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Old 09-24-2012, 09:15 AM   #181 (permalink)
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- First off, I love the dynamic you've created that it's damn near impossible for anyone to beat Jericho for the title. First, it's hard just getting a title shot. I mean Joe's only lost once and he's having trouble getting one. Second, they basically have to find a way around the Worthy Legion who have a powerhouse in Lashley, an amazing athlete in Doane, and an absolute behemoth in Wright. Third, you still have to beat Jericho, who you've also established as being tough to beat. And finally after all that, Jericho still always have a card to play that no one knew he had. That's just incredible booking, my friend..

- Joe/Finlay? Awesome. I've been waiting for this rematch since the AOKO match. I'm really digging Joe being the "One Man Army" against the Worthy Legion. I also like that while Joe is fighting for AOW as a whole, Finlay's motivation is much more selfish..

- Wow, didn't see that coming. Heyman got the shit beaten out of him. Again, the anarchy (pun somewhat intended) that the Worthy Legion have created is being felt. My lord, Jericho isn't playing games anymore. Interested, to see what happens because of this..

- Sydel/Doane was a fine match. I like Kidman being a mentor to Sydel (and JBL's commentary, lol). Good win for Doane while also keeping Sydel's storyline going..

- Kidd/Hass was good and I like the slow turn for WGTT..

- The Carlito segments were pretty funny. Comedy is something that is hard to book in a regular wrestling show, but you seem to have a grasp on it. Should be a good angle for a few weeks..

- Danielson's whole "white knight" gimmick has been great as well. I find Jericho's last comment VERY intriguing. (Foreshadowing FTW)

- Kofi/Black? Firstly, ballsy move debuting these two together. I'm aware you did the same thing with American Made and Sons of the Dungeon, but those two gimmicks aren't nearly as strong as these two seem to be. I said before that I really like what you seem to be going for with these two and I still mean it. 25 minutes?!?! Damn. What a match! I kept expecting it to end and it just kept going and going. If I could compare it to one match it would be Cena/Michaels in 2007. Definitely among you're best work in this thread. Both guys are over now and both are established..

- Something told me after that match you wouldn't have Finlay vs. Joe tonight but, wow. DAT ENDING. Holy shit, I love it. Just goes to show exactly what I said at first and why Jericho is so damn evil..

Easily, my favorite thread right now and this show is just why. My god, just brilliance through out. Keep it up, my friend. This is something truly special..
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I know Joe isn't much of a talker and was glad that he had limited lines because that's just how he is. You portrayed him really well here. I kind of marked when Finlay got into the mix of things cause I wanna see Finlay vs. Jericho for the title, would be good. Jericho just seems like a god in this thread with all this Worthy talk and it's a good gimmick for him since I can see him in that light. Liking that Heyman seized back control of AOW there but when things got physical, it just went bad for Heyman. Don't know what happens next with the attack on Heyman, surely Foley will be in charge now? A turn of events here with that attack.

You've made a fan out of me for Doane. He's been pushed really well and I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to be Sydal. I'm a huge Sydal fan though so I was disappointed to see him lose. Why not make him and Kidman a tag team instead? I know your tag division is stacked right now, but another team, a quality team like Sydal and Kidman would be cool to see. You have a really unorthodox imagination man. That message from the Mexicools to Carlito was very creative, awesome job with that one.

More chaos with Hassan/Punk, a brutal attack that was. Pretty surprised to not see Foley show up yet. Whoa, Joey just loses it, haha, LOVE IT! An awesome match between Wilson and Haas. I liked that Wilson is getting a chance to showcase his talents as a singles competitor, I'm a big fan of him as well. I like the constant back-and-forth you have going with JBL and Joey Styles, it seems especially elevated tonight for some reason. The video packages you do are always good so this one for This Is Exile is no exception, looking forward to that PPV!

Like that you've dubbed Danielson as the “White Knight” sounds like a pretty cool gimmick. Here you have Jericho seizing control once again. Isn't Foley around? Surely he would step in now, but that remains to be seen. Debuting Kingston and Black at the same time? And in a match together? WOW, just WOW! Black and Kingston put on one helluva show. I was wondering what would happen to Joe/Finlay since the Black/Kingston match went on for a while. But man, what a match that was, you made quite an impression for both guys. If people didn't know who they were, they do now. My favorite spot was probably the ending after those quick exchanges before Black hit his finisher. I also like you playing the fact that Heyman did all this, not taking away from what happened earlier in the night. Just when I thought the night couldn't get better, it did with that final segment. The brawl between Joe/Finlay was awesome and then getting run over by a car!? Damn that Jericho, sneaky bastard, truly a great character that you have. Wooooo, what a show.

Overall, you've left me stunned. After reading that great match that Kingston/Black had, it only got better as time went on. You had a lot of my favorites on tonight, Sydal, Wilson, Kingston, Joe, loved it. Every episode you've produced has been great and are only getting better if that's even possible. All I can say is WOW man, but to really get me going, let's get Christian Cage back now shall we?
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Fully expected Joe to begin the show following the conclusion to last week and it was certainly a fired up speech from him. Loved the no nonsense naming himself number one contender, brought a laugh from me but at the same time I could totally see him doing that lol. Heyman showing his face, again expected but I did NOT expect Finlay. Didn’t expect it but loved it. The lines from Finlay and Joe about being the only men to beat each other was perfect in its delivery and these two now going at it in a number one contender’s match gives it a real big time feel. Jericho was awesome here, captured all his usual traits very nicely indeed and the line about Jericho vs. Jericho being money had me cracking up haha. Holy shit what an end to that segment!! Really didn’t expect to see the Jericho/Heyman alliance come to an end but this was a monstrous way to do it. Doane comes out of this looking legit by the way with that leg drop through the table, massive moment for him in his AOW career and the Worthy Legion as a whole go up another notch with this assault, brutal stuff and an unexpected twist for me as a reader which is your job I guess so kudos.

Doane was always gonna get the win here, especially following what transpired before the break. Good win to keep his momentum building, although pleased to see Sydal getting a shot on the show, his story with Kidman’s been unravelling nicely and I’m sure will continue to do so.

loved this with Carlito. The Apple Spitter was always good with comedy stuff and this was no different. Liking the way this feud with the Mexicools is ticking over slowly but surely.

Certainly point made by Hassan here, vicious ambush on Punk. Kinda feel like there's nowhere left to go with this one though, been absolutely brilliant worked and a rubber match ASAP would make sense.

Very clever and correct booking here. The stuff with Wilson’s partner being injured and having to step up by taking on these two is great and I liked the challenge laid down by WGTT. Good step in this feud and good call in Wilson getting the job done, particularly with the finish, a victory roll in the circumstances makes great sense.

Interesting exchange between Jericho and Danielson here. Danielson’s facial expressions at the end were nicely pointed out, makes this situation seem all the more daunting for the superstars in the back as well as us as readers in thinking the Legion really are on the Warpath.

Again, furthers the Lito/Mexicools feud as well as Lito’s relationship with the Mercs, clever stuff and excited to see the progression next week.

Well, what can I say about this? Do you really need me to? Awesome, awesome stuff. I kinda had a feeling this would be the route you take after what you did with the Sons and American Made. Giving two debutants twenty five minutes to go out and tear the house down would be a brave, brave call but with these two capable of great things it was the right one. Hell of a match and you’ve created two big time players in just one night, beautiful booking. One thing I will say is, maybe, just maybe you could have gone a different route as it is so similar to your last debutants, but I will let you off as simply put, it works.

I knew this one wouldn’t go down after that war between Black and Kingston but I didn’t expect it to occur this way. Massive angle now going into next week with Jericho’s scheming and power trip just completely taking over the whole show and now Joe and Finlay gonna be on a warpath of their own in taking down Jericho and the Legion.

Excellent show as ever. You know as well as I do that Kingston/Black was the highlight, great stuff while Jericho and the Legion were highly compelling once again. Really looking forward to the next instalment, don’t leave us waiting too long.
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~It looks like AOW’s “hotshotting” has extended into the New Year and probably will until the Offseason. AOW was forced to put on some big matches prior to their second Supershow late last year. This occurred for a variety of reasons, one of them resurfacing to a great extent in terms of ratings and the renewing of Oblivion’s TV deal. We’ve been reporting, of course, that the Offseason will be used mostly to get Oblivion and AOW a new TV deal, whether it be with FX or elsewhere. The hotshotting in 2008 has already given us a PPV worthy title match between Jericho and Bryan Danielson, as well as an incredibly bold move by debuting both Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black, two very unproven mainstream bodies, on the same show against each other and having them go for a half hour.

~On the note of Black and Kingston, their match has garnered critical acclaim across the wrestling world, though the overriding reason they were given so much time is unsure. OVW and AOW officials alike had wanted to get both of these young men on screen before spring because they were the two most talked about talents to be featured over the Offseason programming if it does indeed become an AOWxOVW crossover. They did not, however, want them debuting over the Internet.

~Continuing with the Offseason ripples that keep going, expect not just more hotshot booking, but for virtually every talent on the roster to at least make appearances before The Outer Limits, even those that have not been seen in a while. This is because AOW wants to give all signed with the company at least one last TV appearance payday before the Offseason takes everyone off, as well as rounding off any storylines that still have loose ends. Expect some way to get as many guys on screen as possible to show up in coming weeks, which could lead to many multi-man matches, though there's danger of potential overbooking. With that said, there will almost certainly be roster cuts during/before the Offseason.

~As far as other roster news, William Regal has yet to become an official roster member with all the kinks being worked in the WWE case that could cost AOW money it doesn’t have. But we know nothing more than we did last time about that, as its, understandably, quite under wraps.

~Keeping the roster theme here, Tommy Dreamer has yet to make a contractual appearance for the company. We noted a few months ago that Dreamer would be making a few appearances for the company, but not be an actual full-time competitor. It’s almost certain his appearances will be to play into the RVD storyline somehow. Speaking of Regal and Dreamer, both coming from the WWE in their most recent contracts, there is still very hush-hush word on whom the individual AOW has snatched right from the WWE roster is. We’ve speculated that Matt Hardy and John Morrison are prime candidates, but Hardy is out following appendix surgery and won’t be available to anyone until April. A new name, Elijah Burke, has hit the waves after not being seen on WWE television for some time.

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

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This week on the dot com, we’ve got not just one, not just two, but FOUR TIMES the exclusive content! This time, it’s all about the partners – alliances take center stage on Exclusives. Some believe they have been conspired against, while another one looks to do his own (xenophobic) thing while his cohorts do their business. One other one wishes the other side would listen, and perhaps the most intriguing one has a desperate man trying to make an alliance to end the terrifying reign of another.


Spoiler for Bryan Danielson Makes a Plea:


We’re brought to a very dimly lit scene, very much surrounded by darkness other than a weak light that keeps flickering on and off. Soon emerging from the darkness is Bryan Danielson, his Cruiserweight title around his waist. He pulls on a chord connected to the light, stabilizing it and turning it on all the way before stepping directly underneath it and looking into the camera

Danielson:
I am…one man. I’m not a white knight. I’m not a catalyst. I’m not a miracle worker.
~Danielson runs his hands through his hair

Danielson
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Chris Jericho…as much as I detest you, you said something last week that rang far too true to me. That I am just one man. That I don’t have an ‘army’ behind me.
~Danielson’s eyes are hard, trying not to be disappointed in himself

Danielson
:
That I don’t have any ‘followers’ or worshipers behind me. That no one’s gonna follow my lead in the war against you. I realize all too much that you’re right.
~Danielson turns away from the camera to put his head in his hands before lifting them up and looking back, an even angrier look in his eyes

Danielson
:
But I know I’m not alone. I know that your reign of tyranny has to have an end in sight. And I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
~Danielson’s gaze is hard, yearning for someone, but he throws his hands up, then on his waist…

Danielson
:
I’m not gonna beg for anybody to come speak up for me. Or to come help me. But all I’m saying is if there’s anyone. And I mean ANYONE who feels the same way I do, just know that you…I…none of us can take down this monster and his monsters alone. United, we have a chance. Divided, we’re just forever gonna be his pawns. And I for one refuse to let an American Dragon and the company he loves be at a puppetmaster’s strings any longer.
~Danielson stares intensely into the camera before his gaze wears off, almost as if he knows his plea may be pointless. He turns around and cuts the light off, the entire shot being filled with darkness now, as we hear what sounds like Danielson’s boots walking away…




Spoiler for The World’s Greatest Tag Team Pull The Plug:


We’re taken back to last week, where the World’s Greatest Tag Team are back in the locker room area immediately following Haas’ match, taking things out of their lockers and throwing them into duffle bags, both of them absolutely fuming. Haas even punches a locker as Steve Romero stumbles into the room onto these frantic champions

Steve Romero:
Uh…gentlemen…what seems to be the problem?

Benjamin:
Did you not just see what just happened out there? Huh? We were forced to compete in a chaotic environment!

Haas:
And I LOST! I LOST!! I lost because the stupid referee wouldn’t fix a hazardous workspace!

Benjamin:
You see, Stevie, that ring is our workplace. It is where we do all of our work, and we’re damn proud of it. But we are not proud of terrible officials.

Haas:
And we’re even less proud of opponents who wanna take advantage of that hazard! That’s utterly and completely disrespectful!

Benjamin:
That means you, TJ Wilson, you disrespectful little shit!
~Romero is completely taken aback by that

Steve Romero
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Woh, there, Benjamin. Just last week, you were willing to both take turns at the kid.

Benjamin:
That was before he showed his true colors, Steve!

Haas:
That’s right! So Wilson – that deal we offered you if you beat us both? It’s officially OFF until you can compete fair and square and with respect!
~The two conclude throwing things into bags and zip them both up and sling the straps over their shoulders

Steve Romero
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Wait…where are you two going?

Haas:
We’re leaving this stupid place!

Benjamin:
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we’ve beaten everyone there is to beat in this division for our Tag Team Championships. We’re leaving until there are challengers who are yearning for an opponent just as bad as we are.

Haas:
Peace out, sucka!
~Perhaps a small jab at the Bookerman comes from the very white Charlie Haas, who flashes a peace sign in Romero’s face before he and Benjamin walk right out the door with their Tag Team Championships as Steve looks on completely stunned as we fade away…





Spoiler for Carlito Meets Another Hispanic “Star”:


We’re back at last week’s show, Carlito just exiting the locker room after handing The Mercs another wad of cash to help watch his back. He steps out and buffs his white blazer, only to spot somebody…

Carlito:
HEY! JU! Mask boy!
~The camera pans to see a man we haven’t seen in several weeks, Aero Star, apparently making his way towards the locker room, but freezes once Carlito calls him and points him out, quickly approaching him

Carlito:
Carlito knows ju’re friends wit’ dose Mexicools! Where are they?
~Star remains silent and stares at Carlito

Carlito:
Carlito is talkin’ to ju, boy! Ju don’t wanna rat’em out, is that it?
~’lito grabs Star by the collar of his blue sleeveless costume and pulls him close to his face

Carlito:
Carlito can be very persuasive when he wants to be. So tell Carlito where ju’re buddies are!
~Aero Star responds by HEADBUTTING CARLITO BETWEEN THE EYES!! ‘Lito’s head whiplashes as Star gets out of his grasp and prepares to launch himself at the reeling Bad Apple, but Carlito gets a boot up and NAILS STAR IN THE FACE!!

Carlito:
Ju – ju’re just like jour friends – ju mock the heritage ju say ju celebrate! There’s nothing proud about wearing dis –
~Carlito tries to rip the mask off of the luchador, but Star shows resistance, eventually pulling Carlito close enough to KICK ‘LITO SQUARE IN THE FACE, sending him reeling once again. Star then spots a nearby chair, and runs at it, then leaping on it…AND LANDING RIGHT ON CARLITO WITH A BIG AIR CROSSBODY!!

(Offscreen) Official:
Hey! Hey! We got another one!
~The same men who we saw earlier in the night burst into the scene and separate the small brawl between Hassan and Punk are right back on the scene, jogging out to pull both men to their feet and away from each other, Carlito viciously trying to break the grasp he’s in. Star is pulled back as well, but he complies, stepping behind the wall of security and flashes Carlito his signature salute, which only infuriates the Bad Apple even more. Star is led away while Carlito is held back and sneering as we fade away…




Spoiler for The Sydal/Kidman Chronicles Pt. V: Silver Lining:



We come to an image of last week’s Oblivion, a very disappointed looking Matt Sydal in the Hammerstein parking garage. He’s in street attire, but all we can see is the blue hoodie he’s wearing, with a bag over his shoulder that he throws into the back seat of his car. He shuts the door and starts walking around to the driver’s side when he stops to notice a stray box not too far from him.

Sydal stares at the box for a moment…before running up to it and punting it in anger, yelling as he does so. He then turns around and is breathing rapidly, his breath forming fog from his lips in the harsh New York winter air. He then looks to his car and SMASHES a balled-up fist into the hood, not denting it, but an obvious sign of intense frustration.

Right when his fist hits the hood, Billy Kidman comes out of the back doors in a leather jacket, seeing his flustered pupil. Sydal sees him out of the corner of his eye, leaning against the hood and sticking his hands in his pockets. Kidman walks over and joins Sydal in leaning against the hood, neither of them looking at each other.

Kidman:
You did good tonight, kid.

Sydal:
Not in the win column I didn’t.

Kidman:
It’s not all about the wins here though, kid. You showed guts in there.

Sydal:
Well guts got me leg dropped halfway to hell.
~Kidman puts a hand on his pupil’s shoulder and looks at him. Sydal doesn’t look back.

Kidman:
Look, kid, I know you’re getting hard on yourself. But everything works out in the end. I just got a call from the guy who’s gonna be in charge next week.
~Sydal finally looks at his mentor

Sydal
:
Yeah? What’d he say?

Kidman:
He said you impressed him so much, he’s gonna give you another shot next week.

Sydal:
At Doane?

Kidman:
No. Better. To be the number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship.
~Sydal’s disappointment dissipates like his cold breath

Sydal
:
Seriously? That’s…that’s huge!

Kidman:
You’re gonna have to fight for it, though. It’s gonna be a mini-tournament. There’ll be two four-way matches, and the winners go at it for the contendership. You’re up next week, kiddo.
~Kidman puts a hand on Sydal’s shoulder and warmly looks him in the eye

Kidman:
This is your chance, kid.

Sydal:
Thanks, Billy.
~Kidman pats Sydal on the back before reaching in the kid’s pocket and pulling out the car keys

Kidman:
Yeah, well, let’s get outta here. Losers don’t get to drive.
~Kidman smiles as he walks towards the driver’s seat, Sydal forced to put up a smirk and at least have a small laugh at himself as we fade away…
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1.16.08

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

“Back From the Dead”



No video package. No opening vignettes. Oblivion opens to yet another restless crowd of 3,000+ with absolutely no elbow room tonight, as the entire building is awaiting the fallout from last week’s ridiculousness. Everyone is awaiting some type of fallout for everything. And for the first time in a while, the Oblivion faithful have something to cheer about…

**WRECK**

MICK FOLEY!! IT’S FOLEY!! FOLEY HAS RETURNED!! Not being seen by anyone for two whole months, Mick Foley has returned tonight with hopefully some big news!! Foley is clad in his signature flannel and taking in his huge reception, several “Foley is God” signs being put on display, the entire arena breaking out into a “FOLEY! FOLEY! FOLEY!” chant. After taking it in, the scruffy Hardcore Legend makes his way down the ramp and into the ring, microphone in hand. He puts the mike to his mouth, but the crowd cuts him off with the unbelievable ovation and chanting one more. They go for another few seconds before Foley tries again.


Mick Foley:
It's not the Ghost of Christmas Past - it really is me.

~HUGE pop as Foley takes this one in too, toothlessly grinning from ear-to-surgically-reattached-ear

Mick Foley:
Not gonna lie – I kinda missed you guys too.

~Yet another HUGE pop

Mick Foley:
But the one thing I didn’t miss is the guy that got leg dropped through a table last week.

~A great mixed reaction here, some reacting to the Heyman reference, others to the actions of the Legion

Mick Foley:
I’m gonna go ahead and throw this on the table to make sure it’s clear enough – I and Paul Heyman are business associates. We never see eye to eye, but even so, I don’t wish the worst upon him. Even if he kind of deserved it.

~Cheap pop for the cheap jab

Mick Foley:
But yes. In Paul Heyman’s current condition, he is in no shape to organize and run a wrestling promotion. And while Mr. Heyman called me out and blasted me a couple of weeks ago, despite firing my prize signee on live television across the world, what Paul Heyman forgot to do in all his infinite wisdom rage…was actually fire me.

~Another pop

Mick Foley:
So whether you like it or not, Heyman, and I know good and damn well you don’t sitting from your hospital bed, but you just have to accept the fact that you put me in charge whenever you were not around. And you’re not. So I am.

~Yet another pop, as Foley gives a one handed ‘BANG’ and a small smile towards the camera

Mick Foley:
And the message I got today straight from you, Mr. Heyman, was that I was to run this show exactly as you would.

~Heat

Mick Foley:
Now while this is a very commendable philosophy, one thing's gotta be said – I’m not Paul Heyman. I’m Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy.

~Another good pop

Mick Foley:
But even so, there is a very important first piece of ‘business’ to attend to. And that’s what to do with the jackasses that put my boss through the announce table last week.

~BIG sustained pop for this

Mick Foley:
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you all to welcome to the ring a man that I loathe inconsolably…Chris Jericho.


Foley dryly does that welcome/call-out, but it doesn’t take much time for “KING OF MY WORLD” to hit the airwaves once again to a barrage of heat, as the AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho comes down the ramp and to the ring in a full suit, title slung over his shoulders, but no Legion behind him. He has his nose turned up to everyone in attendance, but it seems particularly high when he steps into the ring and comes face to face with a man he’s been at odds with since the dawn of AOW

Chris Jericho:
Who let you out of the crazy box, Foley? I thought after all the embarrassment I’ve adorned on you, you’d get the message. But since you seem to have missed that because of your absence, let me reiterate something to you that you nor Paul Heyman seem to be able to get through your heads – this. World. Is. Mine.

~Jericho gets a healthy dose of heat

Chris Jericho:
This company has been mine ever since the cameras started rolling and showing footage of this ring. It has been mine ever since I stepped into this ring. And it has been mine when I took out the misguided fool who thought this was his show.

~Even more heat

Chris Jericho:
I am invincible, Foley. So you can do whatever you want to try and punish me and my Legion, but rest assured, I am more than worthy to own up to my actions and prove to you and all of these easily influenced sheep that I deserved to be bowed down to.

~And UNGODLY rain of heat pours down from that ultimate heel tactic, Foley just standing there unmoved

Chris Jericho:
You and Heyman have done nothing but drive this company into the dirt since day one. You're both interchangable cockroaches that as soon as I squish one, the other shows up. But when all of this is said and done, every single one of you will realize that I am your undisputed and worthy champion, your undisputed and worthy leader. And your undisputed and worthy savior.

~Another downpour of heat for yet another heel tactic 101

Mick Foley:
If there’s one thing I did admire about Paul Heyman is that he stood his ground on you. And that’s why he’s not here tonight. But you’re right. There’s not much I can do to you if I think like Paul Heyman.

Chris Jericho:
So you’ve finally come to your senses. It’s very amusing to me that a man of your mental state can even put together a comprehensible thought like that.

Mick Foley:
I said ‘if’, Jericho. But see, while Paul Heyman would have only one face to reference, I, Mick Foley, in fact have three.

~A buzz for that statement, Jericho looking much less confident now


Mick Foley:
But you stated it very clearly, Jericho – a man of ‘my mental state’ might not be able to put anything together very well. But if there’s one thing I’ve become accustomed to doing well, it’s one-upping Chris Jericho.

~We can see the look on Jericho’s face is a very audible ‘gulp’

Mick Foley:
And I know that you are a very pretentious champion, proudly touting your belt around and proudly declaring that there’s no ‘worthy’ challenger for that AOW Championship. And you’re right. There’s not a single person that’s worthy to face you.

~A bit of buzz, but Foley could be luring Jericho in here

Mick Foley:
Nope. The way I see it, there are two.

~….bazzing

Mick Foley:
You ran them both over last week in a last ditch attempt to solidify your claims that this is world belongs to you. When in fact, Chris, I have the keys the Gates of Kiev – yourworld is mine!

~Wild pop for Foley gradually get more and more intense, possibly getting more disturbed…

Mick Foley:
And Jericho. They’re both here. They’re both healed. And they’re both angry sons of bitches.

~The increasingly disturbing look on Foley’s face is rivaled only by the increasingly horrified expression of the AOW Champion

Mick Foley:
And I’m not gonna wait until This is Exile. Oh no. You’re not gonna face just one of them. You’re gonna face both of them. Samoa Joe. Finlay. Tonight. In a Triple Threat match for the AOW Championship.

~A HUGE pop once again from the Hammerstein, as Jericho is obviously hit by the news, but keeps his cool

Chris Jericho:
Like I said, Foley, I am more than worthy to –

~Foley cuts him off

Mick Foley:
And you will do so with absolutely no help from your ‘Worthy Legion’. Or from anybody else for that matter.

~A sick grin develops over Foley’s face, Jericho staring at him with his mouth hanging open, still wanting to have his say

Mick Foley:
Because tonight, you’re gonna defend that AOW Championship in a Triple Threat match against Finlay and Samoa Joe…inside this FIFTEEN FOOT HIGH STEEL CAGE!!

~The entire audience, Jericho, the cameraman – everyone looks as Foley points above his head to indeed reveal a cage, looming over the entire arena, with the crowd losing their effin’ minds. The look on Jericho’s face is of pinnacle crisis – blank fear. He stands motionless as Foley’s sick grin has gotten all the wider


Mick Foley:
BANG BANG!!


Foley throws his microphone against Chris Jericho’s chest following the hand gesture and exits the ring, but Jericho hasn’t moved a muscle since getting the news. He’s literally paralyzed with fear, the only motion is the subtle quivering of his bottom lip. He then begins to slowly lower the microphone that was still in his hands, dropping it, then slowly beginning to look up at the demonic structure hanging over his head. We get a quick shot of Foley going up the ramp with the same smile that wouldn't look out of place at all with his Cactus Jack tights.

Joey Styles:
What a way to kick off Oblivion!! I’m Joey Styles alongside John Layfield, and what an incredible announcement we just heard from the triumphantly returning General Manager Mick Foley!

JBL:
You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me. “Triumphant?” Listen to yourself, Joey. There’s nothin’ “triumphant” about comin’ out here an’ proving Chris Jericho’s point that this company is doin’ nothing but bein’ run by crazy old guys!

Joey Styles:
Crazy as it may be, that may in fact be what it takes to knock Chris Jericho off of his megalomaniacal high horse – a man who has every plan thought has having to be put to the test by a man who doesn’t have a clear thought to read! Look, Jericho is for once, absolutely speechless!!

JBL:
How the hell can you sit here an’ condone the violence set forth by a bloodthirsty and insane man?! How is this in any way justifiable?

Joey Styles:
It’s justifiable when Chris Jericho has had this coming for months – driving half the roster crazy, kicking them out, forcing them away, proclaiming to be some kind of Master of the Universe, and trying to take this company with an iron fist. And hell, if nothing else, it’s justifiable with what Jericho tried to do to Samoa Joe and Finlay last week.

JBL:
Chris Jericho is a worthy champion. I haven’t the slightest doubt in my mind he will obliterate any challenge placed before him, Worthy Legion or not. What you see as him standin’ there after being outplayed, I see a man who is calculating as we speak.

Joey Styles:
An absolutely huge opening here tonight ladies and gentlemen, just one week removed from Paul Heyman getting sent through our announce table by the cohorts of the Worthy Legion, and given that’s how we’ve kicked off, who knows what there rest of the night will hold? Oblivion is live for ninety minutes!



**COMMERCIAL BREAK**




We return from the commercial break to see Matt Sydal in the ring, who is getting more words of advice from Billy Kidman, standing on the apron. Sydal’s theme is going over the sound system, so we can’t exactly hear what he’s saying, but Kidman pats the rookie on the shoulder before dropping off the apron and heading to the back. Sydal shadow boxes for a moment, awaiting his other opponents.

“LONDN CALLING” hits the stage now, as Brian Kendrick hits the Oblivion scene for the first time in a few weeks and the first time this year to a very welcome pop. He’s without London, but he’s nonetheless pumped, charging full-force into the ring and backflipping off a turnbuckle in signature fashion. Kendrick actually slaps hands with Sydal once he’s down, the two showing a small sign of mutual respect.

“SIN LIMITES” hits the waves now, as the man they call Aero Star comes through the blood red curtain to a great ovation, many glad to see the sensation after not being on television for a few weeks. Nonetheless, Star is without his cape-like attire, merely in his trademark blue-and-white suit as he leaps onto the apron and salutes the crowd before leaping into the ring, nodding in both Kendrick’s direction and Sydal’s before taking in more of his ‘we miss you’ ovation.

“IT’S TIME – HACKER’S REMIX”

A theme we haven’t heard since World Ablaze sends a few shockwaves through the crowd, the men in the ring all taking note as well, yet another man returning after some time away. The ominous static-heavy theme can only mean the arrival of Gregory Helms…and he does not look happy at all. Still wearing his beanie and vest, the look on Helms’ face just reeks of intensity, as the last two months don’t look like they’ve been kind to him. He walks slowly to the ring and absorbs the crowd’s heat and the men in the ring’s potential fear. As JBL points out, their chances of winning just went down considerably.

OPENING CONTEST
~Cruiserweight #1 Contendership Mini-Tournament~
*Winner advances to Finals*

Aero Star v. Matt Sydal v. Brian Kendrick v. Gregory Helms


The match begins with Helms showing he’s more than ready after being away for a while, but he’s quickly upended by both Aero Star and Brian Kendrick, who also seek to prove themselves after absences before us. With all three of those men going back and forth, it’s Matt Sydal that actually begins to break things away, getting in the middle, and quickening the pace. After a hectic first three minutes and dumping Kendrick out of the ring, Helms avoids Aero Star’s crossbody attempt, causing him to roll out of the ring to the floor. With just Helms and Sydal in the ring, Sydal the determinant rookie starts upping the pace with several arm drags before Helms stops him short with a hip toss. Helms then shows that his cruelty hasn’t been lost in the least since he’s been gone, now immediately going to work on the spine of Sydal with a hard backbreaker, followed by another backbreaker that keeps Sydal arched over the knee of Helms, driving it into the vertebrae. As Helms tries to wear down his adversary, Sydal takes to the offensive and starts kicking Helms in the skull, but as the two rise, Helms keeps on Sydal’s head and drives it back into the mat with a reverse DDT drop! The first cover the match – 1…2…NO! Kendrick comes flying in to break it up!

Kendrick now capitalizes on the surprised Helms, giving him several kicks before tossing him into the opposite ropes and meeting him with a jumping calf kick on the rebound. Kendrick now with a cover – 1…2…NO! Helms easily gets out of that, Kendrick dragging Helms to his feet and trying to whip him again, but it’s reversed, Helms tossing Kendrick instead. On the rebound, Helms lowers his head, only for Kendrick to leap over him for a sunset flip – 1…2…NO!! Helms rolls out and vertical, but as soon as he does, he’s met by a dropkick to the back of the head from Sydal! Helms is down, rolling to the outside, leaving Kendrick and Sydal in the ring. The rookie charges, only to get caught in an arm drag, followed by another. When Kendrick now charges, he too is met by a flurry of arm drags from Sydal, the two meeting a nice stalemate. This is interrupted when Aero Star bursts back into things with a springboard double dropkick back into the ring!! Both men are down, Star covering Sydal – 1…2…NO!! Sydal still has fight, now going to Kendrick – 1…2…NO!! He can’t get it there either!

Star doesn’t take it to heart, however, just taking Kendrick and giving him a sharp back kick to the gut, doubling him over. He then chunks him into a corner, charging after him, and attaching himself to his chest…monkey flip…no!! The aerodynamic-in-his-own-right Kendrick lands on his feet to counter the move, but as soon as he lands on his feet, he’s met with a dynamic dropkick from Sydal!! Sydal with a feisty cover now – 1…2…NO!! Star swoops in and breaks it up, bringing us the first time affair of Star and Sydal. Star goes for an arm drag, but Sydal lands on his feet, forces Star over, then tries to execute a backdrop, but Star flips out of that onto his feet, running off the ropes behind him. Sydal sidesteps, sending Star into the opposite ropes that he rebounds off of and nails Sydal with the handspring elbow!! Star with a cover now – 1…2…NO!! Sydal still has some guts in him!

Sydal rolls away by the ropes, but its not a wise place, as Kendrick is breathed back to life and kicks Sydal under the ropes and out of the ring. He turns around to see Aero Star, but he whips Star into a corner, dashing after him with a hard corner elbow!! As Kendrick leaps off of Star’s limping body, he catches his head and looks for the SLICED BREAD…NO!! Star turns the headlock into very luchatastic arm drag, whipping Kendrick all the way across the ring and to the outside. Star’s got a lot of steam under him now, as he looks up to see both Sydal and Kendrick rising outside, Star looking for the NO HAND TOPE…HELMS BEHEADING CLOTHESLINE!!! WOW!! Helms sneaks back into the affair by damn near tearing Star’s neck off his shoulders as he’s running, looking for a big win here – 1…2…3-NO!! Star still has life!!

Helms is not happy about that in the least, taking Star now and delivers a quick snap suplex – 1…2…NO!! Star still won’t go away, Helms putting some boots into before picking him back up and attempting what looks like a backbreaker rack…but Star spins around to reverse it into a very crafty hurricanrana, that sends Helms right back out of the ring. Star sees three opponents on the outside here, as Sydal and Kendrick have been exchanging punches. They see Helms fall at their feet and both look to damage him, but they look up to see AERO STAR FLYING WITH THE TOPE TORPEDO!! THE NO HAND TOPE MISSILE CONNECTS WITH THREE MEN!!

Star is the first of these men to get to their feet, but he does so to an incredible pop, but some of it is buzz because there’s someone rushing down the ramp…it’s Carlito!! Carlito bashes Star in the back of the head, stunning him, before chunking him spine first into the barricade!! Carlito then takes Star and caps it off by scoop slamming him against the ramp!! OW!! Carlito’s business with Star mystifying some, but others know his motives, as ‘Lito vanishes almost as quickly as he came, slowly walking backwards up the ramp, viewing his dastardly handiwork as he retreats.

The first man to come to his senses then is Matt Sydal, who groggily gets up and roll Brian Kendrick back into the ring. Sydal awaits on the apron as Kendrick tries to bring himself back up to his feet, Sydal springboarding…DROPKICK OUT OF THE AIR!! KENDRICK COUNTERS!! The rookie makes a glaring mistake of leaving himself open with unnecessary moves, Kendrick taking advantage of his adversary by taking his head…SLICED BREAD #2!! HE GETS IT!! The crowd goes nuts for a possible Kendrick win – but he’s cut off before he can cover by Gregory Helms, who pulls Kendrick by his hair from behind…NIGHTMARE ON HELMS STREET!! Kendrick’s head is pancaked on the canvas between Helms’ elbow!! Helms takes his lifeless body and flings it out of the ring, turning around to see a very groggy looking Sydal try to get to his feet…SHINING WIZARD!! Sydal gets a leg driven through his skull, dropping like dead weight back to the canvas, eyes glazed. Helms then once again shows the rookie the lights – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner and ADVANCING TO FINALS: Gregory Helms at (9:29)

Helms lifts himself from off of Sydal’s body to a chorus of heat, but he doesn’t seem to give the slightest shit, only concerned that the referee raises his hand. Helms yanks his hand down afterwards, before adding insult to injury by kicking dirt in the direction of the downed Sydal. We get shots of both Kendrick and Star dead on the outside, Helms climbing through the ropes and pulling the cameraman close up the ramp, screaming “Danielson – I ain’t done witchu yet, boy!”




JBL:
Now that’s a return I can get behind! Atta boy, Gregory!

Joey Styles:
Helms picking up a victory here, but an impressive display from every man in this contest!

JBL:
Who cares how they all looked? How they all look now is like losers!

Joey Styles:
Oh stop it, John. A case could be made for every man in that contest. Brian Kendrick looked excellent, the evolution of Matt Sydal continues, and Aero Star was absolutely on fire until Carlito came and wrecked that whole thing!

JBL:
As fun as Aero Star is to watch, Carlito was more than justified in beating him down! Carlito is a proud Puerto Rican, a proud man of the Hispanic lineage. He’s pissed because people like the Mexicools an’ Aero Star, comin’ in here an’ fueling their stereotypes.

Joey Styles:
So that gives him to right to come out here and deny Aero Star any kind of title opportunity?

JBL:
Carlito was merely out here expressing his opinions.

Joey Styles:
Oh, right. It would be completely un-American of me to deny a man, no matter his origin, his right to intervene into other people’s business.

JBL:
Now you’re gettin’ it.

Joey Styles:
Please. Nonetheless, Gregory Helms is back and by means of his motions, he looks like he wants to get right back at the throat of Bryan Danielson and interject himself as the best cruiserweight in the world.

JBL:
Like he damn well is.




~Backstage halls, the merchandise stand…?


Sitting at the merchandise stand is, surprisingly, Mick Foley. Foley is selling several t-shirts to a flock of fans for some reason, while at the same time looking back at a member of arena personnel who looks very much confused.


Mick Foley:
Well, see, Paul Heyman got wind that I’d be back, he didn’t fire me, but he took away my office. So the merch stand is my office this week. But it’s okay so long as I’m right here, in Manhattan, New York?

~Foley gives the camera a thumbs up and his signature toothless grin, getting his vintage cheap pop. The personnel shrugs in acceptance, but someone is making the fans in the merch line complain, soon revealed to be a rude and still very much bitter Muhammad Hassan. He pushes the woman who was first in line out of the way and gets in Foley’s face

Hassan:
So the man who is running the joint is you? And you’re out here goofing around at your lemonade stand? This is exactly the kind of lax leadership Chris Jericho was talking about!

~All the happiness is drained from the scene now, as the fans left in line at the stand are damn near booing in Hassan’s face

Mick Foley:
Look, Hassan, if you wanna talk matters with me, you’ll have to get at to the back of the line just like everybody else I have to serve tonight.

Hassan:
I still have enough money left to buy this dinky table and all of these people ten times over. You will not discriminate against me and you will speak with me now.

~Hassan really means it, again getting in Foley’s face

Mick Foley:
I can get you this CM Punk shirt now.

~Foley holds up a black CM Punk design t-shirt, with the phrase “One Dark Flame” overcast in big, bold letters over three ‘X’s. Hassan snatches the shameless plug out of Foley’s hands and gets down to business

Hassan:
I had an arrangement with Mr. Heyman about my re-match for my Dynasty title. I said I wanted it this week, but I was told you said no. Give me what I want, and what I want isn’t to support some street rat!

~Hassan throws the shirt in his hands to the floor and steps on it; Foley is not amused

Mick Foley:
First of all, Hassan, I’m not Paul Heyman. By a long shot. Second of all, let me make something clear to you since you’re actually the first person to ever lose a championship in AOW – this is Art of War Wrestling. We don’t follow the same rules many assume to be concrete in the wrestling world. There is no automatic rematch clause here. You get your title shots when you show you’ve earned them, however that may be. And when you lose that shot or title…you go to the back of the line.

~Foley points to the back of the merchandise stand, getting a cheer from the actual Hammerstein and the fans waiting to buy stuff. Hassan is not amused by the crucial plot point presented

Mick Foley:
So take you, your bitter-at-America attitude, go home and accept the fact that since there are people in front of you, you’re not getting squat.

~Hassan damn near chokes Foley as he stares at him, Foley grinning away before taking another shirt off the back rack and tossing it at Hassan’s frozen face that churns back into a scowl before we fade away…


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

**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


~Still backstage, the merchandise stand…


We’re right back where we left at the break, Foley taking cash and handing merch out,, however, his line is pushed aside once again by two even angrier looking men than Hassan – Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Both men are in normal clothes and have their duffle bags. Benjamin takes off his sunglasses to address Foley.


Benjamin:
Why. In the hell. Did you call us down here?

Mick Foley:
Because I’m running things and when I say get down here, I mean get down here.

Haas:
But we made it perfectly clear that we have no challengers left.

Benjamin:
So since we don’t have anyone good enough to defend out titles against, or more than that, even compete against, we’re leaving because we have earned not doing anything.

~Benjamin and Haas have made their point, but Foley stops them dead in their tracks

Mick Foley:
If I recall the message you guys sent out, you two were content with not competing unless you got challengers, am I right? So how about just giving you two a bit of a…challenge.

Haas:
What kind of ‘challenge’…?

Mick Foley:
I don’t know. That’s not really my department. But I do know whose department it is…

~Foley reaches down in his pants and pulls out…MR. SOCKO!! The crowd pops behind the walls of the segment, the fans in line all going nuts, Haas’ and Benjamin’s eyes not liking anything that they’re seeing

Benjamin:
What the hell is that thing doin’ here?

~Foley pays him no heed

Mick Foley:
So Mr. Socko, what do you think I should do about these two?

~Foley puts the sock puppet up to his ear and acts as though he’s listening intently to what it has to say, nodding his head every so often. We get a look at the deeply disturbed Benjamin and Haas before Foley pulls back away

Mick Foley:
Mr. Socko and I are fans of the utterly spontaneous. So tonight, you two are gonna defend your AOW Tag Team Championships against…whoever are the next two guys to walk around that corner.

~Haas and Benjamin go from disturbed to absolutely livid, both men throwing their hands in the air in disbelief

Benjamin:
You gotta be kiddin’ me!

Haas:
This is insane!!

~As soon as the two are just getting started with their ‘oh, come ons’, two men do indeed walk around the corner…in Jack Evans and Low Ki, better known as Low Jack.

Evans
:
Hey, Mr. Foley, me and Ki was just lookin’ for you! We wanted to talk about that #1 Contender Cruiserweight –

Mick Foley:
Talk to me later, Jack. After Low Jack faces the World’s Greatest Tag Team tonight for the Tag Team Championships.

~Jack’s face goes from serious to happy as a lark, Ki not cracking a smile, but his stature noticeably perks up at the title opportunity

Mick Foley:
I suggest you all go get ready.

~Evans and Ki can’t believe their luck and stare at each other for a moment before getting out of the frame. Benjamin and Haas look as pout as pouting can be, Foley teasing them by waving at them with his Mr. Socko hand as we fade away…


~Back at ringside…


As we head back to the arena, the tune of “MISERE CANTARE – THE BEGINNING” meets the fold, as Dynasty Champion CM Punk comes down the ramp to a very welcome reception. He’s not in competition attire. He does have his title in hand, however, as he roams around the ring and makes his way over by the announce desk to grab a microphone from someone. As Punk turns to go into the ring, he stops and winks at JBL before sliding back in. What’s on Punk’s mind here…?


Punk:
I don’t really like leaving people in suspense. I don’t really like having to beat around the bush with things, or being cryptic, and I don’t really like sugar coating many things. So I’m gonna be pretty blunt and unceremonial with what I have to say right now.

~Punk pauses to scratch his chin

Punk
:
The first day I ever set foot in this company – Art of War Wrestling, on the pilot episode of Wednesday Night Oblivion, August 22nd, 2007, I made a decree to you people. A decree that I hope was not lost on any of you.

~A little bit of buzz as Punk stops

Punk
:
I made a vow to come here and compete every single week in this ring and to give it my all without all the glitz and glamour, without all the bells and whistles. And if I could be allowed, I would say that I’ve upheld a vast majority of that.

~Crowd gives appreciative applause, recalling that night and the first main event

Punk
:
I’m here with the Dynasty title in hand, so I think I will say that I’ve upheld a vast majority of that.

~Another round of applause

Punk
:
I believe that now, as a champion of this company, it is my duty, nay, my honor to stand before you as a man who will take on all comers no matter what because this is what we are here to do. We are professional wrestlers and we are here to wrestle professionally.

~Another small applause, but where’s he going with this…?

Punk
:
But while I am more than keen on upholding my vow, I understand that there are several champions in the back who have absolutely no intentions of doing the like. And they know exactly who they are. They exclaim week after week how there’s no more challengers for them. How having this title and keeping this title is the pinnacle accomplishment one can achieve. But gentlemen, that’s our job. To keep on wrestling.

~A pop for that

Punk
:
But how would I know, right? I haven’t even had a chance to defend this baby yet. But it’s no different than anything else I’ve had to scratch and claw for in my entire life. Getting there was fun. But it’s how you stay there that really defines a man. So yes, this is CM Punk taking a shot at you, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. And yes, this is CM Punk, of all people, taking a shot at you, Chris Jericho.

~A bit of buzz for that one

Punk
:
The one guy in that locker room that’s gone at it without any real complaints is our Cruiserweight Champion, Bryan Danielson.

~A pop for the Danielson name

Punk
:
There’s one overwhelming quality I see in a guy like Bryan Danielson. It’s something I hold very dear to myself as well. And that’s pride. Danielson has a lot of pride to call himself champion, take on all comers, and always come out of it by giving it his all.

~Another round of applause for the semi-put over here

Punk
:
So when a man, a professional wrestler as proud as Bryan Danielson is forced to take the airwaves and make a plea, you know something drastic had to happen to get things that way. And those drastic things do include you, Chris Jericho, and your entire Worthy Legion.

~More buzz, as Punk looks like he’s getting more intense here

Punk
:
You and your entire little group stand for nothing but abusing power to get what you want. And it’s causing the fighters and true warriors and wrestlers of this company to be pushed into the background to be pawns in your manipulative ploys. But Jericho, this world doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to them.

~Punk points out towards the crowd, getting a very nice, if cheap, pop that lasts a little while, even moreso when Punk holds the microphone to the crowd before turning it back to his lips

Punk
:
And while I’m a very proud man myself, I know how much it took for Danielson to make that plea to stop you and everything you stand for. Tonight, whether or not you survive being inside that cage with those two bulls is one thing. But the spell you've cast over this company can’t be broken by just one man.

~Punk is getting very intense now, if somewhat subtle. He stops his panorama approach and looks directly into the camera in the ring with him…

Punk:

Danielson, I know you’re back there somewhere. So if you can see this, just know that your prideful plea didn’t fall on deaf ears. This is a place I won’t have stained by men like that. But I want it to be fit for men like us. You said you wanted somebody, anybody, to voice up and step up beside you to end this. And I wholeheartedly agree with you that this ends now. Wherever you are, Danielson, I just want to let you know – I want in.



Punk throws down his microphone to a very nice pop as his music hits the waves once again, the crowd very happy that the ranks opposing the Worthy Legion may in fact be growing. Punk drops his title and slides out of the ring before fetching his title from underneath the bottom rope and slinging it back over his shoulder, taking in his honorable ovation as he heads back up the ramp, surprisingly, uninterrupted.

Joey Styles:
Well it looks like Bryan Danielson’s plea from aodubya.com did indeed reach out and touch somebody, Punk looking like he wants in on whatever war Bryan Danielson has to let him know that he’s not alone.

JBL:
For cryin’ out loud. Please give me somebody, anybody, who sees both of those miscreants for who they really are?

Joey Styles:
And what would that be, John?

JBL:
They’re doin’ the same damn thing they’re accusing Jericho of doin’ – building a stable to try an’ take power! Look, Joey, to build a new temple, one must be destroyed. Danielson and Punk both have this great little ‘white knight’ thing goin’ on, an’ it makes me sick, because it’s only a ruse of them to build their own crew an’ try to take over this company themselves.

Joey Styles:
Quite the contrary, John. Their intentions aren’t to take over the company, they’re to take it back and place it back in the hands of men who are here to compete. And Punk was right, because they’re the same words Paul Heyman spoke just a few weeks ago – this company was developed by wrestlers for wrestlers to settle their differences and compete in that ring, not see how many people they could intimidate with their cults.

JBL:
You’re full of it, Joey. Just full of it. You’re eatin’ everything kids like Punk are shovelin’ you. An’ one day you’re gonna see just how unworthy they are. It makes me sick to my stomach to sit here an’ listen to you regurgitating this filth.

Joey Styles:
Just like it makes me sick to sit here and have to listen to you feeding into Jericho’s ego, sucking off on his grapefruits like he can do no wrong.

JBL:
LISTEN HERE! I am John “Bradshaw” Layfield, I am my own man, an’ I REFUSE to be talked to like I’m some –

Joey Styles:
They’re here to professionally wrestle and we’re here to professionally commentate, so I guess I’ll get to it. Coming up later on tonight, ladies and gentlemen we do have an absolutely enormous main event that wasn’t even decided until the start of the show – AOW Champion for almost five dastardly months, Chris Jericho, will be defending his title not against one, but two very angry and fierce men in Samoa Joe and Finlay in a Triple Threat Steel Cage match, where the only way to win is by escaping the enclosure. Has Mick Foley finally trumped Jericho one final time? Will Joe finally complete his journey to rid the world of the Worthy Legion himself? Of is Finlay going to finally capitalize in his first ever AOW Championship opportunity? Find out later on toight!



~Backstage, viewing room…


Before we head off to break, we see Chris Jericho in a room surrounded by his Worthy Legion – Ken Doane, Bobby Lashley, and Paul “The Great” Wright, all watching what we all just saw from CM Punk on a television screen. Jericho is snarling to himself as the two behemoths behind him stand as stoic as ever. Doane’s face is much more animated.


Doane:
Should we go out and teach him a lesson?

Chris Jericho:
No. He and Danielson are and always will be just annoying little flies. We have much bigger things to deal with tonight. Like how I’m going to keep this.

~Jericho points to the title draped over his shoulder, a close up going in on it, as we finally fade away…


Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re brought to a very shady setting, darkness shrouding the entire frame save for what looks like an overhead lamp lighting up a small table. We hear what sounds like cards being shuffled before a figure just as shrouded in shadows as his surroundings deals out hands to three other shadowed figures when a narrator kicks in.

Narrator:
War cannot be won alone.


The men in the shadows pick up the hands dealt, where we go to a behind the back shot of one man, but still not able to see his hand…

Narrator:
Rule is spread by armies.


Two of the other players push forth their chips, both appearing to be all in…

Narrator:
And numbers fighting for a man mean everything.


The shadowy man we’re following pushes his entire stack of chips forth…these men have balls…

Narrator:
One is a struggle…


One shadowed man presents his hand…

Narrator:
Two is a battle…


The second man lays down his hand…

Narrator:
But three…


Our followed shadow presents one card, a King of Spades, which looks very similar to Samoa Joe…

Narrator:
…is…


…and then drops down a King of Clubs, which bears a striking resemblance to Finlay…

Narrator:
WAR.


…and his final card is dropping the King of Hearts for a three-of-a-kind that looks stunningly like Chris Jericho. As the man rakes in his winnings, we get a graphic flashing up on our screen –

THE AOW TRIOS TOURNAMENT
BEGINNING FEBRUARY 6TH


**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


~Backstage, the Green Zone interview set…


Steve Romero:
Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time, a man who will be competing in the AOW Championship Steel Cage match tonight, he is the One Man Army – SAMOA JOE!!

~Very nice pop as the camera pans back to reveal a very intense and beastly looking Samoa Joe

Steve Romero
:
Joe, I’m sure you’ve got some last minute preparations to go with before you head into the cage, but can you just give us a few quick thoughts on the match tonight?

Joe:
I’m only gonna say this, Steve – Finlay deserves an ass kicking.

~Joe pauses as the crowd gives him a pop beyond the walls

Joe
:
And Jericho deserves that title being taken away from him.

~Another pop

Joe
:
And I deserve to be the one to beat it out of him. So all I’m gonna say is that tonight, inside that steel cage, everyone is gonna get exactly what they deserve.

~Joe turns back away from the camera and Romero, as the camera catches him walking to the back, but he’s notably limping a bit, as his knee that was targeted by Finlay and hit the by car last week don’t seem to be completely healed as we fade out…


~Further backstage, locker room area


We leave one interview to only be met with another, as The Miz appears on our screen, but he looks as if he’s damn near about to piss himself…


The Miz:
Hi…I’m Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, here with my guest at this time, the other man in the Triple Threat Cage match for the AOW Championship tonight…Finlay.

~The camera pans back to reveal Finlay behind Miz, his foot on a bench, tying the last laces in his boots. He’s as stoic as ever.

The Miz:
Um…Mr. Finlay…I don’t’ mean to disturb you, I’m only doing my job, but can you please not kill me and just give us some quick thoughts on the match tonight?

~Miz’s hand is noticeably shaking as he puts it up to Finlay’s face, who finally turns around to face Miz

Finlay:
My thoughts? Tonight, I get to kill two birds with one stone. To finally get rid of Joe and take my AOW Championship.

~Finlay gives us his own toothless grin before it quickly fades back into his stoic state

Finlay:
All I can say, boy…is it’s about time.

~There’s notable anger in Finlay’s voice, as he lingers to stare at Miz. It doesn’t take long for Miz to get the point and quickly scurries out of there, leaving Finlay by himself, but like Joe before him, he see him wince for only a moment and tend to his back, his injuries possibly not that healed, as we fade away…



~Back at ringside…


“THE PROUD WARRIOR (LOW JACK REMIX)” greets our ears as we get a good view at the entrance ramp, the team of Low Jack bursting through the curtain, Evans leading the way. He does a mini crump dance on the entrance ramp, Ki following suit and still staying very serious, just staring at Evans with disinterest. Evans looks at Ki and takes him by the shoulders, where we can read his lips say “it’s for the Tag Team titles, man!” Ki just takes Evans by the back of the head and shoves him down the ramp, which forces Evans to keep going lest he fall, and make his way to the ring, Ki following suit as both men look pumped, in their own way, for their very first AOW Tag Team Championship opportunity.

“WORLD’S GREATEST” chimes over the speakers now, as the World’s Greatest Tag Team make their way down the ramp, but they seem very much the opposite of Evans and Ki. There’s not a lot of pep in their step at all, not much emotion on their face, possibly agitated, and rightfully so. The reaction they’re getting is one of mixed reception, the same kind they’ve been getting for several weeks now. They get to the base of the ramp and look at one another before sliding under the bottom rope and into the ring. They both approach center ring and…extend their hands?? An action the WGTT hasn’t done in quite a while occurs here with the respectable handshake! Ki and Evans seem very hesitant at first…before finally shaking the hands of the Tag Team Champions, no one in the crowd not exactly sure what to make of this.

MATCH 2
*AOW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS*
The World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Low Jack


The opening seconds of the contest see the WGTT being thrown a little off-guard by the unorthodoxed style of both Ki and Evans, but after a good four minutes, they seem to adapt reasonably well by singling out Jack Evans, Charlie Haas countering his high-octane offense by planting his face in the canvas with a one-man flapjack! Haas tags in Benjamin, who proceeds to nail Evans in the back of the head with an elbow drop before going for a cover – 1…2…NO! Evans has more fight in him than that, trying to get to his corner, but Benjamin prevents that by dragging him back to center and grapevining his leg, tagging Haas back in, who leaps over the top rope upon being tagged and nails Evans again the back of the head with a leg drop! Haas now for a cover – 1…2…NO!! Evans makes his way out of that as well!

The WGTT continue their rotating tag-outs when Haas pulls Evans up to tag Benji back in, the two then performing a double suplex that Benjamin tries to capitalize on – 1…2…NO!! Ki bursts into the ring to save it for his tag team partner! Benjamin now takes Evans and tries to wear him down, pulling his neck back in a rest hold. After a minute or so of being worn down, Evans starts to get back up and try to spark some more fight, putting some elbows in Benjamin’s gut and trying to wrench away, but Benjamin pulls him back in with a short-arm clothesline!! Benjamin again with a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Evans still has life!

Benjamin shows a little bit of frustration on that one, but he merely drags Evans over to his corner, Haas tagging himself in. Benji then lifts Evans into what looks like a suplex position, but we soon see that he’s merely passing Evans up to Charlie Haas, who has climbed to the top rope. This looks like a hellova move coming, but Low Ki storms the ring once again to his partner’s aid, hitting the spine of Benjamin to let Evans down. He then goes over to kick Haas’ ankle, which causes him to be straddled on the post! As the crowd shares his pain, Ki actually knocks Benjamin out of the ring, Evans completely back to his feet. Ki then looks at Evans, the two of them sharing a thought, as Evans backs up a few steps as Ki stands in front of the recovering straddled Haas. Evans rushes towards Ki, who lifts him over his head and right onto Haas – AIDED FRANKENSTEIR!! WOW!! It’s Low Jack’s turn to show some chemistry, as Haas goes flipping over and crashing below! It takes a moment for Evans to recover a bit and crawl over to Haas, but the referee is trying to direct Ki out of the ring. The ref finally does turn around, though – 1…2…3…NO!!! Benjamin comes crashing in at the last second!

The tag team titles damn near escaping their grasp, Benjamin barely saves it for his partner! Evans is still feeling some of the earlier offense, but he has enough in him to try and pull Haas into his corner for a tag, but Haas starts coming back to life and starts hitting Evans with hard rights, eventually getting enough back in him to Irish whip, but Evans ducks underneath a clothesline attempt to roll right into his corner to tag in Low Ki to a pop! Ki bursts into the ring and hits Haas with a flurry of strikes and forces him into a corner, Shelton Benjamin entering to try and aide his partner. He gets a vicious roundhouse to the face upon entry, flopping on top of Haas in the corner. Evans is still in the ring, looking at Ki to help him direct traffic…cartwheel back elbow smash to both men!! The sandwiched bodies booth feel the impact!! As Benjamin drops to the canvas and rolls outside from the blow, Haas’ inertia keeps him vertical as Ki follows up directly behind Haas…TIDAL CRUSH!! The cartwheel to jumping kick cracks Charlie Haas right in the face!! He falls face-first into the canvas, Ki springing to shoot the half – 1…2…3…NO!!!

HAAS KICKS OUT!! The Tag Team Championships stay where they’re at! The Warrior doesn’t waste any time at all on the kickout, wrapping his body around Charlie’s with some bodyscissors, possibly trying to wear down the resilient champion. Haas struggles to undo the vice, but as soon as he gets back to his feet, Ki looks to absolutely behead with a roundhouse…but Haas ducks, spinning Ki all the way around, allowing Haas to grapple around his waist…flawless German suplex!! Both men are down now, but Haas definitely needs to make a tag! Ki uses some nearby ropes to make it to his feet and rushes at the struggling Haas, but Haas catches the careless Ki in a drop toehold, crunching his jaw against the WGTT’s corner post!! This gives Haas all the time he needs to tag in Benjamin, who stands close behind Charlie, Haas approaching their dazed opponent in the corner and pulling him out…with another German suplex, but this flows right into Benjamin lifting him up right off the mat…and hitting a wheelbarrow suplex!! German-to-German combo!!! Benjamin keeps the bridge on this one, getting another cover attempt – 1…2…3…NO!! It’s Jack Evans turn to make the save!!

Not letting their first time go to waste, Evans saves it! Benjamin shows his disapproval of this move by driving a knee sharply into Evans’ gut before throwing him out of the ring, leaving Ki alone. Benjamin takes his newfound alone time to bring Ki to his feet and into a suplex position before bouncing him off the ropes…slingshot suplex!! Benji floats over for a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Ki wants his shot to keep going, too!! Benjamin now takes Ki and gives him a hard blow to the head, but this seems to wake up Ki more than anything, as when Benjamin tries to lift him to his feet, Ki breaks his grasp with a knife-edge CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends Benji reeling, Ki himself leaning on the ropes behind him for support. Benjamin geos over and yanks Ki off the ropes with an Irish whip, but Ki greets him on the rebound with a hard knee to the gut that sends Benji to one knee. Ki rebounds again and slings towards the prone Benjamin…BLACK MAGIC!! The feint to back-of-the-head-kick!! Benjamin down again – 1…2…3-NO!! Benjamin’s able to kick out and keep going! Ki doesn’t like that one bit, trying to bring Benjamin back up, but the Black half of the champions surprises him with a last-ditch European uppercut effort that sends Ki away and gives Benjamin enough time to flop to his corner and tag back in Haas.

Haas comes in hot, hitting Ki with a hard back elbow before hitting him with a knee to the gut, doubling him over. Haas then rebounds off the ropes behind him, going for the running knee lift, but Ki spins out of the way, only hit Haas…with a springboard enzeguiri!! Haas falls flat on his back, Ki looking at his position and seeing that Benjamin actually has yet to get back to the apron, leading him not to cover, but to tag in Evans instead. As Jack E leaps in, Benjamin slinks up and charges at Evans, only to get hit by a hard Ki elbow, sending him back leaning against the ropes. Ki then takes Evans like he’s going to backdrop him, but instead, he kicks Benjamin over the top rope…RIGHT INTO A MOONSAULT ON HAAS!! AIDED DROPKICK-MOONSAULT COMBO!! This looks like it could do it – 1…2…3…NO!!

JBL says they took too much time between impact and pin attempt, and he may be right, but Low Jack thought they had’em! Evans quickly picks himself off of Haas’ body, however, he and Ki taking Haas and nailing him with a double dropkick! Ki then looks outside the ring to see Benjamin making it to his feet…SASUKE SPECIAL!! The cartwheel-to-corkscrew-senton over the top rope takes out both Low Ki and Benjamin!! It’s Evans and Haas alone in the ring, Evans making it to the top rope, the crowd on their feet for the beautiful move that may win tag told…630 SENTON…NOBODY HOME!! NOBODY HOME!! Evans crashes and burns, his spine jarring on the impact of the missed maneuver! Haas instantly takes this opportunity to crank Evans’ legs over his body…HAAS OF PAIN!! HAAS OF PAIN!! And with Evans’ unbelievably flexible body, Haas is able to crank back considerably, Evans’ feet TOUCHING THE BACK OF HIS FUCKING HEAD!! The damage to the spine done and the sinister submission locked in…Evans has no choice but to TAP OUT!!

Winners and STILL AOW Tag Team Champions: The World’s Greatest Tag Team at (12:42)

The titles stay home!! Haas uncoils Evans’ body and rolls back towards the center ring, the referee handing him his half of the titles before rolling outside and handing the struggling Benjamin his half of the gold as well. The crowd actually gives them a round of applause, although they’re struck a little funny when the WGTT stop to acknowledge the cheers. They take their titles and head back up the ramp, holding each other up, while Low Jack can only lick their wounds inflicted from their – surprisingly – respectful opponents.


Joey Styles:
What’s gotten into these guys heads? That certainly didn’t look like the same World’s Greatest Tag Team that walked out of the show last week and damn near boycotted this one.

JBL:
Does it really matter what’s goin’ on with their attitudes? You an’ everybody else have been on these guys about their ‘changin’ attitudes’ for weeks, but what you people fail to realize is that both of those young men are TAG. TEAM. CHAMPIONS. Whatever they feel like being, they can be.

Joey Styles:
That’s all true, and a very valiant effort on behalf of Low Jack in their very first title opportunity, but they came here tonight pissed they had to compete, and they came here and –

JBL:
…and they handled business. It don’t matter what you feel like, Joey, when that bell rings, the lights are on bright, and championship gold is up for grabs, you get down to business. An’ if you’re the World’s Greatest Tag Team, this was just that an’ I must admit, their business is booming.

Joey Styles:
Again, I’m not refuting that, Bradshaw, I’m just wondering what made them change the way they saw this. I mean, when was the last time we saw them shake an opponent’s hand like that, especially under forced circumstances?

JBL:
Hell if I know, Joey, but why do you give a damn? Look, they’re a very self-reflective pair of young men. Maybe they saw somethin’ in what they were doing, didn’t like it, an’ just decided to suck it up and compete. The fact is, Low Jack ain’t got gold, Benjamin an’ Haas do, an’ Mick Foley has to think of somethin’ new if he wants to challenge them.


Joey Styles:
Well speaking of ‘something new’, while many of us were feeling the shock and impact of Paul Heyman being taken out by Chris Jericho at the start of last week, many of us were taken completely aback at what turned out to be our actual main event of the evening and that was the absolutely unbelievable battle put on between two rookies in their debut – Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black.

~Still-frames show now of the Kingston/Black encounter from a week ago, many of the match’s high points displayed

JBL:
You wanna talk about makin’ a statement as soon as you walk in the doors of the company – I have never seen anything like those two goin’ at it last week in my entire life. Two guys who literally have never had a professional contract before in their entire lives, both in the prime of their youth an’ they came in here on their first day an’ tore this house down.

Joey Styles:
And those two have caused an insatiable amount of buzz in the wrestling world, many wondering where these guys came from and what they have to offer to AOW at this point in time, and especially, John, whether we’ll see a rematch or not.

JBL:
As much as I harp on wins and losses bein’ everything, I still wanna see these two guys go back at it. I’m becomin’ a Tyler Black man, especially after he actually won the daggone match, but I can’t take anything away from Kofi Kingston.

Joey Styles:
I’m quite the opposite, partner. I loved everything Kofi Kingston had to offer in that contest, regardless of whether or not he picked up the win, but like you said, that’s taking nothing away from his opponent in Tyler Black.


As the pictures conclude from our screen, we hear the pulsating rhythm that can only mean one thing – the lowering of the cage. Everyone in the arena looks up to see the unforgiving steel enclosure slowly lower itself into devouring the ring, the cage itself getting as big a reaction as any face tonight.


Joey Styles:
But that was last week’s main event. This week, we have something much, much bigger and possibly much, much bloodier, but definitely much, much bigger implications. Chris Jericho will be locked in that very cage with two angry, hungry, proven savage beasts in Samoa Joe, the One Man Army, and Finlay, the Man Who Loves to Fight. The AOW Championship is on the line and there’s absolutely no escape for the Worthy Champion. That HUGE main event is coming up…NEXT!!!



Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re brought to a dark screen, seeing nothing, everything looking somewhat blurred, but it clears up after a moment or so. When the blur lifts, we are taken aback when a gold chain crucifix drops down from above and only leaves us with words emerging at the bottom of the screen…

THE SAINT IS COMING…

**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We return from the break to the sound of Tony Chimel announcing that this following contest is, indeed, a Steel Cage match for the AOW Heavyweight Championship. Not long after he lets that ring over the Hammerstein, “LEMBEG” breaks out on that same sound system, as The Fighting Irishman, Finlay, bursts through the blood-red curtain and onto the ramp, He’s getting a very dense array of heat, his shillelagh still in hand, although when he gets to ringside, the referee in charge of the door asks him to dispose of it. Finlay just gives Ray Ramsey a hard stare, handing him his destructive wooden staff before walking into the asylum. We can see, as Joey Styles is point out at the booth, that Finlay is trying very hard not to expose the damage to his back, but we can see it in the very ginger way he walks.

“MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT” soon ignites the threshold and the fans, as the ass-kicking machine that is the newly dubbed ‘One Man Army’ Samoa Joe pulls back the crimson curtains to reveal an unbelievably focused expression, one that has been on his face for the last month or so. As he struts down the ramp, he almost makes the cage invisible, damn near staring through it to get a cold hard look at the man who has opposed him since the company inception in Finlay. Joe, too, has in injury quite noticeable, although his is more obvious that Finlay’s because we can see his taped up appendage behind its knee pad. He keeps his eyes locked on Finlay as he walks through the door and into the demonic structure. He walks to the near corner, but adjacent to Finlay.

The reaction turns almost violent once “KING OF MY WORLD” hits the system, as AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho comes on out in tights this time, title still slung over his shoulder. He hardly acknowledges the heat, but he looks almost as cold and unfeeling as his opponents, although as JBL is putting it, he’s hiding his weakness the best out of the three men. Jericho has his nose up all the way down the ramp before handing his title to Goose Mahoney, the other referee manning the match from the outside. He kisses it before doing so.

He steps into the ring, his ‘worthy’ face guise wearing thinner by the moment, but comes almost completely undone when Samoa Joe randomly bolts towards the entrance way, Jericho quickly making way to another, empty corner. Joe steps back through the door and up to Ray Ramsey, who still has Finlay’s staff in hand…and takes it from him! This catches both the champion and the Irishman’s gaze, as Joe walks a little bit on the outside…before THROWING THE SHILLELAGH INTO THE CROWD!! The brutal shillelagh that has been the bane of many victims in AOW has just been flung into the masses! The crowd is popping big, everyone on Joe’s side before the match even begins. Joe steps back through the doorway, reaching back, and slams the door shut behind him. It’s on.


MAIN EVENT

AOW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
*STEEL CAGE MATCH*
~Escape Only~


Chris Jericho(c) v. Samoa Joe v. Finlay



All three men have a three-way standoff, Joe’s aura clashing with Finlay’s, while both of their airs meet with Jericho’s, who tentatively backs away from those two men, and wisely so. Joe and Finlay meet in the center of the ring, nose to nose, brow to brow. The undeniable tension between the two men in their familiar surroundings of the steel asylum invoke an even bigger reaction from the crowd. The crowd pops even bigger when they suddenly break ranks and turn towards the cowering-in-a-corner champion, and they both start beating the high hell out of him!! Joe unleashes a flurry of punches and a hard kick to the midsection that sends Jericho to the lower rungs of the turnbuckle, Finlay delivering stomp after stomp to the prone champion.

Finlay then forces Jericho back to his feet, only to make him curl up after a hard CHOP(Wooooo!). Joe follows up on that with a CHOP(Wooooo!) of his own. Finlay immediately sees this as a challenge, Joe egging him on. Joe even holds Jericho back up in the corner as Finlay approaches and delivers another ridiculous CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends the champ cringing. Finlay and Joe don’t let their gazes drop from the other as they switch roles, Finlay holding Jericho up while Joe rears back…CHOP(Wooooo!) Jericho’s chest as turned completely raw this early in the contest. Finlay still doesn’t seem all too impressed, but he walks into the corner with Jericho before whipping him out towards Joe, who nails him with a hard clothesline!! Joe stays standing and looks at Finlay once again, Joe now taking Jericho back to his feet and putting him into the corner again, Finlay backing up this time. Joe now whips Jericho towards Finlay…who BEHEADS JERICHO WITH A LARIAT!! Finlay puts his entire body behind the blow, but as soon as he hits the canvas, he hits a single leg-tackle on Joe’s week knee!!

Finlay reminds Joe what’s at stake here by not even making is subtle that he plans to pick apart Joe’s weak joint, stomping away at it before driving a knee into it. Joe doesn’t scream in pan, pretty much taking it, but when Finlay holds in knee into his own, Joe pulls Finlay’s head in close and starts delivering hard blows to his skull, forcing the Irishman up and off. Finlay reels a bit while Joe struggles to get to his feet because of his weakened appendage, but he still has enough in him to take the reeling Finlay and throw his face into the cage!! Finlay is the first man introduced to steel tonight, Joe immediately following up on that by wrapping around Finlay’s midsection and DRIVING HIS SPINE INTO THE CAGE!!

It’s Joe’s turn to make it very blatant he knows Finlay’s weakness, Finlay letting out an Irish yell of anguish. As Joe lets Finlay take a few steps of pain away from the wall, he surprises him by pulling out the CCS ENZEGURI!! THE JUMPING TWISTING BLOW!! Joe hasn’t busted that move out yet in AOW, catching Finlay so off guard that he reels into a corner and falls to the lower rungs. Joe backs up and slaps some life into his damaged knee, backing up to the opposite side of the ring and holding a finger high and screaming “OLE!!” The crowd begins chanting along the corresponding sports cry, as Joe charges for the nasty facewash…JERICHO TRIANGLE DROPKICK!! WOH! Jericho bursts back into the fray by hitting the springboard dropkick to down the charging Joe!

Both of his opponents are down, and it’s no surprise that Jericho is the first man to go for a climbing attempt. Clutching his still throbbing chest, Jericho begins to make his way up a cage wall to a chorus of heat for his weaseling, but he’s soon stopped by a recovering Finlay who clubs him in the spine. Jericho tries to keep going still, now more than halfway up, but Finlay cubs him yet again before bringing himself up to him and pulls the back of his head, slamming Jericho’s face into the cage!! This stuns Jericho enough for Finlay to get underneath his arm and wrap around his waist, catching him in a super backdrop position…but then Joe comes to life. Joe starts climbing the ropes on the cage wall to get directly underneath the setting-up Finlay, coming right up between his legs and putting him in an elevated position and falling back…BACKDROP/ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP ALL THE WAY DOWN FROM THE CAGE!!! OH MY GAAAD!! The match is barely five minutes old, and already the men are all on the canvas!! Jericho’s neck may be broken, Finlay’s back makes him scream in pain, and Joe’s leg that supported the mass of weight possibly buckled upon impact. The sight of all three men down on the ground demonstrates what brutality awaits on the other side of the break.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As soon as we return from the commercial break, Finlay and Joe are on their feet in the center of the ring, exchanging bows back and forth. They’re not furious blows that we’ve become accustomed to as they both seem to be just getting to their feet, but Finlay has more in him to backpedal and whip off the ropes and again, launch himself at Joe’s weak leg, again making him collapse. Finlay may look to get on it like a pitbull this time, but he doesn’t get a chance to because he’s ambushed by a recovering Chris Jericho, who rams his forearm into the base of Finlay’s spine, provoking his own injury. Jericho then takes Finlay and short arm whips him hard, spine-first into the cage! Jericho taking command here, as Finlay whiplashes violently right back into the fray, Jericho takes Finlay’s head and hits him with the one-handed bulldog!

The commentators note this would be a great place for a cover, but it would be for naught in this match, as Jericho now sees an opportunity a mere few feet away from him in the cage door, crawling towards it, but collapsing on his way. He recovers enough to get the refs to open the door as he approaches retention…NO!! Joe catches an ankle of Jericho and pulls him back into the center of Hell, curling up his leg…and locking in the STF!! STF!! While this may not get him the title, Joe’s finally got his hands on Jericho and he’s making him suffer!! He pulls up and cranks violently on Jericho’s spine, Jericho grasping for a rope that won’t do him any good. What saves him from the pain is a recovering Finlay, breaking the hold with a surprise Finlay Press! The seated senton drills the back of Joe, but also sandwiches Jericho under the weight of two brutes.

The calculating Finlay then takes the body of Joe in his hands, making his body a missile and CHUNKING HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE IRON POST!! Not only does Joe’s shoulder meet metal, his face does too, as it grinds against the cage! Joe clutches his ailing shoulder now and he reels back into the ring, where we see Finlay now has Jericho in his clutches…and chunks Jericho right into the legs of Joe!! Finlay, true to form, is using everything (and everyone) he can get his hands on as a weapon! Jericho’s head hits Joe’s knee hard, but of course, Finlay was aiming for Joe’s injury. Joe falls under the momentum of the move on his ailing part, Jericho rolling away and clutching his head.

Finlay is back in command here, taking the still stunned Jericho by the legs now. He stands vertical with them before leaning all the way back…CATAPAULT RIGHT INTO THE CAGE!! Jericho’s face sticks up against the unforgiving steel from the momentum, his body soon sliding down the wall. Finlay takes this opportunity to go for his first climbing attempt, swallowing the heavy array of heat from the crowd as a result. He tends to the small of his back, which has taken damage still, getting closer and closer to the top…when he’s stopped by Joe! Much like he did with Jericho, Joe grabs hold of Finlay’s ankle and prevents him from advancing anywhere, pulling himself up along the cage wall and bringing himself even with Finlay.

The two exchange blows, but they both continue to climb. They keep stopping one another when they ascend, stopping to bash each other with fists yet again. Finlay manages to pull away with a hard elbow that forces Joe to hold onto the cage for dear life should he fall all the way down, getting Finlay the time he needs to get all the way to the top with one leg over. Finlay’s just moments away from capturing gold…but Joe is able to gather himself and stop him just in time! Joe now pulls back up and in the same position as Finlay at the top of the cage, half in and half out. The two now start going back and forth from way up-top. The crowd is behind each blow, but neither man backs down, one immediately following with a hit of their own right after the other is done. Eventually, their punches gain tempo…and they just start bashing with a flurry of punches at the very top!! The crowd is popping wildly at this sight, almost a shot-for-shot perfect remake of their infamous brawl atop the Hammerstein balcony many months ago!

They just keep firing back, left and right, until finally, Finlay does start pulling away, clubbing Joe down to the point that he almost falls all the way down into the ring, but catches himself on the caged wall before he can do so. This still leaves Finlay in a favorable position, but Joe repositions himself beneath Finlay and starts clubbing him in the spine, Joe now getting into Finlay’s weakness!! This prevents Finlay from going all the way over, even bringing his dangling leg back over to sit on the top of the cage, both feet now inside. This turns his back away from Joe, but the Samoan Machine still manages to get several blows in on Finlay’s head…until we see him tuck Finlay’s head into his shoulder. The crowd is buzzing at what this is looking like, Joe now grappling the two of Finlay’s legs…could it be…? MUSCLE BUSTER FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE!! MUSCLE BUSTER FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE!!! OOOHHH MY F*CKING GAAAADD!!!


“HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!”


The Hammerstein faithful let ring their approval as they rise in applause for that absolutely ridiculous move. They should be paying for something like this, but they’re getting it for free at the expense of the body of Finlay. Samoa Joe’s body isn’t spared from the move, however, as again the knee used to support the weight of the move is in pain, as well as Joe whiplashing his head pretty hard on the fall down. As JBL and Joey show the folks at home the move again and again from three different angles, neither man is showing any signs of life, Finlay possibly completely KO’d here. But the Hammerstein’s lingering cheers are almost immediately cut off when Chris Jericho comes back to life, whom we now see was evidently BUSTED OPEN when he met the cage wall, as he’s donning a CRIMSON MASK. Jericho springs to his bloody feet and grabs both of the winded Joe’s legs…WALLS OF JERICHO!!! WALLS OF JERICHO TO JOE!! Jericho torques possibly the last bit of life that’s in Joe’s legs, Joe without the whereithall to counter! Perhaps the hemoglobin release has awoken an inner Jericho! The bloody face of the Worthy Champion is screaming to sell the intensity of the hold, the pain also written in Joe’s clenched face as well. Jericho damn near wrenches Joe’s bad knee out of the joint, but Joe somehow finds it in him with his entire body of strength to twist his body and unlock the Walls! Jericho geos tumbling and Joe is free, but that puts even more strain on the knee, forcing him to clutch it in pain.

Joe slowly stumbles to his feet, using some of the ropes to get up before drifting back center ring, but the bloody Jericho is ready…CODEBREAKER…NO!! Joe has the strength to catch Jericho in mid-air and looks like he wants ANOTHER MUSCLE BUSTER…NO!! HIS KNEE BUCKLES!! Once again, the damage to Joe’s leg costs him more than pain, as he collapses to one knee and drops Jericho! The puppetmaster of a champion doesn’t make this go unnoticed, rushing at the cut-down Joe…RUNNING ENZEGUIRI CONNECTING!!! Joe is stunned so much, he is propelled to stand up, leaning against the ropes and the cage behind him, but he doesn’t fall! The dripping crimson face of Jericho looks on in frustration and fear, as Joe doesn’t go down. He takes a moment to rush at the man who has taken an oath to take him down and goes for ANOTHER CODEBREAKER…NO!!

We’re all over the overrun, but Joe still has enough in him to throw Jericho’s body down, forcing him to roll in recovery. Joe is still very much groggy, leading Jericho to charge at him again, but Joe catches him and pulls Jericho over his shoulder…ISLAND DRIVER…NO!! Jericho squirms from over Joe’s shoulder, drifting over to a cage wall…and beginning to climb!! Jericho weasels his way into a cage climb, but Joe promptly stops him by pulling him by his tights off of the cage, right back into his clutches…Samoan Drop!! Jericho is flattened by the One Man Army! Joe gets to his feet and lets out a roar, prompting the crowd to pop huge, but almost as soon as that happens, Joe is surprised by a recovered Finlay…CELTIC CROSS!! CELTIC CROSS TO JOE!! Out of nowhere, Finlay dashes Joe and the crowd’s hopes! The move momentarily jars Finlay’s spine, but he grits his teeth and sucks it up enough to stand up and go over to an attempting to recover Jericho…CODEBREAKER!! CODEBREAKER!!

Finlay flops back, leaving Jericho the only conscious man in the ring! The crowd is throwing ridiculous heat here, as Jericho crawls over the bodies of the downed bulls among him, going towards the door. Ramsey unlocks the gate, opening the door and giving us a clear shot of the blood-drenched Jericho crawling on his hands and knees, struggling to get to the door. He grabs onto the ropes in the doorway to try and pull himself through, but the crowd is buzzing big time…IT’S BRYAN DANIELSON!! AND HE KICKS THE DOOR SHUT ON JERICHO’S FACE!! Jericho recoils violently back into the ring, as Danielson’s interference has the crowd on fire!!

Danielson is screaming through the bars at Jericho, pumped as ever, but he himself has a fight on his hands when he’s suddenly ambushed…KEN DOANE! Doane throws Danielson’s face against the cage wall from the outside!! Danielson reels into a Doane clothesline, sending him splat against the padded outside! The crowd deflates again, but the outside doesn’t stay padded for long, as Doane starts ripping up a portion of the padding. This exposes the hard concrete underneath, taking Danielson in his clutches, possibly looking to nail him with a RKDOANE TO THE CONCRETE…BUT HE’S HIT BY CM PUNK!! The other half of the ‘annoying flies’ comes to the party now, as he bashes Doane from behind and saves Danielson now! Danielson recovers now, getting Doane in a suplex position, prompting Punk to help him…DOUBLE SUPLEX…ONTO THE EXPOSED CONCRETE!! The crowd is back on fire, as the numbers game seems to FINALLY be in Danielson‘s favor…until both men look up and are DECAPITATED BY A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE FROM BOBBY LASHLEY!

The crowd goes through a roller coaster of emotions in that short timespan, but it seems to be over now, as Lashley stands over both rebels with a look of distain. He then looks behind himself to see Paul Wright galumphing down the ramp now, but he’s in no hurry. Lashley surveys the damage again before our focus shifts back into the ring…where JOE IS VERTICAL AND CLIMBING!! The calm look on Lashley’s face turn to one of panic, as Jericho isn’t up yet, Lashley going to the cage wall Joe is climbing. The crowd is again going nuts, but it gets even more tense when Finlay groggily gets to his feet, and begins climbing a different wall of his own! Lashley helps direct traffic, telling Wright to go cover Finlay, both men looking to threaten the challengers should they make the top!

Both of Joe and Finlay’s injuries are flaring up here in spades, as neither man can climb the cage as best they can when they’re in great pain. The two badasses suck it up verily, however, eventually reaching the top, but looking down to see daunting and large foes. The crowd is popping their heads off for someone to jump, but both men are wary of what waits below. Finlay is the first man to gather himself enough and pretty much says ‘fuck it’, FINLAY LEAPING TO THE FLOOR…BUT HE LANDS ON TOP OF WRIGHT!! Wright breaks Finlay’s fall, both men lying on top of one another…BUT FINLAY DOESN’T TOUCH THE FLOOR! Finlay is positioned perfectly, parallel right on top of the wide body of Wright so that he’s not touching the floor! The replay shows that both men cracked skulls on the fall, knocking them both out. The match goes on!

On the other side of the ring, Ray Ramsey is opening the cage door once again because Jericho has enough in him to start crawling towards the door again! Joe is still at the top of the cage, the crowd urging him to leap, the Machine looking behind him to see Jericho crawling way down below. But Jericho has trouble awaiting, as CM Punk is back to his feet, clutching his body, looking to play Danielson and shut the door on Jericho’s face…but Lashley spots him and rushes over…SPEAR!! LASHLEY SPEARS PUNK IN HALF!! The Dynasty Champion is down, leaving Jericho uncontested…but Lashley leaving Joe alone means that he’s uncontested too!! It’s a race against gravity! Who can hit the floor faster??


…JOE FALLS FROM THE TOP…


…JERICHO FLOPS THROUGH THE DOOR…


WHO WILL HIT THE FLOOR FIRST???















Here is your winner and…











…STILL AOW Heavyweight Champion: Chris Jericho at (20:18)

Contrary to how it’s written, Jericho CLEARLY hits the floor first, flopping through a bloodstained face and eagle spread onto the floor, Bobby Lashley taking his stable leader’s carcass up and takes the title from the referee, holding Jericho up to another great deal of heat. Joe pounds the outside floor in pure frustration and anguish, Danielson clenching his teeth and checking on Punk. Wright finally tosses Finlay’s limp and exhausted body off of his own, shaking the cobwebs out. Doane is struggling in some way to get to his feet, the cage being raised behind all the men.


Joey Styles:
An absolutely BRUTAL match that signifies just how destructive the steel cage can be, Chris Jericho weaseling his way out of the whole thing!

JBL:
Weaseling? There’s nothin’ weaselin’ about goin’ toe to toe with the two toughest sons of bitches in the entire world an’ walking out of a steel cage still with the title you more than deserve! Stick that in your craw, Mick Foley!

Joey Styles:
Wait – this battle might not be over yet!!


Styles is more than right, as Samoa Joe comes rampaging over to the celebrating Worthy Legion, knocking the woozy Jericho down and prompting a brawl with both Lashley and Wright!! He’s going back and forth between both men, Bryan Danielson soon joining in behind him!! A big brawl is brewing, but the power and numbers game catch up to the defiant wrestlers, Ken Doane grabbing Joe’s leg and keeping him still long enough for Wright to hit him with the KNOCKOUT PUNCH!! Wright finally nails the punch on Joe, deadening the big man. Lashley proceeds to beat down Danielson now, Doane aiding how he can. Lashley then takes Joe and rolls him under the ropes and into the ring, looking to do more damage to his rival there. Doane follows suit, while Wright takes the beaten Danielson…and military presses him through the ropes into the ring!!

Danielson and Joe are completely at the mercy of their abusers, Jericho crawling under the ropes after several more seconds of beatdown. Jericho is still bleeding, but he has more than enough in him to survey the damage being done to his enemies. But while everyone has their back turned, no one notices CM Punk getting to his feet and jumping to the apron…SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE…Jericho ducks and rolls…but Doane and Lashley get taken down! Punk is inserting himself right in the war against the Legion!! But just as quickly as Punk gets folks down, he turns to see…JERICHO BASH HIM IN THE FACE WITH THE AOW TITLE!! Punk goes spinning from the impact, Doane and Lashley quickly recovering to have the entire Legion standing over everyone who has ever opposed them that still remains. They continue stomping and beating the living pulp out of them, Jericho still looking on, his bloody face giving way to an insidious smirk that looks damn near demonic, Joey Styles begging for this to stop and many fans silent in disgust, perhaps dying for a hero…


“GO!!!”

**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**



COULD IT BE??? IT…IT’S CHRISTIAN!!! IT’S CHRISTIAN CAGE!! I DON'T BELIEVE IT!! AND HE’S GOT A STEEL CHAIR IN HAND!! The man who was exiled from this company two months ago has just reappeared!! The crowd is absolutely losing their freakin’ minds, although Christian doesn’t seem as thrilled as everyone. He has the same look in his eye that he had before he left, his eyes circled with red like he hasn’t slept since he left. He has a snarl on his face that rivals only an insane man, standing on the entrance ramp and looking around him…his expression easing a bit. Have the people who turned on him finally accepted him? We look down to the ring at every member of the Worthy Legion, none of them believing the ghost they can see, Jericho least of all, whose stunned and wide white pupils stand out from his otherwise crimson face. Even Lashley expresses an emotion of surprise, the man he was sure he exiled somehow back here. Whatever their thoughts, Christian takes his chair in both hands…AND CHARGES THE RING!!

Jericho directs traffic and tells everyone to haul ass, everyone getting out of the ring as Christian slides in, pumped the fuck up, whipping his chair around, and even hitting it off a top rope! He wants the men who evicted him!! Jericho can barely retreat up the ramp, Paul Wright having to aid him, while Lashley is trying to aid a still hurting Ken Doane. Christian looks down at the souls he hates, his face telling his intense story. The crowd is still going crazy, but the voice of Mick Foley in person on the stage cuts through the applause


Mick Foley:
Chris Jericho, tonight, I made sure there was nowhere for you to run. And in three weeks, there won’t be anywhere for any of your Worthy Legion to run! That’s because at This is Exile, this war ends and the entire Worthy Legion is gonna be in another AOW innovation. You’re all gonna be locked inside the debut of another demonic steel structure that I like to call…THE WARCHAMBER!!

~The crowd pops for what sounds like an absolutely brutal stip, Ken Doane seen mouthing the words “War Chamber?” at Chris Jericho

Mick Foley:
At This is Exile, it’s gonna be the Worthy Legion taking on Team Art Of War –Dynasty Champion CM Punk, Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson, the “One Man Army”, Samoa Joe…and the man that using every inch of power I’ve been bestowed in this company, I’ve reinstated…CHRISTIAAAAAN CAAAAGE!!

~The crowd lets out an otherworldly pop, as the look on Jericho’s bloodied face gets even worse at this news

Joey Styles:
I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! What an absolutely incredible turn of events this has been!!

JBL:
Ron Simmons, forgive me, but I’ll be DAMNED!

Joey Styles:
The Ghost of Christmas Past brings back the Ghost of Christmas Future! Twenty-Four hours ago, no one was sure who was even gonna be running things, and not only do we have Mick Foley back at the helm, not only did he give us an absolutely gory main event, but he gave us back the one man who may be the key to taking down the entire Worthy Legion, Christian Cage!! And what the hell is this ‘War Chamber?”

JBL:
An’ just like that, we’ve got our main event for This is Exile!! I can’t believe I’m sayin’ this, but this is absolutely unbelievable!

Joey Styles:
Perhaps the single most unreal night in AOW history, and I know it’s almost freakin’ eleven o’clock, but dammit, tonight we have proven that AOW will indeed live and is for the people!! Good night, all!!


The final image we get on the third Oblivion in 2008 is that of the Worthy Legion, beaten, bloodied, and finally out-played, walking away on the entrance ramp and staring into the jowls of vengeance that await them in only three weeks at the rising rebels of Team AOW, Danielson, Punk, and Joe all getting to their feet beside the “Man on the Moon” who is finally back from the dead and, for the first time, is positively NOT alone in this war as we

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW







THIS IS EXILE
IZOD Center – East Rutherford, New Jersey
February 3rd, 2008
*Current Card*

~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~
~Team AOW~
Christian Cage, Samoa Joe,
Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson & Dynasty Champion CM Punk
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~The Worthy Legion~

AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, Bobby Lashley, Ken Doane & Paul “The Great” Wright






Not gonna lie, did this one as best I could under the circumstances I have right now, so I'm not gonna say it's my best show, but I tried to do what I could. Hope all don't hate me for this one, but wishing you all well. Enjoy
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Great to see Foley back and calling the shots. Had his character pretty much spot on right from the get go and I liked the emphasis on his relationship with Heyman being simply business. Jericho was on point as ever, the guy is gold in this thread. Foley’s line about the three faces had me marking out a touch inside lol, great little line in there. BIG time announcement for tonight and that main event is gonna be an absolute slobberknocker as a great Oklahoman may say. Very strong opening segment.

Good to see Helms back in the thick of things and this was a very solid match unsurprisingly. Lito getting involved and costing Star was a bit of a shock, I don’t quite know what that’s about as he’s dealing with the Mexicools, maybe I’ve missed something there. Guessing it’ll be to do with his Mexican heritage or whatnot. But yeah, strong opening contest and the right call in having Helms win. A Helms/Danielson rematch would no doubt be a cracker.

Nice little confrontation here. Loved Foley offering him a Punk shirt haha. I’m not entirely sure on the whole ‘no rematch clause’ deal although I guess it does add a lot more in terms of competition for a shot. I think we will get the rematch, I just don’t know how it’ll happen yet but looking forward to seeing how it transpires.

Didn’t really like the whole Socko thing here and the ‘next two round the corner’ thing is a little predictable. Would’ve marked if you’d had two guys selling popcorn come in, now THAT would’ve been a swerve. LowJack getting a shot? Shouldn’t be a bad match, only one team winning but should be a solid contest.

Awesome Punk promo here mate. It’s very rare to capture a Punk promo where I can vividly imagine every word coming out of his mouth but you did that with this one. His whole pride and professional wrestling vibe was very much a face Punk promo and him wanting in with Danielson can only make this whole angle a shit ton better than it already is.

The AOW Trios Tournament? You always come up with such imaginative stuff. Looking forward to how that unfolds.

Short and sweet from both Joe and Finlay. Exactly as should be, these two let it all out inside that ring. Can’t wait to read this main event.

I don’t need to say a shit load about the matches really. You know how good a match writer you are and this was no different. I even thought for a split second LowJack may take the gold, that’s how back and forth this one was. You done a great job in making TWGTT seem legit but at the same time under threat if that makes sense? LowJack come out of it looking strong too so props there.

A little disappointed there was no Kingston or Black on the show BUT you did at least make reference to them so I commend you on that. Epic debuts for both so to leave them off tonight was quite a bold move, however understandable considering the other guys needing time themselves.

Really didn’t expect Joe and Finlay to team up in the early goings of this but I enjoyed it. This had a really big time kinda feel about it by the way, just the way you set the opening out. Wow, we’re barely even into this contest and you already have such a huge spot. I love to see it but maybe you could’ve built up to that a little later on in the match. I’m nitpicking though, huge move there off the top of the cage. Coming off the commercial Finlay looked like an absolute boss in this thing. He was ruthless, vicious, you name it, just picking apart both men. Muscle Buster off the top was crazy, really was. These two together have had their moments and this right here was another one, this would be one of those rivalries that’d be looked at as a classic in years to come(if this was a real company duhhh lol). Jericho like the snake he is crawling back into this thing but I LOVED Joe turning the tables only for his knee to give way, excellent stuff and sells that beautifully. The exchange of Samoan Drop into Celtic Cross into Codebreaker was really well done and I always like spots like that in multi man matches, they’re always exciting.

Ending here was just absolute chaos and that’s what you do best. EVERYBODY and their mother seemed to get involved here. Just carnage and I loved Finlay being caught by Wright not to hit the floor, great, clever little move there. Joe and Jericho battling it out to hit the floor first, the way you presented it to left me on edge and Jericho weasels his way out with his title intact. Awesome stuff, the action, the finish and the use of all those in and around the cage.

WOW, CHRISTIAN IS BACK BABY!! Really didn’t expect him to return tonight, didn’t expect him to return until the PPV to be honest but it’s a MASSIVE return and such a clever use of Foley to finish, hiring CC back and then the match made? Hell of a showdown for This is Exile. War Chamber? Elimination Chamber esque structure? Something similar I assume. All I do know is it’s gonna be brutal and it’s gonna be one heck of a read.

Fantastic show as ever. You’re managing to captivate me as a reader each and every show and this week was no different. One hell of a main event, just pure anarchy and then the return of Christian sealed the deal on a terrific read. Keep up the good work sir, look forward to the next one.
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After reading this show for the third time, I think it warrants a review!

Mick Foley opening any show is awesome because Mick Foley really is one of the best talkers in the business and I think you got his character spot on in this promo. The exchange between Jericho and Foley was so beautifully written and the whole segment did a great job of setting up the main event and putting over the two challengers.

I love all the guys in the four way. Aero Star was hugely under-rated at this point in his career (and still is), Sydal/Bourne is just an awesome high-flier and Brian Kendrick is a super worker. Helms is actually my least favourite of the four but that's just my opinion on the guys in the match. The match was well written, nice pacing on the thing as a whole. It's sometimes awkward to get fast-paced four ways to feel fast-paced but you did a good job here.

Fucking genius! Mick Foley selling merch is just so true to the man! Nice quick exchange with Hassan, didn't drag and to the point. Could easily see Hassan written out from here but this definitely does something with Hassan.

Pay-Per-View promo! This Is Hostile? Nice PPV name.

More Foley! Did a good job of setting up the tag match between those two later on in the show.

How many good promo guys do you have on this roster? Punk is another one! Segment did it's job and set up the post-Main Event reveal very well.

TRIOS TOURNAMENT! Love Trio matches.

I know it was short and hardly noticeable but it caught my eye. The Samoa Joe interview was great. You didn't have Joe talk for too long, you kept it short. Joe is a guy who can talk a little but should use actions over words. This emphasised that for me. Good job. Almost exactly the same thing goes for Finlay too.

Another really well-written and well-paced match. Didn't really expect Evans & Ki to win it but I could see why somebody else could reading it.

Main Event was fawking baws. I hate Jericho so much in this thing. He's such a bastard! Every time he retains the title, my heart sinks a little. I was hoping Joe would get the title but I don't feel like he should be the guy to ultimately topple Jericho so I'm not too pissed about.

The post-match was great. Kind of figured Christian was returning tonight after the PPV poster earlier in the show. Glad to see the faces kick some ass! PPV Main Event looks great!

All around, a very good show. Look forward to the next one!
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Lots of big news to get going all at once…


Spoiler for Latest string of insider news:
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~With AOW’s offseason set in stone, the exact amount of time the Offseason actually occurs is what’s being tampered with. As noted on the AOW website earlier today, the date for the end of the Offseason has changed from mid-June to the beginning of June, AOW looking to get back on television starting from June 4th, making the Offseason last between The Outer Limits, March 16th to that June 4th. This cuts it all the way down to only being just over two months long, lasting only part of March and all of April and May. This is made possible by relations with FX getting somewhat better in the last week or so.

~The reason for the shortening of the Offseason is because officials have stated something big will happen in the month of June, so much so, that they need the whole month to go through with it. Whatever this monumental mystery may be, it will most likely involve some kind of build for the recently announced one-year anniversary Pay-Per-View, Origins and Endings.

~The actual arena that will host Origins and Endings actually has yet to be determined, as the two top places slated, the HSBC Arena in Buffalo and the Times Union Center in Albany (both staying in New York), are both looking at how AOW handles its next two big PPVs, This is Exile and The Outer Limits.

~As we noted before, AOW is trying to get as many people on-screen at least once before the Offseason comes up to get them a good pay before the two month hiatus. The recent planned cruiserweight four-way matches and the upcoming Trios Tournament are most likely prevalent examples of this.

~Speaking of ‘hiatus’, the suspension of Muhammad Hassan has nothing to do with any kind of violation of company policies. The suspension is merely a way for Hassan, real name Mark Copani, to take time away for personal reasons, but many in the company see it, as well as the Offseason, to be used by Hassan to evaluate whether he wants to remain with the company. If many recall, Copani had to be coaxed out of retirement after proclaiming many times he did not want to return to wrestling.

~Also as seen on the previous edition of Oblivion, a video package that read “The Saint is Coming” aired, which may sources believe to be the confirmation of the upcoming debut for whomever may be the man AOW snatched from the WWE roster under a new gimmick. Expect this to be the final new character until after the Offseason, with several being introduced in the last several weeks as it is (Kingston, Black, Colon, potentially William Regal).

~Also in roster news, AOW continues to look interested in expanding into a women’s division in coming years. They’ve taken note of many female talents that I’ve mentioned before, many of them getting contract talks. On that note, AOW has signed another OVW talent, British-born Steve Lewington.

~Until next time, this has been The Informer…



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ROB VAN DAM ROBERT SZATOWSKI TO BE IN ATTENDANCE AT THIS IS EXILE


The man many of us know as the “Whole F’n Show” who has since somewhat declared himself “The Artist Formerly Known as Rob Van Dam” Robert Szatowski has been revealed to be a ticket holder at AOW’s next PPV extravaganza, This is Exile, coming to you from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. When reached for comment, Mr. Szatowski said he merely ‘wants to enjoy the show with my wife’.

Has Mr. Wednesday Night truly died? Or is he here for much bigger purposes? Time can only tell, but for those of you still wanting to get tickets to sit up next to the Szatowskis, seats are still available!



MUHAMMAD HASSAN SUSPENDED


In our latest aohdubya.com Exclusives, Muhammad Hassan went ballistic and assaulted rookie Matt Sydal after being denied his evident rematch against CM Punk for the Dynasty Championship. Acting Commander in Chief Mick Foley released today that he has suspended Hassan for his actions for an undetermined amount of time.


OFFSEASON UPDATE/ WE INVITE YOU TO OUR ONE-YEAR BASH

We here at Art of War Wrestling are proud to announce that AOW’s fourth Pay-Per-View spectacular, Origins and Endings, has been confirmed to take place on August 19th, 2008. What’s so special about this huge event? Origins and Endings is going to be our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM! Thank you fans for supporting us this much and giving us enough support to be guaranteed for a full calendar year! Tickets for the event will go on sale after The Outer Limits.

But since we can’t wait until that day, we’ve decided to give you and ourselves an early birthday present by shortening the AOW Offseason by a few weeks! The AOW Offseason will now officially begin March 17th and ending on June the 4th, Oblivion going back on the air same time, same place! Stay tuned for more AOW Offseason news as it develops.


AOHDUBYA.COM EXCLUSIVES

This week on the .com Exclusives, The Mexicools have now had enough, the World’s Greatest Tag Team swallows their pride, and Muhammad Hassan completely loses his cool en route to suspension.

Spoiler for The World's Greatest Tag Team Clears Their Name:
We’re brought to the image of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas against a white backdrop, neither man looking very happy, but very disappointed. Haas has his head down, while Benjamin has his lips folded in. Both men are holding their AOW Tag Team Championships over their shoulders.

Benjamin:
Y’know, what we’re about to say makes us sound like real jerks. Like flip floppers. But it’s not us being shallow or hypocritical or anything. We’re just thinking things through.
~Benjamin rubs his chin for a moment

Haas
:
See, we’ve been in this position before. We got really overconfident. We opened our big mouths. We lost sight. And we paid for it.

Benjamin:
The first time it happened, we got put in a four way ladder match. That almost turned out terrible.

Haas:
And then last week, it almost cost us our titles again because we had no idea who we were gonna face.

Benjamin:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – me and Charlie are competitors. We’re pure bred athletes. And sometimes, we get wrapped up in ourselves and say and do stupid things.

Haas:
So…we both wanna kinda thank you, CM Punk. You were right. About everything. Benji and I realized just how right you were before we had to defend these things last week.

Benjamin:
And we realized we had to just shut up and defend these things against whoever’s next in line. We lost our championship heart. I mean, hey – where’s the fun in holding a title you don’t remind people why you hold it?
~Benjamin looks towards Haas, who nods his head

Benjamin:
So, with that said, Mick Foley, Charlie and I just wanted to apologize for our attitudes the last few weeks. And to the fans too. But we mostly wanna apologize to you, TJ Wilson.
~Haas again nods is head

Benjamin:
We issued you a challenge, then backed out on it. That was disrespectful. And if I remember correctly, you still have to face me, don’t you?
~Benjamin smiles at the camera

Benjamin:
We may be the World’s Greatest Tag Team, but we stand on the ground that it’s not just about the competition.

Haas:
It’s about RESPECTING the competition. And then snuffing you out.
~Benjamin and Haas share in a cocky little laugh at that, their ‘bad’ attitudes not completely gone it might appear, but the two do seem genuine in their words before we fade out…




Spoiler for The Mexicools Know What's Really 'Cool':
~The Green Zone Interview set…

The Miz:
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin here, back to give you the best skinny on the hooey as only I can. And I use that oldies American phrase because I think I’m the only person here right now who can speak American. I present – the gardeners! I mean, The Mexicools!
~The camera pans back to see Super Crazy and Psicosis on both sides of The Miz, both of them staring daggers into him. This is quite uncharacteristic of the Mexicools, Miz taking notice…

The Miz:
What? Can’t speak English or don’t have a sense of humor?
~The two continue to stare a hole through Miz, who goes from stirring the pot to realizing the pot’s about to boil over...

The Miz:
Um…you two had a message you wanted to issue…sirs?
~Miz cautiously hands the microphone to Super Crazy before running off and leaving the two alone…before both Mexicools bust out laughing. The laughing subsides when Crazy looks back towards the camera

Super Crazy
:
Ju’ see that, Carlito? That wasn’t a como se dice “stereotype”. That was the Mexicools bein’ the Mexicools, hombre

Psicosis:
“Jur ass is grass and we are the lawnmowers.” Remember, vato?
~The Mexicools cackle once more, reminiscing to Carlito running scared from their prank a few weeks ago

Super Crazy
:
But ju? Ju ran from us when we weren’t even THERE, homes! An’ that’s just Carlito being Carlito. Jou’re a coward.

Psicosis:
Oh yeah. We said it. Are you going to sick your como se dice “insurance policy” on us?
~The pranksters chuckle once more, Crazy getting Psicosis to hit the rock on that one

Super Crazy
:
Oh, yeah. Ju’re so much of a coward, ju don’t wanna deal with us jourself. We heard the Mercenaries were looking for us. We’re wanted men, vato.
~Crazy says the last line to Psicosis, who we can hear say “That’s how I like it, homes!”

Super Crazy
:
But that’s the thing – Super Crazy and Psicosis are who ju want. So don’t bring Aero Star into this.
~Both Mexicool’s faces get very serious on this one

Super Crazy
:
Ju can be mad at the Mexicools. But Aero Star is a good friend. We not goin’ to take what ju did to him lightly.

Psicosis:
So ju want us, homes – come get us!

Super Crazy:
Send ju’re Mercenaries. We’ll take them down this Wednesday. And then…ju’re ass really is grass. An’ it’s goin’ to be ours.
~Crazy looks into the camera with a smirk, while Psicosis gets a big grin on his face, nodding his head, as we fade away…




Spoiler for Muhammad Hassan Completely Loses His Cool:
We’re brought to a scene in chaos already in progress, as Muhammad Hassan is throwing Matt Sydal around backstage, tossing him off anything and everything he can find in his rage-fueled path. He finds an equipment box and chunks Sydal against that, leaving the rookie to crumple in pain.

Hassan:
I WANT MY TITLE BACK!!

Hassan’s misplaced rage continues as he kicks Sydal square in the face while he’s crumpled on the floor. He then takes Sydal and forces him over…before slapping on the Camel Clutch! We can hear the vertebrae of Sydal just pop in the worst places, Hassan screaming in intensity, almost drowning out the innocent rookie’s cries of pain. Just when it looks like he may have maimed Sydal, out of nowhere comes a kick to the side of Hassan’s head…from Billy Kidman!! Hassan lets go of the hold, only to look up and see Kidman with more life in him than he’s had in years, kicking away viciously to defend his pupil. Hassan still has much life in him, however, pushing Kidman back, as he hits some equipment spine-first. He recoils back into the grip of Hassan, who flings him head over heels through some more equipment! Before Hassan can cause any more damage, a barrage of officials pull him back, others tending to the fallen mentor/student duo lying on the floor.

Hassan:
I WANT WHAT’S MINE, DAMMIT!! THIS IS UNJUST!

Hassan continues his shrieks of madness, his brutality overflowing, as he is carried away from the scene. We get a shot of Matt Sydal close up, looking vengefully at Hassan, while his mentor is struggling to get to his feet as we fade away…






1.23.08

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

“What Doesn’t Kill You...”


.:Confirmed for Oblivion:.


AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin w/Charlie Haas v. TJ Wilson


The Mexicools v. The Mercenaries


AND…


The second 4-Way match in the Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender Mini-Tournament
~Winner faces Gregory Helms~


PLUS…

Christian Cage leads off the night



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1.23.08

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

“What Doesn't Kill You...”


Quote:
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette

(Whispers)

Fight…

RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…

Fight…

HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…

Fight…

Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…

Fight…

Chris Jericho’s silhouette is highlighted…

*Opening guitar riff*

You'll never grow up to be a big rock star

The camera goes from the ground up to the face of Paul Wright in his debut Week 3

Celebrated victim of your fame

Aero Star leaps onto Jamie Noble from the entrance stage columns

Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons

Christian searches for his peeps from Week 5

And say that "death was on sale today"

Bryan Danielson raises his hand, singing his theme from Week 4

*Upped tempo, heavier sound*

And when we were good

Jack Evans’ double moonsault from Week 1

You just close your eyes

Aero Star, Psicosis, and Super Crazy perform a Triple Asai Moonsault from Week 14

So when we are bad

Paul Wright chokeslams Michaels through the table from the Supershow

We'll scar your minds

A replayed shot of Shelton Benjamin German suplexing Paul London off the ladder from Week 4

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*

Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air

***

We’re met with the glorious crowd of 3,000 in the Hammerstein once again, but they’re not the main focus once the camera pan is done. Their focus is in the ring, where we see Dynasty Champion CM Punk, Cruiserweight Champion CM Punk, and Samoa Joe, all standing center ring, the respective champions with their gold around their waist. Surrounding them all around the ring are numerous competitors. We catch sight of The Hooliganz, Low Jack, TJ Wilson, Benjamin and Haas, Aero Star…basically, everyone in the locker room not named Burchill, Albright, Carlito, or Helms, as well as not a member of the Worthy Legion. All the men around the ring are cheering along with the thousands surrounding them, as their attention turns to the three men in the ring, CM Punk with a microphone.


Punk:
We’re here right now because there’s a guy who came back with a vengeance last week. A guy that a lot of us neglected, but who has since shown exactly what his colors are.

~The audience and the wrestlers applaud at that as Punk hands the microphone to Danielson

Danielson
:
He’s a guy who holds every last key to ending this war in just a few short weeks. He’s a guy that we all should have listened to, but we labeled him an outcast. But then it all came true.

~Danielson passes the mic to Joe

Joe
:
We all had our reasons, just like he had his. But tonight, we’re gonna officially welcome him back to let him know how we really feel now. He is – CHRISTIAN CAGE!!


The entire audience erupts and blows the roof off the Hammerstein, as “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” blares across the arena airspace, but it’s drowned out by the overwhelming response going on right now. Christian Cage does eventually step through the curtain looking at the fans all around him, only prompting an even bigger pop. Torrie Wilson reappears by his side in scintillating red and appears to be his escort, her smile bigger than anyone else in the arena. He doesn’t have the crazy eyes we remember him having; actually having a small smirk on his face, but there is still an intense aura about him as he takes in his reception. There is still no Peep-seeking, but he does pat his chest twice before walking down towards the ring, Wilson letting go of his arm and letting him walk down alone as she heads back through the curtain. The men in front of the ramp part to allow him in, all of them smiling and clapping as they get a look at him. The Man on the Moon slides underneath the ropes and into the ring, taking a microphone being handed to him by the men who will be beside him in the War Chamber. Before he can even speak, the crowd begins to go nuts again, starting up a chant that goes all around the arena…

“CHRISTIAN!! CHRISTIAN! CHRISTIAN!! CHRISTIAN!!”



Christian:
I’m glad to be back.

~Sustained pop

Christian
:
I’m even more glad so many of you have forgiven and forgotten.

~The crowd lets out another pop for that, many around the ring clapping

Christian
:
Too bad I haven’t.

~The tone in Christian’s voice stops the applause, the men around the ring slowly stopping, as Cage’s eyes slowly start creeping back into the crazy zone…

Christian
:
Do any of you know what it feels like to be exiled by your own kind? Thrown out by those you tried to protect? Do you?

~No one has a vibe of happiness anymore…


Christian
:
I’ve been roaming the streets for what feels like a millennia, forced to sit and watch every single person here become subject to the very powers I warned them against. And I couldn’t help feeling like I should come back and save you.

~All eyes are on the intense Christian, who looks like he’s talking to the ground

Christian
:
But the thing is, after the way all of you treated me, I couldn’t help but feel like all of you deserved to be treated the way you have.

~Cage finally lifts his eyes off the canvas and towards the silenced audience

Christian
:
And that’s when I came to the thought that the only thing sicker than you rejecting, refusing, and exiling me…was me coming back for any of you.

~A look around the ring sees all the wrestlers’ eyes wide, as Cage points to not just the crowd, but them as well


Christian
:
I tried to save Rob Van Dam. I tried to save Shawn Michaels. But even they refused to take heed from me!

~Cage is intense as shit now, screaming into the microphone, even surprising the stoic Joe

Christian
:
But then I saw what happened to those I cared for while I was gone…and I knew that as soon as Mick Foley would let me, I would come back not for any one of you, but for what was dear to me. And what’s dear to me is the state of this very company.

~Cage finally turns to the men who will be beside him in the War Chamber

Christian
:
So let it be known that I’m not here for any of you and your cause to end this ‘war’. If any of you had listened to me in the first place, this ‘war’ would never have to have even happened.

~They all stare back in dejection

Christian
:
And I think it’s terrible that I have to be with any of you. Because I’m not like any of you. The only reason I’m gonna step into that Chamber in a few weeks is because I have to stop what I wasn’t allowed to before. Because somebody still has to save this company. Why are any of you stepping in there?

~Cage now gets very close to his teammates

Christian
:
You. Bryan Danielson. You’re stepping in there because they took Shawn Michaels out. Is that it? Because the man you looked up to was a victim? While your intentions may be noble, you’re not in this for the good of the whole. You’re in this for you.

~Christian stares a hole through Danielson before moving on to CM Punk


Christian
:
And you? CM Punk? What business is this of yours what’s going on? Because of what – pride? Is that what I heard you’re here for? For a misplaced sense of selfishness? You were just like the other masses that rejected me. And I can’t help but think that since your motives are a bit less noble than Danielson over here and quite unfounded…you’re even more of it in for no one but yourself.

~Cage damn near snaps Punk’s nose off before encountering a completely unflinching Joe

Christian
:
And then there’s you, Joe.

~The two come nose-to-nose

Christian
:
See Joe, if there’s anything I appreciate about anyone standing around this ring or beside you, you’re the only real one. The only one not putting on some guise and being a phony. You’ve made it abundantly clear since day one that you’re here for yourself.

~Joe’s hard stare breaks for a moment just for him to nod

Christian
:
I’ve been watching you the closest, Joe. I actually admire your crusade to take down the Worthy Legion one by one. The problem with that is, Joe, that you’re not doing it to save anyone. You’re doing it for a shot at the AOW Championship. Just so you can get your title shot. You’re doing it to save yourself. And that’s your only reason why. Even through your brutal honesty, you are more in this for you than anyone here.

~Christian turns away from his Chambermates and again looks as though he’s lecturing to the ground

Christian
:
Now I know these observations may shock some of you, but they shouldn’t. Because just like the moon sits over the entire night and watches everything that happens beneath it, I’ve been keeping a close watch on every one of you and holds knowledge.

~Christian barely looks up at those around him

Christian
:
And just because you chant my name now, because you eagerly await the moment where I can help liberate you, it does not make me obligated to be on your side.

~Christian looks completely up now before turning back to the men in the ring

Christian
:
And you people can bask in the light of the moon, but no matter what you do, you’ll never match it. None of you know what I know. None of you feel what I feel. And none of you am who I am.

~Cage’s increasingly intense eyes go from man to man

Christian
:
So at This is Exile, I will not defeat the Worthy Legion beside you. I will not defeat them because of you. I will beat them in spite of you. Because one of us has to be looking out for us all. Because in the end, this company will need saving…from itself.


On that, Christian drops the microphone hard against the canvas, the thud might as well being a bomb going off, as the entire Hammerstein has been silenced by the very hero they’ve been holding out for. Christian again goes outside the ring, those in his way parting, some staring at him with fear, as Cage walks back on up the ramp and through the curtain, never once looking back.

Joey Styles:
Well…um…a very haunting message from the returning Christian Cage to kick it off here tonight in what was supposed to be a hero’s welcome, but obviously…my word, Christian just ripped into the men who were supposed to be with him in the Chamber in two weeks!

JBL:
That’s the name of the game, Joey. To err is human, to forgive divine, an’ these fans think they’re some kind of gods that should be pandered to every moment, but bless Christian Cage for callin’ all these hypocrite mutants out.

Joey Styles:
I’m not talking about that, John, I’m talking about what just happened in the ring! Christian just spewed venom all over the guys he’s gonna have to trust to ‘save this company’, as he so claims.

JBL:
But he also claimed that no man in that ring knows what he does. He’s been away with nothin’ but his thoughts about how everyone’s rejected him for two whole months. That may not seem like a whole lot of time for you or me, but get an angry, bitter, an’ damn near crazy man alone for two months an’ you see how much you like people after it all.

Joey Styles:
An inauspicious start to Oblivion indeed, only two weeks away from This is Exile, our second ever Pay-Per-View, but we’ve got a whole lot in store tonight that hopefully washes that bad taste out of our mouths.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**




We return from the commercial break to see The Mexicools standing in the ring warming up a bit, and playing to the crowd just a tad, perhaps trying to get them back into things after Christian slapped them all in the face. It doesn’t take much longer after that for “WELCOME TO WHITECHAPEL” to play over the sound system, as Paul Burchill and Brent Albright, known collectively as The Mercenaries, make their way to the ring with their ominous pipe organ music leading the way. Not long after they start walking, Carlito actually makes his way through the curtain, making sure to follow his ‘insurance policy’ all the way down the ramp and by ringside. When Burchill finally spots him, he looks confused, but Carlito tells him not to worry – “Carlito jus’ wants to see them destroyed in person!”

OPENING CONTEST
The Mexicools
v.
The Mercenaries

w/Carlito Colon


The match picks up after the feeling out process with a quickened pace, The Mexicools taking over things for much of the first two minutes of the contest, but The merciless Mercs soon capitalize on a Psicosis missed senton and begin to isolate him, picking apart the tender back. Burchill, the current legal man, wraps his arms around Psicosis in a bearhug to further weaken him, only to turn it abruptly into a belly to belly suplex that sends Psicosis all the way across the ring to the Merc’s corner. Albright comes in now, allowing Burchill to take Psicosis up in a backdrop position…before dropping him square on Albright’s knee!! Psicosis’ spine may be jarred on the move – 1…2…NO!! He still has the fight in him to keep going!

Albright keeps on the tender area, driving his knee repeatedly into the small of the back at a rabid pace. Carlito is enjoying this from the outside, but he enjoys it even more when Albright takes the cruiserweight and lifts him over his head in a military press…before completely jacking the spine by dropping it into a front powerslam!! Staying true to their nature, the Mercs unleash a great deal of pain, Albright looking for another cover here – 1…2…3-NO!! Psicosis still has enough in him to get out of that somwhow. Albright doesn’t cry over it for too long, opting instead to just tag Burchill back in. Burchill steps in about center ring, while Albright takes Psicosis in the catapult position before flinging him right at Burchill…WHO BEHEADS HIM WITH A LARIAT!! The momentous guillotine nature of the move tucks Psicosis’ head into his stomach, Burchill going for the vicious counter here – 1…2…3-NO!! Super Crazy intervenes, breaking the count!

Referee Goose Mahoney admonishes Crazy for his interference, but it doesn’t stop Crazy from pounding on Paul Burchill just a little bit before being instructed out. Psicosis reaches for his friend in the corner, but Burchill denies him this with another pair of clubs to the back, taking him up now and looking for the turnbuckle powerbomb…but Psicosis wiggles out of it, going over Burchill’s head and getting a sunset flip cover – 1…2…NO!! Psicosis shows little signs of life here, but it’s quickly put out when Burchill greets him with another beheading clothesline!

Burchill doesn’t go for a cover here. Instead, he digs both knees into Psicosis’ spine and lifts him over for a bow and arrow lock! The move is locked in deep, Crazy prompting his partner not to give p and the crowd to get back in this thing. After over a minute of what must be torture on the spine, Psicosis fights his way out by twisting while in the hold and just falls on top of Burchill! A cover – 1…2…NO!! Burchill gets out of the clever pin attempt! Burchill back to his feet quickly, only to be greeted by a Psicosis hurricanrana! Burchill is dizzied but gets back to his feet, Albright coming in to help him, but not before Psicosis jumps into his corner to finally tag back in Super Crazy!

Crazy’s hot tag gets the whole crowd back into it, immediately spotting both Burchill and Albright in the ring charging for him. Crazy makes one hell of a dynamic entry, leaping and bouncing off the top rope…SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY ONTO BOTH MERCS!! Super Crazy gets up from the big spot with a pumped fist before looking towards the outside to see a very worried Carlito, whom he rushes towards with suicide dive intentions…before spinning right back into the ring, leaving Carlito cowering away from a move that never comes. Instead, he looks up to see Crazy being the jokester once again, laughing at the took-the-feint Carlito. With the referee trying to get Albright out of the ring, Carlito gets his revenge on Crazy by pulling him underneath the ropes and chunking him like a missile into the steel ring steps!!

Carlito quickly rolls the now prone Super Crazy right back into the ring as Albright goes back into his corner, the ref seeing none of what just happened. Burchill recovers to see a neck-clutching Crazy at his feet, who he promptly takes in his grasp and nails a Regal-plex!! Crazy is dropped right back on his head and covered this time – 1…2…3-NO!! Psicosis jumps in and breaks the count! His back still on fire, Psicosis is pulled back to his corner, while Burchill drags Crazy back into his corner and tags his apprentice back in, the two of them taking Crazy as through they’re going to do a double back drop, but soon change momentums with a double facebuster!! But before Albright can perhaps make a cover on him, Psicosis, who still hasn’t been completely subdued, springs across the ring aid his partner, leaping at Albright who ducks, causing Psicosis to inadvertently, but pleasantly, take out Burchill!!

Both men crash to the outside, Albright with a face that knows Burchill won’t be happy about that, but he looks down at crazy for a delayed cover – 1…2…3-NO!! The distraction was enough for Crazy to breathe! Albright isn’t very happy now, and neither is Carlito for that matter, the youngest Merc now taking Crazy up for his own Regal-plex, but Crazy hooks his leg around Albright’s and prevents him from lifting him back on a few attempts.

While that’s going on, Psicosis is trying to crawl back into the ring, but Mahoney is trying to get him back to his corner. Carlito uses this moment to reach into his blazer and pull out his apple…takes a bite…and SPITS AT CRAZY…BUT CRAZY ESCAPES THE SUPLEX GRIP…CARLITO SPITS IN ALBRIGHT’S FACE!! It’s completely by accident, the look on Carlito’s face being one that’s absolutely priceless! As he backs away from the apron on the outside, something suddenly strikes him in the back of the head…IT’S AERO STAR!! Star kicks Carlito so hard, he falls flat forward, Star coming in through the crowd and now climbing over the barricade! Crazy now takes the apple-stunned Albright and rolls him up from behind for perhaps the upset – 1…2…{Burchill tries to crawl in…}3…!!!

TOO LATE!!

Winners: The Mexicools at (8:22)

THEY PULLED IT OFF!! The Mexicools shock the Mercs with a little bit of help from Aero Star and Carlito himself! Star and the Mexicools high tail it out of the ring as fast as they can, Star standing between the other luchadors and raising their hands as they have expressions that literally say ‘there’s no way we should’ve won that’. In the ring, Burchill and Albright are fussing with Carlito, who is claiming he didn’t mean to and is clutching the back of his head in complete confusion. Burchill damn near looks like he wants to break Carlito’s nose.


Joey Styles:
A HUGE upset for The Mexicools there, and Carlito Colon has absolutely no one to blame but himself for this one.

JBL:
NO HE DOESN’T!! He can blame Aero Star because it’s Aero Star’s fault! Damn that little jumpin’ bean!

Joey Styles:
You’re kidding me, Bradshaw! Star clearly showed up after Carlito had already shot himself in the foot by spitting the apple right in Brent Albright’s face, which might I add, he had no business doing in the first place!

JBL:
I agree! He had no business spitting in Albright’s face, but it was because he was thinking about Aero Star an’ his hatred for the Mexicools so much, he spat too early.

Joey Styles:
So you’re telling me that Carlito Colon prematurely ejaculated his apple while thinking about other men and that’s why The Mercenaries lost?

JBL:
I will remain professional despite that completely disgusting, distasteful, an’ juvenile remark.

Joey Styles:
Lighten up, Bradshaw. Aero Star and the Mexicools certainly look like they are, and we have good reason to be too! This just in to us here at the booth, we’ve got ourselves a main event! Christian Cage will be in action for the first time since being exiled from AOW against the so called ‘heir’ to the Worthy Legion, Kenneth Doane. Will Christian be able to keep everything together despite his mindset? Or will Doane be able to get the biggest win of his career and knock off the Legion’s biggest threat to date?



~Backstage, locker room area…


We see the glum faces of Team AOW minus Christian walking in. Danielson runs his hands through his hair before plopping on a bench, his Cruiserweight title dangling in his hands. Joe walks back some with his hands on his hips and a very angry look on his face, while CM Punk stand and runs his hands through his hair as well before plopping his Dynasty Championship on the bench next to Danielson.


Punk:
Well that turned out exactly how we intended it to go.

Joe:
Did you really have to say that? Do you really have to be that guy with the snarky hindsight?

Danielson:
Hey, guys. I know that didn’t exactly go the way we wanted it to go, but at least we know where his stance is.

Joe:
His stance doesn’t bother me, Bryan. A guy like that has every reason to believe what he does. It’s our own individual stances that bother me most.

~Joe walks closer to Danielson and Punk

Joe
:
I mean…yeah, I’m in this because I want to rip’em apart. And you’re in this because you’ve got vengeance on your side.
~Joe slaps a shoulder and points a finger on Danielson

Joe
:
…but the reason why you’re here, CM Punk…Christian brought up a damn good point. Why in the world would you want to be a part of this?
~Joe now gets close to Punk

Punk
:
I’m here because yes, I’m a proud guy. But I’m also here because somebody needed to deliver a bit of a warning shot to the Worthy Legion that we’re serious about taking them down.
~Punk, not backing down, gets in Joe’s face

Joe
:
And you’re so proud, that one guy had to be you, is that it?

Punk:
And what about you, Joe? Are you any less proud than me? You’re so full of yourself that you have to go on a one-man mission to take down the whole squad? Huh?

Joe:
Because at that point, it was my fight. I didn’t want help.

Punk:
Y’know, that kind of offends me, Joe. You saying you didn’t want help. That’s a spit in my face that I’m not good enough to be beside you.

Danielson:
Guys, please, stop this –

Joe:
No, Danielson, let him speak his piece. You might be a champion, Punk, but your motives are pretty damn shady.

Punk:
Take it how you want, big guy.

Danielson:
GUYS!! STOP IT!

~The two finally cease their bickering to see Bryan between them

Danielson
:
Look, we’ve got enough to deal with in the Worthy Legion. There’s no room for having to deal with each other. And I can guarantee that somewhere, Chris Jericho is laughing his ass off at us because we’re not on the same page. You think he won’t exploit that?

~Neither Joe nor Punk speak, knowing the answer to that

Joe
:
Oh, I know he will. That’s why I wanna make sure we’ve got no weak points. So how about it, Punk? I want you tested. You said last week you’ve never even defended that title, right? Then how about next week, you prove your worth to this team by defending it…against me.

~There’s a pop heard from beyond the walls, as the atmosphere just gets heavier, Joe extending a hand

Danielson
:
Now wait a minute -

Punk:
--you’re on.

~Punk shakes Joe’s hand WITH AUTHORITY~!, neither man letting their gaze from the other stop. Danielson is not pleased in the least, but he just shakes his head to show it. Suddenly, they’re interrupted when someone opens the locker room door and enters in Torrie Wilson

Torrie Wilson
:
Hey, guys. Is everything okay?

~The cheery first half of the statement is contrasted with the second one, as she clearly senses the tension in the air

Joe
:
I don’t know. Go ask your crazy ass boyfriend.

~Joe brushes past both her and Punk on out the door.

Torrie Wilson
:
He’s not my boyfr –

~She’s cut off this time by CM Punk not speaking and taking his Dynasty Championship and throwing it over his shoulder and brushes past her on his way out of the door now

Torrie Wilson
:
…what happened with them?

Danielson:
I don’t know. But Christian’s right. We just might need saving…from ourselves.

~Danielson looks at Wilson with sorrow before slinging his title over his shoulder and walking out of the room now, leaving Torrie Wilson to take in that Team AOW’s clashing personalities may have worms eating it from the inside already…


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We return from the break back to the lively Hammerstein, as “EXECUTORS OF EXCELLENCE” goes off the speakers and across the arena, as TJ Wilson comes through the curtain to a respectable pop, but he’s still sans injured tag team partner. Wilson is still pumped, as he could get he and Smith a match against the AOW Tag Champs if he pulls one out here.

“WORLD’S GREATEST” chimes out over the sound system, giving us both members of the World’s Greatest Tag Team, although only Benjamin is announced. Haas stays outside the ring after he and Benjamin do a special high five ritual, the crowd giving them some generous pops, but there’s some heat in there as well. Benjamin slides under the ropes and extends a hand to Wilson, who is very hesitant to shake after the attitudes of the WGTT when he last faced one of them…

MATCH 2
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin

w/Charlie Haas
v.
TJ Wilson


After a very amateur-esque exchange of moves for the opening three minutes, the two are at a stalemate as far as feeling out and mat skills, which surprises Benjamin very much, enough to force him to stop and nod his head with a ‘not too bad’ face, Haas matching his expression. The two approach one another again, with Benjamin pulling away this time with several hard shoulder blows to the smaller Wilson. Benjamin uses this advantage to whip Wilson across the ring, but the agile TJ dodges underneath two clothesline attempts before rebounding right back at Benjamin with a ridiculous spinning wheel kick!! The move surprises the hell out of Benjamin and gets a cover – 1…2…NO!!

The match rolls on, Wilson the one in command now, dropping a knee onto Benjamin for good measure. He gets him back up, only to set him up for a Russian leg sweep, but Benjamin fights his way out of that move with some elbows, grappling Wilson from behind, looking for a German suplex…NO! Wilson reverses the momentum and hits the wheelbarrow victory roll!! The same move that got him a win over Haas – 1…2…3-NO!! Benjamin frees himself from the move, both men back vertical and Wilson charging…right into a snap powerslam!! Benjamin whips Wilson violently against the canvas for his first cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson still has life!

Even so, he’s clutching his head in pain, giving Benjamin time to take advantage here, taking Wilson in his clutches in a suplex position and lifting him up…and keeping him there for quite some time. Benjamin even bends his knees and springs back up a few times before finally dropping Wilson back with a beautiful stalling suplex. The somewhat proud flair of the WGTT hasn’t gone away, even with their attitudinal turnaround, Benjamin getting some heat for the move. He doesn’t seem to care too much, going over to take Wilson up here…but Wilson springs the trap and pulls him over into the small package!! 1…2…3-NO!! Benjamin breaks out of the surprise!

As both men rush back to their feet, Benjamin gets another surprise from Wilson when he lets loose a back kick to Benjamin’s gut that gets him doubled over, Wilson then snapmaring Benjamin over his shoulder, following that very quickly by kicking Benjamin square in the spine! The crowd ‘oohs’ along with the impact, Haas’ face even cringing a bit. As Benjamin displays the pain on his face as well, Wilson keeps him up and hits another kick to the spine!! This one gets the same reactions, Wilson following up on that by bouncing off the ropes twice before nailing the still sitting Benjamin with a low front dropkick to the face!! Benji’s jaw cracks on the impact, Wilson now with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! The Tag Champion doesn’t die here!

Wilson is show the power of his strikes here, but they can’t put Benjamin away, prompting Wilson to take his opponent and try to whip him into the ropes, but he’s whipped instead. There is no rebound, as TJ grabs onto the ropes to keep from going anywhere. Benjamin takes the bait and charges at Wilson, who hits Benjamin with the backflipping kick that sends TJ right onto the apron and sends Benjamin reeling. The athleticism of the move gets a reaction from the crowd, Wilson now waiting on the apron…springboarding…SAMOAN DROP!! WILSON CAUGHT AND SLAMMED OUT OF THE AIR!! Benjamin turns things around in a hurry, covering Wilson here – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson stays alive!!

The resilient Wilson gets a small applause of respect from Haas and a much larger one from the crowd, but Benjamin is getting frustrated a bit. Benjamin now takes the severely weakened Wilson and chunks him over his head with a belly to belly suplex! Wilson is chunked halfway across the ring, forcing himself to get back up in a corner. This doesn’t spell very well for him, as Benjamin is right there to follow him and crunch him between body and steel with a stinger splash!! Wilson then groggily drifts out of the corner and right back into Benjamin’s clutches, right into a flawless German suplex!! He keeps the bridge, this offensive flurry sure to get him something – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson still won’t go down here!

How bad does he want this match against the WGTT? It seems pretty apparent that the answer is ‘pretty damn bad!’ Benjamin can’t help but look at Haas in somewhat disbelief, Haas only able to look back and shake his head. Benjamin looks down at the Canadian at his feet and shakes his head now, taking a few steps back and waiting for Wilson to get to his feet, getting ready to kick his head off…NO! Wilson dodges what may have been the Dragon whip and pulls Benjamin back with a school boy – 1…2…3-NO!! Benjamin throws the legs up!

Benjamin quickly springs back to his feet, Wilson taking a little bit more time, before dropping Benjamin with a double leg takedown…SHARPSHOOTER…but he can’t turn Benjamin over quite right….NO!! Benjamin sends Wilson away, but he rebounds off the ropes behind him right back at Benjamin, who is ready for him and catches him…EXPLODER SUPLEX…NO!! Wilson flips and lands on his feet!! Another incredibly athletic move by the young cruiserweight, but he loses his balance from the ferocity of the toss, forcing himself to the apron. He stalks a somewhat unaware Benjamin, again looking for the springboard neckbreaker…SUPERKICK!!! SUPERKICK!! SUPERKICK!! BENJAMIN F*CKING KICKS WILSON’S HEAD OFF!! Almost a re-enactment of Shelton’s infamous encounter with Shawn Michaels’ foot a few years ago, Wilson being damn near beheaded from the ridiculous superkick! The crowd pops huge for the move, Benjamin again countering his well-scouted foe, covering him one more time – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner: Shelton Benjamin at (9:35)

Close, but no cigar for TJ Wilson. Benjamin rolls off of his opponent to a huge pop, but Wilson is motionless. Haas runs into the ring to congratulate his partner, handing him his half of the titles and holding his hand high. Benjamin and Haas then remain in their ‘respectful’ mindset and both men lift TJ Wilson to his feet as he tries to figure out where he is right now, and both men pat him on his back before leaving the ring. Wilson has to lean up against the ropes after possibly being concussed, but the crowd gives the tag champs applause for the gesture.


Joey Styles:
A respectful gesture if I’ve ever seen one, but what an explosive way to end that match and get things kicking here on Oblivion.

JBL:
You people act surprised that Shelton Benjamin did that. I’ve been telling you people for weeks, no, months what these guys are capable of an’ now you wanna wake up an’ smell the roses.

Joey Styles:
We’ve all noticed, John, it’s just that I wasn’t sure if the World’s Greatest Tag Team was for real in their emotions and intentions, and they more than held onto their integrity. I do feel bad that TJ Wilson couldn’t get that match against them when Smith is healthy again, though.

JBL:
They’re rookies. They’ll have many, many more opportunities for big matches. But there’s a reason why the tag straps are where they’re at an’ that’s because there ain’t many guys better than Benjamin an’ Haas.




~Backstage, Green Zone interview set…


The Miz:
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin here, back on the job to give you the best damn backstage journalism you can possibly imagine. But there’s just one problem. The guy I’m interviewing is some dude I’ve never heard of before. I’m covering nobodies. How the hell did that happen? Am I really stuck here with freakin’ nobodies?

~Miz does not look happy at all in his whining

The Miz:
I mean, who did I piss off to have to be back here with the guy from Cool Runnings?

~The camera pans back off of Miz’s face to see that of a fresh faced Kofi Kingston, who doesn’t seem all too flattered at Miz’s comment

The Miz:
So tell me…Kofi Kingston? Is that your name? Tell me, Kofi, why do you think I’m back here interviewing you? Huh? Do you think Mick Foley has it in for me? ‘cause I sure as hell think he does. Why do you think Mick Foley has it in for me?

Kingston:
Because your hair looks like a burnin’ palm tree.

~Kofi takes a pot-shot at Miz’s colored mowhawk that gets a few chuckles

The Miz:
Really? Really? Really? Is that your best comeback? Really? Where are you from again? Florida?

Kingston:
I was born in Ghana to a Jamaican father an’ Ghanan mother. I was raised in Jamaica.

The Miz:
But that didn’t stop you from losing your debut match two weeks ago, did it? You walk into this company and you’re already a loser.

Kingston:
I came here to compete. When that happens, sometimes you lose. No shame in that. All that means is next time, I have go harder. I no care who it is. It can be Tyler Black again for all I care. But I promise I will compete an’ I will win.

The Miz:
YOU. LOST. Go back on your banana boat. AOW isn’t a place for LOSERS.

~Kingston’s done being nice, it seems…

Kingston
:
Y’know what, Miz? In one village from back home, the people were so poor, they didn’t have anything to break open coconuts with. So instead, they did somethin’ else. They taught me that somethin’ else. You wanna know what it was, Miz?

~Kingston veers very close to Miz now, forcing the little backbone he has to begin quivering and has Mizanin gulping

The Miz:
Uh…I don’t know…

Kingston:
They cracked’em open with their bare hands.

~On those words, Kofi cracks his knuckles and looms towards Miz to make him sweat even more, a look of terror consuming the douchebag


The Miz:
Thank you, Mr. Kingston, I hope you like your stay in the States, and better yet, AOW.

~Miz takes his tail and scampers away from the scene, leaving Kingston to smirk at his handiwork as we fade away…

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

**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We get back from the break once again focused on the ring, where Elix Skipper is shadow boxing around the ring, getting warmed up for a rare Oblivion match for him. His music is stopped when “THE PROUD WARRIORS (LOW JACK REMIX)” hits the stage, as Low Ki comes on through the curtain, this time not with Jack Evans. Ki doesn’t have his playful counterpart to keep up with this time, but he’s still getting a very warm reception as he slides into the ring with his ninja-like mystique following him. Ki looks towards Skipper, and the two nod in respect toward one another, possibly a reference to each man being the other’s first opponent in AOW.

Not too long afterwards, “COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE” starts to play now, as Jamie Noble makes his way on through the curtain with his trailer trash snarl on his face. We haven’t seen Noble since his cap-off with Aero Star, but his rival isn’t here tonight, so he has a whole new crew of bodies to beat up on. The Pitbull slides into the ring and doesn’t acknowledge the heat he’s getting, pointing instead at his opponents and still declaring that “I’m nobody’s steppin’ stone!”

Stepping stone or not, the final sound we hear over the systems now is that of “LONDON CALLING” for the second week in a row, but instead of Brian Kendrick, this time it’s his equally insane best friend, Paul London. London high-legs his way on the stage for a second before running all the way down the ramp and sliding into the ring, taking in his generous pops and displaying more of his wackiness. But when the bell rings, London turns all business.

MATCH 3
~Cruiserweight #1 Contendership Mini-Tournament~
*Winner advances to Finals against Gregory Helms*
Paul London v. Low Ki v. Jamie Noble v. Elix Skipper


We pick up in the match roughly two minutes in, the match early on being divided into Ki v. Noble and Skipper vs. London, but when individuals start pulling away, Elix Skipper gets chunked over the ropes and to the floor, while Noble gets tossed up and over by Ki. We’ve got an interesting duel on our hands now, as London and Ki approach each other slowly before slapping hands in the center of the ring and locking up, Ki pulling away with an arm drag that London counters by landing on his feet and twisting it around and putting Ki in a hammerlock. London follows up on this by rolling back and pinning Ki down – 1…2…NO! Ki squibbles out of that, only to greet London on the recovery with a FLOORING ROUNDHOUSE. London’s whole body goes cold and falls to the canvas from that completely unexpected move, Ki with a cover here – 1…2…3-NO!! Elix Skipper is back in the ring to break things up and keep himself in.

The veteran cruiserweight pounds on Ki on the back before forcing him to his feet and pounding on him some more and putting him back down with a backdrop. He gets a cover there – 1…2…NO! Ki gets right back up and meets Skipper with a vicious CHOP(Wooooo!) that sends the vet reeling enough for Ki to bounce off the ropes behind him and rocket towards Primetime, only to be knocked down with a kick himself when Skipper nails him with the high crescent kick!! Skipper flashing some goodness here, as he covers Ki now – 1…2…NO!! Ki keeps himself in it, throwing his legs up and out of the pin, but gripping his head from the impact.

Skipper remains in control here, wrenching the arm of Ki before pulling him in for some shoulder block strikes. Elix then underhooks both of Ki’s arms on the short arm pull-in…butterfly suplex!! Impressively, the veteran keeps the bridge and has Ki down again – 1…2…MUSHROOM STOMP FROM LONDON!! London breaks up the count by stomping both feet on the guts of Skipper!! London’s back in this thing in an impressive way! He stomps on Skipper a few times before bringing Skipper up and attempting to whip him into the ropes, but it’s reversed. London shoots towards the ropes for the rebound, but Jamie Noble jumps up on the apron and lowers the top rope, sending London spiraling all the way to the floor! Noble enters now, but is immediately approached by Ki, who gets a hard elbow to the temple to knock him away. Skipper is next to rush him, but Noble uses his own momentum to duck and grab his legs over him…ALABAMASLAM!! WOW!! Noble absolutely drives Skipper’s head into the canvas, another dynamic entry, but a cover on this one – 1…2…3-NO!! Ki flies in to save his shot at the contendership!

Noble gets off of Skipper to see the warrior above him, Noble bashing Ki repeatedly with hard lefts and rights with his abrasive style. He then wraps Ki’s arm in a hammerlock before spinning him back out towards him for a hammerlock lariat, but Ki ducks underneath to greet Noble with a nasty headbutt that sends him reeling, propping up against the ropes for support. Ki goes back over to greet him with a flurry of precision strikes, but Noble fights right back to return it, ninja blows facing redneck knocks here head on. Ki pulls away after delivering a signature kick to Noble’s midsection, only to go for the springboard enzeguiri – NO!! Noble ducks and Ki lands flat, but he gets back up quickly, only to see Noble charging at him with a clothesline, but he ducks. Ki then goes rebounding off the ropes behind him as Noble rebounds again, both men CRASHING with a double clothesline!!

All three men in the ring are down now, Skipper still not completely in things after the ‘bamaSlam…but here comes London, climbing all the way to the top rope and overlooking his entire array of down opponents, possibly 450 Splash on his mind…BUT HE’S YANKED TO THE OUTSIDE BY…JACK HAGAR??? The hell is he doing here? And he’s not alone – his tag partner Nick Nameth is in tow as well, taking the pulled-from-high London and chunking him against the unmoving barricade!! There’s no DQ in a match like this, American Made oddly making their presence known here as they walk back with cocky flairs in both of their steps, vanishing back up the ramp as quickly as they appeared.

With London possibly out of things, the three men in the ring are back vertical, Noble elbowing Ki away only to be met with Elix Skipper, who hits him with a nice high knee before trying to hoist Noble onto the top rope, Skipper joining him. It looks like he wants a superplex here, but Noble fights back, causing Skipper to stumble. He fights right back though, both men now trading lefts and rights with Elix pulling away and getting the front headlock in…as Ki comes up from underneath Skipper and has him in a powerbomb position. The crowd knows where this is going, the whole place buzzing as it unfolds…TOWER OF TERROR!! THE SUPERPLEX/POWERBOMB COMBO!! The crowd is on their feet for that one, Noble flung all the way across the ring and rolling to the floor, Skipper down, but Ki isn’t, still in the corner and lifting himself up to the top rope…WARRIOR’S WAY!! WARRIOR’S WAY TO SKIPPER!! The massive double foot stomp crunches Skipper’s ribs as Ki covers emphatically – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner and ADVANCING to Finals: Low Ki at (8:12)

Low Ki drifts off of Skipper’s body, coming out on top of that one in climax fashion. The crowd is popping very nicely for The Warrior, Ki even breaking into a smile for only the second time in AOW. With that, his tag team partner won’t let him live it down, as we see Evans come from the back who was undoubtedly watching his pal take a step forward. Evans slides into the ring and takes note of Ki’s smile, getting a wider smile himself. Evans then does a little hip hop jig before giving Ki a hug and standing on one side of him while referee Justin King is on the other, both men raising Ki’s arms


Joey Styles:
What an impressive win for Low Ki in an incredibly high-octane, high-paced match! He’s goin’ on to face Gregory Helms to see if he can become the #1 contender for the Cruiserweight Championship!

JBL:
Good for Low Ki, but I don’t see him gettin’ past my man Gregory, but the kid has promise. But now he just looks stupid.

Joey Styles:
What do you mean? He’s celebrating! These are good times for Low Jack. They got their first chance at tag team gold last week, and this week, Low Ki’s got a shot to move up the division ladder. How is celebrating stupid?

JBL:
Because nobody gets excited when the big dance is announced, Joey. You get excited when someone asks you to the dance. All that happened there was Ki got wind of the dance, but if he can beat Gregory Helms, then he can celebrate like he’s the belle of the ball.

Joey Styles:
Did you just make a reference to prom night on a professional wrestling program?

JBL:
Not gonna lie on that one, Joey, that sounded better in my head.

Joey Styles:
Well taking nothing away from Low Ki’s big win here tonight, the bigger question might be surrounding American Made. Why the hell were they out here and why did they possibly cost Paul London the match?

JBL:
Everyone forgets because they’ve shown prowess beyond their years, but American Made are still rookies. What does every rookie, especially rookie teams, wanna do? They wanna get the spotlight, the attention, Joey. I’m not sure exactly why they did it, but I’m pretty sure us sittin’ here talkin’ about’em means it worked.

Joey Styles:
We’ll have to stay tuned for updates, but coming up on the other side of the break, our main event which has many combustible elements surrounding it – Christian Cage returns to in-ring action for the first time since being re-instated in AOW and he’s gonna take on the man who has been named the ‘heir’ to Chris Jericho’s Worthy Legion in Ken Doane. Christian shocked us all with his comments to kick off the show, and one can only imagine that the Worthy Legion is just waiting in the wings to eat Team AOW in their disagreements. A meeting between two of the men who’re gonna be locked in the War Chamber on opposite sides is coming up next!


As we see Ki’s arms being raised by his partner going back up the ramp, the screen suddenly starts being overcome with static. Eventually, the entire screen becomes consumed by the electronic noise, nothing showing up for a few seconds. When the static finally clears up, the image we get is that of Gregory Helms from the view of what looks like a home video camera that we haven’t seen in quite some time (and generates a pop from the crowd before all sound from the arena is muted)…

Helms:
Well, well, well. Look at this. It looks like we’ve figured out just who’s the guy who Gregory Helms is gonna be pinnin’ to get his shot at the Cruiserweight Championship! So congratulations, Low Ki. You’ve just sealed your fate. And you’ve also just been Hacked by Helms!

~Helms peers into the camera, cocky as always

Helms:
Oh yeah, folks. It’s back! And so am I – better than ever. See, a few months ago, at World Ablaze, I took Bryan Danielson to the absolute limit! I completely stole the show from the so called “American Dragon.” And after a cheap shot of using a foreign weapon, Bryan Danielson once again stole my Cruiserweight Championship away from me.

~Helms seems to believe this delusional line of thinking

Helms:
Now Low Ki, I know you call yourself a proud warrior. You live the by Warrior Code. That’s some deep stuff. And I’ve gotta respect that. But if my knowledge is correct, isn’t the ultimate dishonor for a warrior bringing embarrassment upon himself?

~Helms looks very inquisitive here, raising his eyebrow a la Dwayne

Helms:
So Low Ki, why don’t you save yourself the ultimate dishonor and just quit now while you’re ahead? Don’t make me have to get in that ring in two weeks and completely embarrass you. Because I promise you I will stop at absolutely nothing to get my hands on that Cruiserweight Championship that I rightfully deserve. I don’t care what I have to do or have to go through to get another shot at that damn Danielson!

~Gregs is almost shouting at the camera by this point

Helms:
So step aside, Low Ki. I’m gonna warn you right now – if you don’t, and you meet me across the ring at This is Exile, your Warrior Code won’t be able to save, because you will be twisted, mangled, and – heh – hacked…by…Helms.

*END TRANSMISSION*



Quote:
**Video Package**

We’re brought to a dark screen, seeing nothing, everything looking somewhat blurred, but it clears up after a moment or so. When the blur lifts, we are taken aback when a gold chain crucifix drops down from above and only leaves us with words emerging at the bottom of the screen…

THE SAINT IS COMING…

**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


~Ringside, announcers’ desk…


Joey Styles:
Welcome back to Wednesday Night Oblivion, ladies and gentlemen, where we’re just moments away from our main event contest, but before we get into it, there’s some news coming from aohdubya.com that lots of people are speculating on.

JBL:
It sure as hell does have a suspicious ring to it, Joey.

Joey Styles:
Reported earlier this week on our official website, the man we once knew as Rob Van Dam, now going by his birth name Robert Szatowski, will be in attendance at This is Exile.

JBL:
I think it’s awful fishy, Joey. Three weeks ago, the guy said he was done and done, but here he is coming back just to watch? I don’t think so.

Joey Styles:
I don’t think it’s very suspicious when a man just comes back to see what he loves to try and remember who he is.

JBL:
Then you obviously haven’t been watching wrestling for very long, Joey.

Joey Styles:
Indeed, the last time we saw RVD, Finlay had proclaimed he wanted to break him, and he appeared to be successful, but we’ll get our first look at post TAFKA RVD come This is Exile.

JBL:
But that’s not all we’ve got cookin’ at the big show, boyo.

Joey Styles:
Oh no, far from it, Jibbles. This just in hot off the presses, as you heard Gregory Helms confirm just a few moments ago, the finals of the Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament will come to a head in just two weeks, where we will see the brash and brutal Gregory Helms see if he can get his rematch, but to do it, he’ll have to go through The Warrior, Low Ki.

JBL:
I said it before the break an’ I’ll say it again, I’m not gonna bet against my boy Gregory, but Low Ki is the perfect fighter. If Helms wants that title shot as bad as he says he does, as bad as he’s made me believe he does, he’s got a hellova challenger he’s gonna have to run through.

Joey Styles:
The cruiserweights who never smile will indeed be going head to head for the opportunity to face Bryan Danielson, but that’s certainly not all for This is Exile! Also just hot off the boards, we’re gonna have ourselves a six-man tag team contest that might serve as a very brutal preview for the upcoming AOW Trios Tournament. After the actions earlier tonight, the team of The Mexicools and Aero Star will take on the team of Carlito Colon and the Mercenaries!

JBL:
After what I saw in that ring earlier tonight, I think ‘brutal’ is the appropriate word to describe that. Carlito wants Star an’ the ‘cools dead, The Mercs want the Mexicools dead, an’ now, I think they even want Carlito dead!

Joey Styles:
Some dissention definitely in the ranks for that one for sure, but I think it pales in comparison to the dissention that we’ve seen here tonight between the ranks of Team AOW. Whatever their problems, they’d better get them sorted out before they step in the yet-unveiled War Chamber against The Worthy Legion.

JBL:
Probably the biggest match in AOW history and none of the guys representing the can get on the same page. That’s why the Worthy Legion will undisputedly stomp all over Mick Foley an’ his entire crew.

Joey Styles:
I quite beg to differ, JBL, because I’m quite confident that in the end, all the guys for AOW will form together and get on the task at hand.

JBL:
This ain’t a sports movie, Joey. There’s just too much between each man already for them to even be moderately successful. There ain’t gonna be no happy ending unless you’re goin’ with the Legion, an’ I think I am.


As he says that, “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” goes across the boards for the second time tonight, the crowd still cheering hard for the hero they’ve been looking for, as Christian Cage comes out for a second time tonight for his match. Christian stands on the stage and looks around not sure how to respond to the Hammerstein faithful still cheering him on despite what he said earlier in the broadcast, but then again, they are the Hammerstein faithful. Cage’s eyes are more intense than they were at the top of the show, rolling into the ring and sitting in a corner, merely staring hard at the canvas between his legs…

No one’s sure whether that’s some kind of psychotic meditation technique or what, but soon “KING OF MY WORLD” hits the threshold for the first time tonight, as Ken Doane comes through the curtain alone, his new purple colored attire being brandished and celebrated like it was when he first was named into the Legion. He has his cocky flair all over him tonight, but when he steps in the ring and looks at Cage, the arrogance leaves in lieu of a much more intimidated look.


MAIN EVENT
Christian Cage
v.
Ken Doane


The early goings of the contest are actually slow going, as Doane has indeed taken notes from his mentor in Jericho and is stalling as much as he possibly can before actually getting physical, asking referee Brian Hebner numerous pat downs on the crazed Cage, as well as constantly dipping out of the ring. This happens once more around the two and a half minute mark, Christian obviously agitated by this point, watches Doane take his stroll on the outside. The ref tries to stop him from going outside, but Cage stares at Hebner with his red, crazy eyes…and he moves aside, getting Christian to roam and chase Doane down, but the man who says he sees everything doesn’t see Doane’s position and gets the steel ring steps kicked into his knee!!

Doane’s stalling disappears, now jumping on Christian in a feral manner, taking the hunched over Christian and BOUNCING HIS HEAD OFF THE STEPS!! Christian reels, but Doane is right back on him, taking him by the head now, and CHUNKING HIM SPINE FIRST AGAINST THE STEPS!! Doane using the environment as a tag team partner here, finally taking Christian and rolling him into the ring for a cover – 1…2…NO!! Christian won’t go down that easily.

Doane then takes the possibly rusty Cage and wraps him up in a headlock, wrenching away at him. Christian takes several steps back and bounces off the ropes a little to give him momentum to throw Doane across the ring, who rebounds and nails Christian with a shoulder block. Doane bounces off the ropes a gain, hopping over Christian, and rebounding once more, only to get nailed in the face with a Christian dropkick! Perfectly placed, Cage covers – 1…2…NO! Doane doesn’t go down so, Christian tending to his knee a little bit after the move.

Doane rises to his feet, but Christian is right there to greet him with a hard CHOP(Woooooo!) that sends young Kenneth reeling into a corner. Cage takes Doane and looks to whip him into the opposite corner, but Doane again taking notes from Jericho stops the whip by taking Cage down by the tender knee with a chop block. Christian fights back when Doane tries to lock something in to further damage it, causing Doane to get frustrated a bit and hit Cage with a few hard rights before trying to wrench his neck off with a headlock once again. The commentators make note of how Kenny is making Christian and his gimp knee hold up his weight, but Cage shows his veteran prowess by not trying to backdrop Kenny in this spot, but instead getting close to the ropes and shifting his hips, hanging Doane up on the middle rope! Christian follows up on this by shaking the life into his knee before standing on the choking Doane, using the top rope as leverage! The crowd is loving that, Christian soon slingshooting himself to the outside…and SLAPS KENNY IN THE FACE!!

Kenny reels once more, Christian sliding back into the ring to start beating the living snot out of Doane, giving him hard lefts and rights repeatedly, his expression getting more and more intense with each passing blow. Kenny covers his head and situates himself between the ropes as so the referee will stop Christian from pounding on him. This gets the desired effect, as Cage backs away from the cowering Doane, keeping his intense gaze locked on him. As soon as there’s enough space, Doane rushes at Christian and rams him in the gut before delivering several blows of his own. He then takes Christian and whips him hard into the corner he just came out of, rushing towards Christian for another shoulder ram…NOBODY HOME!! Doane’s shoulder meets steel! Christian stays close after the dodge, leaping onto then off the middle rope…diving reverse elbow!! Cage now with a definitive cover – 1…2…NO!! Doane keeps himself alive!

Christian slaps the head of Doane before taking him back up and whips him into the ropes, lowering his head, but getting it kicked on the rebound from the brash youngster. Doane backpedals and rebounds off the ropes again, launching himself back towards Christian, who lies flat for him to go over once more. Christian times the rebound and goes for another dropkick…but Doane sticks to the ropes and Christian crashes to the canvas in vain! He gets back to his feet only to see Kenny rush back at him with a HIGH BOOT!! Doane nearly wipes the face off of Christian, getting back in this thing in a big way, going for another cover – 1…2…NO!! Still not enough!

Doane isn’t pleased with that and knows Jericho won’t be either, getting clenched teeth and stating to bound Cage with several more fists before picking him up and further damaging Cage with the shin breaker!! Cage yelps in pain, grabbing the now worked over knee and being forced back into a corner, sitting. Doane is licking his chops here, backing far away and charges looking to take off Cage’s nose with a facewash…but Cage stops him by pulling up on the top rope and nailing Doane with a back kick to the gut, doubling him over. Cage then leaps from the middle rope again…twisting sunset flip!! A cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Almost pulls the victory in!

The failed pin causes Christian to roll back to his feet, Kenny following suit and again going for the hurt knee, But Cage dodges it this time and turns up behind Doane, planting his face into the canvas with the one-man flapjack!! Christian is really building up some momentum here and Doane had better stop it fast, Cage now calling for everyone’s favorite twisting facebuster. Doane gets back up, only to feel his back being attacked when Cage tries to hit the UNPRETTIER…but Doane fights out, grabbing Christian from behind and pulling him over with the school boy – 1…2…3-NO!! The underhanded cover doesn’t get the win and the pin, Cage coming right back at Doane, who looks to surprise with the RKDOANE…NO!! Christian pushes Kenny away, prompting ‘The Heir’ to escape through the middle rope to the floor, again looking for some kind of recuperating time, but he doesn’t get it because Christian stays on him with the PLANCHA TO THE FLOOR!! Doane is flattened between the body of a crazed man and an unforgiving arena floor!! Christian rolls off of Doane’s body, his crazed expression still not having changed, yet he’s still getting a huge pop. Cage is completely ignoring the audience, staring intensely at Doane as he gets up and tries to pull Doane up as well, only for Doane to ram Cage’s spleen into the ring lip!

Doane wants to capitalize on a spot once again, running right back at Christian, but he gets back body dropped over the steel ring steps!! Doane flies clean over the steps and pounds the pavement, Cage peering at Doane’s body beyond the steps. Doane eventually wobbles to his feet only to see Christian charging at him, Doane trying to kick the steps into the knee again…BUT CHRISTIAN STOPS IT!! Ken is now staring directly into the face of a madman and has a wonderful ‘oh shit’ expression, Cage staring back at him like he legitimately wants to murder him. Doane again runs, rushing back into the ring at the referee’s count of six, Christian following him and trying to deliver a clothesline, but Kenny ducks underneath it and turns it into the backdrop-to-elevated neckbreaker drop!! Doane with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Christian still wants this thing to keep going!

Kenny with an impressive showing and can’t put it away quite yet, but he looks like he’s about to try, roaming to the top rope…SKY HIGH LEG DROP…DROPKICK OUT OF MID-AIR!! Christian again has a counter for Doane, dropkicking the guts out of the young stud on his way down – 1…2…3-NO!! Kenny still wants in this thing!! Not being surprised at the guile of the young one, Cage still takes Doane and wraps his legs up…CLOVERLEAF!! CLOVERLEAF!! Christian showing a submission move in his repertoire, Doane screaming in pain!! The crowd is still white hot on Christian, the crowd essentially telling Doane to tap out here, but Kenny keeps inching closer and closer to the topes…BEFORE GRASPING THEM!!

Kenny grabs the bottom rope for dear life, forcing Cage to unhook the brutal hold…but Christian doesn’t do it right away. He keeps the hold synched in for so long, that Hebner has to begin the count. Christian’s unstableness may be on display there, as he still doesn’t let go for a while, forcing the ref to physically yank Christian off, which does not get a look of approval from the Instant Classic. Doane’s spine has been wrapped in ways it shouldn’t but he still climbs up the ropes to get to a vertical base. But while Hebner is still trying to admonish Christian, Kenny goes into a corner…and undoes the protective padding, exposing the turnbuckle completely. As Cage gets past the referee, he immediately walks right into a Doane thumb to the eye, giving Kenneth time to rebound off the ropes behind him and come back at Christian with a clothesline, but Cage wraps around it…INVERTED DDT DROP!! Doane’s head is planted, as Christian begins to feel that the end is very near, lying in wait for Kenny to recover before taking his arms and looking for another UNPRETTIER…but Kenny shoves him away into the exposed corner…CAGE STOPS HIMSELF!! Seeing the illegal metal ring, cage halts himself before hitting the corner, causing Doane to rush after him and push the issue…only to HIT THE EXPOSED TURNBUCKLE HIMSELF!! He drifts backwards, right into Christian’s arms again…UNPRETTIER!! UNPRETTIER!! As beautiful as when he left, Cage covers – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner: Christian Cage at (12:32)

A scrappy showing by Doane can’t damper a successful return from Christian Cage, who gets a huge pop from the Hammerstein, but it’s quickly stopped by exactly what we thought it would be – THE WORTHY LEGION JUMPS THE RING!! Lashley, the man who did the exiling, jumps in the ring and takes Christian down with a double-leg, forcing him to fight as soon as he’s done fighting!! The crowd immediately breaks into boos and hisses, as Chris Jericho develops from behind the curtain, Paul “The Great” Wright by his side, and the AOW Championship thrown over his shoulder. Jericho is in absolutely no hurry to get to the ring, Wright eventually walks ahead of Jericho to the ring, where we get another shot of the ring, where Christian has begun fighting back at the man who directly caused him much grief.

The two roll around in a brawl until Ken Doane recovers enough to pit the numbers against Cage, stomping on him and distracting him long enough for Lashley to get the upper hand again, taking Christian and GORING him into a corner, delivering rib-crunching shoulder thrusts with each gear! Lashley then takes Cage and chunks him out of the corner back at Doane, who aptly delivers the RKODOANE!! By this time, Wright is ready to enter the ring, stepping over the ropes. Lashley and Doane take the dead weight of the carcass in their hands and lift him up as Wright cocks his fist back ready to blow Christian’s head off…but he stops when Jericho reaches ringside. The three Legion members look at Jericho, who smirks sinisterly as his only cue, which gives Wright the go-ahead to deliver the knockout punch…but Christian fights back!!

Cage delivers a hard forearm to Wright before turning to Doane and delivering one to him too, before turning to Lashley and giving him a hard CHOP that has him curling his chest, but Cage rapidly spreads the CHOPS around to all three men, rabidly going from man to man to keep himself alive!! The crowd is lighting up for Cage fighting for himself, but in the blink of an eye, he gets struck by the KNOCKOUT PUNCH. Cage goes down hard, but as the crowd dies back down, they come back to life, as coming through the curtain is Torrie Wilson, pointing towards the ring because down the ramp come the rest of Team AOW – Danielson leading the way for Joe and Punk not far behind!! They may be far too late, but seeing them springing makes Jericho get the heck out of the way, leaving two teams of three to go at it on each other – Danielson on Doane, Punk on Lashley, and Joe on Wright.

Jericho isn’t hauling ass aimlessly – no. He’s making a beeline for Wilson, who has come about halfway to the ring. She falls as she tries to back away from Jericho, who grabs her by the hair and brings her up and forces her to look at the anarchy in the ring, men brawling all over the place with Christian KO’d in the midst. We then hear Jericho yell something, only for Doane and Wright to get out of the ring, Wright sending Danielson crashing. Lashley is left behind, as Punk has worn him down some, leaving him to Joe. Joe shoves Punk aside to get a piece of Lashley, but Punk pushes back and tries to go at him, only for Joe to push back again. The two then are seen arguing in the middle of a chaotic situation, which allows Lashley to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE both men and scurry out of the ring in one smooth motion. That motion continues when Jericho pushes Wilson down the ramp, right towards a still charging Lashley…WHO SPEARS TORRIE WILSON IN TWO!!!


Joey Styles:
Oh…oh my god…what on earth…?

JBL:
The hell…?

Joey Styles:
Just when we thought the Worthy Legion couldn’t get any more low…they just destroyed a defenseless woman!

JBL:
This whole place is silent…

Joey Styles:
I’m still searching for words…oh my…the dissention in the ranks may have cost Team AOW and Christian more than they imagined…this is disgusting…


The final image we get of this edition of Oblivion is the Worthy Legion with very satisfied looks on their faces at their absolutely monstrous actions, while a team of paramedics rush past them and go to Wilson, and in the ring, we see members of Team AOW paralyzed in powerlessness as they look at what their dissent has caused, Christian staring hardest of all with absolutely heartwrenched eyes. Danielson tries to help him to his feet, but he throws him back and looks back up the ramp, points and screams at the top of his lungs, a silent arena giving way to a distraught hero –


“YOU SONS OF BITCHES!! YOU’RE MINE! YOU’RE ALL MINE, YOU BASTARDS!!”


Fade…

To…

Black…


END SHOW



THIS IS EXILE
IZOD Center – East Rutherford, New Jersey
February 3rd, 2008
*Current Card*

~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~
~Team AOW~
Christian Cage, Samoa Joe,
Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson & Dynasty Champion CM Punk
v.
~The Worthy Legion~

AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, Bobby Lashley, Ken Doane & Paul “The Great” Wright


~Grudge Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms




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Spoiler for Latest Round of News:
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Informer
~AOW’s case regarding William Regal looks to be a shut one, according to many reports. Regal making a second appearance for AOW seems to have sealed that deal, but no one is quite sure why it was passed so smoothly. The leading theory is simply a cash consideration on behalf of the WWE, potentially ‘selling’ Regal to AOW. But with a company that has a reputation of being very strict with things like this – things like the “90-day No-Compete” clause and the terms on Brock Lesnar competing in a company not named the WWE – this is quite surprising. Could this be the calm before a legal storm…?

~The way things are going at the moment, This is Exile numbers may be worse than World Ablaze’s. While the marketing and advertisement for World Ablaze didn’t really kick into high gear at any point, Exile’s promoting has been going heavily going on three weeks now, however, ticket sales are far slower and lower than last time. A big factor may possibly be the card is nowhere near as deep this go ‘round, as many of the star power is confined (literally) in the War Chamber main event, as well as only four (potentially five) matches being announced the week before the show.

~Speaking of the structure that will host the main event in less than a week, there’s really been a good lock on what the thing will actually look like as far as actual pictures go, but one source has been cited as saying it’s very “Elimination Chamber-esque”, which may quell the fan rumblings of the contest being more based on WCW’s old War Games concept (although it should be noted that the War Games concept heavily inspired the Elimination Chamber concept)

~With AOW assured to be back on the air post-Offseason and earlier than expected at that, the hotshot booking may be on its steady way out, but their effects will remain for a while. Plus, with only five weeks between This is Exile and The Outer Limits, there may be some strains on the entire booking notion anyway. AOW has never had less time than that between big shows, Supershows included.

~And finally, many speculations were dropped regarding Matt Hardy being the man behind the “Saint is Coming” promos after his appearance per getting kicked in the head by Randy Orton on RAW a week or so back. While his brother, Jeff, did come up short in his WWE Championship venture at the Royal Rumble, rumors have not subsided completely, but have lost plenty steam. Perhaps this was done intentionally, but for whatever reason, AOW may have waited a bit too long in unveiling whom they had swiped straight off the ‘E roster.



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Originally Posted by aohdubya.com
“THE” ROOKIE REMATCH ANNOUNCED FOR THIS IS EXILE






A few weeks ago on Wednesday Night Oblivion, Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black, who men who had never worked in any major wrestling promotion in their lives, lit up the wrestling world by going at it for nearly an entire half hour. The match would live in infamy, and while Tyler Black won, as soon as it was over, people were immediately rumbling about the two having bright futures ahead of them, as well as whether there could possibly be a rematch between the two sensations.

Ask and you shall receive.

By order of both Paul Heyman and Acting Commander Mick Foley, Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black will meet in what is being called “The” Rookie Rematch, as both men took each other to the limit from the first second of their first bell. After the awe-inspiring contest put on by these two young studs in their own big bangs, will they be able to match up to it? Will the outcome be different? There’s only one way to find out and that’s watch them go at it again Sunday, 8/7c on PPV!



MUHAMMAD HASSAN TO APPEAL SUSPENSION





As noted last week after his completely ruthless assault on Matt Sydal, Muhammad Hassan was promptly suspended by Acting Commander Mick Foley for an indefinite amount of time. Now Hassan, like many people with a great deal of money, is going to appeal his suspension to the only court higher than the Acting Commander…and that’s the actual Commander. While Paul Heyman is still being treated for his injuries sustained by the Worthy Legion, he still holds some power, even while absent, such as actually taking Mick Foley’s office away.

And now Hassan looks to have him give him his job back.

Hassan was presented with the notion that he would not get an ‘automatic rematch clause’ and neither will anyone else in AOW should they lose a championship, but he still believes he is owed a Dynasty Championship rematch against CM Punk. Will he be successful and force Punk to fight a battle on two fronts?


!!AOHDUBYA.COM EXCLUSIVES!!


This week’s edition of Exclusives revolve around two words that have separated AOW from the rest of the wrestling world so far – TAG TEAMS! And not just two or three…but FOUR Exclusives come to you this week! The Samoan Fight Club has business plans, The Mercenaries meet a familiar face, American Made explains their actions, and the only solo man on the .com this week opens the doors for a certain special guest come TIE…


Spoiler for When AOW is in Ashes, You Have Finlay’s Permission to Die:


We’re brought to the scene of the backstage halls, no one even remotely around with very little bustle being heard. This stays until Dave Finlay walks out from a door, still tending to his tender lower back area. The man holding the camera tentatively appears to approach the Fighting Irishman…

Cameraman:
Uh…Mr. Finlay?
~Finlay turns and stares into the camera, then at the cameraman

Finlay:
Whaddya want, boy?

Cameraman:
Um…well, I was hoping I could get your thoughts on what’s going to be happening at This is Exile.

Finlay:
I don’t care about some dinkly little ‘War Chamber’ or whatever its called.

Cameraman:
No, no – I’m talking about who is going to be in attendance.

Finlay:
Aye. Well then, I care even less about some celebrity they’re bringing in for promotion.
~Finlay starts to walk off

Cameraman:
No, I’m talking about Rob Van Dam – er – Rob Szatowski. He’s got a ticket and he’s going to be there.
~Finlay’s interest takes a sharp turn, stopping his walking and turning back towards the cameraman

Finlay:
Oh is he now?

Cameraman:
According to all reports, yes sir. You didn’t know that?

Finlay:
Does it look like I knew that, you daft bastard?

Cameraman:
Um…er…no. No sir.
~Finlay goes from a scowl to a devilish little smirk

Finlay:
Well then. If Robbie wants to show up to the show, maybe I should invite him in the ring, aye?
~Finlay’s smirk grows wider, showing some teeth on that one

Finlay:
Robbie if you’re watcin’ this, I’m gonna issue an Open Challenge come This is Exile. And ANYONE who is in the arena that night can come in the ring and face me.
~Finlay grabs hold of the camera and pulls it closer to his face

Finlay:
I’ll only break you if you want me to, Robbie. But I’m not done with you yet.
~Finlay then throws the camera and its holder back, giving us a very off-balance angle while he walks awy with a very hearty, but sinister laugh…




Spoiler for ~The Mercs and a “Friend” Meet Again…~:


~Backstage halls…

We’re back at some point in the previous Oblivion, as The Mercenaries are trekking the halls, Albright with a towel and wiping the apple juice off his face

Albright:
I don’t care how much he’s payin’ us, I don’t like him.

Burchill:
Well that’s not in our job description, is it? We’re not required to like the clients, we’re just required to do the work. Understood?

Albright:
But he cost us a match AND now we have a match with him at This is Exile.

Burchill:
Well then, we’ll just have to refrain from beating him to a pulp and let them do it. But I do have the insatiable urge to want to pummel The Mexicools now.

Albright:
Oh yeah. That is true. I got that feeling too.
~Just as Burchill and Albright seem on the same page about getting another chance to pound the ‘cools, a vaguely familiar face in a damn nice suit walks up to them…

Regal:
Oh, hello gents. A rough evening, I presume?

Albright:
Hey. You’re that Regal guy.

Regal:
Sir William Regal, lad. I’ve still been keeping a close eye on you two.

Burchill:
What do you want with us this time, old man?

Regal:
I’m just here to remind the two of you that my offer is still on the table. You can work for me, make more money, and stay all the more classy. Oh, and you’ll probably actually like me.

Burchill:
I still don’t understand. What does an old-timer like you want with a couple of two-timers like us?

Regal:
All in good time, blokes. It’ll all be known in good time. Let me know when you’re interested.
~Regal goes into his coat pocket and pulls out a card, handing it to Burchill

Albright:
How do you know we’ll –

Regal:
Oh, trust me. You will be calling, mate.
~Regal then turns and walks out of the frame, disappearing as quickly as he showed up, as both members of the stable look and read the business card presented to them as we fade away…




Spoiler for ~American Made Answers a Hooligan Gauntlet~:



We fade in to a very general scene, Nick Nameth and Jake Hagar standing in front of a simple white wall, but posted up on that wall for all to see is Old Glory herself – the American flag. Hagar actually has his hand over his heart while Nameth doesn’t even look at the camera when he’s speaking, instead talking to the sky, it appears

Nameth:
Four score and a bunch of years ago, our forefathers came to this great country in search of freedom. To escape persecution. And the right to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
~Hagar closes his eyes and nods his head while Nameth slicks his hair back

Nameth:
And yet on this day, what has happened to these sought principles? For the last week, my tag team partner and I have been continually hounded and persecuted for our actions against Paul London.
~Nameth finally looks towards the camera, while Hagar crosses his arms and opens his eyes to also look right at us

Hagar:
And the answer to all of your judgments is simple…we have a right to pursue happiness. And our way of doing that is taking up the Hooliganz on their challenge they made a few weeks ago.

Nameth:
Lemme break it down for’em, Jake. Because chances are if they’re watching this, they’re in their mommy’s basement ready to post a new video to YouTube about how terrible we are. So let me just explain briefly why your cruddy little judgments don’t matter to us.
~Nameth slicks his hair back again

Nameth:
A few weeks back, Paul London and the Hooliganz issued a challenge. They said they wanted to get back in the running for an AOW Tag Team Championship opportunity. And so to do that, they opened up their wacky little doors for anybody to face them. That’s where we come in.

Hagar:
That was very simple, Nick. Thank you for that.

Nameth:
And now I’m gonna put it into even simpler terms so you can run back to your World of Warcrafts – WE. ANSWERD. A CHALLENGE. We’re not in the wrong here. We’re just being the great Americans we are and seizing opportunity when it strikes.

Hagar:
Except this time, we kind of struck opportunity there, Nick.

Nameth:
Spare me the technicalities. All we’re saying is that we’re next in line for a fair, two-on-two match for the Tag Team titles that should be ours right now anyway. And we’ll go through anybody to get it.

Hagar:
Even you, London and Kendrick.

Nameth:
Especially you, London and Kendrick. You wanna do something about it, you know where to find us. Until then, we are American Made. And Hooliganz, you’re gonna be soon to realize that no matter how hard you try, you’re never gonna be able to beat America.
~Nameth points between he and Hagar on the last line, once again slicking his hot-blonde hair back while Hagar flashes a smile with his arms still crossed as we fade away…




Spoiler for ~The Fight Club Opens Its Doors~:



The Green Zone interview set. AM’s heel tag tam counterparts, the Samoan Fight Club, Manu and Siaki, are standing center focus and looking hard at the camera. Manu is just looming and breathing heavily before Siaki starts to speak.

Siaki:
Imma make this real brief for y’all. We’re pissed. No, we’re beyond pissed. We’re livid. Right Manu?

Manu:
RRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
~Manu picks up the small pillar that stands in the middle of the broadcast and CHUNKS IT OFFSCREEN WITH AUTHORITY~!! We hear it crash and break before Siaki continues

Siaki:
We’re being left out of the loop. And we don’t like that very much. Tag champs and tag challengers all voicing up, but the one team no one seems to be talking about…is us.
~Siaki’s eyes get a little crazy as he points between he and his monstrous partner

Siaki:
And see, that’s in direct violation of rule one of Samoan Fight Club – and that’s ALWAYS talk about Samoan Fight Club. But wouldn’t ya know it, AIN’T NOBODY TALKIN’!!
~Siaki damn near lunges at the camera, Manu even stopping his heavy breathing for a brief moment of surprise

Siaki:
So I got to thinking. And I came up with an idea on my own. No offense, Manu, but I’m kind of the thinking man out of the two of us.

Manu:
Hurm.
~Manu shrugs his massive shoulders a bit, obviously some sort of beastly compliance

Siaki:
See, I asked myself what’s something me and Manu love doing more than anything else in the world. What we love more than competing. What we love more than championship gold. And then it hit me. We love kickin’ muthaf*cka’s asses.
~A rare sensor bleep goes over the most obscene word in that sentence

Siaki:
So that’s just what we’ll do. Not to tread on The Mercenaries’ business demographic or whatever, but as of today, the Samoan Fight Club is open for business. Anybody need to get some asses kicked, we’re your guys. And believe you me when I say they’ll be nothin’ but pulp when we’re done with them. Satisfaction guaranteed. Because here at the Samoan Fight Club, we aim to please. But most importantly –

Manu:
WE DESTROY!!

Siaki:
…and that’ll get’em talkin’.
~Siaki puts a hand on Manu’s shoulder to somewhat calm the beast down after their signature two-word outburst, both men looking on intensely before we fade away…






1.30.08

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

“Impending Doom...”


We’re just four days away from This is Exile, and the main event is set in stone and to be enclosed in steel, but there’s much dissention going on in the ranks of the men given the duty to save AOW. Following the returning Christian Cage’s ripping into his teammates, the very men who are charged with facing the entire Worthy Legion this Sunday are at each other’s throats. But after the savage attack on Torrie Wilson, does Christian feel the same way? Regardless, not only does Christian have to team up with Bryan Danielson to face the Legion’s monstrosities Lashley and Wight, but CM Punk and Samoa Joe butted heads to the point that Punk’s first ever title defense…will be against his own team member. The Dynasty Championship is on the line, but it may as well be the fate of AOW as much in the balance. Can this team get together? Or is the Master of War and his Legion already licking their chops?

As announced on aohdubya.com, “The Rookie Rematch” will take place in just four days, as Tyler Black and Kofi Kingston look to bring the house down one more time on a much bigger stage. But before they do it there, they have the chance to do it again right in the Hammerstein Ballroom once more. Their tag team partners for that chance will be tearing the house down in four days as well, but they’ll be vying for a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship. And after Gregory Helms’ dig at the beliefs of Low Ki, are we in for a beatdown? “The Man With No Land” Kofi Kingston and “The Warrior” Low Ki team up to face the brutal team of Gregory Helms and Tyler Black.

The AOW Trios Tournament is right around the corner, and perhaps giving us a brief preview of how it’ll be done is this ongoing tension between The Mercenaries, Carlito Colon, Aero Star, and The Mexicools. While Carlito cost his This is Exile teammates a big win last week, Carlito hasn’t exactly been mum on his feelings about the representations their opponents show off. What’s going to happen between them this week?

It’s the penultimate edition of Oblivion before the second biggest show in AOW history, and there’s just so much in store!! Paul London puts up to shut up American Made, will the WGTT get new challengers, and what does Chris Jericho have to say about the War Chamber…? All this (and more!) on the final edition of Oblivion before This is Exile, 9/8c only on FX!!



.:Confirmed for Oblivion:.

~AOW DYNASTY CHAMPIONSHIP~

CM Punk(c) v. Samoa Joe

Christian Cage & Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson v. The Worthy Legion (Bobby Lashley and Paul “The Great” Wight)

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Low Ki & Kofi Kingston v. Gregory Helms & Tyler Black

Paul London w/Brian Kendrick v. Nick Nameth w/Jake Hagar




THIS IS EXILE
*UPDATED CARD*

~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~
~Team AOW~
Christian Cage, Samoa Joe,
Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson & Dynasty Champion CM Punk
v.
~The Worthy Legion~

AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, Bobby Lashley, Ken Doane & Paul “The Great” Wright


~Grudge Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms


~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


~Finlay's Open Challenge~
*Anyone present in the arena at This is Exile is eligible



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