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L!GHTS OUT #13

U.S. Bank Arena

Cincinnati, Ohio

17, 556

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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…]

 

... 5

... 4

... 3

... 2

... 1

 

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 a close, 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 ladies and gentlemen to L!GHTS OUT #13! I am your host "The Doctor" Dante Reed alongside me is "Diamond" Dick Thrasher. We are live here at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio in front of over 17, 500 fans! This past Sunday, we witnessed an epic PPV event in Guerrilla Warfare. Not only did we see grudge matches, we saw the end of a saga between longtime standing rivals, an absolute brutal Japanese Deathmatch, and the ultimate bout, Guerrilla Warfare! When all things were said and done, the demigod they call Nemesis stood alone as the victor. But he wouldn't stand for long, as our Union Battleground Champion Dick Devereaux swerved the leader of Salvation and stunned him with a Pipebomb!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think Devereaux signed his death certificate Sunday night! Not only did he deny joining Salvation, he poked the bear, or rather sent him to LaLa Land with his signature Piperbomb!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - But tonight folks we have a jam packed show in store with some of the Battleground's top competitors!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - We witnessed some previews of several our bouts tonight during Guerrilla Warfare. Isaiah Elliott is looking for some redemption tonight against Kimitsu Zombie as she in fact eliminated Elliott. And also, Xion Ben-Judah, who faces that "bat shit crazy joshi" Saint Saito tonight, each got some experience with each other.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - That and much more ahead of us tonight, but for now let's take it to the ring where the mouthpiece of Salvation, Preacher, is currently standing in the ring.

:: the chosen one's mistake ::

[We cut from “The Doctor” Dante Reed and “Diamond” Dick Thrasher to the ring where we see Salvation’s very own Preacher standing with a mic in one hand and holding his cane in the other. Looking like his usual sadistic self, Preacher is in his signature red clergy suit as his long, razor sharp nails grip the body of the microphone as it’s raised to his mouth while a chorus of boos reign in]

 

Preacher: Children of Salvation and Disciples of our cause…

 

[The boos reign in even louder]

 

Preacher: Allow me the honor to introduce to you…YOUR savior…YOUR master…YOUR Guerilla Warfare winner and THE number one contender for the Union Battleground Championship…NEMESIS!

 

[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.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – It looks as if we are about to be joined by the inaugural Guerrilla Warfare winner here Dick!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – “The Butcher” Dick Devereaux is our only hope from these freaks getting their hands on that Union Battleground Championship Dante and that’s a very scary thought!

 

[From the thick smoke emerges Nemesis with Camila Martinez directly by his side, with Kreature flanking his other side and Sinister flanking Mila while that singular blood red spotlight now lights them up. The four stop at the top of the ramp for a moment as the boos echo through the arena, then continue on forward with Malicious Mila evilly playing to the crowd while Nemesis, Kreature and Sinister walk to the ring in a straightforward manner with the spotlight staying on them.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I can only imagine what is going on in the mind of Salvation’s leader Nemesis after what Dick Devereaux pulled at Guerrilla Warfare!

 

[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 Sinister following the same route behind him. Kreature and Sinister stand beside Preacher, 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. The lights come up as Preacher speaks into the microphone as Nemesis rises to his feet, while Camila Martinez makes sure to cozy on up next to Nemesis]

 

Preacher: And any man who speaks a single word or commits a single action with malevolence towards the cause and our savior shall not be forgiven either in this age or the age to come…

 

[Preacher hands the microphone over to Nemesis while flashing an evil grin, satisfied with the simple message he just conveyed]

 

Nemesis: Richard…what you committed Sunday at Guerrilla Warfare was an unpardonable sin! You have denied not only Salvation, but in the midst of your little ‘rebellion’, you managed to make a mockery of me…a FOOL of me!

 

[After booing through Nemesis’ first few words, the crowd pops at the mention of Dick Devereaux besting Nemesis]

 

Nemesis: Richard…I am not one to be tested, let alone be made to look foolish…I am not some kind of inadequate mortal who wastes his days away trying to impress a blonde like Xion Ben-Judah…I am not some spoiled, clean cut brat who cries and moans in SPECTACULAR fashion like Dillon Shaw…and I am certainly not the lowest form of existence to walk the face of this earth like you are Richard…no, I am a entity that has exemplified perfection in Union Battleground, whose truths have opened eyes which has culminated in the following and belief of Salvation both in this company and throughout the entire world…

 

[The boos begin to pick back up making it clear that the fans are not in agreement with Nemesis’ sentiments]

 

Nemesis: But now Richard…you have forced my hand. Not only will I now make it one of Salvation’s ambitions to break you and tear down your world around you but I will also take this opportunity to take my rightful position upon the top of Union Battleground’s hierarchy by beating you and cleansing the Union Battleground Championship of the filth your reign has tarnished it with! You will begin to repay the debt of your actions…I assure you!

 

[As Nemesis lowers the mic, “El Phantasmo & The Chicken Run Blast-O-Rama” kicks back while Nemesis keeps his eyes locked into the camera. Eventually, Nemesis drops the mic and Salvation as a whole exit the ring and make their way up the ramp with not a single member looking back behind them]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Dick better have a plan in place Dante because as crazy as that fucker is, he’s vastly outnumbered!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve!

:: the outliers vs los tot danshi ::

Mike “Drop” Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a first round bout in the Battalion Championships Tournament! Introducing first, currently in the ring, from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, with a combined weight of 298 pounds, Hiroki and Tatsuya Kobayashi, Los Tot Danshi!

 

[The brothers stand in the ring warming up and focusing on their opponents.]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And their opponents, they are the final WARPED Unified Tag Team Champions and former GOL Trios Champions, Sawtooth Grin and HeWhoCorrupts, The Outliers!

 

♫ IT CAME FROM OVER THERE BY RED CHORD BEGINS TO PLAY ♫

 

[As It Came From Iver There plays, HWC and Sawtooth Grin step onto the entrance ramp to a loud explosion of cheers. The two play into the crowd and don't hold back their excitement of being back in Union Battleground. HWC and Grin simultaneously sprint down the aisle, tagging all of the out stretched hands on either side as they reach ringside. They slide in the ring from under the bottom rope, and the two climb up opposite turnbuckles and reach out to the crowd with open arms.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The Outliers are back in the Battleground!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - We haven't seen these guys since our first PPV Battle of Los Angeles, and tonight they are officially making their debuts under the Union Battleground banner! This is going to be an exciting match up to kick this show off, Dante!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - It looks like both teams are getting squared away in their respective corners. Our referee for this contest is Senior Official Bruce O'Neal. It appears HWC and Hiroki will start this contest. Bruce gives one final check with each team and is calling for the bell! This match and this tournament is officially under way!

 

[DING!]

 

[HWC and Hiroki circle the ring and size each other up. HWC extends his hand out for a test of strength. Hiroki slowly brings his hand up, but HWC does the old pull away and slick his hair back gag prank. The Outlier gets a laugh from it, but the Kobayashi brother doesn't see the humor. So instead, Hiroki drills HWC with a boot to the gut and starts clubbing away with forearm smashes to the back of HWC's head. Hiroki Irish whips HWC across the ring and on the return HWC floors Hiroki with a shotgun drop kick!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - HWC delivers a stiff shotgun drop kick that nearly knocks the wind right out of Hiroki Kobayashi!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - HWC knows how to maximize his size and abilities. He's only 5'10" and around 175 pounds, and that drop kick looked like it was from a super heavyweight!

 

[HWC stomps away on Hiroki. He finishes it with a double stomp, then follows that up with a standing moonsault into a double knee! HWC makes a quick cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Tatsuya runs in and breaks up the pin!

 

[With Tatsuya in the ring, Sawtooth Grin runs in and the two exchange fists back and forth before the referee restores order. HWC and Hiroki are now the lone legal men back in this match. Hiroki gets to his feet and plants HWC with a jawbreaker! Hiroki heads to his corner and tags in Tatsuya. Both men double team HWC with combo strikes until Sawtooth Grin rushes over and evens up the score. Once again, the referee clears the ring and now it's back to HWC and the fresh Tatsuya. The dark haired brother stuns HWC with a flurry of combo punches and kicks and finishes it of with a spinning heel kick that rocks HWC! Tatsuya goes for a cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Sawtooth Grin breaks up the pin!

 

[Grin stomps away at Tatsuya and rushes over at Hiroki before he can step in the ring. Referee O'Neal orders Sawtooth back to his corner and he obliges. Meanwhile, Tatsuya gets to his feet and brings HWC up with him. He slings HWC into the ropes, and on the return levels HWC with an enziguri! Tatsuya picks HWC back up and slings him into the turnbuckle away from Grin. Tatsuya then lifts HWC up to the top turnbuckle and Tatsuya begins climbing high. The Kobayashi brother stands tall and signals for a hurricanrana, and leaps for it. HWC counters with a massive super ganso bomb and both men lie motionless on the canvas!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Hewhocorrupts has flattened Tatsuya Kobayashi with that top rope Disasterpiece!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's gotta get to Sawtooth Grin! He's got nothing left in him after taking on both of the brothers. Look at Grin, he's shouting and coaching his partner on to get the tag in!

 

[HWC and Tatsuya finally begin to make some movement towards each of their respective corners. HWC crawls his way over but is just out of reach before Tatsuya tags in Hiroki! Hiroki rushes over and sends a flying forearm smash into Sawtooth Grin, before stomping away at HWC! Hiroki fires away some knife edge chops before sending HWC into the ropes. On the return, Hiroki goes for a big boot, but HWC ducks it and counters with a massive capture suplex!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - A textbook Capture suplex by Hewhocorrupts!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't understand how he has anything left in him! This is incredible!

 

[HWC grabs Hiroki and Irish whips him into the corner. He follows it up with a powerful closeline and finally tags in Grin! HWC grabs Hiroki again and whips him across the ring into the other corner, where HWC delivers a massive splash and a simultaneous superman punch to Tatsuya, knocking him off the apron! HWC climbs to the middle rope, and monkey flips Hiroki and Sawtooth Grin catches him with a stunner!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Thumbsucker! Grin just caught Hiroki in mid air and spiked him with the stunner!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - And the cover!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here are your winners and advancing to the semifinals of the Battalion Championships Tournament, The Outliers!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And just like that, The Outliers are advancing to the semifinals of the Battalion Championships Tournament!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - We'll find out later tonight who they will be facing between Layton & Fenric versus Tweeder!

:: to be seen ::

[Seth Lawless is backstage he is wearing a t-shirt and jeans. He took a deep breath and as you looked at him you could tell that he wasn’t really happy.]

 

Seth Lawless - What the hell am I doing. I’m Seth Lawless, people should fear me but yet here I am not doing anything tonight. That has to change.

 

[He turns around and he sees his girlfriend and fellow Society member Becky Balfour he smiles and nods his head.]

 

Seth Lawless - Hey, you ready for your match?

 

Becky Balfour - I’ve been ready, babe. But tonight isn’t just about me, or my match. Tonight is about us. I know Zay is focused on her match too or she would be here, but...we aren’t alone.

 

[Becky grins ear to ear mischievously as she walks to the locker room door and pulls it open. Seth nods his head as a group of men and women march in, all wearing #TheSociety t-shirts.]

 

Becky Balfour - For too long, we’ve all been overlooked. Things have to change. For you. For me, for them. This show was sold out, there’s no room for them to sit, but they’re here. To support us. And you…

 

[Becky runs her finger up Seth’s neck and then trails it to his chin.]

 

Becky Balfour - You need to make sure everybody goes home with the name Seth Lawless on the edge of their lips and the tips of their tongues.

 

[Seth nods his head as he looks at Becky and then the people that she had brought in along with her.]

 

Seth Lawless - See that has been the problem Becky and I intend on changing that with you alongside me. Yes, tonight is about you because you have a match but when I finally step into the ring here at Union Battleground I will be the star that I DEMAND to be.

 

[He smirks a little bit.]

 

Seth Lawless - I’m sick of the peanut gallery saying that I am ducking this and that when in all reality I’m not. Maybe when I step back into that ring and take what is mine people will realize that I am damn good. You might be the talker but I will be the one that beats everyone up.

 

Becky Balfour - Beats everyone up? I thought of you more as...the Eye Opener...The Eye Opener, Seth Lawless. The man who makes the world understand OUR problems even if they don’t want to. We...YOU...leave them with no choice but to sympathize with our cause...The Society causes.

 

[Becky walks a circle around Seth before walking over to the men and women, disappearing in the group that is gathered inside the small locker room. When she emerges, she has a man by the collar of his shirt, and he’s NOT wearing a Society t-shirt.]

 

Becky Balfour - Oh Seth...what do we have here? An imposter? Someone that isn’t down with our cause?

 

[The man in his early 20’s immediately protests. He runs a hand through his beard and places the other hand in Becky’s face, but before he can get a word out Seth takes the hand off of Becky’s face. He twists it so it is now behind his back and Seth pushes him into the lockers. He locks eyes with him and shakes his head.]

 

Seth Lawless - Now, you want to have a little bit of a lesson?

 

[The man shakes his head and Seth laughs.]

 

Seth Lawless - Well, you might not want one but you are going to get one. You see if you ever touch Becky I will break your hand. If you ever doubt our cause I will break your hand. If you ever look at me and don’t think that I’m a good wrestler I will break your hand.

 

[Seth turns around and looks at the gathering of Society followers.]

 

Seth Lawless - That goes for every one of you. I’m SETH LAWLESS, and this is BECKY BALFOUR, and Zay well she might not be with us right now but she is for our cause. No one will step on any of our toes anymore, because we are here for a change and it will happen.

 

[The man that Seth had pinned against the wall tries making a quick escape but Becky puts her foot out and trips him to the ground. With a giggle, she looks at the gathering of followers.]

 

Becky Balfour - He’s not one of us, he made that clear by not wearing our shirt. Get him out of my sight...NOW!

 

[The gathering moves into motion, yanking the man from the floor and discarding him from the locker room in short order. Becky, meanwhile, is all smiles for Seth.]

 

Becky Balfour - I think we should go check on Zay before her match, yeah?

 

[Seth quickly kisses Becky and grabs her by the hand and starts to walk out of the locker room.]

 

Seth Lawless - That sounds like a good idea. Tonight the Society turns heads, and our word will get out more and people will start following our cause.

 

Becky Balfour - Preach.

 

[Seth and Becky move out of the locker room through the sea of followers of their cause.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed - The Society didn’t come alone tonight. Where are all of those men and women going to sit? We’re sold out!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - I have no idea, but did you see the aggression in Seth Lawless’s eyes? I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t want to be his first opponent here in the Battleground. Wow.

:: mandi morrison vs mikey svarro ::

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Making his debut in Union Battleground, from Las Vegas, Nevada, standing 5'11" and weighing in at 185 pounds, accompanied by "Rumble" Reyes, he is Mikey Svarro!

 

HATE, SOMETHING, SOMETIME, SOMEWAY,

SOMETHING KICK OFF THE FOR ME

SOMETHING, INSIDE

I'LL NEVER EVER FOLLOW

SO GIVE ME SOMETHING THAT IS FOR REAL

I'LL NEVER EVER FOLLOW

 

[From seemingly out of nowhere the beginning small drum of "Got the Life" by Korn plays over the PA and people already know who it is. Immediately after the instrumental starts and the crowd fills the place with boos. From behind the black curtain, first comes the humongous Rumble Reyes, shades on and his arms crossed. Stoic as ever. He stands at the top for a few seconds before Mikey Svarro joins him. He's got his signature shades on too, a smirk across his face. He takes in the heat, before starting down the ramp. Rumble walks a little behind him, until they get up to the ring. Rumble hops up onto the apron, holding the rope down as Mikey walks up the steel steps. He ducks under the raised top rope and steps into the squared circle.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mikey Svarro is making his debut tonight, which makes it a perfect 13 for 13 of having at least one debut competitor on L!GHTS OUT.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Axel Graves says his door is always open, which gives anybody their chance to make thei name in Union Battleground. I'm excited to see what this guy can do tonight.

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, 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. She looks out to the crowd, as she walks down to the ring. She walks up the steps, before getting into the ring between bottom and middle ropes. She heads to her corner as waits for match to start.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And now Mandi Morrison is making her way down to ringside. She's had a bit of a losing streak in her last few contest in the Battleground.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Let's see if she can break the streak right now!

 

[DING!]

 

[The referee calls for the bell and already, Mikey Svarro is on the attack with a raised knee to Mandi's midsection. Mandi doubles over, and Mikey grabs a fistful of Mandi's hair before he clubbed her across the back of the head with his other fist. Mandi drops to the ring mat with a heavy thud, and before she managed to scramble back to her feet, Mikey picks her up and backs her into one end of the ring and then tries to use the top rope to strangle her.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mikey Svarro is dominating this match early!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He probably saw Mandi calling him a "dumb puppy", which now that I think about it, I think she's calling him a bitch!

 

[The referee wastes no time stepping up to demand that Mikey release Mandi from the ropes. He begins the five count.]

 

1!

 

2!

 

3!

 

4!

 

[Before the count of five, Mikey finally releases his opponent, right before he decides to get into the referee’s face, snarling insults and threats at the man. Morrison clutches her throat and takes in a lungful of air, but after a few seconds she recovers enough to jump across Mikey’s back and wraps one arm around his throat as the other is busy clawing Mikey’s eyes out.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mandi's on the rebound!

 

[Again, the referee demands the two break it up as he pulls Mandi off of her opponent, and then quickly gets in between the two before the match devolves into a brawl. Mandi and Mikey glare hot daggers toward one another, and then they both locked up in the center of the ring when the ref stepped aside. Mandi drives her knee into Mikey’s midsection after a brief few seconds after the lock-up, and then she throws her opponent over to the ropes with an Irish whip. Mikey hits the ropes, and then he ducks the running lariat clothesline Mandi had waiting for him. He bounces against the ropes again, as Mandi ran at the ropes on the other side. She ducks under Mikey’s forearm with a roll and rebounds the ropes again before she leaps into the air and drops him to the mat with a Lou Thesz Press.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mandi takes the offensive and slams Svarro down!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This must be unfamiliar territory for Mikey. He doesn't come across as a bottom guy!

 

[The fans went wild as Mandi hammers her fist into Mikey’s face for a few more seconds, before she decides to grab one of Mikey’s wrists and lock in an armbar. Mikey struggles to release himself from the hold, hitting Mandi in the legs and attempting to drag himself to the ropes. After another minute in the armbar, Mikey finally succeeded, grabbing onto the bottom rope and prompting the referee to begin counting.]

 

1!

 

2!

 

3!

 

4!

 

[Reluctantly, Mandi released her opponent from the hold. The pair both get to their feet, but Mikey has the advantage first, and then goes for Mandi, wrapping his arms around her waist and dropping her on her head with a German suplex. Clutching her head, Mandi winces in pain while Mikey stands above her, watching with obvious satisfaction before he picks her up again, slaps her in the face and then forces her into a corner before he decides to drive his shoulder in her gut a couple of times.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Svarro back at it, utilizing his size and strength advantage.

 

[After the third shoulder into her midsection, Mandi manages to shove Mikey away from her, deliver a boot into his gut and then plant his face into the mat with a sitout facebuster before she collapses on top of him for a cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kickout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mandi Morrison nearly secured the victory right there!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - There's no way Mikey Svarro would disgrace the male species like that! He said so himself!

 

[Svarro kicks out furiously, as he looks like he's just been disrespected. He and Mandi get to their feet, and Mikey makes the first move with a thundering kick to the gut. Mikey grips Mandi's head in a cutter, runs up the ropes and comes crashing down to the mat with a Dudley Bulldog!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mikey Svarro Signing Off!

 

[Svarro hooks the leg for the cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Mikey Svarro!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mikey Svarro wins in his debut in the Battleground!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Svarro makes it thirteen straight L!GHTS OUT episodes of having someone make their Union Battleground debut, and tonight he does it with a victory. Not many can say that!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Indeed it was an impressive win. It looked like he was toying with Mandi most of the match, but she caught him and nearly ended the thing, but Svarro came right back and finished it off.

:: commercial ::

:: becky balfour vs cassius reed ::

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Atlanta, Georgia, standing 6' even and weighing in at 205 pounds, he is Cassius Reed!

 

IT'S NOT MY FAULT YOUR GIRLFRIEND LIKES ME

I DO HER HARD LIKE FUCKING WARPED SPEED

YOU'RE DAD'S MAD, IT'S NOT MY FUCKING FAULT

BECAUSE YOUR MOM ALSO WANTS TO FUCK ME

 

[As the intro to “You Suck” by Pour Habit blasts throughout the arena out from the back bursts Cassius Reed! Wearing a black boxer's robe, with golden trim, he shadow boxes at the top of the ramp a moment, before posing, turning and spreading his arms wide, revealing the legend "KING CASSIUS" written on the back in golden sequins. Spinning round once more with kick of the leg, he suddenly sprints down to the ring at full pace! Sliding in under the bottom rope, he quickly rolls onto his back before kipping up with a flourish! Giving a quick smirk, he unfastens the belt of the robe, before turning and leaping to the top of the nearest turnbuckle, spreading his arms wide once more, and allowing the robe to fall, open, about his exposed chest. With a cocky wink and kiss to the crowd, he hops backwards off the ring post, dropping the robe off of his shoulders, before bundling up his robe and placing it in the official's chest, telling him to "take care of this, sucka."]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Cassius Reed is making his way out, and Dick, we saw a bit of a different side of Cassius leading up to this bout.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He showed us that behind the antics, is a man that's driven to succeed. Make no mistake, I think he knows what he's up against tonight with Becky Balfour and his focus is all on this match tonight.

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, from Detroit, Michigan, standing 5'8" and weighing in at 122 pounds, The leader of #TheSociety, Becky Balfour!

 

SINCE I WAS BORN, THEY COULDN'T HOLD ME DOWN

ANOTHER MISFIT KID, ANOTHER BURNED-OUT TOWN

I NEVER PLAYED BY THE RULES, I NEVER REALLY CARED

MY NASTY REPUTATION TAKES ME EVERYWHERE

 

['Youth Gone Wild' begins playing throughout the venue as Becky Balfour makes her way to the top of the entrance-way. The outspoken member of #TheSociety pauses as suddenly the followers from earlier in the night all line up behind her.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Wait just a minute, what are they doing out here? They aren't signed to Union Battleground.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Maybe not, but Becky Balfour did say they would be able to sit ringside, sold out or not.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - They are marching to the ring behind her, I've never seen anything like this.

 

[Becky continues towards the ring and steps up the ring stairs as the gatherers line up behind her. Becky grabs the top rope and while facing the ring lets go and stretches her arms out to her side. She falls backwards as the Society followers catch her and move her along through the hand of each member. Finally, they manage to maneuver her back to the ring apron, where she laughs before finally entering the ring.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I'm still confused as to what makes these people follow Becky, Seth and Zaylee. Don't get me wrong, they are phenomenal athletes, but I'm not sure I'm buying what they are selling.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - And why is that? Becky had a huge win over Trixie at the last L!GHTS OUT, took a match last minute's notice on this show, and the other two members? Seth is a decorated former champion and Zaylee might be the most attractive loose cannon I've ever seen.

 

[Becky sits in the middle of the ring, tapping her ring boots and letting her leather jacket slide off her shoulders. The followers of #TheSociety meanwhile sit on the floor, leaning their backs against the barricade separating the fans from the ring. All of them have blank expressions on their faces as Becky waits for her match to begin.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well it looks as though this might be almost a lumberjack match!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - A lumber match match tipped heavily in Becky's favor! And you know if anyone of these gullible knuckleheads steps up to Cassius, the referee will allow it!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well we're about to see if anyone is dumb enough to try to pull a stunt off like that, but for now, this match is set to begin!

 

[DING!]

 

[Becky and Cassius stare down each other from across the ring for a moment until they slowly make their way to the center. Immediately the two lock up, and Cassius goes for an arm wrench and tightens the hold behind Becky's back. The Society leader throws an elbow, disorienting the Iron King. Becky quickly runs the ropes and connects with a flying elbow, sending Cassius back pedaling and catching himself on the ropes. Becky again bounces off the ropes and on the return catapults herself for a cross body, but Reed is able to catch her in mid air.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Cassius showing his dominant strength and catches Becky in mid air!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Like you alluded you, Dante, we're seeing a different Cassius tonight!

 

[The Iron King continues to hold Balfour in his clutches as he circles around the ring, taunting the crowd and his opponent. Finally Reed bridges back with a fall away slam, sending Becky into the turnbuckles! Reed springs to his feet and stomps away at the fallen Becky. With Becky dazed in the corner, Cassius grabs a hold of the top ropes, and hops up to spring into a split legged corkscrew moonsault!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Plan C!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This might be it right here!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kickout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - No! Becky Balfour showing great willpower by somehow kicking out of the Plan C!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She mentioned earlier leading up to this match that Plan "B" is greater than Plan "C". I think she just proved that point!

 

[Cassius argues with the referee's tempo of the count but he doesn't budge. Reed brushes him off and goes back on the attack. Cassius drops an elbow then mounts Becky and begins pounding away with lefts and rights. The referee notices Becky up against the ropes and orders Reed to stop the attack. After a five count, Reed finally lets off and picks Becky back up by the hair. Reed lays in a vicious slap that echoes through the arena!]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Cassius Reed with the Pimp Slap!

 

[Cassius plays to the crowd, as he gets a bit more jeers than jeers, and he delivers another slap... And then another, and another! Cassius finished it off with his signature split legend lunch to the midsection!]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The Pimp Slap Symposium followed by the Johnny Cage! Cassius Reed is on fire right now!

 

[With Becky bent over, Cassius raises to his feet and hits the ropes. On the return, Cassius drops Becky with a running sunset flip powerbomb!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sweet Christmas!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Cassius just rocked Becky and he's going for the cover!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Thre-- No, Kickout!

 

[Somehow, some way Becky kicks out and Cassius looks stunned and furious! Reed gets to his feet and begins jawing at The Society followers outside of the ring. While Cassius is distracted with the outside guests, Becky Balfour is able to regain her composure. She slyly crawls her way over to Reed, and drops him with a low blow! Reed hits the mat in excruciating pain.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - A low blow by Becky Balfour!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The ultimate equalizer!

 

[While Reed is rolling around in agony, Becky reaches out to her followers at ringside and orders them to feast their eyes on what is wrong with "mainstream" society, and witness her right the wrongs. Becky pulls Cassius up to his feet and drops him straight back down with a Russian leg sweep. Becky swiftly mounts Cassius and begins driving lefts and rights while scratching and clawing at his face. Becky finally lets up after the referee pleads, but she hammers away with a few stomps before facing her followers again outside of the ring. She berates Cassisus, calling him a false idol and an imposter, amongst other things and hooks them in intently. But while she's hyping them up, this allows Cassius to get to his feet, one of the follows is trying to get Becky's attention to warn her, and when she finally turns back to him, Cassius springboards off the ropes and collides into Becky with a hurricanrana!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Funkensteiner!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Cassius has this one locked in!

 

[Cassius goes for the cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Cassius Reed!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe it! Becky lost her sights and Cassius stole a victory!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He didn't steal anything! He just kept his eyes on the prize while Becky was more focused on her followers!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - After an impressive win nonetheless by "The Iron King" and well, The Society may have just had a lesson learned tonight.

:: the path... of the hunt ::

[We cut backstage where we see people scattered about doing their work for the show. The camera cuts to the Ladies Restroom where we see Mila Martinez washing her hands and fixing her make-up in the mirror. She takes her exit as she opens the door, but suddenly it is knocked back in her face causing her to stumble back holding a bloody nose. Dick Devereaux storms into the Ladies Restroom and charges at Mila with a big boot to the chest sending her shooting back into one of the stalls.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Holy shit! Dick Devereaux is ambushing Camila!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What's he thinking beating on his main event opponent's lady like that?!

 

[Camila is taken by surprise so there is not much fight in her. She tries to come out of the stall, but Dick nails her with the swinging door, sending her back onto the toilet. He grabs her by the hair and slams a headbutt into her nose, causing more blood to pour from her nostrils. He turns her around and opens the lid of the toilet before shoving her head inside and flushing it a few times. Dick laughs menacingly as he attempts to drown Mila.]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Look, Dante! Dick's giving Camila a swirly!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I think he's sending a message, Dick!

 

[He stops as he drags her by the hair over to the stall door. She gasps for air as her wet hair entangles around Dicks hands. He places her head against the stall before grabbing the stall door and reeling back and slamming it violently on Mila's head, trapping her head between the door and the stall. He does this one more time for good measure before turning and walking away without a word. The camera pans down on the unconscious body of Mila before we hear the Ladies Restroom door close and see Dick Devereaux put an "Out of Order" sign on the Restroom door.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - My god! Devereaux has snapped!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's proving that he's not afraid of Salvation!

:: kimitsu zombie vs isaiah elliott ::

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Making his debut tonight in Union Battleground, from Asheville, North Carolina, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 196 pounds, Isaiah Elliott!

 

TURN BACK ON THE BROKEN-HEARTED

SOME THINGS ARE JUST MEANT TO BE

I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE GOT A CHANCE

I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE GOT A CHANCE, TO BE

 

[‘100 in a 55’ by Pop Evil begins to play over the PA system. The curtain moves aside and out steps Isaiah Elliott. He looks around to the fans in attendance, a smile on his face. He walks down to the ring, high fiving fans as he passes. He reaches the ring and rolls under the bottom rope. He moves to his corner and lowers his head as he gets his body loose and his mind focused on the coming fight.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Isaih Elliott is making his way down to ringside for what is officially his second bout in the Battleground. But he entered Guerrilla Warfare at number two this past Sunday.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He made an impressive run for it, Dante. Kick starting the brutal rumble, he didn't win it all, but he definitely turned some heads by surviving until the near end. You gotta give this man some props for that. He's got a bright future ahead.

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, from Kimitsu, Japan, standing 5'5" and weighing in at 125 pounds, she is 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.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Speaking of bright future for Elliott, his immediate future is tasked to face this woman right here, Kimitsu Zombie.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Kimitsu Zombie is an absolute phenom inside the ring. She was also in Guerrilla Warfare, and she was the one who in fact eliminated Isaiah Elliott. You think it was a little preview of things to come here tonight?

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I'm sure Elliott has trained hard and studied up on that match and his opponent, but anything can happen in the Battleground! Our referee for this contest is senior official Brice O'Neal and he's calling for the bell right now!

 

[DING!]

 

[Both competitors zero in on each other and show great focus with each other. They circle in to the center, and Isaiah Elliott stretches out for a handshake. Kimitsu looks hesitant, but reaches in, and sucker punches Elliott right between the eyes! The dirty move catches Elliott off guard and Zomvie begins laying knife edge chops that echo throughout the arena. Kimitsu backs Isaiah up into the ropes, and she Irish whips across the ring. In the return Zombie goes for a spinning heel kick but Elliott scouts it and ducks. Elliott springs off the opposite ropes and come back with Zombie driving a low drop kick to Elliot's knees. He slams to the mat, and Zombie runs the ropes and drives another drop kick, this time to the back of Elliott's head. Kimitsu keeps the pressure on Isaiah, and wraps him up in a "La Magistral" pin!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kimitsu Zombie coming straight outta the gates!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Isaiah better recollect himself quick, she's not one to give an inch!

 

[Isaiah and Kimitsu are back on their feet, and Elliott throws a forearm lariat, disorienting Zombie. Elliott begins throwing combo punches to the head and body, keeping Zombie guessing. Isaiah finishes it off with a powerful uppercut, and Kimitsu Zombie goes back pedaling into the turnbuckles. Elliott dials it in, and goes sprinting and connects with a superman punch! Elliott grabs Zombie by the hair and begins bringing her to the center of the ring. Isaiah gets about halfway, and snaps Kimitsu down to the mat with a head and arm hip toss, and Elliott hangs on for a pin!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Isaiah Elliott is showing a great display of technical prowess here.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's known as a striker, but he looks like he's been working on his repertoire and has added some grappling techniques.

 

[Zombie circles around to get to her base and intermittently throwing shotei shots to the face of Elliott to keep him off balance. Kimitsu shoots to her feet with Elliott on his knees, and rocks him with a rolling savate kick! Zombie goes over and picks Elliott up with a headlock, and walks over to the ropes, and begins dragging Elliott's face across the ropes! Isaiah finally pushes Zombie off and begins wailing away with another combination of punches. Elliott finishes it off with a high kick, but Kimitsu catches it and counters with a dragon screw! Zombie doesn't hesitate and springboards off the middle rope and drops down on Elliott with a moonsault! Zombie hooks the leg for a cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Thre-- Kickout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kimitsu Zombie was able to counter out of Elliott's flurry combo and nearly sent him packing!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You gotta be careful when dealing with a Zombie, Dante. She looked like she was in a rough patch there, and then out of nowhere flipped the script and just about came out on top!

 

[Kimitsu Zombie's face grows with frustration as she licks Elliott back up off of the mat. She Irish whips Elliott but Elliott counters, sending her across the ring. On the return Isaiah plants Zombie with a vicious spear! The crowd erupts!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Isaiah Elliott just about speared Kimitsu Zombie out of her boots!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's been able to go toe-to-toe with her, Dante! No one has gained a clear advantage in this bout!

 

[Isaiah Elliott picks Kimitsu up off of the canvas, and throws Zombie over with a German suplex. However, Zombie lands on her feet, and then lunges at Elliott with a sling blade! Elliott manages to counter out of it, and goes for his flying spinning elbow strike finisher he calls The Facebreaker! Zombie ducks out of it at the last second, kicks Elliott in the gut, and drops him with a swinging fisherman neckbreaker!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Trip to the Grave! This one's over!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Elliott is out!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Kimitsu Zombie!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What an amazing finish, DDT! It looked like Elliott had this one, but Kimitsu Zombie was able to avoid the Facebreaker and finished it off.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Just like Guerrilla Warfare, Zombie ends Elliott's night with a Trip to the Grave. Even in defeat, Isaiah looked impressive, but he needs a little more work to elevate  himself to the next level.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well folks, coming up next we have another client of Harvey Lohman's as Jove Belane is set to take on a debuting member of The Society, Zaylee Flynn!

:: the path... of the hunt (pt. 2) ::

[We cut to the backstage area where we can see the personal gym of Union Battleground at the US Bank Arena. It's a temporary moving gym that goes to each show with them. A few dumbbells, a weight bench, a treadmill, and some jump ropes. Sinister is in there alone pumping iron on a weight bench. He has about 315 pounds on the bench and he's pumping it out like his life depends on it.]

 

[Suddenly, the weights become heavier as Dick Devereaux arrives on scene and grabs onto the bar and pushes down. Sinister is trying to lift, but Devereaux plus the weight becomes too much.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Devereaux is back! This time hunting down Sinister!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's just giving him a spot, Dante!

 

[The bar drops, but Sinister rolls out of the way, barely dodging the heavy weight coming at his chest. He stands and goes for Devereaux, but Devereaux throws the heavy bar as hard as he can at Sinister. Sinister manages to catch it which gives Devereaux enough of a distraction. Devereaux charges in with a flurry of solid rapid fire elbows and forearms to the face of Sinister. He drops the bar and stumbles back as Devereaux rains down the blows. Sinister manages to shove him back and go for a big boot, but Devereaux scouts it and ducks underneath before nailing Sinister with a low blow. Devereaux grabs Sinister by the hair and leads him over to the treadmill before turning it all the way up in speed. We hear it spinning faster and faster before it hits top speed. Devereaux grabs Sinister by the face and slowly brings him down to the treadmill.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What is Devereaux about to do?

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Looks like he's about to do some cardio!

 

[Sinister's face grinds against the moving track as paint peels off and skin begins coming with it. Devereaux soon lets go and grabs a jump rope before kicking the downed Sinister in the bloodied face. He wraps the jump rope around his throat and twists it tight before pulling with all his might! Sinister gasps for air as Devereaux begins screaming expletives down on the Salvation member. Sinister begins to fade as Devereaux pulls even tighter causing Sinister to eventually pass out completely. Devereaux throws him down and even spits on his unconscious body before walking away with a sadistic smile spread across his face.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What is Devereaux's plan here, Dick?

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think we know the answer to that one, Dante. The Champ is picking apart Salvation and he's sending a message once again to his opponent for Coup de Grâce, Nemesis!

 

[Before Devereaux makes his exit from the gym, in steps in front of the doorway is Axel Graves.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Uh oh!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What's Graves going to do?

 

[Axel stares at Devereaux with a sharp stern look on his face. Devereaux hesitates for a moment.]

 

Dick Devereaux - Where is he? Where's Nemesis?

 

Axel Graves - Unfortunately for you, Dick, he's no where to be found.

 

Dick Devereaux - I'm not waiting until Coup de Grâce, I want Nemesis tonight!

 

[From the background, you can hear the crowd burst in excitement. Graves smirks before responding.]

 

Axel Graves - Dick, come on now. Do you really think I'm going to sanction a big money fight like that on L!GHTS OUT?

 

[The crowd turns to playful boos.]

 

Axel Graves - Even if I knew where Nemesis was, there's not a chance in hell I'm allowing you near him right now. You've obviously set your own path... A path of destruction towards Salvation. But there's one person you haven't gotten to yet, and that man is Kreature. So I'll tell you what, you can have him tonight. But you're gonna have to wait for Nemesis at Coup de Grâce.

:: zaylee flynn vs jove belane ::

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, making his way to the ring, from San Pedro, California, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 205 pounds, accompanied by Harvey Lohman, he is Jove Belane!

 

TURBO KILLER BY CARPENTER BRUT BEGINS TO PLAY

 

['Turbo Killer' by Carpenter Brut hits the PA system and drowns out the sound of the crowd. Just as quickly as it entered, it quiets down for a section of organ music before Jove Belane steps through the curtains. He's wearing a hooded sweatshirt and has his trainer right behind him. To his left is his representative, Harvey Lohman. The group head down the long cooridoor towards the ring. Jove ignores the attention of the fans who reach out for him. Harvey grants them a wicked and somewhat insincere smile as he goes. Finally they make their way ringside and await further instructions.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dick, what can you say about Jove Belane that we haven't said already? This guy is still very green in sanctioned combat sports, but he has absolutely lit the field on fire!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's been on a tear in Union Battleground, but he's also rocketing up the rankings in the Russian MMA promotion Unleashed. Like you said, he's still relatively new but you cannot deny his skill set!

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, from Charleston, West Virginia, standing 5'3" and weighing at 110 pounds, making her debut in Union Battleground, Zaylee Flynn!

 

OLD SUITCASE, CLEAN GETAWAY

I'M THE ONE WHO TAKES THE BLAME AGAIN

NEW DAY BUT THE SAME LINES

I FEEL LIKE A VICTIM OF THE DOLLAR SIGN

 

[Zaylee appears at the top of the ramp. She gives the crowd a smirk and struts down toward the ring. She jumps up on the apron and with a wink flips herself over the top rope to land on her feet on the other side.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And here comes a debuting member of the polarizing group "The Society" Zaylee Flynn.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm interested to see what this little firecracker has got. Although she's got a tough test ahead of her!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The official for this bout is referee Joe Murray. He checks one last time towards each opponent and he's calling for the bell!

 

[DING!]

 

[Jove and Zaylee have a stand off as the bell rings. Both fighters stare each other down intently before making their way at one another. The two lock up in a collar and elbow tie up, but Jove quickly overpowers Zaylee and forces her into a Muay Thai clinch. Belane begins throwing high knees into Zaylee while she tries to block them off. Belane is able to land several in succession before he Irish whips Flynn against the ropes. On the return Jove rushes a few steps and connects with a leg lariat. Belane springs to his feet and begins to run the ropes. He hops over Zaylee while she gets to her feet. Jove comes back for what looks like a spear but Flynn leap frogs over him. Jove springs again off the ropes and comes back and is greeted with a roundhouse kick by Zaylee Flynn. Flynn stays on the offensive and comes down with a double leg drop, and then hooks his leg for a quick cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Tw-- Kickout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Zaylee Flynn looks to take an early lead in this bout.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She's gonna have to stay on Jove while he's down, otherwise he's going to unwind like a wild animal!

 

[Zaylee gets to her feet and brings Jove up with her by the hair. As Jove stands straight, he breaks free from Zaylee's grip, and begins hammering away with a vicious combination of left and right punches straight to the face. Zaylee goes for a desperation move and mails in a high kick, but Jove is able to catch it in his under arm. Jove steps in behind Zaylee's other leg and trips her down to the mat. Belane then hits a leg drop onto Zaylee's knee, and then locks her in to an ankle lock!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Zaylee Flynn may be in trouble here!

 

[Zaylee tries to reach for the ropes but she's too far away and Jove's weight advantage has her planted in the center of the ring. In another desperation move, Zaylee begins laying in heel kicks to Jove's face, and eventually he loosens his grip enough for Zaylee to escape. Both competitors quickly rose to their feet, but Jove strikes first with a double leg takedown. Jove tries to slide up and mount but Zaylee is quick to bridge out and escape again.]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Zaylee is a feisty woman! She's keeping pace with Jove and keeps denying him any opportunity to mount or lock in a submission!

 

[Again both fighters stand their ground, and Jove strikes first again with a roundhouse kick. Zaylee is able to avoid the impact and counters with a spinning forearm smash. Flynn goes to airing whip Belane, but he counters and sends her running. On the return, Zaylee somehow is able to connect with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors! Zaylee steps out to the apron while Jove is lying in the mat, and she springboards off the top rope and connects with a 450 splash! Zaylee hooks the leg!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kickout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Zaylee Flynn is on fire right now!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She's sticking to her strategy and keeping the pressure on Belane!

 

[Zaylee looks quite upset and argues with the referee. As she pick Jove up, that little delay allowed Jove to recoup enough to kickstart another flirt of combo punches and kicks. Belane caps it off with a superkick that sends Zaylee reeling! Flynn catches herself against the ropes, but Belane grabs around her waist and tosses her back with a German suplex! Flynn however lands on her feet, and goes for a pele kick! Belane ducks that and before Zaylee even knows what hit her, Belane rocks her with the taekwondo 540 crescent kick, sending her head over heels into the ropes!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! The Storm out of nowhere!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - That has got to be the most brutal kick in the Battleground! Zaylee Flynn is sawing logs right now!

 

[Jove drags Zaylee away from the ropes and hooks the leg for a cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Jove Belane!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Another decisive victory for Jove Belane!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This guy is simply phenomenal to watch! He's tough now, imagine what he can bring with a little more in-ring experience!

 

[Jove gets his hand raised by the referee, and then by his agent Harvey Lohman. The two celebrate with an almost awkward handshake, as Belane is still a skeptic in regards to Lohman. Nonetheless, the two exit the ring, and before they can make their victory lap exit, the arena lights dim down to an almost pitch black. The crowd stands silent in anticipation.]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What's going on here?!

 

THERE AIN'T NO GRAVE, CAN HOLD MY, BODY DOWN

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - El Jefe!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Graves seems to only comes out here when he's got an announcement to make. I wonder what he's got in store for us tonight!

 

[Axel Graves makes his way out to the main stage. The arena glows in a blue hue and the signature smoke bellowing out from the entrance gets the crowd on their feet. Graves signals for the music to stop as he begins to speak.]

 

Axel Graves - What a performance! Zaylee Flynn you really impressed me tonight. Not many people have stood toe-to-toe with this machine, and be able to take that devastating kick and still remember their names afterwords. I mean hell, let's look back... Belane knocked Azrael into another realm, and Douglas Armatage had an identity crisis as well. So to see you able to stand on your own two feet after enduring The Storm, I think you deserve an opportunity. Since you, Becky Balfour, and Seth Lawless have come to the Battleground, you have declared that you all are overlooked and undervalued. Well here's the deal that brings this all full circle... Your opponent tonight, Jove Belane, knocked Douglas Armatage... Or Alexi Savvrin, or whatever he's calling himsel now, into hysteria. He's probably in a padded room somewhere and that has left an opening in the Battalion Championships Tournament. So, since Seth was exuding his displeasure about not getting handed a career here, how about you and Lawless fill in that spot, and face Salvation in the opening round? Here's your chance, don't miss out on it! Show The Society what you're made of!

:: commercial ::

:: dick devereaux vs kreature ::

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Championship! Introducing first, from Sydney, Australia, standing 6'2" and weighing at 220 pounds, representing Salvation,"The Enigmatic” Kreature!

 

MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

THE SHIP IS SLOWLY SINKING

THEY THINK I'M CRAZY, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW THE FEELING

 

[As Kreature’s music overtakes the arena, the lights darken and smoke comes from the entrance along with flashes of yellow, green, red and multicolored lights as Kreature emerges from the back with fluorescent colors painted on his face and in his usual ring attire. Kreature begins to make his way into the ring when suddenly from behind comes Dick Devereaux wielding a barbed-wire baseball bat that he cracks Kreature over the back of the head with causing his music to cut and the lights to come on]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The Champ has arrived early for his match and his absolutely brutal attack on Salvation continues here tonight!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – But don’t forget Dante, he hasn’t been able to get his hands on their leader and Number One Contender Nemesis!

 

[Devereaux starts to bash the hell out off the back of Kreature back, flips him over and starts rakes his forehead with the barbed-wire bat which instantly splits Kreature open causing his face paint to be covered by blood. Devereaux picks Kreature up by the collar and drags him to the ring, still holding his barbed-wire bat in his free hand. Dick throws the bat in the ring, then uses both arms and rolls Kreature in, sliding into the ring behind him. Dick delivers a few kicks, yells at Bruce O’Neil to ‘ring the bell’, goes to the opposite side of the ring and slides back out while Bruce O’Neil, confused, signals for the bells anyways.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What is Dick Devereaux thinking here?

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I don’t know Dante but O’Neil obviously felt obliged to call for the bell and who can argue with a man who just viciously bloodied another man with a barbed-wire bat!

 

[Devereaux moves the time keeper out of the way, grabs his chair and folds it up. Dick slids back into the ring, walks over to Kreature, who is just starting to show some movement, and then begins slamming the folded chair violently across Kreature’s body from the legs, working his way up to Kreature’s head.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a relentless showing with that steel chair by the Union Battleground Champion Dick Devereaux! My god!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – No mercy here Dante! They are the biggest threat in Union Battleground to Devereaux’s title reign, how can you blame the man!?!

 

[The fans are popping loudly as Devereaux finishes smacking Kreature with the chair and then lays it across his head as if they know he is up to something. With Kreature not moving and the chair still resting on his head, Devereaux walks over and picks the barbed-wire baseball back up, looking at it closely and sadistically while the fans start cheering even louder.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What is the Champion thinking here now?

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Whatever he’s thinking Dante, it doesn’t look like it’s going to bode well for Kreature here!

 

[Dick Devereaux breaks his focus from the barbed-wire bat and looks towards the still lifeless Kreature. Dick walks over and starts to smash the bat down across the chair lying on Kreature’s face, as fast as he can while still with as much force as he can creating a sick cracking noise to echo through the arena.]

 

Holy Shit! Holy Shit! Holy Shit!

 

[After about a dozen times, Devereaux stops and holds the bat up high getting another huge, unfamiliar pop.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The fans seems to be taking to Dick’s violent ways here tonight!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – You ever met someone from Ohio Dante? You’d have to be a sick person to live here, so I’m not that surprised!

 

[Devereaux throws the bat back down, pulls the dented chair off Kreature’s face to reveal a battered, bloodied face. Kreature looks like he may have a shattered eye socket, as well as a broken nose. Devereaux drags him to the turnbuckle, lifts his slump body up and sits Kreature upright onto the top turnbuckle.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What more can the Champion do here?

 

[Devereaux climbs up to the second rope, turns around and then puts the lifeless Kreature up onto his back in a backpack position.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Is Dick Devereaux going to deliver a top rope ‘Pipebomb’ to Kreature here?!? My god!

 

“Diamond”  Dick Thrasher – The champ obviously isn’t playing around tonight Dante!

 

[Devereaux pauses for a moment as fans begin to stand to their feet in anticipation. Devereaux then jumps off with the bloodied Kreature on his back and obliterates Kreature with a ‘Pipebomb’ from the top rope as the fans go nuts again.]

 

Battleground! Battleground! Battleground!

 

[Devereaux takes his time and then nonchalantly makes the cover on Kreature whose still pouring blood on the mat and not showing a single sign of life as Bruce O’Neil makes the count.]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, AND STILL, Union Battleground Champion, "The Butcher" Dick Devereaux!

 

[The fans cheer as Bruce O’Neil gets up to signal for the bell. As the bell rings the ring begins to fill with smoke and the lights flicker out for only a split second. When they come back on, Devereaux is getting off Kreature and Nemesis is standing in the opposite corner of the ring staring straight at the Champion.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – It looks like Nemesis has found Devereaux, not the other way around like we anticipated!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – But this time there is no back up!

 

[Devereaux gets up to his feet and goes to lunge at Nemesis but again the lights go out for a split second. When they come on, the camera focuses on Dick Devereaux on his knees looking confused as if he should have a hold of Nemesis, who he lunged at, while also noticing Kreature is no longer lying in a bloody heap inside the ring.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Where the hell did they go!?!

 

[The camera turns towards the entrance way as Dick Devereaux does, to reveal another huge cloud of smoke seeping from the ground and Nemesis standing tall, facing towards Devereaux in the ring, holding Kreature by the collar who is slumped on the floor at his feet. Devereaux signals for Nemesis to leave Kreature and enter the ring but instead Nemesis turns, walking to the back dragging Kreature behind with him.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis managed to save Kreature from any possible further punishment at the hands of Dick Devereaux, as eerie as his method may have been!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – But he didn’t want any part of the Champ himself Dante! I don’t think we’ve ever seen someone one up Salvation the way Devereaux has tonight!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Then you have to think Dick, redemption will surely be on the minds of Salvation and therefore, things may come back in a bad way for our Champion!

 

Diamond” Dick Thrasher – You may be right Dante, I mean we did see them crucify a man and he didn’t piss them off nearly as much as I’m sure Devereaux did tonight!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – We’ll have to wait and see how this heated rivalry continues to go but boy, it sure is picking up!

:: not done yet ::

WITH VICE I HOLD THE MIC DEVICE,

WITH FORCE I KEEP IT AWAY OF COURSE...

 

[Malcolm Dred-King emerges from the crowd with little or no fanfare. Security almost stops him as he jumps the barricade and rolls into the ring but a silent signal makes them aware the prodical son has returned. Now standing in the middle of the ring...one he has been long absent from the crowd starts to cheer as he soaks it all in before motioning for a microphone.]

 

MDK - You guys are too kind....I've missed you too.

 

MALCOLM! MALCOLM! MALCOLM!

 

MDK - If you guys will indulge me for a moment... I have some explaining to do...

 

[The crowd dies down as MDK gets serious.]

 

MDK - I especially want Crowbar to hear what I have to say...

 

[Malcolm pauses as he starts to walk around the ring.]

 

MDK - I was one of the first people to sign on the dotted line to be apart of the Union Battleground roster. I was coming off one of the best years of my long and storied career; and at the start of 2017 I was looking to turn the page and begin a new chapter, to much fanfare. However the Malcolm Dred-King that Union Battleground got, was one that was broken; and for that, to you the fans, to UB management, and especially the men and women in the back... I apologize.

 

[The fans start to cheer in support of MDK.]

 

MDK - I apologize because I couldn't give my all. I couldn't give you 100% and worst of all I lied to all of you, and to myself. I wasn't ready to compete and that started to reflect in my position here and my position on the card culminating on my being left off of the first PPV. The great Malcolm Dred-King couldn't even curtain jerk an event he was supposed to be a cornerstone for. Hell my WIFE even had a match!

 

ECHO BLACKWHISPER

[clap clap clap clap]

ECHO BLACKWHISPER

[clap clap clap clap]

 

MDK - I had to stop the downward spiral and I knew just how to do it. You see my first match back a year ago after a decade away from this sport I faced Crowbar and won. So I figured what better way to kick start my re-invention but to re-introduce myself to my old friend Crowbar. So I took his namesake, and made my presence felt. The crowbar to the back was to get your attention, and I see you got it. My plan worked a little bit too well as you retaliated and put me on the shelf for a long while.

 

[MDK pauses to let those words sink in.]

 

MDK - While I was out Crowbar, Union Battleground formed something that I have been lobbying for since day one, a tag team division. I was to be the cornerstone along with Lewis Hilton-Williams but YOU Crowbar caused me to miss that opportunity; and sitting at home I started experiencing a little déjà vu. What most people don't know is you and I have a very long history. You and I were at one point tag team partners on the independent circuit, before the glitz, before the glamour, before the major titles. You and I were out there trying to make a name for ourselves. Then all of that changed.

 

[MDK shakes his head.]

 

MDK - I was too trusting then and you cost me my first taste of wrestling gold. You cost me my first World title but more importantly you cost me ONE YEAR OF MY CAREER! Think about it. One whole year of questioning if I was ever going to return to this business, one year of establishing my brand... ONE YEAR OF MY FUCKIN' LIFE! One year of watching you succeed. I couldn't have you succeed here in Union Battleground. I couldn't sit back and let you rob me of anything else. Sure I set things in motion but on April 23rd 2017 you old friend, you reminded me of who you truly are.

 

[MDK looks up to the crowd.]

 

MDK - But unlike the distant past I wasn't going to allow you to profit off my pain. I couldn't allow you to take from me what was rightfully mine and that was a shot at the Union Battleground Championship. So I cost you the #1 contendership and a chance at that glory. Just to see if you are listening to what I'm about to tell you.

 

[MDK looks around.]

 

MDK - I'm not done with you yet!

 

[Malcolm flips the microphone into the air as it crashes to the mat. He rolls out the ring and disappears into the crowd from where he originally came. Things between him and Crowbar are far from done, as Malcolm knows in order to move forward he must put his past to rest.]

:: xion ben-judah vs saint saito ::

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing in at 220 lbs and 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 – This man is undefeated in singles competition here in Union Battleground yet faces quite the daunting task in the recently reinstated Saint Saito!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I don’t think Xion knows what he’s in for against this crazy bitch!

 

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And his opponent…from Tokyo, Japan…weighing in at 121 lbs., she is the “New Ace of Pro Wrestling”…Saint Saito!

"I'LL FACE MYSELF" BY SHOJI MEGURO (LITTLE V REMIX) BEGINS TO PLAY

 

[The hard notes of Little V's remix of Shoji Meguro's "I'll Face Myself" blasts through the venue speakers, and the fans explode in thunderous cheers and boos. Moments pass before the New Ace of Pro Wrestling, Saint Saito, slowly emerges from behind the curtain and steps onto the stage, wearing a beautiful black, red and fur cape over her red ring gear.  Saito remains on the stage for a few moments, stretching out her arms in a simple pose. She had a bored look on her face as she looks over the crowd, but after a few more moments she decides to lower her arms and then slowly make her way down to the ring. She ignores the cheering and booing fans as she approaches the ring, still looking bored with each step she takes. As soon as she reaches the foot of the ring, Saito turns to the steel steps and slowly climbs before slipping through the middle rope. As the fans keep on cheering and booing her, Saito spirals across the ring mat before twirling in place in the center when she stops.   She stretches out her arms once again, the bored "surely there are better things for me to do" look still etched on her face. She remains in place for a few seconds before stepping over to the corner, untying her black cape and handing it to a member of the ring crew. Afterward, she then turns her back to lean lazily against the padded turnbuckles as she waits for the match to begin.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – As crazy as she may be Dick, Saito is outsized by Xion Ben-Judah here!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Dante, she beat more men in one night a few weeks ago then Xio has beat in his whole short career here in Union Battleground, who were all males might I add, you really think a size advantage will matter that much?

 

[Saito doesn’t even wait for Franklin Dean to call for the bell as she charges with a running Yakuza kick that sends Xion down to the mat, caught off guard. Franklin Dean signals for the bell as Saito quickly runs in with right and left muay thai style kicks to both the right and left pectoral muscles in Xion’s chest, with a final strong right kick with all of her weight behind it that flattens Xion.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a quick start here by Saint Saito!

 

[Saito tries to move in quickly with an armbar but Xion Ben-Judah uses his his strength to get to his feet, putting Saito into a powerbomb position and then throws her down to the mat on her back, finishing off the powerbomb. Saito is rolling around her back due to the force she hit the mat with and Xion Ben-Judah wastes no time by trying to tie Saito’s legs up into the Texas Cloverleaf position but Saito uses her quick feet and starts throwing heels into Xion’s face until he lets go, stumbling back.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Great counter to avoid that Texas Cloverleaf by Saint Saito there!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – She’s a quick little bitch, that’s for sure!

 

[Saito is back to her feet and runs at Xion Ben-Judah, attempting to finish it off quick with a jumping knee smash to the face but Xion quickly side steps it, Saito turns back around right into a kick to the midsection, Xion tucks her head between his arm, wraps her arm around his neck and lifts here straight up in a stalling brainbuster position. Saito starts throwing knees to the top of Xion’s head though, trying to free herself from this stalled position. Xion drops her after the fourth one connects causing Saito to land on her feet while Xion tries to shake the knees to the head off.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Saito counters the brainbuster and now has Xion Ben-Judah stunned here!

 

[Saito wastes no time, runs and hits Xion with a flying head scissors that sends him down to the mat. Xion quickly recovers, gets up but walks into a perfect roundhouse kick delivered by an expecting Saint Saito that whips Xion’s head back down to the mat hard.]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – She almost took his head off Dante!

 

[With Xion down once again, Saito moves towards the head she’s been working and locks in a devastating triangle choke hold that has referee Franklin Dean down on his knees checking on Xion Ben-Judah and if he wants to continue while Saito rears back in the hold, screaming loud as she tightens her grip.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Saint Saito has Xion Ben-Judah locked in that Traingle Choke Dick and this may create quite the problem for the newcomer!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I hope someone told him that once this crazy bitch has a hold of you, she doesn’t let go!

 

[Once again, as if taking a page out of his own book, Xion stops trying to reach towards the ropes and begins trying to get to his feet with Saito locked in on the Triangle Choke still. Xion manages to muster up the strength and gets her up again, but this time, spins around and powerbombs her in a sitting position, covering her for a pin that Franklin Dean gets down to count for.]

 

One…

 

Tw—

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Kickout by Saint Saito after that spinning sitdown powerbomb by Xion Ben-Judah! What a counter!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – He needs to keep beating on this nutty broad Dante!

 

[Xion moves in quickly again, bringing Saito to her feet but she quickly pushes him back and off of her.  Xion moves back in, not phased, and as he does Saito attempts a forearm but Xion grabs Saito’s arm and twists it into a perfectly executed DDT that drives Saito into the mat head first.. Xion makes a move for the turnbuckle and climbs it to the top. Xion plays to the crowd before coming off with a Five Star Frog Splash attempt that Saito gets out of the way of sending Xion to the mat hard on his stomach.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Big miss on the frog splash by Xion Be-Judah and that could be the opening Saint Saito needs!

[With Xion feeling the effects of the missed Five Star Frog Splash, Saito is back to her feet slowly. Xion starts getting up to and as he does, Saito drops him right back down with a Pele kick. Saito looks angry and frustrated as she begins to now punish the back of Xion’s head with shoot kick after shoot kick, each one echoing through the arena.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a nasty set of kicks from Saint Saito on Xion Ben-Judah!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Xion probably thinks we are already on the offseason tour after those kicks to the head!

 

[As Xion falls on his back to the mat after one last extremely stiff shoot kick, Saint Saito screams loudly throughout the arena like she did earlier when she had the Triangle Choke locked in. Saint Saito backs up into the corner and bends forward signaling for Xion to get to his feet.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Saito looks like she’s gearing up to put Xion Ben-Judah away!

 

[Xion Ben-Judah manages to get to one knee and looks up just in time to see Saint Saito running with all of her might and then driving a knee smash across the bridge of Xion Ben-Judah’s nose sending him flying back down to the mat, yet again except this time, he’s not moving.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Saito Smash! It’s over!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – God damn it, this broad is going to win again Dante!

 

[Saito looks down at Xion who's not even flinching thanks to her finisher when suddenly….]

 

I'M IN CONTROL...

 

[AlunaGeorge’s “I'm In Control” (Throttle Remix) bellows over the PA sound system. The opening of the song plays for a while but Britain Jade doesn’t come out from behind the curtain while Saito leaves the downed Xion Ben-Judah and is standing at the ropes closest to the entrance, leaning over and anticipating Jade’s arrival.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Are you kidding me?! Britain Jade is back!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh baby! And it looks like she's here for Saito who brutally assaulted her at Fallout!

 

[The music continues to play with no sight of Jade. Saito grows tired of waiting for her rival and goes back to work on Ben-Judah, only XBJ is to his feet and seizes the opportunity with a big boot to the midsection! Xion then lifts Saito up and drops her with a Gory Neckbreaker!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Golgotha!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Xion Ben-Judah looks to have just slain the dragon! He's going for the cover!

 

... 1!

 

... 2!

 

... 3!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Xion Ben-Judah!

 

[XBJ quickly rolls out of the ring and makes his way up the ramp with arms raised high in the air. Saito lies in the ring slowly coming back to her senses. She realizes what has just happened and goes after the referee. Franklin Dean quickly dips out interning before Saito can get her hands on him, and Saito spouts off in Japanese some obvious obscenities.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - For some reason, Britain Jade's music hit the air waves which caused Saito to be distracted and it ended up costing her the match!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know if Jade is in the building or had anything to do with this, but she better run and hide, unless she wants another beating probably worse than what she received at Fallout!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, what a bizarre finish here. I think there is some explaining to do after this unfolded. But for now, buckle up because coming up next is our second matchup of the Battalion Championships Tournament. Layton & Fenric vs Tweeder!

:: the first shot ::

STATIC

 

[Several short cut scenes, put together into a quick video involving primarily two men. Shots of Noah Reigner, performing a release tiger bomb, and then an inverted crucifix cutter onto unnamed opponents. “Rumble” Reyes, hitting the biggest chop you’ve ever seen in wrestling, and slamming the same opponent down with a humongous spinning belly-to-belly. Back to Noah, as he hits famed “DBR” one-handed electric chair driver, pinning his opponent immediately after. Another shot of Rumble, as he crushes another mystery competitor with his Richter 9 Powerbomb, a release crucifix powerbomb. Finally, about three shots of the duo ending matches with their devastating “Shot at Dawn”, the Gory Special and side-flip reverse STO combo. Fade out on the shot of our boys holding their arms up inside the ring.]

 

[San Diego, California was the sight. Noah Reigner and Bruin “Rumble” Reyes were the subjects. “The Firing Squad” as they have been dubbed, stand in front of ‘home’ - the Ultraviolent Complex of the So Cal Ultraviolent company. Rumble stood tall, just behind and to the right of Noah. His arms crossed over his massive chest and sunglasses over his eyes. Noah wore a smirk on his face, and his eyes were locked on the camera directly in front of him.]

 

NOAH REIGNER “Tag team tournament. Open to any and all teams in the professional wrestling biz’. News of this got out here to San Diego and I decided to jump on it. Searching for a partner, though, wasn’t that hard of a task. The first person I thought of? My boy, Rumble here. I knew that he and I would dominate this tournament, it doesn’t matter who stands on the other side of the ring from us. Look at this guy - he’s a tank. He’s a [i]beast[/i]. And me? I’m one of the better talents on the market today.”

 

[Noah’s tone oozed arrogance.]

 

RUMBLE REYES “Union Battleground put out a call to find the best tag team out there, and you’ve found what you’re looking for in The Firing Squad. The best of both worlds, a well-oiled machine, stopping at nothing to hold those Battalion Championships. Unlike anything the Union has ever seen before. The only good thing about this being a tournament, is that a few of you teams won’t be subjected to your own murder scene, you’ll just be eliminated by the teams that will.”

 

[Rumble kept his arms crossed, and his facial expression remained unchanged, and emotionless. His eyes were hidden, but bets are they were staring straight through your soul.]

 

RUMBLE REYES “Most of you are going to play the fools, act like you’ve never heard of us so we must not be able to back up our claims. That sounds reasonable, but the funny thing is, the way the tournament has shaped up for Lights Out #14, The Firing Squad is actually facing someone who DOES know how we operate. Isn’t that right, Trixie? You know exactly how Reigner and I have taken SoCal by storm, and we’re going to continue doing so here in the Union! You’ll do well to warn your little friend exactly what’s coming your way, Trixie. In fact, do the rest of the Union a favor, and let them know they should probably just hand those title over right now. Reigner and I, we’re taking you all out. One by one.”

 

NOAH REIGNER “You could be a new found team, or you could have weeks - months - [i]years[/i] together under your belt; it makes no difference to us. Bring ‘em all, line ‘em up - and we’ll make sure to shoot ‘em down.”

 

STATIC

:: layton & fenric vs tweeder & ??? ::

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is a first round match in the Union Battleground Battalion Championships Tournament! Introducing first, at a combined weight of 353 pounds, they are holders of the XWA Tag Team Championships, the XWA Television Championship, and the Union Battleground Championship, Adam Fenric and Emery Layton, LAYTON AND FENRIC!

 

 

[The lights go down as the first few notes of "Come As You Are" by Nirvana ring out through the arena. When the drums come in and Kurt Cobain's voice begins to echo through the arena, that's when finally light begins to circle as Emery Layton, in her beanie and leather jacket with the Trench War Title over her shoulder and one of the XWA Tag Titles around her waist, leads Adam Fenric, in his Victorian-era cloak with his XWA Tag Title over his shoulder and XWA Television Title around his waist, out from the curtain to a sea of cheering fans.]

 

COME AS YOU ARE, AS YOU WERE, AS I WANT YOU TO BE

AS A FRIEND, AS A FRIEND, AS AND OLD ENEMY

 

[Emery’s arms are out, her head swaying with her eyes closed, she's completely feeling the moment while Fenric stands by, observing everything around him. After those first few moments, that's where Emery begins to slowly strut down the ramp, spinning around as she meets fans along the way while Adam maintains a focused gaze on the ring. As they reach the bottom of the ramp, they split off. Adam disposes of the cloak as he pops up onto the apron and into the ring, while Emery- as per usual in her entrance- pops up onto the top rope. After a few moments of being up there, the eccentric traveller leaps down from the top rope and into the ring, transitioning from that into probably the most graceful, crisp forward-roll you've ever seen. Once she's in there, she runs to the rope right behind her bouncing off it as she drops to her knees and skids forwards holding the Trench War Title high, all while Adam stands by in the corner. Emery flips over onto her front and crawls into the corner as Adam begrudgingly moves out of the way. Adam stands while Emery sits in the corner, legs out. Layton & Fenric await the beginning of the match.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Quite the decorated tag team we have competing for in this tournament to crown the first ever Union Battleground Battalion Champions Dick!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Seeing as they are both the XWA Tag Team Champions, while Emery Layton also holds the Union Battleground Trench War Championship and Adam Fenric holds the XWA Television Championship, I can’t deny that Dante! Plus you know I have a thing for wild redheads!

 

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And their opponent, from Glasgow, Scotland, standing 6'3" and weighing in at 230 pounds, he is the former Union Battleground Champion, "The UltraViolent Icon" Tweeder!

 

CAN'T YOU SEE, I'M EASILY BOTHERED BY PERSISTENCE?

ONE STEP FROM LASHING OUT AT YOU!

 

[The lights go out and "Walk" by Pantera begins to play. The crowd in unison sings the first verse and finally the famous chorus hits and rocks the arena.]

 

RE! SPECT! WALK!

...WHAT DID YOU SAY?

RE! SPECT! WALK!

...ARE YOU TALKIN' TO ME?

 

[The lights come back on inside the arena and we see the UltraViolent Icon Tweeder standing at the top of the entrance ramp. Instead of holding his signature weed Walker, he's double fisting two cans of beer in each hand. He cracks one open and pounds and tosses the empty can into the crowd with a trail of foam behind. Tweeder patiently stands at center stage, staring off towards the ring.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What's Tweeder doing right now!

 

"Diamond" Dock Thrasher - He's probably getting himself mentally prepared to enter this handicap match!

 

[The lights lower and the remaining lights turn to a golden color. “Shoot to Thrill” covered by Halestorm hits.]

 

ALL YOU WOMEN WHO WANT A MAN OF THE STREET

BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO TURN

JUST KEEP A COMING AND PUT YOUR HAND OUT TO ME

'CAUSE I'M THE ONE WHO'S GONNA MAKE YOU BURN

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! Could it be?!

 

[The crowd explodes into cheers. Amy Jo Smyth steps out onto the stage, her back turned to the crowd, head covered by the hood of her jacket. The golden lights change and simulate a cascade of glitter over her. Smyth spins around on her toes and faces the crowd as a single spotlight falls on her. ]

 

I GOT MY GUN AT THE READY GONNA FIRE AT WILL

‘CAUSE I SHOOT TO THRILL AND I’M READY TO KILL

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH AND I CAN’T GET MY FILL

SHOOT TO THRILL PLAY TO KILL

PULL THE TRIGGER!

 

[She then throws her head back, the hood falling off her head, and arms upward and outward, letting the remaining glittering light wash over her. Smyth then walks over to Tweeder and the Carnage Wresting representative hands hands her a beer. The partners cheers each other and down the hatch.]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his partner, from the Dirty Jersey, standing at 5'7", she is the L.A.W. Champion, "The Doctor of Submissions" Amy Jo Smyth!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What an incredible surprise here in the Battalion Championships tournament as Tweeder has indeed found a tag team partner in Amy Jo Smyth!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Let's not forget these two are former OWF Tag Team Champions as well! It's turned out to be a night of champions!

 

[After a quick moment of listening to the crowd, she rushes forward, slides into the ring, and stands. Smyth unzips her hoodie and spins on her toes with her arms raised. She throws both arms down triggering an explosion of glittering light over the ring.  She quickly strips of her hoodie and passes it off to the nearest person on the outside. The lights come back up but remain golden.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This should be an interesting match up to say the least!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Did Axel sign this babe or is she just here for the tournament? Pardon me if the desk lifts a few inches off the ground during the match Dante!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Our referee for this contest is "Average" Joe Murray and he's calling for the bell! This match is underway!

 

[DING!]

 

[As Tweeder and Amy Jo Smyth decide for Tweeder to begin the match, Emery Layton is waiting to start as Fenric is already on the apron showing us the obviously pre-planned who would start off no matter who Tweeder’s partner could be. Referee Joe Murray calls for action as Tweeder and Layton walk to the middle of the ring where Tweeder proceeds to trash talk Layton]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – A little history going back to the Union Battleground Championship tournament between these two! Tweeder ended up becoming the inaugural Champion while the tournament also resulted in Emery Layton becoming the inaugural Trench War Champion, a title that she still holds!

 

[The two lock up and Tweeder quickly resorts to kicking Layton in the stomach, while putting her right arm in a wrist lock. Layton uses her agility to roll forward, then flip back to her feet and arm drags Tweeder to the mat. Tweeder gets up quickly and is met by a dropkick that sends him back down. Up quickly again, Tweeder tries to throw a quick closed fist but Layton blocks and hits Tweeder with a forearm smash. Tweeder stumbles back and Layton runs at him directly and hits a step-up enziguri that sends Tweeder to the mat, this time not getting up.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Great quickness shown in the early stages here by the Trench War Champion!

 

[Emery Layton picks Tweeder up to his feet and sends him to the corner where Adam Fenric stands on the apron outside of. Emery charges and hits Tweeder with a step-up knee smash while simultaneously tagging in Fenric who immediately climbs the rope to the top.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Fenric taking it high early on here!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – It’s too early for this kinda crap Dante, what’s he thinking?

 

[Adam Fenric wastes no time though and flies off the top with a Crooked Moonsault,  crashing down on the “Ultra Violent Icon” hard, quickly hooking the leg.]

 

One…

 

Tw—

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Kickout by Tweeder!

 

[Fenric picks Tweeder back up and sends him back towards his teams corner. Fenric tags Layton back in, who enters and then proceeds to deliver stiff right and left kicks that bring Tweeder down to a sitting position. Layton backs up, runs and attempts a front dropkick that was face level but Tweeder moves, sending Layton awkward crotch first into the post. Tweeder, still reeling, realizes that Fenric is close enough to make a tag, so he scurries over, grabs Layton by the arms and pulls her back towards the middle of the ring, away from her corner.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Smart veteran thinking by Tweeder!

 

[Tweeder goes over and tags in his partner Amy Jo Smyth who wastes no time getting to work by mounting Emery Layton whose grounded still and throwing hard rights and lefts that eventually Layton gets her arms up to block after about six of them land, so Smyth begins working the ribs with rights and lefts until Layton grabs her by the hair, rolls Smyth over and starts throwing wild rights and lefts of her own. Eventually Smyth is able to get her arms under Layton’s legs and sling her back towards the middle turnbuckle in her own team’s corner where Tweeder is waiting for Layton’s face with a boot sticking out between the ropes in the corner that smashes Layton in the side of the face.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Great teamwork being shown here by Tweeder and Amy Jo Smyth!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Can’t lie, I’m quite surprised here Dante!

 

[Amy grabs Layton by the hair and pulls her back out of the corner back first, then twisting around so they are face to face. Amy proceeds to pick Layton up in a Gorilla Press position and then begins to lift her down and up in the air with the crowd counting along.]

 

One!

 

Two!

 

Three!

 

Four!

 

Five!

 

Six!

 

Seven!

 

Eight!

 

Nine!

 

Ten!

 

[Amy then holds Layton high on the tenth, then drops Layton stomach first onto the mat while stepping forward.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Amazing strength shown by Amy Jo Smyth!

 

[Amy plays to the crowd a little before moving back in towards Emery Layton whose still on pain on the mat lying on her stomach. Amy prepares to deadlift Layton up and slams her back to the mat with a perfect vertical suplex.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – ‘Death by Glitter’ by Amy Jo Smyth!

 

[Amy casually follows up with a pin attempt as Joe Murray gets down to make the count.]

 

One…

 

Two…

 

KICKOUT!

 

[Emery gets her shoulder up but is still showing visible signs of pain from the beating she’s taken while making a weak attempt at reaching towards her partner Adam Fenric whose leaning over the ropes but on the opposite side of the ring.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Emery Layton is in bad shape here Dick!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – She sure is Dante and that just means an extra long massage is needed after this match! Thank god I keep a travel size bottle of oil on me at all times!

 

[Smyth drags Layton back toward her team’s corner and tags Tweeder back in while still holding Layton by the legs so Tweeder can lay in kicks to her exposed stomach. Smyth exits the ring as Tweeder brings Layton back up her feet. Tweeder irish whips Layton into the ropes opposite to him and then bounces off the close ropes close to him. The two meet in the middle of the ring where Tweeder nails Layton with a float over Tornado DDT that sends her to the mat hard headfirst.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Tweeder and Amy Jo Smyth have gone from looking impressive to absolutely dominating here Dick!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Emery needs to tag in Fenric!

 

[Tweeder climbs to the top as Emery is still down in pain. Tweeder gets to the top turnbuckle and comes flying off with a moonsault but Layton manages to barely roll out of the way. As Tweeder is now down and hurt from the impact, Layton slowly crawls over towards Adam Fenric as he’s banging the top turnbuckle getting the crowd worked up. ]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Emery Layton has got to make the tag here!

 

[Layton tags in Fenric who claps his hand, gets amped up and charges Tweeder whose now to his feet, ducking Tweeder’s weak attempt at a clothesline. Tweeder turns around, Fenric kicks him in the gut and drives Tweeder’s head to the mat with a DDT. Fenric gets up and Smyth has entered the ring now. Smyth comes running with a clothesline attempt of her own which Fenric also ducks. Fenric counters with a running forearm smash of his own and it sends Smyth down, rolling out of the ring.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What energy shown here by Adam Fenric here to turn the tide!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Do you think Amy needs help Dante? I should go check on here!

 

[Fenric brings Tweeder up and tags back in Layton whose on her feet again. Fenric irish whips Tweeder to the opposite corner, then irish whips Layton towards Tweeder and Layton nails him with a running dropkick that sends Tweeder down to the mat.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – ‘Irish-Traveller-Whip’ by Layton & Fenric!

 

[As Amy Jo Smyth gets to her feet, Fenric charges and jumps over the rope, crashing down on Smyth with a suicide dive sending both bodies into the barricade. As this is happening, Layton has climbed to the top rope, waits for Tweeder to get up and turn around. As he does, Layton jumps off nailing Tweeder with a massive top rope cutter.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Prikasa! This should be it!

 

[With both their partners still down and out on the outside of the ring, Emery makes the cover on Tweeder.]

 

One…

 

Two…

 

Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

[Emery Layton rolls off Tweeder as Fenric is back to his feet, still in obvious pain and enters the ring to help Layton to her feet. The two get up and Joe Murray raises a hand of each competitor.]

 

Mike “The Drop” Dempsey – Here are your winners...Layton & Fenric!

 

[Emery Layton and Adam Fenric celebrate as the fans cheer them on. Referee Joe Murray hands Layton and Fenric their respective titles and the two celebrate once more.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a match to top off a tremendous night here in Cincinnati!

 

[Smyth has entered the ring and helps her partner to his feet. Layton & Fenric turn to face their opponents. All four competitors are at a standstill.]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What's about to happen here, Dante? Are we about to see an all out brawl?

 

[Tweeder breaks the tension by walking up to Layton, and stands face to face. An intense stare commences, but then Tweeder stretches his hand out, and Emery accepts a congratulatory handshake! Tweeder then raises her arm up high, and then AJS does the same to Fenric.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Tweeder and Smyth showing a great deal of respect!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - All four of these competitors know great talent when they see it. You're looking at five championships out there in the ring spread across three companies! This is what Union Battleground is all about!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - That's all the time we have tonight folks. Catch us next time at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia! Good night everybody!

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