(EAW intro plays.)
(PREVIOUSLY ON SHOWDOWN…)
(RECAP FOOTAGE BEGINS: Ryan Wilson vs. Santo Muerte and Shane Gates vs Lance Blackfyre are seen for the first two first round King of Elite tournament matches. Santo and Lance managed to advance to the next round.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: Harlow Reichert has a sit down interview with Kyra Phillips, reflecting on her winning the PURE Championship. Harlow’s biggest announcement is that she’s going to defend the PURE Championship EVERY week and that open challenge begins next week. It pans to an interview with Jake Smith, who talks about his loss at Road to Redemption. He vows that he will find a way to earn his PURE Championship match instead of complaining for a rematch.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: Jenny Punk has The ILLIONAIRES in her office as she seems to be yelling about them about their performance at Road to Redemption. Chris Elite doesn’t seem to be worried as he will Gawd Contract them another title shot. However, Jenny tells him that she was silent about the abuse of the Gawd Contract, but she’s still Chris’ boss and Showdown is still her show and she can overrule anything that Chris decides to book. Jenny blesses The ILLIONAIRES with an opportunity to compete for a contract that gives them a title shot at a place of their choosing. It will be a team of Jenny’s choosing as Chris tells her that she’ll play her game and defeat any team that steps up to them.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: Jamie O’Hara takes on Xander Payne for another King of Elite first round match. It highlights Xander attacking Jamie on his way to the ring and leaving a path of destruction. However, Jamie manages to catch whatever Xander throws at him. As a result, Jamie ends up getting a victory over Xander and advancing to the next round.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: The newly crowned Answers World Champion, Cameron Ella Ava is seen in the ring as she cuts a promo where she vows to give the EAW Universe a champion, who doesn’t deny anyone of a championship match. She vows to shut up the critics who don’t believe that she earned this championship by defeating Mr. DEDEDE. Xander Payne comes out and claims that he’s allowing for Cameron to stand in the ring as Answers World Champion. Xander claims that he doesn’t care who ends up winning between her and DEDEDE, he will get his title shot at King of Elite.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: It fasts forward to Cameron Ella Ava facing Mr. DEDEDE in the main event of Showdown. The Answers World Championship is on the line. We see DEDEDE being as dominant as ever. We show Cameron will not let him put her down. We see the near falls with both of these Elitists. As we head towards the ending of this match, DEDEDE brings the Answers World Championship with intentions of hitting Cameron with it, but she dodges it before connecting with In Excelsis, but DEDEDE manages to kick out. It fasts forward a little more with DEDEDE going for the spear, but Cameron connects with another In Excelsis before connecting with a Goddess’ Touch and retaining her championship.)
(RECAP CONTINUES: Someone in a hoodie begins to attack DEDEDE and it’s revealed to be Xander Payne. Xander connects with a Paynekiller on DEDEDE. He brings out a cinder block before connecting with another Paynekiller. DEDEDE’s skull crashing against the barricade. The recap ends with Xander looking down on DEDEDE with a smirk on his face.)
(The scene opens to the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s very much to the point as the crowd holds up their fights, cheering out of their minds. There are some members of the EAW Universe who are anxious to see who will begin off the show. )
(SCREEN BAR — STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN!)
(“It Follows” by Cane Hill blasts through the speakers. The crowd in the Ericsson Globe showers Xander Payne with a bunch of boos, which intensifies the moment that they see his face pop out from the crowd. Xander comes out with a huge smug look on his face, feeling proud for the actions that he did to conclude Showdown last week.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…PLEASE WELCOME AT THE TIME…XANNNNNNNDDDDEEEERRRRRRRRRR PAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Deadprez: Everyone! Welcome to Saturday Night Showdown! I’m Deadprez. Joining alongside me is Eve and Gavin Kirkland! Guys, I am still speechless over how we concluded Showdown last week.
Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, we ended 2019 by looking at that fat blob Xander Payne and last week, we began 2020 with looking at this man’s face. I mean, this 2020 Showdown is already turning out to be garbage as we had to watch Xander take out our beloved Chairman of the Board, Mr. DEDEDE via cinder blocks.
Eve: That was after Cameron Ella Ava retained the Answers World Championship in a rematch from Road to Redemption. These past few weeks haven’t been well for DEDEDE and it’s unclear to when he’ll return from those injuries. King of Elite is out of the question for Mr. DEDEDE as of earlier this week, but I’m hoping with Xander that he’ll shed some light of what’s occurred within the last week.
(By the time, Eve is done talking. Xander Payne walks over to Gina Romano and takes her microphone. Gina exits the ring as Xander walks around the ring, trying to think about what he is going to say as the crowd continues to deliver The Paynekiller as much heat as possible. “It Follows” dies down. Still, the hatred that the crowd is showing Xander has not died down, but Xander’s smug still remains on his face.)
Xander Payne: Once again…YOU’RE WELCOME!!! :blessed: :blessed: :blessed:
(Xander Payne extends his arms wide open, soaking in the boos of the crowd. It’s almost as if he adores for the fans to give him this kind of reception. Xander continues on.)
Xander Payne: It’s been such an amazing week. Within the last week, I am the one thing that people have been talking about. Not Harlow Reichert wanting to commit career suicide by defending her title every week like the dumb bitch she is. Not The ILLIONAIRES having to EARN their own championship matches. Not Jamie O’Hara advancing in the King of Elite tournament. Most importantly, not that useless whore Cameron Ella Ava doing the unthinkable and defeating Mr. DEDEDE and retaining her Answers World Championship. They are talking about me. They are talking about me as I took an already defeated Mr. DEDEDE and caved his skull against the cinderblock. I am the reason why DEDEDE isn’t in Stockholm tonight. I am the reason why DEDEDE won’t be able to be cleared in time for King of Elite since he’ll be on his lazy ass recovering from a concussion. Maybe now, he’s aware that he should never be minding his business when I am lurking in the background. If DEDEDE decides to show his smug face around Showdown again, I’ll be ready for him. He can tell me that I’m not aware of the consequences of what happens when you piss off Gawdzilla, but I am. I’m fully aware of the consequences of my actions. However, he should have taken everything that I’ve done within the last half of 2019 and considered the thought that it could have happened to him as well. I power bombed Myles into submission. I ended Darkane’s career with his own weapon. Now, I took out Mr. DEDEDE. At this point, I got to lay back…
(Xander Payne lays back against the ropes as he looks back, self-reflecting a bit before continuing his monologue.)
Xander Payne: And wonder, can anyone stop me? Is there anyone in this locker room that can stop me and my path of destruction? Not even your beloved “Ace” was able to put me down with ease. He can turn the events of this match to fit his narrative, but I proved that I could have defeated Jamie O’Hara, but the first opening he got, he needed to put me away fast and that’s exactly the reason why he won. In that match, I was dominate and I threw everything at Jamie. I proved that I can handle him in the ring. Jamie winning was annoying and something I did not anticipate, but I won in the end. Being able to rid Showdown of The Gawd was satisfying to me. Jamie isn’t able to brag about that. Being the reason why Mr. DEDEDE won’t be able to compete at King of Elite was gratifying and the reason why I attacked him is simple — I want nothing holding me back from becoming Answers World Champion. In the segment with Cameron last week, I could care less about who I face for the Answers World Championship. When I saw that Cameron was the one that retained, I knew that I needed nothing to stop me from capturing the championship. That is why I took out DEDEDE. I knew, that he wouldn’t be able to accept the possibility that I could be the next Answers World Champion and he would do anything to prevent me from reaching the pinnacle of my career. That’s why I took him out. Now, it’s safe to say that I have nothing standing between me and the Answers World Championship. Cameron Ella Ava, I’m challenging you at King of Elite and I demand for my answer right now.
(Xander Payne stops talking as the crowd anticipates for Cameron Ella Ava to come out and respond to Xander. Moments pass before “ULTRAnumb” by Blue Stahli blasts through the speakers. The crowd pops in excitement as Cameron Ella Ava walks out with the Answers World Championship on her shoulder.)
Gavin Kirkland: Here comes The Goddess. She’s not scheduled to compete tonight, but she will compete next week against Lance Blackfyre in the second semi-finals match in the King of Elite Tournament, but she it seems like she may have some words for Xander Payne.
Deadprez: It’s amazing to see Cameron Ella Ava still the Answers World Champion. I don’t think that there were many people who had much faith in her to defeat Mr. DEDEDE, but here she is.
Eve: You really can’t count out Cameron Ella Ava. Last week, she demonstrated that she EARNED that championship. She wasn’t just at the right time and place. She justified that she should be the Answers World Championship despite what people like Mr. DEDEDE or Xander Payne have to say about it.
(By the time Eve is done talking, Cameron Ella Ava is already in the ring as she retrieves a microphone from the timekeeper. “ULTRAnumb” dies down. The crowd continues to shower Cameron with love and praise as she collects her thoughts before talking.)
Cameron Ella Ava: In what world do you believe that you’re deserving of a shot at the Answers World Championship?
Xander Payne: Didn’t I clarify it enough last week, you bean headed bitch? I get it. You must be slow in the mind and it’s difficult for you to understand anything. Once again, I’ll clarify to you and the rest of these idiots here. You OWE me this match because I am the reason why you even have that championship on your shoulder. If you’re not going to give me the thank you that I am entitled to, then you’re going to give me an Answers World Championship match at King of Elite. In a way, you can think of it as “if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” I helped you rid the chamber match of Ryan Adams and now, you repay me by giving me an opportunity at the Answers World Championship.
Cameron Ella Ava: Let me establish something right now — I NEVER needed you to help me become Answers World Champion. I NEVER needed you to weaken Ryan Adams. I NEVER needed you to make your presence known inside the chamber even after you were eliminated from the match. Get the fuck out of here with this narrative that you’re the reason I’m standing here as champion. The reason why I’m champion? That’s because of me, Xander. I drove my knee against Jamie’s skull. I exploited his moment of hesitation just like he did to me back in 2016 and I won. If I can recall, it wasn’t you that smashed the sledgehammer down DEDEDE’s jaw. That was Jamie. Jamie was also in the final two with me and him giving up is the reason why I’m champion. In a way, maybe I should give Jamie an opportunity at the Answers World Championship?? How does that sound, Stockholm?
(The crowd pops in the idea of a potential match between the husband and wife duo!)
Cameron Ella Ava: Don’t you like the idea, Xander? I do.
Xander Payne: Hahaha, so hilarious. It’s not going to funny the next time that we step in the ring and I rip that Answers World Championship from your grasps. It seems like you even considering the idea of giving your husband a shot at your title and sacrificing your marriage in the process is more appealing to you than facing me. I know the reason for that, Cameron. It’s because you’re scared of me. You’ve fallen to me once. I am one of the few people on this brand that can say that I’ve pinned your shoulders to the mat, one two, three and deep down, you’re afraid of that happening again. You’re afraid that time is ticking with your title reign. You probably are in disbelief that you managed to overcome Mr. DEDEDE, but I am on a different level than DEDEDE, Cameron. I’ve taken out men like Darkane, Myles and now, Mr. DEDEDE. You are going to be NOTHING to me. Hell, you are NOTHING to me. It won’t take much to break you. Sure, you’ve done good with being the poster girl for female empowerment in this company. But, I think we’re done with pandering to all the feminists and what not. It’s time for you to stop living in this fantasy land where you believe that you’re actually worth something on this brand and company and go back to where you belong. Nowhere near the Answers World Championship scene. Nowhere near an Elitist of my caliber. Hell, nowhere near this company. Perhaps, you can lose the title to me and go back to Los Angeles and be a good stay-at-home wife. Maybe, you can try your luck in having a baby, but try not to miscarry this one —
Gavin Kirkland: — WONDER WOMAN PUNCH TO XANDER PAYNE!!!! CAMERON ELLA AVA JUST FOREARMED XANDER!!! Xander’s fat ass stumbles back as Cameron has had enough with Xander!!!
Eve: I think that the last thing that Xander Payne said struck a chord with Cameron Ella Ava!!! Cameron rushes towards Xander with a dropkick as that sends him through the middle rope and out of the ring! Xander manages to get himself up, but CAMERON RUSHES AS SHE CONNECTS WITH A TOPE CON HILO TO XANDER ON THE OUTSIDE! Xander tried to catch Cameron, but instead fails as Cameron lands on him!
(Cameron Ella Ava picks herself up before rolling herself inside the ring. She tries to adjust herself before getting a microphone which she dropped when she forearmed Xander. She picks up the Answers World Championship before looking at it with an intense look on her face. By the look on Cameron’s face, it seemed like Xander Payne’s words got the best of her. Xander crawls away from ringside before he sits down on the bottom of the ramp.)
Cameron Ella Ava: You want a shot at the Answers World Championship, Xander? You got it.
(Cameron Ella Ava spikes the microphone done, pissed off. The crowd pops for the Answers World Championship Match at King of Elite. Xander Payne grinned sinisterly, feeling proud that he got what he wanted from this confrontation and that was his title shot. “ULTRAnumb” blasts through the speakers as she raises the championship high and proud in front of Xander, who stays sinisterly grinning at the champion.)
(The camera pans to Eve on the commentator’s booth, who is listening to her headpiece, nodding every now and then.)
Eve: Okay, I just got word with a backstage producer that General Manager Jenny Punk isn’t too happy about Cameron and Xander creating their own match for King of Elite. It’s her show still, but she is going to let this slide and make Cameron Ella Ava vs. Xander Payne at King of Elite official!
Deadprez: Xander Payne needed to bait and piss off Cameron Ella Ava in order to accept her challenge, but can he do that at King of Elite and cause Cameron to make a mistake?
Gavin Kirkland: Never underestimate the titties, Deadprez! I’m all in for Cameron Ella Ava to shut this fat fuck up once and for all! :wow:
Eve: Don’t change the channel! Showdown will be right back after this commercial break!
(Commercial for Dos Equis featuring Xander Payne. He’s not only the most beautiful man in the world, but the most interesting. :wow: )
(Showdown returns from commercial break as “Eminence Front” by The Who plays through the speakers. The crowd gives Liam O’Sullivan a mixed reception from the crowd. It’s unclear on what the crowd thinks of Liam, but hopefully, they can make up their minds on him after this match. Liam O’Sullivan comes out from the crowd in the most confident way possible. Despite how things went in his match last week, he plans to move on from it. Hopefully, winning tonight does that for him.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL —
Crowd (in Swedish): ONE FALL!!!
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS…WEIGHING IN 227 POUNDS… HE IS “THE SUBMISSIONARY”… LIIIAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM OOOOOOOOO’SUUUUUULLLLLIIIIIAVVVVVVAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Liam O’Sullivan failed to defeat The Ring Master on Showdown last week! He looks to turn that luck upside down by defeating Shaker Jones! If Liam can somehow win tonight, I think he’s going to be someone to watch on Showdown!
Deadprez: A victory over someone who has been here like Shaker Jones would be a right away to kick off things for him. However, Shaker’s a fighter and he’s not going to lose as easily as move people would want him too!
Eve: Liam has the look, skills and personality to become a champion. He just need a victory to let everyone know that he’s not playing any games.
(Liam O’Sullivan is already seen in the ring, stretching and waiting for his opponent to step inside the ring. “Eminence Front” dies down before a wolf howl is heard. Then, “I Love It Loud” by KISS plays as the crowd gives a positive reaction for Shaker Jones.)
Gavin Kirkland: Where in the world is Shaker Jones?
Eve: Well, he does come from a different route than most of us on this brand.
(Shaker Jones isn’t coming out of the standard ramp for the arena, but the camera searches around the crowd before finding Shaker Jones in the stairs within the crowd! Shaker is seen cheering and howling with some members of the EAW Universe, before making his way down the stairs.)
Gina Romano: INTRODUCING HIS OPPONENT…FROM INGLIS, MANITOBA, CANADA…WEIGHING IN 238 POUNDS…HE IS “THE CANADIAN WOLF”…SHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEERRRRRRRRR JOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
Deadprez: There’s Shaker Jones celebrating with the EAW Universe! In a way, I feel like people can relate and connect with Shaker! Someone who constantly works to get the desired results. Shaker is someone who may not have the easiest time with getting victories, but these fans see the work that Shaker puts and want to root for him.
Eve: Shaker Jones teamed with Rico Reeves last week to face Dray Fontana and Harper Lee in a failed attempt, but looks to find a way to bounce back from the tag loss with a single’s victory here! Let’s see if he will be able to get the job done!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Deadprez: First match of the night! We begin things with Shaker Jones taking on the Liam O’Sullivan! Shaker is still on the hunt for his first victory in 2020, but I get a feeling that his luck will turn around with this match!
Eve: Liam O’Sullivan is looking to get his first victory on Showdown, so him getting a victory here would be important, so that he doesn’t get lost in the background with all of the competition on this brand! Shaker Jones is looking to go for a test of strength with Liam and it seems like Liam is going to accept the test — no! Liam manages to get Shaker by his wrist and connect with a wrist lock! Shaker elbows Liam in the face, but Liam is not letting go of the wrist lock! But, Shaker decides to get Liam by his head and go for a headlock takedown! Liam O’Sullivan goes to push Shaker Jones off of him before finding his way back to his feet!
Gavin Kirkland: Shaker Jones runs forward to his opponent, but Liam O’Sullivan manages to connect with an arm drag takedown! Liam still manages to get a good hold of Shaker’s arm! Armbar! Liam with an armbar!
Deadprez: No! Shaker Jones manages to get his foot on the bottom rope! Liam O’Sullivan releases the armbar before the official could begin his count! Shaker finds his way back to a vertical base as Liam is gesturing for The Canadian Wolf to give it everything that he has! There’s no doubt that Liam could be something on this brand! He has the wrestling moveset in order to become a star on this brand, but Shaker is hungry for a win! He’s hungry to win his first championship and getting a victory over Liam would put him on the right path to do that!
Eve: Shaker Jones rushes forward towards Liam O’Sullivan, but Liam connects with a clothesline that takes Shaker down! Shaker gets back to his feet, but Liam manages to get Shaker by his hair before throwing him to the corner! Liam rushes forward to Shaker at the corner, but Shaker manages to elbow Liam in the face before following that up with a Supa Dupa Kick —springboard roundhouse kick takes down Liam to his knees! Shaker is starting to get somewhere in this match before he follows up that Supa Dupa Kick with a pumphandle suplex! Shaker goes for the cover!
Referee: OOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOO!!!
Gavin Kirkland: The newcomer gets his right shoulder up! Liam O’Sullivan did fantastic for the first few moments of the match, but Shaker Jones is looking to get the upper hand at the moment! Shaker applies a dragon sleeper on Liam! Liam’s body is contorting back as Shaker applies that sleeper! The official is asking Liam if he wants to give up this match, but Liam is shouting “no.” The last thing that Liam is considering is submitting on the spot! It’s not going to be so easy for Shaker to get a well-needed victory!
Deadprez: It seems like Liam O’Sullivan is shaking, but he’s somewhat trying to make his way to a vertical base! Shaker Jones begins to bash his fist against the chest of Liam! Shaker is trying to get Liam to back down, but Liam manages to break free from the hold and connects with a back kick to Shaker’s gut! This causes Shaker to release whatever hold that he had left of Liam! Liam rebounds from the ropes and connects with a standing dropkick! Shaker gets back to his feet, but Liam pulls Shaker closer to him in order to connect with a snap suplex! Liam goes for the cover on Shaker there!
Referee: OOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWO—
Eve: Shaker Jones kicks out at two! Liam O’Sullivan applies a basement abdominal stretch on The Canadian Wolf! Liam hoping to wear Shaker down as much as he can and get his first victory on Showdown! By the look on Shaker’s face, you can see him still trying to fight on! There’s a series of wolf howls throughout the EAW Universe tonight! These fans would love nothing more than to see Shaker pick up the victory here!
Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, these fans may be rooting for Shaker, but Liam O’Sullivan seems to be in a good path to getting his first victory in EAW! I think technically, Liam is better than Shaker, but Shaker may possess a lot more fight!
Deadprez: Liam O’Sullivan releases the basement abdominal stretch on Shaker Jones! Shaker finds himself to his knees as Liam has a smirk on his face before he takes down the knee pad from his right knee! It seems like he’s going for the Boston Knee Party! I don’t think that Shaker is aware of what’s happening behind him, but it seems like he’s going to figure it out real soon! Boston Knee Party on Shaker Jones!
Eve: You could hear the knee connecting to the back of Shaker’s head! Shaker falls to his side and it seems like Liam O’Sullivan is three seconds away from getting his first victory on Showdown! Liam races for the cover as he hooks Shaker Jones’ leg!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THR—
Gavin Kirkland: Shaker Jones kicks out just barely! Liam O’Sullivan seems to be in a bit of a shock, but Shaker Jones is alive and kicking in this match! Liam is looking for the Dublin Death Lock on The Canadian Wolf! Ladies and gentlemen, this is a Double leg-trap chickenwing inverted facelock — I know, it’s a mouthful, but it could an effective move going into the match! This could be the one move that gets Shaker to submit! When it comes to submissions and technical wrestling, Liam O’Sullivan trumps Shaker Jones! Yeah, Shaker’s a fighter and whatever. In his heart, he may want to continue, but his mind may not want too.
Deadprez: Look at this, Gavin and Eve! Shaker Jones is not allowing for Liam O’Sullivan to completely apply the submission hold! There is still some fight in Shaker Jones! He is able to break free from the Dublin Death Lock! Both Elitist are back to their feet! They are not allowing the other to get the upper hand in this match! Liam rushes forward to Shaker, but Shaker connects with Give ‘Em The Boot —bicycle kick takes down Liam to his knee, but Shaker follows that up with a flying forearm smash that makes Liam stumble onto the ropes! Shaker connects with a chop to Liam’s chest! Liam connects with a chop to Shaker’s chest! Shaker with another chop to Liam’s chest! Liam with a chop to Shaker’s chest! Liam! Shaker! Liam! Shaker! Liam! Liam! Liam! Liam creates a bit of distance from himself and Shaker Jones!
Eve: Springboard Enziguri on Shaker Jones!
Gavin Kirkland: No! Shaker Jones manages to move out of the way, Eve! Liam O’Sullivan lands on his right knee awkwardly! That would have been the knee that Liam would have used to fully connect the springboard enziguri with and Shaker is looking for his opening in the back! The EAW Universe begins to howl like a wolf, hyping up Shaker in the best way possible! Shaker gets Liam in position for the jumping cutter — The ’87!!!!!!!!
Deadprez: The ’87 on Liam O’Sullivan connects! Shaker Jones goes for the cover!!!
Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“I Love It Loud” plays once again as Shaker Jones smacks his hands against the mat in happiness. It was Shaker’s first victory of 2020 and hopefully, there are more victories for him ahead. Shaker gets to his feet as the official raises his hand, establishing him as the winner of the match.)
Gina Romano: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH…. SHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR JOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!
Eve: What an impressive victory for Shaker Jones! This was something that Shaker needed going into tonight! First one-on-one match of the year and Shaker wins it! I hope that Shaker continues to rack up victories and get himself into championship contention!
Deadprez: Well, Harlow Reichert does have her PURE Championship Open Invitational? Perhaps, we could see him accepting that challenge? ?
Gavin Kirkland: Gotta feel for Liam O’Sullivan. It seems like things on Showdown are not beginning on the best note, but I can only hope that he turns his luck upside down and becomes something on this brand!
(The camera pans to Dray Fontana backstage with an unimpressed/disgusted look on his face. He had just watched Shaker Jones versus Liam O’Sullivan from the giant flatscreen straight ahead of him. It was safe to say that Dray was not impressed by the match whatsoever.)
Dray Fontana: These people liked that match? (shakes head) I will never understand how someone like Shaker Jones has these fans manipulated into wanting to see him succeed. There’s no doubt that Shaker has some strange obsession with me that I never fail to understand. Shaker, just like some of these men and women behind the scenes like to name drop me. They want to claim that I have an ego? I don’t like to call it an ego because it’s not one ego. Well, with an impressive record like 4-1 on Showdown, anyone would have confidence. Let me remind all of the people that that one loss came from Shane Gates needing to CHEAT in order to defeat me. There’s going to come a day, where I get my revenge on him, but that’s if Lance Blackfyre doesn’t murder him beforehand. There are people that like to paint me as the villain in every story they open, but it’s because they’re aware of my potential. They are aware that the more I continue to rack up these victories and evolve as an Elitist, I’m going to surpass someone like Shaker Jones or Shane Gates or any other man who has crossed paths with me. Here is something that I’ve made cleared — I’m unimpressed with the competition I have faced. I want to face some of the best on Showdown. If you want to give me rising stars that truly matter, give me Harper Lee and we’ll knock the match out of the park. If you want someone to shut up Ryan Wilson, I’ll be the man to accomplish that job. I’ve been looking at that PURE Championship open challenge that Harlow Reichert has and that’s appealing to me, but tonight is not going to be the time to do all of that. I want someone to motivate me in delivering my best moves and my best body of work. From the competition, I’ve faced, I haven’t seen that quite yet.
???: Maybe, you’re not looking hard enough?
(An unfamiliar voice of a woman is heard which cuts Dray Fontana from speaking. Dray turns around before he’s faced with Showdown’s newest signee, Alexis Chambers, the younger sister of Voltage Elitist and former Interwire Champion, Terry Chambers. Alexis has her head tilted to the side before walking straight towards Dray with a small smirk on her face.)
Alexis Chambers: I know, it seems kind of wrong to eavesdrop you, who is in a middle of a promo, but you can say that it peaked my interest.
Dray Fontana: Who the hell are you?
Alexis Chambers: Wow, not even a greeting and handshake? But, I’ll answer that question anyway — I’m Alexis Chambers.
(Alexis Chambers aggressively shakes Dray Fontana’s hand, who seems a little off guard that this petite woman, could have such a tight handshake.)
Dray Fontana: Oh, you’re Terry Chambers’ younger sister?
Alexis Chambers: Yes, that’s my brother. To be honest, I’m very relieved that i didn’t end up on the same brand as him. He would have probably never left my side. You see; he’s very overprotective to me like any other older brother. It gets annoying, but that is my brother. However, I’m looking forward to being on my own and proving that I can handle myself without needing his assistance. I look forward to this bit of freedom and I was going to go to Jenny Punk’s office to finalize a couple things before being able to get my first match.
Dray Fontana: Why does any of this concern me?
Alexis Chambers: I was on my way to Jenny Punk when I heard you cut your promo about not being impressed with the completion on Showdown. Someone with your impressive record most likely hasn’t been challenged enough. Dray, you said that the competition hasn’t impressed you?
Dray Fontana: I did.
Alexis Chambers: Well, with the amazing competition on Showdown, I look forward to adding my name to that list. You want someone to step up to you? Well, I’m challenging you to a match next week on Showdown.
(The crowd cheers at Alexis Chambers’ challenge to Dray Fontana. Dray chuckles, believing that Alexis may be in over her year.)
Dray Fontana: You versus me next week?
Alexis Chambers: You heard me. If you claim to be one of the best rising stars on Showdown, then this match would be a way to prove that.
Dray Fontana: You just got signed earlier this week and you think that it’s going to be smart going up against an Elitist like myself?
Alexis Chambers: I just want to see if Dray Fontana is worth some of the hype that I’ve been hearing. With an impressive record on Showdown like you have, I’m tempted to see if that’s just because you haven’t faced someone decent or if you’re actually that damn good.
Dray Fontana: Isn’t it true that you’ve only been training for four months? Do you think it’s smart of you to go up against a man as experienced in wrestling as me? I’m genuinely curious to see where your mindset is at.
Alexis Chambers: Just looking at all of this from your perspective, it does seem a little crazy, but there’s always a method to my madness, Dray. So, do you accept the match?
Dray Fontana: Alright, I accept.
(The crowd cheers for this match being announced for next week. Alexis Chambers has a small smirk on the corner of her lip.)
Alexis Chambers: This is going to be good. I’ll talk to Jenny Punk and see if I can make this match happen. If it goes as planned, see you next week, Dray.
(Alexis Chambers skips away from Dray Fontana. Dray feels hyped on the idea of getting a match set up. Most importantly, he’s looking forward to getting another win in the column for him.)
Dray Fontana: She has no idea what she’s getting herself into, but she’ll figure that out soon enough.
(Commercial break featuring Jamie O’Hara talking about the Australian Wildfires and what we can do to kidnap the koalas and kangaroos. This is the ONLY occasion that he supports kidnapping.? )
(Showdown returns from commercial break with Gina Romano in the middle of the ring.)
Gina Romano: The Following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Gina Romano: Introducing first from Portland, Oregon, weighing in at 195 pounds, “RETRO” RICO REEVES!!!!
(’20 mins’ by Lil Uzi Vert plays throughout the arena, the crowd cheer as “Retro” Rico Reeves with hands in his pocket makes his way toward the ring, he stops, looks around, shrugs his shoulders as he makes his way ringside and to the apron.)
Deadprez: I don’t think this guy cares about anything, dawg.
Gavin Kirkland: The most laid-back wrestler ever, I think sometimes he may actually fall asleep mid-match, can’t see behind those glasses, it works for him though.
Eve: It could be psychological or maybe he doesn’t care, either way he has been successful so far in the EAW and he will be facing the former PURE Champion, Jake Smith, a real test.
(Rico rolls into the ring, slowly getting back up to his feet after rolling around a few times to get the right angle so he can get back up, Rico leans against the turnbuckle, waiting on his opponent,)
Gina Romano: His Opponent, he hails from Atlantic City, New Jersey! Weighing in at 210 pounds, he is “THE MIGHTIEST ONE” JAKE SMITH!!!!!
(As ’20 mins’ by Lil Uzi Vert fades, strobe lights flash everywhere as “Toxic Valentine” by All Time Low plays to thunderous boos from the crowd as it’s clear they know who it is. Jake Smith comes out as charismatic as he can be as slicks his hair back, he takes a cocky look at the camera before making his way to the ring. Many fans request high fives, it’s part of nature, but whenever Jake locks eyes with one of the crowd members he responds with a spit right in their face.)
Eve: A disgusting display by Jake Smith.
Gavin Kirkland: But he means business and I like that, show some fire, he has been like that since Road to Redemption and looks to keep his winning ways in 2020.
Deadprez: A Champion wrestler, a man that will make big things happen this year, starting with Rico.
(He enters the ring before taking a spin and raising his arms in the air as the crowd starts to jeer. He makes his way to his corner and lays on the top turnbuckle as “Toxic Valentine” fades off. The referee checks on both wrestlers before calling for the bell….)
(DING!!!!!! DING!!!!! DING!!!!!!!)
(As the referee stands back, he signals for the match to start. Jake circles the ring, Rico just stands there, slowly placing his hands in his pockets as the crowd cheers.)
Deadprez: Rico looks ready to tie up with Jake Smith, okay he doesn’t, he seems like he doesn’t give a shit about this match, playa. Well he better, Jake Smith is ready to tear him apart.
Eve: I don’t; think Jake know what to do with this guy and wait, he just kicked Jake on the shin!
Gavin Kirkland: What was that? It wasn’t a kick, that was a love tap!
Eve: Rico Reeves does it again! He kicks Jake Smith on the shin! The crowd is loving this, but Jake is definitely not amused! Jake retaliates with a hard forearm! And another! Rico falls against the ropes and Jake tries to whip him to the ropes, but Rico keeps his hands in the pockets, and he won’t budge! Jake hits him again! Jake Irish Whips him into the ropes and a huge body drop on Rico!
Deadprez: That mafaka still has his hands in those pockets!
Gavin Kirkland: Is this guy for real!? Jake Smith needs to do away with this clown quickly and make short work of him! Jake is picking him up, a kick to the gut and a quick snap suplex! Jake doesn’t wait anytime, picking up Rico again and another snap suplex this time rolling over for the cover!
Deadprez: Rico kicks out! Jake quickly grabs him, kicking and forearming him before throwing him hard into the turnbuckle, he follows through, no! Rico gets a boot up, he climbs to the second rope and just falls on Jake!
Eve: Did he just like deadman World War Z Zombie drop on him!?
Gavin Kirkland: He sure damn well did! Rico hooks a leg but doesn’t even get a one count! Jake is furious, charging at him, a step over toe hold! Jake lands hard on his face! Rico walks all over the back of Jake! Oh, that’s going to piss him off! Jake gets to his feet and Rico hits the Not So Superkick! He yawned after wards and drops on Jake Smith for the cover!
Deadprez: JAKE SMITH KICKS OUT! He got caught but had nowhere to get out of that before the final hand came down! Rico is now in control! He runs against the ropes and hits the damndest slowest splash I have ever seen in my life! He is actually trying to pin Jake Smith again!
Eve: JAKE SMITH KICKS OUT AGAIN! This approach is actually working for Rico! He has Jake frazzled, upset, maybe a little out of his game! He is in trouble and Rico knows it! Finally, his hands are out of his pocket, he picks up Jake Smith by his long hair, picking him up for a Michinoku Driver, but NO! Jake slips in through the back! Rico turns right into THE PARALYZER! WHAT A SPINEBUSTER AND RICO WAS FLATTENED!
Gavin Kirkland: Jake is not going for the cover! He climbs the second rope, coming off hard with an elbow on the chest of Rico and now hooking the leg for the cover!
Deadprez: RICO KICKS OUT! That boy got some fight in him yet! Jake ain’t having none of it! He’s beating the hell outta him with repeated fists! The referee ism finally pulling him off! Jake is mad as hell, dawg!
Gavin Kirkland: Can you blame him! He doesn’t have the PURE Championship anymore, I heard he is single, and a hot Doctor wants to examine him…. Yeah… wait…. Why is he so pissed off! I feel sick too, I need to be examined!
Eve: For the love of God, Gavin! The referee needs to back off Jake or disqualify him, there is no need for this! Jake goes back and picks up Rico who catches Jake in a BACKSLIDE!
Gavin Kirkland: BACKSLIDE!
Deadprez: NO! JAKE KICKED OUT OF THE BACKSLIDE AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND! HE IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS MATCH! JAKE IS FURIOUS, HE GETS UP AND GOES FOR a STO BUT IT’S BLOCKED! RICO WITH A KICK TO THE GUT AND A DDT! THE LAZIEST DDT I HAVE EVER SEEN BUT IT WORKED! RICO PICKED JAKE BACK UP AND PUTS HIS HANDS IN HIS POCKET, WHAT IS HE DOING, A RUNNING SCISSOR’S KICK!?
Eve: RETRO KICK! IS HE LOOKING OT FINISH IT OFF! HE TRIES TO EXECUTE IT BUT JAKE DODGES ITM KICKING RICO IN THE MIDSECTION, DESTROYA! JAKE HITS THE DESTROYA! THIS ONE IS OVER! HE GORS FOR THE COVER!
Deadprez: HOW THE HELL!? RICO REEVES KICKS OUT AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND AND JAKE SMITH IS STUNNED! HOW DID RICO KICK OUT!?
Gavin Kirkland: I can’t believe it! Jake grabs him and throws Reeves into the turnbuckle! Charging in, no one is home! Rico side steps, ramming Jake’s head into the turnbuckle pad! He lifts him up, what is he doing…. He HOISTS JAKE SMITH INTO THE NOT SO SUPLEX! HE YAWNED AGAIN AND GOES FOR THE COVER ON JAKE!
Deadprez: JAKE GETS A SHOULDER UP! NOW IT’S RICO’S TURN TO NOT BELIEVE THIS EITHER! RICO IS WAITING FOR JAKE TO GET UP! HE WANTS TO FINISH THIS NOW!
Eve: He is going for that Retro Kick again, jake is getting to his feet, HERE COMES RICO! NO! AS RICO CHARGED JAKE HITS A HEAD DECAPITATOR SHINING WIZARD! WAIT! JAKE GRABS RICO BY THE HAIR, LIFTS HIM UP DELIVERING THE RIDE TO HELL!
Gavin Kirkland: HE NAILED RICO WITH THE RISE TO HELL! STICK A FORK IN HIM EVE, HE’S DONE! HERE IS THE REFEREE WITH THE COUNT!
(DING!!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!!!!!)
(Jake Smith rolls over on his knees as the referee raises his arm up in victory. Rico slowly starts to roll out of the ring, tucking his hands into the pockets of his jeans before falling to the floor.)
Gina Romano: “THE WINNER OF THE MATCH…… JAAAAKKKEEEEE SMMMMIITTTTTHHHH!
(“Toxic Valentine” by All Time Low starts as Jake stands up and points to himself. The fans boo, some cheer as he steps up to the second rope and points to himself while Rico leans against the barricade, comfortably numb and aching while watching Jake celebrate.)
Deadprez: Great match, Rico came to fight and Jake Smith was caught in some trouble, he pulled it through and now Jake Smith is on a roll again.
Eve: Rico showed a lot of meddle, tonight belonged to Jake Smith though.
Gavin Kirkland: All Hail the Mightiest One! Who is his Doctor again?
(Jake continues to celebrate as the crowd boos.)
(The scene fades into Ryan Wilson backstage. Ryan has a casual smile on his face, but it has a hint of fire and hunger in it. Ryan stands behind the Showdown blue screen as the crowd gives Ryan a mixed reaction. There are some that hate Ryan’s guts, but there’s others that respect his work ethic and ability to go hard for any match he is apart of. Sure, Ryan’s a bit disappointed with how the match against Santo Muerte last week, but he’s ready for his next fight — which is up next.)
Ryan Wilson: EAW Universe, last week. Santo Muerte experienced the “Wildside” that I brought into our match. 2020 is a New Year and most importantly, it’s a new Ryan Wilson. Going into the New Year, I promised that I was going to turn things up a notch when it comes to my performances in the ring. My match with Cage at Christmas in Dubai brought something different with me and it made me realize that I distanced myself from the man I once was before I came into EAW. Cage and I stole the show at Christmas in Dubai. We were the most hardcore match on the card. For the first time in a while, I felt like people began to see the man I was capable of with any sort of weapon in my disposal. It wasn’t until I was getting my back suplexed into thumbtacks that I realized that I was far gone from the Ryan Wilson that I was back in the day. I was a man who did what he wanted whenever he wanted to. He did all of that without fearing of the consequences and failures. That is just a bit of what the Wildside is. He went into any match and had zero worries about anything that happened to him. Despite the results, he did everything in his power not to let it get the best of him. There have been times where I let these setbacks and failures get the best of me, but I have done everything in my being to make sure that I don’t let them defined me. Going into 2020, I’m not planning on anything getting the best out of me. I am going into any match I am booked in and making the most out of it.
Ryan Wilson: When thinking back at Christmas in Dubai, I think Cage was on point with his response “that was so much fun!” Sure, he may have enjoyed with delivering as much pain and torture to me as possible, but as I was getting those thumbtacks removed from my back, I realized that I enjoyed experiencing the match. Call me a pain slut, but nothing satisfy me more than getting pain inflicted onto me. I feel like that has been missing from my life for quite some time. Not just getting pain inflicted onto me, but me inflicting the pain to my opponent as well. Being part of these intense matches are what put me in the map enough for EAW talent scouts to discover me and want to sign me to a contract. These are the types of matches that made me the wrestler I am today. It wasn’t the standard and pure wrestling matches, but hardcore matches. It was the matches where I was able to express myself and do whatever risks that my heart desired. Does that mean that I’m just going to start bringing, tables, ladders, chairs and barbed wire into every match? No, I’m not. Look at Ryan Adams for example; as much as people may have an issue with him and how he gets things done. He can physically and verbally rip his opponents apart without a use of a weapon. That is the type of ability that I would love to have and it’s something that I’ll constantly learn to master until I am able to do the same thing. Santo Muerte got a bit of what the Wildside is all about. Sure, it didn’t end with a victory in my belt, but I am going to change that going into my match against The Ring Master. He will be the first victim in my way to give Showdown a dose of the Wildside. Showdown is in a need of a shock treatment and I will be the man to do that.
(Ryan Wilson escorts himself out of the camera shot.)
Eve (in the background): Ryan Wilson plans to show the Wildside to The Ring Master and that match is next!
(Commercial recapping Dynasty. Make sure to catch Dynasty every Friday Night on the EAW Network! )
(Showdown returns from commercial break as “Three Ain’t Enough” by Jim Johnston hits as Ring Master comes out to an ovation from the crowd. He poses on the stage before slapping hands with the fans on his way to the ring.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SET FOR ONE FALL! INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM SALISBURY MARYLAND…..WEIGHING IN AT THREE HUNDRED AND TWELVE POUNDS…THE RING MASTTTEERRRR!!!!!
Eve: A man who just continues to impress. He picked up a great win to start the year last week and he’s got a great chance to keep it rolling against a competitor like Ryan Wilson!
(“Awaken” by Dethklok hits as Ryan Wilson slowly makes his way to the ring staring with a hateful glare on his face.)
Gina Romano: AND HIS OPPONENT….FROM MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA….WEIGHING IN AT TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY POUNDS….”WILDSIDE”…RRRYAANN WWILLSSONNN!!!
Deadprez: I think this new attitude he’s sporting is just exactly what he needed. He has all the makings of a star on this brand but something was holding him back. I think getting back in touch with his roots was the best thing that could’ve happened to him. I guess we’ll see tonight!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Eve: And this is…WOAH RYAN WASTING NO TIME RUNNING AT RING MASTER BUT RING MASTER CATCHES HIM! BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX FROM RING MASTER ON RYAN! Ryan rolls to the outside of the ring and Ring Master takes this time to run to the ropes and connects with a suicide dive to Ryan on the outside! Ryan certainly wasn’t expecting this I’m guessing!
(Ring Master pumps up the crowd.)
Eve: Ring Master picks up Ryan and rolls him in the ring and Ring Master is rolling back in after him but Ryan is already up and kicks him right in the face! People up in the cheap seats could hear that! Ryan grabs him but he head and is setting up for a swinging neckbreaker but Ring Master pushes Ryan off and Ryan goes bouncing off the rope and Ring Master goes for the clothesline but Ryan ducks and goes running off the opposite ropes and runs at Ring Master with fulls peed connecting with a running dropkick! He knocked Ring Master all the way into the corner and now Ring Master is pulling himself up in the corner and Ryan goes charging once again and hits the running dropkick right to the face of Ring Master in the corner! And now look at this Ryan is showing no mercy here as he hops on top of Ring Master on the mat and is throwing right hand after right hand as Ring Master is trying to cover up! The referee is trying to pull Ryan off of him!
Gavin Kirkland: Ryan eventually obeys the referee and gets off Ring Master but doesn’t waste any time in picking him up but Ring Master slaps Ryan’s hands away from him and throws a headbutt at Ryan! Ryan stumbles backwards and bounces off the ropes and runs right into a big boot from Ring Master! Ring Master goes for the cover!
Eve: Ring Master now goes back on the attack and lifts up Ryan Wilson up and has him in a suplex position! Ring Master is trying to get Ryan”s feet off the ground but Ryan is blocking it with his foot! Ryan is able to escape and now chop blocks the front of Ring Master’s right knee dropping the big man down to one knee and now Ryan takes advantage and spikes Ring Master’s head into the mat with a DDT! Ryan now has an emotionless look on his face as he is just now relentlessly stomping on the body of Ring Master! Ryan is showing no mercy at all here!
Deadprez: Ryan now grabs the leg of Ring Master looking to lock in the STF! Ring Master is trying his best to keep Ryan from locking it in as he’s trying to keep his head down! Ryan throws several elbows to the back of the head of Ring Master and Ryan is successfully able to lock in the STF! Ring Master looks trapped in the middle of the ring right now! Ryan is screaming at the top of his lungs to tap out! Ring Master is still fighting with all he’s got though and now he’s dragging Ryan! Ring Master is dragging Ryan to the ropes and he’s reaching out with all his will for the ropes! But Ryan lets go of the hold and drags Ring Master back to the center of the ring looking to lock in the STF once again here! But Ring Master twirls and kicks Ryan Wilson away from him! Ring Master is up and Ryan runs at him once again but Ring Master connects with a back body drop on Ryan!
Gavin Kirkland: Ring Master runs and hits a clothesline on Ryan Wilson! And he connects with another one! Ryan is back up and Ring Master lifts him up on his right shoulder but Ryan Wilson is trying to fight out! Ryan slips out from behind and connects with a jumping neckbreaker! RYAN IS WASTING NO TIME AS HE PICKS UP RING MASTER AND THROWS HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST THROUGH THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE! RYAN WILSON BACKS UP A FEW FEET AND RING MASTER TURNS AROUND….SUPERMAN PUNCH FROM RYAN!! IS THIS GONNA DO IT?!
Eve: RING MASTER GETS THE SHOULDER UP!
Gavin Kirkland: Ryan stands up and waits for the struggling Ring Master to turn around and he does and Ryan Wilson clotheslines him out of the ring and goes out flying with him! Ryan Wilson is now throwing lefts and rights on top of Ring Master again while on the outside! The referee is beginning his count!
Eve: Why is Ryan not even paying attention to the count? He picks up Ring Master now and grabs him by the head and runs with him throwing him shoulder first into the steel steps! Ryan Wilson looks at the referee counting in the ring and just ignores him…what is the hell is he doing?!
Deadprez: RYAN WILSON NOW LOOKS TO THROW HIM INTO THE BARRICADE BUT RING MASTER REVERSES IT AND THROWS RYAN SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE BARRICADE! RING MASTER UNLOADS WITH PUNCHES ON THE SEATED RYAN WILSON AGAINST THE BARRICADE!
Eve: RING MASTER NOTICES THE REFEREE CLOSING IN ON THE TEN COUNT AND HE TRIES TO GO BACK INTO THE RING! BUT WAIT RYAN WILSON IS HOLDING RING MASTERS FOOT! RING MASTER IS TRYING TO THROW HAYMAKERS AT RYAN’S BACK TO GET HIM TO LET GO BUT HE DOESN’T BUDGE!
Deadprez: RING MASTER GRABS RYAN BY THE EARS AND LIFTS HIM TO HIS FEET BUT OH NO! RYAN MAY HAVE JUST GOT AWAY WITH AN EYE RAKE THERE!
Eve: RYAN AIN’T GOING BACK IN THE RING! HE GRABS RING MASTER BY THE HEAD AND SLAMS HIS HEAD ON THE BARRICADE WITH FORCE! HE TRIES TO DO IT AGAIN BUT RING MASTER THROWS AN ELBOW TO RYAN’S GUT AND NOW BOTH OF THEM ARE THROWING SHOTS AT ONE ANOTHER!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(The crowd boos very loudly.)
Deadprez: THIS MATCH HAS ENDED INA DOUBLE COUNTOUT! DAMN WHAT A SHAME! BUT LOOK AT BOTH OF THESE MEN JUST THROWING SEVERAL HAYMAKERS AT EACH OTHER NOW! RING MASTER IS ABLE TO GET SOME SEPARATION AND HE THROWS HIMSELF AT RYAN AND BOTH OF THEM GO FLYING OVER THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! GET SOME HELP OUT HERE!
(Some security rushes down to the ringside area to split them up.)
Eve: RING MASTER GRABS A SECURITY MONITOR AND SMASHES IT ACROSS THE BACK OF RYAN IN THE COMMENTATOR AREA! JESUS!
(Security is trying to intervene.)
Eve: LOW BLOW BY RYAN WILSON!! RYAN NOW GRABS A HEADSET AND WRAPS IT AROUND THE NECK OF RING MASTER!! HE’S CHOKING THE LIVING LIFE OUT OF HIM! STOP HIM!! :damn:
(After several seconds, security gets Ryan to let go and separates the men.)
(Ryan Wilson is seen smiling getting escorted from ringside while other security try to help up Ring Master behind the commentator table.)
Deadprez: WOW Ryan certainly is unleashing his Wildsi…WAIT RING MASTER BULLRUSHES PAST THE SECURITY AND BULLDOZES THE MEN SURROUNDED AROUND RYAN WILSON! THEY ARE THROWING PUNCHES AT EACH OTHER ONCE AGAIN!
(Security finally gets a good grip of both of them)
Eve: Wow, I just have no words after what I just witnessed.
(The scene fades into Harlow Reichert looking into a full body mirror backstage. The crowd in the arena is heard cheering for ‘Miss No Fucks Given’ as she is adjusting the PURE Championship on her waist. To say that Harlow was confident about her first title defense was an understatement. Harlow may possess confident on the outside, but on the inside, it’s a completely different story. She is going into this title defense not knowing who is going to step up to the plate to face her. The only time that she is going to have to strategize on how to approach her opponents is when they’re walking down the ramp, but Harlow is not backing down from this challenge. Not one bit.)
???: Ready for you big title match, champ?
(Harlow Reichert turns around to a male voice to find Jake Smith standing in front of her. The former PURE Champion looks at the current PURE Champion with a serious look on his face. Almost like he’s genuinely waiting for Harlow to answer his question.)
Harlow Reichert: Hello, Jake. I got nothing to be worried about with this title defense. The only thing that I’m worried about is the unknown. People told me that I was crazy for wanting to defend this championship every week, but I’ve never been the one to conform to anyone’s definition of “normal.” These weekly challenges are to serve a purpose — to prove that I am the best pure wrestler on the roster and to prove that I will never deny anyone of a championship match.
Jake Smith: Good for you, Lo. You ending my reign at Road to Redemption was something I never anticipated. I thought I was going to hold onto the title a lot longer and I wasn’t ready to let go to it. There would be people that like to make excuses for their shortcomings, but that’s never been you. That’s not going to be me either. I was the one that asked for my title to be defended at Road to Redemption and I lost. I just want to assure you that you won’t see me pulling a Mark Michaels and demand some invisible rematch that I’m not entitled to. Sure, I could step up to the plate and be the one person that answers your challenge tonight. However, that’s not in the cards for me. I don’t feel like I earned a shot against you. Instead, I’m going to build myself up again, get my title shot against you and be a two-time PURE Champion.
Harlow Reichert: I admire a man with a plan, Jake. However, this title loss was something that needed to happen to you. You got too comfortable with your place on top of the mid-card division. You thought that you were unbeatable and then, I came along and knocked you back down to earth. You underestimated me, Jake. You called me a choke artist and wrote me off as someone that couldn’t get the job done. Just seeing all the stuff you said about me in the confessional, it lit a fire underneath my ass and it made me want to go out there, defeat you and prove to everyone that I’m able to get the job done. There is no one in that ring that is deserving to hold the PURE Championship than me. Your had a nice reign, Jake. You really held yourself together and there’s no doubt that you’ll be a champion again, but it’s not going to be at my expense. The PURE Championship means everything to me and I plan on holding on to it a long, long time.
Jake Smith: That’s a nice dream, Harlow. But, you’re now sounding a bit like me. Don’t make the same mistakes I did because that’s what bit me in the ass. That is what made me lose the title at Road to Redemption. Without the PURE Championship, I have a road of possibilities. I can go for the Answers World Championship or I can get my rematch for the PURE Championship. Regardless of what path I’m heading towards, I’m going to continue to bust my ass and make sure that I end up on that Pain for Pride stage. I know, it’s too soon to be thinking about Pain for Pride, but my work ethic these next several months are going to be huge determining factors on if I get on that Pain for Pride card. The same goes for you, Harlow. It doesn’t matter which championship I pursue within the upcoming months because I will knock them to the fucking ground. However, when it comes to at the moment. You can bet your ass that I’m looking to earn myself another shot at the PURE Championship. There was so much that I wanted to get through people’s minds at Road to Redemption. Having that title taken from me was a moment I never envisioned and these past couple weeks have been rough, but the victory over Rico Reeves was a step in the right direction. I can admit that I underestimated him a bit. Almost like I did with you, but unlike our match at Road to Redemption, I was able not to have Rico catch me off guard before I defeated him. Harlow, I just want to tell you that the next time we face in the ring, it’s going to be a different version of Jake Smith.
Harlow Reichert: Nice to hear. Whenever you want to put that claim to the test, I’ll be in the ring waiting to face you. Just remember: I’m defending the title every week. But, time is ticking, Jake.
Jake Smith: Speaking of defending that championship, your match is up next. Good luck out there, champ!
(Jake Smith pats Harlow Reichert sarcastically on the back before disappearing from the camera shot. Harlow turns around to look in the full body mirror once again. Everything is perfect about her as she makes sure that the PURE Championship is situated on her waist. Harlow takes a deep breath.)
Harlow Reichert: You got this, Lo. Let’s have ourselves a good ole pure wrestling match.
(Harlow Reichert walks away from the mirror and camera shot.)
Gavin Kirkland (in the background): HARLOW REICHERT’S PURE CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL! WHO WILL STEP UP? WE’LL FIND THAT OUT NEXT!!!
(Commercial for Voltage. Watch Rex McAllister and Interwire Champion, Dr. Bethany Blue clash in order to represent Voltage at King of Elite!)
(Commercial for the upcoming Clash of Kingdoms in Doha, Qatar. Streaming LIVE on the EAW Network on February 15th, 2020.)
(Camera returns to a panning shot of the Showdown crowd buzzing with excitement for the remainder of the show. Suddenly, “Eye of the Tiger” by New Found Glory hits and the crowd goes wild. Harlow Reichert walks out in her ring gear with the PURE Championship around her waist.)
Gina Romano: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the EAW PURE Champion… HARLOW REICHERT!!!
(Harlow waves to the cheering fans as she climbs up the steps. She removes the championship from her waist before holding it high in the air. She takes the microphone from Gina as the announcer exits the ring.)
Harlow Reichert: Thank you all for the warm welcome! But I’m out here to take care of some business. I stated last week that I was going to make sure I didn’t get too comfortable with my position as the PURE Champion. I’m not going to be caught sleeping and so I’m going to push myself. This is the beginning of the Harlow Reichert PURE Championship Open Challenge!
(The crowd cheers, causing Harlow to grin for just a moment. Then she turns to face the stage as a referee climbs into the ring.)
Harlow Reichert: So whoever is back there that wants a shot, the time is now. Who’s it gonna be?
(Harlow stands at the ready, watching the stage. But nothing happens.)
Harlow Reichert: Come on! Free title shot! I’m putting the challenge out there!
(Harlow watches once more as nothing happens.)
Harlow Reichert: Is there really not any—
Deadprez: OH MY GOD! SHANE GATES JUST RUSHED THE RING FROM THROUGH THE CROWD AND HE SMASHES A FOREARM INTO THE BACK OF HARLOW’S HEAD! GATES POINTING AND YELLING AT THE REFEREE TO CALL FOR THE BELL!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: Well I guess this is one way to get things started! The PURE Championship is on the line and Shane Gates looking to create every advantage for himself that he can! Harlow had no idea who her opponent was going to be so Shane has had all week to get himself prepared for this matchup while Harlow walked in blind but that’s the nature of an open challenge like this. But beyond that now, Shane has come in from behind with this attack and gotten the upper hand to begin the matchup and puts Harlow on her heels! Gates now bashing into the back of Harlow who is on the ground and trying to cover up! I wonder if she even knows who she’s up against at the moment! Gates trying to wear her down before the match can even get started! Harlow pressing up through the onslaught and somehow getting her feet underneath her! Shane still putting the pressure on though and stays on Harlow all the way into the corner! Shane pressing Harlow into that corner and now firing away with alternating forearms and overhead knife hands just laying into the Champion here! Harlow is pulling herself into the ropes to try and protect herself and here comes the referee! Harlow having to use one of her rope breaks early to stop this attack and get her bearings in this contest!
Deadprez: Shane pulling himself away with his hands up, not wanting to risk anything in a PURE rules contest. BUT HERE COMES HARLOW! She fires out of the corner like a cannon and looking to gain control of things here! She ties up with Gates and Shane trying to use his strength to keep control! BUT HARLOW TWISTS OUT INTO A WRISTLOCK! Harlow with a kick to the back of the knee! Trying to force Shane down and create some advantage for herself! Using that technical skill she’s become so known for! But Gates looking to throw some elbows back into Harlow and get himself free! Driving those elbows into her midsection! WHOA! But Harlow just caught the elbow and let go of the wristlock! She drives a knee into Shane’s back and drops on top of him, holding onto a chicken wing hold! Trying to slip and arm in to add a cross face!
Gavin Kirkland: AH! But even Thicclow’s titties aren’t enough to keep Shane down! And that makes sense, because titties make things rise up.
(A slapping sound comes across the microphone.)
Gavin Kirkland: OW! EVE! I’M GONNA REPORT YOU!
Eve: Kay. But Gates just bridged and managed to flip Harlow over with him and he smashes down on top of her! Harlow releases the hold and Gates is quick to his feet! Shane hits the nearby ropes as Harlow tries to get up and rushes in with a shotgun dropkick to the ribs! The champion got caught right in the ribs and she is knocked back to the mat! Harlow rolling to try and create some distance but Shane is pressing her still! Gates looks like he took advantage of all that prep time he had for this matchup! Gates stomping Harlow on the mat and she rolls under the bottom rope to try and create some separation! Shane stepping back as Harlow climbs to her feet and—
Deadprez: SHANE CHARGING! LOOKING TO SPEAR HARLOW THROUGH THE ROPES!
Eve: BUT HARLOW CATCHES HIM WITH A KNEE TO THE HEAD! Shane is stunned! And Harlow— HARLOW PULLS HIM IN FOR A SUPLEX! THE CHAMPION SHOWING HER POWER! SHE PULLS SHANE UP AND OVER THE ROPES AND SUPERPLEXES HIM TO THE FLOOR!
Gavin Kirkland: Dangerous choice! The PURE Championship can change hands on DQ and count outs! And the referee isn’t hesitating to start!
Deadprez: Harlow made a big move with that suplex to the outside but she took some of it herself to follow through on the suplex! She’s rolling over but she looks like she’s hurting! Gates is still down but he’s arching his back in pain from the impact!
Eve: Harlow up to her feet and shaking the cobwebs clear! She grabs Gates by the head and begins to drag him up to his knees! Gates trying to swing some open handed slaps to fight her off but without Hsiang a closed fist he’s not having much effect on her! Harlow pulls Shane in and quickly drops down for a snap DDT!
Gavin Kirkland: Harlow held onto the DDT band now transitions into a head lock, cranking back on Gates’s neck! Bending him almost to a ninety degree angle as she drives a knee into his spine! Harlow pressing up with a single leg squat— no wonder where she got that ass— and is now standing on her free leg! And— AND SHE DRIVES IN WITH HER BODYWEIGHT RELEASING THE HEADLOCK AND PLANTS SHANE FACE FIRST INTO THE FLOOR!
Eve: Harlow wiping the hair out of her face and looking down at Shane! OH! Shane is very clearly bleeding from the nose there! He probably broke it with his face colliding with the floor! But Harlow not about to let up! She’s looking to hit something here! Harlow backing up and around the corner, looks like she’s giving herself some space!
Deadprez: Harlow standing right in front of us at commentary and Gates trying to shake his head clear! Shane pressing up to his knees, he feels that blood on his face and wipes it away, looking momentarily horrified at the red stream down his face! Gates wiping his hand on his tights and rising to his feet! He turns around and— HARLOW TAKES OFF! LEAPING ONTO AND OFF OF THE STEPS WITH A FLYING CROSS BODY!
Eve: BUT GATES TWISTS THROUGH AND CATCHES HER INTO A FUJIWARA ARMBAR AS SHE GOES DOWN! Shane has that hold locked in tight on the arm that was broken just over a year ago! Harlow in real pain here! That bone surely straining where it healed! And Reichert can feel it bending as Gates cranks back on that arm!
Deadprez: The problem is that Gates can’t win on the outside like this! And while the title can change hands, if both get counted out, then the draw goes to the champion! Not to mention PURE rules demand a twenty count instead of the usual ten!
Gavin Kirkland: But that doesn’t change anything if Harlow can’t escape this hold and save that arm! Harlow kicking and screaming as she tries to few for some way out of it but Gates just keeping it locked on! Harlow trying to throw back elbows but Gates keeping his weight leveled and not relenting the hold!
Eve: Harlow throws another elbow and— HARLOW FEIGNED AN ELBOW AND GATES ADJUSTED FOR IT! BUT SHE PULLS IT BACK AND ROTATES UNDERNEATH! HARLOW HAS FREED HER ARM AND RELIEVED THE PRESSURE! Gates still maintaining control on that arm but Harlow with knees to the midsection! She finally pulls her arm free!
Deadprez: Harlow moving in and catching Shane with a forearm to the mouth! Smearing the blood that’s already streaming from his face! Gates returns with an open handed slap— BUT HARLOW DUCKS IT! Harlow with another forearm! And a spinning elbow that catches Shane right on the jaw! Shane stumbles back! Harlow moving in again!
Eve: BUT SHANE SIDESTEPS AND SHOVES HARLOW INTO THE BARRICADE! Harlow collides with the barricade wall right into her midsection! She’s doubled over on the barricade! Shane rushing in and wraps his arms around her from behind!
Gavin Kirkland: Yeah! Do it from behind! That’s how I like—
(Another slap comes across the audio.)
Gavin Kirkland: EVE! I SWEAR I AM GONNA REPORT YOU!
Eve: Fuck off. Shane pulling Harlow off the barricade and plants her backwards with a German suplex! Gates trying to stay steadied here as he can’t take too many more shots to the face! He grabs Harlow now by the hair and pulls her up! He gets her to her feet and— GATES RUNNING HARLOW HEADFIRST INTO THE STEEL POST!
Deadprez: Gates now grabbing Harlow again and trying to shiver her back into the barricade! AND HE FOLLOWS WITH A SHOULDER TACKLE! He knocks Harlow back into that wall hard and the champion is hurting! Gates turns back and now he’s looking up at the ring!
Gavin Kirkland: Gates trying to climb back up onto the apron and maybe looking to steal the title off a count out! Shane finally getting himself up to the apron, he stands to his feet and looks to climb in the ropes—
Eve: BUT HARLOW IS BACK UP AND GRABS GATES BY THE BOOT BEFORE HE CAN CLIMB IN THE RING! GATES KICKING AND TRYING TO GET HER OFF! BUT HARLOW HANGING ON! SHANE LOOKING TO GET HER AWAY! THE REFEREE IS RIGHT THERE AND NOW GATES TRYING TO GRAB THE REF AND LOOK FOR HIS ESCAPE!
Deadprez: BUT HARLOW JUST YANKED GATES OFF THE APRON WHICH SENT THE REFEREE FACE FIRST INTO THE CORNER! GATES LANDED ON HIS FEET! HE SEES THE REF DOWN AND HE TURNS BACK! HARLOW COMING IN WITH A FOREARM— BUT GATES JUST BLASTED HER WITH A CLOSED FIST RIGHT TO THE MOUTH! Harlow now with a busted lip, clutching at her face and feeling the blood beginning to flow! Both competitors have been busted open! And Gates comes in with a mother punch to the mouth and he knocks Harlo to the floor! Gates now grabbing the champion and rolling her inside the ring!
Eve: Gates now following back in and looking to bring an end to things! He grabs ahold of Harlow as she tries to climb to her feet! He pulls her in with her head between his legs— I SWEAR TO GOD GAVIN SHUT THE FUCK UP— And now Gates pulling Harlow up into powerbomb position! Gates running— TURNBUCKLE POWERBOMB! HARLOW FLOPPING TO THE MAT AND GATES CLIMBING TO THE SECOND ROPE! LOOKING TO COMPLETE THE RIPCORD MANSLAUGHTER! HE LEAPS OFF! HE HITS IT! THE CURB STOMP FROM THE TURNBUCKLE DRIVES HARLOW INTO THE CANVAS! THE CHAMPION IS DOWN!
Deadprez: Gates now dragging the referee over! Kneeling down to wake him up! Gates won’t have long to capitalize here! The title is right there in his grasp! The referee is awake! Gates now dropping down to hook the leg—
Eve: BUT HARLOW COUNTERS INTO A SMALL PACKAGE!!!
Ref: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Gavin Kirkland: GATES KICKING OUT ON THREE BUT THE REFEREE SAYS IT WAS TOO LATE!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Gina Romano: Here is your winner… AND STILL THE EAW PURE CHAMPION… HARLOW REICHERT!
(Gates is throwing a tantrum in the ring, swearing that he kicked out. Harlow coots herself to the corner still blinking herself awake as she sees the referee handing her the title and “Eye of the Tiger” comes back over the sound system.)
Eve: WOW! What incredible instinct and ring IQ from the champion! Gates wasn’t expecting any counter at all and she had just enough time to recover from the Ripcord Manslaughter before he could make the pin! Gates took great advantage of the mystery opponent situation and very nearly escaped with the title, but Harlow came out victorious still through that intelligence and technical ability!
(Harlow slides out of the ring, celebrating with the fans as she makes her way up the ramp. Shane is arguing with the referee.)
Deadprez: What a way to kick off this open challenge! Great work by the champion! And a great showing from Gates, skirting the rules aside. He’ll get there one day, but today is Harlow’s day to shine and— OH MY GOD!
Eve: LANCE BLACKFYRE JUST CAME IN THROUGH THE CROWD! HE GRABBED SHANE BY THE BOOT AND PULLED HIM OUT OF THE RING! BLACKFYRE PUTS GATES UP ON HIS SHOULDER! GATES KICKING AND FIGHTING BUT ITS NO USE! WAIT! WAIT! NO!
Deadprez: LANCE JUST POWERSLAMMED SHANE THROUGH OUR COMMENTARY DESK! GATES IS OUT COLD! AND BLACKFYRE JUST WITH A SICK SMIRK ON HIS FACE!
(The camera fades on Lance standing over Shane.)
(The scene fades into Showdown General Manager Jenny Punk on her phone, pacing back and forth in her office. The General Manager seems quite focused on her phone call. She is quite a busy woman with having to show to run. Balance that on top of trying to make sure that her endorsement with The ILLIONAIRES doesn’t fall apart, it’s safe to say that she barely gets any time for herself.)
Jenny Punk: Honestly, I think it’s best if Ryan can just sit back and recover from Xander Payne’s attack. I got things under control on Showdown. Sure, Ryan isn’t going to be thrilled that he’s facing Cameron Ella Ava for the Answers World Championship, but it’s best for Xander to get his title shot and hope that he can stop his path of destruction for the time being. Who knows what would have happened if I didn’t make that match official? I can’t afford any more members of my roster to be on the shelf. Xander has taken out two former World Champions already. He took out a potential future of this company in Myles.
???: Are you kidding me, Jenny?
(In perfect timing, the camera pans to The ILLIONAIRES. Chris Elite, Ahren Fournier and Jennipurr look to be in a confused and annoyed mood. All week, they had expected a phone call from her, which would inform them of the tag team they will face at King of Elite, but they have heard nothing from her. Despite the numerous phone calls and text messages, they got zero response from the General Manager.)
Chris Elite: “wE eArN tHiNgS oN sHoWdOwN” — bitch, what do you call giving an Answers World Championship to that obese motherfucker?
Jenny Punk: Do not get started with me, Chris. I was thinking about the safety of the Showdown roster and most importantly, I was thinking about the safety of The ILLIONAIRES. You two are a brand that needs to be protected at all costs. Who knows what he could have done if I didn’t make him versus Cameron official for King of Elite. He’s already taken down two former World Champions — one of them being the Chairman of the Board — he wouldn’t have stopped at two former World Champions. He could have taken you or Ahren out. Xander has proven that he doesn’t take any prisoners at all and that is alarming and something that I needed to take under consideration.
Ahren Fournier: Don’t be angry at Chris, Jennifer. He’s just a little angry that you haven’t been answering his calls and texts. To be honest, I’m a little upset too. I thought we had a lovely friendship going on with the three of us. Jennipurr thought she found a new aunt in you and has been asking all week when she was going to see his aunt Jenny, but I told her that you were a busy woman with being the GOAT General Manager in this company while making sure that The ILLIONAIRES are the most-talked about team in this company. However, with your little announcement last week. I looked on Twitter and I realized that no one was talking about The ILLIONAIRES. They were talking about all sorts of teams that could be lined up to face us.
Chris Elite: There was even one rumor that RoViper is going to be facing us at King of Elite. :mjlol:
Ahren Fournier: Did you see that one rumor about the REAL Tag Team of the Decade, The High Rollerz, facing us? :troll:
Chris Elite: Did David Davidson agree to his new contract deal? :oh:
Ahren Fournier: Not sure, but Jack Ripley is one of the most under appreciated Elitists in this company. Might as well go back to a division that would appreciate him. We would be doing him a favor by letting him face us.
Chris Elite: That is true. I also heard about Team Burial, but Ronn Banks’ ass can’t wrestle anymore thanks to DEDEDE.
Ahren Fournier: See Jenny, this is what happens when you avoid our calls and texts. We happen to sit down and begin to theorize about things like this. Jennipurr did provide us with some wonderful theories of her own. :notbad: Isn’t that right, Jennipurr?
Chris Elite: :skip:
Jenny Punk: Like you said, Ahren; I’m a busy, busy woman. Also, I’ve been talking to Matt Daniels from Voltage and Starr Stan from Dynasty when deciding on the perfect team to face you. I’ve also been looking on this roster as well because I want for you and Chris to EARN your future Tag Team Championship Match. You can’t always be reliant on the Gawd Contract because there may come a day where someone takes that contract from your hands and takes it away. We are going to need a tag team that gets the best out of you. A team that you haven’t really crossed paths with at all. These two Elitists are some of the hardest working people in this company. They have elevated the championships that they have carried throughout their run in this company. Individually, these two are amazing wrestlers, who have scratched and clawed themselves out of bullshit losses and setbacks. Together, they are a fantastic team tag with a few matches underneath their belt. However, they have amazing chemistry and they’re set to get married in a couple months.
Chris Elite: Oh, we have a gay tag team in this company? See, this is a downside for only giving a shit about what happens to me. I miss on shit like this.
Ahren Fournier: Yeah, I would have never been able to realize that either.
Chris Elite: Wait..gay couple…elevated championships… FUCK! Are we facing Viz and Drake? :noah:
Jenny Punk: :skip: No. By the way, both of them aren’t gay.
Ahren and Chris: :usure:
Jenny Punk: I am positive, but boys, focus. After about a week of going back-and-forth with Matt and Starr, we were able to find the perfect team to face you two at King of Elite. At King of Elite, The ILLIONAIRES will be facing…Fire & Ice!
(The crowd in the arena pops for the new match set for King of Elite. Ahren Fournier and Chris Elite look at each other before looking back at Jenny Punk.)
Chris Elite: You’re going to make us face Simp McAllister and that bitch of his?
Ahren Fournier: Chris, a majority of the champions are women. We all about equality and all that shit in 2020. We can’t be using “bitch.” That’s like a degrading slur.
Chris Elite: Ahren, stop lying to yourself. It may be a New Year, but it’s the same ILLIONAIRES. The only difference is that we are going to need to earn this opportunity rather than me flexing the Gawd Contract. You never saw Starr Stan overruling all the shit Impact did. I can’t with this company sometimes. I don’t get the respect I deserve. Same goes for Ahren. Week after week, we get bozos trying to disrespect us and write us off as failures. They ignore the idea that Ahren and I are two of the hardest working guys in the back. Jenny, don’t be like everyone else that writes us off after a loss. I get it. You’re disappointed with us. We embarrassed you and the endorsement that you had with us. I understand that Road to Redemption wasn’t our night. However, we aren’t going to let that stop us from achieving our goal. Going into King of Elite, that goal is securing our future opportunity for the Unified Tag Team Championships. My mind is focused on trying to defeat Fire & Ice.
Ahren Fournier: Look, I may have been a little too confident that we were going to defeat Heavenly Hell at Road to Redemption. I didn’t mean to “pull an Ahren” and drop the ball on this opportunity, but I was going through so much emotions. My ordeal with Jennipurr and her catnapping a few weeks prior was something that’s haunted me because I thought I was going to lose her. Yes, I was still a little scarred from the situation and without even knowing it, may have thrown me off guard. I thought I was putting in one-hundred percent, but looking back, there is a lot more that I wish I could have accomplished. You’ll get my focus at King of Elite. We will knock down Rex and Raven. That’s if those two don’t put me to sleep before hand.
Chris Elite: :mjlol: We gonna need all the alcohol we can get to be able to hold a conversation with those two bland pieces of white bread. It’s not going to be a fun week, but Ahren and I will get the job done and secure that contract to get us those Tag Team Championships.
Jenny Punk: I didn’t mean to be harsh with you two last week, but I need The ILLIONAIRES on a different level going into King of Elite. You two are fantastic competitors. Together, there is no one that can touch you in the ring. I fully believe that you’re capable of defeating Fire & Ice, but you two won’t be able to get that done on your names alone. You two need to put in the work and give Rex and Raven a run for their money.
Ahren Fournier: That’s exactly what we’ll do.
Chris Elite: Fire & Ice don’t know what’s going to hit them. Come on, Ahren.
(The ILLIONAIRES walk out of Jenny Punk’s office, leaving the Showdown General Manager with a smile on her face. At the most, she hoped that her words and tough love ended up registering in the minds of The ILLIONAIRES. But, we’ll figure that out if it did soon enough.)
(Commercial for the Food Network. Because Food shows are underrated.)
( Showdown returns from commercial break as a wide shot view of the audience is shown before we transition to Gina Romano standing in the center of the ring. )
Gina Romano: The following is a King of Elite Quarter-Finals Tournament match up, scheduled for ONE FALL!!!! The winner of this match will go on to compete in the King of Elite semi-finals contest in two weeks time, for a chance at participating in the KING OF ELITE FINALS. Introducing first…
( ‘War’ by Dance With The Dead comes on. Smoke billowing out from the entrance ramp with red lights flashing to the tone of the music. Santo Muerte steps out in pitch black attire before he walks down the ramp with a murderous look in his eyes. )
Gina Romano: Introducing first, from Death Valley, California weighing in at 200 POOOUNNNDSS…. “THE SAINT OF DEATH” SSSSANTOOOOOOOOOOOO MUUEEEEEEEEEERRTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Deadprez: Not gonna lie I am really damn excited about this one.
Eve: This main event has the makings of being a high intensity in-ring clinic. Santo Muerte has proven he can hang with some of the best on the entire Showdown roster. He showed great resilience last week which I find to be an interesting character development, we’re talking about an Elitist who is known for his dominance and his propensity for violence.
Gavin Kirkland: Clearly Santo Muerte is somebody who can take what he dishes out.
( “Ultimate Battle” by ZENTA [EAW Edit] begins to blast across the PA system, evoking a thunderous response from the audience. Jame O’Hara emerges through the curtain with a look of focus in his eyes. )
Eve: The city of Stockholm has been sent into an absolute frenzy!
Gina Romano: And his opponent, from MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA… WEIGHING IN AT 190 POOUUNNNNDS… HE IS ‘THE ACE OF ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING’ JAMIEEEE OOOOO’HARAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
Deadprez: Same Showdown time, same Showdown channel, same demigod-like aura as ever!
Eve: Xander Payne gave O’Hara a difficult go last week in London, it appeared on a number of occasions that O’Hara wouldn’t be able to withstand the onslaught – but he too showed resilience and dug inside himself to overcome.
Gavin Kirkland: Story of daddy O’Hara’s career! How can there ever even be a question of who The Ace truly is? Perhaps it is only destiny that The Ace becomes The King Of Aces at the onset of this new decade!
Deadprez: O’Hara would never admit to it but you know he’s laser focused on making it to the finals for that exact reason. But if you ask him he’ll tell you he’s taking this one match at a time, one step at a time, which is the smartest way to go about it. O’Hara’s ability to keep himself grounded one objective at a time will be the difference maker for him in the long run.
( DING! DING! DING! )
Eve: O’Hara and Muerte circle the ring sizing each other up here in our main event contest of the evening, live in front of the sold out Ericsson Globe. These good people have been an audience to remember, they’ve waited with bated breath for Showdown to return for its first Sweden event in years, as O’Hara and Muerte engage in a test of strength here in the beginning. Two opposing forces pushing against each other , the first one to relent gives the other a mental advantage, which is why these openings are as much about the mental aspect as they are the physical.
Deadprez: But it’s only so long before Muerte decides to switch gears and snap in a side waistlock. O’Hara tries to pry his grip apart by taking the wrists, but Muerte attempts a roll up! O’Hara rolls through that! MUERTE ATTEMPTS A ROLLING GAMENGIRI! O’Hara had that scouted, that’s right from the Jamie O’Hara playbook! The two jump up to their feet and Muerte attempts an Irish whip, but O’Hara counters with a reverse whip. BACK BODY DROP ONTO THE ONCOMING OPPONENT! Muerte rolls down his back safe and sound and smoothly converts that into a roll up!
Gavin Kirkland: O’Hara kicks out, and he darts up from the mat only to be taken right off his feet and down to his face with a drop toe hold. Firmly places the knee over the right shoulder and wrenches back O’Hara’s left arm for a grounded armbar! O’Hara shaking his head “no”, refusing to allow Santo Muerte full control of that arm – or so it seems. Not sure if he exactly has a choice in the matter, Muerte is using both arms to rip away all control and willpower of The Ace. The Ace frees up that right shoulder however and reaches back, sending Muerte witting in front of him with a snapmare! O’Hara wraps his legs around the torso to constrict it, and now a body scissors Oklahoma roll! Roll through! O’HARA WITH A STANDING STOMP INTO THE SPINE! Muerte sits up, WICKED PUNT KICK TO THE SMALL OF THE BACK!
( Santo Muerte absorbs the thunderous kick, stands up, and SHOVES O’Hara back. )
Eve: Muerte didn’t take too kindly to that loud kick! O’Hara didn’t take too kindly to that shove! He gets right in Muerte’s face, right hand by Jamie is blocked by Santo, and Santo Muerte fires off with a kick to the thigh! Rolling backhand! Ducked by O’Hara! ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO FOLLOW UP CAUGHT HIM! O’Hara turns around stunned after having the boot crack across his ear, and Muerte shoves him into the corner. RUNNING SHOULDER THRUST INTO THE SPINE!!! O’Hara jumps right over it with the assist of the corner! Muerte catches himself before colliding in the middle turnbuckle, and O’Hara HOISTS HIM LOOKING FOR A DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX!!! BACKPEDALING OUT OF THE CORNER AND ALL!!!
Deadprez: Muerte’s fighting that, he’s kicking out his legs and is trying to center his gravity before he can be dumped unceremoniously on the back of his head. Muerte manages to slip out of The Ace’s grasp, through his legs and end up behind him. Ace turns around, BANGING HEADBUTT SENDING A CHILL DOWN THE SPINE OF EVERYONE IN THE DAMN BUILDING!
Gavin Kirkland: :damn: That was a hematoma causing collision if I’ve ever seen one!!!!
Deadprez: Muerte hammering away with closed fists over the back of the head and neck area, just beating down relentless blows. He targets the spine with those clubbing fists! O’Hara’s down to all fours! Now those shoot knee strikes go drilling into the ribs, potentially shattering them with each thud! Lateral press this time by Muerte!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONEEE!!!! TWO-
Deadprez: Shoulder goes flying off of the mat. Muerte wasting little time here, taking that same arm from that same left shoulder he used for the same kick out, only to flatten it across the mat and hit a JUMPING STOMP INTO THE BICEP! O’Hara sits up! SLIDING KNEE ACROSS THE SKULL! That’s got O’Hara rolling across the ring and onto the apron! Santo Muerte follows him over and drags him like a sack of potatoes from dangling halfway off the apron, back up to the ring and up from the floor. Muerte sinks his shoulder and drives O’Hara spine first into the corner! O’Hara favoring the small of his back, and Muerte sends him WITH ALL HE’S GOT ACROSS THE RING, CRASHING AGAINST THE CORNER!!! That sends O’Hara over the turnbuckle and down to the apron before eventually tumbling to ringside! He put a whole lotta mustard into that beal into the corner, Muerte hasn’t really relied on flying around the ring so far the way he usually likes to …
Gavin Kirkland: BUT THAT MIGHT CHANGE! SANTO MUERTE IS GEARING UP! THOSE COLD EYES AWAITING O’HARA’S RETURN TO A VERTICAL BASE! ONCE HE’S UP, MUERTE RUNS THE ROPES, AND COMES RIGHT AT O’HARA WITH THE SUICIDE DIVE!
Deadprez: :damn: THAT HANGTIME!
Eve: AT THE LAST SECOND, O’HARA WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY DROPKICK TO STOP MUERTE IN HIS TRACKS!! HOW ON EARTH DID HE GET UP SO HIGH?
Deadprez: Crazy athleticism even for his standards. Muerte was caught across the head just before he could shoot out from the ring, now he’s recovering at the center of it. O’Hara slides back in the ring, picks the right spot just as Muerte rises, and hits a stinging kick to the ribs! Spin kick to the midsection! Boot straight into the chest of a doubled over Muerte! Muerte attempts another roundhouse of his own! Leg caught by O’Hara! DRAGON SCREW!!! Muerte escapes in the nick of time to counter with a spinning back elbow across the jaw! Uppercut to follow up! He takes The Ace by the nape of the neck and sends him through the ropes down to the ringside floor on the side of the ramp. O’Hara quickly charges back in the ring, Muerte sends him right back out of the ring! Runs the ropes as quick as a hiccup! ONTO ONCOMING JAMIE!!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!
Eve: CARTWHEEL SUICIDE CORKSCREW MOONSAULT!!! OVER THE ROPES AND DOWN TO O’HARA!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: JAMIE CATCHES HIM COMING DOWN WITH A REAR WAISTLOCK!!! GERMAN SUPLEX!!!
Eve: WHEELBARROW SLICED BREAD # 2 ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR BY MUERTE!!! TO COUNTER OUT OF THE GERMAN! O’HARA PULLING HIMSELF UP AS QUICKLY AS HE CAN, BUT SANTO MUERTE BOLTS INTO THE RING, RUNS THE ROPES AGAIN, AND SOOOARS OVER THE ROPES YET AGAIN FOR THE CARTWHEEL SUICIDE CORKSCREW MOONSAULT!!! ABSURD!!!
( The Ericsson Globe gives a round of applause for that high octane exchange, and the official begins his count. )
Ref: 1!!! ……… 2!!! ……….. 3!!! …………..
Deadprez: Santo Muerte actually looks like he may have tweaked his knee getting back up. You can see him walking gingerly a little bit, trying to shake off whatever damage might have been caused by that landing.
Eve: But you definitely saw him favoring the leg going down, you’re absolutely right Deadprez, good call. Muerte eventually chucks O’Hara in before the count of “eight” and he follows him in and bides his time, waiting and watching O’Hara on his path to recovery – and taking him BACK DOWN WITH A SPRINGBOARD ACE CRUSHER OFF THE MIDDLE ROPES!!! COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Kick out by The Ace! Santo Muerte has got a dastardly scowl across his face, but he’s got to expect any and everything from a what did you call him again Deadprez? Demigod, quite like O’Hara! Muerte is slowly pulling his gloves off, his eyes never leaving his opponent. O’Hara is back up with support from the ropes, and Muerte charges at him! Unprotected rights and lefts to the body, bruising up those sexy ribs! The ref is asking them to take it away from the ropes, Muerte obliges, pulling him away just to hammer away closed fist strikes, knuckles bouncing right off the temples! RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT BY O’HARA! Sending Muerte into the corner!
Eve: Muerte dashes right out of it – into a mule kick right to the bread basket, courtesy of O’Hara! O’Hara takes Muerte over to another corner by the nape of the neck, and fires away with a flurry of stomps into that same lower torso area!!! O’Hara backs away and darts enraged eyes back at Muerte, before taking off! MUERTE EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER WITH AN ELBOW RIGHT ACROSS THE FACE! O’Hara on spaghetti legs! Muerte takes him up to his shoulders! LOOKING FOR ‘THE CYCLE’! SOMERSAULT DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!
Gavin Kirkland: Not so fast, O’Hara slips off his shoulders and ends up behind him. STRAIGHT JACKET FROM BEHIND!!! STARDUST BREAKER!!!!!
Eve: RIPCORD KNEE STRIKE DOESN’T HIT! MUERTE JUMPS UP ONTO O’HARA’S SHOULDERS! COUNTERS WITH THE FRANKENSTEINER!
Deadprez: O’Hara pops Muerte up off of his shoulders! Muerte lands on his feet behind Jamie, and that sensitive knee buckles just a little bit – Jamie O’Hara spins around, roll up into the CORKSCREW ROLLING GAMENGIRI!!! Muerte is down to all fours, O’Hara peels him up from the mat from behind.. looking for a back suplex .. NO I’M WAY OFF!! VISUAL IDENTITY!!!!! BACK TO BACK SUPLEX INTO A SITOUT PILEDRIVER!!!!! HOOK OF BOTH LEGS BY THE ACE!!!!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
Eve: Santo Muerte kicks out!
Deadprez: Jamie and Santo are on the rise respectively. O’Hara firing off some right hands, backing Muerte up against the ropes. He attempts an Irish whip across the ring now, but Muerte attempts to counter the whip. O’Hara holds his ground! CATCHES THE LEG! DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP ONTO THAT ALREADY SENSITIVE LEFT LEG! Santo Muerte goes rolling around the mat and banging his hand against it out of frustration! O’Hara comes up right behind him, deadlift German attempt! Muerte is fighting out of it, causing O’Hara to have to seat Santo Muerte into a straddling position at the middle turnbuckle. O’Hara batters rapidfire blows into the kidneys! O’Hara darts clear across the ring to the parallel turnbuckle while Santo Muerte is hung upside down to dry, and O’HARA TAKES OFF!!! SOARS INTO THE AIR AND COMES RIGHT BACK DOWN! JAMIE WIT DA HEZZY!!!
Gavin Kirkland: THAT HESITATION DROPKICK SHOULD HAVE SENT THE MASK FLYING OFF OF SANTO MUERTE’S FACE! O’HARA DRAGS MUERTE OUT FROM THE CORNER, COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWWWWWWWW-
Deadprez: Muerte sends a shoulder flying up! Santo Muerte rolls out of the ring and descends to ringside, down to a knee, appearing to be as sluggish as ever. You can see the lightbulb going on in The Ace’s head, O’Hara rolls out of the ring from an opposite side until he’s clear across the ringside floor from Muerte. Muerte is using that barricade to pull himself up, trying as best as he can to get himself back into this thing. O’Hara’s looking to turn that into an opportunity for himself!!!! He takes off!!! SPRINTING CLEAR ACROSS RINGSIDE TO DROPKICK HIM INTO THE AUDIENCE!!! MUERTE COUNTERS AT THE LAST SECOND WITH AN INSIDE OUT ARMDRAG!!! SENDING JAMIE CRASHING AGAINST THE BARRICADE AND LANDING RIGHT ON HIS NECK!
Eve: Santo Muerte finds himself back in the driver’s seat by a hair, and he painstakingly drags O’Hara up to the apron while the referee continues his count. You can see it in Santo’s expression, he’s only becoming angrier and more ferocious as time passes! Muerte BASHES O’HARA’S FACE AGAIN AND AGAIN AGAINST THE APRON, SHOWING NO REMORSE FOR THE ACE! He turns O’Hara around, STINGING PALM STRIKE AGAINST THE CHEST!!! Bringing O’Hara down to a knee, covering himself up. Muerte climbs up to the apron and reaches down to pull O’Hara up with him…
Ref: 5!!! 6!!!!
Eve: Front facelock by Muerte, and even more knee strikes hit those ribs! I don’t know if O’Hara’s ribs aren’t already bruised or damaged significantly considering all of those nasty strikes he’s take-
Gavin Kirkland: WAIT STOP! STOP! MUERTE HAS O’HARA’S HEAD TUCKED BETWEEN HIS LEGS! HE’S GEARING UP FOR THE DEATH VALLEY DESTROYER!!! HE’LL KILL HIM!!! PLEASE!!! NO!!!!
Deadprez: THE ACE COUNTERS AT THE VERY LAST SECOND WITH A BACK BODY DROP!!! MUERTE LANDS HARD RIGHT ON THE APRON, AND IS BARELY HANGING ON BY A THREAD!
Eve: O’Hara springs up from the apron to the top turnbuckle! He repositions himself and looks down at Santo still writhing down on the apron in pain! GENKI CANNON!!!!!!! DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP RIGHT AGAINST THE CHEST!!! GOT HIM! O’HARA MUSCLES MUERTE UP FROM THE FLOOR, ROLLS HIM IN THE RING, AND SCRAMBLES RIGHT IN THE RING RIGHT AFTER HIM FOR A COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-
Eve: MUERTE KICKS OUT!
Gavin Kirkland: WHAT?
Eve: Santo Muerte showing us new sides to himself every single week! And this perhaps the latest and greatest example of how this masked madman has so many surprises hidden under his sleeve! O’Hara gives the referee sort of an astonished look, but that expression quickly changes and his focus returns quickly back on his opponent – refusing to make the mistake Muerte’s opponent Ryan Wilson made last week. O’Hara pulls a weary Santo Muerte up to his knees, points the hand guns right to the top of his head, and backs into the nearest corner……………..
Gavin Kirkland: SOUNDS LIKE HE’S CALLING FOR THE DEATH BLOW!!! JAMIE O’HARA TAKES OFF, EXECUTION STYLE, IN EXCELSIS!!!!!!! TO THE KNEELED OPPONENT!
Deadprez: SHOULDER ROLL EVASION BY MUERTE! HE REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES, RUNNING FRANKENSTEINER!!! O’HARA ROLLS THROUGH IT! BOTH MEN RUN THEIR RESPECTIVE ROPES AGAIN! SIMULTANEOUS SLINGBLADE!!! ONE FROM O’HARA, ONE FROM MUERTE, AND THEY BOTH CRASH INTO EACH OTHER AND TAKE EACH OTHER OUT AT THE SAME TIME!
Eve: THAT’S A MOVE IN THE ARSENAL THEY BOTH SHARE, AND THEY WERE BOTH ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH SO TO SPEAK! THESE TWO ENDED UP TAKING EACH OTHER OUT IN THE PROCESS, AND THIS COULD VERY WELL END IN A DOUBLE COUNT OUT!
Ref: 1!!! ……. 2!!! …………….. 3!!! ……………..4!!!
Gavin Kirkland: But what happens if both of them can’t get up before the count of ten?!
Eve: I believe the winner between next week’s match between Cameron Ella Ava and Lance Blackfyre would automatically make it to the finals! But I don’t think O’Hara or Muerte plan on allowing an outcome like that to come to fruition, they’re both working really hard to beat the ten count of the official.
Ref: 5!!! ……..6!!! …. 7!!!
Gavin Kirkland: And it looks like they’re actually using each others bodies to prop themselves up, recovering at the same pace until they’ve both made it up from the mat. O’Hara strikes off with a right forearm! Takes his time! Another forearm strike! Muerte with ANOTHER OPEN HAND CHOP INTO THE CHEST! O’HARA FIGHTS BACK WITH A KNIFE EDGE CHOP OF HIS OWN! MUERTE WITH A SHOVE! O’HARA SHOVES HIM BACK! AND NOW THEY COME TO BLOWS WITH A BARRAGE OF FISTS, BREAKING DOWN INTO A HOCKEY STYLE FIGHT! RIGHT HANDS TEEING OFF IN CONCESSION!
Deadprez: Muerte cuts him off with yet another sickening knee into the midsection! You can actually see the welts beginning to form on Jamie O’Hara’s body from those previous strikes, and each welt has created a point of target for another nasty damn knee from Muerte! That grunt sounded like Jamie’s soul just left his body from that last one – BUT WHILE THE ACE IS DOUBLED OVER, HE SNATCHES THE LEG! ANOTHER DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP!!! SANTO MUERTE SCREAMS OUT IN PAIN! I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER HEARD THAT SOUND COME FROM HIS MOUTH!
Eve: JAMIE O’HARA TAKES HIM BACK UP! ANOTHER DRAGON SCREW LEG WHIP! MUERTE ROLLS AROUND IN SHEER AGONY! O’HARA IS HITTING HIM RIGHT WHERE IT HURTS! O’HARA ATTEMPTS TO DRAG MUERTE BY THAT LEFT LEG, BUT MUERTE CLAWS HIS WAY OUT OF JAMIE’S GRASP! Jamie O’Hara rips Muerte up from the floor – back elbow ducked by O’Hara! HE HOISTS MUERTE BY THAT LEFT LEG, AND DELIVERS AN OVER-THE-KNEE KNEEBREAKER!! MUERTE FLOPPING AROUND JUST IN A WORLD OF PAIN!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Wow, and you look at that look of sheer rage on O’Hara’s face! It is goddamn scary! And equally as dreamy…. still scary as all hell! Jamie O’Hara mounts over Muerte with repeated elbow strikes! Muerte barely able to protect himself, but it isn’t stopping The Ace, he is going absolutely ballistic!!! O’Hara finally yanks Muerte within arms grasp, STRAIGHT JACKET TIME!!!!! STARDUST BREAKER!!!!!!
Deadprez: CROSS ARMBREAKER COUNTER!!!! INTO “THE OFFERING”!!!!! GROUNDED HAMMERLOCK & INVERTED ARMBREAKER TO COUNTER OUT OF THE STARDUST BREAKER!!!!
Eve: BUT O’HARA WILL BE DAMNED, HE WILL BE DAMNED BEFORE HE RELINQUISHES THE CONTROL HE’S WORKED SO HARD TO GAIN HERE IN THIS MATCH! HE’S FIGHTING WITH EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PUSH HIMSELF UP FROM THE MAT! MUERTE HOVERS OVER HIM, ATTEMPTING TO REAR BACK O’HARA’S LEFT ARM WHILE THE RIGHT ONE IS TRAPPED BETWEEN HIS OWN KNEES!
Gavin Kirkland: But Jamie turns like a top and is fighting up from the floor with every ounce!!! Every morsel!!! Every strand of his superior DNA!!!!! Muerte is now standing over O’Hara struggling to even maintain the hammerlock, AND O’HARA COUNTERS WITH THE CALF CRUSHER TRANSITION INTO THE ROLLING KNEEBAR!!!!!! TO THE INJURED LEFT LEG!!! AND JAMIE O’HARA APPLIES A SADISTIC TORQUE TO THAT KNEEBAR!!! MUERTE IS OUT OF HIS HEAD, HE’S OUT OF OPTIONS!!! HE’S GOT NO CHOICE!!!! SANTO MUERTE TAPS!!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “Ultimate Battle” by ZENTA [EAW Edit] plays, and a winded Jamie O’Hara drags himself up and holds up two fingers indicating ‘two down, two to go’. )
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER… JAAAAAAMMMMIEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOO’HAAAAAAARRAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Eve: The Ace pulls out an unlikely ace in the hole much to the glee of this audience!!! We just saw a tremendous performance from Jamie O’Hara!!!
Deadprez: There’s levels to this shit, and Jamie O’Hara proves that with the level he’s been at tonight. We saw him fight back from a rough start and rally all the way to the finish line – not just out of adrenaline, or strength, or speed – but a combination of his athletic prowess and his cerebral prowess! The man is physically and mentally tough as nails!
Gavin Kirkland: I was so scared for a while, Santo Muerte came into this with such evil intentions. It is a miracle Jamie came away to begin with :lupe:
Eve: I wouldn’t go that far, but I will give credit where it’s due – that was a hell of a showing from Muerte, probably the best of his career thus far.
Deadprez: It may have been a submission ending, but there’s far more to take away from the match than how it came to a close. Santo Muerte has been given a lot to learn from tonight, and if he can apply himself and build upon any mistakes or shortcomings that came out of this match then it’s going to be scary what a guy as tenacious as him can do with these adjustments.
Gavin Kirkland: Well, that’s all the time we have for this edition of Showdown! Catch us next week to witness the second King of Elite semi-finals match. But for now, signing off for Deadprez and Eve, I am Gavin Kirkland! Goodnight!
( Jamie O’Hara is at ringside celebrating his victory, and begins slapping hands with fans on the side of the ramp, proud of what he accomplished. )
(EAW logo buzzes.)