* PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * * PYRO * The camera spins around the fans in the arena, showing off another packed out audience - all of which are on their feet and cheering as the show gets going. The camera picks out a few signs that read "I want the bounty", "EurAvison Era ends tonight" and "Enter the War Zone". The fans seem to be very excited what for what is coming next as the voice of Meltdown, Sebastian Copeland, welcomes us in. Copeland: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a massive night in WZCW. We are just two rounds away from Unscripted 2017 and things are certainly heating up. I am, of course, Sebastian Copeland and I am joined in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland by the one and only Jack Cohen. Cohen: Absolutely right, Seabass! Tonight ought to be the huge night for WZCW and these fans in Ohio get to witness it all. Including a coming of age match for Tony Mancini as he challenges Titus Avison for his EurAsian Championship. All that and more coming right at you. The crowd cannot believe what they are seeing as the legendary Mikey Stormrage's music begins playing out loudly to the baying audience. Soon after, Mikey enters in wheelchair. All of the excitement that the fans felt is quickly extinguished as the crippled former wrestler makes his first appearance in a poor state. He wheels to the ring and rises to his feet and does his best to slowly climb into the ring, where he is handed a mic. WEL-COME-BACK! WEL-COME-BACK! WEL-COME-BACK! WEL-COME-BACK! Stormrage: Thank you all so much but I need to say something... Make no mistake, this wasn't an easy decision... As most of you know, I've decided to step away from in ring competition here in WZCW. There is a clear disappointment in the reception from the crowd as a mixture of support and booing is directed towards the gamer. Stormrage: I spent a lot of time thinking this over. I weighed the pros and cons, all the options I could think of, all the possibilities. This isn't what I really wanted, but after speaking to my doctors and what friends and family I have, they all agreed that an extended break was needed to heal not only my body, but my mind. Mikey stops for a moment, considering what to say next. Stormrage: This business takes a physical toll on you, but it also takes a mental toll as well. I've been through absolute wars in that ring. The first ever TLC match, I Quit Matches against Saxoteur and James Howard, street fights with Ricky Runn and Beard, the Hell in a Cell where Ty threw me off the top and almost ended my career, the ladder match with Constantine that forever altered my smile. Then there was my epic against Justin Cooper at Kingdom Come. I apologize for failing to stop that menace when I had the chance. The fans boo loudly at the mention of the leader of Vis Imperium. Mikey nods his head in understanding of their reaction. Mikey allows a solemn look to creep across his features as he thinks about where he is going with his monologue. Stormrage: I've also fought a lot of mental battles. I've lost friends, I've lost family. I've ruined more relationships because of this business than I can count. Everyone knows about Eve Taylor, and believe me I apologize for everything I put her through and all the things I wish I could change about how things went with her. I lost both of my parents days before big matches, I alienated so many people in pursuit of success in this ring. Suddenly, a massive cheer goes through the arena - an action to match the honesty and brutality of the speech that Mikey is making in front of them. Mikey allows a small smile to appear on his face as the fans offer a great reaction to him. Stormrage: Through it all, I gave everything I could to not only win, but make you guys happy, because it's really you guys that drive each and every one of us in this business. I was never meant to succeed. My belly was always a little too big, my ass just a little too wide, but you heard my music hit and you cheered your hearts out. For a kid from a tiny tiny tiny town in Indiana, that meant the world to me. I can never put into words what you guys did for me over the last five years. I can talk about the pursuit of titles and victories, but it was your approval and acceptance hat kept me going. The solemn tone in Mikey's voice seems to disappear somewhat as he begins to focus on what he has gained in his time in WZCW. Stormrage: See I never really found a place where I fit in. I was weird, I was the nerdy kid, I was the quiet one in the corner and despite all of that, when I came to WZCW, you cheered and accepted me. Ill never know why you chose to rally around me, but for that I'm eternally grateful, because this was the only place I ever really felt at home, felt like I belonged. For the last five years I built a career that will likely go down as one of the best, I'll probably go into the Hall of Fame at some point, but without you guys, none of it would have been possible. HALL OF FAME! HALL OF FAME! HALL OF FAME! HALL OF FAME! Stormrage: So thank you, all of you. From James Howard who was my first match and my tag team partner, to Matt Tastic who was my brother from another mother, and everyone in between that I ever crossed paths with. Again, you guys and gals all made it possible. With that, Mikey nods his head and a member of the production team gets into the ring to help him out. Mikey goes through the ropes and slowly goes down the steps towards his wheel chair. A massive look of relief from pain crosses the face of the former wrestler as he finally gets back to his chair. The member of staff begins pushing Mikey up the ramp as all of the fans in the arena are on their feet, offering him a final round of applause as he is wheeled up the ramp. As he gets there, he motions for the staff member to stop. Mikey gets back to his feet one more time. Stormrage: Just remember, I'll always be around in some form. This isn't Game Over, this is just me pressing pause for now. A massive cheer goes up for the WZCW icon as he settles back into his chair and disappears for now. Copeland: Well, that was really something, folks. I have to give some credit to Mikey for the blistering honesty with which he addressed everyone here tonight and, I guess, this is the last time we will see Mikey Stormrage in a WZCW ring for a while. Cohen: Hey, listen, I wasn't ever a big Mikey Stormrage fan. In fact, I gave him a harder time than most around here. But there is no doubting just what he accomplished. The fact is that this place is worse off by not having him around and that's a shame. Copeland: Definitely, Jack. This is a big announcement, make no mistake. But we have to endeavour to move forward and the show must go on. With that in mind, it seems as though we are ready for our first match of the evening.