[Steven Shane is seen walking backstage right before his match. Suddenly, his progress is impeded by none other than his opponent for the evening, Irishred. Irishred has a fresh bandage on his head from the attack earlier in the night.]
Shane: You might want to get the hell out of my way.
Red: Whoa, take it easy there, Shaner. I know you’re not the happiest of men right now and I'm not either, but I’m wanting to change that.
Shane: Oh? And how is that, boss?
Red: Look, I know that you’re not happy with Ryan’s decision earlier tonight. Quite frankly, you shouldn’t be.
You put your ass on the line and took me to the very edge for him.
And what does he give you in return?
A certificate that says you’re now a member of the “Dan Ryan Kiss my Ass Club”.
Shane: This isn’t making me happier.
Red: Of course not. Give me a second though.
You see, with the team of you, Anarky, and Freeman working against me, I’m really not as powerful as I should be seeing as how I “own” this company.
Red: So, what I’m offering to you is the chance to actually get the power that you deserve.
I recognize your power, Shane. I know that the man that took me to the limit week after week isn’t someone who should be working under someone. And especially not that Anarky fool.
So what I’m doing right now is giving you a business proposition. Call it a partnership, if you will.
Shane: Let’s get one thing straight here, Fred.
Dan Ryan pissed me off beyond all belief earlier tonight.
And right now, I could probably rip his head off.
But regardless of that, Dan Ryan has given me opportunities that no one else ever has. And once this whole thing settles down, I imagine that everything between he and I will be back to normal.
Nothing is going to make me lose the respect that I have for that man. And respect is asset number one in my book. So quite frankly, I’m not even thinking about crossing the boss.
And I damn sure am not going to do it with you and your help.
[Shane steps past Red and continues down the hall as Red looks back while the camera fades out.]
DT: Well guys, we have certainly had one HELL of a first round of matches here for the King of the Cage tourney.
DM: Absolutely right, Dave. And now, it all culminates here with our main event.
DT: The announcement at the power switch segment at the beginning of the show certainly shook the world, but quite possibly, none more than the world of “Sensational” Steven Shane. But now, Irishred wants a partnership after taking that beating?
DM: It was truly a blow to The Sensational One. He seemed really poised to take over as the balance of power for Dan Ryan, but he was upended by someone that hasn’t even been here in EPW before. I know he's angry right now, but I just can't see him turning on Ryan for Irishred.
DT: Well, if it had to be anyone to upend Steven Shane, it would be Anarky. I’m certainly intrigued as to what he’s going to bring to the table as he tries to balance out Irishred’s power here in EPW.
[CUE UP: “Bad Company” by Bad Company.]
[On the screen, the name Irishred in blood red is shown across six four leaf clovers. As Music starts red and green pinpoint spots crisscross the arena and track Irishred as he walks down the ramp. Green cloverleaf spot on center of the ring as Irishred enters, stands with his head back and closed fists touching each other in front of his chest. When he spreads his arms wide the cloverleaf turns to red. The "Red-Heads" of course goes crazy at this point.]
DT: Well guys, what is your opinion on the new owner of EPW?
MN: Are you kidding? This guy ran the greatest thing that wrestling has ever seen out of EPW’s position of power. I don’t want to be on his bad side.
DM: For some reason, I thought you would say that, Neels. I, personally, can’t stand this cocky SOB. He thinks that he’s the cat’s meow for taking down Dan Ryan, but I say that even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. This one just happened to find it right before he starved to death. I hope Steven Shane puts him in his place tonight for his mentor, Dan Ryan.
[CUE UP: “Damn” by Fabolous.]
[Pyro explodes and Steven Shane makes his way out from behind the curtain. His robe drags the ground as he makes his way down the ramp and to the ring. He prepares to enter the cage and removes his robe before handing it down to the prop guy beside him. Shane then enters the cage. Shane stares across the ring at IrishRed as the referee keeps them both at arm’s length. He then pulls his hands together.]
[DING DING DING]
DT: Ladies and gentlemen, here we go. This is the final match of the King of the Cage that we will see here tonight, but there’s still plenty more to come! Who will be entering the cage again next week? We’ll find out right now!
DM: The two men step to the middle of the ring and they’re standing nose to nose!
DT: The tension is ridiculous in here! These two aren’t even budging! They have such a hatred built up after the past few encounters that they’ve had. But after tonight’s announcement, I’m sure that they have even more hatred tonight!
DM: And Steven Shane delivers the first blow! A right hand!
DT: But Red fights back with one his own!
DM: But Shane fires back!
DT: And so does Red!
DM: Shane swings!
DT: But Red blocks it! Red with another right hand! And another! He backs Steven Shane into the ropes. There’s an Irish whip…
DM: HUGE clothesline there by Irishred!
DT: Red doesn’t waste anytime as he pulls Shane back up to his feet. He grabs him by the back of the head…
DM: And slams Shane face-first into the steel!
DT: Shane bounces off. He turns around to face Irishred…
DM: Big DDT by the owner of EPW!
DT: Red quickly bounces off the ropes…
DM: Big knee drop right to the face of Steven Shane!
DT: And now Irishred locks Shane in rear naked choke. Shane is trying to fight his way out of it here, but he was certainly met with a cement mixer of intensity named Irishred to start this match.
DM: But Shane is not going to let this little bit of adversity overcome him here. He quickly uses his hips to roll himself up and get some upward pressure to allow himself to stand up vertically with Irishred.
DT: There’s an elbow to the midsection. Followed by another. Irishred releases the hold and swings a right hand at Shane…
DM: But Shane ducks the blow and nails Irishred with a low blow!
MN: It’s all legal in the cage!
DT: Absolutely right, Neels. And now, Steven Shane is the one with the upperhand as he hovers over the doubled Irishred. Shane quickly hits the ropes…
DM: And a big knee lift that sends Irishred flying backwards.
DT: Shane quickly leaps over the fallen Irishred and hits the ropes. He rebounds…
DM: And now an elbow drop!
DT: Shane makes his way back to his feet and now heads toward the cage door. The referee on the outside opens it up as Shane leans toward the ropes…
DM: But Red pulls him back in!
DT: Shane turns to deliver a right hand, but Irishred blocks the shot!
DM: And Red nails him with a right of his own!
DT: Red quickly whips Shane across the ring and into the opposite corner. Red follows in…
DM: Big knee to the midsection by Red!
DT: Red quickly grabs hold of Shane in a front facelock before leaping to the second rope…
DM: Tornado DDT by Irishred! Steven Shane went flying across the ring there!
DT: And now Irishred is climbing right back up in the corner. He ascends to the top rope and turns back to the middle of the ring…
DM: Cold Shot! Irishred just nailed Steven Shane with that knee to the kidneys from the top rope!
DT: Steven Shane could be out of it right here, right now!
MN: And Red knows that! He’s heading for the side of the cage!
DT: Indeed, Irishred is scaling the side of the cage here as he attempts to exit this cage to move on in the King of the Cage tournament!
DM: Red steps up to the top rope and now clinching hold of the top of the cage.
DT: He’s just looking for his footing now as he tries for that next step…
DM: But there’s Steven Shane! Clubbing forearm to the back of Irishred!
DT: And now Red turns to face Shane. Shane grabs hold of Red by the legs…
MN: And look at the terror on Red’s face!
DM: Oh my God! Steven Shane just gave Irishred a spinebuster from the top rope! Irishred bounced off the mat like a superball!
DT: It took a little out of Shane too, as he is slow to his feet here. However, he is up now and makes his way over to Irishred. He grabs hold of Red’s leg…
DM: And a vicious kick to the back of the knee! Excellent strategy here, softening that knee up for the California Clutch!
MN: And it’s extremely hard for a crippled man to climb a cage!
DT: Excellent point, Neels. Shane now lifts up that leg and drives repeated kicks to the back of that knee.
DM: And Irishred is howling in pain here as Shane continues to kick that knee!
DT: Shane now reaches down and pulls Red back up to his feet.
DM: HARD knife-edge chop!
DM: And another!
DT: Shane now has Red back in the ropes. He whips him across the ring…
DM: Big tilt-o-whirl backbreaker by Shane!
DT: And now, Shane is going to be the one that tries to scale the cage. He makes his way to the corner and pulls himself to the top rope. He reaches up and pulls him to the top of the cage!
DM: But here comes Irishred! He has him by the foot and Shane can’t go anywhere!
DT: Shane is trying to shake him off, but Red holds onto that foot and refuses to let go!
DM: And now Red is climbing up the ropes!
DT: He reaches up… and nails Shane with a right hand! Red reaches up and pulls himself even with Shane!
DM: And now they both stand up! The top of that cage is only about a foot wide! There’s nowhere to go but down!
DT: And the right hands are flying! These two are showing no remorse for the other! They are going right back and forth here and one of these men, if not both, could be seriously injured here!
DM: And don’t look now, but Steven Shane is getting the better of Irishred here. He has the owner wobbling…
DT: But Red ducks a right by Shane!
MN: Look out!
DT: Steven Shane almost lost his balance there and almost ate some concrete! Red catches Shane with an uppercut…
DM: And now Red hurls Shane off the top of the cage and to the mat! Steven Shane just crashed to the mat like a sack of potatoes! He’s motionless on the canvas!
DT: And now all Red has to do is climb out of the cage! This one is over!
DM: Wait! Red isn’t climbing down! What the hell is he going to do?
DT: Red looks out to the crowd. Good God! What is he going to do? He sizes up Steven Shane…
DM: OH MY GOD! Irishred just leapt off the top of the cage and came crashing down onto Steven Shane with an amazing elbow drop!
MN: But he took it out of himself too! There’s no way to slow yourself down OR let your opponent absorb the entire blow!
DT: And now, both men are down in the middle of the ring! It’s a foot race to the finish and neither man is making any progress!
DM: These two have just been broken in half from falls off the top of that cage. The referee might have to declare this one a draw because neither of them can move!
DT: Don’t look now Dean, but Irishred is on the mat, stirring around. He’s slowly trying to roll himself to his stomach to use his arms to help elevate him to his feet.
MN: He’s still got a lot way to go. His elbow might be dislocated from that drop.
DM: Absolutely right, but I don’t think that’s going to stop Irishred if he’s going to try and actually get up here.
DT: Well, Red manages to pull his knees underneath him as he shakes free those cobwebs. That fall really took a lot out of him
DM: But it took even more out of Steven Shane. Shane is still down on the mat.
MN: And he’s not moving. We might need EMTs.
DT: Well, Irishred is slowly to one knee here. He just has to plant that foot and press upward and he has this match won.
DM: And he does! Irishred falls back into the ropes to keep himself up. He just has to gather himself and he can get out of the cage and win this match!
DT: He yells over to the referee on the outside to open the door, and he does. Less than ten feet stand between Irishred and victory here as he tries to pull himself toward the door.
DM: And Shane is still down. He’s stirring, but he’ll never catch up to Irishred. This one is in the books.
DT: And now, Red slowly uses the ropes to pull himself toward the door. He continues to creep as he closes that gap.
MN: And again, there’s no hope for Shane. He’s too far gone, even though he’s almost to his knees.
DT: Irishred is almost there. He’s about a foot and half away.
DM: And now he closes in.
DT: He leans through the ropes…
DM: GOOD GOD! Was that?
DT: It was! Dan Ryan just came out of nowhere and slammed that steel cage door shut on Irishred’s head! Red tumbles back into the ring!
DM: What the hell is Ryan doing out here?
DT: Apparently, he’s showing Irishred that he is not going to make this power trip a pleasant one.
MN: Or maybe he’s come to the aid of his number one man, Steven Shane!
DT: Regardless, Irishred is stuck in the corner and bleeding profusely from that steel cutting into his head!
DM: And don’t look now, but Steven Shane is up to one knee!
DT: Red is trying to pull himself up, but he’s delirious in there! He has no clue what he’s doing!
DM: And even though Shane is slowed, he’s still slowly making his way up as he staggers to his feet!
DT: Red sits up now. He looks up and sees the vertical Steven Shane! Red tries to will himself to his feet…
DM: But Shane gets to him first!
DT: There’s a right hand by Shane! And another!
DM: Red swings a right…
DT: But Shane ducks it! He’s now behind Red! Low blow again by Shane! Million Dollar Dream…
DM: And there’s the drop! California Dream! Steven Shane just nailed Irishred with the California Dream!
DT: Irishred is down and now Steven Shane is making a beeline to the cage door!
DM: Shane closes in as he can see Dan Ryan standing behind the door.
DT: Shane hesitates as he looks up at Ryan! Is he going to trust him?!
DM: Dan Ryan pushes the referee out of the way and grabs the door!
DT: He’s opening it for Steven Shane! Shane continues to edge closer to the door…
[DING DING DING]
TF: Ladies and gentlemen, here is your winner… “Sensational” Steven Shane!
DT: I don’t believe it! Dan Ryan has helped Steven Shane defeat the new owner right here tonight! He’s screwed Irishred out of his chance in the King of the Cage Tournament!
DM: What the hell?!?! The cage is lifting up already!
MN: I think things are about to get bad for Mr. Owner.
DT: Dan Ryan slides into the ring as the cage continues to lift up! And now Steven Shane follows!
DM: Irishred is cornered here as he finally pulls himself back up to his feet after some help from the ropes.
MN: Turn around Red!
[Red turns around and a look of complete shock fills his face.]
DT: Irishred realizes what he’s up against here and now he has to find a way out of this!
DM: Look out! Shane and Ryan attack!
DT: But Red is fighting them off! Irishred is swinging rights and lefts all over the place as he tries to defend himself here against Steven Shane and the former owner!
DM: And he’s doing a hell of a job! He’s certainly holding his own here as he continues to try and get out of there!
MN: But here come the reinforcements!
DT: It’s Anarky! Anarky is coming to the aid of Shane and Dan Ryan!
DM: And now there’s absolutely no hope for Irishred! It’s three-on-one and these guys are just pummeling him in there!
DT: There’s a right by Anarky!
DM: And now a right from Ryan! Red stumbles toward Shane…
DT: And another California Dream! Steven Shane just took the owner of this company right to the mat with that Million Dollar Dream Drop of his!
DM: And now look at Dan Ryan! He’s hovering right over top of Red! He’s mocking him as he slaps his face back and forth!
DT: Irishred is defenseless! We need some help out here!
DM: Look out, Dave! Here it comes!
DT: It’s Beast! Beast is rushing down to the ring!
DM: Beast slides in and quickly clotheslines Steven Shane over the top rope! Anarky and Ryan quickly bail And as quickly as they entered, they scatter!
DT: Shane, Ryan, and Anarky are certainly happy with themselves here as they look up at Beast, who is checking on Irishred….slamming his fist into the mat after having this happen for the second time TONIGHT!!!
DM: Look at the smiles on their faces!
DT: Folks, the Irishred Era has begun here in EPW, but I don’t think this is the way he wanted to start it! We’re out of time! For Dean Matthews and Mike Neely, I’m Dave Thomas wishing you all a good night and we’ll see you next week.