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1.30.08

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

“Impending Doom...”


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

The Hammerstein is a’rockin’ as always, every single person on their feet, the balconies are full, and the signs are abound. The sounds are almost out of this world, 3,000+ are seemingly louder than they always have been, but beyond being greeted by them, we’re actually met with the sounds of Joey Styles and JBL for one of the only times to kick off the programming

Joey Styles:
Joey Styles and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcoming you here to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and we are four days away from the biggest, most implicative show in the history of Art of War Wrestling – but tonight, it’s all about who can capitalize with the spotlight getting ready to be on bright!

JBL:
An’ they’re gonna be on brighter than ever in a few days, but is there any way this chaos can be sorted through so that anyone can even be a clear winner?

Joey Styles:
We’ve got a huge night on tap on this penultimate edition of Oblivion, and we’re gonna kick it off with a match that, well, I don’t think should be happening because there’s bigger things on both of these men’s plates.

JBL:
But when egos clash, there’s only one thing you gonna do, Joey – an’ that’s fight.


“MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT”
blares out over the sound system to cut through the bustle to a huge ovation, as Samoa Joe marches through the threshold of the blood-red curtain, getting ready for his second title match in the month, but he’s none the less intense, taking the towel from around his neck and marching up the ring steps into the ring, where he seems very much intent on getting the best out of the Dynasty Champion tonight.

“MISERE CANTARE – THE BEGINNING” hits the speakers now to a very nice ovation for the AOW Dynasty Champion CM Punk. It’s the independent circuit all over again it looks like, but this time, it’s Punk who has gold around his waist as he marches down the way, actually not checking his wrist until he gets all the way in the ring, getting on one knee, and looking right at Joe, telling him that this is “clobberin’ time.” It probably isn’t a wise move, but face or heel, Punk can’t escape being somewhat of a prick. With that, a bit of a smartass smile develops on Punk’s face, knowing this is purely a test of his character tonight.

OPENING CONTEST
*AOW DYNASTY CHAMPIONSHIP*
CM Punk(c)
v.
Samoa Joe


The crowd is buzzing for this match that shouldn’t have to happen, but perhaps needs to happen, as both men circle each other slowly before sidestepping quicker and circling more rapidly. They then approach center ring where they lock-up, but it doesn’t last too long, as Joe pushes Punk backward, forcing him to backroll to his feet. It’s obvious now that Joe has the power advantage, something Punk seems to quietly accept as he nods his head. Joe stands still in the center of the ring, telling Punk to come back at him. Punk accepts that challenge, again approaching Joe and locking up with him, but he bounces off the ropes behind him before doing so and locks up with momentum, forcing Joe now to be pushed back on the ropes behind him. Even still, Joe has enough power to again shove Punk back, who once again has to defensively roll back to his feet.

Punk shakes some life back into his elbow before now asking Joe to come at him, still leaning on the ropes behind him. It’s Joe’s turn to accept that challenge, as it’s Joe’s turn to charge at Punk, but the crafty youngster uses Joe’s own charging momentum to whip him over into a nice headlock takedown, now pressing down on the chest of the Samoan one. Punk keeps the move wrenched in for several seconds before Joe shows his flexibility by getting up the headscissors, forcing Punk off. The two quickly get back to their feet, where it’s Joe’s turn to slap on the headlock takeover, Punk the one who quickly has to latch on the headscissors, again forcing the two vertical.

As soon as they get there, Joe attempts a backhand chop right to Punk’s temple, but Punk ducks underneath it and comes right back with a backhand chop of his own, but Joe also ducks underneath that, using his own torque to produce a ROARING ELBOW, but Punk rolls underneath to dodge that, positioned behind Joe and going for a ROUNDHOUSE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD, but the aware Joe also rolls away to avoid it, both men now in opposite corners and at a complete stalemate. The crowd is loving the heightened pace of it all, neither man able to get the upper hand, a big appreciative pop heard around the Hammerstein.

Their pop quickly turns to heat, however, as “KING OF MY WORLD” completely interrupts things, both men taking the focus off of each other and looking up the entrance stage to see none other than AOW Champion Chris Jericho coming down the ramp, with one of the men in the main event, his ‘beastie’, Paul “The Great” Wright in tow. Jericho is in his trademark snappy suit, Wright in his ominous hoodie, but they’re in no rush whatsoever to get to the ring, taking their sweet time…before dodging the ring entirely. They mosey on over to the announce desk, Jericho taking a seat and Wright standing watch, as the AOW Champion motions for Joe and Punk to go back at it an ‘never mind me.’ With the pace effectively broken for the moment, both Joe and Punk just stare at Jericho suspiciously as we quickly fade away…


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


Upon our return, we’re back in the ring where things have evidently picked back up, as we see Punk being Irish whipped into the ropes and back, Joe pants him down with a drop toehold, quickly getting back up and trying to follow up with an elbow, but Punk rolls out of the way, stunting Joe for a second. In that second, we look at the announce table where Jericho is sitting sans headset, but seemingly having joined in the commercial break is Ken Doane, crouching beside Jericho and getting his ear whispered into by his stable leader. Wright still stands stoically looking into the ring.

We cut back to the ring, where Punk and Joe are back up and back at it, again with the lock-up and Joe having the power advantage, slowly backing Punk into a corner. Referee Goose Mahoney forces Joe away from Punk, Joe respectfully doing so, before cutting back in and nailing a knife-edge CHOP (Wooooo!) across Punk’s chest, causing him to drift out of the corner and into the arms of Joe. Those arms again whip Punk across the ring and off the ropes, but Punk ducks underneath a Joe clothesline attempt, rebounds again, ducks underneath a Joe reverse elbow attempt, rebounds once more, and catches the big man off guard with a diving clothesline!! Even with such a momentous blow, Joe still stays vertical, forcing Punk to improvise a bit from his knees, taking Joe’s legs from underneath him with a low leg sweep kick. Joe finally falls, taking a moment to tend to his still bad knee, and Punk crawling over on top of him –

1…

2…

NO!!

Joe throws up a shoulder and rolls, forcing Punk to roll off a little bit, but he uses this rolling to simply go underneath the bottom rope and make it to the apron before standing up, waiting for Joe. Joe does get to his feet, only to see Punk coming down on him with the SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE…CROSSFACE!! CROSSFACE!! JOE COUNTERS!! The match quickly turns into Joe’s favor, but Punk frantically crawls all over the canvas and finds a bottom rope and holds onto it for dear life, forcing Joe to let go of the crippling submission lest he face disqualification. Joe gets back to his feet and walks a little towards center ring a bit, looking over his shoulder to see the three members of the Worthy Legion obviously talking about what they just saw except Wright, who is doing nothing but staring a hole through Joe. Punk is leaning on the bottom rope he had to grab at to stay alive, Joe finally stepping back towards Punk, only for the straight-edge enthusiast to hit him with a low kick right to Joe’s torn up knee.

Punk actually gets heat for this, as Joe drops to the mat, crumpled, gripping his still ailing appendage. Jericho starts whispering to Doane again, Joey Styles even asking what they’re talking about before he’s told to ‘mind your own business, you tapeworm.’ Punk has an apologetic look on his face, possibly only going for the knee out of instinct and not meaning any deliberate picking. Punk even tries to approach Joe and possibly apologize for the blow, but Mahoney tells him to back away as he checks on Joe. Joe manages to get up on one knee, still checking out the damage as Punk and the ref look on. We can see Punk mouthing the words ‘I’m sorry’ before Mahoney leaning down to ask Joe if he can continue…when Joe GRABS MAHONEY BY THE COLLAR AND CHUNKS HIM INTO A CORNER, felling him. In one motion, the then LUNGES AT PUNK, FLOORS HIM, AND STARTS DELIVERIGN BLOW AFTER RELENTLESS BLOW TO HIS OWN TEAMMATE.

Punk takes several hits before Punk starts retaliating and fighting back a bit, but as the crowd is divided on what to do, Bryan Danielson and Christian Cage come charging down the ramp and sliding into the ring, Danielson immediately gunning for the ball of anger that is Joe and Punk and trying to pry them apart, while Christian slides in and almost seems like he’s in a trance, not even paying attention to the chaos right beside him, but instead, looking to make a beeline right at Jericho. Danielson screams at Christian for him to help him, but it falls on deaf and consumed ears, as Christian climbs right back out of the ring towards the desk to perhaps get at Jericho. Wright now steps into action, getting right in Christian’s face and acting like an insurmountable wall, only able to see Jericho from his sides. Danielson continues to call for help as the tussle gets worse, Christian now looking right at Jericho –


Chris Jericho:
Go and help your “friends”, Cage. You’ll never touch me.

Christian finally does look back to see Danielson having a shitload of trouble trying to separate Punk and Joe, begging them that this is not what they need. Christian does slide into the ring and looks to insert himself into his teammates’ brawl, Danielson finally separating them, but the adrenaline pumps too much, as Punk is pulled away and MISTAKINGLY ROUNDHOUSES DANIELSON THE BACK OF THE HEAD!! Danielson falls like a stone, all of the action stopping and no one saying a word now. Punk, again looks on in surprise, completely doing that on accident, but Joe and Cage’s faces aren’t buying it. Christian backs Joe off before getting in both men’s faces, screaming at them.

Christian Cage:
Look what you’ve done!! Another one down because of your selfishness!!

Disgusted, Christian shakes his head and leaves Joe and Punk in the ring, Punk looking like he’s on the verge of tears here. The Worthy Legion, meanwhile, are doing nothing but cracking up, but gain a serious face once Christian decides to leave the ring and go back towards the ramp, only to be met with a disgusting surprise…WITH A SPEAR FROM BOBBY LASHLEY!! THE SAME FATE IN THE SAME SPOT THAT BEFELL TORRIE WILSON!! Almost a sickening mirror image of what happened to conclude last week’s show has Lashley looming over the body of the man whose life he has more than contributed to making a living hell for a long time now.

Joe and Punk are unable to retaliate for the man who has been charged with leading their team to victory in just four days because Paul Wright has entered the ring and given a KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO PUNK, right in front of the recovering referee, who sees that this has more than completely gotten out of hand.



Winner: No Contest at (8:02)


Joe is still up and tries to put up a fight, but when Ken Doane gives him a chop block to his injured knee, he’s a sitting duck for another KNOCKOUT PUNCH, only to defiantly lean on the ropes to stay up. Wright doesn’t bat an eye, taking Joe by the throat and nailing A GIANT CHOKESLAM that leaves every single member of Team AOW flatlined. To say Chris Jericho looks pleased is beyond any kind of understatement, as Danielson, Joe, and Punk’s bodies are all shoved underneath the bottom ropes to the floor to make room for Jericho getting into the ring with a microphone, his Worthy Legion looking even more dominant than before.



Chris Jericho:
My name is Chris Jericho and I think that it goes without saying in the purest form that I am a worthy man and this is my Worthy Legion.

~An ungodly amount of heat falls here yet again, as Jericho’s monotone style drones on yet again

Chris Jericho:
I told you once and I will prove my point time and time again – I will overcome any challenge placed in my path, no matter from whom or by whom. I don’t care if that entire locker room comes out here and tries to needlessly duel with me, or if it’s Mick Foley himself, I see every angle and I will never be bested

~Even more heat

Chris Jericho:
You see, this Foley? Take a look around and take it all in.

~Jericho pauses to have the cameramen pan around the outskirts of the ring where bodies are piled up, notably Christian still in a heap, but looking up, conscious, but unable to even stand

Chris Jericho:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and DISPAIR!!

~Another raucous ovation of heat as Jericho proclaims that at the top of his lungs


Chris Jericho:
Look at your so called ‘savior’, Foley! Look at your so called ‘team’, Foley! They’re a wreck! They’re trumped!! They’re decimated! And the funny thing is, I didn’t have to do any of this. They had already done it to themselves, swimming amongst their own imperfections. I and my followers just made them look as ugly as they already were.

~Jericho pauses to stick his nose even higher in the air

Chris Jericho:
Call it what you want, Foley, but this is no ‘Team AOW’. This is a joke. They are a joke. You are a joke for even thinking that anyone, let alone this band of miscreants, could best a unit as worthy as mine.

~Jericho points towards the members of his Legion, who are all lined up behind him – Lashley, Wright, and Doane in that order, all of them looking incredibly disciplined and incredibly intimidating

Chris Jericho:
War Chamber or no chamber, there is no way in hell that these imperfect men could even stand up to me and what I have built. But I mean, how could they? They are only mere men. The Worthy Legion is made up of divinity. We are gods among this squared circle.

~Jericho is teetering on some kind of line here, no one liking where this is going…

Chris Jericho:
Look at what we have here. Bobby Lashley, my Perfect Warrior. The physical pinnacle. No man’s strength can match his own, nor anyone’s dedication. He is a readymade tank, built for even the most destructive of wars. He can take anything thrown his way, but take much without the slightest flinch. And he lives off bloodshed. Miss Torrie Wilson knows that first-hand.

~A shot quickly goes outside to Christian, who is still gripping his possibly broken ribs and looking up helplessly, looking even more pained at the mention of Wilson

Chris Jericho:
And so I can undisputedly say that Bobby Lashley, the Real Deal, the Perfect Warrior, is indeed the god of war.

~Jericho then moves down the line to Wright

Chris Jericho:
And here, we have the utmost loyal beast. A giant of monstrous proportions. A being never having been anyone’s folly and thoroughly destroying everything and everyone in his path. The only thing stopping him is when I say stop. When he arrives, he leaves leaving nothing but a wake of absolute decimation and vanquishing of hope. He is Paul “The Great” Wright, the bringer of doom. The god of destruction.

~Jericho now goes over to Ken Doane, who looks much less stoic than the other two, trying ever so hard to repress his smile


Chris Jericho:
And here is our latest addition, but who has no doubt proven his worth. No matter how hard one tries, no one can truly live forever. But that is where lineage comes in. It is where an heir comes in quite handy. For everything I teach this promising stallion, he will carry on and keep what I have created running through the eons. And thus, there will be no end in sight. He is Kenneth Doane, the impact player. The god of the future.

~Jericho drifts back away from his line of followers

Chris Jericho:
And last, but certainly not least, there is I, your Worthy Champion.

~Another great array of heat

Chris Jericho:
The leader of the gods, the chancellor of the divine, the Master of War. I am the savior that you all say you seek, but are far too blind to even see. You people don’t deserve anything that I want for you, but you need it more than anything. I am Chris Jericho, your Worthy Champion, your god of championships, your god of gold, but most importantly…the god…of gods.

~An unholy rain of heat for the ‘gods’

Chris Jericho:
You people may disagree with that as you may, but look around you. Your false prophets are all beneath us, on their hands and knees, fearing us and forever living in our shadows.

~We do indeed get a shot of Team AOW, who have now regrouped at the base of the ramp, nearly all of them having to hold each other up for support, with Punk and Danielson notably having to hold Christian back

Chris Jericho:
So why look to them; why look to the lies given to you by Mick Foley when you have this Parthenon of perfection right here before you, always having been here, and always having gotten the job done!

~Another everlasting downpour of ‘fuck offs’

Chris Jericho:
So Christian, Joe, Punk, Danielson – don’t feel so bad. You’re all just men amongst gods and we are gods amongst men. And I can’t fault you for falling short of our perfection. So before you step into the War Chamber Sunday night, and before you step back in this ring later on tonight to face the Legion one last time, just know that you will never

~Jericho leers over to the ropes to deliver this, and his voice stays monotone for the next line

Chris Jericho:
EEEEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEERRRRRRRRRR…be able to best the god-given, no matter how hard you try. Because I am the leader of these gods of wrestling. And this world. Is. Mine.


Jericho lets his microphone down before their music hitting once more, all the members of the Legion staring down on their decimated opponents and damn near exploding with overconfidence and pride.

Joey Styles:
This is just sickening.

JBL:
Oh, will you –

Joey Styles:
No – shut up, John. I know exactly what you’re going to say here, and this is enough. Chris Jericho has gone beyond going too far. He’s done everything from assault authority figures, crush the hopes of wrestlers, get other wrestlers fired, brainwash masses, assault a defenseless woman, and now he’s proclaiming himself to be some kind of deity? This isn’t just crossing the line. This is finding the line, crossing it, then destroying any remnants of having any kind of conscious line beyond one’s own ego. And this is just DAMN DISGUSTING!!

~For once, John “Bradshaw” Layfield is completely silent

Joey Styles:
I apologize for that, ladies and gentlemen, but this…this is not the way this needed to open. There’s more Oblivion after this.


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



~Backstage halls…


We see Steve Romero in those halls, microphone in hand, and approaching a locker room door. He looks at the cameraman and tells him to come along before opening the door and seeing Tyler Black with his head down, locks covering his face, wearing his uber-cool dark trenchcoat, sitting cross-legged on a bench. He doesn’t appear to be moving at all, causing Romero to approach Black very cautiously…


Steve Romero:
Um…Tyler Black? Sir?

~Black doesn’t move, but we can at least hear him breathing…

Steve Romero:
Black? Are you there?

~Black suddenly SNAPS his head up, his hair flowing out of his face, as he inhales heavily, his dark manscara’d eyes growing wide

Steve Romero
:
Holy shit --!

~Needless to say, this freaks out Romero pretty bad, Black talking like he’s come out of a trance…

Black:
I was in the middle of meditation. What do you want, Steven?

Steve Romero:
Um…well, sorry to bother your meditation, but you have a tag team match in T-minus ten seconds. But while I’m here, I was hoping we could get your thoughts about the announcement that you’ll be facing Kofi Kingston in a rematch at This is Exile, as well as facing him in just a few minutes in a tag team match.

Black:
My thoughts? Trust me, Steven, you wouldn’t even begin to comprehend my thoughts.

Steve Romero:
Yes, well, do you have any thoughts at all regarding Kofi Kingston?

Black:
I’ve told you people that everything is black and white to you. And this stays true. You all choose to see everything a little at a time, but I see everything at once – the past, present and the future.

~Black pauses to flip back his hair

Black:
In the past, I have beaten Kofi Kingston. In the present, I will beat Kofi Kinston again. And in the near future, this Sunday, I will beat Kofi Kingston one more time.

Steve Romero:
Speaking of the past, what do you have to say about refuting Kofi Kingston’s handshake the night of your debuts? Why did you not comply?

Black:
What? Was I supposed to do it? Is that what’s expected to do? You people’s world view couldn’t be any more polar and narrow. But to answer your question, he simply wanted to save face. Because he’d given it his all on night one and he had nothing left and yet still couldn’t win. I’ve seen everything he has to offer. But be warned, Kofi. When it comes to me…you haven’t seen anything yet.

~Black rises from his bench, looming into the face of Romero now

Black:
As a matter of fact, I think tonight, I’m going to beat Kofi Kingston without even touching him. Excuse me.

~Black almost shoves the cameraman aside, walking out of the locker room to a somewhat mystified Romero, who shrugs his shoulders at his cameraman as we fade away…


~Back at ringside…


We return from the break focused on the ring, as “MAN WITH NO LAND” hits the airwaves as the enthusiastic and energetic, but intense, Kofi Kingston comes bursting through the curtain, getting a very solid reaction. He’s wearing the same flag-clad hoodie he wore in his debut, the hood up and his head down, but as he takes a step down the ramp he lifts his hood off and gets pumped up. He slaps a few high fives on his way down, his gigawat grin peeking through every so often before leaping into the ring.

“THE PROUD WARRIOR” bellows out, giving us Low Ki to the rendition that we haven’t heard in a while, but coming out alongside him is his tag team partner, Jack Evans, coming down with his partner, but not walking in front of him. Ki has no theatrics, keeping his intense, samurai-esque aura flaring around him. He quickly steps into the ring, Evans leaping up onto the apron and shaking one of Kingston’s deadlocks trying to see if they’re real, which they are, before Ki stops him to shake hands with Kofi, getting the rookie prepped.


“BLACK AND WHITE” hits the threshold for only the second time in wrestling history, as Tyler Black makes his way down the ramp, his long damp hair still hanging over his face and still wearing his long, dark, and ominous trenchcoat. He actually gets some notable pops instead of the heat he’s probably seeking, but he scoffs a bit before taking his sweet time getting to the ring in the vacant opposite corner. He glares at Kingston, who shares the same expression…

“IT’S TIME – HACKER’S REMIX” hits to a bigger array of heat, as Gregory Helms steps on through the curtain and flicks his nose before turning it up and strutting on down the ramp. He fluffs his vest on the way down before momentarily looking at Ki then continuing on his way to his corner, meeting up with Black, whom he does try to shake hands with…but Black laughs and doesn’t even bother. Helms looks like he damn near wants to slap the shit out of the rookie.


MATCH 2
Low Ki & Kofi Kingston
w/Jack Evans
v.
Gregory Helms & Tyler Black


From the start of the bell, Helms doesn’t even let Black have a chance to decide who goes in because he storms in, Kingston checking in first for his team. The only thing odd about this scene is…that Black steps off the apron. Helms and Kingston look back towards the now empty corner, as Black picks up his trenchcoat and just walks off, going on up the ramp. Helms again looks like he wants to blow a gasket, Kingston not pleased at all, Black garnering the heat he wanted earlier. Black just has the most smug expression on his face before turning back towards the ring…and bowing. He continues on up the ramp, obviously having just left his partner and opponent for this Sunday high and dry for one reason or another.

As the actual match goes on, Helms has a ridiculous handicap, with Ki and Kingston being able to tag in and out. They do this for the first few minutes of the contest, but Kingston makes a rookie mistake and plays to the crowd a little bit too long, allowing Helms to effortlessly dodge his springboard crossbody attempt. He keeps Kofi grounded with several rest holds, also looking to recharge himself, before Kingston springs back to life. Helms is having none of that, stopping Kingston in his tracks by grabbing a handful of hair to pull him to the floor.

Helms now isolates Kingston, bashing him with a series of neckbreakers, constantly keeping Kingston down and working over his neck, it appears. Kingston can’t seem to find a break, but he manages to create one when it looks like he’ll go for another springboard crossbody…missing again, but quickly gets up, only for Helms to come soaring right after him with a BLOCKBUSTER NECKBREAKER!! Kingston goes down hard, Helms with a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Kofi has the heart to keep going!

His heart may be in it, but the rest of his body may not be, as Helms stays on the newcomer, bashing him in the neck once again before hoisting Kingston on his shoulders, looking for something here. We can see Kingston wiggling around, struggling, struggling…FLOAT OVER DDT!! Helms’ face gets planted into the canvas, but both men are flatlined now! Kingston is trying desperately to get something in him to crawl into his corner, Helms with a complete lack of that luxury. Kofi keeps crawling to try and get to the man that will face Helms in four nights…and he does!! Helms is worn down a good bit, not able to tag out to anyone, Ki coming in and lighting him up with a flurry of punches and kicks before absolutely REELING him with a knife-edge CHOP(Wooooo!) He follows that up by taking Helms’ head off with a NASTY ROUNDHOUSE!! Ki is absolutely on fire now, the Hammerstein all behind him, but as he rebounds off the ropes looking for more, he’s caught around the waist by Helms…NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!! Helms keeps the bridge, getting another count – 1…2…3-NO!! Ki keeps it going!

Helms takes the still stunned Ki and chunks him into a corner, delivering hard blows of his own, focused on the head. Helms then whips him into the opposite corner, following him as he does, nailing him with a hard corner clothesline. He looks to finish the combo with the follow-up bulldog…but Ki shoves him off, causing Helms to run with empty hands and slide on one knee to stop himself. While he’s on that one knee, Ki comes raging back towards him with a shining wizard…FEINT…BLACK MAGIC!! Helms is leveled in the back of the head, Ki now going for a cover here – 1…2…3-NO!! Helms still has some kind of life in him!

Ki tries to take Helms up and go for some more offense, but Helms gets a spark of life and springs up, Ki hoisted on his shoulders…before CHUNKING HIM IN A CORNER IN THE TREE OF WOE POSITION! Helms looks at his handiwork with pride, referee Justin King telling Helms to step away while he takes a look at Ki. When Helms steps back to marvel what he’s done and soak in his head, he turns around only to be met by…TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! The rookie picks up on a few things, regardless of being a face, striking behind the referee’s back!

Helms goes down eagle-spread, Kofi pumped up…when he’s suddenly dragged from underneath the ring. Tyler Black came back!! He rings Kingston’s bell with a short-arm elbow and then clubbing him in the tender neck, before taking him and CHUNKING HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!! Kingston lands on his neck, again possibly being a target for Sunday night. It’s Black who now doesn’t have much time to marvel at his laurels, as Jack Evans isn’t being idle, running off and leaping off the steel ring steps and flattening the morally blank Black with a corkscrew crossbody!! Ki has recovered from his predicament, rolling up from the Tree of Woe right onto the top rope, tending to his spine when he finally gets there. He sees Helms down with his lights out as everyone in the Hammerstein rises to see what’s next…WARROR’S WAY!! WARRIOR’S WAY CONNECTING!! The impact forces Ki to roll away, but he quickly scurries back on top of his opponent – 1…2…3…!!!

Winners: Low Ki & Kofi Kingston at (8:22)

King calls for the bell emphatically, as Ki pulls himself off of his opponent Sunday, getting his hand raised. He’s alone and he wonders why, looking towards the outside to see Kingston down, Black back and down, and his tag team partner only now getting back to his feet. Ki steps out of the ring, Evans rubbing is bald head before both men pull Kingston to his feet, helping him out, showing a direct contrast to the Black/Helms chemistry.


Joey Styles:
That could be a great piece of foreshadowing, ladies and gentlemen, because if Low Ki can do that very thing Sunday night, he will be the new number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship!

JBL:
But he won’t have Kofi Kingston back there to hit Helms when the referee’s back is turned! The kid’s learnin’ all kinds of lessons, but that’s not what he should be learnin’! That was a travesty! Who the hell does that kid think he is??

Joey Styles:
Well what kind of kid does Tyler Black think he is? He’s been here for all of three weeks and he just ups and leaves Gregory Helms?

JBL:
He didn’t leave him, ya jackass! He gave him his space because Gregory Helms does his best work alone. Besides, he did exactly what he said he was gonna do and that’s beat Kofi Kingston without touching him.

Joey Styles:
What in the hell are you talking about?? He dragged Kingston out of the ring and threw him into the restrictive barricade!

JBL:
I meant in the ring, ya goof. He said that Kingston gave everything he had a few weeks back and that he still had things Kofi hadn’t seen before. What kind of sense would it make to give that advantage away? He did exactly what any brilliant mind would’ve done an’ that’s not do a damn thing.

Joey Styles:
Wow. You’re so high on this kid it’s delusional. But nevertheless, he did leave his partner Gregory Helms to get pinned by the man he’ll be facing this Sunday, giving Low Ki a great deal of momentum to breaking out in this cruiserweight division and one step closer to possibly being Cruiserweight Champion.

JBL:
Not on your life. Helms has this one in the bag, you mark my words.

Joey Styles:
Whatever, Bradshaw. That’s this Sunday, but coming up later on tonight in our main event, after what we saw and heard from Chris Jericho earlier, this tag team contest could wind up being extremely chaotic – Christian Cage and Bryan Danielson team up to face Paul “The Great” Wright and Bobby Lashley, two men in the proclaimed ‘Parthenon’ that will greet Team AOW on Sunday. Who will get the last bit of momentum before entering the War Chamber?



~Backstage, front lobby, at the…ticket window?


Not so much backstage, but indeed, the man running the gate for tonight’s edition of Oblivion is none other than AC Mick Foley. He’s actually not selling anymore, giving legitimacy to the ‘sold out’ look of the arena, as well as a ‘sold out’ sign posted in front of Foley’s window. He’s got his nose in a copy of what we know as The Hardcore Diaries. Before long, the stuntman bookworm’s window is being knocked on by his Tag Team Champions, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.


Mick Foley:
It’s open.

~Benjamin opens the side door, both he and Haas staring at Foley in the booth

Mick Foley:
Don’t just stand there looking at a best-seller. You can come into my office. There’s enough space.

~Benjamin and Haas both hesitate before squeezing into the booth, Foley sitting at ease, while Benjamin and Haas have to stand in extreme discomfort

Haas:
Yeah. Barely enough space.

Benjamin:
What’re you doing in here anyways, Mick?

Mick Foley:
Well, under Heyman’s demands, I’m still not allowed back in my own office. He said the War Chamber idea was nuts and I should go back to the drawing board. So I thought I’d work the drawing booth this week instead.

Haas:
So…you’re just sitting here reading on the job?

Mick Foley:
No, it’s my workspace this week. Welcome to my ever rotating office, gentlemen. Oh, and I’m not just reading. I’m reading my third autobiography, The Hardcore Diaries, available at retailers everywhere this summer.

~The self-marketing cheap plug gets Foley to do a goofy grin and a thumbs up at both Benjamin and Haas, neither one of them really looking amused

Benjamin:
Let’s cut to the chase, Mick. We got a call this morning saying we were booked for a match at This is Exile.

Haas:
Yeah, what’s that about? Not to overstep ourselves, but who is left for us to defend against?

Mick Foley:
Well, you guys have been saying for the last month that you guys haven’t had a sufficient enough challenge for your Tag Team Championships, correct?

Benjamin:
Yeah.

Mick Foley:
And I will admit – following your title defense two weeks ago, you’ve effectively faced every single tag team on the roster and defeated them for the gold. Not to further feed you guys’ ego any more, but there kind of is some truth to the claim that you guys don’t have many challengers left.

Benjamin:
Yeah there is. But saying that won’t get us in trouble, will it?

Mick Foley:
I know you guys have been trying to watch that, so no. But yeah, you’ve both got a match this Sunday.

~Benjamin and Haas look at one another

Haas:
Okay…against who?

Mick Foley:
Just each other.

~Benjamin and Haas’ eyes go wide as they gawk at Foley for that one, the crowd giving a pop back in the arena

Benjamin:
Wait, what? Against each other?

Mick Foley:
Yeah, y’know, I figured since you guys wanted a ‘competitive challenge’, I couldn’t help but think of any better challenge for either one of you than to see who might be…I don’t know…‘the better half’, so to speak.

Benjamin:
Mick, with all due respect, I think that’s out of the question.

Haas:
Hold on there, Shelton. Let’s not be so quick to dismiss this.

Benjamin:
You actually wanna got through with this?

Haas:
Yeah, actually. I do.

~The two stare at each other hard for a moment…before Benjamin lets out a small laugh

Benjamin:
You’re jokin’ with me, right Charles?

Haas:
I’m not really joking, man. I think it’d be a whole lot of fun. I mean, think about it – we’ve run through every challenge thrown our way together. So the only challenge left is the other guy we ran the gauntlet with, which is –

Benjamin:
Each other.

~Foley looks on satisfyingly, smirking a good bit before putting his nose right back into his book

Benjamin:
Well…we are pretty damn competitive.

Haas:
And this is the ultimate competition challenge.

Benjamin:
No. It’s…“The World’s Greatest Challenge”.

~Benjamin paints the picture in the sky with his hands before turning back to Haas in the unspacious booth

Haas:
I like that.

Mick Foley:
So, are there no more questions, gentlemen?

Benjamin:
Naw. I think we’re good.

~Benjamin extends his hand towards Haas

Benjamin:
May the best man win.

Haas:
Oh don’t worry.

~Haas shakes the hand

BOTH Men:
I will.

~This leaves them staring at each other once more before finally making their way back through the booth door, ducking underneath the small doorway and back into the arena lobby, Foley licking his finger and turning a page as we turn 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**


We return from the break to a sudden scene of utter chaos, as six men are beating the living shit out of each other. Surprisingly, none of them are from Team AOW or the Worthy Legion, but instead, are Carlito, the Mercenaries, Aero Star, and the Mexicools!! They’re duking it out all over the backstage area, clutter falling all over the place and bodies hitting SPLAT against the concrete floor! There’s notably a riding mower nearby, perhaps the Mexicools sending another message by mower and their opponents this Sunday not receiving it very well at all this time!

Carlito and the Mercs to indeed pull away, with Burchill and Albright WHIPPING THE MEXICOOLS INTO THE LAWN MOWER!! Both men go crashing against the menacing metal! This leaves Aero Star alone to fight, which he does valiantly for a moment, but only until Carlito DDTS HIM RIGHT ONTO THE CONCRETE!! Star almost goes vertical on the disgusting move, but then he starts directing traffic. The Mercenaries take Star in their arms and carry him further down the hall, but we can’t see what’s in front of them. They then jointly hoist him up…AND SEND HIM CRASHING DOWN WITH A DOUBLE THRUST SPINEBUSTER…THROUGH A TABLE!!! The thing out of our view was a wooden slab, Star absolutely driven through it with the utmost authority! Carlito pumps his fists in celebration, but before we leave the anarchic scene, we can hear Carlito chirping at every body that’s down –

Carlito:
Ju’ said Carlito was a coward!! Was dat ‘cowardly’, huh? No. Kickin’ ju’re assess is just cool!


~Further backstage/front lobby, the ticket booth…


We’re back on the image of Mick Foley, turning away at his copy of his own book when there’s a knock POUNDING on the door…


Mick Foley:
Come on in.

~In steps a virtually demented looking Christian Cage

Mick Foley:
Christian. What can I do for you…?

~Christian gets right up in Foley’s face, his crazed eyes nearly consuming him

Christian Cage:
It’s done, Foley. This whole thing. It’s pointless.

Mick Foley:
It’s not done until the last person is eliminated from the Chamber on Sunday –

Christian Cage:
Like always, you’re wrong, Mick. It was over the second you decided to bring me back and stick me in a team with them, assuming that we’d automatically click.

Mick Foley:
Well excuse me for doing my best to put together a band of guys who I thought could end this mess. I didn’t put you together because I expected you to work together instantly. I didn’t put you together to do my business for me. I did it because winning the War Chamber Sunday is what’s best for the company and I wanted to choose from the best in the company to do that.

Christian Cage:
Stop it. You’re no different than every other selfish soul I’m going to have to step into the Chamber with. You’re doing this to save your own skin.

Mick Foley:
Don’t give me any of that garbage. If there’s anyone that’s selfish about this whole thing, it’s you. Because you can’t get out of your own mind, out of your own way to even let anyone else in. Your teammates never had a chance because you never gave them a chance. Because god forbid you and your ‘observations from the moon’ be wrong. I’m really starting to think that your own mind is the real War Chamber.

~This actually seems to faze Christian, who eases a little off Foley

Christian Cage:
Then what the hell do you suggest I do?

Mick Foley:
You all need to be unified. I don’t care how you do it, but it’s the only way you’re gonna take down that ‘Parthenon’ or whatever the hell the pompous ass calls it. But how you guys do it? That’s not up to me. That’s up to you guys. And you’d better figure it out quick. Because if what I saw earlier is what I and the rest of AOW is gonna get inside those chains Sunday…maybe you are right. Maybe I was wrong.

~This really seems to resonate Christian, who has an eased gaze before looking past Foley and noticing an upright folding steel chair. He walks over and takes it in his hand, staring at it through intensifying eyes

Mick Foley:
So are you gonna do what’s best?

Christian Cage:
No. I’m gonna do what’s right.

~Christian takes the steel chair and walks out of the booth, slamming the door behind him, leaving Foley to look on with the slightest glimmer of hope…




~Back at ringside…

“LONGON CALLING” braces the forge, as Paul London and Brian Kendrick exit through the curtain, London doing a few warmups before both Hooliganz make mad dashes down the ramp and slide into the ring, London having such little traction that he almost slides right back out, while Kendrick actually does. He lands on his feet, however, as this is not his match, but one of his partner, who moonsaults off of the corner and onto his feet, ready to get back at one of the men who possibly cost him a Cruiserweight title shot.

“WE AS AMERICANS” hit now to an array of heat, but it is quite weak, as American Made strut on through the curtains. Nameth is leading the way between the two, marching on down to the ring with the utmost confident pep in his step. Hagar is not too far behind, but he’s much more subtle in his confidence than his other half. Nameth rolls into the ring and slicks his hair repeatedly before mocking the crowd a bit, getting him more heat regardless. London is not the least bit amused.

MATCH 3
Paul London

w/Brian Kendrick
v.
Nick Nameth

w/Jack Hagar


The first two and a half minutes of the contest involves both of these unfamiliar bodies feeling each other out, London pulling away with the upper hand over the more inexperienced youngster. London is able to maintain control by repeatedly upping the tempo, Nameth getting marginal offense in to try and stop him to no avail. He gets an opening, though, when London tries to crunch him in the corner with an elbow smash, but he moves out of the way, sending London’s face bouncing off the iron post. Nameth then follows that up with a corner splash of his own, making London’s body go limp. London collapses with Nameth on the cover – 1…2…-NO!! There’s still fight left to go.

Nameth forces London back down with a crisp snapmare before delivering a clubbing forearm around London’s head to strike his nose. With London reeling from that a bit, “The Natural “pulls up on London’s head before flipping forward with a neck snap! London’s head whiplashes violently as Nameth goes for another cover – 1…2…NO!! It won’t be over that quickly, London throwing up a shoulder. Nameth throws the raised shoulder back onto the canvas and smacks London on the open chest before getting back up and peering down at the veteran. He then leaps up…and caves in the clavicle with a beautiful jumping elbow drop! Another cover by Nameth – 1…2…3-NO!! London still has something in the tank!

Nameth YELLS out “WHAT?!?” to referee Ray Ramsey, who casually informs him that it was only two. Nameth looks like he’s about to pull out his hair, his bleached hair looking much lighter when in contrast to his growing glowing red face. Nameth’s temper is showing up again it seems, causing Hagar to leap up onto the apron and call for Nameth to come over to him. Hagar does his best to calm his teammate down, a very odd dynamic indeed. Hagar has Nameth control his breathing to get himself back to a calm before slapping him on the head and letting him go back into the fray, only to be met by a dropkick from London! London springs back into things with a cover – 1…2…NO!! Nameth still has life!

London tries to keep the momentum going, greeting the recovering athlete with a series of arm drags before getting an Irish whip reversed, only to strike Nameth on the rebound with a spinning wheel kick! Nameth flops hard, selling the move wonderfully, London going for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Nameth uses his frustration to power out! But London doesn’t sit for long, snatching Nameth’s arm, wrenching it behind him, then shifting his weight for another attempt – 1…2…NO!! Nameth rolls out of that one, only for London to rush the still downed Nameth and catch him in a jackknife cover – 1…2…NO!! Nameth grapples London around the waist and works his way up, twisting around until he has London in a backside, but then he suddenly unhooks to nail a nifty swinging neckbreaker! Nameth back on the offensive now – 1…2…3-NO!! Still London fights!

This is pissing Nameth off even more, who pounds the mat with both fists and again yelling Ramsey’s ear off. He’s growing a great deal impatient now, as the proud, blonde American begins stalking London from behind perhaps looking for the finishing blow here. But he jumps the gun and rushes at London prematurely, giving London time to dodge the attack and guide Nameth right past him…SHOULDER FIRST INTO A STEEL POST!! The unmoving and unforgiving post shows Nameth the errors of his youth and frustration, causing him to collapse onto the canvas. London sees a prime opportunity here, leaping up onto the top rope and looking to come down…450 SPLASH!! 450 SPLASH!! The veracity of the impact expands through the arena as London covers…but there’s no count! Ramsey is dealing with Hagar, who leaps on the apron to distract him at just the right moment!

London isn’t amused at this at all, wearily walking over to the apron to try and get Hagar away, but it’s Brian Kendrick to snatches Hagar’s leg from underneath him, his head slamming off of the ring apron below. This stuns him momentarily, enough for Kendrick to get a good lick or two at him, but Hagar pushes Kendrick away. London looks like wants to crawl out of the ring to help, but Ramsey tells him not to go out the ring. London then takes a few back steps towards center ring when suddenly…JUMPING REVERSE STO!! The back of London’s head is driven into the canvas, almost flipping over himself as Nameth quickly gets the cover – 1…2…3….!!

Winner: Nick Nameth at (7:44)

Nameth quickly high-tails it out of the ring, Hagar joining him, as Kendrick slides back under the ropes to tend to his best friend. Nameth is cackling in a way that would make Vickie Guererro proud, slicking his hair back the whole way up. Hagar seems to have ditched his calmer demeanor now, joining in on Nameth’s cockiness and mocking of the Hooliganz.


Joey Styles:
Y’know, I could say how disgusted I am at the actions of American Made last week and how underhanded that win was just now, but I already know I’m gonna get jumped from behind by Bradshaw over here talking about how justified it is. So let’s just get to it, partner. How are you gonna spin this one in your favor?

JBL:
I’m gonna wait for the commercial break to smack you upside the head for bein’ such a smartass, but yes, American Made was completely justified because they said it over the Newswire this week – they were simply answering a challenge and to better themselves. Now tell me how in the hell is that disgusting?

Joey Styles:
It is when you spent last week by costing Paul London what could’ve been a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship, and then follow it up by literally snatching a win away from him while you were in the middle of a temper tantrum! I think if you fly off the handle like that, you shouldn’t even be allowed to win!

JBL:
Joey, would you get mad at Alex Rodriguez is he struck out with the bases loaded, an’ then broke his bat in anger? NO! Y’know why? Because passionate people, especially athletes, hate to lose. They hate not bein’ the best. An’ then people like you hate them because they’re the best.

Joey Styles:
I beg to differ because American Made are most certainly NOT the best, yet they act like they do, but whatever the case, we have a fresh off the press, the details are still warm in my headphones information that one more match has been added to This is Exile, and that’s these two teams formally going at it two-on-two, both teams accepting the other's challenges. The Hooliganz will see if they can get some kind of retribution against the cocky American Made.

JBL:
An’ that’s only the second best Pay-Per-View altering news we’ve gotten tonight.

Joey Styles:
Indeed so partner, because it looks like they agreed to do it, so it’s on the docket – “The World’s Greatest Challenge” or so they’ve dubbed it. The thoroughly dominant AOW Tag Team Champions will face one another in what’s sure to be a very gut-check challenge. But who is the ‘better half’? Is it Shelton Benjamin? Or is it Charlie Haas?

JBL:
I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea, one of the few good ones that Mick Foley has had, and note that I did say ‘few’. But yes, this should be the most competitive match of the entire night between two champions, two best friends, nothin’ but pride on the line, an’ I hope the kids’ll be watchin’ ‘cause that one’s gonna be a wrestling clinic.

Joey Styles:
Indeed it may turn out to be, but what about the clinic that we’ve already seen and we’re going to be treated to again? It’s being called “The Rookie Rematch” and we thought we’d get another sneak preview of it tonight, but Tyler Black had other plans. Come Sunday, whatever schemes Black has will be put to the test when he has to step in the ring with Kofi Kingston again in the Izod Center.

JBL:
As great as the match was weeks ago, I think it should’ve been one and done. Tyler Black won he was the best, an’ tonight, he continued to prove why he’s the best an’ that’s not just because he’s the better man in general, but the kid’s thinkin’ on a whole different wavelength than anyone else right now.

Joey Styles:
That may be true, partner, but you simply can’t take anything away from the heart and passion that Kofi Kingston has exhibited, even in his brief stay thus far in AOW.

JBL:
The only think I’m takin’ away is any chance of enterin’ the win column Sunday night.

Joey Styles:
Camping on your answers as always, Jibbles, But while one of those men could further break through, Low Ki could perhaps make the biggest breakthrough of his stay here in AOW if he can knock off a very driven and consumed returning Gregory Helms as they will lock horns for a future shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.

JBL:
An’ those two reasons are exactly why Gregory Helms is gonna deny him that win – he’s driven and he’s consumed. Nothin’ in this world can stop a motivated man, especially when his motivation to get back the gold he should’ve had for a long time anyways.

Joey Styles:
But who is to say Low Ki isn’t motivated? The way he and Jack Evans competed for the Tag Team Championships a few weeks ago made me and a lot of people see just how far this guy will go for gold.

JBL:
But he won’t have a tag team partner behind him, he won’t have Kofi Kingston there to hit his opponent from the back, no. I’m takin’ nothin’ away from Low Ki because he’s a hell of a fighter an’ the only five-foot man on this planet I will call ‘tough’, but Gregory Helms just has so much more in him than he does.

Joey Styles:
You wanna talk about driven men, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen any man more driven for all the wrong reasons than Carlito Colon. He’s still a relative newcomer as well, making his name known by going after what he calls the ‘shameless stereotypes’ of his culture, targeting The Mexicools, and in the last several weeks, the luchadore culture of Aero Star. Sunday night, he’ll have to face them all with his hired help, The Mercenaries.

JBL:
Carlito is just like me an’ that’s that he’s a man of his word. He said he was gonna take’em out an’ he’s gonna do just that to bring pride back to bein’ Latino.

Joey Styles:
Oh brother. After what we saw earlier tonight from The Mercenaries and Carlito? He’s not a man of his word at all! He’s a complete coward! There’s nothing even remotely justifiable about this crude tool going off like he’s some sort of ‘Latino savior’.

JBL:
Again, you’re gettin’ mad because a guy wants to be the best. You should really take a look at your morals an’ values, Joey, because they’re startin’ to embarrass me after they’ve already embarrassed you.

Joey Styles:
I love you too, John. But a man who doesn’t feel anything at all except a love for fighting has issued an open challenge, but no one’s buying it as anything else than to drag the man formerly known as Rob Van Dam back into the ring to try and ‘break’ him, as he says. Robert Szatowski is indeed going to be in attendance when we go to Jersey, but what does Finlay have in store for him?

JBL:
You see a ruse to get Robbie back into the ring. I see a guy who just wants to beat people up. An’ if he gets a shot again at Robbie, then let him, because quite frankly, I like this place a hellova lot better without him. But regardless, he’s done, he said he was done, an’ now it’s time for Finlay to just get in there an’ do what he does best an’ that’s whip some poor fella’s ass.

Joey Styles:
That may be what is intended, but we’ll have to wait and see. But what we all have been waiting to see, to some degree, is what in the devil the “War Chamber” actually looks like. We’ll finally get a chance to see it come Sunday, and filling it will be eight men who are literally at an absolute war. The men who represent AOW will take on the Worthy Legion in what promises to be the single most grueling match in all of AOW, and possibly wrestling, history.

JBL:
You put that many combustible elements in a match together an’ then you stick’em in what’s supposed to be more than two tons of steel, an’ you’ve got the absolute sickest, but possibly amazing thing to ever occur in a wrestling ring. These sides hate each other with a passion, an’ no matter what side you’re rootin’ for, it’s guaranteed to be just that, Joey – an absolute war.

Joey Styles:
Indeed it will, but there’s wars going on in the Team AOW camp, as earlier tonight, CM Punk was set to face Samoa Joe to defend his Dynasty Championship, but it was ruined when Joe got extremely upset at some of CM Punk’s tactics, which caused everything to explode and the Worthy Legion at ringside to take advantage.

JBL:
An’ that’s the difference between both sides right now. One is an absolute solid, incorruptible and unstoppable unit while the other is a bunch of misfits who completely mis-fit. All those guys are great in their own right, but you can’t expect them to be able to compete with the Parthenon of Perfection that is the Worthy Legion.

Joey Styles:
Yeah, well, personally, I hope Chris Jericho and the Legion’s hubris comes back to bite them in the ass on Sunday. They’ve done nothing but cause havoc all over this place by crushing spirits and crushing bodies needlessly just to have what they want carried out. It’s sickening s what it is. But all that is Sunday in the War Chamber at This is Exile, coming to you live on Pay-Per-View from the Izod Center in New Jersey!

JBL:
That’s Sunday, but up next, we have a little sneak preview of that brutal Chamber.

Joey Styles:
Indeed we do, partner, as Christian Cage and Bryan Danielson, perhaps the most peaceful pairing of Team AOW, will take on the behemoths of the Legion in Lashley and Paul “The Great” Wright. Who will gain the advantage before stepping in the Chamber? Find out…NEXT!!




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**Video Package**

We’re brought to a very shadowed scene, everything covered in darkness. Slowly, a figure is seen walking, but we’re not sure if they’re walking towards us or away from us. When the picture focuses a little bit better we do see that they’re walking away from us. The POV quickly shoots in front of them for one shot, the crucifix necklace hanging from them. We go back to the view behind them, where they suddenly stop walking. What we get next is a silhouette opening their arms and apparently tilting their head back, standing in a crucifix position. Then, a sudden beam of light hits them, but we still are completely unaware of who they are, for the second the light from the heavens his them we cut away to a black screen before seeing the words –

THE SAINT HAS RISEN…

**End Package**

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We return from the break to a quieted Hammerstein, but it doesn’t stay that way for long at all when “KING OF MY WORLD” blasts for the second time tonight, as the Worthy Legion in their entirety starts to come down the ramp – Jericho leading with Doane beside him, the actual men competing in Lash and Wright follow suit, every single man absorbing a great deal of heat on their slow and unified strut towards the ring…when the crowd begins buzzing about something. That’s when we hear what sounds like A CHAIR SHOT…TO THE BACK OF PAUL WRIGHT’S HEAD!! The ‘God of Destruction’ stumbles hard and actually falls off the ramp, the other members of the Legion turning around…to see TEAM AOW BEARING DOWN ON THEM!! Christian is still in possession of the same steel chair from earlier, rushing at Jericho, who high tails it towards the ring, while Samoa Joe and CM Punk also develop from behind the curtain and starts bashing on Lashley, while Danielson makes a beeline for Doane.

Doane, much like his mentor, dashes madly towards the ring after Danielson nails him with hard fists a few times, but he doesn’t feel any better when Jericho gets the ring before him…and uses the youngster as a human shield. Jericho, the god of gods, stands behind his own heir in fear of the crazed Christian…but then we realize that Christian isn’t the only one crazed here. We look at the eyes of Danielson, and get a good look at the gazes on Joe and Punk’s faces as they try to wear down Lashley. They all look the same. The same vicious motivation that has been behind Christian’s eyes for the last several months is now behind all of theirs.

On the outside, Lashley is having no luck against the forces of both Joe and Punk, but he makes a stand, only to get clocked by a PUNK ROUNDHOUSE, very deliberate this time. This knocks Lashley off balance enough for Joe to WHIP HIM UNMERCIFULLY INTO THE STEEL RING STEPS!! As soon as that’s done, however, Paul Wright comes to, leaving Punk and Joe to try and battle the beast. Back inside the ring, the crowd is still popping on all cylinders as what we saw as Jericho using the ‘god of the future’ as a meat shield, he was actually whispering in the youngster’s ear. Doane goes after Christian, forcing him to drop the chair, while Jericho, forced to fight in his nice suit, takes the smaller Danielson, those four men now going at it.

Joe and Punk are overmatched with Wright for a moment, but Punk resorts to what almost started working against Joe earlier with a DIVING CLOTHESLINE from off the apron. While he does that, Joe gets behind Wright and does what Punk did earlier to get him down and that’s get the leg sweep, Wright falling like a mighty oak, his chair-bashed head whiplashing off an unpadded portion of the floor, aiding in keeping him knocked out. Jericho and Doane are too busy with their own fights to pay attention to what happened on the outside, but they realize it once Joe and Punk step into the ring. What Jericho sees is a horrifying sight for him, but a wonderful sight for the rest of us – the entirety of Team AOW standing in a frontline unit. The crowd is popping their brains out, the entire line realizing where they are now…before beginning a beating on both Jericho and his heir, Jericho surprisingly not pussing out and sticking there for the fight…if for only a few moments. The second he knocks Christian away enough to escape, he does so, slipping underneath the bottom rope and going to tend to Lashley.

Doane is left by his lonesome, but he manages to knock away Danielson, only to be met with Punk and Joe. Doane goes for the throat, a desperation attempt, on Punk – RKODOANE…NO!! Punk pushes off Doane right in the direction of Joe, who in one motion puts him over his shoulder…ISLAND DRIVER!! ISLAND DRIVER!! DOANE IS SPIKED INTO THE CANVAS!! Everyone in the ring is pumped the fuck up, the Hammerstein coming UNGLUED along with Joe’s pumped roar. Danielson then takes the limp body of Doane in hand with Christian, both men CHUNKING DOANE OVER THE TOP ROPE and right back to Jericho and Lashley! He rolls lifelessly at their feet…but someone’s missing.

Jericho realizes it too when he notices, but Paul Wright has recovered and is galumphing into the ring, but the Master of War doesn’t look too happy with him being there at all. His mood lifts when Wright begins knocking guys down one by one, each man approaching him and trying to knock him down, only be met with his gigantic cranium. The ‘God of Destruction’ lives up to his name, each man repeatedly getting back up and going down to headbutts and clubbing blows. That is until he decides this has gone on long enough and cocks back for a KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO CM PUNK…BUT CHRISTIAN WHACKS HIS HAND WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!!

The shot echoes all around the arena, Wright’s hand looking like a swelling, red bowling ball. Wright doesn’t yell in pain, but it’s obvious and written on his face that he’s pissed about it. Wright blindly charges like a raging bull at Christian, but he moves out of the way and causes Wright to steamroll right into the clutches of Samoa Joe, who uses the big man’s own momentum against him…AND HITS A THUNDEROUS SAMOAN DROP!! SAMOAN DROP!! Joe again gets back up with a victorious roar, the ring shaking from the impact. Punk and Danielson pump their fists, but Christian stays ever so focused and intense, chair still in hand. Joe steps back from the dead weight he dropped, as Wright tries to get back up, getting to his knees. Christian and Joe look at both Danielson and Punk and without a word being said the Dynasty and Cruiserweight Champions approach the weakened Wright…and NAIL REPATED, MACHINEGUN-ESQUE SHOOT KICKS TO HIS CHEST!! They do it so much, that the crowd counts each kick, getting to about TEN before they both stop and rear back once more…DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE SKULL!!

The biggest monster in the fight goes back down hard, but there’s one member of Team AOW missing from the ring now and that’d be their ‘captain’ – Christian. Where is he? He’s rolled outside the ring by the timekeeper’s spot, picking up yet another steel chair. Wright is a dead giant in the ring right now, virtually everyone knowing what Christian may be going for here. And there’s nothing Chris Jericho or his cohorts can do about it. Christian throws one chair down before positioning it not on Wright’s head, but on his ever swelling right hand. Christian then holds his chair in hand, pausing only to stare daggers into Jericho, Lashley, and Doane’s eyes, the entire arena wanting what’s next…CON-CHAIR-TO TO WRIGHT’S HAND!! AND ANOTHER!! Two Con-Chair-Tos to Wright’s hand, possibly shattering it! We get a good look at the hand, the knuckles BUSTED OPEN. Wright isn’t conscious enough to writhe in pain or anything, Christian slamming the chair in his hand down to the canvas WITH AUTHORITY~!! The crowd is absolutely losing their minds, as Christian roams over to grab a microphone that was placed in a corner…


Christian Cage:
Jericho, I want you to take a good look at what just happened. Because Sunday in that Chamber, you’re gonna get the full brunt of every single man here.

~Christian pauses and breathes heavily into the microphone as he points at the destruction

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:
Y’know, it took you beating the living hell out of us and calling yourselves some kind of ‘gods’ that it finally hit me. It finally hit me as to what we need to do to beat you and your little clique.

~Christian’s voice is cracking a bit from his body trying to get more oxygen, but it just makes his sound all the more intense

Christian Cage
:
I feel so stupid for not realizing it until now, for not opening myself up just a little bit to see it. I’ve been trying to do it by myself, and I realized earlier that that isn’t gonna work. All the talking and squabbling amongst us wasn’t gonna work. So I found the solution. And it’s that simple – we shut the hell up and beat the living shit out of all of you.

~The crowd roars and pops as Christian points to the decimated ‘God of Destruction’

Christian Cage
:
So Jericho, you take a look around and soak this all in. Soak up all the blood that’s coming out of his knuckles right now. Look at it. Because it’s proof that you’re not untouchable. That you’re not invincible. That you’re not perfect. And that you’re certainly not ‘worthy’. So trust me when I tell you that on behalf of Joe…Punk…Bryan…and myself. That we’re more than proud to be ‘imperfect’. That we’re more than proud to be ‘just mortal men’. Because inside that Chamber, where no one can hear the gods scream, you’ll find out that it’s the gods who will fall to man.

~Another roar of approval from the Hammerstein, as when each of the men’s names are said, they step right alongside Christian in their frontline formation

Christian Cage
:
So Sunday, Jericho, you can take your AOW Championship and cower behind your followers, but there’ll be nowhere left to run. Sunday, we take this, all of AOW, back. This world is no longer yours. This world. Is. Ours.


Cage drops the microphone emphatically, the Hammerstein again roaring and popping the roof off the entire joint (Joey Styles even joining in). The final image we get on this take home edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion is that of Chris Jericho – the AOW Heavyweight Champion, the Master of War, the Worthy Man, the ‘God of Gods’ – letting the all-too human emotion of fear slip through his eyes as he sees the mortals rising against him, all finally standing for one purpose. As for the men in the ring, they stand over a bloodied and beaten giant, every single one of them finally appearing to know what Christian knows, their eyes all matching in intensity and motive. For the first time in their entire existence, they all stand together on the verge of going to war. Beaten. Angry. Driven. Unified.

Fade…

To…

Black…


END SHOW




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


~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

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

~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made


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





NO PREDICTIONS YET. This episode felt very loose to me and that's usually not a good thing, but there it is. This shouldn't be up too long before a prediction template is put together, and then there's other section work I have to get to. Hope all enjoy
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Didn't really want this show sitting here too long. Anyway, so after looking at my schedule for the next three weeks, it's essentially been concluded that I will have nary any time to do a whole lot, if anything, at all. And between the multitude of projects I have on tap, this kind of has to take a back seat 'til those are settled. That being said, this will go on. I just wanna make sure to get this up for the interim. Oh, and this thing will be in full to not disappoint anyone.

Any time I have not studying/putting Newsletter together will probably be full of me returning some long overdue feedback. So some of you can semi-expect some of that. Don't quote me on that though. Anyway, here is the This is Exile preview.



ART OF WAR WRESTLING PRESENTS: THIS IS EXILE OFFICIAL PREVIEW





~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~

Team AOW ------v. ------The Worthy Legion
“This World is Ours”------“This World is Mine”


“The Man on the Moon” Christian Cage------AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho
“The One Man Army” Samoa Joe------“The Perfect Warrior” Bobby Lashley
AOW Dynasty Champion CM Punk------“The God of Destruction” Paul Wright
AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson------“The God of the Future” Kenneth Doane


"Warfare is the greatest affair of the state, the basis of life and death, the way to survival or extinction."


The opening line of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” speaks almost a literal epitomy of what has happened between eight men whose feelings towards one another can only be described as ‘war tensions’.

The ‘greatest affair of the state’, or so he believes, has been none other than AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho. Since the very inception of AOW, Jericho has been in possession of the AOW Championship and has sown the seeds of something damn near a whole company takeover, the only other prize big enough to satisfy his ego. “The Puppetmaster”, among the many monikers he has acquired, began pulling the strings from day one, immediately gaining the allegiance of Paul “The Great” Wright upon his debut. But the power-hungry Master of War would not stop there. With potentially an entire takeover on his mind, he needed more pieces. Everything was going to fall into place. He only had one obstacle in his path: a little man who knew everything.

Christian Cage was never anyone’s favorite after the first several weeks of AOW, constantly looking for places to be accepted, but being refuted at every turn after he came across as some nutty conspiracy theorist regarding what he called a ‘bigger picture’ that he swore no one else was seeing. His main target was the powerful but silent Bobby Lashley. But after a Con-Chair-To assault to Lashley and dubbing himself the “Man on the Moon”, it left no doubt in anyone’s mind that Christian wasn’t just a rambling theorist – he was serious about whatever visions he was having. Then, at World Ablaze, both Chris Jericho and Christian Cage sought to have their ultimate plans unfold, but it was Jericho who was the clear winner at the end of the night, having Christian heartbreakingly exiled from the company at the hands of Lashley, who confirmed all of Christian’s theories by helping Y2J retain the AOW Championship against Rob Van Dam.

Fast forward six weeks to AOW’s second ever Supershow, A Very Merry War, the main event of which saw Chris Jericho having to pull the strings on a new challenger, Shawn Michaels. If Michaels could not win the title, he would essentially be forced into retirement. Bryan Danielson, looking to aid the man he once idolized, was negated when Ken Doane helped on Jericho’s behalf, but no one saw Paul Heyman coming in and screwing over HBK, temporarily creating an alliance with Jericho just to rid the company of Michaels. With Christian gone, RVD being driven mad, Mick Foley taken out, and Shawn Michaels permanently out of the picture, Chris Jericho had become a power monopoly in AOW.

And after driving Paul Heyman through an announce table, it seemed he had reached a level of power beyond all imaginable…

…but he immediately faced an uprising following his seemingly cemented power. For weeks, the pissed off Samoan Submission Machine had been vowing to take out the Worthy Legion one by one, starting by choking Lashley out at AVMW. The next man to raise his voice was the normally soft-spoken Cruiserweight Champion in Danielson, who went so far as to challenge Jericho for the AOW title on the first episode of the New Year, putting on the match of his life, but still coming up short. Following the treatments of Joe and Danielson, Dynasty Champion CM Punk wanted in on some of the action, declaring that he was no longer going to be a pawn in Jericho’s chess game. All of this popped up at the same time as Mick Foley returned as Acting Commander, forcing Jericho’s hand, but the ‘rebels’ kept getting one-upped at every turn…until Foley turned the tables and pulled out his ace in the hole: a returning and still equally insane Christian. And he had a new battleground that the next leg would be fought on: the never-before-seen War Chamber.

While the balance of power was indeed back in the hands of AOW, it was far from anything being solved. The rivaling personalities on the newly dubbed “Team AOW” began butting heads almost immediately, Christian refusing the fans and his ‘selfish’ teammates, as well as his title as ‘savior’, while Samoa Joe and CM Punk’s pride got them to agree to a match against one another. But through their bickering, the same woman that directly led to Christian’s downfall the first time perhaps played a role in the unification of the team, as Torrie Wilson’s beatdown at the hands of Lashley roused Christian like never before. After yet another teammwide decimation of his adversaries, Chris Jericho put his Worthy Legion on a pedestal nigh conceivable. Not dubbing them ‘god-like’, no…but literally calling each and every member a ‘god’, branding himself as the ‘God of Gods’. But later that night, divinity’s worst fear came true when Team AOW delivered a beatdown of their own, drawing blood, and proving that not only was Jericho untouchable, not only were they all intensively unified, but that the War Chamber would indeed be host to the absolute most grueling match in the history of AOW.

It’s a storm that’s been brewing since Day One. Warriors who have been at the throats since the kingdom was founded. The ghosts of battles past are what are driving both sides. But there is something more, something deeper that will be keeping every man on his feet this Sunday. Never has there been a time when ‘war’ was applicable for a contest. Two opposing armies, both with their own stories, powers, and purposes will do battle inside a structure that has been guaranteed to ensure brutality. What exactly is this contraption and what are its rules? Which team will make it out of the ‘way of survival and extinction’ – will it be the ‘Parthenon of perfection’, the god-cast of the Worthy Legion? Or will AOW finally be able to fight back and take back all what is rightfully theirs?






~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

Another title that has not changed hands since the very beginning of AOW is the AOW Tag Team Championships, which have been on the shoulders of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin since they grabbed them from the rafters in a Ladder match on the September 7th edition of Oblivion. And ever since then, they have done nothing but prove they are indeed the World’s Greatest Tag Team. After conquering the Hooliganz in one of the best trilogies in tag team history for those titles, they went on to defend their titles against the unlikely team of Rob Van Dam and the reigning AOW Champ, Chris Jericho. Once that was done, they were forced to defend their gold against The Mercenaries at the first ever AOW PPV, only to come away by quick thinking on Shelton Benjamin’s behalf. A few weeks later, they retained in controversial fashion against American Made. It seemed more and more evident that perhaps their grip on the gold might be slipping.

But before that slipped away, what seemed to begin slipping more than anything was their pride getting a little out of hand. After the defense against American Made, the normally business minded team found that their spouting off at the mouth getting them in a great deal of trouble when they demanded more competition. Paul Heyman gave them exactly what they asked for, forcing them to defend the Tag Team Championships in a four team ladder match between the three youngest teams on the roster – American Made, the Sons of the Dungeon, and the brutal Samoan Fight Club. Yet once again, by the skin of their teeth, they managed to walk away with the gold.

After their further cockiness got them into yet another title defense against Low Jack, the scathing address made by CM Punk earlier that night seemed to strike a chord with the WGTT, both men realizing that they were getting away from their original purpose of competition and that was respect. At the behest of Mick Foley, the uber-competitive WGTT set their sights on a challenge they had yet to conquer – themselves. Now, with no real ire between either man and with nothing but immense pride on the line, who will rise up to the “World’s Greatest Challenge” and prove to be the ‘better half’ in perhaps AOW’s most sportsman match to date – Shelton Benjamin? Or Charlie Haas?




~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


One of the most exciting things in all of wrestling is watching a young, budding star become solidified. Watching them find who they are and take their steps towards the spotlight and perhaps onto a long and successful career. For many men, it takes years, some their entire careers, for them to become who they will be in order to be a successful professional wrestler.

But for Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black, it took all of twenty-five minutes.

Being hyped up for only a few weeks in advance, Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black seemed to be somewhat polar opposites as far as personality and beliefs go – Kingston had the opportunity to be raised in luxury, but chose to be a common man instead, refuting his noble upbringing and coming to America to compete as a wrestler. Tyler Black, meanwhile, only refutes one thing – everyone else. Claiming that the world only sees things in ‘black and white’, Black prides himself on being on a whole other plane of thinking and not following the conventional wisdom ‘just because’. Both men’s defiant attitudes were on display on the January 9th edition of Oblivion, because for every second of their double debut contest, neither man wanted to go down. In the end, it was the higher thinking of Black that allowed him a win, but after overwhelming response, both Black and Kingston will be going at it again, this time with an entirely new stage and spotlight. The AOW rookie class of Year One has already had some impressive showings, but will this one undisputedly take the cake? Will the result stay the same? Or will the “Man with No Land” make up for lost ground?




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

Dave Finlay has never been a man to mix any kind of words. He’s a man of action and has made sure every motion he has made in AOW follows that idea. This open invitation doesn’t seem to be any different. Of the few words Finlay has uttered in AOW, his most powerful ones involve wanting to ‘break’ the man we once knew as Rob Van Dam. Even after butting heads with Chris Jericho and rival Samoa Joe, Finlay has made it clear that what he wants to do is end the little psyche that is left of Robert Szatowski.

After falling up short on capturing the AOW Heavyweight Championship, Finlay was let known that Szatowski would be present in the front row at This is Exile. With that knowledge, Finlay opened up an invite to anyone who is present when This is Exile goes on the air to step into the ring with him and go mano-y-mano. The Man Who Loves to Fight has a plan, and it obviously involves drawing out the ‘RVD’ that might still be in Szatowski, but one can’t help but think – could Finlay be opening himself up for trouble if someone else were to take the challenge?




~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

The 23rd edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion right after This is Exile will be host to the first round of the first ever AOW Trios Tournament. While the Trios Tournament and which three will own the crown at the conclusion may be a bit into the not-so-distant future, in the present time, there is a vicious six-man tag team match that will be contested at This is Exile that could have heavy implications in that near future, but by itself, has caused some unfortunate implications of its own.

Carlito Colon hasn’t even been in AOW long at all, debuting not long before A Very Merry War. In his first full month on the roster, Colon has tabbed himself as some kind of ‘Latino savior’, so says Joey Styles. He almost immediately expressed his displeasure of the featuring of The Mexicools of playing into the Hispanic-American stereotype. The Mexicools responded by playing pranks and mind games on the newcomer, which led to ‘lito seeking some hired guns in The Mercenaries to get rid of them. With the ‘cools possibly off of his mind, Carlito turned his attention elsewhere to the Mexicool’s good friend, Aero Star, who Carlito saw as another disgrace after parading and jumping around in a lucha mask. But, in a key tag team match with the Mercs against the Mex’s, the Mexicools managed to get the upset victory with a little help from Star and Carlito himself, setting the stage for this six-man contest.

While it is 3-on-3 on paper and in graphics, it may essentially be a 3-on-1, or in worst case, 5-on-1, as Carlito hasn’t done well to ease tensions with his own teammates at all. The Mercs are in it for the money, and as long as ‘lito doesn’t fall into debut, they’ll help him in his attempts to purge AOW of the ‘disgraces’ that he so desperately wants out. But Latin pride is a double sided sword, as the three men opposing them are more than proud to be who they are, regardless of what others think. Every single man in this match needs to get a big win here – The Mexicools need to prove they’re no fluke, Mercs need to remind everyone of how brutal they can be, and Aero Star and Carlito could both use a big PPV win this early in their AOW tenures. But who will be the team to truly break out?




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


Speaking of big, breakout wins, perhaps no one on the card is looking for a big win on a big stage moreso than “The Warrior” Low Ki. The AOW cruiserweight division has been on fire, almost as hot at the tag team division has been, since the very beginning. And sometimes, guys get pushed to the back. For Low Ki, a temporary alliance with Jack Evans led to the two actually becoming the yin to each other’s yang and forming Low Jack, a respectable tag team in their own right. While never given a chance to shine, a chance meeting with Mick Foley got the two a tag team title shot which they exhibited excellent teamwork, but still came up short. Ki, meanwhile, had succeeded in becoming one of the men who had earned a place in a match for the #1 contendership for the Cruiserweight title.

Unfortunately for him, the other man to qualify was a returning Gregory Helms, the self-declared ‘best cruiserweight in the world’. Helms disappeared from Oblivion following a hard-fought defeat at the hands of Bryan Danielson at World Ablaze. A hairline fracture was to blame for part of it, but Helms showed no signs of any sort of injury or loss of intensity when he reappeared to secure his spot to perhaps get another shot at Bryan Danielson, the very man whom he has opposed with every breath of his stay in AOW.

On one side, there is the overwhelming need to break through. On the other, there is the innate need to stay on top. Which man will be able to overcome their own adversities and be the next man to step toe to toe with a man who has more than proven himself as one of the best in the world? Will it be the Warrior Code? Or will the thirst of a rival be too much to overcome?




~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made


One of the keys to winning a war is using every available resource and tapping it fully. And in today’s modern times, every resource is taken advantage of completely, and if you don’t, you’re easily left behind. The Hooliganz are a pair of gentlemen that feel they have been left behind after setting the foundations for what has become one of the best tag team divisions in the world, setting up a challenge on aohdbya.com to anyone willing to take them on. This was answered in two weeks time by another team who thought they were being left behind in the patriotic duo of American Made.

Beginning over the Internet and spilling out into the Hammerstein, American Made cost Paul London a chance at being Cruiserweight Champion. There’s two teams here looking to re-make themselves after constantly falling short, but there’s only room for one –or in this case, two – at the top. Which pair of determinants will be able to notch their first PPV win in AOW?



PREDICTION TEMPLATE


~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


~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

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


~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made


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


Bonus Bids~!!

1. EDIT: Silly me, I forgot a basic question Guess the match order.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber?
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber?
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match?
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)?


Yeah, the banners are shit, I know. Oh, and since points are no longer active in any sort of fashion, the winner of this prediction contest…hmm…gets to choose a match they’d like to see happen during the AOW Offseason. And here…we…go~!!
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE


~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


~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

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

~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black

~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made

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


Bonus Bids~!!

1. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? Chris Jericho
2. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Christian Cage
3. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Yes, in Finlay's match.
4. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? Colt Cabana.
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7. ~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


3. ~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

6. ~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

4. ~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms


2. ~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


1. ~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made


5. ~Finlay's Open Challenge~
*Anyone present in the arena at This is Exile is eligible (Rob Szatowski)


Bonus Bids~!!

1. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? If it was me booking this, the faces need to go over. Jericho and The Worthy Legion have won too many times. I feel like this is the opportunity to really push somebody by giving them the winning fall. It would make sense to give it to Christian since he's only recently returned but I'd still pass on him. Joe doesn't need it because he's still gonna be a bad-ass after this match. So that leaves Punk and Danielson and I really see this as an opportunity to make Danielson look very strong by giving him the fall in this one. That's what I'd do anyway.
2. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Danielson over Paul Wright would seriously make Danielson as an AOW Main Eventer.
3. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Maybe? I'll guess the Rookie Rematch.
4. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? William Regal?
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7 -~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

The championship stays in the camp of The Worthy Legion, so as long as they are booked strongly in defeat, then no real harm is done to Jericho and Co. if they lose. On the flip side, if Team AOW were to lose, no matter how strongly they were booked, I can only see it bringing all four men down. Hence why I'm going for Team Ay-Oh-Dubya


4 -~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

This is far from over, and Carly and The Mercs would look very strong in victory here.

3 =~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

Just personal preference here. I prefer Charlie over Shelton. Come at me, h8rz.

5 -~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms


I'd love to see a KI/AmDrag match as much as the next guy, but Helms will be gunning for the gold again pretty soon'ish.

1 -~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black


2 -~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made


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



Bonus Bids~!!

1. EDIT: Silly me, I forgot a basic question Guess the match order.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? - CM Punk
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? - B-Lash
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? - No sir.
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? Mr William Regal.
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE


7.~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
Going for a Team AOW victory to set up Jericho's next challenger.


2.~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries
Carlito and The Mercenaries take this one imo. BTW, surely 'Lito should have been teaming with The Mexicools to give us the coolest trio ever?

1.~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas
Um... I dunno. Tough one to call. I thinki Haas winning would make more sense going forward, so I'll go for him. But could easily go either way.

5.~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms
Helms to win here to get one last crack at the gold.

3.~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black
I'm gonna go for Kingston to win here, but Black to win the rubber match. He could do with winning the series against Kofi and thus leading into a series with Danielson.

4.~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made
American Made imo. Think you've kinda cooled the jets on the Hoolies after their early momentum, so I'm going for the yanks.

6.~Finlay's Open Challenge~
*Anyone present in the arena at This is Exile is eligible
I think regardless of who shows up, Finlay will win.


Bonus Bids~!!

1. EDIT: Silly me, I forgot a basic question Guess the match order. Yip.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? Has to be Christian, surely?
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? COuld be either Lashley or Jericho... I'll go with Lashley.
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Finlay's match.
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)?William Regal to answer the Open Challenge.

Show's shaping up nicely. Count me in for a review once it's posted.
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE


7. ~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


1. ~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

3. ~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas
I believe they will fight to some sort of draw.

4. ~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms

5. ~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black

2. ~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made

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


Bonus Bids~!!

1. EDIT: Silly me, I forgot a basic question Guess the match order.
Done

2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber?
Tough one, but I'll have to go with Christian.

3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber?
Another tough one, but if Jericho is pinned, then that will set up Cage vs. Y2J for the title. So, Jericho.

4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match?
Low Ki kicking the hell outta Helms and making him bleed the hard way.

5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)?
Regal, and perhaps John Morrison, since you've considered bringing him in.

Should be an amazing PPV. I've been a forum lurker for years, and I just want to say that this is one of my favorite BTBs, only behind the Big 3 of Wolf Beast, Szumi's WCW, and Legend. Keep the good work coming!
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7 - ~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


2 - ~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

5 - ~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

4 - ~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms

1 - ~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston
v. Tyler Black

3 - ~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made

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


Bonus Bids~!!

1. Guess the match order. Done.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? Christian.
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Doane.
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Nah.
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? William Regal.
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PREDICTION TEMPLATE


7.~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


3.~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

6.~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

4.~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms

2.~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black

1.~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made

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


Bonus Bids~!!

1. Guess the match order. Dooone.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? Christian
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Gonna go for the shock factor and say Wright.
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Nope.
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? William Regal and Matt Sydal/Evan Bourne to answer the open challenge.

Gonna be an awesome show mate
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7. ~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

Gotta be Team AOW here. Jericho and the Legion have dominated since the get go in this thread. One loss here, no title on the line will do Jericho and the group no harm at all and provide a big moment for someone in the opposing team.



2. ~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries

Personal preference. These three have got serious potential to progress up the card. The other three…not so much.


5. ~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

Very intriguing contest here and it really could go either way, setting up a ton of possibilities. I’m gonna go with Haas though for absolutely no apparent reason lol.


6. ~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms

Gotta be Helms here. One more showdown with Danielson would be fitting I think.


1. ~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black

Kofi to even the score here.


4. ~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made

Hooliganz momentum has died down a little bit and for that reason I could see you going with them here. Toss up though imo.


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

Finlay to win, no matter who the opponent be.



Bonus Bids~!!

1. EDIT: Silly me, I forgot a basic question Guess the match order. Done.
2. Who will get the winning fall in the War Chamber? Christian.
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Lashley.
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? No
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? Regal me thinks.

Really looking forward to this. Apologies for missing the last couple of shows but I read them and of course they delivered. Expect a review of this my man, keep up the good work.
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