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EAW Draft (2024)

(EAW Logo Flashes)

(Footage opens with a sky view of Camping World Stadium, the fireworks going off and various footage of the matches and happenings at the biggest event of the year. )

Narrator: Pain For Pride: Kingdom, three days showcasing the immortals in the EAW. It was like a moment in time frozen. The glamor, Glitz, the enamor of the event itself is why every single Elitist brings out all the stops.

(It transfers to entrances like Milli Banks, Methuselah, The Jaded Hearts, Adam Lucas, and Minerva to show a few.)

Narrator: There were triumphs, legends were born, history was made.

(The footage begins with TLA holding up the Answers World Championship, Hans Grayson holding the Interwire title, The Jaded Hearts hoisting up their Unified Tag Team Championships, BRAE as the New Breed Champion, Cameron Ella Ava grabbing the Hardcore Title, Veena Adams smiling with the National Elite Championships, KASAI with the Specialist Championship, Jake Smith screaming while bringing the EAW World Championship to his chest, to Milli Banks on her knees with the Universal Women’s Championship, and finally Myles raising the World Heavyweight Championship.)

Narrator: But there was also defeat and streaks shattered.

(It transitions to Ms. Extreme sitting against the ropes watching TLA celebrate, then switches to Drake Armstrong in disbelief that he lost, to The British Invasion gritting their teeth as Ruler helps Alex Myers, Roberto de la Rosa shaking his head after his hardcore title defeat, it then shows Michael Machina slamming his fists on the mat, Usagi Senshi and Mia Santor both devastated, Raven Roberts looking on while Miku Sakai looks on in disappointment, to Charlie Marr looking on in anger. It then shows Hikari Kanno being helped out of the ring, and then Minerva walking up the ramp, looking up knowing the streak is over and could it be for the last time?

Narrator: There weren’t just losses, there were the end of eras.

(Jack Ripley is waving to the crowd as he wrestled his last match in defeat to Rex McAllister, to Madison Kaline screaming after Auburn Ware defeated her and she must now retire. Terry Chambers seething in defeat. Finally, Jamie O’Hara standing in front of Myles whole Minerva looked on after his defeat, shaking his hand and for the last time we see the Ace.)

Narrator: And with Pain For Pride came a NEW opportunity!

(It shows Donovan Duke holding up the briefcase, then it shows SOSA Henderson winning the 24/7 Battle Royal. Finally, Joso raises his arms after defeating Impact.)

Narrator: To some cementing their legacies.

(Cy Henderson stands there looking at Limmy Monaghan after he won, to Drake King glaring at Andre Walker after he was taken down.)

Narrator: But now? IT IS A NEW BEGINNING!

(The footage shows an overhead shot of El Moro to El Junque and Downtown San Juan to the beaches of Puerto Rico. The festivities, the culture, the excitement of the people with EAW coming to their Island.)

Narrator: And it is here, in La Isla Del Encanto where we will see Elitists get to finish their stories, head over to another brand and get a fresh start, or even new adventures await them.

(The aerial shot then hovers over José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico, with the Puerto Rican Flag waving high over it.)

Narrator: FOR SEASON 18 BEGINS! WELCOME TO THE EAW DRAFT SHOW 2024!

(The final shot is flashing stills of every EAW Elitist that competes for the company.)

???: AND NOW ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING AND THE PUERTO RICAN TOURIST COMMISSION PRESENT TO YOU….. THE EAW DRAFT SHOW 2024!

(The show is inside the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico as “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony plays, the fireworks go off as the crowd is electric, on their feet screaming for their favorite EAW Elitists. The camera pans to the announce broadcast team of Stew-O, Gavin Kirkland and Persephone.)

Stew-O: BUENOS DIAS EAW UNIVERSE! WE ARE HERE IN THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO FOR ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS OF THE ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR! THE EAW DRAFT SHOW! THE ANTICIPATION OF EACH OF THE EAW ELITISTS IN THE LOCKER ROOM IS INTENSE, WHAT BRAND WILL THEY END UP WITH!? HELLO FANS! I AM STEW-O REPRESENTING DYNASTY, AND I AM ACCOMPANIED BY SHOWDOWN’S OWN GAVIN KIRKLAND AND VOLTAGE’S PERSEPHONE! WHAT A NIGHT WE HAVE!

Persephone: I mean sure, it is exciting…. WAIT… LET ME YELL HERE! IT IS EXCITING AND WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHERE EVERY ELITIST ON THE ROSTER WILL END UP!

Stew-O: LET’S TAKE A SHOT IN THE BACK WHERE THE GENERAL MANAGERS AND COMMISSIONERS ARE IN THEIR DRAFT WAR ROOMS READY TO PICK THEIR ELITISTS HERE TONIGHT!

(The camera shifts to the backstage area where it shows Kensingten and Richard with some advisors and a Trump 2024 banner hanging up in the background. Then it shifts to Kennedy Street sitting comfortably with her feet up sipping champagne as Alana Starr scrambles though data along with some advisors as AJAX looks on. Then it transitions to Captain Charisma with some charts and his advisors looking over the available wrestlers.)

Stew-O: THEY ARE ALL READY!

Persephone: AND REMEMBER! WE WILL HAVE THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DRAFT FOR ALL THE OTHER SCRUBS!

Gavin Kirkland: THAT IS NOT A NICE THING TO SAY! BUT HET, WE HAVE ACTION HERE TONIGHT TOO! TOPPED OFF WITH A MAIN EVENT OF ADAM LUCAS TAKING ON DRAKE KING!

Persephone: ADAM LUCAS WAS ALREADY NEUTERED BUT OKAY! WE ALSO HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWCASE, AND WE ARE GOING TO HEAR IF MINERVA IS LEAVING OR NOT, LIKE WHATEVER.

Stew-O: I SURE AS HELL SHE DOESN’T, BUT SPEAKING OF HER, WE ARE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM THE NEW UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S CHAMPION, MILLI BANKS!

(The camera cuts to Stephie Love smiling in the ring with a microphone in hand, and the crowd begins to settle down for her to speak.)

Stephie Love: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… the NEW EAW Universal Women’s Champion…

(Just like that, the crowd reaction rises once more before Stephie can even finish saying who it is…)

Stephie Love: MILLI BANKS!!!

(Stephie Love leaves the ring as ‘Changed It’ by Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne blares throughout the arena. Blue and gold lights start to flash as well, and Milli soon steps out onto the stage, wearing her casual, albeit flashy attire for this special occasion. The Universal Women’s Championship can be seen glistening around her waist as Milli bops around, dancing along with, and singing the lyrics to her theme song before strutting down to the ring.)

Stew-O: At Pain for Pride, Milli Banks entered with a mathematical 33% chance of winning as she shared the ring with both Minerva and Hikari Kanno. However, managed to walk out victorious, having pinned Hikari Kanno to do it!

Stew-O: Unfortunately, Minerva underwent a champion’s worst nightmare. Not being pinned to lose your title, hence why most don’t like to defend in a triple threat setting.

Gavin Kirkland: Speaking of Minerva, the question on everyone’s mind is: are the rumors true? Was Pain for Pride her last time stepping in the ring as an active competitor? :mjcry:

Stew-O: Well, we’ll certainly have our answer later on tonight. But for now, this is Milli Banks’ moment to shine, and truly soak in that she’s reached the mountain top here in Elite Answers Wrestling!

Stew-O: For the first time in her career, Milli Banks is World Champion, and I already can’t wait to see what she does!

Persephone: That makes one of us.

(Milli enters the ring, and removes the championship from around her waist, raising it high as buckets of pyro goes off, commemorating this special occasion. Milli Banks has a gigantic smile on her face as the pyro eventually comes to an end, and she places the championship over her shoulder before reaching her hand through the middle rope, being handed a microphone by a crew member from the outside. Milli walks to the center of the ring, and takes a moment to soak in the reaction as ‘Changed It’ by Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne slowly fades out in the background.)

Crowd: YOU DESERVE IT! 👏 YOU DESERVE IT! 👏 YOU DESERVE IT! 👏

Milli Banks: See, that’s where we’ll have to disagree, because at Pain for Pride, I **EARNED** this title! :mjgrin:

(The crowd pops, agreeing with Milli on that.)

Milli Banks: Of course, neither Minerva or Hikari made that easy for me, because those two were at the top of their game as well, but I had already made it clear that I refused to be denied that night, and that I wouldn’t be satisfied unless leaving the arena with the Universal Women’s Championship around my waist. Low and behold, I made it happen. At Pain for Pride, the biggest show of the year, I became a Champion. A World Champion at that.

Milli Banks: Granted, I’m no stranger to being Champion, or even walking out as Champion at that event, because I did the same at my very FIRST Pain for Pride last year, successfully defending my then Specialists Championship. A title that I defended against any and all comers, and a title that I believe prepared me to stand in this ring as your Universal Women’s Champion.

Milli Banks: Because I know what it’s like to go from the hunter to the hunted, to have everyone in this company gunning after you, but you know something? …I welcome it.

(Milli points to the stage area.)

Milli Banks: I welcome any woman in that locker room to come out, and TRY to take this title from me, because they’ll learn the same lesson as Hikari and Minerva. That’s that you don’t fuck with Milli Banks.

Milli Banks: Not when I’m determined to be the greatest Universal Women’s Champion that this company has ever seen. Because I plan to take this title, and elevate it to new heights. To do that, I won’t run away from the grind, or duck any smoke. Like I said, any and all comers are welcome to step up, because even with this Universal Women’s Championship around my waist, the goal remains the same, and that’s to prove myself. To prove myself to anyone out there that still has their doubts about me, and my abilities inside this ring.

Milli Banks: Becoming Champion was the easy part, but staying Champion’ll be the hard part. However, make no mistake about it, despite my accomplishments here in Elite Answers Wrestling, you haven’t seen anything yet from me.

(Milli gives a determined stare in the camera before turning her attention towards the stage as a familiar theme begins to play…)

Persephone: Oh, BROTHER. Not this bitch.

(‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics.)

(Harper Lee saunters down the ramp with a microphone in hand as her theme song fades in the background.)

Harper Lee: Milli, I-

(Harper’s drowned out by the fans in attendance with boos, causing her to grow annoyed.)

Harper Lee: Milli, I-

(Again, Harper’s cut off by the overwhelming boos from the audience, grits through it, continuing with her speech anyways.)

Harper Lee: Milli, I was in the back, watching this trainwreck, and for once, I heard you say something interesting. You welcome any woman from the back to come out, and “try” to take that title from you? Milli, I WILL take that title from you, and become Universal Women’s Champion for a second time in my career.

(Harper walks up the steps, and enters the ring with a smug expression on her face, believing it’s all but guaranteed she can defeat Milli.)

Milli Banks: Harper Lee as Universal Women’s Champion for a second time? :francis: I don’t think there’s a soul interested in that happening, buuut I do think everyone would enjoy seeing me get to kick your ass.

(Harper Lee chuckles, laughing Milli’s threat off.)

Harper Lee: It’s funny, because everyone thought Holly was going to do that same thing, but what happened? At Pain for Pride, I proved that I was right. I was right all along! Holly Arrow was the weak link of POTARA. She was the anchor holding me back, but with Holly disposed of, then I can focus on what matters, and for me, that’s your Universal Women’s Championship.

(Harper stands face-to-face with Milli, but their staredown is cut short as ‘Judas’ by Lady Gaga plays. Harper turns toward the stage, irate as Holly Arrow starts making her way down to the ring with a microphone.)

Harper Lee: OH HELL NO! NO! NO! AT PAIN FOR PRIDE, I ALREADY BEAT YOU-

Holly Arrow: Harper, for once in your life, shut up.

(Harper pipes down, but is visibly annoyed and angered by Holly Arrow being here. Holly walks up the steps, and enters the ring, mainly having her eyes on Milli Banks. More importantly, her Championship.)

Holly Arrow: You’re right… at Pain for Pride, you did beat me. But this isn’t about you. This is about becoming Universal Women’s Champion. Milli, you said that any and all comers are welcome to step up. Well, I guess that invitation extends to me as well. Because I am ready to step up, and challenge again for that title. The same title that alluded back at Grand Rampage.

Holly Arrow: Despite coming out on the losing end, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would eventually live up to EVERYTHING I say I am. I promised that I would eventually have the right to call myself a Women’s Champion. All I need is the opportunity. Milli, you have the ability to make that happen, but the question is: are you? Are you willing to give me a shot at your Universal Women’s Championship?

(The crowd has a drastic 180 in tone for Holly as they did Harper, chanting “YES!” repeatedly, letting it known they’d like to see that match.)

Milli Banks: Holly, unlike this backstabbing bitch, Harper Lee-

Harper Lee: :picard:

Milli Banks: I actually respect you. But-

(‘GOSSIP by Maneskin plays next, and each woman turn toward the stage, annoyed with the interruption as Aria Lestrade makes her way down the ring, carrying the same tradition as the two prior, holding a microphone in hand as her theme fades in the background. Aria starts talking while walking to the ring with a purpose.

Aria Lestrade: If only I had won the Cash in the Vault match. If only Candice Blair wasn’t so stupid as to take herself out, and bring ME with her. Because if I did win Cash in the Vault, I’d have skipped the small talk, and won that Universal Women’s Championship off of you, Milli. Of course, the right way.

Aria Lestrade: By that I mean, I’d have cashed in on you ahead of time, and beaten you in a fair fight. The latter, which I still can do. That is if you’re willing to give me a shot for your Universal Women’s Championship, but I don’t see why not, given you claim to be a fighting champion… unless you’re another fraud we have in this place.

Aria Lestrade: So, I’m hoping that’s not the case, and Milli Banks is actually a woman of her word.

Milli Banks: And who’s to say you deserve a shot at my championship?

Harper Lee: For once, I actually agree with her. 🙄

Aria Lestrade: Uhm, did none of you hear me before? Candice Blair took me out WITH her at Pain for Pride. I was, once again, screwed over by someone else’s decisions. I more than deserve a shot!

(“Gloria” by Laura Branigan plays.)

(Bea marches down to the ring before rolling inside the ring, her attention directed towards Milli Banks as everyone else watches on.)

Bea Valentine: You’ll have to excuse me for this interruption, but everyone was doing it, so I thought… why not? For starters, congratulations, Milli. Congratulations on becoming Champion at Pain for Pride, the grandest show of them all. I wish that same luck could’ve carried over to my match.

(Bea is visibly upset, but composes herself.)

Bea Valentine: Unfortunately, Donovan Duke left with the case that night, and once again… I’m left with nothing. Still, there remains a Gloria sized hole in my heart. Now, I’d hate to even imply your title could fill it, because no one could replace her. But although I am down, I refuse to be out! I will be a champion in Elite Answers Wrestling again, and who knows? Maybe even Universal Women’s Champion… after all, I’ve beaten you before to win Gloria, and maybe, just maybe I can restore the feeling by beating you again!

(Bea reaches out to touch the Universal Women’s Championship, but Milli swats her hand away.)

Milli Banks: :russwtf:

(“STFU!” by Rina Sawayama is next to play, and everyone turns toward the stage where Miku Sakai appears with a microphone in hand.)

Miku Sakai: God, it’s so boring to watch each of you cunts come out, and stake claim to that title, knowing that if anyone’s going to be the next Universal Women’s Champion, it’ll be me.

(Miku enters the ring, and continues her speech.)

Miku Sakai: I’ve already been a Tag Team Champion, I’ve already been a Specialists Champion, but the one thing I haven’t been is Universal Women’s Champion, and season 18 is the perfect time to change that.

Milli Banks: I guess becoming National Elite Champion didn’t work out so well.

Miku Sakai: Ha-ha. But I had that bird bitch dead to rights before Veena swooped in, and ruined everything.

(Miku rolls her eyes as ‘Old Scars/Future Hearts’ by All Time Low plays.)

Stew-O: Speak of the devil!

Persephone: Oh, for fucks sake…

Gavin Kirkland: I say, keep em coming!

(Raven makes her way down to the ring before speaking into the microphone she brought with her as ‘Old Scars/Future Hearts’ by All Time Low fades in the back.)

Raven Roberts: Miss me, Miku?

Miku Sakai: No.

Raven Roberts: Too bad, because it appears our paths have crossed once again. This time, in pursuit of the Universal Women’s Championship, a title I’ve held before, but the thought of holding it again… well, the prospect of that intrigues me.

(Raven looks around, drawing attention to the cheers from the audience.)

Raven Roberts: In fact, it appears to intrigue everybody here in attendance as well.

Harper Lee: Well, it doesn’t intrigue me. Actually, I’m repulsed by the thought of Raven Roberts being champion in big 2024. 🤢

Harper Lee: Especially when you have Harper Lee ready, and available.

Raven Roberts: How about I show you that Raven Roberts in “big 2024” is still better than Harper Lee any day of the week.

Harper Lee: Unless you’re the champion, I’d rather not waste my time with you, especially after spending so long doing it with this piece of crap.

(Harper gestures toward Holly.)

Harper Lee: :whoa:

(Holly starts walking toward Harper, who backs away slightly, creating distance as she prepares to possibly use the microphone as a weapon. But Holly stops marching, and collects herself.)

Holly Arrow: You know what? You’re not worth it. I came out here for the Universal Women’s Championship, not to continue this rivalry between us, but if you keep running your mouth, then I’ll have no problem shutting it.

(Harper shouts back at Holly off-mic, trying to show zero intimidation at the prospect.)

Miku Sakai: You’re about the last person that should be out here for the Universal Women’s Championship. At least the rest of us have a resume besides being carried by Harper Lee of all people.

Holly Arrow: It’s funny, because for a while, people made those same jokes about you and Hikari, didn’t they?

Aria Lestrade: Everybody, calm down. There’s no need to get riled up. Milli can just announce me as number one contender for her championship, and we can settle this. Easy.

(Everyone turns to ARIA in unison like :bronfoh:)

Milli Banks: Before I continue, is anyone else going to come out, and interrupt me?

(Milli looks toward the stage briefly before deciding the coast is clear.)

Milli Banks: Great. Listen, I meant everything I said earlier. I’m accepting any and all comers. So, I won’t just open the door for one of you, I’m opening the door for all of you. Any time, anywhere, I implore you to try, and take my title. But don’t be surprised when you wind up *still* empty handed.

(‘Changed It’ by Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne plays for a second time, and Milli Banks leaves the ring, raising the title high for each woman to see on the outside before turning around, and heading to the back while everyone in the ring watches on.)

Stew-O: Well, Milli Banks has opened the floodgates, but is it something she’ll regret in the near future?

Persephone: I already regret having to sit through all of that.

(Milli looks over her shoulder, back towards the competitors in the ring with a smirk before heading to the back herself as the camera fades elsewhere.)

(The camera fades to ringside, and Bella Braxton is seen holding a microphone in her hand.)

Bella Braxton: The following contest is a TRIPLE THREAT MATCH SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!!!

Bella Braxton: AND IT IS TO DECIDE WHICH BRAND RECEIVES THE NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE 2024 DRAFT!

(‘Gloria’ by Laura Branigan is heard playing, and this receives a mixed reaction with more cheers coming from the crowd. Bea Valentine is seen in the ring following the back and forth a moment ago, still disheartened after losing the Cash in the Vault ladder match. She waits in the ring for her two opponents, dramatically hiding her face from the fans in the front row so they don’t see the sad look on her face.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first… Representing Sunday Night Voltage… From Boston, Massachusetts… Weighing in at 143 pounds… BBBEEEAAAAAAA VVAAAAAAALLLLEEENNNTTIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: Here we go! This is the match to decide the first pick of the Draft, and what a lineup we have for this match! Out first is Bea Valentine, and while she didn’t win at Pain for Pride, she’s still a fantastic competitor who has grown a lot in the past year. However, seeing how depressed she is tonight, will she be able to win?

Gavin Kirkland: As much as I want to root for Bea Valentine in a match like this, I’m here for the blue brand! Bea Valentine might be talented and she’s even a former Champion, but we can’t let Voltage take the first pick from us!

Persephone: Umm… Yes we can. I don’t want to root for Bea Valentine, but I’m NOT letting one of the other brands get to Luis before we can.

(‘Last Strike’ by Polo G follows this, and once again a mixed reaction comes from the fans. Jon Kelton begins to walk out, and following his victory against Daryl Kinkade at Pain for Pride, he is all business. Kelton has a focused look on his face, staring directly at Bea Valentine, the first of his opponents to enter the ring. Jon Kelton begins walking down the ramp, ready for the upcoming match as he makes his way to the ring.)

Bella Braxton: Making his way to the ring… Representing Saturday Night Showdown… Residing in Dallas, Texas… Weighing in at 215 pounds… JJJOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNN KKEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLTTTTOOOONNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: Here comes Jon Kelton, and of the three Elitists in this match, he’s actually the only Elitist to win at Pain for Pride! He defeated Daryl Kinkade on a match that’s been brewing for some time now, and now he looks to keep that momentum going heading into the next season.

Gavin Kirkland: Jon Kelton is who I need to win this match. He was able to beat Daryl Kinkade, so he can definitely defeat Michael Machina and Bea Valentine, right??

Persephone: Those are two completely different matches! No this bum can’t win and let Showdown get the first pick. He’s old and washed up, not that he was any good a decade ago either.

(Finally, ‘Apostle’s Warning’ by Mobb Deep hits. Bea Valentine and Jon Kelton turn their attention to the stage, and Michael Machina begins to slowly walk out. Michael Machina looks ready for the upcoming match, staring directly at the ring with a focused look on his face following the loss of his New Breed Championship. Michael Machina doesn’t spend too much time on the stage, instead heading directly down the ramp ahead of this triple threat match.)

Bella Braxton: And making his way to the ring… Representing Friday Night Dynasty… From Brooklyn, New York… Weighing in at 240 pounds… MMMIIIIIIIIIIICCHHAAAEEELLLLLLL MMAAAAAAAAAAAACCHHIIIIIIIINNNNNNAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: And now here comes Michael Machina, Dynasty’s representative! Machina may have lost the New Breed Championship at Pain for Pride, but not without breaking the record for the longest reign with the title! We know how talented this man is.

Gavin Kirkland: That’s true, but like I said about Bea, this is about the draft! Somehow I need Jon Kelton to pull through with the victory, even if it won’t be easy knowing everything Michael Machina is capable of.

Persephone: Who cares about Michael Machina?? Former New Breed Champion, so what? All that matters is that Luis De La Rosa is gonna be the first draft pick, and he can’t go to any brand but Voltage!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Stew-O: AND HERE WE GO! This match is underway, and so far none of these three Elitists have gotten out of their respective corners yet. This is a triple threat match, so I think we all know just how unpredictable a match like this can really be. You never know when a pinfall can occur, and you can lose without even being the one pinned! All three Elitists know this, which is why they seem to be waiting for the right opportunity!

Gavin Kirkland: AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S MICHAEL MACHINA WHO IS READY TO ATTACK FIRST-

Persephone: But Bea Valentine just rolled out of the ring. :francis:

Stew-O: Bea getting out of harms way, AND JON KELTON MAKES USE OF THAT AS HE PULLS MICHAEL FROM BEHIND INTO A SCHOOL BOY PIN!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTT-

Gavin Kirkland: BEA WAS ABOUT TO GO BREAK IT UP, BUT BEFORE SHE EVEN GOT THE CHANCE, MACHINA KICKED OUT! Both men get back to their feet and Kelton swings at Machina, BUT THE FORMER NEW BREED CHAMPION DUCKS UNDER HIS ARM BEFORE RUNNING THE ROPES!!! KELTON SWINGS AT MICHAEL ONCE AGAIN, BUT MACHINA AGAIN DUCKS UNDER IT BEFORE BOUNCING OFF THE NEXT PAIR OF ROPES AND-

Stew-O: FROM THE OUTSIDE, BEA JUST GRABBED MICHAEL MACHINA BY THE LEG, TRIPPING HIM!!! BEA TAKES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PULL HIM OUT OF THE RING, AND NOW SHE SLIDES INTO THE RING HERSELF BEFORE GOING AFTER KELTON!

Gavin Kirkland: KELTON SWINGS AT BEA, BUT BEA DUCKS UNDER BEFORE TURNING AND KICKING KELTON IN THE MIDSECTION! BEA NOW QUICKLY HEADING INTO THE CORNER OF THE RING, AND SHE GOES FOR A TORNADO DDT-

Persephone: But it didn’t connect! The Devolution reject shoved Bea off of him before the DDT could connect, and now he charges at her before GOING FOR A SUPERKICK!

Stew-O: BEA AVOIDS KELTON’S GALICK GUN THOUGH, AND NOW SHE GOES FOR A SUPERKICK OF HER OWN!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT KELTON MANAGED TO CATCH BEA BY THE LEG!!!! KELTON CAUGHT BEA’S LEG AND NOW HE SPINS BEA AROUND BEFORE CATCHING HER WITH A KICK TO THE MIDSECTION! KELTON PULLS BEA INTO THE FRONT FACELOCK, AND NOW THERE’S THE TWIST OF FATE-

Stew-O: NO!!! BEA SLIPPED OUT OF KELTON’S GRASP ONCE HE TURNED TO DELIVER THE CUTTER, AND NOW SHE PULLS KELTON INTO AN O’CONNOR ROLL!!!! BEA VALENTINE WITH THE PIN ON JON KELTON TO STEAL THIS ONE!!!!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: WAIT!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA JUST GRABBED BEA VALENTINE FROM BEHIND BEFORE SENDING HER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RING WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!!!

Stew-O: JON KELTON IS GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET, BUT MICHAEL MACHINA NOW GRABS HIM BEFORE SENDING HIM INTO THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE RING WITH AN OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA TAKES CONTROL OF THIS MATCH, TO POTENTIALLY WIN DYNASTY THE NUMBER ONE PICK OF THIS DRAFT!

Persephone: Kinda stupid since there’s no guarantee that Dynasty even picks him, but a win’s a win I guess.

Stew-O: Bea Valentine pulls herself up in the corner of the ring, BUT SHE’S NOT SAFE FOR LONG, AS MICHAEL MACHINA RUNS IN AND DELIVERS A HUGE SPLASH TO BEA!!!! JON KELTON IS IN THE OPPOSITE CORNER PULLING HIMSELF UP, AND MACHINA RUNS IN BEFORE DELIVERING A SPLASH TO KELTON!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS ALL OVER THESE TWO, AND NOW HE CHARGES AT BEA VALENTINE BEFORE-

Gavin Kirkland: BEA MOVED OUT OF THE WAY!!!! BEA GOT OUT OF THE WAY, AND MICHAEL MACHINA JUST RAN SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST!!!! MACHINA FALLS DOWN INTO A SEATED POSITION, AND NOW BEA RUNS IN BEFORE HITTING HIM WITH THE BEA SWARM!!!!! THE DOUBLE KNEES CONNECT ON MICHAEL MACHINA!!!!!

Persephone: GREAT, NOW HURRY UP AND GO FOR THE COVER SO WE CAN BRING LUIS BACK TO VOL-

Stew-O: “THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT”!!!! AS SOON AS BEA TURNED AROUND, JON KELTON EXPLODED OUT OF THE CORNER WITH THE RUNNING KNEE STRIKE!!!! HUGE MOVE BY JON KELTON, AND THIS IS RIGHT AFTER MICHAEL MACHINA WAS JUST TAKEN OUT BY BEA!!!!! JON KELTON NOW WITH THE COVER, TO BRING THE FIRST DRAFT PICK OVER TO SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN!!!!!! IS THIS IT FOR BEA VALENTINE AND MICHAEL MACHINA????

OOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHHRRRRRRRRR-

Gavin Kirkland: NO, BEA VALENTINE MANAGES TO GET THE SHOULDER UP!!!!!!

Persephone: Good. I don’t like having to root for Bea Valentine of all people, but if either of the other two brands get the first pick I know they’re gonna take Luis from me. That can’t happen.

Gavin Kirkland: I don’t think they’ll be in any rush to take Luis.

Stew-O: Jon Kelton quickly gets to his feet, and now without hesitation he just scoops Bea Valentine onto his shoulders! He quickly wants to bring this match to an end, AND I THINK THIS IS HIS BEST OPPORTUNITY TO, AS HE SETS BEA UP FOR THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: NO, NOT YET!!! BEA VALENTINE STILL HAS LIFE LEFT IN HER, AND SHE’S ELBOWING AWAY AT THE SIDE OF KELTON’S HEAD, DOING WHAT SHE CAN TO MAKE SURE KELTON CAN’T HIT THE FINISHING MOVE! BEA LANDS ELBOW AFTER ELBOW, UNTIL FINALLY KELTON IS FORCED TO DROP BEA BACK ONTO HER FEET! BEA NOW FIGHTING AS SHE THROWS A RIGHT HAND AT KELTON, BUT KELTON RESPONDS WITH A FOREARM! Bea swings at Kelton, BUT KELTON DUCKS UNDER IT AS BEA STUMBLES TOWARDS THE ROPES! KELTON NOW RUNNING IN-

Stew-O: BUT BEA DUCKS DOWN BEFORE LIFTING KELTON OVER THE TOP ROPE! Kelton landed on the apron though, saving himself from landing on the ringside floor! Kelton now waiting for Bea to turn around, BEFORE GOING FOR A SPRINGBOARD- NO!! JUST AS KELTON WENT FOR THE SPRINGBOARD, BEA RAN IN BEFORE SHOVING KELTON’S LEGS OUT FROM UNDER HIM, CAUSING KELTON TO LAND ON THE TOP ROPE AND TUMBLE DOWN TO RINGSIDE!!!! Huge counter by Bea Valentine, who is looking to potentially bounce back with a huge win following Pain for Pride! What a start to season 18 this could be for her!

Persephone: Well she needs to hurry up and get someone into the ring so she can pin them. Jon Kelton’s getting back up right now, so I guess pinning him is out of the question for now, but-

Gavin Kirkland: WHAT THE HELL????

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA JUST RAN ALL THE WAY OVER FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE RING, BEFORE CRASHING INTO JON KELTON WITH A HUGE POUNCE!!!!! WHAT AN ATTACK BY MICHAEL MACHINA, AS KELTON IS SENT INTO THE BARRICADE!!!! Michael Machina is also looking to bounce back following the loss of his New Breed Championship, and with moves like this, he may do just that!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT WAIT A SECOND, LOOK!!! BEA VALENTINE JUST HIT MACHINA WITH A DROPKICK THROUGH THE ROPES!!!!! MACHINA STUMBLES BACK AND HITS THE BARRICADE, AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE BEA HAS SOMETHING ELSE PLANNED AS SHE HEADS OUT TO THE APRON! MICHAEL MACHINA STUMBLES AWAY FROM THE BARRICADE, AND NOW BEA RUNS IN, BEFORE DIVING AT HIM WITH A-

Persephone: What the hell was that?? Michael Machina just caught her out of the air! STOP THAT! PUT HER DOWN! PUT HER DOWN RIGHT NOW SO I DON’T LOSE LUIS!!!

Stew-O: I DON’T THINK HE’S GONNA PUT HER DOWN JUST YET! MICHAEL IS CLIMBING UP THE STEEL STEPS WITH BEA VALENTINE IN HIS HANDS, WHAT THE HELL IS MICHAEL PLANNING???

Gavin Kirkland: MICHAEL MACHINA DIVES OFF THE STEEL STEPS WITH A MOONSAULT FALLAWAY SLAM, LANDING RIGHT ON TOP OF JON KELTON!!!!! WHAT A MOVE BY MICHAEL MACHINA, AND NOW HE LOOKS TO QUICKLY TAKE ADVANTAGE AS HE GRABS KELTON BEFORE SENDING HIM INTO THE RING!!!!!

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA QUICKLY SLIDES INTO THE RING BEFORE LIFTING KELTON UP, AND HE GOES FOR THE .50 CAL!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: NO!!!! KELTON MANAGED TO JUMP OUT OF MACHINA’S SHOULDERS, BEFORE TURNING AND HITTING HIM WITH AN ENZUIGIRI!!! Michael Machina stumbles, AND NOW KELTON DROPS HIM DOWN TO A KNEE WITH A DISCUS ELBOW STRIKE!!! KELTON CAN SEE THAT MACHINA IS STAGGERED, SO NOW HE TURNS TO RUN THE ROPES-

Stew-O: BUT MICHAEL MACHINA IS ABLE TO PUSH HIMSELF UP, RUNNING AFTER HIM!!! KELTON BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES, BUT HE STOPS HIMSELF AND TURNS AROUND JUST TO SEE MACHINA DOING THE SAME, BEFORE TAKING HIS HEAD OFF WITH THE MONEY SHOT!!!!!! THE MONEY SHOT CONNECTS, AND MICHAEL MACHINA HOOKS THE LEGS TO GET THE FIRST DRAFT PICK FOR DYNASTY!!!!!!

OOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEA!!!!!!!!!

Persephone: YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: BEA VALENTINE JUST LANDED ON TOP OF MICHAEL MACHINA WITH THE FROG SPLASH!!!!!! SHE HAD JUST ENOUGH TIME TO BREAK UP THE COUNT WITH THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEA!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA ROLLS OFF OF JON KELTON, AND NOW BEA QUICKLY GOES FOR THE COVER ON MACHINA!!!!!

OOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTHHHHHHRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: MICHAEL MACHINA IS ABLE TO KICK OUT BEFORE THREE, KEEPING THIS MATCH ALIVE AND PREVENTING VOLTAGE FROM PICKING UP THE FIRST DRAFT PICK!

Persephone: Oh great. If one of the other brands take Luis, can I at least go with him?

Stew-O: Probably not. Anyways, Bea Valentine is on top of Michael Machina right now, throwing forearms at him to keep him down! I think Bea knows how much of a threat Michael Machina has been in this match, so she’s doing everything she can to take him out of this one! Bea Valentine gets back to her feet, AND NOW SHE STOMPS ON MICHAEL MACHINA, BEFORE STEPPING OVER HIM AND HEADING BACK UP TOP! It looks like she has another big move planned, and if she keeps this up she may really have this match won after all!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT LOOK! JON KELTON JUST LEAPED UP ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE, LOOKING TO MEET BEA VALENTINE AT THE TOP!!!! JON KELTON JUST HIT BEA WITH A RIGHT HAND, AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE HAS SOMETHING BIG IN MIND HERE WHILE MICHAEL MACHINA IS STILL DOWN!!! BEA FIGHTS BACK WITH A FOREARM, BUT KELTON IS ABLE TO THROW A FEW MORE ELBOWS, BEFORE QUICKLY PULLING BEA IN AND LIFTING HER OFF THE TOP ROPE!!!!

Persephone: NO!! JON KELTON JUST SUPERPLEXED BEA VALENTINE ONTO MICHAEL MACHINA!!!! NO NO NO NO!!!

Stew-O: BEA CRASHES RIGHT ON TOP OF MICHAEL MACHINA, AND JUST LIKE THAT BOTH ELITISTS ARE TAKEN OUT!!! Jon Kelton with a huge move, and it doesn’t look like he’s done yet! He rolls over onto his feet before pulling himself up, and he transitions Bea into a double underhook, BEFORE BEGINNING TO SPIN AROUND, LOOKING FOR THE SWINGING VERSION OF HIS DOUBLE UNDERHOOK DDT!!!!! JON KELTON DROPS BEA WITH CHANGE THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!

Persephone: OH COME ON, NOW HE’S GOING FOR THE PIN!! KICK OUT BEA, YOU HAVE TO KICK OUT SO LUIS CAN STAY ON VOLTAGE!!!

OOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTHHHHHHRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Persephone: YYYEEEEEEESSSSS!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA PUSHED HIMSELF OVER TO KELTON, BREAKING UP THE PIN JUST BEFORE THREE!!!! LUIS IS SAFE!!!

Gavin Kirkland: Y’know, why exactly are you so convinced that Luis De La Rosa will actually be anyone’s first draft pick?

Persephone: Why wouldn’t he be? He’d be mine.

Stew-O: Anyways, Jon Kelton is using the ropes to get back up, and while it was impressive of Machina to break that pin up in time, it doesn’t look like he has too much left in him! Michael Machina is only just now getting to all fours, AND KELTON QUICKLY RUNS IN BEFORE DELIVERING A PUNT KICK TO THE RIBS, CAUSING MICHAEL TO ROLL OVER TO THE ROPES!

Gavin Kirkland: Michael Machina uses the ropes to start trying to pull himself up, BUT KELTON IS RELENTLESS HERE AS HE HITS MACHINA WITH A BIG BOOT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD!!! KELTON NOW WITH A SECOND BOOT! A THIRD NOW! A FOURTH! MICHAEL MACHINA IS FORCED TO DROP DOWN TO HIS KNEES AS KELTON JUST BEGINS STOMPING AWAY AT HIM, AND NOW LOOK! AFTER ALL THAT, KELTON IS LOOKING TO PUT MACHINA DOWN FOR GOOD!

Stew-O: Jon Kelton now pulling Michael Machina into the double underhook, GOING FOR CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR A SECOND TIME, THIS TIME ON THE FORMER NEW BREED CHAMPION!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: WAIT, NO!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA POWERED KELTON UP, SENDING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A BACK BODY DROP!!!!! Michael Machina saves himself while sending Kelton out, and now he turns over to Bea before-

Persephone: HA, LOOK AT THAT!!!! BEA VALENTINE JUST PULLED MACHINA INTO A SMALL PACKAGE!!! YES, DO IT FOR LUIS!!!!!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA KICKS OUT!!! BOTH ELITISTS RUSH BACK TO THEIR FEET, AND-

Gavin Kirkland: SPRINGBOARD KNEE STRIKE BY JON KELTON, BUT LOOK WHO GOT HIT!

Stew-O: BEA VALENTINE DUCKED OUT OF THE WAY, CAUSING MICHAEL MACHINA TO GET DROPPED WITH THE KNEE STRIKE!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS FORCED TO ROLL OUT OF THE RING AS JON KELTON ROLLS BACK TO HIS FEET, AND THAT’S A HUGE THREAT THAT WAS JUST TAKEN OUT OF THE EQUATION! JON KELTON NOW TURNING AROUND-

Gavin Kirkland: RIGHT INTO THE BEA TRIGGER!!!!!! BEA VALENTINE CAUGHT JON KELTON WITH THE KNEE STRIKE, DROPPING KELTON ONTO THE MAT!!!!

Persephone: YESSS!!!! SHE DID IT!!!! BEA VALENTINE WON FOR LUIS, THANK YOU!!!!

Stew-O: BEA VALENTINE WITH THE HUGE BICYCLE KNEE STRIKE, AND NOW SHE GOES FOR THE COVER BEFORE- HEY, WAIT A SECOND!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: SHE DIDN’T EVEN GET THE CHANCE TO GO FOR THE COVER, AS MICHAEL MACHINA WAS ABLE TO GRAB HER LEGS AND PULL HER OUT OF THE RING!!!!

Persephone: HEY, WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING???? SHE HAD THE MATCH WON!

Stew-O: EXACTLY, AND THAT’S NOT WHAT HE WANTS! MICHAEL MACHINA SENDS BEA VALENTINE INTO THE BARRICADE, AND AS SHE STUMBLES AWAY FROM IT HE SLIDES INTO THE RING AND BEGINS RUNNING THE ROPES… BEFORE FLYING INTO THE FORMER SPECIALISTS CHAMPION WITH A HUGE SUICIDE DIVE!!!!!! SUICIDE DIVE BY MICHAEL MACHINA!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: MICHAEL MACHINA SLIDES INTO THE RING BEFORE RUSHING INTO THE FAR CORNER, AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE NOW HAS JON KELTON IN HIS SIGHTS!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS STARING DIRECTLY AT THE END OF THIS MATCH, AND RIGHT NOW IT’S LOOKING LIKE THIS MATCH IS ABOUT TO END WITH A HUGE VICTORY FOR DYNASTY! Jon Kelton is slowly stumbling back up to his feet, and after that Bea Trigger, I don’t think he has any idea where he is!

Persephone: Oh no. I’m really about to lose Luis to Dynasty. I can’t watch this. :mjcry:

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA BURSTS OUT OF THE CORNER, FLYING RIGHT AT JON KELTON FOR THE *BULLET FROM HELL*!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: WAIT, NO!!!! JON KELTON GOT OUT OF THE WAY!!!!! KELTON AVOIDED THE SPEAR, AND MICHAEL MACHINA FLEW SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST ONCE AGAIN, ONLY THIS TIME IT MUST’VE DONE MUCH MORE DAMAGE!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA FALLS OUT ONTO THE APRON, AND I DON’T THINK IT CAN BE STRESSED ENOUGH JUST HOW MUCH OF A LIFE SAVER THAT WAS FOR JON KELTON JUST NOW!! That spear almost cut him in half, but now it’s Machina that’s in trouble! What’s Jon Kelton thinking now?

Stew-O: Jon Kelton is heading up to the top rope while Machina is down on the apron holding his shoulder, and I have to say, whatever he’s thinking must be very risky! Michael Machina hasn’t gotten back up yet, so what’s Kelton-

Gavin Kirkland: HEY, LOOK! BEA VALENTINE JUST GOT ONTO THE APRON, RUNNING ON TOP OF MICHAEL MACHINA BEFORE JUMPING ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE AND TURNBUCKLE!!!! BEA JUST USED MICHAEL MACHINA AS A STOOL TO GET TO JON KELTON, BUT WHAT DOES SHE HAVE PLANNED!? SHE JUST HIT KELTON WITH AN UPPERCUT!! A SECOND ONE NOW! A THIRD BY BEA, BUT WHAT IS HER PLAN HERE!?

Persephone: Wait, what the hell?? LOOK!

Stew-O: WOAH! MICHAEL MACHINA JUST PULLED BEA VALENTINE INTO AN ELECTRIC CHAIR FROM THE APRON!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA JUST LIFTED BEA AWAY FROM JON KELTON, AND MICHAEL MACHINA IS SLOWLY WALKING BACKWARDS WITH BEA ON HIS SHOULDERS!!! IS HE ABOUT TO DROP HER WITH AN ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP ONTO THE APRON!?

Gavin Kirkland: WAIT, NO!!! BEA VALENTINE MANAGED TO SLIP DOWN MACHINA’S SHOULDERS BEFORE SHOVING HIM TOWARDS THE RING POST WHERE KELTON IS!!

Stew-O: BUT MACHINA IS QUICK TO REACT, LEAPING UP TOP!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS HE THINKING!?

Gavin Kirkland: OH MY GOD!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA JUST JUMPED ONTO KELTON’S SHOULDERS BEFORE SENDING HIM OUT ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR WITH AN AVALANCHE HURRICANRANA!!!!!! BOTH MEN JUST CRASHED DOWN TO RINGSIDE, WHAT THE HELL IS HIS PROBLEM!?!?

Persephone: Wow. One of them could’ve broken their necks just now! It doesn’t look like either of them are paralyzed though, so that’s a shame.

Stew-O: Jon Kelton was planning to dive onto Michael Machina, who at the top was on the apron. Bea attempted to use the opportunity to attack Kelton, and when Machina interrupted that, it led to him going after Kelton with that huge top rope hurricanrana, only this time out to ringside! With stunts like this, it’s no surprise that he held the New Breed Championship for so long!

Gavin Kirkland: Michael Machina is slowly beginning to sit up, grabbing onto the steel steps to pull himself up as-

Persephone: BEA SWARM!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Stew-O: BEA VALENTINE JUST HIT MICHAEL MACHINA WITH THE DOUBLE KNEES, RIGHT INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!!!! BEA WAS NEVER TAKEN OUT IN THAT WHOLE MESS BETWEEN KELTON AND MACHINA, AND BEA JUST CAPITALIZED ON IT IN THE BEST WAY SHE POSSIBLY COULD!!!! BEA VALENTINE NOW GRABBING MICHAEL MACHINA AND SENDING HIM INTO THE RING, AND I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THIS MATCH IS ON THE VERGE OF ENDING!!!! BEA IS ABOUT TO WIN THIS FOR VOLTAGE!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: BEA VALENTINE SLIDES INTO THE RING AFTER MICHAEL MACHINA BEFORE RUNNING THE ROPES, AND THERE IT IS!!!!! THE BEA STING CONNECTS ON MICHAEL MACHINA, DIRECTLY AFTER HE HAD HIS HEAD SENT INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS OUT!!!! BEA VALENTINE DROPS DOWN ONTO MICHAEL FOR THE COVER!!!!!! THAT’S GOTTA BE IT!!!!!

Persephone: YES, THANK YOU BEA!!!! FINALLY YOU DID SOMETHING GOOD!!!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: WAIT, NO WAY!!!!! JON KELTON WAS ABLE TO PULL THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING, JUST BEFORE THREE!!!!! HOW IS KELTON STILL IN THIS MATCH AFTER THAT HUGE HURRICANRANA FROM THE TOP ROPE!??

Gavin Kirkland: Jon Kelton was just barely able to grab the ref’s leg and pull him out of the ring before the three count, and that saved the match! Kelton is still down and out at ringside, so it looks like that took everything he had left! Bea Valentine can’t believe it, though! She thought she had this match won, and the win was just ripped away from her thanks to Kelton’s last bit of strength!

Persephone: You can’t be serious. WHAT ARE THEY DOING???? WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LET VOLTAGE GET THE FIRST PICK??? YOU HAVE AN ENTIRE SEASON TO WIN OTHER MATCHES, YOU CAN LOSE THIS ONE MATCH!

Stew-O: Even so, they’re clearly not interested in doing that. Jon Kelton is grabbing onto the apron to begin pulling himself up, but I don’t think Bea is very happy about the fact that she just missed out on what may have been her best opportunity to win! Bea now rolling out of the ring, and it looks like she has her eyes on Jon Kelton!

Gavin Kirkland: Bea Valentine runs in as Kelton pulls himself up, AND SHE CONNECTS WITH A RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!! BEA NOW SENDING KELTON INTO THE RING, AND IT LOOKS LIKE SHE’S NOT DONE YET!!! KELTON STUMBLES BACK TO HIS FEET, AND BEA VALENTINE IS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A SUPERKICK!!!!! KELTON IS ON SPAGHETTI LEGS, AND NOW BEA LANDS A SECOND ONE, WHICH DROPS KELTON TO A KNEE!!!!! BEA NOW RUNNING THE ROPES, AND SHE GOES FOR A SECOND BEA STING ONTO JON KELTON-

Persephone: NO, NO NO NO!!! JON KELTON JUST CAUGHT BEA, WHAT IS THIS IDIOT DOING!?!? HE’S GONNA RUIN EVERYTHING!!!!!

Stew-O: JON KELTON HAS BEA VALENTINE IN THE FIREMAN’S CARRY, AND NOW HE PLANTS HER WITH THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION!!!!!!!! THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION CONNECTS ON THE FORMER SPECIALISTS CHAMPION, AND RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT’LL BE SHOWDOWN GETTING THE FIRST PICK ON 2024’S DRAFT, AS THERE’S JUST NO WAY BEA HAS ANYTHING LEFT IN HER!!!!! JON KELTON SLOWLY TURNS BEA VALENTINE OVER, PINNING HER TO BRING THIS MATCH TO AN END!!!

OOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: WOAH WOAH WOAH, WHAT THE HELL!?!? THERE’S NO WAY!!!!

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA LIFTS JON KELTON OFF OF BEA VALENTINE, BEFORE PLANTING HIM WITH THE .50 CAL!!!!!!!!

Persephone: WHY????

Gavin Kirkland: THE .50 CAL CONNECTS, BUT THAT DOESN’T TAKE AWAY FROM ALL THE DAMAGE THAT’S BEEN DONE TO MACHINA!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS SPENT, AND HE CAN BARELY EVEN MOVE AFTER DELIVERING THE SIT OUT POWERBOMB!!!!!

Stew-O: MICHAEL MACHINA IS STILL HURTING FROM THE BEA STING, AND AFTER ALL THAT ALL HE CAN DO IS SLOWLY TURN OVER AND PUT AN ARM OVER KELTON! EVEN SO, THAT MAY BE ENOUGH!!! THERE’S THE COVER BY MICHAEL MACHINA!!!!!!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

TTTTTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: AND THIS MATCH IS STILL NOT OVER!!!!!! THIS TIME IT WAS BEA VALENTINE THAT BARELY MANAGED TO BREAK UP THE PIN, STOPPING THIS ONE FROM ENDING!!!!!!

Persephone: :whew:

Stew-O: All three Elitists in this match are down and out right now! They are all spent, and I can see why! They’ve all taken so much damage throughout this match, and I think it was bound to take its toll eventually! It’s only been a week after Pain for Pride, and they were all involved in incredibly hard hitting matches! Michael Machina had his incredible New Breed Championship match with BRAE, Jon Kelton had his personal match against Daryl Kinkade, and Bea Valentine was a participant in 2024’s Cash in the Vault ladder match! Only one week later, and these three are taking each other to the limit!

Gavin Kirkland: All three Elitists are slowly finding their way back to their feet, and at this point, I don’t think I have any idea what’s going to happen! So much has already gone down, and I think these three may be on their last legs, especially when you consider just how far they already pushed themselves just one week ago!

Persephone: They’re all back up now, but… What is Bea saying to Kelton?

Stew-O: She’s pointing at Michael Machina. I think she’s asking him to help her take Machina out! I guess he is the largest competitor in the match while she’s the smallest, but… Is Kelton really going to-

Gavin Kirkland: BEFORE YOU COULD EVEN FINISH YOUR QUESTION IT LOOKS LIKE WE’VE BEEN GIVEN AN ANSWER, AS KELTON JUST KNOCKED BEA BACK WITH AN ELBOW!!! NOW IT’S MICHAEL MACHINA GOING AFTER KELTON AS HE SWINGS AT HIM, BUT KELTON DUCKS UNDER IT BEFORE BEGINNING TO THROW FOREARMS AT MICHAEL MACHINA!!!! KELTON WITH FOREARM AFTER FOREARM, BACKING MICHAEL MACHINA INTO THE CORNER OF THE RING!!!!

Stew-O: BUT HERE’S BEA VALENTINE FROM BEHIND, BLINDSIDING KELTON WITH A DROPKICK TO THE BACK!!!! KELTON STUMBLES OUT OF THE CORNER, AND BEA VALENTINE BEGINS THROWING EVERYTHING SHE HAS AT JON KELTON, DELIVERING LEFTS AND RIGHTS AS KELTON WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD!!!! KELTON DROPS DOWN TO A KNEE, AND BEA CONTINUES TO POUND AWAY AT THE FORMER NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION, KNOWING THAT KELTON IS WORN OUT AND DOESN’T HAVE MUCH LEFT IN HIM!! BEA NOW RUNNING THE ROPES, AND SHE HITS KELTON WITH A SHINING WIZARD!!!!! HUGE MOVE BY VALENTINE!

Gavin Kirkland: SHE DOESN’T STAY IN CONTROL FOR LONG THOUGH, AS MICHAEL MACHINA RUNS IN WITH A HUGE SHOULDER TACKLE!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS BACK IN THIS AS BEA SLOWLY STUMBLES BACK UP, AND MACHINA QUICKLY GRABS HER BY THE ARM BEFORE PULLING HER INTO A SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE!!! HE DOESN’T STOP AT ONE, EITHER!!!! HE PULLS HER BACK TO HER FEET, BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SECOND ONE!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA NOW PULLING BEA VALENTINE BACK UP ONCE MORE, AND THERE’S A THIRD ONE!!!!! MICHAEL MACHINA WITH THREE SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINES IN A ROW, AND NOW HE PULLS BEA IN BEFORE LIFTING HER FOR A VERTICAL SUPLEX-

Persephone: BEA ACTUALLY MANAGED TO STOP IT! SHE LANDED ON HER FEET BEHIND MACHINA, BEFORE PUSHING HIM INTO A BIG BOOT FROM JON KELTON!! MICHAEL MACHINA STUMBLES OVER TO BEA, AND NOW BEA CHOPS HIM IN THE CHEST!!!

Stew-O: Michael Machina stumbles back over to Jon Kelton, AND KELTON JUST SWUNG AT MACHINA, BUT MACHINA DUCKED UNDER IT BEFORE GRABBING KELTON AND SENDING HIM OVER TO BEA, WHO DROPKICKS KELTON IN THE LEG!!!! KELTON IS DOWN, AND NOW BEA QUICKLY GETS BACK UP AS MICHAEL MACHINA RUSHES IN, LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON WHAT JUST WENT DOWN!

Gavin Kirkland: BEA VALENTINE WAS PREPARED THOUGH, AS SHE JUST BACKPEDALED INTO THE CORNER BEFORE DELIVERING A BOOT! Michael Machina stumbles back, AND HE CHARGES IN ONCE MORE, BUT BEA IS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AS MICHAEL LANDS IN THE CORNER OF THE RING! BEA NOW WITH ANOTHER CHOP TO THE CHEST! ANOTHER ONE! ANOTHER ONE! BEA THROWING CHOP AFTER CHOP AT MICHAEL MACHINA, AND IT SEEMS LIKE SHE’S FIRED UP NOW! BEA VALENTINE TURNS AND RUSHES INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER, BEFORE LOOKING BACK AT MICHAEL AND CHARGING IN-

Persephone: RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER FROM JON KELTON. :francis:

Stew-O: JON KELTON WAS ABLE TO PUSH HIMSELF BACK UP AND DROP BEA VALENTINE WITH THAT SPINEBUSTER, AND WITH HOW FAST PACED THIS MATCH HAS BEEN, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE OF THAT SHE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE! Jon Kelton now back to his feet with Bea Valentine down, and now he turns over to Michael Machina, who’s still in the corner! Kelton knows that this is a perfect opportunity for him, SO HE RUSHES IN, FLYING AT MICHAEL MACHINA WITH A HUGE CLOTHESLINE IN THE CORNER OF THE RING!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT MICHAEL MACHINA CAUGHT HIM!!!! MACHINA CAUGHT KELTON, AND NOW HE TAKES A FEW STEPS OUT OF THE CORNER BEFORE SENDING KELTON CRASHING INTO THE TURNBUCKLES WITH ANOTHER OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY!!!!!

Stew-O: Jon Kelton rolls out to the apron, but Michael Machina is now heading over to Bea Valentine to finish this match up! Michael lifts her off the ground, POWERING HER UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS FOR THE .50 CAL!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: BEA IS ABLE TO FREE HERSELF FROM MICHAEL MACHINA’S GRASP, LANDING ONTO HER FEET!!!! MACHINA STUMBLES BACK A BIT, AND NOW BEA JUMPS AT HIM, DELIVERING A MONKEY FLIP!!!!! This has been a very back and forth match, but it looks like Bea Valentine is the one getting the upper hand right now!

Persephone: She better not mess this up.

Stew-O: We already know how depressed Bea is since things didn’t go her way at Pain for Pride, but a win here might just change things for her! Bea Valentine now quickly heading to the top rope while Michael Machina and Jon Kelton slowly stumble back to their feet, AND NOW BEA DIVES OFF OF THE TOP ROPE, TAKING DOWN BOTH MEN WITH A DIVING CLOTHESLINE!!!! IS BEA VALENTINE GOING TO WIN THIS ONE!?!?

Gavin Kirkland: Bea Valentine begins pulling Jon Kelton back up to his feet, AND IT LOOKS LIKE SHE REALLY IS ABOUT TO WIN THIS ONE!!! MICHAEL MACHINA IS STILL DOWN AFTER THE DIVING CLOTHESLINE, AND BEA VALENTINE IS SETTING UP FOR THE FINISHING MOVE TO PUT THIS ONE AWAY!!!! BEA-MY-VALENTINE ON JON KELTON!!!!!!

Persephone: UGH, OF COURSE HE FINDS A WAY TO COUNTER IT!!! KELTON FREED ONE OF HIS ARMS BEFORE PUSHING BEA AWAY, AND NOW HE KICKS BEA IN THE MIDSECTION BEFORE GOING FOR CHANGE THE FUTURE AGAIN!!! COME ON BEA YOU CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN!

Stew-O: IT DOESN’T CONNECT!!! BEA VALENTINE WAS ABLE TO FREE ONE OF HER ARMS, AND NOW SHE HITS KELTON WITH AN ELBOW!!!! KELTON DROPS DOWN TO A KNEE FOR A MOMENT, BUT BEA DOESN’T STOP THERE!!! SHE LANDS A SECOND ELBOW, AND NOW SHE JUST CONTINUES THROWING EVERYTHING SHE HAS AT JON KELTON!!! BEA VALENTINE MAY BE FIGHTING TO GIVE VOLTAGE THE NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK, BUT SHE ALSO JUST WANTS A BIG VICTORY ON HER RECORD, AND THIS COULD BE JUST THAT!! I DON’T THINK KELTON HAS MUCH LEFT IN HIM, I THINK HE’S JUST ABOUT DONE FOR!

Gavin Kirkland: Jon Kelton drops down to both knees, BUT BEA DOESN’T GIVE HIM ANY TIME TO REST!!! SHE GRABS KELTON BY THE ARM BEFORE PULLING HIM IN, TO GET SUNDAY NIGHT VOLTAGE THE FIRST PICK OF THE DRAFT!!!!!

Persephone: YESSS!!!!!! THE CONSPIRACY BY BEA VALENTINE!!!!!

Stew-O: DOESN’T CONNECT!!!!!

Persephone: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stew-O: JON KELTON WAS ABLE TO FREE HIMSELF FROM BEA VALENTINE’S GRASP JUST BEFORE THE CONSPIRACY COULD CONNECT!!!! KELTON JUST SAVED HIS CHANCES IN THIS MATCH, WHILE ALSO SAVING SHOWDOWN’S CHANCES OF GETTING THE FIRST DRAFT PICK!!!! BEA VALENTINE TURNS AROUND AFTER FAILING TO HIT KELTON WITH THE FINISHING MOVE, AND-

Gavin Kirkland: GALICK GUN!!!!!!! JON KELTON JUST ABOUT KICKED BEA VALENTINE’S HEAD OFF WITH THAT SUPERKICK!!!! THIS IS JON KELTON’S MATCH TO WIN, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!!! SHOWDOWN IS ABOUT TO PICK UP THE NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK!!!!!

Persephone: :francis:

Stew-O: BEA VALENTINE IS LIFELESS, BUT JON KELTON ISN’T LOOKING TO WASTE ANY TIME AND LET HER RECOVER!!! KELTON QUICKLY DRAGS BEA UP BEFORE SCOOPING HER UP INTO THE FIREMAN’S CARRY, AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR AT THIS POINT! KELTON’S LOOKING TO END THIS ONE WITH THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: :krabs:

Persephone: :krabs:

Stew-O: ***BULLET FROM HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!***

Gavin Kirkland: KELTON HAD BEA IN THE FIREMAN’S CARRY, BUT BEFORE HE COULD DELIVER THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION, MICHAEL MACHINA JUST CUT HIM IN HALF WITH THAT SPEAR!!! AS SOON AS KELTON PICKED BEA UP, MACHINA BOUNCED OFF THE ROPES AND LAUNCHED HIMSELF AT KELTON WITH THE BULLET FROM HELL!!!! THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MAN THAT SIZE MOVE SO FAST!?!?!

Stew-O: KELTON DROPS BEA VALENTINE AS SHE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING, AND NOW MICHAEL MACHINA HOOKS THE LEGS OF JON KELTON, TO BRING FRIDAY NIGHT DYNASTY THE NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK!!!!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Bella Braxton: Here is your winner… MIIIIIIIICCHHAAAEEELLLLLLL MMAAAAAAAAAAAAACCHIIIIIIINNNNAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Michael Machina rolls off of Jon Kelton as ‘Apostle’s Warning’ hits once more, and the crowd explodes before transitioning into a more mixed reaction, as the fans were completely taken by surprise by that ending. After a few seconds, Michael Machina begins pushing himself back to his feet.)

Stew-O: WOWW!!!!!! WHAT AN ENDING TO THIS FANTASTIC MATCH, AS MICHAEL MACHINA PICKS UP THE VICTORY AGAINST TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS!!!! HUGE VICTORY FOR MICHAEL MACHINA, AND THAT’S NOT ALL, AS WE ALL KNOW JUST WHAT MACHINA’S VICTORY MEANS!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: That’s right. Thanks to Michael Machina, Friday Night Dynasty has won the first pick of the 2024 Draft! Who will they pick, though?? Michael Machina won the match, so will he be Dynasty’s first pick??

Persephone: Who cares? All I know is that they better not even THINK of taking Luis away from me. I should’ve known better than to expect Bea Valentine to win a match.

Stew-O: Congratulations to Michael Machina, and as we move on, we have the first round of the 2024 Draft to look forward to!

(Michael Machina has his hand raised by the referee while both Jon Kelton and Bea Valentine are seen at ringside. Bea Valentine is unhappy following the loss, while Jon Kelton is holding his ribs following the spear. Michael Machina continues to celebrate his victory, until the camera begins to fade away from ringside.)

(A graphic showing the various faces of members of the EAW Roster is shown, rapidly going through every person before finally stopping.)

(Blood, Milk, & Sky by White Zombie starts to play throughout the coliseum as the crowd stands to their feet and starts to cheer. Minerva comes out on the entranceway and looks around, almost overwhelmed by the reaction of the crowd, she is in her street clothes as the former Universal Women’s Champion makes her way to the ring.)

Bella Braxton: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME AT THIS TIME… HALL OF FAMER…. “THE BLACK ROSE” MINERVA!!!!

(The crowd erupts in cheers as she makes her way down the aisle, she slaps some hands, takes a couple of selfies with fans, but continues to make her way to the ring.)

Stew-O: There has been a lot of speculation this past week about Minerva, her streak at being undefeated at Pain For Pride came to an end at the hands of the woman we heard earlier to open the show Milli Banks. This has been a whirlwind of a past few months for this beautiful young woman, and now she is at a crossroad, we don’t know what she is going to say.

Gavin Kirkland: Well, not going to lie, if Minerva leaves, that is less bootie in the EAW, and we don’t want that. Besides, she is one of the most talented and dominant women on this roster, some call her the best, most argue she is the best, others will say she is one of the best, either way, no one wants to see her go.

Persephone: Speak for yourself. She is part of the reason Rex, and I are no longer a thing, but whatever. She needs to get over what happened at Pain For Pride and suck it up buttercup.

(Minerva makes it to the ring, she has a rose in hand, sliding into the apron, posing for a moment before crawling in, she points at the fans all around the coliseum. She then stands and is handed the mic by Bella Braxton as the two hug.)

Minerva: LA ISLA DEL ENCANTO…. WEPA PUERTO RICO!

(The crowd explodes at the attempt of Minerva speaking Spanish, but they love it either way.)

Minerva: This is an amazing island with amazing people. As I was about to come out here, Myles was in the back with me, and we were just talking about taking a very needed vacation here.

(The proud Puerto Rican fans once again cheer and clap as Minerva smiles.)

Minerva: Thank you, but that is not why I came out here to talk, and I think everyone knows that. So last week some rumors started that I was maybe thinking of leaving the EAW. At a young age, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. After my mother passed away, I became a very angry woman, dyed my hair black, got into the Romani occult, and was never going to fit into society. I remember my first match was January 24, 2017. It was a battle royal, and while I didn’t win it, I knew right there that this business was for me. For two years I wrestled in the independents, building my brand slowly, until the time came to arrive in EAW when CM Banks gave me a call much to my surprise. After that, I knew that this was home.

(There is a loud pop from the crowd.)

Crowd: EAW!!! EAW!!! EAW!!! EAW!!! EAW!!!

Minerva: Yes, and after that I started to mature in my own way. I was an outcast entering the EAW, and was shunned in the locker room because I looked different, but as I started to progress, I was able to find myself, who I really was and not some caricature of what Siobhan Sladislav was, now of course Siobhan Silvestri and damn proud of it.

(Minerva paces the ring for a second.)

Minerva: Minerva was always my alter ego, but two became one, that is how I needed to survive in the most competitive company of professional wrestling, and I didn’t know if I was good enough for the EAW, and yes I started off pretty good, hit some pitfalls and then met Constance Blevins and Unified the Tag Titles. It would only go up from there, and I felt like nothing was going to stop me, until I won the Iconic Cup and had the chance to become the Universal Women’s Champion.

(The crowd cheers again, Minerva smiles, but her mood is changing.)

Minerva: And then it all went uphill from there, yes I hit a few more pitfalls, struggled some after losing the title, but I never gave up. New Eden happened –

(There are boos raining down which Minerva laughs at.)

Minerva: Yeah, I know, we were jerks. But that taught me something and elevated my game even higher thanks to Drake King and Myles. From there everything became much clearer and after winning both the National Elite and the EAW World Championships I thought were the feather in my cap, but you never know when opportunities open, and suddenly here I am with another Iconic Cup and the opportunity to once again be the Universal Women’s Champion and have a second chance to make it right.

(She pauses for a second.)

Minerva: Many never get that second chance, but I did, and I was able to attain that title and get to headline Pain For Pride for the third time in six chances. But that is the thing, I had something no one else did, an undefeated streak at the Showcase of the Immortals, I held the record, and this was my chance to do it again…. And I failed.

Lowering her head, the fans rally behind her.)

Crowd: MINERVA!!!! MINERVA!!! MINERVA!!!!

Minerva: Thank you. These last few months have been crazy, I was able to get married to Myles, I was inducted into the Hall of Fame which is the biggest honor that anyone could ever have, I mean, that is immortalization. Finally… I was able to wrestle ONE more time in front of millions at Pain For Pride. So, what is next for Minerva?

(The crowd goes silent.)

Minerva: I am only 26 years old. I have been doing this since the age of 18. I wasn’t even old enough to drink when I started in the EAW. I’m young, still have my whole life ahead of me, and if I want to do other things, now is the time to start. Wrestling has been good to me, I found my husband, I was a part of something great, I was able to help build the Women’s Division into what it is today, and I have no doubt that Milli Banks will not only be a fine champion, but she is going to lead the Division in the right direction heading into Season 18 on Showdown no less.

(Minerva pauses for a second.)

Minerva: Where does that leave me though? My streak is over, I have no championship, I have made it into the Hall of Fame! In all of that though, since the age of 18 it has been nonstop. I have been an iron woman in the EAW. I would get my face bashed in and the following week, I am there ready to compete. I have had electrical burns, and I was there the following week ready to fight. I had my skull bashed in with a crowbar, and I came to work the next week. I have never taken a break; I have never taken a vacation. My body is beat up and I still come to this because I love it!

(The crowd erupts in cheers.)

Minerva: But I am only human.

(And the cheers quickly dissipate.)

Minerva: I’m tired. Every day I get out of bed with a smile on my face because I have the greatest job in the world, but what my mind says, my body doesn’t always agree. I cannot shake the rollercoaster of emotions that I went through these past few months, from the marriage, the induction and then Pain For Pride. When I walked up that ramp after my title loss, maybe it was time that I took that break.

Crowd: NO!!! NO!!! NO!! NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!

Minerva: I appreciate that, I really do. And I want to say that I am so damn proud of what my husband did at Pain For Pride, I want to thank the entire EAW Universe and the wrestlers in the back whether you love or hate me, and I know most do hate me, but that is alright, I wouldn’t be doing it right if they didn’t. But most importantly I want to thank all of you out here and those watching at home.

(The Crowd starts to boo as Minerva gets emotional.)

Minerva: And with that, all I have is one thing left to say…

(She takes a deep breath and looks up at the camera.)

Minerva: I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

(The crow erupts in cheers.)

Minerva: I still have plenty to do in the EAW and have a bucket list full of things! I want to be a World Champion again and I will be! I want to Main Event Pain For Pride one more time and I will do that! OnlyONE woman has won the Grand Rampage and I beat her for the Universal Women’s Championship..

(Her eyes flare up)

Minerva: I WILL BE THE SECOND TO WIN THE GRAND RAMPAGE! Because the best is yet to come in Season 18 and every season thereafter, no matter how long it takes. WHEN MY HEAVEN BECOMES YOUR HELL!

(Minerva drops the mic as “Blood, Milk, & Sky” plays throughout the Coliseum, the fans erupts in cheers as Minerva screams at the fans pointing at herself and then the ring. )

Stew-O: SHE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE AND THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THE COMPLEXION OF THE DRAFT COMING UP IN THE NEXT SET OF ROUNDS! I AM SURE EVERY BRAND WAS WAITING ON HER ANSWER AND WE GOT IT! MINERVA HAS A LOT LEFT TO DO AND SHE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

Gavin Kirkland: Did you hear what she said!? Talk about determination and hopping right back on the saddle for another run! She is young, determined and has so many more years ahead! We are about to see the best of Minerva and the fans here are excited, so am I, we keep the bootie!

Persephone: You are so stupid Gavin, but whatever. Minerva stays, yippee, I am so glad for everyone else, just do me a favor Voltage… don’t draft her!

(Minerva gets out of the ring and walks toward the back interacting with the fans as it fades into an ad for Midsummer Massacre, Reckless Wiring and Blood Sport.)

( The camera focuses on Bella Braxton standing in the ring, firmly holding a microphone. )

Bella Braxton: Ladies and Gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!

( ‘Pride and Arrogance’ by Takeru Kanazaki hits the speakers and the arena immediately erupts into boos as Drake Armstrong emerges from the back with a less than pleasant expression on his face, the results of Pain For Pride leaving a sour taste in his mouth. He brushes the crowd off, focused entirely on the ring as he makes his way down the ramp. )

Bella Braxton: Introducing first, from Scarsdale, New York, weighing in at 245 pounds… He is “THE FUTURE” DRAAKKKKEEEEE! AARRRMMMSSTTTRROOONNNGGGG!

Stew-O: Pain For Pride was supposed to be the “great” culmination of the initial dominance of the Armstrong Dynasty here in EAW, but instead, it was Drake Armstrong who was left without his Interwire Championship– or even his pride after he was defeated by Hans Grayson. Tonight may be marked a significant moment in Drake’s career as for the first time we see how “The Future” responds to huge adversity.

Gavin Kirkland: You’re worried about adversity? Has the names Drake Armstrong beaten not been enough for you? It was a huge setback at Pain For Pride but he has that nickname for a reason. Drake is not going to crumble under any means. If anything, he may get stronger! Wait a minute…

( Confusion ensues at commentary as Drake is about to enter the ring, until out of the corner of his eye he sees a jeering fan trying their all to get his attention. He turns to the fan and looks up to the sign they’re holding, which reads “WHERES UR TITLE DRAKE?” He clenches his fists, absolutely incensed until the referee has to calm him down and get him back in the ring.)

Persephone: What??? Do you know how disrespectful that is coming from a fan? I would’ve slapped the hell out of her!

( While Drake is still infuriated in the ring, the lights cut to black. ‘The World is Gonna End Tonight’ by Dan Rome & Peter Harper plays as Solomon Stane emerges from the back, the battle scars from last week visible on his face as he slowly walks down to the ring. He drops to a knee, bringing his head to his hands. He prays, whilst his wife Trixie emerges from the shadows behind him. She places a hand on his shoulder and Solomon rises up, marching towards the ring. He slides in and stares daggers at Drake, before standing to the center and posing, unleashing a wild warcry. )

Bella Braxton His opponent, accompanied by Trixie, from The City of Sin, weighing in at 266 pounds… “THE DELIVERER” SOOLLLLOOOOMOOONNNN STTAAANNNNNEEEEEEE!

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon Stane may have been buried alive by Caroline last week, but I’ve never seen him more threatening. It seems like he came out of that grave with more of a vengeance to burn down everyone in his way and *this* is where I start to worry for Drake a bit… This is going to be a tough man for both men, but what can you do to a man that’s already fought death?!

Persephone: That’s a lot of words for “he lost”. With that said, if Drake approaches this match like he would with an ordinary C+ Dynasty wrestler, he won’t stand a chance.

Stew-O: You’re not even on Showdown? Why are you throwing shots at Dynasty? I do agree that there is a different vibe about Solomon Stane. One that everyone’s going to have to look out for regardless of result tonight, but Solomon is clearly hellbent on leaving with the win tonight after the rough last couple of weeks he’s had.

( DING DING DING! )

Gavin Kirkland: The bell rings and… neither man moves? Drake stares at Solomon, extremely cautious. Solomon remains stone-faced, though. He wants Drake to make the first move, but clearly Drake is smarter than that.

Persephone: Well someone’s going to have to strike first! What are they waiting on?

Stew-O: Drake paces around back and forth. He gets agitated at this game and he marches right up to Solomon and MUSHES him in the face! Solomon staggers, caught off guard by that! Drake raises his fiss up, and Solomon breaks through his guard with a nasty right straight to the nose! Drake stumbles, holding at his nose. Solomon follows up with a hook to the ribs!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake winces out in pain and Solomon grabs him and throws him into the turnbuckle! He charges into a corner splash but Drake raises the boots up! Solomon stumbles, checking his lip for blood. He rears his head back to Drake, who cracks him with an elbow! Solomon staggers again, and Drake throws another elbow!

Persephone: Solomon looks like he wants to kill Drake for that pathetic rendition of an elbow strike! He leans Drake’s back and meets him with one of his own and DRAKE FALLS RIGHT ONTO HIS ASS!

Stew-O: He scrambles up but Solomon takes the hair and throws him to the ropes! Drake comes barreling off in shock, yelling out but Solomon drops him with the big boot! Drake forces himself up but at what cost because he’s sent staggering back with a throat thrust!

Persephone: If I’m Drake, I’m calling Charles to come pick me up.

Stew-O: That’s assuming he’s even in the physical condition to do so! Solomon scoops Drake up and sends him across the ring with a huge exploder suplex! Drake writhes, as the pain soars throughout his back. Solomon rises and pulls Drake up for another, but Drake elbows the back of his head!

Gavin Kirkland: Desperation’s already kicked in as Drake continues to do it and do it! Solomon has no choice but to let go, and Drake kicks him in the ribs. Drake hits off the ropes, and then bypasses Solomon to get more momentum going off the ropes again, right into a CHOP BLOCK! Solomon stumbles, holding his knee!

Persephone: Well that’s what you have to do! Chop the tree down! Solomon tries to rise and now Drake dropkicks the back of his leg out! Keep going! Rip his leg off!

Stew-O: If Drake could, he sure would… He takes Solomon’s legs and tries for a kneebar, but the big man shoves him back with ease!.Drake stumbles up and Solomon scoops him up for a samoan drop– no! Drake lands behind and leaps onto his back! He tries to apply a sleeper!

Gavin Kirkland: It’s not going very well, though! He’s got him in a backpack position but he can’t get his hand under Solomon’s chin! Great defense from Solomon, who charges backwards and SLAMS DRAKE INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Drake releases the grip, falling against the corner in pain.

Stew-O: Solomon stumbles out, but his back is turned to Drake and he capitalizes by leaping into ANOTHER chop block! Solomon goes down like a ton of bricks this time, falling right onto his back!

Persephone: The screams of agony from Solomon while he grabs at his knee sounds like the sound of victory for Drake, as he rolls him over and applies an ankle lock! Still persistent!

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon is definitely gritting his teeth, trying his hardest to withstand the pressure of Drake. I don’t think this is what he expected, but Drake is tapping into his phenomenal submission game to try and tap Solomon out here!

Stew-O: The ankle lock is in deep! Solomon is struggling, trying to get out out of it! Drake keeps pressing down on the leg, and now that Solomon isn’t moving much… He tries to drop down and grapev– Solomon rolls onto his back and throws a nasty upkick to the back of the ear!

Persephone: Drake lets go and falls onto the bottom rope! Did he just knock him out that easily???

Stew-O: You certainly don’t want to get hit behind the ear, and that’s exactly why! Drake is seeing stars right now, but Solomon can’t capitalize because he’s slowly rising to his feet and holding at that leg, limping. He reaches down to grab Drake– WAIT!

Gavin Kirkland: DRAKE COMES BACK TO LIFE AND HE TAKES SOLOMON BY HIS LONG HAIR AND YANKS FORWARD, SENDING HIM FLYING IN BETWEEN THE MIDDLE AND BOTTOM ROPES AND STRAIGHT TO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR!

Persephone: The thudding noise of Solomon’s body hitting the ground was nastier than Trixie’s hollering at ringside! Someone tell that woman to shut up!

Stew-O: And speaking of, Drake rolls out to see Trixie checking on her husband and gets in the way. He shoos her away with an arrogant smirk, then turns to pull Solomon up. He takes him by the hair and tights and throws him STRAIGHT INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon is taking a serious beating here! Drake holds onto Solomon and wraps his arm around the back of his head. He folds Solomon’s leg up and uses all of his strength to muster him up– OH MY GOD! ‘BY THE BOOTSTRAPS!’ SHIN-BREAKER ON THE TOP STEPS! Solomon crumbles to the ground, yelling out in pain!

Stew-O: Drake dusts his hands off, then pulls Solomon up and throws him in! He slides in behind him and takes the leg, twirling over into the SPINNING TOE HOLD! That’s a classic submission right there! And he’s got it in! Drake keeps cranking back on the leg, and Solomon yells out, struggling to withstand the pain.

Persephone: It would be both humiliating and hilarious to see the match end here! But Solomon refuses to give up, even though Drake is literally putting his ass into this fucking submission!

Gavin Kirkland: Joke around all you want, but Drake Armstrong’s dedication to being a student of the game is unprecedented! Look at how he is picking Solomon apart with this spinning toe hold, and Solomon refuses to give up! Now Drake wants to make him punish and he transitions from the spinning toe hold and slowly turns to drop back… INTO A FIGURE FO–

Stew-O: Just as Drake goes to sit down, Solomon sits up and CHOKES HIM! Drake struggles, trying to regain his ability to breathe! He lets go of Solomon’s legs and Solomon works himself up to a kneel while being choked! Drake claws at Solomon’s hands with all of his might, but Solomon is clearly the stronger man here!

Gavin Kirkland: HE SCOOPS DRAKE UP IN THE AIR! ‘TRIUMPH OF TRUTH’ INCOMIN– DRAKE KICKS THAT KNEE OUT! Solomon lets go as he falls to a kneel, not even able to stand. Drake takes the head to slam him into the mat with a DDT, but Solomon clamps his hands around Drake’s waist at the last second! He deadlifts him up, whilst standing as well… AND SLAMS DRAKE INTO THE CANVAS WITH A SPINEBUSTER!

Stew-O: Solomon’s knee goes into the canvas with Drake’s body! He holds his knee, crying out in agonizing pain but Drake is laid out! Solomon crawls over to get us to our first pin of the match after all of this time! He hooks the leg!

Referee: OOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!

Persephone: Drake kicks out! Everyone saw that coming, it took him eons to get that pinfall!

Stew-O: With that kick out, Drake shows some signs of life as he tries to rise… But Solomon grabs a handful of his hair and uses him to stand! Drake is stunned with a huge right hand to the jaw! And then a left hand to the jaw! Drake is on wobbly legs, trying to stand tall…

Gavin Kirkland: But Solomon fights off the pain in his knee, bouncing off the ropes into a WESTERN LARIAT! Drake is somehow still up, but he can barely stand on his own two feet! Solomon limps forward, bouncing off the ropes behind Drake into a NORTHERN LARIAT!

Persephone: Jesus christ! He nearly took his head off with that! But Solomon doesn’t go for the pin! What else could be on his mind???

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon pulls Drake up, choking him. He then proceeds to lift him in gorilla press position, hobbling on essentially one leg as he tosses Drake up in the air and CATCHES HIM WITH A POWERSLAM! BEAUTIFUL EXECUTION!

Stew-O: You’d think that he wouldn’t get all of it with the bad knee but he certainly did! Drake Armstrong is once again not moving as Solomon crawls over, hooking the legs for the cover.

Referee: OOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TTTTTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Gavin Kirkland: But great resilience by Drake as he kicks out! Solomon slaps the mat, clearly disappointed. Drake rolls away, using the ropes to try and rise. Solomon slowly approaches Drake with a limp and Drake kicks the knee again! Solomon staggers and Drake chops him! Then punches him!

Stew-O: He’s trying to use everything in his arsenal! Another chop! He takes Solomon’s head and stuns him with forearms! Kicks out that knee again! He leans the head down and starts throwing hammerfists to the back of the head! Solomon covers up, those actually got him!

Persephone: He’s got the big man running aw– NOPE! SOLOMON PUNCHES THE SHIT OUT OF DRAKE AND HE NEARLY FALLS OUT OF THE RING!

Stew-O: Drake’s body hangs on top of the middle rope! Solomon takes his wrist and yanks him out, lifting him up into a fireman’s carry, but all 245 pounds weighs down on him as Drake is complete deadweight, and the knee gives out! Drake comes back to life as he barely lands on his feet after being dropped by Solomon.

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon tries his absolute hardest to will himself back up, but Drake forces him up and takes the arm into a hammerlock. He leaps up, slamming Solomon down with a hammerlock backstabber! Solomon holds at his shoulder and now Drake is going for the arms! What a strategy here!

Stew-O: As Drake rises, Solomon is still clutching at that shoulder. Drake wobbles over to him and he points down. Solomon looks up, familiar with Drake’s game now as he TRIES for a big stomp on that shoulder, but he moves out of the way just in time! He stomps down with full force on the mat for nothing and may have just tweaked his knee there!

Persephone: Genius level offense from Drake Armstrong right there!

Gavin Kirkland: He staggers over to the corner, holding his knee in pain. Solomon stumbles out and slowly approaches him– Drake turns and KICKS THE KNEE OUT! He was playing possum!

Persephone: See! I was right! Anyways, Drake takes Solomon by the arm and throws him shoulder-first into the ring post! Solomon stumbles backwards, grabbing the shoulder in pain… And Drake pulls him down with a schoolboy rollup?!?!

Gavin Kirkland: Interesting capitalization of the bad arm, but the referee slides right down for the count!

Referee: OOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEE!

Referee: TTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Stew-O: Solomon kicks out but as he rises, he’s holding the shoulder! The rollup was to simply press Solomon’s shoulders to the mat and apply pressure, forcing him to use them to get free! What an IQ from Drake as he now takes the wrist of Solomon and applies an arm wringer.

Gavin Kirkland: He raises his arm up and SLAMS it into his shoulder blade! Solomon wheezes out in pain and Drake raises it up again– but Solomon breaks free and applies a bulldog choke with that arm! Drake’s eyes nearly bulge out of his head because Solomon surprisingly got it in tight!

Persephone: That’s poetry in motion! He looks like he’s about to die off of a submission!

Stew-O: Way to narrow it down, but genuinely, Drake is fighting for his life here! Solomon cranks back with all of his might, but Drake drops down and snapmares him over! Solomon stumbles up and Drake slowly approaches him– SPINNING BACK FIST!

Gavin Kirkland: He goes right down! Solomon quickly pulls Drake up, wasting no time. He chokes him with his one hand! He then hoists him up with one hand– INTO THE ‘TRIUMPH OF TRUTH!’ SIT-OUT CHOKESLAM CONNECTS! THE BACK OF DRAKE’S HEAD BOUNCES OFF THE CANVAS! AND HE HOOKS THE LEGS FOR THE COVER!

Referee: OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR–

Persephone: The ‘truth’ is that the referee may be paid off because Drake Armstrong kicks off! Sorry Solomon, you’re going to need a lot more than that to get the win!

Stew-O: Solomon slaps the mat! He caught Drake off guard right there, but the element of surprise was not enough to strengthen the chances of that deadly chokeslam ending this match! Drake is wheezing out, staring at the ceiling while Solomon is trying to battle through a bum knee and shoulder…

Gavin Kirkland: Drake rolls over, trying to get up. Solomon stalks him up and pulls him to his feet by the waistband. He takes the waist and tries to lift him up, but Drake spots the top rope and holds onto it for dear life! Drake shakes his head, refusing to let go!

Referee: HE’S ON THE ROPES! LET GO, OR ELSE I’M GONNA COUNT TO FIVE!

Stew-O: The referee has given the warning, but Solomon insists on trying to muscle Drake out of this! Drake refuses to let go of the rope, Solomon refuses to let go of Drake! The tug of war continues as the referee begins his count to–

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon FINALLY yanks Drake off the ropes, but the velocity is too much as he stumbles with Drake in his grasps, and Drake spins out and uses that momentum to his advantage as he hits a SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! It didn’t have the lifting beforehand but it was sure effective!

Persephone: Effective? Yes. Pretty? No. He barely got any air time on that. Solomon is hardly moving and this appears to be an opportunity for Drake to take over…

Stew-O: Drake rolls Solomon to his side and takes that worked shoulder. He starts to twist it, bending it upwards so his elbow is at a 90 degree angle, and then he takes the fingers and begins to bend them back as well! Solomon yells out, gritting his teeth. He plants the hand down and rises, JUMPING INTO A STOMP TO THE UPWARDS ELBOW!

Gavin Kirkland: He could’ve broke his arm right there! And whilst Solomon rolls to the apron, clutching his arm in pain, Drake does not care! He’s gloating about it in the ring! Solomon takes the ropes, desperately trying to pull himself up while he shakes out his arm…

Stew-O: Drake nods, hitting off the ropes as he charges into KNOCK SOLOMON– PULLS THE ROPES OVER! Drake lands onto the apron, barely! He struggles up and Solomon scoops him onto his shoulders, no wasted motion!

Gavin Kirkland: DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE APRON! HE GOT HIM! DRAKE’S BACK CRASHES DIRECTLY ONTO THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING! SOLOMON GOES DOWN CLUTCHING AT THE SHOULDER AND KNEE, BUT DRAKE WILL BE FEELING THIS PAIN FOR WEEKS!

Persephone: IS HE DEAD??? IS HE DEAD???

Stew-O: Which one are you even talking about-

Persephone: Does it even matter?!

Gavin Kirkland: …What a match this has been! Both men are throwing their absolute all right now, and Drake is showing no signs of life. Solomon drops to the floor, but uses the apron skirt to rise. He pulls Drake up and throws him into the ring. He slides in behind him, dead set on ending it here.

Stew-O: Drake tries to use the ropes to rise up, but he flops onto his side. He doesn’t even want to roll onto his back, that’s how much that move just hurt. Solomon yanks Drake up and holds him into a front facelock! Oh no! Solomon lifts Drake vertically…

Gavin Kirkland: And Drake hardly provides any fight! He’s spent! Solomon tosses him out into gourdbuster position– ‘ODIN’S EYE’ CONNECTS! DRAKE IS KNOCKED OUT COLD! BUT SOLOMON GOES DOWN, HOLDING THAT KNEE! DRAKE IS DONE FOR, THOUGH!

Persephone: What’s with that overreliance to use the bad knee?! All it’s doing is screwing him over!

Stew-O: He’s looking for the win by any means necessary! Drake is down and out and Solomon crawls over, slowly hooking the legs for the cover. He nods, as the referee slides for the count!

Referee: OOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE–

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Gavin Kirkland: DRAKE GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! SOLOMON WAS TOO WORRIED ABOUT THE KNEE THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN SEE DRAKE SCOOTING IN POSITION! He slaps the mat, frustrated. Drake rolls for safety, holding his jaw in immense pain.

Stew-O: Solomon limps up and drags Drake to his feet, but Drake finds it in him to stun him with a jawbreaker! Solomon staggers, unable to stand up on his own two feet now. Drake senses weakness and takes the legs, DRAGONSCREW LEGWHIP!

Persephone: Goodness! I thought his leg just snapped off the mat! Drake ties the legs up, I think he wants to go for a cloverleaf of some sorts–

Gavin Kirkland: Now Solomon is the one who gets desperate! He continues to edge up all he can, and pulls Drake in for a nasty headbutt! Drake releases the legs and stumbles away. Solomon uses the ropes to rise and Drake charges in– Solomon holds onto the ropes and leaps into an enzuigiri!

Stew-O: That definitely hurt for both men! Solomon needed rope assistance just to do it! Drake is somehow still standing so now he’s going for broke! He bounces off the corner, SPINNING WHEEL KICK! HOLDS THE LEG RIGHT AFTER! BUT DRAKE IS HURT AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS!

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon punches the mat, pissed off that he’s still showing weakness. He drags Drake up and uses him to rise like earlier. He elbows Drake! Then he punches him in the throat! Drake is barely standing and now Solomon turns around, CHOP BLOCK FROM DRAKE! He staggers to the ropes, holding his knee out in pain! Drake slowly rises up and takes the waist, trying an O’Connor Roll!

Persephone: Solomon is just too fucking big to be dragging down like that! He holds onto the ropes and Drake rolls backwards! He limps and turns back to Drake– REPEATED CALF KICKS FROM DRAKE! SOLOMON YELPS OUT IN PAIN!

Stew-O: Drake swings a kick to the knee, but Solomon reaches down and catches the ankle! Drake hobbles on one leg, begging off! Solomon flips him– Drake shows extreme athleticism by landing to his feet and DROPPING SOLOMON WITH A VICIOUS LARIAT! SWEAT NEARLY GOES FLYING INTO THE FRONT ROW! DRAKE PUT EVERYTHING INTO THAT LARIAT!

Gavin Kirkland: Solomon rolls over, gasping for air. Drake finds it in himself to get back up. He drags him up to his feet and wraps the arm around the back of the head. He folds the knee up and hoists him up in the air– ‘BY THE BOOTSTRAPS’, AGAIN!! NASTY SHIN-BREAKER! SOLOMON GOES DOWN, IN A STATE OF SHOCK AT THE PAIN HIS LEG IS GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW!

Stew-O: And whilst he’s down, Drake staggers up! He leans over, getting in Solomon’s face! Solomon is still grabbing the leg.. I don’t even think he can register what Drake is saying right now.

Drake Armstrong: (off-mic) I’m gonna give you ONE chance, Solomon… You allow me to show mercy! END THE MATCH NOW, OR I WILL TEAR YOUR LEG OFF!

Persephone: Well he’s certainly been hellbent on it! Drake drops down for the cover and he HOOKS THE BAD LEG!

Referee: OOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE–

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Stew-O: NO! SOLOMON REFUSES TO GO DOWN! AND DRAKE IS PISSED! HE STARES DOWN AT SOLOMON AND GRABS THAT BAD LEG– UP KICK FROM SOLOMON! ANOTHER UP KICK! HE SPINS INTO A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD– ON HIS BACK?!?!? I’VE NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE!

Gavin Kirkland: Neither has Drake, because he falls right onto his ass! It’s the shots you don’t see coming! Solomon shows urgency with the bad leg and limps to the ropes. He bounces off– SSLIIDDIING LARRIAATTTT! DRAKE GOES DOWN! Solomon rolls over, desperate! He needs to capitalize now!

Persephone: Drake’s not moving! He sure has all the time in the world! Solomon picks him up and scoops him onto his shoulder for a powerslam–

Stew-O: Somehow, Drake slips off and shoves Solomon to the turnbuckles! Chop block! Solomon would go down but the turnbuckle is holding him up! Drake takes advantage of that and he slowly lifts Solomon up on the turnbuckle, and yanks him down in a tree of woe! We all know what comes next!

Persephone: Wait! I don’t!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake clutches the wrists of Solomon, AND HE UNLEASHES THE ‘DRAKENOMICS!’ REPEATED KICKS TO THE CHEST! AND NOW THE REFEREE HAS TO INTERVENE!

Referee: ONE!

( Drake ignores the count, continuing to kick the hell out of Solomon who has no choice but to wail out in pain. )

Referee: TWO!

( Despite Trixie’s appeals at ringside, the referee is simply enforcing the count because that’s pretty much all he can do in this situation. )

Referee: THREE!

( Drake goes full force, doing all he can to punish and hurt Solomon to the fullest. )

Referee: FOUR!

( Solomon is out of it, whilst Drake continues going… And stops with a BIG STOMP TO THE HEAD! Solomon’s legs are freed from the top rope and he falls backwards onto his face, out of it. )

Stew-O: I’d be surprised if that’s not just the end of the match… Drake typically uses that as a setup for other moves but Solomon’s taken so much punishment in this one that he could be out of it right here. Drake slowly rolls him to the center, aware of that and he hooks the legs.

Referee: OOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE–

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Persephone: FUCK! THAT BITCH AT RINGSIDE HAS GOTTEN LOUDER BECAUSE SOLOMON KICKS OUT! I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW EITHER!

Gavin Kirkland: Neither does Drake Armstrong! He’s looking at the referee and appealing that call, but the referee is insistent that it was a two count! Solomon is looking up at the lights, somehow still in this one. Drake pulls him up and grabs him in a half nelson, he reaches to get the other arm for the half chickenwing, but Solomon winds his arm back and elbows him! He does it again!

Stew-O: One more time and he spins out! BELL CLAP! Drake doesn’t know what hit him there! Solomon staggers backwards, SHOTGUN DROPKICK INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! THE BACK OF DRAKE’S HEAD BOUNCES OFF THE MIDDLE TURNBUCKLE! Drake holds his head, crawling out of the corner as he kneels up–

Gavin Kirkland: BAD IDEA! SOLOMON PATS HIS GOOD KNEE, BOUNCING OFF THE ROPES AS HE LEAPS INTO THE ‘MISERY’S END!’ ELBOW DROP TO THE BACK OF DRAKE’S HEAD! IT GETS SMASHED INTO THE CANVAS! DRAKE ARMSTRONG IS OUT OF IT!

Persephone: YES! END THIS! PLEASE! COVER HIM! HE DOES!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!

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Stew-O: DRAKE ARMSTRONG JOLTS A SHOULDER UP! Whether you like these men or not, their resilience is absolutely unmatched! This one continues on!

Gavin Kirkland: Well of course! We’re looking at two former champions! The former Interwire Champion and the rightful Answers World Champion! Both of them were born for this moment! Drake is still clutching at the back of the head, and Solomon slowly rises to his feet, staring down at him.

Solomon Stane: (off-mic) To hell with your mercy! You want to defeat me?! FIGHT ME LIKE A MAN AND BREAK ME, THEN!

Persephone: That’s not a sentence you hear everyday– but– it is clear that Solomon Stane is serious. Drake slowly edges his head up towards him and if that’s not indication to leave the ring and end this match, I don’t know what is.

Gavin Kirkland: Drake slowly pulls him up and Solomon cracks him with a punch! Drake nearly falls over but he meets him with a punch of his own! Solomon shakes his head, throwing another one! Drake nods, throwing another punch! Solomon cracks him with a punch! Drake bites back! And now these two are going back and forth, trading punches! It’s turned to an all out brawl!

Stew-O: I don’t know who’s getting the better! Now Solomon is turning up the heat! Drake sees this isn’t going well for him and takes the waist, running them out to the ropes and THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE! BOTH MEN CRASH TO THE FLOOR! THAT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN A NICE LANDING!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake Armstrong willing to sacrifice his own body in order to secure the victory! You don’t see that happening very often! Both men scramble up and Drake charges in, but Solomon is pissed! He scoops him up, aiming for t– DRAKE SLIPS OFF AND SHOVES HIM HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEEL POST! SOLOMON’S BELL JUST GOT RUNG!

Stew-O: AND LOOK OUT! LOOK OUT! DRAKE GRABS HIM FROM BEHIND! HOOKS THE ARM IN A HALF NELSON! GRABS THE OTHER ARM INTO A HALF CHICKENWING! ‘NATURAL TALENT’ ON THE OUTSIDE FLOOR! BEAUTIFUL SUPLEX, HE JUST DROPPED HIM ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!

Persephone: WELL! I GUESS DRAKE DID BREAK SOLOMON AFTER ALL! I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU GET UP FROM THAT!

Gavin Kirkland: He’s not moving! Drake sits up, holding his back in pain. He looks up to the referee counting in the ring, then looks over to Solomon outside. He is literally calculating in real time the better decision, to go for the three count or go for the countout victory! Drake scrambles up and hoists Solomon up, throwing him in the ring! Three seconds is better than ten seconds for him, and he scrambles inside the ring for the cover!

Stew-O: But will he get it is the actual question!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!

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Persephone: WELL DON’T GO AROUND JINXING THINGS! SOLOMON KICKS OUT! HOW?! I DON’T KNOW! DRAKE LOOKS LIKE HE COULD CRY– AND HONESTLY I COULD TOO!

Stew-O: The pain and desperation in Drake’s demeanor… It goes away as he sees Solomon rolling towards the turnbuckles. He grins, rising to his feet. Solomon uses the ropes and stumbles out of the corner. Drake nods his head, CHARGING IN FOR THE ‘HALBERD FROM HELL’ INTO THE TURNBUCK–

Gavin Kirkland: ‘SO SHALL IT BE’ THE DISCUS BIG BOO– DRAKE NARROWLY MISSES THE BOOT TO THE JAW BECAUSE HIS BODY HITS THE MAT FROM THE FAILED DROPKICK! THE PAIN IN SOLOMON’S KNEE MEANT HE WAS TOO SLOW AND MISTIMED IT!

Persephone: I DON’T THINK HE KNOWS HE DIDN’T CONNECT, AS SILLY AS IT SOUNDS! I THINK HE THINKS THAT HIS LEG IS NUMB TO THE PAIN AND HE STILL GOT DRAKE!

Stew-O: Surprisingly great observation, because Drake has gone from grimacing, holding the back to sprawling out on the canvas like he’s unconscious! Solomon is seated on the mat, trying to punch at the knee and regain some feeling. He scoots backwards, hooking the legs for the cover!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Referee: THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEE-

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Gavin Kirkland: DRAKE TRAPS THE ARMS OF SOLOMON! HE BRINGS HIM DOWN INTO A CRUCIFIX ROLLUP! THIS COULD BE IT RIGHT HERE! SOLOMON’S BEEN COMPLETELY CAUGHT OFF GUARD!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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Stew-O: OH MY GOD! THE LONG LEGS OF SOLOMON STANE! HE GETS HIS FOOT ON THE MIDDLE ROPE, EVEN IF INADVERTENTLY BECAUSE DRAKE PULLED HIM DOWN A LITTLE TOO HIGH! Drake looks in shock at his own mistakes! He’s more focused on the slip-up than the fact Solomon has already rolled away and begun recovering!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake kicks the middle rope as if that does anything! He turns back and Solomon chokes him! Drake scratches and claws at the hand, trying to get free! Solomon hooks the trunks and hoists him up! ‘TRIUMPH OF TRUTH!” THE BACK OF DRAKE’S HEAD BOUNCES OFF THE CANVAS! HE GOES TO IT AGAIN AND IT WORKS!

Persephone: But he doesn’t want the cover this time! Drake’s knocked out! Just take what you can get! There’s no harm in that! PLEASE!

Stew-O: Solomon knows that he needs to get the kill blow. He rolls Drake over and gutwrenches the waist, lifting him up in a canadian rack. HE’S CALLING FOR THE END NOW! ‘SANITY’S SAKE–’ DRAKE SLIPS OFF AND GRABS THAT LEG! HE TRIPS HIM ONTO HIS STOMACH, AND TRIES TO ROLL THROUGH, SOLOMON SOMEHOW ROLLS TO HIS BACK AND KICKS DRAKE OFF WITH ALL OF HIS MIGHT, AND DRAKE GOES FLYING OUT THE MIDDLE ROPE TO THE APRON!

Gavin Kirkland: That was almost danger! Drake holds onto the ropes for dear life! Solomon is limping up. Drake sees that Solomon is still hurt and climbs the top rope! Solomon turns and meets him with a roundhouse kick! Drake gets bonked up there, but Solomon falls down, holding the leg!

Persephone: What the hell?! They’re both hurt now! Neither can capitalize! Solomon is down and Drake’s about to fucking fall off the top rope to the floor!

Stew-O: Now that’d be a sight, but no! Drake is trying his best to shake it off and come back to life. Solomon rolls over, clutching the knee in pain. Drake shakes his head, slowly pulling himself up. He points to Solomon, soaring through the air with a double axehand– SOLOMON SIDE STEPS IT! DRAKE BARELY LANDS, STAGGERING FORWARD.

Gavin Kirkland: HE TURNS BACK– AND SOLOMON SPINS INTO THE ‘CALL OF THE VOID!’ DRAKE GOES DOWN! HE’S OUT OF IT! SOLOMON COVERS HIM!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Referee: TTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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Persephone: ANOTHER KICK OUT!!! HOW???? WHY???? WHY HASN’T GOD STRUCK DRAKE ARMSTRONG DOWN YET?!

Stew-O: Solomon does not show frustration anymore! We’re so deep into this match that he’s over it! He pulls Drake up by the chin and holds him there, nodding. Solomon backs up. HE SPINS! ‘SO IT SHALL BE!’ THE DISCUS BIG BOOT-

Gavin Kirkland: … DOES NOT CONNECT. SOLOMON’S KNEE GIVES OUT ON HIM DURING THE SPIN! HE STUMBLES, FALLING TO THE ROPES! DRAKE STAGGERS FORWARD, SEEING THIS! HE HITS THE ROPES AT LITERAL FULL SPEED! CHOP BLOCK! AND SOLOMON FALLS OUT OF THE RING!

Stew-O: Drake has already concocted a plan! He rolls out, stalking Solomon who is using the apron skirt to rise… He slowly turns to Drake– ‘HALBERD FROM HELL!’ AND SOLOMON GOES FLYING INTO THE STEEL STEPS! HE’S OUT OF IT! DRAKE KNOWS IT, TOO!

Gavin Kirkland: HE PULLS HIM UP AND THROWS HIM INTO THE RING! BUT DRAKE SLIDES IN, WHY ISN’T HE GOING FOR THE COVER?!?!

Persephone: GREAT QUESTION!

Stew-O: BECAUSE HE HOOKS THE LEG AND ROLLS OVER INTO THE ‘WILL KILLER!’ THE SINGLE LEG BOSTON CRAB IS IN AND DRAKE IS APPLYING IMMENSE PRESSURE TO THE BAD LEG! SOLOMON IS HARDLY CONSCIOUS AS IT IS! DRAKE YANKS BACK ON THE LEG!

Gavin Kirkland: SOLOMON’S YELPS OF PAIN ARE MUFFLED! I THINK HE’S BARELY CONSCIOUS IN THIS ONE! DRAKE KEEPS PULLING BACK ON THE LEG, AND THEN HE PLACES HIS KNEE ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK! HE IS USING ALL OF THIS HOLD TO HIS ADVANTAGE!

Persephone: I THINK HE’S GONNA POP THAT DAMN THING OFF! IF THE REFEREE CARED ABOUT WORKER SAFETY AND WELLBEING HE WOULD END THE MATCH!!! END THE MATCH, REF!

Gavin Kirkland: FOR ONCE I AGREE WITH PERSEPHONE! SOLOMON IS TOO STUBBORN TO TAP– DRAKE DELIVERS KNEES TO THE BACK OF HIS NECK! ANOTHER KNEE! ANOTHER ONE! AND HE PULLS BACK ON THE LEG!

Stew-O: SOLOMON HAS GONE LIMP! THE REFEREE CHECKS THE ARM AND SHAKES IT! HE RAISES IT UP AND DROPS IT–

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Gavin Kirkland: IT FALLS! SOLOMON IS NOT MOVING AND DRAKE IS JUST YELLING OUT IN JOY, PULLING ONTO HIS LEG LIKE HIS LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! THE REFEREE RAISES HIS ARM UP AND DROPS IT AGAIN–

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Persephone: REF! DO HIM A FAVOR AND END THIS ONE! LOOK AT SOLOMON! HE’S OUT COLD! BUT NO, THE REFEREE INSISTS ON RAISING HIS ARM ONE LAST TIME AND DROPPING IT…

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Stew-O: IT DROPS TO THE CANVAS! SOLOMON STANE IS KNOCKED OUT COLD AND THE REFEREE JUMPS TO GETTING DRAKE OFF OF HIM!

( DING DING DING! )

Bella Braxton: Here is your winner of this match, DRRRRRAKKKKKEEEEE ARRRRMMMMMSSTRROOONGGGG!!!!

( Boos immediately break out as Drake releases Solomon, falling back from exhaustion. He leans on the bottom rope, gasping for air while the referee tends to an unconscious Solomon Stane and Trixie immediately gets in the ring to check on him. Whilst ‘Pride and Arrogance’ blares throughout the speakers, you can hardly hear the song due to the disdain the crowd holds for Drake. He smirks at their anger and rolls out, waving off the referee trying to raise his arm up. He raises his arm up himself, clutching the back of his head. )

Gavin Kirkland: And Drake Armstrong gets it done tonight! Not just a huge momentum booster, but a much needed victory for Drake’s psyche because Solomon brought his A-game tonight, but Drake simply found a way to bring better! Genuinely impressive, I don’t know how he does it!

Stew-O: Neither do I, but I’ve never denied Drake’s talent. It’s all about how he carries himself tonight and without being one anymore, he still carried himself like a champion and picked Solomon Stane apart for the victory.

Persephone: What’s the over/under odds on Trixie successfully carrying Solomon Stane out of this building? There’s not a chance that he can use his legs right now.

( While the referee is focused on helping Solomon in the ring, the last shot of ringside is Drake Armstrong raising his arms up in celebration at the top of the stage, before turning and leaving to the back. )

(A graphic showing the various faces of members of the EAW Roster is shown, rapidly going through every person before finally stopping.)

(The Draft Show extravaganza returns to ringside and Bella Braxton is standing by. She beams at the camera, her resemblance to Jessica Smith almost uncanny, and then she raises up the microphone.)

Bella Braxton: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… PLEASE WELCOME AT THIS TIME… THE NEW EAW WORLD CHAMPION… ‘THE PROCESS’… JAKE SMITH!!!

(‘Stop Breathing (Burn In My Light Intro)’ by Midboi Carti begins to blast throughout the building and the sold-out crowd doesn’t even bother to hide their disgust. Jake Smith was never going to be the popular choice to dethrone an equally as unpopular champion in Charlie Marr, but that’s exactly what happened back at Pain for Pride. The two Hall of Famers went to war, all in the name of the EAW Championship, and somehow, some way, Jake was the man who walked away with it all.)

(As Jake emerged onto the stage, the arrogance seemingly oozed from every pore. He was dressed in a tailored, gold-colored custom suit made by Dolce & Gabanna, white silk dress shirt, and white patent leather shoes that were no doubt the result of some baby poor cow being slaughtered all for the greater good of fashion.)

(Jake Smith did not give a fuck about PETA.)

Persephone: I swear to Gawd. We lose one poster child for abortion in Drake King, who never had a lick of fashion sense to begin with, and now we get this absolute fucking discount version. Like who did I piss off in a former life to deserve this?

Gavin Kirkland: Seriously? Jake looks like a champion tonight! Not only did he beat Charlie, we found out at Pain for Pride that he somehow bagged that spooky bitch Caroline! This guy has IT! He is his HIM!

Stew-O: Jake Smith paying for Caroline’s Pain for Pride entrance because she bailed him out of prison for attempted murder certainly wasn’t the plot twist I was expecting in 2024, but nevertheless, Voltage has a new champion, Persephone, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Persephone: Fingers crossed that Methuselah sees what a bum this fuck is and decides it’s in the best interest of his company to fire this loser!

(Once Jake reached the ring, he took his sweet, precious time climbing up the steps. After all, he was the champion now and that meant he could do whatever the hell he wanted. Once he slipped between the ropes, he unstrapped the EAW Championship from around his waist and held it up in the air. He closed his eyes and soaked in the animosity of the crowd. After a few dramatic moments of this, Jake opened his eyes, cracked an arrogant smile, and climbed the ropes.)

(As he struck the ‘Legend Killer Pose’, the crowd collectively groaned.)

Persephone: I just threw up in my mouth.

(When Jake finally tired of posing, he got down and took his rightful place in the center of the ring. He pulled a gold microphone out of his suit jacket, and as his music faded away, the Californian cleared his throat.)

Jake Smith: THE CHAMP IS HERE! :blessed: :blessed: :blessed:

Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Jake Smith: I KNOW, RIGHT?! BEST. DAY. FOR. VOLTAGE. EVER! You’re welcome! Not only did I save the brand from another season of Charlie Marr mediocrity, my presence alone has brought Voltage to heights it has never seen before! I bring the drama! I bring the intrigue! You never know what you’re getting when the ‘Jake Smith Show’ comes rolling into town, but you know that it is going to be NOTHING short of ABSOLUTE BRILLIANCE! Forget that ginger cunt, Myles. I am THE PEAK!

Jake Smith: I AM THE SHOWSTOPPER! I AM THE MAIN EVENTER! I AM THE GREATEST THING IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING TODAY AND ALL OF YOU SHOULD GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND KISS MY FEET!!!

Jake Smith: Scratch that…. Scratch that. I don’t know where your disgusting lips have been and these shoes were well over $6,000. Pocket change for a champ like me, but a year’s salary for the majority of you. This country isn’t exactly known for its wealth or anything.

Gavin Kirkland: (whispering) He knows Puerto Rico isn’t a country, right?

Persephone: Someone fucking kill me, please.

(Needless to say, the crowd was not impressed with Jake. In fact, fans in the first few rows had started to throw trash in the ring. When a bottle of beer landed at Jake’s feet and splattered on his brand new shoes, he sighed.)

Jake Smith: Poverty breeds a severe lack of decorum, but like a true champion, I shall not hold this against you all! I came down to this ring tonight for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to give all of you the chance to see what a real champion is supposed to look like! Go ahead and soak up the greatness! I am ‘The Messiah’! I am ‘Gawd’s Greatest Gift’! I am ‘The Black Rose’! I am the ‘Next Level’! In fact, I dare say that I am the new ‘Ace’ of Elite Answers Wrestling since that other tool is gone, and this place has never been in greater hands than those of yours truly!

Jake Smith: I know that Bloodsport is coming up and that Voltage is going to have a host of people lining up and taking their shot, but guess what? This title isn’t going anywhere, any time soon, and maybe not ever again! I am the ‘Justice Seeker’! Any and all challengers will fall at my feet including gAwD himself should he find himself brave enough to come around me!

Persephone: This absolute fucking idiot must have suffered a concussion during his match with Charlie…

Gavin Kirkland: It was him coining himself ‘The Black Rose’ that did it for me…

Stew-O: At least we don’t have to deal with this on Dynasty this season :mjlol:.

(Jake, who had continued to talk while commentary expressed their disdain, turned to one of the cameras and winked.)

Jake Smith: You shouldn’t have let me win another world championship. :umad:

(At least the crowd could agree with the delulu champ on that.)

(Jake took a moment to look at the title on his shoulder, before he gripped the microphone and continued speaking.)

Jake Smith: I may be a lot of things, but one thing I plan to be is a fighting champion. I sold my soul to Satan in order to get another chance to carry a world title, and I’m not going to let that be in vain. I’m not exactly proud of how my Answers World Championship reign went, and even more disappointed in how it ended. Adam Lucas is a fucking joke, and he made a mockery out of me and everything I held near and dear. In fact, I can stand here and list every single person who’s ever laughed at me and who’s had the audacity to shit on my accomplishments. No one wants to ever admit that I have always been one of the quintessential workhorses of this place. They want to applaud idiots like Drake King and Minerva for always spamming their philosophical bullshit, and they want to bow down to likes of Kassidy Heart and Myles for just being angry, over-the-top arrogant bozos who aren’t afraid to eXpReSs ThEmSelVeS. Everyone wants to point out how passionate boring fucks like Adam Lucas and Rex McAllister are, and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. No one ever wants to talk about me and what I bring to the table!

Jake Smith: I’m sick of the same people getting flowers thrown at their feet when I should have been given the whole bouquet!

Jake Smith: Anything but sunflowers, though. I’m allergic.

Jake Smith: The point is, this is a season of change, and more importantly of growth. Not for me, of course, because I’m perfect, but for all of you, and for anyone who lands on Voltage. I WILL get the respect I deserve, and this championship will finally have someone worth a damn holding it. I’m not heading into Season 18 to play games, unless they’re with a certain demon who introduced me to the darkness :troll~2:, I am going into it looking to prove a point.

Jake Smith: There’s a reason I was given this Hall of Fame ring and it’s because I have worked my ass off in order to get it. I’m tired of the disrespect. I’m tired of the shitty attitudes people greet me with. I am tired of people looking at everyone else but me and talking about greatness. I’M THE GREATEST! I work the hardest! I’m the best thing that has ever happened to Elite Answers Wrestling and there’s nothing anyone can say that will ever change my mind about that. We’re ushering in a new era this season, and all those people that you guys just love to suck up too are going to fall by the wayside because I’m going to make sure that MY name is the ONLY NAME worth talking about.

(With that, Jake actually took a bow. He was certainly pleased with himself and what he had to say. He had come to the ring tonight in order to establish himself as the face of Voltage, and that’s exactly what he did.)

(His theme music started to play once again, and unfortunately for everyone in attendance, Jake struck the pose one more time.)

Stew-O: Well, that was an interesting speech to say the least and perhaps yet another side of Jake Smith we haven’t really gotten to see yet. If I had to wager, I think Voltage is in for a hell of a ride with this guy as champion.

Gavin Kirkland: I would have to agree. Jake said he was looking to prove a point, and I’m sure he will do it by any means necessary.

Persephone: He should have been left to rot in jail. I hate it here.

(As the commentary team bantered, Jake continued to showboat inside the ring. The camera captured a final shot of the crowd booing the hell out of Jake, before focusing on him, and then finally fading out.)

(The camera cuts to Bella Braxton in the ring.)

Bella Braxton: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!

Crowd: UNA CAIDA!

(“I Rise” by Cory Marks hits to cheers from the crowd.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first from Stillwater, Oklahoma… Weighing in at 212 pounds, he is Mr. Cash in the Vault… DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAVAN DUUUUUUUUUUUKEEEEEEEEE!!!

(Donovan Duke comes out to a loud pop from the crowd as he swings his briefcase around wildly. Donovan has a smile on his face after winning the Cash in the Vault ladder match, but before long he puts a focused look on his face, preparing himself for the upcoming match. He begins heading down the ramp, making his way to the ring.)

Gavin Kirkland: At Pain for Pride Donovan Duke shocked the world by winning that Cash in the Vault briefcase. He proved all of the haters, doubters, and losers wrong by showing that he is the future of this business.

Stew-O: Only potentially Gavin. It is very possible he fails the cash in. And then it would be all for nothing!

Persephone: That would be funny and I hope it happens!

(‘GOSSIP by Maneskin hits to boos from the crowd.)

Bella Braxton: And his opponent from Chandler, Arizona… Weighing in at 110 pounds, she is “THE PARIAH” ARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LESSTRRRAAAAADDDEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Aria makes her way out, and she’s not pleased after losing the Cash in the Vault ladder match. She doesn’t pay attention to the boos coming from the crowd, instead staring at Donovan Duke. Before long she begins walking down the ramp, heading to the ring as the fans in attendance continue to boo.)

Gavin Kirkland: ARIA is clearly taking the loss at Pain for Pride hard. We are definitely seeing a different side of ARIA tonight. I guess she is going by the name Aria Lestrade now her real name.

Persephone: This bitch is psycho. I never liked her.

Stew-O: I used to like ARIA but there is something different about her. I am scared of what this could mean and hopefully she will go back to being the friendly person from the Ice Aces that we all knew and loved.

Persephone: Did you know that the Ice Aces have been disbanded for months? I thought they were still together.

Gavin Kirkland: :wtf:

(DING! DING! DING!)

Gavin Kirkland: We are underway now as Donovan Duke & Aria Lestrade are squaring off intensely. Donovan looking to prove that he can do more than just win a briefcase in a Ladder Match but one on one against Aria he is indeed the better competitor and deserving of a future championship when he finally cashes in! Donovan with the motivation as he immediately charges in at Aria as soon as the bell rings! This catches Aria off guard as Donovan lays into her with repeated strikes battering her backwards into the corner! Punch! Punch! Punch! Donovan grabs Aria by the neck and sends her down to the mat! Donovan with a classic wrestling throw as he sends Aria rolling across the ring and falling into the corner. Donovan now going in as he stomps away at Aria in the corner battering into her and reminding her who is boss. Donovan yanks Aria up again by the hair and whips her hard across the ring with another throw sending her into the opposite corner. Donovan in control early on in this thing!

Stew-O: But for how long will that last??? Lestrade down in the corner as Donovan Duke controls the pace slowly stalking her and lifting her up to her feet. Irish Whip from Donovan across the ring and Lestrade crashes into the corner. Donovan then charges in but Aria sees her opening! Aria jumps over the top rope as soon as Donovan charges wildly into the corner crashing front first into the turnbuckle! Aria jumps onto the apron and leaps up over the top rope with an Enzuigiri from the apron staggering Donovan back! Aria back into the ring now as she grabs Donovan looking for a Running Bulldog! But Donovan stops her by hitting a knee to the mat and Aria quickly transitions it into a Headlock. Donovan powers back up and sends Aria across the ring bouncing off the ropes. Aria runs in but Donovan takes her down quickly with a hard Shoulder Block dropping her down to the mat. Donovan managing to retain control here!

Gavin Kirkland: Big power move there from Donovan Duke as Lestrade is forced to roll away into a corner yet again to get a breather. But Donovan doesn’t let her survive for long as he grabs her by the neck and drags her into the bottom rope choking her out! The referee warns Donovan who lets go but he only steps away for a second before returning to continue the assault on Lestrade. Aria is able to get back up to her feet in the ropes as Donovan backs up before charging in with a Clothesline to send her up and over! No! Aria with a big Dropkick right to the chest of Donovan as he charges in! Aria manages to take Donovan off his feet for the first time in this match and now she really has a chance to capitalize! Aria back up to her feet as she moves in on Donovan! Aria grabs Donovan… No wait! Donovan swings with a right hand!!!-

Stew-O: Aria ducks beneath! Aria ducks under and hits a hard uppercut to Donovan Duke sending him backwards into the ropes. Donovan falls out of the ropes as Aria kicks him in the gut bending him over. Aria then bounces off the ropes and she grabs Donovan and goes for a Swinging Neckbreaker! But Donovan shoves her into the ropes! Aria off the ropes but Donovan with a Double Ax Handle Smash right to the face of Aria knocking her right back down! Donovan is determined to keep control of this match at all costs! We all know what Aria is like when she really gets rolling!

Persephone: I wish I knew that but I really don’t know of any time where either of these two have ever been entertaining in any way.

Gavin Kirkland: Well you would be the only one who thinks that. These two are some of the prime athletes in EAW today! Donovan Duke turning now back towards Aria who is slowly pulling herself up from that maneuver. Aria is tossed into the corner and takes repeated Back Chops to the chest from Donovan who is really doing a number on her. Now hard forearms as well into the corner from Donovan who is bashing Aria and trying to wear her out. Aria is unable to fall as she is stuck in the corner. The referee eventually has to intervene to pull Donovan off. But Donovan shoves past the referee and connects with a hard right hand right to the face of ARIA who falls down at last collapsing neck first onto the bottom rope choking herself. Aria bounces off the bottom rope and rolls out onto the apron. Donovan now looks to take advantage as he goes out onto the apron as well. Donovan runs across the apron and connects with a Guillotine Leg Drop across the neck of Aria!!!-

Stew-O: NO! Aria Lestrade moved out of the way just in time! Donovan Duke went right onto the apron with that Leg Drop and he yells out in pain! Aria quickly moves herself up to the top turnbuckle and jumps off with a Knee Drop to the chest of Donovan across the apron knocking him down to the floor! Aria collapses to the floor outside the ring as well but she just did a real number on Donovan with that one! Aria with a smile on her face now as she knows that she just got in a real death strike there. The referee however, is beginning the ten count and this thing will have to get back into the ring soon. Unlike Cash in the Vault we do actually have rules for these wrestling matches.

Persephone: But why tho?

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Gavin Kirkland: Both competitors now getting back up to their feet on the outside of the ring. Aria charges in at Donovan Duke and hits a Dropkick sending him back first into the ringside barricade! Donovan yells out in pain holding his back definitely having taken some damage on that one there. Donovan is sprawled out on the floor as Aria gets on him and begins throwing hard forearms right into him.

Referee: FIVE! SIX! SEVEN!

Stew-O: Aria realizing that she will need to beat the referee’s count! Aria quickly slides back into the ring! But can Donovan Duke recover in time to make it back in as well?

Referee: EIGHT! NINE!

Persephone: TEN!

Gavin Kirkland: No! Donovan Duke manages to get back up and throws himself under the bottom rope to beat the count just in time! Aria jumps right on him however, and begins throwing shots! But Donovan manages to maneuver himself underneath Aria and lifts her up into the air as he stands up! Great strength shown by Donovan! Donovan lifts Aria up and over and drops her with a Back Toss! Aria goes back first into the ring mat! Can Donovan capitalize? Donovan with a knee drop as he slides to the cover!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Stew-O: Kickout at two by Aria! Aria sits up but Donovan Duke grabs her by the neck and forces her back down to the mat! Aria goes back of her head first into the mat as Donovan goes to throw shots at her but Aria rolls over throwing Donovan into the ropes! Aria back up but Donovan gets up to his feet first and grabs her by the arm! Donovan yanks Aria in going for a Back Drop… He gets all of it! Aria planted with a Back Drop and Donovan with another cover!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: Another kickout from Aria and Donovan Duke has to wonder if he is even making progress. Donovan goes in and locks a Sleeper Hold on Aria. This will definitely put her out longer than the two that he has been getting so far! That is if Aria succumbs to the deadly hold! Aria in a seated position and the crowd is booing her but this only seems to be willing her to get back up to her feet and recover! But as soon as she tries to get back up Donovan falls backwards applying the Sleeper Hold in a lying down position to further trap Aria as down close to the mat as possible! Aria is kicking her legs as she tries to get back up into a seated position!

Stew-O: Aria manages to sit back up and then uses the momentum to swing around to her knees! The crowd is getting electric and Aria is feeding off the hateful energy! Donovan Duke cannot believe it! Aria back up to her feet as she hammers Donovan repeatedly in the gut to eventually break free of the hold! Hard punches to the face of Donovan stagger him back across the ring… but Donovan nails Aria with a hard headbutt! Aria is sent flying across the ring from the force of that headbutt sending her into the corner once again. But that hurt Donovan too as he looks a little confused after suffering that head trauma.

Persephone: I am sure that is less head trauma than he is used to. Everyone around here but me seems to have CTE and brain damage.

Gavin Kirkland: I’m not so sure you’re as exempt as you think you are. But anyway… here comes Donovan Duke charging into the corner and nailing Aria with a hard uppercut into the gut! Aria taking damage here before Donovan grabs her by the arm and whips her hard into the opposite corner! Donovan runs in but Aria gets her boots up! She kicks Donovan away! Aria blasts out of the corner with a Superkick! Donovan barely standing as Aria comes off the ropes with a Running Forearm! But wait! Donovan dodges it! Donovan ducks around behind Aria and rolls her up from behind! School Boy rollup! He’s stealing it!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Stew-O: Aria kicks out yet again! But as soon as she does Donovan Duke grabs her by the arm and lifts her high up into the air above his head! Donovan drops ARIA down with a devastating Sit Down Powerbomb! Aria landed right on the back of her neck! Another cover from Donovan! This has to be it!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Gavin Kirkland: NO! Aria kicks out AGAIN! How does she keep getting away with this??? Donovan Duke is visibly shook. He cannot even believe this. Donovan slowly back up to his feet shaking his head in disappointment but also impressed at what Aria has begun to achieve. Donovan has to be wondering if he can’t even win this match does he really deserve to be Mr. Cash in the Vault or was it a fluke victory? Maybe he’s not ready for the championship yet? The thoughts have to be pushed out of his mind however, as he is getting back up and he has to keep fighting! The match is not lost yet! Aria back up slowly in the corner as Donovan is measuring her and waiting to strike! Donovan charges in with a Running Spear!!!-

Stew-O: But Aria moves out of the way! Donovan Duke manages to stop himself before hitting the corner! Aria charges in but Donovan nails her with a Superkick sending her sprawling right back down to the mat from where she came from. Aria quickly pulls herself back up just as Donovan pulls himself up to the top rope! He definitely was not expecting that fast of a recovery! Aria runs into the corner and hits a Running Dropkick to the legs of Donovan! The legs fall out from under Donovan on the top rope sending him flying off the top and landing back first on the apron! Donovan crashes and burns as he falls out to the outside of the ring! Donovan just got destroyed and the referee is now counting him out to end the match!

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Persephone: Count faster!

Gavin Kirkland: Donovan Duke up on the outside as he pulls himself up to the apron but Aria off the ropes… Baseball Slide sends Donovan flying back first into the apron! Donovan pulls himself back up as Aria is out on the apron and she hits a Flying Crossbody off the apron to the outside on Donovan! She gets all of it and flattens him like a pancake! Aria now tossing Donovan back in to beat the count!

Referee: FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT!

Stew-O: Aria climbs back into the ring as Donovan Duke slowly gets back up. Aria slowly climbing up to the top rope now… Donovan up to his hands and knees and eventually back up to his feet. Aria is perched… Aria comes down across the back of Donovan with a Diving Senton! Aria crushes Donovan who collapses on his face in the ring! Aria bounces off him and spins around flipping Donovan over and going for the cover! This could be it! How could Donovan even kick out of this?!?!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Gavin Kirkland: Kickout by Donovan Duke! Donovan with the will to survive! Aria is wondering what it will even take to put him away. Aria with a look of shock on her face she really thought that would be it. But she needs to keep it together. She is clearly losing it but she has to keep it together and the crowd is willing her to give up and stop fighting! Aria back up as she plots her next move against Donovan here tonight. The crowd is telling her some nasty things but she ignores them as Aria turns around and gets on top of Donovan applying a Camel Clutch! Aria sitting on the back of Donovan and trying to apply as much pressure as possible! The referee is checking on Donovan trying to see if he wants to give up or not! But Donovan refuses to quit! Donovan is struggling to get back into this as he tries to power out and get back up!

Stew-O: Donovan Duke manages to power up to his feet! Donovan tries to throw Aria off him but Aria jumps off as Donovan tries to lunge backwards! Aria bounces off the ropes as Donovan whirls around wildly and Aria lunges at Donovan taking him down with a Diving Clothesline! Donovan laid out in the ring as Aria grabs onto his arm attempting to lock in a Cross Armbreaker… But Donovan throws Aria off. Aria falls backwards into the corner and waits for Donovan to get back up. Aria charges in with a Running Knee Strike to the hea-

Persephone: No! A Spear from Donovan Duke tears Aria in half! You hate to see it! You love to see it! You have no choice but to see it because it is your job and you are forced to do it to get a paycheck to survive!

Gavin Kirkland: Donovan Duke turns over and flops an arm onto the chest of Aria! Donovan going for the cover out of pure instinct as the referee slides in for the count!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Stew-O: BAH GAWD! ARIA KICKS OUT! CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE SUCH A THING HAS OCCURRED?!?!?

Persephone: Yes. And I’m not happy about it.

Gavin Kirkland: The match continues on and Donovan Duke is realizing now that he does not have that much left in the tank. He is going to have to put Aria away before it is too late! Donovan is slowly getting back up to his feet as he plans his next method of attack on Aria. Something that will for sure put her away for real.

Stew-O: DONOVAN DUKE SETTING UP FOR THE ROYAL FLUSH!

Persephone: This lil bitch would counter it tho. I quit.

Gavin Kirkland: No!

Persephone: Fine I don’t quit.

Gavin Kirkland: Not you! Aria counters the maneuver and turns it around into a Leaping Cutter in midair! Aria plants Donovan Duke face first into the mat! But she can’t maneuver herself around to go for the cover! Aria is too weak to capitalize! Aria slowly gets back up to her feet as does Donovan but Donovan quickly grabs Aria and pulls her in! Donovan pulls Aria in for the Royal Flush yet again! But Aria spins around off the back of Donovan and rolls him up with a Sunset Flip type pinning combination! Aria has this! She’s going for the W!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Stew-O: Donovan Duke kicks out! Donovan showing resilience here as he pushes Aria off him. Donovan gets back up as Aria charges in but Donovan tosses her up into the air! Aria flails around wildly before coming down and takes a hard European Uppertcut to the jaw sending her sprawling across the ring! Donovan grabs Aria and runs her into the turnbuckle smashing her face off it! Donovan lifts Aria up and powerbombs her hard back first into the turnbuckle! Buckle Bomb connects! Aria collapses into the corner as Donovan charges in with a Double Knee Strike right into the face of Aria! Aria is taking some real punishment out here as Donovan tosses her back into the ring and goes up to the top rope! Donovan about to go high risk here as he lunges off the top rope with a Flying Splash!!!-

Gavin Kirkland: But Aria moves out of the way! Donovan Duke crashes and burns doing a belly flop into the ring! That was a massive fail on the part of Donovan as he had the match potentially won but that high risk maneuver backfired spectacularly! Donovan isn’t moving now as Aria makes her way over to him possibly to go for the cover. No wait Aria instead is applying an Ankle Lock! Aria is attempting to force Donovan to tap out here tonight! That would be a real bad way for Donovan to end this match here and really halt his momentum hard right after winning Cash in the Vault! But Donovan is pulling himself across the ring with all his power! Aria can’t stop him from getting to the ropes! Donovan reaches out…

Stew-O: Donovan Duke makes it to the bottom rope! Donovan firmly clenches the bottom rope in his hand having obtained his freedom! Aria is forced to release the hold as the referee counts her down.

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! LET GO DAMN!

Persephone: It should honestly be a one count and then immediate disqualification. I shall submit a request that the match rules be changed to the EAW wrestling commission later tonight.

Gavin Kirkland: I’m sure they will consider it. However, it looks like Aria has released the hold and the referee is pleased. Aria is always making everyone around her happy.

Stew-O: She is definitely not very popular here tonight in Puerto Rico. These fans are going crazy for Aria! They want to see her avenge her defeat at Pain for Pride against Donovan Duke! Both competitors are slowly getting back up but Donovan is struggling to walk after being in that Ankle Lock hold! Aria goes for a chop to the ankle of Donovan looking to take him down! But Donovan dodges it! Donovan charges in with a Running Spear! But his ankle gave out! Donovan collapsed and as he pulls himself back up… Aria hits him with a Flying Forearm dropping him down to the mat! Donovan might be done for as he has lost a leg!

Gavin Kirkland: Aria realizing the dire situation that Donovan Duke is in and you know that she fully intends to take full advantage! Donovan staggers up to his feet as Aria runs across the ring at full speed Dropkicking him hard back first into the corner! Donovan collapses from the impact as now Aria is making her way up to the top rope! Aria is looking to finish things here and now! Aria with a Frog Splash from the top rope! Aria comes crashing down on Donovan!

Stew-O: ARIA GOT ALL OF THAT FROG SPLASH!!! ARIA WITH THE COVER! THIS MATCH IS SO JOEVER!

Persephone: Please let it be joever…

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Gavin Kirkland: HOW? BUT WHY? DONOVAN DUKE GETS HIS GOOD LEG ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! ARIA THINKS SHE WON THE MATCH BUT THE REFEREE IS TELLING HER THE LEG WAS ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! ARIA IS FLIPPING OUT! SHE CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

Stew-O: But Aria has no choice but to accept it! She has not won this thing! Donovan Duke stays alive! He is risking serious injury as at this point he literally can’t even stand! Just give up Donovan! You have a whole year to cash in that briefcase there is no need to put yourself on the shelf with a serious injury at the hands of Aria!!!

Gavin Kirkland: Aria is real mad. She is big mad. She is not happy at all that Donovan Duke kicked out and she is looking to make him pay and suffer for doing so. Aria grabs Donovan and yanks him hard by the leg putting the leg back over the rope.

ARIA: (off-mic) Oh so you like to put your leg on the ropes during my pinfalls? Well let’s just see how you like it now!

Stew-O: Aria leaps up into the air going for a knee drop onto the leg of Donovan across the bottom ropes! But Donovan moves his leg out of the way! Aria drives her knee down hard into the canvas as she screams out in pain! Aria back up as Donovan holds the top rope enabling him to stand! Donovan kicks Aria in the gut bending her over and then slams her head off the top rope. Aria falls back into the corner as Donovan begins lighting her up across the chest with repeated back chops. Donovan is fighting back with all he’s got to try and fight back into this! I can’t believe it I really thought the match was almost over in Aria’s favor!

Persephone: I never think that the match is over honestly. At this point I just assume it never ends.

Gavin Kirkland: Donovan Duke is laying into Aria who somehow is still on her feet. Donovan whips Aria hard across the ring, his leg almost giving out from under him! This allows Aria to push herself out of the corner and hit a Dropkick on Donovan into the corner. Aria begins throwing strikes at Donovan in the corner but Donovan suddenly lifts her up and drops her hard in the ring with an Atomic Drop! Aria staggers backwards into the corner and eats a Running Clothesline from Donovan! Donovan then goes in and begins to pummel the gut of Aria with repeated strikes. Aria is really taking a beating here and you have to wonder how much more she can take!

Gavin Kirkland: Aria staggers out of the corner and eats a hard headbutt from Donovan Duke! That might not have been a smart move as Donovan collapses as well from the force of that headbutt! Aria falls down to the mat as Donovan slowly gets back up and pulls Aria back up in the corner. Donovan charges in wildly with a Stinger Splash into the corner. Aria falls into his arms and Donovan tosses her back with a Belly to Belly Suplex! The crowd is electric now as Donovan takes a stance waiting for Aria to get back up looking to strike on her with something big to potentially put this match away!

Stew-O: DONOVAN DUKE LIFTS ARIA UP! HE GOES FOR THE DUKE OF HAZARD!!! DONOVAN GOING FOR IT BUT WILL IT LAND!?!?!-

Gavin Kirkland: IT DOES! DONOVAN DUKE GETS ALL OF THE DUKE OF HAZARD! HE SLAMS ARIA DOWN HARD WITH THAT DEVASTATING MANEUVER BEFORE SLIDING IN TO THE COVER!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Referee: THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Referee: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Bella Braxton: Here is your winner… DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAVAN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE!!!!!!

(“I Rise” by Cory Marks hits to cheers from the crowd as he grabs his briefcase and begins to celebrate.)

Gavin Kirkland: Big win for Donovan Duke as he continues his momentum from Pain for Pride! Aria did her best but Donovan is on a roll and cannot be stopped!

Stew-O: Definitely a big win for Donovan. We could very easily be looking at a future World Champion if and when he decides to cash that thing in. Donovan just might be the fastest rising superstar in EAW today!

Gavin Kirkland: A big start to the season for Donovan Duke regardless of what brand he ends up on. Aria as well had a great showing and nearly won this match. I imagine she will be a force to be reckoned with this season also. By next year’s draft I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both of these talents was on top of the entire company!!!

(The camera cuts to a local weather forecast.)

(A graphic showing the various faces of members of the EAW Roster is shown, rapidly going through every person before finally stopping.)

Stephie Love: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome at this time… KENSINGTEN CALHOUN-ASTOR AND RICHARD GRANT!

(“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd began blaring through the speakers causing the crowd to immediately erupt with boos. Up on the Titantron, the very same graphic from a few weeks ago featuring a red, white, and blue version of Kensingten and Richard’s faces with HOPE prominently depicted showed up. Kensingten and Richard, despite the boos of the audience, couldn’t be in better spirits as they walked together down the ramp and into the ring with giddy expressions plastered across their faces.)

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Ladies and gentlemen, Season 18 has finally arrived for EAW, and I’ll tell you what, Richard, the outlook for OUR brand couldn’t look any brighter!

Richard Grant: You’re absolutely right, and it’s all because of what happened at Pain for Pride! After a season of hard work towards cutting out the cancer that’s been making this once great brand rotten, I can say that Friday Night Dynasty is finally free!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: What was that promise you made a few weeks ago, Richard?

Richard Grant: You mean that promise that we’re about to keep together, Kensingten? It’s our mission statement for Season 18 Dynasty… we are going to make Dynasty GREAT AGAIN!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: And we already did most of the work by getting rid of those two uncouth ruffians, Tyrone Montgomery and Diamond Dixon! All the issues Dynasty faced last season were because THEY kept butting into OUR decisions and trying to ruin everything!

Richard Grant: But we never gave up on Dynasty! We never took the easy way out! And when it’s all said and done, WE got rid of that plague! Now, thanks to OUR efforts, Dynasty is fully under the control of the RIGHT people for the job!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Oh, but don’t forget that thug, Bronson Daniels! He went on and on about how he was the face of Dynasty and how he was going to save the brand; give me a break! If he was the face of Dynasty, then our precious brand would have been doomed. All the ‘saving’ he claimed to be trying to do was really just trying to RUIN the brand. The only saviors this brand has are the two of us for stopping his nonsense in its tracks!

Richard Grant: Did anybody really believe in him to begin with? Was this the new story he was going to finish? Fat chance of that ever happening.

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: On the contrary, Richard, he certainly did finish his story! Once a disappointment, always a disappointment; he lost because he is a perennial loser.

Richard Grant: He never had any hope of standing up to our combined might; the truth is that this was OUR story to begin with, and we just got the perfect fairytale ending.

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Now Bronson can go be the ‘savior’ of some other brand, because Dynasty no longer has any use for him. I just hope he doesn’t keep bragging about being the face of our brand, because it wasn’t the case then and it NEVER will be!

Richard Grant: Easy now, he isn’t our problem anymore. Either Showdown or Voltage can deal with that mess; he can go kiss up to Kennedy Street or even Captain Charisma! I hear they love that kind of stuff over there.

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: If we’re being honest, it’ll probably take a week before he thinks they did some sort of ‘microaggression’ as they call it and starts trying to ‘save’ those brands too! Good riddance to him, and good riddance to the two people that stuck up for him.

Richard Grant: Tyrone and Diamond can head to the back of the line – the UNEMPLOYMENT line, that is!

(The two of them laugh at their own joke while they get pelted by even louder boos).

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Do we even need to call her Diamond anymore? At this point, she’s as valuable as coal! None of the refinement of a diamond, that’s for sure.

Richard Grant: We don’t need to call her anything, because she’s irrelevant now. The same goes for Tyrone; there won’t be anyone to save him this time, not even Disney! Since EAW and Disney’s deal is over, they have no power over us now.

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Praise be! I’ll be honest, Richard, I think getting rid of Disney is almost as sweet a reward as getting rid of the three ruffians. It was nothing but constant oversight, and none of it was good!

Richard Grant: All they did was try to water our show, down with their woke regulations and overreach; don’t they know that if you go woke, you go broke? We’re trying to run a business here, and they’re trying to run us OUT of business just to pander to a bunch of snowflakes!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Thankfully, we don’t have to deal with it anymore. No Disney, no Tyrone, no Diamond, and no Bronson; it’s just US now, and that’s just the way we like it! Now that we set the rules, we’re going to re-mold Friday Night Dynasty in OUR image!

Richard Grant: That’s right! There’s so much junk that our audience has had to see over the past year. Doesn’t anyone ever think of the kids?! They are always trying to indoctrinate the next generation, but we’re putting a stop to it. From now on, Friday Night Dynasty is going to be a TRUE American show!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: And what comes with being a true American show is representing true, TRADITIONAL American values! The Friday Night Dynasty staff will be filled with patriots that love the red, white, and blue with all their hearts.

Richard Grant: It’s not just the backstage and ringside staff, though, that’s the best part! Unfortunately, even with Disney leaving, we had to deal with a few residual DEI hires drafted onto our brand; for the most part, though, our new roster will TRULY represent what America is about!

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: They’ll represent the traditions that made our country great in the past and will be made great again! Our show and our roster will be the type of EAW programming that you could show to a classic white-picket-fence nuclear family and make them love to be an American!

Richard Grant: This roster has been personally hand-picked by both Kensingten and myself; just as much as we hold these traditional values to our hearts, so too is the roster a reflection of ourselves and our values! It was a fool-proof plan that paid off, and now we’re going to reap the benefits.

Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Thanks to our influence in Season 17, Dynasty still managed to get a good amount of success; now, with us completely in control, our brand will reign supreme. COMPLETELY untouchable!

(“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd began playing once again as the jubilant duo left the ring, basking in the boos of the audience as they began heading back.)

Jake Mercer: I, for one, welcome our new overlords! Hey, Kensingten, I’ve always considered myself a true traditional American! I think you should keep that in mind next time you’re going over employee payraises.

Flannery McCoy: Seriously? You couldn’t hold yourself back for even a second?

Jake Mercer: What? What’s done is done, and whether everyone likes it or not, these two are the new general managers for Dynasty!

Stew-O: They didn’t even bring up the man who took Bronson down; they’re trying to take all the credit for themselves!

Flannery McCoy: If this speech is anything to go off of, the new Dynasty roster is sure to have an interesting season ahead of them…

(The video feed faded to black as Kensingten and Richard pointed up to their personal HOPE poster on the Titantron as they went backstage.)

(The scene switches to Bella Braxton for the introductions to the next match.)

Bella Braxton: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE-FALL!

(‘Show of Hands’ by Future & Metro Boomin’ (feat. ASAP Rocky) begins to play and the crowd cheers loudly. Cody Maverick comes walking out onto the stage talking smack.)

Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA…WEIGHING IN TONIGHT AT 235 POUNDS…HE IS THE ‘THE SIN CITY SUPERSTAR’…CODY MAVERICK!

(Cody Maverick walks down to the ring and gets the crowd to chant his name as he does. He gets inside the ring and spells it out for them. He’s only halfway through when ‘Faneto’ by Chief Keef cuts him off. SOSA Henderson walks out onto the stage to a mixed reaction. He stares down at his opponent through his black sunglasses, clearly not as amused as the crowd is.)

Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING HIS OPPONENT…FROM PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA…WEIGHING IN TONIGHT AT 191 POUNDS…HE IS ‘BULLETPROOF’…SOSA HHEEEENNNDEERRSOONNN!

(SOSA Henderson makes his way down to the ring and gets onto the apron. Cody Maverick tries to approach but the ref backs him off. Anderson smirks and gets inside the ring. Once Maverick is calmed down, the ref calls for the bell.

(DING! DING! DING!)

Stew-O: That is the bell signifying that this match is underway! SOSA Henderson and Cody Maverick meet up in the center of the ring, locking up with one another! A classic test of strength here but I don’t know how SOSA is going to overpower the Sin City Superstar! Maverick makes the attempt to drive Henderson back, but Henderson refuses to budge! Instead, he looks to move the big man, but he can’t get him back either! He changes things up instead, switching into a headlock! Maverick does not want to let this happen…LIFTING HENDERSON UP FOR A BACK SUPLEX! Henderson thinks fast, landing on his feet directly behind his opponent! HE THEN DELIVERS A BACK SUPLEX OF HIS OWN!

Persephone: SOSA Henderson gets Maverick back to his feet! It looks like he’s going for a vertical suplex! Look at him! He’s just holding his opponent up in the air! Weird flex, but okay. Maverick starts throwing hands into the chest and ribs of SOSA, freeing himself! AND HE IMMEDIATELY STARTS THROWING PUNCHES! He just begins unleashing a torrent of fists and Anderson raises his arms to defend himself! Maverick is an experienced boxer though, managing to make the most out of these hits! He drives HENDERSON INTO THE CORNER!

Gavin Kirkland: Maverick climbs right up onto the top rope, looking to rain some punches down on his opponent! SOSA Henderson, however, gets out of there like a bat out of hell! He slips underneath and starts walking towards the other side of the ring, but Maverick is in hot pursuit! He turns Henderson around and lifts him up! HE DRIVES HIM INTO THE MAT WITH A SPINNING SCOOP SLAM! Maverick is not going to pull any punches tonight, especially considering that it was SOSA who took away his moment at Pain for Pride!

Stew-O: You’re absolutely right! It was SOSA Henderson who eliminated Maverick from the 24/7 Battle Royale! Maverick now gets his opponent back to a vertical base…AND THEN CHOPS HIM RIGHT ACROSS THE CHEST! That one had enough oomph behind it to send him stumbling back! Maverick looks for another, winding back one more time!

Persephone: BUT AS HE DOES, SOSA NAILS HIM WITH THE GAMENGIRI! He really thought he was doing something there. Maverick falls back towards the ropes and Henderson rushes at him! HE LEAPS ONTO THE ROPES AND THEN DROPS HIM WITH A SLINGSHOT FLATLINER! I hope Maverick was hungry for the mat, because that’s exactly what he just ate!

Gavin Kirkland: SOSA Henderson leaps out to the apron! AND THEN HE RE-ENTERS WITH THE SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! MAVERICK ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY! But I don’t dodge the bullet quite yet as Henderson goes for a standing stomp! ONCE AGAIN MAVERICK AVOIDS IT! This time he’s able to spring back to his feet and he grabs his opponent from behind! He grabs him for the Russian leg sweep…but Henderson gives a generous gift consisting of an elbow straight to the face! HENDERSON RUSHES AT MAVERICK AGAIN! THIS TIME HE LOOKS FOR THE LEAPING DDT!

Stew-O: He doesn’t find it! Maverick is able to lift up and drop him back onto the apron! HERE COMES THE DISCUS PUNCH! Henderson limbos right under that one! He gets back on the ropes…BUT MAVERICK SHOVES HIS KNEE OUT FROM UNDERNEATH HIM! SOSA falls right down onto the ropes and then collapses onto the outside of the ring! That was an effective and brutal counter! I mean, SOSA Henderson could have been seriously hurt there!

Persephone: He did what he had to do! And now Cody Maverick goes out to ringside to finish him off! He drags SOSA Henderson over to the barricade and smashes him face first right off it! The crowd cheers him on! He goes to the other side of the ring and does the exact same thing! AND THEN ONE MORE TIME! Cody Maverick is taking him on a tour of the ringside here, but I think we’ve the conclusion! Maverick lifts SOSA Anderson up…AND TOSSES HIM INTO THE BARRICADE WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM! With a crunch, Henderson collides with it, nearly breaking it in half! We’re pretty early in this match but it might be over. Now they can send Luis out!

Gavin Kirkland: Maverick looks to throw the wounded Anderson back inside the ring! BUT SOSA HENDERSON LAUNCHES HIM INTO THE RINGPOST INSTEAD! A desperate, yet effective maneuver! Henderson just bought himself some serious time here! The ref has been counting down, meaning that someone needs to get back inside that ring! However, it looks like both men are down! Maverick takes hold of the barricade, using it to get back up! He rolls SOSA back onto the apron and then climbs up after him!

Stew-O: He goes for another right hand, BUT HENDERSON GETS HIM UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS! IS HE ABOUT TO HIT HIM WITH THE DEATH VALLEY DRIVER? NO! Maverick brings an elbow down right in the side of his opponent’s head, escaping what could have been a grisly fate! He clotheslines Henderson over the top rope and back inside the ring! NOW IT’S MAVERICK’S TURN TO FLY! Henderson manages to recover but is immediately taken down by a slingshot shoulder block! Cody Maverick is in the driver’s seat here! If SOSA Henderson doesn’t think fast, then Maverick might just be able to pull out the win!

Persephone: Cody Maverick runs back at the ropes…AND HE GOES FOR THAT SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!

Gavin Kirkland: HENDERSON GETS THE KNEES UP! Maverick’s ribs collide with them, and he howls in pain! SOSA Henderson, however, is now able to get back to his feet! As Maverick tries to crawl back up…ANDERSON DRILLS HIM WITH THE BICYCLE KNEE! I think I just saw one of Maverick’s teeth land out there in the audience! I’m pretty sure that one of those lucky fans might get a keepsake tonight! I wonder how much it will go for on Facebook Marketplace.

Persephone: Huh, Showdown pays you that little? Anyways, it looks like SOSA Henderson is going for the cover.

ONE!

TW-

Stew-O: Maverick is able to get the shoulder up before the two! It’s going to take more than that for him to be put down! But that’s exactly what SOSA Henderson has in mind! He brings the Sin City Superstar back up to his feet and then heads over to the corner! Henderson rolls forwards towards his opponent…AND THEN LEAPS UP FOR THE CUTTER! Maverick denies the rolling thunder cutter…CATCHING HIS OPPONENT WITH A LEAPING NECKBREAKER! That was a thing of beauty right there!

Gavin Kirkland: Maverick forces Henderson up and onto his shoulders! HE GETS HIM WITH A ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM! He then grabs his opponent and sends him into the corner once again! He climbs up onto the apron! HE BRINGS HIS FIST RIGHT DOWN ON THE FOREHEAD OF HENDERSON! And now he’s just going off! Delivering punch after punch as the crowd counts alone to each one of them! Henderson tries to flee from the corner, but Maverick is not about to let that happen! He climbs down and rocks him with a forearm! He then sends him into the opposite corner with an Irish whip! HE MEETS HIM THERE WITH A CLOTHESLINE!

Persephone: SOSA Henderson was just flattened! Cody is not letting him have anything tonight! I think SOSA is going to regret eliminating him soon enough! Maverick scraps him out of the corner and lifts him up! POWERBOMB! HENDERSON FIGHTS BACK! He starts elbowing Maverick’s head…AND THEN HE COUNTERS WITH THE POISONRANA! The thick skull of Cody Maverick might have just left a crack in the ring as it collides with it!

Stew-O: This might be the opening that SOSA needed! He slowly makes his way up to the top rope! He looks down on Maverick who doesn’t appear to be moving! HERE COMES THE 450 SPLASH!

Gavin Kirkland: IT’S NOW MAVERICK WHO GETS THE KNEES UP! HENDERSON makes an impact with them and bounces across the ring! He tries so desperately to get back up to his feet, but Maverick is on him! HE PICKS HIM UP AND PLANTS HIM WITH THE FISHERMAN’S BUSTER! Here comes the cover from Maverick!

ONE!

TW-

Persephone: Look at that, he kicked out. Maverick is going to need something a little more if he really wants to win this. He lifts Henderson back up to his feet and then punches him straight in the stomach! He then tucks his opponent’s head between his legs and lifts him up! POWERBOMB! Henderson is spiked down with a whole lotta force! Maverick, however, rolls him forward AND LOOKS FOR A KNEE TO THE FACE!

Stew-O: SOSA HENDERSON DODGES IT! Maverick put his full weight into that, so he stumbles forward from the miss! SOSA leaps back to his feet and plants a dropkick right in the upper back of his opponent! Maverick falls right down onto the middle rope! Henderson is beginning to sense the opportunity…AND HE RUNS ACROSS THE RING! HE COMES BACK AND HITS THE TIGER FEINT KICK ON MAVERICK! Cody Maverick rolls backwards from the impact, but still manages to wind up standing! HENDERSON SEEKS TO RECTIFY THAT! HE GETS HIM WITH A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK!

Gavin Kirkland: He nearly knocked his head right off his shoulders! Henderson can float like a butterfly and sting like a really, really big bee! He isn’t quite done yet, throwing the absolutely stunned Maverick into the corner! He aims…he shoots…AND HE GETS RIGHT BEHIND THE EYES WITH THE SINGLE LEG DROPKICK!

Persephone: Maverick just falls forwards and I think he might be out of it! Henderson looks to ensure that’s the case…grabbing the legs of his opponent and locking in the sharpshooter! Look at the pain on Maverick’s face as that weight is brought down on his lower back! It’s pretty funny.

Stew-O: I don’t think Cody Maverick is laughing at all! This hold is locked in tight! He’s trying to twist his way out of it, but Henderson is firmly planted! He starts reaching out towards the ropes, but he’s not within reach! How the heck is he going to get out of this one? WAIT! He grits his teeth and begins crawling towards the ropes! He’s bringing himself and SOSA with him! Is he going to be able to get there?

Gavin Kirkland: HE DOES! He gets his hand on the bottom rope, forcing the break! SOSA Henderson releases the hold but drags Maverick away from the rope! He picks him back up, grabs him from behind…AND LOOKS FOR THE JML DRIVER! Maverick counters, rolling him forward with a snapmare! As Henderson tries to stand, Maverick grabs him AND GETS HIM WITH THE INVERTED ATOMIC DROP! He turns him around…ATOMIC DROP! I think the family jewels have just been cracked! Maverick looks to turn this into a combination, getting Anderson up on his shoulders! ARGENTINE BACKBREAKER! HE COVERS!

ONE!

TWO!

Persephone: Oof, SOSA Henderson kicks out again. Maverick doesn’t waste a second here, bringing him back up to his feet! He gets him with a jab! AND THEN ANOTHER! AND ANOTHER! He looks to finish things off with the Discus Lariat! HENDERSON AVOIDS IT AND THEN LIFTS HIM UP! BACK SUPLEX BACKBREAKER! Looks like he was getting even for Maverick’s backbreaker. I think he wants to be more than even! He lifts him up once again…AND HE GETS THE LUMBAR CHECK! The knees and drives right into the spine of his opponent!

Stew-O: Working on the lower back is a strong strategy! Cody Maverick is a versatile competitor, but if you can take away his ability to lift opponents, his offense is cut down! HENDERSON DELIVERS A DOUBLE STOMP RIGHT DOWN ON THAT BACK! You can see the pain on Maverick’s face as he clutches his lower back! It’s about to get even worse as SOSA Henderson makes his way back out onto the apron! HE LOOKS FOR THE SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMP HE COULDN’T FIND EARLIER! AND HE GETS IT RIGHT ON THE SPINE OF MAVERICK! And now he goes for a cover once again!

ONE!

TWO!

Gavin Kirkland: Once again though, Cody Maverick is able to kick out! SOSA rolls him over and immediately LOCKS THE SHARPSHOOTER BACK IN! It looks like he is squatting down as far as he can, putting as much pressure on that lower back as possible! Maverick is in severe distress right now! I mean, now Henderson has softened him up, this is going to hurt far more than it did! Anderson takes some precautionary measures here, dragging Maverick towards the center of the ring! I don’t think a rope break is going to be in his future!

Persephone: You know what would be cool? If he just tapped out. I don’t think he’s going to…AS HE MANAGES TO FLIP ONTO HIS BACK! He manages to shove Henderson away! Henderson comes back at him with the bicycle knee! MAVERICK LEAPS UP AND GETS HIM WITH A DROPKICK RIGHT TO THE CHEST!

Stew-O: Just like that, Maverick turns the tables on SOSA! He manages to stand back up, but you can tell that he is struggling here! He goes over to SOSA and tries getting him up for the vertical suplex! Unfortunately for Maverick, he struggles to get his opponent up here! He releases Henderson…AND ROCKS HIM WITH A RIGHT HAND! Henderson stumbles back BUT REPLIES WITH HIS OWN FIST! These two are now slugging it out here!

Gavin Kirkland: Both of these competitors know how to brawl it out! And look at them here, it looks like these two are actually trying to box here! It seems as if Maverick is beginning to get the better of Henderson through, switching things up and laying into his ribs and stomach! He manages to get Henderson back against the ropes here! SOSA ANDERSON BEGINS TO FIRE BACK! He manages to get in his own shots, driving Maverick to the other side of the ring! He ends this boxing match with an Irish whip, sending Maverick across the ring! HE GOES FOR THE HEADSCISSORS OFF THE REBOUND! He takes down Cody Maverick AND THEN NAILS HIM WITH A DROPKICK!

Persephone: It doesn’t seem like SOSA Henderson is satisfied quite yet. He snags Maverick by the hair and drags him over to the ropes! HE SENDS TO THE OUTSIDE WITH A SUPERKICK! Maverick is knocked right over the top rope and hits the mat! SOSA now is telling Maverick to get back up! He must really want to do some flippy shit.

Stew-O: AND HE DOES! Maverick barely was able to find his footing before Henderson crashed down on him with that over-the-top rope moonsault plancha! Right now, SOSA is in complete control of this match! He grabs Maverick and brings him over to the barricade! HE SMASHES HIS HEAD RIGHT OFF IT! And now he’s going around the ring like Maverick did earlier! This is a little bit of payback here! Look at that, he’s stopping by the commentary table as well! AND HE SLAMS MAVERICK’S SKULL RIGHT OFF IT! I think he spilt one of Kirkland’s bottles of Liquid Golde there!

Gavin Kirkland: Don’t worry, I have more. Anyways, SOSA is absolutely relentless here! The crowd doesn’t seem to be enjoying this as much as when Cody did it though! SOSA doesn’t really care as he picks Cody Maverick up AND DROPS HIM ONTO APRON WITH A BACK SUPLEX! And now he climbs up onto that apron, bringing Maverick with him! There is a look of sick pleasure on the face of Anderson as he gets the young elitist up onto his shoulders! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ONTO THE APRON!

Persephone: It’s about time. SOSA Henderson finally connects with that absolutely brutal maneuver! I don’t see how Cody Maverick even walks after this match! Maybe he could have a career in wheelchair boxing? Henderson picks up his opponent and throws him back inside the ring! This could be it as he goes for the cover!

ONE!

TWO!

THRE-

Stew-O: WOW! Maverick is still able to get the shoulder up! That right there is an emphatic statement! One that SOSA doesn’t like at all! He gets back up and flips Maverick onto his stomach! He makes his way up onto the top rope now, clearly bad intentions on the mind! And you can see that Cody is making the effort to get up, seemingly trying to push himself back up to his feet! Henderson isn’t going to let that happen! HE DESCENDS FROM THE TOP ROPE WITH A 450 SPLASH! MAVERICK IS ABLE TO PUSH HIMSELF OUT OF THE WAY! Henderson crashed down on the mat and that one definitely had to hurt!

Gavin Kirkland: He tries to find his footing, but Maverick comes up from behind! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! He takes down Henderson! AND THEN HITS HIM WITH THE ELBOW DROP! The crowd comes alive with that combination! Cody looks to capitalize on this, grabbing Henderson by the head! He drapes his legs across the top rope, and I THINK WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE THE MONEYMAKER!

Persephone: HENDERSON MANAGES TO SHOVE HIM BACK! HE’S STILL ON THE TOP ROPE! He’s thinking about taking flight once again, BUT MAVERICK LEAPS UP ONTO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE WITH HIM! HE THROWS HIM ACROSS THE RING WITH THE AVALANCHE BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! And now Cody Maverick places his arm across the chest of Anderson, hoping that will be enough!

ONE!

TWO!

THRE-

Stew-O: BUT IT ISN’T! HENDERSON MANAGES TO GET THE SHOULDER UP! Maverick looks disappointed here, but he knows just how close he is to putting Anderson away! He forces the veteran back to a vertical base and then boots him right in the gut! SIN CITY STUNNER! NO! Anderson shoves him away before he can get it! Cody Maverick comes stomping back at him BUT HENDERSON GETS HIM WITH THE SUPERKICK! Maverick is still standing in the middle of the ring, but his legs are like Jell-O! ANDERSON STARTS BUILDING UP SPEED USING THE ROPES! SPEAR!

Gavin Kirkland: PSYCH! MAVERICK CATCHES HIM AND THEN SPIKES HIM DOWN ONTO THE MAT WITH A DDT! Both men are down here! These men are going to do whatever it takes to walk out of this one with the win! MAVERICK IS THE FIRST ONE UP! He picks up his opponent and turns him around with a massive forearm smash! AND NOW HE GRABS HIM FROM BEHIND AND LOOKS FOR THAT WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! BUT HENDERSON IS ABLE TO COUNTER IT WITH A DDT! He twisted around mid-lift and spiked Maverick’s head right into the mat! Freak athleticism there!

Persephone: Instead of going for the cover, he scrapes him off the mat! Anderson brings his opponent over to the corner and places him onto the top rope! HE GETS HIM IN THE FACE WITH A BIG FIST! Now, he climbs up onto the top rope, this is a very dangerous position for Maverick! SOSA HENDERSON GRABS CODY MAVERICK AND GOES FOR THE TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!

Stew-O: MAVERICK JUST STARTS UNLOADING SHOTS INTO THE STOMACH OF SOSA! HE IS DOING WHATEVER HE CAN TO AVOID THIS BRUTAL LANDING! He manages to wear his opponent down, removing himself from immediate danger! Now that he has the upper hand, he keeps throwing those lethal punches! Cody Maverick now goes to lift up Anderson…BUT HENDERSON FIRES BACK! He just keeps relentlessly swinging on Maverick, slowly beating the fight out of him! It seems like the Sin City Superstar doesn’t have much left in the tank, but Henderson is about to bring this to the finish line! HE GETS HIM WITH THE TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!

Gavin Kirkland: And with a sickening thud, Maverick collides with the ring! There is no doubt in my mind here that this one is over! SOSA Henderson goes for the cover!

ONE!

TWO!

THRE-

Persephone: Damn…

Stew-O: DAMN IS RIGHT! CODY MAVERICK IS ABLE TO KICK OUT JUST BEFORE THE THREE! HE IS STILL IN THIS ONE! I cannot believe my eyes here folks. Neither can Henderson, who was clearly hoping that would be the end! HE LOCKS IN THE CROSSFACE ON MAVERICK! Henderson is frustrated and he’s about to take that out on his opponent! I mean, he is just trying to punish Maverick here and it is definitely working! He’s wrenching back on that head and neck with all the might he can muster! Could we see the Sin City Superstar tap out?

Gavin Kirkland: Wait a minute here, just like when he was in the Sharpshooter earlier, Maverick is trying to crawl towards the ropes! He’s barely moving an inch at a time, but he is not about to give in here! He manages to get within arm’s reach of the ropes…BUT HENDERSON ROLLS HIM BACK TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE RING! This submission hold is still locked on tight! If Maverick wants to get off this one, he’s going to need to get creative and quickly!

Persephone: Cody Maverick reaches back and grabs onto the face of his opponent! HE SCRATCHES AT THE EYES OF HENDERSON! I’ve seen high school girls do the same exact thing. It works though, as SOSA releases the hold and scrambles away from his opponent! Maverick gets back up to his feet and the ref gets in his face! Apparently, he’s not very happy with what just happened there! Maverick ignores him and gets back to business! Anderson tries to react, but Maverick catches his arm and dumps him towards the middle of the ring with an arm drag! SOSA manages to roll to his feet, and he turns around dazed and confused! BACK BODY DROP BY MAVERICK!

Stew-O: He launches SOSA Henderson into orbit with that one! We’ve seen him fly before, but I don’t see we’ve ever seen catapulted! Anderson crawls over to the ropes, trying to find it in himself to get back to his feet! BUT MAVERICK CHARGES AT HIM! He leaps onto the ropes and looks for that TORNADO DDT! BUT HENDERSON KICKS THE ROPES RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER HIM! Cody Maverick drops, his back and head swiftly bouncing off the mat! Henderson wastes no time at all…TORNADO KICK!

Gavin Kirkland: And now he drags his opponent towards the center of the ring! He grabs a fistful of Maverick’s hair and forces him up onto a knee! HE SUPERKICKS THE TASTE RIGHT OUT OF HIS MOUTH! Maverick crumples onto the mat! I don’t think he’s getting up anytime soon after that one! SOSA doesn’t think so either! Once again, he makes his ascent up onto the top rope! He looks down on his opponent with a smile on his face! SOSA BOMB! HE LANDS PERFECTLY ON HIS OPPONENT WITH THE SWANTON BOMB! He should go for the cover here!

Persephone: Apparently, he disagrees! SOSA rolls Maverick onto his stomach and just starts stomping down into his lower back! DOUBLE STOMP ONCE MORE! Evidently, he’s fine with sending Cody into Season 18 in an ambulance! Henderson now grabs the legs of his opponent…AND LOCKS IN A THIRD SHARPSHOOTER!

Stew-O: Maverick immediately dives towards the ropes and gets his hand on the bottom one! The ref tries to get SOSA to separate, but he’s not having it! He pulls Maverick away from the ropes and delivers a stomp down on his head! HE JUST KEEPS STOMPING AWAY! You have to wonder what Maverick can do here to get back in control? Right now, he is just being beaten to a bloody pulp by Henderson! SOSA now brings him back up to his feet AND HE LOOKS FOR A BACK SUPLEX! MAVERICK IS ABLE TO LAND ON HIS FEET SOMEHOW! SOSA turns around to try to strike…BUT MAVERICK GETS HIM WITH THE EXPLODER SUPLEX!

Gavin Kirkland: THE CROWD COMES WITH THAT ONE! Henderson is sent across the ring and winds up in the corner! He tries to escape BUT CODY MAVERICK KNOCKS HIS BLOCK WITH A ROLLING ELBOW! SOSA Henderson just stumbles into the corner, reeling from that massive impact! It’s now Maverick who’s ready to unleash hell on his opponent! HE CHOPS HIM ACROSS THE CHEST! They could hear that one down in Trujillo Alto! Henderson tries to leave the corner again, but Maverick isn’t about to let that happen! HE DELIVERS ANOTHER CHOP! AND HE JUST STARTS GOING RAPID-FIRE! THE MACHINE GUN CHOPS TO SOSA HENDERSON!

Persephone: Guess he’s not that Bulletproof after all. Maverick ends the combination with a forearm smash! He then grabs SOSA Henderson and places him up onto the top rope! MONEYMAKER! Here comes from the cover from Maverick and thankfully this could be it!

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

Stew-O: NO! The ref notices that Henderson’s foot is under the bottom rope! Cody Maverick looks to see what the ref is talking about! It looks like in his haste to get the win; he didn’t pay attention! Cody now brings SOSA Henderson back to his feet and throws him into the ropes with an Irish whip! HE LOOKS FOR A CLOTHESLINE OFF THE REBOUND! Henderson is able to duck under it and comes back at his opponent with the bicycle knee! Maverick is able to avoid it! The two rush to opposite sides of the ring, both looking to build up some speed! MAVERICK GOES FOR THE HIP TOSS! HENDERSON IS ABLE TO LAND ON HIS FEET! GAMENGIRI!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT MAVERICK IS ABLE TO DUCK UNDER AT THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT! HE GRABS HIS OPPONENT UP OFF THE MAT! He tries getting him up on his shoulders, but SOSA Henderson slips right off him! HE LEAPS UP FOR THE POISON-RANA! BUT AS LEAPS UP, MAVERICK CATCHES HIM! HE RUNS BACKWARDS INTO THE ROPES! BOTH MEN ARE DUMPED TO THE OUTSIDE! That was a unique way of handling that, putting both men now out here at ringside!

Persephone: Both of them look pretty out of it now. They hit the outside floor with a lot of force! But I guess their egos are compelling them to get up! Maverick and Henderson barely make it to their knees before they start throwing hands with one another! They’re trading shots as they stand up! HENDERSON GRABS MAVERICK AND TRIES TO THROW HIM INTO THE POST! Maverick holds onto for dear life, planting his feet to not be launched! HE INSTEADS PULLS HENDERSON IN FOR THE DEEP END!

Stew-O: The spinebuster connects and Maverick takes this match back inside the ring! BUT WAIT! HENDERSON IS HOLDING ONTO THAT BOTTOM ROPE! He is clinging with everything he has, not allowing Maverick to capitalize! Maverick tries to pull him away, but Henderson grabs his arm…AND PULLS HIM RIGHT INTO THE ROPE! Maverick is left hanging across the middle rope! HENDERSON KICKS RIGHT IN THE FACE SENDING HIM BACK INSIDE! He now rushes over to the top rope and lines up his shot! PAID! IN! FULL!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT MAVERICK ROLLS FORWARD TO AVOID IT! Henderson is able to catch himself, rolling as he hits the mat! He turns around to continue the offense! He rushes at Maverick, but HE’S CAUGHT IN A HALF-NELSON! WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE THE HIGH ROLLER!

Persephone: Wrong! Henderson once again reaches out towards the ropes and grabs it! He refuses to be pulled back…but MAVERICK TEARS HIM AWAY! As he does, Henderson brings an elbow back in his jaw and gets him with the snapmare! AND THEN THE SINGLE LEG DROPKICK! Maverick is able to avoid it and then gets back up to his feet! HE RUSHES OVER TO THE ROPES AS HENDERSON SCRAMBLES TO FIND HIS OWN FOOTING! LIGHTS OUT!

Stew-O: BUT HENDERSON GETS HIM WITH THE SPEAR! CUT DOWN IN MID-AIR! He looks for the cover!

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

Gavin Kirkland: THE SHOULDER IS UP! MAVERICK KICKS OUT YET AGAIN! Henderson looks absolutely livid here! He stares at the referee and insists it was a three count! The ref is standing his ground! SOSA now grabs Maverick and just starts laying into him with punches! AND THEN HE DROPS HIM WITH A ROUNDHOUSE! MAVERICK CATCHES THE LEG AND DROPS HIS OPPONENT DOWN! HE’S JUST PUMMELING HENDERSON! JUST DELIVERING AS MANY PUNCHES AS HE CAN! HE GETS BACK UP AND BRINGS HENDERSON WITH HIM!

Persephone: He gets him with a jab right under the chin! And then another! AND THEN A THIRD! Maverick tries to seal the deal with the Discus Clothesline! HENDERSON CATCHES HIM AND TRIES FOR THE SPANISH FLY! His opponent drives an elbow right into the side of his head, knocking the sense right out of him! HE ONCE AGAIN GRABS HIM FOR THE HIGH ROLLER!

Stew-O: He gets Henderson up above his head, but Henderson is able to escape! He turns Maverick around AND ACTUALLY GETS HIM WITH THE ROUNDHOUSE KICK! That could be the knock-out blow here as SOSA Henderson goes for the cover! HE’S GRABBING ONTO THE BOTTOM ROPE AS HE DOES!

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

Gavin Kirkland: THE REF LOOKS UP AS HE’S ABOUT TO COUNT TO THREE! He sees Henderson grabbing onto the bottom rope and immediately calls it off! SOSA let’s go of his opponent and turns his attention towards the referee now! He’s getting right up in his face and just starts screaming at him! He should be focused on Maverick!

Persephone: Speaking of, it looks Cody is actually getting back up as this is going on! SOSA turn around! TURN AROUND! Nope, doesn’t look like he’s going to turn around. AND MAVERICK ROLLS HIM UP FROM BEHIND!

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(‘Show of Hands’ by Future & Metro Boomin’ (feat. ASAP Rocky) begins to play as Cody Maverick climbs off his opponent and rushes over to the corner to celebrate. Henderson cannot believe what just happened.)

Bella Braxton: HERE IS YOUR WINNER… ‘THE SIN CITY SUPERSTAR’…CODY MAVERICK!

Stew-O: What an upset here to kick off Season 18! SOSA Henderson and Cody Maverick brought everything they could to each other during this one! But in the end, it was SOSA Henderson’s ego that cost him the match!

Gavin Kirkland: Listen, that referee was biased! SOSA was blindsided by Cody Maverick! And now Cody is heading into the new season with massive momentum!

(The ref raises the hand of Cody Maverick in the middle of the ring as the crowd cheers. SOSA Henderson is seen walking up the ramp, shaking his head in disappointment.)

(A graphic showing the various faces of members of the EAW Roster is shown, rapidly going through every person before finally stopping.)

(As the camera shifts backstage, we see General Manager, Kennedy Street sipping her champagne and very proud of herself and the job her team has done with the draft so far this evening for Showdown. Alana Starr, the assistant General Manager is pacing around the office, still looking at who else to draft.)

Alana Starr: We should have drafted Jake Smith.

Kennedy Street: First off honey, we all know he was not available, he had to go and win a world championship, it’s why we brought Charlie Marr back to Showdown, that was a fluke.

Alana Starr: It wasn’t a fluke, Jake is….

Kennedy Street: Stop! You are not going to keep simping on Jake Starr, honey. He is an accused murderer, look what he did to all of his former girlfriends, besides, there is something weird going on with him and Caroline. They can go and kill chickens together on Voltage, not our problem.

(A sighing Alana Starr nods.)

Alana Starr: Fine. Anyway, we have had a great draft so far Kennie, your genius and my intuition has really solidified our roster.

(A smiling Kennedy brushes her hair back and smirks, sipping her champagne.)

Kennedy Street: Yeah, Kennie thinks so, honey. Unlike the MAGA team who pretty much rostered all Caucasians except for Joso so far, and Voltage who rather draft fossils and the stars that Kennie made here on Showdown, we definitely have a very diverse one with not only established Elitists who are former or current World Champions and the future of this business.

Alana Starr: I really think that we did the best out of all three brands, Kennie, and we still have a whole set of rounds yet to go! And we are going to ki –

(But before Alana Starr could finish her sentence, the NEW Answers World Champion, TLA walks in with the title proud over his shoulder, Kennedy quickly stands up and walks over to him.)

Kennedy Street: THERE HE IS! Showdown’s champion!

(TLA takes his General Manager’s hand and kisses it.)

Kennedy Street: Oh, mi amor!

TLA: I am so excited to be part of the Showdown roster and your campeon. We are moving forward with the quickness here, and I see here en la Isla Del Encanto that you are bringing in some top contenders for this title.

Kennedy Street: Yes, we totally are, but Kennie needs to tell you that Showdown is so proud to have such a caliber champion as yourself as its representative. The only thing that can be said is that Season 18 is going to be incredible, and the draft is not over yet!

Alana Starr: It isn’t! And we are so happy that you are here as the leader of our Brand and –

(But before Alana can finish, TLA senses someone behind him, he turns around and sees Donovan Duke holding the briefcase.)

Kennedy Street: Well… this is about to get interesting.

TLA: Orale… congrats homie.

Donovan Duke: Thanks, TLA, to you as well. First off I would like to thank Kennedy Street and Alana Starr for bringing me back to Showdown. I know the last time I was here it was a tumultuous situation, but a lot has changed since. I just wanted to come by and say that I am appreciative of the opportunity again and I wanted to come face to face with the Answers World Champion himself.

Kennedy Street: A lot has changed, Donovan and what you bring to Showdown is an incredible array of talent. We all look forward to what you can do here on the Blue Brand. But with that briefcase. It seems like Mr. Duke has a one way ticket to the title.

TLA: Si mon, he might, but the thing is, he has to actually beat me for it, and no offense, vato, but I can beat the best after I wrestled an hour, so I welcome you.

(Suddenly…)

???: Well that is some funny shit…. Because I got something too.

(SOSA Henderson walks in holding his 24/7 Contract as Kennedy smiles, Alana looks over at her and winks, SOSA gets right up to TLA’s face.)

SOSA Henderson: Long time no see TLA.

TLA: Orale… SOSA, good to see you buey.

SOSA Henderson: I know munchkin here has himself a little briefcase, and look at this, I have a contract as well and I know that you have an idea the power of this because it was used on you this past season on Voltage, right homie?

(Alana Starr tries to cut in between here.)

Alana Starr: SOSA Henderson, welcome to Showdown, we knew you would be a great pick and –

(SOSA just glares at Alana Starr.)

Alana Starr: – yeah the last time someone looked at me like that they wanted to… you know what, nevermind.

SOSA Henderson: Uh huh, anyway, it don’t; matter what happened earlier tonight with the biased referees, the fact is, I got this contract, and you better watch your back.

TLA: Just like I told this vato, I will tell you the same thing, it don’t matter what you got, because I can wrestle ten people and still be ready for your cheap cash-ins and –

???: Well… I don’t have a cash-in, but I will take that from you.

(Kennedy is grinning right now as Charlie Marr walks in glaring down Donovan Duke, SOSA Henderson and the Answers World Champion, TLA.)

Charlie Marr: You didn’t think after the bollocks I faced at Pain For Pride that I would just sit back and let you all get all the fun. The British Invasion may be gone, but the best wrestler in Britain and the world is right here. Thanks Ms. Street.

Kennedy Street: The pleasure was all mine, honey. Now why don’t you four take this outside so we can finish this draft and –

???: Kind of funny, that I just pinned your ass and here you are making threats for a World Championship.

(Everyone turns to see Cody Maverick enter the room as well much to everyone’s surprise.)

Cody Maverick: Showdown is MY SHOW now and all of you are going to have to accept that. Now, I am not here to ask for a World Title shot, nah-ah, I am just here to introduce myself to our lovely General Manager and just realized the room is crowded with the Answers World Champions and a bunch of guys trying to play their spots before the Draft Show is even over.

Kennedy Street: Well Mr. Maverick, you were definitely one of the aces up my sleeves, so welcome to Showdown. See, this is what I want to see! The new blood of Showdown already positioning themselves and that is not including the other great wrestlers on the roster like –

???: Me?

Kennedy Street: :francis:

(Jon Kelton walks in.)

Kennedy Street: Kennie said new blood, but Kennie has a soft spot for you, so yes, welcome back, Jon.

Jon Kelton: You know that none of the new toys here are going to get in the way of finishing my story, right?

(TLA, SOSA Henderson, Donovan Duke, Charlie Marr and Cody Maverick just turn and all stare at Jon Kelton who arches an eyebrow, he then feels someone standing behind him as he turns.

Veena Adams: What a loser!

(She just keeps walking away as Charlie smirks and he leaves with her, everyone else continues to stare at one another as Kennedy Street stands there with a huge grin on her face with Alana Starr looking a little worried about the volatile situation. As the camera fades to ringside.)

(The camera cuts to Bella Braxton in the ring.)

Bella Braxton: The following triple threat, Champions Showcase is scheduled for one fall!

Crowd: ONE FALL!

(‘Duel of the Fates’ can be heard blaring throughout the speakers as the audience reacts loudly to the arrival of the New Breed Champion, BRAE. The newly crowned champion sports the title around his waist, gazing upon the crowd with an intense gaze on his face, maintaining all of his focus as he proceeds to march down the ramp all the more prepared for tonight.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first! From Novosibirsk, Russia! Weighing in at 215 pounds… HE IS THE NEW BREED CHAMPION…. BRRRRRRRRRAE!!!

Persephone: For every time he has to hulk up, we all take a shot. Deal?

James Peters: Surely would’ve been a rowdy night if that were the case for Pain for Pride, which BRAE would walk out of with the New Breed Championship proudly held over his shoulder. An incredible war that he ventured into against Michael Machina, one that truly tested both men that night as they seeked out glory on the greatest stage of them all. BRAE would end up victorious of course, an immense feat as we understand the reign he will follow.

Gavin Kirkland: All of the intensity and physicality in the world, BRAE is one scary competitor who seemed to be the only hope of taking the title off of Machina’s grasp. He succeeded in that much, and now, time will only tell with how incredible of a run he will be able to go on as the New Breed Champion. However, he has the opportunity to continue this momentum going into the new season…

(‘The Leaving Song Pt. II’ by AFI can be heard throughout the speakers as the crowd allows their applause to be heard. Hans Grayson emerges from the back with the Interwire Championship around his waist, waves of elation that can be felt throughout the audience as Hans sports a smile on his face. He nods to their reactions shortly before walking down the ramp, taking in the atmosphere.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing his opponent! From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! Weighing in at 219 pounds… HE IS THE INTERWIRE CHAMPION… HAAAAAAANS GRAYSON!!!

Stew-O: Hans Grayson would begin his season with an electric reign as New Breed Champion, and end off the season just as emphatically by defeating his year long rival Drake Armstrong to become the Interwire Champion. After the rivalry they have been embroiled within for quite some time, Hans is able to outmatch the wit that Drake sports in order to capture his second championship in EAW. A stellar career this young man is enjoying!

Gavin Kirkland: Can’t deny Hans’ greatness has been only increasing this past season, despite the setbacks he experienced along the way, none of that ever held him down from remaining focused and achieving his goals. Now, tonight’s Champions Showcase is another opportunity for Hans Grayson to continue this upward trajectory!

(‘KARATE’ by BABYMETAL’ can be heard throughout the speakers, as the audience lets their voices be heard once more with the arrival of KASAI. The Specialists Champion keeps the title wrapped around her own waist, laughing her way toward the stage as she takes in the energy of the crowd as well. She begins to walk down the ramp, glancing downward to her title for a brief moment as she does so.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing their opponent! From Amani, Kagoshima, Japan! Weighing in at 145 pounds… SHE IS THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION… KAAAAAAASAI!!!

Persephone: What’s so funny? Why is she laughing? Only comical thing today is how I’m still here!!

James Peters: KASAI was able to kick off her Specialists Championship reign at Grand Rampage, and since then she had become quite the champion for elitists to target as she poses the unpredictable threat with every moment she spends between those ropes. After her successful Pain for Pride that saw her defend her title successfully, she is also walking into this match with plenty of confidence.

Gavin Kirkland: She makes that much apparent with how she carries herself as a competitor, always sporting confidence with every match she tackles. Now, this match brings upon further opportunity to bolster her presence as a champion to worry about even more. These three elitists with their own respective gold tonight, get to battle it out right here on the EAW Draft! Here we go!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Stew-O: And we’re off!! Champions Showcase begins as we have our New Breed Champion, Interwire Champion & Specialists Champion are set to collide as they are vying for the best momentum possible for their respective reigns to follow! All three champions are carefully pacing around the ring, not looking to make the most sudden movements that they could potentially initiate here, we know all too well how easy it becomes for matches exactly like these to spiral out of control. Pain for Pride was an incredible event that crowned new champions in two of our competitors here, who surely have quite the history amongst themselves as well.

Gavin Kirkland: Can’t ignore that at all, Hans Grayson has been involved in quite the storied battles with Drake Armstrong for some time now. Hans was able to score yet another victory over Drake no matter how much he may have tried to outmatch Hans’ fire with his own wit—which may have only resulted in his own demise all the more! And we can’t forget how BRAE would be crowned the New Breed Champion as well, being able to topple the threat that the longest reigning champion prior presented in Michael Machina. Who he would be able to triumph over on such an immense stage through sheer brutality to match his own!

Persephone: Thanks but no thanks for the history lessons guys I’ve seen the same exact show.

Stew-O: AND HERE’S BRAE RUSHING TOWARD HANS, TACKLING HIM INTO THE CORNER! Now BRAE is sending the strikes right across Hans’ body with quite the intensity that he’s all the more adamant of maintaining! Grayson is being kept at bay for a moment—but now KASAI has her arms around BRAE’s waist and pulls her away from the corner! She’s looking to gain some leeway of her own by sending kicks across Hans’ chest while Hans is trying to block himself from much of the offense both of these rather aggressive champions are looking for!

Gavin Kirkland: Now BRAE’s got his arms around KASAI as well.. tossing her away from the corner as he’s looking to employ further pressure where he can with Hans! BRAE is very much looking to score his own victory over the Interwire Champion as he has known defeat to Hans Grayson before! But here’s KASAI quickly turning BRAE around into a FOREARM across his chest! BRAE’s welcoming the challenge from KASAI as now he’s sending a forearm of his own across her own chest!! Now they’re both trading these forearms back & forth amongst each other as they surely thrive in conditions such as these!

Stew-O: Which is unfortunately halted by Hans Grayson WITH A TOP ROPE CROSSBODY THAT TAKES THEM BOTH DOWN! Hans took advantage of both competitors focusing on one another as the crossbody surely returned all control to him! They were rather adamant about taking the fight to him for a brief moment, but now BRAE’s staggering upward to his feet as Hans’ keeps his eyes set toward him! BRAE’s leaned back against the ropes as Hans sends the left & right hooks across his abdomen, keeping BRAE suppressed for as much as he can ‘till the New Breed Champion is able to shove Hans away and create some room between them!

Gavin Kirkland: BRAE now attempts to rush toward Hans—BUT AN ARM DRAG CATCHES BRAE! Hans able to think quickly on his feet as he’s able to send BRAE across the ring with an arm bag! BRAE’s rolling back up to his feet as he’s now backed against the corner, with Hans returning to his own & rushing toward him with a SUCCESSFUL JUMPING KNEE INTO THE CORNER! Catching BRAE right across the jaw!! BUT HERE’S KASAI LOOKING FOR A JUMP ON HANS—

Stew-O: HANS WITH A BACK ELBOW! KASAI’s rocked as she’s stumbling backward, and Grayson maintains this momentum for himself with an arm wrapped right around BRAE’s head! He rushes forward with BRAE as he sends a clothesline to KASAI that coincides with the RUNNING BULLDOG! Hans is making all of the good happen tonight as he’s now on a roll with this match while it continues to roll forward! Grayson then brings himself up to a proper stance while BRAE’s still down on the mat with KASAI rolling away!

Gavin Kirkland: AS HANS NAILS A PICTURE PERFECT STANDING MOONSAULT ONTO BRAE! Such accuracy in his moonsault allows him to hook the leg for the pin! The referee slides right over!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Persephone: A resounding kick out from the New Breed Champion. Woo fuckin’ hoo.

Stew-O: BRAE’s able to kick out, obviously not enough to be put down by Hans as the Interwire Champion is now looking to continue this pressure being placed on him, something he is very familiar with employing—but KASAI with a spinning elbow right across Hans’ temple as he was trying to drag BRAE! Now Hans’ has been rocked as he’s teetering along with a dizzy head still intact all the while moving over to the ropes, grabbing a hold of them! But KASAI’s looking to assume some control of her own here as she’s now sending stiff knees across Hans’ abdomen! Each knee looking to emphasize more pain upon his midsection than the last!

Gavin Kirkland: Now KASAI’s looking to rush toward the ropes, and rebound back toward Hans as she’s looking for the KNEE LIFT—HANS SIDESTEPS! With a hold of KASAI.. AND A RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP CONNECTS! Hans is able to outmaneuver KASAI for the time being as KASAI’s eagerly moving back up onto her own two feet, but Hans are following suit with a hand over his own abdomen! He begins to send a knife edge CHOP across KASAI’s chest that causes her to stumble against the corner! Hans doesn’t relent with ANOTHER chop that follows!!!

Stew-O: Hans aims for a third… WITH KASAI DUCKING THE CHOP & RETORTING WITH A KNEE LIFT! The knee lift keeps Hans from escaping from the corner where’s he’s situated, KASAI now keeps this energy consistent with repeated kicks sent right across the chest of Hans! She’s doing everything that she can to ensure Hans isn’t given the proper leeway to evade her offense even here! Now KASAI backs away from Hans, looking for another spinning elbow to rock Grayson further!

Gavin Kirkland: HANS WITH A BOOT! The boot catches KASAI square across her jaw as she’s sent reeling backward, in a vulnerable position here as Hans is now quickly moving himself up to the top of the turnbuckle! The aerial offense that Hans can manage to accomplish in any scenario, now looking to continue applying the usual pressure as he proceeds to leap forward WITH A TOP ROPE—

Stew-O: DROPKICK CATCHES HANS IN MID AIR!! KASAI able to think quickly and react with initiative as the dropkick catches Hans right across his midsection with great effect!! Grayson is clutching onto his own waist once more as KASAI is looking to keep as much of an advantage as possible here, with Hans’ turned away from KASAI… KASAI WITH A BACKSTABBER THAT ONLY CAUSES A GREATER DETRIMENT TO HANS!!

Persephone: Which leads to KASAI going for the pin. Anything to end this match I’m sure. 😊

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: TH—

Gavin Kirkland: Hans with the kick out!!! KASAI isn’t trying to waste too much time here as she’s now dragging Hans toward the middle of the ring, with the Interwire Champion returning to his knees while KASAI’d eyeing Hans! She’s got him where he’ll be best suited for what arises next… WITH THE ‘CTE’—

Stew-O: BRAE WITH THE REAR NAKED CHOKE!!! KASAI’S JUST BEEN CAUGHT IN A REAR NAKED CHOKE AS BRAE IS HOLDING ONTO THE SUBMISSION! Now BRAE’s included his presence back into this match in quite the emphatic manner, his arms wrapped around KASAI’s neck as he’s not allowing any breathing room for the Specialists Champion!!! And now we see Hans being able to return to his feet, seeing that BRAE’s got KASAI held in this choke which can turn for the worse!

Gavin Kirkland: HANS RUSHES TOWARD THE TWO WITH A DROPKICK—BUT BRAE MOVES AWAY IN TIME! KASAI is sent reeling out through the ropes and out of the ring as Hans gets KASAI out of the ring with the dropkick! Grayson tries to bring himself back up to his feet more quickly to focus on BRAE, BUT BRAE WITH S VICIOUS CHOP CAUSES HANS TO FEEL EVERY BIT OF THAT! Hans stumbles for a moment before grasping onto the ropes, trying to keep himself mobile, looking to rush back toward BRAE with a sudden knee— BUT A URANAGE FROM BRAE SENDS HANS PLANTING DOWN ONTO THE MAT!!

Persephone: Give this freak one dose of caffeine and you’ll need a raging bull to put this motherfucker down.

Stew-O: Which may not even be enough for a competitor like BRAE.. as now he’s sending repeated forearms right into the back of Hans’ neck!!! He’s not allowing Hans Grayson any leeway here tonight, trying to keep him down for a permanent three count if it means presenting himself as the superior champion!! BRAE is making sure each forearm to follow is just as strenuous as the other! This isn’t the greatest spot for the Fire Heart to remain!! BRAE perks his stance upward as his eyes fixate above—

Gavin Kirkland: SPRINGBOARD BACK ELBOW FROM KASAI SENDS BRAE FALLING BACK!!! KASAI is able to return to this match with quite the maneuver here as now BRAE’s leaning against the bottom rope, but KASAI’s not interested in stopping there! She situates herself right over BRAE with her foot pressed against his chest, stomping DOWN onto BRAE’s chest as she’s refusing to give him the time to recover! KASAI holds onto the ropes while she continues to stomp down with all of her force being placed on these stomps that’ll surely keep BRAE down!

Stew-O: BUT HERE’S HANS WITH HIS ARM AROUND KASAI LOOKING FOR THE SAITO—KASAI WITH AN ELBOW RIGHT OVER HANS’ SKULL! He’s forced to let go as KASAI’s freed herself just as quickly, shortly before nailing a side kick right across Hans’ midsection to drop him to a knee! Now KASAI runs forward as she configured her positioning around Hans—FOR THE OCTOPUS LOCK TO BE IN PLACE!

Gavin Kirkland: NOW HANS IS IN A BAD SPOT HERE! KASAI is gonna keep this octopus hold locked in as much as she possibly can while Hans struggles to find any greater ground, but he’s managing to stop himself from dropping any further down to the may as he’s got a sizable advantage over KASAI in that regard! But KASAI is still going to maintain as much as this as humanly possible ‘till Hans can’t possibly retort with a counter of his own! This can only end poorly for the Interwire Chanpion if KASAI persists—

Persephone: DISCUS CLOTHESLINE FROM BRAE TAKES KASAI OFF OF HANS! That looked pretty nasty too, need more of that.

Stew-O: BRAE was able to get KASAI off with the discus clothesline, as now KASAI’s sent reeling while BRAE is back to his feet! Hans is trying to recoup quickly after the octopus hold kept him from moving as swiftly as he’s usually able to! Grayson sees BRAE as he’s spotted as well, with BRAE rushing toward Hans with a BOOT—but Hans ducks the boot and rolls over back up to his feet! ONLY FOR BRAE TO RUN TOWARD HIM AGAIN—

Gavin Kirkland: AS THE BICYCLE KNEE STRIKE CATCHES KASAI!! SENDING HER OUT OF THE RING ONCE MORE! Hans is able to maneuver out of the way in time as BRAE just struck KASAI! The New Breed Champion turns himself around—AS THE HURRICANRANA FROM HANS GRAYSON SENDS BRAE THROUGH THE ROPES & OUT OF THE RING AS WELL!! Hans is able to give himself much needed time to recover as BRAE is sent to his feet at ringside, but he’s still got a proper state of consciousness intact!

Stew-O: BRAE’s looking to get himself back into the fray.. but KASAI won’t quite allow that to transpire back in the ring! She sends a forearm right over the back of BRAE to stop him from ascending to the apron! Now BRAE’s got a hand on his back, turning himself around as KASAI sends a CHOP of her own across his chest! WITH BRAE RETORTING BACK WITH A CHOP AS WELL! Truly doesn’t matter where they are situated! BRAE & KASAI continue to send these chops forward across one another without avail!!!

Persephone: Treating chops like a blunt rotation.

Gavin Kirkland: WHICH IS HALTED BY HANS GRAYSON TAKING FLIGHT WITH TOPE CON HILO!!! HANS TAKES BOTH BRAE & KASAI DOWN WITH HIS AERIAL OFFENSE! The tope con hilo is a shining success for Hans as now they’re both left incredibly dazed, trying to recuperate while Hans returns back up to his own feet! BRAE’s looking to bring himself up, still feeling the effects of the dive as he has a hand over the apron, pulling himself up—BUT HANS WITH A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION! BRAE’s sent staggering as he’s now prone on the floor, and Hans’ continued with the knees across his midsection!!

Stew-O: KASAI is now looking to bring herself back up to a proper rhythm in this match as well, but Hans has his eyes set on her as well! Now that Grayson sees KASAI groggily returning to her feet, and turning right around… INTO A CLOTHESLINE FROM THE FIRE HEART!! KASAI just got dropped about as quickly as she was able to bring herself back up, with Hans now emphasizing his focus back onto BRAE as the New Breed Champion refuses to stay down for long! Hans rushes toward BRAE LOOKING FOR A FOREARM—

Gavin Kirkland: BRAE DRIVES HANS INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! HIS ABDOMEN COLLIDES WITH THE EDGE OF THE STEPS! Hans is visibly struggling here as he’s not clutching onto his midsection closely, moving himself away from the steps as he’s been met with a bad hand to deal with here—AS BRAE THEN SENDS HANS RIGHT ACROSS THE BARRICADE!! Hans has absolutely been taken out of commission temporarily, and BRAE’s found new ground here as he manages to incapacitate Hans Grayson with usage of his environment!

Stew-O: Now BRAE’s got his eyes set directly on KASAI, who is now looking to bring herself up as well while she can! Although she may not be able to recover for long, as BRAE now wraps his arms around KASAI’s waist, as he may be looking for a GERMAN SUPLEX… ONTO THE APRON!!!

Gavin Kirkland: LOOK! KASAI IS GRASPING ONTO THE ROPES!!! SHE’S GOT A HOLD OF THE ROPES AS BRAE CAN’T COMMIT TO THE GERMAN SUPLEX! KASAI is able to squirm free as she’s on the apron, and BRAE quickly turns himself around looking to sweep KASAI off of her feet—but KASAI leaps above the swing, and sends a KICK across BRAE’s jaw! With BRAE staggered for the moment, unable to relent back NOW—

Persephone: METEORA FROM THE APRON!!! KASAI nails the meteora & sends BRAE crashing back onto the ringside floor! *You see I’m kinda enjoying this too.*

Stew-O: KASAI surely is able to ward off any control that couldn’t be placed over her as her crafty decision making results in momentum for her! Now she’s able to drag BRAE back into the ring, and BRAE is trying to move along, but he’s struggling to find the footing that he needs here if he wants to evade the next maneuver to come! KASAI returns to the ring, back to her feet as BRAE is left all alone in the ring… RUSHING FORWARD!

Gavin Kirkland: ‘CTE’!!! KNEE TREMBLER CATCHES BRAE RIGHT ACROSS HIS TEMPLE AND SENDS HIM DOWN ONTO THE MAT! KASAI hooks the leg as the referee slides right onto the canvas for the pin!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: THREEEE—

Stew-O: KICK-OUT FROM BRAE! NOT ENOUGH! KASAI is not allowing the frustration to build now, she knows what this match is all about setting herself on the best path possible for the new season as champion! BRAE’s rolling himself away from KASAI & over to the corner, as he’s looking to keep himself mobile despite the pain he’s surely going through at the moment, KASAI now rushes toward the corner looking for heightened momentum to garner with a leaping forearm!

Gavin Kirkland: BUT BRAE LOOKS TO TOSS KASAI OUT OF THE RING!!! KASAI remains on the apron however with a hold of the ropes!!! BRAE notices KASAI hasn’t been taken out of the ring, and he swings—but KASAI with a hold of his arm!!! Now turning the counter into an ARM BAR OVER THE ROPES!! BRAE is struggling incredibly to bring himself out of this as KASAI is wrenching in this arm bar!!!!

Persephone: Not looking good for Mr. New Breed Champ’ over here, I think it’s only a matter time before his arm snaps or he uses some power up nonsense to deadlift her back over—

Stew-O: ‘FLAMING PUNCH’ TO KASAI!!!! The punch causes KASAI to let go & slump from the apron to the ringside floor!! Hans Grayson is back into the fray as he’s now rolling himself back into the ring as well, BRAE’s clutching onto his own arm as he may not even see that Hans has returned back to the squared circle!

Gavin Kirkland: Hans gets his arms around BRAE from behind AS HE’S LOOKING FOR THE SNAP DRAGON—BUT BRAE ROLLS HANS OVER HIMSELF AT THE NICK OF TIME! BRAE rushes back toward Hans looking for the LARIAT!

Stew-O: HANS DUCKS AND WRAPS HIS ARM AROUND BRAE—AS THE SAITO SUPLEX PLANTS BRAE RIGHT ONTO THE BACK OF HIS NECK!!! Hans manages to take him down with authority as the Saito is successful enough to rock BRAE considerably! Now Hans is moving back up to his feet as he sees that BRAE is groggily moving over into an upward stance! Hans sees his opportunity for ANOTHER ‘FLAMING PUNCH’—

Gavin Kirkland: A SICKENING OVERHEAD CHOP CATCHES HANS RIGHT AS HE LEAPS FORWARD!!! BRAE EVADES DISASTER!!! Hans’ chest must be burning up after the chop that can be heard all across this beautiful island! Grayson eagerly rolls himself away from the mat and onto the apron, trying to give himself this much needed breathing room after BRAE’s chop… but it seems BRAE has other ideas for Hans Grayson at the moment…

Stew-O: As BRAE’s motioning over to where Hans is situated, and drags him back up to his feet as he’s got a hand cupped around the chin of Hans! He brings his arms around the ropes as Hans is now trapped in place with nowhere to go! As the entire audience tonight is watching on, BRAE’s got his fist raised while Hans Grayson has no choice but to remain prone to further violence!!!

Gavin Kirkland: ‘THE TEN BEATS OF BRAEEEEEE’!!!! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT! NINE!!! BRAE’s letting every single one of those clobbering strikes over Hans’ chest simmer as he keeps his fist raised high in the air! Han’s chest is looking like a freakin’ mess as he’s absolutely spent from the tirade of strikes… LEADING TO TEN—

Stew-O: KASAI GRABS BRAE’S ARM BEFORE HE COULD NAIL THE TENTH BEAT—AND YANKS HIS ARM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! BRAE’s clutching onto his own in pain as Hans drops down to the apron!!! KASAI just found the perfect opening here! She refused BRAE from allowing the completion and in turn caused further damage to the arm in itself! BRAE’s remaining on his feet as he turns forward to KASAI—

Gavin Kirkland: AS KASAI NAILS A TILT-A-WHIRL ARM BAR ONTO BRAE!! KASAI MAINTAINS THE ARM BAR AS BRAE IS NOW STRUGGLING HERE!! He’s laid out on the mat and trying to keep himself from even considering the thought of tapping out!!! BUT KASAI IS LOCKING THIS ARM BAR IN TIGHTLY!

Persephone: BUT BRAE EAGERLY PUSHES HIS BODYWEIGHT ONTO KASAI NOW!!! HER SHOULDERS ARE DOWN!!! CLOSE TO THE END!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE—

Stew-O: BUT KASAI LIFTS HER SHOULDERS TO PULL BRAE INTO ‘BURNING EMPRESS’!!!! HELL’S GATE IS LOCKED IN!!!! BRAE IS SQUIRMING AROUND, BUT KASAI IS LOCKING IN THE SUBMISSION TIGHTLY!! KASAI can end this match right here and being upon an end to this Champions Showcase now!!!! BRAE is doing everything that he can to remain conscious, with all of the pressure being placed on getting himself out of this submission! He’s able to shift his own body closer to the ropes, with a foot under the bottom rope, but there’s no rope breaks!!!

Gavin Kirkland: I’M AFRAID BRAE WILL HAVE TO GIVE IN, BUT HE’S TRYING TO HOLD ON! KASAI MUST—

Stew-O: ‘FIRESAULT’ ONTO KASAI!!!!!! KASAI IS FORCED TO LET GO OF THE SUBMISSION AS HANS NAILS THE SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT ONTO HER! BRAE is clutching onto his arm just as quickly as now Hans is rolling himself over to the apron! KASAI is extremely groggy as Hans now holds onto the ropes!

Gavin Kirkland: Hans waits for KASAI to bring herself back up to her own two feet, laying in wait on the apron as this is his opportunity to emerge from this match with one hell of a win! KASAI is up… AS HANS FLIPS OVER THE ROPES—

Stew-O: ‘BURNING SHOT LARIAT’ CONNECTS!!!!! THE SPRINGBOARD INTO THE LARIAT TAKES KASAI DOWN!!! HANS HOOKS THE LEG!!!! ANOTHER MATCH IN THE BOOKS FOR THE INTERWIRE CHAMPION!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Persephone: WOAH!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: BRAE JUST PRIED HANS OFF OF KASAI AND NAILED A GERMAN SUPLEX TO SEND HIM RIGHT ONTO THE BACK OF HIS NECK!!! BRAE is back in this match!!!! He has his eyes set directly on Hans as he’s struggling to will himself up to his feet!!! BRAE delivers a fierce CHOP right across the back of his neck!!! BEFORE WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND HIS WAIST TO SEND HIM INTO A WORLD OF HURT WITH ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX!!

Stew-O: Hans is incredibly hurt!!! Now BRAE returns to his feet as quickly as he can! He’s summoning a whole new level of energy right now with Grayson down on the mat, struggling to get himself back into the fight! With Hans slowly returning to his feet… BRAE RUSHES TOWARD HIM WITH ‘MORRIGAN’—

Gavin Kirkland: JUMPING KNEE FROM HANS CATCHES BRAE ACROSS THE JAW!!! GRAYSON’S STILL GOT PLENTY OF FIGHT! NOW HANS IS ABLE TO GET A HOLD OF BRAE HERE… AS HE LOOKS TO MOTION FOR THE ‘HEAT TWIST’!!!!

Stew-O: BRAE DUCKS UNDER HIS ARM AND TURNS THE EVASION INTO A SUDDEN BLACK HOLE SLAM!!! NOW HANS IS DOWN ON THE MAT! BRAE’S GOT HANS EXACTLY WHERE HE NEEDS HIM!

Gavin Kirkland: BRAE BACKS AWAY FOR A BRIEF MOMENT, LOOKING TO PUT AN END TO THIS CHAMPIONS SHOWCASE FOR GOOD…. WITH A ‘RED DEATH’!!!!

Stew-O: NO! KASAI WITH A SUDDEN DROPKICK TO THE ARM OF BRAE!!! BRAE’S CLUTCHING ONTO HIS ARM AGAIN! NOW KASAI IS TRYING TO RETURN BACK TO HER FEET QUICKLY! BRAE’S CAUGHT IN A BAD SPOT HERE AS HIS ARM MAY COST HIM!

Gavin Kirkland: THAT MAY HAVE COST BRAE, INDEED! KASAI IS BACK TO HER FEET, HOLDING ONTO THE ROPES AS THE LARIAT FROM HANS SURELY ROCKED HER CONSIDERABLY! BUT NOW SHE’S ALL THE MORE FOCUSED ON BRINGING THID VICTORY OVER TO HERSELF FOR THE SEASON AHEAD! KASAI LAYS IN WAIT FOR BRAE TO TURN HIMSELF BACK AROUND WITH A HAND OVER HIS OWN ARM…. LOOKING FOR ‘URAI’S CURSE’!!!!

Stew-O: BRAE DUCKS THE SKULL KICK!!! HE PROCEEDS TO RUSH TOWARD THE ROPES & REBOUND BACK TOWARD KASAI WHILE EVADING THE KICK—

Gavin Kirkland: ‘MORRIGAN’!!!!!! BROGUE KICK CATCHES KASAI RIGHT ACROSS THE JAW!!!! SHE’S LAID OUT! BRAE’S ABLE TO FEND OFF INCOMING DISASTER! HE’S RUSHING OVER TO KASAI TO PIN—

Persephone: ‘BURNING SHOT LARIAT’ OUT OF NOWHERE FROM HANS!!!!! BRAE IS TAKEN DOWN!!! HANS TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE MOMENT AS HE NOW HOOKS KASAI’S LEG FOR THE WIN!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Bella Braxton: HERE IS YOUR WINNER… THE INTERWIRE CHAMPION, HANNNNNS GRAYSON!!!

(‘The Leaving Song Pt. II’ can be heard blaring throughout the speakers as the audience reacts loudly in applause. Hans is able to return back to his feet with an arm around his midsection, as the referee hands the Interwire Championship back to him. Hans gives a nod to the referee, smiling as the referee raises his hand in victory.)

Persephone: Well, that went about as long as it needed to. Maybe I’ll be home sooner.

Gavin Kirkland: Gotta say, that was quite the match for all three champions tonight! They respectively gave us glimpses of every kind into what we can expect from their reigns to come, either champion truly could have won tonight—but Hans Grayson found a way to score this win his own way for this Champions Showcase!

Stew-O: A great victory for Hans to have here tonight, as a precursor for the momentum he will have to an even greater degree as champion. BRAE & KASAI showed us exactly why they are champions as well however, their futures are immeasurably bright. Congratulations to the Interwire Champion, Hans Grayson!

(Hans continues to celebrate for the moment with the audience as he hoists his championship high in the air with a very hopeful expression. BRAE is seen leaning against steps on the outside, a bit aggravated by the result as KASAI leans against the corner, not too enthused by the result as well. The Interwire Champion keeps the smile intact as the scene fades from there.)

(A graphic showing the various faces of members of the EAW Roster is shown, rapidly going through every person before finally stopping.)

(The camera fades backstage where Voltage’s handsome Commissioner is seen standing by. Captain Charisma is greeted by the cheers of the fans and after a moment, he begins to speak.)

Captain Charisma: As you all know, it has been a hell of a night, and thanks to the results of the draft, the landscape of EAW has vastly changed. For Voltage alone, we have a slew of new faces coming in and I have no doubt that each of them will be looking to make a lasting impression as Season 18 gets under way.

(Captain Charisma pauses for a moment.)

Captain Charisma: Pain for Pride was an event that also changed the course of history, at least for some people. New champions emerged, and the management on Friday Night Dynasty changed hands as well. Now, none of us are strangers to change, as we deal with it on almost a daily basis. The life of a professional athlete is not an easy one, and you have to be willing to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in, and sometimes change brings you back to a familiar place.

(Captain Charisma smirks.)

Captain Charisma: I had a conversation with two people I hold in high regard this past Monday and the result of that conversation is a deal that I am pleased to announce right now. Joining Voltage this season is a bright, talented, and extremely passionate woman who is looking forward to making her return to my brand along with her new manager.

(Captain Charisma is replaced by the last draft graphic of the night flashing on the video tron, and the roar of the crowd shows their approval for it.)

(After a moment, Captain Charisma is seen once again.)

Captain Charisma: I’m looking forward to seeing what Diamond Dixon does alongside Tyrone Montgomery, a man I enjoyed working with when he was over the Dynasty brand. I have no doubt that the two of them will be GREAT additions to Voltage this season.

(With the word ‘great’ being emphasized by Captain Charisma, no doubt a shot at Kensingten and Richard, the commissioner grins and the scene fades out.)

(The EAW Draft returns to show the backstage area of the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico as a pair of boots are seen making their way through the halls. The camera pans upward as it’s revealed to be EAW World Heavyweight Champion Myles who’s making his way by. After his stellar performance last week at Pain For Pride, the crowd roars in approval toward the Champion and the amazing feat he accomplished. He seems to be making his way toward Gorilla Position and to the ring, but before he can do that… he’s stopped in his tracks. He tilts his head and turns over to a person who is seen watching him a short distance away, to which he smirks before beginning to speak.)

Myles: Welcome to Dynasty.

(The camera pans over to reveal Rex McAllister, who is seen with a smirk of his own as he looks over at Myles. The EAW Hall of Famers have a staredown with one another, with intentions made clear right off the bat, but no words needing to be said in the process.

(The only thing that Rex does is chuckle as he nods his head out of respect for the World Heavyweight Champion before he continues on his way. Myles then looks back as continues on his way while the camera transitions back to the arena.)

Stew-O: Well that was certainly interesting. There were a lot of new names picked up by Dynasty in this Draft, but perhaps one of the more surprising ones was in the form of EAW Hall of Famer Rex McAllister, who has always been more associated with the Sunday Night Voltage brand as we saw last Season. It’s safe to say that he already has his mind set on something here on Dynasty, right?

Gavin Kirkland: We know his past couple of World Championship endeavors have ended quite sourly at the hands of the former EAW World Champion Charlie Marr, I’m sure Rex would love to make up for that in some way and maybe having Myles in his crosshairs is the way to do it. Who knows, one thing for certain is that with the Draft coming around, the World Champion is always the one who has a target on his back.

Persephone: No comment.

(‘Enemy Strike’ by Yuki Hayashi is then heard beginning to play through the arena speakers as the crowd is in an uproar. The camera goes over to the stage to show World Heavyweight Champion Myles who is once again seen, this time beginning to make his way out to the stage. He has a serious expression on his face as he adjusts his title over his shoulder, then begins to make his way down the ramp and toward the ring from there.)

Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… the EAW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!! THE UNPARALLELED, UNDISPUTED, UNRIVALED… MYLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Persephone: The meatriding is crazy. Mind you this was the guy who did some real pussy shit giving Jamie O’Hara all that adulation after he fucking kneed his stepdad in the face.

Gavin Kirkland: :whoa:!!!

Persephone: I’m just saying if that was me… I’d need to kill him.

Stew-O: Well let’s talk about Pain For Pride because it was certainly a feat that he managed to accomplish there. Retiring the legendary Jamie O’Hara is not something that many people can say, and more so not many people can say that they survived Pain For Pride with a successful title defense, let alone as a World Champion. But here Myles is, walking into Season 18 still the World Heavyweight Champion.

Gavin Kirkland: But once again, as we’ve already seen he has a target on his back. And I’m sure a lot more are going to end up coming his way now that the field is beginning to be set for Dynasty here tonight in the EAW Draft. After this, it’s full speed ahead to our first Marquee Event, and I’m sure people are going to be lining up for an opportunity.

(Myles makes his way up the steel steps and onto the apron before entering through the ropes. He takes his title and hoists it into the air as the crowd roars in approval before he lowers it down and makes his way over to get a microphone from the timekeeper’s area while ‘Enemy Strike’ then begins to come to a close. He then makes his way toward the center of the ring before beginning to speak.)

Myles: What happened at Pain For Pride was, unfortunately for a lot of people… inevitable. While I could sit here and run down Jamie O’Hara for everything that he’s done to me in the weeks leading up to our match, it seems that we are in a bit of a mourning period. Bowing our heads in respect for the Ace who gave his everything to Elite Answers Wrestling, and that’s something that I can respect. I knew what I had to do was bittersweet, I had to be the one to put him down, and maybe I feel a little remorse for that.

Myles: But when given the decision to extend his career at my expense or extend my reign as World Heavyweight Champion at *his* expense… naturally, I have no regrets about choosing the latter. I wish him well as he walks off into the sunset but as I told him before, this is my domain. This is my EAW, and this is my Dynasty, and I am not done until I say that I’m done. What I have is unfinished business, and that continues into Season 18 as I continue my reign at the top of the totem pole in this company.

(The crowd continues to show their support as Myles pauses for a moment, letting his words soak in as he does so with a serious expression before then going on.)

Myles: There are a lot of people that I am sure will want to be the ones to do it. Ones who want to be the people to end my World Heavyweight Championship reign and do so in an emphatic matter. I consider myself to be a pretty grounded person, but I am also aware enough to notice the weight that my name holds around here. I can’t exactly blame them. But what I want to establish before people let it get to their heads is that it’s not just going to take anybody. It’s not just going to be anyone who you pick off the roster in order to beat me, it’s going to be the very best. As I walk into my second consecutive Season as a member of the Friday Night Dynasty roster I not only want to establish a winning culture, but a competitive one as well.

Myles: I want people not to expect titles to be handed into the palm of their hands, I do not want people to think that they don’t have to put their best foot forward in order to succeed, because that’s not how it works. No, if you want to be the best, then you’re going to have to be at the level of the best. This is why I am the World Heavyweight Champion, which is why I am not only the representation of this brand as a whole but as a benchmark as well. It’s a tall task to win one of these, let alone three times as I have, but it’s an even bigger accomplishment and an even bigger task to hold this title for as long as I have since I won it last year. By now most people would’ve put their foot off the gas pedal, but simply put, that’s just not who I am. That’s not who I was trained to be.

(The crowd continues to cheer as Myles looks at the World Heavyweight Championship before then continuing onward.)

Myles: So when people look toward this Season they automatically think of what is on the itinerary for them. While I could be the same way, with all these ambitions laid out right in front of me to go after, I think they’re already made pretty clear judging by what’s over my shoulder right now. Let me make one thing clear I’m not going to come to you, I’m not going to ask you to fight for my title, if you really think that you’re deserving of that then you are by all means welcome to step up…

Myles: And I’ll be there to prove to you why you still have ways to go.

Myles: This is my title, this is my EAW, and I have earned that right after everything that I have done as Champion. This is a mission statement, this is my purpose, and I will fulfill it the only way I know how, by being the best. I would love to see who says otherwise.

(Myles drops his microphone down to the ground as ‘Enemy Strike’ then begins to play through the speakers from there. He smirks as he adjusts the title over his shoulder before then turning and making his way out of the ring.)

Stew-O: Bold words by the World Heavyweight Champion here tonight as he continues his conquest forward into Season 18. We know that this is not the end of his title reign, not by a long shot, do we think that this is only just beginning? :lupe:

Persephone: Please no… he’s not even on my brand and he’s extremely annoying.

Gavin Kirkland: Well; he’s not a Hall of Famer for no reason of course. This is his time and he’s going to use it to its full extent, I think that much can be said. His words incite war and he’s willing to fight that war, and nine out of ten times he comes out on top.

(Myles is seen making his way up the ramp when all of a sudden… he stops.)

(As ‘Enemy Strike’ is replaced by ‘When Darkness Falls’ by Killswitch Engage.)

Stew-O: Well, we talk about targets. We talk about people who are going to come after the World Heavyweight Champion now that they’re on his brand, and this might very well be one of them. As we know… a lot of history here.

(The camera goes forward to show Drake King as he is seen making his way out to the stage. He has a smile on his face as he starts to laugh while the crowd gives a loud reaction to the EAW Hall of Famer. Myles is still completely frozen, eyeing his former New Eden teammate with a serious expression on his face while he does. Drake then, as he makes his way down the ramp, eyes him.)

(The two have a more intense, not-so-respectful staredown in comparison to Myles’ previous one… before Drake draws his attention to the World Heavyweight Championship.)

Gavin Kirkland: He’s held that title before, it was his very first World Championship in this company at that. Now that Drake King is officially a member of the Friday Night Dynasty roster, it’s safe to say what his mind is set on…

Persephone: I’m just glad that Satan has finally left our brand.

(Drake then looks back up at Myles who reads his body language very clearly, before God gives him a smile. Continuing to laugh as he makes his way down to the ring, and Myles turns around and makes his way to the back.)

Bella Braxton: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!

Bella Braxton: And it is the main event of the evening! Introducing first! From The Dead Sea, Israel, weighing in tonight at 220 pounds… he is ‘The Messiah’, DRAAAAAAKE KIIIIIIIING!

Stew-O: Interesting encounter with Myles aside, last weekend at Pain for Pride, Drake King was able to emerge victorious after an insane match with Andre Walker. It was a hard-fought contest, with some of the battle marks still apparent on Drake if you look closely enough, but regardless, he is here tonight ready to compete and make a strong impression for the new season.

Gavin Kirkland: He looks ready as ever, I’ll say! But then again, when you are the Messiah, should anyone expect anything differently?

Persephone: Oh boy, don’t tell us you’re a Drake fanatic now. He isn’t even on your show!

Gavin Kirkland: Nothing wrong with paying respects to our God, Persephone! :blessed:

Persephone: :francis:

Stew-O: Either way, Drake came out with an impressive win at Pain for Pride Kingdom, and now, he looks to cap off his new season as a Dynasty Elitist off by beating another former world champion in Adam Lucas. Considering that both Adam and Andre are known for thei respective, dominant times as champions, this could add more fuel to the fire for Drake King has he undoubtedly has his eyes set on Myles.

(Drake King enters the ring, and soon, ‘Everybody Knows (Unstoppable)’ by Royal Deluxe blares out. Many of the fans cheer out as Adam Lucas makes his way out.)

Bella Braxton: And his opponent! From New York, weighing in at 238 pounds… he is the ‘Unstoppable’, ADDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAM LUUUUUUUCAAAAAAAAAAS!

Persephone: God, he looks like shit. :mjlol:

Stew-O: Well, given the match he had against Dr. Bethany Blue last weekend at Pain for Pride, that should come as no surprise. If anything, he may be worse for wear compared to Drake tonight. However, Adam Lucas is someone who will never back out of a fight, which is why he is able to push through and come out here tonight for this match. Still, one has to wonder aside from a physical standpoint, how is he holding up mentally as well.

Gavin Kirkland: Definitely. Adam was forced to go to depths no one has seen him do yet, and even then, he was still holding himself back. He didn’t want to hurt his own wife, and in the end, that cost him. It’s like a switch has been turned on after that, with Adam promising that he is no longer going to allow for himself to be held back by the idea of fighting the good fight. Something’s got to change, and he’s determined to kick off this season as a different competitor all around.

Persephone: So, that means he’s no longer going to be a pussy? Took him long enough.

Stew-O: Well, Adam made it clear that he isn’t going to be content with a win – he wants to make an example out of Drake King. Supremacy. Domination. Simply Unstoppable. These were all of the things Adam himself said were things he were going to be remembered by for this season, and he looks focused here tonight, determined to make sure that this new change to him will be successful.

Gavin Kirkland: If anyone can do it, it’s Adam, but he’s going to have to be on his A-game, because he is dealing with one of the greatest of all time who isn’t going to settle for being a little messenger for him. Drake is just as eager as to start this season off on top, and that’s what makes this match all the more exciting.

(Adam gets in the ring with a steadfast pace. He goes to his corner, where he looks straight at Drake King. The referee checks on both Elitists before sounding for the bell!)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Stew-O: And there it is! The bell has rung, and this match is officially underway! Drake and Adam step out of their respective corners and go to meet right in the middle of the ring! They instantly collide, tying up with one another… and it seems like Adam is a bit more of the aggressor here as he pushes Drake towards the ropes! The referee goes over to try and break things up, but before they do, Adam drags Drake down to the mat with a double-armed arm drag and gets in a grounded side headlock!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam is definitely working with some purpose here! He’s already looking to apply some pressure to Drake King! However, the Messiah doesn’t seem concerned or bothered at all, and instead of panicking, he raises his legs up to trap Adam’s head in between them! He’s able to lock them around and this time, he’s the one who has Adam trapped! Good reversal there, and what a way for him to get out of that situation!

Persephone: Oh, God, not this stupid, technical bullshit, but whatever, wooo, we love wrestling! At least Adam isn’t being lazy as he’s looking to get out of the hold himself. He plants his hands down onto the mat and raises himself up into a headstand, going up to a vertical base… and he kicks back, able to get out —

Stew-O: Oh, and he delivers a harsh boot to the face of Drake King! Wow! That caught him off guard! However, Adam is back on the attack and he leads him back up to his feet. He pulls him in, this time going for a standing side headlock. And do notice how Adam isn’t wasting any movement as he looks to grind and wear down Drake, constantly digging his arms around his head and further tightening the hold!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam is looking to stay sharp, as everyone knows how cunning and dangerous Drake King can be! Lucas continues to tighten the lock, but Drake has other plans, delivering a sharp forearm to his side! Adam winces, but he doesn’t let go! Not yet!

Persephone: But Drake hits him again, and that gets Adam to tense up. Another forearm lands, and that looks to be enough to weaken Adam’s grasp as Drake is quick to push him towards the ropes! Adam comes running back in, where Drake waits for him—

Stew-O: But he goes down with a shoulder block! Drake lands on his back! Adam hits the ropes on the right and comes running back in—

Gavin Kirkland: But the instincts of Drake King kicks in and he moves in front of Adam, trying to trip him up—

Persephone: Ain’t happening! Adam jumps over him and goes to the opposite side of the ring! He comes bouncing back in–

Stew-O: ONLY FOR DRAKE KING TO SCRAMBLE UP AND CATCH HIM WITH A DROPKICK!! ADAM GOES BARRELING OUT TO THE OUTSIDE, AND DRAKE TAKES A SECOND TO GLOAT, A GRIN COMING ACROSS HIS FACE!

Gavin Kirkland: Picture-perfect drokick if I’ve ever seen one! Adam didn’t anticipate that one at all! He checks out his face on the outside, looking to recover, all while Drake King watches on.

Persephone: Aww, does he have a little boo-boo? 🥺

(Adam Lucas paces around a bit, making sure that no serious damage has been done. However, as he turns his head, he catches the sight of Drake, who goes ahead and mocks him.)

Drake King: (off-mic) Come on, Adam! I thought you wanted to make an example out of me, but what is this? Gosh, you’re pathetic. You still didn’t learn your lesson.

(This causes Adam to snarl.)

Adam Lucas: (off-mic) Excuse you?

Stew-O: Seems like all of that jaw-jacking got underneath Adam’s skin. He slides back into the ring and charges towards Drake!

Gavin Kirkland: But Drake is able to avoid the head-on collision and, using Adam’s momentum against him, tosses him out of the ring!

Persephone: Or so he thinks! Adam lands on the apron and immediately comes back in! He comes after Drake King from behind and clobbers him with a rear clothesline to the head!

Stew-O: And Adam is able to take him out! He lays in some stops, furthering weakening King before he gets him back up and THROWS him down onto the mat with a scoop slam! He hits the ropes and comes back in, landing a leg drop! Drake rolls towards the ropes, trying to get back up to his feet!

Gavin Kirkland: But Adam is in hot pursuit of him once more, not sparring him for a single second! He grabs him and lifts him up, going for a back suplex!

Persephone: Doesn’t happen though, as Drake is able to land on his feet! Adam turns around, RIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK—

Stew-O: NO! HE CAUGHT THE FOOT! HE WAS ABLE TO TELEGRAPH THAT KICK, AND NOW, HE SPINS DRAKE AROUND BEFORE LEVELLING HIM WITH A DISCUS LARIAT! DRAKE KING GOES DOWN!

Gavin Kirkland: And Adam doesn’t waste anytime after hitting that! He covers Drake, going for a pin!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE—

Persephone: Shoulder up! So much for that!

Stew-O: Too early to end it there, but Adam isn’t bothered. He gets Drake up into a seated positon and slams his knee into his back! He keeps it there as he grabs both of his arms and stretches them back, going for another hold here! And you can see the discomfort that’s beginning to settle on Drake’s face as Adam wrenches back, looking to make this as uncomfortable as possible for him!

Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, Adam Lucas is just doing whatever he can here, looking to dish out as much punishment as possible to the Messiah. There’s definitely a more heightened sense with him as he’s truly taking Drake to task here. He knows he needs to develop a killer instinct as a competitor, and this match has the potential to be the catalyst for him achieving that tonight!

Persephone: I can’t lie, he isn’t doing too bad of a job in that regard. No more smiley, “let’s give it our best” bullshit, nobody cares about that. Go out there and wrestle like you want to kill someone.

Stew-O: :whoa:

Persephone: What? The Disney partnership is dead! Who cares?

Gavin Kirkland: Oh, hey on now! Drake King is working his way back up to his knee! He rises some more before throwing his arms forward, causing Adam Lucas to roll through from that! However, Adam still has contact with the wrists and gets up, yanking Drake towards him! He wraps his arms around him and lifts him up—

Stew-O: BUT DRAKE WITH THE BELL CLAP, STUNNING ADAM IN THE PROCESS! LUCAS LETS GO AND STAGGERS BACK– AND DRAKE KING TAKES ADVANTAGE, HITTING HIM SQUARELY WITH THE BICYCLE KICK!

Persephone: That sends him into the corner! Adam tries to recover, but Drake comes rushing in and nails him with a jumping knee attack!

Stew-O: Adam drops down into a seated position, and Drake King runs towards the ropes! He runs back in, and FLOORS ADAM WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE! He drags him out of the corner and goes for the cover!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE–

Gavin Kirkland: Shoulder up! Adam looks to get back on his feet, but Drake King grabs him and slams him down with a snap suplex! The three-time world champion seems to be in firm control here, as he traps Adam’s arm behind his leg and keeps him grounded, looking to lock in a crossface!

Persephone: Yeah, it’s in, and Drake is doing all that we can to reel back, adding a little more damage to that hold.

Stew-O: Drake is looking to pay Adam back for earlier as Adam was trying to target him, and again, considering that these two were both in very physical matchups just last weekend, you can only imagine how tender and sore their bodies are.

Persephone: Eh, I don’t know about Adam. He’s married to a woman who shoots up more illegal stuff into her system than Jon Jones.

Gavin Kirkland: :roman:

Stew-O: … At any rate, Adam is in a bit of a precarious situation here, looking to find a way out of this. However, Drake King is as stubborn as can be, and he isn’t going to allow for Lucas to get away from him easily! Adam reaches out to the ropes, but Drake takes his arm, and this time, he pulls him into a sort of crucifix pin! Another cover here!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWO—

Gavin Kirkland: Kick out! Adam gets a little space from that, and once again, he tries to get back to his feet—

Persephone: But Drake isn’t letting that happen! He grabs him by the ankle and drags him back towards him, and he goes to grab at the other foot–

Stew-O: Only for Adam to kick him right in the face! Drake stumbles, but he tries to grab him again! However, another kick finds its mark towards his face, and Drake has no choice but to let go! Adam gets up, and Drake sees this! He runs towards him, swinging with a clothesline—

Gavin Kirkland: But Adam ducks underneath it! Drake turns around, and he gets lifted up! SPINEBUSTER! WOW! What an emphatic slam there from Adam Lucas! Drake King favors his back as he rolls out towards the apron, doing what he can to get some spacing between himself and his opponent so that he can recover!

Persephone: Yeeeeeaaaaaaah, but unfortunately for him, that isn’t happening. Adam comes right on out and joins him, grabbing him by the head as he leads him back up to his feet. God, please tell me that someone’s head is going to get cracked open here.

Stew-O: It very well could happen, namely to Drake King as Adam has him up in a piledriver position! This could be disastrous for him!

Gavin Kirkland: And Drake realizes this! Adam lifts him up, but King has his hands on the ropes! Adam tries again, but he isn’t budging! He’s grabbing onto the ropes for dear life, and it’s working! Adam finally relents, but he goes in for the attack, ready to strike him with a punch!

Persephone: He kicks at his arm! Adam holds onto it, but Drake spins him around and lifts him up — SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! :damn: !!!

Stew-O: AND ADAM LUCAS TAKES A NASTY FALL ONTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD FROM THAT! NO PROTECTION, NO BRACING! ADAM IS DOWN ON THE APRON, AND DRAKE PUSHES HIM BACK INTO THE RING! HOWEVER, HE DOESN’T GO BACK INSIDE, AND INSTEAD, HE HEADS OVER TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!

Gavin Kirkland: Ever the opportunist is Drake King! He was able to pick his spot and it paid off! Now, he’s at the top, and he goes flying through the air! FROG SPLASH! HE GETS ALL OF IT! DRAKE PINS ADAM, HOOKING THE LEG!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—

Persephone: Damn another kickout, and that means this match persists. 😔

Stew-O: Drake mounts Adam and begins to pummel away at him, firing off with some punches! Adam does the best he can to try and block most of those shots, but some of them are still landing! Adam eventually shoves Drake away, but as he tries to get back up, Drake delivers a hard kick to the ribs! Adam goes down, clutching his midsection! What a brutal shot that was!

Gavin Kirkland: It absolutely was! And now, Drake with all of the control in this match brings Adam closer towards the ropes. Drake places his foot on the bottom rope before springing off from it – AND HE LANDS WITH A CRUSHING STOMP TO ADAM’S STOMACH!

Persephone: Oh, that looked brutal. Do it again!

Stew-O: Seems like he heard you, because he leaps off of the bottom rope and does it again! Adam rolls out towards the center, feet flailing as he’s clutching his abdomen in pain! He slams his fist into the mat in frustration!

Gavin Kirkland: He isn’t gonna get the chance to rest either, because Drake King is on the move! He pulls him up to his feet and lifts him up… BACKBREAKER ACROSS THE KNEE! AND HE ISN’T DONE! HE LIFTS ADAM UP AGAIN AND NAILS A GUTBUSTER! BACK-TO-BACK BRUTAL MOVES THAT ARE SURE TO WEAKEN ADAM BY NOW!

Persephone: And look at this. Drake slams his knee into his back before pressing both of them into the spine. He grabs Adam and rolls back, keeping him trapped with the submission applied!

Stew-O: Another precarious situation for Adam Lucas here, and this one might be the worst one yet. :lupe: It’s going to be tricking for him to get out of this!

Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, it’s not looking too good for him here, I can’t even lie. However, the EAW universe doesn’t want to see him quit and they’re firmly behind the former Answers World Champion, doing what they can to spur him on to get out of this!

Persephone: What, are these people, like, ten? This isn’t some damn superhero show.

Stew-O: It may not be, but we’ve seen some incredible feats over the years, and if anyone can find a way to get out of this, it could be Adam Lucas. He’s refusing to give up even with the referee asking him repeatedly if he wants to submit here!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam is doing what he can to persist here, but he’s gonna have to find a way to get out of this and fast. Who knows how much further he has to last, especially with his current state?

Persephone: Hang on, he’s trying to weasel his way out of this. Seems to be working as Drake is starting to lose his grip on him – and there it is! He lands on top of him and in turn gets a pin attempt!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO—

Stew-O: Kickout by Drake King! Both men get back up to their feet and Drake looks to go for a kick to the head—

Gavin Kirkland: But Adam is able to duck and avoid it at the last possible second! Close call there! Drake pivots from the momentum, but he tries to use it to his advantage, going for a back heel kick to the gut! It lands, catching Adam off guard! With Lucas hunched over, King hits the ropes! He goes for a neckbreaker–

Persephone: Only for Adam to spin out of it! And with Drake’s back facing towards him, he leaps up, hitting a jumping neckbreaker of his own! That gets him down!

Stew-O: Drake clutches his head, but Adam brings him back up! Lifting him up, he slams him down with the vertical suplex! Adam walks over to the corner and climbs to the middle rope! He leaps off and hits a diving elbow drop onto Drake King!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam is getting the ball rolling again! Drake rolls over and tries to get up again, but Adam quickly closes the gap between them! He grabs him by the head and leads him to the corner where he slams his face into the turnbuckle! Drake wobbles from that shot! However, Adam grabs him again and does the same thing, and this time, Drake goes down in a heap! Adam Lucas isn’t playing around here!

Persephone: As he shouldn’t! In fact, if he can end the match here, that’d be great!

Stew-O: And that seems to be on Adam’s mind now as he grabs Drake and lifts him up! He goes for that powerbomb—

Gavin Kirkland: BUT DRAKE KING IS FIGHTING BACK WITH A FLURRY OF RAPID PUNCHES BEING DELIVERED TO ADAM’S HEAD! HE’S DOING WHAT HE CAN TO THROW ADAM OFF COURSE!

Persephone: But he isn’t even stunning him! Adam runs forward, and he just might throw that son of a bitch out of the ring!

Stew-O: Adam launches Drake King to the outside—

Gavin Kirkland: NO! DRAKE HANGS ON AND USES THE ROPES, THROWING ADAM UP AND OVER WITH HIM TO THE OUTSIDE! ADAM LANDS ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES WHILE DRAKE IS ABLE TO SLIDE BACK INTO THE RING! HE HITS THE ROPES AND COMES BACK! HE FLIES THROUGH THE ROPES AND TAKES HIM DOWN WITH THE SUICIDE DIVE!

Persephone: I hate that name. So misleading. What’s the point of calling it that if no one ever dies from it!?

Stew-O: It was a huge risk, but it paid off as Drake King was able to completely wipe Adam Lucas off of his feet! He grabs him and sends him back into the ring! Drake slides in, and grabs Adam! Lifting him up, he TAKES HIM DOWN WITH THE HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER! ‘CROWN OF THORNS’ CONNECTS!

Gavin Kirkland: AND THIS COULD BE IT! DRAKE HOOKS THE LEG AND WE GOT A PIN HERE!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: TH—

Persephone: No! Kick out!

Stew-O: A huge sequence of moves there by Drake King, but they weren’t enough to put Adam Lucas away, and this match continues! Drake leads Adam back up before tossing him into the corner. He storms in and lays in a series of stomps to the gut, doing all that he can to further weaken his opponent!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake isn’t playing around. He wants this match to end and to beat Adam Lucas! He’s doing whatever it take to bring himself closer to that end goal!

Persephone: Now that the stomping has stopped, Drake brings Adam up to sit him on the top turnbuckle. He climbs up, meeting up with him, and nails some forearms to the face. Maybe if he hits him hard enough, he’ll get him to fall off from there!

Gavin Kirkland: You sound way too happy about the prospect of that happening.

Stew-O: Drake nails a few more stiff shots before he grabs Adam and stands up… and everyone is on their feet as they wait anxiously to see what could be next!

Gavin Kirkland: Whatever it is, it isn’t going to be pleasant, that’s for sure! Drake King lifts Adam up into the air…

Persephone: :noah: But he’s still conscious enough to fight back, hitting Drake in the gut, and that gets him to let go of him!

Stew-O: Drake releases him, holding onto his stomach, and Adam flips over him and lands on his feet! He grabs Drake in the process and takes him away from the corner! AND NOW, ADAM IS ABLE TO RUN FULL STEAM AHEAD AS HE LAUNCHES DRAKE KING TOWARDS THE OPPOSITE END!

(***CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSHHHHHHH!!!!***)

Gavin Kirkland: HOLY SMOKES! BUCKLE BOMB FROM ADAM LUCAS, AND THAT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN ANYMORE DISASTOROUS FOR DRAKE KING! HIS PLAN BACKFIRED ON HIM!

Persephone: Oh, did he crack open the back of his head from that landing???

Stew-O: No, but one can imagine the absolute pain that he is in from that nasty collision! Wow! He’s barely moving after that one!

Gavin Kirkland: But Adam sees his chance with his one! He drags Drake to the middle of the ring and gets the pin!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: THREEEEEEE—

Persephone: But Drake King kicks out! Damn it, why do these two have to be so resilient!?

Stew-O: Because Drake King and Adam Lucas are two of the best Elitists here, and they’re showcasing that here tonight! However, for them, this isnt about putting on the best match or having an absolute clinic. These two are about making a statement as we enter season eighteen, and both of them want to be able to walk into their brands and be seen as the one who is going to be the leading force once it’s all said and done!

Gavin Kirkland: Absolutely! And for Adam in particular, this about a new turn for him and his mentality as a competitor. He isn’t going to hold back any longer! Such as the case now with him grabbing Drake King and pushing him into the corner, attacking him with nothing but unrestrained punches to the face!

Persephone: Yeah, Drake isn’t in a good place right now. Can he even still wrestle? He looks like he’s in La-La Land right about now. But then again, with how he’s acted all of last season, that would explain why he’s been such a delusional cunt.

Stew-O: Well, those punches from Adam Lucas just might knock some sense back into him– along with the gutwrench suplex he just delivered onto him! Drake is in big trouble here!

Gavin Kirkland: Troubling for him for sure, but Adam is showing he isn’t going to be messing around! He charges towards him and this time, he DEADLIFTS him, executing another gutwrench suplex! Wow! What power there from Adam!

Persephone: And if Drake thought that was the end of that, then he’s wrong, because Adam grabs him and seems to be locking in another submission.

Stew-O: But not just any submission – THE ‘LUCAS LOCK’!!! SHARPSHOOTER IS LOCKED IN!

Gavin Kirkland: And Drake is struggling! Drake realizes how much trouble he’s in here! The fans are yelling at him to tap, and clearly he doesn’t want to, but Adam isn’t making things any easier for him! The pain is clearly written all over his face!

Persephone: Well, if he doesn’t get out of this, he may have to get surgery. Or worse. Hopefully, it’s worse.

Stew-O: Adam has it locked in! Drake King is refusing to tap! In fact, he sees the ropes and he’s crawling towards them! Drake is doing everything he can to reach them so that he can break the hold!

Gavin Kirkland: That would be smart on his part, and he’s getting closer and closer to them! He just might do it…!

Persephone: … Except for the fact that Adam just dragged him back to the middle of the ring. :mjlol: So much for that happening.

Stew-O: Adam readjusts the hold, doing what he can to keep Drake King grounded! However, Drake is trying to crawl again, not wanting to lose here tonight!

Gavin Kirkland: He’s inching towards the ropes! It’s a slow process, but he’s getting there! He raises his torso up and reaches for the ropes–

Persephone: Yeah, ‘cause that worked out so well for him the first time around. Adma drags him again –

Stew-O: But with Adam getting up, Drake is able to turn himself around and kicks him away! Adam rolls backwards! He gets up and charges towards Drake—

Gavin Kirkland: AND DRAKE KING PULLS THE TOP ROPE DOWN, SENDING ADAM UP AND OVER! THAT GIVES HIM THE CHANCE TO RECOVER NOW!

Persephone: Uh, he may wanna turn around instead of trying to catch his breath—

Stew-O: TOO LATE! ‘EQUALISER’ CONNECTS! THE BUCKSHOT LARIAT, THIS TIME COMING FROM BEHIND, HITS, AND DRAKE KING IS WIPED OUT!

Gavin Kirkland: COVER! COVER! WE GOT A WINNER HERE!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE—

Persephone: BUT DRAKE KING IS ABLE TO KICK OUT???

Stew-O: YES, HE DOES! AND A SLIGHT LOOK OF SURPRISE COMES ALONG ADAM’S FACE! HE THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE IT RIGHT THERE!

Gavin Kirkland: You can’t blame the guy! He hit that move from out of nowhere and didn’t waste time going for the pinfall! However, it didn’t get the job done. Still, Adam is in a far better position than Drake now, he just has to capatlize on the opportunity that’s right there for him to take!

Persephone: Yeah, and not look stupid with that dumb look on his face. Oh well, at least this match is coming to its end now… hopefully.

Stew-O: Adam brushes the hair away from his face as he comes to a stand. This has been a back-and-forth contest, but he’s been able to pull ahead of Drake here, and now, he has the chance to seal the deal! He grabs him and takes him over to the corner. Lifting him up, he perches Drake high up on the turnbuckle. Seems like whatever he has planned, he’s going to put an end to Drake King here tonight!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam climbs up and lands a few punches! Drake doesn’t have any answers for those! Adam grabs him, and it looks like he’s getting ready to send him crashing down with a superplex! If he hits it, that could be the beginning of the end for Drake King!

Persephone: Thank gawd.

Stew-O: And Adam goes to lift him… but Drake isn’t budging! He has his leg behind Adam’s keeping himself in place! Adam looks irritated and lets go, attacking Drake with a barrage of forearms now, trying to weaken him again! He grabs him and lifts him up–

Gavin Kirkland: No, not happening! Drake King is being absolutely stubborn here! He goes back to that same tactic, preventing Adam from lifting him! Adam lets go, and he fires off with a punch–

Persephone: But he hits nothing but air! Drake manages to sneak down and slip underneath Adam. He kicks him on the back of his knee, causing Adam to fall and get caught up in the middle rope!

Stew-O: AND ADAM IS STUCK! JUST LIKE THAT, THINGS HAVE TURNED AROUND DRASTICALLY! ADAM IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THIS AWKWARD SPOT, BUT HE CAN’T, AND DRAKE SEES HIS CHANCE! HE RUNS IN AND SPRINGS OFF OF THE ROPES—

Gavin Kirkland: AND HE LANDS A SPRINGBOARD VERSION OF ‘JUDGEMENT DAY”!! OH MY GOD!!

Persephone: :damn: !!

Stew-O: WHAT A MANUEVER FROM DRAKE KING! ADAM LUCAS IS COMPLETELY OUT, HAVING CRASHED ONTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD! DRAKE IS DOING HIS BEST TO COMPLETELY RECOVER!

Gavin Kirkland: AND ONCE HE CATCHES HIS BEARINGS, HE DRAGS ADAM AND COVERS HIM!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: …

Referee: …

Persephone: FOOT ON THE ROPE! :ohlawd:

Stew-O: WOW! WOW! WOW! ADAM LUCAS STAYS ALIVE, AND DRAKE CANNOT BELIEVE IT! SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, ADAM HAD THE WHERWITHAL TO PUT HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE, SAVING HIS CHANCES OF WINNING THIS MATCH!

Gavin Kirkland: Oh gosh, this is too much for my heart to handle! What a save there!

Persephone: Damn. He ate shit and still was able to keep this match going.

Stew-O: And Drake is incensed! However, he gets up and trudges towards the corner! He makes the climb to the top, keeping his eyes locked on the downed Adam Lucas! Time for some high risk here as Drake looks to put this one away!

Gavin Kirkland: Drake takes off, going for the Pheonix Splash! HE HITS IT!

Persephone: BUT NOBODY IS HOME! ADAM LUCAS MOVED OUT OF THE WAY IN TIME!

Stew-O: DRAKE WAILS OUT AS HE HOLDS ONTO HIS MIDSECTION!!! HE TURNS AROUND—

Gavin Kirkland: ‘GENESIS’!!! SPRINGBOARD SUPERMAN PUNCH!!!

Persephone: Drake falls and Adam pins him! Please, let this be over already!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: …

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: …

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: …

Stew-O: BUT THIS TIME, DRAKE KING HAS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPE!

Gavin Kirkland: OH MY GOD! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM!?

Persephone: I hate it here.

Stew-O: DRAKE KING TAKES A PAGE OUT OF ADAM LUCAS’ PLAYBOOK, SAVING THIS MATCH FOR HIMSELF! THERE’S JUST NO QUIT! ADAM THOUGHT HE HAD IT THERE, BUT THIS MATCH IS STILL ON!

Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, but for how long?

Persephone: God, hopefully soon.

Stew-O: Adam isn’t going to waste time to find out! He grabs Drake King and brings him up, striking him with a punch!

Gavin Kirkland: But as he does so, Drake returns the gesture in kind! He hits Adam with a punch of his own!

Persephone: Oh great, now they’re both going to give each other CTE.

Stew-O: Adam fires off! Drake fires off! They’re just going back and forth with absolutely no quit between them!

Gavin Kirkland: It’s just a battle now, a war of attrition! Neither of them wants to back down here! They’re just going absolutely crazy!

Persephone: At least Drake finally breaks the stalemate with a knee to the gut! Adam leans over and Drake hits the ropes, springing off of them! He goes for a knee this time—

Stew-O: BUT ADAM SIDESTEPS AND TRIES TO GO FOR AN ARMBAR! HE HAS DRAKE TRAPPED! THEY GO AROUND AND AROUND, BUT EVENTUALLY, DRAKE KING IS ABLE TO ROLL FORWARD! WITH ADAM KNEELING, HE GOES FOR A KICK–

Gavin Kirkland: Adam ducks under it! Drake tries to fire off with another kick with his left, but Adam ducks that one too! Drake rushes forward, going for ‘Guillotine’ —

Persephone: But Adam narrowly misses that one, too! Drake sits up and Adam grabs him by the arms! Back to back, he rolls to the side, dragging him along, before getting him up, and it seems like he has him in some sort of Gory position!

Stew-O: But Drake kicks and squirms around, and that’s enough to free him! Adam turns and gets met with a superkick straight to the abdomen! Drake pulls him in, looking for ‘Ascension’ —

Gavin Kirkland: Only for Adam to spin out of that one and clock Drake with a headbutt! Drake goes stumbling into the ropes and comes back! AND ADAM POPS HIM UP FOR THE ‘NEXT LEVEL’ POWERBOMB!!!

Persephone: NO! DRAKE REVERSES WITH A HURRICANRANA! ADAM GETS TAKEN DOWN AND HE GOES TO GET BACK UP—

Stew-O: BUT DRAKE KING COMES IN AND GETS HIM WITH THE CURB STOMP!! ‘JUDGEMENT DAY’!!!

Gavin Kirkland: ADAM LUCAS GETS SPIKED! DRAKE KING FALLS ON TOP OF HIM, COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED, AND LAZILY HOOKS THE LEG! COULD THIS BE IT!?

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(‘When Darkness Falls’ by Killswitch Engage plays. The fans boo, but the results cannot be denied. Drake King was able to defeat Adam Lucas after a competitive main event. He’s spent, but a grin forms on his face, realizing that he is victorious tonight.)

Bella Braxton: Here is YOUR winner… DRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!

Stew-O: Wow! What an unbelievable matchup that was, and what a hell of a final minute! That was intense! Yet, in the end, Drake King was able to emerge as the winner here tonight!

Gavin Kirkland: Man, that match could’ve gone either way! What a performance by both men, but Drake King is able to be the one who gets to walk into season 18 with a huge win after this main event.

Persephone: At least that’s over with. Congrats to Drake King, or whatever. Good effort by Adam Lucas, I guess, even if he was the loser tonight.

Gavin Kirkland: Come on, Persephone, you can sound far more enthusiastic than that!

Persephone: I am enthusiastic. This has been an incredible show and I am so glad I could’ve been a part of it tonight.

Persephone: 😐

Gavin Kirkland: :francis:

Stew-O: Either way, this match has been an emblematic one for the beginning of season 18. Drake King and Adam Lucas, just like everyone else here has tonight gave it their all, and it makes it all the more exciting to see how these Elitists will fare with their new brands. As it pertains for Drake King, it may be soon before long that he goes after the first world championship he was able to win in this company.

Gavin Kirkland: Drake and Myles, a tale as old as time. I’m sure everyone’s got goosebumps just thinking about their history.

Persephone: Eh. I’m sure it must be fun for some people.

Stew-O: As is the landscape now in EAW. Dynasty, Showdown and Voltage has had some seismic changes occur tonight, and with this new season, things are going to get a whole lot more interesting. Thank you all for tuning in, and here’s to the official start of EAW’s eighteenth season! We’re going strong, and that will never change!

(Drake King is able to get back up to his feet. The referee raises his hand, declaring him the victor. Drake gains a pompous air to him as he stands in the middle of the ring, basking in his own glory. On the outside, Adam Lucas has rolled out, coming to terms with the fact he lost. Disappointment doesn’t even begin to describe how he’s feeling.)

(The final shot transitions from a frustrated Adam Lucas to a triumphant Drake King. Drake motions to his waist, making it clear who he’s going after to reclaim his spot on the same brand he found his initial breakthrough in. From there, the broadcast fades to black.)

(EAW logo buzzes.)

Written by John Helms

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