Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 17:22:23 GMT -5
PRO WRESTLING NEO - VOLUME V LIVE FROM THE ORACLE ARENA IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “The end of my wonderful creation looms near. I’m so distraught that I could cry. I could have been satisfied with some bloodshed but what I got was fantastic.”
The bossman patted his eyes as if tears were genuinely there.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “Oh, well, I guess Mr. Brando ought to get his words in.”
As Hayato stepped away, the larger man of the hour stepped into the frame. A multiple world champion in his own right, a relatively under-the-radar force, but one that still demanded some respect, Devin Brando carried two championships in each of his arms. Hayato looked up and down Devin, which made the latter a little awkward, but Hayato gave him a grin.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “My, my, Mr. Brando, what are those you have there?”
Devin remained silent, merely arching an eyebrow at his boss. Hayato seemed to lose his grin over the next few seconds, giving the future coach of the NEO Academy a flustered look.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “C’mon, Devin, stick to the script.”
Devin sighed, not one for Hayato’s brand of comedy.
DEVIN BRANDO: “These two championships right here are the Grand Prix Championship.”
He lifted the more conventional belt in his right hand.
DEVIN BRANDO: “The ruleset of this belt is fairly simple. The Grand Prix Champion will have a set number of defenses they are meant to overcome in order to properly vacate this championship and get an immediate front row shot at the Pro Wrestling NEO World Championship. Now, the concept itself is simple, but it’s the ramifications of how contenders can fluctuate.”
Hayato, knowing this information, still tried to make a shocked expression.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “Whatever do you mean?”
DEVIN BRANDO: “...A set contender can change, depending on their performance or if they fail to defend their own spot. As such, a champion will always have to be on their toes. Their gameplan against a person could change the very week before their title match. Five defenses and they’ll be able to fight for one of the biggest prizes that NEO has.”
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “And what about the other--”
Devin held up the more extravagantly designed championship. It radiated an artistic freedom that only Hayato may have conceptualized.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “Oh, what a sexy title.”
Devin squinted at Hayato, who went on guard.
DEVIN BRANDO: “This is the Impulse Championship, another championship taken from JCP. Yet, it has been reformatted for its superior NEO existence. Where the Grand Prix Championship exists in a realm of stability, this championship is much more chaotic.”
Hayato squealed at the wording. Devin chose to ignore him.
DEVIN BRANDO: “Yet, it’s much more dangerous. Matches that can risk life and limb will be more prevalent with this championship and the essence of it will make a champion hardened. This is the other piece of a World Champion. If they defend this championship five times, they too can vacate the championship for a shot at the World Championship. The path to the top is either through dominance or through chaos. A competitor will have to choose.”
The boss tucked his arms behind his back.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “Wonderfully said, Mr. Brando. Now where is the World Championship? I bet everyone wants to see that shiny piece, right?”
DEVIN BRANDO: “I guess they’ll have to wait until the GM arrives. They’ll have the championship.”
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “At Insurgence?”
The interim GM nodded.
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “Well, that’s something to look forward to. Oh, I guess it’s time for the show. Anything else to say, Devin?”
Devin kept quiet until he decided to stare at the camera.
DEVIN BRANDO: “There will be a new coach announced at the supershow too, for those interested in learning and honing their craft. They’ll be quite the addition, I promise.”
HAYATO KAGEYAMA: “And to those wondering what my surprise is? Oh...don’t worry about that just yet either. Ciao.”
With a snap of his fingers, the camera cut to the confused commentary team, who are getting more used to Hayato’s chaos show-by-show.
HEAVEN OR HELL TOURNAMENT - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
"THE END IS NEAR"
Deirdre Evans vs. Mila Ainsley vs. Cassius Reed vs. William Bateman
DEIDRE EVANS was able to hang with the more experienced Cassius Reed and William Bateman. Despite her being a rookie, she still had some ring work under her belt. Power was her testament in this match, which shocked the two men going against her. Many times, she had everyone in the palm of her hand with thunderous blows that faltered many of her opponent’s sequences.
MILA AINSLEY used her ring awareness and intelligence to get her through the experience gap. Her objective beyond winning seemed to be avoiding Deirdre Evans and screwing her over at every chance. She would patrol the ring and she was the person to bring in weaponry, exploiting the lack of a DQ in the match. It got her the malice of the audience but she didn’t seem to care at all about it. In fact, it might have motivated her more to adhere to her heinous methods.
CASSIUS REED was the crowd favorite marginally and he let it push him forward. He had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand, hitting some stylish counters. His focus, though, was on giving William Bateman some revenge after the actions Bateman made towards him. Beyond that, he peppered everyone with that dazzling style and had the match in his pace, not anyone else’s.
WILLIAM BATEMAN had the crowd entirely against him. He was hot off his match against Michael Norcia and was able to use that along with her natural ability to get him ahead of the match. That said, he was reeling after some heavy blows from Cassius Reed. After the initial scuffle, he made sure to keep his distance. Alongside that, Bateman enjoyed his time being able to slip in and ruin some pinfalls that were sure to be three.
BIG MOMENT #1: Okay, the audience may have lost it when the first thing that happened was Cassius Reed smacking the taste out of Bateman’s mouth with a loud Pimp Hand. Bateman fell to the mat like a bag of stones. Mila’s eyes widened upon hearing the smack. Deirdre snickered.
BIG MOMENT #2: Cassius Reed fell into Deirdre’s grip and got planted with a spinebuster that made the crowd gasp. Mila, however, found a window for attack and hit a missile dropkick to the back of Deirdre’s head. She would proceed to stomp all over her enemy until Bateman stopped her. He put his hand on her shoulder and told her that she was doing it wrong. In a weird sight, Bateman taught Mila how to stomp more aggressively, which worked--until Bateman hit Mila with a Tiger Suplex and stomped her out right after.
BIG MOMENT #3: Cassius Reed hit, well, a continuous row of Funky Knee, Funky Do (Standing Moonsault Knee Drop) to Deirdre and Mila before running the ropes and catching an outside Bateman with a diving Hurricanrana.
BIG MOMENT #4: Deirdre looked to end the match on Bateman, having hit him with a surprise Jawbreaker Lariat. Yet, Mila entered the ring and bashed her in the back of the head with a steel chair, forcing her to the mat. Mila lingered over her and laughed.
BIG MOMENT #5: “SHOTEI, MOTHERFUCKER” is the words that echoed throughout the arena as Mila, who was so proud of herself, ate a Shotei to the mouth. As Mila fell, Bateman looked ready to set up for The Kill (Psycho Driver). As she lifted Mila onto his shoulder, his eyes landed on Cassius Reed, who hit a split and, well, Johnny Cage would be proud. Bateman dropped Mila and his eyes widened in both pain and rage. Cassius got back up and asked the question of what the five fingers say to the face. Bateman couldn’t answer but it didn’t matter as Cassius put him down with the Pimp Slap Symposium (Right Hand Slap → Right Jab → Left Hook Combo → A Clean Michael Jackson Spin → Spinning Backhand)!
FINISH: Cassius Reed stood over William Bateman, going to hit Plan C, but as he went up, Mila threw the chair at his back, sending him careening over the ropes. She yelled at him for ruining her moment, but Deirdre Evans grabbed her by the hair. The Other Side (Colt .45) came as fast as humanely possible and Deidre sprawled out on the mat, still shaken by the chair shot to the head. Bateman’s arm and ring awareness played their role and he managed to steal the pinfall.
WINNER AND ADVANCING TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: William Bateman via Pinfall (16:45 - The Other Side)
As the scene cut back from a Pro Wrestling NEO sponsored advertisement, the sounds of “Hey Daddy” by Usher blared through Oakland’s Oracle Arena...
Shortly after the theme song commenced, the multiple-time champion, Zelda Gibbons, made her way out from behind the curtain dressed in an all pink robe with a glittery “GIBBONS” shining bright on the back. Judging by the expression on her face, she didn’t appear to be in the best of moods. Oftentimes, Zelda very much enjoyed interacting with the audience whilst making that walk down the ramp. However, this time, Wrestling’s Resident Hipster’s eyes were focused on the squared circle.
As she made her way up the steels steps, she reached into her robe in order to pull out a custom made pink microphone.
ZELDA GIBBONS: Guys, hear me out here. I know you’ve been used to Daddy Gibbons coming out with a totally different type of vibe than the one I’m giving off in Oakland tonight…
Instantly, the audience took the bait and began cheering on their city’s name being uttered aloud.
ZELDA GIBBONS: There’s something I reeeeally need to get off my shoulders before my match against Haruna Sakazuki.
The rainbow-haired Gibbons took a brief pause. For weeks, Zelda had teased having something very important to share with Pro Wrestling NEO’s fanbase. And now? Gibbons had the Bay Area as a giant platform to share the message that has been plaguing her.
ZELDA GIBBONS: When I came back to wrestling at the end of last year, I didn’t really know how to go about everything. I sat at home in Hampshire County weighing all of my options, trying some things out, and really seeing if my love for this sport was still here.
Gibbons said as she pointed towards her chest.
ZELDA GIBBONS: As you all know, I’d been taking matches here, swinging paddles there...Trying to ensure that DADDY’s name is known everywhere. Even though my career’s been pretty open-ended since I left Millennium Pro Wrestling, there were a few names in this business that I really wanted to get in the ring against. There are a few people that I’ve always wanted to face...But, never really trusted too many promotions to not screw it all up! C’mon, we all know. In some places, who you know determines how much marketing a company is gonna do for your match. Crap, at times, who you know is even a deciding factor on the opportunities you get in the sport of wrestling.
With another pause, Zelda let the audience react. Generally, the Western Massachusetts native maintained positive waves of appreciation from her core fanbase.
ZELDA GIBBONS:Don’t believe me?
Zelda asked the Oakland audience…
ZELDA GIBBONS: Then...*CENSORED*. Explain to me why Kol got shotgunned to the FGA World Championship while someone like Fujiko Mine, who has been loyal to the company since the cavemen discovered fire, can’t even sniff a straight up chance at the belt?! Tell me why Artemis Kaiser can’t win the World Championship in HKW...But, now she’s seen as a perennial contender for a top belt no matter where she goes? And I’m not even keen on Arty. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Gibbons said with a disgusted expression on her face.
ZELDA GIBBONS: The reason why I brought all of that up is because Pro Wrestling NEO represents something everyone in this sport really wants: a fair shake at being a star. I knew when I saw this place that I could lay out a challenge I had been wanting to toss out there for over a year….and they delivered. I got to face Nina Stokes on December 20th. In Newark, New Jersey, I thought were gonna have a real showing of respect. Afterall, I did have respect for the woman.
She added with another distressed smile forming on her face.
ZELDA GIBBONS: During that match, fucking ay…. Nina decided to screw it up herself. She attacked the heck out of me. And, as you guys already know, she and her friend Artemis both chalk that up to me not being aware or not seeing through my opposition. And truth be told? I still think that’s the most outrageous thing I had heard in awhile. Nina was always someone I saw as fair. How would I have been able to see through that? Why on god’s green earth would she accept a special match with me only to do what she did in New Jersey?
Another pause took place as Zelda briefly lowered the microphone so that the camera could zoom-in on her face.
ZELDA GIBBONS: If this isn’t a case of Nina listening to some outside influence who’s trying to screw her head up, I need an explanation. She needs to meet me out in this ring face to face next show, the show after, I don’t care...She needs to give me a reason for making me look like an idiot...thinking that she took the match because she respected me too…
Taking a breath, Zelda added one final thought..
ZELDA GIBBONS: Gimmie a real answer, Nina. You need to explain to everyone what’s been going on with your head.
With that, Gibbons dropped her microphone. Her music resumed playing as she took her leave of the squared circle. This left the fans with one question...would Nina Stokes respond? And if she opted to...what would she have to say about her mindset as well as her approach to the business in 2019?...
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."
Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 17:39:00 GMT -5
HEAVEN OR HELL TOURNAMENT ROUND SEMI-FINALS "THE WALL BEFORE YOU"
KAIJU vs. Hagen Lecktor
Just visually the match was a contrast, as Hagen and KAIJU could not be more different. Hagen, stoic but ready, and then KAIJU, the terrorbeast. KAIJU paced, glaring down at Hagan, clearly still angered from his loss to Fallon Lockhart. And when the bell rang that anger immediately exploded out as KAIJU sprinted out of his corner right for Hagen! With that mack truck of ass-wrecking barrelling at him, Hagen made a split-second reaction and rolled out of the way, leaving KAIJU to smash into the turnbuckle!
But he just wheeled around and grabbed Hagen, showing no signs of pain from that as he lifted Lecktor up and gave him a stiff spinebuster to the mat! KAIJU immediately grabbed Hagen’s leg and went to twist it, but Hagen grabbed the rope and managed to save himself from suffering that thanks to the rope break, buying himself a moment. It was a moment he used well as he dove between KAIJU’s legs when the massive man came back for him, rolling to his feet behind KAIJU before leaping up and nailing him between the shoulder blades with a dropkick! That didn’t drop KAIJU but it did cause him to stumble a step or two forward, and Hagen used that as he came up and put all his weight behind it as he shoulder tackled the back of KAIJU’s left knee, and the big man dropped to one knee! The crowd was gathering behind Lecktor as he ran forward, coming back and nailing KAIJU in the face with a big running knee! Both the big man and the man trying to surmount him fell, Hagen on top of him!
And it was a powerful one, as KAIJU launched Hagen away! He landed uncomfortably but still pushed to his feet quickly...in time to be absolutely smashed with a lariat that spun him inside out, Hagen falling to the mat in a heap as KAIJU let out a massive roar. He wasted no time, grabbing the sprawled out Hagen and hefting him up with a massive German that threw him across the ring! As KAIJU went to retrieve him he and the crowd were surprised to see Hagen pushing himself up onto his feet. He shook his head, clearly still having the fight within him. But KAIJU was not having any of that and advanced, and Hagen dodged around his first attempt to hit him, throwing out a chop as he moved that hit KAIJU on the side of the head. In anger Kaiju swung his arm back but Hagen ducked and hit KAIJU under the chin with an palm thrust up! That one seemed to rattle the human predaking, as he shook his head to clear the webs in it before clasping his fists together and raising them over his head to smash down into Hagen, who rolled out of the way! As KAIJU’s body shifted down Hagen ran up and nailed him with a running boot to the face! The crowd cheered as Hagen got to his feet, him briefly thrusting a hand into the air to show appreciation for their support. But that cheering died suddenly.
KAIJU had sat up, and looked at Hagen with eyes that blazed with anger.
Hagen tried to rush forward, to nail KAIJU with a kick to the head, but KAIJU caught it and twisted, sending Hagen to the mat in pain as KAIJU got to his feet. He grabbed Hagen and lifted him up, but Hagen threw out chop after chop to the head of KAIJU, trying to disorient him and gain an advantage, refusing to give up against the beast. But despite the blows to his head KAIJU managed to lift Hagen and smash him to the mat with a massive powerbomb. Hagen laid motionless on the mat, but KAIJU wasn’t done yet. He grabbed Hagen and dragged him to his feet, whipping him into the turnbuckle before making his way to the opposing one. He sprinted out, reaching the mid-point of the ring before leaping into the air, his massive frame moving through the air across half the ring, smashing into Hagen’s body with the Juggernaut Press! Hagen fell limply to the mat and KAIJU fell and covered him.
HAGEN KICKED OUT!
It was a weak one, but he managed to kick out! KAIJU looked both surprised and even more angered by this, grabbing Hagen and dragging him to his feet...but Hagen threw a punch at his head! And another! And another and another and another! Mustering up what energy he had left Hagen threw all he had at KAIJU’s head, and the monster man started to show the effects of multiple head blows, falling to one knee! Hagen saw this, his one last opportunity and charged in, he used all his weight to run into KAIJU and force him to the mat where he immediately started working on forcing KAIJU into position for the Leck Select (Batista Bite)!
And he got it locked in!!
KAIJU was in the middle of the ring in the Leck Select, and the crowd was going wild at the sight. KAIJU looked around, desperate to find any way to the ropes, but they were all too far. Hagen continued to wrench KAIJU’s head, knowing he only had so much energy left and he needed to get the win before it ran out. It was his energy vs. KAIJU’s resilience.
And then, depressingly, it turned out to be Hagen’s energy vs. KAIJU’s power.
Because even as the pain became evident on the monster’s face, KAIJU moved his leg, trying to get a footing down...and he managed to, and from there he started to push up. First onto a knee, then pushing up onto his feet. Hagen kept the hold locked in, trying desperately to reverse the dire situation, but KAIJU ran full force backwards, crushing Hagen between KAIJU’s mass and the turnbuckle. His hold weakened, and KAIJU was able to force him from his position to instead lay across his shoulders in a fireman’s carry.
And from there came the Worldeater (F-5), and the cover.
Ding Ding Ding!!
WINNER AND ESCAPING THE HEAVEN OR HELL TOURNAMENT: KAIJU via Pinfall (11:56 - Worldeater)
Christopher Kane stood backstage in street clothes tonight as he has no match for the fifth edition of Pro Wrestling NEO’s television productions. He has a strange smile on his face recalling the events of a couple of weeks ago.
CHRISTOPHER KANE: Last time you saw me here in NEO, I ate a pin that cost myself a chance to move on in the World Title tournament. You think I’d be disappointed but I’m really not. I found it hard to be disappointed when me losing also kept someone else from moving on too. Sometimes, you just fall on a sword and cause someone else to fall on it too.
The second generation wrestler shrugs his shoulders.
CHRISTOPHER KANE: I’m not thrilled about losing, but again, not disappointed. I mean, my loss meant that Tomoyo Hirate didn’t move on either. Naturally, as she has since I started here for the most part, tried to attack the family jewels. Tried to make me put an ice pack on my groin area again. Finally… FINALLY I was able to pay a little bit more attention and stop it.
That causes him to smile a little
CHRISTOPHER KANE: Instead, she caught a knee to the jaw. She was laid out flat in the middle of the ring. That really made up for losing the match and not moving on. Sometimes making someone eat a knee can erase whatever disappointment or sorrow might’ve been there.
A pause, nothing too major.
CHRISTOPHER KANE: I’ve made it known that I want Tomoyo in the middle of the ring, in a match, against her, not with her. It’s no secret, I don’t like getting punched, kneed or kicked in the dick. I’m not some weird fetish asshole. What I do enjoy is laying someone. I just want a match against Tomoyo Hirate. Nothing major, not demanding it, just saying it’d be a late Christmas gift to your’s truly.
Now another smirk comes across his face. The 22 year old keeps a calm and collected voice as he continues.
CHRISTOPHER KANE: After all, it’s no longer Destroy Dick December or Junk That Junk January. I don’t have a clever name for February but it’s payback time regardless. Tomoyo Hirate, you can be upset that I got pinned, but you won’t be upset when you meet me in the ring again. You’ll be flat on that back like you were at volume four.
And with that said, Christopher Kane went out of the frame.
Zelda Gibbons vs. Haruna Sakazuki
Although it was her first official match for the company, Haruna confidently strolled to the center of the ring. The squared circle was her home, regardless of the promotion. And the fired up look in her eyes indicated that she was ready to prove it.
But so was Daddy.
There wasn’t any fear in Zelda as she stepped up. The women nodded at each other; both aware of what type of bout it was going to be. From there, they engaged in collar and elbow tie-up. A quick side headlock gave Haruna the control that she needed. She squatted down and cranked on her opponent’s neck. Zelda responded with a couple of punches to the ribs. But that didn’t deter the Silver Lining. Knowing she needed to break the hold, Zelda backpedaled until both of them hit the ropes. Zelda then shot Haruna to the adjacent side of the ring. Zelda sped forward as Haruna rebounded. A nasty bicycle knee was aimed at Haruna’s head. Had it connected, it likely would have knocked her out. But Haruna anticipated some sort of attack and slid on the mat. Haruna quickly hopped up and caught Zelda with a spinning back fist to the back of the head. Zelda with the mat as Haruna went for cover:
Morgan Hughes waved off the count after Zelda lifted her shoulder off of the mat. Haruna went back on the offensive as she sat Zelda up and delivered a wicked soccer kick to her spine before she shot herself into the ropes. She rebounded and connected with a running dropkick. Zelda was able to protect herself from defeat by rolling onto her stomach. From there, Zelda made it to a knee. That’s when Haruna lined up her kill shot. She threw out a roundhouse with all of her might—
Only for Zelda to duck underneath it.
But Haruna used her forward momentum to spin around and pivot. That allowed her to connect with the Lapis Lazuli (tornado roundhouse kick). The impact dropped Zelda to the mat. Haruna went of the pin once again:
Zelda kicked out!
Daddy got grabbed by the head and started to get pulled to her feet. But she showed some fight by blasting Haruna in the stomach with stiff punches. Those shots caused Haruna to lose her grip. Zelda then rushed in and took her opponent to the mat with double-leg takedown. A hailstorm of forearms rained down on Haruna’s head. The Yankee Princess turned and gave up her back in order to lessen some of the punishment.
That turned out to be a mistake as Zelda took ahold of Haruna’s arm and snapped on a grounded cobra-clutch. Haruna twisted and turned for dear life, but Zelda maintained control. A couple of strikes cracked Zelda in the noggin, but she still didn’t break the hold. Seeing no other option, Haruna was forced to drag herself towards the ropes. She struggled and fought until she was near the edge of the ring. Haruna stretched out her right arm. Her fingertips just barely touched the bottom rope. She contorted herself in order to reach out just a bit further. That time, she was able to wrap her hand around the rope. Morgan stepped in and began administering a five-count:
It didn’t take long for Zelda to release the hold. Zelda got to her feet and dusted herself off as Haruna made it to a knee. That’s when Zelda hit the ropes. She rebounded with a hip attack that knocked the Kyoto born woman back to the mat. Zelda then darted to the nearest corner. She leapt off the turnbuckle with a senton. Upon landing, Zelda leaned back into a pin:
The count was broken up when Haruna grabbed Zelda’s arm and reversed things into a crucifix-style pin. Morgan dropped down to make the count:
Zelda shifted her body weight and got her shoulder off the mat. Both competitors took a moment get back to a vertical base. And that’s when a war of hard shots broke out. Haruna hit some nasty palm strikes, but Daddy remained on her feet. Zelda trapped her opponent in a clutch and drilled her with four knee lifts; but Haruna didn’t drop. She fought through pain and remained standing. As quick as a whip, Haruna took ahold of Zelda’s arm and turn it into a wristlock. A shoot kick to the back of the leg sent Zelda down to a knee. Haruna followed up with two kicks to the chest. The kicks were painful, but Zelda gritted her teeth and began to stand. She spun a bit, leapt into the air, and countered with a headscissors that took Haruna to the mat. Haruna scramble to get to a knee, until…
A vicious bicycle knee connected with Haruna’s skull. Zelda pushed her over, hooked her leg, and went for the pinfall:
She might have been knocked loopy, but Haruna still had the wherewithal to kick out! Most people would have been frustrated, but Zelda didn’t sweat it all. She grabbed Haruna and rose to her feet. A rolling solebutt hit the Silver Lining and allowed Zelda to shoot herself into the ropes. She jumped onto the middle rope and leapt backwards, looking to nail her Orange Line (springboard Bulldog) maneuver.
Haruna had other plans.
She caught Zelda in mid-air and put her down with a Saito suplex. The suplex rocked Zelda; she was on wobbly knees once she stood back up. However, she wasn’t there long as Haruna planted her with a Veritas (somersault reverse DDT). She hooked Zelda’s leg and went for the pinfall:
WINNER: Haruan Sakazaki via Pinfall (Veritas - 9:43)
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."
Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 18:08:58 GMT -5
The camera cuts from its current visual to the backstage area of Oracle Arena, more specifically, the locker room area for “Gifted” DeMarcus Gresham. Although he escaped out of the Heaven or Hell Tournament there’s been a very downhill slide of the prominent star. Many losses in his life professional and personal that’s made a substantial dent in his normal unwavered demeanor. An impending divorce, a harsh truth from his children, and a damming skid in his other place of employment it’s been quite a bit for the Epicenter to handle. Things he hasn’t really been willing to speak about due to his pride and ego. Problem is when an intelligent mind becomes overwhelmed if it’s unable to solve the equation it will find other ways to cope. Some work tirelessly until finding solution. Some end up breaking and losing sense of self. Then a few, a select few, can easily end up doing both.
Gresham isn’t in his gear instead he stands in front of the small row of lockers. His head resting against the cold steel. His eyes are closed as he breathes in and out in a steady yet shaky pattern. He’s tense with all nerve endings on alarm that being easily seen from his posture. His back is to the camera view however as his breathing slows looking like he’s gathering better control of himself taking deeper breaths.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “Shut...up.”
Quickly the supposed control ends, his breathing picking up a bit more.
“I don’t know why you keep fighting me. I’m here because you won’t do what you need to do. You being a bitch about this.”
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “Shut. Up.”
“Nut the fuck up nigga!! Didn’t you used to hit that? Let it out. Destroy it all. You owe Mariano one anyway from 4CW. Fuck them up then destroy that pussy forreal. Nina been looking right these days.”
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “I said SHUT UP!”
“You gon take a L with this righteous man bullshit. Let go. Stop thinking. Fuck everyone. You bleeding worse than every woman on the roster, aint that a bitch?”
Gresham slams his hand against the steel in front of him wanting nothing more than for this intruder to begone from his subconscious but after enduring the worst losses in his life in a matter of weeks he didn’t have much left in him to fight things off.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “If it is as you proclaim, doesn’t that mean you too?”
Before DeMarcus can receive a response, desired or otherwise, there’s a fairly loud knock on the door.
He slowly peels himself from the lockers and walks over toward the door not even asking for the person to announce who they are. He turns the door opening it to see a battle and war ready Nina Stokes on the other side. He gives a slight nod mentally snapping himself in place so he doesn’t alert her to anything but that doesn’t stop this voice of ignorance.
“GOTDAMN EGG!! DUDE!! Look at her. I know you looking at her. Look at her! I mean you really aint trying to hit that again? What happened you looking for the HENNY’S now?”
DeMarcus’ face shows a level of discomfort before he just turns away from Nina so he can take seconds to rebound from the outburst.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “Good evening Nina. My apologies for not being prepared as of yet.”
NINA STOKES: “What’s going on?”
Nina steps into the room. She leans her back against the wall as she glances over at her tag team partner for the evening.
NINA STOKES: “No worries. You’ve still got a fair amount of time before we have to fight.”
She crosses her arms and folds them across her chest.
NINA STOKES: “But, speaking of preparation, I wanted to talk to you about something.”
DeMarcus takes his time walking back toward that same locker he once was battling himself against opening the door this time around to begin pulling his planned wrestling gear for the evening. A coordinated effort in matching the color scheme with Nina. He keeps himself busy hoping that will help his way through the conversation and keep the voice at bay.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “What is on your mind?”
She observes him as he heads to the locker to gather his gear.
NINA STOKES: “People in NEO don’t know you as well as I do. They view you as arrogant and eccentric. And because of that, they are unable to tell when something is, off.”
Nina raises up an eyebrow.
NINA STOKES: “But me? I can tell when something is the matter with you.”
There’s a small pause before she carries on.
NINA STOKES: “You’ve been acting peculiar lately. Any reason for that?”
Pauses his motion before leaning down to grab his black wrestling boots with matching trim the color of Nina’s top. Taking the items he puts them with the rest of his gear and fully stands back up to look at one of the very few people in the industry he willingly calls a friend.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “I believe I’m responding well-considering everything. In fact, I feel fine. Perhaps I am just adjusting to change.”
He stands rigidly in front of her after saying that. Frozen and unable to move.
“Now tell her how she can help you! Shooters shoot Marcus!”
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “...I’m adjusting. Enlightening myself as I follow my path ordained.”
NINA STOKES: “I see.”
She lets out a grunt.
NINA STOKES: “Adjustment. Enlightenment. And that’s why your demeanor has changed? Hmm?”
He finally takes a seat near his wrestling gear and looks up at her.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “How do you feel my demeanor has changed? I am quite ok. I am fine.”
“Now you know you lying right?”
NINA STOKES: “You seem more irritable. Heightened aggression. It’s manifested in 4CW, but I’m sure it will seep into NEO as well. And you are more aloof than usual.” There’s a pause as she looks him.
NINA STOKES: “Sound about right?”
DeMarcus looks away for a moment only to blink as once again he hears it.
“You fight it for no reason nigga. Let. Go. Man.”
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “A sound hypothesis. I blame the slight frustration with everything currently. A mass of losses would break the weak. I am just frustrated. It’s nothing to worry about. I am fine.”
“Whew boy, you lining it up...lie again.”
NINA STOKES: “I’ll take your for it then.”
Nina waves her hand.
NINA STOKES: “More so, I need to know if you’re prepared to get things done tonight, despite the shit at your doorstep.”
DeMarcus just tilts his head looking at her with a feigned offense.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “When have I ever not wanted to do as necessary in the ring? Nina, you know me much better than that. At this stage in my life, it is the only place where I may find...solace, perhaps. I am prepared.
“Another L because you won’t do what’s necessary lil bitch.”
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “---I swear on the highest if you don’t shut up so help me.”
Nina slowly looks to her left. She then peers to her right.
NINA STOKES: And who might you be talking to, sir? Hmm?
DeMarcus quickly realizes he’s slipped looking around himself praying for another to be in the room but already knowing he’s far from that lucky. His wheels spin for a moment trying to figure out how to get himself out of this one. Ahhh, he had nothing.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “...Jesus?”
Her eyebrows lifts up even more.
NINA STOKES: “And you just told him to shut up?”
She rolled her eyes.
NINA STOKES: “It didn’t know that we’d started lying to each.”
She shrugs her shoulder.
NINA STOKES: “Look, I don’t mind the aggression. Hell, I actually enjoy it. But all this―”
She points to him.
NINA STOKES: “Just make sure it’s in check, alright?”
He sighs nodding his head down and feels the inkling to release the information but now just didn’t seem like the right time. Not now. Especially knowing that admitting would just cement the truth. Sure, it was the truth anyhow but it didn’t mean he wanted to face it in front of another.
DEMARCUS GRESHAM: “I will inform you of the details later. Yes, it...it’s in check.”
Nina nods her head before she exits the locker room. The camera focuses in on DeMarcus for a moment before it fades to black.
TAG TEAM MATCH "RIVAL SCHOOLS"
Nora Foley & Marilyn Lee Cross vs. Francesca & Sophie El
NORA FOLEY was the biggest woman in the match. People were still stunned by her immense presence. Though many people were smitten by her soft smile. She even lifted a small female fan onto her shoulder for a photo opportunity. Off on commentary, Elizabeth was still swooning herself. As expected, she was ready for combat, switching into that alternative state as she waited for her tag team partner.
MARILYN LEE CROSS came to the ring to a sizable reaction. She looked a little shocked but accepted the love and affection, especially from the people touting signs in reference to Queen of Strong Smile. When she got into the ring, she had to leap to give Nora a high five. When the match started, she was underestimated, but people understood her strength and her ability...especially after dropping KAIJU on his neck.
SOPHIE EL & FRANCESCA were gooning as usual. When they got to the ring, Francesca poked fun at MLC’s nickname. Sophie merely looked up and down Nora and whistled in appreciation for her physique. Francesca gave Nora the same glance over and looked at Sophie. She told her that Sophie could take her. Sophie shrugged and told her that they would have to see. They would usually have the team experience but Nora and MLC were friends as well, training together at many instances.
BIG MOMENT #1: Poor Francesca tried to size up against Nora but the Shieldmother merely yanked the much smaller woman off the ground and into a Gutwrench Powerbomb. Francesca writhed on the mat before asking her to tag in MLC. Nora shrugged and obliged. Sadly, it was no different. Francesca got slammed into the mat with a Backdrop Suplex.
BIG MOMENT #2: Francesca countered a Running Crossbody into a Fallaway Slam. She got up and looked at Sophie, saying that she’s strong too. Sophie nodded and asked to get tagged in. Francesca tagged her and pressed her foot on MLC’s chest. Sophie climbed the top rope and hit a diving elbow, telling her tag team partner that she can fly too. The duo hugged, much to Nora’s displeasure, who looked on with a rather...confused look.
BIG MOMENT #3: Sophie El tagged herself in, stepping into the ring in front of Nora Foley. Though Nora was taller, Sophie gave off a similarly immense aura. Though she remained polite, giving Nora a curtsy. Nora merely flexed her jaw before getting on guard. It was excellent that she did that as Sophie charged her, trying to take her down. Nora stopped the attempt relatively easily, but her eyes began to narrow as she applied more effort. Soon enough, MLC, Francesca, and the audience saw Sophie heave Nora off the ground and tried to slam her into the ground. Nora, a little taken off, only smirked and kneed Sophie in the stomach. The two met back in the center of the ring like two bucks fighting for superiority, hands interlocked, but neither budged. They broke away and went back to their neutral corners.
BIG MOMENT #4: Nora sent Sophie into the ropes but she hung onto them, not coming back into Nora’s clutches. Nora beckoned her on and Sophie obliged, coming back at her. Nora sidestepped her, kicked her in the stomach, and started with The Morrigan (Triple Rolling Powerbombs). On the last one, Sophie broke out it with a hard hammer fist. She replied with Around the World (Spinning Sitout Powerbomb). The two immediately got up, getting into one another’s face. Francesca looked to try to enter the ring but the two strongwomen ran off their respective ropes and brought one another down with twin lariats. The collision made the ring shake from the impact.
BIG MOMENT #5: Francesca and MLC re-entered the ring as Nora and Big Soph let themselves out. MLC and Francesca exchanged strikes until Francesca stumbled after a particularly stiff forearm strike. MLC hit her with Downgrade (Superkick to the knee) before finalizing Francesca’s descent to the mat with a Polish Hammer. She locked in a standing ankle lock, which had Francesca screaming out in pain. She hugged the ropes after a moment of suffering to which MLC was forced to break the hold.
BIG MOMENT #6: Francesca limbed around the mat, trying to fight back, but MLC was stopping at her at every turn. Sophie entered the ring, looking to deal some damage, but Nora began to make a move. Right then, Sophie made her move--not at MLC. Nora couldn’t get in the ring fast enough to stop Sophie from charging into her with the Bullrush (Spear through the Second Rope)!
FINISH: MLC, despite the chaos, had her focus on Francesca, measuring her for Criss Cross (Cross Legged Sitout Tombstone). Referee Matvey Morozov was checking out for Sophie and Nora’s condition after the Bullrush. That’s where Francesca shines as she fell into MLC’s grip, as if she was groggy from Bad Dreams. MLC looked to pick her up, leading to Francesca lifting her knee up into MLC’s groin. She further dealt damage with an eye rake before pulling MLC up onto her shoulders. With a cheeky smile, she planted MLC with Criss Cross--stealing the very move that put MLC on the mat. As she laid on MLC, she flexed the crowd, garnering their hate as she stole the three count.
WINNERS: Francesca and Sophie El via Pinfall (10:47 - Criss Cross)
Backstage, the camera showed DA #TROLL GUY Mariano Fernandez, dressed already in his wrestling gear with his leather jacket slung upon his shoulders, in front of a bare white wall.
MARIANO FERNANDEZ: "Change is inevitable, mang - so reads the tagline for this match. But change, all the same, very rarely does produce itself. Most of the time, 'tis up to people to seek for it, and to endeavor to achieve it.
For myself, that's what I've been doing everywhere I've been to, and so far, things have changed - and very strangely, for the better. For DeMarcus Gresham, perhaps not so as well since last we crossed paths in 4CW Winter Wasteland last year, nor for his partner Nina Stokes, if we're to believe her words. And even if we don't, her actions against Fallon Lockhart at Vol. III. SHOULD make a definite statement of how they both have changed - and both of them for the worse."
He threw his hands, in a gesture of indifference.
MARIANO FERNANDEZ: "But that don't matter to me, chicos, because my own change ain't yet done. I may be what I may be now, but my road here in Pro Wrestling NEO, that's a road that needs to change. I may be out of the HEAVEN OR HELL Tournament, but I ain't proud of not having done so at the very first round. And even if I am tagging with one of the other people that were chosen in the 2018 End of Year Awards to go for Highflyer of the Year, I sure as hell know I ain't settling for coasting here."
With this, he gave the camera a penetrating stare.
MARIANO FERNANDEZ: "And I KNOW for one that DeMarcus Gresham will be looking for payback for 4CW Winter Wasteland, mang. That's the change he's going to seek, and that's a change that I'm going to prevent, that I may pursue my own. Because I don't know what it is for me there yet after the HEAVEN OR HELL Tournament, after getting out of the purgatory I was in last show - and I know that to find out, I have a long road to walk - a road that goes one more time through him, and through Nina Stokes."
After this, he nodded his head slowly.
MARIANO FERNANDEZ: "And this won't be another Fallon Lockhart affair, mang. Ain't no brave fight that's going to be stopped because Nina decided to play dirty, because I'm done with the tales of heroic last stands. This is for the heroes to win - for the champions to conquer, and for two of the greatest high-flyers the world has EVER seen to show this company that it may rely on US to get people talking about the match, the spectacle, of the night - as Ezra Eden attempts to do in his every match, just the same as I. That's the change that the both of us will be going for, and tonight, at PW NEO Volume V, we will see that change done."
He slashed both hands in a conclusive gesture, before approaching the camera face-to-lens.
MARIANO FERNANDEZ: "Because in the end, chicos - change... is inevitable."
And having said all he wanted to say, he turned away and marched towards the stage, as the camera cut back to the ring.
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."
Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 18:11:56 GMT -5
SINGLES MATCH "MERAKI FLASHBACKS"
Tiffany Tompkins vs. Carson Campbell
Before she could even blink, a spinning backfist came flying at Tiffany’s head. Carson wasn’t about the shits that evening; he planned to put his opponent away in a swift manner. Fortunately for her, Tiffany’s reaction time a hair bit faster, which allowed her to duck underneath the strike. Thinking on her feet, Tiffany shot in and rolled Carson into a small package. Referee Ollie Summers dropped down to make the count:
It didn’t take much for Carson to kick out and roll to his feet. And while Tiffany’s move was fair play, Carson had a mildly annoyed look plastered over his face. Tiffany got to her feet. She then held up her index finger and thumb, letting him know that she was this close from snatching the win away from. Carson responded with a smirk and a head nod.
Tiffany employed a “stick-and-move” approach as she engaged Carson. She smacked him with a stern kick to his left leg; Carson swung out her, but she dodged it. She tossed out a faint, which made Carson raise his leg to check the kick. That’s when Tiffany switched her stance and drilled him in the sternum with a left middle kick. She followed up with a kick to his knee. Carson wobbled backwards a bit, which allowed Tiffany to leap up and boop him with a nasty forearm. Carson dropped to a knee as Tiffany shot herself into the ropes. She rebounded and looked to nail single-leg dropkick―
Until she got leveled by a clothesline!
She tumbled through the air before she landed on the mat. But before she knew it, Carson and taken ahold of her waist and deadlifted her. He spun her around a bit before he planted her with a gutwrench powerbomb. He used his feet to press her shoulders to the mat:
Despite those two powerful moves, Tiffany was able to kick out. Carson attempted to gutwrench her again, but it didn’t work out too nicely. She flipped and landed on her feet. But she wasn’t there long as she blasted Carson in his knees with a basement dropkick. This allowed her to shoot herself into the ropes. She connected with a running boot, but Carson remained on his knees. She hit the ropes again. This time, she was able to nail that single-leg dropkick.
She would have gone for the cover, but Carson had the wherewithal to turn over onto his back. No matter. Tiffany simply dropped to the mat and slapped on a triangle choke. The hold was locked in pretty tightly. Even still, Carson was able to grab ahold of his own arm. It took a little work, but Carson was eventually able to lift Tiffany off of the ground. He stalled bit before and blasted her with a powerbomb. Her back hit the mat with a great deal of force, which caused her to release the hold. But Carson wasn’t finished. He grabbed ahold of her and lifted her once more. This time, he tossed Tiffany up onto his shoulders, only to drop her the a Hail Mary (catching samoan drop). He hooked her leg and leaned back into the pin:
The Little Hoss’ shoulder somehow popped off of the mat just in the nick of time. Carson was the first to make it to his feet, but not before he delivered some well placed stomps. Then he grabbed Tiffany and lifted her up. It looked as if her were going for some type of powerslam, but Tiffany was able to slip out behind. She rushed in and caught him with chop-block. This allowed her to hit the ropes and rebound with a leaping knee strike. But she wasn’t finished yet. She yoked him up by the neck. Tiffany then ran up the ropes, kicked off the top one, and nailed Carson with a swinging DDT. She probably should have gone for the pin. Instead, she kipped up to her feet. A pained Carson rolled onto his stomach. Tiffany waited until her was in the perfect position to collber with the Death Kick (superkick)...
That is, until―
Tiffany is spun around and floored by a ripcord elbow to the back of the skull from Ricky Sykes! The JCP Champion started to savagely stomp the shit out of Tiffany as the Ollie called for the bell.
DING! DING! DING!
WINNER: Tiffany Tompkins via DQ (7:33)
But the bell’s toll had little effect on Ricky as he continued to lay into the Little Hoss. A number of officials rushed the ring. They also got laid out. Head Referee, Ayame Sumiko, finally made her presence known. This caused Ricky to halt his attack. He knew better than to lay hand on her. Ricky glared menacingly at Ayame as she pushed him away from the prone Tompkins. The cameras lingered on a shot of Tiffany holding her ribs before it cut to the back.
TAG TEAM MATCH "CHANGE IS INEVITABLE"
Mariano Fernandez & Ezra Eden vs. DeMarcus Gresham & Nina Stokes
The bell rings as starting out for each team is DeMarcus Gresham and Ezra Eden, the two men circling each other before Gresham throws a right hook that Ezra avoids by quickly ducking underneath and throwing a hard leg kick! These leg kicks continue as DeMarcus attempts to find some room to counter, finally catching the leg of Eden as he pushes the Welsh native backwards and clobbers him with a running clothesline! Ezra goes down hard as DeMarcus doesn’t slow down from there, quickly picking Eden up and throwing him towards the ropes as he looks for a second clothesline… only for Ezra to leap over the arm of Gresham and perform a forward roll! DeMarcus doesn’t know where Ezra is gone and before he knows it, Eden leaps up from behind for a dropkick to the back of the head that rocks Gresham. Stumbling around the ring, Gresham is unable to block an incoming heel kick to the side of the head as Eden grabs The Gifted One and pulls him into a small package pin!
It’s an easy kickout for Gresham as Ezra pulls him to a seated position, running off the ropes and leaping for a Neckbreaker that keeps DeMarcus at bay. Eden runs over to his corner and makes the tag to Mariano Fernandez, who straight away scales the turnbuckles and awaits on the top rope for Gresham to climb to his feet. Eventually, DeMarcus is up to his feet as Manny leaps and holds his arms out for a crossbody… but he’s caught! The former 4CW Ignition Champion catches Manny in a cradle position and quickly throws him onto his shoulder, running forward and driving Fernandez down with a Powerslam! Gresham doesn’t go into the pin, instead grabbing the arm of Manny and wrenching it backwards on the mat for an arm lock. Manny looks to be in a bit of trouble as he struggles to get out, Gresham switching to a chinlock as it looks like Fernandez is escaping. It takes a lot of elbows to the side, but Manny is up to his feet and breaks the hold, flipping backwards for a Pele Kick that stuns DeMarcus! Fernandez runs at DeMarcus, but is caught straight into an STO and is quickly put in a pinning predicament!
Manny raises his shoulders up as Gresham gets up to make the tag to Nina Stokes, the latter coming in with a basement dropkick to Fernandez before he can rise up. Nina is taking it easy as she waits for Manny to get up, throwing a high Roundhouse that Fernandez avoids and responds with a hard backfist! Manny follows this up with a second backfist that rocks Stokes, grabbing her up for a Suplex that Stokes simply floats over the top to avoid. Nina lands on her feet and leaps for a Bicycle Knee that Fernandez steps back from. The action seems to come to halt as Fernandez has a smirk on his face and leans his head to the side.
Oh, yeah. There is one. Nina then throws her leg forward to kick Manny straight in the midsection, doubling him over as Stokes runs off the ropes and drives her boot straight into the side of Fernandez’s head! As Fernandez reaches his arm out towards the ropes, Nina simply grabs his right arm and holds it upwards, bringing her foot down multiple times across Manny’s upper chest area, almost toying with him as she looks pretty confident right now. A few stomps later and Stokes picks Manny up to his feet, grabbing his head and connecting with a hard knee lift that brings Fernandez down to the canvas! Nina then goes for the pinfall.
Again, Mariano is able to kickout and continue. Stokes grabs him by the hair and brings him up, looking for a second knee lift… that goes off course as Manny stomps down on the right foot of Stokes! Fernandez runs towards the ropes, springboarding off the middle set and flipping backwards for a Moonsault that flattens Nina! He lands on his feet as Stokes is already getting up, but she only gets up to a knee before Fernandez grabs her in a facelock and drives Nina’s head to the mat with a Snap DDT! Walking back to his corner, Manny tags Ezra Eden back in and the former Evolution World Champion joins forces with his partner to pick Nina up and together they connect with a Double Suplex to Stokes. The two rise up, not catching an incoming DeMarcus Gresham who takes both of them out with a double clothesline! It’s clear who the favourite team are in the eyes of the crowd are as they don’t seem to be too happy with Gresham right now, it doesn’t matter to him though as he picks up the non-legal man in Mariano and looks towards the outside, grabbing Manny by the shoulders…
… Biel Throw over the top rope!
Fernandez flies right over the ropes and nearly lands smack bang on the apron, just missing it as he connects hard with the outside. Gresham then turns around into a striking combination from Ezra Eden, filled with chops, punches, all the kind as DeMarcus starts to look wobbly on his feet. He then uses his power advantage to push Eden away, straight into a now recovered Nina Stokes who spins around for the Divine Night elbow! Eden goes down in an instant as Stokes and Gresham look at each other momentarily, DeMarcus returning to his position on the apron as Nina makes the cover on Ezra.
A kickout from Ezra Eden! Stokes seems a little surprised as Ezra’s fight back, but this doesn’t deteriorate her at all as Nina is quick to swing for a kick straight to the back of a seated Ezra. She runs off the ropes, but as her back is turned, Ezra kicks up to his feet and catches Stokes on the way back with an arm drag! Eden pushes off the mat to handspring back to his feet as Nina is once again back to her feet, taking a palm strike to the chest and going down, Ezra leaping high with his feet held out to drive them straight down into the chest of Stokes with Lord and Saviour! This time, it’s a pinfall attempt from Ezra Eden as he hooks the outside leg to move it away from the ropes.
It’s a kickout before two from Nina as she still shows a lot of life in this match. Ezra sits up and nods his head a few times, getting fully into the match now as he looks over to see Mariano now getting to his feet as Gresham spots this. He turns around and throws a boot towards Manny, only for Fernandez to dodge out of the way and jump for an Enziguri to the side of DeMarcus’ left leg that sends him crashing down onto the apron! Gresham’s head smacks off the apron and he rolls to the outside, Manny running back around the ring to his corner and holding his hand out to Ezra Eden, the latter walking over and making the tag to Fernandez! In comes Manny as he straight away eyes up the ropes, springboarding off of them and holding his arms out for a Moonsault that connects right across the chest of Stokes and just like that, Fernandez is into the pinfall attempt.
Stokes is still fighting! She raises a shoulder up as Manny sits up for a few seconds before going back to work, hauling Nina up into a Powerbomb position and looking for that very move, instead he receives multiple shots to the head as Stokes is able to slip off the front and deliver a front kick to the chest of Manny before unleashing a barrage of strikes to the former 4CW Champion, ending in one… two… and three sharp kicks to the chest! Ego Killer! Fernandez goes down as Nina doesn’t make the cover and instead holds Manny by his arms, bringing her foot down on his head multiple times for some Rapid Fire Curb Stomps! The shots themselves look sickening as Fernandez’s head just bounces off the mat and it’s only put to a stop when Ezra leaps off the ropes, holding his knee out for a Springboard Knee! It strikes Nina across the jaw as the referee is telling Eden to return to his position, however Ezra doesn’t play by those rules as he lifts Stokes back up and irish whips her towards the ropes, holding his leg out for a heel kick…
… and receiving a boot to the face instead! Stokes then leans back before lunging forward for A Slice to Grace that takes Eden out of the action! Meanwhile, this has given Fernandez the opportunity to roll Nina up from behind in an O’Connor Roll, however Stokes manages to reverse that around into a roll up of her own and Manny’s shoulders are pinned to the mat!
It’s a close call for Mariano as he manages to kickout, pushing Nina up and nearly taking a kick to the face before rolling backwards underneath the bottom rope and ending up on the apron. Fernandez throws a forearm at Nina as she tries to run towards him, Manny slapping his forearm and looking for THE WARHAMMER! He goes to leap, however has seemed to have mistimed his jump and only ends up jumping over Stokes and performing a forward roll up to his feet in the ring. As Fernandez starts to run the ropes, he’s intercepted by DeMarcus Gresham on the outside! DeMarcus grabs Mariano’s legs and pulls him underneath the bottom rope, delivering an axe handle over his back before lifting him up high for the Black Diamond Spinebuster! Gresham throws Fernandez back into the ring as he gets up to the apron, receiving a tag from Nina and entering the ring himself.
Gresham pulls Fernandez up to his feet and irish whips him into the top right corner of the ring, running and connecting with a corner splash that crushes Mariano! DeMarcus grabs Manny from behind and lifts him up for a Back Suplex, looking to flip it over into a Side Slam. Fernandez has other ideas though as he flips over and lands on his feet behind Gresham, grabbing him from behind and going ham with the forearms. One of the forearms is caught by Gresham who responds with a much more powerful one that rocks Manny, sending him back into his own corner where Ezra Eden is now waiting. The former Evolution World Champion tags himself in as Gresham picks Manny up high with both of his hands, looking for a Double Handed Chokeslam until Ezra delivers a hard leg kick to stop that attempt! With a nod towards Manny, the two high fliers deliver a Double Superkick that sends DeMarcus backwards and to a knee!
The two run off the ropes, looking for another Double Superkick to literally sandwich Gresham’s head together, however Stokes pulls the rope down from where Manny is running and it takes him up and over to the outside! Ezra notices, but goes through with the move anyway and a second Superkick connects to the side of Gresham’s head, Eden going down for the pinfall attempt!
DeMarcus gets a shoulder up! There’s no assistance required from Nina as Gresham powers out, Eden looking up to the ceiling and contemplating his next move as he feels he knows what he has to do. Ezra brings up the much bigger man in Gresham, wrapping his arm around in a Hammerlock and looking for that elusive Gates of Eden DDT! He goes to snap back, but is taken up high by Gresham and thrown backwards on the canvas. DeMarcus swings for one hefty lariat, Eden leaping over the arm for a dolphin dive of sorts and rolling through to his feet as Gresham ends up in his own corner and unknowingly makes a tag to Nina Stokes.
Ezra doesn’t realise though and now runs forward for a John Woo Kick that takes DeMarcus through the middle rope to the outside! Nina then comes in with a Bicycle Knee that takes Eden out, the latter attempting to get up to his feet when Stokes heads to the corner, using the ropes to run forward for… AMIDST THE SHADOW OF SORROWS III! The almighty knee connects right across Eden’s head and Nina dives down into the pinfall, hooking both legs as she goes.
WINNERS: DeMarcus Gresham and Nina Stokes via Pinfall (13:06 - Amidst the Shadow of Sorrows III)
Evelyn Kuller: Blaise and I made for a pretty neat team, huh?
We faded into the sight of one of the four women in tonight’s main event, Evelyn Kuller. She had her usual grin on her face, bouncing lightly from foot to foot.
Evelyn Kuller: Last show was as fun an experience as I thought it’d be! Irina and Silas, they were incredible opponents, one hell of a challenge, but luckily I had one hell of a partner! But they should know that anytime they want a rematch one on one, I am so ready for that. I’ll even work more and more on my facial expressions for Silas, so I can provide an even better angry face! But...that’s not the topic for tonight, that’s a pleasant future, right now is what’s ahead, because I have to not only face my partner from last show, but two other women.
She raised her fist, extending a finger each as she named the other women in the main event.
Evelyn Kuller: You have Blaise Fader, Kyra McKnight, Lyza Reyes…
A small moment’s pause, her smile growing a bit as her fourth finger extended.
Evelyn Kuller: And me!
She leaned into the camera, adopting a quieter and secretive tone.
Evelyn Kuller: Hey, just between you n’ me, yeah…?
She leaned in farther, obscuring the camera by nearly pressing her cheek against it.
Evelyn Kuller: I’m a bit of a fan of all three of them. Just a teeny tiny big bit.
And then apparently dropping the secretive bit she hopped back, giving a nod to the camera.
Evelyn Kuller: I’m not just trying to say that to blow smoke up anyone’s bits either, I mean it! Each one of them are one of the top wrestlers in the sport today, period. Kyra has an accomplishment sheet a mile long and might be the fastest human you could imagine, Lyza was the final HKW World champion with speed to match Kyra and so much in her back pocket, and Blaise is one of the most well-travelled wrestlers you can find today, a true worldwide wrestler who is just SO STRONG. They’re women I’ve watched the matches of just to try and learn, to get ideas and a better understanding of the sport. And now I don’t just get to step into the ring with one of them, or two of them, but three of them at the same time! And with such a prize for the winner! Entry to the World Championship match, that goal we’ve all been fighting for since the first day of Heaven or Hell. The four of us are those that are so close to Heaven, but only one of us will get our wings and that chance to fly up and reach it. The others will have to plummet.
She paused a moment, as she tilted her head.
Evelyn Kuller: I wonder if I’ll fly or fall.
She then gave a shrug.
Evelyn Kuller: I dunno! I’m not the kind of person who will put definitives on things, to say for sure that it will be me succeeding. I just go out there with hope in my heart and the knowledge that I will do my best. Because the truth is there’s always a chance. You can plan, prepare, be so certain of yourself, but there’s no way to completely eliminate the possibility. Of loss, of coming up short. Those possibilities, I always keep them in mind.
She briefly paused again, mulling over something in her head.
Evelyn Kuller: Really, it’s the possibilities that drive me sometimes. Thinking of what could happen, the multiple possible paths in front of me, they keep my brain working, and I like that. I have a piece of paper in my gym at home, where I study tape and train and stuff. Whenever a new possibility for the match ahead comes to my mind, I go write it down. I like reading the list after, it’s fun to imagine what the me that ended up being that night would have done if this or that had happened. With this match, with the caliber of wrestlers ahead of me, I had to tape a few pieces of paper together. I know though that I barely scratched the surface of what could happen. With minds like the ones I’ll be in the ring with, I truly don’t have any idea what could happen. So I stand here, wondering...
She tapped a finger on her chin, expression serious for once.
Evelyn Kuller: What happens when I’m thrown into the ring with some of the absolute best in this sport today? Do I flounder, do I shine, do I find something new inside of myself. Do I flourish or do I fail? There’s endless possibilities that could unfold once I step out there, and knowing that makes me…
And suddenly the grin was on her face again.
Evelyn Kuller: Incredibly EXCITED! When a match like this is in front of me, where I don’t know what will end up happening, I get excited! Facing the best excites me, and this match features some of the BEST! And it’s not just the best as they usually are, no no, it’s the best with a world championship shot hanging above their heads! That always brings more out of anyone, so those fantastic wrestlers are going to be EVEN MORE SO! And then there’ll be me.
She pointed a thumb at herself, grinning wider.
Evelyn Kuller: Me, I’m really feeling this! This match, what the winner gets, the women I get to face, the fact I’ll be facing an even more intense version of them, it’s all coming together to light up an even bigger fire inside of me! Heaven or Hell has given me plenty of unique feelings so far, but this one might top them all! I got this burning in my veins and I’m ready to let it all out! Win or lose, I know I’m going to be in for what is outright the biggest challenge in my career so far...and I can’t wait!
Clearly fired up she gives one quick thumbs up to the camera.
Evelyn Kuller: Everyone, I hope you enjoy! The main event we’ll put on for you tonight is sure to be an incredible sight, and I will do my best to make it even more so. Because tonight I face some of the best wrestlers in this whole sport as I try to Light Up my way to Heaven!
And with one last flash of that eager, excited grin, Evelyn walked away.
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."
Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 18:15:19 GMT -5
HEADLINE HEAVEN OR HELL TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS "THE WILL TO WIN"
Nariko Inazuma vs. HENNY
NARIKO INAZUMA had a lot to prove after her RAIDEN match against William Bateman. She was beginning to prove herself on a bigger stage and her opponent was another person that was on the high-end spectrum.
HENNY came into the matchup with a weird sense of panic. He masked it under his confidence, smiling widely as he came down to the ring.
BIG MOMENT #1: Nariko and HENNY locked up, battling for advantage. Nariko won the lockup and threw HENNY into the ropes. A drop toe hold sent HENNY into the ropes and Nariko looked to hit a Tiger Feint Kick but HENNY evaded it. Seeing him scramble to his feet, Nariko decided to go for a springboard hurricanrana. Sadly for her, it was a bait, and HENNY caught her square in the jaw with Shot Through The Heart (Superkick)! The crowd went ecstatic for the sudden reversal so early in the match.
FINISH: HENNY celebrated hitting Shot Through The Heart...a little too much. As he walked around the ring, he felt the elation of being so close to victory. But he failed to see Nariko moving. The crowd tried to get him to turn around. It was far too late, taking him down to the mat, Nariko got him with the Obama Roll (Victory Roll). HENNY kicked out at three but the bell had rung. Nariko fell to the mat with the audience in an uproar over the spectacle. HENNY had lost in a minute and he looked entirely flabbergasted. He exited the ring while Nariko got to her feet, feeling the moment encapsulate around her.
WINNER: Nariko Inazuma via Pinfall (2:44 - Obama Roll)
But...HENNY wasn’t going to stand for that. A chair shot to the back of Nariko’s head sent her down. HENNY stood over her with the chair already aimed downward. He came down with several more chairshots until Morgan Hughes was able to pry it out of his hands. HENNY responded by hitting him with Shot Through The Heart. Security began to flood the ring as HENNY went on a berserk rage, battering Nariko repeatedly with stomps and chair shots as he reequipped his weapon. Security managed to get him out of the ring, where he went...sullen. The lasting shot left us with an image of HENNY gazing calmly towards the ring as medical personnel attended to Nariko.
Outside of the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Lyza Reyes sat in the backseat of a black SUV with leather interior. The windows were rolled up, however, fans managed to catch Reyes in full view live via her Instagram feed. She started off the stream by giving her followers a glimpse of the venue and parking garage from the vehicle. The phone was then mounted on a vent in the front. She remained in the back with her arms rested on the seats in front of her.
The screen was filled with messages from fans from all over sending greetings and who knows what in their native language. She did her best to keep up with the increasing amount of messages and emojis pouring in; giving birthday shoutouts and congratulating NotAn0therSands9 on passing his road test.
LYZA REYES: Alright, solo.cup.king wants to know, “what mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?”
Thank you for your question, solo! Bigfoot comes to mind for a land creature. With sensitivity training and other basic skills, they would make great park rangers. And for the sea, though not really a “myth,” I think the megalodon deserves another chance. If I had an oil rig and knew about the Meg roaming around, I would totally switch careers! And we’d be looking for other environmentally friendly solutions.
Through the front window, she spotted the production crew and talent making their way into the venue. She then returned to her fans and their questions.
LYZA REYES: Next, we have laydeelizard352 who asks, “is there anyone you look forward to facing the most tonight?”
Well, m’laydee, each one of these ladies presents something special. There’s no real preference as they’re all the type of opponent you would want to face to test your limits and make you dig deep within. I want someone that’s going to make me ask myself, “what else, do ya got, Reyes?” You know like when you’re hanging out with a hyperactive child who keeps asking, “and then what?” when you’re telling a story or explaining something? That’s what I want! Blaise is a force to be reckoned with. HENNY, Silas Romero, and Irina Onegin were the latest casualties. But of course, Evelyn did her part in the joint effort and demonstrates that you don’t need to have a chip on your shoulder to get things done. She kills it...with kindness!
She gasped in a playful manner, as though introducing a novel concept.
LYZA REYES: Kyra McKnight is also another opponent you need to have on your list if you really want to fight one of the best in this business. Despite the picture Grace Van Beek decided to paint of us, it was not enough to get her and Evan to advance in the Heaven or Hell tournament.
I could sing more praises because there’s enough on my opponent’s resumes, but I’ll spare the musical act for someone with that God-given talent. I just want to crush it tonight. I’ve been in purgatory for too long, and let me tell ya, it’s not as fun as say, the naughty kids who are going through Dante’s Inferno, or the good ones strumming along golden harp strings in the heavens above.
Ladies, you know what to do. So let’s do it.
She smirked at the next set of messages that flooded her screen before ending the feed with:
The lights in the Oracle Arena in Oakland dim down as first notes of Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy Of Gold” start playing out of the PA system. A red carpet is rolled down the ramp, anticipating the grand entrance of the owner of Millennium Wrestling Enterprise, Grace van Beek. Surrounded by her trusted personal security, four men lead by the former South African Special Forces Brigade and head of the Diamond Princess’ personal security, Ryen Riekert. Welcomed, as always, by loud boos, the young South African starts walking down the ramp, haughty and pompous in her stride, not deeming worth of a look the fans jeering at her. Dressed in a classic striped pantsuit, she takes her sweet time, finally arriving to the ring and climbing the steps to the apron. Ryen is already there, sat on the middle rope and lifting the top one. Grace easily stepped in, turning to her bodyguard who pulls out a gold microphone encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and rubys. As the fans quiet down, she raises her custom, handmade and probably designed by Grace herself microphone to her lips.
GRACE VAN BEEK: The Madness Of Hayato Kageyama. This is how the match I was involved in two weeks ago was announced on the card. And, as much as I despise being one who criticize the management decision, I must endorse that definition.
There is, obviously, another round of boos, interrupting the young wrestler’s rant.
GRACE VAN BEEK: I am talking, I demand the courtesy of not being interrupted.
Obviously this doesn’t get the desired outcome, quite the opposite actually.
GRACE VAN BEEK: Hmpf. I see how it is. You do not like me, I am not surprised and definitely not upset. I am used to people hating me for who I am, for what I represent. I am, after all, everything you can only dream of, I am better than the heroes you cheer for. That is why I do not understand why, of all people who qualified for that turn of the World Championship Tournament, I was the one who Mr. Kageyama decided to pair up with a sub-par, disinterested, overrated “Special guest”...
She pronounced the last two words in a derisory tone.
GRACE VAN BEEK: Thank to his ineptitude and to mister Kageyama madness, this tournament has now been deprived of the only one deserving that title., while people like Kyra McKnight and Liza Reyes still have a chance to win it. A travesty., a shame.
A small pause.
GRACE VAN BEEK: But before McKnight and Reyes go back on their social media platform, spinning my words and trying to make fun of me, even worse, offering me pity masked as false sympathy, let me make something perfectly clear. That was not a complaint. This is not a complaint. I am here to acknowledge mister Kageyama mistake, something everybody, him included, should do. And to promise that I will remedy it. It is going to take more time than it should have, but I will be the Pro Wrestling Neo World Champion. And whoever is familiar with Grace van Beek knows that she always fulfills her promises.
Lowering the microphone, she smirks at the camera, uncaring of the boos. Eventually she leaves the ring and, escorted by her bodyguards, makes her way backstage.
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."
Post by Pro Wrestling NEO on Feb 11, 2019 18:20:28 GMT -5
MAIN EVENT HEAVEN OR HELL TOURNAMENT - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES "THE END IS NEAR"
Blaise Fader vs. Evelyn Kuller vs. Kyra McKnight vs. Lyza Reyes
BLAISE FADER went into this match, knowing that the crowd would only be behind the match itself, not her. Her disadvantage came in the form of her lack of speed compared to the other three competitors. She made up for it with her devastating moves. She had the strength and endurance to slam all three women down into the mat with relative ease. Her deadlift Germans had the crowd on their feet.
EVELYN KULLER started the match off with little fanfare, targeted by Kyra McKnight and Lyza Reyes. She was at a disadvantage as well, where her style of offense had trouble getting off the ground. That said, she adjusted accordingly and managed to secure some slick counters throughout the match. She even hit some high flying moves to shock the audience.
LYZA REYES, unfortunately, was the least beloved person in the match, not saying the crowd wasn’t entirely enamored with her. When standing in the ring with the two biggest fan favorites in the company and a woman with a hardcore fanbase, Lyza could only rely on her merit. She took her aerial game down a notch, opting to stick some striking and some clever maneuvering to keep herself safe during the long match of chaotic proportions.
KYRA MCKNIGHT had full confidence coming into this match. Her agility proved herself well as she went against Blaise Fader in the first five minutes of the match. It worked well against Evelyn too, where her technical ability shined brightly even against the former JCP Champion. The crowd was in awe of how Kyra captured the essence of the most experienced star in the match. The youngest ECWF Grand Slam Champion really brought the heat, but it came to a pause when she came face-to-face with Lyza Reyes. The two had a link throughout the tournament, especially in their tag team victory. Kyra originally had the upper hand but Lyza managed to survive the onslaught.
BIG MOMENT #1: Blaise tried to hit Lyza with Exocet (Running Big Boot) but Kyra interfered with a Superkick. When Blaise got up, Lyza brought her down with Omai (Running Blockbuster).
BIG MOMENT #2: Evelyn hit a drop toe hold to Lyza and followed up with the Will of One (Running Single Leg High Knee) to the back of the former HKW World Champion’s head. She got a two count.
BIG MOMENT #3: Evelyn and Kyra tried to team up on Blaise but Blaise countered a superkick from Kyra, a Dragon Whip from Evelyn, and finally a Sweet and Low attempt from both of them. She ducked Kyra going high and yanked Evelyn off the ground and flung her at Kyra.
BIG MOMENT #4: Kyra tried to catch Evelyn with the Knightmare (Corkscrew Neckbreaker) but when they collided into the mat, Evelyn had countered the move into the Scapel’s Teachings (Dragon Sleeper). Kyra almost fell victim to it but a Pura Vida from Lyza managed to break it up. She couldn’t get the cover, though, spent from the earlier portion of the match. When she did get the cover on Kyra, it was a two count.
BIG MOMENT #5: Imagine three women having to watch Blaise Fader fall on them with a trust fall. At least Evelyn tried to catch her. Unfortunately, Kyra “nope’d” out of there and left a recovering Lyza and Evelyn to do the job.
FINISH: Lyza was on a roll, bringing both Kyra and Evelyn down with Quantum Connection (German Suplex). Kyra got to her feet and went for a Slingshot Cutter, only to receive another Quantum Connection. Evelyn got up and came at Lyza, who ducked a clothesline attempt, and hit Dreambodycatcher (Diving Crossbody) in quick succession. Blaise was on her feet and Lyza tried to go at her but Kyra grabbed her leg and made her trip to the ground. Lyza turned to her and tried to pry her off but it was too late for the both of them. Blaise had decided to climb the top rope, said a prayer, and came down on both of them with Blaise of Glory (Diving Senton). She covered the two of them, hoping one of them wouldn’t kick out. Evelyn rushed the ring but the three count came.
WINNER AND ADVANCING TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Blaise Fader via pinfall (15:33 - Blaise of Glory)
"Hoping to bring efedding a few good steps forward."