The camera opens on the same church as seen in the Salvation opening video. There is no one there. The crucifix is toppled over, the pews are rotted, and the pulpit is scorched. The dark and ominous opening drums of “Sniper at the Gates of Heaven” by The Black Angels begins to play.
We see the outside of the church for a second, the sun setting behind it. All the windows have been blasted out. Suddenly, we snap back into the dead church and we see Jonas Coleman at the front of the sanctuary, kneeling down. His head is bowed, and he is praying.
Where do you go when Heaven calls you?
We see Dave Dymond glaring down at him from the pulpit, his eyes evil and judging. Behind him is Akuma Satsui, slowly dragging his fingers down his face. We see Charles Brandon Magnus and Buck Dresden in the first pew, both holding their World Tag Team Championship. They stare across the aisle at Frontline II TURBO, who glare back.
What do you do, who do you turn to?
Behind Akuma, we see Cade Sydal hugging the SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Championship to his chest. Standing in the aisle, glaring him down is Ben Jackman. Behind Jackman is a line of SHOOT Project Soldiers: The Hierarchy, Donovan King, Stellar Insanity, The TRUTH, Project:SCAR, and so on all the way out of the door.
How old will you be when they finally catch you?
Cronos Diamante casually pushes the crucifix out of the way and watches it tumble to the floor. He does nothing as Alex Brooks scoops it up before it crashes to the ground, the two men staring at one another as he does this. Dave Dymond steps down now as X-Calibur, Azrael Goeren, and Mirage step up to the pulpit, scoffing at Jonas Coleman as he steps back, only to be replaced by Donovan King, Rocky Stellar, and Loco Martinez.
Don’t stop moving, they’re right behind you
Real Deal steps through the church’s doors and slams them shut, bringing all attention to him as we see the church is now filled with every SHOOT Project Soldier. Stellar and Loco slowly turn their attention back to X-Calibur and Azrael Goeren. King slowly looks back to Mirage.
When there’s no one left on this Earth you know that can save you, kid
Real Deal’s eyes widen as all of a sudden Kenji Yamada’s fist tightens up and he charges at Ichiro Seppuku.
So just wake up, wake up, WAKE UP!
And with that, the brawl erupts in the church. Azraith DeMitri spears Corazon down as King leaps up onto the pulpit to get his hands on Mirage. We see Jacob Fisher fishhook Jay Skylar while Ray Valjean elbows Stan Erichson in the face. We see Real Deal watching this all unfold from the doorway when he spots Jester Smiles at the pulpit amongst the fighting, holding a zippo lighter. He drops it to the ground…and the pulpit erupts into flames.
What is it like when Hell surrounds you?
Thomas Manchester Black sneak attacks Lennox Ferguson as the entire pulpit burns. Tanya Black gets shoved against the wall by Laura Seton, who gets clubbed from behind by Akuma Satsui, who is fighting hard with Jonas Coleman.
How hot does it get I think I’ve already felt it
Trey Willett appears, pulling the doors open behind Real Deal and letting himself into the burning building. The two old friends look at one another as they watch the brawl before them. Suddenly, Diamond Del Carver steps into the church on the other side of Real Deal, causing the brawl to slow down and cease for a moment.
Is there any way out I think you better find one
Isaac Entragian stands up, his stringy white hair covering his face. He glares at Carver for a long moment, pointing to his prey. The flames crawl up the walls, swallowing the scaffolding above everyone. Adrian Corazon has his screwdriver in hand. Someone’s blood is on it, but just whose is anyone’s guess.
When there’s no one here in this world of truth
Everyone looks up to the scaffolding as they see the flames engulfing everything above them.
Who knows firsthand so just wake up, wake up, WAKE UP!
The members of Project:SCAR grin as the ceiling begins to crumble. Diamond Del Carver and Real Deal look up to the ceiling and close their eyes…or in Carver’s case, eye. The church crumbles down, the building completely swallowed by the flames. The scene shifts to the outside of the church as it burns down. The scene shifts to the charred remains of the church, the sun rising now. The building has burned all night.
Where do you go when Heaven calls you?
We see, standing amongst the smoldering remains of the church, are the SHOOT Project Soldiers. The entire roster stands there, their clothes singed, their faces bloody, their bodies filthy.
What is it like when Hell surrounds you?
Cade Sydal is standing at the remains of the pulpit, glaring down at the Soldiers as their stares turn up to see him. He smirks at the lot of them and slowly holds up the pristine and gorgeous SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Championship.
When there’s no one left on this Earth you know that can save you, kid
The SHOOT Project Soldiers charge at Cade like starving children, eager for a taste of the golden title in his hands.
So just wake up, wake up, WAKE UP!
The first hand, no one knows who it might be, reaches the SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Championship. The fingertip scrapes the face plate as the scene fades to the SHOOT Project Helmet and to the official SHOOT Project Redemption screen.
Eryk Masters: Our first match tonight is scheduled to be The Gunslingers vs. VAS. Unfortunately after being viciously attacked yesterday Jacob Fisher will be unable to wrestle tonight. He is still in the hospital and we hope to have an update on his condition at the next Revolution.
Other Guy: So VAS win by forfeit right?
Eryk Masters: TheGunslingers aren’t the forfeiting type, and I’ve been informed that Stan has been given permission to find a partner for his match tonight.
Other Guy: Who would want to tag with that old fart? He’s so old he was the coach for Rocky Stellar’s pee wee football team.
In the ring Samantha Coil is ready to introduce the match.
Samantha Coil: The following match is scheduled for one fall with a 30 minute time limit. Introducing Ray Skylar and Jay Valjean, VAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"1000 Cigarettes" by MSTRKRFT plays and Ray and Jay strut down the entrance ramp as the crowd boos. They step into the ring and are grinning ear to ear expecting an easy fight.
Eryk Masters: VAS are grinning ear to ear, you think they would be at least a little concerned not knowing who Stan’s substitute partner is going to be.
Other Guy: They probably heard the same rumor that I did, adn that is STan hasn’t even asked anyone to team with him tonight. I told you Jacob was his only friend.
Samantha Coil: Their opponents….
Before he is even announced Stan Erichson comes runnign down the ramp and Samanthat quickly bails out of the ring as StanSlides under the bottom rope. Both members of Vas follow her lead and get out of the ring on opposite sides. Stan stands tall in the ring and looks side to side at his opponents.
Eryk Masters: It does appear that Stan has come out here alone. His partner Jacob was viciously attacked yesterday. It was originally assuemd that VAs were the attackers and it may have been the plan but Jacob was already a bloody mess when they got there, so it leaves the question of who actually attacked Jacob?
Other Guy: I’m sure that question is on a lot of people’s mind including Stan, but right now it’s all about getting revenge on VAS for destroying his hat.
Ray and Jay circle the ring as Stan eyes both of them, Ray hops up on the apron and Stan goes after him Ray hops off the apron jsut in time to avoid getting hit. While Stan is distracted Jay slides into the ring from the other side and attacks Stan from behind with a double axe handle to the back. Stan falls to one knee but pops back up and turns around with a wild swing to Jay’s jaw knocking him back a step. Stan goes after Jay but Ray slides back into the ring and attacks him from behind and they start double teaming the gunslinger knocking him to the mat and laying in the boots. The ref yells at them telling them one msut leave the ring or he will throw the match out. Eventually Jay delivers one more kick then goes to his corner then the ref calls for the bell to start the match.
Eryk Masters: Nice of the ref to start the match now that VAS has already double teamed Stan into the mat.
Other Guy: He did his job he got Jay to leave the ring and when there was one man from each team in the ring he started the match.
Ray gives Stan another stomp, but Stan grabs his foot and tosses him backwards. He gets back to his feet and ducks a clothesline from Ray. Stan grabs him by the arm and whips him into the corner and and delivers a series of forearms to foolowed by a bionic elbow. Stan side steps and Ray falls face first to the mat.
Eryk Masters: Stan is like a man possesed taking on VAS two on one.
Stan kicks Ray then goes to pull him to his feet, but Ray gives him an old fashioned them to the eye. Stan stumbles back and Ray sweeps his legs out from under him and tags in his partner. Jay rushes the ring and hits Stan with a dropkick. Stan blindly reaches towards his corner forgetting his partner isn’t there. Jay whips Stan into his teams corner and then distracts the ref as Ray chokes Stan with the tag rope. Stan slumps in the corne and Jay delivers a running knee in the corner.
Eryk Masters: Stan forgetting that he’s in this match alone and reached out to tag his partner Jacob who is currently in the hospital.
Other Guy: It’s that alzheimers kicking in. Maybe next time he won’t be so stubborn and pick a substitute partner.
Jay delivers the Swagger Jacker a knife edge chop to the face, but it may have been a mistake as it seems to wake Stan up who shakes his head and hits Jay with a bodyslam. Ray goes to get int he ring but the ref stops him, with the ref’s back turned Jay chops Stan in the throat and he drops gasping for breath. Jay then tags in Ray. Ray quickly follows up with a boot to the head then pulls Stan to his feet. Ray looks to Jay who pulls the same trick Ray just pulled and attempts to enter the ring,b ut the ref stops him. While the ref is distracted again Ray punts Stan in the groin which gets a huge BOO from the crowd and Ray hits a stunner and the corwd lets out a huge cheer.
Other Guy: See they can get confused at times, but he crowd loves VAS.
Eryk Masters: I don’t think they were cheering Ray.
Ray covers Stan for a pin, but doesn’t notice Tanya Black running down the ramp.
Tanya reaches udner the bottom rope and grabs Rays ankle pulling him off Stan breakign the pin attempt.
Other Guy: What is she doing here? This isn’t her match.
Eryk Masters: It looks like she has taken it upon herself tobe be Stan’s substitue partner. After her and Stan’s match a few weeks back she said she’d have the Gunslingers abck if they ever needed it and Stan needs it.
Other Guy: She has a street fight tonight against Laura Seton with a chance at getting the Sin City title back. This choice could come back to haunt her.
Ray looks up confused as Tanya gets up on the apron and starts getting the crowd to rally behind Stan. VAS complain to the ref, but he says he’ll allow it. Ray turns and goes after Stan but Stan lifts him over his shoulders with a back body drop. Stan still unaware of what happened a few moments ago reaches towards his corner for a tag. Ray grabs his foot and starts to pull him away, but Stan kicks him off and leaps forward to make the tag. Stan looks up slightly confsued as Tanya leaps up to the top rope and drop kicks Ray. Stan stands up on the apron in his corner and shakes the cob webs lose and catches his breath as reality dawns on him that Tanya has come out to help him in Jacob’s absence.
Ray falls back into his corner and Jay tags hismelf in immediately going after Tanya. Jay throws a few kicks and Tanya catches his foot but he follows up with an enziguri. He goes for a quick elbow drop but Tanya rolls out of the way and moves behind him. When Jay gets to his feet Tanya jumps up and hits him with a back cracker. Stan stomps the mat and stretches his arm out towards Tanya.
Eryk Masters: It looks like Stan has gotten a second wind after that hot tag to Tanya and wants back in.
Other Guy: He should stay out on the apron or he may end up in the hospital with hsi real partner.
Tanya tags Stan in and Stan immediately hits Jay with a bodyslam then steps back. When Jay gets to his feet Stan rushes forward and levels him with a lariat. Ray rushes the ring tackling Stan and as the ref tries to regain order Tanya goes up to the top rope again and hits a suicide plancha onto Ray knocking them both through the ropes to the outside.
Eryk Masters: Tanya should not be taking such risks before her title match later tonight only a few minutes away.
Jay gets to his feet about the same time as Stan and whips him into the ropes, Stan ducks a clothesline and rebounds lunging forward and almsot knocking Jay out of his boots with a second lariat. He quickly makes a cover and hooks the leg.
Samantha Coil: Your winners, Stan Erichson and Tanya Black!:
Ray is back in the ring arguing with the ref, as Stan meets Tanya on the outside by the entrance ramp and raises her arm in voctory. The two shake hands and make their way to the back as VAS continues to argue with the ref in the ring.
Eryk Masters: Stan pulls out the victory with help from Tanya Black, can Tanya go 2-0 and win the SIn City title back tonight, possibly even three-peat and win the rumble as well? looks like we’ll find out later tonight.
Adorned in the same gold and black wrestling tights as seen in his Hell-In-The-Cell match the previous night, X-Calibur walks with, surprisingly enough, a grin plastered across his face. In his right hand is a book. With the seam partially covered up by his hand, the remainder of it gives us a good idea of what exactly it is; “umble Surviv”, (separated by his thumb), “uide”. Humming some of the chorus to A Perfect Circle’s “The Package”, X-Calibur meanders down the twisted corridors of Arena México.
X-Calibur: Clever got me this far…. Hmmmmhmmmmm…. then tricky got me in…. eye on what I’m after… I don’t need another friend….
Nodding at a passerby, X paused in his humming and cordially greeted the nameless dignitary who proudly wore his VIP badge. Once he passed him by, X continued singing the lyrics to himself.
X-Calibur: Peripheral on the package… don’t care to settle in… time to feed the monster… (whispering)… I don’t need another friend….
As he continues walking, he spots Maya Nakashima sitting on the curvature of the bending wall. Knees bent. Hands clasped around shins. Eyes moistened. A recurring theme as of late for the young man. Whispering gently to himself, in an effort to self-soothe, Maya’s eyes are a million miles away when X-Calibur kneels down right in front of him.
Without warning… a giant WHACK echoes through out the corridor as X slaps the taste out of Maya’s mouth. Losing his balance against the curvature, Maya stops himself from falling over with one hand, as he rubs his throbbing cheek with the other. Completely taken off-guard, Maya’s breaths come fast and short as X sticks his face mere inches from Maya’s.
X-Calibur: Stop crying you little FAGGOT. I need you lucid for this Rumble. Or… or have you- LOOK AT ME, MOTHERFUCKER!!!
Snarling as he violently grabs Maya’s face with both hands, he forcibly shifts Maya’s gaze into his own.
X-Calibur: Have you… forgotten… our deal?!
Maya’s whole body trembles in X’s hands, his eyes quiver as he tries to compose himself enough to at least answer. He couldn’t move his face at all, X is too strong from him, he is completely at X’s mercy. The words shake out of his mouth at a low fearful whisper.
Maya: I… I didn’t…
That was all that would come out. Maya was too afraid, too uncertain of himself. Alone and scared, the only one who could help him was X…and it felt like he was going to rip Maya’s head off his shoulders. But just as quickly as he jerked Maya’s head around to face his, X eases his grip… gently caressing Maya’s face, particularly the spot where X’s handprint remains. He sighs somewhat relaxingly. Eyes as cold as a brume of wintry mist.
X-Calibur: I’m going to say this one time, and one time only. If you renege on our deal for this Rumble… oh ho hooo… not only will I NOT help you find Shinya, but I will personally END your wretched little career. And I will fucking end YOU. Do you understand me, you pathetic little piece of fucking SHIT?!!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME, BITCH?!!!
Maya’s eyes jet open, puffy and red, desperate. He grips onto X’s hand, oddly the same one X used to hit him, shaking as he gripped the significantly bigger hand.
Maya: Please, I won’t…just as long as you’ll help me find him. I’ll do whatever you want. I don’t have anyone else to turn to. I’ll do anything you want, just…
Maya could feel his eyes water, but he closed his eyes and violently shook his head to fight them off. X told him not to cry, so he wouldn’t.
Maya: I’ll do whatever you want!!!
X’s lips twist into a crooked grin.
X-Calibur: Terrific. Now… here…
He throws Maya the Redemption Rumble Survival Guide that he put together earlier in the week. Maya almost fumbles the “pass”, but manages to hold onto it out of fear of what might happen if he dropped it.
X-Calibur: Go read my book. It’ll save your career… and… hey, who knows… possibly your life.
Carelessly rustling up Maya’s hair like a big brother would his naïve little brother, X stands back up to his feet, leaving Maya behind. As he walks away, he continues singing some of the chorus to the song he was singing mere moments ago.
X-Calibur: Lie to get what I came for… lie to get just what I need… lie to get what I crave… lie and smile to get what’s mine… hum dee dum dee dum…
And then he disappears around the corner.
Samantha Coil: Ladies and gentlemen the following contest is The Sin City Street Fight! It is scheduled for one fall and is for the Sin City Championship! First to the ring she is the challenger, from Boston, Massachusetts she is TANYA BLACK!
You Don’t Know, You Just Don’t Know Me At All
The lights dim down for a moment and the video wall springs to life showing various images of men and women being laid out and taken out with one person being a constant. Seeing the video the fans begin to focus their excitement as the speakers spring to life.
As You Don’t Know Me continues to play sending a wave of excitement across the arena Tanya Black emerges out of the back singing along to the verses for a moment before walking to the ring shaking hands with the fans and giving a few hugs offering fans the chance to touch the bloodied face-plate of her replica title belt.
Having gotten to the ring Tanya stands in the middle of the ring and sings along to the song as it concludes as Tanya bows in respect to the fans before rolling out and placing the fake title on top of the commentator‘s desk. With that the song dies down as Tanya returns to the ring and paces, waiting for the match to begin.
Eryk: Well it seems we were left with a gift. That replica Sin City title belt that Tanya used to bust up Madison’s face at Revolution.
OG: It’s symbolic Eryk. Tanya Black has said that this issue will only be settled when both Laura and Tanya bleed all over this arena.
Eryk: She also said this is just business. What would she propose if this was personal?
Samantha: And now she is the reigning Sin City Champion from Oshkosh, Wisconsin LAURA SETON!
With that "Whatever Gets You Through Today (Remix)" by The Radio plays as Laura Seton emerges to a huge explosion of noise as the fans seem evenly split on cheering and booing her. Walking halfway down the ramp Laura turns around and out walks Madison causing a full chorus of boos that she waves off as Laura and Madison walk side by side to the ring, offering hugs and kisses to the fans. As the song dies down Laura enters the ring and hands the title off to the referee who holds it up for the fans before removing it from the ring.
Eryk: Madison is back and no one is happy about it except Laura.
OG: Yes but the big question is will she incur the wrath of Tanya and as such will Madison help or hinder Laura’s efforts to retain her title tonight?
With that referee Scott Kamura calls for the bell and the match is on. Laura and Tanya walk to the center of the ring as they carefully size each other up. Laura extends her hand for a shake and Tanya obliges however as they go to part Tanya uses her other hand to punch Laura straight in the face staggering the champion before Tanya unleashes a kick to the gut. Tanya follows this up with a series of punches to the body before whipping Laura into the ropes and catching her with a vicious lariat that sends Laura sprawling to the ground as the fans begin to cheer. Tanya wastes no time as she drops her knee into the side of Laura’s head over and over as the referee waits unable to say a thing.
Eryk: Most people forget that a key but subtle part of No DQ matches like this is the referee can’t force you off someone so they can get up. It’s not all chair swinging.
OG: That’s true. No rope breaks on submissions, no forcing them out of the corner. Tanya Black and Laura Seton can be as intense as they want tonight even without weapons.
Lifting Laura up Tanya whips her into the corner before lacing into Laura with a series of punches to the face, causing some fans to cheer and others to chant for Laura to get into it. Tanya backs up to the middle of the ring and goes for the big splash but Laura manages to sidestep at the last moment causing Tanya to crash into the corner. Tanya staggers back and Laura hits the Gold Medal Reverse DDT before hooking the legs. Tanya kicks out immediately as the fans begin to get excited. Tanya rises to her feet and Laura lays in forearm shots before lining Tanya up and hitting the European Uppercut to knock Tanya back down. Taking a moment to catch her breath, Laura is a bit surprised to see Tanya rise up to her feet right away. Listening to Madison’s extra loud cheering for a moment Laura hooks Tanya up and hit’s a Belly to Belly Overhead Suplex sending Tanya sailing up and down to the mat as the fans pop for the big move. Laura begins to stalk Tanya who begins to struggle to her feet. Laura goes for a clothesline but Tanya ducks it and swings a hard forearm shot of her own that staggers Laura long enough for Tanya to lock up her arms and hit the multiple head butts causing both women to stagger around on their feet. Looking across the ring both women then unleash simultaneous super kicks knocking each other down causing Madison to freak at ringside as the fans pop huge.
Eryk: What an even match! Both Laura and Tanya put each other down with stereo super kicks.
OG: Indeed. It looks like it’s going to be a hard fought battle that won’t end any time soon.
The referee begins a ten count causing the fans to count along. Getting to four the referee calls it off as Tanya slowly gets up followed a moment later by Laura. Before Laura can get her head back in the game Tanya explodes with a spear that sends Laura crashing down to the mat. Running off the adrenaline Tanya hits the ropes and takes out Laura with a leg drop. Moving over to the corner Tanya gets on the first turnbuckle and leaps off with another leg drop stunning Laura. Standing up Tanya glares at Madison as she jumps up to the middle turnbuckle before leaping off for a third leg drop. The fans cheer as Tanya screams out "ONE MORE" before climbing all the way to the top rope and leaps as high as she can, crashing down on Laura’s chest with a final leg drop as Madison panics at ringside, Laura laid out from the series of shots. Pulling Laura up, Tanya whispers something to her before hitting a fireman’s carry gut-buster as half the fans cheer loudly for their choice for winner.
Eryk: Dear God I think Tanya could have cracked Laura’s ribs with that series of moves. That was veteran strategy.
OG: A brilliant and brutal series of moves. If Laura can’t breathe she is easy pickings. Tanya Black promised this would be hard on both of them because that is what the Sin City Championship is worth.
Rolling out of the ring Tanya reaches under the ring and after a moment of searching tosses in a gym bag. A moment later Tanya tosses in a steel chair from under the ring causing even more noise to erupt in the arena. Tanya rolls into the ring and as she reaches for the chair, Madison grabs Tanya’s ankle so she can’t advance on Laura. After a few moments Tanya frees herself and swings at the now standing Laura. Laura manages to avoid the shot however as she uses her Matrix Dodge causing Tanya to swing at only air. Thinking quickly Tanya lets the momentum carry her in a full circle and as Laura is halfway back up Tanya slams the chair into Laura’s gut driving the air out of Laura’s body and leaving her open for a chair shot to the back. Taking a moment to listen to the blood-thirsty fans Tanya scans the crowd and turns in a circle. Seeing Madison on the apron, Tanya drops the chair and advances on the extra person. Tanya ignores the pleas of the referee and shoves him aside before shoving Madison off the apron. Turning back to Laura, Tanya sees she has picked up the dropped chair. Smiling Tanya challenges Laura to swing at her, Tanya tapping her chin with her finger. Laura thinks about it for a long moment as everyone screams at her to swing. Tossing the chair down on the mat, Laura shakes her head at Tanya who rolls her eye. Picking the chair up Tanya screams at Laura to quit screwing around and tosses Laura the chair. Laura instinctively catches it but refuses to swing. As Laura goes to toss the chair away, Tanya suddenly leaps and heel kicks the chair right into Laura’s face knocking her out.
OG: Van Daminator! Tanya just destroyed Laura’s face!
Eryk: I hate to say it but Laura’s way of doing things is what may have just cost her the Sin City title!
Tanya takes the now dented chair and tosses it out of the ring and onto the recovering Madison. Rolling Laura over Tanya locks on the Boston Crab reviving Laura as she cries out in pain. Laura contorts her body as she tries to power out of the Boston Crab. Making headway towards the ropes Laura listens to the cheers prompting Tanya to shift position and turn it into an Elevated Boston Crab putting more pressure on Laura. Screaming anew in pain Laura takes a moment to compose herself before moving towards the ropes again. Just when it looks like Laura will fall just short Madison is back up and pushes the ropes inward so Laura can grab the bottom rope. The referee tries to tell Tanya that Laura has the bottom rope but can’t force a five count. Tanya wrenches it in a bit longer then gives up and slams her foot into Laura’s spine for good measure. Moving over to her bag set up in the corner, Tanya unzips it and digs around looking for something, finally pulling out a length of wood. Holding it up high Tanya measures and smashes it across Laura’s knee. Seemingly unhappy with the result despite Laura falling back down, Tanya sets up Laura’s other knee on the ropes and swings hard finally smiling when the wood shatters in half. Going back to her bag Tanya pulls out a small object and tucks it into her tights. Reaching back in Tanya Black finds something else and tucks it away as well. Dragging Laura up Tanya slaps her in the face before hitting a hard Side Effect. With Laura down and out Tanya looks at the fans and screams "WRESTLERS ONLY" before ripping off Laura’s top and pulling a lighter out of her tights she sets it on fire watching the basketball jersey burn into ash as the referee looks at her like she’s nuts and manages to take the lighter from Tanya who simply watches the last bits of cloth burn away.
Eryk: I have never seen that! Tanya just destroyed Laura’s shirt! What a symbolic act! To remove the reminder of Laura Seton’s WNBA career from this match. She had to have planned it with that lighter.
OG: We know Tanya Black calls Laura a hypocrite for preaching loyalty when she double-dips job wise but to go this far shows this really is a deeper issue than a title rematch. The title change just provided Tanya that final reason to unleash.
Grabbing the recovering Laura, Tanya slams her fists into Laura’s spine before tossing her through the ropes to the mat below. Rolling out of the ring Tanya shakes hands with a few fans in the front row as Laura tries to stand up. Standing nearby Madison tries to think when she sees a fan with a big marker board. Asking for it the fan refuses causing Madison to grab it as she sees Tanya grabbing a shinai from under the ring. Screaming at the fan, Madison yanks the marker board away and as Tanya goes to nail Laura in the head, Madison slams the marker board into Tanya from behind. Turning around Tanya glares at Madison who swings again and misses. Laura tries to tell Madison to stop but before she can Tanya reaches into her tights and maces Madison right in the eyes causing Madison to drop the marker board and scream in pain. Tanya gets behind Madison and hits the backcracker laying Madison out. Looking pissed Tanya takes her shinai back up and begins lacing into Madison’s back the cracking sound heard up in the cheap seats until the shinai starts to splinter.
Eryk: This is what we were afraid of. Madison has just earned herself another beat down.
OG: This shows something that’s a bit of a problem for Laura. Earlier tonight Tanya Black saved the Gunslingers from a handicap situation. At the start of this match Tanya was happy to wrestle without weapons. It’s like the more this woman fights the more bloodthirsty she gets.
Eryk: Which will make her inclusion in the Redemption Rumble very interesting. Assuming she can walk.
Having regained her senses Laura attacks Tanya with the Full Court Press slamming her fists into Tanya’s head as she tries to cover up, the fans exploding in a dueling chorus of cheers and boos as backstage officials rush out to help Madison to the back. Getting up Laura waits for Tanya to get up then nails a perfect High Hurdle kick knocking Tanya for a loop and back down to the ground outside the ring as the referee can do nothing but wait in the ring. Laura looks around before climbing back into the ring. For a moment she hesitates then climbs up to the corner post and waits for her moment. Tanya stumbles to her feet and turns around looking for Laura who leaps from the top to the outside dropkicking Tanya as the fans start a HOLY SHIT chant, Tanya laid out on the entrance ramp as Laura listens to the noise around her. Getting back to her feet Tanya squares off with Laura who blocks the attempted punch and hits three more in rapid succession before kneeing Tanya in the gut causing Tanya to try and escape up the ramp. Laura manages to grab Tanya and as they stand on the stage Laura lifts Tanya up and after a moment to balance their weight, Laura lays out Tanya with the Purity Powerbomb on the steel. Tanya contorts in pain and struggles to stand up which surprises Laura, however Laura keeps her cool and springs her attack, hitting a perfect Cookie Cutter on Tanya, driving the challenger’s head into the stage. Laura smiles as Tanya lays there then looks at the ring and sighs.
Eryk: That was insane! Cookie Cutter on the stage!
OG: Yeah but I don’t think Laura has it in her to drag Tanya to the ring. This isn’t pinfalls count anywhere!
Laura tries to lift Tanya up and get her down to the ring but as they get near the end of the ramp, Tanya stirs to life and begins punching Laura in the kidneys. Quickly grabbing Laura, Tanya hits an Evenflow DDT before collapsing back on the ramp, trying to force her body to keep moving as Laura lays next to her. After a moment Tanya is up and drags Laura by her hair back to ringside. Seeing Laura is recovering, Tanya looks around and goes to whip Laura into the steps but Laura counters and sends Tanya crashing into the stairs. Walking over Laura pulls Tanya over to the security barrier and slams Tanya’s head into the barrier before lifting Tanya up and throwing her over the barrier. Climbing on top of the wall, Laura measures herself and goes for a diving splash but Tanya grabs a chair and slams it into Laura sending her to the concrete with a sick thwack. Smiling and taking the time to talk to the fans crowding around them, Tanya poses for a picture before kicking the rising Laura in the face and proceeding to stomp her way around Laura’s body.
Eryk: They have fought everywhere tonight! Both these women keep finding more reserves of energy.
OG: That is because this is what it means to be an internationally known legend. You want to be a champion in SHOOT Project you don’t get there with quick and easy victories.
Tossing Laura back over the security wall Tanya makes her way over and tries to catch her breath before tossing Laura into the ring. Digging into her gym bag Tanya smiles and hold up her red lead pipe so all the fans can see it shining in the lights causing the biggest pop yet. Lining up her shot Tanya swings for the skull of Laura who ducks and hits her modified Jawbreaker. Getting up Laura grabs Tanya and hits a sitout facebuster before going for the pinfall.
Eryk: Not Yet! What a kickout!
OG: Then let’s see a bit more carnage! We have to be in the final minutes of this match. What more can these two women do?
Laura Seton gets to her feet and begs for Tanya to stand up. Hooking Tanya up, Laura goes for another Cookie Cutter but Tanya fights out with stiff elbow shots and with surprising speed she turns into position and pops off a Stunner to send Laura back down. Looking around Tanya crawls across the ring and grabs her pipe. Giving it a kiss she makes it to her feet and dives low slamming the pipe into Laura’s knee causing the champion to crumble to the mat. Not satisfied Tanya slams the pipe into the other knee before hitting Laura in the stomach and ribs as the fans scream, some in horror some in joy for the beating. Finally standing up straight Tanya bails from the ring and goes over to the timekeeper’s table. Tossing the ring bell inside the ring, Tanya screams at Samantha Coil to shut up as Tanya steals her water and washes her face off with it.
Eryk: Tell Scott Kamura to take that ring bell away! Come on now!
OG: Tanya has systematically taken down Laura. Knees, ribs, and head have all been dissected. But Laura keeps struggling to her feet.
Rolling into the ring Tanya sighs and runs the ropes but as she goes to hit Laura with the clothesline, Laura ducks and the returning Tanya is hit with a desperation clothesline. Taking a long moment to catch her breath, Laura rolls Tanya over and locks in the single leg Boston Crab causing a new shoutout from the fans. For a long moment it looks like Tanya might tap but using her free leg she manages to roll through and make Laura let go.
Laura slowly stalks Tanya as her knees threaten to give out on her. Tanya manages to pull herself up and as Laura grabs her Tanya swings the ring bell into Laura’s face with an audible CLANG! as the fans all hold their breath, Laura’s face covered in blood as she lays on the mat. Not satisfied Tanya pulls her shirt off and wraps it around Laura’s throat tying a knot right in the front of Laura’s neck. Standing up Tanya grabs the shirt’s end and places her foot on Laura’s back to hold her still, lifting the shirt upwards and choking Laura out. The referee quickly drops down and after a moment calls for the bell before realizing it’s in the ring, instead ringing the bell with his foot.
Samantha: Ladies and gentlemen, Laura Seton is unable to continue this match therefore the NEW SHOOT Project Sin City Champion TANYA BLACK!
Eryk: That was insane! I think Laura Seton was already unconscious from that bell to the face.
OG: Tanya Black was taking no chances. Tanya is a two-time champion and is one Rumble away from a history-making trifecta of victories at Redemption.
Tanya Black cradles the Sin City Title like it was her child as she staggers up the ramp, the referee calling for EMTs to come tend to Laura Seton.
The camera zips around a tight corner, and we find ourselves in a dimly lit backstage corridor of Arena Mexico. The view crawls forward, and we see a familiar pallid titan sitting on a large crate propped against the wall.
Entragian sits comfortably, his white hair hanging freely. The flesh of the albino’s face is pockmarked with a few small lacerations thanks to the light tube assault during his match with Truth, but otherwise he looks just as chipper and deranged as usual.
He’s shirtless, his scars and tattoos standing out in the low light, giving him the appearance of a pale human canvas. As the camera pans down we see that he’s working on the Iron Fist Championship with a black silk handkerchief, carefully polishing the faceplate, treating it as a loving father might treat his child. He’s whispering to himself, his eyes downcast, something like a hushed poem falling from his lips.
Entragian: Beauty defined, forever mine, power from the vine, our enemies fall, parted from their spines…
His head cocks, his eyes misty. It’s like he’s somewhere else, entranced, completely mesmerized by the Iron Fist Championship. Isaac is so distracted that he doesn’t even notice someone walking towards him.
In the distance, Cronos creeps toward Issac step by step with a grin plastered to his face. Even if he wasn’t grinning it would still appear that he is, given that the right side of his mouth is stitched up about an inch from the corner courtesy of his battle with Alex Brooks.
Cronos: Well aren’t we a pair of deviant, vile… dare I say… champions?
Issac lifts his head up and looks straight across from him to find Cronos sitting on a crate similar to the one he is on. Cronos is wearing his newly made Rule of Surrender "What’s in a name?" t-shirt with the Rule of Surrender title draped over his shoulder, just as if not more spotless than Issac’s Iron Fist Championship.
Cronos: It would appear as if you taught Truth a pretty damn good lesson out there, old friend. I see you are not without your scars however. But isn’t that the way it should be, Issac? Scars from a war.
For a mere second, Isaac’s eyes remain glassy, as though he’s having a hard time pulling himself away from his own feverish day dreams. Finally his focus stabilizes, and a predatory grin spreads across his face.
Entragian: Scars make the man, Devil. I wear them like priceless jewels…
Isaac carefully examines The Devil, his grin growing larger with each passing second.
Entragian: There was never any doubt in my mind that you would claim that golden totem; it’s your legacy to stand at the top while looking down at the putrid ants that lurk below, hoping for just a taste of what we have. Just like it’s my legacy to do the same…
Entragian carefully places his Iron Fist Championship over his shoulder, and it’s quite a sight to behold seeing the Iron Fist Champion and the Rules of Surrender Champion sitting side by side, basking in their own sinister success.
Entragian: I’ll freely admit, my black heart skipped a beat during your match. Watching you tear a family apart, severing the warm bonds of fellowship like veins….it was masterful, it was beautiful….it was the work of a CHAMPION.
Isaac practically hisses this last word, the sin of pride traveling through every fiber of his being. The monster lightly claps his hands together, the movements slow and precise.
Entragian: I applaud you. And where is the bride to be on this fateful evening? Did you wear her out with a little too much "celebration" last night?
Entragian snaps off a baleful wink while smirking.
Cronos: She’s actually with Bobby right now. He obviously understands I can’t be there right now as I have a rumble to help you win.
Cronos grins and smacks Issac on the shoulder.
Cronos: She doesn’t have to be here. He needs a little reassurance and a woman’s touch so to speak. Seeing his sister in the hospital I’m afraid is more than his heart can bear. And knowing Alex is all to blame… oh so perfect.
Cronos’s eyes trail off, twinkling as if he’d just walked into the sweetest and most wanted of dreams. Then he hops off the crate and stands in front of Issac, just barely meeting him eye to eye as the monster is still leaning back.
Cronos: How about you though? I’m not the only one who claimed a great victory here on Redemption. Personally I think my favorite moment in your match, aside from when you won of course, heh, was you sending Ox through the table with that absolutely breath taking powerslam. That was amazing.
Cronos: Not to mention kicking out of a Natural Selection, a move he’s put many men away with, at a mere two count shows how absolutely useless Azraith really is. And, I might add, how much more superior you are. And that’s what makes you, my good friend, a champion.
Cronos almost whispers the last word, as if to do more than a whisper would tarnish it’s meaning.
Entragian chuckles, his eyes becoming momentarily nostalgic.
Entragian: You know; I DID enjoy all of that. What can I say….sometimes it hurts being so motherfucking GOOD.
The monster rises from the crate, standing to his full seven foot height. He casually adjusts the Iron Fist Championship draped over his left shoulder, and then looks at Cronos who’s wearing the Rules of Surrender Championship on his right shoulder.
Entragian: Superior specimens stick together, pal. CHAMPIONS stick together. Now let’s go rip our way through a Redemption Rumble…
Two of SHOOT Project’s most diabolical Soldiers start off through the hallway, walking side by side, their championships held high for all to see. Each and every step they take infected with malicious arrogance…
The lights in the arena die down, illuminated only by the glow of the ‘Tron as an old fashioned, black and white film countdown starts rolling, the film flickering and a beep heard after every digit.
The opening notes and steady beat of Nachtmystium’s "Ghosts of Grace" fills the arena, sending the fans into a frenzy as red, white, and gold lights scan the crowd and the ringside area. Mist pours from behind the entrance curtain, covering the top of the stage. The song reaches the 23-second mark, signaling both a bright spotlight focusing on the curtain and a quick snare roll that heralds forth the oddly melodic and subdued screamed vocals. Corey Lazarus, Hiro Takawa, and Gregory Price, in that order, walk through the curtain, causing the fans in attendance to scream in cheers and even some mild boos.
The eyes of hell
Where we wander
Corey runs to one end of the stage, pointing out to the crowd and shouting at them from behind his silver-rimmed Ray Bans as Hiro drops to a knee at the start of the ramp, focusing on the ring as Price gives him a quick shoulder rub.
Samantha Coil: Introducing at this time, weighing in at a combined weight of 450 pounds…
Laz runs all the way over to the other side of the stage, doing the same, before briskly jogging to the ramp, sending all three men marching down towards the ring.
The pits of the Earth
Where we were born
Cold as metal
Cold as ice
Laz pounds a few fists with fans in the front row, slapping a few open hands, and Takawa calmly walks up to the ring, sliding immediately into it as Corey does a full lap around ringside. Gregory, on the other hand, walks calmly to the steps, climbing them and standing on the apron over towards the F2T corner.
Samantha Coil: Being accompanied to the ring by Gregory Price…
And the storm took nothing
And the storm took all
Samantha Coil: The team of Hiro Takawa…
Hiro runs the ropes quick before tumbling to a crouching position, holding one fist in front of him and the other hand clutching the wrist, as Corey leaps onto the apron, slingshotting himself over the ropes to drop to a knee beside his partner.
Samantha Coil: …and Corey Lazarus…
And the storm left nothing
Samantha Coil: They are…
And the storm left all
Samantha Coil: …FRONTLINE…II…TURRRRBOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Laz pounds a fist into the canvas before leaping to his feet, holding his arms out to his sides and spinning around to bask in the flashing lights of cameras as the houselights return to normal. Takawa calmly rises to his feet, posing for a few pictures from the ringside photographers before backing into the F2T corner as "Ghosts of Grace" dies down, causing Laz to meet his partner and agent in their corner as well, handing off his Ray Bans to Price and discussing quick strategy with Hiro.
The arena goes pitch black.
2 spotlights shine down at the top of the ramp.
“SHOT DOOOOOOOWN in a BLAZE OF GLORRRRYYYYY” sounds out over the PA and then immediately cuts out. Silence falls over the arena, and then two MASSIVE pyro bursts go off, and “BLAZE OF GLORY” kicks back in!
The crowd goes absolutely wild!
Eryk Masters: AWESOME! That was awesome!!!
Other Guy: Yeah! I’m pumped up now!!
Magnus and Dresden appear at the top of the ramp wearing matching duster’s that carry the BAB’s log on the back of them. They’re holding their titles up way high, and the crowd is letting them hear how much they appreciate them!
Magnus and Dresden walk down the ramp, as Samantha Coil makes her introduction!
Samantha Coil: INTRODUCING SECOND… AT A COMBINED WEIGHT OF FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY POUNDS… THE SHOOT PROJECT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… CHARLES BRANDON MAGNUS and BUCKLEY DRESDEN… THE BAD… ASS… BROTHERHOOD!!!
Other Guy: This is big time, Eryk. These two teams have been trading verbal barbs laced with respect for a good long while now, and we are FINALLY going to find out which one of these teams is better.
Eryk Masters: For me, I think it’s an obvious choice. The BAD ASS BROTHERHOOD have been representing SHOOT as its tag team champions for months. Fronline II, while putting up some good wins… they aren’t the tag champs.
Other Guy: One might argue that they haven’t had the opportunity to become Tag Champs, either.
Eryk Masters: Be that as it may, you can’t call them the gold standard without them possessing the gold.
Austin Linam meets with Magnus and Lazarus in the middle of the ring, giving them last minute instructions, before dismissing the two to their corner. With that, Linam calls for the bell signifying the beginning of the matchup! Magnus and Lazarus meet in the middle of the ring, they lock up and struggle for a moment before both shove each other away. Magnus takes the aggressive stance and tries to lock up again, but this time instead of jousting for position, he essentially ducks under and hits Lazarus with a knee lift. Magnus whips Lazarus into the ropes and drops him down with a knife edge chop, which as you know… draws a WOOO from the crowd. Magnus gives Corey no room to recover, as he follows up by pulling Lazarus to his feet. He hits a series of three more knife edge chops, each with their own WOOO, before finally flooring Laz with a big right hand.
Other Guy: Magnus taking no prisoners here, and you can tell by the looks for Corey Lazarus’ chest that there’s no quarter thus far.
Eryk Masters: I didn’t really expect anything less to be honest. These two teams, while they respect each other, sure, they’re not really all that interested in being friends. They want to be recognized as the BEST.
Magnus tags out to Buck really quickly, as Buck hops into the ring. He goes over to Corey, pulls him to his feet with both hands, lifts him up and just DROPS him on his back. Buck goes for a cover, but only gets a one and a half count!
Other Guy: Buck has a pretty serious size advantage over Corey Lazarus. In fact, both of the members of the Bad Ass Brotherhood sport a large size advantage over their adversaries.
Eryk Masters: Seems to me, then, that should F2T wish to have better success in this matchup, they should rely on their speed rather than trying to match up one to one.
Fresh out of the kickout, Lazarus is back to his knees, as Buck stands and waits on the other side of the ring. Laz gets to his feet and groggily leans against the turnbuckle, which serves as a signal for Buck. He charges across the ring, but Lazarus slides out of the way, causing Buck to hit chest first against the turnbuckle. Corey NAILS Buck in the back of his leg, which drops Buck to one knee, then Corey hits him AGAIN with a big kick to Buck’s face. Buck falls, and Lazarus covers!
Buck kicks out!
Other Guy: Somewhat of a close call there for Buck Dresden.
Eryk Masters: Seems also like Corey Lazarus took my advice. Buck was definitely caught off guard there, but it’s going to take more than a kick to the leg and a kick to the face to put this big brawler down.
Lazarus tags Hiro in, which draws Magnus into the ring. Magnus charges Lazarus, but gets dropped by a lightning quick strike. Magnus tries quickly to get back to his feet, but finds himself lifted off the ground on top of Lazarus’ shoulders! Hiro takes to the top rope, as the fans go nuts for the beginnings of the BACK TO THE FUTURE! But, Magnus, not wanting to be completely destroyed on this day, recognizes his predicament and starts blasting Lazarus in the head with some sick punches! Lazarus wavers, but keeps Magnus on his shoulders, and as Hiro makes it to the top rope, Buck Dresden comes from out of nowhere to interrupt Hiro’s ascent and ends up crotching him on the top rope! Magnus drops down, turns Corey Lazarus around, boots him in the gut, and pulls him in for a powerbomb! Buck goes to assist!
Eryk Masters: This is gonna be sick!
Other Guy: WAIT! LOOK!
Corey floats over Magnus’ head, and as Buck turns back around, he discovers that Hiro has made it back to the top rope! He flies off and NAILS both Magnus AND Dresden with a HUGE MISSILE DROP KICK! Takawa with the cover on Buck!
The crowd pops!
Eryk Masters: HUGE kickout there from Buck Dresden, as the BAD ASS BROTHERHOOD ARE STILL ALIVE!
Other Guy: I gotta say… the double missile dropkick after that amazing reversal… that was pretty good shit.
Lazarus is the only one who’s up with any kind of energy, but both Buck and Magnus are getting to their feet, as is Hiro Takawa. Austin Linam sends Magnus and Lazarus back to their corners, as Buck uses the brief moment of rest to RUSH Takawa and destroys him with a lariat! Buck is on fire, as he pulls Takawa to his feet, hooks him with a collar and elbow down to a front chancery. He picks Takawa up, holds him high as the blood rushes to his head, and then drops him with a SICK brainbuster!
Eryk Masters: Now Buck isn’t taking any prisoners!
Other Guy: Officially, there are no prisoners being taken by anyone at this point in time.
Eryk Masters: I hate you.
Other Guy: Hiro Takawa, it’s interesting, has been quite aggressive in this matchup. Most people, after getting crotched on the ropes, would drop down and recover, but not Hiro.
Buck has Takawa back up now, and up against the turnbuckle. He starts by delivering an open handed slap to Takawa’s chest, then follows up with a knife edged chop, and THEN follows up with a BIG right hand, which rocks Hiro. Buck turns around with a big grin on his face, and then he spins around and hits a big elbow on Hiro, which causes the Frontline II Turbo member to crumple to the floor! Buck tags in Magnus who quickly gets through the ropes. Magnus pulls Takawa to his feet and lifts him up onto his shoulders! Buck goes to the top rope!
Eryk Masters: Oh man… you don’t think…
Other Guy: I don’t think Buck knows anything else from off the top except “fly off and hope you hit,” so no, I don’t think.
Corey Lazarus runs in to knock Magnus down, and free Hiro Takawa, as Austin Linam admonishes him. This gives Takawa enough time to recover, as he crotches Big Buck Dresden on the top rope! Takawa runs up and flips Buck over with a frankensteiner, as Buck flips over! Magnus is back up! He boots Takawa in the gut as Takawa gets to his feet. He hooks Takawa with the beginning of the Scorched Earth, but Takawa stops it! Corey Lazarus climbs into the ring, and things are breaking down! Takawa lifts Magnus up out of nowhere with a back body drop, and Lazarus catches Magnus on his shoulders as Magnus comes down! Lazarus with a beautiful and stiff sheer-drop powerbomb, and Takawa goes for the cover!
THR—MAGNUS kicks out!!
The fans go nuts!!!
Eryk Masters: Frontline II Turbo nearly coming up with a major win here, but Magnus shows that he’s not going anywhere.
Other Guy: You might say that they’re taking no prisoners.
Eryk Masters: Really? That again?
Buck’s back up. Buck shoves Takawa away, and then turns his attention towards Lazarus. Lazarus sees the big man headed his way, and bounces off the closest rope. Takawa follows up behind Buck Dresden. Lazarus takes to the air and attempts to hit the END CREDITS, but Buck ducks out of the way at the LAST second! Laz hits TAKAWA!!!
Eryk Masters: Corey Lazarus is STUNNED right now. He just hit his own partner with his own finisher!
Other Guy: That could be it. THAT could be it, Eryk. A PRISONER HAS FINALLY BEEN TAKEN.
Corey pops back up, absolutely astonished at what’s just happened. Magnus comes up behind him and dumps him over the top rope, where he crumples down hard! Magnus and Buck turn their attention to the fallen Takawa…
Eryk Masters: This is NOT good.
Other Guy: I think that depends on who you’re rooting for, really.
Magnus picks Takawa up and the BAD ASS BROTHERHOOD take total control as they take turns lighting Hiro Takawa up with a frenzy of punches and kicks! They double whip Hiro into the ropes and prepare for his rebound so they can decimate him with a double clothesline, but Hiro holds onto the top rope! Buck shrugs his shoulders and goes in, but Hiro elevates and hits Buck square in the face with a boot, which sends Dresden to a knee! Takawa NOW rebounds off the ropes and uses Buck’s knee as a springboard!
Other Guy: COULD THIS BE THE OMEGA BURST?
Eryk Masters: NO! Look!
Magnus catches Hiro in mid air, swings him around, and drops him HARD with a samoan drop. Magnus covers Takawa!
NO. Out of nowhere, Corey Lazarus slides into the ring and drills Magnus in the side of the head with a nasty soccer style kick! Corey covers!
THR– Magnus kicks out!
Lazarus starts to go to town on Magnus with a series of rights and lefts, with a few forearms and elbows thrown into the mix there, but before he can do too much damage, Buck Dresden appears behind Lazarus, hooks him around the waist and attempts to throw him over his head with a German Suplex! But Lazarus recognizes this ahead of time and uses the momentum to flip behind Buck Dresden and HE HITS BUCK WITH THE END CREDITS! Buck is face first on the ground, Takawa is getting to his feet, but Magnus is already back to his feet! Magnus charges Lazarus. Lazarus ducks. Magnus rebounds off the ropes, Lazarus ducks again. Magnus rebounds off the other rope, Lazarus ducks, but this time Magnus hooks him around the arm, and uses the momentum to swing around Corey Lazarus! Magnus winds up in front of Laz! He boots him in the gut! Hooks him! SCORCHED EARTH!
Other Guy: HOLY SHIT!
Eryk Masters: That was a RIDICULOUS exchange, OG. And the crowd are being very vocal in their appreciation of this moment!
“BAD ASS! BAD ASS! BAD ASS!”
“FRONT LINE! FRONT LINE! FRONT LINE!”
Magnus is unable to go for a cover, but Takawa is back up. Takawa goes to pick Magnus up, but is interrupted by Buck Dresden! Buck is grasping his head from the impact of the END CREDITS, but somehow has the wherewithal to stop Hiro Takawa from inflicting any more pain on his partner! Takawa throws a right, but Buck blocks it! He throws a left! Blocked! Takawa is stuck in front of Buck Dresden, throwing punches, but the big man… whether he’s punch drunk or not, seems to not be concerned at all! FINALLY, Buck rears back and hits Takawa HARD with a right hook! THE BUCK SHOT!
Eryk Masters: That…
Other Guy: He’s out, Eryk! Takawa’s out!
Eryk Masters: Buck looks like… yep.
Buck Dresden, still clutching the back of his head, leans against the top rope with a smile on his face. Suddenly, “OBSUCRE” by Dir En Grey surges over the arena speakers. A chorus of hate filled boos showers down on the entrance ramp before anyone even walks out. The members of Frontline II Turbo and the Badass Brotherhood, breathing heavily, pause because they know what comes with that theme music. The music continues to pulse through the arena, Corey Lazarus and Charles Brandon Magnus, previously standing off with each other, both turn towards the entrance ramp…where the three members of Project: SCAR now stand. Kenji, Isaac, and Corazon slowly stalk down the ramp and towards the ring where Hiro Takawa and Buckley Dresden enter the ring alongside their tag team partner, realizing the threat that now stalks towards them is greater than the match itself.
Eryk Masters: Oh fuck no. FUCK no.
Other Guy: Are you kidding me right now? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
All three members of Project: SCAR continue to stalk down the ramp. Isaac with his razor sharp teeth barred in a disgustingly vile smile, Corazon with a shit-eating grin plastered all over his face, and Kenji…shows nothing. Finally, the three men slide into the ring and stand off with both Frontline II Turbo and the Badass Brotherhood. Project: SCAR doesn’t give either team time to think about what’s about to happen, Kenji leaps into the air and DRIVES his knee right into the nose of Charles Brandon Magnus! Dresden tries to react and help Magnus but Corazon already has a running starts and drops Dresden with a vicious shining wizard! Both members of Frontline II Turbo look stunned, giving the beastial Isaac plenty of time to drop them both with a monstrous double clothesline!
Other Guy: Corazon hits the Act of Defiance on magnus, and then Isaac Entragian… decimates Frontline II Turbo.
Eryk Masters: These two teams… they’ve been fighting for their lives here. They’ve been fighting for glory, and for the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP’s for fuck’s sake.
Other Guy: This is what Project: SCAR does, Eryk. These guys are exhausted… they’ve been DESTROYING each other. This is DISGUSTING.
Kenji reigns his fists down on Magnus, who instinctively has his hands up at his face trying to stop Kenji’s onslaught. However, a fresh Kenji is just too much for Magnus as Kenji fists force their way through his defenses and find their mark squarely on Magnus’ face opening a cut on his nose. Isaac’s head immediately jerks to the side, seeing the small cut on Magnus’ face seems to spark an animalistic fire in his eyes as he lets out a loud roar and easily drags Corey Lazarus to his feet, wrapping his massive pale hands around his neck. Lazarus struggles as much as he can, but the wear and tear of the match he just endured renders him all but defenseless. Hiro Takawa slowly gets up, desperately wanting to help Lazarus. Isaac, never letting go of Lazarus’ neck, swings Corey’s legs like a wrecking ball right into the head of Hiro, knocking him out! Lazarus is barely moving at this point, Isaac heaves him high into the air. A loud guttural laugh fills the arena as Isaac SPIKES Lazarus to the mat with a Baldo Bomb.
Other Guy: I can’t believe we’re witnessing this. I mean… I guess I can, but I just… I didn’t want to.
Eryk Masters: I hate Project: SCAR. This does not make my heart pee at all.
Corazon roughly grabs Dresden and brings him to his feet only to launch a flurry of fist and elbow strikes with pinpoint accuracy to the throat area of Dresden. Dresden, after only a few of these shots, looks like he is about to collapse before a pair of gigantic PALE hands hold him in place and make sure he doesn’t fall…yet anyway. Corazon continues his strikes to the throat until a small amount of blood begins to seep out of the corner of Dresden’s mouth. Corazon motions for Isaac to let go of Dresden, as soon as he does Dresden looks like he is ready to fall backwards…
Samantha Coil: This match has been ruled a no–
Corazon: Let me help you with that.
Corazon SNAPS Dresden right in the chin with the Act of Reality! Dresden’s body slams against the canvas, practically lifeless.
Eryk Masters: DISGUSTING.
Other Guy: This is… someone should stop this.
With both of their prey down and seemingly lifeless, Corazon and Isaac converge around Kenji who is simply staring down at Magnus now.
Kenji: This one’s quite beautiful, isn’t he?
Corazon and Isaac don’t even have to respond, a sinister smile simply forms on both their faces as Kenji rises, bringing Magnus to his feet with him. Kenji tosses Magnus to Isaac, who drags Magnus to the corner of the ring. Kenji climbs to the top turnbuckle where Corazon has lifted Magnus into the powerbomb position. Kenji is now eye to eye with Magnus, there is a defiant look in Magnus’ eyes, but he is far too drained to act on his last moments of defiance.
Kenji: I’m glad you’re still conscious. It would be a shame to waste this if you couldn’t feel it.
Kenji stands up on the top turnbuckle and literally places Magnus forehead on his knee…and leaps off the top turnbuckle, his knee never leaving Magnus’ forehea. Corazon provides even more momentum as he brings Magnus down with a powerbomb while Kenji’s knee is driven SQUARE into Magnus’ forehead with all that force, Kenji doesn’t even roll away from the impact, it’s completely flush. The crowd falls into a hush as Magnus seems to spasm on impact.
Kenji stands up, the ring sprawled with the bodies of Frontline II Turbo and the Badass Brotherhood. Only one word seeps from his mouth…
“OBSUCRE” by Dir En Grey hits the PA as the three members of Project: SCAR stand over the fallen tag teams, as the scene fades and we go to the back.
A lime green Hummer rolls into the backstage area of the arena and parks next to one of the SHOOT production trucks. Once it parks, the brakelights illuminate briefly, then the lights turn off all together. On the far side of the car, a man in a lime green suit hops out of the car, rushes around to the other side and opens the backseat door on the driver’s side.
A black wrestling boot with green and white trim touches down on the cement, followed by a similarly designed boot, this one using red instead of the green. Extending upwards from the boots are black wrestling tights with a white racing stripe extending up the side of the leg, criss-crossed with green and white snakes as if it were a caduceus. The snakes heads end at hip-level, whereby a green design floats up over it from the left, crossing over a red design as it nears the navel and juts downwards towards the opposite leg’s inner-thigh as if a horn of a ram. On the midsection of this individual are the Roman numerals XIII amidst a floral pattern in white, a large green "V" outlined in red and white hovering behind the design. No skin is visible until reaching the man’s arms; the wrestling tights cover the entire abdomen and chest area, even forming up into a turtleneck of sorts which leads directly to the mask.
As is customary in his tradition, the grand luchador wears a mask. Three quarters of his mask, left to right, is red, with the far portion of it in green. Above his right eye (which is left, as you’re looking at him, so the mask is red at this point) is a white "XIII" about the size of what his eye socket would be underneath, outlined in black and then green and then black. There are no openings in the front of his mask; not for the eyes nor the mouth. The back of the mask reveals no hair, as it simply contains white laces around a black portion of mask in which the lace eyelets are woven.
The assistant reaches into the car and pulls out a red velvet bag, reaches in and withdraws a large piece of green fabric. Shaking it out, the assistant quickly finds two sections of the fabric, takes one in each arm and wraps it around the wrestler’s neck. As the pieces are tied together, the fabric is now visibly a large cape like you might see worn by Dr Strange of Marvel Comics fame.
The wrestler takes steps forward, allowing the assistant to close the door, and the duo then walk down the corridor. Upon reaching a man with a clipboard, the assistant commands their attention. The clipboarded fellow is a bit taken aback by the wrestler, though it’s not as if the wrestler’s frame is imposing, as he stands well below 6 feet in height.
Assistant: Por favor, we are seeking the ones who are in charge of the talent relations for the SHOOT Project.
Clipboarded Fellow: I’m sorry, who exactly are you looking for?
Assistant: Por supuesto, my Blackberry has lost its charge and I do not have the contact information for the person with whom I correspondenced to, but this is where we were told to attend to make the final touchings on the contracts for my client. Could you please to be directing me to the place where the decision makers are located for the evening?
Not wanting to lose his job, the fellow with the clipboard decides that’s not information he can provide to someone without a name badge. Not tonight, of all nights. There are quite a few individuals in attendance who aren’t "regulars", so to speak, so it’s possible that this caped competitor is legitimate.
Clipboarded Fellow: I’m afraid I can’t give you access to the front office personnel unless you’re on my list…
The assistant’s eyebrows perk up and he meanders around to take a look at the list. The fellow holding the clipboard is a bit wary at first, but things happen far too quickly for him to mentally or physically stop the inevitable.
Assistant: Ah yes, well the name would be under Villano… Villano XIII to be most exact.
Flipping through a few pages, the clipboarded fellow finds what they are looking for, breathes a sigh of relief and points the duo in the direction in which they are supposed to go. Motioning for the caped competitor to follow him, the assistant travels down the corridor. The clipboard-holding fellow takes the clipboard and pen into his hand and then wipes the sweat off of his brow and watches the duo walk down the corridor. On the back of the cape is an eagle with its wings out-stretched. In its mouth is a snake, jaw open wide. Underneath the winged victor is a horizontal tapestry bearing the name VILLANO XIII.
“Chuuch!” by Bun B hits the PA and Arena Mexico comes alive at the introduction of the Real Deal, who steps out onto the ramp and raises his arms triumphantly in the air, but something is amiss as he’s not dressed for action, but in a casual suit.
Eryk Masters: Something’s not right here, OG.
Other Guy: You’re telling me. Josh is definitely not dressed to compete tonight.
Real Deal nods his head as the Mexican fans clap him on the back. He makes a quick stop at the timekeeper’s bench, where he cocks his head at the stranger sitting there. After taking a microphone, he climbs into the ring, where Samantha Coil begins her introduction.
Samantha Coil: Introducing first… standing six feet, three inches and weighing in at two hundred fifteen pounds… he is the HALL OF FAMER… the LEGEND… THE FRANCHISE… He is the Real Deal, Josh Johnson!!
Mexico showers this man with love, as he grins for them. He thanks Samantha, who climbs out of the ring, and pulls the microphone to his mouth.
Real Deal: Well first of all… thank you Samantha Coil for lying about my weight and making me seem slim and taut for this matchup against Jester Smiles… unfortunately…
The crowd begins to boo.
Eryk Masters: Here we go, gonna get to the bottom of this.
Other Guy: Well, I didn’t think he was intending to keep it a secret, E.
Real Deal: I know, I know. Just… I know. Unfortunately, there’s not going to be a match betwee Jester Smiles and myself tonight.
Real Deal: You don’t have to tell me how displeased you are. I already know. I’m displeased too. You see… I really wanted to fuck Jester Smiles up tonight.
Eryk Masters: And now with the grandstanding.
Other Guy: Oh shut up and listen, Eryk. This is a legend in the ring.
Real Deal: Time and time again, I see these people come into SHOOT, they want to DESTROY SHOOT. They want to HURT SHOOT. They want to MAKE IT CRUMBLE AROUND THEIR FEET, RAAHHHH. To me? I’m used to that. You know? I’ve played that game before, and I’ve been on both sides of the proverbial coin. I know what it means to try and take this place down, but what means more to me… what really sticks out to me… is what it means to raise this place up. This is the motherfucking SHOOT Project, and it doesn’t just crawl away and die when some people want it to.
Real Deal smiles and starts to pace around the ring, as the crowd begins to get behind his words.
Real Deal: Jester Smiles… he’s lost his way. He used to think like I did, used to believe that you needed to raise the SHOOT Project up… not tear it down. Somewhere along the way, he got lost. Somewhere… he lost his sack… lost his gumption, and that motherfucker? That motherfucker is afraid to come out and face the music.
Real Deal shakes his head.
Real Deal: He’s not even in Mexico right now.
The crowd boos furiously.
Real Deal: You’re telling me. So let this serve as a reminder to anyone… and I mean ANYONE who believes they can walk into this place and tear it down. The SHOOT Project will roll on as it always has, and if you think you can come in here and threaten my house? Threaten MY SHOOT Project? Then maybe… just maybe…
Real Deal: Maybe I’ll come out of retirement to come after you, too.
The crowd pops.
Real Deal: Understand this. The SHOOT Project is an entity unto itself, my friends. It will roll on long after Jester Smiles has scraped his pathetic ass out of whatever hole he’s hiding in, and it will continue on its machine like path of dominance through the world. We are everything we’ve ever said we were, and there isn’t a goddamn thing that’s going to change that.
Real Deal’s got a big grin, and is a hair on the choked up side for this as well.
Real Deal: So with that said… I’m going to retreat back to my office, and wait. Wait for Jester Smiles… wait for the next guy who thinks they can bring this motherfucker down… just wait. And when that time comes… when someone thinks they want to test the SHOOT Project and test the Real Deal?
Real Deal: I’ve got a helping of boot stew with a side of SHOOT Project helmet, because I BLEED SHOOT PROJECT!
He pauses one last time, and the crowd shows him SERIOUS love.
Real Deal: …BITCH.
He flips the microphone up and it hits the ground with that familiar audio pop, as “Chuuch!” hits the PA again to carry him out.
Eryk Masters: I think that about says it all, right there, doesn’t it? Even I can respect some statements like that.
Other Guy: Of course you can. Anyone with a brain can. The SHOOT Project is the house the Real Deal built, and he will clearly be damned before he lets someone come in and tear this place down. I love it.
The cameras cut back to the arena where a cage has been assembled around the SHOOT Project ring, the crowd is on its feet, abuzz with excitement as the time has come for the SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Championship match. In an instant the crowds excitement explodes outward in a wall of sound as the Black Keys’ “Thickfreakness” rips across the arena signaling the arrival of Ben Jackman.
Other Guy: Are you ready for this?
Eryk Masters: Of course I am! Are you ready to watch Ben Jackman beat the ever loving hell out of your little buddy?
Samantha Coil: Introducing first, the challenger for the SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Championship, hailing from Austin, Texas. He stands six feet five inches tall and weighs in at two hundred eighty-three pounds. He is…BEEEEEN JAAAAAAACKMAAAAN!
Jackman strides slowly out onto the ramp in a pair of tight shoot-fighting shorts with the Mexican flag emblazoned on each hip running along the length of the shorts a smile plastered on his face as the rapturous cheers of the capacity crowd wash over him. Jackman stands atop the ramp for a long moment, soaking in the cheers before slowly making his way down the ramp and toward the ring, the smile fades almost immediately as his attention turns completely to the cage.
Eryk Masters: You can see that man has bad intentions for Cade, and I love it!
Jackman steps through the cage door, and slides through the ropes his eyes immediately turning toward the top of the ramp as he slowly walks the perimeter of the cage his heavily taped hands sliding along the steel as he waits for the arrival of the champion.
I can almost taste it…
The lights drop and the fans begin to boo loudly.
Other Guy: Aren’t you excited?
It makes no sense to me…
What does it all mean?!
A spotlight slowly comes to a stop on the top of the ramp.
Eryk Masters: To see Cade Sydal get his arrogant ass kicked all over that cage? Absolutely.
I can almost taste it…
I can almost see it!
It makes no sense to me…
What does it all mean?!
I can almost taste it…
Other Guy: Why do you always have to hate on him during his entrance? Show some respect, man.
I just wanna be famous!
You dream of trading places
I have been changing faces
You can not fill these shoes
There is too much to lose
I wake up behind these trenches
You run around defenseless
There is too much to lose
You can not fill these shoes
Eryk Masters: Like the kind of respect he shows for everyone else, right?
I just wanna be famous but…
Be careful what you wish for…
Other Guy: Exactly. Wait…no, he deserves more than everyone else. He’s the champ, and all.
As “Almost Famous” by Eminem (featuring Lisa Rodriguez) continues Cade Sydal steps through the curtain, with Cassi Ryan hand-in-hand. The couple walk to the top of the ramp and stand there for a moment, a microphone in Cassi’s hand while the SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Title rests comfortably over Cade’s other shoulder, his hand holding it in place as he grins at the sea of booing fans. Cassi hooks her thumb into a chain-link belt wrapped around her waist, a padlock acting as the belt buckle, she then raises the hand to her mouth.
Cassi Ryan: Ladies and gentlemen…gardeners and maids!
The fans boo louder, and the couple share a knowing laugh and smile, as she continues.
Cassi Ryan: It is my great pleasure to introduce to you, and your great pleasure to formally meet, the man of the hour! The brightest shining star in SHOOT Project History, with more accolades and achievements than anyone! God truly broke the mold when they made this specimen of a man!
The two of them make it to the bottom of the ramp and stare at the cage. Cade points at Willie Dean and says something to him on the outside, who then goes to the cage and tells Ben Jackman to back away from the door and let Cade in.
Cassi Ryan: He is a true wrestling pioneer, breaking down barriers and shattering glass ceilings everywhere he’s ever competed! Hailing from Southport, North Carolina but residing in the Lustful Lights of Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada!
Cade smiles, satisfied as Jackman does move away from the door, he kisses Cassi on the hand before letting it go and walking up the ringsteps. He stares through the door at Jackman for a moment.
Cassi Ryan: Weighing in at 178 pounds! He is the current reigning and defending SHOOT Project World Champion! The sexiest man to ever, or that will ever, wear that belt! He’s God’s Favorite Wrestler, and if you want to get into Heaven he’s yours too!
The fans boo loudly as Cade grins and nods, finally stepping through the door of the cage and through the ropes, into the ring.
Cassi Ryan: CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE SYYYYYYYYYYYYDALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
Cassi smiles as Cade looks back to her before handing the title belt through the door to the waiting hands of Samantha Coil, allowing Willie Dean to close and lock the cage door. Jackman starts moving toward Cade, and Cade runs out of the corner and across the ring to get away from him, but Jackman grins as he now stands by the door.
Other Guy: Of course he wants to be by the door, so he can get out when the match starts!
Eryk Masters: Or…and I’m just throwing this out there…he wants to stop Cade form doing just that.
The referee calls for the bell as Ben Jackman looms near the doorway, popping his knuckles as he stares across the ring at Cade Sydal, who looks from the door to Jackman with a slight frown to match Jackman’s smirk. Suddenly, and without warning, Cade winks and turns around, starting a hurried climb up the cage!
Eryk Masters: Look at him running already!
Other Guy: He’s just trying to win, what’s wrong with that?
Jackman limps across the ring quickly, just in time to grab Cade by the back of his shorts before his hands reach the top of the cage. Jackman pulls Cade down from the wall of the cage by his shorts and grabs the back of his head, spinning full circle he throws Cade head first through the ropes right into the cage wall! Cade stumbles back, holding the top of his head with both arms as Jackman grabs him up in a waistlock, snapping back with a powerful release German suplex!
Eryk Masters: Jackman put a stop to that with a quickness!
Cade bounces off his shoulders and neck, turning to his belly he spots the door only abpout five feet away and starts crawling for it!
Other Guy: Or did he?
Jackman shakes his head and quickly grabs Cade by his ankle, dragging him away from the cage door as Cade desperately reaches for it even as it grows further and further away, before finally Jackman swings himself through to drop an elbow on Cade’s back! Jackman gets back to his feet, right in front of Cade, and glares down at him.
Other Guy: Okay, I guess he did. But that doesn’t mean anything!
Eryk Masters: Tell yourself whatever you need to.
Jackman bends and pulls Cade up to his feet by his head, before turning a little and throwing Cade into the corner opposite the cage door. Jackman rushes into the corner after Cade, wincing in pain with nearly every step but ignoring it, he crashes into Cade with a clothesline. As Cade stumbles out of the corner Jackman turns and scoops him up under his arm, turning he drives Cade into the canvas with a sidewalk slam!
Eryk Masters: Ben Jackman is on a roll right now, and he’s not going to stop until he gets about fifteen pounds of flesh off of Cade!
Other Guy: C’mon E, show some compassion for our champion. This isn’t funny, you know, this is serious business!
Cade turns his body in order to start crawling for the door again, as Cassi cheers him on from the outside, but Jackman steps down on Cade’s reaching left wrist. Cade turns over onto his back to stare up at Jackman, pleading with him to no avail. Jackman bends to pull Cade back to his feet, but Cade suddenly pushes up off his shoulders to drive the top of his right foot into Jackman’s face! Jackman stumbles back a bit off-balanced and Cade quickly scrambles to his feet and makes a dash for the door!
Other Guy: Run, Cade! Run!
But Jackman grabs the back of his shorts and pulls him into a waistlock, but is quickly thwarted by an elbow thrown over Cade’s shoulder! Jackman stumbles back as Cade turns and hits the ropes, he runs right at Jackman, wrapping himself around Jackman as if he were going for a flying head scissors, but twists himself around to grab Jackman’s head and ride him to the canvas with a bulldog instead! Cade pushes to his feet and takes a slow bow with a flourish of the hands and a devilish grin, the fans in Mexico City booing the arrogant display.
Eryk Masters: That arrogant little bastard.
Other Guy: You can’t seriously blame the guy, that was cool!
Cade turns back to Jackman, who is on his back, and reaches down for his left ankle. With a grin Cade points at the injured left knee of his challenger, before Jackman pushes his right foot into Cade’s chest and shoves him off and into the ropes! As Cade stumbles off the ropes Jackman rolls backward off his right shoulder and pushes to his feet, rushing to meet Cade in the middle of the ring for a lariat but Cade catches the swinging arm and swings around it into a crucifix position before sliding down and rolling Jackman back for a sunset flip!
Other Guy: You can’t win that way, Cade!
Eryk Masters: Haha, maybe that’s why they call it dope, huh OG?
Cade pushes to his feet, though, catching Jackman’s left ankle with his right hand, Cade swings his own knee down across Jackman’s knee to drive it into the canvas and Jackman punches the canvas to stop from screaming out!
Other Guy: See, I told you he knew what he was doing.
Eryk Masters: He hasn’t won anything yet, OG, so save the celebrating will ya?
Cade pushes back to his feet and smirks down at Jackman, who cradles his knee. Cade rubs his fists on his cheek, mock pouting at Jackman, but Jackman suddenly punches up and into Cade’s abdomen! Cade doubles over, and even drops to a knee, as he begins to gasp for air from the powerful shot. Jackman pushes himself up, as Cade struggles to upright himself before turning and running at Jackman who stands near the ropes! Jackman ducks down at the last second and launches Cade up into the air, sending his back crashing into the cage wall as he bounces off and hits the top rope with his chest hap hazardously!
Eryk Masters: Did you see that?!
Other Guy: Call the amberlance! Our champion might be dead!
Eryk Masters: …did you just say amberlance?
Other Guy: That’s not important right now!
Jackman turns and looks down at Cade, who writhes in pain, and now its his turn to grin as the fans cheer him on loudly! Jackman pulls Cade up by his arm and drags him to a corner, pushing him into it, before driving a right cross into Cade’s face! Followed by a left jab, and then a right! Jackman begins to unload a barrage of countless punches into Cade’s face, and when Cade lifts his arms to defend his face, Jackman starts to hammer away at his body, forcing Cade to drop his guard before getting caught with a sudden left uppercut! And Cade slumps down in the corner!
Eryk Masters: Ben Jackman just unleashed rapid devastation on the champion’s black soul!
Other Guy: …wow, really? That’s just mean.
Jackman starts punching down, into Cade’s face, driving him down further and further in the corner, trying futilely to defend himself with his arms! Jackman throws his arms out and roars like a caveman before grabbing Cade by the head and lifting him up in the corner and whipping him into the opposite corner. Jackman limp-runs in at Cade, and Cade suddenly throws his right foot up, catching Jackman in the face and sending him stumbling back!
Other Guy: Jackman made the mistake of giving Cade space, and now he’s got his head right again!
Eryk Masters: You don’t necessarily know that.
Cade quickly jumps up on the top rope, facing Jackman he leaps off for a missile dropkick! But Jackman sidesteps it and drops to his left knee, extending his right to catch Cade with an unexpected gutbuster across his healthy right knee! Cade bounces off the extended knee as Jackman grimaces and pushes off his bad knee, scooping Cade up from under his arm from behind, swinging Cade through a Blue Thunder Bomb!
Eryk Masters: I told you!
Other Guy: He’s got a plan, I know he does. Yeah, that’s it, he’s luring Jackman into a false sense of security…
Jackman pushes to his feet and turns, spotting the cage door. He smirks and starts to walk toward the cage door, but as he does Cade turns onto his belly and grabs Jackman’s right ankle. Jackman feels the resistance and looks down at Cade, with a grin.
Eryk Masters: Well, it looked like Jackman was about to try and make a win out of this ass kicking he’s dishing out, but Cade caught his attention again instead!
Other Guy: Say what you want, but that’s a champion right there! Enduring all this punishment so soon, and still fighting to keep the match alive instead of rolling over and dying!
Jackman bends and grabs Cade by his reaching hands and pulls him to his feet, pulling him up onto his shoulder Jackman runs and drives Cade’s back into the cage wall before turning and delivering a spinebuster into the middle of the ring! Cade arches his back up in pain, and Jackman turns back to the door. He starts to limp toward the door, but Cade grabs him by the left leg and quickly rolls him backward with a schoolboy, hooking Jackman’s left leg he quickly swings his body all the way through to drop an elbow down on the knee instead of trying to pin him. Cade cluthces his back as he pushes back to his feet, grabbing Jackman by his left ankle and spiking down with a DDTing motion, jamming up Jackman’s knee even more and causing him to reach up and cradle his knee!
Other Guy: Just like that, Cade rolls up another advantage!
Eryk Masters: You think that’s clever, huh?
Cade gets to his feet, holding his back, and kicks hard into the side of Jackman’s knee as he clutches it. A second kick follows, as Jackman does scream out in pain this time, which only elicits a third kick and an evil smirk of joy. Cade grabs Jackman’s left ankle forcefully and turns Jackman over onto his belly before placing his left foot in the back of Jackman’s knee he falls back, twisting Jackman’s leg nastily like a lever. Cade pushes to his feet and smiles at Cassi, who points to the door and Cade nods. Cade starts to walk toward the door, quite casually, with a cocky grin on his face.
Eryk Masters: Now that Jackman’s grounded, he thinks he can just lazily walk to the door!
Other Guy: Well, if Ben can’t stand and stop him, what’s the rush? Enjoy life, ya know?
Jackman grabs Cade’s right leg, stopping him, and Cade turns, stomping Jackman’s chest with his left foot and breaking his grasp. Cade turns back to the door and starts to walk again, but once again Jackman grabs his leg by the ankle this time, and Cade turns once more to stomp down on Jackman’s reaching arm.
Eryk Masters: Jackman isn’t just going to let him do that.
Other Guy: Are you sure? Because it looks like Cade’s teaching him a lesson in manners every time he tries to interrupt that plan!
Cade doesn’t turn back to the door this time, instead he reaches down and pulls Jackman up, tsking at him the whole time before dropping down and scooping up Jackman’s left leg, lifting it up by the ankle before snapping through a Dragon Screw leg whip, snapping Jackman down to the canvas again painfully, Cade gets back to his feet with a half-sneer half-smirk on his face.
Other Guy: See? All Jackman’s doing is pissing him off.
Eryk Masters: And you really think that’s going to stop Ben Jackman?
Cade pushes back to his feet, and instead of walking toward the door, he walks the other way to the ropes and starts climbing, grabbing the cage he starts to climb higher. Jackman clutches his knee as he starts to push to his feet, glaring at Cade with determination as he makes it back to a vertical base and starts limping to the cage wall. Jackman reaches up through Cade’s leg and swings him down off of the side of the cage, catching his shoulder and snapping him over into a reverse Michinoku Driver!
Eryk Masters: With pure determination, Ben Jackman has found himself back in the driver’s seat!
Other Guy: Cade needs to regroup, and fast!
Cade bounces off his chest, grabbing at his ribs as he gasps for air! Jackman pushes back up to his feet with a wince before dropping to drive both forearms down into Cade’s back with a clubbing blow! Jackman grabs Cade by his hair, dragging him to his feet, he whips Cade around by the hair right into a lariat that sends Cade spinning inside out!
Other Guy: That’s not how you regroup!
Eryk Masters: Are you sure? Because it looks like that’s exactly how he regroups.
Jackman grabs his knee and looks to the cage door, he starts to limp toward it again.
Eryk Masters: With the condition his leg is in, I don’t think we’ll see Jackman trying to climb the cage tonight!
Other Guy: That means he’s taking the shortcut, the easy way out!
Cade turns to his back and kicks up into the back of Jackman’s left calf, staggering him to a knee. Cade rolls off his shoulders to his feet and hits the ropes as Jackman pushes back to his feet and turns to face him. Cade leaps up onto Jackman’s shoulders for a hurricanrana, but as he swings down Jackman slips his right arm up and through his legs, holding him in place before he can lock his hands together he swings Cade around just enough to get him between his legs and sits out with a Cradle Piledriver out of nowhere!
Other Guy: How the hell did Jackman do that?!
Eryk Masters: I don’t know, but I like it! Now move your ass, Ben!
Cade clutches at his neck and head as Jackman turns over, holding his own leg. Jackman starts to push to his feet and limps his way toward the cage door once more, but before he can get there Cassi Ryan runs around the cage and gets in referee Willie Dean’s way, she leans forward and starts to twirl her fingers through her left pigtail, allowing him a not-so-innocent peak down the front of her shirt…stopping him from getting to the door to unlock it.
Eryk Masters: That dirty little wh–
Other Guy: Angel! Perfect little angel!…E, you might want to watch what you say, I’m just sayin’ man, just trying to look out for you.
Jackman limps through the ropes and starts to shake the door, rattling the chain locking it closed and snapping Willie Dean out of his lustful stare. Cassi pouts for a moment as the official fumbles in his pocket for the key to the lock, but before he can start to unlock the door Cade pushes to his feet, still holding his neck, before charging at Jackman and leaping up, driving both knees into the back of his shoulders and smashing Jackman’s face into the cage door!
Other Guy: Out of nowhere, the champ saves the day!
Eryk Masters: If by the champ saves the day, you mean his girlfriend gives him the opportunity, you’re right.
Jackman’s body bounces off the cage door, into the ropes, and back into the door as it slides down to slump onto the apron. Cade grabs Jackman by his hair and drags him to his feet, pulling him along the side of the ring away from the door and to the middle of the cage wall before leaning into him and pushes his face into the wall, grating it back and forth against the wall before driving a hard forearm shot into the base of Jackman’s neck! Cade turns suddenly and darts for the opposite ropes, rebounding back at Jackman with a full head of steam before leaping up with a high dropkick right into the back of his head, smashing his face into the wall and splitting it open at the forehead with a deep and nasty X as the cage wall cuts in deep!
Eryk Masters: Ohhh! Ben Jackman is busted open in a bad way now!
Other Guy: And now things have just gotten very dangerous!
Jackman slumps down against the wall of the cage, bleeding profusely, but Cade doesn’t seem satisfied as he drags Jackman under the bottom ring and back into the ring itself, he stands over Jackman for a moment before grinning down at him. Cade runs and hits the ropes, rebounding back he jumps over Jackman’s body and hits the opposite ropes, building up more steam, he rebounds back and leaps up into the air with a Shooting Star Press right across Jackman’s chest! Cade bounces off his opponent, clutching his own ribs with some coughs, before looking over to the cage door.
Other Guy: The People’s Shooting Star Press!
Eryk Masters: Now he’s looking to get the hell out of Dodge!
Cade starts to walk to the door, but Jackman begins to crawl to cut him off, and Cade turns quickly and falls to drive his knee into Jackman’s face unexpectedly! Cade grinds his knee across the open wound as he leans over Jackman, sneering down at him as he irritates the gash. Jackman plants both hands in Cade’s chest, shoving him away from him. Jackman turns and starts to get to his feet as Cade rushes back at him, angrily now! Jackman turns right in time to meet Cade with the back of his elbow as he turns full circle, taking Cade down with a hard back elbow and falling down himself in the process!
Eryk Masters: Even bloody, Ben Jackman’s not giving up!
Other Guy: But now that he’s a bloody mess, how long will his body let him fight?
Jackman pushes to his feet as Cade pulls himself up using the ropes. Jackman makes his way across the ring to Cade, grabbing him and helping him up the rest of the way he turns Cade around and whips him off the ropes. As Cade rebounds Jackman squats down to catch him by the chest and thigh, heaving him up into the air with a HIGH flapjack, spiking Cade down as he begins to plummet back to the mat!
Other Guy: Did you see how high he threw him?!
Eryk Masters: If they were any closer to the cage walls, he might have been able to throw Cade over the top!
Cade bounces off his chest and back to his feet before falling back into the corner, slumping down against the middle turnbuckle. Cade holds his chest, struggling to breathe, as Jackman limps over to him and stomps right into his chest with his right foot, holding the top rope to help support his weight. Jackman lifts his right foot to stomp again, but Cade quickly kicks both feet out into Jackman’s left knee, buckling it and Jackman drops to it instead.
Eryk Masters: Back to the knee goes the champion, just like him to take the easy road!
Other Guy: Ha! That knee might as well be held together with duct tape by this point!
Cade pulls himself up in the corner and immediately snaps into the side of Jackman’s head with a forearm, followed by a second before Jackman shoves both hands into Cade’s chest, pushing him away. Cade rushes at Jackman, furiously, but Jackman pushes off his knee and catches Cade in his arms with a tilt-a-whirl, he spins to drive Cade down into the middle of the ring with a powerslam from the tilt-a-whirl!
Eryk Masters: HUGE display of power from Ben Jackman, twisting Cade’s body through the air like that!
Other Guy: Where did that even come from?!
Jackman pushes off of Cade, knowing he can’t pin him he starts to limp, dragging his left leg behind himself, toward the cage door. Cade doesn’t let Jackman get too far before his legs wrap around Jackman’s wounded leg, tripping him up. Cade scrambles to his feet, as Jackman pushes to his own. Cade turns right toward Jackman, spraying a blue mist!
Other Guy: BLUE MIST!
Right into the left fist of Jackman’s as he punches Cade in the lips!
Eryk Masters: But it’s blocked!
Jackman gets his right arm up to block the remnants of the mist, as Cade stumbles back holding his mouth. Jackman quickly capitalizes on the shock, kicking Cade in the gut, he hoists Cade up into a crucifix before quickly snapping him off with a DDT!
Eryk Masters: BLACKOUT BOMB! This could be it! We could have a new champion!
The fans explode into cheers, leaping to their feet, they cheer their hero on!
Other Guy: Cade! GET UP!
Cassi shares in OG’s sentiment as she starts yelling through the side of the cage for Cade to do just that. Jackman, meanwhile, slowly pushes to his feet and starts to limp with some speed toward the door. Willie Dean moves to it and unlocks it as Jackman gets closer, urged on by the sold out crowd. Jackman steps through the ropes gingerly.
Other Guy: GET UP CADE!
Eryk Masters: THIS IS IT! HE’S RIGHT THERE!
As soon as Jackman starts through the door, with his left leg leading the way, Cassi runs along the side of the cage and jumps on the ringsteps to grab the cage door, she jumps and uses the door to swing HARD into Jackman’s left leg, pinching it between the door and the side of the cage!
Eryk Masters: That little bitch!
Other Guy: Whoa, E! Watch what you say, she just saved the champion’s reign!
Jackman falls back through the ropes and into the ring, clutching at his knee he starts to tear his own kneepad off, the tightness of it causing him more pain evidently as he clinches his jaw to fight the pain. Meanwhile, Cade finally starts to push his way up to his feet, cradling his head and neck, completely unaware of Ben Jackman behind him writhing on the canvas clutching his knee. Willie Dean admonishes Cassi on the outside, but she ignores him as she reaches down the front of her shirt, producing a key from the end of the necklace she wears, she uses the key to unlock her “belt buckle.”
Other Guy: Is she…she is! She’s a genius, E!
Eryk Masters: How can you encourage this?!
Cassi pulls the chain-link “belt” from her hips and wraps it around the frame of the door and the side of the cage its attached to, locking it with the padlock she had used as a makeshift belt buckle, she grins evilly as she tucks the key and necklace down her shirt, likely into her bra, for safe keeping. The fans boo loudly as they catch on to what just happened. Cade turns to her and she blows him a kiss, that he makes a show of catching even as he stumbles back a little, still holding his neck and trying to regain his bearings, and its at this point that he does notices Jackman, who has finally gotten the kneepad completely off of his outrageously inflamed knee.
Eryk Masters: I don’t like the look of that, OG!
Other Guy: What? Jackman’s knee? Or the sly grin creeping across Cade’s face?
Eryk Masters: Both.
Cade does, in fact, grin, before he half-stumbles, half-runs, toward the nearest corner. He starts to climb up the turnbuckles, as Jackman notices him and starts to crawl after him! Cade grabs the cage wall and uses it to help his ascent, he makes it to the top rope before looking behind himself to check on Jackman, just as Jackman is near the corner.
Other Guy: Hurry up, Cade!
Eryk Masters: C’mon, Ben!
Cade turns back to the cage and grabs the wall on his left, he starts to climb up just as Jackman reaches up from his knee and narrowly misses grabbing his ankle off of the top rope! Cassi yells at Cade, telling him how close Jackman is, and he pulls himself up a little quicker. Both hands make it to the top of the cage, some eight feet or so from the top rope, as Jackman uses the ropes to pull himself up. Cade starts to pull himself up to the top of the cage when Jackman grabs him by the leg! But Cade kicks his other foot back, catching Jackman in the grabbing shoulder, pushing him away in the process!
Eryk Masters: Jackman almost had him pulled off of there!
Other Guy: Too bad almost doesn’t count, huh?
Cade starts to pull himself up again, and manages to hoist a leg up and over with some struggling! Jackman starts climbing up the ropes gingerly, grabbing Cade by the leg on the inside of the cage to stop him from escaping! Cade kicks it wildly, but to no avail, as Jackman grabs the side of the cage with his free hand, getting his right foot on the top rope as Cade punches down at him, finally breaking Jackman’s grip, Cade swings his other leg over! But Jackman grabs him by the arm, stopping him from getting the rest of the way over the cage!
Other Guy: Come on Cade, just get out of his grasp and let yourself fall!
Eryk Masters: …ya know, I know it means he’d keep the title, but I don’t think I’d mind seeing Cade fall that far, I have to be honest with you.
Other Guy: See, that’s just messed up.
Cade kicks his feet into the cage, trying to push Jackman away, but to no avail as Jackman puts his left foot on the cage and uses his grip on Cade’s arm and his free hand to pull himself up higher, he grabs Cade around the head suddenly, and without hesitation Jackman shoves off the top rope with his right foot and the cage with his left foot, dragging Cade over the top of the cage as he falls into the ring with a HUUUUUUUUUUGE superplex! Both men crash to the canvas in a nasty heap!
The fans stomp their feet, clapping just isn’t loud enough for them any more by itself, cheering Jackman on even as he clutches at the knee he aggravated even more to pull it all off!
Eryk Masters: Now THAT was a damn superplex! That’s what a real hero looks like!
Other Guy: This is horrible! I hope Cade’s alright!
Cade lies motionless in the middle of the ring, both arms cradling his neck as Cassi pleads with him on the outside to “just move, please.” Jackman grits his teeth and pushes to his feet, limping toward a corner he starts climbing up the ropes, the door closed off to him he now looks to climb his way out.
JACKMAN! JACKMAN! JACKMAN! JACKMAN! JACKMAN!
The fans chant the challenger’s name, hoping to feed him some of their energy, hoping to will him to climb the cage and win! Jackman makes it to the top rope, grimacing in pain as he places his left foot up on the cage first, he uses his arms to hold most of his weight as he reaches up and grabs the top of the cage.
Other Guy: Ahhh man, this doesn’t look good!
Eryk Masters: It looks great from where I’m sitting!
Cade finally rolls over, toward the corner Jackman’s in, and it seems as if he spots him because he starts to push to his feet! The fans cheering and chanting becomes more urgent, some in the front row even yelling that Cade is moving! Jackman lifts his right foot, but the weight is too much for his left leg, and he has to place both feet back down on the top rope, he changes his mind and lifts his right foot onto the cage first while still using his hands to support most of his weight, he pulls himself up and gets both feet on the cage now! Cade pushes to his knees and grabs the ropes, pulling himself up he uses the top rope to guide him to the corner, he quickly pulls himself up behind Jackman, grabbing Jackman by the left ankle to stop him from making any further progress.
Eryk Masters: You can still do it, Ben! Just shake that little bastard off!
Other Guy: Easier said than done, E!
Eryk Masters: …how would you know?
Other Guy: Hey! Mind your own business, okay?
As Eryk Masters undoubtedly shoots OG a rather confused face, Cade pulls himself all the way to the top rope. Cade releases Jackman’s ankle and holds the cage instead, kicking up with his right leg while his left foot stays on the top turnbuckle, right into Jackman’s left leg! Jackman winces in pain, as Cade then jumps up and grabs the top of the cage on the adjacent wall! But instead of climbing, Cade jumps off the top rope and tucks his knees placing his feet against the cage he shoves off and turns his body, snapping out with a NINJAGUIRI against the cage! Both men fall into the ring hard as Cade’s foot smashes into the back of Jackman’s head and his bloody face smashes into the cage once again!
Other Guy: Yes! YES! NINJAGUIRI! THANK GOD, YES!
Eryk Masters: How in the hell did he pull that off!?!
Other Guy: Well, you see, he pushed against the cage and turned and…
Eryk Masters: I KNOW HOW HE DID IT, I SAW IT!
Other Guy: You don’t have to yell, you asked me a question…sheesh.
Both men writhe on the canvas, Jackman seemingly forgetting about the pain in his knee as he holds his neck. Cade holds his neck again, still feeling the effects of the superplex most likely, as he starts to crawl his way to the ropes.
Eryk Masters: C’mon, Ben! Don’t let him get up that cage!
Cade grabs the bottom rope and starts to pull himself up on it, grabbing the second rope, and then the top to drag himself to a stand.
Other Guy: All he’s gotta do is climb up the cage and he‘ll still be the champ! Jackman isn’t moving!
Cade grabs the cage and, while climbing the ropes with his feet, starts to climb up the middle of the cage. Cade gets his feet to the top rope and reaches high with his hands before jumping up and pulling, he grabs the top of the cage successfully and starts to climb up in earnest! Jackman starts to push to his feet, clinching his teeth to ignore the pain shooting through his leg and neck.
Eryk Masters: If he can just get to his feet, I know he can stop Cade!
Cade pulls a leg over the top of the cage just as Jackman makes it to his feet! Jackman limp-runs to the side of the cage and reaches for the ankle still inside the ring, but Cade bends his knee up and Jackman misses! Cade swings that leg over the top and smirks to Jackman before readjusting his grip on the top of the cage!
Other Guy: He’s gonna do it!
Jackman grabs the side of the cage and starts to pull himself up to climb it, but Cade takes a deep breath before suddenly letting go of the top of the cage, dropping the fifteen to twenty feet to the ground, landing on his feet he spills backward to the floor, holding the back of his head after he hits with a hard thud!
Eryk Masters: DAMNIT!
Other Guy: He did it!
The bell sounds, and the fans begin to immediately boo. Jackman’s leg buckles and he falls back into the ring, staring up at the lights as he holds his wounded knee. “Almost Famous” by Eminem hits once again, eliciting more boos!
Samantha Coil: Here is your winner, at a time of 53 minutes and 5 seconds! And SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTILL SHOOT Project World Heavyweight Champion! Cade Sydal!
Cassi runs around the side of the cage, grabbing the World Title belt off of the timekeeper’s table as she does, she wraps her arms around Cade in a tight hug!
Other Guy: What’s the matter with you, E? You should be celebrating Cade’s win like the rest of us!
Eryk Masters: I can’t celebrate that, are you kidding me? Cade owes a huge thank you to Cassi; if she didn’t smash Ben’s knee and lock the door with her skank belt we’d have a new champion right now!
Other Guy: Oh, come on. Can’t you just be happy that the champ won? Just for today, you can go back to hating him tomorrow?
Eryk Masters: I don’t see that happening.
Apparently neither do the fans in attendance as they boo even louder when Cassi helps Cade to his feet, helping him to raise his arm and the SHOOT Project World Title in the air.
The bell rings, bringing the Mexican fans to silence. The fans grow quiet, listening intently to Samantha Coil. She stands in the center of the ring, looking as elegant as ever. She grins exuberantly as the camera zooms in on her smiling face.
Samantha Coil: Ladies and gentlemen…the following contest is the 2011 REDEMPTION RUMBLE!!
The fans POP as she continues to smile.
Samantha Coil: The winner of this match will become the NEW number one contender to the SHOOT PROJECT…WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT…CHAMPIONSHIP!!
The fans cheer yet again.
Samantha Coil: The rules are as follows. Two Soldiers shall enter this match to start and will perform against one another for five minutes until the third entrant arrives! After that, the Soldiers come to the ring in intervals of TWO MINUTES until all FIFTY SHOOT Project Soldiers have made their way out to the ring!
We see a shot of the Mexican fans shouting at the camera.
Samantha Coil: The ONLY way to be eliminated from the Redemption Rumble is to be THROWN…OVER the top rope!
CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SOOOOOON
THERE’LL BE PEACE WHEN YOU ARE DONE
LAY YOUR WEARY HEAD TO REEEEEEST
DON’T YOU CRY NO MOOOOORE
The fans in Mexico are apparently Kansas fans as they POP for TREY WILLETT. Trey walks down to the ring, already in his ring gear. He steps into the ring and nods his head, pointing to the fans of Mexico. He stretches against the ropes, staring at the entrance. Suddenly, “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas is cuts off abruptly. The lights in the arena shine down on the entrance as a pipe organ blares.
Brothers and sisters…
We are here for ONE reason and ONE reason alone…
“Rollin’ (The Ballad of Big & Rich)” by…Big & Rich kicks in. Out from the back comes entrant number two…BUCK DRESDEN. Buck storms to the ring, wearing a pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots. A massive belt buckle adorns his jeans, and his fists are taped. He slides into the ring, glaring at Trey, who stares at Buck…absolutely dumbfounded. “Rollin’” dies off, the bell rings…AND THE REDEMPTION RUMBLE IS UNDERWAY.
Eryk Masters: And…HERE…WE…GO!
Trey walks up to Buck in the center of the ring.
Trey Willett: Hey…
Buck Dresden: HEY. It’s good to see you, Trey!
Other Guy: Are they…it’s like looking in a mirror for these two, isn’t it?
Trey Willett: What?
Buck Dresden: Man, I been thinkin’ ’bout takin’ me a wife soon. You got a sister?
Trey Willett: I had YOUR sister.
The fans are growing silent, watching and waiting for the two of them to attack. Both men stare at one another for a long moment.
Buck Dresden: Man no you didn’t, man… that’d be real niiiiiiiicety, man. She’s not real good lookin’.
Trey Willett: Hey Buck, YOU’RE nasty. You good for nothin’…
Buck Dresden: WHOA WHOA WHOOOAAAA sir…why don’t you go ahead and slow the pickup truck down there Trey, kay?
Other Guy: This must be the first time two retards from Kentucky can consider themselves on the level of Colonel Sanders.
Trey Willett: I’ll ride my pickup as fast as I think I’d like, thank ya very much.
Buck Dresden: Listen… Trey… we don’t have to fight… I figger we done wasted AT LEAST thirty? Thirty three seconds? I’m not real good with time.
Other Guy: Would you believe…a minute and a half?
Eryk Masters: HAHAHAHA!
Trey Willett: Buck… I think you might be on ter somethin’ right there, man. You AREN’T real good with time. And I think… it’s high time… that we get down an’ dirty with it.
Buck Dresden: Trey.
Buck takes a step towards Trey.
Trey Willett: Buck?
Trey steps towards Buck.
Buck Dresden: Trey… I will throw you in the mud so hard…
Trey Willett: Buck there ain’t a mud puddle I been afraid of since I were 3 years old!
Buck Dresden: You wanna get thrown in that there mud, Trey? Do you get the ummm… the metaphor I be makin’?
Buck points to the outside of the ring.
Trey Willett: The outside of the ring is the mud?
Buck Dresden: I ask you one more time…
Buck Dresden: Do you want to get thhhhrrrroooowwwwnnnn…in that there muuuuuudddd. Trey.
Trey looks at the outside of the ring when suddenly…Buck PULLS Trey by his CHEST HAIR and gives him…a purple nurple. Buck points and laughs at Trey as Trey clutches his chest. Suddenly, Buck chops Trey across the chest and scoop slams him to the mat! Buck bounces off of the ropes as Trey rolls away, causing Buck to land on the mat with an elbow drop! He holds his elbow in pain as Trey gets to his feet, still clutching his hurting nipple. He quickly picks Buck up, but Buck shoves Trey back and brings him down with a shoulderblock! Buck jumps up and NAILS Trey with a splash! He almost starts to hook the leg, but stops, shaking his head.
Eryk Masters: I guess…Buck’s a little confused.
Other Guy: With Frontline and them SCAR boys screwing with him, it doesn’t shock me that he’s confused, dude.
Buck picks Trey up, but Trey counters with an inverted atomic drop!
Buck falls to the mat as Trey stares at the entrance, ready for the next opponent!
The horn sounds as “March or Die” by Motorhead kicks in as CLUBBER makes his way down to the ring. He seems lost, listless, as he walks to the ring. There is little reaction, but there are a few scattered boos. Trey shakes Buck to get him to get up. The two Kentuckians stand side by side as Clubber enters the ring, glaring at the two of them.
Eryk Masters: Poor Clubber.
Other Guy: Poor…Clubber?
Eryk Masters: There’s nothing left for this guy or his brother, really. Dave Dymond is…God knows what’s happened to him. Akuma looks dead to the world now…I don’t…know.
Clubber charges at Trey and Buck, but both men catch him with a double inverted atomic drop! Clubber cries out in pain as Buck motions to the obviously in pain Clubber.
Buck Dresden: After you, Mister Willett.
Trey shakes his head.
Trey Willett: Oh no no no, I insist!
Buck shrugs and NAILS Clubber with a HARD AS HELL LARIAT. Buck gets back up as Trey Willett gets on the top turnbuckle. He points out to the fans as Buck laughs his ass off. Trey LEAPS off the rope…TREY50 SPLASH! The fans POP as Trey rolls away, laughing a gleeful laugh as Buck slowly picks up the obviously out of it Clubber.
Buck lays Clubber against the rope and holds his index finger up to tell Clubber to be patient.
Buck looks at Trey, who is picking himself up off of the mat.
The horn sounds and COREY LAZARUS comes out to the sounds of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Slayer. He points at the cheering fans and then over to Buck Dresden, who is grinning an almost sadistic grin at Lazarus. He jogs down to the ring and rolls into the ring and ducks a Buck Lariat and TAGS Buck on the back of the head, causing him to stumble forward. Lazarus takes a hold of Buck’s head and YANKS it back…nailing a HARD Muay Thai jumping knee strike to the back of Buck’s head, snapping him forward, right when Trey rushes past Corey and hits Buck with a running bulldog!
Eryk Masters: One half of Frontline II TURBO is out here with Buck Dresden and it’s not looking too good for the Bad Ass Brother!
As Buck lies on the ground, Trey gets back up to his feet…AND COREY TOSSES TREY NO!!! Trey skins the cat, clutching onto the top rope. He shakes his head as Corey charges at him, but he pulls the top rope, sending Corey over…NO! Both men are on the ring apron, both with arms around the top rope, slugging it out with their free arms! Clubber slowly moves over towards them and hooks Trey’s arm…and hip tosses him over the top rope BACK into the ring!
Corey nods to Clubber as he steps into the ring, applauding Clubber’s tenacity.
Eryk Masters: Here comes entrant number five!
The crowd buzzes for the split second between the end of the countdown and the voice of pop’s dirtiest diva.
"Lets Go-O-O-O-O… LETS GO!"
Other Guy: Oh no. I didn’t put on my poncho!
Eryk Masters: I don’t think you have to worry about the Glizzard during the Rumble, OG.
As Ke$ha’s "We R who we R" continues to bump, LOCO MARTINEZ explodes from the back as the crowd roars. His ribs and right elbow taped up and a bandage on his forehead.
Eryk Masters: Loco showing some signs of the wear and tear from last night’s brutal Hell in the Cell match.
Loco walks to the ring slapping some hands. He gets to the ring, and pauses. He closes his eyes for a moment, and then snaps them open and dives over the bottom rope immediately entering the fray with reckless abandon. He brings Clubber down, then Trey, then Corey, then Buck, then Clubber again, then Corey again, then Trey again, then Buck again! Loco screams for Clubber to get up once again. Clubber stays down. As a matter of fact? Loco is the only man standing. He nods his head and hops up to the top rope!
Other Guy: Loco going up!
Loco stops, looking around as Buck and Corey are slowly getting up. He drops down to the bottom rope, pointing to his brain to show off how insanely intelligent he is…and he connects with a bottom rope frog splash! He gets up, nodding his head to the fans when suddenly Buck and Corey try to eliminate Loco! Loco clings to the ropes as suddenly Clubber grabs Corey’s leg and begins to try to eliminate him as well! Loco scoots under the bottom rope and Buck elbows Clubber in the face.
Clubber staggers a bit as Buck helps Corey get back into the ring. Both men grab a hold of Clubber and send him SAILING over the top rope!
Eryk Masters: Clubber is OUT!
The horn sounds!
Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime…is on my side…yes it is!
“Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones kicks in as JACOB MEPHISTO storms down to the ring. He says nothing as he walks up the ring steps and into the ring…only to catch a Locapitator! The fans POP as Trey sizes Mephisto up and catches him before he falls…DAWN OF A NEW ERA! Mephisto is OUT. Trey and Loco pick Mephisto up and hold him up against the ropes as Buck and Corey lock up on the opposite side of the ring, each man trying to eliminate one another! Mephisto holds on for dear life, but Loco grabs Mephisto’s legs and Trey NAILS Mephisto with a dropkick, sending him OVER the ropes to the floor below!
Other Guy: Corey Lazarus, Buck Dresden, Loco Martinez, and Trey Willett are still dominating this Rumble so far…Clubber and Jacob Mephisto simply had no idea what they were getting themselves into!
Corey hits Buck with a European uppercut and CHUCKS him over the top rope but Buck holds on tight! Trey quickly grabs Loco and throws HIM over the top rope as well, but Loco lands on the ring apron, arches back and FLIES back into the ring, hitting Trey with a shoulderblock! Trey clutches his chest as Loco hits a standing moonsault on the prone Willett!
Other Guy: Callin’ it now: Loco Martinez wins this year’s Redemption Rumble.
Eryk Masters: SIX guys in, you call the winner?
Other Guy: Did you see that move? Dude’s ungodly natural innate talent is staggering!
Loco slowly picks Trey up as Buck whips Corey into the fray but Corey NAILS Loco with a Roaring Elbow!
Buck charges at Corey, but Trey hits him with a drop toe hold, bringing him to the ground!
“Hillbilly Bone” by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins plays and the fans begin to cheer for STAN ERICHSON. Erichson charges down to the ring as fast as he can and he rolls in quickly, taking Corey down with a punch to the head, followed immediately by a punch to Loco, bringing him down.
Eryk Masters: I’ve been told that Jacob Fisher isn’t cleared for the Rumble tonight, and the two members of VAS have declared they simply didn’t…care about the Rumble since the tag titles aren’t involved, so Stan’s gonna be out here with no grudges…and no help.
Stan quickly picks Trey Willett up and, despite the pain, slams him down with a scoop slam. He cringes as he pushes through the agony of his aging body. Suddenly, Corey and Buck are up and they bring him down with a double scoop slam! The two reluctant partners pick him up and whip him to the ropes, but he OBLITERATES the two of them with a DOUBLE Lariat! Buck and Corey are down just in time for Trey to be on his hands and knees and Loco LEAPS off of Trey’s back and hits Erichson with a flying leg lariat!
Other Guy: Trey Willett and Loco Martinez showing the world that if they teamed together, it’d just be an interracial Hardy Boyz.
Eryk Masters: Okay, I knew the people would be coming to the ring fast, but damn!
Loco and Trey put the boots to Erichson while Corey and Buck take a well deserved break, watching the beat down.
The horn sounds as the SHOOT Tron begins to fizzle to life.
Eryk Masters: Looks like we’ve got our first Hierarchy member tonight!
Other Guy: That’s quite a jump…maybe they got their network issues sorted out!
Eryk Masters: Wait, what?
“Sieben” by Subway to Sally kicks in and the fans INSTANTLY boo.
Other Guy: Oh look at Loco’s face!
Loco busts out laughing as AZRAEL GOEREN walks out, a grin on his face…and a lawn chair tucked under his arm. He seems to have a small bag with a bottle of wine sticking out of it as he makes his way to the ringside area. He walks over to where the announce team is and sits his chair up, promptly sitting down and crossing his legs, the fans booing loudly. Goeren stares at Loco as suddenly, Corey cuts Loco off from getting over to Goeren. Goeren begins to pour himself some wine as the battle continues!
Eryk Masters: See, this is pathetic. Get in there and earn this!
Other Guy: What you call pathetic, I call phenomenal strategy!
Goeren toasts Other Guy, who he can hear quite clearly. Meanwhile, Buck and Corey are working on getting Loco eliminated. Stan Erichson, meanwhile, cuts Goeren a look and orders him to get in the ring. Goeren shakes his head, clapping for Erichson to put on a good show for him. Erichson points at Goeren, leaning against the ropes as he does so. Trey sneaks up behind Erichson and grab a hold of his leg trying to eliminate him. Erichson elbows Trey as Goeren gulps a huge swallow of wine and gets out of his chair, gets in Erichson’s face…AND SPITS IN HIS EYES! Erichson starts to wipe his face, and Goeren hops up to the ring apron, pulling down on the top rope, and Trey gets Stan Erichson over and eliminates him!
Eryk Masters: The referees are quick to get Stan Erichson up and out of here, because you just know Stan’s wanting to get a piece of Azrael Goeren now!
Goeren waves at Erichson who shakes his head, obviously extremely upset at being eliminated. Goeren looks at Loco and Trey going at it once more, with Buck and Corey, and proceeds to sit back down in his chair, sipping his wine.
Loco almost gets eliminated by Trey, but he skins the cat!
DON’T STOP MAKE IT HOT DJ TURNS MY SPEAKERS UP
“TiK ToK” by Ke$ha kicks in and, at a dead sprint, SUNNY RAYNE makes her SHOOT Project debut!
Eryk Masters: This masked bare footed bad ass made quite a splash a while back in LEGACY and time will only tell what will happen to her in this Rumble!
She slides into the ring and immediately backs herself into a corner, watching as Trey, Loco, Buck, and Corey go at it. Corey NAILS Buck with a Roaring Elbow and suddenly Loco breaks free from Trey and catches Corey Lazarus in the midsection with a kick and LOCAPITATOR! Corey is OUT! Buck looks down at Corey and then back up to Loco and gives him a thumbs up. Trey sneaks up behind Buck, and he grabs Buck, only for Buck to counter Trey with a back elbow. He POPs Trey in the face with a right and another right and another right and gets Trey against the ropes, but Trey counters back!
Other Guy: Sunny Rayne and Azrael Goeren seem to have it extremely well thought out, you know?
Sunny Rayne measures Trey up and gets his attention. He turns to see her and he goes to lock up with her, but she ducks and sweeps his legs out from under him! She brings her leg down onto Trey in a sort of quick leg drop and she turns to see Loco looking at her taking him on. He waves at her and she quickly goes to kick him, but he counters and goes to kick her, but she counters and jumps up to kick him, but he ducks down and she misses! Loco quickly scoops her up and SLAMS her down to the mat!
Buck slowly picks himself up, shaking off the cobwebs as he sees Azrael Goeren walking around the ringside area now, drinking the rest of his wine.
Loco gets caught from behind by Buck with a clothesline!
Sunny Rayne gets up and leaps up onto Corey Lazarus’s back, trying to hook in a sleeper hold!
Azrael Goeren FINALLY enters the ring and SNAPS Trey’s head off the mat with a DDT!
Corey falls back and lands ON Sunny Rayne! Azrael Goeren stands alone!
The horn sounds!
ALL OF THE LIGHTS!
Goeren slowly turns to the entrance as DONOVAN KING appears! The fans are cheering LOUDLY as “All of the Lights” by Kanye West continues to play. King SPRINTS down to the ring and Goeren goes to hightail it out the other side of the ring, but Trey manages to hold his foot! King is in the ring!
Eryk Masters: HERE WE GO!
King charges at Goeren and stops when he sees Trey holding Goeren’s foot! The fans are loving it as Goeren looks at King and grins, waving to him. King stands there, deathly still. Goeren looks around and slowly brings his hands together in a pleading motion.
Other Guy: Is…Azrael Goeren…begging?
King looks Goeren up and down for a long moment. DEALBREAKER! King brings Goeren down HARD and FAST with a lightning quick Dealbreaker! The fans are POPPING at King as he gets right back up and surveys the damage already done in the ring. Sunny Rayne is slowly getting up, as is Buck Dresden. King picks Trey up and the two of them stare at one another for a long moment until Trey slowly extends his hand to him. Loco walks up to the two of them and the three men slap hands and begin to chit chat. They look down at Goeren, who is slowly coming to.
Eryk Masters: I feel like THIS is going to be an Azrael Goeren Nightmare right here.
Other Guy: It’s…almost really…okay. It’s hilarious.
Sunny Rayne looks at Buck, who is now looking at the event unfolding with Goeren. He begins to come to and is on his hands and knees.
Buck leans against the turnbuckle, already laughing at what is happening.
Sunny goes to lock up with Buck, but he pushes her off.
Buck Dresden: Quit it now, I’m tryna watch!
The horn sounds and “Defy You” by Offspring kicks in and KID LIGHTNING comes racing from the entrance! He rushes to the ring and attacks Donovan King immediately! King staggers a bit and grabs a hold of Kid Lightning and QUICKLY HURLS him from the ring, OVER the top rope, and STRAIGHT down to the floor!
Eryk Masters: In he goes…and out he goes!
Goeren is now completely up…and he looks at Trey Willett! He backs off and bumps into Loco Martinez! He backs off immediately and he suddenly bumps into Donovan King! The three grab a hold of Goeren and HURL HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE! The three of them turn around, but Goeren has a hold of the bottom rope, holding one foot on the ring apron and the other foot balancing on the floor!
Other Guy: GENIUS!
Goeren pulls himself up and rolls into the ring while Loco, King, and Trey are not looking as he rolls back into the ring and stands up. He freezes when he notices no one sees him. Suddenly, he drops to his back and rolls back onto the ring apron! He falls all the rest of the way off the mat and the fans start to cheer!
Eryk Masters: He’s not eliminated! Goeren rolled back INTO the ring and put himself back in play, but NOW he’s rolled back out and looks to be taking a breather!
Goeren curses at Loco, King, and Trey as he storms up the ramp. They wave to him as he turns his back on them, the camera catching his HUGE grin as he disappears to the back.
Other Guy: Is he…he’s still in, right?
Eryk Masters: Yes! Azrael Goeren is STILL in this thing!
The horn sounds as “Jambi” by Tool plays, the fans booing LOUDLY. ISAAC ENTRAGIAN saunters slowly down to the ring, a look of pure evil on his face. He storms down to the ring and pulls himself up the ring apron and into the ring. Almost IMMEDIATELY he grabs a hold of Sunny Rayne by her throat and LAUNCHES her from the ring, over the top rope!
Eryk Masters: Uh oh…things just got very…very…scary.
Entragian LEVELS Loco with a hard shot and takes Trey Willett down with the Mark of the Beast! In turn, he backhands Buck Dresden to the mat and leaves Corey Lazarus and Donovan King standing. Corey looks at King, who looks over to Isaac. Isaac charges the two of them, but Corey and King both duck his attacks, double teaming him with hard punches! He knocks King back and counters a Lazarus punch, kicks him in the midsection and hooks him up for a vertical suplex!
Other Guy: I think Isaac’s going for White Death!
Entragian holds the smaller Corey high in the air…KING CONNECTS WITH THE REALITY CHECK AND LAZARUS LANDS ON THE TOP ROPE!! Corey holds on for dear life as Isaac is staggered, but NOT out. The White Devil begins to regain his senses as Buck Dresden NAILS him with a Lariat, but he stays up! Loco whips Trey into him and he connects with a splash with Entragian in the corner! Loco charges at Entragian and Trey, Trey gets down on his hands and knees again, Loco up with a flying leg lariat, BUT ISAAC CATCHES HIM! ENTRAGIAN POWERBOMBS LOCO OVER THE TOP ROPE!
Eryk Masters: LOCO MARTINEZ HAS BEEN ELIMINATED?!
Loco lands HARD on the ground, clutching his back as Entragian laughs at the offense everyone’s been pouring on him.
“The Janitor” by Apathy kicks in and the Mexican fans actually immediately recognize the theme of BOB THE EVIL JANITOR. Bob steps out onto the entrance ramp, making his SHOOT debut, with his cart filled with dust mops, brooms, and various cleaning chemicals. Entragian stops, looking at Bob. As a matter of fact, everyone stops and stares at Bob as he saunters to the ring. The fans are booing as he holds up his broom, soaking in the boos as he yells at the fans, obviously irritated he’s even there.
Eryk Masters: So…okay. I have no idea who Bob the Evil Janitor is.
Other Guy: Apparently Mexico knows who he is!
Bob walks up the ring steps, looking at the carnage in the ring. Isaac walks over and holds open the ropes, causing Bob to be rather reticent to get in. He finally gets into the ring, however, and holds the broom up for all to see. King and Trey look at one another, their faces rather confused. Buck slides closer to the two of them, and Corey Lazarus walks over to the three of them. Isaac beckons Bob to attack him, and Bob swings his broom, but Entragian catches it! He glares at Bob for a long moment before he takes the broom away…AND SLAMS IT INTO BOB’S FACE LIKE A BASEBALL BAT!
Other Guy: GOOD GOD! BOB HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY!
Bob, of course, sells this like a nuclear weapon, and is sent SAILING over the top rope ONTO his cart, breaking it! Isaac Entragian turns and looks at the bewildered faces in the ring with him. King is the first to break rank and file and walk over to him.
Donovan King: Dude, that was just a janitor! He ain’t deserve to get chucked out like that!
Isaac Entragian: You don’t understand, Donovan! He was EVIL!
With that, Entragian LEVELS King with a hard right before Corey Lazarus and Buck Dresden team up on Trey Willett, stomping him into the mat! Entragian picks King up and HURLS him over the ropes, but King skins the cat, holding on for dear life! Entragian begins to pull King’s fingers off of the top rope but King manages to get a foothold on the ring apron. Buck and Corey, meanwhile, use this opportunity, to bumrush Isaac Entragian!
Eryk Masters: I think the two members of Day One’s spectacular World Tag Team Championship match are finally realizing they’re in a match with none other than the third member of PROJECT:SCAR!
Buck begins to UNLOAD on Isaac while Corey drags King back into the ring. Isaac counters a Buck punch and SLAMS him in the face with a HARD elbow! Buck’s knees buckle and he collapses to the mat as Corey Lazarus and King catch Entragian and send him down with a double bulldog! The fans POP as Lazarus hits Entragian with a running knee drop while King lands an elbow drop to him!
The horn sounds as “H.T.” by Tsuneo Imahoori plays and the fans look to the entrance as AKIRA NOKI comes trotting out. He waves to the audience and pumps his fists as he picks up the pace and slides into the ring, ready to go!
Eryk Masters: Akira Noki is making his SHOOT Project debut, but he’s no slouch. The Japanese veteran is THE star of Rising Sun Pro Wrestling and was rather important to the history behind The Gunslingers.
Other Guy: Greeeeeeeeat. My bad, man. I couldn’t hear you from all the boring you just spouted.
Noki CHOPS Buck Dresden down, followed by ANOTHER chop to Trey Willett, followed by an elbow to the head of Donovan King, but he is caught by Corey Lazarus and sent down to the mat with a drop toe hold! Noki gets back up and screams mightily before he whips Lazarus to the ropes and catches him with a hip toss. It was now, though, that the monster Isaac Entragian rose to his feet. His head cocked to the side as he stared at the veteran. Suddenly, Entragian’s arm struck out and clasped around Noki’s throat!
Other Guy: See ya, Akira!
Noki struggles with the chokehold, but he elbows Entragian’s arm and breaks it! The fans are STUNNED as Noki grabs Entragian and whips him to the ropes! He bends down, ready to back body drop the monster from the ring, when Entragian stops and hooks Noki’s head, he DEADLIFTS Noki up…WHITE DEATH!!! The Japanese superstar is DRILLED to the mat! Entragian lords over his prey, his stringy white hair masking a good amount of his facial expression, but what little CAN be seen is obvious: a devilish grin.
Other Guy: TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Eryk Masters: Dude, where and why do you come up with this stuff?
Entragian slowly begins to pick his opponent up when he gets caught from behind by a Buck Dresden sleeper hold! Entragian thrashes wildly, but he can’t shake him! Corey Lazarus bounces off of the ropes and CLIPS Entragian’s knee! The fans are popping HARD as Entragian is down to one knee!
King and Willett are slowly coming to in two separate corners while Buck keeps the sleeper on!
The horn sounds.
This is the point from which I could never return
And if I back down now then forever I burn
This is the point from which I could never retreat
Cause If I turn back now there can never be peace
This is the point from which I will die and succeed
Living the struggle, I know I’m alive when I bleed
From now on it can never be the same as before
Cause the place I’m from doesn’t exist anymore
“The Point of No Return” by Immortal Technique brings ALL attention on the entrance as ADRIAN CORAZON steps out. Trey Willett picks himself the rest of the way up off of the mat. Akira Noki is on his knees, clutching his back as he looks at Corazon slowly walking to the ring. Buck Dresden keeps the sleeper on, but his face is FURIOUS, as is Corey Lazarus! Isaac Entragian, meanwhile, is laughing maniacally.
Other Guy: This is a moment I’m sure Isaac was waiting on!
Eryk Masters: One third of the most dangerous group of men in SHOOT today, CORAZON IS IN THE REDEMPTION RUMBLE!
Corazon walks up the ring steps slowly as Corey wastes NO time in attacking him! He peppers him with HARD punches and chops, dragging him into the ring, the fans cheering HARD for the Frontline Soldier! Buck SHOVES Entragian to the mat and he joins in on the attack! Corazon is blocking many of the shots, as the fans are LOVING this! Entragian slowly begins to pick himself back up, but Trey Willett will have none of that, leaping onto Entragian and attacking him HARD with kicks! King, meanwhile, is backed into a corner, watching as Akira Noki begins to pick himself up off of the mat.
Eryk Masters: It looks like Donovan King is playing it smart now.
Other Guy: Look at who all’s in the ring, E! Trey hates Corazon, Buck and Lazarus hate Corazon, Entragian works with Corazon…I wouldn’t be surprised if Corazon killed Akira Noki’s father and Noki goes all Inigo Montoya on his ass! The only person who doesn’t out and out HATE Corazon is King!
Corazon rolls from the ring onto the ring apron, trying to gather himself but Buck follows! Buck is on the inside of the ring as Corazon is on the outside and Corazon grabs Buck, trying to drag him over the rope! Buck shouts in surprise as he is being deadlifted over the top! Corazon, the fresher of the two, is obviously overpowering Buck, but Lazarus rushes in…SHINING WIZARD TO CORAZON! Corazon falls to the ground and lands on the outside, but he is NOT eliminated! Corey drops down and checks on Buck, who is clutching his head, trying to shake loose the cobwebs.
Corazon rolls into the ring, only this time he rolls in near King. The two stare at one another.
Entragian is up now, and he looks at Trey Willett glaring at Corazon.
The horn sounds!
“Outlaw Torn” by Metallica begins to play.
Eryk Masters: Oh…my…GOD.
The entire ring freezes, the camera looking at Isaac Entragian specifically.
Other Guy: What’s going on?
Eryk Masters: It…CAN’T be!
GREYSON BLADE appears, standing at the entrance, as the fans…fucking…lose it. Blade marches down to the ring slowly, his head remaining down. He looks at no one, he says nothing, he merely marches and with each meaningful step, the fans get louder and louder.
Eryk Masters: This…is…this is HUGE! This…it doesn’t get any bigger than this!
Blade enters the ring, the fighting all but ceased. Isaac Entragian glares at Blade for a long moment before they finally make eye contact. ISAAC ENTRAGIAN AND GREYSON BLADE BEGIN TO TRADE PUNCHES! The fans are marking their little Mexican asses off as Blade takes punch, then Isaac! Blade! Isaac! Blade! Isaac! Suddenly, Isaac gets staggered…KILLSHOT!!! KILLSHOT!!! Entragian is DOWN! Blade gets up, slapping his chest, showing the audience his Family Values t-shirt, but ENTRAGIAN IS BACK UP! He glares at Blade and LEVELS him with the Mark of the Beast! Blade drops HARD. So hard, his face looks to have caved in!
Other Guy: What’s wrong with Greyson Blade’s face? Dude get some work done at a Mexican plastic surgeon?
Eryk Masters: I was…wow.
Entragian bends down and RIPS Blade’s face off!
Eryk Masters: You have GOT to be kidding me!
The fans boo MERCILESSLY as Blade is revealed as none other than acting extraordinaire…DEREK SHANE. Isaac’s face turns as red as it’s ever going to get…and Entragian DESTROYS Shane with the Boots of Blood!
Other Guy: I KNOW THAT GUY! Derek! Hey, Derek!
Other Guy takes a picture.
Other Guy: TMZ…here I come!
Entragian picks “Greyson Shane” up and LAUNCHES him over the ropes, the fans…cheering?!
Eryk Masters: The NERVE of that guy!
Other Guy: You’ve never seen his self-written off Broadway one man play Forced Love: The Stormtrooper’s Ballad!
Eryk Masters: …what.
Other Guy: I cried. Not ashamed to admit it. Like Maya Nakashima at the end of Rent, I cried.
The fans continue to cheer as Isaac Entragian glares at Shane, who throws his hands up and marches to the back. Entragian looks at the cheering fans and walks over to the corner Samantha Coil is closest to and demands her microphone. She rushes over to him and he rips the microphone from her dainty hands He stands there, staring at the Mexican audience.
Isaac Entragian: You…like that?
The fans pop BIG as they see the translation on the SHOOT Tron.
Isaac Entragian: FUCK MEXICO.
Entragian snaps around and DROPS Trey Willett with a HARD microphone shot, the fans who were cheering now booing HARD.
The horn sounds as Van Halen’s “Poundcake” picks up, the fans cheering as ROCKY STELLAR charges out from the back! He walks down to the ring, jawing at the fans, the Soldiers, even himself. He seems to have a lot on his mind. He walks up the ring steps as the battle lines begin to get more and more clearly drawn.
Eryk Masters: You’ve got the good guys on one side, the bad guys on the other…it’s insane!
Other Guy: It’s insane because the only bad guys in that ring are Adrian Corazon and Isaac Entragian!
Isaac Entragian and Adrian Corazon glare across the ring at Trey Willett, Buck Dresden, Corey Lazarus, Donovan King, Akira Noki, and Rocky Stellar.
Buck Dresden: LET’S GET ‘EM!!!!
The good guys charge at Entragian and Corazon, and the psychotic duo charge right back at them! Trey Willett, Buck Dresden, and Corey Lazarus attack Adrian Corazon, while Rocky Stellar, Donovan King, and Akira Noki attack Isaac Entragian! Corazon ducks a Buck Lariat and leaps up quickly and NAILS the Act of Inhumanity on Trey Willett! Unfortunately, it leaves him open on the ground to a Corey Lazarus quickly locking in a triangle choke hold!
Other Guy: Adrian Corazon is locked down!
Isaac Entragian headbutts Akira Noki down and manages to shove King back, but Rocky Stellar quickly catches him with a kick to the knee to bring the monster down, but Entragian is quick to get right back up! He screams at Stellar as he demands Stellar come and get him some. Stellar shrugs and locks up with the monster! Stellar gets pushed back on his heels, but he hangs on strong! Suddenly, Stellar PUSHES back on Entragian, and like two steers locked together, the two Soldiers keep pushing against one another! Akira Noki, however, has a different idea, and he catches Entragian with a belly to back suplex!
Other Guy: Akira Noki certainly doesn’t want to be left behind in this thing, he’s taking the fight right to Entragian!
The horn sounds as “Falling Higher” by Helloween kicks in as HIRO TAKAWA jogs down to the ring, pointing to his tag team partner Corey Lazarus, who is releasing the triangle hold on Corazon. Corazon shakes his head as he sees Takawa sliding into the ring. He covers his face.
Eryk Masters: BOTH members of Frontline II TURBO are in there with ONE member of the Bad Ass Brotherhood and Adrian Corazon is STILL all alone!
Takawa and Lazarus embrace as Stellar and Noki argue over the body of Entragian. Donovan King pulls Trey Willett up and the two men sit in a corner, discussing the goings on in front of them. Stellar shoves Noki, who responds with a HARD elbow to the face! Stellar staggers back and he shoves Noki HARD into the ropes! Noki leans against the ropes and Stellar advances, but it caught by an Isaac Entragian low blow!! Stellar crumbles to the mat, clutching his Stellar Rockies. Noki looks down as Isaac Entragian slowly rises to his feet in front of him.
Other Guy: Uh…oh…
Entragian glares at Noki, who shouts into his face. Entragian…grins? Noki continues to rally his fighting spirit and Entragian laughs at him. Suddenly, he gets nose to nose with Noki and screams at the top of his lungs.
Isaac Entragian: SO LONG, YOU IGNORANT PURO FUCK!
Entragian hooks both mammoth hands around Noki’s throat and sends him FLYING over the top rope!
Eryk Masters: WHOA!
Other Guy: Dude, it’s like all the guys coming to this Rumble signed a waiver saying if they gotta get eliminated, Isaac Entragian is the man to do it!
Noki cradles his head as Entragian waves goodbye to him. He turns and looks at Corazon, who has pulled himself into a corner. Hiro Takawa, Corey Lazarus, and Buck Dresden are all descending on him. Entragian slowly marches over to the three of them, but he is stopped by Donovan King putting his arm around him. Entragian turns and looks at King, who looks up to the Ivory Terror and smiles before snapping him back HARD with a side Russian leg sweep! King is quick to roll away as Rocky Stellar hits him with an elbow drop followed by a senton from Trey Willett!
Eryk Masters: Uh oh! Project:SCAR’s on the ropes!
Other Guy: Somebody strike a team pose, because shit just got real!
Frontline II TURBO and Buck Dresden are putting the boots to Corazon!
The horn sounds as “Redundant” by Green Day plays as DANNY CORSAIR SPRINTS down to the ring! He slides in and immediately pumps his fists and screams with excitement…and he promptly trips over Isaac Entragian. The fans laugh as he holds his hands up, apologizing to Entragian, who is rolling to his side. Meanwhile, Frontline II TURBO and Buck Dresden step away from Corazon, all three of them extremely happy with the job they just did on the Brutal and Inhuman. Buck slaps hands with Takawa and then Corey Lazarus…AND COREY LAZARUS SENDS BUCK DRESDEN OVER THE TOP ROPE!!
Other Guy: WHAT?!
Eryk Masters: These teams might have an allegiance, but it’s STILL a Rumble!
Dresden rolls back in the ring and begins to yell at Lazarus for breaking their nearly unspoken allegiance. Hiro Takawa stands between the two of them as they yell at one another, but Buck shoves Takawa out of the way and begins to brawl with Lazarus! They fall against the ropes as Hiro tries to break them up, but Danny Corsair begins to try to help Hiro out…AND CORAZON TOPPLES COREY LAZARUS OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH BUCK DRESDEN!
Other Guy: He might be tired from the beating, but Corazon just narrowed his adversaries down to just him and Hiro Takawa!
Corsair tries to talk to Hiro, who shoves him into Corazon. Corazon is shaking his head to clear the cobwebs out as Danny starts to talk to him. Corazon looks at him with his head cocked to the side. Corsair starts to explain himself, but Corazon…starts…to…do…sign language with him?
Eryk Masters: Is that…actually sign language?
Other Guy: I think he’s telling Danny his Mom was Helen Keller and his Dad was the Elephant Man.
Corsair looks rather confused at the definitively offensive signing Corazon is doing and he POPS Corazon in the face! Corazon glares at Corsair as Corsair POPS him again! Corazon staggers back as the fans ERUPT!! Corsair goes for a third…but that’s just too many as Corazon grabs him by his hair and LAUNCHES him over the top rope!
Corsair looks up at Corazon, continuing to yell, but Corazon merely glances down and laughs.
Adrian Corazon: I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, Danny!
Rocky, King, and Trey are trying to get Entragian over the top rope now!
The horn sounds as ALEX BROOKS does not even wait for his theme to hit! He’s sprinting HARD down the ring as “Learn To Fly” by the Foo Fighters kicks in for about a second as Brooks slides into the ring and gets IMMEDIATELY leveled by an Entragian big boot! Entragian looks down at Brooks and starts to grin from ear to ear. He lifts the underdog up and clutches both sides of his face as he HOISTS him up into the air! Brooks struggles as Entragian slowly walks over to the ropes and he THROWS Brooks over, but BROOKS GRABS THE MIDDLE ROPE! He’s holding on for dear life!
Eryk Masters: Alex Brooks, the heart of a lion, holding on for dear life here tonight!
Hiro Takawa rushes over to help bring Brooks back in, but he gets caught by a HARD Lariat from Trey Willett! Rocky Stellar picks Takawa up and puts him against the ropes, trying hard to get him eliminated while Brooks tries to get back into the ring, but Corazon is there to stop him!
Other Guy: It looks like all the alliances are breaking down in there now, Eryk!
Isaac Entragian watches all the carnage unfolding around him…until he locks eyes with none other than Donovan King. King and Entragian stand alone in the center of the ring, the two of them taking a few steps towards one another. Soon, the two of them are face to face, neither man saying a word! Suddenly, Entragian NAILS King and King staggers back…but King gets RIGHT BACK in Entragian’s face! King wipes his face where Entragian punched him and nods his head…and NAILS Entragian in the face! Brooks hits Corazon in the midsection and hits a fast sunset flip back into the ring!
King and Entragian stop their attacks on one another as the horn sounds and “Caballero” by Assassin hits as JEAN-GERARD BAPTISTE steps out. The fans boo as Baptiste stares at all of them, rather irritated by their vitriol. He looks at all the Soldiers in the ring and cocks his head to the side.
Other Guy: It looks to me like this is the SHOOT Project debut of one of the biggest free agents in history!
Eryk Masters: Okay…so…what kind of history does he have?
Baptiste walks down to the ring, his arms outstretched and a smile on his face. He walks past everyone in the ring and walks over to where Azrael Goeren had sat his chair up…and has a seat, prompting even more boos than before.
Eryk Masters: Is his history…not fighting?
Other Guy: Dude, he’s The International Icon!!
Baptiste tries to get comfortable in the chair and shakes his head, sighing as he kicks the chair away. He saunters around the ring a little bit more as Rocky Stellar and leaves Hiro Takawa alone and starts to watch Baptiste walking around the ring. In the middle of the ring, Entragian and King lock up, trying to get the upper hand on one another! Stellar continues to jaw jack at Baptiste as he scoffs at everything The ICON is saying.
Other Guy: He’s a strategic GENIUS! You know he only takes calculated risks, E.
Eryk Masters: I don’t know a damn thing about this guy, OG!
Stellar sighs and turns around to go back to focusing on Takawa and Baptiste LEAPS onto the ring apron and scurries to the top rope!
Eryk Masters: What the hell…?
Other Guy: Calculated risk, E!
Stellar turns around at the sounds behind him…FALL OF THE GUILLOTINE!! Stellar is PLANTED by Baptiste, who rolls right back out of the ring through the bottom rope! Takawa scurries to get back to his feet and he sees Stellar down on the mat. He crawls over to Stellar and stands up, but Baptiste trips him from behind!
The horn sounds as “DIM Scene” by the GazettE plays…and KENJI YAMADA slowly steps out onto the entrance.
Eryk Masters: Project:SCAR…is UNITED.
Hiro Takawa looks up at Kenji as Baptiste slides into the ring and picks Stellar up. He looks around at the fighting going on around him and he picks him up over the top rope! Stellar struggles as Baptiste is grinning from ear to ear, trying to eliminate Rocky from the match. Hiro Takawa glares at Kenji as he makes it to the ring steps. Corazon leaves Brooks alone and sneaks up on King, who is trying to bring Entragian down to the ground with a take down. He spins King around and he hoists King on his shoulders…FURY OF THE DARK HEART! KING IS DOWN!
Other Guy: Uh…oh!!
Kenji slides into the ring quickly and, like sharks that smell blood, Project:SCAR begin to swarm Hiro Takawa. Trey Willett LUNGES into the fray, attacking the three monsters while Baptiste continues to struggle on the ropes with Rocky. Suddenly, Baptiste GOUGES Stellar’s eyes and he calls out in pain…Baptiste ELIMINATES Rocky Stellar!
Eryk Masters: WOW!
Stellar holds his face on the outside as Baptiste looks down at him, mocking him as he does so. Corazon catches Trey…ACT OF INHUMANITY! Trey is OUT! Kenji holds Takawa’s head up as Entragian SLAMS him in the head with a HARD punch! Kenji begins to slowly GOUGE at Takawa’s eyes as Corazon kneels in front of him, mocking him.
The horn sounds as “I Want It All/We Will Rock You” by Armageddon and Queen plays and the fans cheer LOUDLY as CHARLES BRANDON MAGNUS runs as hard as he can into the ring! He slides in and IMMEDIATELY bumrushes Kenji Yamada off of Hiro Takawa!
Eryk Masters: The Bad Ass Brother, one half of the SHOOT Project World Tag Team Champions…Charles Brandon Magnus is HERE!
Magnus elbows Entragian back HARD as he sizes up Corazon, who is staggered against the ropes. There is nothing stopping him…he charges…MAGNUS ELIMINATES CORAZON OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A LARIAT! Kenji gets back up as Magnus is pulling Takawa up to his feet! Entragian begins to march towards Magnus and Takawa when he gets a tap on his shoulder. He turns and sees Alex Brooks who kicks him in the midsection…STARBURST!! BROOKS HAS FLATTENED ISAAC ENTRAGIAN! Magnus and Takawa glare at Kenji, who is trying to get to his feet now. Magnus and Takawa demand he get up, the fans loving this!
Eryk Masters: This is going to get good, OG! Corazon is GONE…Entragian is OUT…it’s just Kenji versus one half of the Brotherhood and one half of Frontline!
Kenji slowly gets to his feet as Takawa gets himself primed…but his ankle is held! The fans boo as Takawa turns around and sees BAPTISTE on the outside, having slid out and is still legal! Takawa tries to shake him off, but Kenji wastes no time DUCKING a Magnus Lariat and DESTROYING Hiro Takawa with a Lariat to send him FLYING over the ropes and to elimination! Yamada glares down at Baptiste who is sliding back into the ring, safe and sound! Baptiste gets up, looking over at Yamada when suddenly BAPTISTE IS ELIMINATED BY A SURPRISE TREY WILLETT! Trey lifts Baptiste’s legs up OVER his head and sends him crashing DOWN to the ringside area!
Eryk Masters: Jean-Gerard Baptiste played it smart, but he didn’t see Trey Willett coming!
Other Guy: A calculated risk doesn’t ALWAYS pay off, E.
Entragian is finally back up!
The horn sounds.
The bass drops.
“Signal To Noise” by Peter Gabriel plays as the fans are STUNNED at the shadow coming out from the entrance.
Eryk Masters: NO WAY!
OUTKAST CHARGES THE RING!! He slides into the ring and is IMMEDIATELY grabbed and TOSSED back out by Entragian!
Other Guy: OutKast is BACK…and now he’s GONE!
Eryk Masters: WAIT! THAT’S NOT OUTKAST!
The camera catches DEREK SHANE as he marches back to the locker rooms, already rubbing the make up off of his face. He shakes his head, obviously disappointed his second acting gig of the evening was a failure all the way around.
Other Guy: DUDE! He was a dude…disguised as a dude…disguised as ANOTHER dude!
Eryk Masters: And the SAME dude eliminated him! TWICE!
Entragian laughs as Shane disappears to the back. The fans continue to boo Shane’s ruse as Magnus and Kenji make eye contact yet again. Entragian slowly saunters over to try and help Kenji, but Alex Brooks is BACK in Isaac’s face! He bravely attacks Entragian, only this time Trey Willett is there to help him out! They stagger the beast, as Entragian blocks their attacks as best he can, yet they continue to overwhelm him! Donovan King is back in a corner, resting, watching as Trey and Brooks get Entragian on the ropes!
Other Guy: The herd’s been thinned out here and I’ve gotta tell you, Trey Willett’s handled himself very, very well. Can you believe he’s been in there since the beginning of this?
Eryk Masters: As we reach what I’m being told is well over the one hour mark, Trey’s proving why he could hang with the best of them before he took his hiatus not so long ago.
Entragian punches Trey in the forehead, making the 2010 Face of the Year fall back, clutching his head. Entragian wastes no time in whipping Brooks to the ropes. He catches Brooks FAST and NAILS the Fangbanger! Brooks’s head SNAPS off of the mat from the impact of the slam as Entragian slowly lifts him up from the mat. He points to the side of the ring a slowly drags him to the ropes. King makes his move then, as Brooks is laid against the ropes, King tumbles Isaac off of his feet! King screams to Brooks to get his head right as it looks more and more impossible that he can’t do it alone!
Eryk Masters: If Alex Brooks can wake up in time, we might finally see somebody capable of upending the Ivory Terror!
Brooks tries to shake off the cobwebs as Kenji Yamada pokes Magnus’s eye to free himself! Magnus drops to his knees as Kenji leaves him be, rushing over and clubbing King from behind!
Kenji and Entragian try to get King toppled over the ropes!
Brooks comes to and pulls Kenji away, trying to bring Kenji over with King!
The horn sounds.
Eryk Masters: Oh NO…
Other Guy: YES! HIERARCHY! The Redemption Rumble just got a whole lot more interesting!
The Dubstep remix of “Change(in the house of flies)” by the Deftones hits the speakers and a lone "X" burns into the white background of the SHOOTron. Moments later, X-Calibur, with The Russian Assassin lurking behind him in his potato sack of shame, slowly steps out from the back. As he flips through the pages of his Redemption Rumble Survival Guide, he pays absolutely no mind to the DEAFENING boos raining down upon him. Studying the self-authored book all the way down the aisle, he finally peers up from the pages once he reaches ringside. Closing the book shut, he hands it to Yuri, pointing over at the announce booth.
Eryk Masters: Hope you studied that “guide” good, X. The size of the target that you painted on your back tells me that you’re going to need all the help you can get.
Other Guy: I hope Yuri doesn’t mind if I take a look!
Once Yuri returns from handing the book to the announce booth, X-Calibur slides under the bottom rope and into the ring, officially entering the Rumble. X looks down at Magnus and cocks his head to the side, as if he is a curious predator, staring down at potential dinner. X laughs as he steps over Magnus and holds his arms out to Kenji, who has now noticed him. Eryk, meanwhile, has noticed something else.
Bryan Harris: Well, hello, fellas!
Eryk Masters: OH COME ON!
Other Guy: Hi, Bryan!
Bryan Harris: Sorry I couldn’t make it before when Azrael made his amazing arrival. I was detained with that whole “Not caring about the Rumble” thing.
Eryk Masters: But you care now?
Brooks, having saved King from elimination, is now engaged in a fight with Entragian. King DESTROYS Kenji from behind with a Roaring Elbow and the fans POP…as King and X-Calibur are face to face! X and King stare at one another, but King wastes no time with a SHOT to the head, rocking X back! X tries to hit him, but he is countered with a HARD shot! X throws a punch, but it is countered into ANOTHER shot! X is against the ropes now, he throws on final punch, King counters it, he NAILS X and sends X OVER the ropes!
Eryk Masters: YES!
Bryan Harris: NO!
Other Guy: MAYBE SO!
X flies over…and he lands HARD…on YURI! The fans boo as Yuri stands there, holding X as if he were a newborn baby, keeping him from being eliminated! King slams his hands on the top rope, frustrated as Yuri walks X to the other side of the ring, rolls him in, and proceeds to step back and watch the events unfold.
Eryk Masters: With Goeren STILL not back from before and X being saved by Yuri over and over, this night looks like it’s FILLED with Hierarchy shenanigans!
Bryan Harris: That’s the place with the goofy shit on the wall and the cheese sticks, right?
King goes towards X again, but X rolls under the bottom rope to the outside again, walking over to Yuri and the two begin to whisper to one another. King quickly goes to get X, but Kenji clubs him from behind! X rolls back into the ring, laughing as King is overwhelmed by Kenji. X is soon involved, though, when Charles Brandon Magnus rushes him, trying to get him eliminated!
Other Guy: Magnus is looking to make a name for himself tonight!
Bryan Harris: Maybe some other time, Fagnus, this ain’t your time!
Magnus tries to get X thrown out, but Kenji uses that chance to rush him from behind and topple him! X manages to get around and both Kenji and X are pushing Magnus over the top rope now! Magnus tries to struggle, but Yuri grabs his arm from outside the ring!
Other Guy: Hang on, Magnus!
Eryk Masters: What chance does he have when he’s got a guy on the outside bringing him out?
X and Kenji give one final look to one another…and they shove Magnus the rest of the way over! Magnus is eliminated!
The horn sounds as “Defy You” by Offspring plays as FLASH! Dynamite runs down to the ring! He slides in, only to catch a HARD clothesline from Entragian! Entragian lifts Dynamite off of the mat and latches onto his throat, HOISTS him high…and CHOKESLAMS him back to the outside!
Eryk Masters: And now FLASH is gone!
Other Guy: It wasn’t THAT long ago that the Flying Avengers were an actual threat…what happened?
Bryan Harris: LEGACY closed and you guys got some REAL talent.
Eryk Masters: I’d stack Corazon or Trey Willett or Donovan King against any member of your alumni, Harris.
Bryan Harris: Even X-Calibur?
Other Guy: Oh God…COME ON, GUYS.
X and Kenji look over to King, but Kenji grabs X and tosses him to the ropes! He tries to get the member of Hierarchy out, but Trey clubs Kenji from behind! Trey throws Kenji to the mat as X holds himself to the top rope. He looks at Trey and gives him a thumbs up, but Trey merely glares at him before he moves to go after the partner of Adrian Corazon. Trey turns his back and X IMMEDIATELY catches him and HURLS him over the top rope! Trey lands on the apron, but X SNAPS OFF an X-TERMINATOR, Trey’s throat bouncing off of the top rope!
Bryan Harris: HA HA HA HA HA! BYE BYE TREY WILLETT!
Trey Willett is DOWN AND OUT on the outside, finally eliminated! X laughs at Trey for choosing Kenji as the greater evil over him as he looks around the ring. Entragian and Brooks are still going at it while Kenji is slowly coming to. King, meanwhile, is picking himself up off of the mat. X looks at the carnage and he rolls out of the ring, going back to his guidebook to many boos from the fans.
Bryan Harris: I can’t believe you have such disrespectful fans here in Mexico, SHOOT. Where did you get these guys?
Eryk Masters: They paid for their tickets.
Bryan Harris: How? Is this what the American government plans to do to illegals they deport back? Make them watch idiots like Donovan King or Alex Brooks get overwhelmed by TRUE talent like Project:SCAR’s crazy asses of X-Calibur’s insane surplus of godliness?
Eryk Masters: You know New York just legalized gay marriage, if you and X move to Rochester and run a bed and breakfast together, I think now’s your chance!
Bryan Harris: Shut up.
The horn sounds with no music as EL ASSO WIPO runs down to the ring, making snapping motions with his hands. He shouts at the fans and at the Soldiers as he gets into the ring, ready for war!
Other Guy: Welp, El Asso Wipo, ladies and gentlemen!
Bryan Harris: A truly amazing talent, of that there is no doubt.
Eryk Masters: …are you guys high?
El Asso glares at Brooks, Entragian, Kenji, X, and King. Everyone has ceased their struggles as they all look back at the insane…um…luchador. He points at each one of them and screams at the top of his lungs TCHA!
Other Guy: That means he’s going to break you.
Bryan Harris: With his knee!
Eryk Masters: I’m getting kinda sick here.
El Asso demands that someone attack him so that he may BREAK THEM! TCHA! WITH HIS KNEE! X shrugs and saunters over to El Asso, but El Asso wastes NO time and he NAILS a BACKBREAKER to X! He screams at everyone and King is up next, catching a backbreaker! El Asso shouts to everyone that THIS is their fate! Kenji shakes his head and rubs his temples as El Asso goes after HIM and connects with a BACKBREAKER! El Asso SCREAMS to the point that he looks to be starting to sweat simply by all of his screaming.
Eryk Masters: I guess nobody’s seen this level of madness in the ring before in this match! El Asso Wipo is…pardon my pun…wiping the floor with these guys!
El Asso rushes after Brooks and he SNAPS him with a BACKBREAKER! Now, all alone, Isaac Entragian gulps back what might actually (but probably isn’t) a small amount of fear as El Asso Wipo points to him, ready to exact back breaking VENGEANCE! Entragian looks at Kenji, who is on the mat in pain. He looks at X, who is on the mat in pain. He looks to King, who is on the mat in pain. He looks to Alex Brooks, who is on the mat in pain! Pain looks to be in Entragian’s future and it’s being giftwrapped by El Asso WIPO!
Bryan Harris: ISAAC! SAVE YOURSELF, MAN! GET OUT OF THE RING!
Entragian backs himself into the corner as El Asso Wipo slowly marches towards him!
“You Don’t Know Me At All” by Lillian Garcia plays as TANYA BLACK makes her way out to the ring! She takes a moment to stretch as she hears the fans cheering her on. She runs down to the ring and rolls underneath the bottom rope, ready to take on any foe…but NOT ready for the El Asso Wipo BACKBREAKER! TCHA!
Bryan Harris: BE AFRAID, BLACK LADY!
Other Guy: Black Lady isn’t a good name for you to use for Tanya Black.
El Asso Wipo turns his head to see Entragian, AND ENTRAGIAN SENDS HIM SAILING OVER THE TOP ROPE! El Asso Wipo’s reign of backbreaking terror is over! Entragian looks down at Tanya Black and steps over her aching body, going over to check on Kenji Yamada. Meanwhile, X slides to a corner where Yuri hands him a bottle of Gatorade. X takes a swig as he glances over to Tanya Black, who is slowly picking herself up off of the mat. King, meanwhile, is still on his stomach, breathing heavily. Alex Brooks, however, is up on his feet…and he’s staring a hole through X.
Bryan Harris: X! MOOOOOOOVE!!
X looks up and gets FLATTENED by a Shining Wizard from Alex Brooks! The fans POP as Brooks sprawls over onto X and begins to soften him up with punch after punch! The fans cheer for him as he leaves X dizzy, lemon lime Gatorade drooling from his mouth! Brooks is up, looking around at the people in the ring with him and he sees the two members of Project:SCAR looming over the body of Donovan King, who is slowly coming to.
They pick him up, dragging him to the side of the ring!
The horn sounds and the fans look to the entrance…but they see no one. The cameras look around the arena, trying to find who is coming out. “Disposable Heroes” by Metallica comes on the PA system, and nobody can find anybody. Even the people in the ring are looking around, trying hard to find who is coming out. Suddenly, we find the scaffolding is spotlighted, and we see none other…than JAMES. SLYNN.
Eryk Masters: That’s James Slynn…a DIWF vet, right?
Bryan Harris: I’m glad you didn’t say a legend. DIWF is about as legendary as rotten.com or goatse.
Other Guy: He’s not…really moving.
Suddenly, Slynn FALLS! Rather…Slynn floats?
Eryk Masters: That’s…that’s a cardboard cut out. Of James Slynn.
Other Guy: Really?
Bryan Harris: HAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh…OH…oh you guys…you have a damn piece of CARDBOARD in the running to win the Redemption Rumble. FANTASTIC.
The cut out is…BEING CROWD SURFED to the ring.
Bryan Harris: Ladies and gentlemen…CARDBOARD JAMES SLYNN.
Entragian and Yamada drop King and exit the ring through the middle ropes. They point to the cardboard cut out and take it from a fan, sliding it into the ring. They slide in behind it, looking at it for a long moment. X is looking at the cardboard, visibly annoyed at it as the fans cheer it on. King picks himself up as Brooks and Tanya Black look at it, rather confused. Entragian and Kenji both shrug…AND PUT THE BOOTS TO IT. The fans BOO as Kenji and Entragian dent and damage the cardboard, Slynn’s expression obviously NEVER changing.
Bryan Harris: He…uh…he’s not really…I hate to use an insider term…but he’s not really sellin’, is he? HAHAHAHA!
Other Guy: You just wait, he’s gonna hulk up in just a few!
Eryk Masters: I’m in hell. I am seriously in hell.
Entragian and Kenji pick the cardboard Slynn up…AND THEY RIP IT IN TWO. Kenji drops the bottom half as Entragian Frisbee launches the upper half out of the ring over the top rope!
Eryk Masters: I guess…I hope…that settles that.
Bryan Harris: NOPE! Slynn’s still alive! His feet are still in! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Entragian and Yamada look at the others in the ring, as all fighting has stopped. They shrug.
Yamada NAILS King in the head as Black and Brooks go back to fighting Entragian!
X-Calibur, meanwhile, leans against the ropes, utterly relaxed.
The horn sounds as “Deadly Sinners” by 3 Inches of Blood plays. Out from the back comes MURDERHOUSE MICK. The fans give a very small reaction, but Mick does not care. He saunters down to the ring, a ratty old golf club carrier strapped to his back. The carrier has a board in it, a baseball bat, a yard stick, another bat, a nine iron, and what looks like a radio antenna snapped off. Mick grins as he looks at the people in the ring.
Eryk Masters: MURDERHOUSE Mick…that’s MURDERHOUSE in ALL CAPS for our internet audience out there…is one half of a tag team with a guy called Cinder Block. Mick’s making his debut here tonight and he’s drawn one heck of a good number!
Mick throws his bag into the ring and pulls out the yardstick. Entragian and Kenji walk up to him, automatically wanting to know what he plans to do with the weapons. Mick looks at the yard stick and sits it down, instead reaching down into the carrier and pulling out the baseball bat. He quickly NAILS Kenji in the midsection with the bat! Entragian goes to attack him, but he ducks Entragian and buckles Entragian with a bat shot to the back of his knee! Mick charges at X, who rolls right back out of the ring! He turns and Brooks and Tanya Black meet him with a double dropkick! Mick drops the bat and staggers into the turnbuckle RIGHT into a SPLASH from King! King points to Brooks and Tanya and he whips Mick into them, but Mick counters with a double clothesline to bring both of them down! King charges at Mick and he TACKLES King down to the mat!
Eryk Masters: This MURDERHOUSE Mick dude is…really intense.
Other Guy: I’ve often wondered what a cosplay Casey Jones would look like.
Mick sprawls over King and HEADBUTTS him HARD with the HARD hockey mask! King’s lip is busted immediately as Mick gets off of him, only to be face to face with Isaac Entragian, who NAILS Mick in the face with the Mark of the Beast! Mick SLAMS to the mat, flattened by the attack! Entragian gets Kenji’s attention, who is slowly coming to, and wants to get Mick out of there! Suddenly, Entragian is SLAPPED on the back by the yard stick! The fans POP as they see Tanya Black, holding the yard stick! She looks down at the stick as Entragian turns around and FRIES his chest with the stick again, snapping it! Entragian cradles his chest as he staggers away…RIGHT into a King Dealbreaker! Entragian is OUT!
Brooks, Black, and King go after Kenji!
The horn sounds as “Over the Mountains” by Ozzy Osbourne plays. CINDER BLOCK saunters down to the ring, walking with a mission. He carries out, obviously, a cinder block. In the ring, MURDERHOUSE Mick is back up and he TRAPS Tanya Black’s head with the Try to Breathe! Cinder Block enters the ring, glaring at Kenji, who is holding on for dear life while King and Brooks try to eliminate him. X slowly slides into the ring yet again, taking a good look at the situation. He turns to Yuri, who shrugs his shoulders. X slowly slides…right back out again. Mick tosses Black to the ground, proud of his work. Cinder Block glares at everyone in the ring and HEADBUTTS the cinder block in his hands, breaking the block.
Bryan Harris: It’s good to know SHOOT Project prescreens its potential employees for concussions and mental stability.
Eryk Masters: We do what we can.
Cinder steps OVER the top rope and grabs a hold of Brooks, prying him off of Kenji and King. He has a firm grasp on Brooks as he hoists him HIGH in the air ONE HANDED. Kenji fights King off and makes his way to Isaac’s side as Isaac is beginning to come to. Brooks tries to wiggle free, but to no avail! Cinder begins to laugh maniacally as he walks over to the ropes, ready to eliminate the much smaller Brooks! Suddenly, King TAGS Cinder in the face with a drop kick and he falls back, Brooks, landing on the top rope, keeping himself from falling over onto the apron! Cinder staggers backwards as Tanya Black yells for help against him! Cinder Block falls against the ropes as Tanya, by herself, has a hold of his tree trunk sized leg! Cinder glares down at her when suddenly, he notices Brooks has the other leg!
Bryan Harris: I continue my point that SHOOT Project hires the mentally retarded.
Eryk Masters: That’s just the level of courage these two have, Harris. He’s as big as a damn house, so it stands to reason they’re going to have to work together to bring the monster down!
Bryan Harris: Courage and retardation straddle a very fine line, Masters.
King is there now, helping Tanya Black out with her leg while Brooks is still by himself on the other leg. X slides into the ring again and runs over, taking a hold of the leg with Brooks and suddenly Cinder Block is DEFINITELY in trouble!
Cinder Block is almost all the way over the top rope!
CINDER BLOCK HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!
The horn sounds as “March or Die” by Motorhead kicks in. STOMPER comes out now, jogging down to the ring. He seems rather confused, almost depressed, as he slides into the ring…right into the grasp of Isaac Entragian. Entragian looks dazed, furious, as he takes a hold of Stomper. Instead of tossing him, though, Isaac backs him into a corner…and UNLEASHES on him with punches! Stomper falls to the mat as Entragian continues to pepper him with punches and kicks! MURDERHOUSE Mick rushes over and starts to choke Stomper with the nine iron! Kenji joins in and puts his kicks in as well!
Other Guy: Wow…um…
Eryk Masters: Entragian was angry, but my God…Kenji and Mick just look like they’re having fun with it.
Tanya Black looks down at her feet and is confused by the torn remains of a piece of cardboard. She picks it up and it is revealed to be…feet. She shrugs and tosses it over the top rope.
Bryan Harris: MY FAVORITE TO PLACE SECOND IN THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!
Entragian lifts Stomper up…and STOMPER fights back! He punches Kenji, then Mick, and then Entragian, trying to free himself from the corner! The fans actually…CHEER?! Stomper shoves Kenji out of the way and he gets Mick against the ropes, but Entragian is right back there and TOSSES Stomper out of the ring FACE FIRST. Mick turns to Entragian but X-Calibur is in the ring, sneaks past Entragian, and FLATTENS Mick against the ropes with a Lariat! Mick is against the ropes, X charges again, ANOTHER LARIAT and MICK IS OUT.
X looks over at Entragian and gives him a thumbs up!
The horn sounds as DINA BRYCE sprints HARD down to the ring, no theme music even getting a chance to start playing! She attacks Tanya Black, then Alex Brooks, then X-Calibur, then Donovan King, then Kenji Yamada, then Isaac Entragian, and she is EXTREMELY excited to be in the ring at this point! She cries out, ready for her next challenge, and she gets it…in the form of Isaac Entragian sending her FLYING over the top rope!
Other Guy: Well THAT was fast!
Eryk Masters: That’s GOT to be some kind of Redemption record for Isaac Entragian. I mean, the guy’s eliminated something close to ten people!
Bryan Harris: That one he was going for time, wasn’t he?
Entragian grins from ear to ear as Kenji Yamada and he regroup. Tanya Black, Alex Brooks, and Donovan King are also regrouping on the other side of the ring. Meanwhile, X-Calibur is in his own corner of the ring, with Yuri there with the guide book, giving X some tips on survival. King, Black, and Brooks discuss no strategy, merely picking out targets. Entragian and Yamada, meanwhile, pick their own targets. Kenji quickly rushes at Brooks like Entragian again targets King. X-Calibur, meanwhile, slowly moves towards Tanya Black and offers to help her eliminate someone. She looks at him like he’s got three heads and she NAILS him with a punch! X falls back against the ropes and she grabs his leg, trying to eliminate him!
Eryk Masters: DO IT, GIRL! GET HIM OUT OF THERE!
Bryan Harris: DON’T DO IT, YOU IGNORANT BITCH! THAT’S X-BY-GOD-CALIBUR!
Tanya is struggling as X fights back, elbowing her in the head. She clutches the back of her head as he tries to regain his balance, but she charges him yet again! She bum rushes him AND GETS X OVER THE TOP ROPE! He holds himself up on the top rope, the fans are POPPING as she attacks him with an elbow, but he reaches up…X LOCKS IN THE BITE OF THE BASILISK OVER THE TOP ROPE!
Bryan Harris: THERE WE GO! STELLAR WHO?! LOCO WHO!?! HAHAHAHA!
Yuri rushes up and HOLDS X up as he keeps the hold applied! Tanya screams bloody murder, trying to get the hold broken, but to no avail!
X-Calibur: YURI! CARRY ME, MY RUSSIAN STALLION!
Yuri does what he’s told and he DRAGS X away from the ring! The fans are booing as Tanya goes OVER the ropes with them! X lets her go and she crashes to the ground, ELIMINATED! X points and laughs at her while Yuri carries him around the ring to the other side. He rolls X back in, safe and sound!
The horn sounds as “Points of Authority” by Linkin Park plays. STEPHEN RAWLINGS comes out with a smirk on his face, his arms outstretched. He walks down to the ring, shaking his head with a laugh at the people in the ring, as well as the fans themselves. He walks up the ring steps and gets into the ring. He looks around at everyone, laughing his smug laugh as he does so.
Bryan Harris: Now this? THIS is someone you should learn to admire, SHOOT fans. Stephen Rawlings. Mr. Future Champion himself. He’s superb. He’s superlative. He’s half man, half amazing. He’s…
Other Guy: Eliminated.
King DESTROYS Stephen Rawlings with a Lariat, tossing him over the ropes to the floor! Rawlings looks positively INCENSED as he looks at King in the ring! He shakes his head and slowly marches right back up the ramp to the back of the arena. Meanwhile, Kenji and Entragian start the beat down on Alex Brooks yet again! Entragian NAILS him with the Mark of the Beast while Kenji catches him before he lands and hooks him up and NAILS the PROMINENT SCAR! Brooks is OUT on the mat as the two members of Project:SCAR loom over his body!
Eryk Masters: Oh man…Alex Brooks is out of it. It isn’t looking good for him…
Kenji and Entragian look at one another and then back down to Brooks. They bend down and pick the body up, who is completely limp. Once both men get the body up, they slowly drag it to the ropes and drape it against them. King rushes at them, but X runs behind them and low blows him! He grabs a hold of King’s head and hooks both arms…and NAILS an Alienator! He laughs at hitting OutKast’s finisher on The Last Scion, and watches as the two members of Project:SCAR lift Brooks up by his legs!
Brooks is coming to!
X walks over to where Yuri is and starts to shoot the shit, laughing and joking with the Russian.
The horn sounds as “One Room Disco” by Perfume hits! MAYA NAKASHIMA comes out, staring at everyone and everything! Maya keeps the bandanna pulled tightly against his nose as he walks down to the ringside area. He sees Brooks struggling with the two members of Project:SCAR and he sees X-Calibur, who is looking at him and waving with a grin. He also sees Donovan King on the mat, clutching his head, barely moving. He gets into the ring and X walks over to him, pointing at Entragian and Yamada as well as the prone King.
Eryk Masters: I think this means that X is definitely in the head of Maya Nakashima. If he can’t shake his nerves, he’s just going to be a pawn to X-Calibur.
X walks over and picks King up, asking Maya to come and help him out. He does so, picking King up with him. The fans seem a bit reticent to cheer the anxious Maya on, but they definitely cheer as Alex Brooks hangs on for dear life on the opposite side of the ring. X gets King to the ropes, but King throws an elbow to back X off of him! X backs off as King gets his footing, and King shoves Maya out of the way. King yells at Maya, pointing at X.
Bryan Harris: Don’t believe King’s lies, Miss Nakashima!
Eryk Masters: Why, oh God why, are you even here?
Bryan Harris: I am a paid representative of Hierarchy, LLC.
Eryk Masters: OF course.
X smiles at Maya and shakes his head no. Maya walks over and locks up with King! Entragian catches a boot from Brooks and backs off while Brooks grabs Kenji by the head! The fans are cheering as Brooks is OVER the ropes and Kenji is halfway up as well! Maya whips King, but King reverses and HURLS Maya as HARD as he can…and he RAMS into the back of Kenji Yamada, sending Kenji OVER THE ROPES TO THE FLOOR!! Brooks lies on the ring apron for a second before he rolls into the ring.
Isaac Entragian is FURIOUS.
The fans are cheering Maya!
The horn sounds as “The American Dream” by Walls of Jericho kicks in. ALEX CRUZ runs down to the ring and hops to the ring apron. He LEAPS off the ropes and hits a HUGE flying cross body block on X-Calibur! The fans cheer as Alex Cruz immediately slaps hands with a wary Maya and a confused King! He runs over to Alex Brooks and checks up on him, trying to make sure he’s okay. Entragian, meanwhile, takes a hold of Cruz’s head and slowly pulls him off of Brooks. He gets directly in Cruz’s face and THROWS him from the ring…but Cruz catches himself on the rope!
Eryk Masters: Alex Cruz isn’t gonna go out without a fight!
Cruz leaps back onto the top rope and LEAPS off, catching Entragian with a HUGE flying dropkick! Entragian is staggered against the ropes and King topples him OVER! The fans POP as Entragian lands on the apron, sliding back into the ring to avoid elimination. King puts the boots to Entragian as Cruz locks up with Maya! He whips Maya to the ropes, but Maya leaps up to the middle rope and flies off with a HUGE spinning elbow! Maya scrambles to his feet and leaps HIGH into the air and hits a picture perfect senton splash on Cruz!
The horn sounds and “Station” by Russian Circles plays.
The fans…fucking…LOSE IT.
JONAS COLEMAN steps out, a slight limp in his step. He walks down to the ring slowly, grimacing as the fans cheer HARD for him. The people in the ring look at him as he slowly walks around the ring, slapping a few hands here and there.
Bryan Harris: He needs to get in the ring and, man, he needs to do SOMETHING.
Eryk Masters: This guy went through HELL.
Jonas glares at the people in the ring and sees the golf bag left behind by MURDERHOUSE Mick. He reaches in and pulls out a jet black baseball bat.
Other Guy: Well, give him face paint and a trench coat and we have the Hardcore Sting!
Coleman rolls into the ring and locks eyes with Isaac Entragian. Entragian is starting to feel the effects of his time in the Rumble, and he backs down. X-Calibur, meanwhile, is fresh. Fresh…and perfect for Jonas. He walks towards X, who bails to the outside! The only problem is…Jonas follows him.
Bryan Harris: You people are insane. Weapons in a battle royal? Where’s the ART of pro wrestling?!
Coleman charges at X, who actually high tails it up the ramp! Coleman sits the bat down, frustrated that the most annoying guy in the Rumble has ran up the ramp. Coleman gets into the ring and turns around to see Alex Cruz come at him. He catches Cruz and growls in his face, less man and more beast. He has a hold on Cruz so tight his knuckles are white. Suddenly, he tosses Cruz HARD from the ring. He turns around and glares at X, who has slowly made his way to the ringside area.
The horn sounds as “The Imperial March” by John Williams plays. THE EXECUTIONER has shown up…and the fans are fucking loving it. Executioner glares at everyone in the ring, swinging his MASSIVE…and fake…plastic axe. He walks up the ring steps, walking on the ring apron. Everyone in the ring has stopped what they are doing, watching him. He walks to the other side of the ring apron. Then the other. Then the other. Now he’s back where he started. He continues to glare at everyone with evil intent. Isaac Entragian, Donovan King, and Jonas Coleman have all congregated to where he is. He steps through the ropes and is IMMEDIATELY lifted back up by the three of them and DUMPED out of the ring!
Eryk Masters: OHHHH SO CLOSE!
Executioner is baffled and…rather furious. He marches over to the booth and snatches a microphone from Samantha Coil.
The Executioner: Okay shut up! That wasn’t fair and that doesn’t count because you can’t throw people over the top rope because it’s illegal and it’s a disqualification and plus you could really hurt somebody and they could fall on their head and die. SO THEREFORE FOOLISH MORTALS: YOUR WINNER AND STILL UNDEFEATED CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE – THE EXECUTIONER! HAH HAH HAH!!!
“Wild Thing” by X plays, the Mexican fans singing along somewhat.
YOU MAKE MY HEART SING
Executioner begins to play his battle axe as an air guitar as he walks up the entrance, nodding his head to his music as everyone in the ring looks rather…confused.
Bryan Harris: What is that…I don’t even…
He finally disappears to the back as his music fades out. Jonas Coleman and Donovan King look at Isaac Entragian for a moment of silence, soaking in the fact that they have all lost in the eyes of The Executioner, and King and Jonas immediately attack Entragian, trying to remove him from the ring as well.
The horn sounds as Mudvayne’s “Scream With Me” plays. Out from the back comes…JAIME ALEJANDRO. He pounds his fists to the ground. He pops back up and glares at everyone. Suddenly, he CHARGES the ring, slides in, and IMMEDIATELY plants Jonas Coleman with an STO! He pops back up and catches King with an EXPLODER suplex! Maya gets him with a drop kick, but Alejandro bounces off of the ropes and CLOBBERS Alex Brooks with a Lariat!!
Eryk Masters: Jaime Alejandro is BACK in SHOOT Project!
Alejandro turns and looks at X-Calibur and then to Isaac Entragian. X motions to Isaac they should work together. Isaac smirks and nods at X. Alejandro beckons for both of them to come fight him. Isaac’s up first, going for Mark of the Beast, but Alejandro ducks underneath…RIGHT INTO AN X-TERMINATOR! Alejandro tries to get back up, but he can’t. X smirks for a moment until Entragian OBLITERATES X with a GORE! X is OUT on the mat as Entragian gets back up, flipping his hair back, only to come face to face with JONAS COLEMAN.
Bryan Harris: Jonas, back off, man. That guy’s…you know…he was THISCLOSE to getting in The Hierarchy.
Other Guy: What eliminated him from contention?
Bryan Harris: Didn’t have his cross stitching merit badge.
Eryk Masters: Hierarchy has a cross stitching merit badge?
Other Guy: Hierarchy uses merit badges?
Entragian and Jonas Coleman get in one another’s faces, neither man saying anything.
The horn sounds…and no music. The fans, however, are growing more and more confused until all of a sudden, CRAZY BOY slides into the ring from the audience.
Bryan Harris: GET UP, X! This is your chance to avenge that loss from Crazy Boy TWO TIMES!
Crazy Boy looks around the ring as Jonas Coleman and Isaac Entragian continue to glare at one another. Crazy Boy slowly drags Jaime Alejandro from where he is slowly recovering and checks up on him. Entragian pushes Coleman and Jonas NAILS him with a HARD right! He PEPPERS Entragian with right after right, bringing Entragian dangerously close to the edge of the ropes, but X LOW BLOWS Jonas! Jonas doubles over in pain and X catches him with a European uppercut right into a HUGE chokeslam from Entragian!!
Other Guy: Good GOD Jonas has GOT to be hurt!
Entragian stands back up…ONLY TO CATCH AN X-TERMINATOR. X pops up, VERY happy with himself as he sees Maya slowly getting to his feet. He turns to the entrance and waves for someone to come on down. He goes over to him, puts his arm around him, and helps him the rest of the way up. He hugs Maya, who seems very confused. The fans begin to boo as AZRAEL GOEREN begins to make his way back down to ringside, looking EXTREMELY relaxed.
Eryk Masters: WELL. It’s about time.
Bryan Harris: It’s important in matches of this magnitude to get a halftime reprieve.
Other Guy: Dude, there’s no intermissions in professional wrestling.
Goeren saunters to the ring, a grin on his face as he applauds X. He takes his previous seat and has Yuri come to his side. X looks at him and points at Maya. Goeren nods. Suddenly, X is hit from behind by Alex Brooks! Brooks whips X to the ropes and X catches him and hits him HARD in the face with a clothesline that spins Brooks around in the air!
The horn sounds as “Devil’s Dime” by the Black Label Society begins to play, bringing the fans to boo LOUDLY as CRONOS DIAMANTE comes out. Brooks picks his head up and sees Cronos saunter down to the ring. He slides into the ring and stares at Brooks, who seems groggy. Cronos looks at X, who seems rather interested in what Cronos might want to have happen here. Entragian glares at Cronos for a long moment as he begins to pick himself up off of the mat. X freaks out and slides back out of the ring as Entragian is slowly standing tall. Cronos and Entragian stand, with Brooks between them.
Eryk Masters: Okay, this is a big moment. Cronos Diamante and Isaac Entragian are face to face!
Cronos grins as Entragian picks Brooks up…but Brooks shoves Entragian away and attacks Cronos! He is wailing away on Cronos, PUNCH after PUNCH, bringing Cronos against the ropes, but Entragian hits him from behind! Brooks is staggered, but King and Maya attack Entragian! Cronos moves away from the ropes as Brooks rests against them. Cronos measures him, smirks, and ELIMINATES ALEX BROOKS WITH A YAKUZA KICK! Brooks lands FLAT on the outside as Cronos straddles the top rope! He grins and waves goodbye to Alex Brooks until Jonas Coleman DUMPS him over the top rope to the floor!
Other Guy: Cronos is ELIMINATED!
Cronos glares at Jonas and shakes his head as he leaves Brooks’ body on the floor. He steps over him and walks away from the ringside area, completely oblivious to being eliminated.
The horn sounds as “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” by AC/DC hits. The people in the arena ERUPT into cheers as DIAMOND…DEL…CARVER…HAS ARRIVED.
Eryk Masters: HE IS HERE! HE IS HERE!!
Carver marches to the ring, keeping his head down. He walks up the ring steps and into the ring. He stands there, looking at everyone in the ring. X-Calibur and Azrael Goeren are up, watching from outside the ring. King and Maya stop fighting with Entragian, and Jonas Coleman stops as well. Jaime Alejandro and Crazy Boy seem almost in awe of Carver. He does not move, keeping his head down when suddenly he TEARS Crazy Boy’s head off! The fans pop HUGE as he turns and NAILS the Diamond Cutter on Jaime Alejandro! He gets up fast…but his…wig falls off. And the boos rain down.
Bryan Harris: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
DEREK SHANE. Entragian throws his hands in the air as Diamond Del Shane rushes at Entragian, who IMMEDIATELY HURLS him over the top rope to the floor! Shane slaps the mat after having been eliminated by Entragian THREE times. He marches to the back, yelling about getting it right in just a second.
Bryan Harris: Oh…oh is he coming BACK out?
Shane disappears to the back as Entragian nods his head at King and Maya attacking both of them immediately! Outside the ring, Goeren and X converse about what is apparently the weather. Alejandro motions to Crazy Boy to go help Maya and King eliminate Entragian while he handles Jonas Coleman, who is beckoning them to come fight him.
The horn sounds as “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” by AC/DC begins to play. The fans seem to want to pop again…but are unsure as DIAMOND DEL CARVER comes out yet again. He walks down to the ring, his head down. He says nothing, he does nothing, merely marches to the ring. He walks up the ring steps and stands on the ring apron. He steps into the ring and keeps his head down. Entragian rolls his eyes as he walks over to Carver, laughing already.
Eryk Masters: SURELY Derek Shane isn’t THAT fast.
Bryan Harris: He IS a good actor.
Entragian YANKS at “Del”’s hair…but NOTHING moves. Entragian turns and looks at Carver…and he LARIATS ENTRAGIAN OVER THE TOP ROPE. The camera gets a good look.
Eryk Masters: IT’S HIM! IT’S HIM! OH MY SWEET GOD IT’S DIAMOND DEL CARVER!!
Isaac Entragian is STUNNED as he stands on the outside, ELIMINATED. Del Carver turns and points at him before he slaps his chest and SCREAMS at the fans, who SCREAM right back at him!
Other Guy: I CAN’T HEAR MYSELF!
Del grins as he looks around at the fans. He marches around the ring and shakes hands with Jonas Coleman and then Donovan King. He smiles at Maya Nakashima and points to Jaime Alejandro and Crazy Boy. X-Calibur and Azrael Goeren stare at Carver, relatively confused and awestruck. Entragian, meanwhile, glares at everyone around ringside.
Eryk Masters: I can’t believe that Del Carver is here…and Del Carver ELIMINATED Isaac Entragian!
The referees surround Entragian as he points at Carver, nodding his head. He walks away from the ringside area, furious. Meanwhile, Crazy Boy locks up with Maya, whipping him to the ropes. Maya bounces off of the ropes and leaps OVER Crazy Boy and bounces off of the ropes, leaps to the middle rope, jumps HIGH in the air and hits a HUGE hurricanrana on him! Crazy Boy lands HARD on the mat as Maya gets a BIG pop from the fans! Meanwhile, Carver fist bumps with Jonas Coleman and the two of them lock up!
The horn sounds as “The Mirror” by Dream Theater hits. The fans seem absolutely locked on the entrance. Out from the back comes…GRYFFIN ANSELM.
Bryan Harris: NO…WAY.
Eryk Masters: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…GRYFFIN ANSELM IS IN THE BUILDING!
Anselm walks down to the ring slowly. He wears a heavily armored mask which he unbuckles as he makes his way to the ringside area. He drops the mask to the ground. He walks up the ring steps and enters the ring. He looks around and smirks as he bounces from one foot to the other.
Other Guy: Gryffin Anselm…has he…EVER set foot in a SHOOT Project ring before?
Anselm looks around as Carver and Jonas continue to brawl. He sees Crazy Boy and walks over to him. Jaime Alejandro walks over between the two of them and shoves Anselm away from his student. Anselm looks Alejandro up and down and smirks. Alejandro tries to lock up with Anselm and he whips him to the ropes. Anselm counters and catches Alejandro on the return with a HUGE rising knee smash! Alejandro bounces off of his knee HARD. Crazy Boy rushes to his mentor’s aid and gets caught with a HARD knee uppercut!
Bryan Harris: Like always…Gryffin Anselm…burying the competition!
Eryk Masters: He certainly IS dominant!
Anselm picks Crazy Boy off of the mat and hoists him onto his shoulders. He glares at the fans…and NAILS the DEVASTATOR on him! Anselm is back up quickly as he picks Crazy Boy. Crazy Boy reaches out to Alejandro for help. Alejandro gets up, looks at Crazy Boy, and locks up with Donovan King!
Bryan Harris: DIS!
Anselm gets Crazy Boy over the top rope and Maya rushes in to help him eliminate Crazy Boy!
The horn sounds as “Name of the Game” by Crystal Method kicks in.
LISTEN ALL YOU MOTHER FUCKERS!
WHO SAID ANY OF YOU GET A TASTE, STUPID?!
The fans pop BIG as LENNOX FERGUSON charges down the ramp to the ring and he gets into the ring, IMMEDIATELY attacking Anselm! The two of them go back and forth for a while before he gets Anselm over the top rope, and he ELIMINATES Anselm!
Eryk Masters: It looks like maybe, just maybe, THE OX is BACK!
Ox looks at Del and Jonas as they are brawling back and forth. Del NAILS Jonas with a HARD shot, rocking Coleman back. Without warning, he gets attacked from behind by Ox! Alejandro catches King with a Dragon suplex! He rolls through…TIGER SUPLEX! He rolls through…GERMAN SUPLEX! King has been FLATTENED! Carver goes for a Lariat but Ox ducks it and peppers his face with blows! Goeren and X are cheering on the fighting in the ring as Maya seems to have had enough. He walks over to where Goeren and X are and DEMANDS they get in the ring!
Bryan Harris: Oh…you’re a fucking moron, Nakashima.
Goeren gets up to the ring apron and begins to argue with Maya. X, meanwhile, sneaks in behind Maya and slowly makes his way behind him. Goeren stops fighting and starts to grin.
Other Guy: Uh oh.
Goeren hopes down from the ring apron and Maya turns around…ONLY TO BE SCOOPED OUT BY X-CALIBUR!
The horn sounds as “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant plays as THOMAS MANCHESTER BLACK charges the ring, glaring at Lennox Ferguson. He slides into the ring and tackles Ferguson! The two of them roll around on the mat as the fighting comes to a standstill. Goeren slaps hands with X, who has left the ring once again. Black gets off of Ferguson and yells for him to get back up. Alejandro starts to hold him back while Coleman, Carver, and now King all watch. Black throws Alejandro off of him and goes to attack Ferguson, but Ferguson NAILS him with a short arm clothesline! He picks Black up and DESTROYS him with the DOUBLE TAP!
Bryan Harris: Why isn’t Alejandro helping his partner?
Eryk Masters: It’s called honor, you greasy prick.
Bryan Harris: Apparently, as with courage and mental retardation…honor and stupidity straddle a very fine line.
Alejandro goes to intercept Ferguson who is picking Black up, but Alejandro gets caught by a DRAGON SUPLEX from King! Ferguson has Black up and HURLS him over the ropes to the floor! Alejandro is staggered as King picks him up and connects with a TIGER SUPLEX! Meanwhile, Ferguson finds Jonas Coleman yet again and the two begin to trade shots! Del Carver is left alone…until both X-Calibur and Azrael Goeren slide into the ring, surrounding him!
Bryan Harris: GENIUS! HAHAHAHAHA GOODBYE DEL CARVER!
Carver smirks as Goeren and X descend on him. Goeren attacks first, but Carver NAILS him with a punch. He then elbows X-Calibur away from him and hits Goeren yet again! X charges at him and Carver clotheslines him to the mat! Carver turns to see Goeren, but Goeren pokes him in his eye!
Carver is hurt!
The horn sounds as “I Whupped Batman’s Ass” by Wesley Willis plays, the fans cheering as LUNATIKK CRIPPLER marches down to the ring THROUGH THE AUDIENCE with authority!
Bryan Harris: Great…THIS idiot.
Crippler gets to the ringside area as he sees the weapons left behind by MURDERHOUSE Mick. He shakes his head and steps up the ring steps into the ring. He, without warning, NAILS a Lariat to Del Carver! He punches Coleman! He NAILS King! He Lariats Ferguson! He catches Goeren with a shot! He NAILS Alejandro! Suddenly…it’s just Lunatikk Crippler…and X-Calibur. Crippler charges at X and goes for a clothesline, but X ducks! He locks up with Crippler, but Crippler forces him back! He WAILS away on X over and over and over and over again!
Eryk Masters: Crippler is a MAN…EN…FUEGO!
Crippler nods his head and brings X down HARD! Alejandro slowly gets to his feet and Crippler brings him down HARD with the Blood Drive! Crippler pops right back up and he NAILS the Blood Drive on King! Lennox Ferguson is slowly getting to his feet as Crippler sizes him up! BLOOD DRIVE NO! FERGUSON AND CRIPPLER BOTH GO FOR SPEARS! Both men are DOWN! Goeren shakes the cobwebs loose as he crawls over to X to check on him.
The horn sounds as “The Hounds” by The Protomen picks up. AZRAITH DEMITRI stands at the entrance to the arena, throwing his trench coat to the ground. He storms down to the ring and says nothing. He slides into the ring and looks around at everyone who is out. He cocks his eyebrow up as he sees Jaime Alejandro and Donovan King are slowly coming to. Jonas Coleman as well. King is the first up and the two of them are face to face.
Eryk Masters: Azraith and King haven’t faced off or seen one another since Reckoning Day!
Other Guy: The last Redemption Rumble, Azraith and Donovan King were the last two! Their careers have been SO intertwined pretty much ever since they first met!
King looks Azraith up and down and they lock up! Azraith ducks under and drags King down to the mat! King spins out but Azraith quickly locks his head and drags him back down to the mat again! The fans are cheering as Crippler is slowly getting back to his feet. Coleman is up now, shaking off the cobwebs. He sees Alejandro now, trying to get up himself. King manages to get to his feet, Azraith actually handling himself quite well with the established amateur background of Donovan King.
Eryk Masters: I have to say, Azraith’s one hell of a technical wrestler. A lot of people don’t give him that much credit.
Other Guy: I hope this means the guy’s not gonna fade away. I hate it when people put on a big show and then just…disappear.
Bryan Harris: I kinda wish he would, actually.
The countdown begins, causing the fans to turn to the entrance ramp. Looking at the large SHOOT-tron, the fans watch and count down along, yelling and motioning with their fingers.
Static. ‘Two’ and ‘One’ don’t seem come. The fans begin to boo at the technical error, upset at everything that’s going on
Eryk Masters: That’s not something you want to have happen on your biggest Pay Per View of the year!
The lights flicker, then shut off, causing the crowd to go batshit.
Eryk Masters: Fans, we don’t… we don’t know what’s going on! Someone fix the lights!
Then, a voice. A soft, serene voice.
“For six long years, you’ve begged for me. You’ve… yearned for me. And now, tonight, you’ll finally get everything you’ve ever wanted. Everything your heart has ever desired. For you. Who am I?”
The voice then laughs, the vocal disguise finally fading, causing some of the fans to erupt. Then, on the SHOOT-tron…
It’s pitch black outside. A barely seen garage door slowly opens. As the opening chord is nailed the headlights of the car inside the garage are fired up, and it drives over us.
Inside a dark arena. The chords of Rise Against’s "Give It All" continue and with each chord being struck spotlights on either side of the entrance ramp shatter the dark, setting up columns of light, and as they get to the top of the ramp, they all tilt to the Jumbotron, which springs to life with the word "THE LIGHTS", and springs to life with action as the song erupts.
"Break through the undertow, your hands I can’t seem to find,
pollution burns my tongue, cough words I can’t speak so I"
Dan Stein stepping through a curtain, out into a SHOOT arena from the past, flashbulbs popping.
"stop my struggling, then I float to the surface,
fill my lungs with air, then let it out"
Stein laying in the center of the ring in a pool of his own blood.
"I give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
I give it all, and its these reasons that belong to me"
Stein jumping delivering a Shooting Star Press inside a Cell. His head clips the ceiling before he crashes onto Thomas Manchester Black.
"Rock bottoms where we live, and still we dig these trenches,
to bury ourselves in them, backs breaking under tension"
Stein standing toe to toe with Cade. The two glare at one another with venom.
"For far too long these voices, muffled by distances,
its time to come to our senses, up from the dirt"
A bloody Stein lets out a primal screen before driving repeated elbows into the face of Jonny Johnson.
"We give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, ’cause its these reasons that belong to me"
A shot of Stein standing across from Corazon. The referee between them holding up the Iron Fist Championship.
"Breathe, the air we give, the life we live, our pulses racing distances,
so wet my tongue, break into song, through seas of competition,"
Stein holding the Iron Fist Championship high above his head.
"So please believe your eyes, a sacrifice,
is not what we had in our minds, "
A quick montage of Cade destroying Stein’s arm. A shot of a lifeless Stein on the ground. Cade, triumphant and cocky… but that image burns away and we’re met with..
"I’m coming home tonight, home tonight"
Dan Stein beneath a lone spotlight standing inside the empty Redemption ring.
And as the music fades, we are back in the arena and the spotlights pull off the tron which goes black. Again they become pillars of light in the darkened arena for a beat before snapping off and sending us into complete darkness, before a tag line wipes across the screen…
"The Lights shine brightest on the biggest stage… Redemption Rumble 2011."
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
A FLASHBANG AT THE TOP OF THE STAGE AS THE SILHOUETTE WALKS OUT FROM THE BACKSTAGE AREA, ARMS SPREAD OUT. THROUGH THE WHITE PYRO AND LIGHT WALKS THE BEAUTIFUL, THE SEXY…
Eryk Masters: THE LIGHTS! Dan Stein is BACK in SHOOT Project!
Other Guy: The last time we saw Stein in SHOOT Project, he was dealing with a wounded shoulder, but that shoulder looks fully healed now!
Stein looks out at the crowd, soaking in the scene. The fans seem rather irritated that the Rumble has ceased for this man’s theatrics, but he ignores them. He stands there, a smile on his face and his hands on his hips. Stein puts a hand into the air as if he were to say something, and then quickly turns and bolts to the ring, causing the men inside to return to their opponents. Stein slides into the ring under the bottom rope and immediately bolts for Del Carver, LEVELLING the Hall of Famer with a Lariat! He catches Crippler and hooks him up…DDT!
Other Guy: There’s something…savage about the way he’s attacking these guys.
Eryk Masters: He’s tired of fighting like he’s got something to lose, I guess. Look at him, he’s out here with a vengeance!
Stein is back up and he NAILS Jonas Coleman, bringing him down to the ring with a shoulder block! He hits Carver with an elbow drop and rushes over to Azraith and King, quickly putting the boots to both of them. Within two minutes, Dan Stein has created total chaos in the ring. Jonas Coleman has begun to help Del Carver and Donovan King back up.
The horn sounds.
Bryan Harris: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Eryk Masters: I guess it’s time for the third member of Hierarchy!
Forsaken by destiny
Forsaken by my own mind
I must remove my skin
To see belief in your EYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYES!!
“Resurrection” by Fear Factory kicks in as MIRAGE makes his way down to the ring. He is wearing his full body suit, the same as Day One. Goeren slides from the ring, followed by X. Both men meet their Hierarchy brother with embraces. He follows them into the ring as the three of them slide in.
Bryan Harris: How do you like that? Hierarchy against the WHOLE SHOOT Project!
Eryk Masters: There’s only, like, seven Soldiers in there with Hierarchy.
Suddenly, the three of them SWARM Jaime Alejandro! He tries to fight back against them, but they prove to be just too much, stomping away at him! The fans boo LOUDLY as they ALL pick Alejandro up and eliminate him! They turn their attentions to Lunatikk Crippler, who is picking himself up off of the mat. They QUICKLY swarm him, peppering him with HARD kicks! Crippler tries to fight, but the attacks are just TOO brutal!
Other Guy: This is it! Nobody else is coming out!
The Hierarchy overpower Crippler, but The Ox charges in and breaks them up! He fights wildly before he gets CAUGHT by an X-TERMINATOR! Lennox falls to the mat as the three members of Hierarchy put the boots to him! Mirage slides from the ring and grabs the antenna from the golf bag and WHIPS it across Ox’s back! Ox cries out in pain and Goeren slides out of the ring and grabs the NINE IRON! He stands over Ox and kicks Ox HARD in the back of the head, planting Ox face first into the mat! He looks out into the crowd, lines the shot up…AND SLAMS THE NINE IRON INTO THE SIDE OF OX’S SKULL.
Eryk Masters: OH…GOD.
Goeren laughs as the three of them pick his limp body up…and HURL him over the top rope to the floor! Azraith sees the carnage they just wrought and screams bloody murder at the three of them. Donovan King and Jonas Coleman get up, and they stand toe to toe with the Hierarchy! Del Carver, meanwhile, is getting up to his feet. He sees Dan Stein coming to as well.
Other Guy: The battle lines are being drawn!
King POUNCES on Mirage, raining punches down on him! Azraith goes toe to toe, shot for shot with X-Calibur! Jonas Coleman does the same with Azrael Goeren! Azraith flips X up and OVER the ropes! X lands on the ring apron holding the top rope! This time, however, Azraith KICKS his feet out from under him! X falls back…BUT YURI CATCHES HIM! X holds his arms out as if he were doing a trust fall and winks to the camera.
X-Calibur: Look, ma! No hands!
Yuri pushes him back to the ring apron and X gets back on the ring apron. Azraith comes at him, but X pulls down the top rope and Azraith goes FLYING over it! Azraith catches himself, but X elbows him RIGHT as Yuri YANKS his feet out from under him! X gets back into the ring as Del Carver gets locked up from behind by Dan Stein! Stein tries to hold on for dear life, but Crippler grabs HIS midsection! Carver gets released as Stein elbows Crippler, trying to break the hold! Stein gets turned around and now both men are locked up, jostling for position!
Bryan Harris: This is your top 8. I’d like to point out that ALL THREE MEMBERS OF HIERARCHY ARE STILL ACTIVE.
X-Calibur starts to double team Jonas Coleman with Azrael Goeren. Suddenly, Del Carver swarms X with HARD punches! Crippler brings Stein down and RUSHES at X as well! Crippler leaps HIGH into the air…RIGHT into Del Carver! Carver is staggered from the attack, and Goeren manages to SEND CARVER OVER THE TOP ROPE.
Eryk Masters: AND WE ARE DOWN TO SEVEN!
King hits Mirage HARD with a European uppercut! Goeren is mocking Carver and laughing, not realizing that X does NOT have his back! Crippler is behind him…LUNATIKK CRIPPLER DUMPS GOEREN TO THE OUTSIDE!!!
Bryan Harris: NO!!!!!
Goeren seems STUNNED as Crippler pumps his fist in the air, excited for eliminating a member of Hierarchy! Dan Stein, however, will have none of that, and he snatches Crippler’s head and SPIKES it to the mat with a DDT! Mirage pokes King in the eye to stop their battle. King drops to his knees as Mirage attacks Dan Stein from behind! X-Calibur manages to break free from Jonas Coleman long enough to rush to Mirage’s aid and the two men gang up on Stein!
Eryk Masters: Things don’t look too good for Dan Stein!
Mirage grabs a leg and so does X-Calibur…AND THEY DUMP DAN STEIN TO THE OUTSIDE! Mirage and X give one another a high five…AND MIRAGE IS LARIATED OVER THE ROPES BY DONOVAN KING!!! The fans POP as X-Calibur is ALL ALONE!
Other Guy: OUR FINAL FOUR ARE DONOVAN KING, X-CALIBUR, JONAS COLEMAN, AND…LUNATIKK CRIPPLER!?!
X looks at King, who is HYPED after eliminating Mirage. Jonas Coleman is up as well, and Lunatikk Crippler is starting to stir. Coleman smirks as King backs up and sides with him. The two of them begin to help Crippler come to as X realizes he’s going to have a hard time leaving the ring now. Crippler is up on his feet now…and Jonas attacks him! King goes after X-Calibur! Mirage and Goeren are BACK in the ring!
Bryan Harris: YES!!! HAHAHAHAHA!
Jonas Coleman NAILS Crippler with a punch…he grabs him…AND SENDS HIM SAILING OVER THE TOP ROPE! King, meanwhile, throws Goeren over the top rope AGAIN, but Mirage LOW BLOWS him! King doubles over in pain, X grabs him…X ELIMINATES DONOVAN KING! Coleman turns and faces X-Calibur, who FLATTENS him with a Lariat!
Eryk Masters: WHO WILL BE THE NEW NUMBER ONE CONTENDER?!
Bryan Harris: X-CALIBUR!
Other Guy: JONAS COLEMAN!
X picks him up quickly and HURLS him over the top rope, but Jonas hangs on! He gets back into the ring, but X is ALL OVER HIM with punches and clubbing blows! Jonas powers out, NAILING X with a HARD shot! Jonas advances on him…BUT AZRAEL GOEREN HAS JONAS COLEMAN’S FOOT! Coleman turns, distracted…AND X-CALIBUR BUNDLES HIM OUT OF THE RING.
Bryan Harris: YES YES YES OH GOD YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
Eryk Masters: NO!!
X-CALIBUR FALLS TO HIS KNEES AS THE BELL RINGS.
Samantha Coil: HERE IS YOUR WINNER…AND NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW NUMBER ONE CONTENDER TO THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP…X…CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALIBUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUR!!
“Change (In The House of Flies) (CLAW Remix)” by Deftones picks up as X-Calibur holds his arms up. He is surrounded by Yuri, Goeren, and Mirage. On the outside of the ring, Donovan King is with Jonas Coleman, who seems more upset that beaten.
Eryk Masters: Oh God…what does this even mean?
Bryan Harris: It means I might have to stick around for a little while!
X is up on Mirage and Goeren’s shoulders now, his arms outstretched, soaking in the SERIOUS hatred being spewed by the Mexican fans. The camera catches Lunatikk Crippler shaking his head. It shifts to Jonas Coleman, sitting upright on the outside of the ring. It then shows Donovan King, his face buried in his hands.
The last shot of the evening, the enduring image…
The Hierarchy stands strong.