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L!GHTS OUT #35

American Bank Center

Corpus Christi, Texas

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WELCOME TO THE SHOW

[From inside the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, nearly 10,000 rampant fans are in pandemonium as the building is lit up with a marvelous firework display at the main stage and above the ring. Several camera angles pan all throughout the building, capturing the excitement.]

 

[As the pyrotechnics subside, the view transitions inside the ring where the Battleground’s very own hype man, Mike Dempsey, stands center stage.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, we are live exclusively on the Battleground Network here at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas — and this is L!GHTS OUT THIRTY-FIVE! At this time, will you please welcome back to the commentary table, he is the President of Union Grand Prix, the one and only, Dante Reed!

 

[Tech N9ne’s “Worldwide Choppers” begins to play throughout the building. The lights cut out and red and white strobes of light illuminate the main stage. The crowd grows louder as the song plays the first verse.]

I’M LIGHT YEARS

AHEAD OF MY PEERS

WANT SOME, YOU CAN COME BRING IT RIGHT HERE

CAN’T CLOWN ME

DON’T COME 'ROUND ME

BOW DOWN, I WAS CROWNED WHEN THEY FOUND ME

[Just as the hook begins to play, a single spotlight shines down as the one and only Dante Reed pops out from the curtain to roaring cheers. The main man of MMA smiles and waves like a true politician as he casually walks down the aisle. He b-lines it to the commentary table right at ringside and puts on his headset, just like old times. Dante sits down and officially kicks off the night.]

 

DANTE REED

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Battleground! Dante Reed here and this is L!GHTS OUT #35! After months of waiting in limbo, we have finally returned to action with a night filled with some of the best this business has to offer! In our main event tonight, we will see Kaven Drell make his very first title defense when he puts the Trench War Championship on the line against the towering Adelmar Saur!

 

[Dante pauses momentarily as he takes a quick glance at his notes.]

 

DANTE REED

Our fans have seen the blazing ascension of Drell who has completely demolished his opposition night in and night out. However, he has yet to face a competitor as massive as the Rebellion Pro New Atlantic Tag Team Champion. Will we see much of the same from Drell, having his hand raised high in the air when it’s all said and done? Or will the The Grim Knight be the roadblock that puts the Kaven Drell hype train to a screeching halt?

 

[Reed tosses his first note card to the side and continues.]

 

DANTE REED

Our Co-Main Event tonight is another championship match, but this one comes from a different Battleground Network promotion. AJ Morales and Minka Carter will put the XWA World Tag Team Titles up against the team of Josh Kennedy and Fallon Lockhart, and we gotta wonder if we will see a title change at the expense of a different company. We've seen it before, Will we see it again? 

 

[Dante takes one more pause as he flips to the last of his notes.]

 

DANTE REED

Also on the docket, we have three match-ups to decide the owners of the last three Four Horsemen Medallions. Flash Kassidy squares off with the returning Hardcore Legend Kuk Killswitch, Kaelan Laughlin returns to the Battleground to face Maverick, and a Battleground debuting Bryan Williams goes head-to-head against Will Neilson. Winners of those three bouts will receive a Four Horsemen medallion, which in turn earns them the right to compete for the vacant War Horse Championship. If you all recall, the War Horse Champion then holds the right to challenge for the Trench War Championship whenever they decide they want to announce it. However, they will have to defend that title at every Union Battleground event either until they decide to cash it in, or if someone can snatch it from their grasp. And now, it's time to kick into gear as we prepare for our opening bout tonight. The return of Wendy Wynne begins here in Union Battleground as she faces the rookie Khloe Wood. So with that boys and girls, let's turn it over to our very own hype man, Mike Dempsey! Take it away, brother!

END OF AN ERA

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 crowd erupts at the surprise entrance of the Union Battleground Champion. Alyssa Daniels steps out onto the stage in jeans, a pink T-shirt, a black jacket with the hood up, and the Union Battleground Championship over her shoulder. She can’t help but grin in delight at the ovation she receives. She walks casually down to the ring slapping hands as she goes.]

 

DANTE REED

We folks, it looks like we're gonna have to put our first bout on hold, because the Union Battleground Champion is in the building!

 

[She rolls into the ring and stands, the crowd’s screams reaching a fever pitch. She walks over and is handed a microphone.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

Welcome back to the Battleground!

 

[The crowd predictably pops.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

And what an exciting night back it is! We’ve got three matches for the Four Horsemen Medallions!

 

[Alyssa stops and lets the crowd express their anticipation.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

The XWA Tag Team Championships are on the line tonight, the spirit of the Battleground staying alive!

 

[Another excited round of cheers filter through the crowd.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

And the Trench War Championship is on the line!

 

KILL! DRELL! KILL!

KILL! DRELL! KILL!

KILL! DRELL! KILL!

 

[Alyssa grins as the Kaven Drell chant nearly blows the roof off of the arena. As the crowd settles down, Alyssa looks into the crowd with deep thought painting her expression.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

As I’m sure you’re aware, I am not booked to compete. And it’s my fault.

 

[Quiet murmurs begin through the arena.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

When I won this championship, I accused Nemesis, Emery Layton, and Dick Devereaux of being part timers. I accused them of living off of their fame or infamy, their reputation. I wanted to usher in a new age in the Battleground. And I did. Sort of. With the opportunity this company and you the fans gave me, I was able to successfully defend the Union Battleground Championship more than any champion before me. But then I found myself in that same trap. At first, I begged to be booked as often as possible. Then I became… I don’t know, complacent? I sat back and just waited to hear if I had an opponent. I stopped taking the initiative. I became what I hoped to stop. I let myself down and even if you don’t want to admit it, I let all of you down.

 

[Boos and general sounds of displeasure greet her words.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

I no longer deserve to be your Union Battleground Champion. And it is with a heavy heart…

 

[Now, the boos are loud and clear. Tears well up in Alyssa’s eyes briefly before she wipes them away with her hand.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

It is with a heavy heart that I relinquish the Union Battleground Championship. There are too many fighters here that work their tails off with every opportunity they get. They deserve to battle for this. I hope that one day, I can return, rediscover the fire that got me here, to give you the performances you deserve from me. But for now, it’s time that this light shined on someone else. It’s time for someone new to pick up this torch and carry the Battleground into this new era. I will never forget the support you all have given me.

 

[She removes the championship from her shoulder and looks at it wistfully for a moment before planting an emotional kiss onto the large front plate. She lays it down flat on the mat and stands.]

 

ALYSSA DANIELS

I love you all, and I love the Battleground. I hope to see you again soon.

 

[She blows kisses to the crowd as ‘I Am The Fire’ plays again for the now former champion. The crowd gives her a standing ovation as she exits the ring.]

 

THANK YOU ALYSSA!

THANK YOU ALYSSA!

THANK YOU ALYSSA!

 

[As she walks back up the ramp slapping the hands of some of the fans in attendance, her emotions get the better of her and she begins openly crying. The crowd continues to clap and cheer even as she reaches the top of the ramp. With a final wave, she steps back through the curtain.]

 

DANTE REED

What a bombshell! I can't believe what I just heard! Alyssa Daniels has just relinquished the Union Battleground Championship! What does this meaning going forward here in Union Battleground? So many questions now, but as they say, the show must go on! As we all try to wrap our heads around what just transpired, we’re gonna move backstage to take an inside look at one of the debuting competitors coming up next.

THE CLOWN OF ALL TRADES

[Backstage before her match, Wendy Wynne does some simple warm up stretches in the mirror, clearly admiring herself when Buddy the Clown Chef approaches, (we met him in Wendy’s promo,) no longer dressed with a chef’s hat, just dressed as a clown. Wendy’s expression turns at the sight of him into a fiery glare.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

What are you doing here? 

 

[Buddy holds his clown-gloved hands up defensively, ready to make amends.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

Look, Wendy. I’m sorry you didn’t like your first promo-- 

 

[Wendy looks disgusted.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

‘Like my promo’? My promo was flawless, it was you that ruined it. So I fired you. Remember? And why are you still dressed as a clown? 

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

That’s my gimmick, Wendy. I’m the clown who dresses as other things, your loyal and might I add, still under contract, sidekick/manager. I could be Buddy the Clown Cop, or Buddy the Clown Firefighter, or Buddy the Clown Clown--

 

[Wendy rolls her eyes.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

‘Buddy the Clown Clown’? Ugh. I gotta read these contracts more clearly. 

 

[Buddy honks his horn in the affirmative. Wendy is not impressed.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

So, what you’re saying is that I’ve employed you to be what amounts to my comic foil. 

 

[Another affirmative horn honk from Buddy!]

 

WENDY WYNNE

So, no matter what you’re going to be following me around honking your horn? 

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

Only if you want me to honk the horn. You have complete creative control here. 

 

WENDY WYNNE

But I can’t fire you.

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

Nope. 

 

WENDY WYNNE

But I could dress you like a tree? 

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN TREE

Yep. 

 

[Wendy attempts to wrap her mind around this circumstance but quickly re-centers herself.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Whatever, okay? FINE. You’re my Clown Sidekick. Now get me some water. 

 

[She dismisses him rudely with her hand and looks at the camera, calmly composing herself, fixing her hair as her smile returns.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

I always win, Khloe. I’m not going to let a mild spat with my apparent manager to make me alter my focus on doing the one thing I was put on this earth to do. 

 

[Her smile grows, grinch-like.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

And that’s win. 

 

[Wendy blows a sarcastic kiss into the camera and saunters past.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, currently standing in the ring, standing 5’2”, weighing in at 115 pounds, from London, England, making her Union Battleground debut, she is Khloe Wood!

 

[Khloe Wood stands in her corner and waves to the cheering crowd. The rookie wrestler looks eager to begin her journey here in the Battleground.]

 

DANTE REED

Khloe Wood turned 17 just a few days ago, making her eligible to compete on the professional circuit. A big opportunity for this young lady, who has a ton of potential as it’s been reported that she’s been training under the tutelage of our very own Battalion Champion Anastasia Hayden. I’m excited to see what she can bring to the table here tonight! Be sure to follow her on Twitter for all the latest @WhatKhloeDid.

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And her opponent, accompanied by Buddy The Clown, standing 5’7”, weighing in at 125 pounds, from Salem, Massachusetts, making her Union Battleground debut, she is “The Wicked Witch” Wendy Wynne!

YOUR HATE IS OUR TRIGGER

REVOLUTION NOW

THE MORE WE HAVE TO SUFFER

THE MORE WE WILL FIGHT

[Wendy strides out onto the top of the ramp stopping with her hands on her hips to glare at Buddy the Clown as he mistakenly steps in front of her momentarily blocking her path. Her annoyance fades at the sight of the crowd as she peeks up and steps lightly down the ramp occasionally forced to stop, and glare once more, as Buddy occasionally steps in her way trying to get the crowd excited.]

 

DANTE REED

And now it’s time to get ready for the return of Wendy Wynne! Wynne has been away from regular competition for some time now, but she’s ready to get back in the swing of things, and what better place than Union Battleground to renew her journey. Wendy brings an obvious much seasoned level of experience than her opponent here tonight. Some will argue that she has the edge, but with very little film to condition against, Khloe Wood has that unknown factor that could really be troubling for Wynne, who hasn't competed in quite some time. Make sure to keep up with Wynne on Twitter @DropDeadDeadly for all the latest. 

 

[Once inside the ring, Buddy continues to hype up his charge, dropping to one knee and extending his hands toward Wendy like he were presenting her. Wendy doesn’t look amused at Buddy but does her best, for the fans. The music begins to fade out and Wendy takes her corner.]

 

DANTE REED

And now ladies and gentlemen, we are all set and ready to officially get this night kicked off. Both women look ready to roll in their corners, and the referee is calling for the bell!

 

[DING!]

 

[The bell tolls and the crowd begins to stand on their feet for tonight’s action. Neither woman makes a move as they give each other an intense stare down. Wendy breaks the tension by taunting her younger opponent to try and play some early mind games but Khloe doesn’t take the bait. Instead, Wood climbs the turnbuckle and works the crowd to get them hyped up. Khloe makes her first rookie mistake by turning her back on her opponent and Wynne seizes the opportunity to rush across the ring. Wendy launches herself into the air and strikes first with a flying forearm smash in the lower back on Khloe, causing her to spill outside of the ring!]

 

DANTE REED

Boom! Lesson learned! Never turn your back on Wendy Wynne!

 

[Wendy turns her attention to the front row crowd and begins heckling them while the fans grumble with jeers back at the redhead. This back and forth allows Khloe time to recuperate and get to her feet. Just as she starts to climb the apron, Wendy floors her with a basement dropkick, causing her to fly back into the barricade. Wendy begins to slowly, even seductively slide out of the ring and make her way to Khloe. She brings Khloe up to her feet by her hair and begins shouting out obscenities inaudible to the nearest cameraman. Wendy caps off the insults by slamming Khloe’s face into the barricade! One after another, each slam causes the crowd to wince in agony. Finally, Wynne decides to let off after the referee continuously barking orders and just allows Khloe to ragdoll to the cold hard concrete floor.]

 

DANTE REED

Wendy has taken complete control in this match. There was some debate on whether Wynne would need some time to knock off the cobwebs and ring rust, but it’s clear to see she knows how to seize an opportunity.

 

[Wendy goes back to goading the front row crowd while Khloe lays on the floor in a daze. She soaks in the boos for a little while longer before going back at her fallen opposition. Khloe gets dragged back up to her feet and over to the corner where Wendy Wynne then grabs her from behind and tosses her back with a German suplex right onto the steel steps!]

 

DANTE REED

My god! Wendy Wynne has been targeting the back on Wood and that suplex to the steps just looked god awful!

 

[Khloe screeches out in agonizing pain and visibly clenching her back. Wynne decides she’s had enough fun outside of the ring and tosses Khloe back inside the ring. Wendy slides in right behind her and hooks a leg for the cover.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Thr — The referee stops the count as he notices Wendy’s legs rested on the ropes for added leverage!

 

DANTE REED

Nice try, Wendy! The refs get a bad rap about being blind in there, but there was no way he was missing that blatant foul.

 

[The referee bellows out a stern warning to “The Wicked Witch” about the blatant foul but Wendy simply bats her eyelashes with a look of playful innocence. Wendy then brushes off the warning and picks Khloe up in a seated position. From there, Wendy begins driving sharp knees to Khloe’s back. Khloe tries to fend them off as she climbs to her feet, but Wynne switches up with some vicious elbows and jabs. Khloe manages to stand on her own, but Wendy keeps the pressure on her and locks up a collar and elbow tie. Wendy Irish whips Wood across the ring, and on the return, unleashes a booming lariat, but Khloe ducks under!]

 

DANTE REED

Khloe Wood reads the lariat and looks to try and counter!

 

[Khloe continues to run the ropes, and Wendy tries to cut her off with a standing dropkick, but Khloe hooks the ropes to halt her momentum, causing Wendy to flatback on the mat! It appears that the wind has been knocked out of Wendy as she slowly tries to get to her feet, but just as she begins to kneel, Khloe rushes her opponent and drives her headfirst into the canvas with a hurricanrana driver! Khloe quickly rolls on top of her opponent for the cover!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Incredible Hurricanrana Driver from Wood and this bout to looks to be swinging in her favor now.

 

[The crowd erupts into cheers as Khloe looks to turn the tables. Nearly catching her more seasoned opponent off guard and stealing a victory, Khloe looks to keep the pressure on Wynne and pounces on top of her and starts to rain down a flurry of punches! They don’t look pretty, but they are effective as Wendy tries to cover her face. Wendy is able to work her way up to her feet, but Khloe stays on her and continuing to throw punches in bunches. Khloe is able to back Wendy up into the nearest corner, where she then switches it up with some heavy knees to the midsection.]

 

DANTE REED

Khloe Wood is in control here as she continues to rain down a flurry of punches and backs Wendy in the corner, she has no idea what to do!

 

[Each one delivered lifts Wendy up off her feet and now Khloe looks to be in the driver’s seat. Khloe grabs an arm and whips Wendy across the ring. She slams into the opposite turnbuckle, and ricochets out. Khloe rushes in and Wendy ducks under, but Khloe leapfrogs over top of Wendy. Khloe springboards off the middle ropes ropes from the corner and comes crashing down with a mushroom stomp to the back of Wendy’s head!]

 

DANTE REED

Bong! Wendy just got her bell rung!

 

[Wendy faceplants on the mat hard, and Khloe now looks to climb the turnbuckle. Just as she reaches the top, Wendy’s on-again, off-again manager Buddy The Clown grabs Khloe’s foot to prevent her from executing an aerial maneuver. The referee notices this immediately and storms in to break up the infraction.]

 

DANTE REED

What the hell! Get this bum clown ass outta here!

 

[Buddy The Clown distracts the referee from ringside, honking his horn and causing a scene. This allows Wendy enough time to regroup and rush her opponent. However, Khloe notices the movement and leaps from the top and connects with a diving seated senton! Khloe reaches back to hook a leg and the referee slides in to make the count.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Oooh! I thought that was going to be enough for Khloe Wood! But somehow Wendy Wynne keeps this one alive.

 

[Another close call by Khloe Wood and now Wendy Wynne is visibly fuming. Both women climb to their feet and begin trading punches back and forth. Being the more experienced brawler, Khloe gains the edge, trading two or three jabs to every one from Wendy. Once again, Khloe walks down her opponent into a corner, where she finishes off with a massive uppercut that stuns Wynne. Khloe takes a few steps back and rushes in to connect with a thundering enziguri and it looks like Wood may take this one to the bank.]

 

DANTE REED

She’s rallying! Khloe Wood is going to take this one home!

 

[Wendy stumbles out from the corner, and Khloe goes to climb the ropes once more. As she sits perched on the top rope, she patiently waits for Wendy to turn back around. Just as she does, Khloe leaps high into the air and aims for the head with her legs. Just as she closed in, Wendy Wynne uses the momentum to counter and spike Khloe Wood hard onto the canvas! Wendy drags Khloe to the center of the ring by the legs, then wraps her up with her signature Texas Cloverleaf!]

 

DANTE REED

Holy shit! Wendy Wynne with a perfectly timed powerbomb and now wraps Khloe up with “For the Wynne”!

 

[Khloe fights like hell to either escape or crawl to the ropes, but Wendy Wynne has the hold locked in deep and with her back arched to the fullest, the leverage is just too much. Khloe has no other choice and taps!]

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, “The Wicked Witch” Wendy Wynne!

 

[Wendy holds on to the submission for a few extra, to really drive her point. The referee finally peels her off and reluctantly raises her hand in victory. Buddy is seen bouncing around, trying to hype the crowd up, only for Wendy to look on in slight disgust.]

 

DANTE REED

Well folks, just as it appeared that Khloe Wood was sealing this one with a victory, Wendy Wynne shows her seasoned experience and steals this one right from Khloe’s grasp. Stayed tuned as we take a short commercial break, but don’t go anywhere. When we return, we will see the first bout for one of the Four Horsemen Medallions as Bryan Williams takes on Will Neilson!

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MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for one of the Four Horsemen Medallions! Introducing first, standing 6’2”, weighing in at 217 pounds, from Walsall, England, he is ”The Great British Meme” Will Neilson!

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

ALL THAT BACK AND PRETTY FACE

GIRL, I’M TRYNA GET A TASTE

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

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

 

DANTE REED

It's great to see Will Neilson back in the Battleground. Last we saw him he placed a bid in the Crown of the King Cobra Tournament, where he fell victim to that damn mummy Inaros. I'm sure he's looking to rebound and score a medallion to compete for some Union Battleground gold. 

 

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

 

DANTE REED

Neilson is a guy who competes all over the world, so make sure to follow him on twitter @NeilsonSpeaks for all the latest. 

 

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

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And his opponent, standing 6’2”, weighing in at 194 pounds, from New York, New York, he is Bryan Williams!

GINGER, THIS IS SARAH.

PICK UP IF YOU'RE THERE.

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

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

 

DANTE REED

And now we welcome to the Battleground for the very first time, a man who's held championships in all corners of the globe, owner of King’s Road, the one and only Bryan Williams! 

 

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

 

DANTE REED

It's been a while since we have seen Williams compete inside a ring, and what an honor it is to have him here on his comeback. It'll be interesting to see how he does here, his opponent Will Neilson is definitely no slouch. Should be an exciting match up. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @LiveFromTheMoon.

 

[Bryan makes his way to the ring, keeping himself at a brisk pace. He doesn't waste any time, his attention fully on the ring in front of him. Bryan walks up the steel steps, slipping in through the middle and top rope. Bryan heads towards the hard camera turnbuckle, climbing it as he quickly removes his mask and jacket. After a few moments, Bryan settles himself in the ring, waiting for the match to start.]

 

DANTE REED

And now it's time for our first match up tonight to see who will claim a Four Horsemen Medallion and move into the War Horse Championship bout. Both guys are squared away and ready to roll!

 

[DING!]

 

[The Union crowd looks on as the bell rings, Bryan and Will circle each other around the ring as they begin to size each other up. Bryan looks to lock up, but Will is having none of it. Will tries for a side headlock, but Bryan shoves him away. The two finally lock up, Bryan going for the side headlock attempt this time. Will shoves Bryan away, who charges back at his opponent. Will drags Bryan to the mat with an Armdrag, Bryan pops up to his feet but gets taken down yet again! Bryan gets back to his feet, he looks for another tie-up but fakes Will out. Instead he takes him down, dumping him to the mat with an Armdrag of his own.]

 

DANTE REED

Fast action back and forth to start this one off. These guys look hungry out there!

 

[Will quickly springs up, taking advantage of Bryan still being on the ground. He tries lifting Bryan up into a German Suplex, but Bryan rolls through it and onto his feet. He charges at Will with a clothesline, but Will ducks. Bryan keeps his momentum going, and hits the ropes. He rebounds and meets Will in the middle of the ring, who catches him with a Northern Lights Suplex! The crowd cheers, as Bryan holds his back in pain, rolling to the outside. Will looks to make a big opportunity out of this, he charges towards that side of the ring. Bryan quickly moves out of the way, as Will stops himself in time to stay on the ring apron.]

 

DANTE REED

Will Neilson has an answer for everything right now. And Williams doesn’t look all too pleased. 

 

[Bryan looks on as he gives Will a slow clap, knowing that Will has gotten a great start in this match. Standing on the apron, Will watches as Bryan slides back into the ring. Will is careful, slowly going through the ropes as he keeps his eye on his opponent. Bryan calls for another tie-up, but suckers Will with a kick to his stomach when he tries. Bryan quickly locks in a side headlock, but Will sends him to the ropes. Bryan bounces back, knocking Will down with a Shoulder Tackle!]

 

DANTE REED

Bryan Williams brings the heat with that shoulder block!

 

[Will flops to his stomach, as Bryan leaps over him and runs to the ropes! Will pops back up, catching Bryan Williams with an amazing dropkick! Bryan has no time to think about what just happened, as Will charges towards him. Bryan rolls out of the way as Will attempts a Running Double Stomp. Will continues to charge Bryan, Bryan getting to his feet in a defensive stance. He sends Will to the other side of the ring, sprinting towards the ropes. Will attempts a Running Front Dropkick, but Bryan ducks!]

 

DANTE REED

Looks like Williams is starting to find his rhythm now with some great ring awareness. 

 

[Bryan tries to pull Will into a Suplex, but Will fights him off and connects with a Sit-Out Jawbreaker! This only stuns Bryan for the moment, as he catches Will with a Spinning Elbow! The shot sends Will stumbling backwards, allowing Bryan the chance to try for a Backdrop Driver. Will flips out of the attempt, landing on his feet! Bryan has no time to respond, as Will connects with a Jumping Neckbreaker! Bryan slams into the mat, as Will quickly covers him for the pinfall attempt!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

I spoke too soon. Neilson tips the scale back in his favor with a brutal neckbreaker!

 

[Bryan kicks out easily, as Will gets up to his feet. Bryan tries to get to a knee, but Will push-kicks him back down to the mat. Bryan tries getting up again, as Will lays into him with a right hand to his ribs. The attack is enough to stun Bryan, as Will grabs him and tosses him into the nearby corner. A running Forearm attack stuns Bryan, as Will backs up for another charge. He runs at full speed towards his opponent, but Bryan catches him with a boot to his face!]

 

DANTE REED

Boom! Will Neilson just ate a big boot to the face and now Bryan Williams is looking to gain some momentum.

 

[Bryan tosses Will into the corner, alternating head shots for body shots. Bryan throws his palm across Will’s chest, a shot echoing out throughout the arena, as Bryan follows that up with a slick Forearm Shot! Will’s head is rocked backwards, Bryan lays into him again with another Forearm! Bryan goes to lift Will up onto the top turnbuckle, but Will shoves him away! Bryan charges towards his opponent, but Will surprises him with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex into the Turnbuckle! Bryan crashes hard, landing awkwardly as Will continues to pile it on. He lifts Williams up to his feet, and drops him to the mat with a Snap Dragon Suplex! Will quickly covers, taking advantage of his dazed opponent!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Not enough to keep him down, but Williams has got to be getting frustrated out there. Just as he’s about to get on a roll, Neilson stops him in his tracks. 

 

[Bryan shoots his arm up, and Will quickly locks in a side headlock. He wrenches away, getting up to a seated position as he pulls Bryan in closer. Bryan tries to move towards his right side, but Will blocks it with his current body position. Bryan pushes his weight to the left, pinning Will’s shoulders to the mat!

 

… One!

 

… Tw — Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

Williams tried to catch him sleeping! That’s the seasoned veteran we’re used to seeing!

 

[Will kicks out, but it’s enough to break the hold. Bryan scurries backwards, trying to regain control in this match. Bryan gets to a knee, as Will begins to carefully study his opponent. The two quickly stand back up, circling each other as they do. Bryan goes for another tie-up, but it’s a fake as he tries to roll Will up in a Schoolboy Pin! Will rolls through, but sits up in time to eat a Shining Wizard from Bryan Williams! Will rolls to the outside, looking a bit dazed from the shot. He goes to the nearby barricade, to catch his breath and recover somewhat.]

 

DANTE REED

Solid action from Williams there to keep Neilson guessing. 

 

[Inside the ring Bryan watches, backing up to the opposite side of the ring. He waits for a moment, rushing towards the ropes in front of him as Will turns around. Will doesn’t have much time to react, as Bryan Williams goes flying through the ropes with a SUICIDE DIVE!!]

 

DANTE REED

Holy shit! Bryan Williams sacrifices himself with a suicide dive and both men go crashing into the barricade!

 

[Both men lay on the outside, for a moment, trying to regain their composure. Bryan looks to get up, but seems to be having trouble doing so. The official calls for both men to get back into the ring, and Bryan tries to do so first. Will Neilson is up though, as he grabs Bryan’s leg and pulls him back to the outside. Will ducks a right hand, and slams Bryan back first onto the ring apron! Bryan rolls off, grabbing onto the nearby barricade for support.]

 

DANTE REED

Yo anybody that knows, knows that the edge of the ring is the hardest part. With the steel frame, there is absolutely no give. Williams has got to be in excruciating pain right now. 

 

[Will wastes no time, charging at him as he clotheslines him and himself into the crowd! Will pops back up, the crowd cheering as he does. Will quickly hops over the barricade, rolling into the ring and back out thinking he needs to restart the count as Bryan Williams staggers back up to his feet. Will rushes back to his opponent, who slips over the barricade. Will grabs Bryan in a Front Chancery, but Bryan slips out. A right hand connects, and Bryan grabs his opponent. He swings Will around, tossing him into the nearby ring apron. Will lands hard, as the two men climb up onto the apron. It’s Bryan who grabs Will into a front chancery, lifting him up and SUPLEXING HIM ONTO THE MAT BELOW!]

 

DANTE REED

Oh my God! Bryan Williams just snapped Will Neilson in half!

 

[The momentum seems to have shifted with that move, as Bryan moves quickly to toss Will back into the ring. Will is still hurting, having no time to prepare himself for a Blue Thunder Bomb from Bryan Williams. He plants Will into the mat, leaving no room for recovery as he picks him back up. A Bicycle Kick strikes Will directly in the face, before Will can fall to the mat Bryan grabs him and pulls him close. He pulls Will right into a European Uppercut, following that up with a Backdrop Driver! Will Neilson is now taking his fair share of punishment, at the hands of Bryan Williams.]

 

DANTE REED

Bryan Williams is in the driver’s seat now and it looks like he's trying to put this one away!

 

[Will tries to scramble to his feet, rushing at his opponent in a moment of desperation. Bryan ducks the attack, and catches Will with a Superkick that stops him dead in his tracks! Will crumbles to the mat, as Bryan quickly covers him for the pinfall.]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Th — Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

No! How did Neilson kick out?!

 

[Will kicks out, but the damage has certainly been done now. Bryan looks on, as Will is slow up to his feet. Bryan smiles, knowing that his opponent is in deep trouble now. Will stumbles into Bryan’s grasp, who puts him into the Front Chancery. Bryan lifts Will up but Will connects with a knee strike causing Bryan to drop him to the mat! Bryan looks a bit stunned, as Will clobbers him with a brutal right hand! Bryan staggers backwards, allowing Will a chance to recover. Bryan shakes it off, and charges at Will who quickly grabs Bryan. In one fluid motion we see Bryan lifted into the air for a Falcon Arrow! Completely taking Bryan by surprise, the crowd cheers as the match has now been put back into Will’s favor.]

 

DANTE REED

Unbelievable! Will Neilson somehow pulls off an incredible counter but both guys are flat on the mat! You gotta wonder how much these guys have left in the tank. 

 

[The two men lay on the mat, tired from the brutal match that has led them here. Bryan tries to get back to his feet, but surprisingly Will attempts the same! The crowd cheers, as Will struggles to pull himself back up to his feet. Bryan gets to his, pulling Will up as he does. Bryan sends forearm after forearm into the face of Will Neilson, but Will responds with one of his own! Bryan staggers backwards, as Will quickly charges him. Bryan recovers, he connects with a Spinning Backfist and follows that up with a Bicycle Knee!]

 

DANTE REED

There it is! The Raging Demon connects!

 

[The momentum seems to be bouncing back and forth between these two, as the match continues on. Bryan tries to lift Will into the air for the CTE, but Will slips out and lands on his feet. A Roundhouse Kick catches Bryan, knocking him for a loop as it gives Will a moment to spare. He uses this wisely, pulling Bryan right into the Deep Fried Knee! Bryan slumps to the mat, as Will is quick to cover him for the pin!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Three! — No! Rope break!

 

DANTE REED

I thought Neilson had this one wrapped up, but again Williams uses his awareness to capitalize without exerting the energy to kick out. Smart move. 

 

[Will can’t believe it as Bryan got his foot on the bottom rope, just in the nick of time! Both men take a second to recover, Bryan looking the more tired of the two. Will sees this, he knows that Bryan hasn’t had a constant wrestling schedule as of late. Both men get back up to their feet, the crowd ready to see who comes out on top. Suddenly, Will starts unloading shots at Bryan Williams! A forearm connects, followed by another! The crowd cheers, watching as Bryan is backed into the corner by Will Neilson! Bryan tries covering up, as Will just continues to level him with forearm after forearm! Will quickly stops, grabbing Williams and tossing him across the ring with a German Suplex! Bryan lands hard, trying to get back up to his feet before Will can capitalize. Will sprints across the ring, as Bryan connects with a sharp elbow to the side of his head! Will stumbles backwards, and retaliates by catching Bryan with a Last Surprise! The Leaping Flatliner seems to have done its job, as Will scrambles again for the pin!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Thre — Kick out!

 

DANTE REED

How… How is this possible? How can either man continue after all they've been through?

 

[Will, knowing that Bryan is still dangerous, quickly locks in his Arm Trapped Crossface! Bryan is able to roll to his back, rolling over Will as he has to break the hold quickly. Bryan gets back up to his feet, and attempts to lift Will up into the CTE once again! He can’t hold onto Will, as Will slips out of his grasp and lands behind Bryan. Before Bryan can register what’s happening, he’s caught with a Lag Spike! Will drives him into the mat, quickly hooking his legs for the pin!]

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, and recipient of one of the Four Horsemen Medallions, ”The Great British Meme” Will Neilson!

 

[Will Neilson slowly gets to his feet as the referee raises his hand in victory. Neilson is then handed one of the medallions, and he raises it proudly high in the air to a roaring crowd.]

 

DANTE REED

There you have it folks. After a highly contested back and forth battle, Will Neilson is the victor and as a result, will now compete for the War Horse Championship. It was a tough night for Bryan Williams, who may have had a little ring rust that hindered his offense. We've still got two more bouts to go tonight to decide who will earn their shot at the War Horse Title, but I'm getting word that we are gonna head backstage to get a word from Neilson himself.

FOOL'S GOLD

[We rush backstage straight after the last match, watching as a clearly tired Will Neilson comes stumbling backstage, making his way over to one of the equipment boxes and lifting his body up onto the box itself. Will uses both of his hands to push his sweat drenched hair up and over his head, letting out a deep breath, smiling from ear to ear as he motions for a nearby camera to come closer, as per how these interviews usually go.]

 

WILL NEILSON

What you just saw out there is exactly what I’ve been bringing to this industry for the past few months… because quite frankly, there isn't anybody who should be using me as any sort of example to push their own agenda. Look where that took Bryan. You can’t count down the number of days to this event only to fall flat on your face, and quite frankly, what did I expect, huh?

 

[Letting out a laugh, Will uses his right arm to wipe his mouth, spitting towards the floor and leaning back further against the nearby wall.]

 

WILL NEILSON

All I can say for sure is that you, Bryan, have certainly made this fool look like quite the star tonight. I call myself a fool not because I’m simply that, but because every single action, reaction, or interaction is done with the intention to continue moving forward, never backwards. Tonight, was one step closer on the path known as Union Battleground. I defeated Bryan Williams, and that’s all you need to know.

 

[Rising up off of the box, Will stretches out his arms and begins a walk down the hallway, not paying any attention to the camera that’s still rolling.]

 

WILL NEILSON

Oh… and Bry? Let me know if you want another shot. It can’t hurt, right?

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ANGRY LADY DOES A SHOUTING

DANTE REED

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. Just before we returned from the break, our very own Union Battleground Battalion Champions Lisa Seldon and Anastasia Hayden have graced us with their presence! The mother fuckin’ Hellcats are in the house!

 

[We return to the ring amongst a bit of the buzz. Instead we can see the Battalion champions waiting for us. Lisa has a mic and Ana has both belts on her shoulders.]

 

LISA SELDON

Ana has had a busy few days of promos, so it’s just me speaking tonight.

 

[There’s just enough of a pause for someone in the crowd to boo, which is quickly followed by a gust of laughter passing around the arena. Ana gives it a playful shrug. Lisa is unamused.]

 

LISA SELDON

If you’ve been making the most of your Battleground Network subscription, you might have just recently seen your Battalion champs tearing it up in Valor. Closed the whole show down apparently. Never need to go back.

 

[Ana pumps her fist. Always happy to have less to do.]

 

LISA SELDON

It was a great match, but we left disappointed. See, we would argue we were the best team in the world and we wanted to have the best division in the world to show it. We wanted to show it off, flex on all the little loser teams and show them what they’re missing. We picked the hot new team on the block and went after them. And instead of a well deserved win or even a loss to think about, we get jumped by the whole fucking Zombie family. All seventeen of them.

 

[She holds out her hands in a very what to do? manner.]

 

LISA SELDON

We have fought the best, came out the other end and we are not happy with the results. So this is a call out. We want the best teams in the world to call the Battleground their home, we want to cat the night wide and build the single greatest division the world over. We want the best of the best and we want to start it with the Zombies and the Dead End Friends in a Union Battleground ring!

 

[She punctuates her speech, stamping her foot three times as crowd goes ballistic.]

 

LISA SELDON

We will be champions, not just in Union, but across the world!

 

[Lisa drops the mic, because she has no respect for the property of others, and takes up a spot on the corner ropes. We’re as well leaving it there.]

 

DANTE REED

Lisa has laid down the challenge! They are not afraid to throw down with anybody, anywhere, or anytime. But it seems like they have some unfinished business as a result of the debacle that happened at Valor Pro’s 7 Pillars. Will the Zombies or The Dead End Friends answer the call? Will we see new challengers rise up? We'll just have to wait and find out! But now it's time to switch gears as we prepare for our next Four Horsemen Medallion match between Kaelan Laughlin and Maverick!

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for one of the Four Horsemen Medallions! Introducing first, standing 5’10”, weighing in at 195 pounds, from Wexford Town, County Wexford, Ireland, he is “The Prince of Immortality” Maverick!

 

[The lights go out as the beginning of I Prevail's "Bow Down" begins to play through the PA System, the lights slowly shines a red hue as they raise high up along the ramp and onto the stage.]

GET ON YOUR KNEES AND BOW DOWN

[As the lyrics kicks in, the lights become a strobe to the stage where Maverick is seen in a leather jacket and a Barbed Wire Baseball Bat with his back turned to the crowd. As more lyrics kicks in, the lights stop strobing and Maverick turns around to face the crowd and the ring, a demeanor on his face that shows violence in his eyes.]

 

DANTE REED

Back in the Battleground once again is Maverick. The last we saw him here he placed a bid in the Crown of the King Cobra Tournament. He won a qualifying triple threat match, but would unfortunately fall in the official opening round to Datura. But he's done some big things since then, winning the XHW United States Title and continuing to compete all across the globe. Let's see if his luck fairs any better here tonight and be sure to follow him on Twitter @TheMaaverickk.

YEAH, I COME ALIVE, I'LL SURVIVE, TAKE ON ANYTHING

SO PAINT A TARGET ON MY BACK, LET 'EM COME FOR ME

I DON'T FALL, DON'T QUIT, DON'T EVER SLEEP

'CAUSE I'M ON ANOTHER LEVEL THAT YOU'LL NEVER REACH

[Maverick makes his way to the ring, throwing the baseball bat over the ropes and into the ring as he makes his way around the ring and sliding along the ring apron. He looks out to the crowd and then spits out a red mist into the air before entering the ring and awaiting his opponent.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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

 

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

WARRIOR! 

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

 

DANTE REED

Welcome back to the Battleground, Kaelan Laughlin! A woman that goes by many names, and one who is synonymous with winning on the big stage, Laughlin is here and ready to takeover! Leading up to this match, she said she would win a Four Horsemen Medallion; she said she would win the War Horse Championship; she said she would win the Trench War Championship; she said she would win the Battalion Championships; and she said she would win the Union Battleground Championship. Bold predictions from the Monster Queen, but does anyone really doubt her claims? She's accomplished so much and yet she stays hungry. Let's see if she backs her claims starting tonight and be sure to follow her on Twitter @IrishRoseKae.

 

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

 

DANTE REED

Here we go folks. Two competitors ready to tear the house down for a shot at championship gold! Our referee calls for the bell and here we go!

 

[DING!]

 

[The bell echoes throughout the arena and before it completely fades out, Maverick rushes across the ring! Just as he closes in, Kaelan Laughlin steps in and completely rocks Maverick with a superkick!]

 

DANTE REED

From Belfast with Love! Good night! Kaelan Laughlin just decapitated Maverick!

 

[Maverick stumbles back on his heels and Kaelan quickly grabs him by the head. She darts toward her corner and drops Maverick with a Contra Code!]

 

DANTE REED

The Flying Fox! What is going on here?! Laughlin is hooking the leg for the cover now!

 

… One!

 

… Two!

 

… Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, and recipient of one of the Four Horsemen Medallions, ”The Irish Rose” Kaelan Laughlin!

 

[Laughlin stands tall with a fierce stare into the hard camera as the referee raises her hand in victory. The crowd explodes into cheers as they try to grasp what just happened.]

 

DANTE REED

I don't believe what I just saw! This has got to be a record on the shortest win in Union Battleground history! Message received! Folks, I don't know what to say about this, I am absolutely speechless! As we all try to wrap our heads around this, we're gonna head backstage once again before we move on to our final Four Horsemen Medallion match of the night between Flash Kassidy and Kuk Killswitch.

THE CLOWN OF ALL TRADES PT. 2

[Buddy the Clown runs up to Wendy Wynne who is in the midst of fixing her hair after her match with Khloe Wood.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

You did it Wendy! 

 

[He reaches out to pat her on the back, but Wendy recoils immediately before he can lay a hand on her.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Don’t touch me! 

 

[Awkward moment as Wendy backs away from Buddy like he has a disease.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

I… I just wanted to congratulate you on your huge win against Khloe Wood. 

 

[Wendy’s expression turns from disgust into sardonically triumphant.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Oh. Well, duh. That’s what I said I was going to do. Weren’t you watching my promo? 

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

Well… I remember you saying you had two modes and they were the same-- 

 

[Wendy rolls her eyes.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

We’re past that, Buddy. The underlying thesis of every argument concerning Wendy Wynne is always this: Will Wendy Win? And the answer, as always, is yes. That’s all you need to take away from my promos, got it? 

 

[Buddy looks confused, trapped in a maze of circular logic.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

But, won’t that get redundant? I mean… if that’s pretty much your whole message, then why even bother cutting promos in the first place-- 

 

[Wendy is angry.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

You know what? I don’t like your tone. You’re fired. 

 

[Buddy blinks incredulously.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

What? Again? But we just-- 

 

WENDY WYNNE

Yes. Again. You’re fired. Now excuse you, I’m on my way to my victory party. 

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

But… I’m your chauffeur to the party. 

 

[Wendy stops and tilts her head to the sky in annoyance at the heavens for cursing her with this clown of a manager.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

In fact, it was me who organized the party for you. 

 

[Wendy sighs loudly and whips around to face him.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Fine. Drive me to the party. And THEN you’re fired. 

 

[She’s ready to get back underway until Buddy interjects.]

 

BUDDY THE CLOWN

But… who’ll drive you home? 

 

[Wendy grips the bridge of her nose.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Look, you’re re-hired until I find a suitable replacement, okay? Can we just go already? This arena stinks. 

 

[She saunters off, looking once more as serene as ever with Buddy the on-again off-again employee of Wendy Wynne in tow!]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for one of the Four Horsemen Medallions! Introducing first, standing 6’1”, weighing in at 220 pounds, from Hells Kitchen, New York, he is “The Hardcore Reject” Kuk Killswitch!

BORN TO BLEED FIGHTING TO SUCCEED

BUILT TO ENDURE WHAT THIS WORLD THROWS AT ME

["In Ashes They Shall Reap” By Hatebreed begins to play and the camera begins to pan around the arena. The fans begin to give a mixed reaction, leaning more towards boos, as red lasers begin flashing around the arena. After the intro the lights begin to violently strobe to the beat as the ramp puts out smoke. Kuk Killswitch storms out from the back in his usual entrance attire. Across his face, an annoyed look. He looks around before wiping his mouth with his arm and snorting. He pounds on his chest with his right hand and throws up the metal horns, spraying water from his mouth in the air as the crowd showers him with heavy boos. He puts them down as he shakes his head again. Kuk begins to walk towards the ring, looking left and right and arguing with some fans.]

 

DANTE REED

We have Hardcore Royalty among tonight, the living legend Kuk Killswitch is in the Battleground! Although Killswitch hasn't been very active for some time, he still has a giant cult following. There's no denying that he's been a big time player in the evolution of the hardcore and deathmatch scene, and we're all ready to see what he brings with him tonight! As always, be sure to follow on Twitter @RejectHardcore.

 

[Kuk is now at the ring as he looks at the camera. He mouths off some words before pulling himself up on the ring apron with his right knee. Killswitch lifts himself up and spins around on the apron. He looks around before holding up the metal horns. He then gets into the ring and steps up on the turnbuckle. Killswitch holds up the metal horns again before slowly putting them to his sides as he wipes his mouth again and turns. He sits on the top turnbuckle as he looks around waiting for the match to begin.]

 

["Chasing Rabbits" By Eazy Mac begins to hypnotically play across the PA system as the lights in the arena dim, to where you can barely see a few feet in front of you. A few small lights still left on the stage show you that a smoke has started to consume the stage. ]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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

ONE PILL MAKES YOU LARGER AND

ONE PILL MAKES YOU SMALL AND

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

GO CHASING RABBITS

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

 

DANTE REED

The one, the only, The Burner Flash Kassidy! Flash has been a big fan-favorite among the Battleground faithful ever since he stepped foot inside the ring. Always a man that gives the fans what they paid for, he's simply a human highlight reel. He's currently the SCUM Champion and looks to add to his trophy case with some championship gold from Union Battleground. If you aren't already, be sure to follow him on Twitter @FlashMeKassidy.

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

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

MY TUNES DOPE, HEAVY HAYMAKERS LIKE SUMOS

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

 

DANTE REED

And now it's time to find out who will hold the final Four Horsemen Medallion. This is a clash of styles type match up which we are surely in for a treat. The deathmatch mentality of Killswitch with the death defying aerial attacks of Kassidy, we're about to see a devil showdown!

 

[DING!]

 

[The Battleground comes alive as Kassidy lashes out at Killswitch! Kuk shuffles his feet but does not duck the charging Flash’s step up clothesline! The Burner slips through the ropes to end up out on the apron. He turns slowly to face back into the ring, where Killswitch gets back to his feet. Just as Kuk begins to turn, Flash leaps up on the top rope to springboard off at Killswitch for a picture perfect hurricanrana!] 

DANTE REED

Half man, half amazing! Flash Kassidy wasting no time tonight with a spectacular Springboard Hurricanrana.

 

[Flash quickly leaps to his feet to find Killswitch getting up. The Burner takes off full speed ahead at Kuk only to catch a big boot out of nowhere! Kassidy nearly gets turned inside out by the unexpected maneuver. Kuk quickly gets Flash back to a vertical base to Irish whip him into the ropes! Kassidy bounces off then stops to catch the charging Killswitch with a crowd pleasing tilt-a-whirl stunner! Kassidy cradles a leg for a pin!]

 

…One! 

 

... Tw — Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

A little razzle dazzle from Kassiy keeps Killswitch guessing.

 

[Kassidy leaps up to rush over to the closest corner. He wants to take back to the air but Kuk catches him from behind! Flash elbows back at Kuk, who wraps both arms around Kassidy before German suplexing him off the top turnbuckle backwards! Both men slam against the apron with violent impact before bouncing to the outside floor!] 

DANTE REED

And Killswitch answers with an Avalanche German Suplex that nearly topples the ring! And now these two spill to the outside and this thing could turn ugly real quick!

 

[Flash and Killswitch end up alongside each other on the floor. Kassidy holds his back while Kuk does much of the same. The maneuver did a great deal of damage to both wrestlers. Kuk slowly gets to one knee to throw a wild punch at Flash, who returns fire as he stumbles to both feet. Killswitch comes in with a clobbering forearm blow at Flash! Then another! Kassidy falls back into the apron leading Kuk to rush in with a vicious knee to the sternum!] 

DANTE REED

Kassidy just got the wind knocked outta him, and we all know he needs those lungs at full strength for, uh... recreational purposes.

 

[Kuk rolls Kassidy back into the ring then spots an extension cord alongside the security barrier. He walks over to pick it up. He pulls it free from the Battleground cameras before rushing back to the apron to slide back in the ring.]

DANTE REED

Um, what's The Hardcore Reject planning to do with that cord? He definitely ain't setting up an internet connection for you all to watch some Battleground Network! Cheap plug, check!

 

[The Hardcore Reject throws the cord in with malice intentions only to find Flash Kassidy back on his feet! The Burner begins to lay into Kuk with jabs to the rib cage leading him to turn so Flash turns his ire to the kidneys! Killswitch gets caught from behind with a sit out rear mat slam that Kassidy holds on for a cover!] 

 

…One! 

 

…Two! 

 

... Kick Out! 

 

[The Hardore Reject rolls over onto his side while Flash looks at the referee to make sure that wasn’t a three. Killswitch uses these precious moments to get back to his feet quickly. Kassidy turns around to locate his opponent to catch a spear! Kuk quickly gets back to his feet and looks toward the corner. The crowd boos as he rushes to the closest corner. Killswitch climbs up the turnbuckles to reach the top. Kuk leaps off to perform a sloppy moonsault onto Flash, who rolls out of the way at the last possible moment! Miss!] 

DANTE REED

Oooh! Leave the aerial attacks to The Burner there, Killswitch!

 

[Kassidy begins talking trash to Kuk, who slowly stumbles to a knee. Flash comes in to taunt him face to face. Killswitch responds with a lash from Kuk’s chain wallet! Kassidy backs up but Killswitch continues to swing the chain to catch Flash in the face! Kuk then kicks The Burner in the gut to cause him to bend forward. Killswitch cradles up Flash for a pump-handle pile piledriver! Kuk hooks a leg for a pin!]

 

...One! 

 

... Kick out! 

DANTE REED

You know what, I'm gonna say it. Flash deserved that. Who wears a chain wallet? What is this fucking 1998?

[Killswitch hits the mat with a clenched fist with frustration. He then slowly gets up to find a charging Kassidy nail him in the face with a superman forearm! Flash then hits the ropes again to slingshot himself back at Kuk, who falls back into the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Kassidy comes forward full speed ahead to catch a bicycle kick from Kuk to the face! Killswitch then peers over at the long extension cord he stole earlier from outside of the ring. Flash rolls to his feet disoriented a bit. Killswitch wraps the cord around Kassidy’s throat from behind! He then ties it in a double knot with all he’s got!] 

DANTE REED

What in the blue hell is this?! Kuk Killswitch is trying to commit murder out there!

 

[Killswitch pulls the cord back while driving a knee deep into Flash’s back! The crowd groans at the violence. Kuk then ties the other end of long cord to his right wrist in a double knot. The two men are now bound together. Kuk pulls at the cord to tug Kassidy back at him from behind! Flash falls back into Kuk to reach up and catch him with a sit out jawbreaker! The crowd pops!] 

THIS IS AWESOME!

THIS IS AWESOME!

THIS IS AWESOME!

DANTE REED

It looks like we now have some sort of a modified dog collar match on our hands now. But like for dominatrix or something. I don;t know, how do you even call this?!

 

[Both men remain down on the mat. Flash pulls at the cord still tied around his throat. He gets enough slack to breath but still struggles to undo the tight knots. Kassidy realizes what Killswitch has done and loses it. Flash gets to his feet to rush over to Kuk, who throws a wild haymaker! Miss! Flash takes hold of the cord to pull Killswitch toward him with holding out a knee! The violent lick sends Kuk to the mat in a pile! Kassidy gets up quickly while Killswitch struggles to get up on one knee. Flash comes in out of nowhere with a step up DDT! The crowd pops again as The Burner begins to roll.] 

DANTE REED

The Koopa Drop! Flash Kassidy pulls a rabbit out of his hat and just might put this one away!

 

[Flash tries in vain to untie the cord from around his neck. He realizes suddenly how long the cord is before peering over at the closest corner. Flash works the crowd as he makes his way to the corner while still tied to Killswitch by the stolen extension cord. The Burner climbs the turnbuckles carefully and to his surprise the cord gives him plenty of play up top.] 

DANTE REED

I think he's setting up for the Juicy Lucy folks! He's got his opponent dialed in his sights!

 

[Kassidy taunts the dazed Killswitch with the cord still tied around his throat with the other end tethered to Kuk down on the mat. Flash leaps off to perform a picture perfect shooting star leg drop! Kassidy hits his mark before hooking a leg and using the cord to further tangle up his challengers legs!] 

DANTE REED

He hits it! The Burner hits it and he ain't passing it! He hooks the leg and this one is over!

 

… One! 

 

… Two! 

 

… Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, and recipient of one of the Four Horsemen Medallions, “The Burner” Flash Kassidy!

 

[The crowd lets loose it’s praises on The Burner while the referee attempts to untie the knots to free the two wrestlers from one another.] 

DANTE REED

Flash Kassidy does it again! You cannot hold this man down, he will literally break the chains. Well, in this case an extension cord, but same difference. Kassidy is now the final owner of a Four Horsemen Medallion and he will join Will Neilson, Kaelan Laughlin, and... Johanna Krieger? Can we confirm that she will be in that fatal fourway for the War Horse Championship? We haven't seen or heard from her in Union Battleground since the break. This could be an interesting twist, we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

FOOL ME ONCE

[We cut to the backstage area, Bryan Williams is still seated in the locker room. Slowly he unravels his wrist tape, each motion with more disdain than the last. It’s not hard to see, this loss has already put him into a bad mood. Bryan crumbles the tape up in his hands, tossing it aside as he keeps his eyes to the floor.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

You know, I was so sure of myself heading into this whole thing. I thought I had it all figured out. I didn’t need to worry, because I had already beaten Artemis Kaiser this year. I beat so many others without needing a full schedule. I “had” this one in the bag…

 

[He scoffs, clearly annoyed with himself. Bryan sighs, leaning backwards on the bench as his body rests against the locker.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

It’s okay.

 

[An annoyed chuckle, he reaches back and slams his fist into the nearby locker. The sound is jarring, and sudden. As is Bryan’s sudden outburst.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

It’ll be alright. Will is a formidable opponent, he’s tough and he knew how to get the job done. I just couldn’t execute tonight.

 

[Bryan looks down again, staring at the floor.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

This is my lesson to learn from. This is not your opportunity.

 

[He stands up, looking into the camera.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

Whoever’s out there, watching ...waiting. This isn’t the opportunity you think that you’re looking for. This isn’t the end of Bryan Williams, not by a long shot. Union just caught a rare sight, and now they will see the re-birth of Bryan Williams. Something I should have done a long time ago.

 

[Bryan smiles, leaving the scene as he heads out of the locker room. No more talk, for now.]

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DEMONS WITHIN

[Unaware of the camera, Fallon And Josh are doing some early prep for their match. A small squeak escapes Fallon as Josh is carefully and dutifully wrapping bandages around her midsection, she frowns a little as she looks down at him and shakes her head.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

I’m sorry… I know I rly messed this one up…

 

[She runs her fingers past the bandages and sucks in a shaky breath, her voice thick with emotion.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

imma be careful I swear, but u know I can’t just stand on the edge n let u do all the work tonite… I’ll be Okies, I just gotta watch myself is all.

 

[Josh’s eyes stay focused on the bandaging, gently and tenderly completing the process before cutting them from the roll with a small pair of scissors and taping down the edges. He sighs.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

You don’t have to apologize for nothin’, Titch. We can’t change what happened.

 

[Josh holds out his scarred arms to her in a show of solidarity.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

Besides, I ain’t exactly innocent in that regard neither, I just…

 

[He exhales deeply, his words catching in his throat. His usual deep monotone was trying not to break. It was hard to dance around the topic, harder still to revisit it as an outsider with someone he held so dearly.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

...I just wish you didn’t have to battle that same demon. I’ve been there, part of me is probably always gonna be there. The fact that it’s the same for you is…

 

[Heartbreaking. Devastating. Agonizing. The right words to describe it flooded his head but couldn’t make it out from behind his lips. He’d made his point either way. Reaching her fingers out she gently ran them over the scars on his arms, biting at her bottom lip with a small sigh.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

is gonna get better… Okies? For both of us n tonite we gonna go out there n do the thing we love n not even think bout…

 

[Signalling down at the bandages she sighs again and shakes her head. Placing a small smile on her lips she gives a playful little flex pose, trying to lighten the mood.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

SEE!? I am supaaaahhhh intimidatin!

 

[Josh gives a quiet chuckle. The levity didn’t completely land, but the fact that she tried helped him a little.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

We just can’t pretend this ain’t gonna affect how we do things tonight. We gotta be at least a little careful.

 

[He gave a small smile.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

Or, well, you will. You know ‘careful’ is barely even in my vocabulary. Look at you, gonna have the Demon Slayers quakin’ in their boots. Lil’ killer right here.

 

[Grabbing both of his hands in hers and pushing up into her tiptoes, she softly kissed his cheek before nodding. Her tone softer again.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

I’ll be careful. Promise.

 

[Josh rubs his thumbs over her hands gently.]

 

JOSH KENNEDY

I hope so. Let’s show XWA what we got, huh?

 

[Trying to hide her grin she lets out a small growl.]

 

FALLON LOCKHART 

Heck yeah!!!! We gonna KICK ALL THE BUTT.

 

[With that proclamation made, Josh chuckles, and the pair head away from the lockers, and towards the back of the entrance stage.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the Co-Main Event of the evening! The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the XWA World Tag Team Championships! Introducing first, the challengers, weighing in at a combined weight of 298 pounds, the team of Fallon Lockhart and Josh Kennedy, Dead Cute!

 

[Two loud snare shots ring out, as Royal Blood’s “Little Monster” launches into its thick guitar riff. A single white spotlight lands on the entrance ramp, holding until the first line of the verse.]

HEY LITTLE MONSTER, I GOT MY EYE ON YOU.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE YOU RUNNING TO?

HEY LITTLE MONSTER, YOU KNOW IT’S ALL OK,

I’M GONNA LOVE YA, NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY.

[Once the riff starts again, the lights begin flashing in time with the track. Smoke fills the entrance way, alongside an explosion of pink and black confetti, as Fallon Lockhart bounces out onto the stage to a loud ovation from the crowd. Josh Kennedy comes out behind her, arms outstretched, eliciting another round of cheers.]

I GOT LOVE ON MY FINGERS, LUST ON MY TONGUE,

YOU SAY YOU GOT NOTHING, SO COME OUT AND GET SOME.

HEARTACHE TO HEARTACHE, I’M YOUR WOLF, I’M YOUR MAN.

I SAY RUN LITTLE MONSTER, BEFORE YOU KNOW WHO I AM

[As the chorus starts, Fallon regards the fans with a sweet smile, pausing at the top of the ramp to take in the crowd with hands clasped in front of her chest. She pats her heart with a grin, and then begins her skip down to the ring. Meanwhile, Josh heads down the ramp stopping to slap hands with the fans that reach over the barrier for him.]

DANTE REED

Welcome back to the Battleground, Fallon Lockhart and Josh Kennedy! These two last stepped foot inside a Union Battleground ring at our last event before the break, when they were in the main event at War of the Worlds. They squared off against the teams of The Osaka Rebels, 2HighKru, and the eventual winners and current Battalion Champions, The Hellcat Spangled Death Squad. Although they walked away from that absolute war empty handed, they left their marks. Tonight they look to add their names in the Union history books and be only the second time a non-Union Title changed hands. Lockhart and Kennedy are about as complimentary to each other in tag team action as you get.

 

[When Fallon reaches ringside she stutter steps and slides into the ring, popping up in the center and spinning around several times before rushing a corner and quickly bounds up to the top with a wide happy grin. Josh pauses on the apron, looking around the arena with a grin, before vaulting over the ropes and into the center, where he throws up his left hand, proudly displaying his tattoo on the back of it. The fans return the smiles, Fallon’s putting their hands on their foreheads like unicorn horns dipping and swaying with their music, while Josh’s throw up devil horns and headbang to the track, both distinct groups of fans converging together just like the unlikely couple in the ring. Josh heads into their corner, slouching against it as Fallon climbs each free turnbuckle until the track ends.]

”BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER THEME” BY NERF HERDER

BEGINS TO PLAY

[The crowd begins to cheer as the theme from Buffy the Vampire Slayer kicks in. The stage lights turn a dark blue, and the XtremeTron fills with a frenetic assault of imagery—shots of the Moon in the sky, pages turning, crosses, vampires, you get the idea—before highlights of A.J. Morales and Minka Carter start to play. After a few seconds, the two walk through the curtain, with A.J. headbanging and playing air guitar with the music while Minka takes in the scene.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And their opponents, weighing in at a combined weight of 317 pounds, the are the reigning, defending, undisputed XWA World Tag Team Champions, the team of Minka Carter and AJ Morales, The Demon Slayers!

 

[The pair give out high-fives to the fans all the way down the ramp, and once they reach the ring, A.J. climbs onto the apron and somersaults over the top rope, while Minka slides in under the bottom one. The two cycle through each side of the ring, hitting signature poses to pop the crowd, until they’ve reached everybody, at which point they get to their corner and make one last strategy check before the match.]

DANTE REED

And now the XWA World Tag Team Champions, The Demon Slayers, have officially made their way in the Battleground! This is the first time for Minka Carter, but AJ Morales is no stranger in these parts. He's competed on a number of ocassions, most recently in the Crown of the King Cobra Tournament. I'm sure he hopes to fair better than his outing in the King Cobra Tournament, which his experience in tag team wrestling should help put that concern to ease.

 

[The referee comes in to hold up the championship belts before handing them off to a ring grip. Morales and Kennedy intend to start this one.] 

DANTE REED

It looks like the gentlemen will be starting this bout off work. Both Kennedy and Morales look ready for action as the referee calls for the bell!

 

[DING!]

 

[The bell echoes through leading the two wrestlers to circle one another. Morales strikes just as Josh goes to lock up in a clinch in the center of the ring! The two men swing each other around searching for control before AJ breaks it with a sudden knee shot! Kennedy responds with a calf kick! Then another! Morales backs up to defend only to catch a jumping high knee to the face!] 

DANTE REED

Big knee by Kennedy stuns the current dual-tag champ!

 

[Morales stumbles back a step leading Kennedy to come right at him! AJ catches a charging Kennedy with a sharp backhand chop! Then another! AJ Irish whips Kennedy into the ropes, where he bounces off to slingshot back at Morales! AJ looks for a clothesline but Josh ducks it! Miss! Kennedy bounces off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring to counter with a jumping DDT! Josh quickly scrambles to hook a leg for a pin!] 

 

…One! 

 

... Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

Quick kick out from Morales. Kennedy is looking sharp early in this one.

 

[Both Morales and Kennedy leap back up. AJ spins to catch Josh flush with a roundhouse kick out of nowhere! Kennedy hits the mat in a seated position, leading AJ to tag in Minka before rushing at the Josh with a running bicycle knee!] 

DANTE REED

A tag is made and Morales neutralizes Kennedy with a brutal knee!

 

[Minka accepts the tag then immediately rushes to the corner from the apron to scale the turnbuckles. Kennedy struggles to get back to his feet but does so, leading Carter to leap off the top turnbuckle for a diving crossbody! Kennedy catches her out of the air then transitions the counter into a brutal backbreaker! Josh quickly then tags in Fallon Lockhart!] 

DANTE REED

Kennedy tags in Fallon!

 

[Carter gets up slowly after the backbreaker only to find Lockhart! The smaller wrestler ducks a right hook to counter with an uppercut of her own! The two women then begin swapping blows back and forth! Minka gains the upper hand with an Irish whip to the far corner! She taunts the crowd while rushing to the opposite corner. Carter takes off at Lockhart full speed ahead looking for a slingshot splash but misses! Lockhart ducks the splash then positions herself for an inside cradle pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

…Two! 

 

Broken up by AJ Morales! 

DANTE REED

Fallon Lockhart narrowly escapes and nearly steals a win but Morales is quick to break the pin.

 

[Minka appears surprised by how close that was! Lockhart goes to get up only to be caught on the mat with a triangle choke! Fallon’s eyes widen as Carter locks it in! Lockhart needs a tag and Kennedy wants it. Minka taunts the team while continuing to choke out Fallon!]

DANTE REED

Lockhart has nowhere to go and she could be in some trouble here.

 

[Carter continues to apply pressure while Lockhart realizes her left leg is near the bottom rope. She kicks it out to touch the rope! The referee comes in to break up the hold but Carter refuses to let go until a count of four! The crowd boos leading her to take hold of Lockhart by the hair of the head to pull her toward The Demon Slayer’s corner. Minka tags in Morales while still holding on to Fallon.] 

DANTE REED

Heavy boos for Minka as she held that submission a little too long, but it sent a message to her opponents. Morales is now the legal man with the tag.

 

[Kennedy wants a tag in the corner but can only watch on as AJ takes over for Carter. Minka works Fallon into the corner before the tag. Morales begins to stomp down on the smaller Lockhart in the corner! AJ catches her with a sharp stomp in the midsection that causes her to call out in pain! Kennedy appears incensed by this and even more so after Morales stomps down in the exact same spot again! Josh glides through the ropes to help Fallon only to be pushed back toward his corner by the referee.] 

DANTE REED

Kennedy does NOT like what he's seeing right now and just tried to put a stop to it, but the ref managed to intervene and keep this bout alive. Morales now tags Minka back in.

 

[Carter accepts the tag from AJ and The Demon Slayers fully intend on keeping Fallon in their corner. Minka leaps back in the ring to begin stomping the midsection of Lockhart, who begins to bleed!? A bloody spot can be made out on now on the front of her outfit. Carter continues her onslaught with sharp stomps and Fallon looks completely helpless! Kennedy shakes his head in complete anger before leaping off the apron!] 

DANTE REED

I think Fallon Lockhart is in some serious pain right now, and once again Kennedy is rushing in!

 

[Carter continues to punish Fallon until Josh slides back into the ring! He’s holding a kendo stick leading AJ to call out in vain to warn Minka but it’s too late. Kennedy smacks Carter across the face with the kendo stick out of nowhere! The shot leads the crowd to let out a collective gasp.]

DANTE REED

Josh Kennedy has seen enough and just split Minka Carter with a kendo stick!

 

[The referee calls for the bell! Morales loses his cool demeanor after such a brutal shot on his partner! AJ dives into the ring leading all hell to break loose! Josh takes the end of the kendo stick to plunge it into the sternum of the charging Morales, who folds over in response! Neither man is legal while both of their partners remain down on the mat.] 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Due to a disqualification, here are your winners, AND STILL XWA World Tag Team Champions, Minka Carter and AJ Morales, The Demon Slayers!

 

[Morales catches a knee to the face after bending from the brutal kendo shot from the Deathmatch King, Josh Kennedy. AJ rolls out of the ring to regroup as chaos continues to ensue. Lockhart and Carter stir inside the ring but both are still obviously hurt.] 

DANTE REED

What the hell is going on? Why did the ref call the match? This is Union Battleground got dammit!

 

[Kennedy watches as AJ gets to his feet on the outside of the ring. Josh checks on Fallon on the mat before turning his ire back to The Demon Slayers. Minka’s face has a cut across it from the vicious kendo stick lick. The referee continues to try to regain some sort of order but eventually relents. Josh drops the stick and takes off across the ring to dive through the ropes at Morales, who counters with a pele kick in mid air!] 

DANTE REED

All hell has broke loose!

 

[The counter puts Kennedy in a daze. He ends up staggering over to the announcers table while Morales approaches slowly from behind. Josh gathers himself while hovering over the table. He notices Dante's pen just lying on the table. He snatches it up to swing around in a slashing motion at AJ, who jumps back just in the nick of time! Morales turns away from Josh, who rushes up to stab AJ in the shoulder with the pen!]

DANTE REED

Yo what the fuck?! That's my lucky pen!

[The crowd comes unglued at the sight. Morales realizes Kennedy stuck that pen in his shoulder and it remains lodged in! Meanwhile, inside the ring, Carter and Lockhart get to one another. Minka drops Fallon with a Lou Thesz Press onto the mat and begins throwing bombs! Both women then begin rolling around attempting to choke one another. Finally, Minka is able to use her larger frame to her advantage.]

 

DANTE REED

Chaos has ensued! Folks, I'm getting word now that this match was thrown out because it was contested under XWA rules! Obviously no foreign objects in a standard tag match. I don't know if Kennedy didn't realize the small detail, or if he even cared at that point.

[The referee has lost complete control of this one as the two women roll out of the ring to continue fighting on the outside floor. Morales holds onto the apron while keeping his eye on Josh, who recovers on the floor after the counter.] 

 

[The referee is left in the ring alone to watch chaos reign. Josh comes up from behind AJ to catch him with a rip cord elbow! Morales then drops down to reach beneath the ring to find a kendo stick of his own! AJ then reaches back to pull the pen out of his shoulder!] 

HOLY SHIT!

HOLY SHIT! 

HOLY SHIT! 

 

[AJ briefly admires the pen before bringing it down across the back of Josh Kennedy! Then again! Kennedy continues to get hit  but manages to find a folding chair beneath the skirt of the ring. He pulls it out slowly to use as a shield of sorts.] 

DANTE REED

We are literally witnessing some straight up gladiator shit! Aye yo, y'all can keep that pen!

 

[Carter and Fallon are now up fighting on the outside of the ring. Lockhart guards her midsection while Minka bleeds from her face. Fallon ends up clotheslining the larger wrestler over the security barrier and into the Battleground faithful! Minka holds onto Lockhart to pull her over the edge as well! The women then begin fighting amongst the fans!] 

DANTE REED

And now things have spilled into the crowd! Someone needs to stop this because we get sued!

 

[Lockhart takes a VIP pass from a fan before leaping up on her larger counterpart's back! She then uses the lanyard to choke Minka from behind! Meanwhile alongside the ring, AJ swings the kendo stick down at Josh, who holds up the folding chair to block! Kennedy then swings the chair from his back to catch Morales on the side of the kneecap! The champion drops to one knee leading Kennedy to rise up. Morales realizes this as does Josh, who rises to both feet to edge the corner of the chair into the throat of the champion! AJ is turning blue as he starts to lose his ability to breath!] 

 

[Minka and Fallon are still fighting in the crowd. They swap blow for blow amongst men, women, and children alike in the crowd. AJ continues to regain his ability to breath while Kennedy holds the chair still in complete deathmatch mode. Kennedy comes in with a chair shot across the skull that puts Morales down. Josh notices the bloody pen and a sadistic grin crosses his face.] 

DANTE REED

Whatever transpired out there, something clicked and Josh Kennedy snapped! It's an absolute riot out there right now!

 

[Battleground medics rush down the entrance ramp to assist the wrestlers. Kennedy turns his attention to locating Fallon. Minka has turned the tables near the stage, still inside the large crowd.]

DANTE REED

Folks we got medics and security pouring out right now. We're gonna go to a commercial while we sort all of this out. When we return, it's main event! Kaven Drell versus Adelmar Saur for the Trench War Championship! Stay tuned!

WAR TO WAGE

[The feed to the arena cuts out and we see a warhorse medallion dangling from a black and red ribbon being held by a pale white hand with black nail polish and a few tattoos. We pan back to find Johanna Krieger, a black leather jacket over her shoulders as she smirks through her black lipstick and war paint.]

 

JOHANNA KRIEGER

Union Battleground. I believe I have unfinished business. See before I left and before Union went on a little break, I was carving my way through the roster and I earned one of the medallions that gives me a shot at the war horse championship. And I am not going to give that up. So when I heard the company was coming back, well I had to tell Gunnar I was back.

 

[Her German accent shines through as she pushes to her feet, she takes the ribbon and pulls it over her head wearing the medallion reaching up and holding it with her left hand.]

 

JOHANNA KRIEGER

Along with familiar and new names Union Battleground will grow and become a force again and I want to be on the ground floor. I want to go right to the top.....And who wants to try and stop me?. I will face anyone Union wants me too, and when the dust has settled...they will see that war...is only as brutal as those who wage it...

 

[She chuckles under her breath and turns leaving the field of view as we cut back to the live feed.]

COMMERCIAL BREAK

STATE OF THE UNION

[As we return from the final commercial break, we are greeted with a somewhat grainy shot of a very dimly lit room that appears to be setup like an office. The exact location of this room is not known, and judging by the quality of the recording, it looks to be film on an old ass 2003 flip phone. A high back chair is faced away to start things off, and in a true villain-like manner, the chair swings around to reveal the acting owner of Union Battleground, Gunnar Graves. As always, Gunnar has an angered scowl look as he takes a deep breath in and speaks at the camera.]

GUNNAR GRAVES

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you all are enjoying our return L!GHTS OUT #35 show tonight. Unfortunately, I was not able to make the trip as I've got some... unfinished business still to take care of. But, as you all know by now, to kick off the night, Alyssa Daniels made an appearance and announced that she was relinquishing the Union Battleground Championship.

[Gunnar takes a moment to reflect on the announcement from earlier which even he was unaware of.]

GUNNAR GRAVES

This news blindsided me. But I'm not going to sit around and wallow in my feelings and ask "what am I going to do?" I'll tell you what I'm going to do. After tonight, we look ahead to our next event, the ever popular Guerrilla Warfare. In years past, the winner of Guerrilla Warfare became the undisputed number one contender to the Union Battleground Championship, and earned their shot in the main event of our season finale show Coup de Grace. However, things are a little bit different now.

[Gunnar takes a pause as the audience hangs on with baited breath.]

GUNNAR GRAVES

Our tour schedule has changed, our contract agreements have changed, hell the whole foundation of the Battleground has changed. So, what's one more change, huh? At Guerrilla Warfare, the self titled 20-man battle royal will no longer decide the number one contender, but it will in fact decide the next Union Battleground Champion!

[Gunnar stops once again as a slight smirk curls at the side of his mouth, barely visible due to his manly as fuck moustache.]

GUNNAR GRAVES

I call out to each and everyone of you who want to become the face of a company. Everyone out there who wants to put a brand on their back and carry it to a new level. Union Battleground enters a new era, and I want those who are willing to go through 19 other warriors, some you've never seen before and may never see again, and do whatever, and I mean whatever it takes to be the last one standing... My line's open, I'll be expecting you're call.

[Fade.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the main event of the evening! The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Trench War Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 6’7”, weighing in at 386 pounds, from Munich, Germany, he is one half of the Rebellion Pro New Atlantic Tag Team Champions, he is “The Grim Knight” Adelmar Sauer!

“REQUIEM IN D MINOR KEY” BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

BEGINS TO PLAY

[The crowd unloads boos onto Sauer as he enters the battleground. A large frame can be made out at the curtain before he whips through to cause even more of an unfavorable response. “Requiem in D Key” by Mozart begins to blast from the speakers.]

DANTE REED

We are all set for the match up we all have been waiting for tonight, and it all begins with this gargantuan of a man, Adelmar Saur. Many speculated who would be the first to challenge for the Trench War Championship on our return, and we found our answer in this German giant. Make no mistake about it though, Saur will have an equally big task ahead of him, as he tries to become the first competitor to end the undefeated streak of Kaven Drell. Be sure to follow Saur and keep up with all the latest on Twitter @AdelmarSaur.

 

[Adelmar mocks fans but never stops moving forward toward his destiny. He gets to the steps and stops on the first to mock the crowd further before dashing up the final two. Sauer pushes the top rope down to step over it.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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


I DEFY YOUR DEFIANCE
IT'S ALL LIES IN ALLIANCE
I'VE BEEN DAMAGED, LEFT IN RUIN
'CAUSE I'M BROKEN, FLAWED AND HUMAN


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

DANTE REED

And now the final walk out of the night, the man who remains unbeaten in Union Battleground, the one man wrecking crew that is Kaven Drell! As we all can recall, Kaven made his debut in a big, big way, crashing the scene and calling out the War Horse Champion at the time, Elena DeDraca. Drell shocked the world when he gave DeDraca her only loss and seemingly sent her packing, and has never stopped since. One by one, he finished his opposition in remarkable fashion all the way to the then Trench War Champion, Kimitsu Zombie. Now Kaven Drell is ready to defend his championship and he looks prepared to continue to do what he does, and that's win!

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

 

DANTE REED

We are all set and ready to roll for this main event match up! The big question here is can Kaven Drell overcome the obvious size difference, or will Saur be the one to finally put him down? If Saur wins, does he high tail it back to Rebellion Pro, to hold the Trench War Title hostage? Let's put these possibilites to rest and get this match going!


[DING!]

 

[Drell looks up at Sauer, who is obviously the larger of the two men. Kaven comes right at him full speed ahead! The two men meet in the center of the ring already throwing fists!]

 

[Drell gets shook from a right that causes him to fall back into the ropes. Adelmar rushes at Kaven to cradle him up for a military press drop! Sauer quickly hooks a leg!]

 

… One! 

 

Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

Nah. It's gonna take more than that to keep Drell down.

 

[Kaven rolls to his feet to charge right back at his larger foe, who catches Drell for a vicious backbreaker that Sauer transitions into a sidewalk slam! Drell rolls out of the ring to a roar of “Kill! Drell! Kill!” chants. Adelmar ducks between the top and bottom ropes head first only to catch a European uppercut from Drell on the outside! Sauer gets tangled up in the ropes before falling hard on the apron!]

 

[Drell watches on as Adelmar slowly rises to one knee. Kaven takes off to catch Adelmar in the face with a running high knee! The impact crushes the big man’s nose and it begins to bleed. Kaven quickly gets back to Adelmar, who struggles to get up. Drell leans in to assist only to catch an uppercut to the crotch! Low Blow!] 

DANTE REED

That... that could be what it takes to keep Drell down.

 

[Sauer rises to both feet slowly in a slight daze but regains focus fast. Drell falls to both knees facing away from Adelmar, who picks Kaven up from behind! The champion's eyes widen with real shock as the larger Sauer hits a release German Suplex onto the announcer’s table! Kaven bounces off just narrowly missing the commentator!]

DANTE REED

Look out! Man down! Pimp in distress!

 

[Sauer mocks the crowd before putting both hands up to his nose. He violently twists it to the right to reset it to the utter horror of most of the front row. A collective gasp is let out from the brutality of this German. Sauer regains his focus to see Drell smiling at him while standing atop the table! Kaven leaps off at Adelmar, who catches him out of the air! Sauer then turns while still holding the champion to take off with him toward the closest ring post, full speed ahead! Sauer smashes Kaven against the unforgiving post before dropping him onto the ring steps. The crowd boos!]

DANTE REED

Adelmar is quite obviously targeting the back, which is a smart move. It'll be that much harder for Drell to work his power offense with a bum back.

 

[Adelmar taunts the crowd after the counter. He turns his back to Drell, who struggles to get back to a vertical base. Kaven comes to on the steps to see the challenger taking his eye off the ball. Drell gets up slowly to take the ring steps apart. He then sits it up on the apron before turning back to Sauer. He whistles at his larger opponent, who turns to see Drell mocking him. This enrages Adelmar which leads him to take off at Kaven! Drell counters with a drop toe hold that causes Sauer to fall face first onto the ring steps sitting on the apron! Drell works the crowd with wild claps!]

DANTE REED

Ain't no doubt about it, the crowd is fully behind Drell tonight!

 

[Sauer hits the outside floor after the counter in a complete daze. Kaven grapples the larger wrestlers up by the neck then attempts to get Adelmar back into the ring. Drell is directly behind Adelmar, who throws back a quick elbow that connects! The violent lick sends Kaven back onto the announce table. Drell ends up leaning against the table where Sauer catches him with a running clothesline!] 

DANTE REED

Da fuck? Y'all take this back in the ring!

 

[Kaven falls down into a seated position but Sauer hoists him back up against the table on both feet. Adelmar leans back to come in with a wicked backhand chop! Then another! The echo of pain can be felt throughout. Sauer comes in for another chop but misses! Kaven ducks the shot and when Adelmar turns to search for him, Drell nails him with a ripcord elbow to the jaw! The crowd pops as Sauer ends up laid out across the announce table. Kaven begins to clap to get the crowd even more riled.] 

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

 

[Drell slides back into the ring and heads for the corner closest to his foe on the outside. Sauer shakes his head attempting to clear the cobwebs but reaches behind the table to find a folded up chair. Adelmar knows he’s in trouble but can’t move as of yet. Kaven scales the turnbuckles before aiming his ire at the challenger. Drell dives off looking for a diving headbutt! Adelmar notices this, but it’s too late so he pulls the chair across his own chest! Kaven hits face first on the chair but drives it into the sternum of Adelmar Sauer! The two men explode through the table to send wooden splinters in every direction!] 

DANTE REED

Oh my god! First my pen, and now this! Where the fuck is that fat bastard Saul? I shouldn't be here, I should be in Ireland tasting the country's delicacies of alcohol, and more alcohol!

 

[Drell ends up knocked out cold. He does not stir or move while Sauer may be suffering from a cracked rib to match his nose now. Kaven’s head was busted open when he hit the chair and bleeds all over the wreckage. Adelmar struggles on the floor and rolls around to get splinters from the table stuck into his back to add further misery.]

 

[Adelmar realizes the champion is out cold and slowly begins to rise. Drell has yet to move as Sauer staggers to a hunched over base to take hold of Kaven! The larger wrestler then slowly directs the Trench War Champion towards the ring. Adelmar quickly rolls Drell in before following suit. Sauer quickly hooks a leg leading the ref to slide on her belly to make the count!] 

 

… One! 

 

… Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

Wow, after all of that, Adelmar Saur only manages a short one count. I told you, you're gonna have to drive a silver stake in Drell's heart to stop him.

 

[Sauer can’t believe it! Drell smiles from his back on the canvas to further mock Adelmar. Kaven rolls to his feet only to be Irish whipped into the far corner by Sauer! Drell turns slightly before hitting the corner to hit back first. Adelmar comes flying at Kaven full speed ahead looking for a shotgun drop kick but misses! Drell side steps out of the way leading Adelmar to end up tangled up in the corner. Drell leaps up on Sauer’s back from behind for a sleeper hold! Adelmar remains tangled in the middle rope with both legs but now has Kaven draped down his back. Drell wraps both legs around leading Adelmar to fall back! The two men are now upside down with Kaven holding the sleeper on tight! The referee comes in for a rope break but Drell pays her little attention until a count of four, where he releases his hold.]

 

[The two men are stood up by the referee before she resumes this championship match. Drell comes right at Adelmar, who catches Kaven with a knee to the gut! The sudden shot leads Drell to bend in response which leads Sauer to cradle him up for a pumphandle slam! Both men remain on the mat after the impact. Kaven attempts to regain his bearings while the larger Adelmar just needs a breather after attempting to keep this wild pace with the champion.] 

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell is taking everything that Adelmar Saur has to offer and asks for more!

 

[Drell rolls to his feet but stumbles a bit. Adelmar gets back up to his feet to catch a charging Kaven with two thumbs to both eyes! Kaven falls back wiping both eyes now essentially blind. Sauer comes in with a discus axe handle to knock Drell off his feet and back on to the canvas! Adelmar drops to go for a pin only to see Kaven rolling out of the ring, This infuriates the challenger!] 

 

[Kaven staggers around the side of the ring while Adelmar gives chase. Drell gets around the side of the ring then stops while Sauer takes off running around the side of the ring. Kaven has regain his sight but barely. Adelmar comes charging around to catch the top of the ring steps to the temple! Drell aimed where he thought Sauer would be and hit his mark in true malicious fashion!] 

DANTE REED

Adelmar Saur's face has taken a beating, but I don't think he could get any uglier.

 

[Adelmar gets rocked by the steps again leading him to stagger into the security barrier. The fans boo him at the fencing but he can’t understand it after that vicious lick. Sauer makes his way back over to the apron with his bell still ringing. Drell comes up from behind to help roll the big man back into the ring! Adelmar somehow manages to get back to his feet quickly inside the ropes to turn around, back at Drell! Kaven now stands on the apron. That’s where Sauer catches him to cradle his head up for a vertical suplex back into the ring!]

 

[Adelmar does not go for the pin. He wants to put the champion away for good. He slowly stalks Kaven as he attempts to get back up. The Battleground continue their Drell chants to further ignite his movement that began in Valor Pro.] 

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

 

[Drell gets up to catch Sauer coming in hot with a brutal headbutt! Kaven continues to hammer his larger opponent with leaping headbutts until Adelmar hits a knee. That’s where Drell strikes with another ripcord elbow! The maneuver allows Drell to hit Sauer with the headshrinker! The crowd erupts for the champion as he hooks a leg!]

DANTE REED

The Tolling Bell into the Kill Drell! That's what happens when you let Kaven Drell stick around for too long!

 

… One! 

 

… Two! 

 

… Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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

 

[The crowd rains down its approval while Sauer remains on the mat. The referee comes in to hand the championship to Kaven. He then holds the Trench War Championship high into the air to further rile this already rocking crowd.]

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

KILL! DRELL! KILL! 

LET! IT! BURN!

DANTE REED

And this one is over, ladies and gentlemen! Kaven Drell remains your Trench War Champion! What a night it's been here in Corpus Christi. The groundwork has been laid for this new era of Union Battleground, but we have so much still to come. That's all we have here tonight, catch us again for Guerrilla Warfare only on the Battleground Network!

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