Dan’s arms are raised in victory, having just vested Nate Robideau’s golden pupil, Golden Burkhalter. The faithful in the arena are electric as Dan parades around the ring, climbing ring corners and saluting the crowd. As his music echoes in the arena, a familiar voice accompanies it:
Molly Stein: Congratulations, Dan!
Scott Kamura: Wait a minute, now! Molly requested this time after the last set of shows. I wonder what she’s got up her sleeve!
Molly carries Siobhan (wearing earmuffs and a t-shirt with some sort of writing on it) in one hand and has a microphone in the other as she walks out to the stage. As she walks to the ramp, Stein’s music fades and she continues to talk.
Molly Stein: We’re just going to wait here while he walks up the ramp.
Molly lowers the microphone as Burkhalter walks unsteadily toward her.
Molly Stein: Hey there. Hi. Tough luck tonight. You’ll get the next one.
Coming from anyone else, it might’ve sounded sarcastic, but Molly was sincere. Molly watches Burkhalter walk past her and to the backstage. Stepping down the ramp on her own, Molly talks and walks.
Molly Stein: So, you know how I requested some time a couple of weeks ago? Now seems like the BEST time.
Dan sits on the middle rope and pushes the top rope up, waiting for his wife and child. As she ascends the stairs, Molly puts the microphone to her mouth.
Molly Stein: Aww, how sweet. Thanks, Pookie Bear.
The faithful in the arena chuckle before a “Poo-kie-Bear” chant echoes. It distracts the Steins as Molly enters the ring. Molly smiles wide at the fans, then laughs at Dan blushing.
Molly Stein: I know you’re tired and hurting so this won’t take long.
Dan looks at Molly, somewhat afraid.
Dutch Harris: Can’t blame the guy for being worried. This business has a long history of crippling bad news being delivered by the person you love the most.
Stein talks to Molly, though it’s not in the mic. He speaks through a grin.
Dan Stein: The last time it was just you and me in the ring, you left me!
Molly fixes her long, auburn hair from her mouth with the hand on the mic and smiles at Dan.
Molly Stein: Oh, that’s true. I’m not out here to crush your spirit…again. In fact, I’m hoping for the opposite.
See, you’ve been a great dad. Sure, there was that Blaze-Claymore-making-me-drop-Siobhan-in-the-ring thing, but besides that. Since day one, you’ve been dedicated to me, and our little girl. Take a look at how beautiful she is.
Dan steps over to his girls, tickling Siobhan. Dan’s daughter reaches out for him, causing the faithful to oooh and awww. Dan picks her up and holds her in his arms.
Molly Stein: Aww, she loves you. Look, she even picked out that t-shirt. Camera person, get a good look.
Dan adjusts his daughter in his arms, then pulls her shirt taught for himself and the camera to read. Against the white background of the shirt is the glittery pink lettering:
The arena EXPLODES. Dan EXPLODES in joyful emotion. Molly’s eyes well up. Dan closes the distance on his wife and embraces her in a big hug along with Siobhan. Confetti gets shot into the ring. Light blue and pink streamers are thrown by the faithful in the first few rows. Dan continues to hug her tightly.
Dutch Harris: Just how much of this was planned?
Scott Kamura: Literally all of it, for weeks now!
Molly puts the microphone up to her mouth, desperately.
Molly Stein: Okay, okay, I can’t breathe.
Dan gives her a peck on the lips and then his daughter on the cheek. He then creates some room between the two of them. Siobhan looks around at all the pretty colors. Molly smiles, but Dan looks around as if expecting something.
Molly Stein: No bamboozle, this is legit. I’m pregnant! You have no idea how hard it was to keep that from you, but I had to share it with 10,000 of your closest friends at the same time!
Molly laughs. A “We’re-His-Friends!” Chant starts up. Dan gives the faithful a thumbs up. Molly steps forward and Dan wraps his arm around her and kisses her again. The Steins walk to the ropes where Dan places Siobhan down on her feet. Dan’s music hits again. Daddy Stein drops to the mat and slides under the bottom rope.
Dutch Harris: That’s it? “No bamboozle”?
Scott Kamura: We were just a party to one of the biggest announcements in The Stein’s lives!
Siobhan toddles over to the bottom rope and ducks under it, allowing her dad to pull her from the apron and into his arms. Molly ducks between the middle and top ropes, and Dan helps her down the stairs.
Dutch Harris: Uh oh. I’m waiting for Golden Burkhalter to come back through that curtain and attack Dan or SOMETHING!
Scott Kamura: While he’s holding his TODDLER?!
The Stein family walks up the ramp to the backstage area, leaving the ring crew to clean up to celebratory confetti and streamers. The faithful continue rocking in the arena.