[Fade in on the commentary team at their table.]
DT: Well, fans of Empire Pro... it's been a monumental fiftieth Aggression thus far! And now it's time for the MAIN EVENT of this event!
MN: Yeah, yeah, let's get it over with... I wanna hit the crap tables before we get called in for the Sin City Showdown.
DM: The EPW World Heavyweight Champion and leader of the Anthology, "TRIPLE X" SEAN STEVENS, puts his title on the line tonight against the number one contender and founder of HOPE, THE FIRST!! These two men have been rivals stemming back to their first encounter, when The First took Stevens to his very LIMIT, but was denied a rematch!
MN: Because he LOST! He had his chance, and he BLEW it!
DT: The build-up to this match started approximately one year ago in the city of Brotherly Love... let's take you back!
[Fade out to the highlight reel. First shot is a series of fireworks exploding in the rafters at the start of Aggression 41. Cut to a shot of The First, then of the Forsaken, coming to the ring for the main event.]
DT V/O: I was told this match was a special challenge made by the team we’re seeing approach the ring now. No doubt, they’re bringing their A-Game tonight!
[It then cuts to "Triple X" Sean Stevens, then a part of The Fallen, coming to the ring as the EPW World Heavyweight Champion.]
Triple X V/O: You're like dogs hollering at the moon. I'm the moon, shining above you all, you're beneath me, howling for my acknowledgement. For months you've gone on and on about how you've run roughshod over EPW, about how easy it was, about how you could do this, and could be that, if only you cared enough to want it.
[Cut to the climax of the match. "Triple X" Sean Stevens finishes off Felix Red with the X-Factor... but as he goes for the cover...]
DT V/O: ONE... TWO... BROKEN UP!! OH MY GOD, IT'S BROKEN UP BY A CUT THE THREAD FROM THE TOP ROPE COURTESY OF THE FIRST!!
[Flash forward to later in the match. The First BODY SPLASHES Stevens over the ropes to the outside. In another shot, they're brawling endlessly outside the ring. Cut to the final moment of the match, as Felix Red lies draped over Stalker, with The First holding the pinned man's legs, securing the three count. Slow-motion shot of Stevens' reaction, then it fades to black...]
The First V/O: Without opportunity, there cannot be achievement.
[When it comes back, we're at Aggression 42. The First stands alone in the ring, waiting on his opponent.]
The First V/O: And how odd is it now that the EPW World Champion calls me out, how odd that I have been ORDERED to fight for the EPW World Title... I did not ask for this match, I was instead... handed it...
["Triple X" Sean Stevens walks alone to the ring this time with his title on his shoulder.]
DT V/O: Triple X has made it clear, tonight is nothing more then an object lesson for the rest of EPW, do not cross him or this will happen to you.
[We flash through a few highlights of the hard-fought battle between both contenders as they trade high-flying spots. In the end, the First hits Stevens with Poison Mist to the eyes, slapping him into a flash pin that gets broken up as the ref notices his foot on the ropes. As The First argues with the referee, Stevens rolls him up and gets the three count! Stevens, with a victorious smirk on his face, pats the belt shouting "You can't beat me!"]
DT V/O: Triple X has retained the title, but what a battle it was...
[CUE UP: "Blueprint 2" by Jay-Z.]
[We cut to The First standing in the ring at the next Aggression, on the mic addressing the crowd.]
The First: What Sean Stevens wishes DIDN'T happen last week...Is that HE MADE ME A STAR!! He spent all that time yelling about how I was an easy mark, how I wasn't in his league...He found out otherwise...He found out I can hang with him...He KNOWS I can beat him...
[Cut to the conclusion of the main event of Aggression 44. After securing the pinfall over Cameron Cruise, The First picks the EPW World Heavyweight Title off of the mat and looks it over...]
Triple X V/O: You want to be the EPW World Heavyweight Champion? You should. If you're not in this business to be the best then you shouldn't be here, but just because you want something doesn't mean it's going to happen.
[...and moments later, Stevens RIPS it out of his hand and takes it back. The two men stare each other down for a tense moment.]
Triple X V/O: For all of your talk of beating me to a pulp, it's amazing how I walked out of that match, unscathed, virtually unstained, with my reputation – as the baddest mother****er on the planet – in tact.
[Fade to Russian Roulette, as The First stands in the ring with the newly formed HOPE...]
The First: Anthology thought they wanted to find HOPE? No…It’s as I’ve said all along…HOPE will destroy Anthology…And that’s what we’re going to do…
[Cut to the conclusion of the Pay Per View event, as "Triple X" Sean Stevens stands tall at the top of the cage holding the EPW World Heavyweight Title.]
The First V/O: That belt… It has to be in the HOPE camp, so WE control it… So whoever wins tonight’s main event… Don’t worry about finding HOPE… Cause HOPE is coming for you…
[We move ahead to Aggression 48. "Triple X" Sean Stevens CLOCKS Cameron Cruise in the face with the X-Factor amid the other members of Anthology as he usurps the groups founder and figurehead. Cut forward to him on the mic.]
Triple X: Cameron Cruise!! You wanted to lead a group of men like these?? You thought you could run anything around here?? You wanted to be the king? YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE ONLY KING IN EPW!! You, from this point forward… are no better than the rest of the trash backstage. You Cameron Cruise…. are GARBAGE.
[Later in the evening, members of Anthology hold up The First for Stevens to BLAST HIM with an X-Factor!! The shot of the recoil is played back in slow motion to emphasize the impact.]
DT V/O: Now the new Stevens led Anthology has flexed it’s muscle…What can HOPE do about this shift in power?
[Cut to the following Aggression, as the crowd EXPLODES at the sight of Troy Windham in a HOPE t-shirt!]
DT V/O: IT’S TROY WINDHAM!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Troy Windham…IS IN HOPE?!
[Cut to the faces of DAN RYAN and SEAN STEVENS look back at each other.]
Ryan: At Aggression 50 I want you one on one against The First as a little Black Dawn preview. Windham can be in First’s corner and you can have Wells in yours to keep things even.
[Fade to black.]
Stevens V/O: ...whatever you say.
[We fade in a shot of Stevens standing in the ring with the title, looking toward the entrance for his opponent to appear.]
Triple X V/O: I am a bad person, Nadalny... but I make bad look so fucking good. I go above and beyond in everything that I do, I lead an extraordinary life, with success to boot, and ordinary guys like you, look at me in disdain because you all think I'm due for a dose of reality. But, this is reality. I am who I am, and I've been who I've been for thirteen years in this sport. YOU sons of *****es – my opponents – are the ones living in Never Never Land, thinking that you all have the ability to change anything, when it's clearly transparent that you don't.
[Cut to footage of The First pumping up the fans as he bounds down the rampway to the ring.]
The First V/O: My life is in danger Trip? You can't kill me... This body isn't who I am... Death is really isn't so bad... These bones, flesh, blood, it's but a vessel for the soul... It's but a container for a journey... You can not kill a soul Trip...You can damage them, you can injure them... But they will endure... Because life is eternal...
[Wipe to a shot of Stevens and The First face-to-face in early 2009...]
The First V/O: I... Am... Eternal...
[Flash to a still shot of both men in 2010 standing face to face, and slow fade to black...]
[We return to the commentary table. Neely is actually asleep.]
DM: Neels, wake-up!
MN: HUH?! WHAT?! Christ almighty, what film school drop-out did Dan Ryan pick up to make a highlight reel THAT FREAKING LONG AND BORING?!
DT: It's been a year since these two have crossed paths, and since then, they've been immersed in the struggles between HOPE and the Anthology! Tonight's match could shift the balance between either faction! It all depends on who walks out of here as the EPW World Heavyweight Champion...
DM: Some would argue that on that night, "Triple X" Sean Stevens MADE The First into the star he is today. In his first match with Stevens, he came SO CLOSE to winning... but the champion has downplayed it greatly.
MN: Trip's got this knack at making people obsess over him when they get beat. Look at the list... Rocko, JA, Ice Tre, Lindsay Troy... they all hold these everlasting grudges that change NOTHING! The First is a painted-up freak riding fifteen minutes of fame, and I guarantee that tonight, the CHAMPION will dispel any belief that The First can fight at his level!
DT: The competitors are about ready to enter the ring... so let's go to Tony Fatora! Take it away, Ton'!
[The camera cuts to Tony Fatora standing alone in the ring with a mic.]
TF: The following contest is set is the MAIN EVENT! And it is for THE EPW WORLD HEAVYWWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!
[A beat passes, and then the lights in the arena go out, and the crowd pops big! MUSIC UP: “Happy Birthday” by the Birthday Massacre. As the song slowly builds, the Empiretron flickers, before finally going into an old school ‘the number 5 with a circle around it…to 4…3…2…1…And then the words “THE FIRST” flash on the Empiretron as the Guitars and drums kick in. The First bursts from the curtain like he’s been shot out from a cannon, a spotlight following him. ]
TF: Introducing first... THE CHALLENGER... hailing from Salem, Massachusetts, and weighing in at 210 pounds... the NUMBER ONE CONTENDER... TTTHHHEEEEE FFFFIIIIIIRRRSSSSTTTT!!!!
[The First’s face painted like The Joker, only his lipstick is black, he’s wearing the First Obamacon “HOPE” Wife beater, black gi pants, black ring boots. His right hand is taped up almost to the elbow with an Ankh drawn on the tape in black marker. First walks along the ramp way, screaming at the, crowd, waving his hands at them, demanding they cheer louder, and they do! Troy Windham follows out behind him, a wry smile on his face as he watches The First flipping out.]
[First jogs towards the ring, high-fiving the fans as he makes his way to ringside, before hoping onto the apron and then jump over the top rope and landing on the 2nd rope inside the ring. He raises his arms to the crowd and gives a loud yell as the crowd cheers. The lights come back up as The First paces the ring, waiting for Sean Stevens.]
DT: Quite an ovation for the high-flying daredevil superstar!
MN: These fans hop on ever bandwagon with a t-shirt to sell... and every year, their patron savior FAILS HORRIBLY!
DM: It's hard to deny the fierce determination and dedication as displayed in The First! He's gone from tag team sensation to main event superstar, and TONIGHT, at Aggression 50, he could ink his name in Empire Pro history!
[The lights cut to black again. MUSIC UP: "King Back" by T.I. The EmpireTron flashes through a compilation of "Triple X" Sean Stevens and the Anthology's video packages. Rolling out from one side of the stage is a luxurious pearl white STRETCH LIMOSUINE, pulling its way through the curtain and coming to a stop.]
DT: Give me a BREAK...
MN: That's entering in STYLE!!
[The chauffer quickly hurries out and gets the door. Appearing first is Jared Wells, holding up his drink for the crowd with a fairly cocky smirk on his face... and following him is the champion, "TRIPLE X" SEAN STEVENS, in his typical wrestling tights, shades, and 100% cotton t-shirt. The capacity crowd BOOS LOUDLY as both men make their way to the ring, Wells mugging it up and ripping signs while Stevens smirks, completely unmoved by their reaction.]
TF: And now... hailing from ORLANDO, FLORIDA... weighing in at 243 POUNDS... he is THE EPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION... the LEADER of ANTHOLOGY... the KING of the CAGE...
MN: Don't forget "PLANET EARTH'S CHAMPION" and "THE BLUE-EYED BADASS!!"
DM: Shuddap, Neels...
TF: HERE IS... "TRIPLE ECKS"... SSSSEEEEAAAAANNNNNN SSSSTTTTEEEEEVVVEEEENNNNSSS!!!
[A BIG swell of JEERS comes from the crowd as Stevens scales the apron, holding up the belt to pose for the fans. Wells holds open the ropes to give the champion easy access to enter the ring. Stevens pumps up to a few turnbuckles, getting nothing but negative reactions even as he removes his shirt and throws it into the crowd. Some women go for it and rip it to shreds...]
MN: He looks great, doesn't he?!
DT: Sean Stevens definitely thinks he OWNS the place...
DM: But as long as the World Heavyweight Title hangs on his waist, Dave, he CAN!
DT: We can only hope that will only change TONIGHT!
MN: Watch what you say, Dave! You'd learn to appreciate what it's LIKE to have Stevens as your CHAMPION!!
DT: Since the champion emerged from the backstage area, the First has not taken his eyes has not taken his eyes off of him! Conversely, "Triple X" Sean Stevens hasn't even so much as GLANCED in the challenger's general direction!
DM: Seems a bit too preoccupied with himself, if you ask me...
MN: Come on, guys... clearly, the First isn't even WORTH consideration until the bell rings! All eyes are on the champion, because he IS the ENTIRE show... no questions asked.
[Windham and Wells head to the outside as Pat Jones makes his final checks.]
DT: I think we're about ready to go!
DM: The First... Stevens... FOR THE BELT...
MN: FINALLY! Let's get this OVER WITH!
[SFX: *DING!! DING!!*]
DT: There's the bell, and the main event of Aggression 50 BEGINS with both men coming out of their corners and circling each other right around the center of the ring... and they go RIGHT into the tie-up! Remember, the First is giving up a good forty to fifty pounds in weight here!
DM: It's bound to make a difference whenever these two go head-to-head, as we're seeing right now with STEVENS powering The First back against the ropes! Stevens quickly breaks contact... but NAILS the challenger with a stiff chop to the chest of the First!
MN: ...what, no WHOO?! What a bunch of ingrates in the crowd tonight! You CAN'T NOT follow up a knife-edge chop without a "WHOO!!"
DT: Referee Pat Jones keeps Stevens at bay as the First recuperates against the ropes... but the challenger just LUNGES right back into it with the collar-and-elbow tie-up again! Now it's the challenger, trying to bull the champion to the ropes, but... Stevens braces his legs, and transitions right into a SIDE HEADLOCK!
DM: The First was looking to catch the champion off his guard there, but Stevens quickly maintained control of the situation! Now as he squeezes the head of the First between his bicep and ribs, the challenger struggles to free himself! He's KICKING like a ferocious animal breaking free of its bonds!
MN: Looks more like a mouse with it's snout caught in the mouse trap...
DT: The First backing into the ropes... and he SHOVES Stevens off and into the far set of the ropes! Here comes the First, bouncing to the second rope, and COMING OFF WITH A SPRING-BOARD WHEEL-KICK... but hits ONLY THE AIR!!
MN: HAH!! Nobody home!!
DM: Stevens clutched that top rope before he could return, sending the First landing hard on the mat! The challenger back up... and NOW Stevens comes running back across the ring! The champ DROPS him with a running shoulder block... MAN, the back of the First's HEAD connected with the canvas! The First is stunned, and the champion uses the opportunity turns to the crowd with a cocky smirk and a strut!
MN: Oh, you brainless idiots... by the end of this match, every one of you is going to be cheering that man's name once again!
DT: I dunno about that... but Stevens' better put a lid on that kind of self-centered arrogance if he doesn't want to be UPSET here tonight!
MN: Right, Dave... keep telling yourself that...
DM: Dave may be onto something here... the First, shaking out the cobwebs, and sees the champ with his back to him! The First crawling over, looking for the ROLL-UP -- OH NO!! Stevens SPUN AROUND with a swift KNEE to the challenger's face!
MN: Man, the champ really set him up for that one...
DT: The First back on the mat, and Sean Stevens mercilessly STOMPS AWAY at his face and chest!! The challenger can do little more than raise an arm to defend himself, but now Stevens kicks it aside... and DROPS A STIFF ELBOW right into the ribs! Stevens up... A SECOND ELBOW!! The World Heavyweight Champion is pulling NO punches here tonight!
MN: He's humiliated to be attending the main event of Aggression 50 with THIS bum! It's like having to take out the trash... something you HAVE to do, but don't want to.
DM: I get a feeling that before this night is through, that smug little smirk on Stevens face is going to be turned upside down. For now, though... The First has GOT to get off his back! That's the worst place to be when you're undersized and do your best work up in the air!
DT: Stevens will keep him on the ground for a bit longer as he takes the challenger by the leg... and it looks like he's going for the FIGURE FOUR!! But the First senses it, and he's trying to force himself back up to his feet! Stevens, still with ahold of that leg as he tries to force the First back to -- OH, BUT HE GOT HIT IN THE FACE WITH A MULE KICK!!
DM: The champ, slightly stung... but now ANGRY as he charges forward and meets the First rolling to his feet! Stevens, reaching for his THROAT, but the First slips around him and traps the champion with a waistlock!
MN: Just WHAT is this shrimp trying to prove?
DT: Stevens looking impatient with this unforeseen turn of events... but I see him reaching for the First's hands clasped around his waist! Stevens... BREAKS FREE from the hold, and quickly uses his hold of the First's wrist to slap on an ARM WRENCH with a twist!
DM: It's the left arm twisted up in the hands of the champion, and Stevens meanwhile PUNISHES the First with a series of FOREARMS right into the spine! The First is getting worn down bit by bit...
DT: He needs to do something soon... he NEEDS to get that explosive offense of his into this match, or the champion will continue chipping away at him until there's nothing left!
MN: Or until the champ mercilessly ENDS this...
DM: The First, slapping that shoulder... wait, now he FLIPS THROUGH it! The First back to his feet, and REVERSES the arm wrench onto the champ!
DT: Stevens reeling in the pain in his arm and shoulder, and the First uses the opportunity to KICK OUT HIS LEGS with a sweep! Stevens on his BACK, and the First transitions right into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR, wrench the arm of the World Heavyweight Champion!
DM: He's got that arm locked in JUST RIGHT, Dave! Stevens feeling some of the burn for HIMSELF now, much to his chagrin!
MN: What, did he have to STEAL this move from his own HOPE lackey, Shawn Hart?! What an unoriginal tard...
DM: Uh, Mike... do I have to remind you that in Stevens' last title defense, he copied the moves of THREE of his former opponents?
MN: Well, uh... it's not like anybody was putting those moves to use, or anything.
DT: Stevens, gritting down and resisting the pain... and he is no doubt formulating an escape strategy in his head! The First holding on tight, keeping him from inching anywhere near the ropes...
MN: The champion doesn't INCH, Dave; he goes MILES at a time!
DM: Stevens rolling toward the First now... and he's got his LEGS back on the canvas! The First, still WRINGING that arm... and he DROPS the champ back to the mat! Stevens, rolling over again... legs WORKING... and he's forcing himself UP now!
DT: Stevens ON HIS FEET... and LIFTS THE FIRST OFF THE MAT while the challenger continues with that armbar!
MN: Geez, kid, give it UP ALREADY!!
DM: Stevens trying to SHAKE HIM LOOSE... and he ends up just DROPPING HIM right on the shoulders to the mat! The First, lying a little stunned on the canvas and holding his head... and Stevens uses the opportunity to shake the feeling back into his arm...
DT: ...or maybe the First isn't as STUNNED as he thinks! The First, SCRAMBLING to his feet... and catches Stevens by SURPRISE as he was turning around to go for him! The First goes RIGHT BACK TO THAT ARM, giving it a WRENCH... and follows up with a HOOK KICK TO THE FACE to put Sean Stevens to the mat!
MN: WHAT THE HELL just happened?!
DM: The First, picking up momentum at last! He boosts himself to the second rope, and... and Sean Stevens SLIPS OUT OF THE RING!!
DT: Damn it...
DM: "Triple X" checks in with Jared Wells, as there seems to be some concern as to whether or not that last strike to the face did some damage to the World Champion's nose...
MN: Stevens' face is the FACE of this industry, I feel I should remind the two of you! If that PERFECT nose of his was to ever get broken or cut open in any way, it would cost this company alone BILLIONS of dollars! Don't come complaining to ME when they cut your salaries...
DT: Oh, that is just preposterous! Get back in the ring and get on with the match, you jackass!
DM: Stevens has to be careful with the pacing of this match. I think he remembers all too well how close he came to losing that belt in his last match with the First... even if he refuses to admit it. When the First's uncanny momentum gets going, it's hard to stop him.
MN: Well, he better watch those FACE KICKS if he has any hope of keeping his JOB here!
Crowd: "STE-VENS-SUCKS!! STE-VENS-SUCKS!! STE-VENS-SUCKS!!"
DT: Pat Jones, up to the count of six now... and Stevens has FINALLY elected to continue this match, scaling the steel steps and coming to the apron. He ORDERS Jones to keep the First back in his corner... come on, just GET BACK IN THE RING!!
MN: Watch your tongue, Dave! That man is the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, and he will enter that ring whenever he DAMN WELL PLEASES!!
DM: Stevens, stepping through the ropes... here we go again, finally! The First stepping forward... they go RIGHT INTO the tie-up! Stevens powering through, and he takes the First by the arm... there's the Irish Whip! The First returns... right into a BACK BODY DROP -- no, HE REVERSES WITH A SUNSET FLIP!!
DT: The First ROLLS UP THE CHAMPION, with THE FIRST PIN ATTEMPT OF THE NIGHT!!
TWO -- and Stevens QUICKLY kicks out!!
MN: You ain't gonna get it THAT easily!
DM: Stevens scrambling back up... WHOA!! Stops himself just INCHES before having his HEAD taken off by a SPINNING HEEL KICK from the First! Stevens DROPS BACK to the canvas, and rolls to the outside AGAIN!!
DT: The fans are getting very heated now, and I don't blame them! Stevens talking it over with Wells on the outside again! For some reason, the champion is having PROBLEMS handling the quick offense of the First!
MN: It's NOT a problem, Dave... just a temporary set-back!
DM: Temporary or not, I hope Stevens and Wells realize where they're STANDING, because here comes the First off the opposite end of the ropes... Stevens and Wells, RIGHT BY the apron, turning in time to see the challenger COMING WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE --
DT: -- FAKED by the First!! Wells THROWS HIMSELF out of the way, but...
Crowd: *POP* -- "HUH?!"
DM: But STEVENS DIDN'T FALL FOR IT!?
MN: He isn't falling for THAT one again!
DT: The First, caught up in the ropes, and he gets YANKED to the floor by "Triple X" Sean Stevens!! Stevens now, horribly DISICIPLINING the First with a salvo of hard stomps to the ribs in retaliation for the psyche-out attempt!
MN: Perhaps that fool should have left the mind games at HOME! The champion isn't stupid enough to be duped by cheap lucha tricks...
DM: Stevens bringing The First off the ground now... and now he's leading him over to a STEEL STEPS!!
DT: MY GOD, he just drove him HEAD FIRST INTO THOSE STEPS!! The First BARELY got the hands up in time to protect his head, but Stevens isn't finished! Stevens has ahold of the challenger by the hair...
[SFX: *BAM!! BAM!! BAM!! BAM!!*]
DT: ...and just DRIVES HIM MERCILESSLY FACE-FIRST BACK INTO THOSE STEPS... OVER... and OVER... and OVER!! The First is getting PULVERIZED out there!
DM: Stevens, now, setting him up against the steel steps... and begins CHOKING HIM with the HEEL OF HIS BOOT across the NECK!! The First is stuck between a rock and a hard place right now... and the champion is going to see sure to make him suffer for his mistake!
MN: As well he should! He wanted to be a main event star, and now he's arrived! If you can't stand the burn, then get the hell out of the spotlight!
DT: But here comes TROY WINDHAM to the rescue!
MN: Hey, watch it there, has-been... you lay ONE FINGER on the champion, and you'll forever regret it!
DM: Windham's not here to fight the champ, but he IS telling Stevens to cut the shit and take the fight back into the ring! Pat Jones at the count of five now, but Stevens simply ignores him, jawing back at the professional wrestling legend as he brings The First back off the ground by his hair, and rolls him back into the ring...
DT: No, wait... Stevens YANKS HIM OUT AGAIN BY THE HAIR!! CHRIST, The First hit the ground HARD on his way out!!
DT: What the hell was the point of THAT?!
DM: I guess Stevens wanted to break the count the HARD way... and as a way of showing Troy Windham that he's NOT going to be intimidated by the presence of a wrestling legend!
MN: The nerve of that old man, thinking he can tell the KING of the CAGE how to wrestle in HIS ring! Stevens is TEN TIMES the World Champion Troy Windham ever was...
DT: You only say that now because Windham is on the side of The First. I seem to recall you giving a lot of love to Windham back when Lindsay Troy was champion...
MN: What can I say? My faith was broken...
DM: Windham continuing to jaw at Stevens -- along with many of the ringside fans -- but here comes Jared Wells now to intercept Windham! Are these two going to come to fisticuffs in the middle of the World Heavyweight Title bout?!
DT: Windham wouldn't create that kind of distraction... but I can see it coming from Jared Wells! While the two of them hurl insults, the champion is still in control of The First! Now Stevens brings him to the barricade... hoists him up onto his SHOULDER -- and MY GOD, he drops him FACE-FIRST onto that STEEL SECURITY RAIL!!
DM: The First is in absolute agony, clutching his face... and Stevens SWEEPS HIM OVER THE BARRIER with a CLOTHESLINE!! The challenger just got DUMPED INTO THE FRONT ROW!!
MN: HAHAHAHA!! That's where that BUM belongs... sitting in the front row, WATCHING the main event instead of BEING in it!
DT: Oh, shut the hell up already, Mike... "Triple X" Sean Stevens slips under the ropes to break up Pat Jones ten count once again, and now turning to the barricade for more punishment... if he continues to control the match at this rate, I don't know if -- OH MAN, THE FIRST SPRINGING OFF THE BARRICADE!! OH YES, STEVENS GETS LAID OUT WITH A DIVING CROSS BODY-BLOCK!!
MN: WHERE THE HELL DID HE COME FROM?!
DM: What TREMENDOUS RESILIENCE on the part of the challenger, back from being tossed into the crowd and WAILING AWAY at the face of "Triple X" Sean Stevens with a FLURRY of hard rights and lefts!! I honestly thought he'd be OUT for a while, given the sheer brutality of the champion's offense, but against all expectations, The First is still hanging in there and giving Stevens a fight he won't forget!
MN: Oh, don't flatter yourself, Dean...
DT: The First, pulling himself off of the champion, FIRES up the crowd...
DT: ...and now he leaves Stevens stunned on his back, trying to get to his feet! The First, meanwhile, scaling the apron... boosting himself up to the SECOND ROPE, and he comes BOUNCING OFF with the ASAI MOONSAULT -- OH NO, STEVENS ROLLS TO THE SIDE!!
DM: Thanks to the fast footwork of the champion, The First just BELLY-FLOPPED the floor outside the ring... and still, he struggles in finding that high-flying explosive offense! If The First can't catch a break at any point of this match, then it won't be long before the champion finds an opportunity to finish this match off for good!
DT: Pat Jones at seven... and Stevens peels The First off the mat, and rolls him back into the ring! Stevens follows, and finally, this match resumes in the squared circle! The First, a little slow to rise after that missed moonsault, but Stevens helps him up the rest of the way!
DM: Stevens with both arms locked around the waist... and THERE'S A SPINNING BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!! The First was practically thrown from the RING again!
MN: Heh... that would've been nice.
DT: Stevens drags the challenger back toward the center of the ring... there's the lateral press, and he hooks the leg!
And The First KICKS OUT!!
DM: Still relatively early in this match, and we've seen The First withstand some devastating moves thus far in this match! Stevens still has a long way to go before he finally quiets this outspoken challenger!
MN: Well dang, I hope he finishes this SOON, cause I've got box seats to Destrucity II!!
DT: Stevens has been dominant for the last few minutes of the match, and doesn't even give The First a chance to rise off the mat! Stevens has him by the HAIR again, blatantly ignoring the warnings given to him by the referee and senior official, Pat Jones... Stevens leads The First to the corner, and DRIVES HIM HEAD FIRST into the top turnbuckle pad! And AGAIN!! AND AGAIN!!
MN: BONK!! BONK!! BONK!! Man, that's great...
DM: Stevens is through messing around, now! The First has tried his patience, and now he's -- wait, The First got a FOOT UP!! YES!! A BACK ELBOW to the face of the champion leaves him reeling back!
DT: Here goes The First, springing off the SECOND ROPE with a DIVING WHEEL KICK -- OH NO, STEVENS JUST BATTED HIM OUT OF THE AIR!!!
DM: Well, THAT'S a cock-tease! "Triple X" Sean Stevens is HEAVILY enforcing this ring as a no-fly zone here tonight!
MN: And we can be ALL thankful for that! The champion's trying to make this a traditional technical wrestling clinic... not some flippidy-floppidy-floop spotfest...
DM: You know nothing about technical wrestling, Mike, and choking your opponent while he's sat up against the steel steps is NOT what I'd call technical wrestling.
DT: Stevens still has a hold of the leg... putting some BOOTS into the thigh of The First! No doubt, if he can hurt the challenger's legs, he'll further prevent him from making any high-risk or daredevil maneuvers!
DM: That could be what he has on his mind, Dave... Stevens putting that leg over the bottom rope and STOMPING AWAY at the ankle! Pat Jones, finally getting involved, takes Stevens by the arm and pulls him away after some effort!
MN: Stupid ref! The one time they actually follow on the freakin' "contact with the ropes" rule...
DT: Stevens getting an earful from Pat Jones, but the champion walks right by him. The First, meanwhile, makes it back to his feet with the help of the ropes... immediately comes BOUNCING OFF THE SECOND ROPE with a SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK --
DM: And Stevens BATS HIM OUT OF THE AIR!! Yet again, NO LUCK going into the air for The First! If I were him, I'd change his gameplan at this point...
DT: When you're undersized, and the only thing you have more than your opponent is HEART, the high-flying gameplan is many times the only thing you can rely on! Stevens bringing The First to his feet again with a waistlock... The First, trying to break free, but Stevens HOISTS HIM OVER WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!! He BRIDGES for the cover!
NO!! The First kicks out once again!
DM: Stevens is looking like he's about ready to put this one away, but I think The First still wants to give him a little more! I don't know how much more he can take, though...
MN: Would this punk just GIVE IT UP, already?! The champion has CLEARLY outwrestled him up to this point...
DT: The match still isn't over, Mike! Stevens brings The First back to his feet... there's the WHIP to the ROPES!! The First on the rebound... DUCKS a lariat attempt from the champion! The First, WITH THE ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO COUNTER --
DM: Oh, BUT STEVENS DUCKS THAT!! The First, spinning around -- STEVENS WITH THE X-FACTOR OUT OF NOWHERE -- OH NO!!
DT: The First FLOPS BACK and ROLLS UNDER THE ROPES to get away!
MN: Heh heh... run while you still can, twerp!
DM: Talk about looking down the barrel of a GUN!! Stevens had his finger on the trigger to put him away with the X-Factor, but The First quite wisely got the hell out of there! And now Stevens turns back to the crowd, pointing to his head and GLOATING...
DT: He seems really proud of the fact that he came THAT close to finishing things off, but it wasn't close enough!
MN: Come on, did you see how that punk ran away like a squealing little girl?! Stevens is SO in control right now...
DM: If he's SO in control, then explain to me how -- wait, The First is back on the apron! Stevens still has his BACK turned to him!!
MN: Oh crap, TURN AROUND, TRIP!!
DT: The First, SPRINGING TO THE TOP ROPE... and Sean Stevens turns RIGHT IN TIME TO GET NAILED IN THE FACE WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!!
DM: HE GOT HIM!! HE FINALLY GOT HIM!!
MN: Wait a sec, time out... TIME OUT!!
DT: Stevens stumbling to his feet, but The First is already running himself into the ropes... FORWARD FLIPPING NECKBREAKER!! HE JUST BOUNCED THE CHAMPION'S HEAD RIGHT OFF THE MAT!!
DM: The First is FINALLY on a roll, and Sean Stevens can hardly FIGURE OUT WHERE HE IS right now!!
MN: Somebody, STOP THIS!! DO SOMETHING, Jared!!
DM: Stevens BACK UP, but walks straight into The First, waiting with a three-quarter facelock... and the challenger RUNS OFF THE TURNBUCKLE -- GOOD GOD, HE JUST HIT HIM WITH THE SHIRANUI!! The First is pulling out ALL THE STOPS!!
DT: The explosive offense of The First has FINALLY come alive in this match, and the World Heavyweight Champion is OUT in the center of the ring! Here comes The First, taking him by the arm... and goes into LA MANISTRO CRADLE!!
NO!! ...Stevens kicked out, and quickly ROLLS out of the ring!
DM: This time, the fans are HAPPY to see the champion running out of his own ring! The First, getting the crowd PUMPED as Jared Wells tends to Sean Stevens! "Triple X" looks rather SURPRISED with that last onslaught of moves!
DT: He definitely didn't see it coming!
MN: You'd think that, wouldn't you, Dave? But I bet you anything that Trip willingly LET that punk do all that just now...
DM: That is preposterous, Neels. Why would Stevens even CONSIDER giving his opponent that kind of opportunity?
MN: Come on... you really think these people paid eighty bucks to come see the champ squash this bug? No... see, Trip KNOWS this business. He's gotta make a fight out of it to send these idiots home thinking they say the main event match of the decade, even if they DON'T appreciate his work like I do.
DT: Your blatant denial leaves me speechless sometimes, Mike. But back to the action... Stevens finally recuperated, and boy, does he look FURIOUS!
DM: As well he should be right now, Dave! The challenger's got this entire house ROARING, and for the first time in this match, the champion looks just a TAD less confident in his belief that he's in complete control of this match!
MN: He still is... you just aren't seeing it right now!
DT: Stevens gets some words of advice from Jared Wells... back on the apron now as Pat Jones reaches the count of eight, and he defiantly reenters the ring! The First advancing... going for the FOREARM to the face of the champion, but Stevens BLOCKS IT!!
DM: Oh, damn... Stevens with a BODY BLOW to double over The First... locking both arms around the waist now... could be seeing a GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB -- OH NO, WAIT A SECOND!! The First SLIPS DOWN HIS BACK!! He's got ahold of the champ's HEAD... and he NAILS HIM with the FALLING NECKBREAKER!!
DT: Great counter by The First, who was quick to escape Steven's clutch... the champ is left lying briefly stunned on the map, and The First quickly pops to his feet and runs into the ropes!
DM: Here he is on the return... FLIPPING SENTON SPLASH across the chest of "Triple X" Sean Stevens! The First is keeping the momentum going!
DT: Now he hooks the leg for the COVER...
NO!! Stevens kicks out!
MN: Ain't gonna win it that easily.
DM: Stevens dominated through the start of the match, but now the champion struggles to handle this unpredictable high-flying offense of The First! The First, meanwhile, goes to the TURNBUCKLE! High-risk maneuver coming up!
MN: Oh crap, I can't watch...
DM: The First is going all out here tonight! He's up on the TOP ROPE and waiting for Stevens to turn around... here HE COMES OFF WITH A DIVING HURRICANRANA --
DT: OH FUCK, STEVENS CAUGHT HIM!!
MN: Whoa, Dave... watch the F-bombs there. Let's not forget that this is a family show...
DM: "Triple X" still has him UP ON HIS SHOULDERS... Stevens BLASTS HIM INTO THE MAT with a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!!
DT: The champion HOOKS THE LEGS for the cover!!
NO!! The First managed to KICK OUT!!
DM: That was one instance where the daredevil attack plan of The First didn't pay off like he hoped, and now the champ has an opportunity to capitalize!
MN: All that high-flying nonsense is good for is a few quick minutes of crowd pops... but now it's time to get SERIOUS with this match again!
DT: Stevens, maintains the hold on the legs of The First... and it looks like he's going for that FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK once again!! The First doesn’t have enough left to fight him off, and Stevens SINKS IT IN!! Oh MAN, bad place to be for The First!!
DM: The First in a WORLD of pain right now... he's struggling to make it over to the ropes, but he's just too LIGHT to pull himself and the weight of the champion with him!! Stevens is doing everything he can to cripple the high-flying offense of The First!
MN: For the good of all of professional wrestling, I might add!
DM: The First... trying to fight the pain and come out with a plan of escape, and believe me, folks, I know from experience, that it is NO easy task! I think Stevens is trying to make him TAP here as he adds further strain to the hold, but The First REFUSES!!
Crowd: "FIRST!! FIRST!! FIRST!! FIRST!! FIRST!!"
DT: Pat Jones is telling the challenger that he's got to make a move or tap it out, but The First has come TOO FAR to simply throw this away without seeing out to the end!!
MN: This IS the end, Dave. He made it. He'll get his congratulatory runner's up cookie and we'll all go home happy.
DM: We've seen Stevens cut the legs out from under opponents before, but I don't think it would affect ANYONE more than it would with the high-flying superstar The First, who relies on those legs for easily eighty percent of his offense, as you'd get from ANYBODY in that cruiserweight range!
DT: The First, digging his knuckles into his forehead, biting down HARD ENOUGH to make his LIP bleed... and wait a second, Jones sees his SHOULDERS on the mat!
THE FIRST IS UP!!
DM: He's gotta be careful there! He's losing a lot of steam in that hold...
DT: Every moment The First spent Leg Lock, The First loses more vitality in his mobility... when could play a factor should this match draw on longer! But if you're in Mike Neely's camp, this match is just MOMENTS AWAY from being over!! Still, The First maintains consciousness, refuses to tap, and... and HEY, WAIT A SECOND!!
DM: Stevens is REACHING THROUGH THE ROPES... and JARED WELLS grabs him by the hand!! The First is CONVULSING from the added pain brought along by that leverage!!
MN: Just slapping some SKIN with a homeboy, is all...
DT: That rotten SON OF A --
MN: WHOA, Dave... we really need to watch those outbursts of yours... I think you're losing your cool buddy!
DM: Pat Jones FINALLY figuring it out, and he runs over to the ropes JUST as Jared Wells releases his hold on the champion's hand... palms held up! Yeah, you're REALLY innocent there, Jared!
DT: Pat Jones may have missed it, but everybody ELSE in this arena saw it happen... including the man coming over around the ring ONCE AGAIN!! Here comes TROY WINDHAM, and OH, MAN, does HE LOOK PISSED OFF!!
DM: Windham is going for Wells!! He's throwing his suit jacket on the ground and uncuffing his shirt!! If Wells is willing to get involved in this one, then you bet your ass that Troy Windham's willing to get involved himself!
MN: Where the hell is SECURITY?! There's a senile bastard on a rampage out here!
DT: Stevens maintains the Figure Four back in the ring, and The First still fights it... but now we've got something happening right here in front of our commentary table!! Jared Wells and Troy Windham in a HOT war of words... and now both men are getting a little SHOVEY!!
DM: Wow, Mike! Looks like your request for added security has been granted, as here come a pair of officials down the rampway to keep these two separated during the main event! Here this whole time, I thought your headset was unplugged.
[In a random shot of the crowd, the camera picks up on and holds on a fan holding up a homemade sign with a depiction of wrestling star "High Flyer" taking something in the shape of a dirigible (blimp) up the a$$.]
MN: What the hell was that??
DM: It seemed to be High Flyer with a dirigible up the a$$.
MN: What the heck did that have to do with ANYTHING??
DM: I dunno. High Flyer isn't even part of this show.
MN: And who even says dirigible???
DM: That's what it's called, Neely.
MN: But it makes NO KINDA SENSE!! What's it even doing on this show?!
DT: SNAP OUT OF IT!!
MN: Dammit, I like things to make sense!
DT: The officiating team is trying to keep Wells and Windham from breaking into an all-out brawl, and now it's getting the attention of PAT JONES, sticking his head through the ropes and threatening to send both men back to the locker room if they don't keep it cool! Tell that bastard WELLS to keep his HANDS to himself, then!
MN: Someone tell that idiot ref to focus on the MATCH!! Seriously, The First could tap at ANY MOMENT here!!
DT: Oh you're one to talk!
DM: The EPW World Heavyweight Champion, "Triple X" Sean Stevens, keeps the strong leg of The First tightly bound into a Figure Four Leglock... and for as long as he's been essentially TRAPPED in that hold, The First has stayed in it! But how much longer can he hold out?!
DT: Wait a second, The First's shoulders are ON THE MAT once again, but there's no referee to make the count! Stevens, calling over his shoulder, trying to get the attention of Pat Jones, because -- OH WAIT A SECOND!! THE FIRST JUST SAT STRAIGHT UP!!
MN: OH MAN, HE JUST PUKED BLOOD IN THE CHAMPION'S FACE!!
DM: THAT'S NOT BLOOD, THAT'S RED POISON MIST!!!
DT: The champion, BLINDED, recoils in pain and The First BREAKS FREE from the Figure Four Leglock!! Stevens is left trying to wipe whatever that liquid was from his EYES!!
MN: What kind of CHEAP CRAP IS THAT?! You're losing the match, so you SPIT IN THE EYE of the guy that's beating you?!
DT: After the involvement of Jared Wells, Mike... it was quite obvious that the GLOVES were off! The First is here tonight to show Sean Stevens that if the champ is going to fight dirty, then he'll fight dirty as well!
DM: Stevens, still wiping his eyes as he struggles back to his feet... but it's a WRONG MOVE to turn your back on The First!! Here comes the challenger, grabbing Stevens by the shoulders...
DT: SOULBREAKER!!! HE GOT HIM!! THE FIRST GOT HIM!!
MN: WHAT THE HELL!? Why isn't that referee DOING anything!!
DM: Windham and Wells are still in the process of being pried apart on the outside, but meanwhile, the match has just taken a DRAMATIC TURN in the ring!! The First HOOKING BOTH LEGS for the cover on Stevens... but Jones doesn't see it!!
DT: Come on, Pat, TURN AROUND!! COME ON!!
MN: NOW this idiot figures out there's a MATCH happening in the ring!?
DT: Jones SPRAWLS to the canvas and makes the count...
WE HAVE A NEW -- NOOO!!! STEVENS KICKED OUT!! The First was HALF A SECOND AWAY from being the EPW World Heavyweight Champion, but just had the worst luck right there...
MN: Man, that wasn't LUCK, that was JUSTICE!! If the EPW World Heavyweight Title changed hands over THAT little stunt, then it would ruin the integrity of this federation FOREVER!!
DM: So you think, Neels...
DT: A close call for the champion, but nevertheless, he keeps the match going, but now it's a game of endurance as he struggles against the explosive aerial attacks of The First. The challenger crosses over to the other side of the ring while Stevens tries to get to his feet... wait a second, I think he's GOT SOMETHING IN MIND HERE!!
DM: He DOES, Dave! Here comes The First charging forward, looking for the SHINING WIZ -- but STEVENS COUNTERS with a low SHOULDER BLOCK to the abdomen of The First!! Quick thinking on the part of the champ, who was moments away from having his HEAD kicked off!
MN: Oh, Dean... the only person here in ANY position to kick someone's head off is Trip and Trip alone.
DT: The First, stunned only briefly, but Stevens uses that half second of time to jump back to his feet and run into the ropes! Here we go... The First, LEAPFROGS on the return... Stevens coming back, and The First drops to his back looking for the MONKEY FLIP -- NO!!
DM: Stevens STOPPED HIMSELF, and The First is in a BAD position now!! Stevens hooks his legs... SLINGSHOTS HIM ONTO THE ROPES!! Oh man, The First nearly got GARROTTED by that top rope!
DT: The champion has the chance to take this match back... but he has to capitalize! The First is lying on his back, hands on his throat as he struggles to breath... and Stevens is boosting himself up to the SECOND ROPE!!
DM: Stevens coming off WITH THE GUILLOTINE LEGDROP!! HE NAILED IT!! That's not going to help The First's BREATHING situation any either, I can tell you!
MN: Hopefully, he'll destroy whatever poison-spewing gland he's got down there!
DT: I don't think that's a... oh, nevermind, Mike. Stevens, putting some HARD and UNFORGIVING stomps directly to The First's FACE!! You can definitely sense the champion's frustration right now...
DM: Perhaps he was expecting less of a challenge in The First, but the number one contender has given the champ quite a bit of die-hard resistance here tonight! But right now, Stevens is BACK in control of this match... he brings the challenger back to his feet by the hair, and takes him by the arm... there's the IRISH WHIP to the corner, and Stevens charges after him!
DT: The First conn -- NO!! BOUNCES TO THE TOP ROPE!! Stevens runs RIGHT INTO A SPRINGBOARD CORKSCREW SENTON!!
DT: The First HOOKING THE LEGS... GOT THE PIN!!
DM: "TRIPLE X" ROLLS THROUGH!!
DT: He's got THE FIRST'S SHOULDERS DOWN!!
THE FIRST KICKS OUT!!
MN: Bah, ALMOST...
DM: Quick action happening in the ring now... both men SCRAMBLING to their feet!! Stevens makes it up first, and HE GETS OFF A STANDING DROPKICK that puts the challenger back to the mat! I think The First was thinking the same thing, but the champ beat him to the punch!
MN: Keep moving, Trip! Don't give him a chance to think OR breath!
DT: Stevens into the ropes -- NO!! BOUNCING TO THE SECOND ROPE!! Stevens with a SPRINGBOARD OF HIS OWN, and BUSTS THE FIRST RIGHT IN THE JAW with a DIVING BACK ELBOW!!
DM: Picture perfect precision!! It looks as though the champion has decided to fight fire with fire, combating The First's explosive offense with some flashy moves of his own! Remember, "Triple X" is no stranger in the skies!!
MN: Trip's got hang-time like a MOFO...
DT: I think the champion's got some PLANS with said hangtime, as he goes to the corner! Not the near corner, mind you... the FAR one!
DM: Oh, you gotta be kidding me! That's like half the distance to the ring!
MN: Nothing but a bunny hop to "The KING of the CAGE!!"
DT: Stevens may be biting off more than he can chew here... but nevertheless, MOCKINGLY POSES to the booing fans as he ascends to the top rope... there's NO WAY he can make this!!
MN: Prepare to be wowed yet again, Dave...
DM: I think he's GOING FOR IT...
DT: "Triple X" Sean Stevens DIVES FROM THE TOP ROPE...
DM: ...OH MY GOD, HE MADE IT!! FLYING ELBOW DROP RIGHT INTO THE STERNUM of the challenger!!
MN: There was your photo op moment of the night!
DT: I hate to say it, but I think that may have sealed it for the champion... Stevens, hooks the leg FOR THE PIN...
THR -- NO!! THE FIRST KICKS OUT!!
DT: All that distance, for nothing!
MN: Hey, it HURT the guy, didn't it!
DM: Stevens shaking his head, but he looks determined as he gets to his feet and brings The First up with him! The champion scoops him up... AND DROPS HIM ACROSS HIS KNEE with a HARD RIB-BREAKER!!
DT: Ooh... The First not moving after receiving that one! Stevens quickly gets to his feet and goes to the nearest turnbuckle... going BACK TO THE TOP ROPE!!
DM: Stevens keeps switching it up between blunt power and high-flying techniques! Now the World Heavyweight Champion and King of the Cage stands perched on the top rope again...
MN: Photo op number two!!
DT: Stevens, OFF THE TOP ROPE with the FROG SPLASH...
GOD NO, HE NAILED IT!!! The First just took ALL OF THAT DESTRUCTIVE FORCE right into the ribs!!
DM: That damn well DESTROYED the number one contender!!
DT: Stevens, WITH THE PIN...
THR -- NO!! THE FIRST KICKED OUT AGAIN!! He simply REFUSES TO QUIT!!!
MN: Oh, just SHUT UP, already!!
DT: Stevens is FURIOUS!!
DM: He's definitely wanting to finish this thing and go home, but The First is NOT going out without a fight! Stevens takes a moment to argue with the referee on the speed of the count, but it seemed like a pretty even three-count if you ask me...
MN: Pat Jones is getting old and senile! And he's making the champion look like a FOOL! I bet after tonight, he's out of a job...
DT: The crowd is letting the champion HEAR IT here tonight... and the look on his face tells the entire story!
MN: These ungrateful inbred bastards!! It should be a considered a PRIVILEGE to be watching a professional wrestling legend of this magnitude grace the MAIN EVENT of Aggression 50!!
DM: He's still a scumbag, Neels...
DT: Stevens, nodding to the jeering fans, like he's agreeing to give them what they want... and now he brings The First back to his feet! Stevens with the Irish Whip -- NO!! Hangs on and yanks The First back --
RIGHT INTO THE X-FACTOR!!! THAT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE!!
MN: OH YEAH, BABY!! Nothing like a little SOLE music to compliment the evening!
DM: The First drops DEAD to the canvas... and now GARBAGE RAINS over the ring as Stevens mockingly POSES to the fans!!
DT: My God, I can't believe it's ENDING THIS WAY!! The First was SO CLOSE to succeeding! But now Stevens goes for the lateral press, and THIS is IT...
DM: HE KICKED OUT!!!
DT: HE DID?! HE DID!! THE FIRST KICKED OUT!! Stevens looking in ABSOLUTE DISBELIEF at Pat Jones!! How in the HELL DID THE FIRST SURVIVE THAT SUPERKICK!?
MN: Come on, there's gotta be some MISTAKE here! Tell me that was just a violent spasm, because there's no way that goth punk has any functioning brain cells left!
DM: I am simply STUNNED by the resiliency displayed by The First in this match! To take the X-Factor STRAIGHT TO THE FACE and come back for more... you really have to admire his courage and determination to become champion!
DT: The First hangs on to a final thread of hope... but I'm not sure anything outside of a MIRACLE can save him from what's going to happen NEXT!! Stevens is just ENRAGED now, slapping the mat in fury and coaxing The First back to his feet!
DM: The First looks hurt, but nevertheless rises, telling the champ to bring his worst!
MN: Oh, kid, you just made the worst mistake of your life...
DM: Stevens TWIRLS THE FIRST AROUND... inverted facelock...
DT: OH GOD, NO, IT'S THE X-TERMINATOR!!
DM: BUT THE FIRST SLIPPED OUT!! The challenger lands harmlessly BEHIND THE CHAMP!!
MN: OH CRAP!!
DT: The First shoves Stevens into the ropes... the champion comes back with a LARIAT -- AND IT'S DUCKED!! The FIRST going into the ropes!!
DM: Both men returning... The First LEAPFROGS as Stevens goes low!! Running BACK into the ropes... STEVENS DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE!! BACK INTO THE ROPES!!
DT: OH, GOD!! MID-AIR COLLISION!! Both men went for the Cross Body Block and just TOOK EACH OTHER OUT!!
DM: We got two men down on the canvas... Pat Jones beginning the ten count, and -- STEVENS KIPS UP --
DT: AND THE FIRST KIPS UP TOO!!!
MN: Oh, you cheap scoundrel!!
DM: Stevens SNEERS THE FIRST DOWN... and SHOOTS OUT THE X-FACTOR -- THE FIRST DUCKED!!
DT: YES!! Stevens spins around -- SHINING WIZARD!!! GODDAMN, HE NEARLY KICKED THE CHAMPION'S HEAD RIGHT OFF OF HIS SHOULDERS!!
DM: WHAT A COMEBACK!! The First was just about to be put away, and is now MOMENTS AWAY FROM BECOMING THE NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!! All he has to do is SEAL IT NOW!!
MN: Oh no!
DT: Oh, YES!! HERE IT COMES!! The First, GOING to the TOP ROPE, and -- AND JARED WELLS JUST PULLED STEVENS FROM THE RING!!
DM: Oh, what the hell?!
MN: Yes, good job, Jared! Quick! Help him!
DT: Jared Wells is trying to bring the stunned Sean Stevens back to reality, leaving The First dismayed on the top rope! He was looking for the finish, and Wells just slipped in right when the opportunity was ripe! That is SUCH... bah...
DM: Stevens is back up, but he's obviously been knocked around pretty good! Stevens is barely able to WALK STRAIGHT as he comes around the ring tended by Jared Wells!
DT: Just where the hell are they going?!
MN: Where do think? To that overpaid moron who sits there and keeps the time... and holds the KING'S title!
DM: Stevens going to the timekeeper... and just KICKS HIM OVER as he rips the World Heavyweight Title from his hands! Come on, Sean, you're just going to get yourself disqualified with that!
MN: That's the idea! There's NO WAY he's leaving here tonight without that belt...
DT: He's not looking for a weapon, he's packing his bags and HITTING THE ROAD!! That BASTARD has HAD ENOUGH!! Stevens, one arm carrying the title and the other slung over Jared Wells shoulder... and they're going right for the RAMP!!
DM: The First, standing in the ring, can hardly believe it! After all this, "Triple X" Sean Stevens is WALKING AWAY from his own title defense!
MN: Hey, it wouldn't be the first time the champion has decided that his royal presence is above entertaining the idiot masses who rally behind talentless HACKS like that freak in the ring!
DM: NOT SO FAST!! TROY WINDHAM is barring their way up the ramp! Wells stepping up, and the two of them START MIXING IT UP -- NO!! STEVENS JUST BLINDSIDED WINDHAM WITH THE TITLE!!
MN: See THAT, Troy?! That's the BELT taken from the WOMAN you couldn't BEAT!!
DT: Wells, KICKING AWAY at a defenseless Windham, and Stevens is booking it up the ramp for the entry-way! If he thinks he can get away with this, he's -- wait a second, what is The First doing on the top rope?!
DM: ...NO WAY!!!
DT: The First, pausing only BRIEFLY to measure the distance...
...AND HE COMES SOARING OFF THE TOP WITH A DIVING SENTON SPLASH...
...HE GOT HIM!! MY GOD, HE FLEW LIKE A BIRD THROUGH THE AIR AND STOPPED THE CHAMPION FROM MAKING HIS ESCAPE!!
MN: Man, either I need to lay off the sauce, or there are some SERIOUS John Woo wire-fu effects going on in this match!
DM: I think The First had a few Eggs of the Eagle for breakfast this morning!
DT: Both men laid out on the rampway... and signs of life appear first in the number one contender! The FIRST is back on his feet, and he's got THIS CAPACITY CROWD BEHIND HIM!! The First peels Stevens off the mat and half-drags the flattened champion back to the ring! He stopped him from getting away, but now he needs to FINISH IT!!
DM: Stevens is barely able to STAND at this point! The First has TAKEN the champion to his LIMIT!! Stevens is rolled back into the ring, and The First follows!! The number one contender sets him up right in the center of the ring... and RALLIES THE FANS as he makes his way to the corner!!
MN: No... NO NO NO!!
DT: THIS COULD BE IT AT LAST!! THE FIRST, UP TO THE TOP ROPE... POSES FOR THE FANS... and he GOES FLIPPING OFF!!
CUT THE THREAD!!! HE NAILED IT!!
DM: THIS ONE IS OVER!! THE FIRST HAS DONE IT!!
MN: NO!! SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!!
DT: THE FIRST HOOKS THE LEGS!! THIS IS IT!!!
DM: He's GOT HIM!!
MN: NO NO NO!!!
DT: THR --
DM: WAIT!! Jones gets up... JARED WELLS IS IN THE RING!! AND HE'S GOT THE WORLD TITLE WITH HIM!!
DT: GODDAMNIT, NO!! THE FIRST WAS SO CLOSE!!!
MN: Daddy, TO THE RESCUE!!
DM: The First back to his feet as Wells holds that belt in a threatening manner!! Jones ORDERING him to leave the ring, but there's no way Wells is going to comply! One nick from that belt, and Jones will have no choice but to throw this match out, and the champ will retain by default!
DT: I can't believe it... ANTHOLOGY JUST SCREWED THE FIRST OUT OF THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE!! That should have been IT RIGHT THERE!!
MN: Get him, Jared! Knock his freakin' head off, and let's go home! This punk can pay for this insult later!
DM: Wells ABOUT TO CHARGE...
...but WINDHAM'S IN THE RING NOW!!
DT: Windham spins Wells around... AND JUST STARTS POUNDING AWAY!! Wells is getting CREAMED!! Windham, now... RIPPING OPEN HIS ANTHOLOGY SHIRT and SMACKING AWAY at his chest with STIFF CHOPS!! Wells is up against the ropes, getting BRUTALIZED by "The Epitome" Troy Windham!!
MN: Get that fossil OUT OF THE RING, ref!!
DM: Now he's calling over The First... both men locking hands... THERE'S THE DOUBLE LARIAT SENDING WELLS OVER THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!! Well, at least THAT distraction is taken care of!
DT: Windham leaves the ring to take finish the job on the outside... now The First, turning back to the recovering "Triple X" Sean Stevens -- but Stevens is BACK ON HIS FEET --
AND HE'S GOT THE TITLE --
DT: NO!! GODDAMNIT NO!!
MN: OH YES!! YES-YES-YES, HE DID IT!!!
DM: Stevens GOT AHOLD OF THE BELT and PUT IT RIGHT TO THE FACE OF THE FIRST... and PAT JONES RINGS THE BELL!! It's OVER!!!
TF: Ladies and gentlemen... the winner of this match, by disqualification... THE FIRST!!
[The jeering fans send another volley of trash and beer cups into the ring. The "loser" stands tall in the ring, holding the EPW World Heavyweight Title with the First's face-paint still smudged against the gold indentation. The challenger lies in a slump at his feet, holding his face and likely knocked out.]
DT: I just CAN'T BELIEVE what just HAPPENED!! Rather than FINISH THE MATCH, Stevens just hit The First with the belt and disqualified himself to keep the title!
MN: Relax, Dave... it's in the best interest of the federation.
DM: Oh, that is BULLSH[i]I[/i]T, Neels! The First came out here tonight, took EVERYTHING THE CHAMPION COULD GIVE HIM, and had the opportunity to walk out of that ring as the NEW EPW World Heavyweight Champion... but Sean Stevens, with the help of Jared Wells, robbed him BLIND of that opportunity!
DT: The First took Sean Stevens to the champion's VERY LIMIT in that ring, and Stevens realized he didn't HAVE ENOUGH to finish this one strong!
MN: Tell me, Dave... which guy is standing in the ring? Who REALLY finished strong?
DT: I got a feeling this isn't over yet! Here comes TROY WINDHAM into the ring to set things right... NO!! Jared Wells GRABS BY THE ANKLE!! Stevens sees him -- X-FACTOR ON TROY WINDHAM!! HE JUST KICKED HOPE'S ADVISOR POINT BLANK IN THE FACE!!
MN: Oh man, I bet he'd been waiting to do that for a LONG time! The NERVE of that chump, calling the champ a RIP-OFF?!
DM: Stevens with a smirk on his face as he sees Troy Windham flat on his back... and now Wells is in the ring with him!
DT: Stevens, ordering him to hold up The First... come on, what's THIS now?! The MATCH is OVER, damnit!!
DM: Wells holding The First... and SHOVES him into Stevens -- RIGHT INTO ANOTHER X-FACTOR!!! Come on, that's enough now!
DT: This is just sickening... he just ROBBED The First of his dream of being champion, and now he's adding insult to injury!
MN: He TOLD the little prick not to PISS HIM OFF! You're going to see now why every man that Stevens has DEFENDED that belt against quickly disappears from wrestling!
DM: Stevens isn't finished! He's strapping the EPW World Heavyweight Title across his shoulder now and bringing a lifeless First back to his feet!! Pat Jones and the other officials are trying to get into the ring and help him, but Wells keeps them at bay!
DT: Put him down, Sean!! Goddamnit, THAT'S ENOUGH!!
DM: Stevens putting The First into the inverted facelock... LIFTS HIM UP -- OH SHIT, HE HIT HIM WITH THE X-TERMINATOR WITH THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE OVER HIS SHOULDER!!! OSAKA STREET CUTTER ON THE BELT!!
DT: The First is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!! DAMNIT, SOMEBODY GET IN THERE AND HELP HIM!!
MN: Welcome to the MAIN EVENT, you freak!
DT: Stevens back up, and VICIOUSLY STOMPING THE FIRST while he's down!! He's not even CONSCIOUS, damnit!
[CUE UP: "Killing In The Name Of" by Rage Against the Machine. The crowd POPS WITH SURPRISE as both Stevens and Wells desist from the beatdown and look to the entry-way.]
DT: ...OH MY GOD, IT'S HIM!!!
MN: HE'S BACK!?
DM: HE'S BACK!!
[CAMERON CRUISE storms out of the entry-way, fire in his eyes as he sprints down the ramp and enters the ring!]
DT: IT'S CAMERON CRUISE!!
DM: We haven't seen him since Sean Stevens USURPED the Anthology out from under him!
MN: What is doing BACK HERE?!
DM: What do YOU think, Neels?!
DT: Stevens is ordering Wells to take care of him, but... Wells BAILS!! He'd rather get out of DODGE rather than go toe to toe with the friend he betrayed!!
DM: Stevens calling back to Wells -- BUT HE GETS BLINDSIDED BY THE RUNNING ELBOW FROM CRUISE!!
MN: Hey, now, HE JUST GOT DONE WITH DEFENDING THE TITLE in a HARD-FOUGHT MATCH!! Somebody get that disgraced failure out of there!!
DT: Stevens REELING... and Cruise yanks him back -- RIGHT INTO A [B]REALITY CHECK!!![/B]
DM: OH MAN!! Anthology may not like THAT Reality Check, but these FANS sure did!!
DT: Stevens rolls to the floor! What a COMEBACK for Cameron Cruise, getting some sweet revenge on the man that took his place at the top of the Anthology!
MN: Cameron Cruise was NEVER the leader of the Anthology, which was the main problem!
DM: Wait a sec... Wells BACK in the ring as Cruise is trying to exit! Cruise turning around now... and he goes FACE to FACE with his former best friend! I'm not sure what's going on here, but... maybe Jared is begging Cruise to come back to the Anthology!
MN: Or maybe he's just trying to explain, "Hey, man, nothing personal." Business decisions should NEVER affect friendships...
DT: I don't know if I agree with THAT, Mike... Cruise, decides it's not worth it, turns to leave -- WAIT, SPINS AROUND AND TAKES OUT WELLS WITH A REALITY CHECK!!
DM: Wells gets the COLD SHOULDER from Cameron Cruise, and rolls to the floor holding his face in pain!! I can hardly believe it, but... The First's former rival in Cruise just SAVED HIM from that massive beat-down from the champ and Wells!
DT: Stevens and Wells retreating up the ramp, jawing back at Cameron Cruise! Meanwhile, Windham pulls The First from the ring and helps him recover... and Cruise sees the TITLE!!
MN: Oh, you gotta be KIDDING ME?!
DT: Cameron Cruise HOLDS UP THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE!! Stevens is FUMING on the rampway!! Now The First sees him, and he doesn't look any happier!
DM: Cameron Cruise stakes his bid for Sean Stevens' World Heavyweight Title, but I don't think The First is finished with the champion just yet! Either way, "Triple X" Sean Stevens is looking forward to some VERY serious competition!
MN: That idiot in the ring just made a TREMENDOUS mistake, my friend... but regardless, Stevens will deal with the BOTH of these pests in due time!
DT: That time will come... but RIGHT NOW, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the END of Aggression 50! We've had a TREMENDOUS fiftieth show, and we've witnessed MANY interesting developments! It's too soon to say what will come of this, but the action here in Las Vegas will CONTINUE! For Dean Matthews and Mike Neely... I'm Dave Thomas! We'll see you soon at the SIN CITY SHOWDOWN!!
[The camera cuts to triple-frames, showing still images of Cruise, proudly smirking with the title held in his hands... Stevens, sneering in absolute contempt and frustration... and The First, sternly gazing with an expression of unsatisfied determination. Fade to the EPW logo.]
[First walks through the curtain, the shot switches from the camera that was following him on the arena floor to one that’s in the back…First runs his hands through his hair and lets out a long breath.]
[He gives a loud shout. Layne Winters walks over to him.]
WINTERS: Don't worry clown, since you and title quests are obviously INCOM-F[BLEEP]KINGPATIBLE...I'll be there at Black Dawn to bring it home for real.
FIRST: No way in hell that happens, this thing between Stevens and I, it’s far from settled…Tonight didn’t prove a damn thing except what I already knew, I can beat him…Cameron Cruise, Jared Wells, all the garbage that went on…To hell with them, to hell with all that…No, I’m finishing things at Black Dawn.
WINTERS: Blah blah blah NO! YOU ALREADY FAILED SO YOU GET NOTHING! NOTH-ING! HAVE A NICE DAY, FIRST, NOW STEP THE F[BLEEP]K ASIDE!
FIRST: Yeah, but what did you do tonight? You made a fool of yourself in the locker room, you lose one match and now you’re a big baby. You think you’re gonna get a title shot after you tried to destroy this company? You think Dan Ryan will put you in the main event of his shows after you tried to cripple just about everyone? What are you thinking, or are you even thinking?! Look, Dan Ryan himself said that Aggression 50 was a preview of Black Dawn, I dunno what he has PLANNED for Black Dawn, but well…I’m going to be involved.
WINTERS: This was a PREVIEW of Black Dawn because HOPE allowed the fan friendly clown to once again leave empty handed. Black Dawn is when [Points to his own chest] HOPE brings out the big gun to win the title…ME!
[Anarky walks into the shot and gives a look at First and Winters.]
ANARKY: Aw, hey, look, the kids are fighting again. Do I need to put you two in time-out? Are you guys really f*cking arguing about who gets to walk into the ring and get slapped around by Stevens? Or have you already f*cking forgotten that the only person who walks into that ring with Stevens and walks out with his arms raised is ME.
WINTERS: Don't give me that SH[BLEEP]T! Talk to me when you actually HAVE a belt in your hands. IN FACT...what the F[BLEEP]K am I doing listening to you anyway? The only reason you're still in EPW is because me and the clown vouched for you...so get bent.
ANARKY: Aw, hey, sorry pal, do you want me to Pay it Forward? Maybe go adopt a cute little Haitian kid and feed him and hope he grows up to be a big strong nobody like yourself? I mean, I’m sure I could train a kid to get into that ring and fail more spectacularly than you just did, but it WILL be challenging.
WINTERS: I hadn't lost but ONCE until I teamed with you, but HEY- if you're feeling strong Anarky, step to the f[BLEEP]king plate, brother.
ANARKY: Son, don’t forget that while you were starin’ up at the big bright lights and wishin’ that someday you could just HOPE to get far enough to develop a serious painkiller addiction, I was out there sacrificing EVERYTHING for this sport. And you wanna run your mouth cause you managed to stumble backwards into a TV title? Congratula-f*cking-lations, you nothing. How about you stop running your mouth and just start running.
[First steps between Anarky and Winters.]
FIRST: BACK OFF! CALM DOWN! Things are going to be like this, here’s the deal, Black Dawn is my last chance at Stevens as long as he’s champion…You happy?! I’ll put it in the contract, this is IT for me, all or nothing…And WHEN I beat him at Black Dawn for the World Title, [Points at Winters] if you want a shot [Points at Anarky] or you want a shot…Or Hart wants a shot, or Stevens wants a rematch, or Copycat, Edmunds, Wells, Anthology, HOPE, Fallen, WHOEVER…I’LL FIGHT EVERYONE…Line up the whole damn locker room and I’ll go through all of you or I’ll die trying!
ANARKY: Nobody needs your permission to take what is theirs, kid. Someday you’ll understand that. Until then, enjoy your humiliation. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll find something to blame your next failure on. You always do.
[Anarky shakes his head at First and walks away, First turns towards Winters who’s seething.]
WINTERS: Understand that it's only out of the kindness buried deep, deep within my heart...that I even continue on with this Mickey Mouse horsesh[BLEEP]t you call a title quest. If you can actually win this thing, then I'll be happy to make your title reign the shortest in EPW history. But if you lose...I'm next in line, and I'll crush Stevens, BELIEVE IT.
[Winters walks away from First, who runs his hands through his hair and lets out a deep breath. Suddenly Shawn Hart walks over to him.]
FIRST: Guess it wasn’t possible you wouldn’t get your 2 cents in.
[SJH puts his hand on First's shoulder.]
HART: Sharing is caring, amigo.
FIRST: If you say so…
HART: Listen... I totally understand this seemingly insatiable desire of yours to get that gold from Mr. Stevens. And ya know what? After all you've been through in the last year with Cruise and Anthology and Triple X now, I'd say you've more than earned the right to see your little quest through to the end.
[The Prime Minister of Gettin' Sinsiter edges in closer to First.]
HART: But make no mistake about it - Winters, he's still a kid. And 'Nark? Well, let's just say he's got a ways to go before ANYONE can really say he's back in business. So after Black Dawn, the ONLIEST logical contender for that EPW title is the guy standing before you right now! The Prime Minister of Gettin' Sinister... SJH!
[Hart cracks a grin.]
HART: So at the PPV, you go get that gold! Hell, I'd get it for ya if I could. But remember, whether you’re successful or not, in the 2-0-TEN... it's ultimately gonna be resting 'round MY sumptuous waist!
FIRST: Look Shawn…I--
HART: [Cutting First off] The Phenom has left the building!
[Hart turns on his heel and walks away…First looks just dumbfounded…]
FIRST: [Yelling to nobody in particular] Anyone else?! Anyone else want to run me down?
MUSE: [Off Camera] Yeah, you suck!
FIRST: What?! Where you been?
MUSE: I was with my band, we were playing some gigs…Look, you had a bad night, you go get cleaned up, we’ll go out, I’ll try to get you drunk…And well, we’ll move on…
FIRST: At this rate you might not need to try.
MUSE: Look, you know as well as I do, none of this matters…Black Dawn will be the end…Or the beginning…And you’ll just walk the path meant for you…And honestly, I think it’ll be a beginning…
[First puts his arm over Muse’s shoulder, and they walk towards the back.]
MUSE: Oh, and I too want a title shot if you win, I’m gonna kick your ass…
FIRST: I knew you were gonna say that…