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Old 07-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #161 (permalink)
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE
~A Very Merry War~
December 26th, 2007
*Special 2-Hour Supershow*
FINAL CARD


~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
*If Shawn Michaels loses, he can no longer compete*

Chris Jericho(c) w/Paul “The Great” Wright v. Shawn Michaels

Jericho for several reasons. Firstly, though least importantly, as I mentioned in the previous feedback, HBK has been on top for the majority of this feud, and if Jericho lost here, it might be a little hard to take him seriously afterwards. Second is the Christian issue; I genuinely think Christian/Jericho is your BIG money match, one with some real heat behind it and it'd be easy to support Christian as the crusading face. The Heyman situation ties into that somewhat, and given that Christian is out to 'save' the company - if HBK wins the title, the company is already saved before Christian gets his chance to do it. In terms of the HBK no-compete issue, I think it does wonders for Jericho's character to be able to say that he ejected RVD from the top tiers of AOW - and now Michaels from all competition. If you really want to bring him back later, then a possible Foley-replacing-Heyman could initiate that, or Samoa Joe could demand a match with him to settle some old scores, then campaign for him to be reinstated just to kick his ass. If you're not done with HBK, there are ways to work around the stipulation, as I assume you'll eventually do for RVD, but long story short, there are vastly more possibilities with Jericho as champion than there are with Michaels. Jericho to win, clean or otherwise, elevating him to super-heel level and make him even more of a menace to AOW so Christian can eventually bring him down.

~AOW Dynasty Championship~
Muhammad Hassan(c) v. CM Punk

Needs to be said that this has been booked excellently. It's been a slow-burn feud with various twists, from Hassan's initial title win, refusing to accept Punk's challenges, the $50,000, Storm's inclusion, the Mercs, the whole 'street rat' saga and now the alcohol from the past Oblivion. This has all been set up for Punk, as the scrapping street rat you've built him up to be, to overcome the odds and take the title for the feel-good match. Punk then comes out of this looking brilliant, set to defend against the multitude of excellent heels you have around, whether that's just a Hassan rematch, or Doane, Carlito... even Lashley if you were thinking stable war? Just occurs to me, that would an epic story branch, you should look into that. Punk to prevail thanks to his good friend Booking 101 here.

Rob Van Dam makes an announcement

~Grudge Match~
Samoa Joe v. Bobby Lashley

I'm going to be tactical about this and call No Contest or Double Count-Out if I may. It may be that Joe knocks off Lashley in some mind-blowing spot and goes on to challenge Jericho on the back of that, especially if you're not going to pull the Christian trigger yet, but in the meantime, I'll take a gamble and say these two tanks cancel each other out somehow. As I say, fully ready for a Joe win to launch him if I'm wrong.

*4-WAY LADDER MATCH*
~AOW Tag Team Championship~

World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. American Made v. Sons of the Dungeon v. Samoan Fight Club

Hardest one to call. I think SFC's win last week was just the token one to let them get their momentum back, also making sure they won't suffer in losing this match. You teased WGTT and Jericho, so I'll say the Sons take the titles (showing their workrate and desire to follow in their ancestors' footsteps, yeah for the Harts ) so they can feud with the plethora of heel teams you have, SFC, American Made, the awesome Mercenaries, etc. Then the failure drives WGTT to heeldom, aligning with the Legion and leaving the Hooliganz or Low Jack to step into the role as No. 2 face team. WGTT join Jericho, Show, Lashley and possibly Doane, before Christian comes back and kicks off into an epic STAAABLE WAR in an attempt to make sure that if the section does the BTB Awards at the end of the year, you'll have a lock on Best Storyline. You crafty devil you.

*Bonus Questions*

1) Select the match order - Punk to open the show with a feel-good win, then Joe/Lashley, Ladder Match and Jericho/HBK closes.
2) Select the winners of the matches - Done.
3) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom? Finlay if he counts... should I risk Christian? No, I'll say next week instead, so HBK's loss can sink in.
4) Will there be any blood? If so, which match? There's a case for it in all four, but I'll say someone gets cut in the Ladder Match in some crazy spot, otherwise no dice.
5) What will RVD’s announcement be pertaining to? He decides there's no point staying around if he can't compete for titles, says the man known as RVD is leaving... then Finlay comes out, beats him up, and says (and don't give me the points if this isn't his exact line) "When AOW falls... you have my permission to die." (or "quit", whatever).


It's going to be awesome, can't wait.
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I intended on reviewing the last Oblivion, but unfortunately I've had some rather sad family matters to attend to that's meant I haven't really had the time nor the desire to do anything BTB related recently. But I can take some time to give some predictions at least.

PREDICTION TEMPLATE
~A Very Merry War~
December 26th, 2007
*Special 2-Hour Supershow*
FINAL CARD


~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
*If Shawn Michaels loses, he can no longer compete*

Chris Jericho(c) w/Paul “The Great” Wright v. Shawn Michaels
Despite the stipulation regarding Shawn, I just can't see him as the man to end Jericho's rather epic reign. So yeah, I'm going with the champ here.

~AOW Dynasty Championship~
Muhammad Hassan(c) v. CM Punk
I feel the story has been built for Punk to gain a measure of revenge by getting the win here. It's been an enjoyable feud, but one that's been built for Punk to get the win.

Rob Van Dam makes an announcement

~Grudge Match~
Samoa Joe v. Bobby Lashley
I think we find Jericho's next challenger right here, and Joe's the guy for me.

*4-WAY LADDER MATCH*
~AOW Tag Team Championship~

World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. American Made v. Sons of the Dungeon v. Samoan Fight Club
I think when Haas and Benjamin drop the belts, it'll be in a two-on-two situation, not a match with four teams. So the champs to retain, although I'm sure they'll be heartache for the Sons of the Dungeon.

*Bonus Questions*

1) Select the match order: 4-Way Ladder Match, Joe/Lashley, Dynasty Title Match, RVD's announcement, World Title Match.
2) Select the winners of the matches: Yup.
3) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom?: Oh gosh... erm... Christian?
4) Will there be any blood? If so, which match? Joe/Lashley.
5) What will RVD’s announcement be pertaining to? I think he'll start some kind of 'retirement' chat before he's goaded into another match by Finlay. Or maybe it'll be Foley who talks him into staying.

Looking forward to it mate, should be a cracker.
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I read the last show you posted, and was just lazy to give feedback. Here's predics though...

PREDICTION TEMPLATE
~A Very Merry War~
December 26th, 2007
*Special 2-Hour Supershow*
FINAL CARD


5.~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
*If Shawn Michaels loses, he can no longer compete*

Chris Jericho(c) w/Paul “The Great” Wright v. Shawn Michaels
I don't really want Shawn to piss off, and I have a feeling there will be some sort of swerve that allows him to keep competing... but Jericho's reign needs to continue, because I haven't been around for much of its awesomeness.

2.~AOW Dynasty Championship~
Muhammad Hassan(c) v. CM Punk
The feud has been booked perfectly for Punk to come out and finally get revenge. I wasn't overly happy with the alcohol segment on the previous show because somebody (Para?) did it first, so it felt sorta cheap. It did the job setting up Punk for revenge nicely though. However, here's a thought, if Hassan wins, just imagine the damage it could do to Punk mentally/emotionally, if he started doubting himself, that would be some character development I'd love to read.

4.Rob Van Dam makes an announcement

3.~Grudge Match~
Samoa Joe v. Bobby Lashley

1.*4-WAY LADDER MATCH*
~AOW Tag Team Championship~

World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. American Made v. Sons of the Dungeon v. Samoan Fight Club

*Bonus Questions*

1) Select the match order: Done.
2) Select the winners of the matches: Stupidest bonus question ever.
3) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom?: Christian
4) Will there be any blood? If so, which match? Joe/Lashley.
5) What will RVD’s announcement be pertaining to? Fake retirement promo seems likely.

Looking forward to it, bud.
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE
~A Very Merry War~
December 26th, 2007
*Special 2-Hour Supershow*
FINAL CARD


4. ~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
*If Shawn Michaels loses, he can no longer compete*

Chris Jericho(c) w/Paul “The Great” Wright v. Shawn Michaels
Difficult one. Jericho's reign has been great but then you have the stipulation that if Shawn loses he can't compete. I'll go with Jericho on this one and maybe there will be a swerve at some point with Shawn staying as an authority figure and costing Jericho the title in the future, then again maybe not. I don't know. Just don't see Jericho losing the title quite yet.

3. ~AOW Dynasty Championship~
Muhammad Hassan(c) v. CM Punk
Very well written feud to be honest, the promo/segment on your last Oblivion was pretty great between these two. Going for Punk to win although I'd really like to see Hassan's reign continue.

Rob Van Dam makes an announcement

1. ~Grudge Match~
Samoa Joe v. Bobby Lashley
Think this will be a brilliant opener but, I see Joe coming out on top.

2. *4-WAY LADDER MATCH*
~AOW Tag Team Championship~

World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. American Made v. Sons of the Dungeon v. Samoan Fight Club
Champs to retain here and possibly drop them next month in a team vs. team match, don't see them dropping them in a four way but, I can see the other teams being made to look like gold.

*Bonus Questions*

1) Select the match order: Done.
2) Select the winners of the matches: Done.
3) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom?: Christian is seeming too obvious, I think it will be someone else but not quite sure who. But I don't think Christian.
4) Will there be any blood? If so, which match? HBK/Jericho
5) What will RVD’s announcement be pertaining to? I'm guessing it's that he's leaving for a short period of time but will be back or retiring from AOW.

Show has a good bit of potential to be great. Looking forward to it.
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12.26.07

The Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, New York City, New York

*Special 2-hour Supershow*
“A Very Merry War”




**Video Package**

*Oriental strings chime a different variation of “Carol of the Bells”*

“Peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men…”

~Luke 2:14


Those biblical words fade away before we’re brought to an area covered in snow, a Christmas tree has it’s lights burning bright, all the way around it, probably a town Christmas tree. The snow continues to fall around it in a majestic and innocent scene before we cut back to the black screen, more words developing on the screen…

“In times of war, prepare for peace. In times of peace, prepare for WAR…”

~Sun Tzu’s Art of War



We’re brought back to the docile town Christmas village from earlier, but the Christmas tree lights suddenly flicker off before we hear the female narrator from the promos for the program…

Narrator:
While peace on Earth is what we aspire for this time of year…


The oriental strings give way to a traditional violin, again chiming a very somber and slow “Carol of the Bells” tune goes on as we travel across the snow and quiet village through now a busy street

Narrator:
In AOW, we instead will bring you what brings you good cheer.


The zooming camera goes across the snowy streets and brings us right in front of the Hammerstein Ballroom arena

Narrator:
So we do wish joy and good will to men…


We can hear a crescendo going up with crowd noise, the violins going along with them…

Narrator:
But ‘good will’ is simply being able to walk again.


Shots flash across of Lashley spearing Joe through the barricade and Finlay cracking RVD in the face

Narrator:
And as the weather outside is frightful…


A return shot outside the Hammerstein, several fans beginning to pack into the building with noise continuing to rise

Narrator:
And some men claim to be insightful…


Chris Jericho:
I am here to enlighten each and every one of you…


The slow violins develop full tilt into an edgy “Carol of the Bells” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, complete with electric guitars…

Narrator:
Here, there’s nowhere to go…


Shots show of Joe and Finlay, battling it out inside that steel cage in the AOKO match

Narrator:
But to go blow for blow for blow…


On each ‘blow’, Benjamin and Wilson tumble off the ladder, Muhammad Hassan hits Punk with a liquor bottle, and Shawn Michaels kicks Jericho in the face

Narrator:
And on this night, some men vow to rise –


Samoa Joe:
…Samoa Joe is going on a hunt. Joe’s coming for all the scum. And he’s gonna clean shit up.

Narrator:
But there’s a chance a legend shall meet his demise…


Shots show of a struggling Shawn Michaels before he stands before himself in a mirror

Narrator:
The day for peace has passed, it’s time for war tonight…


Shots flash of Lashley, Joe, the WGTT, CM Punk, Muhammad Hassan, Jericho, and HBK

Narrator:
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good –


*Cut to Marilyn Manson’s “The Fight Song”*

Fight!

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Fight!

WARRIOR’S WAY!!!

Fight!

MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

Fight!

SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Fight!
CHOKESLAM!!!

Fight!

WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!

Fight!

GTS!!!

Fight!

FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!

*Final cymbal crash*

Instead of Jericho holding the title high, we see a huge graphic on the screen come up –


AND NOW…ART OF WAR WRESTLING AND MAMAJUANA ENERGRY PRESENT – A VERY MERRY WAR!!


We’re brought to the packed to the brim Hammerstein, crowd going absolutely nuts for AOW’s second ever huge show, the camera panning all over the place, seeing all kinds of signs and all kinds of raucous fans. When we’re done panning, we pan all the way over to the announce table, where Joey Styles and JBL wait to welcome us to his broadcast


Joey Styles:
It’s the biggest end-of-the-year bash to ever hit the world of wrestling!! Happy holidays folks, hope you have a wonderful New Year, but tonight, it’s not about good tidings or turning over new leaves, but it is certainly about deep seeded resolution! Welcome folks to AOW’s second ever, two-hour spectacular Supershow, this one entitled a Very Merry War! I’m Joey Styles sitting alongside my broadcast partner, former world champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

JBL:
Nothin’ makes me happier than the day after Christmas, Joey. Not just sittin’ here an’ gettin’ ready for an absolutely huge show, but maybe now those damn Christmas carols’ll stop poppin’ up on the radio. Y’know they’ve been playin’ since the first Supershow back in September?

Joey Styles:
I am well aware of their annoyance levels, but I’m too pumped about what we’ve got on tap here tonight to worry about anything else! Can you believe this line-up, John?

JBL:
We’re givin’ away so much free stuff on TV tonight, it really should be illegal! You got two absolute bulls in Samoa Joe an’ Lashley lockin’ horns, we’ve got the Tag Team Championships hangin’ from the rafters, we’ve got Rob Van Dam comin’ out of his self-induced exile, we’ve got that big Dynasty Championship match…an’ that’s not even considerin’ that tonight could be the end of a legend.

Joey Styles:
That’s right, John, all those absolutely huge things on tap, but biggest thing on the card right now is undisputedly the fact that if Shawn Michaels does not win the AOW Championship here tonight, he will no longer be eligible to compete in AOW at all, essentially forcing the man who has entertained millions around the world for two decades into retirement.

JBL:
I’ve said it for weeks, Joey, you an’ everybody here better get used to this place without the Heart Break Kid roamin’ around because this is the last time you will see that man.

Joey Styles:
I whole heartedly disagree, Bradshaw, even though Shawn Michaels might be a little bit outnumbered by the Worthy Legion, you don’t do wrestling matches on paper. You do them in that ring. And there’s no better big time match player on the entire planet than the Showstopper himself. But enough of us bickering – here’s ring announcer Tony Chimel to kicks us off with this incredible night in that very ring.


As Styles and Jibbles get their opening comments out of the way, we’re greeted with a shot above the ring, where we see the AOW Tag Team Championships dangling above the ring with a spotlight on them before zooming out and showing us Tony Chimel, as well as several ladders set up around the outside of the ring


**DING DING DING**


Tony Chimel:
The following contest is a Four Way LADDER MATCH for the AOW Tag Team Champ-ionships!!!!

~HUGE pop

Tony Chimel:
The first team to climb a ladder and retrieve the titles will win the match and leave AOW Tag Team Champions!!

~Another huge pop


**EXECUTORS OF EXCELLENCE**


The Hammerstein lets out a roar for the Sons of the Dungeon as they make their way through the red curtain for the opening contest, incredibly focused. They share a handshake before their focused demeanor breaks for a bit and they show their excitement for being in an AOW title match, pumping some fists and slappin’ some high fives before stepping into the ring and pandering for a moment before they seemingly get locked back in the zone, completely serious.

Tony Chimel:
Introducing first, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, weighing in at a combined 445 pounds…the team of Harry Smith and TJ Wilson…THE SONS OF THE DUN-GEEOOON!!

Joey Styles:
These two men are determined more than anything to prove that they’re more than worthy successors to the legacy they claim. And partner, these two guys have done nothing but impress since they’ve been here in AOW.

JBL:
I’ll have to agree with you on that one, Joey, because I’m sure ol’ Bret Hart’s watchin’ this somewhere an’ beamin’ with pride. They broke the undefeated streak of the Samoan Fight Club, but they don’t just have the Club to deal with – they’ve got plenty more to see if they can prove themselves against right here.



**WE AS AMERICNAS**


The pops for the Sons quickly turn into a decent amount of heat for American Made as they burst through the curtain, Nameth being all flash and doing so emphatically. Nameth shouts at the crowd and points at himself and Hagar, Hagar following suit in the team’s cocky ways. They’re making great note of the fact that they should be champions before sliding into the ring, Nameth waving his (bleached) blonde locks before Hagar comes in and tells him to tone it down a bit. They stare right at the team they’ve been linked with their whole careers thus far in the Sons


Tony Chimel:
Introducing next, weighing in at a combined weight of 473 pounds…the team of Nic Nameth and Jack Hagar – AMERICAAAAN MAAAAADE!!

JBL:
These should be your champions right here! They beat the World’s Greatest Tag Team fair and square an’ it should be them holding those titles right now!

Joey Styles:
But be that as it may, John, American Made’s decision was reversed and Benjamin and Haas kept the titles.

JBL:
An’ that was a load of crap!! These boys personify every single thing that America represents an’ they deserve the gold because just like America, they’re simply the best, no if, and, or buts about it!

Joey Styles:
Seriously? As if our name could get any better worldwide.


**JIMBO**



The tribal rock theme actually garners a mixed reaction from the Hammerstein as the Samoan Fight Club bursts on through the curtains with their MMA gloves and lava-lavas in tow. They’re fired up, Manu roaring over the reaction they’re getting, while Siaki stares with intensity towards the two teams that they’ve been linked to their whole careers. They throw off their lava-lavas and stomp into the ring WITH AUTHORITY~! They take a corner, all three teams in the ring, every single gaze going back and forth.


Tony Chimel:
And from the Isle of Samoa, weighing in at a combined 532 pounds…Siaki and Manu – THE SAMOOOAAAN FIGHT CLUB!!

Joey Styles:
These three teams have an heir of destiny about them. Since every single one of their opening minutes in AOW, they’ve been linked together by each other’s thirst for competition. And it will accumulate right here underneath those titles.

JBL:
I agree with you on that point, Joey, but you wanna talk about a thirst for competition, these two guys are the absolute wrecking balls. There is no competition for these two. All they wanna do is go out there an’ hurt somebody. I know Ladder Matches’re remembered for the crazy stunts guys do with those ladders, but these two are the ones I’m lookin’ forward to. I wanna see how much carnage these two beasts can cause with the leashes off.


**WORLD’S GREATEST**



The very familiar hum goes across the arena as the World’s Greatest Tag Team makes their way through the curtain, silent and incredibly focused. They make no pandering gestures, no celebratory actions, just simply making a beeline down the ramp and stopping at the base of it, staring up at the titles they covet so much before staring down every single man in the ring.


Tony Chimel:
Making their way to the ring, they are the AOW Tag Team Champions, the team of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas…the WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM!!

Joey Styles:
And we talked about competition a moment ago, Bradshaw, and competition is what clouded the minds of the World’s Greatest Tag Team here. They’ve been tag champs for over three months and have been able to reign supreme as champions very successfully, but they let that momentarily get to their heads and asked for better teams to face.

JBL:
An’ Paul Heyman gave’em exactly what they asked for. These two have been great champions, but I can feel it in the air, Joey. Their chains are slippin’. They had to be rescued against American Made, they forced themselves into a code of silence, they lost to the Samoan Fight Club last week. I think we’re seein’ the final act in the title reign o’ these fellas.

Joey Styles:
That’s a very good case, but these kinds of matches require experience. Benjamin and Haas have been in numerous ladder matches individually and as a team over the years, as well as that incredible ladder match against Paul London and Brian Kendrick to actually win the titles. As far as I know, no one else in this match has any kind of experience in ladder matches!

JBL:
Yes, experience does count, but this match isn’t about who has been here longer than everyone else. It’s about lasting in this match longer than everyone else. The key to the ladder match is survival, Joey. It’s literally gonna be about which team is the last team standin’ an’ climbin’.



FOUR WAY LADDER MATCH FOR THE AOW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS



World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. American Made v. Sons of the Dungeon v. Samoan Fight Club


All four teams are in all four corners, every single man in the ring looking up at those coveted AOW Tag Team Championships. The Sons both point at them, American Made declaring they should be the rightful champs and pointing up a well, Siaki motioning upward as well, with the World’s Greatest just staring down each one of their competitors. Each team is veering closer and closer to the center of the ring, almost getting in each other’s faces from the very jump of the gun…when all three challenging teams START BEATING DOWN THE CHAMPIONS!! The young challenging teams all have a unified mindset for a moment and look to take the champs out of the equation quite early! They split the team apart and start pounding them with hard blows, Manu rocking Benjamin with a hard array of fists before shoving him underneath the bottom rope. While the Fight Club takes Benjamin, the Sons take Haas, beating him down in a corner. While those two do that, American Made takes advantage of the chaos and quickly dips out, grabs a ladder…AND WE HAVE OUR FIRST CLIMBING ATTEMPT THIRTY SECONDS IN!!

Smith manages to toss Haas over the top rope, both champions outside the ring now. The Sons and the Club quickly realize both Hagar and Nameth are trying a very sneaky quick climb, the Sons plucking Hagar off the ladder and sending him splatting off the mat. Nameth is then taken into the clutches of Siaki and Manu, who both take a leg and tug him off, Nameth landing on his feet. Both men that BLAST NAMETH IN THE FACE WITH MMA FISTS that KO the kid, giving us a Dolph Ziggler-like sell job as he rolls out of the ring now. We’re left with the Sons of the Dungeon and the Samoan Fight Club in the ring now, a ladder erected between them. They stare each other down for a quick second before engaging in a brawl, the Club coming up with the upper hand with their heavy hands. As Siaki knocks Wilson down, he unhinges the erect ladder and takes it in his hands and waits for Manu to do more damage to Smith, where Manu whips Smith towards Siaki…and Siaki CHUNKS THE LADDER RIGHT IN SMITH’S FACE!!

Smith falls like a rock after getting struck by the apparatus, leaving the SFC to do as they please. Wilson recovers, however, and tries to snatch the ladder out of Siaki’s clutches. Manu pulls him away and chunks him into a corner to dispose of him, but Wilson fires back out with a low dropkick to Manu’s knees, dropping the big man down. But as he turns back around to go back for Siaki, the raging Samoan THRUSTS THE HEAD OF THE LADDER OFF OF WILSON’S CHIN!! The Club already dealing heavy damage with the ladder in the early minutes here, as Siaki sets the ladder up under the belts and goes for his team’s first climb –

…SIX RUNGS TO GO…

…FIVE RUNGS TO GO…

…NO!!

SIAKI’S STRUCK IN THE SPINE BY A STEEL CHAIR FROM NICK NAMETH!! The commentators remind us that everything is legal in this match, not just ladders, as Siaki falls from his elevated perch on back down the canvas. Manu is getting back to his feet from the Wilson surprise blow, but he’s met by Jack Hagar who CRACKS A STEEL CHAIR OFF HIS HEAD…BUT THE BIG MAN DOESN’T GO DOWN!! He’s wobbly and off balance, but he stays afloat, leading Nameth and Hagar to look at one another in awe before Nameth CLOCKS HIM WITH HIS OWN CHAIR…AND HE STILL DOESN’T GO DOWN!! Manu takes a few steps back from the blow, but he’s not downed yet, leading Nameth and Hagar to look at one another again before both men rear back and BOTH CRACK THEIR CHAIRS OFF MANU’S HEAD, FINALLY DOWNING THE BIG MAN!! It takes three variations of chair shots to take him down, American Made shaking their heads at it. They drop their chairs and shove the Sons out of the ring before Nameth goes for his second climbing attempt, Hagar keeping look out from below –

…SIX RUNGS TO GO…

…FIVE RUNGS TO GO…

…FOUR RUNGS TO GO…

NO!!

The World’s Greatest Tag Team are right back in this thing!! They both jump on Hagar and put him down before Benjamin jumps on Nameth, climbing up behind him, grabbing his hair, then HITTING HIS FACE OFF THE LADDER. This gives Benjamin enough time to reach up behind Nameth…AND DROP HIM WITH A SUPER BACKDROP FROM MIDWAY UP THE LADDER!! A nice spot so early in the contest, both men feeling the pain on that one, but Haas is right there to help his partner get back on his feet. Haas starts climbing up the ladder now, but Hagar is back to his feet and clubs Haas in the spine one good time before he goes too far, but he turns his attention then to Benjamin, whom he promptly clotheslines over the top rope. Haas stopped climbing after the blow, but he’s started again, Hagar now going on the other side of the ladder…and we have our first race to the top!! Both men climb all their rungs and reach the top around the same time, prompting them to begin trading blows to see who is gonna be the first man to at least touch the gold in this match. Haas seems to knock Hagar woozy a bit, allowing him to REACH UP AND TOUCH THE GOLD…NO!! Hagar quickly recovers and delivers a shot to Haas’ stomach, bending him back down to size. As the two go at it blow for blow, they don’t notice that Harry Smith is back in business, looking up at both men. They both realize he’s down there and stop their fighting, but it’s too late – Smith is already leaning on the ladder…AND SENDS IT TOPPLING OVER, HAGAR GETTING GUILLTINED ON THE TOP ROPE AND HAAS FALLS ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR!!

Our first ladder topple has the crowd on it’s feet and popping big for one half of the Sons. It’s Smith’s turn to take the ladder and possibly go for a climb, but before he can actually set the ladder back, he’s ambushed from behind by Siaki, who gets over his back pain and gives it right back, TAKING A STEEL CHAIR TO SMITH’S GUT! With Smith bent over, Siaki then raises the chair high and SMASHES IT RIGHT OFF OF SMITH’S BACK!! Smith is down once more, the commentators noting how hard it is to win this match due to the second you get someone down, someone else gets right back up. Outside the ring, we can see that TJ Wilson is trying to take advantage of Manu’s nearly drunken state, but when he tries to hit the big guy with a running crossbody…BATTERING RAM!! Manu headbutts Wilson out of the sky, sending him woozy again, but he shakes it off like the monster he is and slides back into the ring.

Siaki takes the ladder now and looks to be directing traffic with Manu. He hands the ladder to Manu, while he himself sets up the two chairs in the ring. When he erects those two, Manu places the ladder across the two chairs, setting it up almost like a table. Siaki then motions to Manu ‘up’, which Manu does by going to the top rope. Siaki then takes the withered body of Smith and proceeds to SCOOP SLAM HIM ONTO THE ELEVATED LADDER, but it doesn’t break, merely buckling, but Smith screams in pain all the same. Manu reaches the top rope now, and we all see where this may be going. Siaki watches from the ground as Manu dauntingly overlooks Smith’s carcass, both men looking at each other before screaming out “WE DESTROY!!” Manu leaps…AND BREAKS SMITH THROUGH THE LADDER WITH A SAMOAN SPLASH!! SMITH BROKEN THROUGH SOLID STEEL!! OHH MY GAAAAAD!!

Smith’s ribs have got to be destroyed, as the crowd pops huge for that move, even if it was done by a group of heels. “HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!” chants are galore after that, officials having to hurry and take the dismembered ladder out of there, as well as get Smith as well when he rolls to the outside. It looks like Smith might not be able to continue, as multiple officials are having to evaluate him and eventually start taking him out and up the ramp. The crowd is still popping like crazy as we’re shown multiple replays, Siaki looking to go outside and get another ladder. As he does so, though, he’s ambushed by American Made, who strike him with hard rights before lifting him up…FOR A DOUBLE SUPLEX TO THE OUTSIDE!! The crowd deflates back on that big move, Nameth sliding back into the ring, Hagar not too far behind with another ladder. Again, it takes both men to wear down Manu, this time with hard blows before Hagar takes the ladder and BOUNCES IT OFF MANU’S HEAD, prompting him to go down once more and roll outside.

AM thinks they’re alone again, so they go for another ladder set up, Nameth telling Hagar to go get another one. Hagar goes outside and does retrieve another ladder, setting it up inside right next to Nameth’s. Nameth climbs the near side of his ladder, his back to the television camera, while Hagar starts climbing the far side of his ladder. Before they go too far, again it’s the World’s Greatest Tag Team in the form of Benjamin who hits both men with blows to the back. Haas follows suit, but he brings in another ladder, setting up beside the one Hagar was climbing. Meanwhile, outside the ring, TJ Wilson has fully recovered from his headbutt to the sternum, realizing he’s a man down and has to go it alone, but slides back into the ring anyway. Haas begins trying to climb the ladder he brought in, but he’s soon stopped by a recovering Siaki, who hits him with a good blow and forces Haas to look now to Hagar’s ladder to climb. Siaki starts climbing the third ladder, as does Shelton Benjamin, while Wilson stumbles over to the ladder Nameth is on. The scene we get now is Wilson and Nameth climbing to our left, Benjamin and Siaki climbing to our right, and in the middle we have Haas and Hagar back together, every single conscious man climbing a ladder now. The race is DEFINITELY on!! Every man seems to reach the summit of their ladder at the same time, all six men now trading blows from the top. After a moment or so of high-altitude brawling, Haas takes a foot and teeters the ladder containing Nameth and Wilson…SENDING IT TOPPLING OVER, NAMETH GETTING STRADDLED AND WILSON FALLING ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR!! Not a second later, Hagar seems to knock the ladder next to him off balance…SENDING BENJAMIN AND SIAKI INTO A DOUBLE GUILLOTINE!! It’s just Haas and Hagar at the top once more, but Haas delivers a big blow to Hagar before reaching over…HAAS SUPLERPLEX FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER!! SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER!! WOW!! There is carnage all around the ring, every single man on the floor now, and the crowd is eating all that shit up.

Joey Styles:
There are bodies literally lying everywhere! Who is gonna win this match, but more importantly, who the hell is gonna survive long enough to win those Tag Team Championships!! Please, keep it here!

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

When we return from the break, many are still down, those who have recovered are brawling on the outside save for two people who are in the ring – Shelton Benjamin and TJ Wilson. They’re both climbing the one ladder that stayed erected in the center of the ring, Wilson making it to the top, LITERALLY TOUCHING THE GOLD AND ALMOST WINNING IT BY HIMSELF…but Benjamin hits him good and forces him to stop, climbing a few rungs from the top one. Wilson is still bent over and taking a few hits from Benji, but he also gets one good forearm lick in before looking to set something up…SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB UP AND OVER THE LADDER!!! OHH MY GAAAD!!! WILSON TAKES OUT ONE HALF OF THE TAG CHAMPIONS ALONE!! The crowd pops like crazy one more time for that move, as the commentators play up again the guts of Wilson, knowing he’s in this by himself.

Wilson doesn’t take a brunt of the impact from the powerbomb just being knocked off balance and able to recover quickly. He takes the ladder he was climbing and turns it so that we can see the “A” shape from the camera side, opting to climb the left side. The crowd is on their feet and popping hard, hoping the scrappy Wilson can get the win here…but as he’s climbing, he’s stopped by Siaki, who drives a hard club into his back before taking one of the other knocked over ladders and sets it up linear to the camera side, his back facing us. He starts climbing up his, Wilson turning his body around to face the perpendicular Siaki ladder now. The two brawl halfway up their ladders, but Siaki pulls away with a fierce MMA blow that sends Wilson reeling long enough for Siaki to turn his body all the way around on his ladder. Then grabs Wilson’s head and we might know what’s coming here…CORKSCREW NECKBREAKER FROM HALFWAY UP THE LADDER!!! EVEN MORE CARNAGE!!!

There are now still bodies all over the place, Siaki taking a great deal of impact on that fall as well. Haas is on the outside trying to deal with AM by himself, and not faring well until he gets good counter strikes on both of them before all three men HIT THEMSELVES WITH CLOTHESLINES – AM trying to hit a conjoined one on Haas and Haas going for a double one – knocking all three men back flat on the outside. Manu is only sitting upright against a barricade, those blows to the head finally taking their toll, so there still isn’t a soul up to climb any kind of ladder…until…who the hell is coming down the ramp…? IT’S HARRY SMITH!! SMITH IS BACK IN THIS THING!! The medics couldn’t keep him out of the match, the pop cheering gloriously for the guts of Smith here! He’s clutching his ribs as though they may be broken, but he doesn’t seem to care, as there’s no one left and he slides into the ring, setting up the two erect ladders side by side and using both of them to climb, as he needs all the leverage he can get. The crowd is on their feet as he starts making his way up –

…SIX RUNGS TO GO…

…FIVE RUNGS TO GO…

…FOUR RUNGS TO GO…

…THREE RUNGS TO GO…

…TWO RUNGS TO GO…

…NO!!

American Made crash the party, splitting the ladders apart and causing Smith to fall all the way back down without his platforms, but he lands on his feet a little off balance. When he does regain his composure, Nameth and Hagar have already unhinged the ladders and CRUNCHES HIS RIBS WITH A LADDER SANDWICH!! Smith goes down in a heap, his ribs possibly being turned to pudding. Nameth and Hagar go back to being the backdoor weasels they’ve been all match, Hagar looking to set a ladder up center ring. Meanwhile, Nameth takes the other ladder and has it set up in a corner, fully erect and all. Before we wonder what it’s for, it’s actually Manu who comes into the ring and stops Hagar from setting the ladder up, clubbing him wildly from behind, forcing him to drop the apparatus. Nameth looks to defend his partner, coming up behind Manu and dropping the big man down with the JUMPING REVERSE BULLDOG!! The big man is taken down hard, Hagar shaking the cobwebs out and grabbing Manu with Nameth, the two taking him in both their clutches…DOUBLE SUPLEX…RIGHT ON TOP OF THE LADDER!! WOW!! THE LADDER CRUNCHES UNDER ALMOST 300 POUNDS OF WILD SAMOAN!!

Manu lets out a wounded wildebeest roar as he’s subdued against the steel, Nameth and Hagar in full control of their surroundings now. They try once again to erect a ladder center ring, but yet again, the men who stop them are the World’s Greatest Tag Team, this time merely Haas by himself. He manages to club Hagar pretty good and knock him down, taking Nameth and delivering a quick European uppercut to him. Haas turns back around to possibly bash Hagar once again – STEEL CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL!! These two really are holding the fort here, but they’re soon jumped by the off duo of Siaki and Shelton Benjamin, both men recovering from their big shots earlier. All four men get into a brawl, amassing into a mosh pit that drifts into the center ring. As they do so, no one notices TJ Wilson climbing the top rope of the corner that’s holding the erect ladder. Wilson actually takes the top of the ladder and turns the whole thing sideways and soon climbs to the very top from his perch on the top rope. The crowd is up and is anticipating something here, as the four men continue brawling and only look up when it’s too late, the veteran Benjamin actually looking to dodge…SUMMERSAULT SENTON FROM FIFTEEN FEET INTO THE AIR ONTO THREE MEN!! OHH MY GAAAAADD!!

All three men collapse under the force of gravity that Wilson just imposed on them, Siaki even rolling beneath the ropes and to the floor, the seasoned Benjamin managing to just miss the heavy spill, but still has to take a moment to almost facing certain elimination, every single person in the match is down yet again as the crowd chants “HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!” for the second time in the contest. Multiple men are down, the crowd is going crazy, and there’s something stirring that’s not making them let up…Harry Smith is back up!! The sheer determination is written on Smith’s face as he pulls the erected ladder out of the corner and into the center of the ring, but he collapses in pain and can’t climb it. He gutsies up and goes for it anyway, clutching his possibly broken ribs with one arm, slowly climbing with another –

…SIX RUNGS TO GO…



…FIVE RUNGS TO GO…



…FOUR RUNGS TO GO…



…THREE RUNGS TO GO…



…TWO RUNGS TO GO…!!!



…NO!! SMITH’S RIBS ARE CRUNCHED BY A CHARLIE HAAS STEEL CHAIR SHOT!! Haas smashes the steel against the potentially broken bones with a sickening shot that roars through the arena and stops Smith dead in his tracks, yelling in pain now. This slows him down well enough to let the still breathing Shelton Benjamin start climbing up the other side of the ladder. Benjamin climbs almost even with Smith, who manages to find it in him to climb up one more rung…BUT HAAS CRACKS ANOTHR STEEL CHAIR SHOT OFF OF HIS RIBS THAT CAUSES HIM TO FALL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE CANVAS!! The crowd expresses a mixture of displeasure as well as excitement, every person in the crowd on their feet to see Shelton Benjamin continuing his ascent –

…THREE RUNGS TO GO…



…TWO RUNGS TO GO…

…TJ Wilson and Manu both are seen crawling towards the center ladder…

…ONE RUNG TO GO…

…Wilson puts a hand on the bottom of the ladder…



…BENJAMIN REACHES UP…







AND PULLS THE TITLES DOWN!!


Here are your winners and STILL AOW Tag Team Champions…THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM at (16:20)


Wilson and Manu drop in disappointment as Charlie Haas leans against the ladder in exhaustion, Benjamin also leaning with fatigue over the top of the ladder. The crowd is letting out a great pop for the efforts of all men involved, although some heat can be heard because of the disappointment of the final moments. Smith is still writhing on the ground gripping his almost undoubtedly broken ribs by this point. His arm is still frozen in place from where he was literally almost touching the gold, his other arm trying to hold his ribs in place. Benjamin is seen dropping one half of the titles down to Haas, who drops the chair he’s holding and grabs it, both men now giving us a great image of two men with two titles leaning against a ladder at different levels barley able to stand.

Joey Styles:
An incredible amount of effort from three young, up-and-coming tag teams, but it’s the World’s Greatest Tag Team, the battle tested champions, that just narrowly make it out alive!

JBL:
You said two key words there, Joey – ‘battle tested’ an’ ‘alive’. I told you from the beginnin’ this was a survival game. An’ as hungry as those young guns are, that experience just popped up big time in the champs’ favor.

Joey Styles:
I will second that notion, Bradshaw. I also did notice something – ladder matches can get out of hand quickly, with all kinds of huge offense going on…but the World’s Greatest Tag Team tried to stay away from all those big, high risk moves as much as possible.

JBL:
An’ that’s the experience takin’, Joey. Not sayin’ they’re stupid for doin’ it, but all that high-risk offense that was goin’ on proly cost all these more inexperienced guys a shot. Benjamin and Haas knew that just one of those big moves, ‘specially if they messed up, could take’em out of the retention equation immediately with all those young hungry guns ready an’ waitin’.

Joey Styles:
But even though three teams came up short, they looked damn impressive. Harry Smith could just smell the gold after he was taken away with possible broken ribs, but he wouldn’t let it subdue his hunger. His partner, TJ Wilson, more than put his body at risk for the win. The Samoan Fight Club more than delivered on their savagery with ladders involved, and American Made more than made a statement as well. But no matter how hungry they are, the World’s Greatest Tag Team still stands on top of the tag team food chain.




Quote:
**Video Package**

We reach a black screen that soon comes to life in a desolate area in harsh sunrise, beckoning, no sound, until we hear a narrator

Narrator:
In the beginning…


As he speaks, the day seems to fast forward, the sun getting higher and higher in the sky

Narrator:
Light and darkness were separated


The day continues to be fast forwarded until the sun goes down, the moon rising in its place

Narrator:
Only one can exist while the other fades away.


The desolate place’s sand begins to swirl, conjuring images of AOW thus far, the first one of Shelton Benjamin suplexing London off a ladder…

Narrator:
But on February 3rd, 2008…


The sands swirl again, Jericho locking Michaels in the Liontamer, followed quickly by Finlay and Joe battling atop the Hammerstein Balcony

Narrator:
The light and dark shall clash once more…


Our view goes back up to the moon now, the night sky acting like a big screen, being played on it is the intense face of Christian Cage holding a chair over his head

Narrator:
But only one of them can remain in power…the other…meets exile.


The camera pans out a little bit, where we can see the silhouette of a man on a cliff, looking out at the moon. We can’t make out his face, being barely lit by the moon, but his figure seems familiar…




~AOW PRESENTS~
THIS IS EXILE
A THREE-HOUR PAY-PER-VIEW SPECIAL

FEBRUARY 3, 2008
IZOD Center – East Rutherford, New Jersey

{Remember, PPV posters and who’s on them mean nothing }


**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we return to the Supershow, we’re backstage where we see Dynasty Champion Muhammad Hassan and he’s flanked by The Mercenaries. Hassan is speaking to them, but we can’t hear exactly what he’s saying. His hand motions indicate the number “one”, however, as though he’s begging for something one last time. Burchill and Albright look at him very dissatisfied before Burchill begrudgingly shakes Hassan’s hand. He points a finger in Hassan’s face and looks very threatening doing so before walking away…


~Back at ringside…



**DING DING DING**



Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall!!

**KING OF MY WORLD**


Chris Jericho’s theme chimes out over the Hammerstein which immediately garners a huge amount of heat, but even more heat comes out when Bobby Lashley steps through the blood-red curtain and takes a look around the arena. There’s no theatrics for Lashley, just a man as strong as an ox making his way very stoically down the ramp, his nose turned up at the people who don’t want him in the Hammerstein in the first place


Tony Chimel:
From Colorado Springs, Colorado, representing the Worthy Legion, weighing in at 270 pounds…BOBBY LASHLEY!!

JBL:
You talk about a mountain of muscle an’ bad decisions – Bobby Lashley is nothing but a solid block of pure bred fighter that Samoa Joe is gonna regret ever wantin’ to face.

Joey Styles:
While I don’t think Joe regrets anything he’s ever said or done, this man certainly is a mountain of muscle. You heard Tony Chimel correctly – he’s 270 pounds of pure bred athlete and, thanks to the brainwashing of Chris Jericho, is completely devoid of emotion and morality.

JBL:
The hell do you mean ‘brainwashing’? You mean enlightening is what it is, Styles! Chris Jericho showed this man the light – he doesn’t need these fans for a damn thing. They didn’t want him here in the first place an’ Chris Jericho gave him a home. He gave him the power to tell these people to screw off and suck it up because he’s here for somethin’ bigger than him, bigger than them an’ that’s bringin’ the perfect world into AOW.

**GODZILLA HORN**

“DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK!!”
**MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT**


The upbeat tune and the legendary epic horn give way to a man just as determined and stoic as the man of muscle before him in Samoa Joe. Joe’s got a bit of a smirk on his face before staring down the ramp at Lashley and letting out a huge exalt, getting all them more pumped before making an imperial march down the ramp and into the ring, ready to do exactly what his song says – knock someone the fuck out.

Tony Chimel:
And from the Isle of Samoa, weighing in at 280 pounds…The Samoan Submission Machine…SAMOOOOOOAAAAAA JOOOEEEEE!!!

Joey Styles:
This is what a driven individual looks like. That is the look of a man on a mission. Samoa Joe has vowed to be a one man army ever since a couple of weeks ago, not just looking for revenge on what has happened to his friend Rob Van Dam, but just what he believes is the ‘scum’ in AOW in general.

JBL:
If there’s anything I know about the human race is that three things are certain – you’re born, you die, an’ Samoans are angry sons of bitches. All of’em. An’ Samoa Joe has done nothin’ but prove that even more true – he’s angry an’ he wants to kick some ass. But I don’t know if he can do it to Bobby Lashley, an’ if he can, that’ll be one hell of a war.



Grudge Match


Samoa Joe v. Bobby Lashley



Lashley and Joe are just staring holes in one another, their incredibly intense gazes completely unfaltering. They don’t even bother to circle one another, merely staring into each other’s fury and not budging. The pressure cooker mounds between both men until they suddenly lean towards the center of the ring and both men initiate in a ridiculously intense lock-up, neither man able to gain the upper hand on the other. The two force one another to step all over the ring, neither man able to get an advantage. They realize their stalemate and break up the lock, both men taking steps back into corners. Their eyes still never leave one another and it’s not long before they’ve wiped their hands off, shaken it out, and they’re back at it again – a second lock-up. This one is just as intense as the last one, except this time, both men are charging like bulls locking horns, Lashley forcing Joe against the ropes, but as the referee orders him to get him off those ropes, Joe roars back and pushes Lashley all the way back against the opposite ropes before Lashley forces both men back into the middle of the ring, those horns still locked.

Again, neither man can gain an advantage, and they undo their lock-up. Many in the crowd express their respect for the sheer intensity and power both men are displaying here, but there’s no love lost between the two titans in the ring. They go at it one more time, both men taking the step and getting in another lock-up, this one again turning into a 270-lb tug of war. But this time, neither man is willing to unhook the thing, both men actually forcing each other against some ropes…before they roll outside the ring, the collar-and-elbow tie still locked in. They’re roaming around the outside now, their intense tie-up still going on. They break it up and stare daggers at each other once again, before both men simultaneously roll back into the ring, but the second they roll back to their feet, Samoa Joe breaks the civility by SLAPPING LASHLEY ACROSS THE CHEST very promptly. Lashley reels a little bit, but he mostly just stares right back at Joe, his infamously buggy eyes looking angrily back at Joe. The Samoan Machine just looks back at Lashley and has a look that just says ‘you want some more?’ Lashley responds by SHOVING JOE BACK, a push like that possibly breaking a normal man in half, but Joe stays standing, now staring daggers back at Lash.

Referee Ray Ramsey tries to get between both men and asks them to back away from one another, which Lashley backs away from, but Joe just stands looking at Lashley with a smirk. Joe soon backs away and gives the space the referee is asking for before sicking both men back on each other. They both go for one more lock-up, but Samoa Joe uses some of his mat prowess and shoots towards Lashley’s legs, getting a single leg takedown. Joe spins on top of Lashley’s body, but the amateur wrestler in Lashley is quick to counter, leading to the two reversing each other’s grapples in a ground game fury. When the tanks are done maneuvering, It’s Lashley who is in control of Joe, grappling him in a front headlock as he performs what amateur wrestlers call the ‘cement mixer’, taking Joe’s head and arm and whipping him over, landing on top of him –

1…

NO!!

Joe is quick to kick out of the move, Lashley flashing a part of his moveset people forgot he had and possibly even surprising Joe. Even so, Joe quickly flurries out of the move, catching Lash’s ankle yet again, but Lashley is quick to get to his feet and force Joe to let go of it, Joe instead transitioning his grip to a rear waistlock takedown, putting Lashley right back on the mat. Joe exhibits some mat skills there, immediately jumping to Lashley’s head and trapping him in a front headlock now, both men almost completely flat on the canvas. Joe seems to want to cut off the circulation from the stronger Lashley, but the Perfect Warrior begins to show signs of life and start making it to his feet. As he tries to get up, we can see Joe clench the hold harder, momentarily stopping Lashley on one knee. Joe keeps the move locked in as hard as he can, but Lashley still has the power to get to his feet, but Joe transitions the move…HEAD AND ARM SUPLEX!! Joe turns the submission hold into flipping Lashley completely over! Joe now jumps on Lashley with a cover –

1…

NO!!

Lashley is also quick to get out of that one, rolling to his feet and staring Joe down once again. Joe then extends his arms and motions with two fingers for Lashley to ‘bring it’. Lashley is more than happy to oblige, charging at Joe with a clothesline…but Joe doesn’t go down!! He stumbles but doesn’t fall, taking a few steps back from the impact, but stays vertical. The crowd pops as Joe’s badassery comes full force here, but Lashley isn’t amused. Lashley now looks at Joe and motions for him to ‘bring it’, which wipes the small smirk that was on Joe’s face right off. Joe takes a few more steps back before charging at Lashley with a clothesline of his own…but Lashley stays up as well!! These two titans are really putting each other to the test here, Lashley stumbling a tad, but recovers to pound his chest with a roar. Right after this he doesn’t even give Joe a chance to react, coming right at him with a BEHEADING LARIAT, catching Joe off guard and putting more noticeable force behind that one. Lashley does a push-up to get himself back to his feet after that explosive impact, Joe seeing stars for a moment before getting back to his feet, only for Lashley launch at him again for ANOTHER LARIAT…NO!! Joe catches the arm…CROSSFACE…NO!! Lashley sees the move coming and immediately plants a foot on the bottom rope, forcing Joe to prevent trying to even lock the move in.

The crowd throws some heat at Lashley for having to resort to the rope break. Before Joe actually breaks the hold, he gives Lashley a parting shot by giving him a heavy blow to the back of his head before coming to his feet. Lashley has to shake it out as he gets to his feet, giving Joe the time he needs to trap Lashley in an actual headlock, wrenching the big man’s head off. Lashley tries to pry Joe off, but Joe’s got the hold locked in air tight. He even tries rolling back and getting Joe’s shoulders on the mat –

1…

2…

NO!!

Joe rolls then right back up, Lashley now grounded, that headlock still wrapped in strong. Lashley manages to get to his feet and almost takes all his strength to toss Joe off of him and into the ropes. On the rebound, Joe comes right back at Lashley with a hard shoulder block, knocking Lashley back, but not down. Joe didn’t seem to expect it to, rebounding off the ropes again, but Lashley dodges him on the rebound, causing Joe to bounce again. On that rebound, Lashley flashes his athleticism by LEAPING CLEAN OVER JOE, causing Joe to rebound yet again, only to be met by a very momentous LASHLEY SHOULDER BLOCK ON THE WAY BACK!! Joe goes down from the incredibly momentous blow, Lashley jumping on him with a cover –

1…

2…

NO!!

Joe has more than enough fight still in him, Lashley giving him a blow before lifting Joe back to his feet, only for Joe to snap his hands off of him and deliver a flurry of stiff chops to Lashley before hitting him with a spinning back kick into his gut. This then leads the Machine to taking Lashley and dropping him into an inverted atomic drop, then running at him as he stumbles away and hits him with a one-leg dropkick before springing up, rebounding off the ropes, and finishing the combo with a huge RUNNING SENTON!! Joe unleashes his furious strikes now when he might not be able to overpower Lashley, Joe going for a big cover –

1…

2…

NO!!

Lashley still has more than enough fight in him, getting to his feet and rushing right back at Joe, who catches Lashley in a BELLY TO BELLY position…but Lashley fights back one he’s in the grapple, hitting Joe with hard shots to the face, even delivering a hard headbutt. He gears back for one final blow, but as he swings around, Joe ducks underneath, forcing Lashley to spin right around in his grip, turning the belly to belly…INTO A GERMAN SUPLEX!! Lashley is planted hard on the canvas, but the surprisingly athletic Joe keeps a bridge and keeps the hold on Lashley –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Lashley manages to roll the hold back over, to which Joe immediately jumps back on, turning his now grounded waistlock…INTO AN STF!! Joe rapidly going from move to move here, further cutting off the flow to Lashley’s head. The crowd is popping big at seeing the monster Lashley in a prone position, Joe telling Lashley ‘I’ll snap you in half, Bobby!’ Lashley doesn’t take to kindly to these words, struggling mightily to get to his feet. The power and prowess of Lashley allows him to eventually get to one foot with Joe still with his submission grip on lock, turning this now into A STANDING STF. As odd a move as this may seem, Lashley doesn’t stay in it long, snapping his leg free so he has a balanced base. Joe still has the facelock in, but Lashley takes his arms and starts to power the facelock off, the struggle between the two very evident. When he lifts the lock off enough, Lashley manages to deliver a hard elbow shot to Joe’s face, possibly stiff, sending Joe back a few steps. The crowd deflates back when Lashley is freed, Joe charging right back at the Perfect Warrior, but Lash catches Joe…T-BONE SUPLEX!! T-BONE SUPLEX!! Lashley flings Joe over his body like he’s nothing!! The impressive move may change the momentum yet again –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Joe wants to keep going!! Lashley has to shake some life back into his submitted limbs, but Joe has to struggle a bit to get back to his feet. Joe surprises Lashley by jumping on him pretty quickly and locking in another headlock, Lashley dropping to one knee momentarily before getting back vertical, the war machine that is Joe wrenching the headlock tight and making the veins on Lashley’s bald head pop out. Joe is perhaps keeping to his strategy to wear down The Dominator, Lashley now dropping down to one knee in lack of oxygen from the tight hold. A moment passes where Joe sells the intensity of the simple headlock, nearly wrenching Lashley’s head off, keeping him down…but Lashley has a burst of life, lifting Joe in his headlock over his shoulders…TORTURE RACK!! TORTURE RACK!! LASHEY’S GOT 280 POUNDS ON HIS SHOULDERS!!

Joe is in a great deal of pain here, Lashley even spinning some with Joe on his shoulders. The agony is written on Joe’s face, but he’s not screaming, merely gritting his teeth and taking the move. Lashley has an intense expression on his face literally trying to break Joe in half here. But Joe starts to fight out of the hold, twisting one of his knees free and starts STRIKING LASHLEY IN THE TEMPLE WITH HIS KNEES. The Dominator has no choice but to drop the big guy, Joe falling off his shoulders and packpedalling into a corner. Lashley shakes the cobwebs out of his head and rushes at the corner bound Joe, only for Joe to jolt from the corner and CATCHES THE CHARGING LASHLEY IN A RUNNING STO!! Lashley is thrown down against the canvas WITH AUTHORITY~! from the blow, but Joe’s agony is starting to mount and can’t immediately make a move to get back up, leaving both men lain on the canvas, the referee having to start the KO count…

…1!!



…2!!



…3!!



…4!!



…5!!


Joe gets back to his feet first, Lashley actually rolling to the outside upon getting enough in him. He grabs at what looks like a shoulder and leans on a barricade, so he’s not paying much attention when Joe spins and rebounds off the ropes and goes like a missile towards Lashley…ELBOW SUICIDA!! ELBOW SUICIDA…THAT DRIVES LASHLEY THROUGH THE BARRICADE!! THE VIROCITY!! Joe returns the favor of Lashley’s spear a few weeks ago by taking all 280 pounds of his mighty Samoan frame and crashing it all into the Perfect Warrior! This shouldn’t be a surprise for some people, considering the same move knocked down a steel cage door, but nonetheless, both men are absolutely sprawled out at the feet of several front row fans, the legions of fans behind them and around the arena screaming “HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!” While the crowd loses their shit and the commentators gush on the replays, the referee gets to his duties after being in awe himself, counting again, this time with the count out –

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!

…5!!

…6!!

…7!!

Joe lethargically gets to his feet and grabs Lashley, pulling up the full 270 pounds of dead weight…

…8!!

Joe rolls Lashley back under the ropes and he soon follows suit, making sure to cover Lashley –

1…

2…

3…NO!!

LASHLEY KICKS OUT!! The Real Deal is really giving Joe a great deal of trouble here, but Joe doesn’t cry over spilt milk when Lashley rolls up on all fours to try and get something back in him. Instead, Joe jumps on Lash and puts him in what looks like a front facelock again…but we quickly see that Joe has other means, pulling Lashley’s whole body in and wrapping his legs around the muscleman’s body – GUILLOTINE CHOKE!! GUILLOTINE CHOKE!! The same suffocating move Bryan Danielson tried to use on Lashley is now coming from a much bigger, much stronger opponent and could very well incapacitate the Dominator! All of Joe’s weight is pulling down on Lashley’s neck and windpipe, crushing any hope he has to breathe. Lashley is beginning to fade as Joe sells the intensity of the grip. As Joe tries to wrench Lashley’s throat into submission, Lashley gets a little bit of life in him by starting to get to his feet, Joe still latched on for dear life. Some in the crowd are awed by Lashley’s impressive strength here, now being able to stand completely upright with Joe putting all his weight on him. Joe realizes its not going anywhere anymore, dropping his feet but keeping the grip and perhaps looking for a suplex of sorts, but Lashley stops is and grapples his huge muscles around Joe…BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! Lashley’s strength impresses once again as he chucks Joe over his body, having to crawl a bit and shake the cobwebs out before covering Joe –

1…

2…

NO!!

Joe still has plenty of go left in him even after that display, Lashley delivering a hard series of blows to Joe’s head before trying to pull him up off the canvas. He doesn’t lift him very far, however, keeping Joe bent over and shoving him between his legs looking for a POWERBOMB…NO!! Joe won’t let him do that, instead popping up and keeping hold of Lashley’s arm, wrenching it as he goes under it, then pulls Lashley up on his shoulders with a short arm…SAMOAN DROP!! SAMOAN DROP!! It’s Joe’s turn to display some power as he crunches Lashley’s body beneath his on the big move, his turn to cover the big guy –

1…

2…

NO!!

Another kickout from his fellow Titan!! Although frustrated, Joe doesn’t do so much as bat an eye before being able to get to his feet, stalking Lashley as he tries to get back up. Lashley wobbles to his feet, Joe turning him around and hoisting him on his shoulders again, this time looking for the ISLAND DRIVER…but Lashley forces himself off of the Samoan’s shoulders before hoisting him on his own…DOMINATOR!! DOMINATOR!! THE RUNNING POWERSLAM CONNECTS!! The impact of slamming a near 300 pound man forces Lashley to recoil off the body for a mere moment, Lashley surprising everybody by covering the Samoan Badass here –

1…

2…

3…!!!

NO!!!

JOE ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! JOE ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! WOW!! Lashley is forced to sit up next to Joe’s body, staring daggers at him as if to want to just kill him for not dying. Lash doesn’t get downtrotted, however, as he takes several steps back and into a corner, his turn to now stalk Joe. Joe takes a while to roll over, get on all fours and start to get to his feet, the crowd growing more and more restless as he takes a step and turns around…Lashley CHARGES FOR A SPEAR…NO!! Joe doges it like a bullfighter, sending Lashley LIKE A MISSILE INTO THE UNFALTERING STEEL POST!! Lashley slips out of the corner gripping his decimated appendage, possibly dislocated, right into the clutches of Joe…ISLAND DRIVER!! ISLAND DRIVER!! JOE DRIVES LASHLEY’S HEAD RIGHT INTO THE CANVAS!! But Joe doesn’t go for a cover. Instead, he transitions immediately…INTO THE CLUTCH!! THE CLUTCH!! THE REAR NAKED CHOKE IS LOCKED IN!! All the circulation stopping moves have led to this! Lashley is dead in the water, but he struggles and puts up a fight, quickly fading as Joe sells the intensity of the choke, yelling that ‘I’ll end all of you!’ Lashley’s clenched fist show him not willing to give in, absolutely refusing to tap out…











LASHLEY FADES!! BUT HE DOESN’T TAP!!





LASHLEY’S MOTIONLESS!! THE REF CALLS FOR THE BELL!! JOE’S DONE IT!!

Here is your winner…SAMOA JOE via KO at (15:01)


Joe doesn’t let go of the hold immediately, instead, keeping it locked in for several seconds past the bell, roaring along with the crowd with the decision. The ref has to get down and make an attempt to pry Joe off of Lashley, who Joe just seems intent on legitimately strangling here. Joe finally does let go, throwing Lashley’s limp body from his grip and getting to his feet. The ref tries to take his wrist and lift his hand, but Joe snatches it from him and raises it himself before making his signature cut-throat motion

Joey Styles:
These two tanks knocked each other around, but when the battlefield smoke cleared, it was Samoa Joe who came out on top of this intense slugfest between two behemoths.

JBL:
Two tanks knockin’ each other around – how about two tank knockin’ over this arena! In the last couple of weeks, these two have wrecked the entrance ramp, the barricades, and now, they had t’go an’ mess with the barricades again!! We don’t have a battle arena big enough for these guys!

Joey Styles:
It was big enough for Samoa Joe to get perhaps the biggest win of his AOW career, because now we know more than anything that Samoa Joe is driven and will stop at nothing to remove what he calls scum from the AOW locker room.

JBL:
You’re just figurin’ that out, Joey? Whether Samoa Joe won or not, there’s no arguin’ the man is a machine on a mission. An’ yeah, The Worthy Legion may be the most talented alliance I have seen in all my years in wrestling, they might have to keep an eye in their rear view mirror for that big tank chuggin’ behind’em.

Joey Styles:
We can agree on that, partner – tonight is the night Samoa Joe puts not just the Worthy Legion, but possibly the entire AOW locker room on a very, very close watch.



~Backstage, the Green Zone interview set…


Steve Romero:
Steve Romero here at my first ever Supershow, hoping you all have had a happy holidays, but right now I’m here with my guest at this time –

~Romero is cut off by The Miz, who shoves Romero aside

The Miz:
You mean MY guest at this time!! Y’know what “Steve”, how about you stand back and see how a real professional does his job, alright? And you can go back to your paper route. So I’m Mike “The Miz” Mizanin here with my guest at this time, the undeserved number one contender for the AOW Dynasty Championship…CM Punk!

~Punk enters the frame, but he doesn’t have his smartass flair. Instead, he’s deathly serious, the side of his face with a big bruise from getting the bottles broken on the side of his face. He stares a hole through Miz with an intense gaze. Miz stares back with great fear, getting the fuck out of there before Punk beats him to a pulp. Romero graciously steps back into the scene

Steve Romero
:
Uh…Punk, in just a few short moments, you will face Muhammad Hassan for the AOW Dynasty Championship. Can you tell us maybe some final thoughts…?

~Punk stares at Romero with the same focused and angry glare as he did Miz, which visibly makes Romero very uncomfortable. Before Punk even says anything, he walks away from the scene, the same determination plastered on his face.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


Joey Styles:
Welcome back to AOW’s second ever Supershow, A Very Merry War, where if you’re just joining us, we’ve already seen un explosive action. The World’s Greatest Tag Team has already proven to the competition that they are still the best tag team in AOW, as well as a very big match won by Samoa Joe just moments ago.

JBL:
Those are two matches you’d never be able to see anywhere else on the planet, we gave’em to ya, an’ now we’ve got a match that’s been a long time comin’.

Joey Styles:
That’s right, Bradshaw. We talked about Samoa Joe being a purpose driven man here tonight, but there may not be a more driven man here tonight than CM Punk. He had to scratch and claw to get here for months and had to endure what happened to his good friend, Lance Storm, as well as defending the $50,000 Storm left to him from Hassan’s clutches.

JBL:
I’m gonna say the same thing I’ve been sayin’ for weeks – CM Punk is a hard worker, I’m not gonna take that away from him. But as my Grammy always said, work smarter, not harder. An’ Muhammad Hassan has definitely been the man to be smarter.

Joey Styles:
Christopher Thomas was the man who said that, John. Not your Grammy.

JBL:
Well he probably heard it from my Grams. The point I’m tryin’ to make is that Muhammad Hassan has done so much to CM Punk by doin’ so little. He’s worn Punk down for weeks to get what he wanted from Punk, an’ so even though Punk was named #1 contender, Hassan’s still got his number. He’s had a flawless plan so far to retain his title.

Joey Styles:
Well these two men despise one another with a passion and we’re not gonna waste another second in it – let’s show you just how much this feud has taken from both men.



**Video Package**

Before we see any images, we’re shown a blank screen before we hear the words of Muhammad Hassan…

“…you’re nothing but a street rat.”

We snap to an image of a stone plate, the engraving on it hidden by a shadow as we hear slow violin strings…

Narrator:
The Rat. The first symbol in the Chinese zodiac.


The shadow lifts away, showing an engraving on the stone of what looks like an elegant rodent

Narrator:
The Rat is said to be intelligent, cunning, and passionate


Clips show of CM Punk using his wit and intellect to throw Hassan over the top rope before fading to a shot of Punk passionate and pumped up

Narrator:
The Rat is also said to be very energetic and versatile, able to work their way out of any situation


Shot of Punk turning making a makeshift bulldog in his match with Paul Wright…

Narrator:
They must work very hard for what they desire most


Flashes of Punk facing all the men Hassan threw at him in the bounty hunt – Ken Doane, Shelton Benjamin, Brent Albright, Punk looking worse for wear with every passing week…

Narrator:
They are also masters of the mind game, being very calculative, yet impulsive creatures…


We see a shot from Punk and Hassan opening up the last Oblivion before tonight, Punk with a microphone…

Punk:
“To be ‘The Man’, you gotta beat ‘The Man’”… So you’ve officially done it, Hassan…you managed to beat “The Man”. So Hassan…as much as you don’t want to admit it…you’ve become exactly what you hate. You’ve become…“The Man”!!


Narrator:
But The Rat needs to be wary the most of one other creature…


Shot of Hassan standing in the ring with his Dynasty title as the strings stop…

Hassan:
My name is Muhammad Hassan and I am your Dynasty Champion.


Narrator:
The Dragon.

The strings pick back up, but much faster and intense

Narrator:
The Dragon in the zodiac can oppose The Rat. It can be very impetuous…


Hassan:
Give me back my damn money!!


Shot back to Hassan having to sign forms for those mysterious bank men…

Hassan:
You’d better get me a meeting with your boss.


Narrator:
Arrogant…


Hassan:
I’m a man in the very powerful position. I can do many things you never could.


A scene flashes of Hassan poking fun at Matt Sydal in their first meeting

Narrator:
Intolerant…


Shot of Hassan facing Lance Storm at World Ablaze, Storm kicking out and infuriating Hassan over the brink…

Narrator:
Cruel…


We stay in the match with Lance Storm, The Mercenaries holding CM Punk at ringside as the strings stop again and are replaced by an ominous hiss…

Hassan:
I want him to watch this!


Narrator:
Violent…


Time seems to stand still as Hassan nails Lance Storm with three consecutive and unmerciful Kligerman Drops, the audio echoing sickeningly with Punk forced to look on

Narrator:
…and tyrannical.


Rapid shots go by now of Hassan snapping on Punk in the Lucky 13 match, then having The Mercenaries jump him from behind, destroying his spine, before flashing to Hassan popping the mike of Punk’s head a week ago…

Hassan:
I told you, Punk, facing a man like me will take you places…


Narrator:
But worst of all, The Dragon can take advantage of The Rat’s vulnerability to self-destruction…


We get a close up shot of Punk’s ‘X’s before we go back to Hassan assaulting Punk, wrapping him in the ropes and pulling out the bottles of Jack Daniels…

Hassan:
But I never said they’d be places you were willing to go.


HASSAN FORCES THE LIQUOR DOWN PUNK’S THROAT!! We get meshed together shots of Hassan choking Punk’s mouth open, getting the second bottle, then continuing to pour it down his throat as the strings reach a climax…before they stop suddenly when Hassan BREAKS THE BOTTLES ON PUNK’S SKULL. The whole scene goes quiet again and is very muffled when Hassan reaches down and LOCKS PUNK IN THE CAMEL CLUTCH

Punk tries to bring himself to his feet after that intense beatdown, words of Hassan swarming through his head all at once…

“…the common, squeaky, pesky, little street rat that you are...”

“…facing a man like me will take you places…”

“…you’re selfish and conceded…”

“…what happened to Lance Storm was all. Your. Fault.”


We then get a shot of Punk bashing Hassan over the head with the $50,000 briefcase he wields, leaving Hassan in the canvas with Punk’s words swarming him…

“No, I’m not gonna pull any punches…”

“…you’re nothing more than a coward…”

“Yet here you stand with the Dynasty Championship. Undeservedly.”

“You’ve become exactly what you hate…!”


A rapid flurry of both men hitting many offensive maneuvers now, heavy strings and dramatic trumpets blaring in the background before we get two final images back to back – one of Hassan opening his arms with his title and one of Punk pumping his fist passionately before we cut to black –

Joey Styles:
Who will come away with the Dynasty Championship??

Dramatic flashes of both men again before we get a final, emphatic chord on a split image of both men with determined expressions

Narrator:
Only time will tell who gets to control their destiny as it is written in the annals…The Dragon…or The Rat…?


The shadow that we saw earlier conceals both men before the stone that showed the engraving earlier is replaced with a beautiful shot of the Dynasty Championship to the sound of victorious trumpets

**End Package**



Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall…and it is for the AOW DY-NASTYYYYYYYY CHAMP-IONSHIIIIIPPP!!

~Wild crowd roar

**MISERE CANTARE – THE BEGINNING**

The entire Hammerstein goes BALLISTIC, getting a pop that rivals Samoa Joe’s, as CM Punk bursts through the blood red curtain. He has the same determined look on his face as he did a moment ago, his $50,000 briefcase in hand, but he looks around the arena, the entire place rocking, many people stomping or clapping the rhythm to his theme song. Several folks in the front row are beating on the padding of some parts of the barricades. Punk takes a moment to look around the arena at what he’s seeing and hearing, a small smirk finally surfacing on his face before he gets to a knee, and takes it all in – “It’s clobberin’ time!!”


Tony Chimel:
Introducing the challenger - from Chicago, Illinois, weighing in at 222 pounds…CEE EM PUUUUNK!!

Joey Styles:
If that doesn’t say it, I don’t know what does – it’s clobberin’ time for CM Punk, time for him to avenge everything Muhammad Hassan has done to him over the last month and a half. Taking out his friend and mentor, Lance Storm, humiliating Punk at every turn, sneak attacks whenever he can, and last week, beating Punk down and forcing him to ingest alcohol.

JBL:
It’s not clobberin’ time, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time, Joey. Okay, so the kid’s been through a lot. Tough luck. No one’s gonna hand anything to you in this business. He wants his revenge, he wants that Dynasty title, he’s gonna have to fight tooth an’ nail for it just like everyone else.

Joey Styles:
And he has, John! Punk has fought harder than anyone in the company the last several months taking on every single challenge Hassan has thrown at him! You know that as well as I do.

“HILALIA, LALIA…”

**MAD MAN**


As Punk prepares in the ring with shadow boxing and twisting his wrists, that music hits to beget an entire arena full of heat for Muhammad Hassan, who actually is on his way down to the ring…on a swami’s throne? Hassan is in a chair being carried by four men on down to the ring, Hassan sitting in his big red chair with his Dynasty title in his lap. He takes in his glorious amount of heat by looking like a real evil mastermind, barley smirking as he sits


Tony Chimel:
And from Detroit, Michigan, weighing in at 242 pounds…he is the AOW Dynasty Champion…MUHAMMAD HASSAAAAANN!!

JBL:
Now here comes a man who knows how to put up or shut up. Punk is all talk, but when it comes down to brass tax, Muhammad Hassan always makes sure he shuts up everybody. He’s silenced Punk, he’s silenced these people that have patronized him, he’s silenced every doubter he had.

Joey Styles:
And that has contributed to him becoming exactly what he hates.

JBL:
That’s a crock an’ you know it. All this man has done is become a better man. If he was becoming something he hates, he’d be in that ring with tape on his wrists with stupid little ‘X’s on, greasy hair, an’ a service worker smile like that street rat in the ring. An’ Muhammad Hassan is nothing like CM Punk. I didn’t see Punk come in carried on a throne because he’s a success story! So until Hassan has to stoop down to that greasehead’s level, he is nothing like what he claims to hate.


Hassan actually stands up on the plateau of his throne, his Dynasty title in his hands as he opens them up to absorb the heat he’s getting before he wants to get in the ring…but CM PUNK HITS HIM OFF THE PLATFORM WITH A SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE!! AND WE ARE GO!!



~AOW DYNASTY CHAMPIONSHIP~


Muhammad Hassan(c) v. CM Punk



Punk immediately brings it to the Detroit native, Punk getting up on all fours from the impact of his move. Hassan has toppled over himself, the men holding his throne dropping it. Punk eventually gets all the way up and takes one of the men and chunks him towards the top of the ramp, prompting the other three to have ‘let’s get outta here’ reactions. Punk keeps the fire burning by taking the bewildered champion and delivering blow after blow that sends the crowd even more insane, prompting Punk to take up Hassan and THROW HIM AGAINST THE BARRICADE!! The diehard Hammerstein fans see the fire in Punk’s eyes and, as much as they admire him, want no part of the rage fueling him right now. Punk pulls Hassan’s headpiece off now, grabbing him by the back of his head and looks to CHUNK HIM INTO THE RING STEPS…NO!! Hassan stops him by getting his foot up and hitting Punk with a back elbow. All the while, referee Goose Mahoney is begging both men to get in the ring to officially start things, but Hassan doesn’t seem to adhere anymore than Punk does. As Hassan backs Punk away a few steps, he rushes back at Punk and hits him with a hard knee before trying to take Punk himself and CHUNK HIM NOW INTO THE STEPS…PUNK REVERSES AND CHUNKS HASSAN SUCCESSFULLY!!

Hassan actually goes up and over the barricade, flipping, as Punk roars in exhilaration. He finally heeds the ref’s adherence and steps into the ring, but he’s not wasting any time. He steps in and immediately starts stalking Hassan as he tries to recover. The crowd is still all behind Punk at the moment, as he gears up and gets ready for a SUICIDE DIVE ONTO HASSAN…but Hassan moves at the last second, right before Punk actually dives through the ropes. Punk is now veering through the middle ropes right at Hassan, a face as angry as hell looking down on him. Hassan returns to his feet from the dodge, looking right back at Punk with a bitter glance before hesitantly stepping up to the apron and staying there for a second, gauging Punk’s reaction. At Mahoney’s pleading, Punk takes several steps back away from the rope, but he never takes his eyes off Hassan.

As Hassan finally steps in between the ropes, we can hear him tell Punk to ‘back off’. Punk audibly, and very sarcastically shoots back “Oh, I’m so sorry. How selfish and conceded of me.” This gets a nice pop of laughter from those who can hear it, prompting an even bigger look of bitterness from Hassan. The two maintain their distance for only a moment before approaching center ring and getting the lock-up, Hassan soon shoving Punk off, shooting behind him, and giving him a hard forearm shot to the base of the spine. Immediately, Hassan shoots for the area Punk’s been weakened at the most over the last several weeks. As Punk screams in pain from the shot, he retaliates by swinging back around and trying to possibly wallop Hassan in the face, but Hassan dips again and once more, plants a forearm shot to Punk’s kidney area. Punk reels once more before trying to swing back around to Hassan, but Hassan ducks and backs away this time.

A bit of a cat-and-mouse (or, in this scenario, rat) game going on here, as Hassan steps back to open his arms to a great amount of heat, Punk tending to his lower back for just a moment and looks at him with distain. Hassan doesn’t even have time to drop his arms before Punk bulrushes right back after him, pounding Hassan with hard rights and lefts before trapping him in a corner and bashing away at him before the referee can get in there and stop him. A ridiculously pissed Punk very nearly punches the ref in the face for that, as Hassan uses his newfound space to immediately close it by BEHEADING PUNK WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! Punk didn’t see that coming, but the godly body of Hassan catches him by surprise, leading to the first cover of the contest –

1…

2…

NO!!

Punk throws the shoulder up quickly, but Hassan doesn’t waste any kind of time, taking Punk’s now exposed back and DRIVING KNEES INTO IT SEVERAL TIMES, forcing more heat, but also forcing more Punk screams. Hassan then drags Punk back to his feet before lifting and dropping him straight back with a belly to back suplex, Punk landing square on his spine. Hassan again tries for a cover –

1…

2…

NO!

Punk still has plenty of fight in him, but Hassan looks determined to drive all the fight right out of him as he delivers another club to the back as Punk tries to get to his feet. Hassan plants another blow for good measure before trying to hit Punk with what looks like a snap suplex, but Punk hooks his leg to stop him. Hassan tries to force the issue, but Punk floats over the top of Hassan and forces him around, giving him two chops to the chest before finishing the combo with a nice back kick to the midsection. Punk then attempts to toss Hassan into the ropes, but Hassan reverses the whip, sending Punk instead. When Hassan lowers his head, Punk pulls something out of his ass by hitting Hassan square in the face with a hard Masato Tanaka-like SLIDING FOREARM SMASH as he goes by!! Some old ECW fans in the Hammerstein like that one, as Punk now goes for his first cover of the contest –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Despite being caught very early, Hassan still has very much in him. Punk waits for Hassan to get to his feet before lifting him ON HIS SHOULDERS FOR THE GTS…but Hassan quickly slides off, again delivering a hard shot to Punk’s spine. He takes advantage of that and whips Punk hard into a corner, again hurting the back, Punk hitting the corner so hard and bouncing back to Hassan…BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! Punk is flung over Hassan’s head, the mad man back on the offensive –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Punk doesn’t want it to end like that! Hassan is a bit frustrated that it didn’t, taking Punk and torqueing him around until his back is open, driving SEVERAL REPEAT ELBOWS INTO PUNK’S SPINE!! The move has Punk yelping in pain, but just when it looks like he’s going to let go, he transitions the whole thing into a grounded abdominal stretch. Punk is griping as best he can, trying to wage forth the resolve he needs to get out of the energy draining maneuver. The crowd is trying to will Punk on, the straight-edge competitor feeling their support as he starts making his way back to a vertical base, Hassan keeping the hold locked in. Before he can deliver more shots to Punk’s spine, Punk fires back by freeing an arm and delivering several elbows to Hassan’s gut to try and get free. But Hassan surprises all in attendance when he turns his half abdominal stretch into a PUMPHANDLE PENDELUM BACKBREAKER!! Punk’s spine goes from coiling up to coming apart as he’s brought down HARD on Hassan’s knee, rolling off and gripping his back in pain. Hassan is quite proud of what he’s done, covering his prone challenger once more –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Punk will not end it this way! He pounds the mat to will himself to get back to his feet, Hassan right back on him, however, trying to keep the street rat from doing any kind of rising. He grabs at the ailing Punk’s hair, but Punk shows him the errors of doing so by pulling out a ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE HEAD OUT OF NOWHERE!! Hassan goes from the offensive to dropping back to the canvas hard, as Punk could be on the brink of turning the tables back around here –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Hassan makes sure to keep his title despite that heavy blow, trying to shake the cobwebs out and get back up on that one. Punk takes a breather to tend to his back again, approaching Hassan and nailing him in the gut with a blow from the knee, whipping him into the ropes. Hassan trying to literally launch himself at Punk on the rebound, but Punk keeps his head in the game and lowers his level before quickly coming up with HASSAN ON HIS SHOULDERS…GTS!! GTS!! GTS CONNECTING…BUT HASSAN FLOPS THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE AND TO THE FLOOR!! Punk is seen desperately trying to catch him before he trickles on through his fingers, but to no avail!! Hassan falls right to the floor, completely laid out. As the crowd groans in the same frustration Punk has on his face. As if some sort of metaphor for the way things have gone for Punk the last month and a half, he’s so close, but it’s always out of reach. He punches the mat in anger, but soon gets to his knees and tends to his back in the meantime, while the ref starts counting Hassan out –

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!
Hassan starts to stir a bit…

…5!!
{Get up!}

…6!!
{Get up, you bastard, I’m not done with you yet!}

…7!!

Hassan’s finally made it to his feet, but not without the aid of the announce table. As soon as he’s vertical, Punk wastes absolutely no time…SUICIDE DIVE!! SUICIDE DIVE!! PUNK AND HASSAN GO TUMBLING BACK DOWN TO THE FLOOR ON THE OUTSIDE!!

Joey Styles:
These two men want each other’s throats!! Who will be the one walking away with the Dynasty title? More Very Merry War is coming, so stay here!

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

Upon our return from the break we’re immediately greeted by the disturbing image of Hassan POWERBOMBING PUNK AGAINST THE BARRICADE!! What a way to return, as a replay goes nuts over it while also showing us what happened during the break – Hassan managed to move out of the way of a Punk attempt at the running knee against the pole, getting him control. As Punk has to tend to his back yet again due to that fierce impact, Hassan is in control even further, taking Punk and WHIPPING HIM VIOLENTLY AND SPINE-FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING STEPS. Punk gripes and grits his teeth, Hassan rolling back into the ring to absorb his heat momentarily before rolling right back out to possibly deal more damage.

As Hassan goes back to wanting to destroy the back and the fighting spirit of the proud professional wrestler, Punk finds something in him and starts fighting back once more. As the ref starts the count back over, Hassan tries to go back to work on Punk’s back by attempting to WHIP HIM INTO THE IRON POST…PUNK REVERSES IT AND WHIPS HASSAN INSTEAD!! Sheer instinct on behalf of Punk, who collapses onto one knee after chunking Hassan. Hassan doesn’t fall, instead, being somehow pinned right up against the post. Punk sees this and charges right at Hassan…RUNNING KNEE AGAINST THE IRON POST!! Hassan now drops like a stone as he might have a concussion, Punk falling onto the ring lip. He gingerly jumps down to grab Hassan and roll him back into the ring, rolling in after him and covering him –

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NO!!!

Hassan has some heart in him!! Punk has to look at the ref to make sure that wasn’t three, but goes right back to work when he sees its not. We can see the effect the moves have had on Punk’s lower back as he struggles to move around without holding it. He bends over to try and get Hassan to his feet…BUT HASSAN CATCHES HIM IN A SMALL PACKAGE –

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NO!!

Punk manages to unhinge the hold at the last second, both men rolling back up to their feet where Punk surprises Hassan with a blow to the gut before hooking both arms…DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER!! Punk delivers some back punishment right back to Hassan! But it takes a good bit out of Punk as well, forcing him to fall over, reaching exhaustion and great pain levels. Hassan tends to his back for the moment now, using a corner to get to his feet. The keen eyed street rat takes great note of this and launches himself at Hassan…ANOTHER RUNNING KNEE!! Punk looks towards the pumped up crowd, looking back now for the follow up BULLDOG…BACKDROP BACKBREAKER!! HASSAN VICIOUSLY COUNTERS!! Punk’s back is picked apart yet again, and the steam Punk tried to build so hard there is right back flat. Hassan rolls Punk back over now –

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3…NO!!

Punk throws up the shoulder to infuriate Hassan even further, leading to some stiff right hands right to Punk’s noggin. Hassan then forces Punk back to his feet and looks to go for the REVERSE STO, but Punk pushes him off and sends him into the ropes, Hassan ducking under a Punk clothesline attempt. Hassan rebounds once more, but this time, it’s Punk that ducks underneath a clothesline attempt, only to catch the incredibly momentous Hassan in a SNAP POWERSLAM!! Punk takes a moment to take that in and look towards the crowd, who are popping hard with Punk back in this. Punk flashes his signature smartass smile before throwing his arms out and pulling them under his cheek…it’s time to put someone to sleep. Punk stalks Hassan, gritting through all the pain he’s had to deal with so far and HOISTS HASSAN ON HIS SHOULDERS…BUT PUNK COLLAPSES!! THE WORK ON THE BACK HAS TAKEN IT’S TOLL!! Punk can’t hit the GTS his back is so torn up!! As Hassan falls right on top of Punk’s back, he immediately takes advantage of this…CAMEL CLUTCH!! CAMEL CLUTCH!! THIS COULD SPELL THE DEATH SENTENCE!!

All of the work on Punk’s back could lead to the end right here, as Hassan has the move fully involved and cocking Punk’s spine all the way back the way is shouldn’t go. The crowd is doing their best to try and will Punk on, but the pain is virtually too much. We can see him start to fade, but every time the man in stripes asks if he wants to stop, Punk refuses. Hassan is also selling the sheer intensity of the hold, ordering Punk to give in. Punk keeps his resolve and refuses to time and again, his face a beet red from the amount of blood and adrenaline pumping through him right now. He starts to crawl on his elbows towards some ropes, reaching desperately but not quite there. The pain stays written on Punk’s face as he tries with all his might to crawl a few more inches…

Reaching…

Arm full stretched…





NO!!

Punk’s hand drops!! It drops lifelessly down to the canvas, the crowd deflated in that this could be Punk’s last hurrah. Just when Hassan starts declaring victory, Punk’s drooped hand starts firming up and starts pushing up, as we see Punk possibly catching a second wind, the crowd trying to rally behind him by beating the barricades and stomping their feet once more to the tune of Misere Cantare –

*BOOM BOOM BOOMBOOM*
*BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM BOOM*
*BOOM BOOM BOOMBOOM*
BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM BOOM*


We can see Punk start to stand up, the crowd getting louder and louder with each centimeter he creeps up. We can hear him screaming as he virtually squats back vertical with Hassan, but before he can do anything beyond that, Hassan immediately shuts the crowd back down when he drops off Punk’s back and NAILS THE FINISHING TOUCH!! The high-speed spinning front facelock elbow drop plants Punk right back onto the canvas. Hassan looks down and laughs to himself before getting an incredibly sinister look in his eye and dragging Punk to his feet. He pulls Punk in his clutches and looks for the finishing REVERSE STO…Punk quickly shifts the grip and drops Hassan down…ANACONDA VICE!! ANACONDA VICE!! PUNK’S GOT IT IN!! Hassan is squirming around trying to find some way out, Punk’s exalting in extreme passion, possibly about to put Hassan away here…but then Hassan starts delivering sharp knees to Punk’s spine to get out of the hold, forcing him to break the vice and tend to his ailing spine. Punk can barely stand, but he manages to…RIGHT INTO THE REVERSE STO!! REVERSE STO!! Punk’s face has been driven and planted into the canvas, Hassan rolling the drug-free challenger over emphatically –

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NO!!!

PUNK ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! PUNK ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! HOW THE FUCK?? Hassan’s sickening look is one of absolute pure surprise now, completely befuddled by the fact that Punk could even gather himself to kick out of that in any way. Hassan is about to lose it, yelling at Mahoney for a terrible count. When Hassan turns back around to continue his onslaught on Punk, he’s caught completely off guard when Punk unleashes A STEP-UP ENZEGUIRI!! Punk pulls that one out of thin air, hopefully getting back into this thing. He falls flat on his stomach and crawl out onto the ring apron, Hassan getting back to his feet by crawling up the referee. Mahoney tells Hassan to get off, but Hassan is in Mahoney’s face and telling him he’d better count ‘a hellova lot better’, but as Hassan turns back to where Punk was…SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE…Hassan ducks…AND PUNK CLOTHESLINES THE REFEREE!! THE OFFICIAL IS BEHEADED!!

The crowd lets out a huge buzz as Punk comes down hard and looks at what he’s done. He tries to revive the ref for a second as Hassan creeps up behind him and pulls him back up, badgering him for knocking down the ref, but Punk responds by BASHING HASSAN RIGHT BACK IN THE FACE WITH A HARD RIGHT HAND!! Hassan is rocked and even rolls out of the ring. He gets a great deal of heat for that, as Punk now taunts him to get back in the ring. Hassan stares back at his challenger before motioning his arms towards the entrance ramp…AND HERE COME THE MERCENARIES. Burchill and Albright come stomping down the ramp, but they’re in no hurry. They get orders at the base of the ramp from Hassan before sliding into the ring…and Punk stumbles out? It’s not like Punk to run, but he goes by the timekeeper’s booth and pulls out his briefcase before sliding back into the ring. The crowd is buzzing over what’s going on here, with Punk calmly approaching Paul Burchill with the briefcase…and handing it to him!! The look on the champion’s face is absolutely priceless as he watches this transaction before him take place. Burchill nods his head before taking the briefcase and motioning for Albright to come with him…and they go walking right back up the ramp. Hassan stops them partway up when we get this audio –

“What the hell? I paid you two lots of money to be here!”

“Yeah. And he paid us lots of money to leave. Let’s go, Albright.”

HAHA!! HASSAN’S MONEY COMES BACK TO BITE HIM!! This is what Punk had been saving up for over a month – and out-gambit on the riches! Hassan is absolutely shocked at what just happened, looking back at Punk in the ring. Punk is flashing the biggest smartass smile we’ve seen on him as Hassan dashes back into the ring, Punk waiting WITH THE GTS…HASSAN TURNS IT INTO A DDT!! We do see that Punk’s back probably buckled on him again, Hassan very much effectively taking away both of Punk’s finishers here. The look on Hassan’s face is pure rage, as the crowd is deflated back after those hot few seconds. Hassan roams the outside for a brief moment before finding what he’s looking for – the Dynasty Championship. He slides back into the ring, the ref still dead, awaiting Punk to get back up. Punk grips his back as he uses the ropes to try and get back vertical…HASSAN BASHES THE TITLE OFF OF PUNK’S SKULL!!! Punk’s hair effectively sells that hard shot, his dark locks waving and covering his face as he goes down hard.

Hassan ditches the evidence with a sinister look and drags Punk back to his feet, revealing that Punk has been BUSTED OPEN. The ref finally comes to only to see that Punk is bleeding pretty baldy, but Hassan isn’t gonna stop there. He forces Punk up before gripping him in his clutches…and NAILING ANOTHER REVERSE STO. But oh no. He’s not gonna stop there, either. Mirroring the actions that led to Lance Storm’s destruction, Hassan pulls Punk up once more and drops back with YET ANOTHER REVERSE STO. But it wasn’t two consecutive STOs that put Storm on the shelf. It was three. With each time Punk’s face hits the canvas, the crowd gets more and more deflated as they know what the ultimate goal is. Hassan gets an psychotic twinge to his face as he picks Punk up one last time, but before he sets him up, he gets in his face –

You’ve become what you hate, Punk. You’ve become a failed professional wrestler.”

Hassan sets him up…but Punk miraculously starts to fight out!! The dead body of Punk looks like it has new life, delivering a hard elbow shot to the side of Hassan’s head before breaking the grip – SUPERKICK!! A LANCE STORM SUPERKICK FROM PUNK!! The crowd pops as they know exactly where that came from, Punk dropping flat back on the canvas after the impact. Hassan drops back as well, lights turned completely out. The crowd is going crazy as they see another window of opportunity for Punk through all he’s been through and what he just avoided, as he tries to pick himself up off the canvas, the crowd starts pounding and stomping again. We can see the blood dripping from Punk’s forehead before he lifts the hair out of his face and looks around him. He looks like he starts absorbing the sounds around him before getting a small lightbulb going off in his head. He exhaustingly walks over to Hassan on his knees, pulling the downed Muhammad up against some ropes. Punk himself then gets to his feet in a corner. What’s he setting up for here? The commentators point out that the GTS can’t be used, nor can the Vice, both for the damage Hassan’s exposed on Punk’s spine. What more can he do? Punk shows us exactly what he can do when he steps onto the middle turnbuckle and pulls Hassan up with him…before locking in some double underhooks. Some in attendance can see and are completely aware of what he’s looking for. But before anything happens, Punk yells towards the crowd the phrase that put him on the indy radar in the first place and possibly renewing his faith after Hassan’s previous beatdown –

“THIS!! IS!! STRAIGHT-EDGE!!”

PEPSI PLUNGE!!! PEPSI PLUNGE!!! PEPSI PLUNGE!! Punk drives Hassan’s face into the canvas with the massive move that gets the crowd just going nuts!! What a time to introduce that move to the mainstream wrestling scene! Punk’s back acts up a tad bit, but not enough for him to give up, crawling back up to his knees, throwing the half, and flipping Hassan over, the ref with the dramatic recovery count –

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Here is your winner and NEW Dynasty Champion – CM PUNK at (19:22)


Punk puts his hands in his hair in disbelief, the referee takes the Dynasty title and hands it to Punk, who is suffering from a mixture of complete disbelief, blood loss, and exhaustion. Punk lifts himself off of Hassan’s body holding the Dynasty Championship against his chest, his free arm opening up, his hand making a fist as we now get one hell of a picture of Punk on his knees, title on chest, arm open, and Punk exalting in victory as blood goes pouring down his face. He finally has it in him to stand with the help of Mahoney, who raises his hand. Punk follows up by continuing to exalt and lifts the title high in his other hand.

Joey Styles:
He did it!! He did it!! CM Punk has overcome every single obstacle that’s come his way - the blood, the sweat, the tears, everything is in that ring right now – this ladies and gentlemen is exactly what CM Punk was talking about. He’s here to be a professional wrestler and this is the pinnacle of being a pro wrestler – standing in the middle of that ring and holding gold high!

JBL:
I demand a rematch!! He paid off those ungrateful Mercenaries! Did no one else see that? He made a dirty deal right in front of God an’ everyone in New York to get that title! This is blasphemy to the art of professional wrestling! This is an outrage!

Joey Styles:
No, John, you didn’t hear Punk? This isn’t an outrage, this isn’t blasphemy – THIS. IS. STRAIGHTEDGE!! And this is what CM Punk has talked about since the day he set foot in AOW. No smoke and mirrors. No bells and whistles. Just all the effort in the world in order to win a war and be able to call yourself the very best the world can offer.

JBL:
Oh yeah, go ahead. You an’ the rest of these stompin’ an’ clappin’ hooligans keep cheerin’ on some simpleton bastard who pulled the wool over all your eyes an’ made you believe he deserved the title.

Joey Styles:
Bradshaw – just SHUT THE HELL UP!! This kid has worked tooth and nail for months on end and as endured a great deal to get that victory tonight. You can hate him in the morning, and you can keep on irrationally bashing this young man next week and calling him whatever you want, but for right now, and hopefully a long time, all you can call CM Punk is your NEW Dynasty Champion!



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*Video Package*

We enter a scene that looks like a desolate, barren stairway that appears to be in a cold, dark place. We hear footsteps before we can see the boots of whoever is making those steps at the top of the stairwell, but we don’t get a look at their face. We do see, however, that whoever they are is wearing a dark longcoat and we can tell the voice is a male’s…

Voice:
It’s been said that humans at their core are very hateful creatures.


The boots begin making their descent down the winding stairwell

Voice:
We lie to ourselves in trying to take refuge in these things that make us think otherwise.


More steps down…

Voice:
Like faith.


Another step…

Voice:
And hope.


Another step…

Voice:
And morality.


Another step, bringing the boots to another platform, but he continues on down. Before he does, the camera angle goes up above his knees now, on his torso, right underneath his neck and bare upper body…

Voice:
I find it quite humorous that people have their small visions of right and wrong and expect the entire world to bend to their laws.


Another set of steps down…

Voice:
This world is not as black and white as you people make it out to be.


The longcoated man is almost at the end of the stairs…

Voice:
And whether you like what I’m saying or not, you’d better lean to accept it. And whether you like me or not, you’d better learn to accept that I’m right.


Only one step from the end…

Voice:
But judging from what I’ve already said, I know you don’t like me. But I don’t need your sympathy or your pointless judgments of character.


The very shady figure finally reaches the end of the stairwell, the camera shot lifting all the way up to his face, revealing a man with very dark hair, dark facial hair, possibly mascara and eye shadow on to make him look all the more dark to go with his long, black longcoat. This very dark figure is recognized by some, but he soon lets us know who he is –

Man:
My name is Tyler Black. And I. Don’t want you. To like me.


**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


~Backstage, in a quiet locker room area…

We come back to the aforementioned very still locker room area, where the only thing we see is Shawn Michaels sitting in a chair, slumped over, hands clasped together and his head down. This is a side of Michaels we haven’t seen at all, quite possibly a man who has finally taken it all in that tonight could be his final night worth anything. He’s fully dressed in ring gear although he’s wearing a T-shirt, before slowly making his way up and walks up to an actual locker. He takes the shirt off and throws it in there…but in the locker there’s a small mirror that stops Michaels in his tracks. We can see him staring at it for several seconds, the camera view focusing purely on HBK’s reflection. His expression is incredibly stoic before we see him turn away from the mirror as though he’s unimpressed at what he sees. The sound of Michaels turning around and walking away is the last we hear as we fade away…

~Back to ringside…


Joey Styles:
Wow…I don’t think we’ve ever really seen Shawn Michaels that shaken since he’s stepped into AOW.

JBL:
I think it really is finally hittin’ him, Joey. Tonight could be the last night we get to see the Showstopper do exactly that.

Joey Styles:
Indeed partner, that huge AOW Championship match against the mastermind Chris Jericho is coming up later tonight, but right now, we’ve allotted this time for a man who hasn’t been here in several weeks to come out and speak what’s on his mind.

JBL:
Yeah, well, that’s if he knows what’s even in his mind.

Joey Styles:
That can be argued. Several weeks ago after being, well, screwed out of the AOW Championship on two different occasions, the man we know as Rob Van Dam lost the opportunity to even compete for the title or any title at all. As a result, RVD also seemed to lose himself to a very disturbing degree.

JBL:
His wife can’t even look at him the same way, Joey. An’ I know how much this business means to the pride an’ the ego of the men who do it, I can attest to that. But I would’ve never thought about what’s goin’ on in this guy’s mind.

Joey Styles:
And last week, it sort of got much worse. Rob was in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia where he created so many memories, but now he can’t seem to recall any. But he also told us in that message that he’d be here tonight and let us know exactly what’s going on with him.

JBL:
In that message last week, Joey, I think RVD already let us know what’s on his mind – the artist formerly known as Rob Van Dam…may very well be dead.



As if on cue, a great deal of buzz is heard when someone wades through the blood-red curtain, no entrance music or anything. The crowd that recognizes him goes from a buzz to a huge pop, as we soon get a focus on him in Rob Van Dam. RVD’s wearing an airbrushed T-shirt and some jeans, nothing formal or wrestling oriented. While Styles and JBL wonder why he doesn’t have any theme music, the crowd begins a roaring “RVD!! RVD!! RVD!!” chant that spreads all over the arena until there isn’t a single person in the arena who is rapidly pointing their thumbs towards each other and chanting his name. The look on Van Dam’s face isn’t one sharing in the enthusiasm, however, as it’s fairly blank and almost sullenly bewildered in that he doesn’t know what’s going on. He steps into the ring armed with only a microphone and his blank face, taking in the calamity around him for several seconds before lifting the microphone to his face, gradually hushing the crowd.

RVD:
I’m not…um…I’m not the guy all of you are chanting for. And I don’t think I’ll ever be that guy again.

~A bit of buzz and “what’re talking about, Rob?”

RVD
:
It’s no real secret that a few weeks ago, the guy you guys all know as Rob Van Dam failed in his last shot at the AOW Championship, and because of that, lost the right to be the life and blood of this company.

~More unsure buzz

RVD
:
For most of that career, RVD was never much of a talker. Yeah, he’d be the first guy to brag or throw his name in the hat, but other than that, he wouldn’t say much because he didn’t need to. So in his honor, I think I’ll keep this short and simple.

~RVD looks a bit more emotional

RVD
:
To put it frank, the Whole F’n Show is over. Mr. Wednesday Night is no more. The dude known as Rob Van Dam is dead and gone and all that’s left…is me.

~There’s a universal “no” from the crowd

RVD
:
And not to mess with you guys, but there’s no amount of chanting and pointing that’s gonna bring him back.

~This of course goads the entire crowd to do one thing – get their thumbs pumped and start chanting all over again, the whole show seemingly stopping for an eternity as Rob looks around the arena once more at the Hammerstein faithful chanting “RVD!! RVD!! RVD!!” one more time. But after a moment or so, he gets a look of anger on his face and almost shrieks into the microphone…

RVD
:
STOP IT!! STOP IT!! No more chanting! No more thumbs!! Just STOP ALL OF IT!!

~The crowd is seriously taken aback; so much so, there’s even some heat thrown in there. The look on Rob’s face is that of a sad and angry man now, breathing hard and almost begging…

RVD
:
No more. Please no more…

~This plea is followed by Rob putting his head down and putting a hand through his hair, pulling out his signature ponytail…and letting his hair fall

RVD
:
If I can’t be the blood that pumps through AOW, then I don’t deserve to be here. I don’t deserve your chants, I don’t deserve another shot…I don’t deserve anything because I don’t even know who I am anymore.

~Even more buzz…what’s he talking about?

RVD
:
But what I do know is that if I don’t know what to do or who I am…then I shouldn’t be here. I’m here to say that from today forward, the name Rob Van Dam is no more because he is…well, he’s retiring.


A HUGE “NO!” bursts from the crowd, causing a great deal of noise following it, RVD keeping a sullen face and not really changing. The entire crowd now changes their tune to chants of “DON’T GO, ROB!! DON’T GO, ROB!! DON’T GO, ROB!!” Before RVD can lift the mike to his lips to further explain himself, a haunting tune goes over the sound system that stops everyone in their tracks and gains an impressive amount of heat…

“MY NAME IS FINLAY. AND I LOVE TA FIGHT”

**LAMBEG**


…and the entire arena slinks into a groan on top of that heat, as RVD looks up the ramp with some distain as Finlay comes right on through that curtain in his usual competition attire, his shillelagh in one hand and a microphone in the other. A great deal of heat keeps pouring down as he marches into the ring, all of that coming from cutting off this big moment…


Finlay:
No.

~Finlay and RVD stare at each other for a moment

RVD
:
What’re you talking about, dude?

Finlay:
I said no. You’re not retiring.

RVD:
That’s not really your decision –

Finlay:
Oh isn’t it? Who is the one who drove you to this in the first place? Huh? Maybe it’s time I finally shed some light on why I drove you all the way to this gibberish you’re yappin’ now.

~RVD might know what he’s talking about there, looking Finlay in the eye

Finlay:
You say you don’t deserve anything – well you’re spot on. You never deserved any of those championship matches you’re whining about losing.

~Finlay’s all up in RVD’s face at this point, Van Dam looking more confused than anything

Finlay:
I have never been pinned. I have never been made to submit. I have been here just as long as you, yet you’re the one who kept getting opportunity after opportunity. And I was done with it. You needed to get to the back of the line. So I took matters into my own hands…

~Finlay lifts up his wooden staff and holds it right next to RVD’s temple

Finlay:
So yeah. That’s why I cost you your big match, Robbie. That’s why you’re here. Because of me. I made you this way. So I get to decide when you leave.

~Van Dam is staring pretty hard back at Finlay, both men extending their natural range on the mike here…

Finlay:
But this isn’t what I wanted. No. I wanted to break you. I wanted to mangle you, give you no choice but to call it quits. But right now, you want to go on your own terms. You. Broke. Yourself. And I can’t have that.

RVD:
So me leaving isn’t good enough, huh? Even when I say I have to walk away. Even when everything I’ve done is cancelled out. Even when I told all of you that Rob Van Dam is dead –

Finlay: (Roaring)
NO! Rob Van Dam doesn’t die until I say he does!!


SHILELAGH SHOT TO THE SKULL!! FINALY STRIKES VAN DAM IN THE TEMPLE WITH THE STAFF!! Van Dam goes down hard, earning more than his fair share of heat for that one. RVD collapses at Finlay’s feet, the Fighting Irishman looking down at his prey with a heap of intensity. But he doesn’t look to be done. He drops his microphone and staff before pulling the possibly concussed RVD to his feet before setting him up on his shoulders – CELTIC CROSS!! CELTIC CROSS!!! RVD is absolutely driven into the canvas with the move! The crowd is throwing even more heat towards him now, as he stoically just looks down at the limp body of RVD, who could really be dead this time. Finlay just takes up his shillelagh and smirks before walking back through the ropes and back up the ramp, no remorse whatsoever on his face. No music plays or anything, just the final shot being Finlay marching to the top of the ramp in pride as officials begin checking on RVD’s health…


Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re introduced back to the hustle and bustle of the New York city life, several fast forwarding shots of people crowding Times Square in droves, taxis stopping and starting in blurs that go on down the streets. It doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary until everything stays fast forwarding…but we focus on a figure in a full on workout outfit – black sweatpants and a black hoodie. The man is the only thing going in slow motion as he’s jogging, while everything else is going very quickly past him. He man has his hood up, so we can’t see his face, but we can see the bottom portion of his face, showing us an African American male with some impressive facial hair. We also get to hear that the man has a very tropical accent…

Hooded Man:
I’ve come a long way just to be here.


We flash to a shot behind the man, revealing that the back of his hoodie has the flag of Jamaica on it

Hooded Man:
Born from a Ghanaian noble father an’ a Jamaican royal blood mother, I know luxury an’ I know what the easy way looks like.


We flash back to the side of the slowly jogging Jamaican/Ghanaian crossbreed, the city still swarming around him

Hooded Man:
If there’s one t’ing I didn’t want, it was doin’ not’ing, but havin’ everyt’ing.


We continue to follow him, but as we do, it appears storm clouds gather above

Hooded Man:
I escaped dat life because here, I was promised somet’ing more. An’ I want it. No matta the storm.


The skies open up, letting rushed rain fall down on the fast motion city folks, many of them now clearing the streets, but our slow joggin’ hooded man stays the same pace, the raindrops not seeming to touch him

Hooded Man:
I’m here because I was promised competition. I’m here because I was promised wrestling greatness.


The hooded man suddenly stops jogging…because in front of him is a little boy with a baseball cap and glove on, face splattered by the rain…

Hooded Man:
I’m here because I want betta.


On that note, the hooded man unzips his hoodie, revealing a very nice physique, but then he reaches into his inside pocket and pulls out…a muddy baseball. He hands it to the little boy, whose face lights up, even in the rain. He runs off, everything around the hooded man seeming to go in slow motion now as he seems to be in regular motion. He looks up from where he’s standing, taking off his hood to get a good look at what’s in front of him and us to get a good look at his falling dreadlocks.

Hooded Man:
I’m here because I want to be the best. An’ I’ve come from the corners of the Earth to prove it.


The final image we get is that of this man staring up in the rain at the building before him…being none other than the Hammerstein Ballroom. The man flashes a very bright and accomplished smile before we cut away to a black screen –

KOFI KINGSTON
COMING SOON TO AOW…



**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


Joey Styles:
Welcome back to the show folks, where we have had a huge show to this point, but a few moments ago we got a huge wake-up call from the usually silent assassin in Finlay, but Finlay essentially exploded on Rob Van Dam after RVD announced his plans of retirement.

JBL:
An’ y’know, Finlay has a real strong argument. Rob Van Dam, as much as he looks like he’s doubted himself for weeks, is just takin’ the easy way out. So he can’t fight for any more titles an’ he’s just takin’ his toys an’ goin’ home. Finlay had every right to come out here and whip him back into shape.

Joey Styles:
I vehemently disagree, partner. What Rob Van Dam choses to do with his career for his own personal health should be nobody’s business but Rob Van Dam’s. What happened may have involved Finlay, but Finlay can’t take all that credit. Rob Van Dam deserves to have a say in his own mental health.

JBL:
You fall in love with some selfish guys, you know that, Joey? First CM Punk an’ now Rob Van Dam.

Joey Styles:
John, if I loved selfish men, I’d ask you to marry me first.

JBL:
Drop to one knee an’ see if I don’t clothesline you to Hell.

Joey Styles:
All that aside, ladies and gentlemen, many of you may have heard about one of the most talked about things in the wrestling world right now and that is Art of War Wrestling’s announcement that we will be having the pro wrestling world’s first ever ‘offseason’. We work our hardest here at AOW to bring you innovations in the world of wrestling. For more details on how the offseason will be run and set up, you can log on to aohdubya.com backslash ‘offseason’.

JBL:
If the offseason’s in a couple of months, that must mean that tonight is the playoffs. An’ our main event is the definition of a big time, do-or-die championship match.

Joey Styles:
It does indeed, because it’s win or go home for the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels. If HBK doesn’t walk away from this match with the AOW Championship, then by a clause in his contract, he can no longer compete in AOW. The tension between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho expands beyond the title, both men experiencing a great deal of doubt in the last several weeks. But let’s get a look back at how the stakes got so high.



**Video Package**

We open to multiple images of Shawn Michaels, each one flashing by with mystique, matching music playing

Joey Styles:
He is the one, the only Showstopper…


We freeze on an image of Michaels doing his signature pose

JBL:
There’s no one who comes up bigger than the Heart Break Kid…


The mystical music continues when we’re brought to the image of Michaels making his AOW debut on our pilot episode, the crowd exploding, but all we get is the unified motion of everyone in the Hammerstein jumping to their feet, as their noise is drowned out by the majestic sound…

CM Punk:
There isn’t a guy I’d rather watch out there than Shawn Michaels.


As Punk’s image and voice fades away, we’re brought to a slow motion image of Michaels tuning up the band…

Bryan Danielson:
I can’t really explain an idol coming to life every day you’re at work.


Michaels meets Danielson on the first day of AOW

Gregory Helms:
It’s like someone told me Superman was real and he’d be in the cubicle next to me.


We see Helms for the first time in a few months fade away as Michaels comes storming down the ramp at the first ever Supershow

Harry Smith:
When you come from a wrestling family, you think you get used to it all and maybe have seen it all…


We get a snapshot, non-WWE owned picture of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart nose to nose

Harry Smith:
…but then you see Shawn Michaels in that ring and you know you’re in for something you’ve never seen before


Michaels hits his signature kip up as the crowd explodes

Paul London:
To tell you the truth, he’s the greatest of all time. Always has been to me.


Michaels struts on down the ring at World Ablaze with his referee uniform on

…suddenly the majestic music stops


Chris Jericho:
Shawn Michaels is nothing more than a disgusting human being that has brainwashed these people into feeling sorry for him


We end the thoughtful career retrospective of Michaels and are brought to Jericho and Michaels in the ring the week after winning the #1 contendership

Chris Jericho:
Let me give you a history lesson, Shawn. The very first episode of AOW Wednesday Night Oblivion. August 22, 2007 – the day wrestling changed forever.


We get a colorless flashback image of the final four that night – Lashley, Van Dam, Jericho, and HBK, the latter two men the only ones in the shot with any kind of hue

Chris Jericho:
On that night, I was crowned the first and greatest ever AOW Heavyweight Champion.


Jericho is handed the AOW title and celebrates in all his glory

Chris Jericho:
Do you remember how I won that title, Michaels? I made you tap out.


A small rewind occurs that shows Michaels in the Liontamer and does, indeed, tap out to Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho:
It ate at you so much considering in your contract, it stated if you didn’t win the title before the end of the year, you could no longer compete in this ring.


We get a shot of Michaels taking that in…

Chris Jericho:
And every moment since, you have been alone, Michaels. You were supposed to be at the top, and you failed. You spit in the face of everybody in that locker room.


Michaels is seen sneaking back into the ring in the Lucky 13 match, Samoa Joe’s eyes plastered right on him

Chris Jericho:
And then you went and screwed Rob Van Dam, proving you would do whatever it took to selfishly get what you wanted.


Lashley gores RVD through a table, Michaels counting to three on RVD

Chris Jericho:
So between all those things, Michaels, it is safe to say you are completely and utterly…alone.


…alone…

…alone…


We now shift to Michaels standing in front of himself in Jericho’s mirror, cutting a promo on the one man who has affected his career the most…himself

Shawn Michaels:
…you were the one who made me hate me.


A shot shows of Michaels from the late-90s

Shawn Michaels:
Because what everyone’s saying is right. And so here you are. You say you’ve changed, but you’re full of shit.


The shot of Michaels in his old gear shifts to present time, him standing in the center of the ring taking a long hard look at himself.

Shawn Michaels:
But who exactly are you now? Who exactly am I now? I’ll tell you exactly who I am. I’m the guy who came back when they told him he’d never wrestle again.


Shots go by of Michaels executing his legendary elbow drop and gets fired up

Shawn Michaels:
I’m the guy who has put on the best damn show these people have ever seen in their lives. I’m the guy who has atoned for his sins and been made a new man.


Michaels makes it on over to a corner and starts tuning up the band emphatically…

Shawn Michaels:
I’m the guy who has spent the last several years of his career making up for who I was then.


Michaels kicks Paul Burchill’s head off and covers him for the emphatic win

Shawn Michaels:
I’m the guy who is gonna walk out in two weeks-time still having the best damn career anyone would ask for!


MICHAELS KICKS JERICHO’S HEAD OFF!! He then wastes no time and CHUNKS JERICHO THROUGH THE MIRROR!! Michaels poses in victory as we fade away, but we still hear the voice of Shawn Michaels…


Our father…whoart in heaven…hallowed be thy name…

A scene in the dark shows of Michaels at prayer, sitting by himself

Thy kingdom come…thy will be done…on Earth as it is in heaven…

Michaels is now on the entrance stage, his arms open in the crucifix position and embracing a heavenly light

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses…

Michaels stares blankly and begs Jericho “no” after Lashley spears RVD…

…as we forgive those who trespass against us…

Michaels is driven into the canvas by Samoa Joe, speared by Lashley, and Codebreakered by Jericho

Lead us not into temptation…

A camera shot circles a very stoic looking HBK

But deliver us from all that is evil…

Michaels gets driven through the announce table by Paul Wright…

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory…

Michaels circles with his arms open

…forever and ever

Joey Styles:
If Shawn Michaels loses this match, he loses the chance to compete ever again. His career is essentially over!


Michaels looks defeated in the dark, but gets up and starts walking away into the only light in the scene – a doorway with a white light shining through it…

Amen.

Michaels walks through the light, but he doesn’t shut the door, his silhouette basking in the glow of glory as we finally fade away…


**End Package**


A great deal of hush comes over the entire arena before it all comes undone with the sound of ladies having an orgasm…

**OH…OH…SHAWN!!**

**SEXY BOY**


…and the Hammerstein Ballroom comes absolutely UNGLUED. Part of it has to be the mood whiplash of the sincere video package we just saw and what happened to RVD not to long before, but the other part is just the presence of the legend himself. He bursts through the curtain with the most jubilant expression we’ve ever seen on the face of the Heart Break Kid, taking in the immense ovation he’s getting. He stops on the entrance ramp and just looks all over the arena, just living in what could be his final moment. HBK snaps out of his trance and rushes towards the ring, sliding in and getting pumped up all over again, spinning with his arms open and held high.


Joey Styles:
There’s never been a bigger do or die time for Shawn Michaels than what is just about to happen –

JBL:
I’m sorry Joey, I can’t hear a word you’re sayin’. This place just got the roof blown clean off!

Joey Styles:
And as well it should! If this is fittingly the last hurrah for Shawn Michaels, he deserves a venue that all the world can peer into! For us, this may be another Shawn Michaels spectacle, but to the Showstopper himself, it’s gotta be the spectacle.

JBL:
It is Shawn Michaels last chance to prove to everyone not just how great a legend he is, but to keep that legend going.


**KING OF MY WORLD**


The Saliva theme booms over the sound system for the second time tonight, much this time to much more heat, and interrupts any good feeling for Michaels as AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho comes on through the red curtain, Just as proud and pompous as ever. He turns his nose up to the crowd as he walks down the ramp, Paul “The Great” Wright following not too far behind. But interestingly about halfway down the ramp, Jericho looks over his shoulder at Wright…and the big man walks away?? Wright goes galumphing right back up the ramp.


Joey Styles:
It looks like Chris Jericho thinks he has what it takes to end the career of Shawn Michaels by himself!

JBL:
It’s pure mind games, Joey. Just because it looks like Shawn Michaels has kept Chris Jericho out of his mind, you look in HBK’s eyes, an’ I know Jericho’s in there. An’ Jericho knows it too.

Joey Styles:
Well, there’s one thing we haven’t talked about, JBL, and that’s that we’ve mentioned how much is on Shawn Michaels’ shoulders and how much he’s gone through just to get here. But what about Chris Jericho? Does the champ feel even more pressure than he ever has before? I mean, not only does he have to retain his AOW Championship, but the chance to end the career of Shawn Michaels has to put some kind of weight on a guy’s shoulders.

JBL:
Those would be the concerns of a regular, unworthy man. But that’s not who our AOW Champion is. He is an undisputed champion, The Worthy Champion. Doing things above and beyond everything any of us can comprehend is what he does best. Merely beatin’ Shawn Michaels isn’t gonna be an easy feat, but it’s nothin’ to him.


Jericho and Michaels meet the center ring, Jericho’s smug look becoming a scowl as he clutches his title over his shoulder with Tony Chimel being the only voice to interrupt the undeniable tension between the two.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall…and it is for the AOW HEAVYWEEEEEEEIIIGHT CHAMP-IONSHIIIIIIIPP!!

~ENORMOUS pop

Tony Chimel:
First, introducing the challenger – from San Antonio, Texas…weighing in at 221 pounds…the Heart Break Kid – SHAAAAWWWWN MIIICHAAEELLS!!

~Huge pop as Michaels just stares daggers into Chris Jericho with a slight smirk

Tony Chimel:
And from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, weighing in at 223 pounds…representing the Worthy Legion, he is the AOW HEAYWEEEEEEIIIIGGGHHT CHAMPION…CHRIIIIS JERICHOOOOOOHHHH!!


A whole new raging round of heat for Jericho as he looks back at Michaels with a very intense look on his face, Jericho for the first time walking into a title match not being the most confident one…but he still looks back at Michaels with a smirk of his own. He slings the title from over his shoulder and kisses the main plate before handing it to Ray Ramsey, who hoists it high above his head signifying that this is for the highest prize in all of AOW


AOW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

~If Shawn Michaels loses, he can no longer compete~



The Worthy Champion
Chris Jericho(c) v. The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels


Jericho and Michaels stand center of the ring right underneath where the title was just held. The two are standing nose to nose and staring through each other, both of their smug expressions fading by the second. They dissolve into an incredibly intense staredown, Jericho with his signature scowl, and Michaels’ face degenerating into a near blank state, almost a tranquil fury. Has it finally dawned on him that this could be the final crusade…? Whatever his feelings are, he and Jericho keep staring at each other and backing away, almost like a scene from an old western. They don’t keep their distance for very long, as both men immediately step forward and initiate a tight lock-up that sees Jericho jump ahead with a headlock. He pulls Michaels over with a headlock takedown, but Michaels quickly gets out of that predicament with some headscissors that forces Jericho to undo his hold.

The two quickly get to their feet and start from square one, again getting a lock-up. Jericho looks to go for another headlock, but Michaels ducks underneath the attempt this time and looks right back at Jericho with CHOP(Woooooo!) that stuns Jericho long enough for Michaels to open his chest back up for another CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends Jericho reeling into a corner this time. Michaels steps over to the corner to possibly continue an onslaught onto Jericho, but Jericho whips out of the corner and swaps places with Shawn, the Worthy Man now on the offensive. He now takes the chance to hit Michaels with a CHOP(Wooooo!) that echoes through the arena. But HBK doesn’t reel for long, grabbing Jericho and turning their positions once again, Jericho back in the corner, where Michaels returns the favor with another CHOP(Wooooo!).

And the two continue the rotating door of backhand knife edges when Jericho does the same thing, yanking Michaels by the collar and putting him in the corner, nailing yet another CHOP(Wooooo!). The pace of the two quickens now, as their stunt and recovery times seem to shorten, Michaels again spinning Jericho back into the corner to deliver another harrowing CHOP(Wooooo!) Again, the tempo quickens – Jericho CHOPS…Michaels CHOPS…Jericho CHOPS…Michaels CHOPS…they keep it going until the motions resemble less of a revolving door and more of an aspiring tornado. The motion goes so fast after several turns, that Jericho doesn’t even notice when Michaels dips out of the corner mid-sequence, leaving Jericho to chop nothing but air and turning himself into the corner. Michaels then takes Jericho and tries to whip him into the opposite corner, but Jericho reverses the whip and sends Michaels’ back knocking out of the corner so hard, HBK ricochets out, Jericho rebounding behind him, looking for the ONE-HANDED FACEBUSTER…but Michaels takes Jericho’s momentum and whips him across the ropes, and on the rebound, hits Jericho one last massive CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends Jericho flat and gets a pop from the crowd for that rapid-fire sequence.

Jericho springs back up, but he’s clutching is chest from the obvious chop burns he’s endured thus far. Michaels takes him and tosses him back into the ropes looking for something else, but he gets a kick to the face on the rebound. Jericho follows that up by pounding a fist off the side of Michaels’ face, forcing Michaels to drop. Jericho then drops down quickly and drives a knee into the chest of Michaels before standing back up and arrogantly sticks a boot in Michaels’ face. This gets him a ripe round of heat, but he doesn’t seem to care, as his attempts to get into Michaels’ head haven’t stopped just because he’s seemingly failed at every turn before the bell rung. Michaels swats away Jericho’s boot and gets back to his feet, but Y2J is waiting with forearm smash, Michaels replying with a hard shot of his own. This creates some space between the two, Michaels instantly closing it by rushing back towards Jericho, who dodges Michaels by tossing him over the ropes…but Michaels grips onto the top rope and lands on the apron! But as soon as he looks up from successfully holding on…TRIANGLE DROPKICK!! Jericho hits the beautiful move and causes Michaels to drop to the floor. The referee takes a moment to look out and see if Michaels is okay, but Jericho pulls him from between the ropes and grips at his collar screaming at him “What are you waiting for?? Count!!” Jericho wants to win this thing by whatever means necessary! Ray Ramsey gets to it –

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!

Michaels is back on his feet and using the ring apron to possibly get back in this thing, but he’s rudely greeted by a Jericho BASEBALL SLIDE…but Michaels dodges it! Jericho comes sliding aimlessly to the outside, starting the count over, but Michaels takes the momentarily bewildered Jericho and gives him a pair of hard shots to the head before taking it and BOUNCING IT OFF THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! The ref admonishes him for this, but Michaels doesn’t seem to care, as he’s here for one thing and one thing only. He takes Jericho back in his hands and prepares to get him back in the ring, but Jericho has a burst of life…RAMMING MICHAELS SPINE FIRST INTO THE EDGE OF THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! Michaels’ infamous surgically repaired back gets its first real test of the evening as Jericho gets the drive. As Michaels lay slumping and taking to his ailing back, Jericho looks him in the weary eyes…and SLAPS MICHAELS ACROSS THE FACE. This adds major insult to injury, the referee not even starting the count out he’s getting onto both men so much. Jericho just looks up at him again with a ‘what’re you waiting for’ look before taking Michaels and rolling him back into the ring. Jericho himself quickly follows suit, covering Michaels for the first actual cover of the match –

1…

2…

NO!!

Michaels is quick to kick out, but he’s still tending to his back. Jericho gets Michaels to his feet and snapmares him over his shoulder before dropkicking him in the back of the head! Michaels rolls over clutching his cranium, Jericho going for another cover –

1…

2…

NO!!

Michaels gets out of that too, Jericho not too pleased. He looks down at the recovering Michaels from his knees…before SLAPPING MICHAELS IN THE FACE when he’s down! This garners another rain of heat. Jericho then screams in Michaels face that “You’re not worthy, Michaels! You hear me!!” Jericho leans in to Michaels to get in his face, but Michaels springs on him and CATCHES HIM IN A SMALL PACKAGE –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

A near fall there, but Jericho unwraps the package for both men to get back to their feet quickly, Jericho taken down now by a Michaels arm drag. Jericho quickly gets back up, only be snapped back up with a Michaels arm drag. And right when both men get back up, Jericho surprises Michaels with a running knee to the gut before HBK can get another arm drag in there. This doubles Michaels over, allowing Jericho to grab Michaels by the neck and tights and CHUNK HIM INTO THE STEEL RING POST…NO!! Michaels stops himself by gripping the ropes in the corner before he goes colliding with the unforgiving steel! But just as Michaels can possibly breathe a sigh of relief, Jericho charges back at him in the corner with a hard running reverse elbow! This sandwiches Michaels in the corner and momentarily stuns him long enough for Jericho to take him by the back of the head and looks to chunk Michaels over the top rope for perhaps another count-out chance…but Michaels grabs the top rope…AND SKINS THE CAT BACK INSIDE…but Jericho was watching and places himself right underneath Michaels, catching him in a FIREMAN’S CARRY POSITION…what’s Jericho looking for here, Michaels wiggling around…SITOUT FACEBUSTER!! Michaels counters the carry by dropping Jericho rockstar looks down with that Facebuster!! This could really be the opening Michaels needs as he shoots the half and turns Jericho over –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Jericho still has more than enough fight in him, despite the surprise move! Michaels isn’t too flustered, but he lets out perhaps a hidden rage, taking Jericho’s face in his hands and ENDLESSLY POUNDS FISTS OFF OF HIS FACE!! The pent up anger that Jericho’s possibly awakened in Shawn Michaels is running rampant now, blow after blow bouncing off of Jericho’s face. Ref Ramsey has to get on in there and virtually pull Michaels off of the AOW Champion, the crowd getting superhot for that furious offense. When Jericho stumbles back to his feet, he looks surprised, only to charge back at Michaels, HBK shoving the referee aside out of harm’s way…SWEET CHIN MUSIC…NO!! Possibly some Feint Chin Music, but either way, Chris Jericho recognizes the move after being hit with it week after week and immediately ducks and darts out of the ring to the outside, the crowd’s initial pop at the finisher devolving into a swarm of heat.

The ref is still getting to his feet from being pushed out of the way by Michaels, so he doesn’t notice when Jericho storms over to the timekeeper’s table and snatches his AOW Championship away and starts making his way back towards the ramp.

Michaels actually helps the referee to his feet and doesn’t take note at what the crowd is throwing unbridled heat towards until he takes a peek outside and sees Jericho strutting back up the ramp with his title. He’s walking away! As the crowd and Joey Styles reprimand Jericho by calling him a complete coward, JBL goes off on how brilliant a strategy this is. If Jericho walks away, he might lose, but Michaels doesn’t win the title. And he’s still screwed! Jericho figures that same logic, as he does look flustered as he goes up the ramp, but it develops into a smile once more people realize what’s he’s doing. One of those people is Shawn Michaels, who quickly darts out of the ring after Jericho and clubs him in the back of the head before grabbing him and leading him back to the ring, chunking him up under the rope to a wild pop. As soon as both men roll back in, Jericho stuns both Michaels and the crowd with a RUNNING ENZEGUIRI!! Michaels becomes stupefied before falling forward, Jericho having to tote Michaels’ full body weight and roll him over for a cover –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Michaels just gets the shoulder up!! Jericho shows his frustration now, but quickly turns it into something that works, getting Michaels legs – he wants the WALLS OF JERICHO…NO!! Michaels seemingly walks with his shoulder blades while on his back to the ropes, gripping the bottom one before Jericho can get it rolled over. Jericho almost throws Michaels’ feet to the floor, turning back around to the referee to have a civil disagreement with him with Jericho going red in the face. Ramsey tells Jericho Michaels simply got to the bottom rope in time. While Jericho is telling Ramsey how to do his job, Michaels gets to his feet and chop blocks Jericho’s leg, putting him down. As Jericho grips at his ankle, it’s Michaels turn to exact some submission revenge. Michaels takes Jericho’s bum leg and starts twisting at it…FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!! FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!! The chop-off earlier didn’t drain the crowd of all their “Woooos”, as they’re back and in large numbers, but Chris Jericho is screaming in pain, partially drowning them out. Michaels keeps the hold locked in tight, but now it’s Jericho’s turn to squirm, refusing to tap out. Can Michaels win the title with the move of the man he idolizes…Jericho keeps squirming…and now its Jericho’s turn to grip to the ropes for dear life, stretching his arm over a bottom rope.

Jericho is breathing hard, possibly more at the prospect of losing his title than pain, but Michaels is having none of it, dragging Jericho back to his feet and propping him up against the ropes for one more CHOP(Wooooo!) before throwing him into the opposite ropes and catching Jericho on the rebound…BACK BODY DROP!! Michaels is looking to build more of a head of steam now, getting pumped up by this crowd. He waits for Jericho to drag back to his feet, then surprises Jericho by pulling out…a FISHERMAN’S SUPLEX!! In PerfectPlex fashion, HBK holds the leg on the bridge –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Jericho uncorks the leg and finds a way out! Michaels is a tad agitated that that didn’t end things, reaching over to take Jericho up. As he does so, Jericho starts fighting back and delivering blows to Michaels midsection before shoving him hard back into a ring corner, Michaels hitting it so hard he springs back out, but Jericho is in hot pursuit and rebounds off the ropes behind him…ONE HAND FACEBUSTER! Jericho may have shifted the momentum again there, covering Michaels –

1…

2…

NO!!

Michaels still has some fight in him, Jericho still determined to beat it out of him. We see Jericho venturing to the top rope, awaiting Michaels to get back to his feet. Michaels is seen reaching a hand out to try and get balanced again, finally getting up but he wishes he didn’t…FLYING REVERSE ELBOW!! Jericho’s flying elbow plants Michaels right in the jaw, HBK selling it as only he can. Nearly folding over on his own chin, Jericho goes for another cover on Michaels –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Michaels rolls the shoulder! Michaels may be reaching into the tank here, but he has enough left in him to keep it going, rolling to the apron to get time to recover while Jericho looks back at Ramsey, holding up three fingers, the ref telling him only two. Michaels pulls himself back to his feet using the apron, Jericho taking note and going for a second TRIANGLE DROPKICK…but Michaels moves at the last second, catching Jericho in an awkward position on the second rope. This gives Michaels a chance to reach over the rope and grab Jericho by the head and punch him from above while leaning on his lower body that’s poking out through the ropes towards the apron. The ref admonishes him for this and starts counting down for him to have to let go, but Michaels shoots him a glare that actually gets the ref to back away a few steps. Is it all finally getting to him…? It must be in some form, because after wailing on Jericho for several shots, Michaels pulls on Jericho after getting him in a rear waistlock, tugging him out from his awkward position, slinging him arm over him…BACK DROP FROM THE APRON TO THE FLOOR!! Both men splat against the padded outside to a big pop from the crowd!! They’re incapacitated right in front of the commentators table, who note the violence seen thus far.

Joey Styles:
Shawn Michaels is finally letting loose on Jericho for all the demons he’s dug up – these guys are killing each other! Who is gonna take the AOW Championship home? Will Michaels still have a career? Keep it here!

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**

Upon our return from the break, we’re greeted with the image of Michaels and Jericho exchanging heavy blows on top of the announce table!! They’re going back and forth, the referee’s count out having been restarted at some point, as he’s trying to tell both men to get back in the ring. The two pay him no heed as they go blow for blow, but when Michaels swings wildly, Jericho plants him on the table with a double leg takedown…WALLS OF JERICHO!! WALLS OF JERICHO ON TOP OF THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! And there’s no rope for Michaels to try and get to! Jericho has the Walls synched in pretty deep, the crowd buzzing very hard over this. Jericho keeps his backbreaking hold locked in while the referee actually gets to his count out -

…1!!

…2!!

…3!!

…4!!
{You’re garbage, Michaels!}

…5!!
{You'll always be unworthy, Michaels!}

…6!!

Jericho finally unhooks the Walls, Michaels’ surgically repaired back quite possibly devastated. Jericho leaves Michaels’ limp body on the announce table and mosies back into the ring with a smirk on his face, telling the ref to ‘keep counting’.

…7!!

Michaels slumps off the table, collapsing onto the floor…

…8!!

Michaels crawls on his hands and knees, trying to reach the ring in time…

…9!!

Michaels is at the ring lip, reaching up to the ropes and using them as though they’re a ladder…

…10-NO!!

MICHAELS THROWS HIMSELF THROUGH THE ROPES AND BACK INTO THE RING!! The Showstopper’s dreams is not over!! Jericho’s face tells a frustrate story, as he just stares daggers at the agonized Michaels. HBK again uses the ropes as crutches and pulls himself back up, leaning against a corner. Jericho’s anger boils over and he rushes blindly to the corner ridden Michaels, who quickly moves, Jericho’s face BOUNCING OFF THE RING POST!! He recoils, Michaels dipping beneath him and getting him in a school boy –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Jericho throws his legs up, but Michaels catches them and keeps a jackknife cover, Michaels –

1…

2…

NO!!

Jericho tucks Michaels’ through his legs, catching Michaels in a sunset pin position –

1…

2…

NO!!

Michaels rocks back, tilts the move, and has Jericho beneath him now –

1…

2…

NO!!

Jericho rocks it right back, putting him right back in the sunset –

1…

2…

NO!!

Michaels rocks it right back and puts Jericho on his back, but he adjusts himself to put Jericho back in another jackknife, but unbeknownst to the referee, HBK PUTS HIS FEET ON THE ROPES for leverage –

1…

2…

3-NO!!

Michaels’ feet slip off the ropes and Jericho manages to roll back out of the move, Michaels moving to desperate measures to win that title and keep his career going. Before Jericho can even move to the referee to protest, Michaels keeps up the upped tempo and rams Jericho with a double leg takedown of his own…fixes up the legs…SHARPSHOOTER!! SHARPSHOOTER!! SHARPSHOOTER!! Michaels has the move of one if his biggest nemesis locked in!! It’s once again Jericho’s turn to squirm, trying to struggle his way to a rope somewhere, but Michaels has the move locked in! The crowd is popping hard for the move, as ironic as it would be if Michaels won with it. Jericho starts crawling towards the ropes looking for a way out, but Michaels sits back and locks it in even tighter. Jericho gets closer and closer to the ropes, inching…BUT MICHAELS PULLS HIM AWAY, he’s got the Sharpshooter locked right in the center of the ring! Michaels sits back and keeps the hold in even deeper, Jericho forced to scream in even more pain. Jericho frantically crawls now, going even faster towards the ropes, but he surprisingly doesn’t reach for them when he gets there. Instead, he clutches onto the ring lip and pulls himself all the way under the ropes, going back to the outside, and slipping right through the grasp of the submission hold.

The crowd throws a great deal of heat for the most weasel way out of any hold, Jericho gripping his back and walking back along the outside. Michaels has a ‘just missed it’ look on his face, his gaze stalking Jericho as he walks around on the outside. But Jericho has a goal in mind, again going near the timekeepers table…AND PULLS OUT A STEEL CHAIR. Is Jericho gonna get himself disqualified?? The commentator’s table brings that thought into mind, JBL again saying how brilliant a strategy it is. As Jericho rolls into the ring with his chair, Michaels puts some fists up to prepare for a fight, but the referee gets between both men and orders Jericho put the chair down. When Jericho just stares angrily at Michaels and doesn’t say anything, Ramsey tries to snatch the chair out of Jericho’s hands, he and Jericho having a bit of a tug-of-war with words. While that goes on, we can hear the crowd begin to buzz a great deal, the ref still distracted with Jericho…someone slides into the ring, Michaels taking note…RKDOANE!! RKDOANE!! RKDOANE!! KEN DOANE HAS MADE HIS PRESENCE KNOWN!! Just as quickly as he rolled in, the aspiring Worthy Legion member rolls right back out, Jericho seeing what happened and tosses down the steel chair, running over to cover Michaels as everyone says ‘not this way’…

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NO!!!

MICHAELS ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! MICHAELS ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! WOW!! Doane is outside and peering into the ring, holding his hair in disbelief, Jericho sharing his same sentiments! The crowd comes unglued at the aspect of Michaels’ career not being over, Jericho now being forced to slump back and nearly tear out his hair before pounding the canvas. Doane doesn’t quite know what to do outside, just evidently having completed his part in Jericho’s grand scheme. The crowd settles back down as Jericho shoots a look at Doane before looking back to Michaels and tries to drag him to his feet, Michaels leaning on Jericho as he does so. Michaels then explodes and breaks Jericho’s grasp – SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC FROM NOWHERE!! JERICHO GOES DOWN!! Jericho drops like a stone backwards, Doane with eyes wide in surprise. The crowd pops like crazy, but Michaels falls back and can’t immediately cover Jericho. After a few seconds pass, he’s able to climb on top of Jericho, gripping a leg –

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NO!! DOANE PULLS THE REFEREE FROM UNDER THE ROPES!! Ramsey’s face hits the padded outside and leaves him useless, Doane saving Chris Jericho here!! The ref is obviously down, leaving Doane to jump back into the ring and stomp on Michaels, putting some boots into and even landing a boot to his head. Jericho is crawling away from that scene while Doane beats Michaels down, the AOW Champion now taking back the chair he set down earlier. He gets back up with said chair in hand, ordering Doane to get Michaels up. Doane delivers one more hit for good measure before taking Michaels up and holding his arms back, presenting him right to Jericho to huge heat. Jericho pounds the chair off the canvas to just test it out before getting a sick grin on his face, but the crowd starts buzzing all over again, and Jericho soon sees why…IT’S BRYAN DANIELSON!! DANIELSON’S HERE!!

He rushes down the ramp and immediately jumps to the apron, and as though an instant replay of what happened last week, he springboards off the top rope and DRIVES THROUGH JERICHO’S FACE WITH THE FLYING KNEE!! Jericho drops the chair and drops to the canvas, the crowd now going berserk! Doane drops Michaels from his grasp and comes after Danielson now, but the Cruiserweight Champion delivers a fierce series of kicks that drive Doane back, Danielson now taking Kenny and chunking him through the ropes back to the outside. Danielson looks back at Michaels just to make sure he’s in one piece before looking back to Doane on the outside. For one final measure, Danielson sizes him up before hitting a VAULTING PLANCHA ONTO DOANE…WHO PULLS THE REFEREE ALONGSIDE HIM AND ALL THREE MEN GO DOWN!! Danielson hits the other two men hard, but he finds it in himself to grip his midsection and take Doane in his grasp and take him all the way back up the ramp, kicking him as they go along, chasing him all the way back up the ramp and through the curtain.

The crowd is still buzzing at the developments that have just transpired, and we’re just about to hit overtime. Both Michaels and Jericho have groggily gotten to their feet, both men taking a good amount of damage, with Michaels hitting Jericho with a hard shot to the head before trying to whip him into the ropes, but Jericho reverses it and whips Michaels instead. Michaels comes flying right back with the FLYING FOREARM…and both men are down again! Both men are down, the referee is dead on the outside, so there’s no one to execute a KO count...MICHAELS KIPS UP!! He gets the crowd fired up once more, getting pumped up himself. Jericho groggily gets back to his feet and immediately charges right back at Michaels…DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER!! Michaels pulls that move out of his hat and plants Jericho back into the canvas, more fired up than ever! He ventures to the top rope now, taking a few seconds to get there while tending to his back. Michaels leaps looking for the ELBOW DROP…CODEBREAKER!! CODEBREAKER!! CODEBREAKER OUT OF NOWHERE TO AN AIRBORNE MICHAELS!!

“HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!”

Jericho, almost completely mirroring what he did to Rob Van Dam to retain his title, Jericho takes a gasp for air and nearly collapses on Michaels…but then he realizes there’s no referee. Jericho has to look around, then trug to the ropes and look over, seeing the referee, who is still down from being absolutely decked by Bryan Danielson. Jericho screams at the ref to get up, but to no avail. Jericho wanders back to Michaels who he just looks at with a sick grin, as Michaels is absolutely motionless. Jericho then takes both of Michaels’ legs…WALLS OF JERICHO!! WALLS OF JERICHO!!! NOW HE JUST WANTS TO TORTUE MICHAELS!! HBK is in even more pain than before, everything in the match accumulating on him right now. As Michaels is still very lifeless, he tries is best to reach a hand out and grab a rope, but Jericho has it synched in quite deep…AND THEN TURNS IT INTO THE LIONTAMER!! Jericho locks in the hold that started this whole ordeal! There’s still no referee to see Michaels tap, but HBK just refuses to do anything of the sort. Not again. Jericho screams for Michaels to remember how unworthy he is, Michaels entire body being contorted in ways it shouldn’t be. But once again, the crowd begins to buzz significantly, as someone’s coming through the crowd…TORRIE WILSON??? TORRIE WILSON LEAPS ONTO JERICHO’S BACK!! The hell is she doing here?!?

The crowd is popping at this pleasant surprise, as Jericho has to let go of the hard submission hold. The commentators can’t believe it – we haven’t seen or heard from Wilson since World Ablaze! Wilson is latched around Jericho’s neck, choking him while putting weight on his back. Jericho is spinning around trying to get this barley 100 pound woman off of him, trying to wrench her little supermodel figure from around his neck. He finally manages to chunk her over his head, planting her on the canvas and getting an IMMENSE rain of heat for doing that to a lady. Wilson rolls away in pain, Jericho heaving to try and get some air flow back through his body. The young lady Jericho manipulated for weeks looks back at him with hurt, but very vengeful eyes. Jericho looks at her…before looking over and grabbing the steel chair. This gives Wilson a look of fear in her eyes as she backs into a corner, Jericho approaching her with the chair in hand.

“He sent you, didn’t he?”

WILSON SPITS IN JERICHO’S FACE!! Jericho stops what he’s doing in pure disgust, as Wilson crawls away and Jericho’s face begins to steam, his steel chair ready to strike her – SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!! SWEET CHIN MUSICAL CHAIRS!! The chair is embedded in Jericho’s face as he falls like a mighty oak, Michaels falling from exhaustion as well. The crowd is on fire now, as Wilson is the only person moving in and around the ring. She’s got her eyes wide and her mouth covered, the entire arena again engaged in a “HOLY SHIT!!” chant. This soon devolves into an even bigger swarm of a single chant – “HBK!! HBK!! HBK!! HBK!!” Michaels soon has enough in him to go over to cover Jericho…





BUT THERE’S STILL NO REFEREE!! Michaels frantically looks around and sees Wilson, who has darted from the ring and is doing her best to try and revive referee Ray Ramsey. But he’s still knocked the fuck out, leaving Michaels with an incredibly helpless look on his face…UNTIL PAUL HEYMAN COMES CHUGGING DOWN THE RAMP!! The owner of AOW is here! But what for?? He sees the referee and Wilson at ringside before sliding in and seeing Michaels. The two stare at each other momentarily before Michaels collapses right back on top of Jericho and looks up at Heyman, hoping he knows what to do. Heyman in fact does drop to his knees and starts pounding the mat, HBK’s face clenching as each hand comes down, the crowd counting along –

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3…!!!





…HEYMAN’S HAND NEVER COMES DOWN FOR THE THREE!! IT STAYS SUSPENED ABOVE THE MAT ON THE THIRD COUNT!! What’s going on here??? Michaels and the crowd celebrate as through it happened, but the phantom count is quickly accounted for, as Michaels realizes what just happened. He turns off of Jericho’s body and stares at Heyman, who still has his hand suspended literally inches from off the mat. Heyman sees Michaels looking at him and looks back at him with the growing trademark Heyman sinister smile. Michaels’ face is blank, but we can see his eyes are more hurt than we’ve possibly ever seen. Heyman is literally almost laughing now, as the crowd has absorbed what has happened and is throwing a heat towards the ring…as Michaels LUNGES at Heyman and grabs him by the collar!! Michaels backs Heyman into a corner and looks like he damn near wants to kill Heyman, Paul E.’s satisfied grin disappearing and turning into a look of ‘oh shit’. Heyman practically begs Michaels to calm down when Michaels rears back to sock Heyman in the face – but his hand is stopped by Chris Jericho, who snatches Michaels away from the corner – CODEBERAKER WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!! CODEBREAKER ON THE CHAIR!! NO!! Torrie Wilson is looking from ringside in utter shock, Jericho sliding the chair away and covers Michaels, the grin on his face rivaling only that of the one on Heyman’s as he drops down to count –

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3…!!!


Here is your winner and STILL AOW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION…CHRIS JERICHO at (25:10)


…and the heat in the Hammerstein is absolutely UNBRIDLED. There’s garbage being pelted down from the bleachers from those who are making any kind of noise. Almost reminiscent of World Ablaze, there isn’t a silent seat in the house, as everyone is beyond pissed. Jericho gets to his feet and is handed his AOW Championship by Paul Wright, who has come on down the ramp and retrieved it in the closing seconds. Wright hoists Jericho onto his shoulders high, while Heyman stands and smirks like a madman looking at the dead Shawn Michaels. Torrie Wilson is standing outside the ring with her hands over her mouth just as shocked as many.

Joey Styles:
I…I…I’m speechless…did we just see the final act in the career of Shawn Michaels…?

JBL:
Shawn Michaels’ life in that ring is over…an’ it’s because of Chris Jericho an’ Paul Heyman…

Joey Styles:
The Commander in Chief…the man who oversees everything about this company…was he in cahoots with Jericho this long…? And Torrie Wilson here…John, I think…oh no…

JBL:
“You think”? You’re able to think right now?

Joey Styles:
I think the man who has been after Paul Heyman is someone we know…and all this is just that man being more right that he was before!

JBL:
Y’know as stupid as that might seem, it just might make sense…but what is all this about? Why in the hell would Paul Heyman do this? What does any of this mean??

Joey Styles:
I think it means we’re one step closer to Chris Jericho’s wrestling utopia. And that may be the most frightening Christmas wish of all.


Heyman is already two thirds of the way up the ramp, most of his garbage being directed at him. Jericho and Wright aren’t far behind, Jericho holding his title high all the way up. All that leaves is Shawn Michaels body lying in the ring, just now able to be moving. He gets to his feet using the ropes and listens to the crowd as they turn from restless and relentless to gradually growing into a receptive pop. The crowd pop crescendos as more people see what’s going on, as Michaels stands up on his own and drifts towards the center of the ring. The look on his face is emotional, nearly on the verge of tears, but a proud Showstopper that’s trying to hold them back. The commentators say nothing, leaving the awe arousing moment be. HBK just stand and stares around him, looking around at the reception he’s getting.

“H - B - K!! H - B - K!! H - B - K!!”

Michaels emotional state seems to slowly dissipates as he walks towards the ropes, becoming more stoic than anything. Why the sudden emotional turn…? Whatever the reason, Torrie Wilson stops him at the base of the ramp and seemingly begs him not to go. Michaels just stares at her with a stoic look before turning away and heading up the ramp, the crowd still thanking him with each step. Michaels looks shattered as he heads up the ramp, his head down and his hair falling over his face. He lifts it all back when he raises his head one last time as he stops on the entrance stage, not looking back…taking everything in one final time…before giving us the final image we have of this broadcast in him walking through the red curtain and into the light…


Joey Styles:
Ladies and gentlemen…so many more questions than answers tonight, but on this day after Christmas, 2007…I do believe Shawn Michaels has left the building…



**END SHOW**



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Well here we are at A Very Merry War. I do believe its my first time to leave a review so yeah, hopefully it helps. A really good video package here. It shows that you really put effort into this as the details are exquisite. It highlights some awesome events that you had in AOW history and you're only looking to make more on this very special two-hour edition. Let's get to it! Happy one year to your thread btw.

Starting off the night with a ladder match was pretty much the right choice. Dude, your specialty seems to be in ladder matches because you've written about two or three of them and they've been spectacular. Your work with the tag team division is brilliant, giving each time a chance to shine. You capitalized on the viciousness of the SFC here early on and it was great to see. Interesting spot where Smith was taken to the back. As soon as that happened, I immediately thought that Wilson would've won it for his team himself but a feel good moment here with Smith coming back. My favorite spot had to be that senton by TJ Wilson, what a sight that would be. I think having WGTT keep the titles is the right choice here for now. But I'm fully expecting either AM or SOD to take those titles away the next time, good opening match here.

Or maybe video packages is your specialty? Dude, you're really good at those as well. This was an interesting illustration since we know that reference with Christian and the moon. So Christian is going to be back huh? That's what I think despite you not revealing it in your package. But all in all, it looks to be a great Supershow once again.

@ JBL's line “Samoans are angry sons of bitches.” Well anyway, what a match up by Joe and Lashley. I like how you have both beasts show their power in the beginning of the match with both men not budging for the other. But when things got going, the match quickly went fast-paced since these two are completely capable of going that speed with their athleticism. That spot with them breaking through the barricade reminded me of Sheamus and Mark Henry, but damn this was after a Suicide Dive. Definitely the right decision here having Joe win. With this win by Joe, I fully expect Jericho to pull off the victory in the main event cause if not, then the Worthy Legion becomes vulnerable for the first time. Joe is definitely a good character so I'll be hoping he heads for the World Title soon.

Wow, what a video package here man. Definitely one of the best I've ever seen. Incorporating the zodiac symbols with the symbolism of your entire thread logo, the yin-yang, what a clever thing to do. That was brilliant having Hassan come down on a throne, could really picture that happening, definitely adds more heat to the heat Hassan already had. But oh man, what a match that was. Everything about it was perfect. When Hassan singled out the body part of Punk, it was smart of him to pick it up apart. This led me to believe that Hassan would get the win but as the match went on longer, Punk was definitely going to win this. After rendering him unable to do his moves, Punk brings back the Pepsi Plunge and what a way to bring it back man. That payoff that Punk did to the Mercenaries was a mark-out moment for me. And when you wrote “Punk had a smartass smile” or something along the lines of that, it was just brilliant. Definitely the match of the night for me, it'll be hard to top this one. Now we'll see how you book Hassan chasing the title. Maybe he gets some new muscle? Either a tag team or a Ryback-character? Can't wait to see what happens next for these guys!

Your vignettes just keep getting better man. Definitely excited to see Tyler Black as a character in your thread. Seems like you've given him a dark gimmick, kind of reminds me of a blend between Kane and Jeff Hardy's Anti-Christ gimmick. Can't wait for him to debut. He's not exactly the greatest on the mic but his in-ring skills are second to none. Really can't wait for this one.

For me, the RVD segment was pretty hit and miss for me. I don't know, I think I was expecting a lot more out of this segment but all we got was more questions to be asked. I think RVD will be resurrected but you'll definitely build it up to that. That line where you said RVD let his hair fall was a sign for things to come, maybe you let RVD wrestle under his real name, making people see how the man behind RVD really is. Judging from this beatdown, it'll definitely be a major feud for both men. I don't see Finlay going for the gold so RVD probably gets back on track and all will be fine.

Looks like AOW will be loaded with talent in the very near future. I think this is my favorite vignette yet. I'm a big fan of Kofi so I'm expecting him to be a real player in this thread. He's a very likable face and will get mad pops in the Hammerstein especially with his pyro being all awesome. And looks like he'll be comin' in as a face, yeah? Can't wait for this one. A lot of young guns are lookin' to make an impact on AOW. Question though, could they be eligible for the Crusierweight Division? I would think so. Please push Sydal!

.....WOW dude, just WOW. That main event was just spectacular. Not only did you deliver on the match, but you delivered in continuing a storyline here. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. There were some awesome spots here with that Codebreaker from mid air and also that moment when the Sharpshooter was locked in, talk about ironic. I never thought I could mark in a BTB but in here I did. Or well not really mark but really be speechless because of how great the show was. That's all I'll say so that there won't be any spoilers on the main event in my feedback.

Overall, what a great show man. Everything was perfect, trust me. From the Ladder Match to the World Title Match, everything was just great. All the matches delivered and among other things, new storylines were developed here. Joey Styles said it best when he said that this episode raised more questions than gave answers tonight. What a line to cap off a great supershow. Definitely one of the best shows I've ever read man. You're a bad dude 619, producing shows like this. Puttin' WWE to shame. Good show man! Can't wait for the fallout.
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Really well worked opening video here, nice little Christmas theme.

Right call in kicking things off with this one, gives the fans some excitement and that feeling of uncertainty as to who is walking out with the belts also. Pretty hard hitting stuff from the off and glad to see it’s the SFC who start off strong. In a match like this, they should thrive. Would’ve liked to see the steel chair used maybe a little later on and instead the ladder as the only weapon this early, I’m being petty though here. First WOW moment came with SFC to no surprise, the Samoan Splash through the ladder would’ve been brutal to witness, nice stuff. I like the way you’ve made American Made be the real team here, everything they’ve done has been together so far and their communication seems to be on point compared to the others. Sweeeet superplex from Haas to Hagar, really nicely done there, this little scene beforehand being pretty chaotic atop of the ladder. Beautiful move by Wilson here, Sunset flip power bomb, I would’ve expected this to be right out of Benjamin’s playbook but big move for Wilson to take on. Again, really nice teamwork from AM here with the double suplex on Manu, really enjoying them in this thing. Holy shit, Wilson looking crazy in this thing, absolutely loved that summersault senton. Haas and Benjamin retain!! I had a feeling they’d come out still champions and I’m pleased to see they did. A little anti climatic ending to be honest with the chair shots but the emphasis on the crowd’s displeasure adds fuel to the fire of a potential heel turn for WGTT. Some great action though throughout from all involved, particularly Wilson with Smith also looking like a warrior in there. Very hot opener.

Again, much like the opening this was a very nice video package and good to see the man on the moon heading back soon.

No surprise these two bulls went to a stalemate about twenty times, both sheer physical forces. Was good to see both guys look for some mat based moves as yes they’re all power and whatnot but these two dudes can wrestle so was pleased you showed that off early on. Thing started to pick up speed after a little while and we saw some more big moves coming out which was expected. Some nice suplexes from both men here before that Torture Rack from Lashley, that must hurt like hell. Great improvisation from Joe with the knee strikes and that Running STO was a nice route out almost for him. Jesus christ, the elbow suicida through the barricade?! That’s the hard hitting I was expecting from the get go. The Guillotine Choke from Joe was nice and I liked the reference to when Danielson used it previously on Lashley, good continuation there. WOW, Joe kicked out of the Dominator!! I thought that was over, seriously. What an ending, seriously, making Lashley pass out, as if Joe wasn’t badass enough, this just takes him up another notch as well as Lashley not looking too bad in defeat with the not tapping out. Really strong contest here.

Good display of Punk’s determination here and it’s no surprise after what’s gone down with Hassan.

Please, I beg of you to write me video packages out, deal? This Hassan/Punk rat/dragon thing was epic.

Hassan coming down on a throne is golden. Punk going at it right from the get go wasn’t a shocker and definitely the right call. Strong start from the rat, really made him seem focused and determined but of course Hassan was gonna slow this down. Nice bit of back and forth once the frenetic start was over, Hassan finding his feet was pleasing to see as I didn’t want Punk just smashing the shit out of him for the first five minutes. Really brutal move with the Pumphandle Pendulum Backbreaker, can imagine Punk’s back crumbling after that. The Roundhouse from Punk was from out of nowhere and I liked it for exactly that reason, shows Punk to always be thinking, always know where he is as well as his will to hang on in this thing. Holy crap that’s a way and a half to return from a Commercial break, power bomb on the barricade, yikes. The brutality really picking up here with that and then the knee to the post from Punk, good way of showing the hatred in this whole feud. Nice to see Hassan continue his work on the back of Punk, glad to see him keep picking that area apart, especially with Punk collapsing trying the GTS. Really intriguing passage here with the Camel Clutch and the whole Miserie Cantare clapping, riveting read there. It then going into the Anaconda straight to the Reverse STO, just hot paced, highly intense stuff right here, loved it.

Haha this was excellent with the Mercs, really clever stuff from Punk and a great way to use Burchill and Albright, to show off that they really are all about the money whoever it is involved. Reaaaaaaally brutal stuff from Hassan though here, showed a whole different side to him with this ruthless approach and to be honest if I had a little complaint it’d be that Punk would be out of it right here, that Superkick I don’t think he’d have had it in him but that’s my opinion. Pepsi Plunge to finish things off!! What a beautiful way to round off one HELL of a match. Thoroughly enjoyable and you incorporated everything about this feud in here, great closure, I hope, to this whole thing and the right move in Punk taking the gold. Match of the night thus far and will be hard to top.

Tyler Black, niceeeeee. Tyler Black as a heel? Hmmmm, certainly be intriguing. Sweet package again, shock horror.

Really strong description of Michaels here, set the scene very well and shows just how huge this is for him.

As expected here with Van Dam. I liked the aggression shown towards the crowd at one point in it, really emphasised that this is a far cry from the REAL Van Dam. Finlay coming out was to be expected and I’m glad we finally heard his reasoning for the attack on RVD. Pretty simple and to the point from the man who loves to fight. Little ambush was good to see and hopefully that kicks some life into Van Dam. Not quite as huge as I was expecting here but did its job and served a purpose.

Much like Tyler Black, Kofi’s gonna be a really solid addition. Him coming in as face, Black as heel, do we have another Sons of Dungeon/American Made deal going on here with the two feuding immediately? I for one would love to see it.

Yet again, beautifuuly done package here before this one, the whole religious feel was a tad eerie almost, loved it. Onto the match itself…

Fast pace from the off, the exchange of chops were really well worked. Jericho looked strong coming off of this as he really took it to the Showstopper which surprised me. I thought with so much on the line it’d be HBK who made a really fast start, laying it all on the table, throwing all he’s got at Jericho. Again, Michaels did turn the tables but Jericho soon got on top again and it was surprising to see Michaels not really get a run of offense on the champion for an extended period. Did enjoy the Walls of Jericho attempt followed right off the bat by the Figure Four, enthralling stuff and Michaels began to look strong at this point. Wow Walls of Jericho on the announce table, classic Jericho with the taunting haha. Beautiful sequence of near falls following this, always enjoy seeing these in real matches and these two could pull it off compellingly. KEN DOANE!! What the hell?! I really didn’t expect that, I know he’s been trying to fit in and whatnot with Jericho but I still didn’t expect you to thrust him in here, what a shocking way that would’ve been to end it but so glad you didn’t!

Danielson then coming down and evening the odds! Makes a whole lot of sense considering the history between these two men and chaos began to ensue in a big way here as expected. HOLY SHIT, the code breaker to Michaels in mid-air was sensational, brilliant stuff from Jericho here. Absolutely fan-fucking-tastic ending to this thing, I was shocked but I wasn’t if that makes sense? I’ve known a full fledged Heyman heel turn was in the works, that Christian was gonna be proved true and there is no bigger way of making Heyman to be the biggest piece of crap going than this while at the same time there is no better way and no better time than now and than this to bring Christian back to ‘save’ the company from the clutches of Heyman. Beautiful ending.

On the whole, fantastic as ever 619, you keep churning out the goods show after show and this was top notch again. Punk/Hassan for me was match of the night but Jericho/Michaels had the most drama and the way this whole storyline has gone and is still unfolding is almost perfection to a tee. Cannot wait to see where you go from here with Heyman having screwed Shawn, Christian surely set to return while the question remains, what happens to the Showstopper? Awesome stuff.
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Nice little Christmas theme to the opening video. I was expecting more of a Tim Burton “Nightmare Before Christmas” style of intro from you, but this was fine.

I predicted you'd open with this, as the ladder match promises to be the most exciting match of the night in terms of unpredictability. I liked the way you had the challengers take out the champions and then turn on each other at the start, such a simple little thing but at the same time it puts over the threat of Benjamin and Haas while also emphasising the dog eat dog nature of the contest. I felt that maybe the ladder and steel chair were introduced as weapons a tad too early, I'd have liked to see some more tag team action before the heavy hitting started. Anyway, I wouldn't expect anything else other than some ridiculous spots, and we certainly got one with that splash through the ladder. Brutal stuff, although I'm sure Harry will be back. I predicted heartache (pardon the pun) for Smith and Kidd, and I think this is where it comes from. Another crazy spot with the superplex, and yet another one with the sunset flip powerbomb. That's usually Shelton's spot iirc, so interesting to see it used on him here. And here comes Harry. Gotta admit, it was all nicely set up for him to get the heroic win, but there's that heartache I predicted, so close yet so far. A really exciting opener, had all the chaos you'd expect, some very nice spots, and of course, some storyline progression in that now The Sons and the champs can enter a two on two program. Can't really fault much here.

Nice video for This is Exile. Should be another strong outing on PPV. REM for the theme tune, right?

I had this one down as an all-out brawl, but you certainly changed it up a bit with the more mat based stuff early, especially the duelling tie ups. The back and forth nature of the match was expected however, and liked the parity you went of in neither man gaining any real control until the torture rack spot. Little touches like reminding us the previous altercations to tie in with the elbow suicida was appreciated, and it just brings everything together so nicely. I'll say the same for the way you went for all those head and throat based submissions and then tied them all into the finish, some real nice psychology that told the story of the match. As for Lashley fading and not tapping, it's an interesting choice, one that's usually saved for protecting a face. I can't see any turns in Lashley's future, but I'm sure you'll have some good reason for ending the match this way. Again, all good stuff here, not what I was expecting, but it was certainly entertaining.

Not a whole lot to say on the interview, certainly showed an intense side of Punk. Video was real good though, told such an interesting story with the whole dragon and rat theme. Lol, what on earth was the throne all about? One little mistake I'll point out, it's “brass tacks” not “brass tax” as you had. I'm just in that kinda mood today.

As for the match, given the previous interview, it was no surprise to see Punk go on the attack so early. One thing I will say is that given the silent treatment for Romero, why did Punk have so much to say during the match, especially sarcasm? That just didn't fit with the silence of earlier for me. Much like what we've seen so far, nice work the damage to the back leading to Punk being unable to nail the GTS, and it almost comes back to haunt him in the camel clutch. Loved The Mercenaries involvement, so that's why punk's been hanging onto that money for so long, eh? It's all come full circle now I guess. And again, more hints to the previous storyline developments with the superkick. Gotta admit, I'm liking how much thought has gone into this and the previous match with regards to nods from earlier, I always appreciate the subtleness of things like that. As for the finish, it was always gonna take something emphatic to put Hassan away, but as I said in my predictions, everything has been geared towards a Punk win, and you certainly delivered. Another really good match, with another really good story told throughout it. Great stuff here.

Tyler Black should be a nice addition to the roster. Always wanted to see him used well in somebody's thread, sure you'll deliver.

Y'know what, this is such a small, almost petty thing to say, but during the Van Dam announcement, I'd have really preferred you to not identity his words with 'RVD'. I dunno why, it just really stood out as a contradiction to his words to see “RVD: I'm not RVD...” it just... just felt off, really. Wasn't much of a surprise the whole retirement thing, neither was Finlay's arrival. Although I can't imagine two guys who said so little in real life saying so much here. Anyway, I'm sure we'll see these two go at it at some point, although I hope Van Dam takes some time away from the action to really build the suspense. Perhaps even hold off til This is Exile?

Another strong addition in Kofi, and another very cool video.

Aw shit, I was gonna use that prayer for one of my Backlash videos. Back to the drawing board I guess.

As for the main event, it seemed almost a match of two halves either side of the commercial break. The first half certainly had some very nice action, a real back and forth technical affair that had it's share of hard hitting too. Again with the subtleness of the glares at the ref and the questions of Michaels' psyche, little points that matter in a match like this. After the break all hell seemed to break loose, starting with the walls on the announce table, although tbh I wouldn't have thought a ref would have issued the countout in that position, I'd have thought he'd have deemed the hold illegal due to the nature of it. Anyway, Ken Doane out, while surprising, shows just how much sway and pull the legion has right now, although I'm glad it didn't end there. Michaels' career certainly doesn't merit ending on the back of a Kenny run in. Danielson out to remove Kenny, makes sense again given the recent words between he and Michaels. Omg, drama, Torrie! Does my prediction of a Christian return tonight come true? Eh... I guess not. Jesus christ, nice use of that Heyman spot from a few years ago, a really dramatic way to end things. Jericho wins, which makes so much sense, although I'm wondering, somewhere down the line... does the fact that Heyman made the count be the technicality Michaels needs to resume his career? What an ending, really dramatic, and what a twist too. Loved it. I can't wait to hear from Heyman next time up for him to explain himself. The Worthy Legio are starting to look rather nWo-esque right now, and it's seems they've gotten to the core of the company in Heyman. Brilliant stuff.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself reading this. if there's one you do well buddy it's drama, and this show was full of it. It was the subtleness of it all, the psychology of the matches, the nods back to previous incidents that really made it all for me. Punk/Hassan stole the show imo, but the title scene is looking so interesting right now. AOW needs a savour, is Christian the man to do it? I can't wait to find out.
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First off, I want to thank everybody for all the predictions. I suppose I'll post a winner by the time I get the preview done, but I was truly flabbergasted at the amount of predics. Never thought I had that many people pay much attention to this thread. With that said, I'm trying to get as much writing done as I can in the next week or so and hopefully catch up with some of you that I owe pretty bad, especially those of you who gave me feed.

And I guess it's confession time - I'm growing envious of all you guys doing stuff while I've been momentarily handcuffed. Time to get back in the game with a little news. Baby steps...


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Originally Posted by The Informer
~More behind the scenes details are emerging in regards to the upcoming AOW Offseason. While the presented notion to the public is that it is a revolutionary, never-before-explored concept that will keep bodies fresh (which all is true), the true underlying reason is for one reason – money. Not only is AOW financially in the red, which comes as no surprise for a first-year wrestling promotion and isn’t that urgent, but AOW and FX officials have yet to extend AOW’s television deal into the spring. Reports have said that Heyman had to ‘twist some arms’ to get AOW extended into March to give several storylines proper closure before said offseason. The network was also not happy to have a sudden change in Pay-Per-View date – The Outer Limits was said to not take place until June of this year, but was moved up on them to create urgency to extend AOW for at least another month. The Offseason should be used, behind the scenes anyway, to re-negotiate between the two parties and get AOW back on television, or if FX is that displeased with the ordeal, for AOW to find a whole new network to go to.

~While backstage news on the Offseason is continuing to leak out, new details are arising about how AOW will actually do this never-before-explored idea. While the iCards are designed after many independent circuit Internet shows, the main problems come with what to do with the championships and developing actual feuds, the latter of which can be solved using several videos that have been used the last several months. While there are many ideas bouncing around on how to carry the whole Offseason out, nothing is written in stone, but one of the more prominent ideas is to feature some OVW talents.

~In regards to injury news, three cruiserweights are said to be nearing recovery – Psicosis, who was injured over a month ago, Gregory Helms, who suffered a hairline fracture following World Ablaze, and Rey Mysterio. Helms’ fracture isn’t so much bad as was its timing, coming at a time when the roster was in short-supply anyway, leading officials to be very cautious with the injury. Psicosis coming back will hopefully give he and Super Crazy some direction, while Mysterio’s rehab is evidently ‘far ahead of schedule’. Mysterio was expected back anywhere between three to six months following being written off about two months ago. One word going around is Mysterio probably won’t be back until right before the Offseason, in which case, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see Rey come back for one big match before finishing rehabbing/resting in the Offseason.

~The AOW roster looks to continue expanding with the additions of Tyler Black and Kofi Kingston, but they may be joined if AOW has kneejerk reactions to some bad news. Recently dethroned Dynasty Champion Muhammad Hassan is having second thoughts about returning to wrestling. Many may remember in AOW’s inception that Hassan had to be coaxed out of retirement after saying he never wanted to wrestle again. In addition to losing a top midcard heel, two of the top heels in the company right now in Bobby Lashley and Paul “The Great’ Wright might also have a foot out of the door. Lashley is questioning his motivation in the wrestling business as well, in addition to needing shoulder surgery he’s put off since leaving the WWE in the summer. Wight has evidently been approached by the WWE in the last few weeks and there’s no indication the giant isn’t thinking about it. If judging by the latest AOW Newswire, they very may well be on the way to recovering a portion of that after the appearance of a certain Englishman…

~In addition to those potentially disastrous losses, AOW was again turned down by Brock Lesnar in a return to wrestling, the company possibly gearing up for the loss of both of those big main event heels. There’s also still mum on the word on who is the man AOW has snatched from the WWE roster whose name isn’t William Regal, the top suspects still being Matt Hardy or John Morrison.

~In minor AOW development news, a wrestler by the name of Alex Riley has been assigned to OVW under contract with AOW.

Until next time, this has been The Informer...

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AOHDYBYA.COM Exclusives

This week on the post-Very Merry War AOW Newswire, Carlito Colon has a message for his early naysayers, Torrie Wilson will have to pay for her actions, Matt Sydal continues his road back to AOW, and The Mercenaries meet a most intriguing gentleman...


Spoiler for The Bad Apple spit shines some light on his actions:

Steve Romero:
Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time, the man who made his debut here in Art of War Wrestling – Carlito Colon.
~Colon enters from offscreen, the towel he had last week around his neck and an apple in one hand before looking at Romero as though he just farted

Carlito:
What are joo still doing here? Dis is Carlito’s time!
~Romero looks back at Carlito

Steve Romero:
Uh…I was told you wanted to say a few words and address your actions against Super Crazy last week –
~CARLITO SPITS APPLE INTO ROMERO’S FACE!! Romero stands stupefied and his face formed in a disgusted expression

Steve Romero:
…I think my mouth was open…

Carlito:
Go wipe yourself off, foo’.
~Carlito throws his towel into Romero’s face before turning towards the camera

Carlito:
Carlito jus’ wanted to say a few words to some of joo people. See, Carlito has been getting e-mails – an’ even snail mail – about Carlito being quote ‘disrespectful’ to Super Crazy las’ week. De only thing dat was disrespectful in dat ring las’ week was Super Crazy!
~Carlito is pointing at the camera very angrily

Carlito:
Carlito is a proud Puerto Rican an’ a proud Latin American. But Super Crazy is a disgrace to Hispanic culture. It’s because of foo’s like him dat Carlito can’t walk down de street without some police officer asking Carlito for legal documents, residency papers, an’ a green card!
~Carlito is furious here…

Carlito:
De proud Latino culture is mocked because of de disgrace dat he brings to dis American audience. He fits every stereotype dat Carlito winds up paying for. Das why Carlito made sure he wiped Carlito’s boots a few weeks ago – because das all he’s good for. He is misrepresenting a proud people. An’ dat…das not cool.
~Carlito finally takes his face out of the camera and takes an angry bite out of his apple, but still stares as we fade away…



Spoiler for The Sydal/Kidman Chronicles III:
We’re introduced to what seems like the same warehouse Sydal and Kidman have been training in for the last few weeks, where we do indeed see the image of Sydal doing pushups close to a set-up ring. The camera soon shifts to Billy Kidman in a chair next to him, his feet crossed and on the back of Sydal, relaxing and Sydal forced to bear more weight.

Kidman:
199.
~Sydal struggles to push back up a bit before doing one last one…

Kidman:
…and 200.
~Sydal breathes heavily, but stays composed, as he rises to his feet, prompting Kidman to remove his feet from the youngster

Kidman:
What’re you doing standing up for? You still owe me one hundred and fifty more crunches. And when you’re done, we still have another hour of ring work.

Sydal:
But I have to go –

Kidman:
Whatever you have to do, it has to wait until after you’re good and tired.
~Sydal pants with his hands on his hips before looking at Kidman with hesitant acceptance

Sydal
:
Fine.
~Kidman stands up now, looking somewhat offended at his pupil

Kidman:
Hey, kid, I like you. I like you a lot. But when I say you need something, I expect you to do it without questioning me, alright? How has your stay in AOW gone so far?
~Sydal stays silent

Kidman:
It hasn’t gone exactly as you planned, has it? Now if you wanna stop getting pushed around by guys, you’ll just listen to me, alright, kid?
~Kidman puts a hand on the shoulder of Sydal

Sydal:
Yes, sir.
~Sydal drops to a sitting position, Sydal beginning his sit ups as we fade away…



Spoiler for Mercs, money, and managers...?:
We return to the scene of A Very Merry War in a backstage hall, where we see The Mercenaries – Paul Burchill and Brent Albright going down it, as we see Burchill still in possession of that briefcase holding the $50,000. The two look very satisfied, but soon they’re approached by a man in a business suit. It looks like…WILLIAM REGAL…?

Regal:
Evening, gents. That’s a nice catch you’ve got there.

Burchill:
Yeah. What’s it to you?

Regal:
Nothing, my good man. The name’s William Regal. And you two are…Burchill and Albright, I presume? You two seem like two very engaged men. And I’ve seen your ring work. It’s as impeccable as your appearance would make it seem.

Albright:
What’s this about, old timer?

Regal:
Nothing, sunshine. Just wanted to congratulate both of you blokes on your success so far. But if you want to start making more than what you’ve got there…you may be hearing from me again. Good day.
~Regal gives a slight nod to the duo before he walks off with as much mystique as when he popped up, leaving Burchill and Albright to glance at one another with peaked interest…



Spoiler for The Price of Defeat:
We’re brought backstage to A Very Merry War once again, Torrie Wilson seen walking through the halls. She seems very distraught, a very emotive walk, and seemingly on the brink of tears, when she’s suddenly stopped by a familiar face…

The Miz:
Torrie Wilson! It’s been a while, huh, girlfriend? Where’ve you been?
~Miz sounds incredibly taunting as he cuts Wilson’s path off

Wilson
:
Miz, please, leave me alone. This is absolutely not the time.

The Miz:
But we need to catch up! I mean, you’ve been gone for so long and then all of a sudden you pop back up at work. How’s that boyfriend of yours, by the way? Still a psychotic piece of wacko?

Wilson:
He’s not my boyfriend and he’s not psychotic. Now Miz, please move.

The Miz:
I can’t do that, Torrie. You’re kind of a wanted woman. As a matter of fact, Paul Heyman wants to see you in his office. Now.
~Wilson pushes the hair out of her face and her frantic pace seems to be significantly slowed before she feels something behind her. She then turns around…to see Paul “The Great” Wright looming over her. Wilson’s face grows frightened as she starts waking away from Miz now, Wright following her, assumingly making sure she goes to Heyman’s office. Miz has a very satisfied grin on his face as we fade away…

Hope all don't crucify me for the potential addition. Actual preview should be up soon once the show has the finishing touches on it.
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