Re: Presenting AOW: Art of War Wrestling - The Greatest Affair
PREDICTION TEMPLATE 7. ~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~
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
Everything to do with this has been written and booked perectly. Maybe it's because I love factions so much, but this has probably been my favorite angle in all of BTB this year. Everything is set for Team AOW to finally get a win, but I love faction domination, so I'm praying for some sort of swerve.
6. ~6-Man Tag Team Match~
Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries
Gotta go with the talent on this one.
5. ~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas
Everybody always tends to lean towards Shelton getting the win, or Shelton having the more successful singles career. Well at this stage it's just a once off match, I'd love you to go the opposing route and give Haas the credit he deserves.
1. ~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms
Helms/Danielson HAS to happen again.
2. ~The Rookie Rematch~ Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black
4. ~Tag Team Grudge Match~ The Hooliganz v. American Made
I like them more...
3. ~Finlay's Open Challenge~
*Anyone present in the arena at This is Exile is eligible
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? Jericho.
3. Conversely, who will take the losing fall in the War Chamber? Christian.
4. Outside of the Chamber, will there be any blood? If so, in what match? Yes, Finlay's open challenge.
5. Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom (excluding Robert Szatowski)? None.
Easily my favorite thread of the section right now. I don't have the time to give huge feedback to every show these days, but hopefully not to far down the track I can drop some decent feedback. Can't wait for the show.
Re: Presenting AOW: Art of War Wrestling - The Greatest Affair
Okay, so after never really encountering computer problems with anything booking related, the worst of the worst happened to me when I got the glorious Christmas present of This is Exile being lost. I had nearly everything written up bar a large chunk of the actual War Chamber, so I hope everyone understands why I’ll be doing this thing in recap form. No one’s as disappointed in this decision as I am, but as anyone who has done a lot of work that suddenly gets it lost will tell you, you don’t have the motivation (or time) to do it again. I also apologize for my real lack of activity the last month because of my frustration with this show.
I will say it’s always been a goal of mine to write out, in full, a PPV that doesn’t have a single title match on it, but I think just getting back to booking/writing and not yelling at my computer sounds like a sound enough goal to me right now. So here, in as much detail as I could pack in, is the This is Exile recap.
THIS IS EXILE
IZOD Center – East Rutherford, New Jersey
February 3rd, 2008
~The World's Greatest Challenge~
AOW Tag Team Champion Shelton Benjamin v. AOW Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas
The night opened with what JBL was labeling in the intro as ‘a doomed technical masterpiece’, as the second longest reigning champions in the company would go head to head after having toppled every single piece of competition they’d faced. In the limited build coming into the night, Charlie Haas seemed to be the one that was looking forward to doing it much moreso than Benjamin. Many suggested that it stemmed from the fact that Shelton Benjamin had proven himself in other companies as a legit singles star, while Haas was always perhaps been cast in the background. While both have been on even footings so far in AOW, their thirst for competition would lead them to face each other.
The opening moments were filled with incredible mat action, as one would expect from two collegiate level wrestlers. At one point very early in the contest, the two executed a collar-and-elbow tie that neither man wanted to break, forcing them to roll out of the ring. The men quickly returned to the ring, but this, paired with a later comment overheard from Benjamin while trying to return Haas to the ring, confirmed that they wanted ‘to keep it in bounds’, making this all the more a sportsman affair. As the two seemed to be at eternal stalemates on the mat, a stiff elbow from Benjamin signaled the beginning of the end of their grappling contest and turned it into a pro wrestling affair.
It was Haas who pulled away first from this part of the match, both men countering each other move for move. But Charlie caught Benjamin by surprise, planting him with a one-man flapjack…that rolled right into the Haas of Pain. Benjamin quickly got out of it, but had to be wary forevermore of his partner’s finishing submission. A well timed Samoan drop helped put Benjamin back in control, but on the kickout of that move, introduced a new move in his arsenal being his own submission hold in the scissored armbar. Haas this time was caught completely off guard, his partner and best friend pulling out a move he’d never seen him use before. But when Haas began pulling back in front after a springboard bulldog, Benjamin had to return to the familiar, trying to hit Haas with a dragon whip, but Haas dodged the spinning back kick and set up for the trifecta of rolling German suplexes, but after two, Benjamin stopped him before nailing him with a duo of rolling Germans of his own. Haas countered this to prevent that trio, hitting another clean German, before Benjamin swapped the two around and completed their one-upsman chess match by nailing Haas with a German that FLIPPED HAAS RIGHT ONTO HIS STOMACH.
Benjamin couldn’t put his partner away, but kept the upper hand here for a while as both men neared running out of stamina, but after flipping out of an Exploder suplex attempt, Haas seemed to have just a little bit more in the tank when he nailed Benjamin with a slingshot lariat, bouncing right off the second rope and beheading Benjamin with a move he’d never seen used. Haas couldn’t pin his partner, so he opted for another Haas of Pain attempt, but Benjamin refused to submit to someone who was his equal. In the struggle, Benjamin unveiled the genius of his new submission, as it allowed him to take one of Haas’ arms from the HoP and turn it seamlessly back into the scissored armbar. Haas refused to submit as well, wanting to break through as the ‘better half’, able to get a rope break. Benjamin looked to put Haas away with the same slingshot lariat he saw Haas use in a display of more one-upsmanship, but Haas caught Benjamin in mid-move and nailed him with his own Exploder suplex.
But as Haas cradled Benjamin up for the win, Benjamin was able to somehow shift the weight of the pinning combination, getting Haas trapped underneath and pinning him instead…but the referee stopped the count when he noticed Benjamin’s feet on the ropes. As Benjamin was being reprimanded by the ref for this, Haas came up behind and tried to roll him up for the surprise victory roll, only for Benjamin to reverse that roll-up into his own, but failing as well. It was shifted right into another Haas victory roll, but due to the referee’s positioning, he didn’t see Haas reach out and grab the ring rope in front of him, getting him the final, but not entirely clean, pinfall
Winner: Charlie Haasat (16:11)
~Following the contest, Haas didn’t celebrate, knowing he just out-heeled Benjamin in a very unsportsmanlike way, but shook hands with Benjamin anyway, the two sharing an embrace soon afterwards. Benjamin even laughed when he looked up at the screen to see the replay and the rope-grab, especially when it showed him doing the same thing. Both men raised their tag titles high to a cheer.
~In our first peek backstage, we encountered a split screen of all four members of Team AOW all in separate parts of the building doing four different preparations for the match – Punk shadow jogging with a hoodie, Danielson kicking a punching bag, Joe punching a hole in the wall, and Christian just sitting alone in a chair, glaring a hole in the floor as we’ve been accustomed to seeing him prior to his exiling. Meanwhile, the Worthy Legion all arrived at the arena completely together and nigh vulnerable, bar the cast that had been placed on Paul Wright’s fist. The commentators note that not only is he still cleared to compete, but the cast may actually boast an unfair advantage for the KO Punch in the War Chamber (“Whaddya mean ‘unfair’, Joey? It’s No-DQ in the War Chamber!! It can’t be ‘unfair’ if the rules allow it, you DOPE~!!)
~Tag Team Grudge Match~
The Hooliganz v. American Made
The contest with perhaps the lightest story of the night, but still had much resentment between all four men. After Nick Nameth directly cost Paul London a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship, both he and London dueled on the penultimate edition of Oblivion. After interference on Hagar’s behalf, Nameth walked away with the win, only furthering the animosity between the two. But American Made insists that they were only answering a challenge that the Hooliganz had sent out a few weeks before (from the comfort of their bathroom). The stage was set for a good ol’ fashioned fight to settle things.
Before the match even began, American Made saw something that caught their eye in the front row of the crowd. On their way to the ring, there was a beautiful, lean, and downright beauty queen-esque blond woman sitting near the barricade, decked out in nothing but red, white, and blue from head to toe. Nameth even began to flirt with her until the much more focus-minded Hagar had to remind him what they were here for.
The Hooliganz started the match like a house a’fire, surprising the rookies with their ridiculously unorthodoxed offense, with constant tag-ins. American Made wasn’t able to construct the match down to their style by slowing them down, London and Kendrick capping off their high-octane offense by hitting both men with double suicide dives. But from there, American Made was able to pull away, as the Hooliganz tried more and more reckless offense. A missed corner splash from Kendrick gave Nameth the opportunity to capitalize, he and Hagar executing tag move after tag move on their smaller, more frail opponents..
Just when it seemed that the Hooliganz could get back into things with a surprise dose of Sliced Bread, Hagar stopped that attempt flat with a neck twizzling German suplex. But things slipped back into the ‘ganz favor when Kendrick was able to flip clean out of a backdrop attempt and tag back in London, who immediately gained enough momentum with Kendrick to drop Hagar with a double suplex into a corner. With Hagar in a tree of woe, London and Kendrick rallied against Nameth, perhaps looking for blood when they went to try an elevated Sliced Bread, with London placing Nameth on his shoulders and Kendrick getting him in the three-quarter’s facelock. They went for it even higher, as Kendrick went to the top rope (the same corner Hagar was in) while London climbed to the middle one. The move was ready to lift off, only for Hagar to come to life, grapple London by the waist, and all four men came down with a Sliced Bread/Electric Chair Drop/German suplex tower!!
After this enormous spot, bodies were lying everywhere, Kendrick literally having flown the entire diagonal of the corner. Hagar was the first man to recover, but he was not the legal man, taking Nameth to the outside to loophole around this, taking London with them. Kendrick saw this and his partner in trouble, going for a senton plancha, but was easily dodged and sent crashing and burning. With him out of the way, American Made nailed London with the double mat slam on the outside floor. But they took too much time rolling him back into the ring, Nameth unable to secure the win there. Nameth’s temper once again started to get the best of him, arguing with the referee at length to the point that Hagar had to call him over to calm him down, tagging himself in. Not too long afterward, the team nailed their tag team finisher, the Patriot Act, with Hagar keeping the prawn following his powerbomb half of the move, and getting American Made undefeated on PPV.
Winners: American Made at (10:51)
~The post-match saw Nameth and Hagar overly celebrate as though they’d each just won world titles, but on the way back up the ramp, Nameth was stopped by the hot blonde from earlier, whom he chatted with for another second. After which, she seemed to give Nameth a slip of paper (which we assume was her phone number); he and Hagar spending the rest of their celebration up the ramp like frat boys who just scored.
~The first ever promo for The Outer Limits aired, taking place on March 16th in the Belle Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The commentators made note that every title defended outside of their country of origin becomes qualified as being billed as ‘world’ titles
~6-Man Tag Team Match~ Aero Star & The Mexicools v. Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries
A rivalry beginning on what seemed like a mere squash match on Carlito’s debut budded into the one of the more heated feuds on the entire card. While Carlito Colon handily defeated Super Crazy in his first match in AOW, his mouth soon got him in some hot water when he began describing Crazy and his tag team partner, Psicosis, as ‘disgraces to the Hispanic culture’. When the blood-and-money hungry Mercenaries got involved, it only led to Carlito spreading his sentiments over to lucha libre rookie Aero Star, saying he and the Mexicools only spread the stereotypes fed to Americans. With the Mercs being screwed by Carlito in a match, however inadvertently, their ire also turned to Carlito, leaving this match as a ‘Latino savior’ on a mission…and five guys who just want him to stay out of their way.
The contest opened with Carlito attempting to take things in his own hands, taking on Aero Star, but was quickly overwhelmed by the surprising amount of teamwork displayed between he and Mexicools, all three men tagging in and out repeatedly and keeping Carlito completely off of his game. Only when Carlito managed to reverse a Super Crazy suplex by chunking him over the top rope and to the floor did he get a chance to do anything, and that one thing was to tag in Brent Albright, hoping the ground-and-pound tag team in his corner would be able to stop the nimble luchadors.
Things did go as planned for Carlito’s side as Burchill and Albright kept Super Crazy flat on the mat, but when Burchill attempted a redounding move, Psicosis used a little bit of cleverness and bent the rules by bending the top rope, sending Burchill tumbling over. When Carlito and Albright rushed across the ring to stop it, they were sent through the ropes and to the floor to join him by defensive hurricanranas from Super Crazy and Aero Star. With all three of the heels outside the ring, Crazy, Psicosis, and Aero Star took to the apron and repeated one of their most popular spots from earlier in the year – NAILING ALL THREE OPPONENTS WITH TRIPLE ASAI MOONSAULTS!!!
On the outside, Star and the ‘cools took advantage and took the extra bodies out of the equation, but Super Crazy couldn’t quite get the winning fall on the still legal Burchill. After tagging back in Psicosis, Burchill was able to capitalize after Psicosis couldn’t get the job done on a missed moonsault, driving the Mexican’s head into the canvas with a brutal Regalplex. This once again turned the tide into the favor of his corner, Burchill and Albright even nailing Psicosis with their tag team maneuver – a decapitating catapult/diving clothesline combo called the Mercy Kill. But the imminent cover attempt was thwarted by Super Crazy coming to his partner’s aid, only for the ‘Crazy Luchador’ to eat a half-Nelson suplex from Albright, flipping right onto his head. From the camera angle presented, it almost looks like a botch, legitimately putting Crazy’s ability to finish the match in jeopardy.
With Crazy’s potential concussion/jarred neck, it left things as a two-on-three affair, but with Psicosis beheaded, it fell mainly on the shoulders of the rookie in Aero Star. Even so, Psicosis was in no frame of mind to tag the only other partner he had, still at the mercy of the Mercs, with Carlito damn near salivating at his impending victory. Things got even worse when Carlito tagged himself back in, trying to get the winning fall after the Mercs did all the dirty work, nothing looking great after he knocked Star off the apron to try and finish Psicosis with a potential rolling cutter…until the Mercenaries dropped out of his corner.
Why they did so was a complete mystery to Carlito, causing him enough distraction to drop Psicosis and wonder what the hell his hired help was doing leaving him behind. As both Mercs walked up the ramp, Burchill simply smirked and said ‘we got a better offer, mate’. As they were about halfway back up the ramp, none other than William Regal made his first live appearance in AOW, just standing on the stage in a pomp suit and tie. After both Mercenaries shook hands with the knighted wrestler, it became all too apparent who their new client was. As Regal went back to the back, the Mercs went with him, suddenly tipping any kind of advantage Carlito wished to have.
Carlito flipping the hell out over his insurance policy up and walking away was more than enough distraction for Psicosis to get the hot tag in on Aero Star, who reminded Carlito there was a match to be had by nailing him with an impressive springboard dropkick that immediately transitioned into a second-rope senton, but even so, this dynamic entry did not grant him the pinfall. Star kept upping the pace, but Carlito would eventually find a way to counter the high-speed offense with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Colon then attempted to put the finishing touches on the contest with something huge out of an Argentine backbreaker position, only to have Star spin out of it and turn it into a DEVESTATING DDT!!
Even getting his ‘fro driven into the canvas, Carlito had enough wits about him to roll outside the ring to attempt to recuperate, much to the chagrin of the masked man he was facing. As Carlito tried to shake the cobwebs out of his head, Psicosis, who had taken to the outside after tagging out to tend to the potentially legitimately injured Super Crazy, came back in the ring looking for potential retribution. Pushing off a crouching Aero Star, Psicosis went for a CLEAN LEAPING PLANCHA…only for Carlito to dodge, sending Psicosis splatting against the outside!! But just as Carlito was getting his head back into thing, he turned around to see Aero Star flying at him with the TOPE TORPEDO…BUT HE STOPS IT DEAD ITS TRACKS BY SNATCHING OFF AERO STAR’S MASK!!! Star stops before he could take off, covering his face and head as Carlito leapt back in and rolled up the now ashamed Star, using the very heritage Aero Star was so proud of that Carlito called disgraceful as his dirty ace-in-the-hole.
Winner: Carlito Colon & The Mercenaries at (12:34)
~The post-match saw Super Crazy pound the mat with frustration, as he had sprung back to life during the final pinfall to try and stop it. Carlito ventured up the ramp and celebrated as though he’d dominated the match, yelling Spanish obscenities at the mask of Aero Star he still had in his clutches. Star hadn’t moved out of the fetal position in the center of the ring, covering his face so that no one could see it until Psicosis and Crazy would help him to his feet, but Star withholding the hands over his face. With Crazy injured and Star disgraced, Psicosis needed the referee’s help to get his friends up the ramp, but all three men received a surprise ovation for their efforts from the New Jersey crowd.
~A promo aired hyping the AOW Trios Tournament, which would begin on February 6th, this coming edition of Oblivion.
~In a backstage segment, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin were seen packing their things and in street clothes, looking like they were leaving. They did so in complete silence, perhaps a little bit of uneasiness finally dawning between them until Haas asked Benjamin if everything was okay. Benjamin assured them they were, but he was just disappointed in himself. Haas suggested the pick-me-up of entering the Trios Tournament by finding themselves a tag team partner. Benjamin says that it would be an extension of competition and would certainly present a challenge. The two would share a high five before seemingly exiting.
~The Rookie Rematch~
Kofi Kingston v. Tyler Black
They say ‘never say never’ in the wrestling business. Mostly because just when you think you know all the answers, the industry changes the questions. This was taken to its logical conclusion on the January 8th edition of Oblivion, when both Kofi Kingston and Tyler Black, two rookies who hadn’t even gotten their ears wet in the mainstream wrestling world, went out and set the world on fire with a 25-minute debut duel that utterly cemented their place not just in AOW and not just in the wrestling world, but in wrestling history. After their marathon of an opening act, it was Tyler Black who stood tall, but Act II was about to begin when it was announced the two would go at it once again – this time, with the world paying to watch them on an even bigger stage.
The roles both men had just going down the ramp seemed to completely flip – this time, it was Kingston who was intense and it was Black who was grinning away. Even so, the contest started exactly how their last one did – with an attempted handshake. But once again, the roles were reversed when it was Black offering one to Kingston, which many immediately saw right through as just poking fun at Kofi. Kingston answered the gesture the same way Black did in their first contest by clotheslining Black, signaling the start of this. For the opening minutes, there was no back and forth. It was just Kofi Kingston UNLOADING on Tyler Black, hitting him with a flurry of blows and kickbox-esque offensive maneuvers, Black unable to counter anything because of the high pace.
Black was finally able to get his voice in things when he’s able to capitalize on Kingston’s carelessness, straddling his jaw off the top rope with a flapjack. With Black using the ring to his advantage, he takes control of the match, even taking the contest to a place the first few matches on the card didn’t so much go – that being outside. Failing to suplex Kingston, Kofi managed to land on the apron, but lost a duel with Black that left him doubled over, leading to Black sunset flip powerbombing the Jamaican to the floor!! Black then took control on the outside, further destroying Kingston by hitting him with the spinout powerbomb on the ring lip. With Kingston’s lower back now in question, his agility is hindered greatly, leaving him at Black’s mercy while on the outside.
Things would stay this way until Black restarted the outside count out and tried to whip Kofi into the barricade, but the still quick and agile Kingston was able to leap clean onto the it. As Black tried to chase after him and knock him back down, Kingston would execute a beautiful sky high crossbody from off the barricade!! This swung things right back in Kingston’s favor, the two heading back into the ring, but Kingston unable to get the winning pinfall. Kingston kept the offense on, stunting a Black counter by hitting him with the pendulum kick in the corner, following it up with a Tornado DDT try…but Black would counter that by surprising Kingston, and all in attendance with an elevated Northern Lights suplex!! This stellar move still did not get him the winning fall, but definitely turned the tide back into his favor.
With Black in control, he began executing what seems to slowly be becoming his signature in nailing move combinations, as seen with his short-arm combos, as well as hitting Kingston with a backbreaker to neckbreaker move, Kingston still showing his guile in getting out of that. Black realized he had to wear down Kingston, again going to his targeted lower back, locking him up in a bow-and-arrow lock. The flexible Kingston found it working against him, as Black was able to hold him like a damn accordion on the move. Kingston still fought his way out of the move, but as he tried to build momentum, he was caught in a series of Black sleeper holds, not only stunting him, but cutting off the oxygen to his brain to last as long as he did in their first meeting.
But Kingston refused to go with a whimper, even after Black drove his face into the canvas with the Black to White (the belly to back suplex lift into a reverse STO). As Black looked to make sure to put things away with a top rope move, Kingston wound up fighting back with vigilance, spinning out of a Paroxysm attempt and finally nailing Black with the Tornado DDT he hand wanted to earlier, giving him some time to rest up. As Kingston built himself back up for more momentum, his back made it harder to go from move to move, leading to Black squeezing in a snap powerslam and trying a pair of surprise roll-ups, but to no avail. Unfortunately for Black, the first thing Kofi did when he got back to his feet was CRACK BLACK IN THE FACE WITH THE TROUBLE IN PARADISE, taking the methodical, philosophical lone wolf by complete surprise and netting Kingston not only his first win in AOW, but his first win on PPV.
Winner: Kofi Kingston at (17:23)
~The aftermath was possibly the most uninteresting of the night, as Kingston was jovial as he had his hand raised peering back towards Black, who could only grip his jaw in distain at the man who handed him his first loss in AOW
~A promo airs here officially announcing the AOW Dynasty Tournament, which will take place immediately following the AOW Offseason when Oblivion goes back on the air and lasting the entire month of June. Thirty-two men will compete in the tournament, with the quarterfinals, semifinals, and grand finals being held on a special 3-hour Supershow called “Rise of a Dynasty”. The winner of the massive tournament receives an AOW Championship match in the main event of the one-year anniversary PPV,Origins and Endings.
~Finlay's Open Challenge~
*Anyone present in the arena at This is Exile is eligible
Up next was Finlay’s open challenge, which as everyone and their mother knew, was just an excuse for Finlay to try and call out the man we once knew as Rob Van Dam. Throughout the night, Szatowski was periodically shown with his wife, Sonya, in the front row of the IZOD Center. For much of the night, however, Szatowski did not seem to be enjoying himself, the commentators suggesting that perhaps being near a ring is difficult for him at the time being.
But when Finlay came through the gate, all he managed to do was take a microphone and pour lemons on the cut, explaining how it was he who drove Rob Szatowski into the wimpy state he was in. He called him a man who was smart enough to know he was finished, but not brave enough to get ‘broken like a man’. Finlay kept prodding at Szatowski to try and get him out of the crowd and into the ring, but he would have none of it. And despite the entire arena starting “RVD!! RVD!! RVD!!” chants, Szatowski downplayed them and even begged them to stop. As one final attempt to get Szatowski to answer the challenge, Finlay declared that the match would be held under ECW Rules.
While this got a large pop of approval from the crowd at the IZOD, all it did was make Szatowski take his wife’s hand and begin to walk out of his row and into the aisle, going back up and looking to walk out of the arena. Szatowski kept his head down as Finlay ordered him to come back down. As this happened, Finlay just barked up that he truly was no longer ‘Rob Van Dam’ but a complete shell of a man before turning his attention back towards the ramp and demand that someone come out here to face him in place of that ‘sham of a man’.
Not too long afterwards, a very unfamiliar tune chimed out over the sound system, but the man that burst through the bolted door was one very familiar to the mutant faithful – TOMMY DREAMER. Dreamer finally makes good on his oath to at least appear for AOW, getting the entire crowd riled up and behind him, and also managing to stop Szatowski in his tracks from leaving. The hero of the moment in Dreamer brings down a good ol’ fashioned kendo stick down with him, entering the ring and roaring right in the stunned Finlay’s face. No sooner than he does that does he take the kendo to Finlay, cracking it off of his ribs, back, and his head!!
The match actually begins, but as Finlay takes his lumps, he also keeps his head on. Even so, Dreamer follows Finlay as he roams the outside, cracking the kendo stick off Finlay’s body even more! When the stick finally splinters, he grabs another trusty weapon in a steel chair!! But as he goes to whack the shit out of Finlay with it, Finlay dodges it and grabs a hold of his shillelagh, all in one fell swoop, CRACKING THE STAFF OFF OF DREAMER’S KNEE!!
It’s a massacre from there on out, as Finlay doesn’t just finish off Dreamer’s knee, completely handicapping him, but he chunks him into the ring and CRACKS THE SHILLELAGH OFF OF DREAMER’S SKULL. Any steam the crowd has is just downright deflated, Szatowski coming back and leaning against the guard rail, only able to stare as a lifelong friend is demolished before his very eyes. Paralyzed and helpless, Szatowski watches as Finlay mercilessly KEEPS DRIVIGN THE SHILLELAGH INTO DREAMER’S SKULL, BUSTING HIM WIDE OPEN. After what seemed like ten shots to the head, Finlay looks over his shoulder to see a blank faced Szatowski, giving him an evil smirk…before taking a completely battered and bloodied Dreamer…and driving his head into the canvas with the Celtic Cross. But he doesn’t even cover him, instead opting to peel the bleeding Dreamer off the canvas and set him back up. Szatowski was actually being vocal at this point, yelling at Finlay to stop it. All Finlay does is set Dreamer behind his shoulders and stare with a shit-eating grin directed right at Szatowski and his horrified wife…and nailing one more Celtic Cross, shoving his forearm in Dreamer’s near unidentifiable face for an academic, but disgusting, pin.
Winner: Finlay at (4:30)
~The aftermath saw Szatowski stare on horrified at the carnage, Finlay never taking his gaze off of him. But even so, only when Finlay left the ring did Szatowski jump the guard rail. Even then, Finlay lingered and wouldn’t stop flashing Rob an evil grin as he walked back up the ramp. Szatowski’s wife soon stepped over the rail with a little bit of help from security, as she stood at ringside and watched her husband try and revive Dreamer himself. An eerie silence filled the IZOD as Szatowski was noticeably on the verge of tears as EMTs got to the ring and took Dreamer out on a stretcher. Rob and Sonya followed the stretcher and the medical personnel up the ramp
~The latest version of the “Saint is Coming” videos played, showing someone in very dark attire walking down a damaged street before the person takes off their crucifix chain and leaves it sitting on the gate of a fence before cutting away and using the same words as the last few promos
~Returning from the promo, we were sent backstage, where Mick Foley was seen with the supposedly suspended Muhammad Hassan. We learn from the two’s dialogue that Hassan was evidently successful in appealing his suspension, Hassan proudly declaring that his lawyers not only saw to overturning the suspension, but that Hassan would be getting a rematch for the Dynasty Championship…that he would be cashing in on this coming week on Oblivion.
~#1 Contendership for the Cruiserweight Championship~
Low Ki v. Gregory Helms
The Art of War states that “it’s not about workrate, but about who works”, meaning that how much effort someone puts forth, if they’re not ‘the man’, then they have to take a backseat to someone who naturally is. From the beginning of AOW, Gregory Helms has believed it was his right to be the guy on top of the cruiserweight food chain and has definitely made his case by taking Bryan Danielson to the psychological and physical limit. Meanwhile, Low Ki has worked diligently to earn his spot, but has thus far fallen short when the chips were down. The two would meet in a clash of mentalities, where the winner would be guaranteed a shot at Bryan Danielson and the Cruiserweight Championship he has defended with a vengeance.
While not a big time match by any means, Low Ki did receive a very special entrance from his tag team partner, Jack Evans, who rapped out Low Ki’s introduction to a pleased crowd. Evans would rub Ki’s bald head ‘for luck’, but did not stay at ringside for the match, the commentators noting that it’s in the warrior spirit to do things like this alone.
From the ringing of the bell, Helms made sure to keep his distance from “The Warrior”, as the ever deadly feet of Low Ki were of great concern. Unfortunately for Helms, he focused a bit too much on trying to escape Ki’s legs and speed that he didn’t pay much to the strength the pintsized powerhouse possessed, as many of Helms’ blows early on seemed to glance off of the silent assassin, not having much effect, if any. This frustrated the driven Helms to the point of constantly forcing the issue, now looking to close the distance between he and Ki, but just when he abandoned his original strategy, Ki reminded him why he had it in the first place and nailed Helms right in the jaw with the rolling kippou kick!!
Once that occurred, Helms would again keep his distance, but the swift and brutal nature of Low Ki wouldn’t allow it, not letting up and continually hounding Helms with his deadly legs. Helms was able to turn the tide by surprising Ki with a running chop block, netting him the opportunity now to cripple Ki, not just looking out for the legs, but targeting them. After spiking the leg into the canvas to further weaken it, he tried to cement it by attempting a dragon screw, but Ki turns it into a clean standing enzeguiri. As Helms went through the middle rope and onto the apron with that one, Ki decided to test out his leg and see if it still held up, going from the top rope and delivering a flying chop from the top rope to the apron and onto the arena floor!!
Ki’s surprising advantage would continue on the outside, but only momentarily, as Helms would again target the knee, at one point DRIVING KI’S KNEE INTO THE STEEL POST. Helms nailed several big offensive maneuvers and looked for the further advantage with the Nightmare on Helms Street, but was struck by a surprise killer roundhouse from Ki’s good leg that dropped Helms on top of the announce table. Once this occurred, even with a bad knee, Ki managed to get to the top rope once again…AND DESTROYED THE ANNOUNCE TABLE BY NAILING THE WARRIOR’S WAY TO THE OUTSIDE!!! It wasn’t Kingston or Black or Benjamin or Finlay or any of the other, more notable names to break the booth, but it was Low Ki of all people! But needless to say, even though Ki provided us with a stunning image and maneuver, the impact left him as damaged as Helms due to his torn apart knee.
Even after getting back into the ring, Ki couldn’t get the winning fall, opting to go back up for another Warrior’s Way, this one inside. But his injured appendage reared its ugly head, allowing Helms to get to the top rope and fight off Ki and send both men crashing back down to the mat with the avalanche neckbreaker!! This again took as much out of Helms as it did Ki, leaving Helms unable to get the immediate cover and thus, the win. But it did allow him to get back into things, especially after nearly dislocating Ki’s shoulder with an iron post and then nailing him with a double knee gutbuster. This still didn’t net the win, with Ki turning a subsequent Shining Wizard attempt into a roll-up attempt, but to no avail. The two cruiserweights then exchanged pin attempt after pinning attempt, attaining the signature cruiserweight tempo.
It was Ki who took advantage of the tempo, managing to headbutt Helms right into a corner and nail him with the Tidal Crush, with Helms flopping through the middle rope after receiving the impact. The Warrior saw this as a chance for more high risk, but this time it didn’t pay off at all, as Helms dodged the Sasuke Special, Ki’s injured leg crashing against the guard rail. Helms took advantage of this, swinging Ki back into the ring and going for the winning pin, but not there. Ki tried to fight back, but was on the receiving end of a Helms low dropkick right to the weakened appendage, giving Helms the time he needed to nail the final blow with a Shining Wizard, punching his ticket to once again face Bryan Danielson.
Winner: Gregory Helms at (14:09)
~The post-match saw Helms boasting in the face of an injured Ki, saying that “my kick was better, foo’!” He then made championship motions around his waist as he went up the ramp, crying out Danielson’s name several times and nearly sounding like a man obsessed. And much like the earlier six-man tag match, Ki would receive a surprise ovation from the IZOD crowd after he refused medical attention and forced himself to try and leave the ring area without any help. He began limping and even Jack Evans came out to try and help him, but Ki refused his partner’s help and walked back out having possibly gained the one thing a warrior holds most dear: respect.
~We went backstage one last time to see three members of Team AOW – Samoa Joe, CM Punk, and Bryan Danielson in the same circle. No one is saying a word until Christian Cage walks into the room. Every single man is looking as intense as they did last Wednesday, Christian completing this innermost circle of Hell. All four men stare into each other with their hard stares…until Christian puts his hand in the middle of the gathering, saying “This.” His three teammates look at him with some sort of question until Danielson throws his hand on top of Christian, saying “World”. Punk nearly immediately puts his hand in, saying “Is”. Joe doesn’t budge, his three teammates now staring him down. Joe unfolds his arms to drop the hammer on the three hands in front of him with such a heavy hand, it nearly buckles, but doesn’t break, getting a smirk and finishing it all by saying “Ours.” All four men still have their intense gazes, but have smirks to go with them, finally unified in their pursuit
~We cut back to the arena to have Mick Foley come down to the ring for the lowering of the War Chamber. The War Chamber is seen as very similar to the WWE’s Elimination Chamber, but with the exception of instead of a domed ceiling, it remains flat, making it seem like a HIAC/Elimination Chamber hybrid and giving the Chamber sort of a rounded hexagon shape. It has six sides because there are six corners within the Chamber, each one containing a Plexiglas holding pod. Hanging from the roof, however, are two wooden tables that can be detached and used at any time. Hanging above two of the pods are two steel chairs. Foley also gives us a close up on some parts of the chains surrounding the Chamber...some of which contain barbed wire.
Foley continues to explain the actual rules of the contest: it is in elimination format. Two members of each team will start the contest, the remaining members going into the pods, with teams being in the adjacent pods on the same side of the ring. Every four minutes, one of the pods will open, alternating teams. The Worthy Legion won a toss-up, meaning they will get their team members first. You may only be eliminated via pinfall, submission, or knock out. But a twist is that no one can be eliminated until all members of both teams are in the ring.
~Following what would have been two of the best video packages I’ve ever written, both teams come down to the ring, where we see that the first two men in the match are going to be Lashley for the Worthy Legion…and Christian Cage for Team AOW.
~FIRST EVER WarChamber Match~
Christian Cage, Samoa Joe, Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson & Dynasty Champion CM Punk
~The Worthy Legion~
AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, Bobby Lashley, Ken Doane & Paul “The Great” Wright
Christian and Lashley didn’t bother even circling the ring or anything of the sort, immediately going at each other’s throats with an all-out brawl!! It didn’t take long at all for the crowd to get insanely hot behind such a heated opening, both men thrashing the other all around the spacious steel structure, an early accentuate being that Lashley manages to catch Christian in a hip toss to the outside, crunching his spine on the iron girdle outside!! As the red markings engrave themselves into Christian’s spine, Lashley takes control and starts bashing Christian around freely until one of his whips is reversed and he’s sent right into a barbed wire portion of the chains!! Christian wastes no time then proceeding to grind Lashley’s face against the barbed wire until Lashley somehow powers him off.
ENTRANT #3: KEN DOANE at (4:00)
With Christian and Lashley still trying to tear each other apart from their unfinished business, Doane slips between them both and started to get his cheap shots in on Christian when he could, but to many people’s surprise, didn’t actually intervene as much as one would think. Instead, he simply let Lashley and Christian continue their beef with one another, and we see why at one point, as Jericho is chirping at Doane from his pod to ‘let them go at each other’. Doane does stay away from the savages before him, but the youth and cockiness must have gotten the best of him because after a while of staying out of it, Doane begins to climb the chains and on top of one of the pods…and retrieves the first steel chair of the night.
Doane spends the next few minutes inserting himself against Jericho’s orders, smashing the chair against Cage’s spine!! Christian is now completely at the mercy of the Worthy Legion, as how it’s his turn to get chunked into the barbed wire chains!! A few close-ups on Lashley show that he’s not donning a crimson mask, but he’s got deep gashes developing on his face, while the front of Christian’s body is dotted with open wounds from where barbs entered. It’s just when Doane and Lashley team up to try a double suplex in the center of the ring that the buzzer sounds for a new member…
ENTRANT #4: BRYAN DANIELSON at (8:00)
And as would be so appropriate, the ‘white knight’ of this entire ordeal bursts through his pod to make the save for the Man on the Moon, doing so in dynamic fashion by doing so with a flying knee aimed right for Bobby Lashey’s face!! Lashley’s face is caved in, giving he and Christian the time to now put a two-on-one assault on Ken Doane. Not too long afterward, it’s Doane, not Christian, who eats a double suplex…ONTO THE VERY STEEL CHAIR HE PRESENTED!! Karma comes right back very quickly for Mr. Doane, but Danielson and Cage spent absolutely no time celebrating. Instead, they worked as a unit to continue to wear down Lashley some more until Jericho distracted Christian from inside his pod. Banging on it until it got Cage’s attention, the two met nose to nose in an intense staredown with only Plexiglas separating them, but unfortunately, this gave Lashley enough time to fend of Danielson and hit both men with a double clothesline!!
ENTRANT#5: PAUL “THE GREAT” WRIGHT at (12:00)
And it didn’t seem to get better there. Even with Doane still incapacitated, in stepped “The Great”, who galumphed into the ring with his cast and quickly put it to work, nearly caving in the chest of Christian when he smashed his fist against it. Danielson fared not much better, but when Wright tried to lift him up for a military press, Danielson became the first person to ever scale the War Chamber’s chains. Wright wouldn’t climb up after the Cruiserweight Champion, Lashley going up after him instead, but Danielson wouldn’t come down with simple tugging. Instead, Lashley brought himself up to Danielson’s level…and looked to GERMAN SUPLEX HIM FROM OFF THE CHAINS…
…but Christian came to the rescue, bashing the steel chair off of Wright’s skull and Lashley’s spine, Lashley falling from ten feet high RIGHT ONTO THE GIRDLE!! With Danielson momentarily spared, he didn’t opt to leap down. Instead, Danielson decided to venture over on top of the pod he was nearest…and begin unhooking one of the tables that was right over his head. Danielson was taking his time, Christian having to defend himself with his steel chair. But the chair was punched away from him by Wright with his cast hand, setting Christian up for the chokeslam. But Danielson stopped trying to get the table down from the top and instead LEAPT FROM THE TOP OF THE POD AND ONTO WRIGHT…ONLY TO GET KNOCK OUT PUNCHED BY THE MASSIVE CASTED HAND.
Christian saw his teammate go down, but it got him enough time to rake Wright’s eyes and get out of his predicament. As Wright blindly rushes towards Christian, Cage moves so that Wright goes crunching into the chains!! This allows Christian some breathing time, but only until Ken Doane comes back into things and pulls him back into the ring and wails on him with several blows before capping it off with a backdrop to neckbreaker slam. Doane eats some heat before the buzzer went off once again…
ENTRANT #6: CM PUNK at (16:00)
…and the Dynasty Champion entered just as dynamically as his cruiserweight counterpart, bursting forth and bashing Doane with several blows, but Doane was more than ready to fight back. The two went at it in their own little duel for a moment until Punk whipped Doane in the corner and hit him with the running corner knee, but Doane tossed him across the ring when he tried to finish it with the bulldog. But when Punk was recovering close to the ropes, Doane rushed at him to chase him down…ONLY TO GET BACK BODY DROPPED OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO THE UNFORGIVING GIRDLE OUTSIDE!!
With Doane effectively getting all of his scars, the now white-hot Punk roared all across the now seemingly empty cell, as at that point, he was the only man completely conscious. Without the elimination rules being able to be kicked into full effect at the time, Punk instead opted to finish what one of his partners started, and that was go above one of the pods and finish unhooking a wooden table. Punk did manage to get it down and passed it down into the ring to Christian, who had gotten back to his feet. Christian set it up on top of the top rope in the corner opposite both men. But while he was fixing that, Bobby Lashley was back to his feet and looking to possibly go back after Christian, something CM Punk tried to stop by DIVING FROM THE VERY TOP OF THE POD TOWARDS LASHLEY…ONLY TO BE CAUGHT BY THE STRENGTH OF THE PERFECT WARRIOR!! But Lashley’s might wasn’t just on display in that. Instead, the brute flexed his might even more…by CHUNKING CM PUNK THROUGH AN EMPTY POD!!
Plexiglas shards went everywhere as Punk experienced a car crash, but this gave Christian and Lashley another chance to start beating the living hell out of one another, keeping their hatred burning bright in the middle of the ring, only for Christian to splat Lashley back down when he took the steel chair and CRACKED IT AGAINST LASHLEY’S SKULL, LASHLEY THE FIRST MAN TO BLEED. When Wright came charging back into the ring, he got slapped with a chair shot to the gut, but he shrugged it off, only for Christian to mash the chair against his injured fist, getting the big man at his mercy once again, before giving him another chair shot off the spine!! Christian was on fire, pounding the chair off the canvas several times before looking around and knowing who was coming next…
ENTRANT #7: CHRIS JERICHO at (20:00)
…but Jericho refused to leave his pod. Not with Christian looking like an absolute madman with a now bloody chair in hand. The AOW Heavyweight Champion got unbridled heat for this as one would imagine, but Christian got an even bigger pop when he left the ring to try and force Jericho’s cell open, only for Jericho to force it back shut. From the look on Jericho’s face, however, he didn’t look afraid, but more frustrated…perhaps the master strategist was just mad his moment to enter wasn’t an opportune moment? Either way, we got another image of Christian and Jericho locking eyes through the barrier, although Christian looking like a complete madman this time. This time it ended when Doane got back into things, surprising Christian with a dropkick to the spine and forced him to drop the chair.
Doane took advantage of his surprise attack, using it to catapult Christian right into the chain frame!! As Christian came peeling down, we could see that he too had been busted open, now joining Lashley in the blood department. But this exclusive club is soon joined by Bryan Danielson as well, who we saw was busted open over his left eye socket, where the orbital bone injury he suffered earlier in the year had been aggressively re-aggravated by the knockout punch. Danielson started going blow for blow with Doane now, but Doane took advantage of Danielson’s torn up eye and used it to clothesline him back into the ring. Upon chasing him back in to the ring, however, Danielson countered Doane and turned his approach into a surprise ankle lock, but this was ended quickly when Chris Jericho decided this was the opportune moment to finally enter the match on his own terms.
Things didn’t get much better for Danielson as Jericho and Doane ganged up on him, Paul Wright soon getting back into things as well. It didn’t look much better when Wright crushed the Cruiserweight Champion with a step-over leg lariat, only for Doane to head to the top rope and looked prepared to deliver the SKY HIGH LEG DROP…
ENTRANT #8: SAMOA JOE at (24:00)
…but in BURSTED Samoa Joe, chunking Doane right off the top and making a beeline for “The Great”, the two behemoths battled it out in the steel enclosed ring with the crowd going wild, looking like something straight out of the gladiator days. Jericho took that moment to again try to pick his spots, retreating back to his pod and closed it, not liking anything that he was seeing. Instead of chasing Jericho like Christian did, the One Man Army kept true to his name and simply wore down Wright and surprising him with the CCS Enzeguiri, stupefying him so much he flopped over the top rope and onto the girdle frame. There, Joe delivered an ole kick to the head for luck…before using his massive amount of strength and throwing his entire body to whip “The Great”…RIGHT THROUGH THE POD JERICHO WAS HIDING IN!! Jericho and Wright were collapsed in a pile of shards and knocked out, Joe putting on a display like he never had before.
But that wouldn’t suffice at that point in the match. Referees checked both Jericho and Wright to see if they could continue because now, eliminations were valid, but neither man was incapacitated enough. With two men down, Joe turned to Doane to see if he could try and dwindle the numbers down, Christian soon coming to his side. Doane, like a good Jericho pupil would, tried to beg for mercy before his two opponents, but neither of them would have it, just beating down the ‘God of the Future’ down almost to a pulp before Doane got wrapped up in the UNPRETTIER…before Bobby Lashley came back into the fray! Lashley saved his teammate by beheading Cage and Joe with a devastating double clothesline, but couldn’t net an elimination fall on either man.
But then Lashley got a good look at the still downed Bryan Danielson. The man who had begged with every fiber of his being to end this entire war was at the mercy of a man almost twice his weight. Lashley took his time and looked to nail Danielson with the running powerslam…but Danielson turned it into a guillotine choke!! Much like their match a few months ago, Danielson would not go down to the power game that easily. But again like their match not too long ago, Lashley would power out of the submission hold with a rib-crunching scrapbuster slam. That neither got Lashley the elimination he was looking for, perhaps making him more frustrated than usual. As a result of that, Lashley went somewhere he never normally would go…and that was to the top rope in the corner with the table still on it. But the brutality in Lashley wouldn’t seem to let that rest, instead, heading on top of the pod behind the corner to deliver whatever it is he was looking for…
…when CM Punk burst back into the scene, rushing across the ring to save Danielson by leaping clean onto the rope-balanced table and nail Lashley with the running knee!! Lashley dropped from the pod to Punk’s level on the table, but just like the last time Punk nailed the knee, he was unable to land the finishing bulldog, as Lashley chunked him down from the top. But almost as soon as Punk hit the canvas again, Danielson sprung back up and began dueling Lashley on the now teetering table. Punk on wobbly knees started recovering, giving us a good look at the damage he suffered from being chunked through the pod, apparently bleeding from somewhere in his hair, as blood was running down the sides his face like hemoglobin sideburns. But now it was Punk’s turn to join Danielson on the teetering table duel, until both men managed to wear Lashley down by aiming at his bleeding point…AND NAILING A DOUBLE SUPERPLEX FROM OFF THE ELEVATED TABLE!! As huge a move as this was, no man was in good enough condition to pin one another until Joe managed to roll back into the ring, only for the big Black brute to kick out.
With nobody even eliminated just yet, Joe was surprised as all of would be when he saw Lashley kickout, only to try and lock him in THE CLUTCH, but he was quickly stopped by Wright coming back to life and showing some hard way bleeding around his ear as well. The two mammoths would start duking it out again in the center of the ring, but Wright would this time pull away before cracking Joe with a sequence of a knockout punch…INTO A CHOKESLAM. But Joe wouldn’t be pinned on that one, the IZOD getting all into that one. It was Wright’s turn to think brutally creatively, as he took the table that had fallen off of the top rope off the Superplex and placed it outside the ring, still erect, right above the girdles. Wright then went for A CHOKESLAM FROM THE TOP ROPE THROUGH THE TABLE ON THE FRAME, but Joe wouldn’t stop fighting back, landing on his feet on the table. He managed to somehow tug at Wright enough for him to lean and he could take him in one fell swoop over his shoulders…AND NAILED AN ISLAND DRIVER THROUGH THE TABLE…AND THROUGH THE IRON GIRDLE~!! BOTH MEN CRUNCH AND COLLAPSE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE REINFORCED METAL FLOOR~!! A genuine “HOLY SHIT” moment, leaving neither man actually conscious, being the first two eliminations.
ELIMINATION #1& 2: PAUL “THE GREAT” WRIGHT AND SAMOE JOE via KO at (32:23)
As disappointing as I’m sure that first elimination may be for some people, the next one wouldn’t come quite too long afterwards. With two of the biggest monsters out of the match, Jericho was free to roam after having to clear all the cobwebs in his head from getting smashed by his very own Titan. But he was met by a very vehement Christian, who blasted him from the moment he decided to crawl back into things. Meanwhile, Ken Doane would have helped, but was forced to deal with his own issues with Bryan Danielson. Bryan began pulling away in their duel, but he was struck all of a sudden by a RKDOANE!! Just like that, Doane was ready to eliminate Danielson…but the American Dragon was saved by the Dynasty Champion.
On the exterior of the ring, Christian and Jericho resumed their duel, but both men became flatlined when Christian caught Jericho in a his second rope crossbody. Back in the theatre of the moment, Punk and Doane got their battle going, with Doane surprising Punk by sliding off his shoulders and nailing him with a fame-asser. But this only got a near fall, but Doane went or the kill with the SKY HIGH LEG DROP…BUT NOBODY WAS HOME!! With Doane left on his knees and holding his tailbone, Danielson kicked back into things with his repeat shoot kicks on Doane’s chest, capped off with a roundhouse to the skull! This knocked Doane actually onto his feet and stumbling…right into a Punk GTS, netting Team AOW their first advantage
ELIMINATION #3: KEN DOANE at (39:01)
It was only Lashley and Jericho remaining for the Legion, but the former half of that team came back to life and came back at the men who Superplexed him with a vengeance, dueling the two champions until he managed to get them in opposite corners and squashed their bodies underneath his. After this, Punk was forced to the outside, but Danielson was met with more abuse at the hands of Lashley by eating a spinebuster. But Danielson would still not go down that easily, nailing Lashley with the flying knee, but Danielson fell on the outside, possibly damaging his knee.
Punk was dragged along to face a recovering Jericho. After keeping Christian down with a slam on the remaining part of the outside girdles, he and Punk matched up in the ring before Jericho catapaulted Punk over the rope. But Punk held on, looking to come back at Jericho with the springboard clothesline…CODEBREAKER!! PUNK IS NAILED WITH A MID-AIR CODEBREAKER!! And the Worthy Legion evened the score!!
ELIMINATION #4: CM PUNK at (44:23)
With Punk’s elimination, it would come down to a duel between Jericho and Danielson, the two re-enacting the battle they had on the first main event of the New Year, down to Jericho missing the Lionsault and Danielson turning it into his repeat shoot kicks. But Jericho was able to dodge the finishing roundhouse, knowing all too well what it would do, and turned it into the WALLS OF JERICHO. But the submission expert, despite being in the unforgiving Chamber for over a half hour, withstood the pain enough to reverse the move into the LEBELL LOCK, very much akin to what he did in January. But Jericho would use his veteran wiles to reverse that hold and turn it right back into the WALLS OF JERICHO~!! Danielson was damn near close to tapping…only for Christian to save the man who begged for liberation with the diving European uppercut!!
Danielson was saved for the moment, only for Christian and Jericho to go back at it, but after both men going at each other yet again, Jericho would outsmart Christian and nail him with the triangle dropkick using the Chamber walls. While this took something out of Jericho as well, he still had more than enough to go back after Danielson only to get clocked in the head with a roundhouse. When that couldn’t get Danielson the elimination, he opted to go back and climb the corners and pods…and pull down not just the other steel chair that was hoisted up, as well as beginning to pull down the other table before being interrupted by Jericho, who looked to add insult to potential injury by catching Danielson in a Muscle Buster position, but Danielson would fight his way out, only to nail Jericho with a super back drop!!
The wrapped with pain Danielson couldn’t eliminate Jericho again there either, but then went over to the corner…and began to tune up the band. The crowd soon realized what was going on, as Danielson was looking to directly homage the man who had driven him to actually get involved in this entire war. Jericho recovered only to be come at with DANIELSON SWEET CHIN MUSIC…SPEAR!! BUT HE’S CUT OFF BY A BOBBY LASHLEY SOMATICALLY DEFILING SPEAR!! And just like that, Danielson is broken in half…and the Worthy Legion would gain the upper hand.
ELIMINATION #5: BRYAN DANIELSON at (50:12)
…and the Worthy Legion had a daunting and damn near insurmountable advantage. Chris Jericho and Bobby Lashley alone with Christian Cage. They quickly overwhelmed the Man on the Moon with their combined might, torturing him to a sickening degree. The carnage seen the whole match before was only a warm up, as Lashley would demolish Christian with a steel chair, mirroring the heartwrenching brutality that gripped people in their ‘I Quit’ match months ago. It reached an even more insidious level of cruel when Christian, whose face is completely drenched in a crimson mask that would make Ric Flair proud by this point, had his head shoved between a hole in the chain walls while Jericho locked in the WALLS OF JERICHO. Somehow, Christian refused to choke to death or let his back give out, but almost as punishment, Lashley and Jericho took the two chairs and tried for a CON-CHAIR-TO…only for Christian to dodge a hellova bullet.
Christian would keep Lashley away, only for Jericho to try and jump him once more, but Christian would force the two back out the iron perimeter, where he surprised Jericho with a reverse DDT drop on the unforgiving steel beneath them. As Christian tried to re-enter the ring, he was approached by a rushing Lashley, only for Christian to jab Lashley right in the eye with a thumb, blinding Lashley with that and the blood still oozing into Lashley’s eyes. When Lashley turned around to rush the apron-bound Christian again, Christian moved…CAUSING LASHLEY TO GORE JERICHO AGAINST THE CHAINED DOOR…RIGHT OUT THE DOOR!! JERICHO IS SPEARED BY HIS OWN TEAMMATE RIGHT OUT THE DOOR!! Perhaps fitting or perhaps irony, the man who was forever in power is ended by men of his own hand. Replays would show Jericho’s head whiplashing violently as hell against the Chamber and the floor below, leaving him as the third man in this match to have to leave by being knocked out, much to the dissatisfaction of everyone who wanted him completely destroyed.
ELIMINATION #6: CHRIS JERICHO at (57:10)
And so it came down to the very same two men who started the hellish journey together many months ago and started their dance in Hell a whole hour prior. Both men were a battered and bloodied mess, nothing seeming to be keeping their broken bodies upright besides sheer, unbridled hatred for one another. The two would use up all that anger in just a few seconds, it seemed, when they went at it in a flurry of punches that only wore both men down to a point of both men almost collapsing on one another. The blood both men had lost had almost reached ridiculous levels, but it was Christian who managed to pull away, even wrapping Lashley around…AND NAILING AN UNPRETTIER!! But even so, Lashley would not go down! Lashley recovered somehow, eventually getting enough in him to get Christian…AND NAIL A DOMINATOR!! But Christian, like Lashley, would kick out in a completely unreal fashion.
Lashley, knowing this has to be the end the way it is, opts to get the last remaining table and bring it into the fray, setting it up in a corner behind Christian. Lashley would go and stalk Christian, the entire arena on their feet because the way it’s set up, any spear Christian would take would sickeningly destroy him. This would come to pass, as Lashley bullrushed for ONE FINAL SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE…BUT CHRISTIAN MOVED!! Lashley would eat nothing but wooden slab, almost direct;y mirroring to the way he screwed over RVD the night the Worthy Legion formed!! Christian would reposition one of the steel chairs still lying around, taking the now dead on his feet Perfect Warrior…AND NAILING AN UNPRETTIER ON THE STEEL CHAIR!! But instead of going for the immediate, emphatic cover, Christian opted to put the conclusion of his own story. A feud that began it’s sickening descent into Hell with a one-man Con Chair To…would end that way, as Christian would keep Lashley position right on top of the chair and CRUNCH HIS HEAD WITH ONE FINAL, EMPHATIC, AND INCREDIBLY GORY CON-CHAIR-TO. Christian would cover Lashley, where finally, the Worthy Legion was toppled after the most wall-to-wall grueling hour in all of professional wrestling history.
WINNERS: TEAM AOW at (62:45)
~In absolutely ecstasy filled arena, a battered and bloodied savior actually stepped out of the War Chamber and climbed on top of the flat roof, his hands thrust in the air in victory for all of AOW. As Joey Styles would put it to cap off the entire night – “It doesn’t matter who the world belongs to, it’s Christian Cage and all of AOW who are on top of it.”
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Very late, my apologies...Obviously everybody was disappointed this wasn’t in full, yourself probably more than anyone but it’s totally understandable, happened to us all!! Anyways let’s get to it!!
Kicking off with the two technicians wasn’t a bad route to go and would’ve no doubt been a hot paced, back and forth affair. Pleased to see that it was very much a ‘Try it, I’ll counter it’ kinda match with you playing up how they know each other inside out, made a lot of sense. Finish was well worked and I liked the aftermath with both men ‘heeling it up’ and laughing about it. Was worried this could be the beginning of the end for these two but I think they’ve got legs in the tag ranks so happy to see that’s not the case, for now anyway.
Hmm, interested to see if this goes anywhere with the blonde girl, that’s the main thing I took from this. Might just be you adding a new layer to Nameth’s character but if it is a valet incoming I wouldn’t oppose it. Good win for American Made and I’m sure it would have been an entertaining match. The Sliced Bread/Electric Chair Drop/German Suplex tower would’ve been a crazy spot too.
Would’ve maybe spread the tag matches out a bit more rather than back to back but I guess it was a different kinda style to the one prior. Star showed off his usual flashy spots nicely while the rest of the action seemed pretty standard for these guys. The Mercs just walking out was a little odd. Why would they just decide that so far into the match? If it was Carlito’s actions, fair enough but the ‘better offer’ was a bit weird as surely they’d have had that better offer before the match? But anyways, the Mercs now aligning with Regal is great and I look forward to where you go with it. Ending was a bit blah for me. Lito winning was what I wanted before the match, I got it but at the same time, I don’t believe he should’ve beaten three guys on his own. Admttedly Crazy was down and Psicosis got distracted but it all seemed a little too simple considering the numbers game.
This one was never gonna reach the heights of their first encounter, especially with it only being recap, however it was still a strong showing. Obvious that Kofi was gonna get the scores tied and if there’s a rubber match to come then all I can say is bring it on.
Tommy Dreamer was a wise choice here and it made a lot of sense considering that Van Dam was in attendance. Brutal display from Finlay and I think his message was loud and clear. Van Dam coming to check on Dreamer surprised me as I expected Finlay to maybe confront him, considering his motives of late so that surprised me a little, both in regards to Van Dam and Finlay not going back into the ring.
Helms was always winning this but pleased to see Low Ki have a strong showing in a competitive match between the two. Aftermath again only emphasised Ki’s warrior like status nicely. Helms/Danielson continuation should be strong once it gets going again.
Ah here we go, the big one!! Christian and Lashley as the first two makes a whole lot of sense, the history’s there already and we pick up where we left off regarding Christian’s in ring activities anyway. Doane in next and I didn’t expect him to just stand off as he did, knew he couldn’t resist too long and nice to see the weapons on display early doors. Things certainly picked up once Wright came in. 3 on 2 with Lashley and the Giant on one side, you’d expect business to pick up. The KO punch from Wright to Danielson would’ve been absolutely brutal, ouch.
Holy crap, things really did pick up here. Punk going through the pod would’ve been insane, I can just imagine the sound of the glass now, yikes. Christian going crazy with the chair made sense, he really has just lost it and developed into this crazed one man crusade. Jericho refusing to leave his pod, classic Worthy Man Jericho in this thread. Loved the little nod back to Danielson’s orbital injury btw, him being busted open there makes a ton of sense. Lotta blood here, me like, Joe came in and was like a house on fire, Jericho and Wright going through would’ve sounded like a trillion gun shots I’m sure although maybe a bit too close to Punk being sent through one.
Bloody hell, those first eliminations were CRAZY. I knew you’d have some ridiculous stuff up your sleeve and this was exactly that. Joe and Wright gone in a MAJOR way, just plain brutal, didn’t disappoint me at all. Doane next was the right call, weakest of all the guys involved so Punk getting rid of him was pleasing. Beautiful way to eliminate Punk right after though, mid air Codebreaker is a winner in my book. Danielson comes out of this thing looking even more enhanced despite his elimination, he hang in there for a huge amount of time and only got taken out by a devastating spear. You’re gonna have to make whoever takes his CW title look like a million dollars for me to think they can beat BD.
Was a tiny bit disappointed that Jericho then went. I really wanted it to go down to Jericho and Christian although I’m sure you’re simply saving that for elsewhere. Two men starting are the two men to finish, I can live with it, gives them a huge rub in terms of sheer will to win. EMPHATIC finish from CC, one man con-chair-to probably knocking the fuck outta B-Lash to wrap up a 60 minute spectacular. All I can say is…DAMN I wish this was in full lol.
On the whole a very solid showing up to the main event before an EPIC final contest. If this was written in full it would’ve blown anything and everything else out of the water, have no doubts about it. Some of the action, some of the spots, the blood, the chaos, the creativity was all superb while the right call in having Christian bring it home. Very much looking to the fall out from this, don’t keep us waiting too long. Good job King.
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KotBTB Tournament? DONE.
This is Exile/computer problems? DONE.
Wow, that's a lot of distractions. But nonetheless, they're all completed and out of the way now, giving me room to get this baby back on track. Thanks in bunches for the feedback, cp, and congrats to you on your well-deserved Breakout Booker status. At that, I greatly appreciate everyone who voted for me in any category during the Awards, although I still don't believe I should've co-won Best Thread. And speaking of cp, I'll be sure to get some feedback circulated to many peeps so I can do what some in the Newsletter wanted and that was spread the love to more people. I'll eventually get around to the predics contest winner so they can tell me their prize. Oh, and Jiggypuff Melvis, you still owe me a coronation ceremony, btw.
So with all that mumbo jumbo out of the way, I wanna get this thing swingin' again. And to start that, here's one of my new favorite things to post - dropping loads of information on you guys at once.
Spoiler for Latest string of news:
Originally Posted by The Informer
~Following the unveiling of the War Chamber and the entire deal with This is Exile, the Outer Limits obviously becomes a focal point not just because it’s the next upcoming Pay Per View in just six weeks, but because the Offseason begins immediately after that. As we’ve mentioned in earlier reports, the Trios Tournament was most likely started as a way to get a bunch of guys on TV before said Offseason to get one final hefty check. Also be on the lookout for nearly every story of the past year wrapping up in some way either going into or at the PPV itself.
~While This is Exile numbers are still being crunched and thus far unavailable, there’s already some injury news going around, almost all of it straight out of the War Chamber. The most notable of these is that the shoulder surgery Bobby Lashley put off since coming to AOW can no longer be put off anymore and he’ll be out until after the Offseason getting surgery and recovering. Both CM Punk and Ken Doane reportedly needed stiches pertaining to their injuries, although neither is anything serious. Samoa Joe, meanwhile, was apparently suffering from an elbow injury before going in the Chamber, thus his short performance in it. While nothing truly debilitating, sources say Joe was always going to be limited to avoid the further aggravating of the injury.
~Beyond those four injuries, Bryan Danielson’s orbital bone injury was re-aggravated and focused on by commentators and cameramen when it came about. Fan rumblings are going around that it was to display the brutality of the Chamber as well possibly the clumsiness of Paul Wight, but there are reports backstage saying it wasn’t out of carelessness that the former Big Show re-injured Danielson, but out of request. Evidently, Danielson asked that Wight open him back up in his own choice to display the brutality and put over the cast worn by Wight. No word on whether this holds any weight of truth or not.
~In other ‘careless’ news, one of the more gripping injury stories is potentially Super Crazy, who was dropped straight on his head after what appeared to be a botch from Brent Albright. This normally wouldn’t be that big of a deal (although we’d wish Crazy a speedy recovery), but reports are going around that the team of the Mexicools and Aero Star were going to put on an extended showing in the upcoming Trios Tournament which may be nixed now that Crazy’s health is in question.
~Going back to Wight, talks have evidently picked up between he and his former employer, the WWE. One rumor going around is that extended talking time with Wight was one of the conditions the ‘E wanted when they allowed William Regal to walk out of his WWE contract prematurely and head right on over to AOW. Wight possibly on the way out, as well as Bobby Lashley’s injury and he and Muhammad Hassan’s waning interest in the professional wrestling business, may put a large heel portion of the AOW roster in check going into and coming out of the Offseason.
~The other huge thing that’s been looked towards besides the Offseason itself is now the AOW Dynasty Tournament, which is the huge 32-man single elimination style tourney announced at This is Exile. The whole tourney is to take place during the entire month of June as one big reset button for the new ‘season’, only to be capped off in what we think will be a 3-hour Supershow entitled “Rise of a Dynasty”. The winner, as advertised, is to get a main event opportunity at the one-year anniversary show in August. This could potentially put a dent in any plans “Offseason cleaning” the roster holds until after the first rounds of the Tournament. There’s no word exactly on the format of the Tournament.
~OVW news regarding the Offseason, however, seems to be bright. OVW TV has been advertising a “Breakthrough Tournament” of their own to take place during the Offseason . The winner of that Tournament will guarantee themselves a spot in the AOW Dynasty Tournament so we’re being told.
~And finally, in other OVW and possible Women’s division news, those with a keen knowledge of wrestling at This is Exile could identify the blond haired woman in American colors that caught Nick Nameth’s eye was former DSW and FCW Diva Shantelle Taylor. The chances of this being a one-shot appearance is quite slim, seeing as how Taylor has been in OVW for several months. Taylor was released from FCW in mid-August before going back to OVW and apparently catching the eye of the AOW officials. What this means for future women in AOW are largely unknown, but we should at the very least be expecting to see her again.
Until next time friends, this has been The Informer…
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AOW TRIOS TOURNAMENT SET TO BE UNDERWAY
Keeping in the spirit of the unpredictability of war itself, Art of War Wrestling has long confirmed that the AOW Trios Tournament will start this Wednesday night on Oblivion, but teams have until the moment their match starts to actually set their teams! There’s some serious recruiting going on in the AOW locker room, and you the viewers will get the full brunt of that competition! But before the Trios Tournament begins, we need to lay a few ground rules. Here now are the special rules regarding the AOW Trios Tournament:
Teams will be composed of three members each, with one person being named as the team’s “captain”.
The role of “captain” cannot change during the match, but it may change between matches (i.e. the named captain does not have to remain captain all the way through the Tournament)
In order to win a Trios match, a team must either 1) eliminate two members of the opposing team or 2) eliminate the team captain
THE RAT AND THE DRAGON SET TO MEET AGAIN (BY COURT ORDER)
If you missed it at This is Exile, Muhammad Hassan showed up in person to let Mick Foley know that not only had his lawyers successfully appealed his suspension set a few weeks ago, but that Hassan’s demand for a rematch for his Dynasty Championship would be met. And he’ll be cashing in that rematch…THIS WEDNESDAY!! Amidst all the fallout from This is Exile, we will have a guaranteed title defense! Will CM Punk’s resolve be too much for Hassan to handle once again? Or will Hassan be able to capitalize just four days after Punk went through hell in the War Chamber??
This week on the .com exclusives, it’s all about bonus This is Exile footage regarding the Trios Tournament. The World’s Greatest Tag Team want a respectful new challenge, The Mercenaries have a new business associate, their old associate has new associates, and the Sons of the Dungeon have a new coach. We also have an extra scoop exclusive, as Robert Szatowski has to take a closer look at himself following the breaking of a friend.
Spoiler for Mercenaries Under New Management:
We’re brought back to This is Exile, where in the backstage wings enters William Regal, Brent Albright, and Paul Burchill. Regal has his head turned talking to both men, leading them into a locker room area
…and so that’s why I’m more of a logical choice.
Look, old man, we don’t care why you’re the more logical choice. If your logic doesn’t make us more money, than you may as well be the stupidest man on the planet.
Right, right, of course.
~Regal doesn’t look intimidated at all, looking more sarcastic than anything
So what kind of job do you want us to do?
Job? You do whatever job I tell you to do. What, you think I’m paying you for your services?
Well you’d better or this isn’t gonna end well, old man.
~Albright and Burchill get waaay to close for comfort, almost smothering Regal here, but he remains cool headed
No need for this barbarianism, gentlemen. If I recall your oath, you are ‘civil first, savages second’, no?
Yeah. But when you don’t have the money, civility doesn’t even make it into the picture.
~Before Burchill can stop him, Albright tries to FIRE A PUNCH Regal’s way, but without even flinching, Regal catches it.
I promised to make you more money. I never said the money was mine to give you. I didn’t come to this company to blindly take men out for you gentlemen to have a reason to be paid. I came here to make sure you boys get top dollar from everyone else.
You mean…like…a manager?
One that’s not afraid to get his hands dirty.
~On that, Burchill gives Albright a look, prompting him to drop his fist from out of Regal’s face, both Mercs backing away
Alright. You have our attention. What’s your idea?
Well, it’s not so much an idea as it is an observation. You men have backstabbed everyone you’ve worked with. If you continue, no one or their mother will want to do business with you. My solution is to give this team a little more…prestige.
And how do you figure you do that?
Simple. We win the AOW Trios Tournament trophy. Show the world how unified we are. We rebrand ourselves. With me here, you are no longer a group of Neanderthals doing what you want, but now you will be doing what’s best for your new company. With that trophy in tow, the world will know exactly what we’re capable of.
Woh, woh, woh – new company?
Why yes. If you want people to consider you more seriously, we give ourselves a brand new label. We are Mercenaries, Inc. Civil first. Savages second. Businessmen always. Do I have your allegiance, gentlemen?
~Regal sticks out both of his hands, which prompts Albright to take a look towards his mentor. Burchill stares through Regal hard before hesitantly shaking his hand, which prompts Albright to shake the other
You’d better be able to put up a good fight.
I can assure you, mate, I’ll do more than that. It’s just…good business.
~Regal pats both men on the backs before walking back out the room, leaving Burchill and Albright to wonder if they’re doing the right thing here…
Spoiler for Silent But Deadly:
The first thing we see in the scene is a shot of two guys grappling in the middle of a ring, but they’re exchanging moves so fast that we can’t actually tell who they are. We can tell one is larger than the other, but they counter each other so much that they go from move to move almost as one. We don’t get a look at either of their faces until the smaller one is hoisted up by the larger one in a military press, where we get to see it is actually Harry Smith, his ribs seemingly healed with no medical tape.
We assume he’s hoisting up TJ Wilson, who actually slides down his partner’s back out of the press and catches him in a sunset flip pin that Smith quickly gets out. Both men then spring back to their feet and stop, stalemating, allowing us to get a confirming shot that they are indeed both members of the Sons of the Dungeon. They both wipe some of the sweat from themselves and give each other a sportsmanlike hug before someone we haven’t seen in a while steps in the middle of them…
Fellas…I don’t think the Tag Team Champions are gonna know what hit’em.
~All three men smile for a moment before Wilson chimes in
You sure you’re ready to compete again, Storm?
I wouldn’t be a Dungeon grad if I rolled over that easily. Now get ready to go again.
~Storm pats both men on the back before leaving the ring and allowing both men to go back to opposite corners. We fade away as both men approach center ring with a lock-up, as their training continues…
Spoiler for Carlito Gets a Cool New Gang:
Back in the backstage area of This is Exile, Carlito Colon is seen virtually walking on sunshine, talking to the mask of Aero Star that’s still in his hand after his sinisterly sneaky win earlier in the evening. Carlito is almost giggling as he plays with the thing, but his little party is interrupted when he’s suddenly flanked on both sides by both members of the Samoan Fight Club
Hey, what’s up, guys? Look, Carlito can even make this thing talk –
~Colon continues to goof off with the mask, sticking his hand underneath it and giving it a mouth, but it gets snatched off his hand by Manu…grabbing it with his teeth?
HEY! Carlito stole that fair an’ square!
If you want it back, you’ll listen to what we have to say.
Carlito doesn’t know if he wants it back now. It’s got beast boy’s slobber all over it.
~Carlito points towards Manu, who gets in ‘lito’s face and scares him stiff when he growls
Soooo…what’s this about?
You might’ve just won that match, but it was a lot harder after The Mercenaries left you alone, right?
Oh, yeah. Those bastards left Carlito high an’ dry. But Carlito’s jus’ that good, he didn’t even need them.
But they did completely turn their back on you.
…yeah. They did. An’ das not cool. Das not cool at all.
~Carlito goes from somewhat easy going to being legitimately pissed
But that’s got to do with Carlito. What’s that gotta do with ju’ two?
See, we want in on this…‘guns for hire’ business. We don’t even care about the money. We just wanna hurt people because we can.
An’ the Mercenaries are stopping ju’…?
They’re our…business competition, you could say. They own the turf so far.
So tak’em out. Those bastards deserve it after leaving Carlito like that.
So you’ll join us?
Join ju’ do what?
Take’em out. We want’em gone. You got a grudge. We’d work too well together.
~Carlito rubs his goatee in thought…
Das cool. Das really cool. But ju’ know what’s even cooler? Takin’ ‘em out in front of everybody. On a stage. Like the Trios Tournament. Carlito would bet all the money he just lost on them that they’ll be there with their new pendejo.
~Carlito almost seethes mentioning them leaving him for Regal
I like the way you think, ‘lito.
Carlito likes the way he thinks too. So…can Carlito have this back now?
~Carlito finally turns back to Manu, who still has the blue mask of Aero Star in his teeth, still fleshing his teeth and breathing heavily
Ju’ know what? Keep it.
So Manu, what’re we gonna do to the Mercenaries when we meet’em in the Trios Tournament?
Manu: WE DESTROY~!!
~The mask falls from between Manu’s teeth, but Carlito doesn’t seem to mind anymore, taking an apple out of his tights
Destroying. Now dat…das cool.
~’lito take a bite and tips his apple towards Siaki, who nods in return. Carlito turns to do the same to Manu, but Carlito jumps in fear a bit at the look on Manu’s face, prompting Carlito to just walk away a little shaken up as we fade away…
Spoiler for Splitting Respect:
We open right to a locker room scene at This is Exile, where we see Jack Evans handing Low Ki a towel. Ki wipes the sweat off of his face with it, Evans looking as best he can to possibly look like consoling his friend and partner. The two don’t share any words, partially because that’s obviously not Ki’s style, but also because Ki just has an expression on his face like he just wants to hit something. Evans doesn’t get too close, but suddenly two figures walk into the room that break that silent aura…
Hey. We uh…we’re not interrupting anything, are we?
~Benjamin and Haas, in their street clothes and their duffle bags from earlier in the night, enter the frame but get a good look at the brooking Ki and almost walk right back out
Woh…it feels really tense in here.
Yeah, well, losing does that to ya. Right Shelton?
Watch yo mouth, Vanilla Ice.
~Evans puts his hands up as if to say he’s innocent
I’m just sayin’, dude.
We didn’t come here for trouble. We came here because…well, were you two planning on entering the Trios Tournament?
Actually, I am. I spoke with London and Kendrick earlier tonight and we’re all set to go crazy togetha’.
What about you, Low Ki?
~Ki stops wiping his head with his towel and brings it down, revealing his intense face that almost literally tells Shelton ‘IDFAF’
Oookay…well, see, Shelton and I were really looking forward to the competition in the Tournament. And we saw how great you did out there against Gregory Helms.
AND we know how good you can be when the pressure’s on. That match we had with you guys a few weeks ago opened our eyes a little bit.
And we know you’re a guy who follows a very strict warrior code. We know that code has a great deal to do with respect. That’s exactly what me and Shelton have based ourselves around since we got here in AOW.
We strayed for a little bit, but we came right back. So we’re asking you, out of respect, to join us in the Trios Tournament.
~Ki actually looks like he listened intently. He stands up and walks a little closer to both men
On one condition. If I win with you, me and Jack get another shot at the gold.
~The surprise deep, booming voice of Ki looks like it sends a quick shiver down Benjamin and Haas’ spines, but not enough to leave them silent
Yeah. Alright. Deal.
~No one shakes hands, however, as Ki doesn’t give them a chance to as he sits back down and goes back to staring a hole in the floor. Benjamin and Haas did what they came here to do and turn to walk out, both men bumping fists with Evans as they leave…
Spoiler for Szatowski’s Dreamer Nightmare:
We’re brought to the unbelievably hectic scene of Tommy Dreamer being rushed through the halls of the back towards an awaiting ambulance. The camera is rushing after the stretcher all the way to the ambulance when its suddenly stopped…
Where the hell do you think you’re goin’?
Uh…I’m trying to get a good shot of Mr. Dreamer.
Good shot? A good shot? What the hell is wrong with you, dude? Don’t you see the guy was beaten to within an inch of his life? He needs medical help, not a close-up. Now get outta here.
~Szatowski pushes the cameraman back, but he doesn’t fall. TAFKA RVD rushes back towards the ambulance, but he’s stopped when the cameraman speaks again
Rob, does it weigh on you that Mr. Dreamer is in that ambulance because of you? How do you feel about Finlay’s comments? Do you really believe you’re a shell of your former self?
I said get –
~The last question seems to actually stun RVD in place, staring through the camera not with anger but…sadness?
I don’t know, dude, just get outta here.
Are you gonna avenge –
I SAID GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!!
~Szatowski shows his first signal of violence in over a month, actually kicking the cameraman down before leaping into the back of the ambulance and SLAMMING the door shut. The last image we have of the scene is the ambulance whirring off, sirens blazing, but a close up shot of Szatowski through the back window shows him incredibly sad and distant as the cameraman struggles to get back to his feet and we fade away…
The Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, New York City, New York “Out of Exile”
.:Confirmed for Oblivion:.
~AOW DYNASTY CHAMPIONSHIP~ *The Rematch*
Dynasty Champion CM Punk(c) v. Muhammad Hassan
~Trios Tournament: Opening Round~
AOW Tag Team Champions World’s Greatest Tag Team & Low Ki vs. Lance Storm & Sons of the Dungeon
Mercenaries, Inc. vs. The Hooliganz & Jack Evans
Mick Foley names the new #1 contender for the AOW Heavyweight Championship
Decided not to give a long preview after unloading lots of information on you guys. Hope to have this up by middle of the week and hope all stay well until then
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Uh yeah, I'm a bit like yourself at the minute, running late on everything. But I got here eventually. Anyway, onto the show...
I figured you would go with Haas and Benjamin as the opener, as of the undercard matches, this one clearly has that extra sense of intrigue given the situation. Made sense to go with the real back and forth technical stuff early on, but I was glad to see the elbow land, allowing us to move onto the good stuff. There were some pretty imaginative spots, especially that flapjack into the Haas of Pain, that was quite the visual picturing that one. Ha, very interesting to see both men go for the sneaky win, the desperation to win clearly shoving all morals aside, until we get the right victor in Haas. I predicted Haas to win purely because I felt a win for him offers far more storyline wise, and I think this match in general did a good job of setting up future matches between the two. I felt that maybe you held back here just a little, which again makes me think there could be one or more rematches between the two. But yeah, for now, at the start of the arc imo, this was a pretty solid match to kick off the show. As I said, I fully expect bigger and better from these two in the future, and I'm convinced that's where you're gonna take it.
Interesting contrast in the cohesion between the two teams, with Team AOW seemingly more of a group of individuals while The Legion seem much more together. Christian will lead his team to glory, but this at least served a purpose of putting a little doubt in the mind given the team element of it all.
Hullo blondie. Wonder who that could be. That's probably the most intriguing thing to take away from this match, that and how much emphasis you placed on the difference in personalities between Nameth and Hager. Defo worth keeping an eye on that. As for the match, loved the crazy tower spot, that sounded pretty insane. And again, I think the right person(s) won this one too, certainly much more to give from American Made going forward. Like I said in my predictions, you seemed to have cooled on London and Kendrick, so may as well have them put over the newer team. Another solid match here.
Wow, what a... strange match. The high flying stuff early one was certainly pretty cool, especially the triple moonsault bit. And the fact that it was 'Lito that was targeted early on, that all made sense. But uh... yeah, first The Mercs walk out on the match. Kinda tend to agree with cp above, it was strange that they would bother to start the match if they already had a bigger offer on the table, especially given the kinda sneaky character 'Lito is. I'd have maybe had Burchill and Albright walk out and say “Keep your money, mate” or something like that. And then the finish, 'Lito still gets the win despite the disadvantage. Certainly makes him look pretty strong, but I felt this was a chance for him to take a defeat without losing face. If Aero gets the win here, all Carlito has to say is that his partners walked out on him and he's saved face and got his heat back. You could have even saved that mask spot for a rematch between the two down the road. Yeah, I dunno, just seemed a really strange match. Almost as if there was too much going on in it.
Trios tournament should be cool, and I'm assuming we'll see more the Aero/Mexicool combination in that. And then a nice little tease between Haas and Benjamin.
Given the way in which you put over the first meeting between the two, this one was never gonna quite reach that level, and rightly so. I fully expect a rubber match between these two, one that should top the first encounter. But as for tonight's offering, it was another enjoyable, high flying match. I get a real sense that it's matches like these that you really enjoy writing, and it shows in the way you present things. Definitely the right choice to have Kingston win, and I'm expecting big things from their third and final match.
Dreamer was an interesting choice to answer the call, although I guess it makes sense given his history with Van Dam and the ECW Rules stipulation. Again though, Finlay just had to win, and I'm glad he did so in such convincing fashion. And knowing what an incredibly sick-minded so and so you can be, I really can't wait to see how far you'll have Finlay push Van Dam before he finally snaps and returns to action. Still plenty more to give here imo, don't rush it. Patience, and then when it finally does happen it'll be another great moment for the thread.
Was always expecting Helms to win, but I liked how much you put Low Ki over even in defeat. Pointing out that he was an unlikely candidate to smash the announce desk, added to the strong showing of offence he was permitted, plus the fact that the tide turned on his injured leg and he refused help after the match. Helms may have gotten the win, one he very much needed, but certainly Ki came out of things looking very strong.
And now main event time. I love the addition of the tables and the barbed wire, gives a real sense of the chaos that we're about the witness. I was very intrigued by the way you had Jericho almost control Doane from his pod, barking orders and telling him to let Lashley and Christian go at it. A bit strange, but very intriguing nonetheless. Holy crap, that knock out punch sequence was brutal, and then it goes up another notch as Punk is launched through the pod. Now we're starting to get somewhere with regards to the brutality this match is sure to deliver. Loved Jericho hiding in the pod, such a chickenshit thing for him to do. Joe and The Great~!, their exit was ridiculous and yet really well done at the same time. Obviously protecting the big guy is a key, and this certainly done that, although it put Joe over big time too despite the elimination. Taking us down to Jericho and Lashley outnumbering Christian made so much sense given what has gone in the past, and while Christian definitely deserved the win, I thought it would have made Christian looked even stronger if he actually managed to eliminate Jericho. Your way of having Lashley spear Jericho through the door, while a crazy sounding spot, was a bit of a cop out, one that I wasn't too happy about since you had already done so with Wright earlier in the match. The ending was beautiful though, an almost symbolic con-chair-to to put Lashley away, one that firmly hands Christian the victory and fully sets him up to be the man to end Jericho's reign of terror imo.
Overall, I can only imagine what this would have been like to read in full. I'm sure it would have been an incredible show. But alas, technology has robbed us of a treat, but it was still a very good effort, an enjoyable show that had seemed to set up so much in terms of storylines. I really wasn't happy with the six man tag, I thought that had too much going on in it. But apart from that, it was yet another good showing from you. Looking forward to seeing this one continue to progress.
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Yeah, this is late, but that seems to be the story of my life lately...
The Hammerstein Ballroom – Manhattan, New York City, New York “Out of Exile”
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette
RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…
HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…
Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…
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
SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!
SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!
WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!
FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!
*Final cymbal crash*
Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air
The main camera gives us a great shot around the arena, as AOW looks to be sold out for the umpteenth time in company history. The signs aren’t as clever tonight as they were Sunday night, but the entire Hammerstein is rockin’ as anything, 3,000+ popping hard all the way from the balcony. Part of that is because they’re just here to see another show, but another reason is because right now standing in the middle of the ring is the Hardcore Legend himself, the Acting Commander Mick Foley.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope none of you are too worn out from Sunday’s festivities. ~Another resounding pop gets the crowd right back into things
That’s kind of what I was hopin’ for. So how about we celebrate what happened in that unreal main event, huh? How about we name ourselves a new number one contender right here, in the heart of the Hammerstein in Manhattan? ~The signature Foley cheap pop, complete with the Foley grin and thumbs up in the ring camera
So how about it? Ladies and gentlemen, a man who lasted over an hour in an absolute warzone in a display of guts never seen before that I think is more than deserving to be the next man to fight for the AOW Heavyweight Championship at The Outer Limits…CHRISTIAAAAAN CAAAAGE~!!
…and the roof of the Hammerstein comes absolutely BLOWN OFF, as “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” hits and the man himself, Christian Cage pushes back the blood-red curtain to make the crowd pop even louder. For the first time since nearly the first show of the entire campaign, Christian actually raises his hand to his brow…looking for his peeps. He still has a look of madness in his eyes, but it’s not as prevalent as it has been in the past as he gingerly walks down the ramp and to the ring, obviously feeling the effects of the Chamber to this day. He doesn’t pander to the crowd anymore after the brief seeking, his eyes locked on Foley before climbing into the ring and being handed a microphone.
Six months. Six months I’ve been the outcast. Six months I’ve had to stand in the middle of this ring and on the outside wondering if there was anyone in the world who would even listen to me. ~Christian is back to talking to the canvas and not looking at the camera
So Sunday night, I did what I had to do. I took a team of misfits and myself and did what no one has been able to do in those six months. And that’s give the Worthy Legion the beating of a lifetime. ~Christian looks up after that last line, the crowd once again erupting. Cage then turns in Foley’s direction, who hasn’t left the ring
But Mick, I want you to know something. I want you to know that I didn’t allow you to bring me back so that I could waltz down to this ring after going through absolute hell and have you stand here like a proud father.
[I]~The crowd quickly quiets back down[/i]
I did it because someone had to do something. I did it because after we showed the world the Legion’s cracks, I knew there’d only be one man who could possibly take the entire empire down. And that was me.
~A lukewarm reception for that one, some in the crowd cheering, others remain silent
So don’t get it twisted. You’re not naming me the number one contender. That’s what I’ve always been. I’ve always been the only man in this entire company who could take down this monster and his army of monsters. But to do so, Foley, I had to resort to becoming a monster myself. ~Christian is really close to Foley’s face here
That’s not something I’m proud of. You said it yourself only a few days before I entered that Chamber, Mick. I wouldn’t let anyone in. I wouldn’t listen to anyone because no one ever bothered to listen to me. So you bestowing upon me this honor that I believe I’ve had all along, it’s…liberating. For me. ~Cage actually puts a hand on Foley’s shoulder, his intense gaze going a little bit softer as Foley looks at him, obviously a bit concerned
It’s liberating for me. But I have to open my mind and look past that. When I beat Chris Jericho for the AOW Championship, it’ll not just be liberating for me. But be liberating for everyone that he has oppressed. That includes you, Mick. That includes those guys who were in that Chamber with me. And –yes – that includes you people. ~A nice pop for Christian finally giving mention to the fans, but he still doesn’t look at them, merely pointing out before Foley surprises him by grabbing his still extended hand and shaking it, causing another pop. Christian doesn’t fight the handshake, seemingly going along with it
Believe me, Christian, there is no one in the entire world I’d rather have in this spot.
Let me repeat myself, Mick – that’s because there is no one who could fill this spot. And don’t think I’ve forgotten about what you and what they all did to me. No. I could never forget that, no matter how hard I try. But facing Chris Jericho is bigger than that. And winning that title is bigger than me. So…I accept you naming me the number one contender.
Christian doesn’t let his re-intensified gaze go from the eyes of Foley, the crowd giving one last pop for Cage accepting the terms of Foley’s faith, but the somewhat heartwarming moment is completely ruined by the sound of “KING OF MY WORLD” hitting the system as an ironically UNGOLDY rain of heat pours down for AOW Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho and Paul “The Great” Wright, apparently the only two members of the Worthy Legion coming out for this interruption. Jericho is in a signature suit, but Wright looks beyond pissed, even moreso when we see his right hand is still in a cast. The only person in the entire arena looking more furious than Wright…is Jericho himself, virtually stomping his way down the ramp, his anger coming through his voice as he speaks while walking.
This is an absolute outrage. This man has done nothing but perform blasphemies against me since he set foot in this company and this is how you repay him? ~Jericho finally gets to the base of the ramp and steps into the ring, Wright not coming with him and staying on the floor
HUH? How can you sit there and justify that this miscreant has any business facing me?? Because of him, my Worthy Legion, the light that was to guide this company to majesty, is a WRECK!! Bobby Lashley needs surgery. I haven’t seen Kenneth since Sunday! ~Jericho is teetering on madman tone there
So he spent an entire hour inside the War Chamber. You know who else lasted an hour in there? Bobby Lashley! ~Jericho is seething at this point, getting all in Christian’s face
But Bobby Lashley isn’t here, is he? No! This disingenuous sociopath you call a number one contender, that you’re all clamoring ‘savior’ for injured Bobby Lashley in that Chamber! How dare you take down a man after such a valiant and heroic effort! ~The crowd throws heavy heat at Jericho flipping the tables here, being potentially disingenuous himself
And while we’re at it, I, Chris Jericho, the Master of War, the God of Gods himself also lasted an entire hour in that satanic structure. I have the scars to prove it! ~Jericho points to stitches above his left brow that we haven’t seen due to the normal camera angle. The gash doesn’t look all that bad. The level of heat Jericho is getting is almost making it hard to talk
My worthy blood was shed all over that hellzone more than this unworthy cretin. And yet, no one is giving me the praise I have so undisputedly deserved. I’m your savior, not his false prophet!! PRAISE ME, YOU UNGREATFUL SHEEP~!!
~Whether it’s a response to the heat being so loud or just being fed up with everything, Jericho screams this across the arena towards the crowd to an even LOUDER unleashing of hell from the fans. A quick glimpse at Christian’s eyes show they have transformed back to their madman intensity that we saw before TIE, the gaze never leaving Jericho
…and all of this is no one’s fault but yours…Foley.
~Jericho now gets in the AC face, who isn’t backing down, this not the first time this has happened between the two
You get taken out, Heyman comes back. I take Heyman out, you resurrect. You just couldn’t roll over and let well enough alone, could you? You wouldn’t allow these people to see that I’m trying to save all of them. You’re just like the attention whore zombie you’ve always been – never knowing when. To. Die.
~Jericho gets really close to Foley here, the crowd still buzzing with a parade of heat…but this suddenly whiplashes into a pop when Christian steps between the two, his nose almost touching Jericho’s. The contrast in their eyes is stunning – Christian’s is brutally intense while Jericho’s angry gaze suddenly dissipates to a look of potential fear, causing him to back away
Oh, how trite. It’s almost cute how much of a hero you think you are, Cage. These people might find it admirable. But I find it…suspicious.
~A buzz of interest here
I mean, Mick Foley used every part of his power in his position to get you back in the company. And for what? So he could use you for what he wanted. ~Christian quickly glances aside to Foley, but then just as quickly looks right back at Jericho
So Christian, not only have these people turned their backs on you, the boys in the back abandoning you, but the administration itself is manipulating you. ~Christian’s gaze hasn’t flinched, nothing Jericho is saying even looking like it’s getting through
I’m just looking out for you, Christian. I mean, facing me for the AOW title is a big opportunity. Almost enough to break a man right after he does what someone else wanted them to. And I would just hate it if you and your fragile mind were to break down again. ~Jericho has the fakest look of genuine empathy on his face that isn’t fooling anyone. But he’s suddenly cut off by Mick Foley
Jericho, to borrow some words from your own scripture that once made you famous – SHUT. THE HELL. UP.
~A HUGE pop for Foley, who walks from behind Christian and back into the eyes of Jericho
This man has earned everything I’m giving him and he deserves it. He deserved to be back in this company. He deserved to caption Team AOW in the Chamber. And he deserves the right to face you for what you hold most dear. ~Foley points to the AOW title draped across Jericho’s shoulder, but just when it seems like Foley is actually going to touch the title, Jericho goes from fear back to insufferable rage
I have done everything imaginable while in possession of this title! This gold means something because I made it mean everything!! And this man deserves none of that! He doesn’t deserve my everything! He deserves nothing!! He is nothing compared to me!! ~Jericho ROARS this while nose-to-nose with Foley before actually shoving him aside into the ropes to get back even with Cage
So tell me, oh Savior, how does it feel to be staring a god in the eye?? ~It’s JERICHO that actually looks like he’s starting to go mad here, while Cage’s gaze softens just a tad as he raises his microphone to his lips for the first time in what feels like forever
…CAGE LEAPS ONTO JERICHO!! CAGE IS WAILING AWAY ON CHRIS JERICHO LIKE A WILD ANIMAL!! Foley actually tries to pull Christian off, but he’s kicked off by Paul Wright, who has decided to come in to things, grabbing Christian by the back of the neck and TOSSING HIM off of the Worthy One. But Christian stays like a rabid dog, now LUNGING AT WRIGHT!! Cage actually gets several shots in, the crowd roaring along for him, but this is quickly stopped when Wright knocks all the wind out of him with a heavy club to the midsection with his casted hand, doubling Christian over and forcing him onto all fours. At that moment, Jericho gets back to his feet and throws off his jacket before kicking Cage stiff in the face.
The crowd deflates right back, but they spark up once again when Finlay strikes Wright in the back of the head, only for the big man to not even feel the hit. Instead, Wright takes hold of Foley and chunks him clean over the top rope, Foley tumbling all the way to the floor. This little window leaves Cage able to start mounting a comeback on Jericho, but the Worthy Champion puts a stop on that by hitting Christian with a LOW BLOW, forcing Christian right back down. Jericho then goes and brings Christian to his feet and holds his arms back, snarling angrily into his ear. With Christian being held and defenseless, Wright cocks back and GETS READY FOR A KNOCKOUT PUNCH…
**DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK**
IT’S JOE!! SAMOA JOE!! The man who spent the least amount of time in the War Chamber comes bursting through to aid the man who spent the longest in there!! Joe sprints all the way to the ring, Wright turning to now look at the One Man Army that drove him through a steel girdle last night!! We can now see the marks that left on Joe, and when he starts firing right hands on Wright, “The Great’s” hoodie comes off, showing us his scars from the ordeal as well. It’s Joe and Wright now exchanging heavy hands as Christian fights out of Jericho’s grasp and starts going at it with him!! We’ve got ourselves a brawl on our hands!!
Wright and Joe and tearing each other apart, while Christian is beating on a covering Jericho, who isn’t getting any blows in. Christian forces him into a corner and begins a relentless pummel, but Jericho is able to push Cage back before he gets too into it. With that space, Jericho grabs the jacket he threw off earlier and throws it at Cage, blinding him!! Jericho now jumps on his handicapped foe, leaping onto him and beating him down following his underhanded tactic! Meanwhile, Wright begins pulling away from Joe in their heavy brawl, but Joe counters back when he delivers an elbow so hard, Wright is knocked back to the ropes.
This gives Joe an opportunity to throw Jericho off the defenseless Cage. Jericho recovers to see Cage and Joe seething at him, prompting Jericho to high tail it out of the ring, grab his AOW title that fell to the outside during the brawl, and start heading up the ramp, disgusted. As Joe and Cage turn to take him down, they taken out by a double clothesline from Wright!! Both men go down hard, but Wright cocks his fist back and awaits for one of the men to get back to their feet…only for Jericho to leap onto the apron and grab it, telling him to get the hell out of here. Wright climbs over the rope and goes with Jericho back on up the ramp, as Foley just now climbs back into the ring to see Joe and Christian back to their feet. Christian rushes at the ropes and damn near breaks them as if they were running tape before being somewhat restrained by the battered Joe and Foley.
All Christian can do is stare with his moonman eyes up the ramp at the all too familiar scene of Jericho just escaping by the skin of his teeth. Jericho isn’t taking pride in this escape, however, audibly telling Wright to ‘get the limo, we’re getting out of this madness!’ before going back behind the curtain. We stay focused on the shot of Christian in the ring with Foley and Joe, his gaze never leaving the spot where Jericho disappeared.
Well ladies and gentlemen, how about THAT as a welcome to Oblivion!! We’re fifteen minutes into the broadcast and already some earth-shattering developments in the wake of This is Exile.
An’ by ‘earth-shattering’ I assume you mean ‘prejudiced’. Mick Foley has it in for Chris Jericho an’ all of you people know it! But yet you all jump on the Christian bandwagon anyway.
Oh, and I suppose Chris Jericho has done absolutely nothing to warrant behavior like that, right? And I suppose people aren’t allowed to change their minds about people either, right?
It’s people like you who are the reason why this company is gonna go to the gutters. You don’t recognize a hero when you see one, you’re blind to your own ignorance, an’ because of that, you can’t see your worthy savior when he is clearly trying to save you all.
Christian certainly is a worthy man in that position, John.
I WAS TALKIN’ ABOUT YOUR AOW CHAMPION, YOU GOON!!
Pipe down, John. This is the AOW Oblivion announce desk, remember? Not your Fox News show where you have to scream to get your point across. Christian Cage will finally get his shot at Chris Jericho at The Outer Limits from both men’s home country, but that’s the tip of the iceberg here tonight! Just four days after competing in the hellish War Chamber, CM Punk must defend his Dynasty Championship against the man he took it from, Muhammad Hassan.
All my money’s on Muhammad, an’ I got a lot of money!
I’m not surprised in any way, shape, or form at that, but coming up on the other side of the break, we’ve got opening round action of the AOW Trios Tournament!! You won’t wanna miss that, or anything we’ve got going on tonight! This is Exile fallout galore tonight, here on Wednesday Night Oblivion.
We return from the break to a still buzzing arena, only for them to deliver another solid ovation, this time for the tune of “EXECUTERS OF EXCELLENCE”, as the Sons of the Dungeon walk through the curtain with their focused expressions showing signs of excitement, particularly from Smith, who hasn’t competed for five weeks due to his injury. The two then make some space between them only for Lance Storm to come through the curtain and fill it to a very nice ovation, as no one’s seen Storm since World Ablaze. The commentators do make note of the fact that the only guy in that trio that has seen any ring action in the new year is TJ Wilson as all three men approach the ring.
Their song gradually fades out into a familiar, yet unfamiliar theme song hits that is recognized as a remix of “World’s Greatest”, this one with the signature hum being infused with a bit of a hip hop beat, entitled “GREATER THAN GREAT”, as through the blood red curtain struts the AOW Tag Team Champion World’s Greatest Tag Team, still tight as ever despite their contest this past Sunday. Coming alongside them is their trios partner in a man who almost came up with a shot at gold Sunday in Low Ki. Ki doesn’t share in his partner’s pandering instead just keeping his extremely focused demeanor. Both Benjamin and Haas reach at Ki’s bald head to rub it for luck a la Jack Evans, but Ki doesn’t let either one of them do it by simply keeping on walking.
As both teams make way to their respective aprons and get everything set, referee Brian Hebner asking both corners for their ‘captains’ to come forward, with the veteran Lance Storm going for his corner and Charlie Haas coming forward for his corner, the commentators stating that it must have something to do with him winning Sunday night, with Benjamin not looking too thrilled about having to watch Chairie walk up there. But nonetheless, as the captains shake hands and head back to their corners, the commentators remind everyone of the Trios rules that differ from regular styles.
Teams will be composed of three members each, with one person being designated as the team’s “captain”.
The role of “captain” cannot change during the match, but it may change between matches (i.e. the named captain does not have to remain captain all the way through the Tournament)
In order to win a Trios match, a team must either a) eliminate two members of the opposing team or b) eliminate the team captain
~AOW Trios Tournament Opening Round~
AOW Tag Team Champions World’s Greatest Tag Team & Low Ki
Lance Storm & Sons of the Dungeon
The match begins with both captains actually starting things off, but the commentators do note that things don’t have to be that way. The elder of captains don’t stay around for long, however, as in due time Storm rotates around and tries to get his other team members in on things, the first two minutes being dominated by the corner from Canada. After Storm tags Smith, it’s the big guy’s turn to get some of his ring rust off, smashing Haas in his exposed ribs as Storm holds him open. Smith then takes Haas down with a bit rear waistlock takedown, but Haas is able to scurry out of it and perform a sitting switch, getting Smith in his own rear waistlock. The amateur prowess of Haas on display there, both men getting to their feet, Haas still with the waistlock on.
Smith pushes out his hips to try and create some space, but it’s Haas’ turn to plant him in the mat with a rear waistlock takedown before he floats over and grabs the stronger Smith in a front headlock, trying to wear him down a little. Haas gets to his feet a little bit and keeps the headlock on as he backpedals towards his corner, Benjamin slapping him on the back to become the legal man. Benjamin enters and greets Smith the same way Smith greeted Haas and that being a firm boot to the ribs while restrained, but with Smith’s rib injury, Benjamin’s hit becomes more poignant. Benjamin then takes Smith and gives him a hard forearm smash to the side of the face before trying to whip him into a corner, but Smith reverses it. Benjamin goes careening towards a corner, but cleanly leaps up onto the top rope and leaps back towards Smith, taking him down with a leaping spinning forearm!! Benjamin goes for the first cover – 1…2…NO!!
Despite Benjamin cementing his athleticism early, he can’t put Smith away, opting instead to go back to his corner and tag in Low Ki for the first time, Ki not immediately entering and instead opting to give Smith a knee to the ribs before entry and leap over the rope and pull Smith into a sunset flip attempt, but the larger Smith won’t go over, standing over Ki. This gives Smith some leverage as he reaches down to pull Ki back to his feet and gives him a hard right hand that sends Ki bracing against the ropes, only for him to come right back with a hard forearm of his own. Smith backpedals from the blow a bit, retaliating with what looks like a clothesline, but Ki ducks underneath it and hits Smith with a pair of knife edge CHOPS(Wooooo!). Ki tries to whip Smith into the ropes, but again it’s reversed, but Smith nails Ki with a nasty clothesline on the rebound, getting his corner its first cover – 1…2…NO!! Ki has more life!
Smith pulls Ki towards his corner with Lance Storm tagging himself back in this time, the captain and Smith both whipping Ki into the ropes and catching him on the rebound in a double flapjack!! Ki hits the canvas hard as Storm goes for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Ki wants to fight on! But he’s in a bad position now, at the mercy of the technical veteran Storm, who delivers a hard shot to the side of his neck before wrapping him up in a rest hold. Ki manages to get to his feet after a bit of a struggle and knock Storm off, but when he rebounds off the ropes to get some momentum, he’s cut off by a Lance Storm picture perfect dropkick!! Storm covers Ki again – 1…2…NO!!
There’s still gusto in the tank, but the Canadian corner looks to further beat it out of him, as Storm goes over to now tag TJ Wilson in for the first time, but Wilson doesn’t hit Ki while he’s down. Instead, he waits until Ki gets to his feet, surprising both his corner and the WGTT. Ki gets back to his feet and sees Wilson standing across from him…and smiles a little. We take a look at Wilson…and he does the same. The commentators harken back to the first time these two men met in the ring at World Ablaze and what their confrontation meant to one another, but the WGTT doesn’t see or know that, barking at Ki to tag one of them back in because he’s taken heavy damage. Ki waves them off and prepares to dance with Wilson, the two circling around one another briefly before engaging in a collar tie-up.
Right out of the lock-up, Ki and Wilson begin to set a cruiserweight pace, both men countering the other’s headlock attempt with quick headscissors and following those up by trading arm drags. They then both rush to their feet, only for Ki to swing at Wilson with a ROUNDHOUSE, but Wilson ducks and awaits Ki to turn around to go for a ROUNDHOUSE of his own, but it’s Ki this time who ducks to catch Wilson from behind and get him in a roll-up – 1…2…NO!! Wilson throws his legs up and out of it, quickly approaching Ki and taking him down with at double leg takedown and going for the jackknife cover – 1…2…NO!! Ki wraps his arms around Wilson’s waist and coils around to catch Wilson in the backside – 1…2…NO!! Wilson rolls out of that predicament, getting to his feet to greet Ki with a dropkick of his own, but Ki slaps him down and has him eat air, Ki now looking to wrap the legs of the downed Wilson up for something, but Wilson counters by pushing him away and rolling back to his feet, both men at what looks like a ridiculous stalemate, but it gets a HUGE ovation from the Hammerstein.
Both men semi-circle one another again, only for Ki to burst forward and nail Wilson in the gut with a knee, lighting him up with a knife edge CHOP(Woooo!!) before tossing him into an empty corner, Wilson’s back hitting hard. Ki then sets up for the Tidal Crush, but Wilson ducks out of the corner at the last minute, causing him to kick nothing but air and stumble off balance back to his feet, only to get hit by a Wilson dropkick that sends him tumbling through the ropes! But Ki hangs onto the middle rope, using it to rise back up on the apron only to be struck by a Wilson ROUNDHOUSE, forcing Ki to fall all the way to the floor!
No sooner does Ki hit the padded outside does Shelton Benjamin burst into the ring, surprising the near-ropes Wilson and clotheslines him over the rope to the floor!! This causes an immediate reaction from Smith, who storms into the ring and nails Benjamin with a hard shoulder block that knocks Benjamin into a corner, but Charlie Haas now storms the ring, only to get a shoulder block of his own. But as Smith turns back to Benjamin, he gets CRACKED IN THE JAW BY A BENJAMIN KICK, sending him tumbling over the top rope!! As Benjamin tries to help Haas recover, they’re both taken aback by Lance Storm rushing at the both of them, nailing a DOUBLE CACTUS CLOTHESLINE, all three men tumbling to the floor!! It’s chaos in the very first match in the Trios Tournament bracket as everyone is on the floor!! What the hell else could come??
Upon our return from the break, we’re back in the ring where Wilson and Ki are still the legal men, but our return is rechristened with the image of Ki nailing Wilson with the kippou rolling kick, getting another cover here – 1…2…NO!! Wilson has life in him yet, Ki dragging Wilson to his feet, but Wilson pushes Ki off towards the WGTT corner. When he does so, Charlie Haas blind tags himself back in, much to the displeasure of Ki. He turns around to argue with Haas as he steps into the ring, both Tag Champions saying this is a ‘team effort’, but Ki still isn’t too happy. He doesn’t even exit the ring immediately, leading to Wilson coming up behind Haas and pushing him into Ki, who cracks heads with Benjamin and causes him to fall off the apron, Wilson catching the captain Haas in a surprise victory roll – 1…2…3-NO!! Haas is just able to push Wilson up off of him at the last minute and keep his team in the Tournament! Wilson regains his balance and charges right back at Haas, who lifts the cruiserweight over his head before nailing a flawless German suplex!! He keeps the bridge – 1…2…3-NO!! Smith barges into the ring to break the count, saving his tag team partner.
Haas now works over Wilson, keeping him grounded and away from his corner, trying to wear down the firecracker. Wilson sees a window of opportunity when he finally gets back to his feet and strikes Haas away, but Haas comes right back with a hard back elbow, putting Wilson up against the ropes. Haas takes a moment to step back before charging right back at Wilson, who kicks Haas in the face, and in the process, flips over the top rope and onto the apron. There’s enough space for Wilson to go for something as he leaps up for a springboard neckbreaker…DROPKICK OUT OF MID-AIR!! Haas kicks the rookie right out of the sky en route to another cover attempt – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson keeps his hopes alive!!
Haas doesn’t stop trying, however, stomping on Wilson before dragging him back towards his corner and tagging Benjamin back in, whom enters and lifts Wilson up in a military press, only to drop him from that height into a Haas European uppercut!! But as Wilson reels, he does so right into a Benjamin belly to belly suplex!! An impressive combination from the Tag Team Champions there, Benjamin going to Wilson for yet another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! It’s Lance Storm who rushes to the youngster’s aid, Benjamin rising off of Wilson’s body to tell him to back off. Storm has to adhere to he and the referee, but as Benjamin turns back to Wilson, he’s met with hard rights and lefts to the gut and a shin kick to the side of the head, Wilson running and rebounding off the ropes right back towards Benjamin…SAMOAN DROP!! Wilson’s momentum is killed yet again as Benjamin covers him – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson shows some Dungeon graduate resolve!!
Benjamin is slightly annoyed that that one didn’t eliminate Wilson, pulling him up to his feet and setting him up for the big EXPLODER SUPLEX…BUT WILSON FLIPS OUT OF IT ONTO HIS FEET!! The incredibly athletic Wilson flips out of the move, his momentum taking him right to his corner, getting the hot tag to Harry Smith!! Smith bursts into the ring and immediately puts Benjamin down with a clothesline, only for Charlie Haas to bust into the ring to his partner’s aid, only to get a clothesline of his own! Ki, possibly absorbing the ‘team effort’ thing, comes rushing in as well, only to eat a Smith Big Boot. Smith grabs hold of Benjamin and hoists him up in a very impressive delayed vertical suplex that gets a great reception from the crowd, Benjamin coming crashing down as Smith looks to cover – 1…2…NO!!
Benjamin groggily gets back up and tends to his aching spine, being taken by Smith and being hoisted on a shoulder, looking for the RUNNING POWERSLAM…but Charlie Haas intervenes, nailing Smith with a chop block, bucking his leg and causing Benjamin to fall right on top of him – 1…2…NO!! Smith isn’t pinned, but now Benjamin has a bit of an opening, using this to tag in Haas, who has quickly retreated to his corner. Low Ki crawls in underneath the ropes after falling to the outside on the boot on the tag in as well, Haas taking Smith in the rear waistlock, Benjamin and Ki getting the same idea…DOUBLE SUPERKICK/GERMAN SUPLEX DOMINO!! A very impressive triple team there, Haas again keeping the bridge and pinning Smith down – 1…2…3-NO!! It’s Lance Storm that breaks back in for the kids, again forcing the WGTT to keep going.
Haas isn’t too happy with that, almost reacting the same way Benjamin did, but he keeps his head on enough to await for Smith to get back to his feet to nail him with a pair of snap verticals for another cover – 1…2…NO!! Smith throws a shoulder up, even though he’s still very much out of it from the triple team. Haas again waits for Smith to get back to his feet, stalking him from the second rope in an empty corner and leaping for the second rope bulldog…NO!! Smith uses his brute strength to stop Haas’ momentum towards the canvas in it’s tracks, instead grappling Haas around the waist and nailing German suplex of his own!! But he can’t get back up to his feet, both men on their backs and trying to get to their corners for tags. Haas slaps the tag in on Ki, while Smith gets the tag in on captain Storm!!
Low Ki bursts in ready to get going once again, but he’s immediately caught off guard by Lance Storm entering the ring with a springboard clothesline!! Ki clutches his nose as he gets back to his feet following the blow, Storm waiting for him, whips him hard into a corner, only for him to hit it so hard he comes right back out…into a northern lights suplex!! Storm keeps the bridge – 1…2…3-NO!! Ki has life!! Storm is slightly disappointed, but he grabs hold of Ki’s bald head to bring him back to his feet, only for Ki to deliver a sharp headbutt right to the veteran’s jaw. This forces him to drop to a knee, leaving him open for Ki to nail him with the Krush Kombo, finishing the trio of kicks with a roundhouse to the skull!! Ki covers – 1…2…NO!! Storm keeps his team in this!
Storm tries to get back to his feet, but Ki cuts him off at the pass with another hard kick to the side, now taking Storm and trying to whip him into the ropes, only to have Storm turn it around. Ki rebounds off the ropes and ducks underneath a Storm desperate clothesline attempt, only to turn around to see an airborne Ki nail him with the springboard enzeguiri!! Storm goes down once again, the kicking looking pretty damn stiff, Ki covering the Canadian for possibly the win – 1…2…3…NO!! Storm stays alive somehow!! The Sons over in the corner are ecstatic their coach/captain is still in this, but Low Ki and his corner are getting pretty mad at all these kickouts. Ki has to wait for Storm to get back to his feet, rebounding off the ropes and back towards him, ducking underneath a reverse elbow attempt and rebounding again. On that one, Ki leapfrogs clean over a ducking Storm to rebound off the ropes once again, leaping with a great deal of momentum onto Storm’s shoulders for a hurricanrana…SITOUT POWERBOMB!! A COUNTER SITOUT POWERBOMB FROM LANCE STORM!!! WOW!
The crowd comes alive as both legal men are once again floored, giving it their all here in just the opening round! Both men struggle to get back to their corners and tag in someone else, Storm getting there first and tagging back in Smith, Ki getting there just a second later and tagging Haas back in. Smith rushes towards the opposing corner, but immediately gets caught in the Haas one-man flapjack. Haas keeps Smith’s legs wrapped up, reaching up to tag Benjamin back in, who delivers a hard elbow to the back of Smith’s head and rolls him over for a cover – 1…2…NO!!
He throws a shoulder up, which Benjamin grabs to keep him down and tag back in Haas, who leaps over the top rope and delivers a leg drop to the back of Smith’s head, rolling him back over for a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Smith stays in this, but Haas just goes right back and tags back in Benjamin, walking back in and bringing Smith to his feet with Haas. They set him up for what looks like a double suplex…NO!! The mighty son of the British Bulldog throws both men off of him, Haas coming back at him to eat a hard elbow. Benjamin retaliates with the Dragon whip…but Smith ducks…Benjamin still spinning…and nails Haas with the Dragon whip!! Haas tumbles outside, Smith nailing Benjamin with another clothesline with some momentum behind it, that momentum taking him right back into his corner to tag in Wilson. Smith takes Benjamin up in the bearhug while Wilson waits on the apron with the springboard…HART ATTACK!! HART ATTACK TO BENJAMIN!! Smith goes over and knocks Ki off the apron for good measure while Wilson covers – 1…2…3…!!
ELIMINATED: SHELTON BENJAMIN at (18:12)
FINALLY, someone’s gone!! The next fall wins it for the Sons of the Dungeon and Storm, but Charlie Haas doesn’t look like he’s gonna let that happen, leaping right back into the ring to jump on Wilson for eliminating his partner, clubbing him rapidly before whipping him into the ropes and nailing another flapjack on the rebound…BUT ROLLS IT RIGHT INTO THE HAAS OF PAIN!! Just like Sunday night, Haas rolls right into his finishing submission!! The flexibility of Wilson is letting Haas crank back hard here, Smith on the brink of intervening…but Storm stops him? Storm is yelling, trying to encourage Wilson to get out of this himself without his corner’s help. While Storm’s heart might be in the right place, his team could potentially lose a member here…but Wilson reaches out and grabs a rope!!
Miraculously, Wilson makes it there, forced to use the ropes to get back to his feet and back to the fray with a pissed off Haas. Haas charges at Wilson, but TJ surprises the tag champ with a double leg takedown…SHARPSHOOTER!! SHARPSHOOTER!! One submission to another!! Haas starts scrambling in pain, trying to find a way out of the hold, but he can’t quite do it! The crowd is going nuts at the possibility of the Sons eliminating both of the Tag Team Champions, smith and Storm also pumped at the notion and cheering Wilson on. It looks like Haas is gonna tap…SPRINGBOARD ENZEGUIRI FROM LOW KI!! Ki keeps his team and his title hopes alive by cracking one of his signature kicks off of Wilson’s head!! Wilson lets go of the hold and collapses, the Hebner trying to shoo out Ki as Haas tries to go for a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson won’t go down like that!!
Haas is nearly ripping his hair out after that one, now taking Wilson and looking for another EXPLODER SUPLEX attempt…but Wilson starts fighting out of the clutches of Haas, instead catching him in a jawbreaker before springboarding off the second rope and downing Haas with the leaping back kick!! Wilson collects himself and tags back in Smith, Wilson heading to the apron and getting prepped for something. Smith enters and grabs the worn Haas with another bearhug…Wilson springboards…HART ATTACK!! A SECOND HART ATTACK TO THE OTHER TAG TEAM CHAMPION!! It’s Smith who is the legal man this time, however, as he goes to cover Haas one more time. But before he can, Low Ki springs back into the ring, only to be cut off at the pass by a Lance Storm SUPERKICK!! A SUPERKICK FROM STORM!! Ki is beheaded as Smith drapes himself on top of Haas and hooks the leg – 1…2…3…!!!
Winners: Lance Storm & Sons of the Dungeon at (20:04)
They did it!! Whatever training and coaching the Sons have been getting from Lance Storm looks to have paid off, as Storm and co. get a clean sweep and pin BOTH members of the AOW Tag Team Champions AND move on to the next round in the Tournament. Smith and Wilson share an embrace before Storm comes up behind them and pats them on the back, congratulating the rookies on their big win.
WOW!! And that was just the first match in the opening round of our AOW Trios Tournament!
Well I’ll be damned.
Indeed so, partner! The Sons of the Dungeon and Lance Storm win in the first round without anyone being eliminated, but perhaps even bigger, they pinned both members of the AOW Tag Team Champions!
But in the bigger picture, they just eliminated possibly the biggest threat in this entire tournament in the very first round. The World’s Greatest Tag Team has been the undisputed most dominant team in this company from day one an’ Low Ki has shown he’s more than up for a big fight. Then you had these guys, two of’em haven’t been in a competitive wrestling ring for over a month, in Storm’s case almost three months. I think they just pulled off a hellova upset.
For once, you and I agree, partner. The Sons and Storm move on, while the World’s Greatest and the Warrior have to go elsewhere in our opening round action, but later on tonight, we’ve got more opening round action as the newly dubbed Mercenaries Inc. will take on the team of Paul London, Brian Kendrick, and Low Ki’s tag team partner, Jack Evans. They’ll be hard pressed to be as hard hitting as this match, though.
But that’s still not the best yet to come.
Indeed because later on tonight, we still have CM Punk defending his Dynasty Championship against the man who lobbied furiously for a rematch in Muhammad Hassan.
~Backstage, rear parking lot…
We’re brought to the scene of Chris Jericho bursting through the double doors to the back lot, his chauffer and limo waiting. Jericho grows ‘”Took you long enough” under his breath, still seething from earlier. A quick shot of the front of the vehicle shows a dent that was quite possibly caused by Finlay and Samoa Joe several weeks ago that still hasn’t gotten buffed out. Jericho’s face has gone deep red in rage, throwing off his tie and about to get into the back seat. A peek inside the limo reveals that Paul Wright is already there. Just as Jericho puts a leg in to get in, he’s interrupted by Ken Doane.
Hey, Jericho!! Look, before we leave, I gotta ask you something –
Doane? Where the hell have you been? More importantly, where the hell were you earlier when I needed you?
I’ve been hanging with these guys since Sunday. ~The camera pans back to reveal the duo of American Made – Jack Hagar and Nick Nameth
And what were you thinking when you went MIA to hang with these fools?? Huh? I needed your help and neither one of them are me!!!
Hey! No offense, Jericho, but at least we won our match Sunday night.
Ohhhh…don’t you dare even think about getting into that with me right now, junior! So you got a messily little win over London and Kendrick. LATTIE FREAKIN’ DAAAAA!! ~Jericho seems to be completely losing his composure here, his face a deep tomato red as he gets in Doane’s face, his hands looking like they want to rip Doane’s face off
The world that I have worked so hard for is crumbling around me. All this wealth and power and knowledge of wealth and power I’ve accumulated and no one seems to be by my side anymore!! Before you go off partying with the frat boys again, just let me remind you who has made you in this company. You were swimming in a sea of nothing going nowhere until I brought you into this fold. You remember those days? ~Doane no longer has a slight look of hope on his face, now looking thoroughly defeated
So what can these two goofs offer you that I can’t, huh? What’s so great about America’s sweethearts that would lead you to leave a man as powerful as I am high and dry, HUH? ~Jericho is nearly roaring across the parking lot at this point
Well…uh…we’ve been working out a deal.
Please, Chris, hear me out. They know I didn’t do too hot of a job in the War Chamber. And they gave me an offer to help maybe bring a little bit of honor back to the Worthy Legion. ~Jericho seems to settle down just a little bit
See, at This is Exile, the hottest chick I’ve ever seen gave me her phone number. But she never gave me a name. And no one’s answering her number. That’s where you guys come in.
We’ve asked for Kenny here to help use your power and connections to help us find this girl and actually bring her up here to the Hammerstein…
…and in exchange, I team up with them in the Trios Tournament, bring home the trophy, and get the Worthy Legion some of its luster back. You understand, boss?
So let me get this straight…you’re offering my resources, my power, and my works in general without any of my knowledge or say…so your buddies can go panty raiding a girl they don’t even know…in exchange for your nothing-without-me services in the Trios Tournament? ~Jericho’s face looks blank with rage, while all hope is drained from the trio standing before him
…yes sir. ~Doane even dips his head down, knowing nothing good can be coming next
Y’know what? Go ahead. ~This absolutely shocks AM and Doane, Jericho even fixing the collar on Doane’s shirt
You…you really mean that, Mr. Jericho?
Sure. Anything that can be done to glorify my Worthy Legion’s name should be taken full advantage of, especially in this time of need. Plus, when all I’m doing in return is delivering something as trivial as a woman, I think I’m getting the better bargain here. ~Jericho looks directly at American Made, who are taken aback by Jericho’s bluntless there
But be warned, gentlemen. You’re both now in debt to me. And you will pay it back in some form in the future. ~Nameth and Hagar look at one another before nodding their heads at Jericho, Hagar even going so far as to audibly gulp. Jericho then gets in Doane’s face
And as for you…you’d better come back with that trophy. Or so help me god – so help me me, I will see to it that you go right back into that sea of nothing going nowhere. Except this time, I’ll do everything in my power to make sure you drown in it. ~With a daunting gaze, Jericho drives that point home with Doane by getting into his limo, the chauffer closing the back door as Doane is struck silent and stunned, as the limo drives off without him
~Backstage, the Green Zone interview set…
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, I’m Steve Romero here with my guest at this time who impressed many in the War Chamber Sunday night and is set to defend his AOW Dynasty Championship in just mere moments…CM PUNK!! ~The camera pans to our left, Romero’s right, to reveal none other than the Straight-Edge enthusiast and wrestler with a focused look on his face wearing a black hoodie and his title slung over his shoulder. There’s noticeably a shiner over his right eye from the War Chamber itself.
Now, Punk, you’re only just a few days removed from competing in the first ever War Chamber. What’re your thoughts on being forced to compete tonight against Muhammad Hassan?
Y’know what irks me the most, Steve? I don’t care about the fact that Hassan thinks he’s owed a rematch. I can actually understand that. I don’t care about the fact that he’s getting a match against me when I’m bruised and beat up. That’s actually pretty smart on his part, so I can understand that too. ~Punk rubs at his chin for a moment before speaking again
What irks me the most and the one thing I don’t understand about all this is the fact that he’s gone about this in a way that completely goes against what I stand for. I've mentioned several times here in AOW that I’m a professional wrestler here to professionally wrestle. What Hassan did to get his rematch had nothing to do with professional wrestling, but legalities. Backstage politics. Lawyer talk. You’d think he was running for public office, not being a pro wrestler. ~Punk lets out what sounds like a chuckle before touching his shiner and speaking once again
Not blaming Mick Foley, mind you, but in the end, I do find it funny that these guys can get away with talking the talk and not be pro wrestlers, but when it gets right down to it, they have to be pro wrestlers to back their talk up. AOW is better than that. The Dynasty title is better than that. I’m better than that. So whether it be to the Muhammad Hassans or the Chris Jerichos of the world, I’m gonna go out there tonight and retain my Dynasty Championship for one thing…freedom. Freedom from strings being pulled. The freedom to actually be a professional wrestler.
~Punk places a hand on Romero’s shoulder before giving him a good look and starts to walk away…but he’s stopped when Lance Storm enters the scene. He and Punk stare into each other for a seemingly tense second…before Storm pulls Punk in for a hug. As both men undo their embrace, Storm pats Punk on the back before barely mouthing the words ‘give’em one for me, kiddo”. Punk nods his head and shakes the hand of the man who made his title reign possible, the crowd heard in the arena letting out a pop for the clearly driven Punk as we fade away…
~Back at ringside…
As we return our focus to the ring, we hear “SKIP OVER” playing over the sound system, as Elix Skipper stands in the center of the ring doing several shadow boxing techniques, whipping himself up into last minute form for a match that could get him on the fast track towards championship gold.
That’s because the next sound to hit the threshold is none other than “FINAL COUNTDOWN”, as Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson comes down the ramp to a very welcome pop, the orbital area above his eye looking much better than it did last night, however, it still doesn’t look like he should be in any form to compete. Nonetheless, the truly fighting champion rolls into the ring and plays to the crowd for a moment before taking off his strap and handing it to referee Justin King.
…but then suddenly, a third tune hits the system, as “IT’S TIME – HACKER’S REMIX” plays now, as Gregory Helms makes his way through the blood-red curtain and on down to the ring. He’s in non-competition attire, but the look on his face doesn’t exactly say ‘innocent’. He walks around the ring and makes his way over to the commentary table, putting on a headset
Um…well, ladies and gentlemen, we were expecting Bryan Danielson to come out here for a match that he requested even after the damage he took in the War Chamber. What we weren’t expecting was for anyone to come and join us on commentary tonight –
But a special case can be made for the best cruiserweight in the world. How ya doin’, Gregory?
I’m doin’ alright, John. Thank you so much for asking.
Are you feeling any better tonight after Low Ki nearly kicked the life out of you?
That is a stupid question that does not warrant an answer from me.
Greg is right, Joey. You have to ask the right questions.
Oh, pardon me. Where are my manners. Well then, how about this one – what’re you doing out here completely unannounced and unscheduled?
He’s here to scout the Cruiserweight Champion, Joey! That question was just as stupid as the one that came before it. Y’know what? How about you shut up an’ only I ask Gregory the questions, okay? I’m sure he’d much rather appreciate that.
I’m sure Bryan Danielson appreciates him being here as well.
Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson
We catch up to the match just over a minute in, Danielson and Skipper in the tail end of their feeling out process. They go for another lock-up, but Skipper catches Danielson in a hammerlock, only for Danielson to work his way around and reverse the hammerlock and catch Skipper in his own. Skipper rushes into the ropes and holds onto them on the recoil, forcing Danielson to release the hold and roll back onto his feet. Skipper rushes back towards Danielson, but the champ immediately greets skipper with a hard kitchen sink that sends Skipper flipping right over the knee!! Skipper has a hard landing, but Danielson doesn’t go for the immediate cover. Instead, he takes that moment to glare over his shoulder outside the ring at Gregory Helms. Helms shrugs off the stare on commentary, telling Danielson that he’d better pay attention to the ring veteran Skipper.
Danielson doesn’t heed this warning, but isn’t any worse for wear, as he takes the recovering Skipper and whips him into the ropes. On the rebound, Skipper shoots over the head of the ducking Danielson to pull him over for a sunset flip – 1…2…NO! Danielson is quickly able to roll back out of the move, only to welcome Skipper back to his feet with another hard knee to the gut. Danielson then looks to lift up Skipper for a suplex, but Skipper stops him and instead floats over Danielson to grapple him around the midsection. Danielson is aware of this, and immediately hits a standing switch, yanking Skipper back and nailing a nice German suplex!! Danielson with his first cover – 1…2…NO!! The veteran still has something left in the tank.
Danielson again glances over to see Helms, but it’s only a quick look this time before he focuses his attention back on Skip. This time, Skipper takes advantage of the split second distraction, knocking Danielson on the side of the face his injured orbital bone resides. This gets a quick spiel of heat, but Skipper doesn’t mind as he gets back up to quickly put Danielson down again with a nice back suplex. Immediately following dropping Danielson, Skipper doubles the pain with a quick leg drop, followed by another. A second cover for Skipper – 1…2…NO!
Danielson still has a lot more in the tank, but it looks like Skipper wants to completely drain it out of him when he catches Danielson in the Primetime Submission!! The modified octopus stretch…but it’s not fully synched in, as Danielson fights his way the whole time the move is being set up, throwing Skipper over his shoulder while holding onto his arm…LEBELL LOCK!! LEBELL LOCK LOCKED IN…BUT DANIELSON LETS GO!! Why? We look on the outside and get our answer, as Danielson slides underneath the bottom rope and stomps over to the commentary table, where the timekeeper has just given the Cruiserweight Championship to Gregory Helms.
Danielson, knowing fully well what happened last time Helms got his hands on it, snatches the gold right out of Helms’ hands. Helms tries to defend himself, proclaiming he was just “getting a closer look at it”. Danielson isn’t buying it, screaming at Helms to “never touch what’s mine again!” Danielson throws the title back towards the timekeeper, who now appears to know better, but as soon as Danielson enters back into the ring, he’s caught off guard by a Skipper spinning crescent kick!! Skimmer smashes his leg into Danielson’s nose and goes for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Danielson still holds on!
Skipper then takes Danielson and gives him a pair of forearms to the face before trying to deliver a suplex. It’s Danielson this time who stops the move, his turn to now float over Skipper, but the veteran is ready for him and greets him with another knee to the gut, followed another. Skipper then takes Danielson and tries to whip him into the corner…but Danielson scales the corner and backlips right over Skipper!! This turns right into a duet of charging Danielson sitout clotheslines, Skipper rising back to his feet after the second one. Danielson then greets him with a vicious shoot kick to the midsection.
He follows that up with another, and another and another, each one harder than the last because he pauses to look at Helms until Skipper drops to one knee, clutching his midsection in pain. Danielson doesn’t stop there, giving Skipper even more repeat shoot kicks, increasing the tempo as he stares a hole through Helms still. Danielson lets out one final roar before gearing back and KICKING SKIPPER’S HEAD OFF! The impact of Skipper’s skull caving in is heard all over the arena, but Danielson doesn’t go for a cover there. Instead, he grabs the limp Skipper by both of his wrists…AND STARTS STOMPING THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF HIM!! The wrist-clutch stomping from Danielson doesn’t even seem to have a target, each stomp causing Skipper’s flexible body to violently whiplash and nail Skipper’s head, throat, and chest areas. And Danielson refuses to stop the onslaught, a look of pure rage overcoming his face as he relentlessly stomps the life out of Skipper so much, that the referee calls for the bell after Skipper is completely knocked out.
Winner: Bryan Danielson at (5:40)
Danielson doesn’t stop stomping until the referee damn near forces him off of Skipper, the Cruiserweight Champion in a fit of rage here tonight, surprising quite a few people. As soon as he stops rabidly stomping, he stares daggers over at Gregory Helms, his patched up orbital bone making the gaze look all the more menacing. Helms doesn’t look all too intimidated, but he does get up from the announce desk innocently and walks back over to the timekeeper’s table and slows down his walk…before walking away and back up the ramp.
Well, Gregory Helms obviously looking to perhaps play a few mind games with Bryan Danielson before he challenges him for the Cruiserweight Championships.
You’re damn right he is. An’ he’s doin’em pretty well I do say so myself.
Well, it really is hard to blame Helms. I mean he’s been beaten pretty decisively by Danielson twice before, so I imagine he’d try and do something a little different this time.
Oh shut yer yap. He was out here doin’ exactly what he needed to do. He knows what Danielson’s capable of, but most importantly, he knows exactly what Danielson’s weaknesses are now.
Well speaking of weaknesses, what do you think of that ‘agreement’ that was struck by Ken Doane with American Made?
I think it’s brilliant. I think Chris Jericho is a fantastic leader for letting his young gun go out an’ try to expand their worth, I think it’s great that Ken Doane is showing some initiative even after taking that huge blow in the Chamber loss, an’ I think it’s great that American Made is lookin’ to make themselves better an’, well, can ya blame’em for goin’ after a pretty girl?
Pretty women have been known to be the downfall of man, John.
Yeah. I suppose you can go ask your buddy Christian about that one.
Joey Styles: Anywho, there’s still more Oblivion to come after the break, because coming up next, coming off the heels of that incredible opening round contest in the Trios Tournament, we have another! Trios action, next!
The entire screen begins to cut in and out of static until we’re brought to what looks like an executive office scene, a chair sitting behind a desk. The entire scene is dimly lit and grungy looking until the chair swivels around to reveal Chris Jericho in a suit and a sinister smirk.
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
The scene throbs in static for a moment before returning to clarity, except this time, all color is sucked out of it and monochrome
I am controlling transmission. If I wish to make it louder, I will bring up the volume.
The camera begins to slowly move towards Jericho, then it cuts away to the Hammerstein Ballroom losing their minds and cracking decibel levels
If I wish to make it softer, I will tune it to a whisper.
It again flashes to Jericho staring hypnotically, then flashes back to Jericho holding the AOW Championship high to nothing but silence over the bodies of Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, and Bryan Danielson
I can reduce the focus to a soft blur…
The scene gets blurry and out of focus so much, that we can’t make it out anymore…
…or sharpen it to crystal clarity.
When the picture reforms, we’re on a very close up shot in the office of Jericho, his eyes locked on us as though he truly is getting us under his control
I will control the horizontal.
As he says that now, a scene flashes of a horizontal white line that trails behind Bobby Lashley as he spears Rob Van Dam through a table from the World Ablaze main event
I will control the vertical.
Another scene flash, this one of a vertical white line following Ken Doane as he puts Paul Heyman through the announce table with the Sky High Leg Drop
For the first several months of this company, I have dominated all and proven my worth. Now I need more lands to conquer.
We’re back to Jericho now, pulling away from his close up, his puppetmaster fingers interlocking with each other on the front of his desk, the color somewhat returning to the scene, but everything is tinted with a red and white hue
And I won’t just go for more things alone. Oh no. You all are coming with me. I will control what you see and hear.
We continue to pull back from the desk, but Jericho’s eyes haven’t budged
You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to...The Outer Limits.
As Jericho says that, the wall behind him becomes draped with a tattered, bloody Canadian flag
~ART OF WAR WRESTING PRESENTS~
THE OUTER LIMITS
!!A THREE-HOUR PAY-PER-VIEW SPECIAL!!
Bell Centre - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
We return from the break focused on the ring, but it isn’t long before we hear what sounds like “LONDON CALING” going across the arena, as The Hooliganz come through the curtain to a good solid pop, only for them to introduce the third member of their team tonight, Jack Evans. Evans does a little jig on the entrance stage with his partners before all three men madly dash down the ramp and into the ring. While London and Kendrick go to the turnbuckles to play to the crowd, Evans stays in the middle and break dances for a moment before stopping. The three lunatics get a good reception, with Evans looking like he’s teaching the ‘ganz how to dance like him while they wait for their opponents…
“WELCOME TO WHITECHAPEL” hits its ominous pipe organ, as the newly named Mercenaries, Inc. steps through the curtain at a slow, methodical pace to display William Regal and the Mercenaries in all their meticulous glory. Burchill and Albright throw off their black jackets, but Regal keeps his black and red one draped over his shoulders as he and the Mercs make their slow walk down the ramp. The team captain steps into the ring first, the perpetual scowl still etched on his face before throwing off his coat and greeting the opposing team captain, who would turns out to be Paul London. The two shake hands as the tournament seems to call for, but there’s nothing respectful about the look in Regal’s eye at all.
~AOW Trios Tournament Opening Round~
The Hooliganz & Jack Evans
The opening minutes of the contest saw Jack Evans display some athleticism for his team, but it didn’t take long for William Regal to capitalize on his recklessness and put him at the mercy of he and his corner. But even so, Mercs Inc didn’t want much to do with Evans, but keep demanding that London tag himself in. We pick up two minutes into the contest, Evans rolling back into his corner and now tagging in Brian Kendrick, defying the wishes of the Mercs. Seeing this, Regal tags in Albright and gives him instructions before he steps in. The two fresh men approach center ring and lock up, but it doesn’t take long at all for Albright to break the lock up and take Kendrick down with a massive double leg takedown, almost looking like a spinebuster.
Albright takes clear control of Kendrick here, dragging him around and pulling him into submission holds to wear him down and potentially force him to tag back out. Albright catches Kendrick in what looks like a modified camel clutch, but Kendrick fights his way out back to his feet, trying to reach his way into his corner. But just when it seems like he’ll get there, Albright pulls back for what looks like a full nelson suplex, but Kendrick manages to flip out onto his feet and hit Albright in the spine with a dropkick, propelling him towards the high-flyer corner. Albright’s jaw collides with the post, stunning him, while Kendrick does get to tag in London. Evans grabs the still stunned rookie by his arms, while Kendrick grabs his legs, holding him in place draped across the corner so London can leap in…and mushroom stomps him in the back!! London with an impressive triple team cover – 1…2…NO!! Albright still has enough in him to kick out!
The team captain doesn’t waste much time trying to up the pace, but as he tries to whip Albright into the ropes, the whip is reversed. On the rebound, London catches Albright by surprise and leaps at him with a full on crossbody, but Albright isn’t caught off enough as he rolls through the move and covers London himself – 1…2…NO!! London throws his legs up to escape the hold, but as he does, Albright grabs hold of him and plants him with a back suplex and another cover – 1…2…NO!! London still has some gusto in him, Albright trying to wrench that gusto out of him with a rear chinlock. London needs some prompting from the crowd and his corner, but when he gets it, he escapes the neck wrenching move with a sitout jawbreaker!
Albright goes reeling, London nailing him with a series of arm drags and capping it off with a beautiful dropkick, the pace all in the high end now as London goes for another cover – 1…2…NO!! Albright still has some resolve, but he gets nothing to show for it but a London kick to the gut. London rebounds to try and go for another move, but Albright sidesteps him and catches him from behind…HALF NELSON SUPLEX!! The same move that damn near gave Super Crazy a concussion Sunday night strikes again!! Albright with a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! London stays in! Albright doesn’t waste much time following that, however, as he now tagging in Burchill. Burchill doesn’t leap in, instead waiting for Albright to take London’s legs and set up the catapult…MERCY KILL!! MERCY KILL CONNECTING!! The catapult/second rope clothesline combo beheads the completely unsuspecting London!! This could be it if they pin the captain, Burchill covering – 1…2…3…NO!!! Evans and Kendrick both storm the ring to break the count!
But as both of those men storm the ring, so does Regal and Albright, the four non-legal men duking it out here! Kendrick and Evans gain the surprise upper hand, dropkicking Regal and Albright out of the ring!! They then wait for them as they get back to their feet on the outside, both men rushing towards the ropes with double suicide dives…NOBODY HOME!! Regal shoves Albright out of the way of the projectile bodies as they go completely crashing and burning. Regal jumps back onto the apron, as Burchill tries to lift the still dizzied London up for perhaps a turnbuckle powerbomb…but London keeps rolling over for a sunset flip attempt!
Burchill doesn’t go all the way down, however, teetering over London as he tries to pull him. This allows Burchill to tag in Regal, London pulling him over for the sunset pin…but there’s no count. Burchill rolls out of the futile pin attempt to greet a puzzled London, who gets punted in the gut by Burch, doubling him over. Regal takes note of this and rebounds off the ropes nearby…and ROCKS LONDON’S TEMPLE WITH THE KNEE TREMBLER!! London, coming off the half-nelson and the Mercy Kill, is possibly concussed with that one last blow to the head!! London drops lifelessly to the canvas at the feet of the legal Regal, who doesn’t go for the pin, but instead wraps both of his legs up…and contorts London’s body into the REGAL STRETCH!! All the concentrated damage London’s taken in in almost no time flat now takes its toll…and causes him to tap out!!
Winners: Mercenaries, Inc. at (6:42)
Regal just stands up and dusts off as if that were business as usual, the newest member of the AOW roster getting his team the win in very quick fashion. Burchill and Albright soon join him in victory, but none of the men look very emotive bar the devilish smirk they all seem to be sharing
A very convincing win for William Regal and the Mercenaries, but I found it most interesting the way they went about this match – they didn’t care to live up to the opener.
Because they didn’t need to, Joey. It’s not always about stealin’ the show an’ making these people walk away happy. These guys are here to hurt people an’ make money hurtin’ people. You saw that with the strategy they used. They didn’t’ dillydally – they found out who the team captain was and went right after him to end this thing as quickly as possible.
They are brutal and methodical men who live up to their name indeed. But speaking of brutal and methodical men, this past Sunday at This is Exile, Finlay may have gone too far in his quest to break Rob Van Dam...er...Robert Szatowski. Sunday night, it was Tommy Dreamer, the old ECW mainstay, who answered Finlay's open challenge.
I love Tommy D, but there was just simply no way he could have beaten Finlay.
Well, Finlay brutalized Dreamer to the point of hospitalization in an attempt to draw a fight out of Szatowski. He did not succeed, but we do have word that Dreamer is doing fine, recovering from his wounds like any ECW Alumni would. From one devout Extremist to another, Tommy, I wish you a speedy recovery.
~Backstage, locker room area
We’re brought to the scene of Mick Foley, Samoa Joe, and Christian Cage standing together. Joe is looking like he’s trying to ease Christian, who is sitting, while Foley reaches in his flannel and pulls out a cell phone. He reads the screen before speaking.
Well, I just got word that Jericho has long left the arena. He just up and ran.
Figures. Any word on the big guy?
He’s gone with’em.
Damn. You let me know anything you find out. I got a hit list to finish.
Joe pats Christian on the back before walking out of the scene, leaving Foley and Cage alone. Cage looks just as intense as he did in the opening minutes, staring a hold through the floor…until there’s a knock on the door. Without much else warning, in comes…Paul Heyman?!? In a wheelchair and neckbrace?!? Heyman is wheeled in by a broad shouldered man wearing a three piece black suit and sunglasses (although he looks incredibly similar to OVW talent Alex Riley…)
Mr. Heyman. What a pleasant surprise. Come on in!
…uh… ~Heyman takes a look in the door and sees the madman looking Cage
…how about you come out here.
Suit yourself. ~Foley exits through the door and into Heyman’s hallway, the camera following them. Foley makes no effort to close the door behind him, allowing us to be able to see Christian as the two men converse in the hall
I heard you weren’t supposed to be flushing your own toilet until sometime next month, let alone be up and rolling around here.
After that debacle I saw opening my show tonight?? I broke every traffic law in the book getting here!!
Good think you didn’t break your neck, eh? ~Foley ‘playfully’ gives Heyman a whack on the back of the neck, prompting Heyman to become completely paralyzed in pain, his eyes as wide open as his mouth, but no sound is coming out
So. What can I do ya for?
You can start by not letting my program fall into utter chaos. That would be preferable.
Sorry, boss. No can do. I like the guys in the office to take a ‘hands on approach’ to problem solving, you know? ~The smartass jab is not lost on Heyman, who scowls through his neckbrace while Foley beams a grin right back
Oh yeah? Well next week, you’re gonna make sure there’s order!! Because that’s when Christian and Jericho will sign on for their AOW Championship match at The Outer Limits. If either one of them so much as thinks about touching the other before, during, or even in the weeks after that, they’ll be severely punished. Do I make myself clear??
Yes sir, you do.
Good. Now wheel me back out to my car. ~The Riley-esque MIB agent wheels Heyman right back out of the scene, leaving Foley with a bit of a hopeless look on his face. He goes back into the locker room, Christian not having moved a muscle
So I’m guessing you heard that?
Yeah. He said I have a week to figure out how to kill him without touching him. ~Christian says nothing else, getting up and walking out of the door to a somewhat surprised Foley who, after a moment, gets a semi-smile behind his bushy beard as we fade away…
We're brought to what looks like a very dingy street in a run-down neighborhood. There's a sudden flash in the scene, showing a very shadowy figure walking down that street. We can't see anything about them other than a golden crucifix chain around their neck. The figure then reaches out around it's neck and puts the golden cross on doorknob of one of the rundown houses in the neighborhood. In a flash, the figure is gone and all that's left is the chain gleaming in the sun on the door until we see the words --
THE SAINT HAS MARCHED...
We come back to Oblivion to see a wide pan shot of the ring area and to hear the ringing of the bell and Tony Chimel telling us that the following contest is for the AOW Dynasty Championship. Not too long after that, the ominous and annoying Arabic chanting hits the sound system, as “MAD MAN” rings out over it to a great deal of heat as Muhammad Hassan pushes his way through the blood-red curtain and opens his arms to the sky to absorb all of that heat. Hassan is in absolutely no hurry whatsoever to get to the ring…and we soon see why, as Hassan doesn’t even walk down the ramp, but instead, proceeds to disappear behind one of the Roman stone columns making up the entrance stage decoration. The heat is unbridled for this, as many know what may come next…
…but this greatly contrasts when “MISERA CANTARE – THE BEGINNING” blares out across the arena, as Dynasty Champion CM Punk breaks on through the curtain with a great deal of desire in his eyes. He drops to one knee, but as he does, he tends to his lower back, which is still understandably wrapped with pain. But Punk gets no time to declare what time it is because here comes Hassan ambushing Punk from behind!!
*AOW DYNASTY CHAMPIONSHIP*
Everyone saw this coming a moment ago, but Hassan doesn’t seem to care, as he doesn’t wait to lay into Punk here! Brooks barely has time to unhook the title from around his waist when Hassan gets in his face and starts going at him with hard clubs before pulling on Punk’s elastic waistband of his tights and keeps pulling him back in for repeat forearm shots to the lower back, Hassan immediately targeting a spot here! The crowd throws a shitload of heat for this, referee Ray Ramsey now stepping out of the ring and having to go chase down the combatants, begging them to get into the ring.
Hassan yanks Punk by his hair and starts leading him down the ramp, apparently adhering to the referee’s admonishments, but he stops about halfway down, only to take Punk and chunk him spine-first into the guard rail!! Ramsey again admonishes Hassan for that, but Hassan doesn’t seem to give much of a damn, taking Punk by his hair once again and leading him all the way down to ringside where he looks like he’s going to throw Punk in the ring, but instead, he just grabs around his midsection and drives his lower back into the ring lip!! Punk lets out a scream of pain, as Hassan is really picking apart the already battered Punk in what was obviously a premeditated notion, almost mirroring his strategy from their first encounter.
Hassan finally rolls Punk into the ring, but Punk doesn’t let him go for a cover, instead, opting to use some ring presence to roll away from him and stay on his stomach. Hassan notices this and just uses it to get free shots at Punk’s exposed back, laying his boots into it and causing Punk to cry out in pain once again. Hassan then drops a knee right into the worked over area before leaving it there, pulling up on Punk’s hair to further the torque. Ramsey is ordering he let go of the hair, which Hassan does, but only to take Punk’s head in his hands and throw it into the canvas. Punk’s head whiplashes violently before Hassan looks to finally go for a cover –
Punk rolls the shoulder, but Hassan stays right on him and gives him a hard club to the side of the head before bringing Punk back to his feet and setting him back down with a high-elevation backdrop. Punk curdles his entire body in pain, Hassan forcing him back down for another cover –
There’s still much left in the tank from Punk, who tries as he might to get to his feet but has to stop and grip his ailing vertebrate. Hassan watches the weakened Punk try, only to kick the dog by literally kicking him in the face. He then takes Punk and tosses him into the opposite ropes, but Punk doesn’t come back, wrapping both arms around the rope. Hassan charges at Punk to try and push the issue, but Punk greets him with his first sign of offense so far with a kick to the face of his own. Hassan stumbles away, giving Punk time to rush towards Hassan and roll through him, catching him in a school boy pin attempt –
Hassan kicks his feet up just in time, just narrowly escaping Punk’s attempt at a fast one. But just as soon as both men roll to their feet, Punk surprises Hassan and everyone by clocking him in the head with the roundhouse!! From literally out of nowhere, Punk reminds us that he’s very much alive!! Hassan is stricken in the back of his head, falling flat and rolling out of the ring, perhaps out of instinct. This gets a good amount of heat from the crowd, as Hassan breaks up Punk’s momentum before he can even really get going. Hassan roams the outside trying to shake the cobwebs out of his noggin, walking over near the entrance ramp to maybe get more room to pace. Worn out spine and all, Punk doesn’t give him that time to do anything, opting instead to go up to the ropes and leap on them…SPRINBOARD CLOTHESLINE TO THE OUTSIDE!! PUNK FLIES INTO BEHEADING HASSAN ON THE OUTSIDE!! The crowd suddenly has a fire lit under their ass, everyone on their feet to see that move and pop hard for it, but both men feel the effects of the move outside, Punk having to again tend to his back. Both he and Hassan lay out as we cut away for our final…
When we cut back from the break, both men are still fighting on the outside, the count out having been restarted at some point or another, but it’s Hassan who is now on the offensive, trying to toss Punk into the steel ring steps. But Punk reverses the momentum and the whip, instead sending HASSAN CRASHING INTO THE STEPS!! The ring steps get displaced from the momentum Hassan strikes them. Ramsey has his count out up to six at the moment, but Punk rolls in and rolls out to break the count, still opting to be a fighting champion.
Punk strikes Hassan with a hard backhand that looks a bit stiff as he brings Hassan back to his feet. Even though he was just rocked, Hassan still has his head on straight, surprising Punk by clubbing him in the base of the spine, going for the tender spot again. He then looks to possibly break Punk’s back when he gets him back up for a backdrop ON TOP OF THE DISPLACED STEEL STEPS…but Punk manages to fight out of the move, forcing Hassan to put Punk back on his feet. It’s now Punk’s turn to ram Hassan, this time forcing him spine first into the steel ring post!! Hassan stays up against the post from the impact of the move, Punk taking a few steps back and rushing right back at Hassan, leaping off the steel steps…INTO THE RUNNING HIGH KNEE!! HASSAN’S HEAD POUNDS AGAINST THE STEEL RING POST BEHIND IT!!
A double whammy blow for Hassan there, Punk now taking advantage and rolling the limp body of Hassan in the ring, which isn’t easy now that it’s completely dead weight. Punk quickly climbs in and goes to cover Hassan for his first real definite cover –
Punk possibly took too much time trying to roll Hassan back in, but whatever the case, Hassan rolls a shoulder!! Punk lets out a little growl of frustration but doesn’t sit on it for too long, opting instead to go back over to the ring ropes and climb through them. Punk lies in wait on the ring apron, keeping his weight back and stalking Hassan as he slowly makes it to his feet…another springboard clothesline…NO!! Hassan sidesteps sending Punk crashing right back down empty handed. Hassan wastes no time going back over to Punk, pulling him up by his hair and catching him in the inverted facelock…FINAL TOUCH!! The high speed elbow sends the back of Punk’s head crashing down, Hassan hooking a leg here –
Punk still has more life in him!! It’s Hassan who now lets out a roar of frustration now, letting out some of that frustration by laying more boots into Punk’s spine, going back to the weak point. Hassan stops only to acknowledge the heat being thrown on him, spitting in the fan’s general direction. He reaches on down to grab Punk by the hair yet again…GTS!! GTS…NO!! Hassan drops off of Punk’s shoulders, catching him in a front headlock…lifting swinging DDT!! Punk’s head is planted into the canvas, Hassan now in control once again –
PUNK ROLLS THE SHOULDER!! The crowd pops in approval, as Hassan pounds the mat in utter anger, even pulling Ramsey close and ordering that he make sure that wasn’t a three count. Ramsey says it wasn’t, infuriating Hassan even more. Hassan takes a moment to knock some sense back into his head, possibly still feeling the effects of that high knee on the outside. Copani then stays on Punk, stalking him until he gets back to his feet, charging at him…SNAP POWERSLAM!! Punk snaps back to life, slamming Hassan over!! Punk scrambles to hook the leg and keep his title –
Hassan throws a shoulder up, but Punk grabs the shoulder that was thrown into the air and uses it to bring Hassan right back to his feet. He pulls Hassan in for a pair of knee strikes to the ribs before getting some double underhooks on the Mad Man…double underhook backbreaker!! It’s Hassan’s turn to feel some back pain!! Hassan crumples to the canvas, Punk again scurrying to get on top of him –
AGAIN Punk can’t put Hassan away here! Punk has to push the hair out of his eyes and now he asks Ramsey if he was sure that wasn’t three. Ramsey assures him it was only two, Punk being forced to keep going. Hassan uses the ropes to try and get back to his feet, gripping at his back now. Punk roams over to Hassan, only for him to catch Punk in a drop toehold, dropping Punk’s neck across the top rope!! A lot of heat goes across for that signature heel tactic, Hassan now able to use it to take Punk up and get him in position for the REVERSE STO…NO!! Punk stops the finishing move by striking Hassan repeatedly in the side of the head with elbows, forcing Hassan away. Punk follows up on that with another roundhouse…NO!! Hassan ducks underneath that one, grabbing Punk from behind – BACKDROP BACKBREAKER!! Punk’s ailing spine comes right back into play as it’s dropped right across Hassan’s knee. Hassan going for the title winning cover now –
PUNK STILL HAS LIFE!! A huge pop from the Hammerstein for their midcard hero, but Hassan immediately silences the cheers by stepping over Punk’s back…AND LOCKING IN THE CAMEL CLUTCH!! CAMEL CLUTCH!! All the work to Punk’s back may come to a head here, as Hassan pulls up and furthers the strain all over that area!!! The crowd is going crazy, everyone in the Hammerstein begging Punk to stay in there, but the pain is written on his face as he desperately tries to crawl to a rope. Hassan has a look of sheer intensity in his eyes, roaring across the arena for Punk to tap out. Punk doesn’t want it to end like this here, but he’s got no way out. With every move Punk makes crawling on his elbow to a corner, Hassan appears to crank back some more. Punk reaches, wanting more than anything to get out of this with his title and his back intact, but everything in him is wrapped with pain…HE GETS THERE!! PUNK WRAPS AN ARM AROUND THE BOTTOM ROPE!!
Even so, Hassan refuses to let go of the hold, forcing the referee to get all the way to a count of four before finally stopping the strain on Punk’s back. Punk can’t even get to his feet the pain is so great. The devout straight-edger has to use the ropes to get to try and get to his feet, but he’s stopped part of the way up when Hassan gives him another good club to the base of the spine before forcing his head up against the middle rope, choking Punk out now. Again, referee Ramsey has to count Hassan down, but he lets go before he’s disqualified. Frustrated all to hell now, Hassan takes Punk and gets him in his arms once again for the REVERSE STO…but Punk is aware of his surroundings, using a drop toehold that mirrors Hassan’s earlier to drop Hassan’s face off the ring corner!!
Hassan is suddenly dizzied, giving Punk enough time to get some breath back in him and get back to his feet, giving Hassan a good right hand for insurance. Punk now looks to climb up to the top rope, oddly not taking Hassan with him until he’s already there. He puts Hassan in the double underhooks once again and brings him up the middle rope…oh we’ve seen Punk end Hassan with this before…PEPSI PLUNDGE…NO!! Hassan stands upright, flipping Punk over in a back body drop from the second rope, all the way to the canvas below!!
Again, Punk’s body is wrapped in pain, falling right on his ailing back. Hassan is now in unfamiliar territory on the higher plane, but he decides to go for something big and climb all the way to the top rope. What could Hassan possibly have in mind? It takes him a moment to get his footing down, but just when it looks like he has it, Punk gets a burst of adrenaline and springs to life, quickly climbing up the top rope with Hassan…FRANKENSTEIR!! FRANKENSTEIR!! HASSAN GOES FLIPPING ALL THE WAY TO THE MAT!! Punk is down! Hassan is down! The crowd is flipping their shit for yet another impressive contest between these two bitter rivals! Neither man can make it to their feet, Ramsey forced to start the KO count –
Punk climbs to his feet gripping the ring ropes, waiting on Hassan…
Hassan begins to get vertical…
Punk signals that it’s naptime for Hassan as both men get completely vertical, the count being broken as immediately puts Hassan on his shoulders for the GTS!! GTS…PUNK’S BACK GIVES WAY!! Just like their first encounter, Hassan’s working of the back comes right back into play when Punk can’t hold Hassan up for too long! Punk is forced to drop to a knee, but Hassan drops to his feet and yanks Punk back for the REVERSE STO!! REVERSE STO CONNECTING…OR NOT?!? ANACONDA VICE!! ANACONDA VICE!! It looked like Hassan got the reverse STO, but it was Punk who forced Hassan down with a urange instead!! Hassan is choking himself out from the precarious position he’s in, trying his damndest to try and get out by driving some knees into Punk’s spine…but Punk SHIFTS HIS HIPS, getting them completely clear of Hassan’s reach while the submission is locked in completely tight!! The crowd is white hot, Punk screaming passionately along with them while Hassan tries to fight more and more, but can’t find a way out and fades by the second…
Winner and STILL AOW Dynasty Champion: CM Punk at (14:49)
He did it!! Punk, battered, bruised, and completely beaten, has prevailed by making the man who has been on him forever finally submit in definitive fashion!! Punk is handed his Dynasty Championship and has it and his hand hoisted high for all to see that he has indeed fought for his freedom here tonight.
There you see it! Do you need any more proof that this kid is for real?
This is hodgepodge!! Throw this match out!
Oh, now you wanna cry foul? You weren’t saying the match should be thrown out when Hassan ambushed Punk and damn near won the title by dirty tactics, were you? Besides, you nor anyone else has any reason to say he didn’t fight tooth and nail for that win.
I can say whatever the hell I wanna say an’ I say this kid doesn’t deserve that damn Dynasty Championship!
Joey Styles: OH~!! Who the hell is that…?
Styles and Jibbles are cut off on the commentary booth by Punk suddenly being struck from behind with a burlap sack!! Punk collapses to the canvas where Hassan once was, where we get a good shot at whoever the hell just drilled him. A man dressed in all black, what looks like a turtleneck covering his mouth, sunglasses, and a hood covering up his facial identity. The crowd is letting out a resounding round of heat for whoever the hell this is, but Punk’s lights are out. Whatever was in that sack has completely done away with Punk, but the man in black doesn't drop it. Instead, he reaches down into his hoodie and pulls out…a gold crucifix chain, the very one that we’ve been seeing in video packages for weeks. Is this “The Saint?”
Whoever he is, the next thing he does is pull down his hood, revealing cornrows. It’s a black guy? With the hood down, we do see his forehead, confirming it is indeed a dark skinned man. He then pulls down the collar of his turtleneck, revealing the lower half of his face, showing us some facial hair. Some can already start to recognize him, but it’s not until he pulls off his sunglasses that the whole arena stares back in shock…
MONTEL VONTAVIOUS PORTER?!?! WHAT THE HELL??? IT’S MVP!!
A man, A CHAMPION, who was literally on Monday Night RAW days ago and at the Smackdown tapings the very next night is standing in the middle of an AOW ring!! What’s the meaning of this? The entire Hammerstein is buzzing something fierce, only for MVP to reach down into his burlap sack and pull out…
THE WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP?!?!?!?!
That’s…that’s Montel Vontavious Porter and that’s…that’s not an AOW title!
That’s the property of a whole other company!! What the hell is goin’ on here??
Did someone just jump ship?? What in the hell is all this -- ?
The final image we get of the fallout from This is Exile edition of Oblivion is that of the man we know as Montel Vontavious Porter/Antonio Banks holding the title which he holds currently in another company high over the body of a decimated Dynasty Champion in CM Punk with a plethora of more questions than answers as we
THE OUTER LIMITS
The Belle Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
*AOW Heavyweight Championship*
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v. The Man on the Moon Christian Cage
~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~ TBA vs. TBA
Hope all don't hate me for lateness, or at least hate me less for the ending...
Re: Presenting AOW: Art of War Wrestling - The Greatest Affair
I am new to the forums/your thread so that is a short disclaimer to my review.
To start off this is awesome. Christian and Jericho are two of my favorite workers on the mic, so I can really see this opening promo happening in my head (despite the fact that I don’t know what kind of gimmicks they play in this thread). Christian seems to be very persistent and confident, something that he really needs to be taken seriously in a feud with the champion.
Things got really intense here then BOOM Samoa Joe comes out and all out chaos. This is a pretty awesome brawl. Not surprised by the decision to have Jericho come out unscathed. Although Christian gets the brownie points for beating down the champ, Jericho still leaves the ring as the more “powerful” man.
WGTT/Low Ki vs SoD/Storm- I like this idea of a 3 on 3 tournament. Its pretty creative and entertaining (especially if there are entertaining workers like the guys in this match). I liked the little riffs between Low Ki and WGTT, it makes sense that they would have some issues with who gets to be in the ring and when to tag and stuff. The WGTT are an awesome all-time tag team with a lot of talent, and that mid-air dropkick by Haas after the commercial break was cool and shows how talented of a performer he is.
That Superkick/Suplex combo was cool. Shows the progression of the team throughout the match. I didn’t even realize that this was an elimination match, but a bit surprised that Benjamin is the first to go. In the end the handicap just proves to be too much for Ki and Haas. I like that Lance Storm gets the victory being that he is the head of the faction.
Finally Jericho gets his explanation from where Doane has been. Jericho is absolutely on point this segment. Lattie freakin da hahaha that was pretty funny. Jericho is just so entertaining and how you use him has been very entertaining so far. I think that Hager and Nameth will end up joining Jericho’s faction when this is all said and done based on Jericho’s “you guys owe me one” statement. But this 3 man team is gonna be interesting as they are all superstars that I like.
The Punk interview was the perfect small segment to both lead up to the match and helped out Punk’s character and credibility as the champion.
Danielson vs Skipper- This is another match with skilled competitors so I like that right off the bat. I don’t know how the division split goes but Danielson as Cruiserweight champion seems a little off compared to what I’ve read in other BTB’s/real life WWE. But I guess the cruiserweight division has some big names because of Helms coming down to the ring and joining commentary. ANYWAYS, match was pretty good but ending took me by surprise. Danielson just went completely off on Skipper, I guess to make a statement to Helms. Helms making it interesting by just walking backstage rather than getting into an encounter.
Hooliganz/Evans vs Mercenaries- Another one of these interesting 3 on 3 matches. My prediction would be the full faction wins the match (Mercenaries) rather than the makeshift tag team with extra wrestler. It looked like the Hooliganz would be able ti get the victory with the broken 3 count, but Regal looked superior and made sure his team was on top. Nice ending to the match.
I am really liking your usage of Christian. It really is making him seem like a main eventer and not just an upper carder being forced to the main event. Big announcement for the match signing next week, I can see that getting a little crazy. Id also like to see if anything escalates between Foley and Heyman.
Punk vs Hassan- This is definitely a dream match of mine. Hassan was one of my favorites during his time and Punk is one of my favorites now. I am expecting a really great main event, but Punk will come out victorious in the end. Hassan asserts himself as the clearly dirty player with the attack from behind. I like how Punk gets himself back into the match after the attack by using an extreme high-flying move before the break. The match is very even and when Hassan gets the Camel Clutch in I was starting to have some doubts of Punk winning. The ending was absolutely nuts. Lots of failed finisher attempts leading to the end with the Anaconda Vice. I like the usage of submissions as endings rather than always ending with a grappled finisher.
Whattt theee???? Did not see MVP coming especially since he is a WWE signed superstar. I can’t wait to see where this storyline goes next week.
Overall- Awesome show. This is the first show I have ever reviewed for this forum and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. You show bundles of creativity while also maintaining realistic tendencies.
Re: Presenting AOW: Art of War Wrestling - The Greatest Affair
Shortly after handing you the lease to my castle, I've been spending my time working away in some tiny shack in the far east corner of the kingdom. I come back to give you some feedback and the place is a mess. Royal housekeeper comes twice, Tuesdays and Fridays, don't forget to pay her.
A quick note: despite missing out on some epic prose due to the failings of modern tech, I thought This is Exile was booked sweetly - the War Chamber, especially, was perfect in that Jericho was eliminated without looking weak, while Christian finally ended his saga with Lashley, in emphatic fashion. Worked an absolute treat, seeing as you're still building for the moment when Christian finally pins Jericho. Just wanted to mention that I thought the show was nicely handed and it's a huge shame we didn't get to witness it in full. No matter, on to The Outer Limits.
You surprised me with Christian's words here, but in a good way. Some part of me was expecting smiles and a degree of 'closure' after the War Chamber, but to your credit, you stuck with the fact that the job is not yet done; Jericho is still champion, so Christian isn't magically 'cured', and I think that was a trap you could have fallen into, but it was well avoided. I thought Christian's tone was excellent, too, this kind of serious edge, and the fact that he basically cold-shouldered the fans at first and just talked about himself really drives back to him starting in AOW as a heel, showing that he hasn't done a 180-degree turn, he's just been through a whole lot and he's still the same innate character with the same motivations, only he does things a little differently. I think it's brilliant, though I'd expect nothing less from you seeing as you love toying with that face/heel dynamic. Christian portraying himself as the One True Hero of sorts is, again, bordering on a heelish attitude, but of course it's completely true - he's the man for the job and he always has been. Again, he sticks to his principles, and you kept his slightly-unstable subtleties in there as well with the hand on Foley's shoulder, the look in his eyes. Jericho, meanwhile, is about as egotistical as they come, and it's what you'd expect - he needs to be on the highest of all pedestals so Christian can haul him down, and calling himself 'The God of Gods', as well as being a huge hypocrite by criticising Christian's behaviour, suits that without a doubt. The honest-man vocabulary was down to a tee, too, while his classic rant style would just get the Hammerstein crowd hot to boo him - I also liked the description on the Jericho/Christian dichotomy in the eyes. Really gives an underlying depth to two guys who are worlds apart in the way their minds work. By the way, if you don't have that Foley/Jericho match in some bloodthirsty gimmick match like I asked for A YEAR AGO, I will personally have you assassinated. I can do that, I know Meta Knight. Actually, that gives me an idea... *goes to Change Avatar function*... Jericho trying to turn Christian on Foley was just another layer to his asshole nature, so I'm all for it, but it was never going to work and Foley's rebuttal was short and sweet. The Jericho 'staring a god in the eye' line was a little close to 'boxing with God' but I'm going to forgive you because it may well have been written before Punk got his dirty hands on it. Either that or you ARE CM Punk, could explain a lot. Christian feeling 'saved' is actually quite a nice line, it really emphasises that one big change in his character to get here, that his motivations are that little bit cleaner now. You did write 'Finlay' instead of 'Foley' hitting Wright in the back of the head at one point, which threw me a little until I figured it out, but otherwise the action in the ring was good, with Jericho cheating at every possible venture always notable. My only thought would maybe be to throw some crowd reactions in the fighting prose, just to heighten the emotion somewhat and build an atmosphere, but in general this, as an opening segment, was pretty damn good. Everything you needed to know about these two characters was in here, and the writing was nicely done too. Bon start.
Gotta love JBL's yelling. I need me a heel commentator.
Lance Storm in a match longer than 5 minutes surprised me, because the last time he was around in the thread, he was facing Hassan all the time. Well, twice. Might as well throw it in here that I appreciate the backstory you gave to the Trios forming; Low Ki wanting to win a Tag Title shot, Storm wanting to help the Dungeon, Regal's Yoda-esque lecturing of the Mercs, it goes a long way to building believable stories and in-match narratives for that added flavour. At times in this opening match your writing went a little awry; merely the occasional mix-up of homophones (their, there, they're, etc.) or simply allowing a sentence to run a little too long. Nothing major, however, and in terms of actual in-match content, you hit it out of the park again. With the men involved, it was always going to be a good match, but looking at your roster, who is there really who CAN'T wrestle a good to great match? Ah well. The Sons and Storm going over is fine by me, seeing as the former lads had lost a bit of momentum and WGTT will always be relevant because they have the belts and DAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT anyway. Ki didn't need to win the tournament because I doubt you're in any rush to give Low Jack another shot at the straps. Stellar opening contest; you had some nice double teams in there as well. Good that you're always noting the chemistry between certain guys. Benjamin and Haas' relationship is particularly interesting, especially given Haas' win at This Is Exile, and considering how long you've been working the angle between them (the slow heel turn too), they're always a focus when they turn up on screen. Reading the commentary - is there some kind of elaborate system in place to let WGTT and the Warrior back into the fray? Not sure, maybe I missed something in my reading of your notes. Avid reader right here.
Dent in Jericho's limo? DAT CONTINUITY. That being said, I tried so hard to imagine Jericho saying LATTIE FREAKIN' DAAAA, I really did, and came up short. Seemed more like a Punk thing or a Ziggler thing, as amusing as it was. I liked the deal that American Made/Doane struck with Jericho, though I just found it a little hard to visualise Jericho here. At times things seemed to get a bit wordy (even for honest man Jericho) and it was a little hot and cold. That said, you've set up a decent storyline moving forward, some good underlying motivations to make sure Doane/AM almost have to win the Trios tourney (though personally I think tournament winners are overrated ) and inevitably the girl in question will end up being someone like an AJ Lee who can become an incredibly cool valet for Ziggler and Swagger Nameth and Hagar.
Am I imagining it, or is CM Punk the only guest ever in the Green Zone? I need to pay more attention. Though Punk's first line of the second paragraph ("What irks the most is...") was again, a little wordy, but otherwise this was a good little promo. Completely embodies what your CM Punk stands for, the heart of professional wrestling and enjoying the experience of being out there, rather than Hassan's connections to things other than that very experience, money, politics etc. Pretty much epitomises the entire feud between them, which I assume will end on tonight's show. The Storm appearance was a real touch of class, props for that.
Helms only increases the quality of Styles/JBL banter. Though I think Helms trying to steal the title belt again was a stroke of genius for the loyal viewers who will get the reference, why would the timekeeper bring him the strap? "You there, timekeeper, be a lad and grab me Danielson's title, will you? Thanks..." Seems a little odd to me, is all. Danielson's aggression, however, was a welcome addition to his recent development, seeing as we've seen some impressive stuff from him in the past month or so, and the return of Helms into his world really should drive him into a more dangerous psyche than ever. Never seen someone knocked out by repeating wrist-clutch stomps, but it sounds fucking awesome, so more power to you. I think the segment was a good way to start up the issues between Helms and Danielson again, though I hope after this both men move on, because it feels like this rivalry has been around for a long time now and both guys have the tools to build great feuds elsewhere. For now, though, I'm happy to see them go for each other's jugulars one more time. JBL's post-match jab at Christian was sharp, by the way; if only real-life Michael Cole could play off JBL like Styles does here.
Love the hype promo for The Outer Limits. You've got the obvious reference in there, tying it in perfectly with Jericho's obsession with control; almost writes itself. Plus the poster with the tattered Canadian flag looks sick. Should be a killer show, when you get round to it. You're so slow with this stuff, it really pisses me off - wait, hang on, that's not you, that's... I'm gonna move on.
A result that was never in any doubt, but the usage of a lethal, unforgiving William Regal is always something I'm on board with. I like how you noted that the Mercs didn't want to steal the show, because that's not their responsibility; they just have a match to win, so they completed their business. Regal getting the fall (and it being the captain in Paul London, one hit kill in a way) was especially good because he's AOW's newest guy and he needed that win under his belt immediately, even more so when you consider his first appearance was catching Brent Albright's moving fist. Short but sweet again here; great set-up with the risk-takers of one side against the ruthless efficiency of the other. Roll on Regal and co.
Riley looking like a classy bastard because that's what he is, three-piece suit for the win. Heyman and Foley's relationship has been a great theme throughout the entire thread, made pretty much by their different attitudes to power and also simply because they're both excellent speakers. Foley's jokes against Heyman's scowling exterior pretty much sums up their chemistry, so this was a good segment for that. "I have a week to figure out how to kill him without touching him" is an early contender for line of the year, as well. Strong segment to throw down the motivations of various characters, as well as getting Heyman back on the show.
This was a good match, but I'm sure you already know that. You had enough about Punk's back and all to make it different from their match at AVMW, but still had the essence of the feud that makes it a winner. Obviously it was shorter too, simply because of time restraints but also because there was only so far you could have Punk keep going on a War Chamber-battered back. My issue with that was that sometimes you didn't make enough of the injury; of course, you have Punk's love of competition, desire to win and all, but there were times it just went out the window. For instance, Punk with an already-injured back, put in the Camel Clutch, various other targeting strategies, then flipped off the top rope with a Back Body Drop... then he got up Cena-style and took Hassan off the top with a Frankensteiner. Just seemed a little too much of a comeback at that point, not quite believable there. I reckon you saved it by having Punk's back give out under the GTS, though, and knowing he had to win by some other means made the submission victory all the more sensible. Plus, with Hassan tapping, that basically puts an exclamation point on the feud and says that these two have thrown everything at each other - I'm guessing we're done now, and a cracking feud it's been. Really top notch in my eyes. From Hassan's one last heel tactic in the pre-match attack, to Punk's win at AVMW with the Pepsi Plunge, that brilliant "BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM" moment in their title match, even the forced-whiskey-down-the-throat promo despite my grievances. The Lance Storm element, the money in the briefcase, the 'street rat' metaphor - all of it. It's been truly great, so well done to you.
Now, to the post-match. If there's one thing you've made sure AOW is known for, it's the big twists and turns. I'll start with what I think is bad here - it feels a little... hm... the adjective is 'TNA'. The gut impression I got was the TNA-style shock tactics, trying to 'out-do' the WWE with the whole Cross The Line gimmick, 'Vince Who?' and all that. That's my problem; sure, it's a huge climax to the show, but I find MVP turning up, title in hand, to be a little too radical if you understand me. The legal issues, for one, would be tenfold, but it seems like the kind of aggressive move that a company would make if they wanted to go head-on with the WWE and try to be a little too controversial. I only say it because until now, you've been huge on the realistic 'new company on the block' dynamic and this doesn't quite match that, though I'm very prepared for your next news post to hype the controversy to the max. Now, to the good side of what I think - it's the fucking US Champion turning up in AOW. That's fucking awesome. Raises all kinds of questions, and hell, no matter what company you generally watch as a wrestling fan, you'll be watching the next Oblivion, guaranteed. It's not the BIG angle I was expecting from you headed into the off-season (I suppose you just gave me my STABLE WAAAAAR at This Is Exile), but I'm pleasantly surprised. I also had no idea who 'The Saint' was, so you definitely swerved me there. Good to see Punk get a new enemy, too, though I imagine the ending to the show will stretch more widely than simply Punk. For now, I'm split, but I look forward to the next Oblivion when I can really start to judge you - I mean, critique you, on where this storyline is headed. Very intriguing stuff indeed.
Overall, it just gets better from you. You had some great matches on the show, coupled with a BIG ending and a very strong opening segment. Heyman back on the show is a bonus, while the Trios tourney is moving on nicely, and the conclusion to Punk/Hassan was handled expertly too. You know exactly where you're going with the thread and it shows in the booking, measured segments and well-written promos to build tension to something bigger. For instance, how you started up Helms/Danielson again with that subtle booking of the title in Helms' hands again - it's the little things that make your show great, the little nods (as I've said before) to previous work that make AOW such a complex beast. My one thought would maybe be to just proof-read every so often; occasionally you have sentences that complicate themselves too much or spelling mistakes, but as I say, it's merely an infrequent occurrence and I'm nitpicking at that. The Christian/Jericho contract signing, as well as some clarification on the MVP issue and (I assume) more Trios action makes next week unmissable stuff. This gets DethronedMelvis' stamp of approval - BAM, there it is, for what it's worth - and I eagerly await the next offering. Bon.
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Originally Posted by Melvis
...but I find MVP turning up, title in hand, to be a little too radical if you understand me. I only say it because until now, you've been huge on the realistic 'new company on the block' dynamic and this doesn't quite match that...
Oh we of little faith. But I totally understand this view.
It’s been noted that AOW has become somewhat notorious for it’s ‘twists and turns’ or so some call it, but this move wasn’t for sheer shock value, I assure you ('you' as in anyone reading this, not just Melvis). It’s not even a ‘head-to-head’ sort of deal. I’ve thought this to too much of an absurd degree for those surface-value ideas. Those things will be explained in more detail below, but I just want to give my reasoning for doing it first.
AOW started out as being inspired on the design of being a ‘what if’ fed. No, not creating dream matches of the sort, but of wrestling situations. The most notable one being what the actual company has been fueled by – the thought of ‘what if an indy promotion went mainstream’ (hence the focus on tag teams and cruiserweights, the company having to constantly look over its shoulder as far as finances and working their way from the ground up; things like the Trios Tournament and the upcoming Dynasty Tournament and overall being more wrestling based). But it has just become the base of where I do like to explore other ‘what ifs’. ‘What if’ characters were rocked to the core of what their characters were (a la Christian/Van Dam) or if those cores were expanded upon (Finlay, Joe, Jericho). ‘What if’ face, heel, and neutral weren’t the only alignments graspable. The best upcoming example is, of course, ‘what if’ pro wrestling had an offseason.
But this MVP situation presented me with an opportunity to tackle something I’ve wanted to for a long time - ‘what if’, in the modern era, someone DID jump ship a la Monday Night Wars AND doing so while in possession of a title (a la Ric Flair) and what it would mean, in ring and out, for a company that WASN’T as big as WCW or the WWE.
This is the ensuing fallout.
Originally Posted by The Informer
Of course the biggest news in the entire wrestling world right now is regarding the apparent ‘ship jump’ of Montel Vontavious Porter, showing up on AOW television with the WWE United States Championship in hand. While the move seems huge and is definitely the most aggressive move in AOW history and potentially all of wrestling history, it isn’t going to come without controversy and without troubles, mostly on the legal end.
~It should be noted that MVP was not taken directly off of the WWE roster, but in a way, he was. According to several sources, including the WWE themselves, they’re not suing for breach of contract like many thought they would because MVP was not under contract at the time he showed up in AOW. Reportedly, his WWE contract expired the very night of the Tuesday Smackdown! tapings that won’t air until Friday, where MVP will actually lose his US title to long-time rival Matt Hardy before being unceremoniously dumped by Teddy Long
~It should be noted that the WWE 90-Day No Compete Clause only kicks on for individuals who were cut and/or fired from the company as a way to prevent them from carrying their WWE momentum into another mainstream company. But the clause does NOT kick in when an individual’s contract expires or is granted early release (see Kurt Angle). Regal being granted early release is an example, as well as MVP to an extent, seeing as how his contract expired 24-hours before showing up in AOW.
~It’s no surprise that the WWE is already gathering everything together to get ready for a full-on lawsuit in regards to MVP, but potentially not AOW in particular. Sources say the ‘E plans on suing Porter for numerous things, the most notable being non-fulfillment of contractual obligations and disposition of company property (the latter being the charge of showing up in AOW with the US title). The reason the ‘E is suing for the former charge is because while MVP did drop the title and get written off of the Tuesday tapings, the episode won’t air until it’s regular Friday night spot, MVP showing up on Oblivion before that on Wednesday.
~The lawsuit doesn’t have many, if any, tie-ins to AOW specifically, but should they continue to show Porter on their weekly programming, it very well could wind up including them even further. AOW could be indicted for not allowing MVP to fulfill his contractual obligations before swooping in and taking him up, as well as if they keep using the gimmick ‘MVP’. Either way, if the suit goes through, which it undisputedly will at this point, and if the WWE gets the better part of the deal, it could spell doom for FX’s waning confidence in the company and AOW ‘s finances, and thus, AOW as a whole.
~One of the biggest twists, however, is what sources say are coming out of MVP’s mouth. MVP is actually preparing to counter sue the WWE for breach of contract. Porter states that he, along with several other ‘Superstars’ were not given their owed due when the WWE went on tour overseas last November and early December. The list is confidential and most likely won’t be made public until a potential trial. Also, the status of the WWE naming their employees ‘independent contractors’ as opposed to ‘employees’ has also come up as a terms for filing. If that were the case, some current and/or former WWE employees may offer their testimonies. MVP is not countering the charge brought upon him by showing up with the US title, seemingly taking that bullet.
~In the AOW camp, we aren’t hearing about much other than the actual process of getting Porter and getting him on TV. According to sources, literally no one in the company knew it was going to be Porter showing up other than Heyman. Many wrestlers were told that it was Heyman who was returning that night. While Heyman did make a brief appearance on the program, he was present to keep Porter under wraps before actually going out and showing up on camera. The commentators’ reactions to seeing MVP were reportedly genuine, seeing as how even they had no knowledge of what was going to happen.
~But what we have heard from AOW on the legal end is that AOW would like for a trail to begin to take place during the Offseason, but the WWE is having none of that. The Offseason was purposely planned to take AOW off TV during Wrestlemania season and the last thing the WWE wants hanging over them in their biggest financial year is a trial, whether they’re the ones asking for it or not. But of course, the point where the WWE is the lightest, that being in the summer, is what’s shaping up to be the biggest part of AOW’s year.
~Possibly the news that everyone is wanting to know in regards to fan mindset is ‘is this the first shot in a war between AOW and the WWE?’ The answer from everyone in the AOW camp - Foley, Heyman, Dean Malenko, and others included – is a resounding ‘NO’. AOW saw a chance to sign a big, relevant name and with the possible leavings of three of their top heels – Lashley, Muhammad Hassan, and Paul “Big Show/The Great” Wight - they needed someone to possibly step in on that. This was in no way intended as a way to start something with the WWE. With that being said, don’t be surprised if MVP (or whatever name he’ll go under in AOW) is written as a heel.
...and a small side salad of news that doesn't have to do with MVP
Spoiler for News NOT about MVP:
Originally Posted by The Informer
While everyone is still buzzing around about the news concerning MVP’s ‘ship jump’ on over to Wednesday nights, there’s other things going on in AOW backstage, just like there always are.
~AOW officials are trying to work out how exactly the Dynasty Tournament is going to have to work. Announced to be encompassing the entire month of June and including thirty-two wrestlers, it’s the company’s ‘reset button’ plan following being off of TV for two months in the Offseason. If this were to happen, sources say the first two weeks of shows would almost be Japan-esque shows full of nothing but matches. We’re also being told that the second round, taking place right before the “Rise of a Dynasty” Supershow, could be split up into a two-night affair, as AOW officials seem to be trying to get a Thursday night spot around that time.
~After the Offseason (or perhaps before), AOW seems to be tinkering with the idea of a web-only pre-show, possibly similar to Heat or Velocity back in the WWE. The “Online Oblivions” ,as they’ve been called in theory, will be what AOW uses as their monthly (or possibly twice a month) iCard during the Offseason and could thereafter supply guys with extra time when everything is back to normal.
~Tests for Super Crazy’s ‘botch’ injury came back looking good, sources say. There’s no profound damage, although Crazy should take it easy in the ring for a while, which shouldn’t be that hard given that he’s set up to be in the Trios Tournament. That being said, we’re being told that on screen, the injury will be played up and kept relevant.
~In other injury news, Rey Mysterio’s rehab seems to be going ‘excellent’, according to the international superstar. Mysterio had a knee injury prior to coming to AOW, but put off his rehab until the company got off the ground. He was written off in an attack by Gregory Helms. Don’t be surprised if Rey shows up in some capacity before the Offseason hits.
~And finally, one of the reasons AOW possibly went to the wells and signed MVP was because they evidently reached out to Brock Lesnar yet again, who emphatically told them ‘no’. Lesnar, as well as Mexican sensation Mistico were two big blows before the beginning of AOW that turned the then new company down. Heyman and co. were probably hoping that with AOW’s recent success, it might change either one of their minds. At this point in time, neither seems to have.
Until next time friends, this has been The Informer...
Been incredibly drained in the last week, but show is on the way and possibly polished (and properly proofread ) by the week's end. Exclusives and preview should hopefully be up by mid-week. Hope all bear with me and don't hate me for my possible 'overcreativeness' in this .