(EAW logo plays.)
(SCREEN BAR — EARLIER THIS WEEK.)
(The scene opens outside a large, modern and colonial designed home. It’s nothing too lavish, but it’s home to the people who live here. Slowly, it moves to a nice view of the couple of acres of land. There are several clusters of trees scattered around the lawn. In the middle of the lawn is the Universal Women’s Champion, ‘The Gypsy Moth,’ Minerva sitting criss crossed on the lawn. She runs her fingers through the grass, ripping a few pieces and throwing them to the side. It doesn’t seem like Minerva isn’t doing any harm as she is minding her business. It takes a moment before Minerva realizes the camera in front of her, but she isn’t startled by it. It’s like she’s more than welcoming of the camera as she forms a small smile on her face.)
Minerva: Didn’t see you there, but isn’t this nice? All of these trees scattered around. It’s almost woodsy to me and I love it. I love being outside. I love surrounding myself in nature. I love looking at the world around me. Despite it being tragic and depressing at times, it’s small things like this that put a smile on my face, but don’t get it confused — I’m not getting all soft for the viewers at home, but why don’t we take a closer look at this home?
(Minerva rises up from the lawn and walks over to the front door. She tries to open the door, but it’s unlocked. Minerva looks all around for something that could potentially hide a key. She looked underneath the “Welcome Home” mat, but there was nothing there. Other than the mat, there seems to be nothing that could potentially hide a key, so Minerva needs to think of another way to get inside the house.)
(SCREEN BAR — TWENTY MINUTES LATER.)
(It shows Minerva taking her first steps into the beautiful home. Minerva’s eyes wander around the home. Since it’s implied that she came from the backyard, one of the first places that Minerva looks around is the kitchen. Still, it’s a mystery to who the house belongs to, but Minerva makes herself more than at home.)
Minerva: That was truly a challenge to get to inside the house. I need to sit down and have a drink. I wonder if she’s got any alcohol here?
(At that moment, it should be realized that this is not Minerva’s home whatsoever. Minerva begins to look at a few pantries, hoping to find some sort of alcohol. She knocks a few things from the pantry, but she could care less to put them away. Then, her eyes peak with interest as she pulls down a bottle of red wine from the top cabinet.)
Minerva: There you go.
(Minerva gets a wine glass and begins to pour herself some wine. With the wine glass in her hand, she begins to continue her walk throughout the house. She wonders through a few rooms in the house before the stumbles in the flight of stairs heading down. Minerva decides to go down those stairs as it leads towards some sort of gym with a wrestling ring in the middle of it. Minerva could see the Voltage colored ropes as Minerva forms a smirk on her face. Her interest is piqued again as she heads towards the ring. She steps inside of it before sitting down in the middle of the ring. She bounces up and down in the ring, not spilling that glass of wine.)
Minerva: Just think about the sex that they had in this ring. It’s such an adorable home. It was amazing that they gave me the opportunity to look at the home. If only, they would have made it easier for me to get inside. :mjgrin:
(Minerva rises from the ground and looks ahead to whatever is in front of her. She holds her wine glass and raises it up.)
Minerva: Cheers for you two for allowing me in this house. I promise I won’t break anything. :mjgrin:
(Minerva tells whoever is across from them. Slowly, the camera goes to whatever is across from them and it’s a giant picture of Raven Roberts and Rex McAllister in a Fire & Ice photoshoot and then, it should be obvious, who this home belongs to.)
(Transitions to Showdown recap from last week.)
(RECAP: It goes to Veena Adams going to Ryan Wilson about banning part-time performers from competing at Pain for Pride. Ryan agrees to that, but that seems to really piss off Candice Blair, who retaliates and attacks Veena during her match with Dray Fontana. Ryan comes out and tries to tell Candice that none of this is worth it, but Candice turns her anger towards Ryan, who then results in firing her.)
(RECAP: It goes to the segment with Mr. DEDEDE and Jamie O’Hara where they first interact since this entire match up was set in stone. Despite DDD having an injury, he still informs everyone that the main event is still on and there’s no need to worry about any of that.)
(RECAP: It goes to Harlow Reichert and Xavier Williiams in Ryan Wilson’s office. Ryan informs those two that there’s no other spot for them on the card – unless, these two face each other one-on-one. At first, the two of them decline the opportunity, but Harlow insists that it’s Pain for Pride and he’s not going to have her or Xavier miss out on being part of the show, so she accepts the match on behalf of the both of them.)
(RECAP: Minerva and Raven Roberts have an interaction for the first time since their Pain for Pride match is announced. This results in Minerva eating a Talon by the challenger.)
(RECAP: Xander Payne and Harper Lee face for a shot at the PURE Championship at Pain for Pride. Xander manages to take down Harper. Later in the night, Jake Smith defends the title against Ryan Wilson. Towards the end of the match, Ahren Fournier makes his presence known as he attacks Ryan behind the referee’s back. This causes Jake to retain. After the match, Xander lays out Jake as he holds up the PURE Championship above his head.)
(EAW logo plays.)
(“Awaken” by Dethklok plays through the speakers of the Performance Center. The crowd gives a negative reception as the Interim General Manager, Ryan Wilson comes out with a serious and pissed off look on his face. He doesn’t seem to be in the best mood at all and he is in no mood to be playing jokes. He heads straight for the ring.)
Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…PLEASE WELCOME AT THIS TIME… THE INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER OF SHOWDOWN…RYAN WILSON!!!!!
Deadprez: Yikes, he doesn’t seem to be in the mood to showboat or anything and can you blame him? Last week on Showdown, he was robbed of an opportunity to become PURE Champion and there’s one reason why he’s not standing as champion and that’s Ahren Fournier!
Gavin Kirkland: It’s safe to say that Ahren Fournier has been a thorn on Ryan Wilson’s side these past few weeks. It brewed a bit when Ryan got the position as Interim General Manager, but it’s intensified these past few weeks.
Eve: Ahren felt like Ryan is the reason why he’s not main eventing Pain for Pride, so you could say that Ahren got even by costing Ryan an opportunity to become PURE Champion. That’s the reason why he is going to be out here. He promises that Ahren is going to face “severe consequences” for his actions on Showdown last week.
(“Awaken” dies down as Ryan Wilson is already inside the ring. The small crowd begins to boo at Ryan, but he doesn’t seem to be in the mood to give them anything to be angry about.)
Ryan Wilson: Once again, I feel like I need to say that, but I’m not the bad guy in this situation. All I want is to make sure that Showdown is seen as the A-show in EAW. I wanted to make sure that my roster is getting everything they deserve going into Pain for Pride. So far, we have blockbuster matches on the card featuring some of the best talent that our brand has to offer. Mr. DEDEDE versus Jamie O’Hara, Jake Smith versus Xander Payne and Harlow Reichert versus Xavier Williams are just three of the matches that plan to captivate Pain for Pride and there’s no denying that I will play my part to build up to the anticipation of these matches. Despite how I feel about some of these talents, I value my roster and who would I be to deny the fans of something special? I’m not the ruthless dictator that some of these Elitists have concluded of me of being. I’m not some insufferable douchebag that deserves to choke on his maple syrup or whatever colorful statements that members of the Ava Army have sent my way due to the firing of Candice Blair Ava. I see people that are way out of line and they will face the consequences. Candice Blair wasn’t immune to all of that. Just like Ahren Fournier isn’t immune to all of that. That’s the reason I am out here and I have done everything to bite my tongue as I received multiple insults and shots from members of my own roster, but Ahren meddling into my business and cost me an opportunity to become PURE Champion? That’s where I cross the line. I was moments away from improving the quality of the PURE Championship scene. It was my one shot in making sure that we get a PURE Champion that the people are proud of. It was one step closer into getting the ideal vision of Showdown that I’ve shoved down everyone’s throats. Hard Workers’ work gets paid off, cream rises to the top, men like Jake Smith get their comeuppance and for men like Ahren Fournier —
(“Starboy” by The Weeknd plays through the speakers as Ahren Fournier comes out in a nice strip suit and his shades. He looks around the small crowd, who are giving him a mixed ovation.)
Eve: It seems like Ahren Fournier is done with hearing Ryan Wilson speak. It looks like he is going to give Ryan a piece of his mind.
Deadprez: I’m wondering what’s on Ahren’s mind as he hears Ryan Wilson speak?
Gavin Kirkland: Ahren is known for being a hothead at times, so this is going to get interesting.
(“Starboy” dies down as Ahren Fournier has a microphone in his hand as he pulls out his hades and puts them inside his blazer.)
Ahren Fournier: If you were smart enough, you would take back anything that you said to slander The GOAT, “Mister” Wilson. What I did last week was simple: it was the get even with you. An eye for an eye is the perfect saying for what I did last week. You cost me a chance to headline Pain for Pride, so I cost you a chance of becoming PURE Champion. There’s not much to it at all, but I can sense that you’re not going to let any of this go. Oh no! We saw how you reacted to it on social media. You’re redder than a tomato, Ryan; you thought with this little authority shtick, it will make you untouchable, but you’re not untouchable, Ryan. Oh no, when it comes to The GOAT, no one is immune to these hooves. It brought me much satisfaction to hit you with that umbrella last week because I’m not some coward who likes to hide behind power in order to get their message across. Yeah, you got DEDEDE in your back pocket. You got all of this power, but no one respects you still. Still, no one treats you seriously. You thought with all of this power, it was going to make people give a fuck about you? Nahh, that’s not how things work around here. It’s ridiculous that you thought that you were going to be the answer to the PURE Championship, but you don’t deserve the title. Why is that? Because you’re trash. Everything about you is bad, Ryan. Your face, how you talk, walk and pick your nose. Hell, you’re even a shitty hardcore wrestler —
Ryan Wilson: Shitty hardcore wrestler, Ahren? The last two Hardcore matches that I was in, I’ve won both of those.
Ahren Fournier: Unlike you, I’m a former Hardcore Champion.
(Ryan Wilson takes the time to process what he wants to say next.)
Ahren Fournier: Yeah, I know. That’s probably a trigger point for you. You’ve always said that you should have been Hardcore Champion over Jack Ripley. It was truly one of those moments where you felt like you were robbed of a championship. I’ve been on the same boat a few times this season. With The ILLIONAIRES and by myself, but unlike you, I’ve touched championship gold. I’m a fucking Hall of Famer for crying out loud. That’s something that you will never be in your career. I’m above you despite you always calling me out on my work ethic, accusing me of being lazy and not putting my best effort. How does it feel knowing that someone like myself has been able to surpass you. How long have you been here, Ryan? Three? Four years? Geez, I could care less because you aren’t important to me. You’re nothing of my concern…until you brought my sweet Jennipurr into this entire mess, accusing her of being this monster that you perceive her as. No, Ryan; Jennipurr is not the monster in this situation. To be honest, you’re not a monster either. The only monster in this ring is going to be me once I drag you by the collar of your shirt and choke the living daylights out of you and make you regret every pissing off The GOAT.
Ryan Wilson: What are you trying to say, Ahren?
Ahren Fournier: You know damn well what I am trying to say? This segment featuring you may be labeled “Ryan Wilson giving severe consequences to Ahren Fournier” or whatever, but I am going to turn this damn segment around and let you know that you’re going to be the one that’s suffering severe consequences…at Pain for Pride.
(The crowd goes “oooh” at Ahren Fournier challenging Ryan Wilson to a match at Pain for Pride.)
Ryan Wilson: You’re going to challenge me to a match at Pain for Pride?
Ahren Fournier: I am, Ryan. From my actions last week, you could fire me like that bih Candice Blair, but that would be bad press before Pain for Pride. I’m supposed to be inducted in two weeks. How will that look on EAW’s part if you fire a HALL OF FAMER? That wouldn’t look good for you, which will bring bad press to Showdown and possibly, your job could be on the line because of that. Showdown needs Ahren Fournier. Showdown needs its GOAT Hall of Famer and most importantly, what in the hell are you planning to do for Pain for Pride? What in the fuck did you do last year? I could barely remember if you were on the card or not.
Ryan Wilson: I wiped the floor with Shaker Jones, which isn’t too different for what I did to him at Odyssey and it’s not going to be too different for what I do to you at Pain for Pride because I accept your challenge.
(The crowd pops in another match made for Pain for Pride!)
Gavin Kirkland: Ryan Wilson versus Ahren Fournier at Pain for Pride?!?!
Eve: Oooh, this is getting interesting!
Ryan Wilson: You do have a point, Ahren; firing you would be bad press for Showdown and the Hall of Fame committee, but I figured that the most perfect way to knock you down a peg or two will be at Pain for Pride. You’re one of the most egotistical jackasses that I’ve ever met, Ahren, but it’s going to be so fuck to knock you off that invisible pedistal that you’ve placed yourself on for years. I have tried so hard to be patient with you. I have tried so hard not to force my vision of Showdown onto anyone and that means you, Ahren, but, you’re not what I have envisioned for Showdown. Despite all of those accomplishments, you’re one of the laziest sons of a bitch that I have ever come across in my career. You think that you’re entitled for so much more, but it seems like you’re in a more than perfect position for your career because you deserve NOTHING. No victories, championships. Hell, you don’t deserve to be a Hall of Famer, Ahren. How in the fuck did you manage to get in is beyond me, but it doesn’t mean that I need to respect you. Respect isn’t given, it’s earned and you’ve done nothing to make me respect you. You can say that I haven’t done anything to make you respect me, but perhaps, that all changes at Pain for Pride because our match isn’t going to be an ordinary match. Nah, I realize that a normal match isn’t going to suffice with you. You deserve to be punished in more ways than one. You deserve a beating that is going to be embedded in your mind for a long, long time. You see, I accepted your challenge at Pain for Pride, but I choose the match. At Pain for Pride, Ahren Fournier versus Ryan Wilson is going to be a good ole HARDCORE MATCH!
(The crowd pops for the announcement, but Ahren Fournier grins sinisterly.)
Ahren Fournier: I am REALLY going to look forward to going back to my hardcore roots for this one. I don’t think that you realized how big of a mistake that you made, Ryan, but I never expected you to be the smartest person on the roster. You think that people awaken a beast whenever you compete in these types of matches, but you haven’t seen what I am capable of in this kind of environment. One thing is always true: mess with The GOAT and you get these hooves!
(Ahren Fournier drops his microphone as “Starboy” plays once again as him and Ryan Wilson have a staredown. Ahren puts on his shades before exiting the ring. Ryan has a cold a demented look on his face, almost like he’s envisioning the hell that he’s going to put Ahren through at Pain for Pride.)
Deadprez: Another Pain for Pride match is made! Ahren Fournier will be going one-on-one with Ryan Wilson in a Hardcore Match! Ryan’s won the past two Hardcore matches. Ahren’s a former Hardcore Champion! This is probably going to be one of the most gruesome matches on the card!
Gavin Kirkland: The Voltage fans are probably getting the jergins, just envisioning this match right now. :wow:
Eve: Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be right back with Showdown! Stay tuned!
(Showdown returns from commercial break as we pan to Gavin Kirkland, Eve and Deadprez at their table.)
Gavin Kirkland: Okay folks, let’s get ready to see what shit match we start the show with this week!
Eve: Really? You are starting this already?
Gavin Kirkland: I calls it like I sees it.
Gina Romano: This following match is scheduled for one fall and is a FOUR-WAY MATCH!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Yay, four losers.
Gina Romano: Introducing first…from Long Island, New York…weighing in at one-hundred and ninety-seven pounds…HE IS THE WRESTLING MACHINE…LUCAS JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHNNNNNNSOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNN!!!
(‘Young and Bitter’ by Hot Tag Media begins to pump through the Performance Center. A mixture of boos and half-hearted clapping accompanies Lucas Johnson as he steps out of the back and walks down to the ring, wearing his Beats by DRE headphones. An intense look on his face as he cancels out the mixed reaction of the crowd, with the noise from his headphones. His manager, Albert Hitchman, slowly follows behind him)
(Lucas makes it to the ring and removes his headphones, listening now to the inaudible words of Hitchman. He shakes his head, agreeing with Albert, before climbing into the ring and looking out onto the small spattering of fans…taking in the boos…and throwing up middle fingers to them)
Deadprez: A former EAW New Breed Champion and now he stands here ready to take on some of the newer talent.
Gavin Kirkland: Take on, get his ass kicked by, tomay-to tomah-to.
Gina Romano: And his first opponent…
(‘6:24’ by Danger hits the speakers)
(James Ranger steps out of the back, slowly eyeing the fans on both sides of the aisle. A slow smile creeps onto his face as he stops short of the ramp. The lights focus on just James, his sunglasses reflecting the light as it transitions from white to an eerie green)
Gavin Kirkland: Last week they are turning off the lights, now they want to change the color?
Eve: Aren’t you ever happy with anything?
Gavin Kirkland: No!
(He takes off his sunglasses, smirking as he briefly squats, still surveying the arena. James spots Lucas Johnson already in the ring, slowly rising back to his feet and making his way down to the ring. His eyes focused on Lucas; his smirk gone)
Gina Romano: …hailing from London, England…weighing in at two-hundred and forty-three pounds…he is THE BLACK MAMBA…JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMEESSSSSSSSSSS RAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNGGGGGEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!!
(James Ranger makes it to the ring and slides in under the bottom rope. He quickly jumps to his feet and stands in the opposite corner of Lucas)
Gina Romano: Their next opponent…from Austin Texas…
(‘Netflix Punisher Theme’ by Tyler Bates begins to fill the Center)
Gina Romano: …weighing in at two-hundred and sixty pounds…THE DARK ANGEL…ALEX BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
(Alex steps out of from behind the curtains and looks out to the small crowd. He points to the ring, towards both Lucas and James, then puts his arms out to the side like he is on a cross)
Gavin Kirkland: What the actual fuck, is this guy doing? And is his entrance music that of a CANCELLED Netflix show?
Eve: Maybe he likes it.
Gavin Kirkland: Well obviously no one else did, if they cancelled it!
(Alex walks down the ramp, up the stairs of the ring, and slowly enters into the ring through the middle rope. Looking at both men, he just stands in the corner)
Deadprez: Alex has run into some bad luck lately, not quite pulling off the whole ‘sent by God’ hook he was hoping for.
Gina Romano: And finally,…from Alberta, Canada…weighing in two-hundred and ten pounds…he is the Turret of Triumph…JOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
(Gangsta by Skepta ft BBK rocks the place as Jonah Wolfe steps out of the back with a bulletproof vest on and a -)
Gavin Kirkland: I know I just said this about Criss Angel’s happy ass, but what in the actual BLUE fuck is this? The man is wearing an ironman mask…does he think he is Tony Stark? Look the eyes actual light the fuck up!!!
(Jonah walks casually down to the ring)
Gavin Kirkland: No, no…I’m serious. Is this the kind of talent we are letting onto Showdown now? Guys dressed in kids’ Halloween costumes? It’s not even like a spooky one. It’s like he went into Party City, bought the Ironman adult costume and they were like ‘Sir, you forgot the bottom half of your costume’ and he was like ‘Naw, you keep it fam.’
Deadprez: Well either way, Jonah has made his way into the ring and removed both his mask and vest. All four men seem to be sizing up each other.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Deadprez: And our match has started…but no one is moving.
Gavin Kirkland: They are still in fucking aww of each other. You’ve got the former shell of himself Lucas, wanna-be Kobe Bryant, dollar store Jesus, and fucking Canadian Guyver!
Eve: Alex Blade with the first movement! He charges over towards Lucas, the biggest guy taking on the smallest guy! He locks up with him, but quickly gets the upper hand with…pushing Lucas down to his knees. Alex Blade is measuring Lucas up…KNEE TO THE FACE!!! He pulls Lucas to his feet and THROWS him over the ropes.
Gavin Kirkland: Does this dumbass know that this is not an elimination match?
Deadprez: Alex Blade turns around…ONLY to be met by both Jonah and James. Both men grab and arm and whip Alex into the ropes. Alex comes back, ducks a clothesline…bounces off…NO! LUCAS GRABBED HIS LEGS FROM THE OUTSIDE, TRIPPING HIM UP. Lucas pulls him out of the ring, under the bottom rope. Alex turns around and is met with a HARD uppercut. Alex stumbles, turning around…SLIDING DROPKICK THROUGH THE ROPES FROM JONAH WOLFE AND ALEX CRASHES BACKWARDS INTO THE PLEXIGLASS!!!
Eve: James Ranger is the only one in the ring!
Gavin Kirkland: Not for long. He grabs the rope, slingshots his way to top rope…he jumps…SPEAR INTO ALEX BLADE…AND BOTH MEN HAVE CRASHED THROUGH THE PLEXIGLASS BARRIER!!! Someone needs to come fix this now!
Eve: Jonah and Lucas both hurry and slide back into the ring…Jonah to his feet first…Lucas up…SUPERKICK AND LUCAS CRUMBLES!!! Jonah drops down for the cover.
Eve: No! Lucas kicks out. Jonah quickly back to his feet, pulling Lucas up to his as well. Jonah whips Lucas into the corner.
Jonah (off mic): WOLFE WILL RISE!!!
Eve: Jonah charges at Lucas…BUT LUCAS HOPS ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE AND JUMPS OVER THE CHARGING JONAH WOLFE. Jonah turns around…BOOT TO THE MIDSECTION! Lucas grabs him…DDT!
Gavin Kirkland: I guess he should have left his helmet on.
Deadprez: Lucas quickly to his feet…climbs the ropes…he jumps…RED ARROW!!! NO! JONAH MOVES AND LUCAS LANDS HARD. Jonah quickly up. He crouches down, measuring Lucas…waiting for him to get up.
Eve: He is getting that ‘Oh Canada’ ready.
Deadprez: Lucas slowly up to his knees…with Jonah waiting to pounce, this could end it here! Lucas up to one foot and Jonah looks to be growing impatient.
Gavin Kirkland: Here we go!
Deadprez: Lucas up to both feet…he stumbles…turns around…JONAH CHARGES…BUT LUCAS LEAPS OVER HIM. JONAH STOPS…TURNS AROUND…NECKBREAKER BY LUCAS!!! Jonah is down and Lucas is already climbing the ropes again. He turns around, aiming up Jonah for possible another Red Arrow…he stands to his feet…JAMES RANGER OUT OF NOWHERE, HITS LUCAS AND CAUSES HIM TO FALL AND STRADDLE HIMSELF ON THE TOPE ROPE! LUCAS IS IN PAIN!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Oh god, that hurts just looking at it.
Eve: Black Mamba slides into the ring and takes the easy pin on Jonah…
Eve: Quick kickout. James took too long to strike.
Gavin Kirkland: Meanwhile Jesus is being looked at out here by medical personnel and others are already trying to work on repairing that plexiglass.
Deadprez: James Ranger back to his feet. He runs to the opposite side of the ring, bounces off the ropes…jumps…RUNNING ENZIGURI ON LUCAS WHO WAS JUST STARTING TO GET OFF THE ROPES. LUCAS COLLAPSES TO THE OUTSIDE!!! James is up again, holding his arms out to the crowd with a smile on his face.
Gavin Kirkland: Don’t gloat there, buddy!
Eve: James turns around to bask in the glory…THE HOWLING OUT OF NOWHERE!!! JONAH WOLFE JUST HIT THE HOWLING ON JAMES RANGER AND THE BLACK MAMBA IS OUT!!! JONAH GOES FOR THE COVER…
Gavin Kirkland: Told you not to gloat.
Deadprez: This could be it!
Eve: NO! LUCAS PULLED JONAH TO THE OUTSIDE!!! Jonah turns around…AND DUCKS UNDER A CLOTHESLINE ATTEMPT BY LUCAS JOHNSON!!! Jonah turns…grabs Lucas from behind…BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX…
(Audible gasp by the minimal crowd)
Gavin Kirkland: Goddamn it!
Eve: JONAH JUST SUPLEXED LUCAS THROUGH THE NEWLY FIXED PLEXIGLASS!!! HE LANDED ON ALEX BLADE…THEY WERE JUST STARTING TO HELP HIM UP…BUT LUCAS KNOCKS HIM BACK DOWN!!!
Deadprez: James Ranger has climbs up onto the top turnbuckle and is just sitting there, catching his breath. I am sure he is loving this carnage that just happened.
Gavin Kirkland: Wait…what is Jonah doing? He is crawling on the ground.
Eve: I think he is trying to stay low, out of Ranger’s sight.
Gavin Kirkland: Jonah is crawling around the outside of the ring. He is out of our vie-
Deadprez: JONAH HAS MADE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE AND IS STANDING ON THE OUTSIDE, BEHIND JAMES RANGER!!! JAMES DOESN’T SEE HIM!!! WAIT…HE HEARS HIM…James stands on the middle ropes and turns around…BUT ITS TOO LATE! JONAH HAS CLIMBED UP ONTO THE APRON. He grabs Black Mamba’s head…jumps off the apron…AND SLAMS IT ONTO THE RING POST! Black Mamba staggers back and falls flat on his back, grabbing his face!
Eve: Jonah climbs back into the ring and is circling the injured James Ranger. He runs towards the ropes…jumps onto the middle rope…MOONSAULT onto James Ranger!!! He hooks the leg…
Deadprez: Kickout by the Black Mamba!
Gavin Kirkland: I see movement, folks! Alex Blade and Lucas Johnson are up to their feet…both looking a little wobbly.
Deadprez: Jonah back up to his feet, pulling James up to his feet as well.
Gavin Kirkland: He better do what he wants to do, Lucas is already back at ringside.
Eve: And Alex is stumbling his way over as well, although he looks pretty hurt. Someone really should sit him down and really check on him
Deadprez: Lucas slides in under the ropes behind Jonah. Jonah with a scoop slam on James Ranger. He runs…jumps onto the ropes again…MOONSAU- NO!!! LUCAS JOHNSON OUT OF NOWHERE…JUMPS UP AND TURNS JONAH’S MOONSAULT INTO A REVERSE DDT IN MID-AIR!!! LISTEN TO THIS CROWD GO WILD!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Go wild? It’s like bingo night at the town hall!
Eve: Lucas rolls over and hooks Jonah’s leg.
Eve: Kickout by Jonah. Lucas tried to go for the quick win, but Jonah is still able to fight. Alex Blade just stumbled up against the ring apron, him…I don’t think he’s able to do anything.
Gavin Kirkland: Lucas Johnson back up to his feet. He is looking over at Albert Hitchman who is sitting next to Gina, pounding his chest. Whatever little nap he took earlier, it seems to have helped him out here. Jonah is up to his knee as Lucas is quick to climb up onto the top turnbuckle. Jonah is on both feet…Lucas jumps…MOONSAULT OF HIS OWN…ONTO Jonah’s shoule-REVERSE HURRICANRANA!!! LUCAS MOONSAULTED ONTO JONAH’S SHOULDERS AND PUT HIM DOWN WITH A HURRICANRANA!!! HOLY SHIT!!!
Eve: Lucas tries for the pin again!
Deadprez: ALEX BLADE IS BACK INTO THE RING AND HAS PULLED LUCAS OFF OF JONAH. Lucas is up…trading blows with Alex…Alex gets over on him with a HARD European uppercut! Lucas stumbles…Alex reaches and grabs his leg…SAMBO SUPLEX! Alex quickly back up to his feet, turning towards the oth-DEATHSTRIKE BY THE BLACK MAMBA!!! JAMES RANGER HIT A MONSTRAOUS DEATHSTRIKE ON ALEX BLADE AND ALEX HAS CRUMPLED TO THE MAT!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Jonah drops to the ground, still feeling that ring post to the face a little earlier. All four man are down on the mat.
Eve: Jonah is moving…he grabs the ropes and is using all his might to pull himself up. James is pulling himself up too. James turns around…JONAH WITH THE HOWLING ON RANGER!!! RANGER ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!!! Jonah looks around the ring…measuring up his next victim. Lucas is slowly to his feet…THE HOWLING ON LUCAS JOHNSON!!!
Gavin Kirkland: It’s like he’s picking them off, one by one.
Eve: Lucas rolls out of the ring and Jonah is just staring at Alex, who is beginning to stir.
Jonah (off mic): GET UP!!! GET UP!!!
Deadprez: The ref is over checking on Lucas Johnson and James Ranger outside of the ring…ALBERT HITCHMAN IS IN THE RING BEHIND JONAH!!! He pushes Jonah…
Gavin Kirkland: Well that wasn’t smart.
Deadprez: THE HOWLING ON ALBERT HITCHMAN!!! ALBERT CRUMBLES TO THE MAT!!! Jonah turns around and starts measuring up Alex again. His hand is twitching…this could be it…DEATHSTRIKE OUT OF NOWHERE BY A WEAK JONAH RANGER!!! THE BLACK MAMBA STRIKES AND JONAH COLLAPSES TO THE MAT!!!
Eve: Alex is up and Jonah doesn’t see him yet…SHINING WIZARD ONTO JAMES BY ALEX!!!
Gavin Kirkland: It’s like they’re taking turns tearing into each other.
Eve: Alex drops down AND LOCKS IN THE ‘LOCK N LOAD’ ONTO JAMES!!! THERE IS NO WAY JAMES IS GETTING OUT OF THAT GRIP! The ref is on the mat talking to James…is he going to give up? Is he going to tap?
Deadprez: Lucas is moving around on the outside and Jonah is starting to move inside the ring as well. Can either of them stop Alex before this is called?
Eve: James is looking like he is ready to tap…I’m not sure he can hold on much longer…I think this…is…it…NO! LUCAS IS BACK INTO THE RING AND ALEX LETS GO OF JAMES! Alex is up to his feet…CLAYMORE KICK BY LUCAS JOHNSON AND ALEX CRUMBLES TO THE FLOOR!!! LUCAS WITH THE COVER…
Deadprez: Jonah slides into the ring…
Deadprez: HE WAS TOO LATE!!!
(Ding! DIng! Ding!)
Gina Romano: And your winner…The Wrestling Machine…LUCAS…JOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNN!!!
(The ref is slightly bent over and winded as the ref raises his hand)
Eve: You have to give Jonah some credit too, that man was a beast in there.
Gavin Kirkland: But in the end, Lucas Johnson pulls out the win!
(Lucas limps over and helps Albert Hitchman back to his feet)
(Scene fades to commercial break.)
(Showdown returns from commercial break with Gina Romano in the middle of the ring.)
Gina Romano: The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!
Small Crowd in Attendance: ONE FALL!!!!
Gina Romano: Introducing first, he hails from Lexington Kentucky! Weighing in at 220 lbs.! he is “THE ALPHA ASSASSIN”! RAYLAN BREES!!!!!!!
(The lights in the arena go out for several seconds leading up to “Long Hard Times To Come” by Gangstagrass to play. As the opening bass thumps of the song play, the runner lights around the arena flash in sync with the bass. As the lyrics begin, the lights come up and Raylan Brees is already out on the ramp. He is wearing his full-length wrestling tights and a red and black “Alpha Assassin T-shirt”, and pointing “trigger fingers” at the ring. Raylan wears a red athletic glove on his right hand and a black athletic glove on his left hand. When he puts his hands together in a diamond shape, the gloves form his double-A (Alpha Assassin) logo.)
Deadprez: Raylan Brees has a huge future ahead of himself here in the EAW, a huge win for him last time out against Braddock but this time the stakes are a lot higher against one half of the former Unified Tag Team Champions and a woman looking to become the Specialists Champion at Pain for Pride, Constance Blevins.
Eve: And while many may claim that Constance should come in here and dominate, this kid has the pedigree to be a staple in the EAW for years to come, he came out and beat Braddock, he’s going to surprise a lot of people tonight.”
Gavin Kirkland: We just saw my Gypsy Queen, my beautiful Goth and now we are about to see another, a double whammy, how could I be so lucky!
(Raylan walks to the ring quickly, with purpose, but will point and acknowledge the more vocal fans as he moves. Raylan Brees rolls underneath the ropes and immediately upon entering the ring, he begins climbing the turnbuckles and raising his red-gloved right hand each time. As his music dies out, “Revival Remix Outro’ by Selena Gomez starts to play as Constance Blevins slowly walks out, staring at Raylan with narrowed eyes, arriving on the stage. Standing there for a few moments, emotionless.)
Gina Romano: His opponent, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, weighing in at 120 lbs.! She is “THE REVIVAL OF”…. CONSTANCE BLEVINS!!!!!!!
(Constance stares straight ahead with extreme focus before making her way to the ring. She enters the ring and doesn’t waste precious moments posing….)
Eve: All business. We have not seen Constance this focused and determined in a long time. After spending time away with injury, she came back and sent a message to Sarah Price and now finds herself in the Specialists Scramble at Pain For Pride. She is looking to keep that momentum since returning from injury.
Gavin Kirkland: Bae has been on fire and I don’t think anyone can deny that; this guy Raylan is good, no doubt about it, but Constance like Minerva are on another level of vicious, furious and dangerous.
Deadprez: I gotta agree with you Gavin on this one, Constance has been back with a fury, she sees what her partner has been doing and now we look at one of the most talented women in the ring taking on the future of EAW.
(The referee checks on both competitors as he then calls for the bell…)
(DING!!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!!)
(Constance and Raylan circle the ring, they go to lock up but Constance gets behind Raylan, he elbows her but she quickly pushes him off before hitting a forearm, then a European uppercut staggering Raylan, referee gets in between the two…)
Deadprez: Starting off fast and the referee getting in between both Constance and Raylan but that is not stopping Constance from pushing him aside. A forearm by Raylan! And another one! Now Constance is the one staggering, he Irish Whips her into the ropes, going for a hip toss, no! Constance floats over, reversing it right into her own hip toss! Raylan gets up and Constance with a kick to the gut, attempting a butterfly suplex, no! Raylan spins around, Constance turns into a Belly to Belly Suplex! First cover of the night!
Eve: Constance kicks out! Raylan runs against the ropes, Swinging neckbreaker! He looks to stay on Constance and not give her a chance to get out of the gate! Climbing the top rope, this kid is going for it all! FROG SPLASH! HE ISN’T WORKING BY THE HOUR! HE GOES FOR THE PIN!
Gavin Kirkland: CONNIE KICKS OUT! You are going to have to do a lot more than that to take her down! Raylan slaps his hands a few times, running against the ropes, my Connie is a little wobbly on her feet, wait here comes, NO! CONNIE CATCHES RAYLAN WITH A RUNNING LARIAT! SHE SPRUNG ON RAYLAN! Now picking him up, a few forearms, a European Uppercut, stiff right under his neck, she whips him into the turnbuckle, running at him, Raylan gets his foot up, NO! Connie catches it, she brings him out, tripping his other leg with a sweep! He hit hard on the back of his head into the turnbuckle! Connie is dragging him out from the corner, jumps on the ropes, knee across the chest and neck of Raylan!
Deadprez: Constance is now trying to slow things down to her pace, she was careful, looking to do something big, and quick, waited for Raylan to make a mistake and this kid came out swinging, he is looking to score a major upset but Constance is so focused. She picks up Brees, Suplex right into the ropes…. Wait…. ROPE HUNG DDT ON RAYLAN! SHE HIT THAT HARD AND HE MAYBE OUT! CONSTANCE GOING FOR THE COVER!
Eve: RAYLAN GETS A SHOULDER UP! WE THOUGHT THAT MIGHT BE IT! Constance is looking to control this match, look at her, methodical in her approach, slowly taking Raylan apart. We have seen a more viciousness from the members of Heavenly Hell since they lost the titles and gone after their singles aspirations, and now Constance is giving us a preview of PFP! She drags Raylan to the middle of the ring, she is going to put him out early! This one is going to be over as Raylan gets up, CONSTANCE WITH THE BYE! BYE DIE! NOOOOO! RAYLAN AT THE LAST SECOND MOVED OUT OF THE WAY! CONSTANCE TURNS AND SUPERKICK! CONSTANCE IS KNOCKED SILLY, HE GRABS HER INTO A GERMAN SUPLEX! WE MAY HAVE AN UPSET HERE!
Gavin Kirkland: OH THANK GOD! I MEAN CONNIE KICKED OUT AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND! RAYLAN IS STARING AT THE REFEREE WITH THREE FINGERS UP! REFEREE SHAKING HIM OFF! RAYLAN CAN’T BELIEVE IT! WELL BELIEVE IT! THAT IS THE GOTH PRINCESS THERE! RAYLAN IS PICKING HER UP! What is he doing, he grabs her head…. Running to the turnbuckle, NO! CONNIE PUSHES HIM FORWARD! HE ALMOST FALLS OVER THE TOP ROPE! BUT SHE GRABS HIM BY THE TIGHTS, RIGHT INTO MULTIPLE KNEES STRIKES! SHE IS HITTING THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON RAYLAN BREES! HE LOOKS ALMOST OUT OF IT! HE CAN’T BREATHE! SHE GRABS HIM ON HER SHOULDERS! SHE IS GOING FOR THE FINAL EXPIRATION!
Deadprez: HE STARTS ELBOWING CONSTANCE!!! HE KNOWS SHE LANDS THIS IT IS OVER! HE IS TRYING AND SHE LETS HIM GO! HE FALLS BEHIND CONSTANCE… BACKCRACKER!!!! HE KNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF CONSTANCE! RAYLAN HEARS THE CHEERS FROM THE SMALL CROWD WE HAVE HERE! HE TURNS AS CONSTANCE SLOWLY GETS UP, GRABS THE BACK OF HER HEAD…. DOUBLE TAP!!!! HE PICKS HER UP AGAIN! DOUBLE TAP!!!!
Eve: OMG! WHAT A HUGE WIN THIS WOULD BE FOR RAYLAN! HE SLOWLY CROSS ON CONSTANCE ANC HOOKS BOTH LEGS FOR THE COVER!
Gavin Kirkland: BLESS THE DEVILISH GODS! CONSTANCE KICKS OUT!!! LOOK AT RAYLAN’S FACE! HE IS IN UTTER SHOCK! WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS OVER! Except me…. BUT STILL! CONNE IS IN THIS STILL! RAYLAN IS PICKING HER UP BY THE HAIR, HE IS CALLING THE END! PICKING HER UP IN A FIREMAN’S CARRY GOING FOR THE SICARIO CUTTER! HE HAS HER LIFTED……
Eve: CONSTANCE CLAWS THE EYES OF RAYLAN! THE EYE RAKE CAUSES THE KID TO DROP HER! HE IS BLINDED, CONSTANCE AGAINST THE ROPES… THE ABOLISHMENT! THE KNEE RIGHT TO THE HEAD OF RAYLAN BREES!
Deadprez: LOOK AT THAT SMILE! SHE HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE COVER!
(DING!!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!! DING!!!!!!!!!!!)
Gina Romano: THE WINNER OF THE MATCH…. CONSTANCE BLEVINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(“Revival Remix Outro’ by Selena Gomez starts to play throughout the arena, Constance rolls off and on her knees as the referee raises her arm in victory. She looks at Raylan, cracking a smile before she rolls out of the ring, winks at Gavin Kirkland and heads toward the back.)
Gavin Kirkland: She winked at me!
Deadprez: Yeah, she did, and Constance Blevins proving once again that she can strike at a hiccup and beat you. Raylan Brees showed why he is the future here and if that kid continues to grow, he will be a special talent, but tonight the veteran Blevins, keeps showing that she is back with a vengeance.
Eve: Constance was meticulous, she waited for Raylan to make a few mistakes, and it gained her victory. We thought Raylan had it a few times, an incredible effort but she has the momentum heading into Pain For Pride.
Gavin Kirkland: She winked at me!
(Constance looks over her shoulder on the entrance way back at the ring for a moment, before cracking another smile at Raylan who starts to stir and rolls on his back, holding his face. She turns and walks away.)
(Once again, one of the ugliest and poorly edited intros that you could ever look at for Crack Stories is shown on the screen. It displays all of Bronson Daniels amazing moments from Odyssey and all the other Showdowns that he was booked in. It fades into Bronson Daniels sitting on his beanbag chair. Next to him is his friend, Julio Nixon. The two of them are smoking joints and it seems like they’re completely oblivious that the camera is in their presence. Julio goes to light up Bronson’s joint before — )
Julio Nixon: Bro, look at the cameras!
Bronson Daniels: :krabs: Oh shit! Put the shit away, Julio!
(Bronson Daniels gives his light up joint to Julio Nixon, who gets his joint and wraps it up in a small blanket before throwing it behind them. Bronson and Julio begin to dust themselves and clean their little space. Their eyes meet the cameras as they begin to relax a bit, pretending that nothing was going on and no smoking was happening.)
Bronson Daniels: Sorry about all of that! Julio and I are in the middle of a bit of spring cleaning.
Julio Nixon: Isn’t it supposed to be the first day of summer in a few weeks?
Bronson Daniels: Okay, summer cleaning. But, summer is pretty lit as well. I mean, there’s plenty of things to look forward to in the summer. In Florida, the beaches are beginning to slowly open up. Yeah, we still gotta worry about all that social distancing and stuff, but one of the things that I’m looking forward to about the summer is Pain for Pride! Last week on Crack Stories, we began this little Pain for Pride series with the New Breed Champion himself, Jalyn Garcia. I don’t think that he was too crazy about the entire segment on himself, but I’m not just targeting him. Jalyn shouldn’t take anything I say personally because I’m nothing more than a bro who wants to have fun. This entire match at Pain for Pride is going to be a load of fun. I’ve strategized on how to approach them in these videos. I have been doing a lot of conductive research. I’m not just a pothead. I can do research. I even looked at Jalyn’s wikipedia page, but do you wanna know who doesn’t have a wikipedia page? Andre Walker.
Julio Nixon: Oop, that’s rough, bro. For someone to talks a big game like Andre Walker, you would think that people would give enough of a fuck about him to give him a wikipedia page. :mjlol:
Bronson Daniels: :mjlol: For real, bro. Andre Walker is on the same boat as me. He’s a rising talent, but he came in with more hype than me. Nah, he came onto the Dynasty brand with all this hype. People are expecting him to be the next big thing, but how many people have come into EAW, claiming that they are going to be the next big thing, but they fizzle out, leave the company or become a massive disappointment? Jenny Cien, Aniyah Mitchell, Felix Hartley — yeah, I’m aware that most of them are women, but we’re supposed to think that Andre Walker is going to be any different from those women? Honestly, there is nothing about Andre Walker that makes him stand out on Dynasty. There’s a bunch of men and women with his type of swagger and personality. What’s the one thing that he has over the competition? Because he pinned Chris Elite on Dynasty last week? Don’t get me wrong. Pinning a World Champion is mighty impressive, but don’t get it twisted, it doesn’t make Andre better than me. He was nothing more than a man who was at the right place and time. Same thing could have happened to me if I was on Dynasty.
Julio Nixon: Andre Walker feels like he’s entitled to some things in this world. Let’s bring up Fighting Spirit: Omaha. Apparently, there was a bit of controversy in the match. Andre had his foot on the bottom rope, but the referee didn’t see it. I gotta give props to this guy, he called out the referee problem in EAW.
Bronson Daniels: This guy had to cry like a bitch in order to get another title shot. “Wahhh, the referee fucked me over! I should be New Breed Champion!” I mean, kudos to him for pointing out the referee problem in EAW, but did he deserve another shot at the New Breed Championship?
Julio Nixon: Try being in his shoes, bro. Would you be asking for another opportunity if you were screwed out of a match?
Bronson Daniels: Eh, probably, but I don’t see myself as the one to cry about it. Yeah, I’ll plead my case and whatnot, but I’m not that emotional, Julio. Are we supposed to ignore that Jalyn bodied Andre Fighting Spirit week? I know that I gave Jalyn a bunch of shit last week, but Jalyn just knows the exact thing to say to his opponents. It reached to the point where it seemed like Andre was breaking underneath the pressure. I believe that’s what caused him the opportunity to become champion. Yeah, the stuff with his foot being on the bottom rope is another reason, but Andre Walker doesn’t seem like someone who’s completely ready to take on the responsibility of being New Breed Champion. He’s so focused on himself. He’s focused on wealth and talents. To Andre, there is no man or woman in this company that can touch him inside the ring. I admire the confidence, but his confidence didn’t lead him to become New Breed Champion. It was determined that when people saw passed this confident facade full of swagger, he’s nothing. He is easily breakable in the ring. It’s realized that he may not be as special as he thinks he is. Is he good in the ring? Yeah, but he’s not better than me. He’s no Bronson Daniels in the ring. It takes so much to get me down, but I’m always this chill and relaxed. I am going to walk into Pain for Pride full of confidence, but it’s not going to consume me.
(Behind Bronson Daniels and Julio Nixon, smoke begins to appear behind them. Both men fail to realize that as they continue talking.)
Julio Nixon: You can’t let your confidence become arrogant, bro. Jalyn is confident, but let’s not forget that he was a fragile bitch a long time ago. He needed to run away from his problems instead of sucking it up and facing them head on. Andre? Is he going to get pressed when someone doesn’t buy into his hype? Perhaps on Dynasty, people are able to buy into his hype and treat him like he’s the greatest thing ever, but on Showdown, he would be another body. He wouldn’t be anything special. I’m aware that there’s people that don’t treat you special, Bronson.
Bronson Daniels: For sure, I don’t feel like I’m entitled for anyone to kiss my ass and treat me like I’m the biggest star on Showdown. I’m the future of EAW and winning the New Breed Championship at Pain for Pride is going to solidify me as the man that everyone needs to keep their eye on. I should be a top five draft pick. I should be the man that Ryan Wilson is begging to keep on their brand, but I don’t know that for sure. Andre Walker thinks that by being part of this match, he has something to prove. He is going to claim that he can’t walk into his second New Breed Championship match and lose the match. People are going to prop him as the one that gets to leave Pain for Pride with the championship on his shoulder, but that doesn’t bug me whatsoever. I’m the competitor that these people need to be keeping their eye on. I got my eyes on everyone going into the match. People are going to look at me as someone that smokes pot, but we’re supposed to ignore that Jalyn Garcia looks like a rip off of Tarzan? We’re supposed to ignore that Andre Walker looks like a bargain bin SOSA Henderson? As for Voltage’s representative? Both look like rejects from a dollar story horror movie. I could care less if it’s Komatsu Ogawa or Shawn Sturgis who ends up being the last man to join this match, they will be getting a Crack Story dedicated to them next week —
(Behind the two men, the smoke begins bigger and bigger and both of them can’t ignore it. Bronson Daniels begins to sniff it.)
Bronson Daniels: Julio, are you lighting up a joint?
Julio Nixon: Nah, I haven’t smoked anything since — OH SHIT!!!!
(Before you know it, a fire pops up behind them! It starles both men.)
Bronson Daniels: BRO, I TOLD YOU TO PUT OUT THE JOINTS!!!!!
Julio Nixon: Dude, I panicked! The camera was on us! We didn’t even hear the cameraman coming into the room!
(Bronson Daniels begins to panic, trying to look for anything to put out the fire.)
Julio Nixon: Get the coke.
Bronson Daniels: Coke? :skip: At this moment?
Julio Nixon: Yeah, it’s on the table!
(Bronson Daniels looks over to the table across from them and it sits a liter of Coke Cola. Bronson gets the coke before shaking it up and opening the cap. The entire soda begins to spray out as it slowly takes down the fire. As soon as the fire completely disappears, the fire is gone, leaving both of them relieved.)
Julio Nixon: Man, that was a close one. :whew:
Bronson Daniels: That was not what I was expecting for Crack Stores to conclude, but if we’re lucky, we’ll be here next week to dedicate the show to either Shawn Sturgis or Komatsu Ogawa! I am Bronson Daniels! He is Julio Nixon! See you next week!
(Camera fades to ringside.)
(The camera pans up to the Cash in the Vault briefcase above the ring, before lowering to ringside seeing MITSUBACHI with his arms folded. He’s one of the Showdown representatives in Cash in the Vault and tonight, he studies a few of his opponents with the best seat in the house.)
(“Pure Water” by Skepta hits as Dray Fontana walks out to a mixed reaction from the small crowd. He begins his walk to the ring eyeing the briefcase above the ring.)
Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SET FOR ONE FALL! INTRODUCING FIRST….FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM…WEIGHING IN AT 200 POUNDS……DDDRRRAAAYYY FOONNNTTAAANNNNAAAA!!!!
Eve: It’s safe to say Dray has had an up and down season thus far since debuting, but we can also all agree this guy has all the talent and upside in the world. He can end his season in the most unthinkable way which is winning Cash in the Vault and make sure people know his name going into the new season! One of the true dark horses in Cash in the Vault and tonight looks to build some momentum!
(“Enemy Strike” hits as Myles walks out to yet another mixed reaction from the small crowd. Myles scans around and makes his way to the ring. He doesn’t take his eyes off the ring, and even has a quick staredown with MITSUBACHI before rolling into the ring.)
Gina Romano: AND HIS OPPONENT…FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA….WEIGHING IN AT 227 POUNDS….MMMYYYYLLLLEESSSSS!!!!!!
Deadprez: A man who’s been white hot since his return at Grand Rampage, and quite easy to tell one of the favorites going into Cash in the Vault. Myles is dangerous as is, just imagine adding ladders to his arsenal.
Gavin Kirkland: Can Harper come out to cheer this bum on so I can just stare at her? It’s a damn sausage fest out here. :noah:
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Eve: And here we go, both men look to build some momentum going into Cash in the Vault, and both men lock up in the center of the ring! MITSUBACHI keeps a very close eye ringside, and now Myles manages to get Dray in a side headlock, but Dray slips out and has an armbar applies to Myles! Myles drops to one knee, as Dray twists Myles arm and applies more pressure to it! Dray begins to rain elbows down on the arm of Myles, and Dray legs go as he runs to the ropes, but Myles catches him with a hip toss, but Dray reverses that in mid air into an armdrag!
Deadprez: Myles is sent across the ring and stands up in the corner, Dray runs at Myles in the corner and drives both knees into the chest of Myles! Dray follows this up now and connects with the monkey flip from the corner….but Myles landed on his feet! Superkick to the midsection to Dray when he turned around to face Myles! Myles now grabs Dray by the hair and repeatedly with no mercy drives his knee into the side of Dray’s head! Myles runs to the ropes now and goes for a running knee….But Dray reverses into a spinning neckbreaker–BUT MYLES REVERSES THAT AND COUNTERS WITH A BACKSLIDE PIN!
Eve: Dray escapes it as both men quickly rise up to their feet, and Dray runs at Myles in front of him but Myles sidesteps it and sends Dray flying over the top rope to the outside floor! Dray landed a few feet away from where MITSUBACHI is standing, Myles looks on from inside the ring and he runs to the ropes and runs full steam–TOPE CON HILO FROM MYLES ONTO DRAY ON THE OUTSIDE!! Myles stands up and looks right into the face of MITSUBACHI, who doesn’t seem to be impressed with what Myles just did a second ago. The two men are staring a hole through the other now.
MITSUBACHI(no mic): Do something.
Myles(no mic): Nah.
Eve: Myles turns around and picks up Dray off the mat and throws him back in the ring! The action is fast and the furious early on, as Myles now climbs up the apron, and he looks at MITSUBACHI behind him before launching himself through the middle rope..but Dray catches Myles in mid air, and Dray launches Myles high in the air and hits Myles with a kick to the chest on the way down! Dray hops down on Myles and begins raining shots down on him! Dray is relentless right now as he picks Myles up and picks up Myles and drives him back first into the corner! Dray now connects with several shoulder thrusts to the midsection of Myles! Dray now irish whips Myles into the opposite corner but Myles reverses and sends Dray to the corner and is right behind him and right away connects with a high knee to the face of Dray in the corner and Myles tries following it with a running bulldog–BUT DRAY PUSHES MYLES OFF HIM AND LIFTS HIM AND CONNECTS WITH A FRONT FACE SLAM!
Gavin Kirkland: I’ll admit, that was a nice counter there, and this dude Dray now begins stomping on Myles before Myles gets to a knee and Dray takes a few steps back….And Dray goes for a running knee to the back of Myles head–But Myles has eyes at the back of his head and stands and connects with a enziguri to the running Dray Fontana! Dray is stunned here and Myles stands and connects with a roundhouse kick to the side of Dray’s head and Dray falls to the mat! Myles takes a second to lay in the corner and catch his breath, but I’m not sure how wise that is of him right now.
Deadprez: Dray stirs and rises to his feet and turns around again and Myles goes for another roundhouse kick–But Dray saw it coming this time and ducked it and Dray grabs Myles from his backside by the waist and sets up for a german suplex! But Myles is blocking with his foot, and Myles reverses and now he’s in position for the German…But Dray spins and once again gain control and with quickness…GERMAN SUPLEX FROM DRAY AND MYLES LANDS HEAD FIRST ONTO THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE! OUCH!
(MITSUBACHI cringes a bit on the outside seeing Myles hit his head the way he did.)
Eve: Dray drops down and begins choking the life out of Myles who’s seated in the corner, and the referee manages to separate Dray for a second, but only for a second as Dray runs and drives his knee into the head of Myles seated in the corner! Myles just got his world rocked, and Dray picks up Myles from the mat, and Dray has him in a suplex position, and Dray lifts him in the air–DRAY TOSSES UP MYLES IN THE AIR AND CATCHES HIM IN A SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! DRAY FOLLOWS IT WITH A COVER!!
Deadprez: Myles escapes the pin! Dray begins to lift Myles up from the mat, but Myles connects with an uppercut that drives Dray back, and Dray walks back to Myles and DRAY WALKS RIGHT INTO A FOOT STOMP TO THE CHEST FROM MYLES! MYLES JUMPED HIGH AND DROVE DRAY TO THE GROUND! Myles gingerly begins making his way to the corner and begins to ascend up the top rope! Myles stands high on the top rope and looks down on Dray–MYLES LEAPS FOR THE FALCON ARROW!!! WHAT ELEVATION MYLES GOT RIGHT THERE!!
Gavin Kirkland: OH DAMN! DRAY GOT THE KNEES UP! DRAY FONTANA TRANSITIONS INTO THE CROSSFACE!! MYLES HAS NOWHERE TO GO AS DRAY WRENCHES BACK WITH THE CROSSFACE SUBMISSION! Dray is screaming at Myles to give up but Myles is shaking his head refusing to do so as he tries to figure a way out! Myles begins to slowly crawl his way to the bottom rope…Dray reaches for the bottom rope….WHOA!!! MYLES OUT OF NOWHERE ROLLS THROUGH THE CROSSFACE, BUT DRAY REVERSES THE PRESSURE BACK IN HIS FAVOR AND NOW THE CROSSFACE IS LOCKED IN DEEP IN THE DEAD CENTER OF THE RING! THE GAMBLE DIDN’T PAY OFF FOR MYLES AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE TO JUST LIVE FOR ANOTHER DAY! MYLES TRIES ONE MORE TIME TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE ROPES TO FORCE A BREAK, AND HE’S GETTING CLOSE, AND MYLES REACHES OUT–AND MYLES GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE SAVING THE MATCHUP FOR HIMSELF!!
Eve: Dray lets go of the crossface and stands up and starts picking up Myles, but Myles pushes Dray off him for a second and Dray then walks into a hard forearm from Myles! A forearm from Dray now! Both men are exchanging forearms at one another! And Myles seems to have gotten the upper hand now as Dray is on spaghetti legs as he stumbles back! Myles runs at Dray–BUT DRAY REVERSES CONNECTING WITH A FLAPJACK ON THE TOP ROPE! MYLES HOLDS HIS RIBS IN PAIN AS DRAY ROLLS UP MYLES FROM BEHIND–BUT MYLES ROLLS THROUGH AND CONNECTS WITH A SUPERKICK TO THE FACE OF THE SEATED DRAY! MYLES LEAPS HIGH IN THE AIR AND CONNECTS WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE HEART OF DRAY! A SUPERKICK AND FOOT STOMP COMBO THERE FROM MYLES! MYLES GOES FOR THE COVER!!
Deadprez: DRAY STAYS IN IT!! Meanwhile on the outside MITSUBACHI still has his arms crossed as if he has barely moved. A smirk crossed the side of his face as he’s enjoying the punishment these two on inflicting on one another.
Eve: Myles slides himself to the corner and then pulls himself up in the corner, Myles is begging for Dray to stand and turn around! Dray is on his feet and Myles once more runs at Dray–BUT DRAY CATCHES MYLES IN A SPINEBUSTER–BUT MYLES COUNTERS THAT INTO A SPINNING TORNADO DDT! MYLES SLOWLY RISES TO HIS FEET AND GOES TO PICK UP DRAY FROM THE MAT TO FINISH THE MATCH–INSIDE CRADLE FROM DRAY!!
Deadprez: NO!! BOTH MEN ARE UP AGAIN AND DRAY RUNS AT MYLES BUT MYLES SIDESTEPS AND MYLES RUNS BEHIND DRAY RIGHT AWAY AND CONNECTS WITH A VICIOUS FOREARM TO THE BACK OF DRAY’S HEAD! MYLES BRINGS DRAY TO THE CENTER OF THE RING—-DDDDEEEE FFFAACCTTTOOOO!!!!!! MYLES HITS IT AS HE HOOKS THE LEG!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER……MMMMYYYLLLLEESSSS!!!!
(The referee raises Myles hand as Myles eyes down MITSUBACHI who backs up the ramp with his arms still crossed. He gives a small nod as he continues backing up until he turns around and exits the Performance Center through the curtain.)
Deadprez: Impressive win for Myles here tonight in a hard fought battle. He gains some momentum as we inch closer and closer to Pain for Pride. MITSUBACHI had a nice look at the action between both men. Dray gave a hell of a fight and you know he ain’t gonna let this stop him from climbing that ladder and etching his name in the history books. All three men represent Showdown in Cash in the Vault in just less than three weeks. Tonight, though, Myles celebrates his win, congratulations to Myles!
(The scene pans to Ryan Wilson backstage on the phone with a very important call.)
Ryan Wilson: Yes, Ryan Wilson versus Ahren Fournier is on. We can begin on the promotional stuff for the event as soon as possible.
(Veena Adams appears in the camera shot and she looks quite determined to talk with Ryan Wilson.)
Ryan Wilson: By the end of the show, Showdown’s side at Pain for Pride should be sorted out and I’ll make sure to call you back when the show is over. Thank you, bye.
(Ryan Wilson hangs up the phone as he focuses his attention on Veena Adams.)
Ryan Wilson: Veena, what can I do for you?
Veena Adams: Once again, I fully support you in your decision to terminate Cumdumpter Blairhead last week. I think that everyone on Twitter and Instagram is throwing everything out of proportion. It was business because she disrespected you. She disrespected your authority and that is something that I can relate to on so many levels. I for one, was disrespected for a good portion of Season 13 by whores like the one that you fired last week. All I did was make sure that I ran Voltage and made it the A-show in EAW and I got people coming for my head all because their “darlings” were being propped up on a pedestal that they felt like they were entitled to. I ran a tight ship on Voltage and that’s something that I want from you Mr. Wilson. If you want to make sure that you’re running things for Season 14, I am someone that you want to have on your side. I’m an Adams after all and it’s basically like I run this damn show, but minus the authority role. Just something that you need to consider.
Ryan Wilson: Thank you for telling me, Veena. This job has been super important to me and I hope that I get to maintain this position. I’m aware that authority figures for Showdown usually don’t stay for more than one season, but I hope to change that. I want to make sure that I get along with my roster and that means you too, Veena. What’s on your mind?
Veena Adams: I’m feeling quite baffled that I’m not already on the Pain for Pride card. Is this what an Adams deserves, Mr. Wilson? There’s already a bunch of bitches that have their spot on the show and they are undeserving of it. I actually had an idea in mind for Pain for Pride.
Ryan Wilson: What would that be, Veena?
Veena Adams: The Specialists Scramble. I want in. I would love the opportunity to wipe the floor with all of these sluts and take the Specialists Championship away from them. I still have some business that I need to settle with Sarah Price. I still haven’t forgotten that bitch is the reason why I’m no longer on Voltage. Besides, I think that Showdown needs one more representative in the Scramble and I would be more than excellent for the role.
???: Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
(Candice Blair appears on the camera shot with a smirk on her face.)
Veena Adams: I’m sorry, I think that you’re lost. The unemployment line is a couple blocks from here.
Ryan Wilson: This better be good, Candice because I won’t hesitate to call security on you and escort you out of the arena.
Candice Blair: Oh, I promise. It’s gonna be good. :mjgrin: You see, when you fired me last week Ryan, you actually fired me from my part-timer’s contract. That coote little contract that I was given back in December. What the two of you bozos weren’t aware of was this: I was already going to sign a EAW contract that made me a full-time member of an EAW roster. That contract doesn’t begin until AFTER Pain for Pride, but Sarah Vaughn, Ms. You’re Hired and Ms. You’re Fired, gave me a temporary contract, so I can complete the rest of the season. Hell, she was so thrilled about me signing after months of trying to give me the best contract out there. I got a huge bonus for signing, but she also gave me the power to do this — choose what match I wanted to be a part of at Pain for Pride.
Veena Adams: So you’re going to insert yourself into the Specialists Scramble?
Candice Blair: That’s what you think, but I could have been part of Cash in the Vault, 24/7 or the Specialists Scramble, but I’m trying not to be so high maintenance with my match at Pain for Pride. I just wanted a match… with you, Veena.
Veena Adams: I’m not going to face you. That would be a waste of time.
Candice Blair: Oh honey, the match is official. The card is being made for the match. Also, I wanted this match to be fun, so I added a stipulation to the match.
Veena Adams: Loser leaves EAW?
Candice Blair: no. I figured that the ring isn’t big enough to hold our massive egos, Veena. I think we need to extend this little beef between us beyond the ring. I feel like the entire streets of Philadelphia need to see me drag your bitch ass around the place. So at Pain for Pride, Veena Adams will take on Candice Blair in a … PHILADELPHIA STREET FIGHT!
Veena Adams: You dumb fucking bitch. Do you not realize the mistake that you made? I’m going to fucking embarrass you at Pain for Pride and make you regret ever becoming a full-time Elitist. I may have no other choice than to compete in this match, but bitch, you are going to be begging for an option to get the fuck out of this match. I’ve been saying this all this season on Showdown and it’s that I’m back with a vengeance and I’m here to prove that all of these whores have nothing on me and that means you, Cumdumpster Blairhead. Now, if you excuse me, I gotta call my tailor to get started on my Pain for Pride attire. I gotta look presentable.
(Veena Adams purposely bumps shoulders with Candice Blair on her way out.)
Candice Blair: You’re going to need all the help you can get.
(The scene fades elsewhere.)
(The camera fades to backstage, where the Specialists Champion Sarah Price is getting ready to go to the ring. She’s walking towards Gorilla position when she notices Harper Lee walking past her, who’s clearly a bit worried about her chances to make it to Pain for Pride, as last week she lost to Xander Payne in the number one contendership match for the PURE Championship. Harper doesn’t notice Sarah as she’s just scrolling through stuff on her phone, but Sarah decides to go over to her anyway, keeping a smile on her face to try and lighten up her mood.)
Sarah Price: Harper, I’m so glad I ran into you!
(After a few seconds with no response, Harper looks up, and is a bit surprised seeing the Specialists Champion next to her.)
Harper Lee: Oh, hey Sarah. What’s up?
Sarah Price: I saw your match with Xander Payne last week, and you did an amazing job.
Harper Lee: Well, thanks, but I don’t think that really matters much anymore. Xander is going to Pain for Pride to face Jake Smith and I’m left with nothing. It’s fine though. Better luck next year I guess.
(Harper is about to walk away, looking back at her phone before Sarah stops her.)
Sarah Price: You shouldn’t have to wait until next year for a Pain for Pride opportunity Harper, that wouldn’t be fair. You’re very talented, and I think you deserve a match at Pain for Pride.
Harper Lee: That’s cool, but Pain for Pride is pretty soon and it’s not like I have a match tonight to try and earn a spot. Most of the matches are full already too.
Sarah Price: That’s fine, I have an idea. I want to be a fighting Champion, and you still have no match at Pain for Pride. So, I’d like to give you a spot in the Specialists Scramble match.
(Harper immediately looks up at Sarah, almost unable to tell if she is being serious or not.)
Harper Lee: Wait… Really? You actually want to put me in the match?
Sarah Price: Of course I do, it’s only fair after all. It just wouldn’t be right for someone like you to not get a chance to compete at Pain for Pride, and besides, the bigger the challenge, the better. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be in the match. What do you say?
(A huge smile grows on Harper’s face, and Sarah can already tell what her answer will be before she even says it.)
Harper Lee: I’m in! I’m totally in! Thank you so much!
Sarah Price: It’s the least I could do for you Harper. Good luck at Pain for Pride.
Harper Lee: You too, guess I’ll see you there!
(Sarah and Harper both go their separate ways, Sarah happy with her decision, and Harper excited to finally have a set match at Pain for Pride. Sarah finally makes her way to gorilla position as Showdown fades to a commercial break.)
(Commercial break for Mountain Dew featuring Drake King.)
(As the camera fades back into the arena, ‘Land of the Innocent’ by Feathers hits, and the fans begin to cheer as Sarah Price walks out to the stage with the Specialists Championship around her waist. She has a microphone in her hand as well, and she finally makes it into the ring, before waiting for the small crowd to finish cheering so she could finally begin to speak.)
Sarah Price: As the EAW Specialists Champion, it is my duty to help make this company an even better place than it already is. I have to help get rid of some of the negativity and villainy that exists, especially inside of the women’s division. Unfortunately, there’s people out there that are full of this negativity. Like they just feed off of it or something. It’s no good, and it has to stop. People like Constance Blevins aren’t women that little kids would ever be able to look up to. She sets a bad example, and I’d love it if she could come out here so I could try and fix that.
(After a few moments of waiting, ‘Revival Remix Outro’ by Selena Gomez finally hits which immediately prompts the small crowd to boo knowing who the music belongs to, and it doesn’t take long for Constance Blevins to walk out to the stage. She too has a microphone in hand, and slowly begins walking to the ring, clearly unamused with what Sarah is saying, despite allowing her to continue.)
Sarah Price: Constance, thank you for showing up. I wanted you out here because I needed you to understand the error of your ways. Everyone should know that what you’ve been doing is wrong. Your disgusting behavior, all of the sneak attacks, it’s like you’re made up of pure evil, and you need to be cleansed of your evil. Otherwise, someone like you could never win the Specialists Championship.
(Constance sighs, clearly not buying what Sarah’s saying before beginning to speak herself.)
Constance Blevins: Sarah, I have to become the Specialists Champion. The EAW women’s division was once at the very top. This division used to mean something, but throughout time it’s lost everything that made it special, and only I can change that. I am the only woman in the Specialists Scramble match that has the ability to revive this once important division. This division has had to sit on the sidelines for far too long, Sarah, and quite frankly, I don’t believe you have it in you to bring prestige back to it. You can’t give the women’s division the help it needs.
Sarah Price: I disagree. I want the women’s division to succeed too, which is why I want to do my best and be a fighting Champion. The Specialists Scramble match is already a pretty big deal, but there’s still more I know I need to accomplish, so that match is not going to be where my story as Specialists Champion ends.
Constance Blevins: That’s just not the truth. The Specialists Championship needs me. I’m sure one day you will understand why I chose to attack you. I didn’t just do it out of spite or hatred. You have something that I need. Winning the Specialists Championship and bringing this division back to its former glory is what’s important. It’s unfortunate Sarah, but your Championship reign is going to end very shortly. At Pain for Pride, the women’s division will once again r-
(Before Constance could finish, ‘Hell on Heels’ by Pistol Annies hits, and the small crowd continues to boo. Kensingten Calhoun-Astor soon makes her way out to the stage, and she walks towards the timekeepers area, clearly not intimidated or bothered by the two in the ring as she retrieves a microphone, before stepping inside of the ring herself.)
Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Why, I’m sorry to interrupt the two of you, but I just couldn’t help myself. It looks like you two have forgotten that there are more people in this match other than yourselves, when I actually earned my spot in this match. You two are so concerned with your petty squabbles, I can’t help but worry that neither of you will hold the Specialists Championship after Pain for Pride! After all, you also have to worry about a woman like me. I understand how big of an opportunity this match is, and I have competed for the Specialists Championship before. This has been a difficult rookie season for me, but now I have the chance to turn that around at the grandest event of the year, and I will not pass up that opportunity! I am a powerful woman, and I would be the perfect role-model to carry this women’s division towards a better future.
Sarah Price: Kensingten, I’ll be perfectly fine, trust me. The Specialists Championship is already in good hands. I’m ready for this. If I wasn’t, I’d be complaining about this match instead of adding other people to it. Taking on challenges is simply part of my job, and I know I can overcome this.
(‘Cry Little Sister’ by Marilyn Manson hits just as Sarah finished speaking, prompting her to immediately look towards the stage. Kasey Kaos doesn’t waste any time making her way to the ring as she already has a microphone in her hand, and as she enters the ring, she immediately goes face to face with Sarah Price, before looking towards the other two women already in the ring, who look a bit annoyed that yet another woman has come out tonight.)
Kasey Kaos: Nobody will be leaving Pain for Pride as the Specialists Champion, but us. In the Grand Rampage match, we proved how much of a threat we are. Against Minerva at Odyssey, we proved that we can go the distance against whichever poor soul is put in front of us. The Specialists Scramble match is the perfect opportunity for us. We have been in this company for far less time than anyone else in this match, but we’ll be sure to leave the greatest impact at Pain for Pride once WE leave with the Specialists Championship.
Constance Blevins: None of you three can do it. Unlike myself, all of you are fresher, newer faces, but I have the experience and the knowledge to understand what needs to change. The Specialists Championship is mine, and none of you will be able to stop me.
Kasey Kaos: We came as close as possible to dethroning the Universal Women’s Champion Minerva, the one closest to yourself. We can, and we will finish the job with you, as well as everyone else in this Specialists Championship match.
Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: Oh dear. You sure are confident.
Kasey Kaos: With reason to be. This is our match to win, and it will be won by us. Sarah, say your goodbyes. Time is ticking, and that Specialists Champion will soon find a new home, and this division will have a new leader.
Sarah Price: You? Sorry Kasey, but I don’t think so.
(Before anyone else could begin speaking, ‘Debate Scrum’ by Masafumi Takada begins to play, causing the small crowd to actually start cheering. Harper Lee slowly walks out to the stage with a microphone in her hand, with an almost awkward look on her face as everyone in the ring turns towards her. As Harper slowly walks down the ramp towards the ring, she finally starts talking.)
Harper Lee: Uhhh, hi everyone. Nice seeing you all. So I know I got added to this little party like two seconds ago, but you this looks fun and I didn’t really want to miss out. Anyways, I’m sure you guys are all going to do great, but around three minutes ago I realized that my loss against Xander Payne last week was a turning point for me. I won’t be competing for the PURE Championship at Pain for Pride…
(Harper Lee enters the ring.)
Harper Lee: Because instead, I’ll be winning the Specialists Championship. I’m grateful for this. Just an hour ago I didn’t have a Pain for Pride match, and now I have the opportunity to win what’s clearly one of the more prestigious Championships in this company seeing the past few title holders. I know I’m capable of getting past whichever one of you I need to in order to win the title, and in turn I’ll be the woman that leads this division to the future.
Kensingten Calhoun-Astor: You? You could never be a leader, you don’t display any of the qualities necessary to lead anyone.
Harper Lee: And you do? Oh please.
(Harper turns back around, just to be surprised by-)
Deadprez: KASEY KAOS GOES AFTER HARPER! KASEY GOES AFTER HARPER AND NOW KENSINGTEN JOINS IN! SARAH ATTEMPTING TO GO AFTER THEM TO SPLIT THE THREE UP- BUT CONSTANCE BLEVINS JUST TOOK DOWN THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION! KASEY AND KENSINGTEN NOW FIGHTING EACH OTHER AFTER SEEMINGLY TAKING HARPER DOWN, AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A BRAWL ON OUR HANDS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
Eve: CONSTANCE IS ON TOP OF SARAH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING, AND SHE IS HITTING SARAH WITH A BUNCH OF PUNCHES, BUT SARAH MANAGES TO PUSH CONSTANCE OFF OF HER! SARAH MANAGES TO GET BACK UP, BUT CLEARLY NOT QUICK ENOUGH AS CONSTANCE GOES RIGHT BACK AT HER, SHOVING HER INTO THE CORNER BEFORE STOMPING AWAY AT HER!
Gavin Kirkland: HARPER MANAGED TO GET BACK UP, AND SHE CHARGES AT KASEY BEFORE HITTING HER WITH A BICYCLE KICK, CAUSING KASEY TO STUMBLE INTO THE CORNER! HARPER TURNING TOWARDS KENSINGTEN- JUST TO BE HIT WITH THE SOUTHERN SWAG SHOT!! HARPER IS DOWN AND OUT, AND NOW HARPER ROLLS OUT OF THE RING, BUT LOOK AT KASEY KAOS RUNNING THE ROPES! SUICIDE DIVE TO HARPER LEE!!
Deadprez: KENSINGTEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS BEHIND, AND NOW SHE’S GOING AFTER KASEY! MEANWHILE IN THE RING SARAH IS TRYING TO FIGHT OFF CONSTANCE, BUT IT’S CLEAR SHE WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY THIS SUDDEN ATTACK! SARAH PUSHING CONSTANCE AWAY, BUT CONSTANCE CHARGES IN- RIGHT INTO A BOOT! SARAH NOW CHARGING IN- BUT CONSTANCE AVOIDS THE BITTERSWEET ENDING BEFORE HITTING SARAH WITH A HEADBUTT! THINGS AREN’T LOOKING GOOD FOR SARAH HERE AS CONSTANCE NOW LIFTS HER UP INTO A FIREMAN’S CARRY-
(‘Hey Superstar’ by Madina Lake hits, and the small group of fans begin to cheer as loud as they can..)
Deadprez: NO WAY!!
Gavin Kirkland: 🤤
(Sierra Bradford walks out to the stage with a steel chair in her hand, looking right in the ring before charging down the ramp.)
Deadprez: SIERRA HITS KENSINGTEN IN THE MIDSECTION WITH THE STEEL CHAIR! SIERRA RAISING THE CHAIR NOW, BEFORE SLAMMING IT INTO KENSINGTEN’S BACK! KENSINGTEN IS DOWN, AND NOW SIERRA GOES AFTER KASEY, HITTING HER OVER THE HEAD WITH IT! KASEY IS DOWN, BUT SIERRA HITS HER ONCE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE! SHE’S BACK! SIERRA BRADFORD IS BACK!!
Eve: SIERRA BRADFORD SLIDES INTO THE RING, AND CONSTANCE DROPS SARAH BEFORE CHARGING TOWARDS SIERRA- JUST TO RUN RIGHT INTO HER CHAIR! SIERRA HITTING CONSTANCE IN THE BACK WITH THE CHAIR, AND NOW SIERRA REPEATEDLY SLAMS THE CHAIR INTO CONSTANCE’S BACK, CAUSING HER TO ROLL OUT OF THE RING!
Deadprez: Sierra Bradford is the final competitor in that Specialists scramble match, but it looks like these two weren’t lying when they said SASS is forever! I didn’t expect to see Sierra tonight, but now that we know she is good to go for the most part, I can’t help but be even more excited for Pain for Pride!
(After the huge steel chair assault, Sierra Bradford helps Sarah to her feet, before picking up the Specialists Championship and giving it to her, obviously followed by a big hug as Sierra Bradford seems to be Pain for Pride ready at this point in her recovery. After a few moments, ‘Hey Superstar’ finally starts up once again, and the crowd continues to cheer while Sierra raises Sarah’s hand, which is the final scene shown before the camera fades out.)
(Small intermission before the next match.)
(The camera cuts back to ringside as we’re met by the Showdown commentary team joined by a special guest.)
Eve: We’re back and are about to head into our next contest, but before we do that I must introduce the woman that will face off against her mentor at Pain for Pride… Harlow Reichert!
Gavin Kirkland: …
Harlow Reichert: Thanks for having me.
(The camera cuts to the ring as Gina Romano stands ready.)
Gina Romano: Ladies and Gentlemen, this next contest is scheduled for ONE FALL… and per the request of the Showdown General Manager, Ryan Wilson, it will be contested under the same rules as Xavier Williams against Harlow Reichert at Pain for Pride!… PURE RULES!
Harlow Reichert: Excuse me?
(“PEOPLE = SHIT” by Slipknot hits as Shane Gates makes his way out through the curtain. He stands on the stage looking out at the few people standing in the crowd before confidently making his way down to the ring.)
Gina Romano: Introducing first from Huntington Beach, California, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN POUNDS!!… HE IS “THE DYNASTY OF SHOWDOWN”… SHANE GAAAATES!!
Eve: He’s a man that’s coming off a heartbreaking loss at Grand Ramage as he competed for the PURE Championship against both Lucas Johnson and champion, Jake Smith. There’s no doubt that he is going to look to bounce back.
Deadprez: He has a big opportunity to bounce back in a huge way if he’s able to knock off the former World Champion.
Harlow Reichert: One can dream.
(“Day of Fate” by Jonathon Young hits as Xavier Williams slowly makes his way out through the curtain and out onto the stage. He stares down at Shane Gates who stands in the ring. The hint of a smirk crosses his face before he slowly begins to make his way down to the ring.)
Gina Romano: Introducing his opponent residing from Pensacola, Florida, weighing in tonight at ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY POUNDS!!… HE IS… XAVIER WIIIIILLLIIIAAAMMMSSSS!!!!
Eve: There were alot of doubters when Xavier Williams made his return close to two months ago, but in that time I believe I can say he’s quickly proved them wrong.
Deadprez: There was never a secret that Xavier wasn’t the man or competitor that we was before he lost to Mr. DEDEDE four years ago at Pain for Pride and many questioned whether he was ever going to be able to recover and “re-find” himself, but the man we see now may be even better than the man we once saw sit at the top of this business. You’re definitely going to have your work cut out from you in two week, Harlow.
Harlow Reichert: I know. I haven’t hid that I know that Xavier Williams is one of the greatest of all time and it’s an honor that I’m going to be able to share the ring with him at Pain for Pride. I think that Shane needs to be better than he has ever been if he wants to have a chance of beating Xavier tonight.
(Xavier enters the ring as Shane backs into his corner before the referee calls for the bell.)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Eve: The bell rings and this PURE Rules match is officially underway – and Shane Gates immediately charges out of the corner and rushes Xavier Williams! Shane looks for a big forearm smash, but Xavier’s more than ready for it! Xavier sidesteps and meets Shane with a stiff chop to the chest! Xavier grabs Shane by the arm and sends him across the ring into the opposite corner! Shane’s able to avoid the corner, looking to pop himself up and over Xavier, but Xavier meets him with a kick to the chest as he was in the air! Shane still lands on his feet and stumbles back as Xavier shoots forward! Shane tries to cut him off with a clothesline, but Xavier slides underneath and locks him by the waist! German Suplex! Shane Gates dumped on the back of his head as Xavier shoots back to his feet as that smirk returns to his face!
Harlow Reichert: Shane put on the backfoot immediately. Not surprising.
Deadprez: It looks like poetry in motion for Xavier Williams! Shane is trying to find something, but Xavier has had answers for everything in the first few minutes. Shane is back to a knee as he clutches at the back of his neck! Xavier with a shoot kick to the chest! Xavier looks to follow with a second, but this time Shane catches the boot! Xavier with an enziguri! No, Shane is just able to avoid contact – and turns it into an ankle lock! Xavier is quickly able to roll forward and escape! Xavier and Shane are both back to their feet as Xavier shoots forward, but Shane is able to pop him up into the air! Shane drives him back down to the canvas with a powerbomb! Shane doesn’t release his grip, instead powering Xavier back up, looking for another! But, Xavier drives the point of his elbow directly into the top of his head!
Eve: Xavier looks to follow that with a hurricanrana, but Shane is able to block it and powers Xavier back up again! OH MY! TURNBUCKLE POWERBOMB! THE FIRST HALF OF THAT RIPCORD MANSLAUGHTER CONNECTS AS SHANE LOOKS TO FOLLOW IT UP WITH THE CURBSTOMP, BUT XAVIER SHOOTS BACK OUT OF THE CORNER AND HITS SHANE LOW WITH A DROPKICK TO THE KNEE!! SHANE GATES SENT CRASHING FACE FIRST INTO THE CORNER AS XAVIER CONTINUES TO PICK UP A FULL HEAD OF STEAM! SHINOSEPPUN!! THAT SHOTGUN DROPKICK TO A SEATED OPPONENT!! BOTH FEET DRIVEN INTO THE FACE OF SHANE GATES!!
Harlow Reichert: We may need to call a dentist for Shane after that one!
Deadprez: Shane Gates rolls out of the corner as Xavier calls for the end! A dazed Shane Gates making his way back to his feet as Xavier springboards off the middle rope! ASHES OF THE PHOENIX!! THE SPRINGBOARD CUTTER… IS BLOCKED!! SHANE GATES CATCHES XAVIER BY THE NECK AND FLIPS HIM BACK UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS! SHANE TRYING TO CROSS THE LEGS OF XAVIER! CALIFORNIAN DESTRUCTION! NO, XAVIER IS ABLE TO FLIP OUT AND LAND ON HIS FEET! XAVIER WITH A KICK TO THE KNEE! ROUNDHOUSE KICK! SUPERKICK! THREE BRUTAL SHOTS TO SHANE GATES AS.. DIVINITY! XAVIER WILLIAMS WITH THAT KICK STRAIGHT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD OF SHANE GATES! Shane is down face first on the canvas, trying to shake out of the cobwebs – CROWN OF THORNS?! WE HAVEN’T SEEN XAVIER USE THIS MOVE IN YEARS!! SHANE GATES TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING LOCKED IN THAT BRIDGING ARM TRIANGLE CHOKE!! SHANE IS IN A PANIC!! NOWHERE TO GO!! SHANE TAPS!! THAT’S IT!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“Day of Fate” by Jonathon Young hits as Xavier Williams releases the hold and gets back to his feet.)
Gina Romano: The winner of this match… XAVIER WIIIILLLIIIAAMMSSS!!!
Eve: That was fast paced from the opening bell, it didn’t last long, but there were definitely moments where either man could have walked away from that one.
Harlow Reichert: :surejan:
Deadprez: It’s incredible how Xavier manages to adjust during such a fast tempo contest. Shane tries to get himself into this contest, but Xavier just seemed to be two moves ahead of him.
Harlow Reichert: It’s one thing that Xavier has said throughout the time that I’ve known him. It’s easy to pay with the cards in your hand, but you need to be ready for every possibility and how you’re going to be able turn every situation into your own favor. Ryan may have his fun with our match being a PURE Rules match at Pain for Pride, but he just swung things into my favor.
(Xavier celebrates in the ring as Harlow gets out of her chair and takes off her headphones as the camera shows them both with the Pain for Pride logo hanging in the background before the camera cuts elsewhere.)
(SCREEN BAR — EARLIER THIS WEEK.)
(We continue on with Minerva’s trip throughout the McAllister-Roberts home; however, this time, the scene begins upstairs in the bedroom. The Universal Women’s Champion stands at the entrance of the doorway as she looks around the scenery. There, she can see the bedroom pressed against the wall; the two nightstands in between the bed. The path to the bathroom is across from the bed and there, you can see the closet. Minerva walks over to the closet. Inside, you can see that it’s split in half. One half for Rex and the other half for Raven. Minerva’s eyes begin to wander the closet as she pulls out an article of clothing from the hanger and it happens to be the leather jacket that Ms. Extreme gave Raven as a bridal shower present. The one that says “Mrs. McAllister” in the back. Minerva decides to put on the jacket as she tries to get a good look of herself in the mirror.)
Minerva: I could have done without the “Mrs. McAllister” part on the back, but it’s the thought that counts, I suppose.
(Minerva continues her tour throughout the closet before looking at a couple of drawers. Minerva pulls on the middle draw as it reveals to be a ton of necklaces lined up beautifully in their cases. Minerva pulls out the necklaces which have a half of a heart, but has “Rex” written on it.)
Minerva: Isn’t this precious? These two can be like teenagers. On one hand, that’s adorable. On the other hand, it kinda makes me want to vomit and it’s not because of the wine.
(Minerva places the necklace down before looking at another drawer, where Raven’s sunglasses are lined up beautifully. Minerva gets a random pair of square framed sunglasses before putting them on. Minerva looks at these in the mirror as she shakes her head in approval.)
Minerva: Yeah, I’m keeping these. She’s got like fifty pairs. She won’t notice if one of them is gone, right?
(Minerva continues to stroll herself out of the closet before making her way towards the bathroom. She looks over Raven’s side of the counter and sees a bunch of perfumes. Minerva looks around, trying to see which perfume she wants to put on before picking up “Daisy” by Marc Jacobs and spritzing it all over herself and the room.)
Minerva: Smells fresh and clean. Very typical of Raven.
(Minerva makes her way back to the bedroom and jumps on the bed. There’s no denying that the bed is comfortable as fuck and Minerva had the chance, she would probably sleep on the bed.)
Minerva: I wonder if she’s got any good books.
(Minerva reaches over to one of the nightstand and opens the door. She pulls out a random romance novel as she begins to flip through the pages rapidly, but something ends up falling down — a simple envelope.)
Minerva: Oooh, what do we have here?
(The envelope wasn’t sealed shut, but Minerva gets a paper and begins to open it. The eyes of Minerva widen with interest.)
Minerva: You wouldn’t want this getting out, huh, Ray-Ray?
(Minerva rests her head back against the pillow as she clutches onto that special piece of paper to her chest while forming a smirk on her face.)
(Scene goes to commercial break.)
(Showdown returns from break and fades back into the ringside area. “Children of the Son” by Pipe Choir begins to blast across the PA system, and the small crowd rises to their feet as the Universal Women’s Champion, Minerva, steps onto the stage.)
Gina Romano: Ladies and gentlemen… please welcome the EAW Universal Women’s Champion… MINERVA!
Eve: Welcome back to Showdown! Earlier tonight, our production truck aired footage of Minerva uhhh breaking and entering the new home of Rex McAllister and Raven Roberts. I’m not really sure what to make of what we saw, but Minerva made herself cozy inside the newlywed couple’s spacious home.
Gavin Kirkland: I bet that sexy bitch cast a spell on that house and that’s how she broke in, guys. Minerva is good at that voodoo bullshit :wow:
Deadprez: Either way, it was a complete violation of Raven and Rex’s privacy, and no doubt there’s going to be hell to pay. We know Raven Roberts is here tonight, and whatever Minerva found tucked away inside that book is something Raven hid for a reason.
(The envelope Minerva found inside the McAllister-Roberts home is tucked into the back pocket of her black skinny jeans and as The Gypsy Moth gets into the ring, she can’t help but laugh a little to herself. She twirls a strand of blood orange hair around her finger and adjusts the championship that is resting across her shoulder. Minerva has been given the microphone by Gina, and the ring announcer quickly bails. Minerva lets out a cruel, rather amused laugh and this time it echoes throughout the Performance Center. After her music fades out, Minerva runs her tongue across her ruby red lips and cracks an evil smile.)
Minerva: Color me curious, but I just couldn’t help myself this week. I just had to see how the other half live, which is why I decided to pay a little visit to the McAllister-Roberts household. Of course, I wasn’t expecting glitz and glamour. Both husband and wife are far too vanilla for that sort of thing. I knew I wasn’t going to find an entire floor dedicated to designer clothes, handbags, and shoes like I would if I had gone to visit the homes of Kassidy Heart or Cameron Ella Ava. Raven Roberts isn’t exactly your traditional princess after all. She is still insufferable and she is still entitled, but in different ways than the aforementioned other two. I wasn’t really searching for anything in particular either. Truthfully, I just wanted Raven to know that I had been in her home, I had been through her things, and I want to live inside her head. I want this whole thing between the two of us to be personal, because that’s going to make beating her at Pain for Pride a lot more fun for me.
(Minerva grins and removes the envelope from her pocket.)
Minerva: Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this little bombshell tucked away inside of a book. I can only assume it was hidden for a reason. Perhaps it’s something that Raven has yet to share with Sexy Rexy? I don’t know! But if he didn’t already know, allow me to be the one to break the news to h-
(“Mark My Words” by Doll Skin begins to play and Raven comes rushing down to the ring. As she slides in, ready to fight, but Minerva slides right on out, and holds up her hand.)
Minerva: The last thing you want to do is provoke me right now.
(Raven stands in the ring absolutely furious, her chest heaving. Whatever Minerva is holding in her hands is something that has a lot of meaning to Raven, and it’s clear ‘The Bird of Prey’ doesn’t want it shared with the world.)
Raven Roberts (Off Mic): Don’t you fucking dare, Minerva…
(A giggle escapes Minerva’s lips and she waves the envelope around.)
Minerva: Why ever not, Ray-Ray??
(A look of sheer desperation crosses Raven’s face and she rakes her hands through her hair. It would be easy for her to go after Minerva and just take her down, but that wouldn’t stop the champion from eventually revealing the contents of that envelope. Seeing Minerva snooping in her home and finding the one thing Raven wasn’t ready to share with the world yet is the last thing the former champion ever expected when she got the invitation to appear on Showdown.)
Raven Roberts (Off Mic): Minerva… just don’t.
(A cruel look crosses Minerva’s face and she points to the mat.)
Minerva: Drop to your knees and beg me then. It’s not like it would be the first time you’ve humiliated yourself by begging on national television.
(Raven’s face flushes with anger, mixed with a bit of shame. Memories of Empire come flooding back to her and she can’t help but clench her fists. Minerva has folded her arms across her chest.)
Minerva: Well?? I’m waiting.
(She tucks the microphone under her arm and opens the envelope, removing a piece of paper and something else from inside of it. Raven immediately drops to her knees and holds up her hands.)
Minerva: That’s better.
(The champion slips back inside the ring and stands in front of Raven. Raven is visibly shaking with anger, and there are tears in her eyes. Minerva bends down and gently caresses Raven’s cheek.)
Minerva: There, there. It will be alright, little one. I can only assume you haven’t shared this with Sexy Rexy. Am I right?
(Raven doesn’t want to answer the question, but Minerva wraps her hands in Raven’s hair and jerks her head back.)
Minerva: Answer me.
Raven Roberts (through gritted teeth): It hasn’t been the right time.
(Minerva lets go of Raven and steps back, casually leaning against the ropes.)
Minerva: So you don’t think your husband, the man who promised to love and honor, has a right to know something that is going to affect his future?
Raven Roberts (Off Mic): OUR future.
Minerva: Semantics. The fact of the matter is, you are keeping life changing information from him and for what reason? To not distract him? To not distract yourself? Or to keep both of you from realizing that you are about to fail as a wife AND as a woman?
(Raven leaps up from the ground and goes to tackle Minerva, but the champion quickly spits black mist in Raven’s face to halt her! Minerva drops the title and the papers, and kicks Raven right in the gut! Seconds later, she grabs her up and plants her into the mat with TPK! Minerva looks around the ring and grabs the microphone, as well as the papers, before straddling Raven. Minerva unfolds the papers and lays what appears to be a sonogram across Raven’s chest and she holds the other paper up in the air.)
Minerva: While I’m not sure when you had a little pregnancy scare, my dear, I do know that this picture proves you were never pregnant with Rex’s child, and that this paper contains the results of several tests you had run on you. Poor Sexy Rexy. I bet he never thought he would be shackling himself to a barren bitch who will never be able to give him the little spawns I’m sure he wants. How sad.
(Minerva balls up the piece of paper with her opponent’s medical information on it and shoves it in Raven’s mouth before getting up, snatching up her title, and standing over Raven’s fallen body. “Children of the Son” by Pipe Choir begins to play once again and the champ gets out of the ring. She knows what she’s done and has no fucks to give about it. The small crowd inside the Performance Center has been shocked speechless. They don’t know how to react to the personal information that was just shared in the most disgusting way possible, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that there will be hell to pay for Minerva come Pain for Pride.)
(Showdown fades to commercial break.)
( Showdown returns as “It Follows” by Cane Hill hits as Xander Payne steps out onto the stage. The crowd cheers for Xander as he makes his way down to the ring)
Gina Romano: The following contest is set for!!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
Gina Romano: And it is your main event of the evening!! Introducing first! From Toronto, Canada!! Weighing in at 159lbs!! PAYNEKILLER!! XANDER PAYNE!!!
Deadprez: Last week, Xander Payne earned himself a shot at Jake Smith’s PURE Championship at Pain for Pride. He would eventually cut Jake Smith’s title defense celebration short later on in the night as he attacked Jake and sent him a strong message weeks before their title match.
Gavin Kirkland: Xander has the opportunity to send and even bigger message by defeating Alexis Chambers, the woman that Jake has been supporting for quite some time now! Not only that, but Xander can do this with Jake Smith watching at ringside!!
(“Walking the Wire” by Imagine Dragons hits as Alexis Chambers steps out onto the stage with Jake Smith carrying his PURE Championship on his shoulder. The crowd gives a mixed reaction, but mostly boos due to Jake being present. The two continue to walk their way down the ramp and towards the ring.)
Gina Romano: And his opponent!! Being accompanied by Jake Smith.. She’s from Detroit, Michigan!! Weighing in at 117lbs!! THE MOTORCITY GODDESS!! ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!!
Eve: Alexis Chambers has a huge task tonight by facing Jake’s future Pain for Pride opponent. She finds herself a few weeks away from her historic mud match against Dr. Bethany Blue as well, so this would be a great opportunity for her to show what she’s bringing to Pain for Pride.
Deadprez: Alexis has been incredible so far in her young career and I expect her to do very well tonight against Xander Payne! Let’s see how this one unfolds!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Deadprez: And here we go! Xander Payne starts this one off with a quick right hook onto Alexis Chambers! No! Chambers ducks underneath the arm as she ends up behind Xander Payne! Payne turns around but is met by a back spin kick that connects right at his abdomen! Xander bends over and clutches at his stomach in pain! Alexis now grabs Xander! SNAP SUPLEX BY THE MOTOR CITY GODDESS!! Alexis Chambers gets back up to her feet. She runs to the side ropes as Xander is slowly getting up. Alexis chambers bounces back off of the ropes while Xander finally makes it to his feet! RUNNING KNEE BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!
Eve: NO!! Xander dodges the kick as Alexis goes right past him! Xander wraps his arms around Alexis’ head! RELEASE SLEEPER SUPLEX BY XANDER PAYNE HITS AS ALEXIS LANDS ONTO HER HEAD THEN ROLLS INTO A REVERSE SOMERSAULT ONTO HER HANDS AND KNEES!! Alexis is clutching at the back of her head as Xander Payne makes his way back up to his feet! Alexis slowly lifting her torso up while being down on her knees, but Xander grabs her by the hair and quickly bashes her head with a mighty headbutt! Alexis falls down to the canvas and rolls onto her back! Xander Payne now clutches at his head and runs towards Alexis!! JUMPING SEATED SENTON!!! IT CONNECTS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: Xander Payne gets up to his feet as he reaches down and grabs Alexis by the head and hair again. He brings her up to her feet and walks her over to the corner and shoves her back first against the turnbuckles! Xander Payne now with a forearm shot onto the head of Alexis Chambers! He now takes a step back.. AXE KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD BY XANDER PAYNE ONTO ALEXIS IN THE CORNER!! He continues to rotate with the kick.. AND HE FOLLOWS UP WITH A DISCUSS CLOTHESLINE ONTO ALEXIS AS ALEXIS FALLS DOWN INTO A SEATED POSITION IN THE CORNER!!
Deadprez: Xander Payne looks down at his opponent as he begins walking over to the other end of the ring. Xander Payne sets himself up in the opposite corner then begins to charge at Alexis! CANONBALL BY XANDER PAYNE INTO THE SEATED ALEXIS CHAMBERS AGAINST THE BOTTOM TURNBUCKLES!!! NO!!! Alexis moves out of the way just in time!!! Xander Payne is upside down and leaning against the turnbuckles but eventually plops down to his side. Alexis gets up to her feet as Xander Payne follows slowly after while clutching at his lower back. The two competitors walk towards one another but it’s Alexis who strikes first as she lands a quick kick to the abdomen that forces Xander to bend over! Alexis pulls him in.. SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!! CHAMBERS KEEP XANDER’S SHOULDERS DOWN FOR THE PIN!!
Deadprez: Kickout by the Paynekiller! Alexis and Xander both make it up to their feet! Xander Payne with a right hook! No Alexis gets under the arm and gets behind Xander Payne!! BACKSLIDE PIN BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!
Gavin Kirkland: Another kickout by Xander Payne! Alexis gets up to her feet as Xander Payne follows shortly after.. LIGHTS OUT! Alexis just hit her signature superkick onto Xander Payne and he falls flat onto back on the canvas! Alexis Chambers now stomps down onto Xander Payne’s chest and upper abdomen then makes her way over to the corner. She climbs up onto the top rope and faces out towards the arena and social distanced fans in attendance! She leaps!! HEART STOPPER!! ELEVATED MOONSAULT!!! NO!! XANDER PAYNE GETS HIS KNEES UP AS ALEXIS CRASHES DOWN ONTO THEM!! Alexis rolls off of Xander Payne as she ends up on her knees clutching at her stomach in pain! Xander slowly makes his way up to his feet. He walks over to Alexis Chambers and steps over her! GROUNDED WRIST LOCK BY XANDER PAYNE!! WAIT NO!! ALEXIS CHAMBERS SLIPS HERSELF BEHIND XANDER PAYNE! She stands up.. BACKSTABBER BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!
Eve: Xander Payne clutches at his back in pain as he lays flat on the canvas! He reaches over and grabs onto the bottom rope and uses it to pull himself up onto his hands and knees. Meanwhile, Alexis Chambers manages to get up to her feet. She sees Xander Payne using the ring ropes to help him get up to his! Xander Payne now up to his feet BUT IT’S ALEXIS CHAMBERS WITH A RUNNING KNEE ONTO XANDER PAYNE WHO’S LEANING AGAINST THE SIDE ROPES!!! NO!!! XANDER PAYNE PULLS THE TOP ROPE DOWN AS ALEXIS GOES FLYING OVER THE TOP ROPE AND STUMBLES DOWN ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!!
Deadprez: Xander Payne looks over at Alexis who is down on her hands and knees at ringside. She slowly works herself up to her feet and is about to enter the ring.. BUT XANDER PAYNE GETS UP AND CONNECTS WITH A WRECKING BALL DROPKICK THROUGH THE ROPES AS HE KICKS ALEXIS CHAMBERS BACK, FORCING HER TO GO FLYING INTO THE BARRICADE AND PLEXIGLASS THAT SURROUNDS THE RING!!! Jake Smith does not look too happy about that one as he gets closer to Alexis and encourages her to keep fighting!
Eve: Alexis is sitting against the barricade but reaches up and grabs the top of it to help get herself back up to her feet. She clutches at the back of her head in pain after bashing it against the barricade moments ago. She looks up.. AND ITS XANDER PAYNE WITH A ROPE ASSISTED TOP CONE HILO!!! XANDER PAYNE JUST SOMERSAULTED OVER THE TOP ROPE AND LANDED ALL 159LBS OF HIMSELF ONTO ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!!! Both Elitists are down here at ringside as the referee begins the count!! Jake Smith is clutching at the back of his head in frustration as he walks back and forth at ringside!!
Referee: One.. Two.. Three.. Four..
Deadprez: Xander Payne is the first one to get up to his feet as he reaches down and grabs Alexis by the wrist.. WRIST PULL-UP DRIVER BY XANDER PAYNE!! IT CONNECTS AND ALEXIS CRASHES HARD ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!! Xander Payne back up to his feet. He slides himself into the ring then walks over to the corner. Xander Payne climbs himself up onto the top turnbuckle. He’s facing Alexis Chambers.. FROG SPLASH FROM THE TOP TURNBUCKLE DOWN ONTO ALEXIS CHAMBERS AT RINGSIDE!!!
Jake Smith(Off-Mic): ALEXIS MOVE!!!
Gavin Kirkland: NO!!! ALEXIS CHAMBERS ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY AND XANDER PAYNE BELLY FLOPS DOWN ONTO THE RINGSIDE FLOOR! The referee restarts the count!
Referee: One.. Two.. Three..
Eve: Alexis Chambers is now up onto her hands and knees. She looks over at Xander Payne who is struggling to get up to his. Alexis crawls her way over to the side of the ring and reaches up and uses the ring apron to help get herself up onto her feet. Xander Payne has propped himself onto one knee as he is clutches at his stomach in pain after that massive belly flop moments ago. Alexis now gets to her feet and slides back into the ring. She uses the ropes to help herself up once more as Xander has gotten himself up to his feet at ringside. Alexis stumbles her way over to the corner and begins climbing up to the top rope! Meanwhile, Xander Payne makes it over to the side of the ring and slides in! He gets up to his feet in the center of the ring!! BUT LOOK! IT’S ALEXIS CHAMBERS ON THE TOP ROPE!! DIVING CROSSBODY BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!!
Deadprez: NO!! XANDER PAYNE CATCHES ALEXIS AND ROLLS THROUGH ON IMPACT AS HE ENDS UP BACK ONTO HIS FEET WITH ALEXIS IN HIS ARMS! Xander Payne uses his strength and tosses Alexis up onto his right shoulder!! HE’S THINKING EMERALD FLOWSION!!! NO!! Alexis Chambers manages to slip herself off of Xander’s shoulder as she lands on her feet behind him!! Xander Payne turns around.. LIGHTS OUT!! SUPERKICK BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS!!! NO!!! Xander Payne ducks underneath the leg as Alexis stumbles over!! Xander turns her around.. STUNNER!!! STUNNER BY THE PAYNEKILLER!!! Alexis stands groggy on her feet as Xander Payne shoves her back! Alexis hits the ropes and bounces back!! LAST SEDATION BY XANDER PAYNE!! THE POP-UP POWERBOMB CONNECTS!!!
Gavin Kirkland: BUT LOOK IT’S JAKE SMITH SLIDING INTO THE RING!! JAKE ENTERS THE RING WITH HIS PURE CHAMPIONSHIP AND BASHES IT AGAINST THE BACK OF XANDER PAYNE’S HEAD AS XANDER DROPS DOWN TO THE CANVAS!! Payne did not see Jake coming!! The referee calls for the bell!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Eve: And now Jake Smith tosses his title off to the side as Xander Payne works himself up onto his hands and knees! Jake steps over Xander and slaps him right across the top of the head before driving his boot into the back of Xander’s head and forcing his face to plant against the canvas! Jake Smith now gets off to the side of Xander and kicks him in the midsection! Again! And again!! Xander Payne is forced into a seated position against the bottom turnbuckle in the corner due to all of these kicks by Jake Smith! And now Jake is firing away with right handed punches onto Xander Payne seated in the corner!!
Deadprez: Xander is trying to block these punches as much as he can, but Jake keeps firing away! Xander now finds the strength to shove Jake Smith back as Jake stumbles back a few steps. Xander reaches up and grabs the ropes above him and uses them to pull himself up to his feet in the corner!! BUT JAKE SMITH WITH A RUNNING FOREARM ONTO XANDER PAYNE!!! NO!! XANDER PAYNE DUCKS THE FOREARM AS JAKE CRASHES BACK FIRST AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE!! AND NOW IT’S XANDER PAYNE THROWING RIGHTS AND LEFTS AT THE CHAMPION!!!
Gavin Kickland: Body shots! Face shots! Xander Payne is firing away with everything he’s got right now!! He’s taking it to the champion and isn’t slowing down!!
Eve: BUT IT’S ALEXIS CHAMBERS FROM BEHIND XANDER PAYNE AS SHE CONNECTS WITH A KICK TO THE BACK OF HIS KNEE THAT DROPS XANDER DOWN ONTO HIS RIGHT KNEE!! Jake Smith shakes the stars out of his head as he kicks Xander right across the face!! Xander Payne turns around still on his knee due to the power of that kick.. FOH!!! SHINING WIZARD BY ALEXIS CHAMBERS FORCES XANDER TO LAY FLAT FACE DOWN ON THE CANVAS!!!
Deadprez: Jake Smith now walks over to the broken body of Xander Payne and reaches down to grab him by the head. Jake now lifts Xander up to his feet as he looks right at Alexis Chambers! Alexis nods as Jake talks some trash at Xander Payne!!! BROKEN WINGS BY JAKE SMITH!! THE SNAP SWINGING NECKBREAKER CONNECTS!!!
(“War” by Grandson hits as Jake Smith reaches down to grab his PURE Championship from the ground)
Deadprez: Jake Smith and Alexis Chambers just took out the number one contender for that PURE championship!
Gavin Kirkland: This is definitely a statement being made by the champ. Last week, Xander Payne attacked Jake after Jake successfully defended his title against Ryan Wilson! And now Jake is returning the favor!
Eve: In less than two weeks these two men will be competing for the PURE Championship at Pain for Pride 13! Who will be the one that ends up on top!?!
(Jake Smith is seen with Alexis Chambers as he raises his PURE Championship up in the air over the beaten down body of Xander Payne. The screen then fades to black)
(One last commercial break.)
( “Ultimate Battle” by ZENTA [EAW Edit] hits, and the socially distanced audience comes alive for the man walking out onto the stage, Jamie O’Hara. Jamie is dressed in all black button-down tucked into his black jeans, and he gives the audience some acknowledgement before continuing to the ring. )
Gina Romano: Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome… JAMMMIEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOO’HAARRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Deadprez: After a week of uncertainty and speculation last week it finally became official, the most anticipated match of the modern era is going down just two weeks from tonight in the Lincoln Financial Stadium between “The People’s Champion” Mr. DEDEDE, and this man.
Gavin Kirkland: It was a chilling encounter between the two, you could feel the tension between DDD and O’Hara after the years of speculation, “what-if” scenarios, fantasy hype, and real life personal animosity between the two. We see this term used rather loosely in the wrestling biz but there is no question that we are in for a DREAM MATCH!
Eve: A dream match for millions Gavin, but somehow there’s more to this match than even we are privy to. Jamie has assured leading into this week that he will be “raising the stakes” of their Pain for Pride 13 headlining encounter. What that entails? Your guess is as good as mine. But considering this is already the biggest match of the modern era, I have a feeling whatever the Hall of Famer has to say here tonight will elevate this already gargantuan contest to even greater heights. He has the floor.
( O’Hara is in the ring, and is soaking up chants of “JAMIE!” “JAMIE!” from the performance center audience. He embraces it, truly appreciative of the response that he’s getting, and he takes a somber moment to soak it in before beginning. )
Jamie O’Hara: Thank you. I’m not gonna be long. All things considered, it’d only make sense for me to address the elephant in the room. Two years ago at Pain for Pride: Festival, I competed in a match against one of the greatest Elitists to ever grace this company, in a stipulated bout where if I were unable to come away the winner, I could never receive an opportunity at a World Championship again. And as fate would have it, I did not come away the winner. I tried – burnt out, physically and mentally exhausted as I was, after being the company’s biggest workhorse that entire season. Despite all that, when I tell you I gave it everything I had in my being, I surely did. And on that night, my best was not good enough against the legendary Impact.
But only a year later, I found myself in the headline of another Pain for Pride, with the opportunity to become World Champion again. A status symbol that – for some period – became intertwined with my identity. After all, I’m Jamie O’Hara. Longest reigning World Champion in EAW history. Winning championships and leading this company is practically my birthright. And my shortcoming at Pain for Pride: Festival did not stop me from attempting to achieve what was deemed to be the impossible. It was simply another hurdle to clear on the path to my ultimate destiny. Mr. DEDEDE talks about “Fate”, and how some are masters over their own fate while others allow fate to rule over them. But the fate that had befallen me was that of a man who should have never even returned following the 2018 Draft Show. And yet I did. It was fate that promised that I’d never receive another opportunity at a World Championship, and somehow, someway, a year later, I did. And as crippling of a blow to the heart as Pain for Pride 12 was, as soulcrushing as that Spear was – that would put me out of title contention for the majority of Season 13 – I scratched, and I clawed, tooth and fucking nail, back to the same point in which I stood a year ago. And I have EARNED my date with destiny, at The War to End All Wars.
( The audience gives Jamie a standing ovation )
Jamie O’Hara: I don’t mean to showboat or bask in my own glory, I’ll leave that little dog and pony show to the self-impressed “Gawds”. All I can ever be with every last one of you – if anything at all – is honest. I have to be dead fucking straight with you guys at all times, because in many ways my life is like a movie playing out before you all, for all the world to see. Any and everything that I attempt to keep hidden will be thrown out into the open and cast into the light – if not by Mr. DEDEDE, then by fate itself. So if I can continue to be honest… since my fateful loss at Pain for Pride: Festival, I’ve known in the back of my head that I am here on borrowed time.
It’s nothing medical, there’s no doctors to tell me anything, it is completely spiritual. It is a feeling that I have, there’s no other way to explain it. I don’t know how much time that I have left doing what I do. I don’t know how many years I’ve been allotted to continue living the kind of life that I live, doing what I do, fulfilling what I deem to be my calling in this ring. It could be another decade. Another year. It could all end tomorrow. I knew it in my gut the moment I came-to following my match against Impact, and I’ve learned to no longer take what I have for granted. I was dealt a painful reminder of said lesson after what happened to Cameron at this year’s Grand Rampage. I have a deep respect for the human condition and the fact that so much of our condition is outside of our control, no matter how powerful we believe we are. Even the likes of DEDEDE, who seem omnipotent and for good reason, have been shown over the last number of weeks exactly how little control he has over his own reality. In the blink of an eye, it can all come crumbling, from the base of his ivory tower to the ground beneath his feet. Life is a battlefield riddled with landmines waiting for you to trip the right wire and blow your entire facade to smithereens.
And I am not exempt. But at the same time, sometimes in life you must make difficult, grueling decisions. You must take some form of initiative over your own journey, even if it means creating an ultimatum. And I have reached that point in my journey. I MUST hold myself accountable for my shortcomings, I MUST make good on all of my promises. I can no longer look myself in the mirror with a sense of pride and have any sort of respect for the man that I am if I continue to absolve myself of accountability for my errors. And the fact is, my failure at Pain for Pride: Festival, my failure at redemption at the Mecca of Culture, and above everything else, my failure to protect the one person who I love must come with a price. There is a debt to be repaid – and it will be repaid one way or another. I am at a point of no return, and if I cannot redeem every last bit of that at Pain for Pride, then there will be no coming back.
I’ll put it in no uncertain terms, if I cannot beat DEDEDE at Pain for Pride, I will retire.
( For a moment it is as if the air has been sucked out of the Performance Center. The socially distanced audience begins to clamor and beg for him to reconsider. )
Jamie O’Hara: There won’t be a grand return, there won’t be any comeback, no rebelling against such destiny; I will simply never return. Every path I’ve walked for the last two years has led to this; every professional and every personal battle, the few won and the many lost, all of it leads to this one match. There is no more room for failure. I cannot become another knot on DEDEDE’s badge. Not without repercussion. I cannot continue to roam the same halls as that man after the fact and continue to view myself as a man, let alone an “Ace”. If I cannot be the undisputed leader of this business then I no longer have any reason to be in this business. It will all be a worthless, vacuous, pretentious imitation of a once well-established reputation. From a fabled legend to a facade. That is all I’d be, and is not a way to live. So the task is real simple, as many bells & whistles as the trial may come with: at Pain for Pride it is win or go home.
And while I’d like to say this “raises the stakes”, you and I both know DEDEDE that from the moment I walked into this company and shared the same dressing room as you, that the stakes have been this high from the very start. It was inevitable that we’d be here. Judgment day was written from the genesis to our saga, it was set in stone from the onset of our story. Two short weeks, DDD, until the final page turns. That’s just the way it was always meant to be, in the end. Two weeks before only one of us remains. And I will stop at nothing, NOTHING, to ensure that when the final drop of blood hits the soil, and the final bomb ignites the Philadelphia night sky… when Armageddon has come and gone, I will devote every fiber of my being to ensure that I am the last man standing. When the dust clears.
( Jamie O’Hara’s face staring into the camera is accompanied with a haunting silence in the EAW Performance Center. The broadcast comes to a close on an ominous note, with the prospect of what we are about to see finally sinking in. Mr. DEDEDE vs Jamie O’Hara – Pain for Pride 13 – Title vs Career. The point of no return. The camera, still on Jamie O’Hara’s determined face, transitions to black. )
( EAW logo buzzes )