Hardcore Title: Creeping Death vs Johnny Craven vs Danny Vice
Mike Ragnal Segment
Television Title: Mike Ragnal vs Bobby Cairo
Tag Titles: Reckless Jack/Jay Williams vs Team Xtreme
Skyler Striker Segment
Davey Boone vs Outcast
World Title: Thunder vs Skyler Striker
A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) by Megadeth is playing, and Timebomb is on the air! The fans roar as the first PPV of WCF's summer trilogy has begun. The pyro explodes and gets everyone in the mood for some action. Some in ring wrestling action, that is. We go to the announcers.
Zach Davis: Welcome, fans, to Timebomb!
Shannan Lerch: This is a starting point. First Timebomb, then Explosion, then the Aftermath.
Luscious Jackson: And dis here World Title match we got tonight, they ain't gonna wait to explode. Thunder and Skyler Striker.
Zach Davis: In Striker's own match design, a Pyramid match. Fans, you heard him describe it. I can't even imagine what this is going to be like.
Shannan Lerch: And you have to remember, these guys know each other as well as anyone. They were Tag Team Champions!
Luscious Jackson: But Thunder turned his back on Striker, and hell, even took his Hardcore Title and nearly seriously injured him.
Zach Davis: To say there is bad blood here is an understatement. And we'll see that blood tonight.
Shannan Lerch: We have a Television Title match between Mike Ragnal and Bobby Cairo.
Luscious Jackson: And I get ta see that hot piece of ass named Sasha.
Zach Davis: Calm down, Luscious. But yes, Cairo and Ragnal have had a bit of a rivalry in the past few weeks. They met in the Television Title tournament, where Cairo was victorious. But last week, Ragnal pinned Cairo right in the middle of the ring. Tonight we'll find out who the better man is. Unless Cairo cheats. But either way, someone is going to walk out with the TV Title.
Shannan Lerch: And we have an nCw vs NCW match as well... a Loser Leaves Town match. Either Outcast or Davey Boone is going to be gone.
Luscious Jackson: This is a big deal, these are two major superstars here!
Zach Davis: WCF and NCW veteran, Outcast, against nCw veteran Davey Boone. This is an interesting matchup indeed.
Shannan Lerch: We have a Tag Titles match, with Reckless Jack and Jay Williams taking on Team Xtreme. Jack and Jay earned this match on Slam, and also defeated Bishop and Priest. Team Xtreme were on the winning end of the nCw vs NCW matchup and have generally been succesful as a team. This is anyone's matchup.
Luscious Jackson: And we got some hardcore action in our openin' match, with Danny Vice defending against Creeping Death and Johnny Craven.
Zach Davis: That's right. Johnny Craven's tag partner, Davey Boone, is busy, of course, so he gets into this Hardcore Title match. Creeping Death fought Skyler Striker last week for the World Title, and came SO SO SO close to winning the belt... this is going to be quite the challenge for Danny Vice.
Shannan Lerch: I can't wait! I won't wait! BRING THEM OUT RIGHT NOW!
Hardcore Title Match
Creeping Death vs Johnny Craven vs Danny Vice
Ring Announcer: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a Triple Threat Hardcore Title Match! Introducing first, from Lubbock, Texas...he is Texas Red....JOHNNY CRAVEN!
The lights dim as bells begin to toll very slowly. Then fire erupts from the ramp and entrance as the chorus of "Hey Man Nice Shot" by Filter plays. At this time Johnny Craven comes riding out on a Harley that is black colored with dark red and orange flames on the front, sides, and back. He stops at the top of the ramp to take the cheers all in and then he rides down to the ramp and gets off of his bike. He then enters the ring and climbs all four turnbuckles , raising his arms in the air on each turnbuckle. Then the lights come back on.
Ring Announcer: Now making his way to the ring, residing in Des Moines, Iowa...the WCF Hardcore Legend...CREEPING DEATH!
The lights slowly fade to black. Bells toll as the screen shows shots of a big wooden cross wrapped in barbed wire. It's a sunny day as the "happy" opening to "The Light That Blinds" by Shadows Fall plays.The crowd goes along with the sounds. "Doo-da-doo dooing" along with it. As the song gets darker and darker, the sunny day turns to night. Black clouds roll in and rain begins falling on the cross. Lightning crashes about. As the lightning crashes, white lights in the arena flash. When the song kicks up, thirty four seconds in, the entire crowd begins headbanging in unison and throwing the horns in the air as the lights come on just a tad, giving light to the dark. Standing on the stage is Creeping Death, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, arms stretched out in a crucifix fashion. CD stands there for a second or thirty, until the vocals start, taking in the crowd's reaction. Then he slowly makes his way down the ramp, looking out into the audience. As he reaches the ring, he slides in under the bottom rope, and pops to his feet. CD walks over to a turnbuckle, jumps to the middle rope facing in the ring, does the crucifix pose once again, takes the hoodie off, and then takes a seat on the top turnbuckle, awaiting the match to begin.
Ring Announcer: And our final combatant...he is the current WCF Hardcore Champion...from San Diego, California...DANNY “THE VAGRAAAANT” VICE!
The lights go out in the arena as the crowd begins to emit electricity from their anticipation. The opening notes of "Map of the Problematique" by Muse hits the speakers to a huge ovation from the crowd. The lights flash several times before coming on full showing Danny "The Vagrant" Vice and his brother Jimmy standing a top the ramp. Danny raises his arms to his sides, exciting the crowd as he feeds off of them like they feed off of him. He wears his WCF Hardcore title around his waist proudly, rubbing his hands across it to push the crowd further into a frenzy. He rushes to the ring and slides in before climbing the turnbuckle and posing with both arms over his head. Two huge "V" pyros explode in the ring before Danny jumps down and hands the title to the referee before focusing intently on his opponent.
Shannan Lerch: If somehow the scaffolding could fall on the ring and decimate all three men right now, I would become a better Christian for God does all good things.
Zach Davis: You are one sick and twisted individual. Personally, I am much more excited for this match-up. Three very different styles here tonight. You have the hardcore legend Creeping Death, matched up with a powerhouse in Johnny Craven, and the risk-taking Danny Vice. Which of these three styles is best suited for a match like this.
Luscious Jackson: What are you dumb? It’s a hardcore match. I can only assume that the “hardcore” CD has the advantage.
DING! DING! All three men circle the ring sizing one another up. Danny Vice quickly slides out of the ring, and Johnny Craven attacks CD from behind. Craven power CD into the corner and begins to assault him with rights and lefts, followed by a huge elbow to knock CD to the ground in the corner. Vice tosses into the ring a steel chair and a garbage can to get the hardcore action started early.
Zach Davis: Vice has learned from his encounter with Striker and Thunder in the past, weapons are certainly the most effective means of dishing out pain and punishment.
Vice slides into the ring and grabs the steel chair. He and Craven begin a discussion as Craven looks to defend himself, but instead holds CD up for Vice to ram the chair into his gut, then crush a stiff shot over the head.
Shannan Lerch: It looks as if Vice and Craven have a little alliance going in the early match to weaken CD.
Luscious Jackson: It definitely helps your odds of winning if it’s just two men left standing, rather than one.
Vice places the trashcan over the head of Creeping Death and hands the chair to Craven as a sign of good will. Craven demolishes the trashcan with a vicious blow, leaving a huge dent in the side as Vice slides back out of the ring looking for more goodies. Craven meanwhile picks CD up and tosses him with a huge chokebomb in the center of the ring. He hooks the leg for the cover.
Vice makes the save with a trashcanlid to the dome of Craven. Craven looks up to see Vice, who looks furious that Craven would try for the early three count. Craven gets up and the two men stand toe-to-toe, with Craven dwarfing the champ. Vice strikes first with a right hand, but Craven follows with a massive right dropping Vice. Vice pops up, but is drilled again by a right. Again he is up, but this time he runs into a huge big boot from Craven. Craven bounces off the ropes to hit a running leg drop, but CD comes flying off the turnbuckle with a flying bulldog right onto the trashcan lid.
Zach Davis: Johnny Craven got so focused on Danny Vice that he forgot all about Creeping Death. Now it’s CD who is in control of the match.
Shannan Lerch: Triple threat matches are all about picking your spots, let your opponents take each other out then get the quick pinfall.
Luscious Jackson: AKA being a bitch, which you know all about.
CD hits a nice dragon suplex on the larger Craven. He pops to his feet but gets drilled by the Outkast out of nowhere. Vice hooks the leg for the cover...
Kickout by CD. Vice and Craven are to their feet at the same time, and seem to be working together once again as they go out of the ring to retrieve a table. They set it up in the ring and both walk CD to the corner. They place him on top of the turnbuckle and are looking for a double superplex through the table. CD breaks their grasp and hits both men with an uppercut. Vice swings back, but CD ducks it and it connects with Craven. Craven retaliates by tossing Vice with one arm through the table!
Zach Davis: What an impressive display of strength by Johnny Craven. He just chucked Danny Vice from the turnbuckle at least 10 feet in the air through a table in the center of the ring.
Shannan Lerch: He makes my panties wet when he does things like that.
Back on the turnbuckle, CD and Craven battle atop with rights and lefts. CD pokes Craven in the eye, then hits a slingshot suplex off the top rope to the arena floor on Craven! The crowd goes wild as both men seem motionless on the outside, while Danny Vice bleeds inside of the ring.
Luscious Jackson: These three are destroying one another. And it seems there is no end in sight, as neither looks able to even climb to their feet or make a pin attempt.
Shannan Lerch: Good, I hope no one wins.
Creeping Death rolls out of the ring in a lot of pain. He begins to walk up the ramp towards the backstage area.
Creeping Death: Fuck this. I’m out of here.
The crowd begins to boo as it seems like CD is leaving the match.
Zach Davis: What is he doing? The Hardcore Title is at stake!
Shannan Lerch: This was supposed to be a triple threat match with every man for themselves. But everytime he gets some momentum, Craven and Vice team up to beat him down. I actually don’t blame him for this at all.
Luscious Jackson: So fight through it CD! That’s what your idol, the doctor of thuganomics, John Cena would do!
Vice now has Craven set up for a powerbomb on top of the broken table pieces.
Zach Davis: There’s just no way that Vice can possibly lift Craven, he’s too large.
Shannan Lerch: And after all he’s been through, he doesn’t have it in him.
Vice lifts Craven, but only gets him about chest high, before having to set him back down and clutch his own back in pain. Craven immediately capitalizes and drills Vice with Lights Out right on top of the broken table. Craven covers Vice.
Luscious Jackson: NO! Vice somehow got a shoulder up! He got his shoulder up at two and nine-tenths.
Shannan Lerch: But...how?
Craven looks stunned. He gets off of Vice and walks over to the dented trash can in the ring. He lifts Vice to his feet and slams the trashcan on top of Vice’s head. After a few kicks to the midsection, Craven pushes Vice into the corner and begins to scale. Both men are now on the turnbuckle, as Craven holds Vice.
Zach Davis: It looks like he’s going to try and hit Lights Out from off the turnbuckle, with the trashcan over Danny’s head.
Shannan Lerch: This is more gruesome than the Crying Game.
Zach Davis: I kind of always assimilated you and that movie.
Luscious Jackson: Dude. Gross.
Craven gathers his balance, but suddenly Vice trips him up with a legsweep, causing Craven to crotch himself. Vice maintains his balance on the turnbuckle and pulls the trashcan off his head. He uses the can to deliver a quick blow to the back of the head of Craven, knocking him to the mat. Danny then places the can across his own back and shouts to the crowd who rise to their feet.
Zach Davis: Is he going to...
Danny hits a perfect Halo with the trashcan on his back to accentuate the blow to Craven. Vice looks like it hurt him as much as his opponent as he crawls over and hooks the leg. As the referee begins his count, CD runs down the ramp with what looks like a glass table in his hands.
CD reaches Vice, and hits the stiffest kick known to man right to Vice's head. In an instant, Craven realizes what happened and turns Vice over into a pin.
Luscious Jackson: OH MY GOD WHAT.
Ring Annoucer: The winner of the match, and NEW Hardcore Champion... Johnny Craven!
Craven, still injured and hurting from the match, rolls out of the ring. Meanwhile, Vice is getting to his feet. Creeping Death watches him and as soon as he can blows White Death in the eyes of Vice, quickly silencing the crowd. CD then hits Vice with A Bid Farewell. The crowd doesn't know what to think as CD stands over Vice, but it doesn’t look like he’s done at all.
Zach Davis: Someone get security out here.
Shannan Lerch: I have actually never been this happy to see CD before in my entire life, and that’s pretty well documented.
CD pulls Vice over the turnbuckle and takes him upstairs, high above the glass table below. He throws his arms out in a crucifix fashion, then delivers a death-defying Ryoujoku No Ame through the glass table. Vice has shards of glass in his upper back and cuts along his neck and face. CD pulls a long shard of glass out of his lower back as Jimmy Vice rushes down to the ring. Security gets there the same time as him and immediately stops the scrap between the younger Vice and CD. As they usher Jimmy backstage, medics come down to help Danny, but not before CD grabs the Hardcore Title from the timekeeper and heads toward the backstage.
Luscious Jackson: Creeping Death just took the Hardcore Title!
Shannan Lerch: Yeah, and Danny is lying motionless on a broken glass table. You think he cares where the 50 pounds of leather and gold is?
Zach Davis: That title has become his passion, I’m sure he will have words for CD. And Craven.
Shannan Lerch: Good, but I hope his words hurt a whole lot more than that table did.
The medics strap Danny to a gurney and wheel him it out of the arena while the crowd stands stunned.
Mike Ragnal Segment
Mike Ragnal is backstage, sitting on a crate as he looks at the ground.
Mike Ragnal: ...Third chance. This is my third chance at winning the Television Championship here in WCF.
He looks up from the ground and into the camera.
Mike Ragnal: A little over a month into my career here, I had a chance to take the belt from Biggs...before he retired and left the belt vacant. Unfortunately, that didn't come to pass.
Mike hops off the crate and onto his feet, standing tall as he continues.
Mike Ragnal: Second try was during the tournament to crown a new champion. I beat Johnny Craven...sadly, I didn't make it past Bobby Cairo.
Mike stares down at the ground and takes a deep breath, then looks into the camera.
Mike Ragnal: Ironically, that's who I have to face again...in my third chance. This is, quit possibly, my last chance to win the TV Title. My third strike. My last try to propose to Sasha Pehl...and hold her hand in marriage.
Mike shakes his head.
Mike Ragnal: I won't fail. Because Cairo, rather than steal someone's opportunity, I actually CAN back my words up with my actions. And tonight, I'm going to SHOW you those actions! And then...THEN...when it's all said and done, Cairo...I want you to remember the name that destroyed you. And may that name...forever...be...RAGNAL.
Mike takes in one last bit of air, and then storms off to prepare for his match.
Television Title Match
Mike Ragnal vs Bobby Cairo
The lights begin blinking several different colors as H! VLTG3 by Linkin Park hits. A lightning-like pyro blasts, and Mike Ragnal steps out from the back, with Sasha Pehl at his side, her arms wrapped around his. He walks to the ring, looking out at the thousands in attendance along the way. Sasha lets go of Mike as he rolls into the ring. Mike gets to his feet, and raises a fist high in the air, while Sasha heads to their corner and cheers Mike on.
Pyrotechnics explode at the top of the ramp, the lights in the arena flicker. "11 Dreams" by Mercenary echoes throughout the building and the crowd immediately boos. Bobby Cairo appears at the top of the ramp and the crowd boos even louder. Cairo slowly walks down to the ring with no expression on his face as middle fingers go up all around the arena.
Zach Davis: Both men look focused tonight as we await the start of what should be a classic match.
Shannan Lerch: Ragnal and Cairo have been on a collision course for weeks and all comes down to this one final showdown.
Luscious Jackson: Do y'alls take foodstamps?
Ragnal attacks Cairo with a forearm to the back of the head before the bell even rings. Ragnal lays into Cairo with a series of stiff kicks and uppercuts. The referee manages to separate Ragnal from Cairo long enough to call for the bell and officially start the match. Ragnal quickly goes back to work on Cairo with a running knee lift followed by some grounded punches. Ragnal whips Cairo into the ropes and sends him flying with a back body drop. The crowd is clearly in Ragnal's corner as they roar their approval for his early domination of the match. Ragnal grabs Cairo and drags him into the corner. Ragnal drills Cairo with a Tornado DDT. Ragnal goes for the Figure Four leglock, but Cairo shoves him away with his free foot. Cairo stuns Ragnal with a boot to the midsection, then plants Ragnal with a Belly-to-belly suplex. Cairo locks Ragnal in a rear chinlock. Ragnal slips out and goes behind Cairo. Ragnal attempts a German suplex, but Cairo blocks it and reverses with a go-behind of his own. Cairo hits Ragnal with the Rolling Germans. Cairo waits for Ragnal to get up, then goes for a Superkick. Ragnal ducks and hits Cairo with a Superkick of his own. Cairo is stunned, but still standing. Ragnal sets Cairo up and crushes him with a Northern Lights suplex. Ragnal measures Cairo before connecting with a devastating Shining Wizard. Ragnal makes the cover. 1...2...Cairo kicks out. Ragnal whips Cairo into the ropes. Cairo ducks a running lariat and catches Ragnal in the face with a springboard back elbow. Ragnal is staggered, but remains on his feet until Cairo takes him down with a spinning heel kick. Cairo locks Ragnal in a single-leg Boston Crab, then shifts his position to form a modified STF. Ragnal scrambles and alertly reaches his hand out and grabs the ropes. Cairo breaks the hold but continues to punish Ragnal with a pair of knee drops to the back. Cairo climbs to the second rope, then drops an elbow across Ragnal's spine. Cairo locks Ragnal in a Surfboard submission hold and pulls back as hard as he can. Sasha looks on from ringside with concern for her man as Ragnal screams out like a wounded animal.
Zach Davis: Cairo is focusing his attack on the lower lumbar area of Ragnal's back. This is very dangerous for Ragnal, because we all remember that it was a back injury that sidelined the legendary "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig for a number of years.
Shannan Lerch: Then he died of a cocaine overdose.
Zach Davis: I know, but that was later.
Luscious Jackson: Shut up, Shannan. My mom does cocaine and it makes her happy, you bitch.
Cairo punishes Ragnal for several more moments before finally releasing the hold. Cairo has a confident look on his face as he watches Ragnal writhe in pain on the mat. Cairo whips Ragnal hard into the corner and follows him in with a big clothesline. Cairo grabs Ragnal's leg and ties it up in the ropes. Cairo stomps Ragnal's knee before the ref intervenes and frees Ragnal's leg from the ropes. Cairo shoves the ref out of the way and stomps Ragnal's knee a few more times. Cairo is incredulous as he climbs out to ringside and chases Sasha around the ring before grabbing a metal folding chair. Cairo slides back into the ring with the chair in hand, despite the protests of the referee. Cairo tries to trap Ragnal's ankle in the chair, but Ragnal uses his free leg to kick the chair right into Cairo's face. Cairo drops to the mat like a pile of bricks. Ragnal has a pissed expression on his face as he uses the ropes to climb to his feet. Ragnal grabs Cairo by the throat and tosses him into the corner. Ragnal unleashes a flurry of kicks and punches to Cairo's head and torso. Ragnal whips Cairo to the opposite corner and follows him in with a flying splash. Cairo staggers out to the middle of the ring before taking a nosedive to the canvas. Ragnal climbs to the top rope, flies high into the air and drops down onto Cairo with the High Voltage. Ragnal scoops Cairo up and goes for the Ragnalrok, but Cairo slips out and rolls up Ragnal from behind with a handful of tights. 1...2...Ragnal kicks out. Ragnal jumps to his feet and attempts to kick Cairo, but Cairo catches his boot. Not discouraged, Ragnal clobbers Cairo in the back of the head with an enzugiri.
Zach Davis: Ragnal has Cairo reeling right now and we could be on the verge of an upset.
Shannan Lerch: Cairo is having a much more difficult time in this match than he ever could have expected. I talked to him before the show tonight and he told me that he would knock Ragnal out in the 3rd round or his name ain't Mr. Clean.
Luscious Jackson: Laughable...ENTITY!!
Ragnal whips Cairo into the ropes and plants him with a Snap Spinebuster. Ragnal again goes for the Figure Four and this time he locks it in. Cairo screams like a stuck pig as Ragnal piles on the pressure. The crowd rises to its feet in anticipation of a new Television Champion, as Cairo frantically struggles to reach the ropes. Ragnal rises to a seated position on the mat and throttles Cairo with punches to the face while still firmly having the Figure Four locked in place. Cairo doesn't even try to block the punches as the pain in his legs overwhelms him. Cairo slumps down onto the mat in a seemingly lifeless state. The referee counts Cairo's shoulders on the mat. 1...2...Cairo barely gets his shoulder up. Cairo slaps himself in the face a couple of times and shakes loose the cobwebs. Ragnal has a stunned look on his face as Cairo suddenly begins to counter Ragnal's leverage in an attempt to reverse the Figure Four. After several moments of struggling, Cairo manages to flip himself and Ragnal over onto their stomachs and gains the leverage advantage. Cairo is now the one in charge as Ragnal scrambles to reach the ropes. Ultimately, Cairo's burst of energy quickly wanes and Ragnal has little trouble reaching the ropes to escape the hold. Ragnal is first to his feet as Cairo is still feeling the effects of the Figure Four. Ragnal floors Cairo with a stiff running kneelift that drops Cairo to the mat. Ragnal grabs Cairo by the leg and drags him to the corner. Ragnal slides under the bottom rope and wraps Cairo's legs around the ringpost. Ragnal locks Cairo in a ringpost-assisted Figure Four leglock as the crowd roars it approval.
Zach Davis: Oh my god, Ragnal is impaling Cairo upon the ringpost! Somebody call a medic!
Shannan Lerch: Impaling? WTF are you talking about? It's just a Figure Four leglock.
Zach Davis: Hahahahaha! I'm just messing around! I'm constantly dreaming about Cairo getting ripped to shreds by a pack of rabid donkeys!
Luscious Jackson: Word? Weird.
Cairo flails about on the mat as Ragnal continues to punish him with the Figure Four. Ragnal finally releases the hold, but only due to threat of being counted out by the ref. Ragnal slides into the ring. Ragnal ties Cairo into the Tree of Woe and walks over to the opposite corner. Ragnal gets a running headstart and drills Cairo with a Hesitation Dropkick. Cairo is in dire straits as the impact of the blow causes blood to gush from his nose. Ragnal pulls Cairo up by his hair and slings him onto the top rope. Ragnal positions himself alongside Cairo on the top rope. Ragnal attempts a hurricanrana, but Cairo blocks it by holding onto the ropes. Cairo hoists Ragnal up into a powerbomb position and steps up onto the top rope. Cairo launches himself and Ragnal off the top and both men come crashing to the mat in a mass of humanity, with Ragnal getting the worse of the impact as Cairo falls on top of him. Both men appear to be deceased upon the canvas as the referee begins to count them both out. Finally Cairo and Ragnal begin to stir on the mat. Both men use the ropes to assist them as they get to their feet. Cairo takes a wild swing at Ragnal. Ragnal ducks and goes for a roundhouse kick, but Cairo grabs his legs and sweeps his feet out from under him. Cairo grabs both of Ragnal's legs and flips forward into a pinning combination. 1...2...Ragnal kicks out. Cairo whips Ragnal into the corner. Cairo charges in and hits Ragnal with a shoulder block to the gut. Cairo lifts Ragnal into the Torture Rack position and goes for the Ragnalrok, but Ragnal escapes. Ragnal kicks Cairo in the midsection and goes for the Security Breach, but Cairo blocks it and plants Ragnal with a Reverse DDT.
Zach Davis: What an unbelievable exchange! Each man went for the other man's finisher and Cairo is once again in charge after the big DDT!
Shannan Lerch: Both of these guys are fighting for all that they're worth. They're pulling out the entire bag of tricks to get the W, but you have to think that Cairo's experience in this type of situation gives him the advantage.
Luscious Jackson: Whoa, my brains is dizzy yo.
Cairo drops Ragnal with a Shinbreaker and goes for the Cairopractor. Ragnal blocks it and takes Cairo down with an inside cradle. 1...2...Cairo kicks out. Both men are back on their feet. Ragnal goes for a clothesline, but Cairo ducks and grabs Ragnal's arm. Cairo leaps up and takes Ragnal down with a Crucifix pinning combination. 1...2...Ragnal kicks out. Both men are up. Cairo kicks Ragnal in the gut and goes for the Loco Vuelo. Ragnal slides out and drills Cairo with a Snap DDT. Ragnal grabs Cairo and goes for the Ragnalrok. Cairo again slides out and rolls up Ragnal from behind.
Zach Davis: Cairo wins this match from out of nowhere with roll-up and a handful of tights! This crowd is absolutely livid with the outcome as Cairo retains the WCF Television Title by an eyelash!
Shannan Lerch: Cairo pulled it off with his back against the wall like a great champion always does. I'm not surprised.
Luscious Jackson: I'm pissed now!
Cairo grabs his title belt from the ref and jumps upon the turnbuckles to taunt the fans as they shower him with boos. Ragnal is up, standing. Cairo turns to him, a gleam in his eye... and runs at him, hitting him with the belt right in the face!
Zach Davis: This is uncalled for.
Cairo starts kicking away at Ragnal now, before stopping and looking up at Sasha. She has a horrified look on her face.
Shannan Lerch: Oh Bobby, no.. don't...
All of a sudden, Skyler Striker is in the ring! He hits Cairo with several rights and lefts and the crowd is going crazy. He then throws Cairo to the ropes, Clotheslining him over. Cairo grabs his belt and backtracks up the entryway, cursing and swearing revenge.
Luscious Jackson: What is Striker doing here!?
Zach Davis: Well, we know he and Cairo fight next month at Explosion, so that might explain it.
Cairo disappears behind the curtain while Striker is helping Ragnal up. Striker extends his hand... and Ragnal shakes it.
Shannan Lerch: What is this?
The fans cheer, and Sasha has a smile on her face. Striker raises Ragnal's hand up in the air.
Luscious Jackson: I think Striker and Ragnal have aligned themselves together!
Zach Davis: Skyler Striker, Danny Vice, and Mike Ragnal... this trio is shaping up to be quite a force.
Striker, Ragnal and Sasha exit the ring and head to the back.
Tag Titles Match
Reckless Jack/Jay Williams vs Team Xtreme
The arena goes dark as the opening to Hatebreed's "To The Threshold" fills the arena. Pyro explodes as Jay Williams appears on one side of the stage and Reckless Jack appears on the other side, head banging to the song. The two meet in the middle of the stage and bump chests. Amy Skye-Williams follows the duo as the crowd is cheering loudly. Reckless Jack and Jay Williams make their way down to the ring, slapping the hands of the fans along the way as they sing along with "To The Threshold" As they get to the ringside area, Reckless Jack gets on his knees and throws his arms out as Jay Williams does the same. Red pyro shoots along the rampway as Reckless Jack gets back to his feet. Both men hop up onto the ring apron as Reckless Jack enters the ring and heads the turnbuckle closest to him and throws his arms out again as Jay Williams acknowledges the fan's love for him. As Jay Williams enters the ring, Reckless Jack hops off the turnbuckle and heads to the one opposite from him and throws his arms out again as Jay Williams goes onto the other turnbuckle and throws his arms out again as Reckless Jack crouches down. Jay Williams gets down and stands next to Reckless Jack, both men ready to rumble.
Zach Davis: Here comes the challengers. Former enemies turned into what could probably be a dangerous tag team.
Shannan Lerch: Little fact here. These two wrestled each other in the finals of a tournament last year in a fed we can't name due to legal issues.
Zach Davis: Owned again I see.
Luscious Jackson: Pretty much.
The lights in the arena dim. The Red by Chevelle begins to blare over the speakers in the arena. Red, White, Yellow, and Orange pyro goes off as the entrance ramp is engulfed in smoke. Just as the music gets to the chours The Violent One and The Xtreme One emerge through the smoke. They have the tag team titles wrapped around their waist. They make there way to ring slowly, making sure to slap the hands of all the fans. As they get to the ring, The Violent One climbs through the ropes as The Xtreme One slides under the bottom rop. They stand in the middle of the ring and hold the tag titles high above there heads. They then head to there respective corner and wait for their opponents.
Shannan Lerch: And our lovable WCF Tag Team Champions, Team Xtreme.
Zach Davis: Lovable? Hell, they could kill a fly using a toilet paper roll.
Luscious Jackson: Agreed to the fullest.
Shannan Lerch: Whatever you guys say.
TVO ends up starting for Team Xtreme as Reckless Jack starts out for him and Jay Williams's team as both men end up going to the middle of the ring, the referee holding up both of the WCF Tag titles as he gives them to the ring girl. The timekeeper rings the bell but a second before, both TVO and Jack start hitting each other with lefts and rights, ensuing a full out brawl in the opening seconds of the match. TVO throws Jack to the ropes but Jack comes back, flipping over TVO and clotheslining him in the back of the head as TVO goes down. Jack goes for a headlock on the mat, but TVO gets right back up and throws Jack on the mat going for a massive leg drop, but Jack rolls out of the freakin' way as Jack grabs a tag to Jay early on in the contest.
Shannan Lerch: Doesn't Jack want to get a piece of Team Xtreme?
Zach Davis: Maybe later, he needs to study them after all.
Shannan Lerch: That's not right. It's not math, it's wrestling.
Jay walks around the ring, testing out the ring ropes stretching them out a bit as he goes full speed over to TVO, but gets flattened by a clothesline that sends Jay over and almost on his head as he holds it, hurting it seems as TVO picks up Jay and goes and tags in his partner TXO, as TXO grabs Jay and kicks him right in the stomach, bouncing Jay off the ropes as TXO is going for some sort of samoan drop, but Jay somehow powers out of it and tries for a sunset flip, but due to the strength and power of TXO, he almost sits on Jay, but Jay ducks out of it. As TXO is down on his knees, Jay comes flying and nails TXO with a shining wizard. He goes for the cover.
TVO with the save as Jack comes running in to help his partner as TVO goes and gives Jack another vicious clothesline as the ref tells TVO to go back to his corner, in which he does, but Jay gets back up slowly, picking up TXO, and tagging in his partner Jack now as Jay yells to Jack for a double team move as Jack puts TXO in a neckbreaker, with Jay getting up on the top rope, screaming to the cheering crowd, as he comes off with a frog splash, Jack driving down TXO with the neckbreaker. Ouch.
Zach Davis: Nothing Remains by Jack and Jay. We've seen that before.
Luscious Jackson: Vicious, vicious move.
Shannan Lerch: I've seen better.
Zach Davis: Let me guess...by Seth?
Shannan Lerch: NO!.....yes.
Jack ends up going for a cover.
THR--NO! TXO gets a shoulder up instantly. Jack can't believe it somewhat but doesn't care as he picks up TXO and bounces him off the ropes as Jack goes for a kick, but TXO catches himself on the ropes as he runs over and tags in TVO who comes running with another clothesline, but Jack ducks...it ends up catching Jay though as Jay flies to the guardrail, the fans "ooohing" in worryment as Jay's wife Amy comes over to check up on him as TVO goes outside to cause further damage, yelling over to Amy, who decides to back away slowly. She would do something, but she doesn't want to lose her baby...which would be cliched as always. TVO goes and picks up Jay and ends up throwing him right into the steel steps as Jay goes and flips over them. TVO goes to pick up Jay again, but Jay starts to fight back slowly, but TXO is there to stop it, clotheslining him, although he keeps a grip on Jay's hand, picking him up. TXO yells at TVO to finish him right there as he picks him up in a piledriver position, as TXO gets right on the apron. Not a spike piledriver on the outside. Amy looks on in shock. But here comes Jack to save the day. He knocks TXO off as TVO gets Jay out of the piledriver position. Jack then gets on the top rope. What the hell is he planning. Jack then jumps off, and flips around for a shooting star press to the outside. He gets both of Team Xtreme but the way he landed doesn't seem to pretty at all. Jack looked like he tweaked his head on the fall.
Zach Davis: OH MY GOD!
Luscious Jackson: Damn, is Jack alright?
Shannan Lerch: I don't know.
Zach Davis: God, shades of Mark Briscoe messing up that SSP.
Luscious Jackson: DAMN!
Amy now goes to check out on Jack now as the referee goes to do the same. Jay then comes down and looks at Jack, telling if he's ok or what. Jack is consicous, but barely moving. The referee goes to do the "X" motion for EMT's, but Jack tells the ref that he can continue, but the ref tells him not to. All while this is going on, Team Xtreme is back in the ring as they grab the hair of Jay and pull Jack up throwing them back into the ring. Both members of Team Xtreme are still hurting from Jack's move, however, and Jay is soon able to throw TXO out of the ring. He then turns to TVO and whips him to the ropes, catches him... and hits the Williams Driver!
Shannan Lerch: This could be it!
TVO drops, but as he does Jack catches him... and locks in the Enjoy the Silence!
Zach Davis: This HAS to be it! I'm surprised Jack even has the presence of mind to lock this move in!
TVO resists for several moments but he can't hold on! He taps out!
Luscious Jackson: NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!
Jack releases the move and then falls to the mat as his music plays. Jay stands, and the ref hands him one Tag Title. The ref then places the other in Jack's arms, and Jack holds on to it tightly as medics arrive. They begin strapping him onto a stretcher.
Shannan Lerch: We got new Champs but it wasn't smart for Jack to continue, who knows if he's going to be okay. This wouldn't have happened if Jay was teaming with Safestyle Jack instead.
Jay follows Jack up the ramp, but all of a sudden TXO and TVO come up and attack him from behind!
Zach Davis: Oh what now!
TXO and TVO both hit Jay from behind, getting him ready until they can attack Jack. But all of a sudden a man runs out and attacks TVO and TXO!
Luscious Jackson: I know him! He's one of our many new acquisitions, Spike Kane!
Spike Kane hits several rights and lefts to both members of Team Xtreme, and soon Jay Williams is attacking back as well. Team Xtreme retreat to the back as the EMTs and Spike and Jay help Jack up the ramp.
Skyler Striker Segment
Zach Davis: Well, I guess we should be moving onto our next match, so-
Shannan Lerch: Wait a second – look at the screen!
The tron is showing a picture of Skyler Striker laid out backstage. A dented chair lies next to him, and there is blood running down his forehead. Skyler looks to be unconscious.
Luscious Jackson: What’s goin on here?
Shannan Lerch: As much as I dislike the man, someone should be helping him.
Danny Vice comes running onto the picture, shouting ‘Skyler! Skyler!’. He bends down next to Skyler and calls for help as he tries to get an answer from the World Champion.
Zach Davis: Who would just attack our World Champion like that?
Shannan Lerch: Isn’t it obvious? Who’s he got a match with tonight?
Seth Lerch comes running onto the scene and lifts Danny up.
Seth Lerch: Danny, if you’ve betrayed him again, I swear to you-
Danny Vice: Hey. Don’t you dare accuse me of something like this. I only just got here and the cameraman who found him can prove it. Come on, Lerch. Who’s the obvious man to have done something like this?
Seth Lerch: Danny, find me Thunder and send him to my office. And get a medic here, for Christ’s sake!!
Zach Davis: Well, this certainly puts our title match tonight in jeopardy. Skyler may not be able to fight!
Loser Leaves Town Match
Davey Boone vs Outcast
Zach Davis: It's time for a match now that could have major repercussions for months to come. Davey Boone versus Outcast was originally booked as a grudge match with pride on the line, but Steve Carr proposed a Loser Leaves Town Match and Davey Boone accepted.
Luscious Jackson: Team NCW could take out another enemy here tonight, but I have to wonder if maybe Steve Carr outsmarted himself.
Zach Davis: If that's the case, then Davey Boone might destroy Team NCW once and for all by beating its founder.
"Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix hits over the PA as Davey Boone makes his way down to the ring. Boone high fives the fans on the way to the ring.
Shannan Lerch: If Boone wins tonight against a former World Champion in Outcast, his stock could shoot through the roof.
"God of Thunder" hits and Outcast walks out, accompanied by Merc and Steve Carr. He points to his NCW shirt halfway down the ring. He slides into the ring and takes off his shirt, holding it up for everyone to see before putting it back on. Steve Carr and Merc walk over to the announcer's table. Carr sits down and puts on a headset while Merc stands to the side.
Zach Davis: It seems we're being joined by Steve Carr here at the announce table. And he's stealing Luscious Jackson's headset!
Steve Carr: Zach, Shannan, how are you doing tonight?
Shannan Lerch: Not so good, now. At least Luscious is gone for the moment, though.
Zach Davis: I don't know what you think you're doing here, but we can't be too friendly with someone who claims he's going to overthrow WCF management.
Shannan Lerch: Yeah, we might lose our jobs. Or at least Zach might.
Steve Carr: Fair enough. I'm just here to call the match. Maybe a little propaganda here and there.
Zach Davis: Great.
Steve Carr: I'm just messing with you.
The bell rings. Outcast and Boone run right towards each other and lock up. Outcast eventually gets Boone off balance and pushes him back towards the turnbuckle. The ref steps in before Outcast can do any damage. Outcast backs away with his hands up and then slaps Boone over the ref's head.
Shannan Lerch: Outcast showing total contempt towards Boone.
Steve Carr: As he should. Boone is a nobody. No one will miss him.
Both men are back in the middle of the ring and circling around. They grapple again and Boone pushes Outcast down to one knee. Outcast breaks it up and hits Boone with a quick uppercut.
Zach Davis: Veteran move by Outcast.
Boone stumbles away a bit before returning fire with a punch to the head. They trade a few punches until Outcast finally shoves Boone back into the turnbuckle. Before Outcast can go on the attack, Boone charges from the corner and clotheslines him to the ground.
Zach Davis: Vicious clothesline by Boone!
Steve Carr: How can a clothesline be vicious? It's called a clothesline. You hang clothes from it.
Outcast jumps up and Boone clotheslines him down again. He goes for a third but Outcast ducks down and grabs Boone around the waist. He tries to pick him up but Boone blocks it by hooking his leg. Outcast tries to pick him up again but he holds the block and elbows Outcast in the head until he lets go.
Shannan Lerch: A very back-and-forth match so far.
Steve Carr: So far. It's still early in the match. No doubt Outcast will dominate once he gets into a groove.
Boone whips Outcast to the ropes, but telegraphs a back body drop. Outcast stops and kicks Boone in the head. He grabs Boone and whips him to the ropes. Boone comes back and Outcast uses the momentum to hit a Belly-to-Belly suplex. Pin and barely a two-count before Boone kicks out. Outcast grabs Boone by the hair and pulls him up, but Boone counters with a punch to the head and they start brawling.
Zach Davis: Boone will not stay down.
Steve Carr: He's too wild. He'll wear himself out too early.
Boone starts to control the brawl and throws several unanswered punches, until Outcast kicks him in the groin. The ref gives him a warning. He hits a DDT and then climbs up to the top rope and drops onto Boone with a flying elbow drop. He pins, one, two, kickout. Outcast picks Boone up and bodyslams him, and then waits for Boone to stand on his own. Outcast grabs him and attempts a whip to the ropes, but Boone reverses and then nails him with a short clothesline. Boone runs to the ropes and hits a running knee drop.
Shannan Lerch: Nothing fancy here, just solid wrestling.
Steve Carr: And when we're running the show, that's all you'll see instead of all these nonsense gimmick matches and stupid promos.
Outcast stands up and Boone kicks him in the stomach. He pulls his arm over him and starts to lift him up for a suplex but Outcast struggles and reverses it into a suplex of his own. He stomps on Boone several times until Boone grabs his foot and pushes it away. Outcast stumbles and almost falls but then he grabs onto the ropes. Boone gets to his knees and then Outcast kicks him in the face. He stomps on his leg a couple times and then locks in the Mind Rager.
Zach Davis: The first submission move in this match, but I don't think Outcast is going to get the win right now.
Shannan Lerch: It could be over right now, but I think Outcast is just trying to weaken him.
Boone pulls himself over to the ropes and grabs on. Outcast holds on for a few more seconds until the ref forces him to break it. Boone starts trying to get up, but Outcast grabs him by the head and throws him out of the ring. Outcast jumps out after him and grabs a chair.
Steve Carr: No, just wait here.
Outcast waits for Boone to stand to his feet and then hits him in the head with the chair. Boone stumbles and leans against the guardrail as Outcast drops the chair on the ground. Outcast grabs Boone and then DDT's him onto the chair. Then he rolls back into the ring to avoid a countout. Boone slowly stands to his feet and slides in. He slowly stands again and Outcast motions for him to attack him. Boone suddenly gets a burst of energy and charges at Outcast faster than he expected. Boone pushes him back towards the ropes as he throws punches at him, trapping the referee between Outcast and the ropes. Boone lunges forwards and all three of them fall outside the ring.
Zach Davis: Oh my! Davey Boone, Outcast and the ref are all lying outside of the ring.
Steve Carr: Like I said, Boone just keeps doing things that are to his disadvantage...what's that?
Shannan Lerch: Davey Ortega is running out from the back!
Merc: I thought he wasn't supposed to be here?
Steve Carr: He's not. I told him not to come tonight.
Zach Davis: What?
Steve Carr: I told Rick Mad and him not to come. We get too many of our guys here then Boone's guys are going to come out and it's just going to be a mess...Merc, go wait up on the ramp in case someone tries to help Boone.
Meanwhile, Ortega has started pummeling Boone on the ground. Outcast is on his feet and stomping on him. Outcast rolls Boone into the ring and slides in as Davey picks the ref up from the floor. He slides in the ring and starts counting a pin by Outcast. One, two, kickout.
Shannan Lerch: It wasn't enough to put down Davey Boone.
Steve Carr: But it's just a matter of time now.
Boone isn't moving after the kickout and the referee is checking on him. Outcast casually walks over to the side of the ring as Ortega puts something on the apron. Outcast bends down to pick it up.
Zach Davis: What's going on here?
Steve Carr: Don't ask me. I told you, he's not even supposed to be here tonight!
Boone is finally to his knees. Outcast walks over and Boone jumps up and spears him, knocking a pair of brass knuckles out of his hand. Boone pins! One! Two! Th-No, kickout. Boone gets up and drags Outcast to the middle of the ring. He starts to lock in the Sharpshooter, but Outcast kicks him off and he bumps into the ref. The ref is still standing, but they are distracted and Outcast picks up the knuckle dusters. Boone turns around and Outcast punches him. Boone drops and as the ref dodges him, Outcast sneaks the knucks into his pocket. Outcast grabs Boone by the head and brings him over to the turnbuckle.
Zach Davis: Oh, no, this is wrong.
Steve Carr: I said it was a matter of time. Outcast just decided to accelerate things a bit.
Outcast is on the top rope and gets Boone in position for the Black Out. He jumps off and pins.
Shannan Lerch: Well, that's that. Davey Boone is out of WCF.
Steve Carr just smiles as he takes off the headset. The referee raises Outcast's hand and he pulls it away to stomp on Boone some more. Merc yells something but we can't really hear it now that the headset is off.
Zach Davis: It seems like Merc has a problem with this. He says Outcast won and that should be enough.
Shannan Lerch: It's not enough for Outcast. He wants to punish Davey.
Steve and Merc start arguing. Ortega is in the ring now and he starts stomping on Boone, too. Merc says something and Carr's face changes. He says something.
Zach Davis: I'm not sure, it's hard to hear over this booing crowd, but it sounded like "You're right!"
Shannan Lerch: Merc has been fighting with Carr since he beat Jack of Blades and it seems like he might have finally convinced him.
Steve Carr climbs the steps and gets into the ring. He puts his hands on Outcast's shoulders and starts talking to him. Ortega backs away from Boone. Outcast looks angry as he says something back and pushes Steve's hands off. They get in each other's faces and start shouting. Boone starts to stir and Ortega stomps on him again. Carr points at him and yells as now Merc has slid into the ring. Outcast turns Carr around and they start arguing again. Merc stands over Boone in the way of Ortega and they start arguing now.
Zach Davis: The members of Team NCW are in a very heated argument now over the near-lifeless body of Davey Boone.
Shannan Lerch: It looks like Team NCW might be broken up tonight after all.
Zach Davis: Well, I don't think so. Rick Mad is coming down the ramp now. He's a veteran and goes way back with both Steve Carr and Outcast, so I'm sure he's going to sort all this out.
Rick gets halfway down the ramp and Steve notices him. He starts yelling at him. Then he gets a microphone from ringside. Meanwhile, Boone has rolled out of the ring and is slowly walking back. Rick ignores them.
Steve Carr: You're not supposed to be here tonight either! You know what...you know what...I'm going to tell you now, the real reason I didn't want you and Ortega here tonight...and that is because...Merc here has been making some pretty good points. And I've been thinking about it for a while. But you know what, I decided to stay on Outcast's side. To a degree. I set this match up because I thought we could get rid of Davey Boone, but you know what? I also set this match up, because I decided it wouldn't be too big of a loss if Outcast left!
Zach Davis: What? What's going on here?
Shannan Lerch: Let the man finish. I like where this is going.
Outcast looks shocked as Steve raises the mic again.
Steve Carr: So the reason I didn't want you two here...is because I thought that it would come to this. Merc...Plan R...NOW!
Merc and Steve give simultaneous Ultimate Stunners to Outcast and Ortega. The crowd erupts. Rick Mad slides into the ring and gets a double clothesline. He gets right up and Merc kicks him in the stomach, setting him up for another Ultimate Stunner by Steve Carr. Steve picks up the microphone.
Steve Carr: I'll explain more next week. Team NCW...for your sake, stay down.
Steve and Merc leave the remaining three Team NCW members twitching in the ring as they walk to the back.
We go backstage and Thunder is walking into Seth Lerch’s office. Lerch spins around in his chair to face Thunder.
Seth Lerch: Why’d you do it, Thunder?
Thunder: Do what?
Seth Lerch: Oh, come on, Thunder. Don’t play stupid with me. You attacked Skyler Striker backstage earlier tonight. You were weakening him for your Championship match tonight.
Thunder: It seems you sort of answered your own question there, Lerch – or would have had I attacked Striker.
Seth Lerch: You deny knowledge of the incident?
Thunder: I knew about it, Lerch. I just didn’t do it.
Seth Lerch: Well, Striker’s unconscious and may have a concussion. We’re going to have to cancel the Pyramid Match.
Thunder: You can’t do that!
Seth Lerch: Doesn’t seem to me like I have a choice.
Thunder: Alright. I was hesitant to do this, but I know who did it.
Seth Lerch: And?
Thunder: Well, see, now I have the upper hand. And I’m not going to tell you who attacked our World Champion until you make sure the Pyramid Match goes ahead.
Seth Lerch: But Striker’s unconscious! He may not even be able to walk down to the match tonight!
Thunder: Well, that’s just too bad.
Seth Lerch: Fine. Your Title match is still going ahead. Now tell me who attacked Striker!
Thunder: Better – I can show you.
Thunder pulls a small tape from his pocket and inserts it into Seth’s laptop. The footage shows Striker walking down a backstage corridor when from nowhere, a black figure smashes Striker over the head with a chair. The figure attacks Striker with the chair again and again, until finally Striker falls unconscious and the blood starts flowing down his forehead. Standing there with the chair in hand is Bobby Cairo.
Seth Lerch: Go. Your match is now.
Thunder rushes out the door and Lerch rewinds the video, pausing on Cairo’s image.
Zach Davis: Looks like Cairo is already waiting for Explosion!
World Title Pyramid Match
Thunder vs Skyler Striker
The giant glass and steel structure which has loomed over the ring tonight finally begins its descent, the main event obviously approaching.
Zach Davis: Welcome to tonight’s main event!
Shannan Lerch: Look at that thing. How did Striker ever come up with THAT?
Luscious Jackson: Coz he’s an insane fool.
Zach Davis: Well, it looks even more deadly than his Extreme Hell structure that we saw at One… this is why he was the Hardcore Champion. And now it’s why he’s World Champion.
Shannan Lerch: Well, I’m on Thunder’s side this time. I think he’s got what it takes to be World Champ.
The structure stops so that the ring officials can finish moving the crowd barricades back and so Striker and Thunder can make it to the ring.
Zach Davis: Look at that. For those who aren’t aware of the details, Striker designed the match. Crowd barricades are moved back ten metres, new barricades are made of steel and a giant THIRTY-FOOT unbreakable glass pyramid is set around it. In this structure there are ladders to make it into holes on each side of the pyramid which give access to a second floor, made of steel. Underneath that structure there is the ring, littered with hardcore-style weapons, and another glass cube contains the ring, ten feet above the canvas, walls all the way down, but this glass is breakable.
Shannan Lerch: Disgusting. Striker should be in jail for such an atrocity.
Luscious Jackson: Technically, that means your momma should be in jail too, Shannan, for giving birth to you.
"Money" by Pink Floyd begins to play. As the cash register sound ends and the music begins, Thunder walks towards the structure. He surveys it quickly before entering under the first pyramid and moves underneath the glass cube as well, looking at the area around both structures which have ladders, tables, chairs, garbage cans and lids, light tubes, barbed wire and anything else that you can care to mention.
Zach Davis: Thunder not looking anything out of the ordinary.
Shannan Lerch: There’s a light, Zach. Thunder knows it’s his time to shine.
Luscious Jackson: I wanna see our World Champ after Thunder’s attack, yo!
“Fallen, broken. Simply dissolved into an incomplete thought. An empty shell, cracked, and disfigured. With no remorse, I have been blinded by the darkness. With no disdain, I have received my punishment. And with no haste, I await them.”
After the words finish, the music of “Fallen Angels” by Ra kicks in as a bright white light flashes over the arena and fades to black again. The lights continue quickly changing between black and white as Skyler Striker enters the stage. Striker’s forehead is bandaged and he looks slightly dazed as he walks towards the ring. Striker also looks over his structure and pats the steel barricade above his head as if it were his daughter. Striker enters the ring and holds the championship belt in Thunder’s face before giving it to the ref, who throws it out before the structure seals itself.
Zach Davis: Well, the WCF hasn’t had an insane structure match since One, so I guess we’re called for this.
Shannan Lerch: Euthanasia Chamber matches, the Nightmare Chamber, Extreme Hell, and now this Pyramid thing. Some of our wrestlers are messed up.
Luscious Jackson: No doubt.
The bell rings and immediately, Striker rushes Thunder with a clothesline. Thunder ducks it and hooks Striker by the arm, hitting a half nelson slam on him. The glass cube shakes a little but Thunder simply grins and lifts Striker, whipping him into the ropes. Striker rebounds off the ropes and Thunder leapfrogs him, and when Striker returns again, Thunder nails him with a superkick right to the jaw. Striker collapses and Thunder goes for an early pin attempt, 1..no, Striker kicks out. Thunder stands and lifts Striker again, lifting him up for a delayed vertical suplex but Striker’s feet hit the roof of the glass cube and Thunder overbalances, falling forwards and having to accidentally hit an inverted suplex instead. Thunder tries another pin attempt, 1..2no, kickout by Striker. Thunder goes straight back on the offensive, hitting the ropes and rolling along to hit a baseball slide. Thunder lifts Striker but Striker throws a hard right at Thunder’s head and from nowhere, Striker hits a low blow on Thunder. Thunder retreats from Striker and pulls himself up slowly on the ropes. Striker grins maniacally and hits the ropes, running towards Thunder…
Zach Davis: Oh no, oh no, OH NO!
Shannan Lerch: He’s insane!
STRIKER SPEARS THUNDER THROUGH THE WALL OF THE GLASS CUBE!!!
Everyone: OH MY GOD!!!
The arena fans go nuts as Striker and Thunder lie outside the cube and ring on the mat, both in pain. “Holy Shit! Holy Shit!” chants start up as the two competitors lie inside the second structure, the giant glass pyramid. Blood is seeping through Striker’s bandaged forehead and Thunder’s leg has a long gash through it which is also bleeding. Finally, Striker starts getting to his feet and crawls towards the ring, of which the roof and three walls are still standing. Striker pulls himself inside the ring and Thunder follows him slowly, crawling under the bottom rope. Striker lifts Thunder and throws a right hand at him, and Thunder throws one back. The two trade a few more blows before Thunder gains advantage, Striker losing excessive amounts of blood at this point. Thunder grabs Striker and whips him into the wall-less rope, and on his returns Thunder scoops Striker up over his shoulder so Striker’s head faces the glass wall.
Luscious Jackson: Not again! You’ll kill each other!
Thunder takes his run and smashes Striker’s head through the glass! The wall shatters and glass shatters around Striker, who collapses outside the ring. Blood starts running from all parts of Striker’s body, glass gashes opening wounds everywhere.
Shannan Lerch: This is disgusting. It didn’t sound so bad until they actually got in there.
Thunder slides out of the ring slowly and looks around for a weapon. Finding a chair, Thunder grabs it tightly and leans Striker to sit upright against the steel barricade. Thunder takes a step back and absolutely HAMMERS Striker’s head against the barricade with the chair, and blood once again starts running hard down Striker’s face, which is now crimson with dried and fresh blood. Thunder takes a look at the ladder which is embedded in the wall but shakes his head and drags Striker towards the ring again. After throwing Striker’s body into the ring, Thunder looks around again, this time finding a sledgehammer, although he does not seem content until he finds another one on the other side of the structure. Striker’s body lies motionless in the middle of the ring and Thunder stands on the apron without a wall. Two walls on opposite sides of the ring still stand holding up the glass roof, but Thunder takes a grin as he experiments in almost a Frisbee action with the sledgehammers.
Zach Davis: What is he doing?
Shannan Lerch: I don’t know, but he doesn’t want to get in the ring.
Zach Davis: Oh, no… he’d never- he’ll kill Striker! He’ll literally kill him!
Luscious Jackson: What? What is he doing?
Zach Davis: He’s going to throw the sledgehammers, break the glass walls and let the roof fall and shatter on Striker!
And indeed Thunder does. Thunder releases both hammers at the same time, throwing them at the walls, both of which break and shatter at the same time. The glass roof, without anything to support it, falls straight down and shatters over Striker’s body, glass pieces littering the ring. Striker looks to be unconscious again and Thunder gleefully rolls into the ring avoiding the glass, and pins Striker, 1..2..3 but NO! STRIKER KICKS OUT!!
Shannan Lerch: What?!?
Zach Davis: There is no way he was able to just kick out. He was just pushed through glass and had more fall on him. Glass is deadly, he’s bleeding everywhere and yet he just kicked out!
Striker slowly rolls out of the ring and Thunder cannot believe it. Thunder looks above himself, now able to see the second floor of the bigger structure. Most is steel but there are five sections which are glass – one in the centre, and one in each corner. Thunder steels himself and begins climbing one of the ladders embedded into the second unbreakable glass structure, pulling himself through a hole in the steel floor. As he does, however, Thunder sees Striker pulling himself up the ladder! Thunder shakes his head in disbelief but Striker pulls himself through the hole in the floor, still dropping blood everywhere. Striker stands with all of his effort, and grins at Thunder, spreading his arms as if to say ‘my creation’.
Luscious Jackson: Can we get a camera of this floor please?
There is a camera for this floor, a birds-eye camera which hides in the very top of the pyramid. The floor itself is about twenty-by-twenty feet, much bigger than the ring canvas. Our view of the second floor shows a central six-by-six foot hole in the centre which is made of glass, surrounded by steel except for the four corners which seem to have little glass lidless boxes. Striker walks over to one of the boxes and takes something out – a light tube.
Shannan Lerch: Oh no.
Zach Davis: Striker has done even more than we thought! He’s fifteen feet above the ring and has installed little boxes full of light tubes!
Striker rolls it around in his hand as the shocked Thunder looks on, and then, suddenly, Striker THROWS the light tube which breaks over Thunder’s forehead! Thunder collapses backwards against the Pyramid wall, and Striker grabs another light tube, throwing it again and this time it shatters over Thunder’s stomach! Small pieces of glass have embedded themselves in Thunder’s skin and he yells in pain, but he fights back and grabs a light tube from his corner, throwing it at Striker! This one hits Striker’s left arm and Striker grabs another light tube at the same time as Thunder, both running towards one another but stopping before they reach the glass floor. Striker and Thunder glare and both turn away for an instant, but they turn back at the same time and throw their light tubes, both of which shatter over the other’s face! Both men are bleeding heavily at this point and Striker is starting to turn pale.
Zach Davis: This is insane! They’ll kill each other!
Thunder rushes back first to his box and grabs two tubes, throwing them both at Striker who has his back turned, and they both smash over his back, some pieces digging into the skin. Striker yells in pain but Thunder continues the attack, mercilessly grabbing light tubes and THROWING them at Striker, who is on his knees, taking every blow of the tubes to his back because he cannot turn around for fear of getting one to the face again. Thunder continues, and when his box runs out, he runs to the next corner, using light tube after light tube to dig further into Striker’s back. Glass is shattering everywhere around the steel floor and finally, after running out of two boxes, Thunder grabs a handful and spreads them on the glass centre of the floor.
Luscious Jackson: Thank God he stopped.
Zach Davis: I don’t think he’s done…
Thunder goes to Striker, who is cringing in pain and still kneeling on the floor, and lifts him up in a fireman’s carry.
Shannan Lerch: Oh, no…
Thunder goes to the middle of the floor, just off of the glass, and readies himself to throw Striker off, but STRIKER COUNTERS! FINAL REVELATION TO THUNDER THROUGH THE GLASS FLOOR AND TO THE RING FIFTEEN FEET BELOW!!!
Everyone: HOLY SHIT!
The crowd are on their feet as Striker stands on top of the steel floor, fifteen feet above Thunder, who is letting out screams of absolute ANGUISH, having just landed on all the shattered light tubes and the glass roof that fell earlier!
Zach Davis: End the match! It’s over! This isn’t right!
Striker takes a look at the six-by-six hole in the middle of the floor and takes a step backwards.
Luscious Jackson: He gonna do it! Tha’ cracka is crazy, yo!
Striker takes a step forward and HITS THE SKYLER HIGH DIVE THROUGH THE HOLE FROM FIFTEEN FEET!
Both men lie motionless in the middle of the ring, glass protruding from all angles of their bodies. Light tubes, regular glass and blood lie all over the ring as both men lie absolutely stone-cold-dead on the mat. The crowd are on their feet chanting ‘STRIKER! STRIKER!’ and ‘WCF! WCF!’.
Zach Davis: Look at them both bleed! This is sick! Someone pin someone!
Striker and Thunder both lie out on the mat for a good three minutes, the crowd still chanting and yelling the whole time. The ref cannot end the match due to the nature of the Pyramid but finally, we see motion from Striker!
Shannan Lerch: End it, Striker!
Striker looks around slowly and grabs three small pieces of glass, locking them in between his fingers and turning to Thunder! Striker looks long and hard at Thunder, who has still not stirred, and drags the glass across Thunder’s forehead, leaving three gashes across it. Striker then does the same to Thunder’s legs and spine, leaving four sets of three gashes across Thunder’s entire body. Striker throws the glass away and finally has to get to his feet, taking a long time to do so. Thunder is beginning to stir very slowly but he cannot go anywhere as Striker locks in the Lockdown!
Luscious Jackson: It’s over now!
Shannan Lerch: Sigh. Guess I have to wait for Cairo to beat Striker.
Thunder has nowhere to go and has a glazed look in his eye, and as he grabs around for ropes he finds only glass. Giving up, Thunder’s body fails to even have energy to tap and Thunder’s eyes close as he falls unconscious in the Lockdown.
Zach Davis: Finally.
The referee rings the bell and the structure finally raises. Striker gets to his feet with great effort and help from the referee, who hands Striker the title. Striker’s blood runs down the title as he holds it, crying tears of blood and sweat.
Zach Davis: Just look at him. This match was never meant to be used.
Striker is covered, head to toe, in crimson, it has stained his hair, his clothes, his boots and his title. the ring is covered in glass and blood. Striker looks around vacantly until a loud CRACK echoes throughout the arena.
Shannan Lerch: That cheeky bastard!
Bobby Cairo stands tall over Striker, chair in hand. He grins maniacally at the carnage of the ring and rolls out of it, walking up the ramp and pausing at the top.
Zach Davis: That damn Cairo! Unfortunately, this is all the time we’ve got!
Luscious Jackson: See you at Explosion for me!
Shannan Lerch: And we’ll see you at Slam, folks! The Championship Series will continue!
The final shot is of Cairo making the title motion at the top of the ramp to the unconscious Striker in the ring before we fade to black and copyright info comes up.