITSUBACHI DOESN’T LIKE USING THIS MOVE UNLESS YOU’RE A MAIN EVENTER, BUT THIS MAY BE THE ONLY WAY THAT HE CAN PUT DOWN MYLES!
Deadprez: No! Myles manages to slide off MITSUBACHI’s back! Myles completely drops to a seated position! This could have been the best thing that Myles could have done! This match would have certainly been over if MITSUBACHI connected with the move! MITSUBACHI TURNS HIMSELF AROUND AS MYLES CONNECTS WITH AN UPPERCUT WHICH STAGGERS BACK MITSUBACHI! MYLES SLOWLY RISES BACK TO HIS FEET AS MITSUBACHI RUSHES FORWARD TOWARDS HIM BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A FOREARM THAT TAKES MITSUBACHI BACK! MITSUBACHI CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM TO MYLES! MYLES CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM TO MITSUBACHI! MYLES! MITSUBACHI! MYLES! MITSUBACHI! MYLES! MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI MITSUBACHI! MITSUBACHI REBOUNDS HIMSELF OFF THE SET OF ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A DROPKICK, WHICH KNOCKS DOWN MYLES TO HIS KNEE! MITSUBACHI pulls Myles closer to him as it looks like he’s going to connect with a snap suplex, but Myles manages to push MITSUBACHI to the ropes again!
Gavin Kirkland: Myles connects with a spinning backhand! MITSUBACHI falls back into the corner as Myles takes a couple steps back before going towards the corner and going for meteora! MITSUBACHI stumbles forward as Myles picks up MITSUBACHI and connects with a Michinoku Driver! Myles is in the perfect position to go for the cover!
Referee: OOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Eve: MITSUBACHI manages to kick out! Myles begins to sinisterly laugh! He doesn’t seem too frustrated at all, but he’s amused that MITSUBACHI is giving him a fight! Myles begins to slap MITSUBACHI in the face multiple times! You can still see the smirk on Myles’ face as he gets MITSUBACHI by his chin!
Myles (off-mic): I gotta give you props, MITSUBACHI! You’re giving me the fight I want, but at the same time, it’s a fight that you can’t win.
Deadprez: MITSUBACHI swings a punch to the side of Myles’ face! This knocks Myles to the side! MITSUBACHI rushes towards Myles before delivering a series of knee strikes to the skull of Myles! MITSUBACHI is going ballistic with these knee strikes! But, it seems like the official is going to separate MITSUBACHI from Myles! You can see the intense look on MITSUBACHI’s face! He’s gesturing for Myles to get back to his feet! MITSUBACHI looks like he wants to end this match as fast as possible! He’s aware that if he gives Myles a time to recover, it could mean the difference between victory and defeat! Myles is wobbly, but he is trying to make his way back to his feet! At this moment, Myles is on noodle legs as MITSUBACHI rushes towards Myles, BUT MYLES CONNECTS WITH A SUPERKICK AS THAT STAGGERS MITSUBACHI BACK! BUT, MITSUBACHI MANAGES TO CHARGE TOWARDS MYLES AS HE CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER SUPERKICK ON MITSUBACHI! AND ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER ONE! SLOWLY, MITSUBACHI IS FALLING TO HIS KNEES! MYLES NAILS MITSUBACHI WITH ONE LAST SUPERKICK AS MITSUBACHI GETS TO HIS KNEES! MYLES FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A GIANT KNEE STRIKE AS THAT SENDS MITSUBACHI TO HIS BACK!
Gavin Kirkland: You can see by the smirk on Myles’ face, he’s ready to put MITSUBACHI away and win this match! Myles gets MITSUBACHI to his feet before picking him up! Will Myles connect with the De Facto?
Eve: IT SEEMS LIKE HE IS, GAVIN! MYLES WITH THE DE FACTO! THE SPINNING PUMPHANDLE SAMOAN DROPS ON MITSUBACHI AS HE GOES FOR THE COVER!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Enemy Strike” plays once again as Myles gets off of MITSUBACHI. Myles demands for the official to raise his hand as the official does that, but quickly snatches his hand away from the official’s grasp.)
Gina Romano: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH…MYLES!!!!!
Deadprez: Another victory for Myles going into Pain for Pride! Myles has been nothing, but impressive since his return!
Gavin Kirkland: MITSUBACHI has been impressive since the first day that he joined Showdown! He brought a hell of a fight to Myles! Out of everyone in Myles’ return, I think MITSUBACHI brought the biggest fight to him! There’s no denying how talented this newcomer is! Going into Cash in the Vault, he could surprise us in the match! He shouldn’t be ashamed of coming short in this match, but it should empower him to make sure that he doesn’t suffer any losses anytime soon!
Eve: Myles is another one from Showdown that all the competitors need to be on a look out for! This is clearly a different version of Myles that we are not familiar with! If that victory doesn’t prove anything, I don’t know what will.
(One final commercial break.)
(Showdown returns from commercial break as “Awaken” by Dethklok hits as Ryan WIlson makes his way to the ring with the most cocky and arrogant smile on his face. He is embracing the boos he’s getting from the small Performance Center crowd. He gives the title motion around his waist the entire way to the ring.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS OUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL….AND IT IS FOR THE EAW PURE CHAMPIONSHIP!!
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST THE CHALLENGER…FROM MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA….WEIGHING IN AT 220 POUNDS…..THE INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER OF SHOWDOWN…RRRYYYYAAANNNN WWWIIIILLLSSSSOOOONNN!!!!!!
Eve: Well, this guy gifted himself an opportunity last week.. He feels that title needs him and since Lucas or Shane can’t get the title off him, he’ll do it himself.
Gavin Kirkland: I think he said it best, he feels this is a reward for all his hard work, and it’s gonna pay off as that PURE Championship has been eluding him dating back to last season. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to walk away champion and with Alexis Chambers not being a wildcard tonight, and with that look of determination on his face, I think he gets the job done tonight and wins his first championship!
(The camera pans backstage to the gorilla position, Jake is getting ready to make his entrance before Alexis Chambers pops into the frame.)
Alexis Chambers: Just wanted to wish you luck. .
Jake Smith: Thanks, I’m gonna prove I can win on my own and show I’m the rightful PURE Champion. NOBODY is taking this off of me, especially not HIM, and especially not with PAIN FOR PRIDE a few weeks away!
Alexis Chambers: Knock em dead.
(Alexis Chambers and Jake Smith then share a quick passionate kiss, before Alexis smiles and walks out of the frame.)
(Jake is feeling even more pumped up afterwards as “War” by Grandson hits. He walks out to overwhelming boos from the small Performance Center crowd. He points at the PURE Title then points at the Pain for Pride sign.)
Gina Romano: AND HIS OPPONENT….FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA….WEIGHING IN AT 210 POUNDS….HE IS THE REIGNING EAW PURE CHAMPION…..JJJAAAKKKKEEEE SSSMMMIIITTTHHHH!!!!!!!
Eve: Well, I guess Jake just got some extra motivation there from the woman who’s banned from ringside. You just know he’s ready to knock this defense out of the park to prove he can win without her and he’s the rightful champion going into our biggest show. The winner of this bout will face Xander Payne as he earned his shot earlier tonight, and you just know Jake wants that match more than anybody, but he’s gotta get through Ryan WIlson tonight which won’t be easy in any way!
Gavin Kirkland: Nah man, that just pissed me off. No guy like him should EVER be kissing a woman like Alexis! :noah: My mood for this main event is pretty much ruined!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Eve: And our main event for the PURE Title is underway! Both men lock up in the center of the ring in a collar and elbow tie up! Both men battle for control of the other, and Ryan Wilson manages to get Jake in a side headlock..Jake pushes Ryan off him and Ryan runs to the ropes, Jake goes for a clothesline but Ryan ducks and runs to the opposite ropes, and Ryan runs into a drop toe hold from Jake and Jake spins around and slaps Ryan on his head as hard a she can before backing away and letting Ryan get back to his feet, Ryan is not happy about the slap to the head. It seems Jake is just toying with Ryan right now.
(Jake Smith flips off Ryan Wilson.)
Deadprez: WOAH! Ryan didn’t take too kindly to that as he charges after Jake now and goes for a clothesline but Jake ducks and he clotheslines Ryan Wilson over the top rope! Jake wastes no time as he runs to the ropes and goes for the baseball slide under the rope, but Ryan catches Jake by his legs and Ryan pulls Jake out of the ring as hard as he can and Jake smacks the back of his head against the outside floor as hard as he can, OUCH! Ryan begins to stomp repetitively on grounded Jake Smith! Ryan seems to be taking out some anger and frustration with each stomp!
Ryan Wilson(no mic): LEARN.TO.RESPECT.AUTHORITY!!!
Eve: Ryan picks up Jake and tries getting Jake back in the ring now, but Jake drives Ryan back first into the barricade and Ryan is trying to hammer away on the back of Jake, both men are throwing shots at each other going at it on the outside, this just turned into a massive brawl between the two men as they’re tearing each other apart on the outside of the ring! Ryan is still trying to hammer at Jake’s back but Jake manages to turn it into a back body drop and Ryan lands back first on the floor! The tables have turned now and Jake is the one stomping away on Ryan! After a moment Jake lifts Ryan up and throws him back in the ring, and Jake climbs up the apron and enters the ring through the middle rope–Ryan catches Jake with a kick right to the face as Jake is entering! Ryan WIlson grabs the head of Jake and balances him between the top and bottom rope…elevated DDT spikes Jake Smith’s head right into the mat!
Gavin Kirkland: Ryan rolls away as Jake scoots over to the corner and sits in the corner, Ryan stays on the attack and walks over to Jake in the corner and he places his foot on the throat of Jake in the corner and pulls back! The referee begins his count!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIV–BACK IT UP RYAN! COME ON!
Eve: Ryan backs up and puts his hands up innocently! Ryan walks back to Jake in the corner–And Jake pulls Ryan by the arms and drives him shoulder first into the second turnbuckle pad! Jake is up to his feet and sees the position Ryan is in on his knees facing the corner, and JAKE RUNS TO THE OPPOSITE CORNER AND DRIVES BOTH OF HIS KNEES INTO THE BACK OF RYAN’S HEAD! Jake now hops on top of Ryan and begins throwing hard right hands, but the referee immediately steps in and warns Jake about the use of closed fist punches in PURE matches! Jake puts his hands up–but REVERSES IT AND RYAN IS ON TOP OF JAKE NOW THROWING HAYMAKERS TO THE FACE OF JAKE AS JAKE IS TRYING TO COVER UP! THE REFEREE TRIES INTERVENING AGAIN, THESE TWO JUST WANNA TEAR EACH OTHER APART!
Deadprez: Ryan hops off Jake and both men race to their feet, both men charge at one another but Ryan gets his knee up and flips Jake on his back on the mat! Ryan drops to the mat and applies a headlock to the grounded Jake Smith! Ryan is screaming remarks at Jake as he has the headlock locked in, and it doesn’t take long for Jake to rise to one knee, Jake drives his elbow into the midsection of Ryan, and Ryan loosens his grip a little bit and Jake counters into a back suplex! Jake is up to his feet and Ryan rises to his shortly after and Jake connects with a knife edge chop to the chest of Ryan! Another one from Jake that drives Ryan back against the ropes! Jake irish whips Ryan but Ryan counters and throws Jake to the rope and he ducks for a back body drop, but Jake stops in his tracks and drops to his knees and throws an uppercut to the throat of Ryan WIlson!
Eve: Ryan is stunned and Jake throws another uppercut stumbling Ryan back, Ryan runs at Jake but Jake drops Ryan down to the mat and has the crossface locked in! Jake is wrenching back and has the crossface locked in deep on Ryan! Ryan begins to scramble to try finding a way out of this submission hold! Jake is screaming at Ryan to tap out but Ryan is refusing as he begins his crawl to the ropes! Ryan is almost to the ropes–But Jake lets go of the crossface and drags Ryan by the legs back to the center of the ring and tries locking it in again but Ryan is tucking his head forward refusing to let it happen…AND RYAN REVERSES IT INTO A PIN!!
Gavin Kirkland: Jake escapes it and both men race to the feet again and Jake Smith runs into a dropkick from Ryan! Jake is up and Ryan connects with another one! Jake is up and swings wildly for Ryan’s head but Ryan ducks and sets up for a Blue Thunder Bomb, but Jake Smith reverses it midway through and connects with an arm drag to Ryan Wilson! Ryan is up quickly and….RYAN WALKS INTO A SUPERKICK–BUT RYAN CAUGHT JAKE’S LEG! RYAN SPINS JAKE AROUND AND CONNECTS WITH A SPINNING LARIAT THAT DROPS JAKE TO THE MAT!
Eve: Ryan picks up Jake holding his head and an arm, but Jake pushes Ryan off him and Ryan goes for a stiff forearm, and it connects to Jake’s face and Jake drops to a knee, Ryan runs to the ropes and CONNECTS WITH A HIGH RUNNING KNEE RIGHT TO THE FACE OF JAKE! RYAN COVERS!!
Deadprez: Jake kicks out! Ryan grabs ahold of Jake by the head and begins slamming his head against the mat several times! Ryan Wilson picks up Jake and puts him in a suplex position and he lifts Jake off the ground–BUT JAKE REVERSES FROM THE BACK AND FACES RYAN’S BACKSIDE! Jake goes for a neckbreaker but Ryan turns and manages to shove Jake once again avoiding the neckbreaker, Ryan runs at Jack from the back and tries rolling him up from behind, BUT JAKE HOLDS ON TO THE ROPES PREVENTING THE ROLL UP! RYAN IS UP AND RUNS AT JAKE ONCE MORE BUT JAKE SIDESTEPS AND SENDS RYAN THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE! But Ryan held on and he grabs Jake by the head from the outside of the apron and tries slingshotting Jake but Jake connects with a high knee that knocks Ryan off the apron to the outside!
Eve: Jake measures Ryan on the outside and awaits for him to rise to his feet and turn around–JAKE RUNS TO THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A SUICIDE DIVE TO RYAN ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING! Jake is feeling fired up as he picks up and tosses Ryan back in the ring and Jake slides back in the ring and looks to keep the momentum going for himself as run at Ryan trying to pick himself up on both knees and JAKE CONNECTS WITH A SHINING WIZARD TO THE BACK OF RYAN’S SKULL! IS THIS ENOUGH FOR JAKE?!
Gavin Kirkland: NO! Ryan gets the shoulder up, and Jake right away picks up Ryan and places Ryan between his legs…AND JAKE LIFTS UP RYAN HIGH FOR A POWERSLAM IN LOOKS LIKE! But Ryan is trying his best to fight out of this predicament, and Jake runs full speed with Ryan on his shoulders but RYAN COUNTERS INTO A HURRICANRANA THAT SENDS JAKE INTO THE CORNER! JAKE HIT THE TOP TURNBUCKLE FACE FIRST RIGHT THERE! Ryan Wilson sees Jake is vulnerable in the corner, and Ryan runs full speed at Jake in the corner and Ryan connects with a leaping splash! Ryan steps back as Ryan begins to slowly make his way out of the corner-
Eve: SUPERMAN PUNCH FROM RYAN!! BUT NO!! JAKE SMITH REVERSES IT AND CONNECTS WITH A BENT DOWN BACKBREAKER AND NECKBREAKER COMBO! Both men are down once more in this PURE Title match. Both men are pulling themselves up on opposite ends of the ring now, and Jake is up first as he runs at Ryan, BUT RYAN COUNTERS WITH A BACK BODY DROP OVER THE TOP ROPE! But Jake Smith manages to hold on, Ryan turns around and walks right into a forearm from Jake on the apron, Ryan falls backwards…AND JAKE LEAPS THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE WITH A TORNADO DDT!!
Deadprez: BUT RYAN HOLDS JAKE IN THE AIR AND CONNECTS WITH THE SPINNING BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! COVER!!
Eve: JAKE STAYS IN IT!! Ryan doesn’t waste any time as he stands back to his feet and he tries getting Jake back up to his feet, but JAKE WITH A CHOP BLOCK TO THE FRONT OF RYAN’S LEFT KNEE! Jake and Ryan are both on their knees now and Jake throws a headbutt that knows Ryan back a bit! Jake stands up and begins lifting Ryan off the mat, and JAKE HOOKS BOTH OF RYAN’S ARMS FOR THE RIDE TO HELL!–BUT RYAN TWIRLS OUT OF IT–SUPERMAN PUNCH!!! AND OH NO! THAT SUPERMAN PUNCH SENT JAKE BACKWARDS AND HE GOES THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPES, Ryan tried his best to catch Jake but was unsuccessful!
Deadprez: Ryan slowly rolls underneath the bottom rope and walks over to Jake who’s stirring to his feet and Jake throws an elbow to the face of Ryan! Jake Smith hammers at the back of Ryan Wilson before grabbing him by the head and throws Ryan full speed shoulder first into the steel steps–BUT NO RYAN REVERSES AND TURNS THE TABLES AND THROWS JAKE SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEPS!! Ryan right away picks up Jake and tosses him back in the ring and he follows right away and begins setting up Jake! He’s measuring…RYAN CHARGES AT JAKE! BUT JAKE CATCHES RYAN WITH PPPPPAAAARRAALLLYYYZZZEERRRR!!!! THE DEVASTATING SPINEBUSTER CONNECTS IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! JAKE HOOKS THE LEG NOW!!
Eve: RYAN STAYS IN THE FIGHT!! Jake has a bit of shock on his face as he sits next to Ryan. Jake rises to his feet again and he waits for Ryan to rise, JAKE CHARGES AT RYAN BUT RYAN SIDESTEPPED IT AND RYAN SENDS JAKE INTO A CORNER AND RYAN IS RIGHT ON HIS TAIL AND CONNECTS WITH A HELLUVA KICK RIGHT TO JAKE’S FACE IN THE CORNER! Ryan is feeling exhausted but Ryan brings the woozy Jake Smith to the center of the ring and…..MMMIICCC DDRROOPP!!!! IT CONNECTS BEAUTIFULLY!!! WE;RE GONNA CROWN A NEW PURE CHAMPION RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!!
Gavin Kirkland: DAMN! The PURE Champion gets the shoulder up at the very last possible second. I for sure thought we were about to witness Ryan capturing his first title here in the Land Of Elite, but Jake holds on to fight at least for right now!
Deadprez: Ryan with quickness knows he can’t give Jake any time to recover and he picks Jake up and goes for Mic Drop once more….BUT JAKE DRIVES RYAN FORWARD INTO THE CORNER CAUSING RYAN TO BREAK THE GRIP ON JAKE! Jake throws a few knife edge chops to the chest of Ryan in the corner now, and Jake lifts Ryan up to the top rope before climbing up and joining him up there! Jake is going for a superplex but Ryan is fighting it off! Both men are battling for position on the top rope now! Ryan throws a headbutt! Ryan throws another one and Jake Smith is teetering now! RYAN THROWS JAKE’S ARM OVER HIS HEAD–FALCON ARROW FROM THE TOP ROPE CONNECTS ON JAKE! RYAN’S GOT THIS A SHE GRABS THE LEG FOR THE COVER TO FOLLOW IT UP!!
Eve: AGAIN!! JAKE STAYS ALIVE! I don’t know how but he did, and Ryan is thinking on what his next move is gonna be to put this match away and capture the PURE Title. Ryan Wilson picks up Jake but Jake seems to be dead weight right now–JAKE PUSHES RYAN BACK AND RYAN KNOCKS INTO THE REFEREE! THE REFEREE IS STUNNED RIGHT NOW!!
Deadprez: SUPERKICK FROM JAKE SMITH CONNECTS TO RYAN!! RYAN BOUNCES OFF THE ROPE AND–SUPERMAN PUNCH TO JAKE!!!! RYAN’S ABOUT TO WIN THE PURE CHAMPIONSHIP!!…….BUT WHAT THE HELL….LOOK!!
Eve: RYAN TURNS AROUND AND AHREN FOURNIER IS ON THE APRON–AHREN FOURNIER SWINGS HIS SIGNATURE UMBRELLA AT THE HEAD OF RYAN WILSON LIKE A BASEBALL BAT!!
Gavin Kirkland: AHREN DROPS OFF THE APRON AND RETREATS BACK INTO THE CROWD! JAKE SMITH IS UP AND HE HOOKS BOTH OF RYAN’S ARMS—RRRRRRIIIIDDDDEEEEE TTTTTTOOOO HHHHEEELLLL!!!!!!!! COVER!!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“War” by Grandson hits as Jake rolls off Ryan and is handed the PURE Championship. The referee raises his hand from the ground.)
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER…AND STTTTIILLLLLL EAW PURE CHAMPION…JJJJJJAAAAKKKKKEEE SSSSSMMMMIIIIITTTTHHHHHH!!!!!!
Eve: Damn, it looked like Ryan had the title won there before Ahren got involved and swung the umbrella at him. You just KNOW there is going to be hell to pay for Ahren doing that, you just know it.
Deadprez: Jake survives again, I’m not even sure if he knew Ahren got involved, but he did it without the help of Alexis Chambers and now he’s heading into Pain for Pride as champion and he’s got a date with Xander Payne!
(The camera pans to see Ahren leaving the arena area. Some fans are booing with their thumbs down and some are cheering.)
(Jake Smith stands and holds the PURE Championship up high.)
Eve: Well, that does it for another edition of Showdown, we’ll see you–WHAT THE HELL?!?!
Deadprez: XANDER PAYNE!!! XANDER PAYNE FROM BEHIND CHEAP SHOTS JAKE SMITH!! XANDER PICKS UP JAKE AND SETS HIM UP–PAYNEKILLER!!!!!
(Once again, some of the crowd members are booing and some are booing for their hatred of Jake Smith.)
(Xander slowly picks up the PURE Championship next to the lifeless body of Jake Smith. Xander slowly holds it in the air over Jake.)
Eve: These two meet in a few weeks time for that PURE Title, will THIS be the scene, or will Jake’s second reign continue? Thank you for joining us tonight! We’ll see you next weekend!
(EAW logo buzzes.)