L!GHTS OUT #11
Ben Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, South Carolina
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:: commentary teaM ::
:: welcome to the show ::
[The final moments of the previous L!GHTS OUT replay finishes, and then there is a moment of darkness. The Union Battleground logo slowly fades in and out in a rhythmic pulse synchronized with deep thuds of a heart beat. The view distorts and scratches out into darkness again. Then suddenly a countdown begins…]
GIMME FUEL, GIMME FIRE, GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE!
[As "Fuel" by Metallica kicks in to overdrive, we open up with a montage of some of the biggest moments in Union Battleground's short history. We see Dick Devereux laying countless Pipe Bombs on to Dragasha Omega in the L!GHTS OUT #1 main event; we see Hannah Kristiansen cutting a promo during her open challenge debut; we see the formation of Salvation at the Fallout PPV; we see Emery Layton winning the Trench War Championship with The Prikasa;
we see The Outliers crowd surfing down at the Pico Rivera Arena at L!GHTS OUT #4.]
[Then we see a quick cut compilation of Nigel Crane laying out Maverick and then showing him destroying Jason Bourne's knee and then a split screen of both of them wheeled out on stretchers; we see a quick cut compilation of some of the biggest spots during Trixie and Anton Chase's ladder match at Fallout; and finally we see a quick cut compilation of Dick Devereux and Tweeder each hoisting the Union Battleground Championship during their two PPV main event bouts. An explosion engulfs the screen as we transition to the arena.]
[Luke Knux and the Scumbag Society are finishing up one of their hit songs as the camera angles pan all throughout the arena. As Knux finishes off his solo and bringing the song to an end, a huge fireworks display ignites and lights up the entire arena like a supernova! We now finally venture over to the broadcast booth to start the show.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Welcome everyone to another edition of L!GHTS OUT! Our eleventh show comes to you live from Greenville, South Carolina at the Ben Secours Wellness Arena in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 plus! I am your host, "The Doctor" Dante Reed, alongside me is the man that needs no introduction... But I'm going to give him one anyway, "Diamond" Dick Thrasher!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It's a fact, I'm known as yo daddy in all 50 states! But enough about me, Dante, what a show we have in store tonight!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You're right, Dick. Tonight in our main event, we have the return of our new Union Battleground Champion and "The Butcher of the Battleground" Dick Devereaux who will face off "The Spectacular" Dillon Shaw!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Don't get me wrong, Shaw has been impressive so far in his Union Battleground career; making a mockery of Ryan Zane then seizing the moment in his triple threat match against Hubert Smalls and Jove Belane. But don't you think he needs to prove himself a little more before getting a shot at the top prize of the company?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Maybe so, but as I mentioned during our last show, Axel Graves is an Ohio native and scouted Dillon Shaw from his amateur wrestling days at Ohio State, so I'm sure he's not just throwing this young man into the fire.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Seems a bit biased if you ask me. Just because he's a former Buckeye doesn't warrant a title shot in your third match. But, what do I know? I'm sitting here at the broadcast booth.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Also on hand, we have our first Trios match where Anton Chase will team up with Beautiful Storm to take on Nemesis, Kreature, and Camila Martinez of Salvation.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I feel for Anton here. He's the lone wolf of this bunch. And teaming up with the one person that's been a thorn in his side for so long? C'mon now! But they'll have to try to be a cohesive unit if they plan to take down the monster group Salvation.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - We've also got a double shot of triple threat matches. We've got an all-male match where Jonathan Drake, Chris Andrew, and the debuting Douglas Armatage will battle it out. And also, and all-female match consisting of Kimitsu Zombie, Mandi Morrison and the debuting Cheyenne Walker!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - These should be some great matches here. All of these competitors are hungry to climb the ranks, and one from each of these matches have a newcomer. These matches have a lot of potential and unpredictability.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - We've also got Ashley Williams taking on Izumi Sato in singles competition, two women who are still looking for their first victory.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - First off, Williams was robbed in her PPV debut against Camila Martinez. That freak show Sinister had to stick his nose in someone else's business. And with Izumi, I've watched her stuff in other promotions, and I don't know, something just doesn't seem right with her since she debuted in the Battleground. Hopefully she can shake it off here tonight.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And finally our kickoff match, we have Damon Xalvador scheduled to go up against another debuting competitor in Xion Ben-Judah.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - We don't know much about Xion, other than the fact that he was brought in by Azrael at our last show to continue his legacy.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - It was a bittersweet moment for Azrael as he announced his retirement from the ring, but in doing so brought in his protégé to takeover.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Azrael dropped a bomb on his secret double life, and his sudden passing will leave a lot of us wanting more. It's a "what could have been" type of legacy he'll have in the Battleground. But let's hope Xion can fulfill Azrael's final wishes, he's definitely got some big shoes to fill.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And with that, we're set to kick start this show. Mike, take it away!
:: damon xalvador vs xion ben-judah ::
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - The following match is scheduled for one fall! Coming to the ring at this time, standing 6’1” and weighing in at 229 pounds, from Aberdeen, Scotland, representing the WWH… Damon Xalvador!
[Lights go off as the crowds are getting up on their feet as a spotlight is placed on the entrance ramp. No music, nothing is happening right now which confused the crowds as they are waiting.]
ENDLESS MORNINGS CUT BY THE DAWN RAZOR
WHIPPING THE NIGHTMARES TO A FROTH
ENDLESS QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS
NO REPLACEMENT FOR WHAT'S BEEN LOST
[Moments later "Break You" plays through the arena and coming through the curtain is none other than Damon Xalvador. He walked over to the entrance ramp as he stopped he looked at the crowd with a smirk on his face he taunts the crowds which caused a mixed reaction from the crowds. He waved them off as he walked down the ramp, he walked up the steel stairs he went through the second rope as he walked over to the second turnbuckle he stopped as he leaned on it looking disinterest as his music slowly fades.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Here comes the hardest working part-time talent in the Union Battleground!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Damon runs circles around some of these "full-time" competitors in the Battleground. And I understand he just took on another position in SoCal UltraViolent! I knew this guy was nuts!
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - And his opponent, standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 220 pounds, from Tel Aviv, Israel, Xion Ben-Judah!
[All the lights in the arena collapse into darkness and the violin rock intro to Skillet’s hit “Not Gonna Die” begins to echo throughout, much to the approval of the resident crowd. A spotlight shines on the entrance stage and Xion Ben-Judah stands in the middle of it, dressed in black and white including a matching sleeveless coat. He outstretches his arms and looks up into the unknown as the first lyrics of his chosen theme song echo in the arena.]
DEATH SURROUNDS MY HEARTBEAT’S SLOWING DOWN
I WON’T TAKE THIS WORLD’S ABUSE
I WON’T GIVE UP, I REFUSE!
[Xion looks stoically ahead as he begins his journey to the ring with the spotlight following above him. When Xion reaches the ring, he slides under the bottom rope, smoothly pops up to his feet, and heads to the center of the ring. There, again, he outstretches his arms and looks up to the heavens as the arena lights return. He then removes his coat and paces around waiting for the match to begin.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Here is a man that has been left with a legacy to continue, and big shoes to fill. Xion Ben-Judah was the protege of Azrael Kahn, who sadly passed on way too soon this past week.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - You got to think Ben-Judah is dedicating this match for Azrael here tonight. And you can tell that he was under the tutelage of Azrael by a lot of his mannerisms. I can't wait to see this upstart making his debut tonight.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And also folks, we welcome back referee Franklin Dean, which Axel Graves has apparently reinstated since his flub from L!GHTS OUT #2.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Let's see if he's learned his lesson, he's calling for the bell right now!
[Damon Xalvador wastes no time, using his brawler style to take the match directly to Xion, who would normally look to slow down the match to a technical, mat-based wrestling affair. Damon opens his offense up with a series of open-handed rights to the face of Xion, who begins reeling back into the turnbuckle, arms up trying to defend himself from the assault of Xalvador. The official, Franklin Dean, gets in-between Damon and Xion, breaking up the assault after a count of five. Damon backs off, hands in the air showing he’s complying with the official, but then immediately goes back into for another assault on Xion in the corner. This time, however, Xalvador is met with an elbow to the face for his troubles from Ben-Judah.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Damon looking to get the early offense going, but Xion brings him to a halt with a stinging elbow to the face.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Ben-Judah certainly has the look, but if he can't reel Damon into his realm, I don't think he'll have a shot.
[Xion makes sure not to waste his advantage, shooting out of the corner at full-sprint towards Xalvador, going for a Superman Punch, but Damon catches him with a big boot while Ben-Judah is in the air. Xion hits the mat hard, while the crowd reacts to the audible sound of the kick. Damon drops down on top of Ben-Judah, and begins hammering away with rights and lefts, landing some vicious ground and pound hits, but, before the referee can break up the beating, Ben-Judah catches Damon’s arm, moves his legs up into a half-guard, then up and locking in a Triangle Choke. Xion uses his superior technical ability, transitioning quickly from the Triangle into a head-scissors, clamping down hard on the neck of Damon. The referee begins checking to see if Xalvador taps.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - And just like that, Ben-Judah locks Xalvador into a triangle choke and then into a head-scissors.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Ben-Judah showed some great in-ring awareness there and countered Damon's aggressive attack.
[The match has slowed to a crawl by the hands of Xion Ben-Judah, which plays more into his wrestling style than Damon’s. The head-scissors transferred into a shoulder-lock, which then transferred into armbar, which is where Xalvador is now. Official Franklin Dean checks on the Scot, making sure he doesn’t want to tap, but Damon shakes his head vigorously. Xalvador drags his weight across the ring, finally grabbing the bottom rope, forcing Xion to break the hold. Instead of locking it in for the full five count before the rope break, Ben-Judah releases immediately, a testament to his character.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Damon is finally able to escape the clutches of Xion, but he definitely got worked on with those transitional submissions.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - I'm a bit surprised Xion released the hold immediately, I doubt Damon will give him that same respects, especially here in the Battleground. But kudos to the him.
[Both men begin circling each other in the ring, before going for a collar lockup. Damon delivers a few right hands, but Xion stands his ground, sending his right hands back. Xion grabs Xalvador by the hand, attempting to Irish Whip him into the opposite ropes, but Xalvador reverses the Whip, sending Ben-Judah bouncing off the ropes and right into a vicious clothesline from Damon. Xalvador drops down, going for another pin attempt.]
[Kickout by Xion at two. Damon shakes his head, grabbing Ben-Judah by the hair, but Xion sends a knee into the gut of Damon, then plants Xalvador on his head with a vicious DDT. Damon gets back up, but Xion is there, hooking his head and landing a quick snap suplex. Again, Damon to his feet, only to catch another snap suplex from the Israeli. Xion points to the turnbuckle and the fans rise to their feet with cheers. Xion ducks underneath the top rope, climbs the turnbuckle, then leaps through the air with a beautiful Shooting Star Press; but Damon saw this coming, raising his knees up. Xion’s abdomen connects off of Damon’s knees, and he writhes in pain, leaving both men on the mat.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Oh! Xion was looking for a high flying maneuver, but Xalvador sniffed it out!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - That impact still did some damage to both fighters though.
[Both men began staggering to their feet, with Damon reaching his feet first. Xalvador charges towards Ben-Judah, going for a vicious clothesline, but Xion ducks underneath it. He turns, waiting for Damon to bounce off the opposing ropes, before catching Xalvador with a dropkick that shakes the entire ring. Damon gets back up, only to catch another vicious dropkick from Xion. Ben-Judah goes for the pin this time.]
[Not quite! The referee’s hand was almost down for a three count, but never did hit the mat. The look on Xion’s face shows complete disbelief that those ridiculous dropkicks. He shakes his head, moving towards Damon’s legs. He picks up the man’s ankles, going for an attempt at either a Figure Four Leglock or a Cloverleaf, but Xalvador uses his strength advantage to shove Xion off of him. Xion uses the momentum of being shoved backwards and bounces off the ropes behind him, but Damon shoots from his down position and nails a brutal clothesline that turns Xion inside out! Damon grabs Xion by the hair on his head, lifts him up, wraps his arm around his waist, and delivers a brutal German Suplex that lands Ben-Judah directly on his neck.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - And a nasty German suplex by Xalvador that has Ben-Judah landing awkwardly on his neck!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Isn't that how Xalvador took out that trash bag, Chloe DuPont though? Damon may have just turned the tides here!
[Damon wastes no time in picking Ben-Judah up, not even attempting to go for a pin. The crowd lets their displeasure be known as Damon delivers a right hand to the jaw of Ben-Judah, knocking the Israeli down to one knee. Xion tries to struggle back to his feet, but he’s caught with another right to the jaw, causing him to drop down to a knee once again. Damon laughs, but Xion continues trying to fight back. The crowd lets Xion know that they’re behind him, which gives Xion the extra boost he needs: the next right that Damon delivers is countered, Xion knocking Damon back with a right hand of his own. Then another. Then another. Xion surges, bouncing off the ropes and flying towards Damon, but Xalvador catches him in mid-air!]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Xion Ben-Judah looks to have tried a cross body, but Damon is displaying a great deal of strength and catches the man.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Damon is on a roll here!
[Damon lifts Xion clean into the air, but Ben-Judah shifts his weight at the top of the military press. He writhes, causing Damon to drop him. As Xion lands on his feet behind Damon, he spins Damon around, puts him in the powerbomb position, then lifts him up and drops him for the Golgotha! The crowd loses their mind as he covers Damon.]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Xion Ben-Judah!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Wow, Dick! Ben-Judah slips out of the press and ends this match with that Gory Neckbreaker he calls the Golgotha out of nowhere!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - The same signature finishing maneuver that his mentor used, I got to say Xion looks like he has a bright future ahead of himself here in Union Battleground! I think he made Azrael proud tonight.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - No doubt, if you're a religious person you would think the mercenary Azrael was watching from above and he'd be proud of his protege here tonight. Folks, let's switch gears now as we are about ready to catch the first of two triple threat matches scheduled here tonight.
:: bringing the funk ::
[The lights in the Ben Secours Wellness Arena dip with no fanfare, the audience’s attention being drawn to the screen erected by the entranceway. Images flash by the screen in rapid succession, images of wrestling matches, in black and white. Arenas of all sizes, rings of different styles and shapes. Tiny boxing rings in front of a few dozen punters. Lavish rings in sold out arenas. Evidence of several different nationalities. As the images progress, drawing closer to the ring with every progressive shot, there’s one common theme. A young black man is in action with every shot. As it draws closer, we see him flying through the air, landing punches, taking some hits, shots from the length and breadth of a man’s career all presented as in a stream of consciousness. As the images continue, they become interlaced with walls of text.]
“THE SNAKE EATER”
[The images focus on the young man standing triumphant over a serpent masked Japanese man.]
“THE PUPPET MASTER”
[This time the focus is on the man holding a trophy aloft, a masked man with a wooden looking arm lying defeated at his feet.]
“THE DEVIL SLAYER”
[This time the images focus on the man fighting against the legendary Andreas Lasiewicz.]
“THE IRON KING”
[Now the image focuses on the young man, Phoenix Rebirth Championship Title about his waist, iron looking crown nestled in his afro, surrounded in a ring by what seems to be his family, a priest, and a pretty young white woman.]
[Suddenly, the images cut out, this legend left in their place:]
“LONG LIVE THE KING…”
[This image fades out to be replaced by one of the young man, now identifiable to many in the crowd as Cassius Reed, the current Phoenix Wrestling Rebirth Champion, shining a cheesy, 1,000,000 megawatt smile. It hangs there a moment, before once more fading out, leaving only the following words in place.]
“COMING SOON, TO THE BATTLEGROUND!”
:: jonathan drake vs douglas armatage vs chris andrew ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a Triple Threat match! Making his way to the ring...From Portland, Oregon... Standing 6'2" and weighing in at 222 lbs, Jonathan Drake!
WELL YOU THINK THAT YOU KNOW WHAT I AM BUT YOU DON'T.
'CAUSE I SAY WHAT YOU CAN'T AND I DO WHAT YOU WON'T.
["Sick Individual" by Halestorm hits and Jonathan walks out and makes his way to the ring. He is dressed in black wrestling tights with green trim and black boots. He walks with purpose reaching the center of the ring. He then walks a small circle eyeing the crowd. Moving swiftly he makes his way and climbs to the second rope and raises his arms to the crowd.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Jonathan Drake came up a little short in his last outing, but he’s looking determined to get back on track here tonight.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You don’t want to get rut around here. This place will chew you up and spit you out.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And now coming to the ring....From Staffordshire, UK... Standing 5'11" and weighing in at 216 lbs, Douglas Armatage!
HE IS OBSERVING THE CHAOS,
TAKING IN THE LACK OF RAW HUMANITY.
IT'S AS IF THE ENTIRE WORLD'S
FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THEIR INSANITY
[As “The Vengeful One” by Disturbed plays Douglas walks out from the back strangely calm compared to the music the is playing. A smile crosses his face as he stands atop the entrance and straightens his beard and Mustache then waves at the crowd as he walks down to the ring. Walking up the ring steps he steps between the ropes and stands in the middle of the ring turning to each side and waving at the crowd before removing his towel and hanging it in the corner.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What can you tell us about Douglas Armatage, Dante? I didn’t do my homework...
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - He’s sort of an old-school brawler coming to us from the UK. Well see how he does in his debut here.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And finally making his way to the ring... weighing in at 204 lbs, and hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona ...he is Chris Andrew!
AS I WALK IN THE DIRTY RAIN,
ACID SEEPING THROUGH MY BRAIN
[In the darkened Arena, blue and yellow spotlights start flashing follow the guitar rhythm of "Renegade Cavalcade" by Ash. As the chorus hits, Chris Andrew dashes out from the curtain, stopping on the stage and staring at the crowd. A few moments later, he runs his way to the ring, sliding under the bottom rope and climbing on the turnbuckle, getting another view of the sold out crowd. As the music fades out, he jumps back to the ring with a perfect backflip, landing on one knee]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – We haven’t seen Chris Andrew since Fallout where he opened the show with a very strong performance.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – ...forgettable if you ask me…
[The bell sounds and all three men look around the ring. They are keeping their heads on a swivel as they inch closer to the center of the ring. None of them want to be the first to strike. Douglas Armatage and Chris Andrew lock up first, which gives Jonathan Drake an opportunity to connect with a double dropkick on both men.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Smart move from Drake attacking both men when he has the chance.
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I agree. That’s what makes this type of match so difficult...always having to consider that third man.
[Chris and Douglas absorb the blow and stumble over to the ropes, still maintaining their tie up with neither man gaining control. Drake takes a few steps backwards before charging at both men with a massive spear that sends both of his opponents through the ropes and tumbling to the floor! The fans react and Jonathan Drake seems to be gaining momentum.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Brilliant! Jonathan Drake connects with a huge spear and both of his opponents take nasty falls!
[Drake looks to be in control as he takes a few steps backwards once again. He waits for his opponents to slowly rise to their feet. When they do, he rushes towards the ropes and leaps over the top, trying to take out both men with a flying crossbody. This time, Douglas and Chris are ready for him and catch Drake in their arms. The fans gasp at the counter.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Ha! They caught him right out of the air, Dante. Now what?
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Your guess is as good as mine…
[Andrew and Armatage look at each other while still holding Drake up. They seems unsure of what to do. Armatage turns his head and spots the steel ring steps as a sick smile comes across his face. He uses his head to gesture over to the steps and says something to Andrew that the microphones don’t pick up. Chris Andrew likes what he hears and both men charge forward, driving Drake into the steel steps head first! The fans go nuts at the incredible impact as Drake falls motionless to the floor.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – That was insane! Jonathan Drake is out! I can’t believe they just did that!
[Douglas and Andrew look down at Drake for a moment before they roll back into the ring. Both men turn their attention towards each other once more and tie up again, this time Andrew pulls Douglas into a headlock. Armatage pushes Andrew into the ropes, who returns with a flying knee, but Armatage ducks under. Andrew hits the ropes again and returns with a running hurricanrana which catches Armatage perfectly. Douglas is quick to his feet and now he tries to run at Andrew with a clothesline, but Andrew ducks. Armatage anticipates the duck and quickly transitions to a fameasser that plants Andrew into the mat face first! He goes for the cover.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Very clever move. I thought he had him.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – That happened so fast I missed it...can I get a replay?
[Douglas brings Andrew to his feet. Andrew appears to still be stunned from the last move. Douglas lifts him onto his shoulder in a fireman’s carry.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Uh oh! He could be looking for the Bane Effect here. This could be the beginning of the end…
[Armatage tries to throw Andrew over his head to complete the Bane Effect, but in the blink of an eye Chris Andrew slips off his back and ends up behind Douglas. Andrew starts firing off jabs in quick succession, ending his combination with a heavy right hand that drops Douglas Armatage! Andrew quickly makes his way to the top rope.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – PAL, Dick, PAL!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Horrible name for a move…
[Chris Andrew stands on the top rope looking down at Douglas. He gestures to the crowd who is firmly behind him. He is clearly preparing for the Canyon Dive. The fans are going crazy. Right before Andrew can leap from the ropes, Jonathan Drake comes out of nowhere and pushes him off the top rope! Andrew takes a nasty fall all the way to the floor as the fans react in disappointment.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What the hell? Where did he come from?
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Who cares? He’s back in this match now!
[Drake quickly gets into the ring and rushes over to Douglas Armatage. He picks him up off the canvas and wastes no time putting him onto this shoulders and delivering a picture perfect Dragon’s Drop! Drake immediately makes the cover.]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Jonathan Drake!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a display from Jonathan Drake!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He stuck right in there when things started to look bleek for him, and the result is a victory here tonight!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, we have to go to a commercial break, but when we come back, we will see the new XHW World Heavyweight Champion Ashley Williams take on "The Pure Heart Warrior" Izumi Sato. Don't go anywhere!
:: commercial ::
:: state of the union address ::
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Welcome back folks! What a night we've had so far, and there's plenty more yet to come!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm anxious to get to the main event!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well next up on our docket we have will see a new World Heavyweight--
THERE AIN'T NO GRAVE, CAN HOLD MY, BODY DOWN
[The slow and heavy twang from picking on some guitar strings pierce through the PA system as "Ain't No Grave" by Johnny Cash begins to play. The arena lights dim down and the entire arena shifts to a dark blue hue as the crowd stands in attention and roar out in anticipation of the Owner and Promoter of Union Battleground.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The boss has arrived!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Everytime he comes out here, he drops some big news. I wonder what he's got in store for us here tonight.
[After a while of build up, Axel Graves emerges and steps out to the center stage. The crowd cheers even louder to see Graves' appearance. He's wearing his usual black shades, but instead of a sleek tailored suit, he's more semi-casual with black jeans and a black pea coat.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Dante... Remember the last time Axel came out in that pea coat?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Um, no Dick. I'm not his event planner and/or stylist.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Well I'm sure our current and only Trench War Champion Emery Layton remembers. I wonder if he's hiding anything under that coat?
[Axel makes his way down the aisle, and tags a few stretched out hands from the fans. He reaches ringside, and in one quick motion, jumps straight up onto the apron. He steps through the top and middle rop and walks over to stand in the center of the ring. He motions for the music to cut as he brings a microphone up to his mouth.]
BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND BATTLEGROUND!
Axel Graves - Thank you all! It's great to be back here in Greenville, South Carolina! Roughly 15 years ago, this is the place where I began my journey in professional wrestling. This town was the first place that was willing to take a chance on me. And I've been reminiscing all over again since I've been back. And it's got me thinking if I should be taking a chance on a certain someone who's been barred from the Battleground for quite some time now.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I think he's talking about Saint Saito.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh no! Please, Axe, don't bring her back!
[Graves ponders for a minute as he scratches his scruffy chin and listens to the fans reactions.]
Axel Graves - I'm talking about Saint Saito. On one hand, she epitomizes what the Battleground is all about... Brutal. Determined. Talented.
[The crowd gives a small pop to each adjective as Axel switches gears.]
Axel Graves - But on the other hand, she is an absolute loose cannon... Saito, who the fuck do you think you are, trespassing into my office and making threats towards me? Do you understand that Union Battleground doesn't need you? I've said this before, I've got people lining up outside my door for their chance to get inside this ring. This place will run without you. You can destroy all of the talent in here, that's fine. I have no beef with that. But when you start attacking my broadcasters, my production crew, he'll the arena event crew... That's when you cross the line. Those people are not trained fighters. That's a cowardly move in you... I'll throw you out of this place so god damn fast your head will spin! ... But then again, I am a man that's a firm believer in second chances...
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh no, what's going on here?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Dante, it sounds like Graves has a soft spot for Saito after all.
Axel Graves - I can't deny that you have a cult following here. So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to give you a chance to redeem yourself, and be reinstated. All you have to do is win a match at L!GHTS OUT #12... But, it's going to be a gauntlet match!
[The crowd erupts to the breaking news.]
Axel Graves - If you can succeed in this gauntlet match, then I'll reinstate you. Hell, I may even enter you in Guerrilla Warfare after its all said and done.
[The crowd gives a loud, mixed reaction, a simultaneous cheers and jeers.]
Axel Graves - But now, on to some good news. I have to say, I am elated to see some alliances forming in Union Battleground! I mean, what's a union without some partnerships? So it's got me thinking, with several teams forming and groups coming together, I think it's time we reward these bands of brothers and sisters. OR should I say, Battalions...
[Axel begins to unbutton his coat.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Look! See I told you he was hiding something under there!
[Graves finishes unbuttoning his coat, slides it off, and reveals two championship belts strapped around his waist.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - They look glorious!
Axel Graves - Everyone please welcome the newest championships to the Union Battleground family. I present to you, the Battalion Championships! After Guerrilla Warfare, we will begin a tournament to decide what team will hold these titles and carry them over into the second season. I will be looking for the best teams inside and out of the Battleground! Let the games begin!
[Axel Graves drops the mic as the crowd cheers on. He unhooks the belts and throws them over his shoulders as he climbs up the turnbuckle to show them off.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The journey to decide our first Battalion Champions will begin at L!GHTS OUT #13!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This is some exciting news! We may see Saint Saito back in action... We're closing in on who will win the Union Battleground Championship tonight, who will win Guerrilla Warfare for a shot at that belt, and a tournament to find out who will win the new Battalion Championships! The landscape is changing in the Battleground, Dante! I can't wait!
:: izumi sato vs ashley williams ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Making her way to the ring, from Kyoto, Japan, standing 5'2" and weighing in at 116 lbs. Representing the NGIW, "The Pure Heart Warrior" Izumi Sato!
"FLYING LIGHT" BY YASUHARU TAKANASHI BEGINS TO PLAY
[A dragon roars, leading straight into "Flying Light" by Yasuharu Takanashi as white and hot pink lights flash to the beat of the tune. The curtains then part, as the "Pure Heart Warrior" Izumi "Dragon" Sato steps out, donning a short-sleeved white "Dragon Sato" t-shirt over her usual ring gear. There she steps to the right side of the aisle way down, launching her left arm up and out while slapping a hand to her heart twice in rapid succession. Then she turns and walks to the crowd on the left side of the aisle, forming a heart with her fingers, a huge smile on her lips before she marches down the aisle, slapping as many hands as she can before arriving at ringside. There she ascends the ring steps and slips through the ropes, immediately going to her corner for final preparations before pulling her t-shirt off revealing her outfit of choice for the night.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dick, we keep bringing it up with Izumi, but since her arrival here in the Battleground, she continues to work her way to earning her first victory.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She's 0 for 2, and just looks out of sorts. But from what we know, she's had to deal with quite a lot, with her parents still hospitalized thanks to Kira Izumi.
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And her opponent… From Monmouth, New Jersey, standing 5'6" and weighing in at 117 lbs. she is the XHW World Heavyweight Champion, Ashley Williams!
[As Gold and Red lights and lasers begin to emanate around the arena, the first verse of P!nk’s Trouble begins to blare out around the arena as the fans begin to give out a very mixed reaction. ]
TO PLEAD MY CASE
TO SEND ME INTO OUTTA SPACE
[As the chorus hits, Ashley Williams runs out, her face concealed by an oversized hood, stopping in the center of the ramp to raise one hand in the air before throwing off the hood, smiling out at the assembled crowd before making her way down the aisle. Ashley climbs up the steel steps before making her way along the ramp facing apron raising her arm again with a loud yell before stepping through the ropes where she proceeds to remove her hoodie, revealing her wrestling gear underneath.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Ashley Williams has kept busy outside of the Battleground. Since her debut at Fallout, she's gone to DARC Pro and captured the Junior Pro Championship and the XHW World Heavyweight Championship!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She definitely likes to accessorize, and what better way than with some championship gold?! But at our last show, she looks like she's seeking revenge on Camila Martinez and her sideshow shadow Sinister for their dirty work at the Fallout PPV. Ashley is tough as nails, but she better be careful, as it's been proven that Salvation works like a pack of wolves, and Mila's got the strength in numbers.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - No doubt, Salvation has been slowly taking over the competition. Our referee for this match-up is Joe Murray, and he's ready to call for the bell!
[Izumi Sato wastes no time rushing Ashley Williams and catching her off-guard with a series of knife-edge chops that backs Ashley into the corner, but not for long before Izumi snap suplexes Ashley out of the corner and transfers over to hook Ashley’s leg and go for a quick cover!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And a quick strike to start this match off by Izumi Sato!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - There it is, I think she's finally getting out of her funk!
[Izumi rises to her feet attempting to drag Ashley with her but Ashley pulls away and slams an elbow into Izumi’s mid-section to double her over but it doesn’t last long as Ashley erupts with a stunning exploder suplex! As Izumi works her way to her feet, Ashley hurries over to lock on her “Very Little Ash-cape” Texas Cloverleaf submission, but Izumi is in a strong enough position to have a hand on the ropes before Ashley Williams can secure the hold, and she’s quickly forced by the official to let go which she does but reluctantly.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Solid ring awareness by Sato. Dick I think I can agree, this is looking more like the Izumi Sato that we know from the NGIW!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know what she's done to get back on track, but it's possibly the fact that she's still searching for that first win!
[Ashley allows enough time for Izumi to rise to her feet before she lands a spinning heel kick that nearly knocks Izumi out of the ring, but Ashley grabs hold of Izumi’s arm and sends her rebounding off the opposite ropes and back into a perfect fisherman’s suplex pinning combination!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And just like that, Ashley Williams turns the tables with a vicious spinning heel kick.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It's an effective equalizer!
[Ashley rises to her feet looking a little frustrated, and Izumi is sluggishly rising to her feet as Ashley rushes her aiming for a running enziguri but instead finds Izumi Sato in prime position to stun both Ashley Williams, and the crowd as she slams Ashley down with a sudden STO!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The ring just shook, and the crowd is rallying behind Sato!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You got to feel for her, Dante. She's a cute little, happy-go-lucky gal that's had a hard time finding her place here in Union Battleground. A win over the reigning XHW World Heavyweight Champion would certainly the cure to what ails her!
[Izumi deftly transitions from the STO into a painful looking Arm triangle choke! as Ashley Williams struggles and squirms against the hold! After several agonizing moments of Ashley struggling she manages to reach far enough to grip the ropes and Izumi lets go.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Looked like Williams was in serious trouble there!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I wouldn't be so sure, Dante. Ashley Williams is a submission specialist. She probably knew right from the start that she was going to get out of the hold, one way or another.
[On her feet she gives the crowd a pump of her fist and a big smile before forcing a pained Ashley up to her feet and once again slamming some knife-edge chops that immediately has Ashley off-balance once more as the crowd is on its feet and behind her as Izumi works up the momentum and spins into a backfist that looks like it could be devastating except Ashley Williams is able to sidestep the blow, slam an elbow into Izumi’s midsection and turn the momentum on its head as she runs up the nearby ropes with Izumi in tow and SLAMS her down with the It Came from Monmouth County! Ashley goes for the cover.]
[DING DING DING!]
[Ashley is up, red-faced with surprise as the referee holds up her hand in victory.]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Ashley Williams!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! Izumi Sato gets stunned with the signature move from Ashley Williams! Just when you thought this was the one for Izumi, Ashley gives everything she has and pulls out a victory!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Man, that's a shame for Sato. But don't forget too, this is the first win for Williams in the Battleground, as well. I can't pick favorites between a blonde and an Asian. That's like picking between chocolate and peanut butter, when the best solution is to have them both!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Ehh.. Okay, DDT. I'm going to stop you there before things get any weirder. Folks, coming up next now, we have our second triple threat match of the night, stay tuned!
:: surrender? ::
[We cut backstage as Izumi Sato makes her way through the gorilla position. Her head's bowed, bearing a disheveled look about her as her hair is a mess and tears stream down her almond cheeks. Savannah Skye rushes up, microphone in hand.]
Savannah Skye - Izumi, might I get a few words from you?
[Izumi slumps against a stack of pallets and nods her head in agreement before sniffling.]
Savannah Skye - Izumi, this is your third consecutive defeat in Union Battleground. What's next for you?
[Izumi looks up at Savannah with reddening eyes before she shakes her head.]
Izumi Sato - I don't know... [sniffles] Everything's fallen apart. My parents are in the hospital, I don't sleep, I barely eat, and training?
[She chuckles ever so slightly, wiping the tears from her eyes.]
Izumi Sato - What training? I haven't seen a gym in weeks. WEEKS!
[She half chuckles and half sobs.]
Izumi Sato -Kira Izumi has destroyed me. Physically as well as emotionally. But maybe...
[She looks up at Savannah through dark, weary eyes.]
Izumi Sato - Maybe there's some truth behind his darkness after all. I mean look at me. He's turned what once was a bright, budding little sugar blossom into a withering rose. How many times has he said that the way out was through surrender? Could it really be that simple?
[Savanna shakes her head vehemently.]
Savannah Skye - No! I refuse to believe that! Kira Izumi is a psychopath, nothing more, nothing less.
[Izumi sighs aloud, before rising from her half seat atop the pallets.]
Izumi Sato - I'm tired, Savannah.
[She walks off, returning her head to that bowed position as we cut away leaving Savannah shaking her head in disbelief at what she just heard.]
:: kimitsu zombie vs cheyenne walker vs mandi morrison ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey – The following contest in scheduled for one fall, and it is a Triple Threat match! Introducing first, from Kimitsu, Japan, standing 5'5" and weighing in at 125 pounds, she is "Little Yokai" Kimitsu Zombie!
TOMERARENAI SOUUTSU SHOUDOU
[Sayonara, Perfect World blares out and Kimitsu Zombie darts out of the entrance way in her bosozoku uniform. She holds her arms up and screams with her tongue out then struts to the ring where she climbs a turnbuckle and repeats the yell. She jumps down into the ring to wait.]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Introducing next, from Chicago, Illinois, standing 5’7” and weighing in at 113 pounds, Mandi Morrison!
AM I BRAVE ENOUGH?
AM I STRONG ENOUGH?
TO FOLLOW THE DESIRE
THAT BURNS FROM WITHIN
["I am the Fire" by Halestorm hits the PA system, as Mandi walks out, with a small puppy in her arms. She looks out to the crowd, and she starts walking down to the ring while petting the dog. She walks over and hands the dog to a crew members, then climbs up the steps, before getting into the ring between bottom and middle ropes. She heads to her corner as waits for match to start.]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And finally, making her Union Battleground debut, from Boise City, Oklahoma, standing 5’6” and weighing in a 120 pounds, she is Cheyenne Walker!
I WANTED LACE, I WANTED PEARLS,
TO BE A PRINCESS LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS,
BUT LIFE CAME HARD TO MY FRONT DOOR,
AND I GREW UP TRYIN’ TO EVEN UP THE SCORE
[The Opening Riff of "Tough" starts up as a single spot light illuminates the stage. AS the singing begins, she appears at the top of the ramp. She gives a smile, raising her arms in the air before starting to strut down the ramp. She gets to the apron, flipping herself into the ring, she climbs the turnbuckle blowing double kisses to the crowd.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Alright folks, our competitors are in the ring, and referee Joe Murray is calling for the bell!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Let’s do this! A Ménage a Trois… I mean Triple Threat match!
[All three fighters post up in their corners as they give each one a final stare down. Mandi makes the first move by sprinting towards Zombie. Mandi goes for a big boot kick, but Kimitsu catches her and takes her down with a dragon screw. Cheyenne follows next and connects with a running double knee, sending Zombie into her corner. Walker follows up with some knife edge chops, each one getting a resounding reaction from the crowd. Mandi gets to her feet, and takes Cheyenne down by pulling her hair. Zombie lounges out from the corner with a elbow to the back of Morrison, then follows up with a German suplex into the turnbuckles! Zombie now begins stomping away at Mandi.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I think between the three of these women, Zombie and Morrison have the most animosity. Earlier in the weeks leading up to tonight, there was some back and forth banter on social media.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Mandi continued the name-calling with Kimi, saying she sees another puppy dog in her sights. Though, of all the things to call Zombie, a puppy dog is probably last on my list.
[Zombie keeps her focus with Mandi, continuing the attack, but Cheyenne gets to her feet and levels Zombie with a spinning back kick, toppling Zombie into Morrison. Cheyenne pulls Zombie up to her feet and whips her into the ropes. On the return, Zombie ducks a high kick attempt, springs back, and takes Walker down with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors! Zombie makes a cover.]
… Morrison breaks the pin!
[Mandi now stands over top of the two, and comes crashing down with a double leg drop on the both of them. Mandi runs over and springboards off the middle rope, then collides with a moonsault, again on the both of them. She targets Cheyenne and picks her up by the hair, and drops her with a sitout facebuster. Mandi goes for the cover.]
… Cheyenne kicks out!
[Mandi stays on top of Cheyenne and wrenches in a choke hold. However, it doesn’t last long, as Kimitsu gets to her feet, and devastates Mandi with a missle drop kick to the back of the head.Zombie starts laying in a vicious combination of kicks to the body of Mandi. Cheyenne now gets to her feet, and drops a forearm smash to the back of Zombie. She spins Kimi around and sets her up for what looks like a powerbomb, but Zombie counters it with a standing frankensteiner! Zombie hooks the legs for a pin.]
… Thr—No! Mandi dives into Zombie to break up the pin!
[Mandi now picks Kimi up and slings her into the turnbuckle. She follows behind with a splash. Cheyenne follows suit, and delivers a splash of her own onto Zombie. Mandi and Cheyenne seem to be working together now, and the two whip Zombie into the ropes, and she meets a double drop kick! Zombie topples over and through the ropes, landing on the outside. Cheyenne looks to be excited and goes to give Mandi a congratulatory high-five, but Mandi wants no part and drills Chey with a hook to the gut.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Wow, Mandi and Cheyenne teamed up to take down Kimitsu, but Mandi immediately went after Cheyenne afterwards.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – This is a Triple Threat match, Dante. Not some festival cake walk!
[Mandi picks Walker up and delivers a sitout spinebuster. She gets to her feet and celebrates amongst the crowd, receiving a mixed reaction. Mandi goes back to Cheyenne and goes to pick her up, but Cheyenne brings her down with a small package, hooks legs and has a pin!]
… Thre—No! Mandi narrowly escapes!
[Mandi gets back to her feet, and looks furious! She shoves Cheyenne in the chest, then Cheyenne shoves her back. Mandi locks up with a collar and elbow tie up, and sends Cheyenne into the ropes. Cheyenne however catches herself by doing a front handspring off the ropes, back to a back handspring and delivers a cutter on Mandi!]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Oh my god! The Baker’s Dozen out of nowhere!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – The newcomer just equalized the field!
[Cheyenne springs up to her feet and celebrates, and the fans are cheering her on. She goes to circle around the ring, but Kimitsu pops in and drives a knee to the midsection. Zombie hook the head and leg, and drives Walker down with a swinging neckbreaker!]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What?! Zombie slides back in, and like a damn cobra, struck at the precise time!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – She caught Walker off guard, and gave her a Trip to the Grave!
[Kimitsu walks over and picks up Mandi, and she delivers the “Trip to the Grave” onto Mandi. drops down on to Morrison, and hooks the leg.]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Here is your winner, Kimitsu Zombie!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a crazy finish! I thought Cheyenne had this one in the bag, but she left Kimitsu Zombie unaccounted for, and the result cost her the match!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – She could have walked away the winner, but you can’t forget about Zombie, who is somewhat new to the scene, but has been very impressive in her short career, as evident by her stint in AWE, capturing multiple titles.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, coming up next is our first ever Trios match!
:: the Barcelona black rose ::
[Union Battleground cameras take us to the backstage area. There is an Event Worker leaning against the wall reading a wrestling magazine. He places it down on the table and flags down a second Event Worker. The two look at the page with amazement.]
Event Worker 1 - Dude that's her?! No way!
Event Worker 2 - That's amazing dude. I think her locker room is down that way.
[The cameras give a quick glimpse of the magazine page and it is a picture of Ashley Williams claiming the XHW World Championship as Fall From Above.]
Event Worker 1 - Should we get her autograph?
Event Worker 2 - I don't see why it wouldn't be worth a shot.
[Before than can take two steps they are stopped by Sinister appearing in front of them. Terrified with no clue of what to do they look at one another and then back at Sinister who just stares deep into their eyes. His ability to intimidate was untouchable. Camila Martinez, the Barcelona Black Rose enters the frame dressed in her usual, chuck taylor's, skinny jeans, and a UB crop top beneath a sleeveless denim jacket with the infamous Salvation bloody hand print logo on it.]
Camila Martinez - What's the rush guys? I mean, you could just as easily get an autograph from either of us. Who knows, you might actually contribute to the promotion that you're working for.
[Camila cracks a smile before turning to face the camera and continuing.]
Camila Martinez - Congratulations to Ashley Williams. She's been hand picked to take the road to Salvation. Your moment of liberation is still to come.
[Camila turns her focus back to the event workers and grabs the magazine from the table and walks away. Sinister stares down the two workers a minute longer before turning and leaving with Camila.]
:: commercial ::
:: different sense ::
[We open back up from commercial break with Ms. Savannah Skye and she has with her the Battleground’s resident psychopath, Kira Izumi.]
Savannah Skye - Hello Union Battleground faithful I'm here with Kira Izumi tonight!
Kira Izumi - I'm sure the pleasure is Skye-Chan. Now please get on with the questions.
Savannah Skye - Right… Kira you continue to go after Izumi Sato since your days in NGIW and it has obviously done some psychological damage to her. When will all of this end?
Kira Izumi - End? It only ends when the Darkness says so. Sato-Chan's suffering will end when she succumbs and further develops my plan.
Savannah Skye – What plans do you have in store that has to do with the violent assaults of Izumi and her family?
Kira Izumi – Ahh, but a magician never reveals his secrets. And as for me, I’ll never reveal my plot with Sato-Chan until the time is right.
Savannah Skye – You keep referring to the “Darkness”. Is that a symbolic reference or is there more meaning behind that?
Kira Izumi – The Darkness is an entity that fuels my rage. She gives me strength. She keeps me safe and she is always with me… On me…
Savannah Skye – What was that? I’m sorry I didn't catch that last part.
Kira Izumi – What? Nothing, never mind…
Savannah Skye – Um, well okay then. Kira this darkness if she... if it is with you where is it at?
Kira Izumi – That is none of your concern, Ms. Skye. Look, I’m done with these questions; If you would excuse me.
[Kira Izumi looks to be alarmed by the questioning of the Darkness, and storms off, leaving more questions than answers.]
:: anton chase & beautiful storm vs salvation ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is Union Battleground's first ever Trios match! Introducing first, from Los Angeles, California, standing 5'9" and weighing in at 210 pounds, representing Redemption Wrestling and accompanied by Chris Wood, "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase!
NIGHTFALL AND THE DAY BEGINS,
I NEED THE BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS AS I START TO DESCEND
[As "How We Roll" by Hollywood Undead blasts over the PA system, white smoke fills the entrance way and a person is seen behind the white smoke. The person steps forward in front of the white smoke, revealing "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase. He makes his way down the ramp, with a cocky smile on his face and his arms out at the side. He climbs in the ring and then climbs the second ropes and puts one hand up in the air, and stares off as he awaits his opponent.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dick, you alluded to earlier that Anton Chase is a lone wolf in this match up.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Exactly, he's teaming up with a rival who's gone back and forth for close to a year now in multiple companies, and he's facing a team that assaulted his agent Chris Wood. I got to say I'm not real sure why he was placed in this match, maybe he's going to try to get some revenge on everyone in the ring!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his partners coming to the ring at this time, they are the tag team of Trixie and Tornado Desencadenado, Beautiful Storm!
YOU SPIN MY HEAD RIGHT ROUND, RIGHT ROUND
WHEN YOU GO DOWN, WHEN YOU GO DOWN DOWN
[Flo Rida’s “Right Round” cues up as the pair walk onto the stage to stand side by side. While Tornado does a few ‘chain-breakers’ exercises Trixie plays to the crowd; twirling and bending over to show off her assets before turning back around and biting on her finger playfully. She takes the lead down the ramp, swaying her hips and blowing kisses to the men in the crowd. A bemused Tornado follows behind, slapping any outstretched hands as he passes. When the duo reach the ring they separate. Trixie slinks up the steps, gyrating her hips before bending low and slowly stepping between the ropes. Tornado meanwhile rolls under the bottom rope at the middle of the ring apron. He pops to his feet, holds out his arms and does a couple of hopping spins before halting and thumping his left breast three times with his right fist. Once this is done Trixie stops waving to the fans and saunters up to Tornado. She brushes off his shoulders and then, facing the hard camera, they both raise their hands triumphantly.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The Beautiful Storm made their official debut two weeks ago, and was victorious against two of the three members they're facing tonight.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It was a strange ending to their tag match. Kreature was set up to lay in some chair shots when all of a sudden Ashley Williams springs into action from the crowd and used that same chair against Salvation and cost them the match!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Indeed, and like we've mentioned before, Ashley looked to get some revenge from her debut match against Camila.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And their opponents, the team of Nemesis, Kreature, and Camila Martinez, this is Salvation!
[The arena goes dark as the off and on again style beginning of “El Phantasmo And The Chicken Run Blast-O-Rama” by White Zombie begins, when the song consistently hits it’s rhythm before the vocals kick in, the entrance way is engulfed in a deep, dark red spotlight with smoke seeping out of the ramp and entrance way.]
YEAH, I PENETRATE THE DEMONS
THEIR TEARDROPS BURN AWAY MY EYES
I LOVE THE PAPER-THIN CRY OF THE LOCUST
IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO DIE
[From the thick smoke emerges Nemesis with Camila Martinez directly by his side, with Preacher flanking his other side and Kreature flanking Mila while that singular blood red spotlight now lights them up. The four stop at the top of the ramp for a moment, then continue on forward with Malicious Mila evilly playing to the crowd while Nemesis, Kreature walks to the ring in a straight forward manner with the spotlight staying on them while Preacher has now moved to the front, leading the three towards the ring.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh look, they've recruited another creeper with that crazy old man that looks like he lives under a bridge!
[Kreature slides under the ropes while Camila Martinez sadistically and seductively hangs upside down on the ropes, while Nemesis takes the steps up onto the apron and then enters the ring, with Preacher already in the ring awaiting his group’s arrival. Kreature rests in the corner with Preacher standing in the corner beside him, while Nemesis stands in the middle of the ring with Camila Martinez on her knees crawling between his legs facing the crowd with Nemesis stretching his arms outwards while leaning his head back as the singular blood red spotlight remains on them.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I need to start having some garlic, a stake, and some silver bullets out here!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Steak? Silver Bullets? This is no time to be eating!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - No, not steak.. STAKE! Like for Vampires and shit, these guys are obviously are some undead monsters. I need protection!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - That's the first time I've ever heard you say that! Okay, looks like everyone is set and ready to go with Trixie in the ring and Camila. Referee Bruce O'Neal is calling for the bell, and this match is underway!
[Trixie looks over to Camila with a piercing stare, focused on the task, while Camila is simply brushing her off, and teasing her. Trixie rushes at Camila and goes for a forearm smash, but Camila ducks it. Trixie comes crashing into the turnbuckle, where Kreature and Nemesis restrain her and allow Camila to have free range in her. Martinez begins stomping away at the midsection, then following up with several knife edge chops. Referee O'Nesl finally orders the two outside men to let go, in which Camila gets one final backhand to the face of Trixie. The two lock up, and Camila sends Trixie running the ropes. Trixie ducks a forearm lariat attempt by Camila, and springs back and drops Camila with a sunset flip and holds on for an early cover.]
[Camila kicks out at two and immediately gets to her feet and drops a sitting Trixie back with a missle drop kick. Mila pulls Trixie back up by her golden blonde hair and drags her over to her corner where she tags in Kreature. Camila brings Trixie down with a snapmare as Kreature climbs the turnbuckles. Camila keeps Trixie down with a few stomps, then Kreature goes flying with a swanton bomb.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Solid aerial attack by Kreature with the Aerial Demise.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Trixie better get back to her corner and make a tag. Salvation is doing some early damage on her.
[Kreature picks Trixie up and slings her into the ropes, and on the return impales her with a jumping DDT. Kreature makes a cover.]
[Tornado rushes in to break up the pin, and this lures Nemesis in to aid his partner. Nemesis runs over and levels Tornado with a superman punch which sends him rolling to the outside. Nemesis is ordered back to his corner and Kreature goes back to work on Trixie. The Bandit brings her to her feet and goes to Irish whip her into the ropes, but Trixie reverses it and instead sends him into the turnbuckle of her corner! Kreature crashes into the post, and Trixie follows behind and hits Kreature with a step up enziguri! The smack of her foot across his face echoes through the arena, giving a big response from the crowd. Trixie now begins to work in a quick combinations of strikes all across the body of Kreature. As she's turning the tides, Anton suddenly tags himself in across Trixie's shoulder!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - A blind tag by Chase!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - So Trixie softens Kreature up, then Chase decides to tag himself in?
[The exchange of looks between Chase and Trixie shows there is still plenty of animosity between the two, but Trixie ignores it and slowly steps out to the apron as Chase climbs into the ring. Anton continues the body work on Kreature with a few hooks and jabs to the face, then picks him up and sets him into the top turnbuckle. Chase climbs his way up, and hooks Kreature's arm and comes crashing down with a superplex! The ring shakes violently from the impact and the crowd goes wild from the high spot! This angers Nemesis who decides to step in and close line Chase. Nemesis slings Chase into the ropes, and on the return goes for a closeline, but Chase counters with a Satellite DDT! Nemesis goes rolling out of the ring, and Chase goes back to Kreature. Anton begins to pick The Bandit up, but gets stopped in his tracks with a low blow! Kreature bows walks over to his corner with Chase by the hair and tags in Nemesis!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The leader of Salvation is now the legal man!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - They've just opened Pandora's box!
[Kreature and Nemesis begin to double team Chase in their corner, with Camila restraining Chase. Trixie and Tornado rush the ring and even up the score. All six fighters are throwing punches back and forth at each other, and the referee has no choice but to allow it to continue. Tornado starts to pick apart Salvation by grabbing Kreature and throwing him out of the ring with a sidewinder suplex! Then he take Nemesis and takes him down with a dragon screw. Finally he drops Camila with a discus forearm smash, sending her to the outside as well. Referee O'Neal restores order afterwards and sends Trixie and Tornado back to their corner while the crowd cheers on Tornado. Chase is in a daze and hanging on the ropes in Salvation's corner. Nemesis finally gets back to feet and begins to rain down heavy punches in bunches on to Chase. Nemesis now brings Chase to the center of the ring, throws him between the legs, and plants him with a Canadian Destroyer! Nemesis now goes for a cover.]
... Thr-- No! Tornado again breaks the pin!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Tornado breaks the pin attempt again!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Chase needs to tag out, he's looking woozy!
[Nemesis looks furious, but continues his path to destroy Chase. Nemesis gets to his feet and grabs Anton by the hair. As Anton gets to his feet, he springs into action and swings a big boot to the midsection of Nemesis. Chase quickly locks up and drops Nemesis with a cradle piledriver! Both men lay motionless on the floor as the crowd cheers on.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This is it! This is Anton's chance to tag out! If he wants to win this match, he's got to take in the fresh Tornado!
[The crowd increasingly gets louder as Anton Chase begins to crawl towards his corner. He stretches out and finally tags in Tornado before Nemesis can out a stop to it. Tornado rushes in and begins laying into Nemesis with a closeline that sweeps Nemesis off his feet! Tornado continues the momentum and hits a diving double closeline sending Kreature and Camila to the outside again. Desencadenado comes back to Tornado and drops him with a spinning neck breaker. The Spin Doctor is rallying as he picks Nemesis back u land whips him into the ropes. Nemesis however reverses it and sends Tornado, and follows right behind him where he closelines Tornado to the outside. With Desencadenado lying on the mats outside, Kreature and Camila begin to double team him with a series of stomps. Trixie drops down and rushes to her partner's aid. Chase isn't far behind as he hesitated momentarily. Trixie and Chase turn the outside attack in their favor as all there attack the two. This leaves Nemesis time to dial in the mosh of fighters outside, where he springs off the ropes and catapults himself over the top rope and come crashing down on everyone! The crowd erupts after the high spot!]
HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Nemesis just took a leap of faith and mowed over everyone in his path!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He even laid out his team! He better get back up and end this thing!
[All six competitors lay motionless on the concrete and the ref looks on in disbelief. Suddenly from the corner, smoke begins to bellow out and the crowd chants shift to a hiss.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You gotta be kidding me!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh my god!
[Once the smoke dissipates, the final member of Salvation, Sinister, reveals himself! The crowd begins to boo to a deafening tone. Sinister starts to pick through the rubble of bodies and picks up Trixie first. He hoists her up to his shoulder, then collides into the corner post like a battering ram. Next he picks up Anton, and walks over to the steel steps. He lifts Chase up and slams him down with a crucifix powerbomb! Finally, he walks over and picks up Tornado. Sinister peels the padded mats off and exposes the bare concrete. Sinister lifts up Desencadenado and drops him on the top of his head with a spinning tombstone piledriver! Sinister now rolls Tornado into the ring and helps his leader Nemesis up to his feet. The two painted warriors enter the ring, and Sinister picks up Tornado again and presses him straight above his head. Sinister drops Tornado and Nemesis delivers the GTS! Tornado hits the canvas like a rag doll, and the two big men nod at each other. Sinister sets Tornado up to a sitting position, and then Nemesis delivers the Kinsasha! Nemesis makes the cover.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe this! The Enoch onto Tornado! Someone needs to come out here and do something!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is you winner, Salvation!
[All four members gather around the center of the ring, and celebrate their victory.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sinister pops up out of nowhere and again the numbers game plays in their favor! Someone has to come to out a stop to this madness!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - But who, Dante? This is a force to be reckoned with. This group is out to takeover the Battleground!
:: arriving for battle ::
[The shot opens up backstage at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena as a black Lincoln Town Car pulls up near the back entrance of the facility. The camera closes in on the vehicle and gets into position to see who emerges from the car.]
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - Let’s take a look at footage from earlier today as-
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Ohhhh!!! Who do you think it will be?
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - Huh? We already watched this footage during prep, you know damn well who it is...
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The suspense is killing me!
[The camera continues to zoom in on the vehicle as the driver emerges from the front seat and runs to the back of car. The driver opens the door for his passenger as Dillon Shaw steps out of the car. He is wearing a dark blue suit and appears very focused. He looks around the parking lot before he reaches back inside the car to retrieve his bag. Dillon completely ignores the driver as he heads towards the arena door.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - There he is, everybody! It’s “The Spectacular” Dillon Shaw, one of the men competing in tonight’s main event for the Union Battleground Championship.
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well, we all know this is a highly anticipated match. For anyone who knows Dillon Shaw prior to his time in Union Battleground knows he brings a championship pedigree into this match.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - But will that be enough tonight? Dick Devereaux has a way of making things ugly and believe me, he’s going to try and make this a nasty fight tonight.
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can’t wait for this one. It’s a very interesting clash of styles and personalities.
[Dillon continues to advance towards the building. He is approached by a young man in his twenties, either an employee or a fan who wandered to the back of the arena. The man attempts to get an autograph from Dillon Shaw. The guy extends his hand with a picture and a marker. Dillon sets his bag on the ground and stares at the man. For a moment, it almost appears that Dillon is going to sign the picture, but after consideration, picks his bag up again and walks away from the fan. Dillon’s expression never changes during the entire exchange.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Ha! That doofus got exactly what he deserved! Who does he think he is bothering “The Spectacular” Dillon Shaw like that?
“The Doctor" Dante Reed -Well, I can’t say I agree with his actions, but I can understand Dillon being in a serious mood tonight. These types of opportunities don’t come around all the time.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Haven’t you listened to the man? Dillon Shaw is a true champion! He’s been winning big matches his entire life! He is ready!
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - So you are picking him to win the Union Battleground Championship tonight against Dick Devereaux? Is that what you’re saying?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Hmm...well….
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - Can we get you on record making an official prediction for tonight’s main event?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - …. Well, um…I’m still deciding. I haven’t called my bookie yet...
“The Doctor" Dante Reed - I thought so. It appears my colleague is in the same boat as everyone else and can’t make a prediction about the Union Battleground Championship match. Good thing we won’t have to wait forever as it will all play out tonight in South Carolina! As a fan and broadcaster for this company, I can’t wait.
[Dillon finally reaches the back entrance of the arena. He adjusts his tie, takes a deep breath, and smirks before opening the door and walking into the arena as the scene fades.]
:: dick devereaux vs dillon shaw ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey – The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the Union Battleground Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 225 pounds, from Columbus, Ohio... "The Spectacular" DILLON SHAW!
I SEE YOU IN LINE, DRAGGING YOUR FEET
YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHY
THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, YOU WERE BORN FREE
[From the top of the entrance way, ‘The Spectacular’ Dillon Shaw steps out to a negative reaction. Embracing the negativity from the audience, Dillon makes his way to the ring while getting into the faces of a few fans. When he gets to the ring, Dillon slides under the bottom rope and slowly gets to his feet. The fans continue to boo as Dillon looks out into the crowd with a cocky smile across his face. Dillon Shaw once again talks trash to the fans as his music dies down.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Big opportunity here for the newcomer Dillon Shaw to face off with Dick Devereaux for the Union Battleground Championship after an impressive win in a Triple Threat on the last show!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Speaking of…Smalls still hasn’t reimbursed me for looking after his damn cat!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey – And his opponent, hailing from Washington, D.C., standing 6’2" and weighing in at 243pounds, he is the REIGNING and DEFENDING Union Battleground Champion…"The Butcher" DICK DEVEREAUX!
YOU FUCKING BLEED NOW!
["Everyone Bleeds Now" By Hatebreed suddenly hits and the lights begin to flash violently to the beat. The ramp puts out smoke as red lasers begin to strobe around the arena. Dick Devereaux comes out from the back through the smoke with an irritated look spread across his face and a water bottle in hand, while the Union Battleground Championship rests over his shoulder. He comes to the edge of the ramp as he extends both arms towards the sky with a middle finger pointed out at the crowd and the union Battleground title in the other. He looks around before he begins to nod his head to the beat and begins to pour the water bottle over his head. He tosses the water bottle into the audience as he continues to nod his head to the beat. He begins to bend over as he holds his bald head. He then violently starts to bang his head as he begins to punch himself over and over again, even using the Title once or twice. Dick then flips his wet head up and raises his fists before lowering them and beginning down the ramp. Dick is now at the end of the ramp as he runs and hops up onto the apron. He looks around before holding up his middle finger and title once again outwards towards the crowd. He then slowly brings both of them down to the camera and spews off a few hateful words before stepping into the ring through the ropes. Dick walks over to the farthest turnbuckle and steps to the second rope. He looks around and then bends down and starts to head bang, letting water from his head soak the crowd below. He then flips his head up and raises the Title slowly before hoping down. Dick walks over to the ropes and steps on the middle one with his right leg and the bottom one with his left as he bounces on the ropes, staring at the crowd. His music dies down as Dick ditches his leather jacket and waits in the corner, title slung nonchalantly over his shoulder.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The champion looks cool, calm and collected here as we await the start of the match.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – And why shouldn’t he be calm? He’s the champ Dante!
[The referee Joe Murray takes the Union Battleground Championship from Dick Devereaux, then walks over and presents it to Shaw who nods in acceptance of the match. Joe Murray then walks to the center of the ring and lifts the title high in the air to display it’s glory, then proceeds to hand it to the time keeper who retreats back to his seat. Joe Murray signals for the bell.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Here we go with our main event of the evening!
[The referee sounds for the bell as Dillon Shaw quickly approaches the middle of the ring, bent over and anticipating a lock up with Devereaux who casually walks to the center of the ring and then oddly extends his hand. Shaw, looking confused and reluctant, stands upright, places his hands on his hips and looks around for a moment. After surveying the situation, Shaw moves in to accept the handshake as Devereaux moves his hand and then kicks Shaw straight in the gut with a heavy boot.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a dirty ploy by the champ!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – It was brilliant Dante! Dillon should have never let his guard down against the champ!
[With Shaw bent over clutching his stomach, Devereaux raises his back upright and then proceeds to deliver knife edged chop after knife edged chop that has Shaw clutching his upper chest now moving backwards towards the turnbuckle. After a fourth knife edged chop, Shaw is now backed up in the corner, Devereaux goes to Irish whip Shaw to the opposite corner but Shaw reverses and sends Devereaux to the other corner. Shaw charges in with a clothesline but Devereaux again uses his heavy boot by getting it up into Shaw’s face sending him backwards clutching his jaw. Devereaux charges himself, jumps and brings Shaw to the ground, mounted on top of him and starts hitting him with vicious rights completing his version of the Lou Thesz Press.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I told you it was a brilliant move by the champ Dante, it’s led to him getting this upper hand early on!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – You’re right Dick, Devereaux really has taken advantage early on in this match, albeit by questionable methods!
[Devereaux gets up and angrily roars towards the crowd. He then proceeds to stomp Shaw all over starting at the ankles and working his way up to Shaw’s face where he lands a huge stomp to the face and then falls to his knees and begins choking Shaw with both hands violently as Joe Murray tries to administer a five count that Dick ignores.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Dick Devereaux is showing an absolute ruthlessness here towards the challenger!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – As he should Dante! They don’t call him “The Butcher” for nothing you know!
[Devereaux eventually breaks the choke and stands up looking satisfied at what he has accomplished so far in the beginning of this match. Devereaux grabs Shaw and lifts him to his feet. He then lifts Shaw into a Samoan Drop position but Shaw sees a slight opening and quickly rakes Devereaux in the eyes causing Dick to drop Dillon who lands back on his feet. Dillon quickly kicks Devereaux in the back of the right knee causing him to lower his body and writhe in pain. Shaw quickly wraps Dick Devereaux and drops him to the mat with a beautifully executed reverse DDT.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Great Reverse DDT by Dillon Shaw, yet a questionable counter with that eye rake!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Questionable!?!? You call the champ dirty and that’s just questionable!?! Stop playing favorites Dante!
[Dillon Shaw takes a moment to gather himself and then proceeds to grab the right leg of Devereaux, lifts it and begins rapidly stomping away at the inside of the knee he had kicked the back out of just a few moments ago. After a rapid succession, he lets go and Dick grabs it in agony. Shaw hits the ropes and comes off dropping a leg drop right across the knee as Devereaux clutches it.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Dillon Shaw is working the right knee of the Champion here and without good leg strength, he won’t be able to hold up Shaw’s weight for his ‘Pipebomb’ finisher!
[Shaw wastes no time and wraps Devereaux’s legs and turns him over into a picture perfect Texas cloverleaf that has Devereaux reaching towards the ropes in pain while referee Joe Murray gets in position to check in on whether he wants to give up or not. Devereaux is shaking his head, followed by tucking his head into his hands trying to bare the pain from the submission move.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Get to the ropes champ! Go! Go!
[Devereaux starts reaching out towards the ropes as he’s not quite in the middle of the ring an begins using his arm strength to try and slowly crawl towards the ropes while Shaw unable to hold him off begins to move back with him. Dick Devereaux finally grabs the ropes and as if paying him back for the choke earlier, Shaw refuses to break the hold while Joe Murray once again has to administer a five count which Shaw breaks the hold at four.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Devereaux manages to get to the ropes!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – He must have heard me Dante!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I’m sure instinct and in-ring experience came into play there Dick!
[Shaw, frustrated, comes back for Devereaux’s right leg but this time Dick uses his left foot to kick Shaw back, Dillon Shaw, as persistent as ever, comes back and Devereaux is ready for him and sweeps Shaw’s legs out from under him. Devereaux gets on top of Shaw again and begins throwing rights and lefts, Shaw rolls him over, mounts him and throws his own set of rights and lefts. Devereaux rolls Shaw back over and goes to throw a right which Shaw goes to block but it was a fake as Devereaux grabs him by the neck with both hands instead, lifts him as much as he can and drives a vicious headbutt into Shaw’s skull causing a nice gash to open up, followed by blood.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Dillon Shaw is wearing the crimson mask after a devastating Dick Devereaux headbutt!
[As Shaw clutches his head, Devereaux gets up and hits a huge running senton on Dillon Shaw.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Hand Grenade Dante!
[Instead of covering though, Devereaux waits for Dillon Shaw to get back to his feet. Shaw is up and Devereaux charges, leaping to deliver his signature spear, but Shaw pushed Joe Murray in the way and Devereaux spears the referee out of his shoes.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Devereaux just delivered the ‘Homing Missile’ on referee Joe Murray!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – He’s out cold Dante!
[As Joe Murray lies there lifeless, Devereaux looks down at Joe but quickly shakes it off. He turns around and is met with a huge superkick that echoes throughout the arena and drops Dick Devereaux. With Devereaux down, Shaw rubs the blood off of his head, looks at his hand and a look of irritation and anger overcomes his face. Shaw quickly rolls out of the ring and pushes the timekeeper aside, grabbing a steel chair. Shaw folds it up, slides in the ring and unfolds it into a seat position. Shaw brings Dick Devereaux to his feet, tucks his head under his arm, lifts him up, stalls and then finishes the brainbuster suplex off by driving Devereaux’s head through the chair.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – ‘Brain Dead” on a steel chair by Dillon Shaw! My god! Devereaux might be dead!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Where’s Nigel Crane when you need him Dante?
[Dillon Shaw covers Devereaux forgetting that the referee is still out cold, as he gets up to go check on the referee after breaking his own fall, the ring rapidly begins to fill with a thick, white smoke.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What the hell is going on!?!?
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – You don’t think…
[Before Dick Thrasher can finish his sentence, Nemesis stands in the ring behind Shaw as the smoke begins to fade. Shaw turns around, is lifted up and dropped down into a huge GTS, Nemesis then gets a quick five stride run in and finishes Shaw off with the Kinshasa.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What the hell!?! Nemesis has just obliterated Dillon Shaw with the Enoch!
[As both Shaw and Devereaux lie on the mat motionless, Nemesis goes over and drags Dick Devereaux on top of Dillon Shaw. Nemesis then goes over, grabs the referee by the collar and throws him towards Devereaux, who’s still out cold on Dillon Shaw. Joe Murray slowly comes to and slowly makes the count as Nemesis slides out of the ring and stands at the bottom of the ramp watching on.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – No! Not this way! C’mon, what a travesty!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – What I want to know Dante, is why the hell did Nemesis do that?
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Has Dick Devereaux joined Salvation? That seems to be the only logical explanation!
[As Joe Murray hands Dick Devereaux the title, who seems to just be gaining his bearings, Nemesis is grinning as he begins to walk up the ramp and then behind the curtain out of complete sight.]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Here is your winner and STILL Union Battleground Champion…DICK DEVEREAUX!
[Dick Devereaux slowly gets to his feet and raises the title with a somewhat confused look on his face.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Has Nemesis recruited the Union Battleground Champion into Salvation?
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – If he has, look out world! This would be an unstoppable force!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Folks, that’s all the time we have here tonight. Tune in next time, hopefully we’ll have some answers!