Lights... Camera... Action! It's Showtime!
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"Showtime" David Cougar
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When you think about Championship and success within the realms of WrestleZone Championship Wrestling, there is likely only one name that will immediately spring to your mind. And that name, is likely that of the next man inducted into the WZCW Hall of Fame – “Showtime” David Cougar.
Since making his debut on Meltdown 21, Showtime has set out to prove to everyone, and perhaps himself, that he is the best wrestler who ever stepped through the doors and wrestled in the hallowed ring of WZCW. And with the man of the moment now retired and facing an even bigger fight on a personal basis, it is the honour of WZCW to induct, perhaps, the most successful superstar into it's ever-expanding Hall of Fame; culminating and validating the gold-laden career of Mr. Cougar.
Here we are, 6 years later from the first match of Showtime Cougar, looking back on one of the most successful and glorious Champions this company has ever seen. And looking back at the early stages of his WZCW career, it was plain to see that Showtime had what it takes. His first match may have been a losing effort in a tag team match but Showtime quickly buckled down and began to get to grips with his biggest challenge to date. Entered into the EurAsian Championship tournament on Meltdown 22, Showtime overcame Karnage before first locking horns with the greatest opponent in his fabled career' Ty Burna. On this occasion, it was the Harbinger of Chaos who took the win but this match started a feud 5 years in the making; eventually resulting in backstabbing, one-upmanship and, most importantly, a deep respect for each other.
For the mean time, however, the allure of a Championship was too much for Showtime. And at this point, perhaps, he would have been forgiven for thinking it might never happen. With all of his talents in the ring, he could not take it to the next level. That was until he finally got his hands on the first gold of his career; winning the Mayhem Championship at Meltdown 26. Within 5 shows, Showtime had won his first Championship in WZCW and showed absolutely no signs of being satiated with that. Showtime had sights for bigger prizes in the world of professional wrestling and made his dream come true when he won the EurAsian Championship at Meltdown 31. The same drive and ambition to always be better than the competition is what drove Showtime forward and by winning the EurAsian Championship, it was clear to everyone that Cougar was a mercurial talent.
Dropping the EurAsian Championship at Kingdom Come II, Showtime had blown his shot at making an impact at the biggest stage of them all. But the DNA of the most successful wrestler in WZCW history is made of sterner stuff than that of a quitter. At that moment, Showtime vowed that he would make a bigger impact next year, and what an impact he made! Going into Lethal Lottery III as Elite X Champions, it was fair to say that Showtime was not amongst the front-runners to win the entire thing. But, just like Titus before him, Showtime shocked the world by staying in the Lottery for almost an hour, entering at number 8 and winning the whole damn thing, booking his place in the main event of Kingdom Come III against the man who had robbed him of his first shot at gold in the EurAsian Championship all those years ago; Ty Burna.
The rivalry between the two has gone down in the history books as one of the most immersive and thoroughly breathtaking feuds in the history of this great company. And the main event of Kingdom Come III did not disappoint after promising one of the greatest matches the world has ever seen. Both men had come so far in the remarkably short period of time and had now come of age. Showtime was fighting for his first World Championship but Ty had proved to the world that he was amongst the greatest there had ever been and ever will be...
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Ty rolls slowly rolls onto the apron as Showtime continues to slam the mat and looks disheartened that he can’t get the three. Ty pulls himself up on the outside of the apron and tries to keep himself steady despite the bad knee with his eyes focused on that as Showtime notices and launches him at the champion, grabbing his head and slamming into the top of the turnbuckle. He steps on the bottom rope and pulls his adversary up with him, pulling the champion up every step of the way. He gets his face right up into Ty, telling him the situation, Ty tries resisting but Showtime elbows him in the head and then holds his foe in position, ready for the Final Act, the look in his eyes is determined, he can feel the moment coming. He leaps off into the air with Ty, during which a struggle happens and they land but Ty is holding Showtime in the Final Sťance which has both men planted far from the ropes and Showtime is screaming in pain, refusing to give up and continuously reaching for the ropes as Ty locks in the hold tightly. Showtime continues to reach for the ropes and looks determined not to give up, he looks over towards the championship belt sitting by the timekeeper, he then looks down and has no choice but to tap to the joy of the crowd.
Harrys: The winner of this match as a result of a submission, and still World Heavyweight Champion, Ty Burna!
Copeland: This rivalry has reached its end, Showtime tried his hardest. You can see the victory meant everything to him, but the power of the Final Sťance was too much. Ty Burna is still your Champion!
Cohen: Seabass, as much as I would like to see it go the other way, there is no denying that this was one well fought match, the winner and loser should feel nothing but proud here!
Connor: And the crowd was into this one like no other!
Showtime is leaning on the apron, holding his head, looking hard fought and dejected as the crowd continues to applaud as Ty is presented with his title. He slowly pulls himself up with the ropes and raises the championship to the joy of the audience as pyros overhead go off and the lights turn red as the Master of the Ouija takes in the moment, presenting his prize to the crowd of Madison Square Garden.
Showtime had failed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship at Kingdom Come. But, one could argue, this was where the mutual respect of both men was founded and nurtured. Let us not forget that Ty Burna, the Harbinger of Chaos was the man who inducted the, now, Hall of Famer into the Hall of Fame. The match had been an utter brawl, pre-empted by a tsunami of momentum and anticipation. And neither man let the crowd down.
Showtime had managed to win the Tag Championships in the mean time with Stan Rogers. But he had eyes for the biggest prize in the game, and becoming the first ever Grand Slam Champion in the history of WZCW. And at Ascension 50, Showtime finally did the business and took the Championship home, beating Steven Kurtesy with the Final Act; but more importantly cementing himself as one of the finest talents in the company. He had now did everything there was to do in the company but that didn't stop the show. Over the next few years, Showtime Cougar would go on to win the World Championship another twice, perhaps the finest moment of those was winning the main event of Kingdom Come 5, beating Steven Holmes and Drake Callahan and righting the wrong of two years previous.
But the career of Showtime Cougar will also be remembered for the masses of fans he made inside and outside of the business. The man was a true entertainer and loyal friend. His career seemed linked to the same men throughout and those men became fast friends and respectful colleagues no matter what. His rivalries and friendships with the likes of Ty Burna, Big Dave and John Constantine were the core to the Fed for so many years and his leaving leaves a massive hole in the company that may never be filled.
WZCW Hall of Fame welcomes one of the greatest superstars to ever step into a WZCW ring. Welcome home, David “Showtime” Cougar.
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