L!GHTS OUT #25
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
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welcome to the show
[The previous scene slowly fades out, and then there is a moment of darkness. The distorted star logo that has become synonymous slowly fades in and out in a rhythmic pulse synchronized with deep thuds of a heart beat. The view glitches and scratches out into darkness again. Then suddenly a countdown begins…]
SO TURN THE LIGHTS OUT!
[As "Lights Out" by Royal Blood kicks in to overdrive, we open up with a montage of some of the biggest moments in Union Battleground's short history. An explosion engulfs the screen as we transition to the arena. At the conclusion of the opening montage, we transition to a captivating aerial view of the ring, with the canvas and aprons murdered out in black and the ropes in a deep crimson red with a red eroded star in the center. An exquisite light show bounces all through the Royal Albert Hall to encapsulate an all round intoxicating aura. Luke Knux and the Scumbag Society are ripping through one of their singles from their newest album “Insomnia” as camera angles pan throughout the crowd.]
[The Scumbag Society finish off with an epic finale as we switch gears over to the broadcast booth to see the voices of Union Battleground.]
Dante Reed - Welcome ladies and gentlemen, we are live here at the Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico, in front of 14,434 exuberant fans and this is L!GHTS OUT #25! I am your host “The Doctor” Dante Reed and alongside me as always is none other than Sebastian Riggs!
Sebastian Riggs - Dante it’s great to be here in this historic building where many legends of our business made their names! Tonight is a special occasion for Union Battleground, as we celebrate the twenty-fifth edition of our fortnightly show!
Dante Reed - No doubt about it, Bas. To commemorate this occasion, our main event for the evening pits two of the fastest rising stars in the Battleground, as Alyssa Daniels takes on Caden Walker.
Sebastian Riggs - That’s going to be a barn burner! You could argue that there hasn’t been a more dominant competitor within the last few months than Alyssa Daniels. While her opponent, Caden Walker, has been building up quite a dangerous reputation. This will be a big measuring stick for these two leading up to Guerrilla Warfare!
Dante Reed - I’d have to agree with you, Bas. These two are at the top of the list of contenders to win Guerrilla Warfare, and to see them battle each other tonight will be something special. We’ve also got “The Fist of Hydra” Elena DeDraca taking on “The One Punch Man” Joe Stanton.
Sebastian Riggs - We’ve seen over the course of the last couple of months Joe Stanton building up some serious momentum. He’s won his last four matches and five of his last six, all the while capturing one of the Four Horsemen Medallions. Elena on the other hand is our newest acquisition to the Battleground, and she had quite and impressive debut victory two weeks ago. This bout has the works of two fierce competitors clawing their way up the ladder, should be a great match.
Dante Reed - Also on deck, we have a guest of honor in the arena tonight, as the XWA Hardcore Champion AJ Morales takes on Josie Pleasure in a One Night Only match.
Sebastian Riggs - This has the potential to be a show stealer. Two wrestlers with hardcore backgrounds, with Josie looking to build momentum leading up to her War Horse Title shot, and Morales looking to put on a great show in front of his home crowd. This one could get ugly!
Dante Reed - And our opening bout to kick things off, newly crowned Trench War Champion Kimitsu Zombie makes her first defense against Alexander Devin.
Sebastian Riggs - I have to say, I was a little perplexed with the lead up to this match. The Prophet always says he speaks truths, and spoke about how he didn’t feel his Come was now to challenge for the Trench War Championship. This bit of uncertainty and self doubt to be his downfall against a bloodthirsty warrior like Kimitsu Zombie.
Dante Reed - And there you have it folks! So without further ado, Mike Dempsey, take it away!
VIVA LA AUSTRALIA
[Sebastian and Dante are just finishing running down the card, but as they go to throw it to a match, the lights instead cut out, and after a moment 'Trying to be Me' by Tommy Lee kicks in on the PA System!]
LET’S SEE WHAT THEY SAY FIRST
FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPERS
SOME DAYS I FIND, THAT EVEN I DON’T WANNA BE ME
JUST TRYIN TO BE ME
WHY DON'T THEY LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE?
Dante Reed – Wait, I don't....I wasn't aware there was anyone on the way right now? Weren't we kicking off with a match?
[Even Sebastian seems confused, but all confusion is soon wiped away, because just as Tommy Lee starts screaming, out from the back steps the Australian Sensation, Levinator! Levinator doesn't waste time standing to pose, and instead just walks down the entryway towards the ring, eyes glancing out at the Arena Mexico and sneering as the Union Battleground crowd starts to jeer him loudly.]
Dante Reed – Well, it looks like we've got ourselves an unexpected visitor right here. And after what he did to Blake Archer at L!GHTS OUT #24, he's definitely unwanted!
Sebastian Riggs – Yeah, but I don't think anyone backstage had a big enough death wish to tell him that to his face!
[Back at ringside, Levinator has reached a roadie and holds out a hand towards him. The roadie is trembling as he hands Levinator a microphone, and the Australian Sensation sneers as he pulls off the Union Battleground logo and tosses it aside, and then moves to step up on the apron and over the top rope. Strolling into the ring, Levinator waits patiently for a few moments until his music fades out, and the fans slowly die down their jeers before he slowly raises his microphone.]
Levinator – G'Dy folks. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Levinator. And I'm not from around here. And there are two ways you can tell that. For starters no-one has ever threatened to build a wall to keep me out. And secondly, unlike you putas, I can actually afford to buy deodorant.
[Mexico clearly doesn't seem thrilled at that cheapshot from the Aussie, and it only gets worse when Levinator points out a local in the front row and points right at him.]
Levinator – Hey. Its called Shampoo. Look it up!
[The crowd jeers at that, but it doesn't seem to faze Levinator who slowly moves back to the center of the ring.]
Levinator – For those of you that can't afford a TV, and a quick look around this arena tells me thats....all of you. Last L!GHTS OUT, I came here and I made a little bit of a mess of Blake Archer's face. See, I kind of tossed the dumbass right through a glass window. Now, apparently, because his two brain cells were having trouble communicating across the vast wide cavern that is his skull, the King of Canines decided to take the impact of the glass with his face, and he seems to have shattered an orbital socket. The good news is, he can't possibly harm his looks. The bad news is, after announcing himself as being in for Guerrilla Warfare, I'm afraid he's going to miss the show. But that’s okay, Mexico. Because I'm going to be there. Thats right, at Guerrilla Warfare, yours truly the Australian Sensation, is going to enter a Union Battleground ring for the first time, and lets see if any of those chumps backstage can take me out.
[Mexico doesn't seem too happy at that. Blake may still be making his name, but the King of Canines has a huge heart and the Union Battleground fans have been learning to appreciate it. Levinator waits a few moments more and then slowly raises the microphone.]
Levinator – Now I've been getting asked the same thing for a couple of weeks now. Why attack him? Why would I come to Union just to ambush him? What is going on inside my mind. So, allow me to bring you in a little. See, 13 years ago, I entered a company called World Wrestling Headquarters.
[The Union fans aren't going to let that go, especially with the recent news about Finn Whelan and Elena DeDraca, and they quickly start a WWH SUCKS chant. Levinator lets it go a moment but then raises his microphone.]
Levinator – HEY! Your Mom sucks too, but I'm not cutting you off by chanting about it! Shut your mouths, Pendejos!
[The angry Aussie is greeted by another loud jeer from the crowd, but he doesn't let it faze him as he raises his microphone again.]
Levinator – Now...in WWH there was a simple pecking order. Me, and then everyone else. Ten Times in a 6 month period, I became World Champion. Not just one show. But on all three. I was the Alpha Dog, and being the kindhearted bastard that I am, I decided to take someone under my wing. To train them, and teach them my skills. To make them into a legend in my own mold. And that man, was Blake Archer. Now....me and Blake were inseparable for a while. And I did my very best to teach him.....to train him....to make him into a superstar. And just as it seemed like WWH was getting ready for the Levinator and Archer dynasty.....fate played a cruel hand, and took my knee from me. And for nearly a decade, I could barely walk, let alone wrestle. I still made a few appearances here and there, but mostly I was done.
[Levinator pauses now, bending down to rub at his knee, before he slowly lifts it and bends it a little, shaking it slightly.]
Levinator – Much better now. Because about three years ago, I had surgery on it. A radical surgery. Funded by a good friend of mine. And because of that surgery, I've slowly been able to get back in the ring. And so, imagine my shock when I return to wrestling this year, and in the very company I join, I find Blake Archer. And I took the chance to watch Blake intently. Because I wanted to see how my number one pupil was going. I wanted to see just how good the man that I had plucked from obscurity was doing. And so I watched him.....and I've never been so disappointed in my life.
[The Australian Giant leans on the top rope and shakes his head softly. Looking down at the ringside mats for a moment before casually re-raising his microphone.]
Levinator – From that very first moment I saw you again, Blake. I saw how badly you were wrestling. How much of a bitch you had become. And I realised....I had no-one to blame but myself. I had failed you. Not because I wasn't able to teach you properly, but because you were just never that good to begin with. And now here you were, a walking, talking, breathing example of failure. And people knew I had trained you, so you were making me look bad. And I just.....I can't have it Blake. I won't. I can not let you keep wrestling Blake. It's a black mark on everything I've ever done. And so, last week....I came here to send you the message. You can leave on your own two feet, or I can send you out on a stretcher. But for so long as you wrestle....it doesn't matter if its here, or XWA, or PCWA, or some little ice circle in the arctic against a penguin. If you are wrestling, then you need to start keeping an eye over your shoulder. Because I will find you. And I will break you. Just....Like.....*snaps fingers* That.
[And with that, Levinator drops the microphone, walks over, and climbs over the top rope and out of the ring. Levinator starts moving up the ramp nice and slowly, ignoring the fans but smirking as the cameras flick back to Sebastian and Dante.]
Dante Reed – Well, there we have it Bas! Levinator has just thrown his name into the hat! He's entering Guerrilla Warfare, and it seems like Blake Archer won't be!
Sebastian Riggs – Levinator is taking Archer’s spot apparently. He’s going to miss it because of that big Australian idiot, and he gets rewarded by a spot in the match? That doesn't seem right to me!
Dante Reed – You want to go argue the point with him?
Sebastian Riggs – Uhhh.....
Dante Reed – That's what I thought.
Mike Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Trench War Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 190 pounds, from New York City, New York, he is “The Prophet” Alexander Devin!
I SEE A BAD MOON A-RISING
[Lights turn on and off around the entrance at random intervals as "Bad Moon Rising" by Mourning Ritual starts up, playing over the speakers. The video package on the tron shows a book laying on a table, its pages fluttering in an unseen wind, blank. A rough hand appears on screen, laying on the fluttering pages of the book to stop them from moving as the camera pans up then. Alexander is standing there in his black t-shirt and off white slacks, lip synching to the following lyrics to the song.]
DON'T GO AROUND TONIGHT
WELL, IT'S BOUND TO TAKE YOUR LIFE
THERE'S A BAD MOON ON THE RISE
[As he mouths the last line of the song, he turns his head to face the camera and slams the book shut as the lights go off in the arena, the music quietly humming in the background as smoke starts to pour out from the entrance slowly. Lights rise up and flicker around the entrance as the music picks up again, flickering in time with the drums and guitars as Alexander makes his way out from the back, carrying that same book in his hand. He bears no smile on his face, only a calm resolute look as he stops at the top of the entrance for a second, scanning the crowd before opening his arms wide and walking down the ramp, lowering them as he gets to the ring. He climbs the steps and gets in the ring, walking to the middle and posing the same way that he did at the beginning.]
Dante Reed - He’s known as The Prophet and The Man of Many Words, but leading up to this bout, Alexander Devin had shown some doubts of himself.
Sebastian Riggs - He claims to be a man that speaks the truth, and honestly, you have to agree with the guy. He’s gone 0-4 since officially debuting in a Union Battleground ring, and he’s facing one of, if not, the most dominant competitors the Battleground has seen. He knows he’s the underdog, but it won’t stop him from leaving it all out there.
Mike Dempsey - And his opponent, standing 5’5” and weighing in at 125 pounds, from Kimitsu, Japan, representing the 4CW, she is the reigning, defending, undisputed Union Battleground Trench War Champion, “Little Yokai” Kimitsu Zombie!
[Number Girl's Tattoo Ari blares out and yellow and red lights flash around all over the arena as the guitar riff starts and mingles with the mixed reaction from the fans.]
[Kimitsu Zombie calmly walks out of the entrance way in her bosozoku uniform carrying a bottle of shochu and her Trench War Championship on like a bandolier across her body. Kimitsu drinks from the shochu bottle and she struts to the ring as she takes in the crowds reaction of cheers and jeers. She grins and climbs a turnbuckle bobbing to the music.]
[She takes a long chug of shochu and spits a shochu mist into the air then screams in satisfaction with her tongue out. She jumps down into the ring and holds her title up in the air waiting for the match to start.]
Dante Reed - And speaking of leaving it all out there, here comes our Trench War Champion, Kimitsu Zombie! Zombie has been on an absolute tear in season two, going 6-0 while capturing the War Horse Title and later cashing it in for the Trench War Title.
Sebastian Riggs - She finally reached her goal of capturing the Trench War Championship, something she set her sights in at the beginning of season two. And not only that, she avenged her loss to Emery Layton in the process! Now she carries the title that so many have sought out to win, whether it be a Battleground competitor or not. Tonight’s her first defense in what she hopes to be of many.
Dante Reed - Alright folks, both fighters are now squared away in their corners and without wasting anytime, the referee calls for the bell! This match is underway!
[Alexander paces back and forth keeping his eyes on Zombie as she holds a ready fighting stance. He rushes her and she uses his momentum to toss him into the ropes. She catches him off the rebound jumping up on his shoulders, she attempts a hurricrana, but Alexander blocks her and is able to pick her back up and slamming her down with a sit-out powerbomb. She is stunned only for a moment, and smashes her knees together off Alexander’s head before he could attempt a pinfall. Zombie stands up fast and delivers a headbutt.]
Dante Reed - Wow big move right out of the gate for Devin!
Sebastian Riggs - He ain’t playing around tonight! But neither is Zombie, it’s like that powerbomb didn’t even faze her.
[Alexander is shook, but only for a second before kicking Zombie in the knee. He grabs her arm sending Zombie to the ropes with an Irish whip, she ducks past him and rebounds herself off the ropes on the other side. Alexander turns only to find himself hit with the sling blade! She covers him up attempting to go for the leg hook.]
... Kick out!
Dante Reed - Nothing doing on that cover.
Sebastian Riggs - Those early pinfall attempts are more designed to wear the opponent down than it is to try to actually steal a victory.
[She stays on top of Alexander as he stood up delivering a punch and then dodging out of the way of a counter kick. She steps behind him as he misses the kick delivering a stiff chop to the back of his neck. The Prophet stumbles as the impact jolted him. He rotates around back towards her closing his fist and planting a discus punch right on the chin. Zombie is knocked down hitting the mat like a falling tree. She comes back to her senses and sits up as Alexander rushes her, clipping his knee to her face. He turns around feeling confident that Zombie will bounce right back taking his time to size her up.]
Dante Reed - GIve Devin credit here, he’s been holding his own so far in this matchup.
[Grabbing Zombie from behind Alexander contorts her arm trapping her into a Chickenwing, but before he is able to fully lock it in she rushes forward towards the turnbuckle. Zombie puts her foot up pressing it off the second turnbuckle and jerking Alexander off of her. She grabs the top rope pulling herself swiftly to the top before spingboarding into a crossbody. Alexander loses his balance as she dives onto him pushing his shoulders down to the mat.]
... Kick out!
[He pressed her off of him with authority, a slight hint of anger shows in Zombie as she aggressively ties up with him while he is on his knees. She locks him into a side headlock and starts punching the top of his skull viciously. Alexander is left waving in the center of the ring before she strikes him with a kick to the chest, and then the left arm, finishing with a spinning kick off his chin. Alexander finally goes down giving her the chance to roll him to the mat with La Magistral!]
... Kick out!
Dante Reed - Kimi has now taken control of this match, delivering a high tempo attack on Devin.
Sebastian Riggs - She appeared to be getting frustrated, and she’s started Hulking out on The Prophet.
[With rising animosity, Zombie glares over at Alexander, she punts him hard in the stomach. He rolls towards the ropes using them to pull himself up while she takes a shot at his kidney. He is nearly floored from the pain, moving on instinct he turns around pushing all of his weight into her with his arm extended. The clothesline grounds both competitors, but the champ is the first one to get to an upright position. In the corner Alexander pulls himself up looking back at Zombie, she rushes him and he dodges out of the way. Zombie’s face collides with the top turnbuckle. She holds onto her face as Alexander is gaining full speed coming off the ropes, he leans down driving his shoulder sharply into her ribs. Alexander looks dazed as his head bounces off the mat from the spear while Zombie is left coughing and choking as she tries to breath.]
Dante Reed - Big power play by Alexander Devin to equalize the field.
Sebastian Riggs - You know he’s listed at 190 pounds, but I call bullshit on that!
[Alexander looks delightfully pleased with himself as he stumbles forward leaning on Zombie as she is still hunched over trying to catch her breath. She shows some favor to her ribs enabling Alexander to stand her up without retaliation. He wraps his arm around her bending forward, and looks like he’s going for the Foreshadowing…. But Zombie has it scouted! She strikes him in the head and he drops her. Zombie gathers all her composure to hit a jumping DDT! Alexander is laid out having a glossy look in his eyes. Zombie backs up to the corner using the turnbuckles for support, but that rage that has been building seems to help her fight through the pain. She steps towards him setting him up and delivering her Banzai God Kick! The crowd erupts into cheer as she drops down for the cover.]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike Dempsey - Here is your winner, AND STILL Union Battleground Trench War Champion, “Little Yokai” Kimitsu Zombie!
[Kimitsu slowly makes her way to her feet, still wincing at her side. The referee then hands her the Trench War Championship where she proudly puts it over her shoulder as the official raises her hand in victory.]
Dante Reed - And just like that, Zombie ends this one and makes her first successful defense!
Sebastian Riggs - Pretty impressive outing by both of these competitors, but make no mistake about it, Kimitsu plans to keep this title for a long, long time!
Dante Reed - Hang on Folks, looks like Zombie isn’t done here just yet...
OPEN MIC NIGHT
[After Kimitsu celebrates with her title, she then directs her attention to ring announcer Mike Dempsey, and asks for his microphone.]
Kimitsu Zombie - It’s my time now! There it is, folks. It begins. My reign of the Trench War Championship is going to be a long one just like with that other bitch. I plan on surpassing that legacy. I can outdo her just like I did when I won it. There is only one way To do this I put out a call. It seems people have forgotten the possibilities of this title. I want anyone from anywhere to come and challenge me. This is my season. They’ve seen what I’ve done in my time here, and I don’t think anyone wants any part of it. Let’s see who gets the fucking message.
[There’s a moment of silence, the crowd waiting in anticipation to see who’s going to answer the challenge. Kimitsu looks out across the entrance ramp once more; she’s about to give up hope when the rhythmic drumming of CSS’s ‘Jager Yoga’ kicks in.]
OH MY GOD IT'S SO HOT
OH MY GOD IT'S SO GOLD
OH MY GOD I'M SO MESSED UP
I DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO
[For a few seconds Kimitsu continues looking out, perhaps in bemusement at the foreign entrance music. The song continues, building up the anticipation further even as some of the fans realize who’s coming out. Kimitsu begins to pace around the ring as she waits until, finally, a figure steps out from behind the curtain. A petite figure, facing away from the ring, happily bobbing along with the music. Dressed in a white t-shirt, jean shorts and a pair of tie-dyed Chucks, the figure finally turns around to confirm what those dedicated fans already knew - Annie Zellor is here in Union Battleground!]
Annie Zellor - Heyyyy Kimitsu!
[A decent chunk of the fans cheer as the HKW wrestler stands at the top of the ramp with a microphone in hand, and a smile on her face. But Kimitsui doesn’t look impressed. She stands by the nearest set of ropes, resting her arms across the top rope as she looks out at Zellor.]
Annie Zellor - I was just, uh, backstage when I heard you talking. And when you mentioned wanting to face anyone...from anywhere...it just, like, reminded me of that Twitter challenge you made last week. And then you only went and--well I’m gonna assume that b-word you mentioned is one of my bestest friends, Emery Layton!
[The crowd cheer at the mention of The Worst of the Pavees. Kimitsu can be seen shaking her head as Annie heads further down the aisle.]
Annie Zellor - So I kinda thought to myself, why not? If Kimitsu wants to try and surpass what Emery did, and try to defend that Trench War Championship against the best around - why not step up and, like, answer the challenge.
[At this moment Kimitsu has to take a step back as Annie climbs the ring steps, up onto the apron. She steps into the ring and suddenly the two women are face to face; Kimitsu holding a slight height advantage over the former NKP Grand Champion as Annie continues smiling. Now it’s Kimitsu’s turn to speak as she raises the microphone back to her lips.]
Kimitsu Zombie - Of course you’re her friend. You’re everyone’s friend, aren’t you, with your stupid faces, and your ugly shoes. When I said I wanted the best around I certainly wasn’t thinking about you… but here you are. I just want you to know that I had a little obsession with Layton and it drove me to do some very bad things to her and some of the people around her. If you become my challenger all that drive and malice will be directed at you. I want you to know exactly what you are getting into. I will do anything to protect what is mine and this.
[She holds up the Trench War Title in front of Annie’s face.]
Kimitsu Zombie - This is something I will protect with all my hate.
[Annie looks up at the Trench War title and smiles, nodding her head in appreciation of the challenge ahead of her.]
Annie Zellor - I get it. Really, I do. And you might not think of me when you think of the ‘best’ around, but you can ask Emery what I’m capable of inside this ring. Ask her what lengths I go to to get what I want, ‘cause she knows better than most that I give one hundred and ten percent every time. She knows better than most that I don’t back down from a challenge. Me and her? We’re, like, two peas in a pod - except I ain’t had your da’!
[Annie jokes, but Kimitsu doesn’t take kindly to the subject matter. The two women butt heads, each pushing against the other as Annie lifts the microphone up once again.]
Annie Zellor - But I get it, Kimi. I can totally understand your hate right now. ‘Cause I’ve been in your position before. ‘Cause I’ve gone through deathmatches, ladder matches, and dog collar matches just to get what I want in the past. ‘Cause I’ve gone up against the very people you look up to and respect, and I’ve beaten them, Kimi. So you might not think of me when you think of the ‘best’, but, like, know this. If I’ve gotta take all your hate to walk out of Guerrilla Warfare as the new Trench War Champion…
[Annie steps closer to Kimitsu, still smiling as she does her best not to flinch or back down.]
Annie Zellor - ...then bring it on!
[Kimitsu shove Annie back a little harder with her head, and Annie lets out a stifled laugh to regain control. They glare at each other.]
Kimitsu Zombie - You don’t even fucking know what you are getting into! You want to go there… fine. I accept.
[They butt heads again and the referee stands closer as they seem like they are ready to fight right then and there, but Annie backs off. She waves at Kimitsu and raises her hands to the crowds applause. Kimitsu rolls out of the ring and stomps backstage.]
[CUTS PROMO IN SPANISH]
[Backstage, we find the most distinguished guest competitor of the night, “The Revolution” A.J. Morales, leaning back as he sits on one of the production crates. As soon as the crowd sees him on screen, they give him an enormous cheer, perhaps the loudest of the night so far, and it’s no doubt helped by his almost obnoxiously-patriotic choice of gear, from the Mexican World Cup home jersey for this year to the national team’s crest on his kickpads to his unzipped Mexican flag-inspired leather jacket, complete with a golden coat of arms in the center. It’s clear before he even opens his mouth how excited he is to be here.]
A.J. Morales - ¿QUÉ PINCHE ONDA, ARENA MÉXICO?!
[The crowd explodes with cheers to let him know, and before long, a variant of “La Cucaracha” takes over the arena.]
A-J-MOR-AAAAA-LES! A-J-MOR-AAAAA-LES! NAAAA-NANA-NANA-NANA!
[A.J. can’t help cracking up at the sound of it any more than he could the first time a crowd sang that to him. He waits for the chant to die out on its own before he starts up again.]
A.J. Morales - Bueno...es un honor estar aquí esta noche y luchar en la Catedral de Lucha Libre. Desde el principio de mi carrera, he soñado con competir aquí,en el mismo edificio donde tantas leyendas lo hicieron antes que yo, y ahora, finalmente tengo la oportunidad de vivir ese sueño.
[A quick pause to take a breath, and A.J. keeps going.]
A.J. Morales - Pero esta noche, no estoy luchando solo por mí mismo. Llevo el legado del Mondragón, el hombre que me entrenó en este deporte. Represento a todas las organizaciones que me suscribieron a un contrato y me dieron la oportunidad de demostrar mi valía como luchador. Además, mi familia está aquí y mi cielito es la Campeona de [/i]King Cobra[i].
[Yet again, A.J. sets the crowd off with cheers and chants, but this time, they’re not for himself...]
[A.J. nods his head in time with the chants until they eventually quiet down enough for him to pick up where we left off.]
A.J. Morales - No puedo defraudarlos, ¿verdad? Pero más que nada, me siento honrado de representar a los mexicanos y la orgullosa tradición de la lucha libre. Y al igual que El Tri va a madrear a todos y ganar la Copa Mundial...
[Cue the inevitable cheap pop from the crowd.]
A.J. Morales - …¡voy a madrear Josie Pleasure en esta lucha hardcore!
[Another loud wave of cheers, which cohere into yet another chant.]
[As Morales waits for the chant to fade, there’s a certain focus in his eyes as he shifts mental gears to address his opponent.]
A.J. Morales - Oye, guera loca...¿quieres saber quién soy? ¿Quieres saber por qué me llaman Diamond Slayer, Iron Luchador, Rawest Wrestler Alive? Porque vas a averiguar, güey, te guste o no. Vas a averiguar qué tan rápido puedo moverme, qué tan fuerte puedo golpear, qué tan alto puedo volar, qué tan bien me puedo adaptar a lo que trates de hacerme. Y desearás que Union Battleground nunca me haya dado una invitación para este espectáculo, porque después de que termine contigo, vas a tener MUCHAS dificultades para recuperarte a tiempo para luchar por el Campeonato de War Horse.
[As A.J. keeps talking, he stands up and starts to approach the camera.]
A.J. Morales - Entonces, Josie ... prepárate. Esta Revolución solo necesita una noche para desviar toda tu trayectoria.
[The Revolution stops, zips up his jacket, soaks in the cheers...then realizes he almost forgot something.]
A.J. Morales - Ah, y una cosa más ... ¡VAMOS MÉXICO!
[One last roar of cheers, and A.J. goes up to the camera and gives it a fist bump before he starts making his way to the ring.]
Mike Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a One Night Only Match! Introducing first, standing 5’9” and weighing in at 120 pounds, from Detroit, Michigan, she is “The Psycho Bitch” Josie Pleasure!
DON’T FRET PRECIOUS I’M HERE
STEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOW
GO BACK TO SLEEP
[Josie steps onto the stage as she grinds her hips from side to side, slowly working her hands up the sides of her body then throws them up into the air displaying metal signs. She flashes a twisted smile as she strolls down the ramp never taking her eyes off the ring that lies before her. Once there, she rolls inside pulling herself to the center and arching her back in what is known in yoga as an upward facing dog. Pushing her ample breasts outward and throwing her head back in what can only described as orgasmic fashion. Making the men in the audience shout with cat calls and whistles.]
Dante Reed - Well Bas, we’ve talked about Josie’s struggles early in the season, and how she now holds one of the Four Horsemen Medallions. Two weeks ago she fell victim to the debuting Elena DeDraca, but tonight she has a chance to really get herself back on track and build huge momentum towards her eventual title match.
Sebastian Riggs - If she can pull out the victory here tonight, it’ll definitely get her back on track and build some major momentum to her eventual War Horse Title shot.
Mike Dempsey - And her opponent, standing 6’ even and weighing in at 187 pounds, from Monterrey, Nuevo León by way of San Francisco, California, he is the current XWA Hardcore Champion, “The Revolution” AJ Morales!
A’RIGHT, STOP, STOP
HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON
[Suddenly, A.J. Morales's custom edit of "Champion" by Falling in Reverse hits the PA, cutting off the challenger's music. As the lights near the entrance ramp turn gold, vapor starts hissing out of the fog machines and A.J.’s personal highlight reel starts to play on the Jumbotron. The Revolution himself emerges from behind the curtain, holding the XWA Hardcore Title like a guitar, headbanging and strumming along with every note as he approaches the ring as Amy Taylor follows close behind.]
[The music suddenly comes to a stop, aside from a distant-sounding voice, and A.J. stops too, leaning forward and bringing his arms close in.]
[With a primal scream, the instruments kick back in, two columns of fire go up on either side of the stage, and A.J. brings his arms wide and screams to the sky. As the scream in the song ends, so too do the flames, and A.J. quickly puts the XWA Hardcore Championship back on around his waist. Then, he and Amy start to make their way down to the ring, giving out high-fives and fist bumps to those who reach out for them.]
”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) I rise above it all and I’m not coming down…
(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me!”
[A.J. reaches the end of the ramp and climbs onto the apron, steadying himself.]
”(OHHHHHH!) I rise above it all and I’m not coming down”
[As the song launches into its chorus, A.J. vaults over the top rope with a somersault before popping up with a clenched fist salute, turning a full 360 degrees so everyone in the audience gets to see him head on.]
”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me now”
[Then, he quickly climbs the nearest turnbuckle and undoes the loosely-tied title belt he’s about to defend. Finding the nearest SkyCam, he looks right down the lens as he holds up the championship in one hand.]
”And I’m not backing down (HEY, HEY, HEY!)
I will stand my ground (HEY, HEY, HEY!)”
[A.J. starts mouthing along with the music, punctuating both lines by looking to the crowd and pumping his fist in time with the heys, before jumping back down to the canvas and shifting his gaze to the hardcam.]
”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me
A champion is what they call me noooooow, huh!”
[A.J. keeps lip-syncing and looking right at the camera, and once the song moves on to a verse, A.J. hands the title belt to the referee before squaring up, ready to fight.]
Dante Reed - And now here is our guest of honor, AJ Morales! The guy has exploded on the scenes in a short amount of time, competing in numerous promotions all over the world! Josie will definitely get some exposure here tonight.
Sebastian Riggs - Facing not just a competitor, but a champion like Morales will definitely attract eyes on you. Like you said, he’s traveled all over the world, has had countless epic bouts with some of the industry’s best, and I guess it doesn’t hurt to be hooking up with our very own King Cobra Champion, Emery Layton, either.
Dante Reed - For sure, no doubt about it. Alright folks, we now have both competitors squared away in their corners. The referee checks off with each competitor one last time and he calls for the bell! This match is underway!
[Josie puts her hands up looking ready to strike while AJ is keeping his stance loose while they each inch closer. Josie lunges hard for Morales hitting him in the face with a forearm, she draws back swinging at him as he ducks and sweeps out her feet from under her. AJ flips into the air hitting her with a standing shooting star press and covering her body.]
... Kick out!
[The two stand back up, Josie ducking behind AJ and wrapping her arms around his waist. AJ strides forward to grab the ropes while Josie tugs on him getting him off his feet, but with his agility he is able to dive forward under her legs reverses into modified roll-up.]
... Kick out!
[Josie is more frustrated this time by how his quickness has her off balance. Morales hops on the middle turnbuckle swinging his leg towards her, but Josie connects as he is mid air with a big boot. The force of his weight causes Josie to fall at the same time as Morales thuds onto the mat. Josie rolls out of the ring, and lifts up the ring skirt on a search for something.]
Dante Reed - Well Bas this match started off with some technical prowess, but Josie’s digging under the ring and things could get ugly real quick!
Sebastian Riggs - Both of these fighters are willing to do whatever it takes to earn the victory, Dante. There was little doubt in my mind that this wouldn’t turn ultraviolent at some point during the match. Gotta love Axel Graves’ passion for violence and allowing these competitors do whatever they want to win a match!
[AJ stands up shaking his head to get rid of the dizzy feeling, he hears Josie having the awareness to take a few steps forward before rushing back into the ropes. Josie was too distracted to hear him until he started running. She looks up as he sentons over the top rope and down on top of her! Both competitors smash into the floor outside the ring. AJ stands up holding his lower back where he connected onto Josie. She is laying flat against the concrete, AJ rushes at her delivering a dropkick. His feet smack off her jaw and her head snaps back into the hard floor. Morales grabs her head rolling her around to her knees, he draws back and strikes her hard in the side of the jaw appearing to make that his target.]
Dante Reed - Incredible display of athleticism from Morales!
Sebastian Riggs - He caught Josie off guard and was able to capitalize on it! He may be the XWA Hardcore Champ, but he’s also got a great arsenal of high flying attacks.
[Morales delivers a spinning heel kick, Josie hunches over and he presses her upright for a chop. Josie spits in AJ’s face and swings her leg back and forward kicking him in the groin. AJ groans sharply and bites his lip. Josie has the opening delivering an Irish whip hard into the steel ring post, AJ’s face hits it first before hitting the ground. Josie pushes some people in the front row and grabs a chair. She folds it up and takes a few steps towards AJ, he jumps in the air hitting the steel chair with a Spinning heel kick. The steel ricochets off Josie’s face and she drops the weapon. AJ rushes her, grabbing ahold of her arm and flinging her around with an Irish whip, sending her over the ringside barricade. The fans scatter out of the way and AJ jumps up on the barricade having the agility of a cat, and leaps forward hitting Josie with a 450 splash!]
Dante Reed - A textbook 450 splash by Morales! He’s taken complete control in this bout.
Sebastian Riggs - He’ll need to keep that pressure on Josie, any bit of opening and she can unleash.
[Morales is the first up realizing he can’t get the win out here, he pulls Josie back up to her feet and scoops her up about to toss her back over the barricade, but Josie flips herself over him. As AJ turns around he finds himself nearly dropped to his knees as Josie locks on the Testicular claw! Thinking quickly AJ hits her with an elbow right between the eyes. Josie lets go of him with her eyes crossing for a few seconds. AJ charges delivering a Hurricanrana before Josie realizes what is going on. The move sends Josie back to the ringside area, she takes a few deep breaths before rolling under the ring.]
Dante Reed - What’s Josie doing?!
Sebastian Riggs - Playing a little cat and mouse game!
[Morales climbs his way after her and looks from left to right. Amy Taylor points under the ring where Josie had retreated. AJ lifts up the ring skirt in pursuit of her. WHOOSH! A cloud of white erupts from under the ring as AJ is hit from the spray of a fire extinguisher. Josie rolls back out from under the ring holding the extinguisher. She empties it over AJ before throwing it at him hitting him in the shoulder as he turns to defend himself. Josie rushes at him hitting a Spear, their bodies collide through the barricade going back into the excited fans.]
Dante Reed - And now Josie takes command after using that fire extinguisher on Morales.
Sebastian Riggs - What did I tell ya? Leave one little opening and she’ll unleash the fury!
[The fans pat AJ and Josie on the back whooping and hollering at their chances to interact with them. Josie shoves the fans off of her aggressively and wipes a small spot of blood off her lip. She smirks before looking down at one of the empty chairs near her, she grabs it, this time holding it like a baseball bat, and runs up to AJ as she swing it. AJ dodges with a Matrix-style escape just in time! This stuns Josie for a moment, and AJ capitalizes with the Golden Goal! The Pelé kick knocks Josie back and she disappears into the crowd. AJ makes his way through the fans, Josie is backing from him making her way up stairs leading to the Band Area. Josie nearly knocks over the drum kit and grabs a cymbal, flinging it at Morales like a wicked frisbee. He side steps it and it bounces hard off the wall. AJ turns back around getting hit with an enziguri by Josie. A couple of mic stands break his fall on the stage floor. Josie closes in on him lifting him to his knees, AJ swings one of the mic stands up into her stomach. She hunches forward and he lifts it above his head breaking the mic stand over Josie’s back. She lumps over on the ground clearly in pain from that attack.]
Dante Reed - The band is on the field! Talk about a drum solo!
Sebastian Riggs - Josie just about sliced Morales in half with that cymbal, but Morales was able to dodge it and take a mic stand and snap it over Josie’s back! She’s had a history of spinal injuries, so it’s a smart move to target that area.
[Morales lifts up Josie having ahold of her from behind throwing her back with a German suplex. As Josie hits the ground she is sent rolling off the edge of the stage back down into the fans. Morales stands up brushing his hair out of his eyes and walks to the edge seeing Josie cringing below him. He takes a few steps back and rushes at the edge, leaping off with a shooting star press. His torso smashes off her body and the two are flung in opposite directions. AJ holds his stomach sitting up to survey the damage he’d done. He stands back up and wobbles around almost like he is seeing double. Josie breaths heavily through her mouth, and grabs a chair that had fallen on the ground swinging it over her head like a hammer. The chair surprises Morales, giving him no time to put his hands up and cracks him on top of the skull sending him down with a gash spilling blood as he lands.]
Dante Reed - We’re stepping into the hardcore realm now, both competitors are cut!
Sebastian Riggs - It’s time for these two to dig deep and see who wants it more!
[Josie has no chance to celebrate or take advantage as she stumbles down from exhaustion. She crawls towards Morales using him to help her stand up, she pulls on his arm dragging him back down the entrance towards the ring. His dead weight is a lot on her, forcing Josie to put all her muscle into the five feet she drags him. AJ pulls his arm away from her, the two are sluggish as he gets to his feet having to use his hair to wipe the blood out of his eyes. Josie takes two steps towards him and swings only for AJ to side step her. He attempts a heel kick, but Josie is able to dodge this with a Matrix Escape of her own. She Irish whips him towards the ring, AJ is able to stop himself from hitting it. Josie is charging at him so he turns leaping up with one leg extended hitting her in the chest with a Leg lariat.]
Dante Reed - Pleasure and Morales are completely drained at this point.
Sebastian Riggs - Both are getting sluggish on their technique. Hey better be careful as one small error could spell disaster.
[Morales reaches under the ring, he is thinking of some hardware to use and pulls out a table. The fans start to chant loudly, everyone showing their love for the introduction of tables. AJ looks around at them and gives a nod, he sets up the table before grabbing Josie. He attempts a suplex, but she hooks her leg around his, blocking it and delivers a punch to his ribs. AJ tries this again, but Josie wasn’t going to give in, blocking one more time and adding more behind her punch. AJ lets go of her and Josie takes a swing, but not before AJ hits her with his trademark superkick, Fuckin' Slayerrrr!]
Dante Reed - BOOM! Down goes Josie!
Sebastian Riggs - AJ needs to focus and capitalize on this now!
[Josie was sent half way under the ring, making AJ decide it is best to stomp on her lower back before pulling her out. He still regrets it as glass is shattered over his already wounded forehead with a light tube! The crowd gets worried for a second as the remnants of the fluorescent tube spray over them. Josie grabs AJ’s throwing hand and jabs the broken glass into the outside of it. AJ shouts and elbows her so he can push her away. Josie rolls back into the ring having AJ give chase, she runs delivering an Uppercut. AJ is knocked into the ropes, but he blocks Josie’s kick. He takes a swing at her, but as he hits shows a grimace. He holds his hand that is cut up thinking fast of what else he can use, Josie exits the ring again. She grabs a steel chair the first swing missing AJ as he ducks, and then dropping it as he kicks her. He gets Josie backed into the corner, but Josie delivers a One arm bulldog out of desperation from feeling trapped. With Morales down she uses the chair to hit his dominant hand, he flips around trying to protect himself.]
Dante Reed - Josie once again takes control, and now is working the arm and hand of Morales.
Sebastian Riggs - She’s trying to immobilize his dominant hand to avoid The Liberator. Great tactic.
[Josie hits him over the back, and then again on the hand. She finishes with a solid shot on the face. Josie looks at the chair and then Morales before placing his hand between the top and folding part, Morales is out of it. Josie backs herself in the corner nearest him and ascends to the second rope, she jumps, her boots smashing the steel chair. Amy Taylor was there to pull her clients legs clearing him from further injury. Josie becomes irate, she screams at Taylor exiting the ring to get up in her face. Josie punches her in the face knocking Taylor down, but is unable to see AJ rushing at her going for a suicide dive right through the ropes! The two of them smack heads on impact and crumble to the outside floor.]
[AJ is somehow the first person to get up, he is running on fumes by this point. He makes his way towards the table pushing it into the ring and getting in to set it back up again, leaning it up against the corner. Then he gets out to shove Josie into the ring, he delivers one, two, three clubbing forearms across her chest before a big boot strike off the side of her head. Morales through his deep breathing seems to get another idea. He pulls a bag out from ringside where the time keeper’s table is. AJ enters the ring with the bag and pulls out a bottle of lighter fluid, he holds it up high for all the crowd to see clearly getting a positive reaction.]
Dante Reed - Oh shit!
Sebastian Riggs - Bring out the marshmallows!
[AJ soaks the table with the lighter fluid and then throws the bottle hard into Josie’s face. He then gets out a lighter, the fans get even louder. AJ uses the lighter like a pair of brass knuckles using them to make his punches harder as he strikes her in the forehead and then jaw opening up the cut on her lip more, and then lights up the table. The flames illuminate him in all his crimson glory. Josie seems to wake up from the heat and he strikes her with a Bicycle knee, getting a bit of space from her. Josie puts up her hands being blinded by the table's flames stopping herself from stumbling, but Morales crunches into her and the burning table with a 94 Blitz from almost nowhere!]
Dante Reed - Oh my god! Morales just speared Josie right into the flaming table!
Sebastian Riggs - This is insane! We’re gonna need medics out here!
[Josie’s body is covered with flames for a brief moment before she rolls to get them out. The table seems to extinguish itself as it is snapped in two and Morales is left tapping his foot on the mat and holding his shoulder where the heat had gotten him. Morales’ bloody and battered body crawls over Josie’s semi charred torso going for the cover.]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike Dempsey - Here is your winner, “The Revolution” AJ Morales!
[Morales is slow to get up, but as he does, the referee raises his hand high in the air. The crowd erupts into cheers as he celebrates with his Hardcore Title and Arena medics tend to Josie.]
Dante Reed - I can’t believe what we just witnessed, Bas! These competitors went to hell and back!
Sebastian Riggs - What a match! I’m speechless! That was simply incredible!
Dante Reed - Folks, we’re going to have to take a short commercial break while medics tend to these two warriors. When we come back, we have Elena DeDraca taking on Joe Stanton. Stay tuned!
THE PATH TO RECLAMATION
[The scene fades in to show Alyssa Daniels sitting in her locker room. She’s slipping on some fingerless gloves in preparation for an upcoming match. She has a set of headphones on and is moving slightly to the rhythm of the unspecified music she’s listening to. Her locker room door opens and a Union Battleground staff member steps in. Alyssa, focused on getting ready, doesn’t spot him and can’t hear him due to the headphones.]
Staff Member - Ms. Daniels?
[Alyssa doesn’t respond. The staff member speaks a little louder, being careful to raise his volume without giving any signals of disrespect or impatience.]
Staff Member - Ms. Daniels?
[Alyssa’s eyes flick up to the staff member in surprise. She quickly pulls the headphones down to hang around her neck.]
Alyssa Daniels - Yes?
Staff Member - We found something and believe this may belong to you.
[The staff member hands a large circular object to Alyssa. She takes it and pulls it close to examine. Her eyes widen as she recognizes it as her War Horse Medallion, stolen by Legion. She quickly flips it around to examine the back, making sure this one doesn’t have any aluminum foil edges. It doesn’t. She knocks on it, confirming that it is solid metal. If this is a fake, it’s an expertly-crafted fake. She looks up to the staff member and speaks with a hint of skepticism.]
Alyssa Daniels - Where did you find this?
[The staff member scratches the back of his neck.]
Staff Member - It was… Well, it was in the basement of the arena near the generators and such. I was told it was hidden there in an alcove. Don’t know much more than that.
Alyssa Daniels - Has anyone seen Legion?
Staff Member - No, strangely. She’s nowhere to be found. And between you, Stanton, and Pleasure, we figured a medallion in the basement was most likely yours, the one Legion took.
[Alyssa looks down at the medallion with a smile.]
Alyssa Daniels - Thank you for returning this to me. All that’s standing in my way now of that War Horse Championship is a match.
Staff Member - You’re welcome, ma’am.
[The staff member exits the room as Alyssa looks around to figure out where she can store this safely and securely so that it isn’t ‘misplaced’ again.]
[The lights dropped making the arena completely dark. Fans attempted to turn their cell phones on to light up the arena but Viduus Morta and The Speaker were in the ring and the lights were back on before most could. Viduus carries both Battalion titles over his shoulder and proudly displayed his 4CW Pride Championship around his waist.]
Speaker - It seems that Viduus is stuck. Nemesis has quite the battle to focus on and Aiden Deimos has up and left. So what are we to do?
[His smug smile said these men had a plan and who could blame them? Salvation was always prepared.]
Speaker - This is for anyone currently under Union Battleground contract…this is an open challenge to any and ALL who believe they could take on Viduus for these belts.
[The Union Battleground faithful gasp as the sold out crowd direct their attention toward the entrance ramp in anticipation. After a lengthy dramatic interval, the lights flicker, the music hits, and the PA system practically detonates. Incinerating, razor-sharp sheets of sound reignite the entire audience who erupt with cheers: it's The Red Chord's "It Came From Over There" heaving back and forth between groove and fury effortlessly. Relentlessly. The barrage of bowel-churning death metal grind builds up to a powder keg-like crescendo when the synth finally explodes into a psychedelic moog pattern courtesy of Sigh’s Mirai Kawashima. The fans rejoice at the familiar sound and the cheers pour in from all directions.]
Sebastian Riggs - IT'S THE OUTLIERS!! THE OUTLIERS ARE IN THE BUILDING!!!!
Dante Reed - THEY SURE ARE!!! We haven't seen The OddFellows in the Battleground since they dropped the titles in Dublin at War of the Worlds, Bas! I'm sure they've got quite the mouthful ready for us! ...Or not, you really never know with these two! Either way, we're moments away from finding out!
[Even with headphones secured tightly, Riggs and Reed scream their responses in attempt to hear each other over the pelting music and fan response.]
Sebastian Riggs - Well, when you're right, you're right! You never know quite what to expect when it comes to our first ever Battalion Champions! All I know is, the encounter between these two teams at the last PPV was outstanding! As anyone who was in attendance at the 3Arena in Dublin a few weeks ago can attest!
Dante Reed - Absolutely, Bas! Salvation was on a mission that night, though, and got the 1,2,3! Dethroning the former Champs! But, as you'll notice, Viduus stands in the ring with only his brother by his side. At the last L!GHTS OUT! his partner, Aiden Deimos bid the Battleground farewell, leaving Viduus alone with BOTH Battalion Championships, and in quite the predicament! Curious to see how this plays out!
[In that instant, The Outliers cut through the haze of fog and echo; submerged in blue and red light, more shadow than flesh. They pause at the top exuding a playful menace and continue to prowl closer to the ring, stopping halfway down the ramp. With their DTW Tornado Rules titles draped over their shoulders, they look up at Viduus and Speaker with dual grins, pointing at the very titles they had recently lost; the very titles they wanted to reclaim.]
[With attendees nearly spilling over the ramp guardrails, Hewhocorrupts pulls a mic he has wedged in between his waistline and his spiked belt.]
Corrupts - Well, would ya take a gandy at that, huh? All by your lonesome. It's truly unfortunate that your partner had to leave ya high and dry like he done, V, cause we sure had us a fuckin' WAR! Now, normally we're not too jazzed about handicap scraps, they don't really do much for us. But, since the folks at home didn't get a chance to feast their eyeballs on the glorious debauchery we put on display at War of the Worlds, and since WE DID tear the house down ― which, the latter by the way, is the only reason we're not out here laughing you outta' the arena ― we thought we should go ahead.. AND RUN IT BACK!!!
[The Arena Mexico erupts at the prospect, while Viduus and The Speaker look down at The Outliers completely unfazed.]
Sawtooth Grin - You've earned some semblance of respect, V. Credit where it's due, is fine by us. And you deserve the credit. You came prepared and you got it done. But, we're ready to have'em back, hotdog, we're ready for round two. How's Denver sound? Guerrilla Warfare?
Corrupts - We're your huckleberry.
[Raucous cheers as the camera pans back to the commentator table.]
Dante Reed - Morta's open challenge has been accepted, folks! The rematch between the Battalion Champion, Viduus Morta and The Outliers is set for July 1st in Denver, Colorado!
Sebastian Riggs - Did you see Morta's face at the end there, Dante?! Maniacal and ready for combat, if you ask me!! The Outliers will most certainly have their hands full! I cannot wait for this fight!
END OF AN ERA
[The UNION BATTLEGROUND cameras once more caught the backstage area, their focus set on an ordinary wooden door. When refocusing the angle slightly a name came into sight: Elena DeDraca. As if there was a silent agreement, the door opened and out stepped the young female. She was wearing the newest Wolves of Gheimhridh shirt, a small smile on her face.]
Elena DeDraca - You guys are everywhere, aren’t you? But I guess we all just do our job in the end. Well some of us. Right, Joe?
[She covered her mouth to let out a playful giggle.]
Elena DeDraca - I am certainly not used to that kind of behaviour. Usually my opponents are very vocal -- to a point where you have to shut them up. Physically. I am not the biggest talker but yet I know what I signed up for. Why you point that out, Elena? Because it doesn’t seem like Joe Stanton to be so quiet. Has anyone informed him that we are facing off tonight? Or has he been busy with all the other things he is doing? I could feel hurt by this ignorance, pretend my little heart is breaking. But then again, who would really believe that?
[There was another little break as she looked at the person holding the camera steady, or at least try.]
Elena DeDraca - All jokes aside, I couldn’t care less if Joe takes notice of me or not. Because after tonight he will be forced to. They say I am rather hard to miss -- or to forget. There are just two options that lead to silence in the wrestling business. Not giving a flying shit, or shitting your own pants. What is for you, Stanton? Have I gotten inside your head or do you think I am below your radar? Maybe this match doesn’t mean much to the rest of the world, but for me it is the next step. Out of my own shadow. Overcoming whatever wants to drag me down.
[She closed her eyes briefly while stepping closer to the camera. Her warm breath almost in the camera guys face. It was easy to spot that he felt slightly uncomfortable, sweat pearls forming on his forehead.]
Elena DeDraca - Tonight is the beginning and end of an era. You all remember Elena DeDraca, the one that follows the protocol. The one that always tried to hype her opponents up. What for? Ignorance. Disrespect. Let me be the first to welcome you to the ‘Elena doesn’t give a fuck’ show. There is no playing nice if you want something. All that is left is going for the throat. And without a doubt, Mister Stanton, has a very nice throat. Take all the pictures you can. Admire his facial features and those fancy sunglasses all you can.
[Elena blew a kiss into the camera.]
Elena DeDraca - Because after tonight, nothing will be the same. You’re welcome.
Mike Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, standing 5’8” and weighing in at 130 pounds, from London, England, representing Steel Bones Wrestling, she is “The Fist of Hydra” Elena DeDraca!
THE GLORY OF A NATION DIES
THE SYMBOL OF THIS WAR IS COMING
A WARNING MEANT TO SAVE OUR LIVES FROM
[There are some cheers when the curtain is flung back and a dour, yet supremely confident Elena DeDraca makes her way onto the stage.]
[As the fog begins to clear and the lights pulsate in tune to the music, Elena looks to her left, and then to her right as she absorbs the general atmosphere she is receiving. The pale queen nods, and she appears to smile while she makes her way down the ramp.]
Dante Reed - Well Bas, Elena DeDraca gave an impressive performance in her debut bout two weeks ago that resulted in a solid victory, tonight she looks to continue that trend.
Sebastian Riggs - At L!GHTS OUT #24, DeDraca defeated Josie Pleasure who currently holds one of the Four Horsemen Medallions, and tonight she faces off Joe Stanton, who also holds one of those medallions. If she can walk away tonight with another victory, she will certainly sky rocket her way up the rankings, no doubt.
[Several hands reach out for Elena's acknowledgement as she heads toward the ring, however she coldly ignores each and every one of them. Once at ringside, she leaps up onto the apron and there are some boo’s as she throws up a hand and points at the crowd, before she elegantly steps between the top and middle rope. She simply throws back her head and laughs at the referee's suggestion of a weapon check. As her theme music slowly fades out, Lady DeDraca throws up her taunt once more and then she confidently stares daggers down the entranceway, awaiting her opponent.]
Mike Dempsey - And her opponent, standing 6’1” and weighing in at 235 pounds, from Chicago, Illinois, he is the IJPW Death Crown Champion and holds of one of the Four Horsemen Medallions, he is “The Scarlet Speedster” Joe Stanton!
I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT
SO I CAN SO I CAN
WATCH YOU WEAVE THEN BREATHE YOUR STORY LINES
AND I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT
SO I CAN SO I CAN
KEEP TRACK OF THE VISIONS IN MY EYES
[The thumping of the song and the darkening of the house lights cue the fans to put their hands together, clapping along with the tune as a blinding stage light creates a massive glare that blinds those in attendance and at home watching. When the stage light dims and some spotlights cast on the stage, Joe Stanton is there standing with his signature pair of sunglasses on. He looks out at the fans and he pumps his fist a few times in rhythm with the song before he heads for the ring and enters it quickly. Throwing his jacket to the side, Joe circles the ring pointing to the fans in attendance before he shadow boxes in his corner, waiting for the tune to end.]
Dante Reed - And speaking of sky rocketing up the rankings, Joe Stanton has certainly been on an impressive win streak himself.
Sebastian Riggs - He’s won four in a row, and five of his last six. His only loss in that stretch was from Kimitsu Zombie when she defended her War Horse Championship. Stanton has a lot to look forward too. If he can capture that War Horse Championship, he earns the right to go back after Zombie, this time for the Trench War Championship!
Dante Reed - We’ll certainly be watching that closely as it unfolds. But now, both fighters are squared away in their corners. The referee checks off with both competitors one last time, and he’s calling for the bell! This match is underway!
[As the bell rings, both Stanton and DeDraca begin closing the distance and circling for position. Both are careful in their approach, and soon enough the two lock up in a collar and elbow tie. Stanton uses his size advantage by wrapping Elena up into an arm wrench. Elena reacts quickly and ducks under to reverse the hold and put Stanton in the wrench. Before Joe can work his way out, Elena grabs him by the hair and pulls him down with a vicious backbreaker over her knee. Stanton quickly springs back to his feet and looks on with a bit of bemusement. The Guy in Shades springs off the ropes and rushes at DeDraca with a flying forearm smash, but Elena ducks under and counters with an STO backbreaker! Before Stanton can get back to his feet again, Elena runs the ropes and comes crashing back into Joenwith a vicious knee to the side of his head. Joe now looks dazed and limp on the mat, and Elena hooks him in a Muta lock!]
Dante Reed - Elena DeDraca being very methodical, working the back of Joe Stanton early in this contest, Bas!
Sebastian Riggs - Everything DeDraca does is with a purpose, Dante. Her vast in-ring knowledge provides great strategy with any and every opponent she faces!
[Struggling to break free from the submission, Stanton screams out in pain but refusing to tap out. With Elena having a firm clench, Joe fights his way over to the ropes. With sheer strength, he finally is able to grab the bottom rope, and the ref orders Elena to release the hold. As she obliges, she picks Stanton up by the hair and begins throwing a series of punches at the head and body. Joe tries to fend off the attack, and in a desperation move, he launches a spinning back fist that connects cleanly on Elena’s chin and wobbles her!]
Dante Reed - Damn! Joe Stanton just rocked Elena with the Black Dog!
Sebastian Riggs - She’s stunned by it!
[Elena backpedals into the turnbuckle and holds the ropes to stay upright. Stanton then rushes her and connects with a handspring corner kick! Elena stumbles out of the corner and Stanton capitalizes with a butterfly suplex! Joe then hooks the leg for a cover!]
... Kick out!
[Elena furiously kicks out of the pin and the two stand up. Elena looks cautious on her approach, but it’s of no use as Joe bull rushes in and starts hammering away with punches. Elena stops the flurry by locking in a collar and elbow tie. Stanton uses his strength advantage and Irish whips Elena across the ring. On the return, Elena is met with a bulldozing Polish Hammer that flattens her to the canvas. Stanton now runs the ropes and comes flying in with a elbow on the seated DeDraca! Joe hooks the leg for a cover!]
... Th—Kick out!
Dante Reed - Near fall by Stanton who’s attacking offense is taking control of this bout.
Sebastian Riggs - It’s great strategy by Stanton to not give Elena time to plan her attack. Just rush in and firefight.
[Joe Stanton is looking to be losing his patience now, and picks Elena straight up to her feet. Joe is signaling for the end with his famous right hand raised high in the air. Joe Irish whips Elena across the ring, and in the return, Joe throws that devastating right hand Shoryuken! ... but Elena dodges it! DeDraca ricochets back off the ropes again and comes flying in with a tilt-a-whirl and hooks Stanton in the octopus hold Elena made famous as The Fist of Hydra! The crowd erupts into cheers as Stanton begins wailing around trying to escape! Elena is merciless, cranking back with all her might on that right hand of Stanton. With nowhere to go, Stanton gives in and taps out! The referee calls for the bell!]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike Dempsey - Here is your winner, “The Fist of Hydra” Elena DeDraca!
Dante Reed - What just happened?! Elena DeDraca caught Stanton completely off guard and took the win!
Sebastian Riggs - She submitted him using that famous right hand of his! This is stunning! What a victory by DeDraca!
Dante Reed - Folks, as we try and wrap our heads around this, we will be switching gears for our main event! But first, we’re getting word that our very own reporter Savannah Skye is coming in with the latest.
TICKING TIME BOMB
[We follow Savannah Skye as she turns a corner, a mic in her hand. She turns to us briefly.]
Savannah Skye - Hey guys, we've been told to come to this exact spot at this exact moment by an anonymous tipper but we're not sure who or where--
??? - GET BACK!
[Running around the corner and pushing Savannah back, Emery Layton shoves her hand over her mouth with urgency.]
Savannah Skye - [with hand over mouth] Mfffnnnffmm??
Emery Layton - Ssshhhh! Stay back! It ain't safe.
Savannah Skye - [with hand over mouth] Mfff--
[She forces Em's hand from her mouth, exhaling loudly.]
Savannah Skye - What do you mean 'not safe'?
Emery Layton - Look! Look over there!
[She points around the corner. Sat in the middle of the corridor, on it's own, unassuming...is the King Cobra Championship.]
Emery Layton - You see that? See what that is, Savannah?
Savannah Skye - It's the King Cobra Championship.
Emery Layton - No! That's what you see, but what do you really see? Cos I know what I see and, man...I'm pretty spooked, lemme tell ya. Go warn everyone, Savannah, there is an unexploded bomb in the middle of Union Battleground. And you wanna know what I think? That thing's a Timebomb. You never know when it's gonna go off!
Savannah Skye - I thought you were about Landmines now.
Emery Layton - I'm changeable! That ain't the point. When you're out the Trenches, there's all sorts of stuff out there ready to blow up in your face- trust me, I know!
[They give it another look. The title merely sits there, staring at them. Em pushes Savannah back.]
Emery Layton - ...I think we might be safe.
Savannah Skye - You think?
Emery Layton - Yeah.
[She approaches the title slowly- but cautiously- before reaching out for it and lifting it up onto her shoulder. She watches it intently for a few moments before nodding her head.]
Emery Layton - Yeah. We're good. Well, WE are, anyway. I know someone who ain't.
[She turns to us, her tongue on the top of her teeth as a smile begins to form as she holds the title up.]
Emery Layton - But don't worry. It ain't Kimitsu Zombie or Rogan MacLean or whoever you'd call my 'enemy' in this place. It's someone else's nemesis.
[Emery Layton nods to Savannah, and quickly leaves the scene as LiGHTS OUT continues.]
Mike Dempsey – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the main event of the evening! The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, standing 5’8” and weighing in at 135 pounds, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is “The Heart of Infinity” Alyssa Daniels!
AM I BRAVE ENOUGH? AM I STRONG ENOUGH?
TO FOLLOW THE DESIRE THAT BURNS FROM WITHIN
TO PUSH AWAY MY FEAR, TO STAND WHERE I'M AFRAID
I AM THROUGH WITH THIS, 'CAUSE I AM MORE THAN THIS
[The lights dim as 'I Am The Fire' by Halestorm plays throughout the arena. Magenta spotlights spin through the crowd with the rhythm of the music. Alyssa Daniels steps out onto the ramp to roaring cheers from the crowd! She smiles and waves in appreciation of their adoration. Her eyes then lock on the ring as her demeanor changes from pleased and happy to intense and focused. She marches down the ramp and leaps up onto the apron then over the top rope displaying her quickness and agility. She then climbs the turnbuckle as the chorus hits, pumping her fist to the words.]
I AM THE FIRE!
[The crowd sings along with Alyssa to the rhythm of her pumping fist. She hops down from the turnbuckle and pulls the top rope to stretch in preparation for the coming match.]
Dante Reed – We have mentioned on several occasions now just how dominant Alyssa Daniels has been throughout this season. Tonight, though, there is no doubt she faces her toughest obstacle to date.
Sebastian Riggs – Yeah there’s no denying it, Caden Walker is a monster inside the ring. Even though he’s been a bit up and down, his oppositions leave the match remembering Inmate 471.
Mike Dempsey – And her opponent, accompanied by Miss Sarin, standing 6’5” and weighing in at 275 pounds, from San Antonio, Texas, he is Caden Walker!
TAKE A LOOK IN MY MIND
[As the music begins Miss Sarin is the first to appear, calmly walking forward, her fingers clasping at the rosary around her neck as she smiles. A sinister grin cuts its way across her face as from behind her, Caden Walker makes his appearance. He stands rigid, his head down as he breaths steadily. Miss Sarin grips his arm pushing him forward as he walks uncertainly towards the ring, stopping at the apron as soon as he arrives. He seems to ponder it before slamming his skull against it, whispering pleas to the voices inside of his head to stop their screaming and let him focus before he slides into the ring. He slithers to the center of it, slamming his skull into the mat before lifting it up and letting out a roar to the crowd, having awakened his killing instinct as he crawls to the bottom rope, biting down against it in impatient fervor for his opponent.]
Dante Reed – Speak of the devil, and he shall come. Walker is making his way to ringside here and you have to wonder what goes on inside his head.
Sebastian Riggs – I’m afraid to even think of the horrors, Dante. That guy is a sick and deranged killer! This is a match of polar opposites, when you think about it though. You’ve got Alyssa, with the speed and agility advantage and the fans on her side. But on the other hand, Caden has the size and strength advantage and the guidance of Miss Sarin.
Dante Reed – We shall see who walks away victorious one last time before Guerrilla Warfare in this David versus Goliath type bout. Our referee for this main event contest is none other than Senior Official Bruce O’Neal and he calls for the bell! This match is underway!
[The bell sounds and without wasting any time, both competitors bull rush each other. They clash in the center where Caden takes the stand with a big boot to the midsection, flooring Daniels. Caden quickly starts pummeling Alyssa on the back of the head with heavy forearm smashes. Walker picks her up and Irish whips her into the ropes. Alyssa handsprings and bounces off the ropes and back flips over Caden’s attempted clothesline. Alyssa continues running the ropes and ducks another clothesline, then springboards off the middle rope and drops Caden with a missile drop kick! Caden staggers back up, and Daniels hits a mule kick to the midsection. She runs the ropes again and again handsprings off the ropes, but this time Cade is close behind and drills Alyssa in the gut while she was hanging upside down.]
Dante Reed –
Alyssa Daniels was working up some good offense, but with one blow, Caden put a stop to it.
Sebastian Riggs – Just look at Caden right now. It’s like he’s not even here right now, staring off into space with that terrifying killer expression!
[As the crowd boos Walker, he picks up Alyssa and Irish whips her hard into the turnbuckle. She slams into the corner with brute force and slowly stumbles her way out. Caden is there waiting and clutches her neck with both hands. Walker picks her up and slams her down with a two handed choke bomb! Caden holds on for a cover!]
… Kick out!
[Caden gets to his feet after the kick out and brings Daniels up with him. He drags Daniels over to the ropes, and he steps out to the apron. He hooks Daniels’ arm and tries to suplex her out of the ring, but she blocks it by wrapping her leg around the rope! Caden tries again but Alyssa holds on tight to the rope and now starts delivering a flurry of punches to Caden’s ribs. Alyssa softens Caden enough to release the hold and tries an uppercut, but Caden parries it. He grips her by the hair and tries to slam her head into the turnbuckle, but Daniels springboards off the ropes and knocks Walker off the apron with a huge superkick! Walker falls flat on his back onto the concrete while Alyssa plays up to the cheering crowd.]
Dante Reed – Caden Walker is on a path of destruction but Daniels has fight left in her!
Sebastian Riggs – The Heart of Infinity will not be denied! The crowd is behind her and she feeds off of it!
[While Alyssa celebrates with the crowd, Caden sluggishly begins to get back to his feet. Alyssa takes notice and begins running the ropes. She springs off one side and on the return she hits a triangle springboard shooting star press onto Caden Walker! The crowd explodes into cheers after the death defying move! The impact causes Caden to crash into the barricade, leaving Alyssa unharmed and again plays to the front row crowd who are in pandemonium. ]
Dante Reed – Oh my god! Alyssa Daniels just took it to another level and demolished Caden Walker with a breathtaking springboard shooting star press!
Sebastian Riggs – She’s not afraid to fly, Dante! And she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to earn a victory, even at the cost of her own personal safety!
[While the crowd continues to cheer and chants begin building, Alyssa rolls back into the ring. She waits for Caden to step back to his feet and make her next attack. Caden crawls over to the ring, and starts to help himself up with the assistance of the ring, but before he does, he reaches under the ring and conceals a steel chair just under the apron. Daniels sees Caden’s head pop up over the canvas and runs the ropes again. On the return, she darts through the ropes for a suicide dive, but Caden smacks her over the head with the concealed steel chair! Alyssa ragdolls down and into the barricade and instantly begins to bleed!]
Dante Reed – Caden Walker just demoralized Alyssa Daniels with a brutal chair shot to the head! She’s hurt, she’s cut open bad!
Sebastian Riggs – It’s that flagellation that Caden always talks about, Dante! That’s his focus during these matches, to see his opponents bleed! That sick sonuva bitch!
[The crowd quickly shifts to boos as Caden looks over to Miss Sarin with a satisfying smile. Walker slides the chair into the ring and picks Alyssa up and tosses her in as well. Caden slinks in behind her and goes back to the chair. He wedges it in between the top and middle ropes at the nearest turnbuckle, and picks Daniels up. With a quick boot to the midsection, Caden hooks Daniels and throws her into the chair with a devastating buckle bomb! The spine and steel cracks that echoes throughout the arena and the fans are irate, some beginning to throws plastic cups and wrappers at the monster. This only angers Walkers more and does the cutthroat gesture, signaling the end! He picks Daniels back up off the canvas and again hooks her up and picks her up for a running powerbomb. But just as he begins to run, Daniels starting drops 12-to-6 elbows on the crown of Caden’s head! In a desperation move, Alyssa drops down and rocks Caden with a codebreaker! The crowd blows the roof off with cheer!]
Dante Reed – Amnesia! Amnesia! Alyssa Daniels just reversed the South Texas Death Ride into the Amnesia!
Sebastian Riggs – This could be it, Dante! Daniels has to make the cover!
[Both competitors lie motionless on the mat for some time before Daniels slowly begins to crawl over to Walker. With each movement, Daniels leaves a stain of blood from her forehead on the canvas. With one last ditch effort, Alyssa throws her arm over Caden for the cover!]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike Dempsey – Here is your winner, “The Heart of Infinity” Alyssa Daniels!
Dante Reed – I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it, Bas! Alyssa Daniels has taken down the monster Caden Walker!
Sebastian Riggs – All hope looked to be lost for Alyssa, but with one final desperate move, she ends this one victorious!
Dante Reed – What a night we just saw, Bas! So much action with the best the Battleground can offer, and now we look ahead to Guerrilla Warfare!
Sebastian Riggs – The biggest opportunity in Union Battleground history looms just around the corner. Every title at stake, and the 20-fighter Guerrilla Warfare match to earn the shot at the Union Battleground Championship! I’m pumped, I’m fuckin’ pump, Dante!
Dante Reed – Folks that’s all the time we have here tonight! We’ll see you in two weeks at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado! Goodnight everybody!
AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR
[As the show is coming to an end, we peer backstage to see the newest competitor of Union Battleground, Elena DeDraca, packing her gym bag up with her ring gear. She makes her final mental checklist to make sure she has everything in order and starts to make her way out of the arena. Just as she leaves the locker room, an event crew member is standing just outside the door.]
Staff Member - Miss DeDraca?
[Elena stops in her tracks and looks a bit startled by the young man.]
Staff Member - I have something for you... It’s from Mr. Graves. He wanted to give you this personally, but unfortunately he had to leave early for a business matter.
[The crew member hands Elena a sealed note-card and a pouch. He silently nods and excuses himself. Elena looks confused, but decides to see what this is all about. First, she opens the note and reads it.]
Congratulations on your second victory here in Union Battleground. Your work rate has been phenomenal against two competitors who hold a Four Horsemen Medallion, and I wanted you to know that I’ve taken notice. I apologize in advance that I couldn’t deliver this personally, but please take this as a “token” of my appreciation.
[Still a bit puzzled, Elena folds the note up and puts it in her pocket. She then brings the pouch up and digs inside. What she pulls out shocks her with joy.]
[The fourth Four Horsemen Medallion.]