L!GHTS OUT #3
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
nice to meet you
[The end credits of COPS on Spike TV roll through with the infamous theme song fading out. Silence fills then the Union Battleground logo flickers in and out sporadically, then nothingness again. Fade back in to a scene showing a long, winding road deep in the night in the middle of what looks like to be an unmarked desert area. Scattered street lights, some flickering to hang on to their final watts of life, illuminate a rough pavement path. In the distance is a headlight, bobbing up and down the hills and valleys. As the light draws near, a deep and thunderous rumble resonates and increases in volume until we see a vivid silhouette of a biker barreling down the road. As the biker approaches collision of our view, a quick four count on an open hi-hat crashes as we begin our video montage.]
♫ GIMME FUEL, GIMME FIRE, GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE! ♫
[As the shredding riffs of lead guitarist Kirk Hammett fill the void, "Fuel" by Metallica ushers in a montage of some of Union Battleground's finest competitors in action as the logo to L!GHTS OUT crashes in with an explosion.
As the opening montage fades away, we open up to a coasting helicopter view of the Mandalay Bay hotel, then fade inside the Events Center where 12,000 screaming fans are going wild alongside a magnificent fireworks display. A few camera angles pop in and out to showcase some of the fans' more creative signs.]
[A final camera view comes to focus to our broadcast booth...]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to L!GHTS OUT #3! We are here live in Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada! Alongside me is my partner... here, let me give it a try, "Diamond" Dick "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" Thrasher.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Except herpes! That shit stays with you!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I guess I blame myself for that one. Folks we have another action-packed night where we will find out who will go on to advance in the semifinals of the Union Battleground Championship Tournament. But first on our agenda, we have two competitors who are making their debuts in the Battleground, Britain Jade and Chloe DuPont. But before we get to the match, we'd like to show you some footage we caught earlier today.
[The next scene resumes in the backstage area. Britain was walking down the corridor with that smile that lit up her entire face. Shortly she was stopped by some of the backstage staff, who seemed more than enthused by her presence. She even shook hands with the ring crew that were sitting on crates against the walls. It seemed as if there was a small crowd forming but not too much that her personal space was invaded. The elated smile never falters from her facial features.]
Savannah Skye - It's great to have you here at L!GHTS OUT, Britain. How does it feel to be here?
Britain Jade - Feels like forever since I've done anything wrestling related and I am very excited to be here with you guys.
Savannah Skye - Things are picking up around here with the championship tournament.
Britain Jade -Absolutely. I can't wait to see who comes out on top of that and captures the championship. I mean I wouldn't be anywhere else.
[Her excitement oozed out in her words. She had a great time meeting and introducing herself to some of her fellow wrestlers. She shakes a few more hands before speaking.]
Britain Jade -It's so great to meet all of you.
[Britain waved when she catches a glimpse of a woman walking in her direction, with her head down looking at her phone. Not wanting to be rude, she takes her chances and steps in the way of where the woman was walking. Britain smiles while holding her hand out towards her.]
Britain Jade - Hi, I'm Britain. It's so nice to-
[Before Britain even got a chance to finish her sentence, the young woman's hand was in her face, shoving her aside until her back was against the wall and the woman simply kept on walking without losing her step or even looking at Britain.]
Saint Saito - (Muttering to herself as she shakes her head, her attention on her texting) Baka na ushi...
[Shocked, Britain watched with wide eyes and a breath caught in her throat as the young woman walked away without any apology or even acknowledgement for what she had done, like Britain was little more than a minor annoyance that was in her way. Her fingers found themselves brushing against her cheek, but soon enough she released the breath she was holding and frowned at the woman who was walking away from her.]
Britain Jade -Uh, rude!
[The young woman didn't even bother to turn around and look her in the eye when she waved Britain off in some dismissive, condescending manner before she turned the corner and disappeared from Britain's sight. The frown on Britain's face deepened, and hand felt to her side as she stared hard at the end of the hall where that rude woman used to be. She let out a brief scoff and shook her head, the frown melting away from her fair features even as she wondered what that woman's problem was.]
britain jade vs chloe dupont
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Standing in the ring at this time, making her debut, from Paris, France, Chloe DuPont!
[Chloe waves to the crowd.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - DDT, looks like we have a young upstart already in the ring. I gotta say, I don't know much about her other than the fact that she's French!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Yeah, I don't know. But she's easy on the eyes, and I wouldn't mind her teaching me a few things about her culture. The food... The wine... The kissing... The love-ma...
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Will you stop?! I'm not here to babysit tonight!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And her opponent, also making her debut in Union Battleground, from Oakwood, Ohio, Britain Jade!
♫ I'M IN CONTROL ♫
[AlunaGeorge – I'm In Control (Throttle Remix) bellows over the PA sound system. Lights from the rafters started to strobe that was coupled with white and lavender lights as fanfare, bringing the crowd to their feet. The opening of the song plays for awhile before Britain Jade comes out from behind the curtains. Her arms in the air, waving and smiling. She stops at the beginning of the aisle and starts to ascend down towards the ring. The spotlight followed her on her trek to the ring. With them showing her adulation, she savored this moment with him as she came up to the steel staircase waving again. She wipes her wrestling boot clad feet on the ring apron showing her respect and enters the squared circle. Inside, she walks over to the corner of the ring, climbing to the second ropes and whips her hair back that flows. She sends everybody a thankful kiss.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - DDT coming out right now is Britain Jade. She's a former PWA Women's Champion and FFP, and their development promotion OWF, Women's Tag Team Champion. She certainly has the skill set to make a name for herself here in the Battleground.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Certainly Dante. She's a competitor with a solid list of accomplishments to her name, and I'm sure she'd like to make some additions to her resume here in the Battleground.
[Referee Joe Murray calls for the bell and this match is underway.]
[Jade and DuPont draw near each other to the center of the ring. The two go for a tie up, but Jade instead drops her leverage and picks Chloe up with a double leg. She gets Chloe secure on her shoulder, then runs and smashes DuPont in the corner turnbuckle. Jade then delivers several shoulder checks into the midsection of DuPont. Britain now picks Chloe back up to her shoulder and turns back to the center of the ring. Jade slams DuPont down to the mat with a variation of the Alabama Slam. Chloe bounces off the canvas and Jade goes right away with quick shoot kicks to the the body. Britain then spins Chloe around and locks in a bridging Fujiwara armbar.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Jade takes control early!
[Chloe screams in pain, but eventually she is able to crawl to get to the ropes. Jade grabs and picks Chloe up by the hair, and whips her back into the corner again. Chloe crashes into the corner post and Jade follows behind her with a handspring back elbow smash. Britain turns and spreads her arms wide as the fans cheer her on, but from out of nowhere Chloe grabs Britain's hair and slams her down to the mat. She follows that up with a quick elbow drop. Chloe drags Britain to the genre rod the ring, and then locks in a Camel Clutch submission of her own.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Chloe now on the offensive and executes a submission of her own!
[Jade winces in pain as Chloe wrenches tight. Jade eventually fights to get her arms free, and mounts to get to all fours. Jade struggles her way up to her feet, all the while Chloe keeps hold of the submission. Jade begins laying elbows to the midsection of Chloe...1...2...3...4... and 5 elbows breaks Chloe's grip, and Jade turns to face Chloe and hits her with a corkscrew neckbreaker! The crowd gets amped up and Britain picks Chloe back up and whips her into the ropes. Chloe springs back, and Britain orchestrates a tilt-a-whirl wheelbarrow facebuster!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Brit with her signature move, this one's over!
[Britain makes the cover.]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Britian Jade!
Winner: Britian Jade via pinfall (Tilt-a-whirl Facebuster)
a better idea
[Fade into Axel Graves sitting in his office swirling the last ounce of liquid from his octagon glass looking over his plan for Pico Rivera with a pen in hand, chewing on the end when a set of heels echo on the floor and the door is pushed open.]
Trixie - Axel....
Axel Graves - Ah, Trixie! To what do I owe the pleasure?
[Graves furrows his brow as Trixie shakes her head and folds her arms.]
Trixie - Did you not see your main event? Anton ruining my chances in the tournament? I've had that happen to me in California but I thought Union Battleground was going to be fair and just.
Axel Graves - The Battleground is fair, but also violent. There has been a lot of outside interference's during this tournament. I know there's a lot at stake, and these fighters are taking matters into their own hands. Though I encourage the brutality, I also want it fair and balanced. I have plans in motion to make sure it stays that way.
Trixie - I didn't lose fairly, so I should be put back in and on this show of all places, it's Vegas, my hometown!
Axel Graves - Hang on now, I can't just put you back-
Trixie - Yes you can, put me in Anton's place since I've beaten him so many times you could make a special of the Trixie/Anton chronicles.
Axel Graves - I can't. I've already made one exception, in different circumstances, with Kyoshi. You'll just have to climb that ladder again because we have competitors lined up out the door for their shot.
[There is a little pause as Trixie drums her fingers on her bicep with her arms tighter.]
Axel Graves - I'm sorry, Trixie.
[Trixie takes a look at Axel's plans by peering over, her cleavage straying his eye for a second which is what she needed to see Anton's match was next.]
Trixie - I have a better idea.
[Trixie pushes off the desk and walks away with the scene fading as Axel drinks the last with his eyes swaying to a certain girls hips on her way out.]
dick devereaux vs brandon collins
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is a Quarterfinals match in the Union Battleground Championship Tournament. Introducing first, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 243 lbs., from Washington DC, representing Death Trip Wrestling, "The Butcher" Dick Devereaux!
♫ YOU F---ING BLEED NOW! ♫
["Everyone Bleeds Now" By Hatebreed suddenly hits and the lights begin to flash violently to the beat. The ramp puts out smoke as red lazors begin to strobe around the arena. Dick Devereaux comes out from the back through the smoke with an irritated look spread across his face and a water bottle in hand. He comes to the edge of the ramp as he extends both arms towards the sky with his middle fingers pointed out at the crowd. He looks around before he begins to nod his head to the beat and begins to pour the water bottle over his head. He tosses the water bottle into the audience as he continues to nod his head to the beat. He begins to bend over as he holds his bald head. He then violently starts to bang his head as he begins to punch himself over and over again. Dick then flips his wet head up and raises his fists before lowering them and beginning down the ramp. Dick is now at the end of the ramp as he runs and hops up onto the apron. He looks around before holding up his middle fingers outwards towards the crowd. He then slowly brings them down to the camera and spews off a few hateful words before stepping into the ring through the ropes. Dick walks over to the farthest turnbuckle and steps to the second rope. He looks around and then bends down and starts to head bang, letting water from his head soak the crowd below. He then flips his head up and raises his fists slowly before hoping down. Dick walks over to the ropes and steps on the middle one with his right leg and the bottom one with his left as he bounces on the ropes, staring at the crowd. His music dies down as Dick ditches his leather jacket and waits in the corner, pacing back and forth ready for the attack.]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, standing at 5'10" and weighing in at 203 lbs., from Virginia Beach, Virginia, representing the Alpha Wrestling Empire, "The Expert" Brandon Collins!
♫ COUNTING STARS BY NUJABES BEGINS TO PLAY ♫
[Suddenly the lights in the arena go out. The fans sit in pure darkness and confusion for a few seconds before Counting Stars by Nujabes plays through the PA system. This causes a mixed reaction mostly boos but some cheers. Then a lone spotlight shines on the stage to reveal The Expert Brandon Collins standing on stage with his arms spread out wide embracing the mixed reactions. After soaking in the boos and cheers for a few seconds Brandon slowly makes his way to the ring looking straight ahead at the ring, ignoring the fans to his left and right. He arrives at the ring, jumps up the apron and climbs the second turnbuckle. He looks at the sea of fans in attendance before spreading his arms out wide again. He jumps from the turnbuckle into the ring and stands in his corner... But wait! Collins does a quick double take and notices Chris Andrew and his girlfriend, impending debuting competitor Mandi Morrison, in the front row enjoying an ice cold Dr. Pepper.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh boy, look DDT! Look who's in attendance tonight, Chris Andrew and Mandi Morrison! Mandi is set to debut in the Battleground soon, and last time we saw Chris, he laid Collins out with a Dragon Suplex, followed by the Canyon Dive.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This young punk's got no respect!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Now, now, Dick. I'm sure he's here only to enjoy the show with his lovely girlfriend and show her what the Battleground is all about. I mean, it's Vegas after all!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know, Dante. I just don't trust the guy being here tonight.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well in any case, we are set to begin this match as Bruce O'Neil calls for the bell.
[The bell's echo has faded but Collins is still focused on Chris Andrew. He's chewing him out, but Andrew doesn't react, he simply leans back in his chair and takes a sip of his Dr. Pepper. Devereaux on the other side of the ring seizes this opportunity, and sprints at Collins and nails him with a back elbow into the turnbuckles.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Devereaux catches Collins off guard with a nice back elbow.
[Dick lands several punches to the back of Collins' head, then hits him with an inverted DDT. Dick pops back up, then begins to initiate the Garvin Stomp, driving his heel to various joints all over and around Brandon's body. Dick turns to the crowd and let's out a war cry and the crowd starts getting amped with a "Dick's Gonna Kill You" chant. Before Devereaux can turn back around, Collins roll him up and locks in a tight single leg Boston Crab.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Collins now on the offensive with a submission.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I gotta say, Brandon Collins is one of, if not the, best technicians in the Battleground. He's trying to rip Dick's leg out of its socket like a Thanksgiving wishbone.
[Dick is pounding his fists to the mat in pain, but is refusing to give up. Collins keeps the hold in, and bridges back to add his weight for leverage. Dick still riling in back and can't seem to escape the hold. After a while, Collins finally unleashes the hold, throwing Dick's leg, knee first, to the mat. The Expert turns to face Devereaux, and then delivers a crushing knee to the back of the head of Devereaux.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The Expert is staying tight with Devereaux, not giving an inch.
[Collins now goes to pick up Devereaux, but Devereaux chops free and starts delivering some heavy punches. Collins eventually blocks a few, and is able to dish some blows of his own. The two now go back and forth with each other's punches, until Collins blocks a punch, and lays it up with a Falcon Arrow! Collins makes the cover.]
... Th-- Dick kicks out.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Close call by The Butcher.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The Expert knows it's going to take a lot more than take to put him away.
[Collins raises to one knee and begins to argue with the ref's tempo. Brandon fully stands to his feet, and points to Andrew in the crowd and starts jawing at him again.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Collins needs to keep his head in the game!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Nah, he's just letting that pip squeak Chris Andrew know that he hasn't forgotten about what happened at L!GHTS OUT #2.
[Collins turns back to Devereaux, who's now to his feet, but a bit shaken. Brandon continues on the attack, executing some stiff kicks to the midsection. Brandon grabs Devereaux and whips him into the ropes. Collins goes for a closeline, but Dick ducks, springs back off the ropes again and meets Collins with a Lou Thesz Press. Devereaux now unleashes a rapid fire flurry of punches.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The Butcher now back in control!
[Dick doesn't let up on the haymakers, dropping them left and right while Collins tries to block them with his forearms. Collins suddenly dodges to the side and makes Dick miss, and then locks his legs around the head and shoulder of Dick for a triangle choke.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Collins again with a textbook triangle choke.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - There is a reason he's called The Expert, Dante. He's a man of a thousand holds.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - If Collins keeps this in, he'll either make Dick tap out or pass out!
[Dick tries to squirm his way out of the hold, but Collins has too firm of a grip. The ref keeps checking on Devereaux, but the man just won't quit. Devereaux slowly gets to his knees, and then to his feet. With Collins still holding on strong of the submission, Dick deadlifts Collins up into the air, and comes crashing down with a thunderous powerbomb! The two lay motionless for a moment, until Dick finally crawls over to make the cover.]
... Thre-- A close kickout by Collins!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Both of these men are showing great determination in this matchup tonight, DDT.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Indeed, Dante. Collins is showing his repertoire of moves, while Dick is showing his power.
[Both men lay on the canvas, recollecting themselves. O'Neil forgoes starting the standing 10-count, who wants to see a clear winner in this fight. Dick finally gets to his feet first, and goes to pick up Collins. Collins now to his feet, but avoids any further damage with a quick eye gouge to stop Devereaux in his tracks. Collins now to the back of Devereaux, connects with a Dragon Suplex into the turnbuckles. As Brandon stands back up, he points over to Andrew again, continuing where he left off with the trash talk, all-the-while Andrew gives no returns.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The Expert may not even wait for the end of the tournament, or let alone this match, to get back at Andrew for what he did on the last show.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well, to be fair, Collins was disrespecting Andrew in his home state, and Collins was first to swing at Andrew. Chris was simply defending himself, his morals, and his reputation.
[Collins finishes with Andrew and goes back to Devereaux. He picks him up by the chin, and then starts slamming his head into the turnbuckle while the mixed crowd boos and chants to ten. After the ten count, Collins locks in a Rear Naked Choke and slowly drags Dick to the center of the ring.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Another submission move by Collins, you think he's making a statement?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Yeah not just to Devereaux, not just to the remaining fighters in the tournament, but to that little dweeb in the front row, Chris Andrew!
[Devereaux is showing signs of major fatigue with another submission hold, but still keeps the two to their feet. O'Neal keeps a check on Dick to see if he taps out, and eventually Dick begins to become less responsive. O'Neal begins his check for a submission TKO by lifting Dick's arm up, and his drops to his side like a wet noodle. O'Neal goes for a second time, and again nothingness from Devereaux. O'Neal checks for a third and final time, and Dick gets a jolt of life in him, keeps his arm raised, and the crowd begins to roar. Dick begins laying in elbows with his free arm, and ever so slightly loosening the grip of Collins. Dick continues the elbows, and with pristine timing, lays a low blow mule kick unbeknownst to the ref. Dick bends over with Collins still wrapped around him, hooks both of Collins' legs, and from out of nowhere, BOOM, Pipebomb! The crowd goes nuts and Dick makes the cover.]
[Ding ding ding]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, and advancing to the semifinals of the Union Championship Tournament, "The Butcher" Dick Devereaux!
Winner: Dick Devereaux via pinfall (Pipebomb)
[Devereaux raises his arms in victory, climbs up the turnbuckle, and does a throat slash taunt to the crowd. He exits the ring, and goes his way up the ramp. Meanwhile, Collins is coming to, and furiously grabs the mic from Dempsey.]
Brandon Collins - Chris Andrew! I have been here in Union Battleground for three shows, and I am sick of looking at your face already! You just couldn't let it go that I am the better man, and that I knocked you out of the Championship Tournament! You had to come out and interrupt my mic time, and you had to show your face here tonight!
[As Collins is barking at Andrew, Andrew gets up, and motions for a mic to respond.]
Chris Andrew - You know, Brandon. I know. You beat me at the L!GHTS OUT Premier show at the Calafia Bullring. But don't act like you won fair and square. I know in this business, sometimes you'll get one pulled over you from a dirty, cheating veteran who knows when to pull them. And you know what? I was going to let it be. To me, it was a lesson. It's the nature of the business. But for you to come out at L!GHTS OUT #2 and drag my name through the mud in MY home state? I wasn't about to stand for that! I came out to put en end to that! But you lost your cool, and threw the first punch. After that, I wasn't held responsible for what happened to you. I'm not going to stand here and take your egotistical manipulations.
Brandon Collins - Well... Chris. Let's settle this then. Since you cost me my match here tonight, I've suddenly got an open schedule for Battle of Los Angeles. How 'bout it? You and me!
Chris Andrew - Well, you don't need to be an expert to know that that sounds sweeter than this ice cold Dr. Pepper! You got yourself a fight!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well there you have it folks! Looks like we have just witnessed the first official match in the making for our upcoming PPV "Battle of Los Angeles". A grudge match from the opening round of the tournament. We gotta take a quick commercial break, don't go nowhere!
from the shadows
Savannah Skye - Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back, this is Savannah Skye and I’m standing beside the winner of her debut match, Britain Jade. Britain, welcome to Union Battleground and congratulations on winning such an amazing match!
Britain Jade - Thank you so much! And I just want to send a huge thank you to Chloe Dupont--you’ve been an amazing competitor. I hope to see you in the ring again, some time. Great match!
Savannah Skye - Wonderful sportsmanship, Britain. So, how do you like Union Battleground, so far?
[Britain beamed in response to the question.]
Britain Jade - You know...everything’s been amazing--I’m really loving it here, so far, and winning in my debut match just made today, all that more awesome! Everyone’s been so great, and super nice, too. They’ve all made me feel welcome, here!
[The huge smile on Britain’s face seemed to lessen a little as she seemed to think about it a little.]
Britain Jade - Well, actually...not all of them...I mean, there was this one girl, earlier. Have you seen her around? Japanese girl? Been skulking around with her nose in her phone?
Savannah Skye - Can’t say I have.
Britain Jade - God, she was so rude! You know, I tried to introduce myself to her, earlier. You know what she did? She shoved me out of her way and mumbled something to me! I don’t know what she said--it was in Japanese, and all--but I got this feeling deep down that it wasn’t to wish me the best.
Savannah Skye - Do you think she has some kind of problem with you?
Britain Jade - I don’t see how, I don’t even know that girl! Maybe she’s just one of those girls who doesn’t have a nice bone in their body. Maybe her mom and dad should have done a better job at teaching her some manners--I don’t know. I honestly thought the Japanese were supposed to be super polite, and then--
[There was a soft, playful chuckle, and the two women stopped and turned their attention to the person who interrupted the segment with their laughter. The camera panned over to it’s left, where a young Japanese girl--the one from before--leaned against the wall with her arms crossed and a smirk on her face. Her eyes were fixed on Britain’s who stood there, blinking as the Japanese girl pushed herself off the wall and stepped in closer to the other woman.
The Japanese girl was mere inches away from Britain and moments passed between them, yet she said nothing to her. Instead, she merely stared into Britain’s eyes until the playful smirk on her face stretched into a grin, and the girl brushed two fingers across her brow in salute before she stepped past Britain and the interviewer.
The backstage area was filled with her laughter.
A few moments passed, and Britain looked at the woman standing beside her, her brows close together in confusion over the Japanese girl who passed them by.]
Britain Jade - What was that all about?
open mic night
♫ I'M AMERICA, DRINK THE WATER
I'M AMERICA, BRING YOU LIFE
I'M AMERICA, I'M YOUR DAUGHTER
NOBODY LEFT BEHIND ♫
[Cilver's "I'm America” cues up to a spotlight shining on the entrance curtain as Uliana kicks things off with a spoken version of the song's chorus. Just as the song kicks into high gear, the entrance curtains are launched to the sides as the beautiful Hannah Kristian steps out onto the stage. She's clad in a full length digital camouflage-patterned hoodless "All American Badass" boxer's robe, a US flag bandana over her mane of long wavy blonde hair. It's at this time that Cilver gets into "I'm America's" first verse. Gazing out at the crowd, a focused look on her face, Hannah marches purposefully down the aisleway, slapping a few outstretched hands as she passes by. Upon arriving at ringside, she ascends the steps and stops on the apron, turning to face the crowd. There, feet at shoulder width, she throws her robe open and off in dramatic fashion, leaving her arms outstretched like an eagle - exposing her outfit beneath. She wears a night camouflage-patterned V-necked sports bra that shows off just the right amount of cleavage, as well as her midriff, black studded leather belt, and night camo-patterned tights with US flag patterned skulls down both sides of her legs and held in place by a rattlesnake - its head protruding from the top and facing the middle on both sides with its forked tongue sticking out. She rounds out her gear with white athletic tape on her wrists and hands; along with night camo kneepads, kickpads, and steel toed black combat boots. Hannah's long wavy blonde hair is parted in the middle and falls down around her shoulders and down her back. Turning, she slips through the ropes and stepping to the center of the ring where she raises a microphone to her lips.]
Hannah Kristiansen - Union Battleground, how the Hell are ya'?!
[That generates a small but approving pop from the crowd.]
Hannah Kristiansen -Las Vegas, Nevada, how the f--- are ya'?!
[To which she gets an even bigger pop at the mention of the hometown fans.]
Hannah Kristiansen - In case you don't know it, my name is Hannah "Take no shit, give no f---in' quarter" Kristiansen - otherwise known as The All American Badass!
[She pauses briefly, letting that sink in while nodding her head.]
Hannah Kristiansen - Now I may be a day late and a dollar short when it comes to competing in the Union Championship Tournament, but that's irrelevant. I don't care how long it takes, or who I've got to beat in the process - be it friend or foe. One way or another, I aim to become champion.
[She paces around a moment, pondering her predicament.]
Hannah Kristiansen - See, there's two kinds of people in this world. There's the kind that sits on their hands, waiting for things to come to them. They're the men and women who, upon elimination from this tournament, languish in mediocrity, waiting for their lucky break. They live life day to day, without so much as a thought of the future, or how to achieve their goals. Then there's folks like me.
[She hooks a thumb back at her sternum.]
Hannah Kristiansen - The kind who know exactly what they want, and will stop at nothing to see their dreams realized. I may not be in that tournament, but I'm not gonna' just sit in the back and wait for my number to be called.
[She shakes her head, her mane of long wavy blonde hair swishing back and forth from the motion.]
Hannah Kristiansen - If I'm not in this ring, doing everything in my power to add another victory to my record, then I'll be busting my ass in the gym to prepare for the next one. Why? Because each time I pin someone's shoulders to the mat for the three count, each time I make them scream out, to cry in agony until they tap out or pass out, it gets me closer to that title.
[She then points out at the camera and the fans beyond.]
Hannah Kristiansen - So mark my words. If you step up to me, start shit, or climb into this ring, you're in for the fight of your life. You better bring everything you've got - be it your physical prowess or some inanimate object, because it's going to take all that and more to hold me from getting that championship wrapped around my waist.
[Nodding, she gestures as if fastening the belt around her waist.]
Hannah Kristiansen - And if you start shit, you better be prepared to finish it, because I'm not some squirrelly little girl you can have your way with. F--- with me at your own peril, because I'm not here to play patty cakes, but to wreck motherf--kers and win gold.
[She paces about a moment, pondering her next words.]
Hannah Kristiansen -Now, you might be thinking to yourselves...
[She raises her hands into finger quotes before continuing.]
Hannah Kristiansen - "You talk a great game, Hannah; but will you back it up?"
[The finger quotes drop as she stops pacing and looks to the entrance portal.]
Hannah Kristiansen - Oh you bet your f--kin' ass I will! So here's what we're gonna' do. I'm laying out an open challenge.
[She extends her left arm, index finger pointing to the upper stands as she wheels around in a circle.]
Hannah Kristiansen - ANYbody in the back, I don't care who you are; come out here and fight me right here and right now!
[She points to the entrance portal now.]
Hannah Kristiansen - Boss man, I'm not gonna' sit back there waiting for you to call my name, so send out a ref and let's have us a match!
[The crowd roars in approval as she does her circle again.]
Hannah Kristiansen - And to those men and women in the back, come out here and face me one on one! Come out and dance, so that I may knock you down and take my first step towards that shiny gold belt!
♫ BABY BABY BABY
WHAT'S IT GONNA BE
BABY BABY BABY
IS IT HIM OR IS IT ME ♫
[After a moment or two the haunting tone of the late, great musical artist Prince starts to blare throughout the arena as the song The Beautiful Ones starts to play.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, looks like we may have a challenger!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh my god, Echo is wasting no time in stepping out on her own. We last saw her, basically telling her husband, MDK, that she's come to the Battleground under her own circumstances!
[From the back emerges the newly signed talent Echo Blackwhisper; wife of Union Battleground wrestler Malcolm Dred-King. She quickly calls to cut the music, and bring a mic up to her lips.]
Echo Blackwhisper - You see Hannah, I respect, absolutely respect where you are coming from...
[Echo slowly begins to walk to the ring.]
Echo Blackwhisper - You seem like the type of woman who doesn't wait for opportunity. You come out and seize it, much like myself. When I signed with Union Battleground it was a symbol of me taking my life... my career into my own hands. I don't expect to be handed the world like my husband has been nor do I want to be given the world much like my little brother expects. No Hannah... I'm here to earn my spot, to earn that title shot and to show I belong here.
[Echo reaches and enters the ring.]
Echo Blackwhisper - The only problem I see is that only one of us can make that perfect first impression. Only one of us can create that opportunity right from the start, and while I appreciate what you want to accomplish here...
[Echo gets nice and close up to the face of Hannah.]
Echo Blackwhisper - It will not be at the expense of this, "squirrelly little girl..." If you couldn't tell, I too am not one to just "sit on my hands waiting for things to come to me." I'm here staring my opportunity right in the face... Now ring the bell!
echo blackwhisper vs hannah kristiansen
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well folks here we go! We got ourselves an impromptu brawl on our hands.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Another match with two fine beautiful women, I must be dreaming!
[Both women executes a traditional lockup, jockeying for position hoping to get the upper hand. Hannah demonstrates her pure strength early by sending Echo crashing to the ground. Echo looks up at her opponent grinning slightly before locking up with Hannah again. Hannah displays her strength once again this time whipping Echo into the ropes. She catches the returning Echo and catapults her upward hoping to execute a pop up powerbomb, however Echo reverses it in mid air into a standing drop kick surprising Hannah and sending her staggering into the ropes.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Echo cuts off Hannah's early offense with a nice drop kick.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Echo shows some early signs that she isn't playing around.
[Hannah looks across to Echo nodding and shaking her head as the two lock up for a third time. This time Hannah is more on the aggressive side hoisting her opponent up and executing a picture perfect running power slam before going for the quick pin.]
... Tw-- Echo with the quick kick out!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed -Hannah tried to end it early.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Yeah but there is a lot of fight in Blackwhisper. It'll take more than that to put her away.
[Hannah doesn't fret and is relentless with her downed opponent, delivering clubbing blows to Echo's head forcing her to cover up; the referee seeing this and forces Hannah off Echo as if stopping the match, the crowd erupts into boos from the ref pausing the action, however, Blackwhisper was playing possum and quickly collects herself to deliver a low drop kick to Hannah's right knee.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Wow, DDT. Echo is really working the knee, trying to chop Hannah down.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She played dead, a veteran move, then attacked when Hannah wasn't looking.
[Echo goes to Irish whip Hannah, but it's reversed as Hannah goes for a vicious clothesline on the returning Echo Blackwhisper. However said move is thwarted as Echo does a sliding matrix move to avoid impact. Hannah moves in but is met with a drop toe hold as Echo tries to inflict more damage to that right knee; Hannah surprises with a small package.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Echo goes back to the knee, but Hannah rolls her in a small package.
... Echo kicks out!
[Hannah doesn't have time for games and with a slight limp grabs Echo by the hair tossing her clear across the ring. Hannah follows that with a rear naked choke as if now the mindset is to send a message, but Echo desperately places her leg on the bottom rope facilitating the break.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Great ring awareness by Blackwhisper.
[Hannah increases the tempo a bit, whipping Echo into the corner then following it up with a vicious clothesline and a series of shoulder strikes caving in the ribs of Echo and forcing her to grasp for air.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Hannah now back on the offensive.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She could beat me up any time.
[As Echo staggers out of the corner, she is greeted by a Samoan drop. Seeing her prey trying to gather herself, Hannah ascends to the top turnbuckle before crashing down with a diving elbow drop onto the already worked over midsection of Echo.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Hannah is being relentless here!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She means business. She said she came here to kick some ass and climb the ladder, and she's doing it right now!
[Hannah picks up her opponent and executes a belly to back suplex, but still feels a little ginger in terms of the knee, so as Echo flies into one quarter of the ring, Hannah realizes this has gone on long enough. As Echo staggers to her feet Hannah does a cut throat torture rack into sit out piledriver, a move she calls KILLSHOT. She covers Echo hooking the leg for the cover.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Killshot! This one's over!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, "The All-American Bad Ass" Hannah Kristiansen!
Winner: Hannah Kristiansen via pinfall (Killshot)
state of the union address
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Wow, folks, what a night it has been so far. We just witnessed an impromptu brawl between two newcomers who weren't going to sit around and wait for their number to get called, and in the end, Hannah Kristiansen walked away with the victory.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Dante it's exciting to see these fighters go hard after it! The Union Battleground Championship is already proving to be quite the spectacle, and it's still up for grabs!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You're right, DDT. With one prize at stake in the Battleground and so many fighters coming from all over the World to fight for, there's been some wild things happening already, and I'm sure we're just scratching the surface!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I can't wait for Battle of Los Angeles! 25 days away!
♫ THERE AIN'T NO GRAVE, CAN HOLD MY, BODY DOWN... ♫
[The arena begins to dim and slowly transition to a deep shade of blue. The stage begins to be engulfed by fog, and soon the Owner and Promoter of Union Battleground Axel Graves steps out to make his presence known.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, right now Mr. Graves is making his way out. I'm told that he has a few things he wants to address here tonight.
[Graves walks out center stage, with the Union Battleground Championship draped over his shoulder. Axel is wearing a slick black pinstriped suit, and black shades. He stands and looks out to the sold out crowd for a while. He pulls a mic out from his back pocket, but before he speaks, he looks back behind him, and suddenly the British bruiser Nigel Crane emerges on to the stage.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What on Earth is this? Why is Nigel Crane out here with Graves?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know, Dante. But this guy scares me. Hold me!
[The crowd begins to errupt in cheers to see the big man step out. Crane though doesn't react to the crowd noise, as he just stands behind Graves, towering over the owner.]
Axel Graves - Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back to L!GHTS OUT! I came out here to issue a "State of the Union" Address, so to speak. I wanna make this short and sweet since we just witness two competitors waste no time in grabbing my attention... Now, first off, I need to address a few things about our Championship Tournament. I have noticed there has been quite a bit of outside interference's going on. Now, I certainly love violence, and I instruct my officials to be lenient with the rules.
[Crowd begins a "F--- Franklin Dean" chant. Axel laughs and continues.]
Axel Graves - I'll get to him in a minute... No, you know what, I'll go ahead and say it. Franklin Dean is done! He will no longer be a part of the Battleground! That man defied my orders, so he will never step foot inside a Union Battleground ring again. Now, with the influences from these distractions, it has caused quite a ruckus throughout the locker rooms. Now like I said, I am a man who loves violence, but I am also a man who respects fair competition. One on one, mano a mano. So, I've struck a deal with this big man standing behind me. He is now The Enforcer of the Battleground! From here on out, anyone who wants to try to sway the finish of a fight, will have to deal with Crane! He is a pissed off wild animal, and I've just unchained the beast!
[The crowd pops after hearing such news.]
Axel Graves - And now, frankly the biggest news, is about our PPV coming up. First, I've made it official; Chris Andrew will face-off against Brandon Collins at Battle of Los Angeles.
[The crowd errupts into cheers again.]
Axel Graves - And second, has to do with the news floating around about me searching for a guest commentator for our PPV.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Has he found someone?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - If he has, I hope she's a looker! I get tired of looking at you sometimes.
Axel Graves - I've been in talks with a lot of people, and to be honest, I was a bit shocked at the interest. But as I was thumbing through the possibilities, I get a phone call from a man who has accomplished so much in this business. A man that has concered so many, and left so much destruction in his path. A man who was interested in calling our show. I thought I was dreaming, but it's a reality. So, why don't we welcome our PPV guest?
[The crowd goes quiet in anticipation of who is about to step out.Then suddenly...]
♫ GIRL YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY
YEAH YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY
GO AHEAD AND TELL EVERYBODY
I'M THE MAN, I'M THE MAN, I'M THE MAN... ♫
[The Bleacher Creatures are sent into pandemonium! "The Man" by Aloe Blacc begins to play through out the building, and the fans rise to their feet. They stand in anticipation as Drew Stevenson slowly steps out from behind the curtain, making his way out in front of the crowd. Drew stands looking out at the fans taking everything in, and walks up to Axel. The two shake hands and Graves begins to speak again.]
Axel Graves - That's right! The man himself, the final UWL Triple Crown Champion, "The Emerald", "The War-forged Warrior", Drew Stevenson!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Holy smokes, Dick! Do you see this?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm seeing it, and I don't like it! Did Axel lose a bet here in Vegas or something?
[Drew is still basking in the cheers before be grabs the mic from Axel.]
Drew Stevenson - Thank you! Thank you all! I know you are probably a bit surprised to see me out here, considering I just announced my retirement, effective yesterday. But I retired from competing. I still love this business, and when I saw this opportunity, I couldn't resist. I can't wait to sit down and put the headset on and try to keep up with the action in the Battleground... Thrasher, move on over, bud!
[The crowd goes wild once more as we bring it back to the action.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Ha! Dick he just called you out!
malcolm dred-king vs sakaguchi kyoshi
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and is a quarterfinals match in the Union Battleground Championship Tournament. Making his way to the ring at this time, accompanied by Justin King, he stands at 5'8" and weighing in at 195 lbs. From Tokyo, Japan, this is Sakaguchi Kyoshi!
♫ KARATE BY BABY METAL BEGINS TO PLAY ♫
[The lights are cut. "Karate" by Baby Metal begins to play as blue, red, and yellow strobe lights flash through the blackness. Sakaguchi Kyoshi steps onto the stage through the flashing lights with his suit wearing sleazeball of a manager, Justin King. Kyoshi walks to the ring, high fiving fans as he walks. Kyoshi steps between the ropes as Justin King takes his position at ringside.]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, standing at 6'2", weighing in tonight at 249 lbs., from Hartford, Connecticut, "The Question Beyond X" Malcolm Dred-King!
♫ WITH VICE I HOLD THE MIC DEVICE,
WITH FORCE I KEEP IT AWAY OF COURSE... ♫
[The lights dim down and a single spotlight hits the main stage. A thunderous explosion of fireworks rocks the arena and "Prophets of Rage" by Public Enemy begins to play. Malcolm Dred-King emerges from the backstage and the crowd roars in cheers as MDK takes a moment to look on throughout the crowd. Dred-King does a quick pose, flexing his guns and then sprints down the ramp. He tags a few stretched out hands as he makes his way to ringside. He keeps his tempo as he slides into the ring, and runs the ropes a couple of times. He stops in the center of the ring, looks out into the crowd once more, and raises his arms. MDK then takes his shirt off and heads over to corner. Referee Joe Murray calls for the bell.]
[The bell sounds and this match is underway! MDK and Kyoshi come to the center of the ring, and shake hands in respect. The two now circle the ring, and lock horns. MDK wrenches Kyoshi's arm around to his back. Kyoshi counter with an arm wrench of his own. Kyoshi gets MDK into a headlock, and the two bounce into the ropes and MDK sends Kyoshi into an irish whip, and Kyoshi comes back with a thunderous shoulder check. Kyoshi bounces off the ropes, hops over MDK, springs again, and MDK takes him down with an ankle pick. Kyoshi pops back up, and MDK starts leaning in with several knife edge chops.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Woo!
[The two are up against the ropes, and MDK whips Kyoshi, but it gets reversed. MDK springs back and gets met with a vicious scoop slam. Kyoshi follows up with an elbow drop and makes a cover.]
... Two, and a kick out!
[MDK kicks out and gets to a seated position, but Kyoshi is hot on his trail and locks in an armbar variation. MDK works his way up to his feet, and Kyoshi goes for a heel kick, but MDK is able to duck it, and get behind Kyoshi with a waist lock. Kyoshi reverses with his own waist lock, and bounces the two off the ropes for a rollover pin, but MDK holds on to the ropes. Kyoshi back handsprings up, and quickly delivers a superkick, with a crack echoing in the arena. MDK hits the mat, but rolls to the outside to end any further damage.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kyoshi delivers a beautiful superkick, but MDK had the ring awareness to roll out to avoid a pinfall attempt.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Kyoshi has the youth, but MDK has the experience in this one.
[The ref slowly begins his count out cadence, while MDK is slow to get up. Kyoshi times it perfectly, as he sprints and hits a tope suicido to the outside! Kyoshi seems unfazed with the high risk move and gets up to play to the crowd. He picks MDK up and rolls him back inside the ring. As Kyoshi slides in, MDK pops up and starts to deliver kicks to the shoulder and head area. MDK picks him up, and whips him into the ropes, and nails a back elbow on the returning Kyoshi. MDK picks Kyoshi back up and drives him back down with a snap Suplex. MDK makes the cover.]
... Kick out by Kyoshi!
[MDK picks up Kyoshi, and this time delivers a short range lariat, and then drops down to lock in a sleeper. Kyoshi works his way back up to his feet, delivers a few elbows, breaks the hold, and drills MDK with a roundhouse heel kick to the midsection. Kyoshi bounces off the ropes and executed a head scissors kick to the back of MDK's head.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kyoshi is looking for redemption here tonight, as he was given a second chance in this tournament.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Yeah he doesn't want to waste this opportunity, and so far has shown that's he came prepared.
[MDK uses the ropes to get back up, and looks dazed. Kyoshi attacks and goes for a jumping side kick, but MDK just barely ducks and Kyoshi ends up racking himself on the ropes. MDK hooks the arm of the reeling Kyoshi, and picks him up and hits a Northern Lights Suplex. Kyoshi now dazed, MDK climbs to the top rope, and hits a 450 splash and makes a cover.]
... Thre-- No, a kick out by Kyoshi!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kyoshi is showing some heart here tonight!
[MDK starts to show a bit of frustration as he picks Kyoshi back up. MDK slings Kyoshi into the turnbuckle, and follows with a double high knee to the chest. MDK continues the attack with a flurry of quick strikes to the head and midsection. MDK takes a few steps back, and then nails a short burst European uppercut. MDK looks on to the crowd, signaling the end is near. MDK picks Kyoshi up and sets him up on the top turnbuckle. MDK climbs up, and picks Kyoshi up once more where both fighters are standing. MDK goes for a superplex, but Kyoshi is fighting it off. Kyoshi now delivers a combination of punches and elbows. Now Kyoshi looks to be in the offensive, picks MDK up, and comes crashing down with the Kyo Driver!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kyo Driver from the top rope!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Kyoshi hooks the leg!
[Ding ding ding]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner and advancing to the semifinals of the Union Battleground Championship Tournament, Sakaguchi Kyoshi!
[Justin King slides in and gives his client a congratulatory hug while he's jumping up and down. Kyoshi raises his arms in victory, and begins to notice MDK slowly getting up, with a look of obvious frustration. Kyoshi walks over to MDK and helps him up. They embrace a bro-shake and both raise their hand in the air. The crowd cheers for the two fighters who just put on one helluva fight.]
Winner: Sakaguchi Kyoshi via pinfall (Top Rope Kyo Driver)
i'm coming for it
[The camera fades from black to an out of focus boxing ring. As the lens finds its way through the auto focus setting, we're able to make out the words "Magic Ian's House of Boxing." As the camera makes it's way through the doors you begin to hear the loud thuds of fists landing on a punching bag. The camera makes it's way around an empty ring where our camera is now fixed on the figure who's responsible for creating the thuds that have been booming through this empty gym. As we approach the man who is abusing the punching bag that swings in front of him, you notice his attire. A grey hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up covering his head. He's wearing a pair of black basketball shorts, with knee high white socks. Once the camera is close enough you hear our cameraman muster up the courage to say hello.]
Cameraman - H-hello?!
[No response what so ever as the man continues to dish out punishing jab after punishing jab. After 3 punches he stops, he places his hands on his hips and catches his breath. He's startled when he turns around and sees our cameraman standing there.]
??? - Damn.
[He takes a step a back and removes his ear buds.]
??? - Hey, my fault. I didn't hear you come in.
[His voice is deep. Like, "Hey Yo" deep.]
??? - Your all probably wondering why in the hell, is there a camera standing in front of this nobody? The answers real simple folks. I wanted to introduce myself to everybody all at once. Get the pleasantries out of the way. Know what I'm say'n?
[He walks past the camera talking as he makes his way to a bench and takes a seat.]
??? - The names Max, but your all going to know me as Maverick. See, I've been a professional bouncer for the last few years and I've got a knack for dealing with assholes. Ya wanna know what I've seen so far from this talent pool? A lot of assholes who do a lot of lip service.
[Maverick begins unwrapping his wrist as he continues to introduce himself.]
Maverick - A few things I've learned while being a bouncer are, The bigger they are, the harder they fall and the louder the bark usually means the bite ain't worth shit. No offense to anyone here, I'm sure you all were the toughest kids on your play grounds. But that doesn't mean shit to me.
[He takes a drink from a water bottle after removing all the tape and wrap from his wrist.]
Maverick - Look I got some shit to take care of and some final negotiations to settle before making my appearance in the ring with everybody. Good luck to the remaining contestants in the tournament, and to who ever wins. Don't scuff up my belt. I'm coming for it.
[Maverick grabs the gym bag from beneath the bench and walks past the camera as it slowly blurs and fades out.]
EMERY LAYTON VS ANTON CHASE
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall..and it is part of the Union Battleground Championship Tournament! Introducing first, from Los Angeles, California, weighing in at 210 lbs., representing Redemption Wrestling, "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase!
♫ NIGHTFALL AND THE DAY BEGINS,
I NEED THE BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS AS I START TO DESCEND ♫
[As "How We Roll" by Hollywood Undead blasts over the PA system, white smoke fills the entrance way and a person is seen behind the white smoke. The person steps forward in front of the white smoke, revealing "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase. He makes his way down the ramp, with a cocky smile on his face and his arms out at the side. He climbs in the ring and then climbs the second ropes and puts one hand up in the air, and stares off as he awaits his opponent.]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent…weighing in at 136 lbs., from anywhere and everywhere, representing the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance, Emery Layton!
♫ EVERY TIME THAT I CRY OUT, NO ONE EVER COMES TO ME,
EVERY TIME THAT I REACH OUT, NO ONE EVER RESCUES ME ♫
[As "Somewhere Else to Be" by VAST hits the PA system and light explodes to life, the excitement hits the air. The Worst of the Pavees herself, wearing her leather jacket and beanie over her gear, emerges from behind the curtain, clearly impressed with the amount of people have turned out. Her eyes are closed as she's swaying her head to the beat of the very unusual entrance music she uses, holding her arms out as she struts down the ramp. She's lost in the moment, there's nowhere else she'd rather be right now. Once she reaches the bottom of the ramp, she pulls her beanie off and thrusts it into her pocket as she skates up the steel steps and climbs the turnbuckle. As the fans cheer, it's quite obviously not loud enough for her, as she lifts her arms up, indicating for them to get louder. Once the eccentric Irish traveller has spent enough time up there, Emery 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. One final time, she holds her arms out, a pleased look on her face that just screams 'yes, I am quite good, feel free to cheer me'. Finally, removing her jacket she throws the battered old thing to the outside and finds a corner of the ring to sit down in, legs flat out, as she waits for the match to begin.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed -This should be a great match up folks, official Joe Murray has the call tonight!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Dante, god bless this unisex tournament because there’s nothing better then smacking a bitch in Nevada! Just ask Mike Tyson! I mean, women literally paid the Bunny Ranch to get their ass beat and their brains f---
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I’m going to stop you right there! Focus on the match at hand will you…
[The two competitors begin to size each other up and go into a lock up with Anton clearly have the strength advantage bringing Emery down to her knees, Anton begins to smirk, backs up and smacks Emery across the face while still on her knees.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - See! See! What did I tell ya Dante!?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - A absolutely classless move by Anton!
[Anton moves back in on Emery as she clutches her freshly slapped cheek, Emery clutches referee Joe Murray to complain about his cheap shot while Anton grabs her hair causing Joe Murray to divert his attention to yelling in Anton’s face while Emery, seeing an opening prepares to deliver her receipt on Anton; a swift low blow causing Anton to fall to his knees and Joe Murray look on in confusion.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Emery with a little payback!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Let me guess Dante, if she didn’t get it you would have protested with her and millions of women around the world, right?
[Emery takes advantage of Anton’s disposition, hits the ropes to add some steam and power to a running high knee, flattening Anton on his back and getting an enormous pop as she plays to the crowd.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a knee to the head to Anton Chase delivered by Emery Layton, my god!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I love a girl who takes advantage of a man while he’s on his knees, especially a red head!
[Emery jumps on top of Anton, throw a flurry of rights and lefts that Anton tries to block with all of his might by using his arms for protection eventually getting frustrated and just shoving Emery off.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Anton showing his strength but it doesn’t look like Emery is finished!
[Emery is off the mat immediately and rushes back at Anton trying to deliver a dropkick while Anton is in the sitting position but Anton rolls out of the way and gets up on his feet. Emery is immediately back up too after recovering from the missed dropkick in a sliding position but as she gets to her feet, Anton is there to meet her with a running clothesline that flips Emery up and over back down onto her stomach.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Anton nearly decapitated Emery Layton with that lariat!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - When it comes to head…I mean, from what I hear in the back, Emery’s not so much a loser as she is a giv---
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh will you stop it Dick!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I’m not lying when I tell you Dante, that’s the first time I’ve ever had anyone tell me that!
[Anton gloats to the crowd a little bit which is received with a loud course of boos, he then proceeds to bring Emery to her feet. Anton hooks his right leg into her left and wraps his arm around her shoulder and delivers a Russian leg sweep. Anton gets up, yells at Emery and proceeds to smack her in the head a little bit, taunting her.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I hope Anton Chase feels like a big man right now.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Big, I wouldn’t know Dante, but you can’t question the manhood of Anton Chase whose been winning championships in this industry for over a decade!
[All of a sudden Emery Layton kicks Anton directly in the knee cap sending him down to one knee. Anton goes to grab her while she’s still in the sitting position but Emery kicks him in his other knee bring him back down to both. Emery pops up and begins delivering right and left kicks with the crowd counting each one out loud.]
[With the tenth kick Anton collapses face first to the mat as Emery raises her arms and once again plays to the crowd as they embrace her with cheers.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The Union Battleground crowd loves Emery Layton’s fighting spirit and determination here tonight!
[Emery hopes outside onto the apron and is stalking Anton as he begins to get to his feet, Layton jumps up onto the ropes, springboards and delivers and devastating dropkick.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a dropkick by Emery Layton!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I Have to say, that was quite impressive…for a chick and all.
[Emery heads over to follow up with a single leg Boston crab by grabbing Anton’s left leg but Anton uses his arm strength to push up and hit Emery with an enziguri with his free foot sending her to the mat. Anton doesn’t even wait and starts just laying in with kicks to the rib and stomach.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Anton’s aggressiveness shows he isn’t taking Emery lightly anymore!
[Anton heads the turnbuckle after laying into Emery with the series of kicks to the stomach and ribs, climbs up, jumps off and lands a thunderous 450 splash and covers.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kick out by Emery Layton but what an amazing display of athleticism by Anton Chase that has Emery reeling!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Not the kind of splash I have in mind when I think of Emery Layton Dante, especially on her stomach!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You’re going to get us thrown off of the air, stop with that!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The world can always use more fine public broadcasting Dante!
[Anton claps his hands at the referee signaling it should have been a three, goes to pick up Emery Layton and she attempts a cover of her own by using a quick small package.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Emery showing some quickness by pulling that out of nowhere!
[Anton and Emery are both to their feet but Anton charges in first, Emery Layton slides under the attempted clothesline, Anton turns around and Emery runs, steps up on Anton’s bent knee and rocks his head with a huge enziguri of her own. With Anton on his face and after working his head most of the match, Emery walks over and wraps her right arm under her chin, while wrapping her legs around his waist and applies a variation of a dragon sleeper.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a move by Emery, Anton maybe in trouble here!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Look at the exquisite tightness of her thighs as she grips his body with them Dante! Absolutely delectable!
[Joe Murray begins checking on Anton if he gives up with Anton shaking his head and free right hand. Anton begins to stand to his feet with Emery still locked on, he uses his arms to free her legs of the grip she has and lifts her on his back into the fireman’s carry position and drops Layton with a neckbreaker.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Great display of power there by Anton Chase!
[Anton signals the end by doing a throat slashing motion to the crowd. Chase picks Emery Layton up, puts her head between his legs, flips her up with each one of her legs occupying a shoulder of Anton Chase. He steps over her arms and delivers the Chaos Theory.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed -Chaos Theory by Anton Chase! It’s over here!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - And you doubted his manhood earlier Dante, he’s getting the job done right here! He’s my pick to win this whole damn tournament!
♫ I'M ON MY SECOND DRINK,
BUT I'VE HAD A FEW BEFORE... ♫
[Just as Anton goes to roll Layton over into the pinning position “Take It Off” by the Donnas hits and the crowd roars in anticipation for Anton’s rival Trixie! Anton gets up and heads over to the ropes focused on the ramp yelling for Trixie to come out.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Things are picking up here Dick!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You’re pitching a tent in your pants too at the possible sight of Trixie too Dante?
[Trixie comes up onto the apron behind Anton, on the opposite side of the ring from the crowd while her music stops. She begins yelling at Anton Chase to draw his attention while Emery Layton is now crawling towards the turnbuckle to the right of Trixie, which is to the left of Anton as he approaches Trixie]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Look out here!
[As Anton starts to yell at Trixie, she simply points to the turnbuckle which cause Chase to look, in which Emery Layton jumps off and hits him with a nasty cutter]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - PRIKASA!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - No! Not my pick!
[Emery Layton Covers and Joe Murray counts]
Mike Dempsey - Your winner and advancing to the semi-finals…Emery Layton!
Winner: Emery Layton via pinfall (Prikasa)
[We cut backstage to find The All American Badass, Hannah Kristiansen standing in front of an Union Battleground logo. Still dressed in her ring attire, she leans heavily on one foot as a huge smile spreads across her face.]
Hannah Kristiansen - WOOO, Hell yeah! First fight, first win, first step on my quest for the Union Battleground Championship. Who's got next?! Who thinks they can last as long as Echo Blackwhisper before I knock 'em down just like her?!
[She has a good chuckle at that, clearly looking forward to the next fight despite sore knee she avoids putting her weight on.]
Hannah Kristiansen - Though in all seriousness, Echo gave me everything she had and then some. Dinged up my knee pretty good, too. I respect her for that. I respect the fact that she was the first to answer my call, to seize the opportunity laid out before her, the only one with enough guts to step up to the plate. Sure she struck out swinging, but she made damn sure I earned that victory. I respect--
[Just them, Echo charges up from behind and clocks Hannah in the back of the head, dropping her to the floor. Echo then puts the boots to Hannah's knee, before getting shoved back a couple steps as Hannah rises to her feet.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What the Hell was that for?!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She don't need your damn respect, honey!
[The two women start tearing into eachother with reckless abandon at that point, Kristiansen still clearly favoring her leg and Echo noticing it. Echo lands another kick to Hannah's leg, but Kristiansen grits her teeth and powers through it while ducking low and driving her shoulder into Echo's midsection and ramming her backwards into the wall. She follows that up with several hard punches to Blackwhisper's ribs, but another kick to her leg causes Hannah to falter and stumble back.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - One minute, Kristiansen's talking about respect, the next--
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - They're fighting like broads!
[Echo takes the brief opening to leap up onto a nearby table and then off again, taking the 5'10" and 202 pound Kristiansen down with a flying clothesline before laying into her with rights and lefts. Just then, a booming male voice cuts through the chaos.]
Security - Come on ladies, break it up!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Aww man, it was just getting good!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mr. Graves can't have his competitors slugging it out in the back when there's more money to be made between the ropes. Besides, who knows what kind of structural damage they could cause if left to their own devices.
[Several security members rush onto the scene, pulling Echo off of Kristiansen - who quickly limps back to her feet. She's quickly cut off too though, and both women are still resisting - determined to get at one another.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - There may have been respect at first, but now there's only rage.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - No kidding. This thing is a powder keg ready to explode.
tweEder vs crowbar
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - Ladies and Gentlemen, this is tonight's Main Event! The following contest is scheduled for ONE FALL...
[Crowd chants in unison, ONE FALL]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - And is a quarterfinal match in the Union Battleground Championship Tournament! Introducing first, from Glasgow, Scotland! He weighed in today at 230 lbs and stands at 6'3" Representing Carnage Wrestling… 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 holding a weed whacker in one hand and an open beer in the other. The crowd surrounding him goes absolutely crazy as Tweeder chugs the beer before tossing the foamy, empty can into the crowd! The weed whacker blade spins slowly as the engine idles. The heavy guitar riffs continue to blare through the PA system yet they barely cut through the loud cheering of the Bleacher Creatures - especially as Tweeder revs the engine to that extremely dangerous weapon! Tweeder turns his attention towards the ring, and he begins to walk down the entrance ramp with a purpose!]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - And his opponent! From Long Beach California! He weighed in today at 250 lbs and stands at 6'5" HE… IS… CROWBAR!
♫ MUSTANG NISMO BY BRYAN TYLER
FT. SLASH BEGINS TO PLAY... ♫
[The lights go out as "Mustang Nismo" kicks in, red and white lights flashing to the beat. Crowbar walks out onto the stage as the whole place is bathed in red light, a spotlight only on Crowbar. He slowly walks down the ring eyeing off the fans with disdain, before walking up the steps and getting into the ring. He heads over to the corner of the ring and jumps up, sitting on the top turnbuckle.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - This match promises to be a good one! These two men are favorites among the remaining competitors to hoist the Union Battleground belt when this is all said and done!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - I have to admit, I got a half chub just thinking about this one. This is going to be a scorcher.
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Classy, Dick.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - You know me.
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - At either case, both of these men had a scorcher of matches in the first round. Crowbar and Nigel Crane may very well have had one of the most brutal struggles in the Union Battleground so far, before it was ruined by Mr. Goody Toe-Shoes, Franklin Dean.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Then there was Tweeder and Trixie who stole the show with a high impact match which was the main event of last week’s L!GHTS OUT!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Who do you think is going to take this one away? Both of these men could easily win this tournament, but here they are facing in the second round.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - I don’t know. My gut is telling me Tweeder. But just look at Crowbar! The man looks like he habitually bends crowbars over people’s heads whenever he is bored at the bar!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Only one way to find out and that is to send it to the ring!
[The two men lock up in the center of the ring. Tweeder is quick to shove a vicious elbow into the gut of Crowbar. Crowbar doubles over and Tweeder throws him into the ropes and hits Crowbar with a shoulder tackle. Tweeder runs the ropes, Crowbar rolls onto his stomach, slaps the mat, and leaps forward to hit a lunging lariat on Tweeder.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - What a vicious lariat from Crowbar!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - This match is shaping up to be a hard hitting classic!
[Crowbar and Tweeder make it back to their feet. They lock up in the center of the ring, Crowbar gets the better of the two and rolls to Tweeder’s back. He attempts a german suplex. But Tweeder blocks him. Instead he lifts him into the air and places him on his stomach in a back take down maneuver. Crowbar rolls into a front face lock. Tweeder throws two punches into the stomach of Crowbar. He then flips him over his head and locks in a leg lock choke on Crowbar.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - I didn’t think we would see this much catch wrestling in this match.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher -
These two bulls are so hard hitting that they seem to be canceling each other out!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - What a nice surprise, all things considered.
[Crowbar breaks the hold with three vicious punches to the thigh of Tweeder. He then punches Tweeder in the face forcing him backwards onto the ropes.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Well I guess that didn’t last long.
[Tweeder and Crowbar get to their feet. The two men begin to exchange fists. Crowbar grabs Tweeder and throws him into his arm for a vicious clothesline. He follows it up with a leaping knee to the back of the head of Tweeder. He goes for the pin.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - It is not going to be that easy to finish off Tweeder!
[Crowbar wrenches the neck of Tweeder in to a rear naked chokehold. Tweeder throws two quick elbows into the chest of Crowbar, breaking the hold. Tweeder leaps to his feet and places Crowbar in a front face chokehold. Crowbar lifts Tweeder up, trying to throw him off. But Tweeder counters with a tornado DDT.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - TORNADO DDT! What a counter!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - These two men not giving the other an inch!
[Tweeder leaps to his feet and performs a standing moonsault on Crowbar.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Standing moonsault! Standing moonsault!
[Tweeder goes for the pin.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Not enough to put Crowbar away!
[Tweeder and Crowbar get to their feet. The two begin to throw lefts and rights into the face of the other. Crowbar gets the better of Tweeder in this exchange hitting a snap suplex on Tweeder. He stands up and hits a leg drop onto Tweeder.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - That is a lot of man to come dropping down on someone’s throat.
[Crowbar picks up Tweeder and hits him with a reverse DDT. He holds on and hits him again with another reverse DDT. Crowbar stomps Tweeder in the chest three times before going for another pin.]
[Crowbar, growing increasingly frustrated, signals for the end as Tweeder begins to get to his feet.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - He is going for the Desert Burial!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - This could be the end for Tweeder!
[“Prophets of Rage” by Public Enemy]
[Malcom Dred King comes out from behind the back. Crowbar breaks stride to look at MDK, perplexed at why he is here.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - What is Malcolm Dred King doing here?
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - Crowbar needs to pay attention to the ring.
[Crowbar turns around, after staring at the intruding wrestler. Crowbar turns around and is instantly hit with a superkick from Tweeder.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - OH MY! Crowbar is paying for taking his eye off the ball!
… KICK OUT!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - KICK OUT! Crowbar is able to save himself from a rough loss.
[The two men get to their feet. Crowbar turns around to meet a boot to the stomach from Tweeder. And hit with the RUCK OVER!]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - RUCK OVER! RUCK OVER! THIS IS OVER!
… KICK OUT!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - What the hell?! HE KICKED OUT!
[Tweeder is finished. He picks up Crowbar and hits the Ruck Over again, picks up Crowbar again and hits him with a third Ruck Over]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - My GOD! Tweeder is putting an exclamation point on the matter!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - There is no way he can kick out of that!
[Ding ding ding]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey - Winner of this match AND advancing to the semifinals of the Union Battleground Championship tournament… TWEEDER!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - My god! What a match! Crowbar has nothing to be ashamed of. He put forth a great contest.
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher - Damn right! Tweeder has punched his ticket. He is one step closer to becoming the first champion.
“The Doctor” Dante Reed - The question remains though, what's to come of MDK and Crowbar? I'm sure there's more to this than meets the eye! Join us next time folks, as we are set to have our semifinals matches with Tweeder against Emery Layton, and Dick Devereaux against Sakaguchi Kyoshi! Goodnight everybody!
Segment: Nice to Meet you - Saint Saito
Match: Britain Jade vs. Chloe DuPont - Axel Graves
Segment: A Better Idea - Trixie
Match: Dick Devereaux vs Brandon Collins - Axel Graves
Segment: From the Shadows - Saint Saito
Segment: Open Mic Night - Hannah Kristiansen/MDK
Match: Echo Blackwhisper vs Hannah Kristiansen - MDK
Segment: SOTU Address - Axel Graves
Match: MDK vs Sakaguchi Kyoshi - Axel Graves
Segment: I'm Coming for It - Maverick
Match: Emery Layton vs Anton Chase - Nemesis
Segment: Backstage Battleground - Hannah Kristiansen
Match: Tweeder vs Crowbar - Crane/Kyoshi