Clash at the Canyon - March 26th - The Grand Canyon Mar 25, 2022 3:25:26 GMT FUZ and Scott like this
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MAURO RANALLO: Ladies and gentlemen at home, welcome to Clash at the Canyon, live from the Grand Canyon!
PAT MCAFEE: The world’s most beautiful backdrop for any kind of event, let alone a WLCW SuperShow! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity here tonight!
RENEE YOUNG: The scene here is absolutely breathless and we are going to have to catch our breath quickly because tonight’s card is the greatest in WLCW’s short history!
MAURO RANALLO: One hundred percent agree, Renee. Four title matches tonight with every title in WLCW on the line tonight in what should be some competitive matches.
PAT MCAFEE: The Motor City Machine Guns, Eddie Kingston, Hikari Noa and Malakai Black are all worthy challengers tonight and we are going to see one - if not more - take home gold tonight!
RENEE YOUNG: A brave take, Pat as these champions here are some of the best wrestlers on the planet.
MAURO RANALLO: CM Punk, Atticus Cogar, Matt Sydal, Prince Devitt and a slew of others in action tonight as well!
PAT MCAFEE: Jamie Hayter against Sasha Banks and Gigi Dolin taking on Julia Hart! We have action across all divisions!
RENEE YOUNG: What are we waiting for!? Let’s get this started!
Sometimes plans change and things don’t go as expected. Atticus Cogar was licking his chops at a chance to finally stand in the ring and go one on one with Miro after the last few shows saw them having some altercations. Of course, the injury to Miro – ironically at the hands of Atticus – saw that hopeful matchup come to a withering end. There’s no rest for the weary in WLCW, though, as Cogar still has an opponent for this SuperShow in the form of Mance Warner. Warner finally found himself on the winning end of a match on Vengeance, getting an impressive win over John Cena. Warner and Cogar seem to be two pieces cut from the same cloth in a lot of ways. They both have abrasive and careless attitudes and generally only care for themselves. Cogar comes into tonight with a significant momentum advantage, managing to slay the beast known as Miro not once, but twice and ultimately injuring the monster in the process. Mance comes into this one with a bit of momentum of his own and has the significant size and weight advantage over the smaller opponent. Before arriving in WLCW, these two men battered and bruised their bodies to an almost horrific level. There’s no telling how this one is going to wind up between these two here tonight, but it should be a fun one nonetheless. The bell sounds and this one is officially underway.
RENEE YOUNG: This maybe isn’t the match that Atticus Cogar wanted here tonight, but Mance Warner can be every bit as dangerous as anyone else in WLCW.
MAURO RANALLO: Perhaps even more so! Warner showed a new level of brutality in his match with Cena on Vengeance.
PAT MCAFEE: Yeah, but Cogar has been on a pretty good roll since he arrived. He also got a win on Vengeance as well!
RENEE YOUNG: In a six man tag match that he abandoned his teammates!
PAT MCAFEE: A win is a win, Renee.
The two go to lock up but before that happens, Warner drives a boot right into Atticus’ midsection, doubling him over. Warner grabs him by the back of the head, driving him towards the ropes and through them to the outside. It’s not taking long for this one to break down as Warner joins him on the outside of the ring. Mance helps him back to his feet and grabs him from behind, lifting him up and dropping him down onto the ringside barrier. The crowd lets out an audible groan as Atticus is racked on the railing, each leg splitting the metal barrier. He’s sat on top, wincing in pain as Warner lines him up and drives towards him, clotheslining him off of the barrier and into the front row of the crowd. Warner rolls into the ring and then back out to restart the ten count from the referee. Cogar is pulling himself back up to his feet with the help of the steel barricade. As he gets to his feet, Warner reaches over to grab him but Atticus drives a stiff headbutt into him, knocking him back. Cogar hoists himself up onto the ringside railing and launches himself like a battering ram at Warner, driving his shoulder and head into Mance’s chest and knocking him back into the ring apron. Mance’s shoulder blades driven right onto the edge of it as he cries out in pain. Cogar grabs Mance by the back of the head, turning him around and slamming his face into the apron now and then again!
MAURO RANALLO: This action has been fast and wild from the get go!
PAT MCAFEE: This is how you set the tone for a show, guys. These two guys are actually wildin’ out right now!
RENEE YOUNG: No regard for their own bodies, let alone each other’s. A violent affair to say the very least so far!
Atticus helps Warner get back into the ring, sliding him under the bottom rope and into the ring. Warner rolls over and is flat on his back as Cogar runs up the corner to the top rope. Cogar takes off and lands on Warner back first with a Swanton Bomb! Atticus goes for the pin. 1…2..No! Warner got a shoulder up. Atticus seems annoyed by the kickout as he goes back to work now, stomping a few kicks into Mance for even daring to kick out of that Swanton. As Cogar bends over to pick up his opponent, Mance reaches up and pokes his fingers into Atticus’ eyes, blinding him temporarily! Cogar rises up, holding his head and face and then ribbing his eyes to try and get some sight back. Warner bounces off the ropes and drives a hard lariat into Atticus, flipping him up and over, landing on his back. Now Warner goes for the pin after that. 1..2..a kickout from Atticus. As Warner leans down, Atticus grabs and pulls him down, sliding himself up now and wrapping his arm around Warner’s chin and neck area, pulling back with a crossface! The referee checks on Warner to see if he wants to tap out, but Mance says no – for now. Cogar is still trying to pull back and lock it in fully but Warner is fighting it off, crawling towards the ropes to look for a break. Atticus really pulls back this time and Warner rolls with it, falling back into a pinning predicament with Cogar’s shoulders down. 1…2…3! Yes! No! Cogar barely gets a shoulder up as both me scramble back to their feet again. Warner takes a big swing but Atticus ducks under it, driving a stiff right punch right into Warner’s gut. Cogar is looking to hoist the big man up for a suplex, but it’s a bit too much weight for him. Warner is able to block it and then lift Atticus up for one of his own, only to slam him down with a Falcon Arrow! Warner holds him down to the mat! 1…2…2.999! Cogar with a shoulder up!
PAT MCAFEE: These two are absolutely going at it here! What a back and forth affair between these two!
RENEE YOUNG: Two guys I’ve been really impressed with over the last few weeks and one of them is going to get a big win here tonight!
MAURO RANALLO: One of them is going to survive tonight at this rate! Like you’ve both said, a very physical altercation so far!
Warner wastes no time after the two count, picking Atticus back up to his feet. He lifts him up into the air for another suplex maneuver, but Cogar is able to slip out of it and down Warner’s back. He kicks the back of Mance’s knee, doubling him back as he grabs him from behind, reverse DDT! No pinfall attempt this time as Atticus knows he needs to keep the pressure on. He bounces off the ropes and drives a knee down across Waner’s neck and chest region. Cogar slides under the bottom rope and pulls himself up. He hoists himself up and perches on the top rope for a second before taking flight and driving a top rope springboard legdrop down onto Warner! 1…2……..3! No! Warner kicked out of that one too! Cogar is beside himself as this crowd at the Grand Canyon is eating it up! Atticus holds up three fingers towards the referee as they shake their head in disagreement. Cogar is back to his feet now, pulling his hand up to his neck and doing a slice motion across it, calling for the end of the match. He pulls Warner back to his feet and grabs him around the head, about to drive him into the mat with a headlock driver, but Warner lifts him up before he can do that and drops him back with a back bodydrop! Cogar is struggling to get back to his feet as Mance bounces off the ropes, he comes at him with a full head of steam and tries to ram him with a big boot to the face but Cogar ducks underneath! Before Warner can gather himself and get turned around, Atticus grabs him around the head and drives him face first into the mat with a HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cogar goes for the pin! 1..2…3! He got him!
Pinfall - 9:49
RENEE YOUNG: Wow! What a win here tonight for Atticus Cogar! What a match!
MAURO RANALLO: A great match indeed between two talented individuals! The future is bring for both of these men and tonight was a perfect representation of that!
PAT MCAFEE: Look at this replay! Cogar ducks under the big boot by mere inches! Maybe even millimeters!
RENEE YOUNG: Those aren’t even in the same class as far as units of measurement goes!
PAT MCAFEE: Still! Look, Renee! The boot comes and, whoosh! Just barely misses and that’s all it took! One little miss by a mere hair and it wound up costing Warner the match.
MAURO RANALLO: Credit where it’s due, Cogar came out ready to fight tonight and Warner brought it to him. Just like Pat said though, one tiny mistake was all it took for victory to turn to quickly turn to defeat.
We cut to the backstage area where 2.0 is standing in the back with Keith Lee.
MATT LEE: You see our boy get the huge win over Miro on Vengeance!
JEFF PARKER: Yeah, I was standing out there right next to you.
MATT LEE: It was more of a facetious and rhetorical question.
KEITH LEE: Gentlemen, there’s something we must talk about.
JEFF PARKER: Everything all right, big guy?
KEITH LEE: I had someone reach out to me recently. Someone very close to me.
MATT LEE: Like, an ex-girlfriend or something? Cause those types of situations are the worst.
KEITH LEE: Actually, it was a relative of mine.
JEFF PARKER: Wait, who was it? Trevor? Jason? Dragon?
KEITH LEE: It was one of my real relatives. An accountant in Texas that says that’s where I’m from and my whole family still lives there.
MATT LEE: Wait a second, man. We…we’re your family, Keith.
KEITH LEE: Well, I actually called Clarence on that this last week as well.
JEFF PARKER: What are you trying to say here, man?
KEITH LEE: He said that there’s no legal obligation for you guys to be my advisors and owners - -
MATT LEE: Whoa, hey! We didn’t use that word!
JEFF PARKER: Yeah, man. Nobody owns anybody!
KEITH LEE: - - Oh, right, no legal obligation for us to be considered a family if I agree to waive my rights. So, after a face to face meeting and some signed paperwork, that’s exactly what I did and boys…you guys are free.
MATT LEE: Wait, what!
KEITH LEE: I have waived my rights to any legal obligations to you all. I am going back to Texas to be with my family.
JEFF PARKER: What are we gonna do then, man? Did you even think of that?
KEITH LEE: I’m sure some other tag team or group will have a large man they’re willing to part with that wants to be your muscle.
MATT LEE: This is sad. I’m very sad right now, Jeff.
KEITH LEE: Gentlemen, I wish you the best of luck in your next endeavor. I bid you both adieu.
Keith walks off. As he does, Matt reaches out for him but Jeff stops him.
JEFF PARKER: No…don’t, Matt. We have to set him free. If it’s meant to be, he’ll come back.
MATT LEE: What if he doesn’t though?
JEFF PARKER: Then it wasn’t meant to be…
Scene fades as we cut to three very confused people in the announce booth.
MAURO RANALLO: So it would seem that the 2.0 and Keith Lee experiment has failed.
PAT MCAFEE: I wouldn’t say failed so much as it was more like a Harry and the Henderson’s situation.
RENEE YOUNG: Please say you’re not comparing Keith Lee to a Sasquatch.
MAURO RANALLO: Let’s get back to the ring for the next match before we get ourselves in any kind of trouble.
This one has been brewing for the last few shows now as it would seem like Gigi Dolin and Julia Hart can’t seem to stay out of each other’s ways. Hart has been trying to break away from the rest of the Varsity Blondes squad and trek her own path. So far that’s been a decent success for her, but she’s obviously missing having them around. Their presence by her and more so their absence no more apparent than tonight as Gigi Dolin has Jacy Jane by her side tonight. Dolin picked up an impressive win over Sasha Banks, who we will see later on tonight. Dolin certainly benefited from having Jacy and eventually Jamie Hayter at ringside on Vengeance. Both of these women are coming off good wins on the most recent Vengeance and a win tonight here would be a big win for them in this ultra-competitive women’s division. Just a little over a month removed from the biggest match of Julia Hart’s life, it could be argued that this one is just as big for her – especially since striking out on her own. Dolin would love for nothing more than to ruin that night for ‘the cheerleader’ tonight and stake her claim as one of the top tier athletes in this women’s division. The bell sounds for this one and referee Aubrey Edwards calls for the two combatants to start the match.
MAURO RANALLO: For weeks now, Gigi Dolin has been interrupting Julia Hart interviews and post match celebrations and it’s all culminated to this tonight.
RENEE YOUNG: She’s been bullying her, Mauro. You can say it. Julia Hart has been bullied by these two divas in Toxic Attraction.
PAT MCAFEE: Listen, normally I might disagree with such a judicious statement, but I have to kind of agree. Hart has been seemingly minding her own business for weeks only for these two to stick their noses in there.
MAURO RANALLO: Don’t discredit how dangerous Jacy and Gigi are though. They’ve shown some toughness in that ring at times too!
The two come to lock up and it’s a jockeying back and forth between them. Locking up and grappling is neither of their strength. They’re both small, agile and speedy competitors but here at the start, it’s just a standard collar and elbow lock up. Hart gets the early advantage, whipping Gigi into the ropes. Hart goes for a back bodydrop, but Dolin is able to hop up and over her, hitting the ropes behind Julia. She comes off and gets to Hart before she can turn around, grabbing her by the head and smashing her into the mat with a bulldog-like maneuver. Dolin works quickly after downing her opponent, putting a knee right in her back and pulling back on Hart’s chin and neck. It’s pretty rudimentary and basic in the approach, but it’s painful nonetheless on Hart to have the knee driven into her back. She reaches out towards the ropes, which is almost within her grasp until she’s able to finally pull herself over, but Dolin doesn’t hesitate at all after the rope break. She pulls Julia back up to her feet and delivers a snapmare to her, bringing her over and landing in a splat on the mat. Hart gets back up to the seated position, trying to gather herself as Dolin bounces off the ropes and runs towards the seated opponent. As she gets there, she grabs Hart from behind and flips up and over her with a Mr. Perfect-esque neckbreaker, making Hart double back from the whip motion and grab at her neck. Dolin goes for the pin but Hart kicks out at an early two. Jacy tells Dolin to keep the pressure up from the outside.
PAT MCAFEE: There’s the Dolin we’ve seen, using her speed and agility to her advantage.
RENEE YOUNG: First it was the back and then it was Hart’s neck that Dolin has gone to working on in the early goings.
MAURO RANALLO: Smart move from Gigi Dolin so far in her attempt to keep Julia Hart grounded. Hart’s at her most dangerous on her feet.
Dolin lifts Hart back up to her feet and then hoists her up, dropping her down – back first – across her knee and then keeping her there for a few extra seconds. Pressing down with one hand across her face and the other across Hart’s knee and leg to almost seemingly bend her in half. She finally lets go and Hart falls helplessly into a heap on the mat. Dolin picks her back up to her feet and goes to whip her into the corner. Hart is able to reverse it though and Dolin goes crashing into the corner. Hart lines her up, her hand on the small of her back still as she takes off looking to do a cartwheel into a back handspring, but as she lands from the cartwheel, she’s in obvious pain, stopping the move completely and going down to one knee and holding at her back. Dolin drives a few right arm blows right into Hart’s back and then pulls her up to her feet from behind. Pulling her back while driving her knees into Julia’s back for a backstabber! Julia cries out in pain as Dolin makes the pin. 1…2….2.9999! Hart just gets a shoulder up in time, but she’s in obvious pain for that move and the ones before. Dolin has made it a point to work on Julia’s back the early goings of this match. Gigi is back up and ducks her head under Julia’s arm, hoisting her up and over, bridging the move through into a pin with a Northern Lights suplex! 1…2…3! NO! Hart again is able to kick out and this crowd is starting to anxiously get behind her, but it’s been Dolin in control of this one almost from the opening bell.
RENEE YOUNG: Eventually, Hart can’t take all of this continuous punishment and she won’t be able to kick out.
MAURO RANALLO: Gigi Dolin has done an excellent job of never letting her guard down and keeping the pressure on Hart.
PAT MCAFEE: You’d think one of these moves will finally put her away. Where is the Gypsy Driver when you need it, Gigi?
Dolin is clearly frustrated and showing it now as she picks Hart back up to her feet and tosses her to the outside of the ring. Gigi rolls out of the ring and grabs a steel chair, sliding back into the ring with it. In one of the most blatant abuses of distracting the referee with a foreign object, Edwards is attempting to get the chair away from Dolin while Jacy administers multiple kicks to the downed cheerleader on the outside of the ring. Kick after kick after kick until finally Jacy throws her arms out to the crowd who are loudly booing her, filling the Grand Canyon with a deep bellowing sound. Jacy picks Hart back up and rolls her into the ring. Dolin finally relinquishes the chair and Aubrey takes it from her, giving it back to the ringside crew. Dolin goes over to pick up Hart, but as she does, Julia rolls her up in a small package! The referee makes the count! 1…2…3! No! Dolin just barely escapes this one! Both women scramble back to their feet as Hart is holding the small of her back, still favoring all the damage done to it earlier in the match. Dolin rushes at Hart with a clothesline, but Julia ducks under it. As Gigi comes back, Julia jumps and Dolin ducks underneath her. Now, Hart runs towards the ropes, opposite of Dolin and they come back towards one another, both going for a flying crossbody and both colliding with each other in the air and landing on the mat. The two writhe around in a bit of pain before Dolin gets back to her feet first. Hart is trying to get back to hers as well as Gigi hits the ropes, she’s met by Hart rising up and catching her, spinning and dropping her with a spinebuster! Hart goes for the pin. 1…2…3! No! What the hell!? Jacy reached in and grabbed Hart’s leg, pulling her off the pin.
MAURO RANALLO: That’s blatant interference there, ref! Julia Hart had this match won!
PAT MCAFEE: I think Aubrey Edwards is slowly putting together what just happened there.
RENEE YOUNG: Unless Julia Hart has the ability to slide backwards like a snake, then yeah, someone definitely helped stop that pin attempt.
Aubrey looks over the ropes down at Jacy who holds her hands out and says she didn’t do anything. Edwards looks over at Hart who is annoyed and angered a bit. Edwards points at Jacy and then points back to the locker room area, telling her to leave the ringside area. The crowd erupts in cheers as Jacy is beside herself now. Edwards motions again for Jacy to leave the ring area and she finally starts to leave. Dolin is slowly getting back to her feet and realizing what’s happened. Jacy is backing up the ramp as Dolin reaches over the ropes towards her. Julia Hart grabs her from behind and rolls her up once again, trying to surprise her! 1…2…3! NO! Once again, Dolin barely gets kicked out of the predicament. Both women are back on their feet now with Gigi driving a kick into Julia’s midsection, doubling her over. Dolin grabs Hart, lifting her up and looking for the GYPSY DRIVER but Julia is able to fight out of it, using her elbows and kknees and whatever else she can use to get herself free, finally sliding down Dolin’s back and landing behind her. Dolin tries to react coming around with a swinging crescent kick, but Hart ducks under it. Julia drives her knee up and connects with Dolin’s chin, knocking her back. Gigi is grabbing at her head and chin as Julia grabs her and drives her head into the mat with a DDT! Hart climbs back to her feet as the crowd cheers her on. She turns her back to the downed Dolin and hits her with a standing moonsault! She follows it by hooking the leg. 1…2…3! It’s over!
Pinfall - 8:44
PAT MCAFEE: What a comeback for Julia Hart! It looked like Dolin was going to break her back the way that match was going!
MAURO RANALLO: A lot of resiliency shown there from Julia Hart! She fought back through all of it here tonight to get this win!
RENEE YOUNG: There were a few times I thought Hart was done for but she fought through it all and she got the job done – all by herself.
MAURO RANALLO: A huge and momentous win for Julia Hart here tonight at the Grand Canyon. Perhaps finally breaking free of the Varsity Blondes shadow and becoming her own person!
We cut the backstage area where we see X-Division champion, Matt Cardona, walking through the locker room area set up in the visitor’s center. He has a wrapped gift box under his arm as he stops outside of a door that reads “Cody Rhodes” on it. He reaches up and knocks on the door. Brandi answers the knock with a somewhat annoyed look on her face and then her eyebrows raise as she sees who it is.
BRANDI RHODES: Matt…what, uh…what’s going on?
MATT CARDONA: I have something for Cody!
He motions towards the box under his arm.
BRANDI RHODES: Listen, he’s got a big match coming up tonight and he’s trying to get ready for that. Speaking of, don’t you have one coming up tonight too? Shouldn’t you be - -
She’s interrupted by her husband peeking around the crack left by her in the door.
CODY RHODES: Brandi, who the heck is it, I’m trying to - - Matt! What are you doing man, come on in.
BRANDI RHODES: Cody, I - -
The door is opened from behind it by Cody and Matt slides in past the objecting Brandi. Cody has half of his ring gear on and is taping up his hands as Cardona arrives.
CODY RHODES: To what do we owe this pleasure of talking to the current and future X-Division Champion? Have you considered that notion of teaming up and taking down the tag champs once you win tonight?
MATT CARDONA: One step at a time, Cody. First, I win tonight, and then I worry about what to do with the cash-in.
CODY RHODES: Well, don’t forget our pact.
MATT CARDONA: I won’t. But that’s not why I’m here tonight. Listen, I know you have a big match coming up – obviously – and I know you got me this killer gift a few weeks ago for my title defense against Punk and I wanted to return the favor.
CODY RHODES: What!? For real!?
MATT CARDONA: Yessir!
He holds the box out to Cody who immediately grabs it and rips the paper off it. He fumbles with the folded lids on the box, finally getting it open and seeing what’s inside. His eyes widen a bit and then narrow.
CODY RHODES: Matt, you…shouldn’t…have?
He holds up a bandana that has a logo on it that says “Matt and Cody – Friends Forever” on it in bright white lettering with a purple background.
MATT CARDONA: I got it custom made for you, brother.
CODY RHODES: It’s a bandana. That’s uh, quite something.
MATT CARDONA: You should wear it in your match tonight, bro. That would be sick.
CODY RHODES: No, I will…I totally will.
He looks up from the disappointing gift at the super pumped and happy Cardona.
CODY RHODES: Thank you, Matt.
MATT CARDONA: No prob, man. Good luck tonight!
CODY RHODES: You too.
Matt turns and walks past Brandi, who has an almost disgusted look on her face as she closes the door behind him.
BRANDI RHODES: You are not wearing that awful thing tonight. It doesn’t even match your gear.
CODY RHODES: B, if Matt winds up retaining that title, he gets an automatic shot at any belt he wants.
BRANDI RHODES: So you’re just gonna wear that thing so he doesn’t challenge you?
CODY RHODES: If that’s what I have to do…
The scene fades.
PAT MCAFEE: I don’t know what Cody’s deal is, that’s a sweet bandana, man!
RENEE YOUNG: Bandanas are a little outdated these days, Pat. Like JNKO jeans and FUBU shoes.
PAT MCAFEE: What!? That whole outfit sounds dope as can be!
MAURO RANALLO: I believe the phrase ‘dope as can be’ is a little dated too.
PAT MCAFEE: Like you two know.
RENEE YOUNG: Let’s get back to the ring before everyone finds out how uncool we are, Mauro.
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
TAG TEAM MATCH
Ever since the night at Ascension when the Wingmen were crowned the tag team champions, the Motor City Machine Guns have bene laser focused and preparing for this moment. A disappointing showing in the ladder match, they’ve refocused themselves and been on quite a winning streak as of late. Wins over the Usos, 2.0 and then a one on one affair with a member of the Wingmen – Ryan Nemeth – put them in tag title contention. The Wingmen were dominant in the early stages of WLCW but seem to have hit a snag the last few shows, being caught on the wrong side of their run ins with the Guns. Tonight is a chance for them to make a bounce back from all of those shortcomings. Tonight is a chance for them to put their stamp of domination on the tag team scene and officially claim it as their own. For the Guns, this is their chance to redeem themselves of falling short at Ascension. It’s a chance for vindication of the years and years of commitment and determination they put forth. It’s a time for them to show everyone that they are on that level of being considered the best in the world. The WLCW tag team championship is on the line as the bell sounds and this one is officially underway.
PAT MCAFEE: Sabin and Shelley have been chasing tag team gold for the better part of almost two months now and officially have their shot here tonight!
MAURO RANALLO: They have absolutely been on fire since that night at Ascension and look to carry that momentum into tag team gold here.
RENEE YOUNG: Odd pairing tonight for the Wingmen, which under Freebird rule, get to choose who defends their championship. Drake and Avalon here tonight.
MAURO RANALLO: Drake has shown some signs of brilliance.
PAT MCAFEE: And Peter is freaking pretty! It’s a beauty and the beast thing!
Drake and Sabin are set to start this one out. JD in his white button up shirt with black suspenders and Sabin in his, well, usual wrestling attire. The two go to lock up and Drake has the early advantage, using his size and mass to his advantage. Sabin tries to get out of the hold but Drake hiptosses him up and over, Sabin landing on his back. Drake keeps a hold of Sabin’s arm as he’s flipped him over, bringing his leg around and dropping it across Sabin’s exposed arm. JD goes to work now, wrenching the arm and twisting it, trying to force an early tap out of Sabin. Chris is finally able to spin himself free, getting back to his feet and driving a few kicks into Drake’s midsection. JD still has a hold of Sabin’s hand and arm even after he’s twisted out of it. A few more kicks from Sabin and Drake topples back a bit, still hanging onto Chris’ arm. Sabin rushes towards him, using the ropes as a springboard to the top rope, coming down and arm dragging JD Drake through and tumbling towards the middle of the ring. Drake continues his momentum and rolls out of the ring as Avalon jumps off the apron to check on his tag team member. As both men stand outside the ring, Sabin backs up against the opposite ropes, taking off and sliding as he gets to the ropes where the Wingmen are, driving his feet into Avalon and Drake, knocking them back into the ringside barricade as the fans cheer Sabin on!
RENEE YOUNG: Look at Chris Sabin! It was his win over Nemeth that got them here and now he’s getting down to business early on tonight!
PAT MCAFEE: Pretty Peter needs to get on the same page as Drake here. They can’t afford any missteps!
MAURO RANALLO: The Guns are more focused than I’ve ever seen them in theirs or my career to this point. Laser focused on taking those tag team straps!
Sabin goes to grab Drake and pull him back towards the ring, but as he does that, Avalon drops a double axehandle smash across his back. Sabin lets go of Drake who gathers himself and turns with a big right fist, drilling Sabin in the face with it. Now he and Avalon are taking turns striking him. As that’s going on, Alex Shelley enters the ring and sprints towards the side of the ring where everyone else is, taking flight up and over the top rope with a huge plancha as he takes out all three men – including his partner. The fans are on their feet and cheering as all four men are struggling back to their feet now. Shelley is up first, pulling Drake to his feet and rolling him back in the ring. Now Alex helps Chris up and puts him in the ring as well. Alex goes back around to his corner as Drake and Sabin now climb to a vertical base in the ring. Sabin rushes towards Drake, who lunges at him but Chris slides under him, making the tag to Shelly who springboards up and over the top rope with a shoulderblock right into JD Drake. JD staggers back but isn’t taken off his feet. Shelley makes a quick tag right back to Sabin and they take off of opposite ropes, Shelley taking out Drake’s knees from behind and Sabin hitting a sling blade on him up top, taking him down to the mat. A pinfall but Avalon is in to break it up at two! Sabin is quick to his feet, making the tag to Shelley once again. Drake is crawling over to make the tag to Avalon, but is grabbed by Shelley, pulling him back to the center of the ring. JD is face down but rolls over onto his back, striking up towards Alex, striking him in the face. He crawls back to one knee and then up to both feet, continually striking Shelley at each step. He grabs Alex and whips him into the corner. Before Shelley can react, Drake is rumbling in and hitting a big splash on him, taking a bit out of both men. Shelley falls down into the seated position as JD finally makes it over and makes the tag to Pretty Peter. JD turns his attention back to Alex as Peter comes into the ring. Drake takes off and hits the seated Shelley with a tumbling cannonball maneuver! He rolls out of the as Avalon comes rushing in with a diving dropkick right into Shelley’s face.
PAT MCAFEE: There’s a little teamwork from the tag team champs! Little bit of size. Little bit of speed.
RENEE YOUNG: Little bit of beast. Little bit of beauty?
PAT MCAFEE: Now you’re getting it, Renee!
MAURO RANALLO: Beauty, beast, whatever it is, it’s effective against Alex Shelley, who looks to be in trouble now.
Pretty Peter is in control now, pulling Shelley back to his feet and whipping him all the way across the ring into the opposite corner. Avalon comes rushing in after him with an uppercut in the corner. Shelley stumbles out of the corner as Peter bounces off the ropes behind him, grabbing him from behind and driving him into the mat with a bulldog! A pinfall. A two count. Peter drags Shelley over to the champions’ corner and tags Drake back in. JD still seems a little winded from being in there before, but the quick tag brings him back in as he grabs Alex and with the help of Peter, lifts him up and over for a double suplex. Drake goes up to the second rope and comes off with a big splash, but Shelley gets his knees up just in time. Drake’s chest and stomach come crashing down into Alex’s knees and he reaches up, grabbing himself around his chest. Alex gets back to his feet and goes to make the tag to Sabin, but Drake gathers himself and pulls him back by his feet. Much like they did to him earlier in the match. Before Shelley can gather himself, Drake drops an elbow right across the back and shoulders of Alex. Drake then bends down and grabs around Alex’s waist, lifting him up and pulling him up and over for a huge release German suplex towards the Wingmen’s corner.
MAURO RANALLO: Just pure strength there from JD Drake, my goodness!
PAT MCAFEE: Yeah, that was rather impressive.
Drake tags Avalon back in, who comes in like a house of fire and drives some stomps repeatedly into the downed opponent. Peter throws his arms up in celebration as the crowd fills the Grand Canyon with boos. Avalon picks Shelley back up to his feet, getting behind him and hoisting him up, pinning one arm behind Alex’s head and driving him back with the one armed German suplex. Avalon stays on the offensive, pulling Alex back up from behind once again and dropping him down this time on his face and stomach first with a facebuster. Peter tags JD Drake in with the quick tag. Drake pulls Alex Shelley back to his feet. Alex tries to fight him off and swipes away Drake’s hold on him, but JD is too strong, controlling Shelley and driving a hard right punch into his face. Drake grabs Shelley and lifts him up, driving him down with a big up and down suplex. The Wingmen are firmly in control of this one now. Drake goes for the pin after the suplex but only gets a standard two count. Drake seems a little frustrated from Shelley kicking out so he lifts Alex back up to his feet and whips him into the neutral corner. Drake lines him up and comes running in, flipping and tumbling a big cannonball into Shelley, who goes all the way down to the mat now! Drake makes the cover. 1..2…3! Yes! No! Sabin is in and makes the save!
RENEE YOUNG: What impact from that cannonball move!
PAT MCAFEE: We’ve seen Drake take down Eddie Kingston with that very move! If Sabin hadn’t made the save there -
MAURO RANALLO: - We likely would have seen the WIngmen retain, but for now, The Guns are still in this one.
The referee moves Sabin back to his corner on the apron as Drake and Avalon are now working over Shelley in the ring together. As the referee turns back, Avalon goes out of the ring. But Drake goes ahead and makes the tag to get himself legally back into the match. Avalon is up to the top, looking for a big time splash off the top. As he takes off, Shelley rolls out of the way, but Avalon catches it and Alex trying to get away, landing on his feet. Shelley is going as fast as he can towards his corner for the tag as the crowd starts to cheer loudly, but Peter stops him, grabbing his foot and pulling Alex back towards the middle of the ring. Shelley turns quickly and looks for an inziguri on Avalon, who ducks underneath it. Peter picks Shelley back up and takes him over towards the Wingmen corner. He tags Drake in and they look to do a double team maneuver. Avalon whips Shelley into the ropes, but as he reaches them, Sabin slaps his back, tagging himself into the match. The referee sees it but the Wingmen did not! Shelley gets to Avalon who grabs him around the waist and lifts him up, falling backwards. As Avalon falls back, he basically tosses Shelley onto JD Drake’s shoulders, who catches him full and drops him back with a big samoan drop! Avalon is up quickly celebrating, but he’s grabbed by Sabin, who throws him out of the ring. Drake is making the pin but the referee is telling him that Shelley is not the legal man! JD seems confused as he’s grabbed from behind by Sabin, pulling him to his feet. A quick kick to the midsection and Sabin lifts Drake up and drops him down with a huge CRADLE SHOCK! Shelley rolls out of the ring as Sabin makes the pin! 1…2…3! NO! The referee is pulled out of the ring by Cezar Bononi, who has come down to ringside with Ryan Nemeth. The referee is arguing with Bononi and Nemeth now as Sabin looks out at them. While all the arguing is going on, the crowd is reacting franticly with loud cheers and screaming as Steve Borden has made his way down the entrance ramp in full Sting gear with faceprint and everything! Sting grabs Bononi from behind and drops him with a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Nemeth looks like he's seen a ghost, trying to get away from Sting, but the Stinger grabs him too and spins him around, dropping him with another SCORPION DEATH DROP! Back in the ring, Drake rolls up Sabin from behind with a school boy! The referee slides back into the ring! 1..2.....3! NO! NO! NO! Sabin got a shoulder up. Both men scramble back to their feet as Sabin hoists Drake up once again and drops him with another CRADLE SHOCK! He goes for the pin! 1...2...3! New champions!
Pinfall - 14:15
MAURO RANALLO: THEY’VE DONE IT! THE MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS HAVE DONE IT!
PAT MCAFEE: NEW TAG CHAMPS! THE CHASE HAS FINALLY PAID OFF FOR SABIN AND SHELLEY!
RENEE YOUNG: THIS CROWD IS ABSOLUTELY GOING ELECTRIC RIGHT NOW!
JUSTIN ROBERTS: Your winners….and NEWWWWW tag team champions, the Motor City Machine Guns!
The crowd cheers wildly as the referee hands the tag titles to Shelley and Sabin, who raise them in the air.
MAURO RANALLO: An absolute feel good story of two guys who overcame a bunch of odds to win the big one here tonight.
PAT MCAFEE: They fell short as Ascension and made it their goal to become the tag team champs and that’s exactly what they did.
RENEE YOUNG: It wasn’t pretty early on for them, but they’ve shown what hard work and dedication can get you here tonight.
We cut backstage area of the Grand Canyon to Matt Striker, who is waiting for his cue to start his interview segment.
MATT STRIKER: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time, the challenger for the X-Division title later tonight, Eddie Kingston.
Kingston comes into frame and has a focused and intense look on his face.
MATT STRIKER: Eddie, later tonight, you have the biggest opportunity in your short time here in WLCW against Matt Cardona. Any thoughts heading into that match?
"tHe MaD kInG" EDDIE KINGSTON: Any thoughts…
Eddie chuckles a bit to himself before continuing.
"tHe MaD kInG" EDDIE KINGSTON: I got a lot of thoughts about tonight, Matt. I’m betting the censors and whoever is in charge of the bleep button isn’t real interested in me going down that route though. Matt Cardona thinks he’s ready for a fight tonight, but I’m gonna promise him and you and everyone watching at home that Matt Cardona ain’t ready for this.
MATT STRIKER: We saw the six man tag match on Vengeance go a bit awry for you as your teammates wound up leaving you and Cardona got the pin that night.
"tHe MaD kInG" EDDIE KINGSTON: Awry? Please, Striker. You’re not a professor anymore. Sure, things went a little awry but Cardona knows in the back of his mind that it took three of them against one of me to keep me down. Tonight? He ain’t got three. He’s got one and that one he got, it ain’t enough.
MATT STRIKER: If Cardona wins tonight, that’ll be three successful defenses and he gets himself a guaranteed title opportunity. Do you think he might be looking ahead at all?
"tHe MaD kInG" EDDIE KINGSTON: He better hope not. I see him grabassing with Cody Rhodes back in the locker room. Giving him headbands and knocking CM Punk out with metal toys. This whole thing is one big fun joy ride for him. The thing about joy rides is that they never have a good ending. It’s always a massive and brutal car wreck at the end. For Matt Cardona? I’m that car wreck.
MATT STRIKER: Eddie, best of luck to you tonight in your match.
"tHe MaD kInG" EDDIE KINGSTON: Save your luck for me, homie. Give it all to Cardona. He’s gonna need it.
The scene fades as Eddie walks off, leaving Striker there.
We fade up on a shot of the ring.
Brock Lesnar is pacing back and forth in the ring with a microphone in his hand. The fans are going wild for the brute wearing the sleeveless flannel shirt and jeans. He leans on the ropes with his elbows and looks out at the fans with a confident smirk. Finally, after what feels like a long minute, he raises the microphone and speaks.
BROCK LESNAR: Bautista, I already know you're here.
The fans cheer loudly.
BROCK LESNAR: These people already know you're here, bud.
He steps away from the ropes and walks to the center of the ring.
BROCK LESNAR: So bring your ass out here and--
He points down at the center of the ring aggressively and shouts in a high pitched voice.
BROCK LESNAR: --LET'S! DO! THIS!?!?!
With absolutely zero hestiation, the acoustic version of "I Walk Alone" hits and the fans completely lose their minds! Brock smiles ear to ear as he watches the entrance. Finally, as the song reaches its chorus, Bautista emerges from the back to a gigantic pop in skinny jeans, white sneakers, and a skin tight Eddie Guerrero t-shirt. He stops on the stage and looks out at the fans with a big smile on his face before patting his heart and pointing out at them. Finally, he throws his leg out and slaps his thigh before machine gunning, which comes off far more awkward as a taunt with the acoustic version of his theme. Once he's done, he resumes smiling and high fiving fans on his way to the ring, even stopping to take a selfie with one of them before kissing an actual baby. He makes his way up the steps and climbs into the ring before going to the middle rope and flexing. Finally, he hops down and the music cuts as he stands across the ring from Lesnar. They lock eyes and then meet in the center of the ring. Lesnar's smile suddenly drops. He raises the microphone.
BROCK LESNAR: You actually showed up, huh?
Bautista just stares at him.
BROCK LESNAR: Well, now that we know you're not a total bitch, what's it gonna be?
Bautista smirks and calls for a microphone. He receives one from Justin Roberts. Bautista looks out at the fans as they begin chanting "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" over and over. Finally, he raises his microphone.
DAVE BAUTISTA: Brock... brother--
Brock snaps off.
BROCK LESNAR: I SAID WHAT'S IT GONNA BE?!
Bautista lowers his microphone and turns his head away from Lesnar. The fans "ooOOoOoOo" with anticipation for what happens next. Bautista finally meets Lesnar's gaze again and speaks. His answer is firm.
DAVE BAUTISTA: No.
Lesnar cracks a confused smile.
BROCK LESNAR: No? NO!? YOU CAME ALL THIS WAY TO TELL ME NO!?
Breathing heavily through his nose, Brock's entire tone changes.
BROCK LESNAR: Bitch, you coulda' sent that in an e-mail or a text message! But you came all this way to waste my freakin' time? Man, ya' know... honestly... I'm glad you showed up. It works out...
He goes nose to nose with Bautista.
BROCK LESNAR: Because whether you accept the challenge or not, I can beat your ass and twist you up like a pretzel right here and right now, and put your ass in a hospital bed next to Lance Storm who ain't been seen since I put the hurt on him back on episode freakin' ONE!
Bautista nods and scratches his chin. Finally, he puts his hand up between them.
DAVE BAUTISTA: Brock, I hear you.
DAVE BAUTISTA: I hear you, brother. If you want to--
DAVE BAUTISTA: --"beat my ass"--
No more quotation fingers.
DAVE BAUTISTA: --then I can't stop you. But first, I'd like to say something to you... and to these people... about why I won't fight you here tonight at Clash at the Canyon.
Lesnar takes a step back and offers Bautista the center-ring. Bautista accepts and stands there in silence for a moment. Finally, as the fan reaction reaches a fever pitch, he begins to speak.
DAVE BAUTISTA: You're a hell of an athlete, Brock. You're one of the best wrestlers in the entire world. We go back. We go way back, man... and the people, they've always wondered what would happen if you 'n me locked up. For whatever reason, it never worked out. Man, what houses we could've drawn, huh?
DAVE BAUTISTA: Would've been cool, right?
Lesnar thinks it over and nods, but remains serious.
DAVE BAUTISTA: The two of us, a couple of hosses out on the town. What could've been. And now here we are, twenty years past any moment in time where we could've feasibly met... and you want it... and these people want it... and... at one time, I wanted it.
Bautista looks up and takes a deep breath.
DAVE BAUTISTA: But not anymore.
That draws some boos.
DAVE BAUTISTA: Brock, I respect the hell out of you. I also respect the hell out of myself... and I respect the hell out of these fans and I respect the hell out of this company and what it's trying to accomplish in this business. The truth is, it doesn't matter which one of us would win in a match. Neither of us are in our prime now. The shine is worn off the both of us... dare I say, the magic is gone.
Bautista nods to himself and then continues.
DAVE BAUTISTA: And isn't that what pro-wrestling is? Magic? What we do out here is an art. We don't just do it for wins and losses, we don't just do it for the spirit of competition... we do it because we need something to believe in... because we're giving these fans something to believe in... and for over twenty years, the fans have believed in the idea of Dave Bautista versus Brock Lesnar.
The fans cheer.
DAVE BAUTISTA: So I say... let them believe.
Bautista turns and meets Lesnar's gaze.
DAVE BAUTISTA: They've wondered for twenty years what would happen if you 'n me met in the middle of the ring. I say, let them keep wondering. I say, we don't have this match. I say, we don't fight. Brock, brother... I say that you 'n me walk out of this ring together and we let the mystery stand the test of time. What would happen if Dave Bautista fought Brock Lesnar?
Bautista turns to the fans.
DAVE BAUTISTA: Would Dave Bautista win?
The fans pop huge.
DAVE BAUTISTA: ...or would Brock Lesnar kick his ass?
DAVE BAUTISTA: Who's to say?
Bautista turns back to Brock.
DAVE BAUTISTA: If we fight here tonight... or at any point down the road, we give them exactly what they want to see and the mystery is gone. The magic dies and they forget about the match. They forget about both of us... but if we leave here tonight without violence, they'll ALWAYS wonder--
Bautista smirks proudly.
DAVE BAUTISTA: -- "what if?"
Bautista points at Brock.
DAVE BAUTISTA: That's magic.
Lesnar thinks it over and nods. He gets it.
DAVE BAUTISTA: That's how we live forever.
He offers his hand toward Brock.
DAVE BAUTISTA: What do ya' say, brother?
There's a hush as Lesnar approaches him. They stand in the middle of the ring together. Brock looks down at Bautista's hand and then up into his eyes... and then he looks down at the Eddie Guerrero t-shirt stretched across his chest. Lesnar strokes his beard and smirks. He raises the microphone.
BROCK LESNAR: F[bleep] it. Let's hit the town and tell some Eddie Guerrero stories.
They shake hands. The fans pop huge. "I Walk Alone" hits and pyro erupts from all four corners as they shake. They exit the ring together and walk up the ramp with their arms around each other's shoulders. They stop on the stage and look out at the fans, then raise their arms in the air. We fade out on a shot of them walking through the curtain to the back.
MAURO RANALLO: Well, that didn’t exactly go how we thought it was going to go.
RENEE YOUNG: I really thought we were going to see a fight there with those two.
PAT MCAFEE: Game respects game, Renee. Big Dave is a lover and not a fighter and all the respect in the world to him for de-escalating that one.
MAURO RANALLO: Well after all that, we have another match to get ready for. It’s already been a crazy night.
PAT MCAFEE: It’s only going to get crazier from here!
Spotlights put the focus on the scaffold structure fifteen feet high above the ring. The fans begin buzzing with anticipation as both men stand at the foot of the scaffold on either side. They are both wearing ceremonial Japanese robes. Booker T is accompanied by "Lightning Foot" Jerry Flynn and "The Protagonist of WLCW" Rok-C. Drake Maverick is accompanied by his wife and WLCW Eruption superstar, Renee Michelle. Drums begin to sound dramatically as both men begin climbing up their respective ladders.
MAURO RANALLO: MAMA MIA, NOTHING HAS EVEN HAPPENED YET AND I'M BESIDE MYSELF WITH EXCITEMENT FOR WHAT WE MAY SEE HERE TONIGHT!
PAT MCAFEE: I'm right there with ya', Mauro! It's been a long road from the beginnin' of the Suckate Tournament to now, the final round! The last duel! THE SCAFFOLD MATCH!
RENEE YOUNG: I'm just glad it's over after tonight.
Once they both reach the top of the scaffold, fifteen feet above the ring, they lock eyes from across the structure and it's very clear very quickly that neither man is comfortable with this. Their hands are shaking as they remove their robes, revealing that they're only wearing sumo diapers underneath. The fans gasp in horror. A gong sounds from somewhere in the distance to signal the true beginning of the match. Booker T and Drake Maverick look around and down at the crowd. They both begin taking slow, timid and shaky steps toward one another until there's only about five feet between them. Without warning, Booker T falls to his knees and projectile vomits in the direction of the crowd. The fans boo loudly. Drake Maverick looks repulsed.
MAURO RANALLO: I... I think the fear of heights has gotten to Booker T!
PAT MCAFEE: It's obvious that neither one of these dudes wants to be up there right now, provin' that it don't matter how good the idea is, it's all in the execution!
RENEE YOUNG: Literally no one thought this was a good idea.
Drake Maverick falls to all fours to keep himself steady and begins crying out for a microphone. Justin Roberts throws one up but it hits Drake in the eye and falls back into the ring. With an annoyed look on his face, Justin throws it again and this time it lands on the scaffold in front of Drake. He crawls toward it and snatches it up, gripping the edge of the scaffold tightly with his other hand. Booker T wipes his mouth with the back of his hand and glares at Drake Maverick while also gripping the side of the scaffold to keep himself from falling off.
DRAKE MAVERICK: Booker, I think I can safely say, now that we're both up 'ere, that this is a wee bit ridiculous, innit?
Booker T stares at him with bugged out eyes, trembling with fear.
DRAKE MAVERICK: I know that the journey t' this point has been a rocky one, yeah? Wheelchairs, stolen money-- ahem, compromising positions in the land o' the rising sun. Things that I think we would all ratha' forget, I do believe. Wouldn't you agree?
Booker T nods, a strand of saliva hanging from his bottom lip.
DRAKE MAVERICK: ...but there are things I've learned on this journey that I'd ratha' not forget. Lessons, you see. Lessons I learned from you... and I'd like t' teach you one tonight while we're up 'ere... this... this "BEEF" from which we've been engaging... it's a lot like waxing a car, you see. What the two of us want, it's a fresh, clean, shiny car, innit? The shiny clean car, that's our shampoo money, our manhood, all the good things 'bout ourselves that we want in pristine condition... that we want to call our own!
Drake Maverick's voice pleads with Booker T to understand.
DRAKE MAVERICK: But before you can have that shiny clean car, you've got to apply the wax... and the Suckate Tournament, the... ahem, compromising position we found ourselves in inside that bath tub in Japan, and this very match right 'ere... this is the wax we must apply... and we can't have that shiny car until we wash the wax off.
Booker T glares at him. Tears roll down Drake's cheeks.
DRAKE MAVERICK: But if the only way for us to get rid of the wax is for one of us to fall to our doom tonight... then I don't think I want that shiny car... 'n I don't think you do either, mate. But it's clear since we're up here, there's no otha' way down that's going to satisfy these fans. They need one of us to take that leap of faith. The wax is already on the car, Booka' Man... and someone's got to wash it off. I need you t' help me wash it off... because you want a shiny car... 'n I want a bloody shiny car--
Drake Maverick struggles to stand on shaky legs. Seeing his strength, Booker T stands up as well, shutting his eyes, afraid to look. Drake Maverick holds his hand out toward Booker T.
DRAKE MAVERICK: --so, take my hand and let's wax off togetha'.
The fans pop huge as Booker T opens his eyes and accepts Drake Maverick's hand. Together, they look over the edge. Booker T breathes heavily and leans into Drake's microphone.
BOOKER T: Man, I ain' gonna lie t' yo' ass, dawg... you met me at a really strange time in my life.
Drake nods solemnly.
DRAKE MAVERICK: I know.
Without another word, they jump.
Leap of Faith - 3:01
There's a crunch as both men land and immediately begin crying out in pain. They've both very clearly broken all of their legs. EMTs rush out from the back, and Rok-C, Renee Michelle, and Jerry Flynn hit the ring as well. Jerry Flynn just chuckles and lights a cigar.
MAURO RANALLO: MAMA MIA, BOTH MEN ARE DOWN AND THEY'RE NOT GETTING BACK UP!
PAT MCAFEE: THEY'RE DOWN, AND I THINK DRAKE MAVERICK MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE WAX ON WAX OFF MESSAGE FROM KARATE KID, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHO WON!?
RENEE YOUNG: Not me. Not the fans.
Stretchers are rolled out and both men are strapped to them and fitted with neck braces. The fans are cheering loudly, having just witnessed the most ridiculous thing they've seen in a long, long time.
MAURO RANALLO: I... I don't know what else can top this tonight!
PAT MCAFEE: I'm literally speechless!
RENEE YOUNG: I'm not. I've said it once and I'll say it again. This is stupid, and I'm glad it's over.
Booker T and Drake Maverick are rolled out side by side, holding hands all the way to the back as we fade out.