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(EAW Intro Plays)…

(The camera fades into scene with Tiberius IV walking through the hallway of a giant castle; the EAW World Championship is wrapped around his waist and his King of Elite crown rests on his head. He walked through a curtain which brings him out onto an awning where thousands of people stand cheering and admiring their king.)

“All roads lead to one destination.”

(The camera cuts to Ryan Marx winning the Openweight Championship at Pain for Pride and each of his successful championship defenses against Victor Maero, Jon McAdams and Stephanie Matsuda; between each win a the brand of each name appears on the screen signifying each win needed before he cashes in.)

“Each road brings different trials.”

(The camera cuts to the Heart Break Gal’s time from Pain for Pride X to now; beating Y2Impact, the wars against John Doe and Rex McAllister, the EAW Championship match against Tiberius IV and the Elimination Chamber. The video highlights HBG being knocked down, but always forcing herself to get back up.)

“All for the chance to take what they all want”

(The camera cuts between shots off all three names and the EAW World Championship sitting on a pedestal.)

“To call themselves champion.”

(The camera cuts to shots of Ares Vendetta, Theron Nikolas, Rex McAllister and Jack Ripley before cutting to the King of Elite crown sitting on a pedestal.)

“To call themselves King.”

(The camera cuts over each of tonight’s matches before it begins to quickly travel down a dirt road.”

“For tonight is merely only a stop towards something greater.”

(The camera finally stops revealing this Kingsroad Logo.)

“For tonight we Showdown presents: KINGSROAD!”

(The camera cuts to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as blue pyro explodes all throughout the arena before capping off with one final grand explosion)

(Remaining smoke fills the arena as “Empire” by Birds of Tokyo plays all throughout it while the crowd erupts with cheers)

Pierre: WELCOME–

Drake: WELCOME TO KINGSROAD, EVERYONE! YOU’VE BEEN RESTING YOUR VOCAL CORDS THROUGHOUT INVICTUS SO YOU SHOULD BE GO TO GO FOR TONIGHT AS WE BRING YOU SHOWDOWN’S BEST!

(The camera cuts to Drake Jaeger and Pierre McGuire at the Showdown Announce Table)

Pierre: I’m Pierre McGuire, alongside Drake Jaeger, and welcome here at a PACKED Air Canada Centre as this Toronto crowd is ready for some Showdown action!

Drake: You’re telling me! Even Aria Jaxon is jealous she can’t compete with how many people this arena has inside of it! What a show this is gonna be!

Pierre: The fate of The Triumvirate, the fate of Ares Vendetta’s job, the fate of the EAW Championship and so much more will be on the line tonight! And of course, we will determine who will represent Showdown at King of Elite!

Drake: Enough of your rambling, Pierre, let’s get straight to it!

(A video package plays, recapping the feud between Diamond Cage and The Triumvirate/Jaywalker; Diamond Cage walking out on Jaywalker and Ares Vendetta at Pain For Pride, Ares Vendetta defeating Diamond Cage in a Three Degrees of Hell Match with the aid of Jaywalker and Lannister, The Triumvirate attacking and pursuing Diamond Cage, Diamond Cage taking out Jaywalker at Territorial Invasion, and Jaywalker returning to screw over Diamond Cage in the EAW Championship Extreme Elimination Chamber at Road To Redemption)

Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH! The only way to win is to incapacitate your opponent for a 10 count knockout.

(“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana fills the arena as a psyched up Diamond Cage enters to a pop from the crowd.)

Announcer: Introducing first, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and weighing in at 225 pounds…DIAMOND CAGE!

Pierre: It is FINALLY time, ladies and gentlemen. We are just moments away from the hotly anticipated Last Man Standing match between Jaywalker and Diamond Cage. It’s mentor vs apprentice, but will the student become the master?

Drake: The real question is how long it takes before the mangey dog is finally put out of its misery. Diamond Cage got what he wanted with this match. But you know what they say… Be careful what you wish for.

(Owl sounds echo throughout the Air Canada Centre)

(“Play For Keeps” by B.o.B hits the speakers as Jaywalker is slowly elevated from beneath the stage. He sneers at Diamond Cage as he makes his way down to the ramp.)

Announcer: And his opponent, from Scarborough, Canada and weighing in at 250 pounds… JAYWALKER!

Drake: You see now, Pierre.? Just look at this specimen. He’s got an extra 25 pounds of sheer muscle on him. There are trully none in this sport so glorious and worthy as the Triumvirate.

Pierre: Jaywalker is certainly looking in fantastic shape right now , but Diamond Cage is absolutely raring to go in the ring. You get the feeling that these two legitimately aren’t even interested in the 10 count. They’re ready to kill.

(DING! DING! DING!)

Drake: Ominous melodrama aside, the tension here is thick enough to cut with a knife. Cage rushes in for the clothesline by Jaywalker takes it head on and blocks it well. He ripostes with a series of heavy punches to the skull of Diamond Cage that has him reeling back. JAYWALKER WITH A BIG KNEE TO THE GUT! Diamond Cage keels over, winded, as Jaywalker hits the ropes… SCISSOR KICK! But Diamond Cage just edges himself out of the way and catches Jaywalker from behind. Cage is looking for that Coquina Clutch but Jay is one step ahead of him as he catches him in the act and prevents him from locking it in.

Pierre: Jaywalker tosses Diamond Cage over his shoulder for the snapmare and follows with a PAINFUL looking rolling neck snap. Diamond Cage looks like he caught a bit of whiplash as he massages his neck after that move, but he begins getting up. Jaywalker catches Cage before he’s fully up and pummels him with some more solid punches to the jaw. But Diamond Cage trades blows with him. Cage swings wide hooks to the midsection of Jaywalker. They look like liver shots and they are certainly having an effect as Jay looks to back off. BUT CAGE ISN’T LETTING HIM GO! HE’S GOT HIM BY THE WRIST!!!

Drake: Thinking about Murder. Death. Kill. there but Jaywalker is again on top of it. He spins out and wrenches the arm behind Diamond Cage’s back for the chickenwing. And NOW CAGE IS IN TROUBLE! Jaywalker is trying to reel him in for the crossface chickenwing but Diamond Cage drives forward looking for the rope break. I don’t know why. He should know that there are no disqualifications in this match… WAIT! Diamond Cage steps THROUGH the ropes and out onto the apron. In doing so he forces Jaywalker’s awkwardly over the second rope and manages to turn the hold around.

Pierre: A clever counter by the so called apprentice. Now he has Jaywalker’s arms hooked through the ropes and Cage looks to get some offense in of his own. Cage starts swinging some massive clubbing blows into Jaywalker’s chest as he looks to batter down his former mentor. Jaywalker is unable to reply as he gets the winded continually knocked out of his sails. OW!!! Diamond Cage clocks him with a clattering headbutt to the back of the head before finally releasing him. Jaywalker drops to his knees as Diamond Cage makes moves towards the corner. YES! CAGE IS GOING UP TO THE TOP! He looks down from on high to Jaywalker who is just about dragging himself back up. Jaywalker turns… RIGHT INTO A DIVING ELBOW DROP FROM DIAMOND CAGE!!! THE RING SHAKES AS JAYWALKER IS DRIVEN INTO THE CANVAS AND DIAMOND CAGE BOUNCES BACK TO HIS FEET ANIMATED WITH ENERGY! The official starts the count.

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THREE!… (Jaywalker begins to stir) FOUR!… FIVE!…

Drake: Diamond Cage is lucky to get a few big shots in but it is only a five count. He is going to need to do better than that to win this one. Diamond Cage strides back up to Jaywalker, swinging a punch right into the temple. But Jaywalker replies with one of his own. These two are just trading slugging blow with each other. One after the other. They are looking pretty even in the striking department at the moment, but obviously I am sure that Jaywalker’s punches hurt more. AND CAGE GOES FOR THE EYES! What did I tell you? He did not think it wise to trade blows like a man with Jay so he resorts to dirty tactics. AND HE FOLLOWS WITH THE HEADBUTT! CAGE UTILISING THE ONLY PARTS OF HIS BODY STRONGER THAT JAY’S. That is, his thick skull and over exerted eyebrows.

Pierre: That headbutt definitely took something out of Jaywalker. He stumbles a step and Diamond Cage moves to take advantage, heaving Jaywalker up into the fireman’s carry. Jaywalker senses the Ushigoroshi coming and begins to ram his elbow into the side of Diamond Cage’s head. That worked. Jaywalker slides free behind. And grabbing DC by the neck and tights, he forces him forwards… OH GAWD! JAYWALKER TOSSES DIAMOND CAGE SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL RINGPOST! Diamond Cage is hurting. Jaywalker drags him out and presses him flat against the corner turnbuckles. AND HE COMPLETELY LEVELS INTO DIAMOND CAGE WITH THE CORNER CLOTHESLINE!

Drake: Jaywalker batters away, flattening the body of Diamond Cage with clothesline after clothesline crushing him against the turnbuckles. That is doing damage all over the ribs, the shoulders, the spine. It’s busting his joints. It’s knocking the air out of him. All in all a very simple method of torture but one that is very very effective. Diamond Cage begins to slope in the corner and Jaywalker hooks his arms over the ropes to keep him steady. Jay backs to the opposite corner now. He lines himself up, grabbing the ropes either side of him and leaning in like a raging bull just about to charge… JAYWALKER WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM! RUNNING UPPERCUT!!! MAN, I THINK HE DOES IT BETTER THAN LANNISTER EVER DID! And Diamond Cage might agree with me there after the way that his head was so violently snapped back by the blow.

Pierre: DC’s eyes are rolling back, he doesn’t seem to be all there at all. At the moment it seems the “mentor” still has a few lessons to teach his former apprentice. Grabbing Cage by the waist, Jaywalker lifts him up and seats him on the top turnbuckle. He must have a big move planned to get that ten count. Jaywalker leans in to get a hold of him… AND LEANS RIGHT INTO A HEADBUTT FROM DIAMOND CAGE! THAT CRACK ECHOED THROUGHOUT THE STADIUM AND THAT’S GOTTEN THE CROWD’S ATTENTION! JAYWALKER AND DIAMOND CAGE SLUMP INTO EACH OTHER AMIDST THE ANTICIPATION! CAGE WITH A HARD RIGHT! AND ANOTHER AS JAYWALKER DOES LITTLE BUT TAKE EACH SHOT!

Drake: He’s pulling him in… NO WAY! DIAMOND CAGE IS DRAGGING JAYWALKER UP TO MEET HIM NEARER THE TOP. AND NOW HE UNDERHOOKS THE ARMS HE’S LOOKING FOR THE PEPSI PLUNGE!!! DARE I SAY IT! JAYWALKER MAY HAVE MADE A MISTAKE BY PUTTING HIM IN THIS POSITION! NOW CAGE IS SETTING UP THAT TOP ROPE FACEBUSTER WHICH COULD REALLY CHANGE THE COMPLEXION OF THIS MATCH. NOOO! JAYWALKER SLIPS FREE – UPPERCUT!!! CAGE IS ROCKED AND NOW JAYWALKER PULLS HIM IN. HE HAS HIM RIGHT ON HIS SHOULDERS AS HE CARRIES CAGE RIGHT TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING…THE MUSCLE BUSTER!!! THERE IT IS! JAYWALKER RISES, VAUNTING OVER THE BROKEN BODY OF HIS FORMER APPRENTICE AND HERE IS THE COUNT!

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THREE!… FOUR!… FIVE!… SIX!…

Pierre: He’s moving!

Referee: …SEVEN!…

Drake: OH COME ON!

Pierre: DIAMOND CAGE IS UP! DIAMOND CAGE IS FIGHTING THROUGH ALL OF THE PUNISHMENT AND HE JUST REFUSES TO STAY DOWN WHILE HE CAN STILL BREATH! A frustrated Jaywalker marches over, pummeling Diamond Cage with a series of strikes to the head. But Diamond Cage doesn’t even bother with protecting himself. He just throws hands back, happily allowing this match to descend into a brawl. Jaywalker seems altogether shocked that DC still has this amount of fight left in him. And Cage gets the better of it, tackling Jaywalker to the ground AND POUNDING DOWN UPON HIM WITH SOME VICIOUS HAMMERFISTS! BUT JAY! JAYWALKER HAS HIM! HE WRAPS A BIG STRONG HAND AROUND THE SKULL OF DIAMOND CAGE AND SQUEEZES IT LIKE A VICE! THAT’S THE IRON TALON! A SADISTIC AND EXCRUCIATING HOLD AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE AGONISING LOOK ON DIAMOND CAGE’S FACE.

Drake: CAGE FEELS LIKE HIS BRAIN IS ABOUT TO BURST RIGHT ABOUT NOW. HE IS COMPLETELY IN JAYWALKER’S CONTROL AS JAY BEGINS TO SLOWLY RISE, BRINGING BOTH MEN BACK TO THEIR FEET. STO! JAYWALKER SLAMS DIAMOND CAGE INTO THE CANVAS WITH A KIND OF IRON TALON MODIFIED STO BEFORE RELEASING THE HOLD. But he has no intentions of allowing the official to begin his count again just yet… HE’S GOING JAYWALKING! JAYWALKER CIRCLES THE GROUNDED DIAMOND CAGE, GETTING TO WORK WITH THOSE PATENTED STOMPS TO THE EXTREMITIES. OFT IMITATED, BUT NEVER SURPASSED. YOU CAN ASK DIAMOND CAGE HOW IT IS MAKING HIM FEEL RIGHT NOW, ALTHOUGH I AM NOT SURE YOU’LL GET A RESPONSE BETWEEN THE CRIES OF PAIN AND ANGUISH. Even as Jaywalker halts his assault and steps away, Diamond Cage is a wretched, writhing mass of suffering right now, just waiting to be put out of his misery. JAYWALKER CHARGES…

Pierre: UNBELIEVABLE! OUT OF NOWHERE, DIAMOND CAGE FINDS THE STRENGTH TO COUNTER, THROWING JAYWALKER UP INTO THE FIREMAN’S CARRY… USHIGOROSHI!!! DIAMOND CAGE DROPS JAYWALKER RIGHT ON HIS NECK. AND CAGE GETS HIM FROM BEHIND IMMEDIATELY. HE’S GOT THE WRIST CLUTCHED TIGHT… MURDER! DEATH! KILL!!! BUT JAYWALKER DUCKS THE LARIAT! BAH GAWD! CATACLYSMIA!!! CATACLYSMIA!!! THE TIGER UPPERCUT KNEE LIFT LANDS RIGHT ON THE CHIN AND DIAMOND CAGE’S EYES GO VACANT. BUT HE DOESN’T FALL DOWN. JAYWALKER TRIES TO STEP BACK BUT DIAMOND CAGE STILL HAS A HOLD ON HIS WRIST… MURDER! DEATH! KILL!!! THE LARIAT TURNS JAYWALKER INSIDE OUT AS BOTH MEN DROP MOTIONLESS TO THE CANVAS!

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THREE!… FOUR!…

Drake: Are they both out?

Referee: FIVE!… SIX!… SEVEN!

Pierre: THEY’RE MOVING! COME ON!

Referee: EIGHT!… NINE!… TEN!!!

Drake: OH MY GAWD! THAT WAS TOO CLOSE TO CALL! But the official says FIGHT ON as both men just about made it to their feet simultaneously at about 9 3/4s. Diamond Cage is the first to make his move now, limping towards Jaywalker and striking him with a sizzling chop across the chest. I think that one took the skin off because now as Diamond Cage fires away, chop after chop, the spot is looking red raw. Jaywalker flinches in pain, AND DIAMOND CAGE SWINGS THE LARIAT! Jaywalker slips underneath and pulls him in from behind. LOOKING FOR THE PSYCHO DRIVER! BUT NO CIGAR! Diamond Cage blocks it with some back elbows which send Jaywalker stumbling backwards. JUMPING HOOK KICK!!! HOLY HELL!

Pierre: And impressive display of athleticism for any 250 pound man. Jaywalker catches Diamond Cage right on the button and sends DC foundering across the ring where he steadies himself against the ropes, back towards Jaywalker.

Drake: You should never show your back towards Jaywalker. RIP.

Pierre: I know what you mean. Jaywalker lines himself up… AND SPRINTS IN FOR THE NORTHERN LARIAT! BUT IT’S COUNTERED!!! HOW IN THE WORLD?!? DIAMOND CAGE SAW IT COMING AND TURNS IT AROUND, BACK BODY DROPPING JAYWALKER OUT TO RINGSIDE! Jaywalker lands hard and awkwardly but there is no time to dwell upon that. HERE COMES CAGE WITH A TOPE SUICIDA! BAH GAWD! JAYWALKER CATCHES DIAMOND CAGE RIGHT ON TIME WITH THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT AS HE DIVES THROUGH THE ROPES!

Drake: High risk working against Cage, nothing new here. DC could be out cold as it is, but Jaywalker pulls him outside anyway. Jaywalker wants to make sure that Diamond Cage is definitely not getting up here. Jaywalker pulls Cage in between his legs… AND RAISES HIM UP HIGH ABOVE HIS HEAD AS HE LOOKS FOR THE 2ND SACRIFICE! HE TURNS TO FACE THE STEEL STEPS! BAH GAWD!!! JAYWALKER IS LEGITIMATELY LOOKING TO SNAP DIAMOND CAGE IN HALF… CAGE IS STRUGGLING FOR HIS LIFE NOW! HE DROPS FREE… DIAMOND CUTTER! THE DIAMOND CUTTER!!!

Pierre: INCREDIBLE DRAMA HERE TONIGHT! THESE TWO ARE PUTTING EACH OTHER THROUGH ABSOLUTE HELL AND BACK! Diamond Cage rises slowly after that Diamond Cutter, but Jaywalker stays firmly down for the count

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THR-

Pierre: Wait… WHAT IS HE DOING?!? DIAMOND CAGE PULLS JAYWALKER BACK TO A VERTICAL BASE, HE’S NOT DONE!!! HE MANHANDLES JAYWALKER BACK AROUND TO THE STEEL STEPS! HE LOOKS TO BE TAKING ONE LAST IDEA OUT OF HIS FORMER MENTOR’S BOOK. ONE LAST LESSON, IF YOU WILL, AS HE PREPARES TO FINALLY END THIS BATTLE.

Drake: No, Pierre… Don’t talk crazy. This is Jay… A Triumvirate King would never be defeated by someone like Diamond Cage…

Pierre: CAGE PULLS HIM IN… CRADLE TO THE GRAVE!!! THE VERTICAL SUPLEX PILEDRIVER BURIES JAYWALKER’S SKULL INTO THE STEEL STEPS! BLOOD GUSHES FROM THE POINT OF IMPACT AND THIS IS BRUTAL! SURELY THIS IS THE END!!!

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THREE!… FOUR!… FIVE!… SIX!… SEVEN!… EIGHT!… NINE!… TEN!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana hits the speakers to a loud pop from the crowd. EMT’s rush to check on Jaywalker as Diamond Cage celebrates hysterically.)

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH… DIAMOND CAGE!!!

Drake: I can’t believe what I’ve just seen. God is dead. Life has no meaning. GRAPE-KUN’S LOVE WAS A LIE! HOW COULD THIS POSSIBLY HAVE HAPPENED, PIERRE?!?

Pierre: Come on, give the guy his due, Drake. We just witnessed a total WAR between two elitists who prepared to do ANYTHING just to make sure that the other one doesn’t walk out of the arena on his own two feet. After all that, Diamond Cage remains the Last Man Standing even against one of the ALL-TIME GREATS in Jaywalker. Give the guy a pat on the back.

Drake: I really, REALLY want to argue with you right now, Pierre. But I can’t. Diamond Cage did exactly what he said he was going to do. Let’s just hope this he’ll be less depressingly miserable next week.

(The camera transitions backstage to Max A. Million with a microphone in hand)

Max: What a night it’s already been as we’ve witnessed a brutal Last Man Standing Match to start things off – The Triumvirate already having lost one of their crucial matches, and my guest at this time happens to be a man who intends to make them lost another one of those matches tonight. He is the currently reigning Openweight Champion, Ryan Marx.

(The camera pans to the right to reveal Ryan Marx in his ring attire and a “5 Pillars” t-shirt with a determined look upon his face)

Max: Thank you for joining me, I know you must have a lot on your mind–

Ryan: A lot? You’re sadly mistaken. I have but one thing on my mind… And that is taking the EAW Championship. A lot of people believed I had to focus on those who have gotten in my way up until now. Tarah Nova, Solomon Caine, Target Smiles, Jon McAdams, Maero, Matsuda… Just names. Nothing more. The Heart Break Gal and Tiberius IV are just names. They don’t hold any more value to me than the others have. The only thing that matters is the Championship, and who gets in my way is just a nameless victim.

Max: You’re not concerned about the history between the Heart Break Gal and Tiberius?

Ryan: What does that matter to me? The Heart Break Gal doesn’t even belong in this match, and yet here she is. Why? Because she got lucky and fell face-first into it. People like her only survive because they’re overlooked by the true predators in this industry. It was only a matter of time before she found her way in front of one, and you’re looking at the one that’s gonna rid her of whatever belief she has that she belongs here. As for Tiberius, he’s just another delusional fool who thinks winning a plastic crown makes him a King. Kings rule by fear and respect, and make no mistake, but the end of the night, all of these people may not like me, but they will fear me, and they will respect me. The history between the Heart Break Gal and Tiberius means nothing. Absolutely nothing. I don’t care what they started. I’m here to finish it.

Max: And–

(An annoyed Marx puts his hand over Max’s mouth to silence him)

Ryan: You can stop speaking now. I’ve grown so tired of talk. That’s all they ever are. Just talk. I don’t need to talk. I can show what I’m capable of, just as I have since I became the first ever Openweight Champion. Just as I have as I’ve beaten every man and woman in my way. Just as I will tonight. There are no Kings, and there certainly won’t be a Queen. Tonight, there is just Ryan Marx. A New Era of Elite.

(Ryan walks off as Max looks on while the camera fades back to the stage)

(Camera transitions back to the ring as the Announcer is shown in the center of the ring)

Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall–

Crowd: ONE FALL!

Announcer: And is our FIRST Showdown King of Elite Semi-Finals Match of the evening!!….

(“I Hope You Suffer” by AFI plays all throughout the Air Canada Centre as Theron Nikolas makes his way out to the stage in his usual black attire, fur coat, sunglasses, and carrying his umbrella)

Announcer: First, making his way towards the ring…. From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada!…. He weighed in tonight at 195 Pounds!…. “NO LOVE” THERON NIIIIIIIIIKKKKKKKKKOOOOLLLLLAAAAASSSSS!!!….

Pierre: This young man has had a Hell of a season so far, and it only gets that much tougher with the opponents he’ll have in front of him tonight. Theron has been on a mission for months now, looking to take the EAW Championship for his own, and capturing the King of Elite Crown may be the only way to truly pull it off. It could very well be his last opportunity.

(A loud roar sounds all throughout the Air Canada Centre)

(“Bloodlust” by contRoVersy plays all throughout the arena as Ares Vendetta makes his way out to the stage in gold and black attire)

Announcer: And his opponent!…. Making his way towards the ring, representing The Triumvirate…. From The Land of the Rising Sun!…. He weighed in tonight at 217 Pounds!…. HE IS “THE BLACK VULTURE”…. THIS IS ARES VEEEEEENNNNNNNNDDDDDDDEEEETTTTTAAAAAA!!!….

Drake: Who gives a rat’s ass what Theron has had to go through, what about THIS guy? Ares has had to deal with constant failure throughout this entire damn year, from Brian Daniels to his own father, Robbie V, to Diamond Cage and most recently, Lannister. Now he HAS to win this match AND the Showdown Finals later tonight or, as per the rules Daniels stated, not only will The Triumvirate be disbanded, but Ares will be FIRED for his actions against Lannister and Athena.

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: This contest is officially underway here as both of these young athletes stare down. Ares with that familiar sinister look in his eyes as he and Theron begin to circle the ring… Even for Ares he seems a little off… Both men lock up in the center of the ring with a collar and elbow tie up! Ares with an immediate knee to the gut of Theron! Another knee! He sends Theron off into the ropes! Theron turns it around into an irish whip of his own! Ares coming off the ropes! Theron with a boot to the face! Ares ducks it! HE CATCHES THERON FROM BEHIND WITH A WAIST LOCK! HE’S GOT HIM! THERON THROWS AN ELBOW BACK INTO THE FACE OF ARES! Another elbow connects!

Drake: Theron manages to turn himself around as Ares immediately pushes into him, backing him into the ropes! He’s got him up against the ropes as the Referee immediately starts a count!

Referee: ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! COME ON, ARES, BREAK IT UP!

Pierre: Ares reluctant to break it up, but puts both hands up, backing away… ARES WITH AN IMMEDIATE BOOT TO THE FACE OF THERON! The Referee isn’t too happy about that, but nothing he can do as Ares lays into Theron with clubbing blows! He pulls Theron in! PICKING HIM UP! Theron drives a knee down into the skull of Ares! Another knee! Theron drops down behind Ares! HE’S GOT HIM! A BIG GERMAN SUPLEX CONNECTS!! HE’S STILL GOT A GRASP ON ARES AS HE PULLS HIM UP! HE’S LOOKING FOR IT! TOUCH OF HEROOOIINNNEEE!!!!

Drake: Ares stops it with a big jumping knee to the face of Theron! HE PULLS THERON IN FOR A BEAUTIFUL NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Ares doesn’t opt to bridge for the cover as he immediately starts laying into Theron on the canvas with vicious shots instead! Ares forcing Theron to the outside! He kicks him out and follows behind! Ares not stopping his assault for even a second, but Theron isn’t backing down! He forces Ares spine-first into the apron! Both men just laying into one another! This is turning into a brawl more than anything!

Pierre: THERON WHIPS ARES STRAIGHT INTO THE BARRICADE WITH GREAT VELOCITY!! HE CHARGES IN AND NAILS ARES WITH A BIG FOREARM TO THE FACE! HE GRABS ARES AND SENDS HIM ROLLING BACK INTO THE RING! THERON’S NOT DONE AS HE CLIMBS UP TO THE APRON! HE’S GOING TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! HE’S PERCHED!!

Drake: Ares rolls to the outside! He’s not having it! Theron drops down, pursuing Ares! He’s not letting him get away! Theron goes after him! ARES TURNS AND CATCHES THERON WITH A THUMB TO THE EYE! HE GRABS HIM AND SENDS THERON CRASHING INTO THE NEARBY STEEL STEPS!! ARES NOW TURNING THINGS AROUND AS HE GRABS THERON AND SENDS HIM ROLLING BACK INTO THE RING! ARES NOW DOING EXACTLY WHAT THERON WAS LOOKING FOR AS HE CLIMBS UP THE APRON AND TO THE TOP! HE’S PERCHED!! INCOMING–METEORA!!!

Pierre: THERON ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY AS ARES SAVES HIMSELF, ROLLING ON IMPACT RIGHT BACK UP TO HIS FEET! Ares with a smile on his face as he stalks Theron! Theron pulling himself up in the corner! ARES CHARGES FOR A SPEAR!! IT’S STOPPED WITH A KNEE LIFT FROM THERON! HE TURNS ARES AROUND!! HE’S LOOKING FOR THE CROSSFACE CHICKENWING!!!! ARES IS FIGHTING IT! HE ESCAPES! NO–THERON HAS HIM BY THE WRIST!! HE’S LOOKING FOR IT! TOUCH OF HEROOOOOOIINNNNEEE–

Drake: ARES WITH A KICK STRAIGHT TO THE GROIN OF THERON?!!!!

Pierre: … WHAT? Did he–

(DING! DING! DING!)

Drake: The Ref is calling for the bell! That’s it! Holy Hell! Are you serious?! What just happened?!

Announcer: The Winner of this match by disqualification….. Theron Nikolas!

(Ares drops to his knees with Theron with a sadistic smile)

Drake: ARES HEADBUTTS THERON RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES IMMEDIATELY!! WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING?! HE JUST THREW THIS WHOLE MATCH AWAY! ARES IS LAYING INTO THERON WITH A SERIES OF SHOTS! HE ROLLS TO THE OUTSIDE, GRABBING THERON BY THE LEG! HE’S PUTTING A LEG OF THERON BETWEEN THE RINGPOST AND STEEL STEPS! ARES BACKS UP AND CHARGES IN FOR A VIOLENT DROPKICK TO THE STEPS AS THERON WRITHES IN PAIN!

Pierre: He’s lost his damn mind! Ares drags Theron all the way out of the ring, stomping into him! He’s gonna try to end his damn career like he did to Lannister! I don’t think he even cared about winning this! He just cost The Triumvirate dearly! That was their second loss!

Drake: And he’s fired, isn’t he?!

Pierre: I’m not sure! I don’t even know what to make of this! ARES HAS A CHAIR! HE DRIVES IT DOWN INTO THE KNEE OF THERON! HE’S LAYING INTO HIM WITH THAT CHAIR, SWINGING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN INTO THE LEG! HE INTENDS TO CRIPPLE THIS MAN!

(Brian Daniels leads a team of security out, yelling for them to stop it)

Drake: ARES JUST DRIVING THE CHAIR MERCILESSLY INTO THE LEG OF THERON AS HE WRITHES IN PAIN! THIS GUY IS OUT OF HIS MIND, I SWEAR! THERON WON THIS, BUT HE MIGHT NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS IF THIS KEEPS UP! ARES IS WRAPPING THE CHAIR AROUND THE LEG OF THERON!! SECURITY RUSHES DOWN TO STOP HIM AS ARES LAYS INTO THEM! HE’S THROWING SHOTS INTO EVERY SECURITY MEMBER WHO GETS IN HIS WAY! HE’S LOST IT!

Pierre: HE SENDS A MEMBER OF SECURITY INTO THE BARRICADE! DANIELS HIMSELF IS RUSHING DOWN HERE! MORE OFFICIALS NOW RUSHING OUT! DANIELS TACKLES ARES!! HE’S LAYING INTO HIM!! THIS HAS ERUPTED INTO CHAOS HERE AT RINGSIDE AS SEVERAL OFFICIALS AND WORKERS PULL THEM APART, RESTRAINING ARES!

Drake: Theron is in a lot of pain, clutching at that knee! Ares may have just ensured nobody advances with that!

Pierre: I don’t know what to make of any of this… I’m truly baffled… What has gotten into Ares as of late?

Drake: The guy is just a lunatic – he just threw away The Triumvirate and maybe even his own career because of that!

Pierre: I don’t know what this could mean for him or even Theron with the Finals tonight, hopefully we’ll get some kind of word about it as we go on…

(Ares is restrained by several people while a furious Brian Daniels yells at him with people trying to check on Theron Nikolas before the camera fades away)

(The camera cuts backstage to Max A. Million with a microphone in hand alongside a focused Heart Break Gal)

Max: Thank you for joining me, HBG, I know you’ve probably got plenty on your mind in preparation for this upcoming contest. Your fourth World Championship match this year alone, how does it feel going into it?

HBG: … I think a lot of people get used to it. Losing big matches like that. A lot of people work for their entire lives and still can’t pull it off. Max, I’ve been around for 10 years trying to pull off something like this. Up until this year, I wasn’t competing around here in a World where plenty feel I don’t belong. Maybe in a way I don’t. I had a division to be a part of, but I’ve been there, and I’ve done that. I walked out a four-time Vixens Champion. I’ve held the Unified Tag Team Championships. I’ve been everywhere there is to be, and right now, I want to be where I’ve never gone. And it hurts, yeah, it hurts to lose these matches.

(HBG takes a moment to think, visibly bothered)

HBG: … But I have to keep going. I’ve come so close too many times to stop now. I wasn’t about to let what happened at Road To Redemption stop me, so the moment I got this opportunity, I wasn’t missing it. I spent way too long doing what people expect of me. They expect me to be complacent in a division or a team or a group. I’m better than that. I know I am. And they will too. I have to think about winning and only winning despite the other losses. I have to. And if I can’t get it done despite that – despite everything I’ve gone through to get here, well….

(HBG looks deep in thought again, saying nothing as she walks off while a concerned Max looks on while the camera fades back to the ring)

Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a Showdown King of Elite Semi Finals match.

(“Rise Up” by Drowning Pool erupts from the speakers as Rex McAllister enters the stage wearing his black “Rex Master” vest. He makes his way down to the ring.)

Announcer: Introducing first, from Sea Isle, New Jersey and weighing in at 238 pounds… REX MCALLISTER!!!

Drake: What is this guy doing here?

Pierre: Rex McAllister qualified for this round of the competition after picking up something of a controversial victory over David Davidson last week.

Drake: Controversial? I’ll say. Davidson was blatantly robbed last week after that hooded creep got involved. If there was any justice in the world, Rex would be disqualified from the competition but, of course, this is Brian Daniels’ Showdown. #BrianDanielsOut

(“I Get Money” by 50 Cent hits the speakers as Jack Ripley swaggers onto the stage with his EAW Unified Tag Team CHampionship wrapped around his waist. He unclips it, holding it up high above his head as he marches down to meet Rex.)

Announcer: And his opponent, from Las Vegas, Nevada and weighing in at 202 pounds… He is one half of your EAW Unified Tag Team Champions… JACK RIPLEY!!!

Pierre: In any case, Rex is here and with something to prove as his opponent tonight, Jack Ripley, got the better of him only very recently. As Davidson’s tag team partner, Ripley promises to bring a bit of edge to what is shaping up to quite a grudge match here tonight.

Drake: Grudge match… I guess that’s one way to sell it. But could you imagine if it was Davidson vs Ripley instead tonight? Champion vs Champion. A house divided. A rare match pitting the greatest tag team champions of all time against each other. It would have sold itself, Pierre. Unfortunately Daniels lacks not only a sense of justice but business acumen as well. The idiot doesn’t even know how to look after his own interests.

Pierre: You do realise he is your employer right? He could release you for comments like that.

Drake: That is a risk I am willing to take, Pierre. Vive la résistance!

(DING! DING! DING)

Pierre: The bell rings and these two just cannot wait to get a hold of each other. They lock up in the centre of the ring in the collar and elbow tie-up. Rex McAllister tries to slip an elbow through the guard, it doesn’t make it all the way through but it destabilizes Ripley enough that Rex can slip around him AND LOCK IN THE SLEEPER! But Jack Ripley reacts well. Snapmare takedown flips McAllister onto the canvas before he can lock the sleeper hold in tight. And now it is Ripley holding Rex down with a side headlock. The struggle continues, however. Rex wraps his arms around Jack’s waist as he attempts to power back up. BACK SUPLEX! REX GETS HIM UP!!!

Drake: BUT RIPLEY! He flips straight over the top and lands flat on his feet like a cat. Rex turns RIGHT INTO A SOLID KNIFE-EDGED CHOP ACROSS THE CHEST! Ripley is finding some rhythm now, driving Rex backwards step by step with each thunderous chop connecting across his upper torso until rex finds his back against the ropes with nowhere to go. Here Ripley picks up the pace, almost blistering the skin with a rapid fire flurry of chops that has Rex McAllister grinding his teeth in pain.

Pierre: Jack Ripley now wrenches Rex McAllister by the wrist and directs Rex across the ring with the irish whip. Rex rebounds back at speed, ducking a GOAT punch and hitting the ropes again. REVERSAL 2! The flying elbow smash connects from McAllister and Ripley’s head is sent for a loop. He tries to bounce straight back up but he’s groggy. Rex catches him from behind… GERMAN SUPLEX! MCALLISTER RELEASES EARLY, LAUNCHING RIPLEY ACROSS THE RING AND ONTO HIS NECK! Ripley yanks himself back up in the corner, but Rex eyes him from across the ring with bad intentions. Rex sprints in – YAKUZA KICK! REX IS A SOLE MAN TONIGHT AS HE USES THE SOLE OF HIS BOOT TO CLEAN JACK’S CLOCK! Ripley is in deep trouble now. Still trying to catch his bearings as he almost falls out of the corner. AND REX SPRINGS ONTO THE SECOND ROPE! THE REX EFFECT!!!

Drake: NOO! RIPLEY WITH THE COUNTER! As soon as Rex hopped onto the ropes, Jack pulls it together and has the wherewithal to catch Rex from behind with the leaping double knee backbreaker! McAllister is left clutching the base of his spine in pain. Meanwhile, NOW RIPLEY IS CLIMBING THE ROPES! LET’S GO, CHAMP… THE MOONSAULT!!! REX TURNS TO SEE JACK’S BODY FLYING TOWARDS HIM AND HE IS DRIVEN BACK DOWN INTO THE CANVAS! JACK RIPLEY HOOKS THE LEG FOR A QUICK COVER!

Referee: ONE!…TWO!…

Pierre: McAllister pops the shoulder up, much to Ripley’s chagrin. As Rex begins to pry himself off of the canvas, Ripley stands and lines up his next shot… AND RIPLEY SWINGS WITH A BIG KICK TO MCALLISTER’S CHEST! AND ANOTHER! ANOTHER! THE KICKS KEEP COMING! EACH ONE LANDING SQUARE ACROSS REX’S PECS AND THAT AREA IS STARTING TO LOOK A LITTLE SORE. Ripley takes a stride backwards now and stomps on the canvas. YOU’LL FLOAT TOO! THE SUPERKICK!!! But Rex sees it coming. He gets the hell out of dodge, rolling away and safely out of the ring before Ripley can connect.

Drake: Rex has learned rightly to fear that move. If Ripley had connected with that superkick then it would have been lights out. 1! 2! 3! And he knows it. Rex McAllister is looking to catch a breather at ringside but Ripley has zero intentions of waiting up for him. He lines himself up at the edge of the ring, howling at Rex to come back and fight him like a man. But McAllister ignores him like the coward he is. Ripley shrugs. SLINGSHOT! JACK THROWS HIMSELF AT REX! BUT OH NO!!! REX SUCKERED HIM! REX MCALLISTER SIDESTEPS AND KNOCKS RIPLEY OUT OF THE SKY WITH A BIG FOREARM SMASH!!!

Pierre: Ripley is trying to collect himself BUT REX RUSHES FROM BEHIND! BULLDOG!!! Jack Ripley faceplants the thinly padded ringside floor and Rex seems to once again be taking the advantage back. Mcallister hauls Ripley back up again, sprinting with him AND LAUNCHING HIS BODY INTO THE BARRICADE! The official says it is time to bring this back into the ring and Rex obliges just as the count begins. He manhandles Ripley, rolling him back into the ring and sliding in behind. BUT RIPLEY! Ripley tackles Rex McAllister straight away for the takedown and now the two arch-competitors are trading blows on the canvas like a couple of rabid dogs.

Drake: They are both going for the jugular, alright. Rex shoves Ripley off to catch some space. But Ripley rolls to his feet and charges. GOAT PUN- NOOO!!! REX BLOCKS IT AND POPS UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS! THE FIREMAN’S CARRY DRIVER DROPS RIPLEY ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD! THIS IS HORRIBLE! THAT’S A MARTINETE, IT’S ILLEGAL IN MEXICO BUT NOT BRIAN DANIELS’ SHOWDOWN GOD DAMN!!! REX MCALLISTER MAKES THE COVER!

Referee: ONE!… TWO!…

Pierre: KICKOUT by Ripley!

Drake: Oh thank Grape-kun that he’s alive. Jack Ripley survives that hugely dangerous and irresponsible maneuver that has no place in our sport. But hopefully this event will still strike the final death knell in Brian Daniels’ general management career.

Pierre: In any case, Jack RIpley still has enough fight left in him for this match to continue and so it does. Rex gets to work, getting his boots dirty as he stomps them into the grounded Jack Ripley. Particular attention seems to be given to the thigh as he goes again and again targeting that same spot. Softening it up. Perhaps he has plans… and Rex gets Ripley by the ankles AND APPLIES A SPINNING TOEHOLD! THE FIGURE FOUR! BUT RIPLEY BLOCKS IT AND KICKS REX MCALLISTER AWAY! Rex rebounds off the ropes… LARIAT! But Ripley ducks that too, speeding off and hitting the ropes himself. BUT HE REBOUNDS STRAIGHT BACK INTO A DROP TOEHOLD! REX WITH THE STEP OVER… THE REX LOCK! MCALLISTER HAS THE REX LOCK CLAMPED ON RIGHT IN THE VERY CENTRE OF THE RING! JACK RIPLEY HAS NOWHERE TO GO!

Drake: JACK RIPLEY IS BURNING IN AGONY RIGHT NOW! HE HAS NO CHOICE. HE HAS GOT TO DRAW UPON ALL OF HIS KING OF ELITE WORTHY CREDENTIALS AND DRAG HIMSELF ACROSS THE CANVAS, ALL THE WAY TO THE ROPES! BUT BAH GAWD, HE’S DOING IT! JACK RIPLEY IS INCHING HIS WAY ACROSS AS REX MCALLISTER TWISTS AND CONTORTS HIS SPINE IN WAYS THAT IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BEND. BUT RIPLEY IS ALMOST THERE NOW. ONLY A FEW MORE INCHES…

Pierre: NOO! MCALLISTER RELEASES THE HOLD AND DRAGS RIPLEY BACK TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING. HE GOES TO APPLY THE REX LOCK ONCE MORE – BUT RIPLEY PULLS HIM INTO A SMALL PACKAGE! SHOULDERS ARE DOWN!!!

Referee: ONE!.. TWO!… THR-

Pierre: NEAR FALL!!!

Drake: UGH JUST DIE ALREADY!

Pierre: Ripley almost stole the match with that roll up, but the match is still very much live as both men scramble to their respective feet. Rex hammers away with a series of devastating looking elbow strikes. Ripley eats all of it and slumps forward allowing Rex to underhook both arms. BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! But the attempt is blocked. Ripley counters with the back body drop and Rex lands on his feet. An attempt to grapple ripley from behind is met with a deep armdrag that sends him cascading across the ring. Rex ducks a clothesline from Jack and both men rebound off opposite sides of the ring. YAKUZA KICK! Evaded by Ripley WHO COUNTERS WITH THE GOAT PUNCH!

Drake: HE’S DONE IT! MCALLISTER EATS THE GOAT PUNCH SQUARE IN THE JAW AND NOW RIPLEY PREPARES TO FINISH THIS WITH THE GOAT KICK!!!

Pierre: DRAKE LOOK!

Drake: THE HOODED FIGURE! IT’S THE HOODED FIGURE WHO COST DAVID DAVIDSON THE MATCH LAST ROUND! HE’S BACK AGAIN ON THE APRON AND DANIELS REALLY DOES NEED TO SORT OUT SECURITY! Ripley turns… YOU’LL FLOAT TOO!!! JACK RIPLEY SUPERKICKS THE INTERLOPER OFF THE APRON, GAINING A MEASURE OF REVENGE! BUT WAIT – MCALLISTER RUSHES FROM BEHIND… THE REX EFFECT!!! REX MCALLISTER ONCE AGAIN SEIZES ON THE DISTRACTION TO LAND THE DDT AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING! HE HOOKS THE LEG!!!

Referee: ONE!… TWO!… THREE!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(“Rise Up” by Drowning Pool hits the speakers as a jubilant Rex McAllister exits the ring to celebrate. The hooded figure, still rattled, makes it’s escape through the crowd.)

Pierre: I’m at a loss for words. Jack Ripley looked like was about to achieve another stunning victory over Rex McAllister but once again a mysterious hooded figure helps Rex over the line.

Drake: I was going to say shut up, Pierre, because you’re usually wrong and at the end of the day it only matters that you actually get the job done, not HOW. But come to think of it, I AM interested in knowing who would waste their time helping Rex out. In fact, I’m calling an inquest, Pierre. I WILL find out who has done this to our beloved tag team champions. But who could it be? John Doe? The Pizza Boy? Oh… my… God…

Pierre: What?

Drake: This one might go right to the top, Pierre.

Pierre: Pardon?

Drake: It’s Daniels, isn’t it? He’s got history with The High Rollerz. It was him all along. He has got to be stopped, Pierre.

Pierre: I think it’s a bit premature to be throwing around accusations. I agree about one thing, though. Something really must be done about this.

(The Camera fades to backstage)

(The camera cuts backstage to the trainer’s room where Theron Nikolas lays on the table getting his knee assessed. Brian Daniels stands next to the table still furious over the assault earlier in the night.)

Doctor: There some serious swelling around the knee; Theron reacts unfavourably when attempting to bend or move his knee. He may not like or agree with this, Brian, but I would highly suggest that he doesn’t compete again tonight and we move him to the hospital for scans.

(Theron sits up shaking his head as the doctor takes a step back.)

Theron: I’m not going anywhere until I beat Rex.

Doctor: Trust me, Theron. It would be in your best interest to put your pride aside and put your personal safety first.

Theron: I’m competing in the finals, whether I have to drag myself out there or not.

Brian: Don’t be stupid, Theron.

(Theron scoffs as he shakes his head.)

Theron: Stupid? I haven’t come this far to let this stop me.

Brian: You haven’t come this far to allow your pride to take years off of your career. The opportunity is going to come again; Showdown can’t afford to lose another name after what Ares did to Lannister.

Theron: What would you have done, Brian? If you were in my position, still wrestling; fighting towards something you’re inches away from taking – what would you have done? You’re here telling me not to do it? Live to fight another day – we both know you’d do the same as I am. I know that I’m not in the greatest condition. I might be walking into a slaughter, but I don’t care. I would rather fight and fall rather than give up on something I’ve been fighting for. I haven’t come so close for months to give up on this King of Elite tournament now.

(Theron forces himself off the table.)

Theron: Thank you, Doctor. Thank you, Brian, but I have a match to get ready for.

(Theron limps away as Brian watches, visibly in two minds over the situation as the camera cuts back to the ring.)

(“The Zephyr Song” by Red Hot Chili Peppers hits to boos from the crowd as Stark makes his way to the ring taunting the fans at ringside. Stark climbs up to the top rope and sits on the top turnbuckles as he waits for his opponents to come down to the ring.)

Pierre: Stark popped back up on Showdown two weeks ago, surprisingly attacking Nobi in a manner that is normally uncharacteristic of him, but I guess when it comes to the title, there are no friends or boundaries! Stark was the former National Elite Champion, and the way he lost to POP brought many to question the validity of his reign as champion in the first place! Still, you can’t deny how impressive his run up to his PFP X victory over Rex McAllister to capture the championship was, and if Stark is able to recapture that magic tonight, he may very well leave Kingsroad as the new – and two time – National Elite Champion.

(“Failure” by Breaking Benjamin hits to a huge pop from the crowd. A large “Nobi” chant fills the arena as Nobi walks out to the stage. Nobi looks around the arena then stares down the ring at Stark while he walks down to the ring, slapping the hands of some fans in the front row before entering the ring.)

Drake: If you asked me to point out someone that deserves this title even less than Stark over there, it would have to be Nobi. Nobi has shown time and time again that he just can’t hang with the elite in the ring! He’s taken losses to POP, he had a title match against Stark at Dia Del Diablo that he lost, and damn, that’s already coming off of an overall disappointing 2017 in general. He had to see his best friend and mentor, Lioncross, retire after losing to the High Rollerz at Pain for Pride, something that Nobi still feels some measure of responsibility for… And I don’t know, if Nobi doesn’t win tonight, I’d consider hanging it up for good if I was him.

(“Crown of Thorns” by Rakaa hits to a mixed reaction from the crowd as POP walks down to the ring holding his title high. POP slides into the ring and holds the title up to Stark and Nobi, talking trash as he settles in his corner.)

Pierre: If POP retains here tonight, he’ll be closing in on nearly a hundred days as the National Elite Champion, an impressive feat for sure considering we’ve had champions like Nico Borg and Rex McAllister this year! POP took the title from Stark in the matter of seconds, and he’s been going back and forth with Nobi ever since. I’ll admit, POP has shown Nobi up many times on the way to Kingsroad, and the way things have been going, I might just have to put my money on POP retaining.

(The ring announcer gets ready to do his introductions as POP, Nobi, and Stark make their way to the center of the ring.)

Ring Announcer: The following contest is a triple threat match scheduled for one fall… AND IT IS FOR THE EAW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!! Introducing the first challenger, from New York City, weighing in at 210 pounds… THE PSYCHEDELIC SAMURAI!!!!… STARK!!!!

(The crowd boos Stark as he looks around and shrugs it off before backing up into a corner.)

Ring Announcer: And the second challenger, from Indonesia, weighing in at 228 pounds… THE INDONESIAN MAT MAGICIAN!!!!…. NOBI!!!!

(Nobi gets a huge pop from the crowd and he raises his arm while staring down POP.)

Ring Announcer: And finally, from Miami Beach, Florida, weighing in at 215 pounds… HE IS THE REIGNING EAW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION… PRINCE OF PHENOMENAL!!!!!

(POP holds his title up high and hands it to the referee who passes it outside the ring. The referee calls for the bell!)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: This championship contest is now underway! POP and Nobi eye each other down while Stark keeps his distance, perched in that corner… Nobi goes to lock up with POP… AND STARK COMES FROM BEHIND!!!! POP SEES IT COMING AND SWINGS BEHIND STARK PUSHING HIM INTO NOBI!!! Stark swings with the ELBOW SMASH – NOBI CATCHES STARK BY THE ARM AND UNWINDS HIM, DROPPING HIM TO THE MAT WITH THE ARM WRINGER!!!! POP comes at Nobi with a fist now, but again Nobi blocks the shot and kicks POP in the gut before putting him in a headlock!

Drake: Nobi tries to drag POP over to bring him down to the mat, but POP squeezes his way out of Nobi’s hold! Nobi turns… POP DROPKICKS HIM INTO THE ROPES!!!! Nobi comes running back while POP drops to the mat… AND STARK COMES OFF OF THE ROPES HIMSELF WITH A BIG CLOTHESLINE KNOCKING NOBI DOWN!!! POP drops Stark with the leg sweep and rolls over his back, picking him up by the head… Stark fights out of POP’s grip and stuns him with an elbow before running back into — NOBI’S GRIP!!!! NOBI LOCKS STARK’S ARMS BEHIND HIS BACK… AND CHARGES FORWARD AT POP!!!!! NOBI IS USING STARK AS A RIOT SHIELD, RAMMING HIM INTO POP!!!! POP GOES DOWN AND NOBI KEEPS STARK’S ARMS LOCKED… AND SWINGS HIM BACK!!!! NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!!!! NOBI BRIDGES IT FOR THE COVER!!!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!….. TWO!!! —

Pierre: STARK KICKS OUT!!!! AND STARK IS TURNING OVER WITH NOBI’S GRIP STILL ON HIS ARMS… FORCING NOBI TO LET GO!!!! STARK ISN’T DONE!!!! STARK GRABS NOBI AROUND THE WAIST WHILE HE’S STILL UPSIDE DOWN AND LIFTS HIM UP, GETTING UP TO HIS FEET… STARK HAS NOBI IN POSITION FOR THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!!… HOLY — POP COMES FLYING FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!!! POP GRABS NOBI IN MIDAIR!!!!… AND STARK COMPLETES THE TOMBSTONE PLANTING NOBI ON HIS HEAD!!!!! WHERE DID THAT RANDOM TEAMWORK COME FROM?!!!

Drake: Well it’s over as soon as it started, because POP and Stark are now slugging it out! Stark has waited months to get his hands on POP and you can see that intensity in every strike Stark lands on the champ, backing him up into the corner! POP tries to shove Stark out of the corner BUT STARK KNEES POP HARD IN THE GUT, LEAVING THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION WRITHING IN THE CORNER AS STARK ROLLS BACK TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE RING!!!… STARK GOES CHARGING AT POP — POP NAILS STARK WITH A FOREARM SMASH!!!! Stark staggers back but comes right back – INTO ANOTHER FOREARM SMASH FROM POP!!!!

Pierre: Stark holds his jaw, perhaps checking to make sure it hasn’t been knocked out of place… AND POP CAPITALIZES, SPRINGBOARDING TO THE SECOND ROPE — STARK LUNGES FORWARD AND KICKS POP HARD IN THE BACK OF HIS CALF!!!! POP FALLS OFF OF THE ROPES BUT STARK CATCHES HIM IN HIS GRASP AND SCOOPS HIM UP… IN POSITION FOR THE ELECTRIC CHAIR!!!! STARK HOLDS POP HIGH UP ON HIS SHOULDERS… NOBI IS UP!!!! NOBI RUNS AT STARK AND STARK REACTS OUT OF INSTINCT DROPPING POP FORWARD TOWARDS NOBI!!!! NOBI DUCKS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND — MY GOD THE ATHLETICISM OF POP!!!! POP FLIPS OVER NOBI AND GRABS HIM FOR THE SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!!!!!

Drake: THAT WAS JUST AN UNBELIEVABLE COUNTER FROM THE CHAMP, WHO NOW ROLLS FORWARD UP TO THE ROPES WHILE STARK COMES AT FROM BEHIND… POP SEES HIM COMING… AND SPRINGBOARDS, FLIPPING BACK WITH THE MOONSAULT!!!!… STARK CATCHES POP!!!! STARK TRIES TO POSITION POP ON HIS SHOULDERS BUT POP LEANS HIS WEIGHT FORWARD SENDING STARK STUMBLING INTO THE ROPES!!!!… AND POP SLIDES OFF OF STARK WITH THE NECKBREAKER SNAPPING STARK’S HEAD OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!! Stark staggers back into the center of the ring while POP gets up to his feet on the apron… AND POP FLIES OVER!!!! DIVING FOREARM SMASH!!!!! POP LANDS THE FOREARM RIGHT ON STARK’S NOSE AND STARK GOES DOWN!!!!

Pierre: POP stands over Stark now, possibly waiting to hit the Prince’s Ransom — NOBI FROM BEHIND!!! NOBI ROLLS POP BACK DOWN TO THE MAT, QUICKLY MANEUVERING BEHIND HIM AND GRABBING THE ANKLE… NOBI’S GOING FOR THE ANKLE LOCK!!! AND IF HE CAN DO ENOUGH DAMAGE HERE, POP’S ENTIRE OFFENSE IS GOING TO BE GUTTED AT THE SOURCE!!!! POP is resisting, trying to roll himself over despite Nobi’s stranglehold on his ankle… NOBI TWISTS IT BACK — POP PUSHES HIMSELF UP TO HIS HANDS AND FORCES HIMSELF TO TWIST TO THE SIDE BREAKING NOBI’S HOLD ON HIS ANKLE AND SENDING HIM STUMBLING INTO THE ROPES!!!! Nobi comes back while POP picks himself up now on the strained ankle… NOBI FEIGNS THE APPROACH!!! POP STEPS BACK ANTICIPATING AN ATTACK BUT NOBI PULLS HIM BACK IN AND PLANTS HIM WITH THE ARMDRAG, BEFORE PICKING HIM RIGHT BACK UP!!!!… SNAP DDT!!!!

Drake: Nobi rolls over POP now, applying the hammerlock on the ground, wrenching his arm in with extra force before picking him up in that hammerlock… NOBI PICKS POP HIGH UP AND STAGGERS OVER BEFORE DROPPING POP WITH THE HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX!!!! Nobi turns now and locks eyes with Stark who pulls himself up across the ring. Stark and Nobi begin to circle, neither man sure where to go in first… STARK LUNGES AT NOBI – NOBI SAW IT COMING!!!! ARM DRAG!!!! STARK GOES DOWN AND NOBI GOES FOR ANOTHER ARMDRAG BUT STARK GROUNDS HIMSELF ON HIS FEET THIS TIME AND PULLS NOBI IN FOR A SHARP KNEE TO THE MIDSECTION!!!! STARK DROPS TO THE MAT AND NAILS NOBI WITH THE JAWBREAKER TO FOLLOW UP!!!!

Pierre: Nobi staggers back now while Stark gets up — POP CUTS HIM DOWN FROM BEHIND WITH A CHOP BLOCK!!!! Stark goes down to his knees while POP and Nobi run to the ropes both in front of and behind him… STARK QUICKLY FALLS BACK TO THE MAT AND ROLLS AWAY!!!! NOBI COMES RUNNING WITH THE BIG BOOT BUT POP CATCHES HIS FOOT AND SPINS NOBI AROUND!!!! POP goes in with the elbow smash but NOBI DUCKS IT AND NAILS POP IN THE THROAT!!!!! CROSS CHOP!!!!! Nobi backs up now… HERE HE COMES!!!! DISCUS ELBOW — POP DUCKS IT!!!!! PELE KICK!!!!!! NOBI IS STUNNED!!!!… AND STARK CHARGES AT HIM!!!!! SHOTGUN DROPKICK!!!!! NOBI GETS SENT FLYING INTO THE CORNER AND CRASHES AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLES!!!! Stark goes down on the bad leg — POP SNEAKS UP ON HIM, RUNNING FROM THE ROPES!!!!… BUT THE AWARENESS OF STARK!!!!! STARK QUICKLY TURNS BACK AND SCOOPS HIM UP BEFORE PLANTING HIM FLAT ON HIS BACK WITH THE POWERSLAM!!!!! STARK HOOKS A LEG!!!!!

Referee: ONE!!!!!…. TWO!!!!! —

Drake: THE CHAMPION KICKS OUT!!!! Stark stands up over POP now, clearly not expecting a powerslam of all things to put the champ away, but you can still see the frustration building up and that might just be his downfall here — BUT I’M SURE THINGS CAN CHANGE AS STARK NOW PRESSES HIS BOOT INTO POP’S NECK, PRESSING DOWN HARD!!!! NO DISQUALIFICATION IN THESE TYPES OF MATCHES SO STARK IS FREE TO DO WHAT HE WANTS!!!! POP IS CLUTCHING AT STARK’S ANKLE TRYING TO PUSH HIM OFF BUT THAT ONLY PROMPTS STARK TO DRIVE THAT BOOT IN EVEN FURTHER — NOBI!!!! NOBI FROM BEHIND!!!! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO THE BACK OF STARK’S HEAD!!!!

Pierre: Stark staggers off of POP towards the corner, turning back to Nobi trying to get back on the offensive — ONLY TO GET ROCKED BY ANOTHER EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! Stark falls further back into the corner — AND SHOOTS HIS LEG OUT!!!! ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!! NOBI DUCKS IT BUT STARK QUICKLY CATCHES HIS BALANCE!!!!… SPINNING HOOK KICK TO NOBI’S TEMPLE!!!! Nobi falls out of the way and drops to the mat, already starting to pick himself back up while Stark approaches him — POP DRIVES BY STARK — STARK CATCHES HIM!!!! STARK TURNS POP AROUND… AND THROWS HIM BACK INTO THE CORNER WITH THE OVERHEAD EXPLODER SUPLEX!!!!!

Drake: ARE YOU SEEING WHAT I’M SEEING?!!!! POP FLIPPED OVER AND CAUGHT HIMSELF ON THE TOP ROPE!!!!! STARK HAS NO IDEA, HE DIDN’T EVEN TURN BACK AROUND AS HE MAKES HIS WAY BACK TOWARDS NOBI!!!! POP YELLS STARK’S NAME OUT AND STARK TURNS AROUND IN CONFUSION — ONLY TO BE MET WITH A DIVING KNEE DROP!!!! NOBI IS NOW BACK UP ON HIS FEET AND HE ROCKS STARK WITH A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT BEFORE WHIPPING HIM INTO THE CORNER!!!! POP and Nobi stare down for a second before they both turn their attention towards the dazed and beaten Stark in the corner… HERE COMES NOBI!!!!… HE CHARGES!!!!… SHOOT KICK!!!!! SHOOT KICK TO STARK IN THE CORNER!!!!!

Pierre: POP IS LOOKING TO TOP IT OFF AS HE RUNS TO THE ROPES NOW… AND FROM THE TOP ROPE POP SPRINGBOARDS BACK!!!!… 450 SPLASH!!!!!! POP LANDS A PICTURE PERFECT 450 SPLASH ON STARK!!!! NOBI IS RIGHT ON POP NOW, TRYING TO GET RID OF THE CHAMPION SO HE CAN PIN STARK, BUT POP IS FIGHTING BACK!!!! Nobi swings with shot after shot desperately trying to land anything on POP, but POP dodges nearly everything… AND COMES BACK WITH A BIG CHOP LANDING SQUARE ON NOBI’S CHEST!!!! NOBI STRIKES RIGHT BACK WITH ONE OF HIS OWN AND THE TWO BEGIN TRADING VICIOUS CHOPS IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!!!! NEITHER MAN IS LETTING DOWN AND THE WELTS FROM THOSE BRUTAL CHOPS CONTINUE TO GROW BIGGER AND REDDER AS THEY APPROACH A BOILING POINT… POP SWITCHES IT UP TO AN ELBOW SMASH BUT NOBI SIDESTEPS IT… CROSS CHOP TO THE THROAT AGAIN!!!!

Drake: NOBI HAS POP RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS HIM, STUNNED IN THE CENTER OF THE RING AS HE FALLS INTO THE ROPES… COMING BACK WITH THE PENDULUM LARIAT!!!!!! POP DUCKS!!!!!!! PELE KICK!!!!!! NOBI STARTS TO GO DOWN BUT POP SPEEDS UP THE PROCESS WITH A NECKBREAKER OVER THE KNEE!!!! NOBI IS DOWN AND POPS STANDS UP RIGHT OVER HIM, POINTING UP TO THE SKY… AND POP JUMPS UP!!!!! STANDING MOONSAULT!!!!! POP HAS BEEN FLYING ALL OVER THE PLACE AND IT’S PAID OFF NOW!!!! Nobi starts to stir, rolling over trying to pick himself up while a frenzied POP awaits him… Nobi is on his hands and knees… POP CHARGES!!!! PUNT KICK — NOBI TRIPS HIM!!!!! NOBI BAITED POP AND HE FELL FOR IT!!!! POP FALLS ON HIS FACE AND NOBI FRANTICALLY GRASPS AT HIS ARMS, TRYING TO LOCK THEM IN FOR THE CROSSFACE!!!!… BUT POP KEEPS HIMSELF FREE AND CRAWLS TO THE ROPES, GRABBING THE BOTTOM ONE AND FORCING A BREAK!!!!!

Pierre: Nobi rolls back up to his feet while POP uses the ropes to pull himself up… NOBI COMES BACK WITH THE BIG BOOT — POP PULLS THE TOP ROPE DOWN!!!! NOBI ALMOST FALLS OVER ONTO THE APRON BUT POP QUICKLY ROLLS HIM UP INTO THE SCHOOLBOY — NOBI REVERSES IT BEFORE HIS SHOULDERS EVEN TOUCH THE MAT AND TURNS POP OVER… HAMMERLOCK!!!! NOBI HAS THE HAMMERLOCK IN BUT HE ISN’T DONE YET, SHOWING A GREAT DEAL OF STRENGTH AS HE PICKS THE NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION UP OFF THE MAT IN THE HAMMERLOCK!!!!… WHAT IS NOBI EVEN GOING FOR — NO!!!!!! WHERE THE HELL DID STARK COME FROM??!!!!! SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF NOBI’S HEAD!!!!! NOBI DROPS POP AND GOES DOWN TO HIS KNEES — STARK’S REGARDS!!!!!!! STARK NAILS ANOTHER SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF THE KNEELING NOBI’S HEAD!!!!!! NOBI SLUMPS DOWN AND STARK ROLLS HIM ONTO HIS BACK FOR THE COVER AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!

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

Drake: POP BREAKS IT UP!!!!! POP BREAKS IT UP!!!!!! AND HIS NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP HAS BEEN SAVED!!!!!! I TOLD YOU NOBI WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A FAILURE!!!!! HE JUST ALMOST COST POP THE TITLE HERE!!!!!! Stark gets right back up to his feet now, cursing up a storm as he eyes down POP who begins to push himself up to his feet after breaking the pin that would’ve gave Stark his second National Elite Championship reign… AND STARK GOES RIGHT AFTER POP!!!!! POP IS CAUGHT COMPLETELY OFF-GUARD BY THE SHOTGUN DROPKICK!!!! POP GETS SENT INTO THE CORNER AND STARK RUNS RIGHT AFTER HIM…. JUMPING UP… AND LOOK AT THE AIRTIME ON THE HESITATION DROPKICK!!!!!

Pierre: POP rolls out of the corner and Stark looks like he was about to climb up to the top rope, but it seems like he’s decided against it, instead stalking POP from the corner as he begins to push himself up… Stark is going mad in the corner measuring down POP… POP is on his knees…. HERE COMES STARK!!!!! THE KILLING BLOW!!!!!! THE RUNNING KNEE!!!!… EGO DEATH!!!!!! NO!!!!! POP DROPS BACK TO THE MAT!!!!! STARK GOES RUNNING BY HIM BUT CARRIES THE MOMENTUM, RUNNING TO THE ROPES AND COMING BACK…. POP KIPS UP!!!!! STARK RUNS THE OTHER WAY NOW, STILL NOT GIVING UP AS HE MAKES THE RETURN — JESUS CHRIST!!!!! POP CATCHES STARK BY THE ARM AND FLIPS BACK, USING ALL OF STARK’S MOMENTUM AGAINST HIM TO PLANT HIM WITH THE SPANISH FLY!!!!!

Drake: POP HAS REFUSED TO STAY DOWN AND THAT MIGHT VERY WELL LEAD TO HIM WALKING OUT OF KINGSROAD WITH HIS TITLE STILL AROUND HIS WAIST!!!!… POP IS GOING TO PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE!!!!! POP IS GOING UP TO THE TOP ROPE!!!!! POP IS GOING FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVE!!!!!… WITH THE CROWD ALL ON THEIR FEET FOR POP… HE FLIES — NO!!!!! HE FEIGNED IT!!!!! STARK ROLLED OUT OF THE WAY AND POP FLIES FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!!! ELBOW DROP!!!!! POP LANDS THE ELBOW SMACK IN THE MIDSECTION OF STARK!!!!! POP STANDS UP OVER STARK — ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!!! NOBI COMES SWINGING AT POP WITH THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT SENDING HIM INTO THE ROPES!!!! NOBI RUNS BACK TO THE ROPES AND COMES BACK WITH A HEAD FULL OF STEAM FOR ANOTHER EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!!!

Pierre: POP falls into the corner now, his back facing Nobi… And that’s exactly the position Nobi wanted him in! Nobi gets ready to run… STARK GRABS HIS WAISTBAND FROM BEHIND AND PULLS HIM IN!!!! BUT NOBI TURNS AROUND AND DECKS STARK WITH THE ELBOW!!!! STARK IS STUNNED AND NOBI WHIPS HIM INTO POP IN THE CORNER, THE IMPACT OF THE COLLISION CAUSING BOTH MEN TO FALL BACK TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE RING!!!! Nobi had a golden opportunity to put away POP there, but the addition of Stark in this match is proving to be a major annoyance to both the champion and Nobi! POP uses the ropes to pull himself up to his feet while Stark pushes himself, and nearly twenty-five minutes these three elitists are back to square one!

Drake: The three men begin to approach each other — STARK GOES RIGHT AFTER POP WITH A CHEAP SHOT TAKING HIM DOWN BUT NOBI EVENS THINGS UP WITH A HUGE HEADBUTT THAT SENDS STARK INTO THE ROPES!!!! Stark hangs on BUT NOBI KNOCKS HIM OUT ONTO THE APRON WITH THE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!! POP grabs Nobi from behind and pulls him in — NOBI AGAIN QUICKLY LOCKS POP BY THE ARMS AND TRIES FOR THE HAMMERLOCK!!!!… POP BREAKS FREE!!!! POP STUNS NOBI WITH THE BACKHAND AND JUMPS UP!!!!… FRANKENSTEINER!!!!! POP PLANTS NOBI ON HIS HEAD!!!!

Pierre: Nobi rolls over from the impact and slowly pushes himself up… AND POP COMES OFF THE ROPES!!!!! PRINCE’S RANSOM!!!!! THE SPRINGBOARD CUTTER CONNECTS!!!!! NOBI FLOPS BACK AND LANDS ON HIS BACK, HE’S GOTTA BE OUT!!!! POP STANDS UP — IT’S STARK!!!! FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!!! STARKNADO!!!!!! STARK PLANTS POP WITH THE TORNADO DDT!!!!! STARK LOOKS DOWN AT POP THEN OVER TO NOBI… AND STARK BEGINS TO MAKE HIS WAY OVER TO NOBI — POP REACHES AND GRABS STARK BY THE ANKLE!!!! POP IS STILL DOWN BUT HE REFUSES TO LET HIS TITLE SLIP AWAY, PULLING STARK BACK… AND STARK TURNS!!!! STOMP TO POP — POP ROLLS AWAY!!!! STARK GOES BACK AFTER POP BUT POP AGAIN KIPS UP!!!! ENZUIGURI TO STARK!!!!! STARK GETS CAUGHT ON THE NOSE!!!!!

Drake: POP WASTES NOT A SECOND MORE RUNNING TO THE ROPES NOW TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON THE STAGGERED STARK!!!!!… PRINCE’S RANSOM!!!!!! — NO!!!!! STARK PICKS POP OUT OF THE SKY!!!! STARK CATCHES HIM AROUND THE WAIST!!!!! GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! STARK ROLLS BACK WITH THE O’CONNOR ROLL PICKING POP BACK UP!!!!!… AND STARK FALLS BACK INTO THE ROPES BEFORE NAILING POP IN THE MOUTH WITH THE SUPERMAN PUNCH!!!!! THE IRON FIST DROPS POP TO HIS KNEES AND AGAIN STARK FALLS BACK INTO THE ROPES!!!!… EGO DEATH!!!! THE KNEE NAILS POP SQUARE IN THE FOREHEAD SENDING THE CHAMPION DOWN, LIKELY KNOCKED OUT!!!!… BUT STARK ISN’T DONE!!!!! STARK IS PICKING POP BACK UP TO A SEATED POSITION… AND STARK RUNS TO THE ROPES!!!!!… ANOTHER EGO DEATH!!!!! THE SECOND KNEE CONNECTS AND STARK GOES FOR THE COVER!!!!!

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

Pierre: NO!!!!! NOBI!!!!!! NOBI SNUCK UP ON STARK!!!!!! SHOOT KICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD BREAKING THE PIN!!!!! NOBI STARTS STOMPING THE HELL OUT OF THE BACK OF STARK’S HEAD, GRABBING HIM BY THE HAIR AND PULLING HIM BACK!!!! STARK IS TRYING TO FIGHT HIS WAY FREE OF NOBI’S GRIP BUT NOBI DROPS DOWN OVER STARK, LOCKING HIM IN!!!! STARK IS FIGHTING!!!!…. BUT NOBI LOCKS THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE IN!!!!! STARK HAS NOWHERE TO GO AS NOBI FRANTICALLY PULLS BACK ON STARK’S NECK, THE TORQUE APPLYING UNGODLY AMOUNTS OF PRESSURE ON HIS BACK!!!!!… STARK TAPS!!!! STARK TAPS!!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

(Nobi releases the crippler crossface as “Failure” by Breaking Benjamin hits to a thunderous pop from the crowd. Nobi collapses on top of Stark but the referee helps him up to his feet and hands him the National Elite Championship. Nobi looks down at the championship with tears in his eyes before holding it up high to a standing ovation from the crowd.)

Ring Announcer: HERE IS YOUR WINNER BY WAY OF SUBMISSION… AND THE NEW NATIONAL ELITE CHAMPION!!!!!…. NOBI!!!!!!!!!

Pierre: HE’S DONE IT!!!! AFTER A WHOLE CALENDAR YEAR OF HEARTBREAK AND DISAPPOINTMENT, NOBI HAS DONE IT!!!! HE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE STRONGEST, FASTEST, OR HARDEST-HITTING, BUT HE ISN’T CALLED THE INDONESIAN MAT MAGICIAN FOR NOTHING!!! NOBI STAYED RESILIENT AND KEPT COMING BACK, OUTSMARTING HIS OPPONENTS ALL THE WAY TO THE VERY END WHERE HE TAPPED OUT STARK!!!!

Drake: I’m surprised, but not shocked. Nobi put everything on the line here tonight and this was do-or-die for him. Let’s be real though, if it was just Nobi and POP…

Pierre: Even if it was just Nobi and POP, I’d put my money on Nobi after seeing what he did here tonight. This has got to be one of the most well-deserved championship wins in recent memory! Congratulations Nobi!

(The camera pans back to Nobi celebrating in the crowd with the National Elite Championship while the entire crowd chants his name.)

(The camera transitions backstage to Tiberius IV’s locker room where Max A. Million with a microphone in hand alongside Tiberius IV, dressed in his ring attire and a “Headhunter” t-shirt and the EAW Championship on his shoulder)

Max: Thank you for–

Tiberius: Yeah, yeah, yeah, what do you want, Max? I don’t know if you’re aware, but I’m a very busy man. Especially when there’s asses to be kicked. How did you even get in my locker room? Who let you in? I didn’t let you in.

Max: … Aren’t you at all concerned that The Triumvirate has been disbanded?

(Tiberius chuckles and shakes his head)

Tiberius: Oh Max… Max, Max, Max… You think I’m gonna get all worried about that? The Triumvirate was just a little experiment. It was just for fun as far as I’m concerned.

Max: Yeah, but doesn’t this mean you’ll be on your own–

Tiberius: Hold up… What is that supposed to mean? On my own? I’m ALWAYS on my own, Max. How dare you. I win on my own. Every single time. Sure, sometimes I’ve had some onlookers, but in the end, it’s all me. Didn’t you watch Road To Redemption? Didn’t you see me dominate five other supposedly “hungry competitors” and retain when everyone thought I was finished? Pfft. The only Triumvirate I need is…

(Tiberius puts one finger up)

Tiberius: Me.

(Tiberius puts a second finger up)

Tiberius: Myself.

(Tiberius puts a third finger up)

Tiberius: And I. No one else. You know what carrying this Title means? It means I’m the absolute best in this company. That’s why it’s called the EAW Championship, and not something retarded like the “Answers World Championship” or the “World Heavyweight Championship”. This Title represents EAW, and therefore I represent EAW. And what are you gonna ask me next? Am I worried about HBG? Am I worried about Marx? Why should I be? Marx isn’t shit to me. He hasn’t done anything but beat nobodies. He holds a Title nobody cares about. He lost to a man inferior to me for a World Title already in Lannister. HBG? Oh dear God… That charity case has got to go. I mean, it was cute at first. Everyone loves an underdog and all, but COME ON. Let’s get real here. Like, I would take The Pizza Boy over her even, and that’s saying a lot. I’m over her. I’m over trying to be her ally, and I’m even over being her enemy. I want her gone, and that’s what I intend to do. They just don’t get it. Tonight is the biggest match of their LIVES… For me, it’s just another Sunday. Looking forward to the next. Hell, I’m already looking way beyond them. I’ve got big plans, Max. In fact, as of right now, I’m challenging whoever wins King of Elite. The ultimate gamble. I’m gonna put MY EAW Championship against their Crown, and I’ll take my first step towards becoming a multi-World Champion. How’s that sound? See you then.

(Tiberius walks off before quickly coming back)

Tiberius: Forgot we’re in my locker room. Get out.

(Max A. Million reluctantly leaves as Tiberius looks at his EAW Championship)

(The camera cuts back to the ring as the Ring Announcer stands ready with a microphone in hand.)

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

Crowd: ONE FALL!!

Ring Announcer: AND IS THE SHOWDOWN KING OF ELITE FINAL!!

(“Rise Up” – Drowning Pool hits as Rex McAllister makes his way through the curtain to a chorus of boos; he stands on the stage as the hint of an arrogant smirk crosses his face before making his way down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from Sea Isle, New Jersey and weighing in at TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT POUNDS!!… REX MCCCCAAALIIISTTERRRR!!!

Drake: Here he is! The man that’s going to go onto represent Showdown at King of Elite – and more importantly, bring that crown BACK to Showdown!

Pierre: Earlier in the night you were talking about how Rex should have been disqualified out of the tournament due to David Davidson being screwed by that hooded figure, and now you’re singing the man’s praises?

Drake: Of course! Do you think that I want to see that traitorous bastard move onto King of Elite over this man! You’re a fool, Pierre! A fool!

(Rex stands in the ring, his eyes locked back up the ramp as he waits for… “I Hope You Suffer” – AFI hits as a still injured Theron Nikolas limps his way through the curtain to a roar of cheers from the crowd. He stands on the stage with his eyes locked on Rex before turning his head towards the throne on the stage. Theron slowly makes his way down to the ring.)

Ring Announcer: Introducing next, his opponent, weighing in tonight at ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE POUNDS!!… THERON NIIIIIIIKKKOOOOLLLAAAASSS!!!

Drake: Look; the man’s a wounded animal! Rex is going to tear the man apart, and if we’re fortunate enough – he’ll finish the job that Ares started earlier tonight!

Pierre: I… hate to agree with you, Drake, but I think that may be the case. We saw earlier in the night as Brian Daniels tried to convince Theron not to compete in this match as his knee was injured by Ares Vendetta in that Semi Final contest. Theron refused to give this opportunity up and may now very well be walking into a slaughter. Rex competed in a grueling match himself earlier tonight against Jack Ripley, but without question Rex is the HEAVY favourite.

Drake: This is going to be beautiful, Pierre. Time to say goodbye to Theron!

(Theron enters the ring as Rex steps forward, but the referee quickly stands in his way making sure nothing happens before the bell rings. The referee walks up to Theron asking if he’s sure that he wants to compete, in which he nods his head before the referee calls for the bell.)

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

Pierre: The bell rings and this Final of the Showdown bracket for the King of Elite tournament is officially underway; Rex immediately stepping forward and tells Theron to meet him in the middle of the ring. Theron remains in his corner leaning up against those turnbuckles; you can see as he tries to place as little pressure on that knee as possible. Rex slowly makes his way over to Theron as Theron refuses to step forward; what’s going through the mind of Theron? Rex mocking Theron, takes a few steps forward towards Theron with a limp; the hint of a smile crosses the face of Theron – before he fires at the jaw of Rex with a forearm! Theron fires with another! A third – but Rex chops him down with a kick to that knee! Theron dropping down to the canvas as Rex stalks; Rex stomps down and drives that boot into that knee of Theron. He screams in pain as Rex stomps down again! Theron trying to drag himself away, but Rex doesn’t allow him to go anywhere, instead grabbing that leg and dragging him over to the ropes. Rex place the ankle of Theron against the middle rope before leaping high into the air AND BRINGING DOWN ALL OF THAT BODY WEIGHT ACROSS THE KNEE! Rex knows he’s in there with a wounded animal, but instead of giving it a quick death, he’s going to make Theron suffer. Theron rolling away as he clutches at that knee, but Rex still hunts. Theron able to make his way onto the apron, but Rex is there to stop him from getting any further; Rex reaches through the ropes, but Theron latches onto his arm and drives his boot into the side of his head! Theron follows with another before releasing the arm; Rex stumbles back a little dazed as Theron get back to his feet and begins to make his way to the top rope. Theron a step slowly than usual with that bad knee as Rex shakes out the cobwebs; Theron’s steadying himself up top as Rex charges forward, but Theron avoids, leaping over the top back down to the canvas! Theron rolls through to avoid as much impact as he can, but you can tell that definitely hurt him as he forces himself to scramble back to his feet! Rex turns around AND THERON FIRES WITH A RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! Rex McAllister sent crashing back into the corner as Theron begins to pick up a little steam; he hits the opposite corner BEFORE CHARGING BACK AND DRIVES BOTH FEET INTO THE FACE AND JAW OF REX! Rex stumbles out of the corner and right into the grasp of Theron who applies a front facelock and forces Rex down to the canvas!

Drake: It’s a smart move from Theron; take things down to the ground, take as much pressure off of that knee as you can and give it some time to recover. Rex trying to push himself back up, but Theron uses that good knee to drive into the top of the head of McAllister, keeping him grounded. Theron fires with another knee before transitioning onto the back of McAllister; Rex knows that he’s in a back position, trying to cover up as Theron throws a right hand to the side of the head. Rex able to push himself back to his hands and knees with Theron on his back, but Theron quickly transitions back around into the front facelock. Theron fires with another knee, but Rex fights through it; he knows that he needs to get this thing back to the feet! Rex powers his way back up to a knee as Theron looks to shift his weight to take him back down, but is unsuccessful. Rex is back to his feet and powers Theron back overhead with a Northern Lights Suplex, but Theron lands on his feet! The knee buckled! Pain shooting through that leg of Theron as he turns around – AND TURNS STRAIGHT INTO A BOOT TO THE HEAD FROM REX MCALLISTER! Theron goes down as Rex shakes out the cobwebs; you might not think it, but being trapped on the canvas makes you exert a whole lot of energy to get back up. Don’t expect Rex to give Theron the same chance to get back into this contest. Rex stalks, allowing Theron to push himself back up – and the moment Theron gets back to his feet, Rex cuts him back down with the chop block! Theron clutching at that knee again as Rex grabs him by the legs and drags him back into the middle of the ring! Rex looking to turn Theron over into what seems to be a Single Leg Boston Crab, but Theron tries to fight!

Pierre: Theron knows the danger! Theron with kicks with that free leg! Another shot! Another! Rex releases as he stumbles back as Theron pushes back to his feet! Theron steps forward, but has trouble with that knee – WHICH GIVES REX ENOUGH TIME TO POWER THERON UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS AND TAKE HIM DOWN WITH A DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Rex rolling through with his opponent, leaving Theron in a seated position! Rex is back to his feet, hitting the ropes AND CRACKS THERON IN THE JAW WITH A LOW, SLIDING KNEE! A glazed look crossing the eyes of Theron as Rex shoots into the cover!

ONE!!… TWO!!… KICKOUT!!

Pierre: Theron kicks out!

Drake: Rex knows what he’s going to get out of Theron; he knows that the man isn’t going to stop until he has nothing left, but time is Rex’s best friend at the moment. If Rex can keep control in the opening of this contest, it only makes things worse for Theron in the later stages with that knee injured by Ares Vendetta earlier in the night. Rex is back to his feet as Theron defiantly tries to push him back up. Rex placing his boot on the back of the knee of Theron before driving his boot into the side of the ribs; Theron drops back down chest first on the canvas as Rex traps the leg. Rex steps onto the back of the knee of the other leg of Theron, trapping that also. Rex reaching forward, grabbing both of the arms of Theron before rearing him back! Rex has that surfboard applies directly in the middle of the ring! Theron screaming in pain as Rex places pressure on his joints! Theron trying to get out of it, able to push himself forward and is able to force himself forward and back to his knees. But, it only gives the Rex the chance to release the arm and rear Theron’s head back! Rex finally releases the hold as Theron falls back forward down to the canvas! You get the sense that Rex McAllister is able to finish this whenever he wants! King Rex! King McAllister! It doesn’t have too bad of a ring to it, Pierre!

Pierre: If Theron has proven anything over the last few months – it’s never count the man out. But, this… this is a tall order to overcome. And still, Theron pushes himself back up, which seems to bring a smile to the face of McAllister. Rex is enjoying every moment of this. Theron pushing himself back to his hands and knees as Rex locks the man by the waist and powers him up off his feet! Theron’s in a bad position as REX LAUNCHES HIS BACK OVERHEAD WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX! Theron’s goes back down; with each move from McAllister, he isn’t as quick to try to get back up. Rex shaking his head; Theron could have saved himself from this beating, but he chose to fight. It’s like Rex is trying to make the man regret his decision! Rex reaching down and locks the waist of Theron once more, powering him up to his feet and launches him back overhead with a second German Suplex! The momentum sending flying across and into the corner of the ring. Is… is that a smile on the face of Theron? Theron’s smiling? The man is being ragdolled around the ring and he’s smiling? Theron dragging himself back to his feet with the help of the corner as Rex just watches. Theron’s back up and leans back against the turnbuckles, possibly the only thing keeping the man standing – and he flips both middle fingers towards Rex McAllister! A NASTY scowl crosses the face of Rex McAllister AS HE CHARGES FORWARD! YAKUZA KICK! REX ISN’T FINISHED AS THERON STUMBLES OUT OF THE CORNER! REX CHARGES BACK INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER AND SHOOTS BACK–

Drake: SUPERKICK! THERON WITH A SUPERKICK THAT CONNECTS FLUSH ON THE JAW OF REX MCALLISTER! REX DOESN’T FALL AND THERON FOLLOWS WITH A SPINNING BACK KICK! SCISSORS STOMP! DISCUS FOREARM! REX FALLS FORWARD, BUT THERON SCOOPS HIM UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS! ROLLING SENTON! REX DRIVEN INTO THE CANVAS AS THERON SHOOTS BACK TO HIS FEET! STANDING DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP! Rex is down! Theron goes back down grabbing at that knee! He might not be able to capitalize, but he’s found some room to breathe! Theron did what he could to get under his skin; he lured Rex in and capitalized completely. Theron pushes himself back to his feet as Rex lays on the canvas taking in those deep breaths. Theron drove both of those feet into the chest of McAllister, seemingly driving all of the air out of his lungs. Theron’s trying to get the blood flowing back through that knee as Rex pushes his way back to a knee! Theron with a shoot kick to the chest! A second! A third! A fourth! Theron takes a step back – BEFORE FIRES WITH A ROUNDHOUSE TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! NO, REX DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND LOCKS THE WAIST! ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! NO, THERON LANDS ON HIS FEET! THERON STUMBLES BACK INTO THE ROPES AS REX BURSTS FORWARD LOOKING TO SEND THERON UP AND OVER! NO, THERON DROPS THE TOP ROPE AND THE MOMENTUM SENDS REX OUT OF THE RING AND TO THE OUTSIDE! Rex lands on his feet, but Theron’s here! Theron vaults himself over the top rope and crashes into Rex McAllister!

Pierre: REX CAUGHT HIM! FALLAWAY SLAM INTO THE BARRICADE!

ONE!!… TWO!!… THREE!!… FOUR!!…

Drake: It looked like Theron was getting back into the contest, but Rex cuts him off with that fallaway slam! Theron’s spine jarring in pain as Rex drags himself back to his feet; these two are doing incredible after already competing earlier in the night. All this for the chance to represent Showdown at King of Elite! Rex drags Theron back to his feet and rolls him back into ring before making his way up onto the apron and climbing up to the top rope! Theron getting back to his feet as Rex steadies himself; Rex looking to fly – BUT THERON SHOOTS TOWARDS AND UP THE CORNER! AVALANCHE OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! BOTH MEN SENT CRASHING FROM THE TOP TO THE CANVAS!! BOTH MEN ARE DOWN AS THESE PEOPLE ARE ON THEIR FEET!! THERON’S PUSHING HIMSELF BACK UP; REX IS STRUGGLING!! ADRENALINE PUMPING THROUGH THE VEINS OF THERON NIKOLAS AS HE STALKS IN THE CORNER, WATCHING REX STRUGGLE BACK TO HIS FEET!! REX IS UP – AND THERON SHOOTS ACROSS THE RING AND DRIVES BOTH FEET INTO THE CHEST OF REX MCALLISTER WITH THAT SHOTGUN DROPKICK!! THERON FIGHTING THROUGH THE PAIN!! THAT’S HOW MUCH THIS TOURNAMENT MEANS TO HIM!! REX IS DOWN!! THERON ROLLS ONTO THE APRON, FORCES HIMSELF BACK TO HIS FEET AND BEGINS TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE TOP ROPE!! YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT THIS MAN IS ABOUT TO DO IT?

Pierre: YOU CAN FEEL IT IN THE AIR, DRAKE!! THERON IS PERCHED ON THE TOP ROPE!! REX ISN’T MOVING!! HAIL TO THE KING!! DIVING DOUBLE FOOTSTOMP!! IT CONNECTS!! THERON CLUTCHING AT THAT KNEE; HE NEEDS TO COVER!! THERON TRYING; THERON DRAGS HIMSELF INTO THE COVER!!

ONE!!… TWO!!…. THREE–KICKOUT!!!!!!

Drake: REX KICKED OUT!! REX KICKED OUT!! THERON IS IN SHOCK; REX MCALLISTER KICKED OUT OF THAT HAIL TO THE KING!! THERON, BAD KNEE AND ALL FLEW OFF THE TOP; CONNECTED WITH THE MOVE THERON HAS USED TO PUT SO MANY PEOPLE AWAY, BUT IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO PUT REX MCALLISTER AWAY!!

Pierre: The real question is what damage did Theron just do to that knee. He knew the danger and went all in anyway, but it was not enough. Theron dragging himself back up with the help of the ropes as Rex stirs; even with that knee, Theron is still in control, but he needs to put Rex away and he needs to do so now. Theron calling for the end; Theron calling Rex back to his feet. I think we all know what Theron is looking to hit, and you have to say that if he’s able to, he’s going onto King of Elite. Rex is gingerly getting back up, that kickout may have been nothing more than instinct. Rex is up and Theron locks the wrist! THERON LOOKING FOR THAT KILLER BLOW!! TOUCH OF HEROINE!! NO, REX BLOCKS WITH A BOOT TO THE ARM!! THERON KEEPS A HOLD OF THAT WRIST AND FIRES AGAIN!! REX DUCKS UNDERNEATH!! REX WITH A SUPERKICK!! THERON FALLS BACK, BUT THE ROPES KEEP HIM STANDING!! WHAT A FOREARM!! REX MCALLISTER FOLLOWS WITH A WICKED FOREARM!! THERON FALLS BACK INTO THE ROPES AGAIN!! EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! THERON FALLS BACK, BUT FIRES WITH ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! RAPID FIRE EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! THERON’S TRAPPED AGAINST THE ROPES; FORCING THE MAN TO STAND AND ENDURE!! REX WILL NOT RELENT!! THERON IS OUT OF HIS FEET!! I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS KIND OF AGGRESSION FROM THE MAN!!

Drake: The fun and games are over, Pierre! Rex dragging Theron out from the ropes and pulls him in! Rex powers Theron up onto his shoulders and launches him back into the corner with the bucklebomb! Theron crashing spine first into the corner and stumbles forward, but Rex doesn’t let him fall! Rex wants to finish it! Rex pulls him in! THE REX EFFECT!! THERON NIKOLAS DRIVEN HEAD FIRST INTO THE CANVAS!! REX MCALLISTER FLOATS OVER INTO THE PIN!! REX ADVANCES TO KING OF ELITE!!

ONE!!!!!!!…. TWO!!!!!…. THRE–KICKOUT!!!!!!!

Drake: THERON SURVIVES!! BOTH THESE MEN TAKING THE BEST THAT THE OTHER CAN OFFER — BUT REX DOESN’T WASTE ANY TIME, MOUNTING THERON AND BEGINS TO FIRE AWAY WITH THOSE CLOSED FISTED SHOTS!! REX, FOR MONTHS HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS IDEA THAT HE CAN’T BEAT THERON WITHOUT THE HELP OF SOMEONE ELSE; HE THOUGHT HE HAD IT RIGHT THERE, BUT THERON MANAGED TO GET THE SHOULDER UP!! REX HAS SNAPPED!! The referee trying to pry Rex away and he doesn’t listen he’s risking getting himself disqualified! Rex abides by the referee’s orders, but without question the damage has been done. Rex getting back to his feet and soaks in the atmosphere from Theron’s hometown audience! Rex drags Theron back up and powers him up onto the top rope; Rex shifts the legs of Theron before locking him by the neck and dragging him forward! Oh boy!

Pierre: Oh, no! Rex is looking for that same vicious DDT that took out Davidson last week! Theron knows what’s coming and begins to fight! Theron uses his legs to push himself away from the corner and swings in midair, landing on his feet and sends Rex McAllister overhead with the Northern Lights Suplex! Theron floats back over – there’s no way he’s going to be able to do this with that knee! THERON TRYING TO DEADLIFT REX BACK UP… BUT HE CAN’T DO IT!! THE KNEE GIVES OUT!! THERON DROPPING BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS AS THERON CLUTCHES AT THAT KNEE!! REX REALISES AS HE GETS BACK TO HIS FEET!! REX LOCKS THE LEGS OF THERON; THERON TRYING TO FIGHT AWAY, BUT REX IS ABLE TO TURN HIM OVER!! SINGLE LEG BOSTON CRAB!! REX PLACING ALL THAT PRESSURE ON THE BACK KNEE OF THERON!! THERON’S TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING AND AT THIS POINT OF THE MATCH, THOSE ROPES HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THEY’RE A MILE AWAY!! THERON SCREAMING IN PAIN AS REX TORQUES THAT KNEE BACK FURTHER AND FURTHER!! THERON HAS TO TAP!! GIVE UP, THERON!! IT’S NOT WORTH TAKING YEARS OFF YOUR CAREER!! THERON DRAGGING HIMSELF FORWARD, SLOWLY; INCH BY INCH!! THERON REFUSING TO QUIT!! THERON REFUSING TO TAP!! THERON ISN’T COME THIS FAR FOR NOTHING!!

Drake: THERON MAY NOT WANT TO GIVE UP, BUT HIS BODY MAY JUST DO IT FOR HIM!! THERON STILL DRAGGING HIMSELF FORWARD, BUT EACH STRETCH IS GETTING SHORTER AND SHORTER!! THERON, THOUGH… IF HE REACHES OUT HE MAY ABLE TO REACH THE BOTTOM ROPE!!… HE… HE’S – NO, REX DRAGS HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!!

Pierre: BUT, IT GIVES THERON THE CHANCE TO TWIST ONTO HIS BACK!! THERON REACHES UP AND GRABS THE ARM OF REX, PULLING HIM DOWN!! THERON LOOKING FOR A TRIANGLE CHOKE!! THERON HAS TO PULL THAT LEAD LEG DOWN, BUT REX CONTINUES TO BLOCK!! REX IS BACK TO HIS FEET AND POWERS THERON HIGH INTO THE AIR – BUT THERON USES THE MOMENTUM TO ROLL THROUGH!! THERON TAKES REX DOWN WITH THE SUNSET FLIP!! REX ROLLS BACK THROUGH, AND TURNS IT INTO THE PIN OF HIS OWN!! REX HAS HIS FEET ON THE ROPES!!

ONE!!… TWO!!… THRE–KICKOUT!!

Pierre: THERON KICKS OUT AS BOTH MEN SHOOTS UP TO THEIR FEET!! REX IS A STEP FASTER!! REX WITH A FOREARM!! THERON WITH ONE OF HIS OWN!! RIGHT HAND FROM REX!! THERON WITH ANOTHER FOREARM!! AND REX FIRES WITH A SHOT TO THE KNEE OF THERON!! THERON ALMOST CRUMBLES TO THE PAIN AS REX PULLS HIM IN!! IF REX HITS THIS IT’S OVER!! THE… REX EFFECT!!!!! NO, THERON BLOCKS AND PUSHES HIM AWAY!! REX CHARGES FORWARD AND SWINGS FOR A WILD CLOTHESLINE, BUT THERON DUCKS UNDERNEATH AND WHIPS REX BACK ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD WITH A SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX!! REX STUMBLES BACK TO HIS FEET AND THERON KICKS HIM IN THE MIDSECTION AND LOOKS TO POWER HIM UP!! NO, REX COUNTERS AND DROPS THERON WITH A BRAINBUSTER!! BOTH MEN ARE DOW–

(The lights throughout the arena shut off as the arena comes to a complete silence. Suddenly, they shoot back on as…)

Drake: IT’S JOHN DOE!! JOHN DOE IS HERE!! WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE MAN SINCE HE ALMOST KILLED DEVAN DUBIAN AT ROAD TO REDEMPTION!! IT’S A GLORIOUS DAY – AND LOOK, HE HAS HIS EYES LOCKED COMPLETELY ON THERON NIKOLAS!!

Pierre: Rex struggles back to his feet, I don’t even think he realises that John Doe is in the ring; remember this match IS NOT No Disqualification – if John Doe gets involved, Rex’s run in this tournament is over! Rex now sees Doe – and a nasty scowl crosses his face? Rex screams at Doe that he doesn’t need the man; that he can get to job done without him. Theron’s beginning to stir on the ground; the referee doesn’t seem like he’s willing to get in John Doe’s way. Doe hasn’t looked at Rex McAllister once, but Rex hasn’t stopped.

Rex: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT THE (CENSORED) ARE YOU DOING, HERE? I DON’T NEED YOU! I’VE NEVER NEEDED YOU–

Drake: OH MY GOD!!

Pierre: THERON FROM BEHIND!! CROSSFACE CHICKENING!!!!! THERON HAS TAKEN FULL ADVANTAGE FROM THE DISTRACTION FROM JOHN DOE!! THERON TAKES REX DOWN TO THE CANVAS AS REX TRIES HIS HARDEST TO BREAK FREE!! DOE HASN’T MOVED; THE MAN JUST WATCHING AS REX GASPS FOR AIR!! BOTH THE HANDS OF THERON NIKOLAS ARE LOCKED!! REX HAS NO WAY TO GO!! REX REFUSES TO TAP, BUT I DON’T THINK HE HAS A WAY OF GETTING FREE!! REX’S HEAD POINTED STRAIGHT TOWARDS JOHN DOE!! I’M SURE THE MAN WOULD LOVE SOME HELP NOW, BUT DOE STILL HASN’T MOVED!! THE MAN WATCHES ON, COMPLETELY EMOTIONLESS!! REX… THE REFEREE CHECKING ON REX MCALLISTER!! HE’S OUT!! REX MCALLISTER IS OUT!! THERON NIKOLAS IS GOING ONTO KING OF ELITE!!

(Ding! Ding! Ding!)

(“I Hope You Suffer” – AFI blasts through the speakers as Theron releases the hold, pushing Rex away and just lays on the canvas as John Doe remains in the ring.)

Ring Announcer: THE WINNER OF THIS MATCH BY SUBMISSION… AND MOVING ONTO THE FINALS OF THE KING OF ELITE TOURNAMENT!!!!! THERON NIIIIIIIIIKKKKKOOOOOLLLLLAAAAASSSSS!!!!!

Drake: WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?!

Pierre: THERON HAS DONE IT!! THERON NIKOLAS HAS WON THE SHOWDOWN BRACKET FOR THE KING OF ELITE TOURNAMENT AND WILL NOW HEAD TO KING OF ELITE TO FIGHT FOR THAT CROWN!!

Drake: WHAT WAS JOHN DOE DOING?!

Pierre: REX SAID THAT HE DIDN’T NEED DOE; REX SAID THAT HE NEVER NEEDED JOHN DOE, AND IF I SAY SO MYSELF, THE MAN DEFINITELY COULD HAVE USED SOME HELP WITH IN THAT CHICKENWING CROSSFACE!!

(Theron rolls out of the ring and collapses onto the floor as he’s tended by medical officials as John Doe walks past Rex McAllister still unconscious body and begins to make his leave; he pays no attention to Theron on the outside as he makes his way up the ramp.)

Pierre: The question was asked for months; can Rex McAllister beat Theron Nikolas without the help of John Doe, and tonight I believe we’ve gotten our answer! There has to be some backlash on Showdown! There has to be one hell of a celebration! What’s the condition of the knee of Theron Nikolas? We have so many questions so far and the show isn’t finished! We still have our main event!

(John Doe stands on the stage and looks back over his shoulder back at Rex who’s beginning to come to in the ring, shaking his head in disgust before making his way through the curtain as the camera cuts elsewhere.)

[5 Minute Intermission]

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Drake: OHHH MYYYY!!

Pierre: Alright, alright just calm–

Drake: THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME, PIERRE, SHUT THE HELL UP–TIBERIUS IV AND THE HEART BREAK GAL IN THE MAIN EVENT, I’M HYPERVENTILATING ALREADY! I’M ALREADY HEARING VOICES!

Pierre: Our final contest of the night has finally arrived, and with it, a crucial match for the fate of the most prestigious Championship in the 10 year history of Elite Answers Wrestling. A match that every competitor wants to win, and a match that none of them can afford to lose.

(A video package plays, highlighting the feud between Tiberius IV and the Heart Break Gal up until now, as well as Ryan Marx’s rise to stardom and pursuit of a World Championship match with the Openweight Championship before challenging Tiberius following Road To Redemption, along with the Heart Break Gal being inserted into the match after she was controversially taken out in the Extreme Elimination Chamber)

(The camera transitions back to the stage where five large pillars are shown standing upon it)

(The lights dim as “Tempest” by Deftones plays all throughout the Air Canada Centre)

Pierre: And here comes our first participant!

(Hooded figures escort out a Ryan Marx – dressed in a black leather jacket with “MARX” written across the back in white and the 5 Pillars symbol underneath, as well as white trunks and black boots with various symbols upon them, along with the Openweight Championship around his waist – making a path for Marx as he makes his way through them and towards the ring)

Pierre: This man has proven time and time again throughout his time in EAW that he is a force to be reckoned with as he’s dominated nearly every man and woman in his path in his pursuit of World Championship gold, even coming dangerously close to taking the Answers World Championship from Lannister months back. Ever since he’s been on a mission to right that wrong and he could do just that with the World Championship match he’s earned tonight after his dominant run as Openweight Champion.

Drake: Well he picked a BAD, BAD time to try to make a name for himself. No amount of mystery and dominance is gonna save him from the sandwich of terror that is his opponents tonight! He would have been better off just waiting until Tiberius loses the Title, but then again, that may never happen, haha!

(Ryan Marx enters the ring, getting himself ready in a nearby corner)

(Red pyro explodes across the stage as “Square Hammer” by Ghost plays all throughout the Air Canada Centre)

Drake: HERE WE GO!

(The Heart Break Gal makes her way out to the stage, dressed in red attire and black boots, wearing aviator sunglasses and a black trenchcoat with “The Consigliere” written upon it, as she hypes up the crowd on her way towards the ring)

Drake: LOOK AT GREATNESS, PIERRE! THE HEART BREAK GAL HAS OVERCOME SO MUCH ON HER WAY HERE! SHE’S COME SO CLOSE TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO CAPTURING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHE’S BEEN IN PURSUIT OF EVER SINCE SHE RETURNED TO EAW! SHE AIMS TO MAKE IT BECOME A REALITY TONIGHT!

Pierre: She’s got two huge obstacles in her way tonight, but she’s accustomed to that as she’s had to face off against the likes of Lannister and Y2Impact, as well as five others in that hellacious Extreme Elimination Chamber, but tonight could very well be her night if she can overcome the odds.

Drake: OVERCOME THE ODDS? THAT’S WHAT HEXA-GUN DOES!

(The Heart Break Gal enters the ring as “Square Hammer” fades out while she and Ryan Marx stare down)

(The band Puscifer is shown starting to perform “The Mission” as it plays loudly all throughout the Air Canada Centre)

Drake: HAIL TO THE KING!

(Tiberius IV makes his way out to the stage in Komodo Dragon-inspired attire with a confident look upon his face, carrying the EAW Championship around his waist as he makes his way towards the ring)

Drake: HOW CAN ANYONE TRULY DOUBT THIS MAN BY NOW, PIERRE? SO MANY BELIEVE HIS TIME IS UP AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND YET THEY BLOW IT EVERY SINGLE TIME! NEVER BET AGAINST THIS MAN! 2017 HAS BEEN HIS YEAR IN SO MANY WAYS, AND HE AIMS TO CAP IT OFF TONIGHT!

Pierre: You’re right about that, Tiberius IV has absolutely dominated here this year ever since starting it off with a massive win in the King of Elite Tournament, leading a dominant Kingsguard to an EAW Championship victory at Pain For Pride, and ever since then he’s demolished those in front of him to retain his Championship… With some help, of course.

Drake: HOW DARE YOU! IT’S BEEN ALL HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

Pierre: Well it’s no doubt all him tonight as we have already witnessed the shocking end of The Triumvirate earlier tonight, but it doesn’t seem to have gotten to the Champion in the slightest. He spoke earlier saying he’s the only one he needs, and he looks to make right on that word with this huge contest against two very talented opponents.

(Tiberius nonchalantly enters the ring, proudly holding up his EAW Championship before backing up into a nearby corner while the Ring Announcer steps into the center of the ring. The lights in the Air Canada Centre dim as spotlights appear on the three competitors)

Announcer: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL–

Crowd: ONE FALL!!!

Announcer: AND IS FOR THE ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIIIPPPP!!…..

(The crowd applauds as the three competitors continue to stare down from respective corners)

Announcer: Introducing the challengers…. First, hailing from London, England!….. He weighed in tonight at 260 Pounds!…. HE IS THE REIGNING EAW OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION…. “THE ZEITGEIST”, RYAN MAAAAAARRRRRRRRRXXXXXXXX!!!….

(Ryan Marx looks back and forth at both HBG and Tiberius, patting his Openweight Championship before taking it off)

Announcer: Next…. Hailing from Dallas, Texas!…. She weighed in tonight at 135 Pounds!…. SHE IS “THE CONSIGLIERE”…. THIS IS THE HEART! BREAK!! GAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!….

(The Heart Break Gal remains in her corner, focused on her two opponents as the crowd cheers)

Announcer: And lastly…. Hailing from Gaia!…. He weighed in tonight at 213 Pounds!….. HE IS THE REIGNING AND DEFENDING EAW CHAMPION….

(Tiberius IV steps forward, holding up his EAW Championship once more)

Announcer: “THE KOMODO DRAGON”, TIIIIIIIIIIBBBEEEEEEEERRRRRRRIIIIIIUUUUUSSSSS IV!!!….

(The crowd boos as Tiberius shows off his EAW Championship to HBG and Ryan Marx before the lights come back on. Ryan Marx hands the Openweight Championship to the Referee, who hands it to a crew worker at ringside)

Pierre: And that will be the final time he will hand that Openweight Championship off as he has officially relinquished it for this contest as per the rules.

(Tiberius IV reluctantly hands the EAW Championship to the Referee, who shows it to the Heart Break Gal and Ryan Marx before holding it up for the hard camera and crowd to see. The Referee hands the Championship off at ringside before calling for the bell)

(DING! DING! DING!)

Pierre: And this EAW Championship main event of Kingsroad is officially underway as all three competitors step forward – each looking for the others to make the first move!

Drake: We’ve got some discussion here from the looks of it, Pierre. Ryan Marx trying to maybe talk the Heart Break Gal into an alliance! She’s shaking her head “no”! She’s not playing any of that!

Pierre: Perhaps remembering what happened to her when she allied briefly with Tiberius at Road To Redemption, and now it looks like Tiberius is up for an alliance with Marx! Things aren’t looking too well for HBG here in the early going if these two team up to take her out of the equation! It may be a smart strategy for the Champion, but not one this crowd is pleased with! Marx looking to make the first move as he and Tiberius make their way towards HBG!

Drake: NO–TIBERIUS HAMMERS MARX FROM BEHIND WITH A CLUBBING FOREARM! HE’S LAYING INTO HIM! TIBERIUS IMMEDIATELY TURNING HIS BACK ON MARX AS MARX IS FIGHTING BACK! HBG RUSHES IN WITH AN ASSAULT OF HER OWN INTO MARX! BOTH HBG AND TIBERIUS LAYING INTO THE FORMER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION!! He’s doing everything he can to fight back, but they’re just too much! They’ve both got him! DOUBLE TEAM SUPLEX DROPS MARX HARD ON THE CANVAS! HBG and Tiberius scramble to get back to their feet as Marx still looks to do the same, visibly hurt! He’s up as HBG and Tiberius nail him with knees to the gut! I’m loving this!

Pierre: Marx sure isn’t as they continue to just lay into him! Somehow, some way, an alliance has formed once again here tonight between the two former Hexa-gun members! HBG goes behind, locking the waist! Marx is fighting it! Tiberius hits the ropes, COMING IN WITH MOMENTUM! SHORYUKEN!!! A BIG EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO MARX AS HBG PROMPTLY FOLLOWS IT WITH A BEAUTIFUL GERMAN SUPLEX!! What a combination!

Drake: I KNEW THEY COULD DO IT! HEXA-GUN RUNS THROUGH THEIR VEINS! THIS WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN, PIERRE! LOOK AT THEM! HBG and Tiberius look at one another as Marx is stirring… And they nod! They’re on the same page once more! Their instincts telling them to remove this man from the match entirely and they look to do just that as Tiberius drags Marx up! I can’t imagine what they could be… HOLD ON, TIBERIUS PICKS MARX UP! HE’S GOT HIM IN AN ELECTRIC CHAIR POSITION! HBG IS MAKING HER WAY OVER TO THE NEAREST CORNER! SHE’S CLIMBING UP! WE KNOW WHAT’S COMING! I’M SO HAPPY, PIERRE! THEY’RE GONNA DO THE DRAKE & JONES KILLSHOT! THEY ALMOST PULLED IT OFF AT ROAD TO REDEMPTION, BUT THEY’RE LOOKING TO PULL IT OFF SUCCESSFULLY ON RYAN MARX! HBG IS PERCHED ON THE TOP AS MARX IS A SITTING DUCK!

Pierre: And she… Hold on! HBG isn’t moving! She’s remaining atop the top turnbuckle! A look of absolute determination in her eyes! Tiberius realizes something’s amiss! He turns around–HBG LEAPS!!! HEADHUNTER?!!!! THE HEART BREAK GAL NAILS TIBERIUS IN THE FACE WITH HIS OWN VIOLENT MISSILE DROPKICK AS HE DROPS BACKWARDS FOR AN UNINTENTIONAL ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP ON RYAN MARX!!! HBG JUST GAVE TIBERIUS HIS RECEIPT FOR ROAD TO REDEMPTION, BUT SHE’S NOT FINISHED YET! SHE WANTS MORE! SHE WANTS HIS GOLD TOO!

Drake: IT WAS SO CLOSE, PIERRE! THEY ALMOST DID IT! I WAS SO HAPPY! DAMN IT! HBG now just trying to pick which one to go after! She kicks Marx to the outside as he drops under the bottom rope! It looks like she’s focused on the Champion! TJ is in a bad way here! Tiberius is in a great deal of pain! He’s trying to pull himself together after that brutal Headhunter he took, but HBG doesn’t plan to give him much time to do so! She’s stalking Tiberius, looking to finish him off! What a massive upset this would be to end this here and now! Tiberius is struggling to get up… HBG RUSHES IN!! EVISCERATION!!!!

Pierre: It’s no good! Tiberius is fighting to stop it! He’s using every ounce of strength he’s got to keep HBG suspended in the air! He’s got her! TIBERIUS CATCHES HBG ON HIS SHOULDERS! HE RUSHES FORWARD, LOOKING FOR A TURNBUCKLE POWERBOMB!! HBG MANAGES TO COUNTER IT INTO A HURRICANRANA AT THE LAST SECOND AS TIBERIUS GOES CRASHING HARD INTO THE CORNER!! HBG has been on a roll here! She could actually pull this off if she keeps it up! She’s back on her feet as she watches Tiberius struggle to pull himself up in the corner! She’s absolutely full of energy and looking to spend every last bit of it bringing this man down! SHE CHARGES IN AS TIBERIUS IS UP! A BIG RUNNING DROPKICK CONNECTS INTO TIBERIUS IN THE CORNER! HE’S IN TROUBLE!

Drake: Tiberius stumbles forward as HBG is back up! A LOUD ENZUIGIRI CONNECTS!! TJ DROPS DOWN TO THE CANVAS! SHE GOES FOR THE IMMEDIATE COVER!!

Referee: ONE!!!

Pierre: It’s barely a one count, but it was worth a shot as HBG has no choice but to keep the momentum going! It’s unfortunately gonna take more than that to put away the Champion! She knows that as HBG rises back to her feet… She turns her focus on the nearby corner! She may have something high risk in mind as she goes to the corner and makes her ascent! HBG with bad intentions for the Champion! She–HOLD ON! Marx is back in this as he’s grabbing at the foot of HBG from the apron! HBG’s doing all she can to fight him off! She gets her foot free! HBG with a boot to the head of Marx! Another boot connects as Marx is backpedaling on the apron! HBG IS PERCHED AND LASER-FOCUSED ON MARX NOW!! SHE LEAPS! THE ARROWVERSE!!!

Drake: MARX CATCHES HBG ON HIS SHOULDERS AND TURNS IT INTO AN IMMEDIATE POWERBOMB VIOLENTLY ON THE RING APRON!!! NOOO!! HBG WAS DRIVEN SPINE-FIRST RIGHT ONTO THAT UNFORGIVING APRON AS MARX COUNTERED HER ATTEMPTED DIVING HURRICANRANA!! HBG DROPS TO THE OUTSIDE IN PAIN, FAVORING HER BACK AS MARX TAKES A MOMENT TO RECUPERATE! Someone go check on HBG, damn it! She could be injured after that! TIBERIUS IV RUSHES IN WITH A BIG FOREARM TO MARX AS MARX IS SENT OFF THE APRON AND TO THE OUTSIDE! The Champion is alive once more in this!

Pierre: Tiberius looks as determined as ever to take the momentum that HBG just lost and Marx nearly had for himself! Tiberius looking for something big here… HE HITS THE ROPES AS MARX IS RISING TO HIS FEET ON THE OUTSIDE! INCOMING!! SUICIDE DIVE!!

Drake: MARX STOPS THE ATTEMPT DEAD IN ITS TRACKS WITH A SICKENING ELBOW SMASH TO THE FACE OF TIBERIUS!! HE GRABS TIBERIUS BY THE HAIR, DRIVING MORE ELBOW SMASHES INTO THE FACE OF THE CHAMPION!! HE PULLS TIBERIUS FURTHER OUT OF THE RING! SNAP SUPLEX CONNECTS HARD ON THE OUTSIDE AS TIBERIUS BOUNCES OFF THE MAT!! Marx may have turned things around! Come on, TJ! Marx is pulling Tiberius up with him, clutching the hair of the Champion… He’s got him up as he sends Tiberius rolling back into the ring! Marx rolls back into the ring, stalking his opponent as Tiberius is stirring… Marx looking to perhaps deal a finishing blow here! HE RUSHES IN AS TIBERIUS GETS TO HIS FEET! LARIAT!!

Pierre: It’s blocked with a boot to the arm from Tiberius! HE NAILS MARX WITH A BIG FOREARM TO THE FACE! TIBERIUS WITH A BIG RIGHT HAND THIS TIME! HE’S LOOKING TO TURN THINGS AROUND! TIBERIUS IS LAYING INTO MARX WITH ALL HE’S GOT! He tops it off with a knee to the gut of Marx! TIBERIUS CHARGES INTO THE ROPES! MARX IS RIGHT BEHIND HIM! HE NAILS TIBERIUS WITH A BIG ELBOW SMASH AGAINST THE ROPES!! Marx backs up as a dazed Tiberius stumbles forward! MARX WITH A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT NOW FOR “I THINK”, AND WE KNOW WHAT’S COMING… A DEVASTATING SUPERKICK TO TIBERIUS FOR “THEREFORE I AM”!!! TIBERIUS IS DOWN! HE IS DOWN AND OUT AND RIGHT WHERE MARX WANTS HIM!

Drake: I don’t like how this is looking at all, Pierre! TJ may be too exhausted after the collective damage from Marx and HBG! He’s gotta do something! Marx is looking to finish this once and for all as he grabs Tiberius, dragging him up! HE TURNS TIBERIUS AROUND AND PICKS HIM UP IN AN ELECTRIC CHAIR POSITION!! HE’S LOOKING TO FINISH IT!!

Pierre: THE IVORY TOWER!!!!!

Drake: HBG RUSHES IN FROM BEHIND WITH A CHOP BLOCK TO THE RIGHT LEG OF MARX!! HE’S FALTERING!! MARX IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN NOT TO COLLAPSE!! TIBERIUS TURNS IT INTO A REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER AS MARX IS DROPPED ON THE BACK OF HIS SKULL!!! All three of these competitors are hurt and all three are down! HBG still favoring her back while Tiberius is feeling the effects of all the offense he’s eaten in this contest so far! He’s gotta pull it together! HBG is doing all she can to force herself up as Tiberius does the same in a nearby corner! HBG’S UP FIRST AS SHE WASTES NO TIME CHARGING WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM!

Pierre: TIBERIUS STOPS HER THIS TIME WITH A BOOT TO THE JAW! Whatever she was looking for is suddenly thrown right out the window as Tiberius turns the tables, picking HBG up and placing her on the top turnbuckle! HBG’s fighting back! A forearm to Tiberius! Another! SHE KICKS HIM BACK! TIBERIUS RUSHES FORWARD WITH A VIOLENT SHORYUKEN!!! WHAT A RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT AS HBG IS NEARLY SENT FALLING OFF THE TOP, BUT TIBERIUS PULLS HER BACK! He’s not finished with her just yet! He continues to lay into her as he climbs up there! HBG’s still trying to fight it! TIBERIUS WITH THE KOMODO BITE!!! BITING THE SKULL OF HBG!! THIS GUY DOESN’T CARE WHAT HE HAS TO DO! HE PULLS HBG UP!! HE’S GOT HER! SUPERPLEX!!! A HUGE SUPERPLEX SENDS BOTH COMPETITORS CRASHING LIKE METEORS DOWN TO THE CANVAS AS HBG HITS HARD, WRITHING IN PAIN!! HER BACK HAS TO BE KILLING HER AFTER THAT! TIBERIUS CRAWLS OVER FOR THE COVER, LOOKING TO END THIS!

Referee: ONE!!!!!!!!………..

Drake: It’s broken up by Marx as he lunges in with clubbing blows to Tiberius! Marx absolutely laying into the Champion here! He pulls Tiberius up with him! MARX SCOOPS HIM UP! A SCOOP SLAM CONNECTS AS MARX DROPS TIBERIUS RIGHT ONTO THE HEART BREAK GAL! MARX IMMEDIATELY CHARGES INTO THE ROPES! INCOMING! A BIG RUNNING SENTON CONNECTS ONTO BOTH TIBERIUS AND HBG!! Marx looking to punish BOTH of his opponents here! He drags Tiberius up… AND A BIG IRISH WHIP SENDS THE CHAMPION CRASHING HARD INTO THE CORNER! Marx now clutching the hair of HBG as he drags her up! Hey, watch the hair! AND A BIG IRISH WHIP TO HBG NOW AS SHE’S SENT INTO THE SAME CORNER AS TIBERIUS! MARX CHARGES IN WITH MOMENTUM AT HIS BACK! INCOMING WITH A RUNNING BIG BOOT!!

Pierre: HBG manages to move out of the way as the boot nails the face of Tiberius!! Marx turns around! PELE KICK CONNECTS FROM HBG!! Marx goes reeling into that same corner with Tiberius! HBG is doing all she can to force herself back up! SHE GETS UP TO A VERTICAL BASE AND CHARGES!! RUNNING DROPKICK INTO BOTH MARX AND TIBERIUS!!! SHE’S NOT FINISHED! HBG IS BACK UP ALREADY AS SHE BACKS INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER! SHE WANTS AN EVEN BIGGER ONE AS SHE EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER! MARX EXPLODES OUT OF HIS CORNER AS WELL AS HE NAILS THE INCOMING HBG WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE! SHE’S DOWN, BUT HBG REFUSES TO STAY THAT WAY AS SHE SCRAMBLES BACK UP! SHE’S UP AS MARX WRAPS A HAND AROUND HER THROAT! HE’S PICKING HER UP! ONE-HANDED CHOKESLAM!!!

Drake: TRIANGLE CHOKE!!! HBG TURNS IT INTO A TRIANGLE CHOKE ON RYAN MARX!! SHE’S DOING LITERALLY EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO HANG ONTO WHATEVER MOMENTUM SHE HAS, AND IT’S PAYING OFF FOR HER HERE! MARX MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING! HE WANTS TO COUNTER, BUT HE’S LOSING CONSCIOUSNESS WITH EVERY PASSING SECOND HE’S TRAPPED IN THIS HOLD! HBG COULD PULL SOMETHING OFF BY SUBMISSION IF THIS KEEPS UP! MARX REMAINS ON HIS FEET, BOTH OF THEM FIRMLY PLANTED AS HE REFUSES TO DROP! HE’S USING EVERY OUNCE OF STRENGTH TO PICK HBG UP!! HE MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH IN HIM TO TURN IT AROUND BEFORE HE FADES OUT!! HE’S GOTTA DO SOMETHING IF HE HAS ANY HOPES OF WALKING OUT OF HERE TONIGHT AS EAW CHAMPION!!

Pierre: HEADHUNTER!!!! TIBERIUS IV FLIES IN OUT OF NOWHERE WITH A HEADHUNTER INTO THE BODIES OF MARX AND HBG!!! WHERE DID HE COME FROM?!!

(A replay is shown of Tiberius perching himself in the nearby corner and hitting a Headhunter into Marx and HBG)

Pierre: What a save by the Champion there! Once more all three of these competitors are down and out! It could be anyone’s game, but Tiberius was the last to hit a big offensive maneuver, so there’s a chance he could take control if he can pull himself together! He may be looking to do just that as he slowly rises back up! You can tell how exhausted he is, but he has to keep going! There’s nobody around to help him out! No Jaywalker or Ares Vendetta! He’s on his own for now on, and he aims to prove that won’t stop him! Tiberius stumbles over to a downed Marx, dragging him up… Marx still with life in him, trying to fight back! Tiberius catches Marx with a big knee to the gut! HE SENDS MARX CRASHING HARD INTO THE NEARBY RINGPOST BETWEEN THE TURNBUCKLES! Marx may be out of the equation for a while after that as Tiberius turns his attention to HBG!

Drake: HBG’s doing her damndest to get back up! She’s not going down without a fight! TIBERIUS DROPS HER BACK DOWN WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE! TIBERIUS STOMPING AWAY AT HBG AS SHE’S DOWN ON THE CANVAS! SHOWING ABSOLUTELY NO MERCY! Tiberius clutches the hair of HBG, dragging her up! Berating her as he does it! I hate seeing brothers and sisters fighting like this, Pierre, I just want them to get along! HBG WITH A HEADBUTT!! GOOD GOD, A HEADBUTT BETWEEN THE EYES OF TIBERIUS!! TIBERIUS WITH A VIOLENT ELBOW TO THE FACE OF HBG AS A RECEIPT!! HE SENDS HBG HARD INTO THE NEARBY CORNER WITH AN IRISH WHIP AS SHE CRASHES SPINE-FIRST INTO IT!! THE BACK OF HBG ONCE AGAIN TARGETED! TIBERIUS CHARGES IN! SHORYUKEN!!!

Pierre: HE’S NOT STOPPING WITH THAT RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT AS HE NAILS HBG WITH AN IMMEDIATE SECOND EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! A THIRD CONNECTS!!! TIBERIUS DRAGS A BATTERED AND BEATEN HBG OUT OF THE CORNER, TELLING HER IT’S OVER BEFORE TURNING HER AROUND! HE PICKS HBG UP!! HE’S GOT HER IN POSITION!! GAME CLINCHER!!!!

Drake: HBG’S FIGHTING IT! SHE’S FIGHTING WITH ALL SHE’S GOT LEFT AS SHE THROWS SHOTS INTO THE HEAD OF TIBERIUS!! SHE SPINS HERSELF AROUND INTO A HURRICANRANA–

Pierre: POWERBOMB!!! TIBERIUS TURNS IT INTO AN IMMEDIATE POWERBOMB AS HE TURNS IT INTO A COVER ON HBG!!!

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

Drake: SHE KICKS OUT OF IT! HBG SAVES HERSELF IN THIS AS SHE KICKS OUT AFTER THAT VIOLENT POWERBOMB COUNTER!! SHE’S STILL FAVORING HER BACK, TRYING TO GET UP! TIBERIUS IS WAITING FOR HER! SHE’S GOTTA DO SOMETHING!! TIBERIUS–STRIKE OF MIDNIIIIIGGGGHHHTTTTT!!!!! HE GOT IT!! TIBERIUS WITH THE STRIKE OF MIDNIGHT ON HBG!!! HBG ISN’T MOVING!! TIBERIUS ROLLS HER OVER, HOOKING THE LEG TO END THIS!!!

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

Pierre: IT’S STOPPED AS MARX LUNGES IN TO FORCE TIBERIUS OFF!! Marx manages to save the match! And it looks like he’s been busted open after getting sent into that ringpost earlier by Tiberius! Tiberius looks absolutely livid! He and Marx lock eyes as they’re both on their knees! Tiberius throws a right hand! It’s blocked! Marx with a right hand of his own to Tiberius! Tiberius manages to fight back with a right hand that connects this time! A shot from Marx! A shot from Tiberius! Marx with a right! Tiberius with a right! Tiberius with another, but it’s blocked again! Marx with a shot! Another! Another! ANOTHER! MARX IS UNLOADING INTO THE CHAMPION!! TIBERIUS BETTER THINK OF SOMETHING! THEY’RE BOTH RISING TO THEIR FEET AS MARX LAYS INTO HIM! Marx with a forearm! AN ELBOW SMASH NOW!

Drake: TIBERIUS CATCHES MARX OUT OF NOWHERE WITH THE KAMEHAMEHA!!! THAT DOUBLE PALM THRUST TO THE CHEST SENDS MARX BACKPEDALING INTO THE NEAREST CORNER! Tiberius has a chance to turn things around! Marx is in trouble! TIBERIUS CHARGES IN WITH ALL HE’S GOT! SHORYUKEN!!!

Pierre: MARX STOPS IT WITH A KNEE LIFT TO TIBERIUS!! WHAT A SOUND THAT MADE! TIBERIUS LOOKS OUT OF IT AS HE GOES REELING! NO–TIBERIUS FORCES HIMSELF AHEAD AT MARX! MARX MOVES OUT OF THE CORNER! Tiberius stops himself from crashing and instead climbs up to the second rope! MARX CHARGES IN! TIBERIUS CATCHES HIM WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE! Marx is reeling! TIBERIUS LEAPS!! FLYING CROSSBODY!!! NO–HOLD ON! MARX ROLLS BACK UP TO HIS FEET WITH TIBERIUS CAUGHT IN HIS GRASP!! HE’S GOT HIM! MARX WITH A DISPLAY OF STRENGTH HERE AS TIBERIUS STRUGGLES TO ESCAPE! THE FALL OF MAN!!! A MASSIVE FALLAWAY SLAM SENDS TIBERIUS FLYING INTO THE CORNER BEHIND THEM VIOLENTLY!! Unbelievable! What a contest this has been!

(A slow-motion replay is shown of Tiberius being thrown into the nearby corner with a Fallaway Slam by Ryan Marx)

Drake: Tiberius is writhing in pain in the corner after that one! He’s got to do something! Marx looks like he wants to finish this one off! HE’S TURNED AROUND AS HE GETS UP! HBG WITH A SHOT TO MARX! A BIG FOREARM NOW! ANOTHER! MARX NAILS HER WITH AN ELBOW SMASH! HBG is sent stumbling backwards into the ropes! MARX RUSHES IN! HBG nails him with a boot to the face! SHE CHARGES AHEAD AND CONNECTS WITH A BIG FLYING FOREARM TO THE FACE OF RYAN MARX!! She may be able to take control! Both Marx and HBG scramble to get back to a vertical base! HBG IS UP FIRST AS SHE RUSHES IN! A THESZ PRESS CONNECTS ON MARX AS HBG FOLLOWS IT UP WITH RAPID-FIRE SHOTS INTO A DOWNED MARX!! HE’S DOING ALL HE CAN TO DEFEND HIMSELF, BUT HBG ISN’T LETTING UP! Marx manages to force her off! He’s struggling to get back up! MARX IS UP! ENZUIGIRI!!! A BIG ENZUIGIRI FROM HBG!

Pierre: Marx is looking woozy! He may not be able to stay on his feet for much longer! HBG rushes back to her feet! Knee to the gut of Marx! SHE PULLS HIM IN! TORNADO DDT!!! No–Marx has it scouted as he forces HBG off! Marx stumbles into the ropes! HBG CHARGES WITH ALL SHE’S GOT! MARX SENDS HER UP AND OVER TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

Drake: HBG manages to barely catch herself on the apron! She connects with a forearm to the back of Marx’s head as he stumbles forward! HBG WITH SOMETHING BIG IN MIND AS SHE CLUTCHES THE TOP ROPE! MARX TURNS AROUND AS SHE LEAPS TO THE TOP! MARX RUSHES IN WITH AN ELBOW SMASH TO HBG AS SHE DROPS DOWN AND NEARLY CRASHES TO THE OUTSIDE! SHE’S USING THE TOP ROPE TO KEEP HER UP! SHE SWINGS, BUT IT’S BLOCKED BY MARX! MARX WITH A VIOLENT LARIAT TO HBG!!! HBG IS DROPPED TO THE APRON!! Marx finally has a chance to recuperate!

Pierre: NO HE DOESN’T AS TIBERIUS CONNECTS WITH A SHORYUKEN AGAINST THE ROPES OUT OF THE DAMN BLUE!! THE CHAMPION IS BACK IN THIS!! Marx is in pain as he stumbles into the nearby corner, but Tiberius isn’t stopping his pursuit! HE CRASHES INTO MARX! HE’S LAYING INTO HIM! Tiberius picks Marx up, propping him up on the top turnbuckle! He pulls Marx down and into a Tree of Woe! THE JAQQUM TREE IS IN ON RYAN MARX!! TIBERIUS WITH IMMEDIATE BACK AND FORTH KICKS INTO THE BODY OF MARX AS HE’S TRAPPED IN THIS JAQQUM TREE! TIBERIUS WITH NO OUNCE OF MERCY TO BE FOUND!! HE’S PUNISHING THIS MAN WITH ALL HE’S GOT! TIBERIUS WITH A BOOT AGAINST THE THROAT OF MARX, CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF HIM!! A SADISTIC LOOK IN THE EYES OF THE CHAMPION!

Drake: THAT’S IT, PIERRE! THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE! THAT FIRE IN TIBERIUS’ EYES SAYS IT ALL! HE WANTS TO HURT THESE PEOPLE! NOT JUST WIN! MARX IS JUST ANOTHER VICTIM AS FAR AS HE’S CONCERNED! Tiberius now… He drops to the outside! He throws the Timekeeper out of his way! TIBERIUS GRABS THE TIMEKEEPER’S CHAIR, FOLDING IT UP!! HE’S GOT SOMETHING BIGGER IN MIND! HE WANTS TO GET RID OF MARX IN THIS! Tiberius slides back in with that chair in hand! Placing it in front of Marx’s face! Tiberius backs up! DO IT! HE CHARGES AT MARX!!!

Pierre: MARX THROWS THE CHAIR INTO THE FACE OF AN ONCOMING TIBERIUS?!! HOW ON EARTH DID HE DO THAT?! TIBERIUS IS DOWN AFTER THAT ONE!! Marx has a chance to turn this around and finish this contest! He’s all on his own here! Marx using whatever strength he has left in his upper body to pull himself up from this Tree of Woe position! He’s gotta get back in this! Marx forces himself up!

Drake: TRAMP STAMP!!! THE HEART BREAK GAL WITH A TRAMP STAMP SUPERKICK LOUDLY OFF THE SIDE OF MARX’S FACE FROM THE RING APRON!!! MARX DROPS RIGHT BACK DOWN IN THAT TREE OF WOE!! HBG IS ALIVE ONCE MORE! SHE HAS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY AND SHE KNOWS IT! HBG WASTES ABSOLUTELY NO TIME CLIMBING UP THAT CORNER MARX IS TRAPPED IN! SHE’S GOT HER EYES SET ON TIBERIUS! SHE CAN FINISH THIS OFF! HBG IS JUST AS EXHAUSTED AND HURT AS BOTH OF HER OPPONENTS, BUT SHE CAN’T STOP NOW! HER BACK IS HURTING HER BEYOND BELIEF FROM THE LOOKS OF IT, BUT SHE HAS TO KEEP GOING! SHE’S PERCHED ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, FOCUSING ON TIBERIUS!

Pierre: NO–MARX FORCES HIMSELF UP, GRABBING HBG AND SENDING HER FLYING OFF THE TOP!!! TIBERIUS BARELY DODGED OUT OF THE WAY AS HBG WAS SENT CRASHING TO THE CANVAS!! MARX IS BACK IN THIS! HE WON’T BE STOPPED! FOR MONTHS HE’S DEFENDED HIS OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THIS MATCH AND HE’S FINALLY GOT IT! HE WON’T LET IT SLIP THROUGH HIS FINGERS AS HE GETS HIMSELF BACK UP ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! WE’RE NOT USED TO SEEING THIS MAN FLY, BUT DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES! MARX IS UP AS HE TURNS HIMSELF AROUND!

Drake: TIBERIUS RUSHES IN!! HE’S GOT HIM!! SEISMIC TOSS!!! A MASSIVE BACKFLIP BELLY TO BELLY DROP FROM THE TOP AS TIBERIUS CRASHES DOWN HARD ONTO RYAN MARX!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! TIBERIUS TURNS THE TIDE COMPLETELY AS HE GOES FOR THE COVER!! HE’S GOT IT!

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

Pierre: THE HEART BREAK GAL BARELY ABLE TO STOP IT AS SHE PUSHES TIBERIUS OFF, BREAKING IT UP! Tiberius looks around, thinking he had it there, but it’s just no good! He’s got blood running down his forehead, presumably from that chair shot to the face he took from Marx earlier! Both he and Marx have been busted open! Tiberius is arguing with the Official, hoping it was a three count as HBG slowly rises up to her knees! Tiberius with a look of absolute HATE for this woman as he locks eyes with her! The look in HBG’s eyes seems to return the favor! There’s no love lost here! She wants redemption and he wants to put her away for good! HBG NAILS TIBERIUS WITH A HARD SHOT! TIBERIUS FIRES BACK WITH ONE OF HIS OWN! HBG AND TIBERIUS ERUPT INTO A STORM OF SHOTS WITH ONE ANOTHER! THEY’RE GOING AT IT IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! BOTH RISING BACK TO THEIR FEET! HBG’S TAKING CONTROL! TIBERIUS IS LOSING BLOOD AND IT MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR HIM AS SHE LAYS INTO HIM! HBG’S NOT LETTING UP!! TIBERIUS RAKES THE EYES OF HBG!! HE NAILS HER WITH A FOREARM AS HBG DROPS TO HER KNEES IN PAIN!

Drake: LOWBLOW!!! RYAN MARX WITH A LOWBLOW TO TIBERIUS OUT OF NOWHERE AS TIBERIUS DROPS TO HIS KNEES IN PAIN!! MARX ON HIS KNEES AS WELL, FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THAT SEISMIC TOSS! ALL THREE COMPETITORS ARE HURT HERE! Two of them busted open and HBG’s back possibly injured! They have gone through an absolute war here! HBG WITH A SHOT TO TIBERIUS! MARX WITH A SHOT TO HBG! MARX WITH A SHOT TO TIBERIUS! TIBERIUS TO MARX! HBG TO MARX! TIBERIUS TO HBG! ALL THREE COMPETITORS TRYING TO GET BACK UP TO THEIR FEET! ALL ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED AS THEY STRUGGLE TO GET UP, TRADING SHOTS!! THEY’RE UP AS MARX NAILS TIBERIUS WITH AN ELBOW! A KNEE LIFT TO HBG FROM MARX NOW!! MARX WITH A SHOT TO TIBERIUS, BUT IT’S BLOCKED! TRAMP STAMP!!! SUPERKICK FROM HBG TO MARX!!! HE GOES BACKPEDALING AS TIBERIUS GOES FOR A LARIAT TO HBG!!

Pierre: NOBODY’S HOME AS HBG DUCKS IT! TIBERIUS TURNS AROUND–PELE KICK!!! TIBERIUS GOES REELING INTO THE NEARBY CORNER AS HBG IS BACK UP AND IN CONTROL!! SHE CHARGES WITH ALL SHE’S GOT!! RUNNING DROPKICK INTO MARX AS HE’S SENT OVER THE TOP ROPE AND TO THE OUTSIDE!! HBG CHARGES FOR TIBERIUS NOW!! STINGER SPLASH INTO THE CORNER!! TIBERIUS IMMEDIATELY EXPLODES OUT OF THE CORNER WITH A SHORYUKEN AS HBG IS SENT BACKWARDS INTO THE OPPOSITE CORNER!! TIBERIUS COMES CHARGING!!! BOOT TO THE FACE FROM HBG TO TIBERIUS! SHE HAS TO THINK OF SOMETHING QUICK AS SHE CLIMBS TO THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE!! MARX FROM THE APRON AS HE NAILS HBG WITH A SHOT! HBG WITH AN ELBOW TO MARX! TIBERIUS RUSHES IN, BUT HBG WITH A BOOT AGAIN! SHE’S TRYING ALL SHE CAN TO FIGHT THEM BOTH OFF!

Drake: HBG TRIES TO STAND UP TO–RUNNING ENZUIGIRI FROM TIBERIUS!!! SHE’S DAZED!! MARX WITH A HAND AROUND THE THROAT OF HBG FROM THE APRON!! LOOK OUT!!!

(Ryan Marx sends the Heart Break Gal off the top with a Chokeslam from Hell through the Showdown Announce Table as Drake Jaeger and Pierre McGuire scatter out of the way)

Pierre: JESUS CHRIST–RYAN MARX MAY HAVE JUST COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE HEART BREAK GAL!!!! OUR ANNOUNCE TABLE HAS SHATTERED AS THE BODY OF HBG WAS SENT CRASHING THROUGH IT WITH GREAT VELOCITY!! SHE’S NOT MOVING! SHE MAY BE OUT COLD FROM THAT!! MY GOD–SOMEONE MAY NEED TO CHECK ON HER!

Drake: YOU SICK BASTARD! YOU SICK, SICK BASTARD! YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO HER! DAMN IT TO HELL!

(A slow-motion replay is shown of Ryan Marx sending the Heart Break Gal through the Showdown Announce Table with a Chokeslam from Hell)

Drake: WHAT?! DON’T SHOW THAT AGAIN, DAMN IT! YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST AS SICK AS HE IS! I WOULD TELL YOU TO GET IT OFF OF MY MONITOR IF I STILL HAD ONE! HBG HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE SHATTERED REMAINS OF OUR TABLE! I HAVE TO CHECK ON HER, PIERRE!

Pierre: I think right now you need to call this match!

Drake: SHUT UP!

Pierre: SUICIDE DIVE!!! TIBERIUS IV OUT OF THE DAMN BLUE WITH A SUICIDE DIVE INTO RYAN MARX!! TIBERIUS SEES A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY AND HE DOES NOT INTEND TO MISS IT! HE ISN’T MISSING IT FOR THE WORLD! WHAT A WIN THIS WOULD BE TO SNUFF OUT TWO FLAMES IN ONE MATCH! THE COLLECTIVE HOPES AND DREAMS OF BOTH OF HIS OPPONENTS ARE IN HIS HANDS AND HE WANTS TO SHATTER THEM AS HE’S DONE TO EVERYONE ELSE HE’S COME ACROSS THIS YEAR! Tiberius drags Marx back up… And he sends him rolling back into the ring! Tiberius practically salivating at the mouth at the opportunity before him as he slides in, stalking his opponent! Marx is in pain! He’s doing all he can to pull himself up! TIBERIUS RUSHES IN FOR THE KILL!!

Drake: STRIKE OF MIDNIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHTTTT!!!! HE GOT IT!! HE GOT IT! MARX IS OUT AS TIBERIUS ROLLS HIM OVER!! HE HOOKS THE LEG!!

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

Pierre: IT’S NO GOOD AS MARX GETS A SHOULDER UP!! TIBERIUS CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

Drake: WHAT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

Pierre: SOMEHOW RYAN MARX IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS CONTEST! BOTH HE AND TIBERIUS HAVE LOST PLENTY OF BLOOD, BUT IT’S STILL GOING! WE’VE GOT A DOCTOR CHECKING ON THE HEART BREAK GAL HERE AT RINGSIDE AS TIBERIUS DESPERATELY TRIES TO THINK OF ANOTHER WAY TO PUT MARX AWAY! TIBERIUS DRAGS MARX UP, KICKING HIM IN THE HEAD AS HE DOES! HE’S HAD ENOUGH! HE WANTS TO FINISH THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL! HE TURNS MARX AROUND, PICKING HIM UP!! HE’S GOT MARX IN POSITION!! GAME CLINCHER!!!!

Drake: WHAT–MARX TURNS IT INTO A VICTORY ROLL ON TIBERIUS?!!!

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

Pierre: TIBERIUS MANAGES TO KICK OUT JUST BEFORE THE THREE! WHAT AN ENDING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR HIS REIGN! HE MANAGES TO STAY ALIVE AS BOTH HE AND MARX SCRAMBLE TO THEIR FEET! THEY’RE UP AS TIBERIUS SWINGS! IT’S MISSED AS MARX DUCKS! HE’S GOT TIBERIUS FROM BEHIND! RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX SENDS TIBERIUS CRASHING ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!! TIBERIUS IS SCRAMBLING TO GET BACK UP AS MARX RISES TO HIS FEET! THEY’RE UP AS TIBERIUS FORCES HIMSELF FORWARD! POP-UP POWERBOMB BY RYAN MARX TO TIBERIUS!!! UNBELIEVABLE STRENGTH!! HE’S NOT FINISHED! HE WANTS TO END THIS! MARX DRAGS TIBERIUS UP!! HE’S LOOKING TO SET HIM UP FOR THE IVORY TOWER! TIBERIUS IS FIGHTING IT!

Drake: He escapes the grasp of Marx! Tiberius turns around as MARX NAILS HIM WITH A LOUD ELBOW TO THE FACE! HE PULLS TIBERIUS IN FOR A POTENTIAL SUPLEX! HE DRIVES MULTIPLE KNEES INTO THE GUT OF TIBERIUS!! HE’S GOT HIM UP!! HE’S GOT HIM!!

Pierre: NEW HEIGHTS!!!!! THE VIOLENT VERTICAL SUPLEX DDT CONNECTS!!!!! MARX HAS TO COVER HIM!! HE’S GOTTA COVER HIM!! HE–

Drake: TIBERIUS ROLLS TO THE OUTSIDE!!! HE DROPPED STRAIGHT TO THE OUTSIDE AS SOON AS IT CONNECTED!! TIBERIUS SAVES HIMSELF AND MARX CANNOT BELIEVE IT! Marx is absolutely LIVID and I don’t blame him, but hey, fair’s fair! Tiberius did what he had to do! He was trained by the best and knows exactly how to keep himself alive in a match! Marx has no choice but to roll to the outside as he… Hold on! Marx turns his focus to a still down Heart Break Gal! Come on! You’ve done enough to her!

Pierre: It looks like Marx is going for the target he deems easier as he makes his way over to HBG! HE PUSHES THE DOCTOR AWAY! MARX GRABS HBG BY HER HAIR, DRAGGING HER UP! HE SENDS HER ROLLING BACK INTO THE RING! This is bad! This is looking very, very bad! Marx slides back in and gets back to his feet, determined to finish this! He grabs HBG, dragging her up with a cold look in his eyes! HBG GETS OUT OF HIS GRASP?! SHE CATCHES MARX WITH A RIGHT HAND! A LEFT NOW! SHE’S LAYING INTO HIM! SPINNING BACKHAND CONNECTS TO MARX!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! HE’S STILL UP! TRAMP STAMP!!!!

Drake: NO–DAMN IT–HE CAUGHT THE FOOT OF HBG!! MARX SHAKING HIS HEAD BEFORE PULLING HBG IN FOR A VIOLENT LARIAT!!! I CAN’T WATCH, PIERRE!

Pierre: MARX DRAGS HBG UP, LOOKING TO END THIS! HE’S GOT HER UP IN POSITION!!! SHE’S EXHAUSTED EVERY OUNCE OF ENERGY SHE HAD! MARX–

(The crowd loudly stirs as someone jumps the barricade and climbs up to the apron as Marx looks on in confusion)

Drake: What the Hell? Security? Hello?

Pierre: HOLD ON–

(The crowd erupts as CM Banks stares down with a shocked Ryan Marx)

Pierre: MY GOD–CM BANKS IS HERE!! HE’S HERE! HE’S BACK AND RYAN MARX CANNOT BELIEVE IT! CM BANKS HAS RETURNED, LOOKING LIKE A MAN ON A MISSION, AND I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THAT MISSION IS! BANKS ENTERS THE RING AS MARX DROPS HBG! BOTH MEN STARING DOWN! MARX ISN’T BACKING DOWN! HE’S TELLING BANKS HE’LL END HIM AGAIN!

Drake: HBG PUSHES RYAN MARX FORWARD AS BANKS CATCHES HIM ON HIS SHOULDERS!!! MARX IS FIGHTING IT!!!

Pierre: GO TO RETIREMENT!!!!!!! A VICIOUS GO TO RETIREMENT CONNECTS ON RYAN MARX AS THIS CROWD IS LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT!! BANKS JUST SENT A MESSAGE AS HE… HOLD ON.. BANKS STOPS HIMSELF AS HE STARTED TO LEAVE! HE TURNS BACK TOWARDS MARX! HE’S NOT FINISHED AS HE GRABS MARX, PULLING HIM UP!! HE’S GOT HIM!! GO TO RETIREMENT!!!!!! A SECOND EMPHATIC GTR TO MARX FOR GOOD MEASURE FROM THE VENGEFUL CM BANKS AS HE EXITS THE RING!!! THE HEART BREAK GAL LOOKS ON WITH A GLAZED OVER LOOK IN HER EYES!

Drake: DO IT, HBG! YOU’VE GOT A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY! DO IT!

Pierre: SHE DOES AND SHE’S NOT WASTING IT!! HBG CRAWLS OVER TO MARX! SHE WANTS TO END THIS!! SHE’S GOT HIM!! HBG WITH THE COVER!!!

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

Drake: IT’S BROKEN UP WITH A CHAIR SHOT TO THE SPINE FROM TIBERIUS IV!!!

Pierre: DAMN IT TO HELL! HBG HAD IT! SHE HAD IT! TIBERIUS WITH THAT CHAIR FROM EARLIER AS HE IMMEDIATELY KICKS HBG OUT OF THE RING! HE WANTS TO FINISH THIS HIMSELF! HE’S GONNA STEAL THIS ONE! HE DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN! TIBERIUS TURNS HIS ATTENTION BACK TO A DOWNED MARX! HE SWINGS THAT CHAIR DOWN INTO MARX! ANOTHER CHAIR SHOT! A THIRD VICIOUS CHAIR SHOT CONNECTS AS TIBERIUS THROWS THE CHAIR DOWN AND DROPS DOWN FOR THE COVER! DAMN IT TO HELL!

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

Drake: TIBERIUS IS DRAGGED OFF OF THE COVER–THE HEART BREAK GAL JUST DRAGGED HIM BY HIS FOOT FROM THE OUTSIDE TO BREAK IT UP!! SHE’S STILL IN THIS! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! SHE REFUSES TO DIE HERE! TIBERIUS IS FURIOUS AS HE KICKS AT HER! HE GOES TO THE OUTSIDE, LAYING INTO HBG WITH CLUBBING SHOTS! HE WANTS TO PUT HER AWAY! SHE CAN’T EVEN DEFEND HERSELF BY THIS POINT AS TIBERIUS DRIVES HER INTO THE EDGE OF THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! HE PULLS HBG IN!! HE’S GOT HER UP!! HBG’S FIGHTING IT! SUPLEX THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!

Pierre: EVISCERATION!!!!! HBG SWUNG HER BODY DOWN THE OTHER WAY INTO AN EVISCERATION OUT OF NOWHERE!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! HBG HAS A CHANCE TO FINISH THIS! SHE CAN’T COVER TIBERIUS, BUT SHE CAN GET MARX! SHE HAS TO DO SOMETHING! HBG USES THE ANNOUNCE TABLE TO GET HERSELF BACK UP! SHE’S GOT MARX IN HER SIGHTS! HBG GETS TO THE APRON, CLIMBING UP! SHE’S GOING UP HIGHER! SHE’S LOOKING TO FLY! HBG CLIMBS TO THE NEARBY CORNER, GETTING TO THE TOP!! SHE’S PERCHED!! ALL SHE’S GOT LEFT IS A LEAP OF FAITH AS MARX REMAINS DOWN!! DO IT!

Drake: FALL OF EMPIIIIIRRREEEE!!!!!!

Pierre: MARX ROLLS!!

Drake: NOT FAR ENOUGH AS HBG STILL COMES DOWN ONTO THE SPINE OF RYAN MARX FOR THE DOUBLE ROTATION MOONSAULT!!!!

Pierre: I DON’T KNOW IF SHE GOT ALL OF IT AS HBG STRUGGLES TO ROLL HIM ONTO HIS BACK!! SHE’S GOTTA GET IT! SHE’S GOT HIM AS HBG HOOKS THE LEG!!!

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

Drake: OH MY GOD!!!!

(DING! DING! DING!)

Drake: SHE DID IT! SHE ACTUALLY DID IT! HOLY HELL ON EARTH!

(“Square Hammer” by Ghost plays all throughout the Air Canada Centre as the crowd erupts with deafening cheers)

Announcer: THE WINNER OF THIS CONTEST…. AND NEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPION….. THE HEART! BREAK!!! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

Pierre: UNBELIEVABLE! TIBERIUS IV HAS JUST GOTTEN BACK TO HIS FEET IN DISBELIEF AS HE REALIZES WHAT JUST HAPPENED!

(A battered, beaten, and exhausted Heart Break Gal pulls herself up to her knees, struggling to hold back tears as the Referee hands her the EAW Championship)

Drake: I THINK I’M GONNA HAVE A HEART ATTACK, PIERRE! I CAN DIE NOW! IT’S NOT GETTING ANY BETTER THAN THIS! THE HEART BREAK GAL HAS DONE IT!

(A stunned, bloodied, and hurt Tiberius IV looks on from the outside in shock as confetti begins to rain down throughout the Air Canada Centre while the crowd continues to cheer)

Pierre: THE HEART BREAK GAL FINISHES THIS ONE OFF WITH THE FALL OF EMPIRE, AND WHAT AN APPROPRIATE NAME, BECAUSE TIBERIUS IV HAS JUST WATCHED HIS ENTIRE EMPIRE FALL BEFORE HIS VERY EYES TONIGHT! HIS REIGN OF DOMINANCE THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE YEAR HAS JUST CRUMBLED IN FRONT OF HIM!

(Tears run down the cheeks of the Heart Break Gal as she clutches the EAW Championship, forcing herself back to her feet)

Drake: FOR A DECADE THIS WOMAN HAS PUT EVERYTHING INTO THIS MOMENT! SHE HAS OVERCOME MORE OBSTACLES THAN YOU CAN COUNT! SHE HAS FOUGHT THROUGH WAR AFTER WAR, AND IT ALL CULMINATES HERE TONIGHT WITH THIS WIN! I’M SO HAPPY I COULD KISS YOU, PIERRE, BUT I AIN’T THAT KINDA GUY! I’M GONNA CRY!

Pierre: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ELITE ANSWERS WRESTLING’S TEN YEARS OF HISTORY, THE HEART BREAK GAL HAS BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO BECOME WORLD’S CHAMPION! WHAT A MOMENT THIS IS!

(Doctors check on Ryan Marx while Tiberius IV remains stunned, sitting on the outside as confetti continues to pour down throughout the arena)

Drake: IT BREAKS MY HEART TO SEE TJ LOSE, BUT I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE HBG PULL THIS OFF! I’VE NEVER BEEN SO CONFLICTED!

Pierre: WHATEVER THE CASE, YOU CAN’T TAKE AWAY THIS MOMENT! TEN YEARS OF WORK HAS CULMINATED TONIGHT IN AN INDESCRIBABLE WAY, AND I’M HAPPY I COULD BE HERE TO SEE IT HAPPEN! THE TRIUMVIRATE HAS BEEN DISBANDED AND TIBERIUS IV’S REIGN HAS COME TO ITS END TONIGHT AS THE HEART BREAK GAL BASKS IN THE BIGGEST VICTORY OF HER CAREER!

(Drake is heard getting up from his seat, loudly clapping as the Heart Break Gal climbs the top turnbuckle, proudly holding up the EAW Championship)

Pierre: What a night it’s been! What an incredible match! We’ve witnessed the end of The Triumvirate, determined Showdown’s King of Elite Finals representative, and crowned two deserving Champions! I’ve never been happier! What a wonderful night it’s been and I’d like to thank all of you for joining us! We continue to make our way to King of Elite, and I can’t even begin to imagine what could be waiting for us after tonight! Signing off for Drake Jaeger, I’m Pierre McGuire – thank you and goodnight from Kingsroad in Toronto!

(The Heart Break Gal celebrates with the fans with her EAW Championship as the camera slowly fades to black)

(EAW Logo Buzzes)

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