(EAW intro plays.)
(“Needles and Pins” by Deftones blasts through the PA system to a huge mixed reaction as Kendra Shamez emerges through the curtain with a smirk on her face and walks down the ramp with confidence. Her usual professional business woman attire has been replaced with her everyday clothes as she has on a BMTH tour tank top and some cut up denim jeans. She clearly has no fucks to give with the closing of her brand on the horizon and is ready to let loose.
Gavin Kirkland: Welcome ladies and gentleman to THURSDAY! NIGHT!! EMPIRE!!! I’m Gavin Kirkland—
CJ Hana: And I’m CJ Hana! The Empire general manager will be joining us first tonight before we get into calling some in ring action here at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington!
Gavin Kirkland: This crowd is riled up, definitely excited to see our GM again, especially after what she did last week! Something about this new side of Kendra excites me very much, CJ. I’m looking forward to that match she announced for Pain for Pride—a NO HOLDS BARRED match against TYLER WOLFE!
CJ Hana: Excited, are you? Is it the mask?
Gavin Kirkland: Definitely the mask.
(Kendra enters the ring and is handed a mic as the music fades.)
Kendra Shamez: Welcome to the second to last edition of Thursday Night Empire! You know, when I created this brand… yes me, I was the one who created it… I thought I was doing something that was beneficial for this company. Not just something that I thought would be for the benefit of this overall company, but women in general. Empire was never supposed to be looked at as “eh the main brands cant be arsed to deal with the women so throw them all together”. No, Empire was a statement that the women could band together and create something not just as magical, but even MORE magical than what the men were capable of doing. The “Vixens” stigma plagued us as people never looked at us as anything more than a side act or a bathroom break incapable of ever headlining anything or drawing a dime. In creating Empire, I was able to prove each and every single one of those doubts to be wrong. This was able to be the launching pad for several careers, we created stars as well as current and future Hall of Famers. It was Empire that made the men take notice and realize that the women was every bit as good as them and it made those very men stay on their A-game in order to try to not get outshined by us. For a long time, Empire served to be for the greater good of EAW, but after a while things changed.
Kendra Shamez: I don’t know what it is about this place or what became of it when I took my brief hiatus but once it got into the hands of the wrong people you clearly saw a shift in not only how this place was operated, but the overall morale and the attitude of these ungrateful bitches. Empire stopped becoming a land of opportunity and competition for the ladies and instead became a mental health clinic or a psych ward housing the most insecure bitter pieces of shit I have ever laid my eyes on. You put 20 women on one brand and all 20 of them act like it is impossible for them to meet their match or lose a match without being “screwed”. And to make matters worse, the concept of Empire began to become disrespected. So all of a sudden EAW running an all-female brand where the females can display their talent against one another is a punishment. It’s vAgInA iSlAnD because you aren’t getting the opportunity to face men as much as you want? I hate to quote this asshole whose name I won’t speak but, because men laid down for you in the indies it makes you above facing females in EAW? Puh-lease. Listen, if I didn’t create Empire you bitches wouldn’t even be on television. There would be no True Vixens, nobody would give enough shits about you to sponsor any of you, nobody else would have given you a chance to showcase your skills and would have automatically written you off thus resulting in continuous low ratings, women would get no representation on the Pain for Pride poster, no Iconic Cup, no Empress of Elite, no WOMENS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. But that’s fine, thank me later. I realize you never know what you got until it’s gone and I’ve made peace with the fact that my show is coming to an end. Initially it hit me hard, it was like finding out your own child had it’s life taken away. But I sat back and reflected and the more and more I thought about it, this may be for the better. When you fight and claw for a group of people and all you get in return is ungrateful cunts like Raven and her former scissoring buddies or the chubby Captain Marvel ripoff Tyler Wolfe throwing conspiracies your way every two seconds and blaming everything wrong with the world on you, it gets tired. You get tired of sitting back, playing the professional, being the bigger woman and putting a smile on your face because you have a job and position to uphold. Well I guess I don’t have anything to uphold now and you will all rue the day that you EVER crossed your boss. It’s time to remind you all of why I’M the OG. So enough talking about it, it’s time to SHOW you. Tyler, I know you’re backstage watching and I just KNOW how antsy you are to come out here to come out here and confront me, so bring your ass on out, I’ll wait.
(Kendra begins to tap on her watch but “I Smell A Massacre” by The Butcher Babies hits to a mixed reaction as Tyler wastes no time storming to the ring to get at Kendra but not before a group of security guards beat her to the punch, barging to the ring to stand in between Kendra and Tyler. Tyler is trying to get past them but she can’t and begins cursing at them as Kendra looks on laughing.)
Tyler Wolfe: It’s just like you to talk a bunch of shit in an attempt to lure someone out just to hide your hands. You’re a fucking coward! Listen to me and listen to me closely okay Kendra, months upon months of bullshit thrown my way has done nothing but boil up inside of me and come Pain for Pride I’ll be unleashing all of that and then some on you. If these security guards weren’t standing in the way I’d love to give you a little preview.
Kendra Shamez: Oh I know you would, and that’s exactly why they’re here. Not for my protection though… but for YOURS.
Tyler Wolfe: For my protection? From what? You sneaking me from behind like a coward? It’s not like I’m in the middle of a match or anything since that tends to be the only time you grow the courage to try to fuck with me. But sure, protect me guys. Protect me from choking the life out of this old senile bitch for everything she’s put me through this season. You know what the funny thing about that is Kendra? Everything you put me through whether directly or indirectly isn’t going to amount to a fraction of what I’m going to put you through in that ring. The blood sweat and tears I shed busting my ass in hopes of reaching a point that you were clearly blocking me from reaching won’t be anything compared to the blood, sweat, tears, piss, and vomit you shed come Pain for Pride. You have done nothing but ruin this fucking brand, you destroyed your locker rooms morale playing favorites and fucking people over. You turned your so called little land of opportunity for women into your own personal little ego stroke fest. You think I’m supposed to get on my knees and thank you for pioneering vagina island? Well fuck you. I have no respect for you or anything you’ve done for the womens division or Empire, fuck this piece of shit brand, when it dies I’ll make sure to bury your career next to it and spit on both of your graves.
Kendra Shamez: A lot of tough talk coming from a third wheel. You know the ironic thing is I’m everything you claim to be. You claim to be this activist for womens rights and yet all you do is talk down on the next woman and hate on anybody more successful than you, like your old partner Sienna Jade. She can’t possibly just be a hard working woman like yourself who manages to do great things, nope, somehow someway it’s gotta be me pulling the strings right? You’re a fraud Tyler, you’ve shown the women in EAW everything NOT to be. You’re not a leader, not a role model, you’re just a lousy bitter bimbo with anger issues. I’ve done more for women in this business than you can ever dream of and I did it all without having to yell through the roof about how much of a feminist I am for my own benefit.Yeah look at you all angry. It makes me nothing but happy inside to know that I solicit such a reaction from you. The sight of me makes your blood boil and you want nothing more than to get your hands on me but you cant! I’m living rent free inside of your head and the same mental advantage I have over you will result in a physical advantage in the ring. You must have forgotten who the fuck I am, but let’s not get it twisted. I am your GOAT and you will respect me as such!
Tyler Wolfe: GOAT? What kind of GOAT hides behind security while popping shit because she knows she’ll get fucked up for it otherwise? You’re about as much of a GOAT as Ahren is. Whatever you did back in the EAW stone age when the competition was nowhere near what it is today means jack shit, you hear me? It means NOTHING. I am unlike any man or woman you have ever stood across from that ring with. I’m not looking at you like you’re some legendary figure who I should be honored to face at the biggest stage possible. I’m looking at you like a fucking target with the scope aimed right at you.
Kendra Shamez: Ah, gun puns.. just like your hubby! That’s cute, the wAlKiNg WeApOn is gonna unload the clip on me at Pain for Pride! I’m shaking in my boots! Well I hope you possess the mental capacity to hold that anger in till Pain for Pride. Because I’m about to “unload” the walking weapon myself.
(Tyler yells something at Kendra off mic that can’t be heard)
Kendra Shamez: Now Tyler honey, I’ve babysitted you for months on in. I’ve coddled you like the toddler minded malcontent nutjob you are but now it’s time to be real with you. At Pain for Pride, you’re fucking done, yOu hEaR mE? DONE. I knew your erratic impulsive ass was gonna try your hardest to prove how much of a tough guy you are, but you are probably gonna wanna use your brain for once and think twice before you do so. That is because, I have officially been granted a restraining order on you from now until Pain for Pride.
(Kendra pauses for a moment, allowing the crowd to react accordingly to her announcement. Tyler Wolfe is required by law to keep her hands off of the Empire GM.)
Kendra Shamez: That means if you as much as lay a hand on me before our match, our match is CANCELED and your ass will either not be on the card, or you’ll find yourself coming up short in the 24/7 battle royal for the second year in a row. And I know what you’re thinking, you’re probably thinking I’m doing this because I’m scared of you but that couldn’t be any further from the truth, my dear. I’m actually scared for what I WOULD personally do to you if we got into another scuffle before Pain for Pride and I would much rather prefer to save what I’m going to do to you at the biggest stage possible. Unlike others, your little “The Big Bad Wolfe” shtick doesn’t phase me, you’re actually a joke to me. However, what I am NOT going to do is play your game and do the little tit for tat back and forth for the next few weeks, I’m above that. This is my house and hat means we play by my rules, got it? Good. Now get the fuck out of my ring.
Tyler Wolfe(off mic): Why don’t you come move me out of it you soft ass bitch? Come on!
(Kendra motions to the security to remove her and exits the ring not looking back at the barking Tyler Wolfe. The security begin to approach Tyler and one of them puts his hands on her arm trying to get her to move which causes her to lose it)
CJ Hana: BUT WAIT TYLER WOLFE BEGINS UNLOADING ON THE SECURITY GUARDS! FIST AFTER FIST AFTER FIST! SHE’S KNOCKING THEIR LIGHTS OUT ONE BY ONE AS KENDRA STOPS IN HER TRACKS AND SEES THE CARNAGE TYLER IS LEAVING IN THE RING, THIS COULD BE HER IN TWO WEEKS TIME!
Gavin Kirkland: AND SHE DOESNT STOP THERE! TYLER “SUPER SAIYAN” WOLFE LOOKING TO SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE TO KENDRA SHAMEZ AS SHE THROWS ONE OF THOSE SECURITY GUARDS DIRECTLY INTO THE BARRICADE—AND SHE FOLLOWS UP WITH A SPEAR! A SPEAR THROUGH THE BARRICADE AND THAT SECURITY GUARD MIGHT VERY WELL BE DEAD AS THE CROWD BEHIND THE GUARD SCATTERS AND THIS POOR MAN LAYS LIFELESS ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR!
CJ Hana: Is there no stopping her?! ONE BARRICADE WASNT ENOUGH FOR TYLER IT SEEMS! SHE GRABS HOLD AND—SHE RIPS ANOTHER BARRICADE RAIL RIGHT UP OFF THE GROUND AND CHUCKS IT STRAIGHT INTO THE RING! That barricade damn near brushed the hair off of Kendra’s nose off—and the Empire general manager is now forced to duck and run for cover as Tyler throws another edge of the barricade into the ring—and another, ANOTHER! MY GOD! There is now NOTHING separating the crowd from one edge of the ring here and security is scrambling trying to keep the fans here in the arena at bay—
Gavin Kirkland: HOW THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO RUN A SHOW AFTER THIS?!? Tyler is doing just about all that she can to prevent an episode of Empire from happening here tonight! And the General Manager can’t do anything but watch onwards in—god, I think that’s a look of absolute fear on her face! And we don’t see that from the OG Blonde often! Tyler Wolfe now looks to be taking a breather here, finally calming down enough to put an end to the havoc she’s caused here at ring side—and here comes a goddamn SWAT team, just in time—what are they going to do?
CJ Hana: I think Tyler Wolfe has said all that she can hope to say here tonight regarding Kendra Shamez and this situation—a damn restraining order! Who would have thought?
Gavin Kirkland: I just hope she’s able to control herself around the rest of the arena tonight—who knows what Tyler will do to take the edge off while she waits two entire WEEKS to get her hands on the woman who’s been personally tormenting her for months?!
(The last shot before commercial break is of Tyler Wolfe walking straight past the SWAT team and through the free sea of the crowd towards the back of the arena.)
(Commercial break — an ad for cereal. Better with almond milk.)
(“Every Day Nightmare” — Serg Salinas and Dale Oliver play through the speakers. Darcy May Morgan steps on the top of the ramp. The crowd is giving the woman a mixed reaction. The Empire fans are not familiar with this woman and are divided on whether to cheer or boo her. Darcy has a smirk on her face as she looks very confident in herself.)
Gavin Kirkland: Thank goodness for commercial breaks, or we wouldn’t have been able to put our ring back together in time after Tyler’s attack!
CJ Hana: I wouldn’t say it’s all the way fixed, but yellow caution tape sure works wonders when trying to keep people in place.
(The camera pans quickly over the side of the barricade that Tyler Wolfe had destroyed. The empty space is now covered with a single piece of yellow caution tape, keeping fans perfectly at bay.)
Maria Del Rey: The following match is scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Maria Del Rey: Introducing first … from London, England .. she is your “Everyday Nightmare” … DARRRRRRRCCCCCYYYYYYYYYYYY MAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY MOOOORRRRRRGGGAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!
CJ Hana: This young woman made an impression on Fight Grid last week as she got a victory over Io Ishimori! She hopes to keep that winning streak alive as she faces Fatal Destiny’s Miho Li! By the looks of how she carries herself on social media, it seems like she’s already ruffled a few feathers of women like Raven Roberts and Kassidy Heart!
Gavin Kirkland: I like her attitude, CJ! She carries herself the way she does because she believes she is the best! She believes she’s great! She’s bitch and sassy, but she’s got a violent side to her, which will be great going into these matches! Plus, she’s a blonde, so I think she will fit in on Empire and hopefully in any brand that decides to snatch her up!
(Darcy May Morgan is pacing around the ring as she awaits her opponent. “Every Day Nightmare” dies down. Soon after, it’s replaced by “Trouble Seeker” — Cypress Hill featuring Daron Malakian. The crowd gives an even bigger mixed reaction as Miho Li steps on top of the apron. She is without Karina-Ann or Celes Dumont, so this puts some pressure on her to perform her best.)
Maria Del Rey: And introducing her opponent … representing Fatal Destiny … from Riverside, California … she is “The Invincible” … MIIIIIHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!
Gavin Kirkland: Miho Li, along with Fatal Destiny came up short against Heavenly Hell last week, but it hasn’t stopped her determination! She is still going into this match with all the intentions of knocking the blonde head off Darcy’s shoulders! Can we not make threats that we cannot take back?
CJ Hana: It seems like Miho Li wants to prove that she can get the job done without Karina-Ann or Celes having her back! She wants to prove that she can get a victory by herself! She’s gotten victories in the past! If she proves that she can get a victory by herself once again, it may shut some of those doubters up!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: Darcy May Morgan versus Miho Li is underway! The two women meet each other in the middle of the ring! Darcy shoves Miho, which knocks her a few steps away from her! Miho goes swinging at Darcy with a forearm, but Darcy manages to connect a drop toe hold on Miho, which takes the younger woman to her knees! Darcy rises back to her feet before getting a grasp on Miho’s hair before slamming her back! Miho is clutching the back of her head in pain! Darcy gets on top of Miho before clubbing away in a series of forearms! Darcy finds herself back into a vertical base as she gets a good grasp of Miho’s hair before slamming her against the turnbuckle! Miho turns herself around, her back is against the corner! Darcy begins to stomp on Miho’s stomach! Darcy then gets her foot and connects with a corner foot choke on Miho before holding it there! It seems like the official is prepared to intervene at the moment!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE!
Gavin Kirkland: Darcy May Morgan gets her foot off of Miho Li’s neck! The official backs Darcy away from Miho! This provides the Fatal Destiny member with a moment to recover! As soon as Darcy is done with the official, she goes back to Miho at the corner! Darcy gets Miho by her right arm before whipping her to the other corner, but Miho manages to stop herself before she counters Darcy’s whip! DARCY GOES CRASHING TO THE OTHER CORNER! MIHO RUNS TOWARDS DARCY AT THE CORNER AND CONNECTS WITH A HESITATION DROPKICK! DARCY MANAGES TO FALL FROM A VERTICAL POSITION! SHE IS NOW REST AGAINST THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE! MIHO TAKES A STEP BACK BEFORE FOLLOWING THAT UP WITH AN ENZUGIRI ON DARCY! THIS KNOCKS HER FORWARD, BUT MIHO IS NOT FINISHED THERE AS SHE CONNECTS WITH DDT! WITH DARCY ON HER BACK, MIHO GOES FOR THE COVER ON THE NEWCOMER!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO!
CJ Hana: A KICK OUT AT TWO BY DARCY MAY MORGAN! THIS MATCH HAS ALREADY WENT LONGER THAN HER MATCH ON FIGHT GRID! :wow: :wow: :wow: We are making progress here! Miho Li is going to need to do what she can to wear down her opponent! Miho applies the chinlock on Darcy! It seems like Darcy has found herself in a bit of trouble at the moment! Miho goes from the chinlock and it seems like she is now going for a modified version of the chinlock as she wrenches it back! You can see the struggle on Darcy’s face at the moment! She would have to lose her first match on Empire, but she is in the ring with a rising talent like Miho Li! Ever since Miho joined Fatal Destiny, you’ve been seeing a bit more aggression on her! She knows that she needs to impress her stablemates. Most importantly, she needs to impress her family! Miho releases the modified chinlock as Darcy rests on her stomach before rolling herself on her back! Miho runs towards the ropes before spring boarding off of them — Miho-sault onto Darcy May Morgan!
Gavin Kirkland: DARCY MAY MORGAN GETS HER KNEES UP, PREVENTING MIHO LI FROM CONNECTING WITH THE MIHO-SAULT! LOOK AT MIHO’S FACE, THAT LANDING WAS NOT AS PRETTY AS SHE WOULD HAVE HOPPED, BUT DARCY MAY (NO PUN INTENDED) HAVE FOUND AND OPENING HERE TO ASSERT HER DOMINANCE IN THIS MATCH MORE! Darcy is slowly making it to a vertical base! Miho positions herself to her knees! Darcy runs towards Miho before connecting with a harsh knee to Miho’s face! This knocks the younger woman back! I was not expecting for that knee to do that, but I am impressed right now, CJ! Darcy gets Miho in a headlock as she gets to one knee! Darcy is wrenching in that headlock before releasing it! Darcy rebounds from the ropes before connecting with a clothesline that takes Miho down! Darcy is gesturing for the Fatal Destiny member to make it back to her feet! Darcy runs towards Miho before connecting with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown! MIHO IS TAKEN DOWN AS DARCY HAS HER ARMS OUT IN CONFIDENCE! I DON’T THINK THE CROWD IS TOO CRAZY ABOUT THAT, BUT I LOVE EVERY MOMENT OF THIS WOMAN GETTING THE UPPER HAND! DARCY HAS ALL THE THINGS TO BE THE FUTURE IN THE WOMEN’S DIVISION! IT DOESN’T HURT TO BE BLONDE, BUT SHE HAS MANY OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE HER APPEALING!
CJ Hana: Like what?
Gavin Kirkland: How long do we have? If I continue to talk about Darcy, can we cancel the Blue Carpet Treatment tonight? I’m not really in the mood to see Serena Bennett!
CJ Hana: Gavin, please! Darcy May Morgan gets Miho Li back to a vertical base before connecting with a facebuster! This plants Miho face first! Darcy rolls Miho to her back before going for the cover!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOO—
Gavin Kirkland: Miho Li gets a shoulder up! She’s Asian, of course it’s going to be more difficult to put her away! DARCY MAY MORGAN GETS MIHO LI — ROMERO SPECIAL AND SHE APPLIES THE DRAGON SLEEPER! WHAT A WONDERFUL COMBINATION FOR THE NEWCOMER! MIHO IS IN TROUBLE NOW! THIS IS GOING TO BE QUITE DIFFICULT MOVE TO GET OUT OF! COULD YOU IMAGINE DARCY GETTING A SUBMISSION VICTORY OVER MIHO? A WOMAN, WHO HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT HER OPPORTUNITIES? A WOMAN, WHO HAS FOUGHT TO GET EVEN THE LITTLEST AMOUNT OF ATTENTION THAT SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN? Unlike the last time she fought, Miho is in this match alone! She can’t rely on Karina-Ann and Celes Dumont to give her any support! Miho is going to need to rely on herself and what she has learned over the past few months about what she needs to do to win matches on Empire! If Celes were out here, do you think that she will be saying “FIGHT MIHO FIGHT” or something like that? I’m just trying to be in Miho’s shoes and wondering what Miho would want for her cousin to be doing at the moment! MIHO IS TRYING TO ROLL HERSELF OUT OF THE DRAGON SLEEPERHOLD! DARCY MAY MORGAN WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO MAKE MIHO TAP OUT! IT WOULD BRING SOME ATTENTION TO HER, IF SHE DOESN’T HAVE ATTENTION ALREADY? PERHAPS, MY ATTENTION ISN’T ENOUGH, CJ! COULD YOU IMAGINE THAT? WHAT IF SHE’S REALLY VYING FOR MY ATTENTION? I’VE ALREADY GOT A WIFE, GIRLFRIEND, MISTRESS, BUT ANOTHER ONE WOULDN’T HURT? :eyes:
CJ Hana: Why do I bother? :unamused: But, Miho Li is using all of her strength to fight off the dragon sleeperhold! Darcy May Morgan feels her grasp loosening! This was something that she did not want whatsoever, but it seems like Miho’s fighting spirit is what is keeping her alive in this match! Miho manages to roll herself over, but Darcy is not letting go of the submission without a fight of her own! Miho manages to make it back to a vertical base as she runs backwards to the corner! In the process, it seems like she was using her efforts to knock Darcy off of her, but it did not work! Miho does that for a second time as Darcy releases her grip on Miho! Miho runs towards the corner before connecting with a flying forearm to Darcy’s face! In response, that makes Darcy go forward as Miho follows that up with a snapmare! Darcy falls to a seated position as Miho gets in front of her before connecting with a beautiful shining wizard! Miho springboards off the second rope before connecting with a Miho-sault! That move finally connects as Miho hooks the leg! This could be over, Gavin!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Gavin Kirkland: Darcy May Morgan manages to kick out at two! Miho Li is on her knees as she is strategizing her next move! Miho gets Darcy up to a vertical base, before whipping her to the ropes! Darcy rebounds from the ropes! MIHO TRIES TO GO FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK, BUT DARCY MANAGES TO DUCK — FACE ACHE — A WICKED SUPERKICK KNOCKS MIHO TO HER KNEES! DARCY GOES FOR ANOTHER FACE ACHE, BUT MIHO MANAGES TO DUCK THE SUPERKICK! MIHO WITH A DROP TOE HOLD TO DARCY! MIHO GETS ON TOP OF THE OTHER WOMAN BEFORE CONNECTING WITH SERIES OF FOREARMS ON THE BLONDE! DARCY MANAGES TO PUSH MIHO OFF OF HER AND DELIVER SOME PUNCHES OF HER OWN! THE TWO WOMEN GET BACK TO THEIR FEET! MIHO DELIVERS A CHOP TO DARCY’S CHEST! DARCY DELIVERS A CHOP TO MIHO’S CHEST! THESE TWO WOMEN ARE TRADING CHOPS TO THE CHEST AT EACH OTHER! THESE CHOPS ARE GETTING INSANE, CJ! MIHO SPRINGBOARDS FROM THE ROPES — THE EF-5 — THE SPRINGBOARD DIVE INTO A CATCHING REVERSE TORNADO DDT! DARCY IS PLANTED ON THE GROUND, BUT BEFORE MIHO CAN GO FOR THE COVER, SHE SEES SOMEONE GOING DOWN THE RAMP!
(The cameras pan to the ramp as Io Ishimori, who is carrying Yoshi San with her. Io doesn’t look to be in a fighting mood at the moment, but more like she is observing this match and most importantly, she is observing Miho Li.)
CJ Hana: That’s Io Ishimori! It seems like she’s not done with getting her hands on Fatal Destiny! However, it seems like Io is quite calm! She is walking down the ramp as Miho Li is demanding for Io to enter the ring! Io is sitting on the second ropes as she gives Io the opportunity to enter the ring! But, Io is standing there!
(While Miho Li and Io Ishimori are having a stare down with each other, Darcy May Morgan sees this as the perfect opportunity to rise back to her feet! Miho is unaware of what is going on, but Miho turns around …)
Gavin Kirkland: TTYN — TALK TO YOU NEVER! THE LEFT HANDED KNOCK OUT PUNCH AS MIHO LI GETS PLANTED TO HER BACK! IT SEEMS LIKE IO ISHIMORI JUST GAVE DARCY MAY MORGAN AN OPENING TO WIN THIS MATCH! DARCY GETS ON TOP OF THE TURNBUCKLE! THIS IS GOING TO BE A THING OF BEAUTY, CJ! DARCY FLIES OFF THE TURNBUCKLE — DARCY GO ROUND — THE SOMERSAULT SEATED SENTON ON MIHO LI —
CJ Hana: MIHO LI RISES BACK TO HER FEET! SHE CATCHES DARCY MAY MORGAN MID AIR AND POWER BOMBS HER TO THE CANVAS! MIHO HOLDS HER THERE FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(Darcy May Morgan manages to kick out, but it’s too late for her. Miho Li rolls underneath the bottom rope before she could feel Darcy’s wrath!)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH … MIIIIIIIIHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Miho Li just robbed the victory from Darcy May Morgan! I demand justice, CJ! This woman had the victory in the bag! This would deserved to win the match! She kicked out! This match should be continuing!
CJ Hana: Miho Li was smart enough to counter the Darcy-Go-Round to a powerbomb! It was out of nowhere, but it proved to work for her in the end! Darcy May Morgan had a fantastic performance tonight, but she got the idea of the level of competition on the Empire brand! She showed a ton of potential and I know, she will bounce back from this loss!
(Miho Li is walking away from ringside. Darcy May Morgan is trying to plead her case to the official that she kicked out. Miho and Io Ishimori exchange glares at each other. Miho looks at Yoshi San before looking at Io.)
Miho Li (no mic): I hate that cat. 😀
(Miho Li makes her way up the ramp as Io Ishimori looks a bit more irritated than before, but decides not to retaliate. It was better for her to choose her battles and live to fight another day.)
(Camera transitions to the inside of a Chipotle nearby the arena. We zoom in on Felix Hartley who happens to be in line placing her order.)
Felix Hartley: No sour cream, I’m tryna keep this petite figure, I don’t need a beer belly like SOSA. Oh and add extra guac to it.
Store Associate: Alright just letting you know guac is gonna be an extra–
Felix Hartley: Do I look like I’m pressed over some fucking change? I don’t care just add it! I ain’t no broke bitch. YOU the one working at Chipotle, not me.
Store Associate: Ma’am, that wasn’t needed I am required to infor–
Felix Hartley: Sorry, I don’t speak brokanese, and if y’all get cute and do anything to my bowl I will buy this whole store and fire everybody in it.
(Moments go by as the food is being put together.)
Associate at the register: Alright ma’am your total is going to be–
(Felix lifts her hand up to signal for him to shut up and then simply hands him her black card to swipe, she gets handed it back alongside her tray and is about to begin to sit down until suddenly she’s approached by Kathy Kush who has a mic looking to interview her.)
Kathy Kush: Hey Felix, we were just wondering why you aren’t in the arena?
Felix Hartley: I could literally ask you the same stupid question. But obviously I’m that big of a deal that I’d make you wanna leave the arena yourself just to come find me. To answer your question tho, why would I be in the arena? I’m not booked for a match so what you want me to do, it backstage and watch these grown women try to recreate high school with one another? Miss me with that bullshit. There are SO much more entertaining things to do than to watch an episode of Empire without Felix Hartley and getting a bite to eat at Chipotle is one of them. Apparently hunting me down to watch me eat at Chipotle is also more entertaining than watching them bitches. By the way can you believe they had the nerve to ask me if I knew guac was extra? Imagine looking at somebody like me and coming to the conclusion that I’d be pressed about the cost of some damn guac. I’d understand if it was Serena or SOSA but me? Come on. Now that I think about it, it’s no wonder they’re so jealous of me because they’re the type to hold off on guac!
Kathy Kush: Well, that’s actually why I tracked you down.
Felix Hartley: You tracked me down to tell me about the price of guac…
Kathy Kush: Of course not! I wanted to get your thoughts on the pending matchup with SOSA Henderson.
Felix Hartley: What about it?
Kathy Kush: Well, you have the chance to become just the second female in EAW history to hold that title, what does that mean to you?
Felix Hartley: Another piece of gold to add to my jewelry collection. It’s gonna look real cute next to my rollie and my diamond rings.
Kathy Kush: Did you ever imagine you’d be where you are this quick? People dream about getting a singles slot at Pain for Pride let alone for a championship and here you are living that out!
Felix Hartley: Some people spend their time dreaming but I spend mine living reality. To answer your question, yes. I 100% saw this happening this quick because I know what I’m capable of. Some people see me and they see a pretty face, a bad bitch whose more concerned about superficial materialistic things and not my craft, but they don’t realize that I can be flashy and beautiful while being a beast in the ring at the same time. The funny thing about it is that I didn’t even have to do much in the ring to get here outside of kicking Serena’s ass but that wasn’t hard. In my background prior to wrestling, I had to use what I got to get what I want. So I had to become really crafty and manipulative and work the mind in order to succeed, and I’m able to translate that into wrestling by playing dudes like SOSA like a fiddle. He’s no different than any random trick I’ve dealt with, sell him a dream, or put him in a compromising position until he gives me what I want in order for me to go away. You thought I really gave a shit about Serena or SOSA’s relationship? Or SOSA himself? I care about gold, success, accolades, I care to be the best and whatever is going to get me there is all that matters. Serena stood in the way of something I wanted, and it damn sure wasn’t her boyfriend. The only purpose she served was to be a stepping stone and now SOSA now stands in the way of something I want. Just like I did to his little girlfriend, I’ll be taking him out of the picture come Pain for Pride. It’s gonna be great to be champ here in EAW, I hear they come up with little corny nicknames for themselves when they win the New Breed Title so I guess I should come up with one for myself. Hmm lets see, oh I know, New Breed Stallion! Just like my girl Meg. Now that’s enough questions for you, my bowl awaits me.
(Felix shoos off Kathy as the camera transitions to commercial.)
(Commercial break — an ad for Megabus transit services. Bus service across the United States for as low as $1! BYOBD – Bring Your Own Bus Driver.)
(“Morning After Dark” featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy plays as the arena becomes dark as smoke begins to fill the stage, followed by a clip of machine gun firing sound at which moment the arena lights up again. Crissy Cain emerges through the smoke to a mixed reaction from the crowd)
Maria Del Rey: This match is scheduled for one fall! Entering first, from Burkittsville, Maryland and weighing in at 132 POUNDS… CRISSYYYY CAAAAINNNNN!!
Gavin Kirkland: And here’s the debut of the EAW’s newest editions, Crissy Cain! I’m excited to see what she has to offer!
CJ Hana: She’s young. She’s fast. She’s a wildcard and not shy of playing dirty. Crissy Cain will fit around here just fine.
(“We R Who We R” by Ke$ha plays as the glittering display of gold and while lights effect shines over the crowd while Silver Ann Gold makes her way from behind the curtain)
Maria Del Rey: And her opponent, from Los Angeles California! And weighing in at 110 POUNDS… SILVER ANN GOLD!
Gavin Kirkland: Last week, Silver Ann showed some heart and courage in that ring by almost besting Felix Hartley! Let’s see if she can pull off a win here…
CJ Hana: This will be a classic display between two newer Elitist that could shape in to become the future of the EAW if they stay persistent.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: The bell rings and we’re off as the very brass Crissy Cain CHARGES forward at Silver at the beginning of this match! AND SHE GOES FOR A DROPKICK THAT KNOCKS SILVER ANN DOWN! What a start by Crissy Cain! She’s not going to let up one bit, I can tell! And now Crissy Cain runs off the ring ropes for another running drop kick that knocks Silver Ann onto the outside of the ring! Man! Crissy Cain is super fast!
CJ Hana: Silver Ann goes crashing down onto the outside of the floor! She didn’t see that one coming from Crissy! BUT NOW LOOK AT CRISSY! SHE RUNS OFF THE ROPE AGAIN FOR A TOP SUICIDE DIVE! AND SHE LANDS RIGHT ONTO SILVER ANN! BOTH LADIES CRASH ONTO THE FLOOR! Crissy hops right back up however and pulls Silver back inside the ring for a cover! This could be a great showing for Crissy’s first match in the EAW with a win over Silver Ann Gold!
Gavin Kirkland: But Silver Ann kicks out! This isn’t going to be easy, CJ! Crissy does have the advantage though as she lifts Silver Ann up by her hair! BUT WAIT! Silver Ann pushes Crissy and now she pummels her with left and rights into the face! Silver Ann with a clothesline that knocks Crissy down! She has come back to life and now Silver is recovering from those early strikes from Crissy…Silver has Crissy where she wants her now and that’s on the mat holding her head. Silver is now awaiting for Crissy to stand back up as she’s going for a superkick! AND BA—NO! CRISSY WITH A DODGE! AND NOW CRISSY WITH THE ARM-DRAG TAKEDOWN ON SILVER ANN GOLD!
CJ Hana: This seems to be the opposite of last week as Silver was the one pulling out the amazing moves early on but this time, Crissy is doing so! Silver pops right back up though! AND SHE CHARGES AT CRISSY BUT THE GREEN-HAIRED 20 YEAR-OLD GRABS SILVER FOR THE GERMAN SUPLEX AND SILVER CRASHES ONTO THE MAT! NOW HERE GOES ANOTHER COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: Another kick-out by Silver! You can tell Silver is barely winded after that quick kick-out. It goes to show how tough SIlver Ann Gold really is! Maybe she really is golden.. Crissy grabs Silver back up but this time Silver Ann Gold lands a hard uppercut to the chin of Crissy! Crissy goes flying back into the top turnbuckles! SILVER NOW GOES FOR THE GOLDEN CUTTER!! BUT NOBODY’S HOME! CRISSY DODGES AND NOW A BULLDOG! BUT NO! ANOTHER COUNTER AS SILVER THROWS CRISSY ONTO THE MAT!
CJ Hana: Crissy lands hard onto the mat as Silver looks to be going onto the top turnbuckles for a high risk move! SHE’S GOING FOR THE ELBOW DROP ONTO THE CRISSY AND IT LANDS RIGHT ONTO HER FACE! THIS COULD SEAL THE DEAL AS SILVER NOW AWAITS TO FINALLY HIT THAT CRUSHING GOLDEN CUTTER ONTO THE FALLEN CRISSY! WILL SHE HIT IT?!
Gavin Kirkland: CRISSY IS GETTING UP NOW!! ANDDDD GOLDEN CUTTER!!! IT CONNECTS AS SILVER ANN GOLD ROLLS OVER CRISSY FOR THE COVER!!
CJ Hana: ROPE BREAK! Crissy’s foot is on the ropes and the referee sees it as he has no choice but to break up the pin! Silver is in disbelief that the young lad was able to put one foot on the rope! She grabs Crissy back up again for another Golden Cutter! BUT WAIT A SECOND! CRISSY BITES SILVER’S ARM! DID THE REFEREE JUST SEE THAT DIRTY MOVE! AND NOW SILVER IS HOLDING HER ARM AS CRISSY LANDS A SUPERKICK TO THE FACE OF SILVER ANN GOLD!
Gavin Kirkland: Well you did call her dirty before this match even started, CJ! And it looks as Crissy is showing her true colors and taking advantage of the referee’s blind spots! SHE IS NOW GOING UP THE TOP TURNBUCKLES FOR A HIGH-RISK MOVE WHILE SILVER ANN GOLD LAYS OUT COLD ON THE MAT! HERE IT GOES….MOONSAULT!!!!
CJ Hana: NO!!! SILVER ANN GOLD MOVES OUT OF THE WAY AT THE LAST SECOND AS CRISSY GOES CRASHING DOWN ONTO THE MAT!! BIG MISTAKE BY CRISSY AS SILVER ANN GOLD DOESN’T HESITATE TO POUNCE BACK UP! AND SHE HOPS RIGHT ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE FOR THE
CJ Hana: 360 SENTON BOMB!! IT CONNECTS RIGHT ONTO THE CHEST OF CRISSY CAIN AND THIS COULD BE IT AS SILVER ANN GOLD COVERS HER!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“We R Who We R” by Ke$ha plays as Silver Ann Gold pushes off Crissy Cain and hands are raised in victory)
Maria Del Rey: Here’s your winner of the match… SILVER ANN GOLD!
Gavin KIrkland: What a great showing by Crissy Cain! She really stuck it to Silver Ann Gold in her debut match! I thought after that bite mark on Silver’s arm, it would be over but Silver also showed that she’s nothing to be messed with as a new competitor in the EAW.
CJ Hana: I’m sure these ladies have a great future ahead of them. It will be intriguing to see where they end up after Pain for Pride!
(The scene transitions to backstage where we spot Andrea Valentine walking backstage. Next to her is Consuela Rose Ava as the two fan favorites are smiling and talking with each other. Andrea and Consuela seem to be in a middle of a conversation as the crowd is heard cheering loudly at the sight of the two women. On Andrea’s shoulder, rests the Specialists Championship.)
Consuela Rose Ava: So, you have zero idea on who trashed the locker room last week?
Andrea Valentine: I have a small idea about who could have trashed the locker room. I would tell you my theory, but I have a main event match to prepare for.
Consuela Rose Ava: Fair enough.
(The Specialists Champion stops in her tracks as Consuela Rose Ava does the same thing. Andrea Valentine looks at the small crack of the door, where the lights are dim. It seemed like something she was interested about and it wouldn’t hurt her to see what was inside. Consuela seemed to be less interested than her friend.)
Andrea Valentine: I’m going to investigate this before getting ready for my match. Catch you later?
Consuela Rose Ava: Sure thing. If you need me, I’ll be in catering. Cam tells me the food is great there. :wow: :wow: :wow:
(Consuela Rose Ava leaves Andrea Valentine alone — which may have been the right or wrong thing to do. Alone, Andrea opens the door. There, she could see that the lights were not so dim as entered inside. In the room, Andrea sees that the room is a shrine for the Specialists Championship. There, you could see a giant board consisting of the previous Specialists Champions such as Brody Sparks, Consuela Rose Ava, Remi Skyfire, Tyler Wolfe, Serena Bennett and most importantly, Andrea herself. However, the more that she looks around the room, she begins to realize that she becomes a more common topic. From a glimpse, you would think that this is all a room dedicated to the history of the Specialists Championship; however, the more you begin to pay attention, you begin to realize that this is a room dedicated to Andrea Valentine. There are pictures of Andrea in the first few days of EAW. There’s moments like her Openweight Championship victory at Pain for Pride and her Specialists Championship win at Road to Redemption. There’s her big win at Terminus with her raising the Specialists Championship high in the air. There’s pictures of Andrea backstage, at the gym, hotel room, etc. There’s even a list of Andrea Valentine’s moveset and ways someone could counter her most well-known moves. The most important detail was certain articles of clothing that were stolen from her last week. The more that Andrea looks at all of this, the more that it creeps her out.)
Andrea Valentine: What in the actual fuck?
???: Oh, you don’t like it?
(A well-known voice chirps as Andrea Valentine turns around as Celes Dumont pops up from the doorway. Celes gets closer to Andrea casually. Celes sees no issues with this room, but Andrea is contemplating if she should run away or ask questions.)
Andrea Valentine: I’m pretty positive that stalking is a crime. Also … (Andrea grabs some of article of clothing that the cameras can’t determine, but why would we?)… I believe stealing is a crime as well. Not only are they crimes, but it’s creepy, sis. I don’t get what makes you believe that doing any of this is okay.
Celes Dumont: It’s a crime to do my homework on a potential opponent, Andrea? I don’t get how it’s creepy for anyone to learn about their opponent. If I’m ever going to face you for the Specialists Championship, I need to learn everything about you and I mean, EVERYTHING. I need to know you and learn you inside and out. I need to learn what makes you laugh, cry and what makes you angry. I need to know how you prepare for matches. I need to know how you overcome set backs. Most importantly, I need to know what keeps you going in moments where most women will give up. I manage to learn and know all of these stuff and you can kiss that title reign goodbye, sweetheart. You may thing that this whole approach is creepy or a crime, but I consider very informative because it has provided me with new insight on women that I never thought imaginable. Perhaps, I have already picked up one something to use whenever I get my Specialists Championship Match against you.
Andrea Valentine: Like I said, Celes. I don’t understand how you believe doing any of this is okay. This is ridiculous, but you know what? You want me so bad? Fine. I’ll face you at Pain for Pride.
(The crowd is heard cheering loudly of another match being made for Pain for Pride! Celes Dumont has a huge grin on her face. She had just got her Specialists Championship Match.)
Andrea Valentine: But, we’re going to do it in a way that gives me the opportunity to punish you. I believe you’ll love this stipulation. Andrea Valentine versus Celes Dumont for the Specialists Championship in a …
Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match.
(The crowd cheers again for the match stipulation! Celes Dumont has an even bigger grin on her face. To Celes, it seems like Andrea Valentine made a mistake with the stipulation. Celes feels very confident about this match.)
Celes Dumont: We feel very comfortable about this match. We will be counting the days until Pain for Pride and your Specialists Championship reign ending.
Andrea Valentine: Alright, then.
(The two women exchange looks with each other before Andrea Valentine exits the creepy room. Once outside, Andrea breaks her silence.)
Andrea Valentine: Who the fuck is we?
(The crowd could not help, but laugh at that question. Andrea Valentine shakes her head before heading to the locker room to get ready for her main event match.)
(Commercial break — an ad sponsored by PETA. Go vegan and leave the raw meats alone.)
(“Put Em Up” by Lupe Fiasco hits to a loud pop as Kassidy Heart makes her way out, the expression on her face is dead serious as she has yet to get over what happened on last weeks Empire.)
Gavin Kirkland: Kassidy clearly has a new attitude on the heels of what happened last week. It only took her grandma’s grave getting pissed on for her to stop being gullible but nonetheless it worked! And if she’s still feeling the affects of last week emotionally I’m here if she needs a shoulder to cry on :mjlit:.
CJ Hana: Ehhh she’s alright I don’t think she’s THAT sad. She got her revenge on Showdown but I’m sure there will be a lot more where that came from.
(Kassidy enters the ring, no posing no smiling, just gets straight to the point as she grabs the mic and “Put Em Up” fades away)
Kassidy Heart: These past three weeks have been a whirlwind for me to the point where I haven’t really had the time to really sit back and process things. One minute I’m being called a worthless cunt by a man I sacrificed so much of my career to stand next to and help reach a level most would only dream of being at. Yelled at and abused so much to the point where I finally had enough and whacked him upside the head with a crowbar before severing ties with someone I considered to be a friend. Before I get a chance to unwind from that, the very next minute we’re all hit with the huge announcement that Empire is coming to an abrupt end after the literal piece of shit who owns our company went on social media doing his best Donald Trump impression. Before I get to wrap my head around that I have to shift my focus to a match against Serena, and we all know how that turned out. Just when you think a human being can’t prove themselves to be any more scum than what they are, just when you think that someone can’t get any more bottom of the barrell, Ahren Fournier appears. I’m not even going to repeat what happened, we all saw it and that is an image I will have to live with for the rest of my life, that is something that I’ll never forget, and all I can do at this point is make sure that Ahren never forgets what happens to him in result of that. But before I go in on Ahren, let me take a minute to reflect on my time here on this very brand.
(Kassidy’s face gets a bit emotional before she catches her composure and begins to speak again)
Kassidy Heart: When I first came to Empire it wasn’t the most fond transition for me, I think we all know the story of how that went. Slowly but surely though I gained the respect of everybody, I proved that I was a force to be reckoned with and worked my way up the ranks. My first set of championship gold was on this brand alongside Sienna Jade when we won the Empire Tag Titles at the biggest stage possible. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of the concept of Empire but I did grow an affinity for it and eventually set goals forth to hopefully one day become the face of this brand and hold this brand’s respective world championship and I was THIS close to doing so by capturing the Iconic Cup. Now I just feel like it was all for nothing, I spent the past year busting my ass just for it to go to waste as the carpet has just been pulled from under my feet. Now I’m back at square one. Now I have to redirect my goals and aspirations without Empire in the plans, and it’s bittersweet. Because for as much as I hated what I had to deal with on this brand, I loved the prospect of reaching that mountaintop here and having that moment where everything comes full circle.. but now? I may win a world title and be as successful as ever, but a part of me will always think about “what if?”, what if this was happening on Empire? But I guess there’s nothing I can do at this point but keep it pushing. It’s safe to say that I grew a lot on this brand as a person in general. I became a grown woman under this brand, I learned a lot of life lessons and found myself and my purpose and nobody will ever be able to take that away from my experience here. Now it’s time for one last act in honor of Empire, and that is to show every single thing I’ve learned and then some to Ahren Fournier and destroy what’s left of that fucking coward. That brings me to you Ahren, you’ve always been a sorry excuse for a wrestler which is why I had to do your dirty work but you’ve also proven to be a sorry excuse for a human being too. You should be ashamed of yourself, all of that huffing and puffing you did and your title reign had always been in the palm of my hands. I was more of the EAW Champion than your ass ever was. Because while you’re too busy being too cool for school not caring about anything, I cared too fucking much. I cared about your wellbeing, I cared about your success, I cared to a fucking fault because it came back to bite me and I now realize how much of an idiot I looked like singing the praises of a douchebag like you. Where you went wrong was when you took my kindness for weakness. You think that because I’m a loyal friend who sticks it out through thick and thin that you could talk to me in any kind of way and I’d just take it? I’m not your fucking servant or slave, I’m a person and I am your colleague who happens to be every bit as good at this sport, actually excuse me, way better at this sport than you could ever dream of being you lazy sack of shit.
Kassidy Heart: Just like that I snapped my fingers and your title hopes fell back down the drain just like they were before you and I ever met. Just like your life in general, The Magnum Opus was a big mistake and the only thing I can do to make up for the mistake and lost time is to put you through fucking hell. You need to feel the pain I felt and then some. There isn’t anything in this world short of death that I can put you through that will satisfy the absolute hatred and disdain I have for you but this will be a start. You’re gonna die in that fucking ring. That same “worthless cunt” is going to hand you yet another loss but you’ll be losing more than another opportunity at a championship, you’re going to lose your life. I carried the last 9 months of your career and breathed new life into you, I made you relevant when you were doing nothing but getting your ass kicked by a 90 year old man, and I made you into a main event player… NOW though? I’m going to knock you down to where you belong. For once in your pathetic life you’ll actually have to work and put forth effort but unfortunately for you that won’t amount to shit against me. I only wish I spent more time building my singles career up on this brand instead of spending the bulk of its final months on Showdown to tend to a fucking asshole like Ahren, but unforunately I have to finish what I started. So I guess this is the final goodbye to my home of Empire. I owe it to everyone here to go out with a bang and represent us the right way, and you better believe I will do whatever it takes to do so. I hope you’re ready Ahren, because you’ll have a lot in common with this brand when I’m done with you. Your demise is imminent and there isn’t a soul on this Earth twisted and demented enough to ever miss you. Your death certificate is sealed, signed, and delivered.
(“Put Em Up” picks back up again throughout the arena as Kassidy Heart drops the microphone with a pop and poses atop a turnbuckle, basking in the positive crowd reaction she receives from the crowd here tonight.)
Gavin Kirkland: I hate to see her leave…but I love watching her go!
CJ Hana: One of Empire’s most beloved members on the roster here tonight making a very big decision in front of us all—Kassidy Heart will sadly be missing out on the farewell episode of Empire, but I’m still so glad she was able to receive the send off she very well deserves!
Gavin Kirkland: And this is a version of Kassidy Heart I consider us lucky to get a glimpse of. But I won’t wanna be Ahren Fournier when he’s face to face with the focused and unbending Kassidy Heart.
(Commercial break — an Etsy ad with a focus on Pride Month. Do your due diligence as a true ally and be sure to support LGBT+ artists, not corporations! Buy handmade! Buy local! Fuck Target’s gay pride collection!)
(Empire fades back in from commercial break, and ring announcer, Maria, is seen smiling from ear to ear! She’s ready to announce the participants for the next match!)
Maria Del Rey: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Maria Del Rey: AND IT’S A CASH IN THE VAULT QUALIFYING MATCH!
(“Castle” by Halsey begins to play.)
Maria Del Rey: INTRODUCING FIRST… FROM CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND… WEIGHING IN AT 155 POUNDS… SHE’S ‘MISS NO FUCKS GIVEN’ HARLOW REICHERT!!!
(The crowd cheers as Harlow steps onto the stage. The redhead wears a look of pure focus on her face as she begins to make her way to the ring.)
CJ Hana: What a great match we have here tonight between two incredible wrestlers! Earlier in the season, Harlow faced off against her opponent tonight, Amber Keys, and she failed to pick up the victory during that match.
Gavin Kirkland: Not that I really give one iota of a fuck about shit that happened back on Battleground, but in that match Amber had to pull out a lot of tricks in order to beat Harlow. Now I know Harlow is not that dumb of a bitch to fall for someone faking an injury again, but will she be able to put Amber’s old, saggy traitorous ass away this time? I’m not sure.
CJ Hana: This match will determine Empire’s final ever entrant into the Cash in the Vault ladder match at Pain for Pride, and one thing I’ll say about Harlow is that she’s not hidden the fact she desperately wants to compete in a big time match at the event!
Gavin Kirkland: Yeah but so does everyone else, CJ. Who the fuck wakes up thinking ‘oh Pain for Pride. I’m good love. Enjoy.’
CJ Hana: Six months ago, Harlow would have.
Gavin Kirkland: Touché.
(Harlow slides into the ring and heads over to one of the corners. She sheds her black leather ring jacket as her music fades out. After a few seconds, “All It Takes For Your Dreams To Come True” by A Skylit Drive begins to play.)
Maria Del Rey: AND HER OPPONENT… FROM THE BRONX, NEW YORK… WEIGHING IN AT 135 POUNDS… SHE’S THE DIRTI DIVA… AMBER KEYS!!!
(The crowd’s reaction to Amber is less than favorable, although there’s a few stray cheers thrown in there. True EAW marks will forever give Amber props for low blowing Theron Nikolas back at Gateway to Glory because he’s literally the absolute worst. As always, Amber comes out with a lot of energy and even more confidence.)
Gavin Kirkland: I wish someone would straight jacket this woman and put her in a home. She does not belong in this company and I damn sure don’t want to see her compete here tonight.
CJ Hana: Gavin, I get your still in your feelings a bit about what went down at Terminus, but pull it together for the sake of this match.
Gavin Kirkland: That fucking bitch has made my baby’s life a living hell. Cleopatra is not the same woman now and that’s all thanks to that jezebel. Did you watch Cleo’s promo this week? She is a shell of a her former self and it literally destroys me to see someone like Cleopatra in such a state. I just want to take her in my arms, hold her close, sniff her hair, and let her know that everything is going to be okay.
CJ Hana: Sniff her hair?
Gavin Kirkland: I feel like it smells like vanilla with a hint of lavender and I just want to see it I’m right, okay?
CJ Hana: :usure:
(Amber slides into the ring and hypes up the crowd a bit. They continue to boo her which makes the smile of the Diri Diva grow even bigger. Amber turns her attention to Harlow, talks some shit, and that tells the referee that both women are ready for the march!)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
CJ Hana: The bell rings and both women immediately engage in a collar-and-elbow tie up! This last for all of two seconds before Amber takes a hold of Harlow’s wrist and begins working over the arm. Harlow doesn’t panic, and tries to reverse it, but Amber hangs on and begins manipulating that limb. Harlow works her way over to the ropes, and flips forward, landing on her feet and reversing the wrist lock! She takes control of Amber, but Amber drops down, somersaults through, and Harlow has to release her.
Gavin Kirkland: The dastardly turncoat Dirti Diva returns to her feet and both women circle one another. I wish I cared about this match, but in all actuality, I don’t. There’s only one red head in this company I give a damn about and she’s not out there in that ring right now.
CJ Hana: Nevertheless, this match is for a spot in the Cash in the Vault ladder match at Pain for Pride and I’m sure both women want a chance to compete for a guaranteed World Championship shot.
Gavin Kirkland: Thicclow initiates another lock-up with the Dirti Bozo and Amber grabs Harlow in a side headlock. Harlow forces Amber back against the ropes and slips out, grabbing the arm, and going for another wristlock. She wraps Harlow’s arm around her back, but Harlow hooks the neck and flips Amber down on her back! Harlow with that grounded side headlock now, and she forces Amber’s shoulders down to the mat!
CJ Hana: Kickout by Amber, but Harlow maintains control of the match! Amber gets her leg up and places it across Harlow’s throat, forcing Miss No Fucks Given into a head scissors. Harlow is quick to kip up, and both women quickly return to their feet!
Gavin Kirkland: Immediate side headlock by Amber, but Harlow is quick to elbow her way out of that! Harlow takes Amber and pushes her into the corner, but Amber is quick to leap in the air as Harlow comes charging at her! Harlow nearly collides with the turnbuckles but she does manage to stop her momentum! Amber with the drop kick to Harlow’s back though! Harlow slams chest first into the corner and Amber quickly rolls her up from behind!!!
CJ Hana: Harlow powers out!
Gavin Kirkland: Amber quickly jerks Harlow up by the hair and whips her into the ropes! Harlow ducks the elbow from Amber, and in return, Amber is able to leap frog over Harlow! Amber looking for a clothesline, but Harlow ducks, and puts on the breaks! AMBER FROM BEHIND WITH THE DOUBLE KNEE BACKBREAKER! AMBER KEYS BACK UP TO HER FEET AND SHE RUNS THE ROPES! SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!!!! AMBER GOES FOR THE COVER ON HARLOW!!!!
CJ Hana: Harlow gets her shoulder up!
Gavin Kirkland: Amber flashes that cruel stare of hers at the referee but she gets back up. She pulls Harlow up as well and peppers her with a series of forearm shots to the face. Amber once again sends Harlow into the ropes and this time she brings her down with a shoulder block! Amber goes for the ropes but Harlow is smart enough to roll out of the way! Amber whirls around and rushes towards Harlow, who has staggered back up to her feet! Amber hits the ropes and slides under Harlow, right as the kiwi was looking to hit a clothesline! Amber is back up as Harlow turns around, and Amber unleashes a massive uppercut that snaps Harlow’s head back and sends her back against the ropes!
CJ Hana: Harlow crumbles to the ground and looks to regroup on the apron of the ring, but Amber isn’t having it. She reaches through the ropes and grabs Harlow by the hair, pulling her through the ropes and hooking Harlow’s feet on the middle rope! Amber drops Harlow with a nice DDT into the mat!!!! Amber crawls over to the Harlow and goes for the cover!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow gets her shoulder up again!
CJ Hana: Harlow definitely hasn’t shied away from the fact she wants to go to Pain for Pride and compete in a huge match, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Cash in the Vault, unless you’re competing for a world championship! Amber is going to have to keep up the offense if she wants to shatter Harlow’s dream!
Gavin Kirkland: I think the dumb bitch heard you CJ, because Amber has climbed on top of Harlow and is throwing those stiff right hands to Harlow’s face! Harlow attempts to cover up, but Amber switches to a choke, and that forces the referee to get in there and start administering the count to Amber! Amber lets go at four and she pulls Harlow back to her feet! Amber hooks Harlow, and is looking for a suplex, but Harlow blocks the attempt! Amber punches Harlow in the stomach a few times before finally getting her up in the air! She holds Harlow in position for a few seconds, wisely letting all the blood rush to Harlow’s head, and then slams her down to the mat! Amber quickly climbs to the top rope and jumps off… KNEE DROP FROM THE TOP!
CJ Hana: That connects with Harlow’s face and Amber hooks the leg for another cover!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow with another kick out!
CJ Hana: Amber slowly gets back to her feet, a little annoyed that Harlow continues to kick out. She waits for Harlow to sit up before booting her in the head with her foot! Amber laughs and takes her foot, booting Harlow in the face with it this time, and that seems to wake up Harlow! Harlow fires back with a forearm to Amber’s stomach, causing the Dirti Diva to take a step back. Harlow rises her knees and lunges at Amber, catching her with another forearm to the stomach! Harlow forces herself back up and hits Amber in the face with a right hand! She lands another! AND ANOTHER! Harlow catches Amber with a knee strike to the jaw and she lifts her up and places her across her shoulders!!!
Gavin Kirkland: This is a torture rack type of submission from Harlow, but I can tell you one thing. That’s not going to be enough to make Amber quit in this match! You know my feelings about Amber Keys and how heinous she is, but she’s not the type who’s going to just up and quit in a match. Harlow is hanging on to that move, while Amber manages to get her arm around Harlow’s face! Amber Keys with the eye rake!!! Harlow has to let go! Amber hits the mat, but she is quick to pull Harlow down and roll her up for yet another cover!!!
CJ Hana: Harlow kicks out! Amber snatches Harlow up by the hair, and looks to connect with a DDT! Harlow shoves her off and grabs Amber behind! Amber blocks the German suplex by nailing Harlow in the side of the head with an elbow! Amber whips around and goes for a clothesline, but Harlow gets her foot up and connects with Amber’s mid-section! Harlow grabs Amber!!! Release belly-to-belly suplex!!!! Amber wisely rolls out of the ring and drops to the floor!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow climbs through the ropes and charges towards Amber, but Amber ducks Harlow’s kick! She swipes Harlow’s legs out from underneath of her, and Harlow falls onto the apron! Amber jerks Harlow down to the floor and stomps away at her, but Harlow is able to grab the ring skirt and pull herself away from Amber! Amber grabs Harlow up and forces her back against the apron, throwing a huge chest chop to Harlow! Harlow grips her chest and fires back with a right hand, that connects with Amber’s jaw! Amber smirks and throws a forearm, connecting with Harlow’s face! Harlow with another right hand! Amber with a forearm! Harlow! Amber! Harlow! Amber! Harlow! Harlow! Harlow! Harlow grabs Amber and throws her forward and Amber’s face connects with the ring post!
CJ Hana: Harlow quickly grabs Amber up and slams her face first off the apron, before rolling her back inside the ring! Harlow grabs Amber and lifts her up, placing her back in that torture rack submission! But this time, Harlow turns it into a spinning torture rack slam! She calls that ‘PAIN’!!!! Harlow with the cover on Amber!
Gavin Kirkland: Amber kicks out!!!
CJ Hana: Harlow has got to stay on top of Amber right now! This is her first real advantage in this match and if she wants to go to Pain for Pride, she’s got to stay in control!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow returns to her feet and pulls Amber up with her! Harlow with four huge forearm shots to the jaw that send Amber back against the ropes! Harlow whips Amber across the ring! Amber rebounds and looks to leapfrog over Harlow! HARLOW CATCHES HER THOUGH! HARLOW WITH A SPINEBUSTER INTO THE MAT!
CJ Hana: Harlow with the cover!!!
Gavin Kirkland: AMBER KICKS OUT! Harlow mounts Amber and begins throwing those palm strikes! Amber attempts to fend off Harlow, but Harlow grabs Amber by the hair and slams the back of her head into the mat a few times! Harlow showing some aggression now and she jerks Amber up and throws her into the corner! Harlow rushes forward and nails Amber with a corner clothesline! Now Harlow is driving her shoulder into Amber’s stomach! Amber is hurting and Harlow pulls her out of the corner and brings her down to the mat with a snapmare! Harlow with a huge kick to the back of Amber Keys! Harlow runs to the ropes now and uses the momentum to propel herself forward! She somersaults over Amber… FRONT FLIP NECKBREAKER! HARLOW QUICKLY CLIMBS ON AMBER! HARLOW WITH ANOTHER COVER!!
CJ Hana: AMBER GETS HER SHOULDER UP!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow purses her lips but she keeps her focus! This is for a spot in the Cash in the Vault ladder match and it’s not supposed to be easy! Harlow once again pulls Amber up, and she nails her with a huge European style uppercut! Amber is forced back against the ropes once again! Harlow with another uppercut! She looks to whip Amber across the ring, but Amber locks her arm around the ropes! Harlow catches Amber with a knee and forces her to let go of the ropes! Harlow grabs Amber and throws her to the middle rope across the ring!!! Harlow runs forward and hits Amber in the back with a dropkick! Harlow grabs Amber by the foot, jerks her to the center of the ring, and goes to grab her up!
CJ Hana: BUT AMBER GRABS HARLOW BY THE HAIR AND PULLS HER DOWN! SHE ROLLS HARLOW UP AND GRABS A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS!
Gavin Kirkland: HARLOW KICKS OUT!!!
CJ Hana: HARLOW SCRAMBLES UP AND SO DOES AMBER! AMBER GETS HERSELF INTO THE CORNER RIGHT AS HARLOW RUNS TOWARDS HER!! AMBER GETS HER FOOT UP AND IT CATCHES HARLOW IN THE FACE! HARLOW STAGGERS BACK AND AMBER JUMPS UP ON THE ROPES! AMBER LEAPS OFF AND TAKES HARLOW WITH WITH A DIVING DOUBLE AXE HANDLE! AMBER FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A LEG DROP ACROSS HARLOW’S THROAT AND SHE GOES BACK TO THE ROPES! AMBER KEYS MAKES HER WAY TO THE TOP!!!
Gavin Kirkland: DIVING HEADBUTT!
CJ Hana: HARLOW ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!
Gavin Kirkland: AMBER’S HEAD SLAMS INTO THE MAT AND SHE MIGHT HAVE KNOCKED HERSELF OUT!
CJ Hana: HARLOW SEES HER CHANCE AT PAIN FOR PRIDE AND SHE’S CRAWLING OVER TO AMBER! HARLOW DRAPES HERSELF ACROSS AMBER AND THE REFEREE BEGINS TO COUNT!!!
Gavin Kirkland: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! AMBER GOT HER SHOULDER UP! AMBER GOT HER SHOULDER UP!
CJ Hana: HOW?!
Gavin Kirkland: AMBER KEYS MIGHT BE A HIDEOUS, DISGUSTING, BACKSTABBING CUNT BUT SHE IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST COMPETITORS TO EVER STEP FOOT INSIDE THE RING! YOU CAN NEVER COUNT HER OUT AND HARLOW LOOKS A LITTLE SHOCKED! SHE THOUGHT FOR SURE SHE HAD THE MATCH WON BUT AMBER WAS ABLE TO GET HER SHOULDER UP!!!
CJ Hana: HARLOW GETS TO HER FEET AND SHE QUICKLY GRABS AMBER! HARLOW HOOKS THE LEG AND TRIES TO LIFT AMBER UP IN FATE’S END!
Gavin Kirkland: BUT AMBER RAKES HARLOW ACROSS THE FACE!
CJ Hana: AMBER SHOVES HARLOW BACK INTO THE CORNER AND BEGINS PUTTING THE BOOTS TO HER! SHE STOMPS HARLOW ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO A SITTING POSITION AND BACKS UP! AMBER RUNS FORWARD! RUNNING KNEE TO THE FACE! THE BACK OF HARLOW’S HEAD SLAMS INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! AMBER BACKS UP AND SHE SCREAMS FOR HARLOW TO GET UP! AMBER KEYS IS YELLING FOR HARLOW TO GET BACK UP!!!
Gavin Kirkland: HARLOW IS ROCKED! THAT KNEE CONNECTED WITH HER NOSE AND THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF BLOOD RUNNING OUT OF IT! MAN, COME ON BIH! YOU BLEED MORE THAN THAT ONCE A MONTH ANYWAY! GET THE FUCK UP AND DON’T LET AMBER WIN THIS MATCH!
CJ Hana: HARLOW GRABS THE ROPES AND PULLS HERSELF UP! SHE STUMBLES OUT OF THE CORNER AND AMBER STRIKES!!! AMBER ALERT! AMBER ALERT!! THE SPEAR TO HARLOW REI-
Gavin Kirkland: NO! HARLOW MOVED! AMBER CRASHES SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST AND SHE CRUMBLES TO THE MAT! HARLOW LOOKS DAZED BUT SHE SEES AMBER GRABBING HER SHOULDER! HARLOW QUICKLY GRABS AMBER AND LOCKS HER IN OMG PLZ TAP!!!!
CJ Hana: NO SHE DOESN’T! AMBER LOCKS HER LEGS AROUND THE ROPES BEFORE HARLOW CAN PROPERLY LOCK IN THAT BRIDGING FUJIWARA ARMBAR! AMBER IS SO FUCKING SMART INSIDE THAT RING AND ALWAYS KNOWS WHERE’S SHE AT! HARLOW LOOKS A LITTLE FLUSTERED BUT SHE HAS GOT TO CAPITALIZE! THE REFEREE IS TELLING HARLOW TO MOVE BACK BUT…
Gavin Kirkland: HARLOW JERKS AMBER AWAY FROM THE ROPES AND SHE HOISTS HER UP IN THE AIR! FATE’S END! THE KIWI CRUSHER CONNECTS! THAT HAS TO BE IT!!!!
CJ Hana: THE REFEREE BEGINS TO COUNT!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: OHMYGAWD… THICCLOW DID IT! SHE ACTUALLY DID IT!
Maria Del Rey: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR WINNER… HARLOW REICHERT!!!!
(Harlow lets out a startled cry; part excitement, part shock, and part joy. She slowly gets to her feet and the referee raises her hand in victory.)
CJ Hana: HARLOW REICHERT IS GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE TO COMPETE FOR A GUARANTEED SHOT AT ANY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF HER CHOOSING! WHAT A MOMENT FOR THIS ROOKIE!
(Harlow is all smiles as she celebrates her victory inside the ring. Smiling is rare for Miss No Fucks Given and the crowd is showing her a lot of love. On the other side of the spectrum, Amber has sat up, holding her shoulder, with a glare on her face.)
Gavin Kirkland: CJ… LOOK!
CJ Hana: IS THAT…
Gavin Kirkland: CLEOPATRA!!!! :blessed:
(The crowd erupts as Hall of Famer, Cleopatra, jumps over the barricades and slips into the ring behind Amber! The commotion causes Harlow to turn around in just enough time for her to see Cleo strike Amber in the back of the head!)
CJ Hana: Harlow just bailed from the ring and I don’t even blame her! Cleo has grabbed Amber by the arm and she is dragging her over to the ropes!
(The crowd inside the KeyArena is going absolutely crazy as Cleo reaches into the pocket of her designer jeans and pulls out a pair of handcuffs.)
Gavin Kirkland: CLEO BABY! I TOLD YOU NOT TO BRING THOSE TO WORK! THOSE ARE FOR HOTEL ROOM USE ONLY!!!
CJ Hana: :whoa:!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Cleo is popping open those handcuffs and she slaps one end of them on Amber’s wrist! Before Amber can fully process the situation, Cleo attaches the other end of them to the ropes! Amber is wide awake now and she now realizes what’s happening! The Dirti Diva is going crazy right now!!! Amber is flailing around, grabbing at her wrist, and further risking that shoulder she slammed into the ring post!
(Amber is indeed going crazy. She is kicking and screaming, and practically foaming at the mouth right now. Cleo takes a few steps back and leans down, smiling sweetly at her former best friend. All that does is further provoke Amber. Amber lets out a string of curses that causes Cleo to clutch at her proverbial pearls and straighten back up. She ignores Amber for the time being and strolls over to the other side of the ring, motioning for Maria to hand her a microphone.)
CJ Hana: Amber Keys has not stopped freaking out inside the ring. She is desperately trying to get herself free and I’m scared she’s going to tear her shoulder of the socket, Gavin! :lupe:
Gavin Kirkland: So?! It would serve her right.
(Cleo saunters back over to Amber, and flips her perfect blonde hair off her shoulder. Amber is breathing heavily right now, jerking her handcuffed wrist like a madwoman, and keeping her cruel eyes locked on Cleo’s face.)
Amber Keys (Off Mic): LOOK IN THE MIRROR IF YOU WANT TO SEE PATHETIC!
Cleopatra: Oh honey. I’m not the one handcuffed in the ring right now. Does that scenario remind you of anything? I’m sure it does. In a lot of ways, I guess we have come full circle right now. I’m not happy about this situation whatsoever because honestly, I loved you Amber. You were my best friend. We went through a lot together and could have continued our rise in this company together. But right now, as I look at you kicking and thrashing about, and acting like like some kind of wildling, I’m thinking that maybe what you did at Terminus was a blessing in disguise. Maybe this mentally fragile being we are seeing right now at her worst is who Amber Keys actually is. You might fancy yourself a danger to everyone in the lockerroom, but right now, I’m thinking that you’re nothing more than a danger to yourself. You are too high strung, too wild, and a too off kilter. I’m not exactly sure what’s snapped inside of you, or if you just got tired of hiding who you really are, but come Pain for Pride, I’m putting a stop to it. You’re going to find yourself neutralized, euthanized, and shipped back off into wrestling obscurity once again because I’m accepting the match.
(The crowd erupts, and the smile on Cleo’s face as she accepts the match practically lights up the entire arena. Amber has stopped thrashing around and is eerily quiet for the moment. Cleo’s eyes narrow on Amber, and that smile slowly slips from her face. She bends down so that she’s at eye level with her former bestie.)
Cleopatra: And I’m going to end your career.
(Cleo throws the microphone, hitting Amber right in the face with it. That sets Amber off again and she begins trying to break herself free. “Mona List” by Lil Wayne featuring Kendrick Lamar begins to blast across the PA system. Cleo shakes her head at Amber in disgust before climbing down from the ring and heading up the ramp. As Cleo heads backstage to get ready for her match with Andrea, the camera cuts back to Amber. The redheaded Elitist is being calmed down, restrained, and freed by a team of officials who made their way down the ramp as Cleo made her exit. Empire fades to commercial break.)
(Commercial break — an ad for Pain for Pride weekend! June 21-23. LIVE on the EAW Network where you can see Chris Elite take on Malcolm Jones for the EAW Championship! Less than two weeks away!!!!!)
(“Surfin’ (ft Pharrell Williams)” by Kid Cudi begins to play throughout the speakers of the arena, and the crowd is on their feet to welcome Serena Bennett to the Blue Carpeted ring. She poses on stage for a moment as her music plays out, flashing a wide smile as she shows off her chains. She slaps hands with some lucky fans down her way to the ring.)
Gavin Kirkland: :scusthov: Gross.
CJ Hana: Grow up. This might be one of the last times you EVER see Serena Bennett in an Empire ring. Cherish this moment! Hell, the next time we see her, she could be carrying a Women’s World—
Gavin Kirkland: OH! Thank god. The last time?! EVER?! This is looong overdue. She’s finally on her way out! Can’t wait for her to get the embarrassing punishment and humbling she desperately needs at the hands of the champion, Sienna Jade! :blessed:
CJ Hana: Sienna and Serena are going to be face to face tonight for the first time since Serena showed up—
Gavin Kirkland: CRASHED!
CJ Hana: —sure, crashed Sienna Jade’s post-terminus celebration. And Sienna has seemed to be taking the high road—but after Serena defeated the champ’s bestie, Kassidy Heart last week, Sienna might have something to say to Serena.
(Serena, now in the ring, grabs a microphone and a bottle of Crip-A-Cola. She sips on her soda as her music and the energy of the crowd dies down.)
Serena Bennett: So last time y’all seen me I was out here pinning everybody’s favorite Jaded Wolfe Heart, the so called future face of this company, you know, the grown ass child who still walks around with a diary like she’s in grade school. But this ain’t about her, I proved my point and now it’s time to continue proving my point against her best friend. The woman I am facing in two weeks time at Pain for Pride, the “champ”… Sienna Jade. That’s why I’m out here tonight for a very special edition of The Blue Carpet. This right here is the biggest one yet! It damn sure ain’t ‘cuz of who my guest is tho. It’s more so ‘cuz the implications are bigger than they’ve ever been. In just seven months I’ve gone from a FOX assistant, finessing and scamming these cacs out of a paycheck just so I can make it to the big leagues and show what I’m really ‘bout, and it’s been full speed ever since. Foot on the gas 0 to 100 and I ain’t letting up any time soon! The problem with that is I got a deer faced bitch in headlights standing my way so now I gotta turn her to road kill to capture what’s mine. Two weeks ago I came out to “celebrate” with Sienna since she likes to do those repetitive little antics after surviving title matches via some form of fuckery, I guess she didn’t like the flavor of the cake tho. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Serena Bennett: Then a week later she comes out here popping even more shit like only she knows how to do and has the nerve to say that I can starve? I have zero respect for what that championship stands for? I’ll have no place in EAW soon? Oh sis.. I would love to rip you a new one right now but I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t invite you out here and roll the blue carpet out for you. So without further ado please welcome my guest…. Sienna Jade!
(“Unfuckwithable” by Deez Nuts hits to boos as Sienna Jade makes her way out with the championship sitting on her shoulders, she looks clearly annoyed and disgusted with the show already as she enters the ring. She keeps her hands close to her body, avoiding touching any of Serena’s seats or sodas.)
Serena Bennett: Welcome champ! How do you like the setup?
Sienna Jade: It’s almost as disgusting to look at as your face. Skip the bullshit what the hell do you want?
Serena Bennett: What do I want? Well isn’t that obvious? What I want is THAT.
(Points to the championship on Sienna’s shoulders)
Sienna Jade: Well you can keep dreaming sweetie because this distance between the two of us is the closest you’ll ever get to my championship.
Serena Bennett: Then you clearly don’t know much about me. I know you don’t really watch the product or give too much of a fuck about what goes on outside of your little bubble, but you might wanna get yourself hip to your Pain for Pride opponent cuz you damn sure gonna need all the help you can get. Fact is, whatever I put my mind to I achieve because I’m that fucking good. Somebody like myself wasn’t ever supposed to be where I am but alas, I’m in a Pain for Pride main event baby!
(The crowd cheers)
Sienna Jade: Yawn, been there done that.
Serena Bennett: How’d that end for you again? Oh right.
(The expression of Sienna Jade goes from nonchalant to visibly angry)
Serena Bennett: Uh oh looks like I hit a nerve! What’s wrong Ms. Unfuckwithable? The memory of letting your people down by losing to a blue haired butch dyke who got ran out of the company 4 months later still giving you PTSD? You’ll be iight sis. Cuz that ain’t shit compared to the L you gonna take at this years Pain for Pride main event. You gonna have two back to back Ls in consecutive years, looks pretty fuckwithable to me.
Sienna Jade: I’m sorry, what were you saying Aria? I couldn’t hear what you were saying I think the gold was blocking my hearing. Anyways, this whole setup sucks. Really low class ghetto filth, kinda fitting considering the host. You should be honored I even agreed to do this crap. A superstar like myself could be spending my time doing a lot more than sitting here and listening to a talking forehead.
Serena Bennet: And that gold could be spending it’s time doing a lot better than being held by a bum ass bitch like you. You ain’t shit, you a fluke champion and you haven’t convinced not one mothafucka in this company or in the world period that you’re actually legit. All you’ve ever done was take advantage of opportunities and slither in conveniently, you made a whole career outta that shit… and you think you’re supposed to be taken serious? You not nearly as important to the outside world as you think you are in your head. The only superstar in this ring is the bitch with the pink hair who about to snatch that title smooth the fuck outta your grasp.
Sienna Jade: Oh spare me Astraea! You aren’t going to snatch anything but a loss come Pain for Pride. You really think you can live up to the standards of this championship belt? You don’t have what it takes, all you ever do is run your mouth and think you’re intimidating someone when in reality you’re just making me laugh. I needed a good joke or two to get me through this horrendous show, so thanks for that.
Serena Bennett: If you needed a joke so bad all you had to do was ask for a mirror! The biggest joke in EAW is that title reign of yours, not one decisive defense, not one clean win, and your opponents have constantly walked out of the match looking better than you ever could. You so trash you made mothafuckas like Tyler and Raven look legit, now come the fuck on. Them hoes couldn’t fuck with me on they best day, you had to resort to fuckery to beat them, and you think that’s gonna get the job done against ME? Look. I’m not like anybody you’ve ever faced before, I ran through everybody you ran through and beat them more decisively, I had a better damn reign as Specialists Champ than you did as World Champ, I been the true face of Empire all 2019, and Pain for Pride is my crowning moment. And what’s this about living up to the standard of that belt you keep talking about? Bitch, WHAT STANDARD?
Sienna Jade: Don’t play dumb Kianna, I set the standard and the rest of you bitches have no choice but to follow my lead. You won the Specialists Title and what do you have to show for it?
Serena Bennett: I’ll ask again, what standard? Do yourself a favor, look up all of the people who have held that championship before you and then look up what became of them, or what they’re doing now. Six fucking championship holders and only two of them aren’t redacted by the fucking company. Yeah, I’m good on living up to that standard, you can have that since you seem to be on that same path your damn self. I’ll just live ABOVE it and show people what a champion that everybody can actually be proud of looks like. As far as my specialists reign goes, what do I have to show for it? Well… nothing besides MY FUCKING SPOT WHERE I’M ABOUT TO TAKE THAT BELT OFF OF YOU.
(Sienna Jade makes a sarcastically shocked expression on her face)
Sienna Jade: Wait a minute! It just hit me! I know who you are now! You’re Serena Bennett! Ah, they grow up so fast it feels like only a few months ago when Sister Souljah was fetching coffees for a racist FOX executive Stephon Cunt. You sure changed quickly, got the exotic look going on with the dye jobs, the extra sass and pep in your step, it’s cute! But I’m not moved. You’re an opportunist Serena, just like I am, but the only difference is only one of us are willing to admit it. Admit that you tug at the heart strings of your people by using racism cards go get people to feel sorry for you and get ahead. Because if you cared so much about that you wouldn’t have sent your resume out to FOX in the first place. You got where you needed to be and I won’t knock you, but you’re just as much of a fraud as everybody else you speak out against. I ain’t afraid to say it either. You’re no better than the faux feminist Tyler Wolfe, I don’t know what it is about you fake SJWs that attracts you to me but I’m not about to be your comeup. So which one are you today Serena? Are you Rosa Parks or are you Cardi B?
Serena Bennett: Bitch you got a lot of nerve. Ain’t shit about this an act or an opportunity. The only opportunity I’ve ever exploited was FOX and them motherfuckers deserved it. I made a racist company hire the most disrespected human in this country, a BLACK FEMALE, because I was that damn fucking good, and I infilrated their whole operations which eventually led to Stephon getting fired. That WOULD go over your head seeing as how you’re too much of a basic bich to truly understand anything that isn’t surface level. My struggle is real, the shit I endured and witnessed growing up in Compton which shaped my views is real, my life is real and unlike you I don’t gotta put on a front to succeed. I can just be me and the people will gravitate towards it because they love a real ass bitch. They know I’m human and not a robot with the same tired “I’m too good for this” attitude like the so called champ. There’s several layers to me that makes me who I am whether it be the Cardi B side or the Rosa Parks side, I could be both and still be efficient with my message. You wouldn’t get that because you don’t stand for shit. You’re a privileged little snowflake who’s concept of adversity is the latte machine not working at Starbucks. So fuck you. But thanks for pointing out the fact that I’m dynamic. You though? You ain’t shit but a one trick pony.
Sienna Jade: Ironic coming from the one who actually looks like a horse. Look, I’m tired of this stupid show and listening to you talk, my charity hours are over. Goodnight.
(Sienna Jade begins to make her way towards the ropes as she is about to exit the ring but suddenly “ME!” by Taylor Swift blasts throughout the PA system stopping Sienna in her tracks. A storm of boos floods the arena, Veena Adams emerges through the curtain with a smirk on her face and a silk bag in hand.)
Serena Bennett: You got a lot of nerve showing your pale face on my show.
Veena Adams: Awww what’s the matter? You guys don’t look too happy to see lil ol’ me? Well that’s too bad. Consider yourselves lucky because I’ve actually come to breathe some new life into this ghetto mess of a show. Not Empire cuz that’s dead af hahaha, but the blue carpet!
(Serena rolls her eyes)
Veena Adams: You see gals, some compelling points were made and I figured now was a perfect opportunity to let the cat out of the bag. Isn’t it funny Serena, how the man you probably hate aka my uncle has made the same points about that damn championship as you? Great minds think alike amirite? Just kidding you could never reach his wavelength. But it’s true, the Unified Women’s World Championship and value don’t belong in the same sentence. Sorry to say it Sienna, but not even your pwecious Freeweight Championship reign merged with that title can save it’s prestige from the likes of the filthy scum that has had their hands on that title in the past. Two for six? That’s a big fat F in my book. And here in EAW we don’t deal with failures, we replace them.
Sienna Jade: Excuse me?
Veena Adams: You’re excused. Don’t take this personal, or do, I don’t really care either way. But your championship is the most pathetic excuse for a world championship in the history of this company. It’s like a gateway for people to suddenly turn into pathetic traitors and quit the company during or not too long after their reign, and my uncle says that every time he looks at that championship he is reminded of the people who now reside in EAW’s graveyard and he refuses to continue to promote a championship with those fingerprints on it. And like the masterful builder/unmerciful destroyer is he is, he’s sent me out here to come bearing gifts. Aren’t you excited?!
Sienna Jade: You aren’t about to do what I think you are..
Veena Adams: Oh I sure am! Effective Pain for Pride, not only will Empire be dead, but that championship on your shoulder will be too. Because it is now official that the winner of Sienna Jade versus Serena Bennett will be for a NEW World Championship in EAW. An untainted World Championship, one that isn’t infiltrated and diluted and destroyed to the point of no return. It will be for the UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP.
(The crowd murmurs in anticipation for the reveal of the NEW Universal Women’s Championship. Veena smiles as Sienna and Serena stare onwards in confusion.)
Veena Adams: And yes, it’s in my bag. No, I’m not revealing it tonight. So good luck ladies, especially you Sienna, let this serve as an extra incentive to not have a repeat of last year where you were under similar circumstances ;).
(“ME!” picks back up as Veena clutches tightly onto her silk bag, Sienna and Serena turning to her as she exits the ring and struts down the steep steps, fans surrounding her heard booing tremendously.)
Gavin Kirkland: Another HUGE and GAME CHANGING announcement from the flawless Veena Adams! These girls on Empire could learn a thing or two from her.
CJ Hana: I’m curious what this means to our Pain for Pride main eventers, Gavin. Sienna could be the woman to yet again carry the torch and usher in another new title, and I’m sure Serena looks to make her mark as the face of a new era for women’s wrestling! What an exciting opportunity for both of them!
Gavin Kirkland: Either way, Veena’s right. The disgraceful history associated with the Unified Women’s World Championship will be diminished VERY soon! I just hope the future of this new belt involves some more blondes.
(Commercial break — an ad for the EAW Network, where you can catch all your favorite episodes of REVOLT! Pro Combat, as well as precious episodes of Empire. Celebrate the demise of both brands by reminding yourself how garbage they really were as we turn a new leaf in Season 13!)
(“Mona Lisa” — Lil Wayne featuring Kendrick Lamar plays through the area. The crowd gives a pop to the Hall of Famer and former Vixens Champion, Cleopatra. Cleopatra walks out and stands on top of the ramp. She is embracing the crowd’s reception of her. This could be one the last times that she takes in this scenery, so she is making the most out of it.)
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 “Greatest Vixen That Ever Lived” … CLEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOPAAAAAATTTRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!
Gavin Kirkland: PASS MY MY JERGINS, CJ! I AM GOING TO NEED IT!
CJ Hana: Gavin, no! No one wants to see you rub yourself on live television!
Gavin Kirkland: We’re cancelled in two weeks. Who gives a flying —
CJ Hana: — Gavin, it doesn’t matter what we’re going to be out of a job, but I still want to be as professional as possible. Cleopatra could be on the same boat as us as she will be forced to leave the company if she doesn’t win at Pain for Pride.
Gavin Kirkland: There is no way that Cleopatra loses to Amber Keys. I would threaten to walk out if Cleopatra loses at Pain for Pride, but I’m going back to my old job regardless. But, hell would officially freeze over if Cleopatra loses and Serena Bennett beats Sienna Jade.
(“Mona Lisa” dies down as Cleopatra waits for Andrea Valentine to come out. A moment later “Roll With Me” — Charli XCX plays through the arena. Out comes out the blonde and bubbly Specialists Champion, Andrea Valentine! The title is on her shoulder as she raises the championship high in the air!)
Maria Del Rey: Introducing her opponent … from Orlando, Florida … she is the Specialists Champion … “The Heart of Empire” … ANNNNDDDDRRRREEEEEEAAAAAAAAA VAAAAALLLLLLEEEEENNNNNNNNNTTIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNEEEEEE!!
CJ Hana: Andrea Valentine’s next title defense has been announced! She will be taking on Fatal Destiny’s Celes Dumont at Pain for Pride in a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match! Seems kind of odd for Andrea to request a match like this one, but the last time she requested a specific match type, it did not work well in her favor! :lupe:
Gavin Kirkland: Andrea Valentine doesn’t back down from a challenge. She is not going to shy away from matches that are not her forte! She is blessing Celes Dumont with this type of match! Celes thrives in these types of matches. I just hope that Andrea doesn’t end up regretting it! Right now, she is going to regret being in the same ring as my wife, Cleopatra! She looks to be quite determined to prove that she can defeat the Specialists Champion!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gavin Kirkland: I have never seen such a blonde main event than this one. How can I decide between my two loves? :mjcry: Andrea Valentine and Cleopatra are two of my favorite blondes on Empire, but I feel such a loyalty for Cleopatra! Well, the two blondes decide not to waste any of my time as the go straight for the lock up! These women are trying to get the upper hand on one another! Cleopatra manages to back Andrea towards the ropes, but Andrea is not staying there as she manages to maintain the lock up position as she and Cleopatra are rolling each other on the ropes until Cleopatra manages to get Andrea back first onto the corner! There, Andrea stays there because she is obedient and does not want to anger our Queen of the Nile more than she must be feeling at the moment!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! LET GO, CLEO!
CJ Hana: Cleopatra doesn’t seem to be in the most pleasant mood these days, Gavin! It seems like she wants nothing more than to get her hands on Amber Keys! Cleopatra will get her opportunity to do that at Pain for Pride, but she has her focus on Andrea Valentine! CLEOPATRA CONNECTS WITH A CORNER FOOT CHOKE — HER FOOT IS PRESSED AGAINST THE THROAT OF ANDREA! IT SEEMS LIKE THE OFFICIAL IS GOING TO HAVE TO BEGIN ANOTHER COUNT HERE, BUT HAPPILY, CLEOPATRA RELEASES THE HOLD BEFORE MARTI SOLO COULD DO THAT! CLEOPATRA GETS ANDREA BY HER RIGHT ARM! CLEOPATRA WHIPS ANDREA TO THE OTHER CORNER, BUT ANDREA MANAGES TO STOP HERSELF BEFORE COUNTERING THE WHIP! The former Vixens World Champion goes crashing back first onto the corner! Andrea Valentine decides not to waste any more time before connecting with a handspring back elbow! This is enough to make Cleopatra fall forward! ANDREA REBOUNDS OFF THE HORIZONTAL ROPES BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A FLYING CLOTHESLINE! CLEOPATRA MAKES IT BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE, BUT GETS MET ANOTHER ANOTHER FLYING CLOTHESLINE. THIS KNOCKS CLEOPATRA DOWN, BUT SHE GETS RIGHT BACK UP BEFORE ANDREA FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A SUPERKICK! THE SUPERKICK WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO KNOCK THE OLDER WOMAN TO HER KNEES! ANDREA WITH A RUNNING SOMERSAULT NECKBREAKER! CLEOPATRA LANDS ON HER NECK AS THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION GOES FOR THE COVER!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO!
Gavin Kirkland: The mother of my children with a kick out! I knew that Cleopatra would be able to kick out, but Andrea Valentine looked good there! Andrea gets the back of Cleopatra’s arms and it seems like we’re going to see a surfboard from Andrea! I stand corrected, CJ! WE’RE GETTING A MODIFIED SURFBOARD STRETCH! ANDREA VALENTINE HAS THE MODIFIED SURFBOARD STRETCH ON CLEOPATRA! CLEOPATRA IS CRYING OUT IN PAIN! IF PAIN FOR PRIDE HAPPENS TO TRULY BE HER LAST NIGHT IN EAW, CAN ANDREA JUST MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR HER AND GIVE CLEOPATRA THE VICTORY? ANDREA ALREADY LOOKS STRONG ENOUGH AND CLEOPATRA COULD USE THE VICTORY. :mjcry:
CJ Hana: I don’t think that’s how things work here on Empire, Gavin. :lupe:
Gavin Kirkland: Then, I’m glad this bitchhole is dead after Pain for Pride!
CJ Hana: :whoa: :whoa: :whoa:
Gavin Kirkland: I could be bitter, but I have full faith in Cleopatra! I believe that she can defeat Andrea Valentine! I believe she can defeat Amber Keys! I believe that she can retire that traitor Amber Keys! Cleopatra may look like she is in pain at the moment, but she is going to use that pain as strength! Andrea is going great at trying to wear down my queen, but she better watch out because Cleopatra could strike at any given moment! Andrea decides to release the modified surfboard stretch on Cleopatra! It may have been one of the best things that Andrea could have done in this match at the moment! I would hate to see this match ending too soon! Andrea takes a couple steps back! It seems like we’re going to see her hit a high action move! She is waiting for my love to get back to her feet before running towards Cleopatra! ANDREA VALENTINE WITH A TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS TAKEDOWN! NOT EXACTLY, CJ! CLEOPATRA MANAGES TO GET ANDREA BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A SIDEWALK SLAM! THE FORCE OF THAT KNOCKS THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION TO HER BACK! CLEOPATRA MANAGES TO GET ON ONE KNEE BEFORE APPLYING ANDREA’S NECK WITH A HEADLOCK! I LOVE A WOMAN, WHO GOES BACK TO THE BASICS! It seems likes Cleopatra is going to try to apply a headlock and weaken Andrea a bit that way! It seems like Andrea is going to do her best to push away the Queen of the Nile as she finds some success at doing that! Andrea manages to take a few steps back, creating some room for herself! She runs towards Cleopatra before connecting with a dropkick that takes the former Empire Tag Team Champion down!
CJ Hana: That force of the dropkick makes Cleopatra roll underneath the bottom rope! It seems like Cleopatra is trying to buy herself some time! But, Andrea Valentine is not going to allow that! She looks at the ropes behind her! She rebounds herself from them before launching herself through the second row of ropes and connects with a suicide dive to Cleopatra on the outside! Both of these beautiful women are down at ringside! The crowd is applauding that spot! Both Andrea and Cleopatra are getting back to their feet! It seemed like Cleopatra was a bit faster in making it back to her feet! She manages to knee Andrea Valentine in the stomach! CLEOPATRA CONNECTS WITH A KNIFE EDGE CHOP TO ANDREA’S CHEST! THE SOUND OF THAT WAS QUITE LOUD, GAVIN! CLEOPATRA CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER KNIFE EDGE JOB TO ANDREA’S CHEST! A THIRD ONE! FOURTH! FIFTH! SIX! SEVENTH! YOU CAN SEE THE RED ON ANDREA’S CHEST DUE TO THE CHOPS! CLEOPATRA GETS ANDREA BY HER ARM BEFORE WHIPPING HER TO THE BARRICADE! ANDREA DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO CONTROL HER STOP AS SHE CRASHES BACK FIRST! CLEOPATRA RUNS TOWARDS THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK! THIS MANAGES TO KNOCK ANDREA TO HER BACK! CLEOPATRA GETS ANDREA BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE, BUT GETS A FISTFUL OF HER HAIR AS SHE DOES THAT! SHE SLAMS ANDREA FOREHEAD FIRST AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE APRON! This was enough to make Andrea’s head go back, but Cleopatra catches Andrea’s head before slamming her forehead first against the edge of the apron again! Cleopatra does this repeatedly! It is almost like she is envisioning that she is doing that to Amber Keys!
Gavin Kirkland: Isn’t she sexy when she’s angry, CJ? Cleopatra rolls Andrea Valentine inside the ring! Cleopatra slides underneath the bottom rope shortly after! She gets Andrea up before connecting with a suplex powerslam! Cleopatra quickly goes for the cover! It can be over, CJ!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Gavin Kirkland: Andrea Valentine gets her right shoulder up! Cleopatra gets Andrea back to her feet and gets her in position to connect with a snap suplex! Andrea clutches to her back as Cleopatra makes it back to her feet! Cleopatra is anticipating Andrea getting back to her feet before connecting with a roundhouse kick that takes the Specialists Champion down to her knees! It wasn’t enough to knock Andrea to her back! Cleopatra rebounds from the horizontal ropes before connecting with a beautiful looking shining wizard, which knocks Andrea Valentine to her side! Cleopatra does not seem done with it as she gets Andrea by her legs — it seems like Cleopatra is going to apply the sharpshooter on the “Heart of Empire”! ANDREA IS DOING WHAT SHE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE DOES NOT SITUATE HERSELF STOMACH FIRST, MAKING CLEOPATRA HAVE AN EASIER TIME WITH APPLYING THE SHARPSHOOTER! CLEOPATRA IS STOMPING ON ANDREA’S BACK BEFORE SLIDING IN THE SHARPSHOOTER! ANDREA IS IN TROUBLE FOR SURE! THE PAIN ON ANDREA’S FACE IS OBVIOUS AS CLEOPATRA HAS HER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! I WOULD THINK THAT IT WOULD BE SMART FOR ANDREA TO SUBMIT HERE. SHE SHOULD SAVE HER ENERGY FOR CELES DUMONT AT PAIN FOR PRIDE! SHE CANNOT AFFORD TO GO INTO HER SPECIALISTS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH WITH AN INJURY!
CJ Hana: Andrea Valentine is in trouble for sure, but it would be not like Andrea of her to submit and quit here!
Gavin Kirkland: She did submit at King of Elite though. :lupe:
CJ Hana: Many of the best on Empire have submitted at one point of their careers! It doesn’t make them look weak! In a way, it makes them look smart since they can’t afford to risk injuring themselves! In a way, Gavin! Andrea cannot afford to injure herself, but since winning the championship, she has been on a role! She wanted to go into this match and let Celes Dumont know what she will be dealing with at Pain for Pride! ANDREA IS DRAGGING HER BODY TO THAT BOTTOM ROPE! QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION FOR HER! QUITTING IS SOMETHING THAT SHE DOES NOT WANT TO DO! CLEOPATRA IS GOING TO DO WHAT SHE CAN TO KEEP ANDREA IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT RING, BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE SHE IS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL! ANDREA IS SCRATCHING, CLAWING AND DRAGGING HER BODY TO THE BOTTOM ROPE! SHE IS ALMOST THERE! ANDREA GRASPS ONTO THE BOTTOM ROPE! CLEOPATRA MUST RELEASE THE SHARPSHOOTER!
Marti Solo: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! RELEASE THE HOLD, CLEO!
Gavin Kirkland: Cleopatra releases the sharpshooter, but it seems like it did a wonderful job with weakening the Specialists Champion! Cleopatra awaits for Andrea Valentine to get back to her feet! Andrea is using ropes for assistance to elevate herself back to her feet! She seems to be a little wobbly due to the sharpshooter, but it won’t be a conflict for long! CLEOPATRA WALKS OVER TO GET ANDREA, BUT ANDREA USES HER STRENGTH TO PUSH CLEOPATRA WITH A FOREARM! CLEOPATRA CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM TO ANDREA! ANDREA WITH A FOREARM TO CLEOPATRA! CLEOPATRA WITH A FOREARM TO ANDREA! ANDREA! CLEOPATRA! ANDREA! CLEOPATRA! CLEOPATRA! CLEOPATRA! CLEOPATRA WITH A NASTY HEADBUTT AS ANDREA FALLS TO HER KNEE! CLEOPATRA RUNS TOWARDS THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION BEFORE GETTING ON HER BACK — SUNSET FLIP ON ANDREA VALENTINE! CLEOPATRA IS IN PERFECT POSITION FOR THE COVER AS SHE STAYS THERE!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! TH—
CJ Hana: The Specialists Champion kicks out at the last second! The “Heart of Empire” is still beating in this match! Cleopatra slams her hands against the canvas! It seems like she is quite determined to end this match now! The longer that this match continues, the less it seems to play in her favor, Gavin! CLEOPATRA GETS ANDREA TO HER FEET! CLEOPATRA HAS ANDREA IN POSITION FOR THAT CANADIAN DESTROYER — BRUTALITY IS A MOVE THAT NO WOMEN IN THE LOCKER ROOM WANT TO FEEL! CLEOPATRA SEEMS LIKE SHE IS GOING TO SEND A MESSAGE TO HER FORMER BEST FRIEND AND PARTNER, AMBER KEYS!
Gavin Kirkland: Andrea Valentine manages to lift Cleopatra over her head and connect with a back body drop! This may have been the opening the Specialists Champion needs to make a comeback! Both women are on the ground, but Andrea goes right after Cleopatra with a flying clothesline! Andrea connects with another flying clothesline as soon as Cleopatra makes it back to her feet! Andrea follows that up with a calf kick! Cleopatra bends her stomach forward in response to that! ANDREA SEES THAT CLEOPATRA IS IN PERFECT POSITION BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A DOUBLE KNEE BACKBREAKER! CLEOPATRA POPS OUT AS SHE FALLS ONTO HER BACK! ANDREA RISES BACK TO HER FEET AS SHE GIVES OUT A WARRIOR CRY! IT SEEMS LIKE IT WILL BE ANDREA VALENTINE WHO SENDS A MESSAGE TO HER OPPONENT! SHE IS JUST GESTURING FOR CLEOPATRA TO MAKE IT BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE! CLEOPATRA SLOWLY RISES TO HER FEET —
CJ Hana: LOVE HAZE, THE RUNNING CORKSCREW NECKBREAKER ON CLEOPATRA! THE MOVE CONNECTS AS ANDREA HOOKS THE LEG ON CLEOPATRA!
Marti Solo: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Roll With Me” plays again as Andrea Valentine gets to a vertical position as she gets her arms raised in the end. Cleopatra rolls herself to the corner as Andrea celebrates her victory!)
Maria Del Rey: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH … THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION …. ANNNNDDDDRRRREEEEEEEAAAAAAAAA VAAALLLLLEEEENNNNNNNTIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEE!!
Gavin Kirkland: No, Cleopatra! :sob: :sob: :sob: I can’t be too upset. At least, the winner is a blonde and you have to give Andrea Valentine all the credit in the world! She has earned this victories and proven to be a potential blonde successor if Cleopatra ends up leaving us. :lupe:
CJ Hana: Andrea Valentine picks up a victory two weeks before Pain for Pride! Cleopatra looked fantastic, but you kind of had the point, Cleopatra could have needed this victory in order to brighten her spirits before Pain for Pride! But, Cleopatra is one of the best and she’ll bounce back and get her revenge on Amber Keys!
(Andrea Valentine raises her title up in the air, but looks at Cleopatra who is sitting at the corner, feeling a bit bummed out. Andrea, being the nice person that she is, extends her hand out to the “Queen of the Nile”. Cleopatra looks at Andrea’s hand for a moment before accepting it. The crowd applauds the two women as the two have a brief conversation, which cannot be picked up, but it seems to be positive. Cleopatra pats Andrea on the back before rolling underneath the bottom rope. Andrea Valentine resumes her celebration in the ring.)
Gavin Kirkland: I love it when blondes are respectful with one another. :mjcry: This is how things should be, CJ!
CJ Hana: I might agree with you, Gavin. The respect that Cleo is showing her competitor here tonight, despite defeat, is exactly the kind of attitude we need from more of these women—her Pain for Pride opponent included! A beautiful way to end our second to last episode of Empire.
Gavin Kirkland: Ooooohhh yaaaaaay! I hope there’s a celebratory cake next week.
CJ Hana: For Gavin, I’m CJ! Have a good night everybody!
(EAW logo buzzes.)