Anderson: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
Connor: Time for our Openweight Champion to see action here tonight as we return to Ascension. But I gotta wonder how he can focus without his title belt.
Cohen: That Logan can play keepaway with that title all he wants, hide behind the kid, whatever. The fact at the end of the day is that Noah Ryder is the Champion. Belt or not. Now, personally, I think the way he won it was cheap and that he got what's coming to him. But that a Championship being treated as a Christmas gift.
Introducing first from Dead Horse, Alaska, weighing 267 pounds, Abel Hunnicutt!
Abel makes his way down the aisle at a slow, plodding pace as the crowd boo's him.
Cohen: Abel's gotta be feeling the pressure here tonight. His buddy, if I can call him that, isn't doing well for failing at Meltdown. Vis Imperium is deserving of winners, but I know he can get the job done. Steven Holmes didn't pick him for nothing.
Connor: He may very well have the edge if Noah is focused on other stuff, but right now that doesn't seem to be the case.
His opponent, he is the WZCW Elite Openweight Champion, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, weighing 222 lbs, "The Unforgettable" Noah Ryder!
Noah makes his way down to the ring, saluting fans to a good reaccion as the match gets set to start.
Connor: You say Abel is the favorite here based on size, but Noah proved he's extremely crafty by how he cashed in his King For A Day contract. In the midst of the melee in Lethal Lottery, he walked out with gold.
Cohen: That's the cowards way out. He settled to take the prize no one was fighting for at the time. He loopholed his way to that title. And if Abel beats him here, he could very well take the title too.
*Ding Ding Ding*
Ryder goes on the attack, right at the bell. Knowing full well he's at a disadvantage against the half foot taller man. He shoots a flurry of punches, varying between blows to the temple and to the ribs. Abel has to at least cover up to avoid an errand blow to the face. Like a bee Noah stings, but Abel finds an opening and tosses Noah to the outside, leaving him cringing in pain at ringside before pacing the ring with a blank stare. The referee checks on Noah as he tries to get back to his feet. Abel paying no heed to him, choosing to simply wait it out. Noah shrugs off the referee and gets back in the ring. He catches Abel with his back turned and jumps on it, locking a Sleeper Hold. As Abel tries to fling the body on his back desperately, Noah holds on. Bit by bit, Abel is brought down to one knee, his oxygen slowly exiting his body. Noah seems to have the upper hand as little by little, Abel is subdued. But the Alaskan springs up and backsteps with Noah en tow and sandwiches him against a corner. Abel presses himself against it, pinning down Noah and blowing the air right out of his body and making him release his grip.
Cohen: All that tenacity isn't gonna save him if he's just overpowered like that.
Connor: It can't be denied that Abel is also very tenacious. Noah tried the fast approach. If didn't pan out.
The referee orders Abel to back away from the corner, letting Noah tumble down to his knees as he catches his breath. Noah tries to get up but Abel is right on him with a pair of clubbing blows to the back. Abel pushes Noah against the corner and presses him against it. Abel starts to attack Noah with fists and forearms. Abel lifts Noah up on his shoulders and drops him on the corner for the Snake Eyes. The powerhouse doesn't stop there and off the rebound hits a Swinging Neckbreaker, slamming the Openweight Champion on to the back of his head. Abel makes the cover, taking advantage. 1...... 2...... 3-But Noah manages to kick out. Abel pulls Noah up by the hair but Noah brushes off Abels grip and just slaps him. Abel is surprised and turns back to Noah, only to get another slap across the face, making the big man take a couple of steps back. Noah doesn't waste time and dashes across the ring, leaping onto the ropes and bouncing off them for a Springboard Elbow. Abel is taken aback by the move, being stunned by it. Noah see's he has something so he attempts the move again, hitting another Springboard Elbow. Abel is losing balance but still not down yet. He hits a running knee to he hunched over Abel and continues to run the ropes, he goes for a Clothesline but Abel catches him, raising him up in the air and driving him back to the canvas with a Flapjack. Abel pulls Noah up and applies an Abdominal Stretch.
Cohen: Noah tried. But I told you. Size. Noah has nothing to get around that.
Connor: Noah showed fire and has brought the fight to Abel. I'm not denying Abel can't dominate with that size, but Noah's managed to slow him down twice.
Abel applies the Abdominal Stretch in the center of the ring tightly. It seems Noah has no way of escape. He fights to get out of the hold but he's too far from the ropes. He tries move Abel's arms in order to get out of the hold, it's a hard time but he's able to create an opening and Hip Tosses Abel off him. Noah runs at Abel and elbows him in the back of the head. Noah keeps running as Abel gets up giving Noah the perfect opening to hit the Slingblade. Abel is down but is quick to get up. Noah is right on him, hitting chops and fists on to the big man. He kicks him on the gut and hits an impressive Snap Suplex. Right off, Noah makes the cover. 1....... 2....... 3-But Abel gets the shoulder up. Noah argues with the ref in awe but gets back up before Abel who is having a hard time getting up. Noah measures him and locks on the Cravate, looking for the Pass Out but Abel pushes him off. Noah rebounds off the ropes and is hit with the Superiority Reflex. Abel makes the cover. 1....... 2........-But Noah gets the shoulder up. Right away, Abel pulls him up by Noah's own face with a Clawhold. He attempts the STO but Noah manages to get out of it with a Snapmare.
Connor: Told you he's resourceful. Noah refuses to stay down. The question is if he can finish him off.
Cohen: Yeah? Well with what is he supposed to finish him up?
Noah goes back on the attack, trying to soften Abel up. He kicks him right in the head and runs the ropes, following the kick with a Swinging Neckbreaker, driving the big man down. Abel crawls to the corner and Noah see's his opportunity, dash across the ring and hitting a Dropkick to Abel as he turns to hoist himself up. Noah has Abel set up and stalks him from the same corner, waiting for him to get up. He goes for the Blow Ryder but Abel elevates him and drops him on the ropes for the Flapjack in to a Hangman. Abel stomps on Noah's back several times before stretching him out to apply the Aristocracy Reigns but Noah slips out before its too late. Noah puts Noah in a headlock, as Abel gets back to his feet, Noah changes it to a cravate. Abel gets to his feet but is driven back to the canvas face first with the Pass Out! He hooks both legs. 1....... 2....... 3!!
Here is your winner, the WZCW Elite Openweight Champion, Noah Ryder!
Connor: Looks like he found what he needed to win, Jack.
Cohen: Apparently. I guess he did win. Boy, I don't think the rest of Vis Imperium can be happy with this.
Noah has his arm raised. He raises both arms up in the air in victory as Abel is deep in the background not pleased. Noah stands on the turnbuckles, celebrating his victory but he gets down fast and leaves, possibly to search for his title belt.
Connor: Well, it seems Noah was able to fend off Abel Hunnicutt. But he still has other people coming after his title. Matter of fact, other people have his title.
Cohen: I honestly did not think he'd win. He got what he deserved, but at the same time, he lost valuable WZCW property. He needs to get it back and defend it properly.
With the Hall of Fame logo behind him, Leon Kensworth is standing backstage.
Leon: What a night is has been on this incredible road to Kingdom Come. The biggest event of the year which draws in legends and new superstars from all across the world. The excitement of the fans is at an all-time high level.
Leon pauses for a moment.
Leon: One of the reasons people love this time of year is because we remember the legends of this business. This year three superstars will enter the WZCW Hall of Fame, we already know Matt Tastic will be enshrined, and tonight it is my honour to announce the second inductee.
The fans in the arena can be heard shouting names of legends.
Leon: Many superstars claim to live in the darkness or perhaps even travel through it. However only one was truly born in the darkness. By one name or the other this man was feared like no other during his reign of terror over WZCW. Ladies and gentlemen, the second inductee into the Hall of Fame... Vengeance!
The screen transitions into clips highlighting Vengeance’s career in WZCW.
Noah Ryder is walking around backstage holding the back of his head. He stops for a moment to collect himself and then something catches his eye.
The camera turns and we see Hayden standing by himself holding the Elite Openweight title.
Ryder: Hey kid, I've been looking around for that belt. I'm gonna need to take that from you.
Hayden: But, you gave it to me.
Ryder: No I'm pretty sure I'd remember something like that. Look I was just told that I'm the Elite X champion. They said I came in here with it. Here it is now, thank you for finding it, but I'm gonna need it now.
A tug of war ensues between Noah and Hayden. Hayden is shouting and the commotion causes Logan to come running out and he quickly gets in between the two. Noah gets his belt back, but Logan violently shoves him, knocking Noah backwards onto the floor.
McAllister: You keep your damn hands off my kid!
Noah slowly gets up to his feet, Logan's arms are shaking as he is ready to fight.
McAllister: Hayden head back to the pahty. Me and Mistah Rydah need to talk.
Hayden turns around and heads back towards the room. He pauses at the door for a while, Logan not taking his eyes off Noah. Logan looks back for a few seconds and sees Hayden enter the room.
McAllister: Now, Noah.
Logan turns his head back and is met with a Blow Ryder kick from Noah. Logan hits the floor hard as Noah bends down and looks over him. He takes a pen and paper out of his pocket and writes something down on it as he stands up and walks away.
Anderson: Ladies and gentlemen the following contest is your main event of the evening. It is a tag team contest, set for one fall, where the winners will be named the number one contenders and challenge for the WZCW Tag Team Championships at Kingdom Come VIII!
Anderson: Introducing first, from Crawley, South East England, weighing 185 pounds, Vee! A! D! Z!
Vee walks out onto the stage receiving a loud cheer from the crowd. He rotates around on one leg followed by a somersault on the floor and bounces up and down raising his both hands. Fans all over the arena are waving so Vee gives them a wave back and awaits his tag partner at the top of the stage.
Connor: A massive opportunity for all four competitors in this match. We’ve heard from both teams but the time for talking is over. Only one team can win this match and face off against Vis Imperium, the newly formed version and the reigning WZCW Tag Team Champions - Constantine and Mark Keaton. All three teams in this division are new so experience isn’t on the side of anyone. It’s all up in the air and the titles are in prime position for the taking.
Cohen: Oh please. Vis Imperium has proven that they are still the strongest force in this business. They removed Austin Reynolds and replaced him with Mark Keaton who I’ve always said was a star in the making. I don’t know which of these two teams can win but they’re going to have a hard time defeating Vis Imperium at Kingdom Come.
Anderson: And his partner from Bollywood, India, weighing 251 pounds, “The Showbiz himself” Veejay!
Wearing his classic robe Veejay steps out onto the stage with his arms spread wide. He soaks in the atmosphere of the arena and turns to his partner. They exchange a few words and begin making their way down to ringside. Veejay quickly enters the ring and climbs the turnbuckle while Vee A.D.Z. circles the ring, high fiving some of the fans.
Cohen: Two competitors who I’m sure are looking to lock in their spot on the Kingdom Come card. As of right now neither has a secured spot so I wonder how that will play during this contest. The amount of pressure that is on all the wrestlers. You don’t want to be left off the Kingdom Come card like Armando Paradyse.
Connor: It’ll be devastating for whichever team fails to win tonight. You just never know in this business whether or not you will get another opportunity. So many are fighting to get a chance and when you’re given one but fail to deliver it can be heartbreaking for you and the fans.
Anderson: And their opponents at a combined weight of 450 pounds, Anthony Mancini & Xaitlyn Serpiente... Salvific Knights!
Lights go out. The theme starts playing as lights come back. We see Xaitlyn standing on the entrance ramp. The crowd cheers her but the cheers convert into mild boos when Anthony appears on the ramp with Gino. Xaitlyn and Anthony both start walking towards the ring. Gino follows Anthony while making some rude Italian gestures until Anthony notices it and stops him from doing so. Anthony then proceeds to pose on the turnbuckle while Xaitlyn stands still on the adjacent turnbuckle with her sight set on her opponents.
Connor: A new duo here in WZCW. Mancini and Serpiente have clashed many times inside the ring so it’ll be interesting to see how they do as tag team partners. Could the constant battles between the two of them make a perfect situation where they both know each other so well? It’s a big opportunity for this young team and they’ll need to work extremely well together if they want to overcome Vee A.D.Z. and Veejay to even get a chance at facing the reigning WZCW Tag Team Champions; Vis Imperium.
Cohen: They’ve got a funky name, CC. Look, Mancini has been hungry for an opportunity for a long time and the first time he got a chance he won and challenged for the Eurasian Championship. He’s thirst to rise up the card is legendary! I don’t know if it’s going to be enough to win tonight however.
All four competitors step into the middle of the ring and the crowd give a wild cheer. The main event is finally here and one of these teams are going to Kingdom Come to challenge for the belts. The referee backs them into their respective corners, Vee A.D.Z. exits the ring and stands on the apron leaving Veejay to start the contest for their team. On the other side Mancini bounces back and forth on his feet while Serpiente takes her place on the ring apron. The official moves into the middle of the ring and signals for the bell!
Mancini and Veejay move into the middle of the ring and try a test of strength. Using his raw power Mancini is able to push Veejay back against the ropes and quickly strikes with an elbow. Veejay tries to retreat but Mancini grabs hold of his arm, pulls him back and knocks his down with a clothesline. Clapping his hands together Mancini stalks his opponent and drives a knee into his back before applying a headlock. The power game has left Mancini with an advantage and he begins to drag Veejay over to the corner where Serpiente is standing with her arm stretched out for the tag. Mancini reaches out but Veejay slips free and delivers the Pelle Kick. Down goes Mancini and he collapses into the corner, falling to the bottom of it. Serpiente tries a blind tag however she’s knocked off the apron by a flying dropkick from Veejay. With the crowd watching on Veejay backs up, aims at Mancini who is still rocked off the Pelle Kick and charges forward connecting with an European Uppercut on Mancini while he’s sitting down in the corner of the ring. A violent scene as Mancini’s head snaps back and Veejay quickly pulls him away from the corner and goes for the cover. 1... 2... Kick Out! Veejay uses all his strength to drag Mancini over to the opposite corner and makes the tag with Vee A.D.Z. who enters the ring via a springboard splash! He hooks the leg for another cover on Mancini. 1... 2... Kick Out!
Connor: Mancini showing a lot of heart as he was hit with two big moves in quick succession. He needs to make a tag to his partner. The speed of Veejay was just a little too much for the big man to handle.
Cohen: Veejay had to go right to one of his signature moves. He knew that if Mancini kept control that this match wouldn’t last very long. You’ve got to go for the home run instead of playing it safe in this match.
Vee stands up, grabs Mancini by the head and connects with a reverse hook kick. Mancini stumbles backwards and Vee rushes him but the big man ducks a clothesline, rings off the ropes and catches Vee on the rebound for the Tilt-a-whirl Slam! He goes for the cover. 1... 2... Kick Out! On the apron of the ring Xaitlyn extends her hand yet again and this time Mancini whips Vee into the corner, connects with a splash and makes the tag as their opponent drops to a knee and tries to scramble away. Xaitlyn enters the ring and pulls Vee to his feet by the arm and sends him into the corner. Full of energy Xaitlyn sprints towards the corner and leaps through the air with a jumping high knee which connects to the head of Vee. He is rocked in the corner and now Xaitlyn fires off a combination of punches and kicks all at lightning speed and ends with a vicious back fist. With Vee almost about to drop Xaitlyn steps back and unleashes Death Bell, a vicious cartwheel kick. She goes for the cover. 1... 2... Kick Out! A few moments pass as Xaitlyn ponders her next move. She tries to send Vee into the ropes but he counters, sends her flying into the ropes and takes out her leg with a dropkick to the knee. Now on her knees Xaitlyn is unable to protect herself as Vee makes the tag to Veejay, he comes in and lifts her up connecting with a delayed vertical suplex. Veejay hooks the leg for the cover. 1... 2... Broken up by Mancini.
Cohen: Mancini wasn’t able to risk losing this match. He jumped right into the ring at the first sign of trouble for his tag team partner. She needs to make a tag to the big man.
Connor: Xaitlyn is still fighting but Mancini looks ready to explode on the ring apron. He wants to get back into the ring and now it looks like Veejay and Vee A.D.Z. have found their groove. They are aiming to keep Xaitlyn isolated and stop Mancini from entering this contest.
That is in fact that plan as Veejay cuts off half of the ring and forces Xaitlyn towards Vee A.D.Z. on the ring apron. Xaitlyn tries simply rushing forward but Veejay gets the underhooks, twists Xaitlyn around and nails a backbreaker. He makes a tag to Vee A.D.Z. who springboards in from the apron and lands with his leg smacking Xaitlyn in the face. Vee turns back around and tags in Veejay who climbs the top rope and drops an elbow. He goes for the cover. 1... 2... Kick Out! On the other side of the ring Mancini is pacing back and forth screaming for a tag. Xaitlyn cannot get away as Veejay drops her again with the DDT. Another tag sends Veejay to the outside and Vee A.D.Z. enters the ring. He waits until Xaitlyn is halfway up, pushing herself off the canvas and then goes for the Shining Wizard but she moves out of the way! Xaitlyn is crawling on the mat trying to get to Mancini but Vee grabs her by the leg and pulls her right back to the corner. She begins to stands with Vee still holding her leg and suddenly Xaitlyn flips backwards connecting with a Pele Kick of her own. Vee stumbles back into the corner and Xaitlyn staggers into the middle of the ring with her arm stretched out to Mancini. He’s calling her to make the tag and jumping up and down as the fans watch on. Just a few inches away now and Veejay makes the blind tag on Vee and he tries to stop the tag but it’s too late!
Connor: Xaitlyn made the tag! Mancini is back in this match and he looks ready for a fight.
Cohen: Here comes the big man. He’s rising up the card and nothing is going to get in his way. A major error by Veejay and Vee A.D.Z. as they had to keep Xaitlyn isolated. Now they have to deal with the fresh man in this match.
Indeed it is a problem as Mancini comes in like a house on fire. He lifts Veejay up and hits an Atomic Drop which sends Veejay running towards the corner. Mancini cuts him off and hits a few punches before sending him into the ropes and on the rebound tossing him into the air with a back body drop. A loud thud echoes throughout the arena as Mancini backs into the corner and appears to be aiming for his finisher the Il Siluro Italiano. With everything on the line this could be what needs to be done to send his team to Kingdom Come for the tag titles. Veejay is slow to his feet and begins to turn, Mancini charges looking to gore him into two pieces but at the last second Vee A.D.Z. rushes into the ring and nails the Mawashi Geri! Mancini crumbles and rolls towards the ring apron as the official orders Vee out of the ring. Before that happens Xaitlyn comes into the action and takes out both Veejay and Vee A.D.Z. with running knees. The crowd is going wild for this action as Xaitlyn lifts Vee up, he pushes her away and goes for the Mawashi Geri again... she ducks and spins around connecting with Serpiente Stroke! Down goes Vee and he is knocked to the outside of the ring.
Cohen: The Serpiente Stroke connects on Vee A.D.Z.
Connor: This match has become so hard to keep up with. I don’t even know who is legal at this point. So much action inside the ring.
As Xaitlyn is soaking in the atmosphere she is blindside by Veejay who lifts her up into position for Victory Lap. He struggles as she fires elbows but Veejay adjusts and shakes out the cobwebs. With a look of determination on his face and a date at Kingdom Come on the line Veejay spins Xaitlyn around... she counters! Xaitlyn lands on her feet and goes for the Serpiente Stroke but Veejay ducks underneath and lifts Xaitlyn back on his shoulders. He wastes no time and quickly delivers Victory Lap on Xaitlyn. When Veejay stands back up he is about to make the cover when he is smashed by Mancini with Il Siluro Italiano! Out of nowhere and Mancini hooks the leg - Mancini is the legal man and so is Veejay. The referee slides into position and begins to make the count. 1... 2... 3! Mancini has scored the pin over Veejay and as a result he and Xaitlyn are going to Kingdom Come VIII to challenge for the titles.
Cohen: If somebody would have told me this team was going to be challenging for the WZCW Tag Team Championships at Kingdom Come VIII I wouldn’t have believed it. Tonight they pulled off one of the most shocking victories I’ve ever seen. Don’t be fooled however because Mancini and Xaitlyn are going to have a hard time against the reigning champions; Constantine and Mark Keaton. Vis Imperium isn’t likely to just hand the titles over.
Connor: What a match we have just seen with all four competitors going for the big shot to win but at the end of the day it was Mancini who nailed the big shot that really mattered. Congratulations to our winning team.
Anderson: Here are your winners and number one contenders to the WZCW Tag Team Championships, Anthony Mancini & Xaitlyn Serpiente... Salvific Knights!
Inside the ring Mancini is on his knees and raises his arms in the air. He is helped to his feet by the referee and climbs onto the turnbuckle where he points over to Gino who is celebrating. Xaitlyn enters the ring and she climbs the other turnbuckle. They begin to make belt signs around their waists and the crowd cheers.
Connor: I wonder what that team must be feeling. The excitement, the pressure and all the dreams of being called champion. They have a chance and in this business you only need one good day to become a champion.
Cohen: It’ll have to be a great day to overcome Constantine and Mark Keaton. Vis Imperium is stronger than ever and I don’t know if these knights can stand against them.
Mancini and Xaitlyn continue to celebrate in the ring and they stare up at the Kingdom Come sign knowing that they have a date with destiny. They will challenge for the gold and they could very well be the next WZCW Tag Team Champions. Meanwhile Veejay and Vee A.D.Z. look heartbroken on the outside of the ring with their futures much more uncertain.
Anderson: Ladies and gentlemen, standing in the ring at this time the General Manager of Ascension, Becky Serra!
Inside the squared circle stands Becky Serra with a microphone in her hand. The ring has been covered with carpet for this contract signing and in the middle is a large wooden table with chairs on both sides and a clipboard at its centre.
Serra: The time has finally arrived. The moment you have all been waiting for which I promised to deliver. I don’t see any point in holding this off any longer so ladies and gentlemen please welcome the challenger, the winner of Lethal Lottery 2016, Justin Cooper!
Becky Serra turns and motions to the entrance ramp as the lights dim and the music begins to play. A loud cheer is heard throughout the arena.
To a warm reception Justin Cooper, wearing a black suit, steps out onto the stage with a smile on his face. He waves to the crowd and begins to make his way down to the ring and goes over to some of the fans in the front row. He is followed by Mark Keaton who emerges from behind the curtain a few moments later and he begins to make his way down to the ring.
Cohen: Well look what we have here. I told you that Cooper was in on the attack against Mikey Stormrage. He’s bringing Mark Keaton down to the ring and it’s been said that Keaton will be at ringside during the main event of Kingdom Come. It’s all a plan by Cooper!
Connor: I don’t want to believe it. The relationship between Cooper and Keaton is strong. They’re friends and until we have confirmation I’ll continue to trust that Cooper had no idea about the attack. People can change and I believe him.
Cohen: Don’t be a fool, CC!
Inside the ring Cooper shakes hands with Becky Serra and takes a seat in the chair facing the entrance ramp. He picks up a microphone and begins to twirl it around in his hand. Behind him stands Mark Keaton, one half of the WZCW Tag Team Championships hanging over his shoulder. The duo begin talking and share a laugh while they wait for the arrival of the World Champion.
Serra: And his opponent, the reigning WZCW World Heavyweight Champion... Mikey Stormrage!
Just as on Meltdown the arrival of the World Champion is delayed. This time his music does not need to be played a second time however as Mikey Stormrage comes limping out onto the stage. He’s in his wrestling gear with the World Championship firmly on his shoulder. His body covered in bruises and his head has a large cut with has been stitched together from the attack by Vis Imperium. Mikey is only looking towards the ring, directly at Justin Cooper, and slowly begins walking towards him.
Connor: We have a wounded WZCW World Heavyweight Champion after Vis Imperium left him torn to pieces on Meltdown. Something is wrong with Stormrage as we saw Tyrone Blades defeat him within 30 seconds this week. Do you think it’s the pressure of the moment or is something else going on with him?
Cohen: Cooper has been saying that Mikey has no friends. I believe it is true. He’s got nobody who supports him. All his friends have left and now Mikey stands at the top of the mountain alone. Some guys just aren’t made for that.
Connor: I feel for him because you don’t want to go into the biggest match of your career not being one hundred percent. He’s physically wounded and very well might be mentally wounded at the same time.
Mikey enters the ring and approaches the table. He grabs a microphone and remains standing. Serra looks to shake his hand but Mikey has not stopped looking at Justin Cooper. He is furious, his body nearly entirely shaking, his lip quivering and his free hand clenched into a fist. As Mikey stands, looking down on Cooper, his opponent chuckles and continues to twirl the microphone until he softly places it upon his lips.
Cooper: Let me just say, let me just say that I nothing to do with what happened on Meltdown. Honestly I did not know that Vis Imperium was going to attack you. I did not know that you were going to get absolutely destroyed by Mark and the rest of them. I did not know that you were going to get your ass handed to you by a rookie. No offense, champ.
He turns to Mark and the rookie nods his head confirming Cooper’s version of the events. On the opposite side of the table Mikey is still standing and he slams his fist down onto the table.
Stormrage: Liar! You knew exactly what was going to happen on Meltdown. You knew they were going to jump me and leave me bloody inside this ring. You knew and you did nothing! You let that happen and yet you come out here every week and preach about being a changed man. You’re not a change man, you’re the same old coward you’ve always been. You hide behind lies and trick these people into believing that you’re more than you are but in reality you’re not worth the dirt on the bottom of my boots.
Again Mikey slams his fist into the table and the title belt falls onto the table. Stormrage adjusts the belt so it is standing up and turns back to Cooper.
Stormrage: Admit it. Admit that you were in on it. You organized the attack on me by Vis Imperium and now you’re set to pick the bones of the wounded champion. Oh, its right out of the villain playbook but you made one big mistake. You made one major error in your plan.
The challenger laughs and leans forward with a smirk on his face.
Cooper: This will be good. Go on. Tell me, oh wise one, what was the mistake that you believe I made in this plan that I had nothing to do with and is simply created in that paranoid mind of yours. Go on, share it with the rest of us peasants what the mighty Mikey Stormrage has figured out about this so called masterplan of mine.
Stormrage: Only a coward wouldn’t admit his own actions. Very well, if you want to play this game and act like a hero so be it. The flaw in your plan is that you did it to me. I don’t stay down and if you think that one attack by Vis Imperium is going to stop me from defending my title than you're more of a fool than a villain. Don’t doubt me. Don’t think that you are going to just walk into this match and take what I worked my entire career to get. I will not be screwed out of the title by you or any of the wolves you are working with.
Stormrage turns to Keaton who is shaking his head. The crowd boo as Keaton is shown on the big screen and the rookie can’t help by blow them a kiss.
Stormrage: I’m not finished with you either. You might think you’re invincible and that Constantine cares about you. You might even think that Justin cares about you but they don’t. They are using you to get what they want and the sad thing is that you don’t see it. You don’t see that you’re a pawn in this game and you think that you’re something more. You’re a footnote in this business, Mark.
Cooper: They called me a footnote once but now look at me. Take a look around this building and you’ll find fans of the great Mikey Stormrage and fans of my own arguing about who is going to win at Kingdom Come. You see, you act like I’m the Pied Piper and that I’m leading all these people into some falsehood but really it’s you. You have convinced these people, these good people who come to wrestling for something to believe in, that you’re a hero. You’re not. You’re toxic and paranoid and you hate that the fans have embraced someone new.
The clipboard on the middle of the table is picked up by Keaton who passes it to Justin. He looks over the contract and picks up a pen.
Cooper: My name never left your lips until the moment they embraced me. You fear that I will expose you. That I will show these people what you really are and that is a man who is so paranoid that he turns all his friends away. You hate sharing the spotlight, you hate not being alone at the top of the mountain and I see that. Where is James Howard? Where is Matt Tastic? Why did they not save you on Meltdown? If it was Mark in trouble I would’ve helped him. I would do anything for this man and he would do anything for me... even if I don’t ask.
Cooper signs the contract and throws it over to Mikey.
Cooper: You turn anyone who gets close to you away. They all leave and never return. Why? What does that make you? I here, I’m honest, and I promise you that I don’t need Mark Keaton to beat you.
Stormrage: Then why have him at ringside during our match? If he’s not going to be involved why should he be there at all? You’re a liar. You can’t beat me alone so you’re going to organize attacks, use cheap tactics and try to steal the WZCW World Heavyweight Championship away from me. I will not let that happen. You want a promise? Well, I promise that if Mark Keaton or anyone else gets involved at Kingdom Come then you will not walk out of Kingdom Come at all. I may lose everything but so will you.
Cooper: You and what army? You’re alone, Mikey. You have nobody. That’s the problem with you. You’re so convinced I need help that you are blinded by a simple fact. I’m better than you. I don’t need help. Mark Keaton isn’t the key to me becoming World Champion. You are.
Stormrage: What do you mean?
The challenger eyes the World Championship and goes to touch it but Mikey pulls the title back.
Cooper: It’s beautiful. What I mean is that the key to me winning is how paranoid you get. We’ve never had a match. It’ll truly be a first time ever and at Kingdom Come when the pressure mounts you’ll start making excuses. They all do. Just like Eve did tonight.
Stormrage: Don’t you mention her name. Don’t you ever mention her name again!
Cooper: That’s good. Get angry. At Kingdom Come you’ll lose focus when the paranoia takes over. When you become the same toxic pathetic little boy that you are. You’re not a man. You don’t deserve to be WZCW World Heavyweight Champion. When your focus breaks and the fear of failure floods into your mind I’ll be there. I’ll be ready and I’ll become World Champion.
Mikey stares over at his title, running his fingers over the nameplate which shares his name. He turns to the clipboard with the contract and picks up the pen. He finds the section that needs signing and quickly does his signature before sliding it over to Becky Serra.
Stormrage: I’ve heard you talk for long enough. I’m not paranoid. I’m not toxic. I’m the reigning, defending, undisputed WZCW Heavyweight Champion of the World! I am the best professional wrestler in this business and at Kingdom Come I’ll prove it. You might be on a roll but you’ve never been at this level before. For the past year I’ve been the hunted. I’ve been the guy who everyone has been chasing and you have only just caught up. Hero or villain in the end it doesn’t matter. You've beaten everyone else on this roster but you've never beaten me. I know what you are. I know you had something to do with Vis Imperium attacking me, deny it all you want but I don’t believe you.
Cooper: How many times to do I have to tell you? I didn’t organize any attack.
Cooper: You either don’t listen or you’re just that stupid. No wonder Eve left you.
The table is flipped over and Becky Serra, with the contract in hand, scatters out of the ring. Mikey clotheslines Cooper down to the ground and blocks a right hand from Keaton. The rookie is shoved into the corner and Mikey unloads with heavy strikes. With a hand full of golden hair Mikey tosses Keaton to the outside and throws a microphone at him. Quickly Vis Imperium, Constantine and Abel Hunnicutt, rush down the ramp and join Keaton. The rookie takes off his jacket and goes to enter the ring, leading the charge against the World Champion once again but Constantine grabs him by the arm. Keaton pleads that they have to do something but Constantine and Hunnicutt begin dragging Keaton away. He’s kicking and screaming, trying to save Justin Cooper but his fellow Vis Imperium members are dragging him backstage away from the chaos inside the ring.
Cohen: Vis Imperium has just refused to save Justin Cooper. Constantine would not let Mark Keaton return to the ring to save his mentor. Was Justin Cooper telling the truth? He must not have had anything to do with the attack.
Connor: I think that says a lot about this entire situation. Vis Imperium walked away from Justin Cooper. With Kingdom Come approaching I don’t think Constantine wanted to risk injury.
The crowd are going wild as inside the ring Mikey Stormrage has pushed the table to the side. He stands up and looks towards Justin Cooper who is pulling himself up using the ropes. It takes a moment for him to realise what is happening but slowly Cooper pieces together that he is no longer with his best friend. He is isolated and not in his wrestling gear but Mikey Stormrage came prepared for a fight. Mikey is in his gear and now he grabs Cooper and begins hammering away with punches sending the number one contender into the corner. It’s a total beat down as Cooper struggles to protect himself. Stormrage grabs his suit jacket and tears it, Cooper’s shirt goes flying also and he crawls into the middle of the ring.
Connor: Mikey has snapped. He believes Cooper had something to do with the attack on Meltdown and he’s unleashing like we’ve never seen before.
Cohen: Cooper might not make it to Kingdom Come at this rate.
Cooper gets to his feet but is immediately dropped with a hard elbow from Stormrage - Headshot! The crowd explodes and even more so when Mikey pulls the table into the middle of the ring, setting it up for something special. Cooper is totally out of it and has no idea that this is about to happen. His watch is smashed, his suit is ruined and his head is ringing from the elbow. Mikey lifts Cooper to his knees and looks down at him, his eyes glazed over, before placing Copper in his arms and sending him crashing through the table with GAME OVER!
Cohen: He put Cooper through the table! Mikey Stormrage has found another level tonight and he’s gone insane. Cooper mentioned Eve Taylor twice and it sent Mikey off the deep end.
Connor: This main event just got a whole lot more personal after tonight. Next week will be a must see as this rivalry continues to heat up. Until next time, thank you for being with us. Goodnight everybody!
Bits of wood are all over the ring as Cooper is out cold amongst the broken table. Mikey picks up his World Championship and surveys the damage he has done. The fans give a cheer as Mikey holds up the belt for all to see while standing next to his fallen challenger as the credits begin to roll.
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