* PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * Connor: Welcome everyone back to the hottest professional wrestling show around today. This is Ascension and as always, I’m Cat Connor joined by my broadcast partner, Jack Cohen. We’re in for a big show tonight with some huge matches with potential championship implications. Cohen: Apocalypse is fast approaching and as of right now we know barely anything about the card. Who is going to challenge for the Elite Openweight Championship or the World Championship? So many unanswered questions but I think tonight we may finally get some answers. Especially after that amazing World Title match last week between Cooper and Black. Connor: They tore the house down on Aftershock but it was Justin Cooper who came away as the winner. That does open up questions as to who is next in line to challenge for the belt. Mikey Stormage? Eve Taylor? Flex Mussel? Somebody else perhaps? We’ve got a big triple threat match later tonight between Black, Stormrage and Mussel so maybe that could sort out the World Title confusion? Cohen: By the end of the night we should have a clear direction heading into the pay-per-view. Exciting times nonetheless, CC. Suddenly the lights in the arena go out. A drum roll begins to play and spotlights shine down onto the entrance ramp to reveal a large marching band, all dressed in green and gold. Not only that but several people dressed as kangaroos are bouncing around the ramp as the band begins to play. All the attention of the crowd is on this large band, taking up the entire ramp and most of the stage. The tune they are playing causes a large cheer and people begin nodding their heads. [YOUTUBE]4Nz3DL6EXtQ[/YOUTUBE] Pyro begins to go off around the big screen and from the ceiling green and gold confetti begins to fall. The lights in the arena begin to spin, flashing green and gold as the titantron zooms all over the arena at the fans dancing around. The band continues to play, beating the drums louder and louder. Over the madness in the arena, we switch to a view of the backstage area which receives a massive pop. Making his way through the hallways is the World Champion, Justin Cooper, dressed in golden robes with a green top hat and a smile from ear to ear. His title is around the waist and Cooper has a bottle of champagne in his hand, opened of course. He takes a big sip of the bubbly and runs through the curtain onto the stage. Appearing on stage, the crowd cheers and Cooper takes a bow. He begins dancing with some of the band, grabs one of the drum sticks and smacks it to the beat of the song. One of the kangaroos approaches him and Cooper pretends to box with it, ultimately high fiving the kangaroo before dancing his way down the ramp to the beat of the song. He approaches the ringside area and dives into a pool of confetti. The crowd continues to cheer as Cooper makes a confetti angel, pops back to his feet and pours more champagne down his throat, spitting some of it out as fans in the front row open their mouths. The Champ slides into the ring and does a full spin, almost tripping, and unclips the World Title. The belt sparkles as Cooper holds it proudly over his head, receiving yet again a loud response. The celebrations seem to settle as Cooper steps over to the edge of the ring and picks up a microphone. He takes a moment to gather his thoughts, kicking some of the confetti away, dropping down to his knees and looking at the World Championship. Cooper: I heard a lot of people complaining about the lack of celebration last week. Look, I might be an arrogant ass sometimes but I’ve got too much respect for this business and what this title means to go partying when I’ve got to defend the title that same week. I might not like Garth Black but the man is a warrior and last week he pushed me to the limit and I’d never disrespect him to go out a celebrate before a title match. A round of applause is given, Cooper acknowledges with a nod. Cooper: That was last week. This week I don’t see any title defence. I don’t see this title, MY title, going anywhere. I knew that if I couldn’t party last week that there was no better place to party than right here in the city of champions, BOSTON! Cheap pop and Cooper smiles, jumping to his feet. Cooper: I knew that if any city would know how to celebrate a title victory it would be Boston. Am I right or what? A loud cheer from the crowd. Cooper: Now you all heard that song. The champ is here! Six years it took me and they thought I was going to give it up three shows later? Never! If you want this belt you’re going to have to damn near kill me to get it. Doubt my skill all you want but never, for one second, doubt how much of an ass kicking I can take and still come out as the winner. He slings the title over his shoulder and looks around the arena. Cooper: I’ve been knocked down more times than I can remember. I’ve been to war with the greats. I’ve faced a Super Saiyan and come out on top. I duelled the White Knight and I stepped over his corpse when I was finished. I promised the world I’d beat Mikey Stormrage in the main event of Kingdom Come and with you supporting me I did just that. Once again the crowd cheers, Cooper says thank you and continues. Cooper: From Eve Taylor, Austin Reynolds, Constantine and Garth Black. I’ve beaten the top contenders on my way to the grandest prize in professional wrestling. It’s time for a new day. It’s time for a new era of excellence in this company. I promised to be a fighting champion. Someone you can be proud of so let me make this official right now. He turns to face the ramp. The band has cleared out at this point and all that remains is the fallen confetti. Cooper: I’m right here! The Champ, I’m not moving and I never hide from a fight. You want a shot, come get a shot! Come on, step up right now. Apocalypse is calling and I need an opponent, anybody, whoever wants it, bring your ass out here right now! Spoiler [YOUTUBE]Uz1Jwyxd4tE[/YOUTUBE] Connor: Well, this is unexpected I must say. I thought we’d seen the last of Garth Black interrupting World Champions after falling short last week. Cohen: Cooper did say it was a challenge to anyone. Garth would qualify for the challenge. He’s a former champion and you should show some more respect, CC. Garth Black appears at the top of the ramp and quickly makes his way down to the ring. His eyes locked on Justin Cooper, and soon enough they are face to face. Cooper shakes his head and seems visibly disappointed in the response to his open challenge. Black isn’t worried, his jaw clenched as he snatches the microphone from Cooper’s hand. Black: You look like a fool! Coming out here dressed like an idiot with all these green and golden rubbish. A band playing for you, really? Did you pay for that? Of course not, the company did. How quickly the puppet master becomes the puppet. On the far side of the ring Cooper is handed another microphone. Cooper: What do you want? I just beat you. Not once but for the third time in a row. 3-0, Garth. Doesn’t get much worse than that, mate. So, if you wouldn’t mind getting out of the ring and letting someone new have a chance that would be fantastic. Black: You think this is a joke? That title belongs to me, damn it. I should’ve been in the main event of Kingdom Come not you or Mikey Stormage. I was the superstar of the year but I was overlooked by a guy who is in the middle of the card. I main evented pay-per-views and yet I didn’t get a single award. The Champ can’t help but laugh. Black: Oh, it’s a barrel of laughs. We will see how funny it is when I knock that smirk off your stupid face. I never lost last week. Go look at the footage. The referee stopped me from following up after the Black Out. You would have been pinned if not for that. Then I got multiple slow counts. I had experts analyse the footage and it was obvious that the referee counted faster for you than they did for me. The Champ rolls his eyes. Black: You said you were a fighting champion. Well, I’m standing right here and I want my rematch. Give me another shot and I’ll take back the World Championship. Give me what I earned at Kingdom Come and I’ll prove that this is no laughing matter. Cooper: You crack me up, Garth. I beat you three times, dude. How many times do you have to be pinned before you realise that you just suck? You keep losing repeatedly to me and yet here you are crying for another shot. I’d beat you again but you’d just blame the referee. What’s the point? Run along, you’re wasting my time. Frustrated oozes from the face of Black. He runs his hand over his head and moves closer to Justin. Black: Listen up, you ignorant little fool. I’ll say this nice and slow. I’m not leaving this ring until you give me another match with the title on the line. Now, either you can agree now or I’ll beat you so badly that they’ll be forced to strip you of the belt. Justin refuses to back down, he locks eyes with Black and goes nose to nose with him. Cooper: I think you’re forgetting who you’re dealing with, Garth. I like to have fun, celebrate and have a laugh but I’ve looked into the eyes of the greatest superstar of all time, those piercing red eyes, and lived to tell the tale. Do not think I am some boy who doesn’t belong. I am the World Champ and you are standing in MY ring, bitch! [YOUTUBE]WAzTO8GMZhk[/YOUTUBE] With a hop in her step, Becky Serra hurries onto the stage. Inside the ring, Garth and Justin have separated, Cooper throwing off his robe and ready to fight as is Black. Becky quickly signals for her music to be cut off. Serra: Gentlemen, if I could have your attention! I said gentlemen, please stop this right now. Very slow both begin to turn to face Serra. Serra: Good. Now, a lot is happening tonight. Business has been booming after Kingdom Come and decisions must be made. Last week you two had an amazing match for the World Championship. I myself was very impressed until I started getting phone calls early in the morning, 1 am, 2 am and such from you, Garth Black. The camera zooms in on Garth, he simply shrugs. Serra: Blaming the referee for your loss. The same excuses you always have and I’m sick of it. We all are sick of your attitude. This is a privilege to challenge for the World Championship, not a right. You don’t get to blame us whenever you lose. The crowd cheers, Cooper claps his hands and Black shakes his head furiously. Serra: However, after looking at the footage we have determined that the referee made a mistake by not allowing you to immediately go after Justin Cooper following the Black Out. Therefore, we are granting you one final chance, one last match for the WZCW World Heavyweight Championship, against Justin Cooper at Apocalypse. Inside the ring, Black turns back to Cooper and points to the gold. He has a huge smirk on his face and an air of arrogance. Cooper meanwhile is less than thrilled, shouting out to Becky that he has won this contest three times before. Serra: One more thing, due to the constant complaining and attacking WZCW like we have something against you, Mr. Black, we have decided regarding the title match. This match will put all the pressure on you and Justin. To win, all you have to do is have more will than the other guy. No submissions, no pinfalls, no count outs or disqualifications. In other words, no way for you to blame the referee or the company. Whoever loses this match can only blame themselves. It’ll be up to both of you to decide who wins, and only you, because this match is all about how much do you have left in the tank. How far will your body go? What would keep you down when everything is on the line. The crowd begin to cheer as they figure out the stipulation. Serra: Justin Cooper defends the World Championship against Garth Black at Apocalypse in a Last Man Standing Match! Monster pop from the crowd! Serra smiles and heads backstage, the camera focuses on the two men inside the ring and they looked shocked. Cooper clutches the title belt close to him while Black just stares at the floor. They suddenly turn to each other, Black glancing at the belt he wants so badly and Cooper holds up four fingers signalling that the fourth time will not be the charm. Cohen: Can you believe it? Cooper vs. Black in a Last Man Standing Match on pay-per-view. I never saw this coming. To think, what will probably be the final encounter between these two men for a long time. If Back wants the title he must win. I can’t see him getting another shot if he is beaten by Cooper for the fourth time in a row. Connor: It removes the referee from the situation. All they do is count to ten. This match will be decided by the wrestlers. Nobody else to blame. If you lose it’s your own fault. Who will stay down while the other fights to his feet. I cannot wait to see that match.