( EAW Intro plays )
( “Main Attraction” by Jeremy Renner plays, as the promotional graphic for Territorial Invasion comes on the screen. )
Narrator: Welcome to the 2019 Territorial Invasion kickoff show! Hosted by Fight Grid’s own, Kathy Kush! )
( The graphic intro transitions to the Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, nearly halfway filled with fans already in their seats as many are filing in from the various entrance tunnels. We are taken to a reserved off section in the stands with the stadium setup serving as the background. We get the panel hosts sitting a crystal glass, illuminated table with electronic tablet readers for notes, and a widescreen 4k monitor directly behind them. Sitting at the table are Molly Waters, Kathy Kush, Michael Lanza and a famous special guest panelist. )
Molly Waters: Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 2019 Territorial Invasion kickoff show! I’m your host, Molly Waters, here with three esteemed guests as we cover some of the many matches to take place in what is expected to be a historic Territorial Invasion event. We are here in the midst of this sell out crowd here in Auburn, Alabama on a gorgeous September day! Joining me of course, the beautiful as ever broadcast colleague bestie of mine, Kathy Kush!
Kathy Kush: Electric day today isn’t it Molly?
Molly Waters: It certainly has been an electric time to be a member of the EAW Universe, especially here in Auburn. My next co-host, fellow Fight Grid journalist and one of the most analytical minds in the business, Mr. Controversy, Michael Lanza!
Michael Lanza: Thank you Molly, grateful to be here. I’m ready to sit down and unpack what could be the most stacked Territorial Invasion card that I’ve seen the inaugural event in 2009.
Molly Waters: And last but not least, our guest on the panel who we are PRIVILEGED and HONORED to have join us at this time.. EAW’s Vice President himself, HRDO!
HRDO: The privilege is mine, I am incredibly proud of the show we’ve put together and I’m pleased over the response this event in general has gotten.
Molly Waters: I’ll try to keep Mike on his best behavior HRDO, you know how he gets.
HRDO: (laughs) It’s really no biggie. I’m just the humble guest, you’re in full control of the wheel.
Molly Waters: We’re going to bring up just some of the major matches of the evening. I figured it only made sense if we began with a personal dream match of mine: Kassidy Heart and Cameron Ella Ava.
( The graphic for Kassidy Heart (c) vs Cameron Ella Ava for the Universal Women’s Championship emerges on the screen behind the panel. )
Kathy Kush: :whew: Starting out strong?
Molly Waters: Of course! I wanted to start with you actually HRDO, since you know what it’s like to compete in major championship matches at major FPVs. You know what it’s like to face legends in their prime, and to be a legend in their prime competing with the absolute best your company has to offer. How do you sum up the gravity of the Universal Women’s Championship match scheduled for this evening?
HRDO: Oh man… wow, you really are starting with the big guns, aren’t you? Well I’m just going to speak from a personal standpoint because there’s no use trying to “sell” a match that’s already so big as it is. I consider Cameron Ella Ava to be a peer, and I consider Kassidy Heart to be the unknown. EAW knows everything there is to know about Cameron Ella Ava at this stage of the game. We have seen what Cam is capable of when she’s pushed to the edge whether on a physical or emotional level. Her career has been an emotional rollercoaster, a whirlwind of triumph and tragedy, and that has obviously given her much more thick skin than probably 99% of other Elitists in the back. But Kassidy… actually, Kassidy reminds me a lot of that mentality that EAW Elitists had in the earliest days, the 07-08 period. The woman is a throwback.
Mike Lanza: :dahell: Really?
HRDO: Well, yeah.
Mike Lanza: Hmmm.. I don’t know.
Molly Waters: Well HRDO tell us how Kassidy is a throwback, and I’ll let you retort after Michael.
HRDO: Look Michael I know you have your doubts because Kassidy’s a girl, but-
Mike Lanza: Whoa whoa whoa, pardon the respect sir but I actually don’t think that at all. See I’m going to challenge you folks tonight! I’m an independent contractor, not an employee, so I’m free to combat you a little bit. Kassidy is not only far from a throwback, she is the definition of the current softer generation if I ever saw it!
HRDO: I totally disagree.
Mike Lanza: How? Kassidy Heart is one of these new age overly sensitive social media era Elitists like Chris Elite, Mark Michaels and others who are too attached to what other people think. She is thin skinned! She obsesses over what other people say about her! She’s part of this new crop who, as talented as they are, seem to watch their timelines and the weekly show like a hawk and look for reasons to feel slighted. YES Kassidy is the best Elitist of her generation, male or female. But how is she going to prove to be mentally tougher in that ring behind us, than someone like Cameron Ella Ava who’s experienced what she’s experienced?
Kathy Kush: That isn’t a terrible point Mike, Cameron has experienced probably more oppression, more setbacks, more obstacles than anybody. And there’s a good case to be made that she’s the most consistent EAW Elitist in the history of this company.
HRDO: I’m not denying any of that Kathy, but allow me to finish my initial point. “Thin skinned” people are those who allow their pressure and grifs to defeat them. To stifle them. This has never been the case with Kassidy. Mike my friend, you’ve seen a lot of EAW history, but all of the EAW history you’ve seen was on TV.
( Kathy and Molly laugh, and Mike gives a feint “fuck you” smirk. )
Molly Waters: I like this! We’re starting off hot!
HRDO: No! I don’t mean to come off as combatave at all, I’m simply saying that I’ve lived EAW history. And the majority of the early generation Elitists who went on to become legends were exactly like Kassidy. We were passionate, refused to be complacent, we moved off of criticism and feelings of being slighted. The greats; the Impacts, DDDs, Banks’, Starr’s were mobilized by feeling slighted. We took everything personally, and unleashed hell as a result of it. It’s how we won the ACW war, it’s how we redefined the business. So as much as I respect Cameron Ella Ava, let’s face it, she’s been more focused on who Kassidy is married to than she has winning the Universal Women’s Title. She’s up against a hungrier opponent who proved at Operation: Doomsday why she’s deserving of being champion, and the only way I see Cameron coming away with the title is if skill and experience supersede hunger and desire.
Mike Lanza: We sure this the VP on the panel with us or the Chairman? :mjpls: Nevertheless I’ll concede, but I still view Cameron Ella Ava as one of the greatest to ever do it. She may not be AS hungry but she sure as hell isn’t complacent.
Molly Waters: I actually think you gave a super insightful take HRDO, but like Mike said Cam’s one of the greatest of all time. I don’t think you’ll ever find a version of Cameron Ella Ava that’s ‘complacent’. Moving forward now,
( Graphic appears for Charlie Marr (c) vs Rex McAllister for the EAW Championship on the 4K TV behind them. )
Onto the EAW Championship match! Student challenged by the master! Rex McAllister vying for his third World Championship against the beautiful, bearded –
Mike Lanza: – Don’t forget bald –
Molly Waters: Charlie Marr! For the EAW Championship. Mike, you have gone on record as naming Charlie Marr as an EAW Elitist to look out for from early in his career. Since then he has taken this company by storm, capturing championships and showing up with consistent stand out performances on Marquee events. You wrote an ESPN exclusive editorial just recently highlighting “The Psychology of Charlie Marr”, based off of the multiple en-location interviews you’ve had with him. Sum up his headspace heading in to such a big match.
Mike Lanza: Charlie Marr is cut from granite, physically obviously,
Molly Waters: Obviously 😉
Mike Lanza: But mentally. The guy is not phased by the grandiosity of a match. He doesn’t care about the size of the crowd, the size of the opponent, the man is a buzzsaw. “Chainsaw Charlie” as I aptly nicknamed him. Thank you very much. :^)
( HRDO and Kathy roll their eyes. )
Mike Lanza: Anyways, I genuinely believe Charlie Marr looks at Rex McAllister no differently as an opponent than anybody else. He’s smart enough to know the capabilities of his opponent but he is so determined and relentless that he doesn’t care who it is. Charlie would kick Rex’s face in ten times in a row to keep that title in his hands, and that’s why I give him the overwhelming advantage.
Kathy Kush: Ehh…
Mike Lanza: Go ahead, do you disagree? Spit it out!
Kathy Kush: Don’t get me wrong I respect Charlie.. but the overwhelming edge? I don’t think that’s fair.
HRDO: Yeah I am curious why you’d count Rex out so assuringly?
Mike Lanza: Because I’m not a corporate puppet, that’s why.
HRDO: Corporate puppet? Buddy, it doesn’t take a corporate puppet to know that Rex McAllister is good enough to beat Charlie Marr. Not saying that he will, not even saying that I have a dog in this fight, but –
Mike Lanza: Oh come on, you do have a dog in the fight! Why are you lying?
HRDO: I don’t know who you think you’re calling a liar…
Mike Lanza: I’m not trying to be mean and disrespectful but don’t piss on my back and tell me it’s raining guys! Charlie Marr openly disrespects the authority while Rex McAllister is pretty much the exemplary franchise player! Competitively driven, toeing the company line, reputable, an easy face to look at, predictable. Boring! That’s what every sports league wants out of their premiere athletes, the guy who belongs on the Wheaties box.
Kathy Kush: You sound like such a hater…
Mike Lanza: No no of course not! I REALLY hate to say it, because Rex has given EAW and me personally some of the most enjoyable experiences a professional wrestling critic could ever ask for. But we have to call it like it is. The bigger the match, the harder Rex falls.
HRDO: Okay now that’s just bullshit.
Molly Waters: Language! :damn: This pre-show is broadcasting on ABC! :damn:
HRDO: I’m sorry but it’s one thing to have faith in Charlie, I can concede to that. But come on Molly do you hear this guy’s arrogance? Jesus the guy’s never been in a ring a day in his life and he talks like this? Listen, I will go on record and say that Rex McAllister is an inevitable EAW Hall of Famer. That’s not inside information, that’s my personal opinion-
Mike Lanza: What does the Hall of Fame have to do with anything? What are Hall of Famers infallible all of a sudden?
HRDO: Sir, if you’re going to keep talking over me I’m going to assume you have a problem with me, and we can handle that problem as grown men off the set if you want.
Kathy Kush and Molly Waters: :lupe:!!!!
Mike Lanza: Go ahead man sorry!
HRDO: Be fucking respectful. Now, need I remind you, this was the same Rex McAllister who equipped Charlie Marr with many of the tools he’s used to become successful. It’s easy to think that Charlie has Rex figured out because of the proximity they’ve had to each other, but Rex has proven time and again that he’s able to build on his own tools. He had an earth shattering performance in the Grand Rampage, he had a MOTY caliber showing at King of Elite in one of the most brutal performances ever. He showed out at Pain for Pride in Atlanta in one of the most brilliant technical matches I’ve ever witnessed.
Mike Lanza: But did he win those matches-
HRDO: WHAT DID I JUST SAY.
Mike Lanza: :Whoa:!!!
HRDO: NO, he didn’t win those matches, but we saw new versions of Rex McAllister emerge that were previously never seen before. He continues to evolve, and as gifted as Charlie Marr is it would come as no shock if he came into this sleeping on his opponent. So no, it’s not going to be this lopsided affair. You would have to be a moron to think that.
Mike Lanza: But that’s what I said, but very well.
Molly Waters: Well speaking of ‘lopsided’, why don’t we dig into the World Heavyweight Championship match featuring a tale of two completely different career paths? A 9 time World Champion who’s seen it all and done it all and is the hungriest he’s been in year, against an equally as hungry, gifted young man who wants to take an already promising budding career to the next level!
( Graphic for Impact (c) vs Drake King for the World Heavyweight Championship comes on the 4K TV. )
Molly Waters: Kathy I’m going to start with you since I’ve gathered from the uber ride we shared together coming from the Airport on Thursday that you have a little crush on a certain Drake King.
Kathy Kush: (awestruck) EXCUSE ME!
Mike Lanza: Oh god.
Molly Waters: So you obviously have some meaningful insight on this match since your bae is involved.
Kathy Kush: (blushing) FIRST OF ALL, let’s get one thing clear, all I said was that I think he’s cute. That has nothing to do with a “crush”, and has even less to do with this match! But since you wanna put my business out there like that I GUESS I’ll give my honest opinion. I really do think Drake King is amazing in the ring, he’s exciting to watch and he’s just a grounded guy. He knows what he wants, he’s in touch with who he is, he doesn’t lack in confidence and I think that’s going to help him out against a GOAT like Impact!
Molly Waters: Either of you other two care to chime in?
Mike Lanza: I definitely think Drake is wise beyond his years… but I mean, I don’t know can I actually say my opinion without being physically threatened? (darting a look at HRDO)
Mike Lanza: Okay well… let’s face it, maybe Drake would have had a shot against Season 12 Impact. I personally felt Imp rested on his laurels a little bit, he’s still the greatest to ever do it arguably but not quite what I’ve seen from him from prior season. But since becoming the World Heavyweight Champion I’ve got to tell you, he’s been as good as ever. Superman has his cape, Ironman has his suit, HRDO has his mask, and Impact has World Championships. Being champion has only made him stronger! If you want to know truly how hard it is to dethrone the man, look no further than Road to Redemption 6 back in 2012! The man was like Kobe Bryant in a hotel room in Colorado, UNSTOPPABLE!
Kathy Kush: When it comes to Impact I totally agree, I think he’s been amazing lately. He’s fired up, he’s energetic, he’s expressive and self assured. But the last thing you ever want to do is count out Drake King. A year ago at this very event when it took place in Chicago, Drake King took EAW by storm and and the movement has only momentum ever since. The guy is resilient, he’s mentally tough, and he’s capable of signature victories like the one he had against Malcolm Jones for the Interwire Championship! Tonight is the biggest match of his career, and it could also be the biggest victory of his career.
Mike Lanza: You mention Drake King winning the Intewire Championship in the big match, but he also lost the Interwire Championship to Terry Chambers. I LOVE Terry Chambers, I’ve rooted for Terry Chambers, but with all due respect this kid is NOT going from losing to Terry Chambers to defeating Impact in a World Title match.
( “Dynasty Intro” by Jay-Z begins to play over the arena sound system, as the crowd comes alive. )
Molly Waters: Bold declarations on a fired up panel, you’ve got to love it! But we’re going to need to take it over to the ring right now as the traditional Territorial Invasion 5 on 5 is set to begin, featuring DYNASTY vs THE WORLD! Let’s take it over to ringside with the voice of EAW, Stew-O!
( HRDO quickly removes the lavalier microphone from his suit and quickly walks off set, leaving responses of :lupe: , :lupe: and :skip: from Molly, Kathy and Mike Lanza respectively. )
( Transition over to the arena where Team Dynasty all walk out to the stage; consisting of Mike Gambino, Helena Merriman, Provencal, Justin Windgate and Eric Havoc who is hand in hand with his girlfriend, Tara. The team are all wearing Dynasty T-shirts, and Eric is waving a flag that reads #TrueDynastyTalent. )
Stew-O: Thank you Molly, I’m here now with Voltage’s Rich Russillo and James Peters here now to accompany me in witness their brand get absolutely smacked down by the incredible force of Team Dynasty!
Rich Russillo: :mjpls:
James Peters: :usure:
( DING! DING! DING! )
Gina Romano: The following contest is a 5 on 5 Elimination Tag Team Match, featuring DYNASTY VS THE WORLD!!!!! Introducing first, weighing at a combined weight of 1,065 POUNDS! Accompanied by Tara Celeci, the team of MIKE GAMBINO, HELENA MERRIMAN, JUSTIN WINDGATE, PROVENCAL AND ERIC HAVOC! TEEEEAM DYYNNNASTYYYYYYYYY!!!
Rich Russillo: I’d love to know more Mr. Unbiased Face of EAW, about how your team led by an actual neurotic lunatic is going to come away with the win.
Stew-O: At least Team Dynasty has an actual leader! Unless you count that depraved psychopath who threatens to sodomize other members of the active roster!
James Peters: I’ll have you know Korey Gaines has been on his best behavior and would never do such a thing!
Rich Russillo: Yeah and just because Frankie Paradise looks like a sexy cop who redefines the meaning of “stop and frisk” doesn’t mean he’d stoop to suck lows.
Stew-O: :skip: Don’t distract yourselves from the unity that Team Dynasty possesses, Eric Havoc has been a man on a mission and he has managed to take this company by storm with his conviction! He even got the Answers World Champion to take notice.
James Peters: I’m sure I could get Rihanna to notice me if all I did was troll her 24/7 Stew! This momentum train has been ran on borrowed time, and our Voltage kings are about to show these fools the end of the tracks!
( “Come Together” by Gary Clark and Junkie XL hits, and Frankie Paradise makes his way to the ring in a shirt with the “Voltage” symbol on the front and a symbol of the world on his back. )
Gina Romano: Their opponents! First representing “Team World”, from Los Angeles, California weighing 225 POOOUNNDSS, FRANKIE PARADISE!!!
Stew-O: :mjlol: WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ON HIS BACK?! IS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE A PICTURE OF THE ACTUAL EARTH! WHERE THE HELL IS THE FASHION POLICE?! ARREST THIS MAN!
Rich Russillo: It’s not even that bad! Besides, we all know our Voltage Kings play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.
( “Hey Man Nice Shot” by Filter plays and Viktor Stone makes his entrance to the ring in a shirt reading the “Showdown” symbol on the front and a symbol of the world on his back. )
Gina Romano: His partners! First, from Las Vegas, Nevada, weighing in at 225 POOUUNDS, VIKTOR STONE!!!
Stew-O: YOU GUYS ARE ABOUT TO BE SLAUGHTERED! LOOK HOW SCRAWNY THIS GUY IS! HELENA MERRIMAN COULD TAKE THIS GUY OUT IN SECONDS!
Rich Russillo: Have you SEEN Provencal? Do you watch your own show? The guy’s got less definition than the Pillsbury Dough Boy!
( “Thunderstruck” by ACDC plays and Korey Gaines makes his way to the ring in a shirt with the “Voltage” symbol on the front and a symbol of the world on his back. Soaking in the massive audience. )
Gina Romano: From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma weighing in at 170 POUNDS, KOOOREYYY GAINES!!!
Stew-O: 170 POUNDS?! I COULD BENCH PRESS THIS GUY!
James Peters: Are you okay, Stew?! The arrogance of Jake Mercer must have rubbed off or something. Korey Gaines not only would kick your ass, but he’s going to be phenomenal in this match, I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes it home!
( “War” by Dance With The Dead hits, and Santo Muere makes his entrance refusing to wear any brand/team representing material. )
Gina Romano: From Death Valley, California weighing in at 200 POOUNDS, SANTO MUERTE!!!!
Stew-O: :skip: Way to be a team player! I doubt your “Voltage Kings” have discussed a lick of strategy with him, good luck reigning in this nutcase. At this rate it’s going to be a clean sweep!
( “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X hits, and Lance Blackfyre rides out to the stage on an actual horse wearing a Showdown themed bandana and dressed in Captain Planet-like attire. )
Stew-O: WWWWHAT THE HELL IS THAT??
Gina Romano: And lastly, from Chicago, Illinois weighing in at 365 POOOOUNDS, LLLAAAAAAAAANCE BLACKFYYYYYREE!!!!
Stew-O: YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!
James Peters: I actually think it’s pretty damn cool! I used to love Captain Planet as a kid!
Rich Russillo: Yeah speak for yourself… I begrudgingly have to agree with Stew, this ain’t it..
James Peters: Oh come on! Get a sense of humor! It’s not like Lance Blackfyre takes himself overly seriously.
Stew-O: THAT’S HIS PROBLEM! THE MAN SHOULD BE A KILLER! A MONSTER! A WALKING LIVING APOCALYPSE, BUT HE’S REDUCED HIMSELF TO … TO THIS!
Rich Russillo: I’m not going to go out of my way to defend Showdown’s people but you can’t deny that Lance Blackfyre is an imposing figure. He beat the absolute hell out of Jamie O’Hara and Mr. DEDEDE in Showdown Main Events, and you just can’t take away the physical attributes he has.
James Peters: You Dynasty people are clearly overconfident, and your overconfidence is going to be your undoing!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Stew-O: We’ll see about that, with redneck Captain Plane- I mean Lance Blackfyre starting the match for his team. And uhhh.. oh.
( Helena Merriman chooses to start for Team Dynasty, standing right in front of Lance Blackfyre who towers over her. )
James Peters: You were saying Stew?
Stew-O: .. A rather interesting opening staredown to say the least, but the One Woman Army is more than capable of handling her own against this big corn fed goofball. However Eric Havoc, Team Dynasty’s fearless leader calls Helena over to the corner at the top of his lungs. He urges her to stick to the plan, with a look of intensity on his face, and Helena reluctantly tags Mike Gambino in.
James Peters: ONLY FOR LANCE TO DRAG HER AWAY AND TOSS HER TO THE MAT BY HER HAIR! LANCE RIPS ERIC HAVOC FROM THE APRON AND INTO THE RING WITH A BEAL, WHILE HIS GIRLFRIEND TARA SCREAMS FROM RINGSIDE! NOW HE BRINGS MIKE GAMBINO IN THE RING WITH THE SAME SHOW OF STRENGTH! Blackfyre catches a recovering Eric Havoc with a big boot for his troubles! And he drives Mike Gambino into the corner before lighting him up with rapidfire rights and lefts! An enormous flurry fists making Mike Gambino’s life a living hell! Helena Merriman leaps onto Lance Blackfyre’s back, looking for a jumping rear naked choke! The rest of Team World looks like they’re ready to get into this match, but the official jumps in front of them and demands that they remain at their corners.
Stew-O: Rightfully so! This big weird bastard initiated it, let him fight his own battles!
Rich Russillo: Lance Blackfire is hardly fazed by the attempted rear naked choke, and instead he BACKS HELENA MERRIMAN INTO THE CORNER, WEDGED RIGHT INTO MIKE GAMBINO! Eric Havoc jumps up and takes off quicker than lightning with a mad dash! SPEAR TO LANCE BLACKFYRE! BUT LANCE SOMEHOW JUMPS OVER THE ONCOMING ERIC HAVOC, CAUSING HAVOC TO INDIRECTLY SPEAR HIS OWN TWO PARTNERS IN THE CORNER! Blackfyre sends Eric Havoc out of the ring, Merriman and Gambino are about to roll out as well but Lance Blackfyre catches Mike Gambino by the ankle and pulls him up from the canvas. Gambino firing off with some blows to the body! Shoot kick to the leg! He rebounds off the ropes now – AND RUNS RIGHT INTO A CLUBBING AX HANDLE!
James Peters: Lance Blackfyre pacing around, feeling the atmosphere from this soon to be packed to capacity Jordan-Hare stadium! Blackfyre drags Mike Gambino up from the canvas, AND REELS HIM IN!!! HOISTING HIM UP!!! FEARS ORIGIN!!! SITOUT POWERBOMB PIN!!!! REFEREE SLIDES TO THE MAT!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
Gina Romano: Mike Gambino has been eliminated!
Rich Russillo: What were you saying about “clean sweep”, Stew? :mjpls:
Stew-O: Uh can we get a do over? I could of sworn I saw a shoulder off the mat! Well in comes Justin Windgate who’s been chomping at the bit to get into this match, and goes to work with repeated blows over the nape of Blackfyre’s neck while he’s recovering! Lance shoves Windgate back sending him nearly across the ring, and he comes right after him with a RUNNING BODY PRESS INTO THE CORNER! Windgate slides through the legs! Hook from behind attempting the roll up, but Blackfyre stands his ground on those tree trunks for legs. Now Windgate springs up and onto Blackfyre’s back, looking for a SUNSET FLIP PIN! But Blackfyre hangs onto the ropes at the corner! He’s got full footing, barely fazed by Windgate, and he walks over to the corner while Justin Windgate is hanging upside down on his back! Tag to Frankie Paradise! Windgate jumps off of Lance’s back and Frankie SPRINGBOARDS FROM THE APRON AND INTO THE RING, WITH A FRANKIE-STEINER!
James Peters: HANDSPRING COUNTER FOR WINDGATE! Frankie charges at Windgate, Windgate sends him into the ropes, drops down to the mat forcing an oncoming Frankie Paradise to leap over him and careen off the opposite ropes – and Windgate cuts the oncoming Paradise down to size with a low dropkick! PELE KICK follow up to the kneeling Frankie Paradise! Lateral press!
Rich Russillo: Kick out right as the ref’s hand hits the mat for “2”, and Windgate pulls Frankie Paradise up by the wrist, before delivering a thunderous shoot kick! A second, straight to the hip! A third one is caught by Frankie before he trips Windgate to the ground, off his one hobbling leg, and plants a FIRM ELBOW DROP INTO THE LEFT HAMSTRING! Knee drop follow up from Frankie Paradise! Frankie rips him off the ground with a DEADLIFT TIGER SUPLEX!!! WINDGATE COUNTERS WITH A WHEELBARROW PINNING COUNTER! But as Windgate goes rolling down, Paradise jumps back and evades the wheelbarrow takeover, only for Windgate to rush back up and be BLASTED ACROSS THE FACE WITH A JUMPING LEG LARIAT!
Stew-O: Not good! Frankie Paradise waits for Windgate to recover, and hoists him over his shoulder and into his team corner, allowing Viktor Stone from Showdown to tag himself in! Paradise maintains a waistlock and Viktor fires off with multiple buzzsaw kicks! Team Dynasty trying to enter and intervene, but this disgraceful official holds them off because of this arbitrary “five second grace period”, allowing Frankie Paradise to send Windgate FLYING WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!! Windgate sent onto the back of his head and momentum takes him up to the corner, NO!!! WINDGATE BLASTED ACROSS THE FACE WITH A RUNNING YAKUZA KICK TO THE CORNER!!! THIS DAMNED VIKTOR STONE ROLLS WINDGATE OVER FOR THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWO-
( Justin Windgate drops his foot on the bottom rope. )
Rich Russillo: Windgate saved by the rope. Viktor Stone has made some pretty nice waves on Showdown, but he needs to show up for his team tonight after not doing so hot these last few weeks. Viktor Stone unleashing some clubbing blows on the ground, with Windgate actually firing back punches himself, refusing to go down quietly. And a STOMP to the ribs from Viktor as a result! Viktor Stone holds out his arms, letting his ego fill his sails before what’s shaping up to be a gargantuan crowd here in Auburn. Viktor takes Windgate up from the floor by the nape of the neck and walks over to his own corner… ONLY FOR JUSTIN WINDGATE TO COUNTER WITH SLICED BREAD # 2!!! “RUN IT UP”, RUNNING VIKTOR STONE DOWN! And Justin Windgate drags at the loose limbs of his opponent, heaving him away from his own team corner and over to the Dynasty corner. Commendable counter, and Windgate tags in Eric Havoc! Eric springs over the ropes, and climbs up the middle turnbuckle, while Viktor Stone is yanked up to his feet by Justin Windgate!
Stew-O: OH YEAH! CHAOS IMPACT!!!!!! JUMPING CUTTER FROM THE SECOND ROPE, AND A HOOK OF BOTH LEGS FOR LE CAPITAN!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Gina Romano: Viktor Stone has been eliminated!
James Peters: Eric Havoc having a field day, jumping around and blowing kisses to his adoring fans! His woman Tara is at ringside clapping it up…. Wait a second!
( Lance Blackfyre stands directly behind a celebrating Eric Havoc. Eric’s team motions for him to turn around. Eric slowly does, with his eyes wide in sheer nervousness, as he stands in the shadow of Blackfyre who towers over him. )
Stew-O: Uh oh.
Rich Russillo: Eric Havoc SLAPS LANCE BLACKFYRE ACROSS THE FACE!
( Lance Blackfyre turns away, and turns back at Eric with blistering rage written on his face. )
James Peters: AND ERIC HAVOC RUSHES OVER TO HIS CORNER TO TAG IN HELENA! Helena Merrimen re-enters the ring just totally unthreatened, look at her! She doesn’t even care that her opponent could basically eat her! LANCE BLACKFYRE SLAPS HIS MASSIVE HANDS AROUND HIS THROAT… STRANGLING HER! OH NO, WHAT IS HE DOING!!!
( Helena Merriman is on her knees being strangled by Lance Blackfyre, and Blackfyre begins to gyrate his hips before pulling Helena’s face closer into his crotch. )
Stew-O: LOW BLOW!!! HELENA WITH AN UPPERCUT TO THE ‘NADS OF THIS FREAK!!!! AT THIS POINT I DON’T BLAME HER!
( Lance Blackfyre turns away holding his testicles in pain, and the referee confronts Helena Merriman about her illegal low blow. He waves to the time keeper, prompting a disqualification. )
Gina Romano: Ladies and gentlemen, by way of disqualification, Helena Merriman has been ELIMINATED!
Stew-O: Helena arguing with the official, highly irate! But clearly his word is final.. AND FOR GOOD MEASURE, HELENA GOES BACK FOR ANOTHER LOW BLOW FROM BEHIND!!! BRINGING LANCE BLACKFYRE DOWN TO ALL FOURS! The referee is incensed by that one, but personally I love it! Give this roided up freak a cooldown and let him think about what he’s done! And get him a can of peas for those little pebbles between his legs. Anyways, Blackfire crawls back to the Team Showdown corner and Santo Muerte sticks his hand out looking for some involvement in this match. Hey what do ya know? Mr. Rebel has finally decided to engage. Yippie! THANKFULLY FOR TEAM DYNASTY, THE ONE AND ONLY PROVENCAL STEPS FORWARD!
Rich Russillo: Provencal and Santo charge at each other! Santo ducks under the lariat, springboards off the ropes and nails a springboard armdrag! Provencal recovers, kick to the midsection! Santo Muerte takes him up and over with a hip toss! Provencal lands on his feet!
Hiptoss by Provencal.. Santo lands on his feet!
Hiptoss by Santo… Provencal lands on his feet!
Hiptoss by Provencal… Santo lands on his feet!
Hiptoss by Santo…. Provencal lands on his feet! The two look at each other astonished!
Crowd: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
James Peters: So does this crowd, PROVENCAL WITH THE HIP TOSS! SANTO HOLDS HIS GROUND! SANTO WITH THE HIP TOSS! PROVENCAL HOLDS HIS GROUND! PROVENCAL WITH THE HIP TOSS! SANTO HOLDS HIS GROUND! And the crowd is disappointed by a knee to the midsection. Santo Muerte kicks Provencal in the chest, sending Provencal stumbling over the middle rope, and Santo springs over the ropes and hits a rough forearm on his way down! Provencal laid out by the apron, and Santo grabs Provencal by both legs from ringside, before DELIVERING AN AIRPLANE SPIN, WHICH IS STOPPED QUICKLY AS PROVENCAL’S RIBS CRACK AGAINST THE RING POST!!! Provencal rolls off the apron and down to the floor, while Eric Havoc and Tara descend to ringside to confront him… the official leans over the ropes from the ring urging these two not to come to blows, and Santo opts to dash into the ring before ricocheting off the ropes and charging across the ring! Eric Havoc attempting to drag Provencal up in time, and SANTO DIIIVES OVER THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!!! TOPE CON HILO TAKES BOTH MEMBERS OF TEAM DYNASTY OUT!!!
James Peters: Santo Muerte feeling it, and he sends Provencal up from the floor before delivering a boot to the head of Eric Havoc for good measure, and snarling at his girlfriend Tara. Provencal is in the ring scrambling, and Santo Muerte charges over to him shoving him into the corner, before driving into him with shoulder thrusts! Drilling into Provencal’s no definition having body in succession! Korey Gaines calls for the tag from his corner, and Santo Muerte stares Gaines down menacingly, almost threatening him for even asking… maybe Stew’s right about this guy.
Stew-O: OF COURSE I AM! He’s a selfish arrogant egomaniac with a scary mask! Santo continuing to fire away nonetheless, making good on the advantage he has with strikes to the corner. He brings Provencal onto his back with both legs hooked under the arm, and positions him over by the ropes so that Provencal’s head is leaning against the apron. AND SLINGSHOTS HIM THROAT FIRST INTO THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!! PROVENCAL ROLLING AROUND COUGHING AND CHOKING, WHILE SANTO SEEMS TO TAKE ENJOYMENT FROM THAT!
James Peters: Santo Muerte drags Provencal over to his own corner, and reaches his hand for a tag… Korey takes it… and Santo fakes him out! Korey Gaines is LIVID by that, and Santo tosses Provencal to the floor, stomping the hell out of him repeatedly!
Stew-O: And that set Korey Gaines off, now he steps through the ropes and turns Santo Muerte around, sticking a finger in his chest! I knew it, I knew tensions would begin to flare, and it was clear to me from the beginning that it’d start with this guy! Why do you think EAW paid me the big bucks all these years for my broadcast services? I know what the heck I’m talking about! OH NOW SANTO MUERTE SHOVES KOREY GAINES BACK! Frankie Paradise steps into the ring looking to diffuse the situation, but these two arrogant hotheads look like they’re a hair away from coming to blows! Go ahead! Make my da- OH WATCH OUT!!! PROVENCAL FROM BEHIND SENDS SANTO MUERTE ONTO THE TOP OF HIS HEAD WITH “THE BOOBY TRAP”, SLEEPER SUPLEX DRILLS HIM! FRANKIE AND GAINES COMES AFTER PROVENCAL, AND JUSTIN WINDGATE CUTS THEM OFF WITH A SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE DROPKICK, SENDING PARADISE AND GAINES OUT OF THE RING!!! LANCE BLACKFYRE ABOUT TO STEP INTO THE RING, BUT ERIC HAVOC’S GIRLFRIEND TARA HAS HER ARMS AROUND LANCE’S ANKLES, DISTRACTING HIM! PROVENCAL WITH THE COVER!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Gina Romano: Santo Muerte has been eliminated!
Rich Russillo: Provencal struck while the iron was hot and managed to get his menacing tormentor out of this match off the distraction. Team Dynasty is up 4-3 but it’s far from the end of the world just yet. Double entendre don’t even ask me how.
James Peters: That double dropkick pissed Frankie Paradise off, he jumps into the ring and takes Justin Windgate to the floor with a thesz press, followed by a flurry of punches! Windgate can hardly defend himself, and Provencal pulls Paradise off of his teammate with a SLEEPER! ANOTHER BOOBY TRAP ON THE WAY??? NO, FRANKIE BACKS PROVENCAL INTO THE DYNASTY TEAM CORNER JUST DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR AN ESCAPE. ERIC HAVOC TAGS HIMSELF IN! Eric springs over the ropes, and blasts two forearm shots into Frankie’s jaw! Rolling backfist! Single arm wrench to drag Frankie out of the ring and send him up and over with a butterfly suplex! Floats over and through it, and pulls him in with the double arm underhook ..
( The sound of a woman screaming can be heard, and we see Lance Blackfyre at ringside holding Eric’s girlfriend Tara by her hair. )
Eric Havoc: LET GO OF HER!!!!
Stew-O: ERIC HAVOC DRIVEN BY THE POWER OF LOVE, LEAPS THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE! TAKING HIMSELF AND BLACKFYRE INTO THE BARRICADE AND NEARLY SENDING IT BACK WITH THE COLLISION! Eric Havoc checks on the lady in his life, assuring that she’s okay, before charging back into the ring and coming back after Frankie Paradise! BUT FRANKIE CATCHES HIM WITH A TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSOR TAKEDOWN! That creates enough space for him to tag Korey Gaines in, and the two Voltage Elitists rush over to Havoc, grabbing him by both arms and Irish whipping him into the ropes! They simultaneously deliver running knee strikes into his midsection! Frankie Paradise delivers a REVERSE STO INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! AND HE HOLDS ERIC HAVOC’S HEAD IN PLACE, AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE, TO ALLOW GAINES TO BLAST HIM OVER THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A JUMPING DISCUS ELBOW SMASH! Paradise steps to the apron, and Korey Gaines drags him to the center of the ring before the hook of a leg!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Stew-O: Kick out by Eric Havoc! Korey Gaines snaps in a side headlock now, wearing the leader of Team Dynasty down with a snug hold. From ringside, Tara claps it up, leading the crowd in timed claps to will the captain back into this! COME ON ERIC! PUSH THROUGH THE PAIN! PUSH! THROUGH! PAIN!
James Peters: Eric Havoc is rapidly shaking! You can see the adrenaline coursing through him! Say what you will about his antics, the guy is showing heart right now, and he TAKES GAINES OFF OF HIS FEET AND TO THE CANVAS WITH A BACK SUPLEX! Eric Havoc and Korey Gaines recover in close proximity, and Eric turns to walk over to his corner, only for Gaines to grab him from behind by the tights and yank him over to his corner! Tag to Frankie Paradise! And the duo deliver stomps to the midsection! Wearing him down! Frankie and Korey grab Eric by both wrists and send him away with a hard Irish whip ….. BUT ERIC FINDS THE STRENGTH TO COUNTER THE WHIP, SENDING BOTH GAINES AND PARADISE INTO THE DYNASTY CORNER! GAINES TAKEN OUT WITH A CHOP TO THE HEAD FROM PROVENCAL! BUT FRANKIE PARADISE SENDS JUSTIN WINDGATE FLYING OFF THE APRON WITH A PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHT HAND! FRANKIE SWINGS AT PROVENCAL! PROVENCAL DUCKS, SHOULDER TO THE MIDSECTION THROUGH THE ROPES! Frankie Paradise stumbles away, doubled over, and INTO THE DOUBLE UNDERHOOK FROM HAVOC! NO NO NO NO NO!
Stew-O: THE DESECRATION!!! PEDIGREE FROM ERIC HAVOC, AND HOOK OF THE LEG!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Gina Romano: Frankie Paradise has been eliminated!
Stew-O: OH YEAH! THE ONE AND ONLY ERIC HAVOC SENDS ANOTHER ONE PACKING! THANKS FOR COMING FRANKIE!
James Peters: Korey Gaines prepares to step back into battle… but Lance Blackfyre enters the ring… WITH TARA IN TEW!
Stew-O: ARE YOU GUYS GONNA DEFEND THIS??? LANCE BLACKFYRE IS HARMING AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER WHO’S DONE NOTHING WRONG!
Rich Russillo: Lance Blackfyre using less than scrupulous tactics, and he asks Korey Gaines to exit the ring! He has Tara in his arms, in the palm of his massive hands, and Eric Havoc can only stand there in a stupor!
Lance Blackfyre: LAY DOWN FOR ME. RIGHT NOW, OR I SNAP HER NECK!
James Peters: Eric Havoc trying to talk Lance out of it, and LANCE TIGHTENS HIS GRIP AROUND TARA’S NECK! Eric holds out his hands in desperation, and he’s actually considering acquiescing…
Stew-O: NOT SO FAST!!! SPRINGBOARD SPIN KICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!! JUSTIN WINDGATE CATCHES LANCE BLACKFYRE COMPLETELY OFF GUARD! ERIC HAVOC TAKES THE OPPORTUNITY AND DROPS HIM WITH A CHAOS IMPACT!!! PROVENCAL WANTS IN ON THE ACTION NOW! ERIC HAVOC TAGS IN PROVENCAL, AND PROVENCAL SIZES UP A RECOVERING LANCE BLACKFYRE…….. WHAT??????
( Provencal delivers the Very European Uppercut. )
Stew-O: BON APPETIT!!! POP UP EUROPEAN UPPERCUT ON A 350 POUND MAN!!!
James Peters: YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!
Stew-O: YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! COVER BY PROVENCAL!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Gina Romano: Lance Blackfyre has been eliminated!
Stew-O: YES!!! YES!!! A MILLION TIMES YES!!! THAT WAS AMAZING! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! WHAT A TEAM EFFORT, JUST A BRILLIANT SHOWING CAPPED BY HERCULEAN STRENGTH FROM OUR FRENCH SAVIOR! NOW IT’S 3 OF US AND ONLY ON-
Rich Russillo: GAINES FROM BEHIND! TWISTING BODY SCISSORS BACKSLIDE PIN!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
( Eric Havoc dog piles Gaines, but is a split second too late. )
Gina Romano: Provencal has been eliminated!
James Peters: BRILLIANT TIMING FROM KOREY GAINES, YOU KNOW WHAT RICH I HAD A FEELING THIS WOULD COME DOWN TO VOLTAGE FAITHFUL! KOREY GAINES HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE THE WORLD!
Stew-O: Don’t get fired up yet you turd! Eric Havoc is beating the dog crap out of your guy right now, firing with rights and lefts! Korey Gaines quickly exits the ring towards the ramp, and the fired up leader and fearless Team Captain is coming right after him like a house of fire! Eric lighting Korey Gaines up with a flurry of right hands! WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WHAT IN THE WORLD???
Rich Russillo: LANCE BLACKFYRE SMASHES THE STEEL STEPS OVER THE SKULL OF ERIC HAVOC!!!
Stew-O: CALL THE DAMN MATCH! THAT’S A DISQUALIFICATION IF I EVER SAW IT!
James Peters: Can’t disqualify somebody who isn’t in the match, Stew! You’ve been here since 10,000 B.C. I thought you’d know this by now!
( Tara rushes to the aid of Eric Havoc, who is laid out and motionless at ringside. Multiple officials surround Lance Blackfyre to escort him up the ramp and out of the arena. )
Rich Russillo: Eric Havoc may have had his head completely caved in, and Justin Windgate sprints over to Lance Blackfyre ready to make him pay! But the officials are holding him off, not allowing a brawl to ensue! Korey Gaines opts to return to the ring, and tells the official to start counting.
Stew-O: THIS IS TOTAL CRAP!!! THIS IS A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHAT HAPPENED TO FAIRNESS AROUND HERE?!
Ref: 1!!! 2!!! 3!!! 4!!! 5!!! 6!!! 7!!! 8!!! 9!!! 10!!!
( The referee motions to the timekeeper. )
Gina Romano: By way of count out, Eric Havoc has been eliminated!
Stew-O: STUPID! STUPID! A TRAVESTY! THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE END OF THE MATCH, WHY DON’T I JUST CHARGE IN AND STAB KOREY GAINES A BALLPOINT PEN SINCE ALL BETS ARE OFF? I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN REDUCED TO! A HERO HAS FALLEN AND THIS GUY GLOATS!
Rich Russillo: Justin Windgate looks just as fired up as you are Stew, and he quickly charges in the ring, prompting Korey to step through the ropes and drop down to ringside! Korey Gaines seeping under the skin as he stares up from ringside at his soul survivor. Windgate calling Gaines back into this thing. Gaines takes his time stepping up the apron… Windgate rushes over and attempts to drag him into the ring by his head, but GAINES JABS HIM WITH A THUMB TO THE EYE! GAINES QUICKLY CATCHES WINDGATE FROM BEHIND WITH A WHEELBARROW ROLL UP!!! HOLDING ONTO THE ROPES FOR ADVANTAGE!
Stew-O: WINDGATE KICKS OUT! THANK GOODNESS! Windgate recovers, Gaines with a thrust kick to the leg! Another shot to the leg! A third low superkick bringing Windgate to his knees, kick, kick, kick, and a FILTHY SUPER KICK TO THE FACE!!! Windgate ducks underneath, pops up to his feet and charges over to Gaines with a CODEBREAKER!!! GAINES CATCHES WINDGATE IN HIS ARMS, AND LEAVES HIM SITTING AT THE TURNBUCKLE! WINDGATE KICKS GAINES IN HIS FACE! Korey Gaines stumbles back holding his jaw, and Windgate jumps backwards up from the middle rope, to a standing base at the top rope, and SPRINGS OFF WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!!! There we go Justin there we go! You have an entire brand’s pride riding on your shoulders! Cover him, cover him!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
James Peters: Shoulder up by Gaines! Windgate and Gaines recover, and you can hear the dueling chants in the stadium! “LETS GO VOLTAGE/DYNASTY” chants permeating this audience here in the kick off show, and Windgate follows Gaines over to the apron where he’s retreated… once Gaines has fully recovered, WINDGATE SPRINGS OVER THE ROPES FOR THE SLINGSHOT DDT TO THE OUTSIDE!!!!
Rich Russillo: NOT SO FAST! GAINES HOLDS HIS GROUND, AND WINDGATE LANDS ON THE APRON ON HIS FEET! Gaines blasts him with a jumping knee to the body! Look at that massive impact crater momentarily created from that knee! More elbows follow suit from Gaines! He is absolutely tearing into Justin Windgate! JUSTIN FIRES BACK WITH A RIGHT HAND! ANOTHER RIGHT! A THIRD! Korey slings his shoulder forward and DRIVES WINDGATE SPINE FIRST INTO THE LED APRON!!!! I’m not sure how much more he can take of this! Korey Gaines pulls Windgate away after having his back jammed into that unforgiving metal and glass, and Windgate is firing off with some desperate elbows! JUSTIN WINDGATE WITH A SPRINGBOARD, PERHAPS A SPRINGBOARD VERSION OF THE HAIL MARY??
James Peters: NO! GAINES SHIFTS HIMSELF, AND DROPS JUSTIN WINDGATE GROIN FIRST OVER THE ROPES, STRADDLING THEM! TIMELY COUNTER, AND GAINES SPRINGS UP THE TURNBUCKLE TAKING WINDGATE CRASHING BACK INTO THE RING WITH A ROPE-HUNG SPINNING WHEEL KICK! Korey Gaines wisely dragging Windgate away from the ropes!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Stew-O: Windgate with the kick out! Korey Gaines shakes his head in frustration, and it isn’t long before he drags Windgate over to the drop zone in front of the turnbuckle! Korey Gaines unleashing now with stiff strikes, each blow able to be heard from the concession stands! And stomps to follow suit! Justin Windgate and Team Dynasty are in a bad way, damn it! Korey Gaines makes the climb now! Come on Justin! Don’t let this be it, PLEASE do not let this be it!
Rich Russillo: KOREY GAINES FROM THE TOP!!!!! IMPLODING 450 SPLASH!!!!
Stew-O: INTO THE KNEES!!!!!!! YES!!!! KOREY GAINES WAY OUT OF SORTS!!! HE’S WRITHING IN AGONY, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVES! JUSTIN WINDGATE DIGGING DEEP INTO HIS RESERVES NOW… AND HE GRABS GAINES FROM BEHIND, LIGHTS OUT!!!!
James Peters: COME ON!!!
Stew-O: REVERSE CUTTER CONNECTS!!!! HOOK OF BOTH LEGS!!!
Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
( DING! DING! DING! )
( “El Diablo” by Machine Gun Kelly hits. )
Gina Romano: Here are your winners, MIKE GAMBINO, PROVENCAL, HELENA MERRIMAN, ERIC HAVOC AND JUSTIN WINDGATE… TEEEEAM DYNASTYYYY!!!
Rich Russillo: NOOOOOO!!!
Stew-O: JUSTIN WINDGATE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS, IN WHAT IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF HIS SIGNATURE VICTORIES! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY!! OH YEAH!!
James Peters: Ugh… great. Well, I won’t put up a front, Justin Windgate was impressive. An inspiring performance really for somebody who’s been away from the EAW ring for many years, only to come back looking probably sharper than ever. If you had any reason to sleep on Justin Windgate, those reasons were eradicated here tonight.
Rich Russillo: CAN YOU STOP PATRONIZING THEM?
Stew-O: NO YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT JAMES, THANK YOU FOR REMAINING UNBIASED AND PARTISAN AS A GREAT BROADCAST ANALYST SHOULD! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY! DY-NA-STY!
( Justin Windgate is joined in the ring by a groggy Eric Havoc, being held up by Tara, as well as the other members of Team Dynasty who all raise each others hands. Provencal flies the Dynasty flag, leading the audience in celebration. We return to the kick-off panel, where Molly Waters is sitting by with Mike Lanza and Kathy Kush. )
Molly Waters: Major victory goes to the Dynasty brand in a hard fought thriller to kick off Territorial Invasion festivities. What an unbelievable match! The teamwork, the performance from Justin Windgate, the twists and turns!
Kathy Kush: All this and the show hasn’t even started yet!
Molly Waters: Welcome back to the pre-show panel, your host here Molly Waters along with Kathy Kush and Mike Lanza. We were visited earlier by the EAW Vice President, HRDO who gave his thoughts on some of the marquee matches of this evening, but had to step away due to developing business.
Mike Lanza: Our poor Vice President should have stayed and watch this tremendous match, but it appears I scared him away…
Molly Waters: Can we just talk about what happened with you and him earlier??
Kathy Kush: Dude I’m not even kidding, I literally thought he was going to rip your throat out.
Mike Lanza: Oh stop it, he loves me.
Molly Waters: You are SO lucky you didn’t get chokeslammed through this table.
Mike Lanza: It would have been an honor. Some would say I’d probably deserve it.
Molly Waters: You definitely deserved it! But you were spared, thankfully. Anyways, we still have a couple of matches on the docket, heading over to Showdown’s neck of the woods where we have a blockbuster Answers World Title match!
( Graphic shows, featuring Mr. DEDEDE (c) vs The Visual Prophet for the Answers World Championship, with Viz’s assistant Nina Dobrev as the special guest referee. )
Kathy Kush: Oh my gosh, I cannot even tell you how long I’ve waited to see these two face each other. This match is going to be one of those contests where you already know heading in to it that it’s going to give you goosebumps.
Molly Waters: These are two of the most electric personalities in probably EAW’s history! I won’t even so much as waste my time explaining how talented both of them are. Mike, what are some things to look at heading into this?
Mike Lanza: Well for starters, it’s not Mr. DEDEDE vs Visual Prophet. It’s Mr. DEDEDE against his own karma! We all know how brilliant of an in-ring general DDD is, but part of what makes DDD great is the way he carries himself leading into battle. I don’t know about either of you, but that’s not the DDD we’re seeing tonight. This is a DDD who may have gotten far too overconfident for his own good. The DDD I’m used to seeing wouldn’t have allowed Visual Prophet to win the Beat The Clock Challenge over him. The DDD I’m used to seeing wouldn’t have allowed a special guest referee to take part of this match. DDD’s ego needs no introduction, it cannot be understated how huge his head is. But this time pride may truly come before the fall.
Molly Waters: So would you say it’s a foregone conclusion that Mr. DEDEDE won’t be winning this match?
Mike Lanza: Come on Molly, do you honestly think I’d ever dare to suggest that? I’m just giving you my analysis. I don’t think there’s any way to truly predict this match, even despite the stipulation.
Kathy Kush: Yeah, I think I agree there. If it were anybody not named Mr. DEDEDE who was put under these circumstances, It’d for sure be a foregone conclusion. With a special guest referee who went through the hell that DDD put her through, and the raw talent of a guy like Viz, I’d give him a 100% chance of walking out of TI the Answers World Champion. But when you’re talking about the greatest of all time, factoring in the performances he’s been putting on lately, you never want to close the door on him until the smoke is cleared.
Mike Lanza: Exactly.
Molly Waters: The Answers World Title is definitely Vizzy’s for the taking, but never bet against Gawd. I can’t wait for that match, I’m sure we all agree when we say this has been a dream match in the making! But now for the grand finale we’ve all been waiting for:
( Graphic appears on the 4K monitor promoting the War Games match, showing Team Dynasty, Team Voltage and Team Showdown. )
Molly Waters: Team Showdown consisting of Andrea Valentine, Raven Roberts and Ms. Extreme Team Dynasty consisting of TLA, Darkane led by Serena Bennett, and Team Showdown consisting of Chris Elite, Ahren Fournier and led by Jamie O’Hara in the fourth ever WAR GAMES MATCH!
Mike Lanza: Can we go out on a limb and say this is the most competitive War Games match of all time?
Molly Waters: These three teams are absolutely STACKED! There are no weak links whatsoever, and we don’t necessarily have a lot of time but I want bold predictions from each of you. Which brand goes home with the spoils, and why? Let’s start with you Kathy.
Kathy Kush: *sigh* This is so hard! I mean honestly I think the better question should be, which brand survives? That’s really what it comes down to in a match like this. I spoke to EAW Hall of Famer and 2x World Champion, Tyler Parker recently in an interview on EAW’s Youtube channel. He told me himself that War Games takes years off of careers, and according to him what makes it especially so devastating of a match to compete in is the sheer number of bodies that are in the ring. It’s why for that match we literally need two ring set ups! Your head has to be on a swivel at all times, once you take one person down you open up your own back to immediately be taken down yourself!
Molly Waters: With that being said, which team of Elitists do you think have what it takes to come out the other end of it?
Kathy Kush: I’m going to have to go with Dynasty to be honest. I think Serena Bennett has been an amazing leader for her team. She has dedicated all of her time to this, she’s fully committed, and even if TLA and Darkane have a rivalry going on amongst each other it still doesn’t take away from how gifted they both are. In Darkane you have a guy who can withstand brutality, dig into that twisted part of his mind and come up with creative ways to hurt multiple people all at the same time. And TLA is somebody who already knows what it’s like to win a War Games match, as the team captain no less, by leading the very same brand in Dynasty to victory against Team EAW four years ago at Territorial Invasion: Civil War! I think if I have to choose, it’d be them.
Molly Waters: What about you Mike?
Mike Lanza: Showdown. Showdown. Showdown. It’s just academic. You have three World Champions, great chemistry, a leader who is probably the best Elitist that I’ve ever seen perform live out of Jamie O’Hara. All three of them have literally represented EAW over the last five years. Ahren reigning as EAW Champion, Chris Elite making 2018 his year, and Jamie O’Hara with probably an unprecedented run performing at the level that he has since his debut. Hell, to me O’Hara is better than he’s ever been before. To me Dynasty has too many combustible elements and Team Voltage’s girl power isn’t enough of a selling point for me. I’m pretty confident Showdown has this locked, but it won’t be easy.
Molly Waters: It definitely won’t be easy. Personally I see Team Voltage winning it, they have by far the best chemistry among one another and three Voltage Elitists are at the top of their game. They’re primed for brutality, they’re walking into this match with a purpose and they’re the only team that I feel like truly understands the gravity of what they’re fighting for. All three of these ladies realize that this match is bigger than them, especially with the identity of Voltage being put into question by upper management.
( The “60 second warning” can be seen in the background, as the capacity Jordan-Hare Stadium erupts with cheers. )
Molly Waters: That’s all the time we have! We can speculate all we want, but the answers will speak for themselves as Territorial Invasion is set to go live in under 60 seconds! Thank you for tuning into the Fight Grid kickoff show; for Kathy Kush and Mike Lanza, I’m Molly Waters – get ready for the 11th ANNUAL TERRITORIAL INVASION, and hope you enjoy the show!
( Molly, Mike and Kathy wave goodbye and the kickoff show comes to an end. )