(RECAP – Last week’s Empress of Elite matches are shown with Astraea Jordan, Tyler Wolfe, Sienna Jade, and Kassidy Heart advancing to the semifinals. The Crowe’s Nest is shown interacting with Fox executives and Remi and Revy is shown victorious. The montage ends with shown a brief look at the careers of Cameron Ella Ava and Stephanie “Cloud” Matsuda.)
(COLD OPEN – Empire General Managers Kendra Shamez and Flannery McCoy are standing in the middle of the ring)
(SCREEN BAR: LIVE! From Hartford, CT!)
Flannery McCoy: Welcome everyone to another edition of Thursday Night Empire. This is the final week of the Empress of Elite proper, and we are just TWO weeks away from Manifest Destiny! Whoever wins tonight will be headlining the Barclays Center in the Empress of Elite finals!
Kendra Shamez: Speaking of which, those who don’t advance will compete next week for the number one contendership to Remi Skyfire’s Specialist Championship!
Flannery McCoy: In addition, the tag team who wins tonight will compete against Remi Skyfire and Revy for a chance against the Jaded Hearts!
(crowd cheers louder)
Kendra Shamez: So either way, one or two lovely ladies will be busy with a double booking come Manifest Destiny. This is the business ladies, and the business doesn’t slow down for anyone. Next week, we’ll be announcing the full card for Manifest Destiny after the main event!
Flannery McCoy: Without further ado, it’s time to start the show!
(Flannery hands her mic to Cori Simmons and she and Kendra exit the ring)
DING! DING! DING!
Cori Simmons: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!!
Crowd: One fall!
( ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth blares throughout the arena, prompting for Harlow Reichart to step onto the stage, scanning the crowd, smirking as she soaks in the serenation of boos. )
Cori Simmons: Introducing first! From Christchurch, New Zealand weighing in at 155 pounds……. HARRRRLOWWWWW…… REEEEIIIIICHART!!!
Stephanie Matsuda: Well, this will be my last episode with you guys. Starting next week, it’s back to being a regular elitist.
SG1: I must say Steph it was a pleasure sitting here with you and listening to your insight.
Alicia Amby: I agree! What are your thoughts on Harlow Reichert?
Stephanie: She had a rough start so far, but I think business is going to pick up for her soon enough. I had a rocky start at the beginning of my EAW career three years ago. Now I’m a goddamn champion.
SG1: Good point Cloud.
( As Harlow steps into the ring, ‘Furious 2’ by Niklas Gustavsson blasts through the speakers as Clara Lovelace comes out, making her energetic entrance )
Cori Simmons: And her opponent! From Roswell, New Mexico weighing in at 120 pounds……. CLARAAAAA LOOOVELAAAAACE!!!
SG1: Here’s a lovely young lady who won our contest to become an EAW Elitist!
Alicia Amby: Also, it seems Cameron Ella Ava herself has taking a liking to her! What do you think of that Stephanie?
Stephanie Matsuda: I think I might need to give Layla Lockhart a call and get my own sidekick.
SG1: Why Layla?
Stephanie: She did say her corkscrew shooting star took inspiration from the Cloud 9.
Alicia: Valid point.
(Clara and Harlow face each other in the ring)
DING! DING! DING!
Alicia Amby: This match is underway as the two women stare each other down eye to eye as Harlow Reichart quickly reaches in, engaging in a waist-lock, trying to wear Clara down by putting pressure on her waist-area! Stephanie, Harlow likes to call herself as “Miss No Fucks Given”, will that be a factor in how she views her opponent Clara Lovelace?
Stephanie Matsuda: Of course, this nickname isn’t just a title, it reflects her attitude and that attitude is full of cockiness and arrogance, but she has the skill and talent to back those up. Lovelace at the moment is in trouble as Harlow still has the waist hold locked in! The crowd are clapping together, supporting Clara as she uses their support, fighting out of the hold with shoulder thrusts to the chest! However, Harlow refuses to let go as she lifts her up, slamming her neck first into the mat with a bridging german suplex!
Alicia Amby: She kicks out! Again, Harlow does not let go of the waist lock, lifting her up once again! But no! Wheelbarrow roll-up!
Alicia Amby: Immediate kick out as Clara has been released from the hold! With the release, she has fired up, taking the offensive attack onto Harlow, meeting halfway at the center exchanging a flurry of forearms! She has no intentions to stop as she runs the ropes, charges into Harlow, jumping onto her and sending her into ringside with an hurricanrana!
Stephanie Matsuda: She then runs the ropes, and GOES IN BETWEEN THE ROPES, CRASHING INTO HARLOW WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!!!!!!!!!! Clara begins to pick her up and shove her into the ring, showing that she has fuel left in the tank! Reichart at the corner while Clara is waiting for her to turn around, jocking in position at the opposite corner!
Alicia Amby: She charges at her with the NERF THIS!!!! NO!!!!! HARLOW WITH A SUPERKICK OUT OF NOWHERE, SENDING HER STAGGERING ONTO ONE KNEE!!!! HARLOW FOLLOWS UP WITH ANOTHER SUPERKICK TO THE KNEELING CLARA!!!!! SHE HOOKS HER LEG!
Stephanie Matsuda: What a close call for Clara! It would’ve been game over for the video game magician herself! Harlow now stalking Lovelace, preying on her. Harlow grabs her from the behind, wrapping her arms around the waist! Clara has been in this situation before as she is battering her with repeated shoulder strikes, breaking up the hold!
Alicia Amby: She goes around her waist, grabbing the back of her neck, slamming her into the ground with a neckbreaker, then following up with a kip-up!! Clara pulling her up onto her level, hooking her leg up! BUT HARLOW LIFTS HER UP INSTEAD, SLAMMING HER INTO THE KNEE WITH THE LMFAO!!!!
Stephanie: Clara grabs her leg, rolling her up, THEN GRABBING HER HEAD AND SLAMS IT INTO THE GROUND WITH THE X-FACTOR! SuperMegaMemeGenerator connects as she climbs up the turnbuckles instead of going in for the cover!! Clara is perched on the top, SOARING OFF IT WITH AN ELBOW DROP!!!! Harlow gets her knees up, making Clara go crashing into her knees! She goes for the immediate cradle pin!
Alicia Amby: No!!! That was almost it for Clara as Harlow slams her fist into the canvas in anger, upset that she didn’t finish it! However, I believe she is going for the finish, possessing a look of anger and determination in her eyes, this is not good for Lovelace! She picks her up, lifting her up BUT CLARA JUMPS OUT OF THE HOLD!!! AND CHARGES RIGHT INTO HER AND BREAKS HER IN HALF WITH A DEVASTATING SPEAR!!! COVER!!
Stephanie Matsuda: KICK OUT!!! Harlow is digging deep into her soul to get her shoulder up! Clara picks her up from the behind, hooking her in for the Skull Crushing Finale!! NO!!!! Harlow counters, moving around Clara and LIFTING HER UP, DRILLING HER INTO THE MAT WITH THE SIT-OUT FISHERMAN BUSTER! FATE’S END CONNECTS!
Stephanie Matsuda: KICK OUT!!! Both women refuse to lose this match! Harlow is now dragging Clara into the corner, slowly ascending the turnbuckles while bringing Clara up along! We have no idea what Harlow’s intentions are as CLARA JUMPS AND STUNS HARLOW WITH A JUMPING KNEE STRIKE!
Alicia Amby: Harlow is in La La Land, hanging from the top turnbuckle as Clara hooks her up AND DRILLS HER SKULL INTO THE CANVAS WITH THE BRIDGING HAMMERLOCK DDT!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(‘Furious 2’ by Niklas Gustavsson plays as Clara Lovelace rolls off her opponent and starts jumping up and down with glee)
Cori: Your winner by pinfall! Clara Lovelace!
SG1: What an incredible showing from Empire’s newest face!
Alicia: It seems like that Cameron Ella Ava training is paying off! Maybe you need to be on your Ps and Qs Steph.
Stephanie: What in the hell does that even mean!?
(COMMERCIAL BREAK: Harlem World: A Malcolm Jones Tale! Now available wherever DVD/Blurays are sold!)
(The camera transitions to Cameron Ella Ava’s personal dressing room. The camera zooms into hands that have a box cutter in one of her hands. In the other hand, there is a pink bar of soap as the box cutter slices the soap down as little cubes fall onto the table. Next to the hand, there is an ASMR microphone that is getting the noise of the box clutter slicing the soap to little cubes.)
(The camera goes from this person’s hand as it goes up until it reveals the face of Consuela Rose Ava with a sad look on her face. The crowd is heard cheering for Consuela.)
Consuela Rose Ava: At least I’m good at something — it’s not winning matches though. :sob: I had high hopes that I would win Empress of Elite. I wanted this to be my comeback so much and now, my heart is broken…AGAIN. It seems like whatever I do, I cannot get the job done. It seems like whatever I do, there is always someone who swoops in and takes the victory over me. Perhaps, I’m not as good as I think. Perhaps, I’m just…basura.
(Consuela stops slicing the soap as she looks at the box cutter and how sharp it is. Consuela looks at her wrist as she moves the box cutter blade closer…)
???: CONSUELA, NO!
(Cameron Ella Ava and Ms. Extreme walk into the scene to a loud reception from the crowd. Consuela stops moving as Ms. Extreme as she snatches the box cutter away from Consuela’s grasp and looks at it with fascination as Cameron focuses on her twin sister.)
Cameron Ella Ava: I leave you for five minutes and you go all teenage angst on yourself? And, what makes you think that I am going to let you keep that?
(Ms. Extreme stops looking at the box cutter and back in Cameron.)
Ms. Extreme: I was planning to use it for protection…
Cameron Ella Ava: Oh, sure you were.
Ms. Extreme: Dynasty is a scary place now. Just imagine if the One Percent comes after us again. They approach us and… (pulls out the box cutter and towards Cameron) BAM! WE STAB THEM WITH THE BOX CUTTER! Jack Ripley’s wife ends up a widow and Theron’s gone, which won’t be a difference for Jack since Theron’s never there for him to begin with.
Cameron Ella Ava: Anyway… (focuses on Consuela). Look, Suela. I know that you’re going through a rough patch in your career. I was there losing the Interwire Championship. I couldn’t beat Sheridan Muller for the Vixens Cup, couldn’t defeat Aria Jaxon for an opportunity to main event Triple Threat and lost to Jamie at Pain for Pride 9. It took a while before my career started to look up again. I have high hopes that yours will somehow. It may take a while, but you need to not give up.
Consuela Rose Ava (stands up to look at Cameron): When’s it going to happen, Cam? That’s easy for you to say that. Kendra Shamez gave you a shot at the Undisputed Women’s World Championship. I should be the one to dethrone Stephanie Matsuda and the fact that I’m not still in the Empress of Elite Tournament is eating me in the inside. It hurts because I needed to win that tournament. I needed that to propel my career. Sienna Jade, Kassidy Heart and Astraea Jordan have their titles to go back on no matter the result. Tyler Wolfe shouldn’t be pushed at my expense. They all will be fine without that crown. It will just be another accomplishment for them! I defeated Chelsea Crowe and I thought for a second things were looking up for me. I feel like an idiot. I feel played and that’s pissing me off. “Consuela’s a favorite to win!” — yeah, no. It’s obvious who they want to win and it was never me.
Ms. Extreme: You want to talk about not winning matches? At least, you get booked. I haven’t been booked in a few months! After Hurricane Hawk abandoned me, they threw me to the side like I didn’t matter at all. After waiting to be booked, I decided to help Cameron out with the One Percent. Best f–king decision I made because I felt that it gave me some sort of purpose. That is what you need at the moment. You need to refind your purpose again. Empress of Elite probably wasn’t it for you. It may seem like the end of the world to you, but sitting and moping around is not going to get anything done. I know, I’ll get what I deserve in the end. Just like I know that you will get what you deserve in the end. I have faith that you will. You just need faith in yourself.
Cameron Ella Ava: I never expected myself to get a temporary contract with Empire. I thought I was done with Empire after my match with Zakkii. When Kendra contacted me about facing Stephanie, I jumped on the opportunity. My Women’s World Championship reign still haunts me to this day. I always told myself that I could have done more. In a way, I am thankful for this opportunity and I vow to be Stephanie’s biggest challenge to date. She thought Aria Jaxon was challenging at Bloodletter? I’ll be more challenging? She thought Sienna was more calculating at Pain for Pride? I’ll be more calculating. She thought Astraea was strong on the season premiere of Empire? I’ll be stronger. I’ve learned from that loss at Pain for Pride 10. I’ve grown. I’ve matured and I’ve gotten better this past year. This is what you need to do, Consuela. Grow from these losses, mature from them and get better.
Consuela Rose Ava: I’m trying that. Doesn’t help that I keep losing! The competition on Empire wasn’t this intense when you were on it.
Cameron Ella Ava: That’s because I was the competition. I always believed I was. Aria, Cailin, Tarah and Sheridan were some of the biggest competition on the Empire brand. Everyone drooled and favorited them and where are they? I’m still here because I knew I would outlast them all. Who says that these competitors will be here in a few years? They are nothing but women who need their hand held on a constant basis. People always have been gassing them up and telling them that they’re great and all of that. But, I once people stop hyping them up, everything crumbles with them since they’re so used to being praised. Me? I managed to not let the hype get the best of me. I continued to prove that I can get far without anyone’s approval. So what, if you’re not their favorite? So what, if people don’t have faith in you. It’s important that you have faith in yourself.
Consuela Rose Ava: I don’t know, guys. I am hopeless.
(Consuela lies down on the couch as Cameron and Ms. Extreme roll their eyes.)
Cameron Ella Ava: I’ll see what I can figure out.
Ms. Extreme: …Can I keep the box cutter? :eyes:
(Cameron shakes her head as Consuela looks at Ms. Extreme confused. Cameron snatches the box cutter and throws it to the trash can.)
Cameron Ella Ava: No, Camille.
Ms. Extreme: :pensive:
(Cameron walks away from the scene as Ms. Extreme looks at the ASMR microphone as she picks it up.)
Ms. Extreme (w/microphone and whispering): #FuckTheOnePercent
(Ms. Extreme puts down the mic as she runs out of the scene as Consuela looks confused as it transition to ringside.)
Cori: The following contest is a Second Chance Initiative rage team match, and it is scheduled for one fall!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
(“Murderer (Instrumental)” by Impending Doom hits as Sonya Correa makes her way to the ring)
Cori: Introducing first, making her way to the ring from Medellin, Colombia, weighing in at 169 pounds… SOOOONNNYYYYAAAA CCCCOOOORRRREEEEAAAA!!!!
(“Fire” by BTS hits as Consuela Rose Ava makes her entrance)
Cori: And her partner, making her way to the ring from Frias, Spain, weighing in at 120 Pounds… CCCCOOOONNNNSSSUUUUEEELLLAAA RRROOOOSSSEEE AAAVVVAAA!!!!
(“It’s My Turn” by Jeff Williams hits as Layla Lockhart and Mali Evans make their way to the ring)
Cori: And their opponents, making their way to the ring… Layla Lockhart… Mali Evans… THHEEEE PPPRRRIIIDDDEEEE!!!!!!
Alicia: Well here we go! Tag team action on Empire!
SG1: Looks like everyone is set.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
SG1: Lockhart and Correa will start things off here tonight. Layla looks up at the towering woman but isn’t deterred. She’s inching her way forward and looking for an opening. Layla shoots and wraps around the waist go Sonya from behind. Maybe looking for a German? But Sonya uses her long arms to hit back elbows into Layla’s head and break the hold! Now here comes Sonya with a tie up! Belly to belly suplex!
Alicia: Layla landed hard! May have the wind knocked out of her! She rolls herself to the ropes to try and climb up! But Sonya charges! BUT LAYLA PULLS THE ROPE DOWN AND SONYA CRASHES TO THE OUTSIDE!!! Now Layla is back to her feet and able to catch her breath. She eyes Sonya… hits the ropes… SUICIDE DIVE!!!! AND SONYA’S HEAD HITS THE BARRICADE!!! LAYLA JUST KNOCKED SONYA SILLY ON THE OUTSIDE! And here comes Layla, she grabs Sonya by the head and rolls her into the ring! Sonya is still dazed and Layla goes to the top rope! May look to end it early! Second Star to the Right!
SG1: No! Consuela just shoved Layla from the top turnbuckle and down to the canvas! Consuela is set on getting herself out of her recent slump! And now Sonya is finally getting back to her feet! She starts to hobble to her corner! She wants to tag out and take a breath, but she’s still not sure where she is! Layla back up now! Tries to stop Sonya! Tries to tackle her from behind!
Alicia: Consuela tags in! Layla tackled Sonya from behind but it Consuela reaches out and tagged the long arms of Correa! But Layla doesn’t see! She’s trying to grind Correa down with a rear chinlock! But Consuela with a big kick to the back of Layla! And she charges Mali Evans and knocks her off the apron! OH! Mali landed wrong there! Looks like she may have rolled her ankle! Medical is already rushing to her side and we still have a match going on!
SG1: and Consuela now, feeding off her partner’s aggression, sets her sights on Layla! Layla could be without a partner so now they can key in on her! She pulls Layla up! Grabs from behind! Big German suplex! And now Consuela just dropping elbow after elbow! She wants to wear Layla down as much as possible! She’s giving her opponent no room to breathe! This is the fire that Consuela needs to get back to winning!
Alicia: And look in her eyes! She smells blood like a shark right now! She’s pulling Layla up! Turns her and sits her on her shoulders! What power to just dead squat a grown adult like that! Looking for the Lemon Pledge!
SG1: But Layla rolls all the way through for a victory roll!
And Ava kicks out! But Layla is back up now and— DID YOU HEAR THAT!?!? LAYLA JUST CRACKED CONSUELA WITH A BIG KICK RIGHT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! And now Layla falls back after her adrenaline rush saved her! Both women are down! But so are their partners! Layla is catching her breath and trying to climb to her feet. But Consuela is shaking the cobwebs out and looking to get back up as well! Layla props herself up off the turnbuckle. Consuela pulls herself up with the ropes. The two turn and look at one another. Both women desperately want to move on and have the opportunity to compete at Manifest Destiny! They both charge!
Alicia: Layla rolls directly to the side with a schoolgirl pin! But Consuela rolls through! Layla goes for a kick! But Consueal ducks this one! Consuela grabs Layla for a tie up! But Layla pulls back and attempts a monkey flip! But Consuela lands on her feet! Now both women look at each other again! What are we witnessing here?!? They both have a gleam in their eye but neither is smiling. You can almost detect the respect between these women, but they are still here to fight! Layla charges! May be thinking Bottle Rocket! But Consuela with the drop toe hold! AVA LOCK! SHES TRYING FOR THE AVA LOCK! But Layla is too close to the ropes! She tangled her arms around the bottom rope and Consuela has to release before even locking it in. Both women are back their feet again, inching closer. CONSUELA RUSHES IN AND HITS A BIG NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!
BUT LAYLA NOW BRIDGES UP AND COUNTERBALANCES AGAINST CONSUELA TO RISE BACK TO HER FEET! WHAT A SHOWING!
SG1: Sonya Correa is back up on the apron! But Mali Evans is still with medical staff on the outside! Consuela and Layla charge again! But this time Layla ducks under and stops on a dime! Consuela turns… BIG BACK SIDE KICK TO CONSUELA’S JAW!!!! And now Layla drops on her for a pin!
Correa breaks the pin! And now she’s beating down on Layla! The referee has to pull her off! The referee orders Sonya back to her corner! Mali Evans can see what’s happening and begins to wave off the doctors! She’s climbed to her feet and limping to the apron! She’s trying to get in this! But now Layla is motionless on the mat and Sonya is reaching as Consuela crawls for the tag! Mali is back on the apron and balanced on one foot! She’s cheering Layla on and trying to will her partner forward! Layla beginning to stir, but Consuela makes the tag and rolls outside to the floor!
Alicia: Correa rushes in! She runs straight for Mali and dropkicks her feet! MALI FALLS OFF THE APRON AND LANDS RIGHT ON THE BAD ANKLE! SHES SCREAMING IN PAIN! Sonya watches her scream, proud of her handiwork. She turns back around—
SG1: BOTTLE ROCKET! Layla just speared Sonya into oblivion! But Layla needs to finish this now before Consuela recovers! She climbs quickly to the top rope! SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT! The corkscrew shooting star press connects! Cover!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Cori: Here are your winners by pinfall… TTTHHHEEEE PPPRRRIIIDDDEEE!!!!!!!
(“It’s My Turn” by Jeff Williams hits as Layla Lockhart has her hand raised before going out to check on Mali)
(COMMERCIAL BREAK: Commercial recapping Voltage)
(All three members of the Crowe’s Nest are seen walking backstage, in the middle of a conversation. The camera catches up just in time to hear that Chelsea talking to the group, voice filled with snark and a hint of vitriol.)
Chelsea Crowe: What’s worse is they give us this ‘Second Chance Initiative’, the biggest slap in the face, to keep people quiet. To hide the fact that everyone who isn’t a pet project was set up to fail from the very beginning.
Jael Arcana-Rosario: Pet project?
Chelsea: Yes, Jael. Look at the final four and what do you see? Four of the biggest arse-kissers from the Empire locker room. And who are they kissing up to? Who’s enabling this pathetic behaviour? Someone who should’ve never been given power in the first place.
(The camera pans over to the door the Crowe’s Nest is stood beside, revealing the nameplate stuck on it: Kendra Shamez.)
Chelsea: Our ‘brilliant’ assistant GM.
Raven Roberts: Why just Kendra? Why not Flannery as well?
Chelsea: It’s clear that Flannery is becoming a puppet. She’s just letting Kendra’s poor decisions slip by. That or she’s truly ignorant to how manipulative she is. Don’t you remember how Kendra used us way back before Pain for Pride, when we beat down Cloud and Remi? How did that benefit us?
Jael: It didn’t.
Chelsea: Exactly. We were used and then forgotten because we refused to kiss up to her like others did. Now she’s manipulating Flannery to get her way on Empire – she’s been practicing far beyond the announcement that she’d become assistant GM. She practiced with us. But we won’t stand for it. I’ve already made it very clear that we’re sitting out of the Second Chance Initiative in protest–
Raven: What? How is that productive?
Chelsea: Calm down, Raven. In order to stop giving Kendra control, we have to make sacrifices. She thought we’d play nice and go along with this BS, but clearly she doesn’t realise that we aren’t just some desperate throwaway Empire Elitists, nor are we puppets like her little Empress of EAW Higher-Ups sycophants. We can play her at her own game.
Raven: So what’s the plan, then?
Chelsea: Well, Fox wants us to boost the ratings, so what better way to do that than to…spill some tea on our gracious, amazing assistant GM?
Chelsea: Whilst the damage has been done to this ‘tournament’, we can still make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
(Chelsea glances at her watch and then smirks. Turning the door handle to Kendra’s office, Chelsea laughs quietly as the door opens up.)
Chelsea: She’ll be coming back to her office soon, but it seems she’s left the door open for us. How thoughtful of her.
(The Crowe’s Nest file into the office and close the door behind them as the scene fades to black.)
(“Party Goin’ Dumb” by Rico Nasty plays as Astraea Jordan walks out)
Cori Simmons: The following is an Empress of Elite semifinals match scheduled for one fall!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Cori: First! From Chicago, Illinois! Weighing in at 155 lbs! Astraea! Jordan!
SG1: Astraea Jordan is so close to getting the redemption she feels she deserves! She has gone on record to say that if she and Matsuda was to fight again, things wpuld go down a different way! You even confirmed this, Stephanie!
Stephanie: I did.
Alicia: Astraea looks so focused right now. She’s even looking our way. That icy glare of hers mean business!.
Stephanie: She’s looking at me.
(Astraea Jordan grins at Cloud and slides into the ring. “I Smell A Massacre” by The Butcher Babies play as Tyler Wolfe comes racing out)
Cori: Her opponent! From Sydney, Australia! Weighing in at 153 lbs! “Big Bad” Tyler Wolfe!
SG1: Last week, Tyler Wolfe has shocked the world by pinning 2-time Specialist champion, Consuela Rose Ava!
Alicia Amby: I have to admit, even I didn’t see that coming! She’s so close to becoming what she claims as the “Emperor of Elite.”
Stephanie Matsuda: Astraea has no expression on her face right now – she’s all business. Against someone like Tyler Wolfe, she needs to be.
(Tyler Wolfe hangs off the ropes for a moment before jumping into the ring. She winks at Astraea and meets her in the middle of the ring.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
SG1: Referee Nikka Machida has called for the bell! The crowd is excited for this hotly anticipated match! Astraea Jordan! Tyler Wolfe! EOE semifinals!
Alicia Amby: This is a match-up nobody saw coming, at least not this early in the season. Here are two women whose physical attributes and technical ability is almost tit-for-tat! Both competitors are well traveled throughout the indy scene; Jordan herself has held three titles simultaneously upon her return to EAW! Now she’s one-half of the tag team champions with her beau Malcolm Jones! Tyler Wolfe has insinuated that Astraea would be too distracted to focus on this match, but to me she looks ready as ever!
Stephanie Matsuda: I recognize that look in Astraea’s eyes – it’s pure determination. Tyler appears to be measuring her as she offers a test of strength.
SG1: Their hands are locked as both elitists fight for physical supremacy! Their feet are planted firmly on the canvas, but nobody’s budging!
Crowd: LET’S GO TY-LER!
SG1: Their putting everything into this! The constant push and pull of this test of strength is having everyone on edge! Astraea transitions into a headlock! Tyler counters with an Irish whip! Astraea rebounds off the ropes – shoulder block! Jordan is still on her feet! TYLER’S SHOULDER BLOCK BARELY AFFECTED HER!
Alicia: Tyler Wolfe is livid! She’s urging Astraea to come at her with everything she has! Jordan hits the ropes and goes for a shoulder block! Tyler’s barely budged either! You can’t make up the amount of shock that’s covered Astraea Jordan’s face! She pushes Tyler, who returns a shove! Astraea shoves- Tyler counters with a wristlock! It was a plot to lure her in! Astraea counters into a hammerlock! Wolfe slips out into a headlock and scores the takedown! Jordan counters into a headscissors lock! Tyler breaks free and DEADLIFTS ASTRAEA INTO A GERMAN SUPLEX- ASTRAEA LIPS OUT OF IT! She jumps over a ducking Tyler and rebounds! Wolfe jumps over her! Astraea comes back and ducks under the clothesline! She has the waistlock! Tyler counters with a hip toss!
(Both women stop in their tracks while the fans applaud their efforts)
SG1: What a sequence! Astraea and Tyler seem to have a grasp on what each other can do! Things seem to be slowing down again as they circle each other, looking for an opening! Astraea initiates the lock-up – surprise rake to the eyes by Tyler! Paying no mind to the ref’s warnings, she starts firing forearm shots to the side of the head! That European uppercut rocked Astraea’s jaw! Snapmare takedown! OOOH! What a stiff soccer kick to the back!
Alicia: Astraea’s holding her lower back as she gets to her feet! Tyler grabs her by the braid and delivers a HELLACIOUS HEADBUTT TO THE FOREHEAD! Jordan finds herself on her back once more!
Stephanie: Tyler seems to have found a crack in Astraea Jordan’s armor!
SG1: That may be! Tyler begun an assault on Astraea’s head, driving knee after knee to the side of the head! Jordan has her hands up to protect herself! It’s not doing much to shrug off the damage! Tyler gets to her feet- surprise shoot tackle by Jordan! She’s on top, wailing on her like a savage! SHE JUST SMACKED WOLFE ACROSS THE FACE WITH HER BRAID!
Astraea Jordan: (off mic) What now, huh!? What now!?
Alicia: Tyler’s holding her face in shock, but you can see her face turning red with rage! She pulls Astraea down and rolls backwards into a CROSS ARMBREAKER! WHAT TECHNIQUE! ASTRAEA JORDAN’S KICKING AND SCREAMING! She needs to free herself from the hold, or else things are about to get much worse for her!
SG1: Tyler has that cross armbreaker locked in tight! Astraea has shifted around and OH MY GOD SHE’S LIFTING TYLER OFF THE GROUND! SHE POPS WOLFE IN THE AIR! THERE’S THE CATCH! POWERSLAM! WOW! THE WHOLE RING NEARLY SHOOK FROM THE SHEER FORCE OF THAT IMPACT! Astraea Jordan is laying on her side, holding the damaged arm! Wolfe looks ripe for the picking, but she can’t seem to move close enough to secure a pin!
(An instant replay shows Astraea countering the cross armbreaker by deadlifting Tyler Wolfe into a pop-up powerslam)
Stephanie: Astraea looks hurt over there, but she did what she had to do to break the submission!
Alicia: Tyler is sitting up while feeling the effects of that slam. Astraea sits up to! Sudden left forearm to the face! Tyler strikes back! Astraea returns the favor! Tyler! Astraea! Tyler! Astraea! The sheer brutality of their blows is may be uncomfortable for some to watch! Tyler’s getting the upper hand! HEADBUTT FROM ASTRAEA! Tyler falls down on the mat, stunned from the impact! Jordan gets up to her feet and nearly knocks Tyler’s head off with a big boot!
Stephanie: Astraea is going to have to rely on her legs for this. Most of her moveset involves lifting and grappling. It would be interesting to see how she manages.
SG1: Astraea grabs Tyler by the hair and whips her to the corner! SPEAR! SPEAR! Before Tyler knew it Astraea burst towards her like a bullet! Wolfe is doubled over, realizing despite the damage she’s done to her arm, Astraea Jordan is still a weapon of mass destruction!
Alicia: Jordan is following up with a couple of shots to the face. You can tell she’s using her hurt arm to balance Tyler for those shots. The spear was enough to take the wind out of her opponent! She’s following up with several shoulder thrusts for good measure!
Stephanie: Astraea has a remarkable aptitude for athletics. That adrenaline is kicking in as you can see from the way she’s rotating the arm Tyler attacked.
SG1: Astraea’s now placing Tyler in the tree of woe position! Astraea move out to the apron and is climbing the top. Tyler’s trying to sit up- DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE FACE! JORDAN’S FEET NEARLY TORE THROUGH HER OPPONENT! SHE ROLLS WOLFE UP FOR THE PIN!
SG1: Wolfe is grabbing onto the rope! The ref is pointing that out to Astraea who’s turning livid!
Stephanie: Astraea’s so focused on finishing this match that she’s not paying attention to the little things – like pulling her opponent away from the ropes.
Alicia: Astraea is dragging her to the center of the ring! Wolfe tires to kick her away, but Astraea has the other leg! She’s going for that signature Boston Crab of hers! She’s flipped Tyler over! She has the foot placed on her head! THOT BREAKER! THE THOT BREAKER HAS BEEN APPLIED!
SG1: Tyler Wolfe can feel the extra pressure being applied to that spine as Astraea keeps her in the elevated position! She’s showing no mercy tonight! She’s absolutely determined to walk out of here a finalist!
Astraea: DO YOU TAP BITCH!?
Tyler: F–K OFF!
Stephanie: Astraea’s trying to get in her head. Tyler isn’t the type to submit, but forcing her to exert herself mentally will help in making her pass out from the pain! Surviving s submission hold is about focus, and that’s what Astraea is trying to disrupt! Hence why she puts her foot on her opponent’s head!
SG1: That may be, but you can see her losing her grip! The damage done by Tyler earlier is beginning to show! Astraea is forced to let go. Stomp to the hand! Tyler’s Screaming out in pain! Astraea hits the ropes – ONE-HANDED HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! She’s going for another pin!
SG1: Tyler gets the shoulder up!
Stephanie: Astraea’s picking away at her opponent. She’s doing whatever she can to exhaust her opponent. Tyler has a lot of stamina – I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s trying to find an opportunity to get into this match!
Alicia: Astraea stands up and heads to the corner! She’s climbing to the top once more! She’s going for the Love Sosa 450! Jordan leaps off the top turnbuckle! NO DICE! JORDAN CRASH AND BURNS, HITTING THE MAT! Tyler Wolfe was able to avoid the 450 splash just in time!
SG1: Wolfe is capitalizing…she pulls Astraea up by her braid! BRIDGING DRAGON SUPLEX! WAIT! TYLER’S NOT FINISHED! SAITO SUPLEX! Tyler applies the half nelson! HALF AND HALF SUPLEX! THREE CONSECUTIVE SUPLEXES AND BOTH WOMEN ARE LAID OUT ON THE CANVAS!
Crowd: LET’S GO TY-LER!
SG1: It’s a hot crowd tonight! Both of these women know what’s on the line! It’s been a constant back and forth from the moment the bell rang! Tyler’s crawling over to Astraea and drapes an arm over her!
SG1: ASTRAEA KICKS OUT WITH AUTHORITY!
Stephanie: I wouldn’t be surprised if Tyler decides to end things here and now.
Alicia: Tyler is getting to her feet while holding Astraea up! Knife edge chop across the chest! Astraea’s stumbling away, holding her chest! CHOP BLOCK TO THE SURGICALLY REPAIRED KNEE! I knew it! I was waiting for the moment when Tyler started attacking Astraea’s weak spot!
SG1: We’ve seen you attack her leg with a dragon screw Matsuda, and now we’re witnessing Tyler Wolfe going to town on her leg with a vicious assault! She has the leg in her hand! She’s stomping on the knee with ruthless aggression! Astraea’s rolling away slides out! She’s holding her knee for a moment! Tyler Wolfe has a hungry look in her eyes! She’s waiting patiently as Astraea climbs the apron. Tyler’s charging forward- OH MY GOD WHAT THE F-
Alicia: TELL ME WE JUST DIDN’T SEE THAT!? TYLER WOLFE JUST FLEW OVER THE ROPES AND SENT ASTRAEA CRASHING WITH AN APRON CANADIAN DESTROYER! APRON BINGO HALL MASSACRE!!!! BINGO HALL MASSACRE!!!
Crowd: HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!
SG1: THAT WAS INSANE!!! BOTH WOMEN ARE RINGSIDE AND ARE PROBABLY UNCONSCIOUS! TYLER MAY HAVE TAKEN AS MUCH DAMAGE AS HER OPPONENT WITH THAT HIGH RISK MANEUVER!
(An Instant replay shows Tyler Wolfe flying through the air and catching Astraea Jordan in a modified apron Canadian destroyer!)
Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME! (CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP) THIS IS AWESOME! (CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
SG1: If this was a falls count anywhere match, Tyler Wolfe would be walking out of here as the first woman to qualify for the Empress of Elite finals! But now she has to muster the strength and wherewithal to get Astraea back into the ring for the three count! She’s using the apron to pick herself back up! Astraea is still lifeless on the floor!
Alicia: Never before did I see something like that. I never even knew Tyler could fly like that!
Stephanie: Normally, she doesn’t.
(A second replay of the apron destroyer plays)
SG1: Tyler is struggling to get Astraea back in the ring! She rolls her back into the ring and slides in! Tyler makes the cover!
Alicia: WAIT!!! ASTRAEA HAS A FOOT ON THE ROPE! SHE HAS A FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!
(The crowd starts stomping their feet and clapping)
SG1: Somehow, someway Astraea Jordan is still in this match! Nobody should have been able to kick out of such a dangerous maneuver! One more of these would end this match in a K.O.! Tyler’s in complete disbelief! She’s picking Astraea up and whips her to the corner! Somehow, Astraea has the strength to stay on her feet! Tyler is making her way over to the corner. She starts unleashing a vicious combo of forearm strikes and knee strikes! Astraea looks groggy! Tyler is lifting Astraea and seats her atop the top turnbuckle! Tyler climbs to the second rope! Astraea looks dead right now! Tyler looks like she’s going for a superplex! She’s getting in position- wait! Astraea’s not budging! She’s fighting back! Forearm strike to the face! Tyler hits back! Astraea’s somehow conscious and is absolutely REFUSING to stay down!
Alicia: Both women take a pause to gather their bearings. Tyler strikes! Astraea blocks and counters! She lifts Tyler into position and stands…what…is she…
Stephanie: She’s lifting Tyler to the top…
SG1: Wait…watch out watch out watch out! WHAT!!? EFEWWWEGGWEGEWGWEGVWE!!!!
(The entire arena goes silent for a moment as an instant replay is shown of Astraea Jordan pulling off what seems to be an avalanche shooting star Spanish Fly off the top rope with Tyler wolfe, landing on top of her.)
Crowd: Holy shit…holy shit! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!
Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME! (CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP) THIS IS AWESOME! (CLAP-CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP)
Stephanie: Astraea is covering Tyler! Make the count ref!
Alicia: TYLER WOLFE KICKED OUT AT THE LAST SPLIT SECOND! WOW! JUST…WOW!
SG1: These past few moments…what did we just witnessed!? Astraea Jordan pulls out a reverse Spanish Fly from the top rope, and Tyler Wolfe kicks out of it! This match…ooohhh man this match is something to behold!
Alicia: Cloud! One of these women may be fighting you for that belt!
Stephanie: I can see that…
SG1: Astraea looks distraught! She’s wondering if there’s anything else she can do! It’s not low stamina that’s weighing her down but the assault on her leg and the bump her head took with that apron flip piledriver! I don’t even know how she’s still functional! She’s staggering to her feet with a half-dead Tyler Wolfe in tow! For the past month Jordan has shown the world what she’s made of – from her match with Stephanie Matsuda to winning the Unified Tag Team Championship with Malcolm Jones! She’s been going between Showdown and Empire week after week! She’s shown the world that she’s the ultimate iron woman! And now, she has to be the iron woman one more time! Now, she has to overcome the ultra violent Tyler Wolfe! Wolfe, a newcomer who NOBODY expected to get this far!
Alicia: Astraea puts her in the powerbomb position! She’s ready to end things once and for all! She’s about to put Tyler Wolfe on Late Registration! She flings Tyler up- Wolfe changes mid-direction! Astraea adjusts her posture- NO! TYLER LANDS IN FRONT OF HER, LIFTING HER IN THE REVERSE PILEDRIVER POSITION! ASTRAEA COUNTERS WITH THE ROLL-UP!! TYLER ROLLS OUT OF IT! ASTRAEA PULLS HER UNDER HER LEGS!!! LATE REGISTRATION!!! SHE PULLS IT OFF!!! SHE MAKES THE COVER!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Party Goin’ Dumb” by Rico Nasty plays as Astraea Jordan rolls off of Tyler Wolfe with a shocked look on her face. Meanwhile, the crowd is losing their shit with a mixed reaction of cheers and “that was awesome” chants)
Cori Simmons: Your winner by pinfall, and advancing to the Empress of Elite finals, Astraea Jordan!!
SG1: What. A. Match! Like…what a freaking match! They left it all in the ring! Both competitors gave their all, but in a split second Tyler Wolfe ALMOST altered the course of the match!
Alicia: If Astraea didn’t think fast, she would have been eliminated from the EOE and her dreams would have come crashing down on her!
Stephanie: Hmm, but now my contemporary Remi Skyfire has to deal with Tyler or whoever loses between Kassidy and Sienna at Manifest Destiny.
SG1: You’re right Tyler may not be advancing, but this is far from the end for her!
(Astraea Jordan sits up and stares down at Tyler Wolfe. She puts out her fist and taps Wolfe’s hand as a gesture of respect. She then allows the ref to help her up as her hand is raised in victory.)
SG1: When we come back, tonight’s main event!
(FINAL COMMERCIAL BREAK: Manifest Destiny! Live, August 18th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY! Only on the EAW Network!)
(Camera opens backstage to see Remi Skyfire standing outside of Flannery McCoy’s office with her Specialists Championship over her shoulder. She knocks on the door and Flannery answers.)
Remi: You said you needed to see me? Is this about my Manifest Destiny defense?
Flannery: No. actually. I’m just here to facilitate the meeting. Keep the peace, if you will.
(Remi looks confused as she follows Flannery into the office and sees Raven Roberts there, sitting in a chair and wearing business attire)
Remi: Oh hell no.
Raven: I know I’m the last person you want to see, but I think you’re going to like what I have to say. Just hear me out.
(Remi looks back and forth between Flannery and Raven, not wanting to trust the situation. She cautiously takes a seat across from Raven, who also returns to her chair)
Remi: Make it quick. Your face is something I’d rather not see too much of.
(Raven takes a breath and swallows her pride, preparing for her presentation)
Raven: I know you and I haven’t exactly had a peaceful past. But that’s what I’m here about. As a Fox Network Ambassador, I have to keep the best interests of the network in mind. You and I have taken plenty of shots at each other. I betrayed you. You made your presence felt in my PFP match. So on and so forth. But the longer this goes, the more chaotic it will get and the more likely we are to get hurt and hurt those around us. So I propose that, for the sake of Empire, for the sake of the Crowe’s Nest, for the sake of the Pride, let’s bury the hatchet. What do you say?
(Remi looks from Raven to Flannery and back.)
Remi:The Pride can handle itself, thank you. As far as the Crowes go, do you really, honestly think I care about them, or you? (Remi laughs) To tell you the truth, I don’t care at all about your stupid network ambassador bullshit either. You called a special meeting with Flannery just to say you didn’t want to fight anymore? D’ya wanna write a letter to the CEO too, and have a network special? You want to call things off, then it’s fine. You’re the one calling them off, though, not me.
(Raven closes her eyes and grits her teeth for a moment. She takes another deep breath.)
Raven: I understand how you feel. But I think peace between the two of us could be very beneficial. Think about it. Within just several months of being on Empire, you’re now a crowned champion and I was double booked in marquee matches at Pain for Pride. Compared to most, we’ve had rather meteoric rises. Think of what we could achieve if we were on the same side?
(Remi studies Raven for a moment, drumming her fingers on the center plate of her title.)
Remi: You’re asking two different things now, Raven…a ceasefire is not the same as us on the same side…that won’t ever happen. You want to stop having your beak pushed in by me? Fine, I won’t start anything so long as you don’t, but you’re fucked in the head if you think I’m going to ally myself with you.
Raven: But you’re not thinking big enough. With my position as ambassador, I can help you become an even bigger star that much faster. Think about it. You could be right there with Cloud as a figurehead of the LGBT community as a staple of Thursday Night Empire. I could even see about convincing the Network to run a special about you. Maybe a day in the life kind of thing?
(Raven bites the inside of her cheek. Praying Remi won’t see through the facade she’d been tasked with presenting. Remi smiles as she suddenly understands.)
Remi: So that’s what this is, huh? You don’t give a damn about peace or anything. The network wants me. Not you. Me. And as their bitch, you have to come here to yip and yap about peace and unity to get them what they want like the good little dog you want them to think you are. Why should I agree when I can just say no and watch as you have to get on your knees and beg me to do it? In fact. That’s exactly what I want. Get on your knees and beg me.
(Raven’s face has turned bright red with both anger and embarrassment.)
Raven: Remi, I don’t think—
Remi: On your knees. Or you have to tell your friends at the network and the Crowe’s Nest about how you failed them. Again.
(Raven looks to Flannery, who just shrugs in indifference. She looks to Remi with a look of despair. And slowly her face fades to defeat. She stands out of her chair and kneels on the ground in front of Remi.)
Raven: Remi, will you work with us?
Remi: Hmmm. That doesn’t sound like begging. Beg me, before I make you kiss my ring boots.
Raven: …Remi… please… I beg you to work with us…
(Raven appears to be holding back tears from embarrassment. Remi drops down to a knee herself and places her hand on Raven’s shoulder.)
Remi: I will work with you, Raven. And hey, sweetheart, just want you to know this…
(Remi sticks her middle finger directly in Raven’s face.)
Remi: You deserve every bit of this.
(Remi stands and laughs as she walks out of the office, Raven still on her knees. Raven looks at Flannery with anger growing and the beginning of tears in the corners of her eyes.)
Raven: I’m going to kill that bitch one day.
(“It’s All About Me” — Melanie Mercer plays as Kassidy Heart walks out with the Empire Tag Team Championship on her waist. She poses confidently on top of the ramp before taking a deep breath and making her way to the ring.)
Cori Simmons: This is a SEMI-FINALS MATCH in the EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT and it’s scheduled for ONE FALL —
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Cori Simmons: Introducing first, representing Jaded Hearts, from Sydney, Australia, she is one-half of the Empire Tag Team Champions, KASSSSSSSSIDDDDDDDDDDYYYYYY HEEEEEAAAAAAARRRRRRRRT!!
Alicia Amby: This was a potential match up that we should have expected to happen. Jaded Heart vs. Jaded Heart. Sienna Jade vs. Kassidy Heart! These two women surpassed the competitors in their block in order to face each other for a spot in the finals at Manifest Destiny!
SG1: These two did not want for this match to happen, but it seems like they have no other choice, but to risk not only their partnership, but their friendship in order to secure their spot in the finals. Kassidy has defeated opponents such as Openweight Champion Andrea Valentine and The Pride’s Layla Lockhart to secure her spot in the semi-finals. A victory over Sienna Jade and she goes to Manifest Destiny for a chance to fight for the crown!
(“Sweet Leaf” — Black Sabbath plays as Sienna Jade walks out with the Empire Tag Team Championship on her waist. She poses on top of the ramp before making her way down the ramp. Her eyes locked in Kassidy Heart.)
Cori Simmons: Introducing her opponent, also representing Jaded Hearts, from San Diego, California, she is the other half of the Empire Tag Team Champions, SIEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNAAAAAA JAAAAADDDDDDDDEEEEEEE!!
SG1: Here is the other half of the Empire Tag Team Champions. Sienna Jade has had a little controversy in her first and second round matches in the Empress of Elite Tournament. She got her first round victory over Mali Evans with a grasp on her tights. She got her second round victory over The Crowe’s Nest’s Raven Roberts by having her feet on the ropes. Will we see Sienna Jade sneak away with a victory over her best friend?
Stephanie Matsuda: The only thing that is in the way of Sienna Jade and the Empress of Elite crown is Kassidy Heart at the moment. I would not be surprised to see Sienna get a controversial victory over Kassidy. I would not hold it against Kassidy as well. This is going to be a great match!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Alicia Amby: Now, this is one match in which I did not expect to occur. Sienna Jade and Kassidy Heart. Partners. Best friends. Almost like sisters. They now find themselves in the semi-finals of the Empress of Elite Tournament. Who would have expect that it would become of this? The two women stare each other down in the center of the ring. You can tell by their facial expressions that they do not want to do this. They do not want to rip each other apart in order to make it to the finals. It’s almost like the two women are torn. Is becoming Empress of Elite worth sacrificing their friendship? What happens if one of them wins? How does the other respond to that? The loser in this match is going to sting from the loss. Making it so far in this tournament only to be one match shy from the finals is going to hurt.
Sienna Jade: We have to do this, Kass.
Kassidy Heart (turns her back at Sienna): Sien, I don’t want too. I can’t do this.
Sienna Jade: Kassidy, I’m sorry.
SG1: OH MY GOD! SIENNA JADE JUST STRUCK KASSIDY HEART FROM BEHIND! KASSIDY FALLS TO THE GROUND AS SIENNA GRABS KASSIDY BY THE HAIR! SIENNA IS BASHING KASSIDY’S FACE AGAINST THE MAT! OVER AND OVER AGAIN, KASSIDY’S FACE COLLIDES WITH THE MAT! SIENNA JADE IS ALMOST LIKE A POSSESSED WOMAN AS SHE IS DOING THAT! SIENNA STANDS UP AS YOU CAN SEE THAT SHE DOESN’T FEEL SORRY FOR WHAT SHE DID! SIENNA DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN WHAT HAPPENS TO KASSIDY IN THIS MATCH! SIENNA JADE HAS COME TO STAMP HER TICKET TO THE FINALS! IF THAT MEANS SHE HAS TO GO THROUGH A WOMAN SHE CONSIDERED HER BEST FRIEND – NO, A SISTER, SHE IS GOING TO DO THAT!
Stephanie Matsuda: It seems like Sienna has turned off any emotion or feeling of sympathy! She picks up Kassidy by the arm and whips her to the corner! Kassidy is shown to be feeling the impacts of having her face bashed against the mat as Sienna runs and connects with a running dropkick on Kassidy Heart! Kassidy was trying to take a step forward, only to be slammed back into the corner after that running dropkick! Kassidy finds herself in a seated position as Sienna presses her foot on Kassidy’s throat! Oh God, she’s pressing on Kassidy’s throat hard! Kassidy is trying to wiggle out of the hold, but Sienna holds it there!
Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!
Sienna Jade: I GOT UNTIL THE COUNT OF FIVE!
Alicia Amby: Sienna releases the hold as Kassidy holds her neck, trying to get some air back in her lungs! Sienna grabs Kassidy and flips Kassidy over to a seated position before delivering a stiff kick to the back of Kassidy’s head! Oh man, you could hear that kick from the nosebleed section! Sienna gets to one knee as she begins delivering some harsh knees to Kassidy’s back! She then holds Kassidy’s arms open as she pulls them back as Sienna still has the knee pressed up against Kassidy’s spine! Kassidy is crying out in pain as Sienna continues to inflict as much punishment as she can! Kassidy is stomping with her foot, looking for a way to get out of the hold! Sienna is giving her no room to get out of the move! Kassidy is trying to move back and pin Sienna’s shoulders to the mat, but Sienna sees what Kassidy was trying to do and moves her back to the position she previously was! Sienna lets go of Kassidy’s arm and applies a chinlock on Kassidy! Kassidy continues to struggle for a way out of this situation! She needs to think of something!
SG1: OH MY GOD! KASSIDY JUST BIT SIENNA’S FINGERS! SIENNA YELPS AS SHE LETS GO OF THE HOLD! KASSIDY RUNS FOR THE ROPES TO HELP GET HERSELF UP AS SIENNA IS IN SHOCK OF WHAT KASSIDY DID!
Sienna Jade: DID YOU JUST BITE ME?
Kassidy Heart: YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT I DID.
Sienna Jade: YOU BITCH!
Stephanie Matsuda: SIENNA RUNS TOWARDS KASSIDY AS KASSIDY HEART CONNECTS WITH DROP TOE HOLD ON SIENNA JADE! SIENNA FALLS DOWN AS KASSIDY GETS ON TOP OF SIENNA AND BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH A SERIES OF FISTS TO SIENNA’S FACE! YOU CAN TELL THAT KASSIDY DOES NOT WANT TO DO THIS, BUT AT THIS POINT, SHE IS TRYING TO SURVIVE THIS MATCH! KASSIDY GETS UP AS SHE GETS SIENNA UP BY THE HAIR! SHE THROWS SIENNA TO THE CORNER AS KASSIDY DISTANCES HERSELF BEFORE RUNNING AND CONNECTING WITH P.C.S. KICK, THE HELLUVA KICK IS DELIVERED ON SIENNA JADE AS SIENNA FALLS INTO A SEATED POSITION AT THE CORNER! KASSIDY TAKES A FEW STEPS BACK AS SHE RUNS AND CONNECTS WITH A KNEE TO SIENNA’S FACE! KASSIDY PULLS SIENNA BY ONE OF HER LEGS AS SHE GOES FOR THE COVER!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOONE!! TWOOOO!!
Alicia Amby: Sienna Jade kicks out! Kassidy Heart gets up, gets Sienna in a seated position as she bounces from the ropes and connects with a shining wizard! Sienna goes to her back as Kassidy gets herself up again! Kassidy gets Sienna’s legs! What is Kassidy going for? Kassidy connects with a Boston crab! Sienna Jade is trying to fight the crab, but Kassidy begins to stomp in Sienna’s back! She is using this as a way to weaken Sienna, so that she can apply the Boston crab! Kassidy connects with the Boston crab! Sienna is trying to reach for the bottom ropes, but she finds herself stuck as Kassidy applies more pressure onto the move! Kassidy gets a knee to the lower back of Sienna! Sienna is crying out in pain! She is struggling to move as you can tell applying the Boston crab is hurting her in the inside! She hates to see her best friend in pain, but if Sienna brings the fight to her, then she will do the exact same thing! Sienna begins to claw her way to the bottom rope! All of a sudden, Sienna is getting enough energy to make it to the bottom rope! Kassidy’s grasp is slipping away from her! She finds the Boston crab out of her control as Sienna clawing becomes quicker! Kassidy is shaking her head no before Sienna gets a hold of the bottom rope!
Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR FIVE!
SG1: Kassidy Heart holds the move until the very last second before releasing it! Sienna Jade uses the ropes for assistance in getting herself back up! Kassidy runs after Sienna and knees her in the stomach. Sienna bends forward as Kassidy grabs Sienna by the head and slams her against the turnbuckle! Sienna’s head bounces against the turnbuckle as Kassidy begins to extend her leg and stomp on Sienna in the face! One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten! Kassidy distances herself a little bit as she waits for Sienna to recover for a moment before she runs and connects with a turnbuckle shoulder thrust against Sienna into the corner! Over and over again, Kassidy shoulder thrusts Sienna against the corner! Kassidy backs away as Sienna holds her stomach in pain! Kassidy runs again before connecting with a P.C.S like she did in the start of this match up as Sienna slides to a seating position! Just like Sienna did with her earlier, Kassidy steps on Sienna’s throat as she holds it there. Kassidy holds the ropes to add extra weight as Sienna begins to cough due to the lack of air!
Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! THAT’S ENOUGH, KASSIDY!
Kassidy Heart: I’LL TELL YOU WHEN SHE’S HAD ENOUGH! SHE’S MY BEST FRIEND!
Stephanie Matsuda: One of the first signs of Kassidy getting mad in this match! She started this match with not wanting to fight Sienna and now, she’s almost willing to kill her in order to win the match! Kassidy takes her eyes off Sienna to argue with the official! Kassidy turns around and SIENNA JADE WITH A PUNCH TO KASSIDY’S FACE! KASSIDY GOES BOUNCING TO THE ROPES! SIENNA GRABS KASSIDY BY HER ARM AND WHIPS HER TO THE ROPES! KASSIDY HOLDS ONTO THE ROPES AS SIENNA GOES TO KASSIDY! KASSIDY HAS HER FEET UP AS SHE TRIES TO PUSH SIENNA OFF, BUT SIENNA MANAGES TO CATCH KASSIDY’S FEET AND YANK HER AWAY FROM THE ROPES AS KASSIDY LANDS HARSHLY ONTO THE MAT! THIS WAS THE ONE MOVE THAT IS GIVING SIENNA JADE THE COMEBACK IN THIS MATCH! WITH KASSIDY ON HER STOMACH, SIENNA STANDS ABOVE KASSIDY BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A CAMEL CLUTCH! SIENNA HAS THE SUBMISSION MOVED LOCKED IN AS KASSIDY IS CRYING OUT IN PAIN! KASSIDY IS STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING AS SIENNA MAINTAINS THE SUBMISSION HOLD!
Alicia Amby: Kassidy is in a troubling position! She is stuck in the middle of the ring as she cannot find a way to get out of the hold! Sienna puts more pressure onto the chin as Kassidy looks like she has had enough of the pain! Oh god, it seems like Kassidy has passed out! SHE’S STOPPED FIGHTING HER WAY OUT OF THE HOLD! THE OFFICIAL OF THE MATCH GETS ONE OF KASSIDY’S ARMS. SHE LIFTS KASSIDY’S ARMS UP AS IT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN! THE OFFICIAL GETS KASSIDY’S ARM AGAIN AS LIFTS IT UP AND IT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN AGAIN! THIS HAPPENS AGAIN AND SIENNA WILL ADVANCE TO THE FINALS VIA KASSIDY GOING UNCONSCIOUS! THE OFFICIAL LIFTS KASSIDY’S ARM UP —
SG1: KASSIDY HEART STOPS HER ARM FROM GOING DOWN! SHE IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS MATCH! SIENNA CANNOT BELIEVE IT! SHE THOUGHT THIS CAMEL CLUTCH WAS GOING TO BE ENOUGH! SIENNA RELEASES THE HOLD OUT OF ANGER! SHE IS PLOTTING HER NEXT MOVE AS SHE GETS KASSIDY BY ONE OF HER ARMS! SIENNA JADE CONNECTS WITH A FUJIWARA ARMBAR ON KASSIDY! KASSIDY IS TRYING TO FIGHT AWAY THE PAIN! SIENNA BEGINS TO APPLY MORE PRESSURE ONTO THE SUBMISSION MOVE! SIENNA IS TRYING TO END THIS MATCH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH A POTENTIAL SUBMISSION VICTORY! WITH THE LOOK ON KASSIDY’S FACE, YOU CAN TELL THAT SHE REFUSES TO QUIT! SHE REFUSES TO LOSE THIS MATCH! EMPRESS OF ELITE FINALS HAVE NOT BEEN CLOSER THAN IT IS TO HER AT THIS MOMENT! KASSIDY IS TRYING TO REACH FOR THE ROPES ON HER SIDE! SHE IS TRYING TO SHIFT TO THE DIRECTION TO THE ROPES, BUT SIENNA BENDS KASSIDY’S ARM BACK EVEN MORE AS KASSIDY YELLS IN PAIN! KASSIDY NEEDS TO THINK OF SOMEWAY TO GET OUT OF THE MOVE! IF SIENNA KEEPS THE MOVE LONG ENOUGH, IT CAN POTENTIALLY BREAK KASSIDY’S ARM!
Stephanie Matsuda: I don’t think Sienna gives a damn at this point! She wants to win! If that means breaking her best friend and tag team partner, that is exactly what she will do! KASSIDY HAS SIENNA’S SHOULDER’S DOWN! BACKSLIDE PIN! KASSIDY PLANNING TO GET BACKSLIDE PIN VICTORY AND ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOONE!! TWOOOO!! THREEEEEEEE!!
Alicia Amby: Sienna Jade rolls out of the move! The look on Sienna’s face tells the entire story! She is heated at the moment! Kassidy looks hurt! You can tell that fighting her best friend is hurting her in the inside! The two women get themselves up as Sienna shoves Kassidy! Kassidy shoves Sienna back in response! Sienna shoves Kassidy again! Kassidy shoves Sienna! Sienna with a slap to Kassidy’s face! That slap to the face sure looked like it stung!
Sienna Jade: Let me have this, Kass!
SG1: Kassidy is still processing the slap, but you can tell that she’s conflicted! Kassidy wants to be Empress of Elite, but she doesn’t want to lose Sienna in the process. These two have been through it all as friends and partners. These two are attached to the hip! These two have an inseparable bond that can never be broken! Kassidy–
Stephanie Matsuda: KASSIDY HEART WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK! SIENNA GOES FLAT ON HER BACK AS KASSIDY GETS ON TOP OF HER AND THROWS SOME FISTS DIRECTLY AT SIENNA’S FACE! KASSIDY GETS UP AND PULLS SIENNA BY HER HAIR! KASSIDY THEN GRABS SIENNA BY HER WAIST! IT LOOKS LIKE KASSIDY IS GOING FOR THE KASSPOLDER PLEX! KASSIDY WITH THE FIRST GERMAN SUPLEX ON SIENNA JADE! KASSIDY MAINTAINS HOLD OF THE WAIST AS SHE GOES FOR ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX ON SIENNA! KASSIDY STILL HAS HOLD OF SIENNA’S WAIST AS SHE GOES FOR THE THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX! THIS TIME, KASSIDY LETS GO OF THE WAIST! SIENNA IS DOWN AS KASSIDY GOES FOR THE TOP ROPE! KASSIDY GETS HERSELF ON THE TOP ROPE BEFORE JUMPING OFF AND CONNECTING WITH AN AIRHEART! THE FLYING HEADBUTT CONNECTS! KASSIDY GOES FOR THE COVER ON SIENNA!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOO!!
Alicia Amby: Sienna Jade kicks out! Kassidy slams her hands against the mat! You can tell that she is getting irritated at the fact that she cannot put away Sienna! Kassidy needs to find some sort of way to get Sienna down enough to win the match! Kassidy Heart gets Sienna Jade by her legs! Oh! This is something that we don’t see often from Kassidy! Kassidy is connecting with Kassi! Kassi! Kassi! Oi! Oi! Oi! The Brazilian heel hook! This is Kassidy’s go-to submission hold! Sienna is screaming in pain! Kassidy is pulling all the stops to make sure that she goes to the Empress of Elite finals!
One-half of the Crowd: Kassi! Kassi! Kassi!
Other-half of the Crowd: Oi! Oi! Oi!
SG1: By the look on this crowd, they look to be on Kassidy’s side! It may be them picking the lesser of the two evils! Sienna is trying to reach for the ropes! She needs to get to the ropes! Sienna is trying to use all of her weight to make it to the ropes! Kassidy is trying to pull back Sienna by her foot and get her away from the ropes! I think Kassidy smells a victory coming her way!
Kassidy Heart: Just tap out, Sien!
Sienna Jade: Never!
Stephanie Matsuda: Sienna is using whatever strength she has in this match to pull herself to the ropes! Kassidy is shaking her head no as Sienna Jade crawls towards the bottom rope! Sienna gets her hand on the bottom rope!
Jesse Carlton: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE!
Alicia Amby: Kassidy needs to release the hold as she is not happy about! Kassidy gets herself back up as Sienna uses the ropes to help get herself up! Kassidy approaches Sienna and throws a punch to her face! Sienna pauses for a moment before throwing a punch at Kassidy! Kassidy quickly responds with a punch of her own! Sienna answers with a punch of her own! Kassidy! Sienna! Kassidy! Sienna! Kassidy! Sienna turns Kassidy back! Sienna goes for a back rack on Kassidy’s back! Kassidy yells at pain as she turns Sienna back and goes for a back rack of her own! Sienna goes for another back rack on Kassidy before grabbing Kassidy by the arm and WITCHES HAMMER! THE RIPCORD ROLLING ELBOW CONNECTS ON KASSIDY HEART! THIS COULD BE THE TURNING POINT SIENNA NEEDS IN ORDER TO END THE MATCH! SIENNA GETS KASSIDY UP! SHE HAS KASSIDY IN POSITION! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGGGG!! THE BRIDGING FISHERMAN’S SUPLEX CONNECTS ON KASSIDY! SIENNA JADE HOOKS THE LEG AND GOES FOR THE COVER! SIENNA IS GOING TO THE FINALS!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEE!!
SG1: KASSIDY HEART HAS HER FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! SIENNA JADE IS IN TOTAL SHOCK! HOW IS KASSIDY STILL ALIVE IN THIS MATCH? SIENNA TRIES TO CONVINCE OUR OFFICIAL THAT IT WAS A THREE COUNT! THE OFFICIAL SAYS IT’S A TWO COUNT! SIENNA SMACKS HER HANDS THREE TIMES AS SHE ARGUES WITH THE OFFICIAL! KASSIDY TRIES TO GET HERSELF BACK UP WITHOUT SIENNA KNOWING! SIENNA IS TOO FOCUSED WITH ARGUING WITH OUR OFFICIAL! KASSIDY FINDS HER WAY UP TO HER FEET! SIENNA IS OBLIVIOUS TO THE ENTIRE THING AS THE CROWD IS GOING CRAZY! SIENNA ROLLS HER EYES AND GETS UP! SHE TURNS AROUND AND —
Stephanie Matsuda: Kassidy Heart with another spinning heel kick! Sienna goes down! Sienna had no idea that move was coming! She had no idea Kassidy was standing behind her! Kassidy notices that Sienna is slowly getting on all fours! Kassidy bounces from the ropes! TAAAAAAAAAKKKEEEEEEEE ‘EMMMMMMMMMMM TOOOOOOOO CHURCHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! KASSIDY HEART TAKING A MOVE FROM HER BOYFRIEND CAMERON CHURCH’S PLAYBOOK! THE CURB STOMP CONNECTS ON SIENNA JADE! KASSIDY HEART IS THREE SECONDS AWAY FROM GOING TO THE FINALS!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEE!!
Alicia Amby: Kassidy did it!
SG1: No! Sienna has her hand on the rope! Kassidy Heart is looking like Sienna did when Kassidy had her foot on the bottom rope after the RDG! Kassidy is covering her mouth in shock! What in the world does she need to do in order to beat Sienna? Kassidy is going for the top rope again! She did this last time and it was quite effective! She sets herself up on the top rope! Sienna is slowly rising up to her feet! KASSIDY FROM THE TOP ROPE! THHHHHHHHE HEEEEAARRRRRRTTTTT ATTTTACCCKKKKKKKK! THE TOP ROPE O-FACE ON SIENNA JADE!
Stephanie Matsuda: SIENNA JADE WITH AN UPPERCUT AS KASSIDY JUMPED OFF THE TOP ROPE! KASSIDY GOES FALLING BACK AGAINST THE ROPES! SIENNA JADE GETS KASSIDY BY HER ARM AND SIENNA WITH ANOTHER WITCHES HAMMER! THE RIPCORD ROLLING ELBOW CONNECTS ONCE AGAIN AS KASSIDY FALLS TO THE MAT AGAIN! KASSIDY IS DOWN AS SIENNA GOES TO THE ROPES AND FLIPS HERSELF TO THE APRON! SHE HAS HER HANDS ON THE ROPES AS SHE WATCHES FOR KASSIDY TO GET HERSELF UP!
Sienna Jade: Kass, I love you, but I need to do this.
Alicia Amby: SIENNA BOUNCES ON THE TOP ROPE! RAAAAAAAAAAAAW SIIIIIIIEEEEENNNNNNNNAAAA!! THE SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK CONNECTS ON KASSIDY’S BACK!
SG1: THE RAW SIENNA SENDS KASSIDY TO HER KNEES AS THE RAW SIENNA DOES NOT KNOCK HER DOWN COMPLETELY! SIENNA RUNS TO KASSIDY AND GOES FOR A SHINING WIZARD! KASSIDY DUCKS AS SHE CONNECTS WITH A DROP TOE HOLD ON SIENNA JADE! SIENNA GOES FACE FIRST TO THE MAT AS KASSIDY RUNS AND BOUNCES FROM THE ROPES! TAAAAAAAAAKEEEEEEEEEE ‘EMMMMMMMMMMM TOOOOOOOOO CHHHHHHURRRRRRRCHHHHHHHHHH! THE CURB STOMP CONNECTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS MATCH AS KASSIDY HOOKS THE LEG!
Jesse Carlton: OOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEE!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“It’s All About Me” plays as Kassidy Heart lies her face on Sienna Jade’s shoulder. It is not knowing if Kassidy is crying or trying to talk to Sienna.)
Cori Simmons: THE WINNER AND ADVANCING TO THE FINALS OF THE EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT, ONE-HALF OF THE EMPIRE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS,KAAAAAAAASSSSSSIDDDDDDYYYYYYYY HEEEEEAAAAAARRRRRRRRT!!
SG1: What a match. What an amazing match. It had emotion and it had quality wrestling. These two best friends and partners put each other to the limit tonight! I do not think I have seen any of these sides from Sienna or Kassidy. This was an emotional rollercoaster.
Alicia Amby: We know now that Kassidy Heart will be moving on to face Astraea Jordan in the finals of the Empress of Elite Tournament! What a finals will that be!
(The camera zooms into Sienna, who has tears falling down her face as she lies on her back. Kassidy Heart finally gets her arm raised by the official of the match before she goes and picks up Sienna from the mat. Sienna is still wobbly and trying to get control back to her feet. As soon as she does that, she pushes Kassidy away from her.)
(“It’s All About Me” stops playing as Sienna Jade is wiping the tears away from her face. Kassidy has tears falling on her face.)
Kassidy Heart: Sien, I am so sorry. I needed to do this. Please forgive me. We are best friends. We are partners. We are sisters. We’re not supposed to fight like this. Please, don’t hate me.
Sienna Jade: I wanted to win this, Kass.
Kassidy Heart: I know you did, but I wanted to win as well.
Sienna Jade: Kassidy, if I can’t win Empress of Elite…
Kassidy Heart: Sien, please.
Alicia Amby: :lupe:
Stephanie Matsuda: :lupe:
Sienna Jade: Then, you have too.
Kassidy Heart: Sien. :sob:
Sienna Jade: Kass. :sob:
(Kassidy smiles as tears fall down to her cheeks as Sienna begins crying again. The two embrace in the middle of the ring as “It’s All About Me” plays back up again.)
SG1: If people thought that Jaded Hearts was going to implode tonight, they are sadly mistaken because it seems like this match did not rip apart the bond Sienna Jade and Kassidy Heart have for each other.
Stephanie Matsuda: I’m not surprised motherfu–
Alicia Amby: AND, THAT IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR THIS EPISODE OF EMPIRE! I’M ALICIA AMBY AND SHE IS SG1 AND WE’RE SIGNING OFF!
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