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10-15-2017

“Dogs of War”

(EAW Intro Plays…)

(A recap plays of last week’s Showdown, highlighting the six that will enter the Elimination Chamber at Road to Redemption; DC vs Rex with Theron has the guest referee, Tiberius IV vs Prince of Phenomenal with the Heart Break Gal hitting Tiberius with the EAW World Championship.)

(Showdown intro plays; featuring “Believer” – Imagine Dragons)

(Camera cuts to The Richmond Coliseum as blue and white pyro blasts from the stage and titantron before capping off with one final explosion. The smoke of the pyro begins to clear as the arena fills with the sounds of the cheering fans and “Believer” playing in the background while the camera pans all across the arena)

Drake: WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO THE SHOW WITH POTENTIAL BIGGER THAN ARIA JAXON’S FOREHEAD! THE LONGEST REIGNING EPISODIC SERIES! THIS IS… SHOWDOWN!

(The camera cuts to Drake Jaeger and Pierre McGuire sitting at the Showdown commentary table.)

Drake: This is Drake “The Commentator” Jaeger unfortunately always sitting next to my broadcast torturer, Pierre McGuire – once again soothing every one of you with the greatest commentary voice this business has ever heard on ANOTHER GREAT episode of SHOWDOWN featuring the CHAMPION OF EAW, MY BEST FRIEND – TIBERIUS IV, AND EAW LEGEND – THE HEART BREAK GAL!

Pierre: Thanks for the warm introduction, Drake… nonetheless, yes Tiberius IV will be appearing tonight, but that’s not all we have in store for you tonight. We also have two preview matches heading towards that Elimination Chamber that’s only a weeks away. It will be The Heart Break Gal squaring off against the National Elite Champion, the Prince of Phenomenal. In our main event, we will see Diamond Cage squaring off against Theron Nikolas which I believe Rex McAllister will be joining us for commentary. John Doe and Devan Dubian will sign the contract for their Unsanctioned Match – we have that and so much more!

(The camera cuts to the stage as…)

“PRODI-GIA”
“COMPLO-RATUS”
“SILENS, ORO”
“REGNET, EXITIUM”….

(“Veni, Vidi, Vici” – ContRoVersy hits as The Triumvirate makes their way through the curtain; Tiberius IV has the EAW World Champion around his waist, as does Ares Vendetta and Lannister with the Unified Tag Team Championships around theirs respectively. All three stand on the stage before making their way down to the ring.)

Pierre: After the way that Showdown came to a close last week, I’m not surprised that we’re starting things off tonight with these three–

Drake: These three, Pierre? Have some respect for the three men that not only rule Showdown, but EAW as a WHOLE! You should be grateful, as should all of these people that “these three” are gracious enough to BLESS all of us with their time! Don’t even speak, Pierre; I don’t want to hear your filth! Veni, Vidi, Vici! Veni, Vidi, Vici!

(The Triumvirate enter the ring, all three are handed microphone before making their way to the center and stand side by side.)

Tiberius: I’m sorry, guys. I tried – I tried to be civil. I tried to do what was best for both the Heart Break Gal and myself, but I can’t help that some people refuse to take off those rose tinted glasses where everything seems to be fine and fairytales come true. It could have been us. We could have ran through the four other names that will enter that Chamber at Road to Redemption, leaving just the two of us to duke it out for the right to walk out with that Championship in hand. But, she refused to let go of that fairytale. I hoped, HBG. I hope that our match for this championship resting comfortably around my waist was indication enough on what’s going to happen if you continued to choose to stand on your own. There is no happy ending. There’s no moment where you do what no other female has been able to do. There’s now no turning back after your actions last week. Theron was the perfect example on what happens to those that try to stab me in the back. That Elimination Chamber at Road to Redemption – the moment that door swings closed, it becomes my kingdom. The kingdom which I, and I only will rule. This could have been easy, but you decided to walk up to that platform, place your head against the chopping block and hand me the sword to swing. There may have been a day where I could have showed mercy for an old friend – but those days are long gone. The blood that will stain my hands; the mess that you’re left in – none of it – absolutely none of it will bother my conscience. I prove at Road to Redemption that I will reign FOREVER and as the EAW World Champion.

(Tiberius takes the title from around his waist and holds it high in the air. An arrogant smirk crosses his face as the thousands in attendance boo in unison.)

Ares: You force mongrels back into the corner of their cage and you expect them to try and fight back. You beat them down; you teach them your power and eventually they begin to understand. They understand that no matter how hard they try; as far as they’re able to dig deep down – nothing is going to be enough to overthrow your rule. Territorial Invasion was a war. I’ve been in many throughout my time in this company, but that may have even been the greatest – but, the two of you got off easy. We did enough to get the championships that we wanted; we forced Jack’s body to physically quit on himself. He ripped him apart until there was almost nothing left. But, we still only did was we needed to in order to take what we wanted. But, those dogs continued to try to bite back. They didn’t quit when they should have. History is only going to repeat itself; the difference is that you’re not going to manage to get back up when we’re finished with you.

(Ares chuckles as he slightly lowers his head.)

Ares: A great tag team. That’s what the High Rollerz are meant to be – one hell of a team. You’re wrong. Everyone who believes it is wrong. Every time they’re forced to stand across from a real challenge they’ve fallen. They couldn’t even handle Brian Daniels and my father – two men that were well past their best days. They only managed to rip back those belts because the odds had been stacked in their favor. There’s nothing in their favor now. Theron Nikolas was meant enough to make sure they could stand on their own feet and they still managed to fall – but, this time they’re meant to survive. This time they’re meant to triumph. This time they’re meant to conquer a kingdom! Mongrels. Mongrels that aren’t going to be given the chance to kneel before two kings – simply, we put those mongrels down at Road to Redemption.

(Ares slowly lowers his microphone as an almost stoic Lannister begins to speak.)

Lannister: Lann—

(“Train of Consequence” – Megadeth suddenly blasts through the speakers as Diamond Cage makes his way through the curtain dragging that Barbed Wire Baseball bat along the steel grating behind him. He holds a microphone in hand as he slowly makes his way down the ramp shaking his head.)

DC: Shup up. Please, for the love of god, just shut the fuck up.

(DC lifts the bat up and rest it on his shoulder.)

DC: All I’ve been forced to do for what seems to be forever is listen to everyone talk. They never stop. I’m going to break this. Such and such is going to fall. Words are cheap. No one gives a fuck about what any of you three have to say. I’d rather just light the fire and watch all three of you burn.

(DC suddenly drops the microphone and charged to the ring.)

Pierre: DIAMOND CAGE LOOKING FOR A FIGHT! HE SLIDES INTO THE RING AND IS MET BY THE TRIUMVIRATE! BOTH ARES AND TIBERIUS WITH BOOTS FOR THE SPINE AS LANNISTER CALLS THEM TO DRAG HIM UP TO HIS FEET!

Drake: THE MAN IS AN IDIOT! HE’S JUST FED HIMSELF TO THE WOLVES! ARES AND TIBERIUS HAVE HIM UP AND LAUNCH HIM INTO LANNISTER! FEUER FREI!!!

Pierre: NO!! DIAMOND CAGE FIRES LOW
WITH A PUNT TO THE GROIN OF LANNISTER! THAT’S ONE WAY TO TAKE THE MAN DOWN! DC GRABBING THE BAT AS TIBERIUS SHOOTS FORWARD!! DC FIRES WITH A SHOT TO THE MIDSECTION OF THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION!!

Drake: SUPERKICK!!!! ARES ALMOST KNOCKS HIS TEETH DOWN HIS THROAT WITH A SUPERKICK!! DIAMOND CAGE DROPS THE BAT AND GOES DOWN!! GET HIM, ARES!! ARES MOUNTING DC AND BEGINS TO FIRE WITH THOSE CLOSED FISTED SHOTS TO THE HEAD!!

(The crowd suddenly erupt as…)

Pierre: LOOK!! IT’S THERON NIKOLAS!! THERON CHARGING DOWN TO THE RING AS ARES SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET AND WAITS!! THERON IN THE RING AND SWEEPS ARES’ LEGS OUT FROM UNDER HIM!!

Drake: WHAT’S HE DOING?! SAVING THE MAN THAT HE’S MEANT TO FIGHT IN THE MAIN EVENT TONIGHT? HE’S JUST AS STUPID AS CAGE!!

Pierre: HE HAS ARES ROCKED!! THERON GETTING BACK TO HIS FEET AS SCREAMS FOR ARES TO GET BACK UP!! TIBERIUS IS DOWN, LANNISTER IS ALMOST BACK TO HIS FEET! THERON HAS ARES AND LOCKS HIM INTO POSITION!! A TOUCH OF HEROINE!! NO, ARES BLOCKS THE LARIAT WITH HIS BOOT! THERON KEEPS THE WRIST LOCKED AND FIRES A SECOND TIME!! ARES DUCKS AND USES THE LOCKED WRIST TO SWING THERON BACK AROUND!! LANNISTER LOCKS THE WAIST FROM BEHIND!! GERMAN SUPLEX!! LANNISTER ALMOST SENDING THERON ACROSS THE RING THROUGH THE AIR!!

(“Square Hammer” – Ghost hits as the crowd EXPLODES!)

Pierre: IT’S THE HEART BREAK GAL!

Drake: WHERE IS SHE, PIERRE? HER SONG IS PLAYING, BUT SHE’S NOWHERE TO BE SEEN!

Pierre: LOOK! BEHIND THEM, HBG WITH A STEEL CHAIR IN HAND – AND SHE CRACKS IT ACROSS THE SPINE OF ARES VENDETTA! ARES’ SPINE JARRING IN PAIN AS HE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING! LANNISTER AND TIBERIUS TURNING AROUND!

Drake: It’s two on one, Pierre! Leave, HBG; leave the fools to their beating!

Pierre: DC!! DIAMOND CAGE TAKES OUT LANNISTER FROM THE SIDE!! BOTH MEN TUMBLING TO THE OUTSIDE AND BEGIN TO BRAWL!! WE’RE LEFT TO TWO!! HBG AND TIBERIUS IV!! TIBERIUS TRYING TO SPEAK, BUT HBG SHAKES HER HEAD TO A DEFIANT NO!! HBG SWINGS!! TIBERIUS DUCKS!!

Drake: GREEN MIST!!

Pierre: HBG USES THE CHAIR TO BLOCK IT!! HBG DRIVES THE CHAIR INTO THE STOMACH TO TIBERIUS!! THERON’S BACK TO HIS FEET!! HBG AND THERON MEET; TWO THAT WILL MEET IN THAT CHAMBER!! THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION IS GASPING FOR AIR, DOWN TO A KNEE!! DOUBLE SUPERKICK!! THERON AND HBG WITH DUAL SUPERKICKS TO THE CHAMPION!! THE CHAMPION ROLLING TO THE OUTSIDE!! THE TRIUMVIRATE FORCED TO RETREAT!!

(The Heart Break Gal and Theron Nikolas stand in the ring before being joined by Cage as Lannister and Ares help Tiberius back to his feet and the three back up the ramp.)

Drake: How can she help those two? I don’t want to believe it! I can’t believe it! HBG is still a good person! I’m covering my eyes, Pierre! I can’t watch!

Pierre: OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!! DC LATCHES ONTO THERON NIKOLAS!! DEATH, MURDER, KILL!! DIAMOND CAGE ALMOST TURNING THERON NIKOLAS INSIDE OUT WITH THAT SHORT ARM LARIAT!!

(Diamond Cage rolls out of the ring and makes his leave through the crowd as Theron remains down and HBG still stands in the ring. “Train of Consequence” picks back up the camera cuts between HBG and Theron, Diamond Cage and the Triumvirate still standing in the ring before fading to commercial.)

(Commercial Break.)

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, this first contest is scheduled for ONE FALL!!…

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

(“Pain” – CFO$ hits as Lucas Johnson makes his way through the curtain to a mild reaction.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first from Atlanta, Georgia, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY POUNDS!! LUCAS JOOOOHHNNNSSSONN!!!

Pierre: After that exhausting start to Showdown it’s about time that we get into our FIRST match of the night! Things haven’t particularly been going Lucas’ way as of late; nothing really since losing that New Breed Championship against Moongoose at Pain for Pride. Tonight he’ll be looking to get back into that winning column against the man that came so close to winning the National Elite Championship and moving onto the EAW World Championship Chamber at Road to Redemption – Nobi!

Drake: Some may have thought that Lucas was breaking through that glass ceiling he struggled with after that New Breed Championship reign, but he’s fallen back into old habits. He needs to find something new if he wants to dig himself out of the whole that he’s fallen back into.

(“Failure” – Breaking Benjamin hits as Nobi makes his way through the curtain to a warm reaction. He stands on the stage with a smile on his face before making his way down to the ring joined by Lioncross and Lyuncrust.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing his opponent from Indonesia, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT POUNDS!!… HE IS… NOOOOOOOOOOBBBBBIIIIIIIII!!!!!

Pierre: Is there a nicer guy in the entire company at the moment than this man? He’s come so, so close to finally grasping onto championship gold on a few occasions; more recently at Pain for Pride with Lioncross against The High Rollerz and that Elimination Chamber on Showdown a few weeks back. A win tonight moves him closer to another chance at the title, and better yet, a win tonight continues to move the man forward.

Drake: Some people have what it takes to be champion, Pierre. Nobi is not one of them. We can talk about how close people have came. Theron came close to taking the title at Dia Del Diablo; The High Rollerz were close to retaining their titles at Territorial Invasion – but, who cares about those who come close. People care about results, and the results show that Nobi didn’t get the job done.

(Both men stand in the ring as the referee calls for the bell.)

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Pierre: The bell rings and this contest is officially underway! The two wasting no time locking up and Lucas takes the early control with a side headlock! Nobi doesn’t waste any time, pushing Lucas back into the ropes and builds enough momentum to push him away! Lucas sent across the ring and hits the ropes on the opposite side and rebounds straight into a hip toss! No, Lucas manages to block – BUT NOBI FIRES WITH A WICKED ELBOW TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! Lucas is rocked and Nobi connects with a stiff chop to the chest! Nobi with a second and Lucas is sent back into the corner. Nobi grabs Lucas by the arm and looks to send him across the ring, but Lucas manages to turn it around! Nobi hitting that corner hard, spine first AND LUCAS JOHNSON FOLLOWS IT WITH A RUNNING FOREARM! Nobi stumbles out of the corner and Lucas sweeps him up off his feet and up onto his shoulder! Lucas looking to drive him down with a running powerslam! Nobi blocks and manages to slide back behind him! Nobi locks the waist, looking to send the bigger Lucas Johnson overhead with a German Suplex, but Lucas blocks and fires with an elbow to the side of the head. Nobi immediately releases his grip and staggers back to the ropes! Lucas building up a bit of momentum and looks to send Nobi over and to the outside with a clothesline, but Nobi drops down and pulls the top rope with him! Lucas barrells over to the outside, but lands on his feet!

Drake: Great agility from the big man, shooting back up on the apron – BUT NOBI CRACKS SKULLS WITH A VILE HEADBUTT! Lucas may be out on the apron, latching onto the top rope to stop him from falling backwards! Nobi grabs a hold of him and pulls him in, looking for a suplex! Nobi powers Lucas up into the air, but Lucas floats over and lands behind him! Lucas locks the waist! GERMAN SUPLEX! Nobi almost dropped on the back of his head! Lucas shoots back to his feet, but a dazed Nobi isn’t too far behind him. Lucas meets him with a short jab! Another! Another! Lucas powers Nobi up onto his shoulders, possibly looking to end it! Nobi with an elbow to the side of the head! A second! Third! Nobi knows the position that he’s in! Nobi slips off the shoulders and locks the waist, looking for a German of his own, but Lucas charges forward and to drops down before the ropes, the momentum sending Nobi through the ropes and to the outside! Wait! Look at Lucas! LUCAS JOHNSON FLIES THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE! OH!! NOBI CUTS HIM OFF WITH A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! Lucas stumbles back and falls back into the ring as Nobi jumps up onto the apron and makes his way up top! Nobi watches as a stunned Lucas Johnson makes his way back to his feet! Nobi leaps – AND TAKES LUCAS DOWN WITH A LEAPING DDT! NOBI SHOOTS INTO THE COVER!!

ONE!!… TWO!!… KICKOUT!!

Drake: No! Lucas kicks out!

Pierre: That was a big move from Nobi; not one that we’re too used to seeing from the man. Nobi getting back to his feet, but Lucas is already forcing himself back to his feet too. Nobi fires with a forearm and follows with a chop! Nobi tries to power Lucas up onto his shoulders, but he struggles to hold him! Nobi forced to drop Lucas back down to his feet and Lucas shoves him into the ropes! POP UP POWERBOMB! LUCAS HOLDS THE PIN!

ONE!!… TWO!!… KICKOUT!!

Pierre: Nobi powers out!

Drake: BUT, LUCAS USES THE MOMENTUM TO TURN NOBI OVER INTO THE BOSTON CRAB! NOBI PUSHING HIMSELF UP TO EASE SOME OF THE PRESSURE ON THE SPINE! LUCAS SCREAMING FOR NOBI TO TAP, BUT NOBI REFUSES, SHAKING HIS HEAD! NOBI INCHING HIMSELF CLOSER TO THE ROPES… BUT, LUCAS DRAG HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Nobi manages to roll back onto his back with that small window! Lucas trying to roll Nobi back over, but Nobi reaches up, grabbing onto the arm of Lucas and pulls him down! Triangle Choke! Nobi turns it into a submission of his own! Lucas still on his feet, knowing the position his in! Lucas powers Nobi up into the air, but Nobi releases and rolls through! Nobi takes him down with the Sunset Flip, but Lucas rolls back avoiding the pin! Both men scramble back to their feet, but Lucas is up first! Lucas charges forward – AND CHARGES STRAIGHT INTO THAT JAWBREAKER LARIAT! NO, LUCAS DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND GRABS THE ARM IN THE PROCESS! LUCAS TWISTS HIM AND POWERS HIM UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS!! THE MACHINE BREAK!! F5!! NO, NOBI LANDS ON HIS FEET AND LATCHES ONTO THE ARM!! JAWBREAKER LARIAT!! HE ALMOST TOOK HIS HEAD OFF!! NOBI HOOKS BOTH LEGS!!

ONE!!… TWO!!… THREE!!!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Failure” – Breaking Benjamin hits as Nobi rises back to his feet and the referee raises his hand.)

Ring Announcer: The winner of this match… NOOOOOOBBBBBBIIIIII!!!!

Pierre: Nobi does it with a wicked Jawbreaker Lariat!

Drake: That was one hell of a blow from good ol’ Nobi; Lucas Johnson is going to be seeing stars for weeks.

Pierre: This is a huge win for Nobi here tonight, overcoming a former New Breed Champion; we know that Nobi has his eyes set on Prince of Phenomenal and that National Elite Championship! I’m sure that POP was sitting backstage watching this intently.

Drake: I’m going to say that he wasn’t, and that he was preparing to face EAW’s Legend herself, HBG.

(Nobi stands on the stage looking back at Lucas Johnson who still recovers in the ring; the camera cuts to Lioncross clapping and Lyuncrust celebrating before the camera fades backstage.)

(The camera cuts to the parking lot as a black corvette pulls up and both Jack Ripley and David Davidson make their exit. The grab their bags and begin to make their way into the arena before being stopped by Max A. Million.)

Max: Fellas, fellas.

Jack: Oh no…

(The High Rollerz walk past Max before stopping and looking back.)

Max: Guys, I know that you’ve just arrived, but did you manage to see the start of Showdown? Did you manage to hear what was said by the Triumvirate–

(Davidson places his index finger against his lips as Max stops talking.)

Davidson: We did. We saw everything. For the first time in a while, for tonight at least, there’s no fun and games. Road to Redemption is a few weeks away; the night we take back our titles, but we’re not waiting for Road to Redemption to get our hands on Ares Vendetta and Lannister. They’re going to show their faces eventually – there’s no way that they’re not. But, when they do – we’ll be there.

(Davidson and Ripley make their leave leaving Max standing in the parking lot before the camera fades to commercial.)

(Commercial Break.)

(The camera returns from commercial as ‘Tempest’ by Deftones plays and Ryan Marx walks out to the ring in his usual ring gear and in a black leather jacket with ‘MARX’ written across the back in white and the Five Pillars symbol painted on the back in white underneath it. He also wears the EAW Openweight Championship around his waist. He is followed by his hooded figures, aka followers, and they all follow him to the ring. )

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome … RYAN MARX!!!

Pierre: “The Zeitgeist” Ryan Marx doesn’t look happy by any measure, and … well … here’s why.

( RECAP TO THIS PAST THURSDAY’S EDITION OF EMPIRE: We get Stephanie Matsuda calling out Soledad to the ring after inviting her to Empire under the premise that she comes alone. Matsuda and Soledad have a confrontation in the ring which lead to Soledad being knocked out by Matsuda and having to be carried out by officials. )

Drake: It was a sickening display of aggression from Cloud Matsuda against a woman who’s done nothing to deserve it! Soledad is by no means a wrestler, or an athlete, she’s Ryan Marx’s WIFE for gods sakes! This was a disgusting, disturbing abusive act if malice from Matsuda and Ryan Marx has nothing to be happy about at all Pierre!

( Marx enters the ring – and what meets him is an upright large object. Marx uncovers the object to reveal a standing sarcophagus being held up by wires, and Ryan Marx’s music dies down as his followers surround him in the ring. Marx is handed a microphone from one of his followers, and waits for the crowd to settle down. )

Ryan Marx: The Sacrifice made it a point to hit me where she believed it would hurt me the most. The Sacrifice could not have been any more flawed in her low level of thinking. By making a target out of my companion, Soledad, her actions lined up perfectly with our expectations. My companion and I are well aware of how the human mind works, we are quite familiar with the rationale of a Sacrifice who closer nears her date of execution. As the cattle draws nearer to the slaughterhouse, their instinct picks up on the smell of death and decay in the air. The difference between man and cattle is that the cattle will approach it’s own death calmly, but humans generally speaking will approach their demise kicking and screaming.

So of course, by targeting my companion, The Sacrifice rests assured knowing that she dealt a blow. The affluent and all-powerful cut themselves to see if they can still bleed, but the powerless will strike anyone to see if they can still fight. Soledad played her part to perfection. She has made a sacrifice in her own right by risking bodily harm, and this sacrifice will not be in vain. For life comes with a guarantee of sacrifice. All men must give in order to get. And the sacrifice too must understand that with every gain…

( Marx nods his head at his followers, and one of them unlocks the standing sarcophagus behind him to open it up )

Marx: Comes a loss.

( Miss Manami comes spilling out of the sarcophagus and falls to the canvas, down on all fours, hyperventilating and bruised as well as scratched all over with her clothes tattered and riddled with dust. Ryan Marx pulls Manami up by her hair and faces the camera. )

Marx: This goes out not only to the Sacrifice but to the entire Empire brand; take notice. I have made captive a woman who many of you have idolized at some point in your lives. I understand fully that it is not just The Sacrifice who seeks to take what is mine, I know every last one of you would love an opportunity at taking my Openweight Championship away from me. So I felt it necessary to remind you all of what happens when you try to take from The Zeitgeist.

( Ryan Marx pulls Miss Manami up… and PUNCHES HER IN THE STOMACH FULL FORCE! Manami drops to the ground and the crowd groans in disgust as she rolls around. )

Marx: You should have never tried to play mind games with me, Sacrifice. That will be your undoing. You should never attempt to play a game that another man has mastered unless you are a master of it yourself, and I can already tell that your mind, just like your body, is weak. Do you know what happens when the weak trifle with me?

( Marx turns back to Manami who’s used the ring ropes to get back up to her feet, and after Manami turns around, Ryan Marx LEVELS HER WITH A HAYMAKER TO THE JAW. This sends blood and spit flying out of her mouth and she collapses to the mat unconscious. )

Marx: I don’t actively seek to prey upon the weak, however when the weak trifle with the strong it is only necessary that they are made an example.

( Marx places his boot on Manami’s head and unhooks the title from his waist to hold up to the camera. )

Marx: Sacrifice, I have made your mentor and your inspiration an example. At Road to Redemption, I will make you the example. Everything in life comes with a sacrifice. Pain for pleasure, blood for gold. How much pain will you endure for the pleasure of defeating me? How much blood will you be willing to shed for this precious gold? And if all’s said and done, will any of it be enough?

( “Tempest” comes back on and Ryan Marx starts to take his leave, but stops as he hears: )

???: HEY!

( Marx turns around, and sees Manami on one knee with blood running out of her mouth. )

Miss Manami: DON’T YOU AT LEAST HAVE THE BALLS TO FINISH ME OFF, MOTHERFUCKER?

Pierre: AND THAT SET RYAN MARX OFF IN A RAGE! HE HOISTS MANAMI UP, NEW HEIGHTS DDT!!!! DRILLING MANAMI HEAD FIRST INTO THE FLOOR!

( Marx quickly exits the ring, and “Tempest” comes back on as Ryan Marx is followed out of the arena by his hooded figure followers. )

Drake: Jeez, Ryan Marx sure means business!

Pierre: What a shocking and horrific display from Marx, the entire Empire brand is definitely on notice after seeing this womens wrestling legend such as Miss Manami beaten down.

Drake: We knew from the get-go Ryan Marx would come out here to send a message, but boy did he send a resounding one loud and clear! I can only imagine how irate Stephanie Matsuda must be.

(The camera cuts backstage as Lucas Johnson makes his way through the backstage area.)

Lucas: Brian! BRIAN!

(Lucas turns around a corner and is met by the Showdown General Manager.)

Brian: What now.

Lucas: Did you see that?!

Brian: That you lost?

Lucas: I didn’t lose, Nobi got lucky. It was a fluke; anyway, I shouldn’t be facing him anyway! I should be facing champions; I should be challenging Prince of Phenomenal for that National Elite Championship!

Brian: I’m not going to play this game. I’m getting tired of this; I’m tired of giving you chances and watching you fumble them all. You’re in the position you deserve to be in, Lucas. But, I’ll give you one more chance. You’re going to face Nobi again; you’re going to face Nobi and if, and we both know that’s going to be a big IF – but, if you’re able to win, I’ll take high consideration of you getting a chance to face POP AFTER Road to Redemption.

Lucas: GREAT!… I’m glad that the two of us are on the same page.

Brian: But, if you lose…

Lucas: I’m not going to.

Brian: Don’t interrupt me. If you lose, I promise you that another opportunity is going to be long way away. I’ll personally make sure that you’ll start back at the bottom.

Lucas: What about him?

Brian: I’ll worry about that. Just worry about yourself and the opportunity that you “should have”.

(Brian walks away as Lucas stands and smiles at the opportunity at hand before the camera fades to commercial.)

(Commercial Break.)

( “Switch” by Otto Cate & Brian Skeel plays as James Ranger walks out with Lance Hart trailing behind him )

Ring Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL! Introducing first, accompanied by Lance Hart, from London, England weighing in at 243 POUNDS… JAMES RANGER!!!!

( In the ring, Kaise Boetius warms up by the turnbuckle )

Ring Announcer: His opponent… from New Haven, Connecticut, KAISE BOETIUS!!!!

( James Ranger enters the ring and the official calls for the bell to allow the match to begin )

( DING! DING! DING! )

Pierre: Boetius and Ranger start the match closing in cautiously before Boetius tees off with a boot to the midsection and a forearm to the jaw. He follows up Ranger with a couple of body shots before mushing the face of Ranger to push him into the corner! Boetius charges at his corned opponent –

Drake: Ranger explodes out of the corner with an elbow to the mouth for his troubles! Ranger follows up with a shin kick, and follows up the follow up with a shoot kick to the thigh! He charges to the nearest ring ropes and builds momentum off of them for the LEAPING GAMENKNEE! Nobody home as Boetius spins out of it and takes Ranger down with a leg trip. He runs off the same ropes as Ranger just rebounded off of and takes Ranger down with a jumping clothesline! Runs the adjacent ropes, and Kaise Boetius takes James Ranger back down with a nasty big boot! Now he drops over Ranger with the cover.

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWO-

Pierre: Lance Hart verbally wills Ranger into a kick out at two! As Ranger seeks recover, Boetius clamps down with a side headlock to force a fight back to a vertical base. Once Ranger gets too much leverage, Boetius adjusts and applies an abdominal stretch, as well as hammering a few blows into the exposed rib cage! James Ranger is trying as he might to power himself out of the hold, but Boetius is a persistant grappler and submission specialist, he’s the type to make his opponents work for every inch.

Drake: Ranger is looking to battle back with a lifting knee to the face of Boetius! That one frees him from the abdominal stretch! Everyone’s ”persistent” until they get hit in the face! Ranger looks for a charging lariat, but Boetius ducks the oncoming arm and hits the INVERTED HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER! This takes James Ranger down and has him rolling out of the ring holding his spine in agony!

Pierre: Lance Hart immeditely comes to the aid of his compatriot, James Ranger looks like he took a sledgehammer shot to the back! He sure isn’t looking too hot Drake!

Drake: HOLD THE PHONE! KAISE BOETIUS CHARGES OVER THE ROPES FOR A TOPE CON HILO! NOBODY HOME, LANCE HART YANKS JAMES RANGER OUT OF THE WAY AND BOETIUS HITS THE RINGSIDE FLOOR WITH A LOUD THUD! Rough landing for Boetius! The momentum alone takes him back up to a knee after hitting the ringside floor hard, but that sure ain’t good momentum.

Pierre: James Ranger’s already returned into the ring and he’s waiting for Kaise Boetius to make a return back up to his feet.

Ref: 1! 2! 3! 4! 5!

Drake: Boetius is looking for a return to the ring, but is hit with a BASEBALL SLIDE DROPKICK! THOSE BOOTS SEND HIM FLYING INTO THE BARRICADE! And the ref admonishes Ranger for not letting Boetius back in the ring, prompting Ranger to get in the ref’s face and get into a full blown argument with the official! This allows a blind spot at ringside where Lance Hart pulls Boetius up and DRIVES HIM FACE FIRST INTO THE LED RINGPOST! AND HE TAKES BOETIUS BACK INTO THE RING TO FEED HIM INTO THE FINAL HORIZON!!!! TIGER DRIVER 98′ BY RANGER, AND A HOOK OF THE LEGS!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

( DING! DING! DING! )

( “Switch” by Otto Cate & Brian Skeel plays and Lance Hart enters the ring to celebrate with James Ranger )

Ring Announcer: Here is your winner, JAMES RANGER!!!

Drake: A nice win by Ranger with the assist from Lance Hart! Can you even be mad at that Pierre? I mean come on, how many times do you see managers come out to ringside and do fuck all during a match? At least make yourself of SOME use.

Pierre: Well l can’t condone the dirty tactics but I can see the reasoning behind it. Momentum is quite the commodity in the wrestling business and sometimes you’ve got to get it anyway you can.

(Lance Hart and James Ranger celebrate on the stage before making their way to the back.)

(The camera cuts backstage as the Heart Break Gal prepares for her upcoming match. We can hear the sound of a door opening as she turns her head and shoots up to her feet.)

HBG: What do you want?

(Eventually, Theron Nikolas makes his way into the camera frame.)

Theron: No harm. I’m just here to say thank you for your help earlier.

HBG: Don’t think that it’s going to be a constant thing.

Theron: I would never. I know the mindset; I know that need to do all of this one your own. I have respect for the decision that you’ve made and the fact that you turned down Tiberius’ offer. But, no amount of respect is going to allow you to walk out of that Chamber at Road to Redemption while I still have anything to say about it.

HBG: And who says you’re still going to be around to dictate who does and doesn’t walk out of that chamber?

(Theron laughs as he begins to walk away, you can still hear his voice as he walks out of the frame.)

Theron: Remember, HBG – I’ve beaten you and done something you haven’t – beat Tiberius.

(HBG grits her teeth as the camera fades to commercial.)

(Commercial Break.)

( “Crown of Thorns” by Rakaa (feat. Aloe Blacc) hits and Prince of Phenomenal walks confidently to the ring with the National Elite Championship on him )

( DING! DING! DING! )

Ring Announcer: The following is a Road to Redemption preview match scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Miami Beach, Florida, weighing 215 POUNDS… HE IS THE EAW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIOOOONNN, PRIIIIIIIINCE OOOOOOOOOOF PHENOMENAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!

Pierre: Prince of Phenomenal is somebody who has has rode momentum like a professional surfer rides waves! Rooting interests aside Drake, you’ve got to admit he is in one of the better spots in his illustrious career, coming off of winning an Elimination Chamber match to retain his title and going into another chamber with the necessary experience needed to succeed in such an environment!

Drake: Sure, this run has been all fine and dandy, it’s all gonna end at Road To Redemption when he’s NOT the EAW Champion! So hey, enjoy the flight I guess!

( “Square Hammer” – Ghost plays and Heart Break Gal makes her entrance )

Ring Announcer: Her opponent, from Dallax, Texas, HEEEEART BREAK GAAAALLL!!!

Drake: Now THERE’S SOMEBODY who’s got momentum! We’re talking about a surefire future EAW Champion, the conqueror, the goddess of war, the living legend herself!

Pierre: You say “future world champion”, but could that day come as soon as Road to Redemption Drake?

Drake: DON’T ASK ME SUCH DAMNING QUESTIONS! I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO, AND YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT PIERRE. NOW SHUT UP AND CALL THE MATCH!

( DING! DING! DING! )

Pierre: I-well-okay! HBG comes firing away with a running forearm to the face in a contest featuring both two EAW Hall of Famers as well as two participants of the Extreme Elimination Chamber taking place in just a mere 14 days! That rocked POP already, potentially stunned him, and she runs off the perpendicular ropes to rock him with a running ax handle smash clubbing her fists to the face! HBG and POP both quickly recover and HBG attempts to take the Prince of Phenomenal over with an armdrag, but POP stands his ground and muscles HBG upright before sending her UP AND OVER WITH A HIP TOSS!

Drake: HBG counters with a magnificent wheelbarrow roll into a pin! But POP shoves her off of him as quickly as he can just as the ref slides to the mat and hits “one” and he kips back up to his feet before rushing back towards HBG with a low dropkick to the right calf, OUCH, dropping HBG right on her face!

Pierre: I think HBG might be competing with someone who for the first time in a while comes close to the level of speed and agility that she herself possesses! Prince of Phenomenal’s doing his best to get HBG caught in an STF, but HBG rolls forward stacking herself on her shoulder and eventually countering flinging POP down to the mat and doing her best to CATCH HIM IN A CROSSFACE! But Prince of Phenomenal immediately rushes up to one knee, and deadlifts HBG up along with him to bring her off of her feet, over his head and DOWN WITH A BACK SUPLEX PINNING BRIDGE!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWO-

Drake: HBG kicks out of that! POP springs over the ropes to the apron and climbs up to the top turnbuckle, but Heart Break Gal attempts to beat him to the punch and rush up to the top from within the ring and ATTEMPTS A SUPER FRANKENSTEINER FROM THE TOP!!! BUT PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL HOISTS HER AS SHE LEANS BACKWARDS AND DANGLES FROM ALL THE WAY IN THE HIGH RENT DISTICT! AND HE MIGHT BE GOING FOR A POWERBOMB FROM THE TOP NOW! HE MUSCLES HER ALL THE WAY UP, ONLY TO EAT A BARRAGE OF PUNCHES TO THE TEMPLE FROM THE LEGENDARY HBG! AND HBG MANAGES TO SOMEHOW CONVERT HER POSITION INTO DRILLING PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL FROM THE TOP ROPE WITH A DDT FROM THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!! YES, WHAT BRILLIANCE! SHE’S GOT THE COVER!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Pierre: The official waves off the count due to the arm of Prince of Phenomenal being underneath the bottom rope! Prince of Phenomenal drags himself out of the ring and you can just tell that save he made was done completely off of instinct, you can credit that in ring awareness to the years of performing at a high level. Prince of Phenomenal is down on one knee right in front of us still holding his head and hardly able to function, and HEART BREAK GAL COMES SPRINTING ACROSS THE RING AND SHOOTS THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE SENDING POP OVER OUR TABLE! LOOK OUT!

( POP is sent flying over the announce table and crashing in between the chairs of Drake Jaeger and Pierre McGuire )

Drake: JESUS WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING!

Pierre: I don’t necessarily know if POP had a choice in trajectory! HBG comes right after Prince of Phenomenal but POP is just totally wiped out over our table after being sent flying by those boots from his opponent! The referee begins his count, and HBG scrapes POP off the floor and nails him with a European uppercut to send POP stagging away and leaning over the ring steps! HBG comes right back after him, grabs him by the head and BASHES HIS FACE INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

Ref: 4! 5! 6!

Drake: POP seeks to retreat, and HBG trails him across ringside to hit him with a CLIP TO THE LEG to take him down! As the referee’s count reaches a nine, she sends POP back in the ring and returns with him as well, and she heads straight for the nearest turnbuckle to hit a STUNNING SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSAULT INTO THE HOOK OF BOTH LEGS!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOONE!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Pierre: Prince of Phenomenal with the kick out now! A daring kick out from the National Elite Champion after taking some abuse, and HBG’s giving a bit of a breather before dishing out some more. HBG throttles POP with a forearm to the face just as he tries to pull himself up, and now she hits a stomp to his hand on the mat! She follows up with a ferocious assault of elbows to the skull, barely protected by the champion! Now HBG grabs the arm AND WANTS THE HEART EATER!!!! GOGOPLATA MIGHT BE APPLIED, IF SHE LOCKS THAT IN THERE’S NO WAY POP ESCAPES! SHE’S CLOSE, HE’S TRYING TO FIGHT IT BUT SHE’S CLOSE TO HAVING THE HEART EATER APPLIED — BUT POP COUNTERS WITH A FREE ARM HITTING A FLURRY OF BODY SHOTS WITH THAT OPEN FIST! NOW HE STACKS HBG ON HER SHOULDERS AND GETS THE PINNING BRIDGE!

Ref: OOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOO-

Pierre: HBG SITS UP AND PULLS POP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS TO COUNTER WITH A ROLL UP OF HER OWN!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Drake: POP CLICKS HIS HEELS AGAINST HBG’S HEAD LIKE A FREAKING DISNEY PRINCESS AND KICKS OUT! POP huffs and puffs after being put through the ringer by the greatest woman to ever grace a ring and he’s somehow beaten her to a standing base, and hits a spin kick to the midsection! He rushes to the ropes in front of him to hit a SPRINGBOARD CORKSCREW CROSSBODY! AND FOLLOWS UP WITH THE COVER!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Pierre: Kick out by HBG! Prince of Phenomenal sits up protesting the count with the official, which probably isn’t wise if you’re looking to put away someone at the caliber of HBG. HBG meanwhile is having her will tested, stirring and getting back to all fours looking for the nearest path to recover – BUT HERE COMES POP WITH A PUNT KICK TO THE RIBS SENDING HBG FLYING ACROSS THE RING AND STOPPING AT THE TURNBUCKLE CORNER!!! Prince of Phenomenal shows off to the crowd now, but man what a devastating punt kick that was! POP looks to hype himself up into an even more aggressive attack now, standing at the farthest turnbuckle from HBG before charging across the ring into a SLOW SLIDING FOREARM TO THE FACE! BUT HBG USING THE SECOND ROPE PULLS HERSELF UP AND OVER POP! Crafty counter from The Consigliere, and POP turns around just to be hit with a LEG-SCIZZORS DDT DRILLING POP’S HEAD INTO THE MAT!

Drake: This creates an opening for Heart Break Gal to crawl over to the apron and go for broke! I have full faith and confidence in HBG but I don’t necessarily know if I like this! HBG painstakingly drags herself up to the top and just as Prince of Phenomenal gets up he turns around and is HIT WITH THE ARROWVERSE!!! HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AMAZING! DIVING HURRICANRANA INTO THE PIN!

Ref: OOOOOOOONEEEE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Drake: Somehow that’s not enough to defeat POP, he kicks out of that! Now HBG immediately picks her spot nicely, stalking the Prince of Phenomenal as he slightly begins to recover and RUNS OFF THE ROPES FOR THE FIT OF RAGE!!!! CURB STOMP!!!!

Pierre: PELE KICK!!! POP EXPLODES UP TO HIS FEET AND NAILS HER WITH THE JUMPING PELE KICK! THAT TAKES HBG DOWN, AND POP STAYS DOWN ON THE MAT AS WELL! THE TWO OF THEM ARE HITTING EACH OTHER WITH EVERYTHING THEY’VE GOT, BOTH OF THEM LEAVING IT ALL OUT HERE TONIGHT IN RICHMOND! BUT GET A LOOK AT THIS, AFTER A MOMENT OF REPRIEVE PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL RUSHES UP TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, SPRINGING UP TO THE TOP WITH A BOUT OF MOMENTUM AND HITS THE 560 CORKSCREW SENTON BOMB!!!!

Drake: HBG LIFTS HER LEGS AND ESCAPES IT!!! BRILLIANT ESCAPE FOR THE HEART BREAK GAL! PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL LANDS FLAT ON HIS STUPID FACE, AND HBG REELS HIM IN FOR THE HEART EATER! GOGOPLATA APPLIED, PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL IS CAUGHT WITH NOWHERE TO GO FAR AWAY FROM ANY RING ROPES, WITH THE ENERGY AND THE FIGHT SAPPED RIGHT OUT OF HIM! THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO BUT DOWN FROM HERE BUDDY, AND HBG’S GOT THE HEART EATER REELED BACK ALL THE WAY! POP CAN BARELY FIGHT IT, HE’S FADING, HIS LIMBS ARE LIMP! HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO TAP!

( DING! DING! DING! )

( “Square Hammer” – Ghost plays and Heart Break Gal is helped up by the official and has her hand raised )

Ring Announcer: Here is your winner, HEART BREAK GAL!!!

Drake: WHAT A NIGHT IT’S BEEN FOR THE LEGEND AMONG LEGENDS!

Pierre: I’ve got to admit, between cleaning house to start tonight’s show and getting a big win against Prince of Phenomenal in decisive fashion, she’s having an extraordinary night! She’s also proven that she can defeat a champion – one who just so happens to be sharing the Extreme Elimination Chamber with her in two weeks from tonight! She might look better than anybody else going into that match at this present time!

Drake: That’s right Pierre, tell it like it really is! Heart Break Gal and my brother in arms Tiberius IV are far and away the favorites going into Road To Redemption – just like it should be!

(The camera cuts backstage to Devan Dubian who makes his way through the backstage area carrying a stern look before the camera cuts back to commercial.)

(Commercial Break.)

( The Showdown environment changes slightly as the lights are slightly more dim with a spotlight more focusing on the ring, and the ring itself is covered in carpet with a mahogany wood table placed in the middle of it. “Paint It Black” by Ramin Djawadi plays all throughout the arena as Brian Daniels makes his way out to the stage and towards the ring, dressed in a black turtleneck sweater and jeans with a microphone in hand)

Pierre: It appears we’re getting a more solemn Brian Daniels this evening.

Drake: There isn’t much reason for Daniels to be excited – he has two members of his roster who literally want to see each other dead! Now only a complete pussy would be bent out of shape about something as potentially entertaining as that, but when their health is LITERALLY your responsibility I can get why he might be a little on edge.

Pierre: Daniels did his best to stop this match from reaching this level of culmination, but he knows as well as anybody that sometimes there are confrontations in an EAW ring that just have to happen whether or not they’re the safe or sensible thing to do. In this case, allowing this match is simply what’s right, but it doesn’t mean Daniels isn’t going to try to take the reins in this situation at least the best way he can.

Drake: As of tonight it’s being made official, Devan Dubian will take on John Doe in an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! Now all that there’s left to do is have these men sign on the dotted line! Sign your lives away boys!

( Brian’s music dies down, and Brian Daniels waits for the crowd to simmer down before speaking )

Brian Daniels: I know the whole gimmick behind contract signings. I promise you guys, tonight is not the night. There’s already too much at stake because of the ego and pride of two men who don’t seem to know what ‘tomorrow’ is, but I get it. I’ve been there. What we’re going to do right now is make sure it’s crystal clear that whatever happens at Road To Redemption is completely outside of Elite Answers Wrestling sanction, and the consequences and implications rest squarely on these two mens shoulders. So let’s not procrastinate any longer, let’s get these contracts signed and let’s call it a night.

( “This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold plays all throughout the arena as Devan Dubian makes his way out to the stage in street clothes and a microphone in hand, making his way towards the ring)

(Dubian enters the ring shaking hands with Brian Daniels before taking a seat at the table. “The Killing Joke” plays all throughout the arena AND John Doe casually makes his way out to the stage, dressed in his black attire and jacket as usual, and walking up to the ring before being handed a microphone and taking a seat at the table as well. He props his feet up at the desk, smacking away at his gum and Devan Dubian sits across from him giving him a death glare. )

Daniels: Tonight’s contract signing will confirm the Unsanctioned Match that will take place on October 28th at Road To Redemption between DEVAN DUBIAN.

( Crowd cheers )

Daniels: And JOHN DOE.

( Crowd gives a mixed reaction )

Daniels: Now as I said before, I absolutely forbid any contact of any kind to take place between either of you. If you guys desire so badly to rip each other apart, you will have the platform to do just that in October 28th. Tonight is not that platform. I know everybody in this arena wants to see you guys go all out, but if you lay so much as a hand on each other –

John Doe: We know, we know. I understand, Daniels. You have to protect your investments at all cost. I don’t have any intention on laying a finger on Mr. Dubian. I want this match at Road To Redemption just as bad – no – MORE than anyone.

Daniels: Dub, am I understood?

( Devan Dubian continues to glare at John Doe, and Doe readjusts himself sitting upright in his seat while shooting back a chilling smile. )

Daniels: Dub?

Devan Dubian: *to John Doe* You know I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way before. I don’t think I’ve ever been pushed beyond reason and logic. I fully understand the terms and conditions behind this match, Brian, but for some reason I just don’t care. For some reason I really am willing to throw everything away; risk my career, risk my health, risk my reputation, if it means wiping that condescending smile from the face of this bastard sitting across me, and wiping him from the face of this world.

John: I think I have a word to describe that feeling, Dubian. What you’re describing sounds to me a lot like “hatred.”

Devan: Yeah, maybe it is hatred. It sounds appropriate. Despite all of the bitter rivalries I’ve had in EAW, even with that man standing right behind us, even with a sadistic son of a bitch like Ares Vendetta, it’s never been like this. Right now I’m past the point of rational thought. Right now I would love nothing more than to break you in half. Literally break you in half. I’ve wanted to punish Ares Vendetta, I’ve wanted to humiliate Starr Stan, I’ve wanted to defeat Brian Daniels, but you? I want to break you. I want to tear you apart with my bare hands, and it’s taking me every bit of willpower in the world to not say “fuck RTR” and dismantle you right now.

John: To tell you the truth, I’m touched. It’s an honor to know that I’ve gotten under the cool exterior of Devan Dubian and gotten ahold of what makes him tick. I consider it an achievement of mine to know that underneath the exterior of the “Amazing Emir” you’re no different from the low-down, mud slinging savage beast that exists in every man and woman who calls themselves “Elitists”.

Devan: You consider this an achievement?

John: Not an achievement – an honor. After all, not many men can get an opponent to admit they’ve won before the battle even begins.

Devan: I must be missing something.

John: Please don’t tell me the great Devan Dubian is feigning ignorance! Isn’t it apparent by now? I’m inside your head. You so badly want to break me that you don’t even realize that it’s me who’s already broken you. You’ve been in a state of weakness and pain for months now, and I’m the one behind all of that main. For every hour of physical therapy and every time you painstakingly rise from your slumber in the morning, you are dealt with a painful reminder of me. You’ve been hot on my heels for all these months, and all this time you’ve been eating my dust. I’m the race you just can’t win, the test you cannot pass. For all of the accomplishments in your historic career, I am one feat you can never-

Devan: SHUT UP. Your grossly over inflated sense of self worth and confidence will be your own undoing, John Doe. The pain I’m experiencing now pales in comparison to all of the suffering I’ve been put through over the years. To your credit, you have been quite an arduous foe, but that’s where the credit stops. What makes you particularly troublesome to me is that I’ve had to wait to get my hands on you because you’re elusive. The waiting is almost over, however. That’s my silver lining. You aren’t going to get away with making an enemy out of me. Don’t mistake my hatred for some form of accolade.

John: Answer me this, sweet prince. Would true royalty feel the need to despise its own subjects? Of course it wouldn’t. You don’t hate what you rule over, however when a force comes along that you have no control over you are introduced to your most bitter enemy – and simultaneously – your worst nightmare. I am the force that you can’t control, and it’s eating you up inside. Fear is spreading through you like a poison, and it’s crippling you in more ways than one.

( Devan Dubian starts laughing hysterically )

Devan: So now you believe I fear you?

( Devan flips open the contract on the table, and immediately signs his name on the contract )

Devan: How’s that for fear? I don’t fear another man that bleeds the same color as me. I’ve been in this ring with the absolute best to ever do it. I could never be afraid of you… what I am afraid of however, John Doe, is myself. I’m afraid of the places I’ll go in an environment where there’s no consequence for my actions. I’m afraid of what I’m become, and if I’ll ever be redeemed for my actions. I’m not afraid of you, I’m afraid of what I’ll do to you.

John: And there lies the difference between you and me, Devan. You shudder at the prospect of the damage you could inflict, and I salivate over it. The things you deem to be horrifying, I deem to be holy. What you call a sinner, I call a saint. And the hell I put you through, will be my heaven on earth.

( John Doe signs his contract, and tosses the contract back on the table before standing up. Devan Dubian stands up as well. . “The Killing Joke” hits, and Devan Dubian is talked down by Brian Daniels just as he’s ready to leap across the table and attack. John Doe takes his leave, walking away without turning back. )

Drake: That could have went south so easily! Did you hear these maniacs? They were talking like they were going to literally blow each others heads off! If neither of them show up to RTR with a sawed off shotgun I should get to sue EAW for false advertising, because these fuckers might as well go for the gusto Captain Charisma style!

(The camera cuts backstage to side by side shots of both Theron Nikolas and Diamond Cage preparing for the main event; both begin to make their way towards the arena before the camera fades to commercial.)

(Final Commercial Break.)

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, this next contest is your MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING… AND IT IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!…

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

(“Train of Consequence” – Megadeth hits as Diamond Cage makes his way through the curtain and down to the ring; that barbed wire baseball bat still in hand, being dragged across the steel grating behind him.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE POUNDS!!… HE IS… DIAMOND CAAAAAAGGEEEEE!!!

Pierre: It’s time for our MAIN EVENT! We’re currently joined at our table by one of the men that will be walking into the Elimination Chamber at Road to Redemption, Rex McAllister! Thanks for joining us!

Rex: Your pleasure.

Drake: HA! I already like this guy more than I like you, Pierre!

Pierre: Haha… Nonetheless! We all saw what happened at the beginning of the show involving these two men, The Triumvirate and the Heart Break Gal! All of that, leading to Diamond Cage taking Theron Nikolas out with that Death, Murder, Kill lariat!

Drake: What did he expect, Pierre? You know you can’t trust, Cage, but the wannabe hero Theron Nikolas has to gallantly charge down to the ring and try to save a man from the stupidity of his mistakes. Theron got what he deserved, nothing more, nothing less.

(Diamond Cage stands in the ring, eyes locked up the stage before “I Hope You Suffer” – AFI hits as Theron makes his way through the curtain. He’s not wearing his usual entrance gear, instead just his wrestling attire and an umbrella wrestling on his shoulder.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing his opponent from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing in tonight at ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE POUNDS!!… HE IS… THERON NIIIIIIIIIKKKKOOOOOLLLAAAASSSS!!!

Pierre: No games for Theron Nikolas; that lariat earlier in the night still has to be on his mind. Theron cracking his neck before making his way down to the ring, both men have their eyes locked straight on each other.

Rex: I want to know who thought this was going to be a good main event…

Drake: My thoughts exactly! You know what, Rex – I’m going to personally ask Brian Daniels to replace Pierre with you. See, commentators need to be on the same page and I’ve finally found the right person for the job.

Rex: Sure, I’ll rest the EAW World Champion in front of me after RTR while I do the job.

Drake: ….

Pierre: SORRY TO INTERRUPT, BUT THERON SLIDES INTO THE RING AND DOESN’T WAIT ANY LONGER!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Pierre: BOTH MEN CHARGING FORWARD AND THERON SWEEPS DIAMOND CAGE’S LEGS OUT FROM UNDER HIM AND TAKES HIM DOWN TO THE CANVAS!! THERON BEGINNING TO FIRE AWAY WITH THOSE CLOSED FISTED SHOTS AS CAGE TRIES TO COVER UP!! CAGE TRYING TO PUSH THERON AWAY, THE REFEREE TRYING TO INTERJECT, BUT THERON JUST WON’T RELENT!! Theron finally listening to the referee as Cage quickly rolls to the outside – WAIT! THERON BUILDING UP A FULL HEAD OF SPEED AND SHOOTS THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!! THERON THROWING HIS ENTIRE BODY INTO DIAMOND CAGE AS BOTH MEN CRASH INTO THE BARRICADE!

Drake: At the rate they’re going, I don’t see this one lasting long at all. Theron taking no time to feel things out, instead opting to charge at full speed. Theron getting back to his feet and rolls Cage back into the ring; Theron making his way up tonight the apron and stalks as Diamond Cage gets back to his feet! Theron springboards off the top rope – SPRINGBOARD KNEE LIFT! No! Cage ducks underneath! Theron hits the canvas, but rolls through to avoid the impact! Diamond Cage charges – BUT RUNS STRAIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK! NO, CAGE CATCHES THE LEG AND KICKS THE OTHER OUT FROM UNDER HIM! CAGE… CAGE IS LOOKING FOR THAT SHARPSHOOTER!! THERON TRYING TO GET OUT OF IT… AND PULLS DIAMOND CAGE FORWARD AND INTO THE SMALL PACKAGE!!

ONE!!!!!!!!!!……… TWO!!!!!!!!……… THR–KICKOUT!!!!!!!

Pierre: Theron almost manages to steal one as Diamond Cage just manages to kick out! Both men shooting back to his feet and Theron fires first with a spinning back kick to the stomach! Scissors Stomp! Boot to the back of the head of Cage! BUT, CAGE FIRES BACK WITH A HEADBUTT THAT CONNECTS FLUSH TO THE JAW!! DC WITH A BACKHAND!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! AND FINISHES WITH A LARIAT!! NO, THERON DUCKS!!

Theron: SUPERKICK!!

Pierre: THERON FAINTS THE SUPERKICK AS DC COVERS, BUT THERON INSTEAD FIRES AT THE KNEE!! THERON FOLLOWS WITH A SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! RELENTLESS SHOTS TO THE CHEST OF DIAMOND CAGE!! Theron stops before taking a step back – AND FIRES WITH A ROUNDHOUSE!! DC DUCKS AND LOCKS THE WAIST!! GERMAN SUPLEX!! DC DOESN’T RELEASE AND DRAGS HIM BACK UP!! A SECOND GERMAN!! STILL NOT RELEASE!! DC DRAGS HIM UP ONE MORE TIME!! THE HAT TRICK OF GERMAN SUPLEXES CONNECT!! WAIT… HE STILL DOESN’T RELEASE!! HE MAY BE LOOKING TO SUPLEX HIM INTO OBLIVION!! NO, CAGE DRAGS HIM BACK UP AND TRANSITIONS!! DC LOCKS THE WRIST!! B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! DEATH!! MURDER!! KILL!! NO, THERON DUCKS AND POWERS CAGE UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS!! DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!! THE AIR KNOCKED OUT THE LUNGS OF DC AS THERON SHOOTS BACK UP!! SICK KICK!! CAGE ALMOST TURNED INSIDE OUT!!

Rex: Hmph.

Drake: Theron taking in those deep breaths now, the high intensity beginning to catch up with him. Theron rolls under the bottom rope and begins to make his way up top. Cage with that glazed look still in his eyes as Theron steadies himself. We saw Cage trying to finish moments ago and now Theron looks to do the same! HAIL TO THE KING!! DIVING DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP!! NO, CAGE ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!! THERON LANDS ON HIS FEET, BUT THE LANDING WASN’T A SMOOTH ONE!! DC’S BACK UP TO HIS FEET!! THERON STAGGERS FORWARD AS CAGE SWEEPS HIM UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS!! USHIGOROSHI!! THE BACK OF THE HEAD DROPPING ON THE KNEE OF DIAMOND CAGE!! CAGE ISN’T FINISHED!! CAGE POWERS HIM UP TO HIS FEET AND PULLS HIM IN!! CAGE POWERS THERON UP INTO THE AIR!! CRADLE TO THE GRAVE!! NO!! NO!! THERON FLOATS BEHIND AND LOCKS IN THE CHICKENWING!! HE’S TRYING TO LOCK THE HANDS!! HE DOES!! THERON APPLIES THE GRAPEVINE AROUND THE WAIST AND DRAGS CAGE DOWN TO THE MAT!!

Pierre: CAGE TRYING TO SCRAMBLE OUT OF THIS, BUT HE HAS NOWHERE TO GO!! PERFECT COUNTER FROM THERON NIKOLAS!! CAGE TRYING… THERE MAY BE NOTHING HE CAN’T DO!! HE’S FADING AND FADING FAST!! WAIT A MINUTE!! REX!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Pierre: REX MCALLISTER SHOOTING OUT OF HIS SEAT AND INTO THE RING, BREAKING UP THE HOLD!! REX FIRING AWAY AT AN ALMOST EXHAUSTED THERON NIKOLAS!! CAGE PUSHING HIMSELF UP TO HIS HANDS AND KNEES AS REX FIRES WITH A PUNT TO THE RIBS!! REX MCALLISTER WAITING FOR THESE TWO TO TAKE IT OUT OF EACH OTHER BEFORE PICKING THE BONES!!

Drake: I call that a perfect plan, Pierre! Rex standing over both of them, waiting for one of them to move – IT’S HBG!! OH MY GOD!! HBG SLIDES INTO THE RING AND MEETS REX!! BOTH TRADING SHOTS AND HBG TAKES THE QUICK ADVANTAGE!! BUT, JUST AS FAST!! IT’S LIKE THEY WERE WAITING!! ARES!! LANNISTER!! TIBERIUS!I

Pierre: LIKE A PACK OF WOLVES, DRAKE!! HBG NAILED FROM BEHIND BY THE TRIUMVIRATE AS SHE SENDS REX OUT OF THE RING!! THINGS HAVE BROKEN DOWN HERE TONIGHT AGAIN BIG TIME!!

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Pierre: IT’S THE HIGH ROLLERZ!! THEY SAID THAT THEY WEREN’T GOING TO WAIT FOR ROAD TO REDEMPTION! THE MOMENT ARES AND LANNISTER SHOWED THEIR FACES, THEY WERE GOING TO BE THERE!! BOTH SLIDE INTO THE RING, MET BY ALL THREE!! ARES MEETS DAVIDSON!! LANNISTER MEETS RIPLEY!! TIBERIUS IS OUTSIDE GRABBING A STEEL CHAIR AND SLIDES BACK INTO THE RING!! WAIT!! THERON!! DOUBLE KNEE FACEBUSTER TO THE EAW WORLD CHAMPION!! TIBERIUS SENT ROLLING OUT OF THE RING!! DAVIDSON AND RIPLEY ARE GETTING THE BETTER OF ARES AND LANNISTER!! ARES SENT OUT OF THE RING!! HBG WITH THE TRAMP STAMP TO LANNISTER!! RIPLEY AND DAVIDSON SEND LANNISTER OVER AND OUT WITH A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!! THE TRIUMVIRATE HAVE BEEN CLEARED OUT AGAIN!! REX MCALLISTER IS RECOVERING ON THE OUTSIDE, AS IS CAGE!! THE TRIUMVIRATE BACK UP THE RAMP!! THE HIGH ROLLERZ SPOIL THEIR PLAN!! THE HIGH ROLLERZ, THE HEART BREAK GAL AND THERON NIKOLAS STAND TALL!! THIS IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR YOU TONIGHT!! THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN, THIS IS PIERRE MCGUIRE SIGNING OFF WITH DRAKE JAEGER!! GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY!!

Drake: Hey! I do the sign off–

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