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Old 03-13-2013, 07:28 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Starting off serious here, no video package and straight to the promo, I’m liking where this is going.

Michaels is really sticking it to Heyman here. Michaels is always good at keeping the crowd engaged and alive and he is doing that by telling Heyman things like that he doesn’t own Shawn Michaels. One question I have though is when HBK says I don’t have a beef with Mick, shouldn’t it just be “I don’t have beef with Mick” not “a beef?” Heyman is not being too convincing by saying he’s not desperate, HBK makes a good point. Nice now Christian is coming in, he is awesome. This is getting really heated, Christian clearly has problems with HBK’s actions despite his blame on Paul Heyman. Michaels makes his intentions clear for the AOW championship, and I like the reference to the screwjob. Oh shit! Unprettier! Should’ve seen that coming but I really didn’t, I’m interested to see what this will lead up to in the future.

This Helms promo is good and catches a good heel character. He is really shooting hard on Danielson, nice to see him come out and “protect” himself with a challenge.

Helms/Danielson- This escalated quickly haha. I had a feeling Helms would do something to get DQed after the unexpected challenge from Danielson. Helms got lucky when he snuck away but this match is looking good for the PPV.

Jericho as a dominant, powerful heel is so awesome. I really like him both in real life and how you use him in AOW (based on the past episodes I have read). His personality and heel status just perfectly coexist.

The Green Zone segment is awesome and this promo makes the tag teams seem very significant for the show. I see Benjamin and Haas fighting each other in their match against the SOTD and then eventually feuding each other.

I don’t really get RVD’s new character of not being hardcore anymore. It’s kind of an interesting twist but it touches a little too far from home for me to enjoy. Anyway, Finlay is like the perfect dude to help a guy regain his hardcore-ness. And I like that Finlay went to the extreme of hurting his wife, maybe RVD can then get back to his old self.

SuperPsicoStar/Carlito and SFC- I have really enjoyed reading this Trio tournament in your thread. It’s very creative and something I’ve never seen before. This match is absolutely action packed, not surprisingly so seeing as many talented wrestlers are in the ring. I was thinking Carlito was gonna get the elimination with the Backstabber but that idea blew me off and they ended up losing. Based on the conclusion I can see Aero Star and Carlito feuding.

I take back what I just said, Rey just made his epic return and now I see him and Carlito feuding. I knew it would be soon for Rey to come back based on your username haha.

Punk is his typical impressive self on the microphone. This Banks/Punk feud is coming along nicely and it’s a feud I have never seen or read before. Racism is a touchy thing to use in a show but I think you use it extremely well so it matches both workers mic skills and creates an interesting soliloquy. Nice Banks will finally get in the ring, I wonder who his opponent will be? This has been my favorite promo so far of the show and I REALLY like this feud.

Cage and Joe/American Made- My early prediction is that Cage and Joe are gonna win and a brawl will ensue after. Christian goes for the Unprettier extremely early on and shows that he means business. When Joe gets into the match he looks extremely dominant, especially when Nameth tries to go for the sleeper hold but it ends up with him getting the Samoan Drop. Oh man ref goes down, now things are gonna get crazy. Of course Jericho is gonna come out here and send someone to mess Christian up. Whattt how did Samoa Joe last through the Knockout Punch to end up getting Chokeslammed through the table? Hagar had a lot of chances to end the match but I had a feeling Christian would somehow come away with the win.

HBK with the sweet chin music to nameth? This Jericho character really has to have full control of the roster as it seems like he is the puppet master of everything that goes on in the show.

Overall this was a very well done show. Next week’s Oblivion looks good but the next PPV is looking outstanding. Keep up the good work and sorry for not reviewing last episode.
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In the opening description of Michaels, you always made sound as if Heyman had personally styled Michaels in his image, which was a kinda funny if not rather brilliant touch if intended. I thought Michaels was very well written, and you conveyed that real sense of anguish and almost annoyance Michaels has with himself that it's come to the point that he has to sell his soul to Heyman to even have a job. I say almost, as at the same time, there was a real sense of justification from Michaels too. The conflicting nature of the promo was something that was very interesting to read, with Michaels knowing what he's doing is wrong, but at this time, feeling so desperate that he has no choice and blames others for making him do so. Really good stuff, such a dynamic character to have at your disposal. And then you had those conflicting thoughts represented so well by Christian, almost as if he was a true voice of the people here. He really did sum up my own thoughts, so I guess that means you got across your message with Michaels very nicely. The way you've set up this triple threat has been pretty sweet, with Jericho and Christian firmly established in the heel and face rolls, yet we have the dynamic of Michaels, nobody quite sure which way he's gonna fall. It's all very intriguing, and this opening segment, while perhaps lacking any true storyline development, did a nice job of summing everything up thus far. Nice work here.

Ha! I loved the way Danielson picked himself, certainly a very clever twist on the pick your poison stipulation. I wasn't all that happy with the way Danielson set it up though. The whole greatest crusierweights in the world bit, it was perhaps just a bit too arrogant for a guy like Danielson's character, but it was certainly very clever. The low blow though was kinda a waste though. I'd have much rather had Danielson just blitz Helms, and if you were determined to have Helms save face, why not have him run away from the match like he did the post match beatdown? The way you left it, despite Danielson out smarting Helms, it was Helms who had the last laugh, whereas for me, the set up should have seen Danielson being the one smiling at the end of the segment. Not entirely sure I agree with you on this one buddy, certainly the start was really well done, but the finish I'm not so happy with.

Nice little interaction here between Jericho and American Made. I especially liked the line about slaying the dragon before going after the princess, that was definitely a nice touch. Acting as Jericho's lackeys is a nice spot for American Made to be in right now, and of course this continues to build the intrigue with regards to just who the blonde is and what kinda future interactions there will be between her and the team. But yeah, looking forward to seeing what happens between them and Christian tonight. As for Haas and Benjamin, the tension is starting to build between the two quite nicely, and I think it would be something different if you do decide to turn them on each other and have Haas be the face. His talk about honour in defending the titles certainly dictates that's gonna be the case. Anyway, while it didn't happen yet, I'm expecting that eventually we will get that title match set up between them and the dungeon kids.

Wow, Finlay was really well used here, just really awesome stuff. Small gripe with him using the word breathtaking, very un-Finlay like imo. But the rest, with Rob's wife and the shillelagh shot, it was shocking yet at the the same time all kinds of great. You certainly don't do things by half, and Finlay has absolutely tortured Szatowski's soul in recent weeks. Surely this is the big one though, the big spot that convinces Rob to be RVD again and face Finlay in the ring. Surely?

The one huge positive about this trios tournament is that it's certainly delivered some very exciting matches, and this seemed like another here. Definitely had some pretty cool sounding spots, and Aero Star gaining a measure of revenge on Carlito was the right call here, as SuperPsicoStar have been one of the highlights of the tournament for me, and could easily go all the way and win it. at JBL and the line about the Mexicans making it to Canada, that was awesome. The post match beatdown, nice to see Mysterio back for the save, and it seems you've rather seamlessly transitioned Carlito into his next program, and I'm sure you've got some good stuff in store for him and Rey moving forward. All in all, good stuff here, nothing to complain about.

I criticised you for the debut promo from Banks, but this was much better here. The content had been toned down a bit, there was still that hint of racial prejudice but it was far more subtle and I enjoyed this much more than your previous effort. Maybe it was the fact that there was a back and forth from Punk to counter-argue what Banks was saying? Who knows, all I know is that I enjoyed this much more. Certainly the way both men talked up their humble beginnings, it almost presented the two on an equal playing field, and now we can determine who is the better of the two in the ring. Which is of course the way things should be. But yeah, a far better promo from Banks, much more easier on the eye, and that should be a great match between the two at the PPV.

And now main event time. Poor Nicky not finding his blonde in the crowd. I felt for him. Again some really good action, and I was surprised at how well the young guns looked given who was in the ring with them. No real surprise in Jericho and The Great getting involved, but I thought you'd have American Made sneak the win because of the presence of the champ and his henchman. But Joe and Christian get the win, a real confidence boost for them, especially Joe given what has happened to him recently. Great little tease at the end with Michaels, but of course it's Jericho who all eyes are on once again. Honestly, he's such a well used character in this thread, and I loved the use of the pupetmaster to describe his smirk at the end. There's definitely a ton of questions form me, as I alluded right at the start of the show, but of course, I'm gonna have to wait a couple of weeks for some answers, aren't I?

Overall, a very enjoyable show. I definitely didn't like the Helms/Danielson segment, I thought ultimately that was a waste of a great idea, but the rest was fine and there's so much intrigue ahead of the PPV. Keep it going man, show's shaping up to be a real good one.
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Thank you for the feedback, gentlemen. Everyone's thoughts are always valued, so I can't thank you fellas enough. I'm really glad everyone's liked the Trios Tournament concept so far. It really just started as a way to get lots of people on TV before the big 'season finale'. I'm also quite surprised for the positive reviews on the luchadors to tell you the truth, but I guess that goes to show you'll never know what an audience will enjoy.

I also apologize for any feedback I may lack in getting back to people. Hectic time over here in real life. But rest assured, I WILL get to you. Eventually. But for now, here's some website news...


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JOE VERSUS THE GIANT ANNOUNCED FOR THE OUTER LIMITS

After weeks of hinting that the last bit of ‘scum’ on Joe’s hitlist was the man known as “The Great”, it looks like the powers that be have finally decided to give the match a go. In less than two weeks at The Outer Limits, Samoa Joe will take on Chris Jericho’s remaining subordinate from the Worthy Legion. But this ‘subordinate’ towers over every single man in AOW in being Paul Wright, the mammoth of a man who stands over seven feet tall and is a tank of over 400 lbs. After putting Joe through an announce table last week paired with an elbow injury suffered in the War Chamber, will Joe have what it takes to topple the giant? Or will the Worthy Legion be revived on the strength of “The Great” handing the One Man Army his first pinfall or submission loss? It's the Unstoppable Force meeting the Immovable Object!


AOW ANNOUNCES ‘ONLINE OBLIVION’ AND THE ‘OFFSEASON ROSTER’

While we at Art of War Wrestling wish to supply you with the greatest pro wrestling has to offer, we don’t want to run the risk of running our talent into the ground. Thus a few months ago, we unveiled a plan for the AOW Offseason which will take place following The Outer Limits on March 16th and going until June 4th.

In that Offseason that will take AOW off of television, AOW will still be hosting Oblivion, but it will be streaming right here on aohdubya.com! Online Oblivion will be a bi-monthly, one-hour program streaming live every Wednesday night at 8/7c on April 2nd and 16th, as well as May 7th and 21st from the Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

As many of you with a keen knowledge of wrestling can figure out from that location, this means that Online Oblivion will be aired from the same place as Ohio Valley Wrestling, which is AOW’s development affiliate. With many AOW mainstay stars opting to take time off in the Offseason, this leaves the door open for AOW’s top prospects to get their chance to shine! Several on the AOW roster have already said they want more ring time and will be in Kentucky, but they’ll have to compete for the spotlight with the likes of the OVW standouts and AOW’s future stars. The official AOW Offseason Roster will be announced on a future date.

No AOW Exclusives this week! I think this is the first time since their inception that I haven’t used them. They probably won’t be back until after The Outer Limits at that, so don’t get too happy that they’re gone. But even so, there’s this –





3.5.08

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

“Revival of the Fittest”


After a stunning last couple of weeks, the destined showdown between Chris Jericho and Christian Cage for the AOW Championship has been interrupted by a man who has become quite famous for stealing the spotlight in the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels. Last week, we finally got to hear from Shawn Michaels himself as to why he ‘sold his soul to the Devil’ in the form of Paul Heyman, only for Michaels to straight up defy Heyman in every sense of the word, declaring that Shawn Michaels could never be ‘owned’. While Michaels tried to point out that it was Heyman, not HBK, who had become the desperate man, Christian Cage came out and spoke as though he were one of the people. From that viewpoint, he further anguished the redemption seeking HBK by telling him that he had become a monster trying to exercise the monsters in his life. Following last week’s main event, Chris Jericho showed that he still has everything and everyone writhing under his thumbs and almost seemingly letting Christian and Michaels do whatever they want while he stays out of the spotlight. But this week, for the first time ever, all three participants in The Outer Limits main event will be in the same ring at the same time. Jericho, Christian, Michaels all address one another to kick off the show.

Also last week, we saw Antonio Banks show up in the Hammerstein for the first time since his race-themed speech, but the man who met him wasn’t exactly the welcoming committee. CM Punk did what he does best and that’s verbally combat every point Banks was getting at. Banks expressed even more feelings in regards to how prejudiced pro wrestling and the idea of “The American Dream” are, only for CM Punk to come back and express how life is hard for any and everyone, no matter the race. With Banks still more determined than ever to deliver his message, he officially challenged Punk for the AOW Dynasty Championship, which the competition-addicted Second City Saint readily accepted…on one condition. That condition was that “The Boondock Saint” had to have his first match this week. The stage is now set for Antonio Banks to make his in-ring debut in AOW after all the out-of-ring hoopla he has caused.

The AOW Tag Team Champion World’s Greatest Tag Team haven’t exactly been on the same page for quite some time now, but somehow, they haven’t let that tension completely tear the team apart. Even after their very questionable win over CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, the team is trying harder and harder to stay together. Some may say they’re just fooling themselves and are on the brink of a complete schism, but until that comes, they’ll have to defend their titles against the winner of the #1 Contender’s match come Wednesday. The Sons of the Dungeon more than have a case in having pinned both Benjamin and Haas in the opening of the Trios Tournament, while American Made have a case after defeating the Hooliganz and This is Exile and forcing both Samoa Joe and Christian to the limit last week. Perhaps putting their pursuit of the gold-haired woman on the crowd on hold, can American Made look for gold instead? Or will the Sons finally get their wish and win the right to face the champs in Canada?

Last week also saw Bryan Danielson become so overcome with hatred for Gregory Helms, that he constructed a loophole in his permission to choose Helms’ opponent…by choosing himself! While the Cruiserweight Champion did get his hands on the man who has talked shit about him since Day One, Gregory Helms managed to get away and leave Danielson even more frustrated. But in a cruel twist of fate, Paul Heyman has figured that since Mick Foley allowed Danielson to choose Helms’ opponent, this week, it’s Helms’ turn to pick Danielson’s poison! Will Helms run the Danielson route and choose to face Danielson himself? Or does the Carolinian have something else entirely up his sleeve…?

This week will mark the first time in over a month that Oblivion does not have a Trios Tournament match booked, but that doesn’t mean we’re not reeling from the fallout! Team SuperPsico Star and Mercenaries, Inc. have both been given the week off to begin preparations for the Finals at TOL, but following SuperPsicoStar’s big semi-final win last week, they were viciously assaulted by Carlito and the Samoan Fight Club. It took a surprise returning Rey Mysterio to force Carlito and Co. away from his fellow luchadors. What does Rey Mysterio have to say about Carlito and his return when he visits the AOW Green Zone?

All this (AND MORE!!) on the next edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion, 9/8c only on FX!



.:Confirmed For Oblivion:.

~#1 Contender for the AOW Tag Team Championships~
Sons of the Dungeon v. American Made

AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson v. an opponent of Gregory Helms’ choosing

We hear from a returning Rey Mysterio

PLUS…

“The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks has his first match in AOW

BUT FIRST…

Christian Cage, Shawn Michaels, and AOW Champion Chris Jericho speak face to face to face



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3.5.08

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

“Revival of the Fittest”


Quote:
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette

(Whispers)

Fight…

RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…

Fight…

HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…

Fight…

Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…

Fight…

Chris Jericho’s silhouette is highlighted…

*Opening guitar riff*

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

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

Celebrated victim of your fame

Aero Star leaps onto Jamie Noble from the entrance stage columns

Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons

Christian searches for his peeps from Week 5

And say that "death was on sale today"

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

*Upped tempo, heavier sound*

And when we were good

Jack Evans’ double moonsault from Week 1

You just close your eyes

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

So when we are bad

Paul Wright chokeslams Michaels through the table from the Supershow

We'll scar your minds

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

Fight!

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Fight!

WARRIOR’S WAY!!!

Fight!

MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

Fight!

SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Fight!

CHOKESLAM!!!

Fight!

WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!

Fight!

GTS!!

Fight!

FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!

*Final cymbal crash*

Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air


The entire Hammerstein is buzzing their heads off for what’s sure to be yet another huge edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion, not a silent seat in the house. The camera pans around to see numerous fans all in a frenzy before “KING OF MY WORLD” hits the sound system and all that generous ovation turns into a huge rain of heat for AOW Champion Chris Jericho, who steps from between the blood-red curtain with his nose high in the air with a complete lack of remorse. He struts down the ramp and into the ring with his three piece suit and a microphone, no one liking what’s going to come out of his mouth already.

Chris Jericho:
My name is Chris Jericho and I am your undisputed AOW Heavyweight Champion…

~Jericho is cut off by the insane amount of heat he’s getting that he has to acknowledge before continuing

Chris Jericho:
…soon to be your undisputed AOW WORLD Heavyweight Champion.

~And the heat remains sustained

Chris Jericho:
Once I defend my championship on the soil of my home country in less than two weeks, this title will be rebranded and my power will expand to not just this cesspool of a place, but to the entire world.

~The heat stays strong, Jericho just prying at the crowd now

Chris Jericho:
But in order to defend my AOW Championship at The Outer Limits, I’ll have to do the one thing people have been saying I can’t do…and that’s do the impossible.

~The crowd buzzes as Jericho smirks just a bit


Chris Jericho:
See, not only do I have to defend my AOW Championship in a Triple Threat against two men who are undisputedly consumed by their hatred for me, but I have to do it completely…alone.

~More crowd buzz as Jericho rubs his chin a little and lets his smirk fade


Chris Jericho:
Word just came into me that due to the fact that this administration has an unblieivable vendetta against me, Paul “The Great” Wright has been banned from ringside for the match.

~…and the crowd pops

Chris Jericho:
But on top of the fact that Bobby Lashley is injured and Ken Doane has vanished without a trace…

~Even more pops, Jericho getting more and more angry

Chris Jericho:
These facts have left me defend my AOW Championship by myself…and I’m more than ready to do that.

~Jericho raises his head back to ‘holier than thou’ levels

Chris Jericho:
See, that’s what being as worthy as me is all about. Doing the utterly impossible. No mortal man can do what I have the capability of doing.

~Some buzz, as Jericho gets a little more angry

Chris Jericho:
I have the entire world a-gainst me. Paul Heyman doesn’t want me as champion. Mick Foley doesn’t want me as champion. No one in the back wants me as champion. Hell, the nacho maker in the lobby doesn’t want me as champion…and you mindless worms don’t want me as champion.

~…and the heat, predictably, returns

Chris Jericho:
So no matter what phony stories Christian Cage and Shawn Michaels want to lather you people up with, it’s I, Chris Jericho, your Worthy Champion, who has all the odds stacked against him.

~Jericho looks up and almost looks like he’s looking to the heavens for power

Chris Jericho:
And so it is I who will walk into my home country with the weight of the world on my shoulders, no one on my side…and remain for the seventh straight month your undisputed, worthy, and godly AOW WORLD Heavyweight Champion!


No one in the crowd buys Jericho’s statement for a minute, and if they do, they certainly don’t give a damn seeing as how they let Jericho have it with an absurd amount of heat being poured now. Jericho has this incredibly false noble look on his face as if he’s just delivered a dignified speech and not delivered what was perhaps the grandest load of bull anyone’s ever heard.

Joey Styles:
I would welcome you all to another edition of AOW Wednesday Night Oblivion, but if you all change your channels right now, Chris Jericho will disappear. I envy all of you at home for that ability.

JBL:
This man is speaking pure, unbridled truth!! This man has the entire world against him, but he’s more than ready to do the impossible! Don’t touch that dial, simpletons at home. My colleague has not seen the light.

Joey Styles:
I’m Joey Styles alongside John “Bradshaw” Layfield and if you can barely hear us, that’s because the Hammerstein Ballroom is showing Chris Jericho how much they believe in his phony story.

JBL:
Oh great. Someone else wants to join the blind hate parade.


Just as the world (and Joey Styles) wants to hate on Jericho some more, the heat immediately turns into a wild reaction as “SEXY BOY” roars over the sound system for the rebellious redemption seeker in Shawn Michaels comes on down the ramp. He looks slightly less artificial than he did last week, but still looks out of himself enough to not bounce on down the ramp and instead just strut. He has his iconic unflinching look on his face.

Shawn Michaels:
What the hell does someone like you know about the impossible?

~A bit of a buzz pop for Michaels showing up Jericho already

Shawn Michaels
:
You’re talkin’ to a guy who has made a career out of doing the impossible. Hell, you can ask Paul Heyman right now – I am impossible.

~Another bit of a pop for the defiance of Michaels

Shawn Michaels
:
You can come out here and try to convince whoever the hell you want to that you’re some sick kind of underdog, but I see right through you, Jericho. Everyone does. You’ve always had a plan. You always have a plan.

~Michaels gets close to Jericho’s face here and points a finger

Shawn Michaels
:
Plus...you’re trying to get by with a lie…in front of a bona fide liar.

~Michaels spins his finger around and then points towards himself to a small pop


Shawn Michaels
:
But if there’s anyone in that match in two weeks that’ll be doing the impossible…it’ll be me.

~Michaels gets a little more grave and points to himself again


Shawn Michaels
:
Y’see, Jericho, I’ll be trying to bury a monster that’s been raging inside of me for more than a decade in a city that hates me more than the Devil himself.

~Michaels’ grave look becomes even more stoic

Shawn Michaels
:
I might’ve sold my soul to try and redeem myself, but there’s nothing I can do to get those people in Montreal on my side.

~Michaels is utterly unflinching, but so is Jericho

Shawn Michaels
:
So you can try and come out here and claim that you’re the hero…but just so you, Paul Heyman, and Christian know… I’ve got nothing holding me back from being the villain.


The crowd reels from this line, Michaels and Jericho now sharing their first staredown since December, but the entire arena breaks into A HUGE pop when “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” roars across the arena. Christian Cage pushes through the blood-red curtain and takes in his reaction before marching down to the ring with a purpose and with a microphone in hand.

Christian:
I don’t want to hear either one of you sit here and try to play your hands.

~Cage’s maddened eyes glare back and forth between both men, stopping on Michaels

Christian
:
You…you came into this company with this ‘clean slate’ ruse. And it’s been proven time and time again that you’re nothing but the same guy that this entire company was built to thwart.

~Christian gets closer to Michaels, but his eyes do most of his traveling by staring a hole through HBK

Christian
:
And then you come right back out here with this ‘redemption’ story after selling your soul to the Devil because you hate yourself. You hate yourself so much, you’ll make a spectacle of it. Why?

~Michaels doesn’t seem fazed to even ask the question

Christian
:
You said it last week – no matter who owns your contract, no matter what the stakes are, you’ll always be ‘The Showstopper’. Even if the show you’re stoppin’ has nothing to do with you.

~This isn’t a term of endearment for this, Cage instantly snapping from Michaels to a startled Jericho

Christian
:
And you…where do I begin with you…?

~Cage is literally about to snap Jericho’s nose off he’s so close

Christian
:
Of all the bullshit you’ve pulled for months, this absolutely has to take the cherry. Chris Jericho, a man who has gone so far as to call himself a god now has the gall to come out here and plead his case as someone the world should be rooting for…?

~The crowd delivers heat, not for Christian, but for Jericho’s ridiculous notion

Christian
:
I’m supposed to pity you because you’re alone, Jericho? Am I supposed to clap for you because you’re finally doing something by yourself? News flash, oh Worthy One – that’s exactly where Shawn Michaels is now and that’s exactly where you forced me to be. You get no sympathy, you sick son of a bitch.

~Christian growls this in Jericho’s face, the crowd buzzing from the vulgarity, but Christian pulls back to get a look at both men


Christian
:
You’ve thrown away everything you’ve worked for just so you can keep your glory. Dare I say you two look like mirror images of each other. You’re both so…desperate.

~Jericho and Michaels glance at each other quickly before looking back to Cage


Christian
:
Maybe that’s what it’s like when you’ve had and want it so bad. Maybe that’s what it’s like to have and want to hold. Maybe that's what it all boils down to. You’ve both been world champions before and you want to do everything you can to get to the top and stay there. But I haven’t ever had a world title.

~Christian stops looking at his two foes and looks a little towards the ground

Christian
:
I have never held a world title and I’m supposed to take down two monsters to try and get it. I’m supposed to do that after having to fight tooth and nail to prove myself to these people, to redeem myself in front of my peers, and to save this company.

~Christian looks up to point to the crowd and to the back before turning back to the two men with him

Christian
:
So if you two want to see someone who is more than ready to do the impossible…you’re lookin’ at him. Because that’s all I’ve done in AOW.

~HUGE pop

Christian
:
My goal isn’t to retain…

~Christian turns to Jericho

Christian
:
…nor is my goal to be redeemed…

~Christian turns to Michaels before turning again center

Christian
:
My goal is to be revitalized. That’s what that gold means to me.

~Another buzz from the crowd for that

Christian
:
So long story short, I’m not concerned with being the “hero”…

~Another look at Jericho


Christian
:
…and I’m not concerned with being the “villain”…

~Another look towards Michaels


Christian
:
I’m just concerned with being champion.


And a WILD pop from the Hammerstein for Christian cementing his place if he hasn’t already, prompting the raucous crowd to break out in a “CHRISTIAN!! CHRISTIAN!!” chant. Even so, Jericho and Michaels aren’t impressed in the least, both men glaring at Cage who madly stares right back. The intensity is all over the place right now, the crowd buzzing and waiting for something to happen…only to hear “LAMBEG” suddenly hit the threshold. All three men suddenly look up the entrance ramp to see Finlay strutting down to the ring with a microphone in hand as he eats up heat that rivals only Jericho. He even gets garbage pelted at him when he stops at the base of the ramp due to his actions last week. He just smirks a little to himself before stepping into the ring and forcing everyone’s attention there. He has to wait a moment for his heat to die down.

Finlay:
Fellas, I don’t care what your reasonings are. I don’t care about the people in Montreal an’ I certainly don’t care about the people already here.

~The heat goes even stronger, Jericho possibly jealous of the heat Finlay’s generating here

Finlay:
What I care about is that I finally did what I said I was gonna do an’ that’s break these people’s hero in Rob Van – sorry – Robert Szatowski.

~The heat just continues to pour

Finlay:
An’ I know that forcing a guy like him to retire an’ still never being pinned or made to submit is more than enough reasoning for me to get a shot at the AOW Championship.

~The heat is sustained, all three men going from puzzled and stoic to ‘oh hell no’

Christian
:
NO! I won’t let anyone else get in the way!

Finlay:
Well that’s really not up to you, is it Cage? As a matter of fact, these people seem to think that you’re their new hero.

~Cage still stares back at the confident Finlay with mad eyes

Finlay:
An’ if I want a way into the AOW Championship match, I got no problem breaking another hero.


Finlay and Christian now stare daggers at one another, but their gazes quickly dart from each other back to Jericho and Michaels, all four men now equipped with the utmost uncertainty, the crowd buzzing because yet again they want something to happen…but AGAIN it’s all stopped when the voice of Paul Heyman suddenly cuts across the entire arena to another shot of heat, probably more from annoyance than anything.

Paul Heyman:
Gentlemen, gentlemen, will you please lower your testosterone levels for just a moment.

~Heyman looks incredibly flustered in his wheelchair atop the entrance ramp, probably because he had to wheel himself out with Michaels not by his side

Paul Heyman:
There will be no anarchy here! None of that on my watch!

~The Hammerstein throws very disappointed heat at Heyman

Paul Heyman:
Oh, so I try to keep order and I’m the bad guy?

~…and the crowd gives a smart ass pop, flustering Heyman even more

Paul Heyman:
Anyway, Finlay, while what you did last week was indescribably despicable.

~A bit of buzz, seeing as how even bashing someone’s wife may be a little bit too much for Heyman


Paul Heyman:
However it was…impressive.

~…and there’s the heat


Paul Heyman:
And Mr. Finlay is right, Christian. It’s not your place to decide who gets title shots. So seeing as how I can’t stand you, I loathe Chris Jericho, and Shawn Michaels won’t stay chained in the yard…

~A quick shot of a smirk from Michaels

Paul Heyman:
…why not? Tonight, we’re gonna have the biggest tag team match in AOW history!!

~A big of a pop of intrigue


Paul Heyman:
Tonight, it will be Shawn Michaels teaming up with Christian Cage to face Chris Jericho and Finlay!

~A pop from the crowd

Paul Heyman:
Christian and Jericho, I’ll even waive your no-contact clause for the duration of this match! Because if Finlay pins Shawn Michaels or Christian, he will be added to The Outer Limits title match!

~The crowd lets out a mixed reaction as Heyman delivers the announcement that would make Teddy Long splooge all over the place, but none of the men in the ring seem happy at all…except Finlay. Finlay has a shit-eating smirk pasted on his face that develops into his toothy grin.

Paul Heyman:
Oh, and just in case you all wanted to cause some kind of anarchy anyway, if any of you touch Finlay before tonight’s match, he automatically gets added. But Finlay if you attack any of those men, you’ll lose your shot at the title shot. Have a wonderful evening, gents!


Heyman pouring the ham on a little bit too thick on that last line, but the entire Hammerstein lets out a great big disappointed rain of heat because they wanted to see these four guys tear each other apart. All this allows for is all four men looking at each other with ping-ponging eyes, no one quite sure to who watch first. Each man also has a different look on their face – Michaels is back to his signature stoic, Christian and his mad eyes are creating a snarl on his face, Finlay has his toothy grin, and Jericho has his master strategist smirk cranked up to a thousand.

Joey Styles:
And this still isn’t an opening I’d like to go with, but nonetheless ladies and gentlemen, these four men can’t touch each other until our main event as you just heard, but how dare Finlay.

JBL:
Whaddya mean ‘how dare Finlay?’ The man has impressed. You heard Paul Heyman.

Joey Styles:
Impressed? What he did was absolutely disgusting and he shouldn’t be treated like a human being much less a professional wrestler. He shouldn’t be rewarded for clubbing Sonya Szatowski. He should be fined, suspended or outright FIRED!

JBL:
That’s not your decision to make, ya worm.

Joey Styles:
No, but it’s more than anything going to be in the hands of Christian, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho and that’s somewhat of a scary thought considering all three of these men want at each other’s throats more than anything in the world.

JBL:
Shawn Michaels an’ Christian better put up for the fight of their lives, I’ll tell you that much. We’ve seen Dave Finlay hang Samoa Joe from a cage wall an’ bash a man’s wife’s skull in to get what he wants. I’d hate to be one of those men tonight.

Joey Styles:
We have, but that huge match isn’t the only big tag team match on the program. After weeks of talking with the World’s Greatest Tag Team, the Sons of the Dungeon finally get a chance to head to the big dance, but they have to beat a team with even more momentum than them in American Made.

JBL:
Just go ahead an’ give it to Nameth an’ Hagar, will ya?

Joey Styles:
But they have to have a match, Jibbles.

JBL:
It’s America versus Canada. Who the hell do you think is gonna win?

Joey Styles:
My money’s actually on the Dungeon boys, but nonetheless, we’ve also got huge singles action here tonight, but perhaps the one everyone’s most looking forward to is that “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks will make his in ring debut for AOW. Does he have the stuff to back up all the venom he’s been spewing?

JBL:
If he didn’t, do you think he’d be in this company? That’s what annoys me about you, Joey. You ask stupid questions that you already know the answer to.

Joey Styles:
But John, I was just –

JBL:
No. Shut up. Hype the card, hype the show, but don’t insult these people’s intelligence an’ you damn sure shouldn’t insult mine. So just stop talkin’.

Joey Styles:
You should heed your own advice, John, because we have to cut to a break. Folks, if I haven’t insulted your intelligence, keep it here for ninety minutes of action! This is AOW Oblivion, and we’re live!


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



Upon our return from the break, we’re greeted with “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN” blaring over the system with the crowd buzzing accordingly. We cut back into the program with Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson already on his way down to the ring, as pissed as ever. Danielson slides into the fray and removes the title from around his waist after flashing to the crowd just a little bit. His orbital bone injury seems to be healing quite alright.

This, predictably, goes back down to a chorus of heat once “IT’S TIME – HACKER’S REMIX” hits the fold to give way to Gregory Helms strut on through the curtain. Helms has a smirk that only rivals Finlay’s moments ago, confidence just radiating from his being as he lifts a microphone to his lips and stops on the entrance stage


Helms:
That was some stunt you pulled last week, Danielson. It was smart. It was so smart, I’m pretty sure you didn’t even come up with it.

~More heat, as Helms keeps walking from the stage to the ramp

Helms:
I mean, there’s no way a guy like you could’ve though that up. No wonder the execution was so terrible.

~

Helms:
But like with everything else, I’ll just have to show you how it’s done and just prove, once again, that I’m always gonna be better than you.

~More heat, as Helms is getting closer and closer to the ring…

Helms:
See, Paul Heyman was so gracious as to grant me the opportunity to pick your opponent tonight, just like you chose mine last week.

~Helms is about halfway down the ramp…

Helms:
So if you’ll allow me to introduce him, he’s a world class wrestler, unlike you. As a matter of fact, while you were out wrestling in bingo halls, he was out making a name for himself in the big leagues where it mattered. He’s indestructible and unstoppable, and you know him pretty well by this point.

~Helms is at the base of the ramp by this point…

Helms:
That man…IS ME!!


AND HERE WE GO AGAIN~!! Helms drops his mike rushes towards the ring, Danielson fully prepared for Helms to come at it and see if we can get another preview…but Helms stops before he slides into the ring, holding his sides in laughter. Danielson is puzzled, the crowd sharing this notion, but their confusion quickly becomes heat when Helms leaves the ringside area, heads back up the ramp, and picks back up the microphone.

Helms:
Do you really think I’m that stupid??

~More heat, as Helms starts cackling in more mad laughter

Helms:
I’m not gonna give you a shot at me that easily, Mr. White Knight. You’re not gonna face me. You’re gonna face this guy.


Helms points towards the entrance stage, where “KING OF MY WORLD” hits the speakers to immediate buzz, only for Paul “The Great” Wright to step through the curtain and start galumphing down the ramp towards the ring. The heat for Helms suddenly turns into awe, as Helms truly seems to have outsmarted Danielson on this one. The fighting champion doesn’t seem fazed, but he does have a very tall order ahead of him.

OPENING CONTEST
AOW Cruiserweight Champion Bryan Danielson
v.
Paul “The Great” Wright

{w/Gregory Helms}


Danielson has tangled with the big man before, but never in a one on one situation and Helms looming over the situation. While Danielson tries with all his might, he’s just outsized and outpowerd completely, yet still holds his own. We cut into the contest roughly three minutes in, Danielson having taken a beating from trying and failing on the offensive side. Danielson again tries to go for what looks like a sitout clothesline, but the giant just shrugs the move off and doesn’t so much as flinch. Danielson backs up and tries to go for it again, but Wright catches him in the middle of the move and tosses him with one hand into one of the corners, Wright sandwiching Danielson violently between A BIG CORNER ELBOW and the iron post itself!

Danielson collapses out of the corner, Helms with a huge smile on his face from watching his rival squashed like a bug. Wright then roams over and takes the damaged Danielson and forces him back into a corner, taking a few steps back, before charging once again with a CORNER HIP ATTACK!! Wright’s gargantuan waistline crashes into the Dragon’s ribs, doubling him over and possibly causing internal bleeding. Wright’s expression doesn’t change at all, staying ridiculously stoic to counter Helms’ hyena like expression on the outside. Wright wastes no time in whipping Danielson across the ring to the opposite corner, going for ANOTHER RUNNING HIP ATTACK…NOBODY HOME!! It’s Wright now who crashes into the iron post, forced into the corner! Danielson takes this moment to heed to his midsection before getting up and rushing at the cornered big man…EXPLODING CORNER DROPKICK!!

Wright gets hit with a bursting move, but still doesn’t go down, just gingerly stepping out of the corner. Danielson sees an opportunity and gets on the apron before climbing to the top rope…FLYING KNEE TO THE SKULL!! AND WRIGHT FINALLY FALLS!! The mighty oak comes crashing down, possibly concussed, Danielson roaming over for a perhaps miracle cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Wright bench presses Danielson off of him, almost sending the Cruiserweight champ through the ropes and to the floor, however, when Wright tries to sit up and recover, Danielson tries to chicken wing both of his arms, looking for the CATTLE MUTILATION…NO! Wright is just too big and too powerful to wrap up in the submission, just tossing Danielson over his shoulders. But the fierce and focused Dragon rolls through the toss, plants his feet, and nails the seated Wright with a SHOOT ROUNDHOUSE TO THE TEMPLE!! Danielson with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Again, Wright tosses Danielson off of him, this time actually sending him through the ropes and to the floor!

The referee actually goes to check on Wright, leaving Danielson at the mercy of Helms on the outside, who punts him in the gut before Goose Mahoney can turn around and look. This garners a great deal of heat, but Danielson shows some resolve and gets back to his feet on his own, rolling back into the ring…ONLY TO BE GORED BY WRIGHT!! A 400-LB SPEAR ON A 180 LB MAN!! Danielson is absolutely rocked, almost definitely having internal bleeding at this point. Hems is understandably, yet disturbingly, giddy as Wright steps back and raises a hand and awaits Danielson’s recovery, setting up for the CHOKESLAM…GUILLOTINE CHOKE!! DANIELSON TURNS IT INTO A GUILLOTINE CHOKE!! The weight of the big man is now completely working against him, Danielson pulling out the same strategy that he’s done against the likes of Bobby Lashley to try and pull him down to size. Wright is bent all the way over, with Danielson’s legs wrapped around him and nearly ready to pop the big man’s head off his grip is so tight…but Wright snaps back up and destroys Danielson’s grip by tossing him into a corner so hard, Danielson is forced right back out, his momentum pushing him back towards the giant…KNOCKOUT PUNCH, RIGHT TO THE STILL INJURED ORBITAL BONE!! The same man who reinjured the eye weeks ago possibly does it again, literally rearranging Danielson’s face as he slumps his gargantuan body onto Danielson’s – 1…2..3…!!!

Winner: Paul “The Great” Wright at (7:34)

There’s an unstable look of glee plastered on the face of Gregory Helms as Wright’s pinfall deflates the crowd back to delivering heat, but this only gets more intense when Helms enters the ring. Wright takes a few steps back and doesn’t really pay much mind to Helms or anyone, even refusing to have his hand raised by ref Mahoney.


Joey Styles:
Oh no…the match is over. Someone get Gregory Helms away from Bryan Danielson. This is unnecessary and just plain wrong…

JBL:
It’s not about what’s right or wrong, Joey. It’s about sending a message.


Jibbles seems to be more right than anything on that, as Helms now stalks a recovering Danielson, possibly setting up for what could be a killing blow to the possibly rebroken orbital bone in the SHINING WIZARD…but before Helms can nail it an all too crowd-pleasing sound hits the threshold, as “MOMMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT” blares out to a huge pop. On cue, the One Man Army Samoa Joe bursts from through the blood red curtain and rushes down to the ring, immediately causing Helms to dart out of it. Wright is still in the ring, meanwhile, and doesn’t run at all. When Joe slides in, he and Wright clash and begin a big man brawl right in the center of the ring!!

Both men rock each other back and forth with heavy hands as the crowd lights up and cheers them on! The Hammerstein gets the big brawl they wanted in the opening, neither man giving an inch until Wright starts to pull away by smacking Joe in the gut with several blows. This gives him time to wait on Joe to stand back up before goozling him and setting up for a CHOKESLAM…NO!! Joe throws Wright’s arm off of his own and starts throwing blows at Wright once more, forcing him up against the ropes! Wright, who still has the size and strength advantage, manages to shove Joe away, but Joe rolls right back to his feet a la Danielson. This gives him the leverage to rush back at “The Great”…and CLOTHESLINE HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! Joe cleans the house of the big man and lets out a passionate exalt, Danielson getting to his feet and joining beside Joe. We get a shot of Wright trying to get back up on the outside before looking at Helms still on the ramp, his smile vanishing from his face while Danielson is the one with a smile on his.


Joey Styles:
For the second week in a row, Gregory Helms and Bryan Danielson outthink one another, but it’s the other man who walks away from the scene with a smile on his face!

JBL:
I don’t know what the hell Bryan Danielson has to smile about. He just lost, an’ plus, his broken face bone looks it got re-injured.

Joey Styles:
That would be the orbital bone, John.

JBL:
It’s on your face, isn’t it?

Joey Styles:
No point in arguing with you, but Samoa Joe also getting measure of revenge against the man who Chokeslammed him though our desk last week and who he’s gonna face at The Outer Limits.

JBL:
Joe might be biting off a little bit more than he can chew, but I know Bryan Danielson definitely is.

Joey Styles:
But he’s already beaten Gregory Helms twice, John! How can you say something like that with any validity at all?

JBL:
I can say it because what Gregory Helms said before the match was absolutely right!

Joey Styles:
I beg to differ, but one of them will be proven right when they go at it in no holds barred fashion come The Outer Limits. That’ll be the real teller, John, not just your hilariously biased opinion.



~Backstage, locker room area…


We’re brought to the image of two guys who we haven’t seen since This is Exile in Jack Evans and Low Ki – known collectively as the contrast-rich Low Jack. Ki appears silent as always, Evans appears to try to be getting his attention…


Evans:
I’m tellin’ you, Ki. We need to get on that Offseason roster. Need to start gettin’ as much ring time as we can, y’know? I mean, you were this close to beatin’ Gregory Helms a few weeks ago. A little more time on the mat? You’d be Cruiserweight Champion without tryin’.

~Ki actually raises an eyebrow and nods at the notion, but doesn’t say anything

Evans
:
Y’know what? I think I even got a rap f’this occasion. Hold up –

~Evans starts bobbing his head back and forth, getting the beat in his head

Evans
:
Jack Evans, Low Ki
Underrated to the tee
You kick like Bruce Lee
I rap like a MC
If we’re as good as we can be
We’ll go as far as the seven seas
Never be in –

Banks:
Hol’ up, hol’ up, HOL’…UP!

~Into the scene steps Antonio Banks, a garish suit on as always, his sunglasses covering his eyes but he takes them off to interrupt Evan’s rap and stare at him

Banks:
Now I know I didn’t walk on back here to just see some white boy…

~Banks points to Evans

Banks:
…in a do rag…

~Banks goes from pointing to slapping Evans’ head that’s topped with the ‘do rag’

Banks:
…tryin’ to rap like he’s black?

~We can hear some heat beyond the walls for that, Evans stricken by the audacity of the statement and doesn’t say anything


Banks:
The white man can’t make nothin’ for himself. Always gotta be takin’ the black man’s jams. First it was jazz. Then it was rock n’ roll. An’ now y'all wanna take rap?

~Banks is legitimately peeved

Banks:
I’m supposed to have my first match tonight. An’ you know what? I think my first opponent’s gonna be…you, Vanilla Ice.

~Banks pokes Evans in the chest, Evans caught off guard by the notion

Banks:
An’ take that do rag off your head!

~Banks tries to walk by and snatch the cap off of Evans’ head, but Low Ki jumps between them

Banks:
…Low Ki, right? I like what you doin’, maan. Don’t let this white boy keep you down for much longer.

~Banks gives another sharp look at Evans after this, walking out of the scene, leaving Ki and Evans to ponder over everything he said…


Quote:
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.

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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…

Chris Jericho:
…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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

Chris Jericho:
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

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


We return to the buzzing Hammerstein scene with “WE AS AMERICANS” blaring over the sound system, American Made coming down the ramp and exemplifying their personalities much moreso than last week, Hagar being focused, but cocky, and Nameth just letting his cocky flair radiate from his hair down to his fingertips. Both men flash million dollar smiles before talking quick strategy, Nameth once again taking a moment to look into the front rows for his ‘princess’. Hagar does a quick scan as well, but doesn’t linger and almost has to drag Nameth into the ring.

This is interrupted by an instapop for “EXECUTORS OF EXCELLENCE” and the team that follows it, the Sons of the Dungeon. Both Sons also flash their personalities, or as some might perceive it, lack therefore of because of their intense focus, only tending to the crowd once before marching down with a purpose.

MATCH 2
*#1 Contenders for the AOW Tag Team Championship*
American Made
v.
Sons of the Dungeon


These two teams know each other quite well by this point, their very natures clashing once again. The momentum of the match shifts from one team to the next a few times until we cut in around the five minute mark after a COMMERCIAL BREAK, where the momentum has shifted once again with TJ Wilson seeing Nick Nameth’s series of elbow drops coming from a mile away, getting the knees up and crunching them under Nameth’s bicep!! Nameth grips at his now ailing arm, Wilson grabbing a hold of it now and stomping on it before wrapping it up and catching Nameth in a LA MAGISTRAL, Justin King getting to his duties – 1…2…3-NO!! Nameth uses his legs to fling out of the move, rolling to a seated position and still gripping his arm. Wilson notices the position and nails Nameth with a DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD, Nameth rolling and griping his head in pain now.

As Nameth rolls a little further away, Wilson notices that he’s rolling towards his corner, rushing over to stop him with a knee to the shoulder. TJ then pulls Nameth a little closer to his corner and tags in Smith. Wilson then takes Nameth back to his feet and knees him in the gut before Smith takes him up in a bearhug and Wilson goes to the apron, perhaps looking for their variation of the HART ATTACK…NO!! Jack Hagar rushes across the ring and chop block’s Smith’s leg, causing Wilson to completely airmail his half of the move and for Nameth to now fall right on top of Smith. Hagar rushes out of the ring as quickly as he came, King getting down for the count – 1…2…NO!! Smith isn’t caught that off guard, slipping out from under Nameth quickly. He sits up, but now it’s Nameth’s turn to recognize an opponent’s position, rebounding off the ropes behind him, gripping onto Smith’s neck, and flipping over for a particularly brutal NECK SNAP!! The whiplash sends Smith back down, Nameth more convincingly covering – 1…2…NO!! Smith still has life!

Nameth is noticeably irked by that, but he takes his frustration out to hitting Smith with a pair of boots to the head. He then drags Smith back to his feet and tries to whip him into an empty corner, but Smith reverses the whip and sends Nameth spiraling into it instead. Smith immediately follows that up with a huge corner clothesline that squishes Nameth so hard, he drunkenly walks out of the corner right into Smith’s waiting clutches for a GERMAN SUPLEX…NO!! Nameth jams the move, hooking a leg around Smith’s and preventing the move from being done. Smith tries and tries, but Nameth won’t let him lift him, instead prying Smith’s grip around his midsection apart. When he’s gotten sufficient space, Nameth leaps up and cracks Smith in the face with a picture perfect DROPKICK!! This sends Smith right back down and gives Nameth enough time to get to his corner and tag in Hagar, who enters and sets himself up then rushing at him for the HAGAR BOMB…NO!! Smith gets the knees up at the last possible second!!

The constant countering just shows how much these four men know one another, Smith now taking the All-American and grinding a boot against his face before taking him up and whipping him into an empty corner, the recoil bringing Hagar right into Smith’s arms…BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! The powerful Smith slings Hagar right over her head! Smith now darts over for a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Hagar still has some life in him! Smith doesn’t get agitated, making sure to stay focused. Smith then takes Hagar and flips him into a Tree of Woe in his corner, now tagging in Wilson. He jumps in, only to be grabbed hold by Smith, who whips him towards the corner and nails Hagar with a LOW CORNER DROPKICK, right to Hagar’s face!! Hagar’s body falls from the corner as his head is pushed in, but the falling body is caught by Smith, who is still in the ring. Smith grapples around Hagar’s midsection…and nails a BEAUTIFUL WHEELBARROW SUPLEX!! The double team move is seamless, but as soon as Hagar’s head is driven into the canvas on that, Wilson is ready and waiting to finish the combo with a jackknife cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Nameth jumps across the ring to save his partner now, stopping the pin!

Nameth gets admonished, but he doesn’t seem to care much. Wilson now has to see if he can tangle with the larger Hagar, nailing him with several repeat shoot kicks while Hagar tries to recover. The vicious feet of Wilson seem to be doing the trick, but as he goes for the FINISHING ROUNDHOUSE, Hagar ducks and catches Wilson around the midsection, but now it’s Wilson’s turn to fight out, undoing the grapple and nailing Hagar with a LEAPING BACK ENZEGUIRI!! Hagar is rocked and goes down hard, Wilson with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Hagar still has something left in the tank! Wilson, like his partner, avoids becoming irritated and opts to try and lift Hagar back to his feet, but Hagar pushes Wilson off of him and into the ropes, Wilson catching onto them so he doesn’t rebound. Hagar rushes at Wilson, but gets caught with a BACKFLIP KICK for his troubles, Wilson flipping onto the apron on the blow. Wilson now looks to be setting up for what could be the killing shot, going for perhaps a SPRINGBOARD NECKBREAKER…BIG BOOT!! HAGAR DROPS WILSON FROM OUT OF THE SKY!! A stunning visual indeed, as Hagar now goes for what could be an academic cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Smith saves his partner!

Hagar now breaks his focus to gets up to get in Smith’s face, but both men are pulled apart by King, Smith admonished by him. Hagar goes right back to beating Wilson down before taking him up over his head and planting him back down with a MILITARY PRESS DROP!! The power of Hagar is on display here, now looking to prep for perhaps the finish, waiting for Wilson to get back to his feet…GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB…NO!! Wilson manages to spin it into a hurricanrana! Wilson gets the space he needs to try and get to his corner, but as he stumbles to try and tag Smith in, he’s cut off by a VICIOUS LARIAT FROM HAGAR!! Hagar goes for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Wilson still has life!!

Hagar starts losing a little more focus, but he stays on Wilson, a rear grounded waistlock locked in. The crowd starts getting behind Wilson to try and get him up and into his corner, but Hagar keeps the hold locked in even when he gets to his feet, setting up for another GERMAN SUPLEX…NO!! Wilson stops the move again by pulling forward with a wheelbarrow roll-up – 1…2…3-NO!! Hagar throws Wilson off of his body, but it’s towards Wilson’s corner, allowing him to tag in Smith! Smith storms into the ring and clotheslines the legal man, only for Nameth to rush across the ring and eat a clothesline as well. He recovers quickly and rushes right back at Smith, who dumps him with a SCOOP POWERSLAM!! Hagar is back up and dashes back towards the white-hot Smith only to eat a big boot of his own!! Smith is absolutely on fire right now, the crowd going hard, waiting for Hagar to get back to his feet…hoisting Hagar over his shoulder…RUNNING POWERSLAM…NO!! Hagar now stops the move, slipping off the shoulder and grabbing Smith from behind…GERMAN SUPLEX!!

Smith is derailed by the All-American, who has to shake the cobwebs out of his head before reaching over and tagging in Nameth who explodes back into the ring by nailing Smith with a SPRINGBOARD ELBOW DROP!! Nameth now with a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Smith somehow has the gusto to throw up a shoulder! Nameth pounds the mat in his usual explosive anger, not liking that the match keeps going at all. Nameth sits back and prepares for Smith to get back to his feet…JUMPING SLEEPER…NO!! Smith catches Nameth right on his shoulders and adjusts him…RUNNING POWERSLAM!! POWERSLAM CONNECTING!! Smith falls on Nameth and hooks a leg – 1…2…3…!! NO!! HAGAR BURSTS INTO THE RING AND STOPS THE COUNT!!

Hagar forces the match to keep going, dragging Smith’s body off of his partner’s and starts to beat him down, but Smith fights back and pushes Hagar back before rushing at him and CLOTHESLINING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! The crowd pops as Hagar goes tumbling to the floor as Smith turns back to see Nameth…SUPERKICK!! SMITH IS BEHEADED!! Nameth collapses but he does so from the wrong direction, away from his corner and away from Smith. Nameth has no partner, but he covers Smith with a desperate attempt – 1…2…3-NO!! Smith still has something in him!!

Nameth is beside himself now, barely able to lift his body but pounding his fists off the canvas. He groggily gets back to his feet, his entire body withered and unable to tag the still tumbled Hagar. He struts to his corner in vain and sees Hagar still recovering, now forced to go back into the fray and see if he can hit Smith with a STINGER SPLASH…NOBODY HOME!! Nameth hits pure steel ring post, Smith able to now tag in Wilson, who doesn’t climb into the ring, but climbs up to the second rope. Smith hoists Nameth onto his shoulders in an electric chair, Wilson taking Nameth on his shoulders and standing straight up…ROLLING STAMPEDE!! THE SUPER ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY CONNECTING!! The crowd pops big for that, Smith barely able to get enough in him to rush over to the ropes and baseball slide Hagar back to the floor as Wilson covers – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner and NEW #1 Contenders for the AOW Tag Team Championships: Sons of the Dungeon at (15:11)

They’ve finally paved a way!! Wilson rolls off of Nameth’s body and has to go over to Smith, who hasn’t gotten back on his feet from hitting the baseball slide. Smith uses Wilson as a brace, using the ropes to climb back to a vertical base. When both men have ensured that they’re okay, Justin King grabs both Dungeon graduates’ wrists and emphatically hoists them high to a happy Hammerstein


Joey Styles:
And just like that, we will have a Tag Team Championship match at The Outer Limits in Canada for two men who had to work their way through the most prestigious wrestling facility in that very country!

JBL:
Could you add any more words in there, Joey?

Joey Styles:
Well, I could always add that American Made will have to go home with nothing.

JBL:
But that’s why they lost, Joey. Don’t you pay attention? They’re busy tryin’ to see if they can find that hot blonde an’ they took their eye off the ball. Plain an’ simple.

Joey Styles:
Well that may be a contributing factor, but that takes nothing away from the fact that the Sons of the Dungeon are finally going to get their shot against the World’s Greatest Tag Team.

JBL:
I’m not takin’ anything away from the Sons. I just saw my four favorite of all the rookies we’ve had this year in the same match an’ they won, they’re headed to Canada, good for them. What I’m sayin’ is American Made needs to get their head in the game.

Joey Styles:
That’s easier said than done, John. I mean as far as we know, until Ken Doane shows up, they still have to worry about doing any dirty work Chris Jericho might need for them to do in addition to their woman hunt. But nevertheless, the Sons of the Dungeon are headed to Montreal and there may be gold in their future yet!

JBL:
But we still got a huge night ahead of us!

Joey Styles:
That’s right, John! We’ve still got what Paul Heyman called the ‘biggest tag team match in AOW history’ on the block with huge implications, and coming up on the other side of the break, “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks makes his AOW in-ring debut against the opponent of his choice, Jack Evans. But right now, we’ll head backstage to AOW interviewer Mike Mizanin for an interview with the man who shocked us with his return last week – Rey Mysterio!

JBL:
Oh, great. One guy I can’t stand interviewing another guy I can’t stand. I guess every great show has to have low points.



~The Green Zone interview set…


The Miz:
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin here again with simply the best in wrestling journalism! I’m here with my guest at this time, a guy who just doesn’t know when to quit and stay the hell away…Rey Mysterio!

~As Miz says this, Mysterio enters the screen from the left with a less than pleased look in his eye

The Miz:
So Mysterio, last week, you showed up, bum knee and all. Tell me – why is it that you can’t seem to know exactly how to walk away? I mean, how much more do you have to offer?

Mysterio:
Until the day they put me in the ground with this mask, Miz, I’ll always have something to offer.

The Miz:
(Scoffs)
How valiant of you. Rey, your best years are clearly behind you though. I mean, what else could you have to offer to an up-and-comer like Aero Star or in your wildest dreams find the gall to stand up to Carlito?

Mysterio:
Y’know what, Miz? Keep talkin’ like that. I want you to. I’ve done nothing but shut up my doubters my entire career. Guys like Aero Star need someone to help guide them. And guys like Carlito need guys to shut’em up and stop’em before it’s too late.

Carlito:
Too late for what, Rey?

~As if this is scripted or something, Carlito enters from the right side of the screen, but he’s not flanked by his SFC…

Carlito:
It might be too late for ju’ to realize ju’re not’ing anymore. But it’s not too late for Carlito to get rid of Rey Mysterio.

Mysterio:
And how do you think you’re gonna go about that? You gonna stand back and let your fan club do it for you?

Carlito:
No no no. When Carlito wants to get rid of disgraces like ju’, he does it himself.

Mysterio:
Disgraces? That is what you’re doing, isn’t it? The Mexicools…Aero Star…me. We’re all stereotypes you want to get rid of, right?

Carlito:
Ju’re damn right. An’ if ju’re not careful, Rey…ju’re gonna be next.

~Carlito lifts up the mask he still has of Aero Star’s and actually throws it at Rey, momentarily startling him long enough for Carlito to reach into his blazer for an apple, take a bite out of it, and SPITS APPLE CHUNKS IN MYSTERIO’S FACE!! Mysterio has to wipe the apple out of his eyes, as Miz actually starts laughing at Mysterio’s misery. The miniature, masked luchador just stares daggers at Miz, who suddenly stops. Mysterio grabs Star’s mask and walks away as we fade away…


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we return to the Hammerstein, there’s a theme tune we haven’t heard in a while blaring over the speakers, that being the one that belongs to Jack Evans, who is already jiving in the ring, his do rag still on despite Banks’ railing. He’s break dancing a little bit for the crowd, though noticeably he doesn’t have Low Ki at ringside with him.

Evans’ dancing antics go on for a little bit until “HOLLA TO THA WORLD” sounds over the system now, as the amusement at Evans’ crumping gives way to a great deal of heat as Antonio Banks slips through the blood-red curtain for the first time in competition attire. He’s still in his trademark purple jumpsuit, although there are no letters on the back of it, though he still wears his sunglasses. There’s no taunting or anything, just his nose turned up towards the crowd as he plays with his crucifix chain a little bit. He enters the ring and scoffs at Evans, not impressed at all with his break dancing or his attire, taking off his shades and his chain to get things going

…but just as soon as referee Brian Hebner is about to call for the bell, “MISERE CANTARE – THE BEGINNING” rings out across the Hammerstein now, as CM Punk comes down the ramp with his Dynasty Championship in hand, a piece of his merchandise covering up his wrestling attire. Punk stares smugly at Banks as he walks on by the ring, perhaps Punk playing a little bit of mind games here. Whatever the case, he gets on over to the announce table where he sits down next to Joey Styles…


Punk:
How you fellas doin’?

Joey Styles:
Well, we’re doing alright, Punk. It looks like CM Punk’ll be joining us on commentary, John.

Punk:
Oh, I don’t think we’ll hear much from JBL right now. He’s too busy pouting.

JBL:
I’m not pouting, you GOON. You just don’t deserve to be anywhere near a Commentator…GAWD.

Punk:
It’s okay if you’re so starstruck you can’t speak, Jibbles. It’s always nice to meet a fan.

JBL:
Come over here an’ say that to the brim of my hat, boy I’ll hit you so hard, your trailer park trash grandparents’ll feel it.

Punk:
This should mean a lot coming from a guy like me, Jibbles, but I liked you better when you drank.

JBL:
Boy, you better –

Joey Styles:
ANYWAY, Punk, glad you could join us as you get a first-row look at what Antonio Banks could be giving you when you defend your title against him.

Punk:
That’s what I’m here for. I just want a first-hand look at this guy actually put his money where his mouth is.

MATCH 3
Antonio Banks
v.
Jack Evans

{w/CM Punk on commentary}


The match doesn’t begin for a second because Banks is glaring over at Punk, but when the bell finally sounds and he gets a look at Evans, he doesn’t hesitate to run up and punt him square in the gut, doubling the Caucasian cruiserweight over. Banks then starts to club on Evans’ spine, forcing the little guy even moreso into the canvas before forcing him back up to his feet and CHUNKING HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO A CORNER POST!!

That was quite unnecessary and it even catches Punk completely off guard on commentary, stopping any banter he may have been building. Hebner admonishes Banks, but Banks doesn’t care what Hebner has to say. He even gets in the ref’s face and tells him “jump, white boy!” Banks then takes the slumping Evans out of the corner and grapples his head in a three-quarters facelock then begins REPEATEDLY KNEEING HIM IN THE FACE!! Evans gets cracked in the temple with about five knee strikes before he falls lifelessly to the canvas. Banks does a little pose for a moment, only to take Evans’ body back up and try to lift him. Evans springs back to life for a moment, throwing some rights and lifts at Banks to try and fight him off, but the much stronger Boondock Saint just chunks Evans into a corner and screaming out “305!” and running at the corner clad Evans…THE BOONDOCK BOOT!! The running high corner boot rakes across Evans’ face!

Evans is possibly concussed at this point, but The Saint doesn’t seem to care too much. He drags the completely dead weight of Evans across to the center of the ring and stands at his head for a moment before breaking out with a SPINNING CAPOEEIRA LEG DROP!! The crowd is a little awed by that, Banks popping up to now scream in the dead Evans’ face that “that’s break dancin’, foo’!” The loudmouth Saint then walks on over to the ropes closest to the announcer’s booth, looking over and now yelling something at Punk. Punk doesn’t ignore it, rising up from the desk and opens his arms as if to say ‘come and get me’. Banks turns back towards his opponent, only to be surprised when Evans cracks him in the head with a PELE KICK!!

Banks is taken aback into the ropes, Evans using his momentum against him and using it to fling Banks into the opposite ropes, looking for perhaps some momentum. But it’s stopped dead in its tracks when Banks flies at Evans on the rebound and jacks his jaw with a FACEBREAKER KNEE SMASH!! Evans shoots right back down to the canvas, Banks now taking a few steps away from the body to stalk him as he gets up to one knee, also muttering under his breath that “you done messed up”. When he does so, Banks crosses his arms across his face before running at Evans for the DRIVE-BY KICK!! He lets it settle for a second before jumping on Evans’ body and ordering the referee get down and count – 1…2…3…!!

Winner: Antonio Banks at (3:24)

Banks steps off of Evans’ body, snatching his red do rag off as he does so. Banks then gets up and throws the do rag in the direction of the announce booth, CM Punk not at all impressed by the motion. Banks just has a little laugh before slipping back through the ropes and on up the ramp, his gold chain and sunglasses now back in tow


JBL:
Now see? You got exactly what you wanted. That was complete and utter domination!

Joey Styles:
It was, John, but Jack Evans isn’t CM Punk.

JBL:
I think Jack Evans put up more of a fight than Punk will at The Outer Limits.

Joey Styles:
Okay, now you’re just going on blind hatred.

JBL:
Am I blind if I’m the only person who can see the truth, Joey?

Joey Styles:
Actually, yes.

JBL:
THAT WAS A RHETORICAL QUESTION, JACKASS!!

Joey Styles:
I love working with you too, John.

JBL:
Shove it.

Joey Styles:
It’ll be so hard tearing myself away from you and the commentators’ table during the Offseason. It really isn’t that far away, but before anyone can go home for two months, we’ve got what’s shaping up to be the biggest Pay Per View in AOW history in less than two weeks and tonight’s main event will directly affect The Outer Limits’ main event!

JBL:
It’ll be one big brawl for sure!

Joey Styles:
That it will, because if Shawn Michaels and Christian Cage let their guard down for one second, Finlay could pin them and be included in the AOW Championship match come The Outer Limits! The ‘biggest tag team match in AOW history’ is coming up NEXT!!




Quote:
*Video Package*

Narrator:
It has been said that in times of war, prepare for peace…


A shot of what looks like two dignified men by a throne, one in Chinese emperor attire and the other in Japanese samurai attire, shaking hands

Narrator:
…and in times of peace, prepare for war.


In the land behind and beneath them, we see what looks like two armies raging towards one another as storm clouds gather…

Narrator:
The AOW Offseason is amidst us.


…only for both armies to fall once the scene starts raining, the land becoming mud and the screen to cut to black

Narrator:
But once it is over…


The screen lights back up on what looks like several men trying to get up and out of the bog

Narrator:
…a new dynasty shall arise!


Finally, one man is successful and glistens in the light. He goes over to what looks like a mountain and begins to climb…but he’s suddenly hounded by legions of other men making their way through the mud…

Narrator:
Thirty-two men…


All of those mud bogged, battle-ravaged men try to climb this mountain, all the while trying to knock the other ones off of it

Narrator:
…one goal…


The man who first started climbing begins to pull away after watching many of his comrades turned competitors fall

Narrator:
To win the 2008 Dynasty Tournament and get a shot at the AOW Heavyweight Championship…


The man now appears to reach the top of the cliff…

Narrator:
…and become a one-man dynasty!


The man reaches the peak of the mountain and sees that it is the throne the two men shook hands beside…and the victorious climber sits upon the throne

THE 1ST ANNUAL AOW DYNASTY TOURNAMENT
Beginning June 4th


*End Package*


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


Back from the break, the arena breaks out in a wild pop when “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” breaks out across the Hammerstein and only grows when Christian Cage comes through the curtain one more time, making his way down the ramp with a great deal of focus, almost reverting back to his mad eyes, but possibly understandably so for tonight.

Not too long after Christian gets partway down the ramp, “SEXY BOY” roars to a mixed reaction and Shawn Michaels comes through the curtain almost as peeved as Christian. His competition attire is as black as his outfit earlier was, his hair still slick with gel but now rolling into the ring and undoing his ponytail. He and Cage share a somewhat intense staredown before the next sound goes over the system…

…in that being “LAMBEG” and the booming round of heat that comes with it. Finlay pokes through the blood-red curtain now, his trusty and deadly shillelagh in hand. Once again, he ignores the heat he’s getting and just smirks, looking right at the two men he needs to defeat tonight.

Finlay doesn’t really wait for “KING OF MY WORLD” to sound, jumping in the ring anyway, but he's equally peeved as his opponents when AOW Champion Chris Jericho flaunts his stuff down the ramp. Jericho's nose is so high, he could get a nosebleed, the false nobility he had in the opening segment still radiating off of him. He steps into the ring with a small smirk on his face...but one we know far too well. Is a plan in the works...?

MAIN EVENT
*If Finlay pins Shawn Michaels OR Christian Cage, he joins the main event of The Outer Limits*

AOW Champion Chris Jericho & Finlay
v.
Christian Cage & Shawn Michaels


A contest that sees back and forth action as expected given the players involved, but all of them seem to have a sense of urgency – Michaels and Cage to make sure they’re not pinned, as well as Jericho getting jittery in the corner whenever Finlay does go for a pin. Finlay, meanwhile, tries to be the legal man as often as possible for his corner, which puts Jericho’s normally ‘strategic bystander’ strategy in a bind. All four of these big names have shown their worth when we cut into the action around the seven minute mark, Christian having knocked Finlay down but Shawn Michaels SLAPPING him on the spine to blind tag himself in. This draws Christian’s ire and gets him some heat, the two sharing a staredown following the words they said to one another in the open, so it’s Finlay and Shawn Michaels who are going at it for the moment. Finlay takes the momentary staredown distraction and drives Michaels spine-first into an empty corner, furthering his assault by driving his shoulders repeatedly into Michaels’ gut. Finlay steps back and looks like he wants to sock Michaels with a corner clothesline, but Michaels spins out of the corner and traps Finlay instead, now hitting Finlay with a classic CHOP(Woooo!!) Finlay curls up a bit, but Michaels forces him open and delivers another CHOP(Wooooo!) Finlay steps out of the corner in pain, right into one last Michaels CHOP(Woooooo!) that floors Finlay.

But almost the second Finlay hits the canvas, the ring presence master that he is forces a leg behind Michaels’ own and takes HBK’s own legs from underneath him, causing him to fall now. The surprised Michaels clutches the back of his head for a moment, but then springs onto Finlay’s body and starts punching him with precision! He’s getting admonishment from referee Ray Ramsey, but he doesn’t seem to care, only coming off when Finlay forces him to roll off and gets up, catching the aggressive Michaels with a NASTY CHASING CLOTHESLINE!! Finlay now falls on top of Michaels, his forearm right in HBK’s face – 1…2…NO!! No expansion of the main event yet!

Finlay pulls Michaels into a seated position by his hair, socking him with his forearm and elbow and trying to wear his fellow veteran down, but when he gets up and takes too many steps back, Chris Jericho blind tags himself in. It’s the heel corner’s turn to hate each other, as Finlay turns around to stare sharply at Jericho as he climbs in, the God of Gods telling Finlay to get out. Finlay doesn’t stop staring at Jericho until he has to step back out, Y2J now taking the downed Michaels and delivering some hard fists of his own to him. When HBK lays out, Jericho demeans him by kicking him in the face, taunting him with ‘you want impossible, Michaels! Huh?’ before reaching down to trap Michaels in a modified sleeper. Michaels doesn’t even let him lock it in before getting to his feet, quickly turning around and catching Jericho with the INVERTED ATOMIC DROP!! Jericho clutches his family jewels before Michaels bounces off the ropes behind him, only for the ever brilliant Jericho to follow him and knee him square in the gut, doubling him over, and forcing Michaels’ face into the canvas with the ONE-HANDED BULLDOG!! Jericho now has a turn for a cover – 1…2…NO!! Michaels still has life!

Jericho disrespectfully kicks Michaels in the spine for good measure before taking Michaels in his grasp and successfully applying a chinlock, doing his best to wear down the Ironman. The crowd starts getting behind Michaels a good bit, who starts to get the life back into him and gets back to his feet, only for Jericho to knee him in the kidney before whipping him into the ropes…FLYING FOREARM SMASH!! Michaels and Jericho land flat on their backs, the crowd soon expecting Michaels to explosively recover…AND HE DOES!! THE KIP-UP!! Michaels starts getting all recharged from his big counter, but as he blindly roams around the ring to pump himself up, Christian Cage SLAPS him on the back to blind tag himself in! Sticking it right to Michaels there, Cage climbing in and doesn’t even notice that HBK is staring a hole through him. Why? Because he’s the legal man and the man directly across from him...is the one man who he wants dead more than anything. Cage stalks Jericho as he struggles to get to his feet. Just when he looks close enough, Jericho notices who is his legal opponent and knocks him away with his legs, springing towards his corner and tagging in Finlay, wanting to have absolutely no part of Cage, much to the crowd’s dismay.

Finlay rushes across the ring at the recovering Christian, sending him back down with a running clothesline. Cage springs back to his feet only for Finlay to aim with a second clothesline…NO!! Cage ducks underneath and maneouvers himself around Finlay’s lower body to pull him down for a ROLL THROUGH SCHOOL BOY…`1…2…3-NO!! Finlay throws his legs up and gets out of the move quickly, only for Christian to catch him on the recovery with a hard European uppercut. Finlay reels, but quickly shakes it off before pulling Cage in and showing him a much harder European uppercut. It’s Christian’s turn to reel, bouncing off the ropes behind him and coming right back with a hard right, Finlay responding with a right of his own. Cage and Finlay start going at it in exchanging blows here!! Cage matching blow for blow with a brawler, possibly fueled by not letting another man in on his match, Finlay being as rough as can be, trying his best to get his title match! It’s Cage who starts pulling away, wearing Finlay down enough to try and whip him into a corner, which gets reversed by Finlay, knocking Cage’s spine against an empty ring corner. Finlay charges, but Cage gets a boot up and rakes Finlay across the face, Cage pulling himself up to the second rope…FLASHPOINT!! The diving European uppercut fells Finlay, Cage looking for a more definitive cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Finlay keeps his title hopes alive!!

Cage waits for Finlay to get to his feet before punting him in the gut for good measure before pinning him in his corner, looking up and SLAPPING Shawn Michaels across the chest for the tag in. Once again, the tag partners just cannot do things benevolently, Michaels stepping in after shrugging off his chest shot and delivers a blow to Finlay’s head. Michaels grabs Finlay by the wrist and tries to whip him out of the corner, but Finlay reverses the momentum and comes back at Michaels with a SHORT ARM LARIAT!! Finlay puts his entire body behind the clothesline, covering Michaels – 1…2…3-NO!! HBK stays alive!! Michaels gets back to his feet, but is almost drunk from the hit, roaming right into Finlay’s clutches as he hoists him onto his shoulder…ROLLING HILLS! Finlay nails the rolling fireman’s carry! Michaels is pancaked on the canvas, Finlay now going for another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! CHRIS JERICHO BURSTS INTO THE RING TO KNOCK OFF FINLAY!! Jericho directly having a hand in stopping any more challengers for his title!

Finlay is beyond peeved at this turning to his corner and damn near bashing Jericho in the skull. Jericho cowers to the floor outside, not letting Finlay touch him. The rabid Irishman is vexed all to hell, but turning your back to Shawn Michaels is never a good thing. When Finlay turns back around to face Shawn he eats some SWEET CHIN MUSIC…NO!! Finlay jams the move by ducking almost immediately and single leg tackling Michaels’ free leg. Finlay then wraps up Michaels’ legs…AND CATCHES HIM IN THE CELTIC KNOT!! Michaels’ legs are tied up in pain!! Michaels is a determinate man, but could this do him in…NO!! Michaels pulls Finlay in and bashes him over the head repeatedly to release the hold.

Finlay and Michaels roll back to their feet now, Finlay socking Michaels in the gut and tossing him into the ropes…FLYING FOREARM SMASH!! Michaels second forearm smash begets the same reaction as the first, the crowd roaring in approval when Michaels KIPS UP, making sure to wander away from Christian in his corner. Michaels still all pumped up, going over into an empty corner and starting to tune up the band…waiting for Finlay to get to his feet…SWEET CHIN MUSIC…NO!! Again Finlay dodges the move, Michaels slipping seamlessly over Finlay’s shoulder…DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!! WOW!! Finlay might have destroyed Michaels’ ribs there, going for the title match clinching cover – 1…2…3…NO!! It’s Christian who bursts into the ring and stops the count!! It’s Christian’s turn to make sure no other man get in on ‘his’ shot! Finlay is again pissed beyond belief, looking up at Christian, but Christian doing the opposite of Jericho and doesn’t stand down! AND FINLAY AND CHRISTIAN GET INTO ANOTHER BRAWL!! They brawl so much that they fall through the middle rope, the brawl continuing on the outside and giving us a chance to cut to our last

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


As we return, Finlay and Michaels are still in the ring, still being the legal men, but Michaels has taken control and hits Finlay with a snap suplex that disorients Finlay enough to seek refuge in an empty corner. Michaels doesn’t let him rest, however, rushing at him looking for something else…but Finlay sidesteps and causes Michaels to ram his head right into the corner!! Michaels now drunkenly approaches Finlay, who hoists Michaels back up for THE CELTIC CROSS…MICHASELS SPINS IT INTO DDT!! Finlay and Michaels are down, HBK recovering first and shaking the cobwebs out of his noodle. He starts traveling towards the apron and then up to the top rope…DIVING ELBOW DROP!! Michaels nails the big one, but he’s taken quite a few blows and collapses to the mat. He and Finlay begin the crawling game, each man trying to get to their corners for the hot tag…MICHAELS GETS THERE FIRST AND TAGS CHRISTIAN…LEADING JERICHO TO JUMP OFF THE APRON!!

Jericho retains the fact that he will ‘make Christian wait’, as well as probably just screwing over Finlay some more! This gives Christian the leeway to jump on the still downed Finlay, stopping him in his tracks. Finlay fights Cage off until both men get to their feet, Finlay now going for a snap suplex, but Cage hits a drop toehold on the Fighting Irishman…AND LOCKS IN AN STF!! Perhaps borrowing a move from his friend Samoa Joe, Christian has Finlay caught in the middle of the ring!! Will Finlay have to tap out here…? NO!! The ring-aware veteran is able to grab onto a bottom rope and force Christian to stop the hold!

Both men get back to their feet, Finlay having to clutch onto the ropes to do so, but Christian rushes right at him. Finlay surprises him with a counter…TILT A WHIRL SHOULDERBREAKER!! WOH!! Finlay’s found a target and starts picking at the shoulder now, knowing if he takes away the arm, the Unprettier might be done for! As Finlay locks in a nasty Fujiwara, he caps it off by nailing the FINLAY PRESS right on the shoulder, perhaps completely taking the right arm away! Finlay with a cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Christian won’t let Finlay into his match! Finlay beats on Christian’s head as he gets back to his feet in frustration, reaching back for a clothesline…but gets wrapped around…REVERSE DDT DROP!! Christian with a cover now – 1…2…3-NO!! Finlay stays alive!

Cage almost doesn’t believe it, but knows he’s got a tough foe in front of him that’ll be even tougher if he’s given a title shot, looking for the finishing blow. He grips his right shoulder, trying to shake some life back into it as he stalks Finlay trying to recover. The crowd is starting to light up, knowing what’s coming next…UNPRETTIER…NO!! Finlay jams the move on the twist, pushing Christian into the ropes…RIGHT INTO JERICHO’S FACE! Cage stops himself before hitting Jericho, finally coming face to face with Jericho in this main event…but then Jericho SLAPS CHRISTIAN ACROSS THE FACE!! This completely sets off the unstable Cage, lunging at Jericho now, who drops off the apron and out of Cage’s grasp. Cage doesn’t let that stop him, just about to go through the ropes and after Jericho, but Ramsey stops him from doing so. Ramsey keeps his rulemaking strict, now turning to admonish Jericho, but not keeping an eye on Finlay…WHO NAILS CHRISTIAN IN THE AILING SHOULDER WITH THE SHILLELAGH!!

Christian goes down in a heap, gripping at his injured appendage, Finlay immediately dumping the evidence. Jericho returns to the apron, Finlay looking like he’s going for a cover on Christian…but Shawn Michaels darts into the ring! Michaels saw the whole thing and doesn’t want any challengers himself, charging at Finlay…who sidesteps him and sends him ROCKETING RIGHT INTO JERICHO!! Michaels and Jericho tumble to the floor, leaving a weakened Christian and a Fighting Irishman who is licking his chops, hoisting Christian over his shoulder…CELTIC CROSS!! CELTIC CROSS!! Finlay nails his finisher, covering Christian with what could be an academic cover – 1…2…3…NO!!! SOMEONE BURSTS INTO THE RING AND STARTS CLUBBING FINLAY OVER AND OVER!! RAMSEY HAS TO CALL FOR THE BELL!!

Winner via DQ: Chris Jericho & Finlay
at (20:41)

Who the hell has assaulted Finlay?? We can’t tell anything for the moment, as all we can make out of the figure is that he’s wearing button-sided sweatpants and a black hoodie and his attack has sent Finlay’s mind into a scramble, not even able to respond and fight back. When both men get to their feet, we can see that the hooded man has a ponytail flying around and still tearing into Finlay, causing the Irish bastard to slip through the ropes! When the dust finally settles, we see who might’ve just stopped it all…and it’s ROBERT SZATOWSKI??


Joey Styles:
That’s…that’s Szatowski! What the hell is he doing here??

JBL:
He’s supposed to be retired! Get him the hell outta here!

Joey Styles:
I think he’s finally come around!

JBL:
Yeah, but he just gave Finlay a title shot!

Joey Styles:
I don’t think so, partner. The condition was that Finlay had to pin Michaels or Cage, not just win!


Styles’ observation is correct, Szatowski fired up and getting a microphone while Finlay looks at him like he’s just seen a ghost. Szatowski pulls the microphone he has to his lips while the crowd goes ape.

Szatowski:
FINLAY!! You’re one sick dude, you know that?

~Szatowski huffs and puffs a little into the microphone

Szatowski:
You wanted to break me, Finlay? Well you went too far! Your fight was with me! Not Tommy Dreamer, and certainly not my wife!

~A very, very rare angry moment from Robert Szatowski here

Szatowski:
And everyone knows you went too far, dude. That’s why my proposal has been accepted. It’s been agreed that at The Outer Limits, it’s gonna be you and me, one-on-one in a match that guarantees you’ll get what’s comin’ to you!

~The crowd buzzes for what this could be…

Szatowski:
At The Outer Limits, we’re gonna meet…in an Unsanctioned Match!!

~HUGE POP!!


Szatowski:
You wanted me broken, Finlay? Well all you did was help me remember exactly who I am! You’re gonna face as me as I REALLY am –

~Finlay has a look of borderline horror on his face as Szatowski rips off his button-laden sweats, revealing he’s wearing wrestling boots and knee pads, as well as allowing us to see what looks like tights. He then slings off his hoodie, which sends the crowd into a tizzy when it shows what he’s wearing underneath…an airbrushed singlet!! Szatowski preps his free arm, sticking a thumb out and the crowd soon joining in after knowing what’s happening…

RVD:
- and that’s Rob…Van…Dam…!!

~AND THE CROWD EXPLODES

Joey Styles:
Oh my lord, did that just happen??? Did Robert Szatow – er – Rob Van Dam actually just say what I think he said???

JBL:
I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t hear it myself, Joey!

Joey Styles:
Finlay isn’t gonna be in the AOW World title match, but he’s gonna be in an UNSACNTIONED MATCH!! Karma is a bitch and she’s coming back to smack Finlay with a chair shot!


The final scene of this edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion is Rob Van Dam reborn and revitalized, standing tall in the middle of the ring after helping Christian Cage to his feet, staring with eyes of fire right at Finlay. Finlay is beside himself in both anger and possibly fear at what he’s caused as Jericho and Michaels try to pick themselves up and we

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW




THE OUTER LIMITS
The Belle Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
*Current Card*


~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v.
The Man on the Moon Christian Cage v.
The Heart break Kid Shawn Michaels

*Unsanctioned Match*
The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam v. The Fighting Irishman Finlay

~AOW Dynasty Championship~
The Second City Saint CM Punk(c) v. The Boondock Saint Antonio Banks

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
*The Final Encounter*

The American Dragon Bryan Danielson(c) v. Gregory Helms

~The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object~
The One Man Army Samoa Joe v. Paul “The Great” Wright

~AOW Tag Team Championships~
World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Sons of the Dungeon


~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~
Mercenaries, Inc.v. SuperPsicoStar



Shows should slow down after this because of my schedule/PPV writing, but hope all enjoy. Also, hopefully I can spread out a little bit of love. Hope all remain well 'til then.
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No other way than to kick off with this beautiful situation you’ve developed around the title. I will just comment on the segment as a whole and say it was absolutely gripping. Jericho was on point, his ‘God like’ persona has been a joy to read and you once again captured that perfectly here. But y’know what? Things just got better and better. Michaels was just incredible. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt when he returned under Heyman’s spell so to speak, didn’t feel right to me but ever since then I’ve grown to it and it has infact made perfect sense. This here was just further proof of it. The way you sold his situation heading back to Montreal and the line about being a villain was fantastic, again putting doubt in everybody’s mind just what side Shawn’s gonna be on. As I said however, things just got better and Christian was absolute money here. This angle’s just fit like a glove with all three having a different and captivating role to play and I can’t wait to see what direction you roll with it come Outer Limits. Will say that Finlay coming out kinda ruined the flow of it, however I do understand that you had to set up the main event somehow and I guess there really was no other way of doing that. Great exchanges from the three title contenders though.

Strong opening contest, Danielson playing the underdog role to perfection as usual whilst Wright looks a savage as ever, the use of the Orbital bone injury again being used spot on. Helms looks like a genius with Wright as his pick btw. Joe coming out at the end made sense and I’m just waiting on these two bulls to do battle now, should be a bundle of fun to read.

This was all kinds of awesome . Evans’ rap to Banks’ interruption, I loved every second of it. I wasn’t sure how Banks was gonna unfold following that opening promo but I’ve really enjoyed the direction he has ended up going in and this feud with Punk is already looking like a winner. More stuff like this with Banks please.

As much of a good contest as this was, I think everybody knew the outcome. It’s all been set up for Sons of the Dungeon to get a fair crack of the whip against TWGTT and now they finally get it. It’s all set up perfectly and it wouldn’t shock me to see them take the gold. As for where American Made go now? Not too sure but I have high hopes you’ll make it work.

Nothing too much to this segment except solidifying the start of a feud between these guys and it has all the makings of a good one. I was a bit disappointed Mysterio’s return came the way it did but the more I think about it, the more it does make sense with him coming back to kind of stand up for his people. Intrigued as to where you go with this my good man.

Standard debut match for Banks, nothing too fancy but served its purpose and Punk on commentary just added a little more in keeping this one ticking over, no doubt things will heat up next week.

Main event delivered big time but…you already know that, Del Rio wink right at you. Some awesome stuff throughout, when these four guys are around that’s no shocker. I was really surprised that it looked like Finlay was actually gonna pull it off, I know that was the angle but still didn’t anticipate it for some reason. Van Dam returning was right on cue and an Unsanctioned match should be BRUTAL come Outer Limits. Glad to see you finally bring the real RVD back and the way the feud’s unfolded between the two has worked well, last week’s segment in particular, it HAD to be the final straw and thankfully it was.

On the whole a very enjoyable show here fella. The opening was fantastic, highlight of the show for me in terms of the way you separated all three men so brilliantly. Everything else was fairly simple, building feuds along nicely and allowing things to bubble but that’s all that you needed to do. The action inside the ring was, shock, horror, very enjoyable, that’s never in question whilst the main event certainly delivered with a big time ending. Van Dam/Finlay, The World Title and Banks/Punk certainly have me really invested as we get closer to the big show. Keep the goods coming!
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Thanks in bunches for the feedback, cp. I'm terribly sorry if I'm any kind of slow delivering feedback to anybody b/c not only is the PPV on the horizon, but uni is starting to kick up for final exam season. So yes, I am terribly sorry for my Melvis-like pace of things lately.

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MYSTERIO; COLON SET TO GO NORTH OF THE BORDER

Hot off the desk of Commander in Chief Paul Heyman, Carlito Colon will get his wish to continue his crusade as the “Latino Savior” and rid the company of the ‘uncool stereotypes’ that he says ruin his image. On the other hand, Rey Mysterio will get a chance to redeem not only himself off of injury, but his fellow Latinos as well. This is because come The Outer Limits, these two second generation competitors will go head to head in a match that has more than just grudges to solve, but potentially an entire heritage and culture. Who will be the proud one standing? Will it be the Bad Apple? Or will it be the King of Mystery…??

...and now there's this...



3.12.08

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

“Master of Puppets”



We’re just four days away from the single biggest night in all of AOW history, the Grandest Stage for War that is The Outer Limits. But before we hit that threshold, we have to cross one more edition of Oblivion that could potentially have the biggest, most combustible main event that we have ever seen. Shawn Michaels was resurrected back to the depths of AOW by means of Paul Heyman. Michaels then signed on the dotted line where Christian Cage’s name was supposed to be, causing the main event of The Outer Limits to become a Triple Threat Match involving Michaels, Cage, and AOW Champion Chris Jericho. Last week, after all three men looked each other in the eyes, things are more intense than ever. But now, for the first time ever, Christian will get to go one-on-one with the man who robbed him on his one-on-one shot with Chris Jericho. For the first time ever in AOW history, Christian Cage will take on the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels!

But hold on just a minute! That’s only one part of the main event situation! After weeks of being tormented even after his apparent retirement, Robert Szatowski saw his wife get smashed in the face by Dave Finlay. Last week, we saw what we thought we’d never see again, and that was a revitalized, reenergized, and perhaps most surprisingly, an angry Rob Van Dam. Van Dam was back in his airbrushed singlet, ready to challenge Finlay to an Unsanctioned Match come The Outer Limits. Now, with the first ever match of it’s kind of AOW, Oblivion will lay host to its second contract signing in the last few weeks, but instead of confirming the contest itself, RVD and Finlay have to sign documents that waive any and all safety. Will this contract signing be as brutal as those in the past?? Finlay and the return of Rob Van Dam climax at the signing table!

With all that going on in the main event scene, the rest of the card isn’t too shabby either. We’ve got luchadors in action all through Oblivion! Four months ago, Rey Mysterio was taken apart at the knee by the sinister Gregory Helms, who would use the injured Mysterio to get inside Bryan Danielson’s head. Now, Mysterio is back and all set to face Carlito Colon come The Outer Limits and the man he’s chosen as his first opponent…is Gregory Helms!!! Helms and Mysterio finish their unfinished business!
Meanwhile, on the other luchador side, Super Crazy is trying not to let his medical ills get in the way of the team he’s trying to captain to victory when they head up to Canada. But you can bet with the meticulous and brutal nature of William Regal, Paul Burchill, and Brent Albright, you can bet they’ll be targeting that weakness like nobody’s business. This week on Oblivion, it’s a captains duel! William Regal makes his one-on-one debut on Oblivion against the captain of his opponents Sunday, Super Crazy.

Last on the docket but certainly not least, was that last week, we saw the in-ring debut of perhaps the most controversial AOW competitor in the company’s young history in “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks. Now, just four days away from facing CM Punk for the Dynasty Championship, Banks has a response to CM Punk’s treatment of him since his arrival. Punk is a man who will say whatever is in him to, while Banks is a man who will probably never stop talking about himself. What will happen when these two are in the same arena at the same time with microphones yet again?

Plus, the World’s Greatest Tag Team and the men they face Sunday in the Sons of the Dungeon WILL be in attendance!! All this (AND MORE!!) on the penultimate edition of AOW Wednesday Night Oblivion, 9/8c only on FX!!



.:Confirmed For Oblivion:.

MAIN EVENT
*For the First Time Ever*
Christian Cage v. Shawn Michaels


~UNSANTIONED MATCH CONTRACT SIGNING~
Rob Van Dam and Finlay sign their waivers


PLUS…


~Rey’s Return~
Rey Mysterio v. Gregory Helms

Super Crazy w/Aero Star & Psicosis v. William Regal w/The Mercenaries

AND…



Antonio Banks addresses CM Punk



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3.12.08

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

“Master of Puppets”



Quote:
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson vignette

(Whispers)

Fight…

RVD leaps for a Frog Splash…

Fight…

HBK cocks back, Sweet Chin Music ready…

Fight…

Finlay and Joe go at it on the balcony…

Fight…

Chris Jericho’s silhouette is highlighted…

*Opening guitar riff*

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

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

Celebrated victim of your fame

Aero Star leaps onto Jamie Noble from the entrance stage columns

Just cut our wrists like cheap coupons

Christian searches for his peeps from Week 5

And say that "death was on sale today"

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

*Upped tempo, heavier sound*

And when we were good

Jack Evans’ double moonsault from Week 1

You just close your eyes

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

So when we are bad

Paul Wright chokeslams Michaels through the table from the Supershow

We'll scar your minds

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

Fight!

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!

Fight!

WARRIOR’S WAY!!!

Fight!

MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

Fight!

SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Fight!

CHOKESLAM!!!

Fight!

WORLD’S GREATEST DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!

Fight!

GTS!!

Fight!

FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!!!

*Final cymbal crash*

Chris Jericho holds the AOW World title high in the air


We’re brought to the take-home edition of Wednesday Night Oblivion to a buzzing crowd, but it doesn't take long at all for us to take the focus off of the crowd and get a full shot of the ring, where its all set up for yet another contract signing, the contract sitting on a table with a pair of microphones and pens lined up across one another. The ring is lined with red linen as always, the table with a black tablecloth over it. Standing all around the ring are multiple security guards (but none of them look like OVW talents, sadly). The only man standing in the ring is John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

JBL:
Ladies, gentlemen, an’ mutants of the Hammerstein Ballroom, due to the fact that all of you keep demanding more an’ more violence an’ because the man himself is wheelchair bound, Paul Heyman has asked that I watch over this Unsanctioned match contract signing.

~Some heat for JBL just glossing over the pokes at the crowd

JBL:
Also due to the graphic nature that the match will ensue, an’ the animosity between both Rob Van Dam an’ Finlay, we have numerous security guards surrounding the ring. So don’t think about jumpin’ the rail, ya nimrods.

~Another great round of heat

JBL:
An’ just so all you ex-convicts understand clearly, the reason why we’re even havin’ this is so that both Rob Van Dam an’ Finlay can sign this contract that makes neither man liable for the damage they will inflict on one another Sunday, as well as absolving AOW of any an’ all legal ramifications as a result.


The crowd lets JBL have a GREAT deal of heat for his constant crowd poking, but before he can continue, “LAMBEG” hits the speakers to an even bigger chorus of heat. Finlay comes through the curtain and down the ramp in a leather jacket and black collared shirt to go with some nice dress paints and some boots. The ol’ Irish bastard cleans up mighty nice. He still has the shillelagh in hand, however, stepping into the ring with said apparatus and walking over to the far end of the table. Before he can sit down, however, JBL calls for him.

JBL:
Um…Finlay? By order of Commander in Chief Paul Heyman, I’ve been told that for the duration of this contract signing, I must confiscate that shillelagh.

~A surprising round of heat for that, probably more that they’d rather see violence than not, but nonetheless, Jibbles extends his hand to take Finlay’s staff. Finlay stares a hole through him for a moment, only to being to motion that he’s handing the shillelagh over…only to TRY AND HIT JBL…but it was a deke, leaving Finlay with a toothy grin and Jibbles flinching and covering his head. After trolling JBL, Finlay has no quams about handing the staff over

JBL:
Well…um…there’s Finlay. An’ now, lemme introduce the man he’ll be facing at The Outer Limits in just four nights, the man who took too damn long gettin’ back – Rob Van Dam!


And the Hammerstein erupts to a HUGE F’N OVATION when “WALK” by Pantera hits the Oblivion sound system for the first time in four long months. Rob Van Dam comes on down the ramp wearing a black wifebeater (ironically) and some jeans, his hair up in his signature ponytail. Van Dam looks as if he has a very stern look on his face as he comes through the curtain, but he can’t maintain it the further he comes down the ramp. As the entire area showers him with quite possibly the biggest pop in the history of the company, Van Dam’s face goes from intense to the smile of a returning hero. RVD’s signature inability to tell a story shows full frontal here, but no one seems to care once he rolls in the ring. His smile quickly disappears once he locks eyes with Finlay, however. Both men are standing, no intention of being civil about this it seems.

JBL:
Gentlemen, I would just like to inform you that another order by Paul Heyman was that there is to be no physical contact between the two of you for this contract signing or else the match will not only be called off, but you will both be suspended indefinitely.

~A huge round of heat, both Finlay and RVD turning to look at JBL like they’re going to kill him.

JBL:
So that means there’s nothing left to do but just sit down…an’ sign the contract.

~Jibbles puts his microphone down and looks at both Van Dam and Finlay, who just keep staring at him until they both sit down. RVD is the first man to take the contract…and he signs it without any hesitation. The crowd pops for this, but before he hands the contract over to Finlay, RVD holds onto the papers a little longer before bringing his microphone to his lips

RVD:
There. I’m inked. But there’s one thing I’m not. And that’s satisfied.

~Van Dam gives a cold stare to Finlay, who shoots it right back

RVD
:
I’m not a guy who is gonna sit here and ramble on with some passionate monologue. No, dude, that’s not my MO. All I’m gonna do is beat you eight was from Sunday this Sunday and let what I’m gonna do to you do the talking.

~A HUGE pop for Van Dam threatening Finlay

RVD
:
But there’s still one question that’s just burning me up from the inside. I know you’re a sick dude. I know you’re even less of a man for words than I am. But you’ve threatened my career, bloodied one of my best friends and then you…

~RVD actually has to take a moment to comprehend what he’s about to say

RVD
:
…and then you struck my wife in the skull.

~A big round of heat for that one, but Finlay actually smirks at the mention, visibly pissing off Van Dam

RVD
:
My one burning question is simple…why?

~Van Dam lowers his microphone and still doesn’t hand the contract over, obviously waiting for Finlay’s answer. Finlay just stares coldly right back at the ECW alum and slowly lifts his microphone to his face


Finlay:
Because, Robbie. You needed to be broken.

~A GREAT deal of heat for this one, RVD staring at Finlay with a combination of questioning and anger

Finlay:
Y’see Robbie, I know exactly what kind of guy you are. You sit on your laurels an’ ya don’t try to do anything else. But why should ya? Ya keep gettin’ rewarded for not doin’ anything.

~More buzz for this statement, Van Dam just taking it in

Finlay:
All you’ve done since you’ve come to AOW is go off of your ol’ ECW moments. News flash, Robbie – ECW is dead. An’ honestly, you should’ve died with it

~A ballsy threat there, the entire Hammerstein now throwing Jericho-like heat onto Finlay. Van Dam looks like he’s visibly trying to restrain himself from jumping across the table

Finlay:
I’ve been damn near undefeated since I came to AOW. I’ve never been pinned an’ I’ve never been made to submit. An’ yet, I’ve only ever had one shot at the AOW Championship. But you? You kept getting title shot after title shot after title shot after losing each an’ every time…an’ it bored me to tears, Robbie. That’s a record that needed more than anything to be broken.

~Another round of great buzz

Finlay:
So long story short, Robbie…I tortured you an’ broke you simply because I wanted to. Because I wanted to be the reason you walked away. An’ this Sunday…

~Finlay snatches the contract from out of Rob’s hands. RVD’s face is shaking he’s so rattled with anger

Finlay:
…I’m gonna finish the job.

~Finlay puts his mic down to put pen to paper, but RVD speaks to suddenly stop him, Van Dam’s voice creeping into an eerie monotone

RVD:
Before you sign on that dotted line dude, I just want you to know that after Sunday, I wanna be the reason that you walk away. You tried to break me, but all you did was help me remember exactly the kind of guy I wanna be, the guy I need to be…and that’s a bloodthirsty R…V…D.

~Van Dam does this very dry, with no thumbs, inching closer and closer to Finlay’s face…but Finlay just shows a toothy grin and laughs a little


Finlay:
That’s cute.

~Another bit of heat, as Van Dam damn near prepares to sock Finlay in the nose

Finlay:
But while you were away finding yourself, remembering who you are…you must’ve forgotten exactly who I am. I’m Finlay. I love ta fight. I’ve done everything from hanging a man from a cage wall to beating some broad in the head to get what I want.

~Another bit of heat as Finlay again references Sonya Szatowski

Finlay:
So when I step into that ring with no limits just remember…you asked for this.

~…and on that bone chilling line, Finlay finally signs his name on the document and hands it to JBL. RVD is still all in Finlay’s face

JBL:
Great. Well, now that the contract is signed, you fellas can just get out an’ –

Finlay:
Hold on there, John. Robbie, you look really tense. An’ since everything you know will come to an end Sunday, I brought a little something for you.

~Van Dam again looks at Finlay with a puzzled expression, Finlay reaching under the tablecloth and pulling out…a bucket of ice. And sticking out of is…a bottle of rum? Finlay then reaches down and pulls out two glasses from underneath the table, setting it all on the table in front of him. He then puts some ice in both glasses before pouring some ale into them.

Finlay:
How about we have one last drink, aye?

~Finlay puts on another fake smile, taking a glass for himself and holding the other one out for Van Dam to take…which after a moment or so, he does. But almost as soon as he takes it up, he grabs his microphone with his other hand

RVD
:
Y’know, they say you drink to help you forget. But I’m done with forgetting. I don’t ever wanna forget these people, I don’t ever wanna forget ECW, I don’t ever wanna forget who I am…

~A rising pop for all that, as Van Dam puts his glass back down on the table

RVD
:
…and I sure as hell don’t ever wanna forget what I’m gonna do to you.


Van Dam defiantly gets in Finlay’s face, the two of them nearly nose to nose, the security outside beginning to rustle a bit. Finlay just smirks once again and briefly turns his head…before THROWING HIS ALE IN RVD’S EYES!! The alcohol burns at Van Dam’s retinas and completely blinds him, forcing him down to the canvas. JBL climb out of the ring as security starts to jump on the apron, but Finlay grabs a hold of the bottle of rum and starts holding it up and circling around him, threatening to smash it over the head of any security guard who comes into the ring.

The crowd is buzzing tremendously at this, no one willing to get in the ring and stop this. Finlay turns all the way around and keeps an eye on every guard, but then he turns back to RVD trying to get back to his feet and holding his eyes, ready to BASH HIM IN THE HEAD WITH THE BOTTLE…BUT VAN DAM KICKS THE BOTTLE, SMASHING IT TO PIECES!! The educated feet of Rob Van Dam seem perfectly intact as he suddenly smashes the bottle with a vicious kick! Finlay is left holding the neck of the bottle amidst the rum that’s exploded into his face, Van Dam now getting up and ready for a fight, but security finally jumps in now and restrains both men. Finlay and Van Dam keep trying to escape the guard’s grasps multiple times, but each time they’re restrained, much to the dismay of the Hammerstein crowd.


Joey Styles:
This is Joey Styles and soon I’ll be joined by my broadcast partner John “Bradshaw” Layfield, but folks, you can see it plainly there – Finlay and a revitalized Rob Van Dam have plenty of unfinished business that will come to an unparalleled head come The Outer Limits this Sunday. Folks, we are just four days away from what’s shaping up to be the biggest show in all of AOW history. Trust me folks, this is just the first of many times tonight I’m sure we’ll see unresolved tensions running amok.

JBL:
Don’t tell me you started the rundown without me?

Joey Styles:
Well, you were doing your moderating thing. And what took you so long? You bolted the ring forever ago.

JBL:
I didn’t ‘bolt the ring’, you twit. That’s like saying you’re a coward for moving out of the way of a moving train. These two men were gonna kill each other an’ I sure as hell wasn’t gonna get in the way of that. Plus, I couldn’t just let RVD waste a good drink.

Joey Styles:
What? Oh dear lord. You went back and got RVD’s glass?

JBL:
It’s not RVD’s anymore, is it? I’m not a man who wastes a pint, Joey.

Joey Styles:
Folks, I guarantee the night will be chock full of surprises and final act twists and turns before the big dance this Sunday. We’ve got the Trios Tournament team captains facing off, we’ve got Rey Mysterio in his return match against the man who injured him, and last but certainly not least – just four days from what’re calling the most anticipated match in AOW’s short history, we will get to see Christian Cage go one-on-one with the man who interrupted his shot with Jericho in Shawn Michaels.

JBL:
I tell you what, Joey, the only thing better than that drink I just had is gonna be that main event.

Joey Styles:
That’s something we can agree on, partner, but keep it here, folks! The final stop before we head to The Outer Limits north of the border is coming back with ninety minutes of incredible action! We’re just four days away, and I can hardly contain myself!


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



We return from the commercial break with “WELCOME TO WHITECHAPEL” blaring over the speakers already, the men of Mercenaries, Inc. stepping into the ring. Paul Burchill and Brent Albright hold the ring ropes open for William Regal, who wipes off his boots before stepping in. Burchill follows while Albright holds open the ropes, Albright then following last after wiping his boots off as well. Regal has a microphone and his signature perpetual scowl etched on his face.

Regal:
For those of you who are unaware, my name is Sir William Regal. I am a proud born and bred Englishmen, raised with such class that I find it ironic that I’m standing before any of you ruffians.

~A bit of cheap heat on that one

Regal:
But I’m not here to talk about how low on the food chain any of you are, no no, I’m here to talk about how low our opponents for this Sunday are on that food chain.

~A little more heat, more buzz than anything as Regal sways his hair back a little

Regal:
The finals of the first ever prestigious AOW Trios Tournament are soon upon us. We are a team who has a clear identity and goal in mind. I am William Regal, a man who has forgotten more wrestling moves than anyone in the back will ever even know.

~Regal shifts his weight a bit to look over his left shoulder, where Paul Burchill stands

Regal:
Standing to my left here, this is “The Ripper” Paul Burchill, who is undisputedly the most dangerous man in AOW so long as he’s breathing.

~A sly smile comes across Burchill’s face as Regal now turns to his right

Regal:
And standing to my right, we have the single best member of AOW’s inaugural year Rookie Class: “Shooter” Brent Albright, who is not only as brutal as his adviser, Mr. Burchill, but who is also slowly gaining my meticulous prowess as well. He’s already given Super Crazy a concussion.

~A round of heat for the mention of the ‘botch’

Regal:
Combine all of that with his otherworldly technical abilities, and you have the man who will define AOW’s future.

~Albright’s expression doesn’t change, although he gets heat from the long-winded put-over

Regal:
We are Mercenaries, Inc. We know what we want and we go get it. But our opponents Sunday don’t even know their own team name, much less what that trophy means to them. So Super Crazy, how about you get your behind out here so I can show you what a captain who will lead his team to victory can really do.


Not too long after Regal sets aside his microphone and huddles a little with his team does “MEXICANO MUY LOCO” hit the speakers, the team of Aero Star & the Mexicools comes through the curtain, captain Super Crazy leading the way, a microphone in his hand as well. Star and Psicosis follow close behind, none of them stopping as they keep walking while talking

Crazy:
Ju’re biting off a little bit more than ju’ can…como se dice…’swallow’ there, William Regal.

~All three Mexicans keep their determined march down the ramp

Crazy
:
Ju’ see, we know exactly who we are, too. We know what we’re capable of, homes. But what ju’ don’t seem to know is that los tres…‘all three’ of us have clocked in time wrestling in Mexico.

~A quick shot of the Mercs, Burchill mouthing a “So?” while Regal mouths a “So have I.”

Crazy
:
An’ in Mexico, de Trios match has been around for years. It’s deeply engraved in de luchador lineage, amigo. If there’s any team on dis show that has a goal an’ knows themselves in dat kind of match, ju’re lookin’ at’em, homes.

~A pop, as Crazy sounds a little more serious there, all three men now stopping at the base of the entrance ramp

Crazy
:
So yeah. We may have changed our name around a few times. PsicoSuper, SuperPsico…but we’re changing it una ultima ves – ‘one last time’. Because none of us are better than the other. We’re one luchador unit. No matter what, we will rule like kings. Three kings. Tres Reyes.

~Upon saying potentially their new name, all three men now suddenly spring forward and slide into the ring simultaneously, actually taking Regal and co. back a bit


Crazy
:
So dis Sunday, we will show ju’ de pride of Mexico an’ show ju’ jus’ how strong Tres Reyes can be. Dis Sunday, we’ll show ju’ dat trophy means heritage an’ tradition to us. But for now, we’ll jus’ callate la boca – ‘shut up j’ur mouth!’


Crazy throws his microphone down and motions for Regal to “come on!” Regal doesn’t seem intimidated in the least, telling Crazy to tell his partners to leave the ring. Crazy won’t do it until the Mercenaries leave Regal’s side, all four non-competing men leaving very tentatively as referee Ray Ramsey tries to have just a little bit of order here.

OPENING CONTEST
William Regal

{w/The Mercenaries}
v.
Super Crazy

{w/Aero Star & Psicosis}


The match kicks off pretty high paced with Super Crazy taking the early advantage and setting the tone with multiple arm drag variations, but Regal would find a way to slow things down and keep the crazy luchador off his feet, showing how proud he is of his ground game. Things would swing back into Crazy control after that, only for Regal to take things right back in his favor. That’s where we are when we cut in four minutes into this contest, Regal whipping Crazy across the ring and rushing at him on the rebound with a NASTY KITCHEN SINK!! Crazy flips over Regal’s deadly knee to a cover – 1…2…NO!! Crazy shows the same resiliency he showed all through the tournament!

Regal doesn’t take too kindly to that, looking to continue to wear down Crazy with a sleeper hold, but Crazy manages to nail Regal with a jawbreaker that forces Regal back. Crazy has the space he needs to rebound off the ropes behind him, but the ever intelligent and aware Regal follows Crazy and immediately catches him on the rebound with a DEVASTATING CLOTHESLINE!! The commentators point out that that could bring into play Crazy’s concussion, which Regal now seems to be thinking as well, taking Crazy and DRIVING A KNEE INTO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!! Crazy could be out here, Regal now covering the team captain – 1…2…3-NO!! Super Crazy somehow stays alive!

Regal looks slightly frustrated, but he keeps his composure before taking Crazy in his clutches and wrapping him in a double underhook. He strikes him with a knee to the gut before lifting him up and going for the REGAL BOMB…SAMURAI DRIVER!! Super Crazy turns it into a devastating samurai driver at the drop of a hat!! Tres Reyes’ knack for pulling out surprise after surprise continues here, Aero Star and Psicosis getting pumped up on the big counter. The crowd gets pumped with them as both men are lain out for a while, Crazy doing his best to try and shake the cobwebs out of his head. When he’s done doing so, Regal is back to his feet, Crazy rushing at him and CRACKING HIM IN THE HEAD WITH AN ENZEGUIRI!! Regal flops to the mat with Crazy on top of him now – 1…2…3-NO!! Regal stays alive now!!

It’s the Mercenaries’ turn to get pumped at their captain’s resiliency, Regal getting back to his feet on his own power. He’s incredibly groggy, leading Crazy to try and rebound off the ropes to try and knock him down with something else, but Regal counters with a momentous European uppercut! It knocks Crazy back, allowing Regal to grab him from behind to set up a REGAL-PLEX…NO!! Crazy struggles a bit and rolls forward, catching Regal underneath him in a nifty roll-up – 1…2…3-NO!! Regal gets out of it just in time! Another surprise pinfall win was on tap for the Reyes there, but Regal is painfully aware of those. He rolls back to his feet and charges at Crazy, only for Crazy to rush at Regal himself with a SPINNING WHEEL KICK!! The move knocks Regal back down so hard, he nearly springs right back up, Crazy catching him in a front headlock…runs towards and springboaring off a second rope…ROPE RUN TORNADO DDT!! Regal is driven into the canvas on that move, Crazy with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Regal shows veteran prowess by stretching his foot onto a rope!

Crazy shows some frustration now, snatching Regal’s foot off the rope and driving a knee into Regal’s sternum to keep him down. Crazy then ascends to the top rope, looking for the finishing MOONSAULT…but he’s stopped when he sees from his perch that the Mercenaries are attacking Aero Star and Psicosis!! There’s a brawl on the outside that draws the attention of Crazy off of the match, referee Ramsey now looking at it. This allows Regal to spring back to his feet and grab Crazy’s foot and sling it off the rope, SENDING CRAZY CRASHING TO THE CANVAS ON HIS HEAD!! The concussion is definitely aggravated following that move, but it’s what Regal wanted all along as he takes the limp body of Crazy and cradles it up before slinging it back…REGAL-PLEX!! Crazy’s head is further hurt, Regal now covering a Super Crazy who is possibly in a coma – 1…2…3…!!

Winner: William Regal at (8:39)

No sooner than the ref’s hand comes down for a three does the attention turn back outside, where Star and Psicosis have CHUNKED BRENT ALBRIGHT INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! Burchill tries to fend off the angered luchadors alone, but while he does so and Ramsey is trying to get outside to break them up, Regal has a devilishly sinister look in his eye. He slowly and methodically retreats to a corner opposite of where Super Crazy has fallen, waiting on him to make the slightest move to recover. The crowd that’s not buzzing over the brawl outside is buzzing over Regal’s stalking, Crazy barely able to pull himself onto all fours.


Joey Styles:
Oh no, the match is over, Regal. This could be a killing blow to Crazy’s head…


Styles could be right, as Regal charges for what should be a DECAPITATING KNEE TREMBLER…SKY-HIGH CROSSBODY!! AERO STAR INERCEPTS THE MOVE WITH THE SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY!! Aero Star, just like he’s done the entire tournament, saves his team at the very last minute! Psicosis has rolled into the ring, trying his best to tend to his best friend, while Star is all kinds of pumped up along with the crowd. As Psicosis and Star prepare for perhaps a double team move on Regal, he’s grabbed under the bottom rope by his Mercs, garnering a great deal of heat. Mercenaries, Inc. head back up the ramp, but they don’t have a frustrated or afraid look in their eyes. They just look damn angry. Tres Reyes are left in the ring, both Star and Psicosis having to help Crazy get to his feet.

Joey Styles:
And Aero Star, just like he’s been doing for weeks with his team, comes out of the blue to prove his worth to his team!

JBL:
He can prove his worth all he wants, but right now, Super Crazy is absolutely worthless.

Joey Styles:
I’d hate to say that Super Crazy is ‘worthless’, John, but he certainly is in a spot to drag his team down Sunday.

JBL:
“Drag his team down?” What is that? Nice-nice speak for ‘he’s gonna make his team LOSE!?!’ Say what needs to be said, Joey. Super Crazy coming out here an’ competing with a concussion is not only stupid, but it’s incredibly selfish.

Joey Styles:
You can’t fault a man for having heart and trying to lead his team of friends to victory, John!

JBL:
I can if he came to this country dodging Border Patrol.

Joey Styles:
Oh please.

JBL:
If this team is as experienced in Trios matches as they say they are, then they need to take the captain title off of Super Crazy an’ put it on the rookie.

Joey Styles:
Wow, John. That’s actually a fantastic piece of analysis. With Crazy obviously hurt, I would definitely make the case that Aero Star should be the one to lead his team to a trophy in his rookie year.

JBL:
Oh I didn’t say they’d win, Joey. I just said if they wanna back up what they said about experience. Regal an’ those Mercs got this one wrapped up no question.

Joey Styles:
You can’t make that call yet, John. Although Mercenaries, Inc. certainly do look like favorites with their opponents a man down, William Regal looked like has about to do more damage. But the competition is up to the brim between these two teams and it’ll all come to a head Sunday when they vie for that Trios crown for the very first time. But we’ve still got huge action tonight!

JBL:
Lots more huge action, Joey!

Joey Styles:
That’s right because later on tonight, Christian Cage and Shawn Michaels will lock horns for the first time in all of AOW history when they step in to face each other in the main event. Two men who have taken very different, but very similar paths to get to the Belle Center Sunday will clash. But coming up next, we’ve got another luchador in action, as Rey Mysterio comes is officially back and he’ll return to the ring against the man who took him out months ago – the #1 contender for the Cruiserweight title, Gregory Helms! Keep it here!



~Backstage halls, equipment ar -…OH SHIT, MOVE CAMERA MAN~!!


This is spoken verbatim by Jamie Noble, who is also ducking out of the way of a brawl we’ve cut right into between Samoa Joe and Paul Wright!! Wright clocks Joe with several ham-sized blows the stomach, but Joe takes all of the hits and just chops the living shit out of Wright so hard, that it forces the big man to packpedal into some of the equipment lying around, the loud clanging perhaps catching the attention of several officials. It’ll take them time to get here, but in the meantime, the One Man Army has the space now to accelerate…and BASH WRIGHT WITH A FLYING ELBOW!!

Wright’s jaw is possibly knocked off of its hinges, Joe now whipping the big man around and forcing him into even more equipment! Something that looks like a lead pipe manages to fall, Joe bending over to pick it up and wait on Wright to turn back to him –

“You like breakin’ people’s faces, huh?!”

JOE CLOCKS WRIGHT IN THE FACE WITH THE LEAD PIPE!! The sickening thump against Wright’s skull echoes in the cramped backstage compartment, but beyond the walls in the arena, we can hear the crowd deliver a huge pop. Wright doesn’t go down, but he’s very much affected and has to lean up against the wall for support. Just when Joe rears back to go for A SECOND SHOT TO THE HEAD, the extra security from the opening segment pulls Joe away from his chance to end this.

Joe still manages to break away from the mob of men restraining him, but more security comes in front of him and stops him. It looks like there’s somewhere around fifteen men restraining Joe, but no one’s keeping an eye on Wright…who SWEEPS half of the security aside with one hand and leaves Joe open to a KNOCKOUT PUNCH!! Joe falls, his dead weight forcing the men still holding him to brace a bit and try to keep up, but Wright was evidently counting on this, and no one is still able to stop him from NAILING JOE WITH A SECOND KNOCKOUT PUNCH!! Joe falls all the way down, several of the men holding him collapsing with him. A few of the men stay to tend to Joe, but the others leap up to hold back Wright, who has some choice words for Joe of his own, some of the only words he’s spoken in AOW –

“Breakin’ faces? That’s all I know how to do!”

Wright is being held back after this badass boast, Joe still knocked the fuck out as we fade away…


Quote:
*Video Package*

Narrator:
It has been said that in times of war, prepare for peace…


A shot of what looks like two dignified men by a throne, one in Chinese emperor attire and the other in Japanese samurai attire, shaking hands

Narrator:
…and in times of peace, prepare for war.


In the land behind and beneath them, we see what looks like two armies raging towards one another as storm clouds gather…

Narrator:
The AOW Offseason is amidst us.


…only for both armies to fall once the scene starts raining, the land becoming mud and the screen to cut to black

Narrator:
But once it is over…


The screen lights back up on what looks like several men trying to get up and out of the bog

Narrator:
…a new dynasty shall arise!


Finally, one man is successful and glistens in the light. He goes over to what looks like a mountain and begins to climb…but he’s suddenly hounded by legions of other men making their way through the mud…

Narrator:
Thirty-two men…


All of those mud bogged, battle-ravaged men try to climb this mountain, all the while trying to knock the other ones off of it

Narrator:
…one goal…


The man who first started climbing begins to pull away after watching many of his comrades turned competitors fall

Narrator:
To win the 2008 Dynasty Tournament and get a shot at the AOW Heavyweight Championship…


The man now appears to reach the top of the cliff…

Narrator:
…and become a one-man dynasty!


The man reaches the peak of the mountain and sees that it is the throne the two men shook hands beside…and the victorious climber sits upon the throne

THE 1ST ANNUAL AOW DYNASTY TOURNAMENT
Beginning June 4th


*End Package*


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**


~Backstage area, the Green Zone interview set

Romero:
Ladies and gentlemen, Steve Romero here with my guests at this time, the number one contenders for the AOW Tag Team Championships, the Sons of the Dungeon…

~Pan over to see Smith and Wilson, a pop from the crowd

Romero
:
AND my other guests at this time the AOW Tag Team Champions themselves…the World’s Greatest Tag Team!

~The camera pans all the way back to show Benjamin and Haas on the opposite side of Romero, all five men fitting in one frame. We can see behind Romero now that some of the traditional set has been thrashed, Wright and Joe possibly having been here not too long ago…

Romero
:
Now, you two teams have made it known that you don’t wish to step into the ring to face one another until you meet at The Outer Limits this Sunday. Can any of you tell us exactly why that is?

Haas:
Simple, Steve. It’s a technique called ‘competitive seclusion’. Shelton and I used it to perfection when we were training to be All-Americans.

Smith:
And TJ and I had to swear by it in the Dungeon.

Romero:
What exactly does this technique encompass? Well, besides not seeing your opponents until game day?

Benjamin:
It’s exactly what it sounds like, Steve. Why do you care what it’s for?

Romero:
Well, I just want our audience to know why we aren’t seeing you guys in action this week.

Wilson:
We’re merely staying out of each other’s way and doing everything we can to better ourselves for the big match. Each of us is our own….“zone”, and anything to do with the opponent could take us out of that focus.

Smith:
We’re not worrying about what they can do…

Haas:
Just what we can do.

~Haas extends an arm, hoping to get handshakes from the Dungeon dwellers

Haas:
We’ll see you guys in Canada. Shelton?

~Haas nudges Benjamin to extend his hand as well. Shelton looks over his shoulder at Haas…before letting out an aggravated sigh and walking away from the scene. Haas looks surprised, only for Smith to grab his hand and shake it, followed by Wilson doing the same

Wilson
:
We’ll see you in Canada.

~The Sons walk off after nodding towards Romero. We’re left with the focus on Haas, looking to see where Benjamin went, shaking his head and running his fingers through his hair a little as we fade…


~Back at ringside…


“619 ESTA VIVO” hits the scene now, Rey Mysterio bursting through the blood-red curtain and ready for his first in-ring action since his knee was messed up. Mysterio is greeted with a very welcome ovation, the Master of the 619 slapping hands with a few of the faithful in the front row before sliding into the ring and doing some theatrics to the crowd, coming off the turnbuckle and shaking his knee out and telling referee Justin King that the knee is in good shape.

This is interrupted by “IT’S TIME – HACKER’S REMIX”, as Gregory Helms gets a reaction directly opposite of Mysterio’s. Helms struts with the utmost confidence as he comes down the ramp, knowing he’s already beaten the tar out of Mysterio once before. He taunts Rey before stepping into the ring and telling him he’ll ‘send you right back to the ER’.

…and just before the referee Brian Hebner rings for the bell, “QUIEN SOY YO?” chimes across the arena, the Latin rhythm giving way to a great deal of heat when Carlito Colon comes on through with even more confidence and ‘swag’ than Helms. He’s full out in his white blazer and wrestling trunks, pulling out an apple and walking around the ring, smiling like a jackass and staring right at Mysterio.’lito just walks right on past the ring and takes a seat at the announce table next to Styles.


Carlito:
You keepin’ it cool, bro?

Joey Styles:
Um…sure?

JBL:
You wouldn’t know what cool is if it cracked you in the head.

Carlito:
Carlito was actually taking to JBL.

JBL:
As well you should be, my good man.

Joey Styles:
So Carlito, where exactly are the Samoan Fight Club? You guys have gotten and stayed awfully close, even after you were eliminated in the Trios Tournament.

Carlito:
Why does he not talk like Carlito wasn’t there?

JBL:
Because he likes repeating the obvious.

Joey Styles:
None of that answers my question.

Carlito:
If ju’ must know, Joey, Carlito gave’em the night off. Carlito’s said it before an’ he’ll say it again – when Carlito needs to take out the trash, he does it himself.

JBL:
What a true warrior.

Joey Styles:
Oh brother. There’s nothing ‘cool’ about talking about your fellow Latinos like they’re garbage.

Carlito:
Carlito isn’t. He’s saying that Rey Mysterio is trash. Das why Carlito has to get rid of him. So the rest of us don’t look as bad as him.

JBL:
Truer words have never been spoken.

Carlito:
J'u hear that, Joey? Why can’t you be cool like Bradshaw?

Joey Styles:
Anywho, Rey Mysterio looks ready to face off with the man who put him on the shelf for four months in Gregory Helms right now –

Carlito:
Yeah, but he needs to be worried about Carlito.


MATCH 2
Rey Mysterio
v.
Gregory Helms

{w/Carlito Colon on commentary}


Much like the match before it, the motivated face starts like a house afire, only for the man who injured him several months back takes advantage of a the psychological distraction that Carlito represents. Helms seems to still be in control when we cut into the contest around the six minute mark, catching Rey in a seated surfboard stretch. Rey’s arms are being stretched behind his body in violent fashion, Helms’ knee forcing the torque back even more. The crowd is getting Rey pumped up, getting him to his feet and fighting back…LEAPING DOUBLE BACK KICK!! Mysterio spins in Helms’ arms and plants two feet to his chest! This knocks Helms back into the ropes and rebounds right back towards Mysterio, Helms going over in a sunset flip, but Rey rolls out of it to his feet…KICK TO THE HEAD OF A SEATED HELMS!! Helms may be out here as Rey covers – 1…2…NO!!

Helms stays alive a little longer, but Rey starts building a head of steam when Helms gets to his feet and is immediately met with a pair of spinning headscissors! Helms flips disoriented onto his feet, only for Mysterio to come back at him, feed him his leg, and attempt an ENZEGUIRI…NO!! Helms ducks underneath the kick, but keeps hold of Rey’s leg, spinning around…and locking in a BOSTON CRAB!! Helms doing exactly what Carlito will be doing Sunday and that’s looking to maim the infamously bad knees of the luchador!

Rey is screaming in pain, trying his best to get out of the hold, but Helms sits back and sinks it in deeper. Rey FINALLY manages to scratch and claw his way to a bottom rope, but predictably, Helms doesn’t let go of the ropes until a count of four and a half. Helms lets go, but gets in Hebner’s face and tells him that “I HAVE ‘TIL FIVE”. Those who know the reference give Helms a great deal of heat as he flashes a smug little smile towards the crowd and the camera before turning back to Mysterio, who is already back to his feet and peppering Helms’ thighs with calf kicks, rebounding off the ropes…only to be caught by Helms win the STRAIGHT JACKET SLEEPER SLAM!! Mysterio is out, Helms pulling both of Rey’s legs up to his shoulders – 1…2…3-NO!! Rey stays alive in his return match!

Helms is frustrated at this, looking to perhaps toss Rey over the rope and to the floor, but as he turns is back in satisfaction, Mysterio holds on and stays on the apron. Helms charges at Mysterio after seeing this, prompting Rey to nail Helms with a counter kick to the head, stupefying Helms long enough for Rey to springboard off the rope…SPRINGBOARD SEATED SENTON!! Rey pops up and rushes off the ropes for more momentum, Helms getting back to his feet and trying some offensive action, only for Rey do duck under his attempt and leap off the second rope…SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY CONNECTING!! Rey with another cover – 1…2…NO!! Helms won’t be taken down!

Rey doesn’t get frustrated, instead getting a little more pumped up to perhaps maybe start setting up for a finish. When Helms does get back to his feet, Rey looks to charge at him for more offense, but Helms does the dastardly thing and SHOOTS RIGHT AT THE INJURED LEFT KNEE!! Rey crumples as JBL points things out to Carlito about said knee, Helms now using the striking of the weak point as leverage to force Rey up…NIGHTMARE ON HELMS STREET!! The high speed elbow connects! Helms with another cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Mysterio still keeps his classic determined heart!

Helms pounds the mat for a moment, knowing he’s beaten Mysterio before and rubbed it in his rival’s face, but unable to show up Danielson yet again. Helms starts stalking Mysterio before charging for the SHINING WIZARD…ENZEGUIRI!! The failed move from earlier connects from Mysterio, forcing Helms to fall in the opposite direction…right onto the middle rope!! The crowd is buzzing big, as Rey yells that he’s dialing up the “619!” Mysterio goes to rebound off the ropes for the finish…but Carlito has jumped on the apron!! Mysterio stops dead in his tracks and gets into it with words with Carlito, but the ref steps between them and tries to tell Carlito to get off.

While the ref’s back is turned, Helms is recovered and stalking Mysterio yet again…but the crowd starts buzzing louder for some reason…and we see why when Bryan Danielson slides into the ring. Helms turns only to get clocked with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE TEMPLE!! Helms is dead on his feet, Danielson vanishing from in the ring as quickly as he entered. Mysterio now turns back to the stupefied Helms and hits him with the front dropkick that sends him right back down onto the second rope! Carlito is unaware as he’s stepped off, Mysterio going for it one more time…619!! 619 CONNECTING!! Helms flops back, Rey ascending to the top and finishing it off by DROPPING DA DIME WITH THE LEG DROP!! A leg hook and cover – 1…2…3…!!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio at (12:09)

And Mysterio gets a measure of revenge against Gregory Helms!! Carlito looks up to see Mysterio pinning his opponent and can’t help but snarl, Mysterio celebrating right in Carlito’s face. ‘lito changes his tune to a small smirk before making his way up the entrance ramp and leaving all of that behind him, perhaps taking something away from this…? Either way, once Carlito disappears, Gregory Helms rolls out of the ring and looks up in complete distain while gripping his head and neck. Bryan Danielson has since rolled into the ring and stands beside Mysterio with a microphone in his hand.


Danielson:
Helms, you know as well as anyone here that you had that comin’!

~A good crowd pop, as the close up of Danielson allows us to see that his orbital bone has had to be re-patched up

Danielson
:
And trust me – that’s just the smallest sneak peak I can give you for what’s to come in our Final Encounter match!

~A shot over Danielson’s shoulder shows that Mysterio hasn’t left the ring, just standing in a corner as Helms looks on still horrified

Danielson
:
You’ve gotten opportunity after opportunity, Helms, but after Sunday you’re not gonna have any excuses! The rules of ‘Final Encounter’ say that this match will never happen again! Bryan Danielson versus Gregory Helms for the Cruiserweight Championship will have no rematches!

~A pop of intrigue for those who weren’t clear on the rules of the billing

Danielson
:
So Helms, just consider this the beginning of your own final countdown. I’m so ready to get you out of my life, so ready to let out all my anger, that I want no more words. I don’t want to wait, and hell, come Sunday, I might not even want to wrestle.

~This begets buzz from the crowd as Danielson looks all the more fierce

Danielson
:
Sunday night…I’m just gonna kick your head in.


The crowd reels quickly before unleashing a big pop, “FINAL COUNTDOWN” blaring over the sound system as a final chime of victory. Mysterio stands alongside Danielson and celebrates a bit more, Danielson not taking his eyes off of Helms. Greg himself actually has a look of concern on his face and isn’t flashing his newfound slasher smile at all.

Joey Styles:
That’s as direct a message as you’re ever gonna hear, folks! Bryan Danielson making the threat of a lifetime!

JBL:
He’s not tryin’ to convince anyone but himself. An’ if I were Rey Mysterio I’d be mad as hell.

Joey Styles:
Oh, come on! You don’t even like Rey Mysterio!

JBL:
But I wouldn’t want someone interferin’ in a match I had with a guy who took me out of the ring. No, I don’t like him, but I feel for him.

Joey Styles:
Oh, so you feel for him there, but you don’t feel for him in the fact that Carlito Colon is blatantly targeting him in his crusade to rid this company of ‘uncool stereotypes’ as he’s said?

JBL:
Do I look like a Hispanic stereotype to you, Joey?

Joey Styles:
Well, you do seem to tan pretty we –

JBL:
Don’t answer that, ya yutz. I can’t feel for that because Carlito is right. Rey Mysterio is a disgrace to his people.

Joey Styles:
Well then what’s Bryan Danielson according to you, I wonder.

JBL:
He’s a paranoid little man! Why else is he gettin’ so angry at Gregory Helms being back? It’s because Helms said it best weeks ago – it’s because when he’s here, Danielson knows he’s second best.

Joey Styles:
Believe what you wanna believe, John, but what’s a cold hard fact is that later on tonight, Shawn Michaels will be forced to face the man whose main event he impeded on. Christian Cage and Shawn Michaels will lock horns for the first time ever in AOW history! But coming up next, “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks is here live to offer his own rebuttal to CM Punk. What on earth does he have to say now?


**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



We return to Oblivion when “HOLLA TO THE WORLD” hits the airwaves to a great deal of heat, as “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks comes through the curtain with his usual garish outfits, this one with more of a green tint. He struts his Gucci shoes on down the ramp before revealing that he has a microphone in hand as he steps in the ring.

Banks:
I know some of y’all lookin’ at me funny because I look this good in a green suit.

~More heat as Banks pops the collar of his oddly colored jacket

Banks:
But then again, I shouldn’t be surprised at any of you people hatin’ based on color.

~Even more heat, as Banks takes stabs at the race issue again

Banks:
See, green is the color of money, and that’s something I never had growin’ up as a kid. It’s what nobody I knew had growin’ up. It’s why every brotha down in Liberty City and Miami wanted to be a basketball or football star or a famous rapper so they could get what they didn’t have as quickly as possible.

~Banks going back into preaching mode it seems

Banks:
But that’s if you were smart enough to have dreams. Those pipe dreams ain’t realistic, though. In these United States, the odds of anyone actually being drafted by the NFL are 1 in 1,300. For the NBA, it’s even worse. The odds are 1 in 3,500. And don’t even get me started on tryin’ to make it in the music industry.

~Banks shakes his head disappointedly

Banks:
So when all those unrealistic dreams crumble around guys who ain’t never had nothin’ noways have to face reality. The reality that this country doesn’t want guys like me to be any kind of successful. So where do they go? They go where I went for nine and half years. In the US, 1 in 3 black men will go to prison at some point in their life.

~This actually kind of reels the audience a bit, Banks with a stern look behind those classes

Banks:
Inside those prison bars, you got a lot of time to think and a lot of time to learn. And I managed to get just a little bit closer to the man upstairs.

~Banks looks up and touches his crucifix necklace

Banks:
Me and the Maker? We’re real close. So close, I can hear him talk to me sometimes. I heard him talk to me and say that I had to represent all those who weren’t able to make it out of the ghettos and backroads. To become the ‘Boondock Saint’. But last night…

~Banks starts lifting his feet hand off his crucifix and up towards the sky

Banks:
He spoke to me. And God said “Antonio…you gotta beat the hell outta that white boy and take his Dynasty Championship.”

~…and the somewhat sympathetic story is over, Banks now re-drawing the ire of the Hammerstein

Banks:
So as a man of the cloth…of the very fly, expensive, name-brand cloth –

~Banks looks down at his garish suit for a moment

Banks:
Sundays have meant a lot to me. But none moreso than this Sunday when I will walk into the Belle Center in Montreal and start my road to fulfilling all my brothas in arms dreams. The American Dream will be mine! I will beat the system! But most importantly…I will beat CM Punk.


A rain of heat pours from the rafters here, Banks just letting his smugness envelop his face and starts nodding his head to the camera. He’s about to walk off and out of the ring when suddenly “MISERE CANTARE” hits the speakers to a rousing ovation for CM Punk to burst through the curtain, his ‘One Dark Flame’ t-shirt on with wrestling bottoms and the Dynasty Championship strapped around his waist. We also see he has a microphone in his hand as he marches on down to the ring and slides in, much to the distain of Banks.

Punk:
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait…okay so I might not be the most religious guy in the world and I’ll openly admit that, but even I know when you’re grossly misquoting the man upstairs.

~A bit of a pop for that one

Punk
:
Race…religion…you’re just full of controversial topics, aren't you? But see Banks, I think the more you talk about how much society is against guys like you, I learn more and more about you. And I think all those ‘controversial’ things you wanna preach about are just cover ups.

~Banks lowers the brim of his shades and echoes Punk. “Cover ups?”

Punk
:
Yeah, cover ups. They’re just gold plates on what’s really a piece of trash.

~”Ooooh”

Punk
:
And I know the first thing you’re gonna say when I say that and that’s that I’m saying it ‘because you’re black’. No, Banks, I’m talking about underneath the pimp suits, underneath the big issues, underneath the skin color. I’m talking about you as an individual sicken me.

~Banks crosses his arms and looks sharply at Punk from behind his shades

Punk
:
I think it’s fitting that you’re wearing green tonight. It fits you. Because the man you really are underneath it all is just a man who is consumed by greed.

~Punk gets closer to Banks

Punk
:
And as close to the ‘Maker’ as you say you are, isn’t greed one of those big sins…? See, to me, and I’m sure to a lot of these people, it seems that you don’t want to ‘break through’. You’re just greedy as hell. You don’t want to have just because the white man took from you. You can spout all the statistics you want. But I know you want more than everyone, even your so called ‘brothas in arms’.

~Punk creeps closer and closer to his #1 contender

Punk
:
I know that because you don’t even have to be here. You were roaming free, easy, and soaring to the top in that other company. There’s absolutely no reason to even be here other than to stir up trouble. And if I can borrow my Christian Cage conspiracy theory glasses for a moment, it seems to me like you’re here because you think because of who you are, you can maybe throw your weight around just a little bit more.

~Punk is getting more intense, the crowd feeling it

Punk
:
You sit here and you talk about dreams and how everyone is holding you down so your ‘American Dream’ can’t come true when your dream has already come true. You’re standing in the middle of a wrestling ring in front of the most passionate fan base in the world in the heart of New York, less than three blocks away from Madison Square Garden. I’d have to imagine that you wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t dreamt of it for a long, long time.

~A big pop here

Punk
:
So it’s my belief, Antonio, that you’re here just because you want more. You want more money. You want more glory. But to do that…you want my gold.

~Punk pats his title

Punk
:
And Banks, just in case you may have missed it, but since the day this company opened its gates, I’ve let it be known that it’s been my dream to be here. Hell, I think I’m annoying people with how much I mention it.

~

Punk:
Banks, if you believe it makes your life better, be as religious as you want. But for as for me, this ring, this dream…this is my religion.

~Another huge pop for the passionate Punk

Punk
:
But you live the way you wanna live and I’ll still beat you here. Because Banks, this is where it really matters.

~Punk points to the canvas beneath both men’s feet

Punk
:
So Banks, you can be in the pew, on your knees Sunday morning. Just know that I’ll put you on your back Sunday night.

~And with that, Punk takes the title from around his waists and holds it up between both men, a fierce staredown going on with the crowd popping hard for a while…only for Banks to back away into a corner and laugh…?

Banks:
Now see, you done messed up, Punk. You’re tryin’ to threaten me? No no, kid. I might be lookin’ to get farther than anyone here, but that’s because I’m just better than everyone here. That’s not greed, it’s fact.

~A big rain of heat for that one

Banks:
And you tryin’ to shake me up before Sunday? You not gonna shake a black man with just a few ‘intimidating’ words, boy. Not one that’s fighting for as much as I’m fighting for.

~Banks just reclines back against the corner

Punk
:
Well then I’ll be professional and just let my actions do the talking. Because a knee to the face…means the same to every race.


Punk suddenly drops his microphone and rushes at the corner-reclining Banks…RUNNING CORNER KNEE!! Punk drills Banks in the face with the high knee!! Banks’ shades fall off of his face as he stumbles out of the corner, going further into Punk’s clutches…AND ONTO HIS SHOULDERS!! GTS…NO!! Banks wriggles off of Punk’s shoulders right onto the apron and out of the ring, the crowd delivering heat for Banks just managing to get away. Banks backpedals up the ramp with anger in his eyes, shouting back at Punk and trying to fix his expensive clothes. Punk isn’t happy Banks just got out of his grasp, but he reaches down to pick up his Dynasty Championship…and then picks up Banks’ fallen sunglasses. The smartass that is Punk takes the shades and puts them on, giving us the image of Banks getting even more irate as he backs away and the champion Punk raising his title high with cool shades on to a nice ovation.

Joey Styles:
CM Punk like Bryan Danielson before him sending an incredibly direct message that will most certainly linger in the mind of his opponent this coming Sunday in Antonio Banks!

JBL:
CM Punk is a selfish, stubborn little man an’ I hope with every fiber of my being that Banks beats him for that Dynasty Championship. At least he stands for something more than himself.

Joey Styles:
Did you just not hear a word CM Punk said? He knows Banks isn’t here for something more than himself. He’s here for nothing but himself. So if there’s anyone that’s selfish in all of this, it’s undeniably Banks.

JBL:
You need to stop sippin’ CM Punk’s Kool-Aid an’ listen to actual truth! Antonio Banks has never had an American Dream, an’ as a proud American, I more than behind Banks to get to his. Long live the ‘brothas in arms!’

Joey Styles:
You just hate CM Punk because he likes you more when you drink.

JBL:
How can I be mad at him for that? Hell, I like me more when I drink.

Joey Styles:
Well, CM Punk is a man who takes pride in not taking drinks, but he will be putting his AOW Dynasty Championship on the line when he faces Antonio Banks this Sunday at The Outer Limits, coming to you live from the Belle Center is Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

JBL:
Nothin’ would make me happier than Punk being dethroned in Bizzaro World.

Joey Styles:
It will indeed be The Second City Saint taking on the Boondock Saint, both men playing up their rough upbringings up to the fulfillment of their dreams in a wrestling ring. But which dream will survive and be Dynasty Champion?

JBL:
There’s a lot of guys on this card I hope get run into the ground.

Joey Styles:
You’re supposed to be an unbiased commentator, John, but somehow I’m not surprised that you can’t be. What’s John’s referring to, of course, is that Rey Mysterio will have an entire country’s pride and tradition on his shoulders when he faces Carlito Colon. Will Carlito be able to drive out the ‘uncool stereotypes’ and complete his role as the ‘Latino Savior’?

JBL:
Nothin’ cooler than accomplishing just that, but just a heads up to you Carlito – Rey Mysterio ain’t no easy pickins, boy. He’s not gonna go down without one hellova fight.

Joey Styles:
You wanna talk about fight, I don’t think it may get much ‘fight’ than when Bryan Danielson and Gregory Helms finally lock horns in what is guaranteed to be the last part in a saga that has enveloped both men since the very first day of AOW. It is what has been branded as a “Final Encounter” match. The only rules are that there must be a winner and that once this match is over, it never happens again!

JBL:
The man who loses will not be getting any kind of rematch, an’ as well they shouldn’t. My money’s on Gregory Helms, but whoever walks away with the Cruiserweight Championship will be a man who has proven to his blood rival that he’s flat our better than him.

Joey Styles:
And that does warrant no more rematches. Given how focused and angry Bryan Danielson sounded earlier, the physicality of that match could further set the tone for Cruiserweight classics for years to come.

JBL:
How about this match with two guys who are most certainly not cruiserweights, but who most certainly won’t be any less physical?

Joey Styles:
It’s a clash of the titans, the locking of the bulls! Samoa Joe has long vowed to take out all the scum in AOW and with his hitlist dwindling down, he’s come face to face with a modern day giant in Paul “The Great” Wright. It’s the Unstoppable Force meeting with the Immovable Object and only one of them can be left standing.

JBL:
It’s very rare when we get matches like this, Joey, an’ that one is gonna be somethin’ ridiculous. Both of these guys have shown time an’ time again that they are the two men who should be feared the most in AOW, the single most intimidating presences on the entire roster. I can’t even pick a favorite!

Joey Styles:
But here’s another match where there isn’t a clear favorite – are the World’s Greatest Tag Team slowly imploding? Is this finally the match where Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin show their true colors to one another? Will that combined with the hometown ambition of the Sons of the Dungeon be enough to warrant us new AOW Tag Team Champions?

JBL:
Not just Tag Team Champions, Joey, the first ever AOW WORLD Tag Team Champions. All this talk about honor an’ competition is just Charlie Haas lyin’ to himself. Either he’s on the same exact page as Benjamin is an’ won’t admit it to himself or it’s all gonna fall by the wayside when they step in against one of the best rookie teams the wrestling world has ever seen.

Joey Styles:
The Sons grew up and trained in the Dungeon an they’ll be in their home country to hopefully get their big break, but while the Sons are looking for the first big notch in their young careers, how about a man who almost came to the end of his career until Finlay’s disgusting acts forced him to come back. The first ever Unsanctioned match in AOW history will be between two men who virtually want the other one dead.

JBL:
I admire Rob Van Dam for havin’ the guts to come back, but if he’s as washed up as he’s said that he is, he doesn’t have a chance in his life. To win an Unsanctioned fight, you’d better be willin’ to hold not a damn thing back. An’ seeing as how Finlay hasn’t held back this entire feud, I gotta give the nod to him on this one.

Joey Styles:
How can you bet against Rob Van Dam here? Yes, Finlay is a cruel and dangerous man, but I can promise you that there’s no bigger threat in the world than a driven man. But what about a match that’s been building and has shown AOW’s own unique flair, where we’ll see not one, not two, but six driven men?

JBL:
The Trios Tournament has definitely put AOW even more on the roadmap of distinction, an’ I cannot wait for this finals contest!

Joey Styles:
Indeed, Bradshaw, two teams who have weathered the storm will lock horns in the Finals of the first ever AOW Trios Tournament. The meticulous and sinister Mercenaries, Inc. will see if they can be the first team to ever take that trophy home when they face the yet again newly named Tres Reyes. But will a concussion to their captain spell their doom?

JBL:
In one world – yes. Tres Reyes or whatever the hell their name is have put up fight after fight in this bracket, but their luck is about to run out. I love this contrast of styles of high-flyin’ lucha verses the ground-and-pound technicians, but in the end, it’s Regal an’ his gang that should walk out with that trophy.

Joey Styles:
You’re more than grounded on that point, John, but what about our main event. Three men who have each had their own distinctive goals and roads to get to where they are. But the one common bond between all of them is that they all have to accomplish the impossible to get what they want – and that is the AOW Championship, soon to be AOW World Championship. Chris Jericho has to defend his AOW title against two men whose careers he has impacted forever – the hungry Christian Cage and the redemption seeking Shawn Michaels.

JBL:
The motivations for each of these men have been nothing less than riveting. I give Christian an’ Shawn Michaels credit for comin’ this far, but Chris Jericho always has a plan.

Joey Styles:
I think it’ll take more than a plan to come away with this one, John. Jericho is going into this one completely and utterly alone for the first time, he’ll have no Worthy Legion to back him up, and he’s facing a man whose life has made a living hell for months now, as well as a man who hates him and wants his title so much, he sold his soul to the devil that is Paul Heyman for another shot. Jericho is a bright man, but he’s not a miracle worker.

JBL:
You’d be surprised what a god can do.

Joey Styles:
Well he’ll have to pull something out of his ass in the next four days because that’s how long he has until the biggest Pay-Per-View in AOW history comes to you internationally! But we’re not done tonight, as two of the men in that AOW World title match will go head-to-head for the very first time. The Man on the Moon, who wants revitalization so bad, will face the man who took his fair shot at the gold with one swift kick and that’s the man who will return to a place’s he’s no stranger to Sunday and that’s the Heart Break Kid. Which man will walk out victorious tonight and pick up some serious momentum going to Canada? We’ll find out next!!

**COMMERCIAL BREAK**



We come back to the Oblivion stage only to hear the sound of very…erm…“pleased” women, as “SEXY BOY” hits the threshold. This yields yet another mixed reaction, Shawn Michaels exiting through the curtains. He's without Heyman for this match, the Commander probably opting to staying home. Much like last week, he looks more like himself than he does Paul Heyman, but even so, his hair is still slicked back and artificial looking. He’s not as jovial as the Heart Break Kid probably would be, but there is more pep in his step than there has been in weeks past.

The pep mellows out once he gets to the ring and hears “JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES” play over the sound system and the huge pop that comes with it, Christian Cage stepping on through the curtain and down to the ring, his maddened eyes completely focused on Michaels. There’s no crowd pandering or anything, just Christian making a beeline towards the man who has been a thorn in his side while going for the rose. Cage steps into the ring and keeps up the lack of pandering by getting nose to nose with Michaels. Christian’s incredibly intense gaze locks horns with Michaels’ unflinching stare. Two sets of eyes that have taken different paths, but in the end, mean the same thing.


MAIN EVENT
Christian Cage
v.
Shawn Michaels


The tension doesn’t get any lighter for the duration of the match after the stare down, Christian exiting the gates like the mad man he’s become and lighting up Michaels for much of the early goings, but a guy like HBK who has been around the block quite a few times doesn’t let him keep that advantage very long. Michaels swings it back in his favor and keeps bearing down on Christian, eventually finding that Christian’s right shoulder is still ailing from its punishment last week and begins exploiting it, only for Christian to fire back and exploit Michaels’ obvious back ailments.

We cut into the match with both men having gotten very physical on each other’s weaknesses, about twelve minutes in. Christian has caught Michaels in an ABDOMINAL STRETCH, trying to apply even more torque on the spinal area of the man who took his one-on-one shot against Jericho from him. Michaels has the pain painted on his face, but after struggling mightily, he manages to throw Christian over and get out of the move with a mighty hip toss! As luck would have it, Christian lands directly on his right shoulder, further eating at his weak spot. He grips at it in pain and tries to get to his feet, only to be met with Michaels catching him and wrapping that right arm around for a scoop slam, Cage landing right on the weak appendage! A scream of pain from Cage as Michaels briefly tends to his back and heads to the top rope…FLYING ELBOW DROP…NO!! Christian moves out of the way at the very last minute, causing Michaels to crash and burn and play right into his weak lower back!

It takes both men a while to recover after grabbing at their respective injuries, neither man able to get up past their knees. This prompts them to start trading blows while on their knees, going back and forth and dueling until they both get back to their feet, where Michaels backs Christian away with several knife edge CHOPS(Woooooo!) and forces him in a corner. Michaels tries to whip Christian across the ring into the opposite corner, but Cage manages to reverse it, sending Michaels spine first into the corner and forcing him to SKIN THE CAT!! Michaels springs back to his feet and grips at his lower back once again, only for him to back right into Christian grabbing Michaels’ head in an inverted facelock…INVERTED FACELOCK BACKBREAKER!! Cage further damages the target, now going for a cover on Michaels – 1…2…3-NO!! HBK throws up a shoulder and stays determined!!

But Christian doesn’t give Michaels any breathing room whatsoever, almost immediately delivering a club to Michaels’ spine before wrapping him around…CLOVERLEAF!! A SUDDEN CLOVERLEAF!! Christian’s going for blood here, taking everyone by surprise by wrapping Michaels’ legs up and putting a tremendous amount of strain on Michaels’ spine!! Michaels flails away, trying his damndest to perhaps find a rope as his back gets absolutely torn apart…BUT CHRISTIAN TUGS HIM AWAY!! Michaels is back towards the center of the ring and back to flailing in are ridiculous amount of agony, selling it as only Shawn Michaels can. Michaels forces himself to inch closer and closer to the ring ropes…a fingertip away…AND HE FINALLY GETS THERE!! It took two trips and possibly the destruction of his spine, but HBK is finally out of the hold! The Hammerstein lets out a massive mixed reaction, the crowd still torn between these two men.

Goose Mahoney nearly has to rip Christian off of Michaels, Cage stumbling away and using the time Mahoney admonishes him to shake some life into his shoulder. Michaels uses the ropes as a ladder to climb up to get to his feet, Christian waiting in the wings to wrap him around for the UNPRETTIER…NO!! Michaels pushes Christian chest-first into a corner! Christian’s sternum crashes off of the padding, Michaels following up behind and clubbing him in the back of the neck. He follows that up by turning Christian around and setting him in the corner, getting up to the second rope and getting the crowd to join in with him on the count as he punches away at the Man on the Moon – 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…Cage lifts Michaels over his head…and STRADDLES HIM ON THE TOP ROPE!! Cage shows some life and some fight, but having to lift HBK over his head puts strain on the shoulder, forcing him to play at it for a moment. Michaels stays sitting on the top rope with his back to the inside, Cage now recovered enough to climb up to Michaels and perhaps try the killing blow with a SUPER BACK DROP…MICHAELS TURNS IN MIDAIR…AND TURNS IT INTO A HUGE CROSSBODY!! Michaels counters at just the right time, crashing on top of Cage for a cover – 1…2…3…NO!! Cage somehow stays alive!

Michaels almost can’t believe it, but he knows he’s up against a very driven man. And just like Christian wouldn’t give Michaels any kind of breathing room whatsoever, HBK does the same thing on Christian by grabbing his torn apart shoulder and shoving it between his legs…CROSSFACE!! THE CROSSFACE LOCKED IN!! The move garners another big reaction, some popping for Michaels locking in the hold and some popping to try and get Christian out of the hold. The shoulder of Cage is being pulled away from his head and neck here, the torque unimaginable after a match as grueling as this…but CHRISTIAN SLINGS HIS LEFT ARM OVER THE BOTTOM ROPE!! It’s Michaels turn to have to be thrown off of Christian’s body, neither man letting up on their reasons for wanting in the title match Sunday.

Michaels throws Cage’s face down into the canvas as he’s forced away, a sign of possible disrespect and getting caught in the moment. Cage, like Michaels before him, has to use the ropes as leverage to get back to his feet, clutching his right arm close to his body. Michaels still grabs at him and tries to toss him into the opposite ropes, only for Cage to reverse the whip and send Michaels rebounding…FLYING FOREARM SMASH!! Both men get sprawled out until that sudden moment with Michaels KIPS UP, but he clutches at his lower back as soon as he does so. He has to brace himself against the ropes to recover, Cage getting back to his feet as well, fighting back at the momentum gaining Michaels with a kick to the gut and trying to rebound off the ropes for something…only for Michaels to counter him with a MOMENTOUS SINGLE ARM DDT!!

Michaels with another blatant target of the injured arm, this move garnering more of a negative than mixed reaction. Shawn doesn’t seem to care, as the move leaves Christian writhing on the canvas enough to let him tend to his back and climb to the top rope…FLYING ELBOW DROP CONNECTING!! Michaels drives the elbow right into the heart of Cage, going for perhaps a finishing cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Christian still has the heart to keep going on! Michaels throws his hair out of his face and looks angry that the match has to keep going. He slowly makes his way to his feet, his back still killing him as he goes over to a corner and gets everyone prepared for him to tune up the band, Cage getting closer to his feet with every stomp. Cage grips his right shoulder like it’s about to be separated, turning around to greet a stomping Michaels…SWEET CHIN MUSIC…NO!! Cage catches the kick before it meets his jaw and throws Michaels around…INVERTED DDT!! Michaels is driven right onto the back of his head, Cage now going for a big cover – 1…2…3-NO!! Michaels stays alive!!

It’s Christian’s turn to get aggravated at the thought, but he quickly sucks it up and backs away from Michaels, his arms wide open and getting the crowd pumped now for his finishing maneuver. Michaels is trying to recover, but when he gets to a knee, his back gives way and forces him to flop back down. Cage is still waiting, his eyes growing more and more intense as he waits…but soon, the crowd’s crescendo for Christian transforms into a loud array of heat. Something catches the corner of Christian’s eye, as someone is coming down the entrance ramp. Lo and behold, it’s the puppetmaster himself, Chris Jericho, coming down to the ring with his AOW title slung over a shoulder and three piece suit on. He eats up all the heat he’s getting, the smirk on his face growing even wider when he knows that he’s completely distracted Christian from his task at hand, Cage damn near about to leap out of the ring and assault Jericho right there. Their no-contact clause is still intact, however, and that’s probably the only thing stopping Cage. Jericho just tells Cage to ‘wait your turn’, Christian’s madman eyes turn back towards the match at hand…SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC CONNECTS!! Michaels took advantage of the distraction! Christian is out like a freakin’ light and drops to the canvas like a stone, Michaels with just enough strength in him to sling himself over Cage’s body – 1…2…3…!!!!

Winner: Shawn Michaels at (21:03)

Yet another massive mixed reaction floods over the entire arena, as Michaels uses the very last of his reserves to rolls off of Cage’s body. He can’t even get to his feet immediately, Goose Mahoney trying to get him up to raise his hand. While he does so, we can see Jericho out of the corner of the shot taking off his jacket and fidgeting with his tie…


Joey Styles:
What the hell was Chris Jericho doing out here!?! He just cost Christian the match!

JBL:
He was doin’ exactly what a man as brilliant as he is should be doin’, Joey! He was out scouting the two men who want him dead for Sunday! An’ how could he cost Christian the match? He didn’t even touch him.

Joey Styles:
He didn’t violate the no-contact clause, but this is absurd! Jericho should’ve…oh no, what’s he up to now…


Styles stops his commentary to see that Jericho has slid into the ring, his jacket and tie completely off, and his face having morphed from the smug strategist to an angry champion, lying in wait for Mahoney to bring Michaels to his feet and raise his hand…Michaels turns around only to see Jericho charging at him…CODEBREAKER!! MICHAELS’ JAW GETS JACKED!! The crowd delivers not a mixed reaction, but undisputed heat as Jericho watches Michaels’ decimated body flop to the canvas. Jericho stands up and lets us see his face, which has gone back to being sinister and smug. He looks over his shoulder to see Christian Cage, who is still downed and hasn’t moved since getting kicked, making his smile go even wider. Jericho grabs his title belt and roams over to grab a microphone before going back and stand over his decimated opponents’ bodies.

Chris Jericho:
This Sunday…there is no hope for either of you…

~Jericho adjusts the AOW title in his hands

Chris Jericho:
And that’s because the two things you want…redemption…

~Jericho looks over Michaels before turning around


Chris Jericho:
…and revitalization…

~Jericho now looms over the dead Christian


Chris Jericho:
…are things that only divinity can provide you. And seeing as how I’m the closest thing to a god in this company…

~Jericho is caught off by some of the heat this statement evokes, a sick smile developing over his face

Chris Jericho:
…I can safely say that neither of you have a prayer.

~A much more intense round of heat, as Jericho drops the microphone to laugh a bit before raising it to speak again

Chris Jericho:
So no matter which of your missions you think is improbable…it’s taking the AOW Championship from me, Chris Jericho, the undisputed Worthy Champion, the undefeated Master of Puppets, the unconquerable God of Gods…that will truly be…impossible.

~Jericho flips the microphone down and in it’s place, raises the AOW Championship up to eye level

Joey Styles:
This man is sick. He’s demented, he’s delusional, he’s twisted –

JBL:
He’s brilliant. He’s infallible. He’s the AOW Champion who deserves every moniker he’s earned.

Joey Styles:
He’s AOW Champion…for now. But come Sunday in the Belle Center in Montreal at The Outer Limits, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if a god falls to man.


The final image we get on the take-home edition of Oblivion is the dastardly image of the “Master of Puppets” Chris Jericho holding his AOW Championship high over his head and over the bodies of the new-life seeking Christian and redemption-seeking Michaels. He does so with the most smug of strategist smirk we’ve ever seen as the entire Hammerstein throws heat and hopes that somebody, anybody, can dethrone this ‘god’ as we

Fade…

To…

Black…

END SHOW



THE OUTER LIMITS
The Belle Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
*Final Card*


~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v.
The Man on the Moon Christian Cage v.
The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels

*Unsanctioned Match*
The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam v. The Fighting Irishman Finlay

~AOW Dynasty Championship~
The Second City Saint CM Punk(c) v. The Boondock Saint Antonio Banks

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
*The Final Encounter*

The American Dragon Bryan Danielson(c) v. Gregory Helms

~The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object~
The One Man Army Samoa Joe v. Paul “The Great” Wright

~AOW Tag Team Championships~
World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Sons of the Dungeon


~Grudge Match~
The Biggest Little Man Rey Mysterio v. The Bad Apple Carlito Colon

~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~
Mercenaries, Inc.v. Tres Reyes



NO PREDICTIONS YET!! Hope to get some things done before an official preview goes up, hopefully before the end of the month. Few things didn't even sit well with me on this one, but I'll leave them up to you to see if they worked well enough.
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First off, I’d just like to throw some apologies out for my recent complete lack of activity. Lots of things going on over here to keep me busy. So some quick apologies to both cp and Melvis because I’ll probably be incredibly late on any PPV feedback I give you (if I get to it at all )

Also quick apologies to Fluxy and WeirdGuy for being so swamped, I never even got to wish you guys any luck on your new threads. Gotta keep tabs on last year’s Tournament’s Final Four. And I guess Stojy, too.

And lastly, The Outer Limits itself is coming along at a slow but steady pace. But after having people say things like this…

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That being said, The Outer Limits is the show, it's your big payoff - it's essentially your Wrestlemania.
…I’m thoroughly convinced to not hold anything back on this PPV. So you all have been appropriately warned. This show is looking to be massive. I also may or may not have misquoted this person as an excuse to go all out :side...

But before we get to the festivities, a dab of pretty important last minute news from aohbuya…



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AERO STAR NAMED CAPTAIN

In continuing with their strategy to keep rotating around their ‘captain’ position in the Trios Tournament (as well as their name), the team known as Tres Reyes – Super Crazy, Psicosis, and rookie Aero Star – have agreed to name Star their team captain for the finals. Star has considerably less experience than both Crazy and Psicosis, but after being the ‘star’ of his team all through the bracket, the team obviously feels more than ready to name Aero Star as the man who will lead them to victory.

Super Crazy, the most recent captain, has a minor concussion that he received at the hands of Brent Albright just over a month ago.

…and now this.


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THE OUTER LIMITS OFFICIAL PREVIEW






~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v.
The Man on the Moon Christian Cage v.
The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels

Three men. Three different paths to glory. Three different motivations. One ultimate goal – to do the impossible. Shawn Michaels, Christian Cage, and Chris Jericho have all been indirectly linked in some way since the very inception of AOW, but for the first time ever, these three genuine superstars will lock horns in what has been deemed far too perfect – a date with destiny for all the world to see.

For AOW Champion Chris Jericho, this match is not like any of the ones he has had in the past. Chris Jericho has prided himself on being AOW’s undisputed Master of Puppets; a man who can manipulate any and all human beings to do his every whim at the drop of a hat. Then he’ll tug the puppet strings and cut them loose if they dare pose a threat to him. Everyone from Christian to Shawn Michaels to Mick Foley to even Paul Heyman himself have fallen to the might of the Worthy Man. He has gone undefeated for all seven months of AOW. The “Worthy Champion” has gone so far as actually call himself a god on more than one occasion. But for the first time ever, the master stratagem that is Chris Jericho has no plan in sight – his Worthy Legion is in shambles and his gigantic insurance policy, Paul Wright, is banned from ringside (and has his own troubles to deal with).

Challenging Jericho’s god-like seven month reign up front is a man who knew what was coming, but was absolutely powerless to stop it for months on end. Christian Cage tried to convince everyone that Chris Jericho was up to something, but fell on deaf ears before losing his job to Bobby Lashley at World Ablaze. In the weeks that followed, with the ‘Man on the Moon’ out of the way, Jericho and the Worthy Legion turned AOW into their own theatre. But when Christian returned to assemble a team to enter the War Chamber, it was Cage alone who emerged after an hour inside the hellish structure, more than ready and more than able to be on level footing with the ‘god’ before him.

But one man literally stands in both of their ways. After Shawn Michaels’ heartbreaking defeat in December at the hands of Jericho, all thought we would never see the Heart Break Kid in AOW again. Fast forward to Christian and Jericho’s contract signing for this very match, one that Michaels suddenly interrupted and superkicked all in attendance…before signing his own name at. Being revealed now having sold his soul to the devil in Paul Heyman for his job back , Shawn Michaels seeks redemption. The Outer Limits takes place in the very Bell Center in Montreal that the wrestling world’s most famous match took place in, something the Canadians have never let Shawn forget.

Now, all three of these journeys will intersect in a place that two men can call home, while the other calls Hell. But no matter what, they will cross paths and see who will become the first man to ever hold the AOW Championship when it is rebranded as the AOW World Heavyweight Championship. One man has never held a world title and has worked and sacrificed so much to do so while avenging an entire company. Another man has sacrificed his very soul to hold one again. And the other has self-elevated his own ego to a point of divinity to never let it go. There is absolutely no telling which man (or god) will walk away from the Grandest Stage of War, title held high. But whoever it is, you can be sure they will accomplish the impossible and become…immortal.





*Unsanctioned Match*
The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam v. The Fighting Irishman Finlay


In the end, all a man has is a name. But when your very identity is challenged by your own faults, there is nowhere to hide anymore. No one to blame but yourself. For his entire career, Rob Van Dam has made his name by…well…chanting his name in arenas all over the world. The signature thumbs and letters littered sold out crowds everywhere, no matter which company banner the man himself was under. Very early on in his stay in AOW, RVD said that “RVD is AOW” and vowed to become AOW Champion no matter the means.

But on Van Dam’s third bid to become champion, something happened. Chris Jericho pulled off an incredible strategy, revealing the hand that Christian Cage had warned everyone about since day one. This revelation cost RVD another shot at the title through no fault of his own, but that wasn’t something Acting Commander Mick Foley was going to take lightly. He granted RVD one last shot at the title, but just when it looked like Van Dam would finally defeat Jericho for the gold, a grudge-carrying Dave Finlay struck him with his shillelagh and crushed those dreams. With that loss, Van Dam was banned from ever being able to challenge for any AOW gold…period.

In the weeks that followed, Van Dam become a shell of his former self. He forgot who he really was, what he really stood for, and even announced his retirement from professional wrestling, almost completely out of shame. Not being able to fight for gold had cost Van Dam everything and made him want to step away from everything, declaring that “Rob Van Dam is dead”…until Finlay reminded him that RVD doesn’t die until Finlay say he does.

From December on, Finlay has made it his personal mission to break everything involving Rob Van Dam or Robert Szatowski. He beat his friend Tommy Dreamer to a bloody pulp at This is Exile, right in front of Szatowski. Finlay then put on the fake guise of wanting to patch things up with Szatowski, only to use alcohol to get to him even more and goad him into challenging him to a match. Szatowski bailed on their Bar Room Brawl, but Finlay took the opportunity to take RVD’s wife and smash her deliberately with the shillelagh. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and gave birth Rob Van Dam again in a demeanor we’ve never seen him before – angry and seeking revenge. Now, with absolutely no limits and not even legal restrictions holding them back, two men who want the other deader than dead will find out just how far a name can go towards rebuilding a man…or killing him.






~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
*The Final Encounter*

The American Dragon Bryan Danielson(c) v. Gregory Helms

Bryan Danielson has held the AOW Cruiserweight Championship for 127 days, boasting an incredible resume as not just AOW’s inaugural Cruiserweight Champion, but putting on quite the display in his first year in a mainstream wrestling promotion. Harnessing his craft for years on the independent circuit conditioned Danielson for things like facing ‘god-like’ heavyweight champions, entering War Chambers, and even competing for several months with a broken orbital bone over his left eye.

But despite all of those accomplishments, there’s one thing that Bryan Danielson cannot shake for the life of him. And that’s the pursuit from a man obsessed. Gregory Helms has more than established himself as one of the greatest cruiserweight champions of all time, most prominently holding a cruiserweight title in another promotion for more than an entire year. But Helms has not been able to have the same type of success in AOW, despite doing everything he possibly can in getting title matches with Bryan Danielson.

Helms has gone so far as to produce fake evidence and even hold the physical title itself hostage. Following his second defeat by Danielson following World Ablaze, Helms only resurfaced when a #1 contender’s mini tournament was announced, the Carolinian getting the big win he needed to once again face The American Dragon.

A rivalry that has been brewing since the very first day of AOW will finally come to a head, as this match will be contested under Final Encounter rules. The rules are simple there are no count outs or disqualifications, meaning that the only way to win is by the means that a title changes hands – pinfall or submission. There must be a definitive fall here because no matter what happens, this match will NEVER happen again! Will the obsessed and boarderline crazed Gregory Helms finally get his thirst for gold quenched? Or will Bryan Danielson finally prove he is the best in the world and make good on his promise to ‘kick Helms’ head in’?






~AOW Dynasty Championship~
The Second City Saint CM Punk(c) v. The Boondock Saint Antonio Banks

The term “Saint” can be used to describe anyone who possess great virtue beyond the normal man. Both CM Punk and Antonio Banks fit the bill on that regard, but how can two men claim to be of the same mold, yet be so different? From the very first moment he showed up in AOW, CM Punk has been defined by his virtues of the straight-edge lifestyle, abstaining from drugs or alcohol. He has also become defined by the virtues of pride and passion, using both to propel him to the Dynasty Championship due to his love of being a professional wrestler.

But on the night that CM Punk finally vanquished his rival in Muhammad Hassan, a man struck him from behind with a piece of gold that didn’t belong to AOW. For weeks, vignettes hyping the coming of “The Saint” stirred up quite the buzz among the wrestling world, but no one was prepared for the buzz that would be sent out when the man revealed to be “The Saint” was Montel Vontavious Porter – a man who a week later would rebrand himself as “The Boondock Saint” Antonio Banks.

While Banks’ very presence proved controversial and may cost the company off-camera, on-screen, Banks’ motivations for leaving the WWE high and dry can be boiled down to one word that most of us like to avoid: race. Banks preached that professional wrestling, like any other business, is prejudiced against Black performers and competitors. Claiming to have risen from his slum upbringings and being a light unto the world, Banks has set his sights on CM Punk’s Dynasty Championship to begin his ‘march to the Promised Land’.

CM Punk has never been one to back down from a challenge, but now his pride and passion will have to clash with one man’s provocativeness and prejudice. Verbally getting into it with Banks on multiple occasions, Punk has maintained the platform that wrestling nor life care what color you are, only what you can bring to the table. But will both men bring to the table come Sunday? Can The Second City Saint overcome all the controversy and chatter surrounding his opponent? Or will The Boondock Saint make good on his promise to guide his ‘brothas in arms’ to a higher place…?





~AOW Tag Team Championships~
World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Sons of the Dungeon


Honor amongst friends is something that should never be disputable. There is even honor amongst thieves. But there seems to be a distinct disconnection between Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas in regards to who they are as a team and what they stand for. For normal men, holding the AOW Tag Team titles for over six months would be enough. But to a pair of gentlemen who are overcompetitive, there must always be more.

Seemingly flip-flopping in their attitudes on a weekly basis for a while, things finally came to a sense of direction when the two faced each other at This is Exile. In a technical display of athleticism and wrestling ability, it was Haas who just barely managed to get a sneaky pin over Benjamin. While Haas has not boasted as much as one would think, it’s probably because Shelton Benjamin has become much more aggressive and less agreeable, the pinnacle reaching in the twos title defense against Bryan Danielson and CM Punk, where Shelton defied the very ‘honor and respect’ stance the team had set up for itself.

If there’s anyone who knows about honor and respect, however, it would be a pair of gentlemen who have eclipsed the famous Hart Dungeon. One of the rookie highlights of AOW’s inaugural year, TJ Wilson and Harry Smith have proven their worth in the ring beyond anyone’s expectations. While trying to get a two-on-two shot with the WGTT for a while, a rib injury to Smith delayed that dream. Even so, Wilson faced both members and attempted to show that the team was more than ready for gold. After pinning both members in the Trios Tournament and defeating their rivals American Made for this fair chance, no one is doubting that the Dungeon dwellers don’t have what it takes.

Now on home soil, could that be the edge that the Sons need to overcome the incredible reign set before them? Or will the World’s Greatest Tag Team be able to set aside their differences for the umpteenth time and walk away from Montreal as AOW’s first ever WORLD Tag Team Champions…?






~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~
Mercenaries, Inc.v. Tres Reyes

Started as a way to get a lot of guys some TV time before the AOW Offseason hits, the AOW Trios Tournament has supplied the annals of Art of War Wrestling with a magnificent new slew of matches to call classics. What no one expected was that not only would the two teams involved be so worthy, but would develop a great deal of aggression towards one another.

Mercenaries, Inc. have been bracket favorites from the moment the competition was announced, headed by their captain and one of AOW’s latest additions, Sir William Regal. Regal has past ties with Paul Burchill, making him an additional mentor to the already catching-on Brent Albright. Call him ‘Sir’, but Regal is no less meticulous or violent than his new stablemates, leading them to convincing victories by using the Trios Tournament rules of elimination and gunning for team captains to end the match as quickly as possible. Having yet to have lose a member in a match, Mercs Inc. hopes to extend their client pool with the credibility of calling themselves the best three-man band in all of wrestling.

On the other side, Tres Reyes have not just undergone three name changes in their Mexican hat dance of swirling ideas, but now have also had three captain changes. The team hasn’t forgotten what The Mercenaries did to them at This is Exile, as a potentially botched half-nelson suplex from Brent Albright gave Super Crazy a concussion and put the Trios’ future in jeopardy. Using the Trios rules to protect Crazy in the first round, Crazy named himself captain for the second bout and made it past there. But the only way they possibly made it to the finals was from the aerobics and quick thinking of their rookie, Aero Star, who has quickly become the biggest must-see luchador prospect in the world.

The bracket is done and the finals are set. Mercenaries, Inc. have made it no secret that they plan to exploit every physical weakness that Tres Reyes has, but the luchadors are not backing down from a chance to show the world just a little bit of lucha heritage on a grand stage. Whoever takes home the gold will have to earn it through the fight of a lifetime.





~Grudge Match~
The Biggest Little Man Rey Mysterio v. The Bad Apple Carlito Colon

To a much lesser degree than one Antonio Banks, Carlito Colon has made it no secret, nay, made it his mission to let the world know just how ‘cool’ and proud he is of being Latino. Carlito started by looking how to excommunicate all the terrible Latino stereotypes running around in AOW, first targeting The Mexicools and Aero Star. Successfully defeating them at This is Exile (with little to no help from The Mercenaries), Carlito seemed to now shift gears towards possibly a strap in the company, but a returning Rey Mysterio saw fit to make his return after four months of injury to stop him.

Colon has newfound friends in the Samoan Fight Club, the trio showing their dominance in the Trios Tournament and looking to exert it more when Tres Reyes defeated them. But it was then that Rey made the save to rescue his fellow countrymen, standing up for their rights to be who they are because that’s just who they are. Mysterio has argued that there’s more than one way to be Latino and that Carlito is merely a young punk who needs to be taught a serious lesson. Now, Carlito and Mysterio are set to face one another for the purpose of pride and heritage.






~The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object~
The One Man Army Samoa Joe v. Paul “The Great” Wright

It may not be the main event, but you can be this will be the heavyweight clash of all heavyweight clashes! The two heaviest titans in all of AOW will do battle in what has been billed appropriately – Samoa Joe will not stop until all the scum is out of the way, and Paul “The Great” Wright is not stepping out of the way. If there’s anyone that can avoid these men’s grasps, it’s one another, but they’ve chosen to go at it like tanks instead.

Since December, The Unstoppable Force of Samoa Joe has made it his personal mission to get rid of all the scum in AOW. His decree was first to Shawn Michaels, but his journey has since taken him through the ranks of the Worthy Legion. Joe has wins over Ken Doane, Bobby Lashley, and has stepped in a ring with Chris Jericho three different times, once with the AOW title on the line and twice being locked in a steel structure. In the War Chamber variant of that, Joe was the last man in but the first man to leave after driving Wright through the girdle floor and eliminating both men.

The Immovable Object in Paul “The Great” Wright has been a wrecking machine since being introduced to AOW. First coming in and surprising everyone by siding with Chris Jericho, Wright has been the anchor of the Worthy Legion. Playing the dragon alongside Bobby Lashley to Jericho’s evil sorcery, Wright and Jericho remain the only two men on the roster who are undefeated. Samoa Joe has never been pinned or made to submit – a distinction he holds with on again, off again rival Finlay. But come Sunday, one of these things will almost surely have to give. Samoa Joe’s hitlist comes to a close and Paul Wright faces his first true, genuine challenge in AOW. Will “The Great” outmuscle Joe, or will the One Man Army be able to finish off his mission in a “Great” way…?



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THE OUTER LIMITS
The Belle Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
*Final Card*


~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v.
The Man on the Moon Christian Cage v.
The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels

*Unsanctioned Match*
The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam v. The Fighting Irishman Finlay

~AOW Dynasty Championship~
The Second City Saint CM Punk(c) v. The Boondock Saint Antonio Banks

~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
*The Final Encounter*

The American Dragon Bryan Danielson(c) v. Gregory Helms

~The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object~
The One Man Army Samoa Joe v. Paul “The Great” Wright

~AOW Tag Team Championships~
World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Sons of the Dungeon


~Grudge Match~
The Biggest Little Man Rey Mysterio v. The Bad Apple Carlito Colon

~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~
Mercenaries, Inc.v. Tres Reyes



Bonus Bids!!
1) Predict the match order
2) What will be the longest match?
3) What will be the shortest match?
4) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom?
5) Will there be blood? If so, what match(es)?
6) Who gets the winning fall in the Trios Tournament Finals?
7) Who takes the losing fall in the AOW Championship match?



It's not the greatest preview I've done, but it's here. I haven't forgotten about the last contest, but I'm not quite sure what the winner will get for this one except...pride, I guess. As far as the show itself, five out of the eight matches are done and one more is coming along nicely. I'm hoping to get it up in two weeks or so, but I won't rush it. I'll post some last minute news and notes before I post the show and whatnot. Hope all stay well 'til then
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Bonus Bids!!
1) Predict the match order

(1 AOW Trios Tournament Finals

(2 Rey Mysterio vs Carlito

(3 Bryan Danielson(c) vs Gregory Helms:Criuserweight Championship

(4 Worlds Greatest Tag Team vs Sons of The Dungeon:Tag Team Championship

(5 CM Punk(c) vs Antonio Banks: Dynasty Championship

(6 Samoa Joe vs Paul Wright

(7 Rob Van Dam vs Finlay

(8 Chris Jericho(c) vs Christian vs Shawn Michaels: AOW Championship


2) What will be the longest match? Jericho vs Christian vs HBK

3) What will be the shortest match? AOW Trios Tournament Finals or Rey Mysterio vs Carlito

4) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom? I don't think so.


5) Will there be blood? If so, what match(es)? The unsanctioned match between RVD & Finlay, and maybe Joe vs Wright

6) Who gets the winning fall in the Trios Tournament Finals? Either Regal or Aero Star


7) Who takes the losing fall in the AOW Championship match? Jericho

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It's not the greatest preview I've done, but it's here. I haven't forgotten about the last contest, but I'm not quite sure what the winner will get for this one except...pride, I guess. As far as the show itself, five out of the eight matches are done and one more is coming along nicely. I'm hoping to get it up in two weeks or so, but I won't rush it. I'll post some last minute news and notes before I post the show and whatnot. Hope all stay well 'til then
I have read every episode of Oblivion, and I must tell you, this preview, along with all the episodes of Oblivion has got me excited for The Outer Limts, I am looking forward to your PPV.
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First off, apologies for how late these are and lack of feedback. Been incredibly busy and have been out of the BTB loop for a little bit but with this bad boy round the corner I’ve gotta give ya some thoughts!

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THE OUTER LIMITS
The Belle Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16th, 2008
*Final Card*

8. ~AOW Heavyweight Championship~
The Worthy Champion Chris Jericho(c) v.
The Man on the Moon Christian Cage v.
The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels


The build has been all kinds of epic and I’m really torn on what route you’re gonna end up taking which is credit to you. Jericho’s had an incredible run as champion and in this puppet master character, it’s been a joy to read and I could see you sticking with him, losing it in a one on one bout eventually. However, I’m not sure how much more gas is left in the Jericho as champion tank. Michaels is the wild card for me, the outside bet if you will. Just can’t see him taking it home even though his character since returning has developed beautifully. I think you’re gonna give the strap to Christian. His man on the moon, saving the company schtick needs an end result and I think it comes here. I would not be shocked to see Jericho retain but Christian’s my pick, no doubts this will match the build and produce a brilliant contest.

7. *Unsanctioned Match*
The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam v. The Fighting Irishman Finlay


Been a unique storyline that’s had a real lot of good stuff, it’s been a lot better than I actually anticipated. I think this is all lined up for a Van Dam win, solidifying that the real ‘RVD’ is back in the game. Expecting this to be brutal.

4. ~AOW Dynasty Championship~
The Second City Saint CM Punk(c) v. The Boondock Saint Antonio Banks


Tough one, really tough one to call. Banks has been brilliant, even in bits of that controversial opening promo. I’ve enjoyed the verbal interaction between the two and in my opinion this feud will continue, therefore Punk to retain this time around.

1. ~AOW Cruiserweight Championship~
*The Final Encounter*
The American Dragon Bryan Danielson(c) v. Gregory Helms


Danielson to win and finally end this rivalry once and for all.

5. ~The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object~
The One Man Army Samoa Joe v. Paul “The Great” Wright


Gotta be Joe for me. With the rumours of Wright heading out the door, Joe to dispatch of him in real style would be a real rub for him.

2. ~AOW Tag Team Championships~
World’s Greatest Tag Team(c) v. Sons of the Dungeon


Been building and brewing for a while and in my eyes S.O.D take the straps here, perhaps even with a WGTT implosion. If WGTT are to lose those titles, now’s the perfect time, Wilson and Smith are ready.

3. ~Grudge Match~
The Biggest Little Man Rey Mysterio v. The Bad Apple Carlito Colon


Mysterio doesn’t need this in my opinion. I know he’s just returned and it’d be big for him to get a return victory but Carlito’s been building nicely since his debut and a big win over a top superstar would help propel him higher up the card for sure.

6. ~AOW Trios Tournament Finals~
Mercenaries, Inc.v. Tres Reyes


Tres Reyes have surprised me in getting this far, I expected one, maybe two rounds max for these guys but I’ve enjoyed the work you’ve done with them. That being said Mercenaries Inc. are only on the up and a victory in this tournament would be a real notch on their belt. Merc.Inc. to take it.


Bonus Bids!!
1) Predict the match order Done
2) What will be the longest match? World Title
3) What will be the shortest match? Mysterio/Carlito
4) Will there be any surprise appearances? If so, by whom? Yes but god only knows who you’ll pull out the bag lol.
5) Will there be blood? If so, what match(es)? Yes sir. Van Dam/Finlay and me thinks the main event.
6) Who gets the winning fall in the Trios Tournament Finals? Albright
7) Who takes the losing fall in the AOW Championship match? Jericho

Should be an absolute beauty. Good luck man.
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