Re: AGGRESSION 76: Eli Flair & Aaron Jones v. Animezing Dragons! (cc) - Non Title
[FADE IN. “The Dragon” is sitting in the lotus position, his eyes closed. He’s wearing workout gear, tracksuit trousers and a plain white T-shirt, and is barefoot. Behind him is a mirrored wall. His deep breathing belies the sweat glistening in the strip lighting. Slowly, subtly at first, some music starts. Something slow, almost a chant, the periodic chime of a small bell… and a smirk appears on the Englishman’s face. He opens his eyes after 30 seconds of the music, shaking his head]
Karl: [calling to off shot]
You really can be odd sometimes, you know that?
Otaku: [off camera]
Only sometimes? I gotta try harder!
Otaku: [off camera]
Whatever! I need the energy for my workout, and you’ve finished yours.
Yeah, yeah. Sorry, Eli, I had something more impressive, something deep and meaningful for the first time we’ve sparred verbally, but you know how tag partners can go. I think I’ll get the guys to keep this in, it’s pretty good.
Otaku: [off camera]
Next you’ll be saying lol!
Anyway, as I was saying. You want a tag title shot at Wrestleverse. Good. I was beginning to wonder who’d challenge us after so many teams have made claim to a title match since Unleashed. Wolves of the Sea, Point of View, Dirk Dickwood Presents, so many teams.
And Blitz. Who could forget seeing those two for one night again. Seeing the guys I used to travel with. Believe me, that was the one time I’ve been actually shocked in my 10 year career.
The tag team division has been looking threadbare the past few weeks. So I was interested when I heard you call us out, Eli. It reminded me that there are still people out there who realise that the World Heavyweight title isn’t the only world title in this company.
I know, you wanted a title match at Aggression. Believe me, if it was up to me, I’d’ve booked it that way. But something you said has rung true at the office and it looks like you’ve got to earn the title match. After all, anybody can luck into a title. It takes hard graft and skill to earn your way to the match, and then walk away with the gold. My guess is that’s why you’ve been given this non-title opportunity, although I could always be wrong.
You did say to Cameron that he didn’t deserve a world title rematch because he wouldn’t take it, and that you didn’t deserve a world title match because you hadn’t earned it. That you were going to do that
by winning the battle royal. I guess the office took you at your word and want you to earn it.
[He takes a deep breath, changing to a cross-legged position]
I want to make one thing clear to you before we get to Aggression. To both of you. Spare me the history lessons. Save your breath trying to regale Otaku and I with lore of your career, Eli, and Aaron, don’t try the plucky up and comer bit. Nothing that happens before Aggression 76 means anything to me and in the last two and half years, that’s rubbed off on Otaku a bit, too.
I’ll be honest, Aaron, I know. I’ve wrestled him and he has a tonne of potential. Eli? I’ll be honest, don’t know your history, and don’t really care. Yes, I’ll watch the tapes to see if I can see a pattern, your strengths and weaknesses, but save that for me to find out rather than giving any kind of Cameron Cruise or Rocko Daymon-esque diatribe about past battles fought and glories won.
There’s only one truth at the moment that concerns us. You two want a shot at the world tag team titles. You want to earn it, and you’re going to have to earn it the hard way.
[He nods over to his right, the camera PANNING to show Otaku kicking a heavy bag]
Karl: [off camera]
The moments in the ring are what’s going to either give you what you want, or close the door on it.
[Brown comes back into shot as Otaku carries on with the bag]
Now that’s out of the way, I could bore you into submission with my usual bit about determination, heart, passion.
The power of youth!!
And that. But I’m more interested to see what you two bring to the table. Eli, I’m guessing, you’re hoping to use your experience to bring out the potential in Aaron. The potential I saw in that triple threat match and he’s been trying to showcase. Sometimes it takes an experienced hand, or a cooler head, to bring out the best in someone.
I doubt you just want that warm, fuzzy feeling. You wouldn’t come back to a business that wears out the joints, damages your back, causes you to wake after every match with aches and pains that you thought you’d gotten over when the growth spurts finished, just for the feeling of giving someone their chance.
There’s a certain glow to being called Champion. Even more so in the tag team division where you know it’s not just you in there. If you don’t put your all into a single’s match, it’s only you you’re letting down. Do that in a tag team match, and it’s different. It’s not you you’re letting down, but us. There’s added pressure. It’s why new year resolutions to go to the gym and become healthier often fail, because you’re only failing yourself. If you have someone waiting on you, someone to push you, to drive you, you get that initial kick up the backside in the morning, and someone making you push that little bit harder each time.
It makes you a better person. And being champion? Well, that’s the icing on the cake. It shows that your team is firing on all cylinders. To come back time and time again shows that you’re no fluke. It also reflects very well on you as an individual, showing that you play well with others, that you’re a team player, able to work for the greater good.
Otaku: [holding the bag]
Have you been smoking?
Oh dear… Carnegie?
It passes flights.
Whatever. [He swings the bag, smashing at it with kicks and elbows]
Excuse him, it is his time to train.
I’m not going to insult your intelligence. You know the size of the challenge facing you as much as we know the mountain we’ve got to climb to walk away with the win. This may not be a heated, life-and-death struggle, but you can bet it’s going to be us at our best. Have you got what it takes to earn that title match?
We’ll see. And if you do… well, we’ll have to train harder and give even more next time, won’t we?
Next time on Animezing Dragon…
Hey, Otakuites! Otaku here! Next time on Animezing Dragon, Dragon-domo and I rest up from our long journey in a small village. But is everything what it appears? What is that inn-keep doing? Is that a gold tooth?!
Next time on Animezing Dragon, No Rest for the Dragon. Or Otaku! See you then!