Showdown: Resurrection V

(EAW Intro plays…)

(Showdown Intro plays…)

(Showdown’s theme “Believer” by Imagine Dragons plays as the camera cuts into the Mercedes-Benz arena, as the Berlin crowd are exploding with cheers, as the camera focuses on all the pyro going off around the arena, then pans down to the commentators)

Cherish: WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO RESURRECTION V!!!! I’M CHERISH AND I’M ALWAYS JOINED BY THE ANNOYING, PIERRE MCGUIRE! AND WE HAVE ONE HELL OF A SHOW FOR YOU ALL TONIGHT!

Pierre: WEIRD? PFFT. I TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT! BUT I DIGRESS! WE HAVE AN AMAZING SHOW AHEAD OF YOU! SO WHY NOT GET RIGHT INTO IT?

(The camera cuts to the ring announcer and referee standing inside of the ring)

Ring Announcer: This following match is scheduled for ONE FALL!!!… AND IT’S FOR THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

(The crowd explodes into cheers)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first…

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(Pyro explodes on the stage)

(“Twisted Transistor” by Korn plays throughout the arena, as Y2Impact steps out onto the stage to a chorus of boos, he looks around with a smile on his face, he makes his way to the ring)

Ring Announcer: From Seattle, Washington, weighing in at 226 POOOOOOOOOUNDSSSSSSSSS!!!!… “THE LAST EXTREMIST” Y2IMPACT!!!!

Cherish: THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH OPENING? THIS IS REALLY STARTING OFF STRONG! Y2Impact seeks out his 8th ever World Championship reign here tonight! But is that his true purpose? He’s had a LOT of issues with The Heart Break Gal and feel like this triple threat is only going to worsen whatever is left of their relationship!

Pierre: I don’t see either of them taking that title away from Lannister! They can give the best fight they possibly could give, but Lannister the Mannister has the home field advantage! You’re not going to prevent that!

(“King of the World” by Porcelain and the Tramps hits as The Heart Break Gal stoically makes her way to the ring, ignoring the mixed reaction she receives from the German crowd)

Ring Announcer: Introducing next, from Dallas, Texas, weighing in at 130 POOOOOOOOUNDSSSSSS!!!… “QUEEN EXTREME” THE HEAAARTTTTT BREAAAAAKKKKK GALLLLLLLL!!!!

Pierre: TRAITOR! Disgusting traitor! She only used Lannister for his title! Impact was right about this woman! She just rides the coattails of anyone who’s garnered success! I am absolutely appalled that she even dares challenge Lannister for the title! She does not deserve this moment!

Cherish: Shut up, Pierre. You need to let this woman breathe! I would love for a change in things here! The first woman World Champion! That’s a feat that no other woman can say they’ve accomplished! She would make history tonight if she wins the title!

(“The Eagle Has Landed” by Avatar hits as the crowd absolutely explodes in roars of cheers, Lannister takes a few moments before slowly appearing on the stage with Athena at his side, the crowd continues to go insane, as he makes his way to the ring with a smirk on his face)

Ring Announcer: Introducing last, being accompanied by Athena Vendetta, from Dortmund, GERMANY!!!!… weighing in at 252 POOOOOOOOOUNDSSSSSSSSS!!!!… HE IS THE CURRENT REIGNING ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIOOOOOOOOONNNN!!!!… “DARTH” LLLLLLAAAAAANNNNNNIIIIIIIIISSSSTTTTTEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Cherish: HOLY MOLY! THIS CROWD HAS BECOME UNGLUED! THEY’RE GOING INSANE FOR THEIR HOME COUNTRY HERO! LANNISTER IS FINALLY HOME WITH THE TITLE! BUT CAN HE KEEP IT IN FRONT OF ALL OF THESE PEOPLE? CAN HE RETAIN?

Pierre: HE CAN AND HE WILL! HE WOULD NOT DISAPPOINT HIS COUNTRY LIKE THAT! LANNISTER IS A MAN OF PROFESSIONALISM! HE’S ABOUT TO TAKE THIS MATCH BY STORM! YOU BET YOUR ASS HE’S GOING TO TAKE THAT TITLE ALL THE WAY TO PAIN FOR PRIDE X!

(Lannister enters the ring, looking at The Heart Break Gal and Y2Impact in their respective corner, “The Eagle Has Landed” dies down, but the crowd breaks out in a long “LANNISTER!” chant, as he raises his title in the air, the crowd loses their minds, he then proceeds to hand it over to the referee, who shows it to Y2Impact and HBG, raises it in the air, hands it to the timekeeper, and then calls for the bell)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Cherish: This World Championship contest is now officially underway! There are so many variables at play in this match, so many people’s fates at stake heading into Pain for Pride! The “Lannister” chants from this Berlin crowd are deafening! Lannister doesn’t even look like he can hear them though! There’s only one thing on his mind and that’s doing whatever it takes to walk out of here with the Answers World Championship still over his shoulder!

Pierre: Y2Impact and HBG have their sights set on Lannister, still keeping a weary on each other… These multi-man matches are capricious to begin with, but with such great personal stakes at hand too… I don’t know if any of the three competitors even know where to start!

Cherish: Impact turns his attention to HBG… His blood boiling and eyes seething at he stares down at the woman who once meant more to him than — LOOK AT IMPACT!!!! SHARP RIGHT, AND HE’S GOING RIGHT FOR LANNISTER!!! LANNISTER DROPS LIKE A BOULDER AND ROLLS OUT OF THE RING; IMPACT’S YELLING AT HIM TO GET BACK INTO THE RING!!!

Pierre: Lannister has taken reprieve from this contest on the outside of the ring – I think he’s putting a lot of faith into HBG and Impact to not just lie down for each other here!

Cherish: After all that’s happened since The Heart Break Gal’s return… I don’t think any such deed will occur. Impact turns back to HBG now who stares him down with a storm of incertitude brewing in her eyes. Wow! HBG actually starts to approach him now – IMPACT LUNGES FORWARD WITH A CHOP TO HER CHEST, NAILING ONE MORE AND JUMPING UP WITH A DROPKICK!!! HBG STUMBLES BACK INTO THE ROPES BUT CATCHES HER FOOTING!!!

Pierre: IMP IS RIGHT BACK AFTER HER!!! THIS IS WEEKS OF FRUSTRATION AND ANGER STARTING TO POUR OUT!!! HBG DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE AND LATCHES ONTO THE ARM, WHIPPING IMPACT ACROSS THE RING!!! IMP CHARGES TO THE ROPES FOR MOMENTUM, COMING BACK EVEN FASTER…

Cherish: HBG sees him coming and starts to duck down, readying herself perhaps for the back body – IMPACT FORESAW IT!!! HE DROPS DOWN WITH A BASEMENT DROPKICK, CATCHING HBG ON THE UPPER CHEST CAVITY!!! HBG FALLS BACK AND IMP PRESSES HER DOWN FOR THE COVER!!! BUT LOOK AT HBG!!! SHE’S ROLLING IMP OVER ONTO HIS BACK NOW!!! HBG LAYS WASTE TO Y2IMPACT’S FACE WITH A BARRAGE OF FISTS!!! THOSE STIFF SHOTS ARE RAINING DOWN AND IMP LOOKS HELPLESS, HOPELESSLY AT THE MERCY OF HIS FORMER TAG TEAM PARTNER!!!

Pierre: I WOULDN’T CALL THE SEVEN TIME WORLD CHAMPION HOPELESS JUST YET!!! IMP LUNGES FORWARD WITH A HEADBUTT, BUSTING HBG’S BOTTOM LIP OPEN AND SHOVING HER OFF!!! IMP CRAWLS TOWARDS THE ROPES, PUSHING HIMSELF UP AND HOLDING ONTO THE TOP ROPE WITH ONE HAND WHILE HBG STARTS TO GET BACK UP… AND IMP JUMPS UP ON THAT SECOND ROPE… LEAPING TO THE ADJACENT TOP ROPE NOW… SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE!!!!

Cherish: IMP TAKES HBG DOWN, ROLLING BACK UP TO HIS FEET!!! HERE GOES IMP FOR THE COVER NOW – LANNISTER IS BACK IN THE RING!!! LANNISTER LOCKS IMPACT’S ARMS BEHIND HIM AND LIFTS HIM UP, TWISTING HIS OWN BODY AND BRINGING HIM DOWN ON HIS NECK WITH THE VERTICAL NECKBREAKER!!!!

Pierre: The Elite Lord kicks Impact in the ribs, rolling him over onto his back, then starts to make his way towards HBG! HBG is up on her feet and fires at Lannister – LANNISTER CATCHES HER WRIST!!! HBG GOES FOR A KICK TO THE MIDSECTION NOW BUT LANNISTER SCOOPS HER UP AND PRESSES HER UP IN THE AIR!!! LANNISTER HAS THE HEART BREAK GAL NEARLY NINE FEET IN THE AIR IN THAT GORILLA PRESS… WHATEVER MOVE RESULTS FROM THIS HOLD IS GOING TO BE DEVASTATING; AND THAT’S A GUARANTEE THAT ONLY LANNISTER CAN DELIVER ON!!!

Cherish: LOOK AT LANNISTER’S STRENGTH!!! HE HAS HBG HIGH UP… WALKING TO THE ROPES NOW… THIS CAN’T BE GOOD AT ALL… THE CROWD IS GOING BALLISTIC AT THE PROSPECT OF WATCHING HBG GO FLYING… BUT THAT’S A CAREER AT STAKE!!! THAT’S A LIFE AT STAKE!!!

Pierre: IT MEANS NOTHING TO LANNISTER IF IT MEANS HE WALKS OUT OF HERE, STILL THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION!!! HBG IS FRANTICALLY TRYING TO BREAK HERSELF FREE BUT LANNISTER TAKES A STEP BACK, GETTING READY TO TOSS HER OUT OF THE RING!!!…

Cherish: Y2IMPACT!!!! IMPACT FROM BEHIND!!!! IMPACT LEAPS SIX FEET INTO THE AIR, LATCHING HIS LEGS AROUND LANNISTER’S NECK!!!… REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER!!!! THE FLIP SIDE!!!! LANNISTER DROPS HBG AND GOES FOR A RIDE COURTESY OF Y2IMPACT!!! HBG FALLS NINE FEET BUT THANKFULLY LANDS ON THE MAT, WHILE LANNISTER GET’S HIS NECK SPIKED INTO THE MAT!!!

Pierre: HBG LOOKS UP AT IMPACT!!! HE MIGHT HAVE JUST SAVED HER FROM LOSING THIS MATCH!!! INADVERTENTLY, SURE, BUT HE DID IT NONETHELESS!!! Impact turns away from HBG, picking Lannister up to his feet by the helm of his tights… Impact shoves Lannister into the ropes, taking two steps after him, catching Lannister around the back off the return… BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX – NO!!! LANNISTER GROUNDS HIMSELF!!! BACK ELBOW TO IMPACT!!! IMPACT GOES REELING BACK… OH MY GOD!!! LANNISTER SWINGS HIS ARM UP WITH SEVERE FORCE!!! FEUER FREI!!!! THE UPPERCUT CONNECTS!!! IMPACT GOES DOWN AND LANNISTER GETS READY TO MAKE THE PIN!!!

Cherish: NO!!! HBG COMES FROM THE SIDE WITH A FOOTBALL TACKLE TO LANNISTER!!! SHE JUST TOOK THAT TWO-HUNDRED FIFTY POUND MAN TO HIS FEET WITH A FOOTBALL TACKLE!!!! HBG IS LETTING LOOSE!!! SHE JUST SAVED IMPACT FROM CERTAIN DEMISE, AND NOW LANNISTER IS AT THE BRUNT OF HER WRATH!!! SHE ISN’T HOLDING ANYTHING BACK, AIMING THOSE STIFF SHOTS SPECIFICALLY AT LANNISTER’S NOSE!!! IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE AS ACCOMPLISHED AS Y2IMPACT OR AS DEADLY AS LANNISTER; REPEATED BLOWS TO THE NOSE WILL KNOCK! YOU! OUT!

Pierre: LANNISTER IS TRYING HIS HARDEST TO GET HBG OFF OF HIM BUT SHE’S LATCHED ON LIKE A HOOKWORM!!! LANNISTER IS THROWING BACKHANDS AT HER FACE NOW, BUT HBG DOESN’T SEEM FAZED AT ALL!!! IF ANYTHING SHE’S HITTING BACK EVEN HARDER FOR EVERY SHOT THAT LANNISTER FIRES HER WAY!!! HBG IS LIKE A RABID ANIMAL RIGHT NOW, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN HER THIS WAY!!!

Cherish: THE PROSPECT OF BECOMING THE FIRST FEMALE WORLD CHAMPION IS WHAT’S DRIVING HER TO THESE LENGTHS!!! YET LANNISTER, DESPITE THAT ONSLAUGHT FROM HBG, NAILS HER WITH A BACKHAND SLAP WITH SUCH FORCE THAT SHE FALLS OFF OF HIM!!! LANNISTER SITS UP, REACHING FOR THE ROPES TO ASSIST HIMSELF TO HIS FEET… HBG GETS BACK UP TO HER FEET WHILE LANNISTER IS PULLING HIMSELF UP… SUUUUUUUPERKICK!!!!!! MY GOD!!!! LANNISTER’S HEAD SNAPS BACK AT A NEAR ONE-HUNDRED EIGHTY DEGREE ANGLE!!!!

Pierre: THE MADMAN IS SOMEHOW STILL ON HIS FEET!!! HBG SEES HER OPPORTUNITY!!!! LANNISTER MAY PHYSICALLY BE UPRIGHT BUT HIS MIND IS IN A PLACE THAT ONLY A KICK LIKE THAT CAN SEND YOU!!!! IMPACT IS STILL DOWN AFTER THAT NASTY FEUER FREI… HBG CLIMBS UP TO THE TOP ROPE… LANNISTER STARTS TO COME TO… SHE MAY HAVE TAKEN TOO LONG…

Cherish: LANNISTER SEES IT COMING!!! WAIT!!!! IMPACT SNEAKS UP BEHIND LANNISTER FROM BEHIND!!!! LOW BLOW TO LANNISTER!!!! MEANWHILE HBG IS STILL PERCHED, LOOKING DOWN AT LANNISTER WHO DROPS TO HIS HANDS AND KNEES AFTER THAT LOW BLOW!!! IMPACT ROLLS AWAY AND LOOKS UP AT HBG!!!! HBG FLIES!!!!! DOUBLE DIVING FOOTSTOMP!!!! TO THE BACK OF LANNISTER’S HEAD!!!!! LANNISTER’S FACE GETS DRIVEN INTO THAT MAT COURTESY OF THAT VELOCITY 9 FROM THE HEART BREAK GAL!!!!

Pierre: HBG STARTS TO GO DOWN FOR THE COVER BUT SEES IMPACT ON HIS FEET ACROSS THE RING!!!! IMPACT JUST MADE SURE THAT THE VELOCITY 9 WOULD CONNECT, BUT ALL HE WAS DOING WAS SAVING HIMSELF!!! DON’T WASTE ANY TIME HBG, END THIS MATCH!!!!

Cherish: HOW IS SHE SUPPOSED TO PIN HIM WITH Y2IMPACT STANDING ACROSS THE RING? HBG circles around Lannister, looking for an opening to go at Impact… Wait! Look at Impact! Impact treads cautiously towards Lannister… IMP PICKS HIM UP!!! IMP IS HOLDING HIM UP FOR THE HEART BREAK GAL!!! HE’S YELLING AT HER TO FINISH HIM OFF!!!!

Pierre: HBG LOOKS CONFUSED!!!! I DON’T THINK SHE KNOWS IF SHE CAN TRUST HIM!!!… JESUS!!!! TRAMP STAMP!!!! SUPERKICK TO LANNISTER’S JAW!!!! HBG TAKES A STEP BACK… ANOTHER TRAMP STAMP!!!! LANNISTER’S HEAD SNAPS BACK AND IMPACT MOVES HIS ASIDE – OH NO!!!

Cherish: WHAT A WILY BASTARD IMPACT IS!!! HE JUST SHOVED LANNISTER INTO THE HEART BREAK GAL!!!! LANNISTER DROPS LIKE A CORPSE!!!… IMPACT LEAPS AT THE HEART BREAK GAL… EVISCERATION!!!!! IT CONNECTS!!!! HBG’S FACE MEETS IMPACT’S KNEES IN THE WORST OF WAYS AND SHE HITS THE MAT!!!! IMPACT MAKES THE COVER!!!! FOR HIS EIGHTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!…… TWO!!!!!!…… THREE!!!!!……….

Pierre: THE HEART BREAK GAL KICKS OUT!!!!! Y2IMPACT IS BESIDE HIMSELF!!!! HE LAID HIS TRAP AND SHE STEPPED IN IT WILLINGLY; HE HAD HER DOWN WITH THE MOST DANGEROUS MOVE IN HIS ARSENAL!!! YET SHE WOULDN’T STAY DOWN!!!! IF THERE WERE ANY DOUBTS ON HOW SHE WOULD HOLD HER OWN IN THIS MATCH… IF EVERYTHING SHE’S DONE SO FAR WASN’T ENOUGH… I’M JUST IN SHOCK!!! I THOUGHT THAT WAS IT!!!!

Cherish: CLEARLY, SO DID Y2IMPACT!!!! Impact stands back up, doubt clouding his eyes now. Both HBG and Lannister lie still at his feet… And Imp lifts Lannister up! Impact whips him into the corner, running right after him… STEP UP KNEE!!! LANNISTER GETS CAUGHT ON THE JAW AGAIN!!!! AFTER ALL THOSE SUPERKICKS AND NOW THIS… HOW MUCH LONGER CAN LANNISTER STAY IN THIS MATCH?

Pierre: Impact lifts Lannister’s head up to eye level. Lannister’s eyes are open, but nothing is working behind them! Impact stares through those eyes, looking down at the darkest depths of Lannister’s souls – AND SPITS RIGHT IN HIS EYE!!!! IMPACT LAUGHS AND HOOKS LANNISTER BY THE NOSTRILS, PULLING HIM INTO A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! THIS HAS TRANSCENDED – OR PERHAPS DEVOLVED WOULD BE A MORE APT WORD – PAST THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT DEFINES WRESTLING!!! THIS IS A WAR!!! LANNISTER TOOK THE ONE PERSON THAT MEANS THE MOST TO Y2IMPACT, AND IMP DOESN’T EVEN WANT HER BACK!!! HE WANTS HER – AND LANNISTER – TO SUFFER IN THE WORST OF WAYS, AT HIS HAND!!!

Cherish: LANNISTER FALLS BACK INTO THE CORNER, BUT IMPACT PULLS HIM BACK OUT… ANOTHER EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! IMPACT CLIMBS UP TO THE SECOND ROPE, STANDING OVER LANNISTER!!! I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT IMPACT IS TRYING TO DO HERE… WOAH WOAH WOAH!!! WATCH HBG!!! IMPACT IS OBLIVIOUS, BUT HBG SNEAKS UP BEHIND HIM, USING THE ROPES TO POP HERSELF UP… JUMPING AT IMPACT… HURRICANRANA!!! IMPACT GETS FLIPPED OVER OFF THE SECOND ROPE, LANDING SPLAT ON THE MAT!!! HBG CATCHES HERSELF ON THE TOP ROPE, KICKING LANNISTER OUT OF THE WAY! LANNISTER FALLS AGAINST THE ADJACENT SET OF ROPES BUT STAYS UP ON HIS FEET!!!…

Pierre: IMPACT IS STARTING TO GET UP TO HIS FEET AND HBG, THE VULTURE THAT SHE IS, SEES THE SCRAPS SHE OUGHT TO FEAST ON!!! HERE COMES THE HEART BREAK GAL!!! — LANNISTER PULLS HER DOWN!!!! HBG FALLS OFF THE TOP ROPE BUT LANNISTER HAS HER UP ON HIS SHOULDERS!!! HE HOOKS HER ARMS, KEEPING THE HEART BREAK GAL LATCHED TO HIS BACK!!!! I DON’T KNOW HOW HE’S STANDING, LET ALONE SETTING UP A MOVE LIKE THIS…

Cherish: IMPACT IS UP ON HIS FEET!!! HBG IS TRYING TO BREAK FREE OFF OF LANNISTER BUT SHE’S FIRMLY LOCKED IN PLACE!!!… OH MY GOD!!! OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!! BORDER TOSS!!! LANNISTER THROWS – LITERALLY THROWS – THE HEART BREAK GAL!!!… RIGHT INTO Y2IMPACT!!!!! LANNISTER HURLS HBG’S LIKE A JAVELIN AT Y2IMPACT!!!! BROKEN CROWN!!!! IMP AND HBG BOTH GO DOWN AND LANNISTER FALLS BACK INTO THE CORNER, NEARLY FOAMING AT THE MOUTH!!!! IMPACT SHOVES HBG’S LIMP BODY OFF OF HIM AND STARTS TO MAKE HIS WAY UP… LANNISTER CHARGES… KNEE SMASH!!!! KNEE SMASH TO THE CHEST!!!!

Pierre: IMPACT FALLS BACK INTO THE ROPES… BUT RUSHES BACK!!! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO LANNISTER!!!! LOOK AT THE WHEREWITHAL!!! PERSONAL OPINIONS OF Y2IMPACT ASIDE, HE’S ONE OF THE GOATS FOR A REASON!!! LANNISTER IS STUNNED IN PLACE!!!… ENZUIGURI!!!! THE ENZUIGURI FROM IMPACT SENDS LANNISTER INTO THE ROPES NOW!!! LANNISTER IS ROCKED… IMPACT RUNS BACK TO THE ROPES ONE MORE TIME NOW!!!… — HOW!!!! HOW THE HELL??!!!

Cherish: LANNISTER STEPS FORWARD!!!… AND POPS UP IMPACT!!!! LANNISTER SHOVES THAT TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY POUND MAN IN THE AIR WITH EASE!!! IMPACT PLAYS VICTIM TO GRAVITY NOW… AND MEETS LANNISTER’S ARM ON THE DOWNFALL… THE FEUER FREI!!!! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! WAIT!!! WAIT!!!! NO!!! IMPACT GRABS A HOLD OF LANNISTER’S HEAD AND BRINGS HIM DOWN WITH MOMENTUM!!! BULLDOG!!! LANNISTER GETS DRIVEN TO THE MAT!!! HE’S GETTING BACK UP TO HIS FEET BUT IMPACT SEES HIS OPENING, SETTING UP FOR THE EVISCERATION!!! — HEART BREAK GAL!!!! FROM BEHIND!!! TRAMP STAMP TO THE BACK OF IMPACT’S HEAD!!!!

Pierre: IMPACT FALLS INTO LANNISTER BUT LANNISTER SHOVES HIM OUT OF THE WAY AND RISES TO HIS FEET, PRIMAL RAGE FUELING EVERY CELL IN HIS BODY!!! HBG TAKES TO THE ROPES, OBLIVIOUS TO THE FACT THAT LANNISTER IS ON HIS FEET… HBG COMES BACK ON THE RETURN – LANNISTER CATCHES HER, LIFTING HER HIGH UP… SCOOP SLAM!!! HBG GETS PLANTED, TRYING TO GET RIGHT BACK UP BUT LANNISTER GRABS BOTH OF HER LEGS AND PULLS HER IN!!! THE BERLIN CROWD IS GOING WILD!!! THEY KNOW WHAT’S COMING NEXT….

Cherish: LANNISTER LIFTS HBG’S BACK OFF THE GROUND BY HER LEGS… HERE COMES THE SWING!!!! LANNISTER SWINGS THE HEART BREAK GAL WITH EASE, GAINING MOMENTUM ON EACH ROTATION…. THERE’S ONE!!! TWO!!! THREE!!! FOUR!!! AND ON THE FIFTH ROTATION!!!!… LANNISTER HURLS THE HEART BREAK GAL OUT OF THE RING THROUGH THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!! LANNISTER DROPS, DAZED FROM THOSE ROTATIONS BUT SLAPS HIMSELF BACK TO REALITY!!!! IMPACT IS ON HIS KNEES, THE KING APPROACHING HIS USURPER, READY TO HIT THE EXECUTING BLOW!!!…

Pierre: IMPACT HAS ONE LAST GASP LEFT IN HIM!!! DOUBLE LEGGED TAKEDOWN!!! IMPACT HAS LANNISTER DOWN AND IS FRANTICALLY TRYING TO GET ANY SHOT HE CAN IN… WAIT!!! THE HEART BREAK GAL IS BACK IN THE RING!!! SHE WAS JUST FLUNG LIKE A SACK OF RICE BUT SHE’S BACK IN THE RING… WITH A CHAIR IN HAND!!!! IMPACT WISELY SCURRIES AWAY FROM LANNISTER BUT HBG IS LOOKING DOWN AT THE WORLD CHAMPION WITH EVIL INTENTIONS… CHAIRSHOT TO THE RIBS!!!! LANNISTER SCREAMS OUT IN PAIN – BUT THOSE SCREAMS OF AGONY ARE ONLY ENHANCED BY ANOTHER CHAIRSHOT TO THE HEAD!!!!

Cherish: ONCE AGAIN, THE HEART BREAK GAL SAVES IMPACT’S ASS FROM CERTAIN DOOM!!! IMPACT IS UP ON HIS FEET AND THE HEART BREAK GAL DROPS THE CHAIR… TRAMP STAMP!!! NO!!! IMP CATCHES THE LEG AND SPINS HER AROUND… EVISCERATION!!!! THE EVISCERATION AGAIN!!!! HBG GOES DOWN!!!! COVER HER IMP!!! TAKE YOUR EIGHTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND END THIS BRUTALITY!!!!

Pierre: HE’S NOT GOING DOWN!!!! IMP IS STANDING OVER HBG!!! SHE HASN’T MOVED IN NEARLY TEN SECONDS NOW!!! HE COULD HAVE BEEN WORLD CHAMPION THREE TIMES OVER!!! WHAT IS HE DOING?

Cherish: IMPACT PUNTS HBG IN THE RIBS!!!! HOW BRUTAL!!! HBG LETS OUT A GUTTURAL SCREAM, IF THOSE RIBS NEAR THE HEART BREAK THERE CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING REPERCUSSIONS, BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IMPACT WANTS!!! I DON’T THINK HE CARES ABOUT THE TITLE AS MUCH AS HE CARES ABOUT ENDING HBG’S CAREER!!!! IMPACT PLACES HIS BOAT OVER HBG’S THROAT, PRESSING IT DOWN!!!! HBG IS TRYING TO PUSH IMPACT’S FOOT AWAY BUT HE HAS IT FIRMLY PLANTED!!! HBG MAY SUFFOCATE HERE AND IT’S ALL LEGAL WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THIS MATCH!!!!

Pierre: IMPACT FINALLY LETS GO!!! JUST PIN HER AND END IT!!!… OF COURSE NOT!!! IMPACT GRABS A HANDFUL OF HBG’S HAIR, YANKING HER UP TO HER FEET!!!! IMPACT SPITS IN HER FACE!!!!

Y2Impact: YOU WERE NEVER MY EQUAL!!! I NEVER NEEDED YOUR HELP!!! YOU WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT ME!!!! YOU STILL ARE NOTHING WITHOUT ME!!!

Cherish: IMPACT IS LETTING EVERYTHING OUT!!! EVERY OUNCE OF HATRED HE HAS FOR THE HEART BREAK GAL IS COMING OUT, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY!!! IMPACT PUSHES HER AWAY!!!… HBG IS STILL UP… AND IMPACT SEEKS TO FINISH IT!!! EVISCERATION!!!! AGAIN!!!

Pierre: HOW IN THE WORLD!!!! HBG CATCHES HIM!!!!! HBG CATCHES IMPACT BY THE LEGS AND HOLDS HIM UP!!!! SHE CATCHES HIM IN THE EVISCERATION!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! IMPACT IS TRYING TO BREAK FREE AND WEIGH HER DOWN!!!… BUT HBG HOLDS ON AND SHIFTS HER POSITION TOWARDS THE ROPES, LETTING IMP’S WEIGHT TAKE HER THERE WITH MOMENTUM!!!!… AND HBG FLIPS IMPACT OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!! HE’S OUT OF HERE!!!! LANNISTER’S HOMETOWN CROWD IS ON THEIR FEET, CHEERING WILD FOR THE HEART BREAK GAL!!!!

Cherish: HBG LOOKS DOWN AT IMPACT ONE LAST TIME, TURNING AROUND – MY GOODNESS!!!! LANNISTER!!!! LANNISTER IS BACK ON HIS FEET!!! HBG HAS NO IDEA WHAT’S AWAITING HER!!!! HBG TURNS!!!!… FEUER FREI!!!! THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT SENDS HBG INTO THE ROPES AS SHE DROPS THROUGH THEM AND TO THE OUTSIDE!!!! AND LANNISTER JUMPS OVER IMPACT FOR THE COVER!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!…… TWO!!!!!!!…….. THREE!!!!!!!…….

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“The Eagle Has Landed” by Avatar hits to a standing ovation from the Berlin crowd. Lannister rises up to his feet; pure satisfaction the only look in his eyes. Athena enters the ring with the Answers World Championship in her hands, handing the golden prize to Lannister. Lannister drapes the championship over his shoulder and climbs up to the second rope, holding the Answers World Championship high in the air for the crowd who continue to stand on their feet and clap for the Emperor.)

Ring Announcer: HERE IS YOUR WINNER BY WAY OF PINFALL… AND STILL THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPION…. LAAAAAANNNNNNIIIISSSSTTTTTTEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!!

Pierre: LANNISTER HAS WON IN HIS HOME COUNTRY! ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE AND FOR ONCE THE FANS ARE ON HIS SIDE! THIS IS AN IMAGE YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE TIME AFTER TIME AGAIN! THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE SOUL ON THIS ROSTER THAT WILL TAKE THAT TITLE AWAY FROM HIM! THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TRY, BUT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FALL!

Cherish: Your bias still disgusts me… yet Lannister continues to impress me. I honestly thought that tonight was going to be the night where we crowned the first woman to hold a male’s dominant World Championship! I have a strong feeling that the aftermath between Y2Impact and HBG has only scratched the surface…

(The camera continues to focus on Lannister celebrating on the second rope, raising his title in the air, as the crowd continues to cheer “LANNISTER!”, the camera fades elsewhere)

(The show cuts to several EAW advertisements)

(The camera fades backstage to Max A. Million…)

Max A. Million: Hello everyone! I’m Max A. Million, your casual interviewer… and tonight, we’re giving you the exclusive announcement here! But it won’t be coming from me, it’ll be coming from my guest… LIONCROSS!!!

(Lioncross steps into the scene, the crowd cheering in the arena)

Max A. Million: Welcome, Lioncross! I’m so thrilled that you chose me to be your catalyst to make your huge announcement!

Lioncross: Well, I had to get it out here one way or another.

Max A. Million: So, what is it?

Lioncross: I’m retiring.

Max A. Million: You’re—WHAT?!

(The crowd audibly gasps)

Lioncross: What? Was I not straightforward? Hold on, let me explain further…

Max A. Million: No! No! I know what you mean… BUT WHY?!

Lioncross: Look, Max. I’m not getting any younger. I’m clearly not the wrestler that I once was. I’m out of shape and hardly am able to have any success in any match. It’s been a tough year for me altogether, but I thought I’d get this out of the way. I’m not retiring now, no. I’ve set that date—

(Laughing is heard in the background…)

???: I can’t believe it!

(The High Rollerz step into the picture, laughing loudly as an annoyed Lioncross stares them down)

Jack Ripley: You’re retiring?! WHO CARES! HA!

Lioncross: … What do you two want?

(David Davidson wipes a tear away from laughing so much)

David Davidson: Nothing… nothing. We thought you’d make some stupid announcement about challenging us for our titles at Pain for Pride X, but you surely outdid yourself, man.

Lioncross: Actually, before you interrupted… I was about to say. I’m retiring at Pain for Pride X.

Jack Ripley: OH? PAIN FOR PRIDE X HE SAYS, DAVID!

(The two continues to uncontrollably laugh)

Lioncross: … and you know what? I have one good fight left in me. I have nothing to lose here. If I’m going out, I’m going out on my terms. You two want to act like sadistic assholes? You have your challenge proposal, Stuffed Crust vs. The High Rollerz for the EAW Unified Tag Team Championships at Pain for Pride X. I’ll take those titles away from you, if it’s with my last dying breath.

(The laughing suddenly calms down, but they smirk at Lioncross)

David Davidson: Sure, buddy, sure, you really want to have your last match be the worst humiliation to date? You really want to do that to yourself?

Lioncross: We won’t lose.

Jack Ripley: Stop fooling yourself! I think on behalf of The High Rollerz, I’ll kindly turn down your offer. As much as it would be satisfying to end your career, we’ll give you a gift by letting you get a win over some other scrub on this roster.

(The High Rollerz take their exit, leaving Lioncross standing with Max)

Max A. Million: Uh…

LIoncross: I’m getting that match, Max. One way or another. Stuffed Crust will humble those two egotistical pricks once and for all. And I will retire with as one half of the EAW Unified Tag Team Championships.

(Lioncross also takes his leave, leaving Max A. Million dumbfounded, as the camera fades elsewhere)

(Burning Desire advertisement airs…)

(Camera pans to the Ring Announcer standing in the ring with a microphone)

RA: The following contest is the Extreme Enigma Four Way Elimination Qualifying Match!

(“Survival” By Eminem hits as Lars Grier makes his way to the ring with a blank and serious expression on his face)

RA: Introducing first….From Cincinnati Ohio, Weighing in at 291 Pounds!!! LAAARRRRRSSSSSS GRIEEEERRRRRR….!!!!

(“Tempest” By Deftones hits as Ryan Marx makes his way down the ramp sporting a black leather jacket with “MARX” on the back of it)

RA: Introducing next… From London England, weighing in at 260 Pounds!! RRYAAANNNNNN MAAARRRXXXXXXX..!!

(“Lord Knows” By Meek Mill hits as Chris Elite makes his way to the ring with Big Mike by his side)

RA: Introducing the third participant in this match.. From Brooklyn, New York! Weighing in at 210 Pounds!!! KILLLAA CHHRRIISSSSSSS EEELITTTTTTEEEEEEE…!!!

(“Shock Me” By Baroness hits as Stark makes his entrance down the ramp wearing all red attire)

RA: Introducing the final participant in this match.. From New York City! Weighing in at 210 Pounds!!!! “The Psychedelic Samurai” STAAARKKKKKKKKKKKK…!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Cherish: All four of these men know what’s on the line here, a spot at Pain for Pride and to represent their brand… Each man cautious of where to start…. Chris, Ryan and Stark ALL THAT THE SAME TIME GO ATTACKING LARS!!! BEATING LARS DOWN INTO THE CORNER!! KICKING AWAY AT LARS WHO IS THE MAN WITH THE WEIGHT ADVANTAGE IN THIS MATCH!! This temporary alliance between these three men stops as they grab Lars up… AND THEY SEND HIM FLYING OUT OF THE RING!!… RYAN MARX QUICKLY WITH A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO THE JAW OF STARK..AND HE FIRES A OPEN HANDED CHOP TO THE CHEST OF CHRIS ELITE!! Stark was knocked into the corner as Marx focuses on Chris.. Front facelock… looking to go snap suplex! CHRIS BLOCKS.. CHRIS LIFTING MARX…. SUPLEX FACEBUSTER PLANTING RYAN MARX INTO THE CANVAS!!!

Pierre: Stark comes running out of the corner… CLOTHESLINE!! Elite props up quickly.. As he gets met with another CLOTHESLINE! As Elite rises Stark grabbing him and whips him into the ropes… BACK BODY DRO– NO! CHRIS WITH A PUNT KICK TO THE SKULL OF STARK!!!! AND CHRIS BACKS UP!!! AND STARTS SENDING A SERIES OF KICKS TO THE LEGS OF STARK!!! REPEATED AS STARK RISES HIS HEAD UP!!! OVERHEAD KICK TO THE SKULL!!! CHRIS WITH THE OVERHEAD KICK KNOCKING STARK OUT!! HE GOES TO COVE—- LARS!! LARS GRABS ELITE OFF OF STARK BEFORE THE REF CAN PIN!!! MILITARY PRESS!!! HE HAS ELITE OVER HIS HEAD!!! AND DROPS HIM ON HIS SHOULDERS BEFORE PLANTING HIM WITH A POWERSLAM!!!

Cherish: Stark goes to hit Lars.. He dodges… Kick to the mid-section! Lars placing Stark between his legs…SITOUT POWERBOMB DRIVING STARK INTO THE CANVAS WITH AUTHORITY!! Lars is making everyone pay in this match for ganging up on him… as he makes his way towards Ryan Marx who is using the ropes to pull himself up… Lars turns him around.. BUT MARX WITH A HAYMAKER!!! A big right hand to the face… AND HE FIRES ANOTHER BIG RIGHT HAND STAGGERING LARS!! AND ANOTHER RIGHT HAND!!! Marx now SHOOTS HIS ELBOW SMASHING LARS IN THE FACE!! Lars is dazed a bit as Marx building momentum off the ropes full speed ahead… swinging for a CLOTHESLINE!! BUT IT DOESN’T KNOCK LARS DOWN!!! HE RUNS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER CLOTHESLINE!!! AND STILL LARS STAYS ON HIS FEET!! LARS CHALLENGING HIM TO DO IT AGAIN!!! AND MARX OBLIGES AS HE GOES … BUT BEFORE HE CAN SWING HE’S CAUGHT!!! URANAGE!! LARS PLANTS HIM INTO THE CANVAS!!!

Pierre: THE ONLY MAN STANDING TALL IS LARS!! Lars taking control of this match… Chris has made his way to the apron! CHRIS SPRINGBOARDS AND HE HITS A KNEE TO THE SIDE OF THE SKULL OF LARS!!! LARS IS ROCKED!! Chris JUMPING ENZIGURI!! CHRIS DROPS LARS TO A KNEE!!! CHRIS FULL STEAM AHEAD!!! SHINING WIZARD!! LARS IS DOWN!! CHRIS BROUGHT LARS DOWN AS HE QUICKLY HOOKS THE LEG!!

Ref: ONNNNEEEEEE……TWOOOOOOOOOO…..

Cherish: LARS PRESSING CHRIS ELITE OFF OF HIM!!! Chris seems at lost at what to do… Chris awaiting Lars who rises… AND HE RUNS FOR A TORNADO DDT!! LARS BLOCKS BEFORE HIS HEAD IS DRIVEN INTO THE CANVAS!!! AND HE HOLDS CHRIS UP IN THE AIR!! AND THROWS HIM TO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR!! BUT BIG MIKE IS THERE TO CATCH CHRIS!!! BIG MIKE CATCHES CHRIS!!! Meanwhile on the outside Stark and Marx are trading rights and lefts!! Stark looking to whip Marx into the steps… MARX STOPS HIMSELF!!! STARK RUNS.. DROP TOE HOLD!! STARK’S FACE HITTING THE STEEL STEPS!! Big Mike staring down with Lars… AND BIG MIKE IS MAKING HIS WAY INSIDE THE RING!!! AND HE’S NOSE TO NOSE WITH LARS!! THESE BIG DUDES ARE STARING A HOLE THROUGH EACH OTHER!!! BIG MIKE SWINGS!!! LARS DUCKS… RAVENBEAK!! HE JUST BROKE BIG MIKE IN HALF!!!

Pierre: BUT CHRIS HAS A STEEL CHAIR IN HIS HAND!!!…. LARS SPINS TO BE MET WITH A STEEL CHAIR SHOT OFF THE SKULL!!!! CHRIS ISN’T DONE!! ANOTHER CHAIR SHOT OFF THE SKULL AS LARS WON’T GO DOWN!!! CHRIS JUST THROWS THE CHAIR AT THE FACE OF LARS AS HE DROPS TO THE CORNER!! LARS IS SITTING IN THE CORNER!! CHRIS RUNS… THE SKATEBOARD DROPKICKS THAT STEEL CHAIR INTO THE FACE OF LARS!!! LARS IS OUT!!! WHAT A MOVE!! Chris dragging LARS OUT OF THE CORNER!!! AND HE BEGINS TO CLIMB THE TOP!!! CHRIS DOES EE’S SIGNATURE TAUNT BEFORE HE DELIVERED THE FALL FROM GRACE!! CHRIS LEAPS!!! SWANTON BOMB!!!! SWANTON BOMB CONNECTING ON LARS GRIER!!! CHRIS UP AND BEFORE HE CAN PIN!! RYAN MARX SWOOPS IN FROM BEHIND ON CHRIS… ELECTRIC CHAIR DRIVER!!! IVORY TOWER CONNECTS PLANTING CHRIS ELITE INTO THE CANVAS AND RYAN MARX HOOKS THE LEG!!

Ref: ONNNEEEEEEE…..TWWOOOOOOOOOOOO….THREEEEEE!!!

Ring Announcer: Chris Elite has been eliminated

Cherish: CHRIS ELITE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BUT RYAN MARX ISN’T DONE!!! HE QUICKLY HOOKS THE LEG OF LARS TRYING TO ELIMINATE HIM AS WELL!!

Ref: ONNNEEEEEEEE…..TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO……THRRRRRRR—-KICKOUTTTTT!!!

Pierre: HE GOT HIS SHOULDER UP!!! HE WAS ABLE TO SHOOT HIS ARM OFF THE CANVAS!!! RYAN MARX CAN’T BELIEVE IT! Stark is on the outside… his nose is busted open after that collision with the steel steps!! He’s using the apron to pull himself up!! And he finally drags himself inside the ring! Ryan Marx sees this as he leaves Lars and begins STOMPING ALL OVER STARK!! And he quickly grabs Stark up to his feet.. Goes behind looking for the German Suplex!! STARK BEFORE HE’S DROPPED ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD FIRES HIS ELBOW TO THE SIDE OF THE SKULL OF MARX!! MARX HANDS STILL LOCKED AROUND THE WAIST OF STARK!!! STARK REPEATEDLY FIRING HIS ELBOW TO THE SIDE OF THE SKULL AS THE GRIP IS BROKEN!! STARK WITH A FOREARM SMASH!! AND HE CLINCHES MARX!!! AND HE BEGINS FIRING THOSE MMA-LIKE KNEES SMASHING MARX IN THE FACE!!!

Cherish: He breaks the clinch…and floats behind… RELEASE EXPLODER SUPLEX PLANTING RYAN MARX!!! Beautiful move by Stark as blood continues to shoot out from his nose but he continues to fight on.. Stark sizing up Marx, he’s behind him… TRYING TO SET UP STARK’S REGARDS!!!! ….. STARK GOING FOR THE SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF THE SKULL!!! LARS SWOOPS IN WITH A SICKENING LARIAT TURNING STARK INSIDE OUT!!! And he grabs Marx up to his feet, IRISH WHIP INTO THE CORNER!! Lars making his way towards Marx… RUNNING SHOULDER BLOCK INTO THE CORNER!!!… REPEATED RUNNING SHOULDER BLOCK!! OVER AND OVER!!! AND HE STOPS! Hooks Marx… BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!! MARX PLANTED INTO THE CANVAS!!! Stark is in the opposite corner.. Lars spots as he runs towards him… STARK AVOIDS THE RUNNING SHOULDER BLOCK INTO THE CORNER!!! LARS GOES HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING POST!!! JESUS THE SICKENING SOUND OF SKULL OF STEEL!!!

Cherish: LARS IS DAZED… STARK WITH A SUPERKICK!!!!! LARS DROPS TO A KNEE AS BLOOD BEGINS TO STREAM DOWN THE FACE OF LARS!! HE’S ON HIS KNEES AND STARK RUNS CONNECTING WITH WINTER IS HERE!!! RUNNING KNEE TO THE HEAD!!! HE HOOKS THE LEG!!!

Ref: ONNNNEEEEEEE…..TWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…..THRRREEEEEEEEEEEEE..!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Ring Announcer: Lars Grier has been eliminated!

Pierre: WERE DOWN TO OUR FINAL TWO! WHICH ONE OF THESE MEN ARE GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!!! Stark bloody nose and all rises, Marx rising as well… AND THEY GO AT IT!! BOTH MEN TRADING RIGHTS!! RAPID! BOXER LIKE FIST BEING THROWN!! BOTH MEN KNOW WHAT’S ON THE LINE!! STARK GETTING THE UPPERHAND!!! STARK TEEING OFF!! AND HE STOPS!! STARK BACKS UP AND GOES FOR THE BICYCLE KICK! NO MARX DUCKS AND HE SENDS A THUMB TO THE EYE!! Stark blinded as Marx spins him around… BACKBREAKER!! KNEE TO THE SPINE!!!! MARX HOOKING THE LEG!!

Ref: ONNNNEEEEEEE….TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… THRRR–KICKOUTTT!!

Cherish: STARK SHOOTS HIS ARM OFF THE CANVAS!! STARK IS STILL ALIVE!!! Marx thought he had it there.. He grabs Stark and goes behind looking for the IVORY TOWER!! He lifts him in the Electric Chair…. ELECTRIC CHAIR DRI– NOOO STARK COUNTERS IT INTO A VICTORY ROLL!! THE REF COUNTS!!

Ref: ONNNEEEEEEE….TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…….THRRRRRR

Pierre: OH SO CLOSE!!! HE ALMOST HAD IT!!! BUT RYAN MARX KICKS OUT!! Both men racing to their feet… STARK WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK… MARX DUCKS.. AND SHOOTS A BIG BOOT!!! STARK IS DAZED ON HIS FEET.. HE HOOKS STARK…… THE FALL OF MAN!! FALLAWAY SLAM SENDING STARK FLYING HALF WAY ACROSS THE RING!!! Stark holding his back!!! Stark using the ropes to pull himself up…. MARX PICKS HIM UP ON A FIREMAN’S CARRY!!! BUT STARK DRIVING HIS ELBOW TO THE JAW!!! REPEATEDLY FIRING HIS ELBOW TO THE JAW!! AND HE DROPS DOWN!! STARK DRIVING HIS KNEE HARD TO THE MID-SECTION OF MARX! Marx bent over… STARK WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SKULL OF MARX KNOCKING HIM DOWN!!! STARK HOOKS THE LEG…

Ref: ONNNEEEE….TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…THRREEEEEEEE!!!

Cherish: HIS FOOT!!! MARX GOT HIS FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!! THE REFEREE IS SHOWING STARK AND HE CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Sickening roundhouse kick I thought he had the victory right there Pierre! Stark grabs Marx up… WRIST LOCK HE’S GOING FOR ENTER THE GODSWOOD! AND HE PULLS MARX IN!! MARX GETS A BOOT UP BEFORE STARK CAN CONNECT WITH THE KNEE!!! STARK STILL HAS THE WRIST OF MARX.. AND MARX REPEATEDLY DRIVING HIS BOOT INTO THE SKULL OF STARK!! OVER AND OVER!! SICKENING BOOTS TO THE SKULL!!! STARK FINALLY RELEASES!!! MARX FROM BEHIND… ELECTRIC CHAIR!! THIS IS IT!! ELECTRIC CHAIR DRIVER!! IVORY TOWER CONNECTS!!!!!! AND HE HOOKS THE LEG!!

Ref: ONNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE…..TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….THRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Tempest” By Deftones picks up again throughout the arena as Ryan Marx has his hand raised high in the air)

Ring Announcer: HEEEREEEE IS YOURRR WINNNNNERRRRR… RYAAANNNNNNN MAARXXXXXX!!!!

(Camera cuts backstage to Max A. Million with a microphone in hand)

Max: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Hall of Fame Champion, Devan Dubian…

(Camera pans to the left to reveal a stoic Devan Dubian dressed in his ring attire and a t-shirt as he says nothing)

Max: Devan, I know it’s been a tough few weeks for you ever since the Grand Rampage, but after last week, do you still feel the same way you felt about taking on both Jaywalker and Ares as you did before?

Devan: …. What happened last week on Showdown was nothing I didn’t expect. I didn’t come into this expecting it to be a walk in the park. You just don’t seem to get it, and a lot of you don’t. Anyone else would have just went to HRDO and asked him to take care of this for them, but I’m not like that. I’ve never been that kind of person. You can call me stupid for it, but I don’t care. I do things my way, and if living by my way means dying by my way, then so be it.

Max: A few weeks ago, Ares said that the only reason they didn’t do to you what they did to the Heart Break Boy is because you happened to be the Hall of Fame Champion. Do you think that, if they manage to take the Championship off of you tonight, you’ll meet the same fate as him?

(Devan chuckles)

Devan: I’ve never been afraid of people’s threats. How many sadistic people have I come across in all my time here that promised to end my career? Even Ares tried to end me, and he failed.

Max: Do you think your history with Ares plays a lot into all that has happened?

Devan: Ares wouldn’t have just convinced Jaywalker to come after the Hall of Fame Championship if he didn’t have something to get out of it. Ares’ entire little tirade and rise to power came from “ending my career”, and I have no doubt knowing he couldn’t do that in the end eats away at him. He’s made it pretty damn clear how personal it is. He got another win over me on Showdown, but he couldn’t stop me. And you know what? He never will. He and I can do this forever, but it will never get him what he wants. I’m not looking for a win over him. I’m not looking to end a war that’s been over for a long time. I just want my Hall of Fame Title, and I’m willing to go through both of them to get it.

Max: And do you believe you can do that all on your own?

(Devan takes several seconds to respond)

Devan: … Who said I was alone?

(Devan smirks before taking his leave as Max looks on)

(Camera cuts to various EAW advertisements)

(The camera cuts back to the ring announcer)

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, this next match is scheduled for ONE FALL AND IF THE PIZZA BOY LOSES, HE WILL LOSE HIS OPPORTUNITY AT A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT PAIN FOR PRIDE!

(“Cowboy Song” – Faith No More hits as the Pizza Boy slowly makes his way through the curtain to nothing short of a standing ovation; he stands on the stage looking out at the thousands looking on before taking a deep breath and slowly making his way down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first from New York, New York, weighing in tonight at ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE POUNDS!! HE IS… THE PIIIIIIIIZZZZAAAAAAA BOOOOOOOOOOYYYY!!

Cherish: Some could argue that this man would be used to the position that he’s walking into tonight. There always seems to be a brand new mountain for this man to climb when he reaches the summit of the last; tonight the man stands across from someone that he may call his best friend, forced to place the thing he overcame thirty people at Grand Rampage to achieve. We know how badly the Pizza Boy wants to compete for the championship that was taken from him by Lannister at Road to Redemption after winning that Elimination Chamber by last eliminating Ares Vendetta, coincidentally with an assist by the man that he faces tonight.

Pierre: The question is: what mindset are either of these men going to be in tonight. There’s a personal relationship here; there’s not a whole lot of people that you can truly call friends in this business. You said it best; this man was the winner of the Grand Rampage a month ago and his friend, Brian Daniels has the chance to take it away from him. What does that do for their relationship, Cherish? Imagine what’s going to be left if Brian Daniels takes away that Pizza Boy has shed blood, sweat and tears to achieve? There would be nothing left of it, and in the grand scheme of things, Damien Murrow’s plan works perfectly. Pizza Boy fails and more importantly, Brian Daniels would truly have little to nothing left.

(The Pizza Boy enters the ring and makes his way into the corner; he placed his head on the top turnbuckle as he closes his eyes and takes a deep breath before turning back towards the stage and waiting for his opponent to make his arrival.)

Pierre: Damien Murrow is going to love every moment of this.

(“Paint It Black” – Ramon Djawadi hits as the arena EXPLODES with a tremendous roar. Time passes before Brian Daniels makes his way through the curtain, standing on the stage as his eyes pierce down at the man standing in the ring. Brian shakes his head before slowly making his down to the ring; the crowd in unison chant “YES!”, but Brian doesn’t pay attention, instead he’s looking down as he mumbles to himself.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing his opponent from New York, New York, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND TEN POUNDS!! HE IS… BRIAN DAAAAAAAANNNNIIIEEEELLLLLSSSSS!!

Pierre: I brought up the mindset that both of these men are going to be in tonight, but more importantly, what’s going through the head of this man tonight? For almost a full year Brian has wanted that match Robbie V; DEDEDE hit the nail on the head on Showdown. That match isn’t a need for Brian, it’s an obsession.The man is throwing away everything he’s created for one opportunity to square off against the man that he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame with as RoViper make history as the first team to be inducted. Are those words still running through the mind of this man? Has it made Brian Daniels lose sight of that he could do tonight? Pizza Boy is one hell of a competitor, whether you love him or you hate him, you cannot deny that the man has one of the biggest hearts in this business, but this Brian Daniels – this is a Brian Daniels I don’t believe we’ve ever seen. This man is dangerous.

Cherish: Which all falls into the plan of Damien Murrow; Brian openly accepted that the match at Pain for Pride is going to be his last. There’s nothing else he wants in this business; he doesn’t want another World Championship reign. He doesn’t want to continuously add to his already legendary career. These two men stood beside each other almost a year ago at Pain for Pride against Drake Jaeger, Tiberius IV and Judas. Pizza was there to stop the High Rollerz from possibly ending Brian Daniels career a few weeks ago on Showdown. Now both men stand against each other with the stipulation that if The Pizza Boy loses, he loses his World Championship match at Pain for Pride… I would hate to see what would happen to the bond between these two men if that were to happen.

(Brian enters the ring as the hint of a smile crosses the face of Pizza Boy. The two come face to face as dueling chants for both Brian Daniels and Pizza Boy echoes around the arena. The referee calls for the bell as the two exchange words.)

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Cherish: The bell rings and this contest is now underway; Brian Daniels against Pizza Boy. Both men taking a few steps back and slowly begin to circle around the ring, neither man’s eyes leaving the other. They finally lock up and Pizza Boy takes the early advantage twisting the arm into an arm wrench. His control doesn’t last long as Brian quickly rolls through and kips back up to his feet; Pizza Boy looks to catch him with a clothesline, but Brian manages to duck underneath and lock the waist! Brian looking to take Pizza Boy down to the canvas, but he uses his leg to block. Pizza Boy swings back with the elbow, but Brian sees it coming and ducks underneath again. Brian loosens his grip and allows the momentum to swing Pizza Boy around and looking to take him overhead with the Northern Lights Suplex, but Pizza drives his knee into his chest and successfully manages to get back down to his feet. Pizza Boy maintains the front facelock and looks to send Brian down to the canvas with a suplex, but Brian’s able to float over and land on his feet, locking the waist and driving Pizza Boy into the ropes! Brian looking to roll back through, but Pizza Boy latches onto the top rope and sends Brian rolling back on his own. Brian scrambles back to his feet and swings with a wild clothesline as Pizza Boy charges forward, but Pizza Boy hooks the arm and takes Brian down into the backslide!

ONE!!…

Cherish: Brian immediately rolling back through onto his feet AND FIRES WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! NO, PIZZA BOY DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND TAKES BRIAN DOWN INTO THE ROLL UP!

ONE!!… TWO!!…

Pierre: WOW! Brian Daniels powers out, but immediately rolls under the bottom rope and to the outside. Brian taking a minute to compose himself; Brian is known to be an outstanding wrestler, but he has to be surprised that the Pizza Boy hasn’t missed a step with the shots that Brian has thrown. Pizza Boy taking a step back and allows Brian to get back into the ring. Both men slowly beginning to circle the ring once more; the two locking up — no, Brian ducks down and takes Pizza Boy down to the canvas with a double leg takedown! Wait, Pizza Boy sees it coming and catches Brian in a front facelock, shifting his legs back and using Brian’s momentum to take him down to the canvas. Brian, though, quickly able to break free and twist out of the grasp of Pizza Boy and turns it into a front facelock of his on. Brian drives the point of his knee into the top of the head of the Pizza Boy, but Pizza Boy tries his hardest to brush it off. Pizza Boy trying to push himself back up, but Brian uses his body weight to hold him down and drives the knee into the top of the head once more. But, Pizza Boy still defiantly pushing himself back up, which this time Brian seems to allow him to do. Pizza Boy still in the grasp on Brian Daniels, but pushes himself back up to a knee – but, it only gives Brian the opportunity to take him back down with the snap suplex!

Cherish: Pizza Boy hitting the canvas and just like Brian did earlier, he rolls under the bottom rope and to the outside to recompose himself and regain his bearing – WAIT A MINUTE! BRIAN DANIELS DOESN’T GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY FLYING THROUGH THE ROPES AND CRASHING INTO PIZZA BOY WITH THE TOPE SUICIDA! PIZZA BOY FLIES BACK INTO THE BARRICADE AS BRIAN DANIELS SHOOTS BACK UP TO HIS FEET! Pizza sits leaned back against the barricade in a daze as Brian drags him back up fires with a European Uppercut as the referee begins to make his count.

ONE!!… TWO!!… THREE!!…

Cherish: Pizza Boy tries to fire back with a right hand of his own, but Brian ducks underneath, drives his shoulder into the stomach of Pizza Boy and forces him back spine first into the edge of the apron! Pizza Boy screaming out in pain as his spine jars in pain. Brian rolls Pizza Boy back into the ring before making his way up onto the apron and beginning that climb to the top rope! Pizza Boy clutching at his back as Brian steadies himself! DIVING FRONT DROPKICK! BRIAN DANIELS DRIVING BOTH FEET INTO THE CHEST OF THE PIZZA BOY, WHO’S SENT RAGDOLLING BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS! But, Pizza Boy defiantly pushes himself back up to his hands and knees, not allowing Brian the chance to make the cover. It seems to bring a smile to the face of Brian; it’s like he’s glad that Pizza Boy continues to show the same heart that has brought the man this far. Brian allowing Pizza Boy to make his own way back to his feet, but he stumbles back into the corner. Brian takes a step forward AND FIRES AT THE CHEST WITH A STIFF SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST! THE PIZZA BOY ALMOST CURLING OVER IN PAIN, BUT FORCES HIMSELF TO STAND STRONG! BRIAN WITH ANOTHER, BUT IT’S ALMOST LIKE PIZZA BOY IS USING IT AS FUEL TO FIRE HIMSELF UP! BRIAN WITH A THIRD! A FOURTH! A FIVE! A SIXTH! FINALLY, THE PIZZA BOY DROPS DOWN TO HIS KNEES AS BRIAN TAKES A STEP BACK — NO, PIZZA BOY GRABS BRIAN DANIELS AND PULLS HIM INTO THE CORNER! CHOP TO THE CHEST! FOREARM TO THE JAW! CHOP! FOREARM! CHOP! FOREARM! CHOP! FOREARM!

Pierre: BRIAN TRYING TO COVER UP, BUT IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE HELPING! A WILDFIRE BURNS IN THE EYES OF THE PIZZA BOY AS HE FIGHTS FOR WHAT HE EARNED! BRIAN IS STUNNED AS THE PIZZA BOY CHARGES ACROSS THE RING, HITS THE OPPOSITE CORNER BEFORE BURSTING BACK AND DRIVING THE FOREARM FLUSH INTO THE JAW! HE ISN’T FINISHED! PIZZA CHARGES ACROSS THE RING AND THIS TIME COMES BACK WITH A RUNNING HIGH KNEE TO THE CORNERED BRIAN DANIELS! BRIAN STUMBLES OUT OF THE CORNER AS THE PIZZA BOY SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE! MOONSAULT TO THE STANDING BRIAN DANIELS! BRIAN CAUGHT HIM — BUT, PIZZA BOY IS ABLE TO PROPEL HIMSELF UP, TURN AND DRIVE BRIAN DOWN WITH A DDT! BRIAN DRIVEN HEAD FIRST INTO THE CANVAS AS PIZZA BOY ROLLS HIM OVER ONTO HIS BACK AND SHOOTS INTO THE COVER!

ONE!! TWO!! KICKOUT!!

Cherish: BRIAN KICKS OUT AT TWO!

Pierre: You can tell by the look on the face of the Pizza Boy that he knows that he needs to put Brian away while he has the opportunity. But, those opportunities come few and far between and this time it wasn’t enough. Pizza Boy getting back to his feet and takes a look at the downed Brian Daniels. Pizza Boy looking over towards the corner, but shakes his head. It’s not worth the risk at the moment, not yet at least. Pizza Boy allowing Brian to get back to his feet, but the moment that he does, he meets him with a side thrust kick to the stomach! Brian dropping down to a knee as Pizza Boy hits the ropes and drives both feet into the side of the head with a running dropkick! No! Brian manages to get out of the way! Pizza Boy scrambling back to his feet, but Brian meets him with a standing bicycle kick! Pizza Boy doesn’t go down, instead falling back into the ropes! Pizza Boy stumbles back forward AND BRIAN DRIVES BOTH FEET INTO THE RIGHT KNEE OF THE PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY TUMBLES DOWN TO THE CANVAS AS HE CLUTCHES AT THE KNEE! Brian doesn’t give Pizza Boy the chance to recover, grabbing that right leg and rolls him onto his stomach! Brian using his boot to trap the leg before doing the same with the other! Brian possibly looking for a surfboard – BUT OPTS AGAINST IT, INSTEAD LEAPING INTO THE AIR AND DRIVING BOTH KNEES OF THE PIZZA BOY INTO THE CANVAS! Brian shaking his head as Pizza Boy clutches straight back at that right knee; in an instant Brian Daniels has managed to create one hell of a target. Pizza Boy pushing himself up to a knee, but that’s as far as he’s able to get before Brian fires at his chest with a shoot kick! Another! Another! Pizza Boy almost curling over in pain once more, but the kid defiantly pushes himself back up!

Cherish: Brian doesn’t seem too pleased this time. Brian with another kick to the chest, but as Pizza Boy falls forward, he catches the arm – AND PULLS PIZZA BOY STRAIGHT INTO A SICK KNEE! THE POINT OF THE KNEE CRACKING INTO THE SIDE OF THE PIZZA BOY’S NECK! Pizza falls forward, but falls into the arm of Brian who powers him back up to his feet and fires with a European Uppercut! Brian with a headbutt! Brian grabbing Pizza Boy by the arm and whips him across the ring HARD into the corner! The spine of Pizza Boy jarring in pain as he stumbles out of the corner and falls back down to the canvas. Pizza grabs at his back as Brian just watches on; have you noticed that Brian hasn’t gone for a pin attempt yet. Is that because of what would happen if Brian were to beat him? Pizza pushing himself up to his hands and knees, shaking his head refusing to stay down. Pizza Boy pushing himself back to his feet as Brian backs into the corner and squats down, just watching. Pizza Boy’s back up – AS BRIAN BURSTS ACROSS THE RING AND SENDS PIZZA BOY FLYING BACK INTO THE CORNER WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK! PIZZA HITS THE CORNER HARD, BUT LATCHES ONTO THE TOP ROPE! PIZZA BOY REFUSING TO FALL BACK DOWN! Brian shoots back up and picks up a head full of steam! RUNNING CORNER DROPKICK! THIS TIME BOTH FEET DRIVING INTO THE FACE AND CHEST OF THE PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY DROPS DOWN TO HIS KNEES, BUT KEEPS HOLD OF THAT TOP ROPE AND DRAGS HIMSELF BACK UP AS HE CONTINUES TO SHAKE HIS HEAD! BRIAN DOES IT AGAIN!

Pierre: Brian shoots back to his feet as Pizza Boy stumbles out of the corner, but he still hasn’t gone down! The man can barely stand; he could very well be out on his feet, but he still somehow stands! Even Brian seems shocked! Brian lining Pizza Boy up… but it’s like he doesn’t want to do it! Brian slightly drops his head BEFORE ALMOST TAKING PIZZA BOY’S HEAD OFF WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK! PIZZA BOY DROPS DOWN TO HIS KNEES BEFORE CRASHING FACE FIRST DOWN TO THE CANVAS! Brian drops down to his knees before the Pizza Boy and rolls him on his back and almost… reluctantly makes the cover…

ONE!! TWO!! THRE-KICKOUT!!

Cherish: PIZZA BOY KICKS OUT! THAT ROUNDHOUSE COULDN’T HAVE CONNECTED CLEANER AND IT WASN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP THE PIZZA BOY DOWN!

Pierre: And look, Cherish, that hint of a smirk returns to the face of Brian Daniels. Pizza Boy just laying there as he takes in those deep breaths; Brian gets back to his feet and walks back back in corner, squatting down just watching the Pizza Boy once more. Pizza Boy slowly pushing himself back up, trying to shake out the cobwebs, but he’s definitely rattled. Pizza gets back up to his feet and turns towards Brian, who is still unmoved. Pizza Boy gritting his teeth as he signals Brian to bring it. But, still, Brian doesn’t move. Brian doesn’t want to take this away from Pizza Boy and at the rate of how this was going, Brian was very well on his way in doing so. Brian grabbing up to the top rope and pulls himself back to his feet; he looks at the Pizza Boy in the eyes and shakes his head. It’s like Brian’s telling him that he can’t do it. Brian doesn’t want to take it all away from the Pizza Boy; he doesn’t want to play this game of Damien Murrow’s. Pizza Boy gritting his teeth again as he looks at Brian Daniels with a look… a look of disgust. Pizza Boy wants Brian’s best — PIZZA BOY WITH AN OPEN HANDED SLAP TO THE FACE OF BRIAN?! BRIAN’S SHOCKED?! Brian turns towards Pizza Boy, BUT HE DOES IT AGAIN! BRIAN LOOKS LIKE HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE IT! BRIAN FIRES AT THE CHEST OF PIZZA BOY WITH A KICK! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! ANOTHER! ANOTHER! PIZZA BOY FIRES BACK WITH A FOREARM! PIZZA BOY WITH A HEADBUTT! BRIAN WITH A FOREARM! PIZZA BOY FIRES BACK! BRIAN! PIZZA BOY! BRIAN! PIZZA BOY! BRIAN! PIZZA BOY! BRIAN! PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY!

Cherish: PIZZA BOY POWERS BRIAN UP INTO THAT FIREARM’S CARRY POSITION! BRIAN WITH AN ELBOW TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! ANOTHER! REPEATED SHOTS TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! PIZZA BOY DROPPING DOWN TO A KNEE AND BRIAN’S SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT HIS WAY DOWN TO HIS FEET! BRIAN HITS THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A KNEELIFT! NO, PIZZA BOY’S ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY! BRIAN RUSHES AROUND — SUPERKICK! PIZZA BOY CONNECTS FLUSH ON THE JAW! THE IMPACT TURNING BRIAN AROUND, BUT HE’S STILL STANDING! BUT, PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY WITH A SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! BRIAN ALMOST DROPPED ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD! BRIAN IMMEDIATELY STUMBLES BACK TO HIS FEET! BRIAN’S UP AS PIZZA BOY SHOOTS ACROSS THE RING, LEAPING UP AND LOCKS THE HEAD OF BRIAN! FRONT FLIP DDT! BRIAN VIOLENTLY SPIKED INTO THE CANVAS! PIZZA BOY DOESN’T GO FOR THE PIN, INSTEAD ROLLING UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE AND BEGINNING TO TAKE HIS WAY UP TO THE TOP ROPE! BRIAN LOOKS COMPLETELY OUT OF IT! HE’S NOT MOVING AS PIZZA BOY STEADIES HIMSELF! A SMILE CROSSING THE FACE OF THE PIZZA BOY BEFORE HE LEAPS!! HEART! BREAK! ELBOW! THE ELBOW OF THE PIZZA BOY DRIVEN INTO THE CHEST OF BRIAN DANIELS! PIZZA BOY SHOOTS INTO THE COVER AND HOOKS BOTH LEGS!

ONE!! TWO!! THREE-KICKOUT!!

Cherish: BRIAN KICKS OUT! BRIAN KICKS OUT! IT’S NOT ENOUGH! PIZZA BOY SAID THAT THE RESULT BETWEEN THESE TWO DIDN’T MATTER; HE WANTED BRIAN’S BEST AND PIZZA BOY MAY HAVE JUST DONE WHAT HE NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT HAPPENS! PIZZA BOY LOOKS TO BE IN ABSOLUTE SHOCK; THE SUPERKICK, THE DRAGON SUPLEX, THE FRONT FLIP DDT, EVEN TAKING A PAGE OUT OF HIS FRIEND THE HEART BREAK BOY’S PLAYBOOK! IT WASN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP BRIAN DANIELS DOWN! Pizza Boy just sitting there as Brian slowly stirs; that glazed look still covers his eyes. Pizza Boy getting back to his feet as Brian slowly pushes himself back up. Brian getting back to a knee and Pizza Boy drives the boot into the chest of Brian Daniels! Another! Pizza Boy now taking a page out of his opponent’s book! Pizza Boy with a third! He takes a step back BEFORE FIRING WITH A ROUNDHOUSE TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! BRIAN DUCKS AND SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET, LOCKING THE WAIST IN THE PROCESS! RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX! PIZZA BOY LANDS ON HIS FEET! BRIAN SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET AS PIZZA BOY STUMBLES BACK INTO THE CORNER! BRIAN CHARGES STRAIGHT AT PIZZA BOY, BUT PIZZA BOY GETS THE BOOT UP AND JUMPS UP ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE! Brian grabbing at his jaw as Pizza Boy leaps! FRONT DROPKICK! BRIAN CATCHES THE LEGS AND SWINGS HIM AROUND… AND CATAPULTS HIM INTO THE CORNER! PIZZA CATCHES HIMSELF ON THE MIDDLE ROPE AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF BACKWARDS WITH A BACK ELBOW!

Pierre: BRIAN CAUGHT HIM AND LAUNCHES HIM BACK WITH A WICKED RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX! THIS TIME IT CONNECTS! PIZZA BOY STUMBLES BACK UP AS BRIAN SHOOTS OUT OF THE CORNER! VALAR MORGHULIS! NO, PIZZA BOY CUTS HIM OFF AND SPINNING WHEEL KICK! Pizza Boy getting back to his feet, but somehow Brian isn’t too far behind! The Adrenaline beginning to take over! Pizza Boy calling for the end as Brian gets back to his feet! PIZZA BOY HOOKS HIM! THE LAST SLICE! NO, BRIAN BLOCKS IT AND PIZZA BOY LANDS ON HIS FEET BEHIND HIM! PIZZA BOY STUMBLES SLIGHTLY — CAUSTIC ECHO!! HE GOT HIM!! NO, PIZZA BOY JUST, JUST DUCKS UNDERNEATH BRIAN! THE MOMENTUM SWINGS BRIAN AROUND AND PIZZA BOY SWEEPS HIS LEGS BACK OUT FROM UNDER HIM — BEFORE DRIVING BOTH FEET INTO THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH THE STANDING DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP! PIZZA BOY’S KNOWS THAT THIS MAY BE HIS CHANCE! A STUNNED BRIAN DANIELS PUSHING HIMSELF UP TO HIS HANDS AND KNEES BEFORE PIZZA BOY DRAGS HIM BACK IN AND PULLS HIM IN! PIZZA BOY LIFTING HIM UP! BRIAN… OH MY GOD! PILEDRIVER! PIZZA BOY SPIKING BRIAN ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD WITH A DEVASTATING PILEDRIVER! BRIAN DANIELS ALMOST FOLDING LIKE A LAWN CHAIR! PIZZA BOY ROLLS INTO THE COVER AND HOOKS BOTH LEGS!

ONE!! TWO!! KICKOUT!!

Cherish: IT’S NOT ENOUGH! IT’S STILL NOT ENOUGH! THE PIZZA BOY IS IN ABSOLUTE SHOCK! THAT PILEDRIVER WAS SICKENING; THERE HAS TO BE SOME DAMAGE TO THE NECK OF BRIAN DANIELS, BUT HE STILL GOT THE SHOULDER UP! PIZZA BOY BEGGING WITH THE REFEREE, BUT THE REFEREE ADAMANTLY SAYING IT WAS ONLY TWO! PIZZA BOY CAN’T WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY! Pizza Boy gets back his feet and stands over the still down Brian Daniels. Brian is barely moving; that kickout may have been nothing more than pure instinct. What’s going through the mind of the Pizza Boy? What does he have to do to keep Brian down? Pizza Boy looking over at the corner and nods his head. I think that we know that he’s has to do. The same move that won him the Answers World Championship at Road to Redemption! Pizza Boy making his way onto the apron and begins to make his way up to the top rope as Brian slowly begins to stir! Pizza Boy may be one last big move away from keeping that opportunity at Pain for Pride X! Pizza Boy has perched; his eyes locked on the man who’s made it back to a knee. Pizza Boy screaming at Brian to get back up! BRIAN’S UP AS PIZZA BOY FLIES OFF THE TOP ROPE! THE FINAL DELIVERY!

Pierre: CAUSTIC ECHO! CAUSTIC ECHO! CAUSTIC! FREAKING! ECHO! BRIAN DANIELS PICKS PIZZA BOY OUT OF THE SKY WITH THAT CAUSTIC ECHO! PIZZA BOY CRASHES TO THE CANVAS IN A HEAP, BUT BRIAN GOES BACK DOWN AS WELL!

(The camera cuts to a replay of Brian Daniels hitting the Caustic Echo in mid air.)

Pierre: That couldn’t have to connected any cleaner, but Brian needs to make the cover; the Pizza Boy hasn’t moved an inch. Brian though just laying on the canvas taking those deep breaths. Brian rolling onto his stomach and begins dragging himself across the ring, but the Pizza Boy still with another wherewithal to rolls over to the ropes. Brian pushes himself up to a knee as Pizza Boy grasps onto the bottom rope and tries to drag himself back up; he may not to have the strength to get back up until his own power after that kick to the head. Brian’s back up and watches the determined Pizza Boy to get back to his. Pizza Boy’s up and Brian meets him with a forearm! Pizza Boy drops down to a knee, but pops back up with a forearm of his own! Brian staggers, but fires straight back with his another! Pizza Boy drops down to a knee again, but pops up again with another forearm! No! Brian cuts him off! Another forearm! Another forearm! A shoot kick to the chest! Pizza Boy falls back into the ropes AND FIRES BACK WITH A HEADBUTT! THAT SKULL SPLITTING SOUND ECHOES AROUND THE ARENA! BRIAN FALLS FORWARD, BUT FALLS INTO THE GRASP OF PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY HAVE HIM LOCKED! THE LAST SLICE! NO! IT DOESN’T CONNECT! BRIAN LATCHES ONTO THE TOP ROPE AND PIZZA BOY IS SENT OVER HEAD! PIZZA BOY LANDS ON HIS FEET AND CHARGES FORWARD — ANOTHER CAUSTIC ECHO! PIZZA BOY JUST RAN STRAIGHT INTO ANOTHER CAUSTIC ECHO! PIZZA BOY GOES DOWN AND BRIAN DANIELS FALLS INTO THE COVER! THIS IS IT! PIZZA BOY ISN’T GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!

ONE!! TWO!! THREE!!

Pierre: HE GOT HIM!! HE GOT HIM!!

Cherish: NO!! NO!! PIZZA BOY GOT HIS SHOULDER UP!! PIZZA BOY GOT HIS SHOULDER ABOUT HALF AN INCH OFF THE CANVAS!! I THOUGHT IT WAS IT! YOU THOUGHT IT WAS IT! BRIAN THOUGHT IT WAS IT! PIZZA LIVES, PIERRE! THERE’S STILL LIFE COURSING THROUGH THE BODY OF THE PIZZA BOY! BRIAN CAN’T BELIEVE IT! BRIAN PUSHING HIMSELF BACK INTO THE CORNER AS PIZZA BOY SLOWLY, SLOWLY ROLLS ONTO HIS SIDE, HIS EYES LOOKING STRAIGHT TOWARDS BRIAN! THE PIZZA BOY IS SMILING! THE PIZZA BOY’S TEETH ARE COVERED IN BLOOD AFTER THAT CAUSTIC ECHO, BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE PIZZA BOY HAS ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT OF THIS! I… I DON’T THINK THAT BRIAN’S THINKING THE SAME! BRIAN HAS WON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THAT MOVE! HE’S PUT AWAY LEGENDS WITH THAT MOVE! SOME OF THE BEST THAT HAVE EVER GRACED AN EAW RING, BUT RIGHT NOW IT WAS NOT ENOUGH! PIZZA BOY HAS ENDURED NOT ONE, BUT TWO OF THEM! PIZZA BOY PUSHING HIMSELF UP TO HIS HANDS AND KNEES, BUT HIS EYES NEVER LEAVING BRIAN WHO STILL SITS IN THE CORNER! PIZZA BOY FORCING HIMSELF UP ONTO A KNEE AS BRIAN REACHES UP TO THE TOP ROPE, EMPHATICALLY PULLS HIMSELF BACK TO HIS FEET AND BURSTS OUT OF THE CORNER! VALAR MORGHULIS! THE RUNNING HIGH KNEE TO THE HEAD OF PIZZA BOY! PIZZA BOY WAS TURNED INSIDE OUT! BRIAN CRAWLS INTO THE COVER AND HOOKS BOTH LEGS!

ONE!! TWO!! KICKOUT!!

Pierre: I can’t… I can’t believe it!

Cherish: PIZZA BOY POWERS OUT OF THE PIN! IT’S LIKE EACH MOVE FROM BRIAN DANIELS IS DOING NOTHING MORE THAN ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE THAT HAS ALWAYS BURNED IN THE HEART OF PIZZA BOY! THERE’S SOMETHING SO SPECIAL WITH THIS KID AND HE CONTINUES TO PROVE IT TONIGHT! BRIAN’S ALMOST IN A FRENZY! BRIAN LATCHES ONTO THE ARM OF PIZZA BOY AND ROLLS HIM ONTO HIS STOMACH! THE FOURTH SEAL! THE FOURTH SEAL! IF BRIAN CAN’T KEEP THE MAN DOWN, HE’S GOING TO FORCE HIM TO SUBMIT! COULD YOU IMAGINE IF PIZZA BOY HAD TO GIVE UP! HE TAPS AND THE DREAM OF PAIN FOR PRIDE IS OVER! BRIAN REARS BACK AT THE HEAD WITH EVERYTHING HE CAN STILL PHYSICALLY MUSTER! PIZZA BOY SCREAMS IN AGONY, BUT HE REFUSES TO QUIT! PIZZA BOY SLOWLY DRAGGING HIMSELF TOWARDS THE ROPES! EVERYTHING IN HIS CAREER HAS LEAD TO THIS MOMENT! THE BATTLES WITH HADES! THE WARS WITH JUDAS AND DRAKE AND JONES! THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER! THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! THE GRAND RAMPAGE! IF THE PIZZA BOY TAPS THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! COME ON PIZZA BOY! SCRATCH! CRAWL! DON’T THROW IT AWAY! HE’S ALMOST THERE! HE’S… HE’S ALMOST THERE! WAIT! PIZZA BOY ROLLS BRIAN BACK ONTO HIS SHOULDERS — NO!! NO!! BRIAN USES THE MOMENTUM TO ROLL PIZZA BOY RIGHT BACK OVER!! PIZZA BOY IS TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! I DON’T KNOW IF HE STILL HAS THE ENERGY LEFT TO MAKE IT!

Pierre: DAMIEN MURROW HAS TO BE SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR, CHERISH! BRIAN DANIELS IS ABOUT TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY FROM HIS BEST FRIEND! PIZZA BOY’S FADING! HE MAY NOT LIKE IT, BUT HIS BODY MAY JUST QUIT ON HIM! EACH INCH GETTING LONGER AND LONGER FOR THE PIZZA BOY! BRIAN REARS BACK WITH EVEN MORE PRESSURE! THE ARM… THE ARM DROPS!! PIZZA BOY’S OUT!! IT’S OVER, CHERISH! THE PIZZA BOY ISN’T GOING ONTO PAIN FOR PRIDE!! THE REFEREE CHECKING ON HIM!! HE RAISES THE PIZZA BOY’S ARM INTO THE AIR…

ONE!!

Pierre: IT DROPS!! THERE’S NO LIFE LEFT IN THE PIZZA BOY!! HE DOES IT AGAIN!!

TWO!!

Pierre: ONE MORE AND THIS MATCH IS OVER!! COME ON BRIAN!!

THRE–

Cherish: IT… NO!! PIZZA BOY JUST, JUST KEEPS IT OFF THE CANVAS! THERE’S STILL LIFE LEFT! BRIAN REARS BACK AGAIN, BUT PIZZA BOY ROLLS HIM OVER ONTO HIS SHOULDER!! BRIAN’S STACKED UP!!

ONE!! TWO!!

Cherish: BRIAN FORCED TO RELEASE THE HOLD AS HE SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET, BUT THE PIZZA BOY ISN’T FAR BEHIND HIM!! CAUSTIC ECHO!! IT MISSES THE MARK!! PIZZA BOY LEAPS UP ONTO THE SHOULDERS OF BRIAN — AND SPIKES HIM BACK DOWN WITH THE POISONED HURRICANRANA! THE MOMENTUM SHOOTS BRIAN BACK UP TO HIS FEET, BUT HE STRUGGLES TO STAND!! PIZZA BOY RUNNING PAST BRIAN AND SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE… AND DRIVES BRIAN DOWN WITH A BULLDOG! BRIAN’S DOWN AS PIZZA BOY SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET AND LETS OUT A ROAR OF EMOTION! THIS IS IT! PIZZA BOY SCREAMING FOR BRIAN TO GET BACK UP! PIZZA BOY CALLING FOR THE END! THE PIZZA BOY IS ABOUT TO CEMENT IN PLACE AT PAIN FOR PRIDE! BRIAN’S PUSHING HIMSELF UP! BRIAN’S BACK TO A KNEE AS PIZZA DRAGS HIM UP AND HOOKS HIM!! IF IT CONNECTS WITH THIS, THIS ONE IS OVER!! PIZZA BOY… THE LAST SLICE!! THE LAST SLICE!! IT CONNECTS!! THE THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM!! BRIAN DANIELS DRIVEN ONTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!! BRIAN ALMOST FOLDED IN HALF AS PIZZA LATCHES ONTO THE LEGS!! PIZZA BOY HAS SET HIS DATE WITH DESTINY!!

ONE!! TWO!! THRE–KICKOUT!!

Pierre: BRIAN KICKS OUT!! HAHAHAHA!! THE LAST SLICE WASN’T ENOUGH!! THE LAST STRAND OF HOPE WAS NOT ENOUGH!! PIZZA BOY PLEADING, BEGGING TO THE REFEREE!! HIS HEAD IS BASICALLY IN THE MAN’S HANDS!!

Cherish: IT’S GUT WRENCHING TO WATCH! BOTH MEN LEAVING EVERY FIBRE OF THEIR BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! THAT WASN’T THE LAST MOVE IN THE MAN’S ARSENAL, BUT AFTER THE FIRST CAUSTIC ECHO I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S WILLING TO GO TO THE WELL ONE LAST TIME!! HE IS!! PIZZA BOY TAKING THE RISK!! IF THIS ISN’T THE MOMENT TO DO SO, THERE’S NOTHING THAT IS!! PIZZA BOY LOOKING FOR THAT FINAL DELIVERY!! BRIAN’S ON DREAM STREET!! I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND IF THE PIZZA BOY CONNECTS WITH THIS THAT IT’S OVER!! PIZZA BOY HUFFING, PUFFING, WHEEZING AS HE MAKES THE CLIMB THAT MUST FEEL LIKE A MILE AT THIS POINT! BRIAN SLOWLY PUSHING HIMSELF BACK UP!! PIZZA BOY STEADIES HIMSELF!! THIS MOMENT MAKES OR BREAKS THE PIZZA BOY!! PIZZA BOY FLIES!! THE!! FINAL!! DELIVERY!! CAUSTIC ECHO!! BRIAN PULLED ANOTHER RABBIT OUT OF THE HAT!! NO!! PIZZA BOY SAW IT COMING, CATCHING THE BOOT AND LANDING ON HIS FEET!! PIZZA BOY SWINGING BRIAN AROUND AND CONNECTS WITH A JUMPING KNEE! BRIAN CLUTCHING AT HIS JAW AS HE STUMBLES BACK!! BRIAN DOESN’T GO DOWN AS A NASTY SCOWL CROSSES HIS FACE!! BRIAN TURNS BACK — BUT TURNS STRAIGHT INTO A GOLDPRINT!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Pierre: IT… MISSES!! BRIAN DUCKS UNDERNEATH!! PIZZA BOY TURNS!! CAUSTIC ECHO!! A THIRD CAUSTIC ECHO CONNECTS!! PIZZA BOY PLUMMETS DOWN TO THE CANVAS… BUT BRIAN DOESN’T GO FOR THE COVER!! BRIAN… BRIAN LOOKING TO PUT THE FINAL NAIL INTO THE COFFIN!! BRIAN PACING BACK AND FORTH LIKE A MADMAN!! PIZZA BOY WANTED BRIAN’S BEST, CHERISH!! HERE IT IS!! HE WANTED HIS BEST AND WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH TO OVERCOME HIM!! KISS IT ALL GOODBYE!! PIZZA BOY SLOWLY PUSHING HIMSELF BACK UP!! HE’S TOO A KNEE!! A FOURTH CAUSTIC ECHO!!

Cherish: BRIAN DIDN’T PULL THE TRIGGER?! BRIAN JUST STOPPED HIMSELF, HE CAN’T DO IT!! HE CAN’T TAKE IT ALL AWAY FROM THE PIZZA BOY!! PIZZA BOY LOOKING UP AND IS ALMOST BEGGING BRIAN TO PUT HIM OUT OF HIS MISERY!! BRIAN ALMOST LOOKS HEARTBROKEN, PIERRE!! PIZZA BOY DROPPING HIS HEAD, ACCEPTING DEFEAT AS BRIAN TURNS HIS HEAD!! HE CAN’T LOOK AT THE MAN!!… CAUSTIC ECHO TO THE PIZZA BOY!! OH MY GOD!! PIZZA BOY DUCKS AND ROLLS BRIAN UP!!

ONE!! TWO!! THREE!!

Cherish: HE GOT HIM!! HE GOT HIM!! PIZZA BOY IS GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Pierre: WHAT?!

(“Cowboy Song” – Faith No More blasts through the speakers as Brian kicks out a fraction too late as Pizza Boy just lays on the canvas.)

Ring Announcer: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH… THE PIIIIIIIIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZAAAAA BOOOOOOOOYYYYYY!!!!!

Cherish: PIZZA BOY LURED BRIAN IN AND ALLOWED BRIAN TO DROP HIS GUARD!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! PIZZA BOY IS ON HIS WAY TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!!

(Brian sits on the canvas with his head in his hands as the referee helps the Pizza Boy back to his feet. Brian looks up almost in disbelief as the hint of a smile crosses the face of the Pizza Boy.)

Cherish: THE DREAM LIVES ON, PIERRE!! THE DREAM LIVES ON!!

(Brian gets back to his feet as “Cowboy Song” dies down. The two men stand a few steps away from each other as Pizza Boy extends his hand. Brian just stares down; he runs his hands through his hair before slapping Pizza Boy’s hand away.)

Pierre: We said before this match, Cherish; what was going to remain of the friendship of these two men after this.)

(Brian steps toward and hugs Pizza Boy to a roar of approval from the crowd before Brian raises his hand as “Cowboy Song” picks back up.)

Cherish: It remains absolutely undamaged, Pierre! These two men just tore the house down here at Resurrection V, and in doing so I believe they have even more respect for each other!

(Brian leaves the Pizza Boy to bask in his glory before Pizza Boy asks for and is handed a microphone…)

(The Pizza Boy tiredly lifts the microphone up to his mouth, heavily breathing while he looks around to the roaring Berlin crowd)

The Pizza Boy: Thank you, thank you… I really mean that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Berlin. But thank you, Brian Daniels. Thank you for giving me the best match I’ve ever wrestled in my EAW career. You did not disappoint me. I hate to see you, because I would enjoy taking more of those stiff kicks.

(The Pizza Boy is cut off by the crowd’s “THANK YOU DANIELS!” chant, he smiles with a chuckle, but slowly transitions into a “PIZZA BOY!” chant)

The Pizza Boy: I know that we may never overcome the true villainy of this company, but here’s to taking the next step in my career.

(The Pizza Boy turns his direction toward the stage)

The Pizza Boy: I won my match, I’m keeping my Pain for Pride X opportunity. And that means I have one more thing to settle on my messy to do list.

(The crowd loudly roars, knowing exactly what The Pizza Boy is talking about)

The Pizza Boy: LANNISTER… I WANT YOU AND YOUR TITLE, PAIN FOR PRIDE X. You’ve kept my title nice and warmed up for far too long now! It’s overstayed it’s welcome around your waist.

(The crowd explodes with cheers, while The Pizza Boy continues to stare at the stage)

The Pizza Boy: That’s what I thought… coward.

(The Pizza Boy drops the microphone, as “Cowboy Song” picks back up, the crowd continues to cheer)

Cherish: WHOA!!! It looks like The Pizza Boy has set down the challenge! He wants Lannister at Pain for Pride X for his Answers World Championship! The Pizza Boy is finally going to get some revenge for Road to Redemption!

Pierre: Pfft, he’s way in over his head. He just made the worst decision of his life!

(The Pizza Boy slides out of the ring, proceeding to high five the fans as he makes his way up the stage…)

Cherish: Worst decision or not! He’s got one hell of a Pain for Pride X match ahead of him!

(The camera continues to follow The Pizza Boy, as he waves to the fans when making it to the ramp…)

Pierre: LANNISTER!!! LANNISTER FROM BEHIND! LANNISTER CLOBBERS THE PIZZA BOY OVER THE BACK OF HIS HEAD WITH THE ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

(Lannister kneels down next to the fallen Pizza Boy, as he loudly screams at The Pizza Boy, who’s grasping the back of his head)

Lannister: (shouting) THIS IS LANNISTER’S ANSWERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! YOU WANT LANNISTER’S WORLD CHAMPION? YOU WANT TO DIE, PIZZA BOY? LANNISTER HUMBLY ACCEPTS YOUR DEATH OFFERING.

(Lannister kicks The Pizza Boy in the ribs, when standing back up, “The Eagle Has Landed” picks up, as Lannister towers over The Pizza Boy, raising the Answers World Championship high in the air)

Cherish: Disgusting… absolutely disgusting.

Pierre: ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR, CHERISH! ALL IS FAIR!

(The camera continues to fixate itself on Lannister towering over The Pizza Boy, as it fades elsewhere)

(The camera cuts to several druids surrounding Nico Borg in a circle formation…)

Unknown Voices: (chanting) In hoc signo vinces! In hoc signo vinces! In hoc signo vinces!

(Nico Borg slowly rises up from a knee, as the camera circles around to face him…)

Nico Borg: In hoc… signo vinces…

(He speaks only those words, before the druids guide him down a long narrow road… and a sign that usually tells you how many miles you’re away from a city says “Pain for Pride X… 41 days, as the camera cuts to black)

(A recap is shown of the feud between Devan Dubian and the alliance of Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta for the Hall of Fame Championship)

(Camera cuts back to the Mercedes-Benz Arena as “Play For Keeps” by BoB begins to play while the crowd boos)

Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall!…..

(Jaywalker makes his way out to the stage, dressed in a silver and white robe with the Hall of Fame Championship visibly around his waist while Ares Vendetta flanks him)

Announcer: First, making his way towards the ring, accompanied by Ares Vendetta!…. From Scarborough, Canada!…. Weighing in at 250 Pounds!…. HE IS THE “EPICENTER OF THE WORLD”…. JAAAAAYYYYYYYYWWWWWWAAALLLLKKKKEEERRRRRR!!!…..

Pierre: One of the most despicable and sadistic human beings you’ll ever come across in EAW, Jaywalker is definitely no stranger to hostile situations like this as he and Ares have taken possession of the Hall of Fame Championship following an ambush on Devan Dubian and the Heart Break Boy following their third and final bout at the Grand Rampage.

Cherish: And since then, they’ve used their numbers advantage over Dubian with the Heart Break Boy out indefinitely. This isn’t gonna be an easy night for the Champion in the slightest.

(“This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold plays all throughout the arena as the crowd erupts with cheers while a focused Devan Dubian makes his way out to the stage in blue and black attire)

Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring…. From Leicester, England, United Kingdom!…. Weighing in at 230 Pounds!…. HE IS THE REIGNING AND DEFENDING EAW HALL OF FAME CHAMPION…. “THE AMAZING EMIR”, DEVAN DUUUBBBBBIIIIIIIAAAAANNNNNN!!!….

Pierre: You can read the determination on the face of this man as he makes his way towards the ring, knowing perfectly well the odds he’ll be up against in this. He absolutely refuses to back down from this – not only does he want his Championship back, but he wants his revenge just as well.

Cherish: He’s gotta know what’s coming after his bout with Ares last week on Showdown. Can he honestly be expecting anything else from these two? They’re gonna go out of their way to ensure he doesn’t walk out of Berlin the Hall of Fame Champion.

(“This Means War” fades out as Devan Dubian stares down with Jaywalker from across the ring)

Pierre: I’ve never seen so much disdain on the face of a man as Dubian has for both Jaywalker and that man at ringside, Ares Vendetta.

Cherish: That smirk across the face of Jaywalker speaks volumes too. You can just tell–

(“Deadz” by Migos plays all throughout the arena as the crowd erupts with cheers)

Pierre: WHAT?!

(A still visibly hurt Heart Break Boy makes his way out to the stage in street clothes as a surprised Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta look on)

Cherish: THE HEART BREAK BOY IS HERE! HE’S BACK! JAYWALKER AND ARES CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

Pierre: Oh boy, I think the odds suddenly just turned into a something a little more evenly matched as the Heart Break Boy makes his way down to the ring with a look of absolute HATE on his face as he locks eyes with Jaywalker!

Cherish: These two men nearly ended his career at the Grand Rampage! We thought it would be several months before we saw him again, but here he is, albeit still hurt! I don’t think he gives a damn! He wants some payback, and he wants to help his ally!

Pierre: Devan Dubian’s now the one with the smirk on his face as an angry Jaywalker stares down with him! The Heart Break Boy gets in Devan’s corner as the Referee calls for the bell to start this off!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: JAYWALKER EXPLODES OUT OF HIS CORNER, LOOKING TO PUNISH DUBIAN!!

Cherish: Nobody’s home as Devan sees it coming from a mile away – dodging out of the way as Jaywalker crashes into the corner! Devan immediately goes to work as Jaywalker tries to defend himself! Devan with an onslaught of lefts and rights into the challenger! He’s doing all he can to defend himself here! Devan is unloading! He breaks through Jaywalker’s defense with a big European uppercut! Jaywalker with a rake to the eyes of Devan out of nowhere! He may have him! He sends a blinded Devan dropping to the canvas with a loud forearm to the face! Jaywalker may have him here! He starts to climb in that corner!

Pierre: Jaywalker’s got himself up on the second turnbuckle, awaiting his opponent… Dubian still temporarily blinded as he gets to his feet! JAYWALKER LEAPS! POWER SLAM!! DEVAN CATCHES THE INCOMING JAYWALKER WITH A BIG POWER SLAM OUT OF NOWHERE! What a move!

Cherish: A damaged Jaywalker is already trying to escape to the outside! He knows things aren’t going well for him here in the early going! He may need to rethink his strategy with Ares on the outside! The Heart Break Boy cheers Devan on as he rushes forward to stop Jaywalker before he can get to the outside! Jaywalker’s doing all he can, but Devan’s overpowering him here, pulling him back by his right foot! ANKLE LOCK!! DEVAN DUBIAN WITH AN ANKLE LOCK IN ON JAYWALKER!! HE’S USING IT TO DRAG JAYWALKER BACK INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING! DEVAN TWISTING AND CRANKING ON THIS SUBMISSION!

Pierre: Jaywalker’s in visible pain, but he refuses to let it end with this as he pulls himself up! He’s hobbling on one foot with the other still caught in that vicious Ankle Lock! He’s gotta think of something here! DEVAN PULLS JAYWALKER INTO HIM AS HE BREAKS THE HOLD! HE’S GOT HIM! OLYMPIC SLAM!!! AN EMPHATIC OLYMPIC SLAM SENDS JAYWALKER CRASHING TO THE CANVAS!! THIS HAS BEEN PRACTICALLY ALL DEVAN DUBIAN IN THIS CONTEST AND HE KNOWS IT! THE HEART BREAK BOY KNOWS IT, THIS BERLIN CROWD KNOWS IT, AND EVEN ARES KNOWS IT!

Cherish: This is bad! This is looking very, very bad for Jaywalker here! Devan’s become a predator stalking his prey! Devan thinks now may be the perfect time to strike and finish this! He… Hold on… No! Devan stops himself from a potential Bleeding Edge! HE BACKS UP! HE’S GOING TO THE CORNER AS HE KEEPS HIS EYES GLUED ON JAYWALKER! We know what’s coming! We’ve never seen it this early in a contest, but Devan may have made a special exception tonight! What a way to finish this as he sets Jaywalker in his sights! Jaywalker still struggling to get up! DEVAN EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER!! LAST RESORT!!!!

Pierre: JAYWALKER SPRINGS UP AND CATCHES THE INCOMING DEVAN DUBIAN WITH A HUGE DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER OUT OF THE DAMN BLUE!!! JAYWALKER PUTS A COMPLETE STOP TO THAT INCOMING PUNT KICK AND SAVES HIMSELF IN THIS CONTEST! That’s the thing about Jaywalker – no matter what you think about him, you simply cannot count him out! He’s THAT good! Devan took a risk trying to finish this off then and there, and it just blew up in his face! Devan was in full control for a good while, but now it could be either man’s game as they race to get back to a vertical base… Jaywalker the faster of the two, but Devan’s not far behind as they make it to their feet! Jaywalker swings!

Cherish: DEVAN CATCHES JAYWALKER FIRST WITH A LIGHTNING-QUICK EUROPEAN UPPERCUT THAT ROCKS THE CHALLENGER! Jaywalker looks like he may have been thrown through a loop with that as he struggles to stay on his feet! Devan with another EMPHATIC European uppercut! Jaywalker’s faltering! Devan now with a hard shot to Jaywalker! Another! Another! DEVAN DUBIAN IS ALIVE ONCE MORE AND HE’S UNLOADING! Jaywalker goes backpedaling into the ropes, trying to recuperate! DEVAN ISN’T LETTING HIM OFF THAT EASILY AS HE COMES CHARGING!

Pierre: JAYWALKER HAS IT SCOUTED AS HE SENDS THE INCOMING DEVAN DUBIAN UP AND DROPS HIM WITH A SNAKE EYES THROAT-FIRST ON THE TOP ROPE!! Devan now gasping for air as Jaywalker wastes no time charging across the ring! He hits the ropes and comes back at the Champion with a full head of steam! RUNNING UPPERCUT TO A DAMAGED DEVAN UP AGAINST THOSE ROPES!! Devan drops down, still favoring his throat! We know how Jaywalker loves to target the throat of his opponents, and this contest is no different, because that’s exactly what he’s doing! Jaywalker presses a knee to the throat of Devan up against that middle rope! The Referee starts a count!

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Cherish: The sadistic Jaywalker breaks it, putting up both hands to show he’s done as he eyes the potentially injured Devan Dubian in front of him! JAYWALKER WRAPS BOTH HANDS AROUND THE THROAT OF DEVAN! HE’S DOWNRIGHT THROTTLING THIS MAN! ARES LOOKS PLEASED AS HE WATCHES JAYWALKER ATTEMPT TO DRAIN THE LIFE FROM DEVAN WITH THIS CHOKE! HE DRAGS DEVAN UP AGAINST THE TOP ROPE AS DEVAN STRUGGLES, BUT IT’S ALL FOR NAUGHT! THE REFEREE STARTS A COUNT!

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Pierre: JAYWALKER PICKS DEVAN UP BY THAT DOUBLE CHOKE NOW! THE REFEREE’S TRYING TO STOP HIM AS HE TURNS AROUND WITH DEVAN IN HIS GRASP! CHOKEBOMB!!! A HUGE CHOKEBOMB CONNECTS ON DEVAN AS JAYWALKER GOES FOR THE PIN WITH IT!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!!……….. TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: Devan Dubian gets a shoulder up! He’s still in this! He continues on in this contest, but it’s hard to tell what kind of shape he’s in by this point as he continues to gasp for air and favor that throat Jaywalker’s been working on!

Pierre: And let’s not forget it was the throat of the Heart Break Boy these two sadists targeted at the Grand Rampage! They were hoping to get rid of both men once and for all here tonight, but the tide had begun to change with HBB returning, though things aren’t looking up like they once were! Jaywalker looks more annoyed than angry with Devan’s resilience as he rises back to his feet! Jaywalker and his longtime rival, HBB, lock eyes with one another! Jaywalker turns his attention back to Devan, lifting a boot… AND HE DRIVES IT DOWN INTO THE HAND OF DEVAN! He’s not done as he lifts the boot again… AND SENDS IT DOWN INTO THE ARM OF DEVAN! HE SENDS A BOOT INTO THE KNEE OF DEVAN! A STOMP DOWN INTO THE FOOT OF DEVAN! JAYWALKER IS GOING AROUND, STOMPING ON EVERY SURFACE HE CAN OF THE CHAMPION WITH THIS JAYWALKING!!! DEVAN DUBIAN IS DEFENSELESS HERE!

Cherish: Jaywalker puts a stop to it as he reaches the head of Devan… I don’t like the look of this… Jaywalker looks towards the Heart Break Boy as he LIFTS A BOOT! DON’T! A STOMP DOWN INTO THE THROAT OF DEVAN!!

Pierre: NO–DEVAN MANAGES TO ROLL OUT OF THE WAY! He narrowly avoids it! Devan absolutely refuses to let this be the end as he’s already struggling to get back up! JAYWALKER BURSTS FORWARD AND NAILS DEVAN WITH A LOUD BIG BOOT JUST AS HE FORCES HIMSELF UP!! DEVAN GOES DROPPING THROUGH THE ROPES AND TO THE OUTSIDE! A concerned HBB rushes over to check on Devan as Jaywalker and Ares both look on with satisfaction on their faces! This isn’t even a damn match anymore with Jaywalker in control! It’s just him happily torturing his opponent! Ares looks at that Hall of Fame Championship in his possession as Jaywalker exits out to the apron with Devan in his sights! Jaywalker looks down upon his injured opponent as his friend tries to check on him!

Cherish: Devan doesn’t want to stop here! He knows he needs to keep going regardless of his health! He wants that Hall of Fame Championship back where it belongs! He wants to get Jaywalker back for everything he’s done to the both of them! He forces himself up! JAYWALKER LEAPS OFF THE APRON AND TAKES DEVAN DOWN WITH A BIG DOUBLE AXE HANDLE!! HBB just BARELY got out of the way of that! Jaywalker may have been hoping he hadn’t moved at all! He would have happily taken out both men! Jaywalker drags a damaged Devan back up, potentially looking to finish him off!

Pierre: You may be right as Jaywalker sends Devan rolling back into the ring! Jaywalker now getting in the face of the Heart Break Boy! Both men going at it verbally here at ringside as Jaywalker mocks him! Jaywalker climbs up on the apron, still taunting HBB! DEVAN FORCES HIMSELF UP AND BURSTS FORWARD IN THE RING AS HE MANAGES TO CATCH JAYWALKER OFF GUARD WITH A RUNNING FOREARM TO THE SIDE OF THE SKULL!! Jaywalker nearly loses his balance as he clutches the top rope on the apron! A hurt and pissed off Jaywalker swings back with a forearm to the face of Devan! Devan’s faltering! HE FORCES HIMSELF BACK AND INTO A FOREARM TO JAYWALKER! JAYWALKER GIVES HIM THE RECEIPT WITH A FOREARM OF HIS OWN! ANOTHER FOREARM! A THIRD AND FINAL FOREARM CONNECTS TO THE THROAT OF DEVAN! DEVAN DROPS TO ONE KNEE, CLUTCHING HIS THROAT AS JAYWALKER ENTERS!

Cherish: NO! DEVAN FORCES HIMSELF UP AND CATCHES JAYWALKER WITH A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT AS HE STICKS HIS HEAD THROUGH THE ROPES! DEVAN NOW UNLOADING WITH CLUBBING BLOWS AND KNEES TO JAYWALKER AS HE’S CAUGHT BETWEEN THE ROPES! DEVAN REFUSES TO LET THIS BE THE HILL HE DIES ON! HE’S GOT JAYWALKER! HE PULLS HIM THROUGH TO SET HIM UP! ROPE-HUNG DDT CONNECTS!!! And just like that, Devan Dubian may have just turned the tide! Both men scramble to get to their feet, but Jaywalker is visibly slower after that DDT! He’s struggling! They’re up! Jaywalker bursts forward! HE’S CAUGHT! INVERTED HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER FROM DEVAN!! DEVAN HAS COME BACK TO LIFE!

Pierre: He wants to finish this! He wants to end it here as he slams his fists down into the canvas, stalking Jaywalker! He’s still visibly in pain, but he doesn’t care anymore! He wants to end it NOW! Jaywalker is dazed and confused, trying to pull himself up as Devan locks him in his sights! JAYWALKER’S UP! DEVAN TURNS HIM AROUND! BLEEDING EDGE!!!!!

Cherish: JAYWALKER STOPS IT AS HE TURNS IT INTO A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING!!! A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING LOCKED IN ON DEVAN IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!! DEVAN IS FIGHTING IT WITH ALL HE CAN!! THAT INJURED THROAT OF HIS IN AGONIZING PAIN HERE AS HE FIGHTS WITH EVERYTHING HE HAS LEFT IN HIM FOR SOME SAVING GRACE HERE! JAYWALKER APPLYING MORE AND MORE PRESSURE WITH EVERY PASSING SECOND!! DEVAN DROPS TO ONE KNEE! THIS MAY BE IT! HE’S DONE EVERYTHING HE COULD IN THIS, BUT THIS MAY BE TOO MUCH! IF JAYWALKER CAN BRING HIM DOWN TO THE CANVAS, IT COULD BE ALL SHE WROTE!

Pierre: NO, DEVAN’S FORCING HIMSELF BACK UP! HE DOESN’T WANT IT TO END HERE! HE DOESN’T WANT TO LET IT END LIKE THIS! HE’S GOT HIMSELF BACK ON HIS FEET! JAYWALKER’S DOING ALL HE CAN TO BRING HIM DOWN! DEVAN’S STEPPING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE ROPES! HE’S PUTTING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING HE HAS INTO THIS! HE’S ALMOST THERE! COME ON!

Cherish: MILLENNIUM SUPLEX!!! JAYWALKER TURNS IT INTO A DEVASTATING CROSSFACE CHICKENWING SUPLEX AS DEVAN CRASHES AND BURNS ON THE CANVAS!! Jaywalker signals the end here! HBB looks more concerned than ever as Devan is just barely showing signs of life! A damaged Jaywalker forces himself back up to his feet! He’s not waiting for the Champion to get up! He grabs a hold of Devan, pulling him up! He wants to end this! Devan is up, barely able to stay on his feet! JAYWALKER CHARGES INTO THE ROPES! HE COMES BARRELING AT DEVAN FROM BEHIND WITH MOMENTUM AT HIS BACK! THE TRANSCENSION!!!!!

Pierre: BLEEDING EDGE!!!!! DEVAN DUBIAN TURNED IT AROUND WITH A BLEEDING EDGE ON THE INCOMING JAYWALKER OUT OF THE DAMN BLUE!!! I DON’T KNOW HOW HE DID IT, BUT HE DID IT! DEVAN NEEDS TO COVER! HE’S GOTTA GET TO THE COVER TO END THIS! JAYWALKER IS MOTIONLESS!! DEVAN DRAGS HIMSELF OVER FOR THE COVER!!

Cherish: JAYWALKER IS DRAGGED OUT OF THE RING?! WHAT?! NO, COME ON! ARES VENDETTA JUST PULLED JAYWALKER OUT OF THE RING! He’s helping him up as both men start taking their damn leave! You gotta be kidding me! Are they walking out on this?! Jaywalker can’t even win the Championship this way!

Pierre: Ares still has the Title in his possession! I don’t think they give a damn!

Cherish: THE HEART BREAK BOY HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THIS AS HE CHASES DOWN THE TWO MEN! HE TACKLES THEM AS HE AND ARES START GOING AT IT ON THE RAMP! JAYWALKER JOINS IN AS IT QUICKLY BECOMES A DOUBLE TEAM ASSAULT FROM HE AND ARES!! DEVAN HAS ROLLED TO THE OUTSIDE, CHARGING UP THE RAMP! HE JOINS THE FRAY AS ALL FOUR OF THESE MEN HAVE ERUPTED INTO A BRAWL ON THE RAMP!! DEVAN AND ARES ARE GOING AT IT AS DEVAN SENDS ARES CRASHING INTO THE STEEL BARRICADE NEXT TO THE RAMP! HE’S NOT DONE WITH HIM YET! HE GRABS A HOLD OF ARES, PULLING HIM UP AND SENDING HIM ROLLING INTO THE RING!

Pierre: JAYWALKER AND HBB ARE STILL LAYING INTO ONE ANOTHER ON THE OUTSIDE AS HBB SEEMS TO BE IN CONTROL! HE’S LAYING INTO JAYWALKER! MEANWHILE, A DAZED ARES GETS BACK TO HIS FEET IN THE RING! HE’S MET WITH A HARD SHOT FROM DEVAN! ANOTHER HARD SHOT!

Cherish: HBB SCOOPS JAYWALKER UP AND SLAMS HIM DOWN HARD ON THE MAT THERE ON THE OUTSIDE!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: I THINK THE REFEREE JUST THREW OUT THIS MATCH AS THESE FOUR MEN CONTINUE TO GO AT IT! DEVAN SETS ARES UP NOW IN THE RING! HE’S GOT HIM! ROPE-HUNG DDT AS THIS BERLIN CROWD LOUDLY CHEERS HIM ON! THE HEART BREAK BOY HAS JAYWALKER SET IN HIS SIGHTS AS HE STALKS HIM ON THE OUTSIDE! JAYWALKER STRUGGLES TO GET UP, USING THE STEEL STEPS TO AID HIM! HE’S UP AS HBB GOES FOR IT!! GOLDPRINT!!!!

Cherish: NO–JAYWALKER CATCHES HBB WITH A DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER RIGHT ONTO THOSE STEEL STEPS!!! JAYWALKER MAY HAVE JUST TAKEN OUT THE STILL INJURED HEART BREAK BOY! HBB MAY BE OUT OF THE EQUATION HERE!

Pierre: DEVAN PULLS ARES UP TO FINISH HIM OFF! HE’S GOT HIM! BLEEDING EDGE!!!!!

Cherish: IT’S NO GOOD AS ARES FORCES DEVAN OFF AND SENDS HIM FORWARD! CATACLYSMIA!!!! JAYWALKER WITH THAT DEVASTATING TIGER UPPERCUT KNEE LIFT TO DEVAN DUBIAN OUT OF NOWHERE JUST AFTER HE GETS BACK INTO THE RING!! DEVAN IS DOWN! HE’S DOWN AND AT THE MERCY OF JAYWALKER AND ARES! Jaywalker and Ares look at one another with a sadistic look in their eyes! I don’t like this one bit as Ares exits to the outside immediately! They didn’t even need to say anything to each other! They seem to be on the same page as Ares pushes the Timekeeper over and swipes his chair! Ares folds the chair up and sends it flying into the ring as he rolls back in! Somebody stop these two! We know what they’re about to do!

Pierre: Shades of what they did to the Heart Break Boy at the Grand Rampage! Jaywalker wraps the chair around the throat of Devan as Ares climbs up to the top! For the love of God, somebody stop them! They’re about to snap this man’s neck, and for WHAT? A TITLE?! This–

(The lights in the Mercedes-Benz Arena go out)

Cherish: Huh? What’s going on?

Pierre: I haven’t got a clue, but–

(The crowd erupts with deafening cheers as the lights in the arena come back on as a stunned Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta look on)

Pierre: Oh my God…

Cherish: No way! Just no way!

(CM Banks makes his way out to the stage with a smile on his face as the cheers grow even louder)

Pierre: YOU’VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! I CAN BARELY HEAR MYSELF SPEAK WITH THIS ROARING BERLIN CROWD BEHIND ME! CM BANKS IS HERE! HE’S ACTUALLY HERE! HE–

(Banks makes his way down the ramp as Jaywalker and Ares continue to look on)

Cherish: JAYWALKER LOOKS LIKE HE’S SEEN A DAMN GHOST, AND HE PRACTICALLY HAS!

(Banks checks on the Heart Break Boy on the outside for a moment before climbing up on the apron and entering the ring)

Pierre: UNBELIEVABLE! I’VE NEVER SEEN JAYWALKER SO STUNNED AS HE IS RIGHT NOW! HIS MENTOR – THE MAN HE COMPETED WITH TO AND LOST TO FOR THE RIGHT TO BE THE FIRST EAW CHAMPION! CM BANKS IS HERE AND STANDING RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF HIM!

(“Bad News” by G-Unit fades out as the cheers of the crowd continue to erupt while Banks and Jaywalker stare down)

Cherish: JAYWALKER ISN’T SURE WHAT TO THINK, AND I DON’T BLAME HIM! HE WASN’T EXPECTING THIS! NOBODY WAS EXPECTING THIS MAN OF ALL PEOPLE TO SHOW UP HERE TONIGHT! JAYWALKER SHAKES HIS HEAD! HE KNOWS BANKS DIDN’T COME HERE FOR HIS BENEFIT! I THINK HE’S WELL AWARE WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN!

Pierre: Hold on! Jaywalker’s backing down! He puts his hands up! He’s saying he has no business with Banks! I don’t think Banks gives a damn! Jaywalker seems to be taking his leave, I think he knows perfectly well–NO–JAYWALKER SWINGS AT BANKS!!

Cherish: IT’S BLOCKED AS BANKS LAYS INTO JAYWALKER WITH RAPID-FIRE SHOTS!!! BANKS IS UNLOADING AND THE STILL HURT JAYWALKER CAN’T DO A DAMN THING ABOUT IT! ARES RUSHES IN, BUT HE’S IMMEDIATELY MET BY THE ONSLAUGHT FROM BANKS NOW!! ARES DOING ALL HE CAN TO DEFEND HIMSELF AS BANKS LAYS INTO HIM WITH HARD SHOTS AND KICKS!! I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I’M SEEING HERE!

Pierre: THE HEART BREAK BOY IS BACK IN THIS AS HE ROLLS INTO THE RING TO HELP! THEY’RE LAYING INTO JAYWALKER AND ARES!! DEVAN DUBIAN FORCES HIMSELF BACK UP NOW! ARES IS DROPPED AS HE ROLLS TO THE OUTSIDE!! BANKS PICKS JAYWALKER UP ON HIS SHOULDERS!! GO TO RETIREMENT!!!!!!

Cherish: NO–JAYWALKER MANAGES TO LAND ON HIS FEET BEHIND BANKS AS HE IMMEDIATELY BAILS TO THE OUTSIDE TO JOIN ARES!! JAYWALKER JUST NARROWLY SAVING HIMSELF THERE! AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNED PAIR OF JAYWALKER AND ARES VENDETTA ESCAPE UP THE RAMP AS JAYWALKER PICKS THE HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP UP, TAKING IT WITH THEM AS THEY MAKE THEIR ESCAPE!

Pierre: THEY CAN’T RUN OFF WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOREVER! JAYWALKER AND ARES RUINED THEIR CHANCE TO OFFICIALLY TAKE IT OFF OF DEVAN HERE TONIGHT! I THINK THEY JUST REALIZED THEIR TACTICS CAN ONLY GET THEM SO FAR! NONETHELESS, I AM IN ABSOLUTE SHOCK AT WHAT WE’VE JUST SEEN! CM BANKS IS BACK! AFTER FIVE LONG YEARS, HE’S BACK IN EAW AND HE LOOKS BETTER THAN EVER!

Cherish: IS THIS ACTUALLY WHAT DEVAN DUBIAN MEANT WHEN HE SAID HE WASN’T ALONE?! A HELL OF AN ALLY TO HAVE! I THINK THESE THREE MEN JUST BEAT ARES AND JAYWALKER AT THEIR OWN GAME TONIGHT IN SPECTACULAR FASHION!

Pierre: THEY MANAGED TO ESCAPE TONIGHT, BUT NOW THEY REALIZE THEY’RE THE ONES BEING PURSUED! THE HUNTERS HAVE BECOME THE HUNTED, AND THEY’VE GOT THE HEART BREAK BOY, DEVAN DUBIAN, AND CM BANKS HOT ON THEIR TRAIL! UNBELIEVABLE!

(The camera cuts to EAW advertisements…)

(“I Hope You Suffer” – AFI hits as Theron Nikolas slowly makes his way through the curtain with The Burned Man x to THUNDEROUS roar of boos. He stands on the stage with the hint of a smile crosses his face before beginning to make his way down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome at this time… Theron Nikolas and The Burned Man!

Cherish: We were told last week after his match where we was successful against Axl Willow that he was walking into Resurrection V tonight with huge announcement, not only that, but it was something worth tuning into more than what he labelled the “Jerkoff of the Gods” main event between Mr. DEDEDE and Robbie V.

Pierre: I have no doubt that he wasn’t lying, Cherish! Theron has kept his word from the moment he walked through the doors of this brand and company! The man has done everything that he said he would, and for that reason he stands in front of the world tonight as a man that has been both unpinned and unsubmitted. His only loss coming in a battle royal back at Reasonable Doubt where he was in the final two against his now King’s Guard Brethren, Lars Grier.

Cherish: You have to wonder what the announcement is.

Pierre: If we knew that, Cherish, the man wouldn’t have to come out here and announce it, would he? We all know that you’re not the sharpest knife in the crayon box, but I worry about you, Cherish.

Cherish: …

(Theron makes his way up onto the apron and enters the ring as the Ring Announcer hands him a microphone as “I Hope You Suffer” fades out.)

Theron: I should be standing here today with the National Elite Championship hanging from my shoulder, but the opportunity was afforded to a man that should have never been close to the championship picture. For weeks I’ve ran through every name that has stood in my way – I’ve ran more names out of this company than have stayed after being mauled at my hand. There hasn’t been one person since Reasonable Doubt that has managed to find a way to put me down… but, I stand here tonight without competition standing in my way. This brand promotes a man in the main event that’s going to run back to Dynasty the moment his match is over. This brand promotes a man that’s constantly thrown in front of mountain after mountain in the hopes that it’s going to be a little too steep for him to climb. They say that hard work in this business always pays off – but, I think it’s safe to say that at this point, I’m living proof that just not the case. I said just over a week ago and my patience was beginning to wear a little thin, but it seems my words have fallen on deaf ears.

(Theron slightly drop his head as the hint of a smile returns.)

Theron: So, now I’m forced to take things into my own hands.

(Theron runs his fingers through his hair slicking it back out of his face.)

Theron: Pain for Pride is just around the corner; this brand’s next stop and I can dream of standing at the forefront in the main event against the Answers World Champion, but I would be buying into the same fool’s gold that the rest of those scrubs in the back pride themselves on. What I’ve decided to dabble my hand in is actually something people look down at. This is something that the majority of you people look upon as nothing more than a spot of pity to make sure that everyone gets the chance to compete at the show of shows. That may be true in some cases… but, I …I look at it as a guarantee. I look at it as the one thing that opens up the door that they’re trying so hard to keep locked. At Pain for Pride, I’m going to walk out and throw every man willing to stand in my way over the top rope and to the floor. I’m going to break them down piece by piece until I’m the only person left standing… with that golden ticket in my hands. I’m out here tonight in front of the world to formally announce that I, Theron Nikolas, am the first entrant in the annual 24/7 Battle Royal. There’s no more waiting. There’s no more hiding. I’m taking what I want and it doesn’t matter what name stands in my way, they’re all going to fall.

(Theron drops the microphone as “I Hope You Suffer” picks back up and he begins to make his leave with The Burned Man.)

Cherish: That was his huge news?…

Pierre: That… THIS IS HUGE, CHERISH! THERON NIKOLAS HAS JUST ANNOUNCED HIMSELF AT THE VERY FIRST ENTRANT IN THE 24/7 BATTLE ROYAL! YOU’ VE SAW WHAT THAT CONTRACT CAN DO FOR A MAN! IT’S ALMOST GUARANTEED SUCCESS! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!

Cherish: Theron said that he’s tired of waiting for what he wanted and I believe it’s safe to say that he’s willing to go through whatever he must to get it. The question is: who is he going to find himself standing against at the biggest show of the year. There are going to be a lot of names that are going to be just as hungry as he is. He needs to have eyes everywhere because as he learned at Reasonable Doubt, one slip up and it’s all over.

(Theron makes his way up onto the stage and heads straight back through the curtain, paying no attention to those in attendance.)

(Pain for Pride X advertisement airs…)

( A video package plays recapping the story of Robbie V and Mr. DEDEDE. It begins at Pain for Pride 4, when the two left the stadium and the company side by side after receiving a round of applause from the entire lined up EAW locker room. It shows the 2013 EAW Draft show, where Damien Murrow and Robbie, then known as The Legendary Sekaiichi, challenged DDD to a match aptly named “Battle of the Gods”. Their story leading up to the match is recapped as well, and highlight events during BOTG 1 is shown including the end where Robbie dives through a wall of flames and misses DDD with an attempted spear, crashing through a glass table thereafter. It shows the finish of BOTG 1, with DDD hitting the Corkscrew North Star and winning the WHC as Robbie V is carried out of the stadium. Robbie V’s return is highlighted next, with him rising from his incapacitated state and reigning as EAW Tag Team Champions with Brian Daniels. We then see Robbie V’s injury at this years Grand Rampage, which subsequently led to his career being forcibly ended due to the damage sustained at the event. However, Brian Daniels’ request to Murrow is shown thereafter, causing Robbie V’s rematch with Mr. DEDEDE to be announced as clips of mainstream press covering the bout are shown. The video package comes to an end. )

( Return to the arena, the announcer stands front and center in the ring. )

Ring Announcer: The following match … is BATTLE OF THE GODS II , AND WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!!!!

( “Feedback” by Kanye West hits. Mr. DEDEDE rushes through the billowing smoke on the stage with his ring gear on, proudly sporting an ‘Onnit Academy’ t-shirt. )

Ring Announcer: Introducing first… residing in Calabasas, California, weighing in tonight at 233 POOOOOUNDS… HE IS THE EAW INTERRRRRWIRE CHAMPION!!!! MMMMMMISTEEEEEEEEEERRRRR DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

( DDD stops at the center of the ramp and throws up the double corna as the pyro blasts off from the stage. DDD continues to the ring. )

Pierre: EAW’s closest thing to “The Fonz”, the man can draw a sellout crowd anywhere on the planet! It’s what puts him in the category of “GOD”, shared by only one other man!

Cherish: Well let me stop you Pierre before you go down his long list of credentials; there’s a lot of things that makes DEDEDE as revered as he is, but the one that I want to focus on is the one that will truly come into play tonight, and it’s the seemingly unrivaled in-ring IQ! He’s often said seeing him in the ring is seeing genius at work, and I can’t help but concur given the sheer amount of five star matches put on by this man! But no one can deny that tonight he gets taken to task perhaps more than he may ever have before in his storied, illustrious career!

( DDD paces around in the ring and his music eventually dies down. )

( “Penance” by contRoVersy plays, and the lights immediately dim for the intro of his theme until the lights go crazy and the LED stage floor, minitron and titantron put up displays of a dragon animation. Robbie V walks out to the stage, wearing an intense and focused look on his face. )

Ring Announcer: His opponent… from Las Vegas, Nevada, weighing 237 POOOUNNNDSSS… RRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOBBBBBBBBBBBIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV!!!!!!!!!

( Robbie walks down the ramp as Mr. DEDEDE watches from the ring. He doesn’t hi-five a single fan, acknowledge the crowd, or do any theatrics. )

Pierre: This atmosphere is DAUNTING. It feels like a Pain for Pride main event in this building already! And you can see that in the form of expression all over Robbie’s face, he knows DAMNED WELL just how the stakes are for tonight!

Cherish: This is definitely a different Robbie V already! It’s a Robbie V unlike what we’ve been accustomed to since his return! Considering everything he’s been through over the years, the fact that he’s able to look so incredibly in shape and have such a fire in his eyes for the first time in years just speaks VOLUMES to the iron will of this legend! This God!

( Robbie stands at the top turnbuckle and looks around at the audience before dropping down to his feet. The lights slowly return to normal, his music slowly starts to fade, and Robbie warms up in place. )

Pierre: Well these two are, for lack of a better term, FREAKS! They’re almost inhuman, they’ve both displayed unfathomable fortitude and put on displays of ability that will leave your head spinning! These two have been a part of so many incredible matches in their career, including an instant classic of their own three years ago that went on to win Match of the Year! What the hell are we going to see this time!?

( The official, mic’d up somewhat, goes through the ground rules of the match between both combatants. He then calls for the bell. )

( DING! DING! DING! )

Pierre: AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! BATTLE OF THE GODS II IS UNDERWAY! MR. DEDEDE AND ROBBIE V IMMEDIATELY LOCK HORNS, GRAPPLING IN THE CENTER OF THE RING IN FRONT OF THIS SOLD OUT CROWD HERE IN THE MERCEDES BENZ ARENA! The entire sports world buzzing over this contest, several outlets such as ESPN and FS1 covering this match, you even had CBS Sports rating it five stars days ahead of the actual contest; point being, HISTORY is taking place right before our eyes!

Cherish: DEDEDE’s got Robbie backed into the corner with the tie up, and the official sees it fit to intervene to back DDD away and let Robbie out of the corner… and ROBBIE CHARGES OUT OF THE GATE hitting several furious forearms, with DDD putting his arms up to try and block each incoming blow! Robbie with a kick to the side, and goes for a rolling backhand! Dodged by DDD, ROUNDHOUSE BY ROBBIE! DDD DUCKS THAT, HE RUNS THE ROPES, AND COMES CHARGING BACK WITH A RUNNING SPINNING BACK FIST!!! ROBBIE COMBAT ROLLS UNDERNEATH IT, SHOOTS TO HIS FEET, TURNS AROUND AND DOUBLE LEGS DDD ONTO HIS BACK AND ROLLS FORWARD FOR THE PINNING BRIDGE.

Ref: ONE!!!!!!

Cherish: DDD MUSCLES UP A COUNTER, STACKING ROBBIE TO HIS SHOULDERS WITH A ROLL UP COUNTER!

Ref: OOOOONEE!!!!!

Pierre: ROBBIE BACK-ROLLS OUT OF IT, DDD ALSO ROLLS BACKWARDS AND UP TO HIS FEET, AND ROBBIE DOES A ROLLING KIP UP INTO A FLYING FOREARM!!! THAT KNOCKS DDD TO THE GROUND, AND IT SENDS DDD SCRAMBLING OUT OF THE RING WHILE ROBBIE LOOKS ON! ROBBIE V IS AMPED UP, HE IS TOTALLY PUMPED, DRIVEN BY THIS CROWD AS A GRIN DEVELOPS ON DDD’S FACE! That’s an “oh, it’s ON” type of grin we’re seeing from DEDEDE! DDD slowly pulls himself up to the apron and steps through the ropes as Robbie invites him back in… and DDD offers his hand for a knuckle lock up, greco roman style, to truly test each other’s strength… Robbie humors him by outstretching an arm of his own… but ROBBIE TUMBLES TO THE MAT WITH A HOLD OF DDD’S WRIST, BUT DDD MANEUVERS HIMSELF WELL, SITTING ON HIS CHEST AND HOOKING BOTH LEGS AS STRONG AS HE CAN!

Ref: OOOOOONNNNEEE!!!! TWOOOOO-

Cherish: ROBBIE WITH AN EMPHATIC KICK OUT, SENDING DDD OFF HIM WITH HIS LEG STRENGTH! Robbie was looking for something there but DDD caught him in his tracks, and as Robbie tries to rush back up, DDD comes RIGHT BACK with a running boot to the midsection! And follows up with a well placed knee to the top of the skull! DDD drapes himself over his opponent with a strong front facelock, forcing Robbie to fight literally from the ground up to muster up any kind of vertical base whatsoever. Robbie’s putting all he has into literally wrestling his way to any semblance of leverage, and he’s trying his damnedest just to get to a knee! Robbie puts the best he’s got into rushing up to a knee, and hits an elbow into the ribs of The Gawd! ANOTHER KNEE HITS THE CHEST OF ROBBIE! DDD keeps the front facelock, and Robbie cocks his fist back for a blow…. and DDD gator rolls from that front facelock position just to bring Robbie right back up to his feet and HOOKS THE ARM, GOING FOR THE EGO DEATH DRIVER!!!!! BUT ROBBIE ESCAPES IN MIDAIR AS DDD TURNS FOR THE SLAM, ROBBIE LANDS ON HIS FEET, PROMPTING DDD TO CHARGE RIGHT BEHIND HIM FOR A RUNNING BLOW! BUT ROBBIE, AS IF HE HAS EYES IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD DOES A BACKBEND BEFORE DDD CAN HIT HIM! DDD BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES, AND ROBBIE WITH THE CONCUSSION!!!!!!!!!!!! JUMPING SPINNING HEEL KICK INTO THE SKULL! BUT DDD HANGS ON TO THE MIDDLE ROPE BEFORE HIS MOMENTUM CAN SEND HIM OFF THE ROPES AND INTO THE DEATH BLOW! DDD rolls onto the apron yet again, and descends to ring side!

Pierre: DDD certainly averted disaster, but INCOMING!!! ROBBIE V CHARGES TO THE ROPES AND GOES FOR A RUNNING SWANTON TO THE OUTSIDE ONTO DEDEDE!!!! But DDD jumps out of the way! Robbie however adjusts in midair and lands craftily on the ring apron… and Robbie runs across the apron to hit a BEAUTIFUL DIVING HURRICANRANA — SENDING DDD CRASHING SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING STEPS!!! THE LEFT SHOULDER GOES SMASHING INTO STEEL! THAT DID NOT SOUND GOOD!

Cherish: It sure didn’t Pierre! DDD’s rolling around holding his shoulder, you know what they say about when flesh meets steel! Flesh never wins! Robbie taunts to the crowd with still such a determined look on his face as DDD returns to his feet… and ROBBIE SPRINGS UP TO THE BARRICADE JUST TO JUMP BACK OFF AND TAKE HIM DOWN WITH A CORKSCREW CROSSBODY!!!!

Pierre: DDD’s not going to be allowed an INCH! This is truly someone on his stratosphere, someone of his level of intellect in the ring, and Robbie V is making that abundantly clear! Robbie drags DDD up from the ringside floor and rolls him into the ring… DDD braces for that left shoulder, but is quickly recovering and getting back up to a standing base as Robbie comes right after him. Robbie straightens him up by the shoulder, but DDD SNAPS BACK WITH A LOUD FIST TO THE FACE! THAT MAY HAVE STUNNED HIM! I DON’T THINK ROBBIE EXPECTED THAT! DDD braces for his left arm again and tries to shake off any sustained pain in that left shoulder… just for ROBBIE TO CHARGE BACK AT HIM AND TAKE HIM INTO THE CORNER WITH SOME SHOULDERS TO THE RIBS! BUT AFTER A FEW SHOULDERS DDD SHOVES HIM AWAY AND HITS A RIGHT HAND AGAIN! AND ROBBIE RETURNS WITH A CLOSED FIST OF HIS OWN! DDD COMES RIGHT BACK WITH ANOTHER RIGHT! ROBBIE BLOCKS IT, AND HITS A JAB TO THE RIBS! COMBO BODY SHOTS! FOREARM TO THE FACE! THESE TWO GODS TRADING BLOWS! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT FROM ROBBIE! AND DDD EATS THE BLOW AND CATCHES HIM WITH A ROLLING BACKFIST!!!! DDD DIDN’T GET ALL OF IT, BUT THAT’S KNOCKED ROBBIE LOOPY AND SENT HIM STAGGERING INTO THE ROPES WITH HIS FISTS UP! DDD approaches him and sends him out of the ropes with an Irish whip! BUT DDD YANKS ROBBIE BACK, REVERSING THE WHIP TO HIT A JUMPING REVERSE STO! BUT MID LEAP ROBBIE CLUBS A BLOW INTO THE RIBS YET AGAIN, AND HE COUNTERS WITH A WRIST-LOCK TRANSITIONED INTO A JUMPING ARMBREAKER!!!!! WORSENING THE DAMAGED SHOULDER!!!

Cherish: I THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA GO FOR THE KING’S LANDING THERE BUT THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN EVEN MORE APPROPRIATE! AND BEFORE I CAN EVEN FINISH THAT SENTENCE ROBBIE SPRINTS TO THE ROPES, AND REBOUNDS OFF THEM CARTWHEELING ACROSS THE RING AND HITTING A MOONSAULT INTO THE DOUBLE KNEES ON THE UPPER TORSO AND INJURED SHOULDER OF MR. DEDEDE! AND HE HOOKS THE LEG!

Ref: OOOOOOONEEEEEEEE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Pierre: KICK OUT! Mr. DEDEDE sits up holding that sore left shoulder! Robbie with a beautiful offensive attack there, and now that DDD’s stirring again Robbie decides to follow up by bringing DDD up to his feet and hoisting him onto his shoulders. ROBBIE MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR THE FIREMAN’S CARRY NECKBREAKER, PART ONE OF THE TRILOGY! But DDD squirms on Robbie’s shoulders, making it a struggle for Robbie to stay on balance, and DDD grabs a hold of the ropes! Robbie tries to tug him away, but instead he loses grasp of his opponent as DDD lands on the apron. Robbie charges right back for DDD! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! DDD SLINGSHOTS THROUGH THE ROPES!!!!!!! SPEAR!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SHOT, WITH THAT SLINGSHOT SPEAR! WHAT A COUNTER, I’VE NEVER SEEN HIM HIT A SPEAR FROM THAT ANGLE!

Cherish: BUT DDD ISN’T ABLE TO COVER! DDD’S ROLLING AROUND HOLDING THAT HURT SHOULDER! THAT WAS PROBABLY THE PLAN ALL ALONG, YOU TAKE OUT A SHOULDER AND YOU SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKEN THE SPEAR! DDD’S LOOKING ALMOST AS HURT BY THAT MOVE AS ROBBIE IS! ROBBIE’S ROLLING AWAY, PERHAPS PARTLY ON MOMENTUM, AND DDD DRAGS HIMSELF OVER ROBBIE FOR A COVER!

Ref: OOOOOOOONEEE!!!! TWWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Pierre: ROBBIE DOESN’T BOTHER TO KICK OUT, BECAUSE ROBBIE HAS A FOOT DRAPED OVER THE BOTTOM ROPE! BRILLIANT POSITIONING BY ROBBIE TO KEEP HIMSELF NEARBY THE ROPES, THE OFFICIAL IS FORCED TO CALL OFF THE COUNT! Come to think of it there may not have been much thought put into that rope break at all, that must have been out of pure instinct! But Cherish, as you pointed out Robbie V made sure to target the one part of the body that DDD needs the most, and it’s that shoulder! We’ve seen DDD hit the spear from either side, but in the heat of battle DDD used the sore shoulder to deliver a spear and it ended up costing him more than it gained him! Robbie rolls himself out of the ring, and DDD tries slapping feeling into his shoulder and hyping himself up as he backs to an opposite corner of the ring from where Robbie is located, down at ringside!!!! AND ROBBIE IS BACK UP TO BOTH FEET, PROMPTING THE CHARGE FROM DDD TO SPRINT ACROSS THE RING!!!!! HE HEAVES HIMSELF OVER THE RING POST!!!!!!!!!!! “VINTAGE” DEDEDE OVER THE RING POST!!!!!!!!! OHHHH MY!!!! WHAT RIDICULOUS HANG TIME!!!!!! AND DDD SOMEHOW MANAGES TO STICK THAT LANDING AS WELL! DDD HIT THAT MOVE AS WELL AS HE POSSIBLY COULD WITHOUT FURTHER INJURING HIS SHOULDER, AND HE JUMPS INTO THE ARMS OF THE ROWDY FANS BEHIND HIM!

Cherish: When DEDEDE gets in that “zone” you can see it in his body language! It’s like you can feel it! It’s like a flow state he enters and we’re just witness to it as he executes moves with astute precision! The official is urging DDD to get back in the ring with Robbie, mind you the referee’s been very lenient in this match thus far. DDD pulls Robbie up by his ponytail, sizes him up and hits a BRUTAL HAYMAKER TO THE JAW, SENDING ROBBIE COLLAPSING ON ALL FOURS. DDD drags Robbie up again, snatches the wrist, and SENDS ROBBIE ACROSS RINGSIDE FULL STRENGTH TO HAVE HIM CRASHING SPINE FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING STEPS!!!

Ref: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!

Cherish: DDD rolls in the ring briefly and rolls back out to break the count, and he drags Robbie V up again and takes him over to our table just to BASH Robbie face first into our desk! Robbie stumbles over to the apron and DDD backs him away just to sling him over his shoulder and DRIVE ROBBIE SPINE FIRST INTO THE RING POST! Now DDD yanks him and TOSSES HIM OVER OUR ANNOUNCE DESK, SENDING HIM ALMOST IN OUR LAP! DDD quickly reenters the ring, and against the referee’s advice he STARTS HEADING FOR THE TURNBUCKLE! LET’S GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE PIERRE!

( Pierre and Cherish back away from the desk. )

Pierre: DDD STANDS AT THE TOP TURNBUCKLE NEAREST TO OUR DESK, LOOKING DOWN WITH MALICE WITH ROBBIE V IN HIS SIGHTS!!!!!!!!! AND HE LEAPS!!!!!!!!!!! NORTH STAR!!!!!!!!!\ SHOOTING STAR PRESS, SENDING HIM GLIDING OVER RINGSIDE AND DEMOLISHING ANY SEMBLANCE OF ROBBIE V!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: OH GOD!!!!!! HE’S BEEN BROKEN IN HALF!!!!!

Pierre: ROBBIE JUMPS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!! DDD IMPLODES THROUGH OUR ANNOUNCE DESK!!!!!! HOLY HELL!!!!!!! MR. DEDEDE HAS BEEN PRACTICALLY BROKEN INTO TWO!!!!!

( Replays air, showing the form and grace of DEDEDE’s Corkscrew Northstar to the outside, and showing the demolition of DDD crashing through the announce table. )

Pierre: ROBBIE SITS AT THE RINGSIDE FLOOR LOOKING ON IN SHOCK, STUPEFIED BY THE FACT THAT HE JUST AVOIDED THE VERY MOVE THAT PUT HIM IN A WHEELCHAIR FOR TWO YEARS! ROBBIE V, LOOKING ON ALMOST WITH FEAR AND SHOCK IN HIS EYES, JUST NOTICES THE OFFICIAL REACHING A COUNT OF “FIVE” BEFORE SCRAMBLING OVER DDD WHO LAYS IN WASTE, HAVING BEEN TURNED INSIDE OUT! ROBBIE DRAGS DDD UP FROM THE FLOOR AND CARRIES HIS DEAD WEIGHT OVER TO THE APRON TO ROLL HIM BACK IN THE RING, AND ROBBIE IMMEDIATELY RUSHES TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AS QUICK AS HE CAN, SORE BACK AND ALL, TO HOVER OVER HIS OPPONENT! AND ROBBIE TAKES OFF….. FIVE!!!!!!!!! STAR!!!!!!!! FROG!!!!!!! SPLASH!!!!!!! BUT DDD ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!

Cherish: ROBBIE ADJUSTS IN MID AIR, AND GOT HIM!!!!! HE LANDS THAT MOVE RIGHT ONTO THE INJURED SHOULDER!!!!! DDD TRIED TO ESCAPE, BUT ROBBIE CAUGHT HIM WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST, AND HE FRANTICALLY GRASPS THAT LEFT ARM YELLING OUT EXPLETIVES! ROBBIE WITH THE COVER!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOONEEEEE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THRRRRRRR-

Pierre: KICK OUT BY DEDEDE!!!!

Cherish: INHUMAN. The pain Mr. DEDEDE’s feeling right now must be indescribable, it must be worse than you can even imagine, but he’s somehow able to continue!

Pierre: We’re talking about probably the most durable human being to ever step into a wrestling ring! And if not, then at the very least 1b to Robbie’s 1a! These two have taken unimaginable amounts of punishment in their careers and have battled back and won, so you really have to set the bar high in a match between these Gods! DDD is using the corner as a place of solace, BUT BAD MOVE!!!! ROBBIE CHARGES AT HIM, HITTING A CANNONBALL SENTON INTO THE CORNER!!! ROBBIE DRAGS DDD OUT OF THE CORNER BY HIS LEGS INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING, AND HE RUNS THE ROPES AND COMES BARRELING BACK TO HIT THE ROLLING THUNDER!!!! BUT DDD CATCHES ROBBIE COMING DOWN WITH A BODY-SCISSORS BACKSLIDE PIN!

Ref: OOOOOOOOONEEEEEE!!! TW–

Cherish: ROBBIE KICKS OUT! The two scramble up as DDD stumbles into the corner and ROBBIE COMES AFTER HIM WITH A MONKEY FLIP! BUT DDD CATCHES HIM AND SEATS HIM ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, AND HITS AN OVERHEAD PELE KICK ON THE TOP ROPE! DDD MAY HAVE AGGRAVATED THE SHOULDER THOUGH, AS HE CLUTCHES AT IT STILL IN INTENSE PAIN… DDD taking some time just to recover and shake off the cobwebs, and that’s probably an understatement even then! DDD crawls away in the ring, and the official checks on him to see if everything’s okay…. AND LOOK AT ROBBIE!!!! ROBBIE SPRINGS UP TO HIS FEET ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AND HITS THE CONCUSSION FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!!!! JUMPING SPINNING SINGLE LEGGED KICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!!! NO DDD MOVES OUT OF THE WAY, AND THE REFEREE TAKES THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE! THE MOMENTUM LITERALLY SENDS THE REFEREE FLYING THROUGH THE ROPES AND OUT OF THE RING! ROBBIE LOOKS CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY WHAT HE’S DONE, BUT DDD TURNS HIM AROUND! GRAND SLAM!!!!!!! ROCK BOTTOM CONNECTS!!!!! AND DDD BANGS HIS FIST ON THE MAT, HE KNOWS THAT COULD HAVE WON HIM THE MATCH HAD THERE BEEN A REFEREE TO COUNT!

Pierre: We’ve seen DDD put away legends and hall of famers with that move, but we’ll never know if it could have ended this match because there’s no official to make the count! DDD gets up and walks over to the ropes, looking down at the fallen official in disappointment. DDD turns back to Robbie, who’s holding his back in agony after being planted with a thunderous Grand Slam. DDD hovers over him and goes to town with a barrage of lefts and rights raining down over his opponent! Robbie’s doing his best to cover up, and Robbie uses his legs to push DDD away as he tries to retreat into the corner…. Robbie using the corner to try to get up as fast as he can – BUT DEDEDE PLANTS A SPEAR!!!!!!!!!!! SPEAR TO THE SORE BACK OF ROBBIE V AS HE’S LEANED OVER THE TURNBUCKLE!!!!!! THAT SENDS ROBBIE V COLLAPSING TO THE MAT AND DESPERATELY ESCAPING FROM THE RING! ROBBIE’S DOWN AT RINGSIDE ON HIS KNEES, TRYING ALL HE CAN TO STRETCH HIS BACK AND THEN COLLAPSING TO HIS SIDE IN A WORLD OF HURT! DEDEDE rolls out of the ring right after him, and he scrapes Robbie up from the ringside floor, stands him up… hooks him… hoists him with all he’s got, and DROPS HIM RIB CAGE FIRST OVER THE BARRICADE! Robbie lets out a loud grunt of pain, and DEDEDE climbs up to the ring apron after leaving Robbie hanging out to dry. DDD looks out onto the crowd with a taunting scowl on his face as he hoists his arms to do the vintage “Rob-Bie-V” taunt, and hitting the SPINNING LEG DROP OFF THE APRON, ONTO THE BACK OF THE HEAD OF ROBBIE!

Cherish: DEDEDE gets back up, still favoring that left shoulder but with a smile on his face, and he demands members of the front row audience to clear their path… DDD drags Robbie up by his head and he climbs himself up to a standing position on the barricade…. AND DEDEDE LOOKS LIKE HE’S GONNA ATTEMPT A DEADLIFT VERTICAL SUPLEX INTO THE IDLE CHAIRS ON THE CROWD BEHIND HIM!!!!! BUT ROBBIE ADJUSTS HIS WEIGHT, AND YANKS DDD BY THE LEFT ARM SENDING DDD CRASHING DOWN ONTO HIS INJURED SHOULDER RIGHT ON THE BARRICADE!!!!! DDD HOWLS IN PAIN, AND DROPS OVER THOSE IDLE CHAIRS BEHIND HIM, AND ROBBIE V ROLLS BACK INTO THE RING TO CATCH HIS BREATH…… BUT NOT FOR LONG! BECAUSE ROBBIE RUNS UP TO THE TOP ROPE AND STANDS PERCHED ALL THE WAY AT THE SUMMIT! AND HE TAKES OFF!!!!!!!! SOOOOOARING OVER RINGSIDE!!!!! HIGH FLYYY FLOOWWWWW!!! ONTO A STANDING MR. DEDEDE!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE TAKES HIM OUT, AND SENDS HIM CRASHING INTO THE CHAIRS BEHIND HIM AND EVEN TAKING OUT SOME FANS!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!

Pierre: THE BATTLE OF GODS RAGES INTO THE EAW UNIVERSE, AND NEITHER OF THESE PHENOMS CAN MOVE A MUSCLE AFTER THAT REMARKABLE MOVE!!!! TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!

( Replay shows the perfect form of Robbie V turning a five star frog splash into a high fly flow-like maneuver, hovering over ringside and crashing into Mr. DEDEDE and sending both men plummeting into chairs. )

( Return to the show, the fans around him are chanting “holy shit” and Robbie sits up after a period of being unable to move. )

Cherish: ROBBIE IS DOING EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER JUST TO MOVE RIGHT NOW, BUT AFTER A STILL MOMENT IN TIME ROBBIE DRAGS DDD UP AND SLINGS DDD OVER THE BARRICADE BACK TO RINGSIDE! A tired, groggy Robbie V clutches at his sore back and drags DDD back into the ring… but before he can follow him, Robbie digs back into the crowd and pulls out a STEEL CHAIR! AND TOSSES IT INTO THE RING! NOW ROBBIE PULLS ANOTHER CHAIR, AND TOSSES THAT ONE IN THE RING! Robbie reenters the ring, and DDD is still barely even able to react! BUT DDD POUNCES OVER TO ONE OF THE CHAIRS, AND TRIES DESPERATELY TO RUSH TO HIS FEET!!!! BAM!!!!!!! ROBBIE V HITS A JUMPING SPIN KICK INTO THE CHAIR, SMACKING THE CHAIR INTO DDD’S FACE!!! DDD COLLAPSES TO THE CORNER, AND ROBBIE TAKES THAT SAME CHAIR AND RUSHES TOWARDS DDD! CHAIR SURF!!!!!!! CHAIR AIDED LOW DROPKICK INTO THE FACE OF MR. DEDEDE!!!! DDD MAY HAVE JUST HAD HIS BELL RUNG!!!

Pierre: THAT BOUNCED RIGHT OFF OF HIS SKULL! JEEZ!

Cherish: NOW ROBBIE PEERS OVER AT THE OFFICIAL, AND THE OFFICIAL IS BEING TENDED TO BY EMTS, HE’S DONE FOR THE NIGHT. THIS HOWEVER GIVES ROBBIE ENOUGH LEEWAY TO TAKE AN IDLE STEEL CHAIR, AND WAIT UNTIL DDD’S BACK UP TO A KNEE…. JUST TO CRACK THE CHAIR OVER THE INJURED LEFT SHOULDER!!!! DDD JUMPS TO HIS FEET, AND LEANS BACK ON THE ROPES HOLDING HIS ARM – SPIKE CHAIR SHOT TO THE MIDSECTION! AND ROBBIE TAKES DDD’S HEAD AND TAKES THE CHAIR, RUNS TO THE CENTER OF THE RING, AND HITS A GUILLOTINE BULLDOG SENDING DDD’S THROAT SPIKED INTO THE STEEL CHAIR!

Pierre: NOW DDD’S FLAT ON HIS BACK IN THE CENTER OF THE RING, CLUTCHING HIS THROAT AND COUGHING UP A STORM! AND ROBBIE WEDGES DDD’S ARM AND INJURED LEFT SHOULDER INTO THE FOLD OF THE STEEL CHAIR, AND SPRINGS TO THE TOPE ROPE!!!!! A REMORSELESS ROBBIE V, STANDS HIGH OVER HIS OPPONENT READY TO PAY DDD BACK FOR THE YEARS LOST ON HIS CAREER, LOST ON HIS LIFE!!!!!!! AND THERE’S A THIRD FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!!!!!!!! INTO THE CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!!! SNAPPING THE ARM!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: NO!!!! DDD YANKS HIS ARM OUT JUST IN TIME, AND ROBBIE HITS NOTHING BUT CHAIR!!!! ROBBIE V HAS JUST HAD THE WIND KNOCKED OUT OF HIM, GOING FOR ALL BUT GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN! A KEY COUNTER IS WHAT WON MR. DEDEDE THE MATCH AT PAIN FOR PRIDE 7, COULD IT BE WHAT WINS HIM THE MATCH TONIGHT!?

Pierre: ROBBIE WENT FOR ALL AND ENDED UP WITH NOTHING! NOW DDD GRABS ONE OF THE AVAILABLE CHAIRS AND SETS IT UP IN A SEATED POSITION. DDD, GASPING FOR AIR, CLAMORING FOR BREATH, LIMPS OVER TO ROBBIE AND HOISTS HIM UP FROM THE MAT….. AND THERE’S AN EGO DEATH DRIVER THROUGH THE SEATED STEEL CHAIR!!!! DDD SENDS ROBBIE LITERALLY SNAPPING THROUGH METAL WITH THE SITOUT SUPLEX SLAM THROUGH THE METAL CHAIR! AND A NEW OFFICIAL COMES RUNNING DOWN THE RAMP! I’M GETTING WORD THAT THIS OFFICIAL WAS SENT OUT BY DAMIEN MURROW HIMSELF! DDD QUICKLY SLIDES THE DAMAGED CHAIR OUT OF THE RING AND DRAPES THE COVER OVER ROBBIE, SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY!

Ref: OOOOOONNNNNNNNNEEEEEE……… TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO……………

Cherish: ROBBIE KICKS OUT!!!!! WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE!? WHAT IN THE GODDAMN HELL IS IT GOING TO TAKE!?

( A replay airs showing Robbie V being driven through the set up steel chair. Cut back to the ring. )

Pierre: DEDEDE’s just trying to come to again, and he’s crawled over to the corner and…. and is DROPPED TO ONE KNEE, WAITING FOR ROBBIE V TO FIND WHATEVER STRENGTH HE CAN MUSTER UP LEFT AND RETURN TO A STANDING BASE! I THINK DEDEDE’S GOING TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION FOR YOU, CHERISH! SOMETHING HAS COME OVER THE EAW INTERWIRE CHAMPION, HIS EYES HAVE WIDENED, A MANIACAL LOOK HAS CONSUMED HIM, AND HE’S STALKING HIS PREY!!!!! ROBBIE AFTER WHAT FEELS LIKE HOURS HAS FINALLY RETURNED TO HIS FEET!!!! HE TURNS AROUND!!!!!! SPEEEEEAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

Cherish: NO!!!! CONCUSSION!!!!!!!!

Pierre: ROBBIE COUNTERS THE SPEAR, CATCHING HIM WITH THE CONCUSSION!!!!!!! JUMPING SPIN KICK TO THE SKULL, BUT THAT’S KNOCKED DDD FOR A LOOP!!!!! HE HASN’T LEFT HIS FEET YET!!!! ROBBIE SNATCHES THE WRIST!!!!! WRIST-LOCK INTO A CLOSE RANGED YAKUZA KICK!!!!!! BUT NOT TO THE HEAD, TO THE INJURED SHOULDER!!!!! HOLY SHIT, DID YOU HEAR THAT POP!!?!?!?? WHAT A HEINOUS SOUND!!!! THAT MIGHT HAVE KNOCKED HIS SHOULDER RIGHT OUT OF SOCKET!!!!!! DDD’S COLLAPSED TO HIS KNEES, AND ROBBIE WITH THE FINISHING BLOW!!!!! BANG!!!!!!! CONCUSSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EXECUTION STYLE, TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD OF HIS KNEELING OPPONENT SENDING DDD FALLING FLAT ON HIS FACE!!!!!!!!!! AND HE COLLAPSES OVER HIS CHEST FOR THE PIN!!!!!

Ref: OOOOOONNNNEEEEEEEEE!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THRRRRRRRRRRRR-

Cherish: DEDEDE KICKS OUT!!!!!!

( As the crowd responds, Robbie and DEDEDE are motionless – DEDEDE seemingly unconscious, and Robbie laying with his hands on his head looking up at the lights above with an expression of terror. )

Pierre: A LOOK OF GENUINE FEAR AND SORROW IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THE FACE OF THE ICONOCLAST!

Cherish: ROBBIE V IS TRULY A STRONG HUMAN BEING – HE HAS BATTLED BACK FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL, HE’S GONE THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE, PHYSICAL TORTURE, MENTAL ANGUISH, EMOTIONAL TURMOIL, AND HAS BATTLED BACK TO REGAIN HIS SANITY – BUT THIS CONTEST HAS TRULY BEGUN TO TEAR AT HIS PSYCHE!

Pierre: AND ROBBIE V, FINALLY ABLE TO PROCESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED RECOVERS FROM HIS TEMPORARY STATE OF SHOCK AND SITS UP, LOOKS OVER AT DEDEDE AND DRAGS THE DEAD WEIGHT OF THE GAWD BACK UP TO A STANDING BASE… JUST TO HOOK THE ARM, AND HOIST HIM FOR THE SAKUJO SCREWDRIVER!!!!!!! VERTICAL SUPLEX INTO THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!!!!! NO, DDD MANAGES TO ESCAPE FROM BEHIND AND SHOVE ROBBIE INTO THE NEW REFEREE! ROBBIE COLLIDES SKULLS WITH THE REFEREE, AND ROBBIE STUMBLES OVER TO THE CORNER TO HOLD HIS HEAD, AND WE’VE GOT A SECOND REFEREE THAT’S DOWN! Robbie’s been busted open by that headbutt collision with the official — RRRRRRAPTURE!!!!!!!!!! MR. DEDEDE CHARGES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE, NAILING THAT HELLUVA KICK KNOWN AS THE “RAPTURE” STRAIGHT INTO THE TEMPLE OF ROBBIE V!!!!!! AND AN EXHAUSTED DDD COLLAPSES BEHIND ROBBIE JUST AS ROBBIE WAS GOING TO FALL TO THE GROUND, AND DDD KEEPS A REAR WAISTLOCK ON HIM… DDD CAN HARDLY CONTINUE, HE’S CLINGING TO LIFE TRYING TO HOLD ROBBIE UP… NOW DDD DOES A WRIST CLUTCH FROM BEHIND, AND HITS THE KING’S LANDING!!!!!!!! SHORT-ARM INTO THE YAKUZA KICK, TURNING ROBBIE V INSIDE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: HE PUT EVERYTHING, EVERY LAST THING HE HAD INTO THAT! WITH HIS INJURY HE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE, HE COULDN’T HIT THE SPEAR, HE COULDN’T GO FOR THE GRAND SLAM, HE DAMN SURE WON’T GO FOR THE NORTH STAR – SO HE PUT EVERY LAST THING HE HAD INTO ROBBIE V’S OWN KING’S LANDING, AND HE DELIVERED IT WITH PERFECTION!

Pierre: Well bad luck for DEDEDE because this match, yet again, is without a referee! But I don’t think DEDEDE can even process any of that right now, he’s completely stunned! DDD’s on all fours looking down at the ground with his body racked with pain! I think pain is literally the only thing he can even think about!

( DDD and Robbie remain still for another moment, but a disturbance takes place in the audience until we see someone hop over the barricade and rush into the ring. )

Pierre: HANG ON A MINUTE!!!! IT’S JACOB SENN!!!!!!

Cherish: WHAT IS HE DOING HERE!?

Pierre: JACOB SENN RUSHES RIGHT AT A STUNNED MR. DEDEDE WITH THE SHADOW STEP!!!!!! CURB STOMP!!!!!!!!! SENDING DDD’S HEAD BOUNCING OFF THE MAT!!!!!! SENN DRAGS ROBBIE OVER DEDEDE, AND BAILS FROM THE RING! THE CONCUSSED OFFICIAL IS COMING BACK TO HIS SENSES, AND SENN’S HIGHTAILING IT BEFORE THE REFEREE CAN NOTICE A DAMN THING! NOW HE SEES THE COVER! THERE’S THE PIN!

Ref: …………… OOOOOOOONEEEEEEE!!!!! ….. TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! ….. THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

( DING! DING! DING! )

( “Penance” by contRoVersy plays, as Robbie V lays at his side and the concussed official sits by the ropes. )

Cherish: HOLY JESUS WHAT AN AMAZING BATTLE WE JUST WITNESSED! TRULY A BATTLE OF GODS! NOTHING CAME OUT UNSCATHED! THE FANS, THE ANNOUNCE TABLE, THE WEAPONS, THE POOR REFEREES BECAME CASUALTIES FOR THIS ALL OUT WAR!

Pierre: Well in my opinion, Jacob Senn has RUINED this match! Pain for Pride 7’s bout was such a definitive classic because we truly knew who was the better man, but thanks to him we may never truly know for sure! Senn just couldn’t keep his beef with DEDEDE over on Dynasty where it belonged, he had to interfere in OUR match too!

( Senn is seen on the arena steps with a big smile on his face, looking on at an unresponsive Mr. DEDEDE being tended to by ringside doctors. )

Cherish: I think it’s up to interpretation as to who’s the better man, Pierre! You could argue DEDEDE had the match won at the end with that last gasp shot, but you could also argue Robbie wrestled a nearly flawless match! I can’t think of one bad mistake he made! It was night and day compared to his Pain for Pride performance, where he paid dearly for several miscalculated risks – this time around he was in the zone!

( Robbie slowly pulls himself up using the ring ropes, with blood pouring out of his mouth and down his chin as he’s being tended to by a medic. )

Pierre: We can agree there, Cherish! This was a performance truly fit for the biggest match of Pain for Pride! And he’s going to need to bring this Robbie V into Pain for Pride, because unlike tonight he’s facing an opponent who has literally nothing left to lose! While DEDEDE has to worry about defending his title against future challengers, Brian Daniels is going to fight him like it’s the last match of his life … because it will be!

Cherish: It sure changes the stakes, Pierre. Is Robbie prepared for what has yet to come?

( Robbie drags himself out of the ring with his music still blasting, and he limps up the ramp without turning back as the closed captioning appears on the corner of the screen. The screen fades to black. )

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