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GUERRILLA WARFARE III

Norfolk Scope

Norfolk, Virginia

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[Gradually the darkness fades away to open up with grainy footage of soldiers marching. Quick cut scenes interchange of soldiers saluting of various ranks. Then the famous scene of the US flag being raised on Iwo Jima. The suddenly... BOOM! Bombs exploding, missiles launched in rapid succession, and close range artillery fire race through as the beating of war drums increase in tempo. Finally, footage of an atomic bomb goes off, and the Guerrilla Warfare logo emerges through the plume of smoke.]

 

[We cut to an aerial view of the Norfolk Scope, where  several drummers, dressed from various modern soldier uniforms to ancient warrior garbs from all across the world. The crowd is at a steady tone, waiting in anticipation. The war drums increase in volume and tempo as fire erupts through the stage floor with each heavy bass hit. The camera angles begin to pan all throughout the arena to catch the fans in attendance.]

[Once the cameras have swept through the building, we transitions to a tight shot of Dante Reed already sitting at ringside.]

 

DANTE REED 

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, we are live exclusively on the Battleground Network here at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia and this is Guerrilla Warfare III! This is ya main man Dante Reed calling the shots, and I have with me a very special guest tonight. With an event as monumental as tonight, I needed to call in some backup. So please, would you welcome back my partner in crime from way back in season one, the cold sore of commentary, ”Diamond” Dick Thrasher!

 

[The camera pans out to reveal to Dante’s left is the former color commentator sporting his signature white framed shades and wearing a “Ch’ang Gang” shirt with a tumbler of whiskey in hand and a shit-eating grin from ear to ear.]

 

DICK THRASHER 

Holy shit does it feel good to be back right here! Dante… it’s been a while bro. You’ll have to forgive me I might be a bit rusty on the sticks, plus I just got done roasting a fuckin’ hog leg with Flash Kassidy and Jay Sinclair in the back. I don’t know if it’s the electric atmosphere here tonight, or that sticky icky devil’s lettuce, but I feel it in my balls, man! I got me a bottle of Knob Creek here with me and I’m ready to get this shit rolling!

 

DANTE REED 

Atta boy, that’s the guy I know! Try to focus here, Dick, because tonight marks a major turning point for Union Battleground. Every championship is on the line, including the vacant Union Battleground Championship that will be decided in tonight’s featured main event bout, Guerrilla Warfare!

 

DICK THRASHER 

Bro I’m so fucking amped for all of it! Before we talk about the main event, I wanna talk about another vacant title that’s on the line tonight, the War Horse Championship! It’s our opening match, and it features four incredible competitors that have traveled all over the world and all over the industry. Johanna Krieger, Will Neilson, Kaelan Laughlin, and my man The Burner Flash Kassidy will throw down to see who has what it takes to win it all. And for those who aren’t familiar with the incentives that go along with that strap, whoever holds it has the right to cash it in for a shot at the Trench War Championship, which in my opinion is the most coveted title given its history.

 

DANTE REED 

It’s a big opportunity for whoever walks away with it, and puts possibly an even bigger target on themselves. The War Horse Champion must defend the title at every Union Battleground event until they either announce their intent to cash it in, or if someone can take it off their hands. But let’s continue on with this discussion and talk about tonight’s Trench War Championship match against the champion Kaven Drell, who remains unbeaten in the Battleground, and the challenger Johnny Vachon. 

 

DICK THRASHER 

This match here is interesting for a few reasons. Drell continues to take on and obliterate all challengers who seem to have a bigger bark than bite, but Vachon is someone Drell hasn't really seen yet. Clearly Johnny shows zero concern about his well being, whether we're talking about inside or outside of the ring. He's a guy who will go all out with whatever he has his mind set on, and I think this could be a recipe for a big upset. 

 

DANTE REED 

Bold prediction there, I like it! All I can say is that these two will no doubt have this crowd begging for more. And then it’s our Co-Main Event of the evening, a triple threat tag match for the Union Battleground Battalion Championships! We've got the final Valor Pro Tag Team Champions, Benny Stevens and Zack Fantana; the Yamashi Promotions Unified Tag Team Champions, Aoki and Fukushima Zombie; and our very own Battalion Champs, Lisa Seldon and Anastasia Hayden in a match that will answer the question, “Who is the best tag team on the Battleground Network”? 

 

DICK THRASHER 

This all started at Valor Pro’s final event, 7 Pillars, where the Hellcats came into the Dead End Friends’ yard to have themselves a bout for bragging rights. However, we did not get to see a victor in that match, as what I’m guessing is probably at least a third of the Zombie Clan disrupt the action which resulted in a no contest finish. 

 

DANTE REED 

What do you mean a third?

 

DICK THRASHER 

Y’know, there’s probably a whole slew of Zombie cousins walking around. Isn’t there like a Detroit Zombie or something staggering around, looking like a dying pigeon in a parking lot? 

 

DANTE REED 

Ehh… anyway! As you said, that contest was thrown out, and since then, the Hellcats were hellbent on exacting revenge, demanding not just a rematch with the Dead End Friends, but a match with all three champions. They even offered to put their own titles on the line for bait, and hook, line, sinker, we got ourselves a banging bout for those Battalion Beauts!

 

DICK THRASHER 

Can’t wait, Dante! I’m on the edge of my seat!

 

DANTE REED 

That’s cause you fucked up, Dick. Pace yourself, we got a long night ahead of us.

 

DICK THRASHER 

I’ll do my best. Scout’s honor.

 

DANTE REED 

And finally, our Main event of the evening, the highly anticipated Guerrilla Warfare! In the past, the winner of this 20-man elimination battle royal earns the right to main event our season finale event Coup de Grace for a shot at the Union Battleground Championship. But this year in our third installment, the title itself is up for grabs!

 

DICK THRASHER 

Aye yo, this match has been brutal enough in the past with just a number one contender at stake, but when you actually put the belt on the line, I can only imagine the insanity that will ensue. The Bleacher Creatures of the Battleground were shocked when they first heard Alyssa Daniels had relinquished the title, but it sets the stage now for a new era now. We got 20 contenders ready to leave it all out there, Dante, let’s say we get this road on the show?

 

DANTE REED 

You mean show on the road, right? Before we turn it over to our hype man Mike Dempsey, I’m getting word we’re gonna toss it backstage.

[The scene opens to a backdrop with the Union Battleground logo at its center when Bobby Benson steps into frame from the right. He is wearing a light blue suit with yellow corn stalks patterned all over along with a navy-blue Texas necktie. In his hand he carries his megaphone, which has ‘Countrified’ etched into the side of it with a picture of himself and James Radford on either side, while over his eyes are the loudest yellow and blue sunglasses you could hope to find. He looks excited to be here when he brings both arms up to perform Jazz hands, which is awkward thanks to the megaphone.]

BOBBY BENSON
Hello wrestling fans! My name is Bobby Benson, manager to the superstars of the future and beyond, and I’m here tonight to talk to you about what it means to have the proper representation when navigating the cold waters of the wrasslin’ business!

[Bobby drops his hands to his sides but continues to grin while pushing the loud sunglasses up onto his face.]

BOBBY BENSON
Later on tonight you’re going to see one of my clients, James Radford, take on nineteen other superstars who are all vying for the Union Battleground Championship, but that isn’t why I’m here. Like James said in his promo earlier this week, his talking is going to be done in the ring. No, I’m here to recruit talent, and I need your help.

[Bobby nods, leaning conspiratorially and subsequently causing his glasses to pitch forward to the end of his nose. His blue eyes dart back and forth as if trying to find a good place to stare at as he moves on with his pitch.]

BOBBY BENSON
You see, wrestling fans, I have it on good authority that the superstar of today only listens to the fans, and that’s where you can help me out. You need to let these folks know that there is an open invitation to join the Benson Family right now.

[Bobby leans back suddenly, glasses popping back over his eyes.]

BOBBY BENSON
Now, Bobby, why would anyone need to know that? Well it’s easy, baby! Without representation, how in the world are these guys and gals supposed to get over? I’m not talking about with you fine fans, but with the establishments where they ply their trade. You see, Kids…

[He pauses to turn himself to his side, jerking his thumb up into his own chest.]

BOBBY BENSON
I’m the guy who can make that happen. Trust me, baby! No taxation without representation is my motto! If it was good enough for our founding fathers, then its good enough for me…and superstars…it’s good enough for you too!

[Just then, something off camera catches Bobby’s eye and his excitement level seems to go through the roof. Without warning he takes off, leaving the cameraman jostled as he tries to follow behind. When the camera finally catches up to Bobby the view picks up Indi Rhyder, dressed to compete in as colorful garb as she usually is, with her hand being shaken vehemently by the wily manager. The Galactic Princess stares at Benson, her wide eyes filled with confusion and wonder as her entire body is jostled by the action until he finally releases her hand so that he can saddle up beside her and put his arm firmly around her shoulder, pulling her in close. She seems to slink back a little from his arm around her, but she remains silent.]

BOBBY BENSON
You see fans! This is a prime example of the type of superstar in question! Indi Rhyder, the winner of the 7 Pillars Gauntlet match and the final Valor Pro Wrestling UnYielding Champion! Yet look at her now, wandering the halls of Union Battleground. No opponent, no match, no cash, and no chance!

[Bobby releases the still shaken Indi and magically a stapled stack of papers and a pen appear in his hands and he thrusts them in her direction.]

BOBBY BENSON
Waddaya say, Indi, sign with the Benson Family today!

INDI RHYDER
Um.

[She looks around as though she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, then settles back on him with her easy, dopey smile. Shaking her head, she holds her hands out palms up.]

INDI RHYDER
Mr. Benson, my bud, I do have a match! The universe offered up a way in her infinite wisdom and here I am, ready to cash in on her guidance.

[She stares at the stack of papers for a long second and makes a thoughtful sound.]

INDI RHYDER
Where did those come from, Bud?

[Bobby stares at her for a moment perplexed, but quickly returns to form.]

BOBBY BENSON
So you’re booked tonight...must have missed that. But did you get the most money for your time and experience? That is the question. As to where these papers come from, not to worry. They are legally binding documents drawn up from my friends over at the Law Offices of Steven P. New. If you need to sue, call Steven P. New! If you had one of these right here, Indi, I could have guaranteed you the kind of deal someone of your calibur deserves...now…

[He tries to thrust the pen in her hand. Indi stares at the pen as though it might be full of poison ink, when she looks back up to Benson, she blinks very slowly. Her movements change just a little, the head tilts a little too far to the left, her jaw tightening at the back teeth.]

INDI RHYDER
Who does this for the money, Mr. Benson? If that’s really the kind of client you’re looking for, then I don’t know what to tell you… Bud. This is about infamy, this is about people paying attention, they need to see … Me.

[Shaking her head it immediately comes upright and she smiles, looking at the pen once again but with a more confused demeanor.]

INDI RHYDER
Ooo, this is pretty, Can I keep it?

[It’s Bobby’s turn to blink with a blank expression before nodding dumbly and passing the pen over to Indi. He is obviously shaken, surprisingly doing something that may have never been done before in the business. Bobby Benson is speechless. Indi takes the pen with a wild grin and holds it out in front of her.]

INDI RHYDER
See, this is a GREAT example of what I am talking about, Mr. Benson! I didn’t have a pen and I was thinking, wow, you know, I sure hope I don’t see any fans who wants me to sign something cause I don’t have a pen… and then here you are and you have this pretty pen and this energy that is just so Psyched and its like, WOAH okay, this is cool. That’s the universe, she saw a need and a way to fill it.

[Indi smiles as if this is completely plausible.]

INDI RHYDER
That’s the message, Mr. Benson, in this big old world on a singular plane as a part of a bigger universe and a higher existence… Everyone is worried about what they can do for themselves; but that isn’t the way of the world, that isn’t how it has to be. All we want… uh, all I want is to show people that if you trust in her, the universe will provide!

[Indi is a little out of breath but she seems pumped, pushing up on her toes to rock back on her heels and bopping her shoulders just a little as she talks.]

INDI RHYDER
The whole purpose of existence is to better it for the next, right? And wrestling, wrestling doesn’t gotta be any different! If people are just willing to listen to the message; Infamy, Mr. Benson, Infamy and the knowledge that the word has been shared… That’s all I really need and its whats gonna drive me to be the very best me that I can be tonight! Woah… Ya know, our little chat just helped. Thanks, Mr. Benson!

[Indi places her hand on Bobby’s shoulder and gives it a warm squeeze before twirling around and exiting the frame to continue on her journey. Bobby continues to blink, but as she rounds the corner, it's almost like coming out of a trance as he shudders back to life. HIs brows furrow, and he stares right into the camera as if trying to ask the camera man a question.]

BOBBY BENSON
Not about the money? What is she? A goddamn hippie…?

[Bobby shakes his head in exasperation before walking out of frame himself, papers fluttering as their tossed over his shoulder. The scene then cuts to the next segment.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground War Horse Championship! Introducing first, standing 5’5” and weighing in at 130 pounds, from Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, she is Johanna Krieger!


BLOODSHOT EYES, METAL SKIN
SERPENTS TONGUE, DAGGER CLAWS
DRAGON WINGS, CROOKED HORNS
K.I.N.G

 

[Johanna Krieger slowly steps out from the back with no lights around her standing in the center of the mushroom cloud ramp as a white spotlight suddenly flickers on. She holds the insides of her jacket as she moves down towards the ring. Johanna runs up and slides across the ring apron on one knee holding the middle rope before sneering at the fans. She pulls herself up and slingshots herself through the ropes into the ring before spinning to the corner where she sits down.]

 

DANTE REED

Johanna Krieger has been one of the most consistent competitors in Union Battleground, especially in season three. She has quickly built herself as a serious contender with a solid string of victories with only one blemish to her name at the hands of the then Trench War Champion Kimitsu Zombie. Tonight she is one fall away from finally capturing championship gold in the Battleground, but he has a mighty big hurdle ahead of her. 

 

DICK THRASHER

Not just one, but three hurdles! I gotta say, Dante, judging by her looks, this isn't the first time she's dealt with two guys and another woman before. I've heard she's got some experience with handcuffs too, I know how these scenarios play out! 

 

DANTE REED

Uhhhh...

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Introducing second, standing 6’2”, weighing in at 217 pounds, from Walsall, England, he is ”The Great British Meme” Will Neilson!

SHOW ‘EM, BABY, HOW YOU FLEX AND MAKE IT SHAKE

ALL THAT BACK AND PRETTY FACE

GIRL, I’M TRYNA GET A TASTE

I’M JUST BOPPING GIVE A FUCK WHO’S IN THE PLACE

[The sound of ‘Taste’ blasts all around the arena, with it not taking long for Will Neilson to emerge out from the back, a hood raised up over his head with thick strands of hair falling down out of the hood and over his face. Will holds his arms out in a swaying motion before fully throwing them outwards, evoking a reaction from the audience. He walks forward a few steps before throwing his head back, sending the blonde locks flowing through the air whilst the hood fully comes down.]

 

DANTE REED

And now we have the British import Will Neilson making his way to the ring. Neilson first stepped into the Battleground during the Crown of the King Cobra Tournament, and although he didn't advance past the first round, he showed a lot of grit and proved himself worthy of a shot at a four horsemen medallion. He successfully defeated a debuting Bryan Williams in an upset to get himself here tonight. 

 

DICK THRASHER

I'm not a fan of him, Dante. He thinks he's better than everyone. Just look at him, all smug and shit. I tried having a talk with him before the show to kind of get an idea of how he was feeling, and he just called me a ”numpty”. I think he was hitting on me!

 

[Will ignores any sort of hands being thrown out by the audience members in the front few rows, completely focused on the task at hand and occasionally using both of his hands to push his hair up and over. The Brit reaches the edge of the ring, slamming his hands down on the apron a few times before climbing up onto the apron, running around to spread his back over the ring post and thrusting his body outwards. With his tongue held out and a slight wink, Will turns around and scales the turnbuckles, quickly diving and rolling over into the center of the ring.]

 

[He gets up and surveys the ring itself before jogging over to one of the corners, resting his back against the turnbuckles and arms over the ropes whilst the music fades out.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Introducing third, standing 5’6”, weighing in at 135 pounds, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, she is “The Irish Rose” Kaelan Laughlin!

 

[The beginning beat to “Warrior” by Dead by April begins to blare through the speakers.]

WARRIOR! 

[After the first scream of Warrior, Kaelan Laughlin comes bursting through the curtains with a grin on her face. She soaks up the cheers from the fans for a moment nodding her head before she starts walking down the ramp.]

 

DANTE REED

And now, a woman that goes by many names, Kaelan Laughlin is looking to add another as War Horse Champion. She returned to the Battleground at L!GHTS OUT #35 and in shockingly short order, earned herself a medallion to make it to this match. So, let me ask you, Dick, what do ya have to say about Kaelan?

 

DICK THRASHER

Aye, I know she could kick my ass, and I know her husband could too. All I’m gonna say is that she's hotter than a muffler on a lawnmower and she has the talent to match it…

 

DANTE REED

That's it? Nothing derogatory or misogynistic?

 

DICK THRASHER

Nope. I'm just gonna sip on this drink that you very much!

 

[Kaelan pauses on the steel steps throwing an arm up in the air to the reaction of more cheers before she climbs them and quickly climbs between the ropes walking over to the middle and standing on the middle rope leaning forward throwing up the horns as she poses before jumping down and beginning to stretch and get ready for the match in her own corner.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And finally, standing 5’10”, weighing in at 213 pounds, from Pontiac, Illinois, he is “The Burner” Flash Kassidy!

ONE PILL MAKES YOU LARGER AND

ONE PILL MAKES YOU SMALL AND

THE ONES THAT MOTHER GIVES YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING AT ALL

GO CHASING RABBITS

[As that last line gets said, a spotlight hits the center of the stage and Flash Kassidy Moshes forward, his hair flying into his face. He then throws his head back and takes a stance on the stage, legs slightly spread, with a cocky as fuck smirk across his face - showing off his golden grill. He looks around the arena through his signature shades, his head ever bobbing to the beat of the song. Flash nonchalantly takes a step forward and starts making his way down the ramp, the entire time vibing to his own entrance music.]

 

DANTE REED

And now it's our residential high flyer, Flash Kassidy!

 

DICK THRASHER

​That has multiple meanings with this guy! Always got that sticky icky shit that'll send you off into another dimension!

 

DANTE REED

That may be true, but you can also say that about his performances as well. Always one to go above and beyond, he's become a fan favorite not just here, but as well as SCUM and just recently 4CW with his daredevil tactics and never give up attitude. 

 

DICK THRASHER

And people say stoners are lazy? That they have no ambitions? Take one look at The Burner and you'll know this guy’s work ethic is second to none!

SO TAKE A HIKE AND PUT ACID TABS IN YOUR MAXI PADS

COP A FANNY PACK AND ACT LIKE HALF THESE CATS WHO BATTLE RAP

MY TUNES DOPE, HEAVY HAYMAKERS LIKE SUMOS

[As Flash approaches the ring he walks over to the steps, grabbing the ring post with one hand and pulling himself up. He stands on the apron for a few more moments continuing to just really get into his theme music. He then jumps up on the ropes, as if going for a springboard before dropping down inside the ring and instantly laying back against the ring ropes. Flash pushes his back up against the ropes a few times before bouncing forward and stopping in the middle of the ring. He then runs one hand through his long blond hair before chuckling to himself. As he walks over to his corner there is a bit of drunken, loose swagger to his steps. He puts his back up against the corner, and waits until the very last minute to take off his shades.]

 

DANTE REED

Alright folks, it's time to kick off our first bout of the night. Who will become the next What Horse Champion and become the hunter to the Trench War Championship? All four competitors are squared away in their corners ready to set the tempo for the night! And here we go!

 

[DING!]

 

[As the bell tolls, all four competitors stay in their corners for a brief moment, scanning the playing field and seeing who will make the first move. It doesn’t take long though, as Johanna Krieger races across the ring and attacks Flash Kassidy with a flying elbow! Krieger gets the early jump on Kassidy, laying into him with some stiff forearm strikes to back him into his corner while Kaelan Laughlin and Will Neilson race toward each other like runaway trains. Neilson throws a wild clothesline which Laughlin easily reads and ducks under and to wrap him around with a waist lock.]

 

DANTE REED

And these four fire right out of the gates to get things going! Try to keep up, Dick.

 

DICK THRASHER

Hey fuck you, buddy!

 

[Neilson tried to pop his hips out to break free, but Laughlin holds on tight, eventually getting her hips lower and takes him down with a belly-to-back side slam. Laughlin quickly utilizes her MMA experience and gets to a full mount to unleash a flurry of ground and pound strikes. On the other side of the ring, Krieger continues to pummel The Burner until she tries Irish whipping Kassidy across the ring, in which he reversed it and she goes crashing into her original corner. Flash races in and thumps her with a drop kick and she hits the mat. Kassidy keeps the pressure on his opponent, laying into his grounded opponent with some heavy boots to the rib cage to try and soften her up early in this contest.]

 

DANTE REED

No secret here that Johanna Krieger has got some pent up rage toward Flash Kassidy. 

 

DICK THRASHER

They've had their battles before prior to tonight in SCUM, where Kassidy currently holds the top prize over there. This is JoJo’s chance at some revenge. 

 

[Back on the other side, Neilson is finally able to bridge his way out from the full mount and swiftly slides out of the ring to regroup. Kaelan disregards Neilson on the outside and keeps her focus on the action inside, turning her attention to Kassidy who has his back turned to her. She rushes in and rocks Kassidy with a flying elbow to the back of the head, causing Kassidy to spill to the outside. Laughlin takes over where Kassidy left off with Krieger, striking with several heel kicks to the lower back and rib cage. Krieger tries to turtle up to protect her body, but Kaelan comes down with a double foot stomp to the lower back and flattens her back out.]

 

DANTE REED

Kaelan Laighlin off to a hot start, laying out all three of her opponents. 

 

[The Warrior Princess slides down to the legs and starts working in a surfboard stretch on Krieger! Johanna tries to muscle her way out of it, but Laughlin’s superior submission experience prevails and soon gets the Bavarian Beaut suspended in the air! The crowd roars with cheers to see Johanna completely helpless in the stretch with Kaelan showing no signs of letting off. All of this time has allowed Kassidy to recover and pick his spot. He climbs up the apron and continues on up to the top rope. Without any hesitation, Flash catapults himself and comes crashing down with a corkscrew senton right on top of Krieger and Laughlin! Bodies explode on impact like shrapnel and the arena bursts into cheers! Flash quickly crawls over top Johanna and makes a cover.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED

No! Will Neilson makes the save!

 

[Will Neilson snuck back in the ring and yanked Kassidy off by the foot! Neilson now hammers away at Kassidy while Johanna and Kaelan wallow in pain. Neilson lifts Kassidy up in a seated position before taking a few steps back. He comes rushing in and flattens Kassidy with a brutal penalty kick to the face!]

 

DANTE REED

Viva La Liverpool! Will Neilson is out here looking Mohamed Salah!

 

DICK THRASHER

Who the fuck is that?!

 

DANTE REED

Liverpool Forward… Soccer? Anything?

 

DICK THRASHER

C’mon, Dante. This is America. Ain't nobody watching soccer over here!

 

[With Kassidy in a daze, Neilson begins rotating between all three sprawled out opponents with stomps and kicks. Will then focuses all of his attention on to Kaelan as he picks her up by her fiery red hair. Just as she gets to her feet, Kaelan eats a big boot to the sternum. Neilson then fires off a stinging knife edge chop, followed up by a vicious headbutt! Kaelan stumbles on the backs of her heels and bounces off the ropes. She comes stumbling back toward Neilson, who catches her with a leaping flatliner! The Last Surprise face plants Laughlin on the canvas, and Neilson rolls her on her back and hooks a leg for the cover.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED

And now Johanna Krieger makes the save!

 

[Will Neilson looked like he was just about to steal one here until Johanna Krieger springs into action to break up the pin. Johanna seems to have found a second wind as she starts to unload on Neilson with a series of grounded knee strikes to the body. Neilson tries to cover up, but Krieger then changes it up and delivers some devastating grounded headbutts! Neilson retreats into a fetal position to try to protect himself and Krieger circles up toward the head. She locks in double hooks and deadlifts him straight up in the air and slams him down with a butterfly suplex! The crowd is in awe at the sight of such pure strength, despite her size. Before Johanna can follow up with another attack, Flash Kassidy comes soaring in with a spinning dropkick to the back of Krieger’s head!]

 

DICK THRASHER

Boom! Head shot! Ain’t no wonder Krieger has it out for Kassidy. He’s been a thorn in her side the entire match. 

 

[The dropkick stuns Krieger for only a moment before she turns back to Kassidy with fire in her eyes! With lightning speed, Krieger spins around and rocks Kassidy with a spinning back fist and Kassidy stumbles back into the ropes. Johanna closes in with a stiff forearm before Irish whipping Kassidy across the ring. Flash hits the ropes but hooks his arms to stop his momentum. Krieger seizes the short pause in action and rushes in with her trademark running bicycle knee!]

 

DANTE REED

Johanna Keieger is barrelling in with the Skold ov Makt!

 

[Just as the knee is about to make contact, Flash Kassidy drops to the mat while holding the top rope, causing Krieger to spill to the outside! The crowd booms with cheers as The Burner steps to the center of the ring as the only competitor still standing. Krieger slowly works her way back to her feet from the outside at the same time Neilson is getting to all fours. A light bulb goes off in Kassidy’s head, and he begins to run the ropes. He hits one side and comes scorching across to catapult himself off the back of Neilson, front flipping over the top rope, and spiking Johanna Krieger on the concrete floor with a Hurricanrana Driver as the crowd breaks out with chants!]

 

”HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!”

 

[Bodies lie sprawled out all over the ringside area and now it's a matter of who can push through and will themselves to win. Just as the crowd begins to die down a bit, Will Neilson begins to scurry up to his feet. He looks on at the wreckage all around him and sees this as his moment to shine. Neilson looks out of the ring to see Krieger and Kassidy tangled in a pile and thinks to go to the corner. Will stumbles his way over and just before he gets within arm’s reach, Kaelan Laughlin rushes in out of nowhere to grab Neilson by the head and scurry up the turnbuckles! She flips over the top to impale him on the mat with a contra code!]

 

DANTE REED

OH MY GOD! Kaelan Laughlin pops in out of nowhere and flatlines Will Neilson with The Flying Fox! Laughlin hooks the leg for the cover and this could be it!

 

[Laughlin has the pin secured as the referee slides in to make the count. On the outside, Kassidy is struggling to his feet to try and break the pin!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, AND NEW Union Battleground War Horse Champion, ”The Irish Rose” Kaelan Laughlin!

 

[The referee gets the three count before Kassidy can make a save and he looks instantly deflated. Laughlin on the other hand springs to her feet with pure passion. The referee raises her hand in victory while also handing off the title to her. She marvels at it for a moment before hoisting it high in the air to the thunderous cheers of the crowd.]

 

DANTE REED

There it is folks, we have a new War Horse Champion here tonight! 

 

DICK THRASHER

No bullshit antics here. Just some incredible work from four exciting competitors, but this one belongs to Kaelan Laughlin, who I’m sure will be watching very intently on the matchup between Kaven Drell and Johnny Vachon coming up next!

???

It’s almost time… Where is he at?

 

[We are taken somewhere backstage where Benny Stevens, one half of Dead End Friends, finds himself pacing to one side and another.]

 

[The Daredevil is wearing the same Santa Claus costume which he wore in his promotional video for the Battalion Championship match. This time, though, the red trousers are not as fit as before, implying that he is already wearing his wrestling gear beneath the costume.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

That man really is about to bail on me. Damn. What an ass hole.

 

[Anyone with basic body language observation skills can tell that Benny looks rather anxious. He pulls a phone out of the red coat’s inner pocket in order to check what time it is.]

 

[A few seconds later, he stops pacing back and forth. He shakes his head and chuckles before whispering the following words to himself.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

At ease, Benny… At ease. I know he is about to show up in about ten seconds.

 

[A couple of deep breaths later, Benny calms his nerves. There is still a hint of preoccupation, though.]

 

[A moment later, the door knob rattles and in walks Zack Fantana, dressed to the nines in black slacks, suede loafers, and a light pink dinner jacket. He tosses his old, battered, and ill-matched duffle bag on the floor and kicks it toward a bench before noticing Benny staring a hole in his forehead.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

First of all, never mind your delay - I’ll let it slide. I know I shouldn’t be the one asking this given what I’m wearing but… Why are you dressed like that? You’re trying to get laid, huh?

 

ZACK FANTANA

This?

 

[Zack grabs ahold of his jacket collar, trying to play the ensemble off casually, as he nudges the duffle bag over even further with his equally egregious shoes.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

I was expecting an invite to the Year End Awards that never came.

 

[A brief pause full of judgement.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

And the rental fee was nonrefundable.

 

[Benny looks at his own costume and lets out a laugh.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

Fuck me, don’t I understand? At least you’re looking good, though. I’m fed up with people asking me to take pictures and shit. But hey, Santa always gives out the gifts.

 

[Stevens picks up a red bag which was conveniently lying besides Zack’s duffle bag. He reaches into it and pulls out the framed picture of himself alongside Zack Fantana - Lisa Seldon’s gift according to his latest video.]

 

[Zack just watches as Benny stares at the picture; a half-grin on his face.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

We’ve been having a blast, haven’t we? Last show of the year. Never thought I’d consider you a brother in arms, but here we are.

 

[Benny nods, still staring at the picture. Honestly, he’s probably admiring himself at this point, or the fact that he looks much taller than Fantana in the photograph.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

When was this even taken, Benny?

 

[Zack squints at the photograph, unrecognizable to him.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

Oh, I see.

 

[He laughs as he picks up the framed photo.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

This is some of that forced perspective trick photography.

 

[Benny blinks, awaiting further explanation.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

Like how they made Ian McKellen look four feet taller than Elijah Wood in the Lord of the Rings movies.

 

[Benny’s confident smile quickly turned into one of those shit-eating grins.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

Listen, man… I don’t know anything about Lord of the Rings, except it’s a snore fest. But I do know that I’m the goddamn VCOLOTR.

 

[This time, Zack is the one who stands clueless awaiting a proper explanation.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

Vag’ Crushin’ Overlord of the Ring, oh yes!

 

[Zack lowers his head a bit while his index finger and thumb grab the bridge of his nose.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

It’s fieeeending tiiime!

 

ZACK FANTANA

Benny, no. Not in our locker room.

 

[Out of sudden, Stevens picks the framed picture off Fantana’s hands, whom laughs at his partner’s reaction. Then, Benny puts the object back into the bag.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

Anyway… Time to get serious? I’m sure our dear opponents are eager to hear our thoughts on this match. They might also want to hear what we think about them. Or our reply to something they said? Are we indulging them, my good bud?

 

[Zack looks at Benny, unsure of his motive, before sitting down.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

Look, if you’re a cop, you should just tell me. I know my rights.

 

[He slowly removes his jacket, careful not to damage it because he didn’t pay for the insurance, then hangs it up on the rack.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

Look Benny, we’re not the favorites here, nor should we be.

 

[Fantana looks up to make sure his interviewer is still paying attention. He is.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

These teams have us outmatched in experience and notoriety.

 

[Zack then peels off the “I Voted” sticker on his shirt and sticks that, too, on the rack.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

The nice thing about it is that we don’t have to garner the popular vote tonight. No, tonight, all we need to do is surprise some folks and bash some Zombies, and that’s something we were doing all summer long. The seasons change but the result remains the same.

 

BENNY STEVENS

The seasons change but the result remains the same.

 

[Benny nods at those words, looking quite satisfied. He then shrugs.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

Eh, it’s not like we need to be popular, anyway. I mean, the representatives of this house may be against us and try to put us down, but at the end of the day we’re still doing our thing.

 

[Benny glances at the “I Voted” sticker and nods. Then, he looks into the camera and speaks in a confident manner.]

 

BENNY STEVENS

One way or another, we are here to finish things. The night is young and we’re about to get started. So let’s finish this little dance, ladies and gentlemen.

 

[Zack springs up from the bench and clicks his tongue at the camera before removing his wrestling gear from the bag on the floor.]

 

ZACK FANTANA

For your consideration.

 

[Benny gives us his usual thumbs up signal as the scene fades.]

[Silence.]

 

[Familiar darkness.]

 

[And then the whispers come.]

 

“Kill. Drell. Kill.”

 

KAVEN DRELL

The ticking of the clock reaches it’s conclusion. Your music will hit soon enough, Jonathan. Your moment to strut to the ring with all of that pride draws nearer by the moment.

 

“Kill. Drell. Kill.”

 

[A similar flame to the one from a few days before ignites, revealing the sininster smile marking the face of the Trench Warfare Champion, Kaven Drell.]

 

KAVEN DRELL

One way or another that bravado will be left behind when all is said and done tonight. Either you will take my hand and free yourself of it willingly, or I will rejoice in stripping it from you bit by excruciating bit. I hope you have made your decision, and I hope for your sake you have chosen wisely otherwise.

 

“Kill. Drell. Kill.”

 

KAVEN DRELL

I feed my hungry flock the remains of you, resurrected one. And make no mistake about it, Johnny. It will be the death of you.

 

“Kill. Drell. Kill.”

 

KAVEN DRELL

At my hands.

 

[Quickly, Drells cheeks expand and then a quick puff of air is thrust forward from his lips, extinguishing the flame once again.]

[Are you ready to rock? Are you?? That's a shame because we're doing promo now.]

 

LISA SELDON

In 2019 tag team wrestling became a lot less terrible and for that we say you're welcome.

 

[The Hellcat Spangled Death Squad storm the screen. Lisa with a microphone in hand, coming at you before you had a chance to get ready. Like a drill sergeant. Or leprosy.]

 

LISA SELDON

This is not hyperbole. For a whole year we were the only team that did anything interesting. We won War of the Worlds, we won DDT3 and there were no other major tag team tournaments, but if there were we would have won those too. We put the entirety of tag team wrestling on our backs and carried it to heights never before even dreamed of. During that time I also won all of Deathmatch wrestling forever - no takesies-backsies - and Ana shook off a history of crushing defeats in 4CW, that almost drove her to retirement with how bad her career and life were going, and learned to love herself again. Albeit from a distance, like an absentee parent to her own life.

 

[Ana doesn't look impressed, but unfortunately it's not her turn to talk.]

 

LISA SELDON

We have gone undefeated. Unmatched. We're sitting on like a billion wins at this point and no one is doing anything about it. Literally. One billion. Literally one billion, not an exaggeration. We shouldn’t even be wasting our time here. We should be moving on from the people of this world and fighting fucking space monsters and death robots from the future, because there’s no one left who can even pretend to be in our league.

 

[Having rose to a crescendo, she suddenly drops her tone.]

 

LISA SELDON

Now, am I being sarcastic?

 

[A pause.]

 

LISA SELDON

Yes.

 

[A further pause.]

 

LISA SELDON

But this is all these fuckcunts deserve. All our opponents are idiots. Respectable but dumb as a barrell of rocks that’s been tipped over Niagra falls. Like Benny, calling me an attention seeker, like he wrestles in pubs for like five fucking people who aren’t paying attention because Benny big balls is only in it for the love of the game. Or Zack, who wants to know why we haven’t  been defending the belts, despite the fact that this is only the second show since we won the fuckers. Or all of the Zombies, circling the wagons and closely guarding their collective IQ of 3.

 

[Rude.]

 

LISA SELDON

All four of them got together, built a very superficial image of us and hoped that would be enough to structure a promo around. Winswinswins, except one time they lost in 1932 before the advent of colour television and they never talk about it, right? Because despite being all powerful gods of pain, wrestlers are also weak bitch babies who are expected to have a full-blown existential crisis every time they lose a match.

 

[She does a sort of head exploding motion, as if humility was the most absurd thing in the world.]

 

LISA SELDON

You know what happened the last time we lost a match? We came here and we won these belts, because winning is great and loses are just things to build on.

 

[Lisa thumps the mic into Ana’s chest.]

 

LISA SELDON

Now you say something so we can go get on with our lives. No one is watching this shit anyway. Except Eli. Hi Eli!

 

[Lisa waves into the camera. Ana looks at Lisa for a good moment; almost concerned for her partner, but then she remembers she has the microphone now and that’s all that matters really.]

 

ANASTASIA HAYDEN

I’m just going to repeat everything Lisa said. We’re the best, we know we’re the best, and I think the other two teams know we’re the best two, they’re just here for the paycheck. Which, given their lack of employment as of late, I don’t blame them. But I think realistically, we know what team is walking away with the Battalion Championships. We’ve toured all over the world and carried on the Union name while so many others stayed silent. We want this, we want Union to thrive, and we will be the reason why.

 

[On the side, Lisa’s still hyped up and honestly kind of ruining Ana’s chill vibe. Whatever, man.]

 

ANASTASIA HAYDEN

It’d take a miracle for us to lose these belts and should said miracle happen, it’d only be a matter of time before we came back for these belts. Every other team fades away and can’t cut it in Union, but we’ll be here. When the Dead End Friends and the Zombies walk away with their loss, we’ll still be here. I spent my year content with just riding around the indies and getting better, but when this opportunity first presented itself? I saw the door for Union start to open and I wasted no time busting that door down.

 

[A confident nod from Anastasia.]

 

ANASTASIA HAYDEN

Union helped me get back on track for what I had thought I lost. Now I’m just days away from competing for the 4CW Championship, but before that, I’m stopping here at Guerrilla Warfare because I owe it to Union. And together, we will make Union the place to be. We’ve already pulled in two teams and who knows how many others we’ll pull in. Everyone wants to wrestle the Hellcats, but nobody wants to keep up with our pace. You might catch us one night of the year, but you won’t catch up to us the other 364.

 

[Or 365 if it’s a leap year.]

 

ANASTASIA HAYDEN

But make no mistake, tonight, we’re not planning on getting caught. These teams are great, but as I’ve said before, the Hellcats are just so much better. I’ve beaten just about everyone in the Zombie clan and I’ll be happy to add Fuku to that tonight. And our draw in Valor against the Dead End Friends is made up tonight as well. Don’t act surprised when we collect our belts at the end of the night. The odds on paper may be against us, but we only operate in reality. And the four wrestlers I see across from us?

 

[Ana pauses for a second for dramatic purposes. Then after a suitable amount of time has passed, she softly shakes her head.]

 

ANASTASIA HAYDEN

They never stood a chance to begin with.

 

[Ana flips the microphone out of her hand, perhaps wisely not passing it back to Lisa.]

 

LISA SELDON

I don't know why she gave me this back. I have nothing else to say.

 

[With that Lisa spikes the microphone like she'd just run it through the end zone. I great time by all.]

MIKE DEMPSEY 

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Trench War Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 6’2”, and weighing in at 205 pounds. Hailing from The Gutter, he is “The Patron Saint of Filth” Johnny Vachon!

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT WAS A LONG RUN

SHOOK MY HEAD AND MADE MY WAY HOME

BUT WHEN I TURNED I LAID MY EYES

ON A DIRTY ANGLE WITH A BROKEN HALO

 

[“Dirty Angel” By Voodoo Johnson hits the airwaves as the lights begin to flash to a darkened green. When the lyrics kick in Johnny Vachon comes walking out from the back with his custom Punk leather jacket, the words “Gutter Trash” written in green spray paint across the back. A half-smoked cigarette hangs from his mouth as he stops at the top of the ramp and takes a deep drag before extending his two middle fingers towards the crowd. He smirks before beginning his walk down the ramp, shrugging off the shouts of the fans.]

 

DANTE REED

Back for the first time in over a year, The Gutter Trash Johnny Vachon is here to make a statement. We last saw Vachon in the Battleground in 2018, when he lost a Title versus Career match against Finn Whelan. But the Battleground is under new management, so it’s apparent he’s been given a new lease on life. 

 

DICK THRASHER

You can say that again! The biggest news that’s come out for Johnny Vachon is the fact that the guy faked his death! No lies about the guy overdosing, but reports from that incident was that he did not pull through. Just recently did he re-emerge on the scenes, to a lot of shock and dismay. One of the first things he did was come back to the Battleground where he was previously banished, and challenged the Trench War Champion Kaven Drell. Nobody has said Vachon was of sound mind, but I think after this one is over, he’s gonna wish he was still dead!

 

[Johnny comes to the ring as he takes another drag from the smoke and drops it on the ground before stomping it out with his boot. He slides into the ring and pops to his feet before walking to the farthest turnbuckle and hopping up. He eyes the crowd for a few seconds before spreading his arms to the sides, gloating towards the fans. He hops down and ditches his jacket before propping himself down in a seated position in the corner, methodically waiting for his opponent.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY 

And his opponent, standing 6’2”, and weighing in at 217 pounds, from Indianapolis, Indiana, he is the reigning, defending, undefeated, undisputed Union Battleground Trench War Champion, Kaven Drell!

I DEFY YOUR DEFIANCE

IT'S ALL LIES IN ALLIANCE

I'VE BEEN DAMAGED, LEFT IN RUIN

'CAUSE I'M BROKEN, FLAWED AND HUMAN

[On the final syllable of the word "human" Kaven Drell emerges, moving at a methodical pace without really paying any attention to his surroundings with his gleaming championship belt dangling over his shoulder. The fans respond positively to him, though he pays them little mind as he slowly makes his way down toward the ring.] 

 

DANTE REED

And now here comes the most dominant man in recent Union Battleground history, Kaven Drell! What can we say about him that hasn’t been said time and time again. He made the huge debut splash, capturing the War Horse Championship, and parlayed that into a Trench War Championship reign. So far, nobody has been able to beat the phenom inside a Union Battleground ring, and by the looks of him here tonight, that stays true. 

 

DICK THRASHER

Every once in a while you see a guy come into a promotion and completely flip the script. That’s exactly what Kaven Drell has done since day one. It was his message coming in, to “challenge the status quo”. He’s completely mowed over everyone that’s stepped foot in front of him, carving up his own path. My question with him is, where and what is the destination? He’s clearly become the biggest name in Union as you can clearly hear the crowd constantly chanting his mantra whenever he appears, so who knows what his end game is. 

 

[Near the end he drifts to the left toward the rows of fans being held back by a barricade, allowing a few of them to reach out and slap him on his chest or pat him on his back as he pauses to stare into the ring, his eyes are not focused on any one thing but more the broad task at hand. Eventually, Kaven heads to the ring steps and takes a few sure steps up them, ducking in between the ropes into the ring where he soon finds a seat in his corner and waits for the sound of the bell to signal the beginning of the match.]

 

DANTE REED

Alright ladies and gentlemen, we're all set for this Trench War Championship bout. Two guys who are not afraid to do whatever it takes to win. 

 

DICK THRASHER

I'm sure the fans are in for a real treat here, I can't wait!

 

[DING!]

 

[The opening bell signals the start of this championship match, but neither man makes an immediate move. Both competitors stay camped in their corners, each one shooting an intense stare. The crowd is growing louder with anticipation, and soon the familiar chants begin to cultivate.]

 

”KILL! DRELL! KILL!”

 

[Although Vachon continues to stand tall against the overwhelming odds ahead of him, his body language shows hints of tension. Like a wild animal, it seems as though Kaven Drell can sense a hint of doubt and curls a sinister grin at one corner of his mouth. Drell casually walks out from his corner toward Vachon and stretches out his hand about halfway. Drell gets within arm’s reach, still with his hand stretched out toward Johnny, and calls out for the whole arena to hear ”Be born Again, Jonathan. Embrace the call. Take my hand.”]

 

DANTE REED

What is Kaven Drell doing here? Is he offering a truce? An alliance?

 

DICK THRASHER

Or he's just playing mind games! Don't take the bait, Johnny!

 

[The crowd hushes to the point you could faintly hear Lisa Seldon recording her promo in the back as they all wait with bated breath. Johnny looks down at Kaven’s open hand for what feels like an eternity, contemplating the offer. He then begins to slowly raise his head back up to look Kaven in the eyes and mirrors a very similar smirk. The crowd rumbles with excitement, actually believing a pact may be unfolding right before our very eyes until Johnny breaks the tension and spits in the face of the undefeated Trench War Champion!]

 

DANTE REED

Ooooh no! 

 

DICK THRASHER

Bro, I think I'm gonna be sick! Who knows where Vachon’s mouth has been! Drell’s gonna need to get tested ASAP!

 

[No sooner than it takes the crowd to gasp with shock, Drell snaps and begins unloading heavy punches to the Patron Saint of Filth which backs him up into his own corner. Johnny tries to defend himself by covering his face while Drell switches back and forth to the head and body. After softening up his opponent a bit, Drell grabs an arm and Irish whips Vachon. However, Johnny reverses the momentum and sends Drell racing across the ring and slamming back into his original corner. Johnny dashes close behind, but Drell is quick to react and stops him in his tracks with a devastating big boot to the face.]

 

DICK THRASHER

Ha! Foot to the face! Making American Tommy and James Shark jealous out there.

 

[Johnny stumbles back on his heels while Drell keeps the pressure on him and delivers a series of stinging knife edge chops. After taking a good handful of chops, Johnny tries to counter back with some punches, but Drell quickly wraps him up and throws him into the turnbuckles with a belly-to-belly suplex! Johnny smashes into the corner and his foot gets tangled into the ropes and hangs upside down in a daze. Kaven takes this moment to marvel at his work while the crowd cheers him on.]

 

”KILL! DRELL! KILL!”

 

DICK THRASHER

Listen to this crowd! They're all behind Kaven Drell!

 

[Kaven Drell gradually makes his way over to Johnny Vachon who is still tangled on the ropes and begins stomping away at his fingers and face. Johnny finally manages to unravel himself despite the pummeling and gets to his feet. He promptly ties up with Drell to try and settle things down. Kaven digs his heels into the mat and tries to push Johnny back into the corner, but Vachon uses the momentum to catch him with a sit-out jawbreaker!]

 

DICK THRASHER

Ole thick skull Vachon using his head for once and catches Drell off guard.

 

[Drell gets stunned long enough for Johnny to pick his spot and flips him down to the mat with a snapmare and follows it up with a brutal dropkick to the back of the head! Kaven’s head whips forward before he sprawls flat to the canvas. Johnny continues on the offensive and quickly springboards off the middle rope and comes crashing down with a leg drop onto Kaven’s throat. Johnny drapes over top for the cover as the referee slides in for the count.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Not enough to keep the Champ down!

 

[The referee can barely get the two count off before Kaven Drell essentially throws Johnny Vachon off of him in a bench press-like manner. Drell is quick to get to his feet, as does Vachon, and the two come nose-to-nose in a heated staredown. The crowd rallies with cheers and the two warriors once again start swinging on each other. This time around, Johnny Vachon gets the upper hand on the Champion as he starts to overtake the brawl. He backs Drell into the ropes and then goes to Irish whip him across the ring. Drell, however, reverses the whip, sending Vachon running. Johnny looks to one-up the Champ with a  counter springboard off the middle rope and it looks like he's going for a hurricanrana, but Kaven reads it well while Johnny soars through the air and snags him early and plants him with a sit-out powerbomb!]

 

DANTE REED

Johnny Vachon was starting the rally but Kaven Drell quickly puts a stop to it. 

 

[Vachon bounces off the canvas with tremendous force and before he can endure any more damage, he quickly rolls outside of the ring to try and recuperate. Drell looks on with a look of playful disappointment as the chants begin again.]

 

”KILL! DRELL! KILL!”

 

DANTE REED

It looks as though Johnny Vachon is getting a little bit unnerved out there. 

 

DICK THRASHER

Who can blame him? Every time he gets a little offense going, Drell is quick to counter. On top of that, you got the crowd fully behind the Champ. I know Johnny feeds off that, but this isn't just some fans turning on you, this is a cult-like movement out there. 

 

[Johnny is looking to get a bit frustrated by the back and forth despite his best efforts to get the edge. He goes climbing back in the ring, but Drell rushes forward and comes down with a baseball slide dropkick, sending Vachon back-first into the commentary table! Vachon grunts in pain on the concrete floor, trying to crawl away while Drell leisurely descends to the outside. Drell meticulously stalks his prey as Johnny tries to get to his feet, using the commentary table as leverage. The Patron Saint of Filth can sense that Drell is standing behind him, and has to act fast. He notices the bottle of whiskey Dick Thrasher has been sipping on, discreetly grabs it and with one shift motion, turns around and smashes it over Kaven Drell’s head, causing the crowd to erupt to nearly rioting levels!]

 

”HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!”

 

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell has been busted open and neutralized at the expense of Dick Thrasher’s habit!

 

DICK THRASHER

Yo what the fuck man?! Not cool!

 

[Kaven crumbles to his knees and his face is immediately trickling blood. Johnny looks out to the crowd for a brief moment, to see the front row especially rabid with the sight of the violence, only to smack Drell in the face with a superkick. With Kaven now sprawled out on the concrete, Johnny begins stomping away continuously at his face and chest. He only stomps to threaten and taunt  a group of front row fans, who are heckling him to no end. Eventually he turns his attention back to Drell, and pulls him up to his feet by the scraggly hairs of his beard and tosses him back inside the ring.]

 

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell is an absolute mess right now, leaving a trail of blood with every step. This doesn't look good for the Champ.

 

DICK THRASHER

Forget the Champ for a minute, I'm gonna need another order of that hillbilly mouthwash. 

 

[Before Johnny slides in, he digs under the ring and pulls out a steel chair. He shrugs his shoulders and nods his head before tossing it inside the ring and sliding in himself. He leaves the chair lie and heads toward Drell to bring him up to his feet. Johnny Irish whips him into the corner and rushes in with a powerful back elbow. He follows up with an engizuri and Drell stumbles out from the corner. Johnny rushes toward the turnbuckle where he double jumps from the middle to the top rope and soars in the air and crashes down with a corkscrew senton onto Drell! Vachon and Drell bounce off the canvas due to the massive impact of the White Riot and Vachon wastes no time to hook the leg for the cover.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Th—Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Oh! For a moment there I thought we had us a new Trench War Champion, but Kaven Drell somehow stays alive!

 

[Kaven launches his shoulder up which causes Vachon to get tossed to the side. Both men are slow to get to their feet, but Vachon manages to get to his first. Just as Drell picks himself off the blood soaked canvas, he eats a stiff jab from Johnny, causing blood to splatter through the air and looking like a vintage Rocky movie poster. Kaven returns fire with a right hook of his own and a lifting knee to the sternum. Vachon folds over from the knee, but then launches a short range lariat that Drell ducks and counters with a big German suplex! Kaven hangs on at the waist and deadlifts The Gutter Trash Vachon up and back over for another German suplex!] 

 

DANTE REED

Drell may be a bloody mess right now, but he's still got plenty left in the tank!

 

[Drell is showing off his brute strength as he deadlifts his opponent up once again, but now Johnny starts to fight back, throwing several sharp elbows to Kaven’s already bloodied face. After eating a flurry, Kaven’s grip loosens up just enough for Johnny to break free and run the ropes. Just as he hits the ropes, Kaven stalks close behind and runs through him with a violent headbutt! Johnny stumbles back and catches himself with the ropes, but Drell pressures him and headbutts him again! Now Kaven grabs Vachon by the mohawk and starts delivering a string of headbutts, one after another! Johnny looks to have been cut open from the headbutts, and now at this point, it's hard to tell which man is bleeding more. Kaven sees from the corner of his eye the steel chair Johnny had tossed in. He delivers one final crushing headbutt before positioning them two toward the chair. Kaven jumps in the air to latch onto Johnny’s head and with a dramatic delay, crashes down onto the chair with the bodyscissors DDT!]

 

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell Hushes Vachon with the headbutts and finishes it off with the Kill Drell right onto the steel chair! This one is over folks!

 

DICK THRASHER

Ain't no way Johnny’s getting up from that!

 

[Johnny lies face down on the mat. Kaven scans the crowd, who are in a frenzy screaming his war cry. He rolls over and hooks the leg as the referee makes the count to the same tempo as the feverish crowd.]

 

… One! ”KILL!”

 

… Two! ”DRELL”

 

… Three! ”KILL!”

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY 

Here is your winner, AND STILL Union Battleground Trench War Champion, Kaven Drell!

 

[Drell is slow to get back up to his feet, but as he finally does the referee raises his hand in victory and hands off the coveted championship strap. Kaven can't help but crack a smile through the crimson mask, having realized he's etched another Battleground victory.]

[The capacity crowd can be heard down the halls of the Scope. The screams bend and break off the concrete walls before reaching the Union Battleground talent and staff in the back. The backstage area glitches into focus suddenly. Wrestlers from all over the world prepare for war. A camera pans along the hallway to show the hustle required to pull off such a show. Near the end of the hallway an overhead fluorescent light flickers to life before dying out suddenly. This darkens the hallway where a figure stands. The light comes back to reveal Aokigahara Zombie. The crowd can see the shot on the big screen out in the arena and this leads to a pop for the legend.]

 

[Zombie talks to an unknown individual inside the dressing room from the doorway. Aoki peers at a door down another hallway. A sharp turn separates the two halls. The door suddenly flickers into focus to show what Aokigahara has his gaze on. The door is marked with an inverted cross. Zombie knows exactly who is behind this door. The door leads to the main production room for the event.] 

 

[The light over Zombie’s head flickers as he closes his dressing room door slowly. Aokigahara then turns to realize the production door is now open! A distant peer inside reveals multiple screens showing the stage and ringside areas. Zombie can hear footsteps now around the bend, out of sight. The light overhead flickers dead to leave Aoki in darkness but when it returns… Tommy Crimson is now standing a mere five feet away from Zombie!] 

 

[The Fury looks directly at Aokigahara with the Valor Pro Unleashed Championship draped over his left shoulder. The title is covered with the dried blood of these two men. The nameplate still reads, “Aokigahara Zombie”. Crimson has a headset around his neck but still wears his infamous human skin ring jacket. Leather molded to look like the faces of wrestlers from all over the world that Crimson has defeated. Many familiar faces to Aoki cover this jacket. The crowd boos at the very sight of The Detroit Devil. Aokigahara does not move nor flinch.] 

 

[Tommy walks closer to Aoki as the light continues to flicker in a disconcerting manner over both men’s heads. Crimson slowly takes the championship off his shoulder leading Aokigahara to stiffen up a bit but still keeping cool, calm, and collected. The Fury holds the belt out in front of his body to glare down at it. The blood ran thick on this strap.] 

 

[The shot then flashes back to 7 Pillars, Valor's final show. Crimson being dragged down the ramp by a rope wrapped around his neck by Aoki. Shards of glass are stuck in Tommy's face and back. The shot then returns back to the hallway in Virginia. Tommy slowly gazes up from the belt at Zombie before reaching up to tuck a strand of his long red hair behind his left ear. The strand falls because the top part of the ear is now gone. The shot then flashes from the hallway and back to 7 Pillars. Zombie stands on the apron holding a scissor board of his own creation. Crimson gets to his feet on the outside floor leading Aokigahara to leap off while holding the scissor board high above his head! Zombie brings it down across Tommy’s head to slice the piece of ear off. A fan then swiftly takes it from the floor.] 

 

[The scene fades away from the bloodbath in Valor and back to the warzone in Union. Crimson takes the belt and moves toward Zombie slowly. Tommy places the belt on Aoki’s shoulder then adjusts it so it looks just right. Crimson then takes a step back and does something he’s never done in his career. He slightly bows to the legend in a display of complete respect. Aoki then notices something familiar suddenly. Where the belt had been draped across Tommy’s left shoulder was meant to hide a new face. Aokigahara notices Crimson has added Zombie's own face to the jacket over the heart. Aokigahara realizes that’s all The Fury wanted to begin with. The crowd watches all this in complete awe before starting a chant.]

"ONE MORE MATCH! ONE MORE MATCH! ONE MORE MATCH!"

 

[Aokigahara peers down at the ruined belt, covered in his and Crimson’s blood. Crusted on the silver like a thick paint. Zombie looks back up to find Crimson has ghosted. Aoki then peers over to realize the production door has been shut and bloody footprints lead away from him and to it.]

[We cut to the backstage area, Bryan Williams is still seated in the locker room. It’s a familiar sight, one that seems like we’ve seen it before. Bryan sits there in the locker room, preparing himself. The camera cuts, for a moment, and we see Bryan wearing the rooster mask. The image grows heavy with static, and soon enough Bryan is back to normal. Back to preparing himself for the last big match of this decade.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
Guerilla Warfare...

 

[Bryan already seems careful with his words, they trickle out slowly as he takes his time getting up from the bench.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
What a way to end the decade, a chance at becoming the Union Battleground Champion. All I have to do is get past nineteen others, and the prize shall be mine.

 

[He chuckles at the thought.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
Cute idea, right?

 

[Bryan looks down at the floor. His hands ball up into fists.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
I’d love to end this year on a high note, I’d love to know that the decade wasn’t a complete waste of my time. But knowing me, knowing how I’ve been in that ring as of late ...it’s hard to say which one of me will show up. Which Bryan Williams will make the trip out there?

 

[He stands up, looking into the camera. Bryan is frustrated, already annoyed with everything going on.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
I can’t stand here and tell you all who the biggest threat to me out there is, because frankly I’ve been having to worry more and more about myself. Hell, if I were to pick right now I’d say that I’m my own biggest problem in this match. I’d have good reason to believe that, knowing what happened at Light Out just a few weeks ago.

 

[He scoffs, turning away from the camera.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I BLEW it. Plain and simple, I didn’t get the job done. I had Will right where I needed him to be, and I let him slide. I let myself down, and now I don’t know what is going to come next. I don’t know what the next step is.

 

[He shakes his head, turning back to face the camera.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
For the first time in a very long time, I’m unsure of what’s going to come next. I can’t stand here and tell you that Bryan Williams is going to be the next Union Battleground Champion. I can’t tout myself as a massive challenge for my opponents to get through. I don’t even know which one of me is going to show up tonight.

 

[He grows quiet.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
Quite frankly, that scares me.

 

[After a few moments of silence, Bryan straightens up.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
Nothing that can be done about it now, right? Only thing to do is put on a smile, and go do my job! Right folks?

 

[Bryan stands there, and the crowd watching waits to see that smile.]

 

[It never comes.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
At least I know this, I’m showing up. In whatever capacity, whoever is walking out there tonight is showing up. So you can believe that I’m going to try, I’m going to do my best to create as many problems as I can tonight. I’m going to cause as much chaos as possible, and do what I can to make this match a living nightmare for everyone that steps through those ropes.

 

[He shrugs, giving out a slight chuckle.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
In the end, I guess it’s what I do best.

 

[And with that, he’s done. Bryan pushes past the camera, heading out of the locker room as we cut away.]

[The shot cuts backstage to the Zombie's room. Yes they get their own room because Kimitsu is on some boss shit nowadays and she demands excellence from her team and anyone around her. Aokigahara is looking for anything that can raise his spirits any more than they already are and he looks around over the shelves and cabinets of the room. Kimitsu watches Fukushima putting on her makeup and trying to control her volume while whispering to herself in the mirror. Then she jerks her head at the intruding cameraman.]

KIMITSU ZOMBIE
Everything is already said but they want more.... do some spooky shit Fukushima.

[Fukushima stops conversating with her reflection and makes her hands into claws as she bares her teeth but it turns into a cute smile.]

KIMITSU ZOMBIE
Absolutely terrifying. Now say some crazy shit Aokigahara.

[Aokigahara stops looking for his contraband and looks deadpan deep into the camera.

AOKIGAHARA ZOMBIE
I've never been so erect as I am right now. My balls your face. I am into many types of fetishes such as—

KIMITSU ZOMBIE
Ok we get it. Now they will get that this place belongs to me. One way or another I will have influence over what happens here. Now fuck off.

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the Co-Main Event of the evening! The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Battalion Championships! Introducing first, the challengers, weighing in at a combined weight of 365 pounds, they are The Yamashi Promotions Unified Tag Team Champions, the team of Aokigahara Zombie and Fukushima Zombie, The Zombie Clan! 

 

[The arena goes dark and the lights pulse white at the sound of marching zombies that appear on the big screen above the stage. After a moment, Aokigahara bursts through the curtain larger than life and he pauses at the top of the stage to show his belts, when Fukushima slips out in front of him from out of nowhere! Her horror like makeup streaks down her face, and she carries herself down the ramp in a rickety sort of way that gives everyone in the arena pause.  Aoki belts out a laugh and starts stalking down after her, stopping from time to time to show his belts off to a fan.]

 

DANTE REED 

First up in this triple threat tag match is the long awaited return of The Zombie Clan! This is the first time we see Aoki and Fukushima together in action inside a Battleground ring, but this isn't their first rodeo. 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Not at all, Dante. I'm sure you remember the first time we saw Aoki here in Union. It was back at L!GHTS OUT #4, when we first saw The Outliers make their first appearance and lay out an open challenge here. Who answered the call, you might ask? It was none other that Kimitsu and Aoki! Now fast forward to the season two finale at Coup de Grace and we got to see Fukushima Zombie make her Battleground debut, where she defended her SSS Goddess of Sakura Championship. 

 

DANTE REED 

We come full circle here and now as the two join forces as Unified Tag Team Champions and look to add more gold to the clan!

 

[Fuki reaches the ringside area, and quickly flashes into the ring, coming up to one knee with her head bent to the side and staring wide eyed at the fans. Fukushima just smirks, indicating that she's going to keep Fukushima's neck bent at that angle permanently. Aoki leaps from the floor to the apron, and then steps quickly through the ropes, coming to stand behind his smaller partner, placing both fists on his hips and thrusting out his chest.]

I GOT TO RIP UP THE ROAD

I GOT TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW

OH, WE GON' PUT ON A SHOW

WITH THE BLACK BULL IN TOW

I'M IN A HOLY GHOST ZONE

I GOT A TRUNK FULL OF GOLD

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THIS

UH

OOH

[The lights dim and the single chord intro to 'Black Bull' by FOALS comes across the PA. The lights flash with the repeated chord and just as the song starts in on the lyrics Benny Stevens bursts through the curtain doing a high step as Zack Fantana trails in behind him. Both are wearing matching gear this time around of the bright pink variety, and the scene elicits some cat calls from the crowd.  They come to a stop at the top of the stage as Benny drops to one knee and does an obnoxious bicep pose while Zack stands behind him with his hand covering his eyes so that he can peer out at the cheering crowd. Benny suddenly pops up and starts strutting down to the ring as Zack gives a shoulder shrug at his over the top partner and follows.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

And now making their way to the ring, at a combined weight of 403 pounds, they are the final Valor Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions, the team of Benny Stevens and Zack Fantana, The Dead End Friends!


[At the bottom of the ramp Benny takes off into a run and leaps up onto the ring apron only to front flip into the ring while Zack takes the stares and then springs over as well. Benny has already ran to the far corner where he's taken the second turnbuckle and jukes his shoulders to the music, and Zack takes the corner opposite him to peer back out at the crowd once again and then nod at their approving return. Both men drop down and convene in the corner to watch the stage and converse about the upcoming strategy.]

 

DANTE REED 

You know Dick, we see companies come and go regularly, and unfortunately, we saw the closure of the highly respected Valor Pro. Benny Stevens and Zack Fantana will be immortalized as the final Tag Team Champions, but it's not the end of this budding team as we're seeing tonight. 

 

DICK THRASHER 

No doubt this team representing a growing division in Valor, but like the Zombies, they're looking to add to their collection. Especially how their final match ended, this one means a lot to these guys. But aside from all of that, these are some guys that I'd like to party with! I gotta hook up with ’em after the show, they clearly know where the thirsty thots at! 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And finally, coming to the ring at this time, weighing in at a combined weight of 258 pounds. They are the reigning, defending, undisputed Union Battleground Battalion Champions, the team of Lisa Seldon and Anastasia Hayden, The Hellcat Spangled Death Squad!

 

[The lights dim until the arena falls black. There’s an ominous hammerfall as "Destroy 2000 Years of Culture" by Atari Teenage Riot hits the ground running.]



IT'S A DEAD WORLD AND IT'S ABOUT THAT TIME TO CLEAR THINGS HERE!
ONE GENERATION FOLLOWS ANOTHER
BUT SOMETHING IN MY HEAD SAYS KEEP GOING
DON'T GIVE UP


[Lisa and Ana, a pair of Hellcats burst from the curtain amidst a swirling mass of red and purple spotlights. Ana steps forward, throwing up her weird, surfer dude hand gimmick. Lisa hangs back and leaves her to it. Ana chucks her mouthguard in and marches her way to the ring. Lisa saunters after.]



DESTROY 2000 YEARS OF CULTURE
DESTROY 2000 YEARS OF CULTURE


[Ana hops up onto the apron and throws another hand up to the crowd. She then steps through the ropes and gives up the floor. Lisa jumps to the apron in a single stride, leans back to shoot a wink down the camera barrel and then goes up and over the ropes into the ring. Ana has already taken her perch on the top buckle, arms folded, chewing her mouthguard idly. Lisa steps in front of her and leans back into the corner.]

 

DANTE REED 

And now, here are our Union Battleground Battalion Champions, The Hellcat Spangled Death Squad! World-renowned, highly respected, and incredibly decorated; these two have made it their mission together to elevate tag team wrestling. 

 

DICK THRASHER 

And they've got a bang-up job at it! Wherever they go, they are always the main attraction. They've accomplished so much on a solo act, and together they've become an unstoppable force! They wanted this match more than anything, a true test to see who is the best team on the Battleground Network! I fuckin’ can't wait to watch this one unfold!

 

[Aokigahara grins at Seldon in a silent taunt. Fantana and Benny also glare at the Zombie’s after what transpired at 7 Pillars. Lisa and Ana converse in the corner while the referee holds up their championships. Benny and Fantana jaw at Fukushima leading Aoki to come into the ring. Fantana gets right up in Aokigahara’s face which leads him to headbutt Zack!]

 

DANTE REED 

Oh shit! Aoki ain't waiting for the bell! We starting right now!

 

[This sparks madness. Seldon and Hayden come flying in as all six wrestlers are throwing punches in the ring! The referee tries to regain order then shrugs shortly after realizing this party has started and calls for the bell to begin this championship co-main event!] 

 

[DING!]

 

[Fantana and Aoki fight as the lingering effects of the earlier headbutt drips off Zack’s face. Blood comes from his nose in drips but he ignores it to tangle with the deathmatch legend. Benny comes in from behind Aokigahara to lift him up! Stevens dumps Zombie over the top rope causing him to bounce off the apron and onto the outside floor!] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

And out goes Aoki! A little payback for the headbutt!

 

[Ana throws solid kicks at Fukushima! She works Ayakashi to the corner! Fukushima attempts to come out but Hayden spins on a planted right foot to nail Zombie on the chin with a wicked spinning heel kick! Ana moves away from Fuku to reveal Seldon in the corner directly across the ring! Lisa comes flying in at Fukushima with double knees in the corner! Ana goes for the pin!] 

 

… One!

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED 

Great teamwork from the Hellcats but the pin is quickly broken up by Zack Fantana!

 

[Seldon leaps up on the middle turnbuckle in the corner before hurrying to the top rope. She turns around and quickly leaps off at Zack looking for a flying cross body but Stevens comes in with a missile drop kick out of nowhere to counter! Benny nails Lisa in the face! The Daredevil quickly gets back to his feet only to catch a flying elbow from behind from The Grand Duchess! Aokigahara slowly peers over the apron from the floor with a wide grin across his face realizing the partnership of Dead End Friends and the Hellcats is finished. He then slides in a chain to Fukushima. The silver chain glitters in the bright lights but the still dazed Fuku picks it up. She then slips slowly behind Anastasia! Zombie then hoops it around her neck from behind! Ana reaches up to remove the chain but it's too late! Fukushima pulls back with all she’s got to the floor to pull Hayden down onto the mat backwards! Aokigahara takes hold of the chain while standing out on the outside floor. He then pulls Ana out of the ring by the chain wrapped violently around her neck!]

 

DANTE REED 

Aoki is dragging Ana to the outside like a scalded dog!

 

[Lisa comes up with a bloody bottom lip chasing after Ana’s feet but Aoki pulls her out too fast! Seldon gets cut off by Fukushima, who catches a wad of bloody sticky spit with her face! Lisa then knees Zombie in the gut leading her to bend into Seldons awaiting arms for a DDT! Seldon quickly gets back up to find Ana but gets caught out of nowhere by Zack with a violent bionic elbow! The shot pops throughout. Lisa hits the mat flat on her bottom in a bit of a daze.] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Oh dear god! That elbow hurt me! Fortunately it won't mess up that face anymore than it already is! 

 

DANTE REED 

What the fuck?

 

DICK THRASHER 

Hah! I’m kidding, she's cute, in an English Bulldog kind of way.

 

[Hayden is being pulled away from the ring by Aokigahara Zombie! She thrashes at her throat to get free but Aoki only tugs tighter. Finally, The Grand Duchess begins to fade. Aokigahara takes the chain from around her neck near the commentary table. Hayden appears to have been choked out. Aokigahara then carefully takes the chain up in both hands. He then brings it down across the back of Ana! Hayden pops up off the floor in excruciating pain. She gasps desperately trying to catch her breath. Aokigahara raises the chain once more high into the air. The shot turns to slow motion then cuts to Benny Stevens racing across the ring at the same exact moment in real time. The shot shifts back to Aokigahara in slow mo but returns to real time to show the impact of The Daredevil saving Hayden from another chain lash!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Look out!

 

[Benny and Aoki crash into the edge of Dante’s table and end up down on the outside floor. Meanwhile, back inside the ring, Fukushima and Fantana are swapping blows! Zack gets the smaller Fukushima with a face wash that smears the makeup into both of her eyes! Fantana then Irish whips her into the ropes before catching her for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Fantana getting the edge inside the ring against Fukushima. Remember folks, this is a one fall stipulation. 

 

[The referee comes to the center of the ring to regain order. Ordering everyone to their corners but Fantana and Fukushima. Aokigahara gets to the Zombie’s corner slowly while Ana and Lisa have made it back into the ring only to be escorted to the Hellcats corner. Zack circles Fuku in the ring. He veers too close to the Hellcats corner leading Lisa to leap out and slap his back! Tag made!] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

What's going on here? Lisa tagged in and now Fantana goes out? What kinda crazy is this?

 

DANTE REED 

Bro you got me. But apparently this was instructed prior to the match as you see Fantana stepping out.

 

DICK THRASHER 

As if calling this wasn't hard enough! … That's what she said!

 

[Zack is irritated by this. Lisa mocks Fantana as she glides through the ropes but ends up being rolled up by Zombie!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED 

Fukushima tried to catch Lisa Seldon but the pinfall gets broken up by Ana Hayden!

 

[Seldon rolls to her feet as does Fuku and Lisa comes in with stiff muay thai strikes! Seldon works Zombie in the corner with strike after strike before catching Fukushima with a roundhouse kick to the jaw! Lisa charges at Fuku but get’s cut off from the side suddenly with a knee from a charging Aokigahara! Ana leaps up on the top rope from the apron to springboard off at both Zombies for a double clothesline! Benny Stevens does the same in his corner in a single bound leaps up on the top rope before springboarding off at Hayden for a diving spear! Chaos ensues once more!] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Yo this shit is looking like the circus out there! Bodies flying everywhere!

 

[Aoki rolls out of the ring while Fuku gets back to her feet slowly. Ana stirs on the mat while Benny gets kicked on the canvas by Seldon! Fantana attempts to come through the ropes but the referee cuts him off to his utter shock. Zack quickly pushes past the referee to hammer Lisa with a forearm smash! Benny rolls to his feet to see Aoki and Hayden fighting now on the outside of the ring, next to the apron. Stevens bounces off the ropes on the opposite side of them to sling shot forward toward the two slugging wrestlers! Suddenly, he gets tripped up and falls face first in the center of the ring! Stevens busts his mouth open in the sudden trip by Fukushima Zombie!] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Faced! … Do people still say that?

 

DANTE REED 

No… Nobody ever said that. I’m bout to cut you off!

 

[Benny peers back to see Fuku looking directly at him before crawling slowly toward Stevens! The Grand Duchess suddenly leaps up on the apron to swing around for a wicked spinning heel kick to the side of Aokigahara’s head! Zombie sits down on the ring steps leading Hayden to back up on the apron to get a running go. Ana takes off down along the apron in a dead sprint to leap forward at Aoki, who still lies in a daze on the ring steps. Hayden hits with all her body weight down across the deathmatch guru back first to end up back on her feet when hitting the floor! Hayden then works the crowd after the amazing display of balance!] 

 

DANTE REED 

I don't know what you call whatever Ana Hayden just did, but the crowd loved it.

 

DICK THRASHER 

Amazing. You call that amazing.

 

[Lisa Seldon catches Fuku from behind while she crawls after Stevens! Seldon drags her across the ring to the Hellcats corner. Fukushima digs her nails into the mat to halt this with no success. Seldon gets to the corner to find Hayden reaching out for a tag now on the apron. Lisa slaps Ana’s hand for a tag!] 

 

DANTE REED 

And now Anastasia Hayden is the legal Hellcat!

 

[Aoki rolls onto the apron to get back to his corner while Benny and Fantana have got to their respective corners. The referee sighs with real relief. Keeping these six apart is a real job with no rules. Aokigahara stomps on the apron and screams in his native language at Fuku! Seldon props her up in the corner while turning to call out back in Japanese at Aoki! A telling expression crosses his face. Lisa then backhand chops Fukushima across the chest with all she’s got before stepping aside to allow Ana to pin Fuku to the top turnbuckle with her right heel! Zombie struggles to get free but Ana takes hold of the ropes to brace to be able to apply even more pressure into that heel.] 

 

[Ana releases Fukushima then irish whips her into the ropes! Zombie bounces off the ropes then gets slapped suddenly by Benny Stevens! Tag made! Stevens slips through the ropes to find a pissed off Ana Hayden. She narrows her eyes at The Daredevil, who rolls his shoulders in response. The Grand Duchess darts at Benny, who catches her with a kick to the gut! Ana bends over to get cradled up for a vertical suplex! Stevens leaps back up to his feet while Anastasia gets to one knee close to the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Benny hits the ropes on the opposite side to slingshot back at Ana, who gets slapped on the back out of nowhere by Aokigahara Zombie! The crowd pops as the champion many times over glides through the ropes. Benny misses this tag and continues at Ana for a picture perfect shining wizard on the chin! Stevens hooks a leg as soon as Hayden hits the mat. No count, but Aoki hovers above to begin stomping down on the head of Benny Stevens! Daredevil struggles to cover up but Zombie is locked in!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Aoki is now legal and he's unloading on Benny!

 

[Ana rolls out of the ring to make her way back around to The Hellcat’s corner. Fukushima can see Hayden coming around the ring and believes she’s coming for an attack. Fuku takes off down the apron right at Anastasia! Zombie leaps off to drop kick Hayden! Both women bounce off the outside floor after impact.]

 

DICK THRASHER 

And we got some more action on the outside!

 

[Ana attempts to shake off the high flying impact. Suddenly, The Grand Duchess see’s red. Lost in a rage not even a hellcat could explain. Hayden pops up while Fukushima remains down on the floor. She may have twisted her right ankle. Ana walks over to the announcer’s table still in a bit of a daze. She swiftly takes a chair and folds it before walking back towards Fukushima. Lisa watches on from the apron and realizes Hayden has had enough. Ana takes hold of Fuku’s right ankle to pull her close to the ring steps. Fuku reaches down desperately attempting to get Ana to release her hold. Hayden drops her feet on the cold steel on the bottom step. The Grand Duchess then winds back with the chair to come down as hard as possible onto the right ankle of Fukushima Zombie! The crowd collectively groans at the violent shot. Ana hits it again then again! The chair begins to come apart leading her to stop. Her hair is all disheveled now, she licks her chops to further taunt!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Hayden has snapped here on the outside!

 

DICK THRASHER 

That Lisa Seldon is a bad influence, man.

 

[Meanwhile, back in the ring, Aokigahara holds a chin lock onto Benny, who’s hit one knee. Zombie releases his hold after realizing that Fukushima is in real trouble on the outside. Fantana begins stomping down on the apron and reaching out at The Daredevil for a tag. Benny regains his bearings momentarily before making his way toward Zack in the Dead End Friends corner. Aokigahara runs toward the side of the ring where Ana has Fuku down on the ring steps. Fukushima rolls off the steps to clutch at her ankle while Hayden peers up to see Aokigahara hit the mat to slide right into her on the outside! Ana hits the announce table backwards to end up flipping over it completely! The referee has lost control. Again.]

 

DICK THRASHER 

Hey girl. Got any plans later tonight?

 

DANTE REED 

Easy there, Bill Cosby.

 

[Aoki rushes over to check on Fukushima, who assures she can still go but her partner believes differently. Aokigahara narrows his gaze before turning to find Hayden, who’s right behind him now! Ana lunges at Zombie with her own Battalion Championship! The Grand Duchess is in mid lunge when the now legal Zack Fantana comes diving through the ropes out of nowhere to catch Hayden on the outside with a crowd pleasing tornado DDT! Fantana leaps back up only to be captured from behind by Aokigahara! Zombie quickly whips Zack back into the ring!] 

 

[The referee acknowledges the two legal men as Fantana and Aoki. Aokigahara follows behind Zack into the ring. Fantana stands up as does Zombie directly behind him. Aoki comes in close leading Zack to fall back while lifting his right foot for an overhead kick to the skull of Aokigahara! Fantana leaps back to his feet to work the crowd. Aokigahara gets back to his feet to find a charging Zack Fantana coming right at him for a sling blade! Fantana quickly glides through the ropes to end up out on the apron looking back inside the ring. Aoki stumbles to his feet leading Zack to leap up on the top rope to springboard off at Zombie for a forearm smash! Fantana hooks a leg after the Flight of Fantasy!] 

 

...One! 

 

… Break! 

 

DANTE REED 

Broken up by Lisa Seldon!

 

[Seldon breaks up the pin before it can even get started. Fukushima has made it to the apron but still nurses her sore and possibly injured right ankle. Anastasia gets to The Hellcats corner as well to restore order somewhat. Seldon kicks at Aoki but misses leading him to blow her a kiss on her way back toward Ana in the corner.] 

 

DANTE REED 

Even during all of this chaos, Aoki still manages to have one fun out there.

 

DICK THRASHER 

Fuckin legend, man.

 

[Fantana gets to his feet and charges at Aokigahara for a clothesline, but misses! Zack bounces off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring, where Seldon slaps him in the face for a tag! Seldon glides through the ropes to catch a bionic elbow from Zack! Fantana caught himself on the ropes after the vicious slap. Lisa catches a running knee to the torso from the charging Aokigahara! Seldon bends slightly to get cradled up for a thunder fire powerbomb from Aoki! Zombie rolls Seldon up for a pin after impact leading Hayden to scale the turnbuckles in the corner!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED 

Ana Hayden again breaking up the pin attempt to keep this one alive!

 

[Hayden comes flying in off the top turnbuckle from the corner with a diving elbow to break up the pin! Fukushima reaches out for a tag but Aokigahara can’t reach. Stevens reaches out in vain attempting to slap himself in off of Seldon. She leans back slightly allowing him to do just that unwillingly! Stevens leaps up on the top rope to springboard clear across Lisa and towards Aoki for a crossbody splash! Both men hit the mat with Benny quickly getting atop of Aoki after recovering to start heaving mounted elbow shots! Suddenly, something hits Aokigahara’s side and he reaches for it, it’s Ana’s Battalion championship from earlier! Aoki holds the title up just as Stevens brings down another sharp elbow! Stevens holds his elbow after it impacts the solid title. Aokigahara then swings up with the title to nail Benny hard with the strap! The Daredevil hits the mat after spitting out a tooth!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Oh my god! I think Benny Stevens just lost a tooth!

 

DICK THRASHER 

Still a lady killer, Dante. Just leveling out the playing field a bit. 

 

[Aokigahara peers up to see his partner reaching desperately for a tag after kicking him the belt to use. Zombie tags in Fuku! Fukushima glides through the ropes to find Benny in a daze on his belly. Zombie reaches down to take up his left arm into a fujiwara armbar! Stevens eyes come alive as he realizes the maneuver is locked in.]

 

DANTE REED 

And now Fukushima is the legal Zombie and she's got Fantana right here she wants him!

 

[Fantana stomps on the apron to keep Stevens in this while Ana and Lisa reach out for a tag from Benny, who can’t reach anyone. Fuku continues to push down to apply more and more pressure to the weakening arm. Stevens puts a hand out leading Hayden to burst through the ropes. Ana stomps down at Fukushima’s head! This brings Aokigahara back into the ring! Hayden catches the charging Aoki with an atomic drop! Ana leans in as Zombie bends over but catches a headbutt from him! Seldon comes through the ropes hot to be cut off by Zack Fantana! The two run right into each other and immediately begin throwing blows! Seldon uses an elbow to jar the larger Fantana before wrapping both arms around his neck to bring him in close for some Thai clinch knee strikes!]

 

DANTE REED 

You know, Lisa talks a lot of shit about MMA, but she's got some great technique with that Thai clinch. 

 

[Fantana manages to push her off causing her to turn. Zack kicks her in the spine to send her into the corner face first! Fantana comes up from behind leading Lisa to leap up on the middle turnbuckle then jump off backwards! Zack ducks and Seldon lands on his shoulders! Both wrestlers are facing the same direction leading Seldon to perform a crowd pleasing reverse frankensteiner! Zack hits the mat in a pile.]

 

[Stevens rolls out of the ring in all the chaos. The referee tries in desperation to regain order with no luck. Benny gets to the ring apron and searches beneath. He tosses out a three feet long two by four board looking happy to locate a weapon but then spots something else. Stevens gets underneath to drag out whatever it is that lit his eyes up. Benny drags out an aluminium ladder! The crowd pops as Daredevil stands it up to fold it out.] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Yoooo, I know Christmas is over but these guys just found some gifts!

 

[Meanwhile, back inside the ring, Seldon carefully applies a knee bar to the right leg of Fukushima! She pulls on the sore ankle to cause Fuku to scream out loud. Hayden catches Aoki from behind as he attempts to get over to Lisa and Fuku. Fantana struggles to get up in the corner. Aoki gets caught from behind by Ana with a rear headlock! Aokigahara falls back as the crowd lights up! Aoki falls back onto Hayden just as Stevens gets to the top of the ladder. Benny leaps off the ladder from the outside in the ring to pump twice in midair for more torque! Stevens lands on top of Aoki and Ana for a beautiful frog splash!]

 

”HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!”

 

[Aokigahara and Anastasia both seem perplexed as to how Stevens got so high until they see the ladder on the outside. Stevens rolls off to the side holding his midsection after the high impact maneuver. Aokigahara manages to get to one knee in his corner, while Hayden rolls out of the ring to end up on the outside floor.]

 

[Benny gets to his feet to see Lisa still trying to tap out Fukushima with a kneebar while Benny and Fuku are still the legal competitors. This causes him to rush up to both women to for a high knee drop onto Lisa! She releases her hold on Fuku leading Benny to roll Zombie up for a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

… Break!

 

DANTE REED 

Aoki makes the save!

 

[Stevens rolls to his feet too close to The Hellcats corner leading Hayden to slap his back! Tag made! The Grand Duchess dashes through the ropes to locate Fukushima, who has made her way to Aoki in the corner! Tag Made!] 

 

DANTE REED 

And now it's Aoki and Ana! These two have literally  been at each other’s throats all throughout the match and it comes to this!

 

[The camera pans close to show the red marks across Ana’s back from chain lashes in the opening moments of this championship match. Aoki spouts off at Hayden, who runs both hands along her waist to indicate she’s still champion. The two lock up in the center of the ring in a mighty grapple. Two of the biggest names in wrestling swing each other side to side searching for that brief moment of weakness to exploit in order to gain ultimate supremacy.] 

 

[Hayden begins dishing out stiff kicks after the heavier Aoki got an edge inside the clinch with punches. She uses her kicks to work Aokigahara toward The Hellcats corner. He suddenly lunges at her to throw Ana into the ropes with all Aoki has got! The Grand Duchess comes rushing toward Aoki looking for a flying elbow but he ducks it! Anastasia hits the ropes on the opposite side of the ring to slingshot back at Aokigahara who nails her with a lariat! Zombie then quickly gets Hayden up to Irish whip her toward The Zombie Clan corner fast! Ana hits the corner backfirst to end up slumped over with her arms holding her up. Aokigahara comes flying in with a big knee to the chest of The Grand Duchess and catches her before she can fall forward. Aoki peers back at Lisa with a wink before stepping up on the middle ropes to straddle Ana, who remains standing up in the corner. Aoki begins to rain down punches on Hayden leading the crowd to count along!] 

 

”ONE! TWO! THREE!”

 

[Lisa glides through the ropes to push Aokigahara off Ana! Aokigahara flies off the turnbuckles and into the ladder still standing up on the outside! Fukushima hits Seldon with a huge elbow from the apron! Hayden falls forward flat on her stomach. Fantana leaps down off the apron to get beneath the skirt of the ring. Zack pulls out a table leading the crowd to amp it up! Benny jumps down off the apron and both men slide it beneath the bottom rope. The referee continues trying to regain order again with no success. The Dead End Friends slide back into the ring in unison to begin setting up the table. Seldon sits up out from the table to see Zack and Benny finish getting it stood up. Seldon watches as Fantana scales the turnbuckles after Stevens carefully places Ana on the table then stands out of the way. Zack leaps up looking for a corkscrew somersault leg drop, but Lisa kicks the edge of the table with both feet to slide it out of the way at the last possible moment! Zack hits the mat to miss in spectacular fashion. Hayden rolls off the table to end up on the ring mat.] 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Lisa Seldon just pulled a Charlie Brown move on Fantana!

 

[Aokigahara appears on the apron to surprise Benny Stevens! Zombie pulls The Daredevil over the ropes and causes him to bounce off the apron! Benny ends up on the outside floor while Aoki steps through the ropes. Hayden has reached the corner just as Seldon does. Seldon gets to the corner to accept the tag quickly. Both Hellcats have been tested this night, but Lisa stares down Aoki like a woman possessed! Zombie and Seldon meet in the center of the ring with Seldon attempting to clinch him in close but Aoki counters with a backhand chop! Lisa staggers back leading Zombie to come in with another vicious chop! Seldon hits one knee along the ropes allowing Fantana to tag in! Aokigahara misses the tag and comes in with a sharp knee to the jaw of Seldon! Soon as Lisa hits the mat, Aoki gets down alongside her to apply a chicken wing crossface!]

 

[Zack sits on the bottom rope to get into the ring but sits a second to work up the crowd. Fukushima Zombie is already through the ropes and limps toward Zack before picking up speed to slide beneath him while taking hold of his waist for a sliding German suplex! Zack’s head bounces off the mat in horrific fashion!] 

 

DANTE REED 

Innovative suplex from Fukushima!

 

[Ana Hayden comes in to catch Aoki with a solid kick to the side of his head! Zombie drops Lisa, who rolls out of the ring. Ana continues to kick at Aoki until Fuku slides back into the ring. She limps behind Hayden while Stevens stands in the corner demanding a tag from Fantana! Zack somehow gets back up to his feet then staggers toward Benny in all the chaos. Fuku gets up behind Ana to dump her out of the ring but she holds onto Zombie to pull her along for the ride! Both women bounce off the apron and hit the floor with a thud!]

 

DANTE REED 

And now Benny Stevens is in. 

 

DICK THRASHER 

Who's legal right now? Benny and Aoki?

 

DANTE REED 

Sure. We'll go with that. 

 

[Benny looks around to find Aoki recovering in the corner. Stevens charges across the ring towards him leading Zombie to move out of the way! Benny misses the splash attempt but he swings around to look for Aoki, who gets behind Stevens to apply an abdominal stretch! Stevens shrieks out to show his bloody teeth for all to see.] 

 

[Aoki releases his hold on Stevens to swing him around and nail him with a sharp elbow to the forehead! Daredevil falls back which allows Zombie to turn to climb the turnbuckles. Aoki wants to take this war to the air! Benny uses the table he and Zack set up earlier to catch his balance. Stevens swings around to see Aoki climbing the turnbuckles. Zombie gets to the top just as Benny leaps up to cradle up Aokigahara from behind! Zombie’s eyes widen as Stevens falls back to suplex Zombie through the table! Both legal men are now down and the crowd goes wild!] 

 

”THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME!”

 

[Ana and Fukushima are now fighting on the outside of the ring! Seldon and Fantana are throwing punches on the steel ramp that leads to the ring. Aoki and Benny have yet to move as the other four competitors fight it out on the outside of the ring!]

 

DANTE REED 

We've got anarchy all on the outside while both legal men are laid out unconscious inside the ring!

 

[Seldon and Fantana fight on the edge of the ramp with Zack raking her eyes to gain the upperhand! Lisa steps back to rub her eyes which allows Fantana to come in with a big time bicycle kick! Seldon gets turned nearly inside out by the vicious kick! Zack looks in the ring to see Aoki and Benny in the rubble of the table. Fantana’s eyes go wide as Seldon nails him in the crotch with an uppercut! Zack falls to one knee while Lisa rises with a right eye that’s begun to blacken already. Seldon notices a light on the stage meant for entrances. She reaches down to pick it up. Seldon takes the light in both hands to bring it down across the head of Fantana from behind! The light shatters into pieces while Zack hits the steel stage face first.] 

 

DANTE REED 

And in true Lisa Seldon form, she dismantles the set and uses it as a weapon. 

 

[Lisa gets back to her feet but she’s in a daze. She peers out to see Ana and Fuki battling it out alongside the security barrier! Seldon rushes at Fuku looking for double knees but Zombie moves out of the way at the last possible moment leaving Lisa to hit the steel security barrier full speed ahead! Seldon bounces off the barrier to end up in a pile directly in front of her fellow Hellcat, Ana.] 

 

[The Grand Duchess bends down to check on Seldon, who appears to be out cold. Hayden shakes her attempting to get her to come to, when she looks up to see Fukushima on the ladder! Zombie has climbed up on the backside of the ladder away from The Hellcats. Hayden peers up just in time to see Fukushima rock the ladder forward! Zombie rides the ladder down on top of both Hellcats! The ladder hits the top of the security barrier to throw Fukushima off completely! Ana is now bleeding from the top of her head from the ladder shot! All three women are down now while Fantana has yet to move after taking a light to the skull.]

 

”HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!” 

 

[Benny suddenly begins to stir inside the ring. The crowd responds as Stevens slowly rolls over to push himself up off the mat. Aokigahara suddenly sits up to Benny’s utter and complete shock! Stevens shakes his head to clear the cobwebs as Zombie rises to both feet. Stevens stumbles up then turns to face down the deathmatch legend. Benny charges at Aokigahara with no fear but Zombie hits one knee to spit white mist in the face of Stevens out of nowhere! Benny halts his forward momentum completely to regain his eyesight fast with no success. Aokigahara rushes forward to apply his Itai Claw! The crowd erupts as Stevens flops around on the mat.] 

 

DANTE REED 

Look! Aoki’s got the Itai Claw latched! And no one is around to stop him!

 

[Seldon slowly begins to stir on the outside floor. The crowd’s anticipation can’t be measured at this point. Lisa crawls from beneath the ladder to look up in the ring. Aokigahara continues to apply his mandible claw on Benny, who finally gives in and taps out!] 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here are your winners, AND NEW Union Battleground Battalion Champions, Aokigahara and Fukushima Zombie, The Zombie Clan!

 

[Aoki releases his hold on Stevens to look out at Lisa, who has an expression of complete shock across her face. Hayden and Fukushima have now escaped from beneath the ladder. A medic rushes down the steel ramp to check on Fantana, who has yet to move. The Hellcats look on as Fuku limps over to the apron to roll in the ring. The referee brings the championships to the victors, who hold them high to roaring response from the Virginia crowd. Lisa and Ana stand up and watch on from ringside as the champions celebrate. Aokigahara holds his new strap right up at Seldon and Ana to add insult to injury.] 

 

DANTE REED 

I don’t believe it! The Hellcats have been dethroned! The Zombie Clan are the new Battalion Champions!

 

[Aoki bends down to hoist up Fukushima high on his shoulders with her hurt right ankle. She holds as many belts up as she can with The Zombie Clan cementing themselves as the top tag team on the Battleground Network here tonight.] 

[The scene fades into a small locker room somewhere in the bowels of the Scope where James Radford sits in a folding chair pulling one of his cowboy boots onto his foot. He shoves the hem of his jeans down into the sides of the boot about the time the door to the far end of the room bursts open. James looks up to see Bobby Benson bustling through the portal and he quickly closes the door behind him before turning to regard his client, who looks a little green around the gills in anticipation of tonight’s Main Event.]

[James watches as Bobby’s concern continues to grow before sighing and continuing to get ready.]


JAMES RADFORD
Find any new recruits out there in the land of the Battleground?

[Bobby steps to the center of the ring, a look of earnestness on his face.]

BOBBY BENSON
Maybe, but that’s not why I’m here. I came to check on you and make sure you have everything you need before you’re big night. Butterflies rumbling around in there?

[James shoots a look up at his manager, thinking that the man was patronizing, but seeing genuine intent, he nods while pulling on his other boot.]

JAMES RADFORD
Bobby, I don’t know what the hell I’ve let you talk me into. Everyone’s been on point tonight, this is a big deal. We just saw The Battalions steal the show in their match, and now I’m going into the main event with champions and mainstays of the business. I mean, most of these people are representing multiple fed’s, and here I am just saying, ‘Howdy’.

[When James looks back up at Benson, the wily manager is shaking his head and beginning to pace the room.]

BOBBY BENSON
That’s just it, James. That’s what makes you dangerous. Forget that promo you made earlier in the week, and forget what I had to say about it. Its crunch time now. It’s time for you to go out there in front of God and everybody and show them what you’re made of. You are absolutely right about the competition! This is a who’s who of wrestling talent and you have the opportunity to etch your name right into the center of all that. You’re tough, baby! Double Tough! And I know that you have what it takes to go to that ring and do exactly what you said you were going to do.

[James is on his feet now, a set to his jaw, and despite the tumultuous relationships between manager and wrestler, the pep talk is working. Country Fine can feel his blood pumping as a slight shake comes into his clenched fists, and he realizes that nerves have been replaced with determination. Bobby can see this too, so he puts the finishing touches on what should push his ward right out the door and into the arms of victory.]

BOBBY BENSON
The time for talking is over, James Radford. Now’s the time for doing! Get out there and show them the pride of Jackson and bring home that damn ten pound trophy to boot!

[James damn near overturns the chair as he grabs his patented black Stetson hat and plunks it down on his head, breathing heavily as he stalks right for the door, yanks it open, and disappears down the hall towards guerrilla position. Bobby lets out an exhausted sigh as he plops down in the chair James had just been getting ready in and looks out into the empty hall.]

BOBBY BENSON
I sure hope the kid doesn’t fuck things up too badly. We need this pay day…

[With that, the scene fades back to ringside.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the Main Event of the evening! The following battle is the Guerrilla Warfare Match, twenty competitors will enter every 90 seconds and eliminations coming only by way of pinfall or submission. The last person standing will be crowned as the new Union Battleground Champion! 

 

[The beginning beat of "Bow Down" by I Prevail begins to play as the entrance ramp fills up with smoke from smoke machines.]

YOU WILL NEVER KNOW, IT'S THE PRICE I PAY

LOOK INTO MY EYES, WE ARE NOT THE SAME

YEAH, THIS IS WHERE YOU FALL APART

YEAH, THIS IS WHERE YOU BREAK

[As soon as the words are screamed Toby Wagner bursts through the curtains to an echo of boos. He stands on the ramp for a minute and rolls his eyes. He looks back to the curtains as if he might actually walk back through before sighing and beginning to walk towards the ramp with minimum energy and enthusiasm.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number one, standing 6’3” and weighing in at 187 pounds, from Chicago, Illinois, he is Toby Wagner!

[The boo’s get louder upon his announcement and Toby smirks but doesn't address a single one of them as he climbs the steps and steps inside the ring. He doesn't pose he doesn't do anything besides walk straight to his corner and wave his hand encouraging for them to get on with the match.]

IT JUST SEEMS LIKE ANOTHER FAKE SCENE

WITH NO REAL MESSAGE AND A TON OF FAKE THINGS

AND I FEEL IT INSIDE THAT I LIVE FOR MY TEAM

MY TEAM IS MY FANS AND I GOT A PURPOSE TO SERVE THEM

[The opening breakdown of "King of Amarillo" by Issues hits the PA, getting a loud, immediate response of cheers from the crowd. The lighting near the entrance turns gold, vapor starts hissing out of the fog machines, and A.J. Morales's highlight reel starts to play on the 'Tron. The Revolution himself emerges from behind the curtain, headbanging along and playing air guitar.]

 

[Once the first verse comes in, A.J. stops the air-guitar and starts walking to the ring, giving fist bumps and high-fives to anyone in the crowd who reaches towards him.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number two, standing 6’ even and weighing in at 187 pounds, from San Francisco, California, he is ”The Revolution” AJ Morales!

[As the chorus hits, A.J. climbs onto the apron and vaults himself over the top rope with a somersault. He pops up to his feet and throws up a clenched fist salute to the side of the crowd facing the entrance ramp, which his supporters throw right back at him. He repeats this salute on all four sides of the ring, ending with the side facing the hard cam. For this last one, he looks directly into the camera, and after he drops the salute, he mouths “Mírame” before turning to his corner, taking off his jacket and beanie, draping both objects over the ring post, and limbering up for the match.]

 

[The referee comes to the center ring to hold up the Union Battleground Championship belt before handing it off to an event crew member. The ref then calls for the bell to begin this war!] 

 

[DING!]

 

[The two men circle one another. Both come from 4 Corners Wrestling and are aware of each other's repertoire. The two men lock up in the center of the ring then begin to swing each other around. Morales uses a knee to Toby’s midsection to gain control before whipping Wagner into the ropes! Toby bounces off them then slingshots back at AJ, who aims for a clothesline but misses! Wagner dodges to bounce off the ropes again. Morales swings around to meet Toby, who nails AJ with a Lou Thesz press that Toby transitions into mounted punches!] 

 

[The countdown meter on the big screen reaches one minute while Toby peers up to see it. Morales uses the brief opening to use his knees beneath Wagner, to knock his opponent off! Toby flies forward to end up in the ropes which allows Morales to get leap back to his feet! AJ shakes his head to clear the fog that lingers after the exchange with Toby. Morales quickly gathers himself to head for Wagner, who slips through the ropes to end up on the apron. Toby quickly gets to his feet while AJ races to the corner to leap up on the middle rope to bounce to the top in a swift motion! Wagner gets to his feet on the apron only to look up to find Morales flying through the air right at him! However, before Toby can react, AJ catches him with a diving hurricanrana off the apron! Wagner gets flung clear off the apron to end up on the outside floor!] 

 

[AJ’s landing wasn’t pleasant either, leaving both men on the outside floor. The timer on the big screen reaches thirty seconds remaining while Toby and AJ rise to their feet at the same time. Wagner and Morales begin swapping blows on the outside of the ring! Toby pokes AJ in the eye suddenly! Morales responds by reaching up to rub the eye leading Wagner to take hold of AJ by the hair of the head from behind. Toby then yanks the hair to slowly guide Morales towards Dante’s announce table before slamming AJ face first into it! Toby keeps his grip to smash Morales face into the edge of the table again then again! AJ hits both knees as the drums hits on the stage to indicate that entrant number three is mere seconds from being revealed!]

 

[Toby takes his eye off the ball as the drums hit leading him to peer at the counter. He catches a sharp elbow from Morales for his mistake! AJ has a cut across his cheek from the edge of the table. Morales rises to both feet to cradle up Wagner by the head for a pop up powerbomb! AJ slams Toby into the steel security barrier with true malice intent!]

KARMA, KARMA, KARMA, KARMA, KARMA CHAMELEON

YOU COME AND GO, YOU COME AND GO

['Karma Chameleon' by the Culture Club hits over the PA System, and Indi Rhyder skips out onto the stage to a pretty big ovation. She leaps back and forth along the stage, a huge bubbly smile placed upon her lips. She turns to give the camera a wink as she passes on by down the ramp, slapping hands as she goes.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number three, standing 5’5” and weighing in at 130 pounds, from Los Angeles, California, she is ”The Galactic Princess” Indi Rhyder!

[Indi reaches ringside then makes a dash across the front row with one hand extended for high fives, and then turns abruptly to leap up onto the ring apron, and then hops up to the second rope from the outside. She waves at the capacity crowd with a grin, and then hops over the top rope to land safely in the ring.] 

 

[AJ watches Indi make her way to the ring from ringside. Toby writhes in pain on the floor from the powerbomb into the barrier. Morales slides into the ring to come face to face with The Intergalactic Star Child.] 

 

[Wagner stirs on the outside while AJ and Indi stare one another down in the center of the ring. Suddenly the two begin swapping blows to roaring applause. This crowd knows the UnYielding Champion from Valor and Morales is world renowned. Rhyder suddenly irish whips AJ into the ropes before hitting the ropes herself on the opposite side of the ring. The two meet in the center of the ring with Indi going for a spear that Morales counters into a DDT! AJ then quickly hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

BROKEN UP BY TOBY! 

 

[Wagner comes out of nowhere to break up the pin with a steel chair! Toby smacks Morales across the back with all he’s got to save Indi! Then Wagner begins hitting her with the chair! Toby takes turns between the two wrestlers with the chair until AJ manages to roll out of the ring.] 

 

[Dante stands at the commentary table now since Wagner took his seat. Morales has two large red welts across his back from the chair shots. Toby turns his attention to Indi who has slowly made it back to her feet! Wagner charges at her full speed ahead while holding the chair above his head! Indi rushes straight at Toby to drop kick his right knee cap! Wagner hits both knees after the violent shot after dropping the chair directly in front of him. Rhyder leaps back to her feet to bounce off the ropes behind Wagner. She comes flying in to capture Toby around the neck to drive him face first into the folding chair on the mat with a bulldog! The crowd pops as Rhyder appears primed to hook a leg. Morales slides into the ring to halt those plans while the countdown on the big screen reads sixty seconds.] 

 

[AJ gets in the ring to catch a standing Indi with a slingblade! The maneuver sends the smaller Rhyder to the mat but she bounces right back up! Indi gets cradled up from behind by Morales! He falls back for a german suplex but holds onto Rhyder. AJ gets back up while keeping his arms wrapped around Indi to drop back for another ring rattling german suplex! Morales still has both arms around The Intergalactic Star Child as he gets back up. AJ carefully adjusts for a third german suplex! Morales leaps to his feet before getting rolled up into a pin from behind by Toby Wagner!] 

 

...One! 

 

… Two! 

 

Kick Out! 

 

[Morales kicks out at the last possible moment. Toby then gets back to his feet quickly and hits the ropes full speed ahead! Wagner bounces off the ropes to come right back at Morales, who gets to one knee just in time to catch a huge big boot from Toby! The violent kick rocks the 4CW star. The countdown on the large screen above the stage ticks past twenty. The crowd begins to count along while Toby measures up AJ inside the ring. Wagner begins to stomp down on Morales. Toby kicks Morales directly in the face before standing on him with his right foot to twist the heel deep into the forehead of AJ! The drums begin to play once more on the stage to signal a new entrant is seconds from appearing. Wagner continues to kick AJ while he’s down until he hears a whistle. Toby peers up to see Indi Rhyder leap off the top turnbuckle to hit him in the chest with both knees! She rides Wagner to the mat with the Cool Rhyder! The crowd pops as she rushes back to the same corner to leap up on the middle turnbuckle to bounce split legged corkscrew moonsault! Rhyder hits Toby with her Kharmic Trip before hooking a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

... Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Toby Wagner has been eliminated! 

 

[Toby Fox’s “Megalomania” begins to play throughout as the countdown reaches zero. Skull Kid 2 slowly crawls through the curtain and onto the steel stage. The Virginia crowd comes alive while Indi rolls out of the ring to meet Goblin.] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number four, standing 5’10” and weighing in at 170 pounds, from the Lost Woods, he is ”The Gremlin” Skull Kid #2!

[Rhyder walks up the ramp as the masked Skull Kid comes crawling fast right at her! Morales is now down on the outside of the ring. The lingering effects of Wagner stomping his head into the mat in violent fashion still being felt. A tall fan is leaning up against the steel security barrier along the ramp draping over the side holding a black sleek Union Battleground bag full of merchandise.] 

 

[Rhyder and Goblin meet directly in front of this fan with Indi attempting to catch the Skull Kid with a knee but misses! Gremlin ducks the knee and reaches up to snatch the bag from the fan. He dumps out the fitted new era hat and Lisa Frankenstein action figure inside but catches the Seldon figure before it can hit the ground. He hugs it quickly before tucking it away safe. Skull Kid 2 then takes the bag and places it over the head of Rhyder from behind! The prominent uB star logo on the bag comes into focus to show an outline of The Intergalactic Star Child’s face slowly outline. Goblin tugs at the bag to further suffocate Indi while the crowd is shocked by the violent display.] 

 

[Morales begins to stir on the mat inside the ring. Indi hits both knees attempting in vain to breath inside the merch bag. Skull Kid 2 appears to want to murder Rhyder and with no rules he may just do that. Indi holds up her right index and middle fingers. She then jabs a hole in the bag at her mouth and as the bag pops, she takes in her first gasp of fresh air! The Skull Kid then swings around to superkick the back of Rhyder’s head which drives her face first into the barrier! Indi hits the steel stage in a pile with the bag still on her head.]

 

[Goblin turns to look at the ring to find Morales charging at him! AJ nails Gremlin with a pele kick before he can react! The maneuver staggers The Skull Kid which allows Morales to take control. AJ guides Skull Kid 2 toward the ring while Rhyder stirs on the ramp. Goblin escapes Morales’s grasp then shuffles his feet to end up behind AJ. Skull Kid 2 then pushes him into the edge of the apron! AJ hits it flush abdomen first leading Gremlin to rush at Morales full speed ahead from behind but AJ counters with a spinning back fist that catches Goblin flush on the jaw!] 

 

[AJ knocks Skull Kid 2 down on the floor. Gremlin hits the floor where he holds his jaw briefly. Morales holds onto the apron while attempting to gather himself. After a few precious moments he turns around to find Indi Rhyder! She has tore the bag off her face and it dangles ripped and tattered around her neck. AJ goes to get ahold of Indi, who counters with a vicious leaping elbow that hits its mark!]

 

[The shot from the smaller Rhyder rocks Morales. He bends over slightly which allows Rhyder to push him back into the ring! AJ rolls on into the ring while Indi leaps up onto the apron to hold the top rope with both hands tight. Morales stumbles a bit getting to his feet but turns just in time to see The Intergalactic Star Child leap up onto the top rope from the apron to springboard out at AJ for a diving spear! Morales ends up near the corner where the chair still lies that Toby left.]

 

[The hippie then does something out of character for Indi. She takes the chair and places it carefully atop AJ’s chest! Rhyder rushes to the corner to climb the turnbuckles quickly. The shot comes in to show her with the countdown reaching thirty seconds as a backdrop. Indi then leaps off the top turnbuckle at Morales with the fans merch bag still in tatters around her throat. She gets a high ankle on the jump and lifts her knees up high toward her chest in mid air. Flashes throughout capture the moment forever. Indi lands a double foot stomp on the chair to drive it into the chest and sternum of Morales! Rhyder crawls quickly over to AJ to hook a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

… Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

AJ Morales has been eliminated! 

 

[Indi lies on the mat looking up at the bright lights after her second elimination of the evening. She rips the rest of the fans merchandise bag from around her throat. Rhyder sits up to find Skull Kid 2 sliding into the ring. He crawls toward Indi, who leaps to her feet to face the crazed Gremlin. The drummers on the stage have begun once again to signal another entrant will be headed to the ring as Indi and Skull Kid 2 start fist fighting!] 

 

[The crowd is anxious within the Arena. The card has been great so far, but now the crowd can visibly be seen tensing, as the lights dim once more and the PA system crackling into life with the first sounds of 'Remember the Name' by Fort Minor.]

3...2...1...LET'S GO

THIS IS TEN PERCENT LUCK, TWENTY PERCENT SKILL

FIFTEEN PERCENT CONCENTRATED POWER OF WILL

FIVE PERCENT PLEASURE, FIFTY PERCENT PAIN

AND A HUNDRED PERCENT REASON TO REMEMBER THE NAME!

[The music kicks into high gear, a single golden light illuminates the stage, revealing the back of Ace Andrews in a leather light filled jacket. Ace stands there just for a moment, basking in the love from the crowd, before throwing his hands up high with the Ace of Spades hand sign, causing a long row of pyro to explode on both sides of the stage. Ace stands there posing for a moment before spinning and facing the crowd with a grin. After a few moments the Billionaire Brawler starts to pace down the ramp, strolling over and slapping hands with some fans on his way to the ring, where the announcer raises a mic.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number five, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 240 pounds, from Las Vegas, Nevada, he is ”The Platinum Made Playboy” Ace Andrews!

[Ace now climbs the ring steps, and paces across the apron, looking out at the crowd with a smile. Andrews dashes through the ropes and makes a mad dash for Indi and Skull Kid 2! He hammers Gremlin from behind before grappling him up for a hip toss! Medics rush down the ramp with a stretcher to retrieve AJ Morales. He refuses the assistance while holding his chest in real pain. The Medics walk alongside AJ to help him to the back but leave the stretcher at ringside.] 

 

[Indi hits one knee to watch the two men hammer each other. Andrew kicks Skull Kid 2 in the gut leading him to bend over before Ace drops him with a codebreaker! The sudden maneuver rocks Gremlin and he bounces to the mat in a pile on his back! Andrews grins after hitting his finishing maneuver then gets up quickly to get Skull Kid 2 in position to hook a leg. Ace peers up to see Indi Rhyder perched on the top turnbuckle! She leaps off to perform a picture perfect phoenix dragonrana! Head Over Heels spikes Ace’s head into the mat with Rhyder holding through for a pin!] 

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ace Andews has been eliminated! 

 

[Indi appears shocked to be cleaning house the way she has thus far. Rhyder looks back at the stage to see the WWH alumni walking back to obscurity before glancing at the countdown briefly. Forty ticks until the next entrant.]

 

[Skull Kid 2 shakes his head in the opposite corner before charging out at Rhyder! The two wrestlers begin swapping blows in the center of the ring! The Intergalactic Star Child uses all her strength against this lunatic that’s already tried to kill her here tonight. Gremlin catches Indi with a solid elbow beneath the chin to buckle the hippie. She hits one knee leading Skull Kid 2 to hit the ropes directly in front of Indi to bounce back at her! Rhyder comes up fast but Goblin catches her with a sunset flip powerbomb! Skull Kid 2 holds it for a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

KICK OUT! 

 

[During the flip the Seldon action figure was lost by Gremlin unbeknownst to him. The drums on the stage begin while Skull Kid 2 leaps back to his feet in a single bound. He then crouches and begins to crawl toward Indi slowly.]

YOUR HATE IS OUR TRIGGER

REVOLUTION NOW

THE MORE WE HAVE TO SUFFER

THE MORE WE WILL FIGHT

WITH OUR FISTS

UP IN THE AIR

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number six, standing 5’7” and weighing in at 125 pounds, from Salem, Massachusetts, she is ”The Wicked Witch” Wendy Wynne!

[“Under Black Flags We March” by Archenemy hits across the arena. Wendy Wynne struts out across the stage holding a broomstick like it’s bring your favorite weapon to work day. Wynne wastes little time with the crowd and rather focuses on Indi and Skull Kid 2 inside the ring while making her way down the aisle. Gremlin tries to choke the life from Rhyder while sitting on her chest. He continues to strangle Rhyder until Wynne calls his name from behind. Skull Kid 2 turns to see Wendy standing close to the action figure of Lisa Frankenstein that Goblin appears to covet. Wynne stomps down on the toy in a menacing manner to destroy the action figure! She continues to stomp until Skull Kid 2 pushes her out of the way! He holds the pieces of the broken toy as if he’s just lost his mother. He looks up at Wynne, who breaks the broomstick across his head in a single swing!] 

 

[Wynne walks around Goblin to quickly kick Indi out of the ring. She then makes the cover on Skull Kid 2!] 

 

… One! 

 

… Two! 

 

… Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Skull Kid #2 has been eliminated! 

 

[Wendy immediately rolls off her foe to begin taunting the crowd. Indi gets to her feet on the outside of the ring and slides back in. Wynne works the crowd after sending the fan favorite packing. Wendy turns around to find Indi racing at her! She takes off at Intergalactic Star Child full speed ahead! Wynne hits a basement drop kick that halts Indi’s forward momentum suddenly to send her into a complete front flip! Wendy strikes as soon as Rhyder impacts the mat. Wynne hovers above Rhyder, who is on her stomach flat on the mat. Wendy reaches down to take two handfuls of Indi’s hair! Wynne drives her right knee into the back of Rhyder before pulling with all she’s got! The Wicked Witch screams at the crowd while attempting to break Indi into two separate pieces!] 

 

[Indi shakes her head no emphatically! Wynne pulls tighter in response to this. The countdown meter ticks down in the background to 29 seconds. The Wicked Witch does not care about the timer but only Rhyder tapping. Wendy loses her grip suddenly! She holds two handfuls of Indi’s hair leading her to giggle. The crowd boos while Wynne gets back to her feet. She holds the hair in the open palms of her hands. Wendy holds her open hands up to her lips to blow the hair back at Indi Rhyder! The crowd boos Wendy without mercy. She eats it up.] 

 

[Rhyder holds her head briefly but attempts to recover fast. Wendy works the crowd before turning to stomp down on Rhyder. Wynne then goes right back to taunting the Virginia audience. The drums on the stage begin to play once more. The crowd begins to count down with the timer on the big screen.] 

 

[“Bonetrousle” by Toby Fox blasts throughout after the timer reaches zero. Skull Kid 1 appears on the stage from behind the curtain in a blur.] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number seven, standing 5’11” and weighing in at 240 pounds, from the Lost Woods, he is ”The Goblin” Skull Kid #1!

[Wendy continues to watch on while holding onto the top ropes. She suddenly begins to taunt Skull Kid 1 before he even gets to the ring. The camera shows her from the front but Indi slips up from behind to roll up Wynne!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

Broken Up by Skull Kid 1! 

 

[Skull Kid 1 breaks the pin up by dropping an elbow on the two women! Wendy comes up appearing grateful but gets grappled up by the larger Skull Kid 1 before being whipped violently into the corner! He rushes to the opposite corner fast before making a mad dash at Wendy! Skull Kid 1 charges across the ring but Wynne comes out of the corner while Indi trips Skull Kid 1 out of nowhere! He falls forward while Wendy raises her right knee mid charge! The pop from her knee cap slamming into the face of Skull Kid 1 even causes Dante to wince.] 

 

[Wynne takes a pop shot at Indi that connects! Rhyder hits the mat while Wendy rushes to the corner closest to Skull Kid 1! She climbs up on the middle turnbuckle then on up to the top. Wynne turns around to face out but Skull Kid 1 has made it back to his feet and has given chase! He leaps up on the middle turnbuckle before bouncing up to capture Wendy for a wicked frankensteiner off the top rope! The crowd pops as Skull Kid 1 pins The Wicked Witch!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Broken Up by Indi Rhyder! 

 

[Rhyder breaks up the pin leading Skull Kid 1 to roll out of the ring. He disappears beneath the ring in an instant. Wendy notices Indi coming for her and does the same. Wynne gets out of dodge to end up on the outside floor looking back up at Indi. She mocks the Intergalactic Star Child before pointing and laughing at her. Indi becomes even more incensed. The referee slides out of the ring to look around for the missing competitor. Rhyder takes off across the ring full speed ahead! She dives over the ropes head first and goes into a front flip before crashing into Wendy Wynne! The two women collide into the referee! The ref hits the security barrier face first!] 

 

[Wendy and Indi shake their heads on the floor attempting to clear the cobwebs with little success. Meanwhile, Skull Kid 1 has yet to reappear from below the ring skirt. Suddenly he climbs out from beneath the ring pulling something along. The countdown in the background ticks past twenty as the drummers on the stage get set to play another competitor to the ring.  Skull Kid 1 opens the small flat crate. Wynne and Indi are mere feet away as the event medics rush down to check on the referee. He has an evident broken nose from colliding with the barrier.]

GIRL YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO HURT REAL BAD AND CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP

["Guitars and Cadillacs" BY Dwight Yoakam BEGINS TO PLAY!]

YOU SHOWED ME HOW THIS TOWN CAN SHATTER DREAMS

ANOTHER LESSON ABOUT A NAIVE FOOL THAT CAME TO BABYLON

AND FOUND OUT THAT THE PIE DON’T TASTE SO SWEET

NOW IT’S GUITARS, CADILLAC’S, HILLBILLY MUSIC

[The song hits it's chorus, while two spotlights converge on the stage as James Radford saunters out from behind the curtain! He’s wearing black boots, leather pants, vest, and a black stetson hat.  He pauses at the top of the stage to stare out at the crowd with his hand cupped over his eyes, and he gives the camera a tip of the hat followed by a wink just before making his way down the ramp. He slaps a few hands as he passes by while the camera swings around to follow behind him, focusing on the confederate flag sewn into his vest.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number eight, standing 6’1” and weighing in at 256 pounds, from Jackson, Mississippi, he is “The Pride of Jackson” James Radford! 

[Radford accesses the situation as he gets to ring side. Skull Kid 1 has found a taser in the crate. Security left it beneath the ring and now Gremlin has it! He sparks it at James, but Wynne comes up from behind suddenly. She takes hold of Skull Kid 1’s right arm and pushes it up to his throat for a connection! Skull Kid 1 rocks back and forth as the taser shocks him! Wendy holds his arm tight before releasing him! The medics carry out the referee while a new one comes running down the stage. Radford makes his way toward Wendy but she now has the taser! James comes in with a shoulder tackle but catches the taser in the side from Wynne!] 

 

[James hits the maneuver but Wendy used the last bit of charge in the taser during the fall to the floor on Radford. She slips from beneath him carefully to make it out. The heavier Radford stirs but the taser has taken a toll on him and Skull Kid 1. Wynne gets to one knee alongside the ring but can hear something behind her. Wendy turns to find Indi pushing the stretcher left earlier by the medics! Wynne has no time to react and the edge of the rolling bed hits her head to push it flush against the edge of the ring apron with total brutality! The crowd roars while Indi hits the floor, flat on her bottom. Radford gets to one knee but continues to hold his side. Skull Kid 1 uses the ring steps to get back to a vertical base while Indi focuses solely on The Wicked Witch!] 

 

[The new referee stands along ringside to look at the carnage. She peers over to see blood dripping from the barrier where the referee who preceded her lost many teeth and broke his nose. The countdown hits forty five seconds remaining on the big screen as Radford gets to his feet. He turns around to find Skull Kid 1 going through the crate he retrieved from beneath the ring! James walks up to Gremlin, who turns to slap a handcuff on Radford! The other end is locked on the right wrist of Skull Kid 1 himself! Radford begins throwing rights since his left is tethered to a Skull Kid now. James hammers Gremlin in the mouth with a solid shot then another! Meanwhile, Indi has rolled Wendy back into the ring. Wynne has a gash across her forehead that continues to bleed profusely. The ref comes in close to check on her but Wendy headbutts her! The new ref hits the floor with Wendy’s blood now smeared across her own face.] 

 

[Indi hits the ropes but Wendy gets up to duck the clothesline and bounce off the ropes herself. Rhyder slings shots back at Wynne, who hits the mat flat leading Rhyder to jump the Wicked Witch. Indi bounces off the ropes yet again but this time she is nearly decapitated by Skull Kid 1 and James Radford! The two catch Rhyder at the throat with the chain of the handcuffs by total accident! Wynne hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

Broken up by James Radford! 

 

[The finger splitting, ear shattering licks of “Your Disposal” by Cattle Decapitation bursts throughout the arena in a violent rage as the entire arena goes black. White strobe lights flicker at the entrance ramp, as a thick black smoke obscures the stage. After a few moments, Dakota appears in the middle of the smoke - as if he just materialized there. Smith has something shiny stuck in the front of his pants like a gun. An industrial staple gun. Dakota’s eyes are dead set on the ring, as the strobe light flickers, giving a slow-mo effect as he cracks his neck to the left and then to the right. As vicious snarl forms on his cracked lips, piercing through his beard he starts to march his way down to the ring.]

YOU ALONE ARE YOUR DISPOSAL.

A LIFETIME OF STAINS, WASTING AWAY SLOWLY DOWN THE DRAIN.

NO MERCY, NO REPRISAL.

NO SECOND CHANCE!

[As the growl from that last line penetrates throughout the arena, Dakota begins to march down to the ring. His boot steps are heavy, and his arms twitch and tingle at his sides as he seemingly growls and argues with himself underneath his breath. The strobe light giving everything a rather abstract horror effect as the butcher lashes out some unsuspecting fans at ring side. Dakota cockily grins as he runs his fingers down one of the scars on his stomach, chuckling to himself before continuing to make his way down to the ring, a bit more aggression in his stride.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number nine, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 240 pounds, from The Depths of Hell, he is “The Butcher” Dakota Smith!

[Smith gets to ringside to find chaos. The now bloody referee walks right up to Dakota, who swiftly pulls the staple gun from his waistband and pushes it flush to her wound! SNAP! She hits the floor with a staple now driven into the center of her forehead. Smith then rolls into the ring while still clutching the staple gun tight. Bring your own weapon to work day continues!]  

 

[The referee stands up to rip her shirt off. The sports bra beneath keeps her covered but she quits on the spot. Screaming at Dante, who continues to call this chaotic match with zero rules. The ref storms up the ramp to leave this match totally unattended. Back in the ring, Skull Kid 1 and James Radford are fighting it out. The two men are chained together by a set of handcuffs. Goblin comes in fast for a short armed clothesline but The Pride of Jackson ducks it! James uses the chain to spin Skull Kid 1 around for a vicious short arm lariat! The shot sends him to the mat but also pulls Radford along for a pin!] 

 

[No referee means no count. James even hooks a leg but the new referee only now appears at the curtain. Suddenly Dakota comes up from behind to use the staple gun down the spine of Radford! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! James rolls off Skull Kid 1 to grab at the three staples embedded in his back.] 

 

[Skull Kid 1 gets yanked by Radford. Dakota almost licks his chops as he buries both knees into the chest of Goblin. Smith holds him by the throat to steady the staple gun. Dakota then begins stapling the mask to Skull Kid 1’s actual skull. SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP! Smith continues embedding staples deep into the mask and face of Skull Kid 1 until a punch from Radford rocks him! James leans in to throw an elbow but Dakota counters by stapling Radford’s right ear to his head! The deep staple digs in to hold the ear flush against the side of James’s head!] 

 

[The new referee slides back into the ring as Indi makes it back to her feet in the corner. Wendy slid out of the ring as soon as Dakota stapled the last referee. Wynne pulls Rhyder out of the ring beneath the bottom rope! Indi slams face first onto the mat to be yanked to the outside of the ring. Soon as Indi hits her feet she begins throwing rights at Wendy! The two women begin fighting on the outside of the ring. Wendy comes up with a sharp back hand chop! Then another! Rhyder ends up with her back up against the security barrier as the camera shot swings around to show the countdown timer click down to eighteen seconds. Wendy rushes at Indi full speed ahead for a clothesline but Rhyder holds onto her as both women spill out into the crowd to roaring ovation. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Dakota’s last staple is now stuck in Radfords skull. James and Skull Kid 1 are still chained together as Smith drops the empty staple gun. James picks it up fast then swings it wildly at Dakota’s head! The steel gun smashes into the side of The Butcher’s head to send him flat on the mat and off of Gremlin!] 

 

[Wynne and Rhyder are now throwing punches in the crowd. Indi gets the upper hand with a solid elbow to the jaw! The Wicked Witch stumbles back leading Rhyder to rush at her. A fan sitting in a folding chair next to Wynne holds a large cup of soda that Wendy snatches up to throw in the face of the charging Rhyder! Indi gets her eyes full of mountain dew! The fan seated between the two women stands up to move out of the way which leads Wendy to rush at the empty chair! She leaps to step up on the chair in mid charge to dive off at the now blind Indi with a forearm smash! Both women hit the outside floor!] 

 

[The familiar drums begin to play on the stage to signal a new entrant is on the way. Inside the ring, Radford pulls Skull Kid 1 by the handcuffs! Gremlin leans on the ropes while James stomps down on Dakota with real fury. James has large staples stuck in him all over. Smith manages to roll out of the ring just as the drums halt.]

GINGER, THIS IS SARAH.

PICK UP IF YOU'RE THERE.

I'M AT THIS PLACE ON PICO BOULEVARD CALLED TECH NOIR...

[The introduction of the song is sudden, we hear an ominous tone that follows the Terminator line. The keys are dragged out, lingering in the air as the song gets to a slow start. Seconds pass, as a backing track is finally introduced along with the lengthy notes. Eventually, after a minute, the song really kicks into gear. Neon strobe lights flash along with the beat, a shadowy figure keeps in the darkness. Slowly, we see Bryan Williams methodically walk out from the back. He's dressed for a fight, his jacket covering his torso and his baseball bat in hand. It rests comfortably on his shoulder as it keeps its dangerous message. The wolf mask on his head stays contrasted with the neon lights and the darkness. Bryan keeps his head low, as the song continues to play along. The techno beat ramping up more and more, as the lights around him shimmer and dance.]

 

[The song continues to play, as Bryan stands on the top of the ramp. With his head down, Bryan lets the baseball bat fall from his shoulder, the weight of the bat being pulled towards the ground. His head snaps forward, as he slowly begins to make his way down towards the ring.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number ten, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 219 pounds, from New York, New York, he is Bryan Williams!

[Bryan makes his way to the ring, keeping himself at a brisk pace. Dakota can see Williams has a bat but still charges at him anyway! Williams takes a swing Smith but misses! Dakota ducks it but Bryan swings around to nail him across the back with the bat anyway! Dakota hits one knee while Williams assesses the situation around him. Inside the ring, Radford and Skull Kid 1 are still fighting it out on the mat while chained together. Indi and Wendy are back up with Wynne holding onto Rhyder by the hair of her head. Wendy walks her toward the stage through the crowd. The camera shifts back to the ring where Goblin and Radford are back up! Skull Kid one has many staples in his face which blocks the eye holes of his mask. James realizes Gremlin is essentially blind. Radford can hear someone else in the ring and turns to see Williams charging at both men holding a baseball bat! He swings it wildly leading James to cover up but this jerks Skull Kid 1 in the line of fire! Bryan smashes Skull Kid 1 with the bat before being thrown out of the ring from behind by Dakota Smith out of nowhere! Gremlin begins to fall but Radford cradles him up for a quick spike piledriver! The maneuver nearly rips his wrist out of socket but James manages to hook a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

... Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Skull Kid 1 has been eliminated! 

 

[The new referee comes in close to unlock the handcuffs so Skull Kid 1 can leave the match and to free James Radford. Meanwhile, on the outside of the ring, Smith has caught Williams and rushes at him forward for a charging headbutt! The shot rocks Williams leading Dakota to take hold of Bryan by the throat! Smith lifts the lighter Williams up into the air to chokeslam him through Dante’s announce table.] 

 

[The countdown continues to tick down past 38 seconds while Wynne and Indi fight through the crowd! Wendy used the soda to gain the upper hand, but now uses fists and knees to inflict more damage on the way towards the stage. Suddenly, Rhyder comes alive! She swings around to nearly superkick The Wicked Witch out of her red slippers! Indi irish whips Wendy into the stage but she catches herself on the edge before crashing into it. Wynne quickly climbs up on the steel stage but Rhyder takes hold of her right foot! Wendy uses her left foot to kick Indi in the face! Rhyder loses grip which allows Wynne to climb on up onto the stage. Rhyder shakes it off and gives chase! Both women end up on the stage leading Wynne to throw a wild haymaker that misses its mark! Rhyder uses the miss to cradle up Wendy for a vertical suplex on the steel stage! The countdown reaches fifteen as the two women struggle to recover.] 

 

[Dakota admires his work while Williams lies in the rubble of Dante’s announce table. Smith suddenly gets clobbered from behind! The sudden shot causes him to trip over Williams with Radford falling down on both men! Country Fine then stands up quickly while holding onto the right arm of The Butcher! Radford pulls up Dakota, who swings at James! Radford catches the lick right on the jaw! James falls back but comes right back at Smith with a forearm! The Butcher falls back before a bat hits him on the side of the right knee cap out of nowhere! Williams has gotten up and found his bat! Bryan takes the edge of the bat after Dakota hits one knee to lunge the end of the weapon into the back of Smith’s skull! Williams then looks up at Radford, who rushes in with a knee to the gut! Bryan bends over in response which leads Country Fine to cradle him up for a pump handle slam! Radford lifts up Williams and at the highest point of the maneuver, Bryan puts the bat behind James head to grasp it tight in both hands to turn the slam into a facebuster!] 

 

”HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!” 

 

[Wynne crawls down the ramp toward the ring. Her face is covered in blood. A gash in her forehead has left the witch with a crimson mask. Indi has stood up mere feet behind her. The drums begin to play on the stage. Rhyder looks over at them. She walks over to one of the large drums and swiftly snatches it from the player! Now one drum hits while Indi slips up behind Wynne. The Wicked Witch gets up while Indi sneaks.]

WHAT Y'ALL THOUGHT Y'ALL WASN'T GON' SEE ME?

I'M THE OSIRUS OF THIS SHIT

WU-TANG IS HERE FOREVER, MOTHERFUCKERS

IT'S LIKE THIS NINETY-SEVEN

AIGHT MY NIGGAS AND MY NIGGARETTES

LET'S DO IT LIKE THIS

I'MA RUB YOUR ASS IN THE MOONSHINE

LET'S TAKE IT BACK TO SEVENTY-NINE

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number eleven, standing 6’3” and weighing in at 235 pounds, from Sinclair City, Nevada, he is Jay Sinclair!

[Jay rushes down the stage to take hold of Indi from behind! She drops the drum while Sinclair whips her into the apron! Rhyder smashes into it stomach first then Jay rolls her back into the ring. He slides in right behind her. Jay came through the curtain to aim his ire at the most tenured member left in this bloodbath, Indi Rhyder. Out of nowhere, Radford comes in with a running swinging neckbreaker on Sinclair! Jay hits the mat flat while Williams rounds the ring but has lost his bat again. Wendy has made it back to one knee while Dakota fights through the pain in his knee now to get back up. Williams comes up from behind  Wynne leading her to stand up to meet him! She slaps him across the face with a viciousness felt throughout the arena! Williams elbows her right in the mouth in response! She bends slightly to hold her face before Bryan cradles her up for a blue thunder bomb on the outside floor! The crowd pops!] 

 

[Jay slowly gets to his feet as The Butcher slides back into the ring to look for Williams. Bryan slides into the ring on the opposite side behind James, who focuses on Sinclair. Bryan reaches behind himself to yank a small piece of Dante’s announce table out of his side. Dakota grins at this while Radford grapples up Jay, who counters with a roll up pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Broken up by Williams and Smith! 

 

[The camera on the outside swings around to show Wendy using the apron to climb on up into the ring while Indi gets to her feet in the corner. The counter behind has ticked down to sixteen. Daniel and Smith roll around on the mat fighting for supremacy as does Radford and Williams! Indi bides her time in the corner as Smith takes hold of MacNamara’s head in both hands and begins smashing it down against the mat! Again and again! Daniel is left in a daze while Dakota gets grappled up from behind! Wendy spins around The Butcher, who pokes her in the eye! Smith then cradles Wynne up for a Full Nelson lift into a knee strike to the back of the skull! GOREWHORE! Wendy hits the mat lifeless while Smith gets in position to make a pin but Williams pushes him into the ropes from Dakota’s blind side! Smith gets tangled up in the ropes leading Bryan to hook a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Wendy Wynne has been eliminated! 

 

[The drums begin to sound on the stage. The ring doctor comes in to take a look at Wynne after the knee to the back of the head from Smith.]

YOU PROMISED ME THE ENDING WOULD BE CLEAR

YOU'D LET ME KNOW WHEN THE TIME WAS NOW

DON'T LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU'RE OPENING THE DOOR

STAB ME IN THE DARK, LET ME DISAPPEAR

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number twelve, standing 6’3” and weighing in at 179 pounds, from Armagh, Northern Ireland, he is Daniel MacNamara!

[Daniel appears on the stage as “Bring Me The Disco King” by David Bowie and James Maynard hits throughout. MacNamara gets the crowd riled up almost immediately. Boo’s come down as he rushes down the ramp and toward the chaos in the ring. Jay Sinclair has worked Country Fine into the corner. Smith slides out of the ring on the opposite side from Bryan, who watches Dakota closely. MacNamara slides into the ring leading Williams to begin stomping down on him! Indi Rhyder glides through the ropes and out onto the apron. Indi appears tired and battered but fights on without relenting even the slightest. Dakota begins pulling light tubes from beneath the ring. Rhyder realizes he knew exactly where these were located so he’s probably put them there. Dakota begins to peer up at Indi, who takes off along the apron! She dives off at Smith to catch him with double knees in the chest! She rides The Butcher down to the outside floor but lands awkward herself. Indi twists her left ankle during the fall while Dakota’s head bounces off the unforgiving floor!] 

 

[Meanwhile, MacNamara gets whipped into the corner by Williams from across the ring. Daniel turns slightly before impact to hit back first in the corner. Suddenly, Sinclair comes flying in to smash full speed ahead into MacNamara! Jay falls hits the mat then rolls out of the ring to take a moment while MacNamara doubles over in the corner. Radford irish whipped Sinclair into Daniel. Williams looks over at James, who grins wide before narrowing his eyes. Bryan points to MacNamara in the corner to give the go ahead for a big splash by Radford, who obliges! James takes off at Daniel full speed! MacNamara moves at the last possible moment just as James dives at him! Radford crashes and burns while Williams watches on. The camera comes in close directly in front of Bryan to show a glass tube smash across his head from behind! The Butcher is left in frame as Williams hits the mat in a pile. Smith glides through the ropes from the apron to get back in the ring. He has another light tube but drops it to hook a leg on Williams!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

BROKEN UP BY INDI RHYDER! 

 

[The only remaining drummer begins to play on the stage to signal number thirteen will be coming soon. Rhyder remains on her hands and knees when the camera locks on her to show Daniel bite her bottom from behind! The crowd lets out a gasp while MacNamara bites the space hippie’s posterior again! She yelps out loud then reaches back to hold her bottom. Daniel goes in for another bite, but receives an uppercut from a glass light tube instead! Radford comes in after taking up the tube to hit MacNamara with it like he was driving a golf ball! The glass embeds in the face of Daniel, who rolls out of the ring while thrashing and pawing at his own face!]

BLOODSHOT EYES, METAL SKIN

SERPENTS TONGUE, DAGGER CLAWS

DRAGON WINGS, CROOKED HORNS

K.I.N.G.

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number thirteen, standing 5’5” and weighing in at 135 pounds, from Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, she is Johanna Krieger!

[Johanna Krieger slowly steps out from the back with no lights around her standing in the center of the stage as a white spotlight suddenly flickers on. She holds the insides of her jacket as she moves down towards the ring. Johanna runs up and slides across the ring apron on one knee holding the middle rope before sneering at the fans. She pulls herself up and slingshots herself through the ropes into the ring before stomping down on Indi Rhyder!]

 

[Indi manages to get to one knee while Krieger hits the ropes directly in front of Rhyder to slingshot back! Johanna comes in with a running single leg dropkick! The violent kick puts Indi down. Krieger leaps up only to be grappled up from behind by The Butcher! He spins the smaller Johanna around to cradle her for a snapping double underhook piledriver! Smith hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

Broken up by Bryan Williams! 

 

[Bryan found his bat on the outside then rolled back into the ring to halt Dakota’s pin attempt. This cock block nature annoys The Butcher to no end. Williams begins to tee off on Smith the bat. Krieger rolls out of the ring to find Radford holding a sleeper on Jay Sinclair while Daniel digs glass shards out of his neck! The scene has become grim throughout. The crowd eats it all up. Indi comes up from behind Williams to wrap both arms around his throat. She then falls back while simultaneously folding up her knees to drive them into Bryan’s spine!]

 

[Williams drops his bat and it rolls beneath the bottom rope to fall onto the floor. It continues to roll until it comes to rest directly in front of Jay Sinclair. He reaches for it while down on one knee. Country Fine, James Radford holds a sleeper on from behind tight! Jay struggles but manages to lunge to grasp hold of the bat. Sinclair then swings it back over his head directly at James skull! The wood bat smacks Radford in the right eye socket causing him to release his hold immediately!]

 

[Jay slides back into the ring while still clutching the bat! He rushes at Rhyder to lunge with the bat into her abdomen! Indi hits the mat while Sinclair continues his onslaught with Williams bat. Krieger looks beneath the ring to find a kendo stick, her favorite weapon. Like she knew just where it would be. Odd. Sinclair hits Williams with the bat twice while he rolls around on the mat to dodge the hard licks. Dakota comes up from behind Sinclair, who swings around to nail Smith in the crotch with the bat! Johanna slides back into the ring only to get swatted by Jay with the bat. He looks around to see all the carnage he created and a smile crosses his face. Sinclair spins around to get hit with a kendo stick! Daniel MacNamara begins teeing off on Jay with unrelenting malice and real hatred. MacNamara drops the kendo stick to hook Sinclair with a muscular bomb that he transitions into a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Jay Sinclair has been eliminated! 

 

[The remaining drummer begins to play back on the stage. Radford pops up with a swollen and blackening right eye. Nearly swollen shut but he rolls back into the ring. Krieger holds her ribs on the mat but lunges up into a sitting position.] 

 

[The opening riffs of “Watch the World Burn” by Trivium echo throughout the arena. The camera pans over the fans as there is a mixed reaction.]

IF WE ALL FALL DOWN, WE

FALL BEFORE MOVING WHEELS,

CRUSHED BETWEEN THE GEARS!

IF WE FALL IN LINE, WE

SEE THAT THIS PATH LEADS STRAIGHT,

INTO THE GREAT MACHINE!

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number fourteen, standing 6’8” and weighing in at 260 pounds, from Chicago, Illinois, he is David Wilson!

[David enters through the curtain and stands atop the entrance. He looks out at the fans in disgust, sharing some banter with some of them before walking down the ramp. He makes it to the steps and waits a moment taking it all in. He then walks up the steps and pulls down on the ropes making sure they’re tight enough.]

 

[Wilson leaps over the top rope landing on his feet before taking off for the corner climbing it quickly, keeping his head down. He looks up to get cracked in the head by Dakota Smith with a kendo stick! The violence has no end in this war.] 

 

[MacNamara regrets dropping the kendo stick almost immediately. He gets pulled from the ring suddenly! Daniel’s feet are yanked from beneath him! County Fine, James Radford, pulls MacNamara clear out of the ring! Wilson shakes his head in the corner after taking the kendo stick to the face from Smith. Williams leaps up on Dakota’s back leading him to swat back at Bryan with the stick! Williams moves his head from side to side to dodge the licks. Dakota takes the stick and places it behind the head of Williams before dropping down with a jawbreaker! Using the kendo as a brace, Smith nearly breaks Bryan’s neck! Dakota gets to one knee only to catch a bicycle knee from a charging Krieger! Indi rolls up Williams while Krieger pins Smith!

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...KICK OUT by Williams and Smith! 

 

[The Pride of Jackson, James Radford, hoists up Daniel MacNamara on the outside before taking off running toward the security barrier full speed ahead! Radford tosses Daniel face first towards the barrier causing MacNamara to land gut first across the unforgiving steel! The countdown reaches 30 seconds as Bryan rolls out of the ring to take a moment. Dakota looks up at the bright lights after the knee shot from Krieger trying to clear the cobwebs himself as well. Indi gets ahold of Johanna around the neck from behind! She then rushes toward the corner to step up on the bottom rope then middle rope before doing a complete back flip to slam Krieger on the mat with real impact! Rhyder hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

... BROKEN UP BY JAMES RADFORD! 

 

[Radford slid back into the ring just in time to stop the pinfall attempt. Rhyder rolls over on the mat to face up at James, who drops a knee across her throat! The Intergalactic Star Child’s airway gets cut off completely by the sudden shot! The sole drummer begins to play on the stage while Wilson has climbed to the top turnbuckle after gathering his bearings. James gets back to his feet quickly only to catch a crossbody from the huge David Wilson! Wilson holds it for a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Broken up by MacNamara!

FLIPPING UP THE LIGHT TRYING TO SURVIVE THIS ENDLESS FIGHT

IF YOU SHOOT THEM DOWN, WE CAN MAKE IT RIGHT, WE'LL MAKE IT RIGHT

AND THEY LIGHT THE SKY AS THEY MULTIPLY, THEY MULTIPLY

NO MATTER WHAT THEY TRY, THEY WON'T TAKE AWAY OUR WILL TO FIGHT

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number fifteen, standing 4’10” and weighing in at 115 pounds, from Los Angeles, California, she is Fallon Lockhart!

["Porter Robinson" by Lion Hearted ft.Urban Cone hits across the PA system. The crowd cheers for Fallon Lockhart as she comes through the curtain with purpose. One of the smallest wrestlers in this match has emerged carrying a solid red sack across her back. Fallon smiles wide while walking toward an active warzone.] 

 

[Fallon walks to the ring carrying something heavy in what appears to be a Santa christmas bag. She climbs the ring steps and carefully ducks between the bottom and middle ropes. Williams and Dakota crawl toward each other on the mat. Both sore and battered from the battle thus far. Lockhart walks right up to the two men, who stop crawling to peer up at her. Lockhart lifts the red bag out in front of her body before carefully dumping the contents out. Hundreds of thumbtacks rain down out of the bag! The mat becomes covered in the sharp tacks in mere seconds while bring your favorite weapon to work day continues in Union Battleground!] 

 

[Krieger slips up behind Fallon to duck between both her legs! Johanna lifts up the smaller wrestler high into the air! Lockhart immediately begins punching down onto Kriegers head to counter! Dakota slips to his feet to duck beneath Johanna’s legs! The Butcher raises up using all his upper body strength to hoist up Krieger and Fallon! Dakota slowly walks toward the corner with Krieger on his shoulders and Fallon on hers. Bryan sweeps Smith’s feet suddenly to topple them all! All three wrestlers fall back onto the pile of thumbtacks! They roll around to get away but more dig into the flesh of all three.] 

 

[Williams quickly hooks a leg on Dakota Smith!] 

 

...One! 

 

...BROKEN UP BY DAVID WILSON! 

 

[The large wrestler simply stomps the pin out! Bryan appears enraged at the interference and leaps up to face his larger foe. Wilson irish whips Williams into the ropes and attempts a big boot on his return but misses! Bryan ducks the boot to bounce off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring! David turns around to catch a leaping enziguri kick from the charging Bryan! Indi sits on the apron finally able to catch her breath back after the knee from Radford earlier. Williams notices her out of the corner of his eye and he leaps to both feet! Bryan charges at Rhyder as she stands up on the apron! Williams catches a right hook upon his arrival from the Intergalactic Star Child! Then another! This shot sends Bryan back into the awaiting arms of Daniel MacNamara, who rolls him up then uses both feet on the ropes to brace!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

BROKEN UP BY DAKOTA SMITH! 

 

[Smith comes in to break up the pin somehow! He has thumbtacks stuck all over him. Fallon reaches her feet in the corner and she is covered in tacks as well. The drummer on the stage begins to play again. Dakota lifts up Williams off the mat after muttering, “He’s mine”, to Daniel. Lockhart climbs up on the turnbuckles from inside the ring slowly. The high fall took a lot out of her but she fights on. Fallon perches herself on the top turnbuckle and waits patiently for MacNamara to stand up and turn back around. Lockhart leaps off to nail Daniel with a flying spinning heel kick! The sudden violent lick sends MacNamara down onto the mat. Lockhart recovers to hook a leg quickly!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

BROKEN UP BY INDI RHYDER!

INTO THE WILD

THOUGHTS OF AN

UNEARTHLY CHILD

PLANTS AND ANIMALS

BLACK AND WHITE

JOURNEY ON

THROUGH DAY AND NIGHT

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number sixteen, standing 5’7” and weighing in at 135 pounds, from Fascination Street, she is Anna Daniels!

[“A Darkness In My Soul” by Solid Space hits throughout. Anna Daniels comes through the curtain appearing to be in a euphoric trance state. She wears a space helmet of some sort. Rhyder looks on and realizes Anna is mocking her with the helmet. Daniels takes it off and continues down the ramp in her glorious Time Lord robe. Anna drops the space helmet on the outside of the ring to further mock the Intergalactic Star Child further. She slides in and the two women have a brief staredown before throwing down! Fists fly between the two in a flurry of fury!] 

 

[Dakota dumps Williams over the top rope causing him to bounce hard off the apron before hitting the outside floor! The Butcher then rolls out of the ring to end up beneath the skirt. He pulls part of a ladder out then continues searching. A roll of duct tape comes rolling from underneath the ring while Dakota looks for other toys to inflict pain with. The camera cuts back to the ring where Radford has reappeared after taking a few moments on the outside of the ring to dig a few staples out of his head. David Wilson charges out of the corner looking for a clothesline but catches snake eyes instead! The larger wrestler bends slightly giving James the opening to cradle up Wilson. Country Fine then hits a wicked brainbuster! Radford then hooks a leg quickly!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

David Wilson has been eliminated! 

 

[The drummer starts to play on the stage while Wilson rolls out of the ring now covered in thumbtacks. The gift from Fallon Lockhart that keeps on giving. Indi Rhyder and Anna Daniels are now swapping blows on the outside of the ring. Daniels uses a knee to gain the advantage before cradling up Rhyder! Anna looks back to see the ring steps then adjusts accordingly. She cradles Indi’s head for a vertical suplex onto the ring steps! Daniels hits the back of her own head on the bottom step by accident but Indi impacts spine first!] 


["Mucha Lucha" begins to play throughout the arena as Reventón bursts through the curtain! The little lucha bull beats his chest with both fists before throwing his arms up into the air, and the crowd cheers loudly for him.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number seventeen, standing 4’6” and weighing in at 112 pounds, from Seville, Spain, he is Reventón! 

[Reventón paws at the floor with his right foot before setting off, charging down the aisle as he slaps hands with as many fans as are willing, and he's able to. Upon reaching the ring, the mini hoss runs around the outside once, before climbing up the steps and springboarding up off the bottom rope, onto the top rope, and finally into the ring!]

 

[James Radford kicks the smaller wrestler in the chest almost immediately! Reventón bounces off the ropes to slingshot back at James, who has already built momentum off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring! Reventón leaps into the air as both men meet in the center of the ring for a wicked hurricanrana on the larger Country Fine! Meanwhile, on the outside of the ring, Williams has begun to stir while Dakota has found a concrete block beneath the ring. The crowd gasps as he pulls it out. Smith stomps down on the head of Bryan Williams from behind to drive his face into the floor! Dakota holds the block out from his body while kicking at Bryan toward the ring steps. The Butcher drops the block on the floor to take hold of Williams! Smith slams him face first into the steel steps! Bryan ends up with his head resting on the top step while the rest of his body slumps down the other two steps. Dakota looks back at the block before reaching over to retrieve it. Reventón gets to his feet inside the ring to notice Smith and Bryan on the outside. He watches as Dakota lifts the block high into the air and takes off in that direction fast! Smith brings the block down with all he’s got trying to kill Bryan Williams! Dakota aims to smash his head between the block and steel steps but at the last possible moment, Bryan moves! The concrete block shatters against the steel steps and as Smith raises up to see he’s missed, Reventón springboards off the top rope and onto his shoulders! Smith tries to shake the smaller wrestler, who ends up facing Dakota while sitting on his shoulders! Smith powerbombs Reventón into the edge of the apron with real pleasure.] 

 

[Indi applies an ankle lock onto Anna Daniels on the opposite side of the ring! She twists on the ankle wanting to snap it into two pieces. These two women hate each other and it's very apparent. The drummer begins to play once more as the countdown meter ticks down past ten. MacNamara ends up back in the ring after the exchange from Indi earlier put him down for the count… almost. Daniel slid beneath the bottom rope to raise up to find a charging Johanna Krieger, out of nowhere! She catches MacNamara with a running bicycle knee! Krieger shakes her head still feeling the effects of the high fall earlier after sustaining the worst of it. Johanna quickly hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Daniel MacNamara has been eliminated! 

 

[Williams locates his bat on the opposite side of the ring. Dakota gives chase only to catch the bat to the side from Bryan! Williams takes the edge of the bat and drives it with all he’s got into  Smith’s ribcage! The Butcher hits one knee as he feels two ribs crack. Williams falls back on the mat to catch his bearings after the onslaught brought on by the crazed Dakota Smith.]

I SEE HER COMING

FILLED IN HER DISEASE

DON'T BOTHER RUNNIN'

SHE SEES ME

HER SMILE IS THICK

SO SICK THERE AIN'T NO CURE

I NEVER WANT TO BE JUST LIKE HER...NO

BURN, BURN

BURN THE WITCH

[“Burn The Witch” by My Ruin begins to play over the PA. The Virginia crowd begins to boo immediately. Claire Lichfield walks out onto the stage to a loud negative response.] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number eighteen, standing 5’8” and weighing in at 140 pounds, from Inverary, Scotland, she is Claire Lichfield! 

[Claire glitters and shines in the bright lights with her fancy outfit. She struts down the ramp before picking up speed to run head on into Indi and Anna Daniels! She takes both women out then gets up quick to start dropping stomps! Fallon Lockhart slips back into the ring after eating the thumbtacks stacked three people high earlier. Reventón leaps onto James Radford’s back from the top turnbuckle! The smaller wrestler continues trying to choke out the larger Country Fine. Radford slings him off forward onto the mat! Reventón hits the canvas in a pile but before James can react, Lockhart flies into the shot out of nowhere to hit a 450 senton to wow the entire crowd. She hooks a leg and Radford does not stop her whatsoever!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Reventón has been eliminated! 

 

[Bryan Williams slips into the ring holding his bat. He hits James from behind at the heel! The violent shot sends Country Fine to the mat to clutch at his ankle. Krieger pops up out of the far corner to charge at Williams, who responds with the end of his bat into her throat! The shot robs Johanna of all the air inside her lungs. Williams quickly cradles her up for a brainbuster onto his kneecap! CTE! Bryan hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Johanna Krieger has been eliminated! 

 

[Indi Rhyder gets rolled into the ring by Claire Lichfield suddenly! Anna Daniels has made it back to her feet but both her and Indi are bruised from the brutal exchange just shared by the two. Rhyder has been wrestling for an hour straight and it’s beginning to show. Suddenly a ladder flies into the ring out of nowhere! The Butcher is back up and already finding new toys to play with. The ladder hits James Radford in the side of the head! A gash appears over the ear stapled to his skull. James rolls out of the ring quickly to recover while medics come down to check on Johanna for a concussion. Lichfield gets in the ring after rolling Indi inside. She stomps down on the helpless Krieger simply for kicks before turning her attention back to Indi. Claire wants to be the one to end Indi’s historic run here tonight.] 

 

[Dakota rolls back into the ring to locate the ladder. Lockhart slips through the ropes and out onto the apron. She watches on to wait for the perfect moment. Smith takes the ladder and props it up between the top and middle ropes in the corner. After tucking it in tight, The Butcher turns around to find a suitable foe to smash into the ladder. This causes Lockhart to leap up on the top rope to springboard off at Smith, who catches her in mid air with a stiff european uppercut! The violent counter causes the smaller Fallon to hit the mat hard.]

ASK ME IF I GIVE A FUCK ABOUT A CLIQUE

ASK ME IF I GIVE A FUCK ABOUT A DISS

ASK ME IF I GIVE A FUCK ABOUT FAME

RECENTLY I JUST DON'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT A THING

[The hypnotic and Satanic intro to "Mercury" By Ghostemane begins playing as the house lights dim out and begins flashing violently to the beat. After the intro plays out and the heavy bass drops SWITCHBLXDE rises out from the bottom of the stage through a blackened fog. He is attached to a scarecrow perch in the scarecrow position with his arms spread out wide and his head lowered to the ground. He oddly and violently snaps one of his arms off as he begins twitching. He rips the other free before dropping down from the perch. He twitches and convulses, almost demon like, before raising up from his knees with his arms back into a spread stance. He begins down the ramp, twitching and shaking to the beat.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number nineteen, standing 6’4” and weighing in at 215 pounds, from The 7th Circle of Hell, he is ”The Scum God” SWITCHBLXDE!

[As he comes to the ring he steps up onto the outside of the turnbuckle and spread his arms again as he lets his head hang and twitch about. He steps over the ropes and gets into the ring where he comes to the ropes facing the hard cam. He leans over and uses his pointer fingers to pull down his bottom eyelids, exposing only the whites in his eyes as he shows off his silver teeth. The music dies down as the lights return to normal. SWITCHBLXDE takes a position in the corner, hanging on the ropes in the scarecrow position. Radford comes flying in for a big splash! James smashes SWITCHBLXDE between the turnbuckles and his own weight while The Scum God was upside down! Radford grapples him up for a front facing elbow drop! Then another!] 

 

[Indi gets back to her feet to find Claire Lichfield staring her down from across the ring. The two women charge across the ring to clothesline one another! They hit the canvas with a hard thud but both bounce right back up! Williams and Dakota begin to fight over the ladder that Smith found beneath the ring in the far corner.] 

 

[SWITCHBLXDE rolls out of the ring to find Fallon Lockhart on the apron. Lockhart runs along the apron to nail The Scum God with a knee! The shot turns him completely around where Radford is charging from the opposite direction for a Lou Thesz Press! Lockhart admires her work before slipping back through the ropes to catch the corner of the ladder to her forehead! Dakota grins as he busts open the smallest remaining wrestler in this contest. Williams gets out of dodge once The Butcher got hold of the ladder. Smith uses the ladder and his body weight to pin Fallon to the mat!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Fallon Lockhart has been eliminated! 

 

[The drummer begins to play for the final time. Dakota smiles wide then shakes wildly as he raises up off the ladder and Lockhart. Williams comes up from behind with his right foot to catch it flush on the back of The Butcher’s head to stomp it into the ladder and put even more weight on the much smaller Fallon!] 

 

[SWITCHBLXDE gets back in the ring to find Anna Daniels waiting! She begins kicking him with all she’s got with her left leg before switching the right! The larger wrestler gets worked into the corner where Daniels leaps up to catch him beneath the chin with a violent knee! The pop can be heard throughout! The God of Scum falls forward on the mat to end up on his back. Anna leaps up onto the middle turnbuckle to bounce on up to the top! She leaps off to hit a picture perfect corkscrew shooting star press that she transitions into an elbow drop! The maneuver wows the crowd as she hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

SWITCHBLXDE has been eliminated! 

 

[The drums stop as no music plays or anything. Nikolas Thoreau walks down the ramp. The crowd is confused by the lack of showsman ship by this man leading to them to boo him instantly.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Coming in at number twenty, he is Nikolas Thoreau! 

[The crowd boos as Thoreau climbs up on the apron with nothing but business at hand on his mind. Music and theatrics are for the weak, in his mind. Nikolas slips through the ropes but gets the back of his heel caught. He stumbles into the ring to be grappled by Anna Daniels! She irish whips him toward the nearest corner, where the ladder is stuck in the ropes! SMACK! Thoreau smashes into the ladder full speed ahead! Daniels quickly rushes over to make a pin.] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Nikolas Thoreau has been eliminated! 

 

[Claire Lichfield has gotten Indi Rhyder down and now she pulls the turnbuckle apart in the corner directly across from the ladder. The thumbtacks still cover the mat thick. Most of the wrestlers even near the ring including Fallon Lockhart, who is being taken out by medics, are full of thumbtacks. Dakota gets back to his feet inside the ring leading Anna Daniels to charge at him! Smith shuffles his feet slightly to catch Anna! He lifts her up into the air only to fall back causing her to hit face first onto the ladder still stuck in the corner! Dakota quickly hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Anna Daniels has been eliminated! 

 

[Indi struggles to get to one knee but Claire cuts her off again! This time she hooks on a rear naked choke hold! Both women fall to the mat with Rhyder thrashing around to get free! Lichfield laughs wildly while attempting to KO Indi for good. Rhyder begins to fade leading the referee to come in close to check. James Radford comes out of nowhere to begin stomping down on Claire Lichfield! The mudhole stomps hit their mark with pinpoint accuracy. Indi gets up slowly then pulls herself on up using the ropes in the corner. She then leaps up to bounce split legged back onto Lichfield on the mat with Kharmic Pain! Bryan Williams hits Radford from behind while Indi hooks a leg on Claire!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Claire Lichfield has been eliminated! 

 

[The crowd hits a fever pitch as the four remaining wrestlers are now all in the ring. Radford and Williams start throwing punches at one another while Dakota stares down Indi Rhyder from across the ring. All of them are covered from head to toe with thumbtacks thanks to Lockharts gift. The Butcher charges across the ring looking to hurt Indi but she catches him with a drop toe hold that sends him face first into the naked turnbuckle! The sharp exposed turnbuckle slices Dakota’s forehead all the way across! He quickly grabs his forehead with both hands as he hits the mat before rolling out of the ring. Rhyder can see the blood and realizes she may have just hurt Smith.] 

 

[Radford and Williams are going blow for blow on the opposite side of the ring. James nails Bryan with an uppercut that rocks him a bit. Williams staggers back leading James to come in but Bryan counters with a ripcord lariat! MANTRA! Williams drops down on the mat to hook the right leg of The Pride of Jackson.] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

James Radford has been eliminated! 

 

[Three remain. Dakota is still on the outside floor, face down. He has both hands on his face and bleeding profusely. The Butcher refuses medical help while attempting to recover. Indi Rhyder gets to her feet to find Bryan Williams standing across from her. He holds the space helmet that another competitor wore to taunt Indi.]

 

[Williams comes at Rhyder wildly while swinging the glass space helmet at her! She ducks it causing him to miss completely. Rhyder hits one knee while Bryan swings around to begin to swing the glass helmet back around but Indi uppercuts Williams in the crotch! A wicked nutshot that shocks the entire front row! Indi then reaches him to wrap both arms around the back of Bryan’s neck before dropping down to smash his chin on the top of her head! Williams ends up on his back. Indi looks over at the space helmet and then over at the turnbuckles. The Intergalactic Star Child picks it up and carefully slips the space lid onto her head. Indi then rushes to the closest corner. She scales the turnbuckles to end up facing back out at Bryan Williams while wearing the glass helmet.] 

 

[Indi leaps off the top turnbuckle aiming for a flying headbutt in the space helmet! Rhyder hits her mark but it shatters the glass space helmet to pieces. With glass shards now stuck in her face to match the tacks, Indi hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Bryan Williams has been eliminated! 

 

[Rhyder rolls over to end up on her back. She can’t believe how long she has been in this match or that she’s still alive at all. Rhyder takes off the broken helmet leaving scratches and cuts as she does so. Now bloody, Indi rises up to look for her final foe.]

 

[The Butcher pops up on the outside. The cut from the exposed turnbuckle has left a bad gash across his forehead. The blood flows from the flap of skin that just hangs now. Dakota can’t see out of his left eye for blood but he reaches down to pick up the roll of duct tape he found earlier. Rhyder watches on as Smith never takes his right eye off her while he uses the tape to wrap the serious head wound. Terror grips the entire arena from the haunting scene of Dakota using cheap tape to hold his scalp together. Rhyder gets to both feet ready for a fight as Smith walks up the steps. He bends down to pick up a piece of the busted concrete block he tried to kill Bryan with earlier. The Butcher wipes the blood from his left eye to regain his full sight before pitching the piece of concrete block right at Rhyder! The small piece of concrete hits her in the face and busts her nose! Indi falls to one knee to wipe the water from her eyes from the solid shot to her nose! The Intergalactic Star Child gets her eyes clear only to catch a running Yakuza kick from Dakota! Smith wastes no time lifting her up into a cradle for a Fisherman Suplex lift into a sitout spinebuster! DEADMAN WONDERLAND! The Butcher then hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Indi Rhyder has been eliminated! 

 

[The crowd is in pandemonium! The war is finally over and only one man is left standing…]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, AND NEW Union Battleground Champion, ”The Butcher” Dakota Smith!

 

[The referee comes in holding the championship. He helps Smith up before holding the new champ’s arm high into the air. Blood oozes from beneath the cheap duct tape but Dakota does not care. He holds the championship high into the air after going through pure hell to earn it.]

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