(EAW intro plays.)
(Voltage opens up to a recap highlighting Voltage’s events at Grand Rampage. The recap starts with Ronn Banks opening up the show before being interrupted and challenged by Jake Smith, and after this, the Queens Court would defeat Mary S. Atlas and the Ice Aces in the first match of the show. Later in the show Mr. DEDEDE attacks SOSA Henderson following his match against Xander Payne, before making a match between himself and SOSA for Battle of Egypt. Afterwards, Drake King purposely pulls Minerva out of the ring at the last second for a double countout, leaving the Gold Rush tournament without a winner before a brawl starts between the two. Captain Charisma would find a solution for this though, putting both Drake and Minerva in the Pain for Pride main event. Afterwards Myles defeats Brian Daniels, making a New Eden triple threat official. After this, Ms. Extreme and Dr. Bethany Blue defeat IDOL-GUN after Miku Sakai’s hurt leg was reaggravated, and Hikari Kanno attacks her own partner Miku afterwards. In the Grand Rampage match Jake Smith would come the closest to victory, however after Jake sent himself and Impact over the top rope with a clothesline, Jake would find himself as the one outside of the ring, meaning Impact would win the Grand Rampage match.)
(’33rd Blakk Glass’ by ZilaKami & SosMula begins to play as the recap ends, and Voltage fades to the inside of the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. Pyro shoots out at the stage, and the fans in attendance are all heard and seen cheering loudly, before finally the camera fades to the commentary table, where James Peters, Rich Russillo and Persephone are all seen.)
James Peters: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Sunday Night Voltage! We’re just coming off of Grand Rampage and we’re looking to keep the momentum of that amazing show as we move forward to Battle of Egypt!
Rich Russillo: We have a great night planned for tonight, and I for one can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Persephone: The same trash as usual. There’s nothing exciting these days. Where’s the deathmatches? The blood? The gore? Rex?
(Voltage fades to the stage for the first time tonight, and ‘Shock The World’ by Lloyd Banks hits. This causes the fans to explode into extremely loud cheers, obviously excited as it’s not every week that you get to see an appearance from Hall of Famer Ronn Banks in person, and when Ronn Banks finally does walk out, the cheers only grow louder. Ronn Banks has a smile on his face as he makes his way down the ramp, glad to see all of the happy faces in Rwanda tonight.)
James Peters: Ronn Banks is here to kick off Voltage, and I think we all know exactly why!
Rich Russillo: Jake Smith made the most bold challenge he possibly could’ve, while also possibly making his biggest mistake! He already has a match at Battle of Egypt, and he just put himself on double duty all thanks to his challenge to Ronn Banks back at Grand Rampage!
James Peters: Not only that, but Jake made matters even worse after bringing up Ronn’s family, immediately making things far more personal than they ever had to be!
Persephone: Jake had the wrong idea anyway. I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to see Ronn Banks compete. Not at his age.
(Ronn Banks makes his way to the timekeepers area and after retrieving a microphone, he heads into the ring. Once his music dies down, he begins to speak to the sold-out, hyped up crowd.)
Ronn Banks: It’s good to be in Rwanda. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Sunday night Voltage!
(The crowd begins cheering once again.)
Ronn Banks: I’m serious, it really is great being here. It’s so important that EAW gets the chance to hold shows all around the world and give all of the amazing fans who watch these shows week after week the opportunity to experience it live. All of you deserve to be here! You deserve to have the chance to watch these shows and see all of your favorite Elitists compete right in front of you, which is why I can promise that this is NOT the last time we’ll be in Africa, and we plan to return for even more dates as soon as next season!
(The cheering only grows louder, but after a few seconds the smile begins to disappear from Ronn Banks’ face.)
Ronn Banks: With that being said.. Battle of Egypt. I’m about to compete at Battle of Egypt in one week’s time, and I didn’t think I’d find myself saying that one week ago. I was just trying to mind my own business back at Grand Rampage. We were in New York, such an important place in EAW history and I wanted to help make the fifteenth Grand Rampage special. I believed that the people there deserved that after the part that city played in making EAW what it is, but Jake Smith ruined it. He ruined all of it by rearing his ugly head and interrupted something he had no reason to get involved with. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed. He went on an entire rant about what he’s done to names from the past, and how he’s built a legacy of his own thanks to these legends, and trust me. I get it. I get that Jake’s thing is being a “legend killer”, but my legend is one that doesn’t die. Theron Nikolas thought he had me put away for good back at the Pain for Pride Festival a few years ago, but look who’s still standing :umad:! Andre Walker thought he’d be able to put me down just like all of the other people throughout his Interwire Championship reign, and because of that 2021 didn’t end his way. Jake Smith is in over his head and he needs to tread carefully, because the LAST thing a man like him needs to do is try to call me out in front of my family.
Ronn Banks: I didn’t think I had to step back into the ring anytime soon, but I wasn’t going to sit there and let Jake bring my family into something that never had anything to do with them, and he knew that, too. He did what he did on purpose just to get me to accept his stupid challenge, and that’s the type of thing you don’t do, not with me. Now Jake has his match, and very soon he’s going to understand exactly why I told him to get out of the ring and forget ever challenging me a week ago. He made a mistake when he challenged me, and he dug his own grave basically.
(‘We’re In Hell’ by SycAmour finally hits, which is Jake Smith’s 27th entrance theme, and the crowd continues cheering as one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions comes out. Jake has a microphone in his hand, and if he is still reeling from his Grand Rampage loss, you can’t tell by the look on his face. It’s incredible really when you consider he came as close as ever to winning the Grand Rampage match and just barely came up short. It would be disappointing for anyone, and Jake is likely suffering in silence at the moment. As he makes his way to the ring, he stares right at Banks, who looks just as annoyed as he was the last time he saw Jake.)
James Peters: We can only assume that Jake is in no good mood tonight, and that’s completely understandable as he just barely missed out on a Pain for Pride main event! Had he won at Grand Rampage he would have had the opportunity to possibly become a double Champion should he retain at Battle of Egypt, but-
Persephone: BUT HE GOT ELIMINATED IN THE DUMBEST WAY POSSIBLE!! :mjlol2: WHAT AN IDIOT!! Am I supposed to feel bad that Jake can’t main event Pain for Pride?? I don’t!
Rich Russillo: Well either way, Jake is out here, looking to confront Ronn Banks once again after their initial encounter opened up Grand Rampage!
(Ronn Banks and Jake Smith have a staredown, and this time things are way more heated than they were the first time Jake interrupted Ronn. It takes a little while, but soon enough Jake just shakes his head, and he finally begins to speak, turning away from Ronn Banks and towards the crowd.)
Jake Smith: Before I even get into Battle of Egypt and the man standing right here, I should address what happened in the Grand Rampage match. I don’t need to spend all day talking about what happened, but I can’t say that I’m not disappointed. I won’t lie, I had my heart set on headlining Pain for Pride, and I don’t think anybody in this arena right now can blame me for that, because I went all the way. I entered at number eight and I didn’t just make it to number thirty, or the final ten, or even the final five. It was just me and Impact left. I was closer than ever to the main event of Pain for Pride. Had things even gone slightly different I’d be headlining Pain for Pride for the first time in my career, and after everything that happened between me and the relic standing over there, I really wanted that momentum. I-
(Ronn Banks cuts Jake off, already having heard enough from him.)
Ronn Banks: I don’t think we need to listen to any more of your sob story, not when this is what happens every single time you’re put in a major position. This is your career, Jake. This is who you are as an Elitist, so there’s no point in you sitting there and making us having to listen to you talk about how close you were to defeating Impact and winning the Grand Rampage match, because all career long you’ve been coming up short after nearly winning. Since you first joined the company you’ve been getting opportunity after opportunity after opportunity, and it’d always end the exact same way. Nobody should be surprised that you lost the Grand Rampage match, least of all you, because your career has just been a long history of missed opportunities. A series of you dropping the ball whenever it mattered most, whenever you had the opportunity to push your career to greater heights and actually prove that you’re every bit as good as you try to convince people every single week.
(This clearly hits a nerve, as Jake is quick to respond.)
Jake Smith: Do I really need to remind you of what I’ve accomplished in my career? I’m one of the only two time PURE Champions ever. I’m a Unified Tag Team Champion, I was in the final two of the Grand Rampage match! I’ve lost Championship matches throughout my career but so has just about everyone else in the industry, and not too many of them can say they’ve kept pushing and continued finding success despite all that the way that I have. You of all people should know that, just like you should know the ever growing list of so-called Legends that I’ve put down. People have been underestimating me for years, and I’ve continued to succeed despite that. I continued achieving success that so many people believed I wouldn’t, and that includes all the other relics like yourself that come back to the company thinking they’d have it easy. You know what I did to them, don’t you? I know you’ve seen how my matches went against Vic Vendetta, against Tyler Parker, against Jacob Senn, and the list is going to continue in just a week’s time.
Ronn Banks: I don’t know when you’re going to realize this, but I’m not any of those men, and trying to compare me to them is just another one of the many mistakes you’ve made in the past week. The last person you should be trying to compare me to is Jacob Senn. There’s a reason very few ever had doubts about you losing to Senn even with your track record. Jacob Senn wasn’t cutting it here in the first place and as soon as he got his one chance to return to the company he blew it against a man with your track record. That alone should tell everyone everything they need to know about Jacob Senn, and the sad part is that you knew it too. You know exactly what type of man Senn is and yet here you are holding a victory over him like it’s some sort of trophy, just like you’ve spent the past year doing with your wins over Tyler Parker and Vic Vendetta who clearly are no longer the same athletes they used to be. There’s a huge difference between beating legends when they’re in their prime and actually fighting to earn their spot in EAW history and defeating complacent people that couldn’t care less since they already accomplished everything they could in their careers. I’ve been here, Jake. I’ve actually been around, I’ve been watching everything, and I literally just a few months ago picked up a victory against the Interwire Champion who actually succeeded in securing a Pain for Pride main event.
(Ronn walks right up to Jake, ending up face to face as Ronn stops speaking. Jake takes a few seconds, but he finally responds.)
Jake Smith: I know, and that’s what’s going to make this victory so much better. I hope your family is watching at Battle of Egypt, Ronn. I hope they get to see the moment I pin you for the three count.
(This time it’s Jake that hit a nerve, and slowly Ronn Banks begins to speak.)
Ronn Banks: You keep making the mistake of bringing up my family… :francis:
James Peters: RONN BANKS JUST PUNCHED JAKE IN THE FACE!!! RONN JUST PUNCHED JAKE IN THE FACE BEFORE TAKING HIM TO THE MAT WITH A DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN, AND NOW RONN BANKS IMMEDIATELY BEGINS TO PUNCH AWAY AT ONE HALF OF THE UNIFIED TAG TEAM CHAMPIO-
Rich Russillo: NO! RONN GOT SOME GOOD PUNCHES IN BUT JAKE MANAGED TO TURN IT AROUND, AND NOW HE’S ON THE OFFENSIVE AS HE ATTACKS RONN BANKS!! RONN BANKS PUSHES JAKE OFF OF HIM THOUGH AND NOW RONN QUICKLY GETS BACK UP TO HIS FEET, AND RONN RUNS IN BEFORE CLOTHESLINING JAKE OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!!
James Peters: JAKE MANAGED TO GRAB ONTO RONN BANKS THOUGH, AND BOTH MEN GO TUMBLING DOWN TO RINGSIDE!!! They’re both able to make it back to their feet, AND RONN BANKS RUNS IN AND SENDS JAKE SMITH INTO THE BARRICADE BEFORE CONTINUING TO THROW LEFTS AND RIGHTS AS JAKE RESPONDS WITH HIS OWN PUNCHES LOOKING TO DEFEND HIMSELF!!! JAKE SMITH CROSSED THE LINE ONCE MORE, AND THIS TIME RONN BANKS ISN’T TAKING THAT!
Persephone: Really? This hasn’t exactly been a one sided fight. I knew Ronn’s age was catching up to him.
Rich Russillo: JAKE MANAGED TO KICK RONN IN THE MIDSECTION, AND NOW JAKE GRABS RONN BANKS BEFORE SENDING HIS FACE INTO THE RING POST!!!! Jake Smith now pulling Ronn up, BUT BANKS SENDS A PUNCH RIGHT INTO JAKE’S MIDSECTION, FORCING JAKE TO BACK UP!! RONN BANKS AND JAKE SMITH NOW TRADING PUNCHES, AND IT LOOKS LIKE SECURITY IS FINALLY RUNNING OUT HERE TO BREAK THINGS UP BEFORE ONE OF THESE TWO REALLY ENDS UP HURTING THE OTHER BEFORE BATTLE OF EGYPT!!!
James Peters: They clearly want to keep beating each other up and doing whatever they possibly can after both Grand Rampage and tonight, but I think Jake especially will appreciate the officials breaking this up, knowing that Jake has TWO matches at Battle of Egypt! That’s not easy for anybody, and it’d be even worse if Jake walked into the event hurt!
Persephone: Ehh, I don’t know. Jake entering the event injured with the possibility of getting hurt even worse sounds pretty good to me.
James Peters: I think we’ve heard enough from you already tonight. Anyways, Jake and Ronn will get the chance to do exactly what they were hoping to just one week from now at Battle of Egypt, and I just know these two can’t wait for that match, even if it’s for an entirely different reason from the rest of us!
Rich Russillo: Jake Smith is about to have a really long day ahead of him next week!
(The security guards can be seen separating Ronn Banks and Jake Smith, bringing them up the ramp as the crowd boos, wanting to see the two continue fighting. As the security guards bring Jake and Ronn backstage and out of the camera’s view, Voltage begins to fade away from ringside for the first time tonight.)
(Voltage fades to a promotional ad for Battle of Egypt where Ronn Banks takes on Jake Smith.)
(Voltage fades into the middle of the ring, and the crowd cheers as Bella Braxton is seen with a microphone in her hand.)
Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen! Our opening contest for Sunday Night Voltage is a special EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH!
(The crowd pops at the sound of a Deathmatch starting the show. They always enjoy the extreme environment the Elitists of Voltage bring to the table.)
Bella Braxton: And here are the rules! There are no count outs and there are no disqualifications. Barbed wire is wrapped around three of the ring ropes and there are barbed wire planks all around the ringside area. Once touched, the Barbed wired area will explode. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission.
(“Dark Eternal Night” by Dream Theatre starts to play as boos sound throughout the arena as Wildcard enters the arena. There are a few cheers mixed in there because they know how much Wildcard LOVES the deathmatches. She has an evil grin on her face as she heads to the ring.)
Bella Braxton: Introducing first! Making her way to the ring from Parts Unknown. Here is “THE AVATAR OF PAIN” THE WILDCARD!
James Peters: What a way to kick off Sunday night voltage after the grand rampage! We got ourselves an old fashion Barbwire exploding Deathmatch.
Persephone: I know! I’m actually excited for once! I might get to see a couple of bitches die! I think every show should start with a deathmatch.
Rich Russillo: I normally don’t like to agree with Persephone, but it legitimately might happen. Wildcard is making her way to the ring. There’s only one way to describe Wildcard and that is that she is a complete psychopath.
Persephone: You can call the bitch whoever the hell you want as long as I get to see a bitch explode and die and see bloodshed.
James Peters: She is a veteran in this business who has made a living in this type of environment. So the Deathmatch is right up her alley. Will she live up to her reputation in this match?
(Wildcard uses the safe side of the ring to enter and take her corner as her music fades off. Seconds later, “Told You So” by Paramore starts to play as Robyn Valentine enters the arena with a very timid look on her face. This is the first time actually looking at all the barbed wire and all the weapons. Her father, Mr. J Valentine is standing next to her and reassuring her that she can do this. But it doesn’t stop all the boos from engulfing them as they head to the ring.)
Bella Braxton: Introducing her opponent! She is accompanied by Mr. J Valentine. She is from Santa Monica California! Weighing 142 pounds. Here is “THE PERFECT CHILD” ROBYN VALENTINE!
James Peters: Here comes the opposition. Now this young lady might be in for a very long night after a conversation with Wildcard a few weeks ago.
Persephone: Tell it like it really is! The spoiled bitch got reeled in hook, line, and sinker. Because she shot off her mouth, she could have it ripped from her face.
Rich Russillo: What Persephone was talking about was two weeks ago, Robyn confronted wild card and said that she was gonna become one of the most successful women in EAW. Wild card said to prove it in a match. Robyn let her pick the stipulation and here we go.
James Peters: Robyn has said she has never really had to work for anything in her life. Tonight is a very different story. She will have to work the hardest she will ever have to if she wants to win.
Persephone: Daddy’s little rich bitch is going to get slaughtered by an old lady bitch. This is gonna be great. I hope they both die.
James Peters: Robyn Valentine has some skills and she could most definitely pull off the upset and get the biggest win of her young career defeating Wildcard. She needs to keep her eyes on the prize and not her money in order to survive. If she can do that, she could accomplish anything. She’s nervous, but she’s ready. This match is about to begin.
(Robyn slowly enters the ring, and takes her corner as her entrance music fades out. The referee checks both competitors before calling for the bell.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
James Peters: Bell has rung and here we go! What an exciting way to start off Voltage with a little Deathmatch action. Wildcard looks itching to get this match started and to be quite honest, Robyn still looks very nervous to even be in the ring with this madwoman.
Persephone: Spoiled bitch has nobody to blame but herself. If she would have kept her dumbass mouth shut, she wouldn’t be in this mess. I hope she gets slaughtered. And take the ugly crazy bitch with her.
Rich Russillo: Wildcard looking to go for a lockup, BUT ROBYN IS TRYING TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT! ROBYN DOESN’T WANT TO GO THROUGH WITH THIS! SHE HEADS FOR THE SAFE SIDE OF THE RING, BUT WILDCARD GRABS HER BY THE BACK OF THE TIGHTS!
James Peters: IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS CALLING OUT FOR HER FATHER! Sorry, Robyn. Dad can’t help you in this match. Even if he wanted to, I don’t think Wildcard would let him. Robyn is struggling to get free, BUT WILDCARD YANKS HER BACK BY THE TIGHTS AND CLOBBERS HER IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A FOREARM!
Rich Russillo: Just like we expected, Wildcard has the early advantage in this match. Wildcard picks her up and SLAMS HER ON THE MAT! Wildcard hits the safe ropes AND SHE DROPS AN ELBOW ACROSS THE THROAT! Wildcard with a quick cover!
Persephone: It’s a Voltage match. Of course this dumb bitch is going to kick out. Blah blah blah too early to go for the cover. Blah blah blah strong competitor bullshit.
James Peters: I’m glad you finally understand what we’ve been saying for all these years.
Persephone: Fuck off!
James Peters: I wanted to clarify one thing before we continue. Some of the barbed wire items around the ring are NOT laced with explosives. Increases the risk of the match. I think Persephone did that on purpose. Anyways, Wildcard pulls Robyn up by the hair and ROBYN TURNS INTO A HUMAN FRISBEE BY BEING FLUNG ACROSS THE RING BY THE HAIR!
Rich Russillo: ROBYN IS ABOUT TO ROLL INTO THE BARBED WIRE ROPES, BUT SHE CAUGHT HERSELF BEFORE SHE MADE CONTACT! Wildcard saw that and she rolls out to the ring to presumably grab a weapon.
Persephone: Why the hell is this dumb bitch going outside to find a weapon when we have barbed wire and explosives all over the place? She has to be an idiot. But I might be willing to tolerate it if I get to see some blood.
James Peters: Does it really matter? You love all violence. Wildcard is scavenging under the ring and she pulls out… A KENDO STICK! EVIL INTENTIONS GOING THROUGH HER MIND AS SHE ROLLS BACK INTO THE RING!
Rich Russillo: She’s eyeballing her prey and Robyn is right in the middle of her radar and Robyn doesn’t realize what’s about to happen—
James Peters: GOOD GAWD!! WILDCARD JUST CRACKED THE KENDO STICK RIGHT ACROSS ROBYN’S BACK! AND SHE IS NOT STOPPING! DO YOU HEAR THE CRIES OF PAIN COMING FROM ROBYN?
Persephone: Yes I do and I LOVE IT!! Don’t stop there, bitch. Keep it going. That spoiled brat needed this to happen a long time ago.
Rich Russillo: Mr. J Valentine is keeping his distance so far in this match and that might be the smartest thing for him to do. He’s done enough damage.
Persephone: Screw that!! Let Wildcard beat the shit out of him just like her. Serve him right for creating a spoiled brat like her. KICK ALL THE ASSES! EVERYBODY BLEEDS!
James Peters: Don’t be throwing stones in that glass house of yours. Think about it.
Persephone: What I am thinking about is the possibility of blood and where I’m going to bury your body when I get my hands on you if you keep running your mouth. Now just shut up and let me watch for blood.
Rich Russillo: Wildcard throws the kendo stick away and drags Robyn back up by the hair. Who’s going to stop her? There’s no DQs. WILDCARD USES THE HAIR AND THROWS ROBYN OVER THE SAFE ROPES AND TO THE FLOOR!
James Peters: Here comes Mr. J Valentine to check on his daughter. BUT WILDCARD QUICKLY SLIDES OUT OF THE RING AND STOPS HIM RIGHT IN HIS TRACKS!
Persephone: Come on you old psycho bitch. DECK HIM!! Throw him in the barbed wire and watch his richy rich dumbass blow up.
(Wildcard laughs right in his face and points to the entrance ramp behind him.)
Wildcard: (off-mic) Just go right back up the ramp, old man. Unless you want the pain I cause her to be much worse.
(Mr. J looks at Wildcard with disdain. He wants to help Robyn but he starts thinking maybe the best way to help this time… is to not help.)
James Peters: HE’S BACKING OFF AND HEADING UP THE RAMP! INTIMIDATION ON THE SIDE OF WILDCARD MIGHT HAVE PROTECTED ROBYN JUST A LITTLE BIT!
Rich Russillo: SPEAKING OF ROBYN, ROBYN JUST MOUNTED THE BACK OF WILDCARD AND MOUNTING HER FIRST OFFENSE OF THE MATCH!
Persephone: Dumb luck from a dumb bitch. She might be pounding and trying to choke out Wildcard, but she’s standing her ground.
James Peters: WILDCARD GRABS ROBYN’S LEGS AND WALKS HER OVER TO ONE OF THE WOOD PLANKS! WILDCARD TURNS AROUND! WILDCARD RUNS FULL SPEED AND SENDS ROBYN BACK FIRST INTO THE BARBED WIRE!!
Persephone: YES! YES! OHH YES! WE JUST WITNESSED A DEATH RIGHT NOW! COME ON AND RING THE BELL!! IT’S OVER!
James Peters: HOLY SHIT! ROBYN FELT THE FULL FORCE OF THAT EXPLOSION AND WILDCARD IS JUST SMILING!! WILDCARD PULLS ROBYN OUT FROM THE PLANK AND GOES FOR THE COVER!! REMEMBER FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE IN A DEATHMATCH!!
Rich Russillo: HOW THE FUCK DID SHE KICK OUT? ROBYN SOMEHOW HAD THE ENERGY TO GET THE SHOULDER UP AND THIS MATCH CONTINUES!
Persephone: Oh come on! That was bullshit!! That wasn’t a kickout! That was three! DAMN IT!
James Peters: I guess Daddy’s Little Princess has more fight in her than you thought. Right, Seph?
Persephone: Yeah no. That was dumb luck. Nothing more.
Rich Russillo: I don’t think Wildcard cares because that means she gets to cause more pain and she’s getting ready to. WILDCARD BRINGS ROBYN BACK UP TO HER FEET AND WHIPS ROBYN RIGHT INTO THE BARRICADE!!
James Peters: LOOK AT THE SHOULDER BLOCKS FROM WILDCARD CATCHING ROBYN IN THE ABDOMEN! ANY STRONGER AND ROBYN WOULD BE SENT THROUGH THE BARRICADE!!
Rich Russillo: WE CAN ALSO SEE THE DROPS OF RED ON THE BARRICADE! ROBYN’S BACK IS BLEEDING!
Persephone: I’m getting intrigued but not much more. Welcome to EAW, Princess. Now stay down and take the loss like a dead bitch and don’t say another word. Then the psycho can die too. Two losers and we can bring back Rex McCallister. Oh I miss my Rexy so.
James Peters: Now Wildcard snaps Robyn over with the mare and SHE DELIVERS A BIG BOOT RIGHT TO THE BLEEDING BACK!! Now Wildcard is looking for another weapon under the ring. Wouldn’t all the barbed wire be enough?
Rich Russillo: This type of match is Wildcard’s playground. She loves this stuff. That’s because she can— OH MY GAWD!!
James Peters: THAT DEMENTED WOMAN HAS A BARBED WIRE STEEL CHAIR!! IF WILDCARD CRACKS POOR ROBYN WITH THAT IT’S OVER!
Persephone: That’s exactly what I want to hear. Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!
James Peters: Will you calm down? Now Wildcard is waiting for Robyn to get back to her feet. Robyn’s back up and WILDCARD WINDS UP AND GOES FOR THE SWING—
Rich Russillo: HOLY SHIT!! DID YOU SEE THAT? ROBYN WITH A DROP TOE HOLD AT THE LAST MOMENT SENDS THAT WIRE CHAIR RIGHT INTO WILDCARD’S FACE!
James Peters: WILDCARD HAS PULLED THE CHAIR OFF HER FACE AND WE SHE THAT HER FACE IS BLEEDING BECAUSE OF THE FORCE THE CHAIR WENT INTO HER FACE!
Persephone: ABOUT DAMN TIME! This is what I’ve been waiting for. Not the bleeding back bullshit, but the beautiful sight of a crimson mask. Oh it warms my insides like watching a sweaty Rexy in the ring.
James Peters: What the fuck is wrong with you? You sick bitch! NOW ROBYN WITH A DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF WILDCARDS HEAD AND SENDS HER FACE BACK INTO THE CHAIR!
Rich Russillo: ROBYN NOW GRABS THE LEGS OF WILDCARD, WHO STILL HAS THE CHAIR ATTACHED TO HER FACE AND SHE FALLS BACK WITH A SLINGSHOT AND SENDS WILDCARD INTO ANOTHER PLANK. DOUBLE WHAMMY WITH THE BARBED WIRE FOR WILDCARD!!
Persephone: YES! TIME FOR ANOTHER BITCH TO DIE! EXPLOSIONS AND BLOOD AND PAIN! OH YES!!
James Peters: IT’S WILDCARD’S TURN TO FEEL THE EXPLOSION!! ROBYN FEELS NO SYMPATHY BY PULLING WILDCARD OUT OF THE EXPLOSION AND THROWING HER TO THE FLOOR! ROBYN HOOKS THE LEG AND GOES FOR THE COVER!
Rich Russillo: WILDCARD KICKS OUT RIGHT BEFORE THREE!! WHAT TENACITY BEING SHOWN BY BOTH COMPETITORS IN THIS MATCH! NOW ROBYN HAS GRABBED THE CHAIR STILL ATTACHED TO WILDCARD AND IS JUST BOUNCING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN INTO HER FACE LIKE A YO-YO!
James Peters: OUCH! ROBYN JUST YANKED THE CHAIR OFF WILDCARD’S FACE!! WILDCARD IS NOW WEARING THE PROVERBIAL CRIMSON MASK!
Persephone: Oh yeah! What a beautiful sight to see. Blood and gore. Hell yeah. Let me pull my phone out and take a picture of this great moment.
Rich Russillo: Now Robyn grabs Wildcard by the hair and rolls her back in the ring! Robyn now grabs one of the wood boards and pushes it into the ring.
James Peters: Robyn is still on the outside and she grabs another board and rolls that into the ring too. Robyn now sliding back I to the ring—
Rich Russillo: WILDCARD WITH A SPLASH ONTO THE BACK OF ROBYN! THAT STOPS HER RIGHT IN HER TRACKS!! HOW QUICK THE MOMENTUM CHANGES!
Persephone: Why can’t these dumb bitches just give it up? They are both boring as hell and this match is now starting to suck. If I have to continue commentating on this match, we need more blood.
James Peters: Even with the blood running down her face, you can point out the evil smile on Wildcard’s face. She grabs a handful of Robyn and drags her to the ropes—
Rich Russillo: WILDCARD IS RAKING ROBYN’S FOREHEAD ACROSS THE BARBED WIRE!! HOW GRUESOME! IT DIDN’T TAKE VERY LONG FOR THE BLOOD TO FLOW FROM ROBYN’S FACE! NOW SHE IS STARTING TO DEVELOP A MATCHING CRIMSON MASK!
James Peters: We knew that this match was going to be gruesome, but not this bad. Both women are starting to feel the effects of being scraped across barbed wire and caught in explosions. Fatigue is starting to set in.
Persephone: This is gruesome? The hell it is! It needs more! I want more!! Persephone thrives on gore! No more holding back, you stupid bitches.
James Peters: Did you really just refer to yourself in third person?
Persephone: So what if I did? Do you have a problem with that?
Rich Russillo: While you guys were arguing, Wildcard whipped Robyn into the ropes AND SHE CAUGHT SOME OF THE BARBED WIRE ON THE ARM WHEN SHE LANDED! WILDCARD SAW THAT AND SHE IS WRAPPING THE ARM EVEN MORE AROUND THE WIRE!
James Peters: IF ROBYN WAS THINKING ABOUT GETTING FREE, SHE CAN FORGET IT BECAUSE SHE IS STUCK! WILDCARD BACKS UP AND RUNS TOWARD ROBYN AT FULL SPEED TO THE CORNER!
Rich Russillo: THIGH TO THE FACE!! RUNNING HAM SLAM AND SHE GOT ALL OF IT!! ROBYN LOOKS OUT OF IT BUT SHE CAN’T FALL TO THE MAY BECAUSE HER ARM IS STILL AROUND THE BARBED WIRE ROPE!
Persephone: Crazy bitch saw that and yanks princess off the ropes and tosses her to the mat. She goes for the cover. Does that mean this match is finally over?
James Peters: HOW THE FUCK DID SHE KICK OUT OF THAT? THE REFEREE’S HAND ABOUT TO COME DOWN FOR THE THREE BUT ROBYN WAS ABLE TO EDGE HER SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!
Persephone: Oh come on!! Why the hell do they keep kicking out? This is ridiculous. When will they learn that nobody wants to see this match?
Crowd: THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME!
Persephone: Oh shut up! Stupid sheep. Don’t have a damn clue about what the hell they are chanting for.
James Peters: They are chanting for an amazing match between these two. Neither of them are really well liked, but they are both giving their all in this match.
Rich Russillo: Wildcard is waiting for Robyn to make it back to her feet. It was a slow process, but Robyn is back up. WILDCARD KICKS HER IN THE GUT! WILDCARD GOING FOR THE LOVELETTER! STUNNER ON THE WAY—
James Peters: ROBYN GETS FREE! WILDCARD TURNS AROUND AND SHE RUNS RIGHT INTO THE ART OF VALENTINE! SPINNING HEEL KICK RIGHT INTO WILDCARD’S FACE! SHE IS DOWN AND SHE MIGHT BE OUT! ROBYN WITH A COVER OF HER OWN! HUGE UPSET ON THE WAY!!
Rich Russillo: WILDCARD KICKS OUT RIGHT BEFORE THREE AND ROBYN CAN’T BELIEVE IT! ROBYN LETS OUT A SCREAM OF FRUSTRATION BEFORE POUNDING HER FIST INTO THE MAT!
Persephone: This is exactly what happens when Daddy can’t buy his little princess the victory that she wants. She starts throwing a temper tantrum and a hissy fit in the middle of the ring. GROW UP BITCH!!
James Peters: FRUSTRATION TAKING ITS TOLL AS NOW ROBYN IS STARTING TO CHOKE WILDCARD! SHE IS TRYING TO JUST DO WHATEVER SHE CAN TO KEEP HER DOWN!!
Rich Russillo: ROBYN IS UP AND NOW SHE DRAGS WILDCARD BACK TO HER FEET BY THE HAIR! SHE WHIPS HER TO THE ROPES! WILDCARD REBOUNDS AND ROBYN IS LOOKING FOR HER VERSION OF THE BLUE THUNDER BOMB!
James Peters: BELIEVE IT OR SEE IT COUNTERED AS WILDCARD MANAGES TO ESCAPE AND LAND ON HER FEET! ROBYN TURNS AROUND AND GETS A BOOT TO THE GUT FOR HER TROUBLES!
Persephone: Here we go. Another game of can you counter this. I hope this game doesn’t go on forever.
Rich Russillo: WILDCARD WITH THE GUTWRENCH AND HOISTS HER UP IN THE AIR! WILDCARD RUNNING FULL SPEED TOWARDS ONE OF THE BARBED WIRE BOARDS BROUGHT IN EARLIER! POWERBOMB ON THE WAY!
James Peters: OH MY GOD! WILDCARD GOT THE SYKE OUT POWERBOMB AND SHE PLANTED ROBYN ON THE BOARD!! UNFORTUNATELY THE EXPLOSION GOT THEM BOTH SINCE WILDCARD COULDN’T GET OUT OF THE WAY IN TIME!
Persephone: YES! Both bitches might be dead! Time for celebration! Bring out the champagne.
Rich Russillo: LOOK! WILDCARD IS BARELY MOVING AFTER THE EXPLOSION AND SHE IS CRAWLING TO ROBYN! WILDCARD IS THERE AND SHE DRAPES AN ARM OVER ROBYN FOR THE COVER!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Dark Eternal Night” starts playing again as Wildcard slowly rolls off of Robyn. The medical team is rushing down to the ring to check on both competitors.)
Bella Braxton: Here is your winner! THE WILDCARD!
James Peters: What a match between two of the rising stars of Voltage. We expected this match to be hardcore from the beginning and boy was it. I’m surprised somebody is able to move.
Persephone: That bimbo Bella Braxton should announce here is your survivor instead of winner. Honestly, did either of these bitches win? Not really. The only winner around here is me because I got to see violence and bloodshed.
(The medical team tends to Robyn, who still hasn’t moved. Others go to Wildcard, but she shoves them away and gingerly makes it back to her feet. The referee raises her arm in victory. Normally, she would yank her arm away from the referee, but right now, she lets it happen before slowly leaving the ring.)
Rich Russillo: If you ask me, I really don’t see any losers coming out of this match.
Persephone: Then you need some glasses because of course there were losers.
James Peters: I get what he means even if you don’t, Seph. Robyn Valentine put it all on the line in a match that is way out of her comfort zone. She fought harder than anybody would give her credit for and she almost had the match won on more than one occasion.
Rich Russillo: That’s right. But it was the veteran skills and the intensity of Wildcard that gave her the victory tonight. Robyn might have lost but both these ladies have shown they are certainly people to watch out for in the future. Once again, congratulations to Wildcard for an amazing victory to kick off Sunday Night Voltage.
(The final shot shows Wildcard standing at the top of the entrance ramp holding her ribs and back in pain with an evil grin on her face as she looks at the carnage she caused as the medic are still helping the still not moving Robyn as the camera cuts elsewhere.)
(Voltage cuts to a commercial for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in theaters now.)
(There was a sudden change of scenery as the show transitioned to the point of view of a camera man running backstage, as loud sounds could be heard of things falling down before the camera man turned the corner and revealed what was the cause of that, a brawl between Lucas Johnson and Jay Jerry Johnson!)
James Peters: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SORRY FOR THE SUDDEN INTERRUPTION BUT A BRAWL HAS BROKEN OUT BETWEEN LUCAS AND JAY JERRY JOHNSON!
Rich Russillo: And they have all the reasons in the world to do it right now, after what happened two weeks ago where Lucas shockingly revealed that he was the attacker of Fitzgerald, the alliance that was formed between Triple J and Lucas was severed in dramatic fashion, and after what happened in the Grand Rampage Match between them, it wouldn’t be surprising if they were fighting to kill each other right now!
Persephone: Filming this brawl is going to make this show even longer! I do not care about the cat fight that Lucas and Triple Dumbass will have! My interest will pique if I see some blood or something extreme but I am not confident on that.
James Peters: But I am confident that these men will not hold back at all, they are throwing swing after swing at each other! Triple J with a right, Lucas Johson with a left! They are at a standstill right now but it seems Lucas was able to slip a kick right in the middle of the gut of Jay Jerry Johnson! He pushes him against the wall and he goes for another one-
Rich Russillo: Triple J is able to move out of the way in time, Lucas is quick enough to stop his foot from hitting the wall but that gives Jay Jerry Johnson the opportunity to deck Lucas right across the face with an elbow strike! Jay isn’t done though, as he pulls Lucas by the arm and gets an arm over his head, as Jay prepares and- DELIVERS A SNAP SUPLEX RIGHT INTO ONE OF THE STORAGE BOXES!
Persephone: Yawn, is this the best they can do? Two grannies could fight better than them. Anyway, Lucas rolls around the storage box looking like he is having a stomach ache before he falls off the box and spills over a trash can.
James Peters: Wait, there are some weapons inside of the trash can! The two of them seem to notice this at the same time and they jump to grab them, Triple J is able to grab a baseball bat while Lucas grabs a kendo stick! But thanks to the snap suplex from earlier, Jay is the one able to attack faster and he lands a hit right in the ribs with the bat! Jay drops the bat and quickly takes some steps back, seeing an opportunity to do some damage to Lucas, as he runs back and he goes for Hypnotize, Triple J’s version of the Famouser!
Rich Russillo: Although Lucas is able to rise up just in time to catch Jay in the air and hold Jay Jerry Johnson into a powerbomb position! He runs off straight with Triple J on his shoulders as LUCAS THEN PROCEEDS TO THROW JAY STRAIGHT INTO ONE OF SETS FOR THE INTERVIEWS! AS THE BODY OF JAY FALLS AND KNOCKS DOWN THE CAMERAS AND THE MONITOR!
Persephone: It is official. Lucas Johnson and Triple Dumbass have been able to make a brawl boring, seriously, if nothing exciting happens in the next minute then-
James Peters: Something seems to catch Lucas’ eye as the camera turns over to reveal…a soda machine. Wait, is he about to do what I think he will? Lucas pulls Jay Jerry Johnson up by his hair and sets his sights as he rushes at full speed to THROW JAY BACK FIRST RIGHT INTO THE VENDING MACHINE!!! THE VENDING MACHINE BREAKS DOWN UPON THE IMPACT AND SPARKS FLY OUT IN RESPONSE!
Rich Russillo: That seemed pretty extreme to me, were you not impressed?
Persephone: Of course not Rich, that’s some pussy shit, a toddler could throw another toddler into a vending machine, anybody could throw another person into that, size doesn’t matter!…Unless in the bed obviously, and especially when talking about Rexy-
James Peters: Ok, moving right along, Lucas Johnson stands there pacing around Triple J as he laid down in the ground wincing in pain and grabbing his back, a few soda cans fall out of the vending machine and Lucas grabs two of them as he…opens them? He sets one next to Jay on the floor and Lucas takes a sip out of the other one he held in his hand.
Lucas Johnson (off-mic): Now, I am not very much of a tag team wrestler, I have never been in an actual tag team before you showed up but I am pretty sure this is what tag team buddies do, simply chilling out…and having a fun time right?
Rich Russillo: Lucas then grabs the other soda can off the floor and…SPILLS ALL OF THE SODA RIGHT ON JAY’S FACE! Such blatant disrespect here from Lucas to do to his former partner!
Persephone: No shit Rich, I am not going to be thrilled if some asshole spills soda all over my face…except it is from my Rexy!
James Peters: Sorry to the people who had to hear that comment, I wasn’t fast enough to stop it.
(Lucas walks away after that, taking a few seconds to look for something before walking back with the baseball bat from before in his hands.)
Lucas Johnson (off-mic): I can’t believe you fell for all of that, for everything that we went through in that “investigation”. All of those clues, all of those witnesses, it all went to waste if the response was the same old of the butler being the killer. You are such an idiot to think this wouldn’t happen, you really believe I would have been happy being your partner after we met recently? You put your trust in someone you barely knew and you paid the price for it, it wasn’t my fault Fitzgerald is in the hospital suffering, it is your OWN FAULT!
Lucas Johnson (off-mic): It took me a bit to realize but I attacked Fitz with a metal bat correct? It is kind of ironic that I have this weapon right here in my grasp, because I don’t know if you realized this yet but Fitz was never the target…it was you all along. And it is time to finish what I started.
Rich Russillo: LUCAS PULLS THE BASEBALL BAT BACK AS HE SWINGS IT WITH FULL FORCE RIGHT AT TRIPLE J’S HEAD!
Persephone: BUT BEFORE HE CAN DO THAT, TRIPLE DUMBASS GETS UP AND HITS HIM RIGHT IN THE BALLS! :mjlol:
James Peters: Jay Jerry Johnson is able to muster up enough strength to move right in time and low blow Lucas Johnson! It is a dirty move to pull out in a fight but Lucas was this close to bashing Triple J’s skull in, any move is allowed in a fight like this!
Rich Russillo: The two men fall down in response, as they stay down for a few moments trying to regain their strengths. Lucas is able to get up first, still holding the bat in his hands and going to swing again. Then suddenly, Jay Jerry Johnson shoots up again and pushes Lucas Johnson back, running at him again once more…BEFORE SPEARING HIM THROUGH ONE OF THE DOORS AND BUSTING IT RIGHT OPEN!
James Peters: Both men go through a wooden door but the door is able to hold up as Lucas and Jay fall into the pavement and Lucas drops the metal bat. The two of them are now in the parking lot area!
Rich Russillo: Jay Jerry Johnson isn’t going to keep himself down! He is pulling through on adrenaline here as he picks up Lucas and throws him into one of the cars parked there, he doesn’t hold back as he continues to slam his head and arms into the side of the car! Jay then pushes Lucas into the top of the car and Jay is climbing up himself…Jay is setting something up! He grabs Lucas up and he is setting up for…THE ALT + F4! JAY IS GOING TO DRIVE LUCAS’ HEAD RIGHT INTO THE WINDSHIELD OF THAT CAR!
Persephone: Wait, I can’t believe it! My interest is actually getting picked, this might be something I actually like-
James Peters: BUT LUCAS IS ABLE TO PUSH JAY JUST IN TIME AS LUCAS THEN PULLS A SPEAR OF HIS OWN AND THE TWO MEN FALL FROM THE TOP OF THE CAR RIGHT DOWN INTO THE PAVEMENT!
Persephone: Nevermind, it is all gone now.
Rich Russillo: These two men have had a hellacious brawl as they fought across the entire building, wanting to tear each other apart and making sure they came out victorious and they aren’t going to stop unless one of them stays down for good. Jay Jerry Johnson is the first to move, starting to crawl away as he looks around trying to find that baseball bat.
James Peters: Lucas is able to get up as well, he is on wobbly legs but he is right behind on Jay’s trail as he takes step by step until he finally stops and he seems to be lining up for something. Jay gets up as well on his feet and slowly turns around…AS LUCAS RUSHES AND GOES FOR THE LIGHT SWITCH TO END IT!
Rich Russillo: AND JAY STEPS AWAY JUST AT THE LAST SECOND AS LUCAS ENDS UP COLLIDING AND CRASHING AGAINST THE WOODEN DOOR!
James Peters: Jay either seemed to plan this move all along to lure Lucas into that situation or he simply had good luck there, either way, it worked perfectly in his favor!
Rich Russillo: Sadly, it seemed the impact didn’t too much damage, it is a wooden door after all, so Lucas shakes himself slightly and tries to get up-
Persephone: LMAOOOO! HE GOT HIS FOOT STUCK IN THE DOOR!
James Peters: The impact of that Claymore Kick was strong enough to make a hole through the door but not strong enough to break it apart, Lucas’s foot was stuck in the hole that he made and as hard as he pulled, he couldn’t get it out! Lucas was at the mercy of Triple J!
Rich Russillo: And Jay saw this immediately, he took a few steps again to grab the baseball bat that was on the floor, walking back towards Lucas and seemingly ready to swing the bat and pay back what Lucas tried to do…then…Triple J dropped the bat? He dropped it to the ground and started walking away!
Persephone: THAT’S IT? He’s just going to leave?! I knew I shouldn’t have gotten myself excited, Triple Dumbass will always be a goddamn pussy-
James Peters: Jay is coming back! HE HAS THE KENDO STICK THIS TIME! He doesn’t want to end it, he wants to make Lucas suffer for what he has done to him! TRIPLE J SWINGS!
James Peters: JAY ISN’T HOLDING BACK AT ALL! 5! 10! 15! 20!!! Jay is swinging that kendo stick like his life is depending on it! He is making sure Lucas pays for everything!
Rich Russillo: Until finally, referees rush down to try and stop what was happening, they pull back Jay and try to talk him out of it, there is clear rage on Jay’s face but he seems to listen in and pull the kendo stick down as the rest of the referees try to get Lucas’s foot out of the hole while the red marks from the kendo stick could be seen around his body.
Persephone: Why did they have to stop it now?! The brawl was actually starting to get mildly interesting but they just can’t let me have fun do they?
James Peters: The referees are able to get Lucas Johnson’s foot out…AND HE LUNGES AT TRIPLE J AGAIN! EVEN THOUGH HE IS IN PAIN FROM THOSE KENDO STICK SWINGS, HE IS PUSHING THROUGH IT EITHER WAY AS THE TWO MEN COME TO BLOWS ONCE MORE JUST LIKE AT THE START OF THIS BRAWL, THEY WANT TO KILL EACH OTHER-
Rich Russillo: SECURITY ARRIVES AS WELL! THEY ALL PULL BACK LUCAS AND JAY, BUT EVEN WITH THAT, THE TWO ARE STILL TRYING TO LUNGE FOR THEIR THROATS!
James Peters: Wait, that is…Captain Charisma! He steps between the two men being pulled back and he raises his voice up in anger.
Captain Charisma: Stop this, NOW! I won’t let the situation that happened to Myles happen again, I am not going to let another Elitist get injured like that! The both of you want to kill each other so badly? Fine, but enough is ENOUGH! You two can settle this at Battle of Egypt!
(The crowd pops huge when hearing the match being announced.)
Captain Charisma: And as the name of the biggest show of the year goes, you are still going through pain for pride. Because the winner of the match will be one of the two Voltage representatives in the Cash in the Vault ladder match at Pain for Pride. Now take them away!
Rich Russillo: High stakes, high rewards. These two men will have the chance to fight for glory and a chance to wrestle in the biggest show of the year!
Persephone: I mean…I said the brawl was starting to grow mildly interesting, but I am putting emphasis on mildly, I don’t want to see these two bozos going at it again!
James Peters: Sadly, you can’t dictate that kind of decision, these two have pushed through so much today and they are going to do it once more no matter what so they can come out of the other side victorious.
(Lucas and Jay are still trying to push for another swing but the security guards are able to separate them successfully as Voltage fades to a commercial break.)
(Promotional ad for Battle of Egypt, where Lucas Johnson and Jay Jerry Johnson settle the score.)
(Voltage came back from commercial break and backstage personnel were trying to fix everything that was knocked over or broken after the brawl that broke out between Lucas and Jay Jerry Johnson. Everyone was desperate to get everything cleaned up but nobody was as desperate as Candice Blair Ava. Candice obviously didn’t have the best few weeks, she hasn’t been able to win her past few matches, Danny is missing, Danny went missing, Danny has gone missing, and she hasn’t had any free time to get pumpkin spice latte!…And oh yeah, DANNY IS STILL MISSING!)
(She has been pulling every stop that she could to be able to find Danny but she felt he was getting farther away with every second and that kind of detail kept her very agitated. She has even explored the arena everywhere she could, even the closet, but she didn’t find anything! Her last resort was having to put up missing posters in every wall of every hallway so nobody would “miss” seeing the missing posters but her confidence in this tactic was slowly starting to fade away…wait! She had a last last resort! Candice rushed as soon as he could, she didn’t have time to knock, she opened the door in one swing!)
Candice Blair: BESTIE CAPTAIN CHARISMA! 😭 😭 😭
(Her last last resort was Captain Charisma. She entered through in a sudden rush and it startled Captain Charisma a bit, he was calming down after the brawl that broke out a few minutes ago but he really wasn’t sure why he was expecting any time to relax by this point as the Commissioner of Voltage.)
Captain Charisma: Hi Candice-
Candice Blair: Have you found any leads on where Danny is???
(A small frown crossed Captain Charisma’s face as he slowly shook his head.)
Captain Charisma: No, sadly I haven’t.
Candice Blair: I don’t know what to do then Captain Charisma, I have been trying every option in the book, putting up the missing posters everywhere I could, getting various hashtags going in, phone calls, checking in every single media account that Danny has, morse code, smoke signals! I have done everything I could think of and there is no chance at all of being able to find Danny!
(Captain Charisma knew how worried Candice was in this kind of situation so he tried his best to soften the truth for her.)
Captain Charisma: Look, Candice, believe me, I am doing my best as well trying to help you find Danny, I am doing everything I can to find him and as well to make sure something hasn’t happened to a member of my roster. Just listen to me here, back at Super Voltage he couldn’t have gone very far considering everyone was restricted to being in the Cruise Ship, but weeks have passed and at this point there’s where he could be or if he is okay or not. The chances that he will appear again are very low although we will still try our hardest to make sure he appears here in the flesh.
(Candice obviously didn’t want to hear that kind of answer, she wanted to be hopeful that her friend would be able to appear once more, but she understood as well what Captain Charisma was telling her. Danny has been gone for various weeks and she felt she was the fault for that.)
Candice Blair: I don’t want to give up, I can’t give up, I will make sure Danny appears but…I really feel like everything was caused because of my fault, and it genuinely pains me that this has to happen after we tried so hard to make up once more, that we suffered so much for things to end like this? I knew I shouldn’t have ever helped Danny in that aspect…
(…Wait. Hold on, that gave her an idea. She wasn’t sure if it was actually going to work but by this point she really needed to try, she needed to find her friend no matter what.)
Candice Blair: I have to go, I think I have an idea of what to do. Thank you either way Captain Charisma!
(The two said their goodbyes before Candice ran out of the office as fast as she could, this was her last last last resort, if it didn’t work out at all then by that point she wasn’t sure if she would actually be able to see Danny safe and sound. Come on…where was she? There she was! Sofia Clarke was walking around the hallways trying to find Candice herself, she wanted to do an interview for her because she didn’t have a chance to do it the last time but this time, Candice was the one looking for her. Candice quickly appeared in front of Sofia and Sofia took a step back, a bit startled.)
Sofia Clarke: Hey there Candice!
Candice Blair: Hi Sofia, I have been looking for you the entire time, I have something super important that I need to tell the whole world! Are you available right now?
Sofia Clarke: Of course, I am always available for anything, in fact, I was actually looking for you as well. I know that you have been going through a lot because of what happened to Danny but is there any chance that you could answer some questions for an interview?
Candice Blair: I’ll try to answer those questions for you then Sofia, but in exchange you give me the chance to say a message to everyone watching!
Sofia Clarke: Sure, no worries!
(Everything was set up in quick fashion like it was the start of a normal interview as the camera man finally arrived to start recording and Sofia quickly talked first.)
Sofia Clarke: Welcome to the interview Candice!
Candice Blair: Thank you Sofia, glad to be here.
Sofia Clarke: What are your thoughts on your progress in the Iconic Cup? You started off pretty well but you have suffered two straight losses before rebounding against Kristen Myers on Showdown.
Candice Blair: Well, Sofia…I…
(Candice was trying to say the words that she was thinking right now but…nothing came out. She was completely stuck, she genuinely could not concentrate on what was happening right now, she was too focused on what was happening to Danny and there was no way she would be able to do this interview normally.)
Candice Blair: No…I…I can’t respond right now. I have something else on my mind right and that is of course my friend, Danny Tanner. I want to find him and time is running out.
(Sofia was a bit disappointed that she wasn’t able to do the interview with Candice for the past few weeks now but she totally understood why Candice was acting like that, she really couldn’t blame her for it.)
Sofia Clarke: No worries Candice, there is always another time. Here you go.
(Sofia then gave her microphone to Candice and she took a step back as Candice stood front and center in the camera and took a few deep breaths before raising up her voice.)
Candice Blair: Hey! It is great to see you all, everyone sitting there in the crowd enjoying the show, everyone in their homes watching Voltage right now, it makes me happy to see that you are all happy, enjoying the time that you have at its fullest because even though I do not feel happy at this moment, I know I will be able to in the end. I know everything will be fine by the end but I just have to keep searching, keep fighting. Because the past few weeks for me have been horrible. I have never felt this much stress in my entire life and I feel like gray hairs are going to pop out in just any moment out of my hair, and honestly, for everything that happened, for what I am going through…I believe that everything is my fault. Danny, please, if you are listening to me, I am asking you to please return to Voltage. I just want you to know that I am sorry for what I did to you. I was simply trying to help you because that is what besties do, they help each other out!
Candice Blair: That is what we have been doing for the past year, no? Helping each other to be able to make our dreams come true and our friendship stronger, because I do not want to lose you Danny, you are someone dear to me in my life and my heart would break in pieces seeing you out of my life. It hurt the first time and it hurts even more the second time. Because hear me clearly here Danny, I didn’t want to hurt you in any way shape or form, I just wanted to help my friend get a date for himself because he truly deserves to be loved. No matter what, I still want our friendship to keep strong, I still want to help and most importantly…I want to make sure that you are safe.
(Candice then took a step back and she slowly gave the microphone back to Sofia Clarke. Without saying anything else, she calmly walked away as Voltage slowly faded away from backstage.)
(Voltage fades back to ringside, and Bella Braxton is seen with a microphone in her hand.)
Bella Braxton: Ladies and Gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled FOR!!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
( ‘’Seek and Destroy’’ by Metallica echoes throughout the packed building’s speakers Halsey Neel is met with countless boos, but her callous demeanor allows her to shrug it off. She does no poses, choosing to maintain a cold and emotionless look as she makes her way down the entrance ramp. )
Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING FIRST!!!! From Birmingham, England! Weighing in at 138 pounds, she is the RIIIIPPPEEERRRRR, HAALLLLLLLSEEEYY NEEEEELLLL!!
James Peters: Strong off a victory against Nick Hart on Fight Grid, newcomer Neel is looking to add another win to her tally tonight.
Rich Russillo: She will find that her opponent might be a bit tougher tonight than when she faced Nick Hart. I am sure she relishes the challenge. She seems ready.
( ‘Legacy’ by Eminem begins to blast through the speakers of the arena as the camera goes from the ring to the stage to show Ruler beginning to make his way out from the backstage area. There is an expression of complete and utter despondency on his face as he looks around at the crowd who are, for the most part, teetering on the line between support and negativity towards him. He then looks towards the ring as he begins to make his way down the ramp from there.)
Bella Braxton: AND HER OPPONENT! Residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Weighing in at 235 pounds. HE IS THE MONARCH OF AGONY; RULER!!!!!!!
James Peters: Did well for himself during the Grand Rampage match. Eliminated by Ryan Wilson.
Rich Russillo: This match is the perfect way to shake off the elimination and build on a strong foundation towards the last stretch of the season heading towards Pain for Pride!
( Ding! Ding! Ding! )
James Peters: And This Match Is ON!! The two competitors exchange a long glance, sizing each other up as they prepare for a lockup and it’s already a clash! With the advantage of size Ruler powers over, backing Halsey up into the corner. The ref steps in to try and pry them apart, and at the moment, AND HALSEY MANAGES TO CATCH RULER WITH A RIGHT HAND!
Persephone: DISQUALIFY HER, DISQUALIFY HER NOW!!
Rich Russillo: Sorry Persephone, but hitting someone isn’t cheating. That’s like.. Part of every match. Ruler now meeting the Ripper in the center of the ring, meeting her with a good forearm shot, then another, a knee to the midsection, and he grabs her FOR A SUPLEX THAT IS ELEGANTLY ESCAPED BY HALSEY NEEL!!! Ruler turns around, gets arm dragged around, and sent flying WITH A HALF AND HALF SUPLEX! What a move by Halsey! That was perfectly executed when you consider the discrepancy of sizes in this matchup!
James Peters: And the Sharpshooter not wasting any time mounting Ruler for a few heavy shots right to the face! Halsey drags Ruler up, AND SHE SWINGS AT HIM- BUT RULER DUCKS UNDER IT AND CLOBBERS HALSEY RIGHT BEHIND THE HEAD WITH A CLOTHESLINE that sends her face-first to the canvas without ceremony! Ruler seems to be talking to himself for a moment, shaking his head, and picks Halsey up by the scruff of the neck to bring her down again with a side Russian leg sweep, COVERING FOR THE COUNT!
James Peters: Kickout by Halsey Neel who is apparently not ready to call it a night yet!
Persephone: Look at this weirdo Ruler, he must have a couple of screws loose up there. Talking to himself like that during a match.
Rich Russillo: Who knows what sinister thoughts float around both of these competitors’ heads! Ruler picks up a still-dazed Halsey to Irish whip her into the ropes and meets her halfway with a running dropkick that sends the Ripper tumbling over the rope! She splats to the ground, having visibly bumped her head on the apron on the way down, and Ruler climbs down to follow up with a few good stomps to the back of Sharpshooter! He sits right down on her and LOCKS HER UP IN A SURFBOARD SUBMISSION!
James Peters: Halsey screams in pain and struggles to free herself as the referee is counting up! Ruler is pulling back with all his strength for as long as he can, but at the count of seven, he breaks the hold, and rolls into the ring… and back out, causing the referee to have to start his count all over! Some cheer, some boo, but Ruler goes back to work! He picks her up, looks around, and decides to line her up for these unforgiving steel steps! He whips her hard BUT SHE REVERSES AND SENDS RULER FACE FIRST INTO THE STEEL POST!!! SHE FOLLOWS UP WITH A STEP-UP ENZIGURI FROM BEHIND!!
Persephone: Come on, she can do better than that, can’t she? Drop him on his neck!
Rich Russillo: The camera zooms in on Halsey’s ill-omen grin, and despite the pain, Neel gets up and slides into the ring to recuperate while Ruler is dazed at ringside! The fans count up with the ref, and at the 8 mark, Ruler had found his way back into the ring, a bit of blood coming out of his forehead as he staggers to his feet! Calculating, Halsey throws herself up at Ruler for a bicycle pump kick, but Ruler ducks down under the boot, bouncing off the ropes to get back at her WITH A BIG OLD SPEAR!
Rich Russillo: Wow! I think I actually saw the wind being knocked right out of Halsey’s body!
James Peters: Halsey Neel is in a bad position here, that attack sure hasn’t missed its mark, even by an inch!
Persephone: Pff. Rex does it better anyway.
Rich Russillo: Ruler is looking at the sample of blood on his fingers as he nurses his head from that post hit earlier, and getting visibly agitated! Neel was trying to gather herself up at the ropes but she is too sluggish at the moment, and can’t properly defend herself against the rough running senton Ruler launches himself into! Halsey flops in the corner, momentarily knocked into a glaze, prompting Ruler to drag her by the foot to the center of the ring, and he shoots for the top rope, not looking back! He throws himself in a MOONSAULT! BUT NO ONE IS HOME!
James Peters: The Ripper running on sheer instinct at this junction in the match!!
Rich Russillo: That might have spelled the end of her but that split second of ring awareness sure saved her right here! The Sharpshooter Halsey Neel scrambles up a plan to place Ruler in a figure four leglock, but a crocodile roll on Ruler’s part clears him of any immediate danger he is within range of the bottom rope. The referee orders Halsey to break the hold and she relents, bringing him back up to his feet. Pushing him into the turnbuckle, she gives him a big knife-edge chop RIGHT ON THE CHEST!!
James Peters: He felt it, but here is Ruler, switching positions with his opponent and SERVING HER UP HIS OWN CHOPS! This one, much louder than Halsey’s, resonates into the building for all to hear! The crowd cringes in empathetic pain as Halsey falls to her knees, clutching at her chest with a wince! Ruler looks down at her, catching his breath, but soon picks her up to set her up on the turnbuckle! He climbs up on the second rope, sets her up, and swings her across the air WITH A SUPERPLEX THAT SENDS BOTH BODIES CRASHING TO THE GROUND IN A LOUD THUNDEROUS CLATTER!! Both are down for a second, before Ruler props himself up to a sitting position for a moment, slapping his own face lightly as if to get a grip on his sanity!
Rich Russillo: This can only spell trouble for the Ripper as she looks to be down and out at this moment! He gets back up to grab at Halsey’s legs, but she fights back with a few straight kicks to his face and chest area to get him off her. She manages to get back to her feet, only to get seized up by the Monarch of Agony who props her up for a powerbomb! But wait! The Ripper is fighting back with all her might, serving him some fierce open-handed palm strikes! Ruler is not steady on his legs anymore, and at that moment, Halsey throws herself back! Hurricanrana!! Hurricanrana sends the Ruler of Everything down to the mat, and she runs into the ropes to give herself momentum for a single leg dropkick to the back of his neck that folds Ruler onto himself before he lays down and maybe out! SHE RUSHES OVER RULER FOR THE PIN ATTEMPT!!
Rich Russillo: Kickout at the last second! Listen to this crowd, they are loving every second of this battle!
James Peters: Close shave indeed, but somehow, Halsey Neel refuses to give up on this match!
Rich Russillo: Ruler is certainly not to be ruled out either! He seems well intent on putting Halsey down, but what will it take for him to snag the win?
Persephone: This match is boring. Why are they just laying there, like, dead? Is the match over yet?
James Peters: No, Persephone, not yet! This match has visibly taken its toll on both opponents, and even if Halsey is laying down, you can see she is well awake! After the initial disappointment, Halsey had laid down in the middle of the ring, taking her wind back in, staring up at the ceiling lights with a focused expression on her face! She seemed to have formulated a plan of attack for the following as suddenly both are up both bolts into the ropes AND TAKES EACH OTHER OUT WITH A CLOTHESLINE! THEY HAD THE SAME IDEA AND BOTH ARE DOWN FOR IT!
Rich Russillo: Ruler is on his knees looking to get back to a vertical base as Neel is moving to do the same. Ruler moves towards Neel lunging at her BUT SHE LOWERS THE TOP ROPE AND THAT SENDS HER OPPONENT TO THE OUTSIDE! Ruler crumbles down crashing awkwardly on the outside mat he looks hurt as Neel moves to the outside apron. She is looking to make the most of the opportunity that presents itself before her AND SHE MISSILE DROPKICKS HER WAY TO RULER’S BACK! HE GOES SMACKING AGAINST THE RAILING AND LOOKS DAZED!!
Persephone: How can anybody enjoy this, this is so boring.
Rich Russillo: The crowd seems to enjoy the action AS HALSEY GRABS RULER BY THE HEAD AND SMACKS HIS FACE AGAINST THE RAILING A FEW TIMES!! This is getting intense rather quickly here folks! Quickly Halsey moves back on the apron AND THROWS CAUTION TO THE WIND WITH A LEGDROP THAT LANDS ON TOP OF RULER WHO’S on ONTOP OF THE RAILING! MY GAWD!! What action by Neel and she doesn’t appear to be done! She grabs at Ruler’s t-shirt FORCING HIM AGAIN THE APRON WITH FORCE! The shirt is partly ripped from the effort Halsey got using it to bring pain t-SHE’S USING IT TO CHOKE RULER NOW!!! THE OFFICIAL IS WARNING HER AND SHE STOPS before getting the piece of thorn clothing off her opponent and shoving it in the crowd!
Persephone: Like garbage!
Rich Russillo: The official is starting to count!
Official: ONE! TWO!!
James Peters: Halsey is quickly throwing body punches then alternates to face strikes!
Official: THREE!!! FOUR!!!!
Rich Russillo: She’s using Ruler like a living punching bag and she ain’t half-assing it!
Official: FIVE!!!!! SIX!!!!!!
James Peters: And Neel whips Ruler under the bottom rope and inside the ring!
Rich Russillo: And that’s the end of the count as Halsey slides inside the ring and DRIVES AN ELBOW TO THE SPINE OF RULER!! Halsey is looking for her next piece of offensive and she seems to have an idea, there she goes hoisting Ruler on the top turnbuckle. She throws a few elbows to his face to keep him docile before moving up herself! I sense high-risk maneuvering afoot folks! AND SHE DOESN’T DISAPPOINTS AS SHE SETS RULER UP FOR AN AVALANCHE POWERBOMB!! IT LANDS!! THE RING SHAKES A LITTLE AND HALSEY GOES FOR A COVER!!
James Peters: I don’t believe it either but somehow RULER MANAGES TO KICK OUT AND MAKE THAT MATCH LAST A LITTLE LONGER!! The great offensive move by Neel and it was smart to go for the pinfall this move could’ve ended things right then and there but it will require Neel just a little more in order to clinch her next victory! If she keeps this up however she is well on her way for sure! She throws a series of stiff kicks on a downed Ruler, he is trying to get up after this holding his back in pain and Halsey forces him on his back. A smack to the ribs props his arms backward which Neel grabs a hold of!
Rich Russillo: She gets her foot to the top of his back AND BEGINS TO RAPIDLY CURB STOMP RULER!!! HE HAS NOWHERE TO GO AS SHE IS HOLDING HIM BY THE ARMS AND SHE DRIVES EACH HIT WITH MORE FORCE THAN THE NEXT!! The official orders her to stop after almost ten of these and Neel has a satisfied look on her face. She waits on her opponent, Ruler crawling slowly looking like he’s in another timezone now and somehow still manages to move his way up to a vertical base BUT HALSEY CRUSHES THAT EFFORT TO GET UP WITH A RESOUNDING ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!! SHE GOES FOR A COVER AGAIN!!
James Peters: AND RULER KEEPS THIS MATCH ALIVE STILL!!
James Peters: Ladies and Gentlemen we have to go to a commercial break but don’t go anywhere this match continues and will resume after these messages!!
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James Peters: Folks we are back live for this episode of Sunday Night Voltage brought to you from Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. Ruler is taking on newcomer Halsey Neel and the two of them gave us quite a show so far!
Rich Russillo: This has been a strong back and forth so far tonight ladies and gentlemen between two belligerents who are eager to grab a hold of their next victory! Ruler is over Neel in a mounted position throwing MMA-inspired elbows and fists trying to take down his opponent BUT HALSEY REVERSES and throws the same sort of offense to Ruler!
James Peters: Neel moves up and is followed by Ruler, she throws him to a corner FOLLOWING HIM QUICKLY WITH A CORNER PUMP KICK GIVING HER THE ADVANTAGE!! He moves his arms up trying to block an incoming Forearm smash but while keeping one away from his face a second lands which gets him to sit against the turnbuckle in the corner. Neel backs up mid-ring AND RUNS AT RULER DRIVING A KNEE TO HIS FACE!! OUCH!
Rich Russillo: Neel moves Ruler up letting him support himself with the top rope before trying for a mudhole stomping BUT RULER SWAPS PLACES WITH NEEL AND QUICKLY TAKES HER DOWN WITH A HIP TOSS FOLLOWED BY AN ARMDRAG!! Neel gets up, Ruler behind her HE LIFTS HER UP AND DROPS HER DOWN WITH AN ATOMIC DROP!! She might have trouble sitting down after this one’s over!
James Peters: She might have issues laying on her back as well AS RULER DELIVERS A PERFECTLY EXECUTED BACKBREAKER!! He doesn’t give her time to rest, he forces her to her feet, an Irish whip is reversed by Neel WHO HEADBUTTS RULER!! SHE FOLLOWS IT WITH A HASTY NORTHERN LIGHT SUPLEX!!
Rich Russillo: An Irish Whip shoves Ruler to a corner which Neel follows with a series of knife-edged chops! The fans Wooo’s after each strike
James Peters: Who is going to win this match folks? Will it be Ruler? Will he bounce back from Grand Rampage or will young Halsey Neel score another win in her career here in Elite Answers Wrestling? We will get this answer soon enough but before that, the two of them in the ring need to finish one another off and only one can do that, only one can win!
Rich Russillo: Neel is throwing punches to Ruler before whipping him to the ropes and shoulder tackling him to the floor! She drops an elbow before turning and gets on one knee and dropping hammers down to Ruler’s face she is not holding anything back this has got to leave a mark tomorrow no matter if she wins or loses!
Persephone: Sooner this match ends the happier I’ll be! Adversely the longer this match drags on the more of a bitch I’ll be!
James Peters: … You know what? Nah, I won’t say anything about that. It simply is too easy.
Persephone: Your mother is too easy.
James Peters: Neel with a kick to Ruler’s midsection! He bends forward AND SHE NAILS THE BICYCLE KNEE!! ARE WE BOUND TO SEE OFF WITH YOUR HEAD? HALSEY TO THE ROPES HEADING TOWARDS A BICYCLE KICK- BUT WAIT A SECOND, RULER AVOIDED IT!!!
Rich Russillo: BLOODRAYNE MAKER!!!!!
James Peters: RULER JUST CAUGHT HALSEY WITH THE BLOODRAYNE MAKER, AND NOW HE HOOKS THE LEGS!!!!
( DING! DING!! DING!!! )
(‘Legacy’ by Eminem begins to blast through the speakers of the arena as Ruler slowly rolls off of Halsey Neel.)
Bella Braxton: Ladies And Gentlemen The Winner Of This Bout: RULER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Peters: What a victory by Ruler! This match could’ve gone any way, and had that Bicycle Kick connected it probably would have gone in Halsey’s favor! In the end Ruler just barely moved out of the way and connected with the Bloodrayne Maker, and thanks to that Ruler leaves with the victory!
Rich Russillo: Halsey went into this match looking for a fight and she brought one to Ruler with some strong bits of offense but it was not enough to reward her with the win tonight. Let’s see what next time brings this promising young star.
(As Ruler slowly makes it back up to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee, Voltage fades away from ringside.)
(Promotional ad for Battle of Egypt, where the Haircare Kings defend their Unified Tag Team Championships against the High Rollerz and Kirk Redwood and Solomon Stane.)
[SCREENBAR: EARLIER IN THE NIGHT]
(Sunday Night Voltage fades into the backstage area of the Kigali Arena where the crowd in attendance is heard absolutely erupting into cheers. The camera goes over to show Jack Ripley and David Davidson, otherwise known as Friday Night Dynasty’s own The High Rollerz. A few days ago on Dynasty they made a statement towards the team of Solomon Stane and Kirk Redwood amidst their participation in the Unified Tag Team Championship match at Battle of Egypt. Now, they arrive on Voltage, seemingly to do the same exact thing to the Champion’s themselves. As much as Solomon and Kirk want the Championships, The High Rollerz consider The Haircare Kings the biggest challenge of the two opposing teams. They stop at their destination and take a cartoonish 90 degree turn to face it. It’s a door, and the nameplate on the front of it reads “THE HAIRCARE KINGS”. Without needing to say anything up to this point, Jack and David look towards one another before David begins to knock on the door.)
David Davidson: Knock knock, pizza delivery, got you a pineapple.
David Davidson: You think I should’ve actually gotten a pizza?
Jack Ripley: Probably man, Jake is a little fat boi anyway he would’ve come running out.
(Jack clears his throat and raises his voice, hoping that Jake Smith and Chris Elite inside their secluded locker rooms would be able to hear.)
Jack Ripley: HOPEFULLY THE HAIRCARE KINGS AREN’T SCARED OF US.
David Davidson: Dood quiet down this is supposed to be a commando mission. Besides, don’t want to get attention for being in this dump, who the fuck likes Voltage anyway… Damn, can someone open up this door already???
(David pushes against the door and grabs at the handle trying to bust it open, but instead the force of it all pushes down the handle instead and causes the door to swing wide open. David stumbles forward in confusion before looking around, seeing that he’s in the room now. He then turns over to Jack.)
David Davidson: 🧙 Easy peasy.
Jack Ripley: All that… and they weren’t here.
(David turns around and takes a scan of the room alongside Jack, and it’s true, they really aren’t here. One of them, probably Chris, must have accidentally left the door unlocked and now here they are. Both of them shrug their shoulders and turn around, before something catches Jack’s eye. He grabs the shoulder of David and directs him to show… the Unified Tag Team Championships resting on a plush leather couch. The two of them look towards one another, grins beginning to show on their face before Sunday Night Voltage then begins to transition over to present time.)
(‘I Get Money’ by 50 Cent is heard blasting through the PA system as Sunday Night Voltage goes back to the arena. The camera then goes over to show The High Rollerz, Jack Ripley and David Davidson, making their way out to the stage. Both of them are holding their definitely not stolen Unified Tag Team Championships, with the two of them raising them in the air and brandishing it like they just won the World Cup. Jack and David both clink the Championships together before making their way to the ring from there.)
Bella Braxton: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… Jack Ripley and David Davidson… THE HIGH ROLLERZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rich Russillo: Well this is definitely an interesting sight to see. As we just saw, The High Rollerz invaded the locker room of The Haircare Kings and while Jake and Chris weren’t there, they certainly got something out of it in the end.
James Peters: It seems, in their eyes, that Jack and David are giving us a glimpse of the future. What they believe to be true and what they see as what’s going to happen at Battle of Egypt. You can’t help but wonder what the Champions are going to have to say about this, along with the lingering presence of Solomon Stane and Kirk Redwood, both can’t be so happy about what happened on Dynasty involving them.
Persephone: Ugh, do we REALLY want to see any more of that circus? This shit has been going on so long that Jake and Chris have lost ten World Championships opportunities since it began. I am so sick and tired of this and so pleased that I don’t have to see anything relating to this once it’s over. Especially since the Unified Tag Team Championships will inevitably off of Voltage thanks to the Champions’ incompetence.
(Both Jack and David make their way into the ring, where it’s seen that they’re holding microphones in their hands. ‘I Get Money’ begins to come to a close while both Jack and David suddenly get emotional. They sniffle and wipe invisible tears from their eyes, looking at their Championships while Jack brings his microphone up.)
Jack Ripley: Thank you! Thank you so much! God, uh, where do I start? I’d like to thank The Academy, my best friend David Davidson, and everyone that has supported The High Rollerz over the years. You made this happen! Oh, oh God, sorry this is all too emotional for me to handle. :mjcry: Thank you! Thank you! We won’t let you down with this fourth Tag Title reign!
(Jack and David clap for one another while raising the Unified Tag Team Championships into the air once again. Jack then brings his microphone down allowing David to speak.)
David Davidson: You guys like that? We’re practicing what we’re going to say after we win the titles next week. Because frankly, what you see right now is exactly what you guys are going to be seeing after Battle of Egypt, and that’s The High Rollers will be holding these titles. The Haircare Kings lil Tag Title reign was fun while it lasted, nice and kewt, threw two people who couldn’t break out as singles competitors a bone and a pat on the head. But in the end despite that they will be nowhere to be seen, because let’s admit, despite constantly failing every chance they get, they’ve always cared more about their own singles careers than they would ever care about the tag division. Besides, as soon as the inevitable occurs that’ll probably be the last time anyone sees those two as a team.
Jack Ripley: We broke the record before, and Jake and Chris won’t be able to stop us from breaking it again, neither will Kirk and Solomon but that’s another story that we talked about. I won’t deny the fact that they’ve worked their ass off for this but in the end, it’s just going to be for nothing considering it’s going to be The High Rollerz on top just as always. Say what you want to say, you can’t deny our impact on the tag division as a whole and how we elevated to a whole other plane once we were through. We have no problem doing it again and nobody-
???: Shut the fuck up damn.
(The crowd cheers knowing who it is as the cameras go over to show Jake Smith and Chris Elite, The Haircare Kings, making their way out from the backstage area quickly. Obviously, they are without their Unified Tag Team Championships and seeing what The High Rollerz have in the ring, they’re not all that happy either. They’re simply not impressed as they slide right into the ring, with Chris bringing up the microphone that he has in his hand once more and continuing to speak towards the two of them.)
Chris Elite: Y’all really been munching on our dicks talking about how you pride yourselves on being a “real team” this whole time. Along with that, everything else that you’ve done all those years before The Haircare Kings were even in the picture. But what you did today? Stealing the titles when The Haircare Kings weren’t around to do anything about it? Yeah, sounds about right beloved. That’s what got you your three tag title reigns in the first place, and recreating that now is about the closest that any of you bozos will be getting to the Championships anytime soon.
Jake Smith: If you two wanted to meet us so badly then all you had to do was wait one more week. You had your fun with Solomon and Kirk, yeah that was all nice and all, but we’re not as stupid as they are and you know it. Now from there, you go through all of this work to show up on Voltage just to make fools of yourself, now how does that make you feel?
David Davidson: Damn bruh, you stoopid as hell. Get a grip of yourselves for Christ sake. Well anyway, you’re not getting these back, sorry not sorry. But hey, while you’re at it, the two of you might as well start calling us the Champions now, because we aren’t losing to The Haircare Kings and whatever the other team is I already forgot.
Jack Ripley: We’re already pretty comfortable with the Unified Tag Team Championships on our shoulders, and the two of you would be stupid to believe that The High Rollerz aren’t capable of winning these titles after what’s been going on this past month. I mean, you haven’t forgotten the fact that I’ve already beaten little bitchboy Jake over here right?
(Jake doesn’t look all that happy after being reminded of that, but before he’s able to speak all four of them are interrupted by the sounds of ‘Shadow of the Cemetery Man’ by Rob Zombie which blasts through the speakers of the arena. All of them collectively groan, turning over to see Solomon Stane and Kirk Redwood make their way out from the backstage area. At this point, it was inevitable that the two of them were going to come out seeing the unfinished business they have with The High Rollerz after what happened on Dynasty. Solomon has a microphone in his hand as the two of them make their way down the ramp while he speaks.)
Solomon Stane: You know, Jack and David, after taking the time to do some thinking… I’d like to say that the two of you were utterly wrong. Let’s make this clear right now, we don’t care how long The Haircare Kings have been Champions, or how many times The High Rollerz have held those, it’s obsolete to the two of us. What we see as true is the fact that a few weeks back we didn’t get the upper hand over all four of you just because of a surprise attack. What happened then is exactly what will happen at BOE.
Kirk Redwood: Which is that we will take the tag titles and tell The High Rollerz that we’ll be the reason they fail to make history in a week. It doesn’t matter who the fuck you are or what you’ve done around here, we will beat the shit out of all of you. Solomon and I formed a bond over how eerily similar we are, and we have no problem showing no mercy to people who stand in our way. Which is why the tag titles are as good as ours, doesn’t matter what any of you think about it because frankly we just don’t care.
Jack Ripley: Oh really? Then how about you get your ass inside the ring and we’ll put that to the test right now. What do you think about it?
(Meanwhile while all of this is happening, both Jake and Chris look towards one another out of sheer annoyance, before collectively sighing.)
Rich Russillo: THE HAIRCARE KINGS JUST JUMPED THE HIGH ROLLERZ! JAKE IS PUMMELING DOWN ON JACK MEANWHILE CHRIS AND DAVID ARE THROWING LEFTS AND RIGHTS AT ONE ANOTHER! THERE’S A BRAWL ON OUR HANDS AND SOLOMON AND KIRK ARE WASTING NO TIME SLIDING INTO THE RING AND GETTING A TASTE OF THE ACTION AS WELL! NOW IT’S A SIX WAY BRAWL AND THIS IS ABSOLUTE CHAOS RIGHT NOW!
James Peters: SOLOMON INTERJECTS HIMSELF INTO THE BRAWL BETWEEN JACK AND JAKE AS THAT SPILLS OUT TO THE RINGSIDE FLOORING! MEANWHILE KIRK IS DOING THE SAME ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE THROWING PUNCHES AT CHRIS AND DAVID WHO RECIPROCATE THE SAME THING TOWARDS THE TWO OF THEM IN THE PROCESS! WHERE’S SECURITY WHEN YOU NEED IT?!
Persephone: This is Voltage… and you’re asking for security.
(Before long officials and the security team are seen bolting out, looking to split the brawl up between the three teams. Everyone is yelling at one another, trying to break free of the restraints and continue the brawl, as it’s made apparent that there is a lot of bad blood at the moment. The six men are successfully escorted out though, even though it’s apparent that they’re business isn’t finished. It’s the last shot seen before Sunday Night Voltage then begins to fade elsewhere from there.)
(Commercial promoting Jack Harlow’s latest album “Come Home the Kids Miss You”, promoted by Xander Payne.)
(Voltage fades back to ringside, and Bella Braxton is seen with a microphone in her hand.)
Bella Braxton: The following contest is scheduled FOR!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!!!!!
( ‘Swallowing the Rabbit Whole’ by Code Orange plays over the sound system of the arena as Shane Gates makes his way to the ring under the boos of the capacity crowd. He focuses on the ring ahead of him, as if the crowd wasn’t even there. )
Bella Braxton: INTRODUCING FIRST! From Huntington Beach, California! Weighing in at 213 pounds. He is The Natural Born Killer! SHAAAAAAANE GAAAAAAAATES!!!
James Peters: Not to say these two have history is an understatement. From enemies to frenemies, to tag team partners to once again being enemies. Shane Gates is looking to get a win tonight against a hated opponent.
Rich Russillo: The last time these two met, Redwood, came out on top. Tonight is the perfect opportunity for Shane to get even! And he is out with a vengeance!
Persephone: Whatever! This feels like deja vu!
( ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys plays over the speakers of the arena as Redwood makes his way to the ring looking straight at Gates with a serious look on his face.)
Bella Braxton: AAAAAND HIS OPPONENT! From Boston, Massachusetts! Weighing in at 210 pounds. He is The Bastard Son; KIIIIIIRK REDWOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!
James Peters: Kirk did well for himself following the break-up with Gates, he even got himself a new tag team partner in Solomon Stane!
Rich Russillo: Surely he would rather focus on other things, but victory tonight for this man would put the final nail in a story he wants to put behind him for sure.
Persephone: Say The Thing Ref!!
Referee: RING THE BELL!!!
( Ding! Ding! Ding! )
James Peters: AND HERE WE GO! This match is officially underway! Both men are walking up to each other dead in the center of the ring, both coldly staring daggers of untold tournament at one another they are inches from one another noses almost touching.
Persephone: Oh just get a fucking room!!!
Rich Russillo: AND SUDDENLY THEY BEGIN TO RAPIDLY THROW PUNCHES AT ANOTHER ANOTHER!!! WHAM!! WHAM!! WHAM!! WHAM!! WITH HASTE AND HATRED AS THOSE TWO AREN’T FRIENDS AND NEVER WILL ANYMORE AFTER WHAT WENT DOWN RECENTLY!! Kirk is slowly getting the upper hand BUT GATES THROWS A KNEE TO THE STOMACH and that stops things right there!
James Peters: Shane backs himself against the ropes before charging forward BUT KIRK USES THE MOMENTUM TO WHIP SHANE OUTSIDE OF THE RING!! Gates lands on his feet turning to head back inside the ring BUT REDWOOD LANDS ATOP OF HIM WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!!!! Kirk goes back inside the ring and he seems to want Shane to get back up! Gates is moving on the apron and Kirk is going to meet with him ONLY TO GET CHOKED ON THE ROPES WHEN SHANE GUILLOTINED HIM AGAINST THE TOP ONE! DOWN GOES KIRK AND SHANE SLIDE INSIDE THE RING! Kirk is getting up, Shane is charging him, AND KIRK WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK TAKES DOWN HIS FORMER PARTNER!!
Rich Russillo: Hook of the leg by Redwood!
Persephone: Way too early.
James Peters: And Gates kicks out!
Persephone: Fucking called it! And not even a full one too!
Rich Russillo: This is just mind games at this point, Kirk looking unbothered by this failed attempt to end the match. Gates kneels himself to the ropes moving to his feet as Kirk watches him with a predatory smirk. Redwood throws a punch at Gates before moving to whip him into the ropes!
James Peters: Kirk is sent to the ropes moving to springboard himself for an attack and Gates ducks low going under Redwood! He quickly turns trying to throw a punch at Kirk who also ducks and moves past and behind Gates! Against the ropes and towards Shane WHO CLIPS HIM WITH AN ELBOW TO THE FACE FOLLOWED BY A LEGSWEEP! DOWN GOES REDWOOD! Kirk rolls out towards the apron moving to stand up. Shane from inside the ring throws a fist blocked by Kirk! He throws one of his own which gets Shane to backstep while holding onto the ropes. Kirk follows, going low looking to ram his shoulders in the stomach of Shane WHO THROWS A KNEE TO KIRKS FACE!!!
Rich Russillo: Shane with the upper hand now moving outside of the ring pulls at Kirk’s legs to have him land on the outside mat HIS FACE HITS THE APRON! Shane is looking for his next offensive move.
Persephone: The very existence of this match is offensive to me!
Rich Russillo: Punch the face of Redwood before moving him close to the ramp leading to the stage. Shane goes for an Irish whip he wants to have Kirk crash against the street steps BUT REDWOOD REVERSES AT THE LAST SECOND AND GATES IS THE ONE TO EAT STEEL!!! HIS SHOULDER TAKING THE BRUNT OF THE HIT!!
James Peters: This is an opportunity for Kirk to dish the pain to his former partner as he sizes up Shane AND RUSHES TO THROW A RUNNING KNEE TO THE FACE OF GATES! I THINK I SAW A TOOTH FLY! No, it’s alright but it felt like it could rattle bones for sure! Shane holding his face almost knocked out as the official looks about ready to begin the count if both men don’t get back in the ring.
Rich Russillo: No need for that as Kirk scoops Shane and harshly drops him on the apron before driving a few elbows to the sternum of his opponent then rolls him inside the ring. He goes to a knee, throwing fists at the face of Shane Gates who at this point soaks the pain before the official orders some separation between both men. Redwood obliges, looking at the job he did so far on his enemy before throwing a stiff leg kick to the back of Shane’s legs forcing him on his back! Redwood is in control of the situation at the moment as he watches Gates move to a corner to try and recover. He wants his opponent to be standing before driving an elbow to the side of Shane’s face!
James Peters: He follows it with a series of chops, knife-edged mostly looking to mark the chest of his opponent, AND ENDS IT WITH A STIFF SERIES OF FACE SLAPS!! He then twists to deliver a European Uppercut to Gates! Kirk then hops to the other opposite corner before running at Shane! He lunges forward WITH ANOTHER EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!
Rich Russillo: Shane is in trouble at the moment and has been since his shoulder met the steel steps earlier in the match. A few more punches to the face lands on Shane before Kirk moves him and swings upward! It Goes does Shane behind Kirk with a crisp snap suplex! HE FOLLOWS IT WITH AN ARMBAR FOR A FEW SECONDS AND THEN A KIMURA LOCK! SEEMS LIKE REDWOOD IS LOOKING TO EITHER STOP THIS MATCH OR HURT SHANE’S ARM FURTHER THAN IT MIGHT BE!
James Peters: The official is watching on and asking Shane if he wants to quit! Shane yells to the official to go Eff himself as he tries to reach the ropes! He tries with his free arm, it seems so far away and HIS ARM THEN SHOOTS UP TO THE SKY! THE HANDSHAKING BEFORE BALDING INTO A FIST! WILL SHANE GATES TAP??
Rich Russillo: NO!
James Peters: SHANE SHIFTS HIS BODY AND MANAGES TO REACH THE BOTTOM ROPE WITH A LEG!! THE OFFICIAL SEES IT AND ORDERS REDWOOD TO STOP WITH THE LOCK! Kirk grunts, a bit annoyed but frees Shane who quickly moves a hand over his shoulder there seems to be some damage now so how will this affect him going forward? Shane to his knees now HE DOESN’T SEE REDWOOD RUNNING HIS WAY AND CHARGING THE KNEE FORWARD! HE’S LOOKING FOR THE BLITZKRIEG BOP! THE KNEE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD BUT SHANE ROLLS TO THE SIDE!
Rich Russillo: Gates dodges a bullet there as he goes to a vertical base BUT REDWOOD GREETS HIM UP WITH A SUPERKICK!!! DOWN GOES SHANE! KIRK HOOKS A LEG FOR THE COVER!!!
James Peters: This was a close one!
Rich Russillo: Redwood moves up to his feet not letting go of his attacks on Gates MOVING IN FOR A SLEEPER HOLD THE MOMENT GATES GOT TO HIS FEET! Shane pushed himself backward ramming Kirk against the turnbuckles before turning to face his opponent AND BRING HIM DOWN WITH A BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX!!!
James Peters: This is an opening Shane MUST capitalize on! He moves back to his feet, rubbing his shoulder giving it a few smacks trying to get some of the pain out BEFORE THROWING A CLOTHESLINE WITH THAT SAME ARM!! He looks hurt, Kirk is down AND SHANE DRILLS HIM DOWN AGAIN WITH NOTHER CLOTHESLINE WITH THE SAME ARM! Gates let’s go of a battle cry after taking down Redwood WITH A THIRD CLOTHESLINE!
Rich Russillo: Shane is waiting eagerly for Redwood to get up ready to pound him down with a fourth consecutive clothesline! Kirk is back to his feet but HE DUCKS the clothesline! He quickly ducks after ducking the move BUT GETS SHANE’S BOOT TO THE MOUTH WITH A PELE KICK FROM GATES!! DOWN GOES KIRK AND THE CROWD LOVES IT!
James Peters: Down goes Redwood holding his mouth and leaning forward from the stiffness of the hit. This opens the door for Shane Gates to continue on the offense as he throws both fists at the same time down on Kirk’s spine in a double ax handle! Redwood is down to a knee as Gates goes to wrap his arms around his waist AND DEADLIFTS HIM INTO A GERMAN SUPLEX!! SHANE DID SO WHILE DISREGARDING HIS ARM! He groans as a result of the pain is a bit to handle as Kirk is getting vertical again GATES TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A JAPANESE ARM DRAG!
Rich Russillo: He then whips Redwood into the ropes once the man got to a vertical base! Kick to the midsection AND HE SETS HIM UP FOR A BRAINBUSTER! KIRK IS SLAMMED HARD ON THE MAT! Shane does a kip-up moving to his feelings and the crowd loves it! Who knew they would one day cheer for that guy! Shane is in control of the match, he throws punches at Kirk whipping him into the ropes and throwing an oblique kick that forces Redwood to his knees AND SHANE MANOEUVERS HIM INTO A FACEBREAKER DDT!!!
James Peters: Shane doesn’t stop there though he is hitting his shoulder and forearm a few times to try and dull the pain he’s in from earlier. It didn’t seem to have stopped him much so ar as he picks up Redwood and moves him o-OVER HIS SHOULDER WITH A GORILLA P-NO! HE DROPS KIRK AND HOLDS HIS ARM! This was too much for The Natural Born Killer but will Redwood capitalize on the opportunity?
Rich Russillo: Kirk Redwood is back on his feet quickly moving to Shane WHO THROWS A SUPERKICK THAT LANDS ON THE BOTTON! HE FOLLOWS IT WITH A SCHOOLBOY PIN!!!
Persephone: Fuck! So close!
Rich Russillo: Yet so far away for Shane who sees his enemy kicking out at two! This match continues and Shane is on the offensive! A few hits on his shoulder for good measure from Gates FOLLOWED BY A DROPKICK THAT TAKES DOWN REDWOOD! HE FOLLOWS IT WITH A SUPLEX SENDING REDWOOD AGAINST A CORNER!! Shane not giving Redwood a break as he grabs him by the throat and shoots him into the ropes TAKING HIM DOWN WITH A BIG BOOT! He then himself goes to the ropes AND GOES DOWN WITH A RUNNING SENTON!!
James Peters: Well folks we need to get to a quick commercial break, we will be right back after these messages!!
( An advertisement for Battle of Egypt: Alexandria Falls II featuring Jake Smith versus CM Banks plays. This event is sponsored by TELECOMEgypt. )
James Peters: And we are back ladies and gentlemen, wherever you are, we thank you for making us part of your entertainment. Right now, Kirk Redwood is battling enemy then friend now enemy again Shane Gates in what has been a strong confrontation between the two!
Rich Russillo: Redwood goes for a German Suplex BUT OVERSHOOTS it allowing Shane to land on his feet! He charges at Redwood, grabbing him by the head, AND RAMS HIS SHOULDERS INTO THE CORNER POST!! He wants to have Kirk feel what he feels in terms of pain and Redwood is holding his arm too! Could this be an opening for Shane who’s been on the attack for a while now? Shane moves Redwood to the ropes, what’s on his mind now? He whips Kirk to a corner and runs after him BUT REDWOOD SIDE SWIPES! Shane turns to face Kirk WHO GETS HIM IN A GUILLOTINE CHOKE! KIRK WILL TRY TO END THE MATCH BY CHOKING GATES DOWN BUT SHANE GRABS AT REDWOOD AND MANAGES TO FLIP HIM! REDWOOD’S SHOULDERS ARE ON THE MAT!!!
James Peters: REDWOOD LIFTS HIS HURT SHOULDER UP! BUT WHAT GREAT THINKING BY SHANE TO GET OUT OF WHAT COULD’VE ENDED THE MATCH IN THAT GUILLOTINE CHOKE!!
Persephone: I w-
Rich Russilo: We Know What You Want!! Keep it PG will you?
Persephone: O.O !!!!
James Peters: Now the two of them are on equal footing it seems in terms of hurting arm! Who will make the most out of this advantage? Gates with an attempt to clothesline Kirk is blocked and Redwood throws down a leg sweep also blocked!
Rich Russillo: Redwood throws a series of stiff-looking punches to Gates before whipping him into a corner. HE CLOTHESLINES SHANE before picking him up on a shoulder BUT SHANE SLIPS BEHIND KIRK AND SHOVES HIM TO THE ROPES! REDWOOD TO THE ROPES LOOKING TO SURPRISE SHANE WITH THE .50 CAL but Shane ducks BUT REDWOOD THROWS IN AN ELBOW BETWEEN THE EYES OF SHANE!! The man looks stunned standing in the center of the ring and holding his face! Redwood might have broken Shane’s nose maybe! Kirk has an opening now and he is calling for Parole Violation! Shane is stumbling and Redwood goes to the ropes! HE GOES INTO HIS SOMERSAULT SPE-NO!! SHANE JUST DROPPED HIM WITH A DDT!! HE COUNTERED THE SPEAR ELEMENT OF KIRK’S FINISHER WITH A DDT!!!
Persephone: Could we near the end of this slumber fest?? PLEASE!!
James Peters: SHANE MOVES QUICKLY TO HIS FEET AND IS STALKING KIRK FROM BEHIND! HE IS FOAMING AT THE MOUTH, ALMOST, HE CAN TELL HE HAS A SHOT AT ENDING THIS MATCH AND PERHAPS EVEN THIS FEUD BETWEEN THE TWO! REDWOOD DOESN’T KNOW WHERE GATES IS AS HE IS TO HIS FEET, HE TURNS SLOWLY TOWARDS GATES. SHANE’S GOT HIS HAND FIRMLY GRIPPED AT KIRK’S HEAD!!!
Rich Russillo: Shane is going for the Iron Claw Choke Slam! He wants to finish things right now-
(Suddenly the lights go out, and Shane Gates drops Kirk Redwood in confusion.)
James Peters: Um.. What? What’s going on?
Rich Russillo: :lupe:
(As the lights return, Lizzie is seen at the bottom of the ramp. Obviously this surprises Shane as this is happening at the worst time.)
Rich Russillo: IT’S LIZZIE!!! LIZZIE IS HERE, BUT WAIT, LOOK!
(At the stage is Elizabeth, watching from afar. Shane Gates can’t believe what he is seeing, and as soon as he looks away…)
James Peters: PAROLE VIOLATION!!!! THE PAROLE VIOLATION CONNECTS, AND NOW KIRK REDWOOD HOOKS THE LEGS ON SHANE GATES!!!!
( DING! DING!! DING!!! )
( ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys plays over the speakers of the arena as Kirk Redwood slowly makes it back up to his feet.
Bella Braxton: Ladies And Gentlemen The Winner Of This Bout: KIRK REDWOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Peters: KIRK REDWOOD PICKS UP THE VICTORY, BUT NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY!!!! SHANE GATES HAD THE MATCH WON, BUT LIZZIE JUST COST HIM THE MATCH!!!
Rich Russillo: But look, that doll isn’t even there anymore! Were we all just seeing things? No, that’s not it. We know how that doll is, it’s not normal!
Persephone: I don’t really care, let’s just move on.
(As Kirk Redwood celebrates his victory, Elizabeth is still seen by the stage, before Voltage fades away from ringside.)
[SCREENBAR – Outside of the Kigali Arena]
(As the camera opens up to the parking lot, what’s revealed is a beautiful customized tour bus, belonging to Mr. DEDEDE after being gifted it by the Saudi Royal Family so he and his family can travel in luxury to and from airports. It’s clearly very expensive, which makes what’s shown just a few moments later extremely surprising to all of the fans watching.)
(As the tour bus sits there in the parking lot, a car is suddenly seen driving into the area extremely quickly, ramming into the bus! The car begins backing up, but it doesn’t leave the area. Instead, once enough distance is created, the car rams into the tour bus once again! After backing up for a final time, the car finally stops, and the door opens. After a few seconds a man steps out of the car, and the camera reveals that man to be SOSA Henderson, who doesn’t look content with the damage he’s already done to the tour bus after ramming into it twice. He is holding both a really sharp knife and a baseball bat in hands, and he immediately walks towards the tires of the tour bus, stabbing the knife into one of the tires as hard as he can. SOSA continues to walk around the tour bus, stabbing and slashing at each of the tires using the knife until they’ve all been damaged.)
(After this, SOSA tosses the knife back into his own car, before reapproaching the tour bus with the baseball bat, immediately swinging it as hard as he can into the front windows of the tour bus, shattering them. Much like with the tires, SOSA begins to walk around the tour bus, shattering all of the windows and doing whatever damage he can with the baseball bat as he continues to swing it into the bus, completely ruining the Saudi Royal Family’s gift to the Chairman. Once he’s finished he begins to step away, and the camera shows the current state of the tour bus. The tires are all slashed, the windows are destroyed, and there’s tons of dents in the bus after the car being rammed into it and the baseball hitting it. Looking proud of his work, SOSA Henderson begins making his way towards the arena, and Voltage fades out to a commercial break.)
(Commercial for Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, featuring Andre Walker who spends the ad telling everyone how talented Kendrick Lamar is, and how he is too intelligent for the average listener to understand.)
(As the camera returns to ringside, ‘Faneto’ by Chief Keef is playing, and the crowd is heard cheering as SOSA Henderson is seen standing inside of the ring. He is holding a microphone in his hand, and looks satisfied with his actions just before the commercial break.
James Peters: Just a few moments ago we all witnessed SOSA Henderson wreck Mr. DEDEDE’s tour bus, and while I think we all know the cause of SOSA’s actions tonight, I have to say I’m not too sure he made a good decision. I know Mr. DEDEDE attacked SOSA and even hurt SOSA’s arm at Grand Rampage, but what SOSA just did is not the type of thing Mr. DEDEDE lets anybody get away with, especially not somebody who already pushed Mr. DEDEDE to the point of making a match against them!
Rich Russillo: It’s never a good choice messing with the Chairman, but we can’t say he isn’t justified with his actions tonight after what Mr. DEDEDE did at Grand Rampage, that wouldn’t be fair at all. SOSA Henderson responded in a way that one could only expect by this point. These two have already been at each other’s throats, and now they’ve started making things personal.
Persephone: God this is stupid. I don’t want to watch either of these two normally, do I really have to watch them fight each other? Can’t they at least go to Dynasty with this trash? Might as well let the match happen there too, not like there’s anything special about it.
(As the crowd finally begins to quiet down, SOSA starts to speak.)
SOSA Henderson: I can only tell y’all so many times that I don’t tolerate disrespect. I don’t just let people say whatever the fuck they want about me without doing something about it. You can fire as many shots as you want but in the end I’m gonna fire back and I’m gonna make you think twice before you ever make that mistake again, and clearly someone didn’t get that. They still don’t get it. This shit with Mr. DEDEDE been going on for weeks, and that’s only because he wanted things to be that way. He’s the one that started all this off talking shit like I was just gonna sit there and take it. This easily could’ve been avoided. All DEDEDE’s dumbass had to do was shut the fuck up and I wouldn’t have to be here tonight, even if this is already the most exciting Voltage has been in a while just ‘cause I’m here. Mr. DEDEDE fucked up with that interview weeks ago and I thought I finished this shit back at Super Voltage, but clearly I was wrong. I was very wrong, because he just doesn’t know when to quit, and instead of realizing where he went wrong he’s just gonna keep fucking up ‘till he can’t anymore, and you know what? That’s perfectly fine with me.
SOSA Henderson: If Mr. DEDEDE wants a fight then I’d be more than happy to beat his ass again. I’ll never have any problem shutting people up and making them regret coming at me, so if this is what he wants then shit, I’m ready. I’m really not mad at getting the opportunity to fuck him up and earn some blood money in the process, so I’ll face DEDEDE at Battle of Egypt and I’ll make what I just did to that tour bus look like nothing in comparison. DEDEDE chose to come back after Super Voltage instead of learning how to keep his mouth shut, so soon enough I’m just gonna make sure he regrets ever showing his face at Grand Rampage let alone attacking me. If he thought that attack or hurting my arm was gonna be enough to silence me then he was completely wrong. Grand Rampage was only one week ago yet here I am still standing, and I have no intentions of backing away from that bitch. Best believe my arm will be fine by the time Battle of Egypt rolls around, and once that bell rings I’m on DEDEDE’s head.
(The crowd begins cheering once again, and before long ‘Range Brothers’ by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar begins to play, and the crowd’s reaction immediately turns into boos as the EAW Chairman is seen walking out towards the ring with a microphone in his hand. He’s furious and has all the reason to be mad after what SOSA Henderson did before the commercial break.)
James Peters: Mr. DEDEDE is here, and it doesn’t take a genius to tell you why he has that look on his face! I want to say that SOSA Henderson may have crossed the line, but that line was crossed a while ago!
(Mr. DEDEDE gets into the ring, and despite the Chairman walking right up to SOSA Henderson, SOSA does not back down one bit, not intimidated by Mr. DEDEDE at all. In fact, SOSA has a smirk on his face, knowing exactly what it is Mr. DEDEDE is so upset about.)
Mr. DEDEDE: SOSA I don’t give a shit whether you’re ready for Battle of Egypt or not. I didn’t just give you a match for the fun of it, or because I thought I’d have a good time facing you. You asked for what happened at Grand Rampage. Your arm injury and everything else that happens come Battle of Egypt falls entirely on you and you knew that.. And you still wrecked that tour bus. I have a family. I have children. What if they were in there when you rammed that cheap car into that bus? What happens then?
SOSA Henderson: The same thing that happens now. I walk into Battle of Egypt and beat your ass. You should’ve thought about all the possible repercussions before you opened your mouth. There was no reason for SOSA Henderson’s name to be in your mouth anyway.
(Mr. DEDEDE just shakes his head, basically in disbelief over SOSA’s words.)
Mr. DEDEDE: You still don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into, do you? You could’ve stayed on Dynasty picking fights with Xander Payne and you would’ve been just fine, but your ego wouldn’t allow that, would it? You attacked me over an interview where I said nothing that nobody else was already thinking about you. I don’t spend every waking minute thinking about you because I’ve got better things to do. Things that don’t include giving the time of day to someone whose biggest claim to fame is being mentored by someone as inconsistent as Heart Break Boy, someone with a career so unimportant and overrated that his only lasting impact in this industry was an Elitist just as incompetent and unreliable as he was. You could’ve hurt my family tonight and that’s not something you come back from. Stay around people you actually have a chance against. Stay around the World Heavyweight Championship picture and keep racking up title match losses before your next hiatus, or just stop wasting everyone’s time altogether before it’s too late and you go out just like your mentor did. You’ve always been average at best, but you at least have the privilege of being surrounded by a bunch of other Elitists just as average. You have the privilege of getting to feed off of the likes of Rex McAllister once they give up on their careers and stop trying. You get to go around calling yourself a megastar while surrounded by mediocrity. Picking a fight with me is what you did when you showed up to Super Voltage and it was the worst mistake you’ve made up until tonight, because this is not a fight you can win.
(The crowd boos after hearing what Mr. DEDEDE had to say, but the look on SOSA Henderson’s face has not changed one bit. SOSA has always been extremely confident and tonight is clearly no exception, even after going as far as he did. It takes a few seconds, but SOSA Henderson finally begins to speak.)
SOSA Henderson: Nah. I didn’t make a mistake. I know exactly what I’m doing. You think I didn’t know what to expect after fucking your tour bus up? You think I didn’t know you’d be mad that I’m still standing after Grand Rampage? I know what I’m getting myself into, and I know I can beat you. At Battle of Egypt, you’re gonna learn that the hard way.
(SOSA Henderson drops his microphone as the crowd cheers, and ‘Faneto’ begins playing once again. SOSA and Mr. DEDEDE continue to stare each other down as the crowd waits in anticipation, almost waiting to see if either man will make a move before Battle of Egypt. After a few seconds, with a grin on his face SOSA finally begins to back away, but this is only so he can finally make his way out of the ring, stepping through the ropes and walking down the steps as the two Elitists keep their eyes on one another, Mr. DEDEDE not any happier than he was before.)
James Peters: Things have become very personal between SOSA Henderson and Mr. DEDEDE, and we can only reiterate so many times that that’s just to be expected. There’s only one more stop after this now, and that’s Battle of Egypt!
Rich Russillo: These two have already torn each other apart, both at Super Voltage and Grand Rampage, but now they get the chance to really go one on one with nothing and nobody stopping them! This is going to be a great match, and I just can’t wait to see this!
Persephone: Eh. Maybe if it was Veena Adams instead of Ryan Adams, sure. Bring Rexy back too and let him replace SOSA, now we’re talking.
(As ‘Faneto’ continues to play, SOSA Henderson makes his way up the ramp, still confident in his chances at Battle of Egypt knowing what he’s done tonight. Mr. DEDEDE is pissed off, and SOSA looks glad knowing that he’s gotten under the Chairman’s skin after what happened at Grand Rampage. As SOSA makes his way to the back, Voltage fades away from ringside.)
(Promotional ad for Battle of Egypt, where SOSA Henderson faces Mr. DEDEDE.)
(The camera cuts to Bella Braxton in the middle of the ring.)
Bella Braxton: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR…ONE FALL!!
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
(‘Nothing Helps’ by ONE OK ROCK plays down Mary to a positive reaction from fans, who she high fives on her way to the ring, but you can tell she’s focused on the task ahead.)
Bella Braxton: Introducing first! Hailing out of St. Louis, Missouri, weighing in at 125 pounds…SHE IS MOST WANTED…MARY S. ATLAS!!
James Peters: Mary S. Atlas, one of the brightest stars today, ready to lock horns with the current Specialists Champion.
Rich Russillo: It wasn’t long people were calling Ximena a bright star in EAW, and look at her now. Maybe Mary could achieve her same success.
Persephone: I doubt it.
(‘Recreant’ by Chelsea Grin plays out the Specialists Champion to a more mixed reaction, most happy to see that title on anyone but Harper Lee, but Ximena walks down to the ring all business, focused on proving why she’s the champion currently.)
Bella Braxton: And her opponent! Hailing out of El Paso, Texas, weighing in at 180 pounds…SHE IS THE EAW SPECIALISTS CHAMPION…LA DIOSA…XIMENA VELASQUEZ!!
Persephone: God, I’m glad to have the title off that annoying bitch, Harper Lee.
James Peters: I think the whole EAW fanbase was after the referee’s hand hit the count of three.
Rich Russillo: But can Ximena continue the momentum is the question.
(Both competitors stare each other down from the opposite corners as the bell rings.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
James Peters: Here we go, this matchup is officially underway, both Ximena and Mary locking up in the center of the ring. Atlas gets the early advantage with a standing side headlock, making sure to really wrench one it. But Velasquez bounces her off the ropes to escape this predicament she’s in. Mary rebounds back with a shoulder tackle, merely staggering the champ backwards, not taking her off a vertical base.
Rich Russillo: And Ximena rebounds off the ropes herself for a shoulder tackle that DOES take Mary off her feet. Atlas crawls in the corner, using it for assistance, so she can get to a knee, appearing to be strategizing after what just happened there, along with stretching out that shoulder, making sure it’s still healthy after she almost got bulldozed over by Velasquez.
James Peters: Yeah, she just immediately got out muscled early on, and has to think about her next move wisely. Both competitors circle each other before once again locking up in the cente- NO! Mary delivers a kick to the gut, doubling her opponent over, and slams Ximena face first off the top turnbuckle, now scoring with forearm smashes to the champ, who’s pinned up against the corner! The referee’s gonna have to intervene, making sure to keep an eye on Mary’s aggressiveness.
Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOU-
Rich Russillo: The referee backs Mary out of the corner, allowing Ximena some time to breathe.
Persephone: Shoulda just let the dumb bitch get DQ’d.
Rich Russillo: After being free from the ref’s scorn, Mary heads back into the corner, briefly landing some right hands before Ximena blocks one, and starts to fight out of said corner with right hands of her own, whipping the head of Atlas back with each one. Mary’s stunned, but manages to grab Ximena in a standing side headlock, maybe to keep her opponent at bay for a bit, and buy herself some breathing room.
James Peters: But Ximena rebounds her off the ropes! Drop down! And stands back up for a clothesline attempt- but Mary ducks underneath, and Velasquez runs off the ropes in front of her. Now it’s Mary dropping down, and goes for a leapfrog- BUT XIMENA CATCHES HER OUTTA MID AIR FOR A FALLAWAY SLAM! Mary wisely rolls out of the ring, favoring that back, but she isn’t gonna get much breathing room as Ximena exits the ring.
Rich Russillo: OOH! Ximena just got driven back first into the apron, and Mary wants to whip her into the steel steps. But the power of Ximena is once again on full display, holding her ground, and swatting away Mary’s hand for a kick to the midsection, and Velasquez follows that up by slamming her face first off the steel steps, soon doing the same with the apron, and rolling a groggy Atlas back into the ring.
Rich Russillo: Velasquez slides back into the ring herself, but before she can get up from all fours, MARY LANDS WITH A DOUBLE AXE HANDLE ON THE BACK, FOLLOWING THAT UP WITH STOMPS, GRABBING THE TOP ROPE WHILE DOING SO, USING THEM FOR ASSISTANCE! Finally relenting… Mary briefly grabs at her face, making her jaw’s in place, still feeling the effects from the punishment she suffered on the outside.
Persephone: She’s lucky that Ximena didn’t make her more ugly.
James Peters: :wow: Mary stands her opponent up, and after setting up for it, drops Ximena with a snap suplex, something awfully impressive given the height, along with weight difference. But Atlas is gonna try her luck again for another.
Rich Russillo: This could be a bad move, I would’ve recommended going for the cover, really making Ximena further exert energy, kinda like Mary’s having to do by lifting her up.
James Peters: Snap suplex attempt, but this time, Ximena manages to plant her feet, not allowing Mary to get her up. Ximena goes to hoist Mary in the air for a suplex of her own, but Mary blocks that from happening, finding a work around to extinguish the fight in her opponent, delivering well-placed shots to the rib cage, weakening her opponent for ANOTHER snap suplex. Ximena jolts to a seated position, wincing in clear pain.
Rich Russillo: Mary moves up to a kneel, facing away from her opponent, and taunting to the audience, turning out to be a big mistake as Ximena quickly scrambles back to her feet, barely selling the effects from that suplex now, and Mary doesn’t even know it yet, still thinking she has firm control over this match.
James Peters: Welp, she knows now, AND CHARGES AT XIMENA, RUNNING RIGHT INTO A BIG BOOT! Mary stands herself up in the corner, BUT HERE COMES XIMENA FOR A RUNNING SPEA- OOH! Atlas moved out the way last minute, and Ximena went shoulder first into the ring, melting down to the apron. Mary drags her back in the ring, and hooks the leg for a cover!
Rich Russillo: Kickout! Just like that, Velasquez’s momentum got halted. But maybe she can pick it back up, working up to a kneel, but Mary looks to continue staying on her opponent with elbows, not letting Velasquez get a second of recovery. Ximena looks glazed over, BUT STILL HAS SOME WHEREWITHAL, GRABBING THE SHOULDERS OF ATLAS, AND BIELING HER INTO THE CORNER! Ximena takes a moment to hold that shoulder, which still hasn’t fully recovered from its collision with the ringpost, BUT PROCEEDS TO BUILD UP A HEAD OF STEAM!
James Peters: SHE RUNS RIGHT INTO A BOOT FROM ATLAS, STAGGERING HER BACK, AND MARY TURNS TO THE CORNER, SPRINGING OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE FACE! Mary is quickly into the cover after that, hooking the leg for a deep pin on Velasquez!
Rich Russillo: Another kickout!
Persephone: God, if the Specialists Champion is struggling this hard, perhaps she should be stripped of the belt, and stop wasting our time.
James Peters: She’s facing a tough opponent in Mary.
Persephone: Tough? :bronfoh:
James Peters: Who are you to discredit Mary as a wrest- you know what? Nevermind, back to the in ring action, which features Mary lifting Ximena back up to a vertical base. Knife edge chops to the chest back Ximena up against the ropes, and Mary whips her off! XIMENA GETS CAUGHT WITH A RUNNING BICYCLE KICK BEFORE SHE COULD EVEN REBOUND OFF THE ROPES, HER HEAD WHIPLASHING BACK BEFORE SHE CRUMBLES TO THE CANVAS!
Rich Russillo: Ximena crawls to the center of the ring before being caught with a vicious jumping double foot stomp to the back! Velasquez writhes in pain before Mary shoots the half for a cover!
Rich Russillo: Ximena powers out, and starts using the ropes to get up to a knee. Mary grabs her, and stands her opponent up. But Velasquez fights back with forearms, and whips Mary off the ropes for a back body drop! But she signaled too early, AND ALLOWED ATLAS TO COUNTER WITH A SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB UPON REBOUND! Atlas holds it for the cover, could this be it?!
Persephone: Unfortunately, shoulder up, the match’ll continue.
James Peters: Mary thinks up a new gameplan, climbing to the top rope now, hoping to leave the champ guessing. BUT XIMENA’S BACK TO HER FEET, AND CUTS HER OPPONENT OFF WITH A RIGHT HAND! Velasquez climbs to the middle rope, however, Mary shoves her off, but Ximena lands on her feet, and delivers another right hand before Atlas could even make a move, climbing to the middle rope for a second time. Mary is stunned, and gets peeled off the top rope with a THUNDEROUS SUPERPLEX! That took a lot out of both competitors.
Rich Russillo: Ximena doesn’t go for the cover, realizing that won’t be the match ender, and with the time wasted recovering from that suplex, that’d probably give Mary more time to recover, and kick out. So, Ximena begins stalking Mary as she slowly gets back to her feet! …RUNNING CLOTHESLINE! But Mary quickly rushes back to a vertical base, taken down with another running clothesline! Ximena sends Mary into the ropes with a push kick, AND SHE REBOUNDS BACK INTO A SIDEWALK SLAM! Atlas is back to her feet quickly once more though, simply grabbing at the back, and gets Irish whipped into the ropes!
James Peters: ANOTHER BIG BOOT PLANNED, BUT MARY DUCKS UNDERNEATH IT, AND XIMENA TURNS AROUND, BUT SO DOES MARY FOR A ROLLING ELBOW! ATLAS BUCKLES THE KNEES OF HER MUCH LARGER OPPONENT WITH SECTUMSEMPRA, GOING FOR THE COVER ON XIMENA!
James Peters: AND VELASQUEZ KICKS OUT!
Persephone: Yay… oh yeah, I’m sorry, what does she call that move? Sectum-huh?
James Peters: Sempra.
Persephone: Eh, who cares.
James Peters: :wtf: But you ask-
Persephone: And now I regret it, cmon, back to the action, I’m hoping this thing speeds up soon.
Rich Russillo: …after that kickout, Mary starts to size her opponent up, looking to put the match away right here as Ximena slowly begins to stir. WELCOME TO MARYLAND! …BUT XIMENA HOLDS MARY IN PLACE BEFORE PUSHING HER OFF! Mary lands back first on the canvas, AND XIMENA TRIES FOR AN ELBOW DROP!
James Peters: BUT MARY MOVES OUT OF THE WAY LAST MINUTE! Ximena holds her elbow in pain, but both competitors make it back to their feet, Mary a bit quicker to the draw than Ximena slightly, AND GOES FOR A STEP-UP ENZIGURI! HOWEVER, XIMENA DUCKS DOWN, AND MARY BELLY FLOPS ON THE CANVAS, ALLOWING VELASQUEZ TO DELIVER AN ELBOW DROP TO THE LOWER PART OF THE BACK!
Rich Russillo: But she isn’t done, beginning to scale her way to the top rope, and someone like Ximena shouldn’t be up there. …BUT THE DROPKICK LOOKS AS IF IT JUST KNOCKED THE SOUL OUT OF MARY’S BODY! Ximena takes a bit, but finally moves into the cover, hooking the leg!
James Peters: MARY NARROWLY INCHES HER SHOULDER UP OFF THE MAT! And Ximena feels as if this is just the beginning of the end, lining Mary up for the lariat from the corner, we’ve seen a few clothesline this match by Ximena, but certainly not one she’s gonna pull her full force into like this. If the Western Lariat lands, this one is over… NOW HERE COMES XIMENA FOR PA LA RAZA!!
Rich Russillo: WELCOME TO MARYLAND! SHE RAN RIGHT INTO THE DOUBLE KNEE FACEBREAKER! And the fatigued Mary crawls into the cover after a bit, feintly hooking the leg.
Persephone: Brings me great joy to say that this one is most likely over!
James Peters: WHAT?! XIMENA STILL POWERS OUT BEFORE THE COUNT OF THREE, AND MARY CANT BELIEVE IT! THINKING SHE HAD THE MATCH WON RIGHT THERE, AND SO DID I! …Both competitors move to their knees, and start cracking each other with forearms while on the way back to a vertical base, moving at the same pace! Ximena scores a right hand, BUT MARY FIGHTS BACK WITH A POKE TO THE EYE! Ximena stumbles back into the corner, covering said eye.
Rich Russillo: MARY CHARGES IN WITH A STEP-UP KNEE STRIKE! Ximena’s now on the receiving end of clubs to the back of neck before stumbling out of the corner, hoping to create seperation. A BIG ELBOW FURTHER DAZES XIMENA! And Mary tries for a right hand, but Ximena blocks it, fighting back with ones of her own, halfway across the ring.
James Peters: Mary stumbles back into the corner, and Ximena approaches, aiming to inflict more damage. But instead, GETS CAUGHT WITH A BACK ELBOW, KNOCKING HER BACK A BIT, AND MARY HOPS TO THE MIDDLE ROPE, DIVING OFF WITH A HURRICANRANA!
Rich Russillo: XIMENA CATCHES MARY IN POSITION FOR A POWERBOMB, AND POPS MARY INTO POSITION FOR THE XV! ONE ARM POWERBOMB PLANTS ATLAS! XIMENA FALLS INTO THE COVER!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Bella Braxton: HERES YOUR WINNER…XIMENA VELASQUEZ!!
(‘Recreant’ by Chelsea Grin plays to a mixed reaction as Ximena rises off the canvas, raising her championship in victory after being handed it by the referee.)
James Peters: Decisive victory for Ximena here.
Rich Russillo: Certainly the way you wanna start off any title reign here in EAW, showing why you’re the champ in the first place.
James Peters: And while Mary inflicted tons of punishment, Ximena persevered, and capitalized off her simple mistake.
Persephone: Yeah, yeah, onto the next thing please.
(The camera fades elsewhere on a shot of Ximena hoisting her championship high as she backpedals up the ramp.)
(Promotional ad for 2022’s Hall of Fame featuring the first announced Inductee, Kassidy Heart!)
(Voltage returns to ringside, and the crowd explodes into cheers as ‘The Outsiders’ by Eric Church hits. Donovan Duke walks out holding his National Elite Championship, and Donovan has a smile on his face as he is met by such a positive reaction. Donovan is also holding a microphone in his hand, and as he makes his way down to the ring he looks very positive following his performance in the Grand Rampage match, even if he didn’t win the entire thing.)
James Peters: Donovan Duke has been a great National Elite Champion, and just one week ago he proved how good he is as he had such a great performance in the Grand Rampage match! He may not have won, but he definitely showed us why he’s Champion in the first place!
Rich Russillo: Yeah, and judging by the look on his face I believe Donovan feels the same way. I think people tend to forget just how impressive it is lasting in a match with twenty nine opponents for a significant amount of time, but Donovan did it.
Persephone: What? No he didn’t. He didn’t do anything that Rex couldn’t do better. Remember when Rex won the Grand Rampage match? 🥰
(Donovan Duke enters the ring as the crowd continues to cheer, and after a few seconds he begins to speak.)
Donovan Duke: Grand Rampage.. What a match. This is the second year in a row I’ve had the opportunity to compete against twenty nine other competitors all with the goal of headlining Pain for Pride, and once again.. I lost. I lost, but I had a performance that completely surpasses what I did just one year ago when I was still just a member of Insurgency. I lost, but I got to show out and prove that I BELONG in the ring with all the amazing, beyond talented competitors that were in that match. I got to show everyone why I’m holding the National Elite Championship, and if there’s anything I can be proud of after all of this, and after what I went through thanks to Mr. DEDEDE, it’s that. Even if I’m not headlining the biggest show of the year with this Championship, I’m proving that I’m not a passable Champion. I’m not just a titleholder that’ll be forgotten sooner rather than later. I’m slowly but surely proving that I have what it takes to go down as a great, and getting the chance to show how far I’ve come and what I’m capable of now in THE biggest match of the year was exactly what I needed. As if it couldn’t get any better, I even got to shut Ryan Wilson up by being the one to eliminate him! Grand Rampage was great…
Donovan Duke: ..But now it’s time for me to move on, because the biggest show of the year is just around the corner.
(The crowd bursts into cheers once more, excited knowing that Pain for Pride is getting closer and closer with every passing day.)
Donovan Duke: Just last year I won the 24/7 Contract at Pain for Pride, and it’s because I won that contract that I’m carrying this Championship on my shoulder. I got a Pain for Pride moment that changed the course of my career entirely, and if there’s anything I want to do this year it’s bring things full circle by defending this same title at Pain for Pride, one year later! I want a match at Pain for Pride so I can once again show everyone just what kind of Champion I am. I want to take this Championship to even greater heights and live up to the legacy that’s already been established with this title, so trust me when I say that no matter who the opponent is, at Pain for Pride I will-
(Donovan Duke is cut off as ‘The Only Thing They Fear Is YOU’ by Mick Gordon hits, and the crowd immediately starts to boo as Ryan Wilson walks out. Donovan Duke just looks at the stage as Ryan Wilson is seen holding a microphone in his hand, and Ryan doesn’t waste any time beginning to speak as he keeps walking down the ramp.)
Ryan Wilson: Oh Donovan… You should know better by now. I’ll admit, you got me at Grand Rampage! You caught me by surprise and eliminated me, and those are the dangers of a thirty competitor match like the one we were in a week ago! You never know when someone will be able to eliminate you, but I DID know that you’d end the match having also been eliminated! I knew that you’d end the Grand Rampage match without a ticket to the main event of Pain for Pride! When I first walked out here you didn’t take too kindly to what I said, and in turn you showed me that not only was my judgment not wrong, but the Chairman’s wasn’t either!
Donovan Duke: Are we really going over this again?
Ryan Wilson: Yes, we are! Of course we are, and honestly Donovan you should’ve expected it. You’re the one that had the task of proving your doubters wrong, and you didn’t succeed.
(Ryan Wilson climbs up onto the ring apron.)
Ryan Wilson: You knew what people thought of you and you chose to join the biggest match of the year, knowing how competitive it’d be. Now you’re here with another loss on your record, adding to the ever growing list of losses you’ve taken as the National Elite Champion. Since Shock Value there’s only been one major exception to the rule, and even that exception couldn’t stop you from proving that all of the things that were said about you and your Championship reign were true.
(Ryan Wilson finally enters the ring.)
Ryan Wilson: You’re not cutting it as National Elite Champion.
(The crowd boos, and they’re not the only ones whose good mood seemed to have been ruined by Ryan Wilson, as Donovan Duke doesn’t look too amused by him either.)
Donovan Duke: I didn’t think you’d still have this much to say after I eliminated you from the match. Sure, I didn’t win the entire thing, but I sure kept one of my promises, and that promise is the reason you’re not in the Pain for Pride main event either.
Ryan Wilson: I’m confident that I have what it takes to not just earn future opportunities but capitalize on them too, and that’s the difference between us. You need to hold that title close because the way you’re going, once you lose it it’ll be a long time before you’re in contention for a title again-
Donovan Duke: Do you ever shut up?
(The crowd once again starts cheering in Donovan Duke’s support as a smirk grows back on his face, seeing as Ryan is annoyed by his interruption.)
Donovan Duke: In case you haven’t gotten it by now, I couldn’t care less what you think about me! I don’t care what opinions you have on my Championship reign, because like it or not I’m still the National Elite Champion and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that title reign doesn’t end anytime soon! You doubted me heading into Grand Rampage, and I should’ve known that a loudmouth like you would only continue to doubt me afterwards, but I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t have a problem with people underestimating me, because it’s nothing new. I’ve always dealt with it and I understand that as I grow as an Elitist there’ll only be even more people expecting me to fail, but part of the journey is proving those people wrong. I enjoyed sending you over the top rope at Grand Rampage, because if I’m not good enough, and if I don’t deserve what I’ve gotten, then what about you?
(The two Elitists stare at each other as the crowd continues cheering for Donovan.)
Ryan Wilson: Donovan, between the two of us there’s only one person who has been so underwhelming that the only reason people even want to see you succeed is out of sympathy, and that’s just not me. When I won my first Championship I didn’t go on a losing streak for over a month that was only broken because of somebody else’s help, and I don’t need to compare title reigns Donovan, but I do need you to understand that all you’re doing is failing the National Elite Championship. You’re making a mockery of that title and leaving a stain on its legacy. You’re losing whenever it matters. You failed to capitalize on having one of the biggest wins someone could achieve in this company handed to you! Not only do you not deserve that Championship on your shoulder now, but you didn’t deserve to walk out of Super Voltage with it either. You’re lucky. You’ve always been lucky, and before your match against Mr. DEDEDE all you’ve done as Champion was underdeliver. You were given a chance to make things right and you went right back to doing what you were doing before, so why even hold that title? You’re just dragging it down with you-
James Peters: AND DONOVAN DUKE HEARD ENOUGH!!! DONOVAN JUST KICKED RYAN WILSON IN THE STOMACH!! DONOVAN DUKE KICKED RYAN IN THE MIDSECTION AND NOW DONOVAN THROWS HIS CHAMPIONSHIP AND MICROPHONE TO THE SIDE BEFORE PUNCHING AWAY AT THE SAME MAN HE ELIMINATED AT GRAND RAMPAGE!!! RYAN WILSON TRIES TO FIGHT BACK AS HE PUNCHES DONOVAN IN THE SIDE, BUT DONOVAN IS ABLE TO LAND A KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION!
Rich Russillo: DONOVAN DUKE DELIVERING REPEATED SHOOT KICKS TO RYAN WILSON WHO IS IN THE CORNER, AND NOW DONOVAN SENDS RYAN WILSON INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER BEFORE CHARGING IN, AND DELIVERING A RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! THE FANS HERE IN RWANDA IS ON THEIR FEET, AS DONOVAN DUKE IS LOOKING TO TAKE RYAN OFF OF HIS!
(As Ryan pulls himself back up, Donovan Duke picks up his National Elite Championship.)
James Peters: It looks like Donovan Duke is looking to send a message to the same man who said he isn’t deserving of that title! Ryan Wilson stumbles forward, AND NOW DONOVAN SWINGS THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP-
Rich Russillo: BUT RYAN WILSON DUCKS UNDER BEFORE BOUNCING OFF OF THE ROPES, AND HE CONNECTS WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH!!!! DONOVAN DUKE STUMBLES INTO THE CORNER THANKS TO THE SUPERMAN PUNCH, AND NOW IT’S RYAN WILSON THAT GRABS THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE RUNNING IN AND SMASHING IT IN DONOVAN DUKE’S FACE!!!!
Rich Russillo: RYAN WILSON NOW PULLING DONOVAN OUT OF THE CORNER, BEFORE DROPPING HIM WITH THE MIC DROP!!!! RYAN WILSON LAYS OUT THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION ONE WEEK AFTER GRAND RAMPAGE!!!!
(‘The Only Thing They Fear Is YOU’ begins to play once again, and the crowd begins booing loudly as a grin can now be seen on Ryan Wilson’s face as he looks down at Donovan Duke’s fallen body. Ryan Wilson looks satisfied with what he’s done, and he begins making his way out of the ring with Donovan still down and out. As the camera shows a final shot of Ryan walking up the ramp, Voltage begins to fade from ringside.)
[SCREENBAR: EARLIER IN THE NIGHT]
(Sunday Night Voltage fades to the backstage area of the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. It specifically shows an interview room, with the camera focused on Backstage Announcer and EAW Network Host Molly Waters, who is seated in a chair with a smile on her face. Another chair is seen opposite her, the difference being the fact that it’s obviously not occupied, with the only person in view being Molly herself. Molly has a warm smile on her face, keeping her eyes locked on the camera while it pans in. Not long after that, she clears her throat and begins to speak.)
Molly Waters: What a Voltage we’ve had so far coming off of an amazing Grand Rampage Free-Per-View. Concerning that, there are a lot of things to follow off of, especially leading into another Free-Per-View such as Battle of Egypt III: Alexandria Falls in just a week’s time. Matches are official, statements are made… and questions are answered. As you saw on Night Two of Grand Rampage, IDOL-GUN, the team of Hikari Kanno and Miku Sakai, went up against the unit of Dr. Bethany Blue and Ms. Extreme. In a very surprising fashion, it was Bethany and Ms. Extreme that got the quick and easy victory over the former Unified Tag Team Champions. But what was even more of a shock, was what happened afterward with Hikari betraying Miku and brutally beating down on her. Since then the entire world has their questions, and tonight… We hope to get some answers. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest tonight… Hikari Kanno.
(The camera then goes over to the opposite chair to show Hikari Kanno making her way into the scene. She gets herself comfortable in her seat, a nonchalant expression on her face while she puts her hands on her lap. Molly lets Hikari make her grand arrival before beginning to speak towards her from there.)
Molly Waters: Hikari, as always, thank you for joining me here tonight. Now I know you already talked about it this week, but it would be appreciated if you got the chance to elaborate further… Why did you do it?
(Upon Molly asking the question, Hikari closes her eyes. Her brutal assault on Miku Sakai was evidently not the easiest decision to make, at Grand Rampage she stabbed the sword into her back with tears in her eyes, and it is something that will be embedded into her conscience for a long time. She seems to be in a thinking state, before then opening her eyes and looking towards Molly with a more serious expression.)
Hikari Kanno: Ever since my return I’ve had restless nights where I pondered, assessed my position in EAW and looked at it in hindsight. What comes to mind immediately are two matches, firstly Ms. Extreme for the Universal Championship at Bloodsport 2021, and finally Mr. DEDEDE at Shock Value 2022. All of those are based on merit, and for me, it felt like there was a sense of fulfillment and purpose, win or lose. Like what I was doing actually mattered, as if I was reaching my true potential as an Elitist. Then I began to compare, and I couldn’t feel the same way when looking at IDOL-GUN. I couldn’t feel that same level of emotion running around with Miku, all of that was just devoid compared to Hikari Kanno the singles competitor. That aforementioned fulfillment and purpose was something that running around with Miku couldn’t really provide. I am one of the best pound-for-pound wrestlers of not just Sunday Night Voltage, but the entirety of Elite Answers Wrestling. Everything that I have done has excelled me in leaps and strides and after all of that was set and sealed… I would always go back to Miku, back to IDOL-GUN. I never had a problem with that, she’s my best friend and still is, but regardless it didn’t change the fact that I felt a million miles away from getting back to that level of competition that gave me, as I said, fulfillment and purpose.
Hikari Kanno: I lost faith that I could achieve my dreams with Miku still by my side, no matter what I do. Even if I won a Championship, a tournament or two, an accolade beyond any other… I would’ve still found myself sucked back into IDOL-GUN antics that didn’t make me feel like… me. Two different Hikari Kanno’s, like I said. And I chose the one that would make me a fucking star. That’s just how it’s going to be. The dreams of IDOL-GUN winning the Iconic Cup Tournament along with even the potential of an IDOL-GUN PFP… shattered. That’s something that everyone, along with myself, are just going to have to live with.
Molly Waters: Well, there was one thing that stood out to me in what you said, and it was the fact that you still mentioned Miku as your best friend. Do you think, in a hypothetical situation of course, if she comes back, will everything be the same? Will IDOL-GUN still be IDOL-GUN or is it just a matter of two former teammates butting heads for supremacy? I know you must’ve taken that into consideration once the time comes for Miku’s injury to heal…
(Hikari nods her head slowly, her eyes fluttering while she looks down at her hands which tap gently on her own lap.)
Hikari Kanno: If, or when, Miku does come back… I will welcome her with open arms. I bear optimism in the fact that IDOL-GUN will be back someday, and Miku will forgive me and know that what I was doing was what was proper for my career. Despite everything I don’t have regret for what I’ve done, having that and being saddened about it are two different things. It took everything in me to do what I did at Grand Rampage, but at the same time I feel it was for the greater good in the process. Having known Miku for as long as I have, she will understand. I love her and she loves me, and even if she tried she wouldn’t be able to live without me. Whenever that time will be when I have to look her in the eyes and remember back to what happened last week, just know that nothing will change about the fact. Besides, it’s not like she can’t get back up on her feet, even if that may be with a helping hand.
Hikari Kanno: Suffering my injury gave me time to reflect. Looking back, it really pissed me off knowing what my career could’ve been if it didn’t happen. It lit a fire in me and caused me to work harder, getting back on my feet quicker than people would have expected. But going back to what I said about my career, I look at the hypothetical… Then I look at what Miku did in my absence. Well, I couldn’t help but be jealous about it. Somewhere along the line that should’ve been me in her position, but the only thing I could do was sit at home and watch it on TV. Watch my own partner reach the success that I desired for the longest time. But that jealousy subsided, because now… it’s my turn.
Molly Waters: Well I’m sure you knew that we were going to get to this question at some point. So for my last question to you Hikari I just have to ask… what’s next for Hikari Kanno? Now that you’re free from the proverbial shackles and get to spread your wings, what is the next step?
(Hikari’s hands clasped together, of course it was the million dollar question. Everything that she did, everything that she was talking about, was solely based on her concern for what her future could and should be. Now she takes that next step forward, and finds herself putting goals in front of her to achieve, so it’s safe to say she’s not taking this question lightly.)
Hikari Kanno: For now, I leave IDOL-GUN behind me. Miku and I have done and accomplished so much together, it deserves its rest. Now? Now that Miku is gone and I’m left by myself, it’s about me. I now shift my full focus on my desire to reach the pinnacle of this business, and become the person that I know I can be. I mentioned it earlier in the week, but if I could do that to my best friend? If I could brutalize her and tear her limb from limb? Imagine what the fuck I’m going to do to everyone else. This is only the beginning, and just like I’ve always believed, I will blossom into something bigger. Just wait and see.
Molly Waters: Hikari, thank you for joining us here tonight.
(Without a second thought, Hikari stands up and leaves the scene, leaving only Molly Waters seen sitting in her chair. She then looks towards the camera facing her, as it’s the last shot seen before Sunday Night Voltage then transitions elsewhere.)
(Commercial promoting Marvel Studios projects where various Elitists share their favorite characters, such as Limmy Monaghan who is a huge fan of Steven Grant.)
(The camera cuts back to ringside for the final match of Voltage. Bella Braxton is standing in the middle of the ring with a smile on her face, microphone in hand, ready to announce the next match.)
Bella Braxton: This next contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Bella Braxton: And it is an ICONIC CUP BLOCK MATCH!
(“As Long As I Love” TK from Ling Tosite Sigure starts playing throughout the arena as Hikari Kanno makes her entrance to loud boos from the crowd. She has a determined look on her face as she makes her way to the ring.)
Bella Braxton: Introducing first! Making her way to the ring from Okinawa, Japan. Weighing 121 pounds. Here is “THE LONE IDOL” HIKARI KANNO!
James Peters: This is one determined woman making her way to the ring for Iconic Cup action. Especially after what happened at Grand Rampage.
Persephone: Oh yeah. That was hilarious to watch. It was only a matter of time before one bitch’s ego got bigger than the other and caused the unavoidable implosion of one of “EAW’s best tag teams” or some bullshit like that.
Rich Russillo: What Persephone means is that IDOL-Gun lost to Ms. Extreme and Dr. Bethany Blue in just a few minutes. After that, we saw Hikari Kanno just completely attack Miku Sakai. It was a complete shocker. Former EAW Tag Team Champions just imploded.
James Peters: From the looks of things, it seems like Hikari Kanno is going to be flying solo for the time being. Everybody heard Hikari tell Miku “I need to do this alone” so tonight we’ll see Hikari Kanno for the first time with no association to IDOL-GUN. How will it work out? We’re going to find out.
(Hikari enters the ring and takes her corner as her music fades off. Seconds later, “Dolla Sign Slime” by Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion starts playing as Serenity Valdez enters the arena to a mixed reaction, but mostly boos from the crowd as she makes her way to the ring.)
Bella Braxton: Introducing her opponent! She is from Tijuana, Mexico. Weighing in at 126 pounds. Here is “LA REINA” SERENITY VALDEZ!
Rich Russillo: Here comes the opposition. The very confident Serenity Valdez makes her way to the ring for singles action. She has had a really strong rise in EAW since making her debut and a victory over Hikari Kanno would do wonders for her stock.
Persephone: Just say it like it really is. She is an egotistical bitch who thinks she’s hot shit. I can’t stand people like that. La Reina? Seriously? Why the fuck is she walking around calling herself calling herself Queen.
James Peters: Almost as bad as some delusional woman calling herself the next Mrs. Rex McAllister. :mjlol:
Persephone: I will slit your throat, you dumb bastard! Don’t try me.
Rich Russillo: She does have a reason to be confident. Rookie year here and she is taking EAW by storm. She almost won the Specialists Title back at Reckless Wiring and she has not looked back.
James Peters: She has had a great performance thus far in the Iconic Cup block matches, but this might be her toughest challenge yet. Former Tag Team Champion Hikari Kanno. Many have had Hikari as the favorite, but will La Reina take the top spot for herself? We’re going to find out in just a few seconds.
(Serenity enters the ring and takes her corner as entrance theme music ends. The referee checks both competitors before calling for the bell.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
James Peters: Here we go! Another block match part of the Iconic Cup is underway. The ladies meet up in the center of the ring and have locked up.
Rich Russillo: The technical prowess of Hikari gets the early advantage and she has a side headlock on Serenity.
Persephone: Why do these matches have to start out so boring? Can’t we just give them baseball bats and let them slug it out?
James Peters: It’s not that sort of match. But Serenity is trying to find a way to get free. I THINK SHE FOUND IT BY STOMPING ON HIKARI’S FOOT!
Rich Russillo: Not an appreciated tactic, but it was effective in getting free. Hikari went for a clothesline, BUT SERENITY DUCKED IT! SERENITY HITS THE ROPES AND COUNTERS WITH A HEADSCISSORS!
Persephone: Now we know that she can fly as high as her ego. I’m already annoyed by this bitch and the match has just started.
James Peters: Hikari sent for a ride before she gets back to her feet. SERENITY ATTEMPTING ANOTHER HEADSCISSOR TAKEOVER, BUT HIKARI PLANTS HER ON THE MAT BY COUNTERING WITH A SIDEWALK SLAM!
Rich Russillo: Serenity planted hard and Hikari drops the elbow right in the chest and goes for a quick cover. Hikari hooks the leg.
James Peters: Serenity powers out after one. This match has a long way to go before anything is said and done. Hikari brings Serenity back to her feet and whips her into the corner. Hikari runs in AND SERENITY COUNTERS WITH A PALM STRIKE TO THE THROAT! GOOD GRIEF! WHAT A SHOT!
Rich Russillo: All that did was make Hikari mad and HIKARI IS JUST UNLOADING ON SERENITY IN THE CORNER! THAT SHOT TO THE THROAT JUST SET HER OFF!
Persephone: Come on lonely bitch! Knock the Queen of Bitchdom’s teeth down her throat. You have no friends now, so you have nothing to lose. Take her out and don’t hold back!
James Peters: Will you stop? The referee is trying to pull a fuming Hikari off of Serenity, but HIKARI BREAKS FREE AND GOES FOR SERENITY ONCE AGAIN—
Rich Russillo: BUT SERENITY USES THE FRONT OF THE TIGHTS TO PULL HIKARI FORWARD AND SEND HER TUMBLING OUT OF THE RING TO THE FLOOR! Hikari is getting back up to her feet, BUT SHE DOESN’T SEE SERENITY RUNNING AT FULL SPEED—
James Peters: SERENITY FLIES THROUGH THE ROPES AND TAKES HIKARI BACK DOWN WITH A BEAUTIFUL SUICIDE DIVE! IT IS LA REINA WHO IS NOW IN FIRM CONTROL OF THIS MATCH!
Persephone: I thought only witches flew, not bitchy queens. I guess that explains everything. She’s just a Witch in Bitch clothing. :mjlol:
Rich Russillo: You are having fun with that, aren’t you?
Persephone: Meh. It would be even more fun if these bitches were bleeding profusely until they passed out. But since that rarely happens, I always set my standards on the lowest setting possible with these matches.
James Peters: Anyways. Serenity brings Kanno up by the hair and SHE SMASHES HER FACE AGAINST THE RING APRON! SHE PULLS HER UP BY THE HAIR ONCE MORE AND SMASHES HER FACE AGAIN ON THE EDGE OF THE RING!
Rich Russillo: Serenity isn’t through. She whips Hikari AND HIKARI JUST WENT BACK FIRST AGAINST THE STEEL RING STEPS! DID YOU HEAR THAT THUD?
Persephone: Yeah I did. I was hoping that she would hit her head on the steps too so I could hear a hollow ring along with it. Sound of pain is music to my ears. I could listen to that all day.
James Peters: Then we’ll buy you an ITunes gift card for your birthday so you can listen to all the torture you want. Now Serenity hears the referee’s count reach seven as she rolls Hikari back into the ring.
Rich Russillo: Serenity quickly rolls into the ring to break the count before rolling back out again. Serenity pulls Hikari’s head under the bottom rope and SERENITY JUST DELIVERED A KNEE RIGHT TO HIKARI’S TEMPLE AND HIKARI COULD BE OUT! SERENITY ROLLS BACK INTO THE RING AND GOES FOR THE COVER!
Persephone: Of course she kicks out. Hickory McLonelyBitch is one of the dumbasses on our brand who likes to keep kicking out and make my life a living hell. Can’t these bitches just stop kicking out and putting me through all this agony?
James Peters: Oh stop complaining, Seph. I think you hold a soft spot for the competitors of Voltage deep down in your heart. You just need to admit it.
Persephone: You just need to shut your damn mouth before I rip your voice box out the old fashioned way.
James Peters: :mjcry:
Rich Russillo: Serenity brings Hikari back to her feet AND SHE JUST THROWING PALM STRIKE AFTER PALM STRIKE ON HIKARI! HIKARI TRYING TO BLOCK, BUT SHE IS GETTING SENT INTO THE CORNER!
James Peters: Serenity backs up before running full speed to Hikari. SERENITY GOING FOR A MONKEY FLIP BUT HIKARI BLOCKS IT! HIKARI SITS SERENITY ON THE TOP ROPE! HIKARI GOES TO THROW A FOREARM BUT IT GETS BLOCKED BY SERENITY!
Persephone: Gotta love this even battle bullshit. Makes the matches go for a very long time and that’s something that everybody loves. Aren’t we just the luckiest people in the room?
Rich Russillo: Serenity with a boot to the face staggering Hikari. Serenity now standing on the top turnbuckle. Hikari turns around and SERENITY JUMPS OFF THE TURNBUCKLE AND SERENITY TAKES HIKARI DOWN WITH A BEAUTIFUL ARM DRAG!
James Peters: Serenity climbs back up to the top turnbuckle, BUT HIKARI CATCHES SERENITY RIGHT IN THE FACE WITH A BIG BOOT! SERENITY TUMBLES OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AND LANDS HARD ON THE RING APRON!
Rich Russillo: Hikari brings Serenity up to her feet and pulls her halfway over the top rope before she gets on the second rope. HIKARI JUMPS AND DELIVERS A POWERFUL ELBOW DROP RIGHT ACROSS THE BACK OF THE NECK!
Persephone: Why the hell is she going for the neck and head? There is nothing up there to hurt anyways. Anybody who thinks they are a queen like her is not paddling with both oars in the water.
James Peters: Either way, Serenity comes crashing and burning into the ring after the elbow drop and almost lands on her head. Hikari drags Serenity away from the ropes and goes for the cover.
Rich Russillo: SERENITY KICKS OUT AT TWO AND NOW IT’S HIKARI KANNO IN CONTROL OF THIS MATCH! Hikari backs up to the ropes and waits for Serenity to make it back to her feet.
James Peters: Serenity is slowly back up to her feet AND HIKARI RUNS AT FULL SPEED AND CATCHES SERENITY ON THE JAW WITH THAT EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! THE FORCE OF THE SHOT SENDS SERENITY BACK INTO THE TURNBUCKLES.
Persephone: Of course they are choosing to play around with the appetizer moves instead of going straight to the main course. Stop with the games! Nobody thinks they are fun to play, you idiots!
James Peters: Serenity down in the corner and HIKARI DELIVERS A KNEE STRIKE RIGHT TO HER FACE! AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH THE KNEE STRIKE ALMOST LIKE SOMEONE IS SPAMMING THE ATTACK BUTTON ON THE CONTROLLER!
Persephone: Did you seriously just phrase it like that? If you couldn’t sound anymore stupid, you go and say that corny nerdy comment. Never do that again or I will take you out where you stand.
Rich Russillo: The referee is trying to back Hikari off, but Hikari was a little more hesitant to back off because of what happened the last time there was a referee break.
James Peters: BUT HIKARI RUNS BACK IN AND DELIVERS A BASEMENT DROPKICK RIGHT TO SERENITY’S FACE! THAT COULD HAVE KNOCKED A FEW OF HER TEETH OUT!
Rich Russillo: Hikari is a house of fire right now. She’s on a mission and she is looking to start accomplishing it in this match. Hikari pulls Serenity out of the corner and back to her feet. Hikari with the go behind. GERMAN SUPLEX ON THE WAY—
Persephone: Damn! Queen Bitch blocked it and rolled forward. She countered into a roll up. Please let this match be over right now.
James Peters: HIKARI KICKS OUT, BUT DAMN! THAT WAS CLOSE! SERENITY WAS CLOSE TO STEALING THE VICTORY AND WINNING THE MATCH! BOTH WOMEN ARE BACK TO THEIR FEET! HIKARI WENT FOR ANOTHER BIG BOOT, BUT SERENITY DUCKED IT!
Rich Russillo: SERENITY CATCHES THE LEG AND SENDS HIKARI FALLING BACK! SERENITY GRABS THE OTHER LEG AND TRIES TO ROLL HIKARI OVER, BUT HIKARI IS FIGHTING IT!
Persephone: Fighting it in the same way that I am fighting falling asleep? Since this match is completely boring and nothing interesting is going on.
James Peters: That is just your opinion. As you were whining and complaining, Serenity got Hikari over and she has the Boston Crab applied. SERENITY TRYING TO GET THE SUBMISSION RIGHT HERE WITH THE BOSTON CRAB!
Rich Russillo: HIKARI IS IN PAIN AND SHE TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GET FREE! HIKARI IS LESS THAN AN INCH AWAY FROM THE ROPES, BUT SERENITY DRAGS HER RIGHT BACK IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!
James Peters: THE REFEREE IS ASKING HIKARI IF SHE WANTS TO GIVE IT UP, BUT HIKARI IS GIVING THE REF A GO TO HELL LOOK BEFORE TELLING THE REF FUCK NO!
Rich Russillo: LOOK AT HIKARI! SHE HAS GOT HERSELF INTO A POSITION TO TURN AND SEND SERENITY FLYING WITH A MODIFIED BODYSCISSOR TAKEOVER!
Persephone: Of course! More of this counter bullshit. Can’t we set a limit on how many counters a person can do in a match? Would make the matches go by faster.
James Peters: Both women are back to their feet and WE NOW HAVE A FIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! THEY ARE JUST FIRING FOREARMS INTO EACH OTHERS FACE TRYING TO GAIN THE ADVANTAGE IN THIS MATCH! WHAT A MATCH THIS HAS BEEN!
Rich Russillo: SERENITY WENT FOR A CLOTHESLINE AND HIKARI DUCKED IT! HIKARI BEHIND SERENITY AND SHE HAS A HAMMERLOCK APPLIED AND HIKARI IS RUNNING HER TO THE CORNER!
James Peters: SERENITY WAS JUST SENT SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! SERENITY HOLDING HER SHOULDER IN PAIN AS SHE STUMBLES BACKWARDS OUT OF THE CORNER!
Persephone: HAHAHA! She is stumbling around like a drunk. It’s kind of funny to watch. Now that lonely Hikari bitch is right behind her. Full Nelson applied and she takes Queen Drunk Bitch over with a dragon suplex. Of course she bridges up and turns it into a pin. Count fast ref and end this for all of us.
James Peters: SERENITY GETS THE SHOULDER UP! SHE IS SHOWING EVERYBODY WHY SHE IS BEING CONSIDERED A THREAT EARLY ON IN HER EAW CAREER! BUT HIKARI JUST WANTS TO CUT HER DOWN TO SIZE! Hikari is now bringing Serenity back up to her feet.
Rich Russillo: Hikari whips Serenity back into the corner, but SERENITY CATCHES HER IN THE FACE WITH A BOOT! SERENITY NOW SITTING ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AND GRABS HIKARI’S HEAD
James Peters: SERENITY JUMPS OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! TORNADO DDT ON THE WAY, BUT HIKARI STOPS HER. HIKARI ADJUSTS THE HOLD AND HIS LOOKING TO COUNTER WITH A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!
Rich Russillo: BUT SERENITY SLIDES OFF HIKARI’S SHOULDER AND WRAPS HER LEGS AROUND HIKARI’S WAIST! SERENITY LETS OUT A SCREAM AND THEN PLANTS HIKARI WITH THE SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!
Persephone: Of course that would happen. But Queenie now stacks up Lonely and goes for the cover. Will this be enough? Knowing these two idiots, probably not.
James Peters: HIKARI GETS THE SHOULDER UP AND THIS MATCH WILL CONTINUE!
Persephone: Told you. Why couldn’t I be wrong for once and this match would actually be over right now. Of course I’m right once again.
Rich Russillo: Of course you are. But Serenity now climbs to the second rope and waits for Hikari to get back to her feet. She landed on the back of her head after that powerbomb.
James Peters: HIKARI IS BACK UP TO HER FEET AND SERENITY JUMPS OFF THE SECOND ROPE AND TAKES HIKARI BACK DOWN WITH A BEAUTIFUL METEORA! SERENITY WAS LOOKING FOR A COVER, BUT SHE COULDN’T GET IT AS HIKARI ROLLS THROUGH!
Rich Russillo: SERENITY DIDN’T LIKE IT AND SHE IS JUST POUNDING LEFTS AND RIGHTS INTO HIKARI’S HEAD AND FACE! SHE IS TRYING TO SOFTEN UP HIKARI IN HOPES OF PUTTING HIKARI DOWN FOR GOOD AND ENDING THE MATCH!
James Peters: Serenity brings Hikari back to her feet and whips her into the ropes. Hikari with the rebound AND HIKARI KICKS SERENITY IN THE FACE WHEN SHE PUT HER HEAD DOWN! SERENITY SENT REELING BACK!
Rich Russillo: HIKARI KICKS SERENITY IN THE GUT AND HOOKS BOTH HER ARMS! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX ON THE WAY—
Persephone: Wow. Shocker. Queenie lands on her feet after that release butterfly suplex attempt. The longer this match goes, the more I get annoyed. Call for the bell, ref. They both lose on account of stupidity.
James Peters: WILL YOU STOP? Serenity behind Hikari and she whips Hikari into the ropes. Hikari rebounds and tries for an elbow, but Serenity ducks it. SERENITY GRABS HIKARI AND FLIPS BACK AND PLANTS HIKARI WITH A SPANISH FLY! WHAT A MOVE!
Rich Russillo: NOW BOTH LADIES ARE DOWN AND THE REFEREE IS STARTING THE COUNT! This match has been a sight to see between these two very intense competitors. The crowd has been on fire this entire match.
Persephone: It’s because they spontaneously combusted having to watch this boring match. I’m surprised I haven’t done the same thing watching this crap show.
James Peters: Positive as always, Seph. The referee started the count and has now reached seven and both women have made it back to their feet. SERENITY JUST LAUNCHED HERSELF AT HIKARI BUT HIKARI IS SHOWING HER STRENGTH.
Rich Russillo: HIKARI IS HOLDING ONTO SERENITY AND DRAPES HER ONCE AGAIN ONTO THE TOP ROPE! HIKARI HAS A HOLD OF SERENITY’S HEAD AND SERENITY IS TRYING TO BREAK FREE!
James Peters: HIKARI LOOKS TO BE GOING FOR A SUPLEX, BUT INSTEAD HIKARI CHANGES COURSE AND SPINS OUT! SERENITY JUST PLANTED WITH THE DRAGON SCREW NECKBREAKER FROM THE TOP ROPE!
Rich Russillo: SERENITY IS NOT MOVING AFTER THAT NECKBREAKER! HIKARI DRAGS SERENITY AWAY FROM THE ROPES AND HOOKS THE LEG FOR THE COVER!
James Peters: SERENITY KICKS OUT RIGHT BEFORE THE REFEREE REACHED THE THREE COUNT! SERENITY IS VERY IMPRESSIVE IN THIS MATCH! SERENITY TRYING TO GET HER WITS ABOUT HER AND DRAGS HERSELF TO THE ROPES!
Persephone: She needs to drag her dumb royal ass out of the ring, up the entrance ramp, out of the arena, and out of EAW for good! That’s the only thing that would make me happy right now.
Rich Russillo: Serenity resting on the bottom rope and Hikari is hot on her trail, moving slowly as well after the grueling match. Hikari reaches for Serenity—
James Peters: SERENITY JUST SENT HIKARI THROAT FIRST INTO THE SECOND ROPE! HIKARI HOLDING HER THROAT AND SERENITY ROLLS HER UP! IS SERENITY GOING TO STEAL IT HERE!
Persephone: About time we see one of these bitches cheat. Queenie has her feet on the ropes.
Rich Russillo: THE REFEREE CAUGHT HER FEET ON THE ROPES AND STOPS THE COUNT! SERENITY DIDN’T LIKE THAT ONE BIT! SERENITY IS GETTING IN THE REFEREE’S FACE AND STARTING AN ARGUMENT! NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR THAT!
Persephone: Queenie didn’t get her way and now she’s throwing a royal tantrum. Screaming won’t get you what you want around here. So get over yourself and get back to the match so it can end.
James Peters: SERENITY IS TOO BUSY ARGUING THAT SHE DOESN’T SEE HIKARI RIGHT BEHIND HER! HIKARI HAS HAD ENOUGH AND THROWS A PUNCH RIGHT IN THE BACK OF THE NECK!
Rich Russillo: SERENITY TAKEN ABACK BY THAT PUNCH! SHE TURNS AROUND TO CONFRONT HIKARI BUT SHE IS MET WITH A THRUST KICK RIGHT IN THE FACE!
James Peters: BUT SERENITY IS STILL ON HER FEET! SERENITY IS CERTAINLY DAZED AND A LITTLE CONFUSED!
Rich Russillo: HIKARI GRABS SERENITY’S NECK ONCE AGAIN!! LOOKING FOR ANOTHER NECKBREAKER-
James Peters: SERENITY SPINS OUT AND GRABS HIKARI’S ARM! SERENITY GOING FOR A BACKSLIDE, BUT HIKARI IS FIGHTING IT! TEST OF STRENGTH GOING ON RIGHT NOW!
Persephone: The only thing they are testing right now is my patience and it is wearing thin having to watch this match for so long! I’m about to run up there and stab a few bitches.
Rich Russillo: HIKARI FLIPS OVER SERENITY’S BACK, BUT SERENITY GRABS THE LEGS AGAIN AND TAKES HIKARI DOWN! SERENITY FLIPS OVER AND CATCHES HIKARI IN A JACKKNIFE! SHOULDERS DOWN!
James Peters: HIKARI KICKS OUT! BUT SERENITY IS BACK UP TO HER FEET A LITTLE QUICKER! SERENITY TRYING TO LOCK IN A CROSSFACE BUT HIKARI IS FIGHTING IT!
Rich Russillo: HIKARI GOT FREE OF THE CROSSFACE WITH AN ELBOW RIGHT TO THE NOSE! SERENITY LETS THE HOLD GO TO HOLD HER NOSE! HER NOSE COULD BE BROKEN RIGHT NOW.
Persephone: Hopefully her skanky nose is bleeding. Any blood in this match is better than nothing at all, especially with this crap basket of a match.
James Peters: SERENITY DIDN’T LIKE THAT SHOT ONE BIT! SHE JUST CLAWED HIKARI RIGHT IN THE EYES! HIKARI HOLDING HER FACE IN PAIN AS SERENITY DELIVERS A DROPKICK SENDING HIKARI INTO THE ROPES!
Persephone: Yeah yeah. Queen Bitch has Hickory in the ropes. Queenie backs up and runs at full speed back towards her and looks to finish the match. Gawd I hope this ends the match. This is so dull.
Rich Russillo: SERENITY WENT FOR THE FALL FROM GRACE FLATLINER BUT HIKARI CAUGHT HER! HIKARI WITH A KICK TO THE GUT AND LOCKS HER IN A GUTWRENCH! HIKARI LIFTS HER UP IN THE AIR—
James Peters: HIKARI KANNO WITH THE GUTWRENCH SITOUT POWERBOMB! KANNO CALLS THAT THE KANNO SUPER BUSTER! VERY HIGH IMPACTFUL MOVE FROM HIKARI AS SHE STACKS SERENITY UP AND GOES FOR THE COVER!!
Persephone: She kicked out once again! Damn it!! Why the hell do they keep doing that? Queen Bitch should just abdicate her throne and just go away and never come back. I am still willing to exchange most of EAW to bring my Sexy Sexy Rexy back to EAW.
Rich Russillo: HIKARI THOUGHT SHE HAD THE MATCH WON AFTER THE KANNO SUPER BUSTER, BUT SERENITY JUST BARELY KICKED OUT! HIKARI BRINGS SERENITY BACK TO HER FEET BEFORE SHE WHIPS SERENITY INTO THE ROPES—
James Peters: NOW HIKARI HAS SERENITY AND SHE GETS HER UP IN THE AIR FOR THE ALLELUIA—
Persephone: Queen Bitch caught the referee right in the face on the way up and now the referee is down. Damn, now this match has to go longer. Somebody wake up this lightweight referee.
Rich Russillo: SERENITY COUNTERED! KANNO WAS TRYING FOR HER NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB FINISHER BUT SERENITY MANAGED TO GET FREE AND SLIDE OFF KANNO’S BACK! SERENITY WITH A LOW DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF HIKARI’S KNEECAPS! HIKARI DOWN AND SERENITY HITS THE ROPES!
Persephone: A lot of good that did. In the process of trying to get free, she kicked the referee in the face and now they are knocked out. Damn, we need some sturdier referees
James Peters: HIT THE LIGHTS! SERENITY HIT THE KNEE AND KANNO MIGHT HAVE HAD HER LIGHTS KNOCKED OUT! SERENITY GOING FOR A COVER, BUT THERE’S NO REFEREE TO MAKE THE COUNT!
Rich Russillo: SOMEONE JUST ENTERED THE RING AND HAS BLINDSIDED SERENITY! THIS MATCH SHOULD BE OVER! WHO THE HELL IS THAT?
James Peters: THAT’S XIMENA VELASQUEZ! THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION IS HERE ON VOLTAGE! LA DIOSA IS ATTACKING LA REINA!
Persephone: If this bitch’s interference means that this match is going to end quicker, then why should I care? Now let’s see some blood!
Rich Russillo: THE SPECIALISTS CHAMPION IS JUST BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF SERENITY! KNOCKING HER AROUND LIKE A RAGDOLL!
James Peters: BUT SERENITY ISN’T GIVING UP! SHE IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST XIMENA! BUT THE POWERFUL XIMENA IS TOO MUCH AND SHE JUST CLOBBERS SERENITY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD!
Rich Russillo: XIMENA IS NOW PICKING UP SERENITY FROM THE FLOOR! HOLY SHIT WHAT POWER!! SERENITY IS UP AND SHE WAS DRIVEN DOWN BY THE XV BOMB! AMAZING ONE ARMED POWERBOMB BY XIMENA AS SHE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!
James Peters: HIKARI KANNO HAS COME TO AND SHE SEES SERENITY OUT COLD! BUT SHE DIDN’T SEE HOW IT HAPPENED! NOT THAT SHE CARES! HIKARI GRABS SERENITY AND PULLS HER UP, BEFORE DROPPING HER WITH ALLELUIA!!! THE REFEREE IS WAKING UP AS WELL AS HIKARI MANAGES TO HOOK THE LEG! IT’S ALL ACADEMIC FROM HERE! DAMN IT! NOT THIS WAY!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“As Long As I Love” starts playing again as Hikari rolls off of Serenity and makes it back to her feet.)
Bella Braxton: Here is your winner! HIKARI KANNO!
James Peters: Amazing match between one of the fastest rising stars in EAW and a competitor who has established herself as a threat in EAW. Serenity fought hard in this match, but it was an unfortunate interference by the Specialists Champion that led to the Hikari Kanno victory.
Persephone: Good for her. Lonely bitch won. Can we end the show now? This match was a skank fest and a complete bore. Even with the tall bitch, the match’s entertainment level couldn’t be saved.
(The referee raises Hikari’s arm in victory and Serenity has not started moving. Hikari looks down at Serenity one last time before exiting the ring. When she leaves, she passes Ximena on the entrance ramp and they don’t acknowledge each other.)
Rich Russillo: Hikari Kanno wanted to start showing that she needs to do this on her own, and she showed tonight that she was off to an amazing start with a huge showing and victory against the upstart Serenity Valdez. The victory was just tainted a little bit due to the Specialists Champion.
James Peters: Speaking of Serenity Valdez, she put up an amazing fight and it’s the same fight she has been showing to be considered a very fast rising star. She almost had the match won, but it unfortunately wasn’t her night. Serenity did an amazing job ,and even with the XV presence, we once again give our congratulations to Hikari Kanno.
(The last shot shows Ximena Velasquez with a very amused expression on her face staring back down at the ring at Serenity who has a not too happy look on her face that she lost tonight because of XV’s interference. Serenity pounds the mat in anger as the camera cuts elsewhere.)
[ SCREEN BAR – MAY 8TH, 2022 – BACKSTAGE @ GRAND RAMPAGE ]
(There were a lot of people waiting backstage to greet Jake Smith as he came through the guerilla curtains, and as nice as that was, his eyes were searching for only one. As members of management clapped him on the back and congratulated him for a job well done, Jake stood on his tiptoes so he could see over the crowd. In the background he spotted her, and she wore a soft smile on her lovely face. A rush of emotion overcame Jake and he pushed through the throng of people separating them. As soon as Jake got close, his girlfriend sat their disgusting little dog down on the ground and opened her arms. Josh began to run circles around Jake, excitedly borking and causing a scene, and Holly Arrow wrapped Jake up in a long, comforting hug. The happiness Jake felt over his performance was obviously tainted with a little bit of sadness as well, having come up short yet again, and this time, not just in height.)
Holly Arrow: You were wonderful. I’m proud of you.
(How could Jake not smile at that? He tightened his arms around his girlfriend and kissed her on the forehead.)
Jake Smith: I appreciate that. This one stings. I won’t deny that. I was so incredibly close to headlining Pain for Pride and getting another shot at the EAW World Championship, but I guess right now it just isn’t meant to be.
Holly Arrow: Just because it isn’t happening now, doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. You’ve grown by leaps and bounds this entire season, and you just had the performance of your career. One more inch and it would have been Impact’s feet on the floor, and you would be heading to Vegas to bust up New Eden’s reunion. Life is funny sometimes, but you now know you have what it takes to compete with and beat the very best.
(Holly ran her thumb across Jake’s lips and gave him a sweet kiss. When she pulled back, she brushed his hair back and looked deep into his beautiful, blue eyes. As usual, Holly found herself captivated by those eyes and was just genuinely happy to be doing life with someone as fun and as interesting as Jake.)
Holly Arrow: You will get your moment, Jake. I know you will.
(Not that Jake was searching for reassurance or validation, but he sure did appreciate his girlfriend’s confidence and belief in him. After a moment of just standing there and embracing one another, sharing the moment together, Jake pulled away and scooped up Josh. He nuzzled the annoying little monster for a few seconds before taking Holly’s hand. The couple were about to head towards the Haircare King’s lockerroom when Sofia Clarke walked up to them.)
Sofia Clarke: Jake, do you mind giving the members of the EAW Universe a few moments of your time? You just had a hell of a performance in the Grand Rampage match, coming up just short of making your first ever Pain for Pride event. How do you feel right now?
(Jake suppressed a sigh because the last thing he wanted to do was give an interview about the Grand Ramage match. He forced a smile that he hoped was convincing and turned to Sofia. It wasn’t lost on him that his girlfriend felt him tense up and gave his hand a reassuring squeeze.)
Jake Smith: I’m sure that I’ll be able to put my Grand Rampage performance into perspective really soon, but right now, I just don’t know what to say. I gave that match everything I had, and it wasn’t enough, but life goes on. In a couple of weeks, I’m going to be a very busy man because yours truly finds himself with not one, but TWO matches at Battle of Egypt, and considering it’s Pain for Pride season, you can bet that I’ll be at the top of my game. I fully plan to defend the Unified Tag Team Championships alongside my bro, and then I’m going to slap the shit out of Ronn Banks and beat him right in the middle of the ring. I may not have earned my place in the Pain for Pride main event on this night, but after I send another legend back to the retirement home there won’t be anything left to question when it comes to whether or not I deserve to be a mainstay in the conversation about future world champions.
(Sofia went to say something else, but Jake held up his hand to cut her off. He wasn’t in the mood to do anymore talking about Grand Rampage. He jerked his head towards Holly, who looked a little surprised that Jake was putting the attention on her.)
Jake Smith: Want a breaking story, Sofia?
Sofia Clarke: :mjgrin: If it’s about Holly Arrow being cleared to compete again, we’ve already been told.
Jake Smith: :wow: Then I guess you don’t need to hear anything else from me.
(Sofia turned to Holly.)
Sofia Clarke: Do you know when you’ll be back in the Voltage ring, Holly?
(A smirk crossed Holly’s face. Earlier in the day, she had talked to Captain Charisma about her desire to come back from her injury and finish the season strong.)
Holly Arrow: I’m glad you asked, because I do actually. Captain Charisma was more than happy to have me back and when I told him I wanted to finish the season strong, he went ahead and made a match for the May 29th episode of Voltage. Live from the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi, it will be Holly Arrow taking on the Hall of Famer and potential Pain for Pride main eventer, Madison Kaline, in the main event. Pretty cool, huh?
Sofia Clarke: Wow! That’s an amazing main event!
Holly Arrow: It won’t be for Madison, but it’ll surely be for me.
(The look Jake gave Holly was one full of pride and admiration, and Holly winked at him. Having said all they wanted at the moment, Jake and Holly walked away. Josh happily borked as his family once again headed for the Haircare Kings lockerroom. As they were about to walk in, Chris Elite walked out. Josh started to growl.)
Chris Elite: :francis: Shoulda thrown that little shit overboard when we were on the cruise ship.
(Holly glared at Chris and took Josh from Jake. She cuddled the little dog and Josh borked, knowing he was safe and protected as long as Holly was around.)
Holly Arrow: And you wonder why he doesn’t like you.
Chris Elite: Suck my d-
Jake Smith: :wtf: Bro, that’s my girlfriend and it’s May.
Chris Elite: 😀 I forgot how great it is to have you around, Holly! I’m so glad you make my tag team partner so happy!
(Unable to help herself, Holly rolled her eyes and headed into the lockerroom, shutting the door behind her. Chris and Jake stood there, staring at one another for a moment, and finally it was Chris who broke the silence by sighing.)
Chis Elite: Look, I can only imagine it sucks worse than a Jay Jeremy Jackson promo to come that close to winning something as prestigious as Grand Rampage and have it ripped away by mere seconds. I poured my heart into the match and made the top five, which is great and all, but that’s not what I wanted. I wanted another shot at the EAW World Championship.
(Jake replied by shrugging his shoulders. It wasn’t a well-kept secret or anything that both of the Unified Tag Team Champions prioritized their singles careers while working tirelessly to help elevate the tag team division. They had been doing double duty for months now, and both men had their chances this season to become the EAW World Champion. Chris Elite had lost a heartbreaker of a match for that very title as recently as Shock Value, and since then he had been searching within himself to try and figure out what was missing.)
Jake Smith: You can technically get a shot at any title, any time you want by using the Gawd Contract, and Captain Charisma still owes you from Territorial Invasion. I think you’re the only person who never asked for anything in return despite Cap comping all of us.
(Truthfully, Chris had forgotten all about that. The Voltage Brand Warfare team that had dominated back at Territorial Invasion had consisted of Jamie O’Hara, Ryan Wilson, Justin Windgate, and of course, the Haircare Kings. While Jamie had been taken out of action shortly after TI, the rest of the men involved in the match had all utilized their reward in one way or another besides Chris. In fact, Jake had used his own to give Chris a tag team partner after Jamie was put on the shelf thanks to New Eden. At the time, Jake’s motives had been purely selfish but there was no denying that things had worked out and the Haircare Kings had gone on to win the Tag Team Turmoil tournament together. That win had earned them a shot at the Unified Tag Team Championships and the rest was history. Along the way, a real brotherhood and bond had developed between Jake and Chris. They were friends and true friends in the wrestling business were real hard to come by.)
Chris Elite: That’s a great point.
(Chris had a thoughtful look on his face and Jake smiled, despite his own pain, and clapped his partner on the shoulder.)
Jake Smith: Use it. Break up the New Eden reunion party.
(Chris didn’t reply. He had been doing a lot of soul searching since Shock Value, and at times, his performances inside the ring hadn’t been what they should be. He could admit that the lack of motivation at times had affected him, but Jake had been there for him during that. He had picked up Chris’ slack. He had encouraged him and supported him through the ups and downs, and together the Haircare Kings had flourished together as a unit.)
Chris Elite: You know? I don’t know if I’m in the right headspace to chase another world championship right now. Grand Rampage got the best that I could offer at this moment and it wasn’t enough. And that sucks, it really does. We both had the same goal tonight; headline Pain for Pride and become the EAW World Champion, but here we both are while Impact is still out there soaking up another Grand Rampage win. I can’t even say he wanted it more than either of us did, but the universe had other plans.
(Jake raised an eyebrow, clearly not used to hearing Chris speak so eloquently and thoughtfully. Chris shrugged.)
Chris Elite: I been reading a lot of Ghandi and shit, damn.
Jake Smith: I didn’t even say anything, man. You do you.
Chris Elite: I think I will talk to Captain Charisma about this favor though.
Jake Smith: Fair but if you’re not really wanting to use it to get another shot at the EAW Championship, use it to take Jack Ripley and Solomon Stane out of Battle of Egypt :umad:
Chris Elite: :mjlol: So you wanna defend our titles in a handicap match?
Jake Smith: I mean… yeah.
Chris Elite: :mjlol: I got another idea. Look, for what it’s worth, I’m proud of you. You were great tonight and more than that, you’ve been great for a long time now. You’ve watched my back, carried our team at times, and just been a stand-up dude. I never really knew how this shit would go when you forced Captain Charisma to name you as Jamie’s replacement, but we’re about to head into Pain for Pride as the Unified Tag Team Champions. I have no doubt the High Rollerz and Redwood and Stane will be formidable opponents, but the titles are ours to lose, and I don’t plan to leave Egypt without them.
Jake Smith: Same, and thanks. Truly, thank you.
(Nothing else needed to be said between the Unified Tag Team Champions. Jake walked into the lockerroom to join Holly, and Chris, who had been en route to an interview to promote Battle of Egypt, decided to blow it off and go find Captain Charisma. It didn’t take the Hall of Famer very long to find the Voltage commissioner. He was in the guerilla area waiting to congratulate Impact.)
Chris Elite: Can we talk?
(Captain Charisma nodded and the two men started to walk. Once they were away from the crowd, they came to a stop.)
Captain Charisma: What’s up?
Chris Elite: I’m not even gunna fuck around or beat around the bush. Remember when I helped win Brand Warfare but never cashed in my favor?
Captain Charisma: I remember.
Chris Elite: Well I’m cashing in.
(Captain Charisma nodded.)
Captain Charisma: Let’s go talk in my office.
(As the two men headed for Captain Charisma’s office, the scene faded to black.)
(As Voltage returns, the camera fades to the stage as ‘Cold War’ by Hans Zimmer begins to play, and immediately all of the fans in the Kigali arena begin booing loudly as Drake King slowly begins to walk out, wearing a suit which likely covers up bandages after his Gold Rush tournament finals match against Minerva. Drake is still clearly suffering the effects of Grand Rampage seeing some of the scars and bruises that are visible, but Drake has a microphone in his hand as he makes his way down the ring, obviously unhappy about what was announced following the Gold Rush tournament’s double count out ending.)
James Peters: Drake King is out here making his first appearance following Grand Rampage, where he took Minerva to a double count out in an attempt to leave the Gold Rush tournament without a winner!
Rich Russillo: Drake knew he wouldn’t make it back into the ring and tried to ruin the entire tournament, but Captain Charisma would make a huge announcement the following night, revealing that both Drake and Minerva will be going to Pain for Pride!
Persephone: Seeing any two members of New Eden compete is bad enough, do I really need to sit through a triple threat between them? That sounds so boring, haven’t we had enough of those three yet?
James Peters: Well Persephone, usually you’d be on your own hating the idea of a Pain for Pride main event, but for a man who basically just got a third main event in a row, he doesn’t look very happy, not that that’s anything new.
Rich Russillo: Speaking of Pain for Pride, Myles and Minerva may not be here tonight as they’re taking the night off following Grand Rampage, but I can confirm that they will be in Egypt! What for I don’t know, but I do know that this man can’t be too happy to see either of them after what happened on night two of Grand Rampage!
(Drake King enters the ring as the crowd continues to boo.)
Drake King: The Gold Rush tournament ended without a winner. The chance to headline Pain for Pride was on the line, and all Minerva had to do in order to get what she’s wanted all this time was defeat me. She just had to pin me, force me to tap out, or even make sure I was the only competitor outside of the ring after the ten count, and she would have been facing Myles in an EAW World Championship match at the biggest event of the year. She couldn’t do any of those three things. Minerva failed to defeat me, so WHY IS SHE STILL GETTING A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH?? It doesn’t make any sense! Voltage shouldn’t have a World title match! Voltage didn’t win the Grand Rampage match, NOBODY won the Gold Rush tournament, SO WHY ISN’T THE EAW CHAMPIONSHIP BEING TAKEN OFF OF THE SHOW?? Why is Minerva still being given a handout after failing??? She wasn’t screwed over, she wasn’t robbed, she didn’t have the win stolen from her, SHE FAILED. She failed to keep her promise and defeat me, and it’s just distasteful knowing that Captain Charisma’s response to this was just to give her the opportunity anyway. What was the point of the tournament if we were both heading to Pain for Pride? Why let us face each other if the result wasn’t going to be a real factor? I did my part. I kept the promise that I made when I entered the Gold Rush tournament, and it’s just disgusting that Captain Charisma made the Pain for Pride main event what it is.
(As Drake stops, the crowd once again is heard booing, having not stopped as Drake was talking.)
Drake King: It’s so insulting that all of that hard worm was for nothing. We had to go through an entire tournament that clearly didn’t matter anyway because Captain Charisma could just hand Minerva the title shot anyway once he didn’t get the result he wanted! Minerva has no reason to be in the Pain for Pride main event. Even I shouldn’t be in that match, so why is this allowed? Why is Captain Charisma allowed to abuse his power like this?? Why is everyone around here getting opportunity after opportunity at something they don’t even deserve?? It’s all gross, and guess who decided not to show their faces tonight? Myles and Minerva. They got what they wanted. It wasn’t deserved, it wasn’t earned, they were given a handout by Captain Charisma, and now neither of them see the issue with this whole situation. It takes such a disgusting amount of greed to not see the problem. You’d have to be so selfish to not be standing out here, willing to admit that there shouldn’t be an EAW Championship match at Pain for Pride. The Gold Rush tournament had no winner, so neither me nor Minerva should be getting that match. We-
(‘Backseat Freestyle’ by Kendrick Lamar hits, and the crowd explodes to a more mixed reaction, though more positive than the way the crowd reacts to Drake. Drake King looks to the stage in annoyance as Brian Daniels walks out. Brian Daniels is also a bit worse for wear following Grand Rampage, but he is holding a microphone as he makes his way down towards the ring, not so happy himself after his loss to Myles in the EAW Championship match.)
James Peters: What?? What is Brian Daniels doing out here!? Last time we saw Brian was at Grand Rampage, when Myles defeated him to retain the EAW Championship!!
Persephone: I’ve already had to sit through tonight watching a bunch of losers who couldn’t win the Grand Rampage match. Do I really need to see the guys that couldn’t win the singles matches too?
(Brian Daniels begins walking up the steel steps as he begins speaking.)
Brian Daniels: I can only keep listening to this for so long. Drake, if you really don’t want to be in the Pain for Pride main event..
(Brian enters the ring and walks up to Drake.)
Brian Daniels: I’ll gladly take your place.
(The crowd begins cheering at the idea of Brian Daniels competing in the already big Pain for Pride main event, but Drake doesn’t take too kindly to Brian’s interruption.)
Drake King: You lost to Myles already, didn’t you? Why are you still here?
(Once again the crowd begins to boo, and now it’s Brian that looks annoyed after having his loss brought up to him.)
Drake King: The last thing I’m going to do is hand a Pain for Pride main event to someone who shouldn’t have had the chance to return to the company in the first place. All the trouble you’ve caused, all of the things you’ve done and you were just given the chance to walk right back in and go straight for the World Championship. Captain Charisma is incompetent and everyone else who allowed you to return is just as bad, and you thought that because of that you’d be able to just come back and win a World Championship with ease. You thought that you’d be able to make a fool out of whoever was at “the top” all so you could pad out your own resume and try to get people to see you in a better light, but that didn’t work out too well for you, did it? Myles is misguided. He’s on the wrong path and as time goes on he’s only getting worse, but you’re really not an improvement. You already showed your true colors on your first night back. We already know how entitled you feel and now we know that your feelings are undeserved, so did you really think shamelessly walking out here asking to be handed a Pain for Pride main event after already having a World Championship match handed to you and failing was a good idea?
Brian Daniels: So what are we all supposed to do, watch you spend the next month whining over a World Championship match in a Pain for Pride main event? A main event that YOU’RE competing in? This is the biggest show of the year we’re talking about, and you’re seriously complaining because YOU get the chance to become World Champion? There’s so many people who’d love the opportunity to say they headlined Pain for Pride. So many people who’d love a shot at winning the EAW World Championship, and unlike a majority of those people I KNOW that I can win that title, so the last thing I need is for you to come out here and complain about the fact that you’re being given a title match, let alone the biggest title match one could possibly get. That Championship is what I’m here for. The opportunity to become the EAW World Champion is exactly what I returned to EAW for and that’s not something I’m ashamed to admit, because I’m not allowing my career to end on a sour note and a lot of the people getting these opportunities aren’t ready for them anyway. Over half of the people in the Grand Rampage match were only there to fill up spots. Most of the people in the Gold Rush tournament won’t touch a World Championship in their life-
Drake King: That’s not my problem. I don’t care how you feel about the EAW roster, or the fact that you’re desperate for the World Championship. You lost, and at this point you’d be better off gone.
(Brian Daniels is clearly pissed off at this point, and the fans can see that tensions have risen as things have become more heated between these two.)
Brian Daniels: And you believe that you’re needed? You don’t do anything. I’ve been here for two months and all you’ve done is cry, and bitch, and moan every single week over things that’ll never change. “Greed is bad!”, “Minerva is evil!”, “Wanting to win Championships is not okay!”, WE DON’T CARE! Nobody wants to listen to this on a weekly basis. Nobody wants to see you whining and complaining just for you to keep competing in the exact same matches you hate. I haven’t been around for all of it. I probably wasn’t even around for the worst of it, and already you’ve shown me how fucking insufferable you are. If you don’t think the Gold Rush finalists should be in the main event, THEN BACK OUT OF IT! Go do something else, ANYTHING else, because I *should* be in that match. I should be holding the EAW Championship right now. I should be headlining the biggest show of the year and I’m not. Instead you are, and you don’t even want to be there. Whining for the next month isn’t going to do shit, so if you want to do something so badly, back out of the match. Either let someone that actually wants the match take your spot, or let the other two face each other one on one. At this point it doesn’t matter which, just stop wasting everyone’s time and fuck off, because I don’t care if everyone else feels like suffering through this week after week. I don’t. I’m not going to keep listening to this.
(Now it’s Drake that remains silent as the mixed reaction grows, but it only takes a few seconds before Drake begins to speak again.)
Drake King: No. I’m not going to do any of that. I’m not going to back out of the match, and I’m not going to give you a World Championship shot at Pain for Pride, but if you want a match so badly, then I can face you next week, at Battle of Egypt.
(The crowd explodes into cheers, solely because of the idea of these two facing each other. Brian Daniels takes a few seconds to think, but as he looks back at Drake, he nods his head.)
Brian Daniels: I’ll see you next week.
(The crowd grows even louder with their cheering after seeing Brian accept the challenge.)
James Peters: WOW! WHAT A MATCH FOR BATTLE OF EGYPT!!! It looks like Drake King and Brian Daniels are going to be facing each other in just one week’s time, and the people here in Rwanda are just as excited to see this as I am!
Persephone: And anybody with a brain is just as bored with this as I am. I don’t even know where to start with this matchup. Bland, mediocre, boring. Yuck.
Rich Russillo: The Battle of Egypt card has continued to get better, even one week before the show! What a way to close out Voltage, this is going to be great!
(As ‘Cold War’ begins to play once again, Drake King and Brian Daniels stare each other down, before Drake finally begins to walk past Brian, making his way out of the ring. Brian Daniels doesn’t take his eyes off of the man who is now his opponent at Battle of Egypt, and from there Voltage begins to fade out for the final time as the camera fades to black.)
(EAW logo buzzes.)