* PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * The camera shows the stage of WZCW Ascension as fireworks and pyro light up the arena. The fans are on their feet in anticipation of what lies ahead of them on the eve of the 2018 Lethal Lottery. The camera pans around the rabid fans as Cat Connor welcomes us to the show. Connor: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 125th edition of WZCW Ascension. Tonight promises to be a hell of a night, that much is for sure. We are here in the Tokyo Dome for a night of wonderful wresting action. I am Cat Connor, voice of WZCW Ascension, alongside Jack Cohen. And Jack, do you have that fight night feel in your stomach? Cohen: Absolutely, Cat. You have hit the nail on the head right there. What a card we have on offer here tonight in Asia. The Lethal Lottery is only days away and, on a night where anything can happen, you can bet that extends to tonight! [youtube]mgpbzVOeXf0[/youtube] After a few seconds, the Heavyweight Champion makes his way through the curtain and onto the Ascension stage. He is greeted warmly from the WZCW loyal and adopts a wide smile immediately. He stands on the stage before nodding to the crowd in appreciation for the reception. After a few seconds, he begins making his way down the ramp. Connor: Well, what better way to start Ascension than with the Heavyweight Champion? It has been a big week for Constantine with news breaking of Justin Cooper being released. With that in mind, I wonder what he has to say. Cohen: He looks happy enough, Cat. The man who has pushed him to the very limit has gone from this company. Constantine will probably be of the impression that good has finally won over. The thorn in his paw for the last year has been pulled out and he can, finally, try to enjoy whatever time he has left in this company. Constantine finishes his walk to the ring and takes a microphone from a stage hand. He climbs the steps and gets into the ring. He saunters around the ring before stopping in the middle. He soaks up the noise form the crowd before beginning. Constantine: Can I just say, first of all, that I was just as shocked to hear about Justin Cooper as all of you were... A chant of “Thank you Cooper” begins going around the arena. When it becomes clear that they are not going to stop, Constantine allows the microphone to drop to his side - encouraging the chants into whole new level of decibels. After about 30 seconds, the chants begin to die down and Constantine continues. Constantine: He and I had enough history to fill a whole career. The matches that we have had, the stories that we have been involved in – all of which was there for all of you. He portrayed a bad guy on the screen but, at his core, he cared for this business more than most. I have hated him every single day for the past two years but, behind the scenes, he worked harder than anyone. It is because of that hunger and drive, that he was able to take everyone's estimations of him and go above and beyond anything anyone ever thought he could. And for that reason, I cannot help but respect him. A massive cheer goes around the arena again as Constantine allows a stoic look to appear on his face as he looks down at the Heavyweight Championship on his shoulder. Suddenly, he adopts a smile as he continues. Constantine: But the fact of the matter is that Justin Cooper is gone from WZCW. And in his place, someone must rise into a position that they never thought possible at this point. Tonight, on the 125th episode of WZCW Ascension, we will crown a number one contender for my Heavyweight Championship. Once more, the audience cheer the announcement from The Power Trip. All over the crowd, smatterings of cheers for Batti and Taylor begin to break out, neither one drowning out the other. Constantine: I have been here for a long time... Longer than most. But tonight feels like a special night for me. Who knows how many more times I am going to appear on Ascension but tonight will be one to remember. Tonight, we decide who stands between me and my dream to, finally, headline a Kingdom Come event. Tonight, we crown a number one contender, to whom a win will mean the world. Tonight, on the 125th edition of Ascension, we will decide the future. But either way, no one will stand in the way of my dream. Constantine allows a smirk to appear on his face. Constantine: Good luck. With that, Constantine drops the microphone and gets ready for the upcoming match. The crowd give him an appreciative applause as he awaits his opponent. Connor: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the Heavyweight Champion is ready for whatever is about to be thrown at him apparently. But are you? Tonight marks a big night for Ascension and a night that you all will not forget. What do you say, Jack? Should we get on with it? Cohen: I'm ready, Cat. Let's get this show on the road!