Live from the Alliant Energy Center, in Madison, Wisconsin
VO: A final step to greatness.
Aria: ALEXIS HAS MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS!!!
VO: A final step to the moment of their lives!
April: MADISON HAS DONE IT, MADISON IS GOING TO THE SEMI-FINAL ROUND!
VO: When the worlds of these four women collide.
Aria: SAVANNAH SUNSHINE IS GOING ON TO FACE MADISON IN THE SEMI-FINAL ROUND OF THE EMPRESS OF ELITE!!!
VO: What horrors await them…in their final moments of bliss?
April: STEPHANIE MATSUDA HAS SURPASSED CAILIN DILLON!!! STEPHANIE IS MOVING ON TO THE SEMI-FINALS!!!
VO: Welcome…to Empire!
(The pyro explodes around the arena as Empire shoots into focus, the crowd cheering loudly in the Alliant Energy Center with reckless abandon as they begin to pound their hands to the music.)
Aria: WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO THE SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS OF THE EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT, I’M YOUR HOST ARIA JAXON ALONGSIDE THE SPECIALIST CHAMPION, APRIL SONG!!! AND TONIGHT, WE HAVE AN AMAZING NIGHT FOR YOU ALL!!!
April: We are one week removed from our anniversary show, and I’m happy as all hell to be here, and to open up the night we have…well..
Aria: THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDERSHIP FOR YOUR SPECIALIST TITLE MATCH, SO LET’S GET THIS THING STARTED!!!
(“Fire” by BTS plays over the sound system just as Consuela Rose Ava makes her way out onto the stage, earning a huge pop from the EAW universe. Before she heads down to the ring, she looks over at April; signaling that the belt will be around her waist soon enough.)
RA: The following contest is scheduled for…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
RA: Introducing first! From Frias, Spain…SHE IS “THEEEEE PINESOL PRINCESS” COOOOOONSUELA ROOOOOOOOOSE AAAAAAAAAAAVA!!!
Aria: And here we go! The first fight of the night and it is the number one contendership for the Specialists title! Now I don’t know what you are thinking right now, April, but judging from the way Consuela was looking over her; she is READY to face you for that championship.
April:…Yeah I say the way she was looking over here but there is two problems with what you just said Aria.
Aria: And that would be?
April: One.) I’ve beaten her TWICE for this bad boy and I always say history likes to repeat itself, Aria. So really there’s no way she’s gonna get her Lemon Scented claws on my Championship.
Aria: And the second reason?
(Just as Consuela climbs into ring and stands in the middle of it; “Am I A Psycho” by Tech N9ne featuring B.O.B and Hopsin plays which makes the crowd roars to their feet. Suddenly, Brody Sparks appears on stage in her all blue gear.)
April: THAT, Aria. BRODY SPARKS is the second reason why she will not be touching my Championship anytime soon.
RA: AAAAAAAND HER OPPONENT! Residing in Seattle, Washington….THE HYPNOTIC HERETIC HERSELF!!!! BROOOODDDDDYYYYY SPARKKKKKKKSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
(With a twisted smirk on her lips, Brody Sparks makes her was down to the ring; her eyes glued on Conusela Rose Ava.)
Aria: So wait…you rather have Brody Sparks, One of the BEST Specialist Championship we have seen in EAW, be the one that wins this match?
April: I didn’t say that.
Aria: Than what are you saying…
(DING DING DING!)
April: And here we go! Both women are in the ring and are ready to get down to business to see who can capture the shot at MY championship.
Aria: Here we go! These ladies have a lot of bad blood between them.
April: You could definitely cut the tension with knife. This is pretty intense, the two drawing circles around the squared circle with an intense staredown!
Aria: Look’s like Brody is ready to a step in, locking on a smooth collar and elbow tie up! Both women struggling in the hold for a few moments, BEAUTIFUL technical wrestling with Brody side-stepped just a hair to lock in a side headlock!
April: Hold on, as much as I don’t see eye to eye with her, Consuela was showing she’s no slouch quickly as she backed herself onto the rope pushing Brody off!
Aria: Quite the power struggle! But look! That ring awareness by Brody, springing off of the ropes and running back towards Consuela! WAIT-
Aria: Consuela trying to maneuver a running clothes but Brody ducked and both women ran the ropes once again, charging back towards each other again!
April: I’ve been in the ring with both women, as much as they hate each other, they have one thing in common.
Aria: Brody, looking for a shoulder tackle and it connects! What’s that April?
April: Determination! OUCH! Consuela hit the mat hard rolling onto her stomach, pushing herself back up to her feet now. Meanwhile, Brody rolled her eyes at this.
Aria: There goes that temperament in Brody, she better stay focused! Brody charged the ropes yet again to BUT NO! Consuela is too quick pushing up to her feet to catch Brody with a FLAWLESS clothesline!
Apri: The same one she was looking for earlier! But this time it connects and she drops Brody quickly! Consuela going for that pin!
Aria: Brody kicking out! Both women rising up to their feet!
April: The Alliant Energy Center crowd cheering them BOTH on!
Aria: Consuela seems to soak in that energy a bit too much though- Brody capitalizing as she charges hitting a ROUGH FOREARM SHOT TO THE JAW OF CONSUELA! WOW! I felt that one! The sound of bone meeting bone! Consuela clenching her jaw for a moment.
April: Brody not letting up either! ANOTHER FOREARM! The Pinesol Princess groaning in pain HOLD ON- she shoves Brody a bit now to create just a tiny bit of distance… looking to throw a forearm of her own now but
April: NO-Brody caught her arm, blocking the attempt!
Aria: Oh man! Brody looking to cause some serious damage to the face of Consuela! An eye for eye I guess?
Aria: Brody brought up her free arm and hit a THIRD AND EVEN MORE POWERFUL FOREARM! Consuela dropping to the ground instantly! Brody with the quick pin attempt!
April: She’s still in there! Oh god Brody not letting up! Hovering over Consuela! ANOTHER FOREARM?! CHRIST SAKES! AND ANOTHER PUSHING CONSUELA’S FACE INTO THE MAT, GOING FOR ANOTHER PIN!
Aria: NO! Consuela gets the shoulder up! Truly showing us what she’s MAID of! A quick eye roll from Brody grabbing Consuela by her long locks,WAIT-Consuela thankfully rolled out of the way before Brody could do anything.
April: Consuela showing her fighting spirit! Landing a stinging palm strike across Brody’s chest! The chop echoing through the arena cause Brody to fall to her knees!
Aria: Brody still on her knees from the missed attack followed by the chop. Consuela not letting up on her offense! Brody is in trouble now!
Aria: A KICK TO THE CHEST FROM CONSUELA! Not once! Not twice! THREE TIMES! in quick succession! The final kick coming-ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO BRODY’S HEAD!
April: Consuela hooking the leg!
April: Holy crap! Consuela can’t even believe it!
Aria: Consuela cannot let frustration set in! Consuela picking up Brody and throwing her towards the corner now! The Crown Jewel slammed into the corner! She’s putting Brody on the turnbuckle!
April: Both ladies now at the top! Consuela with feet on the middle rope, Brody groggily sitting on the turnbuckle. CONSUELA GIVING BRODY RIGHTS TO THE FACE!
Aria: That’s not it, Consuela putting herself on the line, locking in-A SUPERPLEX OFF THE TOP ROPE!
Aria: NO- BRODY MUSTERING THE ENERGY UP TO PUSH CONSUELA, SENDING HER BACK FIRST ONTO THE MAT!
April: That’s not it! Brody staggering, managing to stand at the top and with her back turned to the ring- MOONSAULT!
Aria: CONSUELA ROLLED OUT OF THE WAY! NOBODY HOME AS BRODY LANDS HARD STOMACH FIRST ONTO THE MAT! This is incredible!
April: Incredible yes but BOTH women are down! The ref trying to check on both women.
Aria: These women are fighters! Consuela on her knees now struggling to stand, but she makes it! Brody somehow making it to her feet. Consuela throwing a right but Brody pushing her, taking a step back herself! Brody strikes quick! A low dropkick connected right to Consuela’s body!
April: What stamina! The shocking counter followed up now by kicks to Consuela’s back! Brody wasn’t done there! Slowly picking Consuela up by her hair now to pull The Pinesol Princess up to a standing position.
Aria: Brody finding strength to lift Consuela-BUT NO Consuela with a punch to Brody’s side as SHE NOW RAISES BRODY IN THE AIR FOR A QUICK SNAP SUPLEX! Followed with a pin!
Ref: NO! KICKOUT, BRODY GETS THE SHOULDER UP, JUST BARELY!
April: Consuela growing more and more frustrating! The lock of shock on her face, but the crowd is LOVING THIS!
Aria: Women’s wrestling at it’s finest! Brody sitting up as Consuela runs the rope! Brody rolling out of the way as Consuela bounces off the opposite side of the ropes! Brody grabbing a hold of Conseula legs spinning her over in one swift movement!
April: What’s Brody doing?
April: On no! Brody locking Conseula in A BOSTON CRAB! The agony of that submission hold! Consuela creaming in pain! Will she tap?
Aria: Brody screaming “tap out” at the top of her lungs! It sees like Consuela may be giving- NO! CONSUELA FINDING THE WILL! THE HEART TO REACH THE ROPES! Brody not letting that hold go as the fed begins to count to 5!
April: She finally releases it. Consuela near tears holding her back in pain! Brody far from pleased, pushing the ring. Brody standing up mouthing off and snapping at the referee
Aria: Look at Consuela! Look at her! Tripping Brody; Brody landing face first as Consuela rolls her over to lock in- ILLUMINATION?! CONSUELA USING BRODY’S OWN MOVE AGAINST HER?! !
April: Brody screaming in pain! Consuela has her in the middle of the ring! BRODY HAS NOWHERE TO GO!
Aria: WHAT THE HELL? SHE BIT HER! Brody biting the lower arm of Conseula but the ref didn’t see, forcing her to let the hold go!
April: Consuela and Brody rising to their feet! Consuela telling the ref she was bitten by Brody, but the ref didn’t see! He didn’t see!
Aria: Consuela turning around- SPEAR! SPEAR BRODY SPEARING CONSUELA OUT OF THE RING AND HERSELF!
April: Brody practically nailing her head on the ground, that looked painful! Was it worth it?!
BOTH women knocked on the ground!
Aria: The ref has no choice but to count!
Aria: Still no signs of movement from either woman!
April: HOW IS SHE MOVING!? Brody showing signs of life rolling onto her back!
Aria: Brody almost breathless! Consuela showing signs of life herself! I just- I don’t understand!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
April: YES! JUST YES! THEY BOTH ARE OUT!
Aria: Calm down, April! It’s a sad ending to an amazing match but you don’t need to be THIS happy about it.
April: You don’t understand Aria! I don’t have to wrestling at Manifest Destiny now! I get to sit back and relax while these two pout and whine of how they screwed each other out of a shot against me!
Aria: I really can’t believe you’re celebrating this, April.
April: Aria! Look at them! BOTH OF THEM CAN’T EVEN FINISH A MATCH! So tell me how either of them would even come close into to finishing a match against m–
(Just Then ‘Boss’s Daughter’ by POP Evil starts to play throughout the arena as Tarah Nova walks out with a Smile on her face and a Mic in her hand. As she stops on the stage she looks down at the ring where both Consuela and Brody stood.)
April: Oh what is she doing out here now! What does she have to–
Aria: April…do me a favor and shut up. Let Tare speak.
Tarah: Ladies, amazing match. Wonderful but the ending…Not something I was wanting…
(Tarah’s smile falls a tiny bit before a smirk takes its place.)
Tarah: BUT no worries, my lovies, I always have a backup plan up my sleeve.
(Tarah Looks over at April, winking at her before looking back at Brody and Consuela.)
April: No..No…Tarah don’t say you have a backup plan! Please I beg of you!
Tarah: At Manifest Destiny that SINGLES MATCH…
April: Please don’t say….
Tarah: …for the Specialist Championship just became…
April: TARAH DON’T!!
Tarah: A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!
(April throws off her headset, standing up from the table as the EAW unerice cheer loudly at the announcement. Both Consuela and Brody are taken back by shock but quickly shakes it away; nodding their heads at the plan.)
Aria: Because they BOTH deserve it, April! Really though, what a backup plan by Tarah Nova! I can’t say I’m shocked though. Once that theme hit, I know something was up.
Tarah: So may the odds be ever in your favor, Ladies. And don’t let me down.
(With that ‘Boss’ Daughter’ picks up again as Tarah Nova takes her leave. Before the camera fades out, it shows April holding the championship close to her chest as she stares down at Consuela and Brody; who both look ready for match ahead of them.)
(Commercial Break Featuring DDD’s new book: “Gawd Complex, Getting Rich in a world of B*tches” now available in the Kid’s Section of Barnes and Noble.)
Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Jasmine Peyton: …and it is a SEMIFINAL MATCH in the 2017 Empress of Elite tournament!
(“This Could Be Anywhere in the World” — Alexisonfire hits to a great pop. Madison Kaline strides out onto the stage, a slight but confident smile stretched across her face. She surveys the crowd coolly, nodding at the cheering fans before descending the ramp.)
Jasmine Peyton: IIIIIINTRODUCING FIRST! From Tampa Bay, Florida…weighing in at 120 pounds…she is “THEEEE MISTRESS OF DEATH”…THIS IS MAAAAAAADISON KAAAAAAAALINE!
April Song: There she is, the woman who’s been so close yet so far for both previous incarnations of Empress of Elite. Two second-place finishes have no doubt done wonders to push Madison through this year’s tournament, and what a showing it’s been from her so far.
Aria Jaxon: Madison had a fire lit under her ass coming into this year’s tournament, ain’t no two ways about it. Revy got put down, despite what we now think were her best efforts. Azumi went down with next to no trouble. She’s been a force to be reckoned with right from the jump, but her biggest test might be this semifinal match.
(“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” — Suburban Legends hits to a huge ovation, and the crowd begins to clap along to the beat of the song. After a couple of seconds, a smiling Savannah Sunshine bursts onto the ramp with seemingly ceaseless energy. She then bounds down the aisle, high-fiving fans along the barricade.)
Jasmine Peyton: AAAAAAND HER OPPONENT! From Candy Land by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…weighing in at 140 pounds…she is “DOUBLE S”…SAVANNAAAAAAAAH SUUUUUUUUNSHINE!
April Song: Some might have assumed that one Savannah might not make it this far, but she’s been turning expectations on their head since the first round. She defeated Vexx on night one, and in a pretty stunning upset, dispatched of Consuela last week.
Aria Jaxon: That’s why I say Savannah could be Madison’s greatest test so far. This girl flew under the radar until she started racking up victories and moving through this tournament. She’s proven that not even ex-champions are immune to being knocked outta contention altogether. This could really go either way and I hope Madison isn’t writing Savannah off. It only takes three seconds for a vital mistake to catch up with you.
(DING! DING! DING!)
April Song: And we’re off! Both women are circling each other now in these first few moments, looking to see who will make the first move. Savannah lunges for the opening collar-and-elbow tie-up, and the veteran Madison fakes her out at the last second! Kaline ducks beneath Savannah’s arms, quickly slipping behind her and slapping on a rear waistlock! Savannah thinks fast and fires away with a pin-point accurate back elbow that catches Kaline right on the temple before she performs a standing switch and moves into a rear waistlock of her own. Madison swings for a back elbow of her own, but Savannah ducks her head! She looks like she’s trying to fling Kaline up and over with a German suplex, but Kaline wisely hooks the leg, refusing to be taken off her feet! Before Sunshine can give it another go, Madison backpedals toward the nearest corner, slamming Savannah back-first into the turnbuckles. Excellent ring awareness being displayed by the former Vixens Champion here. Savannah’s forced to let go and Madison quickly darts out of the corner, not wasting any time. She charges back into the corner, looking to drive the shoulder into the gut of Sunshine…SHE MOVES! Savannah leaps up onto the top turnbuckle as Madison comes dashing into the corner with a full head of steam! The Floridian stops just short of slamming her shoulder into the turnbuckle! WATCH OUT FOR SAVANNAH! She slips down from the top turnbuckle and hops down onto Madison’s back…SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! A BEAUTIFUL sunset flip powerbomb out of the corner turns Kaline inside out and drops her right on the nape of her neck! That first sequence ends with Madison’s shoulders down, and the official drops down to count!
Aria Jaxon: Madison throws the shoulder up just after one! They both pop back up to their feet pretty fast, and Savannah is even quicker to slap a tight side headlock on Madison in an effort to keep her neutralized. She’s really wrenching it. She wrenches it hard enough that it forces Kaline down onto one knee momentarily, but Madison powers back up to her feet. OH! There’s a sharp elbow to the ribs from Kaline, but Savannah’s not letting go! There’s another! And another! I think Sunshine’s grip might be weakening a little bit! Madison puts a hand on the small of Savannah’s back and shoves her off, sending Double S toward the opposite ropes! She rebounds off and hurdles toward Madison, who drops her with a quick dropkick, right on the button! Savannah drops and Madison hurries into the cover!
April Song: Sunshine kicks out with a great amount of force! Two boots to the face might have stunned her, but it’s not enough to keep her down for any real length of time. Kaline quickly tries to drop down into a mounted position over Sunshine, but Savannah responds in kind with a NASTY elbow smash to the side of the head! Kaline rolls away from her clutching the side of her head, and Savannah springs up onto her feet. She yanks Madison up to her feet by an arm…vertical suplex from Savannah! NO! Madison lands on her feet behind Sunshine and quickly hobbles Sunshine with a kick to the back of the knee, causing Savannah to drop down to one knee. Kaline takes a few steps back, she bursts forward…DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Sheesh! Sunshine falls face-first onto the canvas and Kaline rolls her over, hooking the leg! Cover!
Aria Jaxon: Savannah still throws the shoulder up just after one! In the aftermath, Madison is the first one back up to her feet, but Savannah quickly follows. She looks like she’s shaking out the cobwebs after that dropkick. Madison is grabbing onto Savannah’s arm and yanking her up to her feet…OH! Being in close quarters might have cost Madison there as Savannah suddenly strikes with a kneeling jawbreaker! Madison staggers backward! As soon as she’s steady on her feet, Savannah charges! A BEAUTIFUL tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown turns Madison inside out, and Savannah is starting to mount some offense here! Both girls get back to their feet, and Savannah hunches Madison over with a stiff knee to the midsection! She leaps up into the wheelbarrow hold…CASADORA BULLDOG SLAMS MADISON FACE-FIRST INTO THE CANVAS! Savannah rolls Madison over! She’s got the leg hooked!
Referee: ONEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO!
April Song: The offensive flurry of Savannah Sunshine was punctuated with a two-count! Madison and Savannah scramble to their feet, and Sunshine strikes first, swinging with a close-quarters clothesline! NO! Kaline ducks! Savannah turns back around and Madison swings for a roundhouse! IT MISSES! Savannah goes for a back elbow! KALINE SIDE STEPS IT! MADISON NAILS SUNSHINE WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK TO THE FACE! Sunshine flops backward and instinctively reaches out for the ropes, using them to try and pull herself to a vertical base! WATCH OUT! KALINE RUSHES IN WITH THE RUNNING BIG BOOT, SENDING SAVANNAH TUMBLING OVER THE TOP ROPE! SHE SMACKS INTO THE ARENA FLOOR WITH A SICKENING THUD! The official is peering over the top rope, checking on Savannah’s condition. She’s struggling to get to her feet but with her outside of the ring, he has no choice but to begin his count.
Referee: ONEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO!
Aria Jaxon: Look at Madison’s face, she’s getting impatient! She’s grabbing onto the top rope with both hands, looking on with eagle eyes as Miss Sunshine stumbles clumsily up to her feet!
Madison Kaline (off-mic): GET UP, SAVANNAH!
Referee: THREEEEEEE! FOURRRRRRRR!
April Song: MADISON FLIES! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY TO THE OUTSIDE!
Aria Jaxon: NAH! SHE’S CAUGHT! SAVANNAH CATCHES HER AND FLINGS HER BACK INTO THE BARRICADE WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM! MADISON FALLS TO THE ARENA FLOOR IN A CRUMPLED HEAP!
Referee: FIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! SIIIIIIIIIIX!
April Song: WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? I’M SURE THAT DISPLAY OF STRENGTH SURPRISED MADISON OUT OF NOWHERE, BUT I’M SHOCKED MYSELF! KALINE IS HARDLY STIRRING AS SAVANNAH STOOPS AND GRABS ONTO THE BELT OF HER TIGHTS!
Referee: SEVENNNNNN! EIIIIIIIIIGHT!
Aria Jaxon: SUNSHINE HEAVES KALINE UP ONTO THE RING APRON AND ROLLS HER UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE!
Referee: NIIIIIIIIIINE! TE–
April Song: SUNSHINE SLIDES UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE, JUST BARELY BEATING THE COUNT! SHE FLOPS INTO THE LATERAL PRESS!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO!
Aria Jaxon: MADISON KICKS OUT! She rolls onto her side, placing an agonized hand on her lower back, which you KNOW took the brunt of the hit in that fallaway slam. Savannah gets to a knee before dragging herself to her feet, glancing down at Madison before making her way to the corner. I wonder what she’s got planned? Miss Sunshine ascends the ropes. She’s perched on the top turnbuckle…WAIT! MADISON SURGES FORWARD! The Mistress of Death shook out the cobwebs just in time and stumbled into the corner, shaking the ropes and throwing Savannah off balance! She drops into a seated position on the top turnbuckle, albeit roughly. Watch out for Madison! She scales the ropes herself and hooks Savannah up…SUPERPLEX! HOLY HELL! SAVANNAH REARS UP TO A SEATED POSITION, PAIN ETCHED ACROSS HER FACE! MADISON HAD TO EXACERBATE HER OWN INJURED BACK JUST TO PULL OFF THAT SUPERPLEX! SHE CRAWLS OVER AND HOOKS THE LEG!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOOO!
April Song: Both women crashed down to the canvas with a tremendous amount of force, and Savannah still throws the shoulder up after two! Both women stagger to their feet…OH! Madison nails Savannah with a European uppercut! OW! Savannah responds with a strike of her own, clocking Madison with a NASTY elbow smash to the temple! Madison answers back with a straight right jab to Sunshine’s face! It throws Savannah off balance a bit but she recovers, nailing Madison with an overhand right! Now they’re exchanging a succession of hard strikes in the center of the ring! Savannah! Madison! Savannah! Madison! Kaline lands one, two, THREE unanswered European uppercuts, forcing Sunshine into the corner! Madison takes a few steps back and Savannah staggers forward…RIGHT INTO THE CLUTCHES OF THE WAITING MADISON! OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX FROM KALINE FLIPS SUNSHINE END OVER END! MADISON HURRIES INTO THE COVER!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO!
Aria Jaxon: NOPE! Savannah’s not done! Miss Sunshine forces herself up to a vertical base at sort of a slow pace…BUT MADISON IS KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON! SHE DOUBLES SAVANNAH OVER WITH A KICK TO THE RIBS! KALINE BACKS UP AND THEN RUSHES FORWARD! M.O.D! GODDAMN! A LEG DROP BULLDOG DROPS SAVANNAH INTO THE MAT RIGHT ON HER FACE! MADISON ROLLS HER OVER AND HOOKS THE LEG!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO! THR–
April Song: THERE’S ANOTHER KICKOUT FROM SUNSHINE! The offense from Kaline has been impressive, but the wherewithal of Savannah has been equally as impressive! Madison runs for the ropes as Sunshine is getting back up to her feet! Kaline rebounds off! Running hurricanrana incoming!
Aria Jaxon: OH SH*T! SAVANNAH CATCHES MADISON! SHE USES HER OWN MOMENTUM AGAINST HER AND CATCHES MADISON MID-HURRICANRANA, DROPPING HER DOWN INTO A SITOUT POWERBOMB! JEEEEEEESUS! THERE’S THE RANA PIN! THE OFFICIAL DROPS DOWN TO COUNT!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO! THR–
April Song: KALINE KICKS OUT! WE’RE NOT FINISHED!
Crowd: LET’S GO SUN-SHINE!
Aria Jaxon: THIS CROWD HERE IS SPLIT RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE, AND I’M NOT REALLY SURPRISED! BOTH OF THESE GIRLS HAVE BEEN GIVING IT THEIR ALL, AND NEITHER ONE WILL STAY DOWN! They’re both a little slow getting onto their feet now…MADISON MAKES THE FIRST MOVE! A knee to the midsection folds Savannah over! The former champ whips Double S into the ropes…she doesn’t hit them and come back! Savannah wisely loops her arms over the top rope! OH! Madison runs right into a double-knee strike from Sunshine, and she goes stumbling away! Savannah sizes her up, she takes off…RUNNING ENZUIGIRI, ON THE MONEY! MADISON’S BEEN DROPPED! SAVANNAH DROPS DOWN INTO THE COVER!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO! THR–
April Song: NOT QUITE! MADISON KICKS OUT ONCE MORE, AND THIS CROWD’S BEEN WHIPPED INTO A FRENZY! SAVANNAH’S BREATHING IS LABORED AS SHE LURCHES UP TO HER FEET! SHE’S WATCHING AS MADISON STUMBLES AS WELL, ONE HAND ON THE AFFLICTED AREA OF HER FACE! SAVANNAH TAKES THIS AS AN INVITATION TO CHARGE! BICYCLE KICK NAILS ITS TARGET!
Aria Jaxon: YOU SPOKE TOO SOON! SHE NARROWLY MISSES CERTAIN DISASTER AND DASHES TO THE ROPES BEHIND SAVANNAH! SHE REBOUNDS JUST AS SUNSHINE IS TURNING AROUND TO FACE HER! KALINE ROARS TOWARD SUNSHINE!
April Song: AAAAAAAAFTERLIFE! THAT PATENTED RUNNING LARIAT UPENDS SAVANNAH COMPLETELY! SHE COMES CRASHING DOWN ON HER NECK IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY! WITH WHAT MIGHT BE HER LAST GASP, MADISON FLOPS DOWN BESIDE HER, HOOKING BOTH LEGS! HERE’S THE COUNT!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOOO! THREEEEEEEE!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“This Could Be Anywhere in the World” hits once more to an enormous round of applause. After a couple of moments, Madison rolls away from the final pinfall. She drags herself up to a kneeling position, smiling broadly and throwing her hands up triumphantly before getting to her feet at last. The official raises her hand.)
Jasmine Peyton: HEEEEEERE IS YOUR WINNER…AND A FINALIST IN THE 2017 EMPRESS OF ELITE TOURNAMENT…MAAAAAAAADISON KAAAAAAAAAALINE!
Aria Jaxon: SHE DID IT! For the third time, Madison Kaline is going to the Empress of Elite finals, and after all it’s taken for her to get to this point, you gotta believe she’s determined to make the third time the charm and bring home the crown this time.
April Song: Madison has put away some of Empire’s best to punch herself yet another ticket to the finals. We’ll see if she can seal the deal come Manifest Destiny. In the meantime, she should take pride in this hard-fought victory. She’s not quite finished yet, but she should at least revel in how well she did tonight.
Aria Jaxon: Savannah’s journey in this year’s tournament might be over now, but this girl turned a lot of heads over the last number of weeks. She gave a former champion a run for her money tonight, and she’s got nothing to be ashamed of. Here’s to her realizing all of that potential as we go forward, and of course, best of luck to Madison in the finals!
( As Empire returns ‘Red Fraction’ by Mell starts to play from the speakers as Revy along with Daisy Thrash make their way to the ring, ignoring the mixed reactions from the EAW universe. As they both climb into the ring, they both stalker over to Jasmine Peyton; asking for her mic)
Jasmine Peyton: I’m sorry but we’re about to have a match and—
Revy(off mic): I don’t give a shit, get out of the ring.
Daisy(off mic): Yeah you heard her, get lost!
(Rolling her eyes, Jasmine Peyton hands the mic over to Revy and leaves the ring. Revy and Daisy turn to look at the ramp. Revy starts speaks into the mic but before she can get any words out, ‘Boss’ Daughter’ by POP Evil begins to play. Tarah walks out to the stage with a mic in hand; looking rather annoyed.)
Aria: Look, Tarah is here to save the day and stop them from every ruined Empire.
April: thank god too. I rather not hear the bullshit from those two losers today. I want the match that was gonna happen before we were rudely interrupted.
Tarah: Alright, I’m shutting this sh*t down before it even gets started. Revy, Daisy; out of my ring. We have a show going on, Ladies and I rather not keep the EAW universe waiting for it.
(The EAW universe cheers for Tarah before Revy starts to speak)
Revy: Sorry but no can do, GM. I’m—We’re out here for a reason and that is for YOU to notice us.
Tarah(chuckling): Notice you girls? Am I Senpai Nova now? Revy, I have noticed you. The both of you. And at the moment I’m noticing that the two of you are being a pain in my ass right now.
Revy: Is that so, Nova? Okay, we’ll leave as soon as you give us what we want.
(The camera shows Daisy nodding her head as Revy speaks.)
Tarah: Give you what you want? Revy…Do you know what I was doing before you two walked out here acting like to wiseasses? I was signing two girls to the roster. I was doing my job.
Revy: Good for you. Now you can ‘Do your job’ and give us a match at Manfest Destiny.
Tarah: Against each other?
(Daisy grabs the mic from Revy’s hand)
Revy(off Mic): Hey!
Daisy: Yes, sure! That would be fine by us. We just wann–
Daisy: No? I-I don’t understand! It’s our right as Female Elitists to fight and–
Tarah: And it’s my RIGHT as the GM of Empire to say ‘no’ when I think an idea is a stupid ass one.
(The crowd starts to cheer and laugh at the comment while Daisy and Revy glare up at Tarah Nova.)
Aria: Ya know…You can’t get anymore Blunt than Tarah Nova, ladies and gentlemen.
April: You can say that again, Aria. Tarah isn’t going to let being a GM stop her from saying whats up.
Tarah: No, I have a better idea, ladies. How about this for size: I’ll give you girls your match at Manfest Destiny—
Daisy: Ready!? Thank you–
Tarah: But it’s going to be a Tag Match! And I know the two for the job against you two. First up please Welcome to the Empire Roster: Sydney St. Clair
(Suddenly, “Weatherman” by Dead Sara begins to erupt all around the arena as a Sydney St. Clair comes bursting from the backstage area. Sydney quickly runs to one side of the stage to another, getting a rather large pop from the fans. Once she’s done, Sydney makes her way over to Tarah Nova, shaking her hand.)
April: Who the hell is—
Aria: OH! I’ve heard of her before! Sydney St. Clair is a newly graduate from Madam Vega’s Wrestling School for Girls!
April: Wait…isn’t that where Tarah trained?
Aria: Yeah it is. So you know this girl is a legend in the making!
Tarah: And her Tag Team partner, making her way BACK to the Empire Family!
Aria: Did she say back?
April: Someone is returning!? I wonder who it could be—
(“Studio” by ScHoolboy Q & BJ The Chicago Kid begins to play)
April: What!? It can’t be!
Aria: It is, April!! It’s Megan Raine!
(On que Megan Raine is seen walking out onto the Stage with a rather large smirk on her lips, staring down Revy and Daisy. The EAW universe cheers for her. Megan looks over at Tarah and Sydney, nodding her head. Revy rips the mic outta Daisy’s hand.)
Revy: WAIT CUT THE MUSIC! CUT IT NOW!
(The music fades out as Tarah, Megan and Sydney all look at the ring.)
Revy: YOU CAN’T DO THAT! YOU CAN’T JUST–
Tarah: I can Revy and I will! YOU two wanted a match and goddamn, you’re getting one! So at Manifest Destiny it will be the Team of Megan Raine and Sydney St. Clair VS Revy and Daisy Thrash! Now you two get the hell out of my ring!
(The EAW universe cheers loudly as Tarah smirks at the two in the ring just before ‘Boss’s Daughter’ by POP Evil starts up again.)
April: Well you heard it here first, everyone! The returning Megan Raine and The new girl Sydney St. Clair VS the Team of Revy and Daisy Thrash Next week at Manifest Destiny!
Aria: Yes and let me be the first to say, that’s going to be one hell of a debut match for Sydney Dt. Clair. I personally can’t wait to see her and Revy go at it!!
(The camera pans around the arena, showing the off the Alliant Energy Center and all the fans inside it just before..)
Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL…
Crowd: ONE FALL!
(“True Impact” by Halozy hits the PA System as Azumi Goto emerges from behind the curtains, looking over the masses before making her way down the ramp to the ring.)
Jasmine Peyton: Introducing first, from Yonabaru, Okinawa, Japan, weighing in at 127 pounds… The Ace of Empire!!! AZUMI!!! GOTO!!!
Aria Jaxon: That nickname is starting to get on my nerves. She has the audacity to call herself that despite not holding this World Women’s Championship?
April Song: Perhaps it’s just confidence, after all, she is the next in line to face you for that title after handing in her Control in the Vault briefcase to Tarah last week.
Aria Jaxon: Tarah didn’t seem too confident in Azumi’s abilities to beat me, but i’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and see what she can do tonight against her opponent.
(Azumi stands in her corner, slouching against the turnbuckles in an arrogant fashion as “’This is why we bleed’ by Leader hits the PA system as Vexx Monroe walks to the ring.)
Jasmine Peyton: Introducing first, from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, weighing in tonight at 130 pounds! Vexx!!! Monroe!!!
Aria Jaxon: Vexx Monroe is looking to bounce back from a first round elimination from the tournament tonight. She cuts an imposing figure, but she hasn’t earned a lot of victories since she came to Empire.
April Song: Imagine the rebound it would be if she beats the Number 1 contender for the Women’s World Championship tonight? An opportunity of her own could be in the near future.
Aria Jaxon: Don’t get too ahead of yourself, April. Let’s see what she can do here first, and even see if she can beat Azumi.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
April Song: Vexx comes sprinting out of the gate with a Big Boot attempt, and Azumi just swats it way! Vexx may be showing some frustration from her tournament loss and is attempting to take it out on Azumi, but she’s being incredibly reckless. Azumi takes advantage, wrapping her arms around the waist of Vexx, looking for a German Suplex!
Aria Jaxon: Vexx firmly plants her feet into the mat, refusing to be tossed over and swings her elbow into the side of Azumi’s head, forcing her to break her grip! Vexx looking for another attempt at the big boot as she runs off the ropes but EATS A BIG YAKUZA KICK FROM AZUMI INSTEAD! Vexx is on the ground clutching at her mouth! She could’ve lost a tooth from that impact!
April Song: Azumi is shaking her head as she looks down at Vexx Monroe, almost as if this is too easy for her. She’s not wasting much time though, running off the ropes herself and launching herself into the air CRASHING DOWN ON VEXX WITH A BIG SENTON! THAT COULD HAVE KNOCKED THE WIND RIGHT OUT OF HER!
Aria Jaxon: Azumi going in for the cover, laid on top of Vexx with very little concern for a kickout.
Aria Jaxon: Vexx Monroe gets the shoulder off the mat and Azumi looks very tongue in cheek about it. Gonna take a bit more to put down for the three count than she thought. Azumi props Vexx up into the seated position as she takes a few steps back. She runs in and swings with the Penalty Kick!
April Song: Vexx catches Azumi’s kick on her chest as she climbs back to her feet! Azumi on one leg as Vexx refuses to let go, pulling her in for a big short arm clothesline that sends Azumi down to the mat with a hard thud!
Aria Jaxon: She still hasn’t let go of Azumi’s leg! Vexx wraps the legs of Azumi around her neck as she DEADLIFTS HER IN THE AIR AND DROPS HER DOWN HARD WITH A POWERBOMB! SOME SERIOUS STRENGTH FROM VEXX MONROE!
April Song: Doesn’t seem like she’s going to capitalize on it though! Vexx is instead backing herself up into the corner as she eyes down Azumi. She’s licking her chops as she waits for Azumi to get to her feet! Azumi stumbles to her feet! Here comes Vexx for the spear!!
Aria Jaxon: Kamigoye!! Azumi quickly reacts with a bicycle knee right to the skull of Vexx, dropping her into the mat in a heap! All of Vexx’s momentum collided with a stiff knee to her head and she’s out like a light!
April Song: Azumi isn’t going for the cover, she’s looking right at you Aria as she’s grapevining Vexx’s legs! She’s pointing at you! She’s going to make a statement, a preview of what you might have to expect Aria! She bridges back for the Shoryu Kekkai! Getting that Muta Lock applied and Vexx immediately has to tap out to the hold!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“True Impact” by Halozy hits the PA System as Azumi takes some liberties in releasing the hold before breaking her grip and stands up, having her arm raised by the referee as she looks straight in Aria’s direction.)
Jasmine Peyton: Here is your winner, by submission… AZUMI!!! GOTO!!!
Aria Jaxon: Alright, Azumi. I see you. That was impressive, I’ll give you that.
April Song: Azumi making quick work of Vexx Monroe tonight, and it looks like she is sending you a message, that you should be taking her as a serious challenger.
Aria Jaxon: Well messaged received. When she faces me for the championship at Manifest Destiny, she should step to me with caution. This isn’t going to be as easy as she thinks it’s going to be.
(Azumi stands in the ring, gesturing that the title will soon be around her waist as we cut to a commercial break.)
(A commercial for NEW Empire Merch on ShopEAW.com such as Madison Kaline’s ‘Mistress Of Death’ T-Shirt and a Women’s Championship Replica Title signed by Aria Jaxon herself is shown.)
(The Camera fades back in as “Rosenkreutz” by Ayasa is playing from the speakers with none other than Haruna Sakazaki standing in the ring with a mic in hand. She looks out at the EAW universe, listening to the mix of cheers and boos coming from them.)
Haruna: Hello EAW, I am Sakazaki Haruna and I have returned to Thursday Night EMPIRE!!
(More mixed cheers echo all around her)
Haruna: Now before I get down to the business at hand, I need Tarah to come out and hear what I have to say to her especially.
Aria: …She’s calling Tarah out here? Did she soak up too much sun while she was away?
April: I don’t know, Aria but judging by the look on Haruna’s face. She’s not playing around. She wants Tarah out here and we BOTH know Tarah will be out here any minute–
(Suddenly ‘Boss’ Daughter’ by POP Evil erupts from the loudspeakers; getting a huge pop from the EAW universe. After a few moment, GM Tarah Nova walks out in her usual Black jeans, boots and Leather Jacket on with a mic in hand.)
Aria: And right on que, there she is! Our GM of Empire: Ms. Tarah Jay Nova!
April: Yeah and talking about looks; Tarah’s is nothing but normal for her. The smirk of the Devil herself, I say. She’s probably not taking this as seriously as she should be.
Aria: Can you blame her? It’s Haruna we’re talking about, April. I wouldn’t be taking it seriously either if I was just called out by someone like her.
(Tarah slowly climbs into the ring as Haruna watches her like a hawk watching it prey. The smirk on Tarah’s lips only grow more as she meets Haruna’s eyes.)
Tarah: Okay, Honda. I’m out here, what do you need to say.
Tarah: No? What–
Haruna: You don’t speak, Nova. Nothing from you UNTIL I say.
(The EAW universe boo Haruna but Tarah only shakes her head, crossing her arms over her chest as she mouths the words ‘Aright’.)
Aria: I can’t…Why isn’t Tarah…
April: Tarah is being smart for once, Aria. Staying quiet. Being level headed. She’s calm…which is odd but lets just hope for Haruna’s sake she doesn’t say anything that triggers Tarah.
Aria: Yeah..I guess you’re right…but a part of me is ready to see Tarah pop off.
(Haruna looks straight at Tarah, ignoring all the booing around her as she begins to speak)
Haruna: Nova…For as long as I can remember, you have walked around this company like you owned it. You claimed yourself as the sole creator of the Women’s Division when others helped as well. You pushed and bullied everyone to get what you want and ruined it for everyone if you didn’t get it right away. You think you are such an amazing icon when you are nothing but a bully and a monster.
(Tarah chuckles as she unfolds her arms and starts to bring the mic to her lips but quickly, Haruna rips the mic from her hand; throwing it across the ring. The EAW universe start to boo louder.)
Haruna: I DID NOT SAY YOU COULD SPEAK YET!
Aria(Starts taking earrings out): I’m going to kill her—
April: Oh no you don’t, Aria! Sit down!
Aria: But she just—
Haruna: YOU, FOR YEARS RUINED ME! YOU STEPPED IN MY WAY! YOU ALWAYS BLOCKED ME FROM MY DREAMS! THE VIXENS CHAMPIONSHIP! THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS! AND NOW THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP! YOU HAVE BEEN IN MY WAY SINCE THE DAY I CAME TO EAW! YEAR AFTER YEAR, YOU PICK ON ME! YOU SINGLE ME OUT! YOU, TARAH NOVA, IS THE REASON WHY I AM IN THE SPOT I AM IN IN THE DIVISION–
(Suddenly, Tarah rips the mic out of Haruna’s hands; earning cheers from the EAW universe)
April: …Oh No…
Aria: Oh yes.
Tarah: Wait. Timeout. Are you kidding me right now, Honda? Are you really going to stand here in front of the EAW universe and BLAME ME for all your downfalls!? Really? Honda, I didn’t ruin you; YOU ruined yourself and everyone knows it. You walked into this company, believing you were hot sh*t. YOU stepped into my ring at Fighting Spirit with a chip on your shoulder and LOST! Why? Because that night, I was better than you AND ever since then, you have come up with this twisted fantasy that I wanted to ruin your career!
(Haruna picks up the mic she threw to the ground a few minutes before and steps closer to Tarah)
Haruna: BUT it’s not a fantasy! YOU DO! YOU ALWAYS HATED ME!
Tarah: Yeah I do but I’m not going to go OUT OF MY WAY TO RUIN SOMEONE’S CAREER!
Haruna: BULLSH*T, NOVA! YOU COULD’VE PINNED ANYONE ELSE AT PAIN FOR PRIDE 8 BUT YOU PINNED ME! YOU ALWAYS WERE THE ONE THAT BROKE MY DREAMS OF BEING A CHAMPION! YOU PLOTTED AGAINST ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! EVEN AS THE SPECIALIST CHAMP-
Tarah: DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF! I WASN’T EVEN HERE WHEN YOU WERE CHAMPION!
Haruna: YES BUT IT HAD TO BE YOUR EX BEST FRIEND THAT BEAT ME! EVERYTHING I DO, YOU ARE APART OF IT; DRAGGING ME DOWN AND I AM SICK OF IT! DO YOU HEAR ME?!
(Suddenly Tarah starts to laugh into the mic, only making Haruna more anger by the second.)
Haruna: WHY ARE YOU LAUGH!?
Tarah: I’m laughing Because of you, Honda. See, I find this all fun as hell. You actually have this idea burnt in you mind that I have a vendetta against you when in reality, I don’t care two sh*ts about you. Look at all the things you brought up and said I ruined for you: At Fighting Spirit, It wasn’t your time to be Champion: You were new and I deserved that win. Than for some ODD reason you still bring it up after two years but at Pain for Pride 8, you simply were in the wrong place at the wrong time and I pinned you. The Specialist Championship? Tag Team titles? You lost those all on your own. I didn’t go out of my way to do ANYTHING to you but okay. Continue to stand here and play the victim card because honestly you’re so good at it; you ALMOST got me to believe you that I, myself was such a horrible person.
April: Listening to these to makes me cringe, Aria. Its three years of history between them. All the stories. The Dark vs Light between them but in the end, it seems that Tarah is the one standing tall.
Aria: Like you said earlier, She’s gotten calm about this but yeah; I’ve heard all about these stories. From more than one person too but I never thought it would find a way out of the shadows like it has now. Haruna has opened Pandora’s box when it comes to Tarah and I don’t think she can close it this time.
April: And truthfully, Aria, I don’t think she wants to either.
(Tarah shakes her head slowly, stepping closer to Haruna.)
Tarah: Answer me this: Why did you even call me out here, huh? Why bring all this sh*t up between us? Why now? Is it because I jokingly fired you my first night as GM? Was it because I suspended you for SLAPPING me? Come on now, Honda, it’s been WEEKS; MONTHS even. Why hold onto it this long, huh? Why don’t you just stop whining and suck it up–
Aria: GOD DAMN!
April: GODDAMN IS RIGHT! DID YOU HEAR THAT SLAP TO THE FACE OF OUR GM TARAH NOVA! HOLY HELL, THAT THING ECHOED THROUGHOUT THIS ARENA! It snapped her head to the side like it was nothing!
(Tarah slowly rubs her cheek as Haruna starts to scream in japanese at her, growling as she does. After a moment, Tarah looks at Haruna, who starts to push Tarah which angers her more and more with each push.)
Aria: Come on! Fight back, Tarah. Don’t let HONDA PUSH YOU AROUND!
April: Whoa, calm down, Aria! You know Tarah isn’t going to do anything about this! She’s a GM now. Not a Wrestler.
Aria: GM or not, I know Tarah Nova like the back of my hand. She’s not going to let—
April: OH! A HARD FOREARM SMASH TO THE FACE OF HARUNA SAKAZAKI! HARUNA STUMBLES BACK AND THE LOOK OF PURE SHOCK HITS HER FACE WHILE TARAH JUST GLARES AT HER!!
Aria: SEE!! WHAT :clap: DID :clap: I :clap: SAY!! TARAH IS GONNA FIGHT! GO TARAH GO!! THROW ANOTHER FOREARM INTO THAT UGLY MUG!
(Tarah stands there, looking at Haruna as it’s Haruna’s turn to hold her cheek. Slowly though, Tarah shakes her head again; turning her back on Haruna to leave the ring)
Tarah(off Mic): Ya know what…You’re not worth my time, Honda…
April: Well I am completely shocked that Tarah Nova is walking away from Haruna Sakazaki like that. Aria…there is no words for what we are seeing right now–WAIT!
Aria: HELL NO! HARUNA JUST GRABBED TARAH, SPUN HER AROUND AND THREW HER TO THE ROPES! SHE DIDN’T WANT TO LET TARAH WALK OUT ON HER, NO! SHE PLANS ON THROWING HER OUT OF THE RING INSTEAD!!! OH! YES! SHE BACKFIRES AS TARAH HOOKS HER ARMS TO THE TOP ROPE; STOPPING HERSELF FROM SPILLING OUT OF THE RING.
April: BUT HERE COMES HARUNA WITH ANGER IN HER EYES AND A CLOTHESLINE TO SEND TARAH OUTTA THE RING WITH!
Aria: WAIT, APRIL! TARAH PUSHED OFF THE ROPES JUST IN TIME TO DUCK UNDER HARUNA’S CLOTHESLINE!! NOW HARUNA IS THE ONE CATCHING THE ROPES WITH HER ARM, STOPPING HERSELF. JUST LISTEN TO HARUNA LETTING OUT A FRUSTRATED YELL BEFORE SHE TURNS AROUND AND-
April: ETHER!!! SHADES OF HER BOYFRIEND IS SHOWN AS THAT BIG BOOT CONNECTS TO THE FACE OF HARUNA SAKAZAKI, SENDING HER TUMBLING OVER THE TOP ROPE AND ONTO THE ARENA FLOOR!!! NOW I DON’T KNOW IF THE FANS ARE CHANTING FOR MORE OR “MOORE” BUT THEY ARE LOVING THIS!
Aria: YES! Of course they are but more importantly so am I!! See if there is ONE RULE on Empire it’s DON’T MESS WITH GM TARAH NOVA! God! Just look at the fire in my Harls’ eyes! I haven’t seen that look since Pain for Pride 10!!
(Tarah quickly walks back over to pick up on of the Mic from the Mat; which makes the crowd in Alliant Energy Center scream and cheer louder. Tarah moves back to the ropes, glaring down at Haruna, who is sitting with her back against the battercade.)
Tarah: YOU KNOW WHAT HARUNA!! I AM DONE wasting my time with the likes of you. If you want this ‘WAR’ that you believe we have still raging between us to end than SO BE IT!
April: Wait…WAIT!!! DOES THIS MEAN WHAT I THINK IT MEANS!!
Aria: GOD I hope so!! TARAH NOVA IS WRESTLING AGAIN!!!!!!
Tarah: At Manifest Destiny; it’s gonna be YOU vs ME in a match to end EVERYTHING BETWEEN US! AFTER THIS; NO MORE WHINING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PAST! NO MORE POINTING FINGERS AT EVERYONE!! WE ARE ENDING THIS BULLSH*T WITH A LAST RIDE MATCH, HONDA!
(The EAW universe break out in an ear shattering cheers at the news as Tarah throws the mic down to where Haruna is sitting just before ‘Boss’s Daughter’ by POP Evil begins to play throughout the speakers again. The Camera shows the shocked look on Haruna’s face before showing Tarah already out of the ring and backing up the ramp.)
Aria: WHAT NEWS! THE SHOCK COLLAR OF EMPIRE! THE INMATE INCHARGE: TARAH NOVA IS GOING TO BE FIGHTING THE SILVER LINING: HARUNA SAKAZAKI IN ONE LAST MATCH! A LAST RIDE MATCH!
April: I know! Like I said: It’s THREE years in the making! Three years of Shade and Hate among the both of them! It’s going to be a bloodbath at Manfest Destiny for these two and hopefully it will all end once and for all.
(The Camera fades to black, queuing a commercial break)
Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is scheduled for…
Crowd: ONE FALL!!!
Jasmine: And is your main event of the evening!!!
(The camera rushes up to the ramp as “Kill Jill” by Big Boi begins. The crowd begins to cheer loudly, stomping their feet to the music before Stephanie Matsuda rushes out to the entrance ramp to a thunderous ovation. She surveys the crowd with a grin, nodding her head before turning around so that they can get a look at her new ring gear. Written in Golden Font on the back of her jacket read the words: NAZI SLAYER and etched along the arms of her jacket rest the words Dream Killer Kryptonite. She nods to the audience before racing to the ring, sliding under the bottom ropes and popping up to a stand to another cheer by the audience.)
Jasmine: Introducing first! From Brooklyn, New York! She is the War Queen!!! Stephanie “Cloud” Matsuda!!!
Aria: LET’S GET IT BABY!!! YOU ARE DOING SO GOOD!
April: Cloud has been on fire lately, not only surviving the first two rounds of this tournament, but also retiring the two that she was going up against. And those two were no slouches either, she saw tough competition, going up against both Sheridan and Cailin Dillon, but she outlasted them both. Now she has to get through a former sister in Alexis Diemos, to reach that final stop. And from that look on her face, I think that she’s more than ready to try.
Aria: Cloud is a fighter above anything else. She had one of the better Specialist Title reigns in recent memory, and is a bonafide contender for either the Specialist or Women’s title at this rate. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her win here tonight.
(The lights dim out as the titantron comes alive, a smiling face carving onto the screen before it is covered in black ink. The sound of distorted electronic laughter fills the screen to follow up before “Halo on Fire” by Metallica begins. Crawling from the entrance ramp, Alexis Diemos makes her presence known, her entire makeup reminiscent of black paint simply dripping onto the body in giant clumps, coating her aside from the red streaks along her eyes and the white facepaint that shines underneath it. The audience lets out a mixed reaction as she rises to her feet, screaming to the sky.)
Jasmine: And her opponent! From Phoenix, Arizona! She is The Black Bride! Alexis!!! Diemos!!!
April: Why do people choose to have such theatric displays in EAW, you aren’t impressing anyone.
Aria: Look, just because you’re boring doesn’t mean anything. Alexis has been a wrestler in EAW for around 2 years now. She’s come close to winning the Women’s Championship before that, and has held her own in most circumstances similar, but this is far as she has ever gotten in an Empress of Elite. And, if her latest statements have been any indication, she intends on making it all the way.
April: Everyone intends to make it all the way in a tournament, that means nothing. But I can agree with you on some sense. She has pushed harder than I have seen in recent memory, and here she is now, facing off against a former sister.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Aria: Well, the bell sounds, so this match is officially underway. Don’t forget, the last time these two faced off in a one on one situation, Cloud and Alexis beat each other bloody in a Devil’s Pit match. That has to be in the back of Cloud’s mind, Alexis is not going to hold anything back in a match like this. Alexis still on all fours in the ring, just watching Cloud. Cloud advancing and Alexis glides along the floor, tilting her head like an animal. Cloud just rushing her now and Alexis dodges a very powerful stomp to the floor as Cloud urges her to get up.
April: Cloud looking ready to kill her here tonight, and she shoots for another stomp. Alexis sliding away from this one now and shoots up, driving her shoulder into Cloud’s stomach. Cloud throwing hard hammer fists onto the back of Alexis, who responds with a european uppercut of her own! Painful uppercut knocking Cloud back, and Alexis rushes at Cloud again, throwing forearms right into the nose. Cloud stunned only momentarily and throws hard forearms of her own, that stagger her! Alexis moving backwards and Cloud racing ahead to take her out, HARD KNEE RIGHT TO THE NOSE OF ALEXIS WHO FALLS AGAINST THE ROPES!!! AND CLOUD KEEPING THE OFFENSE GOING, WITH A BOXING RUSH BARRAGE OF STRIKES! Alexis unable to defend herself, and the ref having to get involved, pushing Cloud back to keep her from Alexis.
Aria: No matter how much these two want to tear each other apart, there are rules in place. Alexis getting a breather on the ropes for a moment as Cloud grabs her arm. Irish whip to the other side of the ring, Alexis flying back to meet Cloud, CLOUD CATCHING HER IN A TILT A WHIRL! ALEXIS HANGS ONTO THE HEAD OF CLOUD!!! LANDS ON HER FEET AND GOING FOR A NECKBREAKER BUT A REVERSAL BY CLOUD WHO FIGHTS OUT OF IT…DIRECTLY INTO A LARIAT BY ALEXIS WHICH SENDS HER TO THE GROUND!
April: Again, these two know each other so well. These two trained together, lived together, basically anything that these two do to each other, they have probably done before. Alexis quick to go into a mount, throwing hard punches to the skull of Cloud who shoves her off. Cloud getting up to her feet as quick as she can, as Alexis starts to stand, but Cloud is just fast enough to deliver a hard kick right to the spine of Alexis! Alexis falling back face first onto the mat and Cloud grabbing at the legs of Alexis, dragging her all the way to the corner. Cloud moving to the outside, taking Alexis legs with her…wrapping it around the ring post.
Aria: Wait. Cloud think about this real fast! You can’t win using this! CLOUD WITH A FIGURE FOUR AROUND THE RING POST AS ALEXIS SCREAMS IN AGONY! THE REF STARTING THE COUNT AS CLOUD REELS BACK AS HARD AS SHE CAN, TRYING TO TEAR THE LIGAMENTS OF ALEXIS BEFORE BEING FORCED TO RELEASE THE HOLD!!! Alexis crawling away from the corner now, holding her right leg especially as Cloud quickly slides back into the ring. Cloud with a laser focus on that leg, stomping directly onto the right leg of Alexis and putting as much pressure as she can on it! Alexis again screaming in sheer agony here, as she tries to scrabble away, but Cloud keeping the pressure on that leg. Cloud lifting up her foot, going for another stomp but Alexis moves her leg out of the way! Cloud hitting her foot onto the mat, and Alexis using a drop toe hold to take her to the ground! Alexis moving quickly to mount on Cloud’s back, and going right into a rear naked choke!!! REELING BACK AND NOW THE HOLD IS LOCKED IN PERFECTLY!! REAR NAKED CHOKE APPLIED TO CLOUD, WHO IS STRUGGLING FOR BREATH HERE!!! CLOUD TRYING TO GET IN ELBOWS ONTO ALEXIS, BUT ALEXIS WISELY CURLING HERSELF AWAY FROM THE STRIKES!!! CLOUD SWINGING HER BODY WITH THESE ELBOWS…AND GETS HERSELF ONTO HER HANDS AND KNEES, BUT ALEXIS IS STILL KEEPING THAT CHOKE LOCKED IN!!! CLOUD THOUGH, ALREADY GETTING UP TO HER FEET, STRUGGLING…AND SWINGS ALEXIS SIDEWAYS!!! BACKBREAKER BY CLOUD USING THE MOMENTUM AND ALEXIS FALLS TO THE GROUND WITH A HARD THUD!!! CLOUD WITH THE COVER!!!
KICKOUT AT TWO!!!
April: What a way to swing the momentum to your own side! A devastating backbreaker by Cloud to break a submission attempt, and it has cost Alexis some of her own momentum. Cloud checking her throat, making sure that no severe damage was done, before Cloud drags Alexis up to her feet. Cloud with an open palm slap right to the jaw of Alexis, following it up with another, and another, and now just laying into her with these chops. Alexis dropping down to one knee, but Cloud shakes her head and pulls her back up, delivering a few more of those hard strikes and one final hard elbow right into the jaw! Alexis sent staggering back, rebounding off the ropes, AND CLOUD DOESN’T WAIT FOR HER TO COME BACK!!! CLOUD SIMPLY RUSHING RIGHT FOR ALEXIS AND IMPACTS WITH A HUGE FLYING FOREARM RIGHT INTO THE JAW! Alexis staggering and wandering almost drunkenly around the ring as Cloud watches her…and there she goes. Alexis toppling straight to the floor as Cloud looks down at her. Cloud kicking the lifeless body, which…good she’s stirring. Cloud didn’t kill her, that’s a good sign at least.
Aria: Cloud shaking her head as she drags Alexis back up to her feet, propping her against the ropes again before running them herself! Cloud flying back and delivering a hard knee to the stomach of Alexis. Cloud rebounding off the ropes for another one, but Alexis follows her!!! CLOUD OFF THE ROPES, DIRECTLY INTO A HUGE DROPKICK RIGHT INTO THE JAW BY ALEXIS!!! Alexis dropping down quickly and shoots for a cover, hooking the leg of Cloud!
Hard kickout by Cloud, and Alexis rolls away from her, creating some breathing room between the two. Alexis checking her leg, trying to get the muscle to relax in her calf. And now we see the instint of Alexis coming into play. What a lot of people don’t remember is that she is a genuine ring veteran here in EAW, she has been on the roster longer than Brody, or Cloud, hell even me. She knows how to handle herself in the ring.
April: Yeah, but those veteran instincts need to give you a win, which is what she is severely lacking in the big match department. And Cloud has been on fire lately. Cloud starting to rise to her feet, checking her jaw as Alexis gets to her own feet, stretching out that leg. Cloud glaring towards Alexis, and heads to her, and Alexis doing the same. Cloud with a hard slap to the jaw of Alexis, but Alexis shrugging it off and goes straight nose to nose with Cloud. Cloud and Alexis now, glaring towards one another and Cloud pushes Alexis away. Alexis sliding on the floor and moves back, again rushing to that nose to nose position. Cloud with another hard shove and SHOOTS FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK AS ALEXIS JUMPS UP! ALEXIS DUCKING THE KICK, AND CLOUD GOING FOR A LOW KICK BUT ALEXIS WITH A JUMP TO AVOID IT! ALEXIS SWINGING HER OWN LEG FOR A ROUNDHOUSE AND CLOUD MATRIX DODGING THAT AND GOING FOR A SUPERKICK! DODGE BY ALEXIS WHO SWINGS WITH A RIGHT! CLOUD SWINGING AS WELL AND BOTH GIRLS CATCHING EACH OTHER WITH HARD RIGHT HANDS! AND AGAIN WITH ANOTHER RIGHT! ALEXIS GETTING THE BETTER OF THE EXCHANGE, DELIVERING ANOTHER RIGHT HAND AND SHOOTING FOR A THIRD! CLOUD DODGES THE STRIKE AND GRABS AT ALEXIS LEFT ARM, HOOKING HER UP! Cloud possibly looking for a Short Arm lariat here! Ripcords Alexis out…quick lick of the palm and TREMENDOUS OPEN PALM SLAP TO THE FACE OF ALEXIS!
Aria: WE CALL THAT A B*TCHMAKER!!! JESUS CHRIST! Alexis dropping down to a knee and Cloud keeping hold of the arm! TUGGING HER FACE FIRST RIGHT INTO A HARD KNEE INTO THE CENTER OF THE SKULL OF ALEXIS! ALEXIS DROPPING BACKWARDS AND CLOUD SHOOTING FOR THE COVER HERE!
KICKOUT AT TWO BY ALEXIS! WOW! Cloud sitting up in disbelief, shaking her head at the sheer resilience on display by Alexis here. Cloud with a sigh, dragging Alexis back up to her knees, going for a second knee. Cloud this time with a yell to the crowd, BUT THAT’S ENOUGH TIME FOR ALEXIS TO WAKE UP!!! ALEXIS WITH A SHOOTING HEADBUTT RIGHT TO THE CHIN OF CLOUD! CLOUD STAGGERED AND ALEXIS FREEING HER HAND, ROTATING…DISCUS ELBOW TO THE FOREHEAD OF CLOUD!!! HUGE ELBOW BY ALEXIS AND ONCE AGAIN THIS MATCH HAS BEEN MOVED FROM FIRMLY IN CLOUD’S CORNER TO A DEAD EVEN STALEMATE!
April: Alexis has taken a lot of punishment lately, but no matter what she still stays on her feet. Rocking side to side, and clutching her head in agony, but on her feet nonetheless. Alexis watching as Cloud crawls to the corner, looking to pull herself up…BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO MATTER! ALEXIS LETTING OUT A PSYCHOTIC SHRIEK OF LAUGHTER AND RACING STRAIGHT TOWARDS CLOUD!!! RUNNING BRONCO BUSTER!!! “AND SHE LAUGHS” CONNECTS!!! WAIT! CLOUD HANGING ONTO ALEXIS LEGS!!! Alexis too winded to fight out of it…and Cloud is actually getting to her feet, lifting up Alexis entire body weight onto her shoulders…POWERBOMB POSITION INCOMING!!! CLOUD LIFTING ALEXIS HIGH INTO THE AIR!!! ALEXIS TWISTING IN THE CLUTCHES AND DROPS HER WEIGHT DOWN!!!! INVERTED FRANKENSTEINER!!!! INVERTED FRANKENSTEINER!!! WHITE LULLABY CONNECTS BY ALEXIS AND CLOUD ROLLS OUT OF THE RING AS ALEXIS LAYS ON THE MAT, EXHAUSTED!!! WHAT A REVERSAL OF FORTUNES!!!
Aria: These two are throwing big move after big move at each other! Alexis throwing as hard of strikes as she can at Cloud, who is doing the same! Cloud staggering on the outside, trying to pull herself to the feet. Big cut right now on her forehead, probably from that elbow, and she’s bleeding pretty badly here. Alexis getting to her feet on the inside of the ring, staring over at Cloud on the outside. The twisted machine that is the Matriarch’s mind firing now…Alexis seeing her chance. Alexis running the ropes, going for an outside dive!!! SUICIDE DI-NO!!!! CLOUD CATCHING ALEXIS RIGHT ON THE TOP OF THE HEAD WITH A LEAPING CORKSCREW KICK!!!! ALEXIS REBOUNDING BACK INTO THE RING WITH A DULL THUD AND NOW CLOUD IS BACK IN THE GAME!!! CLOUD FEELING THE ENERGY OF THE CROWD, FEELING THEM URGE HER ON!!! GETTING TO HER FEET AS QUICKLY AS SHE CAN AND HEADING BACK ONTO THE APRON! CLOUD SCALING UP TO THE TOP ROPE, FEELING THE ENERGY!!! THE SKY PRINCESS IS BACK IN ACTION!!! MOTIONING FOR THE CORKSCREW…CAN SHE NAIL IT?! CAN SHE NAIL IT?! CLOUD LEAPS!!! CORKSCREW MOONSAULT!!!
April: ALEXIS TWISTING HER BODY, AND CATCHING CLOUD IN A TRIANGLE CHOKE!!! TRIANGLE CHOKE BY ALEXIS AS CLOUD LANDED WITH A HARD THUD ONTO THE MAT!!! AIR ALREADY KNOCKED OUT OF HER!!! ALEXIS DOESN’T GO FOR SUBMISSIONS VERY OFTEN, BUT THIS ONE IS CINCHED IN HARD!!! BOTH WOMEN BLEEDING PROFUSELY AS ALEXIS REELS BACK AS HARD AS SHE CAN, PUTTING AS MUCH PRESSURE ON THE NECK AS HER LEG CAN MUSTER!!!
Aria: But don’t count out Cloud just yet April! Cloud is fighting into a better position, struggling to make it there! Cloud…CLOUD MANAGES IT!!! CLOUD FORCING ALEXIS SHOULDERS DOWN!!!
April: Cloud’s starting to fade!!
Aria: COME ON COME ON!!!
Ref/April: THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE/ SHE TAPS!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Jasmine: HERE’S YOUR WINNER —
Aria: CLOUD DID IT! CLOUD DID IT!!!
April: NO! NO! CLOUD TAPPED OUT! CLOUD TAPPED OUT!!!
(The camera moves to the referee, who is speaking to the ring announcer as Alexis and Cloud begin to struggle to their feet. Cloud stares over at Alexis, who is seemingly on wobbly legs as she staggers about the ring, holding her bleeding skull. After a while the referee gets back into the ring.)
Jasmine: BY ORDER OF THE REFEREE, AFTER REVIEWING THE TAPES, A WINNER CANNOT BE DECIDED AS THE THREE COUNT WAS MADE AS THE TAP OUT OCCURRED! AS SUCH, THIS MATCH WILL BE RESTARTED!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Aria: THIS IS INSANE! THESE TWO HAVE ALREADY HAD A HELLISH MATCH!!! Cloud shaking her head in agony and turning around to face Alexis who is slow to turn to face Cloud…with a blood soaked grin on her face. Jesus.
April: Alexis just looks happy to be fighting. Cloud mouthing something to Alexis…I think it was “sick freak” and moves back towards her. Alexis with a weak punch to the jaw of Cloud, and Cloud sighing and pulling her fist back. KNUCKLE PARTING PUNCH TO THE TOP OF ALEXIS HEAD…AND ALEXIS STAYING ON HER FEET! ANOTHER SHOT BY CLOUD, AND ALEXIS STILL STANDING!!! Cloud…backing up for a good winding punch, looking to finish it! SWING BY CLOUD!!!
Aria: ALEXIS CATCHING THE ARM OF CLOUD!!! LEAPING UP AND TWISTING BACK!!! SOMERSAULT REVERSE DDT!!! THE SMILE OF MADNESS CONNECTS!!! THE SMILE OF MADNESS CONNECTS!!! ALEXIS REFUSING TO LET THAT GO THOUGH!!! DRAGGING CLOUD UP BY THE NECK, AS SHE SCREAMS FOR THE CROWD!!! DIVIDED AUDIENCE READY TO SEE THE FINISH TO THIS!!! PULLING CLOUD INTO A CRAVATE HOLD…TWISTING UP!!! HANGMAN’S!!! FACEBUSTER!!!
April: CARNIVAL OF CORRUPTION!!! AND ALEXIS GOING FOR THE COVER!! BOTH GIRLS A CRIMSON MASK!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
RA: Here’s your winner, and advancing to the finals!!! ALEXIS!!! DIEMOS!!!
(“Halo on Fire” roars to life as Alexis flops backwards onto the mat, staring up at the sky in bewildered glee as Cloud holds her head, rolling away from her and towards the ropes. As Alexis rises to her feet she raises an arm in triumph, the crowd meeting her with a mixed reaction as Cloud watches her from a seated position.)
Aria: WHAT AN UPSET!!! STEPHANIE MATSUDA WAS THE DESTINED ONE TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!!! AND SHE MET HER BIGGEST ROADBLOCK WITH HER FORMER SISTER AT ARMS!!!
April: Take nothing from Cloud. This was a hard fought matchup between two great rivals, and this was one for the ages.
(Cloud rises to her feet, spinning Alexis around and wrapping her arms around her in a hug. Alexis reciprocates, resting her head on her shoulder as the two whisper words to one another before Cloud raises Alexis arms in triumph.)
Aria: THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE HELL OF A FINALS!!! MADISON KALINE GOING UP AGAINST ALEXIS DIEMOS NEXT WEEK!!! THE CULMINATION OF HARD WORK BETWEEN THESE TWO STELLAR RIVALS!!! A GENUINE MATCH FOR THE AGES!!!
April: And we get to bare witness to it all!!! Next week is not only the Empress of Elite finals, but it is also Manifest Destiny!!! This has been a great time for commentary, but our commentary team for that is going to be one for the record books, for one last time this has been April Song.
Aria: AND ARIA JAXON!!!
April: Signing out! Goodnight everyone!
(The camera focuses on Alexis and Cloud in the ring as the audience stands with an applause for both competitors as the EAW logo buzzes in.)