( We get a recap of last week’s Voltage, starting out with Captain Charisma introducing the concept of the “Four Paths to Pride” where each week Voltage competitors will get an opportunity at a path to a major Pain for Pride match – including 2 Cash in the Vault spots, one spot in the Openweight Title match, and finally a chance at the EAW Interwire Championship. We get a rundown of the entire Beat The Clock Challenge which would determine the first of two Voltage entries into the 2018 Cash in the Vault Ladder Match at Pain for Pride. We get a highlights for a couple of screwy finishes including Nemesis interfering to cost Terry Chambers his match against Erebus, and Terry exacting revenge during Nemesis’ match with Lars, depriving him of any chance at winning the BTCC. Erebus’ time is shown as the winning time, confirming his spot in the CIV match. )
( “Bully” by Shinedown accompanies the Voltage intro video featuring Voltage Elitists. )
( Open up to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, and gold colored pyro blasts up from the stage and across the arena and the camera scans the entire audience as fans are jumping and cheering in excitement. We see a tag that reads #SoldOut is seen at the top corner of the screen. )
( “Bully” dies down. )
( “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin [EAW Edit] takes its place, and the arena goes NUTS as Jamie O’Hara slowly walks out to the stage with a look that means business. He dons his usual dark jacket and in-ring attire, and he walks to the ring with a purpose. )
Rebecca Sawyer: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome JAMIEEEEEE OOOOO’HARAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Nick Angel: Isseiki Ni Ichido, an athlete that only comes along once in a century. By the time the biggest show of our year, Pain for Pride, rolls around he will have done just about everything there is to do here, and he’s done it arguably better than anyone else in history. Nick Angel here along with Kawajai, and Kawa we may never see another reign on top like Jamie O’Hara’s ever again, but we know he isn’t here to dwell on that right now is he?
Kawajai: Jamie from what we know has been incensed. Last week he was virtually fed to the wolves, having to team with Impact to take on the Blicky Boyz, and as you might expect Impact had a much difference concept of “teamwork” than Jamie did.
( We get a recap of last week’s Voltage where we see a backstage encounter of Jamie O’Hara urging Impact to work with him for the sole purpose of defeating The Blicky Boyz, however Imp would disrespectfully decline. Cut forward to the main event, and Jamie O’Hara due to a lack of compliance from Impact is defeated by the team of Malcolm Jones and the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Elite. )
Nick Angel: Jamie O’Hara basically had his own partner WATCH as he he fell victim to a two-on-one, but we know there’s nothing but bad blood brewing between these two men. I personally don’t understand why management would even allow Jamie in that predicament to begin with, but from what we know O’Hara has had a massive chip on his shoulder all week long.
( Jamie O’Hara is in the ring with a microphone in hand, and “Kashmir” dies down as Jamie stands by as the raucous crowd chants “O’HARA!” passionately. )
Kawajai: Raucous sold out crowd here in Detroit!
( Jamie waits for the chants to die down before speaking. )
Jamie O’Hara: Screw Impact.
( The crowd responds with a massive applause. )
O’Hara: I don’t give a damn who’s back there kissing his ass, telling him what he wants to hear, and I don’t care if this offends anybody’s sensibilities: SCREW Impact, and his entire legacy.
7 World Championships, a dozen overall championships, soon to be two Hall of Fame rings… and no balls. That’s the man – pardon – that’s the cunt who is in the conversation as the greatest, that’s the cunt who has declared himself to be quote-unquote “Quintessential” so many times that a great number of people have actually started to believe him. However there’s a saying and the saying goes: the championship doesn’t make the man, the man makes the championship. And if last week was any indication, you got a raw and unfiltered look into the kind of man Impact truly is.
When it came time to be an adult and put differences aside for the purpose of winning, we saw clearly that the man who once prided himself on being a winner has lost sight of everything he should strive to be. But you know wanna know something? Impact may have lost sight, he may be a fool, but he isn’t a blind fool. There is still very much a very clear view in his peripheral, and most importantly there is a man in his peripheral who embodies everything Impact has attempted to run from for his entire career. There is a man who embodies all of his insecurities, a man who bodies everything he wishes he could be, and I’m going to come out and say it right now, that man is me.
( Crowd cheers. )
O’Hara: In one season I have completely eclipsed his entire legacy, and he knows it damned well, so the bloke is bitter about it. Every day that I held the World Heavyweight Championship, every waking second was akin to a living hell. And like the gutless, insecure son of a Bitch that he is, instead of challenging me upfront for a shot at the title, he has to show up after I’m 20-30 minutes deep in my SECOND Championship match of the evening, and strike while the opportunity was right. NOT in the way he struck at Road 2 Redemption a decade ago, no, if that were the case he would have left with the spoils – not Chris Elite. He did what he did not for the sake of furthering his own legacy, but in SPITE of my own. That’s is because every second, and every day that I continued to hold on to that Championship, the facade of the Quintessential Champion is plunged further, and further into the dirt. He’s insecure and his insecurities eat him alive, I make him sick to the core, and I you know what? I take pride in that.
But you see Impact is not the only person that is insecure. Why else would Voltage Commissioner Matt Daniels initiate this bullshit no-contact policy between Impact and myself? Simple. If I got my hands on Impact without any interruption, or distraction, or any sort of limits… I would expose him. I would completely expose him for the false idol that he is, just like I’ve exposed so many of the golden calfs erected by EAW in their honor.
No matter what management does, no matter what hoops are gone through to protect Impact’s legacy, it must ultimately be understood, all that is hidden must eventually come to light. The purveyors of false prophecies are destined to be exposed for the frauds they really are, that is the self-fulfilling prophecy that comes with men like Impact. And we can sit here and “pretend” this is the same Imp of five or six years ago who was able to face insurmountable odds… but Pain for Pride 10 should have proven that EAW has passed him by a long, long time ago.
( Jamie nods to himself. )
O’Hara: But if 10 wasn’t enough of an example, 11 should leave you all without a trace of doubt.
( Jamie looks into the hard camera. )
O’Hara: Because Impact, I AM CHALLENGING YOU TO A MATCH AT PAIN FOR PRIDE 11.
( Crowds ROARS in massive applause. )
O’Hara: And make no mistake – make no mistake about it Impy, I own beachfront property inside your head, so much so that I know just as well as you know… that I am the harbinger. The harbinger to your own demise, the harbinger to irrelevancy, your own personal harbinger to your own undoing. You’ve been ignoring the warning signs for a long time now, evident by how you could dare show your face back here after the humiliating you suffered just one year ago. No more beating around the bush then ay? At Pain for Pride let’s put this bloody thing to rest, and by that I mean your dying career.
( O’Hara drops the mic and “Kashmir” picks back up, as he exits the ring and walks up the ramp. )
Nick Angel: SOME INTENSE WORDS FROM THE LONGEST REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION IN EAW HISTORY, HE REALLY WENT FOR THE JUGULAR!
Kawajai: We all knew at some point a match had to happen, and it’s clear Pain for Pride is the only logical place to do it. Impact is bound to accept the challenge – and barring any incident or controversy, we are in for perhaps one of the greatest showdowns in the HISTORY of Pain for Pride!
( Jamie is seen walking up the ramp, and “Bully” by Shinedown comes back on in the background music as we get a graphic card featuring: Lars Grier, Alejandro Correa, Ryan Wilson, Andrei Sokolova and Terry Chambers vs Ahren Fournier, Nemesis, Paradox, Matt Smokes and Liam Archer – 5 on 5 Divide & Conquer Match for the 2nd CITV spot )
Nick Angel: We also expect to see Impact against Malcolm Jones in our main event, however we’ve got a MAJOR feature match up featuring 10 Voltage Elitists, some of them making their debut tonight, in the DIVIDE & CONQUER MATCH! And what a massive opportunity it is for! The winning participant in this 10 person bout will earn Voltage’s 2nd slot in the Cash in the Vault briefcase match!
Kawajai: I know a lot of people that are excited about this one! There are so many variables that go into a match like this, this is a match where you HAVE to trust your partners, but you can only really trust them as far as you can throw them! Who will lock in their spot in the 2018 CITV? We’ll find out tonight!
( We get a split-screen of Xander Payne & The Revenant having an animated debate in a dressing room, and Alex Bowden & Damon Diesel walking and talking backstage. )
Nick Angel: Well a common trope here on Voltage is the concept of ‘strange bedfellows’, and I’m not just talking what goes on in Sheriff DEDEDE’s bedroom, but rather rivals and competitors put together in tag team battle – and coming up we’ve got all four men who will be participating in the New Breed Championship match at Pain for Pride TEAMING UP amongst each other, against each other! Alex Bowden and Damon Diesel team up to face Xander Payne and the EAW New Breed Champion Michael Bishop! That’s next!
( COMMERCIAL BREAK )
( We get a view of the arena garage, and a 2018 Bentley Truck pulls up to the location and stops by a chauffeur before turning off. Exiting the drivers seat is Impact, wearing an all black attire with dark shades on and a particularly nasty scowl on his face. He opens up the back doors of the vehicle and pulls out his luggage before slamming the door shut and tossing the keys to the chauffeur. )
( Impact walks into the arena, but just before he can get out of the garage he is stopped by Kathy Kush, who is holding a microphone and is looking to get a word. )
Kathy Kush: Impact! Impact, a word please?
( Imp stops and slowly turns his head towards Kathy. )
Kathy: I’m sure you’re already aware of this but just a few minutes ago Jamie O’Hara officially challenged you to a contest at Pain for Pride, will you be accepting this match?
Impact: A match huh?
Kathy: Right, what is your response?
Kathy: Wow, um, really? Can I ask why?
Impact: I don’t know if Jamie realizes, but I don’t do a damn thing on anybody else’s terms. I know he’s had a lot of shit to talk about me, well I can throw bones right back. But if this is what he calls “taking the gloves off” and “bringing the hammer down”, he can get that weak shit the hell outta here. I’ll be happy to renegotiate the terms next week, and I won’t just bring the hammer down, I’m dropping the goddamn anvil. But tonight I have a Malcolm Jones to bury, so if you’ll excuse me.
( Impact walks off, leaving Kathy behind. )
( CUT TO: the Voltage interview set, where we see Sofia Clarke standing by with a big smile on her face as she’s next to Devan Dubian, who’s dressed in ring gear and taping up his wrists. )
(The camera cuts to Rebecca Sawyer in the ring.)
Rebecca Sawyer: The following tag team match is scheduled for one fall!
(“It Follows” by Cane Hill hits to loud boos from the crowd)
Rebecca Sawyer: Introducing first now residing in New York City, U.S.A. weighing in at 255 pounds “The Paynekiller” XAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDER PAAAAAAAAAYNE!!!
(Xander Payne comes out to the ring wearing a shirt labeled “Payne For Pride 1: June 21st-24th in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!” He is grinning at the crowd as he enters the ring.)
Nick Angel: Xander Payne has promised to humiliate and embarrass his opponents here tonight! We will see if he has what it takes to do just that!
Kawajai: Not only that but he has promised to win the EAW New Breed Championship. Xander is clearly a man on a mission and he isn’t looking to have any setbacks either tonight or at Pain for Pride!!!
(“For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica hits to cheers from the crowd)
Rebecca Sawyer: Introducing his tag team partner from Chicago, Illinois weighing in at 245 pounds… he is the EAW New Breed Champion “THE REVENANT” MICHAEL BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISHOP!!!
(Michael Bishop makes his way down to the ring with the New Breed Championship around his waist.)
Nick Angel: The Revenant has vowed that he will hold nothing back tonight on Voltage! He is ready for the road to Pain for Pride and he will prove to the world just why he is the New Breed Champion!
Kawajai: Yet his opponents grow hungry and the hungrier they grow the more disrespectful they become. Disrespect and saltiness shouldn’t always be taken as a sign of a weakness it can sometimes be a sign that your rivals will go to any lengths to defeat you.
(“Sound of Madness” by Shinedown hits to cheers from the crowd)
Rebecca Sawyer: And their opponents… frist from Dunkirk, France weighing in at 225 pounds he is “THE BLACK HAWK” ALEXXXXXXXXX BOWDENNNNN!!!
(Alex Bowden makes his way down to the ring looking intense.)
Nick Angel: The Showdown Elitist Alex Bowden arrives on uncharted territory here, but still looking to kick ass and take names here tonight!
Kawajai: Alex Bowden has promised that he will usher in a new “golden age” in EAW! I am not entirely sure what that all means but one thing is for sure… this man means to take over!!
(“Rise Up” by Saliva blasts through the speakers to cheers from the crowd)
Rebecca Sawyer: And his tag team partner from Orlando, Florida weighing in at 202 pounds… “THE UNDERGROUND HERO” DAMON DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIESEL!!!!
(Damon Diesel makes his way to the ring to a loud ovation from the crowd as he slaps the hands of his fans on the way towards the ring.)
Nick Angel: Here comes a young rookie from Orlando who has gained many fans here just on his very short run on Dynasty so far, and many believe he should be a champion! Only time will tell if Damon and his fans get what they want!
Kawajai: It’s not a popularity contest however Nick. Damon Diesel will have to earn every inch of success he gets in this business!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Nick Angel: We are starting off this tag team match and it looks like The Revenant, Michael Bishop will be starting things off against Alex Bowden. The two circle around the ring before quickly locking up… and Bowden gets the advantage! Bowden pulling Bishop in as he hoists him all the way up over his shoulders and drops him with a Samoan Drop! Bowden starting this match off rather forcefully… but Bishop back up as he wildly charges in at Bowden with a flurry of punches! Bishop taking down his opponent as he grabs the arm of Bowden locking him into an armbar on the ground!
Kawajai: Bowden in pain as Damon Diesel considers interfering but decides not to as he sees his partner start to regain his footing. Bowden breaks his arm free… No it looks like Bishop held on and whips his opponent across the ring! Bowden runs up the turnbuckle backflipping back over his opponent in the ring! BOWDEN WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!! Just like that Bowden has regained control here tonight as Bishop gets back up only to be dropped by a hard forearm from Bowden! The crowd standing behind Bowden here tonight as he punches away at his opponent every time he gets back up! Bishop crawls into the corner… but is met with a charging clothesline from Bowden! Bishop falls forward but Bowden catches him and tosses him over with a Belly to Belly Suplex! Bishop dizzy as he pulls himself back up to his feet… BOWDEN WITH A CUTTER OUTTA NOWHERE! THE COVER!
Nick Angel: And the kickout by Michael Bishop! The Revenant out here in a bad way as he crawls towards his opponent… but Xander Payne doesn’t look interested in making the tag! The crowd booing now as Michael Bishop pulls himself up yelling at Xander to tag him! Xander refusing to tag the champion as Alex Bowden is daring both men to come fight him with a smile on his face!
Kawajai: That looks like it has enraged Xander Payne however as he has grabbed the tag rope and is extending his hand for the tag! SLAP TO THE FACE BY THE REVENANT! Xander Payne nearly fell off the apron from that slap by his tag team partner but apparently that counts as an official tag and he is in this match.
Nick Angel: Xander Payne enters the ring cautiously as Alex Bowden comes after him but Xander puts himself in the ropes forcing the referee to force Bowden off of him. Xander leaves the ropes as Bowden shoves past the referee and… THUMB TO THE EYE!
Kawajai: Xander Payne with a devious move taking Bowden off his game as he immediately punches him hard in the face and shoves him into the corner. Payne charges in with a Running Splash taking down his opponent as the crowd boos him for his dirty tactics. Bowden on the mat now getting up but Payne kicks him hard in the side! Payne stomping away at his opponent on the ground. Nothing pretty here but it is effective as Bowden crawls over to the corner only to get choked out with a boot to the throat from Payne. The referee counts Payne off Bowden as he backs up into the ring.
Nick Angel: BUT PAYNE CHARGES IN WITH A CANNONBALL SENTON INTO THE CORNER!!! Payne rolls off up onto his feet as he drags Bowden back… The cover!!
Kawajai: And the kickout by Alex Bowden! Payne not relenting however as he locks Bowden into a headlock… Bowden feeding off the energy from the crowd however! He is fighting back up to his feet! Bowden elbows Payne hard… Bowden with another elbow as he breaks free!!! BUT XANDER WITH A CLOTHESLINE!
Nick Angel: NO! Alex Bowden ducked as he comes off the ropes… Springboard Dropkick connects! Xander Payne taken down to the mat as Bowden crawls over to his corner… Can he make the tag to his partner?!?!?
Kawajai: BOWDEN LUNGES AND MAKES THE TAG!!!
Nick Angel: Here comes Damon Diesel in the ring now! Xander Payne back up only to be dropped with a Dropkick from Diesel! Diesel now firing off the ropes with yet another Dropkick as he takes Michael Bishop down off the apron! Diesel turns back around as Payne gets back up… BUT A SPINEBUSTER TAKES HIM BACK ON DOWN! The cover!
Kawajai: Nope! A kick out by Xander Payne! The Revenant pulling himself back up on the apron as he is shown talking a ton of smack about Damon Diesel… But Diesel is having none of it as he drags Bishop over the ropes into the ring! Xander Payne from behind however as he knocks down Damon Diesel! Bishop backup as he and Xander begin to double team Diesel on the mat with stomps from both men! Great teamwork! Wait here comes Alex Bowden! Another wild flurry of punches by Bowden to Michael Bishop! Bowden off the ropes… Clothesline to Bishop with extreme force! Bishop and Bowden sent flipping over the ropes together from the impact of that clothesline! Diesel fighting back against Payne with a flurry of his own punches as he staggers back against the ropes!
Nick Angel: Payne comes charging out… SPINEBUSTER YET AGAIN CONNECTS!!!! ON THE SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER OPPONENT! Damon Diesel now heading up to the top rope! Is he going for it?!?!?
Kawajai: HE IS! RISE UP CONNECTS! THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Rebecca Sawyer: Here are your winners the team of Alex Bowden and Damon Diesel!!!
(“Rise Up” by Saliva hits to cheers from the crowd as Damon Diesel has his arm raised in the ring.)
Nick Angel: WOW! Damon Diesel picking up a big win for his team here tonight on the road to Pain for Pride!
Kawajai: Diesel was the last man in the match so he must have had the most fuel in the tank! No pun intended of course. Michael Bishop definitely doesn’t look too happy about taking the loss, and I’ve noticed quite the competitive rivalry budding between he and Xander, I wonder how Xander Payne expects to answer for taking the fall here whenever he’s back to his wits!
(Michael Bishop is shown leaving with the New Breed Championship as the camera cuts to an advertisement for the new EAW Network Special “Lexi Sheckler: Please Come Byke Baby Gurrrl”)
( Chris Elite and Big Mike are seen walking backstage as they suddenly run into Malcolm Jones and the Joneset crew, the crowd gives an enormous pop for the interaction. )
Chris: Money Makin’ Malc! What’s good fam?
(The two groups exchange daps as MJ and Chris do their secret handshake)
Malcolm: Rico Elite! Aye we were just looking for y’all. That Harolds was hitting the other day wasn’t it?
Chris: Deadass, tell Astraea I said good looks, I’m still eating good off of leftovers! Where she at anyways she not with you tonight?
Malcolm: She’s sleep in the hotel room, let just say I wore sis out and she needs to regroup ;). But yo what you getting into tonight?
Chris: Well me and Big Mike got a little interview later tonight but other than that I can’t even call it man, I might mess around and hit a club up or something. Shit lemme call up Tee Grizzley and see if he’s in town. But yeah what about you?
Malcolm: Same boat breh, but I’m facing Impact tonight in the main event so I’m at least looking forward to that.
Chris: Oh yeah I’m definitely gonna be tuned into that. I already pinned that bozo to defend this title so if you lose you know I already got the upperhand going into PFP right?
Malcolm(laughing): Never that! Watch me work, ima put Old Yeller to sleep tonight something proper like. A lil preview of when I snatch that chip from you.
Chris: You hear that Mike? (both Chris and Big Mike look at each other laughing). I respect the ambition though, you wouldn’t be here without it.
(Chris pats MJ on the shoulder approvingly)
Chris: …….But the championship’s staying in Brooklyn.
Malcolm: :thinking: But I don’t recall ever moving to Brooklyn or ever planning to. That’s pretty much the only way that happens.
Chris: Ight so what you tryna bet on it then?
Malcolm: Now you talking my language.. 50 racks.
Chris: You ain’t talking MINE. C’mon I know you still got that Gawd Complex money stashed away, you talking chump change.. Double or nothing.
Malcolm: Say less. 100 racks I walk away with the chip and take it back to Harlem. And vice versa.
Chris: Shake on it.
(Chris and Malcolm shake hands to make the bet official)
Chris: You still my homie though regardless, it’s always love over here.
Malcolm: That goes without saying, I wouldn’t feel right taking the title from you if you just handed it to me. I’m expecting a fight, and when it’s all said and done we can sip some henny to it rolling back the tape, it’s all love.
Chris: It’s all love. But like you said before…. as far as New York City goes, there’s one life… one love…
Malcolm: …..so there can only be one King.
( Chris Elite raises his championship high as Malcolm looks up at it and their respective crews look on, the camera fades back to the ring )
(The camera cuts to Rebecca Sawyer in the ring.)
Rebecca Sawyer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is a Cash in the Vault Preview Match!
(“Indestructible” by Disturbed hits to cheers from the crowd)
Rebecca Sawyer: Introducing first from Parts Unknown weighing in at 240 pounds “THE FORTHCOMING OF DARKNESS” ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRREBUS JENNINGGGGGGGS!!!
(Erebus Jennings makes his way down to the ring to cheers from the crowd as the arena lights shut off allowing him to make his entrance in total darkness.)
Kawajai: Erebus is a cold and calculating presence and may come off as an evil bastard but that hasn’t stopped him from gaining a loyal following of fans here in EAW.
Nick Angel: Erebus has said his opponent will crumble before the darkness here tonight! Yet his opponent is a Hall of Famer! So that task may not be as easy as one may believe!
(“The Sky Is A Neighborhood” by Foo Fighters hits to a mixed reaction)
Rebecca Sawyer: And his opponent from Leicester, England weighing in at 230 pounds… “THE AMAZING EMIR” D-VON DUBIAN!!!
(Devan Dubian comes out to the ring looking angry as he berates Rebecca Sawyer in the ring for getting his name wrong.)
Kawajai: Well his name is actually Devan folks. If you didn’t know it before he looks determined to make sure you never forget it again!
Nick Angel: Devan Dubian seems to believe that his opponent this week isn’t even relevant and he is taking the time to get in the face of our ring announcer. I sure hope he hasn’t underestimated his opponent tonight as Erebus is not to be taken lightly! You must take him darkly!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Kawajai: We are underway! Erebus Jennings staring down Devan Dubian with a death glare as Dubian sizes up his opponent. The two quickly lock up as Erebus wrenches the arm of Devan. Erebus spinning Devan around dropping him to his knees as he forces down his other hand onto the shoulder shoving Devan face first down into the mat! Devan back up on his feet however as Erebus rolls out of the way… Erebus off the ropes… Flying Crossbody connects!!!
Nick Angel: NO! Devan moved out of the way as Erebus recovers in the corner only to get punched in the face by Devan! Erebus reeling now but Devan captures him and connects with a bodyslam! Devan with the cover!
Kawajai: Quick kick out there by Erebus! Devan immediately with a Sleeper Hold locked in on his opponent but relinquishes nearly immediately as he notices Erebus’ foot in the ropes. Devan himself off the ropes… and connects with a running knee strike to the head of Erebus! Devan doing some real damage here but Erebus just sits up! Devan off the ropes again… lunging clothesline connects! Devan now stomping away at his fallen opponent as he walks around the ring pacing like a caged animal.
Nick Angel: Devan Dubian is in the zone here tonight and Erebus Jennings is feeling every second of it! Devan stalking his opponent as he kicks a rising Erebus in the gut and grabs his arm pulling him in… Snap Suplex! Erebus holding his back in pain as Devan watches over him writhing in pain. Devan pulling his opponent up now… and a Roundhouse Kick by Erebus! Devan stunned as he stumbles back holding his head… and a karate chop to the top of the skull by Erebus sends Devan down to the mat! Devan back up… but Erebus is waiting… Erebus hooks his arm around Devan… Falling Side Slam connects! The cover!
Kawajai: The kick out from Devan Dubian! Erebus pulling up his opponent as he hooks the arm again going for a Suplex! But Devan with a series of hard knees to the gut of Erebus breaks free! Devan backs up as he charges in with a Clothesline but Erebus side steps this. Erebus with a roll up from behind!
Nick Angel: Another kick out by Dubian! Jennings nearly stole one there! Both men back up on their feet as they trade punches in the ring. Dubian grabs Jennings by the hair as he connects with a savage headbutt! Jennings falls back into the corner as Dubian bounces off the ropes and charges into the corner with a running knee strike to the skull! Dubian now dragging his opponent back out into the ring as he pulls him back up one more time… DDT connects! The cover by Dubian!!
Kawajai: No wait! Dubian not going for the cover but instead has locked in a Bearhug on Jennings! Dubian with all his power squeezing down Jennings on the mat! Jennings having the life squeezed out of him as he is kept off the mat by Dubian’s arms. Jennings with the air squeezed out of him relaxes as his shoulders fall back to the mat!
Nick Angel: But Jennings quickly realizes what happened and pulled his shoulders back up! Jennings clenching his fists as his fans are rooting him on! Come on Jennings! Use the power of the darkness!
Kawajai: Jennings has grabbed the bottom rope! The referee counting and forcing Dubian to release the hold! Dubian backs up into the corner as Erebus is getting up… HE CHARGES IN WITH A RUNNING PUNT KICK!!!
Nick Angel: NO! Jennings moves out of the way and Dubian kicks the bottom turnbuckle! Erebus back up as he clips the leg of Dubian from behind and grabs onto his legs!!! Jennings twists Dubian around… DARKNESS’ WRATH LOCKED IN! EREBUS JENNINGS HAS HIS DEADLIEST HOLD LOCKED IN ON DEVAN DUBIAN!!!
Kawajai: Dubian desperately pulling himself towards the ropes! He does not want to tap out! He is desperate to win this match and prove his dominance going into Pain for Pride! He has almost made it to the ropes! Dubian raises his arm!! He’s going to tap!!!!
Nick Angel: Dubian’s arm lowers and closes in on the bottom rope! That was a close call but now Erebus must break the hold! Erebus looking disappointed as he breaks the hold and backs away. The referee checking on Dubian who is getting back up as Erebus stalks around him… Erebus grabs Dubian from behind… PITCH BLACK!!!
Kawajai: NO! Dubian rolls out of the deadly maneuver…. Erebus charges in with a Clothesline…. BLEEDING EDGE OUTTA NOWHERE!!!
Nick Angel: But Erebus shoves Dubian off of him! Dubian lands on his feet however and bounces off the ropes! Clothesline! Erebus ducks under it as he runs off the ropes… Erebus and Dubian turn around as they collide together in the ring! Both men staggered as they fall back into opposite corners… and charge out throwing punches at each other! Both men connect as they fall back once more! Dubian and Erebus coming together once more as they lock up with Dubian grabbing the hair of Erebus and tossing him across the ring! Dubian looking for the kill now… PROPEL TO PARADISE!!!
Kawajai: Erebus rolls out of the way back behind Dubian! Erebus grabs Dubian from behind locking the head in… PITCH BLACK!!!
Nick Angel: NO! Dubian with great flexibility kicking back hitting the head of Erebus with his boot! Erebus staggers back as he releases the hold, Erebus turns around and BLEEDING EDGE CONNECTS!!!
Kawajai: The cover!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Rebecca Sawyer: Here is your winner… DEVAN DUBIANNNNNNNNN!!!
(“The Sky Is A Neighborhood” by Foo Fighters hits as Devan Dubian has his arm raised.)
Nick Angel: Great effort by Erebus Jennings this week but Devan Dubian picked up the momentum here tonight heading into Pain for Pride.
Kawajai: I could really see either of these men capturing that briefcase Nick. Dubian showed that he can strike out of nowhere and that is the kind of opportunistic attitude you need heading into a match like this.
( Camera cuts backstage, and we see Ahren Fournier standing by with an “GOAT Champion” authentic t-shirt on, holding the Interwire Championship over his shoulder and wearing his ring attire. He’s standing by a water cooler, and grabs a plastic cup to fill himself an ice cold cup of water. )
Ahren Fournier: What am I doing?
( Ahren tosses the cup full of water to the floor, and calls over a young female intern. )
Ahren: Hey sweetie, the GOAT Champ is thirsty, get the GOAT champ some bottled water please? I’m too important to drink this filthy disgusting tap.
Intern: Yes sir.
( The intern walks off, and Lars Grier walks onto the scene also in ring gear with a particularly foul look on his face. )
Ahren: Can I help you?
Lars Grier: You sure can. You can help me out by keeping my name out of your big fat mouth.
Ahren: I’m sorry?
Lars: Look you can promote yourself till’ the cows come home, but don’t slander others while peddling your little fictitious agenda. I didn’t appreciate that slick little name drop you pulled last week. If you’ve got a problem with me you can address that problem like a man.
Ahren: Yikes, I think you’re a bit confused so let the GOAT champ clear it up for you: I don’t have a problem with you. You’re too irrelevant to have a problem with. You really haven’t accomplished a damned thing on this brand in quite some time, hell your season highlight was beating Apocalypse. If you can’t take the fact that you’re overhyped, well perhaps that’s between you and your therapist, but don’t take that out on me –
( Lars gets into his face. )
Lars: Shut the hell up. I’m not here to ask you, I’m TELLING you to keep my name out of your mouth. You think you’re too good to not have that title taken from you? Let’s put our money where our mouth is out there during that Divide & Conquer match, and we can show the world just what kind of champion you are.
( The intern returns with a bottle of water, and before Ahren can take it Lars grabs it out of the interns hand. He bottles it, knock back a big gulp and sets it on the table before walking off. )
Ahren: ……. Get me another bottle.
Intern: Sorry, they’re all out…
( The crowd can be heard laughing at Ahren, and Ahren grumbles profanity under his breath, grabbing the tap water in the plastic cup and then walking off. )
( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )
( The camera cuts to the ring where Rebecca Sawyer is standing by with a mic in hand. Matt Smokes, Nemesis, Liam Archer, and Paradox are already in the ring. “Incredible” by SECRETS is playing as Ahren Fournier is making his way to the ring. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Rebecca Sawyer: This match is a DIVIDE AND CONQUER MATCH to determine the second entrant in the Cash In The Vault match at Pain For Pride! Already in the ring… MATTT SMOKEEESSS!!! NEMEEESISSSS!!! LIAAMMMM ARRCHHERRR!!!! AND PARRAADDOXX!!! Making his way to the ring now… AHREEENNN FOURNNIERRRR!!!
And their opponents…
( “Blood on the Leaves” by Kanye West begins to play. Alejandro Correa makes his way to the ring. )
Rebecca Sawyer: ALEJJANNDROOO CORREAAA!!
( “Psyched Out” by The Supersuckers starts to play. Ryan Wilson makes his way to the ring. )
Rebecca Sawyer: RYANNN WILLSONNN!!!!
( “Can’t Be Touched” by Roy Jones Jr. starts to play. Terry Chambers makes his way to the ring. )
Rebecca Sawyer: TERRRYY CHAMMBERRRSS!!
( “FTW (F**k the World)” by A$AP Rocky & Tom Morello starts to play. Lars Grier makes his way to the ring. )
Rebecca Sawyer: LARRSS GRRIEERRR!!!!
( “Pray For Me” by G-Eazy plays and Andrei Sokolova makes his way to the ring with the REVOLT! Heavyweight Championship around his waist. )
Rebecca Sawyer: He is the REVOLT! Heavyweight Champion… ANDREEIII SOKKOLLOOVAAA!!
Kawajai: This match seems pretty lopsided to me. A lot of newcomers on one team with Ahren Fournier leading the charge and then Lars, Andrei, Alejandro, Ryan, Terry on the other. Ahren’s got a task ahead of him if he’s wanting to make it into this CITV match.
Nick Angel: Anything can happen and it just takes three seconds for someone to be eliminated. This is going to be a great match and let’s not waste anymore time. Let’s get it started!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( Terry Chambers and Nemesis stay in the ring as the remainder of their teams exit to the apron. The ref signals for the bell. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Kawajai: It’s time to divide and conquer! This match is about to get insane! Ten men all fighting for one spot in the Cash In The Vault match at Pain For Pride. Terry and Nemesis get us started as they inch closer to each other. The lock up happens and Terry instantly has power advantage as he spins behind Nemesis and connects a back suplex! Nemesis gets back to his feet and meets Terry’s fist on the way up. Terry backs him up to the ropes, nailing punch after punch right to his jaw. He grabs his arm and whips him into the ropes right into the side the rest of his team is on. Nemesis stops before reaching the ropes and looks directly at the rest of Terry’s team. TERRY FROM BEHIND! ANOTHER BACK SUPLEX! This time Nemesis lands on his neck worse than before and stays down longer! He runs against the ropes AND LARS SLAPS HIS BACK! Lars tags himself in and Terry continues through with a running elbow drop right to Nemesis’ heart.
Nick Angel: Lars comes in and Terry steps out to the apron. He grabs a hold of Nemesis and pulls him up to a vertical base AND THEN CONNECTS A FALCON ARROW! Lars goes for the cover, but before the ref can even count, Liam Archer charges in and breaks it up. HERE COMES RYAN WILSON WITH A CLOTHESLINE ON LIAM! MATT SMOKES AND PARADOX ENTER AS TERRY CHAMBERS AND ALEJANDRO CORREA ENTER! AN ALL OUT BRAWL UNLEASHES BETWEEN THOSE FOUR! AHREN FOURNIER AND ANDREI SOKOLOVA JOIN IN THE BRAWL! LIAM COUNTERS ANOTHER CLOTHESLINE FROM RYAN WILSON AND THROWS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE! PARADOX AND MATT SMOKES ARE BOTH THROWN INTO THE SAME CORNER, COLLIDING FACE FIRST WITH ONE ANOTHER! THE REF IS TRYING TO REGAIN CONTROL BY HELL HAS BROKEN LOOSE IN THAT RING! MATT SMOKES AND PARADOX ARE THROWN OUT OF THE RING AS TERRY AND ALEJANDRO FOLLOW!
Kawajai: Lars is playing this smart right now. He’s not getting involved with the mayhem and he hasn’t taken his eyes off of Nemesis who’s still the legal man right now! AHREN JUST CLOTHESLINED ANDREI OUT OF THE RING! He’s looking outside the ring where all the bodies lay… HE RUNS ACROSS THE RING AND JUMPS OVER THE ROPES! SUICIDE DIVE RIGHT ONTO EVERY SINGLE PERSON OUTSIDE THE RING AND THEY ALL FALL DOWN! LARS AND NEMESIS ARE THE ONLY TWO IN THE RING ONCE AGAIN! LARS IS STALKING NEMESIS WHO’S GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET… RAVENBEAK! SPEAR! SPEAR! IT CONNECTS! HE TURNS NEMESIS INSIDE OUT AND GOES FOR THE COVER WHILE EVERYONE IS OUTSIDE!
Rebecca Sawyer: Nemesis has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: Four remain on this team of Ahren Fournier, Paradox, Matt Smokes, and Liam Archer! They have to be feeling the pressure now as they’re down a man! The ref is calling Paradox into the ring which means he’s the legal man for this team now! The pile of bodies start to separate and make their way back to their respective corners. Paradox enters the ring and Lars locks up with him when he does. Paradox whips Lars into the ropes and it happens to be the same ropes as his team. Alejandro Correa tags himself in this time. Lars rebounds off the ropes and runs into a belly-to-belly suplex from Paradox! ALEJANDRO IS RUNNING AGAINST THE ROPES AND RIGHT AT PARADOX WHO’S BACK ON HIS FEET! HEARTSBANE! ALEJANDRO USED EVERY OUNCE OF POWER POSSIBLE TO POUNCE ON HIM AND NOW HE’S GOING FOR THE COVER!
Kawajai: LIAM ARCHER COMES RUNNING IN TO BREAK UP THE PIN, BUT HE’S TOO LATE!
Rebecca Sawyer: Paradox has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: Liam Archer is now the legal man with just three total people left on his team against the five on the other. The odds are against this time with a CITV spot on the line! LIAM STARTS UNLOADING A FURY OF PUNCHES AND BACKS HIM UP AGAINST THE ROPES! RYAN WILSON TAGS HIMSELF IN AND JUMPS ONTO THE TOP ROPE! Liam whips Alejandro across the ring to ropes where no team stand AND THEN CONNECTS THE DEATH COMES SWIFTLY! RUNNING STANDING CLAYMORE KICK! LOOK OUT LIAM! RYAN WILSON JUMPS FROM THE TOP ROPE AND CONNECTS A DIVING TORNADO DDT! OUCH! Alejandro is able to roll out of the ring on the side of his team while Ryan Wilson takes over. Ryan walks back over to Liam who’s on the ground now and attempts to lift him up. LIAM COUNTERS WITH A ROLL UP PIN!
Kawajai: RYAN KICKS OUT! That happened so fast that his own team didn’t even move a muscle.
Nick Angel: I don’t think it had to do about happening so fast, more-so getting him out of the way so the others have a better chance of winning the second CITY spot.
Kawajai: No matter, both Liam and Ryan rise up to a vertical base. They circle around one another before locking up in the middle of the ring. Ryan spins behind Liam and connects an inverted headlock backbreaker! Ryan runs towards the ropes where no team stands and springboards as Liam gets back up to his feet… SPRINGBOARD CUTTER! WHAT A MOVE BY RYAN WILSON AND HE’S IN COMPLETE CONTROL RIGHT NOW! Now he’s going for the top rope once again! What’s he looking for this time? HE LIFTS OFF FOR A SWANTON BOMB! SWANTON BOMB! LIAM LIFTS HIS KNEES UP LAST SECOND AND RYAN’S BACK LANDS RIGHT ON THEM! WAY TO COUNTER! LIAM GETS TO HIS FEET AND RUNS AGAINST THE ROPES! RYAN IS ON HIS KNEES HOLDING HIS BACK AND LIAM COMES UP FROM BEHIND… THE LAST SHOT! SHINING WIZARD TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! MATT SMOKES AND AHREN FOURNIER RUN INTO THE RING AND CHARGE RIGHT AT ALEJANDRO, LARS, TERRY, AND ANDREI AND KNOCK THEM OFF THE ROPES! LIAM COVERS RYAN!
Rebecca Sawyer: Ryan Wilson has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BY LIAM TO GIVE HIS TEAM A SHIMMER OF HOPE! This kid has been improving a lot and it’s showing here tonight. The ref is signalling that Terry Chambers is now the legal man and begins a countout!
Kawajai: Matt Smokes and Ahren Fournier are outside now after knocking Alejandro, Lars, Terry, and Andrei off the apron. Matt Smokes grabs a hold of Lars from behind and connects a german suplex on the padded concrete!
Nick Angel: Ahren Fournier looks down at Terry Chambers AND OH MY GOD! STORYBOOK ENDING! THE CURB STOMP CONNECTS AND AHREN LIFTS HIM UP AND ROLLS HIM BACK INTO THE RING! LIAM GOES FOR THE COVER!
Kawajai: ALEJANDRO CHARGED IN JUST IN TIME TO BREAK UP THE PIN! HE RUNS AGAINST THE ROPES AS LIAM STANDS BACK UP AND HEARTSBANE! THE POUNCE CONNECTS! HE PLACES TERRY’S ARM ON LIAM AND EXITS THE RING!
Nick Angel: MATT SMOKES TRIED TO BREAK UP THE PIN CAME UP SHORT!
Rebecca Sawyer: Liam Archer has been eliminated!
Kawajai: Ahren Fournier and Matt Smokes remain for one team and Lars Grier, Alejandro Correa, Andrei Sokolova, and Terry Chambers remain for the other team! Two versus four. Which team will remain to battle amongst themselves for the second CITV spot at PFP? Matt Smokes is already in the ring and now he’s the legal man. Terry is still affected by the Curb Stomp from Ahren not that long ago. Matt Smokes lifts him up to his feet then puts him in a suplex position! He lifts him up from that position and look at that power! HE DROPS HIM WITH A BRAINBUSTER! HE GOES FOR THE COVER! WAIT! HE NOTICES ANDREI ENTERING THE RING AND RUNS AT HIM WITH A SUPERKICK! HE DODGES IT! AHREN RUNS INTO THE RING AND CONNECTS ANOTHER STORYBOOK ENDING ONTO TERRY! ANOTHER CURB STOMP! HE RUNS BEHIND ANDREI SOKOLOVA NOW WITH A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL BEFORE HE CAN DO ANYTHING TO MATT SMOKES! ANDREI ROLLS OUT OF THE RING AND MATT RUNS TO COVER TERRY AFTER AHREN STARTED YELLING AT HIM!
Nick Angel: AS AHREN EXITED THE RING, LARS CAME IN TO BREAK UP THE PIN! He pulls Matt up and then lifts him onto his shoulders with his stomach facing to the ceiling. OH MY GOD NEVERMORE! THE INVERTED GO TO SLEEP CONNECTS! LARS PLACES TERRY ON MATT SMOKES FOR THE COVER!
Kawajai: AHREN FOURNIER COMES RUNNING IN BUT LARS WITH THE RAVENBEAK! SPEAR! NO AHREN DODGES IT! HE’S ABLE TO BREAK UP THE PIN! AHREN IS KEEPING HIS TEAM IN THIS! HERE COMES ANDREI AND HE GRABS A HOLD OF AHREN AND JUST THROWS HIM OUT OF THE RING! HE LANDS AGAINST THE BARRICADE AND MAYBE HURT HIS SHOULDER JUST THEN! Andrei pulls Terry up and makes him realize where the hell he is then points down at Matt Smokes. Terry reaches down and pulls him up to a vertical base. HE POPS MATT UP ON HIS SHOULDERS! T-5! T-5! IT CONNECTS! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!
Rebecca Sawyer: Matt Smokes has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: This isn’t good for Ahren Fournier. Four men versus one. Andrei Sokolova, Lars Grier, Terry Chambers, and Alejandro Correa all remain on one team while Ahren stands alone for his. Ahren is standing up now just look into the ring at the four men that await his enter.
Kawajai: Ahren can’t stand outside for the rest of this count. He’s gotta do something…
Nick Angel: It looks like he’s analyzing what he can do considering he’s so outnumbered.
Kawajai: AHREN LOOK OUT! LARS COMES RUNNING FROM AROUND THE CORNER! RAVENBEAK! THE SPEAR AGAIN! BUT AHREN DODGES! HE QUICKLY TURNS AROUND AND DARTS AT LARS WHO TURNS AROUND LAST SECOND… PROTECT YA NECK! THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL CONNECTS!
Nick Angel: HERE COMES ALEJANDRO NOW AND HE’S GOING FOR THE HEARTSBANE! BUT AHREN COUNTERS WITH A DROP TOE HOLD! STORYBOOK ENDING! ANOTHER CURB STOMP TONIGHT AND HE’S TAKEN OUT ALEJANDRO AND LARS FOR THE TIME BEING!
Kawajai: ANDREI IS RUNNING AROUND THE CORNER NOW AND LIFTS HIS KNEE UP FOR THE SEEING RED! RUNNING BICYCLE KNEE! AHREN DODGES YET ANOTHER MOVE AND TURNS AROUND TO CHARGE AT ANDREI! THE CLIMAX! RIPCORD KNEE STRIKE AND ALL THAT REMAINS STANDING IS AHREN AND TERRY WHO’S STILL IN THE RING! AHREN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE!
Nick Angel: Ahren has to do something now that the entire team is out besides Terry. He HAS to capitalize right here. Terry is waiting for him to get into the ring and Ahren jumps onto the apron! Terry immediately charges at him, but is stopped with a hard right hook from Ahren! Now a left hook! He grabs a hold of Terry’s arm and jumps onto the ropes! HE FLIPS TERRY OVER AFTER JUMPING OFF THE ROPES AND HAS TERRY IN THE CALL TO ARMS! THE CROSS ARMBREAKER! TERRY IS IN TROUBLE AND HAS NOWHERE TO GO AND NO ONE TO HELP HIM! HE TAPS! TERRY CHAMBERS TAPS!
Rebecca Sawyer: Terry Chambers has been eliminated!
Kawajai: Ahren has put himself in a better position now and he just has to go against three other men instead of four! Can he fight the final three and claim that spot for himself? Or will it come down to the other team fighting amongst themselves for it? The ref is calling for Lars Grier to enter the ring, but where is he?
( Kawajai and Nick Angel stand up at the table and start looking for Lars Grier. )
Nick Angel: I really don’t see him…
Kawajai: OH MY GOD WATCH OUT AHREN! LARS SLIDES IN BEHIND AHREN WHO’S LOOKING AT THE MESS HE CREATED EARLIER! LARS CHARGES AT AHREN AND AS HE’S TURNING AROUND LARS CONNECTS THE RAVENBEAK! HE JUST SPEARED AHREN ON THE SIDE AND NOW HE’S GOING FOR THE COVER! IT CAN’T END LIKE THIS FOR HIM!
Rebecca Sawyer: Ahren Fournier has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: I hate that for him. He just fought every single one of them to eliminate Terry and got eliminated right after.
Kawajai: This match has been an absolute classic, though. You only see matches like this here on VOLTAGE!
Nick Angel: With the elimination of Ahren Fournier, his team is out of the match! It’s now Lars Grier, Alejandro Correa, and Andrei Sokolova fighting until one remains and claims the second CITV spot! Andrei enters the ring while Alejandro is still outside recovering. Lars and Andrei lock up in the middle of the ring and Andrei’s trying to power through. He’s been struggling this match and hopefully he can take advantage here. Andrei gets Lars in a headlock, but Lars pushes him off to rebound against the ropes! ANDREI WITH A BIG BOOT AND LARS IS TAKEN DOWN! Andrei goes for the cover, BUT LARS COUNTERS WITH A ROLL UP!
Kawajai: Andrei is able to kick out at the very last second and he’s absolutely shocked Lars was able to do that after taking the boot like he did! Andrei pulls Lars up to a vertical base and Lars shoves him away then thrusts forward with a clothesline! Before Andrei can get back up, Lars lifts him up and has him in a pumphandle position… MUNNIN’S VISION! THE PUMPHANDLE NECKBREAKER CONNECTS! HE’S GOING FOR THE PIN! BUT WAIT! HOLY HELL AHREN SLIDES INTO THE RING AND CHARGES AT LARS! PROTECT YA NECK FROM BEHIND! THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL BEHIND AND AHREN IMMEDIATELY PLACES ANDREI’S ARM ON LARS THEN EXITS THE RING!
Rebecca Sawyer: Lars Grier has been eliminated!
Nick Angel: Ahren Fournier just came back and screwed Lars out of this match after he eliminated Ahren! Andrei is getting to his feet now and he’s confused as hell as to what just happened. He spins around to see what’s around him and notices Ahren walking backwards up the ramp. He runs to the ropes and starts yelling at Ahren. Andrei is absolutely pissed off right now!
Andrei Sokolova (without a mic): I DON’T NEED YOUR HELP! I HAVE THIS TAKEN CARE OF!
Kawajai: HOLY HELL FROM BEHIND YET AGAIN HERE COMES ALEJANDRO CORREA! QUE GOLAZO! BICYCLE KICK TO THE BACK OF ANDREI’S HEAD! HE BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES AND ALEJANDRO ROLLS HIM UP!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “Blood on the Leaves” by Kanye West blasts through the speakers and the crowd forms a roar of boos and cheers. Alejandro rolls out of the ring and the ref follows to raise his hand in victory. )
Rebecca Sawyer: Here is your winner and the second entrant in the Cash In The Vault match at Pain For Pride… ALEJJANNDROOOOO COORREEAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Nick Angel: ALEJANDRO IS A SNAKE! He has been playing possum a good bit of this match and attacked when Andrei wasn’t expecting it!
Kawajai: It’s a smart move by him and now he’s going to Pain For Pride! Andrei looks absolutely livid in the ring right now and Ahren is on top of the stage staring at the ring before heading backstage.
Nick Angel: Well, Alejandro is now in the Cash In The Vault match and one can only wonder what’s going to happen for Ahren, Andrei, and Lars now after this craziness just happened.
(Chris Elite is seen frantically walking around the hall looking around)
Chris: Mike! Mike! Where are you? Hey lady… you seen Big Mike?
Random Lady: I…. haven’t I’m sorry.
Chris: Damn I don’t got much time.. Lemme call this dude again
(Chris takes out his phone and dials Big Mikes number)
Chris: Straight to voicemail again… and the texts not even going through…. fam what is going on? I was just with the ni-
(A production team member runs up to Chris Elite mid-sentence)
Team member: Hey Chris, we’re live in 30 seconds so we need you to get in the chair so we can hook these mics up to you.
(Chris looks at his rolex)
Chris: Ight man I’m coming. Damn Mike, I’m gonna have to take this out of your pay..
(Chris Elite makes his way to the media area where there are two chairs and several cameras in front of them, one for Big Mike and the other for him, as he begins to take a seat, looking visibly frustrated)
Camera guy: We’re live in 3… 2… 1..
(A quick transition to the titantron in the arena where Chris Elite appears on it to a huge pop from the crowd, then it goes back to the full screen of Chris’ interview)
Interviewer: Chris, thank you for taking your time out to sit down with us tonight. I’d like to start off by asking, did you ever imagine you’d make it this far in such a short period of time?
( Chris hesitates for a second, looking off-camera before focusing back on the interviewer. )
Chris: My fault, yeah I definitely imagined I’d make it here. I was born for this spotlight, growing up in a big city with bright lights it was always about how to stand out from the pack and be the best you can be. So that’s what I applied when I came to EAW and it’s worked out for the best. I ain’t enter this business to curtain jerk, I entered it to go straight to the top and that’s what happened. I saw an opening and opportunity and I took full advantage of it thanks to Ryan Adams biting the bullet, look at me now (raises championship). But I mean as far as how long it took me to get here, for somebody who only debuted in 2016 it was definitely quick rise.
Interviewer: If I recall, you’ve been in EAW since 200-
Chris: (fake coughs loudly) NEXT QUESTION.
Interviewer: Facing a man who is your tag team partner and best friend at the biggest stage of it all for a world title, do you see this putting a strain in your relationship?
Chris: (chuckles) Look man, the only thing putting a strain in our relationship is when we argue over who’s better between A Boogie and Jay Critch. Y’all media dudes want it to be one way but it’s not and we having fun laughing while playing you dudes because you be at the edge of your seat waiting to see a Blicky Boyz breakup but it’s not gonna happen. Malcolm is my brother, and a helluva competitor which is why he got himself into the position he’s in at such a rapid pace. I’d be insecure about my abilities and standing in this company if I looked at what he was doing and felt a certain way about it. At the end of the day, the two of us know how good we are and we know ain’t nobody else even touching us in that ring… so our only competition IS ourselves. So with that in mind, it’s only natural we’d end up meeting eventually, especially for a prize as big as the World Heavyweight Championship, ya dig?
Interviewer: If by any chance Malcolm does defeat you, how would that make you feel? I’d imagine you’d be bent on trying to get your championship back.
Chris: Well duh, I’m a competitor. He’s a competitor. We’re still homies regardless of the outcome and the loser gonna have to throw the other a party on top of that 100 racks.
Interviewer: What comes after PFP with a successful defense?
Chris: I’m chasing history. I defeated Jamie for that title putting an end to a historic run, so it’s only right I put an end to his record as well. Ima hold onto this baby real tight, trust and believe that.
Interviewer: Do you have anything to say to the people who criticized your way of capturing the championship from Jamie?
Chris: Nah, people like that don’t even get no play from Big Bhris. We like to call those types haters or better yet.. dickeaters. And you know what I do about dickeaters? Nothing. I let their hungry asses eat until they stuff their faces and their bellys to the point where they pass out from the itis and then I go on about my business. Continuing to make this money, continuing to hold a championship that despite a controversial way of winning still hasn’t been taken from me in a defense, and shining despite them. If you ain’t got haters you ain’t poppin. I’d rather be a polarizing figure than a regular Joe who’s name rings no bells. It’s all about perspective. But then again I don’t even need to put it in perspective because I honestly don’t care. The ones that really know me respect what I’ve been able to do and accomplish, and I’m more than proud of the supporters that I have. There’s a large segment of people who watch this product who look at me and see themselves. People who have been shunned for years in favor of those who were deemed more “conventional”, but people like myself and eventually Malcolm and Astraea broke the mold and took EAW out of it’s “safe zone”. We showed that people like us could still be ourselves and be successful without compromising anything and I’m glad to be at the forefront of that. I’ll continue making THOSE people proud, anything else is irrelevant.
Interviewer: When you we-
(Suddenly an entourage member of Chris Elite comes storming into the set frantically mid-sentence putting a halt to everything)
Entourage member: Chris! We gotta go right now fam I’m sorry!
Chris: Bruh what are you doing?
Entourage member: I’m deadass bro! It’s urgent!
Chris: What’s going on?
Entourage member: Big Mike….
Chris: Yeah where is he at?
Entourage member: We found Mike laid out in the parking lot man! The ambulance are on their way right now, we found him in a pool full of blood!
Chris: Yo what the fuck??
( Chris pulls off the mic from his clothing as fast as he can. )
Chris: What is going on bruh? No wonder he hadn’t been returning my calls or nothing!
Entourage member: I don’t know man but we gotta figure this shit out!
Chris: Nah we gotta find out who did this shit ASAP. Get the boys on it, NOW. LET’S GO.
(Chris and the crew member quickly run off as they go to tend to Big Mike, leaving all of the production team members confused)
( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )
( We get a shot of Big Mike who has his clothes soaked in his own blood, and is being stretchered in the parking lot into an ambulance with Chris Elite and members of his Entourage by his side. )
Kawajai: Well ladies and gentlemen what you’re seeing here right now is certainly not something for the faint of heart, but that is Big Mike, associate and manager of the World Heavyweight Champion who was found unconscious in a pool of his own blood less than 15 minutes ago.
Nick Angel: So far there isn’t any information as to what method of assault was carried out on Big Mike, if there was an assault to begin with… it certainly appears to be foul play however.
Kawajai: If there was an attack that took place – which is certainly fair to suspect due to the nature of this incident – this clearly wasn’t carried out with the intent of shaking somebody up or sending some sort of message, this was an attack that was meant to incapacitate.
Nick Angel: Maybe it WAS meant to send a message Kawa, but maybe that was a message for the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Elite.
Kawajai: We’ll follow up with more information on the status of Big Mike when it’s made available.
(Matt Daniels is seen walking down the hallway browsing The Coli on his phone until suddenly he stops in his tracks after seemingly bumping into something, he takes his eyes off of his phone and looks up)
Matt Daniels: Oh uhh.. Hey? I’m kind of in a rush here so–
??: You’re in a rush? Did you not see what just happened out there?!
(Andrei Sokolova and Lars Grier both appear in front of Matt Daniels with visibly frustrated expressions on their faces)
Matt Daniels: I take it you’re not talking about Big Mike?
Lars: What? No, I’m talking about the Divide & Conquer earlier tonight. I had that match in the bag, and you SAW I was screwed over of an opportunity by somebody I had already eliminated…. and you’re fine with that? This is the type of operation we’re running now?
Andrei: No I was the one who had the match in the bag. I was in PRIME position to get the final pinfall in the match, and what happened, the nonsense between those two got in my way.
Matt Daniels: You both have legit arguments and I see where you’re coming from. But is all not fair in love and war? Unfortunately I cannot reverse the decision of Alejandro winning nor can I add you two to the Openweight Championship match as compensation because Voltage is only granted one representative. Therefore, I’m not sure what you want me to do here.
Lars: You know what? That’s fine, I have my sights set on someone and something else now. I think you might have a little idea if you’ve been paying attention to what’s going on that is. Make it happen.
Matt Daniels: I can’t “make” anything happen out of thin air Lars. I can give you another OPPORTUNITY just like you were given one tonight, with the incentive being your new goal of course, but it’s up to you to earn it.
Lars: Who’s to say I don’t get screwed over in this opportunity just like what just transpired? By the same person at that?
Matt Daniels: Okay Lars listen, you know what’s at stake and you know what to look out for, so you should be fine next week. Which brings me to next week… the next Path to Pride… will be for a shot at the Interwire Championship at Pain for Pride! This is your chance to get your revenge on Ahren, I wholeheartedly believe in you.
Lars: I tell you what Captain Charisma, I’ll play your little game but just know this. If I get screwed over next week I’m not just coming for Ahren’s ass, but I’m coming for yours too.
(Lars angrily storms off brushing shoulders with Matt Daniels, who then brings his attention to Andrei Sokolova)
Andrei: Now that we’re done dealing with children, let me correct you on proper etiquette when you see the face of your brand. The first thing you say when you see your World Heavyweight Champion is not “oh hey” and then you keep it moving. I had my doubts about the way this merger between EAW and REVOLT would go, and so far all of my doubts have been proven right. First of all, when I was in REVOLT, I was the face of that company. I headlined show after show and I made this title on my shoulders legitimate. I brought prestige and honor to something that would otherwise be overlooked and neglected had another man held this. Now here we are in EAW and I don’t even get the proper respect that I am bestowed. So I try to rectify the issue by winning the proper way, securing my spot in the Cash In The Vault match and I get blindsided. My patience is starting to run thin, and that doesn’t spell good for anybody.
Matt Daniels: Listen, Andrei, I absolutely completely understand your concerns and frustrations. But I have to say, you had the prime opportunity to prove to the world that you truly WERE the one true world champion on Voltage last week at Fighting Spirit and.. Well..
Andrei: I came up short. You can say it… but I wasn’t pinned. Quite frankly though, all of these hoops I have to jump through are irrelevant when I have a world championship of my own sitting on my shoulders. If anything, people should be fighting for an opportunity at THIS. I still stand by my claims, I am the one true definitive champion on not only Voltage but in EAW as an absolute whole. Quite frankly, the only way to prove this is to prove this championship’s worth by embracing this as the world title it deserves to be treated as and regularly defending it like a true champion. This isn’t a damned prop, it’s a legitimate accomplishment that I’ve DESTROYED opponents for, I’ve ripped hearts out for this here, and I refuse to let it fall by the wayside in favor of Chris Elite, Ahren Fournier, The Revenant who’s ass I already kicked to retain this championship, or ANYBODY else here. As far as Voltage goes, it’s Andrei Sokolova, and then everybody else. You hear me?
Matt Daniels: You know what? You’re right. That championship hasn’t been defended once since you’ve been here and that isn’t the way things work here in Voltage, so allow me to correct that wrong. However, you have to understand that since the merger there is an excessive amount of championships in EAW and it’s a lot to keep up with, thus the board has been looking for solutions to this problem and I came up with a plan myself. So here’s what we’re going to do..
Andrei: I’m listening.
Matt Daniels: Last week on Showdown, another REVOLT champion defended and retained his championship in an amazing fashion while also qualifying for the Openweight Championship match at Pain for Pride. So I figure, why not make this years Openweight match a REVOLT championship invitational? Three REVOLT weight class championships, plus an Empire representative, all championships on the line in a winner takes all match.
Andrei: All on the line you say?
Matt Daniels: In layman’s terms… three REVOLT male weight class championships will all be put on the line at Pain for Pride, for the final time. The winner walks away with the Openweight Championship, the loser? Well… the loser walks away empty handed.
Andrei: You know what? That does sound intriguing. Another championship to add to my collection. Alright you have my attention, but don’t I have to qualify?
Matt Daniels: Of course you do, and you’ll be in a qualifying match very soon while also putting your championship on the line to determine who will be representing Voltage in that match as the final REVOLT Heavyweight Champion, you’ll have more information soon.. Good luck.
Andrei: Good luck? Save that for my opponents, because they’ll need it.
( Andrei pats his championship and confidently walks off as the camera fades back to the arena. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Rebecca Sawyer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is our MAIN EVENT of the evening!
(The camera pans around the arena for a few seconds before “Pray For Em” by Meek Mill hits and gets a huge ovation from the crowd, Malcolm walks out and soaks in the reaction and begins walking to the ring)
Rebecca Sawyer: MAKING HIS WAY TO THE RING….WEIGHING IN AT TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS….FROM HARLEM, NEW YORK….HE IS ONE HALF OF THE BLICKY BOYZ…..THE WAVE….MMALLLCCOLLMMMM JJJOONNNEESSS!!!!!
Nick Angel: Here comes the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Pain For Pride. Him and Chris Elite are focused on stealing the show but Malcolm Jones is looking to build some momentum heading into that momentous match here tonight. And he has a chance to do it against a 7 time champion in Impact!
(Malcolm rolls in the ring and poses on the top ropes as his theme fades away and “Can I Live” by Jay-Z hits and Impact emerges from behind the curtain on the stage to a chorus of boos, he then starts walking to the ring)
Rebecca Sawyer: AND HIS OPPONENT….WEIGHING IN AT TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY POUNDS…FROM SEATTLE WASHINGTON….IIMMPPACCCTT!!!!!
Kawajai: This man right here seems to be on a mission tonight! Last week him and Jamie butted heads over and over again and it ended up costing them their tag team match against Elite and the man standing in the ring Malcolm. Impact is trying to write the wrong from last week.
(Impact walks up the steps and steps through the middle ropes and goes to his corner as his theme dies down)
( DING! DING! DING! )
Kawajai: Our main event is underway! Both men now circling the ring telling the other to make the first move. Both men hold their arms up to test each other’s strength and OH Impact with a kick right to the gut! Impact now hits a hard shot right to Malcolm’s back. And now Impact grabs Malcolm’s face and stands him up and OH MY GOD A VICIOUS SLAP!! What disrespect from Impact!
Nick Angel: Impact now tosses Malcolm through the middle rope to the ringside floor. Impact slowly makes his way to the outside and makes his way to Malcolm and WOAH Malcolm pulls the front of Impact’s trunks and pulls him back and Impact goes right into the steel steps! Impact is holding his shoulder in pain and Malcolm now to his feet and bounces Impact’s head off the steel steps! The ref is counting!
Nick Angel: Malcolm grabs Impact’s head and now charging full speed with him and THROWS HIM RIGHT INTO THE BARRICADE!!
(Malcolm pumps up the crowd before picking Impact up and tossing him back in the ring)
Kawajai: Both men are back in the ring now and Malcolm now rebounds from the ropes and hits a hurricanrana to Impact! Malcolm not wasting any time here and Impact using his veteran instincts rolls out of the ring trying to regroup. BUT MALCOLM…MALCOLM RUNNING TO THE ROPES…IMPACT HAS NO IDEA AS HE HAS HIS BACK TURNED!! MALCOLM DIVES THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE ON IMPACT!!
(Malcolm once again pumps up the crowd and then places Impact inside the ring as he goes to the top rope from the outside)
Nick Angel: What does Malcolm have in mind here?! Looking for the 5 star swag splash but Impact rolls away and Malcolm is too far to connect now! The crowd did not appreciate that! Malcolm hops down from the top rope and walks toward Impact but Impact with a knee to the midsection! And follows it up with a neckbreaker! Impact lifts Malcolm up now and sets up for a double underhook backbreaker and it connects! IS THIS IT?!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Kawajai: Malcolm is able to get his shoulder up! Impact now not wasting any time and he is on the attack and he gets on Malcolm and is throwing right hand after right hand! The referee finally is able to get Impact off and create seperation. But only for a second because Impact with a ENZUIGIRI! Impact now tosses Malcolm into the ring post shoulder first! And Impact running to the ropes as Malcolm steps out from the corner and hits a running bulldog!! Impact trying to keep this momentum going and he runs to the ropes and is going for FLIGHT SIGHTS!! IT CONNECTS!! NO!! MALCOLM GOT HIS KNEES UP JUST IN TIME!! MALCOLM HOOKS IMPACTS LEGS WITH HIS AND HAS THE PIN!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Nick Angel: DID HE GET HIM?!? NO HE DIDN’T!! AND MALCOLM LOOKS SHOCKED! Malcolm looks around on what to do and pulls himself up with the ropes and is measuring Impact!! And Malcolm kicks Impact low and wraps his arm around his head and is looking for Buck 50 BUT IMPACT WAKES UP AND GRABS MALCOLM’S LEGS AND DROPS HIM TO THE MAT LOOKING FOR THE WALLS OF IMPACT!!! MALCOLM IS FIGHTING IT!!! IMPACT CAN’T SEEM TO GET HIM ON HIS STOMACH!! AND MALCOLM FLIPS IMPACT WITH HIS LEGS!! BOTH MEN ARE UP AND HIT A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE ON EACH OTHER!! BOTH MEN ARE DOWN!!
Ref: 1! 2! 3! 4! 5! 6! 7! 8! 9!
( Impact and Malcolm Jones pull themselves back up just before the referee can hit ten. )
Kawajai: A crucial save for both competitors here in front of this capacity crowd, and MJ fires off with a right hand, just for Impact to fire back with a chop to the chest! Malcolm going for a PELE KICK! IMPACT CATCHES THE LEGS HOWEVER, AND WANTS TO GO FOR THE WALLS PERHAPS??? NO MALCOLM COUNTERS, USING HIS LEGS TO BRING IMPACT TO THE FLOOR WITH A BODY-SCISSORS REVERSE WHEELBARROW PIN! INCREDIBLE CREATIVE OFFENSE!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWO-
Nick Angel: Impact scrambles out of it, and the two rush back up to their feet just for Impact to fire off with a CHARGING SHOULDER BLOCK! MALCOLM WITH AN EVASIVE DODGE, AND IMPACT CRASHES INTO THE OFFICIAL INADVERTENTLY, SENDING THE REFEREE COLLIDING WITH THE TURNBUCKLE AND TAKEN OUT OF COMMISSION! Impact definitely didn’t mean for that to occur, but he turns back over to Malcolm Jones who PULLS IMP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS, PERHAPS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING HERE??? NO IMPACT SLIDES DOWN MALCOLM’S BACK, MJ TURNS AROUND, EVISCERATIOOOOOOOON!!!! MALCOLM JONES IS TAKEN OFF HIS FEET BY THE CODEBREAKER, BUT PERHAPS ON INSTINCT AND INSTINCT ALONE HE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING AND TUMBLES TO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!
Kawajai: That was probably the best move Malcolm Jones could make Nick! Impact is a long ways away from getting the three-count, especially considering the referee doesn’t look to be in too good of a condition whatsoever!
Nick Angel: Impact is sitting there a little bit gassed, but more than anything frustrated that he can’t put this thing away despite delivering his best shot. Imp is gonna have to snap out of it, at the very least he’s in the driver’s seat so that’s all that counts! Impact finally getting up and steps between the ro– HEY WAIT A SECOND!!!
Kawajai: JAMIE O’HARA!!!! JAMIE O’HARA PULLS IMPACT BACK IN THE RING FROM BEHIND!!! IMP COCKING HIS FIST BACK FOR A STRIKE, BUT JAMIE CATCHES HIM IN THE TEMPLE WITH IN EXCELSIS!!!!!!!! IMP DROPS TO HIS KNEES, AND JAMIE RUNS OFF THE ROPES FOR EVEN MORE MOMENTUM, BANG!!!!! ANOTHER IN EXCELSIS!!!!! THAT KNEE CAREENS OFF OF THE SKULL OF THE 7 TIME WORLD CHAMPION, AND IT MIGHT AS WELL HAVE LEFT A CRATER!
Nick Angel: THERE WAS NOTHING BUT PENT UP AGGRESSION LEFT IN THOSE KNEE STRIKES, AND LOOK AT THIS… JAMIE IS HELPING MALCOLM JONES BACK INTO THE RING, AND IS LAYING HIM OVER THE TORSO OF IMPACT, IN VERY SIMILAR FASHION TO THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT BROOKLYN HEIGHTS WHEN THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT! AND JAMIE STEPS THROUGH THE ROPES, DROPS TO RINGSIDE AND WALKS UP THE RAMP TO TAKE HIS LEAVE! JAMIE O’HARA HAS MADE CERTAIN TO GIVE IMPACT THE EXACT SAME TREATMENT THAT IMPACT GAVE HIM, AND THE OFFICIAL HAS CONVENIENTLY COME TO!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! …………………………….
Kawajai: DOES IMPACT HAVE ANYTHING LEFT?
Ref: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! ………… THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “Pray For Em” by Meek Mill comes back on, and Malcolm Jones is helped up from the mat by the Joneset who enter the ring and celebrate. MJ gets a hand raised by the referee. )
Rebecca Sawyer: Here is your winner… MALCOOOOOOOOOOOOLMMM JOOOOOOOOONES!!!!
Nick Angel: On a chaotic Sunday evening Malcolm Jones leaves with perhaps the biggest boost in momentum that we’ve seen on EAW television all week, here on this path to Pain for Pride 11! MJ has just defeated a 7-time World Champion on his first ever Voltage main event!
Kawajai: It certainly didn’t come without controversy, but this isn’t necessarily a move I frown upon Nick. Call it what you will, call it biased, but Impact has had this coming for him ever since he shows up at Brooklyn Heights and did the EXACT same thing to cost O’Hara the World Heavyweight Championship! This, if anything, is a receipt for that night!
Nick Angel: Hell it may be a receipt for last week, but it still doesn’t mean I condone it! Two wrongs don’t make a right, but I don’t think there’s a good side or a bad side in this story Kawa! Voltage has become a land not separated by morals, but defined by the will and the drive to win, and there are people who WANT to be winners and those who WILL win at all costs!
( Malcolm Jones and the Joneset celebrate as Impact rolls out of the ring and drops to the floor whilst dazed. MJ points to the electronic Pain for Pride sign hanging in the rafters, and he makes the age old ‘belt around the waist’ hand signal while being hyped up by the Joneset in the background. )
( While MJ’s theme music is heard in the background, and it slowly fades out as we cut to an on-location scene. We see Chris Elite walking with his Entourage alongside a team of medical professionals who are carrying Big Mike on a stretcher into the emergency room of a local hospital in detroit. )
Chris Elite: (talking to Big Mike) We gonna find out who did this to you big man, and on my moms fam…..when we do???……best believe I’m keeping that foot on they fucking neck.
( The group hurriedly enters the local hospital, and the closed captioning comes on the screen before the show eventually fades to black. )
( EAW logo buzzes )