(EAW intro plays)  

(Showdown opens up with a recap of everything that happened in the last Showdown. Chef Viz celebrates winning the Answers World Championship where he gets interrupted by Jon Kelton, threatening that hell will start for him next week. Jane Chrissty defeats Hardcore Luna. Ashlynn Quinn tries to give more gifts to Veena to apologize for what she did last month. Raven Roberts speaks up on her match at King of Elite, she gets interrupted by Madison, the two talking about finally doing the single’s match between them but they suddenly get attacked by Terry Chambers, saying a few words before proclaiming he will see Madison soon. Daniella Atlas defeats Delilah Rose by a result of DQ as Delilah attacks the referee in a rage. Jon Kelton gathers up with the rest of Devolution asking them why they didn’t attack Daryl in his triple threat match, the three of them tell him he is exaggerating and that he doesn’t have to worry about anything. Solomon Stane attacks Jane and Hardcore Luna and other officials, angry about how his match with Bethany ended. KASAI defeats Jade Phoenix. Alana Starr cheers up Princess Candice after her loss against Bea Valentine and tells her to look forward to Blind Faith. PJ Hendrx is optimistic about the future despite losing at the King of Elite finals, and that he will go to war with everyone who supports him. Kirk Redwood defeats Damien Kutcher and Mattias Burke for a number one contendership at the National Elite Championship. Adam Lucas gets an interview with Mikaela Street, talking about his loss against Chef Viz, about what happened with Bethany, and what he is looking forward to doing next. Miku Sakai defeats Daryl Kinkade while the women of Devolution watched the match on. And finally, Kennedy Street reveals what Blind Faith is, as the competitors of Showdown will be randomly paired up in tag team matches, the winning teams then going on the Blind Faith Brawl to win an Answers World Championship or National Elite Championship shot. Usagi Senshi and KASAI come out to complain to Kennedy, and because of that, Kennedy announces the two of them will team up for Blind Faith, with them facing Caroline and Adam Lucas.)

(The recap ends, and it is replaced with the song “Brick Wall” by a Day to Remember, as the camera pans around the inside of Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Blue fireworks are shooting out of the stage and the Showdown crowd can be seen cheering in excitement. The camera ends up panning over to the commentary table with Deadprez, Eve and Gavin Kirkland as the commentators.)

Eve: Welcome everybody…TO SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN!!! We are on the journey to Reasonable Doubt as most of the competitors of Showdown look forward to Blind Faith! And for that, we have various matches to get our competitors pumped up for it! We see Clayton Golde go up against Jade Phoenix, Auburn Ware against Jane Chrissty and Usagi Senshi against Princess Candice Blair!

Deadprez: And let’s not forget as well as Devolution’s Jon Kelton facing off against Scott Diamond and on the main event, two men fighting for a bit of redemption, we see the former Answers World Champion Adam Lucas go against PJ Hendrx!

Gavin Kirkland: AND WE ARE ALREADY STARTING OFF WITH OUR INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL GENERAL MANAGER! LET’S GET RIGHT ON WITH THE SHOW, TAKE IT AWAY, KENNEDY! :blessed: 

(“Her” by Megan Thee Stallion plays throughout the arena as Kennedy Street is already in the ring with Alana Starr and AJAX, as she is ready to announce the rest of the Blind Faith teams for Reasonable Doubt. As the music dies down, the crowd boos, some cheer as the Sexy Flawless Diva and General Manager of Showdown looks around and smiles.)

Kennedy Street: EAW Universe… and Mauritania….. WELCOME TO SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN!

(The crowd explodes in cheers, some in boos as it is lively tonight. Alana Starr winks and waves to the crowd as many whistle and give cat calls to the gorgeous Assistant General Manager.)

Kennedy Street: Thank you for the warm welcome, Kennie and the rest of my staff really appreciate it, because we know that you love us! Now, as we found out last week, anything goes when it comes to Blind Faith and the importance of it. In just a few moments, I will announce the last six teams that will compete and who they will compete against. Last week we saw KASAI and Usagi Senshi become a team unwillingly, and they will face the odd team of Adam Lucas and Caroline!

Alana Starr: What two great combinations and that is a Main Event in any arena, this just shows the genius that our General Manager is! We are super excited to pick the names of the rest of the teams in the Blind Faith and remember, the winners of the matches are then put inside of a steel cage, the only way to win is to throw your opponent OVER the cage and fifteen feet to the floor!

Kennedy Street: And with that said, all the names that are eligible are in, anyone who is not chosen, well, there will be a special place for them on the card as Alana has come up with the great idea of a match that they will be placed in, but that is for next week. Without further ado… Alana let us pick the next set of names, again, the next four names will face each other in Blind Faith.

(Alana looks excited, she ruffles through the names and starts to draw them out as she then hands them over to Kennedy Street.)

Alana Starr: Here are the next four names.

Kennedy Street: And the first one drawn is RAVEN ROBERTS!

(The crowd cheers hearing her name.)

Kennedy Street: And her tag team partner is none other than MIKU SAKAI!

(There is a mixed reaction, but many are impressed with the team as Alana then hands her the next two names.)

Kennedy Street: They will face the team of… PRINCESS CANDICE BLAIR! And….

(Kennedy smirks when seeing the name.)

Kennedy Street: … MADISON KALINE!

(The reaction again is mixed and just the thought of those two working together amuses the General Manager considering the history she has had with the Hall of Fame wrestler.)

Deadprez: What a match that is going to be, four of the top women on Showdown will face each other for a chance to get into the Cage Brawl.

Eve: Again, the question is, can these Elitists trust each other? That will be the key to Blind Faith.

Gavin Kirkland: Four beautiful women in the ring at the same time!

(Alana hands over the next four names.)

Alana Starr: Here are the next four names, Kennedy.

Kennedy Street: Thank you honey. The next name is…. Oh, this is a good one… the returning TERRY CHAMBERS! And his tag team partner….. oh, Kennie loves this one….. PJ HENDRX!

(The crowd explodes in cheers; they are excited at this tag team, but Kennedy is not finished announcing the teams.)

Kennedy Street: They will face…. The team of…… One Half of The British Invasion… HALSEY NEEL! And her partner is…..

(Her eyes widen as Kennedy smirks saying the name…..)

Kennedy Street: … SOLOMON STANE!

(The arena boos as the name Solomon Stane rings out. An incredible match for all four wrestlers as that is looking to be one of the brutal matches of the night.)

Deadprez: Another amazing match but again, can Halsey trust Solomon Stane? Can Terry Chambers and PJ Hendrx work? These are the questions we need to ask and how will Blind Faith work.

Eve: The team that is willing to put egos to the side are the ones that will be in that Cage Brawl.

Gavin Kirkland: I could get along with Halsey just fine.

(Alana hands Kennedy the last four names.)

Kennedy Street: And to finish off this Blind Faith…. The next team is…. First….  The other half of The British Invasion…. PANDORA PAISLEY! And her partner…. Oh honey, I love it…… DARYL KINKADE!

(Alana grins as the crowd boos.)

Kennedy Street: And their opponents…. The team of…. SCOTT DIAMOND…… and his partner….. is this Elitist right here!  CY HENDERSON!

(Kennedy points to the entranceway when suddenly “Tupac Back” by Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross starts to play throughout the arena and the crowd jumps up to their feet and scream in anticipation as Cy Henderson slowly walks out with a smile on his face. He points to the crowd and runs to the ring, slides in  and stands on the second rope pointing at the crowd.)

Deadprez: CY HENDERSON IS HERE! HE IS HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON SHOWDOWN AND HE WILL BE A PART OF BLIND FAITH! WHAT A COUP FOR KENNEDY STREET AND THE BLUE BRAND!

Eve: NOT ONLY HE IS TEAMING WITH SCOTT DIAMOND, BUT THAT MIGHT ALSO BE THE TEAM TO BEAT! LOOK AT THE SMILE ON THE FACE OF KENNEDY STREET!

Gavin Kirkland: SHOWDOWN IS SHOWING THAT THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

(CY Henderson gets in the ring, he walks up to Kennedy and shakes her hand, and then to Alana Starr. Kennedy gives him the mic as she slowly walks out with Alana Starr and AJAX.)

Cy Henderson: Well, look who decided to come on the Blue Brand? It has been way too long, and it is about time as a free agent that I come on here and compete against some of the best upcoming and established talents in the EAW. Blind Faith is a unique concept where we need to trust our partner to make it to the Over The Cage Brawl and get that opportunity to compete for a World Championship. I have spent most of my time so far on Dynasty, I have wrestled for Voltage, but now I am going to make the most of my time with Showdown and….

(Suddenly ‘In The Air Tonight’ by The Protomen as the crowd stands up and cheers, some boo as Scott Diamond walks out. Cy Henderson looks out and sees Scott Diamond walk out and nods. He makes his way to the ring….)

Deadprez: And Scott Diamond is here, and we heard right before Cy Henderson came out that they will be tag team partners and will take on the team of Daryl Kinkade and Pandora Paisley!

Eve: But that doesn’t matter, Prez, if these two men cannot get along! Scott Diamond does not look happy right now!

Gavin Kirkland: We are about to see a big beefy confrontation!

(Scott Diamond enters the ring and gets right in the face of Cy Henderson, he says nothing as they stare at each other. The crowd cheers and stands up they continue to glare nose to nose.)

Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

(But the crowd goes silent as Scott Diamond grabs Cy’s mic.)

Scott Diamond: You better hold up your end of the bargain.

(Scott Diamond drops the mic and walks off as “In the Air Tonight” starts to plays once again over the arena. Cy just smiles and nods.)

Deadprez: And you heard it there, already there is heat between these two men and the Blind Faith is still three weeks away!

Eve: That is what the key to this is, what will happen if these two cannot get along!? We will find out!

Gavin Kirkland: Blind Faith is going to be off the chain!

(Cy continues to look on as Scott Diamond heads toward the backstage area as it fades into a commercial break.)

Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING IS THE OPENING CONTEST OF SATURDAY SHOWDOWN AND IS SET FOR ONE FALL!!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

(‘MELTDOWN’ by Travis Scott ft Drake begins to play over the speakers as Jade Phoenix enters the arena to a chorus of boos and Damien Kutcher by her side. Phoenix looks around the arena with a glare on her face that could stop a buffalo in its tracks. She starts to walk towards the ring.)

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST….HAILING FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA…WEIGHING IN AT 160 POUNDS….SHE IS “THE RISING PHOENIX”…..JAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEE PHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOEEEENIXXXXXX!!!!

(The boos continue as Jade Phoenix makes her way to the ring, she enters the ring and strikes a final pose as ‘MELTDOWN’ by Travis Scott ft Drake is replaced with ‘Betty (Get Money)!’ by Yung Gravy.)

(As the music picks up, Clayton Golde enters the arena to a chorus of boos. Golde smirks confidently as he makes his way to the ring.)

Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT….HAILING FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN ROMANIA …WEIGHING IN AT 210 POUNDS….HE IS “THE GOSPEL” …..CCCCCLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYTTTTOOOOONNNNNN GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDEEEEEEE!!!!!!

(Golde continues down to the ring, basking in the boos. He enters the ring and strikes a pose, staring at Kutcher and sends a crotch chop to the man outside the ring. As the referee backs both competitors into the corner, the bell sounds.)

(DING DING DING)

Eve: And we’re off with this opening match of Showdown. Both competitors are scrambling for position… OOOOOH!!!! GOLDE WITH A STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND TO THE FACE, DAZING PHOENIX.

Gavin Kirkland: That’s one way to gain an advantage, some people might lock in a headlock… others might do a slam… Clayton Golde will just punch you dead in the face and improve your looks… though I’m not sure Jade would agree with that.

Deadprez: You’ve got that right, Jade just returned the favor with a superkick to the face of Golde, staggering The Clout Shark. Golde turns back… right into another superkick… followed by a rolling elbow, finally dropping Golde. 

Eve: Phoenix is on her game tonight, not taking too kindly to that cheapshot from Golde early on. But she needs to keep her focus because we all know that Clayton Golde is a snake in the grass at the best of times. He’ll strike when you least expect it.

Gavin Kirkland: Let her look good, Eve. We all know that Jade has this one in the bag. I mean, look at Golde, pulling himself up into the corner, already sucking wind. I just hate that I have to pick a side in this match. 

Deadprez: Jade charging her opponent… missing the Bicycle Knee… Golde with a quick roll-up…

OOOONNNEEEE!!!

Deadprez: Kickout by Jade… both competitors scrambling to get to their feet… Jade charges again… STUN GUN FROM GOLDE… ROLLING ELBOW TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD… AND AN OVER-THE-TOP HOTSHOT, DRAPING JADE’S THROAT OVER THE TOP ROPE!

Eve: Great combination from Golde but he’s not capitalizing… instead he’s walking towards Phoenix’s tag team partner… Damien Kutcher!

Clayton Golde (off-mic): THAT’S HOW A REAL MAN STANDS ON BUSINESS! THAT’S HOW YOU DO THAT… RIGHT THURR!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: Kutcher stepping towards Golde who retreats back into the ring…

Clayton Golde (off-mic): REF!!!!! KEEP HIM AWAY, HE’S NOT IN THIS MATCH!

Gavin Kirkland: Very good point from Clayton Golde there. Damien Kutcher isn’t in the match and if he does lay a single hand on Golde, then Phoenix will be disqualified. Kutcher has his hands tied here!

Deadprez: As much as I hate to admit it, Golde has the right idea here… win by any means necessary and right now those means are rearing their head in the fact he can antagonize Kutcher and get away with it… speaking of getting away…

Eve: It looks as though Jade Phoenix has taken her space and gone to the corner, still checking her throat from that hotshot.

Gavin Kirkland: And here comes Clayton, delivering a nasty gut kick to Phoenix in the corner… and another… now gloating all the way to the center of the ring… Golde charging forward…

Deadprez: Sidestepped by Phoenix… GERMAN SUPLEX FROM PHOENIX! Golde is staggered… ROLLING LARIAT! The Discus Clothesline connects from Phoenix! Cover…

OOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO—

Deadprez: Kickout from Golde, I’m shocked a shot like that didn’t finish this one!

Gavin Kirkland: From any other person, I’d be inclined to call your bluff there, Prez, but this is the vivacious Jade Phoenix, who knows how to throw…. A lariat! 

Deadprez: Keep your eyes on the match, not on just Jade, Gav.

Eve: Moving on, Golde is trying to get some sort of reprieve on the apron but Jade Phoenix is quickly following up. She’s grabbing the head of Golde, trying to pull him back into the ring… SHOULDER BARGE FROM GOLDE! Driving his shoulder directly into the ribs of Phoenix… pulling her upper body out through the rope… Knee Lift from Golde!

Deadprez: Resourceful attack there from Golde… but I don’t think he’s done… grabbing Jade by the hair… BULLDOG ONTO THE APRON! DRIVING PHOENIX FACE FIRST ONTO THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING!!!!

Eve: Now sliding her back into the ring… over the top… school boy… HOLY CRAP!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: GOLDE JUST DEADLIFTED PHOENIX UP AND DRIVES HER DOWN WITH A SCHOOL-BOY POWERBOMB!!!!! But no cover!

Deadprez: No cover, but Golde is scrambling to the top rope… measuring Phoenix… FRONT FLIP LEGDROP!!! DRIVING THE LEG ACROSS THE THROAT OF PHOENIX! COVER!!!!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRR—

Eve: Phoenix shoots the left shoulder up! A great maneuver from Clayton Golde but it wasn’t quite enough to put Phoenix away. Golde doesn’t seem too bothered by the kickout… instead he’s staring daggers at Kutcher on the outside. 

Deadprez: Oh c’mon, man! Golde just crotch chopped towards Kutcher. Damien isn’t about to let that slide but the referee quickly does his job and stops Kutcher from getting into the ring… all the while… Golde is delivering stomps to Jade in the corner and driving a boot into the throat of Phoenix!

Eve: REF TURN AROUND!!! C’MON MAN!!!

Gavin Kirkland: The referee finally turns and see what Golde is doing! Now the count!

Referee (Off-mic): HEY, OUT OF THE CORNER!!! ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR… FI–

Clayton Golde (off-mic): (releasing the hold) Congratulations, EAW finally taught a zebra to count… I HAVE UNTIL FIVE, NUMBNUTS!

Eve: THE PURE DISRESPECT FOR THE OFFICIATING! Clayton Golde is a douchebag in every sense of the word.

Gavin Kirkland: Sometimes you need to tell the Zebra how to do his job! Thank you for finally saying what needed to be said, Clayton!

Deadprez: Golde heading back towards his opponent… but he’s met with a nasty forearm shiver to the mouth… and another… and a third… Jade Phoenix is back in the mix…

Eve: Step-Up Enzuigiri to the back of Golde’s head, staggers The Gospel! Now pulling him into a front-facelock… suplex… JADED! The Brainbuster on the Knee connects, dropping Golde directly on to the top of his head! 

Deadprez: She’s not done there… off the ropes… SHADES OF JADE! THE SPRINGBOARD CUTTER DROPS GOLDE FACE FIRST INTO THE MAT!!! COVER!!!

OOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOO!!!!!!

THHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRREEEE—

Deadprez: WHAT THE HELL!? GOLDE KICKED OUT OF A DOUBLE-TAP OF JADE’S BIGGEST MOVES! 

Eve: Clayton Golde is still in this one and I have no idea how! 

Gavin Kirkland: I’ll tell you how, Clayton Golde is a beast in every sense of the word and he’ll stop at nothing to win this match and get further under Kutcher’s skin! Jade looks furious, though, I bet she didn’t expect to have to pull out the big-guns to put Clayton Golde away tonight!

Eve: Maybe not, but she needs to stay focused, Golde has a habit of being able to squeak by and gain the victory when you don’t stay on him. She cannot let her frustrations get the best of her tonight. 

Deadprez: Jade is pulling Golde back up to his feet, maybe looking to deliver another big move… sending Golde into the corner… looking for Burning Phoenix… but Golde drops out of the ring, trying to get away from Jade right now… she’s following him out…

Gavin Kirkland: BRILLIANT! CLAYTON GOLDE JUST TRIPPED JADE AND SENT HER FACE FIRST ONTO THE APRON! Resourceful maneuver but it’s terrible that he has to go after the beautiful face of Jade… I’m conflicted on how I feel about this match…

Deadprez / Eve: We can tell!

Deadprez: But no matter how conflicted Gavin is here on commentary that doesn’t stop Golde from continuing his assault. He shoves Jade’s feet into the ring, leaving her upper body on the apron…

Eve: and again… he drives her face into the apron… Clayton Golde is taking it to Jade and using the Apron to do it in the most effective way possible. Now he’s heading back up to the apron… over the top… and delivers a stomp to the spine! Clayton Golde may be the most extra man in all of EAW!

Gavin Kirkland: You’re going to fault a man for having some flare? I knew you were boring but faulting a man for a little bit of flare on a move that, traditionally, doesn’t have the most damage, you’re terrible. 

Deadprez: Anyways, after that “flare” Golde is pulling Phoenix into the ring and may be looking for something big… pulling her back up… back suplex… no, he hooks the leg… RELEASE REGALPLEX! 

Eve: Golde just send Jade flying back and landing hard on her torso… but she’s getting back to her feet… ONLY TO BE MET WITH THE BRAND DEAL! GOLDE JUST DELIVERED THE SPRINGBOARD STUNNER…

Gavin Kirkland: Bad luck for Golde though, his incredible maneuver hit with so much force that Phoenix stumbled and fell out of the ring. But Golde is very content getting a countout victory… so instead of following his opponent out the ring… he’s just jaw-jacking with Kutcher. 

Clayton Golde (off-mic): What’re you going to do!? You can’t touch me, especially if you want her to carry you anymore, so do what you do best and sit on the sideline!

Gavin Kirkland: Elegantly put by Clayton Golde, but I don’t think he sees Jade sliding back into the ring… 

Eve: SHE’S TURNING GOLDE AROUND… RIGHT HAND FROM GOLDE… NO… URANAGE BACKBREAKER FROM PHOENIX!

Deadprez: Driving the wind out of Golde but she’s not done… pulling him back to his feet… GERMAN FROM PHOENIX, SENDING GOLDE CRASHING TO THE MAT…

Eve: Both competitors back to their feet… Jade trying to go off the ropes… but Golde grabs a hold of her in a waistlock…

Gavin Kirkland: Jade breaks the hold… swinging around… ELBOW TO THE FACE… now off the ropes… BICYCLE KNEE TO THE FACE!

Deadprez: Golde is rocked but he’s trying to get back to his feet… only to be met with another superkick… now a right cross to the face… I guess she skipped the misdirection there and went straight for Bop N Jade! Golde’s jaw is jacked and Jade isn’t done there… she’s going off the ropes again… springboard…

Eve: CUTTER!!!! SHADES OF JADE CONNECTS AGAIN! Now she’s scrambling up to the top rope… She’s taking her time… J…M…P… SPLA—

Deadprez: NO!!! GOLDE GETS HIS KNEES UP… CRUCIFIX PIN BY GOLDE!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWOOOOOOO!!!!!

Eve: Phoenix puts her feet on the second rope, forcing the break. But Golde is propping her up… AND DROPS HER WITH A DRAPING DDT!!!

Deadprez: Golde with an impressive maneuver! Now he’s looking to put her away… measuring Jade… ONE INCH PUNCH…

Eve: Jade is pissed… PUMP KICK TO THE FACE OF GOLDE! BUT GOLDE RETALIATES… JADE GOT DEMONITIZED! THE DISCUS ELBOW CONNECTS… 

Gavin Kirkland: Now Golde is sending Jade into the turnbuckle… looking to follow up… but Jade sidesteps, sending Golde into the corner.. ENZUIGIRI BY PHOENIX! 

Eve: Jade is getting some distance… maybe looking to deliver some impact… ONLY TO BE MET WITH THE 304! DROPPING HER DIRECTLY ONTO HER HEAD! 

Deadprez: That hiptoss into the turnbuckles just dropped Phoenix directly onto her head, and now the young lady looks like she’s looking for any opportunity to get to her feet, let alone any morsel of offense. 

Gavin Kirkland: Golde looking to deliver something big… OFF THE TURNBUCKLE… THE BRAND DEAL CONN— NO!

Eve: Phoenix just reversed the springboard stunner into the German Suplex! Golde is trying to find his footing… Jade throws her hand in the air… RIGHT HOOK! BOP N JADE CONNECTS… Golde stumbles into the ropes… POP-UP SAMOAN DROOO…. 

Deadprez: Golde reverses the Pop-Up Samoan Drop with a crucifix driver… sending Jade head-over-heels…

Eve: Jade is dazed… Golde is measuring her for something big… but Jade retaliates quickly with a jumping Knee to the face… Golde is rocked… SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE FROM PHOENIX! SUPLEX POSITION… JADED FROM PHOENIX!!!! 

Gavin Kirkland: Ascending to the top rope now, but Golde “accidentally” pushes the referee into the ropes, causing Jade to fall onto the top turnbuckle….

Deadprez: Golde measuring her… DROPKICK TO THE FACE… KNOCKING JADE BACK… 

Eve: Here comes Golde, coming to the second rope, perhaps looking for a superplex… but Jade is fighting back… shoving Golde off…

Deadprez: Crossbody from Jade… NO!!! GOLDE CAUGHT HER… HE’S GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET… SPINNING PHOENIX OUT FROM THE POWERSLAM POSITION!!! THE GOLDE PILL CONNECTS!!!!!!!!!!

Eve: Brilliant counter by Golde… he’s crawling to the cover!!!! 

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWWWOOOOO!!!!!

TTTTTHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Eve: And that’s a wrap! Clayton Golde has defeated Jade Phoenix! 

(DING DING DING)

(‘Betty (Get Money)!’ by Yung Gravy blasts over the speakers as Golde rises to his feet, grinning ear to ear.)

Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER… “THE GOSPEL”… CLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYTON…. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDEEEE!!!!!!

Eve: Golde has defeated Jade Phoenix in an excellent match but it doesn’t look like he’s done… OH C’MON!!!

Deadprez: Golde just delivered multiple stomps to the chest of Jade… but here comes Kutcher! 

Gavin Kirkland: Both men spill out of the ring with that spear from Mr. Hustle and Flow but there’s nothing that’s going to stop them from whooping each other! Both men are hockey fighting in the aisleway!

Eve: Kutcher delivers one more good shot to Golde, sending The Gospel up the ramp… it looks like both these men are going to keep fighting but we have to move on to the next segment!

(The scene fades as both men disappear to the back and Jade rises to her feet.)

[SCREEN BAR – EARLIER TODAY]

(We cut to an old, abandoned church, rain pouring outside and the odd flashes of lightning, intermingled with the familiarity of thunder. The camera pans through the creaking wooden doors and makes its way up the aisle, a shadowy figure seen kneeling in front of an altar. The figure is speaking, but as yet we cannot hear until we get closer. The mumblings of before were replaced by a recognizable voice. It is then that the camera is close enough to make out the face of Solomon Stane)

Solomon Stane: Yes, they didn’t believe me. They didn’t believe that I was capable of wicked things, deliverance. They believed that I was a false prophet of doom, and merely propaganda, but I proved every single one of them wrong. And I did it for you… I did it for only you, so that I could maintain my path to righteousness.

(He pauses, as if listening. Listening to a voice that he can clearly hear, a voice that is only heard in his own head. He nods, and then smiles, a grin filled with pure malice.)

Solomon Stane: Yes, their excuses. Their claims have ‘beaten’ me, when yet I have only just begun in my mission to bring hope to a desolate land. They had to render me useless, or else they knew that their path would end abruptly. And yet they believe they are the ones who were in the right. They justify their actions as for the ‘greater good’ when there is only I who can deliver that promise. The one chosen, but you… to deliver the worthiest of messages.

(He chuckles to himself.)

Solomon Stane: The Doctor, the one who is supposed to be without sin, committing the ultimate sin, defying you, my Lord. And they think that this is ‘over’. I now understand why Trixie had to suffer. I know that it was with just cause, and that it was all a test. A test so that I could lead ‘The Children of Sanity’, so that they could spread the message throughout the whole world. They berate me now my Lord. They hate me as if I am the Devil, and yet I am their Angel. I am their Savior. They think there are limits to what I am capable of, and yet I have barely broken sweat. You have given me that power my Lord, and I never take it for granted. I will deliver you the world that you seek, and leave our opponents nothing more than a memory, a folklore for those that seek ‘hope’ through another.

(Thunder cracks, and lightning strikes, illuminating the entire church except for a few shadowy please where who knows what lurks. Solomon grins wickedly again, knowing that this was God, letting him know of his pleasure towards his messenger.)

Solomon Stane: Yes, this season has been building, and it has been all working towards this moment, when the true power of Solomon Stane will be revealed. There is no question, evil WAS successful at King of Elite, and even with my body failing me, my mind was still filled with crystal clarity, the lengths that whore had to go to, to stop me from leaving her worthless Husband a broken shell of himself, a widower who would always have to live with the fact that it was all his fault, because he wasn’t capable of bringing the fight to me and had to have his wife do his fighting for him. Yes, I was successful, but regardless, I know that it was a learning lesson for me, and an opportunity for you, My God, to put me on trial. You had to see if I would buckle… if I would break under the relentless pressure. You had to see if the ones I love were a weakness, but you found that it is where I find my strength. I know that you rested my faith like never before, but in a few short weeks, I need to do it again. And this time I must do it Blind.

(Solomon remains knelt, but looks around the Church, as if following someone, or something. He then looks at his shoulder, the way someone would if a hand was placed there, before looking up into what he obviously believed was the entities’ eyes. His own eyes start to glisten, and a single tear fall, as he believes that he had been literally touched by God. That touch fills him with a strength that he has never felt before, and he brings up his hand to wipe away that single tear.)

Solomon Stane: It doesn’t matter who they partner me with, who they will give the opportunity to share in my victory. They will only be destroyed when it comes down to the final reckoning. What everyone doesn’t realize, is that when it comes down to ‘Blind Faith’, I only have to have MY faith in one person, and that person is you, my Lord. I’m not going to just win, and challenge the Answers World Champion, or National Elite Champion, whichever you see fit. Those seven other individuals that make their way to MY Church, and find themselves amongst MY flock, will all ultimately be destroyed. But they shouldn’t find misery in that, they should rejoice. They should be joyous, that they were a part of the inevitable change.

(Solomon looks up again, and then watches over his shoulders, as if someone is walking away.)

Solomon Stane: I will not let you down. Not ever. I will be your Deliverer. Your Savior. I WILL bring Sanity to this hatred filled world.

(Lightning flashes again, and it seems to hit just outside the church. The giant wooden doors swing open, and in the opening, we see a tree, already ablaze.)

Solomon Stane: I will win ‘Blind Faith’ for you, and for all your glory. And where you will go, I shall always follow.

(Solomon gets to his feet and slowly walks down the aisle, reaching the doorway and walking through it without even looking back.)

Solomon Stane: So, it is said, so shall it be done.

(The doors then slam shut, the scene shrouded in darkness, until we cut away to ringside.)

( The camera opens up to a shot of Gina Romano standing in the ring with a microphone in hand. )

Gina Romano: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL! 

Crowd: ONE FALL! 

(‘Bad Blood’ by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar begins to play as the crowd erupts in cheers as Auburn Ware makes her way from the back and down to the ring, a huge grin on her face as she acknowledges the reaction from the crowd. ) 

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST FROM BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE, WEIGHING IN AT ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN POUNDS, SHE IS ‘THE PRODIGY’ AUBURN WARE!!!

(‘Bad Blood’ fades out and is immediately replaced by ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John as the crowd continues to cheer as  Jane Chrissty makes her way from the back with a confident yet composed smile on her face as she looks around before making her way to the ring. )

Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT FROM PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, WEIGHING IN AT ONE HUNDRED AND THREE POUNDS, SHE IS ‘ THE DAMAGED SOUL’ JANE CHRISSTY!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

DeadPrez: And here we go as Jane Chrissty and Auburn Ware begin circle one another, BUT IT’S JANE CHRISSTY THAT SEEKS THE ADVANTAGE AS SHE CHARGES AT AUBURN AND MANUEVERS BEHIND HER BACK BEFORE PLACING HER ARMS AROUND HER WAIST! 

Eve: GERMAN SUPLEX–

Gavin Kirkland: NO! Before Jane could even attempt to lift Auburn she starts sending elbows to the head that leave Jane rattled! Jane is forced to release her grip as Auburn turns around to her and leaps up DELIVERING A DROPKICK THAT SENDS JANE FLYING ACROSS THE RING! 

DeadPrez: BUT JANE QUICKLY SCRAMBLES BACK TO HER FEET IN AN EFFORT TO RECOVER, BUT JUST AS SHE MAKES IT BACK TO HER FEET SHE’S SENT RIGHT BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS COURTESY OF A CLOTHESLINE FROM AUBURN WAR— 

Eve: NO JANE MANAGES TO DODGE THE CLOTHESLINE CATCHING AUBURN OFF GUARD AS SHE TURNS AROUND INTO AN ENZIGUIRI! 

DeadPrez: Quick reaction timing and thinking proving to be a specialty of hers! BUT IT MAY NEED TO COME INTO PLAY ONCE MORE AS AUBURN PUSHES HERSELF OFF THE CANVAS! 

Eve: JANE QUICKLY RUSHES TO APPROACH BUT IT’S THERE THAT SHE’S MET WITH A BRUTAL KNEE TO THE GUT THAT INSTANTLY DOUBLES HER OVER! AUBURN WASTES NO TIME AS SHE PICKS JANE UP ONTO HER SHOULDERS MALIBU RISING

DeadPrez: NO THIS TIME IT’S JANE CHRISSTY FIGHTING HER WAY OUT OF A BAD PREDICAMENT! JANE FIERCELY AND RELENTLESSLY SENDS PUNCHES TO THE FACE AND HEAD OF AUBURN CAUSING HER TO STALL, WHICH GIVES JANE CHRISSTY THE CHANCE TO SLIP OFF HER SHOULDERS AND BEHIND HER BACK! IT’S THERE THAT JANE CHRISSTY ONCE AGAIN WRAPS HER ARMS AROUND THE WAIST OF AUBURN WARE BEFORE USING ALL HER STRENGTH TO LIFT HER UP AND SLAM HER ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX! 

Eve: JANE CHRISSTY DOESN’T EVEN STOP TO PAUSE FOR A SECOND AS SHE QUICKLY RUSHES TO THE ROPES SPRINGBOARDING OFF OF THEM AND CONNECTING WITH A PICTURE PERFECT MOONSAULT THAT CATCHES AUBURN OFF GUARD! 

Gavin Kirkland: JANE CHRISSTY HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE PIN!

ONE!!

TWOOO!!

DeadPrez: BUT AS MOST WOULD EXPECT, AUBURN WARE GETS THE SHOULDER UP! 

Eve: Jane Chrissty doesn’t seem surprised! She knows there’s more work to be done as she gets back up to her feet watching as Auburn begins to stir on the ground! Jane Chrissty isn’t taking her eye off the ball though as she goes to grab auburn by the arm helping her up back up to her feet! Jane Chrissty keeps ahold of Auburns arm and grabs her hand whipping her into the ropes! Auburn rebounds off the ropes and returns to Jane who flips her off her shoulders– BUT AUBURN LANDS ON HER FEET RIGHT BEFORE HER! 

DeadPrez: JANE TURNS AROUND AND IS IMMEDIATELY ROCKED WITH A  SPINNING BACK FIST! JANE STUMBLES AROUND BUT MAINTAINS HER BALANCE, AT LEAST FOR THE MOMENT, UNTIL AUBURN GRAB A HOLD OF HER HEAD AND ROCKS HER AGAIN WITH A VICIOUS EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! 

Eve: JANE TAKING A BUNCH OF OFFENSE HER, STILL REMAINS ON HER FEET! PAYING HOMAGE TO HER THEME SONG, SHE’S STILL STANDING BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THAT’LL BE THE CASE AS AUBURN TAKES A FEW STEPS BACK AND RUSHES FORWARD— ‘SHINY BROKEN PIECES’! A DISCUS ELBOW STRAIGHT TO THE JAW NOT ONLY TAKES JANE CHRISSTY OFF HER FEET BUT IT MAY HAVE JUST TAKEN HER OUT OF THIS MATCH AS AUBURN WARE SCRAMBLES TO MAKE THE COVER!

ONE!!!

TWOOOO!!!

TH–

Gavin Kirkland: JANE CHRISSTY GETS THE SHOULDER UP! 

DeadPrez: And all that means to Auburn Ware is that she has to do a little more damage before the job is finished! And as we’ve seen from her lately, that’s not a problem at all! 

Eve: BEFORE JANE CHRISSTY EVEN HAS THE CHANCE TO RECOVER AUBURN BEGINS ASCENDING UP THE TURNBUCKLE ON HER WAY TO A HIGH RISK MANUEVER! JANE IS STILL FAVORING HER JAW AFTER THAT DISCUS ELBOW SMASH AND SHE HAS NO CLUE WHAT’S COMING FOR HER! MEANWHILE AUBURN HAS REACHED THE TOP ROPE AND SHE’S BALANCING HERSELF AS JANE CHRISSTY FINALLY MANAGES TO MAKE IT BACK UP TO A KNEE! JANE BEGINS TO MAKE IT BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE AS AUBURN LEAPS TOWARD HER! 

Gavin Kirkland: DIVING CROSSBODY!! 

DeadPrez: JANE CHRISSTY HAS IT SCOUTED!! AUBURN WARE HAS CRASHED AND BURNED AS JANE CHRISSTY QUICKLY RUSHES TO PICK UP THE SCRAPS! AUBURN WARE IS ON HER KNEES FAVORING HER MIDSECTION AS JANE CHRISSTY RUNS PAST HER OPTING TO USE THE ROPES IN FROM OF HER AS MOMENTUM, JANE FIRES OFF THE ROPES AND RUNS STRAIGHT TOWARD AUBURN WARE– 

Eve: NEVERMORE KNEE STRIKE! JANE CHRISSTY GOT ABSOLUTELY ALL OF IT AS AUBURN JUST SINKS TO THE CANVAS! JANE QUICKLY ROLLS HER OVER ONTO HER BACK AND HOOKS BOTH LEGS!! 

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRRRR—

( The crowd erupts into cheers. )

DeadPrez: AUBURN WARE… KICKED OUT!? THROUGH SHEER DETERMINATION OR PURE INSTINCT AND MUSCLE MEMORY! AUBURN WARE SAYS ALIVE AND NOW JANE CHRISSTY SEEMS AS IF SHE HAS REASON TO WORRY! 

Eve: JANE CHRISSTY IMMEDIATELY TURNS TO HER ATTENTION TO THE TOP ROPE, BELIEVING IN THE SAME PHILOSOPHY AS AUBURN WARE, THE HIGHER THE RISK THE HIGHER THE REWARD! JANE RUSHES TO THE CORNER AND BEGINS ASCENDING THE TURNBUCKLE, MUCH LIKE AUBURN WARE DID A FEW MINUTES AGO! 

Gavin Kirkland: I understand in EAW it’s good to have a short-term memory, but choosing to do the same thing you saw your opponent fail to do moments prior does seem like a .. bad choice. Right? 

DeadPrez: IT’S ONLY A BAD CHOICE IF IT DOESN’T PAY OFF! BUT JANE CHRISSTY LIVES UP HERE! THIS IS WHERE SHE THRIVES! AND THE BAD NEWS FOR AUBURN WARE IS.. JANE CHRISSTY HAS REACHED HER DESTINATION! SHE STANDS UP ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE MEASURING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN AUBURN WARE AND HERSELF AND JUST BEFORE TAKING OFF JANE TURNS AROUND— 

Eve: DIVING MOONSAULT!?!?! 

Gavin Kirkland: IT CONNECTS!! JANE CHRISSTY LANDS RIGHT ON TOP OF AUBURN WARE AND IMMEDIATELY HOOKS THE LEG! JANE CHRISSTY IS ABOUT TO PICK UP A HUGE WIN!

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRR—

DeadPrez: BUT AUBURN WARE KICKS OUT ONCE MORE!! TREMENDOUS RESILIENCY AND DETERMINATION ON DISPLAY!

Eve: Jane Chrissty simply nods her head in a slight display of respect and acknowledgment as she pulls Auburn Ware back to a vertical base! 

Gavin Kirkland: Jane wastes no time as she whips Auburn into the corner, and it’s there where she begins attacking the midsection!

DeadPrez: Jane attempting to soften Auburn up so she can put her away with that vicious Diving Footstomp she likes to call ‘ Stomp Induced Trauma ‘ !! 

Eve: In the corner, Jane begins delivering stiff kicks and punches to the ribs and torso of Auburn, all of which cause ‘The Prodigy’ great pain as she does everything in her power to mitigate! But it’s of no use as Jane continues her onslaught switching up her plan of attack as she now begins throwing knees!

DeadPrez: Auburn Ware is in really bad shape here as Jane takes a few steps back before charging in! JANE LEAPS FORWARD TOWARDS AUBURN ATTEMPTING TO CRUSH HER— 

Eve: BUT AUBURN HAS THE WHEREWITHAL TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AS JANE IS BARELY ABLE TO STOP HERSELF FROM COLLIDING WITH THOSE THIN TURNBUCKLE PADS! 

DeadPrez: JANE TURNS AROUND, AND IS ABSOLUTELY TURNED INSIDE OUT WITH A CLOTHESLINE FROM AUBURN WARE!

Eve: JANE ISN’T STAYING DOWN THO AS SHE QUICKLY RETURNS TO HER FEET— 

Gavin Kirkland: ONLY TO BE MET WITH A DROPKICK COURTESY COURTESY OF AUBURN WARE! 

DeadPrez: ONCE AGAIN THOUGH, JANE HOPS BACK TO HER FEET, AND QUICKLY CHARGES AT AUBURN, ATTEMPTING TO THROW A PUNCH TO STALL HER MOMENTUM! BUT AUBURN INTERCEPTS IT AND THROWS A PUNCH OF HER OWN KNOCKING JANE BACK! STILL RESILIENT JANE THROWS ANOTHER PUNCH, BUT AUBURN SIMPLY SLIPS OUT OF THE WAY BEFORE SENDING A FOREARM TO THE JAW OF JANE THAT STAGGERS HER! 

Eve: JANE CHRISSTY REGAINS HER BALANCE AND SENDS A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION OF AUBURN THAT CAUSES HER TO DOUBLE OVER IN PAIN! AND IT’S THERE THAT JANE GRABS A HOLD OF HER HEAD AND RUNS FORWARD SLAMMING AUBURN FACE FIRST INTO THE CANVAS WITH A BULLDOG FACE BUSTER! 

Gavin Kirkland: JANE CHRISSTY NEARLY LOST CONTROL OF THIS MATCH BUT SHE WAS QUICKLY ABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL AND NOW SHE HAS TO BE ONE OR TWO BIG MOVES AWAY FROM PUTTING THIS THING ON ICE! 

( Jane Chrissty removes her hair from her face as she looks at Auburn Ware barely able to make it back to her feet. ) 

DeadPrez: You can see how much winning this match means to both of these young elitists. You can tell both of them want it BAD. 

Eve: Jane returns to a vertical base and wastes no time at all as she helps Auburn return to her feet! Jane grabs Auburn by the hand attempting to whip her into he ropes BUT AUBURN REVERSES IT AND SENDS JANE INSTEAD, JANE REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES AND RETURN TO AUBURN WHO ATTEMPTS TO TOSS HER OVER HER SHOULDER! BUT JANE HAS IT SCOUTED AS SHE LEAPS OVER AUBURN SHOWING TREMENDOUS ATHLETICISM! JANE SPINS AUBURN AROUND AND SENDS A ROUNDHOUSE KICK!! IT CONNEC– 

DeadPrez: NO! AUBURN DUCKS UNDERNEATH THE ROUNDHOUSE KICK AND CATCHES JANE! AUBURN POSITIONS JANE ONTO HER SHOULDERS IN THE FIREMANS CARRY POSITION!!! JANE IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO ESCAPE, SHE WAS ABLE TO DO SO EARLIER IN THE MATCH BUT I DON’T THINK SHE HAS ANYTHING LEFT IN THE TANK! 

Eve: AUBURN ROLLS FORWARD— 

Gavin Kirkland: MALIBU RISING!!! AUBURN QUICKLY HOOKS THE LEG!!

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRR—

( The crowd once again erupts in cheers, in pure disbelief. ) 

DeadPrez: JANE CHRISSTY KICKS OUT! I WAS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT WAS THREE! 

Eve: AUBURN WARE QUICKLY RETURNS BACK TO HER FEET! NOT WANTING TO WASTE ANY TIME AS SHE PULLS JANE CHRISSTY OFF THE GROUND! AUBURN IS LOOKING TO STRIKE WHILE THE IRONS HOT! AUBURN SLIPS BEHIND JANE AND QUICKLY PLACES HER ARM AROUND HER NECK— BUT JANE QUICKLY BEGINS SENDING ELBOWS TO THE FACE AND JAW OF AUBURN, REALIZING WHAT IS COMING NEXT! 

Gavin Kirkland: JANE JUST CAUGHT A SECOND WIND AS SHE CONTINUES SENDING ELBOWS TO AUBURN WHO GETS ABSOLUTELY ROCKED BEFORE FALLING TO A KNEE! JANE QUICKLY GRABS AHOLD OF AUBURN AND PLANTS HER WITH A DDT! BEFORE POPPING BACK TO HER FEET ATTEMPTING TO CATCH HER BREATH. 

DeadPrez: JANE CHRISSTY IS SO CLOSE TO PICKING UP THIS WIN THAT SHE CAN TASTE IT! JANE HELPS AUBURN UP TO A VERTICAL BASE AND IT’S THERE THAT SHE GRABS A HOLD OF AUBURNS UP! JANE PULLS AUBURN IN — LOST IN THE CATACOMBS!! IT CONNEC-

Eve: WAIT! AUBURN WARE SHIFTS HER WEIGHT AND LANDS STRAIGHT ONTOP OF JANE CHRISSTY IN A PINNING SITUATION!! 

ONE!!!

TWOOO!!

TH-

Gavin Kirkland: BUT JANE CHRISSTY STAYS ALIVE!

DeadPrez: Both of these women have been on top of their game. Both have done their homework and have practically every move in each other’s arsenal scouted. This one is just a war of attrition at this point. 

Eve: Both Auburn and Jane scramble back to their feet before circling one another! IT’S JANE WHO THROWS THE FIRST STONE, AS SHE GOES TO STRIKE FIRST, SENDING A PUNCH THAT STAGGERS AUBURN! BUT AUBURN QUICKLY RETALIATES SENDING A PUNCH OF HER OWN THAT MOMENTARILY KNOCKS JANE DOWN TO A KNEE! JANE BOUNCES BACK UP TO A VERTICAL BASE AND GRABS AHOLD OF AUBURNS HEAD AND DELIVERS A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT THAT KNOCKS HER BACK! AND IN REPLY, AUBURN GRABS A HOLD OF JANES HEAD AND DOES THE SAME!

DeadPrez: JANE QUICKLY RECOVERS AND SENDS ANOTHER PUNCH THAT SENDS AUBURN FLYING BACK! JANE MAY HAVE STUNNED AUBURN THERE AS SHE QUICKLY RUSHES TOWARDS THE ROPES! 

Eve: JANE SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE BOTTOM ROPE AND LEAPS TOWARD AUBURN— 

Gavin Kirkland: SPRINGBOARD STUNNER— 

DeadPrez: THE LOVELY BONES!!! AUBURN WARE JUST CAUGHT JANE CHRISSTY IN MIDAIR AND SHE HAS THAT SUBMISSION LOCKED IN! WHERE THE HELL DID THAT EVEN COME FROM!! 

Eve: JANE CHRISSTY I DOING EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO FIGHT OUT OF IT, BUT SHE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING LEFT IN THE TANK! ALL HER RESERVES ARE EMPTY! 

Gavin Kirkland: JANE IS TRYING TO PULL HERSELF TOWARD THE ROPES BUT AUBUR QUICKLY USES HER LEG TO GRAPEVINE JANES LEGS AND NOW SHE TRULY IS TRAPPED IN PLACE! 

DeadPrez: JANE RAISES HER HAND ONE LAST TIME, IN A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO GAIN SOME TRACTION TOWARD THE ROPE— 

Eve: BUT THE SUBMISSION IS JUST TOO MUCH FOR HER TO OVERCOME AND SHE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO TAPOUT! JANE CHRISSTY TAPS!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(‘ Bad Blood’ by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar begins to play as Auburn Ware shows a slight struggle to make it back up to her feet. The crowd begins cheering even louder the moment she gets her hand raised in victory. )

Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER, BY SUBMISSION… ‘THE PRODIGY’ AUBURN WARE!!

DeadPrez: Wow. That’s all I can say is wow. I knew this one was going to be a dogfight from the start, but I can’t say I expected this much fight from either one of these elitists. 

Eve: We know that both of them have been on the rise, and have been working hard in making a name for themselves, and matches like this do wonders in that endeavor.

DeadPrez: Tonight could have gone either way. There were various moments and times where it seemed as if Jane Chrissty had it won. There were times when it seemed as if Auburn Ware had it won. It wasn’t until the very end that things became clear. I take absolutely nothing away from Jane Chrissty, she’s an amazing talent, and the future is extremely bright for her, but tonight belongs to Auburn Ware. 

( Meanwhile in the ring ‘Bad Blood’ has stopped playing as the camera focuses on Auburn Ware walking up to Jane Chrissty who has just made it back to her feet. In a show of respect, Auburn sticks her hand out to Jane, acknowledging that the match they just had could have gone either way and that Jane is a formidable opponent in her own right. Jane pauses for a moment but eventually reaches out and shakes Auburn’s hand, acknowledging the mutual respect between the two, before she rolls out of the ring allowing Auburn the chance to celebrate her victory as the crowd continues to cheer for the both of them as ‘Bad Blood’ begins to play again. )

( The last shot is of Auburn Ware celebrating with the crowd before Showdown fades elsewhere. )

(Showdown faded away from commercials and into backstage where Mikaela Street was waiting there with her usual cheery smile and positive attitude, she waited for the camera to start rolling before she cleared her throat and then spoke toward the camera with confidence.)

Mikaela Street: Good morning or night from wherever you are, ladies and gentlemen watching Showdown! My name is Mikaela Street here with another exciting interview to give towards all of you! This time, I am joined by a woman who has made her return a few months ago, shocking the world after almost a two year absence away from the squared circle. She is a former New Breed Champion, Tag Team Champion and Universal Women’s Champion! Please welcome at this moment, Raven Roberts!

(Mikaela steps to the side for a bit so that the camera man can turn, and so Raven Roberts makes her appearance, standing right next to Mikaela with a bright but confident smile on her face, as the crowd watching the titantron cheered loudly when Raven made her appearance.)

Mikaela Street: Hello Raven! How are you doing tonight so far?

(Raven chuckles a little to herself before she quickly responds to Mikaela.)

Raven Roberts: Do you want me to give you the short answer or the long answer?

Mikaela Street: Any of them both!

Raven Roberts: Short answer, I am doing as best as I can be at this moment. But the long answer? I think you know what happened last week that has irked me for a while and has soured a lot of my thoughts on people who I believed at first could be trusted, but now? I am not so sure what to say. I am not happy about what happened and I am obviously not happy either about what happened at King of Elite, after the way the triple threat match ended, when I was so close to getting the win and then getting thrown out at the last second, I wasn’t cheated or anything but it does leave a bit of a hole in my stomach losing the match that way, that is why in the future if I have the chance to fight Caroline one on one, I will look forward to settle things once and for all and see who really is the best wrestler between the two of us. 

Raven Roberts: But right now, I am more focused on other things that I never expected to pay attention to in the first place, last week I was minding my own business talking about what happened in the match and what I thought of it, then Madison comes out and even though we were able to put our differences aside and be successful on teaming together to defeat Devolution, I would be lying to everyone if I didn’t say that sometimes Maddie over exaggerates and lets her emotions speak for her a lot of time, she wasn’t happy with what I was saying about me complaining about how the match ended and the two of us after what happened, we finally wanted to settle our differences and actually get the match that we wanted between the two of us but surprise, surprise, out comes Terry Chambers for no reason at all to insert himself in something that didn’t involve him and attack the both of us! Can you see right now how annoyed and angry about it I am, Mikaela?

Mikaela Street: That can be seen very clearly, yes!

Raven Roberts: And the only question that I have on my mind right now is… what the hell was Terry Chambers thinking doing that to me or Madison? I know Madison can get on a lot of people’s nerves and mostly everybody doesn’t like her but when I first arrived in EAW, I have never seen her or Terry interact once before she left, while as for me, I don’t really understand why he attacked me the way that he did! We didn’t know each other that well personally but I was good friends with Consuela back around 2019 and we always got along well when we talked or even shared the ring together, hell, the last time that I was in the ring together with him, I was saving his EAW World Championship reign from losing it to Minerva, but now that he ended up messing up the last time that was here, repressing all of those feelings of regret and hate to himself, being all upset about it and then coming back to let them all out on me and Madison? Wanting to act like an ass despite everything? 

Raven Roberts: No, I am not going to let that kind of thing stand in my way and sour what I have been trying to do since I came back, I was naively hoping for things to stay the same when I came back to EAW, of course, a lot is going to change in two years but I was praying that somehow, someway, the home that I cherished and created here would still be somewhat intact, it still is but they changed the ceiling, the walls, the furniture all around, a house that I hardly recognize half filled with people I don’t know, and it seems Terry is another person I didn’t know if he ended up doing what he did to me. I came back to compete against the best, to prove that I didn’t lose a single step when I came back to EAW and see how many of my colleagues have grown and advanced in their craft, fight the future as they like to call it, but it seems like there are a lot of forces that are starting to get in the way of my successes, considering that Devolution somehow is still a thing, what happened against Usagi, what happened at King of Elite too, what happened just last week, there is a lot a woman can handle before she starts going loose and laying out every single person that has tried to wrong her and ruin what she has planned for herself in the future, and let me tell you Mikaela, it won’t be long before I start sending out to some receipts to that want to cash a check on me that they can’t pay at all. That is why, sending a message to all of those who think you can’t get one over someone like Raven Roberts, let me warn you, you are making the biggest mistake of your life trying to do tha-

???: HEY BIRD BITCH!

Raven Roberts: :comeagain:

(Raven and Mikaela both turned confused to their sides before suddenly, Miku appeared out of nowhere and got herself in front of the camera! She stood there annoyed as ever with her arms crossed while looking at Raven.)

Miku Sakai: Are you done already?!

Raven Roberts: Well, guess I still have some familiar faces to re-meet, you haven’t changed a single bit since I was here all those years ago.

Miku Sakai: Yeah, yeah, stop monologuing about how much you have missed this place, we get it by this point, I really need to talk to you.

Raven Roberts: Don’t tell me you want to get a match against me as well.

Miku Sakai: Huh?! Do you NOT know yet why I am here?

(Raven tilts her head in a very confused manner.)

Raven Roberts: What the hell are you talking about?

(Miku immediately face palms herself and lets out an incredibly annoyed groan before speaking to Raven again.)

Miku Sakai: Uh, bitch, did you NOT pay attention to what the bimbo of our general manager just said at the start of the show? Our names were drawn and now the two of us are a tag team in Blind Faith!

(Raven blinks for a few moments before she quickly remembers.)

Raven Roberts: Oh riiiiight, I did forget for a moment that was happening-

Miku Sakai: Okay, that is already the first mistake you have done in our first day as a team, let’s try to not make any more of those in the future, alright? I need you to focus on Blind Faith and forget everything else, all of those annoying pieces of shit? Get them out of your head because I need you to get your shit together because there is no way I am losing another opportunity at a championship. When there is so many things at stake for me and you, I need you to bring out World Champion Raven, I need you to put your all into winning that match with me, I do not ask for much to anybody but that is all that I want, are we good?

(Raven stands there in silence for a few seconds, just nodding her head.)

Miku Sakai: Alright, good, awesome! Don’t disappoint me!

(Miku quickly turns her back on Raven and then walks away once more, as Raven turns to Mikaela, still slightly confused.)

Raven Roberts: Well, that happened… I guess some people can change a bit.

(Raven lets out a small laugh after saying that as both Mikaela and her wrap up the interview after that and Showdown fades away to another section of the backstage areas.)

(As it transitions, we see one Auburn Ware, she was up in the air over the victory in her match tonight, as she made her way towards her locker room, but as she was ascending on that path, she would be interrupted by one Kyra Phillips.)

Kyra Phillips: Auburn! Can I get a word with you for a moment?

Auburn Ware: Yes Kyra, I have no problem with that!

Kyra Phillips: Your career in EAW is still very much a young one, but one that has already seen a fair share of impactful moments early on! But what can we expect from you after the showing you had early on tonight?

(Kyra popped the question, as Auburn took a deep breath dialing in her answer, before she spoke again.)

Auburn Ware: I just think how every morning is a great one, when I am under contract as an Elitist. It’s a limited feat that only the top percentage of EAW can stand on, and that alone is an accomplishment in itself. I take pride in all of my movements, forward or if I have to take a small step backwards, I’m fine with that. Because it allows me to redirect my focus. But all in all, each week is going to be a test. And that is what happens to be special, right? I look at others, they strived greatly under the challenge. I want to be one of those who shattered the challenge, when it was put in front of me. It’s never gonna be easy. But I want to be one of those Elitists that break the mold easily, I don’t wanna sound like a repeating cycle. But I know that hard work out plays talent, that’s a given in this world.

Kyra Phillips: That begs a question from me, do you think that you are one of the hardest working Elitists, on the Showdown roster?

Auburn Ware: I can’t really say that I know that for sure, you don’t just become Answers World Champion overnight, that is garnered through dedication to craft, and overall seriousness around gameplan. HOWEVER, I do know that out of all of the young talent? Daniella Atlas, Jane Chrissty, Damien Kutcher, all of those names? I feel as if I can definitely showcase myself as the hardest worker in the room. Even when things don’t go my way, and some nights just aren’t my night. I know that dedication is what gets me back up on my feet.

Kyra Phillips: As a young Elitist on the road to Pain For Pride, how do you seek to set yourself up in the best situation? 

Auburn Ware:  I have many ways to pick myself up, but it’s perfectly going to be okay. Because a visual for me, and a visual many people get lost on, is that every match really matters. It all is one big puzzle that is pieced and put together in a grand scheme. Every match matters, in EAW. If you win, it’s great. If you lose, they see how you respond to adversity. I gotta put myself in the best spot ahead of marquee events like Grand Rampage and Pain For Pride. But it all together, is just so exciting. But the competitive edge in EAW isn’t so easy to get by, so there are many Elitists that are the best of the best. I’m going out there and am facing the best of the best, and there’s a reason they got into this company. This is a league, and all of us, even the “weakest” of EAW, are still on that pedestal. And contrary, I don’t believe anyone is weak in EAW, I believe that all of us have different experiences and mindsets, and that is what fuels us! Showdown quite honestly is the best place for my mindset to be released, as it allows me to let my creativity flow inside and out of that ring, as my optimism goggles are always on!

Kyra Phillips: It’s good to view optimism, it’s absolutely important. But my final question for you, would be about how important it is to savor these moments you have early on in EAW?

Auburn Ware: It is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most pivotal and necessary things I must do, in my young career. I think that when you’re learning something, it’s always funny to look back, and see the mistakes you made. And how if you were given the option, you would never make that same mistake again. And early on, there are already plenty of things that I must work on! But, It’s important. Having growing pains is important, I am morphing into an Elitist who can have all the tools at her disposal someday. So savoring these moments early on, is absolutely my plan. As I’m gonna sometimes act on impulse, and bark up more trees than I even saw. I’m going to have curve balls thrown my way, but I am just going to stay on my feet time and time again, so if that is your final question, it really means a lot Kyra, it was great to air out some thoughts I had as an Elitist and–

(BANG! 

(As Auburn was continuing her words, Ashlynn Quinn would swoop in from behind, as she took the cheap shot on Auburn Ware! Kyra would immediately back up wide eyed, as Ashlynn was absolutely hammering away on the young Elitist. She would soon have her in a weak enough position, as Auburn slowly rose to her feet. But Ashlynn grabbed her by the arm, TAKING HER DOWN WITH THE “RED BOTTOMS”. Auburn was absolutely unresponsive from this moment, as Ashlynn Quinn had taken the sneak attack on the young Elitist. Ashlynn Quinn just stood over her, before looking at the camera..)

Ashlynn Quinn: Who in the pink hell are you calling a tool?

(Ashlynn just muttered to herself, and the words she was making out, as she walked away?)

Ashlynn Quinn: (Under breath) Bitch.

(Ashlynn would soon appear off the screen, as a hurt Auburn Ware was checked upon as Showdown would fade to ringside with Gina Romano ready to introduce the participants for the next match.)

Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE-FALL!

(‘A Cruel Angel’s Thesis’ by Yoko Takahashi begins to play as Usagi Senshi walks out onto the stage twirling an umbrella. The crowd boos her, but she just smiles. That smile fades as she sees KASAI who is waiting at ringside. She composes herself and begins walking towards the ring.)

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM FUKUOKA, JAPAN…WEIGHING IN AT 115 POUNDS…SHE IS “STARBOY”…USAGI SENSHI!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: She wanted to get her hands on Minerva, but instead she will be taking part in Blind Faith alongside KASAI! Usagi Senshi is not the competitor that you want to get in the way of. Even if she wasn’t already pissed off! But right now, she has something to prove, a message to send, and I doubt she is going to let anyone get in her way! Not even Candice Blair!

(She struts to ringside and once again exchanges glances with KASAI. Neither of them are happy to see the other. She focuses up and heads inside the ring. She stands up on the corner turnbuckle and poses with her umbrella. She then throws it to the outside and waits for her opponent. Soon enough her theme music fades and is replaced by ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ by Stela Cole. Candice Blair walks out on the stage, posing for the EAW Universe. She seems entirely confident in herself, an air of confidence surrounding her.)

Gina Romano: AND HER OPPONENT…FROM ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA…WEIGHING IN AT 130 POUNDS…SHE IS THE FACE OF DISNEY…CANDICE BLAIR!

Eve: Another elitist with something to prove! The Specialists Championship slipped through her fingers at King of the Elite! Candice Blair is someone that you can never overlook though! Despite her appearance, she is a fierce competitor! Senshi has a fight on her hands tonight and if she lose focus, it could be a swift defeat!

(Candice continues casually strolling towards the ring. When she arrives at ringside, she waves at KASAI, teasing her. KASAI, who already wasn’t happy, is now pissed. Candice turns her attention to her opponent, slowly heading inside the ring. She smiles at Usagi who simply stares her down. The ref calls for the match to begin.)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Deadprez: And with that, this one is underway! We can see right here, both women measuring each other up, trying to find the right opening. And right away we see them lock up! Usagi doesn’t try to overpower Candice, instead dropping down and pulling out her legs from underneath her! Looks like she’s attempting a boston crab here! Candice however is resisting the hold, refuses to be flipped over onto her stomach! SHE SHOVES USAGI AWAY! 

Eve: Candice Blair quickly scrambles back to a vertical base! She tries to close the gap with a MASSIVE SUPERKICK! Senshi is able to sidestep the maneuver with ease! She grabs Blair from behind…AND PUNISHES HER WITH A SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! A quick and painful drop on her head and neck leaves Candice stunned! She tries to stand back up but Senshi descends upon her like a vulture! SHE LOCKS IN A DRAGON SLEEPER!

Gavin Kirkland: If you want to win, you have to be aggressive! Usagi Senshi has a chip on her shoulder and it is Candice who has to pay the price! I mean, look at that! She is wrenching on neck, trying to wear her down as much as she can! Wait, a moment, she takes her elbow AND STARTS HAMMERING DOWN ON THE CHEST OF BLAIR! Just when you thought a move was punishing enough! But Blair brings her knee up into the forehead of Usagi! She breaks herself free from the submission! 

Deadprez: Senshi is momentarily dazed by it! Candice doesn’t waste a breath getting back to her feet and nailing her across the face with a forearm! Senshi is knocked down a knee, but she forces herself back to her feet! She stares down Candice before KNOCKING THE TASTE OUT OF HER MOUTH WITH A SPINNING BACKFIST! Blair is still standing after that monumental strike, but doesn’t seem like she knows where she is! Senshi rushes over to the ropes…SPRINGBOARD FOREARM! 

Eve: NO! CANDICE GETS HER WITH A DROPKICK! The mid-air collision had to have had massive damage to the Master of Excellence! Candice now takes a moment to get back to her feet! Once she gets there, she wastes zero time taking care of business! SAITO SUPLEX TO SENSHI! She drops her right on her head, putting Blair back in the driver’s seat here! Both of these women are dangerous competitors, but you do not want Candice Blair in control!

Gavin Kirkland: What? She’s a princess folks! What could she possibly do wrong? Look at that, she grabs the arm of the downed Senshi and starts wrenching it! It’s a smart idea, attempting to disable some of those strikes, suplexes and submissions! She lines up the elbow of Senshi so it’s vertical to the mat…AND SHE GOES TO STOMP ON IT! SENSHI IS ABLE TO PULL HER ARM AWAY!

Deadprez: Senshi rises back to her feet! She slips behind Blair and looks for another one of those dragon suplexes! All she finds is an elbow to the jaw, courtesy of Blair! She turns her opponent around and looks for a suplex! Usagi doesn’t seem interested in being dropped back first onto the mat! INSTEAD SHE DELIVERS A SUPLEX OF HER OWN! Candice lands hard on the mat with a thud! Usagi Senshi runs across the ring, using the ropes to help her gain some speed! METEORA ON CANDICE! That isn’t enough! She immediately leaps back to her feet AND HITS A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! That was perfectly on the chest of Blair! Here comes the first cover of the match! 

ONE!

TW-

Eve: Candice manages to kick out before the two! That was a brutal combination from Senshi, but Blair is far from done! Usagi, of course, not the type to give her opponent a breather, gets Candice back to her feet! SHE LOCKS IN A SLEEPER HOLD! Another submission from Senshi! She’s trying to cut off the oxygen for Blair, trying to exhaust her as fast as possible! You can already see the fatigue starting to take its toll on The Face of Disney! She looks as if she could start fading very soon! BUT WAIT! SHE MANAGES TO PULL HERSELF TO THE ROPES! Senshi has no choice but to release the hold, but sure takes her sweet time doing so!

Gavin Kirkland: Senshi seems pretty frustrated with that rope break! She waits for the right moment before LOOKING FOR THE ENZIGURI! Candice sees it coming! She ducks right under it! SHE THEN SUPERKICKS SENSHI IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD! She then walks right over to the other side of her opponent…SHOOT KICK! She unloads a massive kick right across the chest of Senshi! Usagi collapses onto the mat! But Candice grabs her by the back of the head and SMASHES IT RIGHT INTO THE MAT! Candice Blair looks for her first cover!

ONE!

TW-

Deadprez: And it’s Senshi’s turn to kick out! She is able to hang on here despite that savage combination! Candice looks to continue her strategy from earlier, latching onto the arm of her opponent! She begins to twist the wrist and arm of Senshi, hunting for the best way to make her opponent hurt! Candice settles on the fingers, pulling them back with as force as she can! SHE LOCKS IN AN ARMBAR! But she keeps the pressure on wrist on fingers!

Eve: You have to give Candice her due! I hate agreeing with you Gavin, but this is smart! If she can take the arm of Senshi, then she cuts her opponent’s options in two! Senshi is in severe pain and KASAI can’t really hide her glee on the outside! Usagi stares out at her and it seems to fire her up! She manages to wiggle herself over just enough to get a foot on the ropes! Candice now has to release the hold! She does, but not taking another cheap stomp right on the arm of Senshi!

Gavin Kirkland: Candice then forces her opponent back to her feet! She then sends Senshi into the corner! NOW THE RUNNING UPPERCUT! She nearly takes her opponents head clean off with that one! Senshi of course needs to find some way out of this predicament! And it doesn’t look like she can, as Candice Blair chops her right across the chest! Man, they could hear that one in the locker room! 

Deadprez: She looks for a follow-up, but USAGI BOOTS HER IN THE STOMACH! It looks like she’s trying to fight back as much as she can…BUT CANDICE LOOKS FOR A CLOTHESLINE! Senshi ducks right under it AND GETS THE PELE KICK! Blair is dropped down to a single knee! Senshi rushes over to the ropes and builds up some speed! MOOD SWINGS! CARTWHEEL SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB CONNECTS! Senshi looks for the cover!

ONE!

TWO!

TH-

Eve: CANDICE KICKS OUT! She was taken by surprise there, but still manages to stay in this! Senshi however, doesn’t quite vibe with that! She delivers a swift kick right into the spine of her opponent! She then uses her good arm to deliver some elbows into the neck of Blair! Now that her opponent is softened up once more…SHE LOOKS FOR ANOTHER DRAGON SLEEPER! She uses just one arm, trying to reserve her strength! 

Gavin Kirkland: Candice reaches up, looking to free herself with the same knee as before! Senshi takes it but lets out a roar! She refuses to release the hold! Instead, she wraps her legs around Candice, using the body scissors to prevent her from escaping! Candice is definitely in the danger zone now, having nowhere to go from here! It doesn’t stop her from fighting back, elbowing her opponents in the ribs! She manages to roll over onto her stomach and reach towards the ropes! ANOTHER ROPE BREAK!

Deadprez: I almost can’t believe it! Candice Blair manages to crawl over to the ropes with Senshi on her back! Candice manages to get back on her feet, but she does not look good here! Senshi looks to take advantage of this state, tucking her head in between her legs! SHE’S LOOKING FOR THE POWERBOMB! Blair is able to shove her opponent away, saving herself from a devastating maneuver! USAGI LOOKS FOR THE SPINNING BACK FIST!

Eve: This time Candice is able to counter! She ducks right under the fist…SAITO SUPLEX! Another massive drop right onto the head of Senshi! She could cover there, but she doesn’t want to take any chances! Instead, Blair throws her opponent back into the corner! She rushes at her…FIRST CONNECTING WITH ANOTHER UPPERCUT! She then rolls back towards the center of the ring, showing off for the crowd! SHE RUSHES BACK AT SENSHI…COLORS OF THE WIND! THE TORNADO DDT SPIKES SENSHI’S SKULL INTO THE MAT! Cover from Blair!

ONE!

TWO!

T-

Gavin Kirkland: And now we see the kick-out from Senshi once more! Neither woman seems to have any quit in them yet! Candice shoves the referee, telling him that it was a three! How dare he question her math skills! She turns back towards her opponent who seems to have managed to find her footing! Candice lets a massive chop fly across her chest! Once again, her opponent is sent back into the corner! SHE FIRES OFF THOSE MACHINE GUN CHOPS! One after another, each one hits harder than the last! Candice is not playing games here!

Deadprez: No she is not! In fact, she is looking to put an end to any game! Senshi can barely move, so Candice helps her up onto the top rope! She climbs up on the turnbuckle after her opponent…HEADBUTT! She wanted to take the extra measure right there! She now climbs back and grabs the arms…SHE’S LOOKING TO TAKE USAGI ON MS. BLAIR’S WILD RIDE!

Eve: USAGI PULLS HER ARMS AWAY! She then kicks her opponent right in the back of the head! She repositions herself up on that top rope, waiting for her moment! FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! She sends Blair across the ring and…OUT OF IT! Talk about a big impact there! But Usagi has no intention of stopping there! SHE SPRINTS OVER TO THE ROPE AND CONNECTS WITH A SUICIDE DIVE! She crashes down on Blair! She then throws her back inside the ring!

Gavin Kirkland: She wants to make the most of the damage she just inflicted on her opponent! She drags Blair back to her feet! SHE LOOKS FOR CRITICAL DARLING! She gets her up on her shoulders but Blair sends an elbow into her face! Candice grabs the arm of Senshi, once again wrenching and twisting it! She brings it up behind her back, applying as much pressure as she can!

Deadprez: But Usagi Senshi is able to counter with a headlock! She can’t get a strong grip on her opponent because of her arm! She releases it AND THEN HITS A FOREARM SMASH WITH HER GOOD ARM! That isn’t quite all she wrote, as she follows up with the European uppercut! I think we all know where this one is going next! SPINNING BACK FIST! THEN THE ROUNDHOUSE KICK! THE ELITE COMBO! Candice is looking like she was just hit by a freight train and she might as well have been!

Eve: Blair is absolutely stunned from that combination! Senshi turns her around and looks for the ACE-PLEX! She gets her up in the air…AND BRINGS HER DOWN RIGHT ON HER HEAD! That might have been enough to finish this right here! But wait! Candice rolls out of the ring, Usagi desperately tries to cover but can’t catch her! You can see the frustration on Usagi Senshi’s face after that! That frustration seems to quickly boil over into anger and she shoots a glare at KASAI! 

Gavin Kirkland: Once again she rushes towards the ropes, LOOKING FOR ANOTHER SUICIDE DIVE! Candice Blair manages to scramble out of the way! Senshi crashes and burns on the outside! That impact alone is enough to turn the tides! But Candice has another idea in mind! She waits for Usagi to get to her feet…SPINNING WHEEL! She drops Senshi with a spinning wheel kick and then throws her back inside the ring! COVER!

ONE!

TWO!

THR-

Deadprez: Candice cannot believe it! I mean, I can barely believe it myself! Senshi still isn’t done yet! Candice looks for those shoot kicks once again! She unleashes a flurry of blows across the chest of Senshi! WAIT! SENSHI CATCHES THE LEG! There is a look of absolute fury in her eyes as she rises back to her feet! ENZIGURI! She gets her opponent right in the side of the head! 

Eve: Senshi then grabs the stunned Candice and lifts her up into the sky! POWERBOMB! That had some malice behind it! SHE THEN HITS THE DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! She lands right on the stomach of Blair, sending all the air out of her lungs! She sits back up  in reaction to it…ONLY TO BE KNOCKED RIGHT BACK DOWN! SENSHI WITH THE GROUNDED CORKSCREW KICK! Another vicious combination from Starboy! She looks for a cover now!

ONE!

TWO!

THR-

Gavin Kirkland: I thought that was it! Candice clings to life here! Usagi grabs a fistfull of hair from the princess and forces her back to her feet! There is absolute fury in the eyes of Usagi! She runs against the ropes…AND LOOKS FOR THE FATALITY! Candice dodges out of the way! She grabs her opponent from behind AND HITS HER WITH ALMOST THERE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Candice is barely able to stand, but she knows that she needs to take advantage right now!

Deadprez: SHE LOCKS IN THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! This has to be it right here! The Reverse Cattle Mutilation is locked in, putting insane amounts of pressure on the entire upper torso of Senshi! She looks like she might actually consider tapping out here! She tries to get back up, but she can’t! She tries to reach for the ropes, but she can’t to them! Nowhere to go for Senshi!

Eve: Wait…what the heck? KASAI hops on the apron and starts yelling at the referee! He gets up to see what she’s on about and Candice does the same! She lunges at KASAI, but KASAI leaps back down to ringside! She doesn’t see Senshi is finding her way back to her feet! Candice finally turns her attention back where it needs to be…ONLY TO BE MET WITH TIME DEFICIENCY! Senshi rushed over to the corner and got the springboard roundhouse! She covers!

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(‘A Cruel Angel’s Thesis’ by Yoko Takahashi plays as Senshi rolls off of Candice Blair. She looks at KASAI and exchanges a nod.)

Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER…‘STARBOY’…USAGI SENSHI!

Gavin Kirkland: That was brilliant team work from Senshi and KASAI! I thought these two didn’t like each other, but the desire to win triumphs over petty rivalries! Or at the very least, it did tonight! These women fought tooth and nail tonight, but it was Usagi Senshi who outsmarted her opponent!

(KASAI is now in the ring with Senshi. She goes to help Senshi to her feet, but Senshi waves off the help. She exits the ring with KASAI behind her. Meanwhile, Candice is seen still in the ring, looking frustrated.)

Deadprez: It doesn’t seem like Candice Blair is willing to accept that loss! She’s arguing with the ref, trying to explain that clearly KASAI got involved! The ref doesn’t seem to want to reverse the decision. Wait a second…HERE COMES MADISON KALINE! She looks more angry at this turn of events than Blair does!

(Madison Kaline stomps into the ring and begins screaming in the face of Candice Blair.)

Eve: She is reading her the riot act right now! I mean, she obviously thinks that her partner embarrassed her tonight! Candice has gone quiet, but you can her fists are clenched in that ring! Madison only gets more in her face! CANDICE DROPS HER WITH A HEADBUTT! Holy smokes, she just dropped her own partner in Blind Faith! 

(Candice composes herself and then walks over Madison and up the ramp. The camera pans to Madison looking confused and angry in the ring as it slowly fades to a commercial break.)

(As the camera pans to the backstage area after the commercial break, we see Pandora Paisley pacing around while Halsey Neel leans against the wall watching her. Both women were chosen to be in the Blind Faith and each of them have partners that are not each other, and the two women want nothing more than to be inside that Over The Cage Brawl.)

Halsey Neel: We knew this was going to happen. I mean, it is called Blind Faith, what did we really expect, right? Nothing is ever going to be easy. Especially when it pertains to us.

Pandora Paisley: I know love, I know. But we need to concentrate on the task at hand, we need to focus on what is most important. Yeah, we knew this was a possibility, but time to make the most of it.

Halsey Neel: I don’t even know what to do with my partner, he’s a bloody quack, pretty crazy if you ask me, I can’t even trust Solomon Stane, but what can I do? I just need to do my thing in the ring, hope for the best, because Terry Chambers and PJ Hendrx is going to be tough.

(Pandora starts to laugh sarcastically.)

Halsey Neel: What is so funny?

Pandora Paisley: I mean…. Do you see who I am facing? Cy Henderson AND Scott Diamond!? Grant it, my tag team partner is a little more digestible, right love? But then again, I don’t think Jon (Kelton) is going to be happy about me teaming with Daryl, but hey, it was the luck of the draw, right?

Halsey Neel: It was. But…. Solomon Stane, I need to be careful, he is not all there and this whole religious army of God bollocks has me worried just a little.

Pandora Paisley: I can see why, not blaming you one bit here, but we need to watch out for each other. It is the only way to get what we want and then we can do some damage in that cage.

Halsey Neel: This time we don’t muff things up. I think we learned the hard way the last time, but with Delilah not in the Blind Faith, it is you and me, we need to do it. If anything, to protect our investments.

Pandora Paisley: Right…. Our investments which we both know loud and clear what they are. Solomon is not going to do anything to you, he needs you to win Halsey. You will be fine, you don’t have to trust the wanker, but just work with him.

Halsey Neel: That is the magical word here, work together, or don’t succeed, welcome to Blind Faith. Though I will say that it is Easier for you to say considering your partner is Dar…

(Before she can even finish the sentence though, the door opens, and Daryl Kinkade is there. Pandora turns and sees him, folding her arms and arching an eyebrow, Halsey cracks a smirk and watches this unfold.)

Daryl Kinkade: We need to talk right now. Where is the other one?

Pandora Paisley: Delilah is not here tonight. Can we help you?

Daryl Kinkade: What the hell was that all about at King of Elite and then again last week which cost me the match against Miku?

Pandora Paisley: Hold on a second, first off, we had nothing to do with you losing to Miku, that was all on you, we just came out to watch, that is it. All Halsey, Delilah and I wanted to do was watch your match a little closer.

Daryl Kinkade: Why!?

Halsey Neel: We are interested in what you can do, isn’t it obvious? Besides, we didn’t even touch you at King of Elite, that was all to help Jon Kelton, sure, but we gave you the same chance to win it, love.

(Daryl shakes his head, laughing some.)

Daryl Kinkade: You are fucking kidding me, you three cunts got in the way and then again last week, costing me that match, I should have beaten Miku and now miraculously, we are teaming up with each other?

(Pandora smiles.)

Pandora Paisley: Looks that way, and whether you like it or not, we are partners, mate at Blind Faith. I know that you think we are somehow trying to fuck you over, truth is, Halsey and I, even Delilah…. We admire you.

(Daryl looks a bit confused as Pandora walks up and whispers in his ear.)

Pandora Paisley: God save the Queen.

(She then pats him on the chest and starts to walk out with Halsey, but it isn’t going to be that easy to just walk away from Daryl like that.)

Daryl Kinkade: Wait….

(Both women stop and turn around. They are face to face with Daryl.)

Daryl Kinkade: I want another shot at the Answers World Championship, and I don’t care if it is against Chef Viz or your boyfriend, but I’m willing to work with you Pandora considering who we are facing. I’m not going to allow this opportunity to slip through my fingers again and I hope that you can understand Pandora, because if you cannot, then we are going to have a serious problem.

Pandora Paisley: Duly noted, but give me a little credit, alright? I’m not daft.

Daryl Kinkade: Oaky, fine. Then agreed.

Pandora Paisley: Yes, agreed.

(He reaches out his hand, and she smirks, shaking it before he pulls her in close to him.)

Daryl Kinkade: But if you screw me over….. I will end you.

(Pandora licks her lips and gives him that big Cheshire smile.)

Pandora Paisley: Dirty talk eh? I won’t, but Don’t screw me over. Because the truth is, we spilled the same blood in the same mud, love.

(Daryl lets her go. He stands there watching the two women slowly walk out of the room, but at least he knows that he and Pandora are on the same page, what he still can’t figure out is why they are doing this. It slowly fades to ringside for the next match.)

(‘In The Air Tonight (Cover)’ by The Protomen plays as Scott Diamond makes his way out on the stage. The Hall of Famer takes a deep breath before making his way down the ramp.) 

Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SET FOR ONE FALL!!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST….FROM LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK….WEIGHING IN AT 265 POUNDS….”THE MAD TITAN”….SCOOTTTT DIIAAMMOONNNDDD!!!!

(‘Paint it Black’ by The Rolling Stones plays as Jon Kelton makes his way out onto the stage with a fierce look on his face. The number one contender to the Answers World Championship is ready to go making his way down the ramp.) 

Gina Romano: AND HIS OPPONENT…FROM TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA…WEIGHING IN AT 210 POUNDS…..”THE DEVIL”….JOOONNNN KEELLTTOONNN!!!

(The referee is about to call for the bell before “shut the fuck up talking to me” By Zack Fox plays as the crowd erupts. Jon and Scott are coming fused for a moment as Chef Viz appears holding the Answers World Totle while walking down the ramp and around the rong to the commentary table placing his title on the desk grabbing a headset. Jon is staring through his soul while in the ring.) 

Gavin Kirkland: ARE WE ABOUT TO BE GRACED WITH CHEF VIZ’S GREATNESS ON COMMENTARY?!

Eve: Settle down with ya. 

Chef Viz: How are you fine people doing tonight? Don’t mind me, I’m out here to get a closer look at the competition. 

Gavin Kirkland: You perhaps bring anything out for us to munch on Chef Viz? :mjlit: 

Chef Viz: Oh not right now because I’m out here to have a front row seat to a very interesting match…. but check up after the show and we got you hooked up. 

Gavin Kirkland: :blessed:!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!) 

Eve: The referee calls for the bell as Jon looks over at Viz right next to us….AND HE RUNS AT SCOTT WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL DELIVERING A LEAPING FOREARM THAT DRIVES HIM BACK INTO THE CORNER! That might have caught Scott a bit off guard there as Jon is hitting several forearms and kicks to the lower body as Scott is trying to swing at his head but Jon is ready for it ducking before delivering a step up knee across the bridge of the nose! Jon looks like he’s out to make a statement with Viz having a front row seat watching against an opponent like Scott as he quickly runs to the opposite corner and charges full speed at him – BUT SCOTT RUNS OUT OF HIS CORNER AND NEARLY TURNS JON INSIDE OUT WITH A VICIOUS CLOTHESLINE! 

Chef Viz: I mean, I get why all eyes would wanna be on Big Viz, but Jon knows better than anybody you can’t take your eyes off someone like Scott. Besides shouldn’t it be me who is keeping a close eye on him after how he threatened me last week when he rudely interrupted all of us? :skip: 

Eve: Scott looks to be in control now as he grabs Jon by the head and nails him with repetitive shots to the back of the neck, BUT JON FIGHTS BACK AS HE DWIPES SCOTT’S HANDS AWAY FROM.HIM TO THE SIDE AS HE DRIVES HIM THROUGH THE SECOND ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR! Both landed a little awkwardly there as Jon is up and he then  grabs him by the head and looks to throw him face first into the steel ring post – BUT SCOTT REVERSES IT AND INSTEAD SENDS HIM FACE FIRST INTO THE POST! Scott checks his lip for blood real quickly before refocusing his attention over to Jon who crawled to the other side of the ring. . 

Deadprez: SCOTT DIAMOND WALKS OVER AND GRABS JON’S THROAT ON THE GROUND AS JON SEEMS TO BE IN A BIT OF A PANIC AS SCOTT DELIVERS A SPINEBUSTER SPINE FIRST TO JON ON THE APRON! Jon yells in pain before Scott brings him back a few feet and then tosses him on it this time ….. BUT JON MANAGES TO LAND ON HIS FEET ON THE APRON! SCOTT TURNS AROUND, GETTING CLOSER TO HIM BUT JON CONNECTS WITH A PENALTY KICK TO THE FOREHEAD OF THE HALL OF FAMER! THIS CAUSES SCOTT TO STAGGER BACK A BIT, ALLOWING ENOUGH DISTANCE FOR JON TO JUMP AT SCOTT OFF THE APRON LOOKING TO CONNECT WITH A JUMPING DDT –

Eve: NO!! SCOTT DIAMOND MANAGES TO KEEP JON UP AS HE GETS JON AND THROWS HIM UP AND OVER HIS HEAD WITH A BACK BODY DROP! Jon lands on the bottom of the apron and you can see Jon just clutching to the bottom of his spine! Scott grabs Jon by his head and rolls him back inside the ring before quickly following suit and begins to measure him up from behind as Jon staggers back up to his feet – 

Gavin Kirkland: AND SCOTT RUNS UP BEHIND JON AND DRIVES HIS KNEE INTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD DELIVERING “MOONRAKER!!!” AND HERE’S THE FIRST COVER OF THE MATCH! 

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!

Eve: And the kickout from the number one contender! Speaking of that, what are your thoughts on facing Jon at Reasonable Doubt for your Answers World Championship? 

Chef Viz: What can Big Viz say? I’ve seen the work Jon has put in over the years and know just how much this opportunity means to him because how often will you get a chance. He’s gonna bring everything and give a great fight and pull out all the stops, but it’s not gonna matter in the end as he is gonna learn he ain’t on Chef Viz’s level. I worked my butt off to become a World Champion once again and you can bet I ain’t gon let some fake devil come in and take it all away from me. I’m just gettin started baby. 

Gavin Kirkland: VERY WELL SAID CHEF VIZ! :wow: 

Eve: Jon kicked out and Scott Diamond sees that it’s going to take a lot more effort to keep Jon down as he sits him up before connecting with some knees to the back of Jon’s spine! Jon’s in a huge amount of pain as Scott takes it as motivation to punish Jon even harder before he gets Jon’s arms and stretches it behind him as we hear Jon’s screaning.in agony! Scott is pulling those arms back looking to rip those limbs from Jon’s shoulders! As Jon is trying his best to find a way out of this and escape from his grasp. 

Deadprez: Jon knows that he needs to figure out a way to get himself out of this troubling situation to show that King of Elite was no fluke and deserves this chance to face the man sitting next to us right now for the Answers World Title. Somehow, Jon begins to move himself as he tries to go forward trying to get himself back to his feet! But, Scott Diamond is doing a brilliant job with pulling those arms back! Still, it does not stop Jon from trying to get himself back up as he is trying to fight through the pain as he breaks one of his hands free from the grasp of Scott….But, Scott forces him back to reality with pulling Jon by the one arm that he still has a grasp on and connecting with a giant punch to his face, sending Jon down…AND THEN REPEATEDLY DRIVES HIS KNEE INTO HIS MIDSECTION! 

Eve: Scott finds himself on top now mou ting over Jon as he connects with a series of punches on Jon as he is trying his best to cover up but isn’t having much luck in doing so. Every time it seems like Jon might get something going for himself, Scott is there to put a stop to it, Scott looks out for revenge for how King of Elite ended! Showing why he’s a Hall of Famer. 

Chef Viz: I mean, I would know better than anybody just how strong that guy is and the lengths he will go to to punish you. Jon wants to make a statement with me out here watching, but Scott is quite the mountain to climb in order to do that. 

Eve: Scott gets himself up as he gets Jon up to his feet and is looking to drive his knee into the midsection once again – BUT JON MANAGES TO GET HIMSELF OUT OF THE SITUATION AS HE CREATES A BIT OF SEPARATION BETWEEN HIM AND SCOTT BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A FLYING FOREARM TO THE FACE OF THE HALL OF FAMER! Scott stands up….AND THEN WALKS RIGHT INTO A “ONE HIT WONDER” SUPERKICK DROPPING HIM DOWN TO THE MAT! Jon looks to keep the momentum tum going here as….JON JUMPS UP AND LOCKS IN “ETHER!!!’ THE GUILLOTINE CHOKE IS LOCKED IN AS SCOTT DROPS DOWN TO A KNEE AND JON IS TRYING TO SQUEEZE THE ABSOLUTE LIFE OUT OF HIM!!!

Chef Viz (doing an almost sarcastic fast clap): Come on Jon SQUEEEEZE!!

Deadprez: Jon is trying his best to squeeze the life out of him while side eyeing Chef Viz here next to us, but look at Scott trying his best to fight out of it trying to use his weight advantage to get himself over to the ropes but Jon isn’t making it easy in the lightest! There is some life in Scott as he is slowly getting back to a vertical base, and he tosses Jon off him but Jon lands on his feet – AND DRILLS HIM WITH A SECOND “ONE HIT WONDER” SUPERKICK!  Scott did all of that to escape the guillotine only to get dropped right away as Jon falls down on top of Scott for the cover now! 

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRRRREEEEEEEE!!!

Eve: Scott kicks out at two and three quarters! Jon knows that this could be his moment to take down the Hall of Famer as Jon goes over to the corner and is begging for Scott to get back up to his feet and is stalking him almost like a predator does to its prey…..I BELIEVE THAT HE’S GOING FOR HIS ‘FINAL ATONEMENT’ SPEAR….BUT SCOTT SIDESTEPS BEFORE GOING FOR A LARIAT, BUT JON SIDESTEPS IT NOW BEFORE JUMPING UP AND LOCKING IN “ETHER” ONCE MORE! JON HAS HIS GUILLOTINE CHOKE APPLIED AGAIN FOR A SECOND TIME IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES HERE AS SCOTT MAY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO THIS TIME, IS HE GOING TO MAKE HIM TAP OUT HERE?!?

Deadprez: Jon might just have Scott right where he wants him here as he looks like he might be fading out a little bit….but Scott is still trying his best fight out of this as he uses his fists and drives them as hard as he can into the ribcage of Jon and creates some opening as Jon loosens his grip of his head a little bit holding his ribs in some pain as Scott gets up to a vertical base while on a knee….AND SCOTT TAKES THAT SMALL OPENING AND MANAGES TO GRAB JON BY HIS ANKLE AND SWEEP HIM OFF HIS FEET! THERE I THINK THAT SCOTT FOUND HIS OPENING AS HE BEGINS TO UNLOAD ON A SERIES OF PUNCHES RIGHT TO THE FACE! THOSE PUNCHES COULD KNOCK ANYONE OUT AND I WOULD HATE TO BE ON THE RECEIVING END OF ALL OF THAT PUNISHMENT AS SCOTT BEGINS TO NAIL JON WITH STIFF ELBOWS TO THE SKULL! JON IS TRYING TO SHIELD HIMSELF FROM ALL OF THESE HITS BUT SCOTT IS NAILING HIM WITH ALL THE FORCE IN THE WORLD AND THE TIDES LOOK TO HAVE SHIFTED BACK INTO SCOTT’S FAVOR HERE! 

Chef Viz: OHHH THAT’S GOTTA HURT :yikes: 

Eve: Jon might just be in a vulnerable spot here as Scott reaches down and slowly gets him up and delivers an Irish whip in the corner, but Jon manages to leap over the top of it and land on the outside apron as Scott runs towards Jon right away looking to clothesline him off the apron…BUT, JON BENDS DOWN AND SENDS SCOTT OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A BACK BODY DROP, SCOTT MANAGES TO CATCH HIMSELF AND LAND ON THE APRON! Jon buys himself some valuable time to recuperate as he rolls back in the ring before HE CONNECTS WITH A SHOULDER THRUST THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE AND TO THE RIBS OF SCOTT! BUT SCOTT IS STILL HANGING ON AS JON DELIVERS ANOTHER SHOULDER THRUST THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE! BUT STILL, SCOTT HANGS ON, AND JON TAKES A FEW STEPS BACK BEFORE CHARGING AT SCOTT, NAILING HIM WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK THAT SENDS SCOTT DOWN TO THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF OUR ANNOUNCE TABLE!

Eve: JON LOOKS AT SCOTT AT RINGSIDE AS HE RUNS FULL SPEED AND REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A TOPE CON HILO TO SCOTT ON THE OUTSIDE! Right in front of the Answers World Champion sitting right next to us. Jon is feeling absolutely fired up here and…uh oh…

(Instant replay of the Tope Con Hilo from Jon before Jon gets in the face of Chef Viz who has his hands up in innocence.) 

Chef Viz: :notbad: Not bad at all Jon, but can you finish the job? 

Deadprez: Jon shakes his head at that comment from Viz before turning his attention back to Scott. JON KELTON REPEATELY DRIVES HIS FOREARM INTO THE FACE OF SCOTT BEFORE GRABBING HIM.BY THE HEAD AND SLAMS SCOTT DIAMOND FACE FIRST ON TOP OF OUR TABLE RIGHT IN FONT OF US AND CHEF VIZ! AND THEN, AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN!

Chef Viz: :whoa: :whoa: Calm down buddy! 

Eve: Jon takes this back in the ring throwing Scott back inside before quickly following suit behind him….ANDJON PROCEEDS TO STOMP ON SCOTT BUT YOU CAN SEE THAT SCOTT IS TRYING TO FIND HIMSELF INTO A STANDING POSITION! JON BACKS UP A FEW FEER BEFORE HE CHARGES AT SCOTT CONNECTING WITH A ‘ONE HIT WONDER!’ SUPERKICK ONCE AGAIN!!

Gavin Kirkland: This sends Scott back to the corner as Jon follows that up with a meteora to the corner! Jon has all the momentum on his side now as Jon begins to deliver some stiff knees to the face of the former World Champion! Scott begins to find himself in a seated position as Jon takes a step back before connecting with a knife edge chop to the chest of him…. AND JON CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER CHOP TO THE CHEST! AND ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER ONE! JON TRADES IN THOSE CHOPS FOR SOME PUNCHES TO THE FACE! SCOTT FINDS HIMSELF INTO A SEATED POSITION AT THE CORNER AS JON RUNS AND GOES TO DRIVE HIS KNEES INTO TO HIS FACE AT FULL SPEED – BUT SCOTT MOVED OUT OF THE WAY JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME AS JON CONNECTED WITH THE TURNBUCKLES! Momentum just swinging back and forth between these two men. 

Eve: This might be Scott’s window of opportunity as he quickly picks him up off of the mat and places Jon between the legs….AND GETS HIM UP AND DRIVES JON INTO THE MAT WITH “COLD HARD JUSTICE!!!” THE CRUCIFIX POWERBOMB CONNECTS AS SCOTT CRAWLS OVER TO JON HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE WIN!!

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRRRREEEEEEEE!!!

Chef Viz: JON KICKS OUT AT TWO AND A HALF! That little devil still got some fight left in him. 

(Suddenly the crowd starts to cheer as Cy Henderson slowly comes out and catches the attention of Scott Diamond who takes a second and looks at Cy Henderson.)

Deadprez: CY HENDERSON IS HERE AND HE DISTRACTED SCOTT! SCOTT DIAMOND GOES RIGHT BACK TO WORK AS GRABS JON BY HIS HEAD PICKING HIM UP OFF OF THE MAT AND JON TRIES TO FIGHT BACK PUSHING HIM AWAY WHICH CAUSES JON TO STUMBLE BACKWARDS INTO THE CORNER AS SCOTT CHARGES RIGHT AT HIM WITH A BODY SPLASH TO THE CORNER RIGHT AWAY! JON STUMBLES FORWARD  OUT OF THE CORNERAS SCOTT LOOKS TO PUT THIS AWAY AND GO FOR HIS “POINT BLANK BICYCLE KICK” – 

Eve: BUT JON DUCKS UNDER IT, AND AND “ONE HIT WONDER” CONNECTS AGAIN!! SCOTT LOOKS LIKE HE DON’T HAVE A CLUE ON WHERE HE IS AT THE MOMENT AS JON PULLS HIM IN AND HOOKS THE ARMS….”EGO TRIP!!!” THE FUTURE SHOCK DDT SPIKES SCOTT’S HEAD INTO THE MAT! Jon though doesn’t go for the cover as he goes over to the corner and looks over at Chef Viz at the announce desk before begging for Scott to stand back up! 

Chef Viz: Me? Oh he’s lookin at me?

Deadprez: Scott stumbles back up to his feet slowly before turning around – AND JON RUNS AND NEARLY SLICES HIM IN HALF WITH HIS “FINAL ATONEMENT” SPEAR!!! Jon looking to send a message to our Champion as he hooks the leg!!

OOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!

TTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!

TTTTTTHHHHHRRRRREEEEEEEE!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!) 

(‘Paint it Black’ by The Rolling Stones hits as Jon Kelton stands up and gets his hand raised in victory before going up to the top and celebrating his victory.) 

Gina Romano: HERE IS YOUR WINNER….JOOOONNNN KEELLTTOONNN!!!

Eve: An impressive victory from Jon here tonight making a statement that he is ready to take that next step and be World Championship material defeating Hall of Famer Scott Diamond. He looks ready for Reasonable Doubt. Cy Henderson doesn’t look too impressed! And we have to wonder if his presence took Scott out of his game! Nonetheless Jon Kelton with a huge victory! 

(Cy Henderson shakes his head and starts to walk to the back.)

Chef Viz: Impressive indeed. 

(Chef Viz removes his head set sliding in the ring before Jon Kelton turns around and comes face to face with his Reasonable Doubt opponent. Cy Henderson heads to the back as Scott Diamond looks upset and annoyed, meanwhile in the ring, Chef Viz holds his title up staring at Jon before the camera fades to a commercial break.) 

(“The Dark Horse Always Wins” by Blues Saraceno suddenly starts playing on the speakers and the crowd is a bit mixed when it comes to the reaction, but you can hear more cheers being heard out as Kirk Redwood slowly came out into the stage, a bit in disbelief about what happened last week and how he was able to pull off a win like that after such a streak of bad luck, he adjusted his jacket and scratched his beard slightly looking around at the crowd for a moment, no fanfare or flashy poses, he just wanted to take it in for a few seconds.)

Gavin Kirkland: Man, what is this guy doing here?

Deadprez: Alright, now I know damn well you aren’t hating this guy now because he is facing Veena.

Gavin Kirkland: He looks like a hobo that came from the streets while you look at Veena Adams??? If her beauty was weight in gold, she would have so much to use to give 10 thousand hobos new houses!

Eve: Ignoring my broadcast partner, we are being welcomed right now by the Number One Contender for the National Elite Championship, Kirk Redwood! For the past months of this season, it has been a very rough journey for this man, having to fail to capture the Unified Tag Team Championships with Solomon Stane yet again, seeing Solomon as well beat him to advance at Road to Redemption and break apart the Off Brand Amphetamines just like that, and him failing as well to get any momentum after that, but after last week when an opportunity for Veena Adams’ championship was put up in a triple threat, Kirk Redwood came out the victor by defeating Mattias Burke and Damien Kutcher! Now, he has been able to turn around all of his luck in just a few weeks! Let’s hear what he has to say!

(After taking in the moment, Kirk started to slowly walk down the ramp looking around at all of the people for a few seconds before focusing to get to the ring, he walked through ringside and asked for a microphone to be handed to him, the ring announcer giving him one before he slid inside of the ring without much effort. He stood up and paced around for a bit, trying to think quickly in his head the words that he had to say before his theme song died down and he started talking on it.)

Kirk Redwood: Well fuck me, I never expected to have this thing happen to me on the first place.

Kirk Redwood: Yeah, I know, what a way to start off my speech when we have Disney perched up in the back of the company but goddamn, you don’t know how much of a relief it was just dropping those words right now, at first, I never believed in myself to be the guy to mope on about how horrible life is and how much of a bad luck I have when it comes to this type of career, but the past few months, hell, maybe even year has made me reflect in a way in how I approach at life, about not finding what I am looking for at the bottom of a bottle, about fighting for my daughter and making her proud in whatever way I could, damn, I was really a piece of shit when I have arrived here now that I have thought of it better, just was satisfied with beating people up to calm that anger that continued to flare up, something to calm the demons that plagued the past that I had, didn’t even try and fight to get better in this place, I just tried to fight because I wanted to feel something, and I think that kind of thing is why when I first arrived here, I was such a failure, I didn’t want to be a wrestler in any way, I simply wanted to make people what I felt as well and- damn, I am really getting too deep for my own good right now.

Kirk Redwood: Point is, I tried to ignore the problem and instead of solving it, I worsened it in a way, paired up with this dude named Solomon because maybe we could celebrate in our misery, turns out, that didn’t work so well either, we got a championship out of it but it is not like we did much with it, we continued but that didn’t work either, and as soon as he gets some kind of single’s success, it lets it get to his head and the bastard thinks he can just leave me behind like that. And now I am in the dumps, I barely know what to do, I have no idea at all in how to solve any of what is happening, the only thing that I can do is continue to fight, but this time not because of the feeling of thrill that will be gone in seconds, because I have to continue fighting for myself and to make my life not as shitty as it is supposed to be, that is the mindset I have put myself onto for the last few months, I wondered to myself if this is what I had to do to turn things around for myself, of course, I continued losing because it was something new for me to tap into… but then what will you see, a miracle of sorts happened, I don’t know if it’s for pity from whatever God is out there, maybe my opponents were more trash than me, maybe because I have indeed bettered myself in a way and I have grown just a bit enough, but… I took the opportunity that was presented in front of me. 

Kirk Redwood: I have finally earned a shot at a single’s championship in such a long time. I want to show everyone that at Reasonable Doubt, I can become the next National Elite Champion, no more being a coward, no more dirty tricks, no more running. I have to face my demons head on.

(Kirk lowered his microphone down to catch his breath, and seemingly, after that speech, he won some of the crowd over as the cheers were louder now from when he made his entrance. A small smirk appeared on Kirk’s face hearing that but his expression turned serious again and he focused on continuing to talk.)

Kirk Redwood: I have known long enough who Veena is to know what kind of person she is, I am obviously not her, she is all pretty, fancy, rich, privileged in every way I can think of, but what she can understand in this place was that the struggle is real, because for years she was where he was at for a bit, always reaching but never being able to grab anything, so I don’t want to hear any shots from her about me having difficulties grabbing any success with the palm of my hands, if she can achieve success after all of that time, then why can’t I-

(Suddenly, Kirk is interrupted when ‘7 Rings’ by Ariana Grande hits the speakers and the crowd cheers loudly for the National Elite Champion, she calmly walks out as fabulous as ever, wearing a cute pink dress with white high heels, while proudly holding the National Elite Championship on her shoulder. She spread her arm out with a confident smile on her face while hearing the cheers from the crowd.)

Gavin Kirkland: THERE SHE IS, MY TWO TIME NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION! THIS HOBO AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON HER, HE IS FINISHED!

Deadprez: MAN, SHUT UP!

Eve: Very quickly before my broadcast partners get in a fight, we are joined in as well by the current National Elite Champion, Veena Adams! She is coming off from a successful defense at King of Elite against one of her best friends, Ashlynn Quinn, and Veena is looking forward to make this championship reign one of her greatest after she got screwed out of it the first time, but now, her next defense will be against Kirk Redwood, and knowing who Veena Adams is, I am sure she has a lot to say for her next opponent!

(Veena continued walking down the ramp with elegance, passing through ringside and grabbing a microphone from the bell keeper area, she calmly walked up the steel steps and went through the ropes as Kirk didn’t break his gaze away from her. Her theme died down and finally, she stood right in front of him, she looked at him up and down slowly, her confident expression quickly turning into one of disgust before speaking up.)

Veena Adams: Did all of you see the kind of face I just did? It is because the thought of having to actually touch Kirk Redwood passed my mind.

(A few people in the crowd booed slightly because of the mean comment but most of them remained neutral as Veena continued talking.)

Veena Adams: Now, I have said before I have done a lot of progress when it comes to as a wrestler and as a person, and I am not suddenly going to throw that progress away for a match with you, if you really want me to be nice, that little speech you just gave was a bit heart touching, and it would be very hypocritical of me to go at the time the two of us have spent chasing a championship, you are right on that, but… you are still Kirk Redwood. This is your first championship shot in Gawd knows how long… even in my lows, I was still getting featured and I still got actual single championship shots, everyone has treated you as a failure and nobody has taken you seriously, that is not me being mean, that is just me telling the truth, and just because of one win out of the thousand losses you have taken, one championship out of the many you haven’t gotten, won’t make you a superstar overnight, this for me, it is like a night off! I don’t really see you as a viable contender, I had to beat my own tag team partner and friend to retain this title that was stolen from me last season. What do you think I am going to do to someone who I don’t even consider a friend?

Veena Adams: I am not impressed at the end of the day so please, do me a favor for our match. I beg of you to take a shower and wear deodorant before we wrestle. Here, in the house! 

(Veena quickly revealed that she was carrying something else in her hand, it looked like a bottle of something as she handed it to Kirk as he calmly grabbed it.)

Kirk Redwood: What is this?

Veena Adams: Cologne, you should try it out some time.

(Kirk grasps onto the bottle and nods slowly with that small smirk coming back as he speaks up.)

Kirk Redwood: I guess you haven’t learned, huh? Don’t worry, now you will, because the most embarrassing thing that will happen… it is when this dirty dog ends up taking that title.

(Veena rolls her eyes and acts like she doesn’t care, as she moves to turn her back on him and leave…)

Eve: WAIT, VEENA TURNS AROUND AGAIN AND SHE SWINGS THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT KIRK’S FACE!

Deadprez: KIRK DUCKS DOWN AND RUNS TO THE ROPES, JUMPING ONTO THEM AND SPRINGBOARDING OFF AS VEENA TURNS TOWARDS HIM-

Eve: .50 CAL RIGHT ON VEENA’S FACE AND SHE GETS FLOORED DOWN!

(Kirk, still holding the bottle of cologne while he did that, stepped over and slowly opened it up before…)

Gavin Kirkland: NOOOO, THAT HOBO IS POURING ALL OF THAT EXPENSIVE COLOGNE DOWN ON VEENA’S HAIR AND EXPENSIVE CLOTHES, DAMN YOU KIRK!

(Veena after being drenched in cologne, Kirk threw the bottle away and calmly picked up the title, holding the National Elite Championship high in the air while people cheered for him and “The Dark Horse Always Wins” played once again in the background. And while Kirk posed over the downed Veena, he dropped the championship on her after a few seconds and then walked out of the ring, leaving the downed Veena slowly stirring on the mat while Showdown faded away to the backstage area)

(The crowd pops as we see Adam Lucas walking through the corridors clearly looking for someone. He walks past several of the locker rooms, some of them wanting to catch his eye, perhaps wanting to throw a barb or two his way for no longer being the Answers World Champion. Adam doesn’t care for them though, and continues looking, tapping a member of the crew on the shoulder when he finds one.)

Adam Lucas: Hey…

(The crew member looks surprised that someone wants to talk to him.)

Crew Member: Err, Hi.

Adam Lucas: What’s your name bro?

(The crew member points to his name tag, Adam looking, and then turning his attention back to the guy who is apparently called Kenny.)

Adam Lucas: Well Kenny, I wonder if you could do me a favor?

Kenny: If I can, sure.

Adam Lucas: I’m looking for Caroline, about yay big…

(He holds his hand out, descending lower until he is happy, he has the right height.)

Adam Lucas: Creepy looking. Kind of girl that looks like she might chew your balls off if you look at her in the wrong way.

Kenny: Err, I don’t know Caroline, but she kinda fits the description.

(Kenny points over to a far corner of the area, away from everyone else, where Caroline is sat, minding her own business.)

Adam Lucas: Yep, that’s her… thanks Kenny you’ve been very useful.

Kenny: My pleasure

Adam Lucas: Wish my balls luck…

(Kenny is about to speak when he realizes that he has no reason to. He watches Adam walk off, already wondering what that could possibly be all about. As Adam approaches Caroline, she is already rolling her eyes, not wanting to acknowledge he is even there as he reaches her.)

Adam Lucas: I’ve been looking for you everywhere, you’re not the easiest person to track down, are you?

(Caroline still refuses to look at him, and instead inspects her nails which are far more interesting.)

Adam Lucas: Thankfully, Good Old Kenny pointed me in the right direction. I mean, I was kind of starting to think that you were avoiding me.

(Caroline for a moment looks at him, and Adam for that moment is hopeful of a conversation.)

Adam Lucas: OK, so I’m sending a little negativity here…not the best of starts to our partnership.

(Caroline just sighs, she really didn’t want anything to do with Adam, and was getting more tired with him with every passing moment. As we know however, Adam is not someone who gives up easily, and he continues pressing regardless.)

Adam Lucas: Look Caroline, I get it. You’re the loner that doesn’t need anyone else. You’re steadily gaining a foothold in this company and starting to make waves, and I’m glad it’s starting to happen. But you and I, we have been partnered together, and so if we are going to do this, we have to talk.

(Caroline still ignores him, but Adam still doesn’t show signs of frustration, like he had expected it to be this way and had prepared for it.)

Adam Lucas: But loner or not, to get to the Battle Brawl, you and I have to work together, or else we will fail. More than that even, and even if it is just temporary, we have got to trust each other, and have each other’s backs. Believe me, I’ve been in this situation more times than I can remember, and on most occasions, someone has tried to screw me over. It can’t happen at Blind Faith Caroline… when we team up, we have got to be on the same page, or neither of us is going to get what we want.

(Caroline sighs again, but this time she turns her body to face him. She looks him up and down, almost dismissing him, and his logic before she even speaks.)

Caroline: You really are as ignorant as everyone claims, aren’t you?

Adam Lucas: Look, if we have a problem, then we need to sort it.

Caroline: A problem Adam? I have no problem. I simply don’t want anything to do with you. Not now, and certainly not because we have been randomly teamed together to amuse Kennedy Street.

(Adam couldn’t deny that it certainly looked that way.)

Adam Lucas: Random or not, it is what it is.

Caroline: No Adam, what it is, is you being the husband of my former mentor, someone who was supposed to teach me the true meaning of what it is to be an Elitist. YOUR wife turned on me at Pain for Pride a few years ago, and SHE is the reason that all this happened to me. This could have all been much different if it wasn’t for her. So, if her little lapdog thinks he can come over here and all that is going to be forgiven, then YES, you are every bit as ignorant as I thought you were, and dare I say it, a little naïve. I HATE your wife Adam, and so therefore I HATE you. So, the best thing you can do now is get out of my face, before I do something that you come to regret.

(Adam laughs, and shakes his head, this is nothing more than what he expected. Truth be told, he didn’t think he’d be able to get her on side, but the Battle Brawl was his opportunity to get back in the mix for the Answers World Championship.)

Caroline: I’m glad you find that funny.

(Adam looks back at her, but the laughter has ceased, and his eyes have narrowed.)

Adam Lucas: OK Caroline, fine, be the cold-hearted bitch everyone thinks you are, that’s cool with me. If I’ve got to carry you to Battle Brawl with me, and win a tag match on my own, then that’s what I will do. It certainly won’t be the first time. But you know what? I’m not my wife. As you saw on Voltage, I don’t condone the way she is, and I never will. We CAN work together, and we can win, but to do so, perhaps it’s about time you realized that not everyone is out to get you.

(It looks like he is going to walk away, but he isn’t finished apparently.)

Adam Lucas: Because Caroline, it’s time to have a little blind faith, or else, who knows when you will get a shot at being a Champion again? Have a think about that Caroline. Think about what faith in the Next Level could do for your career.

(Adam then walks away, Caroline watching him go. Did his words resonate with her? No one knows what Caroline does or what she is willing to do as it cuts to the final commercial of the night.)

(As it comes back from the commercial break, ‘Exhibit C’ by Jay Electronica begins to blare through the speakers of the Olympic Stadium. The crowd gives a nice pop to PJ Hendrx, who walks out from the back, looking as cocky and confident as ever.)

Gina Romano: THE FOLLOWING MATCH IS YOUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING AND IT’S SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!!

Crowd: (from Arabic to English) ONE FALL!!!!!!!

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA…WEIGHING IN AT 195 POUNDS… HE IS ‘PHANTOM’…PJ HENDRX!!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: PJ Hendrx looking past cocky and confident as usual. It’s amazing to see that King of Elite did not waiver his confidence. He has this mentality, which has been a big focus for him. He almost thinks of this as almost a transitional year, where he will be trying to get himself up there to be where he wants to be in 2025. I think I love that approach, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to come out here, put on the best show and walk away with the victory.

Eve: Most definitely, Gavin. There is no doubt that PJ Hendrx will be expecting greatness in his future. He put on a fantastic job at King of Elite. He was the perfect representation for the Showdown brand. Now is not the time to lose focus. We got so many amazing things like the Pain for Pride season on the horizon and if there is a time to step up, it has to be now!

Deadprez: I agree with that, Eve! Grand Rampage, Cash in the Vault, 24/7 — ‘BLIND FAITH!’ It’s all fantastic things that could lead PJ Hendrx to where he wants to be! As long as PJ remains focused, trains hard and puts in the work, there is no doubt that he’ll get to where he wants to be!

(‘Legendary’ by Pop Evil replaces ‘Exhibit C’ as the crowd pops for Adam Lucas who comes out next. He is feeling pumped up as he looks around the crowd tonight before focusing on PJ Hendrx inside the ring.)

Gina Romano: INTRODUCING HIS OPPONENT…FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK…WEIGHING IN AT 231 POUNDS… HE IS ‘THE NEXT LEVEL’…ADAM LUCAS!!!!

Gavin Kirkland: It almost feels strange to see Adam Lucas without the Answers World Champion, but it should be comforting to know that the title is in safe hands with Chef Viz! But, Adam doesn’t look destroyed. He doesn’t look broken. He just looks like how he’d always look. Focused and ready for the next chapter in his story. Chapter one was done. Now to Chapter two.

Eve: It’s the type of mentality that we should all have. Adam Lucas knows that the better man won at King of Elite and he’s not going to take away Chef Viz’ moment. There are a ton of things that could have been next for him, but it seems like ‘Blind Faith’ might be one of those things where he has a partner that I don’t think he expected for himself.

Deadprez: Caroline is someone that you’d rather have on your side rather across from you inside the ring. Now, are these two going to cooperate and work with each other? It seems like we’ll figure that out as the weeks progress, but let’s get this main event underway!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Gavin Kirkland: The two Elitists meet in the middle of the ring as they go for a lock up, but Adam Lucas manages to get the arm of PJ Hendrx, going for a wrist lock! No! It seems like PJ is looking to switch positions with Adam as he goes for a wrist lock of his own! But, Adam quickly takes back his control as he gets right behind PJ with that wrist lock! PJ looks to go for a back elbow, but Adam gets his face out of the way, preventing his face from getting hit! Instead, PJ’s arm is draped behind the neck of the former Answers World Champion as Adam lifts up PJ and takes him back!

Eve: BUT, PJ HENDRX MANAGES TO LAND ON HIS FEET! ADAM LUCAS TURNS HIMSELF AROUND AS HE BATTERY RAMS ADAM TO THE CORNER! THERE, WE SEE PJ CONNECTING WITH A FEW SHOULDER THRUSTS TO ADAM’S RIBS! But, Adam manages to shove PJ away for just a moment, but PJ looks to connect with a palm strike at the corner as Adam moves out of the way at the very last second! PJ manages to catch his hand on the turnbuckle! I can’t imagine how much pain that would have felt if his hand hit the turnbuckle!

Deadprez: Adam Lucas goes right after PJ Hendrx, but PJ connects with a back elbow as Adam staggers back a bit! PJ springboards himself off the ropes and connects with a springboard roundhouse kick as the former World Champion is taken down! Adam does his best to stumble back to his feet, but PJ takes advantage of the situation by running the ropes in front of Adam and connecting with dropkick to the ankles, taking Adam down! Then, we see PJ hoping over Adam, running the ropes, rebounding off of them and taking Adam face-first with a meteora to the back of the head! PJ turns Adam to his back as he goes for the first pin fall attempt of the match!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTT—

Gavin Kirkland: Adam Lucas with a somewhat quick count out! PJ Hendrx rises to his feet as he stalks the former World Champion back to his feet! PJ looks to go for a knee to the jaw, trying to take back Adam! But, Adam manages to catch PJ’s knee, pushing it back! PJ looks to connect with a spinning back hook kick, BUT ADAM DUCKS! PJ LOOKS TO CONNECT WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE, BUT ADAM MANAGES TO CATCH PJ BY THAT FOOT! HE MOVES IT TO THE SIDE AS ADAM MANAGES TO GET PJ BY HIS WAIST AS HE LOOKS TO TAKE HIM BACK WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX, BUT PJ MANAGES TO STOP HIMSELF IN HIS TRACKS! He connects with an elbow to the face of the former World Champion as that takes him back!

Eve: PJ Hendrx turns himself around as he grabs Adam Lucas by his waist as he takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex! But, PJ stands behind Adam and follows that up with a standing moonsault! No! He manages to turn that into a double foot stomp as he lands right on the stomach of ‘The Next Level!’ Adam is clutching to that stomach as PJ finds his way back to his feet! He races to the ropes as he waits for Adam to find himself back to his feet! He bounces off the ropes as Adam drops down to a plank position as PJ jumps over him! He bounces off the other set of ropes as Adam leapfrogs over the former Interwire Champion! He bounces off the first set of ropes for a second time as he slides underneath the legs of Adam —

Deadprez: IT SEEMS LIKE PJ HENDRX IS LOOKING TO ROLL UP ADAM LUCAS! BUT, ADAM REMAINS STANDING! INSTEAD, IT’S ADAM WHO MANAGES TO KNEE DOWN AS HE GRABS PJ’S LEGS FROM BEHIND HIM AS HE COUNTERS WITH A ROLL UP OF HIS OWN!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!

TTTTWWW—

Gavin Kirkland: KICK OUT BY PJ HENDRX! He manages to get himself out of this situation! He manages to distance himself from the former World Champion! Both Elitists find themselves at their feet at the same time as Adam throws the first punch as that takes PJ back to the horizontal set of ropes! Adam has a good clutch of PJ’s arm as he whips him to the opposite set of horizontal ropes! PJ rebounds off of them as he slides himself underneath the legs of the former World Champion! Adam manages to turn himself around, but PJ manages to connect with an enziguri as that causes Adam to stumble a bit! Then, we see PJ follow that up by connecting with a back kick to the face of Adam as that takes him down!

Eve: It seems like Adam Lucas is a bit dizzy there as PJ Hendrx gets him back to his feet! He manages to throw Adam to one of the corners! Adam is thrown to the corner skull first as he turns himself around! PJ does not waste any time as he connects with a flying forearm to the face of ‘The Next Level!’ ADAM COLLAPSES DOWN TO A SEATED POSITION AT THE CORNER AS PJ BEGINS TO TAKE A COUPLE OF STEPS BACK BEFORE RUNNING TOWARDS ADAM AND CONNECTING WITH A FACE WASH AT THE CORNER! HE GETS ADAM AND PLACES HIM ON THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE AS HE TAKES A STANCE BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A KNIFE EDGE CHOP TO THE CHEST OF THE FORMER ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION!

Deadprez: But, look at the face of Adam Lucas, Eve and Gav! Adam Lucas is insisting that PJ Hendrx hit him with everything that he has to offer! He is more than welcoming the fight from PJ as PJ looks like he is going to take up Adam on that offer! PJ connects with another knife edge chop to the chest! And then, another one! You can see that Adam’s chest is going red, but it seems like Adam is so fired up, he can’t really feel any sort of pain! But, you can see his chest turning a weird shade of pink! PJ LOOKS TO CONNECT WITH ANOTHER KNIFE EDGE CHOP AS ADAM DUCKS IT AND GETS HIMSELF OUT OF THE CORNER! NOW, HE PUSHES PJ INTO THAT SAME CORNER THAT ADAM WAS PREVIOUSLY IN AS ADAM CONNECTS WITH A SERIES OF FIERY AND RAPID KNIFE EDGE CHOPS TO THE CHEST!

Gavin Kirkland: Adam Lucas is not letting PJ Hendrx take it easy! He is more than fired up, ready for the grueling task that this match is going to give to him! PJ is totally feeling the pain of those chops as Adam takes a step back! He follows that up with a giant knee strike underneath the chin of PJ as that causes him to stumble forward! Adam hooks PJ by his arm, swinging him forward for a hip toss! PJ lands right on that tailbone of his as Adam rushes forward, hitting him with a sharp shoot kick to the spine! He gestures for PJ to find himself back to his feet! PJ is trying to find himself back to his feet, but Adam manages to catch PJ and connect with a STO as Adam goes for the cover on PJ!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTWWWW—

Eve: PJ Hendrx with a kick out! Adam Lucas pulls PJ in a front headlock! He drapes one of PJ’s arms over the back of his neck, positioning him for this next move! He begins to hoist him up in a vertical suplex position! But, PJ manages to drop himself down! PJ is looking to connect with some rapid punches to the abdomen of Adam! But, Adam connects with a giant knee to the gut of PJ, stopping any sort of movement from the ‘Phantom’ before Adam gets him back into that vertical suplex position and takes him back for a vertical suplex! But, it seems like Adam may not be done there! He winds himself up once more, getting PJ into position once more and taking him back with a suplex! Then, he winds himself once more and connects with a third consecutive suplex on PJ!

Deadprez: Adam Lucas finds himself back to his feet as he waits for PJ Hendrx to get back to his feet! Adam connects with a knee to the gut of the former Interwire Champion! Then, Adam goes back to the horizontal set of ropes, bouncing off of them and connects with a spinning neckbreaker as that takes PJ down! Then, we see that Adam get PJ back up to his feet once more! We see Adam get PJ in a powerbomb position as he hoists him up! BUT, PJ BEGINS TO CONNECT WITH SOME PUNCHES TO THE TOP OF ADAM’S HEAD! BUT, IT SEEMED LIKE ADAM HAD SOME GOOD RING AWARENESS AS HE WAS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A REVERSE POWERBOMB AS PJ GOES FACE FIRST AGAINST THOSE ROPES! IT CAUSES HIM TO STAGGER BACK AS ADAM GETS PJ, PLACING HIS HANDS ON PJ’S SHOULDER AND CONNECTING WITH A DOUBLE KNEE BACKBREAKER TO THE SKULL!

Gavin Kirkland: It seems like Adam Lucas is applying some sort of sleeper hold! I think that he’s trying to wrap a body scissors around the body of PJ Hendrx! But, you can see that PJ is doing what he can to make sure that the sleeper hold is not applied! He manages to create some distance with the hands of the former World Champion! But, Adam has his legs wrapped around the hips of PJ! PJ finds himself in a bit of a situation as PJ is trying to turn himself to his side! He is trying to reach for the ropes nearest to him, but he finds himself stuck! Now, I don’t think that this is what Adam wanted to do, but he has a technical/high-flyer like PJ grounded and that’s good in itself!

Eve: What do you think that PJ Hendrx is going to do next? If it was me, I would try to pry Adam Lucas’ legs off his waist. I mean, Adam looks like he doesn’t skip leg day at the gym.

Deadprez: The calves of that man are something that needs to be studied, honestly. PJ Hendrx is trying to throw some punches to the legs of Adam Lucas, but he realizes that it’s no use! Then, it seems like he’s going to turn himself around, but he is trying to do it and not be in possession of Adam, who may or may not still want to apply some sleeper hold on the former Interwire Champion! PJ is going to need to think of something — WAIT, IT SEEMS LIKE HE HAS HIS FEET PLANTED FIRMLY ON THE GROUND! HE IS USING THE STRENGTH OF HIS OWN LEGS TO HELP — PJ MANAGES TO DELIVER A POWERFUL KIP UP THAT RELEASES THE LEG SCISSORS OF ADAM LUCAS FROM HIS WAIST! h:

Gavin Kirkland: Now, that was kind of cool! h: It must have taken a bunch of core and some leg strength to pull off something as cool as that! I think that even Adam Lucas was surprised by that, but color him impressed, DP!

Eve: Adam Lucas is shaking his head in approval as PJ Hendrx looks at him with a smirk on his face! You can see the competitive nature of these two men shining through in this match! PJ is gesturing for Adam to get back to his feet! We see PJ going towards him, but Adam stops him with a punch to the gut! He follows that up with a side hand chop to the chest of PJ as he manages to stagger back! Then, Adam connects with another chop to the chest as PJ falls back to the horizontal set of ropes! Adam charges towards PJ with a clothesline, looking to send the ‘Phantom’ over —

Deadprez: NO! PJ HENDRX MANAGES TO LAND ON THE APRON! HE CONNECTS WITH A TURNBUCKLE THRUST THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE AND TO THE ABDOMEN OF THE FORMER WORLD CHAMPION! PJ IS LOOKING TO GO FOR THE TOP ROPE! WE ARE GOING TO BE SEEING PJ GO A BIT HIGH RISK! HE GESTURES FOR ADAM TO TURN TOWARDS HIM AS HE FLIES OFF THE TOP ROPE NAILING MISSILE DROPKICK TO THE FACE OF ‘THE NEXT LEVEL!’ ADAM GOES DOWN AS PJ FOLLOWS THAT UP BY ROLLING FORWARD, BUT POPPING UP, CATCHING ADAM BY SURPRISE AND CONNECTING WITH A JUMPING DDT! USING THE MOMENTUM FROM ROLLING FORWARD AS SOME SORT OF WAY TO LAUNCH HIMSELF AND EXECUTE THAT JUMPING DDT! PJ GOES FOR THE COVER ON ADAM!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TTTTTWWWWWWWOOOOOOO—

Gavin Kirkland: Adam Lucas with a kick out! Now, that was kind of cool there! PJ Hendrx rises back to his feet as he gets Adam by the nape of his neck! PJ connects with a back kick as he runs the ropes, bouncing off of them and sitting on the spine of Adam! I think that he might be going for a sunset flip! BUT, ADAM MANAGES TO GET A HOLD OF PJ’S LEGS BEHIND HIM, PREVENTING HIM FROM FLIPPING! ADAM TAKES THOSE LEGS AND CONNECTS WITH AN ALABAMA SLAM! THE FORMER INTERWIRE CHAMPION GETS SLAMMED DOWN TO HIS BACK! NICE COUNTER THERE! HE’S ALWAYS BEEN CREATIVE LIKE THAT!

Eve: Weren’t you talking all of this talk about the ‘reign of terror’ being over at King of Elite?

Gavin Kirkland: I just know when it’s time for something new, Eve.

Deadprez:  Adam Lucas gets PJ Hendrx by his locks of his hair, yanking him up to his feet! He pulls PJ closer to him in a front headlock before hoisting him up and connecting with a brainbuster! He sits PJ up before applying a seated headlock on PJ! At this moment, we see Adam returning to what he had intended to do earlier and that was keep PJ grounded while using the opportunity to think about his next strategy! We see Adam wrenching in that headlock, applying more pressure onto the hold! PJ finds himself stuck for the time being!

(Slowly, but surely, a dueling chant of “LET’S GO, PJ” and “LET’S GO, ADAM” is beginning to be heard throughout the Olympic Stadium.)

Gavin Kirkland: The crowd is totally divided on which Elitist that they want to win. Both Elitists have the hearts of the EAW Universe. We see PJ Hendrx clutching his fist, trying to find the strength within him to continue on. We see Adam slowly trying to get one of his feet stretched out in front of him as he plants his feet to the ground! All of the weight is being transferred to his foot! PJ is trying to somewhat bridge himself out of the hold! I’m trying to think of the best way to describe what is going on, but Adam is keeping PJ back and preventing any sort of movement from happening!

Eve: PJ Hendrx saw that he was in the right parameter to connect with a back elbow to the face of the former Answers World Champion! Still, it doesn’t cause Adam Lucas to release his headlock on PJ! PJ connects with a back elbow again and another one! Then, he tops all of that off before taking his head back and connecting with a headbutt to the face of Adam! Yikes, I wouldn’t be shocked if Adam ended up breaking a nose or chipping a tooth from that headbutt! But, it was seen to be effective as it releases whatever hold that PJ was in! He creates a bit of room as PJ scrambles up to his feet! Adam is checking his mouth to see if he’s bleeding from there, but he seems to be good!

Deadprez: That’s a relief, but still something for him to check when this match is all said and done! He finds himself back to his feet as PJ Hendrx goes right after him, picking him up and connecting with an uppercut, sending Adam Lucas back! He connects with another uppercut as he manages to send Adam back to the ropes! PJ connects with a series of knee strikes to the gut, but Adam manages to keep himself still as he grasps onto the ropes to prevent himself from falling down! PJ takes a few steps back! His sights never leave Adam before going forward and delivering a dropkick to the gut of the former World Champion! Adam collapses down to one knee! But, PJ is looking for something more!

Gavin Kirkland: PJ Hendrx takes a couple of steps back once more before running forward at the speed of lightning and clotheslining Adam Lucas out of the ring! BUT, ADAM MANAGES TO HANG ON! BUT, PJ CONNECTS WITH A FOREARM THAT SENDS ADAM CRASHING DOWN ON THE APRON! BUT, PJ HEADS FOR THE TOP ROPE AS HE ANGLES HIS BODY TOWARDS ADAM, WHO IS ON THE APRON! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS PJ LOOKING TO DO NOW?

Eve: PJ HENDRX, FROM THE TOP ROPE, CONNECTS WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP ON THE RIBS OF ADAM LUCAS! THIS SENDS ‘THE NEXT LEVEL’ DOWN TO THE FLOOR AT RINGSIDE! BUT, IT SEEMS LIKE PJ IS NOT DONE HERE AS HE FINDS HIMSELF ON THE APRON AS HE CONNECTS WITH SHOOTING STAR SENTON ON ADAM! DID YOU SEE THE HEIGHT OF THAT?

Deadprez: That was crazy right there, Eve! The crowd totally love that as PJ Hendrx finds himself back on his feet! He is getting himself pumped up as he gets Adam Lucas up to his feet! PJ connects with a back kick as that causes Adam to clutch his stomach in response! PJ pulls Adam closer before connecting with a suplex on the ringside floor! Adam is clutching his lower spine in pain! PJ is getting fired up! He gets on one of the sides of Adam before going back and connecting with a standing moonsault!

Gavin Kirkland: Not going to lie, but PJ Hendrx has looked good in these past few moments of the match! Adam Lucas seems to be in a bit of trouble there! It’s in these moments in the match where he needs to remain calm and focus on figuring out a way to get his head back inside the match! PJ gets Adam up to his feet as it seems like he’s looking to throw Adam to the steel steps! BUT, ADAM GETS A FOOT AND PRESSES IT AGAINST THE STEEL STEP, PREVENTING HIMSELF FROM COLLIDING WITH IT! THEN, HE CONNECTS WITH A BACK ELBOW AS THAT CREATES SOME DISTANCE WITH PJ! BUT, PJ MANAGES TO GET ON TOP OF THE APRON! HE JUMPS OFF OF IT, LOOKING TO TAKE ADAM DOWN WITH A METEORA, SPIKING HIS FACE ON TOP OF THE STEEL STEPS! YIKES!

Eve: That looked brutal there! PJ Hendrx has done a beautiful job at getting the extra offense on the former Answers World Champion! PJ gets Adam and rolls himself back inside the ring! Now, it seems like PJ is not looking to waste any time here as he heads for the top rope! HE IS LOOKING TO GO HIGH RISK, HOPING THAT HIGH REWARD IS IN HIS FUTURE — 450° SPLASH FROM THE TOP ROPE AS THAT LANDS RIGHT ON TOP OF ADAM LUCAS! PJ GOES FOR THE COVER! IS THIS ALL THAT IS GOING TO TAKE TO WALK AWAY WITH THE VICTORY?

OOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

TT—

Deadprez: ADAM LUCAS WITH A KICK OUT! PJ Hendrx knows what he is going to need to do at the moment! He begins to go back to the corner! His sight remains on ‘The Next Level’ as he waits for Adam to get himself back up! HE IS GESTURING FOR ADAM TO FIND HIMSELF BACK TO HIS FEET BEFORE — ‘TELEKINESIS!’ THIS IS PJ’S VARIATION OF THE SPEAR AS HE CUTS ADAM IN HALF!

Gavin Kirkland: Not quite, DP! Adam Lucas manages to stop PJ Hendrx in his tracks with a knee to the face! He takes PJ back and takes the former Interwire Champion and 2024 King of Elite finalist with a discus lariat! PJ goes spinning around like a freaking top! He picks up PJ and throws him head first against the turnbuckle! Adam goes back a few steps before charging at PJ with a giant clothesline as that sends him forward! Adam manages to pick up PJ and connect with a standing Spanish fly as Adam goes for the cover!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Eve: PJ Hendrx with a shoulder up! He is still fighting to keep himself alive in this match! But, we see that Adam Lucas is heading for the top rope! He has been known to take a high risk or two during his matches! It just exemplifies what the former Answers World Champion would do to secure himself the victory! He is all about putting his entire blood, sweat and tears inside the ring and he does his best to make sure that he does everything that he sets his mind too!

Deadprez: ADAM LUCAS TRIES TO SITUATE HIMSELF UP ON THE TOP ROPE, BUT PJ HENDRX RUNS AND JUMPS ON THE TURNBUCKLE AS HE JOINS ADAM UP THERE! ADAM THROWS A PUNCH, TRYING TO SEND PJ DOWN! BUT, PJ FIGHTS BACK BY DELIVERING A PUNCH TO ADAM! ADAM WITH ANOTHER PUNCH TO PJ! PJ WITH ANOTHER PUNCH TO ADAM! ADAM WITH ANOTHER PUNCH TO PJ! PJ WITH ANOTHER PUNCH TO ADAM! ADAM! PJ! ADAM! PJ! ADAM! PJ! PJ! PJ! NO! ADAM CONNECTS WITH A GIANT HEADBUTT TO THE FOREHEAD OF THE ‘PHANTOM!’ NOW, WE SEE ADAM GETTING PJ INTO POSITION! LOOK, ADAM IS PICKING UP PJ IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION! HE IS THEN POSITIONING HIMSELF, TURNING HIMSELF BACK FROM THE RING AS HE CONNECTS WITH A MOONSAULT INTO A FALLAWAY SLAM!

Gavin Kirkland: Both of these Elitists go down! These two have put on fantastic performances of this match, but which one is going to walk out as the winner! I believe that Adam Lucas is going to do everything in his power to do that! He is the first one back to his feet! He hopes over the top rope as he lands on the apron! He has his hands directly on the top rope, looking at PJ, who is slowly finding his way back to his feet! PJ turns around and at that moment, ADAM FRONT FLIPS HIMSELF BACK INSIDE THE RING AND TAKES PJ DOWN WITH A DISCUS LARIAT! ADAM IS MORE THAN FIRED UP TO END THIS MATCH! HE GETS PJ UP BEFORE PUSHING HIM TO THE HORIZONTAL SET OF ROPES! HE POPS HIM UP HIGH IN THE AIR — POP-UP POWERBOMB! ‘LEVEL UP!’

Eve: ADAM LUCAS WAS JUST KNOCKED DOWN! IT’S TERRY CHAMBERS! TERRY CHAMBERS PUTS A STOP TO THIS MATCH UP! ‘RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE’ — HIS VARIATION OF THE CLAYMORE KICK KNOCKS ADAM DOWN AS THE CROWD HAS NO OTHER CHOICE, BUT TO CALL OFF THIS ENTIRE MATCH!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Deadprez: THE CROWD IS NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT THAT! HE LOOKS DOWN AT THE FALLEN BODY OF ADAM LUCAS BEFORE UNLOADING ON A SERIES OF PUNCHES AT THE FORMER ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION! BUT, PJ HENDRX DIDN’T SEEM TOO PLEASED WITH HOW THE MATCH ENDED! HE PULLS TERRY BY HIS SHOULDER AS HE TURNS AROUND!

(PJ Hendrx and Terry Chambers are staring down at each other. PJ says a couple of words, which conclude with a shove, but Terry remains himself into place. Then, these two resume arguing with each other, almost like these two are about to come to blows and begin to brawl.)

Gavin Kirkland: These two need to be SUPER careful! They are partners in ‘Blind Faith.’ They are going to need to rely on each other, if it means that they will get the championship opportunities that they rightfully want! You can see that PJ Hendrx is trying to calm himself down, not wanting to ignite an argument and ruin things for himself. Terry just shakes his head and resumes kicking and stomping on Adam Lucas! Terry goes to pick up Adam by his chin, trying to get ‘The Next Level’ to look at him in the eyes —

Eve: PJ Hendrx gets in the way of Terry Chambers! He doesn’t find any of this cool! But, judging by the look on Terry’s face, I don’t think that he likes that quite bit — ‘MOMENT OF SILENCE — THE HEADBUTT TO THE FOREHEAD OF PJ AS THAT TAKES HIM BACK! BUT, TERRY GETS PJ, THROWING HIM THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE AND OUT OF THE RING! NOW, I DON’T THINK THAT THIS IS STARTING OFF THEIR PARTNERSHIP ON THE RIGHT NOTE!

(Terry Chambers stares at PJ Hendrx, who more than dared to step in his way of business. PJ more than paid for the prices of meddling, but Terry turns himself around, looking to continue beating down on Adam Lucas, only to find that it’s not Adam when he turns around.)

Deadprez: Now, that’s Adam Lucas’ partner in ‘Blind Faith,’ Caroline! Caroline is staring at Terry Chambers with a cold look on her face. There is zero emotion written on it as Terry continues to stare her down — CAROLINE SPRAYS SOME BLACK MIST IN THE EYES OF ‘THE BARBARIC CARNIVORE!’ TERRY FALLS DOWN AS HE TRIES TO WIPE THE MIST FROM HIS EYES! HE ROLLS HIMSELF OUT OF THE RING AS HE REALIZES THAT HE WANTS NO PART OF CAROLINE FOR THE TIME BEING!

(Adam Lucas is recovering at one of the corners inside the ring as Caroline stares at him as she slowly walks towards him. Nothing is said with these two, but you can see the shocked look on Adam’s face. He did not anticipate for Caroline to come to his aid, but he’s thankful for it.)

Gavin Kirkland: This is the type of looking out that could either make or break your chances in ‘Blind Faith.’ Could this tandem be successful?

(Caroline turns away and begins to exit the ring. Nothing is said with her, but Adam Lucas nods in either approval, gratitude or acknowledgement. It becomes a bit unclear on where this dynamic stands as Caroline makes her way up the ramp, never turning back.)

Eve: This would be a favorite of mine. Caroline came in and helped Adam Lucas with Terry Chambers and that might have been appreciated of her. But, don’t think that they’re going to be best friends. The same thing with Terry Chambers and PJ Hendrx, who seem to be beginning things on a bad note.

Deadprez: Honestly, the more that these teams are announced, the more interested that I become. But, that’s it for this week’s episode of Showdown. Signing off on behalf of Gavin Kirkland and Eve, I’m Deadprez and goodnight from Nouakchott, Mauritania!

(EAW logo buzzes.)