(EAW Intro Plays…)
(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 Denny Sanford Premier Center before cutting back to the stage as…)
“ILLEST MOTHERFUCKER ALIVE!!!!!”
(The camera cuts to the stage as “Illest Motherfucker Alive” by Kanye West hits and The One Percent make their way out through the curtain to a chorus of boos. Theron Nikolas, Mr. DEDEDE and Jack Ripley stand on the stage soaking in everything the crowd throw their way.)
Talib: And it looks like we’re kicking off the show with the three men that are going to be representing Dynasty at Territorial Invasion against the three other brands inside War Games!
Stew: I hate to admit it – but there may not be a group of people that I would prefer from Dynasty to be in their position. These are men that have proven to push themselves that people think possible in situations like this; three men that are arguably some of the best wrestlers this entire company has to offer.
(The One Percent make their way into the ring as Theron takes the microphone off of Stephie Love and places his index finger on his lips to signal for the crowd to quiet down.)
Theron: I find myself standing in front of the world asking myself the same question – why? Why, after everything that we’ve done; the things that we’ve said – why would we agree to represent Dynasty by walking into War Games and slaughtering every other brand this entire company has to offer. Voltage throw their World Champion and National Elite Champions into the mix. Showdown gives us their champion and two rookies, and Empire give us three women who have consistently proven that they’re going to stumble every time they’re close to grasping onto everything that they’ve wanted. The truth is simple – we don’t do this for Dynasty. We don’t do this to prove this brand dominance as the best thing that this company has to offer, because while the three of us are on this brand – it will always been the most valuable piece of this entire industry. But, and as surprising as this is going to sound to everyone sitting in this arena and everyone sitting at home – were doing this for ourselves. I know! You have to stop yourself from falling out of your seats from the pure shock that Jack, DDD and I aren’t going this to benefit anyone but ourselves – but sometimes you have to think of yourself over others. We pride ourselves on being the top Percent of this company. We don’t have any World Championship in our possession – but, the accolades of everyone else means nothing. What Voltage, Showdown and Empire throw our way means absolutely nothing. In every predicament; no matter how anyone wants to attempt to twist any story they’re going to be able to conjure up – we are always going to stand above everyone else. There is nothing that anyone is going to be able to do to make sure that they’re the ones who stand in the middle of the carnage that War Games is going to bring as those who accomplished the absolute impossible.
(The crowd roar with boos as Theron shakes his head.)
Theron: You boo us not because we are wrong – but, because we’re right. Ronn Banks was meant to cut me down; throw me out the doors of this company and rid this company as the big, bad monster that Theron Nikolas is – but, we made sure that such a thing never happened. But, the three of us – we’ve come to a decision. We could stand in front of the world knowing that the rest of the world was sitting at home watching – or we could personally invite those who we will stand against at Territorial Invasion the opportunity to step foot on the only brand that really matters and we’ll tell them everything that they already know. Don’t worry! You people don’t have to wait – we’re smart enough to put out the offer throughout the week so they have enough time to make their way to the arena rather than giving them their invite this week and having to wait until next week to get an answer. I know, we’re fucking brilliant, aren’t we?
(Theron pats himself on the back as he laughs as “Still Unbroken” by Lynyrd Skynyrd hits and the crowd explode with cheers. Rex McAllister, Daryl Kinkade and Charlie Marr make their way out through the curtain; Rex sporting the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist and Daryl and Marr wear separate National Elite Championships over their shoulders. Theron takes a deep breath in the ring and slightly drops his head as The One Percent stand their ground.)
Theron: You guys ruined it. I was going to do a whole introduction; make you guys feel special and bigger than the three of you guys really are… but you just couldn’t wait. I mean, I don’t blame you in the slightest – this is the most amount of eyes that has been in you, Rex, since we were both on Showdown together. I don’t expect a thank you, but I already know how much you appreciate this.
Rex: This is just one big joke to you, isn’t it?
Theron: Not in the slightest, champ. I’m taking this extremely seriously; we have two – three champions in the ring here. Three men that were going to have to stand against if we want to walk out of War Games with our head held high.
Rex: You’re still the same naive, disappointing baby that you’ve always been. I understand that you have DDD’s teet to feed off, but I certainly believed that you would have grown in some way or form.
Theron: Ouch, if that’s the case – maybe you can teach me how to work so hard for something only to lose it before you have the chance to get comfortable with it.
Rex: I’d need to teach you how to win a World Championship before I could do that, Theron – and I think that the two of us know that’s something that may never actually happen.
(A big smile crosses the face of Theron as he turns towards DDD who continues to stare daggers through Rex, Daryl and Marr.)
Theron: Damn. He got me, guys. I would be impressed if his World Heavyweight Championship win was against someone with an ounce of talent, but defeating a champion who built his reign off beating nothing more than rookies and disappointments isn’t exactly something that I can consider being impressive. But, gold is gold and I’m definitely not in a position to judge. I could talk about how you couldn’t put me down when I hobbled down the ramp on one leg after almost having every ligament in my knee torn to shreds, or the fact that the only reason you were considered for the opportunity to compete for the EAW World Championship back at Grand Rampage was because of the fact that you were used as nothing more than a pawn to stack every conceivable odd against me when I first announced my intention of cashing in my crown.
Rex: The problem is that all of it will fall on nothing but deaf ears, Theron. This championship sitting around my waist right now is the one thing that tells the perfect story. You can talk about Kingsroad. You can talk about how the fatal four way where I captured something that you’re still dreaming about holding came to be. But, me holding this championship here is always going to put me above you, and there’s nothing that you can say that’s going to change that. Not some stupid name. Not screwing the man that created the company that makes sure you have food on your table out of his career. There is nothing that you can do that’s every really going to cement yourself in the position that you already believe you’re standing in if you don’t manage to do something I managed to do twice in four months.
Theron: And let me guess, you’re going to teach the two of them everything that they need to learn to do the same as you have?
Rex: That’s my intention, but it’s up to them to grow into what they need to become – but, seeing the championships on their shoulders, it’s safe to say that they’re on the right track.
(DDD suddenly takes the microphone out of the hand of Theron.)
DDD: You’re going to teach them as Xavier Williams taught you?
Rex: It doesn’t look like Xavier did a bad job, does it?
DDD: The real question that needs to be asked is – what ended up happening to the man. He was just like you. He had the entire world resting in the palm of his hand. He won two World Championships in less time that you did. A Hall of Famer. A Triple Crown Champion – but, in the end he ended up crumbling because of the same mistakes that you’re making. He thought that he held all the answers; that he had already built a career than he could always survive off. But, it’s the man that you’re now going to be standing against that brought his entire world crashing down. It’s the man that you’re going to be standing against at Territorial Invasion that broke him down piece by piece until there was absolutely nothing left of the man. It’s a constant cycle, and the problem is that it’s not going to stop with just you and Xavier. The two standing behind you will make the same mistakes and so forth, and by the end their tenure – they’re going to be picked apart by someone smart enough not to make the same mistakes that you have. That championship around your waist means nothing. Everything that you’ve done in the years that you’ve been in this company means absolutely nothing. You’re still just another name in the grand scheme of things. You can leave tomorrow and people are going to be sad. They’ll talk about how great you were and place you in this light that’s brighter than you could have ever imagined, but it’s only temporary. Sooner, rather than later you’ll be cast aside as nothing.
(DDD takes a step forward as does both Marr and Kinkade.)
DDD: How many people still talk about ADV? How many people still care about Hades The Hellraiser? How many people actually remember Norman Hellion? These are names that can arguably go down as some of the greatest ever, but have been casted aside due to time. Just like you will be.
Rex: You’re not going to be any different.
DDD: That’s where you’re wrong. The difference is that while you’re another name in this business – I am this fucking business. That’s why I’m walking into War Games. I walk into War Games with these two because I know that I can trust them more than anyone else, and with them by my side – there’s absolutely nobody from the past, present or future than can possible stop us. But, while this may come down to personal dominance on Theron’s side for The One Percent – my motivation comes down to worth. What does it do for us if we were to not only beat everyone that Showdown, Empire and Voltage threw in our way – but, absolutely destroy their best. Our stock is undoubtedly the most valuable in this company, but it doesn’t come close to what it would become after Territorial Invasion. Two World Champions cut down. The so-called future of this business slaughtered. The world would be forced to ignore something that we already know; that were unchallenged. With War Games – more money falls into our pockets. More money in a single night than even you’ll see in an entire year.
Rex: And when you fail you’ll see everything that you’ve lost.
(DDD goes to respond, but is interrupted as “True Love” by CFO$ hits and the Jaded Wolfe Hearts make their way through the curtain to a LOUD mixed reaction. They stand on the stage with microphones in their hand as the other six stand in the ring. The girls look around at the crowd, amused expressions on their faces.)
Kassidy: Okay, I’m just going to skip the threatrics and cut right to the chase. You see, as we stood backstage innocently walking around and tried not to fall asleep during your in-ring history lesson, something struck me as kind of funny. It was the comment about how Empire is being represented by women who consistently stumble when they’re close to getting the things they want. Considering it was coming from the mouth of Theron Nikolas I couldn’t help but laugh. You want to talk about someone who constantly stumbles when everything he’s ever wanted is in his reach? Look no further than your own reflection, Theron. How many times have you failed to rise to the occasion and get the job done? The difference between you and the Jaded Wolfe Hearts is that our opportunities have been few and far between. We haven’t been given six million title matches only to lose them all, every single time. Our setbacks pale in comparison to the ones you’ve faced, so let’s not make Territorial Invasion a pissing contest over who’s done what. Because let’s be real honest, we have all failed at some point in our careers, and that’s just how it is. Jack Ripley, Mr. Silent Assassin over there, just failed to capture the Answers World Championship from Darkane. Does that make him less of an athlete? Less of a competitor? Unworthy to be considered a member of the 1%? In your little heads it doesn’t, so why should we sit back and let you throw inconsistencies in our faces when there is no bigger collection of inconsistent talent in this company than the three of you.
Sienna: And that includes the geriatric chairman of this hell hole who can’t even stick to a consistent fucking gimmick. I’ve never seen someone reinvent themselves so many times in an attempt to stay relevant.
Tyler: So true. So let’s not just stand around talk in circles about who’s done what, hasn’t done what, or who’s come up short in the past. Because if we all lower ourselves to that standard, then we are proving to be no better than the overhyped, overrated garbage that is standing in the ring representing Voltage. Yes, I said that.
Theron: *gasp* They got me guys.
(Theron sarcastically clutches at his chest and drops down to his knees.)
Theron: I’ve been hit. DDD, Jack – I don’t think that I’m going to be able to continue. This shot may not be one that any of us are going to be able to come back from.
Kassidy: Theron, just shut the fuck up.
(The crowd actually pops huge for that. Sienna produces something from behind her back and twirls it around her finger. It’s the King of Elite’s crown.)
Sienna: You really shouldn’t leave the only thing that makes you relevant just sitting around Theron. I mean, anyone from anywhere can just waltz right into your locker room and take it.
Tyler: One thing I can say about the Jaded Wolfe Hearts is that we have more to prove in this match than anyone else. This isn’t about brand representation for us…”
Kassidy: Because fuck Empire. What this is about for us is showing everyone just who the fuck we are because week in and week out, we aren’t given that chance. This is personal for the three of us because time and time again we have been mocked, pushed aside, screwed over, and told that we didn’t belong in this sport. We know damn well that no one is going to give us a chance in this match for whatever idiotic reasons they may have. But you can all rest assured, and Team Showdown can as well, that we are going to show up and show out, and show everyone that Sienna Jade, Tyler Wolfe, and Kassidy Heart are the best things this world has ever seen. We are taking this match personally because we know that no one truly wants to see us in it. We know that we are going to ‘get this smoke’ and have people come for our heads. The sexist comments are going to reign supreme. Everyone is going to end up sounding like a broken record when all is said and done. This match represents so much to us, and I sure hope that none of you do the stupid thing and assume that we won’t give everything we have to this match.
Theron: It’s not about whether you girls are going to give everything you physically can at War Games – it’s about everything you have not being close to what you actually need to possess to succeed. The same does these three. The same goes for the mongrels on Showdown. You’ll all build yourselves up, and the three of us are going to tear you all back down. It’s been rather swell giving you all the biggest spotlight of your careers, but we’re done here. Make sure to give that crown a good clean for me, I’ll be on Empire to pick it back up when it’s done.
(“Illest Motherfucker Alive” by Kanye West picks up as The One Percent roll out of the ring and begin to make their leave through the crowd as the camera focuses on both Voltage and Empire’s representatives before fading to commercial.)
Timebomb (Train, Train Intro)” by Blackfoot and Rancid plays over the speakers and out comes Shaker Jones in his patented black hoodie with band patches on it. He makes his way down to the ring.
Stephie Love: Introducing first from Inglis, Manitoba, Canada…. SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKERRRRRRRR JONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
“In My Feelings” by Drake blares over the speakers. A wave of boos swarms Mark Michaels who walks out nonchalantly with a grin on his face.
Stephie Love: And his opponent from Beverly Hills, California…………. MAAAAAAAAAARKKKKKKKKKKKK MICHAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stew: You have to wonder Talib, if Mark Michaels is still feeling the effects after that human demolition derby at Dynasty: Revolution?
Talib: Of course he is, no man can withstand such punishment and come out on the other end feeling as fresh as a daisy, but just as I say that he’s not wavering in arrogance! He’s pointing and laughing at Shaker Jones as if to say: THIS is who I have to face?
Stew: Don’t ever underestimate the heart of Shaker Jones! We see Mark Michaels and Shaker lock up in the center of the ring here. Shaker with a huge opportunity on the line as he wraps Mark Michaels in a stiff side headlock. Michaels though pushes Shaker off with relative ease. Shaker turns around.. SCREEN CRACKER! THIS COULD BE OVER QUICK!
Talib: Shaker moves out of the way at the last second. Mark lands stiffly on his back from the momentum of the move! Shaker leans forward and scoops Mark over his shoulder but Mark kicks his own legs and slides behind Shaker! He drops down and takes Shaker’s knee out from under him with a strategically placed chop block! Shaker is holding the back of his knee! Mark grabs Shaker’s leg but Shaker kicks him off with the other! Mark lands on his keester! Shaker speeds towards Michaels and connects with a sliding forearm smash! The crowd is firmly behind The Punk Rock Country Boy!
Stew: There’s nothing like rooting for an underdog! Shaker picks Mark up and just as quickly drops him down with a beautiful pump handle suplex! Mark could be in trouble here! Shaker waits patiently for Mark to reach his feet and he does! He charges towards Michaels! GIVE ‘EEEEEEEM THE BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!
Talib: IS COUNTERED WITH A DISCUS PUNCH FOLLOW BY A THUNDEROUS SPINEBUSTER! Michaels drops down for the cover!
Stew: Shaker powers out at only one! Mark looks like he’s seen a ghost! Mark suddenly backs up! SCREEN CR–
Talib: GIIIIIIIIIIIVE ‘EM THE BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTT CONNECTS! That just floored Mark Michaels! Shaker shakes his head, he’s not done! He pulls up Mark… THEEEEEEEEEEEEE ’87!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! THE PIN!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Stew: WHAT HAVE WE JUST WITNESSED?!
Talib: AN UPSET OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS THAT’S WHAT!
Stephie Love: YOURRRRRRRRRR WINNNNNNNNNNNNERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……… SHAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKERRRRR JONESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
“(Timebomb (Train, Train Intro)” by Blackfoot and Rancid replays over the arena, Shaker Jones stands there with a big grin on his face as he looks down at Mark Michaels before sliding to the outside and tagging the hands of the fans)
Stew: I’ve seen it all now! Congratulations to Shaker Jones!
( The camera fades out to a blacked out screen. )
Narrator: It is a structure built for war.
( Ominous music plays in the background as we slowly open up to the following view: )
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Narrator: A structure so massive, one wrestling ring is not enough.
( We are looking at the first ever incarnation of the War Games structure in an EAW arena, and that empty Air Canada Centre jump cuts into a packed venue with a more in-depth view at the chain-link structure. )
Narrator: It makes Elimination Chambers, Hell in a Cells, and Electrified Cages tremble in its might.
( We get a view of then-protagonist, Zack Crash who enters the War Games structure. )
Narrator: Brought to the Land of Elite in the year 2014, Elitists have become soldiers, and the risks in this match have never been higher.
( This shows up on screen: )
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Narrator: The inception of the War Games match brought one of the most gruesome matches in the history of EAW to date.
( We see members of Team DEDEDE and Team Crash, and get a brief recap on the story stemming from a rebellion Crash lead on the Chairman of EAW, leading the Board of EAW to vote a “no confidence” at the time forcing DDD to wager his authority in this match. We then see members of DDD’s team such as Dark Demon and Johnny Ventura fighting it out with members of Zack Crash’s team, such as Xavier Williams and Diamond Cage. It shows the end of the match with Xavier Williams brainbustering his mentor Dark Demon through the roof of the War Games, sending them both through the ring, and ending the match with Team Crash as victorious. )
Narrator: The War Game has brought us moments that were unforgettable, moments that shocked the EAW Universe to its core, including the ultimate betrayal from a hero who lied to us all.
( Cut back to a blood soaked Zack Crash in the middle of the ring following his victory in the War Games. )
“Zack Crash: Ya know …Kaizer Soze once said ‘’the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist’’ ….well you’re looking right at him.”
“Kawajai: WHAT THE HELL!?!?! Y2IMPACT’S RIOT POLICE JUST ATTACKED TEAM CRASH!!!! Y2IMPACT SHUTS THE CAGE DOOR, LOCKING IT AS CRASH LAUGHS, AS THE RIOT POLICE IS ATTACKING BOTH TEAM DEDEDE AND TEAM CRASH!!!! THEY ARE USING NIGHT STICKS, TASER GUNS, WHAT IS HAPPENING??”
“Stew-O: THE EAW ROSTER IS FLOODING OUT HERE, TRYING TO STOP THIS BUT MORE RIOT POLICE ARE ATTACKING THEM!!!! THIS IS CHAOS!!!! THE ROSTER IS BEING BEATEN DOWN BY THE RIOT POLICE, I’M STILL …I’M STILL STUNNED!!!!! WHAT IS HAPPENING, EVERYBODY IS BEING BEATEN DOWN BY THE RIOT POLICE!!!!! THIS IS NOT RIGHT, SOMEBODY HAS TO STOP THIS, WHAT HAS CRASH DONE!?!?!!”
“Deadprez: HE’S CONNED US ALLL!!! CRASH HAS CONNED EAW BUT WHY!?!?! WHY HAS CRASH DONE THIS!?!?!”
**More riot police continue attacking the roster with night-sticks, tasers as the crowd looks on in disbelief as Zack Crash laughs*
“Zack Crash: I AM THE DEVIL HIMSELF AND ALL YOU STUPID MINDLESS IDIOTS FELL FOR IT! (time elapse) AND I’M GONNA WATCH EXTREME ANSWERS WRESTLING BURN TO THE GROUND!”
( We fade away from the scene at Territorial Invasion 2014… )
Narrator: A year after the wolf shed himself of the sheeps clothing, a new uprising was formed to counter the old.
( We flash forward a year later at Territorial Invasion: Civil War, and see the promotional image of that year’s War Games match, featuring “Team Dynasty” consisting of members of the Dynasty roster who seceded from EAW going up against Zack Crash to fight for their sovereignty. )
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Narrator: The war hero turned corrupt authoritarian, Zack Crash, attempted to crush the Dynasty brand and destroy the careers of every member of the Dynasty roster, and in the War Games both sides met once again in the trenches in a war as gruesome as the last.
( We get epic highlights from the TI 2015 War Games, with the Dynasty team lead by Tyler Parker putting on a savage display of valor against the Team EAW representatives. We see many brutal and shocking highlights from the match, including the ending where Zack Crash would be the only man left standing on his team and forced to submit via a kimura lock on both arms, courtesy of two men at the same time. )
“Stew: THEY DID IT! THEY DID IT! DYNASTY DID IT! THEY DID IT!”
“Announcer: THE WINNERS OF THIS CONTEST…. TLA, LUCIAN BLACK, CARLOS ROSSO, JACOB SENN, AND TYLER PARKER…. TEAM DYNASTY WRRRREEEESSSSTTTTTLLLIIIINNNNNGGGGGGG!!!!”
(The War Games structure is raised as Team Dynasty Wrestling and members of the Dynasty roster enter the ring and celebrate)
“Kawajai: I’m seeing it, and I still can’t believe it…”
“Stew: WELL BELIEVE IT! DYNASTY WRESTLING JUST WON! THEY BEAT ZACK CRASH! THEY JUST PAID HIM BACK FOR EVERYTHING HE’S DONE TO NOT ONLY THEM, BUT EVERYONE HE’S ABUSED WITH HIS POWER SINCE HE BECAME THE CHAIRMAN OF EAW!”
Narrator: The corrupt emperor was now forced to answer for his sins, thus setting in motion the beginning of his downfall….
( Fade out from Territorial Invasion 2015… )
Narrator: For the following THREE YEARS, no match in Elite Answers Wrestling would be deemed to be worthy enough for the return of this gargantuan structure. But now…
( We get a birds eye view of Soldier Field with a sold out audience from the last time EAW attended that venue. )
Narrator: For the first time in eight years, EAW returns to Soldier Field…
( We get shots of the aftermath of War Games matches including bloody turnbuckles, broken tables, blood soaked ring canvas, thumbtacks and barbedwire left all over the ringside floor. )
Narrator: And the soldiers return to the battlefield, answering the call of duty to partake in the War Games once again.
( We get a brief replay of Hurricane Hawk laying down the gauntlet to all three other brands several weeks ago on Showdown. )
“Hurricane Hawk: Territorial Invasion is the one show where all four brands in EAW will be in the same building and I don’t see any reason as to why we can’t see just what brand is the dominant brand? (time elapse) I recommend that we pick the best from our brand, the best to represent each of our brand in a fight to the finish. In a war almost, in a war that I will ensure Showdown is victorious in. I challenge Empire, Voltage, and Dynasty to a WAR GAMES!”
( The Showdown crowd goes WILD, and the video package cuts to studio shots of the four teams… )
Narrator: At Territorial Invasion the War Games match awakes from its three years slumber, answering the beckon call of the EAW Universe for the BIGGEST War Games match of all time!
( We get a studio shot showing Dynasty’s “The 1%” with Theron Nikolas holding his KOE crown in his hand, with Jack Ripley standing proudly by his side and Mr. DEDEDE grinning while looming in the background.
We then see a shot of Showdown’s NEO Syndicate looking aggressively into the camera while an irate Diamond Cage stands in between them carrying his EAW Championship.
We follow it up with Empire’s Jaded Wolfe Hearts with Sienna and Kassidy flanking Tyler Wolfe while brandishing their Empire Tag Team Championships and brimming with confidence.
And it finally shows Rex McAllister proudly holding up his World Heavyweight Championship above his head while MarrKade hold each end of their National Elite Championship to show off for the camera. )
Narrator: A contest consisting of SIX champions, a King of Elite, and a 24/7 contract holder. A match that will represent all four EAW brands, and only one will be able to reign supreme. Witness elements of war that you have never experienced before at the eleventh annual TERRITORIAL INVASION.
( Video package comes to an end. )
Stephie Love: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and I have just received word from Starr Stan that this contest will determine WHO WILL REPRESENT DYNASTY AT TERRITORIAL INVASION FOR THE NEW BREED CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!
(“The Devil in I” by Slipknot hits as Jason McKormick makes his way to the ring)
Stephie Love: Approaching the ring first, from Jackson, Michigan… weighing in at 235 pounds… JASSSSSOONNNN MCCCKKKORRRRMMMICCCKKKKK!!
(“Now You’re a Man” by DVDA hits as Andy Rush approaches the stage)
Stephie Love: From Las Vegas, Nevada… weighing in at 232 pounds… ANDDDYYYYYY RRRUUUUUUSSSSHHHH!!
(“Year Zero” by GHOST hits as ZERO approaches the stage)
Stephie Love: From Guadalajara, Mexico… weighing in at 190 pounds… ZERRRROOOOO!!
(“The Future” by From the Ashes to New hits as Ben Black makes his way to the ring)
Stephie Love: And from Melbourne, Australia… weighing in at 196 pounds… BEEEENNNNN BLAAAAACCCKKK!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Stew: The bell sounds and here we go! No wasted time here as all four men converge in the center of the ring and begin throwing rights and lefts wildly! I CAN’T EVEN KEEP UP, THE ACTION HOT AND FAST OUT OF THE GATE! ZERO IS THE FIRST ONE TAKEN OFF HIS FEET BUT HE QUICKLY POPS BACK UP AND REJOINS THE FRAY!! ZERO WITH A HUGE, RUNNING RIGHT HAND TO THE JAW OF JASON MCKORMICK!! IT TAKES HIM OFF HIS FEET AND KEEPS HIM DOWN!! NOW A QUICK GLANCE EXCHANGED BY ZERO AND BEN BLACK, A MOMENT OF UNDERSTANDING… BLACK WITH A KICK TO THE MID-SECTION OF ANDY LUSH… AND NOW ZERO HOOKS HIM… OH WAIT NO, A DOUBLE TEAM!! A DOUBLE VERTICAL SUPLEX DELIVERED BY ZERO AND BEN BLACK TO ANDY LUSH!!
Bari: AND NOW JASON MCKORMICK BACK TO HIS FEET, A DROPKICK TO ZERO… ZERO STAYS ON HIS FEET BUT IS FORCED INTO THE CORNER… AND NOW MCKORMICK LOOKS TO FOLLOW IT UP… CHARGING TOWARDS THE CORNER… BUT BLACK TAKES HIM OUT WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! Often temporary alliances are formed in fatal four way matches, are we seeing the start of one here between ZERO and Black?
Stew: OH I DON’T THINK SO BARI, BECAUSE FROM BEHIND ZERO ROLLS BLACK UP!!
ONEEE!!… TWOOO!!… NO!!
Bari: WELL SO MUCH FOR THAT!! AND AS BLACK GETS TO HIS FEET, AN OBVIOUS LOOK OF ANGER ON HIS FACE… HE TURNS TOWARDS ZERO AND THE TWO COME TO BLOWS!! Andy Lush is back to his feet and he gets McKormick up, grabs onto his wrist and whips him into the ropes! McKormick rebounds as Lush ducks his head… AND MCKORMICK SENDS A BOOT RIGHT INTO THE TOP OF HIS SKULL!! LUSH STAGGERS AROUND THE RING… MCKORMICK RUSHES TOWARDS HIM… BUT LUSH CATCHES HIM, LOOKING FOR A SIDEWALK SLAM!!… BUT MCKORMICK REVERSES THAT!! DDT!! PLANTING LUSH’S SKULL INTO THE CANVAS!!
Stew: ZERO HAS BLACK FORCED UP AGAINST THE CORNER, CONTINUING TO PUMMEL INTO HIM… BUT BLACK WITH A KNEE RIGHT TO THE MID-SECTION… NOW LIFTING HIM UP… A FLAPJACK!! BUT NOT JUST ANY FLAPJACK, A FLAPJACK THAT HANGS ZERO UP ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!! HIS CHEST BOUNCING OFF THE RING POST, MY GOD!! THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT DAMAGE COULD’VE BEEN DONE THERE… AND NOW BLACK… GRABBING HIM FROM BEHIND AND IMMEDIATELY INTO A GERMAN SUPLEX!! NOW BRIDGING THE PIN!!
ONEEE!!… TWOOO!!… BROKEN UP BY MCKORMICK!!
Bari: McKormick able to break up the pinfall and now he’ll follow that up with a few more stomps to the shoulder of Black. McKormick now finds himself the only man on his feet… and he paces around the ring, trying to figure out his next move… HE GETS ZERO TO HIS FEET ONLY TO TOSS HIM OUT, NOW DOING THE SAME TO MCKORMICK… EMPTYING THE RING SO HE CAN FOCUS SOLELY ON LUSH WHO’S ATTEMPTING TO MAKE IT BACK TO HIS FEET!! BUT MCKORMICK SEES AN OPENING!! HE GETS A WILD LOOK IN HIS EYE… LUSH ON HIS KNEES BUT HERE COMES MCKORMICK!! GOING FOR A PUNT KICK!! OH MY!!
Stew: BUT LUSH HAD IT SCOUTED!! LUSH ABLE TO AVOID THE PUNT KICK AT THE LAST SECOND, GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET AND MEETING MCKORMICK TOE TO TOE… AND LUSH QUICKLY GRABS THE ARM!! LOOKING TO TAKE HIM DOWN, MAYBE TRYING TO APPLY THAT STF THAT HE CALLS THE FACE-ARRANGER!! BUT MCKORMICK IS PUTTING UP A FIGHT, NOT ALLOWING LUSH TO BRING HIM ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE CANVAS… HE SENDS A FEW ELBOWS INTO THE GUT OF LUSH… FORCING HIM OFF AND CREATING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO!!
Bari: BUT LOOK!! FROM THE TOP ROPE!! ZERO WITH A CROSSBODY ONTO LUSH!! HE TRIES TO FOLLOW IT UP WITH A PINFALL BUT MCKORMICK IMMEDIATELY PULLS HIM OFF!! NOW BEN BLACK SLIDING INTO THE RING, LOOKING FOR THE PINFALL!! BUT HE’S PULLED OFF BY BOTH ZERO AND MCKORMICK!! BLACK BROUGHT TO HIS FEET BY MCKORMICK… BUT HE SWATS HM AWAY… BLACKOUT!! BLACKOUT!! MCKORMICK GOES DOWN… ZERO SPINS BLACK AROUND… BLACK TRIES FOR ANOTHER BLACKOUT BUT ZERO SIDESTEPS IT… ZERO SIDESTEPS THE ONCOMING ATTACK AND FOLLOWS IT UP WITH AN ENZIGURI RIGHT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD!!
Stew: BLACK AFTER STAGGERING ON SPAGHETTI LEGS MOMENTARILY DROPS TO THE CANVAS… ZERO LOOKING TO FOLLOW IT UP BUT OH!! FROM BEHIND!! A CLUBBING BLOW TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD FROM ANDY LUSH!! HE NOW APPLIES A FRONT FACELOCK… AND UH OH!! I THINK I KNOW WHAT HE’S GOING FOR HERE!! HE LIFTS HIM UP… NOW RELEASES HIM, DROPPING HIM SPINE FIRST ACROSS HIS KNEES!! THE DANGER ZONE!! HE ROLLS ZERO OVER ONTO HIS BACK AND HOOKS THE LEG, EVERYONE ELSE IS DOWN!!
ONEEE!!… TWOOO!!… THREEE!! YES!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Now You’re a Man” begins to play as Andy Lush gets to his feet and begins to celebrate his victory)
Stephie Love: Your winner… ANDDDYYYY LUUUUUSSH!!!!!
Stew: Andy Lush pulls out the victory!
Bari: What a boost this is for him Stew! Able to overcome three other young, hungry stars on Dynasty! This is a BIG victory, it may not be for anything but best believe it opened some eyes!
( The camera opens up to an interview set up in a private room with Stew-O addressing the camera. )
Stew-O: Good evening ladies and gentlemen this is the voice of EAW, Stew-O, here to do an exclusive interview with the Chairman of Elite Answers Wrestling, and member of the Dynasty faction known as “The 1%”, Mr. DEDEDE.
( We get a different shot showing Stew-O sitting down across from Mr. DEDEDE, who is dressed in a green adidas tracksuit and has a warm smile on his face. )
Stew: DDD thanks for being here.
Mr. DEDEDE: Yeah man, so what you got for me?
Stew: Well prior to your reemergence last week on Dynasty we haven’t seen you on EAW television since the second Showdown after the EAW Draft where you and Cameron lost the Unified Tag Titles to Drillmatic, and subsequently you were blasted over the head with your own “Equalizer” courtesy of your now-ex partner, Cameron Ella Ava. Where have you been and what have you been up to since then?
DDD: Oh you know, fucking whores and stuff. What’s next on the agenda?
Stew: Um.. is that, is that really it?
DDD: Well I was also healing up some nagging injuries, breaking bread with real mothafuckas, building the Ryan Adams estate, kicking back under the sun counting all the dollars I made from convincing the world I was gay.
Stew: Ah okay, get to spend any time with the kids?
DDD: Oh don’t worry the whores were all over 18, I’m not Eddie Mack.
Stew: You know what I meant. Anyways, just to clear things up for the people watching at home, you did tell me that this would be a no holds barred interview, and I was allowed to ask you any question that I deemed pertinent to ask with no risk of repercussion.
DDD: Of course, what am I gonna do fire you for asking a question? That would be corny.
Stew: With the small talk out of the way, I kind of want to get into the ‘meat & potatoes’ of things if you will and address what’s been on everybody’s mind, I want to take it back a bit and go back to a few months ago when you infamously appeared during the Theron Nikolas vs Ronn Banks match, and cost Banks his career.
( DDD has an incredulous look on his face, and he chuckles to himself as he shakes his head. )
DDD: We’re going there? Really? We’re talking about the Banks thing, still?
Stew: Well the reason why I bring it up is because I still feel like the majority of people haven’t quite gotten a real understanding of why you did what you did. People, myself included, can’t seem to quite make out why you would turn your back on somebody you built an empire with and – pardon the expression – sign your soul away to Theron Nikolas.
( DDD stares off into space, and Stew pauses before continuing. )
Stew: Care to respond?
DDD: Let me put it like this Stew, I have had to make life-altering decisions from the moment this year started. From the first day, January 1st 2018, until now I have been faced with more critical business decisions and personal decisions than I have had to deal with in the previous 36 years I have been on this earth. Pain for Pride was just another one of these decisions Stew. It’s really simple, I had to choose between the past, or the future.
Stew: Can you elaborate on that for us?
DDD: Let me say it again; I had to choose between THE FUTURE of this industry, or THE PAST. Guess what Stew, I still have respect for Ronn Banks, I still like Ronn Banks. I will always like Ronn Banks, no matter what he’s done to hinder my career and my livelihood and my source of income and my ways to feed my family in the past. I like Ronn, because he’s one of the few people to ever step foot in EAW who have actually gone out of their way to bust their ass and make sacrifices FOR EAW. That cannot be said for the majority of people who have ever called themselves an EAW Elitist.
I allowed Banks to take the position as Showdown General Manager because I believed in his promises when he told me he would turn Showdown around from what the previous administration allowed it to become. I chose Ronn over the damn Vice President of this company at the time, because Ronn and I saw the same problems in this industry, and I had faith in his ability to be a leader. But unfortunately it became very clear to me that the real Ronn Banks who made this place and helped build this place died years ago.
Stew: But how can you say that?
DDD: Don’t interrupt me Stew I’m in the middle of my point. The Ronn that we saw walk into Pain for Pride? That was the shell of what he used to be, that was a scorned, bitter, vengeful man who was no less of a cult of personality than the likes who preceded him. He was angry because the modern era didn’t embrace him with the fanfare he felt he deserved when he returned, and when Theron and Ripley opened my eyes to his ways, that’s when I knew he had nothing to offer the future of EAW.
Stew: But (sigh) you can’t honestly believe this can you? Ripley and Theron have purposely antagonized management any time they aren’t handed what they want. Hell, they can hardly stay out of crosshairs with Starr as it is? Is it truly worth throwing away a business relationship with a man like Ronn who has always had the reputation of building for the future? After all this is the man who invested in Revolt, which could arguably be responsible for the future of EAW as we know it—
DDD: Oh god, now I’m supposed to give the man credit for throwing money behind some glorified start-up? Listen if I didn’t see Revolt as a great investment I wouldn’t have participated in it my damn self, but that doesn’t change the fact that all Revolt ended up being was just another EAW. All Revolt was was another commodity with the CM Banks stamp on it that needed the likes of Mr. DEDEDE for it to prosper. Look, what’s done is done, alright? At the end of the day I put the final nail in the coffin of Ronn Banks, and I didn’t do it out of malice, I did it because I saw the writing on the wall. HE’S the one who brought it to the level where the King of Elite and EAW loyalist had to wager his career because Banks couldn’t help himself and stay out of feuds with the up and coming guys. All I did was secure an investment, an investment that will pay off for the next 5 to 10 years, and my fellow members of the One Percent are investments that have already proven that they are primed to pay off in spades.
Stew: Well last Friday on Dynasty your “investment” Theron Nikolas nominated you along with Jack Ripley to represent Dynasty in the Territorial Invasions quad-branded “War Games” match that will take place in two weeks time. This match is being dubbed as the biggest War Games match of all time, and you of course are no stranger to the War Games match, having competed on the losing side of one four years ago.
DDD: Yeah, thanks. I never got a formal apology from all of you by the way, you all sold me out for that snake piece of trash Zack Crash and I had to pick back up all the pieces to the house of cards after you sold me out to that Kevin Spacey looking motherfucker.
Stew: Okay, I can admit that Crash was no good, although you weren’t exactly the most fair authority figure at the time either sir.
DDD: *SIGH* Can we get to the next question?
Stew: Well I only bring up the War Games from four years ago because it was brutal, brutal match, and you were essentially FORCED into competing in that bout by the EAW Board of Directors. But what about now? What is motivating you to fight for Dynasty in a match as vicious and barbaric as the War Games when you’re the figurehead of the entire company?
DDD: Funny, Starr texted me the other day asking me the same thing. Ill tell you the truth, nothing about Dynasty motivates me to compete in War Games. I am not loyal to Dynasty, or any brand in EAW. As a matter of fact I am not loyal to any brand but my own brand and the EAW brand. I have proven that I am willing to throw any person, any group of people, any brand into the industrial shredder if it goes against me, or goes against the industry that I am the God of. I’m not so fucking stupid like the rest of you that I allow something like a “brand”, or a “group”, or a “faction” to hold precedence over the only brand that truly counts.
Stew: So if I can piggyback off of your answer then, and I mean this with no disrespect at all, but what brand is more important to you then? The Mr. DEDEDE brand, or the EAW brand?
DDD: What kind of question is that…
Stew: Well, it’s a very pertinent question sir because, if I can be honest with you, I don’t believe you’re being all that truthful with me. You kind of gave me a roundabout answer when it came to your motivations for competing in the War Games-
DDD: Look fine. You want my real answer? The ONLY reason why I am participating in War Games is because it allows me to be me. The fact of the matter Stew, is that when Mr. DEDEDE is great EAW is great. This company does better when I am involved. Look at the last few Marquee events and television specials, they’re terrible without me. EAW is fucking GARBAGE without me. Rex McAllister won the World Championship for the second time on some random Sunday night and nobody cared. Darkane retained his title and nobody gave a shit. Just recently New York had to sit through four EAW shows and it didn’t even have one sighting of the guy who made EAW what it is. It needed Theron to put on the best match of the night as usual. Business is TERRIBLE without me and the reason why that is is the same reason why nobody watches golf if it isn’t Tiger. I’m still the hottest commodity kid.
Stew: Well I have to disagree about your statements of nobody caring, those were still great and successful shows in the Barclays Center, but I feel like you’re saying all of this as if you still feel the need to prove your importance to this company. Doesn’t some of what you’re saying come off as a tad bit solipsistic?
DDD: -shrugs- I dunno buddy I’m basically the God of this place, chairman powers or no chairman powers, so what more do you want me to say?
Stew: Well surely your intentions aren’t as altruistic as you’re trying to make it seem.
DDD: No I fully acknowledge my own personal gain on it. Look Stew I know it’s tough to imagine being the best in the entire world at something considering you’re not even the best commentator on Dynasty, but being the greatest wrestler of all time is a big responsibility Stew okay? When I take a break people stop eating, and if you haven’t noticed the muthafuckas around me are fed WELL. Not only that but let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute… what do you think would happen if I took a permanent vacation? What do you think would happen if I never came back from the white sand beaches and private islands and the bikini-clad models huh? What do you think becomes of my legacy if I ever decide to live out the rest of my days enjoying the fruits of my labour?
Stew: Well, if you ask me I feel like despite your recent antics your legacy would still be solidified.
DDD: Well that’s where you’re wrong. You know who else had a solidified legacy? Your little idol CM Banks. And look what the fuck they did to him when he was gone. The man was gone for 5 years and half the industry tried to wipe away all mention of his impact. You know who else supposedly had solidified legacies? Jaywalker and Robbie V. And what is happening to their legacies right now, deservedly or undeservedly, would happen to me. History doesn’t distinguish you from whatever piece of shit name sits besides your own in the history books, it tears away at you indistinguishably. My legacy would be trampled over by these know-it-all, know-nothing little fucks who think they deserve to have a say when it pertains to greater people’s legacies. All of these little specks of fucking dust would come out from under the floorboards, and in the social media era they’d be more than willing to control the narrative and get me the fuck outta here so that they can exalt whatever pro-feminist, pro-fag, pro-whateverthefuck wonderboy they wanna rally behind next.
That is the destiny of all great men in EAW, your pages in the history books are bound to be overwritten no matter HOW MUCH you sacrifice. I had opportunities last season to die the hero and bow out in good graces with all sides, but I sacrificed that rare opportunity to become the villain to all of these ungrateful pieces of shit in the industry. I moved the culture of EAW forward and I’ve been nothing but hated and vilified for it, and it’s come to a point now where completely irrelevant hacks are getting the credit for MY sacrifices.
Stew: But for a man who sees himself as God in this industry, a lot of what you’re saying – if I can be genuine with you DDD – it strikes me as underlying insecurity. Don’t you ever feel the sense that you’re being trapped by all of this indignation when you have this kind of mentality?
Stew: Is this not a personal hell in a way? Aren’t you going to always have to prove yourself with this mindset? Always trying to silence every tongue that speaks against you, or prove these doubters with an opinion different from yours wrong?
( DDD doesn’t answer. )
Stew: Let me ask you this, you started your career nearly 20 years ago in North East Wrestling and it was a decade ago where you won your first of 6 World Championships, the EAW Undisputed Hardcore Championship. I interviewed you after you won the UHC at Midsummer Massacre 2008 and you told me that you were most proud of ending a ten year journey by reaching the elite class in the sport that you loved. Do you still love wrestling?
DDD: …. I do love wrestling, and yes I still do love Elite Answers Wrestling.
Stew: I feel like you were hesitant in your response.
DDD: Well what I hate is the wrestling business. I hate everything that the business has become, and who knows, maybe I never liked it to begin with. After all I’ve always hated the vast majority of the people in the business, I never had any respect for these so-called fans, including the fans in the dressing room who call themselves my peers. So many of you insult my intelligence every single time that I even have to interact with you pathetic miserable parasites. The reason why I still continue wrestling is because I am so much greater and smarter than everyone else. I am superior to them physically and I am superior to them mentally. I love wrestling because you can go into the ring and you can impose your will over others in the most unabashed ways. You don’t have to sugarcoat shit in there. I hate all of these motherfuckers around me with such a passion; and this is the one place in the world where I can cause bodily damage, I can skillfully dominate you, I can beat you to a bloody pulp, and I can do it with zero repercussions.
Stew: If you’re so filled with hatred, and bitterness, how then can you say you’re any different from Ronn Banks? Since you claim he only knew how to operate under hatred and bitterness, how are you any different?
DDD: Ha, the Banks thing again huh,
( DDD looks off-screen to his manager. )
DDD: You know what Stew, I’m good luv, enjoy.
( DDD removes the microphone from his clothing, and gets up before placing the microphone equipment on his chair. Stew looks to DDD’s manager off-camera, and the manager states that the interview is over as DDD dusts himself off and walks away. )
(EAW comes back from commercial and Stephie Love is seen standing in the center of the ring.)
The Stephie Love: “Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is set for one fall!
Crowd: “One fall!”
Stephie Love: “And it’s to determine the number one contender for the EAW Hardcore Championship!!!!”
(“Psyched Out” by The Supersuckers begins to play across the PA System and the crowd gets to their feet. The lights around the arena begin to flicker in shades of white and red and Ryan Wilson walks out from behind the proverbial curtain holding a hockey stick with a Canadian flag attached to it.)
Stephie Love: “Making his way to the ring first, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada… he’s the CEO of Wilson World Wide… RRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNN!!!!”
(Ryan slaps hands with a few fans at ringside and gets into the ring. He plays to the crowd a bit, but it’s clear that Ryan is more on the focused side tonight than the fun-loving side. His music fades out and is replaced by “Young and Bitter” by Hot Tag Media. Lucas Johnson walks out to a chorus of boos.)
Stephie Love: “And his opponent!!! From Atlanta, Georgia! The Wrestling Machine… LUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCAAAAAAASS JJJJJJOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNSSSSSSOOOOOOOONNNNNNNN!!!!!!”
(Lucas ignores the crowd but keeps his eyes locked on Ryan’s. There’s literally no doubt Lucas wants to win this upcoming match just as badly as Ryan does. The former New Breed Champion climbs into the ring and the bell rings.)
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Stew: “Well here we go! One of these two men will go to Territorial Invasion to face Johnny Ventura for the EAW Hardcore Championship! Lucas Johnson is quick to go on the attack! He forces Ryan Wilson into the corner and begins driving his shoulder into Wilson’s mid-section over and over again!”
Talib: “Wilson is fighting back though! He’s clubbing Johnson on the back, trying to make him back off! Johnson is relentless, though! He drives his knee into the jaw of Ryan Wilson! This probably isn’t going to be your standard wrestling match tonight…”
Stew: “Well whoever wins won’t be wrestling much anyway. We all saw the hell Ventura and Mark Michaels put one another through at Revolution. The Hardcore Championship represents a lot more than just wrestling here on Dynasty.”
Talib: “Johnson continues to drive his knee into Ryan Wilson’s face! Wilson finally gets himself between the ropes and the ref forces the break! Johnson backs off for literally a fraction of a second before he’s right back on the attack. He beats Wilson down until the CEO of Wilson Worldwide is in sitting position and he backs up a bit…”
Stew: “RUNNING KNEE!”
Talib: “It connects with Wilson and Johnson goes for a super quick cover!”
Stew: “Kick-out at one! That’s definitely not going to be enough to put anyone away in this match. Lucas is now back to assaulting Ryan. Ryan continues to fight back and gets himself over to the ropes! He pulls himself up to his feet and forces Lucas back! Lucas comes charging back and locks his arms around the waist of Ryan Wilson!”
Talib: “Ryan is holding on, refusing to allow Lucas to execute a German suplex! Ryan fires back with several elbows to the side of Lucas Johnson’s head! Lucas has no choice but to break his grip! Ryan whirls around and nails Lucas with a standing drop-kick! Lucas goes down but is quickly back to his feet! Ryan tries for the ‘Game Over!’ Lucas pulls away! Ryan whips around with a spinning heel kick! Lucas falls back against the ropes! Ryan spikes him with a tornado DDT! Ryan leaps onto the second rope! The lionsault connects! He rolls Lucas over and goes for the cover!!!!”
Stew: “KICK-OUT! Barely a two count! Ryan pulls Lucas up to a vertical base! He sends him staggering back with a series of uppercuts! Lucas ends up backed into the corner! Ryan wants to capitalize on the fact he has the advantage now!”
Talib: “But look at Lucas! The former New Breed Champion rakes Ryan across the face! Lucas runs around Ryan! He locks his arms! GERMAN SUPLEX!”
Stew: “Ryan rolls out of the way and slowly gets back up to his feet. Lucas comes flying at him with another brutal knee to the abdomen, and Ryan finds himself on the receiving end of another devastating German suplex! This time, Ryan Wilson wisely rolls out of the ring!”
Talib: “This match has been physical since the opening bell. Both of these men lost their opportunity to compete for the Answers World Championship…”
Stew: “SUICIDE DIVE!!!! LUCAS JOHNSON GOES FLYING THROUGH THE ROPES!!!”
Talib: “Both men are down!”
Stew: “Lucas is stirring though and he’s getting back to his feet. He’s dragging Ryan up with him. Ryan fights him off and goes for a clothesline, but Lucas ducks! Ryan catches him in the gut with a boot! He grabs Lucas by the arm and throws him right into the ring steps! Lucas collides with the steel!”
Talib: “The side of his head smacked against the steps awfully hard though, Stew. He is definitely dazed!”
Stew: “Please. Lucas Johnson is a former champion here in EAW! He did an amazing job at Pain for Pride in the Cash in the Vault ladder match. He’s one tough S.O.B. and this is literally nothing!”
Talib: “Ryan pulls Lucas up and throws him back into the ring steps! He kicks Lucas a few times just for good measure and picks Lucas up!”
Stew: “Lucas lands back first on the top of the steps! He tumbles off, holding his lower back, and Ryan stalks towards him. The fans in the front row are scattering because Lucas is trying to climb over the barricade. Ryan grabs him and hauls him back. But Lucas fight backs with a elbow to the face! He does it again! Ryan takes a step back! Lucas snatches a beer from a fan in the front row and throws the contents in Ryan’s face! Ryan is temporarily blinded and Lucas flies forward with a clothesline! Ryan goes down and Lucas quickly gets to his feet. The referee is screaming at Lucas to get in the ring, but Lucas just ignores him.”
Talib: “We have to have a number one contender, so this match can’t really end with a count-out.”
Stew: “Lucas pulls Ryan up and attempts to hurl him into the steps for a little revenge! Ryan blocks it! Lucas tries again! Ryan basically says absolutely not. Lucas throws a foot up and catches Ryan in the mid-section and throws the Canadian into the ring-steps!!!! The man from Hotlanta has a smirk on his face as he throws Ryan Wilson back into the ring!”
Talib: “He stays on the attack by locking Ryan into a crossface submission!”
Stew: “There’s still a lot of fight in Ryan Wilson, and Lucas does not have him in the center of the ring. Ryan is fighting to reach the ropes. Lucas is doing his best to keep the move locked in as tightly as possible, but Ryan is digging deep and fighting through the pain he’s feeling.”
Talib: “He’s got his fingertips on the bottom rope and Lucas has no choice but to break the hold! He looks furious but Ryan Wilson saved himself! Lucas lets go and grabs Ryan by the leg to pull him to the middle. Ryan kicks him off and then rolls out of the way of an elbow drop! Both men find their way back up to their feet at the same time and here they go again!”
Stew: “Lucas and Ryan are beating the hell out of one another again!!! Fists flying!!! Hard rights and lefts!!!! Both of them are trying to knock the other down but it no avail!!! The crowd is eating up this exchange between them! They love seeing an actual brawl! Ryan Wilson cracks Lucas Johnson right in the nose and he’s busted open!!! Ryan stops just long enough to knock Johnson from his feet and he jumps on top of him! Lucas is quickly losing control of this situation, but to his credit he is still fighting back! Ryan Wilson is deflecting though! Lucas Johnson is in trouble!!!”
Talib: “Ryan gets off of Lucas Johnson and he looks towards the top rope!”
Stew: “He’s taken his eyes off Lucas though!!! Lucas is sitting up!!! Ryan sees Lucas and immediately drops down! I think maybe he wanted to go for a Swanton bomb there but wisely decided against that.”
Talib: “Lucas gets back to his feet and charges for Ryan Wilson! He drives Ryan back into the corner and begins putting the boots to him. Ryan is now in a sitting position and is eating these knee shots! Lucas is relentless right now! He grabs Wilson up by the hair and puts him down with a DDT!!!! He rolls Ryan over and is looking to go for his own high-risk move!”
Stew: “SHOOTING STAR PPPPPPPPRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!”
Talib: “RYAN WILSON MOVES!”
Stew: “Lucas went for high risk, high reward and it didn’t pay off! Ryan gathers his bearings and pulls Lucas towards the center of the ring! MIC DROP! MIC DROP!!”
Talib: “Instead of going for the cover, he picks Lucas up again!!! GAME OVER!!!!”
Stew: “Ryan goes for the cover!!!!”
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Stephie Love: “And here’s your winner and NNNNNNNEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR THE HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP… RRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNN!!!!”
(Ryan Wilson climbs off of Lucas Johnson and heaves a sigh of relief. It took two finishers to put away Lucas Johnson, but Ryan got the job done. The scene inside the ring fades to commercial break.)i
Stephie Love: Ladies and Gentlemen this next contest is your MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING AND IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!! …AND IS FOR THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!
(“DUST” by Tremonti hits as Kevin Hunter approaches the stage. He confidently makes his way down the ramp and towards the ring)
Stephie Love: From Brooklyn, New York… weighing in at 235 pounds… KEEVVVIINNNN HUUNNNTTEEERRR!!
(“Born Too Late” by Saint Vitus hits as Darkane makes his way through the curtain to a THUNDEROUS mixed reaction from the thousands in attendance. He stands on the stage staring down at his challenger; the Answers World Championship resting comfortably around his waist.)
Stephie Love: Introducing next from New Orleans, Louisiana, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY POUNDS!!!!! HE IS THE REIGNING ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!! DAAAAAAAAAAARRRKKKKAAAAANNNNNEEEE!!!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Stew: And the challenger goes right to the champion, firing away with a flurry of forearm strikes while the champion was caught off guard! This is what you do when you’re the underdog and want to come right out of the gate swinging, and as a result Kevin Hunter has got Darkane backed into the turnbuckle covering himself while the official attempts to get in between the two combatants!
Talib: Hunter is backed away momentarily, and Darkane replies with a knee lift to the midsection! Blow to the spine! Elbow drop follows up! Now an ax handle bringing both fists down into the back! Hunter rolls away and the AWC goes right back after him, delivering a STIFF chop to the chest which damn near has Hunter spilling through the ropes and out of the ring! Darkane pulls Hunter up to a standing base on the apron, and ATTEMPTS TO RUN HIM HEAD FIRST INTO THE METAL RING POST! But Hunter stops his collision, and the two engage in greco roman style knuckle lock, with Darkane attempting to overpower his opponent while he’s on the apron!
Stew: The struggle of strength between the champion and the challenger lasts with both of these young bulls putting their all into overpowering the other. Now DARKANE with a boot to the midsection, and a knee to the doubled over challenger square in the center of his skull! That sends Kevin Hunter back down to ringside, and Darkane is hot on his tail right now not giving Hunter any room to recuperate… he LEVELS HUNTER WITH A NASTY SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! The body of Kevin Hunter thuds into the ringside mats, and Darkane peels him right off the mat to take him by the nape of the neck and DRIVE HIM WITH ALL HIS FORCE, SPINE FIRST INTO THE BARRICADE!
Ref: Let’s take this back in the ring!
Talib: Darkane is regaining control of this contest, sending punches to the covered up Kevin Hunter and stomps to any open part of the body he can. As the ref begins his count, Darkane finds it incumbent upon himself to bring this match back to the ring, and he takes Kevin Hunter to roll him onto the apron and in the ring. As Darkane returns inside the squared circle himself, Kevin Hunter races to his feet and strikes off with a BIG right hand that elicits a big response from the crowd! Hunter follows up the haymaker by taking Darkane up from behind… POSSIBLY LOOKING FOR THE RACK BOMB!!!! But Darkane refuses to make it easy, he fights out of it with relative easy, landing on his feet and taking Hunter on his back with a crucifix backslide pin!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONEEE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO-
Stew: Hunter escapes out of that, the two recover, and another BIG CLOTHESLINE BY DARKANE! – Nope! Nobody home, Hunter ducks underneath and counters with a low dropkick to the legs! That takes Darkane down now, and Kevin Hunter circles his opponent with the gears turning through his head just watching Darkane painstakingly recover… and Kevin Hunter sends Darkane across the ring by the nape of his neck into the turnbuckle before following up with a CHARGING RIGHT HAND! BUT DARKANE FIRES BACK WITH AN ELBOW! That look like it hit Hunter square across the jaw… Darkane ascends to a seated position on the top turnbuckle… Kevin Hunter rushes back at Darkane only for Darkane to catch him in a front chancery and DIVE OUT OF THE CORNER FOR A BIG TIME TORNADO DDT!!! KEVIN HUNTER SPIKED RIGHT ON TOP OF HIS HEAD, AND A HOOK OF THE LEG TO FOLLOW UP!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Talib: Kevin Hunter kicks out of that one, and Hunter attempts to create space and separation by crawling over to a distant corner. Darkane waits for Hunter to pull himself up to his feet, and he SPRINTS RIGHT AT HIM FOR THE STINGER SPLASH!!!! BUT HUNTER WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE TAKES DARKANE DOWN AND LANDING AWKWARDLY ON THAT RIGHT KNEE! And this time Darkane lets a cry out in pain, he rolls out onto the apron and he seems to be holding the right knee in a lot of pain now. The concerned official slides out of the ring and talks to Darkane, asking him about the condition his leg is in, I did not like the way that knee twisted when he hit the mat stew.
Stew: That didn’t look good at all, and you can tell the crowd is pretty concerned as well looking at the condition of the Champion right now. KEVIN HUNTER SNEAKS UP ON DARKANE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RING POST! HUNTER AND DARKANE TRADE BLOWS IN A HOCKEY STYLE EXCHANGE OF FISTS! BUT NOW HUNTER DRAGS DARKANE OFF THE APRON BY THE RIGHT LEG, DARKANE HOBBLING ON ONE LEG, AND KEVIN HUNTER DELIVERS A DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP, LEAVING DARKANE LAID OUT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAMP!
( Kevin Hunter re-enters the ring and shows off to the crowd who responds to his taunts with a big mixed response. )
Talib: Kevin Hunter feeling good right now, and Darkane is struggling back to his feet on only one good after taking a tendon tearing dragon screw to the floor! Once Darkane is up HE’S TAKEN RIGHT BACK DOWN WITH A SUICIDE DIVE FROM KEVIN HUNTER!!! Hunter takes Darkane back into the ring, but before he re-enters himself he decides he’s gonna climb up that turnbuckle.. and COME DOWN RIGHT INTO BOTH LEGS OF DARKANE WITH A 450 SPLASH!!!! 450 SPLASH INTO THE LOWER BODY, AND DARKANE IS SCREAMING IN PAIN RIGHT NOW! CAN KEVIN HUNTER CAPITALIZE ON THE WORD CHAMPION??? HE NEEDS TO GET THE COVER!
Stew: Hunter was rocked a little bit by that 450 but he finally slides over to Darkane and applies a snug hook of both legs!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THR-
Stew: Darkane still in the game with a kick out! Kevin Hunter kicking himself by not getting to that cover quick enough, but it’s not often he goes to the high flying side of his arsenal, he’s more of a street fighting brawler… but if there’s ever a time to go for high risk and high reward it’s now! The sold out Scottrade Center looking on now as Kevin Hunter is circling a weary Darkane and delivering Garvin Stomps, calculated stomps at any open part of Darkane’s body to keep him worn down. Hunter rolls Darkane onto his back and mounts over him to fire off with a flurry of right hands! Closed fists to the temple of Darkane in succession, the official counting away!
Ref: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FI-
Talib: DARKANE WITH A RAKE TO THE EYES!!! A DIRTY BUT EFFECTIVE COUNTER, TEMPORARILY BLINDING THE CHALLENGER! Hunter is holding his eyes in pain, and Darkane quickly rushes up from behind looking for the BELLY TO BACK GUTBUSTER!!!! BUT DARKANE COLLAPSES DUE TO THE INJURED RIGHT KNEE, AND KEVIN HUNTER BACKFLIPS BEHIND DARKANE JUST AS HE’S HOISTED IN AIR, TO SNATCH THE INJURED KNEE AGAIN AND APPLY A SINGLE LEGGED BOSTON CRAB ON THE INJURED KNEE!!! DARKANE IS NOT VERY FAR FROM THE ROPES AT ALL, BUT THOSE FIVE OR SIX FEET OF DISTANCE MIGHT AS WELL BE FIVE OR SIX MILES, BECAUSE KEVIN HUNTER IS TRYING TO TEAR AWAY WHATEVER’S LEFT OF HIS ACL, OR MENISCUS, OR WHATEVER THE HECK MIGHT BE TORN DOWN THERE!
Stew: The Answers World Champion is being put through the ringer here, and we might be experiencing the final moments of Darkane’s Answers World Championship reign! Kevin Hunter has been playing his cards right so far and he has been able to capitalize on an opportunity presented to him through injury, but the game doesn’t end until the bell has run and the championship is his! What an upset it would be for Kevin Hunter to walk out of St. Louis as the Answers World Champion! OH LOOK, DARKANE HAS MANAGED TO ROLL HIMSELF OVER…… AND HE MANAGES TO BRING HUNTER IN FOR A SMALL PACKAGE PIN!!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONEE!!!! TWO-
Talib: Frantic kickout by Hunter! The two recover, but Hunter shoots right for the right leg! Darkane responds with a series of jabs including one that strikes him square in the nose! He follows up with a headbutt! AND NOW DELIVERS AN EXPLODER SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!!!! KEVIN HUNTER FOLDED UP LIKE AN ACCORDION AFTER SLAMMING KIDNEYS FIRST INTO THE CORNER!!! Darkane is still too weary to cover him, he’s trying to loosen up that right knee instead. Meanwhile Kevin Hunter is using the ropes for support while holding the small of his back and grimacing in pain. NOW DARKANE EXPLODES WITH A CLOTHESLINE SENDING KEVIN HUNTER OF THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE! But Hunter manages to catch himself and land on the apron instead of landing on the ringside floor. Now Darkane is hobbling up on one leg and trying to get feeling back in his right leg…. wait a minute… Darkane running the ropes now…
Stew: DEVIL!!!!!! MAY!!!! CRY!!!!!!! TO THE OUTSIDE, SENDING KEVIN HUNTER OFF THE APR– NO HUNTER SIDESTEPS IT! HUNTER WITH A FRONT FACELOCK ON THE CHAMPION AS HE’S DRAPED OVER THE MIDDLE ROPES… JESUS CHRIST!!! DDT STRAIGHT INTO THE APRON!!! THAT’S THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING!!! DARKANE IS COMPLETELY STUNNED, AND HUNTER DOES EVERYTHING HE CAN TO GET DARKANE BACK INTO THE RING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE…… TIME IS TICKING, TIMING IS EVERYTHING, HUNTER DRAGGING DARKANE’S DEAD WEIGHT AS FAR AWAY FROM THE ROPES AS HE CAN, AND HE COVERS!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Talib: KICK OUT!!! DARKANE IS STILL IN THIS SOMEHOW!
Stew: But that might not be for long Bari, Hunter is filled with momentum right now, you can tell he sees the end in the near distance. Hunter brings Darkane up from the floor and wants to hit a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK FACEBUSTER!!! “IN THE END” AS THE MOVE IS CALLED, BUT DARKANE MANAGES TO SWEEP THE LEGS AND SEND DARKANE FLYING NEARLY ACROSS THE RING, FACE FIRST INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! NOW DARKANE FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A YYYAAKUZA KICK!!!!!! MASSIVE BOOT ACROSS THE FACE OF THE CHALLENGER!!!! KEVIN HUNTER CAN BARELY STAND!!!! DARKANE RIDES THE MOMENTUM FORWARD, SENDING HUNTER ACROSS THE RING, BUT HUNTER REVERSES THE IRISH WHIP, DARKANE BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES AND HUNTER GOING FOR THE BACK BODY DROP! BUT NO! DARKANE SLIDES TO THE MAT AND HITS A LOOOUD UPPERCUT TO THE JAW! THAT SENDS HUNTER BACKPEDALING INTO THE ROPES, BUT HUNTER IS LOOKING TO FIRE BACK WITH A REBOUND LARIAT!!! DARKANE CUTS HIM OFF WITH A DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER!!! AND THE COVER.
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOO–
Talib: Kick out at two by Hunter! Both competitors taking their time to recover here, and this audience seems to be squarely on the side of the Answers World Champion! Darkane and Kevin Hunter are using each other as leverage just to rise back to their feet, and Kevin Hunter strikes off with a right hand! Darkane replies with a right of his own! Both of these Dynasts with their dukes up throwing it down here on Friday night! Hunter with another bomb! Darkane with a bomb back! Hunter! Darkane! Hunter with a chop to the chest! Another chop! Another chop! Darkane getting backed into the ropes, and Hunter looking to Irish whip him across the ring, but now Darkane reverses the whip into a FLAPJACK!!!! OHHHH HE SENT KEVIN HUNTER HIGH INTO THE AIR, AND HE MAY HAVE HAD THE WIND TAKEN OUT OF HIM! HOLY SMOKES THAT WAS AT LEAST AN 8 TO 10 FOOT PLUNGE! HUNTER IS BACK UP TO HIS FEET AS THIS AUDIENCE IS BEWILDERED BY THE HEIGHT DARKANE GOT ON THAT FLAPJACK! HUNTER IS ON WEAK KNEES AND HAS HAD THE WIND KNOCKED OUT OF HIM, AND DARKANE FROM BEHIND!!!!
Stew: DEVIL!!!!! MAY!!!!!! CRY!!!!!!!! DARKANE CUTS HIM IN HALF WITH THE SPEAR INTO THE SPINE, AND DARKANE IS ON THE GROUND HOLDING HIS KNEE AGAIN! THE AUDIENCE URGING DARKANE TO COVER HIM, PLEADING FOR THEIR CHAMPION TO RETAIN, AND DARKANE DRAGS HIMSELF SLOWLY BUT SURELY OVER THE BODY OF KEVIN HUNTER! COULD HE HAVE IT?
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Stephie Love: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH… AND STIIIIILLLLLLLL THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION!!!! DAAAARRRKKAAANNEEEEE!!!!!
Stew: DARKANE DOES IT! DARKANE OVERCOMES A VALIANT KEVIN HUNTER TO RETAIN THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Talib: EVISCERATION!!!!!! WHERE DID IMPACT COME FROM?! THE MOMENT THAT DARKANE HAD GOTTEN BACK TO HIS FEET IMPACT DROPS HIM WITH THAT CODEBREAKER!!!!
Stew: And look! Impact picks up the Answers World Championship and raises it high into the air! Impact has said since being drafted onto Dynasty that the Answers World Championship is the one thing he has wanted, and I have absolutely no doubts that he now has Darkanes attention!
Talib: When Darkane wakes up…
(“2nd Sucks” by A Day To Remember hits as Starr Stan storms through the curtain as Impact stands over the fallen champion.)
Starr: I’ve had it. I’m tired of dealing with temper tantrums and people believing that they’re able to do anything they want. You want a shot at the Answers World Championship, Imp? You got it. You got the one thing that you wanted at Territorial Invasion.
( A big smile crosses the face of Impact )
Starr: But, you won’t be alone… the opportunity also goes to someone who wants it just as badly as you do, Imp. So, at Territorial Invasion it will be Darkane defending his championship against Y2Impact and… CAMERON ELLA AVA!!!!
(The crowd erupts as a nasty scowl crosses the face of Impact as he abuses Starr from the ring.)
Stew: THIS IS HUGE NEWS!!! DARKANE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT, AND IS THROWN DIRECTLY BACK INTO THE FIRE IN TWO WEEKS AT TERRITORIAL INVASION!!! IT WILL BE DARKANE VS CAMERON ELLA AVA VS IMPACT WITH DYNASTY’S BIGGEST PRIZE ON THE LINE!!!! THIS IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR YOU TONIGHT, FOLKS!!!! THANKS FOR TUNING IN!!!!
(Starr stands on the stage with a big smile on his face as the camera fades to black.)
(EAW Logo Buzzes…)