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Voltage 7/17/22

(EAW intro plays.)

(The camera opens up and a recap of last week’s Voltage begins to play. The first Voltage of Season 16 starts with Ronan Malosi throwing a celebration for himself that is soon interrupted by the EAW Champion, Minerva, as she then ruins it completely by dropping black tar and feathers on everyone at ringside. Haruka Kashimashi is interviewed by Sofia Clarke and then later on defeats Oliver Taylor in a match, but not before she is attacked by one of the new signings, Sierra Everett. Eden Sinclair has a meeting first with Ayu Megumi talking about her relationship with Usagi Senshi before she is then joined by the rest of the Ice Aces, as Eden explains that Disney see the Ice Aces as great figures to market and she doesn’t want to keep seeing the “by any means” attitude the Ice Aces are starting to take. Ayu and Usagi take their leave but ARIA is stopped as Eden has a talk with her as well, wanting to give her the job to keep an eye on everyone in Voltage and “help keep the peace”. Kylie Grace is interviewed by Sofia Clarke as well, before she is escorted out to meet with Eden, where she forces Kylie to take sensitivity training and make a public apology next week after a comment she made of the Ice Aces that she didn’t mean. She then later wrestles Usagi Senshi but Usagi takes the victory. Drake King goes out to the ring to say that he won’t give up on his mission to help EAW before he is interrupted by Michael, one of the alters of Samael, wanting to hear Drake’s story before Caine takes control saying that everyone is watching Drake now, and Drake leaves incredibly creeped out. Halsey Neel cuts a promo backstage and then goes out to the ring to wrestle Hikari Kanno, but Hikari takes the victory. After the match, Natasha Agnello comes out to give Hikari the offer to wrestle Theron Nikolas, and gives her until next week to think about her decision. Serenity Valdez makes her presence known, looking around for Diamond Dixon, but she isn’t successful at finding her. She takes out her frustrations on a producer by attacking her. Dr. Bethany Blue sets her goals for Season 16 as she sets out for the Unified Tag Team Champions and Sheridan Muller interrupts her, willing to join her as a partner with Bethany accepting the offer. Daryl Kinkade then defeats Ayu Megumi. Captain Charisma then informs about the new changes to the Hardcore Championship as Eden joins in to say that ARIA will be the next challenger to the championship, with Charlie Marr interrupting to say his thoughts and then threaten ARIA before he takes his leave. TLA comes out to the ring looking for a challenge and someone to wrestle as Daryl Kinkade comes out as well to answer it with their match being set for Midsummer Massacre. But after this, TLA goes to the back and Eden is there to meet him, letting him know her disapproval about his attitude and how he didn’t get permission to book his match with Daryl, as she tells him that he needs to clean his act up and fast. Finally, the main event match between Charlie Marr and Andrea Valentine takes place but it all ends in chaos as Harper Lee interferes and throws the match out, attacking both competitors and throwing Andrea into the steel steps to take her out. But then Charlie Marr lays Harper out because of her interfering in his match and the show ends with Charlie standing tall.)

(The recap ends and Sunday Night Voltage fades away to show a shot of the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. An edited version of ’33rd Blakk Glass’ by ZilaKami & SosMula is played through the speakers as spotlights are panning around and golden pyro is shooting out from the stage. The crowd cheers wildly as the camera then goes over to show the broadcasting team of Rich Russillo, James Peters, and Persephone.)

Rich Russillo: Ladies and gentlemen…welcome to Sunday Night Voltage! It is another exciting night where we will see incredible match-ups and nonstop action!

James Peters: Tonight, we will see the Ice Aces go up against Dr. Bethany Blue and Sheridan Muller, The Prescription, alongside Haruka Kashimashi taking on Sierra Everett after the latter attacked her last week! We will also see the 24/7 Contract Holder Samael taking on Theron Nikolas, ARIA going up against Diamond Dixon and Drake King taking on Ronan Malosi.

Rich Russillo: And finally, in our main event, it will be a Pain for Pride 14 rematch as the EAW Champion Minerva takes on TLA, I can’t wait for that amazing main event!

Persephone: I can’t wait either to see the main event, but the other matches on this show are so astounding and incredible that I can’t wait for them either, they will make the show today so amazing! But it would be even more amazing if Rex was here…because…he is a good wrestler…and everyone misses him wrestling. 🙂

Rich Russillo: And I miss the old Persephone. :mjcry:

James Peters: Anyway, let’s get on with the show!

(Voltage fades to the stage, and ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics, Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart hits. The crowd explodes into mostly boos, both because of their natural hatred for the current Universal Women’s Champion, and because they’re not a member of the Voltage roster. Nonetheless, after a few seconds Harper Lee begins to make her way out to the stage, and the first thing she does is raise her Universal Women’s Championship while looking around at all of the fans in attendance. Harper begins making her way down the ramp, keeping the Championship raised as she heads towards the ring.)

James Peters: The Universal Women’s Champion is here on Voltage, and it shouldn’t take much time trying to guess why! Andrea Valentine and Harper Lee will be facing off at Midsummer Massacre for the Universal Women’s Championship, and as of late we’ve already seen these two come into contact a good few times!

Rich Russillo: I feel obligated to mention that attack from Harper last week on Voltage that ironically ended with both women laid out, but that’s not where things ended. On Showdown these two went face to face once again, however restrictions thanks to Heidi Huxley prevented another brawl.

Persephone: I think Voltage needs restrictions like that, too! Who needs fighting in EAW? In fact, we might as well just remove “wrestling” from the company’s name! 😄

(Harper Lee finally walks up the steel steps and steps through the ropes, entering the ring. Harper puts her Championship on her shoulder, and she looks towards the timekeepers area, demanding a microphone. This only causes the crowd to boo even more as she’s handed one, but soon enough she begins to speak.)

Harper Lee: What’s wrong? Are you all really that surprised to see the Universal Women’s Champion? Well I don’t know if you all forgot, but holding this title means that I get to be wherever I want, whenever I want, and I get to do whatever I want! Showdown, Dynasty, Voltage, doesn’t matter! I get you’re all used to boring Champions like the woman that held the title before me, but I plan to make the most out of this World Championship reign. If I want to do something I’m gonna do it, and you know what I wanna do right now? I wanna open up Voltage and remind you all that any show that I appear on is basically mine, so ladies and gentlemen, your Universal Women’s Champion would like to welcome you all to Voltage!

(Harper has a smirk on her face as the crowd once again starts to boo, and after a few seconds she continues speaking.)

Harper Lee: You know what, this is exactly why I shouldn’t even be here. You don’t deserve it. I mean, you can’t even show a little respect for your Universal Women’s Champ, and I’m here giving you all the best start to Voltage this brand has ever seen! You guys literally had Ronan Malosi opening your show last week, and you can’t even cheer for a REAL star like me? You’re all so ungrateful, but you know what? It’s fine. I like to think that I’m a pretty generous woman, so out of the kindness of my heart I’mma give you all a chance to learn from your mistakes. Maybe you guys are just being followers. Maybe this is your first time at an EAW event so you don’t really know who I am yet, in which case I’ll help catch you up! That way there won’t be any more mistakes, and going forward you can all just do the right thing and treat your Universal Women’s Champion the way she deserves to be treated. Just to put things lightly and make things simple for you all, I’m the best women’s wrestler in the world! Actually.. I think that might be an understatement. At this point, I’m probably the best women’s wrestler ever 🤷‍♀️.

(This causes more boos, which doesn’t surprise Harper. She stays silent for a few seconds as she looks around at all of the fans in attendance, none of which agreeing with her claim to being the best women’s wrestler in the world, let alone of all time.)

Harper Lee: What, are you guys going to pretend I’m wrong? I literally changed the course of my career in record time. Just over a year ago I had a free-per-view loss to Mary S. Atlas and a Holly Arrow that had only been around for a few months, and now a year later I’m standing here as a former Specialists Champion, as the 2022 Iconic Cup winner and the Universal Women’s Champion! Who has EVER done something like that? Who can say that they’ve turned their career around in such a short amount of time the way that I have? You’re all booing, so where’s the historians in the crowd? Where’s the people that can actually prove me wrong? Andrea Valentine sure didn’t do it. It took her years just to get a decent title reign under her belt seeing as she screwed up her Openweight Championship reign, and she couldn’t even defend the Specialists Championship ONCE when she won it for the first time. Couldn’t be me. My first Specialists Championship reign was one of the best ever, and even my Unified Tag Team Championship reign wasn’t THAT much of a disaster, and I was basically fighting handicap matches. Let’s face it. At Midsummer Massacre I’m gonna beat Andrea Valentine in our rematch, and after that I’ll have that all important first title defense under my belt. Maybe afterwards I’ll finally go and face someone that’s actually worthy of my
time.

(The crowd continues booing loudly, but the boos are finally cut short as ‘Roll With Me’ by Charli XCX hits. The crowd explodes for the former Universal Women’s Champion as Harper Lee immediately loses the grin that was on her face. Andrea Valentine begins walking out to the stage, and she is holding a microphone in her hand. Andrea begins walking down the ramp and towards the ring, and she doesn’t look too bothered by Harper’s comments, clearly not taking her words too seriously.)

James Peters: Andrea Valentine is here, and it’s like the entire arena just lit up! It was only a matter of time until she came out to shut Harper up, and Harper doesn’t look happy about it one bit!

Rich Russillo: Things have heated up between these two as of late, and personally I’m just interested in hearing what Andrea Valentine has to say after all of this!

Persephone: Me too 😄! I’m sure that whatever Andrea has to say will be very entertaining!

(Andrea Valentine steps up onto the ring apron, and she just looks at Harper Lee, who’s not amused at all by her appearance tonight. Andrea just shakes her head before beginning to speak.)

Andrea Valentine: I don’t really think anyone in attendance wanted to hear anything else you had to say, so if you’re done wasting everyone’s time now would be a great time for you to finally stop talking. After all, for someone that loves hearing the sound of her own voice, you sure did leave out a lot of details in that rant of yours.

(Harper remains silent, and now a grin forms on Andrea’s face as she continues)

Andrea Valentine: I’m pretty sure you forgot to mention that when I DID get that “decent title reign”, I became one of the longest reigning Specialists Champions of all time. You also forgot to mention that not very long afterwards I won the EAW World Championship, my first World Championship in EAW, and after winning it at Road to Redemption I carried it all the way to Pain for Pride. You even left out my Universal Women’s Championship reign and my induction to the Hall of Fame, ALL things that happened because I was good enough and I was strong enough to keep pushing myself forward regardless of whatever setbacks I took. Going over my Championship history and looking down on it isn’t going to accomplish anything besides reminding everyone that you’re not even the only woman on the current roster let alone EAW history that managed to rise to the top regardless of where they started. I’m where I am now because of my ability to move forward and that’s not something I’ve lost, which is exactly why I’ll be facing you in a few week’s time. Less than a month ago I left Pain for Pride with a victory over Kassidy Heart after retaining my Universal Women’s Championship for the third time, and you got the better of me at the Draft when you took that Championship, but seeing your face back on Showdown..

(Andrea Valentine steps into the ring, walking right up to Harper as the two stand face to face.)

Andrea Valentine: I think even you know that what happened at the Draft was the one and only time you’ll ever be able to defeat me. I think that once the time comes that I am actually able to get my hands on you, you’ll have no choice but to realize that the Universal Women’s Championship is mine. You can hold that title as close as you want while you still have it but when the time comes there’ll be nothing that can stop me from taking it back.

(The fans once again begin cheering loudly in response to this, and Harper is clearly frustrated, just like on Showdown one night ago. She holds onto the Universal Women’s Championship tightly as Andrea Valentine looks at her, and Harper only says a few words.)

Harper Lee: You don’t know what you’re talking about.

Andrea Valentine: Are you sure? Because on Showdown all I had to do to piss you off was show my face and that’s less than a week after you showed up, ruined my match and attacked me just for challenging you for the Universal Women’s Championship. You didn’t get even what you deserved last night since we weren’t allowed to lay a finger on each other, but seeing the look on your face when you chose to roll out of the ring told me everything that I needed to know. Harper, I don’t have to prove anything to you at this point in my career. I’ve gone through tons and tons of ups and downs, but at this point the entire world knows exactly what I am capable of and that includes you, which is why it shouldn’t really surprise me that the one time you choose to attack me is when I couldn’t have anticipated it. In fact, that’s actually the same way you won that title in the first place, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens once the two of us are actually forced to face each other face to face. I’m looking forward to not just getting my rematch against you, but reclaiming my Universal Women’s Championship and picking up where I left off just two weeks ago.

(Harper doesn’t say anything as the crowd continues to cheer, and Andrea Valentine continues speaking knowing that Harper’s upset.)

Andrea Valentine: Oh yeah, and since this *is* your first Championship defense and all.. You should probably choose your words more carefully. Wouldn’t it be a shame if your big first World Championship reign was cut short in your first defense less than a month after you won it? What was it you said? “Couldn’t be me”?

James Peters: HARPER LEE JUST SWUNG AT ANDREA VALENTINE-

Rich Russillo: BUT ANDREA HAD IT SCOUTED!!! ANDREA VALENTINE KNEW IT WAS COMING AND DUCKED UNDER IT, AND THIS TIME IT’S ANDREA THAT’S ABLE TO GET THE UPPER HAND AS SHE BEGINS PUNCHING AWAY AT THE UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S CHAMPION!!! WE MENTIONED HOW THINGS HEATED UP BETWEEN THESE TWO, AND IT LOOKS LIKE NOW WE’RE SEEING THE EFFECTS OF THAT!

James Peters: ANDREA CAUSES HARPER TO BACK UP INTO THE CORNER, AND NOW ANDREA RUNS IN BUT HARPER GETS A BOOT UP!! BOTH WOMEN NOW CONTINUING TO FIGHT, BOTH LOOKING TO GET THE UPPER HAND ON EACH OTHER THANKS TO ALL THEY’VE SAID AND DONE IN JUST THE PAST FEW WEEKS!!!

Rich Russillo: Andrea Valentine not only was cost her Universal Women’s Championship thanks to an attack and surprise cash in by Harper Lee, but last week Harper attacked just one night after Andrea appeared on Showdown, setting up a huge rematch between the two! Both women are going back and forth right now- but it looks like things aren’t going to end the way either woman wants it to, because look at who’s coming down the ramp!

(A bunch of security guards come rushing down the ramp, heading towards the two women inside of the ring. They immediately get in the ring and break up the fight, pulling Harper out of the ring and getting in front of Andrea to stop the two from going after each other. Both women share words from each other that are barely heard through all of the commotion, and Harper is taken up the ramp.)

James Peters: It looks like Harper Lee is being taken to the back, which only makes sense since she’s not a member of the Voltage roster, and while this fight may have been broken up very quickly, I think it’s safe to say that the Universal Women’s Championship match between these two is going to be a very exciting one!

Rich Russillo: If there’s one thing absolutely true that was said tonight, it’s the fact that we all know just how good Andrea Valentine is! If anyone stands a great chance of taking that Championship off of Harper Lee, it’s the woman that lost the title to her in the first place! From the looks of it the entire Voltage crowd would love nothing more than to see Andrea regain her Championship, but regardless of the result, like you said James, this will definitely be a great match!

Persephone: Yep 🙂. Definitely gonna be a great match. Not boring or bland at all. It’s definitely the perfect match for the top title in the women’s division! So glad that it’s happening!

James Peters: At Midsummer Massacre I think both of these women will do everything they possibly can to leave with that Championship. The cash in at the Draft was such a surprising way to start the season, but just imagine if we see that title change hands once again at the first free-per-view of the season!

(Harper Lee can be seen yelling at some of the security guards for dragging her away when she’s the Universal Women’s Champion, but they’re not having any of it and continue making their way to the back. Andrea Valentine on the other hand is still standing in the ring, watching as Harper is taken backstage, with a determined look on her face which shows that she’s more than ready for her Universal Women’s Championship match at Midsummer Massacre. From there, Voltage begins to fade away from ringside.)

(Sunday Night Voltage fades into the backstage area a few minutes before the opening match for today would start, The Ice Aces versus The Prescription. In that moment, one-half of the teams competing were seen walking down the hallways as the camera focused on both Dr. Bethany Blue and Sheridan Müller head towards the ring completely ready. When all of the sudden, as they turn the corner, in their way is Sofia Clarke who stands alongside a cameraman with a microphone in her hand, obviously ready to ask questions.)

Sofia Clarke: Hey there ladies! Sorry for interrupting your walk towards the ring, but it is important that we get your words after what happened a few days ago. To recap, on Friday Night Dynasty while the current Unified Tag Team Champions, the Off-Brand Amphetamines, were talking in the ring, you attacked them and stood tall with their Championships raised up in the air. Then later on the night, The Prescription were declared to be the next challengers for the Championships, jumping the line ahead of Bulletstorm, SOSA Henderson and Aurora Monroe. What are your thoughts on this situation as a whole, considering the fact that Bulletstorm are less than happy about the news?

(Sheridan and Bethany glance at each other in silence before they shrug their shoulders at the same time.)

Dr. Bethany Blue: I know with the new Season and Disney arriving, the extreme aspect and the vulgar language of EAW has either died down or been taken out completely. But I’m sure it is very clear what our thoughts are on all of this, or do we have to spell it out like we’re in Sesame Street?

Sheridan Müller: It’s like one of the sayings that you say around here, the early bird catches the worm. We’re not bothered about what other people think or how the Off-Brand Amphetamines felt after we attacked them and how Bulletstorm felt after we got to the opportunity first. If anyone got their feelings hurt… then too bad, we don’t really care about that.

Dr. Bethany Blue: Let me speak clearly to everyone listening in right now, I said one thing, and one thing only last week on Voltage. That was that I was set out to become one of the greatest to ever do it in this industry, and I showed that. Even though I stumbled along the way a few times, I still took the entirety of EAW by storm, and I made my message clear when I won the Empress of Elite. Then after that, without wasting any time, I laid out my foundations for this Season and the next steps in the career of Dr. Bethany Blue. The first being the Universal Women’s Championship, because even though the crown looks gorgeous on my head, that Championship would look a heck of a lot better around my waist. And the other step I wanted to take was to become a Unified Tag Team Champion. I tried once to do that in Season 14 but I sadly failed, and now with a clearer mindset and a better partner, I’m more than ready to take a stab at it one more time. I made my intentions to chase those titles perfectly clear on that day and when Sheridan joined me, we had a talk and made sure to strategize, and we both decided that we weren’t going to waste any time. So two days ago, when we saw Kirk Redwood and Solomon Stane acting like sitting ducks inside of that ring, we saw a perfect opportunity to interrupt their little talk and make a statement at their expense. A Sherplex and a Code Blue later, and your Unified Tag Team Champions were laid out in the ground while we stood tall in the end. Call that a preview.

Sheridan Müller: We have heard some unbelievable statements after me and Bethany first teamed up, about how we wouldn’t be able to be an effective team because of the altercations that we had when we first met. And yes, it’s true that we let all of our frustrations out when we fought in the ring. But at the height of those altercations and in their ugliest, I invited this woman to my house and drank kombucha with her because we are women with a lot of respect for each other and this sport. Even with those differences, we co-existed and beat a team that just so happened to involve one of your current Unified Tag Team Champions, because we both have the same objective of becoming one of the greatest wrestlers of today and the two top women in EAW. So we decided to work together to accomplish our goals. I decided to come back to EAW to continue chasing that dream, of making my nation proud and to be able to see other people hold my name alongside the other great wrestlers in the upper echelon of EAW. I will hold a World Championship someday, but for right now, all I want is to hold those Unified Tag Team Championships alongside my partner here. Bulletstorm is a great team themselves, no doubt, as it is made up of Aurora Monroe, a great rookie with a lot of potential, and SOSA Henderson, a former World Champion that I was able to fight in the ring before on Dynasty. Despite that, they can get angry all they want, but right now it’s our time to show what we can do. And tonight, The Prescription will showcase the chemistry that we have as a team when we defeat the two women that failed to beat the Off-Brand Amphetamines back at Pain for Pride.

Dr. Bethany Blue: And after we are through with them, we are going to accomplish what we already stated. Then by the end of all of this, who are going to be the Unified Tag Team Champions? Don’t worry, for all the little kids watching, I can spell it out for you. The Prescription, German Efficiency and the E.O-

???: ( off-mic ) How dare you say that!

(Suddenly, a female voice is heard ringing throughout the hallway. The Off-Brand Amphetamines are seen entering into the shot alongside Trixie Stane, who was the one who interrupted them. Boos rang out when they made their presence known, yet meanwhile Sheridan could only look unimpressed while Bethany was more annoyed than anything because they interrupted her during her catchphrase.)

Trixie Stane: Not so fun now when you’re the ones being interrupted, huh? Only we have the decency to not kick you in the face right about now and slam you onto the floor!

(The Off-Brand Amphetamines were clearly not happy about what happened on Dynasty, but Trixie was the one who was the angriest considering she got caught in the crossfire and attacked despite not being a wrestler. Solomon steps up, calming down his wife and taking the lead of the conversation as he spoke up.)

Solomon Stane: I think my wife has made it pretty clear that we’re pissed off about what happened on Dynasty. You attacked us at our weakest, but hey, I can understand completely. You see, the life of a wrestler is a dangerous one when there’s a hyena around every corner gunning for you, and due to how we have the gold around our waists, of course the biggest ones would come running right at us. I do think this whole situation is a little interesting, that the Doctor over there who won a vicious tournament to crown herself the Empress of Elite, and basically has a World Championship shot in her back pocket… would come straight for us and the Tag Titles along with Sheridan Müller. I can understand that too, because when you go fishing, you won’t be content with getting a small one, you will go for the biggest one you can, and of course, we will get big targets on our back in the process. We were never the popular choice to win these belts, we never denied that, but even then we shocked the world and took them from the grasps of The Haircare Kings. And even though we’ve had a few setbacks, we have done a great job at handling business so far.

Kirk Redwood: They continue to doubt what we as OBA have been able to do, who we have been able to knock down, and all the lesser people who thought we wouldn’t succeed at Battle of Egypt? We succeeded despite them, and ruined whatever predictions they had against us. Even then, at Pain for Pride, they thought that the Ice Aces would finally win and make their dreams come true. All before we stomped those dreams dead and we retained. Once more, we are going to continue dominating this whole tag team division. But hey, I won’t ignore what kind of opponents we’re facing this time, it isn’t your usual run of the mill wrestler you encounter. We are talking about Sheridan Müller and Dr. Bethany Blue, they have been former Champions of their own and they have succeeded on their own in prestigious tournaments, I can’t really deny the impact that you two have had on this company. You are interesting challengers, because once we defeat you, no one will be able to point their fingers at us and say that OBA aren’t deserving of these championships.

(Sheridan and Bethany are pretty tired of hearing Kirk and Solomon talk to them like this, so of course, they don’t stay quiet at all.)

Sheridan Müller: Honestly, I truly wonder sometimes… I really wonder about how you two can live with such delusion inside of your heads. That you can go and say all of this to us and believe that we’ll step down and cower back in fear, and if you really do believe that, then I wonder as well how you can continue living in this life full of lies. You’re truly doubting us, two women that have gone through thick-and-thin and every obstacle that was set on their paths. Two women who have bounced back every single time and came out looking stronger than before, you are doubting that kind of team? You want to not take us seriously? You think we don’t stand a chance against the two of you? I am a woman who is willing to do whatever it takes to become a supreme athlete and a great ambassador for her country, and you want to doubt that kind of woman? Seriously Bethany, I think I’m having deja vu right now.

Dr. Bethany Blue: I’m having one as well Sheridan, because we encountered just this kind of thing when we teamed up the first time, and look, Solomon Stane just happens to be here again! And Johnny Andrews- Oh, my apologies, a uglier and nastier Johnny Andrews! It is still the same desperate Solomon who wants to carry himself high up in the air but just won’t be able to do it, and of course you’ll try once again just like last time. You’ll try to use our names and push yourself up even higher than those standards you put for yourself. Too bad it won’t happen, and too sad that you’ll have to backtrack and do it all again when we take your Championships away. You want to know why I am challenging you for your Championships despite having a World Championship shot? Because I CAN! With the kind of partnership that is The Prescription, the kind of partnership that has been created, no one will be ready for how unstoppable it can truly be. The Off-Brand Amphetamines have an expiration date, and that date is when we take those Championships. Seriously, don’t even get me started on how one of you is an active alcoholic, I can give you a rundown on what drinking alcohol can do to the body and especially the brain, but we have a match just about now, we invite you to watch it.

Dr. Bethany Blue: And oh, one last thing, E.O.E!

(Bethany and Sheridan then make their leave through the hallway while an unhappy Solomon, Kirk, and Trixie watch on. Once more, Sunday Night Voltage fades away back to ringside for the opening match to start.)

(The camera cuts to Bella Braxton in the ring.)

Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen the following contest is a tag te-

(‘People are Strange’ by The Dead South hits to loud boos as The Off-Brand Amphetamines accompanied by Trixie Stane make their way out to the ring.)

James Peters: Oh. What are they doing out here??? I know what Dr. Bethany Blue and Sheridan Müller said, but I didn’t think they’d actually show up!

Persephone: I guess we will be having some spectators join us at ringside for this match.

Rich Russillo: Well I guess that is fine as long as they don’t interfere. The Prescription did give them that invitation after all!

(The lights go out, and “Enemy” by Sevendust hits to loud boos from the crowd. Dr. Bethany Blue is the first to be out at the stage as the lights return, and Sheridan Müller follows behind with a smirk on her face. From there, the newly formed duo begin to make their way to the ring, both looking confident in their abilities to pick up the victory, as while they may be a new tag team, they’re both two incredibly talented and well accomplished individuals.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first they are the tag team of Dr. Bethany Blue and Sheridan Muller… THE PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRESCRIPTION!!!!!

James Peters: It looks like The Prescription is wary of the presence of the Off-Brand Amphetamines here at ringside.

Persephone: We have a packed house out here tonight and I’m not just talking about the fans.

Rich Russillo: Definitely going to be a lot of people out here at ringside before all is said and done. Assuming the Champions don’t get involved though, we should be getting treated to a fantastic match tonight.

(The Idol Formerly Known as LADYBABY – ‘Pinky! Pinky!’ hits as the crowd cheers loudly. Usagi Senshi makes her way out to the ring first followed slowly from behind by Ayu Megumi. Both Elitists look prepared for this match, although seemingly in their own ways judging by the new route the Ice Aces have taken
this season.)

Bella Braxton: And their opponents they are the tag team of Usagi Senshi and Ayu Megumi… THE ICE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Persephone: Usagi Senshi looks ready for action here tonight and it’s a good thing too because apparently she wins all of the matches for this tag team.

Rich Russillo: That’s not how tag team wrestling works of course. It is a team effort, and if they don’t properly work together like they did in the past, they may screw themselves over against two of Voltage’s best.

James Peters: Well we will see here tonight what happens because I am sure that both members will be putting in their all to win the match for the Ice Aces and all of their great fans here tonight in Uruguay.

(DING! DING! DING!)

Persephone: We are underway which is great!!! 😃 !!! And Sheridan Muller starts things off by surprising Usagi Senshi with a running forearm smash and I guess those two are going to be starting things off. The bell has rung and the match has begun! Sheridan now stomping away at her opponent on the mat. Sheridan not doing anything particularly fancy here this is just a good old fashioned generic beatdown. Very efficient indeed. Usagi back up on her knees as Sheridan rains down punches right to her face as this match has started off as basically a mugging to the distress of Ayu Megumi in the corner and the supporters of the Ice Aces at ringside.

Rich Russillo: Usagi Senshi back up as Sheridan Müller yanks her by the arm and whips her hard across the ring running across to the other side. No! Usagi manages to reverse it and whips Sheridan across instead! Sheridan comes charging back with a Running Shoulder Tackle but Usagi catches her in midair and drops her on her face with an elevated Flapjack! Sheridan goes down holding her face in pain. But Usagi quickly grabs the arm of Sheridan, wrenching her back up to her feet and into a standing armbar. Usagi drags Sheridan back into the corner and makes a tag in to Ayu Megumi. Megumi enters the ring and grabs the arm of Sheridan wrenching it around before kicking her hard in the gut. The Ice Aces have taken control of this match as Megumi comes off the middle rope dropping an Axe Handle across the back of Müller dropping her in the middle of the ring as Dr. Bethany Blue watches on from the corner.

James Peters: Ayu Megumi with a hard kick to the gut of Sheridan Müller as she rises back up to her feet. Müller sprawled across the mat but Megumi gets right back at her yanking on that arm… but she yanks Sheridan right into her as Müller comes flying towards Megumi with a hard punch to the face knocking her down on her back with one hit! Müller quickly backs off into her corner making the tag in to Dr. Bethany Blue who rushes the ring as Megumi is already back up on her feet awaiting her opponent. Bethany charges in and lands a kick to the midsection, and now Dr. Bethany Blue looks for a suplex, but Ayu brings herself back down before backpedaling into the corner, tagging in Usagi!

Persephone: Ayu Megumi yanks the arm of Dr. Bethany Blue pulling her right back up and she eats a kick to the gut from the entering Usagi Senshi. Senshi drags the arm of Bethany up over the top of her own shoulder and begins to yank hard slamming the arm down hard over her shoulder possibly trying to dislocate it but regardless the damage is being done. Hard arm yanking from Usagi who tags in Ayu Megumi back into the ring. Usagi traps Bethany in the corner as they double team her with strikes before dragging her forward… DOUBLE TEAM FLAPJACK RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!!! Usagi slides out of the ring as Ayu Megumi goes in for the first cover of the match!

Referee: OOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: T-

Rich Russillo: Kickout by Dr. Bethany Blue! Ayu Megumi runs the ropes… Springboard Moonsault off the middle ropes comes crashing down on the midsection of Bethany. Perhaps she reconsiders kicking out now as that looked pretty painful. Took the wind out of her most definitely. Another cover!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

James Peters: But Dr. Bethany Blue kicks out even faster this time! Bethany with almost a second wind as she is right back on up to her feet only to be quickly dragged right back down with a swift Arm Drag from Megumi. Megumi applies the armbar again. But Bethany is fighting back up to her feet! Bethany manages to regain her footing and uses her other arm to haul off with a hard forearm to the face of Megumi breaking the hold. But Megumi fires right on back with a forearm of her own! And another and another! Megumi battering the skull of Bethany back up against the ropes. Irish Whip! No! Bethany reverses! Megumi off the ropes! Megumi tries to take Bethany’s head off with a Clothesline, but Dr. Bethany Blue ducks it as Ayu bounces off of the ropes!

Persephone: Spinning Back Elbow to the head from Dr. Bethany Blue takes Ayu Megumi down to the mat! Megumi pulls herself up in the corner… Bethany comes charging in with a Running Stinger Splash into the corner crushing the opponent real quick! Bethany with a hard shove to the chest of Megumi knocking her down in the corner before stomping a mudhole in her in the corner. Megumi is trapped as Bethany kicks her under the bottom rope to the outside as Megumi tries to crawl away to escape Bethany’s kicks. But Bethany just follows her opponent to the outside standing over Megumi who lies on the outside motionless. Bethany quickly yanks the hair of Megumi before forcing her up and back up into the ring.

Rich Russillo: Dr. Bethany Blue slides back into the ring herself as Ayu Megumi staggers back to her feet. Hard kick to the gut delivered by Bethany to the gut of Megumi. Snap Suplex across the ring as Megumi strains her back in pain from that maneuver. Bethany slides back around into the quick cover.

Referee: ONNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO-

James Peters: Not even a two count there as Ayu Megumi quickly kicks out. Dr. Bethany Blue shoves her hand right into the face of Megumi! Possibly going for the Mandible Claw here? No just a hard shove as she attacks the jaw of her opponent while also doing some damage. Bethany kicks at Megumi before shoving her back under the ropes to the outside. Megumi falls to the outside with a thud as Bethany is clearly declaring her dominance here. The referee begins the ten count!

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT!

Persephone: Ayu Megumi is stirring on the floor and Dr. Bethany Blue rolls out to the apron, restarting the count, before looking to go after Megumi and slams her head first into the ring apron. The hardest part of the ring! Bethany then slams her head first into the announce desk!

Rich Russillo: Dr. Bethany Blue hits a Snap Suplex to Ayu Megumi on the floor! Bethany then tosses Megumi right back into the ring before making the tag in to Sheridan Müller. Sheridan now back in the ring and Megumi is at her mercy! Sheridan pummeling Megumi into the corner but Megumi dodges and Sheridan punches the turnbuckle padding! Megumi leaps off the middle ropes and swings around grabbing the head of Sheridan and dropping her down into a Facebuster! This could be Megumi’s chance to make the tag in to Usagi Senshi her Ice Aces tag team partner!!! Usagi wants the tag! Megumi is on her way there can she get there before Sheridan manages to recover?!?!? Megumi leaps through the air! Sheridan grabs the leg!!! No!!!!!

James Peters: Ayu Megumi tags Usagi Senshi back in!!! Sheridan Müller lost her grip on the leg and Megumi lunged for the tag! Here comes Usagi! Usagi ducks a Clothesline from Sheridan and runs off the ropes! Usagi with a hard punch to the face of Dr. Bethany Blue in the corner knocking her off the apron! Sheridan comes charging into the corner… but Usagi lifts her up and drops her face first onto the turnbuckle padding! Usagi now with full momentum behind her as she runs off the ropes!!! Running Dropkick connects to the chest of Sheridan knocking her to her back on the mat and Sheridan is down! Usagi with a Running Baseball Slide knocking Dr. Bethany Blue down on the outside of the ring before using the ropes to spin herself back around into the ring! Usagi is cleaning house and taking out both of her opponents single handedly but you have to imagine that Ayu Megumi did the heavy lifting of wearing them out first!

Persephone: That is why they are a tag team Rich! It takes two 😀! Back in the ring now and Usagi Senshi takes down Sheridan Müller with a Running Clothesline. No wait! Sheridan hoists Usagi up onto her shoulders… Samoan Drop!!! No! Usagi slips off of the shoulders… but Sheridan out of nowhere with a Superkick right to the face of Usagi! Usagi just got her head taken off her shoulders as she flies back several feet collapsing onto the mat. Sheridan pulls her back up and whips her across the ring. But Usagi leaps up to the middle rope… Flying Crossbody off the middle rope connects onto Sheridan! Usagi makes the tag in to Ayu Megumi who comes off the top rope onto Sheridan with a Flying Moonsault!!! She gets all of it before pulling Sheridan up and hooking her neck… EVENFLOW DDT CONNECTS!!! THE COVER FROM MEGUMI!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Rich Russillo: Sheridan Müller somehow gets the shoulder up before three! Ayu Megumi not about to let up though as she comes off the middle rope yet again with a Diving Forearm Smash to the face of Sheridan who has been taking quite of a bit of damage herself in this match which is unsual compared to the dominant performances we have come to expect from her! Megumi grabs the head of Sheridan and begins to repeatedly bash her head into the turnbuckle padding and Megumi has come unhinged. But Sheridan with a hard back elbow sends Megumi flying back into the ring. Sheridan comes into the ring and connects with a hard slap to the face of Megumi as she spits on the mat from the force of that hit across the face. Sheridan charges in with a Running Forearm knocking Megumi neck first laying across the middle ropes. Sheridan now choking her opponent out as Megumi gasps for air desperately.

James Peters: Sheridan Müller then runs across the ropes to the opposite side before charging in connecting with a Running Seated Splash to the back of Ayu Megumi’s neck across the middle ropes. That looks painful as Sheridan throws Megumi off the ropes to the mat and goes for the pin.

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Persephone: Good she kicked out. That means more match. More match means more happiness! 😃 Sheridan Müller not giving up the assault as she grabs Ayu Megumi and traps her in an old fashioned bearhug. If Megumi still has the life to kick out then I guess she will have to squeeze the life out of her.

James Peters: Ayu Megumi is fighting back with repeated elbow shots to the top of Sheridan Müller’s skull… But Müller now charging in sending Megumi back first into the turnbuckle! But Megumi leaps off the turnbuckle spinning around driving Müller head first with a Tornado DDT to the mat! No! Müller held on and rolled out of it! Both competitors back up… SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! MEGUMI JUST CHARGED HEADFIRST INTO THE GUT OF MÜLLER TAKING HER DOWN AS SHE IS SPRAWLED ACROSS THE CANVAS!!! MEGUMI GETS THE ARM OVER Müller AS THE REFEREE SLIDES TO MAKE THE COUNT!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Persephone: Sheridan Müller manages to kickout! Ayu Megumi lurks behind her as she slowly recovers and rolls her up with a School Girl pin!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Rich Russillo: Sheridan Müller kicks out again as Ayu Megumi nearly stole it there! Megumi runs to her corner and tags Usagi Senshi back in. Usagi coming through as she punches Sheridan hard in the face! Sheridan responds with one of her own as they are trading blows in the ring! Sheridan gains the advantage as Megumi falls back into the corner. Sheridan charges in goring into the midsection of Megumi with repeated shoulder thrusts! Sheridan is really laying that damage on fiercely towards Megumi who can only stand there and take it! Sheridan yanks Megumi out of the corner and whips her around in a 360 degree fashion… before throwing Megumi shoulder first through the middle ropes directly into the metal turnbuckle post on the outside! I heard a cracking noise! I wonder if that was the LED on our ring post or if it was Megumi’s shoulder! Both will be very expensive to fix!

James Peters: Sheridan Müller throws Ayu Megumi out into the middle of the ring but doesn’t go for the cover! Instead she mounts on top of her and continues to rain down punches just pummeling away at her opponent. Sheridan may have already had this match won but she is making one hundred percent sure that Megumi is finished here tonight! Müller yanks Megumi back up and throws her back with an elevated German Suplex! Sheridan hangs onto the waist and rolls back up! Another German Suplex! But Sheridan isn’t done yet as she hangs on! She completes the trilogy of German Suplexes as Megumi is motionless in the ring and Sheridan now mercifully goes for the cover!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Persephone: But Usagi Senshi off the top rope with a Flying Elbow Drop to break up the pinfall! I really think Sheridan Müller would have had the match won there! I don’t think that Ayu Megumi was going to be kicking out! I guess we will never know as the referee now ordering Usagi to get out of the ring which she does so after a Running Clothesline over the top rope from Dr. Bethany Blue who then slides out of the ring and picks her up for a Powerslam on the outside before returning to her own corner.

Rich Russillo: I am honestly impressed that with Kirk, Solomon, and Trixie all at ringside there hasn’t been any interference so far in the match. Hopefully I am not jinxing it by saying that but usually that is how things go.

Persephone: It must be the influence of our great leaders at Disney! With them around we have a family friendly environment where everyone plays by the rules and I could not love it anymore!!!

James Peters: The Off-Brand Amphetamines are just watching on in this epic clash between the Ice Aces and the Prescription and maybe they are just here to enjoy things the same as the rest of us. This is a true classic tag team contest indeed.

Persephone: Ayu Megumi is really taking a beating and maybe Usagi Senshi is correct about being the one carrying the team and winning all their matches single handedly.

Rich Russillo: I’m not sure that is what she said… but there does seem to be a lot of motivation on Ayu Megumi’s part this week to do her part. Just like that Ayu Megumi is getting back up and you can tell that Usagi Senshi is impressed with her resilience but at the same time is extending her hand out offering the tag. But Megumi does not take it! That might not have been a wise move as she begins to throw heavy punches right to the face of Sheridan Müller. Megumi is fighting back! But Sheridan with a Spinning Backhand Slap to the face of Megumi drops her to her knees! And a Buzzsaw Kick to the skull from Müller and that may have been all she wrote for Megumi!!

James Peters: No! Megumi ducked beneath! Ayu Megumi back up and she is rocking Sheridan Müller with repeated punches to the face! Sheridan comes back off the ropes but Megumi catches her and throws her up high into the air!!! Flapjack from Megumi connects! Sheridan slowly back up to her feet but Megumi is waiting for her! ETHEREAL BLADE!!! THE CLAYMORE KICK CONNECTS AS MEGUMI COMES ACROSS THE RING WITH ALL HER FORCE!!! CAN SHE MAKE THE COVER?!?!?!

Persephone: But Usagi Senshi tags herself in! Usagi said that she wants to finish this and it looks like Ayu nodded her head in acceptance, but all of that talking bought Sheridan time to start stirring. Usagi Senshi pulls Sheridan Müller back up and hooks the ar-

Rich Russillo: No! Sheridan Müller breaks free and hits Usagi Senshi with a right hand! Sheridan falls back to her corner as Dr. Bethany Blue comes into the ring. Sheridan now grabbing Usagi and sending her right towards Dr. Bethany Blue, who quickly grabs Usagi and sets her up!

James Peters: DR. BETHANY BLUE CONNECTS WITH THE WHIPLASH ON USAGI SENSHI!!! BETHANY TO THE COVER!!!

Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Referee: TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Referee: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Bella Braxton: Here are your winners… THE PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRESCRIPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Dr. Bethany Blue pulls herself up to her feet while Sheridan Müller enters into the ring as well. The two of them look towards one another with mirroring grins before the referee makes their way over and raises their hands high into the air. At ringside, The Off-Brand Amphetamines and Trixie Stane look disappointed at what they’ve seen, already beginning to pack up and leave before the celebration happens. Meanwhile, Ayu Megumi is seen pulling a semi-conscious Usagi Senshi out of the ring while backpedaling to the backstage area up the ramp, all while The Prescription celebrate their victory.)

Persephone: What a match that we’ve just witnessed tonight! 😀 Did it for you Rick!

Rich Russillo: :yikes: But I share the same sentiment. The Ice Aces stepped up to the plate in our opening match and went up against two of Voltage’s best, but in the end their efforts weren’t enough as the team of The Prescription ahead of their Unified Tag Team Championship bout came out victorious and you can tell with what’s happening right now with OBA and their reaction to what’s happening that tensions are high-

James Peters: YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN! FROM BEHIND! KIRK JUST SAID SCREW IT AT RINGSIDE AND SLID INTO THE RING BEFORE SMASHING HIS CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST THE SKULL OF BETHANY! SOLOMON IS FORCED TO GIVE HIS PARTNER A HAND SLIDING IN AND TACKLING SHERIDAN DOWN TO THE GROUND BEFORE SHE CAN RESPOND! AND NOW THE UNIFIED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS ARE LAYING INTO THEIR FUTURE CHALLENGERS TONIGHT!

Rich Russillo: SHERIDAN SHOVES SOLOMON AWAY WHILE BETHANY CLUTCHES AT THE ROPES AND PULLS HERSELF AWAY AS WELL! BUT SOLOMON PULLS SHERIDAN UP BEFORE LAUNCHING HER INTO THE CORNER WHILE KIRK KEEPS BETHANY DOWN ON THE GROUND BY REPEATEDLY BOOTING HER! SHERIDAN NAILS SOLOMON WITH A PUNCH BEFORE RUNNING FORWARD- BUT SOLOMON SCOOPS HER OFF OF THE GROUND AND DROPS HER DOWN WITH KEY OF SOLOMON!

James Peters: SOLOMON NOW TURNS TO HELP OUT HIS TAG TEAM PARTNER, WITH KIRK SEEING THAT AND BRINGING BETHANY BACK UP… END OF THE RAINBOW! X-PLEX INTO A BACKSTABBER LAYS OUT THE EMPRESS OF ELITE! AND THE OFF-BRAND AMPHETAMINES STAND TALL!

(Trixie rolls into the ring before handing the two Champions their titles, Kirk and Solomon raising them high into the air while the crowd gives a not so pleasant reaction in response. It’s the last shot seen before Sunday Night Voltage fades to black.)

(Promotional ad for Midsummer Massacre, coming July 30th.)

(Voltage fades to backstage and towards the office of Captain Charisma, he was fixing a few things around his office as he waited for the people that he called to give them a small announcement. He was still trying to get used to all of the changes that EAW has been going through and especially the Voltage brand, he has been used to the chaos and the reputation that Voltage has had as being one of the most extreme brands on EAW, so seeing what he was used to be completely flipped upside down, it was weird, extremely weird you could say. Maybe this change of pace could make the chaos he always goes through on his job die down…oh, who was he kidding? It was probably getting worse. Just in that moment, he heard someone knocking on the door.)

Captain Charisma: You can come in!

(The door opened slowly and the person who stood behind the door was none other than Ayu Megumi, she was in her ring gear but it was clear on her face that she was tired, she just had her match after all and considering that she was getting called once more by one of the higher ups didn’t make her mood any more better.)

Captain Charisma: Hey Ayu, it is good to see you-

Ayu Megumi: Please Captain Charisma, skip the nice intros, what did I do now?

Captain Charisma: Whoa, if you are wondering why I called you then I just want to let you know it isn’t because of what Eden told you last week, it is a completely different thing that I am sure you would like to hear, I invited other people for this announcement. We will have to wait so if you would like, you can sit down.

(Ayu didn’t say anything else as she walked inside and closed the door behind her, she went to sit down in one of the chairs and crossed her arms. The two stayed in silence for a few minutes and the awkwardness started to build up as it was clear Captain Charisma couldn’t really ignore the giant elephant in the room.)

Captain Charisma: Look, Ayu, I know it is just recently that we have met but after seeing what you had to go through and how the Ice Aces have been doing, I can’t ignore having a talk with you about it.

Ayu Megumi: Captain Charisma…

Captain Charisma: Hey, with my hands up in the air right now, I am still Captain Charisma, the Commissioner of Voltage, Matt Daniels, whatever name you want to give me, everyone has had to go through the recent changes EAW is going through, but I haven’t been suddenly replaced by a robot. There is a big reason I drafted the Ice Aces to Voltage, it is the same reason as I did for everybody else, because I want to make Voltage the best brand there is, and for that to become true, I drafted who I believe are the best of the best and who have the potential to be that, I care about my brand and the Elitists that form part of it, so if there is anything you believe needs to be let out or say anything bad that is happening to you, you can say it to me, alright?

(A frown appeared on Ayu’s face as she heard, slowly shaking her head in response.)

Ayu Megumi: I can understand you worrying about my situation Captain Charisma, but it has been so incredibly annoying that everyone I am meeting or wrestling suddenly thinks they can act like a psychiatrist and say what is wrong with me. They continue to get in my personal business without my permission and continue to blow things out of proportion when I am simply trying to change for the better, last Season didn’t end so well for me and I want to redeem that, everyone underestimated me as an innocent idiot and I don’t want to keep being called that, there is nothing wrong with this change and Usagi has been simply trying to help me become a better wrestler, I don’t know what everybody is saying, but my relationship isn’t abusive nor one sided, we are simply not going to step down and let people walk over us, the Ice Aces just want to succeed.

(Captain Charisma stood in silence, not entirely convinced with what he heard, but he could understand it was a very personal situation.)

Captain Charisma: Well alright, I can understand that it is your personal business, and I won’t push the conversation further than that. But if you ever need any help or someone to talk to, my door is always open.

(At that exact moment, knocking can be heard once more as Captain Charisma turned to the door.)

Captain Charisma: The door is open, you can come in as well.

(The door opened quickly and the woman standing in the doorway was Haruka Kashimashi, who was in her ring gear as well considering that her match was going to happen in a few minutes.)

Haruka Kashimashi: Hey there Captain Charisma!

Captain Charisma: Haruka, good to see you too. I can’t quite tell you what is happening yet since we have to wait for one more person so take a chair if you want to.

(Well, there was only one chair left in the room so Haruka went to sit down next to Ayu and as Haruka saw Ayu was there, of course she got excited when seeing her.)

Haruka Kashimashi: Hey there Ayu-chan!

(Ayu simply turned over in silence and gave a small glare when she heard that as Haruka sat there confused.)

Haruka Kashimashi: Did you not sleep well or something? It really looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Ayu Megumi: I just had a match, what do you think happened?

Haruka Kashimashi: Ok, yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense, but seriously Ayu, is everything alright?

Ayu Megumi: I don’t want to talk about it.

(Haruka was clearly not happy when hearing that answer, she knew that something happened and she wanted to know what was going on but before she could say anything else, the door suddenly swung open. In the doorway stood Halsey Neel as she was wearing a more relaxed outfit considering she wasn’t wrestling today. Halsey has been completely focused on making a name for herself ever since she arrived at EAW, and she clearly didn’t waste any time when she heard that Captain Charisma was calling for her.)

Halsey Neel: You called, Captain?

Captain Charisma: You best believe I did! Now, there was supposed to be one more person to arrive and that was Kylie Grace but unfortunately due to the…comment she made in one of her videos, Eden made her take sensitivity training and she has been sent home for the week, so I will give her the information later. But the announcement that I called you for is simple and one that I am sure you will all like. On August 7th, Ayu Megumi, Haruka Kashimashi, Halsey Neel and Kylie Grace will take on each other in a fatal four way match to determine who will face the winner of Serenity Valdez versus Diamond Dixon and fight for the Specialists Championship!

(The three were pretty shocked when hearing those words from Captain Charisma, it was an amazing opportunity to fight for the Specialists Championship and it is an opportunity that all women want to achieve after the hard work they have been able to put up. After hearing that announcement, Ayu’s bad mood was gone and there was a lot of determination on her expression as she stood up and turned to talk to Haruka and Halsey.)

Ayu Megumi: I want you all to consider now that we are basically enemies going forward and all of us want to achieve that championship opportunity, but there is no way I can’t afford continuing to fail and disappoint everyone, I want to succeed. After having to suffer another loss in our objective to win the Unified Tag Team Championships, I knew something had to be done so my luck could turn around, I don’t want to continue being mocked for who I was or what has been happening with me, I am tired of people continuing to walk over me and I am not going to let it happen anymore! I want to win this opportunity so that I can make the people who I hold close happy. This is my chance to prove to Usagi that I am changing for the better. If you think you are fighting the Ayu Megumi from last season, then you are wrong to think that way. If you think I am still a loser who does nothing of importance, I’ll show you wrong in that ring.

(Ayu looked around at the two of them, not willing to step down and lose this opportunity. But she turned to see Haruka getting up to her feet as well as she responded to Ayu.)

Haruka Kashimashi: Ayu, I can understand where you are coming from, and really, I can relate to that situation, last Season I didn’t have the performance I imagined I would have, I wanted to succeed, I wanted to turn heads when I went out there and showed my skills to the world during the Iconic Cup tournament. But I failed and I had to continue going. And I thought I would be able to win again, I thought I would be able to succeed in the 24/7 Battle Royale, and despite how hard I worked, I still failed. But with those kinds of setbacks am I going to give up? No, not at all, I can understand your frustrations when it comes to the progress your career in EAW has been, but if you want to truly turn things around and make people take you seriously, then you are going to have to knock me down in the process. After having that bad performance in my first months here, I am not willing to let people remember me for that. I want to be remembered as the woman who was able to win the fatal four way match and then go on to become Specialists Champion; as the woman who was able to turn it all around. I really want that to happen for myself and I will do anything to make it happen.

(Haruka showed a lot of fire in response to what Ayu said, wanting to win the opportunity just as bad as her but there was a third woman in the room. Halsey Neel cleared her throat and raised her voice to get the attention of the other two.)

Halsey Neel: Wow, look at you two go, all of these speeches you two are saying are indeed cute, I am not going to lie, it warms my cold heart. But as you continue to cut these inspirational speeches, let me stop you before you go on any longer and bore everybody to death, because you two are forgetting that Halsey Neel is in this match as well. I am not totally cruel, I can understand what you two are saying, having to fail and continue to walk forward carrying that weight, I have experienced that as well, the end of Season 15 didn’t fare well for me either and I have to right that wrong. I have the ability to pick myself back up and continue to get better from those losses, and that is the scariest ability a woman like me can have, that no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep me down. I am a woman who loves to fight and who gives it all out in the ring without fail, and while you two are giving your reasons as to why you want to win, the biggest mistake you can do is forget that I am here as well because I am someone who isn’t afraid of absolutely breaking the two of you. So don’t be surprised when we fight in that ring you all have your hands full…and your dreams shattered.

(And with that last sentence, Halsey turned her back on the rest of the people in the room and simply left through the door.)

Captain Charisma: Well, it is clear that the fierce competition in this match won’t be left out. I wish the rest of you good luck for the match!

(Ayu didn’t say anything at all, as she simply took her leave with a very focused expression on her face, not even turning to look at Haruka who was giving her a kind smile. Haruka stood there a bit confused when she saw Ayu leave abruptly, as she was still worried about what was happening with her but she couldn’t worry about it now, she had a match up next! She waved goodbye to Captain Charisma and she left as well as Voltage faded away to ringside.)

(Voltage fades back to ringside.)

Bella Braxton: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.. THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!…..

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!

(“CALLING” by Siam☆Dream plays as the crowd roars in appreciation for Haruka who makes her way out on the stage. She has a look of pure determination, determined to get revenge for what happened last week.)

Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING FIRST…FROM SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO….WEIGHING IN AT 128 POUNDS….SHE IS “THE PRODIGIOUS VALKYRIE”….HARUKKAAAAAA KASSHHIMMASSSHHHIIIIII!!!!!

James Peters: Someone with all the potential in the world and she’s shown it since she’s been here. You heard her last week, she’s ready to move on and take this season by storm. Her first step was likely making sure Oliver Taylor stopped collecting a paycheck. But…you know she’s fuming after what Sierra did to her last week. She is not about to let her make a name at her expense.

(Haruka’s theme dies out while warming up in her corner as “Spaceship II” by Alex Wiley, Chance The Rapper plays as the crowd boos Sierra Everett as she appears on the stage. She has that smile on her face, soaking in the negative reaction on her way to the ring.)

Bella Braxton: AND HER OPPONENT…FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA….WEIGHING IN AT 132 POUNDS…SHE IS “THE CROWN JEWEL”…SIERRAAA EVVERRETTTTTT!!!!

James Peters: Speaking of last week, this woman Sierra made a statement last week giving the rundown of who she is and what she’s all about, and what she is setting out to accomplish. She oozes charisma and a lot of arrogance. She’s been active quite a bit on social media, but tonight, we get the first taste of her inside the squared circle and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table.

Persephone: So is it a good thing or a bad thing her first opponent is the woman she made that statement on last week?

Rich Russillo: :lupe: I guess we’re about to find out.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

James Peters: And this one is underway…AND WHOA!! HARUKA RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE RUNS AND TAKES DOWN SIERRA!! HARUKA IS RELENTLESS IN HER ATTACK RIGHT NOW! SHE CERTAINLY HASN’T FORGOTTEN WHAT SIERRA PULLED ON HER LAST WEEK AND LETTING EVERYBODY KNOW SHE’S NOT ONE TO BE PUSHED AROUND!

Rich Russillo: The ref steps in and forces Haruka to back up as Sierra is in a seated position in the corner, but now she pulls herself up and shakes her head staring into the eyes if Haruka.

Persephone: Finally the match gets started after the referee restores a little bit of order. Haruka and Sierra circle the ring, waiting for the other to make the first move in this. And then both lock up in a collar and elbow tie-up! And Sierra looks to have control as she backs Haruka up into the corner, Sierra begins throwing elbows to the face before the referee steps in to create some separation.

Rich Russillo: Sierra back up into the opposite corner, and she runs as fast as she can and goes for a leaping splash in the corner – BUT HARUKA MOVES AT THE LAST SECOND! Sierra turns around and walks into a spinning lariat.. and then she stands and runs into a dropkick! That causes Sierra to roll under the rope on the apron… and here comes Haruka and she spears Sierra through the second rope and they both crash on the outside floor! Haruka seems to be holding her neck in some discomfort as she landed a bit odd on the head.

James Peters: Haruka picks Sierra up and tosses her back in the ring. Haruka hops up on the apron and goes to slingshot through the second rope – BUT SIERRA DELIVERS A SOCCER KICK RIGHT TO THE FACE! SIERRA FOLLOWS THAT UP…AND HITS AN ELEVATED DDT AS HARUKA HANGS FROM THE SECOND ROPE! AND SIERRA GOES FOR THE FIRST COVER IN THE MATCH!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

Persephone: And Sierra immediately goes back on the attack as she mounts on top of Haruka and rains down several shits to the head – BUT THEN HARUKA REVERSES AND NOW SHE RAINS DOWN FOREARM SHOTS AS SIERRA TRIES HER BEST TO COVER UP! Haruka stands and she’s in complete control as Sierra tries pulling herself up with the ropes.

Rich Russillo: Haruka runs at Sierra – BUT SIERRA COUNTERS WITH A BACK BODY DROP OVER THE TOP ROPE! BUT HARUKA LANDED ON THE APRON AND SHE QUICKLY RUNS UP THE TOP TOPE AS SIERRA IS COMPLETELY UNAWARE BEFORE TURNING AROUND – AND HARUKA DELIVERS THE CROSSBODY TAKING DOWN SIERRA!! Sierra seems overwhelmed so far in her debut match.

James Peters: Haruka looks to keep the momentum going as she runs at Sierra in the corner – AND SHE HITS A LEAPING SPLASH OF HER OWN! SHE FOLLOWS THST UP WITH A HIP TOSS IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! HARUKA RUNS OFF THE ROPES AND LOOKS TO DRIVE HER KNEE INTO THE FACE – BUT SIERRA DUCKS IT, AND THEN HITS A JUMPING NECKBREAKER FROM BEHIND! Both women are down as Sierra begins to stir to her feet looking to pick Haruka up…but Haruka slaps the hands away and delivers several kicks to the lower body and body shots…AND THEN A HIGH KNEE ACROSS THE BRIDGE OF THE NOSE OF SIERRA BEFORE SIERRA WALKS INTO A SITOUR SCOOP SLAM! AND HARUKA GRABS THE LEG FOR THE COVER!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Persephone: The match continues as Sierra kicks out. 😀

Rich Russillo: Haruka right away picks Sierra up, but before she can do anything Sierra fights out of her grip with a shot to the midsection and then again – BEFORE DELIVERING A VICIOUS UPPERCUT TO THE JAW DRIVING HARUKA BACK! Sierra might have control back as…THEY BOTH RUN AT ON ANOTHER!

Persephone: AND HARUKA DELIVERS A HURRICANRANA TRANSITIONED INTO A CROSSFACE! WHAT A MANEUVER THERE FROM HARUKA AS SIERRA IS TRAPPED TRYING TO REACH OUT FOR THE BOTTOM ROPE! HARUKA IS MAKING SURE SHE DOESN’T THOUGH – BUT LOOK!! SIERRA REVERSES THE CROSSFACE INTO A PIN!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

James Peters: HARUKA IS FORCED TO LET GO! BOTH WOMEN RACE TO THEIR FEET NOW AND HARUKA RIGHT AWAY GOES FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK BUT SIERRA DUCKS IT AND LEAPS UP AND DRIVES HER KNEE INTO THE FACE OF HARUKA! HARUKA FALLS INTO THE CORNER..AND HERE COMES SIERRA WHO DRIVES BOTH KNEES INTO THE CHEST AT FULL SPEED AS HARUKA FALLS TO THE MAT, AND SIERRA GOES UP HIGH! WHAT IS SIERRA THINKING OF DOING?!

Rich Russillo: SIERRA GOES FOR AN ELEVATED FROG SPLASH!! BUT OH NO!! HARUKA GOT HER KNEES UP AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND! Haruka and Sierra are both down again and both crawl the opposite way of one another and gingerly make their way up to their feet, Sierra charges at Haruka first, BUT HARUJA LEAPFROGS OVER THE TOP IF HER AND SHE REBOUNDS OFF THE OPPOSITE ROPES…AND SIERRA DROPKICKS THE RIGHT KNEECAP OF HARUKA AS SHE FALLS DOWN TO A KNEE.. AND SIERRA RUNS OFF THE ROPES ONCE MORE – AND SHE HITS A HEADSCISSORS DDT SPIKING HARUKA’S HEAD INTO THE MAT AS SHE FLIPS HER OVER AND GOES FOR ANOTHER COVER!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!

Rich Russillo: HARUKA GETS HER SHOULDER UP! And now…SIERRA GRABS HER HEAD AND REPEATEDLY SLAMS IT DOWN TO THE MAT! Sierra picks her back up and gets her in a suplex position, BUT HARUKA BLOCKS IT WITH HER FOOT, AND SHE BEGINS FIGHTING BACK WITH SHOTS TO THE RIBS…AND THEN DELIVERS A SNAP SUPLEX OF HER OWN! Sierra holds her back in pain as she rises up, and turns around to face Haruka…WHO THEN HITS THE ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SKULL, AND SIERRA FALLS DOWN TO A KNEE NOT HAVING A CLUE WHERE SHE IS!

James Peters: HARUKA RUNS OFF THE ROPES – BUT SIERRA POPS UP AND…OH MY GOD – SIERRA DELIVERS A STANDING SPANISH FLY!! WHAT ATHLETICISM FROM THE YOUNG BLOOD AS SHE HOOKS THE INSIDE LEG FOR THE WIN!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEE!!!!

Persephone: HARUKA GETS HER SHOULDER UP AGAIN!! Sierra’s face shows a bit of frustration but she knows she can’t let up, and she knows that as she gets her up off the mat – AND SHE IS GOING FOR WHAT SHE CALLS “MOUNT EVERETT”!!!! THE SAME MOVE SHE DRILLED HARUKA WITH LAST WEEK – BUT HARUKA FIGHT BACK WITH REPETITIVE ELBOWS NOT ALLOWING HER TO EVEN TRY IT! AND THEN HARUKA HITS A BELLY BELLY SUPLEX – AND UH OH…HARUKA IMMEDIATELY TRANSITIONS INTO “TIEBREAKER!!!!!” SHE HOOKS BOTH ARMS AND LEAPS FORWARD AND THE SUBMISSION IS LOCKED IN DEEP, SIERRA MIGHT BE PANICKING AS SHE’S TRAPPED WITH NOWHERE TO GO!!

James Peters: AND SIERRA STRETCHES HER LOWER BODY AS FAR AS SHE CAN AS SHE JUST BARELY GETS HER FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE, AND HARUKA IS FORCED TO LET GO! She lets go not sure of what next to do to put Sierra away…but Haruka begins stomping the life out of Sierra, and Sierra manages to get to a vertical base….and Haruka is like a shark that smells blood in the water…AS HARUKA RUNS OFF THE ROPES AND GOES FOR “SUNKISSED RHODONITE!!!!!” BUT SIERRA CATCHES HER LEG JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME, AND THEN TAKES HER DOWN WITH A DRAGON SCREW! Momentum shifts going back and forth between these two.

Persephone: Momentum shifts! There’s nothing better than a match carrying on giving great entertainment. 😀

Rich Russillo: BUT SIERRA TRANSITIONS THAT INTO AN ANKLE LOCK AFTERWARDS! SIERRA TWISTING THAT ANKLE AS HARUKA SCREAMS TRYING TO REACH FOR THE BOTTOM ROPE! SHE IS GETTING CLOSER TO THE ROPES, SHE’S FINGERTIPS AWAY….BUT SIERRA DRAGS HER BACK TO THE CENTER OF THE RING! WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO? SIERRA IS SCREAMING AT HER TO TAP OUT – BUT OH MY!! HARUKA ROLLS THROUGH AND ROLLS UP SIERRA!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEE!!!!

Persephone: SIERRA ESCAPES JUST BARELY! AND BOTH WOMEN RACE TO THEIR FEET AND RUN INTO A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE ON ONE ANOTHER! BUT SIERRA GOES OVER THE BACK AND. LANDS BEHIND HARUKA…AND HITS REVERSE DDT DROPPING HARUKA ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD! And now… Sierra rolls under the rope and she begins to ascend up to the top rope, what does she have in mind? Sierra taunts on the top rope briefly before…..

James Peters: I THINK SHE’S GOING FOR WHAT SHE CALLS “THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS”!!!! SHE LEAPS GOING FOR THE STUNNER OFF THE TOP ROPE….AND IT CONNECTS!!! THE HOOK OF THE LEG ONCE MORE!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!!!

Persephone: The referee spots Haruka’s foot on the bottom rope. 😀

Rich Russillo: Sierra lets out a bit of frustration before standing back up. And she approaches Haruka grabbing her by the head – BUT HARUKA OUT OF NOWHERE DELIVERS AN ENZIGURI KICK TO THE HEAD, AND SIERRA IS STUNNED! AND VERY QUICKLY….HARUKA DELIVERS “SUNKISSED RHODONITE!!!!” THE PENALTY KICK! AND SIERRA IS IN DEEP TROUBLE AS HARUKA GINGERLY CLIMBS HER WAY UP TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! She didn’t go for the cover, instead opting to go for the exclamation point! AND SHE’S GOING FOR IT – “PRODIGIOUS LANDING!!!” PHOENIX SPLASH FROM THE TOP ROPE!!

James Peters: SIERRA MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!!!! SIERRA SOMEHOW HAD ENOUGH ENERGY TO SAVE HERSELF AT THE LAST MILLISECOND AS HARUKA CRASHES AND BURNS! Both women are down again as Sierra slowly pulls herself up, and she eyes Haruka on two knees…AND HERE SHE COMES – BUT HARUKA SIDESTEPS AND GOES FOR THE BACKSLIDE PIN – BUT SIERRA ROLLS THROUGH IT BACK TO HER FEET, AND TRIES TO KICK HARUKA WHILE ON HER KNEES…BUT HARUKA DUCKS IT AND QUICKLY TAKES HER DOWN WITH A SPINNING LEG SWEEP! HARUKA POPS BACK UP AND DROPS AN ELEVATED LEAPING ELBOW DROP TO THE HEART OF SIERRA – AND FOLLOWS THAT WITH A STANDING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE CHEST! HARUKA IS IN FULL CONTROL! AND NOW SIERRA IS IN A VULNERABLE POSITION..AND FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THIS MATCH – THE “”SUNKISSED RHODONITE”!!! IT FULLY CONNECTS AS HARUKA CRAWLS HOOKS THE OUTSIDE LEG!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!!!

James Peters: SIERRA SURVIVES AND GETS HER SHOULDER UP!! HARUKA IS IN DISBELIEF AS SHE AND EVERYONE ELSE LIKELY THOUGHT THAT WAS GONNA BE ENOUGH! Haruka thinks about what to do next to put this away, and she walks over to the corner and makes her way to the top rope! She already went for this once and it backfired. Will it connect this time?

Rich Russillo: BUT BEFORE SHE CAN DO ANYTHING, SIERRA DOESN’T GIVE HER THE CHANCE, USING HER RING AWARENESS AND ROLLING OUT OF THE RING! Smart move. And Haruka shakes her head while standing on the top rope, and she targets Sierra as Sierra stands on the outside…AND HARUKA LEAPS AND TAKES SIERRA OUT WITH A SENTON ON THE OUTSIDE!!! Haruka making lemonade with lemons as that wasn’t her original intent up there. Sierra looks out as Haruka slowly picks her up then tosses her back inside the ring. Hakura picks Sierra up, and she is about to – SIERRA OUT OF NOWHERE DROPS HAKURA TO THE MAT AND LOCKS IN THE FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! SHE CALLS THIS “SILENT HILL!!!!”

Persephone: SIERRA WRENCHING THAT ARM AS HARD AS SHE CAN, AND HAKURA TMREFUSING TO QUIT, BUT DIES SHE HAVE ANY CHOICE?! SIERRA THOUGH…HAKURA FLIPS THE PRESSITE AND NOW MOUNTS ON SIERRA AND THROWS REPETITIVE STRIKES TO HER PRETTY FACE!! SIERRA MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN TOO WEAK FROM THE DAMAGE HAKURA HAD DONE MOMENT PRIOR, AND THAT COSTED HER! Hakura hooks both of the arms….AND SHE’S LOOKING TO LOCK “TIEBREAKER” IN!!!!

James Peters: BUT SIERRA IS FIGHTING TO PREVENT IT! SIERRA BENDS HERSELF AND DRIVES HER KNEE INTO HER FACE CAUSING HARUKA TO FALL BACKWARDS! Sierra buys herself a few valuable moments here as she stands in the corner – AND HERE COMES HAKURA LOOKING WHO DELIVERS A BACKHANDED ELBOW STRIKE TO THE FACE! Haruka balances Sierra upwards and I think she might have this won – OH NO!!! SIERRA LEAPS BESIDE HARUKA AND ROLLS HER UP!!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

James Peters: LOOK!!! SIERRA’S GOT A HANDFUL OF THE TIGHTS!!! SHE’S GOT THE TIGHTS!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEE!!!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Spaceship” by Alex Wiley, Chance The Rapper blares the speakers as Sierra Everett hauls quickly out of the ring. She stumbles to her feet on the ramp with a huge smile on her face as the referee raises her hand. Haruka is furious in the ring after realizing what had just happened.)

Bella Braxton: HERE IS YOUR WINNER….SIIERRRAAA EVVERRREEETTTTT!!!!

Rich Russillo: And Sierra Everett maybe was playing possum there, she gets the huge win in her debut match!

James Peters: You can give an obvious assist to the tights she had grabbed for that win.

Rich Russillo: Win by any means necessary. Either way, an incredible match by two incredible women who will fir sure make strides not only in the women’s division, but on Voltage! Congratulations to Sierra on her first victory tonight.

(The final shot is of Haruka looks at Sierra gloating and doing the “crying” motion with her hands on the top of the ramp before kicking the bottom rope in anger.)

(Promotional ad for Midsummer Massacre, where Andrea Valentine and Harper Lee face off for the Universal Women’s Championship.)

(Voltage focuses in on the stage titantron where we see Kylie Grace live via satellite. She’s in her apartment home in San Diego, California with her eyes slightly red and makeup smeared a little. It’s evident that she’s been tearing up and upset, but right now she is trying to hold back her tears as she has something important to say to the viewers in attendance and at home.)

Kylie Grace: Oh where do I begin? I guess I should just start off by getting straight to the point and saying that I am sorry to the LGBTQIA+ and anyone else that I offended in one of my promotional videos from a week ago. I am truly sorry and never meant to offend anyone, honestly. If it were someone like that Ronan Malosi guy, I would have said the same thing about him if there was even the slightest chance he was attracted to me.. However, I understand that the way my words towards Usagi and the Ice Aces sounded was not appropriate for the product that Disney’s Sunday night Voltage is trying to put out. When Eden confronted me about it last week, I didn’t understand what the problem was.. Honestly, I didn’t even have time to process everything since it happened so fast after my interview and before my match, but now I know that what I said was wrong.. Nobody should feel the way that I made Usagi Sengi and the Ice Aces feel..

(Kylie Grace starts to pause, as tears begin to spill down her cheek. She cries out a little, then manages to catch her breath, and begins to speak.)

Kylie Grace: Oh Usagi, Ayu, and Aria!! I personally want to tell all three of you that I am sorry. When the match between Usagi and myself was announced, none of you knew anything about me. I was just some newcomer and rookie that nobody had any clue about.. And how was my first impression? Awful!! Absolutely awful!! I understand if none of you three ever want to see my face again after my comment. I wouldn’t blame you a single bit, because even I am struggling to look at myself in the mirror after what happened. I regret ever saying what I said to you Usagi.. You’re beautiful in many ways and what I said to you was more than ugly.. It was revolting.. Trust me when I say that is not how I really am or want to be. After speaking with Eden Sinclair, I understand what I did wrong, and as much as it hurts knowing how horrible of a person I am, I’m glad that I was able to be stopped and educated by her..

Kylie Grace: If I want to be a great Elitist in this company one day, then I need to understand what is expected of me and be a better person so that I no longer cross the line and say something that I shouldn’t. I won’t ever do something like that again and I simply need to be better. I want to represent Eden, Voltage, and all of EAW the right way, but currently I don’t think I am at the standard that I should be.. Earlier tonight it was announced that I would be competing in a fatal four way match against Halsey Neal, Ayu Megumi, and Haruka Kashimashi where the winner earns themself a shot at the EAW Specialists Championship..

(Kylie Grace looks down and begins to cry. Tears begin to drip down and splatter onto the floor. She raises her head up after wiping the tears off of her face.)

Kylie Grace: BUT I DON’T DESERVE IT!!!

(Kylie cries hard, as all of her built up emotions begin to spill out. Her admitting that she doesn’t deserve such an opportunity was huge for her. It’s a lot to show you’re vulnerable, but after what Eden Sinclair spoke to Kylie Grace about last week involving the LGBTQIA+ community and how wrong she was to say something to offend them, Kylie thinks negatively about herself and doesn’t believe she is worthy of representing EAW as a champion.)

Kylie Grace: I’m sorry that I keep crying, but I can’t help it. I knew starting a profession as a pro wrestler would open my eyes and make me have a better understanding about myself, but I never knew that I would be so ashamed of what I saw. I look in the mirror and I see nothing but a person that I want to be erased from existence. I don’t want to be seen as the uneducated girl who still has yet to learn what’s right and wrong.. I don’t want to be seen as the girl who offended an entire community of people who just want to be accepted like everyone else.. But that’s who I am.. And I dislike that so so so much.. You see, when I think about this company, and where it is headed, I see nothing but great things, and Disney’s influence is a part of that. Growing up, I idolized the female Disney icons such as Mulan, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. They became role models for me.. How Mulan didn’t let her gender prevent herself from protecting her family and the entirety of China.. How Ariel wanted to grow up and explore a new world that she’s never seen before.. How Cinderella always remained respectful no matter how bad she was treated by her stepmother and step sisters.. And how Belle found the beauty inside of the same beast that imprisoned her within the walls of his castle.. These women are icons for Disney, and if I ever want to be a champion and strong female representation for this company, I need to have an influence as strong as theirs.. I need to have an influence as pure as theirs.. I need to be simply better than I am now.. I need to be better starting today..

(Kylie looks down at the ground and behind to shake her head in disapproval. Any other Elitist would embrace this opportunity, but someone like Kylie feels nothing but undeserving after what Eden Sinclair said to her a week ago.)

Kylie Grace: I just don’t deserve it.. I just don’t.. Shoot, I’ve cried more on camera than I’ve had matches.. What person is ever going to look at me and think that I’m championship material? Captain Charisma probably just put me in this match to take the fall, because who actually believes I can pull this off when I can’t even look myself in the mirror without crying.. But you know what? I won’t let this opportunity be for nothing.. Eden Sinclair told me how to be better, and that’s by doing sensitivity training. I took her advice, and I started seeing someone who specializes in working with people who get anxious and scared like me.. You see, from the bottom of my heart, I really want to be better, and I know just saying that I want to be better is one thing.. But I wanted to apply myself and actually take action by signing up for sensitivity training.. Obviously, there is still so much more for me to work on.. And I still need to stop crying and being worried about what others think about me.. But this is the first step of it all and I wouldn’t have been able to take this first step if it wasn’t for Eden and Disney doing their best to educate me and give me the resources that I need to be the best that I can be. Trust me, all of this will eventually pay off in the end.. Will I ever be able to take back what I said and erase it from ever happening? Unfortunately, no.. Life doesn’t work that way.. But what I can do is continue to grow as an individual and use that whole conversation with Eden as a way to turn THAT Kylie Grace into nothing but a thing of the past. The future is bright for me even if sometimes I don’t see it like that.. But I promise that I will be better not just for me, but for everyone.. I appreciate this opportunity to change for the better, and I won’t let it go to waste.. Eden, (gulps) I will make you proud..

(The satellite video of Kylie Grace shows her shutting her eyes. A tear drips down as she is still ashamed of herself. However, we do see a smile emerge on her face. Letting all of that out was a huge weight taken off of her shoulders. It’s also a major step for her as she is learning to be more open about her flaws. Although Kylie meant no harm, she still felt guilty after she spoke with Eden Sinclair last week. She wants to be better and she knows that putting out this apology for the world to see brings her one step closer to the destination that she is trying to reach.)

(Commercial for Five Guys, featuring their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, better than the ones you could make at home.)

(Voltage returns backstage, and as the camera fades to the area, the first person seen surprisingly isn’t an active competitor, but instead Dr. Doyle. Usually Dr. Doyle would be seen around Samael, the current 24/7 Contract holder, but right now Dr. Doyle is completely on his own, and for some reason he actually looks somewhat nervous. Dr. Doyle is pacing around the hallway, looking around for someone with a concerned look on his face. Dr. Doyle looks at each door near the locker room area, and when he finally approaches the right door, it becomes clear that he wasn’t looking for Samael. Instead, Dr. Doyle was looking for the man Samael approached last week, Drake King. Dr. Doyle knocks on the door a few times, clearly a bit impatient at this point.)

(Dr. Doyle waits a few seconds before knocking on the door again, and before long, the door finally opens. Drake King is seen slightly opening it, in his in ring attire as he is getting ready for his match against Ronan Malosi. As soon as Drake sees who it is standing at the door, he stops, and while he doesn’t even say a word, the look on his face says it all, as Drake doesn’t like who he sees one bit.)

Drake King: ….

Dr. Doyle: Drake, I’ve been looking all around for you, I need to-

(Before Dr. Doyle could finish his sentence, Drake attempts to close the door. However, Dr. Doyle is able to stop Drake.)

Dr. Doyle: It’s important. I’ve been trying to find you for a little while now. I promise, you’ll need to hear this.

(Drake is still holding onto the door, prepared to close it as he doesn’t seem interested in what he has to say.)

Drake King: I know who you are, and wherever you are, that… whatever he is can’t be that far behind. I don’t care what you want, I don’t want any part of-

Dr. Doyle: I’m here to warn you about him. I’m worried something may be happening to him, and you might be in real danger.

(Drake is silent for a few seconds as he thinks about it, before finally reluctantly choosing to open the door, allowing Dr. Doyle inside. Dr. Doyle walks inside, before Drake begins to speak.)

Drake King: Okay, fine, I’ll listen. What are you talking about?

Dr. Doyle: Alright… Well first things first, I hope you understand that what happened last week was something I didn’t expect.

Drake King: Do you mean the part where your friend walked out and interrupted me.. Just to ask for a bedtime story?

Dr. Doyle: No. Not *just* that, at least. Admittedly, Michael is far more childlike than any other personality of his. Unfortunately this has resulted in Michael getting himself into trouble with you, but that’s not the part that worries me. I’ve been keeping track of Samael’s condition for a while now, and recently things have started to change for the worse. Do you remember what he said as he was leaving?

Drake King: That now “they” are all watching me?

Dr. Doyle: Yes, yes. I’ve known Michael long enough to know that the man that said those words was not him. That wasn’t Michael. It was Caine.

(Drake remains silent, allowing Dr. Doyle to continue, but Drake clearly looks uneasy talking about what happened last week.)

Dr. Doyle: Caine has been around for a while, but what happened on Voltage was strange. Caine was able to take over almost with ease just to share a few words, and it didn’t seem like Michael cared whatsoever. Michael has been behaving very irregularly, and-

Drake King: And whatever’s going on with him needs to be sorted out by you, because this is your responsibility, isn’t it? You’re the one that’s supposed to be there, making sure he’s not doing whatever it was he did on Voltage. Whatever’s going on with Michael, that should be your problem to handle, because I’m not the one standing by his side every day. I’m not the one that’s supposed to be paying attention to his condition. I didn’t ask to be part of this at all. All I wanted last week was to go out there and help welcome fans to the new Voltage. I didn’t say a single word about Michael, or Caine, or whoever he really is. What happened last week was stupid, it was weird, and I didn’t like it one bit.

Dr. Doyle: I know. It was never my idea for Michael to go out there like that, but for some reason it looks like he’s chosen you.

Drake King: For what?

Dr. Doyle: I wish I knew, but with him you can hardly ever be too sure, especially as of late. Every time I feel like I have everything figured out he just proves me wrong, and makes things even more complicated for me. I don’t know exactly what he has planned, but what I do know is that Samael is only growing stronger, and you already know what he’s capable of now.

(Drake knows that Dr. Doyle is referring to the 24/7 Battle Royale, where Samael not only eliminated various Elitists, but managed to win the entire match.)

Drake King: You need to explain. I can understand the whole Caine situation, but Samael? What do you mean? How is he getting stronger and why is that something I should be concerned with?

Dr. Doyle: All week Michael has been going on and on about what happened on Voltage last week, and for some reason he just couldn’t stop talking about you. I wish I could just say that Michael’s childish nature was the cause, but then he brought Samael into it. Michael never liked Samael. He was never supposed to be attached to Samael, and yet.. For some reason, I found Michael not just playing that EAW video game, but he was playing as Samael, and he enjoyed every part of what he did to you. I know this might not sound as serious to you as you haven’t known him for very long, but his behavior has changed. Every personality of his has changed as of late. Caine said once that Samael would soon take over but I wasn’t entirely sure what he meant, or how serious he was. Now I’m beginning to understand, and it’s far worse than I could have imagined. I don’t mean to worry you, but seeing as you’ve been of great interest to Michael already, on top of everything else going on.. I can’t help but worry that whatever it is he’s planning is very dangerous, and something you need to stay very cautious of.

Drake King: You still haven’t told me why this is my job. Why do I need to be part of this at all when as far as I know you’ll probably be right back by his side before the night is over? I have so much more to deal with right now than Michael’s weird obsession with me. This brand is finally changing for the better and I need to make sure this place keeps moving in the right direction. I have to make sure that by the end of the season Voltage is better than it’s ever been, so if this is such a big deal then go and tell him to leave me alone, it’s that simple-

Dr. Doyle: No it’s not. If it was then I wouldn’t be here right now, but like you said, I’m the one that’s by Michael all of the time. I know him better than anyone, and I know that when he doesn’t get what he want bad things happen, and now that Michael seems more accepting of Samael than ever before, even worse things may be possible. I’m just trying to warn you here, because you’re the one that could be in danger.

(Drake doesn’t respond, knowing that there’s not anything that can be done about the situation with Samael. He just takes some time to think about the whole thing and weigh his options, meanwhile Dr. Doyle waits for an answer. Dr. Doyle, unlike Drake, knows Samael very well, and clearly wants to prevent anyone from getting hurt by him. After a few seconds, Drake looks back at Dr. Doyle before beginning to speak again.)

Drake King: I’ll be careful.

Dr. Doyle: Good. I’m not entirely sure what’s happening yet, but it’s not the type of thing you want to ignore.

(With that being said, Dr. Doyle begins to leave the locker room, leaving Drake alone as he closes the door. After the door is closed, Drake is left thinking about what he just heard in that conversation, knowing that it’s actually far worse than Michael interrupting a promo like he initially thought.)

Drake King: :francis: They really will just hire anyone these days.

(Drake turns away from the door, shaking his head as he finishes preparing for his match against Ronan Malosi. From there, Voltage fades away from the backstage area.)

(A black bird flies across the arena before the sound of a gong is heard. In a horrifying tone, we hear the words “I See You” before ‘Down with the Sickness’ by Disturbed hits. The crowd immediately begins to boo as smoke fills the arena. After a moment, Samael steps out in an all black trench coat and slowly makes his way down the entrance ramp and towards the ring.)

Bella Braxton: The following contest is set for!!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Bella Braxton: Introducing first! Weighing 285lbs!!! HE IS YOUR 24/7 CONTRACT HOLDER!! THE GRIM REAPER!!! SAMAEL!!!!!!

Persephone: Oh what a joy it is to see Samael!

Rich Russillo: You’re joking, right?

Persephone: I can’t answer that.

Rich Russillo: I ask that, because last week it was anything but joyful for Drake when Samael’s other personalities confronted him here on Voltage.

James Peters: Other personalities? I think it was Caine the entire time!

Rich Russillo: Are you sure it wasn’t Michael to start out?

James Peters: Whoever was out there, Samael’s presence has become known, and him being Mr. 24/7 to start this season is going to make things real interesting here on Voltage.

(‘Your Turn’ by Memphis Mayfire hits, as the crowd turns into a mixed reaction. After a moment, Theron Nikolas steps out onto the stage with Natasha Agnello standing right beside him. The two look focused and ready as the walk towards the monster standing in the center of the ring.)

Bella Braxton: And his opponent!! Being accompanied by Natasha Agnello!!! From Edmunton, Alberta, Canada!!! Weighing in at 224lbs!!! GHOST!!!! THERON NIKOLAS!!!!!

James Peters: Here’s Theron Nikolas who may be having a date with Hikari Kanno pretty soon thanks to the woman standing beside him, Natasha Agnello.

Rich Russillo: Natasha wants nothing but the best for Theron and is working to take him to heights he never knew was possible. What had everyone scratching their heads last week was how she offered Hikari a match against Theron, but before Hikari could accept, Natasha walked away..

Persephone: In a way, I’d like to say that Natasha is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. If the match does get scheduled, there’s no doubt in my mind that Natasha is already winning the mind games.

(DING! DING! DING!)

James Peters: Here we go! This matchup between The Grim Reaper and Ghost is now underway!! Both of these men stand in opposite corners, staring at one another. Samael is at one end, breathing heavily, and ready to destroy his opponent, while Theron Nikolas has his head turned, speaking to Natasha Agnello who stands out at ringside.

Rich Russillo: But I don’t think that’s the best idea, because here comes Samael charging right at him!! Natasha warns Theron, as he turns his attention back towards Samael!! The Angel of Death reaches out to grab Theron, but Nikolas ducks underneath the arms and gets from behind the charging monster!! KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE LEG BY THERON NIKOLAS!! ANOTHER!!! This one has Samael reaching down to aid that leg.. BUT THERON CATCHES HIM WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO THE HEAD THAT POPS HIM RIGHT BACK UP!!! Theron quickly turns around and runs to the ropes.. He rebounds back..

James Peters: BUT HE GETS HIT BY A MASSIVE BIG BOOT FROM SAMAEL!!! That big boot sends Theron to the canvas of the ring in an instant!! Nikolas slowly works his way up to a knee while clutching at his head in pain. However, it’s Samael who is waiting for him, and delivers a thunderous elbow strike to the back of Theron’s neck that sends him falling back to the canvas!!

Persephone: The strength of Samael is incredible, and I’m so glad that I get to witness it every week here on Voltage this season! Speaking of his strength.. Look at this!! Samael reaches down, grabs Theron by the head and shoulders, and lifts him up to his feet! Samael now charges towards the corner while still having a tight grip on Theron Nikolas and.. SAMAEL TOSSES THERON LIKE A RAGDOLL INTO THE CORNER TURNBUCKLES!!

Rich Russillo: Theron is leaned up against the corner, and has no time to adjust, as Samael begins to rain down punches to the top of his head!! These right handed punches land with tremendous power behind them, as Samael puts his entire body into them! Samael then uses his left hand and grabs Theron by the chin to tilt his head back and hold him into position.. The Angel of Death now raises his right hand in the air.. AND HE DELIVERS A CHOP STRAIGHT DOWN ONTO THE CHEST OF THERON!!! Nikolas clutches at his chest in pain as that has to sting!! Meanwhile, Samael turns around and walks his way over to the opposite corner.

James Peters: This does not look good for Theron right now. Samael stands in the corner and crouches down a bit. He breathes heavily and stares directly at Theron at the other end.. AND THE GRIM REAPER CHARGES AT FULL SPEED!!! RUNNING CORNER CLOTHESLINE BY SAMAEL!!! NO!! THERON GOT HIS BOOT UP AND CATCHES SAMAEL RIGHT AT THE JAW!!! Samael’s head snaps back, as he clutches at his jaw in pain! After connecting with Theron’s boot, Samael turns all the way around, facing the other direction.. Theron still looks a little groggy in the corner, but he manages to work his way out and steps towards Samael.. KICK TO THE BACK OF THE KNEE FROM THERON THAT HAS SAMAEL’S RIGHT KNEE BUCKLING!!

Rich Russillo: Samael drops down to his right knee, as Theron backs up towards the corner again. Nikolas begins to scale his way up to the top rope.. Samael slowly works his way up to his feet while still facing the other way, BUT LOOK!!! IT’S THERON NIKOLAS WHO LEAPS INTO THE AIR!!! MISSILE DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!! IT CONNECTS AND SENDS SAMAEL STRAIGHT TO THE CANVAS OF THE RING!!

Persephone: That was incredible!! It is such a pleasure being able to sit here at the commentary table and being able to witness action like that! I love this job!

James Peters: Theron gets to his feet, and walks over to Samael who is face down on the ring mat. Theron waits for the larger opponent to get up to his hands and knees before wrapping his arms around the waist of Samael!!

Rich Russillo: Is Theron really going to try and lift the 285lbs Samael up from the ground!?!

James Peters: It looks like that’s the case, Rich! He’s trying to deadlift Samael up!! But Samael is too heavy and barely even budges!!!

Persephone: Theron releases his grip then stands straight up, takes a deep breath, and squats down with his back straight. Ghost wraps his arms back around the waist of Samael, as he attempts to lift him up!!! AND SAMAEL IS RISING!!!!

James Peters: BUT IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF THERON!! NO!! SAMAEL IS RISING UP ON HIS OWN!! THE GRIM REAPER UP ON ONE KNEE!!! NOW HE’S UP TO HIS FEET!!! AND NOW..

Rich Russillo: HE BACK BODY DROPS THERON NIKOLAS OVER THE TOP ROPE!!! HE JUST SENT THERON FLYING AND NOW NIKOLAS IS DOWN ON THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!!!

James Peters: And now Samael stares directly at Theron from inside of the ring. He takes a brief moment, then begins to walk towards him. After getting through the ropes and down to the ringside floor Samael stands right beside Nikolas and.. HE STOMPS DOWN ONTO HIS CHEST!! SAMAEL JUST KNOCKED THE WIND RIGHT OUT OF THERON!!! Ghost clutches at his chest and kicks his legs up and down after that one!! Meanwhile Samael goes for a.. LEG DROP!!! IT CONNECTS AND NOW THERON IS ROLLING OVER!!! HE CLUTCHES AT HIS HEAD WHILE SAMAEL STEPS TOWARDS HIM ONCE MORE!!

Referee: One.. Two.. Three..

Persephone: Look at Natasha Agnello. She’s clutching at her head in frustration, as she witnesses Theron getting beat pretty bad here by Samael.

Rich Russillo: And it doesn’t seem like this beating is ever going to end Persephone, because Samael grabs Theron from off of the ground! He lifts the former Answers World Champion up onto his shoulders and faces the ring.. What does he have in mind here? Samael charges towards the ring.. SNAKE EYES ONTO THE RING APRON!!!!

James Peters: NO!!! THERON NIKOLAS MANAGES TO COUNTER AND GOT BEHIND SAMAEL BEFORE HE COULD PERFORM THE SNAKE EYES!!! AND SAMAEL RUNS CHEST FIRST RIGHT INTO THE EDGE OF THE RING!!! Samael holds his midsection, as he turns around.. LEFT HOOK TO THE RIB BY THERON!!! FOLLOWED BY A SLAP TO THE FACE OF SAMAEL!!! THERON CONTINUES WITH A RIGHT JAB!!! AND NOW A LOADED FOREARM SMASH WITH HIS LEFT!!! THAT’S BATTLE FURY!!!!! Theron takes a step back.. LARIAT ONTO SAMAEL!!!!!

Persephone: STRONG LARIAT BY THERON CONNECTS, AS THE 285LBS REAPER DROPS TO A KNEE!! Theron backs up once again, as Samael rises to his feet.. REVERSE STO BY THERON NIKOLAS!!! IT CONNECTS AND SAMAEL’S FACE SMACKS UP AGAINST THE RINGSIDE FLOOR!!!

Referee: Four.. Five.. Six.. Seven..

Rich Russillo: Theron slowly works back up to his feet. He’s gone through a lot so far in this match, and slides right back inside the ring as the referee reaches the count of eight. On the outside of the ring, Samael slowly gets to his hands and knees, then back up to his feet. He’s clutching at his head as he’s confused for a moment.. The referee is now at 9!! Samael realizes where he’s at and he slides into the ring to beat the count!!

James Peters: SPEAR!!!!!

Persephone: IT CONNECTS!!! THERON NIKOLAS JUST BLITZED SAMAEL WITH THAT SPEAR!! HE HIT HIM AT FULL SPEED AND NOW THE GRIM REAPER IS DOWN!!! THERON STAYS COVERING HIM FOR THE PIN!!!

ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

THHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRR-

Rich Russillo: BUT SAMAEL FORCES HIS SHOULDER UP!!!

James Peters: Oh wow that was a close one!! Theron nearly wins this one with the calculated attack! He knew that if Samael were to beat the count, he would still be slow to react due to the reverse STO from earlier! Unfortunately for Theron, that won’t be enough to put away Samael.

Rich Russillo: Theron is down on both knees with his hands on his hips. He takes a few breaths and looks down at Samael before rising back up to his feet. Nikolas now grabs the wrists of Samael.. AND BEGINS STOMPING DOWN INTO THE FACE OF HIM!! STOMP AFTER STOMP!!! THERON ISN’T HOLDING BACK AND WANTS TO FINISH THE GRIM REAPER FOR GOOD HERE TONIGHT!!

Persephone: Theron delivers the final stomp, then releases the wrists of Samael, and The Angel of Death falls back against the canvas of the ring!! Theron looks back up at the corner and begins to walk towards it. Theron then climbs his way up to the top rope!! What does he have planned here?!?

James Peters: Whatever it is, it does not look good at all for Samael who’s about to be on the receiving end! Theron looks down at Samael, sets his feet, and.. SIX STAR FROG SPLASH BY THERON NIKOLAS!!! NO!!! SAMAEL MANAGES TO ROLL OUT OF THE WAY AND THERON CRASHES CHEST FIRST INTO THE RING MAT!! The momentum and force pops Theron upright on both knees. He holds his upper body in pain, and slowly works his way up to his feet.. He then turns around and.. SAMAEL IS ALREADY STANDING THERE WAITING FOR HIM!!! SAMAEL CLUTCHES AT THERON’S THROAT WITH HIS RIGHT HAND!!!! CHOKESLAM!!!! IT CONNECTS!!! SAMAEL IS GOING TO PUT THIS ONE AWAY!! HE COVERS THERON FOR THE PIN!!!

ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

THHHHHHHHHHRRRR-

Persephone: KICKOUT BY THERON NIKOLAS!!!

Rich Russillo: What resilience by Theron Nikolas!! I thought this match was over right then and there, but Theron had other plans!! Samael doesn’t look like he’s a fan of those plans. He rises back to his feet and grabs Theron by the arm. Samael helps Nikolas up to his feet, then spins under the arm to add more pressure!! Samael now backs up towards the corner, and begins to climb himself up to the top rope while still holding onto Samael’s twisted arm!! And look!! SAMAEL WALKS THE TOP ROPE!!! OLD SCHOOL!!!!!!! NO!! THERON COUNTERS BY PULLING SAMAEL OFF OF THE ROPES!! AND SAMAEL LANDS INTO A FIREMAN’S CARRY POSITION ON TOP OF THERON’S SHOULDERS!!! THERON ALMOST FALLS TO THE MAT, BUT HE BRACES HIMSELF AND STAYS STRONG UNDERNEATH THE GRIM REAPER!!! USHIGOROSHI!!!! THERON JUST FLIPPED SAMAEL AND DROPPED THE BACK OF HIS NECK RIGHT ONTO HIS KNEE!!! WHAT A MOVE!!!! SAMAEL LAYS FLAT IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!!!

James Peters: Theron is down on one knee and breathing heavily. He looks over at Samael who is completely out of it right now. Nikolas drops down to his butt and begins to scoot himself over to Samael to go for the pin-

Persephone: HELL’S GATE!!! SAMAEL SEIZED THE OPPORTUNITY AND LOCKED IN HIS HELL’S GATE OUT OF NOWHERE!! THERON NIKOLAS IS FREAKING OUT!!! HIS ARMS ARE FLAILING AS HE KICKS HIS FEET AS WELL!! HE’S DESPERATELY TRYING TO GET HIMSELF OUT OF THIS MOVE, BUT SAMAEL IS SQUEEZING THE LIFE OUT OF HIM WITH THIS SUBMISSION HOLD!! THERON CONTINUES TO FLAIL HIS ARMS, BUT HIS ARMS BEGIN TO SLOW DOWN!!! THERON MAY BE FADING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES!!! THIS MIGHT BE OVER REAL SOON!! I DON’T THINK…

James Peters: THERON NIKOLAS MANAGED TO GRAB THE BOTTOM ROPE!! HE KEPT FLAILING HIS ARMS EVEN AFTER HE STARTED TO FADE OUT AND MIRACULOUSLY GOT A HOLD OF THE ROPE!! HE GAVE HIMSELF A CHANCE AND HE SUCCEEDED IN BREAKING THAT SUBMISSION HOLD!! Samael releases his grip on Theron and stands up to his feet. The Grim Reaper now grabs Theron and lifts him up before tossing him into a nearby corner!! KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION BY SAMAEL!! HE JUST PUT HIS ENTIRE BODY INTO THAT ONE!! Theron Nikolas bends over now as he clutches at his abdomen. However, Samael connects with a backhanded chop that catches Theron in the chest and pops him right back up against the corner turnbuckles!!! Samael begins to step back and licks his lips as he smells blood in the water! He’s at the other end of the ring and begins to charge back towards Theron!! RUNNING CORNER CLOTHESLINE!!! IT CONNECTS!! ALL 285LBS OF SAMAEL GOES CRASHING INTO THERON!!!!

Rich Russillo: Samael now backs out of the corner, as Theron stumbles out towards him. Samael then wraps his arms around Theron’s midsection.. BEAR HUG!!! SAMAEL HAS THE BEAR HUG LOCKED IN AND HE’S SQUEEZING ALL OF THE AIR FROM OUT OF NIKOLAS’ BODY!!! WE CAN SEE THERON STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW!! HE’S DESPERATELY TRYING TO BREAK THE GRIP OF SAMAEL!!! HE’S TRYING HIS HARDEST, BUT SAMAEL CONTINUES TO WRENCH AT THAT MIDSECTION BY SQUEEZING TIGHTER AND TIGHTER!! YOU CAN SEE IT ON THERON’S FACE!! HIS BODY IS GOING THROUGH AN ABSOLUTE BATTLE RIGHT NOW!!! WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO?! HOW IS HE GOING TO ESCAPE THIS WHEN BOTH MEN ARE IN THE CENTER OF THE RING?!? THERE’S NO ROPES TO SAVE YOU NOW!!! THERON MIGHT BE-

Persephone: HE JUST CLAPPED BOTH OF SAMAEL’S EARS WITH HIS HANDS!!! SAMAEL’S EARS MUST BE RINGING AS HIS BEAR HUG LOOSENS!!! Theron again spreads his arms apart and.. HE CLAPS THEM TOGETHER WITH SAMAEL’S HEAD IN BETWEEN!!! THIS TIME SAMAEL RELEASES HIS GRIP ON THERON AND BEGINS TO CLUTCH HIS EARS!!! Those ears have to be ringing. They have to had popped hard!! Theron staggers back and away from Samael before dropping down to a knee and clutching at his lower back. Samael leans up against the side ropes as he tries to stop the ringing in his ears! Theron slowly rises up to his feet, but Samael sees this and.. JUMPING CLOTHESLINE BY SAMAEL!!!!! NO!! THERON DUCKS UNDER THE ARM AND RUNS TO THE FAR ROPES!! HE REBOUNDS BACK AS SAMAEL TURNS AROUND… HEADHUNTER!!!! BUSAIKU KNEE STRIKE TO THE FACE BY THERON AND HE SENDS SAMAEL DOWN TO THE CANVAS OF THE RING INSTANTLY!!! SAMAEL LOOKS TO BE UNCONSCIOUS AS THERON HOOKS THE LEGS!!!

ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

TWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

THHHHHHRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

Rich Russillo: NO WAY!!! SAMAEL KICKS OUT!!!!

James Peters: This entire arena is shocked!! They’re stunned!! Just look at Natasha Agnello on the outside! She can’t believe that knee strike wasn’t enough to put this one away. I honestly thought Theron had it based on how hard Samael’s head snapped back after connecting with the Headhunter!! But Samael isn’t done yet!! Theron Nikolas looks over towards Natasha who tells him to put this one away. Nikolas nods then stands up to his feet. He reaches down and grabs Samael from off of the ground before getting him into position!! We’ve all seen this before!!! GHOST’S REQUIEM!! SWINGING REVERSE STO!!!!

Rich Russillo: NO!!! SAMAEL BANGS HIS HEAD AGAINST THERON’S BEFORE THERON COULD PERFORM THE MOVE!!! AND NOW SAMAEL FORCES HIMSELF INTO AN UPRIGHT POSITION AND GETS THERON TO LEAN BACK AGAINST HIS KNEE!!! HE JUST SWITCHED ROLES WITH THERON JUST NOW AND.. R!!!! I!!!!! P!!!!!!! SWINGING REVERSE STO BY SAMAEL!!!! IT CONNECTS AS THERON’S HEAD SMACKS AGAINST THE CANVAS!!! SAMAEL COVERS FOR THE PIN!!! THIS ONE HAS TO BE OVER!!!!

ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(‘Down With the Sickness’ by Disturbed hits, as the crowd boos heavily. Samael rises to his feet with a smile on his face, as he is satisfied with his work against Theron. The referee proceeds to raise his hand, as Samael glares out to the crowd in a menacing way.)

Persephone: What an incredible match by these two! I’m so happy I’m not allowed to complain about this masterpiece!!

Rich Russillo: Both of these guys were going at each other. Hitting their best moves against one another and continuously bringing a fight. Samael proved to be too much for Theron to handle tonight. He simply wouldn’t stay down, and eventually Theron couldn’t hang around any longer.

James Peters: Samael is something else, and tonight he demonstrated that to all of us by taking out a former Answers World Champion!

(Samael is seen walking up the entrance ramp without any concern for his opponent. The crowd continues to boo him the entire way. We then see Natasha Agnello standing in the ring beside Theron who is still down. She looks down at Theron and shakes her head in disappointment before the camera fades elsewhere.)

(The camera cuts to Usagi Senshi walking backstage, visibly unhappy with the result of her match from earlier, and in a fit of rage, clears off a table set up backstage, which had items like food and water bottles on it. Usagi then places both hands on her head, frustration beginning to seep in, but isn’t allowed to be in her own thoughts as Sofia Clarke steps into frame with a Voltage branded microphone in hand, being delicate in her approach knowing that Senshi may not be in the correct state of mind right now.)

Sofia Clarke: Excuse me, Usagi… you had a tough loss tonight, how are you planning to bounce back from it?

(A slightly annoyed Usagi looks over her shoulder before turning to face Sofia.)

Usagi Senshi: Another loss for Ice Aces, reminiscent of Pain for Pride, except there, Ayu was the reason we failed. At Dia Del Diablo, Ayu was the reason we failed. But tonight… tonight, I can’t say that. Because I’m the reason we failed, I’m the one who took the pin. …I can’t- I can’t believe this. I’ve done everything for this team, me. I’m the reason we beat Serotonin, I’m… I’m the reason we got our first shot at the Unified Tag Team Championships, I’m who dragged Ayu out of her losing streak.

Sofia Clarke: It sounds like you’re having a bit of a hard time processing.

Usagi Senshi: A bit??? I’m the leader! Leaders shouldn’t lose, if anybody was gonna be the reason for our downfall tonight, it would’ve been Ayu. Not me! I’m the one who’s been trying to change Ayu, change her for the better, and have had my methods endlessly questioned, even called a hypocrite. How do I look now losing in this fashion? Like Ayu, a failure. I said it earlier this week, season sixteen, we’d be one of the best teams this company has to offer, that being by any means necessary. A loss tonight isn’t a right step in that direction. Nobody was meant to stop us, but Sheridan Müller and Bethany Blue did. Somehow, their little power trip managed to stay afloat. I’ve come to the conclusion that instead of Ayu, maybe I should’ve been better. I don’t know, this is all just so hard to process.

(Anger starts to build back up in Usagi, who starts to pace, and even kicks the production crate with her foot, alarming Sofia somewhat. But before Ayu’s tantrum progresses, she’s cut off by an off-camera voice, which she looks over at, and so does Sofia.)

???: Wah, wah, wah.

(The crowd boos as Sierra Everett steps into frame, a smug expression on her face, amused with the struggle of Usagi to process her defeat, but Senshi’s anger starts to mix with annoyance, already getting a grasp of Sierra’s personality, despite her being in EAW for such a short time, and knowing this isn’t company she wants in a moment like this where emotions are running high.)

Sierra Everett: Do me a favor, Sofia, and beat it. I’d like to exchange a few words with Usagi here alone if possible.

(Usagi watches Sofia hastily head off before turning attention back to Sierra, who continues with that same smug, and amused expression on her face. Meanwhile, Usagi grows a simple look of disdain, and starts to stance up slightly, feeling Sierra could have some tricks up her sleeve, especially seeing her opportunistic attack on Haruka.)

Sierra Everett: Sorry to interrupt. …actually, that’s a lie. I did it on purpose, because from afar, it sounds like someone is gonna cry. However, you’re in luck… I brought tissues!

(Sierra holds up a box of tissues to Usagi, who quickly slaps it away, and gets in the face of her interrupter, prepared to scrap, right here, right now, anger etched across the face. But Sierra backs away, creating a slight distance between the two, although, not completely out of fear with her still having that small air of amusement.)

Usagi Senshi: Don’t be scared now. You wanna go?

Sierra Everett: :woah2: Relax. I’m just here to talk, no need to get all bowed up. Honestly, I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around THIS. This whole ordeal you got going on. I mean, what’d you refer to yourself as with Sofia? The leader of Ice Aces? :mjlol: How can someone be a leader when you’re the one who cost your team the match tonight?

Usagi Senshi: I-

Sierra Everett: Don’t answer, because it somehow gets worse. Not only did you cost your team the match tonight, but it was against Sheridan Müller, and Bethany Blue. I get it, both share impressive accomplishments, but… as singles competitors. As a team, they’ve barely been around for a cup of coffee, and that’s who you’re losing too? Yet you believe it’s Ayu’s fault you lost at Dia Del Diablo, and it’s Ayu’s fault you lost at Pain for Pride? Don’t get me wrong, some blame does fall on her shoulders, but it also falls on yours as well. You two aren’t some formidable team, you’re not even a great leader, and don’t let a win over Serotonin of all things delude you into thinking the opposite. As a team, Ice Aces suck. BUT! As singles competitors, maybe you’ve got something. …well, not you specifically. I mean the other two members, you’re just kind of on the outside looking in.

(Usagi goes to close distance between herself and Sierra, but again, Everett backs away slightly, so she can continue talking, or taunting Usagi, despite realizing she’s treading on very light territory, and things could come to blows if she’s not careful.)

Sierra Everett: I’m not surprised it gets you mad, if I were in your shoes, I’d be mad too, but think about it. The self-proclaimed leader of Ice Aces, and what do you have going on for yourself right now? …nothing. Meanwhile, ARIA has a Hardcore Championship coming up against Charlie Marr, and the supposed weak link, Ayu Megumi, who needs all this coaching, all this improving, so she can rid herself of what’s that word you said? Meguism? :hhh~1: Well, Ayu is in a number one contendership match for the Specialists Championship. It just makes you think. Isn’t it funny how karma works out sometimes? Careers are thriving, including mine, because I just beat Haruka Kashimashi to kick off the start of an impressive Voltage run, and you…? Hey, at least you beat Kylie Grace, that scrub counts as something, right? :mjgrin: Now, despite your friend, and even girlfriend getting these major opportunities, on the outside, you may put on a supportive front. But deep down, you probably don’t even want Ayu to win, seeing as that’d compromise your spot as the “leader.” Because if Ayu is holding gold, what is she taking guidance from you for?

(Usagi fists start to ball, now fully fed up with Sierra’s annoying antics, especially with the fact she’s choosing to drag ARIA and Ayu into this in order to make her points. But even in her state of current rage, Usagi chooses to speak, seemingly putting aside her anger for just a moment.)

Usagi Senshi: …I appreciate you pointing out the obvious like ARIA challenging Charlie, or Ayu in a number one contendership match, but I fail to see why you’re bringing this to my attention, or even propelling false narratives. Do you just wanna kick somebody while they’re down, and this is your way of doing it? Matter of fact, I’m not asking for an answer from you on this, I’m demanding one.

(Usagi gets up in the face of Sierra for a third time, and this one, Everett doesn’t back away, but meets Usagi almost eye-to-eye, having a two inch height advantage. Senshi utters out another word, and speaks with a tone, letting Sierra know to choose her next words wisely as she isn’t in the mood for this anymore.)

Usagi Senshi: What is your problem?

Sierra Everett: Hmm… I dunno, maybe there’s no problem, and I’m just bored.

Usagi Senshi: Well, if it’s entertainment you seek, all you had to do was say so, I got something just for that.

James Peters: OOH! USAGI PEPPERS SIERRA WITH REPEATED RIGHT HANDS TO THE FACE, NOT LOOKING TO LET UP ANYTIME SOON!

Rich Russillo: You can’t say the newcomer’s mouth didn’t get her into this trouble!

Persephone: Guess some just can’t accept the tru- the clear taunting being done! Serves Sierra right! :mackie:

James Peters: SIERRA STARTS TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE, TAKING DOWN USAGI WITH A DOUBLE LEG, AND NOW TRYING TO HAMMER HER WITH PUNCHES FROM FULL GUARD! AGGRESSION STARTING TO POUR OUT!

Rich Russillo: USAGI IS DOING HER BEST TO COVER UP, BUT TURNS THE TIDE, WINDING UP MOUNTING SIERRA NOW, AND ATTEMPTING TO REIGN DOWN WITH MORE PUNCHES, EVEN FOREARMS!

James Peters: SIMILAR TO SENSHI, SIERRA CONTINUES TO COVER UP, AND EVENTUALLY MANAGES TO PUSH USAGI OFF! BOTH COMPETITORS SCRAMBLE BACK TO THEIR FEET NOW, SIERRA A BIT QUICKER TO THE DRAW!

Rich Russillo: YEAH, GRABBING USAGI IN AN ALMOST MUAY THAI CLINCH, AND DELIVERING CLUBS TO THE BACK!

James Peters: BUT USAGI ISN’T COMPLETELY ON THE RECEIVING END OF THIS BEATING, LANDING SHOTS TO THE RIB CAGE! THIS FIGHT IS ON THE MOVE, AND THESE TWO FIND THEIR SELVES OVER BY A PRODUCTION CRATE! SIERRA GOES TO SLAM USAGI FACE FIRST OFF OF IT!

Rich Russillo: SENSHI GETS HER HANDS IN THE WAY, ELBOWING EVERETT IN THE GUT TO BE FREE FROM HER CLUTCHES, AND BOUNCING HER FACE FIRST OFF THE CRATE NOW! I DON’T THINK DISNEY IS GONNA LIKE THIS AS USAGI TAGS A STUNNED SIERRA WITH A FOREARM!

James Peters: Sierra finds herself leant up against two crates stacked atop one another, and Usagi isn’t letting up one bit. FOREARM STRIKE AFTER FOREARM STRIKE TO THE FACE! SIERRA WRAPS HER ARMS AROUND THE WAIST OF USAGI, AND SPINS HER AROUND, FACING THE PRODUCTION CRATES NOW, USING HER SHOULDER TO DRIVE USAGI BACK FIRST INTO THEM!

Rich Russillo: Senshi favors her abdominal area, evidently wincing in pain, but before further damage can be done, security comes in just in time.

(Security floods in, trying to peel Usagi away from Sierra first, but Usagi quickly breaks free before they can get a good hold of her, going to continue the assault, but they stop that before it can happen, grabbing her again.)

Persephone: Truly… GREAT timing. Just as things were getting interesting… for the compassionless viewer! Imagine if one of these two would have gotten hurt, you sadist! :aww:

James Peters: We know Disney hates unnecessary violence, of course, it being bad, and luckily security were able to step in before things got too out of hand.

(Security is slightly struggling to pull apart both Usagi Senshi and Sierra Everett, who are still trying to punch and kick at one another, even grabbing on to the others hair before being forced to release as security separates them even more, so they aren’t within arms reach anymore.)

Usagi Senshi: SECURITY CANT STOP ME FOREVER! I VOW TO MAKE YOU REGRET STOPPING BY TO TAUNT ME!

James Peters: Strong words there by Usagi, I don’t expect either side to simply just let this go, especially after the damage done on this night, having security need to step in.

Rich Russillo: Sierra doesn’t seem to be endearing herself to many people on the Voltage roster already. First, Haruka. Now, Usagi. There’s no taking a backseat for this woman, and I like it. She isn’t waiting for an opportunity to come, she’s creating ones herself.

James Peters: I’m sure we’ll have more on this altercation at a later date, but for right now, I’m told we’re cutting elsewhere.

(The camera cuts elsewhere on a shot of both women screaming at each other, desperately trying to break out the arms of security, but it’s no use as they have a pretty firm handle on everything.)

(Commercial for Andre Walker’s “Barbershop of God”. Get the best mohawk’s in town today!)

( Voltage returns from break and cuts backstage where Fight Grid host, Molly Waters, is standing by! )

Molly Waters: Ladies and gentlemen, in just a few minutes the number one contender for the Specialists Championship, Diamond Dixon, will be stepping into the ring against the number one contender for the Hardcore Championship, ARIA. Joining Persephone for commentary will be two of EAW’s top stars and current champions, Serenity Valdez and Charlie Marr. Joining me right now is one of the champions. Please welcome the EAW Hardcore Champion, Charlie Marr!

( The camera zooms out a bit, showing Charlie standing beside Molly. He has the Hardcore Championship draped across his shoulder and he looks pretty sexy dressed in black dress pants and a black button down dress shirt. His eyes look extremely blue tonight. )

Molly Waters: Thank you for joining me, Charlie.

( Charlie grunts in response because he is clearly still in his feelings over everything that transpired last week. Molly remains smiling and doesn’t waste any time getting to the root of the matter. )

Molly Waters: Last week, Captain Charisma and Eden Sinclair announced some monumental changes to the Hardcore division that you weren’t very happy with. You’ve had a week to sit on the news and think about, so how do you feel about everything now?

Charlie Marr: I’m even more pissed off about it now than I was last week, Molly. How else am I supposed to feel? The changes to the Hardcore division are absolute garbage and I am not impressed with anything that is going on around here at all. This title, ( Charlie removes the Hardcore Championship from his shoulder and holds it up), MY title, has been turned into a glorified television title and everything that makes this championship special has been taken away. I had a feeling that this Disney nonsense was going to interfere with my championship reign because God forbid these people around here actually earn something with their own blood, sweat, and tears. It’s absolute bullsh-… bull Molly, and I’m not really going to stand for it. If Captain Charisma and this Eden woman think I am going to just stand around and let them make an absolute mockery out of the Hardcore Championship, then they have another thing coming. I have pretty much made my name off destroying anyone who tries to interfere in my business and there are no exceptions to that. Do you want to know what really irritates me about this whole situation, though?

Molly Waters: What’s that?

Charlie Marr: Captain Charisma is one of the most prolific Hardcore Champions in EAW history. You would think that someone like him, who’s name is pretty much linked with the Hardcore division, would have a little more fight in him when it came to saving this championship and making sure it didn’t become a watered-down sham of a title. But no. He rolled over and died last week, and allowed MY championship to become a joke. I’m not going to stand for that, and Eden made a HUGE mistake by handpicking one of the softest, most naive challengers she could have possibly selected to face off against me on August 7th. I am going to send a message to Captain Charisma, Eden, Disney, and anyone else who wants to fu-… screw with me through ARIA on August 7th, and I promise you that I’m not going to allow MY championship to become an afterthought. I’m a Hall of Famer. I’m a Triple Crown winner. I am one of the most dangerous competitors in this company. I find it hard to believe that anyone in power that knows Charlie Marr would ever assume that he would just let something like this pass.

Molly Waters: With all due respect, you are not the only person in EAW who has been impacted by the changes. Disney is overhauling all brands and molding this company to fit with its family-friendly, multicultural image. Disney is not going away so I’m curious to know what it is that you think you can do to change their vision.

Charlie Marr: With all due respect, I do not give a **BLEEP** about who else has been affected by the changes. What matters to me is me and MY Hardcore Championship. What you don’t need to worry about is how I plan to change things. You just need to know that I absolutely plan to take matters into my own hands. All of you should know by now that when I say I’m going to do something, I always follow through on it, especially now. I’m more focused and more confident than I’ve ever been before, and that’s something that should make everyone on Voltage nervous.

Molly Waters: Especially ARIA, right? In just a few minutes you are going to take a seat at the broadcast booth and call her match with Diamond Dixon alongside Persephone and Serenity Valdez.

Charlie Marr: I already stated what I plan to do to ARIA. She’s going to be the example of what happens to people when they cross Charlie Marr and stick their noses where they don’t belong. I get that she hasn’t done anything to me personally, but it’s not my fault that Eden felt the need to single her out and give her this kind of opportunity. Wrong place, wrong time, and I’m not going to be held responsible for whatever happens to ARIA once I’m done with her. She could back out of the match. She could have told Eden to shove it. She could have done anything else other than accept, but here we are. ARIA is a nice girl, I’m sure. Naive and stupid, but nice. Those are the easiest ones to break down and pick apart. It is what it is, and no one can be blamed for anything that happens going forward except for Captain Charisma and Eden Sinclair.

Molly Waters: Are you actually going to sit back and call the match?

Charlie Marr: 🤷‍♂️ I’m not going to be held accountable for anything that happens to ARIA. If she pisses me off, she’ll be dealt with accordingly, and that goes for Diamond Dixon and Serenity Valdez too. Harper Lee made the grave mistake of putting her hands on me last week and she ended Voltage laid out on the ground.

Molly Waters: Fair enough. Thank you for your time, Charlie.

( The Hardcore Champion doesn’t even bother to respond. He glares at Molly before storming off, presumably towards the guerilla area since ARIA’s match with Diamond Dixon is next! )

( Voltage fades to commercial break. )

( A promotional ad for Midsummer Massacre plays showcasing Andre Walker. See his first championship defense against the always deadly Hall of Famer, Madison Kaline, when Midsummer Massacre comes to you live on Disney Plus, July 31st, 2022 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! )

(Voltage fades back to ringside, and while Bella Braxton stands in the ring, the commentary team has been set up for this match, with Persephone sitting alongside the Specialists Champion Serenity Valdez, and the Hardcore Champion Charlie Marr.)

Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen… The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!

(‘DESTINY’ by Saori Yoshida hits, and the crowd explodes into cheers as ARIA begins to make her way out to the stage. ARIA is clearly ready for this match, but as she makes her way down the ramp, she notices Charlie Marr, who she had an altercation with last week. ARIA just shakes her head as she heads up the steps, keeping her focus on the upcoming match.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first… From Chandler, Arizona… Weighing in at 110 pounds…. AAAAARRRRIIIAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

Persephone: Thank you two for joining me tonight! I’m just so glad that I’m stuck with two non-commentators, leaving me to do most of the work! Anyways, ARIA is the challenger for the Hardcore Championship from the looks of it… So Charlie, I think you should just say whatever you want, and please take as long as you need to. Not because it makes my job easier or anything.

Charlie Marr: What’s there to say? Either ARIA proves that she’s not a waste of time, or she proves that anyone who believes she has even the slightest bit of a chance against me is out of their mind.

(‘Bussin’ by Nicki Minaj & Lil Baby follows, causing the crowd’s reaction to remain loud but turn into more of a mixed reaction. Regardless, every fan in the arena is reacting as Diamond Dixon makes her way out for her first match in a while. Diamond Dixon looks confident as always as she walks down the ramp, not even paying too much attention to Serenity despite knowing she’s there, not letting the Specialists Champion’s presence bother her.)

Bella Braxton: And her opponent.. From Houston, Texas…. Weighing in at 176 pounds…. DIIIIAAAMMOOONNDDD DIIIIXXXOOONNNN!!!!!

Persephone: Alright! This should be a good match or whatever. There’s ARIA, there’s Diamond. So Serenity, what do you have to say?

Serenity Valdez: All I have to say is that Diamond Dixon is a coward, and I’d love nothing more than to see her embarrass herself tonight.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Persephone: Here we go, can’t wait to have to commentate most of this match since nobody else can do anyth- since neither of these two talented Elitists are as experienced at commentary as myself 😃! Anyways, it looks like ARIA was looking for a lock up but Diamond was able to quickly gain the advantage by kicking her in the stomach and applying a headlock. ARIA really should have known better than to try that against a competitor like Diamond, but I will in no way blame her for her mistakes 🙂, even the best mess up sometimes.

Serenity Valdez: Cut it out. The match just started, and it’s not like Diamond Dixon is good enough to keep control of the match anyway. She’s in over her head and that’s gonna cost her, just like it’ll cost her if she thinks she can take away my Championship! See? ARIA’s already fighting through it! She just pushed Diamond into the ropes and forced her to release the headlock! For Diamond Dixon to do all of this and lose, it’d be exactly what she deserves for trying to embarrass me all this time. ARIA dropped down to the mat which caused Diamond to have to leap over her and rebound off of the ropes, and now ARIA goes for a dropkick!

Charlie Marr: And the joke of a Hardcore Championship challenger couldn’t connect with the move, because Diamond held onto the ropes. Everything about this is a waste of time. ARIA has no business receiving any kind of attention from me. She doesn’t stand a chance of defeating me, just like she apparently doesn’t stand a chance against the rookie she’s in the ring with right now, the rookie that was able to drop an elbow onto her back once she missed the dropkick. She’s getting circles wrestled around her, this is embarrassing.

Persephone: 😯 You two shouldn’t say that! ARIA is definitely a really good competitor, just like Diamond Dixon is! I have definitely never been bored out of my mind watching either of them compete. Who could? Diamond is pulling ARIA up now and attempting to lift her up into a suplex, but because ARIA is SOOOOOO good at wrestling, she was able to slip down behind Diamond and land on her feet! ARIA just kicked Diamond’s leg out from behind, and now ARIA runs the ropes BEFORE GOING FOR A BICYCLE KNEE STRIKE!!

Serenity Valdez: 🙄 Yeah, a bicycle knee that didn’t connect. Diamond was able to roll out of the way, but as soon as she tried to capitalize ARIA was able to catch her with a superkick, which just proves my point. Diamond Dixon isn’t good enough, and yet she wants to try and make a mockery of me? She has no idea what she’s doing, and now ARIA is about to capitalize since that superkick dropped Diamond back to her knee! ARIA just grabbed Diamond and pulled her into a front facelock, and now she’s going for a tornado DDT.

Persephone: And it connects! Uh oh, ARIA is going for the cover, I tooootally hope that this isn’t the end of the match right here!

ONE!
TW-

Persephone: NO- I mean, YES! DIAMOND DIXON KICKS OUT BEFORE TWO! Now ARIA is running the ropes, BEFORE GOING FOR A RUNNING SHOOTING STAR PRESS- THAT DIAMOND DIXON IS JUST BARELY ABLE TO AVOID! Wow, that sure was close! I’m just soooo invested in this great match between these two great Elitists, that even the moves that didn’t manage to connect are exciting to me! 😃

Charlie Marr: This is annoying. I don’t care about what’s happening in the ring. Nothing about it is appealing whatsoever. Diamond Dixon should be putting the match away already, and instead she’s taking her time doing what? ARIA ran at her as soon as Diamond got back up, but Diamond dropped her with a big boot because she’s basically twice her size. Now let me ask you this. If Diamond Dixon is able to drop ARIA like that, what do you think I’D do to her?

Persephone: I have no idea! 😃

Charlie Marr: And if ARIA was smart she’d make sure things stayed that way.

Persephone: That’s nice. Anyways 😃 ARIA is using the ropes to try and pull herself back up to her feet, but Diamond Dixon grabs her and- oh wait! ARIA actually has some fight in her after that boot, and was able to push Diamond away with a side elbow to the stomach. ARIA now throwing a right hand at Diamond Dixon, but Diamond stops it before hitting ARIA with a forearm. ARIA falls back into the corner, and now Diamond Dixon starts stomping away at her awf- awesome opponent! The referee is now starting to count!

Referee: (off-mic) ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR-

Serenity Valdez: And Diamond backs off, but if we’re being honest I don’t see why this match needs to be happening either. What is Diamond really going to prove against ARIA? To put it lightly ARIA isn’t a competitor on the same level as myself, so if anything, Diamond struggling to put her away is doing nothing but proving to me that despite everything she’s said and done, Diamond Dixon isn’t the competitor she believes she is. She’s going to embarrass herself, and you know what? I wouldn’t even be surprised if she screws up against ARIA tonight.

Persephone: Diamond Dixon pulls ARIA out of the corner, before sending her into the opposite corner! Diamond charges in, and she connects with a clothesline, before scooping ARIA up, and… Wow! Diamond Dixon with a show of strength as she lifts ARIA up into a gorilla press, BUT I THINK IT WAS TOO EARLY FOR A MOVE LIKE THAT, AS ARIA MANAGES TO SLIP OUT OF DIAMOND DIXON’S GRASP ONCE AGAIN! ARIA TURNS DIAMOND DIXON AROUND, AND NOW SHE LOOKS TO PUT THIS MATCH AWAY WITH THE ZIRWHATEVER CUTTER-

Charlie Marr: But it didn’t work. Of course it didn’t. Diamond Dixon grabbed ARIA’s arms, and she’s just making this look easy at this point. It’s like wrestling against a kid. Is that what I’m about to do? Defend my Championship against a kid? Now Diamond is looking for a full nelson slam-

Persephone: That doesn’t connect either! ARIA was able to instead roll through and pull Diamond into a pin, and I sure hope that f- that.. That DOESN’T end the match! Yeah!

ONE!
TWO-

Persephone: 😃 I’m so glad that Diamond Dixon kicked out again. I’d sure hate for this match to end quickly. We totally need longer matches anyway!

Serenity Valdez: Diamond’s not in the clear yet. Diamond and ARIA both got up, and ARIA kicked Diamond in the gut. ARIA jumps on Diamond’s back now, and she goes for a sunset flip but Diamond is surprisingly able to roll out of it. Diamond went for a boot, but of course she missed it! ARIA was able to duck under it before rolling to her feet, and Diamond runs towards her, but ARIA lands a kick to the jaw! Diamond is struggling, but that’s no surprise, huh? I don’t know how many times I can say it.

Charlie Marr: Hopefully none, because it’s getting annoying hearing it over and over when nobody actually cares. This entire match is pointless. See look, ARIA TRIED to hit a dropkick to Diamond’s back, but Diamond avoided it. How many times are we going to keep going over this exact same process just for ARIA to inevitably fail to dethrone me? I’m sitting here and watching her compete knowing that she not only doesn’t stand a chance against me, but will be fighting for her own survival more than she’s actually fighting for my Championship. Such a waste.

Persephone: Glad to see you’re so enthusiastic about this match 😄! Anyways, Diamond Dixon looks to capitalize off of ARIA’s mistake, AS SHE PULLS ARIA UP AND LOCKS HER IN A TORTURE RACK SUBMISSION! Wow, it sure would be a shame if ARIA tapped out right now, huh? I mean, it’d guarantee the end of the match and finally let us move on… I definitely don’t want that to happen! That’d just be awful! ARIA should definitely not hurry up and tap out and should instead keep dragging this match out by fighting out of the submission!

Serenity Valdez: I personally don’t care which one ARIA chooses, but Diamond SHOULD be making her tap out right now. If she can’t even do that, then all the strength she has is clearly not being put to good use. ARIA is struggling in the submission sure, but that’s just not enough. If Diamond wants to prove that she’s more than a bunch of sneak attacks and words, then she needs to make ARIA give up and tap out right now. Even that’s not good enough, but it’s more of a start than falling flat on her face right here and now.

(ARIA tries to make it out of the submission, but Diamond Dixon’s torture rack is not an easy submission to escape and ARIA is learning that right now. ARIA attempts to reach out towards the ropes, but Diamond is standing in the center of the ring, stopping ARIA from reaching them. This leaves ARIA suffering in the torture rack as she is forced to try and fight her way out of it, as her only other option besides this is to tap out and take the loss. Obviously that’s not what anyone wants to do, but ARIA seems to be running out of options.)

Charlie Marr: :francis: Just look at her. It’s pathetic. I don’t know why anyone had any hope in her in the first place. I heard all of the cheers every time she hit a move, and I don’t get it. She’s a waste of space, nothing more. Why anyone would ever consider her for an opportunity as important as a Hardcore title match is beyond me, but if Disney wants to take my title so badly and ruin everything I’ve built this year, then they’ll have to do a lot better than this, because this is getting real sad.

Persephone: Well ARIA definitely looks like she’s on the verge of giving up. With the size difference between these two I wouldn’t be surprised if Diamond’s able to snap ARIA like a twig, so if I were ARIA I’d hurry up and make a decision… Preferably one that doesn’t involve tapping out, since.. Y’know. I don’t want the match to end and all that. 🙃

(ARIA looks like she’s about ready to give up. She’s clearly fading and losing all of her energy, but somehow, instead of tapping out ARIA is able to find the strength to begin slamming her fist into Diamond’s face, causing the crowd to cheer loudly. ARIA repeatedly hits Diamond, to the point where Diamond is forced to let go of the torture rack.)

Persephone: :gladbron: Wow, Diamond actually let go, AND NOW ARIA KICKS DIAMOND IN THE STOMACH!! IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!!!! I DON’T KNOW WHY ARIA CALLS IT THAT, BUT THE HEADLOCK DRIVER CONNECTS ANYWAY AND DIAMOND DIXON MIGHT BE OUT!!!

ONE!
TWO!!
THR-

Persephone: NO WAY!! REALLY??? DIAMOND GOT THE SHOULDER UP, AND I’M JUST SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT 😁!! COULDN’T BE ANY HAPPIER FOR DIAMOND DIXON!

Serenity Valdez: Right… Anyways, this match is starting to get annoying. I have no problem blessing other brands with my appearance since they obviously could use the boost, but this is getting ridiculous. Diamond Dixon is not going to put away ARIA. Diamond’s just not good enough, just like she isn’t good enough for my Championship. I don’t really care about what’s going on in the Hardcore Championship picture or with ARIA, but from the looks of it you all might be better off, because ARIA is looking to be more of a threat than Diamond is.

Charlie Marr: Being the slightly less awful competitor in a match between nobodies who’ve been in EAW for less than a year isn’t good enough.

(ARIA slowly makes it back up to her feet, and she’s clearly both exhausted from this match, and a bit disappointed that the headlock driver couldn’t get the job done. She doesn’t let that get to her for too long though, instead thinking about what she can do next in order to get the job done. After a little while, it looks like ARIA’s gotten an idea, as she looks towards the turnbuckles and begins making her way towards them.)

Persephone: ARIA is heading up to the top rope, and I just can’t wait to see what she has planned!

Serenity Valdez: Are you not getting tired of this?

Persephone: I have no idea what you’re talking about 🥲.

Serenity Valdez: Whatever. ARIA’s heading up top, and it looks to me like she’s about to put Diamond away. At this point I wouldn’t even be surprised if Diamond had something up her sleeve, but seeing where she is now, whether or not she’s actually capable of getting the job done still remains to be seen. All I know is, I would have won by now.

(ARIA makes it up to the top rope, and at this time Diamond Dixon is still down. This allows ARIA to prepare herself, before diving, looking for her “2TF” spiral tap!)

Persephone: :oh: DIAMOND DIXON GOT THE KNEES UP!!! DIAMOND SURVIVED THE SPIRAL TAP, AND IT’D JUST BE A TOTAL SHAME IF THAT FALL MESSED UP ARIA’S BACK AND STOPPED HER FROM CONTINUING! I DEFINITELY HOPE THAT THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED!!

(ARIA slowly tries to pull herself up after landing on Diamond’s knees, but at the same time Diamond is able to grab onto the ropes to help herself up, allowing her to get up before ARIA.)

Persephone: SPEAR!!!!!! DIAMOND DIXON JUST HIT ARIA WITH THE SPEAR AS SOON AS ARIA TURNED AROUND!!!! DIAMOND DIXON GOES FOR THE COVER, AND NOW ARIA MIGHT FINALLY- I MEAN NOW ARIA MIGHT UNFORTUNATELY BE DONE FOR!!

Charlie Marr: :francis:

ONE!
TWO!!
THRE-

Persephone: WHAT???? ARIA GOT HER SHOULDER UP??? WHY??? WHY IS ARIA STILL IN THIS MATCH???? I..

Serenity Valdez: :mjpls:

Persephone: I mean.. It’s because she’s such a talented competitor after all! Diamond Dixon’s got a long way to go if she wants to defeat someone like ARIA! 😃

Serenity Valdez: I’ve told you two so many times now. Diamond Dixon isn’t good enough. I don’t care how you feel about ARIA, but this is supposed to be Diamond’s chance to prove how good she is and whether or not she’s ready to face me for the Specialists Championship. At this point in the match there shouldn’t be any questioning whether or not she’s ready. She’s not, and no amount of training or preparation will help her get ready for a match against me. At this point that’s just a given, so if ARIA could go and finish this match off already, that’d be nice.

(Diamond Dixon slowly drags ARIA back up by her feet, but ARIA is able to hit a desperate right hand to the face with what looks to be the last of her energy. At this point, Charlie Marr doesn’t seem to have anything to say, allowing the match to speak for itself.)

Persephone: Diamond Dixon was just hit in the face with that right hand, AND NOW SHE SHOVES ARIA INTO THE ROPES, BUT ARIA IS ABLE TO HANG ONTO THEM AND STOP HERSELF FROM BOUNCING OFF!

(Diamond shakes her head, a bit annoyed that ARIA managed to stop herself, before rushing towards her. Surprisingly, ARIA is actually able to duck down, before pushing Diamond up over her head and out to ringside. This causes the crowd to explode into cheers, as previously it looked like ARIA didn’t have anything left.)

Persephone: ARIA JUST SENT DIAMOND TO THE OUTSIDE!!! ARIA IS SOMEHOW STILL FIGHTING HERE TONIGHT, AND NOW DIAMOND DIXON MIGHT BE IN A BIT OF TROUBLE AS ARIA RUNS THE ROPES!!! DIAMOND GETS BACK UP, BUT AS SOON AS SHE IS BACK TO HER FEET SHE’S TAKEN DOWN WITH A TOPE CON HILO! SO EXCITING 😆!

(Both women are down, and this causes the referee to begin the ten count.)

Referee: (off-mic) ONE!…. TWO!… THREE!…

(As the referee makes it to four, ARIA grabs onto the commentary table, trying to pull herself up, but just as she makes it back to her feet, she’s grabbed by the arm.)

Charlie Marr: That’s it?

(It turns out that Charlie Marr is the one that grabbed ARIA, and he’s not happy whatsoever. The referee yells out and warns Charlie not to attack her or it’ll cause a disqualification.)

ARIA: (off-mic) …What?

Charlie Marr: You’re supposed to be facing me for the Hardcore Championship while I’m on my way towards being the greatest Hardcore Champion in history, and THIS is all you have to offer?

ARIA: (off-mic) …

(During this time, the Referee continues to count, making it all the way to six, and Diamond Dixon begins to stir.)

Charlie Marr: The match should be over already, and it isn’t. Is this some kind of joke?

(The referee makes it to the count of seven, and Diamond Dixon starts to climb up the ring apron. ARIA hasn’t noticed this thanks to Charlie Marr, as she just shakes her head, not wanting to entertain Charlie for too long.)

ARIA: (off-mic) After this is over, I’m-

Serenity Valdez: If you two haven’t noticed, we’re at an eight count and Diamond’s back in the ring, so unless you’re fine with a countout you should probably shut up and get back inside.

(This is when ARIA realizes how badly Charlie Marr had distracted her. ARIA can’t believe that Charlie had just been trying to distract her, and she quickly slides back into the ring.)

Persephone: PUMP KICK BY DIAMOND DIXON!!! CHARLIE MARR DISTRACTED ARIA, AND AS SOON AS ARIA SLID IN THE RING SHE WAS MET WITH THAT BOOT TO THE FACE, NOT EVEN LETTING ARIA GET BACK TO HER FEET FIRST!! ARIA didn’t have many options as the referee was nearly at the count of ten, and I think Charlie just screwed over his challenger! Diamond now pulls ARIA up, BEFORE DROPPING HER WITH THE FACELIFT!!! DIAMOND DIXON WITH THE COVER!!!!

ONE!
TWO!!
THREE!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Bella Braxton: Here is your winner… DDIIIIAAAMMMOONNNDDD DIIIIIIIIIXXOONNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

Serenity Valdez: :francis: Whatever.

(The crowd’s first reaction is to boo extremely loudly thanks to Charlie Marr’s actions. Charlie on the other hand still looks unimpressed by how this match turned out.)

Charlie Marr: ARIA should consider herself lucky. It could’ve been a lot worse.

(Charlie Marr gets up, taking his headset off before beginning to make his way away from the commentary area, heading up the ramp.)

Persephone: :lupe: Charlie expressed that he wasn’t pleased with ARIA’s performance throughout the match. Guess that was his way of sending a message, and maybe remind ARIA who she’s dealing with. Too bad that cost her the match. Totally wanted to see it continue.

(‘Bussin’ hits, and the crowd gives a loud mixed reaction, especially after Charlie’s actions cost ARIA the match. Diamond Dixon gets back to her feet and has her hand raised, and she doesn’t look too bothered as what happened between Charlie and ARIA has nothing to do with her, and her eyes are set on Serenity Valdez and the Specialists Championship. Serenity gets out of her seat as Diamond looks towards her, raising her Championship. ARIA on the other hand looks right up towards the ramp once she wakes up, sitting against the ropes and staring at the man that cost her the match, frustrated by how things turned out. Charlie doesn’t even give her a look, heading to the back. From there, Voltage fades from ringside.)

(Commercial for the Batman 2, with Amir Yusuf.)

(“As Long As I Love” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigurebegins to play throughout the PA system of the Antel Arena, the Montevideo audience in attendance releasing a blistering mixed reaction to welcome The Forgotten Idol, Hikari Kanno, to the stage. Before beginning her descent down the ramp, she looks around at the split audience from the top of the stage, her facial expression failing to indicate any sort of response to either reception she receives. She rolls her neck on either side before beginning her procession down the ramp, keeping her eyes locked on the ring in front of her, clearly caring very little for the crowd’s opinion of her.)

Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome…HIKAAARRRIIIIIII KAAAAAAAANNNOOOOOO!

Persephone: Welcome back and thank you for sticking with us here on Sunday Night Voltage, where right now, we’re being joined by Hikari Kanno, who, from my understanding, has a few words to share with the EAW Universe in response to Natasha Agnello!

James Peters: Correct, Persephone, Hikari is on her way to provide Natasha with an answer to the question that was prompted just last week, and I know it’s an answer that a lot of us are looking forward to finally hearing tonight!

Persephone: See, I pay attention to these things now. 🙂

Rich Russillo: Well, then you wouldn’t need me to remind you, Persephone, that last week, Natasha offered Hikari Kanno a very…unique opportunity to elevate herself–Natasha’s words– by issuing a challenge on behalf of Theron Nikolas for a match at Midsummer Massacre!

James Peters: Natasha ended up leaving the arena before Hikari could so much as think about giving an answer–but, something tells me that as days have gone on, Hikari has come to a decision!

Persephone: Gee, I wonder what her answer could be! Obviously, Hikari has a world of opportunity laid out before her after such a fruitless Season 15, I’m sure she’s having a real difficult time making her mind up about whether or not to engage with easy pickings like Theron.

(Hikari, now at the center of the ring, stands with a microphone in hand, waiting patiently for “As Long As I Love” to die down. She stares down at her feet while the audience continues their combined cheers and jests, massaging her jaw as she gathers her words.)

Hikari Kanno: It should come to no one’s surprise to learn that last week, I was actually more than ready to accept the challenge that Natasha laid out for me. I just wasn’t given the chance to properly respond. Whatever it was that Natasha was hoping to accomplish by walking off before I could give her an answer and drawing out this conversation, whether it be an effort to intimidate me or make me feel small, it didn’t work. But I certainly don’t appreciate being robbed of an opportunity to speak for myself, so, tonight, I’m not letting that happen. Instead, I’m going to make sure that my voice is heard. As I really am the only person who has any right whatsoever to speak about or shed judgment on my career and this past season.

(Hikari is now visibly enthused, as she begins her animated recollection of the last year.)

Hikari Kanno: Natasha didn’t tell me anything about me or my career that I didn’t already know. I have nothing to hide. I’m not embarrassed to say that Season 15 didn’t go the way I originally hoped, not in the slightest. It was completely riddled with failure after failure, shortcomings and setbacks, one right after the other. I faced far more let downs than I did real, worthwhile triumphs and highs. Let’s review, shall we? Bloodsport 2021, I challenged Ms. Extreme for the Universal Women’s Championship in a match that resulted in complete and utter humiliation after Camille defeated me, and then shaved my head. Instead of bouncing back, instead of making up for that grueling loss…I tore my ACL a few months later. Nevermind the tremendous hurt that came with being forced to be put out of action, rehabilitation and healing was far more intense and grueling than anyone could have imagined. But I had to do what I needed to do in order to return, in order to get to the top, it only served as the fuel that kept the fire burning inside, that eliminated every last part of me that would have sat by idly and accepted being a failure.

Hikari Kanno: After a massive loss and injury like the one I faced, it’d be easy for anybody to throw in the towel and lose all hope they might have ever had to overcome. But I am not that Elitist, and I will NEVER be that Elitist. The absolute last thing I will accept is being perceived as a failure. I refuse to believe that I am anything of the sort. Regardless, and unfortunately for me, losses to people like DEDEDE and Harper Lee have done little to help disprove that and change public opinion. Neither have a couple of my more…notorious actions. I’m fully aware that to this day, people still question why I turned on Miku, effectively eliminating her from the company and sending her packing. For a while, I myself was a little unsure about my decision. I tore myself apart over it. I was riddled with guilt surrounding my cruel actions that cost me the most valuable person I ever had in her life, all in the name of working to ensure that I would reach the highs I’ve always wanted–but ultimately, that course of action did nothing for me. It all led to the same disappointment. At least recently. A part of me still wishes that it ended up differently. But I no longer want to place any more emphasis than we already have on what I’ve done in the past. Going forward, I want things to be all about ME, and what Hikari Kanno can accomplish as an individual. It’s about time that I follow through, all the way, and make those hard decisions count for something.

Hikari Kanno: Taking that into consideration…I guess there was a bit of truth to a couple of things Natasha pointed out last week. There was some validity to her mentioning just how useful a showing against Theron Nikolas could be. Even though last season didn’t result in him fulfilling his own world championship dreams or achieving anything of substance, it doesn’t get lost on me, or anyone else with a functioning brain what Theron has managed in the past. People might not respect him for it, but history can’t be erased. And I am not too proud to admit that Theron’s history, by EAW standards, is nothing to sneeze at. And I’m more than happy to ACCEPT the offer that Natasha has issued–

(The crowd in attendance responds with enthusiastic cheers upon Hikari’s confirmation and acceptance of the former Soothsayer’s challenge!)

Hikari Kanno: –and I look forward to competing against Theron at Midsummer Massacre, as I continue to turn my entire situation all the way around for the better–

???: It’s good to see that you’ve finally made a decision, Hikari.

(Both the audience and Hikari have come to realize that Natasha Agnello has made her way to the stage and has slowly begun to proceed down the ramp. Hikari turns away from the camera to face the stage, watching Natasha approach the ring.)

Natasha Agnello: Sincerely. It’s honestly heartwarming to hear that you’re able to admit just how much you and your career needs Theron, and a match with him. As I’ve told you already, Theron is in the process of regaining control of himself and finding his pride again. When it comes to this particular challenge, Theron was looking for a big name to not only test himself against, but to send a message through. A rising star to shine brightly against, as he initiates his ascent back to the top. I know he’s looking forward to meeting you inside of that ring, Hikari, and is enthusiastic to see what you have to offer him. As I told you last week, he needs you just as much as you need him. But heed my warning, Hikari.

(Natasha stops at the halfway point of the ramp.)

Natasha Agnello: As excited as I am to see that my approach was effective, I’m not so sure you’re fully prepared for what’s coming your way. Sooner than you know, this season, the winds will be shifting, and Theron Nikolas WILL be coming into his own once again. Tonight, he experienced a small setback against Samael, but mark my words, the tides are turning. Change is coming. Before long, history will be sure to repeat itself, and in a much more efficient manner than before. And this match at Midsummer Massacre, this is just the beginning. The process is going to be a long, but still incredibly fulfilling one for the man who once upon a time, was the most feared competitor in the realm of professional wrestling. But don’t flatter yourself into thinking that Theron needs you by any means. I just know he’s looking forward to sinking his teeth into a fired up, highly motivated individual to drain them completely of what little lifeforce they have in them.

(Hikari, unable to help herself, rolls her eyes as Natasha continues to praise Theron.)

Hikari Kanno: That’s where you’re wrong, Natasha. I’m not going to bend over and simply allow Theron’s journey back to the stop, if he can even get that far, to simply start with me–if anything, he’s going to be forced to realize that things aren’t going to be as easy or straightforward as he’s expecting them to be. I’M going to be using HIM to get MY momentum back, and to remind everyone that I’m the one that we need to start seriously considering as the one to keep a close eye on moving forward. You don’t need me to remind you that Voltage is absolutely stacked this season, and home of some of the very best that EAW has to offer in this day and age–it’s one of the main reasons why Theron is as enthralled as he is to be on Voltage this season and to share the ring with competitors like me. And that’s just one more reason why I am more determined than ever to get my momentum back and make sure that this season, I get what I am owed and even more. It’s not Theron that I “need”–I just need a challenge. And since the two of you have offered one, it’s the challenge that I’m going to accept. That’s all there is to it. I will say this though–I’ve got something to prove just as much as Theron does, if not more, especially after the season I just endured. I have a lot riding on this match, and I’m looking to make a big splash, in a big way, and I want a hell of a fight. So you tell Theron that he better bring everything he’s got at Midsummer Massa–

(The crowd starts to hum with excitement, Hikari paying them little attention until the camera catches an out-of-frame hand tapping her on the shoulder, causing her to jump. She turns around immediately, and there stands Theron Nikolas who, before Hikari can react, follows u[ quickly with a–)

James Peters: GHOST’S REQUIEM! GHOST’S REQUIEM Theron Nikolas has just laid out Hikari Kanno with the Ghost’s Requiem, the swinging reverse STO! By god, Hikari didn’t see it coming, and how could she?!

Rich Russillo: Natasha certainly provided the perfect distraction here tonight that gave Theron Nikolas the perfect amount of time to get the upper hand on an unsuspecting Hikari! What a cheap move!

Persephone: You say cheap, but from my understanding, this is just a beautifully strategic move from one of the most vicious, calculated men in EAW. Hikari let her guard down, and she paid the price for it after being laid out cold in the center of the ring here tonight!

(Theron Nikolas is quick to get back up to his feet, as Hikari has been planted face-first in the center of the ring. Theron smiles down at Hikari as the crowd in attendance goes berserk. From the ramp, Natasha flashes a toothy, satisfied grin as Theron kneels down closer to Hikari, who is slowly beginning to stir.)

Theron Nikolas: (off-mic) Don’t you fret, Hikari. I’ll bring you all I’ve got, and then some, when the time comes.

Natasha Agnello: (sing-song voice) Be careful what you wish foooooooorrrrrrrrr.

(Natasha’s microphone drops with a pop just as Theron raises his hands in the air, and “Your Turn” by Memphis May Fire begins to play throughout the PA system. Our commentary team is left speechless as Theron stands tall in the center of the ring, and Voltage’s broadcast transitions.)

[ SCREENBAR – EARLIER THIS WEEK ]

(Our footage finds TLA dressed to the nines in a red, three-piece suit with a matching Mickey Mouse tie around his neck. He’s visibly nervous as he stands inside of the former Poon Palace in Miami, now renamed the “Toon Palace.” Instead of their usual robes, lingerie, and skimpy outfits, the Poons are each sporting red vests and black-tie bows with their Minnie Mouse COVID-19 Masks on.)

TLA: Aiight, mamis, gather ‘round. I need y’all on your best behavior tonight. Remember what we talked about.

Poon #1: Don’t worry, zaddy, we remember the protocol!

Poon #2: You can count on us. We for sure trying our hardest to keep the business afloat.

Poon #1: Essactly. You been looking out for us all these years, it’s time we do the same for you!

TLA: :wow: I knew I could count on y’all. Once we get over this hump, I promise things’ll go back to normal. We can hop back into our usual groove, making it rain everywhere!

(Meanwhile Eden Sinclair’s limousine pulls right up in front of the “Toon Palace” as she steps out with an angelic smile on her face. TLA begins to inhale and exhale in an effort to calm himself down. The Poons fall into line and take their respective positions to hold their farce as he steps outside to open the door for Ms. Sinclair.)

Eden Sinclair: Why thank you, TLA. Such a gentlemen. That’s a nice start. I have to thank you again for the invitation. While I’m not the biggest fan of the establishment you’re known to run here, I really am looking forward to seeing how you’ve turned things around in lieu of Disney’s partnership with EAW.

TLA: You’re welcome mami—I mean, you’re welcome, ma’am. It’s an honor to have you here at the P—TOON Palace’s grand opening!

Eden Sinclair Yes, very exciting. And you’ve cleaned up very well. “Toon Palace” has such a nice ring to it and it matches our vision perfectly. And—I just noticed it! TLA, what a nice touch. I’m really loving the tie that you’re wearing! Maybe I was wrong about you after all.

TLA: What can I say? The new direction that the company is headed in is remarkable, and I think you’ve done a fantastic job at maintaining its consistency so far already. :wow:

Eden Sinclair: Thank you! You keep this up and you might be earning yourself a spotlight position here on Voltage. We need more people like you who are dedicated to rebranding efforts, and are determined to sell the Disney mission. But we can talk business later. Are you going to show me inside this fine establishment?!

TLA: Yes ma’am… You can follow me right this way!

(TLA escorts Eden Sinclair inside the “Toon Palace” and as soon as they both walk through the door, Eden Sinclair is immediately met by one of TLA’s poons who has donned a new professional demeanor, as she offers Eden a glass of water.)

Poon #1: Here’s a quick beverage for the Disney princess. I hope you enjoy your walkthrough.

Eden Sinclair: Well behaved AND beautiful! Thank you so much darling, you must know I was thirsty. What is your name?

(The Poon smiles back at Eden Sinclair, but TLA interrupts their conversation before the Poon could pronounce her name to avoid revealing her actual Poon name.)

Poon #1: My name is Tittie—

TLA: Tiffany! Her name is Tiffany!

Eden Sinclair: Well, it’s nice to meet you, Tiffany.

TLA: Yes, Tiffany was just going to check on your food…

(TLA gives the Poon a quick mean-mug and throws out a gesture for her to go check on the food before she blows their cover. The Poon understands TLA’s message and leaves off before giving Eden Sinclair one more smile.)

Eden Sinclair: I am starving after a very long day. Thank you so much for the hospitality, TLA! I look forward to expecting for myself some of the fine eatery and amenities the Toon Palace has to offer its customers.

TLA: Yes ma’am. We have the finest steak and rice you could ever taste.

Eden Sinclair: That does sound delicious.

TLA: And you have to try some of the secret sauce.

Eden Sinclair: Secret sauce? Oh, you must tell me the recipe. We NEED to bring it to Disney headquarters. It can be a part of our new lunch and dinner menu, showing everyone just how well this EAW partnership is going!

(TLA nervously chuckles and gulps as he adjusts his tie. Our audience can only imagine what the secret ingredients might be for this original Poon Palace recipe.)

TLA: Um. Well. if I did, it wouldn’t be much of a secret would it, Ms. Sinclair? 😅

Eden Sinclair: Fair enough. But if you will, can you put it in a To-Go box? Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I can stay long enough to eat. I have other meetings to attend. If you’re ready, we can jump right into our tour around the place.

TLA: No problemo ma’am. Well, let me show you our bathrooms….

(TLA leads Eden Sinclair to the bathrooms and as he is showing her, Eden Sinclair couldn’t help but hear moaning noises coming out of the men’s bathroom.)

???: Ohhhh yes…..harder baby, harder! Go harder!

(Eden Sinclair quickly looks over at TLA with an unhappy look growing upon her face as TLA’s eyes widen with a look of worry which makes him enter the bathroom.)

TLA: Oh, one second, Ms. Sinclair—I have to check up on our new, um, plumbing system, they’re installing some—pipes. Yes. Splash Mountain themed—I’ll be right back—

Eden Sinclair: Right.

(TLA attempts to quiet down the gang in the bathroom, but the moaning makes it too loud for them to hear TLA’s voice, so it continues so TLA has no choice but to quickly shut the door behind him while leaving the bathroom, only to come back to an upsetting facial expression from Eden Sinclair, who stands with her arms folded over her chest.)

Eden Sinclair: Mr. TLA…

TLA: Oh, that’s nothing but those darn kids on their phone! You know kids are gonna be kids these days? The internet is filled with a bunch of inappropriate stuff. That’s why we must make it our mission to erase these kinds of things. I went ahead and confiscated and destroyed the device. This is a family establishment, through and through. No room for that dirty stuff in here.

Eden Sinclair: I guess you’re right. Kids will be kids, but I don’t think they were kid–

TLA: Let’s just head to our party room! This is where guests can make their party reservations for birthdays, weddings or any other special celebration. I have a nice Disney theme… you’re going to love it!

Eden Sinclair: Well, what are we waiting for? Take me to it.

(TLA hurries to the next room of the “Toon Palace” and finally stops by a large room with the door closed. However, even more loud noises which seem suspicious to TLA can be heard. He enters the room before inviting Eden Sinclair inside along with him)

TLA: What the….

(The scene quickly blurs so that nothing can be seen, leaving the viewers to try and imagine what the heck is going on. Several poons can be heard giggling and laughing, and the camera quickly focuses in on TLA’s shock expression.)

TLA: Ayo what are ya’ll doing?! I said make it a “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs themed party!” …. What is this?

Poon #2: Oh…we thought you wanted one of them usual themed rooms that we do, you know—that Seven Poona gig!

Poon #3: We’re so sorry, boss…

TLA: :snoop:

(TLA angrily leaves the room and makes it back to Eden Sinclair, who has a curious look on her face and questions the Toon Palace’s “party room.’)

Eden Sinclair: It sounds like a lot more than partying is going on in there…

TLA: Oh no, they uh…I can’t show you this room just yet, we have a customer in there, and they just want a little more privacy… They’re very traditional and private especially during their…dedicated story times. We don’t want to be rude and interrupt them so we can just go along!

Eden Sinclair: Alright, TLA. What’s next on the agenda? I sincerely hope you were as prepared as you say to welcome me tonight.

TLA: I promise you; we have truly turned this place around. I’m going to show you our lobby room next. This is like our waiting area until we have enough room for our guests to be seated. While they’re waiting, they can catch Disney’s most famous and iconic movie franchises displaying on our TV’s… Right this way, Ms. Sinclair.

(Eden Sinclair follows TLA into the lobby/waiting room area but they’re met with a surprise in front of them as they head in there. The scene quickly blurs again and cuts out slurping sounds, while the camera switches to TLA and Eden. Eden is covering her eyes and visibly shaking and once again, TLA looks extremely shocked.)

TLA: AYO!

(The suggestive noise stops.)

Poon #4: Oh! Hey boss! You’re looking mighty sharp!

TLA: I just specifically told you to turn on “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on the TV’s—

Poon #4: Wow…. I’m so sorry! I thought you said “Honey, Go Su-.”

TLA: STOP!!! YOU KNOW I DIDN’T SAY THAT!

Poon #4: I’m truly sorry! I’ll leave now!

(The scene remains blurred for obvious reasons but it’s obvious the Poon and a gentlemen take off running. TLA looks down while shaking his head until he’s met with a death glare.)

TLA: I know. I know…. It’s jus—

(Suddenly another stranger walks into the building stumbling all over the lobby, looking ready to pass out in front of an appalled Eden Sinclair and confused TLA….)

TLA: Had too many drinks today, vato?

Drunk Man: I doooonntt knowwww what you’re talkin about pallllllll…. I oonlly haddd just oneeee drinkk…

Eden Sinclair: Are these the type of people you allow in your establishment, TLA?

TLA: NO! Not at al—l

Drunk Man: Dang baby…this one of the new girls,TLA? Gimmie an hour with this one.

Eden Sinclair: Excuse me, sir?

Drunk Man: Matter of faaaac…t….make it two….this one’s extraaaa spiccyyyy…

(Eden Sinclair steps in front of the drunken man with a displeased look while the drunk man has flirty emotion towards her.)

Drunk Man: Oh yeah! I like you… Hey bud! How much do I need to spend on this Poon?!

(The drunk man slaps and grips Eden Sinclair’s behind as she is stunned and not turned on by the drunk man’s actions. TLA quickly intervenes and tries to kick the drunk man out of the lobby.)

Eden Sinclair: What on EARTH is going on here?! Get off me! I’m not some Poon! I am a LADY, and you will treat me as such!

TLA: Mi amigo! It’s time for you to go, we can talk about this later—

Drunk Man: I just wanted a taste of that—

(TLA finally forces the drunk man out of the lobby area as he is once again met with an even more irate Eden Sinclair)

Eden Sinclair: I think I’ve seen enough, TLA!

TLA: What do you mean?

Eden Sinclair: It’s clear you have not matured enough. You’re not someone we’re going to look forward to working with in the future.

TLA: Huh?

Eden Sinclair: You heard me right. Therefore, I’m effectively immediately canceling your match against Daryl Kinkade at Midsummer Massacre!

TLA: Say what? Yo! You can’t do that, mami, I thought it was already booked!

Eden Sinclair: Oh yes, I can. Until you’ve officially cleaned up your act, you’re going to have a hard time this season. Because as far as I’m concerned… you’re an enemy for Disney. You’re a complete opposite of everything we’re trying to represent. There are no open doors for someone like you in our company. Your filth will only damage our reputation and there are far more worthy people that deserve one of Voltage’s slots at Midsummer Massacre.

TLA: Mammi! Do you know who I am?! I’m one of the best Elitists in this damn business! I’m a Hall of Famer!

Eden Sinclair: You may be one of the best of the best but that doesn’t mean you’re irreplaceable. You will not be competing at Midsummer Massacre and that’s final!

TLA: You—rotten—bi—

Eden Sinclair: That is the exact reason why you aren’t going to be competing there, but I do understand a little of your frustrations. So, you’re more than welcome to compete against Daryl on an upcoming episode of Voltage.

TLA: Me Importa Un Carajo!

Eden Sinclair: And you can also expect further disciplinary actions!

(Eden Sinclair leaves out of the building in a huff while TLA looks on with a very bothered expression on his face by Eden Sinclair’s announcement. The footage then comes to an end.)

( Voltage fades into the backstage area where Sofia Clarke is seen in the designated interview area. She smiles into the camera and begins speaking. )

Sofia Clarke: Ladies and gentlemen… please welcome my guest at this time. The EAW World Champion… Minerva!

( The camera shot widens and standing beside Sofia is none other than the gorgeous orange-haired gypsy. Minerva is dressed for her match later on against TLA and the EAW World Championship is wrapped around her waist. She licks her blood red lips and flashes Sofia a smile. )

Minerva: Well that was a nice introduction.

Sofia Clarke: :wow: First of all, congratulations on becoming a two-time world champion back at Pain for Pride. I know that your road to the EAW Championships wasn’t necessarily a smooth one, but you prevailed in one of the most brutal and most memorable matches in EAW history.

Minerva: Thank you and obviously the road I had to take to get to this point was full of potholes and roadblocks. Drake King made my life a living hell for seven long, tortuous months but I finally broke through. I will admit that Pain for Pride wasn’t completely perfect. Drake deserved to have his career ended by me for everything he put Myles and myself through, but the look on his face when he realized that he didn’t win and that no matter what, Myles and I were as solid as ever.

Sofia Clarke: Uhhh okay! Can we like talk about that just for a moment?? Did you have any idea that Myles was going to propose? Had you two even talked about marriage before???

Minerva: I have to admit, he completely caught me off guard with the proposal, but we’ve both known for awhile we have wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. I never needed a ring from Myles to know how much he loved me, and he knows that he holds the key to my heart for all eternity. The proposal and the ring just made the moment even more beautiful, and I can’t wait for the day that Myles and I get to travel the world together again and do what we love. He’s fine, by the way. Injured and healing, and working to get back here. He’s also my biggest supporter and made sure to tell me to kick TLA’s ass earlier. I can say that, right?

Sofia Clarke: :lupe: Probably not, but I don’t think the censors went off. Let’s move on. At the Draft Show, you made it known that you were ready to defend the EAW World Championship and be the best possible champion that you could be. I think I speak for everyone when I say that Ronan Malosi coming down to the ring to challenge you was a shock. Out of all the people in Elite Answers Wrestling, he was not the person that was expected to step up but he did. What was going through your mind when Ronan made his way down to the ring?

Minerva: Truthfully? I wanted to laugh :mjlol:. At that moment, Ronan hadn’t even been drafted to Voltage. He could have gone to any brand. I would have still given him the match anyway because what he did took a lot of balls that quite frankly I didn’t know Ronan had. He truly is one of the most delusional people I have ever come across in my life and trust me, Sofia, I have been around the world on more than one occasion. The way Ronan views himself and the way the rest of the world views him are totally different. Just this week he was bragging about embarrassing someone like Kassidy Heart when all I’ve ever seen her do is beat the tar out of him and send him on his way. This is why people don’t take Ronan very seriously and why I decided to make a mockery out of his so-called celebration last week. He’s nothing to me other than a footnote in my EAW World Championship history.

Sofia Clarke: What are your thoughts about the next match that features Ronan taking on a man you are very familiar with in Drake King?

( Unable to help it, Minerva rolls her icy blue eyes. )

Minerva: Can the ring just get sucked into a black hole while both of them are in it? I’m honestly disgusted to still share a brand with Drake, but I in a way, I understand Captain Charisma’s logic in drafting him. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, no? At least I can keep my eyes on Drake and remain in striking distance if he even so much as thinks he is going to get involved in my business this season. As far as I am concerned, the beginning of Season 16 starts a new chapter for me, and one I have waited a very long time to write. Representing all of EAW as a world champion has been a dream of mine for a long time, and it is something I put on hold because I thought there was a bigger cause to fight for. That wasn’t the case but I got what I deserved at the end, and tonight, in my first match as champion, I am going to put down one of the very best to ever compete here. TLA is a formidable foe, and someone I’m familiar with. I know what it takes to beat and I know that he has what it takes to beat me. It’s going to be an incredible main event, and I look forward to savoring my first victory of the season.

Sofia Clarke: Well best of luck out there tonight, Minerva, and I assume you’ll be keeping your eyes on what goes down between Ronan and Drake?

Minerva: Absolutely. I’ll be glued to the monitor and hopefully get a chance to see both of them self-destruct simultaneously.

Sofia Clarke: Thank you for your time, champ.

Minerva: Of course.

( Sofia signs off and throws it back to Rich, James, and Persephone at ringside. Meanwhile Minerva makes her way to the nearest monitor because as promised, she is going to keep her pretty eyes on this match. )

( Voltage fades down to ringside. )

(As Voltage returns back to ringside, Bella Braxton is seen holding a microphone in her hand.)

Bella Braxton: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!

(‘Cold War’ by Hans Zimmer plays as the crowd immediately boos as Drake King begins to make his way out to the stage. Drake doesn’t pose on the ramp or anything, choosing to waste no time making his way to the ring as he tries to focus on his upcoming match against Ronan Malosi.)

Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING FIRST….FROM THE DEAD SEA, ISRAEL…WEIGHING IN AT 220 POUNDS….”DRAKE THEEEEEE REDEEMERRRRR!!!!!!”

James Peters: Back in yellow, his mission failed at Pain for Pride, but he’s still been in a great mood as of late, and the Disney deal is a huge reason why he seems to be enjoying it.

Persephone: Oh, me too! 🙂

Rich Russillo: :usure: But yeah, we heard what he had to say last week, and he was interrupted in the strangest way. Do you think that weighs on his mind heading into his match tonight?

James Peters: I’m not so sure, not after what he was told by Dr. Doyle earlier in the night.

(“Mo Money’ by Ben McLusky plays and the crowd boos even louder as Ronan Malosi comes out with the cockiest grin on his face. He continues to smile making his way to the ring, doing the title motion around his waist. Amaya, Ronan Malosi’s personal ring announcer, is alongside him, holding a microphone in her hand.)

Amaya: AND HIS OPPONENT….FROM PALM SPRINGS, FLORIDA…WEIGHING IN AT 285 POUNDS AND STANDING AT 6’8!!!!! HE IS “THE MILLION DOLLAR MEGASTAR”, THE NEXT EAW WORLD CHAMPION, RONAANNNBNN MALLOOSSIIIII!!!!

(Amaya begins to make her way to the back from there with a smile on her face, as Ronan Malosi continues his way down the ramp to the fans boos.)

Rich Russillo: Do you think he still has tar anywhere? :mjlol:

James Peters: He stepped up to Minerva at the Draft show and made his case on why he deserves to challenge for the EAW Championship, and everybody thought he was nuts to challenge her for the EAW Title, but he’s taking on the challenge Minerva said he was scared of, facing the best of the best, and we’re about to see in a few moments in his first big test in Minerva’s former ally and for, as well as one of the best to do it, Drake King.

(Ronan steps in the ring, poses one last time before removing his hat and staring at Drake King as his theme fades and the referee calls for the bell.)

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Rich Russillo: And both men come out from their respective corners, and they are about to lock up –

Ronan Malosi: (off mic) THIS IS MY SHOW NOW!

Persephone: Oh gosh, and Ronan right out of the gate throws a kick to the midsection, Drake I think was caught off guard and Ronan looks to take advantage, and Ronan goes for an irish whip, but Drake counters and then hits a flying forearm shots taking Ronan down as Ronan quickly rolls out of the ring as his plan backfired.

Ronan Malosi: (off mic) JUST WAIT!

James Peters: Drake rolls his eyes before running off the ropes, and right as Ronan turns around…DRAKE TAKES HIM OUT WITH A ,SUICIDE DIVE THROUGH THE SECOND ROPE! Drake drives Ronan back first into the barricade, and Drake repeatedly delivers several right hands, and then goes to throw Ronan back in the ring – BUT RONAN REVERSES AND SENDS DRAKE SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE APRON! Ronan checks his lip for blood before approaching Drake…

Rich Russillo: And Drake delivers an uppercut to the jaw, and then spears Ronan driving him into the barricade once more! Drake picks him up and then drops him stomach first on the barricade! Drake then throws Ronan back in the ring as he steps up on the apron, and Drake springboards off the top rope….AND DRIVES THE KNEE INTO THE FACE OF RONAN AS RONAN STUMBLES BACK INTO THE CORNER! Drake has all of the momentum right now in this match.

Persephone: HERE HE COMES AND HE DRIVES BOTH KNEES INTO RONAN’S CHEST, BUT RONAN HOLDS HIS BODY WEIGHT UP…AND SLAMS HIM ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Ronan steps out of the corner and approaches Drake…and he delivers a hard right hand! Drake is barely standing….and then Ronan delivers another one! Ronan grabs Drake by the throat and picks him up – BUT DRAKE REVERSES IT INTO AN ARM DRAG! RONAN CHARGES AT DRAKE BUT DRAKE REVERSES INTO A ROLL-UP….BUT HE ROLLS TO HIS FEET AND DELIVERS THE SUPERKICK TO THE FACE AS HE GOES FOR THE FIRST COVER OF THIS MATCH!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Rich Russillo: Ronan gets the shoulder up! And Drake doesn’t waste any time in going back on the attack as he quickly picks up Ronan and places him between the legs – AND HE HOOKS BOTH OF THE ARMS, BUT RONAN FIGHTS OUT OF IT AND DELIVERS A LARIAT ALMOST TURNING DRAKE INSIDE OUT! Ronan looks to shake the cobwebs out as he pulls himself up eyeing down Drake trying to make it back up to his feet. AND RONAN CHARGES –

James Peters: BUT DRAKE COUNTERS WITH A FLAPJACK AND RONAN HITS FACE FIRST ON THE TURNBUCKLE, AND THEN DRAKE FOLLOWS THAT UP WITH A SNAP TIGER SUPLEX! Ronan quickly rolls under the rope on the apron and slowly pulls himself up…AND DRAKE WAS WAITING AS HE RUNS OFF THE ROPES – BUT RONAN STOPS HIM IN HIS TRACKS WITH A KNEE! RONAN STEPS BACK INSIDE THE RING AND HE GOES FOR THE BIG BOOT – BUT DRAKE DUCKS IT…AND DRAKE GRABS HIS ARM AND PULLS HIM IN AND TAKES OUT RONAN WITH A RIPCORD KNEE AS HE FALLS DOWN FOR THE COVER!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Persephone: Bald man gets the shoulder up again. Drake right away picks him up, but Ronan drives his knee into the midsection of Drake creating some separation. Drake retaliates by swinging at Ronan…but Ronan catches him in a backbreaker! Ronan doesn’t go for the cover though trying to get back to stand back up.

James Peters: Drake pulls himself up in the corner, AND HERE COMES RONAN WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM – AND HE DELIVERS A BODY SPLASH TO DRAKE IN THE CORNER! AMD NOW…RONAN GRABS DRAKE BY THE HEAD AND RIBS….AND TOSSES HIM TO THE OPPOSITE END OF THE RING! Ronan is in full control now.

(Ronan does the title around the waist motion.)

Ronan Malosi: (off mic) BASK IN THE GLORY OF YOUR NEXT EAW WORLD CHAMPION!

Rich Russillo: Ronan turns around and focuses back on Drake…BUT DRAKE CONNECTS OUT OF NOWHERE WITH AN ENZIGURI KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD DROPPING RONAN TO A KNEE! I guess that’s what happens when monologuing taking your eye off an opponent as skilled as Drake King. :yikes:

James Peters: Drake is back in control now as Drake picks him up for the Falcon Arrow…but Ronan escapes out of it from behind, and he hooks both of Drake’s arms from behind – AND HE DELIVERS A VICIOUS FULL NELSON SLAM GETTING CRAZY ELEVATION THERE AS HE HOOKS BOTH LEGS FOR THE COVER!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOO!!!

Persephone: THE KICKOUT AND THE MATCH ROLLS ON! :blessed:

James Peters: Now what is Ronan thinking of doing? Oh no…Ronan looks to be going to the top rope… Ronan possibly looking for maybe a double axe handle considering his size advantage- AND BEFORE HE CAN DO ANYTHING DRAKE THROWS HIMSELF ON THE ROPES CAUSING RONAN TO LOSE HIS BALANCE LANDING ON HIS GROIN ON THE TOP ROPE! Ronan is a sitting duck up there…AND DRAKE RUNS UP TO THE TOP ROPE LIKE A BAT OUT OF HECK…AND OH MY – A FALCON ARROW FROM THE TOP ROPE AS DRAKE GRABS THE LEG FOR THE VICTORY!!

OOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!!!

Rich Russillo: RONAN KICKS OUT! Drake gives a little chuckle as Ronan is trying his best to escape Drake trying to crawl away, but Drake stands above him, and then grabs ahold of his foot! Ronan grabs the ring skirt trying his best to escape Drake, but Drake pulls him to the center of the ring, but Ronan flips on his back and pushes Drake away trying to get up!

James Peters: BUT DRAKE LOOKS TO DRIVE HIS KNEE INTO THE SIDE OF HIS HEAD – BUT RONAN MOVES AT THE LAST SECOND! AND RONAN QUICKLY RUNS UP BEHIND DRAKE – AND HE HITS A SIDE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both guys are down now as they crawl away from one another and begin to stir on opposite ends of the ring. Both stand and turn around to face one another – AND RONAN PICKS DRAKE UP HIGH AND GOES TO SLAM HIM TO THE MAT..BUT DRAKE COUNTERS IT INTO A CROSSFACE SUBMISSION! DRAKE IS WRENCHING BACK ON THAT SUBMISSION AS RONAN SCREAMS IN AGONY KICKING HIS FEET IN PANIC! RONAN USES HIS POWER AND SCOOTS TO THE ROPE, HE’S REACHING BUT DRAKE’S NOT MAKING IT EASY, AND HE REACHES…HE’S FINGERTIPS AWAY….AND RONAN REACHES AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE FORCING A BREAK!

Persephone: Drake lets go as he stands back up and he begins to stalk Ronan…AND HE GOES FOR “JUDGMENT DAY!!!” – BUT RONAN USES HIS RING AWARENESS AND PULLS HIMSELF OUT OF THE RING!

(Ronan points at his brain signaling he’s smart.)

James Peters: AND DRAKE KING TAKES OUT RONAN WITH A CROSSBODY OVER THE TOP ROPE! Once again Ronan takes his eye off the ball, something not tolerated against someone who is a multi time World Champion in Drake King. Drake now sends Ronan back into the ring!

Rich Russillo: Drake quickly climbs up the apron and makes his way to the top rope – AND DRAKE GOES FOR THE PHOENIX SPLASH…AND IT CONNECTS!! DRAKE HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE WIN!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEE!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEE!!!!

Persephone: RONAN STAYS ALIVE AGAIN!! And Drake looks to go back on the offense right away picking Ronan up by the head..BUT RONAN DRIVES DRAKE IN THE CORNER! SHOULDER THRUST FROM RONAN! ANOTHER ONE! AND THEN ANOTHER! Ronan now irish whips Drake into the opposite corner…and he charges looking for the body splash- BUT DRAKE GETS THE FEET UP! Drake then hops on the second rope…and he goes for the tornado DDT, BUT RONAN COUNTERS WITH A SHOT TO THE RIB CAGE IN MID AIR!
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James Peters: And now look at this, Ronan is begging for Drake to get up to his feet. Drake turns around, AND RONAN GOES FOR “DEATH-RO”!!! BUT DRAKE COUNTERS AND LANDS ON HIS FEET! RONAN LOOKS CAUGHT OFF GUARD, AND THEN DRAKE TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK! Ronan is stunned not having a clue of where he is, AND HERE COMES DRAKE – BUT RONAN ALMOST LIKE HE WAS PLAYING POSSUM CATCHES DRAKE WITH “VERTIGO!!!” THE DEEP SIX AS RONAN GOES FOR THE COVER!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEE!!!!

Rich Russillo: DRAKE WITH THE KICKOUT! And Ronan is visibly upset as he pounds the nat in frustration. Ronan picks Drake up by the head now and picks him up in a fireman’s carry….but Drake throws elbows to the side if Ronan’s face then he slips off the shoulders from behind, and then Drake pushes Ronan forward going for the roll-up .BUT RONAN HOLDS ON TO THE ROPE! Drake runs at Ronan – BUT RONAN TAKES HIM OUT WITH A BIG BOOT RIGHT TO THE FACE!! Ronan now takes this time to catch his breath as he looks absolutely gassed.

Persephone: Ronan after several seconds approaches Drake who is crawling on his knees, and pulls Drake up by the hair, and looks to be setting up for a suplex – BUT DRAKE IN MID AIR DRIVES HIS KNEE ON TOP OF THE SKULL! CAUSING RONAN TO DROP HIM! DRAKE FOLLOWS IT UP BY PUTTING RONAN BETWEEN THE LEGS AND HOOKING THE ARMS, PRETTY SURE WE KNOW WHAT THIS IS – “ASCENSION!!!” THE PEDIGREE, BUT DRAKE ISN’T DONE AS HE RUNS UP THE TOP ROPE – THE FROG SPLASH RIGHT ON TOP OF RONAN! AND HERE’S THE HOOK OF THE LEG!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!

James Peters: AND RONAN SOMEHOW SURVIVES!!! And Drake was sure that would put Ronan away but not just yet. And Drake is stalking Ronan setting up for “Judgement Day”, AND HE GOES FOR IT – BUT RONAN MOVES AT THE LAST SECOND! And Drake may have just landed on that knee a bit awkwardly.

Rich Russillo: And now it’s Ronan who senses a big opportunity…and he right away takes Drake down with a chop block to the back pack of Drake’s leg! Ronan now gives a grin before…RONAN BEGINS STOMPING VICIOUSLY ON THE KNEE OF DRAKE! And now, he grabs the leg…AND HE REPEATEDLY DRIVES THE ELBOW DOWN ONTO DRAKE’S LEG! Ronan knows this might be his best chance to pick up the victory and he’s not going to waste it..AS HE PULLS DRAKE IN AND GOES FOR “DEATH-RO!!!” BUT DRAKE DOESN’T LET IT HAPPEN DELIVERING A HIGH KNEE THAT SENDS RONAN STUMBLING INTO THE CORNER AS HE DROPS IN A SEATED POSITION!

James Peters: Drake stands, and shakes his knee to test just how bad it might be hurt. He seems to be walking it off just fine as he stands in the corner opposite of Ronan…AND HE RUNS AND MOST DECAPITATES RONAN WITH A BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! AND DRAKE RUNS TO THE OPPOSITE CORNER…AND HITS IT A SECOND TIME! OH NO – A THIRD BOOT TO THE FACE OF THE SEATED RONAN IN THE CORNER! Ronan looks to be in some serious deep trouble as Drake slowly walks towards the corner looking to perhaps go up top once again..but look! Ronan has a hold of Drake’s ankle, not allowing him to climb! Drake finally kicks Ronan away, and then just quickly picks him up – HE GOES FOR “OVERHAUL”!!!

Persephone: But Ronan uses his strength advantage and turns it into a belly to belly!

James Peters: Both men are down again, as they both stand, and turn around to face one another! AND RONAN THROWS A HARD RIGHT HAND! DRAKE RESPONDS BACK WITH W FOREARM SHOT! BOTH MEN BEGIN EXCHANGING SHOTS UNTIL..DRAKE GOES FOR A SUPERKICK – BUT RONAN CATCHES THE FOOT BEFORE SPINNING DRAKE AROUND, AND THEN DRAKE TURNS IT INTO A LEAPING DOUBLE LEG LARIAT DRAKE HAS RONAN STUNNED AS HE NOW RUNS OFF THE ROPES – BUT THIS TIME RONAN CATCHES DRAKE AND DELIVERS A BACKBREAKER ON THE RIGHT KNEE BEFORE COLLAPSING DOWN TO THE MAT!

Rich Russillo: Ronan looks almost out of breath as he tries getting back to his feet. Ronan makes his way over to Drake and picks him up by his upper body…BUT DRAKE FIGHTS BACK WITH SEVERAL RIGHT HANDS, AND THEN A ROUNDHOUSE KICK! DRAKE ONCE MORE RUNS OFF THE ROPES AND LEAPS AT RONAN – BUT RONAN SIDESTEPS AND DRAKE TURNS AROUND AND WALKS RIGHT INTO “DREAM CRUSHER!!!!” THE STIFF RIGHT HOOK AS TONAN QUICKLY DROPS DOWN OVER DRAKE AND GOES FOR THE COVER!!

OOOOONNNNNNEEEEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOO!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEE!!!!!

Persephone: DRAKE GETS THE SHOULDER UP!! Ronan pounds the mat in frustration thinking that was it.

Ronan Malosi: (no mic) ARE YOU KIDDING?!

Rich Russillo: Now what does Ronan have in mind? RONAN DROPS DOWN AND HE SETS IT UP! HE IS GOING FOR “RED INK!!!!” BUT DRAKE HAS HIS HEAD LOWERED TO PREVENT RONAN FROM FULLY APPLYING IT! DRAKE DELIVERS BACKHANDED ELBOW SHOTS CAUSING RONAN TO LET GO AND DRAKE USES THE ROPE IN FRONT OF HIM TO GET UP…BUT IN COMES RONAN – BUT DRAKE THROWS ANOTHER ELBOW STOPPING HIM DEAD IN HIS TRACKS…AND DRAKE SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE SECOND ROPE AND HITS A SPINNING TORNADO DDT SPIKING RONAN’S HEAD INTO THE MAT!! DRAKE CAN FEEL MOMENTUM BUILDING AS HE WAITS FOR RONAN TO TURN AROUND!

James Peters: HE DOES …AND DRAKE HITS THE “GUILLOTINE!!!” THE SICK KICK RIGHT TO THE HEAD! DRAKE IS CRAWLING OVER TO RONAN, AND HE HOOKS THE INSIDE LEG FOR THE WIN!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEREEREEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!

Rich Russillo: THE REFEREE SEES RONAN’S FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!!! RONAN STAYS IN IT! Now it’s Drake wondering what next to do to put the number one contender down for good. Drake stalling on making that cover may have given Ronan that extra second he needed to know where he was.

Persephone: Drake looks to be setting up for it again. Ronan stands and turns to face Drake – AND THE “GUILLOTINE” CONNECTS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT TIME! THIS HAS TO BE IT, BUT LOOK – DRAKE KNOCKED HIM NEAR THE ROPES, AND RONAN LOOKS TO DROP OUT OF THE RING UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE, AND DRAKE REACHES TRYING TO CATCH HIM…BUT HE’S TOO LATE!! Drake looks down, laying on the bottom rope at Ronan unconscious on the ringside floor, shaking his head that Ronan just barely managed to escape.

Rich Russillo: After a few seconds, Drake reaches through the second rope and tries to pull Ronan up…BUT RONAN DELIVERS AN UPPERCUT DRIVING DRAKE BACK INSIDE THE RING AS RONAN FALLS TO A KNEE IN EXHAUSTION ON THE OUTSIDE! Ronan slithers back inside the ring, holding his face in pain from the two Guillotines, AND HE RUNS AND TAKES DRAKE OUT WITH A BICYCLE KICK…BUT DRAKE DUCKS IT AND RUNS OFF THE ROPES AGAIN – AND HE LEAPS AT RONAN – BUT RONAN COUNTERS AND CATCHES DRAKE…AND DRIVES HIM DOWN WITH A VICIOUS SPINEBUSTER!! AND RONAN RIGHT AWAY FLIPS DRAKE OVER ON HIS BELLY AND LOCKS IN “RED INK!!!” THE BRIDGING COBRA CLUTCH AS DRAKE HAD NOWHERE TO GO! RONAN LOOKS PRIMED TO SCORE POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST WIN OF HIS CAREER!!!

Ronan Malosi: (no mic) TAP! TAP!!! TAP OUT NOW!!!!

Persephone: DON’T LISTEN TO THE MAN! WE ALL WANT THIS MATCH TO GO ON ALL NIGHT!!! 🙁

James Peters: DRAKE’S FACE SEEMS TO BE TURNING RED, BUT HE REFUSES TO LOSE TO RONAN! DRAKE DRAGS HIMSELF, AND HE’S CLOSER TO THAT ROPE! RONAN WRENCHES BACK DELIVERING THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF PRESSURE…AND DRAKE LUNGES OUT….AND…HE GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!!! RONAN ISN’T LETTING GO THOUGH IN DENIAL THAT DRAKE MADE IT, AND THE REFEREE FORCES HIM OFF!

Rich Russillo: Ronan doesn’t stay back for long as he quickly picks Drake back up and goes for it right away – “DEATH-RO!!!!!” BUT DRAKE FLIPS BACK ONTO HIS FEET SOMEHOW, AND RONAN BEFORE HE KNOWS DRAKE REVERSES….A SUPERKICK FROM DRAKE THAT FLOORS RONAN AND HE DROPS LIKE A SACK OF POTATOES!! AND THEN DRAKE GOES FOR ANOTHER COVER!!

OOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNEEREEREEEE!!!!!

TTTTTTTTTWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE!!!!

Rich Russillo: RONAN KICKS OUT AT THE LAST MILLISECOND!! Both men exhausted as they both gingerly make it back to their feet and Drake is a tad bit quicker AND DRAKE DRIVES THE KNEE INTO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD, BUT RONAN SIDE STEPS OUT OF THE WAY AS DRAKE MISSES, AND NOW RONAN RUNS OFF OF THE ROPES…AND THIS TIME THE BIG BICYCLE KICK CONNECTS AND TAKES DOWN DRAKE! RONAN FOLLOWS THAT UP BY RUNNING OFF THE ROPES AND GOING FOR A STANDING ELBOW DROP…BUT NOBODY HOME AS DRAKE MOVES! BOTH MEN NOT MAKING IT EASY ON THE OTHER TO GET ANY OFFENSE GOING IN THIS STAGE OF THE MATCH!

James Peters: DRAKE SWINGS AT RONAN – BUT RONAN DUCKS AND DRIVES A KNEE INTO THE MIDSECTION AND THEN AN UPPERCUT…ONLY FOR DRAKE TO RETALIATE AND DELIVER A ENZIGURI KICK TO THE HEAD! BOTH MEN DON’T REALLY SEEM TO HAVE A CLUE ON WHERE THEY ARE AT THE MOME –

(Loud mumbling from the crowd can be heard. The sound is familiar, and Drake shakes off the cobwebs and listens.)

Persephone: Are these the same weird sounds we heard last week? Wait…what the?!

(Samael, runs out onto the stage, as we can tell, with his Michael persona. He is wearing a workout shirt and shorts, with a headband. Michael has five pound weights in each hand, and jogs his way to ringside. Drake wipes the sweat from his eyes and looks as confused as all of us.)

Michael: (off mic as he jumps up and down with the weights) Don’t mind me Drake, just working on the cardio! You gotta stay fit! Do you wanna come out here and join me?! 😀

(Drake looks as confused as he was last week. He pays no more attention to Michael as he turns his attention back to Ronan.)

(Michael drops the weights and does a quick stretch and hops up on the apron.)

Michael: (off mic) TAG ME IN DRAKE! I’M ALL WARMED UP!!!!😀

Drake King: …..

Persephone: :skip: What is the matter with this man?

(Drake again looks confused before ignoring it, and trying to refocus on the match. Michael hops down from the apron looking sad.)

Rich Russillo: Ummmm….meanwhile in the ring..RONAN LOOKS TO GO FOR THE CLOTHESLINE, BUT DRAKE DUCKS AND RUNS OFF THE ROPES AND TAKES RONAN DOWN WITH A SLINGBLADE! BUT OH MY GOD!!!!

James Peters: LOOK BEHIND DRAKE!!! SAMAEL…AND THE EXPRESSION HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED ON HIS FACE!!

Caine: (off mic) We warned you not to be rude, Drake.

James Peters: SAMAEL GRABS DRAKE BY THE HEAD….”R.I.P”!!!!!!

(Caine stands above the lifeless body of Drake King, a sinister look on his face as he finally begins making his way out from the ring. The referee, and Ronan Malosi, look on in confusion at what just transpired. The referee after a moment calls for the bell.)

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Bella Braxton: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH BY RESULT OF A DISQUALIFICATION…DRRAAAKKKEEE KIIINNNGGGGG!!!!

Ronan Malosi: (no mic) WHAT?!?!??!

James Peters: Umm, well, technically Samael put his hands on Drake, so that’s the obvious decision, and Ronan is NOT happy about it.

(Ronan repeatedly kicks the bottom rope in anger before turning to the camera and getting up close.)

Ronan Malosi: (no mic) This doesn’t mean ANYTHING!! Minerva, listen to these words carefully…I’m coming to Midsummer Massacre…and like it or not, I’m ending this reign before it even starts. I’m walking out EAW CHAMPION!

(Ronan pushes the camera away before leaving the ring, still mad about how the match ended, and makes his way to the back as Voltage fades to black.)

[ SCREEN BAR – EARLIER TODAY ]

( The scene opens up to an undisclosed area of the Antel Arena. It’s early morning and the stagehands responsible for setting up for Voltage have been at work for a couple of hours. That being said, Sofia Clarke and former multi-time champion, Daryl Kinkade, are sitting across from one another in director’s chairs and both are sipping on coffees provided to them by catering. They are making small talk as the hair and make-up team finishes up with Sofia, and a stagehand is getting Daryl fitted with a microphone. A few moments go by and finally both are ready. Sofia gets the signal that they are ready to begin filming and she flashes a smile at Daryl. He acknowledges that he’s ready, and with that, Sofia gets the interview underway. )

Sofia Clarke: First of all, welcome back. I know you’ve been back in EAW for a few months now and it has certainly been a whirlwind. The Grand Rampage surprise return, teased MarrKade reunion, and that incredible match at Pain for Pride against Charlie for the Hardcore Championship. Tell me what all of that means to you.

( Daryl sits back in his chair and just shakes his head. The good moments and the bad ones seem to be playing through his head at the moment, and he chuckles to himself. )

Daryl Kinkade: Whirlwind is definitely the right word! I still can’t quite believe I’m back and how quickly things have progressed. Honestly though, it means the world to me, I feel like myself again for the first time in years. I wasn’t sure if anyone would remember me or how I’d be received, not just by the fans but by the guys and girls in the back as well, but the reception I got at Grand Rampage and then that match at Pain for Pride have made me realise walking away was a mistake and coming back was definitely the right thing to do. I have second thoughts, third thoughts even. There was a lot of doubt in my thought process when it came to thinking about a return and actually signing an EAW contract again. Needless to say, I’m glad to be back and on Voltage, no less.

Sofia Clarke: Back on Voltage, where it all began so to speak. You’ve basically had the majority of your success as a member of this brand, so I’m sure nostalgia hit you upon your return. Are you excited to be back here?

Daryl Kinkade: No disrespect to Dynasty or Showdown, but if I’d been drafted to either of those, I’m not sure if I would have the same motivation that I do right now. Both brands are great, and while I’m sure there would have been opportunities for me on either show, Voltage is where my heart is. Voltage is my home, always has been. It’s where I’ve won all my titles, had my best matches and my best feuds. It’s the brand that has put its trust in me not once, but twice now and it’s time for me to start repaying that trust. Captain Charisma saw potential in me, even when I didn’t, or when I was at my lowest point, and he never gave up on me. That sort of faith, even though it was blind at times, sticks with a man and I can’t forget that. I want to do my part and make this brand the best it’s ever been, and in a lot of ways, I want to prove that I can still compete with the very best in the business. Not to toot my own horn, but I do believe that I was making my way up the ranks before I got injured and decided to call it a day. I have no doubt that I could have been world champion by now, or have even more titles to my name. It’s time to recapture the magic I had before and I really just like my chances this season to go a long, long way.

Sofia Clarke: Looking around at the current Voltage, who are you excited to face off against?

Daryl Kinkade: Where do I start? This roster is so stacked it’s hard to narrow it down to just one or two so can I say everyone? No? OK, well from the guys who were here before I left, Minerva and Theron are the obvious stand outs for me. Of the new crop of talent, well new to me anyway…probably Myles and Dr. Bethany Blue are the ones I’d most like to get in the ring with. Oh and of course, TLA.

( Daryl smirks at the mention of the former Answers World Champion because of what went down between the two of them last week. Sofia, of course, picks up on this. )

Sofia Clarke: :mjgrin: Speaking TLA, last week he issued an open challenge for someone to step up and face him at Midsummer Massacre and you accepted. What prompted you to do that?

( Daryl rakes a hand through his blonde hair and just shrugs. )

Daryl Kinkade: It was kind of a heat of the moment thing but I’m glad I did it. I was still buzzing after my match. TLA was out there begging for an opponent and everyone in the back was either just sitting there watching him on the monitor or in catering and showing no signs of rushing out and accepting, so I thought screw it, why not? He wants a challenge, I want a chance to prove I’m still one of the best. We both win. It’s not lost on me how good TLA is. Since I’ve been gone from EAW, he’s won two world championships, a National Elite Championship, and become a Hall of Famer. That right there is an entire career for some Elitists, and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what he did before in this company. Everything about this match is exactly what I need to show the world that I’m back and fully engaged in reigniting my career. Pain for Pride showed the kind of heart and passion I still have for this sport. Hell, I was willing to bleed and sacrifice my own well being in order to get that Hardcore Championship away from Charlie. I’m going to leave it all in the ring against TLA and I know I have a great chance to win that match.

Sofia Clarke: Well, if the rumors swirling around prove to be true, the match between yourself and TLA is being canceled thanks to Eden Sinclair. How do you feel about that?

( Those rumors Sofia is referring to hit Daryl as soon as he walked into the building earlier. Whatever had gone down between Eden and TLA at the Poon Palace had been enough to send Eden into a fit, but so far, nothing had been done to call the match off in any official capacity as far as Daryl knew. )

Daryl Kinkade: Well, whatever is going on between TLA and Eden Sinclair doesn’t have anything to do with me. I accepted the match because I want to be challenged and there is no bigger challenge than a former two-time world champion, Hall of Famer, and Pain for Pride headliner. TLA is one of the very best, like I already stated, and even if the match doesn’t happen at Midsummer Massacre, I know I’ll face him eventually. Personally I think Eden Sinclair would be stupid to cut a main event worthy match just because she can, but at the end of the day, that’s her decision. I just want to wrestle, be it on a marquee show or on Voltage.

( Sofia can’t help but respect that kind of answer. )

Sofia Clarke: If you don’t mind me asking, what are your goals for Season 16? Do you have any short-term or long-term plans?

Daryl Kinkade: In the short term, it’s simply a case of racking up the wins and getting myself established as a key player on Voltage again. My name used to be synonymous with this brand, and that’s what I want it to be again. Long term I have two goals, the first is obvious, become the World Champion. The second, surpass a certain former tag partner of mine and confirm what everyone already knows, that I’m the better half of MarrKade.

( There is a hint of determination in Daryl’s voice, as well as confidence. )

Sofia Clarke: Final question, Daryl. What can we expect from you this season?

Daryl Kinkade: Mostly, I’m the same person I was last time round, but I’ve matured. The pity parties and desperation for respect and approval are gone. I’m far more willing to do what I need to, to get the job done. Be that getting violent with weapons as I did against Charlie, or going for a more subtle, psychological approach like the one I took against Ayu Megumi. I’m no longer worried if I’m saying or doing the right thing or if my actions will offend someone, all I’m worried about is getting my hand raised at the end of the match. I might lose a few fans because of that, but I’ll gain a few more victories and let’s face it, that’s all that matters here.

Sofia Clarke: Any final thoughts?

Daryl Kinkade: Three years ago, I left EAW with a shed load of untapped potential and was seen as a massive underachiever. Season 16 is the year I rectify that and finally reach those heights. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

( On that note, Sofia and Daryl exchange smiles. Perfect way to end the interview. )

Sofia Clarke: Thank you so much for your time.

Daryl Kinkade: My pleasure.

( The two shake hands and both get up from their seats. Daryl starts to unhook his microphone as more smalltalk conversation is made now that the interview is over. The camera is no longer picking up whatever is being said and the scene fades to black. )

(Commercial for the new Resident Evil series featuring Ronan Malosi.)

(The camera fades back to Sofia Clarke who is shown discussing proper protocol when the Chinese National Anthem is playing with a Disney official.)

Sofia Clarke: Of course of course. I understand. I will of course do my best to show the proper respect.

(The Disney official pats her on the head before leaving as Sofia turns towards the camera.)

Sofia Clarke: Ladies and gentlemen at this time please welcome my special guest… he is the number one contender to the EAW World Championship who will be facing Minerva at Midsummer Massacre. Please welcome Ronan Malosi!!!

(Loud booing can be heard from the crowd all the way into the depths of the arena as Ronan Malosi steps into view with a large smile on his face as he shakes hands with Sofia Clarke.)

Ronan Malosi: Glad to be here Sofia. :russlol:

Sofia Clarke: Of course Ronan. I actually have a few questions for you. First, about your match earlier with Drake-

Ronan Malosi: No. I don’t want to talk about that. There’s more important things going on than some match that was ruined by that weirdo, so if you’re gonna do your job then do it right and ask something more interesting.

Sofia Clarke: Okay… Well, what in the world happened last week with Minerva and do you have any comments on last week’s occurrences?

Ronan Malosi: It’s annoying Sofia. It shouldn’t have happened and it was humiliating. It’s clear that Minerva is jealous of the type of guy that I am. I can’t blame her can you? I know you are jealous of me too Sofia. You see a strong, successful, handsome man like Ronan Malosi and you just wish that you could be in my position. Well you can try Sofia maybe one day you will be considered as successful as an interviewer as I am as a wrestler. Well that’s about as unlikely as Minerva being considered a successful champion after I get through with her.

Sofia Clarke: Well I think I’m already doing pretty good for myself.

Ronan Malosi: Well pretty good is not good enough to be on my level. When you are talking about Ronan Malosi you are talking about number one. Nobody better. Pretty good? Really good? No. THE BEST. Believe that Sofia. I belong at the very top of this company. I know that bothers Minerva and she can’t stand to see someone with ambition like myself. She thinks she is a big shot because she has that championship. But despite being the EAW World Champion Minerva just can’t stand to look over here at Ronan Malosi and see someone with way more star power than her. Whenever someone turns on Voltage they are looking to watch Ronan Malosi. They want to see him on the microphone and they want to see him in the ring. I won’t apologize for that. That’s just the way things turned out and that’s just what people are interested in. And you know what Sofia?

Sofia Clarke: What is that?

Ronan Malosi: It’s only going to get worse for Minerva from here. Because Ronan Malosi’s starpower is only going to grow. I am going to be the best of the best and once I have that championship it will be even easier to recognize me as EAW’s top star. Really that’s the only thing that allows Minerva to act like she is the face of Voltage but really she is just a face nobody wants to make eye contact with. Now Ronan Malosi? I could look at that all day long! I always knew that I was destined for greatness and soon enough everyone else will too. It is only a matter of time before I get the recognition that I deserve. No longer will anyone dare to make fun of me or look down at Ronan Malosi. It will be all success all the time. All wins all the time. You can’t even hope to comprehend the golden age that we are entering Sofia!

Sofia Clarke: Oh really? Tell me more about what you have in store then. I am sure all of our fans are interested in hearing it.

Ronan Malosi: Of course they are. These people hang on my every word and phrase. Because they know that when Ronan Malosi speaks he is spitting facts only. When I talk, action happens. EAW changes based on what I say and do and everyone lives in response to my rise through the ranks of this promotion. Once I win that EAW World Championship I will be partnering with Disney+ and every other major streaming service to really put my name and face out there. They will be making movies and documentaries and animes about me and my rise to the top. It will be like a story that parents tell their children at bedtime in order to inspire them to grow up and chase their dreams to one day be great at what they are passionate about. I kind of feel bad for those kids too because one day they will grow up and chase their dreams only to find out that they can’t ever hope to be as successful as I was. But it is still good to try regardless even if you fail unlike me.

Sofia Clarke: Don’t you think it is a bit premature to be saying all of this?

Ronan Malosi: Absolutely not Sofia. Minerva and you and all the other haters and doubters will all have to sit back and watch my rise from the back of the line. Because once I win that EAW World Championship… she will never get it back! We are talking ten years of dominance! Maybe even twenty if I’m not bored by then! That championship is coming home to daddy and nobody is taking my baby girl away ever again.

Sofia Clarke: How does it feel knowing you will be competing in a marquee World Title Match soon?

Ronan Malosi: It feels obvious. I always knew I would be a World Champion in EAW and it was only a matter of time until I got what is rightfully mine. It’s about time Sofia. It’s about time.

(Ronan Malosi leaves as Sofia is shown looking unsure about his recent comments but also impressed with the passion and determination to fight for his dreams here on Voltage.)

Sofia Clarke: Well that was Ronan Malosi and he will be fighting against Minerva for the EAW World Championship at Midsummer Massacre! I know I am hyped about it and can’t wait to see it! Now back to the action!

(The camera fades into a commercial featuring the investigation into whether or not the wife of EAW Answers World Champion Impact was present at the January 6th insurrection.)

(The camera cuts to Bella Braxton in the ring.)

Bella Braxton: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…ONE FALL!!

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

(‘Ambitionz az a Ridah’ by Tupac plays to a thunderous reaction as TLA comes out with his lowrider, parking on the ramp area, and beginning his walk to the ring. TLA has a confident look on his face as he usually does, and he high fives fans along the way towards the ring. Things obviously didn’t go his way with Eden Sinclair, but TLA is seemingly trying to remain positive nonetheless.)

Bella Braxton: Introducing first! Hailing out of Tlaxcala, Mexico, weighing in at 210 pounds…HE IS LA PANTERA SEXUAL…TLA!!

James Peters: It’s always a treat to see TLA grace our TV screens, let alone compete, and I’m glad it’ll be against Minerva on this night.

Rich Russillo: Those two have history, mainly from when New Eden were being quite the problem for everyone last season.

Persephone: Don’t remind me.

James Peters: Well, New Eden is dead, and now Minerva is going into this, looking to prove why she currently holds the most prestigious title on Voltage.

Rich Russillo: Meanwhile, if TLA beats her, that could be a huge victory, and could put him in line for a title opportunity.

(“Blood, Milk & Sky” by White Zombie plays down Minerva to a positive reaction from fans, who has the championship belt wrapped around her shoulder, and strides down to the ring, focused on the task ahead with TLA in the ring. Minerva doesn’t take too long to make her way down the ramp, cleary prepared for this upcoming match, her first match since becoming EAW World Champion.)

Bella Braxton: And his opponent! Residing out of The Florida Everglades, weighing in at 122 pounds…SHE IS THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION…THE BLACK ROSE…MINERVA!!

James Peters: Said title opportunity would probably be after the man who’s slated to face Minerva at Midsummer Massacre, Ronan Malosi.

Rich Russillo: You gotta imagine he’s watching this from the back.

Persephone: I hope he stays there… wouldn’t wanna see this amazing match ruined. :troll:

James Peters: Well, I’m sure Malosi isn’t on the champion’s mind right now, and she will be concentrated on TLA solely, as she needs to be.

Rich Russillo: If you go into this, not 100% focused on someone like TLA, that leaves you open to make mistakes, and he can capitalize off those rather easily.

(“Blood, Milk & Sky” by White Zombie finishes playing as Minerva hands her title off, and stares TLA down from the opposite corner.)

(DING! DING! DING!)

James Peters: There’s the bell, and our main event is officially underway.

Persephone: Gee golly willikers! Can’t wait to see these two go at it. 😃

James Peters: :cmon: Riiight. Well, TLA and Minerva look to lock up in the center of the ring after circling each other for a brief spell. BUT TLA FAKES OUT THE CHAMPION FOR A SCHOOL BOY ROLL-UP!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Rich Russillo: Immediate kick out after the count of one, but both competitors scramble back to their feet, and TLA grabs Minerva into a small package!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

James Peters: Again, there’s another one count, and after getting to her feet for a second time, TLA moves to a kneel, taunting the opposition.

TLA: (off-mic) :mjgrin:

James Peters: TLA ducks underneath a roundhouse kick, and wraps his arms around the waist of Minerva for a rear waistlock takedown. The champion quickly fights back to a vertical base, and wraps both arms on the top rope, forcing a break. But Minerva turns around, and shoves TLA back, a bit of rage, a bit of intensity in her eyes, showing some frustration with the whole ordeal, somewhat getting outclassed by TLA early on.

Rich Russillo: Both competitors begin closing the distance between one another, and after another lock up, Minerva gets the upper hand, wringing the arm of TLA. Now, transitioning into an arm bar. TLA backs Minerva up against the ropes, and whips her off for an ARM DRAG!

James Peters: Minerva is back to her feet, and wastes no time marching over to TLA for another lock up after making sure her arm can still go. This time, having a plan in mind as she catches him in a standing side headlock, dropping down to a knee, bringing TLA along with her. TLA powers back to a vertical base, and delivers forearms to the abdomen area of Minerva, loosening her grip, and allowing him to rebound him off the ropes, simultaneously escaping the side headlock.

Rich Russillo: Leapfrog by TLA! But he turns right into a BICYCLE KICK! Connecting with so much force, it spun TLA around. But Minerva makes him face her once more, landing a knife edge chop that echoes throughout the arena, causing TLA to stagger back into the corner.

James Peters: Minerva brings him to where this match started, that being center of the ring, and snapmares TLA down to the canvas for a spinning boot scrape. Not even giving TLA much time to register that attack to the face area, Minerva quickly scores with a lateral press!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOO-

Persephone: Oh, joy! TLA kicks out!

Rich Russillo: And jolts to a seated position, favoring his forehead area, leaving himself open for a penalty kick to the spine! You could hear the impact from Minerva’s kickpads as TLA writhes in pain. But “The Black Rose” isn’t gonna give him much time to recover, standing TLA up for a knife edge chop, and history repeats itself as he’s staggered back into the corner for a second time.

James Peters: TLA tries to retort with an open-handed chop, but Minerva manages to recover in time, and fires back with a forearm smash! TLA delivers a kick to the midsection from that corner, but is stunned with a back elbow from Minerva! Irish whip attempt reversed as TLA sends Minerva into the opposite corner instead!

Rich Russillo: HERE COMES TLA- BUT HIS MOMENTUM IS QUICKLY HALTED AS MINERVA GETS THE BOOT UP! TLA turns around, and stumbles to the center, holding his face. MINERVA RUNS PAST HIM TO REBOUND OFF THE ROPES IN FRONT, BUT TLA CATCHES HER FLUSH WITH A DROPKICK!

James Peters: TLA lifts Minerva back up, and a forearm smash knocks her into the corner. TLA goes to work now, thrusting his shoulder into the midsection of Minerva, and soon drags her away from the corner, landing a pointed elbow the back of her head while she’s doubled over. Minerva falls to both knees, but TLA picks her back up for a snap suplex!

Rich Russillo: Shockingly, the cover isn’t made.

Persephone: Perhaps he’s one of the few that realizes a snap suplex won’t finish anyone off. 😲

Rich Russillo: TLA is bringing Minerva back up now, BUT SHE BREAKS FREE FROM HIS GRASP WITH A KNIFE EDGE CHOP, THEN A FOREARM! TLA answers back with forearm smashes of his own, but there’s Minerva with another knife edge chop! These two exchanging blows now, TLA with a forearm, but Minerva lands a hard one that stuns him.

James Peters: Irish whip to the ropes, and Minerva tries for a hip toss, but TLA front flips to his feet, showing off that athletic ability. Minerva goes for an Irish whip into the corner, but TLA reverses, sending her instead. TLA charges in, BUT A DROP TOE-HOLD FORCES HIM TO COLLIDE FACE FIRST WITH THE MIDDLE TURNBUCKLE!

Rich Russillo: Minerva rolls onto the apron, and pulls TLA out through the middle rope. She’s hooking him up for a suplex!

Persephone: This isn’t good! Someone could get seriously hurt! :demon_mask:

James Peters: TLA says not today, breaking free from Minerva, and connecting with a kick to the abdominal region. Minerva is folded over now- BUT WAIT A MINUTE! WAIT A MINUTE! TLA GRABS HER IN POSITION FOR THE MEXICAN DESTROYER!

Persephone: :lc:

Rich Russillo: Minerva slips off the apron, effectively escaping from the Mexican Destroyer attempt. BUT TLA BUILDS UP MOMENTUM FOR A PENALTY KICK FROM THE APRON, FLOORING MINERVA! TLA drops down, and rolls her back into the ring, climbing back up on the apron, possibly looking for a springboard maneuver here.

James Peters: But Minerva blocks that from happening, spinning around to connect with a forearm smash! Minerva grabs hold of TLA’s head, but he counters with a hotshot, dropping the throat of Minerva across the top rope, causing her to stagger back. BUT BEFORE TLA CAN MAKE HIS NEXT MOVE, MINERVA FIGHTS THROUGH THE PAIN, AND SOARS THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!

Rich Russillo: TLA got sent down to a kneel, resting his forearm on our announce table cover. BUT MINERVA ISNT DONE AS SHE SLIDES BACK INTO THE RING, BUILDING UP STEAM FOR ANOTHER SUICIDE DIVE! TLA got taken down, but Minerva sends him back into the ring. TLA is up on his feet, and the champion starts hitting repeated forearm smashes to the face, making sure her opponent is stunned before attempting her next move.

James Peters: Which turns out to be running off the ropes in front of him, BUT A BIG BOOT CONNECTED TO THE FACE OF MINERVA SHORTLY AFTER SHE REBOUNDED! TLA RUNS OFF THE ROPES IN FRONT OF MINERVA NOW, BUT SHE RUNS PAST HIM, REBOUNDING OFF THE SAME SET OF ROPES, AND TLA SPINS HIMSELF AROUND INTO A RUNNING STO!

Rich Russillo: TLA favors the back of his head as he regroups in the corner. MINERVA CHARGES IN FOR A CLOTHESLINE, AND ROLLS TLA FORWARD FOR HER TO CLIMB TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! TLA has no idea what’s in store as he slowly picks himself up off the mat, and turns around into a DIVING CROSSBODY! MINERVA HOOKS BOTH LEGS!

ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

James Peters: Two count. Minerva picks TLA up for a fisherman suplex, but TLA blocks that from happening with punches to the rib cage. Minerva starts to show some aggression, utilizing some Kawada style kicks to the face. TLA is doing his best to cover up, but those kicks hit their mark as Minerva tries again for the fisherman suplex. But TLA counters, going for a fisherman suplex of his own!

Rich Russillo: Minerva manages to float over, and ripcords TLA, BUT BEFORE SHE CAN CONNECT WITH A MOVE, TLA JACKS HER JAW WITH THE VERY MEXICAN UPPERCUT!

James Peters: TLA launched himself for that one. But isn’t going for the pin on Minerva, using this time to recover as he lies on his side. The champion begins to stir, picking herself up in the corner. TLA notices this, and picks himself up in the opposite corner, creating as much space as possible, so he can build as much momentum as possible.

Rich Russillo: CORNER RUNNING VERY MEXICAN UPPERCUT! MINERVA IS DAZED, POSSIBLY CONFUSED AS SHE GETS BROUGHT TO THE CENTER FOR THE MEXICAN DESTROYER! BUT GETS BACK BODY DROPPED OVERHEAD, MINERVA HAVING TO MUSTER ALL HER STRENGTH!

James Peters: Wait, TLA is trying to hook his legs underneath the arms of Minerva for a double leg cradle from the canvas! BUT MINERVA SITS ON TOP OF TLA, HOOKING HIS LEGS FOR A COVER OF HER OWN!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

James Peters: TLA ROLLS MINERVA THROUGH FOR THAT DOUBLE LEG CRADLE HE ATTEMPTED EARLIER, AND COULD THIS BE IT?!

ONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

James Peters: MINERVA ROLLS THROUGH, AND STACKS TLA UP NOW!

ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Rich Russillo: KICKOUT, BUT TLA GETS ROLLED THROUGH TO A KNEE FOR THE DEVILS TOUCH! SUPERKICK DROPS HIM, AND MINERVA DRAGS TLA CLOSER TO THE CORNER, FOLLOWING THAT UP WITH HELLS BELLS! THE SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSAULT! MINERVA HOOKS BOTH LEGS INTO A DEEP COVER!

ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEE-

James Peters: TLA SOMEHOW STAYS IN THIS THING, GETTING THE SHOULDER UP!

Persephone: I get that the match is “exciting,” but I’m gonna need you guys to lower your tone just a bit.

Rich Russillo: Sure thing! Sorry, Persephone! :lupe:

James Peters: :wow:

Rich Russillo: TLA crawls into the corner, picking himself up after that flurry of signature offense, but only gets to a knee as Minerva comes in with a boot to the face! TLA gets lifted to the top turnbuckle now, and Minerva climbs to the middle rope, getting caught with right hands by TLA, who officially knocks her off after slamming her down face first on the top turnbuckle!

James Peters: TLA tries to perch himself up there, we know that’s where he’s at home. But Minerva cracks him in the jaw with a right hand, climbing to the top rope now, but TLA slips through her legs, and pulls one out from under her! Minerva collides face first with the top turnbuckle for a second time! Minerva stumbles back into the clutches of TLA for a German suplex!

Rich Russillo: TLA hangs on though, refusing to relinquish the grip as he tries for a second German suplex, BUT MINERVA REVERSES IT WITH A VICTORY ROLL!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

James Peters: Victory roll doesn’t get it done, but Minerva rolls through to her feet, meanwhile, TLA rushes back to his feet. Minerva wants a rolling elbow, but fails to strike first as TLA connects with a spinning back elbow! Minerva is on wobbly legs, AND A TIGER SUPLEX DUMPS MINERVA HIGH ON HER HEAD AND NECK! TLA BRIDGES FOR THE PIN!

ONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHH-

Rich Russillo: KICKOUT! Minerva is prone on the canvas, slowly starting to stir as TLA thinks about his next plan of attack, watching her as she uses the corner to pick herself up.

James Peters: TLA RUNS IN, BUT MINERVA TRIES TO SEND HIM UP AND OVER HER SHOULDER TO THE OUTSIDE! TLA CATCHES HIMSELF ON THE APRON, AND A ROPE-ASSISTED ENZIGURI KNOCKS THE CHAMPION LOOPY! TLA TRIES TO SPRING OFF THE TOP ROPE, BUT MINERVA SWIPES AT HIS FOOT, CROTCHING HIM ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, BACK FACING HIS OPPONENT!

Rich Russillo: Minerva slowly starts climbing to the top rope now, wrapping her arms around the waist of TLA for a rear waistlock, and balancing him on the top turnbuckle for an AVALANCHE GERMAN SUPLEX! TLA BACKFLIPPED IN MID AIR, BELLY FLOPPING IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! That had to hurt as Minerva slowly comes inching her way over, shooting the half on TLA for the cover.

ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHHHRRRRRREEEEEEE-

James Peters: TLA KICKS OUT! We are getting treated here tonight on Voltage.

Persephone: Yeah… “treated.”

James Peters: You don’t sound too sure of that, Persephone.

Persephone: What do you mean? This match has been a banger start to finish! :scusthov:

Rich Russillo: I’m with her!

James Peters: I’m sure you are as Minerva begins using the ropes to assist her in getting back to a vertical base. You can see her eyeing TLA as he eventually gets back to his feet, and The Devil’s Touch connects for another time in this matchup, but to the gut of TLA, undoubtedly taking all the wind out his sails. Minerva tries getting a doubled over TLA up for the Atlas Falls immediately after!

Rich Russillo: BUT TLA FLOATS OVER, FINDING HIMSELF BEHIND MINERVA, AND PULLING BOTH LEGS OUT FROM UNDER HER! Minerva face plants on the mat now, and TLA begins going to work, crossing one leg over the other, and digging his knee in the bag for AR15! AKA LASSO FROM EL PASO!

James Peters: THAT MOVE DOESNT JUST LOOK PAINFUL, IT IS PAINFUL AS TLA REALLY WRENCHES IT! HOPING TO FORCE MINERVA TO TAP OUT!

Rich Russillo: Could you imagine? Certainly not an ideal way to start off your reign!

James Peters: Minerva raises that hand in the air, possibly considering a tapout as escape doesn’t look likely right about now.

Rich Russillo: You may have spoke too soon there, partner, as Minerva might have been elevated too high, allowing her to roll through to both shoulders. Minerva unhooks one of her legs, and roundhouse kicks TLA right into the head! TLA is down and out it seems, having a glossed over look in his eyes. Meanwhile, Minerva favors the knee.

James Peters: That pain isn’t just gonna automatically go away, she’s lucky to have escaped there from that cloverleaf type move. Minerva reaches for TLA, but he wisely rolls away, trying to pull himself up in the corner while Minerva struggles to stand. But once she finally manages to do so, TLA SPRINGS HIMSELF OFF THE TOP ROPE IN THE CORNER FOR A MOONSAULT PRESS!

Rich Russillo: TLA HOOKS BOTH LEGS FOR A DEEP COVER!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHRRRRREEEEE-

James Peters: MINERVA, AT TWO, KICKS OUT! TLA is back to his feet now, taunting, encouraging Minerva to get back to her feet, which she looks to be doing now, resorting to the ropes for help. TLA starts to close in, BUT WANDERS RIGHT INTO A ROUNDHOUSE KICK! HOWEVER, MINERVA ISNT ABLE TO CAPITALIZE JUST YET AS SHE COLLAPSES TO THE MAT!

Rich Russillo: I’m not surprised, this match has been exhausting for both competitors in it thus far, being hit with high impact offense.

Persephone: Yeah, I just wonder when this’ll all end… for their well-being, of course. 😅

James Peters: Minerva is on all fours, and notices TLA get to his, now starting to crawl over, and grab TLA by the hair, bringing him up to his feet as she powers back to hers. RIGHT HAND BY MINERVA! BUT THERES A RIGHT BY THE LATIN ASSASSIN! RIGHT HAND BY MINERVA AGAIN! SHOOT KICK TO THE KNEE BY TLA! WICKED KNIFE EDGE CHOP BY MINERVA!

Rich Russillo: That one stung, but TLA hits another right hand! Forearm smash by Minerva, but there’s a forearm smash by TLA! Being the gateway for repeated alternating forearm smashes now from TLA. Minerva is reeling, but an eye poke turns TLA around, who tries to swing things back in his favor with a pele kick after recovering! BUT MINERVA GETS OUT OF THE WAY!

James Peters: TLA belly flops on the canvas, and holds his gut while returning to a vertical base. MINERVA RUNS OFF THE ROPES FOR A SCISSORS KICK! TLA is prone on the mat right now, and Minerva slowly starts to pull him up, grabbing him by the hair.

Rich Russillo: Looks like we’re gonna see Atlas Falls as Minerva hooks him for it once more. BUT TLA REVERSES WITH CROSSED PATHS- NO! HE FAKED OUT FLOATING OVER FOR THE CROSS ARMBREAKER, AND DID SO FOR THE MEXICAN DESTROYER INSTEAD, SPIKING MINERVA ON HER HEAD!

James Peters: TLA SHOOTS THE HALF FOR A COVER!

ONNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHHHRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEE-

James Peters: OOH! THAT WAS 2.999!!! MINERVA BARELY GOT THE SHOULDER UP IN TIME, BUT WE KNOW SHE CAN BE A RESILIENT COMPETITOR! TLA just lies on the mat next to her, thinking up his next move, and similar to Minerva, showing exhaustion from the match. Regardless, TLA is ready to go high risk, high reward, climbing to the top turnbuckle while Minerva remains down.

Rich Russillo: But TLA stalks her, awaiting Minerva to get up. What could TLA possibly have in mind.

Persephone: I think we’re about to find out.

James Peters: DRAGONRAN- NO! TLA CAME OFF THE TOP ROPE WITH A DRAGONRANA ATTEMPT ON MINERVA, WHO JUST RESTORED A VERTICAL BASE, BUT SHE TURNED IT INTO A SIT OUT POWERBOMB, HOLDING IT FOR THE COVER!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHRRRRRRREEE-

Rich Russillo: KICKOUT AT TWO!

James Peters: Minerva struggles to get up, but manages, and brings TLA back to his feet. Two forearm shots connect to her groggy opponent. TLA TRIES TO EXPLODE WITH A CLOTHESLINE, BUT MINERVA DUCKS BELOW IT, AND TLA TURNS AROUND INTO DEVILS TOUCH! BUT THATS QUICKLY FOLLOWED UP WITH TPK!!

Rich Russillo: SPINNING TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER DUMPS TLA ON HIS HEAD, AND THAT MAY BE WHAT MAKES HIM REST IN PEACE ON THIS NIGHT AS MINERVA HOOKS THE LEG!

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHHHHRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEE-

James Peters: NO! SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, TLA IS STILL IN THIS MATCH! How much is gonna take to put the other away?

Rich Russillo: At this point, I don’t know. But Minerva takes a page out of TLA’s playbook, the difference being she climbs the middle rope. DIVING DOWN WITH A SENTON!

James Peters: TLA GETS THE KNEES UP, AND MINERVA ROLLS IN AGONY, HOLDING HER LOWER BACK! TLA starts getting to his feet now, and a wincing Minerva gets to hers, turning round into a kick to the gut! TLA wants that Mexican Destroyer, BUT MINERVA PUSHES HIM AWAY, KNEEING TLA IN THE GUT FOR ATLAS FALLS!

Rich Russillo: TLA PUSHES MINERVA DOWN BENEATH BOTH LEGS BEFORE SHE COULD HOIST HIM UP, AND MEXICAN DESTROYER IS AVOIDED AS MINERVA COUNTERS WITH A HURRICANRANA!

James Peters: TLA ROLLS THROUGH TO HIS FEET, SLIGHTLY STUNNED AFTER THAT, AND WALKS RIGHT INTO THE SPINEBUSTER FROM MINERVA, WHOS SHOWING OFF HER STRENGTH!

Persephone: Wonder if Myles lent her some ster- words of wisdom from the hospital room!

Rich Russillo: TLA gets stacked up after the spinebuster, Minerva desperately wanting to put this thing away.

ONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHRRRRR-

James Peters: Shoulder up! It was worth a shot at least by Minerva, but I don’t think most of us thought she’d walk out with the victory off that, not after we’ve seen these two take each other’s best shots and then some. Minerva helps TLA back to his feet, and puts his head beneath her legs in position for a powerbomb.

Rich Russillo: I don’t know, maybe Minerva wants to pull off Mexican Destroyer, give TLA a bit of his own medicine.

James Peters: We aren’t gonna find that out as TLA trips Minerva down to the canvas, having both her legs hooked for a slingshot catapult face first into the top turnbuckle. Minerva staggers backward into a school boy, referee gets into position!

ONNNN-

Rich Russillo: WAIT A MINUTE! TLA IS POWERING MINERVA UP FOR A SCHOOL BOY DEADLIFT POWERBOMB! COVER IS MADE!

ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

TWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

THHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRR-

James Peters: AND STILL TLA FAILS TO PUT MINERVA AWAY! Minerva crawls away from TLA, attempting to create seperation, knowing the damage he can do if she sticks around there. The champion tries pulling herself up in the corner, but doesn’t seem to have the strength for it, seating herself in it instead.

Rich Russillo: TLA looks over his shoulder to see this as he picks himself up using the ropes for assistance. …RUNNING DOUBLE KNEES TO MINERVA IN THE CORNER! BUT TLA ISNT DONE, BUILDING UP STEAM OFF THE OPPOSITE ONE FOR ANOTHER SET OF RUNNING DOUBLE KNEES!! IS TLA GONNA GO FOR THE TRIFECTA?!

James Peters: HE IS, AND IT LANDS! MINERVA LOOKS LIKE SHE DOESNT KNOW WHERE SHE IS RIGHT ABOUT NOW, AND TLA BRINGS HER TO THE CENTER, FOLLOWING THAT OFFENSE UP WITH A SUPLEX! BUT TLA ROLLS THROUGH TO HIS FEET, BRINGING MINERVA WITH HIM FOR ANOTHER SUPLEX!

Rich Russillo: TLA WANTS A TRIFECTA OF THAT TOO… but Minerva falls down to both knees.

James Peters: She’s just 122 pounds of dead weight right now it looks like, but TLA powers her back up anyways in position for another suplex, intent on landing a third.

Rich Russillo: WAIT! MINERVA WAS PLAYING POSSUM!

James Peters: INDEED, AS SHE HOISTS TLA UP IN THE AIR, AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE ATLAS FALLS! Minerva is sprawled on the canvas, and so is TLA! Neither able to make a move. You could see with that version of Atlas Falls, it didn’t have the twirl as Minerva did a snappier version, just driving TLA straight down with a snap brainbuster.

Persephone: Turns out, she may not even be able to capitalize. 🙄

Rich Russillo: Wait a second, Minerva is still holding onto TLA by the neck! Minerva is slowly turning around onto her knees, AND NOW SHE POWERS HERSELF UP TO HER FEET WHILE HOLDING ONTO TLA!!!

James Peters: ATLAS FALLS!!!! MINERVA CONNECTS WITH ATLAS FALLS FOR THE SECOND TIME, AND THIS TIME SHE JUST MANAGES TO GET HER ARM OVER TLA FOR THE COVER!!!!!

ONE!
TWO!!
THREE!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Bella Braxton: Here is your winner… THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION, MMIIIIINNEERRRRVVVVVAAAAAA!!!!!!

James Peters: What a match! TLA put up a great fight and absolutely had a fantastic performance, but in the end the EAW World Champion was able to leave Voltage with the victory!

Rich Russillo: Minerva with a fantastic start to her EAW World Championship reign as she leaves her first match as Champion with the victory, and one thing is for sure, Ronan Malosi has a tough match ahead of him at Midsummer Massacre.

(As ‘Blood, Milk & Sky’ plays, Minerva slowly pulls herself back to her feet, before being handed her EAW World Championship. The crowd cheers as Minerva raises her title, prepared to leave the ring after ending Voltage with the victory…)

James Peters: WAIT A SECOND!!! MINERVA WAS JUST THROWN SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST!!!! MINERVA SLOWLY TRIES TO PULL HERSELF OUT, BUT AS SOON AS SHE DOES RONAN MALOSI HITS HER WITH A CORNER CLOTHESLINE!!!

Rich Russillo: MINERVA STUMBLES OUT OF THE CORNER AND RONAN GRABS HER, BUT MINERVA LANDS AN ELBOW, FORCING RONAN MALOSI TO BACK OFF!!! MINERVA IS STILL EXHAUSTED BY THE MATCH SHE JUST WENT THROUGH, BUT SHE STILL GOES FOR THE DEVIL’S TOUCH!!!!

James Peters: AND IT DOESN’T CONNECT!!!! RONAN CAUGHT THE LEG, AND NOW RONAN PULLS MINERVA IN, CATCHING HER BEFORE DELIVERING DEATH-RO!!!! RONAN MALOSI JUST LAID OUT THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION, JUST AS MINERVA WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE RING FOLLOWING HER MATCH AGAINST TLA!!!!

(The crowd explodes with boos, but Ronan Malosi has a huge grin on his face as he grabs the EAW World Championship before slowly raising it.)

James Peters: Is this… Is this really the sight we may be seeing at Midsummer Massacre?

Rich Russillo: I don’t think anyone truly wants that besides Ronan, but what we can say for sure is that Ronan picked his spot perfectly. He just took out the EAW World Champion!

James Peters: Ronan just got payback after what happened last week, and I think this just made things even more interesting in a way I did not expect!

(‘Mo Money’ begins playing, and Ronan continues to hold up the EAW World Championship with a smirk on his face as Minerva is seen laid out inside of the ring. The fans are booing loudly, but Ronan doesn’t care at all, holding the one thing he wants. From there, Voltage begins to fade out for the final time.)

(EAW logo buzzes.)

Written by John Helms

Showdown 7/16/22

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