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L!GHTS OUT #36

Microsoft Theater

Los Angeles, California

6,450

Desktop 1920 x 1080

[From inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, over 6,000 fans are in pandemonium as the building is lit up with a marvelous light show at the main stage and above the ring. Several camera angles pan all throughout the building, capturing all of the excitement. As the electric introduction subsides, the view transitions to ringside with a tight closeup of Dante Reed sitting intently at the broadcast table.]

 

DANTE REED

Ladies and gentlemen, we are live exclusively on the Battleground Network, here at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California for what is not just the thirty-sixth installment of L!GHTS OUT, but this is the historic 50th event for Union Battleground! My name is Dante Reed, with you as always for another action-packed night of professional wrestling, where tonight we begin our journey with the penultimate event of Season Three here in LA!

 

[A group of fans in the front row seated just behind the Union Grand Prix President cheer due to the cheap pop plug. Dante turns his head to face the fans and nods with a subtle sign of respect before continuing.]

 

DANTE REED

The dust has finally settled from Guerrilla Warfare III, and we have stepped into an uncharted territory unlike anything we have ever seen before. Nearly the entire landscape of the Battleground has been shifted, with new champions crowned for the War Horse Title, the Battalion Titles, and most notably, the Union Battleground Title. 

 

[Dante pauses for a moment to allow those words to really sink in. This is in fact a dawning of a new age for this company that has been struggling mightily in its third season.]

 

DANTE REED

We are in a time of uncertainty because the man who won the company’s ultimate championship in arguably the most brutal match in the entire industry is a guy in which nobody knows his true motives here. 4CW Hall of Famer Dakota Smith shocked the world when he entered Guerrilla Warfare and went all in, surviving the hell in which nineteen other entrants sought out the same goal, to capture the vacant Union Battleground strap. There have been rumors floating around the back all afternoon that The Butcher will in fact be here tonight, and hopefully he sets the record straight of what his intentions are going forward.

 

[Dante breaks once more as a chant begins growing louder and spreading further.]

 

“4CW! 4CW! 4CW!”

 

DANTE REED

One thing we are certain of, out of all of this, is our Main Event tonight. We've got a Triple Threat Cage Match scheduled between the remainder of the Guerrilla Warfare Final Four. James Radford, Indi Rhyder, and Bryan Williams will go toe-to-toe-toe, to determine the new number one contender to the Union Battleground Championship. Whoever walks out victorious will become Dakota Smith’s first challenger as Champion of the Battleground in the Main Event at the season three finale Coup de Grâce!

 

[Again, Dante Reed takes a short break to settle in before moving on to the next scheduled bouts.]

 

DANTE REED

Also on the docket tonight, we have two championships that will be on the line. First, we have Kaelan Laughlin looking to make her first title defense as War Horse Champion against a familiar opponent, Flash Kassidy. As I’m sure you’re all aware, Laughlin and Kassidy already met once before at Guerrilla Warfare as two of the four competitors who battled it out for the vacant title, and were neck and neck all throughout the contest. In the end, The Irish Rose came out victorious, seizing the opportunity with The Flying Fox on Will Neilson after The Burner sacrificed himself with a spectacular dive to the outside onto Krieger. Kassidy was unaware of what was transpiring inside the ring and nearly made the save, but was too little too late. Tonight he gets the opportunity to redeem himself and finally capture his first title in the Battleground.

 

[You guessed it, another break. This time, Dante pulls out a bottled water from under his desk and takes a quick sip before continuing on.]

 

DANTE REED

Our second title bout of the evening is the Co-Main Event, Kaven Drell defending his Trench War Championship against a member of the world renowned Hellcat Spangled Death Squad, Anna Daniels! The Kaven Drell hype train continues to chug along after defeating the resurrected Johnny Vachon, but his opponent tonight is quite the rarity, and just might give Drell some fits. I have no doubts that Daniels is the biggest threat to Drell’s reign, and judging by her buildup to this match, she's one hundred percent focused and could very well be the first to topple the unbeaten Battleground phenom! And to kickoff the night, we will have th—

[The finger splitting, ear shattering licks of “Your Disposal” by Cattle Decapitation bursts throughout the arena in a violent rage as the entire arena goes black. White strobe lights flicker at the entrance ramp, as a thick black smoke obscures stage. After a few moments, Dakota appears in the middle of the smoke - as if he just materialized there. He’s noticeably missing the the Union Battleground Championship that he won at Guerilla Warfare. As the strobe light flickers, giving everything a slow-mo effect, you see a sinister grin come across The Butcher’s face. His eyes look throughout at arena at the Union fans, who are having a sort of mixed reaction.]

YOU ALONE ARE YOUR DISPOSAL.

A LIFETIME OF STAINS, WASTING AWAY SLOWLY DOWN THE DRAIN.

NO MERCY, NO REPRISAL.

NO SECOND CHANCE!

[As Dakota makes his way down the ramp he takes his time, really taking in the reaction of the fans. His facial expressions changing from one deranged look to the next as the strobe light probably causes some little autistic kid to stroke out in the front row, Dakota didn’t care though - and that was the point. As he reaches the ring, he rolls in underneath the bottom rope and the strobe light cuts off. The Butcher plants his fist into the mat and pushes himself up to his feet before being handed a microphone. He walks to the center of the ring with a drunkenly deranged swagger before letting his head roll around his shoulders in a very limp manner. As his tongue peaks out from the side of his lips he brings the microphone up.]

 

DAKOTA SMITH

There was a stigma around me coming to Union Battleground, the first time I stepped away from 4CW in some years… See I made my name in the lands of Corners Four, and I made my name by victimizing each and every person who stepped into my arena. So when I stuck my knife into Union Battleground by entering Guerrilla Warfare, it should come as no surprise that I walked away with what I was owed. I claimed my stake in this land, carved out a piece of it and shoved it down my throat… I walked into Guerilla Warfare Dakota Smith, and I walked out your champion. Like a plague, I’ve brought change to Union Battleground. 

 

[Dakota points up to his forehead, which has now become a mangled mess ever since he took it upon himself to staple his wound shut. The word “FUCK” which used to be his signature could no longer be made out.]

 

DAKOTA SMITH

When my flesh tore from bone, and I felt the blood leave my body, the coldness settling into my bones as I bled out in front of all you maggots. Something inside of me that I thought died a long time ago woke up. It’s breath gave me warmth as I let myself drown in my own bodily fluid, I let my blood fill my lungs and I became something so much more than I was. A conduit for the violence, it’s chosen vessel… Making me a god... Of Violence once again. And now all of you get to drown with me as you witness the divine arts of mutilation. A master at his craft, a butcher skinning the pigs… I am back!

 

[Looking down to his bare shoulder, The butcher smirks - before looking back out to the audience.]

 

DAKOTA SMITH

Bryan Williams, James Radford, Indi Rhyder… Later on tonight they will step into the cage that hangs above and they will fight for a chance to dance with devil… They will bloody and batter themselves all for the shot of becoming the Union Battleground Champion. Can you imagine having to go through hell?... Just to be right back where you started? But that will be the theme of my decade… Men and women putting themselves through absolute horror just to get butchered by the man who wants to kill professional wrestling. To get mutilated by the cancer that is, the flesh that hates… Dakota Smith. 

 

[Letting out a boastful, yet monstrous chuckle, the butcher runs his hand one the side of his face.]

 

DAKOTA SMITH

Now to address the elephant in the room.. The reason why my shoulder is oh so bare at this very moment. You see, my lovely little maggots… I left my championship with a friend, someone who I consider… A brother. 

 

[Dakota lets out another chuckle, not being able to hold back his amusement.]

 

DAKOTA SMITH

And that man is going to be my right hand while I’m here in Union Battleground, he will be the man who oversees the violence - a job that he absolutely revels in. And that man is…

WHOEVER APPEALS TO THE LAW AGAINST HIS FELLOW MAN IS EITHER A FOOL OR A COWARD

WHOEVER CANNOT TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF WITHOUT THAT LAW IS BOTH

FOR A WOUNDED MAN WILL SHALL SAY TO HIS ASSAILANT

"IF I LIVE, I WILL KILL YOU. IF I DIE, YOU ARE FORGIVEN"

SUCH IS THE RULE OF HONOR

[The blaring war like riffs of “Omerta” by Lamb of God shoots through the arena like a thousand arrows to the eardrums. The fans are in an uproar, at least you think it’s an uproar until Perry Wallace walks out from behind the curtain. This causes the entire arena to lose their fucking shit in boos and cheers, it’s a real mixed reaction that's not helped by all the children crying due to loud noises. Perry has resting on his shoulder the Union Battleground Championship, and from the look on his face - he understands exactly how all of this looks. Through his cheesing, arrogant as fuck smirk the Owner of 4CW begins to make his way down the ramp. Dakota, who is still in the ring just grins as he watches Perry walk up the steps and enter the ring. The two do a trade off, Perry handing Dakota the title and Dakota handing him the microphone.]

 

PERRY WALLACE

Well, well, well… 

 

[Perry pauses for a short moment, looking out over the Los Angeles crowd, but from a different perspective than ever before. Slowly raising the microphone back to his lips, that same smirk from before flashes across his face.]

 

PERRY WALLACE

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another night of…

 

[Stopping mid sentence, Perry throws up his other hand, extending every finger except for his thumb as the crowd shouts in unison.]

 

“4CW! 4CW! 4CW!"

 

[Nodding his head in approval, Perry looks to Dakota for a brief second before looking to another side of the ring and approaching its ropes.]

 

PERRY WALLACE

Given the reaction when I stepped through that curtain, I could tell by the look on each and every single one of your faces that I was the last motherfucker you expected to pop up here tonight at Lights Out. Surprise Union Battleground!

 

[Perry turns away from the crowd he was just facing, heading towards the opposite side of the ring, the last of three sides that do not face the entrance ramp.]

 

PERRY WALLACE

I know the man standing behind me is the last person you expected to win Union Battleground’s top prize, and I know sure as fucking shit 4CW was the last goddamn thing ANYONE ever expected to be in possession of said prize championship belt.
 

[Perry turns around, throwing his free arm up and pointing directly to Dakota in the center of the ring. More importantly, Perry’s single extended finger is aimed right at the Union Battleground Championship draped over Dakota’s shoulder. Perry joins Dakota at his side, the championship title between them. After a quick exchange of words with Dakota unheard by the microphone Perry covers with his palm, he turns back to the crowd, uncovering the microphone and slowly bringing it up chin level.]

 

PERRY WALLACE

When it comes down to it, neither one of us gives a single fuck what any of you expected. The reality is that your company's top championship is right here in the ring with us, in the ring with 4CW, and solely under the close watchful eye of its keeper, Dakota fucking Smith! And we’re not going anywhere. We’re going to shove it down your throats every chance we get whether it’s right here in a Union ring, or under the bright lights of a 4CW ring. The Union Battleground Championship stays with The Butcher and there isn’t a single goddamn thing any of you can do about it without stepping to the man yourselves and looking death straight in the eye.

 

[Dakota raises his championship up in the air, as Perry gets that famously cocky smirk on his lips, raising one eyebrow as he looks directly into the camera. Dakota looking absolutely terrifying, nostrils flared, and jagged teeth showing as he held his championship up high. “Your Disposal” started to blare throughout the theater once more as Perry drops the microphone and goes to exit the ring. Dakota slowly backs up to the ropes, never taking his eyes off the camera until he drops down to the mat and rolls out.]

[What would be the perfect entrance? That’s what Willie is wondering right now. He was on his way to craft services to get himself some snacks to easy an uneasy stomach, but then he stopped in front of the chocolate fountain (yes, there is one) and found himself drifting off.]

 

WILLIE PETE

The perfect entrance…

 

[Imagine it. A Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane flies over an oil tanker which is already on fire. It lowers down and picks up a shipping container which is also on fire AND has flames painted on either side. The Skycrane lifts it off of the flaming oil tanker and transports it into shore. It flies it all the way inland and lowers down the shipping container right on Georgia street, right outside the Microsoft Theater.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Fire. Excitement. Awesome.

 

[Exploding bolts blow the doors off the shipping container with a rush of fire! Then from out of nowhere the Dragula from the Munsters roars out of the shipping container. Willie Pete is behind the wheel! He’s rocking that same look as Grandpa, only with a killer top hat. He’s flanked on both sides by women, children, the elderly, and some SJW’s who are angry about him burning fossil fuels, but he doesn’t care! They adore him, they all do. He revs Dragula’s engine and the crowd goes wild.]

 

WILLIE PETE

God, I'm awesome.

 

[Flames shoot out of Dragula’s upright pipes! Everyone is impressed, but off in the distance, a shadowy figure lurks, watching him. Suddenly, his dream isn't so great anymore.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Wait a second...

 

[Back in the real world, Willie is reaching for his throat with his free hand, as if he's trying to stop someone from choking him.]

 

VOICE

Excuse me! Are you going to take all day?!

 

WILLIE PETE

Holy shit!

 

[Willie's appropriately startled as he turns around to face his accuser! It’s none other than his opponent, Wendy Wynne! A rush of dramatic silence runs through the crowd, who has undoubtedly been watching Willie stare off into nothingness with baited breath! Willie almost forgets the plate of Nachos he’s holding in his hand in front of him.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Do you own the goddamn chocolate fountain?

 

[Willie looks confused as he tries to form a coherent thought. He sizes up the fountain as he plots his next move.]

 

WILLIE PETE

No, but it would be a good investment! Gift that keeps on giving!

 

[Wendy shoves past Willie, but she doesn’t go to the chocolate fountain. She stops and glances at Willie, before outright confronting him.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Only way you’re winning tonight is if I’m feeling charitable, you dirt clod.

 

[Willie eats a nacho.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Oh right, wrestler stuff! Good luck tonight! It’s going to be a great match.

 

[He's still chilled and paranoid about the figure he saw in his fantasy entrance dream. He eats another nacho nervously before making eye contact again.]

 

WILLIE PETE

I think you're a really swell wrestler!

 

[Wendy scoffs at that. She notices a bit of nacho in his beard and shakes her head before flipping the plate of nachos up and smashing it into Willie’s shirt.]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Looks like you have a mess to clean up. Just like the ring crew, tonight, when they clean up the mess I make out of you!

 

[With that said, she walks away, stomping as she goes. Willie watches her go, and pulls a nacho off his shirt and eats it.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Mmmm, shirt nacho.

 

[As she leaves, she can be heard saying..]

 

WENDY WYNNE

Better eat now, soon you'll have a broken jaw, loser!

 

[Cut.]

[It was a simple plan. Simple backdrop. Danny was just standing backstage in his street clothes, smoking one of his seven stars cigarettes. He looked.. bored. Hell. He didn't even look into the camera when he spoke.]

 

DANIEL MacNAMARA

I take no joy in this. Johnny Vachon is vermin. My brother beat him, I'm about to beat him, anyone with a last name like mine can beat him. This is nothing more than me going through the motions and doing what I always do, which is what I have to. This isn't some grand declaration, but rather the confession to a murder that I'm about to commit and it changes nothing in the long run because Johnny Vachon isn't even notable.

 

[Snorting, he flicked away his dying cigarette before looking to the camera.]

 

DANIEL MacNAMARA

I tell the world that I'm going to murder you and do you know what their response is, Johnny? They remark on how that I might as well because you couldn't do it right. I contacted Josh Kennedy about you, to see if I could glean any information I missed, and.. the more I learned, the more I pitied you. A man that should hate you barely held an ounce of vitriol for you because of how utterly worthless you are. You're almost harmless, and that's sadder than any insult I could even think of.

 

[Pushing away from that wall, he shrugged and looked back to the camera.]

 

DANIEL MacNAMARA

Adios, Johnny. You're shit, your music sucks, and I've got a dinner date after I beat the crust punk out of you.

 

[With that, the scene faded as he walked off.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, standing 6'3" and weighing in at 179 pounds, from Armagh, Northern Ireland, he is Daniel MacNamara!

YOU PROMISED ME THE ENDING WOULD BE CLEAR

YOU'D LET ME KNOW WHEN THE TIME WAS NOW

DON'T LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU'RE OPENING THE DOOR

STAB ME IN THE DARK, LET ME DISAPPEAR

 

[Daniel appears on the stage as “Bring Me The Disco King” by David Bowie and James Maynard hits throughout. MacNamara gets the crowd riled up almost immediately. Boo’s come down as he almost struts to the ring. MacNamara walks up the rings steps before gliding between the ropes to take center stage.]

 

DANTE REED

Alright ladies and gentlemen, we finally turn our attention now to some action in the ring. Our first walkout of the night is the returning Daniel MacNamara. The NVR ambassador entered Guerrilla Warfare in hopes of capturing the Union Battleground Championship, and although he came up short, he certainly made a lasting impression. He makes a quick turn around back in the Battleground, looking to continue to build on his growing impressive performances.

MIKE DEMPSEY

And his opponent, standing 6’2" and weighing in at 205 pounds, hailing from The Gutter, he is "The Patron Saint of Filth" Johnny Vachon!

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT WAS A LONG RUN

 SHOOK MY HEAD AND MY WAY HOME. 

BUT WHEN I TURNED I LAID MY EYES ON A DIRTY ANGEL WITH A BROKEN HALO.

SPIRITS LEAD ME TO THE OTHER SIDE

[“Dirty Angel” By Voodoo Johnson hits the airwaves as the lights begin to flash to a darkened green. When the lyrics kick in Johnny Vachon comes walking out from the back with his custom Punk leather jacket, the words “Gutter Trash” written in green spray paint across the back. A half smoked cigarette hangs from his mouth as he stops at the top of the ramp and takes a deep drag before extending his two middle fingers towards the crowd. He smirks before beginning down the ramp, shrugging off the shouts of the fans.]

DANTE REED

Another quick turn around here tonight for Johnny Vachon. The Gutter Scum came up short in a bid to capturing the Trench War Championship at Guerrilla Warfare, but he impressed enough to earn the invite here in LA. Look for these two to throw all traditional strategies out the window... Or better yet, through it!

 

[Johnny comes to the ring as he takes another drag from the smoke and drops it on the ground before stomping it out with his boot. He slides into the ring and pops to his feet before walking to the farthest turnbuckle and hopping up. He eyes the crowd for a few seconds before spreading his arms to the sides, gloating towards the fans. He hops down and ditches his jacket before propping himself down in a seated position in the corner, methodically waiting for the bell.]

 

DANTE REED

Here we go folks. Johnny Vachon looks to make a rebound after suffering a loss from another MacNamara recently, while Daniel will try to prove he can do it better! Two rising stars in the industry who are not afraid to throw caution in the wind. Let's see these boys set the pace for the night!

 

[DING!]

 

[The two men study one another methodically. Vachon’s signature mohawk on full display. The two men circle briefly before striking out to tangle up in a mighty grapple! Johnny swings his body right while MacNamara swings left to stalemate! Suddenly, Daniel knees Gutter Trash in the ribs causing Vachon to turn away, where MacNamara wraps him up for a beautiful belly to back suplex! Daniel quickly gets back to his feet to find Johnny grinning up at him. The unsettling image causes MacNamara to begin dropping stomps down on Gutter Trash!] 

DANTE REED

Big knee to the body and now MacNamara is in the driver seat as he drops some heavy boots to the face.

 

[Johnny rolls out of the ring to avoid the stiff heels of MacNamara. Vachon rushes over to the time keeper’s area while Daniel looks on from inside the ring. Gutter Trash quickly nabs the steel chair from the time keeper before turning slowly to face MacNamara, who rushes over to the ropes to jaw boldly at his adversary.]

DANTE REED

I told you , folks. This one is going to get barbaric in a hurry!

 

[Vachon throws the chair at Daniel and gets a direct hit! MacNamara stumbles back. This allows Johnny to slide in the ring. He quickly snatches up the chair and unfolds it before standing it up. Vachon then rushes at MacNamara to take hold of his right wrist. Gutter Trash whips Daniel into the ropes! MacNamara bounces off to come right back at Vachon, who has positioned himself directly in front of the chair! Daniel comes flying back at Johnny, who aims for a drop toe hold, but Daniel leaps up and over the chair! Gutter Trash swings around to see MacNamara land on his feet to continue his momentum into the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. While swinging around, Johnny kicks the leg for the chair to spin it around behind him. Daniel comes directly back at Vachon, who stands up to meet the incoming wrestler! MacNamara stops on a dime to hit a pele kick on Johnny! Vachon falls back into the chair in a seated position.] 

DANTE REED

Great ring awareness for MacNamara to be able to counter back into control with another big kick to the dome.

 

[Daniel quickly gets back up to find his opponent in a daze seated in the chair Johnny setup himself. MacNamara backs away to bounce into the ropes behind him and directly in front of Vachon to slingshot forward! Daniel catches his unsuspecting opponent on the chin with a bicycle kick that invokes a collective groan throughout. MacNamara hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...KICK OUT! 

DANTE REED

Johnny Vachon breaks free for a two count. MacNamara is targeting the head early and often in this one, maybe trying to knock some sense in the guy.

 

[Vachon gets an arm up at the last possible moment! Daniel appears frustrated while Johnny mocks him from the mat. MacNamara gets up in a rage. He drops a pointed elbow down on the center of Gutter Trash’s spine! Johnny writhes on the mat briefly before Daniel picks him up by the mohawk. MacNamara pulls up Vachon to whip him into the ropes! Johnny hits the ropes to come back at Daniel, who is looking for a superman punch but it’s ducked! MacNamara stumbles a bit before regaining his balance and as he turns, Johnny comes in hot for a spiked hurricanrana!] 

DANTE REED

BOOM! And Johnny Vachon goes on the offensiv, planting MacNamara right on the crown of his head!

 

[Gutter Trash picks up the now mangled chair. The men’s weight has twisted it beyond use now. Johnny grips the legs in each hand to hoist it up high into the air! Vachon brings the chair down across the back of Daniel with true malicious intent! Then again! Johnny unloads on his younger opponent to properly welcome him to the Battleground. Daniel bends down at his wrestling boot and begins pulling at the strings. Vachon briefly stops the onslaught to rile up the crowd and mock Daniel. Johnny then hits MacNamara with the chair again!] 

DANTE REED

Got damn! Every one of those chair shots send a stinging metallic echo throughout the building! It's like nails on a chalkboard! But what's Daniel doing there with his bootstraps?

 

[The Patron Saint of Filth takes his eye off the ball. MacNamara stumbles to his feet while Johnny talks more trash to the crowd. Daniel rises to and his left boot’s tongue flaps about with no strings now to hold it tout. MacNamara balls up his fists and comes in from behind at Vahon with stiff strikes! Johnny turns into a clinch and MacNamara unloads with some Muay Thai strikes! One right after another! Knees, elbows, knuckles, and all! Johnny attempts to turn away to escape but gets caught from behind! Daniel wraps the boot laces around the throat of Gutter Trash from behind! He then pulls the string with all he’s got! The eyes of Johnny Vachon bulge as the last bit of oxygen gasps out.] 

DANTE REED

Jesus Christ Championship Wrestling! MacNamara is choking Vachon with the laces—mob style!

 

[The referee comes in close and watches helplessly as Vachon’s color begins to change. Veins pop out as Daniel strangles his opponent before a live audience that’s being streamed all over the world. MacNamara has lost it. Johnny’s eyes close just as MacNamara releases his grip on the boot lace. Vachon hits the mat. He ends up flat on his back leading Daniel to rush back in for some stomps! Daniel uses his left boot which Johnny snatches from his foot! MacNamara then tries to stomp down with his right foot only for Vachon to kick out at the barefoot! Daniel hits one knee leading Gutter Trash to sit up and smack him hard in the side of the head with his own boot!] 

DANTE REED

Vachon just stole Daniel's boot!

 

[Johnny falls back down on the mat and struggles to get the boot lace from around his neck. A deep red line remains around his neck after doing so. Daniel was cutting into the skin and Vachon realizes that this kid would kill him for a win.] 

 

[Vachon rolls over onto his side to catch his breath. MacNamara slowly gets up then stumbles over to Gutter Trash. Daniel bends down to take his boot from the left hand of Vachon, but he yanks it to pull MacNamara in close for a vicious headbutt! The sudden shot busts Daniel's nose, instantly causing him to fall back onto the canvas in a seated position. Johnny rolls out of the ring. He falls off the apron and onto the outside floor in a pile. Vachon continues to struggle to replenish his brain with oxygen after nearly being strangled to death. Johnny reaches beneath the ring skirt to search for a weapon to put an end to this one. MacNamara rolls out of the ring on the opposite side to regather himself.] 

DANTE REED

And this fight goes to the outside. Johnny is searching for something under the ring and I'm not quite sure MacNamara realizes what he's doing.

 

[Daniel gets up slowly to wipe both eyes. MacNamara then slowly makes his way around the ring. Johnny pulls out a two by four from beneath the ring. Daniel turns the corner to find Vachon getting up to rush at MacNamara! Johnny takes hold of the solid board on each end. He comes at Daniel with one end out in a stabbing motion. MacNamara is still regaining his sight when Vachon catches him in the right eye with the end of the board full speed ahead! The shot takes MacNamara off his feet completely! Daniel ends up on the ring steps holding his eye with both hands!] 

DANTE REED

Vachon is making sure MacNamara is getting plenty of fiber in his diet with that shot to the face with the 2x4.

 

[Vachon comes in close while MacNamara writhes in pain on the steps. Johnny takes hold of the end of the board before raising up high over his head. Vachon swings down at Daniel, who catches the board with both hands to stop a direct head shot! Johnny is surprised by this, leading MacNamara to snatch the board away! MacNamara then kicks out with both feet at Vachon! The sudden kick sends Gutter Trash back and Daniel leaps up to take a wide swing at Johnny! Gutter Trash gets hit hard in the rib cage and can feel his ribs crack instantly. Johnny doubles over while Daniel stands over him with a bloody nose and blackening eye.] 

DANTE REED

What a way to kickoff the night, am I right?

 

[Daniel tosses the board into the ring before grappling up his fallen foe. Johnny tries to resist only to catch clinched knee strikes! Vachon gets rolled into the ring with little defense. MacNamara slides into the ring and finds Johnny on one knee! This shocks Daniel but Gutter Trash holds his ribs leading MacNamara to spin around for a sidekick to the already injured ribs!]

 

[MacNamara taunts his opponent, who remains on the mat. Daniel then reaches down to pull Gutter Trash back to his feet. The staggered Patron Saint of Filth ducks a stiff right hook from Daniel, then counters with a back hand chop across the throat! MacNamara bends over to catch his breath, only instead he catches a fameasser from a re-surging Johnny Vachon! Daniel ends up flat on his belly when Johnny comes in from behind. Vachon slips the two by four board beneath MacNamara. Vachon then places his right knee cap in the spine of Daniel before using both hands on the board to pull back! The board hits flush against the face of MacNamara to brace the knee in his back! The crowd begins to chant!] 

 

"HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!"

 

[The blood from MacNamara’s nose oozes out of his nose and between him and the board. Vachon pulls back wanting to end this but Daniel’s face slides down the board and then free! Johnny loses his grip which allows MacNamara to escape beneath the bottom rope! Daniel rolls off the apron and onto the outside floor. Blood smeared all across his face.] 

 

[Johnny hits a knee with a grin across his face. He drops the bloody board then mocks the crowd once more. MacNamara gets back to his feet to realize Vachon has taken his eye off the prize once more. Daniel slides back into the ring only to come face to face with Gutter Trash! Johnny comes flying at MacNamara, who dodges the onslaught to retaliate with a superkick! Vachon falls face first on the mat draped across the 2x4 board. Daniel quickly hoists him up for a picture perfect muscular bomb!]

DANTE REED

The Bad Dog's Bite! Daniel MacNamara floors Johnny Vachon and this one looks to be all over!

[The back of Vachon’s head hits the board flush knocking him out cold while MacNamara holds the maneuver through for a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, Daniel MacNamara!

 

[The referee helps the bloody MacNamara up on the mat to hold his right hand high into the air. MacNamara is slow to get to his feet, but as he does, a grin shines through all of the blood as the realization of securing his first Union Battleground victory sets in.] 

DANTE REED

There you have it folks. A bloodbath to kick the night into gear. Daniel MacNamara earns the win here, and I would imagine another invite to the Battleground. Coming up next, we have an almost refocused Wendy Wynne taking on the debuting Willie Pete. But first, we're gonna toss things over backstage.

[The scene opens up to an excited Bobby Benson as he moves through one of the hallways of the Microsoft Theater. The wily manager looks to be a man on a mission, and it doesn’t take him long to find his target. Indi Rhyder signs a young fans program with a sweet smile, tossling the kids hair as the parents lead him away. No sooner does she turn to continue on in the direction that she had been going does Benson step right in her way.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Indi, Baby! Long time, no see! Have you given any thought to that conversation we had at Guerrilla Warfare? I mean, I could be wrong, but in my humble opinion you had a GREAT night at that show. You went in at number three and lasted all the way to the end until that unfortunate business with Dakota Smith, but hey! Baby! Let me tell you, it was a hell of a run! 

 

[Benson excitedly moves around, the camera having to swing in order to keep up with him. Indi watches the animated man as he comes to a stop on the other side of her.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

But seriously, baby, just think about it. Who was it that got you pumped up for that match? Who talked to you earlier in the night and gave you what you yourself said was a great pep-talk? Uncle Bobby, that’s who! Now whaddaya say? Are you ready to sign...of course you are...here’s a pen.

 

[Much like last time, a pen is thrust into Rhyder’s hand and like a magic trick a stack of papers stapled together appear in Benson’s hands and is pressed up against the wall for Indi to sign. Indi stared at the pen again in wonderment and then gives Bobby a serious look.]

 

INDI RHYDER 

Mr. Benson, My dude, I have to admit that our talk before the big match was helpful, but I still don’t know if we’d make good business together. After all….

 

[Before Indi could finish her sentence, Bobby notices something past the camera that captures his attention. He holds up a finger to pause Indi, and leans in close.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Great talk, Indi! Now hold that thought…

 

[Benson leaves the Galactic Princess watching after him wide eyed as the camera swings around to find out what now had his attention. Benson rushes over to interrupt the gate of one Willie Pete as he makes his way towards guerrilla position.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Pete, Baby! It’s an honor to meet you! I’m a huge fan of your work and I hear you’re taking on Wendy Wynne tonight. Let me just say, I think you’ve got this in the bag, but you can never be too sure in a place like this. Is anyone looking over your financials, making sure you get the most bucks for your talents? If not...let me just say...The Benson Family is always looking to recruit, and I would be more than happy to help you navigate these troubling waters…

 

[Benson gives Willie a huge shit eating grin, extending his hand as if a handshake is all he needs to seal the deal. You would think Benson was still talking, if all you saw was Willie’s expression. Finally, after some time of nodding energetically, Willie breaks the increasingly awkward silence with…]

 

WILLIE PETE

First, it’s an honor to meet you too! Your hair is outstanding! Second, I’ve never had someone say that much stuff to me with that level of energy before, like, in my whole life! And third, I don’t have ‘financials’ yet. I should get some. You’re saying you’d help me do that?!

 

[Dollar signs in his eyes, the hand that was extended now finds itself around Willie’s shoulders. He excitedly waves his hands in front of them, as if saying to Pete, ‘just picture it.’]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Willie, there’s a whole world out there called professional wrestling, and Union Battleground, while being a premiere part of it, is just a small island in a sea of opportunity. What I’m offering is stardom, fame, money, and championships! I’m telling you, Baby! Join the Benson Family, and all your dreams can come true!

 

[Willie’s picturing it. Vividly. He sees it all. But somewhere between ‘stardom’ and ‘championships’, Willie frowns. He looks at Bobby, he sees his confidence, his amazing hair, and most of all, he sees a stability that he hasn’t seen in a long time. Willie makes his mind up with little to no information and a willingness to blindly sign a contract that would lead to his destruction. See also: His current wireless plan.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Well Bobby, If I can even get half of that, or at least the money part, I’ll sign up and join your ‘family’! It just so happens that I lost my shirt on a few bets recently and I’m quietly dying inside, so I need money. I mean, no rush or anything, but seriously: I’ll jump off a building into a pit of crocodiles while I’m buck naked and covered in BBQ sauce if it means I get some money!

 

[Willie lets out a laugh.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Seriously, I bury it deep and don’t broadcast it, but I constantly feel doomed!

 

[More laughing. Bobby now looks at Willie in a new light, a moment of slight hesitation creeping up his spine. But then he remembers all those who came before him. Terry Hero. Kris Angel. The American Steam, Husky Road. They were all eccentric, and every single one of them was broke before he found them. With a grin, Bobby takes the contract that had Indi’s name on it, crossed it out, and replaced it with Willie Pete’s.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

I like your enthusiasm! Let’s get this done!

 

[Bobby produces the magic pen, and hands it over to what seems like a willing Pete. Willing Willie Pete was also Willie’s nickname when he was a gigolo, but that’s a long drawn out story that can be saved for another time, or preferably, never at all. Willie takes the pen, and ignores the hastily crossed out ‘Indi Rhyder’ and signs his life away. Hopefully Willie’s name would one day carry the same weight as Husky Road.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Alright! Now we’re family! We have to hug!

 

[The big hug brings Bobby up off of his feet for a moment, but he manages not to struggle too much. Willie sets Bobby down and keeps his hands on his shoulders for a moment, long enough to nod approvingly. Now they’re standing awkwardly close to each other.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Well...alright then! We’re going to make a great team! It’s going to be awesome, and your first test comes tonight against Wendy Wynne. Go out there and maim her, destroy her, kill her...eh...whatever. Just win, and I’ll be there to mop up that conquest and turn it into gold for your future...but...uh…right now, I have to get back to my other client, James. He’s got the main event tonight...You understand, don’t you sport?

 

WILLIE PETE

Oh, of course! Yeah, gotta go take care of business. I guess that makes James my brother now. I wonder if he’ll teach me line dancing?

 

[Willie trails off as Bobby looks for the right time to make his exit.]

 

WILLIE PETE

Whelp! Seeya later!

 

[And just like that, Willie Pete was now managed by Bobby Benson, who quickly took his signed contracted and exited the scene to leave Pete to contemplate his navel.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, standing 5’2” and weighing in at 125 pounds, from Salem, Massachusetts. she is “The Wicked Witch” Wendy Wynne! 

 

[“Under Black Flags We March” by Archenemy hits across the arena. The crowd boos wildly as a hooded figure emerges from the curtain. Suddenly the lights dim out completely before a deep evil female laugh can be heard throughout! The lights flash back to life with in a thick red hue to reveal the figure throwing the hood off. The Wicked Witch has arrived! The crowd comes unglued.]

YOUR HATE IS OUR TRIGGER

REVOLUTION NOW

THE MORE WE HAVE TO SUFFER

THE MORE WE WILL FIGHT

WITH OUR FISTS

UP IN THE AIR

[Wendy makes her way down the ramp. Fans reach out for high fives that she dismisses completely. Wynne slides into the ring to end up back on her feet in the center of the ring. She throws the robe off to roaring boos. The GW match still fresh in the minds of all these fans. Wynne works them up further by taunting a disabled veteran in the front row from inside the ring.] 

DANTE REED

And now coming to the ring is Wendy Wynne, a newcomer to the Battleground since its return from hiatus. She's been quite impressive in her short tenure here, winning her debut bout and then making a solid run in the Guerrilla Warfare match. Even though she didn't go all the way, and the odds were stacked against her coming in as the sixth entrant, she made some noise and turned some heads. However, that wasn't good enough for her, and leading up to this match, we have seen a little more of a competitive fire in her. We'll see if that translates in her favor against a relatively unknown opponent.

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And her opponent, standing 6’ even and weighing in at 205 pounds, from Shaniko, Oregon, he is the fighter that burns hot and can barely be contained, he is THE Willie Pete!

 

[The unmistakable sound of hastily generated 1980’s montage music can be heard as “You’re the Best Around” by Joe Esposito hits. Follow that with some sweet eighties laser beams shooting around the audience, you’ve got yourself a guy in his forties who just can’t seem to let go of his childhood.]

TRY TO BE BEST

‘CAUSE YOU'RE ONLY A MAN

AND A MAN'S GOTTA LEARN TO TAKE IT

TRY TO BELIEVE

THOUGH THE GOING GETS ROUGH

THAT YOU GOTTA HANG TOUGH TO MAKE IT

[Pete doesn’t really care what anyone thinks as he steps through the entrance out onto the stage. He stands before the crowd, trying to remember whether or not he turned the oven off, before he makes his way down the ring ramp.]

TRY YOUR BEST TO WIN THEM ALL

AND ONE DAY TIME WILL TELL

WHEN YOU'RE THE ONE THAT'S STANDING THERE

YOU'LL REACH THE FINAL BELL!

YOU'RE THE BEST!

AROUND!

[Once Willie gets to the ring, he climbs the ring steps and casually enters the ring. Casually, like he’s going into the kitchen to make a sandwich, or going into the bathroom to take a shit, casual. He’s so calm, it’s ridiculous. Once it’s clear that he’s one hundred percent prepared and has made peace with the fact that he may soon kill someone, he crosses himself. Willie looks over at Wendy, who peers back with a sharp glare.] 

DANTE REED

And now making his debut in the Battleground, we got Willie Pete in the building! I'm gonna go ahead and say it, he looks like a guy who just got pulled off from the streets. I mean, how long has he been wearing those threads, bro? I've heard of competitors skipping showers for days on end before a bout as some sort of tactic to gain a slight edge, but I'm not so sure he's doing it voluntarily. One thing we can all agree on, is that this cat is unconventional in his approach with not just wrestling, but in life in general. I'm not a hundred percent sure that he's aware of what's about to happen. Maybe he thought they were handing out free sandwiches or something? Best of luck to him though!

 

[DING!]

 

[The referee calls for the bell leading Willie Pete to charge at Wynne, who falls to the mat! This takes Pete by complete surprise. Wendy holds up one hand to convey she’s frightened. Willie reaches down to reassure but catches a low blow from the witch! No rules between these ropes!] 

DANTE REED

Ooooh! Wendy Wynne baited Willie Pete into using his furry nut sack as a speed bag and tilted this match heavily in her favor!

 

[Willie falls to both knees to hold his groin in real agony. Wendy laughs in his face before hitting the ropes! She bounces off then comes straight at the helpless Willie Pete, who stands up at the last possible moment to catch Wynne for a ring rattling spinebuster! The counter riles up the crowd. Willie hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

Kick OUT! 

DANTE REED

Well after recuperating from the low blow, we know now Willie Pete has some skills with timing that powerful spinebuster.

 

[Both wrestlers quickly get back to their feet and begin swapping blows in the center of the ring. Pete comes in with a back hand chop but Wynne avoids it! She then comes back with a big elbow to the chin! Pete falls back leading Wendy to take hold of his face with both hands to dig her red polished thumb nails into each of Willie’s eyes! Pete is blinded instantly. The crowd continues to boo while Wendy works them up even further. Willie Pete can see just enough to make out Wynne turning her back to him. He charges at Wendy full speed to catch her with a one armed bulldog! Pete drives the witches face into the mat before quickly getting back to his feet! Wynne rolls over onto her back on the mat to see Willie hovering above before performing a double foot stomp down on her!] 

DANTE REED

Wendy Wynne has resorted to some dirty tactics right out of the gate, but good ole Willie Pete has been able to stand his ground and keeping working in some offense. Impressive!

 

[Willie Pete reaches down to cradle up Wendy. He gets Wynne back to her feet before Irish whipping The Wicked Witch into the far corner, hard! Wendy turns slightly before impact to end up facing back out into the ring, slumped over. Pete lines himself directly across from her. The camera pans close to show the wild eyes of this man before he takes off full speed ahead! Looking for double knees in the corner but, Wynne ducks out of the way! Pete over-committed his launch before Wendy managed to escape, leading Willie to crash and burn in the corner!] 

 

[Wynne rolls out of the ring. The larger Willie Pete has caught her with solid shots the entire way. The effects linger but she persists. Wendy reaches back in the ring to tug at the heavier Pete’s feet. She pulls with all her might to get him straddling the ring post while still lying on his back. Wendy gets both of his legs wrapped around the post as Pete begins to stir. Wynne quickly swings the right knee cap of Pete into the ring post! Willie writhes in pain on the mat, still inside the ring. Wynne gets up on the ring steps to apply a figure four leglock! The ring post is now positioned between both wrestlers, Wendy hangs off the side of the apron to apply the most pressure possible! Pete’s eyes widen from pain.] 

DANTE REED

Oh my god, I can only imagine the pain Willie Pete is going through right now. All of those ligaments and tendons in the knees getting shredded by this modified figure four.

 

[Pete pulls on the bottom rope looking for a break but he’s in Union, fuck outta here with those bullshit rules! There is no rope break but this witch will break his leg and he knows it. Willie leans up to begin hammering at the legs of his opponent! The licks land solid and the camera comes in close to show bruises already beginning to show. Wendy continues to drape herself off the apron and even rocking to apply more and more pressure on the sticks of her larger opponent.] 

DANTE REED

Wendy Wynne is getting fisted... hammerfisted! But she trudges on!

 

[Wynne finally releases the hold to hit hard on the outside floor. She rubs her thighs to soothe the pain from the solid licks of Willie Pete. Meanwhile, back inside the ring, Willie Pete holds his sticks in a similar manner. Pete rolls over then uses open palms to attempt to push himself up off the canvas. The Wicked Witch suddenly slides into the ring to come face to face with Willie Pete, who backhand slaps her with all he’s got! The shot is so violent it causes Wendy to sling a spritz of blood out onto the mat. The camera zooms in as she slowly turns her head to face wild eyed Willie! Wynne licks the blood from both busted lips before coming in with a stiff elbow to the bridge of Pete’s nose.] 

 

[Both wrestlers are reeling after the exchange but manage to stay up right. Willie catches a charging Wendy with a spectacular overhead kick! The shot sends her back then forward but Pete cradles her up swiftly for a double underhook piledriver! The crowd's response leads Willie Pete to up the stakes. He heads for the closest corner in a hurry. He leaps up on the middle turnbuckles to scale the top. The crowd continues to get riled up with his signature air jerk with flourish. Wynne lies still on the mat leading Willie Pete to leap up to perform a picture perfect 450 splash that just misses!]

 

DANTE REED

BOOM! Willie Pete just ate the canvas!

 

[Wendy rolled out of the way at the last possible moment. The replay comes across the screen to show just how close it was. Wendy gets to her feet after escaping by the thinnest of margins. The crowd boos wildly as she approaches the downed Willie Pete. She drops a sharp knee down the side of his already sore knee! The effects of the figure four around the post linger still.] 

DANTE REED

Wendy goes back to the knee and it looks like it's starting to really take a toll on THE Willie Pete.

 

[Wendy continues to work the knee she twisted up during the submission maneuver earlier. Willie rolls around on the mat still clearing his head after the miss from the top rope. She takes hold of the ankle to fall back for a vicious DDT! The maneuver causes The Willie Pete to writhe in pain on the mat. He ends up on his belly which leads The Wicked Witch to bounce off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. She slingshots back at Pete, full speed ahead! She nails him in the forehead with a vicious sliding forearm smash! Wynne hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two!

... Kick out?

DANTE REED

What's Wendy doing here?!

 

[Wynne raises up Pete’s head. This shocks even the referee. Wendy reaches up to touch her bloodied lips to convey she’s not finished with THE Willie Pete just yet. Pete pushes himself up off the mat seemingly incensed by Wynne’s actions. Wendy rushes to the corner directly across from Willie Pete. She takes off at him just as Pete gets up. He turns around to see her coming leading him to lunge forward himself. Willie leaps to catch Wendy in the face with a knee strike! The violent strike sends her flat on her back. Willie Pete wastes no time in going for a pin.] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Th—Kick out! 

DANTE REED

Rise! Willie Pete nearly stole one there with his signature jumping knee!

 

[Pete can’t believe it! Wendy kicks out at the last possible moment. Willie rolls over to get on his hands and knees seething with raw frustration. Wendy stirs before rolling on her side. Wynne stands up and stomps on the back of Willie’s head! Willie lingered too long on the mat in despair and it costs him. Wynne drives him face first into the canvas with violent intent! Wendy then hooks a leg while still standing looking for her signature Texas cloverleaf! She hooks it in!]

DANTE REED

For The Wynne! This could be it!

[Willie Pete reaches out for the ropes but he and Wendy are now in the center of the ring! Wendy bridges back and applies more pressure leaving Willie with no choice but to tap!]

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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

 

[Wynne refuses to release the hold. The referee attempts to reason with her but she simply spits in his face.] 

DANTE REED

Oh come on now! You got the win, now let it go!

[The referee professionally dismisses the disrespect and continues to plead with Wendy until he starts threatening her with a disqualification. FINALLY, she releases the hold and saunters off to the nearest turnbuckle, where she is showered with boos that only fuel her fire.]

DANTE REED

Wendy Wynne picks up the victory here tonight, albeit in a rather cowardly and insulting manner. You know, I thought she had turned over a new leaf after Guerrilla Warfare, but some things never change. Folks, we have to take a short commercial break, but don't go anywhere. When we return, we've got the War Horse Championship as well as the Trench War Championship at stake! Stay tuned!

[Backstage at the arena Indi Rhyder is wandering about in that way that she does. Flitting about and amusing herself whilst humming away, not really paying attention to anyone. Already dressed for her match but with a heavy blue faux fur coat over the outfit, the true drama of her themed outfit won’t be revealed until later. Stopping just short of the corner she finally turns to look at the camera and lets out a small sigh.]

 

INDI RHYDER

I’ve been a little worried tonight buds. A few friends of mine have been getting so so sooooooo ANTSY and well, last time that happened things went kindaaaa, you know what? Don’t worry about that! Cause tonight we go the next step on this journey and hey, as much fun as it would be to stomp about and guarantee myself a victory? The universe just doesn’t work that way you know?

 

[The Galactic Princess isn’t phased by this fact, if you’re just tuning in then the quick catch up is that little miss stars in her hair over there? Always follows the path the universe sets for her and does her absolute best to rise to every occasion, but life has a funny way of sneaking up on you and we don’t like to count our chickens. Etc etc etc you know the drill.]

 

INDI RHYDER

Either way we’re totally set to have a lot of fun tonight buds! You know I wanna hear you all on side here tonight so you better be ready for that! Scream as loud as you can, get that atmosphere going because if you don’t..?

 

[Her voice trails off for a moment and she goes exceptionally quiet. Dropping her head down and her chin pressing to her chest she lets out a low sigh, shaking that blonde haired head as her tone changes to something sad, almost desperate.]

 

INDI RHYDER

You don’t want to know what happens if you don’t…

 

[Indi seems a little lost in herself and things are weird for like a few seconds until she seems to remember she’s actually on camera and instead she lifts her head and jokes with a little salute to the camera.]

 

INDI RHYDER

We’re all gonna have fun! See you out there.

[Kaelan Laughlin is seen walking backstage towards the ring area ahead of her match against Flash Kassidy, she has a smile on her face and a spring in her step as she moves with purpose. She adjusts her leather jacket a bit as she stops for a moment adjusting the Warhorse Championship on her shoulder.]

KAELAN LAUGHLIN

Tonight I step into the ring and have my first Warhorse Championship defense. Yes I know. The pressure is on. I’d be stupid not to be prepared for this. I would be stupid to say it doesn’t matter. Believe me it matters to me. There’s nothing I have wanted more in this world than to be a fighting Champion. I’m more excited than you all know to be part of Union and know that indeed being a champion here means you fight for it every time you step into the ring.

[She clutches the belt a little tighter and eyes it for a moment before her attention goes back to the camera.]

KAELAN LAUGHLIN

Flash Kassidy of course has something to prove here tonight and as I’ve said before, if I was in his shoes I’d be looking to prove the same thing. The stakes have never been higher for both of us so I want to make something very clear. If you think Flash Kassidy beating me tonight will end my climb to the top? You’re as stupid as Flash. I’ve won this title already and nobody can take that achievement away from me. If by some long shot I lose tonight, because lord knows I’ve dealt with plenty of screwjobs in the past year? I’m making it known now I’m heading straight for Kaven Drell.

[Kaelan’s eyes narrowed as she glared into the camera.]

KAELAN LAUGHLIN

That’s right. If this is my only defense of the Warhorse Championship I’m calling dibs next on Kaven. I don’t give a fuck if he has that shiny trinket he covets so much or not. This is personal for me at this point. He knows what he’s done, and he wanted to keep poking the Fox. Well okay then. Don’t be surprised when you get bit. Now. When I do what I plan here tonight and actually successfully defend this title? I’m going to make Kaven wait it out. That’s right. I’m going to go ahead and get some more defenses under my belt and let the man wait and strike when he least expects it. He’s been comfortable for too long, and I’m going to show him one day… he messed with the wrong Warrior Queen and one way or another Kaven Drell will get what’s coming to him, but tonight? Flash you have all my attention and I’m going to beat you so bad there won’t be strand of weed strong enough to comfort you from the humiliation.

[Kaelan winked with a smirk before gripping her title and beginning her walk back down the hallway again.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

The following battle is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground War Horse Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 5’10”, weighing in at 213 pounds, from Pontiac, Illinois, he is “The Burner” Flash Kassidy!

["Chasing Rabbits" By Eazy Mac begins to hypnotically play across the PA system as the 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.]



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.]



SO TAKE A HIKE AND PUT ACID TABS IN YOUR MAXIPADS
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 he 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

Ladies and gentlemen, "The Burner" Flash Kassidy! The Battleground's resident dare devil and human highlight reel, this man has been on the brink of excellence since stepping in this ring. Right off the rip, he helped battle Salvation, picking them apart one by one. He's been in big moments and has had some big opportunities, but each of those times, he's fallen just short of the mark. Leading up to this title bout, Kassidy talked in a way that would make you think that he feels like he's at the end of his rope. He's hit a skid not just in Union, but in several other outside promotions as well.  I liken it to the story of Icarus and believe he just needs to fine tune his direction to not get burned, no pun intended.

 

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

WARRIOR! 

MIKE DEMPSEY

And his opponent, standing 5’6”, weighing in at 135 pounds, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, she is the reigning, defending, undisputed Union Battleground War Horse Champion, "The Irish Rose" Kaelan Laughlin!

[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

And now we see the new War Horse Champion Kaelan Laughlin making her way to the ring. You take one listen in on the reaction from this crowd, and you just know she is a fan favorite anywhere she goes. She's one of those rare competitors who not only competes all across the globe, but does it at a very high and successful rate. Laughlin has evolved, as she put it, from the Warrior Princess to the Warrior Queen, and you think anyone is doubting her? Kaelan knows where her opponent's head it at right now because she's been in this situation countless times, but that right there will be the driving force that keeps her pushing forward and defending that title. She wants to rise up and make real change; something very similarly said by Kaven Drell. These two have had some building tensions between each other that spans through multiple promotions, and as of right now, she is waiting in the wings to strike at any given moment.

 

[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 with her title draped over her shoulder proudly. Kaelan then hands the strap over to the referee, who holds it high into the air.] 

DANTE REED

And now we're all set ladies and gentlemen for our first title bout of the night. A match to determine whether Kassidy can redeem himself and get back on the right track in a big way, or if Laughlin will erase any shadow of a doubt on her reign as champion. The referee is calling for the bell and here we go!

 

[Flash and Laughlin share a brief staredown before the bell echoes throughout!] 

 

[DING!]

 

[Flash flies at Kaelan, who ducks to grapple Kassidy from behind with a waist lock. The Burner twists his way free before bouncing into the ropes to come back at Kaelan with a vicious elbow! The shot sends her back flat on her bottom. Laughlin shakes her head then pushes both open palms down on the canvas to get up but Flash nearly takes her head off with a running knee! The Burner hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Kick out! 

 

[Kassidy leaps up to his feet to catch his opponent off guard but as he bends down to grapple her up, WHAM! Flash catches a vicious headbutt from The Irish Rose! The champion rises to both feet while The Burner stumbles back into the ropes. Kaelan gets to her feet and rushes at Flash for a Lou Thesz press! The two wrestlers hit the mat hard but Laughlin transitions the maneuver into mounted punches! She mixes the shots up with sharp elbows!] 

DANTE REED

Back and forth we go here out of the gate, but it looks like Laughlin is gaining control with her superior ground game.

 

[Flash blocks the shots from his back the best he can before bringing up both knees to push off Laughlin from behind. She ends up tangled in the ropes. Kassidy quickly gets back to a vertical base and dashes toward the opposite end of the ring. Kaelan gets untangled, but as she turns around, Kassidy nails her in the face with a running spinning dropkick! Laughlin ends up on her back, leading Flash to head for the closest corner. The Burner scales the turnbuckles quickly before leaping off for a twisting elbow drop! At the last possible moment, Laughlin rolls out of the way! Crash and Burn!] 

DANTE REED

Kassidy goes to the high rent district but it doesn't pay off as Laughlin read it perfectly and rolled out just in time.

 

[Flash ends up on his belly in the center of the ring. The miss hurt but he’s stirring. Kaelan crawls over to him. Laughlin uses her legs to apply a figure four headlock! The Burners eyes widen as he realizes she’s got it locked in. Kaelan ends up lying on Flash’s chest while using her sticks to apply more and more pressure to the neck of The Burner!] 

DANTE REED

That technical ground game coming into play for Kaelan here, which is something of a weak spot for Kassidy.

 

[Kassidy uses his feet to try and get up, with Laughlin draped over his chest attempting to separate his head from his shoulders. Flash uses his flexibility and strength to maneuver his feet back beneath him. Kassidy reaches out with his free hand to take hold of the ropes. Kaelan realizes this and immediately cranks up the intensity! The Burner slowly begins to get up!]

 

[Kaelan refuses to release the hold and a rope break can’t save Flash here in the Battleground. Kassidy slowly begins to stand up while using his free arm to brace himself. Flash finally manages to get to a vertical position with Laughlin dangling down the front of his body still applying pressure! She continues to refuse to release her hold even upside down!] 

DANTE REED

Flash Kassidy has made it back to his feet, but Kaelan Laughlin still has that modified triangle choke locked in! She's in a vulnerable position right now, it may be in her best interest to just let go of the sub.

 

[Flash falls face first onto the canvas to smash Kaelan between the mat and his body weight to finally get free! Laughlin rolls out of the ring and onto the outside floor holding her side. Kassidy still somewhat in a daze, stumbles back to his feet to bounce up onto the top rope to springboard off backwards at Kaelan for an Arabian press!] 

DANTE REED

Flash Kassidy doing what he does best and flying high over his competition and this fights has moved to the outside!

 

[Both wrestlers end up down on the outside floor. Kaelan shakes her head to clear the cobwebs while Kassidy crawls toward the announcers table slowly. The Burner ends up at the table and uses the edge to pull himself back up. Laughlin does the same thing but with the edge of the ring apron. The Irish Rose then takes off full speed at Flash, who turns to side step her! Kassidy then pushes her into the security barrier using her own momentum as a weapon against the champ.] 

DANTE REED

Heads up!

 

[Kaelan turned slightly before the crash to hit spine first into the unforgiving steel security barrier. She shakes her head to focus her eyes only to see Flash coming straight at her! Kassidy is looking for a bicycle kick but Laughlin moves out of the way! Kassidy ends up with his right leg stuck between the bars of the barrier! The Burner tries desperately to free himself as Kaelan comes in for a swinging neck breaker from behind! Flash twists his ankle during the fall due to it being lodged between the two bars of the barrier. Kassidy appears to be injured.]

DANTE REED

Uh oh. Kassidy is holding is right ankle after the fall and Laughlin might smell blood in the water!

 

[Kaelan gets back to her feet while Flash manages to free his now injured right ankle from the barrier. Laughlin looks down at The Burner briefly before beginning to stomp down on the ankle! Flash rolls around on the outside floor to get away, but her pointed stomps hit the mark every single time! The Irish Rose halts her offense to pick up the heavier wrestler. She Irish whips him toward the ring but he stumbles on the injured ankle to hit face first on the edge of the apron! The crowd lets out a collective groan as the replay is shown. Kaelan quickly comes in from behind to hoist the challenger up the best she can before pushing him back into the ring! Laughlin quickly rolls in behind Flash to hook a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

Too much time wasted on the outside and Kassidy is able to kick out with ease. However, he's still favoring that ankle and that could be bad news for The Burner.

 

[The Irish Rose appears shocked. Flash rolls over onto his stomach to push himself back up while a tad bit of frustration creeps in for the champion. Kaelan gets up to walk over to the corner closest to Kassidy, who struggles to get up. Laughlin climbs up onto the bottom rope to get to the middle and Flash comes alive! The Burner stumbles to his feet to leap up on the middle rope left foot first to catch the still climbing champion with a springboard corkscrew sunset flip into a powerbomb that he transitions into a pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Kick Out! 

DANTE REED

Holy shit! Even with one leg, Kassidy still can pull off a stunt like that!

 

[Laughlin kicks out at the last possible moment which leads to the crowd to pop and begin chanting at the two respected wrestlers. Kaelan comes up with wide eyes. She realizes that Flash nearly beat her with an injured ankle.] 

 

[Flash gets to his feet but Kaelan kicks his bad ankle out from beneath him suddenly! The Burner hits the mat to hold the ankle while Laughlin rises to both feet. She quickly makes her way back over to Flash. She reaches down to take up his legs to apply a Texas cloverleaf! Kassidy attempts to fight it off in vain. The Irish Rose applies the maneuver in the center of the ring! Flash has nowhere to go.] 

DANTE REED

Laughlin has her opponent stuck in the mud! Could this one be over soon?!

 

[Kassidy realizes he must escape and immediately digs his nails deep into the canvas. Flash then pulls his and Kaelan’s weight toward the ropes. The Burner slowly pulls the two closer and closer. Laughlin does not release the hold because she knows there are no rope breaks here.] 

 

[The Burner relentlessly digs into the mat to pull himself closer and closer. Finally, Kassidy manages to get to the ropes to pull himself to the edge of the apron. Kaelan can feel the ropes against her back and releases the hold to get a better grip which allows Flash to make his escape to the outside floor!] 

 

[Kaelan watches as Flash manages to push himself back up. Laughlin hits the ropes behind her to slingshot toward Kassidy on the outside! The Burner turns around to see Kaelan begin to dive to make it through the top and middle ropes leading him to use the apron for brace to bring up his right foot for a wicked kick to Laughlin’s face! The timing is perfect and nearly knocks the champion senseless! She falls back into the ring, flat on her back.] 

DANTE REED

The Burner showing some incredible will power to slip free of the submission and time up a perfect counter kick!

 

[Kassidy slowly rolls back into the ring, but Kaelan leaps to her feet! This catches The Burner completely off guard after the kick to the face he dished out. Laughlin Irish whips him into the ropes leading Flash to bounce off the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. He limps on the return but uses his good foot to plant before leaping up to catch Irish Rose with a spectacular tilt-a-whirl stunner! The maneuver wows the audience while Kassidy lands on the injured ankle causing him to fall.] 

DANTE REED

Flash Kassidy is rolling now! Can he keep it up and finish this one off?!

 

[The Burner crawls towards the closest corner as fast as he can go. He gets to the corner to take hold of the ropes on either side of the turnbuckles to pull himself up. He then leaps up onto the middle turnbuckle, still stumbling a bit. Kaelan rolls over to end up on her hands and knees looking out at the struggling Flash Kassidy. She pushes herself up and catches The Burner halfway up his climb. She dips beneath him to get the much heavier wrestler up onto her shoulders in the electric chair position! She stands up with both knees shaking from the weight before simply falling back! Flash thrashes his arms out as his eyes widen. The two wrestlers crash back first onto the unforgiving canvas which rattles the entire ring. The crowd pops for both as they now struggle on the mat.] 

DANTE REED

Laughlin stops Kassidy's momentum with the electric chair drop! Both opponents look out of it, who's going to capitalize?

 

[The impact took a lot from both wrestlers. They lie on the mat still for a few moments before Kaelan stirs. Kassidy rolls over on his side to catch his breath. Both remain down on the mat attempting to regain themselves in this championship match. Laughlin manages to get up on both knees. She makes her way towards Kassidy, who suddenly pops up on both his knees! The two then begin swapping blow for blow in the center of the ring from their knees. The crowd chants for both fan favorites but the gold is all that matters right now. Kaelan hammers Kassidy with a brutal elbow out of nowhere! The shot turns him before Flash falls flush on the mat. Laughlin quickly hooks his legs from behind for her signature four legged clover submission! The Burner yells out in pain before slapping the mat three times to submit.] 

DANTE REED

That's it! It is all over! Kaelan Laughlin successfully defends her War Horse Championship!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, AND STILL Union Battleground War Horse Champion, "The Irish Rose" Kaelan Laughlin!

 

[Kaelan releases the hold as the bell rings throughout the building. She gets to her feet slowly as the referee takes her hand to raise it high in victory. The look and emotion of satisfaction floods The Irish Rose as she raises both hands in the air and the referee tosses the championship over her shoulder. The crowd continues to roar with cheers and a disappointed Kassidy finally sits up and the two lock eyes. A subtle nod to each other is all it took to let everyone in the building and those watching at home know that the respect is mutual before the scenes fades out and transitions to the backstage area.]

[Backstage the door that leads to the private locker room of Kaelan Laughlin, War Horse Champion, comes into view. As it does, the lights in the hallway flicker for a moment, dimming and then returning to full brightness. Gradually the close up on the door pans out, widening the view and bringing the familiar face of Kaven Drell into sight. His hands toy with a doll, fingers stroking the long synthetic hair of the figurine.]

 

KAVEN DRELL

Sometimes lessons have to be learned the hard way, Kitten.

 

[Twirling the little doll in between his two hands, Kaven’s voice dropped to just above a whisper in tenure as he leaned in toward the nearby door. Pulling one hand from the doll, he moved it to stroke the door and rest the side of his face against it softly.]

 

KAVEN DRELL

I can understand why you are so jaded. Fraudulent men like the man that occupies the bed you sleep in have been a part of your life for too long. Men who play with makeup, who have turned turned horror movie fetishes into their lifestyle, have marred your view of reality. It has given you false bravado. Consider this your lone warning. Consider this your last chance to walk away.

 

[Kneeling, he traced his fingers down along the door before lowering all the way down to both knees. There, he placed the tiny little doll against the base of the door. Once more the lights flickered around him as he bowed his head, staring at the figure while rocking back and forth slightly. The dimmed lights then flickered further and extinguished, plunging the hallway into darkness for long moments. When they returned, Drell was gone and all that remained was the tiny doll resting against the door.]

[Moving to a dim space of a dark cell in some sort of infernal dungeon we see the undefined figure of a possibly devious ghoul. The dainty figure belies its femininity by its feral delineation against the darkness.]

[She advances as the croaking voice of a certain cretin fills the room hitting her like a whip making the creature contort in the action of pain.]


AOKIGAHARA ZOMBIE
The beauty belies debauchery in this band of blood. The hunger for battle is that of a bottomless pit. Among the babes and the boogeymen, the barbarians broke through the barricades and claimed their bounty.

[Cackling, she creeps forward with her claws outstretched halted only by the clinking of chains. A quick cry for help turns into a fit of conniption and a complaint of contempt.]

AOKIGAHARA ZOMBIE
Bereft of corpses to defile we must settle with defeating consenting bodies. We didn’t dig up these championships for the idle business. The beauty of these crowns lies in the dissent. Oh for discord, conflict, and bickering. Discover the competition. We are the Battalion. We wait.

[Fukushima breaks the chains and destroys the view with a bite.]

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 Union Battleground Trench War Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 5’7” and weighing in at 135 pounds, from Fascination Street, she is "The Muse" Anna Daniels!

 

INTO THE WILD

THOUGHTS OF AN

UNEARTHLY CHILD

PLANTS AND ANIMALS

BLACK AND WHITE

JOURNEY ON

THROUGH DAY AND NIGHT

[“A Darkness In My Soul” by Solid Space hits the PA System as the lights in the arena dim low. Flashing lights seemingly from out of nowhere bounce in all directions before an explosion of brilliant white light engulfs the building and the TARDIS Precious appears on the main stage! Anna Daniels pops out appearing to be in a euphoric trance state, wearing her signature robe. She slowly begins to make her way down the aisle, heading toward the ring.] 

DANTE REED

Making their way to the ring first in the Co-Main Event Trench War Title bout is a woman who could be anywhere at anytime, and she chooses to be here. Anna Daniels returns to the Battleground after delivering a valiant performance in the Guerrilla Warfare match. The effort caught the attention of Gunnar Graves, which he didn't waste any time making this match. Daniels has proven to be a competitor that fears no opposition, in fact she truly embraced this challenge. She is a traveler of both time and space and believes that change is inevitable anywhere you go. She's here to topple the Drell regime and silence the battle cries of his followers, and we're all here waiting to see it all unfold!

 

[Precious and Anna reach ringside with Daniel’s manager rushing up the steps quickly to sit on the middle ropes as to allow Daniels passage to her “realm”. Daniels gets in the ring while Previous hops down off the apron to stand watch at ringside to wait for Drell.] 

 

MIKE DEMPSEY 

And her opponent, standing 6’2”, and 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 with his gleaming 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 most dominating force Union Battleground has quite possibly ever seen, the Trench War Champion Kaven Drell is ready for his next challenge! Leading up to this bout, Drell picked apart his opponent's past and feels like he can help her reach her true potential. He wants Anna to break free from what he claims is her state of content, her state of mediocrity. He wants her to shine bright like the stars nad not sit back in the shadows to play second fiddle. In his mind, the only way to do that is the destroy the status quo, wreck the foundation and begin anew. He's prepared to do what it takes tonight to distort her own sense of comfort and reality so that she can see be reborn and see the light.

 

[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

And here we go, ladies and gentlemen. Kaven Drell versus Anna Daniels for the highly coveted Trench War Championship!

[The referee comes in to take the Trench War Championship from Drell to hold high above her head. Anna peers up at the belt while Kaven never takes his gaze from Daniels.] 

DANTE REED

Let's go!

 

[DING!]

 

[Drell strikes out at Daniels fast! He gets her in a headlock before transitioning into an Irish whip! Anna flies into the ropes to bounce back directly at Kaven, who is aiming for a clothesline. Miss! Daniels baseball slides between both legs of the champion! This catches Drell off guard and as he spins around to locate his foe, Anna catches him with a swift kick to the gut! Kaven bends over in response only to catch a spinning heel kick to the side of his face from Anna!] 

DANTE REED

Anna Daniels starts off fast and has got Kaven Drell in a defensive state.

 

[The crowd appears shocked by the speed of Anna Daniels but not more so than the champion. The Muse continues her momentum by hitting the ropes to catch the staggered champ on one knee! Drell leaps to his feet just in time to catch Daniels with a spinning spinebuster where he tries to drive her through the mat! The champion hooks a leg!] 

 

...One! 

 

... Kick out! 

 

[Daniels kicks out then rolls back to her feet using her speed in this one early. Drell shakes his head almost appearing dizzy by the speed of The Muse. Anna attempts a swift kick but Kaven ducks it while still on one knee to catch Daniels in the back of her head with a ripcord elbow! The violent shot sends Anna to the mat, flat on her belly! Drell hurries to get back to his feet, but The Muse manages to get back up quickly. Before she can turn around however, Kaven chop blocks her at the knee from behind!]

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell now using his brute strength to fight off Daniels' blazing speed and this is a great clash of styles we're seeing unfold.

 

[Daniels rolls beneath the bottom rope after the chop block. Kaven hits the ropes on the opposite side of the ring to build up steam. Anna quickly pulls herself up on the apron before leaping up onto the top rope to springboard off at Drell for a wicked shining wizard that takes the larger wrestler completely off his feet! The Muse goes for the pin!] 

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

..KICK OUT! 

 

[Anna hits the mat with a bit of frustration while Kaven appears shocked by how this has unfolded thus far. Kaven catches Daniels from behind with a sleeper hold to slow the match down a bit. He taunts her from behind while attempting to put her to sleep in front of this capacity crowd!] 

DANTE REED

Smart strategy for Drell to lockdown his opponent. Daniels needs to do something here soon or she's going to be in a world of hurt.

 

[Drell peers back to realize how close the two are to the corner. Suddenly, Kaven releases his hold before cradling her back up quickly for a brutal exploder suplex into the turnbuckles and the crowd begins to build up the notorious chant!]

 

"KILL! DRELL! KILL!"

 

[The crowd erupts into Kaven’s signature chant, but before he can make a pin, Anna rolls out of the ring from beneath the bottom rope! Drell is incensed by this and hits the ropes on the opposite side of the ring. Daniels looks to be regrouping on the outside while Drell flies across the ring. Kaven dives through the ropes to catch Anna with a beautiful suicide dive!] 

"HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!"

 

[Daniels stirs while Drell shakes it off fast. Anna uses the announcers table to pull herself back up while Kaven uses his own strength to get to his feet. Daniels leaps up on the announcers table. She then rushes along the top before diving off at Drell for a picture perfect spiked hurricanrana! The Muse drives the top of Drell’s head into the outside floor with little remorse. Kaven’s forehead is busted open in the exchange!] 

DANTE REED

Speed kills and Daniels just caught Drell with a textbook spiked hurricanrana and it looks like he's been busted open!

 

[Anna rolls to her feet then walks up the steel ring steps slowly while watching Drell recover. Kaven wipes his forehead to see blood and realizes this woman came to fight. He grins briefly before stumbling back to his feet. Drell peers up to see Daniels running on the apron right at him! She dives off at Kaven, who catches her beneath the chin with a beautiful European uppercut out of nowhere! The violent lick sends her to the outside floor in a pile!] 

 

[Blood now covers the face of Drell, who grins wide to embrace the crimson mask. Daniels stirs and attempts to get up only to be cradled up quickly by Kaven! The Champion then proceeds to powerbomb his foe onto the corner of the apron with total malicious intent! The replay shows the pain in slow motion. Kaven takes a moment to marvel in his work before dismissing Daniels and turning his back. Kaven hears a whistle and turns around to see Daniels rushing at him holding something! Drell catches a mouthful of his own championship belt!] 

DANTE REED

Big mistake for Drell to turn his back on a Time Lord.

 

[Daniels uses her strength to get Kaven back onto the apron before rolling him on into the ring. Kaven ends up on his back in the center of the ring looking up at the steel cage still hoisted high into the air for the Main Event. Anna gets up on the apron to make her way over to the closest corner. She positions herself up top aiming for a corkscrew shooting star press! The crowd collectively gasps as she leaps off aiming to give this champion his first loss in the battleground! Drell plays possum until the last possible moment, where he simply lifts up both knees! The counter causes Anna to crash and burn in epic fashion. Drell rolls to his feet to find The TimeLord rolling around in pain on the mat. She begins to sit up which leads Kaven to come in and apply a crossface chickenwing! Anna’s eyes widen as he locks it in.] 

DANTE REED

Drell has his opponent trapped with the choke hold and this is exactly where he wants to be . Slow the pace down, wear Anna down, and begin smashing!

 

[Anna flails her arms and legs to try and break free as the two remain upright. Just as Drell looks to lock in the body scissors, Anna acts fast and dropped to her knees to break free with a jawbreaker onto Drell! Kaven gets stunned and stumbles on his feet, allowing Anna to go on the offensive. Before Kaven can regroup, Anna sneaks up from behind and plants Drell with the most devastating move in all of professional wrestling, a surprise roll up!]

 

...One! 

 

...Kick Out! 

 

[Daniels tried to steal one but Drell kicks out. Kaven and Anna both get to their feet. Drell comes in fast only to catch a big right jab from Anna! Then a wild left uppercut! Kaven falls back into a seated position on the mat. The Muse then catches the champion on the button with a big time roundhouse kick!] 

DANTE REED

Got damn! Kaven Drell eats a brutal kick and Daniels is looking to rally now!

 

[The sheer momentum of the kick causes Anna to roll out to the ring, but she plays it off like she’s celebrating with the front row. Even while in a daze, Drell rolls out of the ring unbeknownst to Anna to continue the hunt. Kaven circles the ring now in full sprint and Daniels catches a kick to the back of the head that drives her face first into the unforgiving outside floor and once again the crowd roars with the chant.]

 

"KILL! DRELL! KILL!"

DANTE REED

Kaven Drell somehow shakes off the big kick and now stalks his prey like a monster villain in a cheesy horror flick. The chants are deafening and it just fuels the fire for him.

[Kaven hammers down on Daniels, who lies helpless on the floor still. The kick to the back of the head still has her in a complete daze and Kaven starts eyeing the nearest turnbuckle. Kaven quickly rolls back into the ring and climbs the turnbuckles in the corner. Drell gets to the top rope and every fan in the arena has their cameras ready for whatever this mad man does next. Daniels stirs sporadically, but still stationed. Kaven leaps off the top rope as flashes illuminate the arena from cameras to capture this moment forever! Drell hits a leg drop across Daniels neck! The crowd goes crazy after impact but after the dust clears, it’s Drell that seems more hurt by the aerial assault, but the crowd eats it up nevertheless.] 

 

“HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!”

 

DANTE REED

UN—BELIEVABLE!

[A Battleground Network cameraman comes in close to show off the melee. The Muse, once thought to be dead, stirs once more. She starts to crawl away from the remains of the crash. Anna manages to sit up and slowly climb to her feet. Drell sits on his bottom out from her. Daniels realizes the champion may be seriously injured. Kaven then powers through the pain and stands. He limps a bit but can still manage. He turns around slowly to see Anna stumble towards him! Before Drell can react, Daniels unloads a series of stiff kicks, chopping down the champion.] 

DANTE REED

Anna Daniels is rallying here! Keep it going! Don't quit now!

 

[Anna knows this is her only shot. She kicks at the injured leg with sharp licks until Kaven is forced to flee back into the ring! Daniels slides in with an eerie expression across her face. Kaven gets to one knee in the ring as his opponent crawls closer and closer. Suddenly, Drell locks eyes and Anna stops dead in her tracks. Anna charges at Drell, who quickly pops up and catches her in the throat with a spinning back fist! Before she can react, Kaven hits his infamous headshrinker!] 

DANTE REED

BOOM! That's it! Not even having the ability to span the multiverses and through the fabric of time could save Anna Daniels from the Kill Drell! Kaven is hooking the leg now, this one is over!

 

...One! 

 

...Two! 

 

...Three! 

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

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

 

[The referee raises the undefeated champion's hand high in victory as the bell marks the end of this contest. Drell peers down at Daniels with a sinister grin as the refere hands of his Trench War Title. Drell slings the belt over his shoulder, and with a nod toward his fallen opponent, a slight glimmer of respect looks to be on display from Drell.]

 

DANTE REED

Well ladies and gentlemen, after a hard fought battle that saw the tides turn back and forth several times, once again, it's Kaven Drell that stands victorious. However I don't think we have ever seen him in this condition before. Battered, bloodied, and hobbled; Drell gets the win but at what price? What kind of toll has this taken on him, and how much longer can he continue at this pace? As we ponder that question, we must take a short commercial break. When we return, it's the Main Event of the evening! James Radford versus Indi Rhyder versus Bryan Williams in a Cage Match! Winner goes on to Coup de Grace for a shot at the Union Battleground Championship! Don't go anywhere, we'll be right back!

[The scene opens to a camera view of James Radford as he slips on his leather vest with the confederate flag embroidered on the back. He’s already dressed for battle, fists taped, boots laced tight. There’s an edge to his demeanor as the time draws closer to his entrance and when Bobby Benson enters the frame beside him, the wily manager looks eager to put that edge to work.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

James, this is the biggest night of your life, an opportunity to become the #1 Contender to the Union Battleground Championship. Dakota Smith has that title firmly wrapped around his waist after Guerrilla Warfare, but…you owe him.

 

[James is silent, eyes glinting like cold steel. He brings his hands together to smooth out the tape wound around his fists.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Your ear, James. Remember your ear…

 

[Benson came off sounding like some fucked up Yoda in the way that he says it, but he shrugs, seeing the effect it has on James as his jaw tightens at the memory.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

But before you can get to the champion, you have to take care of business tonight. Bryan Williams and Indi Rhyder are not going to make this easy on you. You’re going to have to use your size to your advantage. Throw them off their game by running them over and keeping them grounded. Watch out for Indi’s flying, and be mindful that you have to have eyes in the back of your head when it comes to Williams.

 

[James nods while Bobby clips his bullhorn with ‘Country Fine’ airbrushed onto the side of it to his belt.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

You’re ready for this. You’ve trained too hard to let this opportunity go to waste, and I believe in you. The fans believe in you. So, you have to deliver, baby. You have to be the man I know you to be. Sure, Indi’s faster. Sure, Bryan’s more experienced. Sure, they are the odds-on favorites to win…

 

[Suddenly James is staring like a deer caught in the headlights, and Bobby quickly realizes he needs to redirect the conversation and get back on track.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

But none of that even matters, and you know why? Because you’ve got me in your corner!

 

[James casts an incredulous glance Bobby’s way, and his fists post on his hips.]

 

JAMES RADFORD

Weren’t you just trying to recruit Indi Rhyder earlier in the night?

 

[Benson shakes his head vehemently, animated hands flying all over the place.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

It’s not like that, baby! I was just trying to get inside of her head so you could take the advantage. I’m team Radford all the way…

 

[James looks doubtful as Benson nervously pauses to assess his wards reaction. Seeing his misgivings, he sighs heavily, and then swings his finger towards the hallway.]

 

BOBBY BENSON

Let’s go!

 

[Bobby marches out of camera view, leaving Radford with a slight smile on his face at the sight of his manager all out of sorts. He flashes the camera a boyish wink before moving to follow. The scene switches to commercial.]

[We cut to the backstage area, our view is that of a darkened locker room. Empty and without activity, for the moment. The lights go out, starting from the back and then towards the camera. Eventually the picture is covered in darkness.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
Union Battleground.

 

[Bryan's voice can be heard, before we see him. A bright neon purple light erupts, splitting through the darkness as we see Bryan Williams standing before us. He's dressed for his upcoming match, rooster mask already on his head.]

 

[Despite that, we can hear him very clearly. He leans in towards the camera, even with the mask on his face we just know that he's grinning from ear to ear.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
It seems that I have finally gotten out of my way. And while I didn't win Guerilla Warfare, I cannot be denied now. I am being taken seriously.

 

[He pauses.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
It came down to Indi, Dakota and myself. I don't think anyone expected me to get that far, but I did. I did exactly what I said I would do, and now it seems I am being rewarded for my actions.

 

[Bryan looks down at the floor.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
A contender match, with the winner to face Dakota Smith for the Union Battleground Championship.

 

[Bryan looks up, removing the mask from his head.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
How sweet it is.

 

[He says, with a smile.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I know people are wondering when I'm gonna get my first win here, patience is a virtue, folks. Good things come to those who wait, and I've been waiting for a long time to get my hands on Dakota. In order to do that I need to get through two of the best this company has to offer!

 

[He takes a step back, revealing two pictures of his opponents behind him. The neon light fades out, as normal lighting seems to be established once again.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

Indi and James. Quite funny enough they were the last two people I had to deal with in Guerilla Warfare! Imagine that, the man I eliminated and the woman who eliminated me.

 

[He smiles again.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I am quite proud of both of these two, because they put up a hell of a fight. You've got James over here, fighting to get back the name he used to carry in this business. A name that had weight to it. James Radford was something you heard and just knew that you weren't getting a raw deal with him.

 

[Bryan grows quiet, nodding his head in agreement with what he just said.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
But it seems that the spark just ain't quite there for James, at least not yet. He's trying to claw his way back to the top, and now he's got his chance. Bravo James, I applaud your efforts here.

 

[Bryan stops, giving his opponent a small golf clap.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
And then you have Indi, Indi Rhyder. Such an unusual name, and an unorthodox opponent. You wouldn't be able to tell by how insecure she acts in her promos, but she can be very destructive!

 

[Bryan laughs.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS
I know first hand.

 

[Bryan points to his face, mimicking being hit with her space helmet in the Guerilla Warfare match. He lets out another chuckle before he continues.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

While she certainly held her own, and acts with the bravado of a thousand Spartan soldiers… I see right through her.

 

[Bryan thinks for a moment.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I see right through you too, James.

 

[He chuckles again.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I know the both of you haven't thought this out. You saw the opportunity and chance for glory, and you went rushing head first into it. And while I'm here to stop you, I'm not the one you need to be worrying about. I'm not the man who should have given you doubts about even taking this match.

 

[The smile fades from his face, as Bryan's tone grows more serious.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I'm talking about our champion, Dakota Smith. I'm talking about the man who has already stained Union Battleground with his presence. The man we should all be ashamed to work with.

 

[Bryan spits on the ground, as he continues to speak.] 

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

Normally I'd let you two see for yourselves. Normally you both would have annoyed me enough, it would have been fun to see Dakota take your insides out. But this is a new me, this is a changed Bryan Williams. I can't stand here and let sheep herd themselves into a slaughter.

 

[Bryan shakes his head in disgust.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

So what I do next isn't out of malice. I don't do this because I hate you James. I don't do this to get my revenge, Indi. 

 

[Bryan pauses.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

I do this for the good of Union. For everyone's sake. I will stop you both to protect you from what would come next. I will shelter you all until it is time to take Dakota down for good. This is my journey to take, and I'll be damned before I let another fool step on my path. What comes next is for your own good.

 

[The lights go out again, that purple neon light comes back on to show Bryan as he wears his mask yet again.]

 

BRYAN WILLIAMS

This is for your own good. I promise you that.

 

[And with that, the lights go out.]

[The cage high above the ring slowly begins to lower. The anticipation throughout grows even more. Ring grips scatter at ring side to make sure the cage lines up perfectly with the apron and does not snag on the posts.]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the Main Event of the evening! The following battle is a Cage Match,  with a win only coming by way of escape, and it is for the number one contender to the Union Battleground Championship! Introducing first, accompanied by Bobby Benson, standing 6’1” and weighing in at 256 pounds, from Jackson, Mississippi, he is “The Pride of Jackson” James Radford!

GIRL YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO HURT REAL BAD AND CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP

YOU SHOWED ME HOW THIS TOWN CAN SHATTER DREAMS

ANOTHER LESSON ABOUT A NAIVE FOOL THAT CAME TO BABYLON

AND FOUND OUT THAT THE PIE DON'T TASTE SO SWEET

NOW IT'S GUITARS, CADILLAC'S, HILLBILLY MUSIC

["Guitars, Cadillacs" by Dwight Yoakam begins to play over the loud speaker. Just as the song hits it's chorus two spotlights converge on the stage as James Radford saunters out from behind the curtain wearing black boots, leather pants, vest, and a black stetson hat. Radford’s manager, Bobby Benson, comes out to stand alongside Country Fine. They pauses at the top of the stage to stare out at the crowd with hands cupped over their eyes, and both gives the camera a tip of the hat followed by a wink just before making their way down the ramp.]

 

DANTE REED

This is it, ladies and gentlemen... This is the moment we've all been waiting for! Our first competitor, James Radford, is making his way to the ring right now with his manager Bobby Benson. Radford is a seasoned veteran that's been away from the game for some time and saw Guerrilla Warfare as a perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things and find out if he still has what it takes. Although he didn't finish as the last man standing, he made an impressive run at the number eight spot, finishing in the final four. Now, Radford isn't the kinda guy that goes around with barbed wire baseball bats, or staple guns in his situation, and this what quite a culture shock for him. However, he persevered through most of the carnage and melee, and gave himself a boost in confidence to realize he can still hang. His performance earned him this opportunity, and I'm excited to see what he can do with it here tonight.

 

[James slaps a few hands as he passes by while the camera swings around to follow behind him, focusing in on the confederate flag sewn into his vest. Benson is all business tonight. Radford looks up at the cage before heading toward the ring steps where the cage door is located. He slips through the door then on through the ropes. James peers up to see the high walls of the cage then back at the door. Only two ways to escape and win this career altering opportunity.]

MIKE DEMPSEY

Introducing second, standing 5’5” and weighing in at 130 pounds, from Los Angeles, California, she is ”The Galactic Princess” Indi Rhyder!

KARMA, KARMA, KARMA, KARMA, KARMA CHAMELEON

YOU COME AND GO, YOU COME AND GO

['Karma Chameleon' by the Culture Club hits over the PA System, and Indi Rhyder skips out onto the stage to a pretty big ovation. She leaps back and forth along the stage, a huge bubbly smile placed upon her lips. She turns to give the camera a wink as she passes on by down the ramp, slapping hands as she goes. Rhyder gets to the cage to see Radford in the far corner watching her every move.]

DANTE REED

Our second competitor in this match, the one and only Indi Rhyder has quite the following anywhere she goes. While she will always hold the distinction of being the final Valor Pro UnYielding Champion, she is ready to plant her flag here in the Battleground. Rhyder was a big surprise entrant and although she came up short in the Guerrilla Warfare match, the fact she entered at number three and was the last one eliminated shows she has the skill set and willpower to become the face of the Battleground! She is confident in her journey, and puts all of her trust in the system the universe has put her in.

 

[The Interstellar Star Child slithers through the cage door quickly. Indi ducks below the top rope to end up inside the steel cage. The crowd starts an Indi chant but James pays that it little mind. Rhyder winks at Radford before climbing up on the turnbuckle in the opposite corner in order to further rile this already pumped crowd!]

MIKE DEMPSEY

And finally, standing 6’2” and weighing in at 219 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 Bryan Williams methodically walk 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 Rooster 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

The final walkout of the night brings us the notorious Bryan Williams. He's without a doubt the most accomplished and decorated competitor in this match, but 2019 was a year he would mostly like to forget. He's been on quite a losing skid as of late and he's still searching for his first recorded victory in the Battleground. He entered Guerrilla Warfare at the halfway mark, number ten, and made it to the final four. Although it ultimately ended in a way he's almost become accustomed to, something clicked during that match. He was once lost in a downward spiral, but now he believes he's found new meaning to his career. He believes it is his duty, his destiny to win this match tonight and face Dakota Smith. He believes he is the antithesis of The Butcher, and will be the one to stop the chaos he will bring before it's too late.

 

[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.]

 

[Williams props his bat up against the ring steps, stuffs his mask inside his jacket pocket and hangs the jacket on the bat as he visually takes in the cage. Bryan walks up the steps before peering at Indi then back over at James. Both wrestlers want a piece of him for one reason or another but mainly… Championship Gold. Bryan slips through the door and ropes to end up inside the cage. The referee slams the door on the outside before locking it with a masterlock. Sold at any walmart, cheap plug.] 

DANTE REED

We are all set for this Main Event ladies and gentlemen! The door is locked and the stage is set. The only way to win this match is by escaping the cage either through the padlocked door or by climbing over the top. Whoever can get both feet to touch the outside first will etch their name in the Main Event of Coup de Grace for the Union Battleground Championship!

 

[The three wrestlers each stand in different corners before the bell. Pinfalls nor submissions can't win this match. Escape only. The anticipation throughout continues to build when suddenly…] 

 

[DING!]

 

[Indi and Radford both take off at Williams. Wounds from the Guerrilla Warfare Match still fresh. Both wrestlers catch him off guard with clothesline from each! James and Rhyder then each cradle up Williams quickly before simultaneously suplexing him! Country Fine and The Galactic Princess then roll to their feet to charge at one another!] 

DANTE REED

A swift two on one attack against Williams to start things off but Indi and Radford quickly turn on each other afterwards.

 

[Benson charges alongside the cage to fire up his client and Radford takes hold of the back of Indi’s head after a sharp jab that rocks the superstar! Country Fine charges across the ring to toss Rhyder face first into the cage! The Interstellar Star Child ends up between the ropes and cage. Trapped. Radford looks over to see Williams climbing up the side of the cage. James rushes over to leap up but Bryan kicks down at him. Radford leaps up again to take hold of Williams left foot! Bryan simply lets go to drop an elbow down onto Country Fine’s forehead! Both men hit the mat.] 

DANTE REED

Sneaky move from Williams there. I like it.

 

[Bobby hits the side of the structure on the outside to rile up his client. Williams rolls to his feet. He peers up to see Indi Rhyder on the top turnbuckle after untangling herself moments prior. She leaps off knees first to catch Bryan with a picture perfect Meteora! Williams falls back and trips over the still downed James Radford!]

DANTE REED

Indi Rhyder comes crashing down from the heavens and takes out Bryan Williams!

 

[Rhyder ends up close to the door. She begins to quickly crawl towards it . The referee on the outside uses his key to unlock the door. He then opens it as Indi reaches the ropes. Rhyder can feel the edge of the apron and freedom when someone steps on her spine from behind! Radford’s foot pressing into the back of Indi halts her forward progress completely. He reaches out to take hold of the cage door. He swings it back into the face of Indi Rhyder! Then again! The Galactic Princess attempts to back peddle but is unable to do so with James' foot on her back. The metal slams into her face leaving a new cut each time. Radford lifts his foot then yanks Indi back into the ring so the referee can close the door all the way. James turns to see Bryan halfway up the cage again!] 

DANTE REED

Radford is pummeling Rhyder with the cage door and no one paying attention to Williams! He's halfway home!

 

[A claw hammer lands in the center of the ring suddenly! James peers out at Benson, who tossed it in. Radford shakes his head to dismiss the weapon before rushing to take hold of Williams. Bryan falls down to land on his feet. Radford hits him with a right hook then a left jab to send Williams back! Bryan comes forward with a kick to the gut! Country Fine bends over leading Bryan to cradle him up for a blue thunder bomb!] 

DANTE REED

James Radford's manager Bobby Benson is out here throwing in some extra artillery, but Radford still has his morals. Even after going through destruction of Guerrilla Warfare and in the mayhem right now, he still chooses not to go that route. And you know what, it cost him! Williams is now in control of this fight!

 

[Williams gets to one knee when he notices Indi has gotten up and now has a weapon! Radford shakes his head on the mat directly behind Bryan. He sits up as Indi throws the dangerous claw hammer right at Bryan’s head, but he ducks! The hammer misses Williams to stick in the shoulder of James Radford!]

DANTE REED

What the fuck!?!

[The crowd lets out a collective groan to convey ghost pain. Radford peers down to see the claw hammer stuck in his shoulder and even if it’s not a deep wound, it’s deeply unsettling to see nonetheless. Rhyder grins wide as James looks back at her. He pulls the hammer out.] 

 

"HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!"

 

[Bryan sneaks away to the door during this exchange. Indi swings around to see the referee open the door for Williams. Suddenly the referee gets pushed into the ring steps from behind! He bounces off and hits the floor on the other side of the steps in a pile. The door slams shut! Bobby Benson snaps the lock shut before tossing the key into the crowd!] 

DANTE REED

Looks like someone's going home with a souvenir!

 

[Indi and Bryan watch this all unfold in shock. Now there’s only one way out. Rhyder turns around to find Radford! James reaches up to take a handful of her hair! Country Fine then hits her in the face with the hammer! Blood runs down her cheek from the shot. Indi falls back to be cradled up by Bryan Williams for a fireman’s carry that transitions into a neckbreaker!] 

DANTE REED

Radford has finally snapped! He just rocked Indi with that hammer and Williams finishes her off with a high impacy neckbreaker!

 

[Radford charges at Williams full speed ahead! Bryan plants his right foot to swing around for a beautiful superkick that catches James flush on the jaw! Williams then turns his attention back to escaping. He turns and is shocked by what he sees. Indi Rhyder has somehow gotten up and now is half way up the side of the structure now! She is in a daze after the hammer shot from James but still determined to win this match. Bryan rushes over to leap up on the cage like a spider monkey! He climbs up to come alongside Rhyder! Indi smiles at him with blood still trickling down her face before reaching out with her left hand to smash Bryan face first into the cage! Williams shakes this off before countering with a right hand of his own!] 

 

[The two fight on the side of the cage until Indi loses her grip and falls! She is caught below by James Radford! He adjusts to hoist her up on his shoulders in a real display of strength! Rhyder then digs into the open shoulder wound! This causes Radford to drop her before he can slam her on the mat! He hits both knees while Rhyder hits her feet! She bounces off the ropes and side of the cage to rock it! This causes Williams to teeter while she slingshots back at James for a wicked shining wizard!] 

DANTE REED

Indi Rhyder gets rolling with some solid offense against James Radford, but again no one is watching out for Williams! He's ascending the cage again!

 

[Indi rushes to the turnbuckles just as Williams regains his balance on the side of the cage. He begins to climb again when he notices Rhyder scaling the turnbuckles in the corner closest to him. Indi leaps off at Bryan who lets go but it’s too late! Rhyder catches him in midair with a diving spear! All three wrestlers are now down.] 

DANTE REED

Rhyder with the well timed spear suspended in the air!

 

[Indi is the first to stir. She begins to crawl toward the corner and edge of the cage. Radford and Williams also begin to move on the mat. The crowd knows Rhyder wants to go on to face the champion. She staggers up to both feet before climbing up on the turnbuckles in the corner. Indi gets to the top just as Radford rises. He charges across the ring while Bryan gets up to one knee. James climbs the turnbuckles in the corner with serious haste. Indi reaches up to get a grip on the side of the cage when Radford wraps her up from behind! Indi stands on the top turnbuckle while James stands on the one just below it. He steps up on the top directly behind Rhyder before leaping back for a super German suplex from the tip top that he releases just before impact! Bryan Williams had got to the corner but saw the incoming superplex and ducked to miss the two wrestlers, who are now both down. It took almost as much out of James as it did Indi.] 

DANTE REED

James Radford comes in with a huge suplex from the top rope and Indi Rhyder is out cold right now!

 

[Bobby Benson wastes little time in leaping on the side of the cage on the outside. Williams and he climb at the same exact time. Benson talks trash the entire way as he struggles to keep up with the ring veterans pace. Indi and James stir on the mat while the race up the side continues. Bryan and Bobby reach the top of the cage in record time.]

DANTE REED

Look at this! Bobby Benson is climbing the cage from the outside to try and stop Bryan Williams! Benson knows what a win here would mean for his wallet, I mean, client.

 

[Bryan grasps the top of the cage with both hands to swing out from the side just as Bobby does the same to come in with a punch over the top. Williams swings into the side of the cage to catch Benson just right to send him flying off the side of the cage and through the announcers table! The crowd pops!]

DANTE REED

Look out!! Oh my god! Williams just punted Bobby Benson off from the top of the cage and I think Benson is dead! Someone get the medics out here now! I'm getting the fuck outta dodge!

 

"THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME! THIS IS AWESOME!"

 

[During the exchange, Bryan did not notice that Indi and Radford are now on either side of him. Indi on the left while Country Fine is to the right. Both wrestlers begin attacking from two fronts with sharp punches! Williams holds on until he catches a solid elbow from Indi that causes him to fall off the side! Bryan hits the mat hard while Indi and Radford continue to climb. They reach the top of the cage at the same time and each swing a leg over to end up straddling the top of the structure. Country Fine and The Interstellar Star child begin swinging fists! The bloody face of Rhyder on full display as the two fight it out to see who will go on to face Dakota Smith!] 

DANTE REED

Both James Radford and Indi Rhyder are straddling the top of the cage! We could be seeing a new number one contender any moment now!

 

[Radford stands up on the edge of the cage with his legs shaking to keep balance. James then reaches out to push off Indi, who spins the leg dangling off the side to sweep both feet from Radford! The sudden shift causes James to fall back! James clips the back of his head on the edge of the cage! A gash is left from the violent lick while Indi causes herself to fall during the leg sweep! She hits face first on the mat below.]

DANTE REED

And they all go crumbling down! Back to square one! It's anyone game now!

 

[Both wrestlers are down and possibly out. The camera swings around after instructions from the production truck to show Indi and Radford lying head to head on the mat. The shot eases back to reveal Bryan Williams hovering above both. He steps over them to begin his ascent. Bryan climbs up the side to reach the top once more. Indi peers up still in a daze briefly before her head falls back flat on the canvas. Bryan throws a leg over to end up on the outside of the cage. He drops down to hit the outside floor and win his shot at the Union Battleground Champion!]

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

MIKE DEMPSEY

Here is your winner, AND NEW Number One Contender for the Union Battleground Championship, Bryan Williams!

 

[A new referee has made it to ringside after the first was taken out by Radford’s manager, Bobby Benson. The female ref comes in to declare Bryan the victor. Williams looks over at the big screen where a graphic has been generated of he and Dakota Smith for Coup de Grâce.]

DANTE REED

Williams has done it! Bryan Williams escapes the cage and we have a new number one contender! Soak it in, man! You've earned this one!

[Williams pierces a thousand yard stare at the big screen as the crowd is in pandemonium. Bryan stoically walks over to the ring steps and picks up his jacket and baseball bat. He puts the jacket on and grabs his bat and begins to walk up the ramp, still without showing any emotion.]

DANTE REED

That's all the time we have here tonight ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to keep up with all of the latest news concerning Coup de Grace on Twitter and join us again next time only on the Battleground Network!

[Williams reaches the top of the ramp and suddenly stops. He turns back around toward the ring and a cameraman is there on the scene with a closeup shot broadcasting over the big screen. Bryan finally cracks an ever so subtle grin before pulling the Rooster mask back out from his jacket pocket and pulls it back over his head. The final shot shows Williams' mask up close and the feed slowly fades to black.]

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