[SCREENBAR – Thursday, 21st April, arrival day.]
(Although the screen begins as a dark patch on the titantron and everybody’s televisions, the sound of water and seagulls would be heard tenfold. Flooding the speakers all over the arena with sounds reminiscent of the beach, or a dock, more than they could hear beforehand. Soon after, however, the video would begin to fade in from the darkness, as we see front-and-center the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship. Those in attendance begin to cheer, prepared for a night of non-stop action, and immense entertainment. However, that general positive reaction would not be a long-living one, because despite them seeing where they are located, knowing what that stands for – they see the complete opposite. They hear something they dislike and what it stands for, moreover, people they dislike…)
???: Nope! Nope! Not doing it.
???: C’mon, Ronan, why not?
(In the background, two familiar voices would be heard. The first voice being that of Ronan Malosi, the second of Jonny Airhart. They step on screen, alongside Pandora Paisley and Lucas Knight – Rogues Gallery – all the while staring at the cruise ship. Ronan, even without speaking, visually does not look pleased to be here, nor does he even want to enter. The other three seem to be disappointed and annoyed that he came all the way out here just to shut it down. They stand at the end of the steel boarding steps, looking up at the massive ship. Almost as if it was a skyscraper in comparison. Ronan shakes his head, even removing his fedora due to his stress, sweat dripping profusely from his shiny, smooth bald head – the light from the sun reflecting off of it. They look in his direction, once again, as his mouth begins to open so he can speak.)
Ronan Malosi: Just hear me out, Jonny. Jonathan, if you will. You and I are both men of high intellect, of course, but going on that thing is a decision that’s rather stupid man. Don’t get me wrong, you three, it has some redeeming qualities… looks like it costs a quarter of my bank account, and that… it’s a big task. But the negatives ABSOLUTELY outweigh these damn positives! As the smartest, and top talent on Showdown… tied with you three… I gotta tell you… I AM NOT GETTING ON THAT BOAT!
(Ronan Malosi throws his fedora onto the ground in an act of rage, having absolutely lost his temper, presumably because he had told them throughout the trip it was something he didn’t want to do. Tensions were high on Ronan’s behalf, whereas the other three just want to get inside and relax. Right now they’re doing the opposite of that, all because of Ronan’s personal fears. Though, despite it being a company thing, he insists that it’s not for him. Sadly he doesn’t have a choice, and hell, the rest of his friends want him there. It’s clear from the look on their faces they want this to be over with.)
Pandora Paisley: Listen, yeah? It’s going to be absolutely fine innit. Nothing to worry about here. You’ve gone through a lot worse in EAW and just… got back up from it. This’ll just be another fear you slag off. It’ll be a nice change of pace, and a breath of fresh air from the usual shit you hate too.
Lucas Knight: That’s exactly the truth, Ronan. Nothing bad’s gonna happen here, and if it does, this is probably the safest place for you. This isn’t anything like the Titanic, or some of what you’re probably worried about-
(Ronan would cut Lucas off, yelling in a bad, fake British accent.)
Ronan Malosi: WELL AT LEAST- …Sorry, instinct. This behemoth of a boat has got me in my feels!
(Lucas grins at him.)
Lucas Knight: It’s okay, Ronan, I get it.
Jonny Airhart: So you’re going to give it a shot and overcome your fears, right Roney?
(Ronan Malosi would stare at Jonny Airhart as if he had just shot his parents, and threw his dog out of a window. Long story short; with eyes of anger. His short temper building all the way back up once again, as we have seen in multiple matches prior to this very moment.)
Ronan Malosi: NOPE! I just told you earlier, I am NOT getting on that damn thing! I am special to this company. I am a megastar, and going on that boat would be crrazyyyy. Have you ever thought about what could happen? Hm? Well let me spare you the curiosity. First of all, there are heaps of people in that locker room who would love to throw me off that thing because they just KNOW I’m better than them –
Jonny Airhart: You can just swim back on.
Ronan Malosi: – Secondly, do you have any idea how seasick a guy like me would get? 6-foot-8, 280 pounds – I’m not designed to be aerodynamic, I’m a boots-on-ground kinda guy –
Pandora Paisley: We have tablets for that.
Ronan Malosi: – And THIRDLY; do you even know how irresponsible this is of the company? Picture it. You people say that it’s “not like the Titanic”… THAT’S WHAT THEY SAID ON THE TITANIC! And if we run into an iceberg or anything of the sort, what happens then? Oh right, this company goes under. And given they are going to kill an A-List level Elitist when they crash, of course this place would. Wrestling should be in an arena, which is a stretch given the stench of our fans, NOT a cruise ship. At best, I get out with a few injuries, and hopefully those bum-ass haters get their comeuppance as they sink into Davy Jones’ locker. At worse – the most likely – this place tries to get me killed YET AGAIN. Don’t even try to get me on this damn boat, because I just know that something bad is going to happen. We’re all friends, right? Help a brotha in need out!
(Ronan Malosi gives a nervous, worried, yet somehow still shit-eating grin as the cheekbones on his face extend, and his eyes plead for them to let him run off. Mixed signals, with one of those signals being very obviously fake, are sent from the most hated man in EAW. Jonny Airhart facepalms, Pandora Paisley sighs, and Lucas Knight scratches the back of his head. All simultaneously, they give Ronan a reaction of disappointment. They cannot, and will not, let Ronan just escape, but he is also a very stubborn man and refuses to even enter the cruise ship, nevertheless wrestling on it.)
Pandora Paisley: Is there no way we can convince you to get on here?
Ronan Malosi: Nope! Make like a tree and leaf that idea behind.
Jonny Airhart: Not even if I call some of my hottest friends?
Ronan Malosi: As they say, too many women in the world to settle down with a wife.
Lucas Knight: Or promise that there’s going to be blackjack on the ship?
Ronan Malosi: What do I look like, a senile old fuck like Impact? I prefer poker.
(All at the very same time, the members of Rogues Gallery facepalm as they begin to lose hope in their near-seven-foot friend. He seems to be a lost cause. From the car ride to their arrival, Ronan Malosi stubbornly denied any attempt at consolation, telling him that it’s going to be all okay, as the paranoid side of his brain began to function in fight or flight mode, refusing any advances. Now, as they run down any possible options of convincing him, he shut them down one by one as if he was a machine gun mowing down soldiers in WW3. He seemed to be a lost cause. Though, that lost cause would not remain forever. As the four stands outside of the cruise ship, a fifth voice would be heard, as footsteps begin to approach. Behind them, none other than the bleach blonde hair of Hurricane Hawk would step into the frame, and by his side stands an employee, someone who works on the cruise ship itself. Their conversation would come to a stop as he sees Ronan.)
Hurricane Hawk: (sigh) Alright, I know what’s going on here. You’re Timothy, right?
Cruise Ship Employee: Timothy Hardon, yessir!
Hurricane Hawk: Unfortunate naming, but listen. I’ll continue this when we get on. You and I gotta talk to the Captain, but for now… let me just deal with this.
Cruise Ship Employee: Got it chief.
(The employee would begin to walk up the steps, before heading inside, and as he does so Rogues Gallery would turn their attention to Ronan.)
Jonny Airhart: Not that hard, huh?
Ronan Malosi: Stfu.
(Hurricane Hawk sighs.)
Hurricane Hawk: Ronan, listen to me. Getting on here isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity. It’s your job. We show up here, that’s part of the job. You’ve learned that in the past, you listen to me, and if you don’t, you get in trouble for it. So why don’t you grow a fucking pair, at least for one weekend, and stop making my job considerably harder? That would be a life saver.
Ronan Malosi: I-
Hurricane Hawk: No, Ronan. I’m not trying to hear it. I’m not GOING to hear it. You are going to get on that boat, or else you’re fined, and suspended with no pay. You will be out of a job temporarily, and you will be forced to go back to whatever gambling casino you came from. That is not the life you want. That’s your decision. I’m not going to argue with you. Goodbye, Ronan.
(Ronan Malosi, with a look of pure awe – bug-eyed and all – watches as Hurricane Hawk shakes his head, near enough blowing a gasket, walking up the steps in order to get onto the boat. Ronan stares at Hawk, then back at the Rogues, then back at Hawk, then back at the Rogues. He looks shocked, having been threatened once again.)
Ronan Malosi: DID YOU HEAR WHAT HE JUST SAID! CONSPIRACY!
Jonny Airhart: It’s fine, Ronan. He’s right. We gotta go up there. Look, if you’re truly scared about falling off, drowning, or whatever it may be – I can help you out with that…
(Jonny Airhart looks down at the bag in his left hand, before dropping it down and opening it up. He pulls out a rubber duckie floatie, and hands it to Ronan.)
Ronan Malosi: WHAT! NO!
(Ronan slaps the rubber duckie floatie, and it falls straight into the water. Airhart shakes his head, and sighs.)
Pandora Paisley: Alright, Ronan, pack it in. If you’re not going to accept the floatie, then I can at least give you some Dramamine. For motion, or sea sickness. We okay?
Pandora Paisley: Ronan?
Lucas Knight: (whispering to Pandora) I got this.
(Lucas Knight walks up to Ronan Malosi, and places a hand on his shoulder, pointing off into the distance.)
Lucas Knight: WAIT RONAN, LOOK! KASSIDY HEART!
Ronan Malosi: HUH!?!?!?!? STAY AWAY FROM ME YOU PLASTIC HARLOT!
(Suddenly, Ronan Malosi shoves himself away from Lucas Knight, before he pulls a full 180, and heads towards the stairs. He starts to run all the way up them as fast as he can, even though it’s not much. Panting due to the PTSD of being drowned, he makes his way to the top, before entering the cruise. Finally, they had done it. The camera pans back to Pandora, Lucas and Jonny, where Pandora has her arms crossed.)
Pandora Paisley: So that’s what it took, love?
Lucas Knight: Yep.
Jonny Airhart: Well, at least we can get on right?
Lucas Knight: Finally. Let’s go. He really is paranoid, huh?
(The three chuckle at Ronan’s paranoid, and PTSD-ridden nature due to the amount of trauma this company has given him when it comes to boats and water. They all turn around, picking their bags up from the ground before they walk up the steps together. The camera pans toward the front of the boat, before fading to darkness.)
( EAW intro plays…. )
( RECAP – A “Last Week: Showdown” graphic shines across the screen. The show begins with Harper Lee protecting herself from a Ximena Velasquez assault with security personnel. The first match of the night sees Caroline submit Ethan Alexander for three points in the New Era Classic Block B. Ronan Malosi confronts Charlie Marr and challenges him for an EAW Hardcore Championship match at Battle Of Egypt. The next match is another New Era Classic Block B match as Ruler gains two points through defeating Jay Jerry Johnson. Kassidy Heart states her intent of ending Season 15 as the EAW Universal Women’s Champion. Lucas Knight defeats Hayashi Sakura. Lucas Knight slaps some sense into Pandora Paisley in order for her to wake up and improve after her recent losses. Cameron Ella Ava defeats Abel Atami. Theron Nikolas and Limmy Monaghan clash in a verbal debate as they make their claim to main eventing Pain For Pride one way or another. For the main event of the night, Cancun’s Roberto De La Rosa faces Impact in a losing effort. TLA and Limmy Monaghan meet in a summit to voice their concerns weeks before their Grand Rampage match. Adam Lucas makes an apology, but TLA accepts it with his signature Mexican Destroyer. The last show of the recap is TLA standing tall holding the EAW Answers World Championship over Adam Lucas. )
( It begins with a camera panning through the packed crowd inside the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas’ cruise ship. Blue and white fireworks illuminate the stage while “WE WRESTLE” chants are chanted in unison. The camera continues to pan throughout various sections of the diehard fans before it eventually focuses in on Eve, Deadprez, and Gavin Kirkland standing by at ringside. )
Gavin Kirkland: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! WE ARE LIVE HERE ON THE SEA!! THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS’ CRUISE SHIP AS WE ARE ON ROUTE TO GRAND RAMPAGE IN THE BRONX! WE ARE TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE FIFTEEN ANNUAL GRAND RAMPAGE EVENT!! THE EAW ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION, TLA WILL BE DEFENDING AGAINST ADAM LUCAS!! HARPER LEE WILL DEFEND HIS EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST LA DIOSA XV!! CAMERON ELLA AVA INTENDS ON BRINGING THE EAW UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TO SATURDAY NIGHTS BY DETHRONING ANDREA VALENTINE!! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE GRAND RAMPAGE BATTLE ROYALE WILL MAIN EVENT WHERE HOPEFULLY A SHOWDOWN PERSON WILL FINALLY WIN!
Deadprez: As Gavin nicely, somehow said, we are on the sea to bring to you another astounding episode of the number one destination for professional wrestling, Saturday Night Showdown! We have got a great card set for all of you! It is a Showdown versus Voltage showcase where our Katherine Helle and Hoodlum go up against Voltage’s Wildcard and Robyn Valentine! Caroline will be accompanied by her newly-found mentor Dr. Bethany Blue against Voltage’s Jay Jerry Johnson in Block B of the New Era Classic! The Iconic Cup tournament continues to rage on with Veena Adams vs. Lexi in Block B, and Becca Black vs. Miku Sakai, and Sierra vs. Mary S Atlas in Block A!
Eve: Yes! We will get a special presentation of Charlie Marr by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! Olvia Tate returns after her Hollywood hiatus! Adam Lucas and TLA come together for their contract signing! For the main event, it will be a mini version of the Grand Rampage as we see Limmy Monaghan, Amir Yusuf, Lucas Knight, and Theron Nikolas compete in an over-the-top battle royale! What a great main event lined up for all of you, and I am excited to commentate over it! LET’S GET IT ON!
Gavin Kirkland: WE WRESTLE! YEAH!
(The camera cuts to Gina Romano in the ring surrounded by fans on the Cruise Ship, the deck of the Symphony of the Seas.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST HAS A TWENTY MINUTE TIME LIMIT AND IT IS SCHEDULED FOR…ONE FALL!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
(‘Told You So’ by Paramore plays out Robyn Valentine, who stops at the end of the ramp, awaiting the arrival of her partner, who soon joins her with “Dark Eternal Night” by Dream Theatre now playing in the background.)
Gina Romano: Introducing first! THE TEAM OF ROBYN VALENTINE AND WILDCARD!
Eve: Notice how there was no announcement of the combined weight, that’s because Wildcard’s is unknown.
Deadprez: Matter of fact, so is her hometown.
Eve: Yeah, the woman’s truly mysterious, but from what I heard, also dangerous, and we’ll see if that seeps into this contest.
Deadprez: And let’s not forget about Robyn Valentine, who unlike Wildcard, we’ve seen no appearances of inside the squared circle, so I’m interested to see what she’ll do here tonight.
(”You’re Not Here” by Akira Yamaoka plays out Katherine Helle, who doesn’t look too enthused, but waits on the stage for her partner to join her in Hoodlum with “I’m So Sick” by Flyleaf playing in the background.)
Gina Romano: And their opponents! At a combined weight of 416 pounds…THE TEAM OF KATHERINE HELLE AND HOODLUM!!
Gavin Kirkland: Katherine break my neck challenge.
Deadprez: Katherine’s no stranger to Wildcard, but in other news, notice how somewhat disinterested she looked, clearly not big on tag matches. But Katherine wants to win, so is gonna put that aside for tonight.
Eve: And so does Hoodlum, who has the task of proving himself here tonight much like Valentine.
(The referee signals for the bell as Robyn and Katherine will start things off.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: The bell has rung, and it seems like Katherine, along with Robyn will start things off for their respective teams, circling each other before locking up in the center of the ring. But Katherine uses her superior size, and strength, shoving Robyn back into the corner, much to her shock. But Valentine has to get her head back in the game, and not get shook by Helle, who she circles before going in for another lock up in the center of the ring.
Deadprez: But look at this! Robyn wisely does a go behind on Katherine, transitioning into a standing side headlock! But Katherine lifts her up off the canvas for an almost back suplex, and pushes her off, causing Valentine to stumble in her corner. And based off that look on her face, I don’t think Robyn wants anymore of Helle thus far, now tagging out to Wildcard!
Eve: Wildcard circles Katherine now, similar to her partner in Robyn- WHO SPEAKING OF, GOES TO SLIDE IN THE RING, BUT INSTANTLY BACKS OUT OF IT ONCE SEEING HELLE TURN HER ATTENTION OVER! BUT FROM BEHIND, WILDCARD RUSHES IN TO TACK ON A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING! BUT KATHERINE CONTINUES TO RESIST, NOT ALLOWING WILDCARD TO GET THE ARM HOOKED AS THE DUO FIND THEMSELVES IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!
Deadprez: And Katherine drops to one knee, flinging Wildcard off over her shoulder. AND KATHERINE REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES, TAKING WILDCARD DOWN WITH A BIG BOOT AFTER SHE GOT BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE! AND ROBYN GETS ONE FOR HER TROUBLES AS WELL, TRYING TO RE-ENTER THE RING, BUT GETS KNOCKED OFF THE APRON AS PUNISHMENT, FAVORING THE SIDE OF HER FACE!
Gavin Kirkland: I’m impressed with Katherine Helle in more ways than one. :mjlit:
Eve: I’m sure you are. But back to the in ring action as Wildcard picks themselves up in the corner, ONLY TO GET CAUGHT WITH A RUNNING SPEAR BY KATHERINE, KNOCKING THE WIND OUT OF THEIR SAILS AS SHE DROPS DOWN TO BOTH KNEES!
Deadprez: Here comes Hoodlum now, and after Wildcard once again picks themselves up in the corner, we see some tandem offense by the team of Katherine and Hoodlum! With Katherine whipping her partner into Wildcard for a running corner forearm! AND WILDCARD GETS WHIPPED INTO A SIDEWALK SLAM BY HELLE! Cover is made by Hoodlum!
Eve: Kickout at two by Wildcard, who gets picked up by Hoodlum for a possible suplex attempt! But Wildcard slips out the back for a rear waistlock, but there’s a go behind by Hoodlum, tacking on a rear waistlock of their own. BUT WILDCARD ESCAPES OUT OF IT WITH A BACK ELBOW, STRAIGHT AND TO THE POINT! Nothing flashy about that as she grabs the wrist of a stunned Hoodlum before tagging out to Valentine.
Deadprez: Double Irish whip off the ropes, and both Wildcard and Robyn duck down! BUT HOODLUM COUNTERS THEIR BACK BODY DROP ATTEMPT WITH A PENALTY KICK RIGHT TO THE FACE OF VALENTINE! AND WILDCARD GETS SENT OUT THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE! And Hoodlum begins to unload on Robyn with a forearm shot, and knife edge chops.
Eve: But quickly turns their attention back to Wildcard, who was getting back up on the apron, looking like she was gonna re-enter the ring. But Hoodlum knocks them off with a right hand! HOWEVER, FROM BEHIND, A RUNNING FOREARM TO THE BACK OF HOODLUM’S NECK SENDS THEM TUMBLING THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE!
Deadprez: Robyn wants to go out there to do some more damage, but the referee pulls her away. And with his back turned to Hoodlum on the outside, he misses Wildcard spike them with a DDT! And Wildcard wisely hops up on the apron to avoid any suspicion. But here comes Robyn, chucking Hoodlum back first into the barricade before rolling them back into the ring for a cover!
Eve: Kickout! Gonna have to do a lot more than that as Robyn mounts Hoodlum with a flurry of punches! But soon stands Hoodlum up, bouncing them face first off the top turnbuckle before tagging out to Wildcard.
Eve: Tag is made, and here comes Wildcard as Robyn hooks both of Hoodlum’s arms, leaving them unable to defend themselves. AND WILDCARD CONNECTS WITH A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION! Hoodlum drops to all fours, and Wildcard grabs the kneeling Hoodlum for a rear naked choke. But Hoodlum begins to power back to their feet, escaping the predicament with a jawbreaker! Wildcard staggers back against the ropes, and Hoodlum is gonna look to stumble over to Katherine in the corner.
Deadprez: BUT WILDCARD BARRELS INTO THEM WITH A RUNNING KNEE TO THE SIDE OF THE FACE! Cover is made!
Deadprez: Kickout by Hoodlum, and Wildcard grabs a handful of their hair while tagging out to Robyn, making sure Hoodlum can’t go tag out, which is a smart move on their end. But Valentine pins Hoodlum up against the corner for a knife edge chop, followed up by snap suplex, floating over into the cover!
Eve: Only a one count for Robyn, who snaps at the ref, claiming he wasn’t counting fast enough. Bit of frustration showing. Valentine positions Hoodlum on the bottom rope, using her foot to choke them until the referee has to intervene with a five count!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!
Gavin Kirkland: When she’s vicious like this, Robyn is very sexy.
Deadprez: Just glad she finally relented, but with the referee backing her away from Hoodlum, he turns his back on Wildcard, who scores a stomp to the back of Hoodlum’s head while she’s stood on the apron. Hoodlum rolls back to the center of the ring, and Robyn sees an opportunity as she hops to the middle rope, lining her opponent up.
Eve: BUT HOODLUM CHARGES IN, FORCING ROBYN TO LEAPFROG OVER! AND HOODLUM KNOCKS WILDCARD OFF THE APRON, GETTING A LITTLE PAYBACK! BUT TURNS AROUND TO NOTICE ROBYN CHARGING IN! BUT HOODLUM GETS THE BOOT UP, AND SPRINGS TO THE MIDDLE ROPE FOR A DIVING KINSHASA! THE KNEE STRIKE DROPS VALENTINE, AND BOTH COMPETITORS ARE DOWN!
Deadprez: The crowd are itching to see Katherine enter the ring, but can Hoodlum make it to her as they trying crawling over to the corner.
Deadprez: WILDCARD MAKES THE TAG FIRST, AND TRIES TO CONNECT WITH ANOTHER RUNNING KNEE TO THE SIDE OF HOODLUM’S HEAD ONCE SEEING THEM TRY TO STAND THEMSELVES UP! BUT HOODLUM EVADES IT, AND GOES FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! HOWEVER, WILDCARD COUNTERS WITH A VICTORY ROLL!
Eve: ALMOST HAD THEM! BUT BOTH COMPETITORS SCRAMBLE BACK TO THEIR FEET WITH WILDCARD CHARGING FOR A GO BEHIND ON HOODLUM, LOOKING TO TACK ON THAT CROSSFACE CHICKENWING, WHICH SHE DOES! But Hoodlum still tries to their best to power to the corner, outstretching their free hand to tag Helle!
Deadprez: Hoodlum is inching closer and closer, Wildcard realizes this, and cancels out the chickenwing with a mat slam! Hoodlum rolls through to their feet, clutching at the back of their neck, and notices Wildcard trying to run in! BUT HOODLUM DAMN NEAR TAKES THEIR HEAD OFF WITH A DISCUS LARIAT, NOW CRAWLING OVER TO TAG HELLE!
Eve: KATHERINE IS IN, AND WILDCARD TRIES TO TAKE HER DOWN WITH A CLOTHESLINE, BUT KAT DUCKS UNDERNEATH, AND KNOCKS ROBYN OFF THE APRON WITH A DROPKICK! AND TURNING HER ATTENTION BACK TOWARDS WILDCARD, WHO TRIES TO PUMMEL HELLE AS SHE GETS UP TO ONE KNEE! BUT KATHERINE SIMPLY SHOVES HER BACK INTO THE CORNER, CHARGING IN WITH A FOREARM SMASH, AND WHIPPING HER OPPONENT INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER FOR ANOTHER!
Deadprez: BIEL THROW SENDS WILDCARD HALFWAY ACROSS THE RING, FAVORING HER BACK BEFORE ROLLING OUT UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM ROPE! KATHERINE REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES TO HIT WILDCARD WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE, AND SHE WOBBLES BACK FIRST INTO THE BARRICADE! ROBYN RUNS IN, BUT KATHERINE SIDESTEPS WHATEVER SHE HAD PLANNED, SENDING HER GUT FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS!
Eve: Wildcard quickly gets rolled back into the ring, and you can see the sense of urgency on the face of Helle, the speed in her movements, realizing she could be close to putting this matchup away. Wildcard gets whipped into the ropes, AND REBOUNDS RIGHT INTO A POP UP POWERBOMB!! DEVIL’S WRATH DAMN NEAR SHOOK THE RING! AND NOW KATHERINE’S GONNA LOOK TO END IT WITH A BRAINBUSTER!
Deadprez: BUT WILDCARD WISELY SLIPS OUT THE BACK OF HEAVEN’S NIGHT, STAGGERING INTO HER CORNER, AND LOOK AT THAT!
Deadprez: Robyn sneakily tags the back of Wildcard while knelt on the apron, AND WILDCARD SIDESTEPS KATHERINE IN THE CORNER, SHE JUST RAN SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST! Katherine turns out of the corner, and gets caught with a headbutt that puts her on spaghetti legs! And Wildcard leaves the ring as Robyn enters, looking to seize the moment with Believe It or See It, widely known as the Blue Thunder Bomb!
Eve: But Katherine counters with a simple side headlock release takeover, showing off her power once more, and staggering back into her corner, still a bit dazed from that knee.
Gavin Kirkland: Regardless, absolute unit this woman is!
Eve: HOODLUM HOPPED UP ON THE APRON, AND MADE THE TAG OUT TO KATHERINE, RUNNING FULL STEAM AHEAD TOWARDS ROBYN, DUCKING UNDERNEATH HER CLOTHESLINE ATTEMPT, AND LANDING A HANDSPRING BACK ELBOW! BOTH COMPETITORS RUSH BACK TO THEIR FEET, AND HOODLUM CHARGES AT ROBYN FOR A POP UP METEORA!
Deadprez: Hoodlum begins lining Robyn up, waiting for her to regain a vertical base, but on the outside, Wildcard grabs the leg of Hoodlum, distracting them for a bit. AND ROBYN GOES FOR THE BLUE THUNDER BOMB AGAIN, THIS TIME ON A DIFFERENT TARGET! BUT HOODLUM COUNTERS WITH A SUNSET FLIP!
Eve: BOTH COMPETITORS ROLL THROUGH TO THEIR FEET, AND RUN TOWARDS EACH OTHER WITH HOODLUM TAKING VALENTINE DOWN WITH AN ARM TRAP NECKBREAKER! RUNNING SUICIDE DIVE OUT ONTO WILDCARD! AND HOODLUM QUICKLY RUSHES BACK INTO THE RING, WALTZING RIGHT INTO A BELLY TO BELLY BY VALENTINE! HOOK OF THE LEG!
Deadprez: KICKOUT! That move caught Hoodlum off guard, and almost coulda gotten Valentine the win there, but she’s gonna have to do much more than that to walk out victorious it seems, but Robyn seems to have an idea in mind, lining her opponent up as they slowly get back to their feet. And we could be seeing another attempt at Believe It or See It, a move she’s been attempting a lot lately, but both competitors she’s tried it on having the move well scouted.
Eve: However, with the way Hoodlum looks to be glossed over, I’m not sure if he’ll be able to have anything scouted- WAIT! KATHERINE HELLE RE-ENTERS THE RING, CAUSING ROBYN TO TURN HER ATTENTION OVER, AND SHE GETS BOOTED IN THE CHEST, KNOCKING HER BACK INTO HELLE’S OWN PARTNER, HOODLUM, WHICH MUSTVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT! BUT WILDCARD GETS UP ON THE APRON, AND KATHERINE NOTICES THIS, CHARGING IN TO KNOCK HER OFF! BUT WILDCARD LOW BRIDGES THE TOP ROPE, WIPING HELLE OUT RINGSIDE!
Gavin Kirkland: NO!!
Deadprez: Hoodlum pulls themselves up in the corner, BUT ROBYN PULLS THEM IN BY THE WAISTBAND OF THEIR GEAR FOR THE BLUE THUNDER BOMB TO CONNECT! BUT ROBYN SCOOTS BACK INTO HER CORNER, TAGGING OUT TO WILDCARD!
Eve: WILDCARD RUSHES IN, LOOKING TO PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THIS ALL, AND ENSURE THAT HOODLUM STAYS DOWN BY DEADLIFTING THEM UP FROM ALL FOURS WITH A GUTWRENCH! AND A RUNNING POWERBOMB IN THE CENTER OF THE RING CONNECTS WITH WILDCARD HOLDING SYKE OUT FOR THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Gina Romano: HERES YOUR WINNERS…THE TEAM OF WILDCARD AND ROBYN VALENTINE!!
(“Dark Eternal Night” by Dream Theatre plays with both Wildcard, and Robyn having their hand raised by the referee.)
Eve: What a win for these two, defeating the team of Katherine and Hoodlum.
Deadprez: Yeah, unfortunately, making that an L for Showdown in this showcase match.
Gavin Kirkland: Yeah, but we both know who the superior brand is, have you seen our women?!
(The camera fades elsewhere on a shot of Robyn, and Wildcard heading up the ramp, Wildcard a bit quicker up the ramp than Valentine, neither caring to celebrate with each other.)
(Showdown opens to the beautiful, tropical themed interview area where the always lovely and cordial Kyra Phillips is standing by. Kyra smiles brightly into the camera and begins to introduce her guest for this evening.)
Kyra Phillips: Wow! That was a great brand versus brand match to get us started here tonight on Showdown. Unfortunately, the Voltage team of Robyn Valentine and Wildcard walked away with the win over our very own Hoodlum and Katherine He-
(As Kyra is speaking, someone can be heard delicately clearing their throat off camera. Kyra gives the person a quick glance, but she doesn’t let her professional demeanor slip.)
Kyra Phillips: As I was saying, Hoodlum and Katherine Helle would come up sho-
(Again, the person off camera clears their throat, and lets out an exasperated sigh. Kyra’s cheeks turn a little pink and clearly she’s a bit flustered. For the second week in a row, things aren’t going so well for her.)
Kyra Phillips: You know what? I don’t think we should waste anymore time! Ladies and gentlemen, joining me tonight is a woman who was absent from Showdown last week and last seen beating the absolute tar out of Hayashi Sakura! Please welcome… Olivia Tate!
(The camera shot widens and obviously the person who had been clearly their throat is none other than the stunning Olivia Tate. She looks down her nose at Kyra and flips her shining hair back off her shoulders.)
Olivia Tate: Did your sandals come from Target?
Kyra Phillips: I… no? They didn’t, but even if they had, there is nothing wrong with Target.
Olivia Tate: Hmmm. Mine are Hermés but I guess not everyone can afford that. Regardless, you wasted a lot of my time by beating around the bush and talking about a match that absolutely no one cared about or watched. You just should have immediately introduced me. What do you have to say for yourself?
(Kyra simply blinked at Olivia, a little annoyed that the tables were being turned and she was the one being questioned. Kyra made a mental note to speak with Hurricane Hawk about the difficult interview assignments she had been given the last two weeks and she plastered a big, fake smile on her face.)
Kyra Phillips: My absolute sincerest apologies, Olivia! I should have just cut right to you, after all, you’re a big star now :wow:!
(The sarcasm was either lost on Olivia or she chose not to acknowledge it. Instead, she simply nodded her head.)
Olivia Tate: You’re right. I am a big star now and my celebrity extends far beyond the realm of the Land of Elite. I’ve spent the last week and some change in Hollywood filming one of the biggest movies to ever be made. Seriously, the cast is nothing but a who’s who of actors and actresses; total A-Listers who were lucky enough to be blessed with the opportunity to share the big screen with moi, and I’m beyond thrilled with how everything turned out. I know that this film is going to be huge come awards season and I’ve already made room in my luxury home for a Golden Globe, Bafta, and Oscar. I can’t wait to see my name added to the list of award winners and oh my Gawd, I can’t even begin to tell you how many big name designers are filling my inbox with voicemails and text messages, just begging to work with me! House of Gucci is going to become House of Tate before all is said and done. My face is going to be EVERYWHERE, and I deserve it. I am Olivia Tate, after all.
Kyra Phillips: Well goodness! It seems you have been rather busy! I’m not sure what to say other than congratulations on your new movie.
Olivia Tate: Thank you. I’ll be happy to sign something for you after we’re done.
Kyra Phillips: I don’t think that’ll be necessary. Anyways, let’s switch gears and talk about EAW. You’ve had some battles in your short time here and the majority of them seem to have been centered around the always controversial Lexi. She defeated you back at Dia Del Diablo, and a couple of weeks ago you teamed with her in a losing effort against two of the three members of the Ice Aces, Ayu Megumi and ARIA.
Olivia Tate: That tag match was unfortunate. Ayu and ARIA are completely disgusting and it really upset me that I had to degrade myself and compete at such a low level. The outcome of that is irrelevant because at least getting pinned ended my own personal nightmare of rolling around in pig shit and not getting paid extra for it. Thankfully, I walked away from that terrible experience relatively unscathed and whatever little feelings Lexi is left with aren’t my concern. If Lexi or ARIA have any lingering issues with me, then rest assured I will deal with them in due time because now that I’m not focused on securing my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I can give all my attention to the blue brand! Showdown was obviously missing a spark thanks to my absence and lucky for each and every one of you, I’m back.
???: You weren’t missed.
(Olivia’s pretty mouth dramatically drops open and she turns around to see brand new Showdown Elitist, Katherine Helle, approaching her. Helle doesn’t look thrilled at the moment and rightfully so. She came up short just a few minutes ago alongside Hoodlum, and she doesn’t seem to be interested in any of the stuff Olivia is trying to sell. As Katherine closes the gap between them, Olivia’s surprised look turns into one of absolute disgust and she pinches her nose.)
Olivia Tate: Yiiiiikes! Who are you and why do you smell so goddamn bad?
(Katherine is now standing next to Olivia who starts to gag.)
Olivia Tate: Oh Gawd. I’m going to vomit. Why are you so sweaty?? You’re seriously the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life.
Katherine Helle: You’ll figure out who I am soon enough, but I know who you are. Rumor has it that this so-called biggest movie ever made that you sTaRrEd in is nothing more than some low budget horror click being produced by a group of film students from West Los Angeles College in Culver City and you weren’t even the star of it. You were the girl flashing side boob while having sex with the guy in the pick up truck that the killer offed first. The ‘film’ you’re in, and I use that term very loosely is said to be a modern day, piss poor adaptation of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders and I’m not impressed with it.
(Olivia is utterly speechless at the moment and a huge smirk crosses Katherine’s face.)
Katherine Helle: So yeah. I don’t really see any Academy Awards in your near future, but hey! If you’re back and fully focused on Showdown, why don’t you prove it?
(Olivia has finally regained some of her composure, but she’s still so very flustered at the moment.)
Olivia Tate: P-prove it? What does that mean? I have nothing to prove to anyone.
Katherine Helle: You’re a professional wrestler. There’s always something to prove. Speaking of more rumors, an interbrand newcomers showcase match is supposed to take place next week and I’m hoping to be a part of that.
Olivia Tate: Fucking and? Why would I care about any of that?
Kathrine Helle: Because perhaps you can pull your head out of your ass long enough to take a look at it and scout your future opponent, because come the Showdown after Grand Rampage, I want you in a match.
(Olivia can’t help but roll her eyes and scoff at Katherine and her challenge.)
Olivia Tate: Puh-leeze. As if I want to experience the total disgust I felt when I had to get in the ring with Ayu and ARIA all over again. No thank you, bitch! You can go away now. You’re a skank polluting my air right now and I’m kind of over it.
(Katherine’s smirk turns into a full fledged grin and she slaps the absolute shit out of Olivia, spinning her around and almost sending her to the floor. Olivia grabs her stinging cheek and looks up at Katherine with nothing but malice in her eyes.)
Katherine Helle: :mjlol2:
Olivia Tate: You want a match with me?! FINE! BUT IT’S YOUR FUNERAL!
(Katherine winks at Oliva and walks off, having gotten exactly what she wanted. Meanwhile, Olivia is still holding her cheek and is in absolute disbelief over what just occurred. Kyra Phillips strolls back into the scene with her microphone in hand.)
Kyra Phillips: Uhhhh! Care to give us an insight to what just happened Oliva??
(Olivia has finally steadied herself and she’s clenching her fists at her sides.)
Olivia Tate: Just. Shut. Up. My moneymaker is about to BRUISE and I DO NOT want to talk about it ever.
(Olivia lets out a huff before storming off, leaving Kyra alone as it cuts to a commercial break.)
(EAW Returns from commercial break to the main deck where the crowd are all standing around the ring cheering loudly. The company’s very own Gina Romano walks up the steps and enders to a rowdy cheer from the fans.)
Gina Romano: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is a New Era Classic Block B Match!!!
(The fans all cheer loudly as the cameraman in the front row is sure to get a view of as many of them as he can before it shifts back to the hard camera.)
Gina Romano: Introducing first, he hails from Yokohama, Japan by way of Chicago, Illinois… Representing the Voltage brand… He is JAY JERRY JOHNSON!!!
(All eyes divert to the curtains at the back of the deck as Future by POA hits over the P.A System causing the crowd to start to boo. Those boos only get louder when the curtains part ways and JJJ slowly walks out with an air of confidence about him. He is decked out in his gear and has his hands behind his back. He stops at the marker and looks around at the fans closest to him and nods to himself.)
Eve: JJJ competing tonight in a huge match against Sweet Caroline who picked up a HUGE win last week.
Deadprez: You ain’t kidding there Eve, tonight though stands to be even bigger. This is Dynasty vs Voltage Part Deux coming up and I am all for it as these fans are!
(Security steps between Jerry and the fans forcing them away from the young superstar as he begins to walk the aisle towards the ring. The boos growing only louder for him which shows no signs of phasing the Voltage superstar. Once he reaches the ringside area he pulls himself up to the apron and enters the ring via the middle rope, he looks around before approaching the opposite ropes before pulling at them.)
Gavin Kirkland: Huge opportunity for JJJ here, but he is going to find it tough going up against the cutest talent in EAW.
Gina Romano: And his opponent, she hails from Newark, New Jersey… Representing the Dynasty brand, and being accompanied to the ring by Doctor Bethany Blue… SHE IS SWEET CAROLINE!!!
(Immediately Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond hits over the P.A System causing the energy to shift from boos to cheers. All eyes once again focus on the curtain which flies open with an overly excitable Caroline bursting through them. She stops and waves before turning back and waiting for Doctor Bethany Blue to step through the curtains next to an even louder reception from the fans.)
Gavin Kirkland: Our Empress of Elite is on the boat and once again in the corner of Caroline. You think she’s training her up to be a nurse? You think Caroline would want to practice on me?
Eve: I don’t think so Gavin.
Gavin Kirkland: To what exactly, the training or practising on me?
Deadprez: Oh my god maaaaan…
(The sound of laughing from Prez is enough to take the attention away from the commentary team and back to the entrance where the crowd is now singing along with the song while both Caroline and Doctor Bethany Blue walk towards the ring where Jay Jerry Johnson awaits. Once at ringside Bethany begins to walk up the steel steps onto the apron while Caroline pulls herself up using the ropes. JJJ exits the ring behind them to ringside as the two women enter. Caroline leaping onto the ropes and bounces on them while waving to the crowd and her big smile. Bethan is pointing to her and nod proudly.)
Gavin Kirkland: JJJ getting out of dodge for a hot minute.
Eve: Despite the hot crowds thoughts on him tonight, some good sportsmanship with the New Era Classic tournament.
Deadprez: If you ask me he didn’t want to get his ass handed to him by Doctor Bethany Blue.
Gavin Kirkland: That is one doctor who can give me a physical any time of the week. In fact I think i’m due for a check up!
Eve: Why am I not shocked…
(The music begins to die down now, Caroline walks over to the ropes and sits them allowing Bethany to exit the ring but not without the two having a quick talk amongst themselves. Once the good doctor has exited the ring, JJJ slides in almost like a snake waiting to strike an unsuspecting prey in Caroline. She turns around before he could though and backs up a little to her corner while the official makes him go into his.)
DING!!! DING!!! DING!!!
Deadprez: Hold onto your hats folks, this should be a fantastic bout but also the forecast is for some wind later on possibly!
Eve: Away we go, JJJ comes out of his corner to meet with Caroline in the middle of the ring. The two lock up wasting very little time to get this party started. JJJ gets the upper hand however and forces Caroline to the ropes, he goes for a stiff chop but catches nothing but air when Caroline ducked under the attempt. JJJ turns around into a kick from Caroline and an Irish whip sends him across the ring.
Gavin Kirkland: But JJJ spins through and reverses and sends Caroline to the ropes instead. She leaps up onto the middle and springboards off, twisting in the air with that athletic ability for a cross body and hits JJJ!
Deadprez: JJJ falls back but rolls through though and is back on his knees and steps up to his feet while still holding Sweet Caroline before shifting her body and slamming her down onto the canvas.
(The crowd immediately boos the slam on Caroline while Doctor Bethany Blue watchings intently.)
Eve: One thing going into this match you had to believe Caroline’s athletic ability was something to watch out for, and right there JJJ did just that to his credit.
Deadprez: He doesn’t look done either, now as Caroline rolls over to get up JJJ stomps her back down to the canvas, She tries to get up and he stomps her down again and again before pulling her up on all fours only to smash his elbow into the back of her skull.
Gavin Kirkland: He pulls her up and hits another elbow smash to the back of the head and one more! HE is taking no prisoners tonight, that is for sure! That said, forget about Caroline being a nurse in training, let me nurse her back to health after this match if it keeps going like this!
(At ringside Bethany hits the canvas catching JJJ’s attention which gets a smirk from him. From there he flips Caroline over like she were a table and hooks both legs.)
Eve: NO! CAROLINE KICKS OUT!!! And JJJ isn’t wasting time he pulls Caroline up and sends her into the nearest corner with an Irish whip. The impact rocks not just that corner but even the ring as well as Caroline’s spine no less as she perches in the corner.
Deadprez: This isn’t like last week that’s for sure. But JJJ is confident right now, it shows on his face and that means he’s more dangerous than ever. Johnson runs to the corner with Caroline in and Sweetness gets her boot up to JJJ’s face! He shakes it off and runs at the corner again looking for a clothesline but this time Caroline counters with an elbow of her own. She hits another and another before grabbing hold of JJJ and hits an STO into the second turnbuckle pad!
Gavin Kirkland: Huge counter move there from Sweet Caroline and the good Doctor approves. But a lot like JJJ Caroline isn’t resting on her laurels either, she rolls JJJ further into the ring and hooks his legs but doesn’t even get a one count for her trouble!
Eve: Too soon on her part and she realises that. JJJ begins to get to his feet while Caroline begins to stalk him now. A role reversal if there ever was one in the early moments of this match! JJJ shakes the cobwebs away and seemingly knows where Caroline is and attempts a leg sweep but Caroline leaps over the leg. JJJ leaps up for a roundhouse kick but Caroline ducks under THAT too with a roll through to go behind him once again and gets to her feet.
Deadprez: Already she leaps onto the middle rope before JJJ can turn around and when he does he already notices Caroline in the air as she connects with an Asai moonsault which pops the crowd. Grabbing both of Jerry’s legs she pins!
Gavin Kirkland: NOOOOO KICK OUT BY JAY JERRY JOHNSON!!! He is one lucky bastard, kicks out before the two and has a woman like Caroline laying on top of him for the cover! Caroline is pushed off though by Johnson, not something I would do but then I’m not in this match.
Eve: No you’re NOT Gavin, and this isn’t the bedroom not that you’d stand a chance anyway. Caroline rolls away towards the ropes and begins to pull herself up. Jay Jerry Johnson is back up onto his feet and runs at Sweet Caroline and aims for her head with a running Clothesline designed to take her up and over that top rope!
Deadprez: But that sweet one pulls that rope down and the momentum sends JJJ up and over that rope to the outside in front of these hardcore fans who bought tickets for this show tonight. HELL of a night so far as well and that isn’t discounting the fact we’re back on a boat! Caroline though is back up on her feet and looks like she has something in mind herself while JJJ gathers his bearings.
Gavin Kirkland: Caroline is a perfect blend of everything you want to find in an EAW Star, she runs to the ropes and dives through them for a SUICIDE DIVE!
Eve: But she grabs hold of JJJ and drives him head first into the one inch matting that protects him from the deck of this cruise ship and just like that Caroline gets this crowd going with a few high fives for good measures, go get him girl!!!
Crowd: SWEEEEET CAROLINEEEEEEE!!
Gavin Kirkland: SWEEEEEEET CAROLINEEEEE!! Is back on the offensive here, she pulls JJJ back to his feet but he stumbles away towards the apron. Doc Blue gives a knowing nod to Caroline and she tries to grab hold of JJJ but he shoves her away while backing away towards the steel steps. The feisty CAroline however isn’t done yet and goes back on the attack!
Deadprez: She tries for a right hand but JJJ blocks the strike and plants a quick thumb to the rookie’s eye. Caroline immediately backs up covering her face and this crowd is letting JJJ know what they think about THAT!
(Like Deadprez said the crowd boo’s loudly, Doctor Bethany Blue takes a step forward to yell at the official with what happened and turns her attention to JJJ who backs up a little from the Empress of Elite.)
Eve: JJJ being smart there and wanting none of the good doctors, although Bethany should be careful as well. She doesn’t want to inadvertently cost Caroline the match with a DQ either. JJJ now grabs hold of Sweet Caroline and drags her around the ring angrily and away from Doctor Bethany Blue and any words of encouragement she would have.
Gavin Kirkland: Smart from JJJ there, although he really shouldn’t handle her like that I wouldn’t because i’m a gentleman. JJJ man handled Caroline back into the ring like a rag doll. She tries to create some separation between them but he grabs hold of her leg.
Deadprez: Caroline kicks out at JJJ but he just laughs while reaching down and pulling her to her feet, but that laugh is cut short after a stiff European Uppercut from Caroline! This crowd loves it a lot more than JJJ does. She goes for a forearm shot but Jerry blocks and hits two VICIOUS SLAPS to the face of Caroline before spinning her around with a follow up elbow for good measure!
Eve: Oof I felt that from here as did Caroline, the impact spins her around and JJJ isn’t done there he delivers an inch perfect backstabber, she bounces hard off his knees and lands on the canvas… JJJ rolls her over to her back and covers. This could be it guys…
Gavin Kirkland: KICK OUT BY CAROLINE!! Sweet Caroline kicks out and everyone rejoices! Everyone but JJJ who shouts at the referee while slapping his hands together demanding a faster count.
(The referee shows JJJ two fingers and adamantly tells him he counted fairly. JJJ disagrees and waves him away as he looks around to see Caroline by the apron trying to get out of the ring. He rushes over and grabs hold of her legs to pull her back towards the ring but Caroline grabs the middle rope and holds on.)
Deadprez: Looks like a game of tug-o-war here in the ring, JJJ is trying to pull Caroline away, Bethany Blue is yelling at her to keep hold. JJJ though pulls with all his might, the momentum however lifts Caroline up as shes forced to let go. JJJ lets go as well and Caroline spins through and lands on her feet.
Eve: JJJ is stunned for a moment but that is long enough for Caroline to grab hold of his arm and place her head underneath. Northern Lights suplex from out of nowhere by Caroline on JJJ and she bridges for a pin…
Gavin Kirkland: NOOOOOOO!! JJJ KICKS OUT!! SO CLOSE THERE BY CAROLINE!!!
CROWD: LET’S GO CAROLINE!!!
CROWD: JERRY SUCKS!!!
CROWD: LET’S GO CAROLINE!!!!
CROWD: JERRY SUCKS!!!
Eve: This crowd has been fully behind Caroline tonight and she feels that love. Using her flexibility she rolls back to her feet from the bridging position, that flexibility on full display and… DOUBLE STOMP!!! CAROLINE DOUBLE STOMPS THE CHEST OF JJJ!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Just when I think i couldn’t love her any more, she shows off that level of flexibility and my mind is already thinking up stu-
Eve: ANYWAY!! Caroline is back up to her feet once more and she lifts her leg up and drops a split leg drop across the chest of JJJ now! Grabbing hold ofa leg, Caroline sits on the chest of JJJ for the cover….
Gavin Kirkland: GOD I WISH I WAS HIM RIGHT NOW!!!
Deadprez: NO!!!!! JJJ LIFTS HIS OTHER LEG AND USES THOSE TO HOOK THE ARMS OF CAROLINE AND ROLLS HER TO HER BACK AND PINS HER!!!
Eve: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! KICK OUT BY CAROLINE WHO ROLLS FORWARD WITH HER OWN MOMENTUM NOW AND STRADDLES THE CHEST OF JJJ, SHE HAS BOTH LEGS AND IS PUTTING ALL HER WEIGHT INTO IT!!!
DING!!! DING!!!!! DING!!!
(IMMEDIATELY Caroline leaps off JJJ and falls down to the canvas, JJJ sits up and looks shocked. Caroline is brought to her feet by the official and raises her arm while JJJ holds his head.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH AS A RESULT OF A PINFALL…. SWEET CAROLINE!!!!
(Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond hits over the P.A System which seemingly snaps JJJ out of his shocked trance. He turns around to get back to his feet, looking for Caroline but standing with her in the ring now is Doctor Bethany Blue and immediately backs away after considering his options…)
Eve: WOW WOW WOW what a result for Caroline here tonight, another huge win for her and Doctor Bethany Blue could not be happier for her protege!
Gavin Kirkland: Everyone here is ecstatic for her, hell of a moment for sure. She earns another 2 points tonight.
Deadprez: JJJ is livid right now, I can tell but while he is pissed. There is no raining on Sweet Caroline parade tonight, congrats girl you earned it.
(As they continue to celebrate, the show cuts to an ad for the Grand Rampage.)
(Coming back from the ad, the camera pans to the center of the ring where the man is standing with a mic poised.)
Deadprez: Do we know who this guy is?
Eve: I don’t, but he was obviously important enough to be given a microphone.
Gavin Kirkland: You kidding? They give any jackass around here a mic. Amir Yusef gets one for Christ’s sake.
(The man waits for the commotion to die down, before starting to speak.)
Man: Good Evening. If I could just have a moment of your time on this beautiful Cruise Ship!
(Boos ring out, the crowd is already not taking to this man who in their eyes is interrupting the show.)
Man: My name is Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid and I am a representative of Saudi Arabia.
Deadprez: I know what this is about now. Charlie Marr signed that exclusivity contract, didn’t he? This must be something to do with that.
Gavin Kirkland: Saudi Arabia… that means this guy must have money which makes him my new best friend.
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: My glorious country has now righted the wrongs of the United States of America and the United Kingdom and we have fully endorsed Charlie Marr as our National hero.
(Boos ring out even more, but the Sheik isn’t in the slightest bit perturbed.)
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: You may boo, and yet Charlie represents everything that the Saudi Arabian government stands for. Power….
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: Integrity…
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: And finesse.
Gavin Kirkland: Is he saying America doesn’t stand for those things?
Eve: And the United Kingdom
Gavin Kirkland: Everyone hates them though, it doesn’t count.
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: We had stake when our esteemed Prince came in last year during Voltage, but we were always looking for the right person to represent us here in Elite Answers Wrestling. And we always had our eyes on Charlie Marr. Charlie IS the greatest wrestler here on Showdown, if not the entirety of EAW. We are proud to have him with us here tonight, to present to you all.
Eve: Why is this happening?
Gavin Kirkland: Not a clue
Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid: So, without further ado, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia PRESENTS… CHARLIE MARR!!!!
(Without any music, Charlie steps out onto the ring looking all dapper in a smart, expensive suit, shirt and tie.)
Eve: That’s Charlie Marr?
Gavin Kirkland: That’s what money does baby… I wonder if I can be Saudi’s official color guy.
(The camera pans in on Charlie smirking, as he moves his suit arm back to reveal and expensive looking watch and bracelet.)
Deadprez: I reckon those two items alone are worth more than I earn in a year.
(Charlie then starts to make his way down to the ring, slowly and purposefully, taking in the moment and ‘allowing’ everyone to look at him, the title over his shoulder not the only Gold in his possession. He reaches the steps and climbs them, the Sheik going as far as to sit on the middle rope so that Charlie can enter. Charlie looks around for a few moments, basking in the reaction. He then asks for the mic which the Sheik passes to him, Charlie once again looking out over the crowd.)
Charlie Marr: What’s the matter Showdown? Even at sea? Not used to seeing old Charlie Marr getting his due respect.
(More boos rain down, probably even louder than before.)
Charlie Marr: Used to seeing me overlooked for every opportunity. Chances given to the ‘Golden Child’s’ of this company? I told you, all of you. Adam Lucas wasn’t a good Hardcore Champion. Limmy Monaghan wasn’t a good Hardcore Champion. I am a GREAT Hardcore Champion, and that is why I stand before you right now. Just think about it for a second. My friend here, Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid, didn’t sign exclusive rights to Kassidy Heart even though she is the longest reigning World Champion of all time. He didn’t go to TLA because he is the Answers World Champion. He saw through all of that. He saw who the true talent was in this company, and he signed ME.
(He jabs a thumb into his own chest.)
Charlie Marr: And my exclusivity came with ‘generous’ rewards.
(He once again flashes the watch; he once again receives the boos.)
Charlie Marr: Jealousy is not becoming people. In fact, it’s kind of ugly.
(He smiles at the Sheik who smiles back, obviously impressed with Charlie’s words. Charlie walks around the ring, changing position before continuing.)
Charlie Marr: But it isn’t surprising. Just like it isn’t surprising how already I am the greatest Hardcore Champion of all time, not just endorsed by a company but by the entire Saudi Arabian government. Let that sink in when you try to tell me Limmy or Adam were better, where were their exclusivity deals huh? I’d be surprised if Adam Lucas got offered store brand Cola. Now that I have this belt, I’m not going to allow someone like Ronan Malosi or the Rogues Gallery to take it from me or stop my momentum. Whilst at the same time, because of who I am, I am not going to pacify myself with what I have. That’s why I am announcing right here and now that the Grand Rampage match, I am officially entered in it. Not only that, but I am also going to win it, Main Event, the biggest wrestling event in history, winning TWO championships in the process.
(The Sheik applauds the Saudi’s chosen one.)
Charlie Marr: But none of you should be surprised by this, because I AM Charlie Marr. And the rest of the ‘Elitists’ around here, quite simply, are not.
(Boos once again ring around the arena, and Sheik Omar Abdul-Mahid holds out his hand for a handshake, which Charlie is about to accept.)
Voice: Wait… one minute.
Gavin Kirkland: Here we go
(Ronan Malosi steps out onto the stage looking almost green from the sea sickness. He doesn’t look well at all, and holds up his hand, asking for a moment before putting both hands on his knees, trying to keep the vomit down.)
Charlie Marr: Come on Malosi, you obviously have something to say, spit it out. In fact no, keep it down. No one by the side of the stage wants to be covered in your chunks.
(Ronan finally regains control, though still looks a little unsteady.)
Ronan Malosi: Yeah, Yeah. Laugh it up Charlie. In fact, make the most of your current situation because it isn’t going to last
Charlie Marr: Like your dinner staying in your stomach.
(Ronan holds his mouth, trying to keep his food down.)
Ronan Malosi: I get it, you now think you are equal to me now you have the sharp suit, and the bling… and some Saudi Sheik as a Sugar Daddy.
Deadprez: Ooo, low blow
Ronan Malosi: But let’s see how long that ‘exclusivity’ deal lasts when you don’t make it to Pain for Pride in any capacity. Not as the winner of Grand Rampage, and certainly not as the Hardcore Champion.
Charlie Marr: And let me guess, you are the one going to stop that from happening.
Ronan Malosi: That’s…
(He pauses, once again feeling the turning in his stomach which he tries to ignore.)
Charlie Marr: Struggling Ronan?
Ronan Malosi: I am going to stop you Charlie, because unlike you I am a self-made man. Every dollar I have, I earn. I don’t need a multi-million handout from oil money to kick your ass. And at Grand Rampage, that is exactly what I am going to do.
(Charlie chuckles to himself, finding it even more difficult to take Ronan seriously in the state he’s in.)
Charlie Marr: Fair enough, you are entitled to your opinion. But I have a question for you?
Ronan Malosi: Go on
Charlie Marr: WHY WAIT!!!
(Charlie invites Ronan to the ring, the fans roaring.)
Deadprez: Think this is all about to kick off
Eve: I don’t think so… look
(Ronan shakes his head, holding his stomach.)
Ronan Malosi: Yeah, just like Charlie Marr to challenge someone when he is obviously at minus one percent. I’ll wait till Grand Rampage, when I will be at full throttle.
(Charlie chuckles again, saying something to the Sheik.)
Charlie Marr: Shy huh? Then I’ll come to you.
(Charlie drops the title in the ring and slides out the ring, running up the ramp. Ronan see’s this and turns, running through the curtain and then the corridors. He knows what Charlie is catching though, and he is unable to run fast in his condition, so he hides in a cupboard, shutting the door just before Charlie comes around the corner.)
Charlie Marr: Oh Ronan, I have something for you.
(Behind Charlie the cupboard slowly opens, and Ronan clocks him on the back of the neck sending him forwards. Ronan then spins him around and lands a right hand, then tries another but Charlie blocks it, and hits Ronan with an uppercut, before slamming his head against the wall, denting it. Charlie grabs a dazed Ronan by the neck and drags him back through the corridors, and then back through the curtain and onto deck, the fans roaring. Ronan looks even more worse for wear now, but Charlie doesn’t care, and drags him towards the edge of the boat.)
Deadprez: What the hell is he doing?
Eve: Hopefully, not what I think he is doing
Gavin Kirkland: If you’re thinking, what I’m thinking, then my God I hope he is.
(Ronan realizing his predicament tries to escape, but Charlie has him in a headlock, and gives him a couple of punches for good measure.)
Eve: Ronan isn’t well, he can’t fight back
Deadprez: And Charlie knows it, he’s using this to send a message
(Charlie looks at the fans with a huge smirk on his face and then lifts Ronan up, bailing him over the side of the ship.)
Deadprez: Oh my God… Ronan is dead… again!!!
(Charlie doesn’t even look and walks away from the edge of the ship, making his way through the fans. As he exits, the Rogues Gallery run out, obviously concerned. Pandora has a life preserver in her possession to throw overboard to help Ronan, crocodile tears in her eyes.)
Deadprez: This is awful. Hawk will not like this one bit. Charlie went too far.
Eve: I agree
Gavin Kirkland: Oh, come on, don’t be a pair of pussies. That was BRILLIANT!!
(The Rogues Gallery look overboard, and Lucas Knight points, the camera following where he is pointing and focusing on a lifeboat hanging off the side of the ship. In that lifeboat, seemingly unconscious is Ronan Malosi, luckily having been saved from plunging into the waters below.)
Gavin Kirkland: Well, I’ll be damned!
Deadprez: Ronan Malosi got lucky. How many lives has that man got?
Eve: I don’t know, but I’ve got a feeling he’s going to need a few more when Charlie Marr gets his hands on him at Grand Rampage
(The camera pans back to the lifeboat, Ronan sitting up and looking around wondering where he is. Realizing, he looks over the edge of the lifeboat and immediately pukes up, his vomit sailing in the wind as it cuts to a commercial break for Dramamine.)
(The camera cuts to Gina Romano in the ring after the commercial break.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…ONE FALL!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Gina Romano: AND IS A MATCH IN BLOCK A OF THE ICONIC CUP TOURNAMENT!
(‘Hey Superstar’ by Madina Lake is first to play, and out comes Sierra to a mostly positive reaction from fans, who watches her head to the ring, looking determined for the task ahead.)
Gina Romano: Introducing first! Hailing out of San Jose, California, weighing in at 121 pounds…SHE IS THE KILLJOY…SIERRA!!
Eve: Focus in the eyes of Sierra, who can have a big win ahead of her.
Deadprez: Yeah, every win in this tournament counts, and someone with the talent of Sierra has potential to score one on this night.
Eve: But will she is the question?
(‘Nothing Helps’ by ONE OK ROCK is next, and once again, the crowd reaction is mixed, some leaning on the side of Mary, others on the side of Sierra. But Atlas isn’t deterred, matching the same focused energy as Sierra, but high fiving fans along the way.)
Gina Romano: And her opponent! Hailing out of St. Louis, Missouri, weighing in at 125…SHE IS MOST WANTED…MARY S. ATLAS!!
Eve: Because when talking about talented, we cannot exclude Mary S. Atlas from the equation.
Gavin Kirkland: Don’t forget smoking hot.
Deadprez: I think this match can be anyone’s ball game, especially for Mary, who we know isn’t afraid to bend the rules from time to time in order to get what she wants in that ring.
(Both competitors stare at each other from opposite corners as the referee signals for the bell.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: Well, there’s the bell, and it’s time for these two to engage in action. But first, something we’ve seen for many matches in EAW, and that’s the feeling out process as the two circle each other like sharks, neither Sierra or Mary looking to make a move just yet. But eventually do, locking up in the center of the ring, and Mary gets the early advantage with a go behind, having that rear waistlock cinched in tight.
Deadprez: Sierra begins trying to pry those fingers apart of Atlas, and soon manages, spinning herself around with a stray back elbow! But Mary ducked underneath, and Sierra took advantage, grabbing her in a front facelock. But Atlas slowly twirls out of it, keeping hold of Sierra’s wrist for an arm wringer. Sierra rolls through, and escapes the predicament with an arm drag! MARY RUSHES BACK TO HER FEET, BUT RUNS RIGHT INTO ANOTHER ARM DRAG!
Eve: Again, Atlas gets back to her feet, but so does Sierra, who grabs Mary into a standing side headlock! But Atlas slips out the back of it, and applies one of her own, taking Sierra down as well. But Sierra introduces a headscissors, swinging the pendulum, and allowing her to reverse the grounded side headlock. However, the headscissors doesn’t hold Mary for long as she kips out of it!
Deadprez: Both competitors scramble back to their feet, Sierra looks like she’s going for a roundhouse, but doesn’t get very high before Atlas blocks it with her forearms. OOH! Superkick to the knee drops Mary down to one, and Mary looks to follow that up with one to the face. BUT SIERRA BLOCKS HEADSHOT, CATCHING THE BOOT, AND SPINS ATLAS AROUND! …once making a 360, both competitors lock eyes, noticing their at a bit of an early stalemate, BUT MARY RUSHES HER OPPOSITION!
Eve: AND THE LACK OF PATIENCE COMES BACK TO BITE HER AS SIERRA SIDESTEPS WHAT SHE HAD PLANNED, SENDING MARY OUT THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE! Atlas lands on her feet, BUT SIERRA RUNS OFF THE ROPES FOR A SUICIDE DI- NO! Sierra managed to bring herself to a screeching halt, noticing Mary evacuate, and move herself over to the corner barricade area.
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE!
Deadprez: Mary has just been taking her time on the outside, but begins to slither in under the bottom rope, slithering back to the outside once noticing Sierra approach. BUT IT TURNS OUT TO BE A TRAP, PULLING SIERRA OUT UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM ROPE AS SHE GOT CLOSER! CLOTHESLINE ATTEMPT BY MARY- BUT SIERRA DUCKS! Atlas turns around, leant up against the apron, and gets the wind taken out of her with a spinning back kick to the abdomen area.
Gavin Kirkland: Mary drops to all fours, just how I like her. :mjlit:
Eve: :russwtf: …You can tell Mary is gasping for air after that one, and Sierra rolls Mary back into the ring. Sierra goes to follow, BUT MARY IS BACK TO HER FEET, AND CONNECTS WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE HAD WHILE SIERRA WAS HALFWAY IN! Bradford slowly falls down on the canvas, glazed over after what just happened, and it’s here Mary strikes, mounting her with punches while Sierra does her best to cover up against the adversary.
Deadprez: Mary starts to play a bit dirty now, grinding her forearm across the face of Sierra, and the referee has to intervene with a count!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FO-
Deadprez: Mary rises off of Sierra, and begins stomping down on her sternum, grabbing the top rope for assistance. The referee intervenes, separating Mary away from Sierra, and allowing Sierra to pull herself up in the corner. But here comes Mary in hot pursuit, standing Sierra up in that corner a lot quicker, and scoring a knife edge chop before planting her opponent with a snap suplex in the center of the ring, floating over for a cover!
Eve: Sierra manages to kickout, and gets up to a knee, but Mary pushes Sierra’s head with her foot, knocking her back down to all fours, forcing Sierra to crawl over to the ropes, and use them for assistance in standing back up to a vertical base. Mary leans Sierra up against the ropes, and lands ANOTHER knife edge chop that echoes throughout the arena! Sierra staggers her way back into the corner, however, doubled over, trying to recover from this onslaught.
Deadprez: Atlas grabs the back of Sierra’s head, BUT SIERRA FIGHTS HER WAY OUT OF THE CORNER WITH RIGHTS TO THE ABDOMINAL AREA! Center of the ring now, but Mary looks to regain control with a knee to the midsection! Sierra gets leaned up against the ropes, and whipped off! RUNNING RIGHT INTO A DROPKICK BY ATLAS! Sierra jolts up to a seated position, clutching at her mouth and nose area.
Eve: Mary grabs a handful of Sierra’s hair, and positions her throat first on the middle rope, evidently using it to choke her as she pushes down with both hands on the back of Sierra’s neck.
Deadprez: I’d like to choke Sierra, but in a different way.
Eve: …Gavin shut up challenge. Meanwhile, the referee gets involved, giving Mary til the count of five!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE!
Deadprez: Mary finally relents, and Sierra falls onto her side in a heap. Mary nudges Sierra with her foot, and Sierra rolls to the center of the ring, slowly getting back to her feet as Atlas methodically approaches. BUT SIERRA EXPLODES WITH A FOREARM SMASH, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER! Momentarily staggering Mary, BUT SHE QUICKLY COMES BACK WITH A KICK TO THE GUT, AND SENDS SIERRA OUT THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE!
Eve: Sierra lands on her feet, and turns around- BUT THAT MIGHTA BEEN A BIG MISTAKE AS MARY SOARS THROUGH THE AIR WITH A TOPE CON HILO! Mary rolls Sierra back into the ring, and Sierra simply looks glossed over still from what just happened on the outside. But Mary stands her up anyways, positioning her in the corner for an Irish whip to the opposite one. MARY CHARGES IN- BUT SIERRA GETS THE BOOT UP!
Deadprez: And with her opponent stunned, Sierra hops up to the middle rope. BUT MARY CHARGES IN AGAIN, ONLY TO ALMOST RUN STERNUM FIRST INTO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AS SIERRA LEAPS RIGHT OVER HER! Mary turns around, and both competitors run at each other with Sierra looking for a knee of some sorts. But Mary being just a bit quicker, making a go behind for a rear waistlock. But before we can find out what the plan was, Sierra does a go behind of our own.
Eve: Mary tries to prying those hands of Sierra apart, temporarily managing to do so before attempting a pele kick! However, Sierra evades it, and Mary favors her gut after moving up to all fours. Sierra grabs Mary for another rear waistlock, pulling her back up to a vertical base, maybe for a German of sorts! BUT WE ARENT GONNA FIND OUT AS MARY DROPS TO A KNEE, FLINGING SIERRA OFF! Both competitors quickly scramble back to their feet-
Deadprez: OOH! MARY GETS ROCKED WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK BY SIERRA! Atlas stumbles over to the ropes, AND SENDS SIERRA UP AND OVER WITH A BACK BODY DROP AS SHE CAME CHARGING IN! And a rough landing for Sierra, having hit face first on the apron on her way down.
Eve: Atlas heads to the outside, and rolls Sierra back into the ring, soon following herself, and Sierra crawls over to the corner, seating herself in it, which allows for Mary to connect with stomps in the corner! Choking Sierra with her boot on the last one!
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FO-
Eve: The referee pulls Mary away, and this gives Sierra time to get up to a vertical base, clinging close to the ropes as she staggers. But in comes Atlas, who’s on the receiving end of a right hand, reeling her back momentarily. But relentless in her pursuit, right back on Sierra, who this time fires with a back elbow! Forearm smash to the face of Mary, who- again, cuts off any momentum that Sierra tries to build with a knee to the gut! Sierra gets whipped off the ropes by Mary.
Deadprez: DROPKICK ATTEMPT, REMINISCENT OF EARLIER! BUT MARY FLOPS RIGHT ONTO THE CANVAS AS NOBODY WAS HOME, SIERRA HANGING ON TO THE TOP ROPE! Mary gets picked up from all fours by Sierra with a rear waistlock. But Mary frees herself with a back elbow as Sierra favors her eye, which she mighta got hit in with the point of Mary’s elbow. …Atlas turns around, BUT EATS A BICYCLE KICK FOR HER TROUBLES BY SIERRA!
Eve: A stunned Mary rebounds off the ropes, taking Sierra down with a SLINGBLADE! Here’s the cover by Atlas, hooking the leg!
Eve: Only a two count as Sierra got the shoulder up, having a lot more fight left in her. But Mary is looking for answers to extinguish said fight, watching as Sierra picks herself in the corner. MARY RUNS IN FOR A BICYCLE KNEE, AND SIERRA JUST CRUMPLES TO THE CANVAS, CRAWLING TO THE CENTER OF THE RING, TRYING TO CREATE SOME FORM OF SEPARATION! But Mary steps out onto the apron, lining Sierra up for something as she gets to her feet. SPRINGBOARD-
Deadprez: Mary leaps over Sierra, who she saw getting close, and rolls through to her feet. MARY CHARGES AT SIERRA WITH A RIGHT HAND, BUT ITS BLOCKED, AND ANSWERED WITH ONE OF SIERRA’S OWN! Mary is stunned, and gets taken down with a shoot kick! But quickly gets back up, only to be brought down with another by Sierra, who completes a trifecta afterwards.
Gavin Kirkland: Those are long legs on Sierra :shaq:
Eve: Mary finds herself in the corner after that onslaught, and Sierra charges in with jumping double high knees to the chest, followed up by a tornado DDT that spikes Atlas on her head! Cover is made, hooking both legs!
Eve: Mary EXPLODES out the cover! But Sierra lifts Mary back to a vertical base, turning her around for a German suplex possibly, but Mary backpedals into the corner, sandwiching Sierra between her and the turnbuckles! Mary stumbles out the corner, but with her back turned, Sierra charges in to get atop the shoulders of Mary for a VICTORY ROLL!
Deadprez: Sierra counters with a victory roll cover of her own, having a handful of Sierra’s tights!
Deadprez: KICKOUT! Both competitors rush back to their feet, AND MARY GETS CAUGHT WITH A ROUNDHOUSE, TURNING HER AROUND FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX BY SIERRA, BRIDGING ON THE COVER!
Eve: Another kickout by Atlas, showing that she still has a lot of fight left in her. Sierra beckons Mary to stand up before spinning around for Serotonin! But the rolling elbow gets expertly avoided by Atlas, grabbing Sierra in a rear waistlock, but Sierra counters with a go behind for one of her own! BUT MARY STOMPS ON THE FOOT OF SIERRA, ALLOWING HER TO DROP SIERRA TO ALL FOURS WITH A PELE KICK TO THE BACK OF THE NECK!
Deadprez: And Sierra gets deadlifted off the canvas for SLEEPING ARROW! THE BRAINBUSTER CONNECTS! COVER IS MADE, HOOK OF THE LEG!
Deadprez: KICKOUT! Sierra continues to fight, but how much of it does she have left in her as she lies motionless on the canvas following that wicked brainbuster. And Mary is gonna aim to finish this match off, climbing to the top turnbuckle, albeit slowly, but that’s the wear and tear from this matchup. Might not matter though, because as I said, Sierra has not moved a muscle since that brainbuster.
Eve: …MACHO MADNESS! DIVING ELBOW DROP DOESNT LAND AS SIERRA NARROWLY GOT OUT OF THE WAY! Mary favors her elbow before rolling out onto the apron, Sierra follows shortly after, standing Mary back up. BUT ATLAS SCORES A FOREARM SMASH! SIERRA FIRES BACK WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE! ELBOW BY MARY! SHOOT KICK TO THE RIBCAGE BY SIERRA! ATLAS FIRES BACK WITH A KICK TO THE GUT, DOUBLING OVER SIERRA FOR ANOTHER BRAINBUSTER?!
Deadprez: NO! SIERRA SHOVES MARY BACK FIRST INTO THE LED RINGPOST, CAUSING MARY TO DROP OFF THE APRON, GRABBING AT HER BACK! BUT SHES LEFT OPEN FOR A RUNNING CANNONBALL SENTON BY SIERRA OFF THE APRON, WIPING HER OPPONENT OUT BEFORE ROLLING HER BACK INTO THE RING!
Gavin Kirkland: I sense this one could be over soon, and I’m hoping the opposite, because I want neither of these women to leave my screen. :mjcry:
Eve: Mary staggers into the corner, resting her arm on the middle turnbuckle, but gets lifted up to the top one, back facing Sierra. Could we be seeing an avalanche back suplex? …NO! As Mary fights out of it with pointed elbows to the back of Sierra’s neck, followed by back elbows, knocking her off the top turnbuckle, and putting her in dropzone distance.
Deadprez: Mary perches herself on the top turnbuckle, CONNECTING WITH A MOONSAULT! HOOKING THE LEG AFTERWARD, REFEREE GETS INTO POSITION!
Deadprez: KICKOUT! And you gotta wonder if that can be pinned on the time it took for Mary to get the cover, that moonsault having taken some air out of her lungs. But a groggy Mary lifts Sierra up to a knee, having a handful of hair. But also a look of determination to put this one away with a SUPERKICK!
Eve: HEADSHOT DOESNT CONNECT AS SIERRA ONCE AGAIN CATCHES THE BOOT BEFORE SPINNING ATLAS AROUND, DAMN NEAR DIMMING HER LIGHTS WITH SEROTONIN! ROLLING ELBOW CONNECTS, AND THAT STUNS MARY LONG ENOUGH FOR SIERRA TO LIFT HER UP INTO AN ARGENTINE RACK!
Deadprez: …SELF DESTRUCTOR! THE KNEE STRIKE CONNECTS, AND SIERRA GOES FOR THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Gina Romano: HERES YOUR WINNER…SIERRA!!
(‘Hey Superstar’ by Madina Lake blares throughout the arena as Sierra rises off the canvas to have her hand raised in victory by the referee.)
Eve: What a win for Sierra!
Deadprez: Yeah, it was a hard fought match for both of these competitors, and earlier on, you thought this would’ve gone another way, given how Mary was doing a good job at halting the momentum of Sierra whenever she tried to build it.
Eve: But in the end, Sierra managed to battle back, scoring an elbow that stunned her opponent long enough for Self Destructor to connect.
Gavin Kirkland: I’m sad to see these two go, but happy that Becca Black vs Miku Sakai is our next match! :mjlit:
(The camera fades elsewhere on a shot of Sierra backpedaling up the ramp while looking at a stirring Mary S. Atlas in the ring.)
(Aurora Monroe is pictured making her way through the thin corridors of the ship, arriving at a door that has Hurricane Hawk’s name on it. She doesn’t look happy, which considering what happened on Voltage isn’t any great surprise, and she seems intent on getting something off her chest. After a breath, she pounds on the door, a faint ‘come in’ heard from the other side. She steps into the makeshift office where Hurricane Hawk is sitting behind a desk, a laptop his means of watching the show taking place. As Aurora walks in, Hurricane Hawk respectfully turns to give her his undivided attention, a fact that doesn’t improve her mood any.)
Hurricane Hawk: Aurora, I believe you want to see me.
Aurora Monroe: Enough with the formalities, I want to know what you are going to do to make this right?
(Hawk quickly understands her mood, and adjusts tact accordingly not wanting to escalate the situation.)
Hurricane Hawk: Aurora, I’m the General Manager of quite possibly the most chaotic show on television. This week we are coming from the confines of a cruise ship, I’m sure you understand there is a lot going on. Do you care to elaborate?
Aurora Monroe: I’m not talking about tonight.
Hurricane Hawk: Oh, I see. I apologize.
Aurora Monroe: I’m talking about what happened on Voltage last week.
Hurricane Hawk: Ah, I see.
Aurora Monroe: Exactly. Lucas Knight saw fit to poke his nose into my business and distracted me enough to ensure that I lost to Cloud Stryfe in a match I was supposed to win. Now, because of him, I lost a high-profile match in the New Era Classic and my chances of winning the whole thing have decreased.
Hurricane Hawk: I can see why you would have a problem with that
Aurora Monroe: Good, then we agree then?
Hurricane Hawk: Are we?
Aurora Monroe: Yes, you agree that I should get Lucas Knight in a match, and I should get him TONIGHT. I’m not going to stand by and let him get away with this, and you shouldn’t either. He should be punished, not by being suspended or given a fine, but by being made to pay the piper. Me.
(Hawk holds up his hands, immediately darkening Aurora’s attitude.)
Aurora Monroe: I’m warning you; you do not want to upset me any further.
(Hawk rolls his eyes, more than used to idle threats from his roster.)
Hurricane Hawk: Look Aurora, I see your plight, truly I do. I get why you want to get back at Lucas Knight, and I understand that you want this match to happen as soon as possible. But the fact is my hands are tied. You are contractually obliged to take part in the New Era Classic until either the tournament is over, or you are officially eliminated. Until then, your dance card is full and there is nothing I can do about that.
Aurora Monroe: WHAT!!
(She slams her hands down on Hawks desk causing him to recoil a little.)
Aurora Monroe: You’re the General Manager of this place, you can make it happen. Heck, I’ll wrestle two matches in one night.
Hurricane Hawk: I can’t
Aurora Monroe: Can’t or won’t.
(Hawk can see her getting more and more frustrated, but really does have his hands tied. The fact was, what Lucas Knight did, went against what he believed in, but the tournament rules were that. Rules.)
Hurricane Hawk: I can’t Aurora, without putting the whole New Era Classic in jeopardy. It’s just not something I can authorize, no matter how much I want to.
Aurora Monroe: So, you are telling me that clown gets away with it?
Hurricane Hawk: No, I’m asking you to bide your time and wait for your moment. By the sound of it Lucas and his Rogues Gallery have no intention of going anyway, so I promise you that I will give you your moment for retribution.
Aurora Monroe: When?
(She obviously isn’t going to let this go and needs at the very least pacifying, and Hawk moves to achieve that.)
Hurricane Hawk: I’ll tell you want; you promise me to not do anything rash…
Aurora Monroe: I can’t promise that
Hurricane Hawk: Stay out of their way, and I’ll give you your match with Lucas Knight
Aurora Monroe: I’m listening
Hurricane Hawk: The Showdown after Grand Rampage it will be you and Lucas Knight, and to keep Serotonin out of it, that match will take place within the confines of a STEEL CAGE!!! You’ll get your moment with Lucas Knight Aurora, but then this little spat is over, you understand me? We wrestle, and I AM going to get it through to people if it’s the last thing I do.
(Aurora digests the offer thoughtfully, and then nods her head, bringing a sigh of relief from Hawk’s lips.)
Aurora Monroe: That’s fine by me…
Hurricane Hawk: Good, but don’t forget, stay out of their way.
(Aurora grins, and makes for the door, looking back over her shoulder.)
Aurora Monroe: I won’t forget, but like I said I can’t promise.
(She leaves, happy with the conclusion, Hawk making a note of the match in his diary.)
Hurricane Hawk: What happened to the days we ran the roster and not the other way around.
(Scene cuts as the camera pans around the Cruise ship to the crowd around the ring and the rampway leading there, placed on the deck of the ship as Gina Romano stands in the ring to introduce the next match….)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING HAS A TWENTY MINUTE TIME LIMIT AND IT IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!
Gina Romano: AND IT IS AN ICONIC CUP BLOCK A MATCH! INTRODUCING FIRST FROM LONDON, ENGLAND! WEIGHING IN AT 123 POUNDS! ONE HALF OF THE ELECTRIC SAVAGES…. SHE IS “THE THUNDERBOLT” BECCA BLACK!!!
(All Night – S-X ft. Trippie Redd starts to play throughout the cruise ship as Becca Black makes her way up the ramp way, her video playing on the tron set up as she sifts through the crowd before getting up on the barricade and hyping the crowd up as the chorus plays, then gets in the ring, stretching and waiting for her opponent…)
Deadprez: We have an Iconic Cup Block B match with two Voltage Elitists in Becca Black who we are familiar with her battles against The Rogues Gallery and Miku Sakai, her battles with Dr. Bethany Blue when she was on Showdown earlier this season.
Eve: They want to have the power, the Iconic Cup gives you that and the prestige of winning a tournament in memory of Brody Sparks, the last to do that was Minerva in 2020 while she was a member of the Showdown roster.
Gavin Kirkland: Normally I could care less about women outside of Showdown…. Okay that’s a lie but Miku is here. I’m a simp! Remember Territorial Invasion! She’s my Kween!
(As Becca readies herself, the theme fades out and is replaced with Queens Are Trumps by SCANDAL as the fans boo but a group of simps cheer as Miku Sakai walks up the ramp, her video places as she smirks and makes her way to the ring….)
Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT! SHE HAILS FROM FUKUI, JAPAN! WEIGHING IN AT 110 POUNDS! SHE IS ONE HALF OF IDOL-GUN…. MIKU SAKAI!!!!
(Miku smirks and walks down the ramp not giving a care about anyone, she gets in the ring and poses on the second rope, pointing at her simps as they scream in joyous and harmonious praise.)
Gavin Kirkland: There she is! Time to go take another polaroid with her!
Eve: Stay seated Gavin! Miku is out here and there is no love lost between these two with their war culminating at Shock Value! Now 2 or 3 points are on the line!
Deadprez: These two are ready to tear each other up for this important Iconic Cup Tournament match and look at Becca, she is ready as the referee checks both women and calls for the bell.
(DING! DING! DING!)
(The two ladies have a stare down as the crowd cheers. Miku has a smirk on her face and flips Becca off, but the blonde chuckles and flips her back off. The referee signals for both women to start the match as they circle the ring for a moment and go to lock up but Miku fakes it and walks by Becca laughing some, she then turns and looks at Becca before flipping her off again….)
Deadprez: Becca Black charges Miku Sakai with a huge tackle and gets her to the ground1 She starts throwing fists at Miku who is trying to block them but to no avail! Becca is connecting at the start of the match and Miku was surprised and already stunned! Becca picks up Miku before the referee can make a count, whipping her into the ropes and Miku hits hard chest first, Becca from behind and release German Suplex! Miku was folded in half and Becca Black knows what is at stake here! Winning the Iconic Cup all but guarantees that the holder will be the Universal Women’s Champion when they choose to cash it in!
Eve: That is true, and Becca Black could do wonders with something like that if she can put it all together! Right now, Becca is taking the early command to try and control it, you have to with someone as cunning like Miku Sakai, the former Unified Tag Team and Specialists Champion always finds a way to beat the best in the EAW! Becca has Miku back up, wrenching her arm behind the back, lifting up Miku…. NO! Miku slips behind her and hits Becca with a stiff forearm! And another to the back of the head!
Gavin Kirkland: She is doing this for all the simps! Miku is a firecracker, and she has Becca stunned, jumping up behind her … BACK CRACKER! She hit that on point and Becca looks hurt! Miku going for a cover… YES!
Deadprez: Becca kicking out quickly! Say what you will about Becca Black, but she is tough! Miku now is choking her right in front of the referee! She doesn’t care! This is a wear down hold for the Japanese star and anything to get the advantage!
(Miku breaks the hold, she has her hands up and smiles before attacking the throat again and punishing Becca with another choke relentlessly….)
(Miku breaks the hold again, the referee warns her, and she nods, before attacking the throat one more time and this time slamming Becca’s head against the mat…)
(She finally rolls to her feet, bounces off against the ropes and drops a leg across Becca, she rolls back to her feet and drops another one before going for a pin and hooking the leg…)
Eve: Becca Black kicks out! Miku shakes her head looking at the referee and questioning his count, but he is sticking firm and now she starts to punch her in the face, Becca is trying to block but to no avail! She is doing her best, but Miku is too fast, and the referee is about to start the count but again Miku stops! She rolls off Becca and paces, almost waiting for her to get back to her feet!
Gavin Kirkland: This could be a huge mistake! Miku needs to stay on her, giving Becca the chance to get right back up is not such a good idea! Come on Miku! Don’t give her an inch and let her take a mile!
(Becca is back to her feet, Miku charges in, but Becca ducks, Miku turns right into a Lariat that flips Miku over….)
Gavin Kirkland: NOOOOOO!!!! SHE ALMOST DECAPITATED MIKU!
Deadprez: EVERY SIMP ON THE SHIP GASPED AT THE STRENGTH OF THE LARIAT THAT FLIPPED MIKU OVER AND LOOK GUYS! SHE’S NOT MOVING, MIKU MAYBE UNCONSCIOUS AND BECCA SEES IT, HOOKING THE LEG FOR THE COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: MIKU WITH HER SHOULDER UP! WHEW…. I THOUGHT THAT WAS IT BUT MIKU SAKAI IS RESILIENT AND DOING IT FOR ALL THE SIMPS! BECCA LOOKS A BIT SURPRISED BUT AFTER THE WARS THESE TWO HAVE BEEN THROUGH, DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY!
Eve: She almost took Miku’s head off and these two ladies are going hard at it right from the get go! Becca picks up Miku by the hair, she whips her into the ropes, Becca goes for a back body drop, no! Miku leap frogs, Becca turns and Miku with a huge forearm to the jaw and Becca is stunned, NO! Becca with a huge forearm back and Miku now stumbles back and Miku….. with a DEAFENING CHOP THAT MAKES BECCA BEND OVER!
Deadprez: Becca though gets right back up and CHOP ON MIKU AND SHE SCREAMS AS HER CHEST IS BEET RED!
Deadprez: These two ladies are beating the hell out of each other and forearm! Forearm back! Forearm! Forearm back! These two women are trading blows and THUMB TO THE EYE OF BECCA… NO! SHE BLOCKED IT AND HEADBUTT! SHE JUST LITERALLY KNOCKED THE SPIT OUT OF MIKU SAKAI! Miku is down and Becca runs, hopping on the top rope, FEELIN’ FROGGY AND IT CONNECTS! BECCA BLACK ON HER WAY TO TWO POINTS!
Gavin Kirkland: YES!!!!! MIKU KICKSA OUT AND ALL THE SIMPS REJOICE! WE ARE ALL UNITED TO SEE OUR KWEEN HOLD THE ICONIC CUP!
Eve: Becca Black is in shock, and she is looking at the referee who shakes his head holding up a two count! She slams the mat in frustration! Becca needs to keep her composure; she cannot allow for herself to get distracted in anyway and be prone to make a mistake! Becca has Miku back up to her feet, she locks her in a front face lock, lifting her up for a suplex, Miku though twists and lands behind Becca, who turns around and Miku with a stiff kick to the gut! Becca crumbles over and Miku ….. wait she hooks her for STARFALL!
Deadprez: STARFALL! THE VERTEBREAKER AND BECCA BLACK SEEMS TO BE OUT OF IT AND SHE IS NOT MOVING! MIKU IS GOING TO WIN THIS AND SHE DROPS DOWN FOR THE COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: HOW!? HOW DID SHE GET HER SHOULDER UP!? HOW!? BECCA BLACK IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS AND NOW MIKU IS GETTING FRUSTRATED!
Miku Sakai: (Off Mic) YOU FUCKING SUCK REFEREE! COUNT FASTER!
(Miku is slapping her hands has as the referee shakes his head and holds up two fingers. Miku roils her eyes and turns to see Becca barely moving, she gets up and runs to the top rope, perched on there, Miku dives off with a huge splash, but she doesn’t go for the cover, instead she wraps Becca’s legs in a Texas Clover Leaf and turns her over, bending back as Becca screams….)
Gavin Kirkland: SHE IS TRYING TO GET THREE POINTS! YES! MIKU WANTS TO BE THE LEADER BOARD AND SHE IS WRENCHING HARD ON BECCA WHO HAS TO QUIT! SHE HAS TO QUIT! COME ON BECCA…. QUIT!
(Becca Black screams in pain, slamming the mats with her fists and biting down on her hand, shaking her head no as the referee asks her but Becca Black wants nothing to do with that. There is a sense of desperation now, looking around and trying to get out of the hold. She tries to power herself up with the upper body strength but Miku leans back even more as the crowd cheers her on….)
Crowd: BECCA! BECCA! BECCA!
Deadprez: She is trying so hard to maintain herself and while she isn’t the type to tap out, this is a round robin tournament, and she can still gain some points in her other matches! She needs to think long and hard! Miku is not going to relent at all! She will do whatever it takes to make sure that she gets a submission victory! Becca looks like she is going to tap! She can’t hold out much longer!
(Becca tries to slowly reach the ropes but Miku has the hold tight, all the pressure on Becca’s back as she again tries to drag Miku with her but to no avail, finally Becca screams and powers her way up as she tries to muscle Miku up and this time she is able to get her over….)
Eve: WHAT A DISPLAY OF POWER BY BECCA BLACK AS SHE WAS ABLE TO LIFT HERSELF UP AND USE THOISE LEGS TO CAUSE MIKU TO BREAK THE HOLD! Becca is hurt though; the damage is done, and I don’t know if that back is going to hold up! Miku really put so much pressure with that hold and Becca now craws to the corner and…. MUSTACHE RIDE! BECCA DIDN’T EVEN SEE IT COMING! Out of nowhere came Miku and she hit that Bronco Buster!
Gavin Kirkland: Becca is dazed and wait…. Yes she is doing it…. EAT MY ASS!!!! SHE JUST PIE FACED BECCA WITH HER CUTE LITTLE ASS! I LOVE IT! COME DO IT TO ME MIKU! COME HERE!
Deadprez: Miku still in control and she drags Becca put of the corner and wraps her legs up again! She is going for another Cloverleaf and…. BECCA ROLLS HER UP FOR THE COVER!
Deadprez: Miku Sakai kicks out, she runs at Becca, and hits the running knee! Caught Becca flush in the face and Becca is out! She is limp and Miku is now getting the opponent on her feet, Becca is spaghetti legged! Miku trying to lock in the DEATH NOTE AND…. NO! BECCA TURNS AND HITS CHELSEA GRIN! THE SPINNING BACK FIST AND MIKU IS STUNNED! SHE SEEMS OUT OF IT AND HERE COMES BECCA…. HEADSHOT! THE SUPERKICK HIT MIKU RIGHT IN THE FACE AND SHE CRUMBLES LIKE A TON OF BRICKS! BECCA FLIPS OVER ON MIKU HOOKING THE LEGS FOR THE COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: YES! MIKU GETS A SHOUDLER UP! HOW SHE IS IN THIS IS BEYOND ME! SHE HAS TAKEN A BEATING BUT WE HAVE SEEN MIKU SO MANY TIMES OVER GET IN THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS AND STILL WIN! I AM PROUD TO BE HER SIMP!
Eve: You’re a damn shill now stop! Becca Black again is stunned! She doesn’t know what else has to be done here in order to put down Miku. She looks around at the crowd on the cruise ship, thinking of something, anything as she gets up and drags Miku closer to the corner, she hops back up and goes for her Frog Splash…. NO! MIKU WITH A BOOT AND….. BECCA BLOCKED IT! SHE THROWS IT OVER AND MIKU IS BACK ON HER FEET…… KNEE TO THE FACE OF MIKU! SHE HOISTS UP MIKU FOR THE BECCA DRIVER…. NO! HER BACK GAVE OUT AND SHE DROPS MIKU!
(Becca falls to her knees in pain dropping Miku who slowly gets back up smiles and runs against the ropes….)
Deadprez: MIKU GOES FOR ANOTEHR RUNNING KNEE BUT BECCA DUCKS, SHE MISSES AND TURNS AS BECCA THIS TIME PICKSA HER UP AND BECCA DRIVER! SHE HIT IT AND THIS COULD BE OVER! HOOKING THE LEGS!
Deadprez: NO!!!! MIKU SAKAI GETS HER SHOULDER UP AGAIN AND THIS TIME BECCA SCREAMS AND SLAMS THE MAT! SHE CAN’T BELIEVE IT AND LOOK AT HER, SHE IS WAITING AS MIKU IS GETTING UP! SHE IS SLAPPING HER ELBOW! SHE PREPARES FOR THE LIGHTS OUT AND BECCA LOOKS TO FINALLY PUT HER AWAY! MIKU IS SLOWLY BACK UP AND BECCA SPINS…..
Gavin Kirkland: MIKU DUCKS AND BECCA MISSES THE LIGHTS OUT, SHE TURNS AND FEEL THY WRATH! SHE JUST BLINDED BECCA BLACK AND NIGHT NIGHT! YES! THIS SI THE WAY SHE WON THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPIONSHIP!
Eve: BECCA IS OUT COLD AND NOT MOVING! MIKU DROPS ON HER AND HOOKS THE FAR LEG FOR THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER AND AWARDED TWO POINTS… MIKE SAKAI!!!!
(Queens Are Trumps by SCANDAL starts to play throughout the deck of the ship as Miku throws the hooked leg down with force and rolls to her knees looking down at the unconscious Becca, she starts to laugh a little before squinting from the pain that Becca delivered on her earlier. The referee helps Miku to her feet as the crowd boos, the simps cheer.)
Deadprez: Miku takes the victory but not without a fight, Becca Black almost had her at a few times in the match but maybe this young woman will figure out a way to beat her one day!
Gavin Kirkland: HA! Beat her!? Not a chance! Miku was in control the whole time and in the end outsmarted Becca and won the match much like she has countless amounts of times! Miku is going to win the Iconic Cup!
Eve: A great match between two top Elitists, but Miku was a little smarter tonight, we will be right back!
(Miku continues to celebrate while the referee tends to Becca Black as it fades to footage from earlier in the cruise…)
(SCREEN BAR – YESTERDAY – FIRST DAY ON THE SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS)
(We cut to the deck of the Cruise Ship, and we see Adam Lucas and Bethany Blue sunbathing, taking in the rays. Over in a shade part of the deck the camera pans around to reveal Lexi watching them, a towel wrapped around her. The camera pans back to Adam who is laid flat on his back, shades protecting his eyes. He doesn’t even turn to speak to Beth, and she doesn’t turn to respond.)
Adam Lucas: You’ve seen her right?
Dr. Bethany Blue: What over hiding in the shade? Yeah, I’ve seen her. You think she’s going to come over?
Adam Lucas: Christ I hope not. I’m enjoying time with you not having to worry about having to compete.
Dr. Bethany Blue: Whilst coming up with ways to get back at TLA
Adam Lucas: Of course, the contract signing will be interesting later that’s for sure.
Dr. Bethany Blue: Yeah well, this time duck. Chair shots to the skull cause concussions and you don’t need to miss another title match due to one of those
Adam: Alrighty Nurse
Dr. Bethany Blue: Doctor my dear, Doctor. Oh, she’s coming over.
(The camera pans back to Lexi, who has seemingly decided to come sunbathe with Adam and Bethany and is slowly idling her way over.)
Lexi: It will be fine; it was just frustration talking. We’ll have a nice sunbathe, talk about old times and maybe have Ice Cream if they have time. Adam will obviously look at my ass, but Beth will be fine with it. She’ll probably be looking too.
(She suddenly stops, turning her attention elsewhere.)
Dr. Bethany Blue: Why did she stop? Has she changed her mind? Please say she’s changed her mind.
Adam Lucas: No, I think she’s just adjusted her target
(The camera pans to show Limmy Monaghan getting out the pool and walking across the side, making his way over to the bar where he gets a drink, all the time oblivious to Lexi watching him like a Hawk.)
Dr. Bethany Blue: Poor Limmy, should we tell him?
Adam Lucas: Nah, let’s just observe and see what happens
Dr. Bethany Blue: Oh, Lexi Adam you are bad.
Adam Lucas: I know right. You must be rubbing off on me
Dr. Bethany Blue: You wish I was Mister
(The camera pans back to Limmy who now has his drink and makes his way over to a sun lounger on the other side of the pool. Lexi see’s this and is obviously unsure what to do.)
Lexi: They did tell me to leave them alone, and Limmy is looking kinda lonely… and hot. Mostly hot.
(She looks at the couple, then at Limmy, then back to the couple, going back and forth until finally she makes her decision. She heads to the bar, and grabs two drinks, and then as she walks over, Limmy lays down on his back, taking in some rays of his own. Lexi chooses the lounger right next to him and places the drinks on the table between them.)
Dr. Bethany Blue: This is priceless… poor girl.
(Realizing that Limmy hasn’t looked over yet, she seductively lets her towel slip to the floor, revealing all her body which has far as she is concerned should do the trick, but still Limmy doesn’t seem to care. She then stands up, and turns with her ass facing him, and pushes the material of the bikini up into her ass so that it looks like a thong, but still, she doesn’t get a reaction. She then kneels on her lounger, and bends over in classic doggy position, holding her ass as high in the air as she possibly can. But still NOTHING. She gets to her feet, and stamps her foot, ready to give up, but then takes in his body, imagining what she could do with it, her determination even greater to claim his attention.)
Lexi: Playing hard to get huh? I like it.
(With Adam and Beth still watching intently and starting to feel a little like voyeurs she bends over to get her drink, even wiggling her ass in Limmy’s direction hoping to get a bite which doesn’t come.)
Dr. Bethany Blue: Come on Adam we’ve seen enough, that’s go get a drink of our own
Adam Lucas: No way, I’m committed now. Not a chance I’m missing how this ends.
(Lexi then decides to go big or go home, stepping over the lounger so that her ass is no more than a few centimeters from Limmy’s chest, and she starts to twerk, shaking what her momma gave her so to speak, that surely being the move that would do the trick, but still there is nothing, Limmy totally ignoring the obvious come on.)
Lexi: WHAT THE HELL!!!
(Everyone poolside turns to now pay attention to her, but still Limmy doesn’t react.)
Lexi: I GIVE YOU THE FULL SHOW AND NOTHING. NOT EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF ATTENTION. WHAT ARE YOU… GAY?!!!
(Everyone starts to laugh which infuriates Lexi still more.)
Adam Lucas: She’s lost it
Dr. Bethany Blue: Why is he ignoring her?
Adam Lucas: After watching that you have to ask. She’s bananas.
Lexi: WELL, YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE. I’M OFF FOR ICE CREAM AND DON’T COME RUNNING AFTER ME.
(She grabs her towel and heads away from the pool, Limmy sitting up and removing his sunglasses and opening his eyes. He then takes out his Airpods having been listening to music.)
Limmy Monaghan: Did someone say something?
(The Scene fades to ringside as the camera once again pans around the Cruise ship to the crowd around the ring and the rampway leading there, placed on the deck of the ship as Gina Romano stands in the ring to introduce the next match….)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING HAS A TWENTY MINUTE TIME LIMIT AND IT IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!
Gina Romano: AND IT IS AN ICONIC CUP BLOCK B MATCH! INTRODUCING FIRST FROM DETROIT, MICHIGAN! WEIGHING IN AT 117 POUNDS! LEXI!!!!
(“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers STARTS TO PLAY AS Lexi runs up on the ramp and looks out at the cruise ship. She smirks and waves before running to the ring and sliding in, looking around before she waves again to the fans on the ship.)
Deadprez: Well…. Here is Lexi and we saw what she did earlier. This young, beautiful woman is not well, and she doesn’t even know it.
Eve: Lexi is definitely an acquired taste, but no one can deny she is dangerous in the ring. We are going to see what she can do, falling short in her first match for Block B, she looks to pick up some points here.
Gavin Kirkland: Lexi is so hot, that even I wouldn’t touch her with Deadprez’s penis.
(Lexi in the ring stretches out some before her theme dies down and it is replaced with “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande. The crowd boos, some cheer as Veena Adams makes her way up the ramp and stands there looking out at the crowd on the cruise ship. )
Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT! HAILING FROM GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT! WEIGHING IN AT 121 POUNDS…. “THE PRINCESS OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING” VEENA ADAMS!!!!!
(Veena poses before making her way toward the ring, she smirks while looking right at Lexi, entering the ring and posing to the delight of the fans and of course herself.)
Gavin Kirkland: THE KWEEN IS HERE! Veena Adams is about to get some more points and become ICONIC!
Deadprez: She is definitely focused and has had one hell of a resurgence this season and I look for her to do even more heading into Pain for Pride season!
Eve: Both of these women want the points, both are so talented, this match may steal the show tonight!
(Veena looks ready, as the referee checks on both women, he then nods and signals for the bell and the match to start.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
(Both women circle the ring and Veena looks less than enthused. She isn’t really even bothered by Lexi at the moment as they both again, glare at one another before they finally go for a tie up, Veena drops to her knees, using a fireman’s carry and flipping Lexi over in a great wrestling maneuver. She stands up and dusts her hands as Lexi looks up sneering.)
Deadprez: Veena Adams is on a mission, and she has been on a tear as of late, coming back from injury and hasn’t missed a beat. She wants this win, because of two things, Lexi is annoying, and Veena wants that Iconic Cup.
Eve: This would be a huge feather in the cap of Veena Adams to be truthful, she could go on and become the Universal Women’s Champion and imagine if Cameron Ella Ava were to win it? The two women are back to their feet again, they tie up, Lexi with a headlock, but Veena throws her into the ropes, SHOULDER BLOCK by Veena and Lexi falls like a ton of bricks! Veena has a huge smug on her face!
(Veena smirks and stands by the ropes looking at her perfectly manicured nails to make sure she didn’t ruin them. Veena then turns to Lexi who is back on her feet, and she grunts some, before the two circle the ring again and lock up, this time Veena hits a hip toss, Lexi is up and Veena grabs her for an Arm Drag pulling her in, Lexi slams the mats and gets back up charging in but Veena sidesteps with a drop toe hold and then walks on top of Lexi as the crowd cheers, some boo as Veena starts to laugh….)
Gavin Kirkland: Lexi is getting toyed right now by our KWEEN! Veena has her so unbalanced right now and she doesn’t even know what to do at this moment! Lexi can’t get anything going and Veena knows it! This is great! Though Lexi is so shit stir crazy yet so damn cute…. I hate it!
(Lexi is back up and this time they lock up again, Veena goes for another hip toss, Lexi reverses and Veena lands hard, she is back up and Lexi hits a dropkick to the face! Veena falls but is back up and Lexi with a huge clothesline….)
Deadprez: VEENA ADAMS GOES OVER THE TOP ROPE AND TO THE FLOOR! WAIT… LEXI HAS SOMETHING PLANNED, SHE RUNS AT THE ROPES…. SUICIDE DIVE ON VEENA ADAMS AND LEXI SUDDENLY FINDS HEDRSELF IN CONTROL! THE MIXED REACTION AS THE FANS PRETTY MUCH DISLIKE BOTH WOMEN, CAN BE HEATD AND VEENA NOW IS TRYING TO GET UP, LEXI THROWS HER INTO THE POST! VEENA HITS HARD AND LEXI THROWS HER BACK INTO THE RING AND CLIMBS THE TOP ROPE!
Eve: Lexi is perched up there, Veena is to her feet and FLYING BODYPRESS! SHE CONNECTED ON VEENA AND HOOKS THE LEGS FOR THE COVER!
(Veena kicks out and rolls to the ropes, holding them and signaling for a time out….)
Veena Adams: (Off Mic) TIME OUT REF! TIME OUT!
(The referee looks a little puzzled as she is trying to stop the match, but she cannot do that. He waves it off annoying her even more before she finally throws a tantrum and gets in his face but just then Lexi rolls her up in a School Girl from behind….)
Gavin Kirkland: KICK OUT BY THE KWEEN AND VEENA DOESN’T LOOK HAPPY SHE SLAPS LEXI! AND LEXI SLAPS HER BACK! HOW DARE SHE! WHAT DOES SHE THINK SHE IS DOING!? DISRESPECTING VEENA ADAMS LIKE THAT! Lexi whips her into the turnbuckle and she charges in, a big boot to the face… no! Lexi caught Veena’s foot! Spins her around and back body drop! Veena was folded and she is still ass up… actually…..
Eve: I’ll take it from here! Veena is in trouble, she landed hard on her head and neck and Lexi hops off the second rope, Hurricarana on Veena Adams! She falls into The ropes and Lexi runs and does a Tiger Feint Kick! Veena took all of that in the face and she is down! Lexi climbs the ropes and MOONSAULT…. NO! VEENA WITH THE KNEES UP AND LEXI GETS THE WIND KNOCKED OUT OF HER! SHE IS STILL UP AND VEENA HOOKS HER, THE DARK TURN! SHE HIT THAT WITH ALL HER MIGHT AND LEXI IS DOWN! VEENA DOESN’T GO FOR A COVER, INSTEAD SHE STARTS TO LAUGH AND LOOKS AT…. WAIT…..
(Veena points to the huge pool right on the other side of the deck by the fans and the ring, she grabs Lexi by the hair and drags her outside, as she lies on the corner of the apron, Veena slams her forearms repeatedly on the chest of Lexi before dragging her by the hair and she hits the floor with a big thud.)
Deadprez: What is Veena Adams doing!? The referee is a little perplexed himself! He follows Veena and Lexi, who is being dragged to the pool area, Veena clearing the crowd and heading toward the edge! Veena is straddling Lexi and throwing some haymakers! She is really letting Lexi know it and those strikes are vicious! Lexi was covering up and now she’s going limp! She could out cold!
Eve: What is Veena…. Wait… oh no!
(The referee wants to count them both out but he’s trying to get them back in the ring, Veena shakes her head, turns Lexi over, holding the back of her hair and forcing her head into the water while laughing…)
Eve: VEENA ADAMS IS TRYING TO DROWN LEXI POOLSIDE! THIS WOMAN HAS ABSOLUTELY NO REMORSE AND MAYBE THIS IS A MESSAGE TO CAMERON ELLA AVA AND THE REST OF THE ICONIC CUP PARTICIPANTS THAT SHE ISN’T THE BITCH TO BE MESSED WITH! VEENA ADAMS IS BEING RELENTLESS HERE!
Referee: (Off Mic) VEENA STOP THIS OR I WILL DISQUALIFY YOU!
VEENA ADAMS: (Off Mic) NO YOU WON’T!
Referee: (Off Mic) FINE! 1!……. 2!………3!……..4!………
(Veena pulls up Lexi who is gasping for breath and air, then shrugs her shoulders and dips her head back in the water….)
Referee: (Off Mic) 1!……. 2!………3!……..4!………
(Veena again breaks the count by lifting Lexi’s head out of the water, she is gasping and coughing, and Veena again shrugs her shoulders and does it again…)
Referee: (Off Mic) FINE! 1!……. 2!………3!……..4!………
(Finally Veena let’s go and slams Lexi’s head on the side of the pool before she gets up and stares at her trying to catch her breath and holding her head…)
Gavin Kirkland: How vicious and delicious is our Kween! She is mugging Lexi right now and it is great! She is drowning Lexi in the pool! You know earlier Lexi was all trying to get…..
Eve: Seriously Gavin… stop! We may not like Lexi but she doesn’t deserve this! Veena Adams is out of control right now and she has her boot wedged on Lexi’s neck, why is the referee not disqualifying Veena right now!?
Deadprez: Maybe he just let them fight and Veena now picks up Lexi, Veena Adams sets her up and Lexi can barely stand, Veena charges in with a boot and …. LEXI STEPS OUT OF THE WAY BUT VEENA STOPS! SHE STOPS AT THE EDGE, QUICKLY TURNING AROUND AND CHARGING AT LEXI BUT SHE LEAP FROGS, VEENA SPINS AROUND AND SHOTEI! THE PALM STRIKE HITS HARD ON VEENA AND THAT STUNS HER, WHAT IS LEXI DOING!?
(Lexi looks behind her at the pool, she smirks and grabs Veena Adams as the referee has lost complete control of this match….)
Eve: What is she…. Grabbing Veena….. SPANISH FLY INTO THE POOL!
Crowd: HOLY SHIT!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!
Gavin Kirkland: I AM ALL WET…. IMEAN VEENA AND LEXI ARE ALL WET AND THEY SPLASHED RIGHT INTO THAT POOL! WAIT…. CAN VEENA OR LEXI SWIM!? I’M COMING!
(As Gavin scrambles to go save Veena she surfaces, her back beet red from the impact of the water when she hit the pool. Lexi surfaces too and Veena is swimming frantically to the edge, she is able to get up and lie by the pool trying to catch her breath. Lexi gets to the edge too, Veena sees this and gets up, weighted down by the water on her boots and wrestling gear, she scatters to the ring, Lexi gets out of the pool drenched, she then smirks and runs after Veena who slides into the ring, Lexi slides in and takes off one of her soaking wet Convers, she throws it at Veena smacking her in the face….)
Deadprez: Now she just threw her shoe at Veena! Lexi is taking off her other Converse and she chucks that one at Veena too! The referee has lost complete control of this match and Lexi now is taking off that long sock, she is twirling it….. oh shit……
(Veena screams as she was just whipped with a wet sock and the referee is ready to call the bell and instead throws his hands up in the air! )
Referee: (Off Mic) We are on a cruise…. Fuck it!
Eve: SHE IS WHIPPING THE HIDE OFF VEENA ADAMS MY GAWD! LOOK AT THE MARKS ON VEENA’S BACK AND VEENA IS STUNNED…. LIGHTS OUT! SHE JUST SUPERKICKED VEENA ON THE JAW WITH HER BAREFOOT AND THAT WAS BONE TO BONE! SHE COVERS VEENA AS SHE LOOKS OUT AND THIS ONE IS OVER!
Gavin Kirkland: THE KWEEN GETS HER SHOULDER UP AT THE LAST MINUTE! ALL WE HEARD WAS A SMACK AND LEXI THOUGHT SHE HAD HER BUT VEENA KICKS OUT! LEXI AND I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! THE FOOT FETISH MARKS ARE HAVING A FILED DAY RIGHT NOW!
Eve: Like you?
Gavin Kirkland: I plead the fifth.
Eve: Veena Adams is in a lot of trouble and Lexi just took off her other sock and tries shoving it down Veena’s throat! At least it’s not a cum sock… Gavin!
Gavin Kirkland: I…. uh…….
(Veena Adams chokes and coughs as Lexi pushes off and looks at the top rope, she jumps up and is propped up there as Veena lies there prone, Lexi jumps off… )
Deadprez: HEART STOPPER OF FTHE TOP ROPE….. AND NO! LEXI MISSES AS VEENS ROLLS OUT OIF THE WAY BUT SHE LANDS ON HER FEET AND DOES A STANDING MOONSAULT GOING FOR THE PIN!
Deadprez: VEENA KICKS OUT! Lexi is in total control and Veena is in s a lot of trouble! Lexi picks her up and whips Veena against the ropes, she charges in with a corner splash….. NOOOOOO! Veena gets out of the way and Lexi hits nothing but turnbuckle! She stumbles back and Veena with EFFECTIVE! SHE CRUSHED THE CHEST OF LEXI AND THIS ONE IS OVER! VEENA TURNS HER OVER AND COVERS!
Gavin Kirkland: HOW!? HOW DID SHE KICK OUT!? KWEEN CAN’T BELIEVE IT! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! NOBODY HERE CAN BELIEVE IT! LEXI SOMEHOW WAS ABLE TO KICK OUT AND VEENA IS GLARING AT THE REFEREE!
(Veena eyes the referee holding up three fingers put he only says two. She brushes her long strands of wet hair before looking around, she finds one of the socks that belong to Lexi and grabs it, she tries to make it seem like she is locking Lexi in a side headlock…..)
Eve: VEENA WRAPPED THAT WET SOCK AROUND THE NECK OF LEXI AND SHE IS CHOCKING HER OUT WITH IT! SHE HAS HER ARM OVER THE SOCK AND THE REFEREE CANNOT TELL AND LOOK AT LEXI GASPING FOR BREATH! SHE IS TURNING BLUE IN THE FACE! LEXI IS STOMPI9NG HER FEET AND LEGS BUT SHE IS LOSING AIR FAST! SHE IS GOING TO RENDER HER UNCONSCIOUS!
(Lexi tries to break out of it but cannot, trying to reach the ropes with her foot, stretching over as Veena continues the choke, when finally, Lexi’s big toe reaches the rope…)
Referee: (Off Mic) COME ON BREAK IT VEENA! 1!….. 2!……3!…….4!……..
(Veena breaks the hold and throws the sock out of the ring. She gets back to her feet and smirks, still hurting though as she grabs Lexi by her wet hair, slapping her a bit….)
Veena Adams: (Off Mic) YOU ARE NOTHING DO YOU HEAR ME!? NOTHING YOU PSYCHOTIC BITCH! I WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN YOU! I BROKE YOU THE LAST TIME AND I WILL BREAK YOU AGAIN THIS TIME! DO YOU HEAR ME!? HUH YOU DUMB BITCH!? THIS IS MY ICONIC CUP! MY…..
(Lexi spits in Veena’s face which shocks Veena and she lets her go, wiping it off quickly when suddenly Lexi hits….)
Eve: A STEP UP ENZINGUIRI! VEENA ADAMS IS ROCKED AND SHE IS STUMBLING, LEXI GRABS HER IN FRONT FACLOCK AND…. TORNADO DDT! VEENA ADAMS IS OUT AND LEXI NOW CLIMBS TO THE TOP ROPE…. HEART STOPPER! SHE HITS IT AND HOOKS THE LEG OF VEENA ADAMS!
Gavin Kirkland: OH, THANK YOU HEY SOOS! VEENA GETS THE SHOULDER UP! Veena gets the shoulder up and Lexi is in shock! She quickly picks up Veena…. No! Lexi is signaling for the FOH! PLEASE NOOOOOOO…..
Deadprez: VEENA ADAMS GETS LOCKED IN AND HERE IS LEXI WITH THE FOH AND….NO! VEENA ADAMS STOMPS ON THE TOES OF LEXI! SHE IS BAREFOOT AND THAT HURT AS LEXI SCREAMS! SHE IS HOBBLING AROUND AND VEENA RUNS AGAINST THE ROPES…. MAFIA KICK TO LEXI! SHE FALLS ON HER FOURS AND VEENA RUNS UP….. SKULL FRACTURE!!!!!
EVE: VEENA JUST PUNTED LEXI’S HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK AND LEXI SI LYING FACE FIRST SPRAWLED OUT ON THE MAT MOTIONLESS! VEENA ADAMS HAS THIS AND SHE IS NOT GOING FOR THE PIN! SHE ROLLS LEXI OVER ON HER BACK AND CLIMBS TO THE VERY TOP, SHE IS PERCHED UP THERE, SMILING AND…. FATAL VOW!!!!!
Deadprez: NO! LEXI WAS ABLE TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY SHE WAS PLAYING POSSUM AND SHE GRABS VEENA ADAMS AND RUNS HER TO THE ROPES AND ROLLS HER UP!
Gavin Kirkland: VEENA GRABS THE TIGHTS AND PULLLS HER OVER INSTEAD AND HAS LEXI IN A ROLL UP AND ALL I SEE IS HER ASS!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER AND SCORING TWO POINTS IN THE ICONIC CUP TOURNAMENT… VEENA ADAMS!!!!
(“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande starts to play as Veena Adams rolls out of the ring and has her hand raised by the referee. Lexi sits up, slamming the mat and pulling her tights trying to plea her case to the referee but Veena is pointing and laughing while making her way up the ramp.)
Gavin Kirkland: MY QUEEN DID IT! SHE GETS HER TWO POINTS AND WILL BE ICONIC! WHAT A GREAT MATCH AND A GREAT WRESTLING HOLD TO DEFEAT HER!
Deadprez: She had a handful of tights, but it doesn’t matter, Lexi was breaking rules left and right too in this match, Veena ended up getting the last laugh after stomping on her exposed feet thanks to the pool dive and two crucial points!
Eve: This match was marred by short cuts for sure, but these two ladies showed why they are huge talents on the Showdown brand! Huge win for Veena Adams albeit dirty and Lexi is totally disappointed right now!
(Veena continues to smile and laugh as a seething Lexi holds her bruised foot and looks from inside the ring frustrated as the camera pans to the backstage area.)
(Lucas Knight prepares for his match in the Grand Rampage style Main Event, he is dressed and ready to go to the ring. He notices Pandora being awfully quiet in her ripped jeans, ankle boots and black halter top. He looks over at Jonny Airhart who nods and walks out standing by the door.)
Lucas Knight: I need a second, love.
(She looks up with her cat-like green eyes and slowly stands up, her long hair brushed back in a high ponytail.)
Pandora Paisley: Sure, of course.
Lucas Knight: I’m proud of what you did on Dynasty last night, you made that wanker, Danny Tanner tapped out and gained three points. We both know that technically you cannot win your block, but at least you are trying to win as a respectable third.
(She nods, though pissed and embarrassed at the same time that she had lost to Joso and ARIA but really nothing she can do now. Pandora though looks up at Lucas one more time as he looks at her sincerely, rubbing the back of his hand on her bruised cheek from when he slapped her last week….)
Lucas Knight: I want you to know that I take no pleasure in what I had to do last week. You do understand, right love? The Rogues Gallery stands for many things but I am a dapper gentleman that believes in tradition. The kids get out of line, I spank them, in your case you are a beautiful grown woman that can think for herself but at times we have that one single issue where you’re the worst enemy of Pandora Paisley. I care about you, love, more than just a wrestler and a stablemate. I find you fascinating, but you’re also on a path of self-destruction and that alone really bothers me. I had to be rough on you and I’m not going to stand here and not be transparent, I plan to do it again and again until you get it right. I hope this doesn’t sway you in any way because I have your best interest in heart. Do you believe me?
(Pandora bits her tongue, her jaw locks for a moment before she finally calms down and nods…)
Pandora Paisley” Yes, I believe you.
Lucas Knight: Good, because I know what ARIA and the other two trollops tried to do last week and I wouldn;t want for you to get some sort of feeling that they are actually having your best interest at heart. Ayu and Usagi would rather run you over with a bloody bus and as for ARIA, I don;t know what her game is, but it is obvious she is trying to interfere in our affairs because she and the rest of the Ice Aces fear us. You’re a very intelligent woman, Pandora but often times makes piss poor decisions. Getting drunk at the bar and picking a fight with Becca Black, then I had to take care of you the entire night because of how inebriated you were. Then all those times you have cost yourself wins against the Ice Aces, Joso and even ARIA when those matches should have been yours and be riding to the Block D win and heading to Grand Rampage. Instead, we will take care of business in the Grand Rampage and you just make sure that you have our backs.
(Pandora’s eyes widened, shocked that she is not in the Grand Rampage match….)
Pandora Paisley: Wait… what!? I was in the Grand Ramage?! You need me there and I….
(Lucas places his fingers on her lips and she shuts up quickly….)
Lucas Knight: Shhh…. Love. It’s for the best, you have a lot of learning and I will make sure come the next Grand Rampage you win it. Again… do you trust me?
(She hesitates for a moment but nods…)
Pandora Paisley: Yes.
Lucas Knight: Good. I need to head to the ring, I will see you there shortly.
Pandora Paisley: I will join up with you in a second.
(Lucas smiles and leans in kissing Pandora on the forehead before he walks out with Jonny Airhart waiting. Pandora paces some, she continues to think about what has been happening lately when she finally sighs and walks out of their room heading to the outside deck, when she stops and sees ARIA ready to knock on the door. The two stare each other down for a moment…)
Pandora Paisley: What the fuck do you want?
ARIA: To talk.
Pandora Paisley: We have nothing to talk about. Now excuse me….
(ARIA though is not budging. Pandora takes a few steps back shaking her head….)
Pandora Paisley: ARIA, I’m gonna ask you one time to step away, love. You may have gotten lucky in our match but I will beat your arse where we stand.
ARIA: No you won’t. What happened last week was garbage and if you are going to allow people to abuse you because of some reason, that is not acceptable with me. You know, when I first met you, I thought you were this larger than life badass. I really admired you until all those cowardly attacks for no reason at all Pandora….
Pandora Paisley: Are you seriously going to lecture me right now? I don;t have time for this and moving forward mind your own bloody business but let me leave you with this…. Next time we have a match, things will be different.
(Pandora pushes ARIA aside and goes to leave, with her back to the Sacred Detective….)
ARIA: Ophelia Pamela Paisley. Five Years as a Roller Derby Queen. Father left you and the family when you were 9 years old and it changed you….
(Pandora stops, she doesn’t turn around….)
ARIA: … dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade to work full time and support your family. That’s when you became the youngest Roller Derby Queen in history at only 16 years old. You had a dream of becoming a professional wrestler but it wasn;t your dream…. Was it Pandora?
(Pandora slowly lowers her head, green eyes start tearing up….)
ARIA: No, you moved all the way across the pond from England to the states to pursue a dream that you wanted for your little brother because he could never be a professional wrestler, right?
(Her fists start to ball up as ARIA sighs….)
ARIA: Special Needs, right Pandora? Nathan is his name and….
(Pandora quickly turns around and grabs ARIA slamming her back first into the hull of the ship. Suddenly Ayu Megumi and Usagi Senshi run up but ARIA holds her hand up to stop them….)
(Pandora’s eyes teared up, shaking and seething in anger as ARIA glares right at her….)
ARIA: Not bad for Nancy Drew, huh?
Pandora Paisley: I’m going to tell you one time, don’t you ever mention his name again! I don’t need your bloody help!
(Pandora surprisingly lets go and walks off as ARIA fixes her shirt.)
Usagi Senshi: Are you serious? She’s a bitch!
(ARIA walks off past AYu Megumi and Usagi Senshi who both look a bit stunned, watching Pandora storm down the hallway as the scene fades to a commercial.)
(As it comes back from commercial it goes to ringside and pans at the deck of the Cruise Ship with all the screaming fans.)
( DING! DING! DING! )
Gina Romano: The following contest is your main event! AND IT IS AN OVER THE TOP BATTLE ROYAL WITH TV TIME REMAINING!
( A resounding roar of anticipation is heard throughout the cruise ship before “King’s Dead” by Kendrick Lamar blasts through the speakers. The decibel levels of the audience grows even louder as Limmy Monaghan jerks the curtain and arrives onto the entranceway. He poses before making his way down to the ring. )
Gina Romano: COMING IN AS THE FIRST ENTRANT! Hailing from Beverly Hills, California, weighing in at 224 pounds.. HE IS “THE LEADER,” LIIIIIIMMMMY MONNNAGHANNN!!!!!
Deadprez: Hurricane Hawk is preparing his roster to bring the Grand Rampage prize to Saturday nights with the only way he deems right. Four competitors; Limmy Monaghan, Amir Yusuf, Lucas Knight, and Theron Nikolas will compete in a miniature version of the Grand Rampage, to prematurely go through the feel it out process two weeks away from Grand Rampage. Limmy Monaghan has stated several times that he intends on winning the Grand Rampage, facing TLA, Adam Lucas, or Theron Nikolas at Pain For Pride and finally proving why he is the leader of this whole junction. Tonight, he plans to give a sneak peek, a preview into what he plans on doing in the Bronx by outlasting three of Showdown’s entrants as well.
Eve: Even though it is less daunting as a 30-man battle royale, Monaghan will definitely treat this as the Grand Rampage and will not pass up on this opportunity to showcase his dominance. Who will start at number two?
( While Limmy Monaghan patiently waits in his designated corner, his theme song is soon replaced with “Hail To The King” by Avenged Sevenfold. The crowd’s mood is reversed as they begin to violently boo. Lucas Knight slowly steps onto the entranceway with Pandora Paisley and Jonny AIrhart by his side. The Rogues Gallery stands proudly on the stage, soaking in the boos, before they march in unison down towards the squared circle. )
Gina Romano: AND THE SECOND ENTRANT! Accompanied to the ring by Jonny Airhart and Pandora Paisley, weighing in at 230 pounds.. HE IS “THE ALPHA KING,” LUCAS KNIGHT!!!
Gavin Kirkland: LOOK EVE! LOOK DEADPREZ!! PANDORA PAISLEY IS COMING DOWN TO THE RING! I AIN’T GOING TO BE THE ONLY WET THING ON THIS CRUISE!
Deadprez: As a man who prides himself on mastering the art of professional wrestling, Lucas Knight gets unarguably his biggest spotlight match since arriving at Showdown. With Serotonin flanked at his side, he aims to prove that he is a must-see prospect heading into the Grand Rampage match. How perfect it would be to prove that by defeating the likes of Theron Nikolas, Amir Yusuf, and Limmy Monaghan. Rogues Gallery has been itching to furthermore scaling their operations here in Elite Answers Wrestling, and one of the quickest routes for them right now is for one of them to face the EAW Answers World Champion in the main event at Pain For Pride.
( Lucas Knight walks up the steel steps, and steps into the ring. He takes off his coat and drops it onto Jonny Airhart’s hands before the bell rings. )
( DING! DING! DING! )
Deadprez: This mini-Grand Rampage preview is official as Lucas Knight and Limmy Monaghan are quick to engage in a collar-and-elbow tie-up. Lucas Knight quickly goes around the waist, picks him up and slams him down. He twirls around to cinch in a front-face lock. Monaghan keeps his feet planted as he tries to get out of the predicament while Knight continues to apply torque to the neck. Monaghan is able to fully extend his legs to a standing position and escapes by twisting along with his left wrist. He has gotten a wrist lock in, but Lucas Knight quickly rolls over and throws him over with a snapmare takedown. Knight tries for a headlock, but MOnaghan is too fast as he goes for a wrist lock. Knight twists and grounds himself, and reaches his upper legs with leg scissors that takes him down. Grounded leg scissors from Knight, and Monaghan fails to kip-out of it.
Eve: These two competitors are well-versed in the art of technical wrestling. Lucas Knight with the obvious power and strength advantage, while Limmy Monaghan is the entire package with an unparalleled agility. Monaghan tries to kick out the leg scissors, but Knight keeps it locked in! He changes direction and twists his hips! He rolls Knight over and gets out of the leg scissors! AND HE GOES FOR THE MURDER TO EXCELLENCE KNEE STRIEK!! BUT KNIGHT HAD IT SCOUTED AND BLOCKS HIS KNEE BY HOLDING IT IN PLACE! Knight shakes his head as Limmy Monaghan thought he could have sent him to another dimension this early in this main event match. Knight continues to hold his knee as he gets up on both feet! KNIGHT GOES FOR A KNIFE-EDGE CHOP, BUT MONAGHAN COUNTERS AND GRABS HIS ARM!! HE ATTEMPTS A FUJIWARA ARMBAR, BUT KNIGHT ROLLS FORWARD AND GETS OUT OF HIS CLUTCHES!
Gavin Kirkland: Both competitors meet in the middle of the ring once more and Lucas Knight goes around the waist! Limmy Monaghan with a standing switch reverse, but not for longer as Lucas Knight pries his wrists away from his waist! Knight twists his waist and connects for a knee strike to the midsection. Monaghan felt the knee taking the air out of his stomach as Knight sweeps his left leg, knees his midsection and applies a wrist lock. Monaghan lays down and springs up with a kip-up! Monaghan twists and rolls forward, and then he twists around and flips forward! KNIGHT SWEEPS BOTH LEGS! MONAGHAN FACE PLANTS THE CANVAS!! AND KNIGHT QUICKLY PICKS HIM UP!! AND SMASHES HIM DOWN WITH AN EXPLODER!!
Deadprez: BUT MONAGHAN WITH ELBOWS TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD!! AND HE GRABS HIS WRIST, TWISTS, PULLS HIM IN AND HOOKS KNIGHT BY THE SIDE!! AND HE LOOKS TO GO FOR THE ASYSTOLE URANAGE!! BUT KNIGHT WITH ELBOWS TO THE HEAD!! AND KNIGHT GOES AROUND THE WAIST AND CONNECTS WITH AN ELBOW TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!! BEFORE HE PUTS HIM IN AN INVERTED FACELOCK!! AND CONNECTS WITH THAT INVERTED FACELOCK DROPPED INTO A KNEEBREAKER!! KNIGHT CALLS THAT HAIL BRITANNIA, AND NOW LUCAS KNIGHT LITERALLY PATS HIMSELF ON HIS BACK IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!
Eve: That was an exchange where it had to be won by who was not going to make the first biggest mistake. Lucas Knight and Limmy Monaghan went toe-for-toe in that technical wrestling exchange, and Lucas Knight ended it successfully. Knight continues to pose in the center of the ring while Limmy Monaghan uses the ropes to bring himself up to his feet. This entire cruise ship is filled with boos before Knight turns his attention back onto his opponent and CRUSHES HIS MIDSECTION WITH A KNEE STRIKE IN THE CORNER! AND HE LIFTS HIM UP HOPING TO TAKE HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE! CAN LIMMY MONAGHAN GET THIS ELIMINATED QUICKLY!! NO!! MONAGHAN WITH AN ELBOW TO THE FACE, AND KNIGHT LETS GO AND REELS INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING!! MONAGHAN RUNS TOWARDS KNIGHT, BUT KNIGHT TRAPS BOT HARMS AND SPINS HIM AROUND!! FOR A SNAP DDT!! NO! MONAGHAN LIFTS HIM UP FOR THE BERMUDA’S END! KNEELING BELLY-TO-BACK PILEDRIVER!! NO!! KNIGHT SLIDES DOWN HIM WITH A SUNSET ROLL!! KNIGHT CONTINUES TO PIN HIM DOWN AS TRANSITIONS THE FOLD BY LIFTING HIM INTO A GORY HOLD!
Deadprez: THE MODIFIED BACKBREAKER WITH THE GORY SPECIAL! LUCAS KNIGHT TORQUES BOTH SHOULDERS, BEFORE HE TRANSITIONS FROM BOTH ARMS TO THE HEAD!! AND HE FORCEFULLY PULLS HIS HEAD DOWN BY BRINGING DOWN HIS NECK IN THE GORY HOLD! LUCAS KNIGHT SHOWING THE TECHNICAL MASTER THAT HE IS BEFORE HE GOES FOR THE GORY NECKBREAKER!! BUT LIMMY MONAGHAN COUNTERS BY FALLING TO THE SIDE, GRABBING HIS NECK AND THROWING LUCAS KNIGHT ACROSS THE RING WITH A BEAUTIFUL ARM DRAG! MONAGHAN WITH A GREAT COUNTER TO THE GORY SPECIAL AS HE NOW CHARGES TOWARDS LUCAS KNIGHT WHO IS AGAINST THE CORNER TURNBUCKLES!
Eve: AND HE BLASTS LUCAS KNIGHT IN THE CORNER WITH A RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! AND HE THROWS HIM DOWN WITH A SNAPMARE TAKEDOWN!! HE CONNECTS WITH A PENALTY KICK TO THE BACK!! A BACK KICK TO THE FACE!! FOLLOWED BY A STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! NO!! LUCAS KNIGHT IGNORES THE IMPACT OF THE PRESS AND HOLDS ONTO HIM OFF THE LANDING!! AND HE DEADLIFTS HIM AND TOSSES HIM INTO A FIREMAN’S CARRY!! MONAGHAN GETS OFF HIS SHOULDERS!! AND HE TRIES TO PUSH HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! LUCAS KNIGHT DODGES IT AND REVERSES THE THROW!! BUT MONAGHAN HOLDS ONTO THE TOP ROPE!! KNIGHT TRIES TO PRY HIS HAND OFF THE ROPES, BUT MONAGHAN SLIDES UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE THROUGH HIS LEGS!!
Deadprez: MONAGHAN STEPS UP ONTO HIS FEET!! AND HE BLASTS THROUGH HIS JAW WITH A YAKUZA KICK!! LUCAS KNIGHT REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES AND HE RECOILS WITH A RUNNING YAKUZA KICK!! BUT BOTH MEN STAY STANDING!! MONAGHAN WITH A FOREARM SMASH!! LUCAS KNIGHT BLOCKS IT, CONNECTS WITH A BACK ELBOW! MONAGHAN DUCKS IT AND GOES FOR A DRAGON SUPLEX!! BUT KNIGHT PULLS DOWN AND THROWS HIM OVER HIS HEAD ONTO HIS BACK! KNIGHT GOES OVER TO GRAB HIM, BUT MONAGHAN WITH AN UP KICK BEFORE HE QUICKLY GETS UP TO HIS FEET!! AND MONAGHAN GOES FOR A KNEE STRIKE!! BUT KNIGHT DUCKS IT!! AND KNIGHT CONNECTS WITH A CLOTHESLINE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD BEFORE HE GOES TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!
Gavin Kirkland: A BOLD ATTEMPT HERE TO GO TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE HERE IN THIS BATTLE ROYALE!! AND LUCAS KNIGHT DESCENDS OFF THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE WITH A DOUBLE AX HANDLE CHOP! BUT MONAGHAN WITH THE MURDER TO EXCELLENCE KNEE STRIKE AS BOTH COMPETITORS DROP TO THE GROUND! Lucas Knight is slumped in the second turnbuckle while Limmy Monaghan fell backwards into the center of the ring! Both competitors are down and out in the heart of this cruise ship as the clock begins to tick down!
( “The Rumbling” by SiM hits to an ear-deafening mixed reaction by the cruise attendance. Theron Nikolas walks through the curtains and he makes his presence known. He stares right at the recuperating Lucas Knight and Limmy Monaghan as he slowly, but surely strolls down the entranceway. )
Deadprez: Theron Nikolas enters at number three! It has been a year since he made his grand return at the Grand Rampage, so he intends on rectifying not being able to win by winning this match and winning at Grand Rampage! Nikolas does not hurry himself into the squared circle as Limmy Monaghan waits in the center of the ring for him! BUT HERE COMES LUCAS KNIGHT FROM BEHIND!! AND HE TRIES TO SURPRISE ELIMINATE THE FORMER HARDCORE CHAMPION!! BUT MONAGHAN SAW IT COMING AND ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!! AND HE GOES FOR MURDER TO EXCLLENCE ONCE AGAIN!! BUT THERON NIKOLAS SLIDES INTO THE RING AT THE RIGHT TIME!! AND CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM SMASH TO THE BACK OF LIMMY’S HEAD!! AND HE CONNECTS WITH A CLOTHESLINE THAT FLOORS THE ROGUES GALLERY’ LEADER!
Eve: NIKOLAS BEGINS TO TAKE TURNS STOMPING BOTH LIMMY MONAGHAN AND LUCAS KNIGHT!! HE IS CAVING A MUDHOLE INTO BOTH OF HIS CHESTS, AND HE HASN’T EVEN TAKEN HIS JACKET OFF! AND HE PLANTS THE FOREHEAD OF MONAGHAN WITH A JUMPING KNEE STRIKE BEFORE KICKING KNIGHT’S HEAD!
Gavin Kirkland: Nikolas stops and takes his jacket off in the middle of the ring to the discontent of the cruise ship here! The crowd boos the ever living shit out of him as Nikolas now waits for Lucas Knight to get up to his feet! AND HE GOES FOR THE GOD’S REQUIEM THIS EARLY INTO THIS MATCH!! BUT LUCAS KNIGHT DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND ROLLS OVER TO THE CORNER TURNBUCKLES!! AND LIMMY MONAGHAN BLINDSIDES NIKOLAS WITH A PUNCH TO THE FACE!! AND NIKOLAS RESPOND WITH A HAYMAKER OF HIS OWN! MONAGHAN WITH A KNIFE-EDGE CHOP!! NIKOLAS WITH ONE OF HIS OWN!! AND MONAGHAN GOES FOR A FOREARM SMASH!! BUT NIKOLAS GRABS HIS ARMS, TWISTS HIM AROUND AND CONNECTS WITH A DOUBLE KNEE LUNGBLOWER THAT STUNS THE FORMER HARDCORE CHAMPION! LIMMY MONAGHAN DOESN’T GO DOWN AS HE REBOUNDS OFF THE SECOND ROPE! AND HE WALKS RIGHT INTO A CLOTHESLINE THAT TURNS HIM INSIDE OUT COURTESY OF LUCAS KNIGHT!
Deadprez: LUCAS KNIGHT IS GOING TO ELIMINATE LIMMY MONAGHAN, BUT THERON NIKOLAS OBJECTS AS HE WANTS THE CREDIT ALL FOR HIMSELF! LUCAS KNIGHT TRIES TO TOSS MONAGHAN OVER THE TOP ROPE, BUT THERON NIKOLAS TURNS HIM AROUND, KICKS HIM IN THE MIDSECTION AND IRISH WHIPS HIM INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER! LUCAS KNIGHT TURNS IT AROUND AND NIKOLAS CRASHES INTO THE TURNBUCKLES!! KNIGHT CHARGES INTO HIM, NIKOLAS HOVERS OVER HIS HEAD AND RUNS INTO THE ROPES! AND HE CONNECTS WITH THE HEADHUNTER!! BUSAIKU KNEE STRIKE TO THE FACE! AND THERON NIKOLAS LOOKS TO ELIMINATE LUCAS KNIGHT!
Eve: THERON NIKOLAS HOLDS LUCAS KNIGHT ON HIS SHOULDERS AND LOOKS TO TOSS HIM OUT!! BUT HERE COMES LIMMY MONAGHAN! AND HE LOOKS TO THROW NIKOLAS OUT IN TANDEM!! BOTH NIKOLAS AND LUCAS KNIGHT ARE HOLDING ON TO DEAR LIFE ONTO THE TOP ROPE AS MONAGHAN TRIES TO ELIMINATE THEM BY THROWING OVER BOTH LEGS!! NIKOLAS IS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE SITUATION AND CONNECTS WITH A SUPERKICK!! MONAGHAN DUCKS OUT OF THE WAY, PULLS LUCAS KNIGHT BACK INTO THE RING AND KNIGHT UNINTENTIONALLY GOT INTO THE WAY OF THE SUPERKICK!
Deadprez: KNIGHT DOESN’T KNOW WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW AS HE IS ON SPAGHETTI LEGS!! NIKOLAS LOOKS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE, BUT MONAGHAN TURNS HIM AROUND!! AND GOES FOR A SPINNING HEEL KICK!! BUT NIKOLAS DUCKS, AND MONAGHAN ENDS UP CONNECTING WITH SILENT WHISPER ON LUCAS KNIGHT!! KNIGHT JUST TOOK TWO DEVASTATING STRIKES TO THE FACE AS PAISLEY AND AIRHART STARE AT RINGSIDE WITH HORROR! THEY ARE STANDING BEHIND HIM AT RINGSIDE AS NIKOLAS AND MONAGHAN NOW TARGET KNIGHT!
Gaivn Kirkland: AND BOTH ARCH NEMESIS LOOK TO ELIMINATE KNIGHT!! AS THEY CLOTHESLINE LUCAS KNIGHT OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! BUT LOOK!! LUCAS KNIGHT IS HELD UP AT RINGSIDE WITH AN ELECTRIC CHAIR FROM BOTH PANDORA PAISLEY AND JONNY AIRHART!! LUCAS KNIGHT IS BARELY CONSCIOUS RIGHT NOW AS THEY CARRY THEIR MENTOR AROUND RINGSIDE!
Deadprez: LIMMY MONAGHAN AND THERON NIKOLAS ARE LOOKING AT SEROTONIN IN ANGER!! BUT THEY DON’T LET IT DISTRACT THEM AS NIKOLAS AND MONAGHAN CLASH IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!! THEY ARE JUST WILDING AT EACH OTHER! FOREARMS AFTER FOREARMS!! FOREARM SMASH FROM NIKOLAS!! FOREARM SMASH FROM MONAGHAN! NIKOLAS WITH A KICK TO THE LEFT KNEE!! MONAGHAN GOES FOR A SUPERKICK!! BUT MONAGHAN DUCKS IT!! AND HE CONNECTS WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD!! MURDER TO EXCELLENCE AS THERON NIKOLAS FALLS INTO THE SECOND ROPE!! SEROTONIN CONTINUES TO HOLD UP LUCAS KNIGHT WHILE TRYING TO WAKE HIM UP AFTER THOSE TWO DEVASTATING STRIKES TO THE FACE!! AND NOW LIMMY MONAGHAN RUNS ACROSS THE RING!! AND HE LEAPS UP FOR A SECOND MURDER TO EXCELLENCE!
Eve: THERON NIKOLAS CATCHES HIM IN MID-AIR BY THE HEAD!! AND GOES FOR THE SWINGING REVERSE STO!! GOD’S REQUIEM IS COUNTERED!! MONAGHAN GOES AROUND THE WAIST, LIFTS HIM UP INTO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR!! AND HE TRIES TO GO FOR THE DEATH NOTE!! BUT NIKOLAS SPINS AWAY, DROPS DOWN AND MONAGHAN HAS FOUND HIMSELF IN POSITION FOR GOD’S REQUIEM ONCE AGAIN!! MONAGHAN COUNTERS THE GOD’S REQUIEM YET AGAIN AND HOISTS HIM INTO A FIREMAN’S CARRY!! AND HE TRIES TO DEPOSIT HIM ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!! BUT NIKOLAS HOLDS ONTO THE TOP ROPE AND CONNECTS WITH AN EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! MONAGHAN RECOILS AND CHARGES IN! NIKOLAS REACHES UNDER AND LIFTS HIM UP OVER HIS SHOULDERS! BACK BODY PRESS FOR AN ELIMINATION!! MONAGHAN LANDS ON THE APRON WHILE NIKOLAS SHUFFLES BACK INTO THE RING!!
Deadprez: MONAGHAN REACHES THROUGH THE ROPES FOR A SHOULDER THRUST!! NIKOLAS STEPS OUT OF THE WAY AND CONNECTS WITH A SUPERKICK TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! AND HE GRABS HIS HEAD!! WHAT THE!! HE BRIDGES HIS LEGS ONTO THE SECOND ROPE WHILE HAVING HIM POSITION FOR THE SWINGING REVERSE STO!! AND HE LOOKS TO SLAM HIS HEAD BACK INTO THE RING WITH A ROPE-HUNG VARIATION OF THE GOD’S REQUIEM!! BUT HERE COMES LUCAS KNIGHT!! LUCAS KNIGHT IS BACK IN THE FOLD AS HE CONNECTS WITH A BIG BOOT TO THERON NIKOLAS’ HEAD!! AND NOW HE TRIES TO ELIMINATE MONAGHAN!! BUT MONAGHAN CONNECTS WITH A ROPE-ASSISTED ENZIGURI TO THE FACE! MONAGHAN JUMPS OVER THE TOP ROPE AND KNIGHT COMES BACK!! BUT HE WALKS RIGHT INTO A URANAGE HOLD!! AND MONAGHAN HAS HIM UP FOR THE ASYSTOLE!! NIKOLAS JUMPS UP AND GRABS MONAGHAN’S HEAD IN THE PROCESS!! AND HE CONNECTS WITH A JUMPING GOD’S REQUIEM ONTO MONAGHAN WHILE MONAGHAN DEPOSITED HIM WITH THE HIGH-ANGLE URANAGE!! WHAT A MOVE AS ALL THREE MEN ARE DOWN AND OUT IN THE RING!
( The crowd already knows who is entering last as they cheer long before “Elevate” by DJ Khalil begins to play. Amir Yusuf walks out onto the entranceway, further amplifying the pop, and hurried down the ramp. )
Deadprez: THE FINAL ENTRANT! THE MAN THAT COULD BE THE WILDCARD IN THIS MATCH HAS ARRIVED WITH A FULL SPRINT DOWN THE RAMP!! AND HE JUMPS ONTO THE STEEL STEPS, RUNS ACROSS THE APRON AND HE DIVES ONTO BOTH JONNY AIRHART AND PANDORA PAISLEY WITH A CROSSBODY PLANCHA!! AMIR YUSUF SAW THAT SEROTONIN WAS THE ONLY REASON WHY LUCAS KNIGHT IS STILL IN THIS MATCH, AND HE MADE SURE THAT THEY WILL BE A NON FACTOR!! EVERYONE IN THIS CRUISE POPPED AND ARE BASICALLY THANKING HIM FOR TAKING OUT SEROTONIN! LUCAS KNIGHT IS SEEN LAID OUT, GIVING A SIDE EYE AND BECOMING FRUSTRATED TO WHAT AMIR YUSUF IS DOING!
Eve: Monaghan and Nikolas are getting up to their feet as they rest in separate corners! Lucas Knight gets up to his feet and he starts huffing and puffing! Amir Yusuf steps onto the apron and KNIGHT CHARGES TOWARDS HIM!! YUSUF WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE FACE!! AMIR YUSUF STUNS HIM AS HE NOW SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP ROPE!! AND HE CONNECTS WITH A CROSSBODY THAT FLATTENS LUCAS KNIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! AND HE NOW GOES FOR THE ROLLING CUTTER!! BUT KNIGHT COUNTERS IT!! AND HE GOES FOR THE HUSTLE!! THE RIPCORD LARIAT!! BUT AMIR YUSUF WITH A SUPERKICK TO THE FACE! AND THEN THE SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!! KNIGHT HAS TO BE OUT OF HIS ELEMENT AS AMIR LOOKS TO ELIMINATE HI-
Gavin Kirkland: BUT NIKOLAS COMES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! AND HE GRABS LUCAS KNIGHT AND TOSSES HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! NIKOLAS WAS FASTER AS HE JUST STOLE THE ELIMINATION FROM AMIR YUSUF!!
Gina Romano: Lucas Knight has been eliminated!
Deadprez: SEROTONIN IS LAID OUT AND WAS UNABLE TO SAVE LUCAS KNIGHT FROM THAT ONE! YUSUF IS AGGRAVATED AS NIKOLAS LEANS AGAINST THE ROPES, TURNS HIS HEAD AWAY FROM LOOKING DOWN ON LUCAS KNIGHT AND SMIRKS AT AMIR YUSUF! THERON NIKOLAS WITH A SNEAKY ELIMINATION RIGHT THERE AS ALL THREE MEN STAND AT OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE RING! IT IS DOWN TO THERON NIKOLAS, LIMMY MONAGHAN, AND AMIR YUSUF!! WILL THIS BE A PREVIEW OF WHAT WE WILL SEE IN THE BRONX! WHO KNOWS!?
Gavin Kirkland: OBVIOUSLY! LIMOMMY CLEARS ALL! #LIMMYSWEEP! LIMMY MONAGHAN CLEARS ALL AND HE IS ABOUT TO WIN THIS ONE! NIKOLAS AND AMIR YUSUF LOOK MORE FOCUSED ON EACH OTHER, BUT AMIR GOES TO THE SIDE, CHANGES DIRECTION AND IMMEDIATELY TARGETS LIMMY! BUT LIMMY SAW IT COMING!! AND LANDS THE FIRST STRIKE!! WE HAVE SEEN THAT BOTH OF THESE COMPETITORS SURELY DON’T RESPECT EACH OTHER AND HAVE HAD A LOT TO SAY EACH OTHER THIS WEEK!! THEY ARE EXCHANGING LEFTS AND RIGHTS WHILE THERON NIKOLAS JUST STANDS AT THE OPPOSITE END OF THE RING, LIKING WHAT HE IS SEEING!
Deadprez: AMIR YUSUF PICKS LIMMY MONAGHAN!! AND HE SLAMS HIM AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE!! AND HE BEGINS TO WILD OUT ON THE FORMER HARDCORE CHAMPION WITH PUNCHES AFTER PUNCHES! MONAGHAN EVENTUALLY FIGHTS BACK AND PUSHES HIM INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING!! AND MONAGHAN WITH A DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN!! AS HE IMPLEMENTS A GROUND AND POUND OFFENSIVE STRATEGY ONTO MONAGHAN! THE LEADER IS JUST RAINING DOWN FOREARM SMASHES AFTER FOREARM SMASHES! AMIR IS THROWING BOTH ELBOWS UP, AND HE EVENTUALLY SHIFTS TIDES AND HE IS NOW ON TOP!! AND HE MOUNTS AND GETS THE FOREARM SMASHES DOWN AND DOWN!! THIS IS PERSONAL BETWEEN BOTH COMPETITORS!
Eve: THERON NIKOLAS IS JUST SITTING ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE SEEING THESE SHENANIGANS UNFOLD!! YUSUF NOW PICKS MONAGHAN UP AND TRIES TO ELIMINATE HIM!! HE TRIES TO GO FOR A SUPLEX!! BUT MONAGHAN HOOKS HIS LEFT LEG OVER THE BOTTOM ROPE! THAT IS SINGLE HANDEDLY STOPPING HIM FROM GETTING LIFTED AS AMIR CONNECTS WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO THE MIDSECTION! AMIR NOW GOES FOR THE SUPLEX YET AGAIN!! BUT MONAGHAN PURPOSEFULLY DROPS HIS FEET ONTO THE TOP ROPE AND USES IT TO SLINGSHOT HIMSELF OFF OF THE SUPLEX!! AND HE WALKS RIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK FROM THERON NIKOLAS!! AND THERON LOOKS TO CLOTHESLINE AMIR OVER THE TOP ROPE!! BUT AMIR BRINGS THE TOP ROPE DOWN, AND THERON NEARLY ELIMINATES HIMSELF AS HE KEEPS HIMSELF PLANTED ON THE APRON!
Gavin Kirkland: Both Limmy Monaghan and Amir Yusuf were so focused on each other, that they forgot that Theron Nikolas was in this match! Amir Yusuf is trying to push Theron Nikolas off the apron Nikolas hooks his foot over the bottom rope similar to Monaghan earlier. Yusuf is now sending forearm smashes, but Nikolas continues to stay balanced on the apron! Limmy Monaghan gets up AND HE PUSHES AMIR OVER THE TOP ROPE!! AMIR YUSUF AND THERON NIKOLAS ARE STRANDED ON THE APRON AS MONAGHAN IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE RING!
Deadprez: THERON NIKOLAS AND AMIR YUSUF ARE HOLDING ONTO THE TOP ROPE FOR PURE DESPERATION AS MONAGHAN RUNS THE ROPES!! AND HE IS GOING GO FOR A DOUBLE DROPKICK TO TAKE THEM BOTH OFF THE APRON!! THERON NIKOLAS JUMPS THROUGH THE ROPES TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND AMIR GETS OUT OF THE WAY!! NIKOLAS WITH A SUPERKICK TO THE HEAD OF MONAGHAN!! NO!! MONAGHAN GRABS HIS FOOT AND SPINS HIM AROUND!! NIKOLAS CLAPS BACK WITH A JUMPING GAMENGIRI KICK!! BUT MONAGHAN BLOCKS THAT AS WELL!! MONAGHAN IS ONE STEP AHEAD OF NIKOLAS AS HE RUNS THE ROPES!! AND HE GOES FOR THE KNEE STRIKE!! BUT NIKOLAS WITH A FOREARM SMASH TO THE FACE!! MONAGHAN IS STUNNED AS HE NOW REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES!! NIKOLAS TURNS AROUND!! AMIR YUSUF!!
Eve: AMIR YUSUF WITH A ROPE-ASSISTED ENZIGURI THAT STUNS THERON!! MONAGHAN HAS JUST REBOUNDED OFF THE SECOND ROPE AND CHARGES AT THERON NIKOLAS!! AMIR YUSUF NOW JUMPS ONTO THE TOP ROPE FOR A SPRINGBOARD! LIMMY MONAGHAN GOES FOR A KNEE STRIKE TO THERON!! THERON GOES TO THE SIDE!! MONAGHAN MISSES AND STUMBLES INTO THE ROPES!! AND HE HITS THE ROPES, MAKING AMIR LOSE BALANCE AND HE FALLS TO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!! OH MY GOD!! AMIR YUSUF WENT HIGH-RISK, AND HE PAID FOR IT!! HE PAID FOR GOING AERIAL IN A BATTLE ROYALE AND HE IS NOW OUT OF THE MATCH!! AMIR YUSUF IS CONFUSED AS HELL AS HE TRIES TO GET BACK INTO THE RING!! OUR REFEREES AT RINGSIDE STOP HIM FROM ENTERING THE RING AS THE HEART OF EAW IS LIVID!!
Gina Romano: AMIR YUSUF HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!
Deadprez: His high-flying repertoire is one of the many things that has made Amir Yusuf in the past, but going to the high-end district is what led him to his own demise here in this preview of Grand Rampage! Limmy Monaghan just waves goodbye as Amir Yusuf angrily marches up the ramp! Monaghan may have not intended to do that, but he surely wanted to eliminate Amir Yusuf out of the match! Monaghan turns around and now both competitors meet in the middle of the ring! Both competitors hold one elimination! Monaghan has eliminated Amir Yusuf, and Theron Nikolas stole the Lucas Knight elimination. AND THEY BOTH COLLIDE IN THE CENTER OF THE RING WITH FOREARM SMASHES!
Eve: BOTH ARE JUST TAKING THEIR BEST SHOST!! MONAGHAN ASKS FOR A FOREARM, AND NIKOLAS DELIVERS ONE THAT SENDS MONAGHAN TO THE GROUND!! AND NIKOLAS NOW RUNS THE ROPES!! AND HE GOES FOR THE HEAD HUNTER!! BUT MONAGHAN CATCHES HIM INTO A POWERBOMB POSITION!! HE REVERSED THE BUSAIKU KNEE STRIKE WITH A POWERBOMB!! AND HE TURNS IT INTO AN ELECTRIC CHAIR!! HE IS GOING FOR THE DEATH NOTE!! BUT NIKOLAS SLIDES DOWN HIS SHOULDERS!! GRABS HIS TIGHTS!! AND HE ATTEMPTS TO CHUCK HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!
Gavin Kirkland: LIMMY MONAGHAN HOLDS ONTO THE TOP ROPE!!! AND HE USES HIS UPPER BODY CORE TO GET A LEG SCISSORS AND PULLS THERON NIKOLAS OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH HIM! BOTH COMPETITORS ARE IN A PRETTY PRECARIOUS POSITION HERE ON THE APRON!! IF THEY SLIP AND FALL, THEN IT IS ALL OVER FOR THEM!! ONE HIT AND IT COULD BE THEIR DEMISE!! MONAGHAN NOW CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM SMASH!! NIKOLAS WITH ONE AS A RESPONSE!! BOTH ARE JUST SHOOTING FOREARMS AT EACH OTHER!! ONE AFTER ANOTHER!! THIS IS A FIGHT OF RESILIENCE!! WHO WILL FALL FROM THE FOREARM SMASHES FIRST!
Deadprez: MONAGHAN SUDDENLY BLASTS HIS JAW WITH A KNEE STRIKE!! MURDER TO EXCELLENCE AS THERON NIKOLAS IS SUBCONCIOUS!! HE IS LEANING UP AGAINST THE ROPES, OBLIVIOUS TO HIS SURROUNDINGS AS MONAGHAN GOES TO TOSS HIM!
Eve: MONAGHAN TRIES TO CHUCK HIM OFF THE APRON TO ELIMINATE HIM!! BUT THERON NIKOLAS RANDOMLY GAINS SECOND WIND AND PUSHES HIM INTO THE RINGPOST!! MONAGHAN GOES BACK OF THE HEAD FIRST INTO THE TOP OF THE RINGPOST AS HE FALLS ONTO BOTH KNEES!! MONAGHAN IS IN A KNEELED POSITION AS NIKOLAS NOW ROARS AND SPINS AROUND!! AND HE CONNECTS WITH THE SPINNING HEEL KICK TO THE JAW! IT CONNECTS!! LIMMY MONAGHAN GETS ELIMINATED! THERON NIKOLAS IS THE VICTO-
Deadprez: NO!! NIKOLAS SMACKS HIS LEFT HEEL AGAINST THE RINGPOST!! MONAGHAN DUCKED IT AS HE NOW GRABS NIKOLAS!! AND HE THROWS HIM OFF THE APRON!! AND NIKOLAS LANDS ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!! MONAGHAN WINS THE OVER THE TOP BATTLE ROYALE!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “King’s Dead” by Kendrick Lamar blasts through the speaker as the elimination prompts an ear-deafening reaction. Limmy Monaghan stumbles through the ropes and raises his fists in a kneeled position. Theron Nikolas smacks the ringside floor and shakes his head on the floor. Monaghan gets his hands raised by the referee before jumping onto the top turnbuckle to celebrate even more. )
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER OF THIS OVER-THE-TOP BATTLE ROYALE!! LIMMY MONAGHANNN!!
Gavin Kirkland: I KNEW IT!! #LIMMYSWEEP HAPPENED!! MY PREDICTIONS ARE FLAWLESS!
Deadprez: Ladies and gentlemen, we just got an intense preview of what we are going to see from our Showdown representatives at Grand Rampage! Limmy Monaghan, Theron Nikolas, Amir Yusuf, and Lucas Knight showed exactly what they will be capable of when we reach Grand Rampage! What a great way to showcase their talents and Limmy Monaghan reigns supreme! He started this match at number one and went all the way to the end. Amir Yusuf and Limmy Monaghan’s tensions surely have more pages to be written in their chapter! Limmy Monaghan dodged that spinning heel kick, causing Nikolas to get his foot trapped up in the ringpost, and Monaghan took advantage and threw him off the apron!
Eve: Lucas Knight of the Rogues Gallery had a great showing tonight! Serotonin saved him by catching him the first time around, and Amir Yusuf was instrumental in taking them out, making Lucas Knight able to get eliminated without being rescued! This rises tensions even more as we head into Grand Rampage! Limmy Monaghan wins this miniature version of Grand Rampage, and this could be a sneak peek of what we will see in the Bronx! Everyone take notice to The Leader! And what could possibly bring the prize home to Showdown and main event Pain For Pride for the first time in his career! Congratulations, Limmy Monaghan!
( The final shot is Limmy Monaghan making his signature victory pose in the middle of the ring, with an incensed Theron Nikolas staring from the stage as the scene fades to the final commercial of the night.)
( Showdown returns to air and Hurricane Hawk is in the ring standing before a cheering audience. The afternoon progresses showing a glorious sunset backdrop behind him. The ring has been transformed into a set for a contract signing with carpeted floors, a wooden table, two office chairs on opposite sides of the table, and a television behind Hawk displaying a promotional graphic for the Adam Lucas vs. TLA match at Grand Rampage. Hurricane Hawk has a folder in one hand and picks up one of the three microphones from the table. His theme music dies down allowing him to begin speaking. )
Hurricane Hawk: Symphony of the Seas, how are we feeling tonight?
( The audience cheers, signifying their enjoyment of the show thus far. )
Hurricane Hawk: What a fantastic trip this has been so far. I’ve never been a part of anything like this in my whole career, but this has been one hell of a Showdown and certainly one of the most unique weekend events EAW has done in a long time. Now before we call it a night and we all break to some of the post-show festivities, we do have some business to conduct. I’m not gonna B.S. any of you, let’s not kid ourselves… (pointing at the table besides him) If I had a dollar for every time a human body was put through one of these during a contract signing, I’d be rich enough to buy my own cruise ship.
( The audience laughs, and Hawk chuckles a bit before continuing. )
Hurricane Hawk: On a more serious note, we are in one of the most sensitive periods of the season. We cannot afford to jeopardize our promoted title matches in any way. There are Pain for Pride implications for everything that happens, which is why I’m out here dressed the way I’m dressed, with my hoodie and my wrists taped and all. Because while I don’t want to have to get myself physically involved with my own talent, I’m also not willing to jeopardize such an important match on such an important show like Grand Rampage. So I’m not going to rely on security, or on referees, or on training staff. I’m here not just to preside over the meeting, but to keep the peace, and I’m willing to do that by any means necessary.
( The crowd cheers for Hawk, admiring his willingness to get his hands dirty as he has been known to do as General Manager. )
Hurricane Hawk: Without any more lollygagging let’s bring out two of Showdown’s finest who will be facing one another for EAW’s highest gold. Starting off with the CHALLENGER, give it up for ADAM LUCAS!
( “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell hits, and Adam Lucas walks out dressed in jeans and a slick tucked in button down. Adam receives a mostly positive response, albeit with a few boos mixed in due to Adam’s newfound behavioral shift. He doesn’t acknowledge the fans at ringside, until one fan in particular is giving him a thumbs down. He stops in front of that fan and engages in an uncomfortably long staredown, to the point of making them uncomfortable. Hurricane Hawk lowers the middle rope, inviting Adam into the ring, but Adam opts to walk the other way and enter via the ring steps. He grabs a chair and promptly takes a seat before his music dies down. )
Hurricane Hawk: His opponent, who will enter Grand Rampage for the first time ever as a DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPION… he is the REIGNING ANSWERS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, TLA!
( “Ambitionz az a Ridah” by Tupac hits and the audience gives a massive applause as TLA walks out wearing brown lensed ray-bans and an unbuttoned Aloha shirt with the Answers World Championship around his waist. He embraces the audience, hi-fiving fans on the way to ringside and jumps over the barricade for a crowd surf – giving the fans at “Symphony of the Seas” their money’s worth. He ends up entering the ring and shakes hands with Hurricane Hawk before taking his seat. )
Crowd: TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA!
( TLA’s music dies down, and the audience continues chanting his name. Hawk gives the fans time to show their appreciation before continuing. )
Hurricane Hawk: Gentlemen, any good contract signing allows the floor to its participants to talk their talk. This one won’t be any different, but just remember, if things get out of hand I will have no choice other than to get involved. Champ, the floor is yours.
( TLA picks up the contract and kicks his feet up on the table. He pulls off his shades and begins to flip through the pages while Adam Lucas stares him down. )
TLA: (while reading) TLA vs. Adam Lucas huh? Muy interesante. I gotta admit this is new, this is something different even for yo boy. For a long time it was usually mothafuckas hating on a vato tryna dismiss everything I done and write it off as some kinda fluke. Shit would hurt my feelings a little bit not gonna lie. Had ya boi feeling like damn what the fuck I needa do to get any love from the upper management. Now the people LOVE a vato amirite?
( The audience gives TLA another round of cheers. )
TLA: I said amirite???
( The crowd cheers even louder. )
TLA: See that’s crazy, for mad long I wouldn’t have gotten that kinda response especially from people who prolly paid out the ass just to come here. Usually the weeaboos and neckbeards are the ones spendin’ hella dinero to watch them some of that Saturday Night Showdown. De verdad shit done did a full 180 and now everybody’s paying hella bread to see el jefe no matter where on the planet we end up. And now Adam it’s the white meat blue chipper type dudes like you who would prolly be the fan favorite in a bygone era that’s out here fightin’ for yo respeta. I can admire that a lil bit I can even fuck with it a lil bit myself. See what I don’t fuck with is when you be tryna take it out on a vato like I did something to your madre or something. Homie you been walking around like somebody pissed in ya cheerios and I ain’t sure if you realize but that ain’t gonna get you any of that love like you been craving for. If you sending shots at el rey you at least better know what you’re getting yoself into, cuz you come for the king then you best not miss you know what I’m saying? When you step to El Campeon you better come correct and that’s why I hadda give you that receipt last week for that bullshit you was dishing out.
Adam Lucas: Bullshit huh.
TLA: Look homie I know you feeling slighted and trust me I been there you best believe that. I had hella times in my career looking back where ya boi thought he wasn’t getting his just due. That’s why I find this so interesting, cuz facing you at Grand Rampage kinda feels like I’m facing myself, like it’s Spiderman: Sin Camino A Casa, like we got other versions of me flying through portals n shit. We got a lotta TLA Jrs running around here pretending that they struggle is new. The reason why people write you off cabron is because you ain’t as hard as you pretend you are. Especially since I seen ya promos and you be putting people to sleep with your boring ass personality not gonna lie. Shit is like watching paint try listening to you talk. Sure you held ya Hardcore Title and had a couple crazy matches but clearly you been putting on the fake nice guy act and now that you gettin sick of keeping it up we seeing tus colores verdaderos. You dealin with a really bad identity crisis cuz one day you wanting to handle things by the book like a upstanding citizen, and the next you running up on a vato laying him out like a sacred insecure pendejo, and that I can’t respect. I’m gonna have to use Grand Rampage as the opportunity to expose you, and show you that some of the shit they be saying about you is true whether you triggered by it or not. I busted my culo to get here to the top of the food chain to become el rey, and you didn’t earn it the way I earnt it. You gonna need to be knocked down a few pegs and then you can let Impact whisper in your ear all you want like hes Darth Maul or someshit. And if Impact wants some of this action ese he knows exactly where he can find me. But as for you?
( TLA uncaps the pen and signs the contract. )
TLA: You could find me at the City of Gods, (waving the clipboard) and I got a one way ticket right here to an asswhoopin’. Courtesy of yours truly.
( TLA tosses the contract on the clipboard across the table, allowing it to land right in front of Adam Lucas. The crowd gives him an ovation, and TLA puts his shades back over his eyes and rests his arms behind his head allowing Adam Lucas to take the floor. )
Adam Lucas: You said a whole lot of nothing, TLA. Your cheap sorry potshots aren’t going to change the reality of where we are. Where we are now is simply put 13 days away from the decision of who gets to enter the biggest Pain for Pride of all time as the Answers World Champion. And if you don’t think there is monumental significance in that regardless of your opponent, then you deserve-
TLA: Homie ain’t nobody is denying the significance, not sure where you got any of that from. But-
( Adam jumps up from his seat and leans over the table. )
Adam Lucas: TLA I LET YOU RUN YOUR STUPID MOUTH, NOW YOU’RE GOING TO LET ME FINISH! DO YOU HEAR ME?!
( Adam’s uncharacteristic explosion in anger surprises some of the fans. TLA on the other hand smirks and shakes his head before leaning back in his chair. Hawk closes in, looking to provide physical separation. )
Hurricane Hawk: (off-mic) Easy. We can end this, if you want.
Adam Lucas: No we don’t have to end a damn thing. This man is going to hear me and hear what I have to say, and that goes for all of these people. I cannot tell you how disgusting it is to know that I’ve got to sit here and actually remind everybody how gifted I am in this ring. You would think anybody with eyes would understand exactly why I am deserving of being in the World Title picture, and yet the number of people who continually me off is growing like an infectious plague. I’d LOVE to focus my attention on other things but I’m left with no other option other than to assert what should already be received and understood with open arms. But this is where I’ve been pushed to, and this is the mindset I’ll continue to have until the chatter is permanently silence-
Crowd: TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA! TLA!
( TLA is leaning back in his chair unmoving, and Adam gives the crowd his attention for a little bit before continuing over them. )
Adam Lucas: (to the audience) Yeah I know he’s your golden boy, I understand that. He deserves that praise, he deserves your praise, he’s a legend and is worthy of that respect. I have admired TLA for a long time and to be honest I’ve always seen a lot of myself in watching him. He’s also right about one thing, last week he gave me the receipt that I deserved. See? I’m willing to ADMIT when something doesn’t go my way and take responsibility for allowing it to happen. Just like I will be taking FULL responsibility for every level of success that I reach in the EAW, including becoming your next Answers World Champion.
( The crowd gives a huge mixed response. There are many that empathize with Adam Lucas and support his cause, while some are simply too fond of TLA to allow him to win them over. )
Adam Lucas: #EAW15 has brought an awareness to this company’s history, and there have been many times where in this company’s history men of character, men of nobility, had to resort to means outside of their typical norm to get what they want. Serious submission specialists like Starr Stan have had to take matters to the extreme and engage in all out warfare to reach the top of the foodchain. We’ve seen factions formed, we’ve seen wars waged, we’ve seen bodies be dismembered for fifteen years! And if you think I am above resorting to whatever is absolutely necessary, then I don’t think you ever knew what I stood for. I will do anything to set a new standar-
Hurricane Hawk: Adam? Adam?
( Adam Lucas stops speaking and turns to Hawk. )
Adam Lucas: What is it?
Hurricane Hawk: I don’t know how else to say this… but your opponent has kind of checked out.
( Adam Lucas turns over to TLA who has completely dozed off. )
Adam Lucas: …
Gavin Kirkland: :mjlol: !!!!!
Hurricane Hawk: Maybe let’s get the contract signed and you can send that message at the Grand Rampage?
Adam Lucas: (to Hawk) Do you see what I’m talking about?! If this clown had ANY idea what I’m capable of doing to him he wouldn’t THINK to do something so disrespectful — IS THAT YOUR PHONE?
( Hurricane Hawk’s phone is ringing and he picks it up with a stressed look on his face. )
Hurricane Hawk: For the love of.. hold on one second.
( Hawk answers the phone. )
Hurricane Hawk: Can we talk later? I’m in the middle of a contract signing. (waits) I’m literally in the ring now, can it wait? (waits) *sigh* alright. Give me a second.
( Hawk puts the call on silence. )
Hurricane Hawk: Hey man it’s the chairman. Sorry I have to take this. I’ll be right back.
Adam Lucas: ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
( Hawk puts the phone to his ear and quickly exits the ring to promptly head backstage after being summoned by his boss. Fans are laughing and Adam Lucas’ face turns a bright shade of red. )
Gavin Kirkland: :mjlol2: Holy shit, poor Adam!
( Adam Lucas turns to a still sleeping TLA and bangs his palm against the table. )
Adam Lucas: WAKE THE HELL UP!
TLA: O shit. (stretches)
Adam Lucas: DO YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
( TLA adjusts himself and stretches out his back. He sits more upright. )
TLA: (still groggy from his mini nap) Nah nah man repeat the joke again I didn’t hear it.
Adam Lucas: You know what? Nevermind. It’s all good.
TLA: You finna sign the contract or what holmes?
Adam Lucas: Yeah, I think I should, shouldn’t I?
( TLA shrugs his shoulders while Adam does his best to subdue his anger. He takes a seat, flips open the contract and goes to the part where it’s his turn to sign. He deliberates over the closing terms and conditions, until… )
Deadprez: ADAM STABS TLA IN THE HAND WITH THE PEN!!! TLA ROLLS BACK IN HIS SEAT CLUTCHING THAT HAND THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST HAD A VEIN SLICED OPEN FROM THAT PEN — BUCKSHOT LARIAT!!! ADAM SPRINGS OVER THE TABLE AND DAMN NEAR TAKES TLA’S HEAD OFF!
Eve: ADAM LUCAS TAKING ADVANTAGE WITH YET ANOTHER SURPRISE ATTACK!
Gavin Kirkland: I HATE TO SEE MY FAVORITES FIGHT, BUT ADAM DIDN’T TAKE TOO KINDLY TO TLA’S MOCKERY, AND INTENDS TO MAKE HIM PAY… HE PICKS UP TLA…. SENDS HIM INTO THE ROPES… AND TAKES HIM UP AS HE REBOUNDS OFF OF IT, “NEXT LEVEL”, SENDING HIM THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!!
( TLA is buried under the rubble of the table after sent through it with a Pop Up Powerbomb into a Cutter. Adam Lucas picks up the bloody pen and the contract from the rubble, and signs his name on the contract using the pen. Adam Lucas then picks up the Answers World Title and stares at it for a long time. His attention averts over to TLA who lays motionless on the floor. )
Adam Lucas (off-mic): Again I’m sorry. But you did this. You pushed me to this. This is what you asked for, and this is what you will get.
( Adam Lucas raises the Answers World Championship, and the entire audience is booing him off of the boat. Hurricane Hawk walks back out following his impromptu phone call with the EAW Chairman. He appears to be shocked and disappointed at the turnout of the contract signing, and Adam Lucas continues to stand there holding up the championship with pride. The closed captioning information appears on the screen and the show eventually fades to black. )
( EAW logo buzzes )