Storm - March 5th, 2022 - Detroit, Michigan Mar 6, 2022 0:01:00 GMT josh likes this
Post by Storm on Mar 6, 2022 0:01:00 GMT
The show starting pyro is going off as the fans are losing their minds. When the fireworks end, the camera transitions to a shot of Mauro and Pat at the commentary desk.
MAURO RANALLO: Welcome everyone to another episode of WLCW Storm! We are live from Detroit, Michigan tonight and what a crowd we have!
PAT MCAFEE: These guys are absolutely going ballistic and have a hell of a show in store for them tonight!
MAURO RANALLO: We have women’s action featuring Sasha Banks and Kana as well as the debuting Bea Priestley and the number one contender for the women’s title, Hikari Noa!
PAT MCAFEE: Big tag team match tonight as well to go along with a few debuts on the men’s side too!
MAURO RANALLO: We are going to get right into the action tonight though with Roman Reigns and Miro leading this one off!
PAT MCAFEE: I am pumped, Mauro. This one has all the makings of a great one. This whole night is gonna be great!
MIRO VS ROMAN REIGNS
This match came to be on the heels of Miro getting kicked out of Vengeance ten short days ago in Vancouver. After attacking the losers of matches repeatedly, Mick Foley came out to kick Miro out of the arena. By that time though, Miro had already done the damage against Jimmy and Jey Uso, thus angering Roman Reigns. Reigns has yet to find his footing and success he had before coming to WLCW. The Bloodline spent a long time standing atop the wrestling world in the lead up to WLCW becoming a thing, but since it’s inception, Reigns feels like he hasn’t had the same impact he had before. A win tonight over the man who was in the world title match at Ascension would go a hell of a long way in righting that ship and making him feel like he’s on that level again. Miro stands across the ring from him, a sneer on his face as he stares a hole through Reigns. He has been in a bad mood since losing to Cody Rhodes in the world title match. Feeling like he’s been lumped into a group of ‘losers’ in WLCW, he has set out to destroy any and everyone who falls short in their matches. Not wanting to be associated with the weak, feeble and inadequate in his eyes. He would love for nothing more than to destroy the man standing across the ring from him. Thankfully for him, he gets that chance as the bell sounds and this one is official!
MAURO RANALLO: Two of the biggest names in the world of professional wrestling right now! Unbelievable that we get to call these matches week in and week out!
PAT MCAFEE: I gotta tell ya, I love what we do here, Mauro. A front row seat to matches like this is why I love this place!
As soon as the bell sounds, Miro sets out across the ring with determination and speed. This catches Roman by surprise as he tries to ready himself for a fight, but Miro is on him too quickly, grabbing him and flipping him over onto his back. He goes for an arm lock but Reigns is quick to get back to his feet, knocking Miro away from him. Miro stays on the attack though, grasping at Roman and pulling him towards him, lifting him up and over for a belly-to-belly suplex and dropping him onto the mat. Miro lets out a scream as Roman is clearly dazed and working to get back to his feet. Roman gets to one knee and Miro comes in looking for a side thrust kick to his face, but Reigns is able to move out of the way, causing Miro to go past him. Miro gathers himself and gets a back elbow on Reigns, right across the chin. Roman grabs at his face and goes for a punch of his own, but he’s blocked by Miro. Miro open hand slaps Reigns right across the exposed part of his upper chest. Roman is knocked back a few steps and that’s all the opening that Miro needs as he goes for another standing thrust kick and this time he nails it! Right into Reigns’ face, taking him down! He mounts Roman after a stomp to the back and climbs on, locking his hands around Roman’s face, cinching in the GAME OVER. Roman lasts for a only a few seconds before tapping out! It’s over!
Submission - 2:58
Submission - 2:58
MAURO RANALLO: Oh my goodness, Pat! We just saw a decimation of Roman Reigns!
PAT MCAFEE: Talk about subverting expectations! Miro, absolutely dominant in his match tonight! He’s not letting go either!
MAURO RANALLO: Not yet, no. He is definitely trying to prove a point to everyone in the back with this.
PAT MCAFEE: Listen, point taken from the announce crew. Miro is not to be messed with!
Miro breaks the hold finally after more bell ringing and calls for a microphone from the ringside crew. Not wanting to cause any issues or stop him from getting what he wants, he’s handed one.
MIRO: Look at this pathetic excuse of a challenger, Detroit.
The crowd, seemingly still in awe of what they just saw, some of them start cheering while others boo. A very mixed reaction.
MIRO: Mick Foley thought he could stop me, but all he did was delay the inevitable. This place, this company must be purged of losers. Look at this man…look at what I did to him. Does Miro belong in the same category as him? Is Miro a loser like him? One thing will be clear by the end of this night. Miro is not a loser.
Miro tosses the microphone down and starts stomping on Reigns repeatedly over and over as the referee tries to intervene again and the timekeeper rings the bell. More stomping, more intervening, more bell ringing until finally Miro stops and stands in the ring, one foot on Reigns’ downed body. His arms raised in the air above him.
PAT MCAFEE: Okay, now that is a message sent, Mauro!
MAURO RANALLO: Loud and clear, Pat. Miro is looking to go on another tear here tonight!
Backstage in the locker room area, Matt Striker is seen standing in front of the door of Cody Rhodes and the Nightmare Family's private dressing room. He flashes a big smile before addressing the camera.
MATT STRIKER: Hello everyone, Matt Striker here. I have been summoned by the WLCW World Champion, Cody Rhodes, who has promised a special announcement here tonight on Storm.
Reluctantly, Striker turns and knocks on the door. A few moments later, Tony Schiavone opens the door.
TONY SCHIAVONE: Oh, Matt, hello. I'll tell Cody that you're here.
Tony disappears behind the door and almost immediately is replaced by Cody Rhodes. The WLCW Champion swings the door open and greets Matt with open arms, practically dragging him into the locker room. The camera follows in behind them, showing off the entire Nightmare Family clan except for Preston Vance and Stephen Amell.
CODY RHODES: Matt, thank you for coming. This special announcement wouldn't be the same without you.
MATT STRIKER: And speaking of this special announcement, Cody, what is it?
CODY RHODES: In due time. First, don't you want to meet Miss Nightmare 2022?! The whole reason we're doing this!
MATT STRIKER: I thought this was for some sort of Autism charity?
Cody corrects him.
CODY RHODES: Autism AWARENESS, Matt. There's a difference. And believe me when I tell you, we raised quite a bit of awareness over the last ten days.
MATT STRIKER: Allow me, if you will, to expand upon that. What is, exactly Autism "awareness?" Is it a nonprofit of some sort? Where exactly did the money raised go?
Cody chuckles and puts his arm around Striker's shoulders.
CODY RHODES: Matt, awareness does not come without a price.
He snaps his fingers and motions to someone off-camera.
CODY RHODES: And we have a big check ready to present to a group of at-risk children as soon as Preston and Stephen arrive. See, being the face of this company requires a lot of work, Matt. Work not just anyone is capable of doing. This is why I try so hard each and every day to better myself and those around me. I take this VERY seriously.
Brandi approaches wearing her crown and "Miss Nightmare" sash. She's carrying an oversized novelty check with the front of it facing her.
BRANDI RHODES: That's right, Matt. You see, as Miss Nightmare, I've gone around the country promoting Autism Awareness and I'm damn proud of the work we've done and the progress we've made. I'll tell you, I was shocked to have won the crown on Vengeance, but we're not going to rest until the job's done!
MATT STRIKER: I'm sorry. I'm just.. Very confused by all of this, I guess. Especially when the presentation was interrupted by your challenger, Cody, the number one contender, Malakai Black.
CODY RHODES: There's always a hero and a villain to every story, Matt. No good deed goes unpunished. Someone tries to make the world a better place, and someone always tries to make the world about them. Someone tries to take his position of power and do good, and someone cannot thrive without the spotlight shining directly on him. The latter is Malaki. Hell of a hand to have onboard here in WLCW. Just needs to get his attitude in check. That's why I'm going to send a message tonight against Warhorse.
Another knock at the door. Without hesitation, the door is kicked open and Stephen Amell appears wearing a shirt that reads "I BROKE CRAVEN'S NECK" with Preston Vance behind him. Preston walks up to Cody and interrupts.
PRESTON VANCE: Cody, the kids are here.
CODY RHODES: Perfect! Come on, Matt. It's showtime!
He turns to Brandi.
CODY RHODES: C'mon, Miss Nightmare! Bring the check.
Cody cuts in front of Striker, Vance, and Amell, hurriedly exiting the locker room with the WLCW Championship in tow. Outside in the hallway are three children, all of them around 10-years-old or so, with their parents. One is in a wheelchair, the other is leaning on a walker, and the third looks relatively healthy if not for being painfully thin. Cody flashes a million dollar smile and gives all three kids fist bumps.
CODY RHODES: Holy cow! Look at what big time Champs we have here! How it's going guys?!
Cody turns to Preston and whispers in his hear audibly enough for it to be picked up.
CODY RHODES: I asked you to find three kids with autism.
PRESTON VANCE: I know, but I have no idea what that is, man. So I just went to the children's hospital and found the first three kids I could. There's Mason in the wheelchair, Tyson with the walker, and then Justin. They loved riding in the limousine.
STEPHEN AMELL: Cody, bro, they freaking loved being around a television star like myself. They didn't say it specifically, but I could see it in their eyes.
Cody runs his hand down his face, his plan teetering on the brink. He composes himself to prevent the kids and their parents from seeing his frustration.
CODY RHODES: We'll talk about this later.
He turns to face the kids as Brandi walks up next to him with the check.
CODY RHODES: Guys, it's our honor for you to be our special guests here tonight! Got to ride in an awesome limo, then come backstage and hang with the World Champ and Miss Nightmare herself! I have you guys ringside seats for my match tonight and the whole crew is going to sit with you guys and make sure you have blast.
Cody looks back at Preston.
CODY RHODES: Except for you. You're coming to the ring with me just in case.
Preston nods as Cody turns back to them.
CODY RHODES: But first, guys, I want us all to get a photo together to commemorate this night!
Cody motions for Matt Striker.
CODY RHODES: Matt, come here and get the camera on us as we do this.
Brandi and Cody stand at each end of the group of kids, holding an end of the oversized check.
CODY RHODES: In ten days, we raised a lot of awareness with the donations made through Venmo. That's why it's our honor, as Miss Nightmare 2022 and the WLCW World Champion to display this check for $340 with our new friends!
The position of the check completely blocks the kids out of the photograph except for their feet and the wheels of the wheelchair. Brandi and Cody smile brightly as flashes from DDP's disposable camera and Tony Schiavone's iPhone explode repeatedly.
MATT STRIKER: Cody, I thought you said you raised a ton! That check was for a mere three-hundred dollars!
Brandi seems offended.
BRANDI RHODES: Try $340, you idiot.
CODY RHODES: Matt, this was all about awareness. Money is great, but the Bible says "money is the root of all evil."
MATT STRIKER: Well, the love of it anyway..
CODY RHODES: And I love the youth of America and care about their futures. That's why we did what we did! That's why I strive daily to be a champion all of WLCW can be proud of and stock up that goodwill and positive karma by the bucketful.
CODY RHODES: Besides, you factor in administrative costs, appearance fees, renting a limousine, catering, a camera crew, stylists, and then factor in the price of buying an oversized check in today's economy and the dollar just doesn't go as far as it used to. Six figures gets cut in half quick. Inflation, am I right?
Cody puts his arms around the shoulders of two of the kids.
CODY RHODES: Besides, all that matters is that awareness was created and these kids are about to have the evenings of their lives when they're ringside watching the World Champion fight!
Cody smiles at them and shows off the WLCW Championship.
CODY RHODES: Now kids, the champ has to go get ready for his match. You guys mingle around and make some friends. I'll see you at the ring.
He looks down at the kid in the wheelchair.
CODY RHODES: Mason, is it? Mason, when I hand you my weight belt before the match, look super emotional when you receive, alright?
The kid nods and his eyes light up.
CODY RHODES: Awesome! Great! You guys are the bomb.
Cody opens the door to his locker room, lets everyone in before him, and then enters himself, closing the door behind him. This leaves his guests of honor and their parents stranded in the hallway with nowhere to go. Matt Striker looks around, throwing his arms up in the air and huffs.
MATT STRIKER: Come with me, guys. I'll take you to catering. You can meet Eddie Kingston or something.
The scene fades.
JOHN CENA VS DANHAUSEN
Well, this is certainly a mishmash of styles and wrestling altogether. Not that any match with Danhausen would likely be a match in any way, shape or form. Even Cena seems a little taken back by his opponent tonight, just kind of narrow eyed staring across the ring at him. Danhausen still has his cape on and nods, a bit of menace in his eyes at his opponent. Cena seems to live in his own world out there sometimes, not really taking in his surroundings and having a general understanding of his opponent. Cena would probably like to stand across the ring one more time from Roman Reigns and have a chance to get those losses to him back. After what we just saw Miro do to Reigns though, I don’t think we will see him for a while. If Cena was wise, he’d try and get this match over and done with, picking up the victory and potentially avoiding the wrath of Miro. Danhausen still has his cape on. Cena, admittedly, does not have a cape but one would have to wonder how great he would look in one. Danhausen finally takes his cape off and looks ready for action. John Cena has been ready since he got down to the ring. He may not quite be ready for whatever this is that’s about to transpire. The referee hesitantly calls for the bell as these two try and continue to measure one another up.
MAURO RANALLO: Well, this one should be quite interesting, Pat.
PAT MCAFEE: I kind of like both of these guys for different reasons. I’m not sure either of them know what to make of one another though.
MAURO RANALLO: I’d say there’s a significant advantage for Cena in some key categories. Size…weight…strength…height…reach…
PAT MCAFEE: …but pure evilness has to go to Danhausen!
Danhausen walks to the middle of the ring where Cena takes a few strides and meets him. They’re looking at each other, Danhausen of course looking up and Cena down at him. Danhausen looks like he might offer his hand out for a handshake. John might reciprocate it if it’s offered, but Danhausen finally brings his hands back to his sides. Cena flexes one of his biceps at Danhausen, whose eyes grow wide after seeing that. Danhausen lies down in the center of the ring and motions for John Cena to pin him. John does so as the referee counts. 1..2..3…it’s, uh…over?
Pinfall - 1:58
Pinfall - 1:58
PAT MCAFEE: Oh…well all right then.
MAURO RANALLO: The lord and Danhausen work in mysterious ways, Pat.
PAT MCAFEE: That’s certainly one way to spin what just happened here.
MAURO RANALLO: Cena with another win though as he seems to be stringing some together, regardless of how impressive or unimpressive they may be.
PAT MCAFEE: Yeah, a win is a win at the end of the day. Danhausen clearly wanted no part - -
Pat is cut off by the music of the man who just won the previous match. Miro appears at the top of the ramp and he seems pretty angry. He starts walking down to the ring with a sense of purpose and intensity. Cena has already rolled out of the ring as Danhause still lie in the ring motionless.
MAURO RANALLO: Someone get the lovable Danhausen out of the ring!
PAT MCAFEE: Miro said this was going to happen after his match. He promised we’d see a repeat of what happened on Vengeance!
Before Miro rolls into the ring, he grabs a microphone from the ringside area.
MIRO: Get up, tiny weird man.
Danhausen lifts his head up slightly at the command from Miro.
MIRO: I SAID TO GET UP, DANHAUSEN. STAND UP!
Little to no hesitation as Danhausen climbs back to his feet now. A worried look on his face.
MIRO: Is this what I look like to you all out there? A loser like this man? A man so scared, he just laid down and lost like a small child!
PAT MCAFEE: Hard to really argue with these facts, Mauro.
MAURO RANALLO: I wish Danhausen would get out of there. This doesn’t look good for him.
MIRO: This little man is the problem with this place.
Miro looks over at Danhausen and gives him what is clearly a fake smile.
MIRO: You and I, little weird man, we are not so different here in WLCW. You are a loser now and I, as well, am a loser. Perhaps we should team up? Create a tag team called “The Losers?”
The crowd cheers at that idea from the monster.
MIRO: You would like that, Detroit? You would like to see these two losers team up and go on a winning streak like the world has never seen?
Miro sticks his hand out for a handshake to Danhausen who reluctantly and evily looks around the arena before reaching his hand out and accepting it. The crowd actually starts clapping and cheering as Miro and Danhausen shake hands, before Miro pulls Danhausen towards him, lifting him and slamming him down to the mat with a spinebuster! He spins Danhausen over and kicks him in the back, applying the GAME OVER right in the middle of the ring! The referees are all running down to the ring as Miro is screaming and yelling at Danhausen for being weak.
MAURO RANALLO: Dammit! Someone get out here and help Danhausen!
PAT MCAFEE: Miro tried to warn us, Mauro! Miro said this would happen!
MAURO RANALLO: I don’t give a damn, frankly. Eventually, Miro is going to run into someone who can and will fight back!
PAT MCAFEE: Well, Danhausen wasn’t that man.
The referees are finally able to break Danhausen free from Miro’s grasp as the scene of madness in the ring fades.
We move backstage at Little Caesar's Arena, where Josh Matthews stands at the ready in front of a black curtain. The shot zooms out and the crowd pops big when we see that none other than the Deathmatch Princess, Hikari Noa, is standing next to him in her full ring gear and entrance vest. She's got a baseball bat with a bedazzled grip in one hand which she waggles back and forth anxiously as Josh Matthews begins to interview her. Her responses are translated by someone off screen and displayed in yellow text for the viewing public.
JOSH MATHEWS: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm joined now by the #1 contender for the WLCW women's championship, Hikari Noa. Hikari, thanks for joining me tonight.
HIKARI NOA: <No problem.>
JOSH MATHEWS: Ten days ago on Vengeance we learned that you will be challenging WLCW Women's Champion Momo Watanabe at Clash at the Canyon. We didn't get much of a chance to hear from you because of Jamie Hayter and Bea Priestly. What are your thoughts heading into your match with Bea Priestly tonight?
HIKARI NOA: <Yeah, that's right. I was really surprised when I found out that I was chosen to fight for the championship next. I've been really wanting to face Momo-chan for a while, and now I get to do it one on one. She's really violent and tough, and she's a very very good wrestler. But my passion for crazy matches is really strong. I'm hard to kill. Momo-chan's darkness is going to get burned away by my light! And I'll fight anyone, so tonight I'm going to fight Bea with all I've go-"
As she speaks, her words are progressively filled with more and more confidence. There's a violent fire raging in that look in her eyes, as if she's ready to throw down right here and now. Before Hikari can finish her thoughts, the crowd pops again. Kagetsu has stepped into the scene, wearing a black track Oedo Tai t-shirt and jeans. She throws an arm around Hikari's shoulders and leans toward the camera.
KAGETSU: <Oi, those 'Top Gaijin' are gonna regret what they did last week! Hikarin here is my top student, and they've got no idea what they woke up by attacking her. She's gonna beat Bea-san so bad she'll think she's still in Queen's Quest! As for Jamie, let me make this clear. You come within a meter of that ring tonight and it's not just the next champion you have to worry about. Starting tonight, I'm not just Hikarin's manager. The two of you and those stupid fops have woken up the Final Boss of women's wrestling. Congratulations, you've woken up the real Kagetsu-san. You mess with the kid or ACT-san and you're answering to me.>
She grins confidently as she makes her proclamation. Kagetsu moves in front of Hikari as she speaks, though we can still see Hikari over her shoulder. Gone is the confident and borderline psychotic look, and in its place is an exasperated expression with raised eyebrows and her gaze cast to the side. We hear another pop as ACT Yasukawa steps into the frame as well, clearly about to deliver her own message. ACT's head is bandaged after the assault on Eruption two days before. In the back Hikari sighs, shrugs and leaves.
ACT YASUKAWA: <Yaaay! ACT Yasukawa-san has arrived too! Together, the three of us..>
ACT looks back and sees that Hikari isn't there. She cranes her neck to look for the younger woman, who is nowhere to be found. Finally she looks to Kagetsu dubiously.
ACT YASUKAWA: <Where did the kid go? We were supposed to be in her corner tonight.>
Kagetsu shrugs, just now noticing that Hikari has indeed left them. Before she can investigate, the crowd boos loudly at the arrival of even more women. First there's Konami, the Loyal Butler of Nouvelle Bishikigun, sans her signature silver platter. Behind her is Misao, whose eyes immediately lock on ACT. ACT glares right back and takes a step in Misao's direction; Misao steps forward as well. Kagetsu moves in and shoves Misao angrily, which in turn draws in Konami. Konami shoves Kagetsu back, to which Kagetsu responds by throwing a punch! Konami ducks and tackles Kagetsu to the floor! ACT steps up to Misao and raises her fist as well, the crowd cheering for the fight that's breaking out. They start booing when security personnel enter the room, pulling the two sides apart. Both Nouvelle Bishikigun and the former Oedo Tai leaders shout angrily in Japanese at each other as they're pushed farther apart. Chants of LET THEM FIGHT! ring out from the crowd, but alas it is not to be. Nouvelle Bishikigun leave of their own accord, looking at most minorly inconvenienced. ACT and Kagetsu finally give up as they leave as well, leaving a very confused Josh Matthews to conclude the segment.
JOSH MATHEWS: Well I don't know what to say, guys. The women's division is heating up more every night!
MAURO RANALLO: Indeed it is, Josh. Even with just a few matches on the card tonight, this group of women are still ready to tear the house down every chance they get!
PAT MCAFEE: I am telling you right now, Noa and Momo has a chance to be the match of the night at Clash at the Canyon. I am beyond pumped for that one!
MAURO RANALLO: Fans, we have to take a quick break but coming up, we are going to have the Beast and Atticus Cogar go one on one!
PAT MCAFEE: Come on back for that!
We return from a brief commercial break to find Atticus Cogar pacing around the ring, while "Can You Feel My Heart" by Bring Me The Horizon plays in the background. Atticus is breathing heavily and pacing back and forth. He grinds and bears his silver teeth, only before slapping himself across the face to hype himself up. The bell rings, and Atticus' name plate pops up on the screen as he's introduced.
JUSTIN ROBERTS: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, already in the ring - from Cleveland, Ohio - this is ATTICUS ... COGAR!
Atticus pays no mind to the introduction of his first televised match in WLCW, as he continues pacing back and forth, staring the entrance ramp down.
PAT MCAFEE: Look at the intensity on young Atticus' face here tonight!
MAURO RANALLO: Well, he's about the be face-to-face with the human personification of "intensity"! Brace yourself, Pat ...
The opening squeals of Brock Lesnar's entrance theme play and the crowd goes wild!
MAURO RANALLO: HERE COMES THE PAIN!
Brock Lesnar appears at the top of the ramp and is ready for a fight. He paces around at the top of the entrance ramp for a few seconds before marching down the entrance ramp, Atticus Cogar in his sights. Halfway down the ramp, Brock roars and kicks in foot high in the air as pyro goes off behind him! The crowd roars loudly as Lesnar walks down the entrance way, ready to destroy Atticus Cogar here tonight.
PAT MCAFEE: He's the alpha male of our species, Mauro and tonight he's going to tear Atticus Cogar limb from limb!
BROCK LESNAR VS ATTICUS COGAR
Lesnar jumps up on the apron .. but the second that he does, Atticus Cogar immediately goes on the offensive and nails Brock Lesnar with a shotgun dropkick across the chest! Lesnar stumbles and loses his footing after being caught off guard and smacks his face on the apron. Justin Roberts bails out of the ring and we see the referee try to stop Cogar .. but it's too late, Cogar is already on the move! Cogar hits the opposite ropes and dives through the ropes nailing Lesnar with a heat-seeking tope suicida! Lesnar is stunned momentarily and Cogar realizes it. He begins to deliver forearm shot after forearm shot to the back of Lesnar. Quickly, he climbs back into the ring and hits the opposite ropes, looking to hit another tope. He soars through the ropes .. but Brock Lesnar catches him in mid-air! Cogar tries to kick his way free, but it's no use! Lesnar pops up him up on his shoulders .. and delivers an F-5 on the outside!
MAURO RANALLO: AN F-5 FROM THE BEAST INCARNATE!
PAT MCAFEE: Atticus started this match like he was shot out of a cannon, but now he's been laid out by Brock Lesnar!
MAURO RANALLO: This match hasn't even begun and Cogar is in a bad, bad way! Our official needs to gain control of this match! Cogar is likely to get hurt here!
Cogar is near motionless as Lesnar stands above him, surveying the damage that he's already caused. He picks up Cogar's carcass and clutches him behind the waist, and you know what's coming next! Lesnar flings Cogar on the outside with a huge German Suplex! Brock Lesnar stands over Atticus and hops on the toes on his feet and establishing his dominance. After a few seconds, Lesnar picks up Cogar and tosses him into the ring, following in after him. The bell finally rings and this match is officially underway. Brock Lesnar picks up Attics Cogar by the waist and hoists him up, delivering another huge German Suplex that folds Atticus Cogar in half. Lesnar again stands over Cogar who clutches at his neck while The Beast stands over him. The crowd roars as Lesnar picks up Atticus and delivers yet another German Suplex to Atticus Cogar! One more after that for good measure for a full four German Suplexes onto Cogar!
PAT MCAFEE: Welcome to Suplex City, Atticus!
Atticus holds his neck and tries to make his way up to his feet using the ropes for leverage. Brock towers over Atticus as he again clasps his arms around Atticus' waist, hoisting him up and over for another German Suplex .. but Atticus manages to flip out of it and land on his feet! Atticus looks a bit surprised himself but immediately launches into a flurry of lefts and rights. Brock pushes him off, but Atticus immediately runs towards him, ducking under a wild swing from Lesnar. Atticus hits a spinning wheel kick and catches Lesnar right in the face and The Beast stumbles and is stunned! Atticus does his best to strike while he's got the opportunity, again delivering a series of lefts and rights across the back and neck of Lesnar. Atticus delivers a big superkick to Lesnar, and Lesnar is down to one knee! Cogar swiftly jumps up to the second rope and takes aim .. he hits The Brain Hemmorage - that nasty Double Stomp to the back of the head! Lesnar crumbles and Cogar immediately goes for a pin attempt!
MAURO RANALLO: COGAR IS GOING TO SHOCK THE WORLD! BRAIN HEMORRHAGE!
PAT MCAFEE: No way! I can't believe it!
The referee counts! 1 .. 2 .. but Lesnar manages to power his shoulder up! This has only seemed to anger Lesnar now as he’s quickly getting back to his feet. Cogar comes off the ropes and tries to hit a diving forearm but Lesnar catches him with one hand! The crowd audibly gasps as Lesnar has the much smaller opponent goozled with one hand, lifting him up by the neck. Cogar is flailing wildly, trying to break it up, managing to get a kick or two on the Beast’s chest and stomach area. Lesnar moves from the rising chokehold to twisting Atticus and having him land on Brock’s shoulders to set up another F5! Before he can turn him and drive him into the mat, Cogar slips off Lesnar’s back, kicking the back of Lesnar’s left knee a few times, taking him down to one knee. He’s behind Lesnar and grabs him from behind, looking to drive his head into the mat As Atticus has him in the headlock position, Lesnar lifts him up and drops him back with a back bodydrop. Both men taking a good hit on the mat with that one. Cogar is clutching at his back as Lesnar is getting back to his vertical base. Lesnar pulls Cogar back to his feet and whips him into the corner. Brock measures him up and comes in for a big splash and clothesline combination, but Cogar bounces himself up on the second and then top rope, jumping over the rushing Lesnar as he gets to the corner. Cogar lands on his feet behind Lesnar and bounces off the opposite ropes. Lesnar is quick to react and practically meets Atticus as he bounces off the ropes with a huge lariat clothesline, turning Cogar inside out, flipping his body around and landing in a heap on the mat! Lesnar grabs him and picks him up, spinning him for an F5 and dropping him! He goes for a pin. 1…2…3! It’s over!
Pinfall - 6:33
Pinfall - 6:33
Lesnar seems mad as hell even after winning and gets to his feet, letting out an almost primal scream in the process.
MAURO RANALLO: Cogar was a thorn in Lesnar’s side tonight, but the Beast winds up getting the win.
PAT MCAFEE: It’s just hard for a one hundred and sixty pound man to put up a fight against someone the size and stature of Brock Lesnar!
The crowd is already looking up towards the ramp in anticipation of what’s about to happen and they are totally correct.
MAURO RANALLO: Oh no…
PAT MCAFEE: Of all the times he’s come out, this one may be the most interesting…
Lesnar has his eyes firmly facing the entrance ramp and isn’t leaving the ring, like any of the other winners during these situations. Miro doesn’t seem to care as he makes his way down the ramp and steps into the ring. He approaches Lesnar and stands toe to toe with him, staring up at him. Lesnar is breathing heavily after his match, but staring back down at Miro, waiting for him to make a move. Miro doesn’t waver though and changes his gaze down to Atticus Cogar, who is still trying to get back to his feet after the match with Lesnar. Miro mouths a few words to Lesnar who gives him a sneer and then steps out of his way, leaving the ring!
MAURO RANALLO: If it’s even possible for him, things just went from bad to worse for Atticus Cogar in this situation.
PAT MCAFEE: Yeah, this is not an ideal situation for him.
Miro calls and demands for a microphone once again and is handed one. He has his back turned to Cogar, instead yelling out at the Detroit audience.
MIRO: This is starting to make me sick, Detroit. These men like the weird one and this tiny angry man lying behind me. These weak men. These feeble men. These inadequate men. They are not me. They are not Miro. Mick Foley, I know you’re back there and I will not stop until you give me what I want. Give me Cody Rhodes. Give me a WLCW Heavyweight Championship match! Give me what I want or I will show you what will happen to every loser on this roster until I get - -
Miro is interrupted as he’s grabbed from behind by surprise. Cogar is back to his feet and grabs Miro from around the back of his head in a headlock. Atticus uses the momentum from the surprise grapple to move forward, shoving Miro’s head into the mat with a headlock face slam! Miro isn’t moving and Atticus is sitting on the mat, breathing heavily and lurching up and down with each breath.
MAURO RANALLO: Wha…what just happened, Pat!?
PAT MCAFEE: Atticus Cogar just jumped Miro!
MAURO RANALLO: I thought this couldn’t get any worse for him, but he may have just made the biggest mistake of his life!
PAT MCAFEE: Wait, what’s he doing now?
Atticus practically crawls over the downed Miro to grab the microphone he was using.
ATTICUS COGAR: Miro, shut the hell up…You’re one hundred percent right when you say you’re nothing like me. You’re a talker…I’m a fighter. That’s the difference. Now you can go BEEP off…
Cogar climbs back to his feet as the fans flip out after what he just said. Flipping the microphone out of his hand and it lands on Miro’s back with a loud thud as the fans don’t even know how to react, still in a state of shock from all of it. The scene fades.
We cut backstage to the interview area as Matt Striker waits for his cue.
MATT STRIKER: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time, 2.0 with Keith Lee.
Parker comes in from the left and the Lees from the right.
MATT STRIKER: Gentlemen, the details of last week aside with Mr. Lee here, you have a chance tonight to take a big step in the tag team division.
JEFF PARKER: Steps are for alcoholics, Matt. We are here to make a statement tonight.
MATT LEE: And that statement is that it’s been almost two months since this place was started and 2.0 have been here from the start. We haven’t had one title shot to show for that. Now, you tell me where the problem is?
MATT STRIKER: Well, I suppose a case could be made for that. A win tonight goes a long way in making that statement.
MATT LEE: Please, these two old fogeys think they’ve got a chance when they step in the ring with us?
KEITH LEE: Plus, you got the special sauce on your side tonight!
Parker and Matt Lee have an almost confused and disgusted look on their face after that statement.
JEFF PARKER: Special sauce? What the hell are you talking about?
KEITH LEE: It’s a new catchphrase I’m working on.
MATT LEE: We already have a catchphrase. We just yell “You wanna taste?” or something along those lines. Gets in people’s heads.
KEITH LEE: Yeah, I like that. We can add it too. “You wanna taste, with special sauce, Matt Striker?”
MATT STRIKER: Uh…
JEFF PARKER: Listen, big guy…
MATT LEE: Put a pin in the special sauce stuff, okay? Like, we don’t need you for your catch phrase creating ability.
KEITH LEE: Well, there’s still no way you’re losing with the special sauce by your side tonight.
JEFF PARKER: Keith, buddy, pal…we need you do to us a favor tonight.
KEITH LEE: Say the word, boys.
MATT LEE: We need you to stay in the back tonight. Maybe find a monitor and watch the world’s greatest tag team go to work on those old has beens Machine Guns. Ya feel me?
KEITH LEE: Stay in the back and watch?
JEFF PARKER: Stay in the back and watch.
Matt Lee and Parker put their arms around the big man as they move from the interview area.
MATT STRIKER: Guys, back to you out in the arena!
MAURO RANALLO: Big match tonight coming up for 2.0 against the Motor City Machine Guns.
PAT MCAFEE: Yeah, and Keith Lee gets to see what an exemplary tag team looks like!
MAURO RANALLO: Now it’s time for the WLCW World Champion, Cody Rhodes, to take on the follower of his first contender, Malakai Black. Warhorse is an impressive competitor in his own right, so it will not be a walk in the park for “The American Nightmare!”
The ringside camera pans over to show Brandi Rhodes, Diamond Dallas Page, and Stephen Amell escorting the Autism Awareness kids from earlier in the night to their seats in the front row. The fans are booing and screaming slurs in Brandi Rhodes’ general direction. She turns to confront some of those around here, begging the fans. “Please do not boo these HEROES! They are children!”
PAT MCAFEE: These fans are definitely not booing those damn kids, Mauro. They’re booing that woman! She's a pageant queen with the personality faker than her smile and.. well.. somethin' else if you catch my drift!
MAURO RANALLO: Brandi Rhodes is certainly a lightning rod for controversy and subscribes to the notion that all publicity is good publicity, Pat!
With the kids settled in joined by their parents, now decked out in Cody Rhodes shirts and replica WLCW foam championships, the camera gives them one final shot before turning to the ramp for the entrances of tonight’s competitors. Warhorse makes his way to the ring and growls in the faces of the children at ringside, with DDP standing up and protecting them against the possessed disciple of Malakai Black. Next, “Kingdom” plays and Cody Rhodes appears on the top of the ramp with the physically imposing Preston Vance standing behind him. Pyro and fire explode all over the stage with Cody down on one knee, flexing proudly with the World Championship around his waist.
PAT MCAFEE: Look at this cat! The stage looks like a got dang Michael Bay movie!
Cody and Preston march down to the ring while on the receiving end from another mixed reaction from the fans. Cody stops in front of his special guests and unsnaps his championship, handing it to Vance. He then unhooks his weight belt and hands it over to the fan in the wheelchair and then presses his forehead against the child’s, giving the camera a money shot for a bonding moment between wrestler and fan, however genuine it may actually be.
CODY RHODES VS WARHORSE
Minutes later, with the introductions completed, the bell sounds followed by each competitor exiting their respective corner and meeting in the center of the ring. Warhorse screams in Cody’s face but gets snatched in a firm side headlock. Cody wrenches down and snaps Warhorse down with a takeover for a quick one count. Warhorse uses his momentum and rolls Cody over for a one count of his own, breaking the hold. Back up, Cody hits a series of palm strikes and drops to his back, hitting one more for good measure to a big pop from the fans.
PAT MCAFEE: There’s just something about falling down and hitting someone at a weird angle that really gets the people goin’, man.
MAURO RANALLO: Unpredictable offense has been a staple of the Rhodes family for four decades and it still remains effective albeit unorthodox!
With Warhorse staggering, Cody sees an opportunity and pushes him in the corner and delivers a stiff knife-edge chop, allowing the fans a chance to “WOOO!” upon its impact. He then climbs to the top rope and begins the ten punch combination on Warhorse, with the fans counting along with each blow. Once Cody gets to seven, Warhorse spots an opportunity and, out of desperation, low blows the WLCW Champion, knocking him off of the ropes. Warhorse pounces with a Russian Leg Sweep for a two count.
PAT MCAFEE: Hey man, I’m not gonna’ call that move by it’s real name!
MAURO RANALLO: We can just refer to it as a Side Leg Sweep.
PAT MCAFEE: Big fan of freedom and independence over here! Screw Putin!
MAURO RANALLO: We stand with the fine folks of the Ukraine just like Cody Rhodes stands against Warhorse, immediately getting back to his feet from the Leg Sweep! The Champion is looking for a fight!
At a standing base, Cody and Warhorse trade right hands back and forth, neither man getting a clear advantage over the other. Warhorse pokes Cody in the eyes and snaps him to the ground with a quick suplex. Wasting no time, Warhorse goes up to the top rope and hits a double stomp on Cody, but only gets a two count!
MAURO RANALLO: HUGE kick out by Cody Rhodes!
Warhorse responds to the kickout with frustration, then locks in the Sharpshooter and begins headbanging, showing signs of his former self. Cody manages to get to the ropes to break the hold, but Warhorse hangs on until the referee gets to the count of four before relinquishing. Warhorse stomps repeatedly on the champion’s back, eventually rolling him out of the ring.
MAURO RANALLO: The Champion is on the outside and he’s needing to come up with a new strategy!
Cody leans against the railing in front of Brandi, DDP, and Stephen Amell, and the young special guests of theirs for the evening. The kids slap Cody on the arms as Brandi shouts encouraging words in his direction, rooting him on. Preston Vance hops on the apron and distracts the referee and Cody takes the walker of one of the children. He turns back to the ring and sees Warhorse coming at him full speed in a dive through the ropes. CODY BLASTS HIM WITH THE WALKER AND WARHORSE IS OUT COLD! He drops in a heap on the ground at Cody’s feet outside. Cody quickly grabs Warhorse and throws him back in the ring.
PAT MCAFEE: That dude really clobbered Warhorse with a kid’s walker! Are ya’ serious, Cody! ARE! YOU! SERIOUS?!
MAURO RANALLO: The WLCW World Champion is showing his true character here tonight! These kids are a publicity stunt and now Cody Rhodes has again taken advantage of them by using one of their devices to render his opponent unconscious with the referee distracted!
Cody picks Warhorse up and hooks his head underneath his arm, CROSS RHODES! Cody gets right back up and grabs Warhorse again - A SECOND Cross Rhodes! Cody drops to his knees and throws his arm across Warhorse’s chest and the count is academic after this. One, two, three! Cody Rhodes is victorious!
Pinfall - 5:21
Pinfall - 5:21
After the match, Cody and Preston Vance celebrate in the ring with the fans actually somewhat behind the WLCW Champion even though he cheated to get the victory. Vance hands Rhodes the championship and Cody blows a kiss to Brandi and waves to the kids sitting ringside with her, DDP, and Stephen Amell.
MAURO RANALLO: Cody Rhodes picks up his sixth victory here in WLCW, but look at how he did it, Pat! He took that poor child’s walking cane and clobbered WARHORSE with it to secure the victory in short time!
PAT MCAFEE: Hey, it’s the wrestling business, not the wrestling friendship! A win’s a win, ya’ know?
Cody climbs to the middle turnbuckle and holds the WLCW Championship in the air, pandering to the fans in attendance.
PAT MCAFEE: Oh come on!
The fans buzz knowing something is about to happen. Some even turn their cell phones’ flashlights on trying to create some source of light to be able to see. The darkness only lasts a few seconds until the lights snap back on.
Brandi, Diamond Dallas Page, and Stephen Amell are gone. The kids at ringside look around nervously upon realizing. Cody drops down off the turnbuckle and notices that Preston Vance is also gone.
MAURO RANALLO: THINGS ARE GOING TO GET BAD FOR THE CHAMPION!
Cody turns around and Malakai Black stands behind him, not moving an inch. He begins maniacally laughing in the champion’s face as WARHORSE comes to, standing behind Cody, giving him nowhere to go.
MAURO RANALLO: THE WORLD CHAMPION HAS NO ALLIES! NO ONE TO HELP HIM!
BLACK MASS ON CODY RHODES! Collapsing in a heap, the title flies in the air and crashes to the ground next to the champion. The fans pop huge in the aftermath, quickly shifting from shock to delight seeing Malakai Black’s stiff boot connect with the chin of the World Champion.
MAURO RANALLO: IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE NIGHTMARE FAMILY IN WLCW?! HIS ASSOCIATES HAVE DISAPPEARED! CODY RHODES LAYS UNCONSCIOUS FROM THE LIGHTING-FAST STRIKE OF MALAKAI BLACK!
PAT MCAFEE: Malakai Black’s a crazy dude! He’s abaht that life!
Black crosses his legs and drops to the mat in a seated position as WARHORSE hands Black the WLCW Championship. Black admires it closely as Cody remains unconscious on the mat. Before Black gets too acquainted with the championship, HERE COMES DUSTIN RHODES!
MAURO RANALLO: HERE COMES BIG BROTHER!
PAT MCAFEE: Hey! How did he survive the Thanos-snappy-thingy Malakai Black does?!
MAURO RANALLO: He wasn’t at ringside with the rest of the Nightmare Family, so maybe that helped him escape the disappearing act the rest of his counterparts have endured!
Dustin runs full speed down the ramp and slides into the ring, shielding his fallen brother. The fans erupt in a massive “DUSTIN! DUSTIN! DUSTIN!” chant while the elder Rhodes shows no fear, confronting WARHORSE and Malakai Black. “FIGHT ME! FIGHT ME ON VENGEANCE!” Dustin screams, almost begging, over and over in Malakai’s direction. “FIGHT ME LIKE A MAN! FORGET THIS VOODOO B.S.!”
MAURO RANALLO: “The Natural” is demanding that the number one contender fight him in ten days on the final show before Clash at the Canyon!
PAT MCAFEE: I would say that it’s risky for Malakai to fight so soon before the pay-per-view, but the way he’s lookin’ right now, I think he might have it in the bag!
Malakai Black stands to his feet, the championship still in his possession. He begins laughing in the face of Dustin Rhodes, who is also on his feet, standing valiantly between his brother and Black. Black hands Dustin the WLCW Championship.
Immediately, the lights come back on, Malakai Black and WARHORSE have disappeared without a trace. Dustin checks on Cody, doing his best to bring him to, while picking him up off the mat and propping him up against the nearby corner. Dustin then slides out of the ring and checks on the special guests and their parents, who are all shaken over what’s transpired.
We head backstage where we see Hikari Noa wandering the corridors of the arena. The fans cheer loudly and there's a smattering of "HARD TO KILL" chants that break loose. She's visibly still bothered by Kagetsu's announcement earlier tonight and it appears that she is trying to clear her head. She stops in front of a vending machine and begins scanning over her choices for a drink.
MAURO RANALLO: That's the number one contender to the WLCW Women's World Championship, Hikari Noa! She'll be in action later tonight against Bea Priestley! What must be going through her head after her mentor's shocking announcement earlier tonight?!
PAT MCAFEE: She doesn't need to worry about Kagetsu and her future! What she needs to worry about it is... is she gonna be ready for Bea Priestley tonight! Wandering around backstage, thinking about Kagetsu, mulling over what SODA she wants before the match... I don't know, Mauro! That's not good strategy to me!
After inserting some quarters, a 20oz drink falls into the dispenser, but before Hikari can retrieve it, she's blasted from behind by Bea Priestley! The fans erupt in boos as Hikari goes face first into the vending machine! Bea gives her no opportunity to retaliate, driving her knee solidly into the back of Hikari's neck and holding her in place. The fans boo as Jamie Hayter walks into the shot and kneels down next to Hikari. Hikari struggles against Bea's knee but is held firmly in place.
BEA PRIESTLEY: Quit wigglin', ya' little c[bleep]! Ya' ain' goin' nowhere 'less I allow it, love.
Looking directly into Hikari's eyes, Jamie reaches up and thumps her right in the forehead, an arrogant smirk on her face. She then grabs a handful of Hikari's hair and gives it a good yank.
JAMIE HAYTER: Friendly reminder that you don't f[bleep]ing deserve the bloody title match at Clash at the Canyon.
Bea digs her knee even harder into the back of Hikari's neck, causing her to audibly whimper with discomfort. The fans boo loudly.
BEA PRIESTLEY: You should tell 'er t' do the right thing... 'n forfeit her shot so that the woman who deserves it can step up 'n take the title off that fat little shoppai, yeah?
JAMIE HAYTER: That's not the worst plan I ever 'eard. How does that sound t' you, Hikari-chan? You wanna give up ya' title shot? Give it t' the woman who really earned it?
Hikari sneers and spits directly in Hayter's face. With no hesitation, Hayter stands up and boots Hikari right in the face, knocking her free from Bea's hold and sending her over into a seated position against the vending machine. Bea smiles, impressed. She kneels down in front of Hikari and grabs her face with one hand.
BEA PRIESTLEY: Don't worry, Jamie... after I beat the f[bleep]ing s[bleep] out of this little bitch tonight, she'll be beggin' ya' t' take the title shot away from 'er.
Bea hocks and spits right in Hikari's face and stands up before walking away. Jamie lingers a second longer, looking down at the disoriented joshi before shaking her head with disgust and following Bea. The camera slowly zooms in on Hikari, but before we can fade out, we see someone else wander into the shot. Hikari looks up and her eyes widen as they fall on Momo Watanabe, the WLCW Women's Champion. The championship belt is slung over her shoulder. Momo looks completely uninterested in whatever is going on.
MAURO RANALLO: Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire, Hikari Noa's situation has gone from bad to worse!
PAT MCAFEE: Oh man, what's gonna happen?! What is Momo Watanabe doing here and what does it mean for the Deathmatch Princess!?
Momo kneels down in front of Hikari and just stares her down without saying a word. Hikari glares at the championship belt resting on Momo's shoulder. Momo reaches up and touches the center plate, caressing it gently. As these two share a moment, we see a hand enter the vending machine dispenser behind Hikari and remove the 20oz bottle that she paid for moments ago. We can see that it's an orange soda, and seconds later we hear a fssssh as the owner of the hand cracks the lid open. We hear maniacal laughter as orange soda begins to pour on Hikari's head and run down her face. The camera pans up to reveal Starlight Kid holding the bottle totally upset down, draining every drop onto her.
STARLIGHT KID: < What a mess! Orange soda is the stickiest drink. You will never be clean again! >
Starlight tilts her head back and cackles... but Hikari never breaks eye contact with Momo. It's like Starlight Kid doesn't exist. Momo smirks and stands up before looking at Starlight Kid and nodding at her. Starlight nods back and they walk away together. Hikari watches them go and licks her lips. They taste like orange.
SASHA BANKS VS KANA
Two women jockeying to get themselves in position for whatever kind of fallout comes from Noa and Momo at Clash at the Canyon. Sasha Banks is fresh off the heels of a high contested women’s championship match at the Ascension SuperShow. Unfortunately for her, she backed that effort up with a tough loss to Misao on Vengeance. Now she is focused on getting the win tonight here on Storm and putting herself back in the win column. Her opponent tonight is the mysterious Kana. The formerly known as Asuka superstar made her presence known on Eruption and Vengeance before getting booked in her first match here tonight against Banks. A pretty good initial statement could be made with a good effort here tonight or even a win against an already established women’s superstar in Sasha. Two women who could certainly use the win tonight in this one, looking to use one another as a springboard to bigger and better things. The bell sounds for this one and we have ourselves an official match.
PAT MCAFEE: Interested to see what we get from Kana here tonight. She has some loose ties to Danhausen and it was not the greatest of debuts for him earlier.
MAURO RANALLO: Don’t forget we got Nakamura coming up later as well. Big debuts here tonight for this group, but like you said, so far not a great start.
PAT MCAFEE: We’ll see if Kana can fix that here in this one. Sasha looks ready for a fight though.
MAURO RANALLO: Some people said that it looked like Banks wasn’t even aware she was booked for Vengeance last show. Reports were she just showed up that night and was told she had a match.
PAT MCAFEE: I’ll say it, Mauro. She did not looked prepared for her match on Vengeance at all. Tonight? Different story.
The WLCW women’s division has been a competitive one since day one, but since Ascension, we’ve seen some people in women’s division shown the door. Now, the division finds itself a little top heavy and these two women would love nothing more than put themselves in the upper echelon of the group there. Kana takes a stance of a striker while Banks has more of a grappler’s approach after the bell rings. Kana is the first to rush in, looking for a high arching kick, but Banks ducks under her, getting under her leg and taking her over with a small fireman carry takeover. Sasha is off the ropes, coming back towards Kana but she’s caught, lifted and dropped with a spinning spinebuster! A quick pin but just a one and a half, maybe two count before the kickout. Banks is back to her feet quickly as is Kana. Kana tries to stay on the offensive, lifting Banks up for what looks to be a bodyslam, but Sasha slips out at the top of the move and slides down Kana’s back, shoving her from behind as she lands. Kana spins back around and is met with a European uppercut to the jaw! She’s knocked back and down into the seated position. Banks is off the ropes, coming towards Kana who is seated with her back to her. She flips over like Mr. Perfect used to do, grabbing Kana’s head as she flips over her for a jawbreaker move. Kana is springs up a bit and back as Banks stays on the attack. She’s back to her feet, picking Kana up, setting her up for a suplex. She lifts her up and over, hooking the leg for a fisherman suplex, holding in there for the pin on Kana! 1..2..3! She got her!
Pinfall - 2:12
Pinfall - 2:12
MAURO RANALLO: How about that!? Sasha Banks with a huge win!
PAT MCAFEE: Shades of Mr. Perfect with that perfectplex there, Mauro. You love to see someone throwing it back like that, old school.
MAURO RANALLO: You’d hope Banks was inspired by the greatness that was Curt Henning there.
PAT MCAFEE: Not sure about that one.
MAURO RANALLO: Fans, we are going to get right into the next match here with another and final debut from Havoc tonight!
PAT MCAFEE: They’re zero for two so far, but that luck has to change, right!?
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS MATT SYDAL
Shinsuke and Matt circle the ring both smirking, they lock up . Shinsuke with the size advantages powers Matt back up into the corner, he bows his head down and his signature resting and grinding his head into his opponent's sternum taunt, Matt raises his arms cautiously, Shinsuke backs up and brings his hands up taunting Matt with his signature " Come on!" gesture while shouting that. Matt obliges with his trademark flying spinning heel kick taking Shinsuke down as the fans pop!
MAURO RANALLO: Shinsuke is known for his mind games but don't mistake Matt's midwestern manners for weakness.
PAT MCAFEE: Dude's a weirdo. They're both weird birds and I don't even call people birds.
Matt raises his arm with a peace sign as Shinsuke kneels and crawls quickly to the turnbuckle corner, to catch his wind back. Sydal points to his forehead with a Third Eye taunt and charges at Nakamura who ducks attempting to send Matt out of the ring but he saves himself landing on his feet on the apron. Nakamura attempts to bring him back into the ring with a suplex but in mid-suplex position Sydal escapes with two knees to the head next dropping down to the apron again. He holds the ring apron ropes to hit a roundhouse kick dazing Shinsuke and climbs up the turnbuckle
MAURO RANALLO: Speaking of birds, looks like this one's ready to fly!
MATT SYDAL: SHINSUKE!!!!
Sydal shouts in mid-air after diving off connecting with the meteora, the double knees to the shoulders, feet clipping the sternum. He favors his foot though after the move.
MAURO RANALLO: Mama Mia Meteora!
PAT MCAFEE: But he landed on his permanently disfigured foot. He got that 10 years ago from a motorcycle accident.
Sydal manages to attempt a cover only hooking one leg though 1 --2 . . .Shinsuke kicks out. Sydal is kneeling now. Shinsuke batters him with three repeated round kicks to the chest and attempts his trademark axe kick only for Sydal to sidestep a bit , catching the foot on his shoulder, he rises , spins and kicks Shinsuke in the hamstring legsweeping him onto his back. Matt follows up with the standing moonsault that is turned into a corkscrew senton bomb on the way down!
PAT MCAFEE: Wow , how does he do that??!!
MAURO RANALLO: Standing mariposa from Sydal!
Matt covers him this time hooking both legs 1. . . 2 -- Shinsuke kicks out again! While Shinsuke writhes and rolls over on his stomach, Sydal locks on the armbar, looks as if he's attempting the Cobra Stretch only for Shinsuke to rise , executing his signature inverted powerslam !!!!!! Sydal is down and Shinsuke gets to his feet . Pumped up , setting up for the Kinasasha !!! He charges and Sydal sidesteps and jumps up hitting his trademark jumping knee strike knocking Shinsuke down , following up with a smooth jack-knife bridge pin
MAURO RANALLO: What a reversal!!!!
PAT MCAFEE: Like a freaking ninja!
1 -2 . . .Shinsuke manages to escape and lock his arms around his waist they rise and twist , both fighting for the backslide Sydal moves to the turnbuckle corner to assist himself with a back roll over Shinsuke's back , he maneuvers into a rear facelock hold
MATT SYDAL: SLICE!!!!
Matt hits the leg drop combo, hitting the Slice a move he created in 2003 that Melina stole from him. Sydal sits hooks the legs back over Shinsuke's head. 1 -2 . Shinsuke somehow ! Manages to kick out!!! Sydal runs his hands over his face and hair but makes a realization as he eyes the turnbuckle corner. Fans are already aware of the position and are freaking out with their cameras and phones ready to record it.
PAT MCAFEE: Is he going to do it?! Looks like he's going for the shooting star press
Sydal rushes out to the apron and ascends the turnbuckle. He dives off with the impeccable shooting star press complete with a tuck of his shins in mid-air hitting the Air Bourne!!!!! Sydal hooks both legs, with his forearm grinded in Nakamura's face he gets the pinfall! 1-2 and 3!
Pinfall - 4:11
Pinfall - 4:11
MAURO RANALLO: Not a very competitive match. Nakamura put up a decent fight but zero for three in debuts for him and his group tonight.
PAT MCAFEE: Not gonna lie though, Mauro. That whole match was like an out of body experience for me.
MAURO RANALLO: Sometimes watching Matt Sydal can be like that though.
PAT MCAFEE: I’m not sure if I want to go through anything like that again. My skin feels like it’s crawling over itself right now.