(EAW Intro Plays…)
(A video highlighting last weeks Dynasty begins to play; the opens to shots of Johnny Ventura against Ryan Wilson with Mark Michaels distracting the Hardcore Champion helping Wilson obtain the upset victory; the video then cuts the Theron Nikolas countering the Walls of Impact into a pin to defeat the former Seven Time World Champion, and Starr announcing Theron Nikolas vs Andrei Sokolova at REVOLUTION. The video lastly cuts to Jack Ripley becoming the new number one contender to the Answers World Championship after Impact screwed Cameron by hitting her with the Evisceration. The final shot shows Darkane standing on the stage staring down at Ripley who stands in the ring.)
(Dynasty Intro Plays; featuring “Revolution” by The Score.)
(The camera to the arena as red pyro blasts from the stage and titantron finishing with one last blast before the camera pans over the thousands packed into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center before finally stopping at Stew and Talib who sit at the announcers table.)
Stew-O: WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO THE HOTTEST TELEVISION PROGRAM IN FRIDAY NIGHT BROADCAST HISTORY! FRIDAY NIGHT DYNASTY –
(“Ivy” by The Amity Affliction hits as Theron Nikolas makes his way out onto the stage to a chorus of boos.)
Stew: Well, I was intending to welcome you all to Dynasty and go over the fantastic show we have planned for you all tonight, but it looks like the King of Elite has other plans.
Talib: I’m a little bit glad, Stew; this is how the people want to start this show, getting straight into the swing of things instead of listening to you.
Stew: These people need their introduction, Talib!
(Theron enters the ring and is handed a microphone as he makes his way to the middle of the ring as “Ivy” dies down.)
Theron Nikolas: Five months ago I sat on that stage and aired some grievances that nobody on this roster had the guts to admit. I opened up about this system that was built to help the few, rather than a system built to help the many. I went against all of my morals; I went against everything that had helped me push myself past every name that was gunning for the same position that I wanted – legends, prospects; men that were meant to carry this company into the future. Every name fell at the feet of the King of Elite. I did all of that, not because it would just benefit myself, but because it would allow this company grow into everything that it should be, instead of slowly continuing to die because it was so focused on making sure that certain names were afforded opportunities over others, no matter how much they deserved it. But, I was vilified for it. I was pushed away. I had the entire world wholeheartedly hoping that my career would be ended at Pain for Pride by a man that talked about how different he was from the rest of those mongrels, when he pushed the same ideals of ensuring the a select few were highlighted. He was a man that was depicted as the saviour coming back to make everything right again, but he nothing close.
(The crowd roar with boos which quickly change to a thunderous chant of CM Banks.)
Theron Nikolas: But… but now this brand is calling for a revolution. This brand wants to turn itself into the absolute best thing that this entire company has to offer – and all I can seem to do is laugh.
(Theron slightly drops his head and grits his teeth.)
Theron Nikolas: Dynasty wants to create a revolution – but, immediately turned their attention towards names that don’t, and will never hold the ability to throw this company onto their shoulders and carry this brand into the position that it has always deserved to stand. There is one name that deserves to stand at the forefront of this brand, but instead of making sure that this brand has every opportunity to take that position at the top of this company – they do the same thing that Banks did. They throw things in his way that don’t matter. Don’t get me wrong – I’m extremely happy for Jack Ripley, and when he overthrows Darkane and takes the Answers World Championship in a few weeks I’ll be the first person there to congratulate him for the fact that he’s achieved something that he has worked so hard to become. But, he’ll know that I’m going to one of many that’s going to be gunning to take it from him. It’s not going to affect the One Percent, we run deeper than just being a bunch of people banding together for one common goal. Dynasty wants a revolution… but, that’s not going to happen until the King of Elite becomes the Answers World Champion.
(The lowers his microphone as the thousands in attendance roar with boos before suddenly “2nd Sucks” by A Day To Remember hits and Starr Stan makes his way through the curtain to a ERUPTION of cheers. He holds a microphone in hand as he makes way down the ramp with his eyes locked on the King of Elite, shaking his head.)
Theron Nikolas: And here comes the past to tell me about how I’m wrong.
Starr Stan: You need to stop believing that everyone is against you, Theron. Do you really think that I would have drafted you to this brand if I didn’t want you here? I see every single piece of worth that you hold not only to this brand, but this company as a whole. I can see that there’s arguably no other name from this generation that is better than you are. Your match with CM Banks at Pain for Pride, putting the finish aside – was absolutely awesome. You’re the one man that managed to bring the absolute best out of one of the best of all time and come out the other end standing strong. You hold an immense amount of value, but you’re so paranoid that there’s always something lurking in the shadows to make sure that you’re not going to stand where you inevitably will one day that it causes you nothing but problems.
Theron Nikolas: What happened when I did put my faith in those with a little bit of power, Starr?
Starr Stan: I get that. I get that more than I believe you understand, Theron – but it’s created this idea that if you’re not getting what you want that there’s something against you. You took your match with Andrei Sokolova as an insult. You look at yourself as being better than putting yourself down to the level of someone that’s almost, if not as valuable to this brand as you are. This business is about using the hand you’re dealt to the best of your ability; making the best of every situation. What would happen if everyone who stood in front of the world and professed about how much they deserved to be the World Heavyweight, EAW World, or Answers World Champion were actually handed the honour? This company wouldn’t be close to being the mastodon that it is today. We would have people like Alex Anderson as a multiple time World Champion. Thomas Minns, Troy Conway and GI Styles would have helped run this company into the ground. It’s so easy to stand there and talk about how you should be this. You should be that. There’s some sort of conspiracy, but the sad truth is this, Theron. You’ve done nothing. You’ve done nothing, but talk.
Theron Nikolas: I –
Starr Stan: What’s stopping you from cashing in that crown? I understand that you wanted to finish everything with Ronn, but now – now there’s nothing standing in your way. But, you still stand in front of the world clutching that crown continuing to talk. There was nobody standing in your way at the draft. You had open ground to make that final leap towards the championship that you’ve processed for a year that you should be holding. You’re just a dog with one hell of a bark, but little to no bite.
(Theron steps forward, pressing his forehead against Starr’s as the Dynasty General Manager begins to smile.)
Starr Stan: There’s one hell of a fire burning in you, Theron, but you’ll become another name of what could have been if you continue to hold yourself back. I told everyone last week that this was their opportunity to cement their position that they believe wholeheartedly that they deserve to be, and that means you. You can take what you want, or you can continue to fall behind while those you look so far down on walks straight past you.
Theron Nikolas: Don’t wish for things that you know you can’t handle. I want you to make sure that you put aside the time to watch what I do to Andrei. I want you to watch as I break him down piece by piece and see as I destroy everything that makes him so valuable. I want you to look forward my reign at the top of Dynasty as the Answers World Champion, and the fact that once I take hold of it that I’m never going to lose it. I’ll give you a revolution, but it’s not going to be the revolution that you’ve hoped for. I’m not going to make sure that Dynasty sits at the top of the totem pole – I’m going to make sure that I do.
(Theron drops to microphone and leaves the ring as “Ivy” picks back up as Starr watches from the ring.)
(The camera cuts back to the ring as both Denis Cercel and Jason McKormick stand in their respective corners.)
Stew: Denis Cercel and Jason McKormick are in the ring, ready to kick off Dynasty’s first match tonight!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stew: Looks like Denis Cercel is just content to start this match by sitting on the turnbuckle. McKormick circling him, as if the eye him up. Cercel hopes down and is taunting McKormick. McKormick doesn’t seem impressed and turns his back to the Romanian. Cercel shakes his head and grabs McKormick by the arm, whipping him around. The two are practically nose to nose, and both are smirking. McKormick has a few choice words for Cercel.
Talib: But now Cercel is turning his back and that gives McKormick his opening! He clubs his opponent in the back and that sends Cercel to his knees. McKormick is stomping away at that lower back and is now picking Cercel up by the hair. He sends him across the ring but oh! Cercel ducks the clothesline attempt. McKormick whips around and eats a stiff spinning heel kick to the face!
Stew: Very nice kick by Denis Cercel! He pulls Jason McKormick to his feet and throws him into the corner! Cercel charges, but McKormick moves out of the way. Cercel it chest first and falls to the mat. McKormick backs up and truthfully, he looks like he wants to end this match early. I think he’s sizing up Denis Cercel a skull punt!
Talib: It’s too early in this match for that and it’s almost like Cercel senses that. He’s rolling out of the ring and taking a moment to collect his thoughts. McKormick slips to the outside as well and it’s well documented that Jason McKormick has a background in the ultraviolent world. He’s more than at home on the outside.”
“Truthfully neither of these two really enjoy standard wrestling matches. They’re both very aggressive individuals. Cercel is definitely using the outside ring area to his advantage right now! Since McKormick followed him to the outside, Cercel has been using the steel barricade to his advantage.
Stew: Flesh meeting steel is never a happy occasion and McKormick needs to find a way to fight out of this. Cercel is using the top of the barricade to choke the life out of him and the referee has just now started his ten count. Cercel grabs McKormick and tosses him at the ring! McKormick’s back connects with that apron. Cercel continues to soften up that lower back area and as the referee gets to seven, Cercel finally throws McKormick back into the ring. Cercel in after him and he pulls McKormick up. The Michigan native is thrown into the corner and Cercel is scrambling up behind McKormick. He doesn’t allow McKormick to turn around! He wraps his legs around McKormick’s neck and wow! A reverse tarantula type of hold!
Talib: That’s also extremely illegal, but Cercel doesn’t seem to care! The referee can only give him until the count of five!
Stew: Cercel wisely lets go of the move and flips to the outside. McKormick is trying to get his second wind at the moment. Cercel is back in the ring and McKormick fends off another attack. Cercel throws himself against the rope and comes flying back at McKormick! McKormick catches him in mid-air and plants Denis Cercel in the ring with a poweslam! McKormick goes for the cover!
“Kickout at one!”
Talib: It’s going to take a lot more than a powerslam to put a game Denis Cercel away. McKormick grabs Cercel up and drags him to the corner. He begins slamming Cercel face first into the turnbuckle over and over again! McKormick grabs two handfuls of hair and RAKES Cercel’s face across the ropes. Cercel goes down and McKormick steps on his throat, cutting off Cercel’s air supply! The referee is in there and McKormick breaks the choke at five of course.
Stew: He’s not allowing Cercel back to his feet now. McKormick relentlessly drives his knee in Cercel’s face. He follows it up with several decisive strikes to the face and throat. Cercel reaches for the ropes to try and pull himself up, but McKormick drags him to the center of the ring. Cercel kicks at him, and McKormick staggers back momentarily. Another kick from Cercel and now the Romanian sits up. McKormick sees this and comes flying at him looking to hit him with a knee strike! Cercel evades it and McKormick stops his own momentum before crashing into the corner! Cercel quickly gets to his feet as McKormick turns around and the two of them lock eyes!
Talib: The crowd seems very appreciative of these two EAW newcomers, and split on which man they want to get behind. There’s no clear fan favorite and they just want to see this fight continue! Both seem more than willing to oblige our sold-out crowd here in Buffalo, New York.
Stew: These two are now just beating the heck out of one another. Just throwing hands until one gains the clear advantage! Both seem to enjoy this type of fight! Back and forth they are trading punches and finally… FINALLY it’s Cercel who gets the advantage!”
“BECAUSE HE POKED JASON MCKORMICK IN THE EYES!
Talib: You do what you gotta do! Cercel drops McKormick with a big boot to the face! STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! He goes for the cover!
Stew: McKormick gets the shoulder up right at the two count and Cercel seems a little shocked. He jerks McKormick up!”
Talib: McKormick rakes Denis Cercel right across the face! He’s punching in the midsection now! Cercel is doubled over in pain. McKormick levels him with several European style uppercuts and Cercel ends up backed against the ropes. McKormick wants to send him across the ring but Cercel is hanging on. He tries again! Cercel remains strong in his stance that he is not going across that ring! McKormick shakes his head and kicks Cercel’s feet out from under him.
Stew: McKormick quickly follows it up with a scoop slam, and backs up into the corner. He’s sizing Cercel up for that skull punt kick of his again!
Talib: HE HITS IT! Denis Cercel is likely in la la land right now! Jason McKormick is about to secure a nice victory for himself over on Dynasty and with Revolution right around the corner, a solid performance is exactly what he needs!”
Stew: I think he is setting Cercel up for his finisher! YES! ‘DINNER TIME! That is Jason McKormick’s version of the curb stomp! He’s going for the cover now!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stephie Love: “And here’s your winner…..JAAAAAAAASOOOOOONNNNNN MCKOOOOOOOORRRRRMIIIIICKKKKKK!!!!!”
(“The Devil In I” begins blasting through the PA System as Jason McKormick has his hand raised in a victory.)
Stew: Jason McKormick with an impressive victory after the loss last week!
Talib: The kind of win that you can certainly build off; congratulations, kid.
(The camera cuts backstage as KMK standing in the corridor outside of Starr Stan’s office.)
KMK: There’s no doubt after last week that I’m in prime position to take that next step forward and bring some glory back to this brand. We need something that will push forward the new generation and highlight that Dynasty has the brightest future in this entire company. It’s time to prove that Dynasty has the true definition of what the New Breed should be.
(KMK turns towards the door of the office.)
KMK: Yep, that’s perfect. There’s no way that Starr Stan doesn’t stand on my side with this.
(As KMK is about to knock and hand grabs him by the shoulder and turns him around revealing it to be Xtreme Demon.)
Xtreme Demon: You’re going to try to take credit for last week? You might be proud of what WE accomplished, but the truth is that it certainly wasn’t a team effort. It was me conquering two names, while you latched onto my coattails and reaped the benefits.
KMK: If memory serves me correctly – I was the person that managed to get the pin to make sure that our team won last week. You must have it wrong; I’m the reason that we won.
(Xtreme Demon laughs as KMK looks on partially confused.)
Xtreme Demon: You did everything I allowed you to do last week.
KMK: You allowed me to make sure we won, rather than getting the job done yourself when we’re both fighting to prove that we stand at the top of Dynasty’s New Breed? That’s pretty kind of you, pal. I’ll make sure to remember that when I’m the new New Breed Champion.
Xtreme Demon: The difference is that now you’re not going to have to chance to allow me to carry you forward.
KMK: Oh – nah, I never need you to do that anyway. Thanks though, again I’ll make sure that I remember that when I’m holding championship gold while you’re not.
(The door opens and Starr walks out the door.)
Starr Stan: Can both of you telling me what’s going on; I was in the middle of an important phone call and all I could hear is you two going on and on.
KMK: Starr! Just the person I wanted to see. I’m here to ask you if there would be the chance that you could organise a New Breed Championship match for me – we can bring back glory to Dynasty’s New Breed.
(KMK slightly drops his head as Xtreme Demon laughs.)
Xtreme Demon: See, Starr knows who holds some worth around here.
Starr Stan: You’re not getting one either, but I do have something concerning everyone on Dynasty in your position. That phone call that you rudely interrupted was with the Showdown General Manager, Hurricane Hawk and he presented me with an offer. He wants to have one of his top prospects come over to Dynasty and challenge one of ours. Seeing that you’re both standing here – KMK will be the one to represent Dynasty seeing he was the man that won it for your team last week.
KMK: Thanks, Starr! Thanks, Xtreme! Your act of kindness gave me this opportunity!
(KMK walks away as Xtreme Demon grits his teeth as he stares at Starr Stan before the camera cuts to commercial.)
(“In My Feelings” by Drake hits as Mark Michaels makes his way to the ring with a big grin on his face. As he enters the ring he grins down at Ventura)
Stephie Love: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Approaching the ring first from Beverly Hills, California… weighing in at 243 pounds… MARRRRKKKKK MIIICCCHHHAEEEELLLLSSS!!
Ventura: You see that smug bastard? He better get all his smiling out when he can because after I’m done with him, he won’t want to smile anymore.
(“Psyched Out” by The Supersuckers hits as Ryan Wilson steps out from behind the curtain and rushes down to the ring)
Stephie Love: And his opponent, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada…
Ventura: WOOO YEAH!!
Stephie Love: Weighing in at 200 pounds… RYAAANNNN WILLLSSSOONNNN!!
Bari: It feels like we always say that but only because it’s true, this man is on the verge, so close to doing something great! He continues to impress and it’s only a matter of time before it all pays off.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Stew: There’e the bell… AND RYAN WILSON EXPLODES OUT OF HIS CORNER!! CHARGING TOWARDS MARK MICHAELS AND TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A DROPKICK!!
Ventura: WHERE’S THE AWARENESS? That would never happen to me.
Bari: Well Ventura, you know back when you were wearing that rob–
Stew: Mark Michaels is back to his feet, he meets Ryan Wilson in the center of the ring and they lock up! Mark Michaels with the advantage, pushing Ryan Wilson into the corner but Ryan Wilson using his speed to break the tie up, slide under Mark Michaels and now applying a headlock from behind!
Bari: Michaels pushes him off and sends him into the ropes… Michaels ducks his head… BUT RYAN WILSON SLIDING OVER HIS BACK, AND NOW ROLLING HIM UP!!
Bari: NO… A KICK OUT, MICHAELS ABLE TO PUSH WILSON OFF HIM!! Mark Michaels quickly back to his feet, perhaps a bit flustered! Ryan Wilson has come out of the gates HOT in this one! Michaels takes a deep breath and begins shuffling around the ring, he extends his arms out again looking for a second lock up… BUT WILSON DOESN’T OBLIGE, INSTEAD HE COMES CHARGING AT HIM AGAIN… BUT MICHAELS TAKES A STEP TO THE SIDE, GRABS HIM BY THE LEG AND LIFTS HIM HIGH INTO THE AIR… A FLAPJACK!! AND OH MAN!! WILSON GOT DRAPED CHEST FIRST ACROSS THAT TOP ROPE!!
Stew: Wilson comes BOUNCING off those ropes, holding his chest but he doesn’t go down… THAT IS UNTIL MICHAELS KNOCKS HIM RIGHT OFF HIS FEET WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! RYAN WILSON JUST HAD HIS BELL RUNG AND HE’S SLOW TO HIS FEET!! He shakes his head, cobwebs no doubt and he grabs onto the ropes to pull himself up… MARK MICHAELS COMES CHARGING AGAIN… BUT RYAN WILSON IS ABLE TO SIDESTEP THIS ONE… AND MICHAELS’ MOMENTUM SENDS HIM OVER THE ROPES AND ONTO THE FLOOR ON THE OUTSIDE!! MICHAELS LANDS HARD, MAKING A SMACKING SOUND… OH BUT HIS TROUBLES AREN’T OVER… LOOK OUT HERE!!
Bari: WILSON DIVES THROUGH THE ROPES… RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF US WITH A SUICIDE DIVE AND IT CONNECTS!! SENDING MARK MICHAELS SPINE FIRST INTO OUR ANNOUNCE TABLE!!
(The camera pans to Ventura’s face to show a huge grin on it)
Stew: MICHAELS HIT HARD!! HE’S IN PAIN!! AND RYAN WILSON KNOWS IT!! HE GETS MICHAELS QUICKLY BACK INTO THE RING BEFORE HOPPING UP ONTO THE APRON… WHAT’S HE DOING HERE?! HE SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP… SPINS AROUND IN THE AIR… LANDING ON THE SECOND ROPE AND NOW SPRINGBOARDING OFF OF THAT… LIONSAULT!! FLIPPING THROUGH THE AIR AND LANDING RIGHT ON TOP OF MARK MICHAELS!! HE FOLLOWS THROUGH WITH THE PIN, HOOKING THE INSIDE LEG!!
ONEEE!!… TWOOO!!… BUT NO!! MICHAELS ABLE TO ESCAPE AGAIN!!
Ventura: HE’S SHAKY!! SHAKY BOYS… DO YOU SEE THIS?! SHAKY!!
Bari: Ryan Wilson glances towards the referee, holding up two fingers and the referee assures him that it was a two count. Oh I thought he had him there! Wilson gets back to his feet… and as he does, he grabs onto Mark Michaels’ arm, pulling him up as well… Wilson has tried speed, he’s tried aerial attacks… AND NOW HE LIFTS HIM UP… LOOKING FOR A SUPLEX… BUT MARK MICHAELS IS FIGHTING IT!! SENDING SHOTS INTO THE TOP OF WILSON’S HEAD!! WILSON HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO RELEASE HIM!! MICHAELS LANDS ON HIS FEET… AND IMMEDIATELY SENDS A FOREARM TO THE JAW OF WILSON, DAZING HIM!!
Stew: MICHAELS WITH A SECOND ONE… AND NOW A THIRD!! THESE FOREARM SHOTS HAVE BROUGHT WILSON DOWN TO A KNEE!!… NOW TAKING A FEW STEPS BACK AND RUSHING FORWARD WITH A FOURTH FOREARM!! VICIOUS!! WILSON IS DOWN AND NOW MICHAELS GOES INTO THE COVER, FIRST ONE OF THE MATCH FOR HIM… BUT IS THAT ALL HE NEEDS?!
ONEEEE!!… TWOOO!!… NO!! WILSON FIGHTS ON!!
Bari: Wilson’s been slippery this whole match but when he’s gotten hit… he’s gotten hit HARD! First it was that clothesline and now these forearms, he doesn’t look good! He makes it back to his feet… TURNS AROUND TO MEET MICHAELS FACE TO FACE… WILSON ACTUALLY THROWS THE FIRST SHOT, A RIGHT HAND BUT IT MISSES WILDLY!! MICHAELS FROM BEHIND LOOKS TO LIFT HIM UP… BACK SUPLEX BUT NO!! WILSON MUST STILL HAVE HIS WITS ABOUT HIM AS HE FLIPS OUT OF IT, LANDING ON HIS FEET!! HE LOOKS FOR ANOTHER ROLLUP BUT MARK MICHAELS IS ABLE TO GRAB ONTO THE ROPES AND WILSON COMES UP EMPTY!!
Stew: WILSON POPS BACK TO HIS FEET, HE COMES RUNNING AT MICHAELS… OH BUT MICHAELS CATCHES HIM!! SCREEN CRACKER!! THE SCREEN CRACKER CONNECTS FROM OUT OF NOWHERE, JUST LIKE THAT!! MARK MICHAELS DROPS TO HIS KNEES FOR THE COVER, STARING DOWN VENTURA AS HE DOES SO!!
ONEEE!!… TWOOO!!… THREEE!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“In My Feelings” begins to play as Mark Michaels rises to his feet and begins celebrating his victory)
Stephie Love: Your winner… MARRRKKKKKK MIIICCCHHAAAAEEELLLSSS!!
Stew: Big win for the number one contender to the Hardcore Championship!
Talib: Mark Michaels is going to be going into Revolution hot!
(Mark Michaels celebrates in the ring as Ventura makes his up onto the announcers table and raises the Hardcore Championship high into the air before the camera cuts to commercial.)
(Timebomb (Train, Train Intro) by Blackfoot and Rancid fills the airwaves as Shaker Jones makes his way onto the stage, shaking his hips for all the females in the audience.)
Stephie Love: Introducing first, from Inglis, Manitoba, Canada.. Weighing in at 250 pounds… “The Punk Rock Country Boy”… SHAAAKEERRR JOOOOOONEEESS!!
Stew: I love a legend! Shaker Jones is just aching to break out, and be the biggest star this company has ever seen! Tonight he faces Lucas Johnson. A huge matchup here tonight, wouldn’t you say Talib?
Talib: Yessir! I have been waiting all week for this match, and now that it’s here I can hardly contain my excitement let’s get it started!
(Young and Bitter by Hot Tag Media comes on over the speakers as Lucas Johnson bursts out of the curtain, and makes his way down to the ring.)
Stephie Love: And his opponent.. From Atlanta, Georgia, weighing in at 205 pounds… He is the “Wrestling Machine”.. LUUUUCASSS JOOOOHHHNNNSOOOON!!
Stew: Lucas Johnson not wasting any time here getting down to the ring. Doesn’t seem to have as much fun as Shaker Jones!
Talib: Well different strokes for different folks. Lucas Johnson would definitely like a win here, and if it means shunning the fans, then he’s going to shun the fans.
(Lucas gets in the ring, and stares over at Shaker. Shaker seems pretty preoccupied with a female in the front row, blowing her kisses, and mouthing call me)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stew: Lucas Johnson charges right at Shaker who seems to be more interested in what’s in the front row, than what’s in the ring! Lucas taking full advantage of the situation and delivers a vicious high knee to the back of Shaker. Shaker didn’t see it coming! That sends Shaker into the turnbuckle, but doesn’t get him to leave his feet. Lucas now not letting Shaker any time to get any separation; lifts Shaker up, and delivers a fierce back breaker! I thought Lucas seemed much more focused than Shaker, and it’s showing here.
Talib: Like I said, some people don’t care if you make someone in the crowd happy, they just want to do their job, and Lucas is doing just that tonight. Lucas now picking Shaker up, and throws him shoulder first into the ring post. Shaker falls into a seated position in the corner. Lucas backing up, and runs full steam ahead delivering double knees to the face of Shaker! And seeing as though Lucas does not wear knee pads, that hurts a lot more than it normally would! And it would normally hurt plenty! Lucas now being down and picks up Shaker by the waist. HE DEADLIFTS HIM UP TO HIS FEET! BEFORE DELIVERING AN EXCELLENT GERMAN SUPLEX! He doesn’t let go, picking Shaker up again, and plants him with yet another German Suplex! It seems as though Lucas has something in mind! Wouldn’t you know it?! Another German Suplex, but this time he releases the hold, and Shaker goes flying!
Stew: Shaker is in a bad way here, and needs to find a way to get back in this thing. He rolls out of the ring to get that separation that is he greatly needs. But Lucas Johnson isn’t far behind as he seems to be charging at Shaker again, and I don’t think that Shaker sees him coming back at him.
Talib: NO HE DOES! SHAKER KICKS THE KNEE OUT FROM LUCAS AND HE GOES FLYING INTO THOSE STEEL STEPS! He throws Lucas back into the ring, and it seems as though Shaker got the break he needed to get back into this thing. Shaker gets on top of the apron, and waits for Lucas to get back onto his feet. FLYING ELBOW! Right to the face of Lucas Johnson! NO! Lucas dodges it, and rolls through. CLOTHESLINE! Shaker is laid out once more! Damn, just when you thought he had this thing in his grasp, Lucas Johnson was one step ahead.
Stew: Lucas seems to be signaling that the end is near. He’s stalking the downed Shaker Jones.. DON’T TURN AROUND SHAKER, HE’S GOING TO GET YOU!! He can’t hear me apparently because he’s still getting up. Lucas Johnson turns Shaker around… RED ARROW! And Shaker is planted into the ground. Lucas goes right into the pin…
Ref: One! Two! Three!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stephie Love: Here is the winner of this match LUUUUCCCCAAASSSS JOOOOOOOHHHNNNNSOOOON!!!
(Lucas rolls out of the ring with his arms raised high. Shaker starts crawling to the ropes to go flirt with that girl some more, but he’s in too much pain to crawl all the way and collapses.)
Stew: Nice effort by Shaker Jones here, but the initial onslaught was just too much for him to get over. I thought he had it in the end, but Lucas was just too much to handle on this particular night.
Talib: Unfortunate for Shaker, but a good win for Lucas. Can’t take anything away from him today, he earned this win! Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come for this young man.
(The camera cuts backstage as Cameron’s beginning to walk through the gorilla position and out to the ring. Cameron stops in her tracks as the voice of Starr Stan quickly approaches.)
Starr: Cameron! Wait, Cameron!
(Cameron turns around as Starr walks into the camera’s frame.)
Cameron: What do you want, Starr?
Starr: I’ve heard that you have intentions of calling out Impact for what happened last week.
Cameron: I’m going to take away everything, like he did to me.
Starr: You’re not going to be able to tonight. There was no way I was going to allow things to get out of hand while I’m trying to get things back in order.
Cameron: I don’t care about what you’re trying to do – he took away the one thing I wanted and now I’m going to take everything away from him.
Starr: Cameron, you have a match for the Women’s World Championship next week so to stop that match from being in jeopardy I, alongside the board of directors have decided that keep Impact away from the arena.
(Cameron grits her teeth as she shakes her head.)
Cameron: So, you’re going to protect him for what he did?
Starr: No, I’m stopping you from doing something you’re going to regret. But, before you lose it I can tell you that you’re going to be able to face Impact in a few weeks at Revolution.
Cameron: What reason do I have to wait?
Starr: If you don’t, I hold the power to make sure you don’t receive another chance to compete for the Answers World Championship while I’m the general manager of Dynasty.
Starr: I’m sorry, Cameron. You just have to understand that I’m going to do what is best for this brand; you’ll still get Impact, you’re just going to have to be patient.
(Starr walks away as Cameron runs her fingers through her hair before the camera cuts to commercial.)
(“Your Kingdom” by VITJA plays throughout the arena as Andrei Sokolova makes his way down to the ring)
Stephie Love: Making his way to the ring… Residing in Doncaster, England, weighing in at 240 pounds… “The Agent of Chaos”… ANNDRREEIIII SOKOLOOOOOOVVAAAAAAA!!
Stew: Andrei has been having problems with Theron lately, but with that being said he’s still one of the best acquisitions we got. Not only from Voltage, but from REVOLT. We keep seeing this kid ascending higher each week.
Talib: And it is because of that opponents have to look out for this guy. Always do your homework on Andrei Sokolova or he will pick you apart.
(“DUST” by Tremonti blares throughout the arena as Kevin Hunter makes his way down the entrance ramp, and into the ring)
Stephie Love: And his opponent, From Brooklyn, New York, weighing in at 235 pounds… “The Devil Incarnate”… KEEEVIIINN HUUUUNNNTTTEERRRR!!!
Talib: Kevin Hunter was able to pick up a victory last week over Lucas Johnson. Very impressive to say the least. Hopefully he is able to continue that success against one of the leaders of what once was REVOLT, Andrei Sokolova. It would be quite the feat.
Stew: Well said Talib; Kevin Hunter is trying to break into a new level here in EAW, and Andrei Sokolova is someone he has to beat if he wants to be up there with the top tier talent.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!!)
Stew: Both competitors slowly make their way to the center of the ring, jawing at each other. It seems to be a war of words here; you’d think they would’ve got all the talking out of their system during the week! Kevin Hunter just reared back and hit Andrei right in the face, and it seemed to catch him off guard. But Andrei is able to catch himself and come right back at Kevin with a spin kick right to the gut. It has Kevin staggered, and Andrei is looking to take advantage of this opening as he takes hold of Kevins head. Headlock applied but Kevin is trying to fight out of it. Falling backwards into the ropes, Kevin is able to throw Andrei off, and into the adjacent ropes for an Irish Whip. Andrei comes running back, and is greeted with an inverted atomic drop. Big Slap to the chest by Kevin onto Andrei, and now he grabs a side headlock onto Andrei. It would appear Kevin is trying to one up Andrei and show him how it’s done.
Talib: But Andrei is fighting back, as he stomps away at the foot of Kevin Hunter. Hunter lets go and starts pummeling Andrei back, left and right forearms to his back, making Andrei fall to the mat. Kevin just lifts his foot up and places it right on the back of Andrei’s neck, laying in all of his body weight right on top of him. Andrei is able to get his foot on the rope, and the ref is making Kevin get off before serious damage can occur. Kevin doesn’t seem to care though, and is milking the count for all it’s worth.
Ref: One! Two! Three! Four!
Talib: Kevin backs off, right before the five count. That is a smart move in my book, you can’t get disqualified unless the 5 count is made, so why not inflict as much damage as possible? Andrei now rolls out of the ring, trying to get breather here. Kevin doesn’t plan on letting that happen as he seems like he’s revving up to go! Suicide Dive!! BUT ANDREI IS ABLE TO SIDE STEP, AND KICK THE PASSING HUNTER RIGHT IN THE HEAD! It would appear that Andrei was able to outsmart Kevin Hunter, and is now in control of this match. Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster.. He holds onto the grip and carries Hunter back up for a Fireman’s Carry Backbreaker this time! Andrei picks Kevin up and tosses him into the ring. Kevin looks to be in a bad way, barely moving, but it doesn’t seem as though Andrei is done here as he’s ascending up the turnbuckle! Double Foot Stomp from the top rope! It connects! And Andrei goes for the cover..
Ref: One! Two!
Stew: No! Kevin was able to kick out. I thought he had him there, but Hunter had the intestinal fortitude to kick out, and stay alive. Andrei picks Kevin up, spinning back-fist to the face of Hunter, Back Heel Kick! Roundhouse kick! And Kevin falls to the mat, again. Andrei looks to be setting something up here, waiting for Kevin to get back to his feet. He’s stalking him, as he crawls on the mat, looking for a way to the ropes. Looking for a way to get up, but judging by the look on Andrei’s face, I don’t know if he wants to get up just now! Kevin looks like he’s on Dream Street as he wobbles back up to his feet.. Andrei stalking his prey! Runs up behind Kevin… CONTROL YOUR CHAOS!!.. No! Kevin is able to weasel his way out of it. He turns around and hits a Big Boot right to the face of Andrei, and he goes flying into the corner. Kevin seems to have picked up a second wind here, as he runs at Andrei and delivers another Big Boot right to the face of Andrei, and he crumbles to the mat. What a comeback it seems that Kevin is making here. Andrei is stumbling back up to his feet, and his met with a scoop slam! Kevin then following that up with a knee drop to the throat of Andrei!
Talib: I don’t know what happened, Kevin seemed to be dead in the water, but he has been able to get right back into this. Kevin now dragging Andrei up to his feet by the hair, he picks Andrei, looks as though he’s going for a spine buster! But Andrei is wiggling out of it. He’s not done yet.. He does! Andrei back to his feet, charging at Kevin! SPINEBUSTER!! There’s that spinebuster Kevin was looking for earlier. He goes for the pin..
Ref: One! Two!
Talib: No! Andrei able to kick out of that one. Kevin is pissed, he straddles the downed Andrei, and starts raining down punches to the face. Andrei looking to block the onslaught aimed, And he does! He’s able to flip Kevin onto his back, and the tides have turned! Andrei now throwing fists right into Kevin’s face! He’s trying to dodge but Andrei is throwing those fists with precision. You can see Kevin’s eye swelling up a bit as that last one caught him! KEVIN THOUGH JUST REACHES UP WITH BOTH HANDS AND GRABS ANDREI BY THE THROAT, AND THROWS HIM OFF! Andrei landing on the apron. Kevin not far behind, coming right back with a move that has worked well for him today! Another big boot! But Andrei is able to pull the rope down, and Kevin has been crotched! Stuck up on those ropes, he’s very vulnerable right now! Andrei steps through the ropes, and delivers a swift kick right to the chest of Kevin! And another! And another! And another! Kevin’s chest is turning beat red.. the ref now stepping in!
Ref: One! Two! Three! Four!
Stew: And with one more kick right to the head, Kevin falls flat to the mat! Andrei isn’t done yet though, as he’s walking right back to Kevin. But the ref now getting between Andrei and Kevin, he wants to see if Kevin can continue this match, Andrei is not happy about this, and I wouldn’t be either! This is wrestling! The objective is to beat your opponent up until you pin him, or submit him.. The ref needs to let Andrei do his job!
Talib: And Andrei has to let the ref do his job! He’s protecting Kevin here because it’s the safe thing to do!
Stew: Kevin back on his feet, and the ref is asking if he can continue this match. He says yes, and the ref is stepping away from him finally! And here comes Andrei! But Kevin now grabbing the ref, who is still right there! Andrei stops short right before taking out the referee! Thumb to the eye! And the ref wasn’t able to see it because he was facing Kevin! Andrei is blinded! He can’t see a thing! Kevin now running up behind Andrei! Killer Effect! IT HITS! KEVIN IS LOOKING TO WIN THIS ONE RIGHT FROM UNDER ANDREI! THE PIN!
Ref: One! Two! Threeeee!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stephie Love: Here is your winner, KEEEEVVVVIIIIINNNNN HUUUUNNNTTTTEERRRR!!!
(Kevin hurriedly rolls out of the ring, and celebrates on the ramp. Andrei still laying on the mat look back at Kevin in disgust. The ref runs up to Kevin and raises his hand)
Stew: Disgusting! Andrei seemingly had this match won, but Kevin used the referee as a shield and took it! That’s not what this sport is about! I can’t believe this.
Talib: It’s wrestling Stew, how do you not believe it? It’s not cheating if you don’t get caught, or if the ref doesn’t DQ you. Kevin played it SMART here, and got the win over a highly respected Elitist here in EAW. Say what you will, but you will always see Kevin Hunter defeated Andrei Sokolova here tonight.
Stew: Well I don’t have to like it Talib! Because it’s utter horse manure! Kevin has the talent to beat Andrei without the shenanigans, wish he did it tonight! But that’s just the character that Kevin has I guess. Taking the easy way out! Either way though, you’re right, he is the winner…
(“2nd Sucks” by A Day To Remember hits as Starr Stan meets Kevin Hunter on the ramp with a microphone in hand.)
Starr: Don’t worry, this isn’t going to take long at all. I was going to wait until Revolution to announce this, but I believe that it’ll only heat things up if I were to announce it now. Congratulations, Kevin; that is undoubtedly the biggest win of your career, and one that you’re going to need heading into that fatal four away against Lucas Johnson, Shaker Jones and Ryan Wilson. I said that the four of you would be competing for something that none of you have had before! At Revolution – THE FOUR OF YOU WILL COMPETE FOR A FUTURE OPPORTUNITY AT THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
(Kevin Hunter’s eyes light up as “2nd Sucks” picks back up and Starr makes his way back through the curtain. Kevin Hunter screams that he’s going to win the fatal four way before the camera cuts to commercial.)
(The camera returns back to the ring as “Born Too Late” by Saint Vitus hits and Darkane makes his way out through the curtain with the Answers World Championship hanging from his left shoulder to a LOUD mixed reaction.)
Stephie Love: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the ring at this time… THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION!!… DAAAAAAARRRKKKAAAAANNNNEEEE!!!!
Stew: The man that stands at the forefront of this brand with its crown jewel resting comfortably in his possession! The ruling force of #DarkaneTimes!
Talib: Did you just say hashtag…
Stew: Get woke, Talib!
(Talib takes a deep sigh as Darkane makes his way into the ring and takes the microphone from Stephie Love who quickly leaves the ring. He looks at the Answers World Championship hanging from his shoulder before raising the championship high into the air.)
Darkane: This championship is the true representation and definition of Darkane times. I asked for anyone on this brand to step up before their Champion to understand the man that rules this brand. I asked for a challenger, and instead Starr Stan stood in front of the world and asked for this entire brand to begin a revolution. He asked this entire brand to push its way back to the top of this company as the most importance piece this company has to offer. It’s absolutely insulting. This brand, this championship – every single piece of Dynasty was meaningless… until Pain for Pride. This championship was passed around like it was nothing more than a dirty whore found on the local corner in Louisiana, and is now in the possession of a man that is never going to lose it. As cliche as it may sound – in my hands this championship becomes the most importance piece that this company has, because I’m going to slaughter anyone in my way that holds the intention of taking it away. I’m going to rip them apart piece by piece. I’m going to stomp on the back of their skull and feel each fragment crumble to nothing but dust under my boot. I’m going to make sure that there’s absolutely nothing left of them and look forward towards the next name that shares their fate.
(A vicious smile crosses the face of Darkane.)
Darkane: And the first name to place their head on that chopping block is… Jack Ripley.
(Darkane begins to chuckle, which quickly turns into a bellowing laugh.)
Darkane: You want a revolution – and this is the man who you feed to the champion? A glorified tag team wrestler who has struggled to stand on his own two feet after the man I DESTROYED at Pain for Pride ended the career of his partner. The first victim to fall during Darkane Times; I will paint the canvas red with his blood.
(“A Story To Tell” by Woe, Is Me hits as Jack Ripley arrogantly makes his way through the curtain to a CHORUS of mixed cheers and boos.)
Ripley: I’m sorry, Darkane, I understand that this is meant to be the time where you’re meant to profess about why you’re the Answers World Champion, but jesus fucking christ you’re boring me to tears. Let’s go back to passing the championship around like they passed around your mother — I mean, uhh, how did you describe it – like a “dirty whore” found on the local street corner, because as much as I’m not overly glad I’m saying… they had some sort of entertainment value.
Darkane: What I’m going to do to you is going to be extremely entertaining.
Ripley: Pat yourself on the back for that one, pal.
(Ripley stands on the apron, leaning on the top rope as Darkane welcomes him into the ring.)
Darkane: You’re not going to stand in the ring with your Champion?
Ripley: Not until REVOLUTION. Only god knows what I could possibly catch just being near; the biggest challenge in a few weeks isn’t taking that championship, but not coming out of my crowning moment riddled with disease.
Darkane: Better to leave with something, seeing you’re not taking this championship.
(Ripley laughs as Darkane stares daggers straight through him.)
Ripley: You know, they say that there’s this incredible amount of pressure leading into a World Championship match, let alone your first one, but I don’t feel any pressure at all. Instead, I stand here as a man that’s filled with absolute confidence. A man that has conquered every division that he’s been apart of. The greatest tag team champion of all time, soon to be the greatest World Champion.
Darkane: Davidson isn’t going to be here to make sure that you succeed; Theron might come running, but he’ll only end up getting cut down too.
Ripley: Don’t need ‘em. I mean, you’ve never been able to beat Theron, and Theron and I are without question the best two talents in this entire company – doesn’t look like your odds are looking too crash hot.
Darkane: I –
Ripley: I know! I know! You’re going to put me through unimaginable tortures at Revolution! I’m going to feel pain that I never thought could be possible! I’m never going to come back the same! But, there’s one thing I do know. I’m going to become the Answers World Champion.
Darkane: You can believe what you want.
Ripley: I don’t have to believe anything. I know. You didn’t have to overcome anything great to earn that championship. You sat back and watched as people passed around that championship, and when they were run out of the company – here comes Darkane to beat an overrated, overachieving, over the hill elitist who has barely done anything of merit. The guy still can’t get his Hall of Fame ring off Cameron. But, you’re making these threats. I’m going to do this. I’m going to do that. But, the truth is that you’re not really going to do anything. Another placeholder for the real champion to take his position at the top of the brand. Don’t worry though; I’ll be kind enough to use the millions of dollars that this company is going to pay to make sure that their new Answers World Champion is extremely happy, to buy you a bottle of top notch whiskey. I’ll make sure I go out of my way to find you the best damn gutter I can, so you can comfortably drink your sorrows away. You can continue to tell everyone what you’re going to do to anyone who tries to stand during “Darkane Times”, but know deep down that you’re nothing.
Darkane: Why don’t you step through those ropes and see how well you’re going to fair.
(Ripley quickly shakes his head as Darkane grits his teeth.)
Ripley: Like I said – there’s no need to risk catching anything while I don’t have the need. But you can go back to doing whatever makes you find some sort of happiness, because there’s nothing but misery waiting at the end of your road.
(Ripley drops the microphone and hops back off the apron as “A Story To Tell” picks back up.)
Stew: Strong words from both men that will compete in the main event of Revolution! Ripley deciding not to start anything tonight, but I have no doubts that he’s going to be ready for August 25th!
Talib: I don’t think it’s the smartest idea trying to get under the skin of the Answers World Champion, but everyone has their own strategies heading into major contests. Ripley is going to want to be at the top of his game if he doesn’t want to be brutalised by Darkane.
Stew: That is all we have time for tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen. We have one more show between now and Revolution! You have to make sure you don’t miss it! Thank you for tuning in and see you all next week!
(Ripley backs up the ramp signalling that the Answers World Championship will soon be his as Darkane once more welcomes him to enter the ring before the camera fades to black.)
(EAW Logo Buzzes…)