The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri
(Instead of the normal Video Package, the image shows a grouping of shots taken from the Empress of Elite, culminating in one final shot, showing Madison and Alexis gazing at the crown. As the scene focuses on them, the shot transitions, moving to a still of Azumi and Aria staring face to face, the title in the very center. As the title comes further into view it morphs into the Specialist championship, shifting again and again until finally taking on the golden sheen and lettering of none other…than Manifest Destiny. As the Alliant Center goes ballistic almost immediately, with a loud cheer, the cheer grows louder as “My Name is Human” by Highly Suspect screams out over the loudspeakers. With confidence, Cameron Ella Ava walks out, raising her arms in enjoyment of the cheers…and the cheers only increase in volume as Heart Break Gal herself strides out, once more to a roaring Empire crowd. The two take a bow before moving to the Announce Table, taking their seats.)
HBG: God…back in this sh*thole.
Cam: Yeah but be nice, this is the anniversary show! Empire has finally achieved a year of relevancy and what better way to celebrate, then title matches, title chances and our favorite…
HBG: THE EMPRESS OF ELITE FINALS!!! I’M YOUR HOST HBG, AND WITH ME IS MY PARTNER CAMERON ELLA AVA, AND I DON’T WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME SO JASMINE PEYTON, LET’S GET OUT FIRST MATCH UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW!
Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is a TAG TEAM MATCH scheduled for ONE FALL!
Crowd: ONE FALL!
(“I Love Rock & Roll” — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts hits to a positive reaction, and a focused-looking Daisy Thrash makes her way out onto the stage and proceeds down the ramp walking at a brisk pace. She takes off her trademark worn, button-studded leather jacket as she goes.)
Jasmine Peyton: IIIIINTRODUCING FIRST! From Seattle, Washington…weighing in at 115 pounds…DAAAAAAISY THRAAAAAAASH!
Cameron Ella Ava: So, here we are. On one side of this tag team match, we have two of Empire’s newest — and least-successful — talents. Last week’s Empire saw this woman, Daisy Thrash, and her partner tonight, Revy, demanding that our GM Tarah Nova give them more chances to showcase their abilities.
Heart Break Gal: And because Tarah Nova apparently doesn’t bat an eyelash before giving in to the demands of charity cases, they have this platform. I guess they just let anybody have a marquee match now.
(“Red Fraction” — Mell hits to overwhelming boos, and an irate Revy stomps out onto the stage. She surveys the crowd briefly before rolling her eyes at their jeers, flipping off members of the audience as she descends the ramp.)
Jasmine Peyton: AAAAAAND HER TAG TEAM PARTNER! From Houston, Texas…weighing in at 126 pounds…she is “THEEE ACE OF SPAAAAADES”…this is REEEEEEEEVY!
Cameron Ella Ava: If you did a poll of people in Houston right now, they’d probably say Revy and her attitude might be the worst thing to ever happen to that city.
Heart Break Gal: Worse than–
Cameron Ella Ava: Yeah, worse than Harvey.
Heart Break Gal: Well, she probably thinks her off attitude is warranted. She’s wrong, but I’m sure that’s still what she thinks. Revy came into EAW with a full head of steam but lost momentum after a not-so-dazzling showing in Empress of Elite. She’s probably desperate to put on a performance tonight that would put her back on the right track.
(“Studio” — Schoolboy Q hits to a mixed reaction, and a smirking Megan Raine strides out onto the ramp confidently. She places her hands on her hips, nodding to herself before proceeding down the ramp with outstretched arms.)
Jasmine Peyton: AAAAAND THEIR OPPONENTS! IIIINTRODUCING FIRST! From Hammersmith, England…weighing in at 110 pounds…she is “THEEEE STORM”…this is MEGAAAAAAN RAAAAAAAAINE!
Cameron Ella Ava: Well, well, well. Look who’s alive! Megan Raine made a surprising return to Empire on last week’s show. We haven’t seen this girl’s face since she got stomped into oblivion by Madison Kaline at Terminus!
Heart Break Gal: Some people think that Megan had a lot of unrealized potential prior to taking that break, and it looks like Tarah had no reservations about throwing her into the deep end of the pool. Her first match back is on Empire’s one-year anniversary extravaganza. All eyes are on the women of EAW, and it’s time to put up or shut up. If she fails tonight, she fails in front of the entire world.
(“Weatherman” — Dead Sara hits to a sizable pop, and an energetic Sydney St. Clair bounds out onto the stage. She’s smiling broadly, and motions for the crowd to get louder. They oblige, and she runs down the ramp, high-fiving fans as she goes.)
Jasmine Peyton: AAAAAAND HER TAG TEAM PARTNER! From Ashford in Kent, England…weighing in at 112 pounds…she is “THEEEE DREAM CHASER”…this is SYYYYYDNEY SAAAAAINT CLAAAAAAAIR!
Cameron Ella Ava: This is a pretty big reaction for someone who hasn’t even stepped in between the ropes for her debut match yet. Sydney might be the newest addition to Empire, but apparently, the fans have really taken to her and embraced her.
Heart Break Gal: You did always say their standards have lowered so much now. Still, on the topic of low standards, Sydney is a product of Madam Vega’s Wrestling School for Girls, which churned out the likes of Cassidy Vega and Empire’s very own General Manager. I’ve also seen footage of her from her time down in the Performance Center. She’s okay, I GUESS. But it’d do her well not to have any butterflies tonight.
(As Sydney’s theme fades out, the teams are in their respective corners, seemingly conferring amongst themselves to decide who will be starting the match. After a few moments, Sydney and Revy step out onto the apron, leaving Daisy and Megan in the ring. As the legal women approach each other, the official calls for the bell.)
(DING! DING! DING!)
Cameron Ella Ava: There’s the opening bell, and here we go! Our Courtney Love cosplayer and Keelan Cetinich’s old flame will be kicking off the action here in this tag team match. These are two women who have never faced each other, so they’re making sure to get all the way into the feeling-out process here. They’re circling each other cautiously. They both finally lunge in for the rough collar-and-elbow tie-up, and they’re both so evenly matched in height and weight that it’s difficult to tell who’s getting the upper hand in this power struggle. Daisy wins out and manages to deftly transition into a tight side headlock. She’s applying enough pressure now that she forces Megan down onto a knee, but Raine quickly shoots back up to a vertical base. OH! Megan throws that elbow back into Thrash’s ribs, but she’s not letting go! There’s another! And a third for good measure! Daisy’s grip weakens, and Megan sees a window of opportunity. She places a hand on the small of Daisy’s back and shoves her into the ropes. Daisy hits them, she rebounds and hurdles back in Megan’s direction…RAINE SWINGS FOR THE SPINNING HEEL KICK ON THE REBOUNDING DAISY!
Heart Break Gal: SWING, AND A MISS! A sliding evasion from Daisy there and the Brit comes up empty-handed. Megan quickly turns around to face Daisy and is IMMEDIATELY stunned with a spin kick to the ribs. C’mon noob, you gotta be quicker than that! God, her reflexes suck. Anyway, Megan is hunched over now, holding her midsection, and Daisy is keeping the pressure on. She latches onto Megan’s neck…AND THERE’S THE QUICK SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Raine is down and Thrash goes for the first pin attempt of the match!
Cameron Ella Ava: Megan throws the shoulder up just after one! She’s already putting up more of a fight in this match than she did in the battle to keep her man! Both women quickly spring up to their feet, and Daisy grabs the arm of Megan before whipping her into the corner. Thrash hangs back a bit, sizing the London native up for a few moments before charging into the corner…RAINE HAD IT SCOUTED! She gets that boot up at the last second, and Daisy runs into a NASTY cornered big boot! The Seattle native goes staggering away, holding onto her jaw. As she’s turning back around, Megan hurriedly jumps up onto the top rope. Daisy turns to face Megan…RAINE FLIES! DIVING CORKSCREW BACK ELBOW CONNECTS! Daisy’s been floored, and now it’s Megan’s turn to shoot for the cover! There goes the official!
Heart Break Gal: Daisy powers out just after the count of one! So much strength from an anemic-looking, dumpster-diving goblin of a Nirvana roadie from 1991. She knows Alice in Chains is better, right? She’s from Seattle, I’m assuming she cares…in any case, both women recover very fast from the latest pin attempt and spring back up to a vertical base. Megan strikes first! She pops Daisy with a quick elbow smash to the temple, momentarily knocking Thrash off-kilter. Raine swings for the roundhouse…DAISY CATCHES THE LEG! OH! Thrash quickly uses a dragon screw leg whip to fling Megan away from her! Raine lurches up to a seated position, BUT HERE COMES DAISY! INCOMING! SLIDING LARIAT GROUNDS MEGAN ONCE MORE! HERE COMES ANOTHER COVER!
Cameron Ella Ava: Another one count there, and it looks like both women’s partners are getting antsy out on the apron! Daisy gets back to a vertical base and latches onto the ankle of Megan, dragging her over to her team’s corner and holding out a hand so that Revy can take her turn in the match.
Heart Break Gal: The Houston native hurriedly gets into the ring and wastes no time working with her partner to heave Megan up…DOUBLE-TEAM SLINGSHOT SUPLEX! Correct me if I’m wrong, but Revy and Daisy have never teamed, right?
Cameron Ella Ava: I don’t believe so.
Heart Break Gal: Hmph. They’re doing decent. Not Di Consentes levels of good…
Cameron Ella Ava: Of course not!
Heart Break Gal: But not TERRIBLE. They’re in sync here as Daisy steps out onto the apron and Revy, now the legal woman, shoots into the cover!
Cameron Ella Ava: Another kickout after one from Raine, but Revy doesn’t look put off in the slightest. Revy gets up to her feet, and as Megan is getting up to a knee, the Texan knots two hands in her hair in an effort to yank her up to her feet…MEGAN STRIKES! She uses the fact that she’s in close quarters with Revy to drop down into a jawbreaker variation! This could be the beginning of Megan turning the tides in her favor! Revy goes stumbling backward. Raine pops up onto her feet and Revy hurriedly does the same. Megan rushes in…LARIAT! NO! REVY DUCKS BENEATH THE ARM! She moves to stand behind Rain and slaps on a rear waistlock and heaves the Brit up…RELEASE GERMAN! OR NOT! MEGAN FLIPS END OVER END AND LANDS ON HER FEET! Revy spins around but is IMMEDIATELY caught with a side kick to the gut from Megan! Revy drops down to a knee! Raine takes a couple of steps back before running back at Revy with a full head of steam! OUCH! MEGAN SPIKES REVY RIGHT ON TOP OF HER HEAD WITH THE HURRICANRANA DRIVER! That had to hurt! Megan rolls Revy over and hooks the leg!
Referee: ONEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO!
Heart Break Gal: Revy kicks out after two! I’d certainly HOPE one little hurricanrana driver wouldn’t be enough to put her away, but you never really know with these new kids. Megan has the upper hand now, but Sydney still looks pretty anxious out on the apron. She still hasn’t gotten her chance yet! Megan stoops to pull Revy up to her feet, and Revy strikes with a straight right jab to the face! Megan stumbles backward, holding her jaw, and Revy gets up to a vertical base. OW! Revy nails the knife-edge chop!
Heart Break Gal: And Revy’s still going! She’s lighting Megan up with those chops, backing her into a neutral corner! She follows it up with some stomps to the midsection, folding Raine up in the corner and causing her to slump down!
Referee: Back off, Revy, you know the rules! ONEEEEE! TWOOOOOO! THREEEEEE! FOURRRRRR!
Cameron Ella Ava: You’d think Revy didn’t care about getting disqualified, but she backs off at the last possible second and shoots the official a death glare as she does. Megan uses the ropes to pull herself back up, and Revy goes stomping back into the corner. OH! Megan strikes with a back elbow, stunning Revy! She stumbles out of the corner and Raine charges…SHE’S CAUGHT! SPINEBUSTER! REVY WISELY USING MEGAN’S OWN MOMENTUM AND SPEED AGAINST HER, PLANTING RAINE WITH A RING-SHAKING SPINEBUSTER! REVY HOOKS THE LEG!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO!
Heart Break Gal: Megan Raine hanging around like an indestructible roach after you’ve emptied the whole can of Raid! Revy promptly gets back to her feet and latches onto Megan’s leg to try and drag her to the corner she shares with Daisy, but Raine is refusing to go! She rolls onto her back and pushes Revy away with both legs! Raine gets back to her feet, as does Revy. SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE FROM REVY! NO, NEVER MIND! RAINE DODGES IT WITH THE MATRIX EVASION! RAINE TURNS AROUND, REVY GETS HER WITS ABOUT HER!
Cameron Ella Ava & Heart Break Gal: SUUUUUUUPERKICK!
Cameron Ella Ava: F*CKING HELL, THAT SUPERKICK FROM NOWHERE ALMOST BEHEADS REVY! THE HOUSTONIAN IS SEEING STARS, AND RAINE DROPS DOWN TO COVER!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO!
Heart Break Gal: THE SUPERKICK LOOKED…SO MUCH WORSE THAN IT APPARENTLY WAS! REVY LIVES! Raine looking a little frustrated as she rolls away from that unsuccessful pin attempt. Revy rolls onto her side before dragging herself up onto one knee. Megan never takes her every off of her opponent as she, too, gets up to her feet. Steely-eyed gazes fixed on each other as these two run head-long at one another…TANDEM LARIATS! BOTH REVY AND MEGAN EXTENDED THEIR ARMS, AND THEY HAD THE SAME IDEA! WHAT A COLLISION! BOTH WOMEN WERE UPENDED! BOTH NOOBS ARE FLAT ON THEIR BACKS IN THE CENTER OF THE RING! ALL THESE NECKBEARDS IN KANSAS CITY ARE CLAPPING AND STOMPING UP A STORM TRYING TO WILL EITHER OF THESE TWO TO MAKE A TAG! SYDNEY AND DAISY ARE BOTH HAVING A GODDAMN CONNIPTION FIT OUT ON THE APRON, EXTENDING THEIR ARMS OVER THE TOP ROPE AND LOOKING FOR TAGS! MEGAN IS BEGINNING TO STIR! SO IS REVY! THEY’RE SLOWLY, AGONIZINGLY MOVING TOWARD THEIR RESPECTIVE CORNERS! HURRY THE F*CK UP! THEY GOT IT, FINALLY!
Cameron Ella Ava: AT VIRTUALLY THE SAME TIME, SYDNEY AND DAISY BECOME THE LEGAL WOMEN! THEY’RE COMING IN WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM! BAM! SYDNEY CATCHES DAISY WITH AN EMPHATIC ROARING ELBOW STRIKE! HOW DIDN’T SHE LOSE A TOOTH?! SHE’S DROPPED BUT SHE’S BACK UP IN A FLASH! THRASH RUNS AT ST. CLAIR AGAIN…JESUS! THIS TIME, SYDNEY WAS WAITING WITH THE KITCHEN SINK! A WICKED KNEE TO THE STOMACH TURNS THRASH OVER, AND YOU KNOW THAT HAD TO HURT! ST. CLAIR IS ON FIRE, AND THESE PEOPLE ARE EATING IT UP! SYDNEY IS MOTIONING FOR DAISY TO GET TO HER FEET! AS SHE RISES UP, SYDNEY RUNS AND HITS THE ADJACENT ROPES! SHE REBOUNDS OFF…REBOUND SPEAR, GOD! THAT SPEAR CUTS DAISY DOWN! SYDNEY’S OFFENSIVE FLURRY ENDS WITH AN EMPHATIC SPEAR TO DAISY! SHE HOOKS THE LEG! COVER!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO! TH–
Heart Break Gal: REVY BREAKS IT UP! A DOUBLE AXE HANDLE DROPPED DOWN ONTO THE NAPE OF ST. CLAIR’S NECK BRINGS THAT PIN ATTEMPT TO A SCREECHING HALT! The official is trying to admonish Revy, but here comes Megan Raine to confront Revy! WELP! There’s Revy with a shove to Megan…OH! Raine answers in kind with a forearm smash that FLOORS Revy! This referee is so weak! What is standing there and yelling at them going to do?! Megan Raine drops into a mount over Revy and starts raining punches and elbows down on her! Daisy Thrash isn’t too happy! She comes in to try and pry Megan off of her partner, and Sydney responds by trying to pry Daisy off of Megan! NOW THEY’RE BRAWLING! ST. CLAIR AND THRASH ARE EXCHANGING A FLURRY OF FOREARMS, AND THIS MATCH HAS BROKEN DOWN COMPLETELY! SYDNEY GETS THE BETTER OF DAISY IN THEIR EXCHANGE! SHE LANDS ONE, TWO, THREE UNANSWERED FOREARMS BEFORE WHIPPING HER INTO THE ROPES! DAISY LATCHES ONTO THE TOP ROPE AND DOESN’T REBOUND OFF! ST. CLAIR RUSHES IN AND CLOTHESLINES HER OVER THE TOP ROPE! JESUS! THRASH HITS THE FLOOR OUTSIDE WITH A SICKENING THUD!
Cameron Ella Ava: Meanwhile, Revy manages to kick Megan off of her! Raine is keeping the pressure on! She pops up to her feet and drops the kneeling Revy with a quick kick to the temple! She grabs onto the belt of Revy’s tights and heaves her over the top rope, flinging her to the outside! WHAT A SPILL! Both Daisy and Revy are down on the outside! The official has no choice but to count!
Referee: ONEEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO!
Heart Break Gal: Ohhhhh, I see that look on Megan and Sydney’s faces! That’s…sort of how we look at each other before we’re about to do something to f*ck up the competition. On the outside, Revy and Daisy are getting back to their feet with the aid of the barricade.
Referee: THREEEEEEEE! FOURRRRRRRRR!
Cameron Ella Ava: As soon as they look steady on their feet, Sydney and Megan nod to each other, and they take off! They run to the ropes behind them, they rebound off…THEY FLY! RAINE AND ST. CLAIR TAKE OUT REVY AND DAISY ON THE OUTSIDE WITH TANDEM SUICIDE DIVES!
Referee: FIIIIIIIIIIIVE! SIIIIIIIIIIIIIX!
Heart Break Gal: These idiots are screaming so loud, I can hardly hear myself think! Megan and Sydney recover quickly and stoop and yank up Daisy and Revy, respectively. They heave them up onto the ring apron and roll them under the bottom rope.
Referee: SEVENNNNNNN! EIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!
Cameron Ella Ava: Megan and Sydney get back into the ring themselves, and you can sort of see the referee breathing a sigh of relief now. Some semblance of order MIGHT be washing over this demolition derby of a tag team match. He’s saying that Revy and Sydney are still the legal women, but Revy looks worse for the wear! Daisy is trying to protest, but oh well! Sydney drops down and hooks the leg!
Referee: ONEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO! TH–
Heart Break Gal: She’s…still in this? Okay. Revy somehow manages to get that shoulder up! Sydney is in close quarters with Revy as she goes to pull the other woman up to her feet…OH! Revy NAILS Sydney with a headbutt, and that was probably out of pure instinct! Well, at least she made her desperation move an effective one! Sydney goes stumbling backward, and Revy might have a small window of opportunity to work with here! She’d better hope she uses it well! Revy starts nailing shoot kicks to the legs of St. Clair, hobbling her and forcing Sydney down onto one knee! Revy backpedals before bursting forward…THREE COUNT! THAT RUNNING KNEE HITS ITS MARK! IT’S NOT BETTER THAN CONSUELA’S KNEE, BUT IT JUST MIGHT WORK! ST. CLAIR IS DOWN, JUST LIKE THAT! YOU’D HAVE NEVER GUESSED THAT SHE WAS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT NOT THAT LONG AGO! REVY HOOKS THE LEG!
Referee: ONEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOO! THR–
Cameron Ella Ava: IT’S NOT ENOUGH! CONSUELA’S KNEE WOULD’VE ENDED THIS MATCH! Revy grits her teeth as she gets up to her feet, pulling Sydney along with her. LOOK OUT! She’s hooking Sydney up for a reverse STO! NO! ST. CLAIR FIGHTS OUT OF IT WITH A QUICK SUCCESSION OF ELBOWS TO THE TEMPLE! Revy staggers off to the side! Sydney rushes right up to her…JUMPING ENZUIGIRI! IT’S NO GODDESS’ TOUCH, BUT REVY IS DOWN, SO IT’LL DO!
Heart Break Gal: WAIT, WHAT THE HELL IS SHE DOING? GO FOR THE COVER, YOU F*CKING ROOKIE! I KNOW THEY SAID THIS GIRL IS AN ADRENALINE JUNKIE, BUT REVY WAS PRIMED FOR A COVER AND SYDNEY IS GOING TO THE CORNER INSTEAD! AND MEGAN IS CHEERING HER ON, WHY? UGH. OKAY. ST. CLAIR SCALES THE ROPES, AND SHE’S PERCHED ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! REVY LOOKS WOOZY, BUT SHE’S STAGGERING UP TO HER FEET! AS SOON AS SHE’S STEADY, SYDNEY LEAPS! OH SH*T!
Cameron Ella Ava: SHE CALLS THAT HEAVY RAIN! A BRUTAL DIVING METEORA DRIVES ALL THE LIFE OUT OF REVY, AND SHE’S DOWN! SHE SCRAMBLES INTO THE COVER! THE OFFICIAL DROPS DOWN TO COUNT!
Heart Break Gal: WAIT, HERE COMES DAISY TO TRY AND BREAK IT UP!
Cameron Ella Ava: MEGAN RAINE RUSHES TO INTERCEPT HER! SHE CATCHES THE ONCOMING DAISY WITH D.T.F.! A NASTY FLAPJACK DROPS HER RIGHT ON HER FACE!
Referee: ONEEEEEEE! TWOOOOOOOO! THREEEEEEEE!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Weatherman” hits once more to a thunderous round of applause. Megan re-enters the ring, helping Sydney to her feet. The two share a hug before the official raises their hands.)
Jasmine Peyton: HEEEEERE ARE YOUR WINNERS…THE TEAM OF MEGAN RAINE AND SYDNEEEEEEEEY SAAAAAAINT CLAAAAAAAIR!
Heart Break Gal: Well…I might be like, mildly impressed. MILDLY.
Cameron Ella Ava: Yeah, I guess they didn’t do too bad for two people that had never teamed together before. Both teams seemed surprisingly in sync. Sydney and Megan just had the upper hand tonight. They’re no Di Consentes, but they did what they set out to do.
(In the ring, Megan makes a beeline for the nearest turnbuckle, and Sydney makes her way to the one across from her. The climb up onto the middle rope, eliciting a fresh round of cheers from the crowd. They play off of the crowd’s energy, posing for pictures and smiling broadly as the shot fades elsewhere.)
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Ring Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPIONSHIP!
(The crowd cheers, and continues to do so as ‘Exotic’ by Priyanka Chopra ft. Pitbull begins to play. Consuela Rose Ava makes her way out onto the stage, looking confident as the fans support her.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from Frias, Spain, weighing in at 120 lbs…she is ‘The Maid’…..CONSUELA ROSE AVAAAAAA!
Cam: There’s my sister! She may have lost to that failure April, but losing that title only made her more determined to win it back. You are looking at the new, second-time Specialist Champion.
HBG: Well, she’ll have to contend with two other competitors, Cam. And try to stay impartial.
Cam: I’m being impartial and stating the truth! Consuela has this!
(Consuela plays to the fans some more as ‘Exotic’ fades out, and ‘Rx Queen’ by Deftones begins to play. The mood immediately changes and all eyes are on the psychotic Brody Sparks as she stalks onto the stage.)
Ring Announcer: Next, from Seattle, Washington, weighing in at 120 lbs…she is the ‘Hypnotic Heretic’……BRODYYYYY SPARKS!
Cam: And here’s the bitch Consuela beat to get the title in the first place! She doesn’t belong in this match and she knows it.
HBG: Don’t be so quick to dismiss Brody Sparks. She’s the longest reigning Specialist Champion in EAW history, and tonight, she could become a two-time champion. People have thrown doubts her way due to her eye injury, but Brody hasn’t let that slow her down and she’s looking to reclaim her title.
Cam: ‘Her’ title? Stay impartial.
(Brody enters the ring and glares at Consuela, the referee keeping the two of them apart as ‘Rx Queen’ fades out. ‘Zinnia Battle Theme’ by LittleVMills ft RichaadEB roars through the arena to a sizeable pop as April Song makes her way out, the Specialist Championship proudly around her waist.)
Ring Announcer: And introducing the champion…from Colorado Springs, Colorado, weighing in at 120 lbs…she is your EAW Specialist Champion and the ‘Killer Bee’……APRILLLLLLL SONG!
HBG: Anything to say about April, Cam?
Cam: Anything I say would be considered biased. We already know she won the title because of a fluke, and Consuela is going to prove that tonight.
HBG: I wouldn’t be so sure about that: April has been battling against the doubters ever since she got this title opportunity, and she will be looking to keep the belt here tonight, especially against two women with history – not just with the Specialist title, but with each other as well.
(April enters the ring and shows off the Specialist Championship, before handing it over to the referee. The three women wait in their respective corners, all three of them looking ready for war as the official signals for the bell.)
(DING DING DING!)
HBG: And this match is under way! These three women are circling the ring, and though April is the champion, she seems to be the least of Brody and Consuela’s worries! Those two are eyeing each other – I’m sure they both have issues they want to settle!
Cam: That’s an understatement! Brody tried to sabotage Consuela’s opportunity to be in this title match, and my sister is going to get revenge! Brody and Consuela taunting each other, daring one another to strike! They lock up as April watches on – some champion!
HBG: She’s being smart here! Brody gaining the upper hand and dropping Consuela to the mat with a quick snapmare! Consuela trying to get up, but Brody has her…SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Consuela taken down with authority!
Cam: Well Brody better watch out because here comes April! April going for a double leg takedown…Brody fighting it, and April drives her into the corner! DEVASTATING KNEES TO BRODY’S MIDSECTION! I may not like her, but April is at least doing something good here!
HBG: Consuela now up to her feet and she grabs April, dragging her off of the dazed Brody…NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! She goes for an early pin!
HBG: Not enough! It’s too early for that! Consuela now delivering strikes right to the face of April Song!
Cam: That’s how you do it! Consuela is getting into the head of April and letting her know where she stands!
HBG: But she can’t forget Brody! Consuela looking up from April just in time to face that dropkick from the Hypnotic Heretic! Brody now focussing her attention on ‘the Maid’ as April rolls into the corner to collect herself. DANGEROUS STOMPS to Consuela! You know what they say: an eye for an eye, and Brody is just trying to break Consuela’s skull open here with these stomps!
Cam: She’s too focussed on revenge to win this!
HBG: Well, that focus is putting her in an advantageous situation here! Brody picking Consuela up…FACEBUSTER! Consuela’s face just ricocheting off the canvas! And now she goes back to those laser-focused stomps to the back and head of Consuela, this is brutal! She leans down, taunting Consuela–
Cam: BUT APRIL WITH THE SHOULDER TACKLE! She knocks Brody down as Consuela rolls out of the ring to the outside. April grabbing the arm of Brody Sparks and just targeting it with knee strikes! That bitch may have come back from an injured eye, let’s see her come back from a broken arm!
HBG: Well if April does what she’s trying to do, I don’t think Brody will be able to recover! April is looking to lock in some kind of armbar, but Brody is struggling! She’s fighting out of it and getting to her feet! Brody on one knee, April still holding on….FACEBUSTER! BRODY DRIVING APRIL’S FACE INTO HER KNEE! AND NOW A KNEE DROP to the fallen April Song! Brody up and she goes to grab April–
Cam: FUJIWARA ARMBAR! APRIL USING HER SUBMISSION SKILLS HERE TO OUTSMART BRODY! She has Brody right where she wants her, this could all be over right now! The ropes are too far out of reach, and that armbar is locked in tight! Where the hell is Consuela?!
HBG: THERE SHE IS! Consuela rushing in and breaking up the hold with a stomp to April Song, and now she picks up the champ…DDT! April driven into the mat with force!
Cam: Do you hear that? The crowd are fully behind Consuela as she climbs to the second rope…Brody is in her line of sights…MISSILE DROPKICK!
HBG: MISSED! BRODY COUNTERING WITH A WELL-TIMED ENZUIGIRI! All three women down now! April gets to the ropes, she’s pulling herself up as Brody stands…APRIL GOING FOR A SPINNING BACKFIST AS BRODY GOES TO ATTACK!
Cam: BRODY DODGING! She delivers a swift kick to the head of April Song! Picks her up….DETONATION KICK! APRIL SONG IS SEEING SPARKS!
HBG: BUT SHE’S STILL STANDING! April on her feet and Brody grabs her…she’s setting her up for the MOTH TO A FLAME! GORY SPECIAL REVERSE STO!
Cam: CONSUELA WITH A SUPERKICK AS BRODY TURNS AROUND! SHE JUST DROVE HER BOOT INTO BRODY’S BAD EYE! Both Brody and April fall to the mat as Consuela goes for the cover on the ‘Hypnotic Lunatic’!
HBG: It’s ‘Heretic’.
Cam: I don’t give a damn!
Referee: ONEEEEEE! TWOOOOO!
HBG: Brody with a kickout! And Consuela with an immediate elbow drop! She looks ferocious as she drives her elbow into Brody’s sternum once more! She goes to pick Brody up– BUT APRIL WITH A FIERCE FOREARM! Consuela goes to return the favour, April slips behind her…WIDOWMAKER! CONSUELA IS DOWN FOR A PIN!
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOOO! THREE–
Cam: NOPE! CONSUELA KICKING OUT! April now turning her attention to Brody, who is getting up in the corner…RUNNING KNEE! That knee just drove Brody deep into the corner! April propping Brody up on the top rope, and she climbs to the second…SHE’S SETTING UP FOR A TOP ROPE GUTBUSTER!
HBG: And it looks like she’ll get it too! She has Brody in position…BUT BRODY WITH AN ELBOW TO THE HEAD OF APRIL! AND ANOTHER! Brody getting into her own position here, she has April by the neck…SPARKS FLY!
Cam: BRODY SLAMMING APRIL DOWN WITH THAT NECKBREAKER OFF THE TOP ROPE! The crowd is stunned, that looked absolutely devastating! That took the wind out of both of them, and now Brody going for the pin…
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOOO! THREEEEE!
Cam: CONSUELA BREAKING IT UP! THERE GOES MY SISTER! She delivers a hard knee to the face of Brody as she picks the Stunned Lunatic up…BITCH CAMP!!! SNAPMARE FACEBUSTER! ALMOST AS GOOD AS MINE!
HBG: THAT COULD BE IT! April is still out, Brody appears to have been busted open, and Consuela is going for the pin!
Referee: ONEEEEEE! TWOOOOOO! THREEEEE!
HBG: BRODY GETTING THE SHOULDER UP JUST IN TIME! Consuela can’t believe it! Brody trying to crawl to the ropes to get some leverage, but Consuela doesn’t have her out of her sights…AVA LOCK! SHE’S TRYING TO GET THAT HOLD LOCKED IN!
Cam: COME ON CONSUELA!
HBG: But she can’t do it! Brody fighting out, she’s learned from Pain for Pride! Can Consuela…SHE DOES! SHE HAS IT LOCKED IN! AVA LOCK!
Cam: BRODY HAS NOWHERE TO GO! We’re about to see a repeat of Pain for Pride X right here! TAP OUT YOU BITCH!
HBG: NO WAIT! APRIL BREAKING IT UP! She’s laying into Consuela with stomps and strikes as Consuela tries to get to her feet, Brody rolling to the outside. April lifting Consuela up….SMALL PACKAGE DRIVER! THE SWAN SONG, THIS IS IT!
Cam: CONSUELA BACKFLIPPING OVER! SHE’S NOT DONE YET! April is stunned and turns around…CONSUELA WITH A ROUNDHOUSE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD OF THE ‘CHAMPION’! April is stunned and Consuela lifts her up!
HBG: LEMON PLEDGE! Consuela driving April into the mat with authority there and she goes for the pin immediately!
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOOO! THREEEEEE!
(DING DING DING!)
(Brody Sparks leers into the ring just after the last second as the bell is rung. The referee helps Consuela up and raises her arm in victory.)
Ring Announcer: Here is your winner, and NEW EAW SPECIALIST CHAMPION……CONSUELA ROSE AVA!
Cam: She did it! I told you that April’s win over Consuela was a fluke! The Specialist Championship goes to it’s rightful owner at last!
HBG: We can’t discredit April and Brody though, with the latter literally shedding blood to try and reclaim her title and April trying everything she could to win with smart tactics.
Cam: But Consuela outdid them both! Congrats sis!
(Consuela celebrates with the EAW Specialist Championship as Brody heads up the ramp, blood dripping from her face, and April is assisted by officials.)
(Commercial Break featuring HOG LIVE IN TWO DAYS!!!!)
Ring Announcer: The following contest is a fatal four-way elimination match! The winner of this contest will become the number one contender for the EAW OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!
(The crowd cheers, but they are soon silenced by the intro of ‘God of Waar’ by Dirty Wormz, the sound booming through the Sprint Center. Stephanie Matsuda marches onto the stage, dressed for battle as the split crowd fight their own war over how to receive her.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first, from Brooklyn, New York, weighing in at 132 lbs…she is the ‘War Queen’…..STEPHANIE ‘CLOUD’ MATSUDAAAA!
(Cloud holds up her gloved hands, showing off her own declaration of war in the form of her ‘C9’ symbol, before making her way down the ramp.)
HBG: You can’t deny that Cloud is one of the most hard-working, persevering Elitists on Empire. She is going into this fight knowing what it feels like to be under pressure, and I can’t see her breaking under it.
Cam: She’s suffered defeat in high-profile matches many times before, but she looks focussed right now. But is it going to be enough against three other people, including someone she doesn’t even know about?
HBG: We’ll soon find out!
Ring Announcer: Introducing her opponents!
(‘God of Waar’ fades out and the atmosphere lightens up as ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ by Suburban Legends begins to play. The crowd erupts into unanimous cheers as Savannah Sunshine explodes onto the stage, the fans clapping along with her theme.)
Ring Announcer: First, from Candy Land, USA by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, weighing in at 141 lbs…she is ‘Double S’, the ‘Sweet Girl with a Sour Kick’, and the ‘Sugary Sensation’…..SAVANNAAAHHHH SUNNNNSHINEEEEE!
(Savannah high-fives fans as she runs down the ramp, filled with boundless energy.)
Cam: The crowd favourite arrives! Too bad they won’t help her win this match.
HBG: All this support must give Savannah confidence, though. If anything is going to motivate her to win this number one contender match, it’s all these fans rooting for her.
(‘UnFazed’ by Lil Uzi Vert ft. The Weeknd blasts through the PA system as Astraea Jordan makes her way out onto the stage, the crowd cheering as she surveys them with a cool, collected demeanour.)
Ring Announcer: Next, from Chicago, Illinois, weighing in at 155 lbs…the ‘Goddess of Justice’……ASTRAEAAAAAAA JORDAN!
(Astraea makes her way down to the ring, exuding determination and confidence.)
Cam: Astraea looks ready, but has to be at a disadvantage here, since she’s the person in this match with the least experience in EAW.
HBG: Well, as she said earlier this week, Aria Jaxon won the first ever Empress of Elite tournament after being here for only two months. We could see another upset here tonight!
(The three women stand in their respective corners, leaving the final fourth one unclaimed. As ‘Unfazed’ fades out, the crowd begin to chant out the names of who they want this mysterious fourth competitor to be. The crowd drowns in a sea of names, before they become unanimous with one name. Well, almost unanimous, disregarding the one group of smarks chanting for Sheridan.)
Crowd: KI-MI HEN-DRIX! *clap clap clap-clap-clap* KI-MI HEN-DRIX!
HBG: The crowd have decided who they want to see, but it’s not up to them!
Ring Announcer: And finally, their opponent…
Cam: Unless the Virgin Mary herself is going to come out onto the stage, there’s no need for this build up.
(‘Purple Haze’ by Karl Golden roars through the arena to a sizeable pop as Kimi Hendrix makes her way out, soaking in the fan appreciation.)
Ring Announcer: From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, weighing in at 142 lbs…she is the ‘Blonde Buster’…..KIMIIIII HENDRIXXXXX!
Cam: See, no point in all that build up!
HBG: The fans don’t share your sentiment, Cam! They appear to be on the side of the returning Kimi Hendrix as she enters this pivotal match-up.
(Kimi enters the ring as ‘Purple Haze’ fades out. The four competitors size each other up from their respective corners, all of them seemingly on the edge of their seats, just as these fans are.)
(DING DING DING!)
HBG: And here we go, these four women are circling the ring, eyeing each other. You can sense the fire in all four of them, but they seem to be under control here in the opening!
Cam: None of them want to make a wrong move, which is smart. You screw up at the first hurdle, and there’s no way you’re going to finish the race. They circle a bit more and now Kimi with a forearm smash right to the jaw of Cloud! She irish whips her into the path of Savannah and Astraea…Savannah dodges out of the way…
HBG: BRAID WHIP FROM ASTRAEA! DID YOU HEAR THAT SICKENING CRACK OF HAIR AGAINST SKIN?! Cloud is on the ground, Astraea could have taken her eye out! But she gives her no time to recover, Astraea with the mounted strikes to Cloud!
Cam: These girls are smart! Taking out the biggest threat in this match early is the best way to start. Savannah and Kimi lunging into a collar-and-elbow tie-up, with Kimi forcing Savannah into the corner. She goes for a chop to Savannah’s chest… BLOCKED! Savannah with a stunning strike to Kimi’s jaw and the positions are reversed! Kimi in the corner, and Savannah with a chop to the chest! ANOTHER ONE!
HBG: If you didn’t feel that braid whip from Astraea, you definitely felt those chops! Savannah running back into the opposing corner, she hypes the crowd…STINGER SPLASH! That knocked the free spirit out of Kimi for sure!
Cam: BUT WAIT LOOK AT CLOUD! Astraea is still trying to keep her down with those strikes, but Cloud…SHE’S FIGHTNG BACK! Forearm to the face, she flips them over and has Astraea on her back…CLOUD IS LIFTING HER! Cloud is deadlifting Astraea off of the mat, what power! She has her up, Astraea fighting back! But it’s no use, Cloud has her up in a powerbomb…she charges towards Savannah and Kimi!
HBG: GET OUT OF THE WAY! Savannah slipping out of harm’s way just in time, before CLOUD TOSSES ASTRAEA INTO THE DAZED KIMI HENDRIX! POWERBOMB INTO THE CORNER! AND SAVANNAH WITH THE RUNNING DROPKICK TO THE TWO FOR GOOD MEASURE! Astraea falls onto the mat and Kimi sinks into the corner, the two clinging onto the ropes for dear life…CLOUD WITH A CANNONBALL!
Cam: They’re already dead! I don’t even know how Kimi found it in her to roll out to ringside after that brutal series of attacks! Deadly combination there from Savannah and Cloud.
HBG: But it seems their teamwork hasn’t lasted! Savannah and Cloud lock up in the centre of the ring, Cloud manoeuvres behind Savannah…she sets up for a suplex, but Savannah with a Russian leg sweep! Both are up, AND SAVANNAH WITH A STEP-UP ENZUIGIRI! Savannah’s fired up, she hits the ropes–
Cam: Kimi Hendrix grabs her from the outside and drags her down to the canvas! Savannah’s face just rebounded off the mat! Kimi pulling Savannah to the outside and wearing her down with stiff strikes and kicks! Savannah falls to the ground and Kimi– WAIT! WHO’S THIS?
HBG: IT’S CHELSEA CROWE! One of Empire’s newest signings just jumped the barricade and is laying into Kimi with forearm strikes!
Cam: Didn’t she get the memo that she’s not in this match? We already know who the mystery opponent is!
HBG: In this match or not, she’s making a statement as she slams Kimi into the steel steps face first! Kimi slumps against the steps as Chelsea steps back…PUNT KICK! KIMI’S HEAD JUST RICHOCHETED OFF THE STEEL STEPS!
Cam: AND SHE’S OUTTA THERE! Chelsea just laughing at the horrified crowd as she grabs Kimi by the hair, shoving her limp body into the ring near the recovering Cloud. The Kiwi clicks her fingers in front of ‘the War Queen’ to wake her up, and then gestures over at the unresponsive Kimi beside her.
Chelsea (off mic): Thank me later.
HBG: Cloud looks from Chelsea to Kimi with an expression of both disgust and surprise, and then goes for the pinfall on the Blonde Buster. Chelsea watching on as she stalks her way up the ramp – what a disgusting display! How can the referee even count this pinfall?
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOO! THREEEE!
Cam: What a surprise.
Announcer: Kimi Hendrix has been eliminated!
HBG: EMTs are rushing down the ramp past a smirking Chelsea Crowe to help Kimi out of here. Poor girl! What did she do to deserve that kind of attack?
Cam: She was given this opportunity. This number one contender match left a target on her back, and I’m not surprised at this attack! If you don’t keep an eye out, someone is going to try to take your chance away from you!
HBG: No time to argue that now as EMTs help Kimi out of the ring and Cloud sets her sights on Astraea! The Goddess of Justice recovering after that series of fierce attacks earlier, and she’s eyeing Cloud – she wants revenge! The two meet in the middle of the ring: the Goddess of Justice and the Goddess of War are just staring each other down here! You could bludgeon someone to death with the tension in the air right now!
Cam: They’re both just daring each other to do something, the crowd goading them on! CLOUD SPINS AROUND, SPINNING BACKHAND! NO! Astraea is faster and beats her to the punch, or should I say kick! HEAD-SPLITTING ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SKULL OF CLOUD! She stumbles, and Astraea again! A SECOND ROUNDHOUSE KICK knocks Cloud down to one knee! Astraea pulling back, charging up…SHE GOES FOR ANOTHER!
HBG: DODGED! Cloud ducks under and– Astraea recovers! ASTRAEA WITH A REVERSE ROUNDHOUSE TO THE BACK OF CLOUD’S HEAD! SUMMER SHUDDER! That thud definitely sent a shudder down my spine! She goes for the pin!
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOO!
Cam: Cloud kicks out! And now Savannah Sunshine running in and delivering a dropkick to the back of Astraea! She picks Astraea up and goes for a DDT, but Astraea reverses and whips Savannah into the ropes! Savannah rebounds, Astraea goes to grab her…NO! Savannah leapfrogging over the taller woman and bouncing off the ropes…Astraea turns around as Savannah goes for a crossbody! BUT NO! Astraea grabbing Savannah and reversing into a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER!
HBG: Savannah grabbing at the ropes to try and get up, Astraea pulling her up off her feet and showing off that impressive strength! She parades around the ring as Savannah struggles…FALLAWAY SLAM! Savannah bouncing off the mat and crumbling in the corner from that impact!
Cam: Astraea wasting no time as she goes into the opposite corner and charges up! She sprints at Savannah! BUT CLOUD WITH A YAKUZA KICK! CLOUD JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND STOPPED ASTRAEA DEAD IN HER TRACKS! They both fall to the ground, Cloud up first, she sets Astraea up! PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR ASTRAEA JORDAN! Is it enough for a pin?
Referee: ONEEEEEE! TWOOOOO! THREE–
HBG: NO! Astraea with the kickout just in the nick of time! Cloud is adamant that was a three, but the referee assures her it wasn’t – Astraea is still in this match!
Cam: Cloud looking to keep her momentum going though as she picks Astraea up, but Astraea with a shove that forces Cloud away! Both standing now and Astraea with another harsh shove! And CLOUD RESPONDS WITH A SPINNING BACKHAND!
HBG: BUT ASTRAEA RECOVERING AND GOING FOR ANOTHER BRAID WHIP! WAIT! Cloud has caught that harsh braid with her bare hand! Astraea trying to fool her twice with that move, but Cloud is smarter than that!
Cam: Cloud spinning Astraea around, still with that braid in her hand! She’s tangled her arms up with her own hair and…STRAITJACKET GERMAN SUPLEX! CLOUD CITY IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING!
HBG: Cloud trying to go for the pin…BUT LOOK OUT! Savannah Sunshine leaping out of nowhere for a diving dropkick! She takes out Cloud as Astraea rolls to the outside for safety after that devastating Cloud City! She’s lucky to still be in this!
Cam: Cloud up to her feet as Savannah waits back and then takes her out with a bicycle kick! Cloud joins Astraea on the outside as Savannah looks down at them, then to the crowd…
HBG: Savannah with the whole crowd behind her as she runs back and rebounds off the ropes…TOPE SUICIDA! She takes out Astraea and Cloud once more! ALL THREE WOMEN ARE ON THE GROUND AND THE CROWD ARE ON THEIR FEET! This match has been absolutely hectic! I don’t know how any of these three can eliminate each other!
Cam: Just when you think one of them is out, another one comes back to take over! Savannah is to her feet first as the crowd are firmly behind her. She grabs Astraea and shoves her into the ring, the Chicago native looking exhausted as she tries to get to her feet and get away from the ropes. Savannah goes to slide in, but Cloud grabs her leg! A last ditch effort to slow Savannah down is quickly pushed away by the Candy Lander!
HBG: But that distraction was enough for Astraea Jordan! She’s back to her feet and charges as Savannah enters the ring! FREE SMOKE! RUNNING KNEE STRIKE!
Cam: IT’S MISSED! Savannah rolling out of the way of that devastating knee just in time! She jumps up and…SHINIEST RAINBOW! Astraea turning around just in time to catch that shining wizard from Savannah! She goes for the pin!
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOOO! THREEEEE!
Announcer: Astraea Jordan has been eliminated!
Cam: Finally, someone else is out!
HBG: She put up a good fight, but Astraea is officially eliminated from this match, and now we’re down to two! Either Savannah Sunshine or Stephanie Matsuda will be going on to face Ryan Marx for the Openweight Championship!
Cam: Judging by the way Cloud is struggling to stand, I don’t think she’d even be able to get to Marx if she won here! Savannah leaning against the ropes away from her, recollecting after this intense match-up – both of them know what’s at stake here! They’ve made it this far, but only one can win!
HBG: Cloud is up and slides into the ring…Savannah going for another Shiniest Rainbow! Missed! Cloud rebounds off the ropes as Savannah gets to her feet! CLOUD WITH A LAST SURPRISE! The slingblade knocks both of them to the ground!
Cam: Cloud recovering first, but Savannah is hot on her heels! Cloud lifts Savannah up for a powerbomb, but Savannah reversing it into a hurricanrana! That took them both out once more, and Savannah is crawling over to the corner…she’s using those ropes to get up and is making her way to the top turnbuckle!
HBG: Savannah is perched up there, just waiting for Cloud to get up! Cloud using the nearby ropes to get to her feet, she can’t see Savannah up there! Savannah stands up on the top rope…
Cam: CLOUD WITH THE SAVE! She just knocked Savannah’s legs out from under her, stopping anything Savannah was trying to do there! Savannah is prone on the top rope and Cloud just striking at her with hard forearms! Cloud climbing to the second rope and setting Savannah up for something here…
HBG: She’s setting up for a top rope northern lights suplex! Savannah’s struggling here, she could be in trouble! Cloud has her in position!
Cam: But no! Savannah is fighting back: one knee to the side of Cloud, followed by another! These two are fighting in a very dangerous position right here, and I don’t think it’s going to end well for either one of them!
HBG: Cloud groggy now after a third knee strike from Savannah, Savannah getting back on that top rope and– OH MY GOD!
Cam: TOP ROPE CANADIAN DESTROYER! Savannah just drove Cloud head-first into the mat with that brutal Candy Land Destroyer, and that has to be it!
HBG: That’s only if she can get the pin! That was a last ditch move for Savannah, and she’s just as motionless as Cloud!
Cam: This is her chance! She needs to take it now!
HBG: Savannah finally finding it in her to roll Cloud over and go for the pin! We may have found Empire’s representative!
Referee: ONEEEEE! TWOOOOOO! THREEEEEE!
Cam: NO LOOK! CLOUD’S FOOT WAS BARELY ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! The match continues!
HBG: Can either of these two even go much longer?! Savannah looks exhausted, and Cloud isn’t even moving! That top rope Candy Land Destroyer should have been it, but Savannah just took too long and wasn’t careful enough!
Cam: That could have cost her this number one contender spot! But even still, I don’t know if Cloud will be able to recover!
HBG: But look at Savannah! She’s getting to her feet, and I see a look in her I haven’t seen before! Look at all that determination as she stumbles to her feet, her eyes laser-focused on Cloud! She pulls down one of her knee pads as Cloud gets to her knees – Savannah knowing she has to pull out all the stops here if she wants to win! She runs the ropes, SHE’S GOING FOR A FINAL SHINIEST RAINBOW! SHE WANTS TO WIN THIS!
Cam: BUT SO DOES CLOUD! Cloud avoiding that Shiniest Rainbow with a spear to the exhausted Savannah that takes them both down! Cloud grabbing Savannah’s arm and trapping it, and now grabbing her exposed leg and knee…BLASIAN SUNRISE! SHE’S GOING FOR THAT SUBMISSION HOLD! CENTRE OF THE RING WITH NOWHERE TO GO!
HBG: SAVANNAH EXPOSED HER KNEE TO TRY AND WIN WITH THE SHINIEST RAINBOW, BUT CLOUD TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE! Savannah’s reaching for the ropes, but they’re too far out of reach! Cloud cranking back on that leg with every ounce of strength she has left, and Savannah’s holding on like a champ!
Cam: They’re both worn out, both running on empty…I don’t think she has enough to escape this! Cloud is just cranking her leg to breaking point!
HBG: This crowd is conflicted: if she doesn’t tap, she could face severe injury, but if she does tap then that’s it! The dream is over! But Cloud isn’t going to let go, she has that Blasian Sunrise locked in tight! Savannah looking out to the crowd that supported her since she stepped out onto the stage, she’s trying to hold on!
Cam: SAVANNAH’S HOLDING ON AND– SHE TAPS! SHE’S TAPPING OUT! IT’S OVER!
(DING DING DING!)
(‘God of Waar’ by Dirt Wormz plays as the referee pulls Cloud off of Savannah, the two women collapsing in the middle of the ring. Cloud manages to get to her feet as officials check on Savannah, who appears to be on the brink of passing out.)
Ring Announcer: Here is your winner and the Empire representative for the EAW Openweight Championship…..STEPHANIE ‘CLOUD’ MATSUDAAAA!
HBG: You can’t fault anyone who was in this match – all four women gave it their all tonight, even Kimi who was unfortunately taken out.
Cam: They all had targets on their backs tonight, and after a hell of a match, I don’t think anyone can deny Cloud the position of being Empire’s representative against Ryan Marx…even if she won’t be able to walk to the ring for the title match.
HBG: All four of them have done Empire proud tonight, and let’s hope Cloud can do Empire proud against Marx for the Openweight title!
(Cloud looks to the stage as she rests against the ropes, and stood at the top of the ramp is Soledad, Ryan Marx’s ‘wife’ and loyal follower.)
Cam: Okay, can someone please hire better security for these events? First that Aussie bitch and now Charles Manson’s divorced wife?
HBG: First, Chelsea is a Kiwi and second, this is a huge sign. Ryan Marx was watching tonight, and Cloud should be wary.
(Soledad gives Cloud some light applause as she watches on, stoic even as she catches her breath. The Five Pillars follower retreats back to the gorilla position as Cloud continues to stare, eyes filled with darkness and fire.)
(The camera pans to Azumi Goto somewhere backstage, stretching; getting ready for her matching later tonight against Aria Jaxon. As she bends down, stretching out her back; a pair of wrestling boots appears from camera’s view. Slowly, Azumi stands up; making the camera follow her to show Haruna Sakazaki standing there watching her wife.)
Azumi: Ah, Runa. Here to wish me luck for my Championship match?
Haruna: Yes…But I am also here to ask you a question.
Azumi(stretches out arms): Oh? And that would be what, waifu?
(Haruna sighs, crossing her arms over her chest as she looks at Azumi)
Haruna: I want you to help me beat Tarah.
Haruna: No, really. I need you to help me defeat her once and for all. I need—
Azumi: No, Runa. I can’t. I have a championship match against Aria, remember?
Haruna: Do you think I care?
(Azumi glares up at Haruna.)
Azumi: You should care! I’m going to win the Women’s Championship tonight!
Haruna: Yes? And does that mean that you can’t help me? Your Wife. You have to help me. For better and for worst, remember.
Azumi: … I don’t know…
Haruna: I’ll give you time to think it over.
(Haruna leans over towards Azumi, kissing her on the cheek before stepping back from her and turning to walk away outta camera view)
Haruna(out of view of camera): Good luck, by the way, Waifu.
(Once Haruna is gone, The camera focuses on Azumi, who is sighs; shaking her head before going back to her stretches as the camera fades back to the ring.)
Jasmine Peyton: The following contest is a LAST RIDE MATCH!!!
(The lights go out as the crowd raise up their silvery white sticks, sticking them high into the air as the start of the Violin performance of “Rosenkreutz” plays. Slowly, Lindsey Stirling makes her way out to the entrance ramp, raising a loud cheer from the audience as she continues to play, dancing along her way to the entrance ramp before pausing on the stage as she slides her bow across the strings for a final note. Over the intercom the actual song of “Rosenkreutz” by Ayasa plays as Haruna Sakazaki makes her way to the stage to a chorus of both cheers and boos. She seems to ignore them, walking confidently to the ring as she moves, the lights on the ramp turning silver as she passes them.)
Jasmine: INTRODUCING FIRST! FROM KYOTO, JAPAN! SHE IS THE SILVER LINING!!! HARUNA!!!! SAKAZAKI!!!!
Cam: The rivalry of a century, what is akin to our Celtics vs the Lakers, our Yankees vs the Red Sox, our Real Madrid vs Barcelona!
HBG: Nah, ixnay all that. There is no rivalry that can compare to what EAW has when it comes to Haruna Sakazaki and Tarah Nova. Polar opposites in Dynamic, Haruna Sakazaki as the Tsundere Samurai. Tarah Nova as the Punk Rock Prison Head. In the history of EAW, there are a list of storied rivalries, such as Ares Vendetta and Lannister, or Methuselah and Ryan Savage, but for Empire and Women’s Wrestling as a whole…Tarah Nova and Haruna may rank up there as the greatest.
Cam: Haruna has seen a rejuvenation as of late, but still this is the hurdle that eludes her. Now, and according to Tarah, for the last time, she will face off against her in a one on one situation…and this will be the end of it all. And how fitting is it, that this will be a Last Ride match.
(The lights dim out as Haruna steps into the ring, leaning against the ropes as the sound of an Electric chair humming can be heard. The manic giggle of Tarah Nova rings out louder over the hum of electricity. As the lights shut off, due to the ‘electric chair’ the faint laughter grows louder and louder until “Boss’s Daughter” screams out over the speakers. Tarah Nova confidently strides out, in a dark purple garb, confidently striding onto the stage for the first time since Pain for Pride in full ring gear.)
Jasmine: AND HER OPPONENT! FROM DETROIT MICHIGAN! SHE IS THE SHOCK COLLAR OF EMPIRE!!! TARAH!!! NOVA!!!
HBG: Ok…on a real note, I may not like her. I may not like anyone here. But Tarah Nova has done something that few people can say…she has earned my respect. She has fought just as hard as anyone else to gain respect here, and has established herself as the locker room leader. And with that look on her face, I doubt that she really feels threatened by Haruna here tonight.
Cam: As long as I’ve known Tarah, the last thing she has ever been in a match against Haruna was afraid. These two know each other forwards and backwards, so these two competing in a one on one scene, this is nothing. However, you can see her eyeing that hearse by the ring, and you know that she has a bit of trepidation here. I’d be afraid as well. That is probably the most threatening vehicle in existence.
HBG: What about a tank?
Cam: …Ok but that isn’t fair. A tank is a weapon of war.
HBG: Still more threatening than a hearse.
Cam: Bite me love.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
HBG: Well, this grudge match is officially underway. Tarah Nova and Haruna glaring down one another from across the ring as the fans cheer for both sides. Tarah slowly striding to the center of the ring as Haruna does the same, the two eyeing each other up. Haruna with that 1” height difference, but Tarah still confidently staring her down. Haruna raising a hand up high…signaling for a test of strength here. And Tarah reciprocates, hooking fingers. Same with the other hand, and now this match is underway! Both girls trying to force the other to give in, and Tarah starting to take control of it, bending Haruna all the way down. Haruna forced into a neck bridge here as Tarah keeps her hands down, but no pinfalls means this is fine. Tarah forced back though as Haruna powers out of the lock, lifting herself up and now forcing Tarah into that same bridge. Tarah struggling out of this one, and Haruna lifting a boot, and with a hard stomp to the stomach of Tarah, breaking the test of strength, and now viciously stomping on the stomach. Rapid fire stomps, and finally relenting as she backs away, screaming out some Japanese to her.
Cam: I wasn’t expecting a fair fight from Haruna. I was expecting something like this. Haruna being forced to back away from Nova who checks her stomach as she’s rising to her feet. Haruna stalking her as she rises up to a stand, moving back in and delivering a hard thigh kick. And a second one to the other thigh. Haruna backing away, going for an inside leg kick, but Tarah shooting herself back to dodge the strike, rebonding back with a hard punch to the jaw of Haruna! Haruna reeling from that and shakes her head…and follows it with a hard knife edge chop to the chest! Tarah with a wince, but remains standing, and Haruna just seems to grin. A second knife chop by Haruna, and a third, and a fourth, and a fifth! Haruna lighting up Tarah’s chest with chops here as Tarah just yells in response to each strike.
Tarah: (Chop) F*ck you! (Chop) I hate you motherf*cker! (Chop)
HBG: Same old Tarah. Haruna with a whip to Tarah, sending her across the ring. Haruna rebounding the ropes herself and Tarah going for a big boot!
Tarah: Eat sh*t!
Cam: Haruna dodging the big boot, rebounding off the ropes again and LEAPS HIGH INTO THE AIR FOR A DROPKICK, SENDING TARAH FLYING ACROSS THE RING AND BACK FIRST INTO THE ROPES! TARAH FLOPPING HARD TO THE GROUND AS HARUNA KIPS UP, YELLING OUT IN JAPANESE TO A MIXED REACTION FROM THE CROWD! Haruna nodding her head to the clapping as she moves back to Tarah, grabbing her by the hair, delivering a flurry of hard strikes to the face before finishing them with an uppercut. Haruna running the ropes again, BUT TARAH FOLLOWING HER RUN! HARD KNEE TO THE STOMACH BY TARAH NOVA AND TARAH IS BACK IN THE GAME!
HBG: Tarah centers a lot of her offense on these hard knees. Haruna needs to remember this. Tarah with another knee to the stomach of Haruna, dragging her away from the ropes and holding Haruna’s head in the Cravate position. Tarah Nova reeling back! Cravate suplex by Tarah, and she holds onto the neck! Tarah rolling through on the ground, sliding back to her feet! RUNNING KNEE TO THE SEATED HARUNA’S JAW! AND TARAH QUICK TO RUN OFF THE ROPES, LEAPING UP AND DROPPING THAT SAME KNEE ACROSS THE FOREHEAD OF HARUNA! WHAT A COMBINATION!
Cam: Tarah has been out of the ring for quite some time, but from her efforts so far it doesn’t look like she has missed a day of action in her life. Tarah pulls Haruna up to her feet by the roots of her hair, dragging her into the corner turnbuckle and slamming her back into it! Tarah is hooking Haruna’s arms over the ropes, leaving her open for whatever is going through Tarah’s twisted mind. WAIT! TARAH IS RIPPING AT THE TOP OF HARUNA! SHE’S TRYING TO RIP THE MATERIAL FROM HER CHEST! COME ON TARAH! WE KNOW YOU HATE THIS WOMAN BUT HAVE SOME HUMAN DECENCY FOR YOUR FELLOW FEMALE ATHLETES!
HBG: Tarah is exposing more of the chest of Haruna, but it doesn’t look like she’s exposing anything indecent! Tarah licks the palm of her hand, and I think she’s going to pay back Haruna for the chops from earlier and then some! Tarah throws a stiff chop to the chest of Haruna and you can hear Haruna yelp in pain as her chest is lighten up with a stinging right hand! Tarah swings wide with another and Haruna clenches her teeth as it connects with her chest! Tarah Nova now grabbing the chin of Haruna, yelling in her face.
Tarah: I am going to f*cking kill you!
Cam: Tarah isn’t sugar coating her intentions at all! Haruna is basically at her mercy already! EW! HARUNA JUST SPAT RIGHT IN THE FACE OF TARAH!
Haruna: YOU ARE BITCH!
Cam: Haruna isn’t backing down from Tarah, a chop to her chest leaves a bright red mark as Haruna unhooks her arms from the ropes. Tarah is firing shots at her chest but Haruna is fighting through the pain as she comes forehead to forehead with her arch-rival, screaming in her face in both pain and anger! Tarah forcefully shoves her away BUT THE PALM OF HARUNA STRIKES TARAH IN THE BRIDGE OF HER NOSE!
HBG: THAT WAS A PALM STRIKE WITH A LOT OF HATE BEHIND IT! TARAH WIPING HER FACE AS BLOOD TRICKLES DOWN FROM HER NOSE! HER NOSE MIGHT BE BROKEN FROM THAT IMPACT! TARAH SEE’S HER OWN BLOOD IN HER HAND AS SHE WIPES IT AWAY FROM HER MOUTH AND CLENCHES HER FIST IN ANGER! TARAH LOOKS TO STRIKE BACK BUT IS MET WITH ANOTHER PALM STRIKE THAT TWISTS HER HEAD LEFT FROM THE IMPACT! SHE COLLAPSES TO HER KNEES AS HARUNA MEASURES HER UP!
Cam: TARAH’S EYES ARE GLAZED OVER AS HARUNA SWINGS HER LEG AROUND WITH A CURVED ROUNDHOUSE KICK! THE LAPIS LAZULI 1.0 CONNECTS WITH THE BACK OF TARAH’S HEAD AS SHE SLUMPS DOWN TO THE MAT!
HBG: Tarah looks out of it, Haruna must have knocked her out cold with that roundhouse kick. Haruna grabs Tarah by her boots, dragging her to the side of the ring closest to the hearse on stage. Tarah’s face being dragged across the canvas with a steak of her blood smearing the mat. Haruna yanks Tarah out of the ring with a hard thud to the floor!
Cam: Tarah begins to regain her consciousness, blood smeared along one side of her face. Haruna is trying to drag her closer to the hearse, but Tarah is kicking her hands away. Haruna growing frustrated at Tarah’s resistance as she mounts her and lays punches into the forehead of Tarah!
HBG: Haruna slides back into the ring, slamming her palms into the mat. Some members of the crowd are clapping along, expecting Haruna to dive to the outside! Haruna isn’t going to disappoint them as she points a singular finger into the air before pointing it at Tarah who is making her way slowly to her feet. Haruna runs of the ropes! CARTWHEELING AND LEAPING OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A MOONSAULT! THE MOONLIGHT SONATA!
Cam: TARAH AT THE VERY LAST SECOND LEAPS OUT OF THE WAY TOWARDS THE BARRICADE AS HARUNA SOMEHOW FINDS THE WHEREWITHAL TO LAND ON HER FEET! Haruna clutches at her knee for a second, the velocity behind that landing must have done some damage! She tends to her knee for a second before turning her attention back to Tarah AS A STEEL CHAIR COMES FLYING AT HER HEAD!
HBG: TARAH PULLED A CHAIR FROM BEHIND THE BARRICADE AND TOSSED IT AT THE SKULL OF HARUNA! A FAN IS NOW WITHOUT A SEAT! HOLY SH*T CHANTS ARE FILLING THE ARENA AS HARUNA LAYS UNCONSCIOUS ON THE FLOOR! TARAH LETS OUT A LOUD SCREAM TO THE OVATION OF THE FANS! She wipes away the blood from her face from a fan offered shirt before tossing it to the floor as she marches back to Haruna.
Cam: Tarah is now in control, pulling Haruna to her feet and by the hair as she walks her up the ramp to the hearse on stage. There’s a loud thud as Haruna’s head smacks the back of the hearse! Blood pouring down the face of Haruna from that flying chair from earlier leaving a dent with a red mark as her head is driven into the back!
HBG: Tarah opens up the back of the hearse, pulling the casket from the trunk as the wheels extend to the stage as she pulls it out. Tarah pulls Haruna to her feet by her blood stained hair and yells in her face once more!
Tarah: You’re done, B*TCH!
HBG: Tarah tosses Haruna into the casket! All she has to do now is wheel it back into the hearse and close the door! Tarah is pushing with the little strength that still remains! IT’S IN! ALL SHE HAS TO DO IS CLOSE THE DOOR! SHE GOES TO CLOSE IT!
Cam: THE DOOR COLLIDES WITH HER FACE! HARUNA KICKED THE DOOR BACK INTO TARAHS FACE! SHE DOESN’T WANT TO LOSE TO TARAH NOVA! AFTER ALL THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH SHE REFUSES TO LOSE!
HBG: TARAH STUMBLES BACK FROM THE IMPACT AS HARUNA LAUNCHES HERSELF OUT OF THE BACK OF THE HEARSE, ROLLING THROUGH AND LEAPING INTO THE AIR! JUMPING NECKBREAKER! GURU! GURU! WONDERLAND! BOTH WOMEN LAND HARD ON THEIR BACKS AS THEY RHYTH IN PAIN! HARUNA LAID IT ALL ON THE LINE TO TRY AND BEAT TARAH!
Cam: THE CROWD ARE CHANTING HOLY SH*T AND RIGHTFULLY SO! HARUNA IS USING THE LAST OF HER STRENGTH TO GET UP TO HER FEET! TARAH IS BENT OVER THE CASKET, TRYING TO KEEP FIGHTING HERSELF! HARUNA GRABS TARAH BY HER HAIR! BLOOD POURING FROM BOTH WOMENS FACES!
HBG: WHAT IS HARUNA DOING?! SHE’S PUSHING TARAH TO THE TOP OF THE HEARSE! AND SHE’S FOLLOWING HER CLOSE BEHIND! TARAH AND HARUNA ARE NOW ATOP THE HEARSE WITH THE CASKET BENEATH THEM! HARUNA HAS EVIL INTENTIONS RIGHT NOW! SHE’S GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PUT TARAH IN THE CASKET!
Cam: HARUNA IS HOOKING TARAH’S ARM, MEASURING UP WITH THE CASKET BELOW! SHE CAN’T BE DOING WHAT I THINK SHE’S DOING! IS SHE GOING TO TRY TO DO A DESTINO INTO THE CASKET! DEAR GOD NO!!!
HBG: SHE’S GOING TO DO IT! SHE ROLLS OVER TARAH’S SHOULDER! — TARAH IS SOMEHOW HOLDING HER! HOLDING HER FROM FALLING BACKWARDS! INTO THE CASKET! WHERE IS SHE FINDING THIS STRENGTH?! SHES TRYING TO ADJUST HERSELF! HARUNA IS ON HER SHOULDERS! JESUS CHRIST!
Cam: MURDER! CITY! PLUNGE! DROPPING HARUNA DOWN ONTO HER KNEE!!! HARUNA’S HEAD IS KNOCKED BACK IN IMPACT FROM THE M.C.P!!! SHE’S GOING TO FALL INTO THE CASKET BELOW!!!!
HBG: HOW?! HOW IS HARUNA KEEPING HERSELF FROM FALLING!? HOW IS SHE FINDING THE BALANCE TO KEEP HERSELF FALLING INTO THE CASKET!? TARAH IS IN DISBELIEF! HARUNA IS TEITERING!
Tarah: DIE DIE DIE DIE!!!!
Cam: ETHER!!!!! TARAH CHARGES AND DRIVES HER FOOT INTO THE FACE OF HARUNA!!!! HARUNA FALLS!!! SHE FALLS INTO THE CASKET!!!
HBG: THE CROWD ARE SCREAMING! BOTH IN OVATION AND IN GENUINE CONCERN FOR HARUNA! BUT TARAH DOESN’T LOOK AT ALL CONCERNED FOR HER WELL BEING AS SHE CLIMBS DOWN FROM THE HEARSE! SHE PUSHES THE CASKET INTO THE HEARSE WITH HER FOOT AND GRABS THE DOOR!!!
Tarah: REST IN PEACE, HONDA!!!
Cam: SHE DID IT! SHE SLAMS THE HEARSE DOOR CLOSED WITH HARUNA INSIDE!
(DING! DING! DING!)
(“Boss’ Daughter” pays as the crowd come completely unglued as Tarah slouches on the back of the hearse in exhaustion.)
Jasmine: HERE IS YOUR WINNER! TARAH!!! NOVA!!!
HBG: THIS WASN’T A MATCH, THIS WAS AN ONSLAUGHT! THESE TWO HAD LEGITIMATE HATE FOR ONE ANOTHER AND THAT SHOWED WITH THIS FIGHT!
Cam: Haruna has experienced what happens when you cross the boss! She put up an outstanding fight but tonight, the person who lays this feud to rest is Tarah Nova!
(Tarah slumps against the hearse, raising an arm in victory, before the screen cuts to commercial, showing a slow image of a chamber looming in the distance before the letters R.T.R. cross the screen)
Ring Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall…
Crowd: ONE FALL!!
Ring Announcer: …and is for the EAW Women’s World Championship!
(“Kaidoku Funou” by Jinn plays as Azumi Goto makes her way down the ramp to a mixed but mostly favorable reaction from the crowd. Wearing an elaborate hooded cloak and battle wear ensemble inspired by Oda Nobunaga in red silk trimmed with white and gold,.she enters the ring holding a katana held in an ivory sheath.)
Cam: This is without a shadow of a doubt the biggest gambit attempted here on Empire. Azumi Goto gave up her Control in The Vault contract, the first of it’s kind, to take this shot at Empire’s World Champion.
HBG: This is the chance that Azumi’s been dreaming of. If she wants to be considered the “Ace” of Empire, then this is a match that she must win. There’s no way around it, Azumi Goto’s very reputation is at stake here tonight.
(Azumi takes off some of the elaborate outerwear she has on as “Formation” by Beyonce hits and the crowd gives a roaring ovation for Aria Jaxon, wearing all sky-blue attire with the EAW Women’s Championship around her waist.)
HBG: Aria has proven herself as a special wrestler the moment she set foot here. Two months into her career when this tournament was first held in 2015, she stunned the wrestling world by becoming the first Empress of Elite. Now, she stands at the top of the mountain.
Cam: Azumi may have to be perfect tonight to even have a chance to win. Aria is on a completely different level than anyone else at the moment.
(Aria hands off her belt to the referee as she enters the ring, not taking her eyes off Azumi as the ring announcer prepares to speak.)
Ring Announcer: Introducing first, the Challenger, hailing from Yonabaru, Okinawa, Japan, weighing in at 127 pounds…she is the “Ace of Empire” AZUMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII GOTOOOOOO!!!!
(The crowd cheers for a moment getting even louder as the ring announcer turns towards Aria.)
Ring Announcer: Her opponent, from Los Angeles, California, weighing in at 116 pounds…she is the defending EAW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION….ARIAAAAAAAAAAA JAXONNNNNNNNNN!
(DING DING DING!!)
HBG: And here we go! The champion and challenger are just soaking it all in for a moment, the crowd overwhelmingly behind Aria to start this match and Azumi doesn’t seem perturbed by it at all. The two women lock up in the center of the ring and Aria immediately gets control with a side headlock…Azumi trying to power her way out but unable to do so, the lighter champion actually showing good strength by holding on. Azumi eventually does manage to get one of her legs into the ropes and Aria is instructed to break the hold…and does so cleanly.
Cam: Aria is calm and collected at the moment, Azumi a little tentative to start and honestly that surprises me. I expected her to come out here to push the pace and really try to attack Aria early.
HBG: Maybe it’s a change in strategy on the fly? The two women circling around each other again…Azumi sticking her hand out, trying to lock hands with Aria into a test of strength I suppose. Aria wary but locking up one hand…and AZUMI IMMEDIATELY STARTS PEPPERING THE CHAMPION WITH SHOOT KICKS TO THE MIDSECTION! The kid gloves have come off and now we’re seeing the Azumi we expected to see with Aria staggering from more and more of those kicks. Aria is backed into a corner and Azumi is not letting up!
Cam: Knife edge chops as she just continues to pepper Aria with blows, the crowd cheering her on as the champion is being hammered here in the early going and collapses in the corner! Aria now eating a few MMA style elbows from Azumi and the champ is in some serious trouble early on!
HBG: Azumi sprints to the far side of the ring, measuring Aria as she goes charging back in…DROPKICK RIGHT TO THE FACE OF ARIA IN THE CORNER! The challenger on a roll here as Aria manages to roll out of the ring!
Cam: I don’t think I was expecting THIS sort of performance from Azumi, I don’t think anyone was. Aria is a bit shaken up here but she has definitely seen that Azumi will not be a force to be taken lightly. The referee being a bit liberal with his 10-count at the moment, more or less telling Aria to get back in the ring.
HBG: Aria gets back in and Azumi goes in for the kill but Aria catches her with a hard slap to the face and then a forearm! And now it’s Aria’s turn to land some shoot kicks, her efforts targeting the right leg of Azumi Goto! Perhaps she’s weary of those knee strikes and wants to eliminate the problem at the source! Azumi tries to counter with a spinning backfist but Aria evades it Matrix-style! Neo would be proud!
Cam: The character or the EAW show?
HBG: Stop it! Aria counters the spinning backfist with a jumping cutter and she immediately goes in for a pin!
Cam: And Azumi kicks out! Aria wasting no time as she continues the assault on Azumi’s right leg, lifting it up by the foot as she gets up to her feet and hammering home some hard kicks! Azumi is trying her best to fight back but so far she’s at the mercy of the champion!
HBG: Indeed, Aria is on a mission right now. Azumi woke the sleeping giant and now she’s paying the price!
Cam: Azumi in even more trouble now as Aria locks in one of her favorite submission maneuvers, a Kneeling Figure Four! Azumi is screaming in pain as that right knee is bent in ways it’s not meant to be bent comfortably. For even more damage Aria is throwing in a few elbow strikes to the abdomen!
HBG: Azumi is trying to fight her way to the ropes but Aria is making it extremely difficult! Even if she does manage to make it to the ropes you have to think that she’s going to be in some trouble going forward.
Cam: The referee is checking on Azumi here, asking her if she wants to give up but…..she’s waving her hands around….is she going to tap out!? NO….she gets to the ropes in time and Aria is forced to break the hold which she does immediately.
HBG: But if you’re the champion, you’re definitely not worried in my opinion if you didn’t get the submission. You’ve taken one of Azumi’s biggest weapons away seemingly and if her struggling to stand is any indication this match could be ending in short order.
Cam: As you see the camera zoom in there on what my partner is alluding to, Azumi using the ropes, pulling herself up to her feet. This crowd is still very pro-Aria but a few people are definitely cheering for Azumi too, trying to will her through the match of her life! Aria measuring her for a roundhouse kick and here it comes….BUT AZUMI CATCHES THE HEEL AND SENDS ARIA SPINNING, AND ARIA TURNS RIGHT AROUND INTO A DISCUS ELBOW SHOT!
HBG: That one stunned the champion a bit, I’m sure of it! A snapmare now followed up by a running PK right to the small of the back! Azumi is noticeably limping though and may not be able to take full advantage.
Cam: Azumi trying to fight through the pain and psyche herself up for a push at the championship here, She’s waiting on Aria to get to her feet…..BACKSTABBER FROM BEHIND BY AZUMI! She grips the knee in pain though momentarily and doesn’t quickly go down for the cover! Aria isn’t moving much though so maybe it will be enough, Azumi shoots the half!
HBG: Nope! Aria kicks out. This is a resilient woman and it will take a lot more than that to put her away.
Cam: Azumi realizes this and despite this I think she’s looking for Kamigoye! She’s stalking Aria in the corner and charges out at Aria….KAMIGO—NO! ARIA COUNTERS WITH SLING BLADE! A SLING BLADE FROM THE CHAMPION AS AZUMI’S HEAD BOUNCES HARD OFF THE MAT!
HBG: Aria is in a position to possibly put her challenger away now. Azumi has to really dig deep if she wants to keep herself in this match. Aria is up on her feet, waving her hands to the crowd now, trying to get them even more into this match than they already are!
Cam: Aria Jaxon is now the one setting up for a move, stalking her opponent, Azumi is struggling to get to a kneeling position….and Aria charges forward and hits a running knee right to Azumi’s face! That surely busted a lip or the nose or something! Azumi is very slow getting up and manages to roll out of the ring, that right knee bothering her a bit. Aria not giving her any respite as she sprints into the ropes……SUICIDE DIVE INTO A DDT ON THE OUTSIDE!
HBG: NO! AZUMI MANAGES TO TRAP ARIA IN A BEARHUG AND STOP HER MOMENTUM COLD! And now she rams Aria back first into the ringpost….AND SHE’S STILL NOT DONE….ALABAMA SLAM RIGHT THERE ON THE ARENA FLOOR!
Cam: Where did she get the strength for that, how is her knee not giving out on her right now? She’s in pain, but Aria Jaxon looks like she’s in even worse shape as Azumi drags her up by the hair and rolls her in the ring. Azumi feels like she’s on the verge of a massive upset here as she very slowly, meticulously puts Aria in a double chickenwing from behind…fatigue starting to set in a little bit here I think. Azumi pulls Aria up….TIGER SUPLEX! FOR THE WIN!
HBG: NO! Aria gets a shoulder up at the very last second. Azumi thought that she had the match won but the referee shakes his head and slaps his hands twice.
Cam: Azumi is just standing over Aria at the moment waiting for her to get up…and now she’s getting a little too cute here, slapping Aria on the back of the head as she’s struggling to get to her feet, and ARIA STANDS STRAIGHT UP AND SLAPS THE SWEAT OFF HER FACE!!
HBG: But look….look at Azumi! She’s not even staggered. She SMILED at the champion! And now she’s pointing to her jaw, almost daring Aria to hit her in the face!
Cam: And Aria obliges with a forearm right to the face! Azumi answers with a forearm of her own. Azumi is not even fazed by the blows that Aria’s laying on! Azumi just responding with vicious forearm strikes of her own! And now the two women just standing in the center of the ring exchanging blows! Aria is in standing in there and trying to beat Azumi Goto at her own game!
HBG: I’m not sure if that’s a good idea at all! This sort of stiff striking is in Azumi’s wheelhouse! Aria’s great in all facets of wrestling, but Azumi’s definitely one of the hardest strikers on the planet!
Cam: And now we’re starting to see a little let up in Aria’s blows as Azumi stands strong in the center of the ring, landing one that nearly knocks Aria off her feet! Azumi is screaming at the champion, daring her to continue! Aria manages to fake Azumi out and slip behind her….SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!
HBG: Wait a second though! AZUMI POPPED RIGHT BACK UP! AZUMI, BAD LEG AND ALL, MANAGES TO SPRINT OVER TO ARIA AND HIT HER WITH A SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX OF HER OWN!
Cam: Azumi is fired up and Aria seems to be in trouble here. That knee bothering her a bit but not keeping her from keeping the offense up. Azumi waiting for the champion to get up, launching palm thrusts, battering the champion who doesn’t look to be in any position to stop them. Azumi goes for a lariat this time and misses and Aria goes for the Pinkprint but Azumi sidesteps…AND THIS TIME THE LARIAT CONNECTS!
HBG: Azumi signals for the end! This one could be over at the drop of the hat as Azumi pulls Aria in position for the Regalia! Azumi HAS ARIA UP IN THE AIR…..BUT NO! ARIA COUNTERS WITH THE PINKPRINT! THIS ONE IS ALL OVER!
Cam: Aria drapes herself over a lifeless Azumi Goto! This one is surely over!
HBG: NO!!! AZUMI KICKS OUT! AZUMI KICKS OUT AND THIS MATCH WILL CONTINUE! ARIA LOOKS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED AS SHE GLANCES OVER AT THE REFEREE!
Cam: Azumi Goto is showing some serious fight tonight. She knows that she may never get another opportunity like this and she’s giving all that she has. Aria is not finished with her yet though as she tries to pull Azumi up to her feet….she does…CONTRACT KILLER! Azumi just crumples to the mat, lifeless and broken!
HBG: Aria is thinking about going for a cover but changes her mind. She’s deciding to go up to the top turnbuckle to try something. She’s balancing herself on that top rope, hoping that this move puts away Azumi Goto for good….FROGSPLASH FROM THE TOP ROPE! BUT NO! AZUMI GOT HER KNEES UP! SHE GOT THE KNEES UP AND ARIA IS ROLLING AROUND ON THE CANVAS HOLDING HER RIBS IN PAIN! Champion and challenger are both down and the referee is checking on both, trying to allow them both an opportunity to arise to their feet!
Cam: Nobody wants to see a double countout or a double KO here, they want to see someone win and win decisively!
HBG: Azumi Goto is starting to get up to her feet, hobbled leg and all! She grabs ahold of Aria, pulling her up and using an Irish whip to launch her into a corner! Azumi tries to shut out the pain of that leg bothering her and runs into the corner with a Koppou kick! Aria is stunned and Azumi is quickly up…SAITO SUPLEX! And now Azumi goes for the cover, hooking both legs, trying to make history!
Cam: NOT QUITE! Aria managed to kick out just a millisecond from a three count! Azumi looks a bit frustrated, but the fans are urging her on, trying to will her to what most people would call a huge upset victory!
HBG: Azumi is up, she’s in pain but she manages to land a few stomps in on Aria and now..uh oh! Shoryu Kekkai! Muta Lock and now the heat is really on Aria here! Azumi is surely giving her own knee some torture with how she has to apply the Inverted STF here, but if the champion taps out it would all be worth it I’m sure! Azumi is trying to wrench as hard as she can and Aria has a hand up in the air! IS SHE GOING TO TAP OUT! CAN AZUMI SUCCEED WHERE SO MANY HAVE FAILED AND SUBMIT ARIA JAXON TO WIN THE WORLD TITLE!?
(The camera pans in on the referee checking on a grimacing Aria as her hand is high off the canvas. The referee asks her if she is going to tap….and Aria wags her index finger back and forth.)
Cam: ARIA IS NOT GIVING UP! NOT TODAY SHE SAYS, BUT HOW MUCH LONGER CAN SHE ENDURE THIS HOLD! SHE’S NOT TOO FAR FROM THE ROPES BUT AZUMI IS HOLDING THIS MUTA LOCK IN QUITE WELL! Aria is trying to pull herself as best as she can to the ropes…..but Azumi breaks the hold before she can even get close…she tries dragging her out to the center of the ring and flips Aria onto her back, looking for another submission, but Aria uses her feet to push her away! Aria kips back up to her feet…ANOTHER CONTRACT KILLER…Azumi is stunned!
HBG: Aria isn’t finished yet though, she Irish whips Azumi into the corner…but AZUMI COMES ROARING OUT OF THE CORNER WITH A LARIAT THAT SENDS ARIA INTO A 360 DEGREE FLIP! MY GOD!
Cam: Azumi has to be running on pure adrenaline at this point, completely going on fumes! Aria has been trying to hit her with just about everything but Azumi has managed to hold her ground. Azumi now grabs Aria by those pink locks that she’s known for the world over, pulling her to the turnbuckle and smacking her head down over it hard. Aria looks completely out of it as Azumi works to put her up on the turnbuckle in a seated position. What could the Self proclaimed Ace have in mind?
HBG: Azumi climbing the turnbuckle now and…is she looking for a Frankensteiner or something? She’s trying to set things up but Aria manages to come to life and start throwing punches! Azumi is trying to stand up to it but she’s struggling to keep her balance. Aria is alert now and standing……What on earth is she planning!? SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB FROM THE SECOND ROPE! AZUMI’S HEAD BOUNCED OFF THAT CANVAS LIKE A RUBBER BALL!
Cam: NOT YET! NOT. YET. The champion showing some true grit as she manages to kick out and Aria can only manage a grim smile. She knew she was in for a fight tonight, but I don’t know if she imagined it would be quite this difficult. The champ is frankly running out of options here. She looks to go up to the top again, and this time I think she’s going for the California Crush!
HBG: The crowd can sense it, ARia can sense it and if Azumi doesn’t sense it, her valiant title challenge is coming to an end right now! Aria goes flying as soon as Azumi is up to her feet! CALIFORNIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Cam: NO! AZUMI AVOIDED IT AND ARIA JUST LANDS ON HER ASS! AZUMI SEES AN OPPORTUNITY AND CAPITALIZES! KA-MI-GO-YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! WE COULD HAVE A NEW CHAMPION AFTER THAT KNEE STRIKE CATCHES ARIA IN THE UPPER BACK AND NECK! AZUMI GOES FOR THE COVER!
HBG: NO! ARIA KICKS OUT, AND NOW IT’S AZUMI’S TURN TO LOOK ABSOLUTELY BEWILDERED!
Cam: Can you blame her!? If you think you’re three seconds away from the world title and then have it snatched from your grasp, you can’t help but get frustrated! Azumi’s got to find a way though to finish this match off!
HBG: Azumi trying to keep her poise and keep her adrenaline up as that knee seems to be bothering her again. Azumi looks to be going for the Regalia again….She has ARIA ON SHOULDERS! AZUMI GOTO IS JUST MOMENTS AWAY FROM WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
Cam: Aria wiggling free though, doing whatever she can to get free…..ANOTHER PINKPRINT! A SECOND PINKPRINT CONNECTS AND ARIA WASTES NO TIME AS SHE GOES OVER TO THE TURNBUCKLE AGAIN! IF SHE IS GOING FOR WHAT I THINK SHE IS, THIS MAY BE THE END FOR AZUMI GOTO! ARIA STEADIES HERSELF, AZUMI IS DOWN BUT TRYING TO SIT UP!!!
HBG: SHE’S TOO DAMN LATE THOUGH! KAISER’S CROWN! KAISER’S CROWN FROM ARIA LANDS SQUARELY ON AZUMI’S CHEST! A DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP FROM THE TOP, AREN MSTISLAV WOULD BE PROUD! ARIA WITH THE COVER!
(DING DING DING!!!)
(“Formation” by Beyonce blasts over the speakers as the crowd erupts in appreciation for the match just put on. Aria is handed her belt as she struggles to get to her feet, holding it up high in the air.)
Ring Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of this contest….AND STIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLL EAW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION, ARIA JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!!!
Cam: I have to give Pinkie her due, she is champ for a reason. Azumi Goto gave her everything she had tonight but Aria still proved why she is the best female wrestler in EAW….at least on Empire.
HBG: Agreed, at least on Empire.
(Azumi sits up slowly, holding onto her chest, the disappointment obvious on her face. Aria simply stares at her for a moment before extending her hand to help Azumi up with a huge cheer erupting from the crowd, which gets even louder as Azumi accepts and Aria helps her up to her feet. The two shake hands and Aria raises Azumi’s arm in the air before Goto politely pulls away, leaving Aria to celebrate in the ring.)
Cam: Sportsmanship, blah blah blah…..
HBG: Hey, to each their own. If this new generation wants to get all huggy and happy after a good match, let em….
Cam: Azumi really put on a show tonight, I have to admit. But Aria put on a better one, unfortunately for her. Azumi trades in her Contract in the Vault for naught, but if she wrestles like this consistently, she may manage to win a title even without it. Only time will tell….
(The screen shows a glimpse of replays, both of this previous Empress of Elite as well as the last two. In the replays one thing is consistently shown. Madison Kaline, making her way, and getting so desperately close to the final pin. As the scenes continue to move through, the soft music of a guitar being strummed can be heard. As the scenes continue to shift by the song begins to become clear as “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace. The song continues to play as it finally shows the graphic of Madison Kaline staring at the new Empress of Elite crown before it is washed away by black ink.)
Alexis: I won’t…be left in the darkness, alone!
(The scenes transition to Alexis struggling her way through RUW, up to her time in DWF and fully in EAW, with her finally pushing past Cloud to make it to the finals. As the camera focuses on her gazing at the crown, Madison comes into view on the other side of it, both glaring towards it with a dark grin on their face as they continue to look at the crown.)
Madison: I won’t be pushed aside again. Never again.
“I! HATE! EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! WHY DO I LOVE YOU?!”
(The scene transitions back to the stage as the Empress of Elite crown is revealed on a podium, overlooking the stage.)
HBG: And there it is. The Empress of Elite Crown, the crown that can fulfill the dream of either one of these two women. The always the bridesmaid never the bride Madison, and the comeback queen in Alexis.
Cam: Madison is a two time finalist, and this is Alexis first time in the finals ever. This is a match for the ages here.
(The lights dim into shadows as inky pools appear on the Titantron. Pools that begin to fill in the lettering on the screen to reveal ALEXIS in bold. As the pool gathers, a pair of eyes slowly open inside of the ink, gazing at the screen with manic fire and fury. As the eye moves to the stage, Alexis begins to crawl her way out, her body bedecked in an ink like costume, as she rises to a stand gazing at the crowd with jet black eyes. As she raises her arms the chorus of “Halo on Fire” by Metallica screams out to the crowd which elicits a cheer.)
Jasmine Peyton: THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS THE FINALS OF THE EMPRESS OF ELITE! AND IT IS SCHEDULED FOR ONE FALL!!! INTRODUCING FIRST! FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA!!! SHE IS THE WOMB OF DARKNESS!! ALEXIS DIEMOS!!!
HBG: Look at Alexis staring longingly at that Crown. You have to know she’s thinking about how Eclipse came from out of nowhere to win the King of Elite, and that she wants to pull a similar thing here tonight.
Cam: Alexis is honestly one of the more veteran styled girls here, but even she has to play as a rookie to Madison, who has been in EAW longer. Alexis and Madison where even in the same family, and I’ve faced against both of them, and out of the two I’d say that Alexis has the bigger psychological edge over Madison’s physical ability. This is going to be a tough matchup.
(Before Alexis can even make it to the ring “This Could be Anywhere in the World” by Alexisonfire plays. She stops, turning around and leaning against the apron as Madison Kaline walks out, staring down to the ring with a wide brimmed smile on her face, opening up her jacket to reveal her old Sanatorium garb. Alexis nods to her with a smile, before sliding into the ring, holding the bottom rope open for Madison who gladly accepts it as she steps inside as well.)
Jasmine: And her opponent! From Tampa Bay, Florida!!! SHE IS THE MISTRESS OF DEATH!!! MADISON!!!! KALINE!!!
HBG: Odd showing of respect by Alexis there, but that might be the psychological edge you are talking about. But enough on that, let’s talk about Madison, one of the strongest woman on Empire…which isn’t saying all that much.
Cam: Madison has made it here for the third time in her career. For the third time she is tasting the finals, and you all know she wants to walk out of this one with the win. I cannot wait to see what happens here.
(Ding! Ding! Ding!)
HBG: Well, I suppose we are going to find out. Madison and Alexis staring one another down as Madison stands rigid. Alexis moving closer towards her as Madison raises her arms in her signature taunt! Alexis gliding her tongue up Madison’s stomach with a grin on her face like a sicko, and now the two staring one another in the eyes. Madison shaking her head with a very serious look on her face…AND THERE’S AN AGGRESSIVE RIGHT HAND BY MADISON! AND ALEXIS FIRES BACK WITH ONE OF HER OWN! MADISON WITH ANOTHER RIGHT HAND! AND ALEXIS WITH ONE OF HER OWN!!! BOTH NOW TRADING RIGHT HANDS AT EQUAL TIMES, TEEING OFF ON ONE ANOTHER! MADISON CATCHING ALEXIS WITH A BRUTAL RIGHT HAND THAT STAGGERS HER BACKWARDS, AND ALEXIS COMES FLYING BACK WITH A HAND OF HER OWN! MADISON KICKING THE ARM OF ALEXIS TO BLOCK THE STRIKE, AND ALEXIS USES THE MOMENTUM!!! SPINNING BACKHAND TO THE JAW OF MADISON WHO SPINS OUT!!! AND DELIVERS A HEADBUTT RIGHT TO THE JAW OF ALEXIS!!!
Cam: I wasn’t expecting a start quite like that! Alexis staggered back and Madison hitting the ropes! CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! NO!!! Madison stopping just before striking at Alexis with her Afterlife clothesline, shaking her finger towards Alexis who angrily responds with a punch to the jaw! Alexis hooking the back of Madison’s head, throwing in as many strikes as she can on the face of Madison, forcing her into the ropes. Alexis tugging Madison from the ropes, hooking her head in that hangman position! Already going for the Carnival?! Wait, Alexis slowly letting go and backing away blowing a kiss to the enraged Madison. Both of these girls playing mind games with one another as Madison shakes her head. Madison taking a breather, pacing the ring before charging Alexis, who follows it with a collar elbow tie up. Both girls battling for a good position between one another and Madison takes the advantage, pulling away from Alexis, and getting hold of her waist, switching to a belly to back waist lock! Madison keeping the hold locked in as tight as possible, as she pulls in on the hold. Alexis trying to fight herself out of it a bit more, but Madison drops her weight on her thighs, keeping them both centered!
HBG: Madison with a hard forearm to the back of Alexis neck and spins her out with her free arm! CLOTHESLINE BY MADISON FROM THAT SPIN OUT AND ALEXIS DROPS TO THE MAT!!! ALEXIS RISING BACK UP TO HER FEET, BUT MADDIE FOLLOWS UP WITH A SECOND HARD CLOTHESLINE, KNOCKING HER TO THE GROUND! MADISON PAUSING FROM THESE CONSECUTIVE STRIKES AS ALEXIS BEGINS TO RISE UP SLOWLY, AND CHARGES FOR A THIRD ONE!!! ALEXIS DUCKS THIS ONE THIS TIME, AND MADISON REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES!!! ALEXIS TURNING SHARPLY WITH A LARIAT OF HER OWN THAT KNOCKS THE WIND DIRECTLY OUT OF MADISON AND ALEXIS FOLLOWS IT WITH A LEG DROP!!!
Cam: What a series of moves by these two! Alexis grabbing at the arm of Madison, dropping down and going for an armbar here! Madison trying to get her arm free, and rotates herself to a kneeling position, and now Alexis trying to switch holds into a triangle choke. Madison though keeping her arm out of Alexis grasp long enough to slip free of the hold, and Alexis rolls back up to her feet as Madison backs away, towards the corner. The two locking eyes with a glare as Madison rotates her shoulder, moving back to the middle of the ring. Madison and Alexis once again locking up, but Alexis this time getting the better position, going into a side headlock! Madison trying to shove Alexis off, but Alexis keeps that headlock locked in tight, tugging harder on the neck of Madison, as Madison continues to struggle in the hold. Madison hooking the waist of Alexis, shaking violently as Alexis continues to apply pressure on the neck. WAIT! WAIT! MADISON REELING BACK ON THE WAIST OF ALEXIS, LIFTING HER UP!!! GOING FOR A BACK SUPLEX HERE!!! ALEXIS THOUGH DROPS HER WEIGHT, FORCING MADISON TO DROP HER BACK TO THE GROUND!!! MADISON THOUGH USING THE MOMENTUM, SHOVING ALEXIS FORWARD!!! ALEXIS OFF THE ROPES, REBOUNDING BACK AND GOING FOR A FLATLINER!!! HOOKING MADISONS HEAD!!! MADISON ABOUT TO DROP…NO!!! MADISON THROWING ALEXIS BACK UP FROM THE SWING AND THROWS HER OFF…RIGHT INTO A HUGE KNEE INTO THE NOSE OF ALEXIS!!! ALEXIS BACKING UP, AND OPENS HER EYES, RIGHT INTO THE WAITING CHARGE BY MADISON!!! AFTERLIFE!!! AFTERLIFE CLOTHESLINE!!! ALEXIS WRAPPING AROUND THE ARM OF MADISON AS MADISON DROPS DOWN FOR THE COVER!!!! HUGE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!
KICKOUT AT TWO!!! ALEXIS FIGHTING HERSELF OUT OF THAT HUGE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!
HBG: Jesus. Madison glaring straight ahead, sheer anger in her eyes right now. She was so close to that crown. Alexis coughing to her side as Madison looks over to her, shaking her head in frustration and starting to rise to her feet. Alexis reaching out, grasping at the ropes to pull herself up as Madison rolls herself up to her feet, slowly stalking Alexis. Alexis turning around, AND GETS KNOCKED IN THE JAW WITH A HARD UPPERCUT! AND NOW A FLURRY OF BOXING STYLE STRIKES TO THE JAW, TRYING TO BLOODY UP ALEXIS IT SEEMS! ALEXIS ON SPAGHETTI LEGS AT THE ROPES, AS ALEXIS SLUMPS AGAINST THE ROPES! Madison grabbing hold of her, whipping her off the ropes!!! Alexis rebounding back AND MADISON GOING FOR THE AFTERLIFE AGAIN!!! NO!!! ALEXIS DROPPING BACKWARDS AS MADISON’S ARM GOES SAILING OVER HEAD!!! MADISON TURNING AROUND, RIGHT AS ALEXIS KIPS UP!!! CATCHING HER BY THE NECK!!! CUTTER!!! CUTTER OUT OF NOWHERE BY ALEXIS AS MADISON DROPS TO THE GROUND AND ALEXIS WITH A QUICK COVER!!
KICKOUT BY MADISON AT TWO!!!
Cam: What the f*ck are these two made of?! Alexis still unable to make it up to her feet, struggling for life as the two lie there motionless! Alexis shaking her head though, trying to bring herself back to life here, raising up an arm in defiance as Madison rolls away from her! Madison shaking slightly as she tries to drag herself up to the ropes, grabbing hold of them and hooking her arms around them. Alexis doing the same on the other side, staring out at the crowd with lifeless eyes. Madison the first to get to her feet, pounding her head against the ropes and turning sharply as Alexis does the same! Alexis charging first, and Madison following suit as they both ONCE AGAIN LAY INTO EACH OTHER WITH HARD RIGHT HANDS!!! MADISON AND ALEXIS WITH CLUBBING BLOWS TO THE FOREHEAD!!! ALEXIS OPENING UP MADISON HERE WITH HER FISTS, AND MADISON SEEMS TO BE GAINING STRENGTH FROM IT!!! MADISON GAINING THE ADVANTAGE IN MOMENTUM NOW!!! THROWING MORE AND MORE STRIKES TO THE SKULL OF ALEXIS, FORCING HER ALL THE WAY TOWARDS THE ROPES, BUT ALEXIS RESPONDS WITH A SPRAY OF RED MIST INTO THE EYES OF MADISON!!! MADISON FORCED TO BACK AWAY AND ALEXIS TAKES THE ADVANTAGE!!! HOOKING THE HANGMAN’S HOLD, TWISTING BACK!!! HANGMAN’S FACEBUSTER!!! CARNIVAL OF CORRUPTION BY ALEXIS TO MADISON!!!!! COVER BY ALEXIS!!! AND ALEXIS DRAPING HER FEET ACROSS THE ROPES FOR LEVERAGE!!!
MADISON THROWING ALEXIS OFF OF HER TO BREAK THE COUNT!!!!
HBG: Alexis trying to do everything in her power to win this matchup. Alexis pounding her fists against the mat, screaming to the sky as Madison holds her skull, wiping the blood away from her eyes as Alexis stares down at her. Stalking her. Alexis wants Madison to just lie down. Just lie down and suffer. Alexis sliding on her belly now, watching Madison stumble up to her feet, as Alexis glares at her before rushing her. Tackling Madison and throwing her to the ropes as Alexis swings wildly, clawing at her eyes and face aggressively, and throwing her onto the mat hard before stomping on her. The ref having to get involved here as Madison curls up, to defend herself! The ref pushing Alexis back as Alexis throws in one last kick to the side of her head!!! Huge vicious kick to the jaw of Madison. Alexis being backed all the way to the other side of the ring. Alexis glaring at Madison going into a crouch.
Alexis: STAY DOWN! STAY DOWN SIS! STAY DOWN PLEASE!!!
Cam: You can hear Alexis crying out for Madison to give up. To just stay down and accept her losses. Madison shaking her head as she’s already getting to her feet, though she’s at a bit of an unstable crawl towards Alexis. Alexis sighing as she advances towards Madison, who swings weakly towards Alexis, throwing a half hearted punch to her jaw. Alexis shaking her head angrily and delivers a hard slap to the face of Madison who drops to a knee before rising back up angrily throwing another punch. Alexis catching this one and…bending Madison down against her knee! WAIT! ALEXIS WRAPPING AN ARM AROUND MADISON! ALEXIS PUTTING MADISON INTO ECLIPSE’S MOTHER’S PRAYER POSITION!!!
Alexis: It’s over. It’s over sis.
HBG: Madison looks out of it. And Alexis leaning forward, giving Madison the goodnight kiss on the lips of Madison. WAIT! WAIT! MADISON BITING THE BOTTOM LIP OF ALEXIS!!! BITING HARD AS ALEXIS SCREAMS, TRYING TO GET MADISON TO LET GO AS ALEXIS RISES BACK UP TO A STAND, MADISON HOLDING THE LIP OF ALEXIS IN HER JAWS!!! MADISON FINALLY RELEASING THE HOLD AS ALEXIS HOLDS HER LIP IN ANGER!!! ALEXIS LOOKING UP…DIRECTLY INTO AN AFTERLIFE CLOTHESLINE!!! ALEXIS TURNED INSIDE OUT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY FROM THAT MANUEVER THERE!!! LITERALLY KNOCKED TO HELL AND BACK WITH THAT CLOTHESLINE!!!! MADISON ALMOST UNCONSCIOUS, DRAPING AN ARM OVER THE CHEST OF ALEXIS!!! CAN SHE DO IT?!
Cam: SHE’S SO CLOSE! COME ON!!!
HBG: SHE’S ALMOST GOT IT!!!!
(DING! DING! DING!)
Cam: OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!!!!
Jasmine: HERE’S YOUR WINNER!!! AND THE NEEWWWWWWWW EMPRESS OF ELITE OF EMPIRE!!!! MADISON!!!! KALINE!!!!
(“This Could be Anywhere in the World” plays as Madison rolls away from Alexis, a look of stunned disbelief on her face as Cam and HBG throw off their headsets in shock! Madison moves to a seated position, staring around her as the crowd cheers loudly for her, chanting her name as she realizes what just happened. With a slow rise to her feet she looks around again, shock on her face before raising her arms in triumph as the realization sinks in! Almost instantly Cam and HBG head to the ring, raising her arms on either side as she shakes her head in awe, mouthing the words: “I WON! I WON!” As they each celebrate in the ring, Cam and HBG make their way back to their headsets.)
HBG: WE HAVE A WINNER!!! FINALLY!!! AFTER THREE TRIES!!! FINALLY, MADISON KALINE IS THE EMPRESS OF ELITE!!!
Cam: This is a moment like no other in Empire! A moment where you can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, that someone has earned it! And we will say what we will about Empire, but that was a hell of a victory for Madison!!!
(Slowly the Empire roster files their way out to the stage, cheering for Madison as she keeps her arms up, tears streaming down her face. As Jasmine moves to place the crown on her, Alexis stands between them, glaring directly at Madison who stares back, already ready to fight her again. As Alexis and her stare down, the two share a smile and Alexis lifts up the crown, placing it onto Madison’s head and bowing to her before sliding out of the ring, holding the back of her neck.)
HBG: And nothing can be taken away from Alexis here tonight as well. Madison and her put up a hell of a performance, and both women looked stunning here tonight. I have to say, for this being Empire…I was moved in a sense. Anyways…that’s all we have tonight for Manifest Destiny! On behalf of Empire…thank you for having me here! And goodnight!
Cam: Goodnight everyone!!!
(The EAW logo buzzes as Madison holds up her arms again, her tears streaming down as she embraces the cheers of the EAW universe.)