(“Welcome to the party” by Diplo hits as Battleground’s opening video starts playing. The camera shows the sold out Prudential Center arena in Newark with the excited fans screaming, before it cuts to Ben Knight and Clark Ruggiero.)
Ruggiero: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO A HISTORICAL NIGHT FOR ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING! BATTLEGROUND MAKES THE RETURN, THIS TIME AS A DEVELOPMENTAL SHOW WHERE WE WILL SEE EVERY NEW TALENT SIGNED TO EAW, LIVE ON ACTION HERE ON MONDAY NIGHTS! MY NAME IS BEN KNIGHT AND I’M JOINED HERE ON COMMENTARY BY MY FRIEND, BEN KNIGHT!
Knight: Hello people! We’re live here from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey as we’re about to kick off the first night of EAW Battleground, where you will see the hottest talents around compete for a spot on the main roster. And we’re about to kick it off with our General Manager, Ian Ross.
(“The Man” by The Killers blasts through the speakers as Ian Ross makes comes out on the ramp making his way to the ring, having the fans give a huge ovation in cheers. The song slowly dies down as Ian gets a mic in his hands. )
Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Ian Ross and I am the EAW Battleground General Manager. It is my pleasure to kick off the first night of this newly created developmental show, where the hottest talents but not only, will compete for a place in the main roster. First announced at Territorial Invasion, this show came together as a way to make people progress their wrestling abilities and make a big impact in the main roster. We didn’t put various elitists in here because they deserved to be relegated or “punished”. We brought them here to progress. We brought them here to test themselves against the new signees, people from any brand of the main roster and more.
(Ross adjusts his tie and takes a deep breath.)
Ross: Battleground uses a point based system. What does that mean? You need points to advance to the main roster. Concretely, you need 15 points to advance to the main roster. You get 3 points for each win, 1 point for each draw and 0 points for each loss. 5-10 points are awarded if you beat a main roster talent depending on the influence the talent has on his respective brand. You can also challenge other elitists through your social stream and bet a certain amount of points against the challenged opponent. Every challenge made and accepted must be from the social stream of the specific elitist. However the fun doesn’t end here. From time to time, there will be matches including main roster talents facing each other, dream matches happening and title defenses taking place.
(The crowd cheers as Ross holds his word for a moment.)
Ross: As you may know, we won’t have our own championship for Battleground. Because the purpose of the show is not to be in here for to long. We intended it to be a quick way to test your abilities and prove your worth as an EAW elitist. We have a very talented roster available and more is yet to come. You would want to look out for the matches happening here, because it will be a huge display of what’s coming to the main roster and what’s about to be the future of EAW. Thank you for your time, enjoy the show and have fun!
(“The Man” by The Killers plays once again as Ross gets out of the ring and makes his way out of the arena with the crowd cheering him loudly, before the theme fades out.)
( The camera fades back in the arena showing a pan view of the fans who raise on their feet as Maria Del Rey can be seen standing in the ring. )
Ruggiero: And we’re back live here on Monday Night Battleground in the Prudential Center of Newark as we’re about to kick off the first match of the night.
Maria Del Rey: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
( ‘The Future’ by “From The Ashes New” blasts through the speaker as Ben Black steps onto the stage, flexing his arms while the crowd boos )
Maria Del Rey: INTRODUCING FIRST! From Melbourne, Australia, weighing in at 196 pounds…. BENNNNNNNNN BLAAAAACCCCKKKKKKKKKKK
Ben Knight: Coming straight from the Land Down Under, also known as Australia, Ben Black has an opportunity to make a great first impression on the first ever Battleground since its return.
Clark Ruggiero: Black also calls himself the Instant Classic, which is a bold statement if you ask me. I’ve seen a plethora of instant classics throughout my life, if this man proclaims himself as an Instant Classic, maybe that’s his arrogance or maybe he is right. He has tonight to prove that.
( After Black shows off his muscles, ‘Golden Age’ by Woodkid hits as Gabe Reno makes his entrance to the ring )
Maria Del Rey: And his opponents! First, from San Diego, California, weighing in at 205 pounds…. GAAAAABBBEEEEE REEEENNNOOO
Ben Knight: Gabe Reno has been known to be constantly distracted, which is a flaw that is mostly manipulated in matches. When he’s not distracted, he takes the opportunity and makes good use on it. He has been in the industry since 97’, which makes him the most experienced in this triple threat.
Clark Ruggiero: He is what you call… an opportunist. Like you just said, he loves to take advantage of opportunities and tonight is a huge opportunity to put the Battleground spotlight on him.
( Reno walks over to his corner just as “Glasgow Cross” by CFO$ hits to a mixed reaction from the crowd )
Maria Del Rey: AND….. From The Whitechapel District in London, England, weighing in at 241 pounds….. JAAAAACCCCKKK THEEEE RIPPPPPPPERRR
Clark Ruggiero: If you walking along a path at night and you saw Jack The Ripper, what would you do?
Ben Knight: I would most likely talk to him?
Clark Ruggiero: Are you mad!??!! LOOK AT HOW HE DRESSES LIKE? HE LOOKS LIKE A COLD-BLOODED MURDERER!??!! Everywhere he goes, he brings a sinister atmosphere! I would run if I saw him at night!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Ben Knight: The match is underway as all three elitists circle around the ring, quick on their fe- OH!!!! BLACK AND RENO BOTH ATTACK JACK THE RIPPER AND BEGIN TO STOMP THE LIVING OUT OF HIM!!! Black picks him up by his arm, throwing him into the ropes and then lifting him up! JACK USES HIS HEIGHT ADVANTAGE TO JUMP ONTO RENO AND SEND HIM OUT OF THE RING WITH A DROPKICK!
Clark Ruggiero: Black out of nowhere with an axehandle strike to the back of Jack! Black grabs his tights, pulling him up with a suplex! But Jack flips over Ben Black, running the ropes BUT IS PULLED OUT OF THE RING BY RENO!! RENO RELENTLESSLY TOSSES HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS! Black runs the ropes, sliding under the bottom rope!!!! HE MISSES THE BASEBALL SLIDE AS RENO BULLDOZES THROUGH BLACK WITH A DEVASTATING CLOTHESLINE!!!
Ben Knight: Reno now grabbing Jack, sliding him into the ring as he begins to ascend the turnbuckles! Reno taking his time while Jack slowly gets up to his feet! Black jumps onto the apron and distracts Reno! JACK CHARGES INTO THE ROPES, TAKING OUT BLACK AND MAKES RENO GO CRASHING INTO THE ROPES!!!
Clark Ruggiero: Jack taking both men out! Jack now crawling over the corner while a staggered Reno is perched atop the turnbuckles! He begins to slowly climb up the turnbuckles, hooking his tights and trying to lift him up for a superplex but Reno tries to fight out the hold! Reno sending body shots to Jack as Black quietly rolls into the ring AND HOLDS JACKIN A POWERBOMB POSITION!!! SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBINATION!!!!!!! Jack is taken down by a powerbomb from Black while Reno is slammed down by Jack’s superplex!
Ben Knight: BLACK QUICKLY GETS UP, ROLLS JACK OVER AND SHATTERS HIS JAW WITH HIS KNEE!!!! HE THEN PICKS HIM UP IN A POWERBOMB POSITION!!!! AND POWERBOMBS HIM ONTO THE CHEST OF RENO!!!!!!!!! HE COVERS RENO!!
Ben Knight: Kick out! Ben Black immediately grabs Reno’s arms, rolling him up into a fireman’s carry position! But Reno flips over Black, wraps his arms around his waist and TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!! BUT BLACK LANDS ON HIS FEET! SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF RENO’S HEAD!!
Clark Ruggiero: Black grabs the wrist of Reno from behind and uses it to twist him around!!!!! RENO DUCKS THE KNEE OF BLACK AND RUNS THE ROPES!!! JACK ROLLS INTO THE RINGS AND DODGED BOTH THE CHARGING RENO AND BLACK!!! HE THEN RUNS THE ROPES, JUMPS UP AND GRABS HIS HEAD!!!!! HE SPINS HIS HEAD AROUND, KNOCKING RENO OUT WITH HIS SPINNING LEGS BUT BLACK HOLDS ONTO JACK!!!
Ben Knight: BLACK POPS JACK UP!!!!! AND JACKGOES RAINING DOWN INTO A DEVASTATING POP-UP EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! BLACK QUICKLY GOES OVER FOR THE COVER!!
Clark Ruggiero: NO!!!!! HE KICKS OUT!!! Black now slamming his fist down onto the mat as he is furious that she somehow got his shoulder up! Black on his feet, yelling at Jack to get up on his feet! JACK TURNS AROUND… BLACKOUT!! NO!!!!! JACK HOLDS ONTO HIS LEGS, AND FLIPS HIM UPWARD!!!!! BLACK LANDS HIS FEET ONTO THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE AND SPINS BACK INTO JACK BLACKOUT!!!! IT CONNECTS!!! THE CODEBREAKER CONNECTS!!!!! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!!!!
Ben Knight: RENO WITH THE RATED R OUT OF NOWHERE!! THE FRONT FLIP LEG DROP FROM THE TOP ROPE CONNECTS ONTO THE BACK OF BLACK’S HEAD AS HE COVERS HIM!!!
Clark Ruggiero: HE KICKS OUT!!!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD DID BLACK KICK OUT OF THAT?!?!?!
Ben Knight: Black now on his two knees while Reno runs the ropes! REALM OF RENO!!! NO!!!! BLACK JUMPS UP AND HOVERS AROUND RENO AND DRILLS HIM WITH AN OVER THE SHOULDER DDT!!!!!!!! COVER!!
Clark Ruggiero: POAWKDOWAKDPOKWAPAOKDPO!!!! HE KICKED OUT!!!!! HOW!?!!!??!?!?!?!
Ben Knight: Black is just as shocked as we are right now! Black caught Reno by surprise with that Over The Shoulder DDT but it wasn’t enough to put Reno away! Black now pulling Reno up by his chin! HE RUNS THE ROPES… BLACKOUT!!! OH!!!! THE BLACKOUT CONNECTS BUT JACK OUT OF NOWHERE CONNECTS WITH A BACKSTABBER ONTO BLACK!!!! RENO GOES DEAD WEIGHT INTO THE CANVAS WHILE BLACK YELLS IN PAIN AFTER THAT BACKSTABBER OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!!
Clark Ruggiero: JACK NOW PICKING RENO UP!!! MODUS OPERANDI!!! THE DOUBLE UNDERHOOK PILEDRIVER CONNECTS!!!!!!!! COVER!!!!
( The crowd erupts as “Glasgow Cross” by CFO$ blares throughout the arena )
Maria Del Rey: HERE IS YOUR WINNER….. JAAAACCKKKKK.. THEEE RIPPPPER!!!!!!!!!
Ben Knight: When we thought that the match was over, Jack The Ripper sweeps in and turns Black’s opportunity into a devastating backstabber from out of nowhere!
Clark Ruggiero: All three individuals tonight giving it their all but Jack The Ripper, with his perfect timing, takes advantage of the present and defeats Black and Reno! What a match!
(Commercial break: EAW2k19 coming on October 12th. )
(The commercial break ends as the camera fades into Danny Divine who’s in front of a dark blue wall. He looks at the camera with a grin on his face as it flashes away and he starts moving around.)
Danny: Hello, EAW Universe. My name is Danny Divine and I’m one of the newest signees on EAW Battleground. As it may look like an opportunity to some, for me, it’s just a waste of time. I can prove myself over and over in places like this, it doesn’t make a difference for me, because as long as I’m around, I’m the hottest talent in the whole Elite Answers Wrestling. Nobody has the abilities to do what I do in that ring. I have the charisma, the intelligence and all you need to have a good wrestler.
(He has a little laugh as he turns his attention back to the camera.)
Danny: When I first joined, I had big plans on my way. Joining my partner Andy Lush on Dynasty, taking over Dynasty and then the whole EAW. I guess my little plans will be delayed for a bit, but it’s still my main focus. I’m not here to be “one of the best”. I’m here to be THE best. I’m here to be the number one, the face of this company. If you ain’t first, you don’t need to be the second. It just means being edged from the first spot. I’m here for the gold, for the money and the fame. This will be my takeover and you can’t do anything about that. Battleground is lucky to have somebody like me over their roster, they truly are.
(He starts walking around yet again, this time more easy going.)
Danny: People, it’s about to be lit. You’ll finally get to see Danny Divine on a big stage, better than ever. I’m feeling focused, ready and hell, I can’t wait till I face Osiris. Bring me the challenge, I’ll prove myself like the true star I am. See ya later.
(He stops in front of the camera looking right into it, then he has a little laugh and the camera fades to black.)
(Preview: Ana Somnia vs Colton Petrov vs Amber Keys, your main event of the night.)
(The camera cuts to Raven Roberts, which is seen backstage with the EAW New Breed Championship on her shoulders, walking back and forth before being approached by Chase Vantigon. )
Chase Vantigon: Excuse me Raven, I just got word that whoever wins the next match between Xavier Arnold and Eric Crane will challenge you for your championship next week on Battleground. Do you have any words for Xavier Arnold and Eric Crane?
Raven Roberts: Do you know what I was constantly told when I first introduced myself to professional wrestling? Everyday, I would be told that I would never accomplish anything in this industry. Fast forward many years later and I have this EAW New Breed Championship right in my grasp. People felt that I wasn’t worth their time and take Xander Payne for example. I walked into Chicago and proved why I am the best inside the squared circle and why I am worth everyone’s time. Whoever wins this match, either it’s Xavier Arnold or Eric Crane, I give them good luck because they are going to need it. If they believe that they will beat me for my championship on my FIRST defense, good luck trying to do so..
Chase Vantigon: Thank you Raven Roberts, now back to you Clark.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Maria Del Rey: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH!!!!! The winner of this match will face Raven Roberts next week for the EAW New Breed Championship!!!
( ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe blares throughout the arena to a thunderous reaction of boos from the Battleground crowd. The spotlights are scattering all over the place, being the only light source in the pitch black arena. Once the fast-paced part hits, the lights turn on and Xavier Arnold jerks the curtain, walking onto the stage and surveying the crowd. )
Maria Del Rey: INTRODUCING FIRST! From Cologne, Germany, weighing in at 219 pounds……. THE KAIIIIISERRRR…. XAAAAAVVVVIEERRRRRR ARRRRNOOLLLLLDDDDD!!!!
Ben Knight: Xavier Arnold walking down the ramp as the crowd sings along to his theme song! This is what an epic entrance looks like! An epic entrance to an epic match, can this get any better?
Clark Ruggiero: It doesn’t matter about the elaborate entrances, this is all about the opportunity that stands before the two men and that is the EAW New Breed Championship.From steel chairs to light tubes, it is all legal in a No Disqualification match!
( As the crowd yells out “Final Countdown” in sync with the theme song, Xavier Arnold walks over to his corner. ‘Back From The Dead’ by Skillet blasts through the speakers while Eric Crane immediately walks onto the stage, quickly walking down the ramp, being more determined than ever )
Clark Ruggiero: This is what I love about Eric Crane! He doesn’t give a shit about pyrotechnics and spotlights, he only cares making his opponents suffer. Eric will do anything to grind your flesh and will take pleasure to the blood streaming down your skin! If I was Xavier Arnold, I would avoid the destructive, torturing strategies that Crane constantly has in mind! I would try to outsmart him! However, I don’t think it is possible to avoid barbed wire objects being thrown at you constantly.
( DING! DING! DING! )
Ben Knight: THE MATCH IS UNDERWAY AS BOTH MEN IMMEDIATELY SLIDES OUT OF THE RING! They peak under the apron, possibly looking for a weapon of destruction! They stick their heads out with a weapon in hand! They both slide into the ring, staring eye to eye! Crane has a barbed wire baseball bat while Arnold holds a steel chair! Crane charges into Arnold but Arnold smashes the steel chair into the midsection of Crane! He then lifts the steel chair up! AND SMASHES IT ONTO THE BACK OF CRANE!!!! HE RUNS THE ROPES WITH THE CHAIR IN HAND!!! HE THROWS IT INTO CRANE’S HEAD WHILE LIFTING HIS FOOT UP!!!!!! NO!!!!! ARNOLD SMASHES HIS FOOT INTO THE STEEL CHAIR!!!
Clark Ruggiero: That would’ve been it for Crane as he dodged that penalty kick! Arnold screaming in pain as he grabs his foot! Crane grabs the steel chair, propping it and leaning Crane’s head onto the seat! He runs the ropes and JUMPS UP!!!! CURB STOMP!! NO!!!!!! ARNOLD MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!! CRANE’S FOOT GOES DEEP INTO THE CHAIR!!! ARNOLD WRAPS HIS ARMS AROUND THE NECK OF CRANE!!! THE END OF SUFFERING!!!
Ben Knight: Crane is in deep trouble right now! If Arnold could get The End Of Suffering submission hold locked in completely, it could be over for Eric Crane!! Crane reaching his hands while he stands his ground! ARNOLD BRINGS HIM DOWN BUT CRANE ROLLS OVER AND PINS HIM DOWN!!
Ben Knight: KICK OUT!!! Crane quickly slides out of the ring to take a breather while Arnold runs the ropes!!!! HE FLIES BETWEEN THE ROPE- OH!!!!!!! CRANE THROWS A STEEL CHAIR INTO THE SKULL OF ARNOLD!!!
Clark Ruggiero: Arnold now hanging from the second rope as Crane hops onto the apron, pulling Arnold into him by his head! Crane hooks his tights and LIFTS HIM UP!!!! Arnold flips over Crane’s head and lands on his feet! He runs into the ropes while Crane springboards his foot off the bottom rope and grabs Arnold’s head! TORNADO DDT!!! Crane holds onto his head, rolling upwards with him and LIFTING HIM UP!!!!! GUILLOTINE!!!!!!! ARNOLD GRABBED CRANE’S HEAD AND LOCKED HIM IN THE GUILLOTINE CHOKE!!!
Ben Knight: Arnold tightening the hold as Crane gets onto one knee! If Crane loses his balance and drops onto the floor, Arnold could win this via submission!!!! BUT CRANE DEADLIFTS HIM UP!!!! AND DRILLS HIM INTO THE MAT WITH A BRAINBUSTER!!!
Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!
Clark Ruggiero: This is awesome indeed! Both men putting it all on the line tonight! Crane and Arnold, now relying on each other to get up on their feet! They are using each other as support! Arnold grabs Crane’s face, aggressively pulling it up! He releases the grip AND SLAPS HIM ACROSS THE FACE!! DID YOU HEAR THE SOUND OF THAT SLAP!?!
Xavier Arnold: JUST GIVE UP!!!!
Ben Knight: Xavier Arnold now telling him to give up! BUT CRANE RESPONDS WITH A SLAP OF HIS OWN!!! Arnold doesn’t look happy at all and you can tell by his face expression! ARNOLD WITH A SLAP! NO!!!!! CRANE GRABS HIS ARM AND TAKES HIM DOWN!! CROSSFACE!!! THE CROSSFACE IS LOCKED IN!!!!! THIS COULD BE IT!!!
CROWD: TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP!
Clark Ruggiero: ARNOLD SINKS HIS NAILS INTO THE EYES OF CRANE, BREAKING THE HOLD!! CRANE HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY BLINDED AS ARNOLD COMES FROM BEHIND!!!! HE GRABS HIS WRIST, TURNING HIM AROUND…MONNN- CRANE COUNTERS IT INTO A BLADE RUNNER!! THE BLADE RUNNER CONNECTS!!! HE CRAWLS OVER FOR THE COVER!! THIS COULD BE IT!!
Ben Knight: NO!!!!! HE GETS HIS SHOULDER UP!!!!! CRANE COUNTERS THE MONA LISA INTO A BLADE RUNNER!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD DID ARNOLD KICK OUT OF THAT!??!!
Clark Ruggiero: These two men putting their life on the line just for the opportunity to have New Breed gold around their waist! Eric Crane now setting Arnold up! HE RUNS THE ROPES!!! HE JUMPS UP!!!! CURB STOMP!!!!!! NO!!!!! ARNOLD CIRCLED AROUND CRANE AND LOCKED IN THE END OF SUFFERING!!! BUT CRANE REFUSING TO GO DOWN ON THE GROUND!!!!! WITH ARNOLD’S ARMS WRAPPED AROUND HIS NECK, HE IS IN DEEP TROUBLE!! HE STEPS UP THE TURNBUCKLES AND FLIPS ARNOLD OVER!!!!!! BUT ARNOLD CATCHES THE BODY AREA OF CRANE WITH HIS LEGS!!! THE END OF SUFFERING IS COMPLETELY LOCKED IN!!! THIS COULD BE IT!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “The Final Countdown’ by Europe blasts through the speaker as the crowd gives a thunderous reaction )
Maria Del Rey: HERE IS YOUR WINNER…. XAAAAAVIEERRRRR ARRRRNOOOOLLLLLDDDD
Ben Knight: EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN THIS ARENA WAS ON THEIR FEET! BOTH MEN BEATING THE HELL OUT OF EACH OTHER!!! WHAT A MATCH!!
Clark Ruggiero: What a match indeed! Xavier Arnold is walking out with an opportunity to face Raven Roberts for the EAW New Breed Championship next week! What an opportunity that is in Xavier’s hands! Raven Roberts has a helluva opponent lined up for her next week!
(Amber Keys is seen walking through the door to enter the arena as she’s suddenly stopped by Chase Vantigon)
Chase Vantigon: Amber! Amber! May I have a few words with you?
Amber: Sorry, no autographs while I’m on the clock.
Chase Vantigon: Ohhhh, no I’m actually on the clock as well. I’m the official backstage interviewer for Battleground, Chase Vantigon.
Amber: Well then, make it quick.
Chase Vantigon: Well when it was announced that you would be making your return to EAW it took the world by storm, nobody saw it coming. What was it that lead to you returning to EAW after all of this time?
Amber: It’s as simple as this. I let the years go by as I’ve watched every single girl who you could possibly think of get credit for starting this and starting that, revolutionizing this and revolutionizing that, and not once had the name Dirti Diva come up in ANY conversations. How quickly they forget. I let it slide though, of course over the years I kept up with my training and stayed active, but I never had the desire to come back and debunk all of those claims because I was comfortable with where I was at in life and those who were truly in the know, know the truth about my impact on this business.
Chase Vantigon: So at what point did your return become a possibility?
Amber: Well I was getting to that before you rudely interrupted me. Anyways like I was saying, one day I received a call from an EAW official expressing interest in my return, and here we are. Obviously, the terms and conditions had to be up to par as did the money, but most importantly…. me getting my rightful credit was the priority. I didn’t want to just be acknowledged as “some veteran”.. I’m so much more than that. I was the face of the women’s division in the company that birthed EAW. I have stood side by side with the likes of this company’s very chairman, Mr. DEDEDE where we both took the industry by storm as an item. I played an integral part in the rookie days of this company’s creator Ronn Banks, who knows where he would be without my guidance, who knows if EAW would even exist. You wanna know who one of the people was that he went to when he first had the idea to open this company up? Me.
Chase Vantigon: I’ve never thought of it that way.
Amber: Because the powers that be and those who wrote the history books wouldn’t want you to see it that way. They wanna give credit and accolades to their pet projects who came in way after the fact. Girls running around calling themselves “OG Vixens” when they wouldn’t know what an OG Vixen was if one slapped them in the face, which just might happen soon. I signed with this company back in June 2007 when it first opened its doors to the public and they promoted my name because I was one of the few mainstream stars at the time who gave it a chance. I’m the first female to ever sign on the dotted line in this company, therefore I am THE OG Vixen. Which is why I find it absolutely appalling and mind boggling how I ended up on this show for beginners.
Chase Vantigon: Maybe they just felt like after being out of action for so long you needed some brushing up?
Amber: Brushing up? If they didn’t feel I was ready they should have saved themselves the time calling me. But hey, I’m used to disrespect, I’ve dealt with it for a decade. That’s why it will be that much sweeter when I reclaim my spot at the top sooner than later.
Chase Vantigon: Well the unique thing about Battleground is that although you’re a member of this roster, you still have access to any main roster talent of your liking.
Amber: You finally said something smart. Knowing that fact is what has kept me at ease for however long it will be that I have to stay here, actually scratch that, it won’t be long. So this stupid little points system this brand has where all I need to do is beat up a main roster talent in order to move up faster… I figure why not use that to my advantage? That’s right, I’m issuing a challenge to any of you girls on the main roster. Me versus anybody from Empire, next week, and allow me to show the world why Amber Keys is too damn big for this show as I embarrass someone who is supposedly more “main roster ready” than I am.
Chase Vantigon: Another theory could be that knowing you’re a marquee name in this business and a legend, having you on this show was a move to garner interest and sell tickets.
Amber: That also dawned on me but it doesn’t make sense, because like I said I won’t be here for long so why tease your fans like that? Whatever high hopes this company has for this show, I won’t be a part of it. I’m in and I’m out. I have bigger fish to fry. You’ll see.
(Amber walks off as [Chase Vantigon] looks on)
( DING! DING! DING! )
Del Rey: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
( “Live to Win” by Paul Stanley blasts through the speakers as Danny Divine comes out on the ramp accompanied by Andy Lush, both making their way to the ring. )
Del Rey: Introducing first, from Saratoga Springs, New York, weighing in at 220 pounds, DANNYYYYY DIVINEEEEEEE!
Knight: A young talent who made his intentions clear a while ago, he looks promising to me. Danny has everything he needs to make a huge impact on the main roster.
( “I fall apart” by Post Malone starts playing as Osiris comes out on the arena quickly making his way to the ring. )
Del Rey: And his opponent! From Athens, Ohio, weighing in at 195 pounds, OSSSIIIIIIIIRIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSS!
Ruggerio: Another promising talent, which we got a taste of back when he was part of Voltage. The question is will he be able to win this match, and if yes, will he be able to keep the pace? Let’s wait and see.
( DING! DING! DING! )
Knight: And we’re off as both men make circles around eachother, BUT OSIRIS WITH A KICK TO THE RIGHT LEG OF DANNY DIVINE AS DANNY MAKES A STEP BACK, AND OSIRIS GOING FOR ANOTHER ONE, BUT DANNY DODGES IT AND CONNECTS WITH A KICK OF HIS OWN. OSIRIS CHARGES FORWARD WITH A PUNCH ON THE FACE OF DANNY AND A KICK TO THE MID-SECTION AS HE TURNS AROUND AND CONNECTS WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX ON DANNY DIVINE!
Ruggerio: Impressive show of strength by Osiris as Divine crawls his way to the corner, BUT OSIRIS WITH A MUSHROOM STOMP PLANTING DIVINE DOWN! HE GRABS DANNY BY THE WAIST, POSSIBLY GOING FOR A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX, BUT NO, DANNY RESISTS AND CONNECTS WITH A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX OF HIS OWN. OSIRIS GETS ON HIS FEET AND DANNY CHARGES TOWARDS HIM… SHOTGUN DROPKICK BLASTING OSIRIS ON THE CORNER AS HE FALLS DOWN ON THE MAT.
Knight: Danny grabs Osiris from the hair pulling him closer to himself, but Osiris gets Danny’s hand out of his hair, SUPERKICK! OUCH, THE NOISE DIVINE’S CHIN MADE, DID YOU HEAR THAT?! DANNY IS STILL ON HIS FEET AS OSIRIS CONNECTS WITH AN ENZIGURI, AND REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES CONNECTING WITH A DISCUS LARIAT! ACCESS DENIED! OSIRIS GOES FOR THE QUICK COVER!
Ref: ONE!!! TWO!!!
Ruggerio: Divine kicks out! Osiris picked up momentum and almost got Danny there, but it wasn’t enough for him. Andy Lush trying to encourage Danny Divine tapping the apron, but I’m not sure if Divine is hearing him. Osiris gets back on his feet and SMASHES DIVINE WITH A HEADBUTT, THEN GRABS HIS LEG UP AND CONNECTS WITH AN EXPLODER SUPLEX! OSIRIS JUST SENT DIVINE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RING! OSIRIS GETS ON THE APRON, HE COULD BE LOOKING FOR THAT SLINGSHOT CUTTER AS HE WAITS FOR DIVINE TO GET UP… HE DOES, THERE GOES OSIRIS, NO, DIVINE HELD OSIRIS AND TURNED AROUND CONNECTING WITH A DDT ON OSIRIS!
Knight: Great reversal by Divine there as he continues to stomp Osiris all the way till he’s exhausted. He takes a little break allowing Osiris to get on his feet, but Divine gets Osiris up AND CONNECTS WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM! HE’S NOT DONE YET AS HE GOES FOR A SHOTGUN DROPKICK… IT CONNECTS! OSIRIS GETS THROWN ON THE OUTSIDE BY THE POWER OF THAT DROPKICK, AND NOW DIVINE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING PUNCHING OSIRIS, GETTING HIM BACK IN THE RING AS ANDY LUSH IS EXCITED. DIVINE GETS OSIRIS UP ON A VERTICAL SUPLEX POSITION… HE’S READY FOR IT, THE VERTICAL SUPLEX, HOWEVER HE’S DELAYING IT AND OHH, LOOK, IMPRESSIVE SHOW OF POWER BY DIVINE…
Ruggerio: OHHH, KNEE TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD BY OSIRIS AS HE LANDS ON HIS FEET…FOCUUUS! THE JUMPING COMPLETE SHOT CONNECTS! OSIRIS GOES FOR THE COVER, BUT HEY LOOK, ANDY LUSH GETS ON THE ROPES SCREAMING AT OSIRIS, BUT OSIRIS ISN’T TOLERATING THAT AND HE CONNECTS WITH A SUPERKICK DROPPING LUSH OUT OF THE RING, BUT HEY FROM BEHIND DIVINE WITH A LARIAT, NO, OSIRIS DUCKED AND OSIRISSSS WITH A SUPERKICKKKKK! DIVINE FALLS DOWN MOTIONLESS, OSIRIS GETS ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE… SIMPLEEEE STARTTTTT! THE SWANTON BOMB LANDED, IT’S OVER!!!
Ref: ONE!!! TWOOO!!! THREEEEE!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Del Rey: Here is your winner, OSSIIIIRIIIIISSSSS!
Knight: What a huge victory for Osiris! After all that intense action going on, despite the interference of Andy Lush, he was able to win this match! Really impressive.
Ruggerio: Impressive indeed, this could be a huge win for Osiris and the main roster general managers should take notes on this guy. He could be a future star and he has the chance to prove it on the upcoming weeks of Battleground.
( COMMERCIAL BREAK )
(Maria Del Rey stands in the center of the ring, preparing to call the participants for the main event.)
Maria Del Rey: The following contest is the Main Event of the evening and is set for one fall!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first, from Moscow Russia but now residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Weighing in at two hundred and one pounds…Colton “Crybaby” Petrov!
(“Faygo Dreams” by 6 Dogs plays as Colton Petrov makes his way down the ramp.
Ben Knight: The Crybaby likes to stir the pot in social media, let’s see how he does in his first ever main event. Clark, any thoughts on Petrov?
Clark Ruggiero: Petron has a ton of potential, and as you said, if social media is any indication, tons of fire, but none of that means anything if he can’t capitalize on the situation and prove, ironically enough, that Colton Petrov is anything but a crybaby.
(As Colton enters the ring Maria announces the next competitor.)
Maria Del Rey: His first opponent, hailing from Dallas Texas, and weighing in at one hundred and twenty one pounds…Ana Somnia!
(“Beggars (Feat. Diskord)” by Krewella plays as Ana makes her way to the ring.)
Clark Ruggiero: Here is a newcomer to EAW in Ana Somnia…the Slavic Stunner carries with herself a lot of hype, even billing herself the “Best Professional Wrestler in the World” We’ll see if she can hold up to such high acclaim tonight, Ben!
Ben Knight: Yeah, I gotta say, calling yourself the best in the world without even facing the best that the world has to offer is overly presumptuous, Clark. Hopefully she is taking things in stride and, for starters, will prove she’s the best wrestler in this match.
(As Ana enters the ring she tries to intimidate Colton, who does not seem to be paying attention to his opponent. Maria introduces the last competitor.)
Maria Del Rey: Introducing finally, from Bronx New York and weighing in at one hundred and thirty five pounds…The Dirti Diva…Amber Keys!
(“Easy Target” by Blink 182 hits as Amber Keyswalks out on the ramp the cheers of the crowd. Bouncing back and forth, as if ensuring her footing is solid, she focuses on the ring and makes her way down the ramp.)
Ben Knight: Here’s a resume for you: former World Tag Team Champion, and Former Women’s World Champion, Amber Keys is making her in ring return tonight at Battleground. She’s looking to prove that despite taking some time off she’s every bit the performer she was before. Clark, you gotta believe that she is the odds on favorite to win tonight!
Clark Ruggiero: Smart money would definitely be on her, Ben, but the question must be asked: How much ring rust does she have? She’s been away for awhile, has she lost enough steps that these two young, hungry talents can catch up to her?
(As Maria exits the ring the referee calls for the bell.)
DING! DING! DING!
Ben Knight: Okay, here we go, ladies and gentlemen, the first ever main event for the new Battleground. Colton Petrov, Ana Somnia, and Amber Keys are all starting to slowly circle the ring, with Amber eyeing Colton particularly…sensing the distraction Ana goes after the Dirti Diva! SWITCH KICK TO AMBER’S HEAD AND THE DIRTI DIVA GOES DOWN! Amber rolls to the apron, holding her head as the official rushes to check on her!
Clark Ruggiero: Amber may have underestimated her opponents, accepting a three way match as her first match back may have been a bit too much! Trainers are checking on her now as Colton, using the distraction as an opportunity, quickly rolls Ana up! The referee quickly gets into position…
Ana kicks out at the last moment, Colton nearly stole the match there! Ana is having none of it, though, she’s back on her feet in a flash! Petrov, clearly not expecting such a reaction, is surprised by the speed of Ana who pulls the Crybaby into a Thai clinch…BIG KNEE TO THE FACE! Ana drives her knee upward, and it looks like Colton’s nose has erupted in a fountain of blood, he falls to the mat in a daze as Ana goes to make the cover! This is it, Ana is gonna win our first main event!
NO! AMBER BREAKS THE PIN!
Ben Knight: Out of nowhere the Dirti Diva makes the save! She seems to have been faking the injury! Now she has Ana by the hair…HEADBUTT, Amber drives her forehead into the sternum of Ana, driving the breath from her! Ana isn’t stopped that easily, though, she brings her knee up and slams it into the midsection of Keys, breaking the hold the veteran had on Ana’s hair! Amber stumbles back a couple steps as Ana rolls Petrov out of the ring, leaving only a one on one as medics attend to the Crybaby’s nose!
Clark Ruggiero: Amber nods in appreciation at Ana, and mockingly claps for her as the Dirti Diva starts side skipping around the ring, forcing Ana do move as well.
Ben Knight: That’s a smart move by Amber there, she’s not letting Ana be comfortable in the ring and she’s pushing her own pace rather than letting the Texas Tornado control things. Veteran move there! Looks like Ana is becoming frustrated, though, and rushes the Dirti Diva! Amber anticipated though and moves just in time for Ana to crash into the turnbuckle…Amber quickly follows up with a back elbow to the side of the head, staggering Ana. Clark, it seems as if Amber hasn’t missed any time! She’s taking it to Ana full force!
Clark Ruggiero: She is, but Ana isn’t done yet! She’s firing back with a headbutt! Now another! Amber staggers back from the corner as Ana rushes forward, hoping to capitalize! RUNNING KNEE STRIKE! Amber crumples to the mat after Somnia delivers a vicious strike to the solar plexus of Amber. Continuing the assault, Ana drops to the mat on her knees beside Amber and starts peppering her with rights and lefts, it’s everything Amber can do to cover up! Under the barrage of blows Amber seeks solace…EYE RAKE! The Dirti Diva living up to her moniker as she jabs her thumb into the eye of Ana Somnia, ending the hail of strikes from the Dallas Dime!
Ben Knight: Ana is holding her eye and complaining to the official about that eye poke, but there is little he can do, triple threat matches have no disqualification…AMBER FROM BEHIND! She chop blocks Ana’s knee, sending the Slavic Stunner to the mat, now hobbled and half blind! Seeing her opponent on the mat, Amber eyes the ropes and nods, what is she thinking…? LIONSAULT! Amber Keys proving she absolutely still has it by delivering the high risk move on her downed opponent! Wasting no time, Amber goes for the pin!
Ana isn’t done yet, Clark!
Clark Ruggiero: Not by a long shot she isn’t, Ben! Though, it looks like the assault has taken its toll on her, she’s not moving nearly as quickly as she was before. Still, she manages to meet Amber with a blow to the midsection, slowing the assault long enough for her to find her footing. Her face a mask of determination, Ana launches at Amber with repeated strikes, which Keys is barely able to defend! Another knee to the midsection from Ana! Amber’s sides are welted from those vicious knee attacks! Amber leans on the ropes for support Ana goes for a clothesline…NO, AMBER DUCKS! Ana is sent tumbling to the outside of the ring! Keys clutches her side as she watches Ana pull herself to her feet…SUICIDE DIVE! The Dirti Diva flung herself over the top rope and onto Ana!
Ben Knight: Amber quickly rolls Ana back into the ring and slides in after her. Ana is slowly getting to her feet…SUPERKICK! Ana is knocked flat on her back by the superkick from Amber Keys! The Dirti Diva is looking to end things, though, as she quickly runs to the top turnbuckle…Ana is motionless on the mat…FIVE-STAR FROG SPLASH! Amber came off the top rope with a huge maneuver! Ana is not moving as Amber hooks the leg!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Maria Del Rey: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the match…The Dirti Diva, Amber Keys!
Ben Knight: What a match! The Dirti Diva truly showing that she hasn’t lost any lustre since her departure from EAW by defeating both Ana Somnia and Colton Petrov! If I was on Empire, I would be on the lookout for this girl, because she’s on a mission!
( Amber Keys raises her hand in victory, overlooking Ana Somnia )
Clark Ruggiero: That’s all the time we have for tonight, next week we have a huge show ahead for you, it’s been a great season premiere, until next time!
( EAW logo buzzes )