L!GHTS OUT #10
Infinite Energy Arena
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:: commentary teaM ::
:: welcome to the show ::
[The final moments of the previous L!GHTS OUT finishes, and then a moment of darkness. The Union Battleground logo then fades in and out with a rhythmic pulse synchronized with deep thuds of a heart beat. The view distorts and scratches out into darkness again. Then suddenly a countdown begins…]
GIMME FUEL, GIMME FIRE, GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE!
[As "Fuel" by Metallica kicks in to overdrive, we open up with a montage of some of the biggest moments in Union Battleground's short history. We see Dick Devereux laying countless Pipe Bombs on to Dragasha Omega in the L!GHTS OUT #1 main event; we see Hannah Kristiansen cutting a promo during her open challenge debut; we see the formation of Salvation at the Fallout PPV; we see Emery Layton winning the Trench War Championship with The Prikasa;
we see The Outliers crowd surfing down at the Pico Rivera Arena at L!GHTS OUT #4.]
[Then we see a quick cut compilation of Nigel Crane laying out Maverick and then showing him destroying Jason Bourne's knee and then a split screen of both of them wheeled out on stretchers; we see a quick cut compilation of some of the biggest spots during Trixie and Anton Chase's ladder match at Fallout; and finally we see a quick cut compilation of Dick Devereux and Tweeder each hoisting the Union Battleground Championship during their two PPV main event bouts. An explosion engulfs the screen as we transition to the arena.]
[Luke Knux and the Scumbag Society are finishing up one of their hit songs as the camera angles pan all throughout the arena. As Knux finishes off his solo and bringing the song to an end, a huge fireworks display ignites and lights up the entire arena like a supernova! We now finally venture over to the broadcast booth to start the show.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Welcome everybody to L!GHTS OUT #10! We are live here at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia in front of a sold out, jam packed crowd of 13,000 plus! I am your host "The Doctor" Dante Reed.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - And I am... "Diamond" Dick 'Got the tools and the jewels' Thrasher!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks we have another star-studded card setup for tonight. Our main event of the evening pits "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase against "The Alpha and Omega" Nemesis!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Nemesis gives me the willies! Him and his sideshow freaks allegedly vandalized Chase's locker room and tied up Chris Wood during our last broadcast. I wonder if Nemesis had his way with Wood?!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You just had to go there, didn't you? ...We also have a triple threat match with Hubert Smalls, Dillon Shaw, and Jove Belane setup tonight.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - These three guys have a ton of potential here in the Battleground. But I'm telling you, if Hubert makes me watch his cat again tonight, I'm sending him a bill!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Also on hand, we've got Damon Xalvador set to go against Mandi Morrison, and we also have our first sanctioned tag team match with the newly formed alliance of Trixie and Tornado Desencadenado, known as "Beautiful Storm" set to take on two members of Salvation, Camila Martinez and Kreature!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh great! More of those creepy bastards!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - But now, it's time for our opening match. Mike, take it away!
:: Kimitsu zombie vs jonathan drake ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Making his way to the ring... From Portland, Oregon... Standing 6'2" and weighing in at 222 lbs... Making his debut in Union Battleground, Jonathan Drake!
WELL YOU THINK THAT YOU KNOW WHAT I AM BUT YOU DON'T.
'CAUSE I SAY WHAT YOU CAN'T AND I DO WHAT YOU WON'T.
["Sick Individual" by Halestorm hits and Jonathan walks out and makes his way to the ring. He is dressed in black wrestling tights with green trim and black boots. He walks with purpose reaching the center of the ring. He then walks a small circle eyeing the crowd. Moving swiftly he makes his way and climbs to the second rope and raises his arms to the crowd.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Jonathan Drake is another upstart making his debut in the Battleground tonight.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The streak continues, Dante. A new face has come in every show to make an attempt to climb the ranks. Some have been successful in their debuts, some... Not so much. I'm anxious to see how this man holds up.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, making her official Union Battleground debut... From Kimitsu, Japan... Standing 5'5"... She is "Little Yokai" Kimitsu Zombie!
TOMERARENAI SOUUTSU SHOUDOU
[Sayonara, Perfect World blares out and Kimitsu Zombie darts out of the entrance way in her bosozoku uniform. She holds her arms up and screams with her tongue out then struts to the ring where she climbs a turnbuckle and repeats the yell. She jumps down into the ring to wait.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kimitsu Zombie is making her return since Battle of Los Angeles, and really her official debut under the Union Battleground banner.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Listen to the reaction here tonight. I know she's a bad ass and sometimes is painted in that "villainous" role, but the Bleacher Creatures are happy to see her in the Battleground tonight!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - She's got her work cut out for her. Drake has got nine inches and almost a hundred pounds on her.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - All I heard was she's got nine inches on her...
[Referee Joe Murray calls for the bell and this match is underway! Drake and Zombie stare each other down from across the ring for a moment, then suddenly Kimitsu sprints at Drake. Kimitsu gets within range and topples Drake down with a low drop kick to the knee. Drake falls on all fours, and Kimitsu springs off the ropes and comes back with a low drop kick to the head! Kimitsu climbs the middle rope and throws her arms up and the crowd cheers her on. Kimitsu looks back at Drake who's still on the mat and sizes her next move up. Kimitsu springs off the middle rope into a moonsault! Zombie hooks the leg for a quick cover!]
... Drake kicks out after two!
[Zombie now gets to her feet and drags Jonathan Drake up with her. Drake now goes on the offensive, breaking free from her grasp and starts wailing with some sharp knife edge chops! Each one gets a unanimous "WOO!" reaction from the crowd. Drake backs Kimitsu into the ropes, then whips her across the ring. On the return, Drake throws a closeline, but Zombie ducks it. Zombie bounces back off the ropes and on the return, Drake drops her with a spine buster! Drake rotates on top and puts Kimitsu in a dragon sleeper. Drake wrenches back on the head and neck, keeping Zombie at bay.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Kimitsu Zombie came out of the gates fired up, but Drake has slowed her down and has got her in a vulnerable spot.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Right... Because he's got 9 inches on her?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Just drop it!
[Kimitsu squirms her way to get a little bit of breathing room, then starts knocking Drake back with some modified Shotei shots to the face. With each strike, Drake loosens his grip a little bit more. Finally Zombie nails one final open palm strike and breaks free from the submission! Both fighters stand to their feet and Drake quickly goes for a high kick, but Kimitsu catches it and takes him down with a dragon screw. Kimitsu runs the ropes as Drake gets back to his feet. Zombie comes back and leap frogs over a back body drop attempt. Zombie bounces back and Drake scoops her up for a slam, but Zombie counters with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors! Zombie jumps to her feet and immediately starts thumping Drake with a series of kick combinations. Kimitsu stops momentarily while Drake is on all fours, then crashes down with an axe kick to the back of the head!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Banzai God Kick! Zombie now goes for a cover!
... Th-- No! Drake jolts out at two!
[Kimitsu gives the evil eye at the referee and disputes the tempo of the count. Zombie picks Drake up by the hair and heads over to the turnbuckles. Kimitsu now starts thumping Drake's face into the post. After a five count by the ref, Zombie finally stops, but then drags Drake's face across the ropes.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Kimitsu Zombie is just rubbing it in now!
[Kimitsu makes it about halfway down the ropes and Drake finally counters with a vicious elbow to the ribs. Drake grabs Zombie by the back of the head and now drags her face across the remainder of the ropes. Drake comes to the end and then smashes Zombie's face into the corner turnbuckles and then drops her with a heavy German Suplex! Drake quickly gets to his feet and runs the ropes. On the return, Drake comes crashing down with a rolling thunder! Jonathan Drake gets back to his feet and brings Zombie up with him. Drake whips Zombie but Kimitsu counters and sends Drake into the ropes. Drake returns and goes for a closeline, but Kimitsu ducks it. Drake bounces off the other side and comes back and counters Zombie's back body drop attempt with a sunset flip! Drake holds on for the pin!]
... Zombie kicks out!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a move by the big man!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Zombie just got rocked! I'm surprised she was able to kick out!
[Drake stays on the offensive and brings Zombie up and then back down with a dragon suplex. Drake makes his way to the turnbuckle and climbs to the top and crashes down with a flying elbow! Kimitsu rolls around in pain as Drake looks on with a smirk on his face. Drake heads over to Zombie and picks her straight up and throws her in a fireman's carry! Drake looks into the crowd with a menacing look, and drops Kimitsu with a cutter!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dragon's Drop! The rookie just decimated Zombie with fireman's carry cutter!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Drake's making the cover!
... No! Kimitsu Zombie's leg is on the ropes!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe it! Zombie avoids the loss with a rope break!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't think she intended on that either. I think her leg just happened to fall on the ropes as she came down.
[Drake looks at the ref stunned at the rope break call. Drake furiously stomps to his feet and heads to the outside. He digs under the ring apron and pulls out a chair! He slides it into the ring and then rolls in himself. Drake gets to his feet with the folded chair in hand, waiting for Zombie to get to her feet. Zombie struggles her way up to her feet with help from the ropes, and Drake charges after her! With one fell swoop, Drake smashes the chair down, but Zombie notices at the last second and drops to her knees and the chair ricochets off of the ropes and hits Drake square in the face! Kimitsu quickly gets back to her feet and drills the chair again into Drake with a savate kick! Drake drops the chair and stumbles around in a daze! Zombie catches the perfect moment and drops Drake with a swinging fisherman neckbreaker onto the chair!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Trip to the Grave! Zombie just laid out Jonathan Drake!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Kimitsu is hooking the leg!
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, "Little Yokai" Kimitsu Zombie!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a turn around! Kimitsu Zombie was dead to rights after Jonathan Drake delivered the Dragon's Drop, but luck was on her side as she laid limp, her leg managed to land on the ropes!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She took that opportunity and ran with it! But as much as I hate rookies, you can't take anything away from Jonathan Drake tonight. He put it to Zombie and just had one little slip up that ended up costing him the match. Hopefully this rook uses this as a lesson learned and improves from it.
:: savannah and the spectacular ::
[The scene opens up backstage with a well-dressed Savannah Skye holding a microphone. She smiles when she realizes the shot is rolling and the camera operator immediately signals for her to begin talking.]
Savannah Skye - Hi guys, Savannah Skye backstage here! It is my honor at this time to welcome one of the hottest prospects on the Union Battleground roster, The Spectacular Dillon Shaw!
[Dillon Shaw steps into the shot with a large grin on his face. The crowd in the arena responds with a mixed reaction. He acknowledges Savannah’s presence and patiently waits for his first question.]
Savannah Skye - Dillon, since arriving in Union Battleground, you’ve been very vocal about your physical advantages and amateur wrestling credentials. Do you really believe you’ve found a legitimate advantage over the competition here?
Dillon Shaw - I think I’ve established that by now. I am not called ‘spectacular’ because it’s some sort of joke. I know my sample size isn’t huge right now, but eventually after a few weeks, the highlight reel will start to come together with a collection of my greatest moments since arriving in Union Battleground.
Savannah Skye - What is it specifically that you feel gives you an advantage?
Dillon Shaw - The discipline, the drive, the mental focus to be the best. I don’t see a lot of these same traits in most of the guys here. There might be some very interesting and colorful characters sitting around, but there will be a big difference when these entertainers are asked to face a real challenge.
Savannah Skye - Well, tonight certainly seems like it will be a challenge for everyone involved in your match. Tonight, you step into the ring with Hubert Smalls and Jove Belane in a triple threat match. How are you feeling about tonight’s contest?
Dillon Shaw - Savannah, I’m not lying when I tell you I’m excited about tonight. I see such a huge opportunity in this match and I am not going to let it slip through my fingers. Hubert, Jove, and myself all had big plans when we signed contracts here and so far we’ve all managed to go undefeated. After tonight, we will no longer be able to make that claim. One of us will step forward, ahead of the rest, and continue our ascent on this company.
Savannah Skye - This is definitely one of the most anticipated matches in Union Battleground history. Like you just mentioned, we are all expecting the winner of this match to make a big leap in the rankings here. Do you have any words for you opponents before you finally come face to face tonight?
Dillon Shaw - I have been saying it since the match was announced, I think Jove Belane is a talented fighter. He seems to take himself somewhat seriously and it is clear he has put in the time to develop his skills. But nothing he does is perfect. I see so many holes in his game and technique. He’s probably one of the more talented names on the roster, but it still won’t be enough for what I bring to the table. I don’t make the simple mistakes that Jove will make. When I want to put him on his back, he will be down immediately. When I want to pressure a certain body part or region, I will attack instantly and he will be forced to defend. Jove will either get tired and eventually get caught after fighting off my attacks or he’ll get sloppy from the start and I’ll catch him quickly.
Savannah Skye - You seem very confident about matching up against Jove. What about your other opponent, Hubert Smalls? He is a more unorthodox fighter to say the least. How do you plan on approaching someone like him?
Dillon Shaw - I don’t plan on doing anything different or special to deal with Hubert Smalls. Can he still be taken down? Yes. Can his shoulders be pinned to the mat? Yes. That’s all I need to know. As far as Hubert Smalls is concerned, he’s in the same amount of danger that everyone else is when they get into a fight with me. The amount of damage that he will have to endure will be directly related to the amount I need to dish out in order to win. I’m trying to be quick, efficient, and deadly. Once I walk away with my hand raised after this, I expect something much bigger in my future.
Savannah Skye - Care to elaborate on that? What exactly do you feel a victory in this match earns you?
Dillon Shaw - I’ll leave that up to the man in power. He has shown himself to be intelligent enough so far. I think everyone can see how important this match is. Of course I expect to be rewarded upon victory. I am not going to beg for anything, though. I think it will be clear to everyone that Dillow Shaw is in line for something...spectacular!
[Dillon gives Savannah one more arrogant smirk before walking out of the shot. The scene fades.]
:: commercial ::
:: the making of an idol ::
I JUST WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER
THROW YOUR HANDS UP IN THE SKY
LET'S SET THIS PARTY OFF RIGHT
["24 K Magic" by Bruno Mars plays inside a SOLD OUT Infinite Energy Arena. Christina Hamilton a member of the Seattle Pro Wrestling roster steps out onto the stage and stands at the top of the ramp her arms spread wide posing for everybody be to see.]
PLAYERS, PUT YO' PINKY RINGS UP TO THE MOON
GIRLS, WHAT Y'ALL TRYING TO DO?
24K MAGIC IN THE AIR...
HEAD TO TOE SO PLAYER
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Ladies and Gentlemen... Please Welcome at this time from Lincoln, Nebraska and representing Seattle Pro Wrestling... Christina Hamilton!
[Christina turns in a circle with her arms spread wide before motioning for her music to stop playing with her hand and then she raises the microphone up to speak.]
Christina Hamilton - For those of you who don't know who I am then allow me to introduce myself...
[The crowd is beginning to get riled up.]
Christina Hamilton - My Name is...
[And now an Aria Price chant picks up.]
AP! AP! AP! AP!
Christina Hamilton - If you know her then you must already know who I am...because I'm Christina Hamilton and I defeated your beloved Aria Price CLEAN! I beat the ALMIGHTY AP in the center of the ring after a months worth of belittling, trash talk and broken promises!
[Again, the crowd reacts.]
Christina Hamilton - See where I come from a failure is not an option. You're Trench War Champion...Emery Layton is a very good friend of mine and she's just like me. So if you boo me then you might as well boo her!
YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!
Christina Hamilton - Its not a bad thing that we're alike. What I meant was that we are cut from the same cloth...Emery is perhaps my closest friend and since she's coming to Seattle Pro on Friday, May 26th at Pride. I felt that in return it's only fitting if I make my first appearance for Union Battleground tonight on her show...Live on the BATTLEGROUND NETWORK!
[Christina twirls the microphone as she smiles.]
Christina Hamilton - I was born and raised in a family that was supported by a hardworking man who was very successful in this business. Many years later his beautiful, athletically gifted, blonde, blue eyed daughter has set out to forge her own path...to make a name for herself. I want to step out from my fathers shadow and do this on my own.
[Christina stands atop the stage looking out over the 13,000 fans in attendance picking her spots and choosing her words wisely.]
Christina Hamilton - At an early age I had those I looked up to. Those that I looked up to and idolized. I am the same age as AP, I received the same training as AP but I wasn't considered to be as good as AP. So now that I've proved to be better than Aria Price. I have staked my claim on this business and from this moment going forward you can call me...the CHRISTINA IDOL!
Christina Idol - It's a fresh start with a name that I have made myself! Next week you can find me competing in the 2017 International Elite Cup and on May 26th...I face Courtney Leinart in the historic Key Arena for Seattle Pro at Pride! So just keep doing what you're doing hate, throw shade but most importantly ENVY ME!
[Idol drops the microphone down to the stage as a shriek is heard before her music begins playing again.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a surprise! Formerly known as Christina Hamilton, now Christina Idol, drops in the Battleground and drops quite the revelation!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm speechless! But Dante, I think to meant to say THE Christina Idol. This is why I love this Battleground Network deal! Do you think we'll see anyone else from any other partnered promotion make an appearance tonight?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well, like Christina's appearance, nothing is on the bullet points in front of me, but anything can happen inside the Battleground! Folks, let's switch gears now for our next fight! Mike, take it away brother!
:: damon xalvador vs mandi morrison ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Making his way to the ring... From Aberdeen, Scotland... Standing 6'1" and weighing in at 229 lbs... Representing the WWH, Damon Xalvador!
ENDLESS MORNINGS CUT BY THE DAWN RAZOR
WHIPPING THE NIGHTMARES TO A FROTH
ENDLESS QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS
NO REPLACEMENT FOR WHAT'S BEEN LOST
[Lights go off as the crowds are getting up on their feet as a spotlight is placed on the entrance ramp. No music, nothing is happening right now which confused the crowds as they are waiting. Moments later "Break You" plays through the arena and coming through the curtain is none other than Damon Xalvador. He walks over to the entrance ramp as he stops and looks at the crowd with a smirk on his face. He taunts the crowd, which causes a mixed reaction. He waves them off as he walks down the ramp. He walks up the steel stairs and climbs through the second rope. He walks over to the second turnbuckle, he stops and leans on it looking disinterested as his music slowly fades]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dick, Xalvador and his opponent tonight had a bit of back and forth on social media in the build up to tonight's matchup.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It just shows that both of these competitors are ready to break through and any and every chance they get they're bringing their 'A' game.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent... Standing 5'7" and weighing in at 113 lbs... From Chicago, Illinois... Mandi Morrison!
AM I BRAVE ENOUGH?
AM I STRONG ENOUGH?
TO FOLLOW THE DESIRE
THAT BURNS FROM WITHIN
["I am the Fire" by Halestorm hits the PA system, as Mandi walks out, with a small puppy in her arms. She looks out to the crowd, and she starts walking down to the ring while petting the dog. She walks over and hands the dog to a crew members, then climbs up the steps, before getting into the ring between bottom and middle ropes. She heads to her corner as waits for match to start.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Wow, Mandi came out holding a puppy, obviously mocking Damon even further with some symbolism.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - One of the things she kept saying during their Twitter spat, was that she saw Samon as not some rabid beast, but rather a cute little puppy dog! You know what happens when people get too comfortable with a wild animal? They usually bite off more than they can chew, so to speak.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Referee Joe Murray is set to officiate this bout, and he calls for the bell. This match is underway!
[As the bell rings, the two competitors close in to the center of the ring, Damon with a snarling stare, while Mandi has a cheeky smile and gives a soft wave. The two lock up with a collar and elbow tie, and Damon takes control with an arm wrench back behind Mandi. Damon wrenches her arm up high between her shoulders blades, but then Mandi cartwheels out of the hold and wrenches Damon's arm behind his back now. Mandi grabs Damon by the hair and drops him with a double knee backbreaker! Mandi pops back up first and springs into the ropes and as Damon gets to his feet, Mandi drops him with a bulldog, and then makes a quick cover.]
... Damon kicks out at two!
[Damon catapults Mandi off of him, and the two get to their feet. Damon and Mandi lock up again, and Xalvador sends Mandi into the ropes. In the return, Mandi ducks a closeline and springs off and comes back with a cross body; but Damon catches her! He circles around smiling at the crowd while Mandi is in his clutches, then drops her with a Fallaway slam. Damon goes over to Mandi and grabs at her waist, and drops her with a deadlift German suplex. Damon now goes to climb the turnbuckle. He gets to the top and comes crashing down with a flying elbow, but Mandi escapes it just in time! Xalvador is grabbing at his elbow in pain, and Mandi comes over and delivers a flurry of stomps to the freshly injured elbow. After five consecutive stomps, Mandi grabs Damon by the wrist and then hit a leg drop on the elbow!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Mandi is focusing on that elbow that Damon seems to have injured.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Smart tactic. See a weakness, and attack it!
[Mandi now takes her turn on the turnbuckle. She climbs to the second rope and comes down with a successful moonsault onto Xalvador. Mandi picks Samon up by the hair, and drives a hard boot to the midsection. She grabs a hunched over Damon by the hair and sends him down face first with a sit out facebuster! She goes for the cover!]
... Th-- No, Damon kicks out at two!
[Mandi looks on in disappointment but gets to her feet and brings Damon up with her. She goes to whip him into the ropes, but Damon counters and instead she goes bouncing off the ropes and comes back with Damon delivering a sidewalk slam! Damon hooks the leg for the cover.]
... Mandi somehow kicks out!
[Damon gets back to his feet and brings Mandi along. Damon goes to whip Mandi, but now Mandi counters and sends Damon running the ropes. Mandi goes for a closeline but Damon ducks it, and on the return back he avoids another closeline with a baseball slide between her legs. Damon quickly grabs at her hips again, but Mandi quickly reacts with several sharp elbows to the face. Mandi now reverses the hold and gets behind Damon. She grabs Xalvador by the hair and pulls him back, and drops with with an inverted leg drop bulldog!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Down in Flames! Mandi is looking to end this one right here!
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Mandi Morrison!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a great display by Mandi Morrison here tonight!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She looked like she was fully prepared tonight, Dante. And she walks away the winner!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, we have much more left here tonight, coming up next is our first official tag team match with Beautiful Storm set to take on part of Salvation, Camila Martinez and Kreature!
:: wisdom from the protege ::
[Trixie sits backstage looking over her Trixie Title on her lap, looking a little unimpressed with her title or more so the title’s worth after Anton handed it over after his win. Trixie just sighs, not looking happy and slow blinks, seeming generally depressed.]
[From off camera her newly minted tag partner and protégé, Tornado Desencadenado, approaches her.]
Tornado - Hey, I’ve been looking for you. Everything alright?
Trixie - No, I’m fine.
[Trixie looks off from him, crossing her legs and rests her hands on her title as if she’s covering her belt up. The young man appears unconvinced. Noting she is attempting to shield the belt from view, he takes a stab at what might be troubling her.]
Tornado - Did you ever find out why Anton Chase returned the Trixie Championship to you?
[She curls her lip up feeling foul.]
Trixie - I’m sure it’s to just ruin this title, and that’s what he did, try to make this championship have no value.
[Trixie huffs and shows having difficulty looking at the title, a big T plated belt on her lap.]
[After an understanding and sympathetic nod, Tornado pulls over a crate to sit alongside his partner.]
Tornado - Yeah, you’re right. But even if he did manage to win it off you at Fallout and then just return it, Anton Chase can’t make the belt meaningless. The only way that happens is if you decide it doesn’t matter anymore; that you won’t fight for it anymore.
[Trixie purses her lips, thinking hard about what her protégé said to her and looks back at her belt.]
Trixie - Maybe you’re right, Tornado…. Maybe you’re right.
:: beautiful storm vs salvation ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is a Tag Team match scheduled for one fall! Making their way to the ring... Trixie and Tornado Desencadenado... Beautiful Storm!
YOU SPIN MY HEAD RIGHT ROUND, RIGHT ROUND
WHEN YOU GO DOWN, WHEN YOU GO DOWN DOWN
[Flo Rida’s “Right Round” cues up as the pair walk onto the stage to stand side by side. While Tornado does a few ‘chain-breakers’ exercises Trixie plays to the crowd; twirling and bending over to show off her assets before turning back around and biting on her finger playfully. She takes the lead down the ramp, swaying her hips and blowing kisses to the men in the crowd. A bemused Tornado follows behind, slapping any outstretched hands as he passes. When the duo reach the ring they separate. Trixie slinks up the steps, gyrating her hips before bending low and slowly stepping between the ropes. Tornado meanwhile rolls under the bottom rope at the middle of the ring apron. He pops to his feet, holds out his arms and does a couple of hopping spins before halting and thumping his left breast three times with his right fist. Once this is done Trixie stops waving to the fans and saunters up to Tornado. She brushes off his shoulders and then, facing the hard camera, they both raise their hands triumphantly.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Coming to the ring now is the new alliance formed by Trixie and Tornado Desencadenado, which they now call themselves "Beautiful Storm".
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know what Tornado is thinking, Dante. You know what happened to her last project talent, Jason Bourne? Yeah, he's no longer here. He's probably laid up on his couch with a mangled leg by Nigel Crane!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And their opponent, Camila Martinez and Kreature... Salvation!
YEAH, I PENETRATE THE DEMONS
THEIR TEARDROPS BURN AWAY MY EYES
I LOVE THE PAPER-THIN CRY OF THE LOCUST
IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO DIE
[The arena goes dark as the off and on again style beginning of “El Phantasmo And The Chicken Run Blast-O-Rama” by White Zombie begins, when the song consistently hits it’s rhythm before the vocals kick in, the entrance way is engulfed in a deep, dark red spotlight with smoke seeping out of the ramp and entrance way. From the thick smoke emerges Kreature first with Camila Martinez right behind. The blood red spotlight illuminates the two as they pause for a moment at the top of the ramp. The two finally make their way towards the ring, Kreature keeping focused on his opponents ahead and Camila evilly playing the crowd. The two make their way to ringside and climb onto the apron. Kreature holds the ropes for Camila to climb in, while he stays on the apron. The arena lights come back on, and they await for the bell.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And now here comes the circus!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Make no bones about it, Camila Martinez and Kreature are two fine athletes who seemed a little misguided when their debuted in the Battleground. But as they chant in their cult-like gatherings, they have found Salvation, and I see this group of fighters as a group to keep notice!
[Trixie and Camila start the match off as referee Bruce O'Neil calls for the bell. Trixie stays focused as Camila looks to try and toy with her. The two hook up with a collar and elbow tie up, and Trixie goes for an arm wrench. Camila quickly escapes it and ricochets off the ropes and comes back with a hard flying forearm. Trixie stumbles back and Kreature grabs a hold of her while Camila work with quick strikes to Trixie's midsection. The referee warns Kreature, but he plays it off like he did nothing wrong. Camila takes Trixie by the hair and brings her to the debate rod the ring, then drops her with a snap DDT. She walks over to Kreature and makes a tag. Kreature climbs the turnbuckle and crashes down into Trixie with a Swanton bomb!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Camila makes the tag and Kreature comes flying with the an Aerial Demise!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Quick striking and keeping a fresh man in is a very solid strategy!
[Kreature brings Trixie to her feet, and he drives in a discus elbow to her face, causing her to stumble back. Kreature bounces off the ropes and lunges at Trixie with a vicious closeline, toppling her over the ropes and down to ringside! This causes Tornado to step in and attack Kreature from behind. Both men now trade punches back and forth, while Camila climbs the turnbuckle. Kreature rocks Tornado with a jawbreaker, then Camila flies off the ropes and connects with a Hurricanrana on Tornado!]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Looks like the Spin Doctor got a little taste of his own medicine!
[Kreature slides outside and picks Trixie up on his shoulder. He sprints and collides Trixie into the post like a battering ram! Kreature now rolls Trixie inside the ring and goes for a cover.]
... Tornado breaks the pinfall!
[Camila steps back in and rushes Tornado, but gets met with a spine buster! Referee O'Neil orders the partners out to the apron and allows the legal Kreature and Trixie back to it. Kreature stands over Trixie, and locks her up in a surfboard stretch! Tornado steps back in the ring and as does Camila to protect Kreature. Camila goes for a spinning heel kick, but Tornado ducks it and sends Camila down with a German suplex. Tornado rushes over and drops a boot to the face of Kreature, unhinging the submission. Kreature gets to his feet as the other competitors make their way to the apron. He picks Trixie up, and in a quick burst, arm drags Kreature down to the mat! Kreature kip ups to his feet, but Trixie takes him down again! Again Kreature springs to his feet, but now Trixie starts laying in a combination of strike kicks and punches. Kreature ducks a spinning kick, but Trixie stays on top of it with a Savate kick! She springs off the ropes and sends Lreature down with a subset flip and holds on for a pin.]
... No! Camila darts in with a drop kick to the face of Trixie!
[Camila picks Trixie up and sends her into the ropes. Trixie ducks a double closeline attempt, and comes back with a double cross body! Camila rolls out of the ring, leaving Trixie alone with Kreature. Trixie picks him up and goes for a fisherman suplex, but Kreature blocks it by driving his leg down. Kreature starts throwing hooks to the side of Trixie, then flips her over with a northern lights suplex! And then another! And then another! Three in a row and now Trixie is out cold on the mat. Kreature walks over and tags in Camila.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The two members of Salvation are cutting the ring in half by keeping Trixie away from tagging Tornado in.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Again, solid strategy here. They keep tagging in to keep fresh, staying close to their corner, and just pummeling Trixie. This is textbook tag team wrestling right here.
[Camila climbs to the top rope, and Kreature picks Trixie up in an electric chair! He walks over to Camila, and she catapults off with a closeline, flipping Trixie over onto her head! Camila mounts Trixie and drops punches in bunches. Finally she steps off, and taunts Tornado in the corner. Camila picks Trixie up off the floor and whips her into the ropes, but Trixie reverses it and Camila goes reeling. On the return, Trixie floors Camila with a Sexy Superkick! Both women are now down!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - My god! A Sexy Superkick outta nowhere!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think the tides may have just shifted!
[Trixie looks up and sees Tornado with his arm stretched out looking for a tag. She tries with all her might to crawl over to him, and TAG! Tornado storms in and lays out Kreature off of the apron. He turns and meets Camila eye to eye, but sends her packing with a belly-to-belly suplex! Tornado beats his chest and the crowd is going wild! Tornado goes back to Camila and drops her again, this time with a sidewinder suplex! Tornado springboards off the middle rope and comes crashing down with a moonsault now!]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Tornado is fired up and rallying!
[Tornado continues the assault onto Camila, while Kreature finally gets to his feet with a chair in hand! Tornado obviously doesn't notice him and looks to go for another springboard moonsault, but Kreature drops Tornado with a chair shot to the head! Camila seizes the opportunity and gets Tornado in a front head lock. She points to Kreature, and he holds the chair inside the ring, and Camila hits Tornado with a snap DDT onto the chair! Camila picks Tornado back up and whips him into the ropes. On the return she drops him with a drop toehold, and Tornado rests on the middle rope. Kreature sees the opportunity and winds up for another chair shot, but from out of nowhere Ashkey Williams grabs the chair out from Kreature and smashes him over the head! Camila and Ashley get into a heated argument, leaving time for Tornado to recuperate. Camila finally brushes off Ashley and returns back to Tornado who's on his feet. With a shot of adrenaline, Desencadenado picks Camila up and drives her down with an Alabama Slam! He keeps hold of Camila's legs and looks over at Trixie as the crowd is roaring! He drags Camila over by the legs and tags Trixie in! Tornado goes back to the center of the ring and winds Camila up with a giant swing! Trixie pinpoints the moment and rocks Camila with a basement drop kick to Mila's face! Trixie topples over and hooks the leg for a cover!]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here are your winners, Beautiful Storm!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe it! Out of nowhere Ashley Williams stops Salvationcdead in their tracks, leaving Camila exposed for Tornado and Trixie to capitalize and seal the victory!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I guess that was a little payback from Fallout where Sinister assisted Camila in her win over Ashkey Williams.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Williams isn't going to lie down for Camila Martinez, and definitely out to seek revenge.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She's got to be careful though, Dante. She's outnumbered 4-to-1!
:: state of the union address ::
[Backstage at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, Axel Graves is stationed at a desk inside one of the executive conference offices. He's reading over a packet of papers where we get a glimpse of the letterhead which is the Battleground Network logo. Suddenly his phone rings, and he answers.]
You have a prepaid call from the Orleans Parish Corrections Facility from inmate "...Nigel Crane". Do you wish to accept?
[Axel let's out a sigh before agreeing to the call.]
Thank you. Your call will be recorded.
Axel Graves - Nigel, how they treating you in there? ... ... Yeah? Three square meals a day! ... ... Look man, I told you there's nothing I can do right now! You're in there without bond. Believe me, if there was something I could do to get you out I would! What did I say to you about these bar fights, bro? I told you that sooner or later you're going to kick the wrong person's ass, and you're gonna pay for it! The Battleground has been chaotic since they locked you up! ... ... Oh yeah, interferences on the regular, Saito assaulting my production and broadcast crew... Hell even Drew Stevenson was fuckin' crucified! No, literally! ... ... Look man, I'm going to keep at it and try to get you out ASAP.
[Just then, a knock on the door interrupts Axel. The door opens and in walks Savannah Skye with a camera crew behind her.]
Savannah Skye - Mr. Graves? You ready for your segment?
Axel Graves - Yes, Savannah. Come on in. Look, Nigel I got to go. Talk to you soon.
[Axel hangs up the phone and stands next to Savannah as the Camera Crew sets up.]
Ok, boss we're live and ready in 3...2...1...
Savannah Skye - Ladies and Gentlemen, I am standing here next to the Owner and Promoter of Union Battleground, Axel Graves. Mr. Graves, I hear that you have some news you'd like to announce.
Axel Graves - Yes, Savannah. Thank you. Folks, first my apologies for not making it out to Mobile last show, my associate Josh Rey and I have been busy with all these new Battleground Network deals. But I want to say I'm glad I made it out here in Duluth, Georgia in front of over 13, 000 diehard fans!
[The crowd pops and begin to chant.]
BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND!
Axel Graves - Now, you all know I like to keep things short and sweet. So the reason I scheduled this airtime is to talk about our next pay per view, Guerrilla Warfare. I've been asked by so many about this penultimate pay per view, and well let me break it down for you all. I'd like to announce the main event for Guerrilla Warfare, tonight!
BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND!
Axel Graves - At Guerrilla Warfare, we are going to have ourselves a match to determine the number one contender for the Union Battleground Championship. But it's not going to be just any match, no in fact I like to call it "Guerrilla Warfare". Let me explain... In essence, Guerrilla Warfare is a term where small groups of combatants fight against others with certain tactics such as ambushes... raids... SABOTAGE... hit-and-run, and the likes. So, at Guerrilla Warfare, we are going to have 20 of the best fighters Union Battleground can find and have ourselves a bit of a battle royal. But here's the catch, it's not your traditional battle royal. Yes, fighters will come in every 90 seconds and be eliminated until only one is left standing. But we're not going the "over the top rope" route here. No, no, no... To eliminate someone, you must pin, submit, or knock out an opponent!
BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND!
Axel Graves - And the reward? The winner of Guerrilla Warfare will get their Union Battleground Championship shot at our season finale pay per view, Coup de Grâce at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.! And the kicker? Every contracted fighter under the Union Battleground banner will be in attendance, waiting to see if their name gets called! So when the time comes for a new entrant to enter the Battleground, it'll be as much of a surprise to the fighters as it is with the fans! So to the competitors of Union Battleground, stay focused, stay sharp, and be ready.
:: commercial ::
:: saito's ultimatum ::
[The BattleTron above the stage suddenly came to life with footage that appeared to have been shot with a camera phone. It was filmed in the inside of an office, panning across the desk in the centre of the room across to the filing cabinets and then to the shelves on the walls that were full of personal belongings and championship belts. The office belonged to one Axel Graves, his DC Headquarters office in fact.]
Saint Saito - You know, I never actually been in here before now, but I gotta say: this is a great office you got here!
[The phone camera panned back to Axel’s desk, and with a sweep of her arm, Saito deposited everything on said desk onto the floor with a loud crash. “Ahh, that’s better!” said Saito. The camera then turned shaky for a few moments before it settled on Saito as she sat on the desk, dressed in a small red jacket and a cute little dress decked out in chibi skeletons. She gave the camera a pleasant--if somewhat creepy--smile as she spoke.]
Saint Saito - Alright, look, you’re a businessman, I’m a violent, Japanese girl-shaped bomb with a short fuse, what say we get down to business! Now, Axe--can I call you Axe?--Axe, I get that you’re the boss and you give me money to beat the living shit out of people and that’s really cool, and all...and I also get that--as the big boss man who pays my wages--you needed to crack down after my slight loss of temper back at Fallout. I don’t fault you on that! After I cooled off a little I fully understood that I should expect a fine or something after an outburst like that. Really, hand to god; I was ready to face the music.
[The smile on her face disappeared, replaced with a disappointed sigh.]
Saint Saito - But, of course, this joint being Union Battleground, I’ve gotten used to a lot of people making some bad decisions when it comes to the New Ace of Pro Wrestling, and--ooooooh, buddy!--suspending me because I slapped the bejeezus out of a couple people and gave some baka na ushi a swirly, that one was a real doozy. Disproportionate retribution, much?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Say what, now? Saito put her hands on the referees, security, us, and humiliating and then pretty much destroying Britain Jade...and getting suspended for all that’s *disproportionate* retribution?
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Hi there, Pot, I’m Kettle!
Saint Saito - If I did that in Japan, I’d be getting a raise, not a suspension! Now, granted, this is ‘Murica, not Japan so I won’t be made Employee of the Year anytime soon...but a suspension, Axe? Really? That’s your response. I find that a little odd, especially, since--I dunno--some other asshole got crucified on the exact same night?? All I did was kick some ass; why am I the only one who’s suspended?!”
[The look on Saito’s face expressed pure bewilderment as if she honestly could not understand the logic behind her suspension, as--in her own opinion, of course--crucifixion trumped what she did, so why was she the one being punished?]
Saint Saito - I’m beginning to feel a little picked on, here, Axe. A victim of an injustice, is what I am, cause that’s some perplexing bullshit, right there. So, I decided maybe I have a little protest sit-in here in your nice--well, slightly less so--office and wait for you to fly over here in your little jet or whatever and we can have a nice chat about it. I’m dead serious, by the way. Get your ass over here because I’m not getting off this desk until I see justice done!
[The phone’s camera shook, and Saito was suddenly lying on her back on the desk. She frowned, and shifted awkwardly, trying to find a little more comfort than she was feeling at that moment.]
Saint Saito -Damn, this thing is, like, really uncomfortable… Man, I don’t--I don’t know how anyone could lay on this thing. How does Britain Jade do it?!
[The laughter of the fans rang out across the venue, along with the odd exclamation of “OOOOOOOHHHH!!!”. The camera shook again, and Saito was now laying on her stomach with her legs hanging over the edge.]
Saint Saito - Maybe I should try laying on my stomach. I hear Captain She-Hulk likes it like that… Nope, that’s no better. What if I do it like Emery…
[Saito then lifted her knees back on the desk as she laid there, her ass now raised in the air.]
Saint Saito - I know I’m giving some of you out there some spank material for tonight--you dirty hentai--but nope. Not getting any comfier. No matter what I try--
[The New Ace frowned, and then she dropped her legs back over the edge and on the floor, raised herself by the elbows and then leaned her head down a little in order to curiously sniff the desk.]
Saint Saito - Hey, what’s that smell? Smells like Dick Devereux after Taco Tuesday--JESUS!!
[The phone camera shook violently as Saito scrambled to remove herself from Axel’s desk, until it finally settled, and hovered over said desk is such a manner as though Saito was being accusatory when she spoke. Which, being fair, she was.]
Saint Saito - What the fresh hell have you been doing on this thing, Axe?! Sore wa iyana nioi desu! Can’t believe I sat on this thing...ugh!
[A moment had passed before Saito turned her phone around and her face was plastered over the big screen once again.]
Saint Saito - Alright, look, whatever, just get over here so we can see if I can forgive you your trespasses against me. Heh! Bible pun… Anyway, I really would get here and talk to me, Axe, because if I don’t see you in the next three hours I’m gonna set fire to this desk of yours. I’ve already proven that I’m prone to extreme action with little thought--or care--to the consequences. I’ve also proven that you don’t want to piss off the dragon, so...yeah, even if it does smell like ass, if you don’t hate this uncomfortable POS then you better start running. Tick tock, bish!
[The phone’s camera panned down to the floor where a large, red jerry can lay, filled with--as one might presume--gasolene. Saito lifted the can with her free hand and then just as easily dropped it on top of Axel’s desk.]
Saint Saito - Oh, and before I forget: tell that fat fucker sitting behind the commentary table that I know what he said about me last episode. He better not be there when I come back, ‘cause he’s the first ass I’m kicking when I do. Ta-ta!
[And with that, the camera promptly shut off, and in turn so did the big screen above the stage.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well, you heard it right here, folks! Saint Saito has just given Axel an ultimatum: meet her in his office, or she burns it down!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Did...did Saito call her own boss a bitch?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I think the exact word was ‘bish,’ Dick. Anyway, I’d be more concerned with what she said about coming to see you.
"Diamond" Dick - Pfft! I say bring it! I’m not afraid of Saint Saito! Even is she is a violent sociopath who could kill me with her pinky just for shits and gigg--hey, you got a number for a guy who sells those big bulletproof boxes? I think we may need one.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Yeah, that's what I thought. Alright folks, let's switch gears back to the ring as we get set for our featured Triple Threat match. Mike, take it away!
:: hubert smalls vs dillon shaw vs jove belane ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a Triple Threat match! Making his way to the ring... From Petal, Mississippi... Standing 6'1" and weighing in at 235 lbs... Hubert Smalls!
MY BABY, HE DON'T TALK SWEET
HE AIN'T GOT MUCH TO SAY
BUT HE LOVES ME, LOVES ME, LOVES ME
I KNOW THAT HE LOVES ME ANYWAY
[As the cheerful ballad sung by Deniece Williams begins to blare over the PA system, a jubilated Hubert Smalls walks out to an eruption of positivity. With Tail Earnhardt in tow in his see-through carrier, Hubert makes his way down to the ring waving politely at the audience. As he approaches the ring area, he places the cat on a folding chair next to the commentary booth, and then climbs into the squared circle. He again plays to the crowd by politely waving, and then takes position in his corner to await the beginning bell.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Hubert Smalls has been an interesting character and has found some early success here in the Battleground.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Maybe so, but Hubert's going to have to find another sitter for Tail. I've got a job to do!
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And now coming to the ring... From Columbus, Ohio... Standing 6'2" and weighing in at 225 lbs... "The Spectacular" Dillon Shaw!
I SEE YOU IN LINE, DRAGGING YOUR FEET
YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHY
THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, YOU WERE BORN FREE
[From the top of the entrance way, ‘The Spectacular’ Dillon Shaw steps out to a negative reaction. Embracing the negativity from the audience, Dillon makes his way to the ring while getting into the faces of a few fans. When he gets to the ring, Dillon slides under the bottom rope and slowly gets to his feet. The fans continue to boo as Dillon looks out into the crowd with a cocky smile across his face. Dillon Shaw once again talks trash to the fans as his music dies down.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dillon Shaw was pretty impressive in his debut match at L!GHTS OUT #9.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - No doubt, Axel is an Ohio native just like Shaw here. I'm sure Graves has seen his work on the mat at Ohio State, and saw a ton of potential in this kid.
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And finally making his way to the ring... From San Pedro, California... Standing 6'2" and weighing in at 205 lbs... Accompanied by Harvey Lohman... Jove Belane!
TURBO KILLER BY CARPENTER BRUT BEGINS TO PLAY
['Turbo Killer' by Carpenter Brut hits the PA system and drowns out the sound of the crowd. Just as quickly as it entered, it quiets down for a section of organ music before Jove Belane steps through the curtains. He's wearing a hooded sweatshirt and has his trainer right behind him. To his left is his representative, Harvey Lohman. The group head down the long cooridoor towards the ring. Jove ignores the attention of the fans who reach out for him. Harvey grants them a wicked and somewhat insincere smile as he goes. Finally they make their way ringside and await further instructions.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Another man with an impressive debut at L!GHTS OUT #9, Jove Belane showcased a ferocious arsenal of attacks in his win against Azrael Kahn.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He literally knocked the sense in him, and Azrael went all whistleblower and uncovered some huge news.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Even though Belane is still a bit untested in sanctioned professional combat sports, he won his debut match in the Battleground and in our Network partner company Unleashed.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's got a bright future ahead of him. Axel doesn't just put nobodies in main events.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, all competitors are now in the ring, and referee Joe Murray calls for the bell!
[All three competitors keep their head in a swivel and stare each opposition down for a moment. Finally, Dillon Shaw races over to Jove and shoots a double leg takedown into the turnbuckle. Dillon then starts raining heavy lunches left and right while Jove tries to block them. The referee gives Shaw a five count, but Dillon refuses to stop. The ref continues to order Dillon to stop, then finally Hubert Smalls walks over and begins to beg Dillon to stop. Neither request is met by Dillon, then finally Hubert clamps behind Shaw and drops him back with an Olympic Slam! Hubert rotates up and gets Dillon into a front face lock while Dillon fights to keep things neutral. Jove from the corner finally regains his composure, and comes flying from the corner with a drop kick to the head of Dillon Shaw. Hubert keeps Dillon in the head lock while Jove proceeds to kick Shaw in the midsection with various shoot kicks. Finally Hubert lets go and gets to his feet. He walks over to Jove to shake hands, and Jove obliges. Hubert goes to walk back to Dillon, but then Jove keeps a hold onto Hubert's hand. Belane wraps Hubert by the head, then runs up the turnbuckle and come crashing over Hubert to deliver a vicious Shiranui! Jove makes a cover on Hubert.]
... Dillon Shaw breaks the pinfall!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe Jove just turned on Hubert so quickly after he helped get Shaw off of him!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Really? You know this is a triple threat match, right?!
[Dillon picks Jove up and drops him with a back stabber. Then he picks up Hubert and drops him with a Russian leg sweep! Shaw calculates his opponents on the mat, then springboards off the middle rope and hits both with a moonsault! Dillon stays on top of both of them and demands the referee to make a pinfall count!]
... Hubert and Jove kick out and bench presses and catapults Dillon off of them and Dillon comes down close lining himself with the top rope!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I guess they're back to doing some teamwork again.
[Jove picks up Dillon and then looks at Hubert and gives a quick nod. Jove whips Shaw across the ring. On the return, Hubert ducks a double closeline attempt, but Jove instead catches it and goes tumbling out of the ring. Hubert looks on to the outside at Jove and can plainly see he's apologizing for the botched double move. Dillon then spins Hubert around and lifts him up in a fireman's carry and drops him on his head with a Death Valley Driver in the center of the ring! Shaw swiftly rotates up to Hubert's head and locks in the Core Consequence! Without much of a fight, Hubert begins to tap!]
[DING DING DING!]
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, "The Spectacular" Dillon Shaw!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Wow! What an early upset by Dillon Shaw! He seized an opportunity and struck with purpose, Dick! He's coming away with the victory, and now makes it 2 for 2 to start his Union Battleground career!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I gotta say I'm impressed by Shaw's tenacity here tonight! He saw an opening and quickly took control of the situation, and he turns it in to a 2-0 record. Like you said Dante, a great start in his Battleground career. Or should I say a "Spectacular" start!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, we've come down to our main event of the evening, Anton Chase vs Nemes--
:: a final farewell ::
I’M AT WAR WITH THE WORLD AND THEY
TRY TO PULL ME INTO THE DARK
I STRUGGLE TO FIND MY FAITH
AS I’M SLIPPIN’ FROM YOUR ARMS
[All the lights in the arena collapse into darkness and the violin rock intro to Skillet’s hit single “Awake and Alive” begin to echo throughout, much to the approval of the resident crowd. A spotlight shines on the entrance stage and Azrael stands in the middle of it, dressed in street clothes and sunglasses. He slowly makes his way to the ring as a XAN-DOR chant starts in the crowd.]
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Here comes the self-proclaimed “Angel of Death,” Azrael Kahn. If you follow him on Twitter, you were probably shocked, like all of us, by the revelation that his real name is not Azrael Kahn but in fact Xandor Kalel!
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - The Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling! I knew he looked familiar when he first showed up in the Battleground! I just couldn’t put my finger on it and he’s been tight-lipped since the revelation on Twitter.
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I’m hoping we get answers here as he’s asked for some time on our jam-packed show.
[When Azrael reaches the ring, he slides under the bottom rope, smoothly pops up to his feet, and heads to the center of the ring. There he outstretches his arms and looks up to the heavens as the arena lights return. He then walks over to the ring attendant and gets a microphone before standing center ring looking out at the crowd. A PATRON SAINT chant starts up before Azrael can speak.]
Azrael Kahn - Jesus Christ said “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
[Azrael looks around him at the supportive crowd.]
Azrael Kahn - I guess the cat is out of the bag and I’m free to be me once again. Yes, it’s true… I am Xandor Kalel! I am the man once known as the Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling!
[The crowd begins to chant.]
WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK!
Azrael Kahn - It’s time for you, my fans, and the rest of the world to know the truth about me. And it’s time I expose an international evil dressed in sheep’s clothing.
[There is a hush in the crowd.]
Azrael Kahn - I was born into a militaristic sect of the World Council of Churches called Missio Dei. In my late teens and early twenties, I was an operative for this organization that was supposed to restore peace to war torn nations. Instead it became a covert crime syndicate dressed in religious garb. It pillaged developing countries and took its valuable natural resources all in the name of religion. Sadly, I participated in many of these operations without knowing its true intent. And if it wasn’t for professional wrestling, I would have never realized the evil I was helping perpetrate. It was traveling with the different wrestling promotions that I learned that Missio Dei was nothing but evil. And it was in pro wrestling that I met the agent extraordinaire Amanda Cooper of the famous Cooper Girls of LAW.
[The Coopers get a predominately supportive pop.]
Azrael Kahn - We fell in love, we got married, and just before we started a family, Missio Dei reared its ugly head into my life once again. It activated an experimental mind control brain chip that they used for us operatives to forget the atrocities we committed. Under its influence, I walked away from Amanda, my family, and pro wrestling. I went to Jerusalem on a mission and was injured by an improvised car bomb. The head injury I sustained damaged the brain chip and I began to remember my past including Amanda and wrestling. As I recovered in an Israeli hospital, I was reconnected to a former Missio Dei operative I trained who left the organization years prior and was helping others like me leave the sect. Since I was declared dead by Missio Dei and someone else’s remains given to my family, I couldn’t return to the United States under my real name. So here I stand before you as Azrael Kahn.
[There is an uneasiness in the air as the crowd tries to soak this information in.]
Azrael Kahn - I came back to wrestling because it’s a sport that I love and, God is my witness, I love the fans!
[This garners a solid pop from the Duluth crowd.]
Azrael Kahn - The Battleground is sick. The Battleground only has room for the best and the upcoming best. The Battleground is where legends are proven. Axel and his production team have assembled some of the best talent in the world here in Union Battleground and I am honored to be a part of it. But after my match with Jove Belane at L!GHTS OUT #9, after taking his Storm Crescent Kick to the head, the chip in my brain was further damaged. I remember everything. Amanda. The missions. The atrocities. Union Battleground is not my battleground anymore. As much as I love this damn sport and this place, it’s not my calling after realizing the damage that I caused and the damaged caused to me. Missio Dei has cost me my life. And although I tried to make amends with my family, it’s broken beyond repair. I have nothing to prove in life except to expose Missio Dei. Someone has to sacrifice themselves so that this evil no longer destroys other families like it did mine. So tonight, here in Duluth, Georgia, I put to rest the Angel of Death. I put to rest the Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling. I put to rest Azrael Kahn. I, Xandor Kalel, am going up against Missio Dei, one on one, and I won’t be coming back. In the end, Xandor Kalel, will truly be put to rest.
[The camera pans around the crowd and there are people shedding tears. A THANK YOU XANDOR chant starts in the arena.]
Xandor Kalel - No, thank you! Thank you for helping save my life! I would not be here if it wasn’t for all of you. And for that I am eternally indebted to wrestling and its fans.
[Xandor Kalel applauds the fans.]
Xandor Kalel - But I will not leave the Battleground empty. Remember the former operative that saved my life? He is an exceptional talent. He carries within himself, probably even more so that I, the spirit that made me worthy of the Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling moniker. I believe he will not only fill my shoes but surpass me in every way. So without further ado, I give you, my protégé, my friend, and my successor as the protector of the Battleground! He is… XION BEN-JUDAH!
[All the lights in the arena collapse into darkness and the violin rock intro to Skillet’s hit “Not Gonna Die” begins to echo throughout. A spotlight shines on the entrance stage and Xion Ben-Judah stands in the middle of it, dressed in black and white including a matching sleeveless coat. The appearance of Xion into the Battleground is reminiscent of Azrael’s own entrance. He outstretches his arms and looks up into the unknown as the first lyrics of his chosen theme song echo in the arena.]
MY HEARTBEAT’S SLOWING DOWN
I WON’T THIS WORLD’S ABUSE
I WON’T GIVE UP, I REFUSE!
[Xion looks stoically ahead as he begins his journey to the ring with the spotlight following above him. When Xion reaches the ring, he slides under the bottom rope, smoothly pops up to his feet, and heads to the center of the ring, where he embraces Azrael. Azrael raises Xion’s arm and encourages the crowd to get behind him.]
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Damn! You can’t make this stuff up!
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I’m stunned. My heart goes out to Xandor Kalel. He’s lost a lot. But he’s got to do what he feels is right.
"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - And what about this protégé he’s brought into the Battleground? Xandor is already an accomplished champion and he’s high on him. But can he cut it here in the Battleground?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Only time will tell. But my experience with Azrael or Xandor is that he has a good eye for talent and character. If the former Patron Saint backs this kid, I think we’re in for a huge surprise here in Union Battleground.
[Xandor and Xion exit the ring to a raucous dismissal. Xion now raises Xandor’s arms as they make their way up the the ramp.]
:: anton chase vs nemesis ::
Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it's tonight's main event! Introducing first... From Los Angeles, California... Standing 5'9" and weighing in at 210 lbs... Representing Redemption Wrestling…"The Wrestling God" Anton Chase!
NIGHTFALL AND THE DAY BEGINS,
I NEED THE BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS AS I START TO DESCEND
[As "How We Roll" by Hollywood Undead blasts over the PA system, white smoke fills the entrance way and two people are seen behind the white smoke. The first person steps forward in front of the white smoke, revealing "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase with the second person emerging behind him being his manager, Chris Wood. Anton Chase makes his way down the ramp, with a cocky smile on his face and his arms out at the side with Chris Wood following behind him. Chase climbs in the ring and then climbs the second ropes and puts one hand up in the air, and stares off as he awaits his opponent while Chris Wood takes his position outside the ring.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This should be quite the main event as both men had choice words for each other after Salvation’s brutal attack on Anton Chase’s manager Chris Wood!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I don’t know if Anton Chase was in the right frame of mind when he accepted this match Dante!
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And his opponent… From Parts Unknown… Standing 6’4” and weighing in at 245 lbs…”The Alpha & Omega” Nemesis!
[The arena goes dark as the opening chords of “More Human Than Human” by White Zombie begin to surround the fans of the arena. With each audio moan on the track’s opening sequence, the arena flashes a deep dark red then as the guitar kicks in the lights slowly begin to rise to a dim setting and we see Nemesis kneeling at the top of the ramp with a now single red spotlight shining down on him while Sinister stands behind Nemesis, overlooking his shoulder.]
I AM, THE ASTRO-CREEP, A DEMOLITION STYLE,
HELL AMERICAN FREAK…YEAH!
I AM, THE CRAWLING DEAD,
A PHANTOM IN A BOX, SHADOW IN YOUR HEAD
[As Rob Zombie’s voice kicks in, Nemesis raises his lowered head, outstretches his arms, raises to his feet and then proceeds forward slowly towards the ring with the arena remaining dark and the lone red spotlight following Nemesis’ path accordingly as Sinister follows in the darkness behind him. Nemesis walks by the fans not phased in the slightest by the cheers and chirps with his eyes solely focused on the ring before him. Nemesis takes his time getting to the ring steps and stops at the final step, only to jump directly onto the top turnbuckle and outstretch his arms while kneeling down. Nemesis then hops down into the ring walking directly into the center of the squared circle where he falls to both knees and lowers his head similarly to how he was on the entrance ramp. As the music continues, Nemesis simultaneously raises his head and outstretches his arms as the lights come on and the music stops and Sinister remains on the outside with his eyes locked on Chris Wood.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – It looks as if Nemesis brought out some reinforcements!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Look at this Sinister guy Dante, he’s freakin’ huge and doesn’t look like the type of guy you want to pass by in an alley late at night or at anytime of the day for that matter!
[The referee signals for the bell as Anton Chase begins walking out of his corner into the middle of the ring]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This should be a great main event!
[As Anton gets to the middle of the ring, Nemesis still stands his corner, staring a hole through Anton and flashing an evil grin. Anton starts pointing at Nemesis and lipping off towards him, which causes Nemesis’ grin to quickly turn to a look of sheer anger. Nemesis steps out of the corner and walks up to Chase, getting face to face with him, owning a few inches on Anton Chase. Chase backs up turning his head, then suddenly shoves Nemesis back who stumbles back a few steps, looks down at his chest and then charges a few steps and almost takes Chase’s head off with a vicious clothesline.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Good god what a clothesline by Nemesis!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I guess he doesn’t like being touched too much eh Dante?
[Nemesis follows up with stomp after stomp to the side of Anton’s head, picking up the pace with each one delivered showing us some real anger with each stomp. After a substantial amount of stomps, Nemesis reaches down, grabs Anton’s head and lifts him to his feet. Nemesis lifts Anton easily up into a fireman’s carry position and then slides Anton’s body into a nasty looking Michinoku Driver that crumbles Chase to the mat in a heap of flesh and bones. Nemesis sits there for a moment and smiles into the camera before reaching over and hooking one of Anton Chase’s legs nonchalantly while the referee makes the pin.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Way too early to get the pin on Chase here!
[Nemesis gets to his feet again and bends down stalking over Anton who is slow to get to his feet but eventually does. Nemesis moves in, lifts him up into a back suplex position, then spins around and drops Anton back to the mat with a sideslam. Nemesis stands back up and turns to the crowd, outstretching his arms and looking up towards the sky, clearly taunting the crowd.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis taking the time to show off here!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Wouldn’t you Dante? He’s absolutely manhandling Anton Chase so far…
[As Nemesis turns around, he quickly realizes that Anton Chase is back to his feet as he hits Nemesis with two quick right and lefts jabs to the side of the head, two quick leg kicks to each thigh and then a spinning back fist, all in succession that sends Nemesis stumbling back but catching himself in the ropes.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What quick strikes by “The Wrestling God” Anton Chase!
[Chase follows up quickly seeing he has Nemesis off guard by using the ropes he’s up against, bouncing Nemesis off of them, then hitting the ropes himself and as the two men meet in the middle of the ring, Nemesis tries to come with another clothesline but Anton grabs his arm, uses the momentum and swings Nemesis into a huge DDT that lays him out on the mat.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a huge DDT by Anton Chase! He’s finally got Nemesis down to the mat!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I didn’t think he had it in him Reed!
[As Anton is slowly getting to his feet, his manager Chris Wood is pounding on the mat from the outside for him to get up while Sinister is still just standing outside of the ring, eyes locked on Chris Wood for the whole match so far. Anton gets to his feet, then Nemesis, Chase bounces off the ropes and nails Nemesis with a leaping punch that sends Nemesis into the corner now clutching his jaw in pain. Anton charges Nemesis in the corner and hits him with a running leg lariat that causes Nemesis to fall forward to the mat.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Anton Chase is really gaining momentum here Dick!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – He’s like me in pursuit of Savannah Skye’s pussy; he just won’t give up!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What have I told you about sexual harassment in the workplace Dick? C’mon! Did those classes teach you nothing?
[With Nemesis down and now on his back reeling, Anton quickly makes it to the top turnbuckle, takes a deep breath and then comes off with an absolutely gorgeous 450 Splash as the cameras are flashing throughout the arena, executing it perfectly and landing on Nemesis with a huge thud.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What an impressive 450 Splash by Anton Chase! Unbelievable!
[Anton hooks the leg as the referee gets in position to make the count.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – It’s going to take more than that to finish this freak of nature Dante!
[As if thinking in the same mindset as what Dick Thrasher just mentioned on commentary, Anton motions towards Chris Wood who hurries over to where Mike Dempsey is seated, pushes him off and folds up the chair. As Chris turns around with the chair, he runs into the chest of Sinister who made his way over while Wood’s back was turned. Wood drops the chair out of fright and goes to make a run for it but Sinister grabs him by the collar. Anton walks over to the ropes and goes to walk through them but Nemesis is up now, spins Anton around and hits him with a Spinning Implant DDT.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis uses the distraction and hits Chase with the 3:30!
[As Anton lay motionless, Nemesis turns his attention to the outside to Sinister who is looking over for instructions while still clutching onto the collar of Chris Wood as he tries to still break free. Nemesis motions towards the announce table and Sinister nods without an emotion on his face, turns Chris Wood around, grabs him by the neck and then proceeds to chokeslam Chris Wood through the announcer’s table.]
“Diamond” Dick Thrahser – Jesus Christ Dante! How are we supposed to work in these conditions!
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Sinister has just put Chris Wood and our announcer’s table both out of commission at the same time here folks! This went from zero to sixty real quick, in the words of the great Aubrey Graham!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Did you just really quote Drake at a time like this?
[With Chris Wood out cold and Sinister no longer concerned with him, he, as well as Nemesis turn their attention back to Chase with Sinister remaining on the outside as Nemesis is still in control it seems. Nemesis walks over to Anton, goes to grab his head and is quickly rolled up in a small package by Anton Chase who was clearly playing possum.]
[Nemesis kicks out and gets to his feet looking as furious as ever. Chase gets up and Nemesis charges with a wild right that Anton ducks, Nemesis turns around and is nailed with a huge enzuigiri that sends him to the mat. Anton now begins kicking and stomping away at Nemesis out of frustration of what has been done to his manager Chris Wood until the referee gets in there to pull him off seeing how out of control he is.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Chase looks like he’s snapped a bit here!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Wouldn’t you after what Salvation has done to Chris Wood over the past few weeks?
[As the referee backs him up, Sinister gets on the ring apron and grabs Chase from behind who quickly turns around and socks Sinister with a forearm that sends him off the apron, to his feet on the outside. Chase bends over the top rope yelling down at Sinister. After getting his fill of verbally assaulting Sinister, Anton Chase turns around to a waiting Nemesis who picks him up into a fireman’s carry position throws Chase up and hits him with a devastating GTS. With Chase on one knee now, Nemesis hits the ropes and creates an echoing WHACK! Throughout the arena after connecting with a cringe worthy Kinshasa.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – ENOCH! Just like that!
[As Chase lays motionless on the mat, Nemesis takes his time and covers ever so casually while the referee makes the count.]
[DING DING DING!]
[Nemesis gets off of Anton’s body after claiming victory and stands up as the referee tries to raise his hand, to which he pulls it away, just staring around the arena.]
Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Here is your winner…Nemesis!
[After Dempsey announces Nemesis as the winner, Sinister enters the ring and smoke begins to fill it for a few moments.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What is going on here?!?
[As the smoke quickly subsides, we now see Camila Martinez and Kreature standing in the ring alongside Sinister and Nemesis. Nemesis motions towards Anton Chase and Sinister, along with Kreature just begin to stomp a mudhole in Chase while Mila checks on Nemesis to see his condition after the match.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Are these guys for real? Anton Chase is helpless and his manager has been lying in the wreckage of our announce table which he was put through by Sinister!
“Diamond” Dick Thrahser – You gotta respect the fact that these guys like to get their point across Dante!
[Suddenly, out from the back come Ashley Williams, Trixie and Tornado Desencadenado sprinting towards the ring. Both slide under the ring ropes and walk over to Chase as Sinister and Kreature have back off, standing with Nemesis and Camila Martinez now.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The cavalry has arrived!
“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – But why are Trixie and Tornado out here to help Anton Chase?
"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I don't know, Dick. I would imagine it's more of fighting off Camila and Kreature as opposed to helping a former rival...
[Just then, we hear Nemesis’ sadistic laugh reverberate throughout the arena and he begins to motion his hands upwards as the ring once again fills with thick, white smoke, while simultaneously, the entrance ramp begins filling with smoke as well. As the smoke dissipates, Anton is back to his feet with Ashley Williams, Trixie and Tornado as the smoke has a few of them coughing but they are still looking around in confusion.]
“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Where did they go?
[As Reed says that, the camera cuts to the entrance ramp where the smoke is settling and we now see Nemesis, Mila, Kreature and Sinister standing there, as if they teleported there through the smoke somehow. The four of them stare on towards the ring as L!GHTS OUT fades off of the air.]