(EAW intro plays.)
(“Play Destroy” by Poppy ft. Grimes begins to play throughout the arena speakers in the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The pyro pops off and everyone in the arena is standing on their feet as we prepare ourselves for another jam-packed episode of Empire.)
Gavin Kirkland: Hello everyone, my name is Gavin Kirkland–
CJ Hana: And I’m CJ Hana!
Gavin Kirkland: Welcome to Thursday Night Empire! Where tonight, I’m definitely more concerned than usual regarding my job security after a Twitter rant today from our CEO & Chairman, Mr. DEDEDE which was directed at the women of Empire. FOX Networks, and most specifically, my BOSS and the FOX CEO, Lachlan Murdoch! And some of those things he said–certainly uncalled for! I think the chairman should be EMBARRASSED about what he said–especially the things he mentioned about the poor, beautiful, Felix Hartley.
CJ Hana: That says a lot coming from you, Gavin. But I wholeheartedly agree. This entire situation is a god awful mess. Some of these comments, we aren’t even able to share with you folks here tonight. But take a look yourselves for just a small glimpse of the aftermath of what transpired on Twitter earlier today!
(On the screen, we see an image of a news article posted by CBS-News: )
Gavin Kirkland: That’s right, even some mainstream news outlets have caught wind of the drama stirring on Twitter. This can’t be a good look for us. I wonder what this means for Empire. Wait a minute! Do you think Mr. Murdoch had anything to say about me? :lupe:
CJ Hana: I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see, Gavin. But don’t you worry that pretty little salt and pepper head of yours. I think EAW and FOX will sort this entire thing out.
Gavin Kirkland: You think my head is pretty? :eclipse:
CJ Hana: …let’s just cut to the action we’re geared up for here at ringside.
(“Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj plays through the speakers. The crowd instantly reacts negatively as the entrance music of Felix Hartley is playing. The lights turn a mixture of baby pink and red. In perfect timing, the so-called “Ironwoman” Felix Hartley comes out from the back. Felix is not phased by the crowd’s reception of her. She just finds it amusing. In her possession is nothing more than a selfie stick because she loved the lighting in this arena and wanted to get a couple (really about forty) pictures.)
Maria Del Rey: Ladies and gentlemen… please welcome at this time … “Ass, Class & Sass” … FEEEELLLLLLIIIIIIIIIXXXXXXXXX HAAAARRRRTTTTLLLEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
Gavin Kirkland: MY MISTRESS, FELIX HARTLEY! WE ARE STARTING THIS EMPIRE OFF IN A HOT NOTE! Felix Hartley did Stephon Hunte’s work by defeating that traitor, Serena Bennett in an Ironwoman match at Terminus! My baby kept her winning streak alive, CJ! I was kind of worried about her for a second, but I know never to bet on her!
CJ Hana: I don’t believe there was much people who thought that Felix Hartley would keep her winning streak alive, but not only does she have a victory over the current Women’s World Champion, Sienna Jade, but she has a victory over Sienna’s opponent at Pain for Pride, Serena Bennett! If not much eyes were on Felix before Terminus, they should be now!
(“Chun-Li” dies down, but Felix Hartley and that selfie stick are still as lively as ever. The crowd is booing. Felix has a microphone in her possession, but she is not talking yet. She is focused on getting the best angle possible, which makes the crowd boo her even louder.)
Felix Hartley: Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t even notice any of you out here. For the past week, I have been out there. Enjoying my life. Basking in my glory. I managed to do what most people considered the unthinkable. I managed to defeat Serena Bennett. I managed to steal her hype and place it on me. But, I didn’t do that at Terminus. No, I did that the moment I walked on Empire. I mean, who could ever forget about Serena being the most hyped up bitch on the brand? There was not much women on this roster that couldn’t cut a promo without mentioning her. There was not much women on the roster who could have gained as much traction as her. There was Serena, who was on the road to being one of the biggest breakout stars on Empire! She is for sure a contender for Rookie of the Year. She is for sure a contender for Female Elitists of the Year. At that moment, it seemed like none of you bitches could stand toe-to-toe with her.
Then, I came along.
Sure, I may not have had a big debut much like Serena did by participating in the Specialists Chamber Match at Road to Redemption. My debut wasn’t as talked about as Serena’s, but I did what I always did — I kept working. I kept defeating these nobodies from Santana Matthews to Karina-Ann. It wasn’t long until these women in the back began to realize that I’m not someone to be fucked with. A woman, who had not been here a month was getting much more traction than some of the women who have been here for more than a year. That speaks volumes on how great I am. This speaks volumes about how many of the women in the back are afraid of my star power. I don’t need to be on the show, but I still find myself getting mentioned in other people’s promos. I still find myself being the talk of the town. I had Celes Dumont ignoring the Specialists Champion and focusing solely on me during a tag team match. I have edgy bitches like Tyler Wolfe just begging for my attention when I could give less of a fuck about her! Most importantly, I had bitches like Serena Bennett, who was in denial about her hype just dying the day I stepped foot on this show. She may have not known that off the bat, but I think she knows now. It took one match with me to realize that this isn’t Serena’s show anymore. It’s my show. I did the one thing that most of these bitches in the back would have killed to accomplish. I am Ironwoman. I beat Serena Bennett. I stole Serena’s spotlight. I stole Serena’s show. I’m about to steal Serena’s man and I’m gonna steal his title too.
(With that shocking bombshell of an announcement, Felix Hartley drops her mic. “Chun-Li” plays through the speakers again. The crowd is left rowdy at the announcement. Felix has a huge grin on her face as she possibly set her sights on challenging SOSA Henderson for the New Breed Championship.)
Gavin Kirkland: Felix Hartley is moving onto bigger and better things! :blessed: :blessed: :blessed: I hope that thug SOSA Henderson was watching! If he wants an upgrade, I heard Felix is recently divorced! :eyes:
CJ Hana: Felix has announced that she is officially done with Serena Bennett and she is going to move on to stealing Serena’s man…and title? I’m interested to see how all of these progresses within the next few weeks! It would be one match I’m interested in seeing!
(Commercial break — an ad for Kay Jewelers featuring Kassidy Heart and SOSA Henderson.)
(The camera cuts to Maria Del Rey in the middle of the ring.)
Maria Del Ray: Ladies and gentlemen the following contest is scheduled for…
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(“We R Who We R” by Ke$ha plays to excited cheers from the crowd as Silver Ann Gold comes out to the ring, she takes a deep breath before skipping to the ring high fiving the fans along the way)
Maria Del Ray: Introducing first, from Los Angeles California, weighing in at 110 pounds…THE GLITTERBOMB, SILVER…ANN…GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: How much caffeine did she drink before she came out here?
CJ Hana: Shut up, Silver Ann Gold is certainly enthusiastic in the ring, her heart pushes her to the win, but can she pull out the victory today?
Gavin Kirkland: She’ll pass out before she–
CJ Hana: Don’t finish that fucking sentence.
(Silver Ann Gold enters the ring, she does a few twirls before hopping over to her corner. “We R Who We R” is replaced by “Jetlag Jenny” by 45ACIDBABIES as Haruta Mitsuyo comes to the stage bouncing up and down on her feet)
Maria Del Ray: And her opponent, from Osaka Japan, weighing in at 138 pounds…THE CANNONBALL QUEEN, HARUTA…MITSUYO.
Gavin Kirkland: You know many things come out of Japan, sushi, hibachi… Let’s just see if Haruta is like any of them.
CJ Hana: Keep your fantasies to yourself, Gavin. I bet you Haruta is better than any novelty in Japan. But there’s only one way to determine that.
(Haruta Mitsuyo enters the ring and walks to her corner before jumping around again looking around at the crowd)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: Here we go as both woman lock up, Haruta pushing Silver to the ropes quickly, clean break. Silver and Haruta circling around each other again, lock up, this time Silver is pushing Haruta to the ropes, irish whip by Silver Ann Gold, Haruta stopping and moving to the back of Silver, GERMAN- No, Silver with a back elbow nailing Haruta in the face. Haruta moving to the ropes, SILVER RUNNING, CLOTHESLINE OVER THE TOP ROPE! Here we go Silver rebounding off the ropes, SOMERSAULT PLANCHA! Silver getting up and throwing Haruta into the ring, pin by Silver Ann Gold…
Ref: ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CJ Hana: KICKOUT! Silver sitting for a moment, she’s running the ropes, LEG DROP- NOBODY HOME AS HARUTA MOVES OUT OF THE WAY! Silver straight up in a sitting position as Haruta Mitsuyo goes to the ropes… BICYCLE KNEE! Haruta sliding out of the ring, she’s on the apron, top rope, FROG SPLASH- NO SILVER GETS THE KNEES UP AS HARUTA TRIES TO GO FOR FLIGHT OF THE DOVES! Silver getting up as Haruta stumbles onto one knee, Silver sees an opportunity…HANDSPRING CUTTER! THE GOLDEN CUTTER CONNECTS! SILVER GOING FOR THE PIN, WILL THIS BE IT!?!?!?!??!
Ref: ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(The crowd goes crazy along with Silver Ann Gold as “We R Who We R” plays up again, she leans against the ropes for a second before circling the ring in excitement)
Maria Del Ray: Ladies and gentlemen your winner…SILVER ANN GOLD!
Gavin Kirkland: :wow: Silver Ann Gold making quick work of Haruta Mitsuyo, maybe she isn’t as bad as I thought, eh?
CJ Hana: No doubt about that Gavin, Silver Ann Gold securing another clean win in EAW, she’s destined for greatness isn’t she? We’ll be back after this commercial break.
(Commercial break — an ad for window blinds.)
(We open up backstage where we find Tyler Wolfe sauntering down the halls in the backstage area, receiving a huge pop from the crowd as her face appears on screen. Her studded backwards cap perfectly complements the studded leather jacket she wears over her white tank and denim jeans. She briskly turns a corner and is halted in her tracks as she sees Raven Roberts standing by Kendra’s door, leaning against the wall. The crowd cheers for Raven, who looks agitated beyond belief at the sight of Tyler Wolfe. She stands upright and crosses her arms over her chest.)
Raven Roberts: Unbelievable.
Tyler Wolfe: Just what I fucking needed. Of all people for me to run into on my way here–you.
Raven Roberts: I take it you have some business with Kendra as well?
Tyler Wolfe: Duh. Absolutely. I got fucking screwed, no question about it, and she better think twice before ignoring my concerns about her so-called “leadership” skills again.
Raven Roberts: Get in line. I knocked and her assistant–yes, that’s right, she has goddamn assistants now–told me she was in the middle of something. I’ve been waiting ever since.
Tyler Wolfe: Well, as soon as she’s done, you’re gonna keep waiting. My concerns are way more legit than whatever the fuck else you got going on–
Raven Roberts: And what do you mean by that exactly?
Tyler Wolfe: (She scoffs) Let’s just say my loss at Terminus wasn’t my fault, as you could obviously should you decide to look at the tapes again. But you can’t relate, can you?
(Raven glares at Tyler and as she opens her mouth to speak, the door to Kendra’s office opens. In the doorway stands Serena Bennett, who the crowd cheers wildly for as she appears on the jumbotron in the arena. She loudly chews on some blue bubblegum and flips her hair and looks onward at both girls who couldn’t be more annoyed to see her. Serena pops her bubblegum.)
Raven Roberts: (She sighs.) It would be you holding up Kendra, wouldn’t it, Serena?
Serena Bennett: (She laughs.) Oh, my fault. Y’all needed somethin’ from the GM? Didn’t mean to take up all her time, I was just finalizin’ the details for my Women’s World Championship match–my MAIN EVENT at Pain for Pride. Had to sign my contract and all these other random ass forms and all dat shit y’all are used to, y’all been in World Title Matches before, right? What y’all doin’ here, anyway? You know what, fuck it, I don’t really care, but ye, I’m finished now! Soooo, I’ll see y’all around. Lowkey, hopefully not tho.
(Serena walks off, still popping her bubblegum as the fans cheer her on. Raven and Tyler each sigh heavily and roll their eyes at Serena’s not-so-subtle flex. One of Kendra’s random assistants poke their head out of the doorway with a smile. She turns to Raven.)
Random Assistant: General Manager Shamez will see you now.
Raven Roberts: You know what…nevermind. Kendra’s all yours, Tyler. I don’t need this shit. I’ll figure things out myself.
(Raven Roberts steps out of the frame as her boots echo throughout the hallway. Tyler enters Kendra’s door and the camera follows her inside. We hear the door shut as Tyler sits down on Kendra’s leather couch, as the Empire General Manager leans against the desk positioned directly in front of Tyler.)
Kendra Shamez: Hi, Tyler. Didn’t think I’d be seeing you around anytime soon. To what do I owe the distinct pleasure?
Tyler Wolfe: Please. Don’t bullshit me, Kendra. You know exactly why I’m fucking here–and it’s to ask–no, demand a damn rematch against Sienna Jade for the Women’s World Championship.
(The crowd in the arena cheers in excitement at the possibility of Tyler vs Sienna–part two.)
Kendra Shamez: And why on earth would I do something like that?
Tyler Wolfe: Well, why shouldn’t you? The entire world saw what happened at Terminus. I. Was. Screwed. Plain and simple, and you know it. Sienna wouldn’t have had me beat if there wasn’t any interference from that stupid mysterious masked figure who supposedly popped up out of nowhere and drag HER arm over MY shoulders. Real convenient. Is there a reason you think they pulled Sienna over me? Hm? No, there is a clear game of favoritism going on here. Tell me, why WOULDN’T you want to give me a rematch? Unless of course you’re in on the whole damn thing. So, tell me if I’m onto something. It’s no secret that you NEVER wanted me to have a world title, you NEVER cared to give me a legitimate opportunity. You did it just to watch me fail, right? Wanted to embarrass me? Hope that you could shut me the fuck up and teach me a lesson and send me on home like a scalded dog? And that despite all of this, that I’d keep coming back to Empire, unscathed, pretend to forget about the entire thing, and continue to compete for you on this brand? Hell fucking no. You thought I had anger issues before this, Kendra, you’ve got another thing coming. You fucked with the wrong Jaded Wolfe Heart this time. Yes, I know, I am very different from Sienna and Kassidy, and that’s because I won’t stand by this shit anymore. I won’t sit back anymore and just deal with the punches you throw at me. LIke I don’t know that I’M really the one with all the power here, or that I’M not one of the BEST on in this place. You don’t care at all about enhancing your talent or bringing Empire forward–you’re holding ME back. And that shit doesn’t fly with me, Kendra.
(A polite smile forms across Kendra’s face. She slowly shakes her head before responding.)
Kendra Shamez: Tyler, I’m offended! This is how I know you’re out of your mind. Me, of all people, trying to hold back members of my own Empire roster! Ridiculous! After all I’ve done for this brand as General Manager and all the work I’ve put in to push women’s wrestling forward, you think I look to stifle the ladies of Empire? I can’t believe that you would suggest that I had anything to do with this masked attacker–which our team of investigators is working tirelessly to get to the bottom of, by the way. But at the end of the day, the official made the call–
Tyler Wolfe: Yeah, sure. Blame it on the official. But no problem, that’s an easy fix. Give me five minutes with Marti Soto, I’ll show her what happens whenever she makes bullshit calls like that one.
Kendra Shamez: (Kendra chuckles.) You’re in denial. Just face it, Tyler. You aren’t good enough. You’ve never been good enough. You’ll never amount to the raw talent in Sienna Jade or the passion that fuels Kassidy Heart–you said it yourself, you’re the runner up, aren’t you? Comparatively speaking. You don’t belong in my main event scene–you almost don’t even belong on Empire. The only place you belong is a damn mental institution, especially after suggesting something as wildly accusatory as that.
Tyler Wolfe: Bullshit, you know–
(Kendra holds a hand up and leans up from her desk, crossing her arms and turning her back to Tyler.)
Kendra Shamez: I think I’ve given you more than enough of my time. You’re dismissed. Before I end up being viciously mauled and attacked by Super Tyler again. Leave.
(Tyler glares at Kendra’s back as she escorted out of the office by one of Kendra’s random assistants. The assistant grabs Tyler’s arm, and she immediately shakes the woman off of her while giving the assistant a look of “how fucking dare you touch me?” Tyler opens the door to Kendra’s office and steps out, not without slamming the door behind her. The last shot the camera catches is of Kendra Shamez turning to face the door with a sinister smile on her face. Empire fades to commercial.)
(Commercial break — an add for EAW 2k19, which is now 75% off at the EAWShop using the code “MEMORIALDAY19”.)
(Empire returns from commercial break and “I Will Not Bow” by Breaking Benjamin plays through the speakers as Cassidy Kane walks out from the back. She stands on top of the ramp as she has a serious facial expression on her face. Her main focus is to get her first victory in EAW.)
Maria Del Rey: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first…from Fort Worth, Texas .. she is CASSSSSSSIIIIIIDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYY KAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
Gavin Kirkland: Cassidy Kane has really struggled to get her feet wet on Empire. I don’t think that she has won a single match in EAW! With the level of competition on Empire, she needs to bring her best to each match. I don’t think that we have seen that yet from here. After these losses, there should have been something in her that needed to figure out what she is doing wrong, but I don’t think she is doing enough.
CJ Hana: She may go into each match like it’s another battle, but the women on Empire have been through wars. There are women smarter and more calculating with her. Perhaps, she will surprise us in this match, but Io Ishimori is nothing to joke about!
(“Bullet” by Hyro The Hero replaces “I Will Not Bow” as Io Ishimori stands on top of the ramp. She has the mask on her face, but you can tell from her walk to the top of the ramp that she is not a happy camper after what occured at Terminus.)
Maria Del Rey: And… introducing her opponent .. from Osaka, Japan… she is “The Winter” … IOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ISSSSSSHHHHHIIIIIIMOOOORRRRIIIIIIIII!!!
CJ Hana: Io Ishimori is someone who found herself in a victim of betrayal at Terminus! Her partner, Miho Li turned on her to join Fatal Destiny! I think that it is safe to say that the next time Io faces one of the members of Fatal Destiny, she is going to rip them to shreds!
Gavin Kirkland: Io needs to understand that it was business for Miho Li. Miho went with what was going to be best for her. What was going to give her the greatest results long term. Sure, Miho probably didn’t want to team with Io, but Io seemed like she was willing to give things a shot. But, it seems like her trust is broken now.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: IO ISHIMORI GOES RIGHT AFTER CASSIDY KANE! :damn: Io doesn’t seem too happy about how things went for her at Terminus! Io knocks down Cassidy with a clothesline! Cassidy manages to make it back to her feet, only to be met with a calf kick that knocks her down! Io manages to connect with some dangerous punches! Io is going to do whatever it takes to unleash as much anger as possible! Poor Cassidy is going to be the woman, who is receiving that punishment! Io manages to get Cassidy up by her hair! Io connects with a chop to Cassidy’s chest! Cassidy has not time to cover her chest as Io is successfully connecting each chop to Cassidy’s chest! IO IS NOW GOING FOR A SLAPPING KICKING COMBINATION ON CASSIDY! CASSIDY HAS NO IDEA HOW TO RESPOND TO THAT! IO MANAGES TO BACK CASSIDY TO THE ROPES! IO CONNECTS WITH ONE KICK TO CASSIDY’S STOMACH! CASSIDY BENDS HERSELF FORWARD IN RESPONSE AS IO GETS CASSIDY BY HER ARM AND CONNECTS WITH AN IRISH WHIP! Cassidy manages to counter that whip as Io goes rebounding from the ropes! Cassidy manages to get Io before connecting with a sidewalk slam! Finally, Cassidy gets some offense in this match! If she can keep this up, she may get her first victory in EAW! Cassidy goes for the cover right away, but Io manages to kick out before the official can be in position for the count! Cassidy makes sure that Io does not get the upper hand by connecting with an elbow to Io’s face! Io is holding her face in response as Cassidy gets Io before connecting with a headlock takedown!
CJ Hana: Cassidy Kane connects with a few punches onto Io Ishimori’s face! Cassidy is working on trying to make sure that Io stays down enough for her to apply the headlock! Io is trying to roll herself out of the headlock! But, it seems like Cassidy is transitioning the headlock takedown to a kneeling side headlock! Cassidy is wrenching in that headlock! Cassidy releases that headlock before rebounding off the ropes and connect with a dropkick on Io! The dropkick drops Io to her back! Cassidy runs towards Io and gets her back to her feet! Cassidy gets Io by her arm before whipping her to the corner! Io manages to catch herself and give herself a safer landing to the corner! Cassidy runs towards Io at the corner! CASSIDY WITH A MUSTANG! THE BIG BOOT TO IO AT THE CORNER! IO STUMBLES FORWARD IN REACTION TO THAT AS CASSIDY FOLLOWS THAT WITH A SUPERKICK! IO FALLS BACK TO THE CORNER AGAIN! CASSIDY RUNS TOWARDS IO TO CONNECT WITH A DROPKICK! Io slides into a seated position in the corner! Cassidy begins to stomp on Io’s stomach! Cassidy gets her foot and presses it against Io’s throat and holds it there! It seems like the official is going to begin her count!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! STOP IT, CASSIDY!
Gavin Kirkland: Cassidy Kane releases the hold! Cassidy takes a couple steps back! Io Ishimori uses the assistances of the ropes to get herself back to a vertical base! I don’t think that she was expecting much from Cassidy Kane approaching this match! Cassidy goes right after Io at the corner, but Io manages to switch herself as Cassidy finds her back against the corner! IO BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF SHARP KICKS! CASSIDY IS NOT BEING GIVEN ANYTIME TO PROCESS WHAT IS GOING ON! IO WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE DOESN’T LOSE THIS MATCH! IO GETS ON THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE BEFORE POUNDING AWAY ON THE TOP OF CASSIDY’S HEAD! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT! NINE! TEN! IO GETS CASSIDY’S ARM BEFORE TIGHTROPE WALKING ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A JAPANESE ARM DRAG TAKE DOWN ON CASSIDY! Cassidy is clutching to that right arm in pain! Io goes right after Cassidy with a hurricanrana! Cassidy goes flipping around to a seated position! Io goes right after Cassidy and connects with a knee to Cassidy’s skull! Cassidy falls back as Io goes for the cover!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
CJ Hana: Cassidy Kane manages to lift her shoulder up! There is still life from her in this match! I bet that she is just as motivated as Io when it comes to getting a victory! I don’t think that Cassidy has won a single match in EAW! That must annoy her! Io Ishimori picks up Cassidy up before getting her by her arm and whipping her to the horizontal ropes! Io goes right after Cassidy by connecting with an another dangerous knee, but Cassidy manages to collapse to the canvas! I’m not sure if Cassidy just doesn’t have enough energy to keep herself to a vertical base or if she scouted that Io was going to do that, but she manages to connect with a leg sweep on Io as that knocks her to her back! Cassidy manages to make her way back to her feet! She gets Io in position before connecting with a back kick! Io bends forward in response to that kick! Cassidy rebounds from the ropes before connecting with a spinning neckbreaker on Io! Io is clutching her neck in pain! Cassidy gets Io up as she applies a chinlock on “The Winter”! Cassidy is not done with wearing down Io! I think she should be aware of how talented Io is! She is fast, but she can be ruthless as well! Cassidy pulls back on the chinlock as Io is crying out in pain! Io is trying to look for some sort of way to get out of this lock! The longer that she has this move applied to her, the more likely that Cassidy will be on her way to win the match!
Gavin Kirkland: Io Ishimori is not going to give up without a fight, CJ! Io is trying to find her way back to her feet! Cassidy Kane is doing her best to keep Io grounded! CASSIDY BEGINS TO PUNCH IO IN THE CHEST AS SHE RELEASES THE CHINLOCK! CASSIDY BEGINS TO THROW SOME STIFF ELBOW SHOTS ON IO’S FOREHEAD! THIS IS GETTING SCARY FOR ME! :lupe: Cassidy gets Io back to her feet! IO CONNECTS WITH A HEADBUTT ON CASSIDY! CASSIDY WITH A HEADBUTT ON IO! IO WITH ANOTHER HEADBUTT ON CASSIDY! CASSIDY WITH A HEADBUTT ON IO! THESE TWO WOMEN ARE HEADBUTTING EACH OTHER BACK-AND-FOURTH! NOT ONE WOMAN WANTS TO BACK DOWN AND LOSE THE MATCH! IO! CASSIDY! IO! CASSIDY! IO! IO! IO! IO CONNECTS WITH A DROP TOEHOLD ON CASSIDY KANE! CASSIDY MANAGES TO FALL TO HER KNEES AS IO MANAGES TO RISE BACK TO HER FEET! IO CONNECTS WITH A HURRICANRANA! Cassidy goes spinning around, but Io manages to follow that up with a dropkick which gets Cassidy to fall onto her back! Io begins to stomp on Cassidy’s stomach! She gets Cassidy’s arm out in the open before delivering a huge stomp which gets Cassidy yelping in pain! Io presses all of her weight on Cassidy’s right hand as she stays there! It seems like the official is going to begin her count!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! THAT’S ENOUGH, IO!
CJ Hana: Io Ishimori steps off Cassidy Kane’s right hand! Cassidy is seen clutching that arm! It seems like it may be a factor that could hold her back! Io gets Cassidy’s right arm out before getting her hand again! Io shushes the crowd as they do so in command! IO WITH A BREAKS THE FINGERS OF CASSIDY! CASSIDY IS CRYING OUT IN PAIN! HOW MUCH CAN THIS GIRL SUFFER AT THE MOMENT? IT SEEMS LIKE IO IS MORE THAN DETERMINED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE MEMBERS OF FATAL DESTINY AND ESPECIALLY, MIHO LI! Io gets Cassidy up by her feet! Io whips Cassidy to the corner! Io runs towards Cassidy, but Cassidy manages to duck out of the way as Io goes crashing front first against the turnbuckle! With Io in perfect position, Cassidy manages to roll up Io! Cassidy could get an upset here!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THR—
Gavin Kirkland: Io Ishimori manages to roll herself out of that roll up! Cassidy Kane almost got an upset victory right there! Both women are back to their feet as well! Cassidy runs towards Io and goes for a clothesline, but Io manages to duck that clothesline before rebounding off the ropes! CASSIDY CONNECTS WITH BASILISK — THE SPINNING BACKFIST ON IO! BUT, IO MANAGES TO DUCK HERSELF OUT OF THE WAY! SHE GETS CASSIDY BEFORE CONNECTING WITH LAST DAY — THE REVERSE STO ON CASSIDY! WITH CASSIDY DOWN, IT SEEMS LIKE IO IS MORE THAN DETERMINED TO END THIS MATCH AT THE MOMENT! SHE GETS CASSIDY UP TO HER FEET! SHE IS LOOKING AT THE RAMP, ALMOST LIKE SHE IS ABLE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FATAL DESTINY! IO GETS CASSIDY IN POSITION FOR INVIERNO, THE SWINGING REVERSE STO! SHE DOES A CUT THROAT GESTURE BEFORE CONNECTING WITH INVIERNO! IO HOOKS THE LEG ON CASSIDY KANE!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Bullet” plays through the speakers again as Io Ishimori gets off of Cassidy Kane, who rolls herself out of the ring. Io rises back to her feet as the official raises her hand in victory.)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH …. IOOOOOOOOOOOOO ISSSSHHHHHHHIIIIIMOOOOORRRRRIIIIIIIII!!
CJ Hana: I think that was a message to Fatal Destiny, Gavin! The next time that Io Ishimori gets their hands on one of them, that will be their fate! Cassidy Kane just happened to be the woman, who Io used as an example!
Gavin Kirkland: It was a well fought effort from Cassidy Kane, but Io Ishimori showed some aggression in this match! She felt like she needed to redeem herself! If I were Fatal Destiny, I would be worried about them! Speaking of which…
(The camera opens up backstage, and we get a close up of Celes Dumont, smiling wide and admiring a corkboard she has hanging up in her locker room. The board is covered with pictures of former Specialists Champions–Kendra Shamez. Brody Sparks. Consuela Rose Ava. Remi Skyfire. Tyler Wolfe. Serena Bennett. And Andrea Valentine. Each photo is connected by a red line of thread, forming a haphazard, criss-crossed, and jumbled mess on the wall. Celes holds a clipboard and a pen in her arms. She holds the clipboard close to her chest as she licks her lips, staring onward at the picture she’s made of the Specialists Championship reigns that came before her.)
Celes Dumont: We cannot believe that Andrea has stolen our right to take OUR Title from Consuela before we could… we told Consuela that we would be tearing our way through whoever and whatever to get our next shot at her and then that blonde wrecker…grrr…
(Celes growls as she starts to pace just a little bit before she stops and turns to GLARE at her reflection in a nearby mirror.)
Celes Dumont: And don’t YOU start, you’re the one who was confident that Consuela would win that match and keep our TITLE!
(The door to the locker room slams, breaking Celes’ focus by startling her enough to drop her clipboard. Miho Li enters the frame.)
Miho Li: Ah, Hey cuz, who are you talking to?
(Celes reaches up and grips some of her hair firmly as she glares harder in the mirror for a few moments, her attention focused solely at her own reflection.)
Celes Dumont: But we will not STAND for this, we will do whatever it takes to ensure us a deal to get us our shot at Andrea for Pain Before Pride, we will make her time with OUR TITLE so short and sweet that it will make it look like a sneeze in a tornado–
(Miho’s curious tone behind her makes the older woman snap back to a form of reality as she yanks her hand out of her hair and smooths it back into place before she slowly turns to face her young cousin–but not before pulling a large black curtain over her Specialists Championship corkboard and kicking her clipboard out of the way.)
Celes Dumont: Pay no attention to those–women behind the curtain. Myself–we–I–I was talking to myself. I’m just really annoyed that Andrea was able to sneak a victory past Consuela and it may take me making a few deals with a devil to try for the specialist title before I was wanting to. (Celes fights the urge to continue her ranting and raving in front of her young cousin, giving her a smile as a cover up while she looks over the younger woman.) I caught your promo vid earlier, you made your points very well, Mulan. I’m proud. You’re doing so well so far.
Miho Li: Thanks Celes. After everything that happened last week, I just wanna–
(Miho glances over at the same mirror that Celes was staring at herself at seeing her own reflection. Her eyes lower as if for a moment in almost shame before she willingly rebukes herself as she turns her full attention back to her cousin looking her in the eye with a focused and determined resolve.)
Miho Li: Please forgive me for my initial, um, reaction to what happened at Terminus. I don’t mean to seem ungrateful for what you did. It took me some time to realize that the people that I need to trust are right here in this room. Even if it means that I lose what could had been a good strong friendship like I was trying to build with Io.
Celes Dumont: Mulan, you didn’t lose anything with Io that wasn’t even there. Io? She had no interest in being your friend or even helping you further your career. If anyone can understand that, it’s me. I know how hard it is to try and stand on your own two feet and truly find yourself in this business. I’ll do what it takes to get you there, too. Because I care about you.
(Celes places a comforting hand on Miho’s shoulder.)
Miho Li: I, um, appreciate that, Celes. I suppose I should say, if you ever need anyone watching your back be it Consuela, Andrea, anyone–know that I have your back. Just let me know what I can do…to repay the favor, I guess.
Celes Dumont: Oh, believe me, I might be needing your help soon enough, don’t worry about that. And Karina will appreciate the thought, too. But…you still look so sad, Miho. Are you sure you aren’t feeling any sense of regret?
Miho Li: (She sighs deeply before answering.) Yes. I’m sure.
(Celes smiles as she moves over to a corner where her gear is and picks up a purple and silver wrapped package which she then brings over to Miho and presents it to her.)
Miho Li: A present? What is this for? What is the occasion?
(Miho looks at the purple and silver wrapped present with shock and genuine surprise.)
Celes Dumont: Go ahead. Open it. Trust me.
(Like a child on a Christmas Day that had come early, Miho immediately begins tearing away at the present from her older cousin. She flips open the lid of the box, suddenly her eyes are filled with so much shock and emotion.)
Miho Li: Is that what I think that it is?!
Celes Dumont: You tell me. If you ever had doubts if you made the right decision before, know that even your mother supports you now. It’s why she gave me this after all.
(Miho immediately pick up from the bottom of the box and pulls out a leather jacket hugging tightly into her chest spinning around like she was hugging a loved one. She gives it a kiss as looks up at Celes with tears in her eyes.)
Miho Li: I can’t believe it, my mom’s very own leather jacket, the same one that she won the UWC Heavyweight Championship title and the tag team titles with daddy all in the same weekend. I thought that I never see this jacket ever again. I thought that she through this in a box and locked it away in the attic with all those moth balls. Why did she dig this out now?! For me?! (She smells the leather jacket.) And it even smells JUST like mom, just like her favorite jasmine perfume. This is awesome!
Celes Dumont: Believe it because you’re holding it, Miho. You know I’d do anything to make you happy, Miho. Do you believe that you made the right choice now, cousin?
Miho Li: This feels so surreal, but it does feel as if it is too much for me so soon, but you know what?
(Miho takes the leather jack and puts it on where it surprisingly looks really good on her even though it is a little big on her.)
Miho Li: I know my mom and she wouldn’t had sent this to me if she didn’t feel I was ready for it. If this is my mom’s way of telling me that I made the right decision to turn on Ishimori and join my cousin and be part of Fatal Destiny then you know what? I can learn to live with it. This is me living with it. No more tears, no more regrets. Celes and Miho verses the world. No matter what, I’m in. Fatal Destiny all the way. Salute La Familia! So, what do we do now?! I’m not used to this whole “bad guy” thing. Do we share in an evil diabolical laugh? Or is that too much?
Celes Dumont: (She chuckles.) No, tonight, we celebrate like normal people. I’ll take you out to a really fun place after the show tonight but you need to start getting ready for your match. After all, you gotta represent us tonight and beat that blonde floozy. Just remember that Karina and I will be at ringside for you…just in case. Always.
(Miho nods cheerfully and Celes watches onward as her cousin begins preparing for her match. The camera shows us Celes’ face, set in a serious expression, the reflection of her in the mirror has a very twisted and devious smile on her face as Empire fades to commercial break.)
(Commercial break — an ad for Golden Krust Jamaican beef patties.)
(We return from commercial break and cut straight to Gavin Kirkland and CJ Hana at the announcer’s desk.)
Gavin Kirkland: Breaking news here, folks. Just a moment ago, I’ve received word that Mr. DEDEDE, who STILL is unable to come to terms with an agreement with FOX after his notorious cancellation of the conference call, has given FOX FIFTEEN MINUTES to comply to his demands, or he’s going to do something irrational! Something reckless! DEDEDE has gone wild!
CJ Hana: On his Twitter page, the EAW Chairman decided to share an image of a conversation between him and Lachlan Murdoch where it appears that Ryan Adams is looking for an increase in his compensation from FOX Networks as he is a major shareholder–and from what I can tell, this doesn’t look good…
(A screengrab from Mr. DEDEDE’s Twitter feed flashes on the screen: )
“The time for talk is OVER
Cut the check
Or I’m about to do something REALLY irrational @FOXTV
You have 15 minutes to comply.
CJ Hana: :lupe: What do you think would happen if FOX can’t give the chairman what he’s looking for? I’m fucking nervous, Gavin.
Gavin Kirkland: And how the hell do you think I feel?! Not even the beautiful Brianna Blair can calm my nerves…then again, I don’t think I want her to.
(“Act Up” by City Girls plays through the speakers as Brianna Blair sways from the back and stands on top of the ramp. Brianna is looking around the crowd as they boo her. Brianna rolls her eyes before putting on a smile on her face and posing for the crowd.)
Maria Del Rey: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first…Los Angeles, California… she is “The Seductress” … BRRRRIIIIAAAAAANNNNNNAAAAAAA BLLLLAAAAIIIRRRRRRRRRR!!
Gavin Kirkland: My Mistress #2, Brianna Blair is someone, who could be the face of Empire, if she put her mind to it! It may have not seemed like that way last week on Fight Grid as she lost instantly to Silver Ann Gold! Brianna needs to look at this match as an opportunity to redeem herself and prove that whatever occurred on Fight Grid does not matter at all! She has the skills, look and hair — but, she has to want to excel here! She could be a future champion, CJ!
CJ Hana: You’re right, Gavin! Brianna has all the tools to excel on Empire, but it seems like she crumbled underneath the pressure on Fight Grid. She has a solid opponent in Miho Li tonight! If she can get a victory over Miho regardless if the rest of Fatal Destiny gets involved, it would be impressive!
(“Don’t Get In My Way” by Zack Hemsey replaces “Act Up” as Miho Li stands on top of the ramp. She turns back as Karina-Ann and Celes of Dumont stand on each side of her. Both of them are talking to her, advising her on how she should approach the match.)
Maria Del Rey: And introducing her opponent … from Riverside, California … she is “The Invincible” … MIIIIIIIHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOO LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!
CJ Hana: Miho Li is a woman, who has found herself in a little controversy after betraying her partner, Io Ishimori at Terminus to join her cousin Celes Dumont and Karina-Ann! Miho seems to be a little torn about whether this was the right decision to go with, but Celes and Karina-Ann believe that she joined the right side–especially after their conversation tonight. If Miho wins this match, this would be a wonderful assurance that Miho did the right thing!
Gavin Kirkland: Those bitches are creepy. But Fatal Destiny is the only functioning stable on Empire at the moment, no denying it. Jaded Wolfe Hearts, Queen’s Court and Crowe’s Nest are all gone! This is their chance to dominate the brand! Personally for me, I think Miho made the right choice! Io was only going to hold her back and that is something that we can’t have, CJ!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: I’m quite curious to see how Miho Li approaches this match! This is her first match since joining Fatal Destiny! I wonder if she’ll show a bit of aggression in this match! Brianna Blair has managed to turn heads on Empire! Miho and Brianna instantly lock up! Miho connects with a wrist lock on Brianna, but Brianna manages to elbow Miho in the match, which releases Miho’s hand from her wrist! Brianna runs towards the ropes, rebounds off of them to connect with a clothesline on Miho, but Miho manages to catch Brianna by the arm and connect with a hop toss! Brianna falls to a seated position as Miho races towards the blonde before connecting with a giant knee! But, Brianna manages to catch Miho’s knee as she spins her around! Brianna grabs Miho by her ankles before tripping her! Miho lands on her back as Brianna rises back to her feet! She gets Miho back to her feet before getting a good grasp on Miho’s arm before connecting with an Irish whip to the horizontal ropes! Miho manages to rebound off those ropes to connect a clothesline, but Brianna runs towards MIHO TO CONNECTING WITH A JUMPING STO! IN RESPONSE, MIHO FALLS BACK AGAINST THE ROPES! BRIANNA BEGINS TO POUND AWAY WITH A SERIES OF FISTS BEFORE GETTING MIHO BY THE ARM AGAIN! MIHO REBOUNDS FROM THE ROPES, BUT BRIANNA CONNECTS WITH A KITCHEN SINK AS MIHO GOES SPINNING AROUND LIKE A TOP!
Gavin Kirkland: Celes Dumont and Karina-Ann are trying to rally Miho Li back into this match! At this moment, Brianna Blair has done her best with getting the upper hand! Brianna gets Miho back to her feet before getting a grasp of her head before running towards the corner and slamming her head against the turnbuckle! Brianna begins to connect with a series of stomps to Miho’s ribs! Miho is trying to keep herself straight, but Brianna is not holding back with those stomps! Brianna presses her foot against Miho throat as she extends her leg in the process! CJ, I love a woman, who is flexible! She’s blonde and flexible! She is a future champion if she continues to put in the effort!
(Karina-Ann gets on top of the apron and begins to mouth off on Brianna Blair. Brianna takes her eyes off of Miho Li in order to respond to Karina-Ann’s trash talking.)
CJ Hana: That may have been a bad idea on Brianna Blair’s part as she turns around to be met with a spear by Miho Li! Miho begins to club away with punches as she is not holding back as well! Miho rises back to her feet as she gets a fistful of Brianna’s hair! Miho gets behind Brianna! STILL WITH A FISTFUL OF HER HAIR, MIHO CONNECTS WITH A BACKSTABBER ON BRIANNA WHILE PULLING BACK ON HER HAIR! BRIANNA IS CLUTCHING THE BACK OF HER HEAD AS SHE FOR SURE FELT THAT! I WAS SURPRISED THAT MIHO DIDN’T SNATCH HER BALD! KARINA-ANN AND CELES DUMONT ARE APPLAUDING THEIR NEWEST MEMBER! THANKS TO KARINA-ANN, MIHO HAS MANAGED TO GAIN SOME CONTROL OF THE MATCH. But like with any match, she needs to keep it up if she wants any chance of winning! Miho gets back to her feet! Miho gets Brianna by her hair once again before throwing her across the ring! Miho is not holding back whatsoever! Brianna looks for refuge at the corner as she finds herself in a seated position! Miho bolts after the blonde by connecting with a dropkick! Brianna’s head goes back in response as Miho pulls Brianna in the legs before going for the first cover in this match!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWO—
Gavin Kirkland: The beautiful and blonde Brianna Blair manages to kick out before the two count was fully made! Miho gets Brianna up on her shoulder before taking her to the corner! Miho gets Brianna in a tree of woe position! This does not look good for my Mistress! Miho runs towards Brianna before connecting with a dropkick! Instantly, Brianna falls down! Miho takes a step back as she is allowing her opponent to get back to her feet! Instead of getting back to her feet, Brianna rolls out of the ring! Brianna is giving herself time to recover and think about what to do next! Brianna is holding her neck! Miho looks at her, demanding that Brianna get back to the ring! Instead of waiting any longer, Miho rebounds off the ropes and launches herself through the middle rope — suicide dive by Miho Li! SHE GOES COLLIDING TO BRIANNA BLAIR! WHAT A THING OF BEAUTY! I MAY NOT BE TOO CRAZY ABOUT MIHO LI BECAUSE SHE LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE FROM EMPIRE CIRCA 2017, BUT THAT LOOKED IMPRESSIVE! Both of the women down, but it seems like Miho is showing some signs of life! She is the first to make it back to her feet as she gets Brianna back to her feet as well! Miho connects with a chop to Brianna! Brianna connects with a chop to Miho! THE TWO WOMEN ARE TRADING CHOPS TO THE CHEST! MY POOR, SWEET BRIANNA MUST BE SUFFERING RIGHT NOW! MIHO GOES FOR A CHOP TO BRIANNA’S CHEST, BUT BRIANNA MANAGES TO CONNECT WITH A HUGE SLAP ACROSS MIHO’S CHEEK! THIS STAGGERS BACK “THE INVINCIBLE”!
CJ Hana: Brianna Blair gets her shoulder and rams Miho Li against the edge of the apron! By the look on Miho’s face, that had to hurt! Brianna pulls Miho closer before following that up with an Irish whip to the barricade! Miho’s back goes crashing against that barricade! It seems like Brianna is not holding back as well! Brianna drags Miho underneath the bottom rope! After, Brianna slides underneath the bottom rope! It was kinda strange to see the rest of Fatal Destiny not help their team mate there, but it seems like that’s what people woULD HAVE EXPECTED! BRIANNA GETS MIHO BY HER LEG! I WONDER WHAT SHE IS GOING TO GO WITH RIGHT NOW? SHE IS GOING FOR THAT MODIFIED FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK — YAAASSS QUEEN! MIHO LI IS IN TROUBLE AT THE MOMENT! THAT SUBMISSION HOLD IS LOCKED IN BEAUTIFULLY! I THINK THAT MIHO MAY BE FORCED TO SUBMIT HERE!
(Before Miho Li could consider submitting, Celes Dumont gets on the apron! Right away, Brianna Blair races to knock Celes from the apron, but Celes manages to jump off the apron and prevent herself from being attacked.)
Gavin Kirkland: This is the second time that Fatal Destiny has tried to get themselves involved in behalf of Miho Li! Brianna Blair turns herself around, but Miho connects with a spinning heel kick that takes the gorgeous blonde down! Miho is gesturing for Brianna to rise back to her feet! Brianna slowly gets up to her feet, but is met with a Miho’s version of a superkick, which staggers Brianna back! Miho goes right after Brianna! Brianna delivers a kick as it pushes Miho back a bit! Miho goes right after Brianna, but Brianna connects with another kick! No! Miho manages to catch Brianna by her leg before connect with a dragon screw legwhip! Brianna is holding to her right leg in pain! Miho may have found the one thing that she can use to win the match! This could be a turning point in the match! Brianna is slowly getting to her feet! Miho runs forward as she connects with a hurricanrana on Brianna! Brianna gets flipped around in the process! She finds herself in a seated position as Miho runs towards Brianna to connect with a shining wizard! BRIANNA MANAGES TO DUCK TO THE SIDE, BUT CONNECTS WITH A CHOP BLOCK TO THE BACK OF MIHO’S LEG! MIHO FALLS TO HER BACK! MIHO ONLY HAD THAT OFFENSE FOR SUCH A SMALL PERIOD OF HER TIME! BRIANNA WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO CONQUER THE ODDS THAT SHE HAS FACED THROUGHOUT THE MATCH! BRIANNA BEGINS TO MOUNT SOME HARSH PUNCHES ONTO MIHO’S FACE! BRIANNA BLAIR IS TRYING TO REDEEM HERSELF FROM WHAT HAPPENED IN HER LAST MATCH ON FIGHT GRID! SHE IS OUT TO PROVE TO PEOPLE THAT SHE IS WAY BETTER THAN WHAT PEOPLE SAW THERE!
CJ Hana: Just like you mentioned, Gavin! Brianna Blair has a fire in her to step up from that huge loss that she suffered! She goes from getting these victories to losing within seconds! That must have been a blow to her ego! Brianna manages to pick up Miho by her hair! Brianna is looking back at Celes Dumont and Karina-Ann, who have their arms up! It seems like they’re not planning on interfering at the moment! It seems like they’re plotting on what to do next! Brianna gets Miho by her head and goes for a sleeperhold! It seems like Brianna is going for another attempt on a submission hold! Can you imagine if she managed to pass out Miho with this move! IT SEEMS LIKE MIHO IS FALLING TO HER KNEES! BRIANNA DECIDES TO APPLY SOME BODY SCISSORS ONTO THE SLEEPERHOLD! BRIANNA IS SCREAMING FOR MIHO TO TAP OUT! BRIANNA WANTS MIHO TO GIVE UP! FIGHT MIHO FIGHT! IT WOULD NOT BE LIKE MIHO TO GIVE UP! MIHO HAS FOUGHT SINCE THE FIRST DAY SHE APPEARED ON THE BRAND! MIHO IS CLUTCHING HER FIST! SHE STILL HAS SOME SIGNS OF LIFE IN HER! BRIANNA’S SHOULDERS ARE ON THE MAT! MIHO COULD SNEAK AWAY WITH A VICTORY HERE!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Gavin Kirkland: Brianna Blair manages to lift her shoulders off the mat! She knew that Miho Li was trying to do and it was not going to work with her! Miho manages to roll herself around, but Brianna still has that sleeperhold applied! She is not going to let go of this submission hold without a fight! Miho is trying to drag herself back to her feet! She is doing her best to fight this submission hold! Miho is slowly, but trembly making her way back to a vertical base! Brianna still has that sleeperhold applied as Miho cutches onto the rope! Brianna needs to release the hold! But, Miho does not wait for that to happen at all! She gets Brianna by her hair and flips her outside of the ring! Wait, CJ! Brianna manages to land on her feet on the apron! She connects with a forearm on Miho as she falls to one knee! The official is focus on Miho! It seemed like Brianna threw one mean looking punch!
CJ Hana: Karina-Ann manages to grab a hold of Brianna Blair’s foot! This is preventing her from entering the ring! Celes Dumont is on the apron as she attempts to go with a forearm, but Brianna manages to break free from Karina-Ann’s hold and duck the forearm and hop to where Celes stood! CELES GOES RIGHT AFTER BRIANNA — BYE, BITCH! THE SUPERKICK ON CELES DUMONT! MIHO LI HAS A GOOD HOLD OF BRIANNA’S HAIR AS SHE DRAGS THE BLONDE BACK INTO THE RING! I THINK THAT IS ALL MIHO NEEDED IN THIS MATCH — A DISTRACTION! Miho slams Brianna’s head back by her hair! With Brianna down, Miho manages to get on the top turnbuckle! Miho is cocking her fist as she flies from the turnbuckle! THE FLYING FIST — THE SUPERHERO LANDING — ON BRIANNA BLAIR! BOTH OF THESE WOMEN ARE DOWN, BUT MIHO LOOKS LIKE SHE IS GOING TO END THIS MATCH! MIHO GOES TO THE CORNER AS IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS ABOUT TO TUNE UP THE BAND! MIHO RUNS AND CONNECTS WITH DEADLY LITTLE MIHO — THE BOMAYE ON BRIANNA BLAIR! MIHO GOES FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Don’t Get In My Way” plays once again as Karina-Ann and Celes Dumont meet Miho Li inside the ring. Miho looks at Brianna Blair with a serious glare on her face as the blonde rolls herself out of the ring. Karina-Ann and Celes get one of Miho’s arms before raising it high in the air.)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH … MIIIIIHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Poor Brianna Blair. 🙁 She didn’t stand a chance going up against the three of them! I demand justice for her! She entered this match with an unfair fight! I will not allow her to be treated like this!
CJ Hana: Brianna Blair has cheated in the past! I’m not a fan of how Miho Li won this match, but we saw the unity with Fatal Destiny in the match! Both Celes Dumont and Karina-Ann that they are looking out for Miho! That is what Fatal Destiny is all about!
Gavin Kirkland: We could go on about this all night, but Miho Li looked good in this match! I think we are going to see great things with these three women!
(Commercial break — an ad for an advertising firm. Your ad could be featured here on Empire for a small fee of $563,280.392)
(“The Resistance” by Skillet plays to a mixed response from the crowd as Constance Blevins makes her way out to the ring with her Empire Tag Belt strapped around her waist. She manages to slap a few fans hands while approaching her down the ramp then stops in the middle for a battle cry)
Maria Del Rey: This match is set for ONE FALL! AND ENTERING FIRST, SHE IS ONE HALF OF THE EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS AND WEIGHING IN AT 120 POUNDS…. CONSTANCCEEE BLEEEVVVINNNSSSS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Yuck! These two beat my queen, Cleo! I can’t stand to watch this.
CJ Hana: These two, Gavin? It’s only Constance here tonight, first of all, and she deserved her win at Terminus. And I’m excited to see how well Heavenly Hell represents Empire as the new champions. I’m sure there are plenty of teams forming up and ready to gun after them as we speak.
(“Roll With Me” by Charli XCX plays as Andrea Valentine comes out to a huge ovation from the crowd as she smiles her way down the ramp, also waving and clapping the fans hands)
Maria Del Rey: And her opponent… SHE IS THE NEWWWWWWWWWWW EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPION AND WEIGHING IN AT 110 POUNDS!!… THE HEART OF THE EMPIRE! ANDREA VALEENTTTINNNEEEE!!!
CJ Hana: There you go, Gavin.. Maybe Andrea can lighten up your mood.
Gavin Kirkland: Oh, boy! She sure does! I love Ms. Valentine! I’m so proud of her persistence and solidifying herself as one of the very best female Elitists in EAW history.
CJ Hana: She certainly has more to bite off more than she can chew. Constance is no slouch but this match should give us a glimpse of two champions going at it to see who shall prevail victorious!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: These two ladies are ready as this match is underway! Both ladies are ready to show the definition of a true champion. Andrea and Constance lock up! And Constance with the advantage as she pushes Andrea into the corner turnbuckle! The ref breaks it up though as Constance looks back at the ref in disgust as Andrea slaps Constance in the mouth! Wow! You can see the spit travel over the ring with that slap and Constance looks back at Andrea in shock.
CJ Hana: And now Constance tries to slap Andrea back but no! Andrea is able to duck and now she’s pounding Constance with left and right fists! Our Specialist Champion is showing us some true fighting skill! And now Andrea backs up and goes for a clothesline! BUT NOW CONSTANCE DODGES! AND CONSTANCE WITH A HIGH KNEE STRIKE INTO ANDREA’S FACE! OUCH!
Gavin Kirkland: Not the face, not the face, not the face! That’s my baby Andrea!
CJ Hana: I thought Cleo was your baby?
Gavin Kirkland: She’s baby #1.. Andrea’s baby #2! BUT ANYWAY! NOW CONSTANCE GRABS ANDREA FOR A RUNNING BULLDOG OFF THE TURNBUCKLE AND IT CONNECTS! AND CONSTANCE GOES FOR THE FIRST PINFALL OF THE MATCH!
CJ Hana: BUT NO! Andrea kicks out… As Constance gets back on top of Andrea! She kicks Andrea in the gut while she’s bent over.. Seemingly toying with Andrea now and telling her to get up! I don’t think that’s a smart idea from our Empire Tag Champion! Andrea is the heart of Empire. She’ll never give up and she can easily turn this match around. Making her angry can only force more worse retaliation on Constance’s part! Constance now grabs Andrea by her hair and whips her into the ring ropes! She’s going for the SPEAR!!!
Gavin Kirkland: BUT NO! ANDREA DODGES THE SPEAR AND SHE DROPKICKS CONSTANCE ONTO THE MAT! AND CONSTANCE HOPS BACK UP AGAIN! ANOTHER DROP KICK AND CONSTANCE GOES FLYING OUTSIDE OF THE RING! WHAT A MOVE BY MY BABY ANDREA!
CJ Hana: Andrea has the advantage now as she bounces off the ring ropes and goes for a suicide dive! OH MY GOD! SHE GOES FLYING OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO CONSTANCE! HOLY SHIT! WHAT A MOVE BY ANDREA!.BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS… DID IT CAUSE MORE DAMAGE TO HER OR CONSTANCE?
Gavin Kirkland: Either way, what a great high risk move by Andrea and she’s pulled her back up and grabs Constance and she swings her right into the barricade! These two ladies are ready to rip each-other apart to prove the better champion! Andrea is now using her long legs to choke Constance with her back against the barricade! The referee breaks it up as Andrea looks back at him now! IT GIVES CONSTANCE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOVER AS SHE PUSHES ANDREA THEN GOES FOR A HUGE CLOTHESLINE THAT CONNECTS! ANDREA DROPS DOWN ON THE FLOOR!
CJ Hana: Constance grabs Andrea next and goes for a BRAINBUSTER DDT! AND IT CONNECTS! ANDREA’S HEAD BOUNCES OFF THE FLOOR AS CONSTANCE QUICKLY TOSSES ANDREA BACK INSIDE THE RING FOR ANOTHER COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: BUT ANDREA KICKS OUT AGAIN! It’s not going to be easy to beat Andrea that way, Minerva!
CJ Hana: ITS CONSTANCE! YOU DOPE! UGH!…. But now it looks like Constance is going to the top rope for a high risk move herself! She’s waiting for Andrea to lift herself back up in position! BUT ANDREA CHARGES AT CONSTANCE AND HITS A SPINNING BACK FIST ON CONSTANCE, CAUSING HER TO DROP ON THE TURNBUCKLES! CONSTANCE SITS ON THE TURNBUCKLE AS ANDREA MAKES HER UP ON IT AND GRABS CONSTANCE IN POSITION FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX! AND IT CONNECTS! CONSTANCE GOES CRASHING ON THE MAT! AND SHE’S HURT!
Gavin Kirkland: Cover her Andrea! HURRY! HURRY! But it doesn’t look like Andrea is done yet! She pulls Constance up to her feet as she’s wobbling a little bit! And now Andrea with a roundhouse kick that smacks Constance in the mouth! AND HERE COMES THE COVER AS CONSTANCE FALLS DOWN!
CJ Hana: BUT CONSTANCE KICKS OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE BEFORE THE THREE COUNT! Man! Andrea was quick to the cover on that one but now Andrea is back in control as she grabs Constance again and this time she’s going for a facebreaker! SHE HAS CONSTANC–BUT NO! COUNTER BY CONSTANCE! CONSTANCE HITS ANDREA WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX OF HER OWN! AND NOW ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX BY CONSTANCE! THEN ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! WHAT STRENGTH WE’RE WITNESSING HERE BY CONSTANCE BLEVINS!
Gavin Kirkland: I think she’s going for one more, CJ!— BUT WAIT A SECOND! SOMEHOW ANDREA IS NOT ALLOWING FOR THE FOURTH GERMAN SUPLEX! SHE’S LOCKING HER LEG WITH CONSTANCE AS SHE PULLS HER OVER WITH AN ARMBAR, CAUSING CONSTANCE IS SLIDE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RING! AND NOW ANDREA IS LOOKING FOR THE FINISH HERE!
CJ Hana: LOVE HAZE! LOVE HAZEEEE!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: NO! NO LOVE HAZE AS CONSTANCE IS ABLE TO COUNTER AND SHE RUNS ONTO THE RING ROPES! BUT ANDREA COMES BACK WITH ANOTHER ROUNDHOUSE KICK! BUT SPEAR! SPEAR!!!!! CONSTANCE CUTS ANDREA IN HALF WITH THAT SPEAR!!! AND NOW HERE GOES THE COVER!
CJ Hana: A KICK OUT BY THE HEART OF EMPIRE! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! I THOUGHT THIS MATCH WAS OVER BY ANDREA KICKS OUT YET AGAIN! CONSTANCE IS LOOKING A BIT FRUSTRATED AS SHE GRABS ANDREA BACK UP TO HER FEET! AND SHE’S GOING FOR THE LIONESSFIRE!!! SHE HAS ANDREA IN POSITION BUT NO!! LOVE HAZE!! LOVE HAZE!! ANDREA SURPRISES AGAIN WITH LOVE HAZE AND THIS MAY BE ALL OVER FOR OUR EMPIRE TAG CHAMP! SHE COVERS!
Gavin Kirkland: CONSTANCE’S FOOT IS ON THE ROPE! THE REFEREE SEES IT BEFORE THE THREE COUNT! AND ANDREA IS FORCED TO BREAK UP THE PIN-FALL! BUT IT DOESN’T STOP HER THAT MUCH! SHE GRABS CONSTANCE BACK UP TO HER FEET AND NOW SHE’S GOING FOR THE DOUBLE-KNEE FACEBREAKER AND IT CONNECTS AS CONSTANCE DROPS ONTO THE MAT!!
CJ Hana: But Andrea doesn’t go for the cover! Man this has been a war between these two here! It just a matter who wants it more?! We have Andrea who finished off wit–WAIT A SECOND! CONSTANCE KIPS UP! CONSTANCE KIPS UP! AS ANDREA’S BACK IS TURNED AND NOW CONSTANCE HAS ANDREA IN THE LIONESSFIRE!!! IT CONNECTS!! AS CONSTANCE GOES FOR THE COVER NOW!!
CJ Hana: THAT’S IT–NO!!! ANOTHER ROPE BREAK! ANDREA’S FOOT WAS SEEN ON THE ROPES AS THE REFEREE BREAKS THE COUNT!! WOW! THESE TURN OF EVENTS ARE SHOCKING AS HELL! AND CONSTANCE THOUGHT THAT WAS SURELY IT! BUT ANDREA SURVIVES YET AGAIN!
Gavin Kirkland: Andrea Valentine is showing the world that she’s not a fluke at all and she’s going to reign proudly as Specialist Champion and I’m sure the world knows it!
CJ Hana: But Andrea is in some trouble because Constance is looking down at the fallen Andrea and she’s going for the kill again! She helps Andrea back up as she grabs her for another STO! BUT WAIT A SECOND! ANDREA COUNTERS AND NOW ANDREA PUSHES CONSTANCE INTO THE RING ROPES! BUT CONSTANCE HOPS ON TOP OF THE ROPES AND SHE ENDS UP GOING FOR A CROSSBODY!! BUT ANDREA IS ABLE TO CATCH HER AND HITS CONSTANCE WITH A POWERSLAM ONTO THE MAT!
Gavin Kirkland: Who knew my baby momma would have so much strength in her like that?! And now Andrea is going for the kill instead! LOVE HAZE AGAIN!!! NO!! CONSTANCE ROLLS UP ANDREA!!!
CJ Hana: BUT ANDREA KICKS OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE! THAT WAS A CLOSE CALL RIGHT THERE! AS ANDREA GETS BACK UP TO HER FEET AND SHE CHARGES AT CONSTANCE BUT CONSTANCE WITH THE LIONESSSFIREEEEEEEE!!! OUT OF NOWHERE AND IT CONNECTS AS SHE DROPS FOR THE PINFALL ON OUR SPECIALIST CHAMPION!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“The Resistance” by Skillet plays as Constance lifts herself up, still wobbling with her hands raised in victory)
Maria Del Rey: HERE IS YOUR WINNER… CONSTANCE BLEVINS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: This was a great match by the two champs. I’m sad for my baby Andrea, but she did well, and I’m sure she’ll get Minerva back one day!
CJ Hana: :dahell: No comment. Anyway, congrats on the hard fought victory by Constance Blevins! She deserved this win in one of the most intense matches on Empire history!
(Commercial break — an ad for Riley’s Catnip Symposium. Get your cat the fix it needs. Just ask for Riley.)
(Empire returns from commercial break and cuts to CJ Hana and Gavin Kirkland sitting behind the broadcast booth. CJ’s expression is that of a professional, but Gavin’s is a rather somber look.)
CJ Hana: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Empire. We want to take a moment to take you back to Terminus, and show you what happened at the conclusion of the Empire Tag Team Championship match. As you all know, the Queen’s Court was taking on Heavenly Hell for the vacated belts. The match would end with Cleopatra getting pinned, which allowed Minerva and Constance Blevins to score the biggest wins of their respective EAW careers so far.
Gavin Kirkland: But what happened next is complete bullshit and the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life.
(CJ gives Gavin’s arm a friendly pat.)
CJ Hana: Let’s take a look.
(Empire cuts to a full recap of what happened at the end of The Queen’s Court versus Heavenly Hell match. Cleopatra is shown attempting to spit black mist in Minerva’s face, only for the Gypsy Moth to move! Amber Keys takes the mist to the face, which stuns Cleo and leaves her vulnerable for Minerva and Constance. Heavenly Hell would capitalize on the mistake, and finish off Cleo, thus winning the Empire Tag Team Championships. Amber would snap, and beat the living hell out of her tag team partner and supposed best friend, leaving Cleo bloodied and bruised. Empire’s hero, Gavin Kirkland would try and help the love of his life, and eat a spear for his efforts. Amber would further place the nail in Cleopatra’s coffin by placing her on a table and executing a beautiful ‘Dirti Dive’ onto Cleo. EMTs would have to remove Cleopatra from the scene.)
(The recap fades out and cuts right back to CJ and Gavin. Gavin is clenching his fist in anger having just lived the entire heart wrenching moment again.)
CJ Hana: Truly shocking, Gavin.
Gavin Kirkland: Fuck Amber Keys for that. That attack and beatdown on my baby was completely uncalled for and just goes to show everyone what a horrible, uncouth, and disgusting human being that fucking jezebel Amber is. She never should have returned to the world of professional wrestling because people like her don’t belong in this sport. She’s gunna pay for this.
CJ Hana: I understand that this situation has hit you hard, Gavin. However, we are being told that in just a few moments, Cleopatra is going to address the EAW Universe.
Gavin Kirkland: :blessed: I can’t wait to hear what she has to say, CJ! I hope she ethers the fuck out of Amber and makes her regret the day she ever decided to step foot back inside this ring.
CJ Hana: I don’t know if she is going to ether Amber, but I’m definitely curious to hear what’s on Cleo’s mind. I’m sure she’s going to talk about what happened at Gateway to Glory as well.
Gavin Kirkland: …. Well, I don’t so much care that Amber blew up the 1% because fuck Theron Nikolas. I never liked Cleo hanging around him anyway. That down syndrome looking bitch never deserved my Queen in his corner.
(As if on cue, “Mona Lisa” by Lil Wayne featuring Kendrick Lamar begins to blast across the public address system. The fans inside TD Garden go nuts because just like CJ and Gavin, they also want to hear what Cleopatra has to say.)
Maria Del Rey: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… PLEASE WELCOME THE EAW HALL OF FAMER… THE QUEEN OF THE NILE… THE GREATEST VIXEN TO EVER LIVE… CLEOPATRA!!!!
(More cheers, including Gavin’s own through the headset. In fact, the ‘Voice of Empire’ is on his feet, applauding for his queen.)
Crowd: CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA!
CJ Hana: Wow! Listen to this ovation for Cleopatra!
Gavin Kirkland (screaming along with the crowd): CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA! **clap clap** CLEO-PAT-RA!
CJ Hana: The TD Garden has come absolutely unglued for Cleopatra! They seem just as disturbed at Amber’s actions at Terminus as all of us were!
(The ‘Cleopatra’ chants continue and get louder as soon as the blonde steps onto the stage. Cleopatra takes a moment to survey the scene, plasters a smile across her face, and gives the crowd a bow. She wears an old school, vintage Heart Break Boy t-shirt that is knotted just below her bust, and shows off her flat stomach, a pair of ripped, but very fashion forward jeans, and expensive Louboutin heeled boots. As Cleopatra rises up from bowing to the crowd, she adjust her blonde locks, brushing them out of her face.)
Gavin Kirkland: ………… what fresh hell is this?!
(The camera zooms in as Cleopatra begins to saunter down to the ring, and those cheers that were so loud and proud, slowly turn to outraged gasps and boos.)
CJ Hana: That… that is Amber Keys.
(Sure enough, it’s the Dirti Diva herself, and she is smirking like the cat who just ate the canary! She does a pageant wave to the crowd and sashays towards the broadcast booth where Gavin is visibly shaking with anger. Amber brushes her hand across his chest, and makes a ‘blow job’ motion with her hand and mouth, before walking up the ring steps. She taunts the crowd before stepping inside the ring and demanding the microphone from Maria. Even the ring announcer looks slightly disgusted at this.)
CJ Hana: I don’t even know what to say….
(Gavin is still stunned speechless, but at least he has taken his seat once again.)
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
(“Mona Lisa” finally fades out and the only thing that can be heard inside the TD Garden is the fans unleashing every bit of hate they have in their hearts towards Amber. Amber touches her hand to her own black heart and wipes an imaginary tear off her cheek.)
Amber Keys: Last week at Terminus I did exactly what the whole world thought I would do and that is let down my superior, Amber Keys. It’s no secret that since returning to Elite Answers Wrestling back in November I have been a shell of my former self. This entire roster has most definitely passed me by. All you need to do is take a look at my win-loss record and see that I am not the Hall of Fame caliber athlete that I once was.
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: I fucking hate this bitch.
(Amber fakes being embarrassed and hangs her head in shame. She even sniffles into the microphone.)
Amber Keys: I mean, I don’t even know if I was ever that good that anyway. I came up in an era where my only competitor was Cockwhore Ella Ava, and we all know that she’s absolutely nothing to this company. Perhaps if the competition had been back then what it is now, I wouldn’t even be in the Hall of Fame, let alone be the longest reigning Vixen’s Champion of all time! I mean, what exactly did that title ever mean anyway? I know that I was grasping at straws when I brought it back, and no shock… I couldn’t even hold on to it! I stupidly let myself lose the only thing that ever made me relevant to some shitty blonde cum dumpster. Sad! People want to talk their shit and say that Madison Kaline was the weakest link in the Queen’s Court, but at least she could string together enough drivel to make herself pass as a somewhat feasible competitor. Illiterate or not, at least she showed up for her matches.
(Amber dramatically sighs and wipes away a few more fake tears.)
CJ Hana: I don’t even know what to say…
Gavin Kirkland: Someone needs to shut the microphone off.
Crowd: SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!
Amber Keys: I have no idea how I will ever survive without the amazing, incredible, irreplaceable, superbly talented, trailblazing, barrier breaking, glass ceiling shattering Dirti Diva, Amber Keys, by my side. She made the Queen’s Court. She carried two pieces of pure dead weight in myself and Madison for months, and it was Amber who placed the spotlight firmly on our trio. It was because of Amber that we were protected, and it was because of Amber that I got to reign as one-half of the Empire Tag Team Champions. She is the one who climbed up that ladder back at Bloodletter and snatched those belts from the sky, ripping out of the hearts of those two diseased-ridden slutbags that paraded around with them for months. Amber is the reason anyone ever gave a damn about me upon my return, and because I am so fucking bad at absolutely everything that I do, she’s turned her back on me.
(Amber begins to sob now, and that buries itself right under the proverbial skin of the crowd.)
Crowd: FUCK YOU AMBER!
Crowd: WE WANT CLEO!
Crowd: FUCK YOU AMBER!
Crowd: WE WANT CLEO!
Crowd: FUCK YOU AMBER!
Crowd: WE WANT CLEO!
Amber Keys: AMBER I AM SO SORRY I LET YOU DOWN! I AM SO SORRY THAT I COULD NEVER CARRY MY OWN WEIGHT! I’M SORRY THAT I FORGOT HOW TO CONDUCT MYSELF INSIDE THE RING! AMBER, IF YOU ARE LISTENING, PLEASE FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO FORGIVE ME! I LOVE YOU AND I AM NOTHING WITHOUT! NO ONE IN EAW CARES ABOUT ME ANYMORE! YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON WHO BELIEVED IN ME AND BELIEVED THAT I COULD STILL HACK IT IN THE RING AND I LET YOU DOWN WHEN WE NEEDED TO WIN THE MOST! I’M SORRY! I’M TRULY SORRY! PLEASE COME BACK TO ME AMBER KEYS!!!!!!!!!!!
(Despite the fact she’s screaming into the microphone, Amber’s voice is barely heard. The crowd is livid, and they get even more anxious as “Unfuckwithable” by Deez Nuts begins to play.)
Amber Keys: Oh noes!!!
(A portly woman dressed as a discount bin Sienna Jade walks onto the stage with a fake Unified Women’s World Championship on her shoulder. “Big Bad Wolf” by In This Moment replaces Sienna’s theme, and a small, midget version of Minerva crawls onto the stage. She has a replica of the Empire Tag Team Championship with her. “Put Em Up” by Lupe Fiasco hits and a legitimate meth addict who’s tweaking walks out dressed as Kassidy Heart. The fake Kassidy joins the fake Sienna and they wrap their arms around one another because they’re very obviously in luv. “Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj replaces “Put Em Up” and a local male wrestler dressed as a very glammed up version of Felix Hartley walks out. Finally, “Surfin’ (ft. Pharrell Williams)” by Kid Cudi plays and out walks a busted version of Serena, flashing a fake Hall of Fame ring. All the women that Cleopatra’s has failed to put away stand on stage sneering at her.)
Amber Keys: Oh noes! OH NOES! STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! DON’T COME ANY CLOSER!!!
(The cosplayers start making their way down to the ring, evil looks on their faces, especially the methy Kassidy. Amber drops down to the mat and clutches the microphone to her chest as the women all slide into the ring. Amber is clearly scared to death of these people. They surrounded Amber and she is starting shake and panic. Ear-piercing, highly fake sobs rip from her throat.)
Gavin Kirkland: This is stupid. Someone pull the plug on this.
CJ Hana: I mean, you could go to the ring and defend Cleo’s honor again.
Gavin Kirkland: :whoa:
CJ Hana: That’s what I thought.
(Amber is faking crying again.)
Amber Keys: AMBER! AMBER!! HALP! HALP!! I NEED YOU!!! PLEASE COME PROTECT ME FROM ALL THESE WOMEN THAT I WASN’T CAPABLE OF HANDLING ALL BY MUHSELF!!!! PLEASE GIRLS! HAVE SOME MERCY ON ME! I’M A BROKEN, BATTERED, OVER THE HILL, AND DEFEATED WOMAN AND I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING FOR YOU! YOU HAVE ALL TAKEN EVERYTHING! YOU HAVE ALL DESTROYED MY CREDIBILITY! YOU HAVE TAKEN MY CHAMPIONSHIPS! YOU HAVE TAKEN MY HALL OF FAME RING! YOU HAVE TAKEN EVERYTHING FROM ME! AMBER! AMBER! AAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMBBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! AMBER PLEASE! WHERE ARE YOU! SAVE ME! I NEED YOU! I AM NOTHING WITHOUT YOU!!!!!
(The fake wrestlers close in on Amber and all of a sudden, Amber’s fake sobs turn into sinister laughter. She rips the wig off, rises to her feet, and spears the ever living fuck out of the tiny Minerva. Fake Sienna and Kassidy attack Amber, but Amber quickly drags Fake Kassidy down with a DDT. Fake Sienna does not approve of this and she attempts to catch Amber with a right hand to the face. Amber blocks the punch, spears fake Sienna, and throws her face first into fake Kassidy’s crotch! Fake Serena and Fake Felix look at one another and shrug. They lunge for Amber, but Amber grabs them both by the neck and knocks their heads together! Both of them fall to the ground and Amber quickly scrambles up to the top rope and launches herself off! Dirti Dive onto Fake Felix and Fake Serena! Amber gets up, snatches the microphone up off the ground, and throws her head back and laughs.)
Amber Keys: CLEO! CLEO! HERE I AM CLEO! IT’S ME! AMBER KEYS! ONCE AGAIN THE DIRTI DIVA HAS SHOWN UP AND SAVED THE DAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! I HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT SAVE YOU DURING YOUR ENTIRE RUN ON EMPIRE!!!!
(Amber stops laughing and looks directly into the camera. Her eyes narrow and she takes several deep breaths.)
Amber Keys: You my dear, precious Cleo… are a complete disgrace. For months I have done nothing but stick my neck out for you and make sure you looked good inside this ring. I have sacrificed everything I came back for to push people like you and Madison into the spotlight. I have gotten absolutely nothing for my efforts except a pointless run with the Empire Tag Team Championships, and we all know how well that turned out of us. You left for me dead during that match back at King of Elite with those two cunts who don’t even deserve to have their names uttered on this program. Your complete lack of talent cost both of us everything that night, and because of you, people looked at me like I was some kind of joke. They never got to see the real version of Amber Keys because I was too busy propping up two women who never deserved my precious time and attention. Cleopatra, I know you’re listening and I want to reiterate the fact you are absolutely nothing without me! You are the lowest form of life. You are the biggest joke to ever grace the squared circle. Your legacy is something I will happily chew up and spit out because we both know that in this era of competition, you simply don’t have what it takes to be successful and stand on your own. I made you, and at Terminus, I broke you. Cry your eyes out Cleopatra. Cry those tears and pray to whatever god you believe in that somehow, someway you find your talent because if you ever cross paths with me again, I’m ending you, and I’m showing all these ungrateful females exactly who and what Amber Keys is. It’s because of me that a platform like this even exists for women. Without me, none of them, not even you, would be recognized as a legitimate wrestler. No more saving you Cleo. Amber Keys won’t be holding your hand any longer.
(Amber lowers the microphone and continues to stare into the camera. “All It Takes For Your Dreams to Come True” by A Skylit Drive begins to play, but the music is honestly just drowned out by the jeers of the crowd. Neither CJ nor Gavin have anything to say, and that’s when Empire fades to commercial break.)
(Commercial break — an ad for General Tso’s Bean Curd “Chi’ken” now available at your local chinese food restaurant–yes even yours. Sponsored by PETA.)
(“Siren Assassin” by Kristine Elezaj plays through the PA was Karina-Ann walks out from the back. She is without Miho Li and Celes Dumont, which is not compared to Miho and her match earlier. Karina-Ann is deciding to qualify for this match on her own. Karina-Ann poses on top of the ramp before making her way down the ramp and to the ring.)
Maria Del Rey: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first…from Montreal, Quebec, Canada… she is the “Siren Assassin” … KARRRRRIIIINNNNNNNNAAAAAAAA-ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!
Gavin Kirkland: The beautiful and blonde Karina-Ann is someone, who would be a perfect fit for FOX’s imagine in the Cash in the Vault Match at Pain for Pride! Karina-Ann is known for being a woman, who shows for these grand opportunities. Sure, she may have not won them, but I say that she is the best option to give Empire the chance of walking away with that briefcase.
CJ Hana: Karina-Ann qualifying for Cash in the Vault would be not only great for her, but for Fatal Destiny. It would give them all the control of Empire. We could have all of them controlling the gold in Season 13.
(“Rise” by League of Legends replaces “Siren Assassin”. Karina-Ann is already in the ring waiting for Raven Roberts. Raven stands on top of the ramp as she looks around the crowd, who are cheering for her. Raven doesn’t seem too happy about how things went at Terminus, but she plans to redeem herself with this victory.)
Maria Del Rey: And, introducing her opponent… from Las Vegas, Nevada…she is “The Bird of Prey” … RAAAAAVVVVEEEEEEEENNNNNNNN ROOOOBBBEEERRRRRTTTTSSSSSSS!!
CJ Hana: Raven Roberts qualified for this match! She managed to become one of the two Elitists on the ladder, but the match was won by Noah Reigner! Raven probably feels that she has a clear shot of winning this match! The thought of her coming so close to winning last year should be enough motivation to get a victory over Karina-Ann!
Gavin Kirkland: Raven Roberts put on a good fight at Terminus, but she gave into her fear of having her arm injured. She doesn’t want to experience that feeling again. She may no longer be the woman, who breaks necks, but she is going to be the woman who moves on to Pain for Pride!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: The first qualifying match for the Cash in the Vault match at Pain for Pride is underway! I don’t know about you, CJ! But, I believe that Karina-Ann could be a fantastic Ms. Cash in the Vault! She’s blonde, beautiful and did I mention blonde? I feel like that part doesn’t get mentioned from me much! Raven Roberts and Karina-Ann circle around each other before lock up! Raven connects with a wrist lock on Karina-Ann! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BY HER BLONDE LOCKS BEFORE SLAMMING HER HEAD FIRST AGAINST THE CANVAS! RAVEN GETS ON TOP OF KARINA-ANN BEFORE CLUBBING HER AWAY WITH SOME STIFF FISTS! Raven was pretty upset about how her match against Kassidy Heart went at Terminus! Raven would love a way to bounce back from the loss by advancing to the Cash in the Vault Ladder Match! Raven gets Karina-Ann up by her hair before getting her from underneath her chin and pushing her to the corner! RAVEN GETS HER LEG AND EXTENDS IT BY PRESSING AGAINST KARINA-ANN’S NECK! KARINA IS SCREAMING AS RAVEN HOLDS IT THERE! IT SEEMS LIKE THE OFFICIAL OF THE MATCH, MARTI SOLO, IS GOING TO MAKE HER COUNT!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! LET GO, RAVEN!
CJ Hana: Took some time for Raven Roberts to release the hold as she takes a step back! Karina-Ann straightens herself out, but Raven goes after Karina-Ann before connecting with a side hand chop! Instantly, Karina-Ann holds her chest, but Raven gets Karina-Ann’s hand away from her chest before delivering another chop to her chest! Raven gets Karina-Ann by her arm before delivering with a hip toss that gets Karina-Ann to a seated position! Karina-Ann is seen clutching her arm, but Raven bolts after her by connecting with a low dropkick to Karina-Ann’s back! Karina-Ann falls to her side, but Raven gets Karina-Ann back to to a seated position! RAVEN BEGINS TO GET HER ELBOWS AND BASH THEM ON THE SIDE OF KARINA-ANN’S NECK! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BACK TO HER FEET IN A HEADLOCK, BUT KARINA-ANN IS TRYING TO ELBOW RAVEN! AFTER A FEW ELBOWS, KARINA-ANN MANAGES TO BREAK FREE OF THE HOLD! RAVEN GOES AFTER KARINA-ANN WITH A CLOTHESLINE, BUT KARINA-ANN MANAGES TO DUCK THE CLOTHESLINE, REBOUND OFF THE HORIZONTAL ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A CROSSBODY ON THE FORMER NEW BREED CHAMPION, BUT RAVEN MANAGES TO CATCH KARINA-ANN BEFORE SHE COULD CONNECT WITH THE CROSSBODY! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN IN POSITION BEFORE CONNECTING WITH AN EXPLODER SUPLEX! KARINA-ANN FLIES ACROSS THE RING! KARINA-ANN IS CLUTCHING HER LOWER BACK AS RAVEN FOLLOWS THAT EXPLODER SUPLEX WITH A BIG BOOT THAT KNOCKS HER TO HER BACK! RAVEN GOES FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: …ONE! TWO!
Gavin Kirkland: Karina-Ann manages to kick out at two! It seems like this match has been all Raven Roberts! It seems like that loss to Kassidy Heart has lit a fire underneath her ass! She has shown a bit of aggression, which I believe, she needs too! An opportunity to be in the Cash in the Vault match is amazing! Raven would love nothing more than to redeem herself from last year! She was one of the final two in the match! But, she would love to be the winner this year! Raven gets Karina-Ann back to her feet before getting her by the arm and whips her to the corner, but Karina-Ann counters that whip as Raven goes crashing to the corner! Karina-Ann knows that she cannot waste anytime with Raven! Karina-Ann runs before connecting with corner high spin kick! Raven wobbles a bit as Karina-Ann gets on the second row of the corner before connecting with some punches at the top of Raven’s head! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT! NINE! TEN! KARINA-ANN POSITIONS HERSELF ON RAVEN’S NECK BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A FRANKENSTEINER! RAVEN SLIDES IN A SEATED POSITION! KARINA-ANN QUICKLY TURNS HERSELF AROUND! RAVEN GOES AFTER KARINA-ANN, BUT KARINA-ANN WITH A SUPERKICK THAT STAGGERS THE FORMER NEW BREED CHAMPION BACK A BIT! RAVEN REGAINS HER BALANCE, BUT KARINA-ANN RUNS TOWARDS RAVEN BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A JUMPING ARMBREAKER! RAVEN IS CLUTCHING HER LEFT ARM, BUT KARINA-ANN CONNECTS WITH A HEADLOCK TAKEDOWN!
CJ Hana: It seems like Karina-Ann is getting a little offense right now! This was what she needed, but if she wants a chance at winning, she needs to keep at it! She should know the level of competitor Raven Roberts is! Karina-Ann is wrenching in that headlock, but you can see the look in Raven’s eyes that she wants to get out of it! Karina-Ann begins to punch the top of Raven’s head! She is doing her best to keep Raven down, but Raven is already trying to use some of her strength to get back to a vertical base! Karina-Ann is on one knee as she continues to have the headlock on Raven! Raven is trying to muster up enough force to push Karina-Ann off of her! Karina-Ann still has that hold on Raven! Raven is trying to lift Karina-Ann up! But, Karina-Ann has her feet planted on the ground! Raven goes to lift Karina-Ann up again! No luck! It seems like Raven is going to lift Karina-Ann up for a third time and throws Karina-Ann behind her! But, Karina-Ann manages to land on her feet! Raven turns herself around as Karina-Ann kicks Raven in the stomach before getting her in a headlock again and connecting with a DDT! Karina-Ann goes for the cover!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO!
Gavin Kirkland: Raven Roberts kicks out at two! Karina-Ann gets Raven back to her feet, but Raven uses her shoulder to push Karina-Ann to a corner! RAVEN CONNECTS WITH A SERIES OF TURNBUCKLE THRUSTS TO KARINA-ANN’S STOMACH! RAVEN GOES FOR ANOTHER TURNBUCKLE THRUSTS, BUT KARINA-ANN MANAGES TO JUMP AND SIT HERSELF ON THE TURNBUCKLE! RAVEN’S SHOULDER COLLIDES WITH THE POST BEFORE KARINA-ANN CONNECTS WITH A SUNSET FLIP ON RAVEN! RAVEN MANAGES TO ROLL HERSELF OUT OF ANOTHER PIN ATTEMPT BY KARINA-ANN! KARINA-ANN QUICKLY CONNECTS WITH A SLIDING FOREARM TO RAVEN! THIS GETS RAVEN TO HER BACK! KARINA-ANN REBOUNDS FROM THE ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A GIANT LEG DROP ON RAVEN! BUT, RAVEN MANAGES TO ROLL HERSELF OUT OF THE WAY! KARINA-ANN LANDS HARSHLY IN A SEATED POSITION! RAVEN MAY HAVE FOUND HER OPENING IN THIS MATCH! RAVEN RISES BACK TO HER FEET! RAVEN SPRINGS TOWARDS THE ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A LIONSAULT ON KARINA-ANN! RAVEN STAYS THERE FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
CJ Hana: Karina-Ann gets a shoulder up! Marti Solo makes sure to point that out to Raven Roberts! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BACK TO HER TWO FEET! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BY HER ARM BEFORE CONNECTING WITH AN O GOSHI JUDO THROW! RAVEN MAINTAINS HOLD OF KARINA-ANN’S ARM BEFORE CONNECTING WITH ANOTHER O GOSHI JUDO THROW! STILL, RAVEN HAS HOLD OF KARINA-ANN’S ARM BEFORE SEOINAGE JUDO THROW! RAVEN STILL HAS A GRASP ON KARINA-ANN’S ARM, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE RAVEN IS HOLDING IT THERE TO CONNECT WITH A STANDING ARMBAR! Karina-Ann is trying to roll herself out of the standing armbar, but Raven is not looking to let go of the move! Raven transitions the standing armbar to an ordinary armbar! Raven manages to trap Karina-Ann in the middle of the ring! I think that Raven would love nothing more than to get a submission victory! It would be an amazing way to redeem herself to get someone to submit! But, it seems like Karina-Ann is not looking to quit! Karina-Ann is using her available arm to reach for the bottom rope! She has those long limbs to rely on! Her reach is quite impressive! Raven is doing her best to pull back Karina-Ann and make sure that she does not get to the ropes! Karina-Ann is reaching! She is reaching like her life depends on her! Karina-Ann manages to grasp onto the bottom ropes! Raven must release the hold now!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE!
Gavin Kirkland: Raven Roberts releases the hold! She didn’t seem to happy about that, but she must believe that she has something to prove in this match! She wants to prove that she can win! She wants to prove that she should be the Women’s World Champion right now! The Empire brand should be hers! Raven goes over to Karina-Ann, but Karina-Ann manages to connect with a kick that stands Raven stumbling back! That seems to be an opening for the beautiful and blonde Karina-Ann! Karina-Ann gets a good hold of Raven’s ankles before tripping her down to her knees! KARINA-ANN BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF SHOOT KICKS! EACH TIME, RAVEN GOES BACK BEFORE STANDING STILL ONCE AGAIN! KARINA-ANN AND THOSE KICKS. :whew: There is nothing more like it! Karina-Ann goes for one last shoot kick, but Raven manages to catch Karina-Ann before she could connect with that kick! Karina-Ann is shaking her head no! She is pleading for Raven to not connect with that dragon screw leg whip! Those are painful to experience! RAVEN HAS AN GRIN ON HER FACE, BUT BEFORE SHE COULD CONNECT WITH THE LEG WHIP, KARINA-ANN CONNECTS WITH AN ENZIGURI ON RAVEN ROBERTS! RAVEN FALLS TO HER SIDE! KARINA-ANN GETS RAVEN TO A VERTICAL BASE! IT SEEMS LIKE KARINA-ANN IS ON HER WAY TO PAIN FOR PRIDE! KARINA-ANN HAS RAVEN IN POSITION — KARINA-CRUSH! THE MODIFIED LEG DROP, BUT RAVEN MANAGES TO TWIST HERSELF AROUND! RAVEN WITH A KICK TO KARINA-ANN’S STOMACH BEFORE PULLING HER IN AND CONNECTING WITH A DDT!
CJ Hana: Both of these women are down! I think Raven Roberts may have saved her chances! This may have been the opening that Raven needed to get back into this match and win! Karina-Ann is still down, but it seems like Raven is scrambling up to her feet! You can see it in her eyes, Gavin! Raven wants to win this match! She is gesturing for Karina-Ann to rise back to her feet! Raven is more than anticipating! KARINA-ANN SLOWLY RISES TO HER FEET AS RAVEN RUSHES TOWARDS KARINA-ANN BEFORE CONNECTING WITH THE FACELIFT, THE BEAUTIFUL SPINNING HEEL KICK TAKES THE FATAL DESTINY MEMBER DOWN TO HER BACK! KARINA-ANN IS HOLDING HER FACE AS RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BACK TO HER FEET! RAVEN GETS KARINA-ANN BY HER ARM BEFORE WHIPPING HER TO THE ROPES! KARINA-ANN MANAGES TO REBOUND OFF THOSE ROPES! KARINA-ANN IS MET WITH A HUNTRESS BOMB — THE SIT OUT SPINE BUSTER BY RAVEN! RAVEN HOLDS HER THERE FOR THE COVER! THIS MAY BE OVER, GAVIN!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THR—
Gavin Kirkland: Karina-Ann kicks out! Don’t count out Karina-Ann, CJ! Never bet against a blonde! That is all I got to say! Raven seems like she is more than ready to wrap this match up! She is going for the move that she has taken out women with! Raven rebounds off the ropes — TALON BY RAVEN ROBERTS! No, CJ! Karina-Ann manages to move to the side! Raven stumbles past Karina-Ann, but connects with back kick on the blonde! That was one sharp kick! Raven gets Karina-Ann as she gets her in a triangle chokehold! She follows that up by connecting with an armbar to Karina-Ann’s arm with her legs! RAVEN HAS HELL STRANGLE LOCKED IN! NO ONE HAS EVER ESCAPED FROM THE MOVE! THIS MOVE IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COUNTER OUT OF! KARINA-ANN IS STRUGGLING WITH GETTING OUT OF THE MOVE! SHE IS TRYING TO LOOK FOR A WAY OUT! THE OFFICIAL IS ASKING KARINA-ANN IF SHE WANTS TO SUBMIT, BUT KARINA-ANN IS SHAKING HER HEAD YES AS SHE IS TAPPING OUT! RAVEN ROBERTS IS GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!
(Ding! Ding! Ding)
(Raven Roberts continues to apply the Hell Strangle on Karina-Ann. It takes her a few moments to release the hold. Karina-Ann rolls underneath the bottom rope. Raven Roberts rises to her feet as “Rise” plays through the speakers.)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH … RAAAAAAVVVVEEEEEENNNNNNNNN ROOOOOBBBBEEEERRRRRRTTTTTSSSSSS!!
CJ Hana: Raven Roberts advances to the Cash in the Vault Match at Pain for Pride! What a highly competitive match between these two women! Karina-Ann looked fantastic, but no one can deny the hunger and desire in Raven’s eyes! You could tell how badly she wanted to win this match!
Gavin Kirkland: Honestly, she better win this one for Empire! I am enjoying our chances at the moment! With one qualifying match out of the way, it makes me excited what the second qualifying match will be! I bet we will figure that out soon!
(The camera cuts backstage and we see Sienna Jade sitting at a vanity table, applying a glossy pink lip color. She smacks her lips together as the crowd in the arena boos tremendously as her face appears on the jumbotron. The camera zooms out and we’re able to get a full glimpse of the Women’s World Championship belt that rests on her lap.)
(Once satisfied with herself, she hoists the title over her shoulder and stands. She takes one last look in the mirror to tossle her hair before turning around and being taken by surprise as she stands face to face with Tyler Wolfe. Sienna rolls her eyes as the crowd cheers as the sight of Tyler.)
Sienna Jade: If you’ve come here just for me to gloat in your face some more, then you might as well find a TV to watch this from, because I’m going to have the celebration of the century in just a few, be sure to tune in.
(Tyler flashes Sienna a smug smile.)
Tyler Wolfe: You know, despite everything, I still did EXACTLY what I set out to do at Terminus–more than beating you, it was always about proving that I’m THE BEST wrestler on this roster. And I did it without cheating, without being a shady bitch. And I’m glad I got to go toe-to-toe with you, no matter what was said all last week. I meant it when I said I’d always have respect for you.
Sienna Jade: Okay, and?
Tyler Wolfe: I just wanted to be clear, Sienna, that my problem isn’t with you. It never has been. It’s always been with the people in power, the system we work for and under, and their dedication to constantly tearing women’s wrestling apart, brick by boring brick. Just look at what our Chairman had to say about us and all our work earlier today. It’s like the Jaded Wolfe Hearts have suffered for nothing. The women watching around the world deserve better, they deserve someone that’s going to fight for them–not for themselves and their own desires. And I think you know that. I think you know that you might not be ready to fully embody what it means to stand for something that big–are you sure you have it in you?
Sienna Jade: Whatever, look, can we talk about this later? I have a celebration to get to. And truth be told, I’m happy to go out there alone tonight. I’m looking forward to this new sense of independence that I’ve been building and–jeez, Tyler. Please don’t look so sad, gawsh. Cheer up! It’s just pro-wrestling, it’s really not that deep. Trust me. I more than understand what this industry requires of me as a champion–and I’m damn good at fulfilling their expectations week after week. Especially after I was kicked and dragged by management and backstage personnel time and time again, as I was hated for being the best. But now it’s finally all paid off. I sure as hell like being at the top. And in case you were wondering, no–it isn’t lonely all the way up here.
(Sienna Jade brushes past Tyler, who is seen shaking her head as she watches Sienna walk off and towards the ring as Empire fades to commercial.)
(Commercial break — an ad to promote the EAW Draft! LIVE in Miami on June 29, 2019 at the American Airlines Arena!)
(“Unfuckwithable” by Deez Nuts begins to play as Empire returns from commercial break and the reigning Women’s World Champion, Sienna Jade, struts down to the ring. The rampway is decorated with bundles of balloons and bouquets of flowers, connected with purple and jade streamers that form a clear path for the retaining Champ.)
Gavin Kirkland: Congratulations are certainly in order for Sienna Jade! I’m so proud of her. Look how far she’s come! Imagine that, imagine being able to tell the whole entire world that you successfully defended your title despite all the negative opinions and distractions and broken promises people made to dethrone the “Unfuckwithable” Champion! And she did it FAIR and SQUARE, based on PURE talent ALONE!
CJ Hana: …bro, weren’t you there? Did you just so happen to forget why Sienna retained that title at Terminus in the first place? Tyler Wolfe had her moment stolen from her–those comments she made to Kendra about Terminus and Empire are rightfully deserved! Don’t get me wrong, I love Empire with all my heart, but some of the shit that goes on here lately really has me wondering if Amber Keys might be onto something about Women’s Wrestling being brought to shame…
Gavin Kirkland: You know, sometimes I think that this world might be better off without Empire.
CJ Hana: :skip: The nerve!
(“Unfuckwithable” dies down as Sienna Jade stands at the center of her celebratory ring setup: balloons tied around the ring posts, streamers dangled around the ring ropes, and a large cake on a draped table in front of her. On the face of the cake is a picture of Sienna’s version of the Women’s World Championship, complete with the REVOLT! logo on either side of the belt.)
(Sienna poses with her championship (the real one) in front of her cake and basks in the negative crowd reception she’s receiving before scooping up a microphone from the table and beginning to address her audience.)
Sienna Jade: Despite the fact that I wanted to have this celebration ALONE…I’m forced to share it with you people. I guess it’s not that bad when you forget about the fact that all you people have wasted all your precious time being sad and ungrateful and clinging onto the latest conspiracy theory everytime something goes right well me for once. What a fucking bore. What the hell makes ANY of you think that I need anything from management? I went out and did what I had to do to get this title shot, I earned it, one-hundred percent, ‘cause that’s what I does, bih. I’m not at all worried that I had one dedicated fan out there to help me retain my championship title at Terminus. And NO, I had nothing to do with it, so don’t fucking ask me. One thing that I want to make very clear is that I am not in cahoots with any management official. There is no secret relationship where Sienna Jade is handed all of the gold in the world. Believe it or not, fuckers, working hard and having legitimate, recognizable talent will earn you opportunities within this industry. Not only that but when you don’t act like a straight up cunt towards everyone, people will put their faith in you. I’ve never had any influence over any decision management has made, at least not directly. Do you want to know why management will always look at Sienna Jade as the player who will always give it her all regardless of the situation? Do you want to know wwwhhhyyyy management trusts me with the title that I wear over my shoulder right now? Easy. It’s because I’ve proven time after time again that I back up every single word that I say. And if there is a time where I don’t, I own up to it. I get right back up after being knocked down, dust myself off and continue going. If that wasn’t true then I wouldn’t be standing here right now as your reigning, defending, Women’s World Ch–
(“Surfin’ (ft. Pharrell Williams) by Kid Cudi cuts Sienna off mid-sentence as the crowd in the arena roars in approval for the arrival of Serena Bennett. Serena jumps out from behind the curtain and makes her way down the ramp, slapping hands with fans along the way.)
Gavin Kirkland: …who the fuck let this bitch loose? And who gave her the right to interrupt Sienna?! This is a celebration for WINNERS, Serena! Not LOSERS like you!
CJ Hana: I’m not so sure that Serena is out here trying to celebrate with Sienna than I am she’s out here to put Sienna Jade in her place–and send her a clear warning.
(“Surfin’” dies down and Serena jogs up the steel steps. She lifts a microphone to her mouth and begins to speak as she enters the ring through the middle rope.)
Serena Bennett: Wow. Alright, Sienna. I see you out here. Doin’ it big, right? ‘Cause you hot shit, right? ‘Cause can’t nobody touch you, right? Girl, please. The fuck happened when I pinned your ass clean on some regular degular episode of Empire–or you the type to only show up for FPVs, huh? (Serena yawns.) And you mean “management” and a check got nothin’ to do with that? Okay. But, listen, hear me out. ‘Cause I tried my best to keep my cool with you for a lil’ while, let you have your moment in peace, celebrate, yeah yeah, I get it, this is what you do, but I had enough of this garbage. Like, damn. Lowkey, I never thought I’d agree with Tyler Wolfe a day in my life, but she wasn’t wrong when she said that our Women’s division deserved MUCH better than your bum ass. Like, c’mon now, THIS is your Women’s World Champion?! The first and only REVOLT! Freeweight Champion? This is who “management” supposedly trusts to carry the brand anywhere else than straight to hell?! Bitch, please. Y’all really gotta start investing with bitches with more class than this. Fuckin’ cake and streamers and balloons like this ya birthday party, this shit ain’t cute. You done made a fool out of yourself, sis. Don’t you got anything better to do with yourself? I know all these fans in the TD Garden in BOSTON MASSACHUSETS–
(Serena pauses for a cheap pop from the crowd.)
Serena Bennett: –are just as tired of these phony ass celebrations that never turn out the way you originally planned it, ‘cause ya friends ain’t shit. But whatever. I’ma make sure that this the very LAST “Women’s World Championship Victory Celebration” Sienna Jade EVER has. Yes, you heard me correctly. I’m takin’ that title, sis. I’m walkin’ into Pain for Pride and I’m turnin’ it all the way up for you, sis. I’ma fuck you right up, we resorting straight to violence. The fuck you gon’ do when I run up on you? Ain’t shit, that’s what. Yeah, say hello to the new era, bih. I’m comin’ for that belt, and I know it’s gon’ taste real SWEET when I get my hands on it.
(Sienna simply rolls her eyes and laughs off-mic as Serena stands in front of her.)
Sienna Jade: Dat was kewt. As if my lengthy resume can easily dispute every negative thing you’ll say about YOUR champion. You aren’t a threat to me whatsoever, little girl. Know one thing, I’m not going to take it easy on you, Serena. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into, bitch. Show your champion some respect before I–
(Serena lunges forward, grabbing a hold of Sienna’s honey blonde locks and shoves her face straight into the cake. The crowd begins to cheer as Sienna Jade’s face is smothered with the frosting from her cake. The camera picks up the sound of Sienna’s muffled scream as Serena forces her head down.)
Gavin Kirkland: Talk about CAKED ON makeup, CJ! Serena sending a very clear message to the Women’s World Champion here tonight–and it’s that she holds VERY little respect, if any, for Sienna Jade’s title reign!
CJ Hana: Damn! Sienna Jade can’t even see! She’s blinded by the frosting and she can’t get it out of her eyes! The crowd getting a kick out of Sienna who can’t regain her vision and–KICK TO THE MIDSECTION FROM SERENA, FOLLOWED BY–MOONLIGHT! THE RUNNING NECKBREAKER–AND ANOTHER! ANOTHER! ONE LAST NECKBREAKER TO THE WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION! SERENA BENNETT LANDS FOUR MOONLIGHTS ONTO THE CHAMP AND THIS CROWD IS LOVING WHAT WE’RE SEEING AS SIENNA LANDS FACE FIRST ONTO THE MAT!
Gavin Kirkland: DISRESPECTFUL BITCH! SHE HAD NO RIGHT TO PUT HER HANDS ON SIENNA JADE! Get this hoodlum out of here! And these ignorant fans are just as bad as Serena, they should show some damn respect for their Champion! Oh, god, just look at her…
(Serena leans down and pulls Sienna’s face up from the ground, which is still smothered with cake frosting. Serena takes a finger and wipes it across Sienna’s forehead, scooping up a piece of the frosting, being sure to get some remnants of the image of the championship on her finger. She puts her finger in her mouth and licks the frosting off of her fingers.)
Gavin Kirkland: Filthy animal…
CJ Hana: What, you mean that didn’t turn you on? Like, at all? Not even a little bit?
Gavin Kirkland: Absolutely NOTHING about Serena turns me on. Ugh.
Serena Bennett: (off-mic) Mhm. Just as I thought. That title is gon’ taste SO fuckin’ good to me!
(“Surfin’” begins to play throughout the arena speakers as Serena steps over Sienna to grab the Women’s World Championship from the ground. She holds the belt up in the air as she poses over the ropes, soaking in the fans’ support.)
(As “Surfin’” continues to play, we cut quickly backstage to Kendra Shamez flailing around in her office. Her jewelry jingles as she tries to calm down the person on the other end of the line.)
Kendra Shamez: Listen, I–wait, no! STOP! Look, this has gotten more attention than it should have, and I truly think it’s within our best interests if we just LET THIS GO! Money isn’t everything!
(Indistinct chatter is heard through the phone.)
Kendra Shamez: And that’s absolutely uncalled for, I don’t think that–what? WHAT? No, you can’t do that!
Kendra Shamez: What the HELL do MEAN, you–sorry–
(The chatter on the other end of the line grows louder, as if the other person yells back at Kendra.)
Kendra Shamez: I said that I was sorry! Look, I can fix this…don’t worry about whatever it is he said to you or about you, Empire can come back from this. I know we can.
(The male voice calms down. We hear what sounds like a sigh on the other end of the phone–followed by some more yelling.)
Kendra Shamez: Too late? TOO LATE?! Women’s wrestling is crucial to the success of–no. I’m sorry. Not at all, sir, I promise you–no, listen! Let me try again, let me do something new, we don’t need FOX to–sir? Look, I’m doing all that I can, you know that! I promise you, this is a HUGE mistake! Don’t you dare–hello? HELLO? SIR??? FUCK!
(Kendra forcefully chucks her phone onto the couch behind her, clearly disappointed as her conversation didn’t go as well as she hoped. After her phone lands, she kicks the arm of the leather couch, her frustration from the phone call coursing through her body. Once she’s satisfied with the damage she’s done to the loveseat, she sits down on said couch and buries her face into her hands. The camera picks up the sound of a few sniffles as one of the Empire General Manager’s random assistance steps into the frame to comfort Kendra.)
Random Assistant: Kendra!? Are you alright? Who was that on the phone?
(Kendra lifts her head up, her waterproof mascara impressively still in its place as tears roll down her now rosy cheeks.)
Kendra Shamez: …it was the chairman. He…he…
(The sound of a gasp from the random assistant’s mouth is heard as the broadcast feed cuts abruptly.)
(EAW logo buzzes.)