08/27/2022 | Pyongyang, North Korea | Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Nigel McGuinness, & Scott Steiner
KACY CATANZARO def. THEA HAIL via PINFALL in 4:02
LEGACY PRO WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Cesaro and Sheamus went to work early on, bludgeoning Chuck and Trent with heavy strikes. The North Korean fans were aggressively in favor of The Bar, showing zero love for the Best Friends, disgusted by the sight of two shirtless males hugging each other. Toward the end of the match, Orange Cassidy got involved but was captured by Cesaro. Cesaro executed the giant swing... but Orange Cassidy fell asleep during it and was unfazed. After distracting Sheamus with the hand grenade spot, Chuck Taylor managed to knock him out of the ring with a dropkick. Cesaro handled both Best Friends AND Orange Cassidy on his own before Sheamus returned to the ring. A miscommunication led to Sheamus hitting Cesaro with the BROGUE KICK, knocking him unconscious. Behind Rick Knox's back, Orange Cassidy nailed Sheamus with the Orange Punch and sent him to the floor! With Cesaro knocked loopy by his own partner, he was an easy mark for STRONG ZERO and the three count was academic, ending their historic 673 day title reign.
WINNERS & NEW
slide has been set up outside of the ring with Christopher Daniels
and Ezekiel standing in front of it. Frankie Kazarian is taking in
REFEREE: AUBREY EDWARDS | STIPULATION: TITLE VS. CAREER
The bell sounds
and Daniels and Ezekiel get into the ring. Aubrey Edwards displays
the Television Championship to the fans in attendance and the match
has began. Kazarian is on the outside, begging and pleading with
each man not to attempt any pins. A collar-and-elbow starts us off
and Ezekiel uses his size to back Daniels into a corner, breaking at
a three count. Daniels slaps Ezekiel in the face and chops him
across the chest, which Ezekiel doesn't sell whatsoever. Clothesline
to Daniels! Another! Daniels slides out of the ring to the outside.
WINNER & NEW
McGuinness ] I give Christopher
Daniels credit. He went out in a blaze of glory! He showed more moxy,
more fighting spirit, more pride in his craft tonight than eva'
Mike Chioda is explaining the rules to the four men in our next
bout. John Cena and Roman Reigns are on one side while Samoa Joe and
Bron Breakker are on the other. A large, thick rope rests in between
REFEREE: MIKE CHIODA | STIPULATION: FIRST BLOOD ELIM.
The bell sounds
and Samoa Joe wastes no time picking his first victim, going
straight for his own partner, Bron Breakker! He backs the rookie
into the corner and begins delivering stiff body shots while Roman
Reigns and John Cena take on one another in the middle of the ring.
Cena nods at
Reigns and mouths, "I'm sorry." Wasting no time, Cena slides right
into the ring and gets in the middle of Samoa Joe and Bron, who are
colliding into one another with repeated shoulder blocks.
[ Scott Steiner
] THAT HAS TO BE THE MOST LACKLUSTER ELIMINATION IN A FIRST
BLOOD MATCH FUCKIN' EVER! INSTEAD OF CAVIN' FAT JOE'S HEAD IN, HE
JUST RANDOMLY MAKES HIM BLEED?! I DON'T UNDERSTAND! THIS SUCKS!
McGuinness ] The bloodshed was
brutal at times, but John Cena won the match! You can tell these men
weren't comfortable with the stipulation, and the only one who was,
brought all of the instruments of danger into this match and never
really got busted open. Nevertheless, John Cena is your winna'!
Christian are being escorted down a long hallway by armed guards on
either side of them. They nervously look around at their
We get an
establishing shot of a North Korean supermarket, the parking lot
devoid of all life spare for the cameraman bravely filming the
footage you are watching. Inside, we see a long panning shot through
the aisles, all just as empty as the parking lot outside. The entire
scene is eerily bleak, as there is hardly anything other than the
cold metal structures and empty freezers, simply reminders that a
supermarket used to exist — in better times at least.
RICK KNOX |
Knox begins helping Nia untangle herself from the barbed wire as we cut to a shot presumably from the roof of the supermarket, watching as Misao places the SGW Womens Intercontinental Championship into the basket at the front of her bicycle and continue pedaling through the streets, headed towards the arena.
[ Tony Schiavone ] Well, there you have it! Hyper Misao is still the champion!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] With much effort, Misao vanquished She Who is Not Like Most Girls and now it looks like she's on her way back to the arena to celebrate!
[ Tony Schiavone ] With Nia Jax in the rearview of her, um, bicycle... where will Misao's journey take her next?
celebration in the streets continues, a quick cut takes us to a
vacant section of the backstage area, far away from anyone or
anything. Christopher Daniels slings his gear bag over his shoulder
and looks over his circular sunglasses into the camera.
REFEREE: PAUL TURNER | STIPULATION: BALL PIT OF DOOM
clearing about thirty yards from the ring features a 20-by-20-foot
Ball Pit, dropped into the ground about three feet. The Imperfect
10s are on one side of the pit, looking across the pit at their
challengers. On another side, Pheromones are studying the massive
crowd around them – more appropriately, they’re looking at one
another and making sure every last hair is in place – before truly
appreciating the capacity crowd. On a third side, referee Paul
Turner is instructing Gold Class, who wait on the fourth side, as we
are interrupted by the Administrator, speaking via video over the
screens in the arena.
At the ringside
area, down a short path from the ball pit, Doi has the advantage on
the Imperfect 10s, stunning Vance with a hangman across the top
rope. Spears, still a bit wobbly from the testicular attack, throws
a clothesline, but Doi ducks, charging and springboarding off the
ropes with a twisting cross body, scoring a two count on Spears! Doi
stands and signals for the Muscular Bomb, but Vance is up and
popping him across the back with a big forearm – and another! Vance
is quick and clotheslines Doi to the mat, helping his partner to his
feet before nonverbally signaling for a double-team maneuver!
his fist as Vance jumps off the mat and joins him for a big high
five. Paul Turner delivers the SGW World Tag Team Championships to
the Imperfect 10s, who place them around their waists as Gold Class
recover in a corner, Pheromones walking to the ring after being
freed from their Ball Pit prison.
REFEREE: MIKE CHIODA | STIPULATION: SCAFFOLD MATCH
ringside and a scaffold has been assembled twenty-five feet in the
air, hovering over the ring. Andre Case is on one end while Wade
Barrett resides on the other. Behind each man is a flag representing
their home country. You can feel a sense of uneasiness in the air as
our next unpredictable match is set to begin.
[ Tony Schiavone
] I'm not sure how much entertainment that brought to the
Supreme Leader, as it wasn't a five star mat classic, but they did
well with what they had to work with!
we’re in a room filled to the brim with two things: noise and beef.
We fade up with
a shot of three child size chairs in the ring. One chair is green,
one is blue, one is red. They look like something taken straight out
of a kindergarten class room. Already standing in the ring, we see
the SGW World Twinstar Champions, Jinny and Maki Itoh, and their
challengers for the evening, Dakota Kai and Sasha Banks. While
they're all stand-offish with each other, they are focused on the
chairs in the ring as well.
REFEREE: AUBREY EDWARDS | STIPULATION: TITLES ON A POLE
As soon as the
match starts, Sasha Banks and Dakota Kai tie up and begin trading
forearms to the head and chest areas! Itoh and Jinny look at each
other... and then Itoh immediately charges for one of the title
belts! She climbs onto the middle rope and reaches for the title...
but Jinny lashes out and snatches her down, pulling her in and
turning her inside out with the ACID RAINMAKER!
Dakota sits on
the top rope, facing the crowd, and holds the title tightly to her
chest, laughing like a woman possessed! Suddenly, Sasha Banks slides
back into the ring, charges, and leaps-- LUNG BLOWER OFF THE ROPES
ON DAKOTA KAI! Sasha flips Dakota over... BANK STATEMENT! DAKOTA KAI
TAPS OUT! SHE'S TAPPING OUT LIKE CRAZY! BUT IT MEANS NOTHING! SASHA
KEEPS WRENCHING BACK ON THE HOLD UNTIL DAKOTA FADES... AND PASSES
OUT! Sasha lets go of the hold and stands, picking up Dakota's title
belt. Sasha looks down at it and then drops it on Dakota before
turning and looking at the other title.
[ Nigel McGuinness ] Sasha Banks is taking a walk, gentlemen!
[ Tony Schiavone ] Wow! She's giving up her chance to become a two-time Twinstar champion, just like that! Sasha Banks has always been on the entitled side, but I think this might be a new low!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] I think she's had enough of the scramble... and why would she want to bloody fight to be one half of the Twinstar Champions with the woman who specifically named this stipulation to avoid being champions with 'er?!
[ Tony Schiavone ] Hm, yes! I guess that makes sense!
Just as Itoh reaches the corner, TYLER BREEZE hits the ring and helps Jinny to her feet! WALTER rolls to the floor, favoring his stomach, and Jinny leans on the ropes to remain standing. Tyler Breeze shouts at Itoh and tells her to back up... but Itoh kicks him straight in the balls! Tyler Breeze goes down, accidentally getting a tack in his hand and crying out in pain! Itoh points at Jinny and growls, ready to fight The Fashionista, who has made it clear that she can't stand Itoh and doesn't want to team with her... but right before Itoh moves in--
[ Nigel McGuinness ] Good God, put your damn hands up!
CRACK! DAKOTA KAI NAILS ITOH IN THE HEAD WITH A STEEL CHAIR! Itoh goes down to one knee and looks up at Dakota Kai with wide eyes! Itoh pounds on her head with the heel of her palm and cries out loud, she's no-selling the attack-- CRACK! A SECOND SHOT SENDS ITOH TO THE MAT! Dakota discards the chair and looks over at Jinny... THEN POINTS AT THE SECOND TITLE!
[ Tony Schiavone ] What... is... happening!?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] I think we just witnessed... an understanding being reached!
Jinny looks at Dakota and then up at the belt before turning and slowly climbing the ropes. Standing on the top, she unsnaps the title from the pole and brings it down, ending the match!
Jinny slumps down in the corner and clutches the title her chest. Dakota Kai looks down at her with her own half of the titles dangling from one hand. Their eyes meet and Dakota extends her hand. Jinny looks repulsed but accepts the gesture and stands up, looking Dakota right in the eyes, then lifting her title in the air. Dakota nods and raises her own belt with a cocky smirk.
[ Tony Schiavone ] Was... was this planned?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] I'm not sure, but it's safe to say that both of these women feel they've made an upgrade from their previous alliances. Dakota Kai wanted no part of teaming with the woman who nearly crippled 'er... and Jinny has made it no secret that she despises Maki Itoh-- and really, all Japanese women's wrestlers.
[ Scott Steiner ] I got no problem with some tight Asian cuisine.
[ Nigel McGuinness ] It's very realistic that Dakota Kai saw an opportunity to form an alliance with one of the dominant competitors in the history of SGW's women's division. She signed up for this event on the promise of a singles booking and got this mess instead. If ya' gonna be forced to tag with someone, you might as well do it with the best, yeah?
[ Scott Steiner ] God damn right. Just like when Jeff Jarrett hitched his lazy ass to my bandwagon back in, like 2001. He knew he couldn't get the job done alone, so he came t' the Big Bad BOOTY DADDY to do the heavy lifting! The Inhumane Society was the fuckin' tits!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] In the end, who knows why Dakota Kai made the decision she did. We won't know for sure until we hear the explanation come straight from 'er own mouth. Until then, we absorb what we just witnessed... and wait.
Jinny turns and leaves the ring, collecting WALTER and Breeze along the way. They begin walking up the ramp. Dakota follows shortly after, keeping her distance but remaining close enough. Dakota turns back around to look at the chaos left in the ring and smiles, raising her championship one more time before we fade to black.
REFEREE: PAUL TURNER | STIPULATION: GGANBU TAG
describing the four men in this contest as ‘strange bedfellows’ is
frankly disrespectful to legions of bizarre compatriots the world
over, it is a much more appropriate description than ‘gganbu,’ which
our commentary team are currently discussing.
helps Conway to the floor, where ringside crew members attend to him
as Ziggler and Miro take a breath and realize what their victory
means – now the Gganbu must face one another!
“Here to Show
the World” blares through the speakers and Ziggler falls from his
opponent, absolutely spent from the contest prior. Paul Turner
assists Miro to the apron, then turns and presents Ziggler with an
envelope containing the Golden Ticket.
Brandi Rhodes stand outside of their locker room door with the
camera facing them. Cody is in his ring gear with the WLCW World
Championship around his waist while Brandi is dressed more modestly
than normal due to the circumstances.
REFEREE: RICK KNOX | STIPULATION: SCHOOLYARD MASSACRE
their attention to the Golden-Tron.
smiles and straps the title around her torso like a bandolier! She
looks down and sees Hikari Noa has returned to her feet! She's
brawling with Alexa Bliss twenty feet below! Starlight Kid drags her
thumb across her throat and leaps... TAKING THEM BOTH DOWN INTO THE
GRASS WITH A SUICIDAL CROSSBODY!
holds the title tightly against her chest and cries out in victory!
[ Tony Schiavone ] Whoa, hold on! What's going on here!?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] IT'S... IT'S NYLA SODDING ROSE! THE NATIVE BEAST, TONY!
Hikari turns inside out and lands all on her head and neck! Nyla turns and snatches up Starlight Kid... BEAST BOMB INTO THE SANDBOX! Nyla beats her chest and roars victoriously before turning and looking at Alexa Bliss with an ear to ear grin.
[ Nyla Rose ] ARE YOU PINNING ONE O' THESE BITCHES OR NOT, BARBIE DOLL!?
Alexa snaps to action and covers Starlight Kid! ONE! TWO! THREE!
As soon as the three count is registered, Alexa Bliss sits up on her knees next to Starlight Kid with tears in her eyes! Rick Knox retrieves her prizes and returns to the sandbox, falling to his knees in front of her and handing her all four championships and her new crown!
[ Tony Schiavone ] Welp, we're never gonna hear the end of this!
[ Scott Steiner ] This tasty little blonde blowpop just broke all kinds o' fuckin' world title records! This is the kinda' opportunity I woulda' loved to have had back in my glory days... or even today! Put me in the ring with Cody and Danielson tonight, I'll put my Lifetime SGW title on the line and I'll make some god damn history for sure!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] SGW, WLCW, CyberFights, LARIAT Underground, and SHOCK! The Goddess now rules over them all, undisputed! All thanks to a little help from her new friend, Nyla bloody Rose!
Nyla Rose helps Alexa to her feet. Alexa can barely hold her arm up with all four straps laid across it. Nyla Rose takes the Goddess of SHOCK crown and places it on Alexa's head. Rick Knox takes a step back and just shakes his head at the sight of Alexa doing her best to hang on to all of her gold.
[ Tony Schiavone ] Where's Nikki Cross?! Was she in on this?! Where did Nyla Rose even come from!?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] I can't imagine Nikki Cross was left out in the cold on this one but with Alexa Bliss, who really knows. The Goddess moves in mysterious ways!
[ Scott Steiner ] The Goddess? Look at all those damn belts, Timothy Dalton! She's not The Goddess anymore... SHE'S THE FUCKIN' GOLDEN GODDESS AND YOUR ASS BETTER BOW DOWN!
We fade out on a shot of Nyla Rose raising Alexa's arm in victory.
Alex Shelley stands in the Gorilla position, strapping the
Intercontinental Championship around his waist. Once the final snap
is finished, he spins it around to where the faceplate rests against
[ Alex Shelley ] Anyway, I'm gonna go defend this title.
[ Rob Conway
] Go knock ‘em dead out there.
REFEREE: MIKE CHIODA | STIPULATION: THREE WAY DANCE
starts with only Adam Cole and Alex Shelley in the ring. Mike Chioda
looks confused, asking "where's Austin" over and over, but no one
has an answer for him. Alex Shelley is frustrated and tosses the
Intercontinental Championship at Chioda, yelling at him to "just
ring the bell and start the damn match!" Cole nods, agreeing. Britt
Baker and Vince Russo stand on either side of the ring, annoyed
looks on their faces.
--ON ADAM COLE!
Cole goes down in a heap and Jericho mounts him, punching away at him!
[ Tony Schiavone ] He's going after Adam Cole!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] It appears that the old wounds have not healed among the former Origin stable mates!
Jericho stands and begins stomping away at Cole! He boots Cole under the bottom rope and then follows him out. Cole tries to fight back but he's quickly overwhelmed by Jericho and Hager! They beat on him all the way to the back, effectively removing him from the match! Britt Baker, barely able to stand, staggers up the ramp before falling to all fours on the stage and crawling through the curtain.
[ Scott Steiner ] That dude ain't comin' back! Ain't no way he fights off Chris Jericho and Big Jake Hager!
[ Tony Schiavone ] Who knew Chris Jericho would return and have such an effect on this important match in SGW history! He's a true spoiler of good times!
Austin and Shelley, both worse for wear, glare at each other from their corners and then nod before pushing off and meeting in the center of the ring! Shelley immediately goes for a big right hand but Austin blocks it and delivers one of his own! They trade big right hands in the center of the ring until Shelley spins and superkicks Austin in the mid-section! Shelley hits the ropes and comes back hard, nailing Austin in his surgically repaired knees with a basement dropkick! Austin goes down to his knees and Shelley takes a deep breath before... giving Austin the double bird and shouting "FUCK YOU, MOTHER FUCKER!" He turns and hits the ropes... but Austin rises and turns him inside out with a HUGE LARIAT! Shelley lands in a seated position, clearly dazed! Austin snatches him off the mat with two handfuls of hair and then gives Shelley the double bird! KICK! WHAM! NO! AUSTIN GOES FOR THE STUNNER BUT SHELLEY SHOVES HIM OFF! Austin hits the ropes and Shelley meets him on the turnaround with a clothesline-- NO! AUSTIN DUCKS IT! Shelley turns-- KICK! WHAM! STUNNER! Austin covers! ONE! TWO! THREE!
WINNER & NEW CHAMPION
The glass shatters and Austin rolls off of Shelley, covering his face with both hands as Mike Chioda approaches and lays the SGW Intercontinental Championship across his chest. Austin, exhausted, reaches down and grabs the title with both hands, holding it tightly.
[ Tony Schiavone ] "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has DONE it!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] It's the comeback story of the last three years, gentlemen! Old Stone Cold returned only a few short years ago and, truth be told, he did not see much success. He let his rivalry with Arn Anderson's Origin take his focus away from championship gold and even considered hanging up the boots once 'n for all, turning to managing Bobby Roode and James Storm for a time... but here, in North Korea, among the most unlikeliest of circumstances, Steve Austin has risen above his run in 2020, he's risen from the ashes of the short-lived Seven Star Pro, and he has become the new SGW Intercontinental Champion.
[ Scott Steiner ] Here's to you, Steve. You old son of a bitch!
Austin stands and goes corner to corner with the title, holding it over his head. Once he's done, he calls for a beer and immediately downs it, though most of it ends up on his face and chest. In the center of the ring, Alex Shelley rests on his knees, devastated by the loss. Rob Conway jogs down from the back and rolls into the ring with a bottle of water. He kneels next to Shelley and puts his arm around him. Vince Russo crawls into the ring, slowly but surely, barely able to function after the beating he's received during this match.
[ Nigel McGuinness ] The Origin may have exploded tonight, but it appears as though the bond between former members of The Pulse remains strong. Good on Rob Conway for coming out to support his friend.
Austin stops celebrating to stare down Shelley and Conway, expecting shenanigans. Shelley shrugs off Conway and stands up, then tosses the water bottle down. Shelley stares Austin down from several feet away... and then calls for a beer of his own! Shelley receives and it and he approaches Austin. They toast and Austin downs the entire beer, spilling it everywhere, while Shelley takes a sip and tosses the can before giving Austin a nod of respect.
[ Tony Schiavone ] Sportsmanship, you love to see it!
[ Scott Steiner ] It was a helluva' god damn fight! Even in defeat, Alex Shelley has to respect that!
Austin steps through the ropes and walks up the ramp with a beer in one hand and the Intercontinental Championship in the other. He raises it over his head and disappears behind the curtain. In the ring, Rob Conway helps Vince Russo to his feet as Alex Shelley takes a seat in the middle of the ring. He looks out at the fans and then begins removing his kickpads and wrestling shoes.
[ Tony Schiavone ] Wait, what's going on!?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] I believe we could be witnessing history here, boys. Alex Shelley is preparing to leave his boots in the ring! I... I think he might be done! Alex Shelley is going out on the highest of notes, saying goodbye right here tonight at Game of Squids!
Shelley stands up, leaving his shoes sitting in the center of the ring. Standing there in his socks, he looks down at them with his hands on his hips. He nods, satisfied with how everything has gone down in his career--
[ Nigel McGuinness ] ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?
[ Tony Schiavone ] Oh come on! Not like this!
ROB CONWAY TOSSES RUSSO DOWN AND NAILS SHELLEY FROM BEHIND! Shelley goes down and has no time to recover before Conway snatches him up... EGO TRIP! SHELLEY IS DOWN AND OUT! Vince Russo uses the ropes to pull himself up to his knees. He looks furious about what Conway has done! Conway stalks Russo and then boots him back into the corner! Rob Conway stomps away at Vince Russo, then plants his boot right underneath his chin, violently choking him!
[ Scott Steiner ] I knew you couldn't trust that son of a bitch!
[ Tony Schiavone ] The Conman has conned us all tonight!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] He's a bloody piece o' trash! He was so worked up over not being invited to the last iteration of Solid Gold Wrestling that he's just been lying in wait for this moment to make his mark! Well, ya' made ya' mark, Conway! I hope you're bloody happy!
Conway turns and sees Shelley fighting back up to all fours. Russo is unconscious in the corner. Conway charges and boots Shelley right in the side of the head, sending him flailing limply back over the bottom rope! Shelley remains there, out of it!
[ Tony Schiavone ] He's had enough! For God's sake!
[ Nigel McGuinness ] Rob Conway, of all bloody people t' make this kind of impact.
[ Scott Steiner ] I never liked him! I never liked his stupid ass face!
Conway steps out of the ring and saunters to the back. He stops on the stage and turns to take one last look at the ring. He chuckles as he raises two fingers and presses them to his neck, checking his "pulse," then turns and disappears through the curtain.
[ Tony Schiavone ] I can't believe this. What does this mean for Alex Shelley's career?
[ Nigel McGuinness ] The boots were off. It's clear what his intention was... but now? Who knows. I can't imagine he walks away and lets this lie... that's not the Alex Shelley the SGW fans have grown accustomed to.
[ Scott Steiner ] Hell no. He'll be back. Shit like this can't go unpunished.
We fade out on a shot of Mike Chioda checking on Shelley.
Twinstar World Championship belt.
The camera pans over to reveal Edge and Christian watching the ladies be pulled apart by security. Edge just shakes his head. There's a crash from off-camera, separate from the ongoing brawl. Edge and Christian turn their attention toward the noise and see Nyla Rose shoving Nikki Cross into a trashcan while Alexa Bliss watches. Edge and Christian approach.
[ Edge ] So, uh... Alexa, Nyla... what's going on?
Once we get a better look at Alexa, we see she's got the SGW Women's World Championship around her waist, the CyberFights and LARIAT Championships on each shoulder, the WLCW championship in her hand, and the Goddess of SHOCK crown on her head. She looks up and gives them an innocent look.
[ Alexa Bliss ] Oh nothing, we're just making sure our trash is properly disposed of--
There's a knock from inside the trashcan and Nyla turns around, hammer fisting the metal lid down hard, denting it. Nyla glares at the trashcan, making sure it remains quiet. She turns her head to look at Edge and Christian.
[ Nyla Rose ] Litter is a serious offense in North Korea, in case you ain't heard--
She turns and looks down at the trashcan again.
[ Nyla Rose ] --and the trash needs to stay in the damn can if it don't want another beatdown!
Silence. Alexa looks past Edge and Christian, at the security guards finally getting everything under control behind them. She scowls.
[ Alexa Bliss ] Are those idiots really fighting like that over the frickin' Twinstar titles?
Edge and Christian look at each other, confused.
[ Edge ] Well, I mean... they're the top prize in women's tag team action.
Nyla Rose shakes her head and rolls her eyes.
[ Alexa Bliss ] There's like two teams. How is there a "top prize" when there's only two teams? Dakota Kai and Jinny aren't even real partners! You know who are real partners? Me and Nyla Rose!
Nyla nods, pounding her fist into her open palm.
[ Alexa Bliss ] And since there's no clear contender for me to defend my title against because all these idiots want to fight over the Twinstar belts... well, I just walked away with FIVE titles tonight... why don't you give me an opportunity to leave with two more!
Christian scratches his chin, thinking.
[ Christian Cage ] Well, I mean... Alexa, there's no promise another show is even gonna happen but here's what we'll do. Another show happens to pop up after this one, screw it. You got your shot.
Alexa smiles evilly and turns to leave. Nyla Rose follows her out. Edge and Christian watch them leave, appearing annoyed by the interaction. There's another knock from inside the trashcan.
[ Christian Cage ] Dude, what the hell?
[ Edge ] We should probably let her out of there.
[ Christian Cage ] No! What the hell are you talking about? I'm talking about Alexa Bliss winning like five titles in one night and getting set up to win even more! Double J never let me or you do that! It's bullshit!
Edge looks down and thinks it over.
[ Edge ] You're not wrong. Damn.
Without another word, they turn and walk off-camera.
nervous energy in the air as Kayla Braxton finishes announcing this,
the main event of the evening, and explaining how the contest will
only end once one man has climbed the ladder and retrieved the two
championship belts above the ring.
Wrestling…has more than one…royal family.
The driving guitars of ‘Kingdom’ blast through the speakers as the North Korean fans explode, roaring along and filling to the brim with excitement as the arena lights begin swirling red, white, and blue. On the enormous screen, sharp pieces of metal fly around until they stop, seemingly tossed around aimlessly until the view shifts, revealing the Nightmare Family logo prominently rising and filling with color!
Adrenaline, in my
soul, every thought out of control,
Brandi Rhodes, clad in a gorgeous navy-blue dress with sequins and a matching necklace, and Dustin Rhodes, wearing a black and red Nightmare Family track suit, take their spots on the stage on either side of a trap door, which slides open! An elevator rises slowly, allowing a leather hood to pierce through the smoke covering the stage until it ceases, leaving the WLCW World Champion standing still amidst the smoke and lights.
My father said…when I
Korean fans blaring support around him, Cody throws back the leather
hood and spreads his arms wide, showing off his ornate, patriotic
ring jacket, long in the back behind the regal front pelts, the red
and white strips forming an enormous American Flag train which
follows behind him.
together…but still it’s farewell.
Still storming to the ring, Bryan Danielson appears completely prepared for the contest to come, relaxed even, as he stomps up the ring steps and begins ascending the corner.
I guess there is
no one to blame, we’re leaving ground!
Danielson stands, one foot on the top rope and looks to the championships above the ring as the song crescendos majestically, the fans in North Korea singing along despite the language barrier between them:
IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
from the upper level of the arena and the stage in combination with
the song as Danielson steps from the top rope into the ring, his
eyes still transfixed upon the championships above him before slowly
sinking and settling on Cody Rhodes before him.
REFEREE: AUBREY EDWARDS | STIPULATION: LADDER MATCH
champion flinches as the bell sounds and the fans swell
energetically around them. Cody finally looks to ringside at Brandi
and Dustin and speaks, unintentionally loud enough for the ring
cameras and mics to capture.
explode all around the ring.