(The camera cuts to the parking lot of the Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a limo arrives. Once the limo finally comes to a stop, Max A. Million cautiously walks up to it with a microphone in hand. After several moments, the door opens as Darth Lannister exits the limo, dressed in a suit with the Answers World Championship hanging from his right shoulder as Athena Vendetta exits the limo behind him)
Max: Excuse me, Lannister–
(Athena slaps Max across the face)
Athena: How dare you disrespect the Lord of Showdown! The greatest Answers World Champion in the entire history of this company! His name is Darth Lannister! Don’t make that mistake again!
(After several moments, Max tries to regain his composure while a stoic Lannister stares at him)
Lannister: You waste Lannister’s time.
Max: I-I’m sorry… I just… I wanted to know if you have anything to say after your attack on The Pizza–
Lannister: Attack? Lannister attacked no one. Last week was Lannister delivering punishment. The Pizza Boy deserved punishment,and that is exactly what he was given. If anything, he should be thanking Lannister for being the one to awaken him from this dream he’s been living in for his entire pathetic career. There are Kings in the World, Maxamillion, and Darth Lannister is the greatest of them all. Some people take their place on the Throne while others fantasize about it. The Pizza Boy belonged far away from a true throne, fantasizing about it. Instead, he tried to make it a reality, and Lannister simply could not allow such an abominable thing to come to fruition. He is dead and gone. Now is no longer the time to talk of The Pizza Boy.
Max: B-But… Isn’t he your opponent? At Pain For Pride?
(Lannister looks at Athena, who laughs before Lannister turns his focus back on Max)
Lannister: He isn’t Lannister’s opponent at Pain For Pride, and he never was. Now is the time to find someone truly worthy to challenge Lannister. That is why Lannister is here tonight. Lannister belongs on a magnificent stage, delivering the best work the World has ever witnessed. He belongs on a battlefield, defending his rightful Throne. Lannister will find someone who deserves such an honor, and he will do so tonight.
(Lannister and Athena walk off as Max looks on)
(Showdown Intro Plays)
(The camera cuts to the Consol Energy Center as pyro goes off)
Pierre: WELCOME TO ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF EAW’S LONGEST-RUNNING WEEKLY EPISODIC SERIES! WELCOME TO SHOWDOWN!
(The camera cuts to Pierre McGuire and Cherish at the announce table)
Pierre: I’m Pierre McGuire, here with my partner in crime, Cherish, and we would like to help present to you the final edition of Showdown before Pain For Pride X!
Cherish: Can you feel it in the air, Pierre?! The tension?! The energy?! This crowd is ready to go! They want one last taste of Pain For Pride, and so do we!
Pierre: I couldn’t agree more, and that’s exactly what we’ll get tonight as we witness two Pick Your Poison contests between Robbie V and Brian Daniels, as well as a huge inter-branded one on one match between Rex McAllister and Jacob Senn!
Cherish: It’ll be more than enough to hold us over, so let’s not waste anymore time! Let’s get our first match started off right NOW!
(“Paint It Black” by Ramin Djawadi plays all throughout the arena as Brian Daniels makes his way out to the stage in red, white, and black attire)
Announcer: The following contest is a Pick Your Poison match, scheduled for ONE fall!…. First, making his way towards the ring…. From New York City, New York!…. Weighing in at 210 Pounds!…. HE IS “THE MAN IN BLACK”…. BRIAN DAAAAANNNNNNNIIIIIIIEEEELLLLLSSSS!!!….
Pierre: You can already tell a lot is weighing on the mind of Brian Daniels as he makes his way towards the ring and approaches what will be his final Showdown contest ever. He’s come a long, long way, and I don’t think anyone could have guessed it would end up like this. Nonetheless, he has a big task ahead of him, not only at Pain For Pride, but right here tonight as well up against a former Pain For Pride opponent.
(“This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold plays all throughout the arena as Devan Dubian makes his way out to the stage next to CM Banks)
Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring, accompanied by CM Banks!…. From Leicester, England, United Kingdom!…. Weighing in at 230 Pounds!…. HE IS “THE AMAZING EMIR”…. DEVAN DUUUUBBBBBBBBIIIIIAAAAANNN!!!…..
Cherish: I don’t think I have ever seen Devan Dubian so absolutely determined as he has been as of late with this ongoing war with Ares, Jaywalker, and even Cage, when last week Ares got himself involved in the ending of Cage versus Dubian, costing Dubian the match in the end. As well as the Hall of Fame Championship officially being deactivated, he’s got a lot to fight for, and he will most certainly use this to prepare him.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Pierre: And this Pain For Pride Rewind contest as a part of a Pick Your Poison is now officially underway as both Daniels and Dubian start by circling the ring… And here they go as Daniels and Dubian go in for a collar and elbow tie up! Dubian quickly overpowers Daniels, sending him down to the canvas! Daniels is right back up to his feet as he charges in! Dubian swings with a big right hand, but nobody’s home as Daniels catches him from behind with a waist lock! LOOKING FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX! It’s blocked by Dubian! Dubian immediately throws an elbow back into the side of Daniels’ skull! Another elbow! A third! No–it misses! Daniels catches Dubian as Dubian spins around! NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX CONNECTS! DANIELS BRIDGES HIS BODY FOR THE COVER!!
Cherish: Barely a one count before Dubian kicks out! Both men scramble to get back up to their feet! They’re up as Daniels immediately catches Dubian with a side headlock takedown! He’s got his opponent trapped! Dubian uses those long legs to wrap them around the head of Daniels! Daniels is quick to let go of the headlock, maneuvering himself around… He stands up on his head now, still trapped in Dubian’s legs… And he pulls himself down, using the momentum to yank his head out from Dubian’s grasp! He leaps forward and right back into a headlock on Dubian! Dubian is doing all he can to fight back here! He’s looking to make his way back to a vertical base… They’re up! Dubian manages to force Daniels off, sending him into the ropes!
Pierre: Daniels coming back off the ropes with momentum! HE’S CAUGHT WITH A BEAUTIFUL DROPKICK FROM DUBIAN!! Daniels rolls to the ropes, going out onto the apron! Dubian is back on his feet! He makes his way over to Daniels, grabbing him by the hair… DUBIAN DRAGS DANIELS INTO THE RING, CATCHING HIS FEET ON THE MIDDLE ROPE! ROPE HUNG DDT!! NO, DANIELS GETS HIS FEET OFF, GETTING FULLY BACK IN THE RING AND SENDS DUBIAN UP AND OVER TO THE OUTSIDE! Devan Dubian NAILS his back on the apron on his way down! That’s a good way to mess up your back! That apron is absolutely unforgiving! Daniels and Dubian have spent the match thus far jocking for position, looking to control this match, but it seems as though the one in the drivers seat at the moment if Brian Daniels as he eyes Dubian there on the outside…
Cherish: He may have something in mind here… DANIELS HITS THE ROPES! WE’VE SEEN THIS PLENTY OF TIMES, INCOMING!! SUICIDE DIVE!!! DUBIAN RUSHES IN AND NAILS THE INCOMING DANIELS WITH A BIG EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! What a counter! Daniels is laid out across the middle rope, his upperbody outside the ring! DUBIAN WITH ANOTHER LOUD EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO DANIELS! Dubian now dragging Daniels further out… THE FEET OF DANIELS HUNG UP ON THE ROPE!! ROPE HUNG DDT CONNECTS EMPHATICALLY RIGHT THERE ON THE MAT ON THE OUTSIDE!! Dubian quickly gets back to his feet, looking more determined than ever! Banks is loving it as Dubian drags Daniels back up… He sends Daniels rolling back into the ring before slithering back in himself as the end may already be nigh! Daniels is a sitting duck here! He better think of something and soon!
Pierre: Devan Dubian looks for any and all opportunities to strike and deal the fatal blow in his matches, and this is no exception! These two men have battled on several occasions, and this will be the final time! Dubian would love nothing more than to be the last one to walk out with a win! Daniels struggles to get back up… HE’S UP AS DUBIAN GOES IN FOR IT! BLEEDING EDGE!!!!
Cherish: NO–DANIELS SAW IT COMING A MILE AWAY AS HE GRABS THE ARM OF DUBIAN!! HE’S TRYING TO WRESTLE HIM TO THE GROUND, LOOKING FOR THE FOURTH SEAL!! DUBIAN IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO OVERPOWER DANIELS, BUT IT’S NOT DOING HIM ANY GOOD! DANIELS IS JUST AS DETERMINED TO WIN THIS! HE WANTS REDEMPTION FOR PAIN FOR PRIDE 8! HE WANTS TO SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO ROBBIE V! HE WANTS IT MORE THAN ANYTHING! HE’S GOT THE FOURTH SEAL!!!! NO–DUBIAN’S STILL FIGHTING IT! HE’S RISING TO HIS KNEES! DANIELS LOOKING TO BRING HIM BACK DOWN! DUBIAN ROLLS OUT OF IT! BOTH MEN RUSH BACK UP TO THEIR FEET!
Pierre: DANIELS IS UP FIRST AS HE NAILS DUBIAN WITH A LOUD SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST! ANOTHER KICK! A THIRD EMPHATICALLY NAILS THE STERNUM OF A DAMAGED DEVAN DUBIAN! A FOURTH CONNECTS! A FIFTH CONNECTS!! DANIELS BACKS UP, LETTING OUT A BATTLE CRY AS THESE FANS WIND UP THE INCOMING GRAND FINALE… AND A FINAL BIG KICK TO THE SKULL OF DEVAN DUBIAN!!!
Cherish: IT’S CAUGHT BY DEVAN AS HE SPRINGS UP! HE’S GOT DANIELS! EXPLODER SUPLEX!!! DANIELS IS SENT CRASHING UPSIDE IN THE NEARBY CORNER BY DUBIAN WITH A TEXTBOOK EXPLODER SUPLEX!! What a back and forth contest this has been! These two men are laying into one another, just as you’d come to expect from two of the absolute best in EAW! Dubian shoots up into a sitting position! He’s feeling it! He’s back in it, wanting to finish this one off! Dubian slowly rises back to his feet with Daniels in his sights… He makes his way over to the corner, clutching the hair of Daniels and dragging him back up to a vertical base! He pulls Daniels in! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT CONNECTS! Daniels is dazed and confused here! Dubian may have him right where he wants him! A SECOND EUROPEAN UPPERCUT CONNECTS AS DANIELS NEARLY DROPS TO HIS KNEES! He’s forcing himself to stay up!
Pierre: DANIELS FIRES BACK WITH A HIGH KICK TO THE SKULL OF DUBIAN! DUBIAN PULLS DANIELS IN!! OLYMPIC SLAM!!! A big Olympic Slam connects as Dubian completely absorbed that kick to the skull! He’s looking shaken up from it, but he still managed to keep himself in full control! Dubian drags Daniels up, potentially looking to end it… He sets Daniels up… HE’S GOT HIM!! FOXES ACE!!!!
Cherish: NO–DANIELS ESCAPES THE OVER THE SHOULDER BACK-TO-BACK PILEDRIVER AS HE LANDS ON HIS FEET! Daniels loses his balance as he goes reeling into the nearby corner! HE EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER AS DUBIAN TURNS AROUND! VALAR MORGHULIS!!! AN EMPHATIC SINGLE LEG RUNNING HIGH KNEE TO DEVAN DUBIAN!! DANIELS IS ALIVE ONCE MORE! HE’S BACK IN CONTROL HERE AS HE RISES BACK TO HIS FEET, PULLING DEVAN UP… HE’S GOT HIM! TIGER SUPLEX CONNECTS!!! He’s still not done! He drags Devan up! DEVAN’S FIGHTING IT! DANIELS SWITCHES! DRAGON SUPLEX CONNECTS NOW!!
Pierre: Dubian refuses to give up! He absolutely refuses as he scrambles to get back to his feet! HE’S UP! DANIELS WITH A SPINNING ELBOW! ANOTHER SPINNING ELBOW CONNECTS! SPINNING FOREARM! SPINNING BACKFIST! SPINNING ELBOW! DANIELS LAYS INTO DUBIAN WITH DIE! DIE! DIE!!! CAUSTIC ECHO!!!!! IT’S OVER AS DUBIAN DROPS!! DANIELS GOES FOR THE COVER TO END IT!!
Referee: ONE!!!!!!!!……… TWO!!!!!!!!!……………
Cherish: THE REFEREE IS PULLED OUT?! THE REF IS DRAGGED OUT, DROPPING HARD ONTO HIS FACE ON THE OUTSIDE–ROBBIE V?! WHAT THE HELL IS ROBBIE DOING?! He just took out the Referee in this contest! Banks is shocked as Robbie slides into the ring, nonchalantly standing in the corner! Daniels has no idea what just happened! He rises up, realizing the Referee is gone and Robbie V is here! Both men lock eyes! Things are about to get nasty! Daniels rises back up to his feet with a determined look in his eyes! Robbie looks just as determined! Are these two men about to go at it here and now?! This crowd wants it! They want a preview of Pain For Pride X right here and now! Robbie looks fired up! He wants it! Daniels is fired up now! THEY BOTH RUSH IN!!!
Pierre: NO–ROBBIE IMMEDIATELY STOPS AND DROPS TO THE OUTSIDE AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED! He’s not even looking back as he jumps back over the barricade! Daniels is furious! He goes to the outside, looking to follow Robbie! Robbie is long gone! What on Earth was THAT all about?! Daniels knows he needs to get back into the match! He needs to win it! He has no choice but to forget Robbie as he climbs back up to the apron! He enters–
Cherish: BLEEDING EDGE!!!!! DEVAN DUBIAN SPRINGS UP WITH AN EMPHATIC BLEEDING EDGE OUT OF NOWHERE, LAYING OUT BRIAN DANIELS!!! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!! BANKS ROLLS THE HURT REFEREE BACK INTO THE RING!!
Referee: ONE!!!!!!!…………… TWO!!!!!!!!!!!…………………… THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold plays all throughout the arena as Banks slides into the ring, helping Devan Dubian up as the Referee raises Dubian’s hand)
Announcer: The Winner of this contest by pinfall!!…….. DEVAN DUUUUUUBBBBBBBBIIIIIIIIAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!
Cherish: Well, a huge victory for Devan Dubian tonight, but a tainted one at that after Robbie V decided to abruptly get himself involved there when it seemed like Daniels had it won! I never would have imagined Robbie would try something like that! Not to someone like Daniels!
Pierre: We’ve seen a very familiar side of Robbie as of late since this contest was made official – he’s not the same man we saw two months ago! He said it himself that he wants to punish Daniels, and he may have just succeeded in doing so right there!
Cherish: Things have only gotten more personal between these two, and it seems as though Robbie had no problem whatsoever doing so! Nonetheless, congratulations to Devan Dubian!
(A furious Brian Daniels kicks the ropes as he makes it back to his feet, visibly in pain as the camera fades to commercial)
(Camera cuts back to the Consol Energy Center as Showdown returns from commercial)
Ring Announcer: The following contest is set for one fall!!!
(“You Will Know Our Name” by ACE+ hits to cheers from the crowd, and Moongoose McQueen comes out looking focused.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from Austin, Texas, weighing in at 236 pounds… THE DUKE!!!… MOONGOOSE MCQUEEN!!!!
(“Morning Glory” by Oasis hits to a huge pop from the crowd, and Finnegan Wakefield walks down to the ring.)
Ring Announcer: Next, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, weighing in at 181 pounds… HE IS BRITISH WRESTLING TRUEBORN!!!!…. FINNEGAN WAKEFIELD!!!
(Meek Mill’s “Lord Knows” hits to a wave of boos around the arena. A cocky Chris Elite steps out to the stage, his back facing the crowd, while Big Mike comes out behind him. Elite turns and arrogantly struts down to the ring with Mike hunkering behind him.)
Ring Announcer: Out next, being accompanied to the ring by Big Mike, from Brooklyn, New York, weighing in at 210 pounds… HE IS SICKER THAN YOUR AVERAGE… CHRIS ELITE!!!
(“Pain” by CFO$ hits to a roar of boos from the crowd, as Lucas Johnson walks out, holding up the EAW New Breed Championship and staring down Moongoose McQueen in the ring.)
Ring Announcer: And finally, from Atlanta, Georgia, weighing in at 270 pounds… HE IS THE EAW NEW BREED CHAMPION!!!… LUCAS JOHNSON!!!!
Pierre: Here’s the New Breed Championship squad out first! The Ultimate X match awaits these four men in just one week, but tonight they need to co-exist as a team! Last night on Dynasty, Finnegan Wakefield defeated Chris Elite, while Moongoose scored an emphatic win against Lucas Johnson, pinning the champion clean just a week before PFP! Let’s see how these four pillars holding up the future of EAW fare against their opponents here tonight…
(“i” by Kendrick Lamar hits to a wave of cheers, and Target Smiles runs out, pumping himself up before making his way to the ring.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first from the opposing team, from Parts Unknown, weighing in at 200 pounds… THE WANDERING WARRIOR!!!… TARGET SMILES!!!
(The lights in the arena go dark, while the opening chords of Deftones’ Tempest begins to play. A spotlight shines on the stage, revealing Ryan Marx with his back turned to the crowd. Marx turns around and takes one curt look around the arena before walking down to the ring, taunting the crowd on his way; basking in their loathing.)
Ring Announcer: Next, from London, England, weighing in at 260 pounds… THE ZEITGEIST, RYAN MARX!!!!
(“Boss’ Daughter” by Pop Evil hits to a huge pop from the crowd as Tarah Nova steps out on the stage.)
Ring Announcer: Out next, from Detroit, Michigan, weighing in at 119 pounds… THE LEADER OF THE NEW AGE, TARAH NOVA!!!
(“Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana plays around the arena to boos from the crowd as Solomon Caine walks down to the ring to join his team.)
Ring Announcer: Finally, weighing in at 240 pounds… SOLOMON CAINE!!!
Cherish: Damien Murrow raised the stakes of the Extreme Enigma Elimination Match to a whole new level, with the announcement that the FIRST EVER EAW Openweight Champion will be awarded to the winner of the match. The four brands of the EAW have sent the best they have to offer heading into Pain for Pride, and with the announcement that this match will now be for the championship, it’ll be interesting to see how these four hold up as a unit tonight.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Cherish: We’re underway! Tarah Nova is kicking things off against Finnegan Wakefield, both perhaps the most honorable and morally aligned of the bunch… The two lock up! Tarah may be smaller than the boys here but pound for pound she’s one of the best this company’s ever had… The two engage in a collar-and-elbow tie-up, Finnegan easily overpowering Tarah and pushing her into the ropes! Finnegan whips her into the adjacent corner, running after her… Tarah slides out from the corner – FINNEGAN TAKES AFTER HER!!! LEG LARIAT!!! Finnegan drops Tarah and lifts her up to his shoulders… Tarah fires an elbow stunning Finnegan… AND DROPS OFF OF HIM, GRABBING HIS HEAD AND DRIVING HIM FACE FIRST INTO THE MAT WITH THE BULLDOG!!!
Pierre: This match has just started and both of the initial competitors are already laid out in the ring! This is the extent that man will go to for glory! For championship gold! Tarah and Finnegan both proceed to make their way to their respective corners, looking for a tag… BUT FINNEGAN CHANGES HIS MIND AND ROLLS BACK UP TO HIS FEET, LUNGING AT TARAH WHO’S WITHIN AN ARM’S REACH OF TAGGING IN TARGET SMILES!!!… TARAH HAS THE TAG!!! NO!!! FINNEGAN PULLS HER BACK JUST A SECOND TOO EARLY!!! FINNEGAN CROSSES TARAH’S LEGS AND HOOKS HER FROM BEHIND BY THE ARMS, PULLING HER BACK INTO THE SURFBOARD STRETCH!!! FINN’S GOT IT LOCKED IN!!!
Cherish: Tarah is trying her best to get out but she’s really fighting an uphill battle here with that near 80 pound weight disadvantage, as well as the fact that all of her limbs are locked down! Finnegan is going for the early submission decision here… Finnegan is now trying to position his back to the mat in order to prop Tarah up into the air… Finnegan’s moving back… TARAH SEES THE OPENING!!! SHE ROLLS BACK WITH THE FORCE OF HER ENTIRE BODY WEIGHT, FORCING FINNEGAN’S ARMS TO BEND BACK UNNATURALLY!!! Finnegan breaks the hold to release himself, standing up right to his feet – TARAH FLOORS HIM WITH A DROPKICK!!! Finnegan falls back into the ropes near the corner, and Tarah runs… JUMPING OFF THE ADJACENT PAIR OF ROPES, GRABBING FINNEGAN BY THE ARM AS SHE DESCENDS, FLIPPING HIM OVER FOR THE ARMDRAG!!!
Pierre; WOW!!! FINNEGAN SOMEHOW LANDS ON HIS FEET AND REVERSES THE HOLD INTO A WRISTLOCK!!! FINNEGAN PULLS TARAH IN AND THROWS HER ASIDE WITH THE JUDO TOSS, RUNNING TO THE ROPES WHILE SHE GETS BACK UP… TARAH JUMPS UP WITH THE ENZUIGURI WHILE FINNEGAN RETURNS, NAILING HIM ON THE BRIDGE OF THE NOSE WITH HER FOOT!!! Finnegan staggers back and Tarah follows up, running forward WITH THE HIGH KNEE!!! TARAH CATCHES FINNEGAN ON THE JAW, TURNING BACK AND NAILING HIM WITH A SIDE KICK TO THE GUT!!! TARAH’S UNRELENTLESS HERE WITH A LOT TO PROVE HEADING INTO PAIN FOR PRIDE!!!
Cherish: Tarah whips Finnegan across the ring into her team’s corner, eyeing Finnegan down as he starts to recover… TARAH CHARGES AT FINNEGAN IN THE CORNER!!! CLOTHESLINE!!!! Finnegan staggers out towards the center of the ring, staying up on wobbly legs while Tarah tags in Target Smiles and climbs up to the top rope… AND TARAH FLIES!!! DIVING ELBOW — NO!! FINNEGAN CATCHES THE ARM OF TARAH NOVA AND SPINS HER DOWN TO THE MAT, ATTEMPTING TO LOCK IN THE CROSSFACE WITHOUT REALIZING TARGET SMILES IS NOW THE LEGAL MAN!!! THE REFEREE INTERVENES AND INFORMS FINNEGAN WHO TURNS – AND EATS A SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST FROM TARGET SMILES!!! Target grabs a hold of Finnegan Wakefield and applies the waistlock, looking to hit that Butterfly Suplex… FINNEGAN DUCKS DOWN AND DROPS TARGET OVER HEAD WITH THE FIREMAN’S CARRY, LUNGING AT HIM FROM BEHIND ON THE MAT FOR THE SLEEPER HOLD!!!
Pierre: FINNEGAN’S GOT HIS ARMS HOOKED BEHIND HIS HEAD, TRYING TO WRAP HIS LEGS AROUND HIS MIDSECTION!!!… BUT TARGET WISELY ROLLS OVER AND KICKS HIS FOOT OVER TO THE BOTTOM ROPE, FORCING THE BREAK!!! Finnegan stands up, goading Target to get back up to his feet! Target’s up, turning towards Finnegan – FINNEGAN CHARGES FORWARD!!!! PENALTY KICK TO THE CHEST – TARGET SMILES CATCHES THE LEG AND PUSHES FINNEGAN AWAY!!! Target falls back into the ropes and runs at Finnegan with momentum…. FINNEGAN LUNGES FORWARD AGAIN AND NAILS THE PENALTY KICK THIS TIME, CAUSING TARGET TO REEL BACK… ONLY TO RETURN WITH A BIG OPEN HAND CHOP TO THE CHEST!!! TARGET NAILS ANOTHER THEN FOLLOWS WITH ONE MORE!!! HE’S STACKING THAT ADVANTAGE!!!
Cherish: TARGET STEPS BACK AND COMES ONE MORE TIME FOR MOMENTUM!!!… FINNEGAN CATCHES THE ARM WITH ONE HAND!!! TARGET FIRES WITH OTHER BUT FINNEGAN CATCHES BOTH…. AND PULLS TARGET IN BY BOTH ARMS WITH A KNEE TO THE CHEST!!! TARGET SWINGS WITH A HEADBUTT AND CATCHES FINNEGAN ON THE MOUTH, BUSTING A LIP OPEN… BUT FINNEGAN RELEASES HIS GRIP ON ONE ARM AND PULLS TARGET IN!!! EXPLODER SUPLEX!!! TARGET FLIPS OVER BEHIND FINNEGAN, PULLING HIS ARM BACK BEHIND HIS BACK, NEARLY TEARING IT COMPLETELY OFF OF ITS SOCKET!!!… TARGET PULLS FINNEGAN IN!!! HE’S GOT HIM LOCKED BY THE ARMS… AND FINNEGAN SWINGS BACK!!! ANDROMEDA — TARGET SWINGS HIMSELF FORWARD AND LANDS ON HIS FEET, NAILING FINNEGAN WITH A REVERSE JAWBREAKER!!!!
Pierre: Target’s mounting some momentum with the non-stop offense while Finnegan Wakefield recovers in the center of the ring… TARGET RUNS TO THE ROPES, AIMING AT FINNEGAN AS HE RISES UP TO HIS FEET!!!… TARGET JUMPS UP – FINNEGAN CATCHES HIM BY BOTH LEGS AND PLANTS HIM TO THE MAT!!!! FINNEGAN WISELY ROLLS RIGHT AWAY FROM TARGET SMILES, RUSHING TOWARDS HIS CORNER…. AND FINNEGAN RELUCTANTLY TAGS IN MOONGOOSE MCQUEEN!!! Moongoose hops over the top rope and sees Target Smiles getting back up to his feet… MOONGOOSE CHARGES AT TARGET!!! SLINGBLADE!!!… BUT TARGET SMILES CATCHES MOONGOOSE AROUND THE WAIST AND SPINS HIM IN THE AIR BEFORE DRIVING HIM INTO THE MAT WITH THE BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!!!!
Cherish: Moongoose was clearly taken aghast by that one, meanwhile Target Smiles makes his way towards his corner… BUT MOONGOOSE IS ALREADY BACK UP!!! MOONGOOSE GRABS TARGET AROUND THE WAIST AND DEADLIFTS HIM OFF OF THE MAT!!!… MOONGOOSE HAS HIM UP!!! DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX!!!! MOONGOOSE HOLDS IT IN, ROLLING BACK OVER TARGET SMILES AND DEADLIFTING HIM UP AGAIN!!!… MOONGOOSE GOES FOR THE GERMAN SUPLEX AGAIN, THROWING TARGET SMILES INTO HIS OWN TEAM’S CORNER – TARGET FLIPS OVER AND LANDS ON HIS FEET!!!! TARGET TAGS IN SOLOMON CAINE!!!
Pierre: Caine slowly steps in and the hairs on everyone’s back in this arena just stood up. Moongoose staggers back, ready to fight… MOONGOOSE FIRES AN ELBOW SMASH BUT CAINE DUCKS IT AND PUNCHES MOONGOOSE RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE THROAT!!! MOONGOOSE STAGGERS BACK AND CAINE LUNGES TO MEET HIM WITH THE KNEE LIFT!!!… CAINE GETS MOONGOOSE UP ON HIS SHOULDERS!!! HE DROPS HIM FORWARD!!!… DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER — NO!!! MOONGOOSE ROLLS FORWARD AND AVOIDS CAINE’S KNEES, KIPPING UP OFF THE MAT!!! CAINE FIRES A HARD PUNCH BUT MOONGOOSE SIDE STEPS IT… AND NAILS CAINE WITH THE SUPERKICK!!!! CAINE REELS BACK AND MOONGOOSE LOOKS TO FOLLOW UP… LIFTING CAINE UP FOR THE VERTICAL SUPLEX!!!
Cherish: MOONGOOSE HAS CAINE UP FOR THE VERTICAL SUPLEX!!!… BUT CAINE WEIGHS HIMSELF DOWN TO THE MAT BEHIND MOONGOOSE!!! MOONGOOSE TURNS AND DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE, SPINNING BACK WITH THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT — CAINE DUCKS UNDERNEATH IT AND SCOOPS MOONGOOSE UP DESPITE THE RESISTANCE!!!… MOONGOOSE IS TRYING TO FIGHT HIS WAY OUT OF THE POWERSLAM HOLD THAT CAINE HAS HIM IN… BUT CAINE RUNS FORWARD… AND DROPS WITH MOMENTUM, PLANTING MOONGOOSE’S BACK INTO THE MAT!!! Moongoose rolls away on instinct alone, coming back to consciousness as he sees his teammates in his corner… Moongoose begins to crawl his way forward… CAINE STEPS FORWARD AND DRIVES HIS LEG INTO THE BACK OF MOONGOOSE’S LEG!!! MOONGOOSE USES HIS OTHER LEG TO KICK CAINE IN THE LEG, CREATING THE TINIEST BIT OF SEPARATION AS HE CRAWLS HIS WAY TO THE ROPES!!!…
Pierre: MOONGOOSE LUNGES FORWARD FOR THE TAG TO LUCAS JOHNSON – CAINE’S GOT HIS LEG AGAIN!!! BUT MOONGOOSE KICKS CAINE AWAY… AND THE TAG IS MADE!!! LUCAS JOHNSON STEPS OUT – CHRIS ELITE JUST TAGGED HIMSELF IN ON LUCAS JOHNSON’S SHOULDERS!!! THEY JUST LOST A MATCH LAST WEEK BECAUSE OF THIS BULLSHIT, THEY NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER HERE TONIGHT, THEY’LL HAVE ALL THE TIME TO PUMMEL EACH OTHER AT PAIN FOR PRIDE!!! ELITE CHARGES INTO THE RING AND COLLIDES WITH SOLOMON CAINE IN A FRENZY OF BLOWS!!! ELITE FIRES AN UPPERCUT BUT CAINE SHOOTS WITH A PUNCH, BOTH MEN EATING EVERYTHING THE OTHER THROWS AT THEM, ASKING FOR MORE EACH TIME!!!
Cherish: ELITE CATCHES SOLOMON OFF-GUARD WITH A STRAIGHT JAB, TAKING ADVANTAGE WITH ANOTHER STRAIGHT PUNCH… ELITE FOLLOWS WITH A SHOOT KICK TO THE HIP BONE AND KNOCKS CAINE’S LIGHTS OUT WITH THE SPINNING BACKHAND FIST!!! CAINE STAGGERS BACK BUT STAYS ON HIS FEET!!!… NOT FOR LONG!!! ELITE NAILS THE ROLLING ELBOW!!! CHRIS ELITE RUNS TO THE ROPES NOW AND SPRINGBOARDS BACK AT CAINE!!!… ELITE CUTTER!!!! CAINE COUNTERS IT!!! CAINE DROPS FORWARD AND PULLS THE MIDDLE ROPE, CAUSING CHRIS TO TRIP IN BETWEEN THE TOP AND MIDDLE ROPES… AND CAINE GRABS THE TOP ROPE AND WRAPS IT AROUND ELITE’S NECK, TRYING TO CHOKE HIM OUT!!!! THE REFEREE CALLS OUT THE ILLEGAL HOLD, THREATENING TO DISQUALIFY HIM IF HE DOESN’T LET ELITE OUT… BUT CAINE ISN’T LISTENING!!! TARGET SMILES STARTS YELLING AT CAINE FROM THE APRON, TELLING HIM TO STOP THROWING THE MATCH…
Pierre: Caine turns his attention to Target Smiles now and the referee helps Chris Elite free himself from the ropes – ELITE QUICKLY FIRES WITH THE BOX OFFICE SMASH TO THE BACK OF CAINE’S HEAD!!!! BUT TARGET SMILES PULLS CAINE OUT OF THE WAY WHILE TARAH NOVA SPRINGBOARDS OVER… DOWNWARD SPIRAL!!! THE ELBOW DROP TO CHRIS ELITE TAKES HIM DOWN!!! MOONGOOSE AND FINNEGAN ARE ENTERING THE RING NOW TOO, GOING RIGHT AFTER TARAH AND TARGET!!! CAINE CRAWLS OVER AND TAGS IN RYAN MARX, WHO CHARGES INTO THE RING AS WELL!!! ALL HELL’S BREAKING LOOSE, THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN CHAOS!!! FINNEGAN IS TRYING TO WRESTLE TARAH BACK DOWN TO THE MAT WHILE TARGET SMILES KEEPS MOONGOOSE ON EDGE, OUT-STRIKING HIM…
Cherish: WATCH OUT!!! THERE’S RYAN MARX!!! MARX GOES RIGHT FOR CHRIS ELITE BUT ELITE ROLLS OUT ONTO THE APRON… CAINE RUNS AND FLOORS ELITE WITH A BIG BOOT THAT SENDS HIM BACK INTO THE RING, AND ELITE BEGINS TO ROLL HIS WAY INTO THE CORNER!!! TARGET IS STRIKING AWAY AT MOONGOOSE IN THE CORNER WHILE FINNEGAN IS ATTEMPTING TO LOCK TARAH BY THE ARMS INTO THE WAKEFIELD SPECIAL II… MARX GRABS FINNEGAN FROM BEHIND AND DEADLIFTS HIM OFF OF THE MAT!!! BACKBREAKER OVER THE – FINNEGAN DROPS HIS WEIGHT AND PULLS RYAN MARX DOWN TO THE MAT BY HIS ARM!!! MARX STAYS ON HIS FEET THOUGH AND REVERSES HIS GRIP, GRABBING FINNEGAN AROUND THE WRIST AND STOMPING AWAY AT HIS CHEST AND HEAD!!!
Pierre: MEANWHILE AMIDST THE CHAOS, CHRIS ELITE REACHES HIS CORNER… AND TAGS IN LUCAS JOHNSON!!! THE CHAMP RUNS INTO THE RING AND LEAPS AT MARX WITH A BIG FOOTBALL TACKLE THAT TAKES BOTH MEN TO THE MAT!!! THE TWO LEGAL MEN COLLIDE IN A FRENZIED BRAWL IN THE CENTER OF THE RING, NEITHER GAINING THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF AN ADVANTAGE… TARGET SMILES DROPS MOONGOOSE IN THE CORNER AND CHARGES FOR LUCAS JOHNSON… CHRIS ELITE DRIVES BY HIM WITH THE PENALTY KICK!!!! WHO SHOT YA!!! TARGET DOUBLES OVER AND ELITE DROPS HIM WITH THE ELITE CUTTER!!!! ELITE GETS UP AND TURNS – RUNNING HIGH KNEE FROM TARAH!!! TARAH LIFTS ELITE OFF THE MAT!!!… POWERBOMB!!! THE TARAH-BOMB!!!
Cherish: TARAH NAILS A BEAUTIFUL SIT-OUT POWERBOMB – WATCH OUT!!! MOONGOOSE IN THE SKY!!! HE JUST CAME OFF THE TOP ROPE… AND DRIVES HIS ELBOW INTO TARAH’S CHEST!!! MOONGOOSE STANDS OVER TARAH, TAUNTING HER… BUT SOLOMON CAINE RUNS AT HIM WITH A CLOTHESLINE THAT TAKES BOTH MEN OUT OF THE RING!!! MARX AND JOHNSON ARE STILL GOING AT IT… IT LOOKS LIKE JOHNSON IS GETTING THE UPPER HAND WITH STIFF MMA STYLE PUNCHES TO THE FACE!!!… MARX BITES HIM IN THE ARM!!!! JOHNSON SCREAMS IN AGONY AND LETS GO WHILE BOTH MEN SCURRY TO THEIR FEET… MARX FIRES AN ELBOW SMASH!!! FOLLOWED BY THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! I THINK!!!!… LUCAS JOHNSON STAGGERS BACK INTO THE ROPES!!!… THEREFORE I AM!!!! SUPERKICK!!!! RYAN MARX SUPERKICKS LUCAS JOHNSON OUTSIDE OF THE RING!!!!
Pierre: LOOK AT FINNEGAN WAKEFIELD!!! HE’S ON THE APRON AND TAGS IN LUCAS JOHNSON!!!! RYAN MARX HAS NO IDEA!!!… FINNEGAN SNEAKS BEHIND MARX AND RUNS TO THE ROPES BEHIND HIM!!!.. BUT TARGET SMILES RUNS BY AND POPS FINNEGAN UP FOR THE SPINEBUSTER!!! EVERYBODY ON THE ULTIMATE X SIDE OF THINGS IS LAID OUT AS MARX LIFTS FINNEGAN OFF OF THE MAT!!!… ELECTRIC CHAIR DRIVER!!!! THE IVORY TOWER CONNECTS!!! MARX PINS FINNEGAN!!!!
Referee: ONE!!!!…. TWO!!!!…… THREE!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Tempest” hits to a chorus of boos from the crowd.)
Ring Announcer: HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS BY WAY OF PINFALL… RYAN MARX!!! TARGET SMILES!!! TARAH NOVA!!! AND SOLOMON CAINE!!!!
Cherish: THIS MATCH WAS UTTER CHAOS BUT AT THE END OF IT, THE EXTREME ENIGMA GUYS WERE ABLE TO HOLD THEIR OWN AND FUNCTION BETTER AS A TEAM!!! Pain for Pride is just one week away and all eight of these superstars have what it takes to steal the show! Congratulations to Ryan Marx and his team!
(Camera transitions backstage to Damien Murrow speaking to someone in his Office)
Damien: So you tell him that–
(The door of the Office is heard swinging open as Murrow looks off to the side)
Damien: Brian, Brian–
(A furious Brian Daniels storms in, pushing the man and pushing everything off of the desk of Murrow)
Brian: Where is he?! Where the Hell is Robbie?!
Damien: Brian, just calm–
(Brian sends the rest of the items on Murrow’s desk flying off as he stares at him with a furious expression)
Brian: He’s got the balls to screw me out of a match?! He wants to go that far?! I want him in the ring, Murrow, and I want him in the ring TONIGHT. I don’t care what the Hell you have to do, and if you feel like getting in my way, then you know what’s gonna Goddamn happen, don’t you?
(Damien sighs, putting his hands up in a surrendering position)
Damien: I fully understand, Brian. Robbie had no right to do what he did. Maybe he wanted to get in your head, I don’t know, but rest assured, I will not allow him to make a mockery out of such a big match on MY show. I’ve already taken action. Tonight, his match is going to have a Special Guest Referee. He–
Brian: Good. I can’t guarantee I’ll be doing any Officiating.
(Brian begins to take his leave)
Damien: Woah, woah, hold on…
(Brian stops, looking back at Murrow)
Damien: Unfortunately… I can’t allow for you to be the Special Guest Referee with the state you’re in right now. There’s no point if you want to rip Robbie apart, right? Instead, I’m going to make the Referee someone who equally hates both Robbie and his opponent. The Special Guest Referee in our main event tonight will be Jaywalker. Is that alright with you?
(Brian says nothing, visibly thinking for a few seconds before he storms off, kicking a trashcan over as he leaves while Murrow looks to the frightened man he was speaking to)
Damien: Get a team of security outside of his locker room. Make sure he doesn’t start some sort of fight before the main event even happens.
(The man Murrow was speaking to nods and takes his leave as an exasperated Murrow sighs and takes a seat at his now trashed desk before the camera fades to commercial)
(Camera cuts backstage to Max A. Million standing with a microphone in hand)
Max: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest, the former National Elite Champion and one of the two men to qualify for this year’s annual Cash In The Vault Ladder Match… Nico Borg.
(The camera pans to the left to reveal a stoic Nico Borg)
Max: Nico, thank you for joining me. A lot of people have taken notice of your, well, change in attitude and style since returning a few or so weeks ago on Showdown when you defeated Cody Marshall to qualify for the Ladder Match. What exactly led to this change?
(Nico stares at Max for several seconds)
Max: … Perhaps you’d rather not–
Nico: What prompted my change? The same thing that leads to all change: adaption. I needed to grow stronger, and I did. I prayed to be stronger, to be wiser, and those prayers were answered. I–
(The sound of slow clapping can be heard from behind as Nico turns around to lock eyes with Lannister, with Athena Vendetta by his side)
Lannister: Oh, was Lannister interrupting? That’s a shame. You’re a fascinating man. One that gave Lannister quite a fight at the Grand Rampage. That’s what truly forced you to change into the man you are now, yes?
(Nico steps in closer with an unamused look on his face as Lannister slightly smirks)
Lannister: Relax, relax… Do not make a decision you would regret. If anything, you should be thanking Lannister for opening your eyes and showing you what needed to be change. Lannister can see that you are truly stronger than you were when we last encountered each other. You proved to Lannister and the World alike that you belong upon a grand stage with him, and for his Answers World Championship.
(Lannister takes a moment to look at his Answers World Championship on his shoulder before he looks back up at Nico)
Lannister: Lannister did not come here to provoke you. Lannister came here to perhaps negotiate with you. A deal of sorts, yes? Why spend your precious time climbing a ladder when you could take Lannister’s hand and be pulled up to the top of his mountain without all the unnecessary effort? As you’re well aware, Lannister’s opponent is… Unfortunately not going to be able to make it. Perhaps you would be a fitting replacement. You are more worthy to challenge Lannister once more, and give him the fight he deserves.
(Lannister extends a hand)
Lannister: Why waste your time reaching out for a briefcase when you could just reach out for Lannister’s hand?
(Nico looks at the extended hand of Lannister for several seconds before looking back up)
Nico: I will beat you at Pain For Pride.
Nico: … After I conquer five others to win the Cash In The Vault Ladder Match. If I cannot do that, as God as my witness, I do not deserve to challenge you.
(Nico spits to the side before looking back at Lannister with disgust, as Lannister looks equally disgusted, pulling back his hand)
Lannister: Lannister hopes your God truly does lead you to victory. Humiliating you before him upon such a stage would give him no greater joy.
(Lannister and Athena take their leave as Nico looks on before walking off in the opposite direction)
(Camera transitions back to the ring)
Ring Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall… The winner will be the FINAL entrant in the 24/7 Battle Royal at Pain for Pride X!!!
(AFI’s “I Hope You Suffer” hits to a resonating chorus of boos from the crowd. The Burned Man menacingly walks down to the ring.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from the Wasteland, weighing in at 260 pounds … THE BURNED MAN!!!!
Cherish: The Burned Man has suffered quite the series of losses but tonight is his chance to secure a spot on the Pain for Pride card and join his partner Theron Nikolas in the 24/7 Battle Royal!
(Lynyrd Skynyrd’s This Ain’t My America hits and Cody Marshall comes out to a pop from the crowd.)
Ring Announcer: And his opponent, from Austin, Texas, weighing in at 305 pounds… CODY MARSHALL!!!
Pierre: The former New Breed Champion is desperate to get on the PFP X card, and this is his final opportunity to do so… All he has to do is make it past The Burned Man!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Cherish: THE BURNED MAN RUNS RIGHT FOR CODY MARSHALL AND NAILS HIM WITH A KNEE SMASH!!! Cody staggers back just a step… THE BURNED MAN SPINS FOR THE DISCUS CLOTHESLINE!!! ASH TO ASH!!! THE FINISHING MOVE ALREADY — CODY REACHES HIS ARM OUT AND GRABS THE BURNED MAN BY THE NECK!!!… CODY LIFTS HIM UP!!! CHOKESLAM!!! AND THE BURNED MAN GOES DOWN!!!
Pierre: Cody Marshall picks The Burned Man off the ground… THE BURNED MAN RETALIATES!!! HEADBUTT!!! THE BURNED MAN RUNS TO THE ROPES AND COMES AFTER CODY MARSHALL!!!… CODY CATCHES HIM AND SPINS HIM INTO THE SIDEWALK SLAM!!! CODY GRABS THE BURNED MAN OFF THE MAT… AND PRESSES HIM INTO THE AIR!!! CODY HAS THE GIGANTIC FRAME OF THE BURNED MAN HANGING COMFORTABLY ABOVE HIS BODY… AND CODY DROPS HIM INTO THE CUTTER!!! TAX CUTTER!!!!
Cherish: CODY HAS THE BURNED MAN DOWN AS HE LOOKS UP TO THE PAIN FOR PRIDE SIGN!!! CODY WRAPS BOTH HANDS AROUND THE NECK OF THE BURNED MAN AND PICKS HIM OFF THE MAT, HOLDING HIM IN THE AIR!!!… CHOKEBOMB!!! THE RAPTURE!!! CODY PLANTS THE BURNED MAN AND GOES DOWN FOR THE COVER!!!
Referee: ONE!!!!…. TWO!!!!!…. THREE!!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“This Ain’t My America” hits to a pop as Cody Marshall stands up, picking The Burned Man up by the hair and throwing him out of the ring.)
Ring Announcer: HERE IS YOUR WINNER BY WAY OF PINFALL AND THE OFFICIAL FINAL ENTRANT IN THE 24/7 BATTLE ROYAL… CODY MARSHALL!!!!
Pierre: HE’S DONE IT!!! HE’S GOING TO PAIN FOR PRIDE!!! The 24/7 Battle Royal is a vast field of opportunity… And as is in the Home of the Brave, the great USA, as Cody knows… There’s nothing you can’t get done with a little bit of PATRIOTISM!!!
Cherish: Pierre please… Nonetheless! Congratulations to Cody Marshall for making it to Pain for Pride X!!!
(Camera cuts back to the Consol Energy Center as Showdown returns from commercial)
(“King of the World” by Porcelain and The Tramps plays all throughout the arena as the Heart Break Gal makes her way out to the stage and towards the ring)
Pierre: For several weeks, the Heart Break Gal and her former friend and ally, Y2Impact, have been at one another’s throats, and needless to say, it’s gotten… Well, it’s gotten as personal as you could ever hoped to imagine.
Cherish: That’s an understatement, Pierre, Y2Impact has gone out of his way at every single turn to humiliate HBG by any means! He brutally assaulted her weeks ago that put her in a hospital, and then even when she was down, he decided to continue the humiliation with a “funeral” comparing her to a dog!
Pierre: It goes without saying that Impact wants to absolutely embarrass HBG, but we can only imagine what HBG intends to do when the bell has rung at Pain For Pride. She was the one that made sure this match happened, and even made certain it would be a “Loser Leaves EAW” Match.
Cherish: The stakes have never been higher. One of those two will be gone from EAW when this is all said and done.
(“King of the World” fades out as HBG is handed a microphone. Before HBG can speak, “Twisted Transistor” by Korn plays all throughout the arena as Y2Impact makes his way out to the stage with a microphone in hand, dressed in a suit)
Pierre: Case in point. Impact makes sure he interrupts HBG before she can even get a word in!
Cherish: These two seem to have decided on one final confrontation before one of them is removed from EAW at Pain For Pride, but I can’t help but feel like some security would be necessary with how thick the tension is between the two of them…
Pierre: You may be right about that. They’ve laid into one another for weeks now, so you can only imagine what’s to come of them stepping into the same ring now.
(“Twisted Transistor” fades out as Impact cautiously enters the ring)
Impact: You look as lovely as ever. Did you finally come to call off this match? Surely you realized you’re in over your head.
(The crowd boos as an annoyed HBG glares at Impact)
Impact: Look, I didn’t WANT to hurt you. You know that, right? It’s just… Tough love. I never–
HBG: Do you ever shut the Hell up?
(An angered Impact stares down with HBG as the crowd cheers)
HBG: If I had to pick just one reason why I’d love nothing more than to take you out of EAW entirely, it’s to get you to finally shut up. How many weeks have these people had to sit and listen to you ramble on? You think they care? Do you honestly think they care about you? What do you offer? What have you done?
Impact: HBG, let’s not go saying things we’re going to regret…
HBG: You know what? I think they can see what I see. They look at you and they don’t see Y2Impact, the former seven-time World Champion. They don’t see the EAW Legend and Hall of Famer. They don’t see what you see. They see a pathetic… Bitter… Clingy shell of a man. Not long ago, you were the EAW Champion and dominating Voltage, but now? Now what? You’re just some guy chasing after me because you have nothing else. I came here because I want to go further than anyone else like me has, and you just couldn’t handle that, could you? You had to stick your nose into MY business, and you know what? You got exactly what you deserved. I don’t regret any of it. I don’t regret hitting you. I don’t regret letting go of you. The only thing I regret is all the time I wasted with someone like you.
(A visibly angry Y2Impact scowls as he continues to stare down with HBG)
Impact: Call me whatever you want, HBG, but just remember that I am still the man that’s done far, far worse to people who have done less than you have to me. All that I’ve done to you was just to teach you a lesson, but it looks as though nothing is going to get through your thick skull. You even went as far as challenging me at Pain For Pride, and in a Loser Leaves EAW Match no less? What makes you think you deserve Y2Impact at Pain For Pride? Who have you beaten at Pain For Pride? Aria Jaxon? Sabina? Yeah, people you belong facing. Women on your level. You don’t belong here. You know who I’ve battled with at Pain For Pride? Names far, far out of your reach. Names like Mr. DEDEDE, Drastik, CM Banks… The only time you tasted this level you so desperately want to get to, you were with ME. Doesn’t that say enough? You only got there because of me, and that’s the ONLY reason you got there. Read between the lines, HBG. You need me. You always needed me.
HBG: No, in fact, I think it was you who needed me. You needed me just like you needed Drastik, and DEDEDE, and Banks. Just like you needed Hexa-gun and Generation Genesis. You’ve always lived your life needing others to validate you, and you know what? Not anymore. I’m not gonna do it anymore. That’s why this is happening. I don’t want you. I don’t even want to face you, but I have to. I have to get rid of you. I want to be a World Champion, and I won’t let you get in my way. I–
Impact: You’re the only thing in the way of being a World Champion, because you’re not good enough! You’ve never been good enough! The only reason anyone looked at you seriously was because of ME! ME! You–
(HBG slaps Impact across the face)
Pierre: Uh oh…
HBG: Stop interrupting me.
Cherish: IMPACT SWINGS AT HBG!! IT’S DUCKED! IMPACT TURNS AROUND TO A HARD RIGHT HAND FROM HBG! ANOTHER SHOT! ANOTHER! SHE’S UNLOADING!! IMPACT TACKLES HER TO THE GROUND! THEY’RE LAYING INTO ONE ANOTHER! SOMEONE MIGHT WANT TO DO SOMETHING! THEY’RE SCRAMBLING BACK TO THEIR FEET! HBG NAILS IMPACT WITH A BIG DROPKICK THAT SENDS HIM TO THE OUTSIDE!!
Pierre: HBG IS ON A ROLL HERE! SHE’S GOT IMPACT IN HER SIGHTS AS SHE HITS THE ROPES!! LOOK OUT! SUICIDE DIVE!!! A SUICIDE DIVE CONNECTS INTO IMPACT!! HBG DOESN’T LOOK FINISHED YET! SHE’S BACK TO HER FEET!
(Multiple Referees rush in, trying to break up the fight)
Cherish: The Officials are doing all they can to put a stop to this, but HBG looks none too happy about it! Impact is struggling to get back up as the Referees have to hold her back! HBG has no choice but to back down! She may just have to wait until–
Pierre: EVISCERATION?!!! IMPACT RUSHES IN AND NAILS HBG WITH AN EVISCERATION OUT OF NOWHERE!! COME ON! PUT A STOP TO THIS ALREADY, REFS!
Cherish: IMPACT IS BACK TO HIS FEET AS HE NAILS A NEARBY REF WITH A RIGHT HAND! HE PUSHES THE OTHER OUT OF HIS WAY AS HE STOMPS AWAY AT HBG!! WE NEED SECURITY OUT HERE!
(Impact unbuckles his belt, taking it off as he berates a downed HBG)
Pierre: Oh no… No, come on… SOMEBODY STOP THIS GUY!
Cherish: IMPACT LASHES THE HEART BREAK GAL WITH THAT BELT!! A SICKENING SHOT TO THE BACK OF HBG! HE NAILS HER WITH THAT BELT AGAIN!! DISGUSTING! A THIRD WHIP TO THE BACK OF A DOWNED HBG AS SHE WRITHES IN PAIN! IMPACT IS HUMILIATING HER! THIS GUY IS SICK! HE’S ABSOLUTELY SICK!
(Security rushes down to ringside)
Pierre: AND A FOURTH BRUTAL WHIP TO THE BACK OF HBG WITH THAT BELT CONNECTS FROM IMPACT AS SECURITY FINALLY PUTS A STOP TO THIS, HOLDING IMPACT BACK, BUT THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE! HE TOOK A CHEAPSHOT AND USED IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRUTALLY ASSAULT HBG ONCE MORE! THIS GUY HAS NO SHAME WHATSOEVER!
Impact (no mic): Remember this, HBG! This is what you’ve got waiting for you at Pain For Pride!
Cherish: Someone get this guy out of here!
Pierre: HBG may need some medical attention… You can already see the welts left from those belt lashes… Unbelievable… I can’t imagine what this could mean when they step inside the ring at Pain For Pride.
Cherish: I didn’t think this could get any more personal, but Impact proved that wrong tonight… Absolutely sickening…
(The Heart Break Gal is helped back up, being checked on as the camera fades to commercial)
(Camera cuts to somewhere backstage of the Consol Energy Center as Max A. Million is shown with a microphone in hand)
Max: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, the first man to qualify for the 2017 Cash In The Vault Ladder Match… Lars Grier.
(The camera pans to the left to reveal a determined Lars Grier in his ring attire with a t-shirt on)
Max: Lars, I think it goes without saying that this contest is the biggest match of your career. What are your thoughts heading into it?
Lars: I’ve been around for awhile now. I’ve seen how things work here. There’s people who get handed opportunities, but those same people get devoured by foolishly accepting those opportunities. Nico was handed a World Championship shot on a silver platter earlier, and he was smart enough to refuse it. You know why? Because he knows its kill or be killed in this company. Nobody gets handed anything. You fight your way to the top, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. A lot of people think I’m at a disadvantage because I don’t look like a man capable of thriving inside a Ladder Match, let alone with my lack of experience compared to the others in this match, but that’s what fuels me more than anything. The doubt these people have for someone like me is all I need to catch them all off guard when they least expect it. Make no mistake about it, a Ladder Match isn’t just a game of flying around and high risk maneuvers. It’s about power. It’s about strength.
Max: It seems you and Scott Oasis would be on equal footing in that department.
(Lars looks visibly annoyed)
Lars: I proved last week that Oasis is far passed his prime. Once upon a time, he was a dominant beast that could have ripped through all five of his opponents at Pain For Pride, but now? Now he’s not just reaching up for a World Championship opportunity. He’s desperately reaching up for some shred of his dignity. He’s reaching up for the spotlight that left him a long, long time ago. I’m not worried about Scott Oasis in this match. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a younger, stronger, and better version of him.
Max: So you believe you’ll be able to overcome all of your opponents at Pain For Pride? A big man like you would become a prime target against five other men, right?
Lars: I know I’m a target. I get that. They’ll band together to get rid of someone like me, and Oasis too. I’m not going to fall into those traps you come to expect when a big guy steps into a match where the numbers game can thrive. This isn’t just a match to me, it’s THE match. It’s the most important moment of my entire life, and I will do absolutely everything in my power to walk out of Pain For Pride as the future of this company, with that Briefcase in my hands. Guys like TLA and Oasis and even Nico – they had their time. They had their chances. Guys like Maero and Keelan have had plenty of time to make something of themselves, and they haven’t amount to anything. This is my time, and nobody is getting in my way. Nobody. Not five other men, not a dozen men, not a hundred men, not a thousand. No one.
(Lars takes his leave as Max looks on while the camera transitions back to the ring)
(“Burn In My Light” by Mercy Drive plays all throughout the arena as a confident Rex McAllister makes his way out to the stage with the National Elite Championship around his waist)
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall!…. Making his way towards the ring…. From Sea Isle, New Jersey!…. Weighing in at 238 Pounds!…. HE IS REIGNING EAW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION…. REX MCAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLIIIIIIIIISSSSSTTTTTEEERRRR!!!….
Pierre: Rex has proven time and time again that he could very well be the future of EAW, and tonight is certainly another match to prove just that as he goes head to head with a new Hall of Famer in Jacob Senn. Despite that, you have to wonder what could be going through his head as he makes his way towards the biggest match of his career thus far at Pain For Pride when he puts that National Elite Championship on the line.
(“SOAR” by Devour The Day plays all throughout the arena as Jacob Senn makes his way out to the stage)
Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring…. From Chicago, Illinois!…. Weighing in at 218 Pounds!…. He is “THE PUNISHER”…. JACOB SEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!….
Cherish: When it comes to people with a lot on their mind in regards to Pain For Pride, look no further than this man, Jacob Senn. He’s not only a mere week from being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he intends to validate his induction by beating EAW’s biggest Legend, Mr. DEDEDE, for the InterWire Championship at Pain For Pride.
(“Shock Me” by Baroness plays all throughout the arena as Rex and Jacob look on from the ring while Stark makes his way out to the stage and down to the ring)
Pierre: And it looks like Stark intends to join us out here on commentary, though he could have just come out here before both competitors came out…
Cherish: I think he definitely did that on purpose, if only just to throw Rex off his guard. Rex was laser focused on his opponent until Stark made his way out here.
(Stark stares down with Rex as he makes his way around the ring and over to the Announce table, grabbing a seat and a headset)
Pierre: Well thanks for joining us out here, Stark–
(Stark decides against sitting next to Pierre as he goes around the desk to sit next to Cherish)
Stark: Thanks for having me. I’m more than happy to be here and call this thing right down the middle. I fully intend to NOT, you know, get involved. I know how Rex believes I’m not worth his time and all. I wouldn’t want to have him put in the energy to fight me before Pain For Pride. I’ll go ahead and honor his wishes.
Pierre: Somehow I’m not sure I believe that… Nonetheless, let’s get this match underway.
(DING! DING! DING!)
Pierre: This contest is underway as both men immediately charge in! Senn catches the incoming Rex with a drop toe hold! He floats over into a front chancery! Senn now keeping that chancery in as Rex looks to work his way back up to his feet! He escapes from Senn’s grasp and sends him off, into the ropes! Incoming! Rex looks for a big dropkick, but Senn is quick to latch himself onto the ropes as Rex drops hard to the canvas! SENN BURSTS FORWARD AS REX SITS UP! A BIG RUNNING KNEE CONNECTS, TAKING REX DOWN!! THERE’S THE COVER!
Stark: Already making mistakes that are gonna cost him the match.
Cherish: Only a one count, but Senn is quick to go right back on the attack as he gets back to his feet, stomping away at Rex! Senn grabs a hold of Rex, dragging him up.. Rex pulls Senn in for a nice armdrag out of nowhere! Both men scramble back to their feet! They’re up! Rex rushes in for a big forearm! Nobody’s home as Senn ducks it! Rex turns around! PELE KICK!! It misses ! Senn rushes back to his feet! REX WITH A BIG DROPKICK THAT SENDS SENN CRASHING THROUGH THE ROPES AND TO THE OUTSIDE! A big move there!
Stark: It’s not gonna do him any good if Senn is on the outside though. Come on, Rex, aren’t you supposed to be a smart Champion?
Pierre: He may be looking for something to follow it up with as Rex makes his way out onto the apron with Senn locked in his sights… And now Rex turning his focus to Stark here on commentary, yelling something I can’t quite hear at him…
Stark: Hey, I’m just doing my job as a commentator over here, you have a problem, Rex? Come on over!
Cherish: Rex turns his focus back on Senn, who rises back up to his feet… REX CHARGES IN! LOOKING FOR A RUNNING KICK! THE FOOT IS CAUGHT BY SENN! SENN YANKS REX’S LEG BACK, DROPPING HIM FACE-FIRST DOWN ONTO THE APRON! Senn pulls Rex off of the apron and drives him HARD into the apron with a big shoulder thrust! A right hand connects to Rex! Another right! SPINNING BACKFIST TO REX! AND SENN NOW WITH A BIG LARIAT TO CAP IT OFF! REX DUCKS THE LARIAT! SENN SPINS AROUND FOR A SECOND LOUD SPINNING BACKFIST TO REX! A VIOLENT LARIAT CONNECTS FOR THE SUCCESSFUL SECOND CITY COMBINATION!!
Stark: He did absolutely nothing but cost himself control of this match by trying to get a rise out of me, he put that on himself.
Pierre: You may very well be right, and it might even cost him the match as Senn drags his opponent up now… Rex is sent rolling back into the ring as Senn looks to capitalize! Rex is definitely feeling the damage he’s accumulated as he struggles to get up… Senn has Rex locked in his sights as he clutches that top rope… REX IS UP AS SENN LEAPS TO THE TOP! SPRINGBOARD HIGH KNEE STRIKE CONNECTS RIGHT OFF THE TEMPLE OF REX MCALLISTER!!! WHAT A MOVE! REX IS DOWN AS SENN GOES FOR THE IMMEDIATE COVER, HOPING THAT’S ALL SHE WROTE FOR THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION!!
Referee: ONE!!!!!!……… TWO!!!!!!!!!!
Cherish: And it’s not enough to put Rex away as he gets a shoulder up! He’s still in this!
Stark: He’s still going, but not for long if he doesn’t think of something. I talked about actions speaking louder than words, so let’s see how Rex does putting actions behind his words…
Cherish: Right now he’s coming dangerously close to eating his words as Senn gets back to his feet, signaling the potential end of this contest! Rex is a sitting duck! He needs some sort of saving grace here! Senn’s stalking his opponent now… HE CHARGES IN AS REX GETS UP! SHADOW STEP!!!! NO–REX MANAGES TO ESCAPE THE POTENTIAL CURBSTOMP AS HE GOES TO THE OUTSIDE! Stark now on his feet here at commentary as a damaged Rex tries to recuperate! Both men locking eyes! Come on now, Stark, don’t go doing anything! Rex seems to be–
Pierre: FOSBURY FLOP!!! A BEAUTIFUL FOSBURY FLOP FROM SENN CONNECTS RIGHT ONTO REX HERE ON THE OUTSIDE WHILE HE WAS DISTRACTED WITH STARK!! Senn is already back on his feet, looking as fired up as ever! He wants to end this! Senn clutches the hair of Rex, dragging him back to his feet! Rex is trying to fight back with shots to the mid-section, but it’s no good as Senn pulls him in for a knee to the gut! Another knee! Another! He drives Rex RIGHT back into that apron with a shoulder thrust! Senn is completely in the driver’s seat here! He turns Rex around and sends him rolling back into the ring, once more looking to end this!
Cherish: Senn slides back in, once more stalking Rex! The National Elite Champion is in big trouble! He better think of something soon! SENN CHARGES IN AS REX RISES UP! SHADOW STEP!!!! IT’S NO GOOD A SECOND TIME AS REX DODGES IT! HE SWINGS WITH A LARIAT, BUT SENN DUCKS IT! REX TURNS AROUND! HE’S CAUGHT! WEAPON X!!!! NO–REX FORCES SENN OFF, INTO THE ROPES! HE CHARGES RIGHT BEHIND HIM! A BIG LARIAT SENDS SENN OVER THE ROPES AND ONTO THE APRON! Rex has a golden opportunity to take back his momentum! He’s gotta! Rex immediately hits the opposite ropes, coming in with a full head of steam as Senn gets up on the apron! SENN NAILS THE INCOMING REX WITH A LOUD FOREARM!!
Pierre: BUT REX RUSHES BACK IN, NAILING SENN WITH A YAKUZA KICK!! Senn nearly falls off the apron, barely clutching the top rope! REX RUSHES IN AGAIN! Senn goes through the ropes for a headbutt to the gut of Rex! It misses! REX WITH A LOUD KICK TO THE STERNUM OF SENN! REX HITS THE OPPOSITE ROPES ONCE MORE! INCOMING!! SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!!! A BIG SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB SENDS JACOB SENN CRASHING HARD TO THE MAT!! Stark looks completely focused, saying nothing as he watches this contest! His Pain For Pride opponent may have just turned the tide completely into his favor! Rex is visibly still hurt, but he knows he’s gotta push through it if he has any hope of winning this… He rises back to his feet here on the outside, visibly in pain as he pulls Senn up… LOOK OUT!
(Rex sends Senn over the announce table, crashing into Stark)
Cherish: REX THROWS HIS OPPONENT RIGHT INTO STARK! COME ON! Rex grabs a hold of Senn, navigating him back to the ring! He sends Senn rolling back in before rolling back in himself! Rex looks desperate to finish this one! He drags Senn up, signaling the end here as this crowd gets on their feet! HE PULLS SENN IN! REX USES THE ROPES AS HE LOOKS TO FINISH THIS!! THE REX EFFECT!!!!
Pierre: NO–SENN MANAGES TO FORCE REX OFF AS REX IS SENT BACKWARDS, CRASHING INTO THE REFEREE!! REX CHARGES FORWARD, LOOKING TO KEEP HIMSELF IN CONTROL! HE MISSES WITH A YAKUZA KICK! HE TURNS AROUND! PELE KICK CONNECTS FROM SENN!! REX IS DAZED AS SENN IS BACK TO HIS FEET! REX SWINGS! IT’S BLOCKED!! WEAPON X!!!! WEAPON X CONNECTS AS REX IS DOWN!! SENN GOES FOR THE COVER, BUT THE REFEREE IS HURT!
(The crowd erupts with cheers as Mr. DEDEDE makes his way out to the stage, watching the match as Jacob Senn notices him)
Cherish: DEDEDE is here! DDD has made his presence known, looking on from the stage as Senn and he lock eyes! Senn rises back up to his feet, making his way towards the ropes as he calls out DDD, telling him to come down to the ring! He’s ready to make Pain For Pride happen tonight!
Pierre: And look at this! A furious Stark has entered the ring! He’s in the corner with Rex in his sights! The Ref is still down! Stark wants to put Rex down here! Rex slowly rises up! STARK CHARGES!! WINTER IS HERE!!!! REX DUCKS AS SENN TURNS AROUND!! STARK CONNECTS WITH WINTER IS HERE ON JACOB SENN!! STARK ACCIDENTALLY HIT SENN WITH IT!! STARK REALIZES WHAT JUST HAPPENED AS HE’S UP TO HIS FEET! REX FROM BEHIND! HE SENDS STARK CRASHING RIGHT INTO THE RINGPOST IN THE CORNER!! REX DROPS TO THE OUTSIDE AS REX GOES FOR A COVER ON SENN!! THE DAMAGED REFEREE CRAWLS OVER TO COUNT IT!
Referee: ONE!!!!!!!……. TWO!!!!!!!!!!………..
Cherish: SENN KICKS OUT!! SENN GETS A SHOULDER UP! REX THOUGHT HE HAD IT! HE’S FURIOUS! Rex rises back to his feet, wanting to end this here and now! He backs into the nearby corner… He’s doing Stark’s mannerisms! Is he looking for a Winter Is Here of his own?!
Pierre: I think he may be! Senn is hurt! One more may be enough to put him down! SENN IS UP TO HIS FEET AS REX CHARGES FORWARD!!
Cherish: NO–STARK FROM THE OUTSIDE TRIPS REX UP! REX STUMBLES FORWARD AS SENN NAILS HIM WITH A JUMPING FOREARM SMASH!! Senn is back in control! He slowly rises to his feet as DEDEDE continues to look on from the stage, watching this match closely! Senn doesn’t take his eyes off of DDD! The look on his face says it all! He tells DDD to watch this! Rex slowly struggling to get up! SENN CHARGES IN AS DDD STARTS MAKING HIS WAY TO THE RING!! SHADOW STEP!!!!
Pierre: IT MISSES AS REX CATCHES A DISTRACTED SENN WITH A SCHOOLBOY ROLL UP!!!
Referee: ONE!!!!!!!…….. TWO!!!!!!!!!!!………. THREE!!!!!!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Burn In My Light” by Mercy Drive plays all throughout the arena as Rex escapes to the outside before Stark can get to him in the ring)
Announcer: The Winner of this contest by pinfall!!….. REX MCAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLIIIIIISSSSSTTTTTEEERRRR!!!!
Cherish: Rex pulls it off! He beats Jacob Senn here tonight on Showdown with a little help from DEDEDE! Stark was looking for some revenge, but it may have just backfired on him there!
(Rex grabs his National Elite Championship, proudly holding it up for Stark to see as he makes his way up the ramp)
Pierre: Things came very close to turning into chaos between these two men, but in the end, Rex managed to avoid both a fight and won the match!
Cherish: He may have survived tonight, but he’ll have no choice but to step inside the ring with a hungry Stark at Pain For Pride next weekend! There’s no running away from that! These two men will clash for the National Elite Championship soon enough, and they will settle all of this once and for all!
(Stark stares down with Rex from the ring as Rex makes his way up to the stage)
(Camera transitions backstage to Ares Vendetta and Cage staring down with one another while Jaywalker stands between them as Judas Lemuel steps into frame)
Judas: I think it’s very clear that we have some things to discuss.
(An annoyed Ares looks at Judas)
Ares: Quiet yourself for once, mongrel, can’t your man speak for himself?
(Cage steps closer to Ares, only for Jaywalker to get in the way)
Jaywalker: Now, now… You two have been at one another’s throat lately and I think it’s about time for you to settle it before we walk into this match at Pain For Pride. I don’t want you two falling apart when we need to be a unit.
Ares: I have no problems to discuss. This is all your loyal dog’s doing.
Judas: Your attitude happens to be only a fragment of the true issue, Ares. You two both talked Cage into accepting this match, and he truly only did so due to his loyalty to a man that has helped him get this far in you, Jaywalker. While it was clear this CM Banks intended to create a rift between us with his comments, it is a fact that you two destroyed the Hall of Fame Championship simply to spite Devan Dubian and The Heart Break Boy. And now Cage is finally going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and thus, you have destroyed a Championship he would have no doubt pursued.
Ares: Destroying the Championship was about sending a message. Who happens to occupy the Hall of Fame is of no concern to us. Jaywalker created the Championship, and Jaywalker destroyed it. You believe it was any better off in the hands of mongrels such as Devan Dubian and the Heart Break Boy, or even CM Banks?
Ares: Your man was not in the Hall of Fame when we made our move, and we cannot predict the future, so no, we did not take him into account. He’s been free to walk away any time he wants, and perhaps he should, if that’s all it takes to unravel him.
(An annoyed Cage stares down with Ares)
Judas: Your hostility towards him has not gone unnoticed, Ares. You have become as much of a thorn in the side of this alliance as he has. You two must co-exist.
(Ares looks at Judas)
Ares: It was my idea to come to him. I can admit it without hesitation. I don’t like him. I don’t like you. As far as I’m concerned, you’re both mongrels, but we need you, and in this moment, you need us as well. You’ve got your loyalty to Jaywalker, and Jaywalker is equally loyal to you. We do not need to be on the same page mentally so long as we are physically. This isn’t about allying together for ideals we all do not share. We are here to win, and make no mistake, I will make certain that we win. I don’t like him, and it’s obvious he doesn’t like me. That changes nothing. If he wants to win, then he will let all of that go and win by any means necessary. He’s the protege of Jaywalker, is he not? Then he should know how to cast unnecessary things like emotions aside and do what he must to be victorious.
(Judas and Cage look at one another before Judas looks back at Ares)
Judas: I suppose you’re right in this instance. If you two desire to tear each other apart, it can wait. The time now is for the three of you to win at Pain For Pride, regardless of the factors in the way. Cage will be there, and he will fight. Not for you, but for his loyalty to Jaywalker, and for the sake of winning. However… When this is all said and done, Ares, I cannot guarantee he will not turn his focus onto you. He always despised your father.
Ares: At least that is one thing he and I share. I will not shake this mongrel’s hand, but I will fight with him. I expect him to do the same.
(Ares takes his leave as Jaywalker and Cage look on while the camera fades to commercial)
(The camera cuts to somewhere backstage in the Consol Energy Center as Darth Lannister is shown standing before the camera with a smirk upon his face and Athena Vendetta by his side)
Lannister: To the surprise of no one, the heart of the World continues to bleed for their fallen hero. A hero that represented themselves, so they’ve grown bitter and infuriated seeing what becomes of those just like them in life. They spend their existences being kicked around by those stronger and more gifted than they. An underdog is a breed that deserves to be put down without hesitation, and that is precisely what happened. You will all come to understand Lannister’s actions, and you will know he does what he does not for your sake, nor even for his own sake, but for the sake of the prestige of the coveted Answers World Championship.
(Athena nods and smiles as the crowd can be heard booing in the background)
Lannister: Tonight has been about moving on, and finding a new challenger fit to stand across the ring from Lannister for the Answers World Championship. There have been those that have met Lannister’s criteria, but the majority of those that occupy the Showdown roster have been fools that do not deserve to stand within Lannister’s presence, let alone in his ring. A challenger still has yet to be chosen, but Lannister has come before you at this time to announce that there will be an appropriate replacement crowned by the end of tonight, and you will all come crawling, groveling on your hands and knees and begging for forgiveness when your eyes have been opened and you see the truth… That there are certain men in the World who deserve to stand in certain roles. You will witness a fight leagues above the one you believed you wanted, and you will cheer, and you will watch in amazement, and you will forget… You will forget about your so-called hero, just as you have forgotten about all of those you considered your hero. They fade away into the mist of history, and disappear. Men such as Lannister are the lights that guide you to refuge. You will understand his actions, one day, but until then, do what you believe to be right and spit at him, curse his name, and throw your garbage, because by the time the bell has rung at Pain For Pride, you will be giving only adoration, chanting his name, and throwing your gifts for the work that only he can give to the World. This is the debt that you believe is owed, and it be paid in full.
(Lannister stares into the camera as it transitions back to the ring)
(Camera transitions back to the ring)
RA: Ladies and Gentlemen, this next contest is a SIX MAN TAG… AND IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!
(“Quantum Flux” – Northlane hits as Harvey Yorke makes his way through the curtain and down to the ring.)
RA: Introducing first from Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, weighing in tonight at ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO POUNDS!… HE IS “ULTRAVIOLENCE!!”…. HAAAAARRRRVVEEEEYYYY YOOOOOORRRKKEEEE!!!
Cherish: Quite possibly the most unknown participant in this contest. If you were watching Voltage you would have had the chance to see this kid compete, but that’s as far as we know. He came up short against one of his opponents tonight, but he’ll be looking to pick up some BIG momentum a week out from Pain for Pride.
Pierre: People coming from Voltage and beating Showdown on their own soil? Please, Cherish! This kid isn’t going to be looking to gain momentum tonight – he’s going to be looking to survive!
(“Put You On Game” – Lupe Fiasco hits as Scott Diamond confidently makes his way through the curtain and stands on the stage to a chorus of boos.)
RA: Introducing his partner from Long Island, New York, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE POUNDS!!… HE IS “THE PERFECT STORM!!”… SCOTT DIIIIIIIIAAAAMMOOOOONNNNNDDDD!!
Cherish: Tonight this man makes his return from a long hiatus; he’s been announced for the 24/7 Battle Royal and looks to return on the right foot!
Pierre: Now this is a big, cold, scary man with the intent to hurt. The thing about Scott Diamond isn’t the things that he can do to you, but the fact of how quickly he can do it. You can be riding on cloud nine and with one big boot, you’re free falling your way back to rock bottom.
(“Blackout” – Company Flow hits as Lethal Consequences makes his way through the curtain to an uproar of cheers.)
Ring Annouincer: Introducing their opponent from Oakland, California, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS!! HE IS “THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN!!”… LEEEEETTHHAAALLLL CCCOOOOOOONNNSSSQQQQUUEEENNNCCEEEESSS!!!
Cherish: A former multiple time World Champion. An Undisputed Hardcore Champion; the man made his return to the company last week with a win, but tonight he looks to return to Showdown and stamp his foot down and assert his position back to the top of the company.
Pierre: He has his work cut out from him, but he can hit that Acid Rain out of nowhere. There are so many factors in this match that are interesting, the names that come out on top are certainly going to have to work for it.
(“Born Too Late” – Saint Vitus hits as Darkane slowly makes his way through the curtain to a mixed reaction. He makes his way down to the ramp and stands before the ring, looking at the three men standing in the ring.)
RA: Introducing their opponent from New Orleans, Louisiana, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY POUNDS!!… HE IS “THE GRAVEWORM!!”… DAAAAARRRKKKAAANNNEEEE!!!!
Cherish: Last week he picked up a big win against The Burned Man after coming off a four match losing streak. It could be perfect timing for the man with the 24/7 Battle Royal just a week away. He’s going to be looking to make a huge impact.
Pierre: He definitely needs it.
(“Crown of Thorns” – Rakaa hits as the Prince of Phenomenal bursts through the curtain to a THUNDEROUS reaction.)
RA: Introducing his partner from Miami Beach, Florida, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN POUNDS!! HE IS… THE PRINCE! OF! PHEEEENNNOOOMMMEEENNAAALLL!!!!!
Cherish: WOW! THESE PEOPLE ARE ON THEIR FEET FOR THE PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL!
Pierre: THEY’RE ON THEIR FEET FOR SHOWDOWN, CHERISH! These people are just waiting for the Showdown side of the Battle Royal at Pain for Pride to take down those Voltage pretenders.
(“I Hope You Suffer” – AFI hits as Theron Nikolas makes his way through the curtain to an ERUPTION of boos. He stands on the stage as his arrogant smirk crosses his face and he makes his way down to stand next to both Darkane and POP.)
RA: Lastly, introducing their partner from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN POUNDS!! HE IS “NO LOVE!!”… THERON NIIIIKKKOOOOLLLAAAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!
Pierre: HERE HE IS, CHERISH! THE MAN THAT STANDS TEN IN A ROW! QUITE POSSIBLY THE FAVORITE GOING INTO THAT BATTLE ROYAL!! KING TIBERIUS’ KING’S GUARD FAITHFUL!
Cherish: I seem to say it every week; there may not be a man in this company on a bigger roll that Theron Nikolas. Every name that has stood in his way over the last three and a half months has fallen – the Heart Break Gal being the latest last week. King Tiberius has picked one hell of a soldier to stand in his guard.
(Theron, POP and Darkane make their way up onto the apron and POP enters the ring, willingly starting the match. Both LC and Scott make their way onto the apron as the young upstart in Harvey Yorke starts for his team.)
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
Pierre: The bell rings and this match is underway; it looks like POP is going to start it out for his team… and Yorke without hesitation starts it out for his team, it’s nice to see Yorke willing to lead with his foot forward. Yorke slowly walking forward, and POP just laughs before tagging in Theron Nikolas! Theron entering the ring, looking more eager for the fight than POP dud; the two locking up and Theron quickly overpowers Yorke back into the corner! Theron with an elbow to the side of the head of Yorke before driving the knee into his stomach – AND THERON NIKOLAS DRAGS YORKE OUT OF THE CORNER AND JUST LAUNCHED HIM ACROSS THE RING WITH THE IRISH WHIP!! Yorke’s spine jarring in pain as he reaches out towards the ropes while clutching at his back. Theron just stalking the man; the man with pure intensity in his eyes. Yorke getting back to his feet and is immediately met by a straight right to the jaw. Yorke trying to shake out the cobwebs, but Theron pulls him in and sends him overhead with a suplex! No, Yorke with a knee to the top of the head, and another! Yorke able to make his way back down to his feet!
Cherish: Yorke hitting Theron in the stomach with a spinning back kick; Theron dropping down to a knee and Yorke hits him with a hard knee to the side of the head! Yorke hitting the ropes and LC tags himself in, I don’t even know if Yorke knows – but Yorke runs straight back into a Back Body Drop from Theron! BUT LETHAL CONSEQUENCES FROM BEHIND CLIPPING THE BACK OF THE KNEE OF THERON WITH A CHOP BLOCK! Yorke rolling under the bottom rope and LC begins to fire away at the right leg of the young upstart. LC dropping the knee to the leg, before dragging him across the ring; LC places the right leg on the bottom rope BEFORE LEAPING HIGH INTO THE AIR AND BRINGING ALL THAT WEIGHT BACK DOWN ON THE KNEE OF THERON NIKOLAS! Theron screams out in pain, which seems to bring a smile to the face of the returning LC! LC dragging Theron back to the middle of the ring; POP extending his arm and LC mocks him, lifting the arm of Theron as if he’s reaching out for the tag. Theron clutching at the right leg, and LC drops a knee to the side of the head. LC dragging Theron Nikolas and Harvey Yorke tags himself back in; Scott Diamond seems to have no intention in getting himself involved in the match yet. LC looking back at Yorke, not seeming too impressed with the fact that he tagged himself back into the match and reluctantly leaves the ring.
Pierre: Yorke allowing Theron to get back to a knee… and kicks in directly in the chest with a hard kick! And immediately follows it up with another hard kick, this time to that right leg! Theron Nikolas fighting through the pain, getting back to his feet AND LOOK AT THE EYES OF THERON NIKOLAS! PURE RAGE; EVEN YORKE LOOKS A LITTLE TAKEN BACK! YORKE THROWS ANOTHER KICK AT THE KNEE OF THERON, BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN LITTLE TO NO EFFECT! THERON GRABBING YORKE AROUND THE THROAT AND BACKS HIM INTO HIS OWN CORNER! DARKANE TAGGING HIMSELF IN, BUT THERON SEEMS TO BE IN A BLIND RAGE! ELBOW FROM THERON! ANOTHER! ANOTHER! THE REFEREE COUNTING, THE MAN MIGHT GET HIS TEAM DISQUALIFIED!
ONE!… TWO!… THREE!… FOUR!…
Pierre: Finally, Theron stops and leaves the ring, but the damage certainly seems to have been done! Harvey Yorke using the top rope to keep himself standing as Darkane drags him out of the corner and sends him overhead with a Belly to Belly! Yorke’s spine jarring in pain once again as he stumbles back to his feet, straight back into the arms of Darkane once more and this time Cage sends him overhead with a German Suplex! Darkane maintains the grip around the waist to Yorke and drags him back up! Yorke trying to reach out towards the ropes, but he’s just fingertips away – but Darkane sends him back down with a back suplex! The grip still remains strong and Darkane drags a damaged Yorke back up and sends him overhead for a tiger suplex, this time the grip’s broken! Harvey Yorke almost dropped on the back of his head as Darkane rolls under the bottom rope and begins to make the climb up top! Yorke looks out of it as Darkane gains his balance! DIVING… HEADBUTT!! IT CONNECTS!! IT SEEMS TO HAVE HURT DARKANE, BUT HE BATTLES THROUGH AND COVERS!!
Cherish: But, Scott Diamond breaks it up, dragging Darkane out of the cover! The referee telling the former World Champion that he needs to get out of the ring, which he does! Darkane doesn’t seem to have taken that too well, getting into the face of Scott who just seems to laugh it off – AND LOOK FROM BEHIND! YORKE DRIVING BOTH FEET INTO THE SPINE OF DARKANE SENDING HIM CHEST AND STOMACH FIRST INTO THOSE TURNBUCKLES! Scott extends his hand and Yorke tags him in; Scott enters the ring and hits a European Uppercut to the back of the head of Darkane who’s still hung up in the corner! Scott turning him around AND BEGINS TO FIRE AWAY WITH REPEATED VICIOUS STRIKES TO THE MIDSECTION WITH THE KNEE! Darkane stumbling out of the corner and is met by hard kick to the stomach! Scott hooks him and POWERS HIM INTO THE AIR! URANAGE BACKBREAKER! DARKANE GOES DOWN AND SCOTT CONFIDENTLY HOOKS THE LEG!!
Cherish: POP BREAKS UP THE PIN!! POP STOMPING AWAY AT SCOTT DIAMOND, BUT HARVEY YORKE CUTS HIM OFF WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK TO THE CHEST!! POP SENT ROLLING OUT OF THE RING!! YORKE FOLLOWS HIM!! SCOTT CRAWLING BACK TO THE CORNER AND TAGS IN LETHAL CONSEQUENCES!! DARKANE STUMBLES BACK TO HIS FEET!! ACID RAIN!! DIAMOND CUTTER FROM LC!! NO, DARKANE PUSHING HIM AWAY!! DARKANE STUMBLES BACK… THERON TAGS HIMSELF IN!! DARKANE CHARGES FORWARD — ACID RAIN!! THIS TIME IT CONNECTS!! LC WITH A BIG TIME DIAMOND CUTTER TO DARKANE!! LC SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET — BUT THERON FROM BEHIND!! NO WAY!! THERON HAS THE WRIST HOOKED!! A TOUCH OF HEROINE!! THAT SHORT ARM LARIAT CONNECTS FOR THE FORMER WORLD CHAMPION!! THERON HOOKS BOTH LEGS!!
ONEEEEEEEEE!!!!! TWOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
(“I Hope You Suffer” – AFI hits as Theron rolls off of Lethal Consequences and quickly backs up the ramp.)
RA: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH… DARKANE, THE PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL AND THERON NIKOLAS!!
Pierre: THERON WINS IT FOR SHOWDOWN!! SHOWDOWN BEATS VOLTAGE!! SHOWDOWN BEATS VOLTAGE!!
Cherish: LC thought that he had it won, but a blind tag from Theron Nikolas and the Touch of Heroine out of nowhere was enough to take this one home for Showdown. A HUGE win a week out from Pain for Pride. Is this the sight we’re going to see in the big 24/7 battle royal?
(Theron stands on the stage as LC and Darkane recover in the ring. Yorke and POP stand on the outside, as does Scott Diamond. The hint of a smirk crosses the face of Theron as the camera fades elsewhere..)
(Camera cuts to backstage of the Consol Energy Center as Showdown returns from commercial where the Heart Break Boy is shown preparing for his match. After a few moments, CM Banks walks in with Devan Dubian)
Banks: … Are you ready?
(The Heart Break Boy hesitantly nods)
HBB: I’m ready.
(A concerned Banks looks at Devan before looking back at HBB)
Banks: You’re sure? You looked a lot like you were still injured back on Dynasty in your match with–
HBB: I’m sure, Banks. I can handle this.
Banks: And now with Jay as the Special Guest Referee… I just need to know… Are you still hurt? This isn’t exactly something you can just pretend doesn’t exist. We’re gonna be surrounded by them out there while you’re occupied with Robbie. You know that.
Devan: Odds are, they’re going to make their move. You know them every bit as well as we do.
(HBB nods again)
HBB: I know… I know the risks. I’m not one hundred percent, I think that’s obvious, but I’m perfectly able to handle this. Just trust me. Can you do that?
(Banks sighs as he reluctantly nods)
Banks: We don’t have much of a choice regardless. I’ll be out there, and Devan will be watching in case they try anything. Once this is out of the way, we’ve got them on equal ground at Pain For Pride.
Devan: And we’ll finish them off, once and for all.
(HBB nods once more as he goes back to preparing for his match while Banks and Devan take their leave while the camera transitions back to the ring)
Announcer: Please welcome the team of Nobi and Lioncross…. STUFFED CRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSTTTTT!!!….
(“The Boys Are Back” by Dropkick Murphys plays all throughout the arena as David Davidson comes out dressed as Lioncross while Jack Ripley comes out dressed as Nobi, both carrying an arm of a dummy with Lyuncrust’s face on it)
Pierre: Now what on Earth is this? Are these two for real?
Cherish: These two guys have absolutely no shame, I swear… They’ve already gone out of their way to brutalize Lyuncrust a few weeks back, but now it looks as though they intend to humiliate Stuffed Crust while they still can before their match at Pain For Pride.
Pierre: Looks to be that way, it seems they want some payback for last week when Lioncross and Nobi surprised us all by not only challenging The High Rollerz to a match, but a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match! It’s become apparent those two challengers want some serious payback.
Cherish: And they just might get it, but I have no doubt these two sadists would thrive in an environment like TLC. They’ve made a name for themselves practically ending the careers of whoever gets in their way, and with Lioncross retiring at Pain For Pride, I have a feeling they may be looking to end him in more ways than one.
(“The Boys Are Back” fades out as The High Rollerz are handed microphones while the crowd boos)
Jack Nobi: Lioncross, listen… I… As much as it breaks my heart to see your amazing career come to a grinding halt, effectively ending our chances at both a Tag Team Championship reign and a more serious romantic relationship… Lyuncrust and I have decided to pitch in and give you a going away present.
(Davidcross feigns surprise)
Davidcross: Is this true, Lyuncrust?
(Davidcross and Jack Nobi look at the dummy with Lyuncrust’s face on it for several seconds)
Davidcross: Is he alive?
Jack Nobi: Nah, you know he’s just a corpse. He’s been dead for years! And now we finally get to join him in the great beyond, because we have taken it upon ourselves to challenge The High Rollerz in Tables! Ladders! And Chairs! Are we hardcore or what?!
Davidcross: We’re absolute badasses! Wait, wait… Hold on, Nobi… If The High Rollerz, you know, destroy people… Aren’t we kind of, like, giving them an easy way to destroy US by making this a TLC Match? Oh God, did we mess this one up? I’ve been screwing up every chance I had since I came to EAW, I can’t do it again, Nobi!
(Jack Nobi tries to calm Davidcross down)
Jack Nobi: Relax, relax! We’ll be fiiiiine. In fact, that’s what we really brought you here for. See, Lyncrust and I don’t make that much since EAW payroll forgot we’re still employed here, so we couldn’t afford any decorations or balloons for your going away party, but we DID manage to get you a gift.
(Jack Nobi points upwards as the Cash In The Vault Briefcase lowers down, in front of Davidcross’ face)
Davidcross: Is this what I think it is, Nobi?!
Jack Nobi: That’s right, Lioncross. It’s not just a gift, but a reminder. We wanted you to remember the biggest failure you’ve ever had in your career. Last year, you were riding high on momentum and shocked the World when you became Mr. Cash In The Vault. Of course, you completely screwed the pooch on that one and lost the Briefcase before you could even cash it in, but we can make all of that go away now! We can make things right! Go ahead, Lioncross! Take the Briefcase! Make yourself famous!
(Davidcross quickly tries to unlatch the Cash In The Vault Briefcase, but can’t manage to do it)
Davidcross: I can’t! It won’t come off!
Jack Nobi: You can do it, Lioncross! Summon every ounce of competence you’ve got!
Davidcross: I can’t!
(The Cash In The Vault Briefcase rises out of reach as Davidcross gives up)
Davidcross: Damn it! Damn it! I’m such a damn disappointment! I couldn’t do it, Nobi! I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!
Jack Nobi: It’s alright, it’s alright… Isn’t this better anyway? Isn’t that a perfect gift for your retirement? I can’t think of a better metaphor to sum up your career than that! You–
(The crowd cheers as Lioncross and Nobi make their way out to the stage as The High Rollerz look on)
Davidson: Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you for the last time both EAW and without the assistance of a wheelchair: LIONCROSS! Goodbye and good riddance!
(The High Rollerz laugh as Lioncross and Nobi continue to look on from the stage. After several seconds, Lioncross and Nobi move out of the way as a still damaged Lyuncrust steps out to the stage while the crowd erupts)
Pierre: LYUNCRUST IS HERE! HE’S BACK! THE HIGH ROLLERZ CAN’T BELIEVE IT! ALL THREE MEMBERS OF STUFFED CRUST CHARGE DOWN TO THE RING! THE HIGH ROLLERZ IMMEDIATELY BOLT TO THE OUTSIDE AS NOBI, LIONCROSS, AND LYUNCRUST SLIDE INTO THE RING! LYUNCRUST IS BACK!
Cherish: The High Rollerz have hightailed it! They got a surprise of their own tonight! Lyuncrust looks absolutely livid! He wants a piece of The High Rollerz for what they did to him!
(Lyuncrust drops repeated elbows into the dummy with his face on it in the ring as Lioncross and Nobi stare down with The High Rollerz)
Pierre: No words needed from the challengers! They’ve made it clear what they’re after! They want redemption! They want to humiliate The High Rollerz for everything they’ve done! And they just might do it!
Cherish: And now with Lyuncrust back, you can’t help but wonder how much of a factor he’ll play in this TLC Match! The High Rollerz showed up here tonight looking to make a mockery out of Stuffed Crust, but I think it just blew up in their faces!
(The High Rollerz stare down with Stuffed Crust from the ring as the camera fades to commercial)
(Camera cuts back to the Consol Energy Center as Showdown returns from commercial)
(DING! DING! DING!)
Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall…. AND IS YOUR SHOWDOWN MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING!!…..
(“Play For Keeps” by BoB plays all throughout the arena as Jaywalker makes his way out to the stage in a Referee uniform)
Announcer: Please welcome the Special Guest Referee for this contest…. JAAAAAYYYYYYYWWWWAAAAALLLLKKKKEEERRRRR!!!…..
Pierre: This can only spell disaster for this upcoming match – Damien Murrow officially appointed Jaywalker as the Special Guest Referee following Robbie’s interference in Brian Daniels’ match earlier on tonight, citing that Jaywalker hates both men in this contest equally and would therefore be impartial, though I’m not so sure…
(“Play For Keeps” fades out as Jaywalker enters the ring)
(“Deadz” by Migos plays all throughout the arena as the Heart Break Boy makes his way out to the stage with CM Banks)
Announcer: First, making his way towards the ring, accompanied by CM Banks!…. From Ferguson, Missouri!…. Weighing in at 220 Pounds!…. HE IS “THE GOLDEN BOY”…. THE HEART! BREAK!! BOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYY!!!….
Pierre: Earlier you could tell there were some definite concerns about the health of the Heart Break Boy after the brutal assault he suffered at the hands of Jaywalker and Ares back at the Grand Rampage, but he’s assured his allies that he would be able to keep going. Let’s hope he’s right.
(“Penance” by contRoVersy plays all throughout the arena as Robbie V makes his way out to the stage)
Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring!…. From Las Vegas, Nevada!…. Weighing in at 237 Pounds!….. HE IS “THE LEGENDARY SEKAIICHI”…. ROB! BIE!! V!!!…..
Cherish: It’s hard to tell what this man could be thinking, but he knows this is his final Showdown match ever, and the second to last match he’ll ever have in EAW. He didn’t hesitate to get himself involved in Brian Daniels’ contest earlier tonight, but from the look on his face, you can tell he’s fully intending for this contest to go his way. He’d love nothing more than to send a message to Daniels by winning this one.
(“The Eagle Has Landed” by Avatar plays all throughout the arena as Jaywalker, Robbie, and HBB look on from the ring)
Pierre: Hold on now…
(Darth Lannister and Athena Vendetta make their way out to the stage and down towards the ring)
Cherish: Well, it looks like they’re coming down here, but… I’m not so sure why…
Pierre: Lannister has spent the night looking for someone to replace The Pizza Boy as his opponent at Pain For Pride, so perhaps that’s what he’s doing? Is he potentially looking to select one of these men as his new challenger?
Cherish: I suppose so, from the looks of things…
(Athena and Lannister take a seat at ringside as Lannister tells the Referee to get the match underway)
(DING! DING! DING!)
Pierre: And here we go as HBB immediately rushes right into it! He’s caught right off the bat by Robbie with a big hip toss! HBB scrambles back to his feet, but Robbie is quick to nail him with a dropkick! HBB scrambles back up once more as Robbie gets back to his feet… He grabs a hold of HBB, sending him off, into the ropes! HBB COMES BACK WITH A BIG FLYING FOREARM SMASH OUT OF NOWHERE! HE KIPS UP! IS HE ALREADY LOOKING FOR IT?! Robbie climbs back to his feet! He throws a right hand! It’s blocked! A shot from HBB! Another shot! HE CONNECTS WITH AN INVERTED ATOMIC DROP ON ROBBIE! A SCOOP SLAM CONNECTS NOW! HBB is already looking for it!
Cherish: Robbie looked like he was firmly in control in the early going, but the tide has turned in a big way! HBB makes his ascent to the nearest top turnbuckle! He’s got Robbie in his sights! Jaywalker’s in the way! HBB yells at him to move as Jaywalker does so with a smug look on his face! HBB LEAPS! HEART BREAK ELBOW!!! ROBBIE GETS BOTH KNEES UP AS HBB CRASHES RIGHT ONTO THEM! Just like that, HBB has lost every ounce of momentum he just fought for! He can thank Jaywalker for that! Robbie slowly rises back up to his feet with a sadistic look in his eyes as he focuses on HBB…
Pierre: HBB struggles to get up, favoring those ribs… AXE KICK!! Robbie with an emphatic axe kick off the back of HBB’s skull! HBB in a great deal of pain, but still trying to get up! ROBBIE DROPS ANOTHER AXE KICK INTO THE BACK OF HBB’S SKULL!! HBB FORCES HIMSELF UP! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! ROBBIE NAILS HIM WITH A SUPERKICK AS HBB GOES REELING INTO THE NEAREST CORNER! ROBBIE CHARGES AHEAD! LOOK OUT! RUNNING DROPKICK CONNECTS INTO HBB!! ROBBIE’S BACK UP AS HE CHARGES INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER OF THE RING! SHADES OF BRIAN DANIELS AS ROBBIE EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER! A SECOND BIG RUNNING DROPKICK CONNECTS!! ROBBIE IS BACK UP AND GOES BACK TO THAT CORNER! HE BURSTS FORWARD AS HBB DROPS DOWN IN THE CORNER! LOOK OUT! LOW CORNER DROPKICK NAILS THE HEART BREAK BOY RIGHT IN THE FACE!!! WHAT A DEVASTATING MOVE! ROBBIE DRAGS HBB OUT OF THE CORNER AND COVERS HIM!
Jaywalker: ONE! TWO!
Cherish: HBB somehow manages to get a shoulder up despite that ridiculous count by Jaywalker! Has he chosen to help Robbie in this match? It seems as though he may be more focused on his Pain For Pride opponent than Robbie here! Robbie knows he has to keep going as he looks to follow up… A rightfully concerned CM Banks cheers his ally on from the outside as HBB is pulled up… ROBBIE’S GOT HIM UP! FIREMAN’S CARRY NECKBREAKER CONNECTS!! HBB IS LEFT UP IN A SITTING POSITION AS ROBBIE HITS THE ROPES! INCOMING! PENALTY KICK CONNECTS!! ROBBIE TURNS AROUND! STANDING DOUBLE KNEE MOONSAULT AS THE TRILOGY SUCCEEDS!!! ROBBIE WITH ANOTHER COVER!!
Jaywalker: ONE! TWO!
Pierre: HBB once more with a shoulder up! He refuses to die here! Robbie looks already fed up with HBB’s resilience! He clutches the hair of HBB, dragging him up… HE PULLS HBB IN! HE’S GOT HIM UP IN A SUPLEX POSITION! SAKUJO SCREWDRIVER!!!!
Cherish: NO! HBB DRIVES A KNEE DOWN INTO THE SKULL OF ROBBIE! HE ESCAPES BEHIND ROBBIE! ROBBIE TURNS AROUND! GOLDPRINT!!!! THE HEART BREAK BOY NAILS ROBBIE WITH AN EMPHATIC GOLDPRINT OUT OF NOWHERE AS BOTH MEN ARE DOWN!! HBB MAY HAVE JUST SAVED HIMSELF ENTIRELY IN THIS MATCH WITH THAT ONE, BUT HE CAN’T MAKE THE COVER! HE’S VISIBLY IN A GREAT DEAL OF PAIN HERE! BANKS IS TRYING TO GET HBB TO COME ALIVE, BUT IT MAY NOT BE DOING MUCH! Both men are racing back to their feet… They lock eyes! That vicious Goldprint knocked Robbie through a loop!
Pierre: Lannister and Athena watch with amusement on their faces here on the outside as Robbie and HBB make it back on their feet! Robbie nails HBB with a hard forearm! HBB fires back with a forearm of his own! Robbie with a forearm! HBB with a forearm! BOTH MEN UNLOADING SIMULTANEOUS FOREARMS INTO ONE ANOTHER NOW! THEY’RE LAYING INTO EACH OTHER WITH ALL THEY’VE GOT! HBB TAKES CONTROL! HE NAILS ROBBIE WITH RAPID FOREARMS! HE SENDS HIM UP AND CONNECTS WITH AN INVERTED ATOMIC DROP!! HBB SCOOPS ROBBIE UP AND SLAMS HIM DOWN ON THE CANVAS!! He’s looking for it once again as HBB stumbles over to the corner, climbing up! HE’S PERCHED ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! INCOMING! HEART BREAK ELBOW CONNECTS!!! HBB IS FIRED UP! HE’S COME ALIVE HERE TONIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!! THIS CROWD IS ON THEIR FEET AS HBB BACKS UP INTO THE NEARBY CORNER WITH ROBBIE V IN HIS SIGHTS, LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF FROM PAIN FOR PRIDE 3!
Cherish: HBB RAISES A BOOT… AND STOMPS IT DOWN INTO THE CANVAS! ANOTHER STOMP! ANOTHER! HBB IS TUNING IT UP! THIS CROWD IS READY FOR IT!
Pierre: Hold on! Jaywalker gets in the way, checking on Robbie before Robbie can get to his feet! He’s getting in HBB’s way once more, making sure he doesn’t connect with that Goldprint! HOLD ON! HBB ISN’T STOPPING! HE LOOKS LIKE HE WANTS TO HIT IT! JAYWALKER TURNS AROUND!! GOLDPRINT!!!!
Cherish: NO–NOBODY’S HOME AS JAYWALKER DUCKS IT! HBB TURNS AROUND, LOCKING EYES WITH JAYWALKER! CONCUSSION!!!! ROBBIE SPRINGS UP WITH AN EMPHATIC CONCUSSION AS HBB DROPS DOWN!! ROBBIE ROLLS HIM OVER FOR THE COVER!
Jaywalker: ONE! TWO! THREE!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Penance” by contRoVersy plays all throughout the arena after Jaywalker calls for the bell)
Announcer: The winner–
Pierre: BANKS CHARGES INTO THE RING AS HE TACKLES JAYWALKER! HE’S LAYING INTO JAYWALKER WITH LEFTS AND RIGHTS! BOTH MEN ARE GOING AT IT!!
(Lannister and Athena get on their feet, looking on)
Cherish: HOLD ON–THE PIZZA BOY!!! THE PIZZA BOY JUST JUMPED THE BARRICADE!! HE CATCHES LANNISTER OFF-GUARD AS HE CRASHES INTO HIM ON THE OUTSIDE!! HE’S LAYING INTO LANNISTER!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! THE PIZZA BOY IS HERE!! HOW IS HE ALREADY BACK?! HE’S VISIBLY STILL DAMAGED AND BANDAGED UP, BUT BY GOD THIS KID IS HERE AND WILLING TO KEEP FIGHTING!! ATHENA NAILS PIZZA BOY IN THE SPINE WITH A CHAIR SHOT!! WHAT A SHOT! THE PIZZA BOY IMMEDIATELY GETS BACK TO HIS FEET, LOOKING AT ATHENA! SHE SWINGS THAT CHAIR ONCE MORE!! SUPERKICK!!! THE PIZZA BOY WITH A SUPERKICK TO ATHENA!! LANNISTER CHARGES AT THE PIZZA BOY! HE SENDS LANNISTER UP AND OVER, INTO THE CROWD!! THE PIZZA BOY LEAPS TO THE TOP OF THE BARRICADE, JUMPING INTO THE CROWD AND INTO LANNISTER AS BOTH MEN BRAWL!! THEY’RE BRAWLING THROUGH THE DAMN CROWD!!
Pierre: ARES VENDETTA AND CAGE RUSH DOWN HERE TO JOIN THE FRAY IN THE RING!! DEVAN DUBIAN IS COMING DOWN!! CAGE GOES TO THE OUTSIDE AS HE AND DEVAN LAY INTO ONE ANOTHER! THEY’RE GOING AT IT! ARES AND JAYWALKER QUICKLY OVERWHELM CM BANKS WITH THE NUMBERS GAME AS THEY LAY INTO HIM! HBB IS TRYING TO GET BACK IN THIS, BUT ARES IMMEDIATELY TAKES HIM RIGHT BACK DOWN! BANKS AND HBB ARE IN TROUBLE HERE!
Cherish: Robbie makes his way up the ramp, looking to get away from this chaos as–
Pierre: A MEMBER OF SECURITY JUST WENT FLYING OUT THROUGH THE CURTAIN ON THE STAGE?! BRIAN DANIELS!!!
(Brian Daniels lays into the security guards trying to stop him before staring down with Robbie from the stage as the crowd erupts)
Cherish: ROBBIE’S LUCK MAY HAVE JUST RAN OUT! HE THOUGHT HE WOULD GET THE BETTER OF DANIELS TONIGHT, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE DANIELS MAY BE GETTING HIS REDEMPTION!! ROBBIE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO FIGHT AS BOTH MEN CHARGE!! THEY COLLIDE INTO ONE ANOTHER WITH A STORM OF LEFTS AND RIGHTS!! THEY’RE GOING AT IT!! THIS HAS BECOME UTTER CHAOS!! THE PIZZA BOY IS STILL GOING AT IT WITH LANNISTER IN THE CROWD! DEVAN DUBIAN GOING AT IT WITH CAGE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING! ARES AND JAYWALKER LAYING INTO HBB AND BANKS INSIDE THE RING, AND NOW ROBBIE AND BRIAN DANIELS ARE BRAWLING UP ON THE STAGE!!
Pierre: BANKS IS BLOODIED! ARES HAS A CHAIR IN HAND AS HE DRIVES IT DOWN INTO THE BODY OF THE HEART BREAK BOY! AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN! ARES WITH THAT SADISTIC LOOK IN HIS EYES AS JAYWALKER CONTINUES TO LAY INTO BANKS! BANKS CAN BARELY DO ANYTHING HERE! HE’S HURT! Hold on now… No, no – Ares is wrapping that chair on the skull of HBB again! Not again! Not like this!
Jaywalker (no mic): I WANT YOU TO SEE THIS!
Cherish: BANKS IS DOING ALL HE CAN! HE’S FIGHTING BACK! JAYWALKER LAYS INTO HIM AS ARES CLIMBS TO THE TOP! SOMEBODY STOP THIS GUY!!
Pierre: METEORA!!!! A VIOLENT, SADISTIC METEORA CONNECTS ONTO THAT CHAIR AND INTO THE SKULL OF THE HEART BREAK BOY!!! HE’S MOTIONLESS!!! THE HEART BREAK BOY IS BLEEDING PROFUSELY HERE AT THE HANDS OF ARES VENDETTA AS JAYWALKER LAYS OUT CM BANKS!! CAGE CONTINUES TO GO AT IT WITH DUBIAN ON THE OUTSIDE! WHAT A SICKENING DISPLAY! SOMEBODY GET OUT HERE AND STOP THIS MADNESS, DAMN IT!
Cherish: WE’RE BEING TOLD TO END IT HERE!
Pierre: THANK GOD, WE’LL SEE YOU AT PAIN FOR PRIDE X! SOMEONE GET SOME E.M.T.S OUT HERE FOR GODSAKES!
(Ares Vendetta and Jaywalker stand over a motionless, bloodied Heart Break Boy and a damaged CM Banks while Devan Dubian and Cage brawl outside the ring and Brian Daniels and Robbie V brawl on the stage as the camera fades to black)
(EAW Logo Buzzes)