Slam Intro
Havoc vs Anastasia Petrova vs Doc Henry
Apollo/Anthrax vs Tank Reaper/Chris Avery
Slickie T/D-Day vs Mikami/Ryan Daniels vs The Superfans
Exodus vs Dake Ken/Johnny Reb

Slam Intro

Kids by MGMT hits! The crowd roars, and anticipation fills the arena... because Shannan Lerch is sitting alone in the announcers booth.

Shannan Lerch: Hello, fans. Welcome to Slam. We're broadcasting for the first time years without Zach Davis tonight.

Shannan sighs.

Shannan Lerch: You see, last week, after Torture tried to attack me for no apparent reason, Zach Davis stepped in.. and Torture beat him to a bloody pulp. As many of you know, Zach Davis IS a former wrestler, but Torture just... I can't even continue. Guys in the back, just roll the footage.

Footage rolls of last week's attack. Torture attacks Zach Davis with a steel chair, then rams the chair down onto Zach's throat. Repeatedly. We go back to Shannan.

Shannan Lerch: Needless to say, Zach is in the hospital, and it is going to be a long time before he recovers enough to even be able to announce again. Until them... I'm not sure what we're going to do.

Master of Puppets hits.

Shannan Lerch: But I bet he does?

Seth Lerch walks out and the fans cheer. Seth isn't in a good mood, however. He stands on the stage, microphone in hand.

Seth Lerch: I'm going to make this short and sweet. Torture, YOU WILL BE DEALT WITH TONIGHT. Trust me on that.

The crowd cheers!

Seth Lerch: But for now, the show must go on. In Zach's absence, Shannan will be joined, every single week, by.. LUSCIOUS JACKSON!

The crowd boos.

Seth Lerch: No, I'm just kidding. Kyle Steel, get out here.

Kyle Steel, also a former wrestler and WCF announcer, steps out from the back. The fans cheer him for the most part as he walks to the ring and takes a seat beside Shannan.

Seth Lerch: Now, like I said, the show must go on. Let's do this.

Seth leaves and heads to the back, leaving the announcers to do their usual preshow talk.

Shannan Lerch: Kyle, welcome back to WCF!

Kyle Steel: Good to be here, Shannan. And it is a good night to make my return, because damn do we have some good matches.

Shannan Lerch: We sure do! Our main event is Johnny Reb and Dake Ken teaming up against Exodus, Chester and Gravedigger.

Kyle Steel: Chester and Gravedigger are former Tag Team Champions, and now they're being managed by their brother Brian Borroughs. They're a force to be reckoned with.

Shannan Lerch: But they're up against the two best wrestlers in WCF today, period. Dake Ken and Johnny Reb. The two men who will face off at Ultimate Showdown in a ladder match for the WCF World Title.

Kyle Steel: Exodus' Showdown opponents, and new Tag Team Champions, the Superfans, are in a tag match of their own.. facing the teams of Slickie T and D-Day, and Mikami and Ryan Daniels.

Shannan Lerch: Now we know Mikami and Daniels have teamed together SEVERAL times before, so they just may be able to work together well enough to combat Slickie T and D-Day, at least. We'll see how this one goes.

Kyle Steel: And in our third tag match of the evening, Apollo and Anthrax are gonna team up to face Tank Reaper and Chris Avery. What a team that is!

Shannan Lerch: These guys are heating up their rivalries, Kyle. For sure.

Kyle Steel: And in our opener, we have three great acquisitions. Havoc, former Champion in the now defunct XCW organization, Doc Henry, a former GWC superstar, and Anastasia Petrova, a hot Russian chick.

Shannan Lerch: Keep it in your pants, Kyle.

Kyle Steel: At least Luscious isn't out here.

Shannan Lerch: True.. true. Let's get to the show!

Havoc vs Anastasia Petrova vs Doc Henry

"I Want It All" by Queen hits the speakers, as Havoc makes his entrance to a mixed audience reaction.

Kyle Steel: What an exciting time it is to be a wrestling fan, Shannan! Making his WCF debut here tonight, former multi-time XCW champion Havoc!

Shannan Lerch: That’s right, Kyle. This guy is a major talent, and we’re lucky to have him.

Kyle Steel: And next, all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia…

Na Rasputye by Kipelov plays and the lights turn red as Anastasia Petrova prances about the stage. She goes to the ring and says hi to the fans and blows them kisses while shaking her booty!

Shannan Lerch: What an…interesting display of…um…femininity?

Kyle Steel: Well, you can’t expect too much in the way of taste from these Soviets, Shannan. They’re still trying to puzzle out democracy.

Shannan Lerch: …right. And last, but certainly not least, the longtime rival of our very own Johnny Reb…

Lights dim, to an orange glow as if at sunrise, as music starts.

With the main guitar riff, Doc enters the arena in a light haze.

As lyrics start, he slowly raises his head looking into the ring, raising his hands up for a slow pop. Lights fade up as he does this.

I wake up in the morning
And I raise my weary head
I got an old coat for a pillow
And the earth was last nights bed

Doc proceeds to the ring high fiving the crowd.

Only God knows where Ive been
Im a devil on the run
A six gun lover
A candle in the wind

Walking up the steps and ducks under the top rope. Pumping his fists and getting the crowd riled, he fist pumps facing all four sides.

When youre brought into this world
They say youre born in sin
Well at least they gave me something
I didnt have to steal or have to win
Well they tell me that Im wanted
Yeah Im a wanted man

Gallantly removes hat and saddle coat before extinguishing cigarette on ring post.

Kyle Steel: There’s the bell! Havoc wastes no time starting things off with Doc Henry.

Shannan Lerch: Henry avoids Havoc, but runs right into a hard slap from Anastasia Petrova!

Doc Henry shakes it off as she pulls back for another one. He intercepts her open hand and shakes his head in warning. Meanwhile Havoc is on the offensive again. Henry spots the movement from the corner of his eye and turns, pushing Petrova into Havoc’s waiting arms. Havoc nails Petrova with an inverted DDT!

Kyle Steel: Wow. That was kind of brutal.

Havoc turns his attention now to Doc Henry, who has taken the opportunity to get up onto the nearest turnbuckle. Havoc rushes to the corner and pulls on Henry’s leg, causing him to lose his balance and crotch himself on the turnbuckle. Havoc climbs up with him, laying into Doc with a series of punches before delivering a devastating superplex. Havoc rolls Henry up for the pin.

1 . . .

Anastasia Petrova climbs onto the ropes now.

2 . . .

Shannan Lerch: Petrova with a leg drop! She breaks the count! Yay girl power!

Kyle Steel: Yeah, but that leg drop took the wind out of her sails, too. She’d better be quicker.

Shannan Lerch: And she is! Anastasia to her feet first. She shoves a semi-conscious Havoc out of the way and hooks Doc Henry’s leg!

1 . . .

Kyle Steel: A kickout at one! But Doc doesn’t look too upset at the situation.

Indeed, Henry leers at Petrova suggestively as he gets back to his feet. Petrova rolls her eyes and turns her back on Henry, as Havoc takes a moment to regain his breath. Henry takes a run at Petrova with a lariat, taking her to the mat again.

Kyle Steel: I guess she shouldn’t have ignored him, Shannan. Doc Henry with the pin now…

Before the ref can even start the count, Havoc is refreshed and up again. He lays boots to Henry’s ribs before pulling him to a standing position. Havoc looks to lift Henry into a fireman’s carry as the ref takes a moment to check on Petrova. Seeing that the referee is distracted, Doc goes for an eye rake and makes his escape.

Shannan Lerch: Hey! That was cheating!

Kyle Steel: So what else is new?

Havoc isn’t deterred long, however. He grabs Henry’s arm and whips him into the corner. Prepared to follow up, Havoc is distracted when he feels a tap on his shoulder. He turns, and is met with a sucker punch from Anastasia Petrova! Havoc staggers back a pace or two, then shoots the Russian a dark look. She meets his gaze with a Siberian coolness. The two charge at each other, colliding in the middle of the ring!

Shannan Lerch: Ohmigawd! I think they’re dead.

Kyle Steel: Better dead than Red.

Shannan Lerch: Thank you, Senator McCarthy. Doc Henry looking to take advantage of the situation. He’s back on the turnbuckle!

Henry launches himself off the turnbuckle with a shooting star press. Petrova and Havoc both seem to become aware of this at precisely the same time; they both roll out of the way, and Doc Henry eats canvas! Havoc and Petrova both get to their feet, Petrova turns and eats a Superkick from Havoc!

Kyle Steel: Damn!

Petrova flies out of the ring. Havoc takes advantage by picking Doc up and hitting a Brainbuster!

Shannan Lerch: He calls that the.. ahem.. Fuck You.

Havoc pins Doc, hooking the leg.




Kyle Steel: Havoc is succesful in his WCF debut!

Havoc gets his arm raised as his music plays, and he proceeds to leave the ring and head to the back.

Exodus Segment

"When Worlds Collide" by Powerman 5000 hits the speakers, causing the fans to immediately rise to their feet.

Shannan Lerch: Uh oh, here comes Exodus.

Kyle Steel: Yes, the three Borroughs brothers are in the house! This is certainly a surprise as we weren't expecting to see them out here until tonight in the main event against Dake Ken and Johnny Reb.

A few seconds later, out walks Brian Borroughs, manager of Gravedigger and Chester aka Exodus. He stands at the top of the ramp and stops, adjusting his tie. He turns and arrogantly points to the entryway as Chester walks out in tattered jeans and a black hoodie, pulled down. Gravedigger walks out right after him, dressed in black wrestling pants, a black muscle shirt and his black and white face paint done in a different design than last week. The three men stand at the top of the ramp, Brian in between him. Brian holds their arms up and starts yelling out at the crowd. He lets their arms go and walks down the ramp ahead of them. Once at the bottom, Chester runs up to the ring and slides in under the bottom rope while Brian and Gravedigger head over to the ring steps.

Brian walks up the steps first and sits down on the middle rope and holds the top rope up. Gravedigger steps past him and into the ring. Brian jumps up into the ring and walks over to the opposite side of the ring asking for a microphone. Gravedigger and Chester pose on the turnbuckles. They finally step down and stand at different parts of the ring as Brian walks back to the center of the ring with the microphone. The music fades and the lights come back up as he lifts the mic.

Brian Borroughs: We are just days away from Ultimate Showdown. Exodus takes on The Superfans for the tag team titles. It is at Ultimate Showdown that the Superfans will either prove they deserve the titles or that they truly are paper champions. Another example of that in WCF. Hell, they're all paper champions. Every single one of them. Slickie T, Dake Ken, the Superfans. None of you deserve the title you hold. None of you have truly earned the right to wear the belt that is strapped around your waist or hung over your shoulder.

Shannan Lerch: What is he talking about? With the exception of the Superfans, the other champions in WCF won their titles in sanctioned matches.

Brian Borroughs: You don't know what it means to truly be a fighting champion. I don't care if Seth Lerch puts you in matches every single week, because he never puts you in any matches that truly test your ability as a champion. He never puts you into situations where you could have a real challenge. I don't care if those of you who are champions now won it from a previous champion. Do you actually think that's supposed to prove what I'm saying wrong? Do you? Well, it doesn't! All it proves is one paper champion won it from another paper champion.

The only wrestlers in the lockerroom who would not be paper champions are the two men here in the ring with me. The Epitome of Hardcore, Gravedigger, and his brother Chester. The Borroughs are champions. The Borroughs are winners. When Gravedigger and Chester were taking over WCF from the management side, the ratings spiked because of who it was. You could have taken any wrestler here in WCF who could have done the same thing as Gravedigger and had a faction to back him up like my brother did and the ratings would not have been anywhere near what they were when he was owner. Now, it's true that his plan to run the federation into the ground was hindered a little bit by the ratings surge, but it just proves that these men in the ring are what the fans want to see.

The crowd boos a little bit.

Brian Borroughs: Go ahead and boo, it doesn't disprove my point at all. Next Sunday at the pay-per-view, Exodus will walk in challengers and walk out champions. They will show everyone what it means to be a champion. They will show the United States champion, whomever that may be after next week, what it means to be a champion. They will show the World champion, whomever that may be, what it means to be a champion. When they win the tag team titles, they're not going to just win the tag titles and then defend them and do nothing but wrestle tag team matches, no, they will be gunning for other title belts, too. They will hold onto the tag team titles, succesfully defending them, and they will win singles titles and succesfully defend them, too.

Kyle Steel: A bold proclamation by the manager of Exodus.

Brian Borroughs: No, that does not mean that some weeks they would defend their tag titles while other weeks they'd defend their singles titles. No, these two men would be the EPITOME of fighting champions. They would be defending both titles at any moment possible. Hell, Seth Lerch, these two men would go so far as to defend tag team titles in a two out of three falls match and then turn around on the SAME NIGHT and defend a singles title in the SAME type of match. These men are winners, they are true champions.

Brian looks over at Gravedigger and holds out the microphone to him. Gravedigger takes it and lifts it up.

Gravedigger: I want to say something real quick to one of our opponents tonight, Johnny Reb. Reb, you want to sit there and run your mouth about how I'm the past and you act like you're the here and now. You point out how you're the number one contender again. You talk like that's something to brag about. Why would you brag about that? To be the number one contender again, you had to lose. That's what you do, Reb, you lose. Tonight you will lose again. You run your mouth talking about how you could take me and Chester single-handedly, I seriously doubt that. Your little southern drawl is quite amusing to listen to, but after comments like that I'm beginning to believe that your brain has a bit of a drawl going on itself. See, you need to step back and think about comments like that.

You think you could take me and Chester single-handedly when you couldn't beat Dake Ken. Dake Ken and the rest of the WCF Elite could not take me out alone. They had to gang up together to take me out of my position of power I was in a few weeks ago. You think you're different? Yeah, you are different Reb, the difference is that you're in the main event when you shouldn't be. Obviously there was no one else good enough. I'll prove that tonight when I bury you.

You wanna quote the Bible and quote scripture from Exodus, here's a little something for you and the rest of the lockerroom. The last time there was an Exodus, a group of people exited an area. This time when there's an Exodus, the same thing will happen. Instead of Israelites exiting, it's going to be jokes like you, Dake Ken, Slickie T, and the Superfans. People who are barely capable of tying their own boots. Tonight, we defeat the champion and the number one contender, next week we defeat the Superfans and get gold put around our waist. After that? Who knows.

Gravedigger drops the mic and "When Worlds Collide" by Powerman 5000 hits the speakers. Exodus and Brian Borroughs exit the ring and head back up the ramp to the back.

Apollo/Anthrax vs Tank Reaper/Chris Avery

The lights flicker on and off and Metallica's Cyanide kicks through the airwaves. Anthrax steps outs through the smoke but stops on the edge of the ramp. Colton stands with him and both men do the same taunt; both hands in the air with a very mean face. Colt leads Anthrax down the ramp and into the ring. Colton makes sure everyone knows that Anthrax is here to fight.

Kyle Steel: First time seeing Anthrax in action!

Shannan Lerch: He's mean, and he's an American fighting machine. Or so he says. If you ask me, his manager is the one who secures the wins. I'd keep a close eye on him.

"The Running Free" by Coheed and Cambria. 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.

Shannan Lerch: Apollo gets things done, but again, he's had some help the last few weeks. Look for a strong start in this match.

Kyle Steel: Will do, Shannan, but the two men coming up next, I'm looking forward to!

Shannan Lerch: They are exciting!

Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf hits the airwaves. A special dance-techno remix special for the Wrestling Championship Federation and the crowd goes crazy. Avery comes out from behind the curtain with his hoodie on over his head. He's looking down and hopping around but he stops with both his hands together in front of him. Through the smoke comes Tank Reaper walking right up behind him and stops. As the music continues to play, Avery spreads out one arm in unison with a huge gold firework. He stretches out the other arm with another huge gold firework. Then Tank raises both arms in the either with the third and final bang as the firework explodes into the air and the smoke clears. With that third firework, Avery flashes his head up and the hoodie slides off and both men begin to high five the fans as they jog their way down to the ring. Avery slides in first and jumps on to the nearest ring corner. He spreads out his arms then folds them together. Tank steps over the top rope and just raises both arms in the air and the crowd eats it up. Avery takes off his sweatshirt, and both men prepare for the match.

Kyle Steel: What an entrance!

Shannan Lerch: I don't always agree with sex addiction, or finding justice for certain individuals, but these two men have the potential to win a lot of tag team matches.

The ref rings the bell and Apollo and Avery start out. Apollo takes the advantage early and separates Avery from Tank by putting him in the team corner and begins a lethal beat down. Apollo strikes with kicks and punches, and then picks up Avery and hits a suplex. Apollo drags Chris to the corner and tags in Anthrax. Apollo demands a beat down. Colton assures it. Anthrax bends down over Avery and unleashes holy hell in punch-form. Tank gets mad, that the ref can't break Anthrax off of him after the courtesy five count, so Tank steps over the top rope but the ref shoves him back to the corner when prompts Colton to lean over the bottom rope and take a hold of Avery's arms which allows Anthrax and Apollo, who just jumped in to the ring, to land multiple kicks to Avery. The crowd does not like it as Tank finally leaves the ring and gets back to his corner. The ref turns around and Apollo is back in charge.

Kyle Steel: Anthrax and Apollo are working together very nicely.

Apollo hits a Russian leg sweep in the middle of the ring but drags Avery back to the corner and lands some more kicks. Apollo taunts, but Anthrax tags back in. Apollo is confused. Anthrax quickly gets in and bends down over Avery again and lands more strikes to the head using his fist. Colton right on the outside barking orders. The ref uses the five count, and again, Tank gets frustrated that the ref isn't exactly breaking him off. Tank doesn't get in this time but demands Avery to jump up. Tank begins chanting so that the crowd can feed off of him.

Shannan Lerch: They're chanting "Truth! Truth!"

Tank has them chanting, and in unison he's drumming on the top rope turnbuckle. Anthrax and Colton yell at the crowd to shut up. They chant louder. Apollo demands Anthrax to pay attention. Anthrax stands Avery up, but Chris goes for a small package. Anthrax kicks up and gets to his feet, Avery rushes over to his corner, but gets turned around and gets nailed with a clothesline. Avery goes down. Anthrax lifts Avery up and throws him to the ropes. Avery ducks the first clothesline, and rebounds off the ropes again, Anthrax goes for a back body drop, Avery flips in the air but lands on his feet right in front of Apollo. Apollo, from the apron, swings with a wild right hand, but Avery ducks and then dropkicks Apollo off the apron. Avery turns around and Anthrax runs at him, but Avery picks up Anthrax and hits a spinebuster. Avery lands hard and reaches for the corner! He can't make it.

Shannan Lerch: Avery is so close!

Apollo slides in to the ring and grabs Avery just as he gets up by the leg. Avery turns around and goes for an enziguri but Apollo ducks, and Avery lands on his feet now facing Tank. Avery then reverses the Enziguri and nails Apollo over the face sending him backwards into Anthrax which then shoves Anthrax out of the ring through the ropes. Avery leaps and tags in Tank Reaper! The crowd goes crazy. The ref acknowledges it as an official tag! Tank, steps over the top rope and hits a clothesline on Apollo which sends him down, but he gets abck up again as Tank hits the ropes, Tank then hits another clothesline, Apollo gets back up again and Tank just stops, turns around and big boots Apollo to the outside! Anthrax slides into the ring, just as Tank stands near the ropes talking trash to Apollo. Chris Avery stands up, runs, and then climbs up Tanks back in a split second, and leap frogs off of Tank's shoulders and leaps to the outside in a front flip plancha to the outside onto Apollo who just got to his feet! The crowd goes nuts!

Kyle Steel: What athleticism!

Tank turns around and Anthrax goes for a move but Tank catches him with his chokehold. He walks around the ring nodding his head yes, as the crowd wants the super chokeslam! Tank lifts up Anthrax but Colton slides into the ring and hits Tank on the back with lefts and rights. Tank drops Anthrax. Tank turns around and picks up Colton. The ref is allowing it so far, as it's not a big deal of interference. Tank wants to slam Colton down, but then he notices Anthrax getting up. Anthrax turns around and Tank tosses Colton out of his arms towards Anthrax. Johnny Anthrax ducks, and Colton goes flying over the top rope and lands on Chris Avery who just got to his feet. Colton and Avery crash down. Tank looks concerned. He walks over to the ropes, and Anthrax from behind hits him with a few punches, that phases him just for a bit but he throws Tank to the corner. Anthrax runs and hits a mean clothesline in the corner. Tank stumbles out, and Anthrax goes for his finisher, but Apollo slides in and shoves Anthrax out of the way. Apollo hits the Shattered Star on Tank! Tank stumbles backwards to the corner and leans in. Anthrax gets up in Apollos face, and Apollo moves him out of the way. Apollo sets up to go for another Shattered Star, but Anthrax stops him and gets in his face one more time.

Kyle Steel: Teammates not working as a team right now.

Crowd goes nuts again as Chris Avery has made his way to the top rope. Avery leaps in the air and Apollo ducks, and Avery hits a splash cross-body on Anthrax! Apollo turns around and Tank grabs him by the throat for a super duper chokeslam. Colton slides in and hits a chair on the back of Tank Reaper. The ref demands the bell to be rung.

Shannan Lerch: Colton just disqualified Anthrax and Apollo!

Kyle Steel: They must not have cared to win the match!

Tank stumbles and Colton hits another chairshot over Tanks head which allows him to fall through the ropes on the outside. The ref scatters to the back. Chris Avery gets up and Colton hits a chairshot on him as well, which has Avery go to the outside of the ring. Colton then lifts the chair up over his head and taunts to the chorus of boo's. Apollo grabs the chair and throws it to the outside and begins talking trash to Colton.

Kyle Steel: I might have been wrong. I think Apollo wanted to win.

Shannan Lerch: Obviously not happy about the way Colton DQ'ed them out of the win.

Apollo shoves Colton, which has Anthrax come out of nowhere for a punch, but Apollo ducks it, and when Anthrax turns around Apollo hits the Shattered Star on Anthrax in the center of the ring. Anthrax goes down, and Apollo slides out as quick as possible and begins talking more trash as he heads up the ramp. Avery and Tank help each other on the outside, and Apollo storms off as if he's mad. Colton throws down his arms in frustration, and anger. Anthrax rolls around holding his face and chest area.

Kyle Steel: Wow! That was a quick way to end a team.

Shannan Lerch: I don't even think they were friends.

Kyle Steel: Next week is Ultimate Showdown, and Apollo will have his hands full with Tank, while Anthrax will have his hands full with Avery in a No-DQ match.

Shannan Lerch: Now this mess with Anthrax and Apollo.

Kyle Steel: Like I always used to say, Shannan, as the world turns in WCF, as the world turns.

Shannan Lerch: Abso-fruitly correct.

Slickie T/D-Day vs Mikami/Ryan Daniels vs The Superfans

Kyle Steel: And now for a huge tag match!

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.

Shannan Lerch: Here's Slickie T, the current US Champion. He's defending his belt at Ultimate Showdown against his partner, D-Day, and the men on the Mikami/Daniels team.

Dead and Gone by T.I. ft Juston Timberlake plays in the speakers. The lights are dim as u see a giant United States flag appear on the screen. The lights flash on to D-Day saluting the flag. The screen says none shall be forgotten in the line of war. As also the screen shows pictures of D-Days brothers and father, as D-Day makes his way to the ring. When D-Day get in the ring he salutes the flag and as soon as he salutes red, white, and blue fireworks burst in the stadium.

Kyle Steel: D-Day, a rising star here in WCF.

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: Mikami, the former Champion.

Voice: Welcome to Hollywood, may all your dreams come true

The suspenceful tone of the intro plays as the violins set the lets to flicker red.


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 tot he crowd, mouthing the chorus to the song.

"This is our mission
statement to go show the world
We must survive"

HE hops off the turnbuckle and removes his shirt as the music starts to fade out.

Kyle Steel: And here is Ryan Daniels. Next up, the Superfans!

When Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000 hits.

Shannan Lerch: Eh oh.. this isn't good for the Superfans. Sounds like Exodus is making their presence known a little earlier than expected..

But no, Tiffany Jane walks out... followed by the Superfans! Mark is dressed as Gravedigger, wearing black tights and a Dark Side T-shirt. He has a long silver wig on. Marc is Chester, wearing Chester's trademark attire of tattered jeans and black hoodie reading Embrace the Darkness. The Superfans head to the ring as the other four men in the match watch them, trying not to laugh.

Kyle Steel: You know this is going to get under Gravedigger's skin...

The Superfans slide in and taunt, mocking Exodus. The bell rings, and all hell breaks loose in the ring!

Shannan Lerch: This is chaos!

Slickie T and D-Day attack Mikami and Ryan Daniels, respectively. Mark gets on the apron and Marc is smart enough to just watch the other men in the ring fight each other. Eventually, Slickie T runs at Mikami and Clotheslines him over the top rope, with Slickie T flying out as well. This leaves Daniels, D-Day, and Marc in the ring, and they become the legal men. Daniels and D-Day are hitting each other with rights and lefts, and eventually D-Day Clotheslines Daniels down. Marc takes this opportunity to run at D-Day and grab his head, hitting a Running Bulldog.

Kyle Steel: Smart strategy, waiting for a good time to get involved in the match.

Marc stomps repeatedly at both men who are down. He measures Daniels up and hits a Standing Shooting Star Press!

Shannan Lerch: Impressive!

This results in a pin, of course.



Daniels gets his shoulder up. In this time, however, D-Day has gotten to his feet. He hits Marc with a Dropkick, sending him down hard. Marc gets up and D-Day follows up with a Backbreaker! He then tags in Slickie T, which gets a big pop.

Kyle Steel: Here comes the US Champ!

Slickie T Springboards over the top rope, hitting a Missile Dropkick on Daniels! He then turns to Marc and goes for a Hurricanrana but Marc quickly reverses it into a Powerbomb!

Shannan Lerch: Good counter!

Marc then tags in Mark. Mark comes in and he and Marc hit a Double Dropkick on Slickie T, sending him flying out of the ring. Meanwhile, Daniels has tagged in Mikami.

Kyle Steel: Mark as the legal man, up against the former US Champ.

Mark goes to hit Mikami, but Mikami catches it. Mikami fires back with several shots, and then hits a big Roundhouse Kick. Mark stumbles into the turnbuckle, and Mikami grabs his head and climbs onto the turnbuckle. He hits a Diamond Dust!

Shannan Lerch: Great move!

Mikami turns and hits Marc, sending him off the apron, and then pins Mark.



Mark gets the shoulder up.

Kyle Steel: Close call!

Mikami picks Mark up, but Mark pushes him away. Mikami comes back at him, but Mark picks him up and hits a Scoop Slam. Mark then drops an elbow quickly. He then starts climbing up the top rope.

Shannan Lerch: Going for a high risk move here!

Mark flies off the top rope with a Frog Splash!

Kyle Steel: That's Gravedigger's Death From Above!

This, of course, results in a pin.



Daniels is in the ring and kicks Mark off his partner. Daniels then picks Mark up and Uranage Backbreaker before getting back on the apron. Slickie T gets back in the ring now, and smelling blood, he measures Mark up... once Mark stumbles to his feet, Slickie T goes for his Omerta! He hits it, but right afterwards, Mikami comes from behind and Lariats T right in the back of the head. Slickie T stumbles down and Mikami rolls him up from behind!

Shannan Lerch: Mikami could have Slickie T here!



No! Another kickout!

Kyle Steel: Lots of nearfalls here!

Slickie T and Mikami are both to their feet. Mikami runs at him, but Slickie T hits a Dropkick. Mikami drops to the mat, gets back up, and Slickie T DDTs him down. Mikami rolls out of the ring. Slickie T turns to Mark, but he's just tagged in Marc. Slickie T gets ready to go, but D-Day reaches in and tags himself back into the match.

Shannan Lerch: D-Day just stole a tag from Slickie T!

Kyle Steel: I guess he really wants to get back into this match!

Slickie T looks annoyed, but the ref forces him out of the ring. D-Day gets in and runs at Marc, going for a Clothesline, but Marc sidesteps in.. and hits THE PELE!

Shannan Lerch: Cheap Pop! And I don't mean inexpensive soda.

D-Day stumbles to his feet, and Marc picks him up... and hits a Razor's Edge!

Kyle Steel: And THAT would be Chester's finisher, the Morning Star!

Marc quickly spins, hits Slickie T, knocking him off the apron, and then pins D-Day.


Daniels gets into the ring..


Mark intercepts Daniels before he can break up the pin.


Kyle Steel: The Superfans get their first victory here in WCF!

The bell rings. D-Day rolls out of the ring as the Superfans get their arms raised.

Shannan Lerch: They certainly do, and they've been doing their homework on Gravedigger and Chester. I'm sure those two won't be too happy about this.

Slickie T looks up, annoyed as he realized what happened. The Superfans continue to celebrate in the ring as Tiffany Jane joins them and we prepare for our next match.

Exodus vs Dake Ken/Johnny Reb

"When Worlds Collide" by Powerman 5000 slams the speakers and the crowd rises to their feet. Brian Borroughs struts out from the back and glances out at the crowd. He turns and points arrogantly at the entryway as Gravedigger and Chester walk out from the back.

Kyle Steel: And here comes Exodus. They were out here earlier tonight and their manager, Brian Borroughs, made some bold statements. He called out all the current champion and called them paper champions, claiming they didn't deserve the titles they wore and said they weren't real champions.

Shannan Lerch: Yes, Kyle, and he also stated that if Exodus won the tag titles and a pair of singles titles, they would gladly defend two titles in one night if they had to, that they would be "true champions".

Kyle Steel: Well that may or may not happen, but they have to focus on Dake Ken and Johnny Reb here tonight in our main event.

The three Borroughs brothers walk down the ramp. Chester runs and slides into the ring while Gravedigger and Brian go to the ring steps. Brian walks up and sits on the middle rope, pushing up on the top rope as Gravedigger steps through. Brian bounces up off of the ropes and stands in the center of the ring as Gravedigger and Chester pose on the various turnbuckles, inciting slight boos from the crowd.

Shannan Lerch: I don't think the crowd is quite over all the turmoil caused by these two brothers and the rest of the Dark Side not that long ago.

Kyle Steel: I can also imagine them not being too happy when they call out fan favorite champions such as Dake Ken and Slickie T.

The opening chords of "Bad Company" by Bad Company filter through the arena.

The stage and the surrounding area go dark. As the actual lyrics begin, blue lights illuminate a pair of figures: Johnny Reb and Dixie Pride.

Kyle Steel: And here comes the number one contender to the world title, Johnny Reb.

Gravedigger and Chester turn to the entryway and stand together in the ring opposite it. Brian walks over and climbs out of the ring.

Always on the run.

Johnny Reb and Dixie Pride both step out onto the ramp and the stage lights return to normal.

Is the rising sun.

Johnny’s appearance draws a mixed reaction from the crowd, largely of a negative variety.

I was born 6-gun in my hand,
Behind a gun, I make my final stand.

The Inveterate Confederate starts down the ramp, slowly, and pauses halfway down.

That's why they call me...

Suddenly, a fountain of pyros erupts behind him to coincide with the change in the song's tempo. Johnny raises his hands and lifts his head, making a beckoning motion, reveling in the crowd’s attentions, favorable or not.

Bad Company. And I can't deny,
Bad Company, til the day I die.

Reb lowers his arms and gives the dissenting fans a disdainful sneer.

Rebel souls.
Deserters we are called,
Chose a gun
And threw away the sun.

Johnny keeps walking toward the ring at a stately pace, ignoring taunts. Dixie remains at his side, casting the occasional insult back at an over exuberant dissident.

Now these towns,
They all know our name.
6-gun sound...
Is our claim to fame.

Instead of walking up the ring steps like he normally does, Johnny Reb thinks twice when he notices that Exodus is ready. He stands at the side of the ring, looking up towards the entryway to await Dake Ken as his entrance music finishes.

I can hear them say..
Bad Company, and I won’t deny.
Bad. Bad Company, til the day I die.

The music fades away and then "Bow Down" by Born of Osiris hits on the PA system. The crowd leaps to its feet and cheers on the WCF world champion.

Shannan Lerch: And here he is, the WCF world champion Dake Ken!

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. Dake stops at the bottom of the ramp next to Johnny Reb and the two men look at each other. A few seconds later they are in each other's faces arguing and bickering.

Kyle Steel: Well that didn't last long before they were arguing with each other. The match hasn't started and neither man is in the rin---WHOA!

Out of nowhere Chester leaps over the top rope. Both men turn but can't react quickly enough as Chester lays them both out with a huge cross body block. Chester jumps up and yells out, flexing.

Shannan Lerch: WOW! The match just started and Gravedigger's younger brother lays them both out in his first match back. What a way to return.

Gravedigger climbs out of the ring as Dake Ken and Johnny Reb both get up. Chester grabs Johnny Reb and slams his head on the ring apron and the two start punching away at each other. Dake Ken goes to help with Chester, but Gravedigger grabs him and spins him around. He shakes his finger at Dake and throws a right at him. Dake ducks and starts rocking Gravedigger with a few rights of his own.

Kyle Steel: Gravedigger stops Dake from going after his brother, but not from receiving a few rights of his own.

The four men continue brawling outside the ring and the referee starts the 10-count.

1...2....still no one going back inside.

3...4...5...Dixie Pride and Brian Borroughs start yelling at their respective tag teams to get back in the ring.

6...7...8...Brian Borroughs goes over and yells at Gravedigger who is picking Dake Ken up off of the ground after a body slam. Brian yells at Gravedigger that they're going to get counted out. Gravedigger throws Dake in the ring and then climbs in himself right before the referee reaches ten. Brian breathes a sigh of relief and then gets Chester to get back in the ring, too. Chester goes and gets on the outside in Exodus' corner. Johnny Reb walks around and climbs up onto the apron, getting on his side of the ring. Gravedigger and Dake Ken both get up and stand opposite the ring from each other, staring each other down across the ring. The crowd stands on their feet.

Shannan Lerch: Well here we go, the world champion against the man who has been running his name into the ground, claiming he's not a real champion, just a paper champion.

Gravedigger starts talking trash across the ring at Dake Ken, but the crowd can't quite make out what he's saying. Dake says something back and then points at himself and makes a title belt motion around his waist. Gravedigger gets pissed off and runs across the ring, going for a clothesline. Ken ducks and Gravedigger bounces off the ropes. Gravedigger comes running back and Dake bends over and lifts Gravedigger up in a back body drop. Gravedigger bounces off of the canvas and rolls over to the ropes and gets up on one knee, looking over at Dake Ken. Dake flexes at Gravedigger and tells him to bring it. Gravedigger stands up and grins at Dake. He shakes his head, flips him off, and reaches over, tagging in his brother Chester. The crowd boos and Dake throws his hands up.

Shannan Lerch: Oh come on! Gravedigger is being scared.

Kyle Steel: Scared....or smart?

Shannan Lerch: Scared.

Gravedigger gets onto the apron as Chester climbs into the ring. Gravedigger talks trash at Dake Ken from outside. Brian walks over and says something to Chester who leans over. Brian tells Chester something, who nods at Brian before turning back to Dake Ken. Chester walks up to the world champion and the two men lock up in the center of the ring. Dake wins the lockup and slides an arm around Chester's head into a headlock. Chester punches Dake a couple of times in the side and then moves towards the ropes and shoves Dake off across the ring. Dake bounces off and comes back, Chester jumps up and hits the world champion with a dropkick. Dake bounces back up and is put back down by a pair of arm drags.

Kyle Steel: Chester surprisingly holding his own against the world champion thus far.

Chester kicks Dake in the gut and hits him with a nice snap suplex in the ring. Before he can get up, Chester stomps away at him a couple of times, and then picks him up. Chester irish whips Dake across the ring. Chester bends over for a back body drop, but Dake stops himself in time and kicks Chester in the head, causing him to snap up and reel back in surprise. Dake walks over and grabs Chester and plants him in the center of the ring with a belly-to-belly suplex. Dake picks Chester up and performs a neckbreaker. Dake picks Chester up and irish whips him into his and Reb's corner. Dake tags in the number one contender. They trade a couple of dirty looks at each other as Johnny Reb hammers away at Chester with a couple of rights in the turnbuckle.

Reb leads Chester over to the middle of the ropes and irish whips him across the ring. Reb runs after Chester after a second and on his way back leaps up and hits a hurricanrana. Reb quicikly runs to the ropes and hits a springboard moonsault. He quickly covers him and the referee starts the count.

Kyle Steel: 1...kick out. A little early for the pin.

Chester gets picked up and is irish whipped across the ring. Reb goes for a superkick, but Chester is able to duck it. He catches Reb and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Reb gets back up and puts Chester down with a dropkick. Chester gets up and is snap suplexed down by Reb who runs over to the turnbuckle. Reb scales it and leaps off, hitting the Confederate Cannonball frogsplash. The referee slides into position as another count is made.

Shannan Lerch: Could this be it?

1...2...Gravedigger is in and breaks up the count. Dake Ken runs in and before the referee can get Gravedigger out of the ring, he turns to Dake instead. With the referee distracted, Exodus goes to work. Brian is in the ring with a steel chair and is stalking Johnny Reb. Gravedigger grabs Chester and gets him back to the corner where he gets onto the outside. Reb gets up and ducks a swung chair by Brian. Reb kicks Brian and grabs the chair from him. Brian's eyes get wide. Reb goes to swing the chair, but Gravedigger is behind him and snatches the chair from him. He tosses the chair down as Reb turns around. Reb gets a kick to the gut and Gravedigger delivers a nasty DDT onto the chair. Reb is knocked out. Dake is finally getting back onto the outside and Brian realizes Reb is knocked out with a chair in the ring. He jumps over Reb, grabs the chair and slides out just in time for the referee to turn around.

Kyle Steel: Wow, this referee didn't hear the smack the chair made on Reb's head?

The referee notices Reb is knocked out and demands to know what's going on. Gravedigger claims he tripped over his own foot. The referee insists that Reb was fighting Chester, Gravedigger disagrees. The referee finally gives up arguing and allows the match to continue. Gravedigger gets down and covers Reb for the pin.

1...2...kick out!

Gravedigger is pissed off and the crowd cheers. Gravedigger picks up Reb and puts him onto his shoulder. He points at Dake Ken and trash talks for a second before running across the ring towards Dake and planting Reb in the center of the ring with a running powerslam. Gravedigger grabs Reb's legs and repositions him in the ring so that when he places him in a sharpshooter, he can see Dake's face. Gravedigger leans back on the sharpshooter and talks trash to Dake Ken. The referee asks Reb if he submits, Reb shakes his head no and pushes up. Gravedigger yells at Dake telling him this will be him one day. Dake disagrees.

Gravedigger finally tires of the sharpshooter and drops Reb's legs. He stomps away at him a couple of times and then picks him up. Gravedigger irish whips Reb across the ring and then runs at him and nails him with a splash in the corner. Reb staggers out and Gravedigger hits him with a Russian leg sweep. Gravedigger picks up Reb, leads him over to the corner and tags in Chester. Gravedigger says something to Chester and then takes a couple of steps away from the turnbuckle as Chester climbs to the top rope. Gravedigger lifts Reb up in piledriver situation, Chester grabs his legs and they hit Johnny Reb with a spike piledriver.

Shannan Lerch: OW! That has got to hurt, Reb isn't going to last much longer in there with Exodus. They're looking good tonight.

Gravedigger gets out of the ring and Chester walks across the ring and taunts Dake Ken who tries to get in. The referee tells him to get back out. Chester picks up Reb and irish whips him, Chester drop toe holds Reb onto the middle rope. Chester walks over and grabs Reb's legs, forming a bridge. Brian Borroughs walks over and slaps Reb across the face. The referee runs over and threatens to kick Brian out. Chester kicks Reb in the chest from underneath and he yells out in pain. Chester lets Reb fall and then picks him up and hits him with a set of rolling german suplexes. Chester leads Reb over to the corner and tags his brother Gravedigger back in. Chester goes across the ring with Reb and irish whips him really hard into Gravedigger who hits the GraveMarker clothesline.

Chester gets out on the apron as Gravedigger climbs the turnbuckles. He leaps off and goes for the Death From Above, but Reb is able to roll out of the way by some miracle and Gravedigger crashes to the mat.

Kyle Steel: That could have been it!

Gravedigger rolls out of the ring while Reb rests on the mat. Gravedigger goes ringside.. and grabs a chair.

Shannan Lerch: Oh no. What's he doing? The chair again?

Kyle Steel: Its pretty obvious what he's doing, I'd say!

Gravedigger rolls back in as Reb is standing up and clocks Reb right in the head with the chair. The ref, of course, immediately calls for the DQ.

Shannan Lerch: Well, that's that.. Guess Gravedigger was tired of fighting fairly! Didn't even bother to do it behind the ref's back!

Dake gets into the ring, running towards Gravedigger, presumably for the Bitch Kick. But Chester is in the ring as well and tackles Dake down before he can get his leg up. Gravedigger turns to Dake as Chester lifts him... and hits Dake right in the head with a chair also!

Kyle Steel: This isn't right. We have a PPV less than a week away, and Gravedigger is taking out our World Title match!

Gravedigger throws the chair aside, and picks Dake up. He lifts him.. and hits the Embalmer!

Shannan Lerch: They didn't even have a chance to fight back, no one expected Gravedigger to just grab the chair like that!

Now, Gravedigger grabs the World Title from ringside. The crowd boos. Gravedigger looks at the belt for several moments before tossing it onto Dake's body. Exodus' theme plays as Chester and Gravedigger raise their arms in the air.

Kyle Steel: Exodus, looking dominant here tonight.

Shannan Lerch: No matter what Gravedigger does, though, he isn't the one in the World Title match at Ultimate Showdown. Reb and Dake are, and nothing is gonna change that.

Exodus leave as Reb and Dake start getting to their feet. Dake Ken clutches his World Title, rolling out of the ring and heading up the ramp, staring at Johnny Reb.

Kyle Steel: These two will face in a ladder match on Sunday.. damn, I just can't wait.

Dake disappears behind the curtain and Reb leaves the ring as well.

Seth Lerch Segment

Master of Puppets by Metallica hits, and Seth walks out. He walks to the ring, slapping a few hands, and rolls in. He headbangs a bit to the music once he's in the ring and the crowd quiets down.

Shannan Lerch: Pretty good response for my brother.

Kyle Steel: That is correct.

Seth Lerch: Ladies and Gentlemen lets hear it for Kyle Steel one more time, he's doing an incredible job.

Crowd cheers.

Seth Lerch: Also want to talk about Ultimate Showdown next week because it's going to be badass am I right!? World Champion Dake Ken will be fighting Johnny Reb...

The crowd boo's as if Hitler just showed up.

Shannan Lerch: Oh god, oh god..

Torture slides in to the ring.

Seth Lerch: You wait just a god damn minute you sick son of a bitch, you have a lot of nerve stepping in this ring with me you know that?

The Tort in street clothes stands two feet from Seth. His eyes are bloodshot still, the thin five o'clock shadow that won't go away, the messy hair. Torture stands, still quiet.

Seth Lerch: I should kick you to the curb, no I should make sure your life is ruined for what you've done to my company the last two weeks. You take out Rick Mad, you go after my sister, MY SISTER! Then you hurt Zach Davis, my number one announcer, the money, the hospital bills, you shouldn't even be allowed to walk in public for what you've done to me.. you should be behind bars!

The crowd goes ape shit crazy. Seth puts the microphone back to his mouth.

Seth Lerch: I know why you're here, Torture, and I know what you want. You want your precious gold, World Championship belt back.

The Tort begins to shake with anger and frustration.

Seth Lerch: That's too bad! I gave you a chance at taking some time off, I even gave you cash considerations, I even guaranteed you a spot at one of the next pay per views in line for a rematch at the WCF World Title but you told me no and then went on a rampage and now I'm supposed to give you what you want? I'm supposed to drop everything and bend over backward for Torture? No, that's not the ballgame I play. Torture, from now on, you will not destroy anyone or anything that involves Wrestling Championship Federation unless it is a sanctioned match. And your World Title shot? It's not happening any time soon.

Crowd cheers as Torture looks around clenching his fists.

Seth Lerch: You also will not touch any other WCF employees or staff members, or you can say goodbye to your contract among other things.

Cheap pop again.

Seth Lerch: And last but not least, Torture I want to be the first to tell you that you will be in action at Ultimate Showdown. I'm going to give you something you want. I know you want it.

The crowd kind of boos as it sounds like he's getting a World Title shot.

Seth Lerch: At Ultimate Showdown, Torture you'll be in a no-disqualification, official street fight! Torture you will go one on one with.. RICK MAD!

Crowd cheers. Torture does not however. Torture knows it's not his World Title match.. his fists clench again, his eyes zone in on Seth Lerch's face. Seth stands there as if he's willing to take a punch. The crowd is obviously on Seth's side. The crowd cheers harder now.

Kyle Steel: What's this?

Shannan Lerch: Rick Mad is in the ring!

Rick Mad slides in ready for a fight. He grabs Seth Lerch and moves him behind him. Rick Mad now goes face to face with Torture. The crowd is electrified

Seth Lerch: Huh, Torture? What happens next? You tell me!!

The Tort stops shaking and takes a few steps back. He crawls through the middle of the ropes and jumps off the apron. Torture begins to walk up the ramp to a chorus of boos.

Seth Lerch: Torture! You don't walk away from me! You can't just walk out on a fight! You will be at Ultimate Showdown. Oh yes you will!

The crowd boos as Torture keeps walking away. He gets to the top of the ramp.

Seth Lerch: Torture, I'm serious. You will compete against Rick Mad at Ultimate Showdown because if you don't... Torture.. you will be... FIIIIRREEEDDD!

The crowd comes alive as Torture quickly turns around to face both men in the ring. Seth slaps Rick Mad on the back a few times and they both smile. The crowd begins to chant RICK MAD RICK MAD RICK MAD RICK MAD.

Kyle Steel: So you're telling me Torture vs Rick Mad, and if Tort no-shows, he's fired?

Shannan Lerch: Oh my! My brother is laying down the law now! Ultimate Showdown is a stacked Pay Per View.

Kyle Steel: Title matches, grudge matches, this match, oh man. Is Torture going to show up? Will he be fired?

Shannan Lerch: I have no idea, Kyle. But I do know we're out of time..

Kyle Steel: See you at Ultimate Showdown wrestling fans!

The copyright logo appears as Torture begins to shake with rage. Seth and Rick Mad just smile. Crowd still chanting.

Monday Night Slam is off the air.