Apollo Griffin vs Chris Avery
US Title: Mikami vs Slickie T
Exodus vs Madd Dogg/???
World Title: Ryan Daniels vs Dake Ken
Kids by MGMT hits, and Slam has begun! The fans cheer as we go to our announcers.
Zach Davis: Welcome to Slam, fans! Good to have you here, I'm Zach Davis, here with Shannan Lerch.
Shannan Lerch: We have an exciting World Title match tonight! A ladder match, featuring Ryan Daniels and the Champ, Dake Ken.
Zach Davis: This is a warmup match for Dake Ken, as he faces Johnny Reb in a few weeks at Ultimate Showdown in a ladder match also. I'm really excited for this match.
Shannan Lerch: And I am really excited for the team of Exodus, Gravedigger and his brother, Chester, up against the team of Madd Dogg and... well, we don't know who.
Zach Davis: That is going to be explosive. I'm scared to think what Gravedigger is going to do to Madd Dogg... and what Madd Dogg is going to do in retaliation.
Shannan Lerch: Not to mention Dogg's mystery partner. He's always been a bit of a lone wolf, so I'm not sure who would team with him!
Zach Davis: We've got a Blast rematch, with Mikami getting a shot at winning his Title back. He's up against the new Champion, Slickie T.
Shannan Lerch: This is Slickie T's first Title defense, though he's also scheduled to defend against Mikami, D-Day, and Ryan Daniels at Ultimate Showdown.
Zach Davis: We'll see if he makes it past tonight and Mikami, however!
Shannan Lerch: But speaking of Mikami... last week we saw Torture completely take out Rick Mad, the man that brought Mikami under his wing. Rick Mad is not here this week, he sustained serious injuries.
Zach Davis: If I was Mikami, I'd be scared. I'm not a Mikami fan, but I think I dislike Torture even more after what he did to Rick Mad. It is no secret that Rick and I are actually close friends, and Torture was just really over the line. There's just no excuse, Shannan.
Shannan Lerch: Yeah.. yeah. We also have Apollo's in ring redebut, as he's up against none other than Chris Avery.
Zach Davis: Can Apollo silence The Truth? We will see.
Apollo Griffin vs Chris Avery
Scene opens up backstage with Hank Brown and microphone in hand.
Hank Brown: I'm here with Chris Avery, and Chris, you have a big match up coming up next with returning superstar Apollo.
Chris Avery: Doesn't matter, Hank. You see, like I have said all along, I'm in this match basically to punish Apollo for the wrongful deeds he has done. Physically assaulting a woman is against the law, and tonight Apollo pays for that crime. He may have paid his debt to society, but the ring is a whole 'nother land. And tonight, Apollo gets the justice he's been waiting for. And afterwords, the truth will set him free.
Hank Brown: Thanks Avery.
We cut back to the arena. The first few rift of Running Free by Coheed and Cambria play through the speakers.
"All non-believers stand aside in fear...
a new day is marching through the door..."
Apollo enters the stage from behind the curtain
"How could you ever think you might get here?...
Did it bleed?
was it sore?
Through all the struggles you've endured.
You've come so far from innocence,
provided only consequence,
only what does it matter now?"
Apollo gets to the base of the ramp and points to the stars. fire works shoot down mimicking falling stars. and explode near him on stage. As the star pyro touches down on stage Apollo leaps forward and sprints to the ring.
"Cause you're coming home,
you're running free.
As only you would be
if you never owed them anything
and now you've found your way out
In the trust you've seen, the path on home"
Apollo slides across the edge of the ring, climbing the turnbuckle halfway up on the outside. He looks out to the crowd, points at all of the fans in attendance, then points up and hops into the ring.
Zach Davis: Apollo in the ring in his first match back after his recent arrest, and troubles outside of the ring.
Shannan Lerch: Obviously, he does not care that the crowd is not on his side..
Zach Davis: Crowd isn't on his side because they love this guy..
Just then, Kevin Rudolf hits the airwaves and Let It Rock smashes the audience in the face with it's musical solitude. Avery taunts on the stage and then points at Apollo. Avery nods up and down and takes off his entrance attire. Avery sprints into the ring and slides in. The ref rings the bell as Apollo starts to beat down Avery who hasn't even gotten up yet. The music stops and the lights come back on.
Zach Davis: Apollo starts early!
Apollo punches at the head of Avery before picking up and throwing him against the ropes, but upon Avery's return he hits a flying corkscrew, two flip clothesline knocking Apollo down! Avery gets to his feet and Apollo jumps up, the crowd is alive and loud, as Avery returns with a missile dropkick sending Apollo back into the corner. Apollo stands up and smiles. Avery taunts and the crowd goes crazy.
Shannan Lerch: Avery has this crowd every Monday Night!
Apollo and Avery circle each other before they tie up in the center of the ring and from there Apollo gets the advantage by putting Avery in a head lock rest hold. Avery pushes Apollo towards the ropes and when Apollo returns and hits a spinning back elbow but stays on his feet (doesn't fly) and Avery goes down. Apollo smiles out at the crowd which generates heat. Avery goes from his back to his stomach and Apollo steps over him as he runs to the ropes and Avery stands up and when Apollo returns off the ropes Avery picks up Apollo and drops him down on his knee groin-first in a nutcracker. Apollo still standing, Avery hits an enziguri! Apollo spins and lands in the ropes. Avery hits the ropes opposite side, rebounds, and leaps over the ropes, lands on the apron, pauses for two seconds, then lands a leg drop on the back of the head of Apollo. The crowd erupts as Apollo goes back to the center of the ring holding his head. Avery taunts as he jumps back on the apron.
Zach Davis: Leave to Avery to give us something fun every week!
Avery sizes up Apollo who is now getting to his feet in the center of the ring. Avery springboards from the apron to the top rope, to the air, but in mid-air, Apollo takes over as he catches Avery and hits a sit-out spinebuster. Apollo pins. One! Two! Kick out. Avery gets a shoulder up in time, and Apollo shrugs it off. He gets to his feet, picks up Avery by his head and throws him into the corner. Apollo hits a few punches before grabbing an arm. Apollo throws Avery to the opposite corner. Avery leaps to the top rope however, but Apollo has none of that and he shoves Avery off the top rope into the guardrail outside of the ring! The crowd gasps as Apollo taunts in the ring.
Shannan Lerch: What a hit on the outside.
Zach Davis: Ref is counting Avery out here.
The ref does get to about six when Apollo stops the refs count. Apollo rolls out and grabs Avery and slams him on the apron. Then throws him to the ring post. Apollo slams some fists in the back of Avery and rolls him in. Apollo picks up Avery and grabs him by the back of the head, and attempts to lock on the Burning Star, but Avery fights out of it and gives several elbows to the face of Apollo. He has nothing to do except drop the hold, Avery hits the ropes and upon his return, Apollo meets him with a devastating clothesline sending Avery straight to his back. Apollo lifts his leg slowly and drops a knee right on the head of Avery. Apollo turns him back to his back and pins. A kick out at two. Apollo argues with the ref as he lifts up Avery to his feet.
Zach Davis: Apollo not liking the refs count.
Shannan Lerch: He just lifted Avery to the top rope!
Apollo does just that. Avery now sits on the top rope and Apollo climb to the middle rope and latches on hitting an overhead belly to belly suplex! Apollo crawls over to Avery and demands the ref to count! It might be over.
Zach Davis: One!
Shannan Lerch: Two!
Zach Davis: Avery kicks out!
The crowd cheers as Apollo again frustrated with the ref begins to argue about the count. Apollo picks up Avery and lifts him on the other top rope, and the crowd starts to boo. Apollo tells them to shut up and climbs up. Avery fights back, however, and lands a few strikes to the face. Apollo reeling back trying to hold on to the top rope but Avery uses both feet and shoves Apollo off causing him to crash to the mat below! The crowd erupts as Avery slowly stands on the top rope. Avery stands firm, taunts, and leaps but Apollo rolls out of the way and Avery adjusts just in time, and action rolls and lands on his feet. Apollo gets to his feet turns around, and Avery hits a spear! Avery taunts as the crowd explodes! Then they begin to boo.
Zach Davis: What is this? What are they doing?
Shannan Lerch: Anthrax and Colton, his manager, are down here at ringside.
Zach Davis: Maybe they want a better look at the action.
Avery is distracted and tells the ref to watch them. Anthrax begins talking trash to Avery when Apollo rolls up behind Avery and pulls him down for a rollup pin!
Zach Davis: It might be over!
One! Two! Kick out! Avery kicks out and quickly gets to his feet and kicks at Apollo a few times before throwing him against the ropes, Apollo returns, and Avery floats over to behind him and rolls him up! One! Two! Kick out! Avery and Apollo get up and Avery goes for sidekick, Apollo ducks and goes for the Shattered Star!, but Avery stays standing and Apollo lands on his back, Avery front flips grabbing the legs of Apollo for another pin fall! One! Two!
Zach Davis: Apollo kicks out again!
Apollo gets to his feet, turns around and is met with a sidekick to the face for real. Apollo goes down slowly on his back like a tree. Avery looks out at the crowd, they know it's time. Avery leaps to the top rope, but notices Anthrax getting on the apron on the other side of the ring. Avery points, and the ref stops Anthrax from entering the ring but no one noticed Colton who ran to the other side and now has a hold over Averys leg so he can't jump. Avery tries to fight out of the hold, while Apollo gets up. Avery fights Colton off his leg while the ref is still distracted.
Shannan Lerch: Apollo is on his feet, look out!
Colton let's go of Avery just as Apollo hits the middle rope for a springboard. Colton shoves Avery off the top rope and Apollo catches Avery in the air and hits the Shattered Star! Avery goes down in the middle of the ring. The ref is let go by Anthrax and he turns around to notice Apollo crawling over Avery. Apollo pins. Ref counts.
Zach Davis: It's over! Apollo wins, but Avery almost had it.
Shannan Lerch: Almost Zach? It was over! Colton shoved Avery right into it! What the hell now?
Colton and Anthrax slide into the ring and intimidate the ref to leave. Avery uses the ropes to get to his feet when Colton demands Anthrax to destroy him. Avery turns around and Anthrax kicks to the midsection and then throws Avery shoulder first into the turnbuckle! Apollo stands up and is curious as to what is going on.
Zach Davis: Is Apollo going to stop this?
Anthrax picks up Avery, and Apollo pulls Anthrax off of him. Apollo then hits another Shattered Star on Avery! The crowd boos even louder. Colton demands Anthrax to kick him. Anthrax and Apollo begin kicking the crap out Avery when Fireworks explode on the ramp, and everyone quickly turns their attention to it. Sympathy by Non Divine hits the speakers and the crowd goes wild!
Zach Davis: Hey! OH yeah! Tank Reaper is gonna get him some of this!
Tank sprints down the ring to the crowds approval and leaps to the apron. He steps over the ropes and clotheslines Anthrax down. Colton begins wild punches, but Tank stops that and throws him over the top rope! Anthrax gets up and throws Tank to the ropes, Tank returns with a huge shoulder tackle knocking Anthrax down and under the ropes. Tank stands up for Apollo but he already slid out of the ring and is walking backwards up the ramp. Tank points at Apollo and says "YOU'RE TIME IS COMING BUCKO". Tank helps Avery up and they both raise their arms as Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf hits the airwaves. The crowd erupts as Apollo heads up the ramp and Colton and Anthrax gather their bearings.
Zach Davis: Tank saves the day on that one.
Shannan Lerch: I don't believe Anthrax and Colton are teaming up with Apollo these days..
Zach Davis: Must be a common enemy in Avery.
Shannan Lerch: What a re-debut for Apollo, however, he does pick up the win against Avery like it or no.
Zach Davis: We'll see if Tank can get revenge on that pin fall for Avery.
Tank helps Avery while accepting the crowds approval.
Mikami vs Slickie T
Zach Davis: And now, time for our US Title rematch!
The lights go out and Mikami's double-M logo appears on the JumboTron as "The Beast" by Tech N9ne plays, starting at the first chorus. The lights turn back on but are now red, revealing Mikami standing at the top of the ramp. He runs down the ramp, dives into the ring and then jumps back up to his feet.
Shannan Lerch: Notice, no Rick Mad tonight. I do believe he is still in the hospital after Torture's vicious beatdown last week.
The arena fades to black as a red, white, and green spotlights begin to circle the crowd and a red glow appears on the left side of the stage, a white glow in the middle, and a green glow on the right, as “Gravesend (Lake of Fire)” by Lordz of Brooklyn begins to blast over the speakers and the three lights come together in the center of the stage where Slickie T stands with his back turned to the crowd, his arms extended to form the shape of a “T”. He watches as the screen shows a roulette wheel spinning as the pill comes to settle on the green 00 space and the camera zooms in on the pill until the screen becomes completely white and then “Slickie T the Ace of Hardcore” scrolls across the screen in black in front of a waving Italian flag. Slickie then quickly turns as the pill settles in the 00 space and red, white, and green pyros explode behind him as he slowly makes his way down the ramp, slapping hands with those who are reaching out to him. As he reaches the ring, he quickly climbs the ring stairs, looking out over the crowd before grabbing the top rope and vaulting over the top of it and into the middle of the ring. After glancing over the crowd with a thin smile on his face, he climbs a turnbuckle and throws his arms out once again to form a “T” before backflipping off the top turnbuckle and back into the middle of the ring as the lights come up once again.
Zach Davis: And the Champ is here!
The bell rings. Instantly, Mikami attacks Slickie T with a barrage of rights and lefts to the face. Slickie T reels back, not having expected the onslaught so immediately. Mikami throws Slickie T to the ropes, and as Slickie T comes back Mikami executes a Hurricanrana, sending Slickie T flying out of the ring!
Shannan Lerch: Mikami with a head of steam here!
Zach Davis: I think he has a lot of pent up frustration.
Slickie T gets back up, and Mikami runs and dives out of the ring with a Suicide Dive!
Shannan Lerch: This match is a very different match than it was last time these two were in the ring. Now, Mikami's mentor is well known and Mikami himself doesn't have to worry about his disapproval, like at Blast.
Zach Davis: And last week, Johnny Reb pinned Slickie T. The unbeatable is now beatable, and that may give Mikami the confidence boost he needs.
Guiliano goes down hard as Mikami gets back to his feet. Mikami kicks at Guiliano a few times before picking him up and throwing him hard into the ring steps, creating a huge crash. Slickie T stumbles forward and Mikami grabs him for a Diamond Cutter!, but Slickie T knows that move on the floor could be the end of him and pushes Mikami away. Mikami turns around and goes for a Clothesline, but Slickie T ducks it and starts firing back with lefts and rights of his own!
Shannan Lerch: Slickie T back in control-
But Mikami rakes Slickie's eyes. Slickie turns back, holding his face, and Mikami slides him back into the ring.
Zach Davis: Mikami will do whatever he has to do, rules be damned, to accomplish what he wants.
Mikami climbs onto the apron and waits as Slickie T climbs to his feet. Slickie T is up and turns around, Mikami springboards over the top rope and hits a Flying Head Scissors! Mikami then pins Slickie T, hooking his leg.
No, Slickie T gets the shoulder up.
Shannan Lerch: Close, but Slickie T doesn't want to get pinned again two weeks in a row.
Mikami kicks Guiliano a few times before climbing to the top rope, back to the ring. As Mikami gets ready to fly off, Slickie T lunges into the ropes, causing Mikami to drop down crotch first onto the turnbuckle. Mikami's face contorts with pain as Slickie T summons his wits and starts climbing up to the top with him.
Zach Davis: These two men are going high risk here!
Slickie T helps bring Mikami to his feet while they're on the top.. very precarious position.. Slickie T brings Mikami off the top rope with a Backbreaker! The crowd ooooh's and pops!
Shannan Lerch: This is the advantage Slickie T needs!
Slickie T throws his body overtop of Mikami, too exhausted for a proper pin.
Mikami kicks out!
Zach Davis: Close one!
Slickie T gets up , pulling Mikami with him. He hits Mikami with a few forearms to the head and then a quick kick to the gut. Mikami doubles over and Slickie T executes a big Snap Suplex. He then runs to the ropes, bounces off and drops an elbow onto the former Champ. He follows up by climbing to the top rope..
Shannan Lerch: More high risk!
And flying off with a 450 Splash! It hits, picture perfectly!
Zach Davis: Mikami kicks out!
Indeed, Mikami gets his shoulder up at the last second. Slickie T starts picking Mikami up, but Mikami fights back, hitting several stiff shots to Slickie T's midsection. T doubles over and Mikami goes for a big Roundhouse Kick, but Slickie T catches it... and hits a Dragonscrew Legwhip! Mikami goes to the mat, clutching his leg.
Shannan Lerch: Vicious move, that Dragonscrew Legwhip.
Slickie T grabs Mikami's legs and puts him into a Boston Crab.
Zach Davis: This isn't looking good for Mikami.
Mikami yells in pain and crawls towards the ropes. The crowd is yelling at him to tap out, which only really fuels Mikami. He crawls slowly but surely to the ropes... one last lunge...
Shannan Lerch: Can Mikami make it?
Yes! Mikami grabs the bottom rope. Slickie T releases the hold and backs up, letting Mikami get to his feet on his own. Once Mikami is up, Slickie T measures him up... and goes for his Omerta finisher!
Zach Davis: Superkick!
But Mikami ducks it, goes under T's legs and launches him over the top rope!
Shannan Lerch: I thought that was going to be it! But Mikami somehow evaded the Omerta.
And just like earlier in the match, Mikami takes several steps back, then runs.. dives through the ropes.. Suicide Dive!
Zach Davis: AHH! Slickie T just sidestepped out of the way!
Indeed he did! Slickie T moved, and Mikami crashed headfirst into the guardrail. Both men rest for several moments.
Shannan Lerch: Once again, this is anyone's matchup... but Mikami doesn't look like he's in great shape, I think he hit his head hard.
Eventually, Slickie T gets to his feet. He slides slowly back into the ring, and the referee is continuing to count Mikami out..
Zach Davis: Ten.
Shannan Lerch: Slickie T retains his belt!
The crowd boos a little, never happy with a match ending in a count out. Slickie T stands up, also not the happiest with winning the match that way but it is a win, regardless. He takes his belt from the ref and slides out of the ring, heading to the back, glancing back at Mikami.
Zach Davis: Well, Slickie T gets another chance to pin Mikami at Ultimate Showdown, when both men meet in the ring with D-Day and Ryan Daniels for the United States Title.
Mikami begins getting to his feet, holding his head, as Guiliano slips behind the curtain.
Tank Reaper/Chris Avery Segment
We cut backstage where Tank Reaper is in Avery's locker room discussing game plans. Seth Lerch knocks on the door and walks in.
Seth Lerch: Listen. I know you didn't like the ending of the match out there, but what's done is done.
Chris Avery: That's supposed to be comforting?
Seth Lerch: Like I said, listen. Since you have your problems with Anthrax, why don't the two of you meet in a one on one match at Ultimate Showdown?
Chris Avery: That's it?
Seth Lerch: Alright, I understand, make it a No Disqualification match. But I can't help you with his manager. He's allowed down there.
Chris Avery: I'll be okay. Thanks.
Seth Lerch: You got it, also, since Tank has Apollo at Ultimate Showdown as well, why don't we make another match for next week on Slam. Apollo and Anthrax can team up, and take on.. let's see... YOU TWO!
The crowd erupts out in the arena. Avery and Tank smile. Tank stands up.
Tank Reaper: Seth, my friend, you sir, have a deal.
Chris Avery: Thanks Seth.
Seth Lerch: Yeah, whatever gets you guys on the cards. I don't pay you guys large salaries to not wrestle. Take it easy gentlemen.
Lerch leaves the locker room while Avery and Tank shake hands and discuss another game plan. We cut back to the announcers.
Zach Davis: Wow. What an announcement, Shannan.
Shannan Lerch: Two matches announced, one for next week here on Slam, which consists of Apollo and Anthrax teaming up to take on the new crowd favorites, Avery and Tank Reaper.
Zach Davis: And the other of course is at Ultimate Showdown where Anthrax fights Avery one on one in a No DQ match.
Shannan Lerch: Well, it might say it's one on one, but we know how Colton loves to get his hands dirty.
Zach Davis: That's what she said.
Shannan Lerch: Yeah, I said it. What are you talking about?
Zach Davis: Let's get back to the action.
Exodus vs Madd Dogg/???
"When Worlds Collide" by Powerman 5000 hits the speakers and the crowd jumps to their feet to see the return of Exodus. Out from the back walks their manager Brian Borroughs who stands at the top of the ramp looking out at the crowd. After a few seconds, he gestures in a cocky manner at the entryway. Out walks Gravedigger in a pair of black wrestling pants and a black cut-off muscle shirt. His black and white hair hangs down behind his head and his face is covered in black and white face paint in a tribal design.
Shannan Lerch: And here comes Exodus, Gravedigger does not look happy. I haven't seen him happy in a while.
Zach Davis: He hasn't really had much to be happy about these past few weeks. He's had his brother and best friend taken out of action and then the love of his life was injured in a horrific accident the other week. Luckily his brother, Chester, returned last week alongside their older brother Brian.
Right behind him walks out Chester. Chester is wearing a pair of tattered jeans and a black hoodie, the hood pulled down. Gravedigger and Chester stand at the top of the ramp with Brian Borroughs who raises their arms. He lets their arms go and walks down the ramp with Exodus closely behind. When they reach the bottom of the ramp, Brian and Gravedigger head to the ring steps while Chester runs up and slides underneath the bottom rope. Brian sits on the middle rope and pushes up the top rope for Gravedigger who climbs into the ring. Brian then climbs into the ring behind him. Chester pulls back his hood to reveal short blonde hair and a set of tribal designs on his face in black and white face paint also.
Zach Davis: Chester and Gravedigger are apparently trying to keep an even theme here with the face paint.
Gravedigger and Chester pose on opposite turnbuckles as Brian stands in the center with a smirk on his face. Brian finally walks over and asks for a microphone which is handed to him. He walks over to the middle of the ring as the lights come back up and the music fades out. Gravedigger and Chester slowly walk about the ring as Brian speaks to the crowd.
Brian Borroughs: Such an amazing entrance for absolutely no reason at all. It was pointless for us to even come out here like we did.
Shannan Lerch: What does he mean by that? That could be taken as really arrogant.
Brian Borroughs: So there we were in the locker room twenty minutes ago and guess who sends a lackey to talk to me...Seth! Guess what this lackey tells us...the rumors are true. Madd Dogg no-showed.
A pissed off look clouds the face of Gravedigger. The crowd boos a little bit.
Brian Borroughs: There will be no return match for Exodus tonight. There will be no Gravedigger and Chester vs. Madd Dogg and a mystery partner. That has been scrapped. We were told that we would still be paid for our match and that we had the night off, that we could just head back to the hotel. I made the lackey wait out in the hall while I discussed this with my brothers and it finally hit me. I realized something. I went out to the hallway and told him to tell Seth Lerch that we were coming out to the ring to address this. The rumors were that Madd Dogg left because Logan has vanished from WCF. Logan has gone AWOL.
Gravedigger grows even more pissed off.
Brian Borroughs: Screw that, that's a bald-faced lie. I, Brian Borroughs, am out here to give you the truth. Madd Dogg didn't no-show due to Logan disappearing, the man he claims to have returned to get revenge on. No, ladies and gentlemen. Madd Dogg no-showed because he's scared. He no-showed because he fears the two men I am currently sharing the ring with. Gravedigger and Chester...Exodus. It's also why Logan ran away. It's why Jack of Blades disappeared. Let the examples of Madd Dogg and Logan go as a warning to the entire WCF lockerroom. Majority of the wrestlers who step up to Gravedigger or Chester run scared. Why would they run scared? Why the hell not? Look at these two specimens in the ring. These two men in the ring are two of the greatest if not THE greatest wrestlers to ever step into the squared circle. Yes, neither one of them has a title belt around their waist right now, but look at all the trouble that has been gone to keep the world title off of Gravedigger's waist. Yes, he's had a couple of shots at the world title back during the triple threat match at WCF's first PPV back in business and then when he faced Torture in a casket match at XIII, but see there was one problem with both those situations. Gravedigger had other things on his mind in the form of the ownership of WCF.
I seriously doubt any current or former world champion could make a successful world title run AND run the company at the same time. Can't be done. Look back at when Gravedigger made a title run when he didn't have WCF ownership years ago. What happened? He dominated WCF. He destroyed some of the greatest names in WCF to WIN and HOLD ONTO the belt. He never lost the belt in a match. Gravedigger was a two-time WCF World champion and was NEVER defeated either time. He had to GIVE BACK the world title to Seth Lerch just so that someone else could win it.
Torture, you're no longer world champion. When you WERE champion, you ran your mouth about being one of the greatest world champions ever. Yet if anyone goes back and looks at your matches as world champion, almost all of them took place at the monthly pay per views. Gravedigger was either DEFENDING his title or wrestling against the best the company had to offer EVERY WEEK. You? You defended your belt a couple of times on Slam, mainly against people barely worthy of lacing your own boots. Most of your matches on the weekly show were tag team matches. Hell, some weeks you didn't even wrestle at all. You were a joke of a world champion. During Gravedigger's second reign as champion, he defended the title belt almost every single week and came out on top despite the odds being stacked against him.
Gravedigger will climb the mountain and reclaim the world title and show you chumps back there how to defend a world title and how to be a world champion. However, that's getting ahead of ourselves, we all know that Seth isn't going to let Gravedigger near the title anytime soon. Instead he's putting you guys into joke tag team matches against cowards. See, in this ring, I have THE BEST tag team in WCF history. I have in here, the greatest tag team...no the ONLY tag team in WCF. I promise th--
“Master of Puppets” hits the speakers and Brian looks at the entryway in frustration as Seth Lerch walks out, carrying a briefcase. Gravedigger nearly flips out and starts to climb out of the ring but Chester grabs hold of him and Brian runs over and they hold him in the ring.
Seth Lerch: Whoa whoa whoa, Digger. Calm down. I came out here for a couple of reasons. First one is to say sorry to Gravedigger, Madd Dogg is indeed gone. Your chance at revenge on Madd Dogg for Jessie's accident has left.
Gravedigger gets even angrier. Chester and Brian are barely able to hold onto him.
Seth Lerch: I also came out here because of something you just said Brian. You made the claim that Exodus is the greatest tag team in WCF history. That is up for debate. It's true that they have won the tag team titles and Gravedigger has won it a couple of times actually, but as a tag team they haven't really proven themselves.
Gravedigger finally calms down some, but Chester keeps an eye on him as Brian steps to the side and looks at Seth Lerch.
Brian Borroughs: Are you serious? It's not like they can prove themselves against any real tag team since there are none. Exodus is the only tag team in WCF right now.
Seth Lerch shakes his head.
Seth Lerch: That's not true. I would like to officially announce the newest tag team in WCF!
“Excellence,” the theme for the Hart Foundation, begins to scream over the PA system, with the legendary guitar riff leading the way. Gravedigger and Chester flip out while Seth Lerch smiles proudly. After a bit, a trio of characters comes out onto the stage next to Seth Lerch. The first is dressed in pink and black tights wearing a black leather jacket and pink sunglasses. He is followed by another, similarly dressed man, barring the sunglasses but with a large goatee, and wearing a fatsuit making him look slightly larger. The final figure is a woman with long brown hair. Seth Lerch picks up his microphone and speaks.
Seth Lerch: Ladies and gentlemen, Exodus... the tag team combination of Marcus “The Hitman” Hart and Markus “The Anvil” Neidhart, being managed by Tiffany Jane... THE SUPERFANS!
Marcus “The Hitman” Hart is handed the microphone by Seth Lerch.
Marc: We may not be The Hart Foundation, but you can be sure we’re just as great. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Marc, one half of the Superfans. But tonight, I’m Marcus “The Hitman” Hart! And my partner, Markus “The Anvil” Neidhart. And with us is our wonderful manager, Tiffany Jane! We are the Superfans, and we’re here to show you that you are not the best tag team in the WCF. In fact, there is only one team that can lay claim to that. And that team is the Superfans. Because, simply, we are the best there is...
Mark: ...the best there was...
Tiffany Jane: And the best there ever will be.
Marc: Prepare to get excellently executed, Exodus.
Mark: We welcome any and all challengers to face us, Exodus. And if you truly believe that you two are the best team in this place, take a number. But know Gravedigger, Chester, WCF, and the fans around the world: you have no idea what you are in for.
Seth brings the mic back up to his lips.
Seth Lerch: And, Gravedigger, don't worry. You WILL have a chance at the Tag Titles when you face the Superfans.... but the Superfans will be going INTO the match as Champions, because here tonight, I am awarding the newly reinstated WCF Tag Team Titles to this very team!
The crowd gasps, and Gravedigger is livid.
Brian Borroughs: Seth Lerch, what are you DOING?! Gravedigger has worked his ass off for MONTHS and has yet to see any WCF gold-
Seth has opened his briefcase, revealing the WCF Tag Titles. He hands them to the Superfans, who raise the Titles proudly, much to the chagrin of Exodus.
Seth Lerch: I know, Brian, I know. Relax, you and your boys have a chance at these belts at Ultimate Showdown, don't get your panties in a bunch. And Marc...
Seth turns to Marc, the Hitman.
Seth Lerch: I may've played the evil owner role here before, but don't worry. You won't be the one getting screwed at this PPV. As for Gravedigger... I guess we'll see about you.
Seth smiles and leaves the arena, as Excellence plays again and the Superfans also depart, leaving the angry team of Exodus in the ring.
Ryan Daniels vs Dake Ken
Shannan Lerch: At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… tonight’s main event, a ladder match for the WCF World Title! In spite of numerous losses in recent weeks, Ryan Daniels has shown he’s a real competitor in the ring, earning himself this title shot.
Zach Davis: This could be his night to turn things around, Shannan. And what an upset that would be!
Shannan Lerch: True, Zach, but Dake Ken is the World Champ for a reason. Daniels better be at the top of his game.
Zach Davis: And joining us for this match is none other than the man scheduled to take on Dake Ken at Ultimate Showdown – Johnny Reb!
Johnny Reb: Thanks, Zach.
Zach Davis: Any thoughts on this one, Johnny?
Johnny Reb: Well, I reckon it should prove entertainin’ to watch Dake Ken put Ryan Daniels in his place. There ain’t a doubt in my mind concernin’ the outcome of this match.
Shannan Lerch: You don’t think Daniels can win?
Johnny Reb: Not a chance, Shannan.
Voice: Welcome to Hollywood, may all your dreams come true
The suspenseful tone of the intro plays as the violins set the lets to flicker red.
"WE MUST SURVIVE!"
Guitars hits and the crowd is on their feet and pyro rains down on the entrance ramp and
Ryan Daniels emerges from the back with a random T-shirt on he stands underneath the pyro, his head bowed as the intro continues to play. After it finishes the pyro stops and Ryan walks down the ramp
This is a wake up call
To all who their eyes
This is our hope,
Hopeless beaten strife
HE stops at the middle and starts to hop up and down, getting himself hyped up and ready
for his match.
You kill the messenger not to hear it
It doesn't mean it never happened
It doesn't mean it never happened
He runs up the ring steps and slingshots into the ring. He runs up the turnbuckles and
stop, one foot on the top buckle and the other on the second he points out to the crowd,
mouthing the chorus to the song.
"This is our mission
statement to go show the world
GO SHOW THE WORLD
We must survive"
He hops off the turnbuckle and removes his shirt as the music starts to fade out.
A crane-mounted camera pans around the ring, showing four ladders already set up on the outside. Ryan Daniels, all focus and determination, paces the ring, watching the stage expectantly.
Shannan Lerch: Next, the World Champion we all know and love –
Johnny Reb: Speak for yourself, Shannan.
Shannan Lerch: Whatever. As I was saying –
"Bow Down" by Born of Osiris hits on the PA system. The lights dim down as the guitars and drums hit as spot lights focus on the curtain. Dake pops out from behind the curtain with both arms raised. He pauses for a moment and looks around the arena, soaking in the fan reaction, before lowering his arms and starting down the ramp. He slaps a few fans' hands as he makes his way to the ring. He walks over to the steps and quickly walks up them. He plays to the crowd a bit before stepping into the ring and making his way to the far turnbuckle. He hops up onto the second rope and poses to the crowd.
The bell rings. Ryan Daniels points up at the WCF title, suspended high above the ring, then at himself. Dake Ken smirks and shakes his head. The two competitors lock up, but only for a moment; Dake elbows Ryan in the face, sending Daniels staggering a few paces backward. Undaunted, Daniels shakes it off and comes back with a hard right, then follows up with a muay thai kick to the back of the leg. Off-balance, Dake Ken tries to regain his footing as Ryan Daniels grabs his arm and sets him up for an exploder suplex.
Ken manages to power out before Daniels can apply leverage, and sets Ryan up for a suplex of his own…
Zach Davis: Tiger suplex! Things aren’t looking good for Ryan Daniels right now. He started off strong, but his strategy doesn’t quite seem to be working.
Johnny Reb: It’s still early, Zach. Daniels may not be the best WCF has to offer, but one little ol’ tiger suplex ain’t gonna keep him down for long.
Shannan Lerch: Or at all. Dake Ken picking up Ryan Daniels now. Looks like he’s going for a Death Valley driver…
But Daniels powers out of Ken’s hold with a series of elbow strikes. He follows up with a superkick, and Dake Ken drops to the mat. Ryan slides out of the ring quickly, folds up one of the ladders, and slides it under the bottom rope just as Dake starts to sit up. Daniels follows the ladder in, eyes the still-recovering Dake Ken, and nails him with the ladder!
Ryan Daniels sets the ladder in the middle of the ring as the audience watches in hushed anticipation. He starts to climb…
Shannan Lerch: This could be it. We may have a new WCF World Champion here.
Johnny Reb (quietly): Come on, Dake, you bastard. Get up.
A third of the way up the ladder, and Dake Ken starts to stir. He sits up again, and the crowd cheers. Daniels looks down, considering. Seeing Ken get to his feet, Ryan Daniels does the only thing he can: he launches himself off the ladder. Both men hit the mat, but Dake is far worse for the wear than Ryan Daniels. Daniels back to his feet first. Opting to do a little more damage before he tries climbing the ladder once more, he looks to apply a sharpshooter, but Ken breaks the hold before Daniels can lock it in.
Frustrated, Daniels goes on the offensive again, only to be met with a quick arm drag. Ken lifts the dazed Ryan Daniels and picks him up for a stalling piledriver, dropping his opponent to the mat with expert precision. The crowd cheers this display of physical prowess while Dake Ken glances toward the announce table, gesturing at Johnny, then at the supine Ryan Daniels. Johnny starts to get out of his seat, then changes his mind and sits back down. Dake gives him a triumphant grin, then turns toward the ladder.
Shannan Lerch: And some tension here at the announce table, where Reb is making his dislike for Dake Ken very plain.
Johnny Reb: Shannan, do us both a favor, and shut up. Besides, he started it.
Shannan Lerch: You’re such a child.
Meanwhile, Ryan Daniels is starting to get up once more. Seeing movement in his peripheral vision, Dake Ken folds up the ladder instead of climbing it, and rushes Daniels with it. Daniels sidesteps and sends Ken – and the ladder – out of the ring. Before Dake Ken can extricate himself from the mess, Daniels climbs the ropes and leaps into the air!
The landing is spectacular, if not particularly graceful. Both men lie in the ruin of what remains of the ladder, bruised and bleeding, just on the verge of consciousness. Miraculously, Dake Ken begins to disentangle himself from the wreckage. Ignoring Daniels, Ken goes for another ladder and slides it into the ring. In the interim, Ryan Daniels is on his feet again, climbing unsteadily into the ring once more. Slowly, he stalks his opponent.
Shannan Lerch: Uh oh! Dake Ken doesn’t seem aware of the danger he’s in.
But even as Shannan speaks, Ken looks up to see Daniels rushing at him. Daniels with a leaping enziguiri that puts Ken down on the mat again. Ryan Daniels wastes no time getting onto the ladder. He’s more than halfway up before Dake realizes what’s happened and pushes the ladder over. The crowd goes nuts.
Zach Davis: Dake Ken showing us once again why he’s such an accomplished veteran. He’s taken a hell of a beating here tonight, and still going strong!
Johnny Reb: Strong, but slow, Zach. At Ultimate Showdown, it’s gonna be a whole other story.
Shannan Lerch: Dake Ken’s got the upper hand again with a figure four.
In the ring, Ryan Daniels is in evident pain, struggling against the hold. At last, with a supreme effort of will, Daniels is able to reverse the figure four and escape. Dake Ken isn’t giving him time to catch his breath, however, and pulls Daniels to his feet again.
Zach Davis: DDT! Daniels looks like he’s out cold. Dake Ken sets up the ladder once more.
Shannan Lerch: Ryan Daniels is a little more resilient than Dake Ken expected, though. He’s shaky, but he’s standing.
Zach Davis: And now Ken’s using the ladder like a battering ram! He just sent Ryan Daniels to the outside!
Ryan Daniels is lying motionless, on the mats surrounding the ring. Dake Ken sets the ladder up yet again, then pauses and looks back to the announce table. Johnny rises from his seat once more as Dake points up at the WCF belt. Ken starts to climb the ladder, and Johnny removes his headset. Outside the ring, Ryan Daniels has begun to stir; Johnny shouts at Dake Ken and gestures at Daniels, now standing on the ring apron.
Ryan Daniels slips through the ropes and starts climbing the opposite side of the ladder. As both men near the top, they start trading punches. The ladder sways unsteadily with the movement.
Dake Ken nails Daniels with a solid punch to the jaw that sends him down to the mat once again.
Dake reaches up and pulls the belt down. The bell rings. Dake Ken raises the belt high in triumph, and the audience goes completely insane.
Zach Davis: Look at that, folks! The winner – and still champion – Dake Ken!
Shannan Lerch: Take a good look at the future, Johnny. This is exactly what’s going to happen at Ultimate Showdown. See, you can’t really cheat in a ladder match.
Johnny Reb: Now that ain’t really fair, Shannan. I have never cheated in my life.
Shannan Lerch: What the hell? All you ever do is cheat!
Johnny Reb: Listen here, you dirty little –
Zach Davis: Ok, that’s enough! The important thing is, Dake Ken retained his title.
Dake makes eye contact with Reb and raises his Title high up in the air. Reb stands up and yells at him, but Dake slides out of the ring and heads to the back. Johnny throws his headset down and heads to the back as well.
Shannan Lerch: I don't like that guy.
Zach Davis: Then you and the WCF fans agree. That's all we have time for tonight, fans-
A rumble from the crowd is heard as Torture jumps the railing wearing a white teeshirt and black jeans.
Shannan Lerch: What th-
Torture smacks the headset right off of Shannan Lerch's head and grabs her by the hair and rolls her into the ring completely off guard. Torture slides in with a chair in hand.
Zach Davis: HEY WAIT! WHAT? NO! !!!
Shannan Lerch is still sitting down in the ring questioning the motive of Torture. She doesn't exactly understand what's going on. Torture moves towards her very slowly, never batting an eyelash, and never actually in control of his mind state. Zach Davis is now standing up demanding Torture get out of the ring.
Zach Davis: Get out of there! Leave her alone. Argh!
Zach drops the headset and the crowd cheers as he walks around the announcers table and up on the apron. Zach gets in to the ring and Torture turns around. For about five seconds Zach gets in a few words and points at Torture. That being said, Torture decks Zach in the face with a right hand, quickly picks him up and then hits a DDT. Shannan stands up and tries to help out Zach, but Torture shoves her down on the mat and she goes flying into the corner. Torture picks up the cold, steel chair that was knocked out of his hand and raises it over his head. He slams it down right on the back of Zach Davis!
The crowd gasps and boos. Shannan screams for help to come. Torture kicks Zach Davis over to where he's facing up. Torture turns the chair and then stands completely over Zach. Torture takes the chair by it's legs and grabs firmly with each hand. He raises the chair and stabs it down on Zach's throat! The crowd gasps. Shannan screams for more help. Torture lifts the chair and stabs it back down on Zach Davis' neck. Torture begins to sweat and he puts one of his hands to his face, as if he was getting a headache. Torture lifts the chair and slams it down on Zach as quick as possible then throws the chair down. Medical aid and WCF officials slide in the ring. At least a dozen of them. Torture moves over to one of the ring corners and just looks at Zach Davis while the officials check on him. The crowd is shocked, Shannan is shaken up standing over the officials. Torture still motionless in the corner. The WCF logo appears on the bottom of the screen..
Another Monday Night Slam is in the books.. and we're off the air.