Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:25:20 GMT -5
We fade in from black to the WFWF President, Bobby Abadi, standing in front of a generic, off-white backdrop. His expression is solemn.Bobby Abadi:
Good evening, WFWF fans. Two weeks ago, at WFWF Loaded, the superstar known as Trace Demon perpetrated a heinous assault on WFWF.COM correspondent Poppy Yates. While we made every effort to cut off these graphic images as soon as possible, many of you likely witnessed this attack as it occurred live.Bobby shakes his head sadly.Bobby Abadi:
I cannot express enough how sorry we are that such an event took place inside a WFWF ring, during a WFWF broadcast. We vehemently oppose Trace Demon's actions and, to demonstrate that, have suspended him, without pay, for 30 days as well as fined him five-thousand dollars. I personally promise that we will never allow a situation of that nature to slip through the cracks ever again.Abadi pauses for a moment, staring with an uncharacteristic resolve and poise for the... enthusiastic... fella...Bobby Abadi:
Once again, on behalf of the WFWF, I sincerely apologize to Poppy Yates for... failing... Bobby lingers on the word, feeling every ounce of its meaning.
... to protect her from Trace Demon, and I apologize to you, the fans, for being subjected to such a heinous display. Thank you for tuning in tonight and welcome to WFWF Knuckles Up in Boston.With this somber introduction, the image of Bobby fades to black, then, is replaced by the image of the WFWF logo.
We fade in from black to the warm and welcoming opening piano of the theme from Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy playing over a live, helicopter shot of Boston University.After a few moments, the skyline video freezes and transitions into an artist rendering of the same image."Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you've got
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot
Wouldn't you like to get away?""Sometimes you want to go!""Where everybody knows your name!""And they're always glad you came!""You want to be where you can see,""Our troubles are all the same.""You want to be where everybody knows your name!""You want to go where people know,""People are all the same""You want to go where everybody knows your name!"We freeze on the image of a smiling EBR alongside the unforgettable piano lick that book-ends the song. Then, suddenly, a record scratch is played and a fist punches right at us!Whoa! The fist punching through the screen and the record scratch transition us from the original theme song to WFWF Knuckles Up in Boston's event theme song "Everybody Knows Me" by Street Poets.We are treated to a brief sizzle reel of several of the superstars of the WFWF who will be featured on the program before the video transitions to the event graphic; Welcome to WFWF Knuckles Up in Boston!
"Everybody Knows Me" by Street Poets continues to play as we transition live to the Case Gymnasium in Boston, MA! We are treated to a number of shots of the live crowd; A disproportionate amount looking like variations of Michael Rappaport. We cut to ringside where our trusty announce team is seated!Alecia Matthews:
Welcome everybody to WFWF Knuckles Up in Boston!Kurt Burton shakes his fist in the air!Alecia Matthews:
As always, I am joined by our... expert... analyst... Matthew Werner.Matthew Werner:
And our resident color commentator... Kurt Burton!Kurt Burton:
... Turning toward her colleagues.
... Pretty wild crowd here in Boston, right?Kurt Burton:
NO DOUBT! THESE PEOPLE ARE SOME REAL BURTON-HEADS UP IN HERE! I'VE BEEN GIVEN AT LEAST FOUR ICED COFFEES IN A HOT CUP AND I AM FRICKIN' WIRED BAYBAY! WHOOOOOO!Alecia Matthews:
... That's gonna be fun to deal with... Well, in any event, we'll also be joining Stacy Grey in Philadelphia where the Scars and Stripes official press conference is taking place! Anyway, I'm getting word that we're ready to get underway with our opening contest!She is correct. The bell rings thrice and we cut to Daehyun Moon standing... so firmly... with such poise... in the center of the ring.Daehyun Moon:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is our first match of the evening!Suddenly, the arena goes pitch black! The electric keys of "Hymn of the Satanic Empire" by Anton LaVey travel through the arena, sending shivers down the spines of all those in attendance. The voice of Anton LaVey then comes through the speakers, beginning the incantation."Drums out of the darkness,
Drums beetling like thunder,
Straight from hell,
Trumpets are blaring, the times come round,
Satan is here to claim his ground,"Matthew Werner:
Well this is charming.A group of robed priests then emerge, breaking the darkness with lit torches, all mimicking the words of the world-renowned Black Pope. They form a line down the entrance ramp, creating an arch of flames for the arrival of Diabolos.Kurt Burton:
WHOO! HERE COMES THE DEVIL BAYBAY!"There’s an earth that’s green,
There’s an earth that’s free...
There’s a place for you,
And a place for me... But the bleeding hearts
Wouldn’t let it be,
We don need them any more...
Let the lions and tigers,
Yip them up the are na shouts
For Christian blood,
Let them crew,
Them up a no spit them out
We don’t need them any more..."One of the priests then takes their torch and lowers it near the ground which causes a small circle atop the entrance ramp to go ablaze! Then from underneath the floor through the fire, he rises The Devil Incarnate, Diabolos.Daehyun Moon:
Coming to the ring first! HE IS... THE DEVIL.. INNNNNNCARNATE! DIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAABOOOOOOLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!Marching under the arches of fire, the hymn only gives him the strength needed to endure the fight that awaits him.Alecia Matthews:
Not to steal your bit, Kurt, but this is pretty indulgent. Kurt?Alecia stares over at Burton who is literally vibrating from caffeine.Alecia Matthews:
... We'll check back in with you in a moment."Once there was a need for simple minds,
Once there was a need to
Save men’s souls,
Fool had to be forced to
Stay in line preachers and bibles
Could serve those goals,
With their holy writ
And their carnal sin,
They could force their paper demons
Into a card board prison a
Paper cell they car do that
Any more..."Upon arriving outside the squared circle, The Lord of Darkness raises his arms towards the sky which causes bolts of fire to rise from the top of the turnbuckles! He heads up the ring steps and through the fire once again before standing in the center of the ring.Matthew Werner:
Well that was something.Diabolos' music fades away. For a moment, there is silence... until..."Domo arigato misuta Robotto!"... The opening of "Mr. Roboto" by Styx plays out over the speakers! After a few moments, we pan to the ceiling of the facility... A ceiling which is a gymnasium, and thus, structurally impossible of wiring a spaceship to descend. We then pan to the entrance stage, where the MU-STA-SHRYD rolls... I mean... GLIDES! across the ground in a low hover!Daehyun Moon:
Annnnnd his opponent! Hailing from URANUS! HE IS THE REIGNING... DEFENDING... UNDISPUTED... INTERSTELLAR... CRAB... NEBULAAAAAAA.... CHAMPIOOOOONNNN.... TIIIIIIIIIHHHHHHHHH-TUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!Upon reaching the ringside area, TITUS! EXITS! his spaceship; His eyes fixed on Beelzebub standing in the ring.Alecia Matthews:
Well one thing that we... can say... is TITUS! is, presently, undefeated.Matthew Werner:
That is true, though he has been, exclusively, facing fans, former announcers, and the ring crew.Alecia Matthews:
Sure but...Kurt Burton:
D-D-D-D-D-DONN'T YOU TALK BAD ABOUT TIH-TUS YA FREAKIN' WIENER! AAAGGGHHH!Though we are still fixed on TITUS! as he APPROACHES! the ring, we can hear Burton rip his shirt into shreds over his head-set. Nevertheless, TITUS! REACHES! the steps and ascends, entering the ring in short order and immediately meeting Diabolos in the center of the ring. The official calls for the bell, and this one is underway! The two gargantuan, gigantic... large... behemoths STAND! before one another staring deep into the other's eyes; Diabolos' yellow and cat-like, TITUS!'s seeming to show, within them, the complexity of an entire galaxy! You could cut the tension with a knife as these two monsters look upon one another! THEN! SUDDENLY! Diabolos begins to raise his large, red arms overhead, perhaps summoning the soldiers of the underworld themselves. Thankfully, it proves not to be the case but, frighteningly, he brings his arms down in a sudden motion causing flames to burst from out of the corner posts!Kurt Burton:
JESUS F***IN' CHRIST! ... Burton gasps in the way only a man who almost nearly died from shock could.Alecia Matthews:
... I mean literally, twice with the pyro? ... Nervous laughter.
... Maybe let's uh... watch the budget... he he... I need this job...The crowd is in complete shock! Well... some of the crowd... anyway... The children, mostly. Diabolos looks back upon TITUS! with a confident smirk on his red face. Surely TITUS! will be CONCERNED!?AND YET HE CHUCKLES! RIGHT IN DIABOLOS' FACE! A HEARTY CHUCKLE! You can hear the sounds of puppies exploding from miles away. Puppies like this guy.Matthew Werner:
Who gets the honors for the ad read?Alecia Matthews:
Yeah um... Turns out featuring a superstar who speaks almost exclusively in dog-exploding frequencies isn't um... Alecia makes that tongue click on the roof of your mouth sound.
... Cohesive with the continued involvement of... it turns out... any... of the animal rescue organizations.Matthew Werner:
But uh... We still wish the best for puppies.Matthew Werner:
No doubt.Kurt Burton:
AAGGH! I LOVE PUPPIES!Diabolous is genuinely surprised at TITUS! cavalier response to MAGIC! It's clear his wizardry will have no effect on the Undisputed Interstellar Crab Nebula Champion, which leaves him only one option; Grappling. The Prince of Darkness closes the distance, then reaches his crimson arm high in the air, challenging TITUS! to a TEST OF STRENGTH!Kurt Burton:
ALRIGHT BAYBAY! LET'S TEST SOME STRENGTH!TITUS! CONSIDERS! Whether he will engage the Lord of the Underworld in a contest of physical power. After contemplating for a few moments, he obliges and slowly enclasps his fingers with that of Beelzebub himself! Slowly, the two enclasp their second hands, completing the knuckle lock! That sure is appropriate for KNUCKLES UP IN BOSTON AMIRIGHT?... Sorry... I got excited. Anyway, the two GIANTS begin to jockey for position, pushing their big meaty man arms into one another, struggling and sweating, their muscles engorging! After a few moments, Diabolos physically overwhelms TITUS!, pushing him to his knees before him.Alecia Matthews:
LOOK AT THE POWER THAT DIABOLOS IS DEMONSTRATING! He's got TITUS! on his knees!Matthew Werner:
And it appears he's about to make him go full Nancy Reagan.Alecia Matthews:
Got-Damn Matthew. You got fire tonight.Matthew Werner:
Well I just downloaded Twitter again, so...TITUS! STRUGGLES! To overcome the swollen, glistening muscles of Abbadon himself. HOW COULD ANY MORTAL MAN DEFEAT THE GOT DAMN DEVIL!? SUDDENLY, TITUS! RISES! Slowly but surely, TITUS! ERECTS! Himself to an upright posture, Diabolos increasingly in complete disbelief at the tables being turned! Soon, it is TITUS! who is overwhelming Diabolos, bending him over, forcing him into submission!Kurt Burton:
THIS IS F***ING HOT! JYEAH!But Diabolos did not become the Prince of Darkness due to his good manners, I tell you hwat! The devil, in his desperation, attempts a kick right to TITUS! intergalactic balls!Alecia Matthews:
Well this was weird while it lasted...Fans are aghast as TITUS! RELEASES! the knuckle lock, holding his stones from beyond the milky way. Diabolos laughs deviously! It appears the official is prepared to disqualify him until...TITUS! CHUCKLES! AGAIN! In the front row, a lady had a puppy in her purse!... Had... being the operative word there...Matthew Werner:
... So are we to believe that TITUS! is actually an alien who legitimately does not feel pain upon his testicles being assaulted or... a guy playing an alien... I'm a little...We hear the sound of Alecia Matthews placing her index finger perpendicular to Werner's lips.Alecia Matthews:
Sssshhhh...She has a point. Probably best not to think too much about it. Nevertheless, Diabolos is shook! How could TITUS! have survived a set of cloven hooves right to his interstellar testes?! He stares at TITUS! who, as a means of demonstration, punches himself in the balls numerous times, chuckling with increasing intensity upon each shot! It is clear he cannot be harmed in the balls!Kurt Burton:
THIS IS F***ING INSPIRING! BAYBAY! MAYBE I SHOULD HIT MY BALLS TOO!Matthew Werner:
Dear God Kurt, don't.... On second thought, give it a shot, you could be impervious...Diabolos appears genuinely frightened by TITUS!'s resilient testicles! The referee doesn't know what to do about it, really. Sure, Diabolos did technically break the rules, but those rules are for mortal men; Not the devil and an alien with invincible balls. Ultimately, he decides to let it go. Diabolos is at his wit's end; He's tried using fire magic, he's tried grappling, what else can he do? To make matters worse, TITUS! BEGINS! to APPROACH! the Prince of Darkness. This prompts the devilish fiend's face to contort in a menacing glare! Then, suddenly, the lights cut out! No doubt the work of the damned devil!Suddenly, A LIGHTNING BOLT STRIKES THE CENTER OF THE RING RIGHT WHERE TITUS STOOD!THAT DAMNED DIABOLOS HAS SURELY VANQUISHED TITUS! The lights come on in the Case Gymnasum to find the center of the ring consumed in a plume of large, thick smoke. The referee is horrified, Diabolos is laughing maniacally, the audience are mostly coming to the conclusion that this is really dumb.Alecia Matthews:
I can't pinpoint the exact moment that this show jumped the shark but, I'm looking behind us and there is most certainly a jumped shark there.Kurt Burton:
WAIT!? WHICH ONE OF THESE GUYS IS A SHARK!?The dust begins to settle, the plume of smoke slowly dissipating... TO REVEAL AN UNHARMED TITUS! CHUCKLING!Matthew Werner:
... I mean I called SuperBrawl VII guys this is...Alecia Matthews:
Feels like a low point.Matthew Werner:
Yeah...At this point, the crowd in Boston begins to audibly jeer; No doubt toward that monster Diabolos for what he tried to do to TITUS!, who continues to CHUCKLE! regardless of how many puppies are harmed!Diabolos, however, is not amused! He begins pantomiming rolling sleeves up his arms, then brings his fists up. If he can't defeat TITUS! with magic or with tests of strength, it appears he has surmised he'll have to do it with good ol' fashioned fisticuffs! Mercifully, TITUS! CEASES! his chuckling and STARES! a hole through Diabolos. Figuratively speaking. Generally you wouldn't have to clarify but uh... yeah. With a glowering stare, TITUS! reaches up to the left breast of his spacesuit and hovers his gargantuan finger above a button labeled in an indecipherable language. Diabolos' eyes grow as wide as flying saucers; Clearly he can read this language!Matthew Werner:
I don't believe anybody has delivered a single offensive maneuver this entire match.Alecia Matthews:
I'd argue its been nothing but
offensive maneuvers, amiright?Matthew Werner:
Ahhhhhh! Good one, I think we're bonding!Alecia Matthews:
Yeah don't push it, Wien.The Lord of the Underworld begs off but, TITUS! is MERCILESS! and presses this button, prompting a wide, green laser beam to shoot out from the front of the MU-STA-SHRYD! and directly into the BLACK HEART OF THE DEVIL!Upon impact, a small firework explodes at Diabolos' chest, rather obviously coming from an object he is holding in his hand and aiming at his own sternum.Kurt Burton:
THIS IS A GOD-DAMNED EPIC! THIS IS SO THRILLING! I NEED SOME ICED WATER!At this point the crowd is straight up booing this. Who could blame them? They came here to see these titans wrestle and instead, quite possibly, the devil has been murdered by a green laser. Alas, the winner is of no question. TITUS! approaches the fallen devil and places his boot upon the scorched chest of Lucifer! The official makes the count and calls for the bell. TITUS! has defeated the Devil!Daehyun Moon:
Here is yooouuuur winner.... TIIIIHHHHHHH-TTUUUUSSSSSSSS!TITUS! RAISES! His arms triumphantly upon continuing his undefeated streak. The fans have now taken to throwing debris into the ring along with their vociferous rejection of this... match... One by one, Dunkins' iced coffees in hot cups, bottles of coffee milk syrup, and New York style wieners are thrown in the ring.Kurt Burton:
HEY THEY'RE THROWING YOU IN THE RING WIEN! HA HA!Matthew Werner:
... That's very... Gets hit in the head by a literal Wiener.
... Commercial?Alecia Matthews:
... Commercial. Don't touch that dial folks... Alecia pauses, TITUS! taunting the Bostonian fans by allowing their flying garbage to hit him in his invincible balls.
... You don't wanna miss... a thing...And with that, we fade to black for a commercial break!
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:25:30 GMT -5
We return from commercial to yet another WFWF Rumble Rewind!These sure have been fun, haven't they? We go back to 2010 at the often mis-dated as having taken place in 2009 fourth ever WFWF Scars and Stripes!WFWF Scars and Stripes IVJanuary 2nd, 2010We cut to the later stage, the deep waters, as it were, of that nineteen-person match. Seems like they could have greased the wells en route to 30 for that one, like not judging but... anyway... it was expected Michael Kyzer would be number 30, just as he was the at the last WFWF Rumble. But as the buzzer goes off, who should enter but none other than... Chaemo!I can assure you Googling "man in gask mask" in 2008 when I made the original Chaemo render yielded much less... PG... image options. Nevertheless, the gas-masked clad superstar entered and, as it was described by some at the time, namely the event results, was impressive right away. Chaemo attacked Justin Tyme and tossed him over the top rope and to the floor, followed by doing the same to Davey Sanchez. Then, in a moment as dramatic as it would be deadly were he a space alien incompatible with Earth's atmosphere, Chaemo removes his gas mask and, with all eyes on him, reveals himself to be none other than Drakz!With his true identity revealed and what would assuredly be a substantially less swampy texture, Drakz sets to doin' some violence! He attempts to throw out Nathan Gust but, as I am sure we all recall, Nathan Gust was, ironically, rather stable-footed. We cut then to moments later where Drakz and Thunder are battling it out. We then cut to moments after that, where High Horror and Yukio Blaze are inexplicably working together to do a number on Drakz who is, as it was described, overwhelmed by their sheer numbers (2). He is tossed over the top rope and just barely hangs on! Seems like the big reveal of Chaemo as having been Drakz would, in a fictional, dramatic context, preceded his two, sudden eliminations of high-profile stars but since this is, of course, reality, and not fictional, what can we do but accept the underwhelming nature of such a reveal followed up with being unable to eliminate Nathan Gust, some clubberin' with Thunder, then getting absolutely dominated by High Horror and Yukio Blaze?With Drakz out of the picture, Horror and Blaze battle it out until Yukio Blaze suplexes Horror out of the ring from the apron thereby eliminating the soon-to-be-deceased warrior. Blaze's glory is short-lived, however, as he is speared by Drakz so hard that he is sent off of the apron and into the announce table which I picture looking a lot like when you'd get bumped into in WCW/NWO Revenge / Wrestlemania 2000 / No Mercy on the apron and get sent into the barricade.What a game. Alas, Drakz has survived the onslaught of Nathan Gust's stable-footedness and the devastating tandem attack of Yukio Blaze and the High Horror to win the WFWF Rumble and a shot at the WFWF World Heavyweight Championship at SuperBrawl. A shot he would, incidentally, never redeem. We begin to reach what appears to be the conclusion of this video with Drakz standing triumphantly in the ring when the feed begins to be consumed b̵y̵ ̷s̴t̸a̸t̴i̴c̸,̷ ̶g̵l̴i̴t̵c̵h̴i̷n̸g̸ a̶͘͜n̷͙̽d̶̥̀ ̵̰̒b̵̢͆r̶̖̊ȅ̸̖a̴̦͌k̶̫̒i̶͖̇ņ̴͆ḡ̸ͅ ̵̣̀ȕ̶̳p̸̬̂ u̸̮͒̈́ͅṅ̵̰t̵̰̋̆í̸̩l̷̖̀̄ ̶̡̥̋̆t̵̝̘̄͝h̷̰̄́e̷̦̔̊ ̴̤̮̒͛f̴̩̖̏͛ȇ̴̖̬̒ẽ̶̯̇d ̷̹͊c̶̛̬u̸̯͐t̶͕̽s̸͍͒ ̴̣̀ȯ̴̥ü̷͇t̸̼͝ ̸͚͑a̶̬̿n̸̝̎d̷͙̾ subdued, uplifting music plays...
... To the warped, decaying image from what appears to be a VHS tape on wilderness survival.
After a few moments on the tape's title, we transition to several slides over-top images of a wilderness at dusk.
Instead of transitioning to another slide, the music fades to silence and we transition to a brief video.
Following this clip, the music fades back in, we cut to another image of the wilderness, and the slides resume.
With this final image, the video b̸e̷g̷i̵n̵s̵ ̵s̴t̴u̵t̸t̷e̴r̶i̵n̶g̵ a̴̦̔n̶͎̈́d̶̦͐ ̸̩́g̵̼͆l̵̘͠i̵͚̚t̴̳̋c̶̲̈́ḩ̸͋í̷̬n̴̥̈́g̷̱̐, u̸n̵t̷i̶l̶ ̷f̸i̸n̵a̵l̴l̴y̵ ceasing its hold over the live feed. We return then to the broadcast booth where Matthews, Werner, and Burton are standing by, clearly perplexed by the preceding video.
Alecia Matthews: ... Facing her colleagues. ... F***ing weird is what it is... Is visibly startled by being informed she's live, then turns toward us. .... Welcome back, everyone! Once again we apologize for... Alecia shrugs. ... Whatever... that is...
Kurt Burton: I LIKE VOID! ITS PROVOCATIVE!
Matthew Werner: It is a little strange it seems to be able to... hijack the entire broadcast feed... Kind of spooky implications. Like if they can do it, couldn't anyone... He pauses, feeling Alecia's "do you really want to plant that seed in these fans' minds?" look. ... On second thought, no they couldn't and I'm sure it's just a part of the show.
Alecia Matthews: ... Alecia gives Werner a half-hearted nod of approval, then turns back toward us. ... Well, anyway, as we noted earlier tonight, we will be simulcasting live to our broadcast colleagues in Philadelphia for the Scars and Stripes press conference featuring the two competitors in our World Heavyweight Championship main event; EBR, and the champion, Josh Dean. Let's check in now with Stacy Grey who is in Philadephia. Stacy?
A dual screen comes up with Alecia Matthews and crew on one side, Stacy Grey and a ruckus audience of fans outside the building on the other.
Alecia Matthews: Stacy, Can you hear us?
Stacy Grey: I can hear you, but it has been a night full of energy here in Philadelphia, Alecia. I've been here since earlier today to cover the contract signing, and I've managed to talk a few fans to get their predictions on the Josh Dean and EBR title match. I'm going to talk to a couple more before the festivities get underway.
Stacy begins to walk around and stops a twenty something, scrawny man with an oversized Jimi Hendrix T-shirt on.
Stacy Grey: Excuse me, sir, Stacy Grey for WFWF, and I'd like to get your prediction on the WFWF World Heavyweight Championship match between Josh Dean and EBR.
Jimi Hendrix Guy: Josh Dean is a great athlete, but EBR has been in every scenario. I'm going EBR.
Stacy Grey: Thank you. Ok, let's go get another prediction.
Stacy continues to walk the room, searching for another person to interview.
Kurt Burton: HEY STACY! what's the overall vibe from the JERK-BRONIS in attendance? Anybody giving Josh Dean a chance?
Stacy Grey: There are a contingent of fans that feel Josh will retain, Kurt. But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that this crowd leans much more strongly towards EBR. But that's just the general temperature of the room, let's hear what these two gentlemen think. Excuse me, gentlemen.
Stacy's next two interviewees are a couple men in their early thirties. One man is smartly dressed and a little more clean cut. His friend, on the other hand, is a greasy, balding fellow with a pony tail in the back.
Stacy Grey: Stacy Grey for WFWF and I want to get your opinions on the World Heavyweight Championship match at Scars and Stripes.
Preppy Guy: EBR all the way.
Greaseball: You're out of your mind, dude. EBR has no idea what's about to hit him. The champ, Josh Dean, all day!
Stacy Grey: Thank you guys. As you can see, it isn't a clear cut decision... Stacy holds her hand up to her earpiece. ... I'm getting word that WFWF President Bobby Abadi is ready to get things started inside the building.
Alecia Matthews: Excellent, thank you, Stacy!
Stacy Grey: ... Stacy nods courteously. ... I'll see you guys again in Philly!
Alecia Matthews: No doubt! Alright, let's go to President Abadi.
Stacy's end of the split screen transitions to a feed inside of the building just as Bobby Abadi is walking on to the stage. The crowd quiets down as he stops at the podium in the center of the stage.
Bobby Abadi: ALLLRIIIGHT! Welcome everyone right here in PPPHHHIIIILLLLY!!
Gotta love the cheap pop.
Bobby Abadi: I love it! So tonight, we have a very special event that is running on a simulcast with Knuckles Up In BAWWWSTUNN... Bobby pauses to allow space for his attempt at a comedic impression of a Boston accent to land. It does not. ... Hah... Clears throat. ... Anyway... we're going to have a press conference and officially sign the contract to make the WFWF World Heavyweight Championship match between the champion, "The Architect" Josh Dean...
The crowd gives a strong, but mixed reaction for the champ.
Bobby Abadi: And the challenger, the WFWF Legend, EBR!
The crowd explodes into a near unanimous roar of applause.
Bobby Abadi: So let's get this party started! Introducing to you guys first, he is the REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED WFWF HEAYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! "THE ARCHITECT" JOSH DEAN!
"I got a song filled with sh*t for the strong willed
When the world gives you a raw deal
Set you off 'til you
Scream, "piss off, screw you"
When it talks to you like you don't belong
Or tells you you're in the wrong field
When something's in your mitochondrial
'Cause it latched on to you, like"
As the beat to Venom by Eminem kicks in, the crowd reaction goes to a very palpable mixed reaction as the champ comes out onto the stage. He has his trademark black hoodie over head head and the WFWF Championship draped over his shoulder. He turns slightly to face the crowd. Josh flips the hood off his head and methodically raises the WFWF Championship over head head as the crowd responds in kind. He lowers the title back onto his shoulder and walks around the table to his seat. Josh rests the WFWF Championship on the table and takes his seat.
Bobby Abadi: AAAAANNNDD HIS OPPONENT, a man who needs no introduction at all. He is a WFWF Legend!
The media crowd shows even more signs of life. The crowd in attendance explodes with cheers when they hear...
Bobby Abadi: GIVE IT UP FOR!
"Made Ya Look" by Nas kicks into full gear and rips through the loud speakers.
Bobby Abadi: E!
The crowd echoes along.
Bobby Abadi: B!
The crowd by this point is in unision.
Bobby Abadi: RRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
The WFWF Legend gets an enormous reception as he comes out onto the stage, waving at all the fans and media personnel in attendance. Josh remains seated and as stoic as ever as EBR shakes hands with Bobby Abadi and takes his seat on the opposite side of the podium from Josh. The champion, the challenger, the closest they have been to each other since the Ascension Press Conference.
Bobby Abadi: Excellent! Well, we'll be taking questions shortly... but first, I want to talk a little bit about how our television deal with the Outdoor Adventure Network came together...
Perhaps sensing this is going to be a while, the split screen closes leaving us with only our esteemed announce team in Boston.
Alecia Matthews: Well, We will head back to Philadelphia in just a few, short minutes to see some of the questions the media has for the WFWF Champion Josh Dean and his challenger EBR!
Matthew Werner: But before that, when we return from break we'll be seeing POISON square off against his POISON's Rules Open Challenge Opponent... Ripp Jackson!
And, as such, we fade once again to commercial break!
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:25:41 GMT -5
We return from commercial to the tape-distorted image of a wrestling gym; The environment clearly, purely for utility with a ratty old ring in the center of the facility. We roughly cut from this establishing shot to WFWF superstar POISON standing above an unknown individual laying flat on the canvas. Based on the context and the young man's workout clothes, we can surmise he is a trainee.
POISON: EVERYONE’S BODY BREAKS DOWN. I DON’T CARE IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SOME TOUGH VETERAN!
POISON grabs a folding chair and closes it as he looks at the trainee on the ground.
POISON: GET UP NOW! GET UP! DON’T LET ME DOWN!
The trainee slowly gets up to his feet with the help of the other trainees.
POISON: Okay... Who do you think will win now?
The trainee hesitates, but begins to speak.
Trainee: I uh... I think...
POISON winds up and cracks the trainee with a chair shot to the head, knocking him clean out on the blue mats.
POISON: Cameraman come here! We are gonna send this to the WFWF Offices and by god I’ll make sure it gets there this time.
The cameraman comes closer to just film POISON’s masked face.
POISON: Who ever is making my matches... Who ever is in charge... LISTEN VERY CLOSELY! I WANT MORE CHALLENGE, I DON’T WANT THE LIKES OF KARATE STEVE OR AN OLD WASHED UP NEVER-WAS LIKE RIPP JACKSON! AFTER KNUCKLE UP IN BOSTON, AFTER ALL THE CARNAGE AND PUNISHMENT I PUT GERIATRIC JACKSON THROUGH...
POISON headbutts the camera in the heat of the moment.
POISON: I WANT AN ACTUAL CHALLENGE!
On this image of POISON's masked face, his intensity clear even behind the disguise, the tape cuts to static.
We return to the live feed just as "Stairway to Heaven" begins to play through the speakers of the arena.
Daehyun Moon: The following contest is scheduled for POISON'S RULES!
POISON makes his way through the curtain, holding a chair that has "ASCEND" spraypainted on it. He walks to the ring not acknowledging any of the fans asking for a high five.
Alecia Matthews: Well POISON's video he sent in was...
Matthew Werner: Interesting?
Alecia Matthews: I mean I'm no expert but I have to imagine there are more effective training methods than assault and battery.
Kurt Burton: PPSSHHH! That's how I was trained and look how I turned out!
POISON slides the chair into the ring, and hops onto the apron. He slings himself into the ring, and rolls out back onto his feet.
Daehyun Moon: Introducing first! Hailing from parts unknown... POOOOOOIIIIISSSSOOOOONNNNN!
"Stairway to Heaven" draws to a close and POISON awaits the entrance of his opponent. There is a palpable buzz in the audience from the many, many generations removed from being meaningfully Irish fans, but that sure didn't stop them from getting Celtic knot sleeves, did it?
Matthew Werner: I think these fans in Boston are pretty excited to see Ripp Jackson return!
"Born To The Fight" by Waylander resonates throughout the arena as Ripp Jackson bursts out from behind the curtain when the guitar kicks on to a large response! Jackson soaks in the response, looking in as good of shape as we last saw him.
Daehyun Moon: Annnnnnnd his opponent... Hailing from Dublin, Ireland... RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPP! JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCKKKSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN!
The Irish warrior rushes to the ring and, in one motion, dives under the bottom rope. He quickly makes his way to his feet, removes his blazer, and throws it at POISON as a distraction. It proves to be effective and allows Ripp to run forward and tackle POISON through the middle ropes as the bell rings to start the match!
Kurt Burton: HELL YEAH!
Alecia Matthews: We're wasting no time on this one!
Both men fall to the ground on the outside, but Ripp is up to his feet before POISON. He hauls off and kicks POISON square in the chest, making a sickening thud. The crowd let’s out a collective “OOOOOOH”. Ripp looks under the ring for something to damage his opponent, and eventually pulls out a steel chair. POISON gets back up to his feet, and adjusts his mask. Ripp charges forward and swings for the fences with the steel chair, but POISON ducks the chair making him smash the chair into the ring post. Ripp drops the chair as his hands are in extreme pain.
Matthew Werner: A surprisingly large amount of uh... knuckle-based... stuff happening. Kind of serendipidous, really.
Alecia Matthews: Thank you for that keen insight, Matthew.
POISON leaps up onto the apron, and executes a nice moonsault but Ripp darts out of the way. Surprisingly, POISON lands on his feet! Alas, he is met with a clothesline sending him flat on his back!
Kurt Burton: See this is why I never did moonsaults. Leaves you open for clotheslines! Everyone knows that, BAYBAY!
Ripp lifts POISON up and rolls him into the ring, and then motions to the crowd to wait. He walks up the entrance way, and goes through the curtain to the backstage. He spends a couple seconds back there before returning through the curtain, holding up a Barbed Wire Board, much to the approval of the Boston crowd!
Matthew Werner: ... Why was that just sitting there?
Alecia Matthews: I guess he probably just... had it... back there... Seems like guys shouldn't be able to just... show up with... you know what, whatever. I went to college, I can find something else, right?
Matthew Werner: Yeah... What was your major?
Alecia Matthews: Philosophy.
Kurt Burton: HAH!
Matthew Werner: Oof...
Alecia Matthews: ... Well maybe the entire global capitalistic order will collapse and we'll just have to decide which gang of roving marauders to join...
Matthew Werner: One can hope.
Ripp slides the barbed wire board into the ring, and then hops onto the apron. He is met with a charging forearm by POISON knocking him off the apron. POISON runs the ropes and gets some speed, he then dives through the middle ropes for a suicide dive, but Ripp ducks and let’s POISON crash into the guardrail.
Alecia Matthews: My lord! We haven't seen a match like this in some time!
Matthew Werner: Should I even ask if we have insurance?
Ripp takes a second to get back his bearings, and then immediately sends a stomp to POISON’s head keeping him on the ground. He then grabs the chair he grabbed earlier and smacks it letting the fans know it’s a steel chair. Ripp grabs POISON by the mask and drags him up to his knees, he gives him a little slap and then winds back with the chair and swings like his life depends on it, but POISON ducks the chair. POISON kicks Ripp in the mid-section, and then quickly grabs the steel chair out of his hands. He then sets up the chair in the sitting position, and sits Ripp down on the chair. He fires off one hell of a chop and then hops onto the apron. POISON runs on the apron and dives off for a crossbody, but Ripp gets up and catches him mid-air and pops his hips to execute a nice belly to belly suplex, crushing the chair with POISON’s body. The crowd goes wild!
Alecia Matthews: What an incredible exchange!
Matthew Werner: It seems like POISON's open challenge may have finally bitten off the kind of challenge he's been looking for.
Kurt Burton: YEAH AND LOOK AT HIM NOW!
Ripp picks up POISON and rolls him into the ring, POISON is limp and clearly hurt. Ripp gets into the ring and grabs the ref. He throws the referee towards POISON demanding him to check if he can continue. The official checks on POISON, but POISON grabs the ref’s shirt and sprays him with a mouthful of Orange Mist. The ref falls backwards and rolls out of the ring holding his eyes and screaming. Ripp walks forward towards POISON and reaches down to grab him but gets caught in a TRIANGLE CHOKE by a possum playing POISON.
Alecia Matthews: I'm starting to understand pretty acutely why we have such a high turnover rate on referees.
POISON has the choke in tight, but there is no referee to check on Ripp’s condition. Another referee runs through the entrance way and hauls down to the ring, he gets into the ring and scurries over to Ripp and check on him. Ripp’s still okay. Ripp fights his way up to his feet, but POISON won’t let go of the choke. Ripp begins to lift POISON off the mat, and uses all his might to get him up in the air. The crowd are on their feet. POISON loosens the hold, and pushes off Ripp and lands on his feet. POISON turns to the corner, and hops onto the second rope and then jumps off towards Ripp, but gets caught with a thunderous out of nowhere JUMPING CUTTER from Ripp.
Kurt Burton: THAT WAS AWESOME! BAYBAY!
Alecia Matthews: Ripp Jackson is looking really impressive here tonight! He might even look better than he's ever looked!
Ripp is lost in the heat of battle and covers POISON, but the referee informs him that pinfalls don’t count in this match. Ripp angrily gets up to his feet and pushes the referee away from him. He then gets out of the ring and lifts up the ring apron and pulls out a bundle of lighttubes. Ripp slides the bundle of tubes into the ring, and looks around the crowd with a smile on his face. He gets into the ring and lays the light-tube bundle on the barbed wire board that’s in the ring. Ripp grabs POISON by the mask and lifts him up to his feet, and then grabs POISON by the waist and lifts him up onto the top rope in the corner.
Matthew Werner: Oh my god! He's going to use those light tubes to illuminate the mat so he can see perfectly clearly where he's going to drop him!
Alecia Matthews: ... You haven't um... called a lot of... deathmatches, have you?
Matthew Werner: ... I called Alex Sean against Reverend Shadow in a dog collar match, once.
Alecia Matthews: Right.
He lays in a stiff punch to POISON’s jaw, and then proceeds to climb up onto the second rope. He signals for a cutter and the end of the match. POISON blasts Ripp with a 12 to 6 elbow to the back of the head, and then pushes Ripp off the second rope. Ripp stumbles toward the barbed-wire board with lighttubes on it, but stops before falling into the hellpile. POISON stands on the top rope as Ripp turns around, and throws caution to the wind and front flips off and crushes Ripp into the lighttubes and barbed-wire board with a POISON Bomb!!!
Matthew Werner: OH MY GOD! HE...
Alecia Matthews: Yup...
Matthew Werner: BUT THEN HE...
Kurt Burton: Yup...
The lighttube gas floats around as POISON pulls himself out of the barbedwire. He calls for the referee to check on Ripp Jackson. Ripp Jackson QUITS!
Kurt Burton: I KNEW HE'D WIN!
POISON is victorious, but is still laying in the ring. A group of trainees with matching purple shirts run out from the back and run to the apron to check on him.
Daehyun Moon: Here is your winner.... POOOOOIIIIIIIISSSSSSSOOOOOONNNNNNNN!
POISON slowly rolls out of the ring into the waiting arms of his trainees. They hold him upright and begin assisting the damaged competitor up the ramp.
Alecia Matthews: Well POISON said he wanted a tougher challenge and no doubt, Ripp Jackson provided that.
Matthew Werner: I think it's as you said earlier, he's probably never looked better.
Kurt Burton: He's never looked better and POISON beat him! This weirdo's got a future! JYEAH!
Ripp Jackson gets help from the referee to get out of the barbed wire, he rolls out of the ring and walks to the back, greeting fans on the way.
Alecia Matthews: What a match... oof... Anyway, I'm getting word that Katherine Fabiani is standing by... with Alex Sean!
And that we are! We cut to Katherine Fabiani standing next to an increasingly characteristically dour-looking Alex Sean; His trusted head of security Lamont Carter standing behind him.
Katherine Fabiani: Thanks Alecia! Well, she already said it but... I'm here with Alex Sean! Turning toward Sean. Thanks for your time this week, it's been a minute!
Sean makes brief, polite eye contact, before resuming his sort of drifting gaze.
Alex Sean: Yeah it's cool... I mean they fly me out to all of these things so... Doesn't seem really cost-effective to me but...
Katherine Fabiani: Hey! You're totally worth being flown out!
Alex Sean: ... Not really my point but...
Katherine Fabiani: Well look; You thrilled your hometown crowd in Baltimore...
Sean sighs a deep, disappointed sigh.
Katherine Fabiani: And you put on one heck of a show at Loaded in New York City! I gotta ask, does it feel good to be back or what?
Katherine's face contorts in a look where she could not possibly conceive of the possibility Sean isn't happy about the way things have been going.
Alex Sean: I mean... Sean shrugs deeply. ... I dunno... The fans have been really nice which is... surprising...
Katherine Fabiani: You thought they might still be mad atcha, eh?
Sean looks at Fabiani in a very "slow night in Section C" kind of way.
Alex Sean: ... Yeah... that's it... But um... you know, it's been... I guess I've had more... heh... ring rust than I thought I would...
Katherine Fabiani: Ohhh come on! You've put on an incredible show each time out! People are really thrilled to see just what kind of a show you put on for us at Scars and Stripes!
Alex Sean: ... You know you keep saying... "put on a show"... I'm not really sure what you mean by that?
There is a long, awkward pause that is only broken up by the emergence of Napoleon Weisgarber; Sean's opponent from last week. In his hands is a large, half-melted bag of ice, one that he holds up at eye level to Alex Sean. Lamont Carter begins to move in on the invading Frenchman but Sean, ever-diplmatic, gestures that is not necessary at this time.
Napoleon Weisgarber: THIS ICE IS A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT, ALEXANDER!
Katherine throws her hands up to the camera.
Alex Sean: ... Okay...
Napoleon Weisgarber: You see this bag of ice?
Alex Sean: I do.
Napoleon Weisgarber: You see, this bag of ice is now melted, it's NOTHING but water, right?
Alex Sean: That's how ice usually works, yes.
Napoleon Weisgarber: This ice is you! If not for... Napoleon gestures toward Lamont Carter with the actively melting bag of ice. ... HIM! Tonight, this ICE... I mean... WATER... will be Johnny Mason!
Sean looks a lot like he feels like he's melted ice.
Alex Sean: ... I'm not... melted ice...
Napoleon Weisgarber: YOU WILL BE SOON! He begins to exit the frame, then pauses and doubles back. AGAIN! He repeats this motion. BECAUSE YOU ALREADY WERE!
Mercifully, Napoleon departs the scene, allowing for the interview to resume once more.
Katherine Fabiani: Well that was... Hrm...
There is an uncomfortably long silence.
Katherine Fabiani: Well, I suppose one topic that is worth discussing is... well... Trace Demon's actions at WFWF Loaded. I'm sure you were, like the rest of us, absolutely... horrified... by what he did to Poppy Yates.
Alex Sean: ... Sean sighs deeply. ... Yeah that was pretty over the line, man... I hope she's okay... I haven't really... seen anything like that in a while...
Katherine Fabiani: Probably not since you attacked Trace Demon with a fireball yourself in the XWA, right?
More pausing, more discomfort.
Alex Sean: ... I guess it was... kind of like that... But um...
Rather dismissively, Johnny Mason walks in front of the frame, just in time to...
Johnny Mason: Huh it's almost like that's where he got the idea...
... Slip a verbal dagger between Sean's ribs, spoken with every bit of disdain the words could be interpreted to possess. Fabiani is, uncharacteristically, a little stunned.
Katherine Fabiani: ... Wow... I uh... That's a pretty extreme implication from Johnny Mason there...
Alex Sean: ... He's like the fifth person who's said that to me today but... whatever... Sean shrugs defeatedly. ... I dunno man... You know I just thought maybe I'd come back and... It's been difficult and... Sean chuckles wryly, harming no puppies. ... I guess people have heard... a lot of things... I dunno... I just thought it'd be... different...
Sean stares off in the distance looking like the saddest sad boy in all of sadland. Fabiani reaches out and places a supportive hand on his shoulder with one of those sympathetic, flat smiles across her face. Their brief moment of sympies are broken up by the waddling emergence of none other than DAVID HANDLECATCH! himself.
Katherine Fabiani: Do people think this is the cafeteria or something...?
DAVID HANDLECATCH!: ... Speaking as if he is an elderly black woman from New Orleans. ... Mmm... you and me... mm... we got some bi'ness to finish...
He is literally wearing a dew rag.
Alex Sean: Uh... Right... I punched your throat.
DAVID HANDLECATCH!: Yeah mang.. he he... you got me good but mane we gotta settle this.
Alex Sean pauses for a moment, looking over at Fabiani, then back toward Lamont Carter. For the first time this evening, he appears to possess something of some resolve.
Alex Sean: You know what? Yeah man. Let's do it. How about... Scars and Stripes, eh? I could use a warm up.
DAVID HANDLECATCH!: Ohhh... so nahh I'm a warm up...
Alex Sean: Whatever bro. You know what, I can turn this around. I'm Alex Sean!
Lamont Carter begins nodding behind him.
Alex Sean: I'm a six time World Champion!
Lamont Carter: Six. Times.
Alex Sean: I just need some mat time... Ya know?
Lamont Carter: Gotta punch that clock.
Alex Sean: ... Looking visibly psyched up. ... Yeah man! Ya know what? It's been... it's been a challenge but... I'm getting this ship off the damn... dock... and uh... at Scars and Stripes, I'm gonna... ya know... do my thing! And you know what? I'm even gonna plan my own damn entrance!
Full of newfound motivation, Sean marches off with his head of security, leaving Katherine Fabiani behind with the dew-rag clad DAVID HANDLECATCH!
Katherine Fabiani: Hrm... Well how about that. Turning to David. ... What do you think about Trace Demon?
DAVID HANDLECATCH!: Girl whuss a Trace Demon nahh?
Katherine Fabiani: ... Right. Turning toward us. ... We'll be back after these messages.
And we will... be back... after these messages!
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:25:51 GMT -5
We return from commercial to yet another WFWF Rumble Rewind!Following our friendly lil' orange graphic, we transition to a graphic indicating we will be showcasing the fifth and, to date, final WFWF Rumble from 2013!WFWF Scars and Stripes VDecember 15th, 2013The graphic transitions... you know we've done a lot of these by now, let's mix things up. STAR WIPE from the graphic...... To The High Horror himself, Shawn Malakai, booting poor Dex off of the apron and to the ringside mats below!Alecia Matthews:
Final four!From there we cut to a series of individual shots of that final four; Shawn Malakai, Thunder, Ace Bennett, and Solomon Crow. Malakai, Thunder, and Bennett scope out a recovering Crow in the corner and work in tandem via tossing Shawn Malakai from under his arms into the corner. Weee! We then transition to moments later, via a star wipe, to Thunder... characteristically... betraying his friend, Shawn Malakai, and delivering an Impaler DDT! Star wipe to moments later with Thunder uppercutting an outraged Ace Bennett. I already did the Mortal Kombat uppercut gif joke once so... moving on. We star wipe to Bennett, Thunder, and Malakai getting into a shoving match. A stable turning out to deduce, in the throws of a battle royal, that it's every person for themselves? How unheard of! Star wipe to Malakai punching Thunder then, as it's described in the results, he "lifts up the lifeless body of Thunder and tosses it into the corner."Star wipe to Crow blasting Malakai in the back of the head! He proceeds to grab ahold of the large man and tries tossing him over however Ace Bennett grabs ahold of Malakai's leg, for some reason, and Malakai has also managed to hook Thunder's arm. Bennett then hooks Crow's arm (I'm just recounting what it says, guys.) and in a feat that would appear to defy every single law of nature... with maybe the exception of entropy... all four men, interlocked, manage to utilize their combined strength to throw all four of their damn selves over the top rope and to the floor!Cameron Stone:
What the hell did we just see?Tabitha Owens:
Who lost? Who won?We star wipe to and between a number of replays showing, in fact, somehow, all eight feet from all four men landed on the floor at ringside at exactly the same time.Look I made fun of myself for being a vampire and having Sean wear leather pants, I get to tease. Nevertheless, the WFWF Rumble has resulted in a tie. Star wipe to the four men at ringside, each responding to this inexplicable turn of events in their own way. Crow is laughing, Thunder is shocked, Bennett in disbelief, Malakai aloof. Star wipe to Shawn Malakai choke slamming Thunder through the announce table!Finally, we star wipe to individual shots of the four winners of the Rumble; Thunder laying unconscious in the wreckage, Shawn Malakai standing very having chokeslammed Thunder-like, Ace Bennett, that rascal, and Crow.
Cameron Stone: Holy... what?
Hwat indeed. STAR WIPE!
Upon returning to the live feed, we cut to the stage to see several of the model, French landmarks from Alex Sean's entrance last week once again on the side of the stage; Though they are all visibly damaged looking as if they were smuggled out haphazardly in a poorly planned caper. Suddenly, the 1812 Overture crescendos throughout the gymnasium speakers, the sound vibrating throughout!Daehyun Moon:
The following contest is schedule for one fallllllll! Introducing first, from the South. Of. France. Weighing in at two hundred and forty-five pounds.... NAAAAAPPPPOOOOLLLLEEEOOOOONNNNNN... WEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIISSSSSGAAAARRRBBBBEERRRRRRRR!Complete no sell from Daehyun. What a class act.Alecia Matthews:
Gotta lova Daehyun Moon and his enthusiasm.Kurt Burton:
UGH! ONCE AGAIN WITH FRANCE! I BROUGHT SOME FREEDOM FRIES JUST IN CASE!As Burton's end of the announce feed is filled with the sound of him going to town on some freedom fries, the alleged Gold Glove boxer, Napoleon Weisgarber, shadowboxes through the curtain, raising his arms while skipping in place, showing off that fancy footwork.Matthew Werner:
Napoleon is fresh off a disappointing defeat at the hands of Alex Sean. You can only imagine the fire and determination that The Don is going to bring to this match.Alecia Matthews:
...You kidding?We hear the audible sound of Werner tapping his cue card as Napoleon makes his way to the ring. He can’t help but admire his good-looks and flexes in the louvre model. The Don from the Hexagon enters the ring and shadowboxes in the corner as the lights dim. After a few moments, haunting, choir voices emerge from the speakers following a barrage of drums."Oh, I'll never kill myself to save my soul
I was gone, but how was I to know?
I didn't come this far to sink so low
I'm finally holding on to letting go
I'll never kill myself to save my soul
I'm finally holding on to letting go
I'm finally holding on to letting gooooooooooooooo!!!"The banging of the drums is metallic, causing an audible bang through the arena like shotgun blasts and the guitar rips through the speakers causing the arena to tremble.Daehyun Moon:
And his opponent... from Indianapolis, Indiana... weighing in at 220 pounds... he is the current reigning, undisputed WFWF Vanguard Champion... Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny Massssssssssssson!From the behind the curtain comes Johnny Mason with his trademark black hoodie in white and blue trunks, black kneepads and white boots with his initials embedded into them. He stalls atop the entrance ramp for a bit to take in the crowd reaction before raising the Vanguard Championship above his head, which causes the crowd to become frenzied!Alecia Matthews:
Listen to this reaction for the champion!Matthew Werner:
No doubt Boston is strongly in favor of Johnny Mason.Alecia Matthews:
I have to admit I'm a little surprised, these past months have involved a lot of suspicion regarding his motives against Mesh.Kurt Burton:
OF COURSE FELICIA SUPPORTS HER FELLOW WOMAN. YOU ARE A MISANTHROPE.Alecia Matthews:
Please make sure you know what words mean before you use them as insults, you pillock.Kurt Burton:
What did she call me, Wien?Matthew Werner:
A man with an IQ of a lima bean.Kurt Burton:
LIMA BEANS ARE COOL. EVERYONE LIKE LIMA BEANS! JYEAH!Once inside the squared circle, Mason climbs onto the turnbuckle and veers his head to look at everyone in attendance for tonight’s event before raising the Vanguard Championship above his head again. He removes his hoodie and throws it into the crowd. With both opponents in the ring, the bell tolls and this match is underway! Napoleon continues to shadowbox, causing the ring to shake. Mason, on the other hand waits patiently in the corner.Matthew Werner:
Not a lot of...Suddenly, Mason springs into action, bolting towards Napoleon!Matthew Werner:
... Nevermind...Mason wastes no time in going for his patnered running knee to the skull but, surprisingly, like truly surprisingly, Weisgarber ducks the coming blow! As Mason turns to face him, Napoleon wags his finger indicating that he will not receive that maneuver in his current place of residence.Then, for some reason, Napoleon climbs the turnbuckle and celebrates!Alecia Matthews:
Well, this match has officially lasted longer than their match two years ago.As soon as Napoleon leaps off the top, Mason charges him again, only this time, Mason’s knee connects with the back of Napoleon’s head sending him tumbling lifelessly to the canvas.Alecia Matthews:
Aannnnnnnd that's gonna about do it...Kurt Burton:
... With a mouth full of freedom fries.
... mmmm rrmmm bruhhh brororo... Audible swallow.
... And that's why I'll never be allowed back in France! Facist pigs!Johnny Mason wastes no time leaping atop the fallen Napoleon Weisgarber and securing a pin which, unsurprisingly, yields a three! Johnny Mason has won!Daehyun Moon:
Here is your winner... Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny Massssssssssssson!Referee Dante Colle raises The Icebreaker’s arm in victory, slinging the Vanguard Championship over his shoulder.Matthew Werner:
That was a very impressive performance from Johnny Mason.Alecia Matthews:
There's no doubt Mason has had the pieces for a long time, the way he just looked, he might be finally starting to put it all together.Suddenly, an edited version of "Groundbreaker" by Mohamed Ragab plays, causing a surge within the crowd as the beats immediately drops! Mason looks pissed. Mesh emerges from behind the curtain and does her song and dance, giving the fans what they paid their hard-earned money for. High-fives and hugs for the Good Vibe Tribe.Kurt Burton:
Business is about to pick up here, BAYBAY!Alecia Matthews:
Mesh did seem to indicate at Loaded that she intends to squash this... whatever you want to call it.Kurt Burton:
And you believed the little crazy haunted fairy girl? Okay then.As soon as she makes eye contact with the world champion awaiting her in the ring, her demeanor changes. That once beaming smile turns into a frown. She enters the ring and the two opponents for Scars and Stripes share the ring before their big match. Mason doesn’t take his eyes off her. Not after last time. Mesh mouths words to the champion which aren’t picked up on camera. Mason mouths words back and doesn’t look too amused. Amidst the verbal exchange, Mesh holds her hand out in another attempt to show respect to her future opponent.Matthew Werner:
Well look at that!Kurt Burton:
DON'T BE SO SURE! She's probably got one of those... hand buzzer... things... clowns use. Yeah! She's like a damned devious CLOWN GIRL!Alecia Matthews:
Is that so?Kurt Burton:
I REALLY DON'T TRUST CLOWNS, FELICIA!Mason scoffs, walking past her, heading towards the ropes to leave. The crowd cheers, Mason has given Mesh the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions and it appears the fans in Boston appreciate him drawing a line in the sand.Alecia Matthews:
Statement made. Wow!Matthew Werner:
You know... Even giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, can you blame Mason here?Kurt Burton:
EXACTLY! SEE FELICIA! WE MEN ALWAYS STICK TOGETHER.Matthew Werner:
... That wasn't really what I was...Alecia Matthews:
Oh no no, I get it, really.Matthew Werner:
No I was just...Alecia Matthews:
You've said enough, Captain Patriarchy.As Mason steps through the ropes, the cameraman catches Mesh, snarling. She grabs and tugs at her gray hair. The crowd watches on, confused. Mesh then abruptly approaches Mason and shoves him!Kurt Burton:
SEE!? I TOLD YOU!Alecia Matthews:
Oh Mesh...The crowd all groan, a synchronous buzz of oohs and ahhs. Mason stays on the floor for a few moments, stunned, then gets up and reenters the ring, only to shove Mesh back!Kurt Burton:
FINALLY! LET'S GET A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME AT SCARS AND STRIPES!More vocalization from both competitors as the shoves continue. Mason shoves Mesh so hard that she falls backwards. The crowd cheers! The referee holds Mason back as the two wrestlers continue to shout at each other.Matthew Werner:
This is getting pretty out of control...Mason obliges but Mesh continues shouting at him! As Mason's focus centers on the official, Mesh suddenly rips the WFWF Vanguard Championship out of his hands and, just as suddenly, cracks him across the face, connecting predominantly with the edge of the belt, sending Johnny Mason careening to the canvas!Alecia Matthews:
WHAT?!The crowd, slowly realizing the totality of what they have just seen, begins to turn on Mesh, letting their disapproval know with boos.Alecia Matthews:
Mesh! What are you doing?!Mesh looks distraught, dropping the belt in a sheer panic. Her face looks like she has no idea what she has just done. A streak of blood pours from the side of Mason’s head as it drips onto his championship belt. She mouths more words at Mason, only this time her demeanor implies that she’s remorseful and apologetic.Kurt Burton:
Fabiani's right, this b*** is crazy!Matthew Werner:
I mean to be fair we've seen a lot worse from a lot of different people on this roster.Alecia Matthews:
You're not wrong but... it's Mesh
! She's always been... good spirited and... kind.Suddenly, Mesh’s demeanor changes again. She stomps the mat and tugs at her hair again before fleeing the ring and through the hostile crowd.Alecia Matthews:
... But I guess... people change.Kurt Burton:
How about we focus on how EVERYBODY... including YOU TWO JERKBRONIS... owe Johnny Mason a frickin' apology! Mesh is the one who refused HIS handshake, Mesh is the one who attacked him in D.C., and Mesh is the one who just sliced him like a damn New York Pizza right here in Boston!We see Johnny Mason beginning to stir in the background of the shot; The WFWF Vanguard Championship in the foreground adorned in his blood.Alecia Matthews:
... Well... When you're right, you're right. We do all owe Johnny Mason something of an apology and... as for Mesh...Matthew Werner:
It's a tough business. It doesn't always bring out the best in people.Alecia Matthews:
Right. In any event, it appears Bobby has finished his speech on the noble Wood Bison and the press is asking questions to the headliners for Scars and Stripes. Let's take it over to Philadelphia.
With Alecia's cue, we return to the press conference simulcast to a lingering shot of a contemplative EBR.EBR:
Hrm... the first one, Rocky Balboa... and then 3... no, no ...4. 4.He nods his head in satisfaction as the room claps, dazzled.EBR:
That was a great question, by the way.The person who asked said question feels extra validated as we gradually pans out, showing Bobby Abadi seated at the middle of the table with EBR to his right, both carrying enthusiastic smiles. To the left of them is Josh Dean, the World Heavyweight Championship placed directly in front of him and a blank look on his face.
"This question is also for EBR ... were you to win at Scars & Stripes..."Josh remains expressionless.
"... you’d set the record for longest gap between a title reign at 11 years, while also setting the record for most years from your first and most recent WFWF Championship at a remarkable 19 years."The room again claps.The man asking the question feels studious because of EBR’s observation.
"Is that something you’ve thought about?"EBR:
Yes, it reminds me that I am very, very old.Everyone laughs at EBR’s self-deprecating and welcoming nature.EBR:
I mean ... it’s something that I’m aware of but it’s also something I won’t truly appreciate until I"m retired and I look back at the entire journey and think "oh wow, it’s been a real wild ride". That’s something to think about in the future and I’m sure I will, but I’m more focused on living in the now. We all have to live in the now, otherwise, are we actually even living?The room nods. Very deep stuff. Very philosophical.
"EBR ... you’ve competed at one previous Scars & Stripes event, and you hold a most impressive undefeated record in the Rumble match."The room again claps.
"Do you have any advice for any of your fellow wrestlers who will be competing in the Rumble? Maybe some tips?"EBR:
That’s a tough question, but a very good one.The man asking it feels much better as a person.EBR:
I guess what I would say is ... everyone’s looking to throw you over the top rope, right? So basically ... you just have to be aware of that and if it looks like someone is going to try and do that, they probably are
going to try and do that so ... don’t ... let them do that. And then ... do it to them. Eventually, when that happens enough times ... you will win the match.The group of reporters take notes as the next question is asked.
"EBR, you’ve become known not just for your wrestling prowess but your interest, if not devotion, to philanthropic causes. How do you find the time to balance both your career and making the world a better place?"EBR:
When you’re as fortunate to be in a position as I’ve been in I sort of think you owe it yourself and to society at large to try and give back anyway you can. I’ve recently been doing some work with the humane society...The room "awwwws" at the idea of EBR with puppies.EBR:
And it’s just ... it’s just so gratifying, you know? To be a part of something bigger than yourself it’s ... it’s really amazing.
"On that subject, what is your take on TITUS!? There’s been a steady rise in canine fatalities ever since he arrived in the WFWF."EBR:
I think we all have to understand that TITUS! is from a different universe than our own, so to attempt to shame him for the way he and his people conduct themselves or function as a society is, quite frankly, wrong and very hurtful. We should be respectful of his kind of people and try to learn from them, by talking and listening. Be curious, not judgemental.The crowd claps because he’s so accepting and non-prejudice.EBR:
As far as the dogs go ... that’s a tragedy, no doubt about it but, keep in mind that TITUS!’s presence has led to the WFWF getting a sponsorship with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. So really ... through TITUS!, we’ve helped raise awareness to the plight of animals and hopefully we can help elicit more change for our furry friends. It really shows how sometimes even the worst things can bring about the best outcomes, you know?The crowd claps because when phrased as beautifully as that, they do know.EBR:
Thanks for that question.
"No, EBR ... thank you for changing lives."EBR modestly blushes.
"EBR ... what are your thoughts on your opponent?"He turns towards Josh Dean who remains stone-faced and just generally like ... above it all.EBR:
Oh I think he’s great. He’s the best in the WFWF for a reason and at Scars & Stripes you’re going to see two men going to war, but in a very respectful and tactful way. I admire Josh very much as both a competitor and as a man and I can’t wait to compete against someone of his caliber. To be the best you gotta beat the best, and that’s Josh over here.The crowd claps at his show of sportsmanship.
"So it’s safe to say you’re ready to face Josh Dean?"EBR:
I’ll be ready, no doubt. Gonna have to be. That’s the only way I’ll ever be the Heavyweight Champion, unless Josh just lets me take the belt or something.Jokingly, EBR leans over and pantomimes taking the belt as the room laughs.EBR:
Haha ... I’m just joking. Just joshing
with ‘ya.The crowd "ooohs!" once they get it and then clap at his wordplay.
"Hi, this question is for the World Heavyweight Champion, Josh Dean."Josh stares blankly, awaiting said question.
"... Is it going to be difficult competing against such a charming and wonderful man?"Slowly, Josh turns his head to his right and looks at EBR. Slowly, he moves his head up and then down as he scans his future opponent. Nonchalantly, he leans into the microphone in front of him.Josh Dean:
... No.There’s a brief silence over the room, followed by us transitioning back to Boston and, more specifically, to the announce team of Matthews, Werner, and Burton!
Alecia Matthews: Well folks... As WFWF President Bobby Abadi noted earlier, we all are very... distraught... over what happened to Poppy Yates last week. As he also noted, Trace Demon has been fined and suspended.
Kurt Burton: That son of a b**** deserves a lot worse, as far as I'm concerned!
Alecia Matthews: ... I don't disagree. Well, unfortunately... Alecia sighs. ... We've received word that Trace Demon has... purchased time... during the next commercial break. We don't know what he's going to say, what he's going to show. We also have no ability to prevent this ad from airing. All I can say is, on behalf of the WFWF, absolutely nothing that man says, in any way, reflects this company, and I think I can speak for the three of us when I say it does not reflect us personally either.
Kurt Burton: Amen.
Alecia Matthews: We'll be back after this break.
We fade to commercial to the somber faces of our announce team.
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:26:02 GMT -5
This message on a black screen gives way to an up-close shot of Trace Demon, sat in an office chair. His surroundings unknown, the only thing visible behind his head is that of a wall that seems blurred due to the framing.Trace Demon:
Welcome to the Trace Demon show, sponsored by the good people at Trace Demon’s BBQ’s, where we use only the freshest meat and cook everyone, oh wait, I mean everything, on an open flame right in front of your face.Trace smiles, a thin, twisted smile. There isn’t a hint of regret for what happened at Loaded, if anything it feels almost like a joke to him.Trace Demon:
Now I’m sure you were all disappointed to hear that I wouldn’t be allowed to grace you with my considerable talents this week due to some corporate malarkey, but fortunately we live in the good old United States of America, where money talks and most people don’t care what you’ve done as long as you’re not doing it to a white man. The USA, it’s not Canada... sadly.Trace pulls out a plain black t-shirt with red lettering that reads "The USA, it’s not Canada... sadly." on it.Trace Demon:
It’s a sponsors slot so I’m meant to sell something, so go buy my s*** I guess, or don’t, I don’t really need the money.He throws the t-shirt to the side.Trace Demon:
So, down to business. Last week I did something that some have deemed to be in poor taste, because you can only do bad things to women's bodies if you're the supreme court, or have been president, or friends with presidents or... you know what, better to keep on topic. Last week, since nobody else seems to want to say it, I threw a fireball in Poppy Yates face, while her young child was watching from home. SInce then all I’ve been getting asked is why, Trace, why? I’ve been invited onto podcasts, invited to give quotes for articles, invited for phone interviews all to explain why I did what I did. For some reason none of them seem to want to meet me face to face, god only knows why that is.He shrugs, leaning back in his seat.Trace Demon:
But I thought to myself why would I give these bottom-feeding, so-called journalists the pleasure of my company when instead I could do it on my time, purchased so kindly from the broadcasters with a big old stack of money. So here I am, live and uncensored, to give you all an explanation and a little history lesson. Now, for any of you joining us for the first time my name is Trace Demon, and for the better part of ten years I was the staple of the WFWF. The King of Demons, the True Villain, the Final Boss, it didn’t matter what name you called me, I was the embodiment of this company. I’ve been a hero, a villain, and everything in between, and I have done everything there is to do. WFWF World Heavyweight Champion, WFWF International Champion, Tag Team Champion, National Champion, the list goes on.He smiles, a pensive look in his eyes.Trace Demon:
Now with all that success, you’d think I’d have earned a little bit of respect, a little bit of recognition, right? And yet since the moment this little reboot started I have been shown nothing but disrespect. I have been disrespected by the people running the place, I have been disrespected by people in the crowd, I have been disrespected by has-beens like DGX, and I have been disrespected by a certain Scotsman who probably doesn’t have enough brain cells left to know better. So sadly last week I had to send a message to remind people what happens when you disrespect me, or in fact when you p*** me off in any way, and yes, that came at Poppy Yates expense. So if you want to know why I did what I did the answer is clear... it’s simply to remind you all that I can.We start to pan out slightly and it becomes apparent that the wall behind him is covered in what appears to be paper, though the images on them are still too blurry to make out.Trace Demon:
And of course I’m sure there’ll be people saying why Poppy, what did Poppy do, and to that I have a simple answer. Why not Poppy? What makes her special for people to think she is immune to the whims of Trace Demon? You see there seems to be this misconception that I, Trace Demon himself, follows the same rules that the rest of you pathetic ungrateful hicks do, but let me remind you that that has never been true. When Yukio Blaze p***ed me off back in the day what did I do? I f***ed with his sister. When Scarlett Quinn dared to think she could hold my championship what did I do? I threw years of friendship with the McGurks away and I decimated her, I left her broken and half-dead in a pool of her own blood and I tore her little life apart. Diamond Jack Sabbath, Hutton Brown, Shawn Malakai, rest in hell, the list goes on and on.The camera refocuses, and the images on the paper reveal themselves. It’s dozens upon dozens of photographs all of Poppy Yates in the moments before, during and after Trace threw a fireball in her face. They capture the moment the flames engulf her face, the pain and agony as Trace drags her to the ropes by her hair, his twisted smile as he stares down the camera and waves, the clear agony as Poppy is curled in the foetal position, hands covering her face as medical personnel try to help. It’s all there, in very vivid technicolour.Trace Demon:
The simple fact is that what I did to Poppy Yates, it’s just par for the course, it’s just what happens when you cross me, and you should all know that by now, you should all recognise the price people way when I’m not shown the respect I’ve earned. When you really think about it, this is all on you people, and it’s especially on you Shuggy. Now I’m sure that pride of yours is going to make it difficult for you to understand this, but your best bet Shugs? Back down. In fact bow down, apologise for the disrespect you’ve shown me and promise to do better. I can’t make promises but maybe, just maybe, I’ll show you a little mercy and let you go on your merry way back to the hellhole you came from. Don’t get any ideas about revenge, or about payback, don’t go thinking that you’ve got it in you to bring the fight to me when we both know that’s not true. Just walk away, and remind everyone else in that locker room what happens when you don’t pay the king his due. Because if not?Trace stands, turns, and pins one photo in the centre of the wall. He stands in front of it for a moment, blocking it’s view, then turns to face the camera.Trace Demon:
Well, I think we all know what happens next, don’t we?Trace walks off camera, the shot lingering on the photo he just pinned to the wall. Slowly it zooms in, focusing in on another shot taken from Loaded, taken during Shuggy’s interview with Ryan Riddel. Only Shuggy’s head is cut off from the image, and the focus is clearly on the young girl sat in his lap. This is a photo of Ellie, but is it a threat... or a promise?
We return live to the broadcast booth; Our trio visibly unhappy by the preceding messages.Alecia Matthews:
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, I want to reiterate that Trace Demon's statements do not
reflect the WFWF or, frankly, any decent human being.Matthew Werner:
You said it.Kurt Burton:
Yeah he can laugh all he wants... I guarantee you if he even shows up at Scars and Stripes... Burton nods.
... He's got an entire roster waiting to get a chance at him.With Burton's warning, we cut to the ring where Daehyoon Moon stands in the center, just as he is in the center of our hearts.Daehyun Moon:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a singles contest!"Till I Collapse" begins playing over the speakers just as it played over many a mid-2000s indie wrestling music video. A group of men emerge from the back wearing matching shirts and hats representing team barracuda, the identical men all surround Karate Steve as he rubs his hands together, huffing and puffing.Daehyun Moon:
Making his way to the ring first.... Hailing from LANSING MICHIGAN.... He is... KA-RAH-TAYYYYYYYY STEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE!As the mob of badasses make their way to the ring, they remove the gi from Karate Steve, showing off his many tattoos and shredded body. he pounds the ring steps before heading inside the squared circle.Matthew Werner:
Of course Karate Steve is bringing his... personal issues with Shuggy's alleged remarks regarding Paul Walker into this one.Alecia Matthews:
Something tells me Shuggy isn't all that concerned right now about that..."Pro Wrestler" hits as, on the screen, a clumsily drawn cartoon flying saucer begins darting around. It eventually settles in the middle of the screen and from the drawing comes a cartoon ray of light that 'illuminates' the scribbled name 'Shuggy'. Simultaneously a ray of light shines down on the stage where the wee man himself appears, however he does not pose or soak in the fans' reaction, instead, on his face, is a look of all-business as he marches quickly down the ramp.Daehyun Moon:
Annnnnd his opponent... He Hails from Glasgowww... Scotland! Hee is.... Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhuuuuuuugggggggyyyyyyyyyyyyy!Migraine inducing Orange and Green lights rapidly flash around the arena, but Shuggy is seemingly entirely disengaged from his usual entrance theatrics. The "Wee Green Man" makes it inside the ring with a swift baseball slide. As he reaches his feet, Karate Steve gesticulates dramatically, clearly saying a number of things relating to the late Paul Walker. Shuggy, however, is completely unresponsive, instead pacing the ring back and forth awaiting the ringing of the bell.Alecia Matthews:
This is an entirely different side of Shuggy than we've ever seen...Kurt Burton:
Yeah I wouldn't call the tiny Irish man scary but... He's got something...The official calls for the bell and, wasting no time, Shuggy rushes toward the still-gesturing Karate Steve, and, upon nearing his foe, leaps into the air and levels him with a powerful Spinning Heel Kick!Matthew Werner:
If those top teeth weren't already fronts... They might have to be now...Steve is completely worse for wear; Stumbling around to his knees with a glazed over look in his eyes. As he reaches a table top position near the ropes, Shuggy rushes off to the opposite side of the ring, rebounds off the cables, and upon reaching Steve, delivers his patented Flying Saucer Attack aka the Rolling Thunder across the back of the kneeling Karate Steve; Likely setting him up for the need of a backiotomy!Kurt Burton:
Normally I'd be talking a lot of trash right now but honestly I'm kind of impressed! JYEAH!Shuggy is up to his feet immediately while Karate Steve writhes on the canvas nursing his lower back. The "Wee Green Man" continues his onslaught, grabbing ahold of Steve by a wrist and an ankle and drags him at a clearly precisely calculated distance from the corner. Shuggy then leaps over Karate Steve and grasps ahold of the top tables opposite of the buckles. With a quick spring, he leaps from the canvas right up to the top turnbuckles; Turning in mid-air to face his still prone adversary.Matthew Werner:
He may have taken a little too much time to get set up there, Karate Steve may be playing possum.Kurt Burton:
I'm pretty sure he's probably EATEN more possum than played possum...Werner's point would potentially be valid were Shuggy not hell-bent on making short work of his foe. While Karate Steve does manage to begin to turn to his side and reach an elbow posted position, Shuggy leaps off of the top with his finishing attack the Anti Gravity aka a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press! Upon descent, he lands upon his awkwardly positioned opponent, crumpling him into a heap on his side.Alecia Matthews:
That might be the most brutal high flying attack I've ever seen in my life.Matthew Werner:
Yeeaahh... He doesn't seem to care how that landed. Which... ya know... worked... so...Shuggy shoves Steve onto his back and hooks the leg though there is clearly no question this one is done for. The official makes the count and it is three, Shuggy is your winner!Daehyun Moon:
Heere is yooouuurrrr winnerr.... SSSSSHHHHHHHHUUUGGGGGYYYYYYYYYY!Shuggy rolls to a seated position next to Karate Steve, his facial expression still as intense as it was the moment he walked out onto stage. After seemingly contemplating for a moment, the confirmed Scotsman rolls out the ring, grabs a microphone from ringside, and makes his way back to the apron, looking decidedly pissed off.Shuggy:
At Loaded...Shuggy’s delivery makes it very clear. This is not the jokey happy-go-lucky Shuggy any more, there will be no funny gifs.The Scotsman sits down in the middle of the ring, Karate Steve having rolled off licking his wounds and headed up the ramp. Shuggy has a look of ferocity and soberness that we’ve never seen from him before.Shuggy:
Trace Demon...Loud boos from the crowd.Shuggy:
... Assaulted one of ma best friends, the mother of ma child, Poppy Yates. A good woman who was in that ring, at his request, doin’ her job. An’ he did it knowin’ tha’ our daughter was watchin’ it live, excited to see her Mummy on TV.The "Wee Green Man" is fighting back tears in the now completely silenced Gymnasium.Shuggy:
The reality is, this ring gives men like Trace Demon a license to do as they please, with very few consequences. I donnae think any of yous would argue that that man shouldn’t be sittin’ in a cell right now. But the reality is, he’ll get away with it, because he did it in a wrestling ring. ‘Cause it’s not just wrestlers like me who sign away their right to be treated like human beings when they work for a company like this, an’ step in a ring.Shuggy shakes his head and takes a moment to recompose himself.Shuggy:
Trace Demon has abused tha’ freedom he has time and time again, to do whatever he wants to whoever he wants. But Trace...He rises to his feet and stares down the camera.Shuggy:
It works two ways.Some deep breaths are followed by...Shuggy:
If you f***in’ dare show yer face at Scars & Stripes, if yer in tha’ rumble, I’m gonna indulge tha’ freedom we have to do wha’ we want, to who we want, how we want. You make the mistake of bein’ in tha’ match, the WFWF makes the mistake of lettin’ you, an’ believe me, I’m gonna end you. You cannae just keep hurtin’ innocent people, an’ get away with it. It f***in’ stops now.The seething Scot brushes his hair back.Shuggy:
Donnae try me Trace. Yer a better wrestler than me, sure. But we arnae talking wrestling any more. I’ll do it in tha’ ring just like you did, but it willnae be wrestling. An’ it isnae gonna be fun and jokes no more. If there’s one thing you learn on the streets of Glasgee, whether yous like it or donnae, it’s how ta f*** someone up, who needs f***in’ up. I see yer face again, an’ yer a f***in’ corpse. Goodnight.Shuggy drops the mic, rolls out the ring and walks down the ramp, still bubbling with anger.Alecia Matthews:
... Wow...Matthew Werner:
Yeah... If I were Trace Demon, I'd be a little less cocky.Kurt Burton:
You say that... and I don't LIKE the damned PUMPKIN KING any more than any one else but... I've been in that ring a thousand times and anger... to that extent, has almost never been a benefit. He took a couple of insane risks out there tonight and sure, he can afford that against Karate Steve, but against Trace Demon... Alecia Matthews:
That's not a bad point...Matthew Werner:
I guess we'll find out at Scars and Stripes if this newfound well of rage for Shuggy will prove to be an asset...We look back once more on Shuggy, a look of unsatiated rage in his eyes.Matthew Werner:
... Or a liability...We once again fade to commercial.
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:26:14 GMT -5
Upon returning from commercial, we are greeted to the evening, and this tour's, final WFWF Rumble Rewind!We'll always have the memories, guys. We travel back to 2007 to the third Scars and Stripes and, just as well, third WFWF Rumble!WFWF Scars and Stripes IIINovember 20th, 2007Alongside this graphic, the energetic opening guitar riff of "Sanctified" by Wolfgang begins to wail away; A song most notable to WFWF audiences as Wayne McGurk's entrance music!We cut to the action in the ring, having just enough time to establish the scene before the drums lead-in to the verse and, on cue, Wayne McGurk hits the ring as Entrant #10!"I'm born down in the dirt,born with mud in my eyes
Born kicked in the teeth born a loser in life"We transition to Wayne McGurk entering the ring and, almost immediately, leveling by Jay and Kay Mayhem with a double clothesline! He then follows up with a big boot to Rocker! Cut to a few moments later and McGurk has ahold of the Mayhem brothers. With a grip on the back of each of their heads, he delivers a meeting of the minds! Cut to McGurk, moments later, hitting a springboard leg drop onto the prone Rocker! With his three opponents prone on the canvas, McGurk hops to a seated position on the top rope, pantomiming checking his watch for the next entrant."So put me on the pedestal so everyone can see
And listen to the gospel of the living mockery"Cut to some time later where Wayne McGurk follows up a kick to the gut of Rocker with a slick DDT! Moments later, McGurk rushes toward Jay Mayhem who is on the precipice of eliminating his fellow Axis member, Possessed Child. Upon seeing McGurk's approach, Jay Mayhem wisely dodges out of the way leaving McGurk to collide into his own partner and eliminate Possessed Child. Mayhem's cleverness is penalized as much as it is rewarded, however, as Wayne glares intensely in his direction, then we transition to Wayne headbutting Mayhem... and again... and again...... until Jay Mayhem is bleeding substantially from the face. Cut to Wayne hoisting Mayhem up and planting him first with a Blister City Slam, followed by lifting him up again and dropping him with The Dead End!"I!"Cut to Wayne McGurk leveling Luther Castle with a spear!"Will be!"Transition to Wayne McGurk and Calvin Lee clubbering in the center of the ring!"Yes!"Wayne McGurk tosses BJ Rocker over the top rope and to the floor!"Sanctified!"Vinson Evorette enters the ring as entrant #21, sliding under the bottom rope but, upon reaching his feet and rushing toward McGurk, is carried all the way across the ring and tosses right over the ropes! With this, the song transitions to the breakdown."Sanctified!"Cut to Wayne McGurk being tossed over the ropes and to the floor by Jay Mayhem! HWAAAATTT!?"Sanctified!"... But the officials were distracted and that dastardly Wayne McGurk slides back in the ring!"Sanctified!"McGurk rushes in behind an unsuspecting Jay Mayhem and tosses him right to the floor!"Sanctified!"Justin Tyme rushes to the ring from the crowd but, upon entering the ring, is very quickly met with a Stunner from Johnny Valentine, followed by Wayne McGurk throwing him right over the top rope!"Bring me down as a holy man
And bring down again as a holy man
And bring me down again as a holy man
Like a holy man!"We transition to a lull in the action; Johnny Valentine and EBR on one side of the ring, Calvin Lee and McGurk on the other, the four men staring each other down."Now I'm the hero of masses,king of the world
A disciple to conviction it's obvious yet absurd
How someone's way of living can become converse
From pauper to prince, a blessing to a curse"The action breaks out suddenly with McGurk and EBR colliding as well as Lee and Valentine. We see a series of shots of high impact moves, most notably Valentine dropping Lee with the Thunder Road and Wayne McGurk delivering The Dead End to EBR!"I!"We cut to Wayne McGurk lifting up a prone Calvin Lee and shoving him forcefully into the corner! He begins to unleash a barrage of blows to Lee, shortly being joined by fellow Axis member Kurt Burton for the assault."Will be!"EBR attempts to intervene on his fellow LeEBR / Greatest Show on Earth partner, but is prevented via a shot right to the not-yet-potentially-sterilized-by-steroid-abuse pills from Kat Hamilton!"Yes!"Cut to Waybe McGurk lifting Calvin Lee high in the air as Kurt Burton hits the ropes leading to the two of them delivering a devastating Chopping Block to Clavin!"Sanctified!"Following this, The Axis lift the unconscious Calvin Lee off the mat and toss him to the ringside mats around the ring!"Sanctified!"All of a sudden, Wayne McGurk seemingly betrays his friend Kurt Burton by first goozling him then lifting him overhead in a Military Press!"Sanctified!"Wayne utilizes this to launch Burton like a projectile at EBR and Johnny Valentine; Burton landing across the two men in a cross body block!"Sanctified!"Following this, Burton and McGurk laugh and high five; Their apparent betrayal was only a bit! Nothing but a damned bit! Alas, the good times are nearing their close. McGurk attempts a couple of attacks on EBR but, as documented last week, EBR was just too damned formidable. He counters one attack by throwing McGurk over the ropes to the apron, then later prevents, with his supreme weight distribution, an attempt at a suplex. In the midst of all this, Johnny Valentine launches off the top rope and comes crashing down with a Double Axe Handle Smash onto Wayne McGurk who promptly loses his grip on EBR and stumbles backward over the ropes... and to the floor!"I Will be!"We then transition to a series of quick cuts, going all the way back to the second WFWF Rumble! We see Wayne McGurk eliminate The Black Ninja, then shortly thereafter, Christian Shields."I Will be!"Cut back to earlier in this bout, we see Wayne McGurk collide into Possessed Child sending them over the ropes, we see Wayne McGurk toss BJ Rocker out of the ring. Cut to a short while later, McGurk eliminates a charging Vinson Evorette, then, sneaks in behind Jay Mayhem and tosses him out. We transition to later in the bout where Wayne eliminates Justin Tyme. Fast forward some time later, and The Axis in the form of McGurk and Burton toss Calvin Lee out of the ring!"I Will be!"We then cut to years later, the fifth and final WFWF Rumble to date, where Wayne McGurk tosses Giselle Von Wolf out of the ring!"Justified!"As the song fades, we see a quick series of shots showcasing Wayne McGurk in the second, third, fourth, and fifth WFWF Rumbles; The legendary superstar having earned the status as the individual with more WFWF Rumble appearances than any other and, perhaps appropriately, more eliminations at a grand total of nine, than any other as well. With that, the video fades to black.
Upon returning live to the Case Gymnasium in Boston, MA, we are greeted by the... sizable... presence of Steve the Crier standing on stage!Steve the Crier:
FAIR CITIZENS OF BOSTON!!! PLEASE RISE TO YOUR FEET, DISPLAY THE APPROPRIATE GENUFLECTION AND WELCOME OUR GLORIOUS SOVEREIGN... THE SOON TO BE RECORD SETTING AND BREAKING KING OF THE WFWF RUMBLE...Steve the Crier:
D....G....X!!!The Boston faithful give a respectful roar for the industry legend as a male choir raises their noble voices in song signifying the arrival of the WFWF’s Lord. And Savior. There is no litter as emerging first from the back, clad in her noble golden mask and corset with her Art Deco Roman footwear is the imposing form of Aurora, Champion to the Sovereign. Her Amazonian stature towers above humble Steve the Crier as she glares out to the fans.Alecia Matthews:
Well as we just witnessed in our final WFWF Rumble Rewind, Wayne McGurk holds one of the numerous records which DGX wishes to take for himself.Kurt Burton:
Did you see the part where I jumped off of Wayne's arms and took down EBR and Johnny Valentine BY MYSELF!?Alecia Matthews:
That is... one... interpretation of events... In any event, DGX has a long road ahead of him come September 11th at Scars and Stripes.Emerging behind Aurora’s vanguard comes the Sovereign, escorted by a shorter blond woman in similar attire who looks oddly like a younger version of Carmen on his right arm and a slightly taller but still shorter than Aurora Latina woman on his left arm. DGX is of course resplendent as the Sovereign, clad in his lion head shoulder pommels and white golden trimmed cloak. He is clad in his Anaheim Ducks style trunks and kickpads however today the ensemble is complimented by a Tom Brady New England Patriots jersey. The nod from one GOAT to another draws an understandably mixed reaction however at least because the team is correct it’s mostly positive. Of course, the golden wreath of rulership cements his status as leader of these lands!Matthew Werner:
I'll say this; DGX is a man who does what he says he'll do. He said he would defeat Trace Demon, and he did that.Kurt Burton:
That's true. He also said you were Wien and, here you are, being Wien.Matthew Werner:
Wien isn't... an adjective... I can be...?Kurt Burton:
You're right. You can't become Wien, Wien is not a state of being. Wien... just is. And you are.Alecia Matthews:
That was deep.Kurt Burton:
Thank you.DGX allows himself to be escorted down to the ring by his entourage. Aurora and the as yet unnamed Latina woman both climb to the apron and enter the ring before sitting one aside on the ropes as DGX gracefully makes his way to the apron holding the hand of Younger Carmen (also ostensibly to be named at a later time) before allowing her to enter the ring before him before at least stepping through the ropes himself. The music softly cuts off as Steve the Crier walks to ropes near to the commentary booth. DGX for his part holds his hand aloft and waves regally to the fine fans of Boston.Steve the Crier:
THE SOVEREIGN WISHES TO SPEAK ON THE GLORIOUS RUMBLE AND HIS GREAT DEEDS TO COME! TO THAT END WE HEREBY SUMMON CITIZEN...UH...He looks to the commentary booth. Kurt Burton helpfully holds up a sign with "Wien" written on it in black magic marker and an arrow pointing to his left at Werner.Steve the Crier:
AH YES! CITIZEN WIEN TO THE RING.With a heavy sign of exasperation Matthew Werner takes off his headset and picks up a microphone on his way to the ring. He enters the ring with no assistance nor pomp as DGX smiles at him and nods in a friendly but still imperious fashion.Matthew Werner:
So..uh...my Lord, the Rumble is coming up and you’ve certainly set large goals for it! But with the field filling out and more and more intense competition do you feel the task is more daunting now than previously?DGX:
Well Wern, I definitely think the field has filled with very impressive competition however Wern I am a man of competition and accomplishment. I don’t shrink from a challenge; I rise to meet it! I look forward to going toe to toe, face to face with the best WFWF has to offer! The Meshes! The Shuggys! The Alex Seans! Hell, I’m still holding out hope Drakz himself will be a surprise entrant!There’s a cry from the crowd at the mention of Drakz. Dude is still over AF. Plus, DGX versus Drakz has been spoiling the pants of many a WFWF fan’s dream matches for many years now!Matthew Werner:
Well certainly the roster of the Rumble is filling out nicely but I can’t help but notice you omitted a name there. After his actions last week he’s suspended until the Rumble but I wanted to get your reaction to Trace Demon’s actions last week.There’s a loud cacophony of jeers that ring out from the fans. Turns out brutalizing women isn’t the most popular activity in 2022. Go figure.DGX:
I suppose I could tell you his actions against ring announcer Poppy Yates were cowardly, pathetic, reprehensible, punkish. Ultimately, I think I’ll just wrap that all up succinctly and just tell you it was very Trace Demon.The crowd "awwws" this shout of disrespect!Matthew Werner:
Well Trace and you certainly had a pitched battle at He’ll Kick You Apart, He’ll Kick You Apart! That you narrowly won! Are you not worried he’ll be seeking retribution for that loss in the Rumble?DGX:
Not at all. Everyone should be seeking to get at me in that match. At least if they want to have a hope of winning it. If Trace gets his hackles up and wishes to clash with the Sovereign again I have more for him. Unfortunately for him, I’m not a ninety-pound girl so...that goes about as well for him as you’d expect.DGX nods his head dismissively. He’s said all he wants to say on that. Werner takes the hint; he really is quite good at ring announcer interviewing you know?Matthew Werner:
Well D...Steve the Crier:
THAT’S LORD DGX CITIZEN WIEN! SPEAK WITH RESPECT!Matthew Werner:
I’m...like right here...Werner looks at the ruffled and offended features in the large jowls of Steve the Crier’s countenance before having his gaze drawn more urgently to the narrowing steel blue eyes of the towering Aurora.Matthew Werner:
Right. Sorry. Lord DGX, great Sovereign of the WFWF and uhhh...savior of the industry? What do you make of Alex Sean being in the Rumble also.DGX:
An excellent question. I have not spent much time with my old friend and ally Alex Sean since his re-emergence on this tour however I have known him for many years. He is a man in turmoil right now, unsure of who he is and who he wishes to be. That’s manifested in some early struggles however I have complete faith my former partner will round into form when the lights are bright.DGX nods affirmingly this time. Rated X solidarity represent.Matthew Werner:
Wern, what’s up with you man?Matthew Werner:
What do you mean?DGX:
You seem, I dunno...forlorn or something.Steve the Crier:
IF I MAY SIRE, HE LOOKS RATHER...DOUR!DGX:
You do Wern. You look dour. Why are you dour?The crowd pops and begins to chant...Boston:
CHEER UP WIENER! Clap clap, clap-clap-clap!
... CHEER UP WIENER! Clap clap, clap-clap-clap!
This is excellent.Matthew Werner:
Look I’m not dour I just...I don’t like being treated...I dunno, like a joke.The crowd boos. DGX holds up his hands to the audience to quiet them.DGX:
Wern, you’re looking at this whole thing wrong. No one thinks you’re a joke. Nah this, this is the public finally acknowledging your charisma, talent and ability!The crowd pops for this. Another chant begins...Boston:
WE LOVE WIENER!! WE LOVE WIENER!! WE LOVE WIENER!!DGX grins his trademark lopsided sh** eating grin and holds his arm out to the audience.DGX:
See? They love ya man. But you know what, I will prove it! I will bestow upon you a great gift Wern! An honor previously unbestowed!DGX makes his way over to Steve the Crier and Young Carmen. He whispers a few things to Young Carmen who casts a skeptical look at Werner before saying something back to DGX. Exchanges continue until affirmations are exchanged and then both Young Carmen and DGX nod to Steve the Crier.Steve the Crier:
CITIZEN WIEN! YOUR SOVEREIGN HAS SEEN FIT TO BESTOW UPON YOU A GREAT HONOR...KNEEL BEFORE YOUR SOVEREIGN....Matthew Werner:
Sorry come again?Steve the Crier:
YOUR SOVEREIGN HAS BID YOU TO KNEEL CITIZEN WIEN!Matthew Werner:
Again you don't need to yell, I’m right here...Steve the Crier:
KNEEL SIR!Werner looks incredulously at the the large toga clad man, and then to the equally opulently dressed DGX. The large, Amazonian frame of Aurora, Champion to the Sovereign tilts her head while staring the seriousness of daggers before stepping towards him. Quickly Werner drops to a knee...Steve the Crier:
CITIZEN WIEN, YOUR SOVEREIGN DGX HONORS AND RESPECTS YOUR GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE WORLD OF WRESTLING JOURNALISM AND RECOGNIZES YOU AS ONE OF IT’S MOST STALWART SENTINALS! SO FROM THIS DAY IT SHALL BE KNOWN THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER MERELY CITIZEN WIEN, YOU ARE NOW WIEN SQUIRE TO THE SOVEREIGN LORD DGX!Latina woman and Young Carmen both applaud as Werner looks mostly confused by this before looking to DGX. The Sovereign smiles warmly to his new Squire and bids him rise. Werner stands while keeping a still wary on the imposing Aurora.Werner steps forwards and accepts the handshake from DGX before whatever Napoleon’s music is interrupts this touching and monumental moment.Napoleon Weisgarber stomps onto the stage, microphone in hand!Napoleon Weisgarber:
Listen! That...that travesty that occurred earlier tonight with Johnny Mason was BS!Alecia Matthews:
Well the show was
pretty much going according to format...The crowd begins to heckle and berate Napoleon for his loss.Napoleon Weisgarber:
Hey! YOU ALL SHUT UP!!! I’m not going into the Rumble off that injustice! I WON’T DO IT! DGX!!!! You come out here and make a joke of yourself, dressing up like a King or whatever! But we all saw that Trace Demon match! You’re old! Over the hill! I’m going to beat your ass right here tonight! If you got the guts!Steve the Crier:
YOU DARE CHALLENGE THE SOVEREIGN, PEON?!?!?!Napoleon Weisgarber:
Shut your mouth Fatso I ain’t talkin to you! DGX! I kicked your pal Alex Sean’s a**! His boyfriend had to save him or I’d of beaten him!DGX speaks and his voice is full of intensity!DGX:
How dare you, you punk! You utter and complete joke! You twink sack of crap...STEVE IS NOT FAT! He has glandular issues you peasant and now you’ve just bought yourself the a** kicking of your lifetime! In fact, Squire Wien, put a clock on this! I’m going to add you to the history books right now you louse! Now send me a referee!DGX furiously throws down the microphone, and his concubines disrobe him of his shoulder pommels and cape. Young Carmen comforts the obviously saddened Steve as DGX waves for Napoleon to make his way down to the ring. He audibly calls Napoleon a "b****" which hastens Napoleon’s descent to the ring!Alecia Matthews:
If at first you don't succeed...Kurt Burton:
Come to the ring and get beaten easily by someone else later?Alecia Matthews:
... Pretty much... I guess...A referee enters the ring as Napoleon storms into the squared circle where DGX holds firm! The official quickly gets between DGX and Napoleon to maintain some kind of order. DGX’s court has mostly left the ring, on the outside the large Amazon woman hands Werner an hour glass with sand in it. Werner looks at her and looks confused at the device before quickly realizing expressing confusion to her is likely not the wisest thing to do.Kurt Burton:
That's not the first time Wien didn't know what to do with uh... um... something... a lady...Alecia Matthews:
I believe in you.Kurt Burton:
Uhhh... gave him... to... turn over...Alecia Matthews:
... Because he's... a wiener?Alecia Matthews:
What matters is you tried.In the ring DGX and Napoleon are barely being held apart by the official and the camera microphones pick up some of the back and forth.Napoleon Weisgarber:
I’m gonna tear you apart you a**!DGX:
I’m gonna knock your head off your shoulders you piece of trash!The referee finally seems to succeed in getting the two apart, DGX backing up willing one or two steps while the flailing Napoleon is moved almost back to the corner. Before DGX unleashes the nuclear option of trash talk, knowing full well what it’ll incite.DGX:
You think you know art? You couldn’t tell a Rembrandt from a Ross!THAT does it! The level of offense that flashes across the face of Napoleon is such that he can no longer be restrained! He breaks free of the referee casting him aside as he bull rushes headlong...into the boot of the Sovereign as DGX about makes good on his promise of knocking his head off with a Breakdown! The slap of contact that echoes throughout the arena draws an audible cry of sympathy from the audience as Napoleon is down in an instant heap! At ringside Werner fiddles helplessly with the hour glass as the referee calls for the bell!Alecia Matthews:
Well... I...DGX drops into a cover as the officer is there and judiciously counts the fall with all alacrity! Mere seconds after the bell has chimed it sounds again!Kurt Burton:
That's got to be some kind of record!Alecia Matthews:
.... It's funny you say that...Werner looks hopelessly at the hour glass in his hand and tilts it, not understand at all how to communicate the time of the match! He’s biffed this! He’s a failure! D just tried to so something nice for him and...a clearing of a throat tears his focus from his despair. Alecia Matthews looks intentionally away from Werner with her cell phone held out in her right hand, the stop watch app displaying a time of 0:04. Werner mouths "thank you" and turns back to the ring as the concubines and Steve have returned to their liege’s side.Steve the Crier:
FAIR CITIZENS OF BOSTON! YOU HAVE NOW WITNESSED HISTORY AT THE HAND OF YOUR BENEVOLENT SOVEREIGN! YOUR HUMBLE CITY CHOSEN AS THE SPOT OF NEW SHORTEST MATCH IN THE ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY OF THE WFWF! WITH A PALTRY TIME OF A MERE...Steve looks at Werner. Werner smartly holds up for fingers and nods affirmingly.Steve the Crier:
...FOUR SECONDS, OUR HERO! OUR CHAMPION! OUR SAVIOR! THE GREAT AND BENEVOLENT LORD DGX DEFEATED THE CAD, THE COWARD, THE LOUSE NAPOLEON WEISGARBER! LADY AURORA, DISPOSE OF THIS MOST IGNOBLE VAGRANT FROM OUR SIRE’S DOMAIN!!!Aurora walks over to the knocked out cold Napoleon. She reaches down and pulls the unconscious man to his feet before straight gorilla pressing him above her golden-haired head!Kurt Burton:
Hot.Aurora glides to the ring ropes and casually dumps Napoleon to the floor, the fellow landing with an ignoble thud on the mats below. From behind her mask, she glowers down at him with her task fulfilled!Steve the Crier:
FINE CITIZENS OF BOSTON, THREE CHEERS FOR OUR BELOVED SOVEREIGN! OUR SAVIOR! OUR LORD!! HIP HIP HOOOOORAY!!As the posse surrounding "The Sovereign" make their exit, we cut back to the announce desk just in time for Matthew Werner to return to his seat.Alecia Matthews:
Well folks... I don't know what to say other than... wow! DGX just set the all-time record for shortest match in the history of the WFWF!Kurt Burton:
That's crazy too because Wien over here actually has the all-time record for shortest match in the bedroom! AYOOOOOOHHHH!Alecia Matthews:
You finally got there!They high five in front of Werner's crestfallen face.Matthew Werner:
... Can someone just explain to me what a Squire is?Alecia Matthews:
... Later... But now, I mean, I gotta say; He said he was gonna beat Trace Demon, he did it. He comes out here tonight to address these fans in Boston, sets a record! I think, at this point, DGX has to be the sure-fire favorite to win this year's WFWF Rumble.Kurt Burton:
WHATEVER FELICIA! He's still entering at numero uno which means he's probably going to losero soon-oh, if you catch my drift.Alecia Matthews:
Suppose I asked you to explain... your drift. Could you?Kurt Burton:
Could you?They lock eyes intensely.Kurt Burton:
Damn are we gonna...Alecia Matthews:
Jesus... no...Kurt Burton:
Oh... sorry...Alecia Matthews:
You should be. You mighta just secured me my retirement plan! ... Alecia turns back toward us.
... Well folks, that's it for us here in Boston. We'll see you all in Philadelphia for Scars and Stripes! But before that, let's go back to the city of brotherly love as EBR and Josh Dean face off for the first time! Goodnight folks!Kurt Burton:
... Is a squire a bad
As announced by Alecia Matthews, we fade back to the aforementioned press conference between EBR and Josh Dean, EBR finishing up his answer.EBR:
... So yeah, the important thing is to have the mind/muscle connection and remember that your goal is to never just move the weight, it’s to essentially flex the muscle and the weight or resistance band is just along the ride. You’re looking for quality, controlled reps each and every time. Never compromise that, and check your ego at the weight rack because if all you’re trying to do is move the heaviest amount of weight?The group of reporters clap as EBR finishes. Once the applause ends, Bobby Abadi leans to his microphone.Bobby Abadi:
Well folks, that just about wraps it up for us. We've had a lot of good questions and some even better answers!The camera focuses on EBR.Bobby Abadi:
Now, if it’s alright with you guys ... Turning his head towards EBR and then to World Heavyweight Champion Josh Dean cause he was talking about them if you weren’t sure
... you guys ready to sign on the dotted line
!?Abadi asks in a tone that screams finger guns. He’s still relatively new to this. Let’s cut him slack.EBR:
Sure thing.Rising from his seat, EBR walks around the table and heads to the front of the stage while Josh Dean very slowly pushes his chair back and takes his time to do the same. In front of them is a small table with a large, likely ceremonial contract place atop it; The gigantic, feather pen being somewhat of a give-away. The challenger grabs the pen, dipping it in the inkwell, and poses with the writing utensil to a collection of "ooohs" and "ahhs" before signing his name to the paper! The press cheer, the fans outside cheer, people are pro-EBR, no doubt about it. At around this point, Josh Dean arrives at the table, the World Heavyweight Championship slung over his shoulder as both men meet face-to-face for the first time. EBR politely offers him the pen in his hand, however Josh Dean, barely registering the challenger, reaches into the jar on the table to grab a separate pen. He dips in the inkwell and, just like that, has signed the dotted line.Bobby Abadi:
Ladies and gentlemen ... EBR and Josh Dean ... THIS ONE'S OFFICIAL!Several camera phones flicker in time for both combatants to now stare eye-to-eye. A warm smile is spread across EBR’s face as he outstretches his hand, met only by the cold, emotionless glare from the World Heavyweight Champion. Several seconds pass before EBR loses the smile and drops his handshake attempt, both continuing to gaze at one another with Josh Dean’s expression never changing. After several more moments, EBR breaks eye contact, looking out towards the media members and emitting a slight chuckle while Josh Dean’s line of sight never wavers. Eventually, Bobby speaks into the microphone again.Bobby Abadi:
Put your hands together for the Scars & Stripes main event!! YEEEAHIT’SGONNABEACLASSIC!!!With the crowd clapping in response and/or agreement with Bobby Abadi, EBR gradually begins to back away while politely waving towards the media members before he escorts himself off of the stage. The entire time, Josh Dean’s eyes never leave his sight. The flickering of lights illuminate their faces, but it isn't a requirement to see clearly that Josh Dean is not coming to Scars and Stripes to be the face of a company, to put on a show, or to be liked. Josh Dean is coming to Philadelphia on September 11th to fight. Based on EBR's look, he appears to, for the first time, fully realize it. We fade to black, then to the WFWF logo.
Post by Swarm on Aug 15, 2022 17:26:25 GMT -5
Segment IndexSegment 1Cold Open
Opening Video Package
TITUS! vs. DiabolosSegment 2WFWF Rumble Rewind 07 (Scars and Stripes IV)
Josh Dean & EBR Arrive at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press ConferenceSegment 3POISON's Tape
POISON vs. Ripp Jackson
Katherine Fabiani Interviews Alex Sean; Napoleon Weisgarber, Johnny Mason, & DAVID HANDLECATCH! InterruptSegment 4WFWF Rumble Rewind 08 (Scars and Stripes V)
Johnny Mason vs. Napoleon Weisgarber; Mesh Confronts Johnny Mason
Josh Dean & EBR Answer Questions at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press Conference
The WFWF Announce Team Addresses Trace Demon Upcoming Purchased TimeSegment 5Message Paid for by Trace Demon
Shuggy vs. Karate Steve; Shuggy Addresses Trace DemonSegment 6WFWF Rumble Rewind 09 (Scars and Stripes III)
Matthew Werner Interviews DGX
DGX vs. Napoleon Weisgarber
Josh Dean & EBR Sign the Contract & Face Off at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press Conference
Quick ResultsTITUS! vs. DiabolosTITUS!POISON vs. Ripp JacksonPOISONJohnny Mason vs. Napoleon WeisgarberJohnny MasonShuggy vs. Karate SteveShuggyDGX vs. Napoleon WeisgarberDGX
Opening Video Package
TITUS! vs. Diabolos
WFWF Rumble Rewind 07 (Scars and Stripes IV)
Josh Dean & EBR Arrive at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press Conference
POISON vs. Ripp Jackson
Katherine Fabiani Interviews Alex Sean; Napoleon Weisgarber, Johnny Mason, & DAVID HANDLECATCH! Interrupt
WFWF Rumble Rewind 08 (Scars and Stripes V)
Johnny Mason vs. Napoleon Weisgarber; Mesh Confronts Johnny Mason
Josh Dean & EBR Answer Questions at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press Conference
The WFWF Announce Team Addresses Trace Demon Upcoming Purchased Time
Message Paid for by Trace Demon
Shuggy vs. Karate Steve; Shuggy Addresses Trace Demon
WFWF Rumble Rewind 09 (Scars and Stripes III)
Matthew Werner Interviews DGX
DGX vs. Napoleon Weisgarber
Josh Dean & EBR Sign the Contract & Face Off at the WFWF Scars and Stripes Press Conference
Post by Drakz on Aug 16, 2022 13:25:07 GMT -5
Another banger. I still think you're putting too much effort into these results though lol
Those photos of the WFWF roster during the Cheers intro was fantastic.
The entirety of the Chaemo rewind was hilarious. In fact all of the rewind stuff has been great because of how much you've taken the p*ss out of certain things, 8 feet touching the floor at the same time? Cahm ahn.
I've got a load of my favourite lines, but as I couldn't pick one, I'll also nominate the whole DGX segment as well. F*cking ridiculous. Wein is the perfect straight man for that as well. In fact Wein made me laugh the most I think.
So, favourite lines:
Post by sonstuds on Aug 16, 2022 15:14:09 GMT -5
There's been a lot of things done in the WFWF, but they all pale in comparison to the Cheers graphics.
Awesome stuff all around. Loved the Sean promo, the continuing of the Mason/Mesh and Shuggy/Trace programs, the Rumble Rewinds, and the DGX segment at the end.
The Vanguard Champion
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Post by Johnny Mason on Aug 16, 2022 16:27:09 GMT -5
Great results as usual! I was into every segment and match on the card.
Cant wait for the next one
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Post by Deleted on Aug 16, 2022 21:49:23 GMT -5
Tremendous job on the results! I know it's a lot of extra effort that may or may not be necessary depending on who you ask but I enjoy the current presentation of the fed! It's the little gifs and those extra graphics that make the biggest difference so you must be applauded for that. I have to give praise to the opening vignette ala Cheers-style, haha. Brilliant stuff!
TITUS! versus Diablos was a thing of beauty. I had no idea I needed that in my life but I'm glad I do.
The POISON match was brutal as expected. It's been a long time since light tubes and a good ole deathmatch was had in the WFWF so it was a nice sight to behold, haha. It was grounded in reality and not so over-the-top that it was violent for violent sake as most deathmatches seem to be (the irony for those that know LOL) I love the fact that POISON is being presented as the Monster of the WFWF on the actual programming as opposed to the RPs. Great job The Masked Superstar
Strong Sad Alex Sean is the best Alex Sean. His segment was very entertaining. "yeah...I uhh....guess."
The running gag of Napoleon getting beat in mere seconds is hilarious xDDDDD
The entire EBR/Franchise segment was great. I liked the fact that it wasn't just one long segment at one point during the show. There was buildup to the final confrontation which was teased by Franchise's coldness throughout. The Mark Wahlberg GIFs to illustrate EBR's reactions were too funny xD
This one was my favorite xDD
The thing I like the most about the build to EBR/Franchise is the fact that they haven't really done much. It's all been through body language and promos, like an old school program. Even more compelling is the fact that Franchise's feeling of being cast aside despite being the champion are very justified which only makes his resolve that much more believable. It's going to be a tough call having to judge who will leave Scars & Stripes as the champion but kudos to you two for putting on a program worthy of being the main angle!LOVED
the Trace Demon promo! Like DGX, Trace has a way with words which make reading ANYTHING by Trace so damn good.
My favorite part of this whole show was Shuggy. Since his debut in the WFWF, he has been portrayed a goofy, loveable, huggable nerd. He was nothing but serious this show which makes sense considering what happened last show but it was such a drastic change to Shuggy and man, he is so believable when he's being serious, it was almost scary. That's just a testament to how bloody great Markw
is as a writer. When Shuggy threatened Trace, I felt that and that's the gravity and weight of the match at Scars & Stripes. It's a non-title but sooooooooooooo much is on the line!
We've finally made it to the end, Johnny Mason
. Our entire feud from two years ago has been building to this. You came out swinging in your RP for this show which impressed everyone. I am feeling super inspired when it comes time to begin writing my RP. Win, lose or draw - you grew and developed during our feud, which is the main purpose for our rivalry. I am hoping that you bring it for our match at Scars & Stripes and show everyone what I saw in you from day one - a serious main event contender.
Great job everyone! I am looking forward to seeing how this tour plays out! I am expecting nothing but craziness during the Rumble!
Post by Markw on Aug 17, 2022 14:55:26 GMT -5
The new era of Vince Russo booked WFWF continues to knock it out the park.
Titus/Diabolos was everything it promised to be and more. The continued double turn teasing of Johnny/Mesh is being excellently done, I genuinely feel worried for Mesh reading it, cannot wait to see where that goes at S&S.
DGX’s abuse of Werner has given me some of my absolute favourite moments of this tour.
Trace’s commercial was such a great idea, and executed perfectly. ‘sponsored by the good people at Trace Demon’s BBQ’s, where we use only the freshest meat and cook everyone, oh wait, I mean everything, on an open flame right in front of your face.’ What a brilliant bastard.
The EBR love-in was equal parts hilarious and nauseating, as a fan watching I would want Josh to win this so sooo much. Beautiful stuff.
The whole show was great, again, top to bottom. I’m so glad I was guilt-tripped into starting to read them properly.
Post by Markw on Aug 17, 2022 15:04:50 GMT -5
When Shuggy threatened Trace, I felt that and that's the gravity and weight of the match at Scars & Stripes. It's a non-title but sooooooooooooo much is on the line!
It's also not happening
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Post by DGX on Aug 17, 2022 23:35:38 GMT -5
of Werner has given me some of my absolute favourite moments of this tour.
Uh you misspelled "loving support" but I appreciate that it has brought you joy sir.
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Post by Deleted on Aug 18, 2022 1:51:33 GMT -5
When Shuggy threatened Trace, I felt that and that's the gravity and weight of the match at Scars & Stripes. It's a non-title but sooooooooooooo much is on the line!
It's also not happening
Trace's name is still listed as an entrant for the rumble.
THERE'S STILL HOPE