Showdown

5-21-2017

( EAW Intro plays )

( Recap airs of Showdown: Resurrection V, showing highlights of the EAW Championship match where Lannister made the last second move to pin Y2Impact and retain the Answers World Championship. We see the encounter between Brian Daniels and The Pizza Boy, showing the intense back and forth action as well as the inner struggle within Brian Daniels at the end of the match, which would cause him to lose by roll up. The main event is put on display, with Robbie V and Mr. DEDEDE making their dramatic entrances and exchanging scintillating offense with several major moves and counters being highlighted. We then see the final moment with Mr. DEDEDE in a stunned state, only to be ran in on by Jacob Senn and hit with the curb stomp to give way to Robbie winning Battle of the Gods II. Finally, the match between Jaywalker and Devan Dubian is highlighted, with Ares Vendetta making his presence known and Heart Break Boy running in to do the same. However, in a momentous and shocking occasion, CM Banks is shown making his return to the EAW ring for the first time in five years and confronting & attacking Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta, who both narrowly escape his onslaught. We end the recap with CM Banks in the ring, staring down a retreating Jaywalker and Ares, with a grin on his face. )

( “Miracle” by Nonpoint plays as the Showdown intro shows up on the screen, and we get a view of the outside of the beautiful Barclaycard arena before seeing the rabid UK fans on the inside. )

Pierre McGuire: It’s a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, and we’re surrounded by 15,000 members of the EAW Universe! These people are so excited!

Cherish: AND SO AM I! We are in the home stretch of Pain for Pride X season, and after Resurrection V there is just so much to anticipate! I mean, let’s not ignore the obvious here, CM BANKS IS BACK!!!

Pierre: Resurrection V was one heck of a show, definitely full of moments fit for an FPV, but things only go up from here! We are just over a month away from the 10th annual edition of PAIN FOR PRIDE!!!

(“Bad News” by G-Unit plays all throughout the Barclaycard Arena as the crowd erupts with cheers)

Pierre: Speak of the Devil!

(CM Banks makes his way out to the stage, flanked by Devan Dubian and The Heart Break Boy as they make their way towards the ring)

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… DEVAN DUBIAN… THE HEART BREAK BOY… AND CM BANKS!!!!

Cherish: Banks looks absolutely revitalized, Pierre! The guy is looking better than ever, and he proved it’s more than just looks when he went toe to toe with BOTH Jaywalker and Ares last week at Resurrection V!

Pierre: Yeah, but you can tell by the look on Devan Dubian’s face that they’re not here tonight as a welcome home celebration for Banks. Let’s take a look at what happened just two days ago at Dynasty Supershow: Burning Desire…

(A clip is shown of Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta burning the Hall of Fame Championship in a trashcan before cutting back)

Pierre: I can’t even fathom what could be going through the head of Devan Dubian right now after seeing that!

(The crowd continues to cheer as all three men enter the ring and get handed microphones as “Bad News” fades out)

Crowd: C-M-BANKS! C-M-BANKS! C-M-BANKS!

(Banks nods his head, but doesn’t smile as he looks around at the crowd. He gestures to Devan Dubian who walks over to the ropes, leaning on them as he seems deep in thought)

Devan: There’s a lot to talk about, but right now I’d… I’d just like to get something off of my chest. A lot of people have been asking what I’m thinking. I’ve been bombarded with questions about it all day, every day. They want to know what my thoughts are on Jaywalker and Ares burning my Hall of Fame Championship, and I… I can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am in those people that asked that, because if there’s anything to know about me by now, it’s that what I think doesn’t need to be expressed in just mere words. I can talk, and I will, but it means absolutely nothing. All of this doesn’t mean a thing when it comes down to it. What I’m thinking right now is gonna be expressed in the only way I know how – the way I’ve done it my entire life, and that’s with my actions. So when you see exactly… Exactly what I’m going to do to Ares and Jay, you’ll know. It’ll be crystal clear to you what I think of all of this.

I fought my way to being the Hall of Fame Champion not once, but twice, and I’d have done it a third time if I could have, but Jaywalker doesn’t play by those rules. Ares never has. They both operate in their own little World where they can do anything and face no consequences, but they’re wrong. They don’t even know how wrong they are. Every action has a reaction, and what they’ve just done goes well beyond a simple ambush. It goes far, FAR beyond some petty squabble between competitors. They just went to a place they can’t come back from, and I’m gonna go there with them. I’m gonna be the one to welcome them, and I’m… I’m not gonna go into detail about it, but I’m gonna hurt them. Not just physically, but mentally. I’m gonna hurt them, and I’m gonna do it for every second they’ve spent wasting my time. Every inch of that Championship they took from me and destroyed – every one for what I’m going to do to them. That’s all I have to say.

(Devan tosses his microphone away as he paces around while the Heart Break Boy steps forward)

HBB: And just in case you two thought your eyes may have been playing tricks on you… I’d like to clarify right now… THE HEART BREAK BOY IS ALIVE AND KICKING!

(The crowd cheers)

HBB: Jay, don’t think for even a SECOND that I’ve forgotten everything you’ve ever done to me. If anything, I want to thank the good Lord almighty for giving me a chance to take every bit of it back from you! You’ve taken a whole lot from me. You’ve wicked things that make me sick to my stomach, beyond even just all that you did to me. This is something you’re not coming back from. Don’t go underestimating me now, Jay. You know perfectly well what I’m capable of. You tried to snap my neck, and that’s not even the worst you’ve done, and yet, I’m still here. Every. Single. Time. I don’t die that easily, but what about you? What happens when you’re the hunted and not the hunter, Jay?

As for Ares… Ares, I know your dad well. He’s everything you wish you could be, but what you did at the Grand Rampage… I won’t forget it. In fact, I’m gonna make sure you don’t forget it either. I want you to think about it every time you close your eyes when this thing is all said and done. You’re still a young and dumb kid, but you can be certain you’re gonna learn something new, and that, my friend, is that the Heart Break Boy lays down for absolutely NOBODY!

(HBB gestures to CM Banks who looks around as the crowd cheers him on once more)

Banks: …. I’m home.

(The crowd cheers even louder)

Banks: I’m home, and honestly, I had no intention whatsoever of standing in this ring again. I did it all and more, but I watched. I watched what Jay did, and I watched what Ares did, and I was perfectly capable of just staying back and letting someone else handle it, but I do guess it takes a certain someone to knock a guy like Jay down a peg, so HBB called me and asked for my help. Now, who am I to deny a request like THAT from the guy who ended my career in the first place? Who am I to deny a request like that from one of the absolute best performers in this industry? I didn’t have an itch to scratch, but I was more than happy to oblige if it meant slapping Jay around again.

(The crowd cheers once more as Banks smiles)

Banks: And Jay, I know you’re watching, wherever you are. Maybe you’re back home in Scarborough, or maybe you’re having a slumber party with Ares in Japan, or maybe you’re even here tonight… But we all know you won’t come out here. We all know neither one of you is willing to show themselves after what you’ve done, and that’s not a stupid move on your part by any means. You’re COMPLETELY right to hide. That doesn’t make you cowards at all in my book. It makes you smart. It makes you survivors, because you know the moment we get even a glance of you, we’re gonna take the shot, and we’re not gonna miss. You two have started something neither one of you are capable of finishing, and if you think you’re gonna talk Cage into helping you, then by all means. Hell, why stop there? Get a few more idiots willing to listen to you. Get a squad going. Build yourself an army if it helps you sleep at night, but just know this… It’ll never be enough. Never. I didn’t drag my ass out here and to this ring to play around with you, Jay. I came to settle this, and you just made me that much more determined to beat your ass. I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again.

(Banks begins to take his leave, but seemingly remembers something)

Banks: Oh, yeah… Ares… Don’t know you. Don’t care. Don’t even like your father that much, but HBB’s right, you’re a young, stupid kid that makes plenty of bad decisions, and you could use a lesson, so I’ll happily take you to school. You’re one of those people that tries to justify something like being overwhelmed by a guy you consider a fossil here, like maybe you were just tired, or maybe I just caught you off guard. Go ahead and convince yourself any way you need to, because next time, there won’t be any excuses. You can be damn sure of that.

(Banks drops the microphone as all three men take their leave while “Bad News” picks back up)

Pierre: Strong words from all three men! What a supergroup this is, and they’re gunning for the dominant pair of Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta!

Cherish: Not to mention their potential new ally, Cage.

Pierre: That’s right – this thing could be an all out war between these two sides! No sign of Jaywalker or Ares tonight, but they can’t hide forever!

( AD: EAW makes its last stop on the road to Pain for Pride as Empire presents: Terminus! LIVE on June 1st, 2017 at the Damai Center in Dalian, China! Tickets and VIP passes are completely sold out, but you can watch the event LIVE on the EAW Network! Doors open at 7PM. )

( COMMERICAL BREAK )

(Camera cuts back to the Barclaycard Arena as Showdown returns from commercial)

Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, this next contest is scheduled for ONE FALL… AND IS A CASH IN THE VAULT QUALIFYING MATCH!

(“In Nomine Satanas” – Bathory hits as Darkane slowly makes his way through the curtain and down to the ring,.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first from New Orleans, Louisiana, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND FOURTY POUNDS! DAAAAAARRRRRKKKANNNEEE!!!

Cherish: Coming off the heals with a fantastic National Elite Championship match against Rex McAllister a few weeks ago, Darkane looks to get back into winning form, qualifying for that golden opportunity that is the Cash in the Vault match at Pain for Pride in the process.

Pierre: Darkane proved last week that he can put it all out in front of the world against Rex McAllister, but he wasn’t able to get the job done. Tonight is important for more than one reason. He wins and he sets his date for Pain for Pride, but he also shows that one little stumble isn’t going to slow him down in the slightest.

(“Survival” – Eminem hits as Lars Grier confidently makes his way through the curtain and an uproar of boos.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing his opponent from Cincinnati, Ohio, weighing in tonight at TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE POUNDS!! HE IS REPRESENTING THE KING’S GUARD!… LAAAAARRSSS GRRRRIIIEEEEEEEERRRRR!!!

Cherish: It’s safe to say that this man may be in the same boat; he fell short of qualifying for that Extreme Enigma Memorial match at Pain for Pride which went to Ryan Marx at Ressurection V, but tonight has the chance to keep it all in the past and move onto brighter pastures.

Pierre: I expect this to be gritty. Lars obviously has the strength advantage in this match and I’m more than positive that he’s going to be looking to use it to put his opponent away quickly tonight. Darkane is a sly cat with that vicious spear at his disposal which he’s used to obtain victory in the past. Which man is going to book their way to Pain for Pride? We’re about to find out.

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Cherish: The two quickly locking up, wasting no time in getting this time underway! Lars quickly backing Darkane back into a corner, but Darkane uses the momentum to turn it around! Darkane with a hard right hand to the ribs and follows with a forearm to the jaw! Lars grabs Darkane and completely the standing switch and drives the shoulder into the stomach! Another! Another! Lars doesn’t give him the chance to catch his breath after all of the air was knocked out of the lungs of Darkane, grabbing him by the neck AND SENDS HIM FLYING ACROSS THE RING! Darkane immediately stumbling back to his feet as Lars shoots out of the corner AND ALMOST TAKES DARKANE’S HEAD OFF WITH A WICKED LARIAT! DARKANE DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND HITS THE ROPES! DEVIL MAY CRY! THAT SPEAR TO THE SPINE! NO, LARS SEES IT COMING AND SCOOPS DARKANE OFF HIS FEET! RUNNING POWERSLAM! LARS HOOKS THE LEG!

ONE!! TWO!! KICKOUT!!

Pierre: Darkane powers out, but Lars doesn’t want to slow down! Lars dragging Darkane back up to his feet and sends him into the ropes and Darkane rebounds into the shoulder block! Lars hitting the ropes as Darkane stumbles back to his feet – another shoulder block! NO, DARKANE WITH A KNEE TO THE STOMACH! LARS DOESN’T GO DOWN, BUT HE’S MET WITH A SPINNING BACK FIST FROM DARKANE! DARKANE SWINGS WITH WILD RIGHT, BUT LARS DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND HOOKS HIM! STANDING URANAGE! NO, DARKANE USES THE MOMENTUM TO HOOKING HIS LEGS AROUND THE HEAD OF LARS FROM BEHIND, AND LOCKS THE WAIST! DARKANE ABLE TO COUNTER INTO THE A ROLL UP!!

ONE!! TWO!! KICKOUT!!

Cherish: Lars powers out and both men scramble back to their feet! Lar’s is the first man back to his feet and meets Darkane with a clothesline! DARKANE COUNTERS WITH ANOTHER KNEE TO THE STOMACH! HE HOOKS HIM! GRAVEDIGGER! DARKANE DRIVEN INTO THE CANVAS!! DARKANE HOOKS THE LEG AGAIN!!

ONE!! TWO!! THR-KICKOUT!!

Cherish: IT’S NOT ENOUGH! Darkane shaking his head, but he’s trying to not allow it to slow him down! Darkane getting back to his feet and stalks! Lars slowly getting back to his feet as Darkane hits the ropes! DEVIL MAY CRY! NO, LARS MANAGES TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND HITS THE ROPES! LARS WITH A SPEAR OF HIS OWN! LARS GRIER HOOKS THE LEG!

ONE!! TWO!! THREE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Survival” – Eminem hits as Lars gets back to his feet and the referee raises his hand.)

Ring Announcer: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH… AND QUALIFYING FOR THE CASH IN THE VAULT LADDER MATCH!! LAAAAARRSSS GRRRRIEEEERRR!!

Pierre: LARS DID IT! LARS IS THE FIRST MAN TO QUALIFY FOR CASH IN THE VAULT!!

Cherish: Huge win for Lars Grier tonight on Showdown! He books his place for Pain for Pride; Darkane looked like he had the match won, but Lars Grier pulls it off!

(Lars celebrates on the stage as Darkane recovers in the ring as the camera fades elsewhere.)

( Camera cuts to the outside of the arena, and a Mercedes SUV pulls up to the VIP parking spot. Stepping out of the drivers side is none other than Y2Impact, who wears dark clothing and a “Wooshness” scarf. Imp hands his keys to the chauffeur, digs into the backseat of the truck and pulls out… a bouquet of flowers, along with a box of chocolates. Impact, holding these items, walks in the arena with a general look of disgust on his face. )

( We cut elsewhere backstage, and we see Chris Elite and BIg Mike standing backstage with Eve. Elite is wearing his ring gear and a t-shirt that reads “Sicker Than Your Average”. )

Eve: I’m backstage live right now with Showdown Elitist Chris Elite. Chris, I understand you’ve been particularly vocal in the lockerroom and in the front office about your place here in EAW, and you’ve been saying you’re “turning over a new leaf”. Can you explain what that means?

Chris Elite: Can’t you put two and two together, Eve? Look at my career recently, I haven’t been able to catch a goddamn break. Every time it feels like I’m getting my finger tips around the brass ring, something comes around to knock me back off the ladder. Then I gotta sit around and watch the Ryan Marx’s of the world and the Lars Griers’ and Cody Marshall’s of the world get more shine and more attention than me! So yeah, I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m done settling for moral victories, it’s about time I get real ones.

( Elite holds up a towel that reads #ByAnyMeans )

Chris: By any means.

Eve: Well, what does that exactly entail?

Chris: You’re gonna find out tonight baby. Like I said, I’ve been playing the same strategy and expecting different results for months. I’ve been trying to go the straight and narrow and where the hell has it gotten me? Absolutely nowhere. So from now on instead of trying to “earn” victories and being handed L’s, I TAKE victories by any means. And if you, Eve, or if any one of you have a problem with how I do things, YOU CAN KISS MY ASS!

( Chris shoves the mic away from his face and walks off the set looking particularly reinvigorated. Big Mike follows him on the way out. )

( AD: Witness history in the making as the EAW Hall of Fame ceremony takes place in the Prudential Center LIVE on Friday, June 23rd! It takes place only on the EAW Network! )

( COMMERCIAL BREAK )

( Camera pans elsewhere… we see The Pizza Boy standing outside of the Barclaycard arena wearing dressy vest & tie attire. Suddenly, a limousine with the “Lannister” emblem pulls up in front of TPB and an unnamed servant exits the vehicle, opening up the backseat of the limo and inviting The Pizza Boy in. )

Unnamed servant: Your chariot awaits.

( Pizza Boy doesn’t react. )

Unnamed servant: Are you fearful? Ease up, I am simply a servant to my benevolent lord, Darth Lannister. You are in the company of friends this evening.

The Pizza Boy: “Friends”.

( The servant smiles and nods, and TPB enters the limo along with the unnamed servant and drives off. )

(“That Ain’t My America” By Lynyrd Skynyrd plays throughout the arena as Cody Marshall makes his entrance)

Ring Announcer: The following contest is set for one fall… Introducing first from Austin Texas, weighing in at 305 Pounds! CCOODDDYYYYYYYY MAAARSHAAALLLLLL!!!

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

RA: Introducing his opponent.. From Brooklyn, New York! Weighing in at 210 Pounds!!! KILLLAA CHHRRIISSSSSSS EEELITTTTTTEEEEEEE…!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Cherish: Big Mike lurking on the outside as the attention turns to the ring, Cody Marshall with a weight and height advantage doesn’t insist on a collar and elbow tie up but instead raises his hand for a knuckle lock for a test of strength..Chris looks like he obliges.. SHOOT KICK TO THE LEG!! AND ANOTHER SHOOT KICK!!! Chris shoots a forearm smash to the face of Cody Marshall, and another forearm smash! European Uppercut!! Chris whips Cody to the corner… Chris RUNS full speed ahead.. Big SPLASH into the corner! Cody dazed in the corner.. Chris runs again.. SPLASH! NO! Cody evades the splash as Chris crashes sternum first into the top turnbuckle! Chris turns in the corner as Cody places his boot underneath the chin and around the throat area choking Chris Elite in the corner and he has a five count to break!

Ref: ONE! TWO! THREE!

Pierre: Cody stops the choke in the corner but used most of it to weaken Chris! Cody grabs Chris up to his feet..looks to Irish whip him… But instead pulls him back in for a SIDEWALK SLAM!! Chris able to flip out of it!! He lands on his feet…. Backing up Cody Marshall runs at him… ARM DRAG!! Both men rise quickly… ANOTHER DEEP ARM DRAG!! Cody Marshall backs up near the ropes.. Chris RUNS… BACK BODY DROP TO THE OUTSIDE!!! Chris lands on the apron… Cody turns for a right hand.. Chris blocks! JUMPING ENZIGURI FROM THE APRON!! Cody Marshall still on his feet.. Chris making his way to the top turnbuckle, He’s perched at the top! Chris CONNECTS WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK KNOCKING CODY MARSHALL ONTO THE OUTSIDE FLOOR!!

Cherish: Chris on the offensive now.. Cody Marshall picking himself up.. Chris on the inside as the referee has begun his count…Cody is on his feet…. CHRIS RUNS… TOPEEEE CONN HILOOO!!! OVER THE TOP ROPE AND CRASHES INTO CODY MARSHALL!!! BEAUTIFUL MOVE BY CHRIS ELITE! CAN WE GET A REPLAY OF THAT ONE?!?!!?

(Replay is shown of Chris Elite performing the Tope Con Hilo over the top rope and into Cody Marshall before cutting back to Chris Elite trying to lift 230 Pounds of dead weight back into the ring)

Ref: FOUR!!! FIVE!!!

Pierre: Chris struggling but manages to get Cody inside the ring..Chris is on the apron… He’s waiting for Cody Marshall to rise… CHRIS SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES FOR A KNEE TO THE SIDE OF THE SKULL! Cody drops and dodges as Chris rolls… AND TURNS AND IS MET WITH A BIG BOOT ALMOST TAKING HIS HEAD OFF AND TURNING HIM INSIDE OUT!! CODY MARSHALL IS BACK ON THE ATTACK!! Momentum just changed drastically, Cody grabbing Chris Elite up to his feet…he places him on his shoulder… AND LAWN DARTS CHRIS ELITE TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE WITH A SNAKE EYES!!! CHRIS COLLIDING WITH THE TURNBUCKLE!!

Cherish: Cody Marshall isn’t done as he grabs Chris Elite…. SIDEWALK SLAM!! HE PLANTS CHRIS INTO THE CANVAS!!! He rises and runs off the ropes.. AND JUMPING LEG DROP CONNECTING ON CHRIS ELITE.. CODY MARSHALL HOOKING THE LEG!!

Ref: ONNEEEE….TWWOOO…….KICKOUTTT!!

Pierre: HE KICKS OUT!! Chris showing signs of life by kicking out in this match as Cody isn’t going to sit and waste time here… He has his hand raised… Chris is stirring and spins TO BE GRASP BY THE THROAT!!! HE RISES CHRIS UP!!! HE’S GOING TO CHOKESLAM HIM!!! CHRIS WITH A THUMB TO THE EYE AS HE WAS BEING RAISED IN THE AIR!! Cody drops him instantly, Chris spinning back kick to the ribs!! Chris runs off the ropes… DROPKICK TO THE KNEE KNOCKING CODY MARSHALL DOWN!! He’s down to a knee as Chris gathers speed again.. CHRIS RUNS… SHINING WIZARD!! KNEE TO THE FACE!! CODY MARSHALL IS DOWN!!

Cherish: Chris looking at his downed adversary… He begins to make his way to the top turnbuckle! He’s in pain but makes his way to the top turnbuckle perched high!! 450 SPLASH FROM THE TOP RIGHT INTO THE RIBS OF CODY MARSHALL!! HE CONNECTS WITH THE BEAUTIFUL 450 SPLASH!! CHRIS ELITE HOLDING HIS OWN RIBS!! CODY MARSHALL ISN’T MOVING AT ALL!!! CHRIS CRAWLS TO THE COVER!! HOOK OF THE LEG!!!

Ref: ONNNEEEEE…..TWOOOOOOOO….THRRR—

Pierre: CODY KICKS OUT!! CHRIS CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Chris looking down at the still reeling Cody who is holding his midsection! Chris spots him still down.. SPINNING LEG DROP!!! That move was to stop him from stirring as Chris standing over the top of Cody STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!! CHRIS CONNEC– NO!! KNEES TO THE MID-SECTION!!! Chris is holding his ribs… Cody rises.. HE GORILLA PRESSES CHRIS HIGH IN THE AIR!!! AND HE DROPS HIM INTO A POWERSLAM!!!! GORILLA PRESS DROPPED INTO A POWERSLAM!!! CHRIS MAYBE FINISHED!

Cherish: Cody isn’t done… He grasp Chris by the throat.. Rising him high in the air from the canvas… CHOKESLAM!!! CODY CONNECTS WITH THE CHOKESLAM PLANTING CHRIS ELITE STRAIGHT INTO THE CANVAS!!! CODY COVERS…

Ref: ONEEEEE….TWWOOOOOOOO……..

Pierre: BIG MIKE PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!!!! BIG MIKE INTERFERING IN THIS MATCH!!! Cody looks P.O’d… Cody challenging Big Mike to get in the ring… Big Mike shoves the referee who was arguing with him away… Big Mike on the apron! Staring down with Cody Marshal!! CHRIS WITH A SCHOOL BOY ROLL UP!!! THE REF SLIDES IN!!

Ref: ONNEEEE….TWOOOOO…THRRRRR—

Cherish: HE POWERS OUT!!! BOTH MEN RISING… BIG MIKE GRABS THE REF AND ARGUES WITH HIM!!! HES DISTRACTING THE REFEREE… CHRIS WITH A LOW BLOW!!! LOW BLOW!!!! BOX! OFFICE! SMASH!!! CONNECTING!!! CODY DOESN’T GO ALL THE WAY DOWN AS HE’S TO A KNEE… AND CHRIS ANOTHER BOX OFFICE SMASH!! BRUTAL SUPERKICKS AS HE HOOKS THE LEG AND BIG MIKE LEAVES THE REF ALONE!! THE REF COUNTS!!

Ref: ONNNEEE…..TWOOOOO…THREEEEEEE!!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“Lord Knows” By Meek Mill hits as Chris Elite slides out of the ring and is met with Big Mike as they begin to take their leave)

RA: ANNNDDD HERRREE IS YOURRR WINNNNEERRR… CHHHRIISSSSSS EEELITTTTTEEEEE!!!

Pierre: I can’t say I condone the strategy–

Cherish: BUT YOU CAN’T DENY THE RESULTS! Chis Elite did pretty much exactly what he said he would do! This was a Chris Elite that, for the first time in a long time, did not give a damn about what anybody else expected out of him! This is a new Chris Elite!

Pierre: Well he picks up a big win over Cody Marshall, every victory you can get at this time of year is going to be exponentially more important than any other time because of just how high the stakes are heading into Pain for Pride! Chris Elite builds momentum heading into the big show.

( Camera cuts backstage to Tiberius IV in Damien Murrow’s office, with Tiberius being flanked by Joseph Anubis. )

Damien Murrow: Well,

( A reluctant Murrow extends a hand to Tiberius. )

Damien Murrow: It was a “pleasure” having you on our roster.

( Tiberius IV shooes away the hand of Murrow. )

Tiberius IV: The pleasure was all yours. However, it’s clear I was not included in your overall vision for Showdown after all. I found myself on the back burner far too many times, and as your king I find that unacceptable… moreso, unforgiveable. But it’s all good! After tonight, I’ll be taking my leave and moving on to different pastures as I pursue my crown jewel… the prize of all prizes… the title that bears the company name of “Elite”… the EAW Championship.

Damien Murrow: Well, as you made clear last night, Drastik’s in for a run for his money.

Tiberius IV: Now, have you carried out your end of the deal?

Murrow: Yes. As promised, tonight you’ll be competing in your last match on Showdown. And I’ve made sure the EAW lockerroom is banned from ringside. It’ll be you and Devan, no run-ins, no distractions, no controversy.

Tiberius IV: Very well. Good day, Murrow.

( Tiberius turns around and leaves the room as Murrow looks on begrudgingly. )

( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )

( “King of the World” – Porcelain and the Tramps is playing in the background as we see Heart Break Gal already in the ring, standing at the top turnbuckle and showing off to the audience. )

( DING! DING! DING! )

Ring Announcer: This next contest is set for one fall! Introducing first, from Dallas, Texas… THE HEEEEEEEARTTT BREEEEEEEEEEAK GAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!

( Camera shows Axl Willow preparing for the upcoming match at the other side of the ring, warming up in the corner. )

Ring Announcer: And her opponent.. from Bunker Hill, Illinois, weighing in at 203 POOOUNNNNNDS… AAAAXLLLLLLLLLLL WILLOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

Pierre: We return to Showdown with the legendary EAW Hall of Famer, Heart Break Gal competing against a sensational up and comer, Axl Willow. Axl as we understand hasn’t had the best of luck so far in his EAW career, however he’s still made his talent apparent to the masses thus far!

( HBG descends from the turnbuckle and stretches out in the corner as well as her music dies down. The referee calls for the bell. )

( DING! DING! DING! )

Cherish: AN OVERZEALOUS AXL WILLOW CHARGES ACROSS THE RING AT HEART BREAK GAL, BUT SHE SIDE STEPS AN ONCOMING RIGHT HAND! HBG turns Willow around, backs him into the corner and hits a flurry of loud and stinging knife edge chops! Willow with a straight left punch, but HBG ducks the show and goes for calculated body shots to her cornered opponent! Willow with a right jab punch, HBG dodges again, and grabs Willow by the head to take him out of the corner… BUT WILLOW COUNTERS QUICKLY WITH A BACK SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!!! That sends HBG immediately rolling to the apron in pain, and she almost rolls out of the ring but WILLOW catches her by the boot and drags her back in the ring for the cover!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOO-

Pierre: HBG kicks out! Willow gets up quickly and hovers over HBG from behind just to grab her by the waist…. and HE HOISTS HER UP TO HIT A DEADLIFT STALLING GERMAN SUPLEX!!!! WILLOW HOISTING HBG UP IN THE AIR, STALLING AS MUCH AS HE CAN….. BUT HBG COUNTERS WITH A BIG ELBOW RIGHT INTO THE NOSE! HBG is free of his grip, and she hits a drop toe hold bringing Willow falling flat on his face, and she hits a STOMP to the back of the head! Willow rolls around holding his nose, and HBG pulls Axl Willow up by the neck crank just to deliver a SNAPMARE DRIVER INTO THE KNEE! AND FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A SCIZZORS STOMP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Now she drops over the chest of Willow for the cover!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Cherish: Axl Willow kicks out! Heart Break Gal gathers herself for a moment, and pulls Willow up by the back of the head to bring him over to the corner and bash his face into the turnbuckle! She turns him around, and follows up with a forearm! Now she sends Willow across the ring with an Irish whip, but Wilow counters with a reverse whip of his own… but HBG catches herself on the middle rope and SPRINGS BACK WITH A DIVING HEADSCISSORS INTO A FACEBUSTER!!! BUT WILLOW COUNTERS WITH A CARTWHEEL INSTEAD OF HITTING THE MAT, AND COMES RIGHT BACK WITH AN ENZUIGIRI! HBG DUCKS THAT, RUNS TO THE ROPES, AND HITS A SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT RIGHT ONTO AXL WILLOW! AND A HOOK OF BOTH LEGS!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Pierre: WILLOW KICKS OUT! Axl Willow is being pushed to the brink by HBG’s veteran instincts and keen agility! Heart Break Gal is in phenomenal shape! More than phenomenal, she looks the best she’s ever looked! She pulls herself up and slowly tracks the movements of her opponent… and hits a DROPKICK TO THE RIBS! That elicits a yell of pain from Axl Willow, as he retreats from the ring holding his ribs in a lot of pain… now HBG stalks her prey, and runs the ropes just to blitz across the ring and DIVE THROUGH THE ROPES!!!! SUICIDE DIVE!!!! WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT??? AXL WILLOW CATCHES HBG IN MID AIR AND STOPS HER MOMENTUM, AND HE BACKPEDALS IN FRONT OF US! BELLY TO BELLY OVERHE-

Cherish: BELLY TO BELLY OVERHEAD RELEASE SUPLEX!!! THAT SENDS HBG CRASHING ON OUR TABLE AND LANDING RIGHT ONTO PIERRE, TAKING MY PARTNER OUT OF COMMISSION! A HECK OF A COUNTER FROM AXL WILLOW, THAT TOOK EVERYTHING HE HAND AND PROBABLY MORE! We’re gonna go to break, Axl Willow with an impressive counter, and one he desperately needed! We’ll be right back!

( The camera cuts to commercial as the referee begins his count. )

( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )

( We return from the break, and Axl Willow has a rear waistlock clutch applied on Heart Break Gal in the ring. )

Cherish: We’re back to Showdown live in the Barclaycard Arena in front of a sell out crowd! I think my commentary partner has finally been resurrected from the dead! Resurrection P!

Pierre: Ohhh I think I need a nurse!

Cherish: Quit your whining you baby! You can’t even take a bump???

Pierre: No no, I think I’ll be fine! Pierre McGuire is back in business, baby!

Cherish: Well if you think your crash was bad just imagine the doozy that Heart Break Gal’s gone through! Axl Willow has been in the drivers seat all break commercial, as you can see some highlights on the corner of the screen of what took place earlier. Now Willow’s got HBG in an abdominal stretch, and hes hammering away at her ribs, provoking yells for every heavy blow that he lands! Now Willow hoists HBG now… but HBG fires back with some right hands of her own! One NASTY shot into the eye socket! That temporarily stuns Axl Willow… HBG comes after him, but WILLOW COUNTERS WITH A URANAGE INTO THE BACKBREAKER! AND HE HOOKS BOTH LEGS AS HEAVILY AS HE CAN!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Pierre: KICK OUT by the Heart Break Gal! Axl Willow sits up looking mildly frustrated, but I think he realizes the danger of being overzealous when in the ring with a legend! This isn’t the first encounter he’s had with a Hall of Famer, and matches like this are truly what will make him better as a performer overall! He watches as HBG crawls over to the corner and uses the ropes to assume a vertical base… and Axl Willow heads over to the far corner across the ring and CHARGES!!! AND HITS THE UNSUNG HERO INTO THE CORNER!!! RUNNING SINGLE LEGGED FRONT DROPKICK! BUT HBG SPINS OUT OF THE WAY AS WILLOW HIS THE BACK OF HIS HEAD ON THE MAT! AND HBG SPRINGS TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AND HITS A SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSUALT! BUT THAT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN AS MUCH OUT OF HBG AS IT DID AXL WILLOW, AS THEY BOTH ROLL AROUND HOLDING THEIR RIBS!

Cherish: The two of them are actually surprisingly recovering at the same rate…and HBG reels Willow in with the small package pin!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Cherish: Willow rolls that pin around, getting HBG on her shoulders!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Cherish: Kick out by HBG! The two recover, and Willow ROCKS HBG with a European uppercut! HBG turns around, and AXL WILLOW LOCKS IN A FULL NELSON FOM BEHIND!!! PERHAPS LOOKING FOR A HIT THE BUNKER??? NO, HBG WRESTLES HERSELF OUT OF THE HOLD, TURNS AROUND, KICK TO THE GUT, EVISCERATION!!!!!!!! HBG DROPS OVER HER OPPONENT FOR THE COVER!

Ref: OOOOOOOOOONE!!! TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

( DING! DING! DING! )

( “King of the World” – Porcelain and the Tramps hits, and HBG has her arm raised by the referee as she sits on the canvas still exhausted by the match. )

Ring Announcer: Here is your winner… THE HEART!!!!! BREEEEEEEEEEEEAK!!! GALLLLLLLLLL!!!

Pierre: Well despite almost killing me, I must first give kudos to Axl Willow for putting on such a fight against such an enormously skilled veteran!

Cherish: HBG put on a gutsy performance tonight, bouncing back with a much needed win after coming so close to becoming the Answers World Champion! I know it must have been demoralizing to come so close to such a prolific victory, but tonight she–

( “Twisted Transistor” by Korn hits, and Y2Impact walks out from the back holding a box of Demarquette Gift Selection Box of Chocolates, and an extravagant bouquet of flowers. )

( After a moment, Impact enters the ring holding his gifts, and is handed a microphone as his music dies down. Imp maintains a serious look on his face, and HBG looks on in uncertainty. )

Y2Impact: Luxury chocolates, and freshly picked flowers for you my dear.

( Impact hands HBG the flowers and a box of chocolates, and she reluctantly accepts them. )

Y2Impact: I’m not going to continue to play these games with you anymore, Claudia. I’m not going to do anything for the cameras, or for the show, this is between you and me. I’ve done a lot of soul searching since Resurrection V and, and I’ve done a lot of reminiscing about the times you and I used to have. All of the adventures we’ve been on, all the battlefields we’ve braved, all of the wars we’ve fought in together. We shed blood together. We shed tears together. We shed our egoes and hard exteriors and have come to know each other. I’m proud to say that you know me better than I’ve allowed anyone else in this world to know me, and I know you more than you may even know yourself.

I know this isn’t something that you want out there in the public, but I think most people understand the dynamic we’ve had already. But this is deeper than that. I don’t care about public perception. This isn’t about my “image”. This is about you and I. You’ve changed me forever, Claudia. And I’ll always be a part of you no matter what. You are the only reason why I’ve bothered to show my face around here anymore. Without you, there would be no Y2Impact. I wouldn’t exist anymore. I would have no purpose here anymore. You are the most special thing that has ever happened to me. You’ve extended my career by years, you are responsible for my greatest moments, and because you are the reason for so many of the greatest moments of my life, I will forever be indebted to you.

HBG, I love you.

( Tears start to well up in HBG’s eyes, but she tries her best not to change her expression. She keeps as serious a face as she possibly can. Impact takes her hand, and she backs away slightly, but he closes in on her even more and stares deep into her eyes. )

Y2Impact: *with his voice breaking* I am in love with you. And I don’t want to let what we had die. You are the most special thing in the world to me. I don’t care about The Mercenaries anymore. It’s all a gimmick. It’s a namebrand, it’s-it’s a business partnership. What you and I have means so much more than business, don’t you understand? I know I was wrong… I know I was wrong on so many levels. I was wrong for how I’ve treated you. I’ve demeaned you, I’ve made you feel like you were less than nothing, and I know some of my words will always hurt you deep inside. But I’m asking for your forgiveness. I’m asking for another chance.

I swear it, I will never hurt you again. I will never be a source of your pain ever again. I promise, with everything I have, I will exist to support you, to hold you up and embolden you. I will never be your detractor ever again. Please forgive me.

( Impact drops the microphone and takes both of her hands, locking his fingers with her. HBG tries to avoid eye contact with him, but Impact turns her face towards his and leans in for a kiss. However, he backs away slightly just as HBG decides to lean in for the kiss, and he spits in her face. )

Pierre: IMPACT GRABS HBG BY THE HAIR!!!!!! EVISCERATION!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: THIS SON OFA BITCH!!!!!

( The outraged audience boo’s and heckles Impact in disgust, and Impact stands over a fallen HBG with a cheshire cat-like grin on his face. Impact picks up the mic again. )

Y2Impact: YOU MORONS THOUGHT I COULD EVER TRULY LOVE A THING LIKE HER?? HAHAHAHAHA! OH NO, ONCE AGAIN YOU PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE ME. I’M NOT A SIMP LIKE THE LOT OF YOU, I’M NOT GONNA BE DISRESPECTED AND BE SPAT ON JUST TO ROLL OVER LIKE A DOG AND SETTLE FOR THE BONES.

HBG YOU’RE NOTHING WITHOUT ME! YOU WOULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED JACK SQUAT WITHOUT ME! YOU WERE A HALL OF FAME RING SHY OF COMPLETE AND UTTER IRRELEVANCY, AND I REVITALIZED THAT SORRY EXCUSE FOR A CAREER OF YOURS. YOU CAN’T EVEN COMPETE IN MATCHES WITHOUT USING WHAT I’VE TAUGHT YOU! I’VE BROKEN YOU DOWN AND RECONSTRUCTED YOU IN MY IMAGE! I’VE INVESTED INTO EVERYTHING YOU ARE, AND YOU STILL HAVE FORSAKEN ME! YOU SPIT IN MY FACE, SO NOW I HAVE SPAT IN YOURS!

( Impact holds his arms out, soaking in his own ego. )

Y2Impact: HBG, EVERY STEP YOU TAKE IN THIS COMPANY IS A SLIGHT AGAINST ME, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN COMPLETE AND UTTER DISREGARD FOR EVERYTHING I’VE EVER DONE FOR YOU. NOW I’M GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT I DRIVE YOU OUT OF THIS BUSINESS FOR GOOD, IF IT’S THE LAST THING THAT I EVER DO.

( Impact tosses the mic down at HBG’s head, and officials enter the ring to back Impact away as he leaves the ring looking self impressed. The fans boo him out of the building, but he ignores their reacton and the broadcast soon cuts to commercial. )

( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )

( Cut back to Showdown. )

( We return to the show, and we see The Pizza Boy stepping out of the limousine after stopping in front of a Victorian mansion with a black gate. The entourage of Lannisters’ servants walk with him, enter through the cage, and walk up the stony steps until they finally reach the large red wood front doors. The unnamed servant turns to The Pizza Boy. )

Unnamed servant: You can keep your belongings with me.

The Pizza Boy: I’m sorry?

Unnamed servant: Any belongings you have, leave them with me.

The Pizza Boy: Why? Am I going to see cthulhu inside or something?

( The servant holds out his hand, and Pizza Boy rolls his eyes and hands over his watch, cellphone, wallet, deck of cards and a Staples “that was easy” button. The other servants walk The Pizza Boy in, and they walk through the extravagant abode until they reach a long and narrow hallway. At the end of the hallway, a guard opens the door and we see a dining room with a large table full of food and drink. Cohorts sit around the table, but the most noticeable of course is Athena Vendetta, sitting next to Darth Lannister. The Answers World Championship sits on the desk, as the face of the title reflects the light shining off of it, and he wears a designer suit for the occasion. )

Athena Vendetta: Our guest of honor has arrived. Please, escort The Pizza Boy to his seat.

( One of the servants usher The Pizza Boy to a seat, which sits him directly across from Darth Lannister. Another servant pours him TPB a drink. )

Darth Lannister: Please, make yourself comfortable. We have much to discuss…

( To be continued. )

( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )

( Return to the show, we get a replay of Y2Impact’s attack on Heart Break Gal from earlier in the night following her match, and we see what took place after the attack with Heart Break Gal being helped out of the ring by referees. )

( Return to the arena. )

Ring Announcer: The following tag team contest is set for one fall!!!

(AFI’s “I Hope You Suffer” hits to a resonating chorus of boos from the crowd. Theron Nikolas walks out to the stage with The Burned Man menacingly forming a shadow behind him. Nikolas and The Burned Man walk down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing in at 215 pounds, being accompanied to the ring by his tag team partner, The Burned Man… THERON NIKOLAS!!!!

Cherish: Big four on four tag team match set to take place tonight, right now! Theron Nikolas and The Burned Man here, two members of the King’s Guard, are teaming up with the tag team champions, The High Rollerz! Theron Nikolas has been building up an impressive streak of wins lately, last week pinning upstart Axl Willow, and announcing himself as the first official entrant in the 24/7 Battle Royal! With the momentum that Theron has been building up as of late, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win that match altogether!

(“I Get Money” by 50 Cent hits to a jarring mixed reaction. The majority of the crowd firmly boos The High Rollerz while a small portion has noticeable cheers for the champions. David Davidson and Jack Ripley come out with the titles held high, walking down to the ring, staring down the King’s Guard.)

Ring Announcer: And their tag team partners, weighing in at a combined weight of 412 pounds… THEY ARE THE EAW UNIFIED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… DAVID DAVIDSON!!! JACK RIPLEY!!! THE HIGH ROLLERZ!!!!

Pierre: David Davidson and Jack Ripley were off the Resurrection: V card, but the last time we saw them on Showdown, Jack Ripley was in action against Tiberius IV. There was a point in the match where it looked like Ripley was going to put Tiberius down for the win, but the King’s Guard interfered and cost him the match! Due karma after the actions of the King’s Guard in recent weeks – but how is this going to play into them teaming up tonight against a formidable group of opponents?!

(“Devastate” by Heroes Lie hits to a huge pop from the crowd. Nobi and Lioncross come out brimming with energy, running around slapping hands with the fans before entering the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing their opponents, first, weighing in at a combined weight of 443 pounds… NOBI AND LIONCROSS… STUFFED CRUST!!!!

Cherish: On the opposing team, Stuffed Crust are out first! Last week at Resurrection: V, Lioncross came out to announce his retirement… After one more match! He laid out the challenge to The High Rollerz for a title match at Pain for Pride X, and although nothing is official, here lies Stuffed Crust’s first chance to get one up on the Rollerz and perhaps lock in that PFPX opportunity for the titles!

(Baroness’ “Shock Me” hits to a thunderous pop from the crowd. The lights in the arena flash over a spectrum and colors, and Stark comes running out, sliding into the ring and climbing up to the top turnbuckles.)

Ring Announcer: And their partners; first, from New York City, weighing in at 210 pounds… HE IS THE PSYCHEDELIC SAMURAI… STARK!!!!!

Pierre: When you consider the future of Showdown and wrestling as a whole, Stark – and his partner Rex McAllister – are definitely two names that come to mind! At Resurrection: V, Stark competed in the Extreme Enigma fatal four way qualifier match, and made it to the final 2 with Ryan Marx, picking up an impressive elimination over Lars Grier along the way! Stark currently has nothing set in stone for PFPX, but these few weeks heading into the big show mean more than perhaps any other stretch of time during the year!

(“Burn in My Light” by Mercy Drive hits to a roar of cheers from the crowd. Rex McAllister comes out with the EAW National Elite Championship draped over his shoulder, slowly walking down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: And finally, from Sea Isle, New Jersey, weighing in at 238 pounds… HE IS THE EAW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION!!! REX MCALLISTER!!!

Cherish: It was on the last edition of Showdown to air that Rex McAllister defended his National Elite Championship in a barn-burner of a Falls Count Anywhere match against Darkane! That match was a really defining moment in Rex’s career – he showed the world that for his title, he was willing to do anything, willing to go to dark places that nobody thought he could. Standing as one of the most dominant champions in this company, Rex McAllister walks into Pain for Pride with the NEC firmly in his grasp!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: We’re underway! Lioncross is kicking this one off against Jack Ripley! Seems like Lioncross has got his wish of facing off against The High — HAHAHA!!! RIPLEY TAGS IN THERON NIKOLAS!!! Of course he isn’t giving Lioncross that so easily! Theron steps into the ring, approaching Lioncross… Lioncross is on him! Uppercut, stunning Theron in place, and Lioncross whips Theron into the corner! Lioncross charges… ELBOW SMASH – THERON GRABS A HOLD OF THE ARM AND KICKS LIONCROSS IN THE RIBS!!!

Cherish: Theron whips Lioncross straight across the ring, sending him to the opposite corner… Theron runs at him… RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!! Lioncross nearly falls back over the top rope but Theron scoops him up, THROWING HIM BACK INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING WITH AN IMPACTFUL REVERSE SUPLEX!!! Lioncross lands flat on his face and starts to push himself up to his knees, and Theron sees an opening… CHARGING WITH THE SICK KICK!!! SINGLE LEGGED DROPKICK TO THE CHEST!!! LIONCROSS FALLS TO THE MAT AND THERON DEADLIFTS LIONCROSS IN THE AIR!!! LOOK AT THE POWER!!! GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

Pierre: Theron stomps on Lioncross, pressing his foot down against the side of his head! Theron picks Lioncross up to his feet and shoves Lioncross into his team’s corner! Theron points at Rex McAllister, yelling at him to tag in – those two have been going and forth in promos all week! Rex goes to tag in Lioncross.. Nobi tags in instead! Nobi and Rex share an understanding glance while Nobi steps in the ring, squaring up against Theron Nikolas!

Cherish: Nobi and Theron lock up! Theron quickly takes the advantage and swings Nobi over into a sleeper hold… WOW!!! NOBI PUTS THERON ON THE MAT WITH THE FIREMAN’S CARRY TAKEOVER!!! Nobi applies the headlock, lifting Theron up to his feet, pulling one of Theron’s arms back, tying it up behind him, and now he has the hammerlock in! Nobi scoops Theron up… FRONT POWERSLAM!!! NO!!! THERON BREAKS FREE!!! HE JUMPS UP WITH THE ENZUIGURI TO THE BACK OF NOBI’S HEAD!!!

Pierre: NOBI FALLS INTO THE ROPES AND THERON RUNS AFTER HIM… NOBI DUCKS DOWN AND POPS THERON UP WITH THE BACK BODY DROP!!! THERON SOMEHOW LANDS ON HIS FEET, ALBEIT ON AWKWARD FOOTING… NOBI CATCHES HIM AND PLANTS HIM ON HIS BACK WITH THE ARMDRAG!!! NOBI RUNS TO THE ROPES WHILE THERON GETS RIGHT BACK UP… HERE COMES NOBI WITH THE RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!! THERON FALLS INTO THE ROPES BUT COMES RIGHT BACK!!! BICYCLE KNEE!!! NO!!! NOBI SIDESTEPS IT!!!

Cherish: THERON NIKOLAS GOES FLYING PAST NOBI BUT SWINGS HIS MOMENTUM IN HIS FAVOR!!! THERON JUMPS INTO HIS CORNER AND TAGS IN DAVID DAVIDSON!!! DAVIDSON SLINGSHOTS OVER AND CATCHES NOBI WITH A BIG LEAPING CLOTHESLINE!!! Davidson runs to the corner, stalking Nobi as he rises to his feet… Davidson pulls down the elbow pad… AND CHARGES!!! HE ROTATES… SIN CITY SMASH!!! THE ELBOW’S AIMED RIGHT AT THE SIDE OF HIS HEAD… NOBI CATCHES THE ARM!!! NOBI FLOWS WITH THE MOMENTUM, PULLING DAVIDSON INTO POSITION… SNAP DDT!!! NOBI PUTS THE CHAMP DOWN ON THE MAT!!! NOBI COVERS!!!

Referee: ONE!!!… TWO —

Pierre: Rather easy kickout from Davidson, not letting the referee’s hand hit the mat for two. Nobi gets Davidson up by an arm and whips him into his team’s corner. Davidson bounces off the turnbuckles but Lioncross grabs him and holds Davidson in place, his back facing Nobi… NOBI CHARGES!!! HIS LEG’S UP FOR THAT SHOOT KICK!!! BUT DAVIDSON BREAKS FREE OF LIONCROSS’ GRIP!!! DAVIDSON ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY WHILE NOBI’S FOOT GETS LODGED ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, MISSING COMPLETELY!!!

Cherish: Davidson scurries up to his feet while Lioncross helps Nobi free himself! Davidson runs to the ropes for momentum while Nobi turns around… AND THERE’S THE SIN CITY SMASH!!! NOBI DROPS LIKE A STACK OF BRICKS, BUT DAVIDSON WHIPS HIM INTO THE ROLLERZ’ CORNER!!! DAVIDSON IS RIGHT AFTER HIM… BIG KNEE TO THE CHEST!!! Davidson drops Nobi face first on the mat but positions him up to his knees and tags in Jack Ripley! Davidson makes sure Nobi stays up on his knees while Ripley grips the ropes… HE SLINGSHOTS OVER AND PLANTS NOBI ON HIS FACE WITH THE DDT!!!

Pierre: Ripley doesn’t go for the cover! Instead he treads towards Lioncross, mocking him! I don’t think Lioncross understood what he got himself into going up against these two! These men have systematically destroyed BOTH Robbie V and Brian Daniels! They’re willing to go to any lengths for their titles, willing to end any careers if they have to! Ripley walks over to Nobi, who has managed to push himself up to an unstable vertical base – NOT FOR LONG!!! MY GOD!!! RIPLEY SHOWS NO REMORSE, JUST SIMPLY MAKING NOBI’S FACE MEET HIS FOOT WITH A VICIOUS ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!! NOBI ONCE AGAIN GOES DOWN AND RIPLEY CONTINUES THE ASSAULT WITH KICKS TO THE MIDSECTION!!!

Cherish: RIPLEY FIRES WITH THAT CONSTANT BARRAGE OF KICKS WHILE DAVIDSON CHEERS HIM ON FROM THE CORNER!!! SIMPLY DESPICABLE!!! Ripley’s had his fun now as he finally stops and drops for the cover!!

Referee: ONE!!!… TWO!!!…. THREE —

Pierre: NOBI THROWS THE SHOULDER UP!!! Ripley shakes his head, laughing, as he picks Nobi back up to his feet! Ripley swings Nobi into the corner by an arm and tags in Davidson! Ripley follows up with an arm-drag planting Nobi on his back, before tagging in Davidson! Ripley begins to leave the ring… Wait! RIPLEY’S GOING BACK IN!!! DAVIDSON AND RIPLEY ARE TAKING TURNS STOMPING AWAY AT NOBI!!! THE REFEREE IS TRYING TO BREAK IT UP BUT THE ROLLERZ REFUSE TO STOP!!! The referee finally pulls Ripley off of Nobi, and now Ripley begins to argue with the referee!

Cherish: Uh oh… The official is playing right into The High Rollerz’s trap! Davidson gets Nobi up to his feet… KICK TO THE NETHER REGION!!! NO!!! NOBI SHOWING THAT NEVER-SAY-DIE RESILIENCE THAT HE LIVES BY!!! NOBI CATCHES THE LEG… BUT DAVIDSON LUNGES FORWARD WITH A HARD SLAP TO THE SIDE OF NOBI’S FACE!!! DAVIDSON SHOVES NOBI AWAY – LOOK AT RIPLEY!!! RIPLEY GRABS NOBI FROM BEHIND!!! HE’S GOT HIM UP FOR THAT VERTEBREAKER!!! DAVIDSON IS COMING TO ASSIST HIM – NOBI KICKS DAVIDSON AWAY!!! HE FOLLOWS WITH AN ELBOW SMASH TO THE TOP OF RIPLEY’S HEAD AND DROPS TO THE MAT!!!

Cherish: NOBI IS MAKING A FRANTIC CRAWL TOWARDS HIS CORNER, TRYING TO TAG IN ANYBODY FROM HIS TEAM!!! DAVIDSON COMES BACK TO AND LUNGES AT NOBI!!!… NOBI SEES REX MCALLISTER WITH HIS ARM OUT… HIS HAND IS JUST BARELY THERE!!!… BUT DAVIDSON GRABS NOBI BY THE LEG AND PULLS HIM IN – NOBI KICKS DAVIDSON IN THE KNEE!!! NOBI TURNS BACK AND PULLS HIMSELF TOWARDS REX!!!… HE MAKES THE TAG!!!!

Pierre: REX HOPS OVER THE TOP ROPE!!! DAVIDSON REALIZES THE TROUBLE HE’S IN NOW!!! DAVIDSON AND REX COLLIDE!!! REX FIRES WITH A FOREARM STUNNING DAVIDSON IN PLACE AND FOLLOWS WITH A KNEE TO THE GUT, WHIPPING DAVIDSON INTO THE ROPES!!!… DAVIDSON COMES BACK ON THE RETURN… REX HOOKS DAVIDSON IN AND DRIVES HIM FORWARD, PLANTING HIS BACK INTO THE MAT WITH THE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!!!

Cherish: Davidson starts to get right back up, dodging an incoming clothesline from Rex… OH!!! DAVIDSON NAILS REX RIGHT ON THE JAW WITH A BIG SUPERKICK!!!! REX GOES DOWN!!! I WASN’T EXPECTING THAT!!! Davidson grabs Rex by the hair and whips him into his corner, going for the tag on Ripl — THERON NIKOLAS TAGS HIMSELF IN!!! Theron and Rex have been trading vitriol back and forth all week… And seems like all that tension is going to culminate here!!!

Pierre: Rex is starting to stir, feeling the effects of that superkick… THERON SCOOPS REX UP TO HIS SHOULDERS!!! HE HAS HIM IN THAT FIREMAN’S CARRY… AND ROLLS FORWARD WITH IT, PUTTING REX ON THE MAT WHILE HE HOPS BACK UP TO HIS FEET!!! THERON STANDS OVER REX… JUMPING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE — REX ROLLS AWAY!!! THERON FALLS TO THE MAT BUT GETS RIGHT BACK UP WHILE REX PUSHES HIMSELF UP TO HIS FEET… THERON CHARGES – REX CATCHES THE ARM AND FLOATS OVER, LIFTING THERON HIGH UP!!!… POWERBOMB!!!!! REX PLANTS THERON AND PRESSES HIS SHOULDERS AGAINST THE MAT FOR THE COVER!!!!

Referee: ONE!!!… TWO!!!!…. —

Cherish: THE BURNED MAN BREAKS IT UP!!! THE BURNED MAN LIFTS REX OFF THE GROUND BY HIS NECK AND THROWS HIM TOWARDS THE ROLLERZ!!! THE BURNED MAN BEGINS TO STOMP AWAY!!!… HERE COMES STUFFED CRUST!!! THE ROLLERZ JUMP INTO THE RING AND AN ALL-OUT BRAWL BREAKS OUT!!! NOBI TRADES FISTS WITH DAVIDSON WHILE RIPLEY BRAWLS WITH LIONCROSS!!! DAVIDSON FIRES A HARD RIGHT – NOBI DUCKS IT… HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX!!!! DAVIDSON GOES DOWN!!! MEANWHILE, RIPLEY BACKS LIONCROSS INTO THE CORNER AND LAYS INTO HIM WITH CHOPS TO THE THROAT!!! RIPLEY GETS LIONCROSS UP TO THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE… MY GOD!!!! ACE CRUSHER!!!! LIONCROSS HITS THE MAT AND RIPLEY KICKS HIM OUT OF THE RING!!! THE BURNED MAN HAS NOBI PREOCCUPIED AND RIPLEY JOINS IN ON THE ASSAULT!!!…

Pierre: ACROSS THE RING, REX MCALLISTER MAKES HIS WAY TO HIS CORNER AND TAGS IN STARK!!! STARK MAKES THE SAVE!!!! STARK COMES IN, WHILE THE BURNED MAN TURNS!!!… SHOTGUN DROPKICK TO THE CHEST!!! THE BURNED MAN FALLS INTO THE ROPES, AND STARK FOLLOWS WITH A SUPERKICK, SENDING THE BURNED MAN OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT OF THE RING!!! THIS MATCH HAS DEVOLVED INTO UTTER CHAOS!!! RIPLEY AND NOBI CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT BUT STARK SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE SECOND ROPE… SINGLE-LEGGED DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF RIPLEY’S HEAD!!!

Cherish: THERON NIKOLAS COMES FROM BEHIND NOW, POPPING NOBI INTO THE AIR AND DRIVING HIS KNEES INTO HIS CHEST!!! THE LUNGBLOWER CONNECTS!!! STARK HAS HIS ATTENTION ON RIPLEY, KICKING HIM OUT OF THE RING… THERON SEES THE OPENING!!! NO!!! STARK SAW IT COMING!!! STARK SWINGS HIS LEG BACK WITH THE CRESCENT KICK!!! THERON GETS NAILED ON THE JAW AND STAGGERS BACK… HERE COME STARK!!!… SUPERMAN PUNCH – THERON CATCHES THE ARM, LIFTING STARK UP INTO THE AIR AND SPINNING HIM… BLUE THUNDER BOMB!!! STARK IS PLANTED AND THERON GOES FOR THE COVER!!! — STARK ROLLS THERON OVER!!! STARK KICKS THERON ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD AND DASHES FOR HIS CORNER!!!… REX IS READY TO TAG IN!!!…

Pierre: WAIT WHAT?!!! WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL?!!! REX JUST HOPPED OFF THE APRON!!! LOOK AT STARK’S FACE!!! THAT’S JUST DUMBFOUNDED CONFUSION, I MEAN HELL!!! THAT’S A FACE PLASTERED ON ALL EIGHTEEN-THOUSAND HERE IN ATTENDANCE!!! WHAT THE HELL DID REX JUST JUMP OFF THE APRON FOR? STARK IS STARING DOWN REX IN COMPLETE AND UTTER DISBELIEF, BUT REX JUST WALKS OVER TO THE TIMEKEEPER AND GRABS HIS TITLE!!! REX HOLDS THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP OVER HIS SHOULDER AND STARTS TO WALK OFF!!!

Cherish: UNBELIEVABLE!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE REX IS DOING THIS!!! SUCH A SIMPLE BETRAYAL, YET SUCH A DEVASTATING ONE!!! REX MCALLISTER IS BLOWING OFF THIS MATCH!!! THAT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER SEEN HIM DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!! REX IS WALKING OFF WITH HIS TITLE!!! STARK IS JUST LOOKING ON IN COMPLETE SHOCK — OH MY GOD!!! THERON GRABS STARK’S ARM AND REELS HIM IN!!! STARK HAS NO TIME TO REACT – AND THERON NEARLY DECAPITATES HIM WITH THE WRIST-LOCK CLOTHESLINE!!! THE TOUCH OF HEROINE!!! STARK GETS TURNED INSIDE OUT AND THERON DROPS, HOOKING BOTH LEGS!!!…

Referee: ONE!!!… TWO!!!…. THREE!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“I Hope You Suffer” hits to deafening boos from the crowd. The referee raises Theron Nikolas’ hand in victory, while The Burned Man comes in and joins him. The High Rollerz grab their titles and stand at ringside, celebrating.)

Ring Announcer: HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS BY WAY OF PINFALL… THERON NIKOLAS, THE BURNED MAN, AND THE HIGH ROLLERZ!!!!

Cherish: I still can’t believe that Rex just did that. He and Stark had the win on a silver platter! Theron was down! They had the advantage, but for some reason, Rex just blew off the match!

Pierre: I really have no idea… I told you something changed in Rex when he went up against Darkane… I guess we’re starting to see the manifestation of that change. Who knows? We’ll get our answers – if – Rex decides to explain himself.

Cherish: Well regardless of that ending… Gotta give it up for Nobi especially! He held his own against three of the most dastardly men on Showdown, giving the High Rollerz especially a run for their money! This match showed off some of the best that Showdown had to offer, and there were a lot of variables in play during this match; seems like we have one more at hand with Rex McAllister now!

(The camera pans to the ring where Theron continues to celebrate over Stark) ..

( COMMERCIAL BREAK. )

( Cut back to Showdown, we see Darth Lannister, Athena Vendetta, Lannister’s affiliates and The Pizza Boy sitting at the table. The Pizza Boy is eating salad on his plate, while Darth Lannister bites into a piece of chicken before continuing his dialogue. )

Darth Lannister: And of course, Lannister refused to fly anything below first class, so we have made sure to fly private from now on. It’s a dishonor to be surrounded with commoners, but to ask Lannister to give up his seat is an especially unforgiveable offense–

The Pizza Boy: That’s fine and all. But is that all you brought me here to talk about? Your rich people problems? Is that really why I’m here?

Athena Vendetta: Surely you aren’t taking this sort of tone with your empero-

Darth Lannister: No no, perhaps the lad is right. Let us skip over the pleasantries and address the elephant in the room. You, sir, have earned your way to a match for any championship in the Land of Elite. You have become like a speeding bullet, with your destination being Pain for Pride X. It appears, as well, that Lannister is in trajectory of this bullet.

( The Pizza Boy looks at the Answers World Championship, particularly shined up and almost taunting him with the light reflected off of the belt. )

The Pizza Boy: Truth be told Lannister, it’s not even about you. It’s about what you’ve got.

( Lannister toys with the belt before adjusting it and putting it over his shoulder. )

Darth Lannister: Oh, oh! But it certainly IS about Lannister! Not to take an accusatory tone with you, lad, but once you set your sights for something that clearly belongs to Lannister, you leave Lannister with no choice but to become… “defensive”. You see, this championship has been property to Lannister for quite some time. It has become a part of the Lannister empire – a crown jewel no less.

The Pizza Boy: … I guess you’re right. I suppose this does have something to do with you. I could go over to Dynasty and insert myself in Jamie O’Hara’s title picture. I’ve faced him before, I can prepare for him a lot better. Or maybe I could insert myself in the whirlwind that is Drastik’s championship scene, and become one of the many on his heels. Maybe try to take what he has by surprise. Maybe I could take the easy way out, Lannister, but the problem is I can’t.

Darth Lannister: It’s not about taking the easy way out, lad.

The Pizza Boy: Let me finish. I can’t take the easy way out because if I did that I would have never gotten anywhere near where I am right now. I didn’t fall ass first into all of my success. I was forced to adapt to every screwed up, impossible scenario I was thrown into. Somehow I surprised, and somewhere along the line it changed my entire approach in life. I spent my whole life being afraid and being terrified of the world, but now I find excitement in that fear. And the reason why I want to face you the most, is because I fear you the most.

Darth Lannister: OK, please, stop right there. Stop right where you are, for there is certainly so much to unpack! Firstly, fear is no your enemy. Fear is a survival instinct. Fear is what has allowed lower level beings such as yourself to survive in the dark and dangerous worlds. Fear of the dark, fear of heights, fear of snakes, fear of lions; these are not things to overcome. These are things to adhere to, lest you risk complete and utter annihilation.

Perhaps I should give you credit where it is due, for you have gone beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. If you were to tell Lannister that The Pizza Boy would be his biggest challenger going into Pain for Pride X, Lannister would have disregarded your opinion. And certainly, Lannister finds it quite difficult to take you seriously as any form of opposition, because you pose no feasible threat to Lannister. But Lannister has learned quickly that you have a place in the Land of Elite, made evident by your tremendous victory at Resurrection V. You are fit to hold championship gold in the Land of Elite! So much so, that Lannister has thrown this feast of champions and invited you to dine as Lannister’s equal!

But humor Lannister for a minute: Would you willingly step the den of an angry Lion, if it meant overcoming your fears? Would you step foot in the land of the lion and attempt to take what is most sacred and valuable to that lion above all other things? Why, then, would you ever entertain the thought of challenging Lannister at the stage where the stakes are at it’s greatest and attempt to take what is most valuable to Lannister? A more pressing question; what do you believe will become of your foolhardy pursuits?

The Pizza Boy: So basically, all this was to discourage me? What should I do then, Lannister? Humor ME. What do you want from me?

Darth Lannister: I see it wise that you choose a different championship to pursue at Pain for Pride. Do not make the worst mistake of your life. Do not make an enemy of Lannister.

The Pizza Boy: Well I’m sorry to have wasted your time tonight. I’m not backing down from you. As a matter of fact, after tonight, I’m 100% sure of it.

( Darth Lannister turns to Athena, and does the cut throat sign before sitting back on his throne-like chair and sipping from his chalice. )

Athena Vendetta: Truly disappointing… I suppose there is nothing further for you and the Emperor to discuss. You may leave.

( The Pizza Boy stands up and walks out of the room, leaving Lannister to sit there looking unamused as Athena trash talks TPB and the segment comes to an end. )

(Commercial Break)

(Camera cuts back to the Barclaycard Arena as Showdown returns from commercial)

Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall!

Crowd: ONE FALL!

Announcer: And ALL Showdown Talent and Personnel will be banned from ringside!

(“The Mission” by Puscifer plays all throughout the arena as Tiberius IV makes his way out to the stage with a smug look on his face)

Announcer: First, making his way towards the ring!…. From Gaia!…. Weighing in at 213 Pounds!…. HE IS THE 2017 KING OF ELITE…. TIBERIUS IV!!!!!….

Pierre: Tiberius looks every bit as arrogant as usual, but this time he may have an actual reason for it after his shocking assault on the EAW Champion, Drastik, following the main event of Fighting Spirit. Nonetheless, if this is his last night on Showdown, you can be certain he’s looking to go out with a win under his belt.

(“This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold plays all throughout the arena as a determined Devan Dubian makes his way out to the stage)

Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring…. From Leicester, England, United Kingdom!…. Weighing in at 230 Pounds!…. DEVAN DUUUUUBBBBBBBIIIIIIIAAAANNNNNNN!!!!…..

Cherish: I actually feel bad for Tiberius being stuck in that ring with this man after what he’s gone through with Jaywalker, and you know Tiberius’ relation to Jaywalker is exactly why this contest is happening at all! Devan looks more cold and callous than ever, so if I were Tiberius, I’d try showing showing some caution here…

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: AND THEY BOTH WASTE NO TIME BURSTING FORWARD, LOOKING FOR THE FIRST STRIKE! DEVAN CATCHES THE INCOMING TIBERIUS WITH A BIG THESZ PRESS! DEVAN LAYING INTO A DOWNED TIBERIUS WITH RAPID-FIRE SHOTS! TIBERIUS MANAGES TO FORCE HIM OFF! DEVAN IS BACK UP AS TIBERIUS SCRAMBLES TO GET ON HIS FEET! HE’S UP AS HE TURNS AROUND! BLEEDING EDGE?!?!?!!

Cherish: NO–TIBERIUS FORCES DEVAN OFF AND BOLTS TO THE OUTSIDE! Tiberius saw it coming and knew perfectly well to get the Hell out of dodge! But hold on! Devan drops straight to the outside! HE CHARGES AROUND THE RING! INCOMING! DEVAN MISSING A BIG LARIAT AS TIBERIUS IMMEDIATELY GRABS HIM AND SENDS DEVAN CRASHING STRAIGHT INTO THE BARRICADE! That could have been exactly what Tiberius needs to turn the match into his favor! Devan may be hurt! Tiberius is back up as he goes to work on Devan, laying into him with stomps!

Referee: ONE!!………… TWO!!…………. THREE!!

Pierre: Tiberius goes over to the ring, rolling in and right back out to break the Ref’s count! He get back to Devan, dragging him up… HE PICKS DEVAN UP AND DROPS HIM WITH A MODIFIED BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT BARRICADE!! What a move on Tiberius’ part! He grabs Devan and navigates him back over to the ring, sending him rolling back in! Tiberius signals for something big here as the crowd stirs! He makes his way over to the nearby corner, climbing up! You don’t often see him go up there while the opponent is down on the canvas, but he’s perched! SWANTON BOMB!!! A BIG SWANTON CONNECTS RIGHT ONTO DEVAN DUBIAN AS TIBERIUS GOES FOR THE IMMEDIATE PIN!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!!!……… TWO!!!!!!!!!!

Cherish: And it’s only a two count as Devan gets a shoulder up! Tiberius thought he had it! He smacks the canvas out of frustration! He wants to end this! Tiberius gets back up, stalking his opponent! We know what he’s looking for! Devan is doing all he can to pull himself up! TIBERIUS GOES IN FOR THE KILL! STRIKE OF MIDNIGHT!!!!

Pierre: IT’S NO GOOD AS DEVAN CATCHES TIBERIUS IN HIS GRASP! HE TURNS IT INTO A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING!! CROSSFACE CHICKENWING IN ON TIBERIUS HERE AS THE KING OF ELITE ENTERS PANIC MODE!! HE’S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO FIGHT THIS! HE KNOWS THE END COULD BE NIGH IF HE LETS DEVAN DUBIAN FULLY LOCK IN THIS DREADED HOLD! TIBERIUS IS FIGHTING WITH ALL HE’S GOT LEFT IN HIM TO GET BACK TO HIS FEET, BUT DEVAN IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BRING HIS OPPONENT DOWN! BOTH MEN RISING UP ON THEIR FEET! TIBERIUS IS DOING IT! HE GETS THEM UP TO THEIR FEET! HE REACHES OUT FOR THE ROPES! HE’S CLOSE!

Cherish: DEVAN TURNS THE POTENTIAL SUBMISSION INTO AN INVERTED HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER!!! HE GOES FOR THE COVER!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!……… TWO!!!!!!

Pierre: And just a two count before Tiberius kicks out now! Devan looks like he wants to end this contest just as bad! He clutches the hair of Tiberius, dragging him up! That glare from Devan as he pulls Tiberius up! You can feel the hate radiating off this guy! He nails Tiberius with a hard shot! Another shot connects to the skull of Tiberius! A LOUD ELBOW TO THE FACE OF TIBERIUS NOW!! Tiberius nearly drops, but Devan keeps him up! He’s not letting him drop! HE PULLS HIM UP AND INTO A LOUD EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! A SECOND EUROPEAN UPPERCUT CONNECTS! TIBERIUS FIRES BACK OUT OF NOWHERE WITH THE SHORYUKEN!!! THAT BIG UPPERCUT TO DEVAN SENDS DEVAN BACKPEDALING INTO THE NEARBY CORNER! TIBERIUS FORCES HIMSELF BACK UP! HE KNOWS HE HAS A CHANCE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL!

Cherish: TIBERIUS CHARGES! SHORYUKEN ONCE MORE!!! IT’S CAUGHT! DEVAN CATCHES TIBERIUS! EXPLODER SUPLEX SENDS TIBERIUS CRASHING HARD INTO THE CORNER!! Tiberius is in serious pain here! He’s doing all he can to get back on his feet, but he’s slowed down from the damage he’s taken! He’s gotta do something! Devan is up on his feet first as he grabs a hold of Tiberius! He pulls him over to the ropes! HE’S GOT TIBERIUS’ FEET HANGING FROM THE MIDDLE ROPE! ROPE-HUNG DDT CONNECTS!! HE GOT IT AS TIBERIUS IS PLANTED INTO THE CANVAS! DEVAN DUBIAN IS BACK ON HIS FEET AS THIS CROWD LOUDLY CHEERS HIM ON! HE’S READY TO FINISH THIS! THIS CROWD WANTS TO SEE DEVAN FINISH OFF THE KING OF ELITE, AND HE LOOKS WILLING TO OBLIGE!

Pierre: DEVAN IS BACK ON HIS FEET AS HE CLUTCHES THE HAIR OF TIBERIUS, DRAGGING HIM UP! TIBERIUS LOOKS OUT OF IT! HE PULLS TIBERIUS IN! DEVAN’S GOT HIM UP!! FOXES ACE!!!! NO–TIBERIUS IS FIGHTING IT! HE’S FIGHTING THAT POTENTIAL OVER THE SHOULDER BACK TO BACK PILEDRIVER!! HE’S FIGHTING WITH EVERYTHING HE HAS LEFT IN HIM!! HE–HOLD ON! ARES VENDETTA JUST JUMPED OUT OF THE CROWD AS HE AND DEVAN LOCK EYES! COME ON! HE’S NOT ALLOWED OUT HERE! DEVAN DROPS TIBERIUS AS HE TELLS ARES TO GET IN! HE’S READY TO FIGHT!

Cherish: JAYWALKER?! JAYWALKER RUSHES INTO THE RING!! TRANSCENSION!!! JAYWALKER WITH A POWERFUL LARIAT TO THE BACK OF AN UNSUSPECTING DEVAN DUBIAN’S SKULL!! WHAT THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE’S DOING?! WHERE DID HE EVEN COME FROM?!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Announcer: The Winner of this contest by Disqualification…. DEVAN DUUUUBBBBIIIIAANNNN!!!!

(Tiberius IV rolls to the outside, swiping his King of Elite Crown from the Timekeeper and storming off, still damaged)

Cherish: Tiberius looks like he’s finished here! He doesn’t give a damn about Devan or this match when it all comes down to it!

Pierre: ARES SLIDES INTO THE RING, LAYING INTO DEVAN WITH JAYWALKER! THESE TWO MEN THINK THEY’RE ABOVE THE RULES HERE EVIDENTLY AS THEY’VE CRASHED THIS MATCH REGARDLESS OF THE STIPULATION! THEY ABSOLUTELY DO NOT GIVE A DAMN! AND NOW DEVAN DUBIAN IS FIGHTING A TWO ON ONE ASSAULT!

Cherish: BUT HE’S NOT BACKING DOWN! HE’S HURT, BUT HE’S STILL TRYING TO THROW SHOTS! HE’S DOING ALL HE CAN! HE–

(The crowd erupts with cheers as CM Banks and the Heart Break Boy rush down to the ring)

Pierre: AND HERE COMES THE CAVALRY!! BANKS AND HBB ARE IN AS JAYWALKER AND ARES MEET THEM IN THE CENTER OF THE RING, LAYING INTO ONE ANOTHER!! THESE TWO SIDES ARE GOING AT IT! NEITHER ONE BACKING DOWN! THEY–

(Security charges down to the ring)

Cherish: SECURITY NOW ORDERED TO PUT A STOP TO THIS CHAOS AS THEY STORM THE RING! THE ENTIRE TEAM OF SECURITY TRYING TO HOLD THESE MEN BACK! HBB AND BANKS BURST THROUGH THOSE TRYING TO HOLD THEM BACK AS THEY LAY INTO JAYWALKER AND ARES! BOTH MEN BOLT TO THE OUTSIDE, LOOKING ON AS SECURITY TRIES TO CONTAIN BANKS AND HBB!

Pierre: GOLDPRINT!!!! HBB WITH A LOUD GOLDPRINT TO ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF SECURITY!! BANKS PICKS UP ONE! HE’S GOT HIM! GO TO RETIREMENT!!!!! HE LAYS A GUARD OUT WITH AN EMPHATIC GO TO RETIREMENT AS THEY LAY INTO THE REST, SENDING EACH ONE OUT OF THE RING!!

Cherish: BLEEDING EDGE!!!! DEVAN LAYS ONE OUT WITH A BLEEDING EDGE OUT OF NOWHERE!! ALL THREE OF THESE MEN HAVE SNAPPED HERE AS THEY COMPLETELY CLEAR THE RING OF EVERY SECURITY GUARD IN THEIR WAY AS JAYWALKER AND ARES VENDETTA LOOK ON FROM THE STAGE! ALL THREE MEN SAID IT EARLIER! JAYWALKER AND ARES COULDN’T HIDE FOREVER! THEY SAID THEY’D BE WAITING, AND THEY WOULDN’T MISS! THEY’RE HERE TO FIGHT!

Pierre: ANOTHER MESSAGE SENT TO THEM BOTH, BUT JAYWALKER AND ARES LOOK PLEASED WITH THEMSELVES! THEY DON’T EVEN GIVE A DAMN! THESE TWO SIDES WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO TEAR EACH OTHER APART, AND THEY MAY GET WHAT THEY WANT SOON ENOUGH IF THIS KEEPS UP!

( Pain for Pride X advertisement )

(Camera cuts back to the Barclaycard Arena where Damien Murrow stands in the center of the ring with a microphone in one hand and a contract on a clipboard in the other hand, next to a table with a chair on both sides)

Murrow: Ladies and gentlemen…

(The crowd loudly boos Murrow as he smirks)

Murrow: After a long, long negotiate in which Brian Daniels offered absolutely EVERYTHING he had to give… He has gotten his wish. The very wish that breathed life back into Robbie V. The wish that kept RoViper going well beyond their limitations. At the Tenth Pain For Pride ever, you will get Robbie V and Brian Daniels, one on one.

(The crowd cheers while still partially booing Murrow)

Murrow: And tonight, here in Birmingham, we will make that contest OFFICIAL. You are all well aware how these little situations go. Either man is free to say whatever they’d like, and they are to sign the contract. Let’s get this underway, shall we?

(Damien Murrow gestures towards the stage as “Pain It Black” by Ramin Djawadi plays all throughout the arena to massive cheers)

Pierre: I’m still absolutely sick to my stomach knowing all that this man has been through just for the sake of this match, but I suppose it can’t be helped by this point..

(Brian Daniels makes his way out to the stage and down towards the ring, dressed in street clothes with a look of determination on his face)

Cherish: And you can be sure Murrow is enjoying every single second of it. Just look at the smug expression on his face… He knows he got the far, far better end of the deal here. He knows he’s got RoViper there on the chopping block, and he’s happily biding his time until they’re both gone and out of his way.

(Brian enters the ring, staring down with Murrow as “Paint It Black” fades out)

Pierre: That cold demeanor of Daniels says it all, if you ask me. He’s gone well beyond his breaking point.

(Damien Murrow offers Brian Daniels a seat, to which Brian says and does nothing as “Penance” by contRoVersy plays all throughout the arena to loud cheers)

Cherish: And for the first time since the Grand Rampage, these two men meet face to face…

(Robbie V makes his way out to the stage and towards the ring, dressed in street clothes with a stoic expression)

Pierre: And this is a much different RoViper than we’re used to seeing. These two men were full of life the last time we saw them together – they were as willing to take on the World as they were several years back, but now a very noticeable dark cloud seems to be lingering over them, and we know precisely what it is too.

(Robbie V enters the ring, standing across the table from Brian Daniels as “Penance” fades out)

Murrow: Thank you both for joining me here tonight. If you’ve got anything you’d like to say, you may do so. If not, go ahead and sign your name there and you will have your match. I–

(Brian Daniels rips the contract from Damien Murrow’s grasp as Murrow stops speaking)

Pierre: You could cut the tension with a knife…

(Brian grabs the pen on the table and promptly signs his name upon the contract before sliding it over to Robbie V)

Cherish: Boy, how often do you see someone actually just get on with signing the contract?

Pierre: Not often at all, but something seems a bit off where Robbie is concerned…

(Robbie picks up the contract, reading it over as Brian Daniels looks on)

Murrow: All you have to do–

(Robbie tosses the contract to the canvas as a surprised Brian Daniels and Damien Murrow look at him. Robbie picks up a microphone off the table)

Robbie: No.

Pierre & Cherish: WHAT?

Robbie: I’m not doing this.

Pierre: I… I almost can’t even believe what I’m hearing. He’s not doing this? Brian looks as baffled as the rest of us!

Cherish: I really never would have thought Robbie V would come this far just to reject this whole thing!

(Robbie begins to take his leave as Brian picks up the other microphone off the table)

Brian: Woah, woah, woah… Stop…

(Robbie stops, reluctantly turning around to lock eyes with Brian)

Brian: You… You’re not doing this? Not doing this? No? You’re not gonna do this? You won’t do this? You can’t do this? What… What exactly aren’t you doing this for? Why?

(Robbie walks back to the table, picking his microphone back up)

Robbie: This… ALL of this… Was a very, very stupid, irrational decision on your part. I won’t be a part of it.

(A stunned Brian Daniels begins to pace, trying to think of what to say as Robbie looks on)

Brian: A stupid… Irrational decision… That’s what this is to you. THAT’S what this is to you?

(Brian stops dead in his tracks, staring down with Robbie)

Brian: This means EVERYTHING. To you. To me. To US. EVERYTHING.

(Robbie shakes his head)

Robbie: No, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong about that. You’re dead wrong. It meant a lot to me, that’s true, but not everything. I have a lot to be grateful to you for, Viper. You reached out to help me when nobody else would, and you looked past all of the horrible things I did. You didn’t care. You still helped me, and you made me want to keep going. You made me want to make your wish come true, for this match to happen between you and I. I kept that as the fire burning deep down inside of me for a while, but the fact is that my body was too far gone. I lied every time someone asked me if I was okay to keep going, and not just against The High Rollerz or against Ares or against Jaywalker. Viper, I’ve been doing that my whole career. No, my entire life. My entire life, I’ve spent going far beyond my limits just because I love this. I love everything about it, but they finally told me I wasn’t allowed to play anymore. And you know what? They were right. There’s no doubt about that. There was nothing I could do about it.

Brian: Well I did something about it.

Robbie: Nobody asked you to. You think this is what I wanted? You think all the time I kept fighting for your dream of making this match a reality – you think I was willing let you throw everything away for it? YOU can keep going, Viper. Don’t you get that? You’ve still got time. You could be World Champion again. You could take on absolutely anyone and make it the best match these people have ever seen. I’m done, but you? You aren’t. There are plenty of other people for you to share this ring with. Plenty of other people to face at Pain For Pride. I’m not even the best to have stepped inside an EAW ring. Not by a longshot.

(Brian stares at Robbie, taking several seconds to respond)

Brian: … This isn’t just something I want. It’s all I want. It’s the only thing I want. The LAST thing I want.

Robbie: Viper–

Brian: MY NAME’S NOT VIPER!

(Robbie and Brian stare down in silence once more)

Brian: … My name is Brian Daniels. I’m not the kid you helped out. I’m not your tag team partner. I’m not your sidekick. I’m not Viper, and I haven’t been Viper in a long time, Robbie. I took off that stupid mask, and I became Brian Daniels, and you know what? I became something Viper could have never become. I built a legacy from the ground up here. I busted my ass through all of the political bullshit in this company and all of the personal bullshit in me that was holding me back. I fought my way to be one of the absolute BEST in this company, and one of the absolute BEST in the World. I won the World Heavyweight Championship twice. I was the longest-reigning World Champion in the entire history of this company! I fought and beat every single guy that came my way! All on MY own! All ME! Not Viper! Brian Daniels! I’ve done it all! Everything! I did EXACTLY what I came here to do when I ripped off that mask for good and never looked back! All of the voices telling me I couldn’t do it were silence, and now I stand here just wanting ONE more thing! Just ONE more thing! And you can’t even seem to comprehend it! You can’t even understand what kind of desire I’ve got here for this! How much I want this! You think I give a damn about my CAREER? Seriously? I know you were stuck in a wheelchair staring into space, but don’t tell me you didn’t watch me going through absolute Hell and career-threatening moment after career-threatening moment just to get you back!

(Brian slams a fist down into the table as he looks down, silent for several more seconds)

Brian: …. Just… Just do it… Sign the contract… Give me this.

(Robbie stares at Brian as his neutral expression slowly changes into an angry one)

Robbie: I didn’t want to believe it. I thought you were better than that. I really did.

(Brian looks up at Robbie)

Robbie: You actually let it get the better of you, didn’t you?

Brian: What are you saying?

Robbie: Those voices doubting you. All this time you’ve spent busting your ass to prove you’re more than just Viper. Is that really what this was all for? Did you really spend all this time fighting to get out of my shadow? Is that it?

Brian: Don’t…

Robbie: I’m right, aren’t I? No, THEY were right, weren’t they? All those times you had to endure that bullshit. How many? Thousands? Millions? How many told you the same thing over and over again? How many called you my sidekick? How many said you were just riding my coattails? How many, Brian?

(Brian stares down with Robbie with a furious expression on his face)

Robbie: Everything you did was just to prove you were better than that? Brian… Don’t you get it? If all you achieved and fought for was just to prove you weren’t just my sidekick, then you proved beyond a shadow of a doubt you ARE just a sidekick trying to get out from under my shadow.

(Brian Daniels immediately flips the table over sideways as Damien Murrow exits to the outside)

Pierre: I THINK SOMEONE MAY WANT TO CONTACT SECURITY!

(Brian gets face to face with Robbie in the center of the ring)

Robbie: It hurts to know it, doesn’t it? It hurts to be reminded? Everything you’re doing proves it to these people. The same people that cheered you on – the ones that never thought for one second you were a sidekick to me or that you were just that same stupid kid. You were the only one who thought that. You were the one that believed all of that. Isn’t that how it’s always been, Brian? Since the time I first met you when I had to force you to bust your ass to succeed. It’s always been like this. I had to watch you self-destruct, and I couldn’t do a thing about it. No, I chose to not do a thing about it. I let you go off on your own, and I watched. I watched every single thing you did, and you know what? I think this proves it all beyond a shadow of a doubt to me. The fact that you’re willing to sacrifice your own career just for this. Maybe I made a mistake.

Pierre: … Did he really just say that?

(Brian gets nose to nose with Robbie, visibly gritting his teeth)

Robbie: Maybe… Maybe I chose the wrong person. If this is how it’s gonna be, and if this is the decision you want to make, Brian, then fine. You’re not Viper. You’re not Brian Daniels either. You’re a disappointment.

Pierre: BRIAN DANIELS SLAPS ROBBIE ACROSS THE FACE – WHAT A SOUND THAT JUST MADE! I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I’M SEEING!

(Robbie takes a moment before turning back to Brian, wiping blood from his lip as he raises the microphone back to his mouth)

Robbie: …. You’re a disa–

Cherish: AND NOW BRIAN DANIELS WITH WITH STRAIGHT UP SHOTS TO ROBBIE V! HE’S UNLOADING AS BOTH MEN GO AT IT! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS! ROVIPER MAY HAVE JUST IMPLODED BEFORE OUR EYES! THEY’RE LAYING INTO ONE ANOTHER! DANIELS IS TAKING ADVANTAGE AS HE PULLS ROBBIE IN FOR VICIOUS KNEES TO THE MID-SECTION! THERE’S A HEADLOCK TAKEDOWN ON ROBBIE! DANIELS HAS ROBBIE GROUNDED AS HE LAYS INTO HIM! ROBBIE FORCES DANIELS OFF OF HIM AS BOTH MEN RACE TO THEIR FEET! THEY’RE UP AS DANIELS IMMEDIATELY NAILS ROBBIE WITH A DROPKICK THAT SENDS HIM INTO THE NEARBY CORNER! DANIELS ISN’T DONE! HE’S LOST IT! THAT LOOK OF MALICIOUS INTENT IN HIS EYES AS HE CHARGES! RUNNING DROPKICK INTO ROBBIE V IN THAT CORNER!!!

Pierre: BRIAN DANIELS HAS SNAPPED! HE’S COMPLETELY SNAPPED AS HE GETS BACK TO HIS FEET AND RUSHES INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER! HERE HE COMES AGAIN! RUNNING DROPKICK TO ROBBIE!!! DANIELS IS BACK UP IMMEDIATELY AS HE PULLS ROBBIE OUT OF THE CORNER! HE’S GOT HIM! HE SENDS ROBBIE UP AND DROPS HIM WITH A BIG BRAINBUSTER!!! DANIELS DOESN’T LOOK DONE! HE’S… Hold on… Oh no…

(Robbie V clutches at his neck and head area as Brian Daniels stops, staring down at him)

Cherish: Robbie seems to be frantically clutching at his neck… He may be hurt… I think Daniels realized what he just did..

Pierre: Robbie just went through a brutal contest with Mr. DEDEDE at Resurrection V, as well as that life-threatening piledriver he took onto the cement from The High Rollerz back at the Grand Rampage. He looks like he can barely move as a ringside Doctor rushes in to check on him..

(Robbie tries to tell the Doctor he’s hurt as a concerned Brian looks on)

Cherish: Things got way too out of hand there as Brian tries to check on Robbie himself… The Doctor telling Brian to get back. He may have gone too far with that assault. Way too far.

Pierre: Robbie showing signs of life here finally as he tries to push the Doctor away! He’s trying to get back up! The man can barely move!

Cherish: Brian reaches down, helping Robbie get back to his feet! This guy is unbreakable, I swear! Robbie continues to favor his neck, but he’s back on his feet with the aid of Brian Daniels! He–

Pierre: ROBBIE PULLS BRIAN IN FOR A HEADBUTT BETWEEN THE EYES?! HE GRABS BRIAN AND PULLS HIM IN FOR A VICIOUS KNEE INTO THE GUT! ANOTHER KNEE! ANOTHER?! WHAT’S GOING ON?! HE SENDS DANIELS UP?!

Cherish: SAKUJO SCREWDRIVER!!!! HE JUST LAID BRIAN DANIELS OUT WITH THAT VICIOUS SUPLEX DROPPED INTO A TOMBSTONE!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! WAS ROBBIE SERIOUSLY JUST PLAYING POSSUM?! UNBELIEVABLE! DANIELS DOESN’T KNOW WHAT JUST HIT HIM!

(Robbie stares down at Brian for a few seconds before rolling out of the ring)

Pierre: I.. I genuinely don’t know what to say here. Robbie V with a shocking trick there on his former partner before laying him out.

Cherish: Robbie V is no stranger to playing dirty by any means, Pierre, and he just showcased that. He has no intention of facing Brian at Pain For Pride and he… Hold on…

(Robbie stops at the bottom of the ramp, visibly thinking)

Pierre: Robbie now…

(Robbie turns back to the ring as a damaged Brian Daniels struggles to pull himself up)

Cherish: Robbie’s going back to the ring! What’s he thinking? He rolls in! Is he gonna help Brian or… OR IS HE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE AS HE GETS IN THE CORNER?! HE’S STALKING BRIAN! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! BRIAN IS UP AS ROBBIE CHARGES IN!! CONCUSSION!!!! ROBBIE LAYS BRIAN DANIELS OUT WITH A CONCUSSION!! HE GETS BACK TO HIS FEET, GRABBING THAT CONTRACT HE TOSSED ASIDE EARLIER! HE GRABS A NEARBY PEN FROM THE GROUND AND SIGNS IT! ROBBIE V JUST MADE THE MATCH OFFICIAL!

Pierre: I think he just had a change of heart after this altercation! I think both of these men just drastically changed their view of the other here tonight, and what a way to do it! Robbie V has just granted Brian Daniels’ wish! This match is on for certain! We’re gonna see it at Pain For Pride X! Robbie V against Brian Daniels, one on one, and after tonight, I can’t even BEGIN to imagine how it will all go down!

Cherish: Robbie just sent an emphatic statement to Brian tonight! He didn’t want this, but it looks like he just accepted it! He’s not backing out! He may want it for his own reasons now!

Pierre: And what a monumental match it will be! We’re running out of time, so thank you all for joining us here tonight, signing off for Cherish, I’m Pierre McGuire, and we’ll see YOU next week on Showdown as we continue on the road to Pain For Pride!

(Robbie makes his way up the ramp without looking back as a hurt and infuriated Brian Daniels looks on, still down on the canvas as the camera fades to black)

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