The only man to hold the SCW Alternative Championship twice, and the only person to have actually beaten Jessica Tendonin for the coveted championship…Priest was last seen in SCW towards the end of 2017, having unsuccessfully challenged for the SCW World Heavyweight Championship. After leaving, he was not heard from. Several weeks back, when Rich Anderson, SCW North American Heavyweight Champion, was attacked, nobody could have guessed who it was, and certainly not that it would be one of SCW’s earliest stars, Priest.
Now, Priest has a shot at the SCW North American Heavyweight Championship. What awaits SCW, and Priest, as he makes his in ring return at TLC? Only time can tell as we count down the days to that action packed night in London.
After missing her flight to appear at Overdrive 49, SCW wrestler Jacina has been suspended from Active Competition. Mr. Walker has ordered a wellness evaluation before Jacina can return to active status. As of this writing, requests for comment have gone unanswered by Jacina and her representatives.
In what will be the most unique match contested in SCW since reopening, and perhaps so far in the six year history, Paige Lewis has decided to defend in this match. Her official description of the match is that there will be pits of legos around the ring, fluorescent light tubes, thumbtacks, and an assortment of other weapons. The object of the match is to draw and staple 13 jokers to your opponent’s body. Once you have done this, you pull another card from the bin, and if it is a Diamond or a Heart suit card, you must make your opponent tap out. If a Club or Spade, you can attempt a pin.
There will be 50 jokers in the bin of cards. A competitors may remove cards stapled to their body, lowering the count. A removed card may not be reused. There are no disqualifications or count outs in this match, and a fall can take place anywhere. The winner will be declared the SCW World Heavyweight Champion.
In a shocking victory, SCW newcomer Larissa defeated industry legend, Fury, in what was scheduled as a triple threat, but became a singles match when their opponent missed their flight. Now, Larissa has a chance to take home some SCW gold in the form of the International Heavyweight Championship. Jessica has elected to defend the championship in a TLC match, and this could be a game changer. Tendonin has competed in several high profile ladder matches in SCW over the years, whereas Larissa has just started out. A lot of support has been gathered for the rookie, however, after her shocking defeat of Fury.
Emily Desmond won the SCW Alternative title over a year ago and has kept her grip on it, taking on people like Priest, Alzy Hawkshaw, Gabriel Tuck and more and taken them on in various match types like Falls Count Anywhere, Submission Only and more. She has pulled out the stops and is making it…..Weapons In a Cage! The ring will be surrounded by a cage, which seems normal enough and could still be a factor in the match, but this time various weapons like chairs, ball bats wrapped in barb wire, bags of thumb tacks and more are attached to the cage.
The goal is to get one of these weapons and use it against your opponent before they use them against you. This match has the potential to be a bloodbath but Johnathan Mills got under Emily’s skin at Overdrive 49. Can Johnathatn stop the woman who is arguably one of the best wrestlers not just in SCW, but perhaps in the US, down? Can he stop her and end her reign and her streak? Or will Emily prove just why she chose this match and after turning Mills into a bloody mess before getting a pinfall on him?
SCW North American Heavyweight Championship Match
Rich Anderson v Priest
Several Weeks ago, Rich Anderson was attacked backstage. It was unknown who it was. First, Anderson accused Jessica Tendonin of being his attacker, and she denied the accusation. Mr. Walker intervened. At Overdrive 49, as the event was about to go off the air, Rich Anderson came out to the ring, fuming, and demanded the attacker reveal themselves. In a fit of rage, Anderson was goaded into putting the North American Heavyweight Championship on the line before the attacker was revealed.
In an absolutely surprising turn of events, it was revealed that Priest was the one who had attacked Rich Anderson. Priest had been gone from SCW for nearly a year, and hadn’t been seen since. Now, he has a chance to win the championship off the man he attacked backstage. Priest is a former SCW Alternative Champion, and quite a formidable opponent, but Rich Anderson is no pushover, and will be going into this match with revenge on his mind.
In a match of their own creation, the DEA have called out Hellfire for their repeated remarks over the past several months, and put up the tag team titles. The match is Barefoot, Ladder, Alcohol, Carpet Strips, and Thumb tacks. All competitors will be forced to compete barefoot. There will be puddles of rubbing alcohol around the ring and in it. The ladders will have carpet strips on the rungs, adding further pain. And thumb tacks will be plentiful. This match will definitely be bloody.
The winner of this match earns the right to challenge for any championship in SCW, aside from the World Heavyweight Championship. Match will be contested under normal rules.
As My Name Is Human by Highly Suspect begins to play through the arena, a video montage is shown. Previous SCW stars are briefly shown, followed by current stars. Next, every champion in SCW history was shown, starting with Brian Brewster and Cam Davitt as SCW Tag Team Champions, The Ryders as SCW Tag Team Champions, Cam Davitt and Lynn Brewster as SCW Tag Team Champions, Empire as SCW World Tag Team Champion, DEA as SCW World Tag Team Champions, Jesse Owusu as SCW North American Champion, Lucius Tendonin during his first reign as SCW North American Champion, Stefanos Los Rios as SCW North American Champion, Jacina as SCW North American Champion, Lucius Tendonin during his second reign as SCW North American Champion, Red Dragon as SCW North American Champion, Macy Kane as SCW North American Champion, Paige Lewis as SCW North American Champion, Jessica Tendonin as North American Champion, Rich Anderson as SCW North American Heavyweight Champion, Jessica Tendonin as SCW International Heavyweight Champion.
Lucius Tendonin as SCW Alternative Champion, Jessica Tendonin in her first reign as SCW Alternative Champion, Priest in his first reign as SCW Alternative Champion, Jessica Tendonin in her second reign as SCW Alternative Champion, Requiem as SCW Alternative Champion, Adatu Urakih as SCW Alternative Champion, Priest in his second reign as SCW Alternative Champion, Emily Desmond as SCW Alternative champion, Neela Shizeguma as SCW World Champion, Brian Kennedy as SCW World Champion, Brian Brewster as SCW World Champion, Paige Lewis as the SCW World Heavyweight Champion in her first reign, Jessica Tendonin as the SCW World Heavyweight Champion, and lastly, Paige Lewis as the SCW World Heavyweight Champion in her second reign.
The SCW Commentary Team is shown now, Allie Queen and Wayne Miller.
Wayne: Tonight is the last stop before TLC, ladies and gentlemen, and I can’t wait!
Allie: I’ve just gotten word that Jacina missed her flight and will not be competing tonight! Our opening match has just become a one on one match!
The camera catches up as Emily Desmond is having a talk with her father just outside her locker room. She looks at it, then looks past it. Quickly Sean Foster appears in the picture, mic in hand.
Sean Foster: Emily we’re now weeks away from TLC and at TLC you defend the SCW Alternative title against one of your competitors tonight, Johnathan Mills. You’ve been known for having intense matches, will TLC be different?
Emily looks at Sean with a bit of amusement.
Emily: I’ve done ladder matches, no disqualifications, but at TLC I’m going to bring a different level of intensity to the title when I defend it in…..a cage match.
Sean looks at Emily, puzzled.
Emily: But not just any cage, this cage will have weapons in it!
Sean pales at this but keeps his composure.
Emily looks at Sean, a bit exasperated that he asked this question like he’s never heard of the idea.
Emily: Yes weapons in the cage, hanging from the sides. We’re talking ball bats, chairs, anything that can be used to attack your opponent. I chose this because I feel that Mills will be one of my tougher opponents and I want to make sure that when the bell rings and I’m declared the winner, that there Is NO doubt that I’m the greatest Alternative champion.
Sean is staring at Emily as if he’s seeing a new person. She certainly doesn’t act, or hasn’t acted this way at home.
Emily: Everyone has been wrong about me so far. I beat Priest for this title and I’ve taken on all comers, and Mills is the latest. I would think he could look and see who I’ve been up against and realize that I’m not some withering wall flower but I’m a true competitor, that I’m not afraid.
Sean: But…given the match you decided on, he could be the one that is victorious and then your reign ends.
Emily: Do you think I didn’t think of that? But I also don’t want Mills, or Paige, or whoever, to think I haven’t defended this title.
Sean: I doubt anyone has thought this.
Emily: Plus I hope that my reign as champion, that my abilities are no longer questioned and then I hope to get a shot at……
Emily looks at Sean to see if he can figure out what she’s going to say. He doesn’t say a word so she sighs and continues.
Emily: I know that Paige Lewis holds a title shot for my belt. Well two can play at that game…..I want a shot at the SCW World title. I think given my record I’ve more than earned it. Now if you’ll excuse me.
Chris opens Emily’s door to her locker room and she goes in, and Alzy can be heard saying “have you lost your mind?” The door closes and Sean looks at Chris Desmond, who adjusts his jacket.
Chris: People didn’t believe Emily could win, then every time she’s defended it they doubted she could keep it. I think wanting a shot at Paige…..was been well earned.
Chris goes in the locker room and the door closes as the camera goes back to ring side.
In the ring, Mr. Walker was standing at a table, holding a microphone. The crowd was popping with excitement as he gestured for them to calm down. After a moment, he began speaking.
Mr. Walker: Ladies and gentlemen, you know we usually do this later in the evening, but tonight is a bit different. At Overdrive 48, I made it official. Brian Kennedy will challenge Paige Lewis for the SCW World Heavyweight Championship! First, I’d like to have both of them come on out here now. Brian Kennedy!
Eulogy by Tool hit the PA system and a moment later, Brian Kennedy walked out onto the stage, carrying his half of the SCW World Tag Team Championship. He quickly made his way to the ring, where he shook hands with Mr. Walker. Holding the championship up, he posed drawing a response from the crowd.
Mr. Walker: And the premier of SCW, the SCW World Heavyweight Champion…PAIGE LEWIS!
Spotlight by Hot Tag Media Works rang out from the PA system and the crowd roared to life. After about 30 seconds, Paige Lewis walked out onto the stage, the SCW World Heavyweight Championship around her waist.
Allie Queen: And there is our champion! I can’t wait til we see what happens between these two at TLC!
Wayne Miller: I want to know what kind of match they’re competing in! Last year, Paige defended against Priest at TLC, in an extreme rules TLC match, and that match was easily a future classic!
Lewis began making her way down the ramp. Near the bottom, she pointed at a sign held up by a young girl that read “Paige vs Brian, 3-0!” Leaning over to hug the young girl and take a few pictures, the champion basked in the adoration of the fans before ascending to the apron.
Allie Queen: Paige Lewis always makes time to respond to her adoring fans.
With both competitors in the ring now, Mr. Walker raised his mic.
Mr. Walker: Alright, now that everyone is here, we’ve got some business to take care of. First of all, you are both great competitors, and regardless of what happens at TLC, you both have set a precedent in this company. Brian, I’m going to have you sign first.
With no hesitation, Brian Kennedy picked up his contract and signed his name. Dropping the clipboard on the table, he turned to Paige Lewis.
Mr. Walker: And your turn, champ.
Paige Lewis picked up the contract meant for her, and began signing it. Finishing, she picked up a microphone.
Paige Lewis: Mr. Walker, I have a proposition. I know you were planning on having me defend the championship against Brian Kennedy in a TLC match. But, I’ve done that already. I propose something…different.
Before Mr. Walker could respond, Brian Kennedy spoke up, having grabbed a mic of his own.
Brian Kennedy: You know what, you let her pick whatever match type she thinks she has a chance of beating me-
Paige Lewis: Done it twice.
Brian Kennedy: You won’t do it again!-
Mr. Walker: Well, since you both feel so strongly about it, I concede. Paige, how would you like to defend the championship?
Paige Lewis: People seem to overlook the fact that I’ve gotten hardcore a few times. I don’t care what I have to break, climb, bend, or rip. I do what I have to do. To that end, I have decided to defend the SCW World Heavyweight Championship in…the Ultimate Joke’s On You Match!
Mr. Walker: Alright, consider it done.
Brian Kennedy: Wait a minute, dammit! What the hell is a Ultimate Joke’s On You Match?!-
Paige Lewis: The match I’m going to beat you in at TLC.
Kennedy charged at Lewis, but before he got across the ring, the raggedy woman, Princess Kiya, slid into the ring, standing at Paige’s side. Kennedy looked as if he was still going to assault the champion, but Mr. Walker hustled him out of the ring as the crowd popped. The scene then cut to commercial.
Anne Carpenter: Ladies and gentlemen, the following non title contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is to determine the number one contender for the SCW International Heavyweight Championship! Introducing first, from San Diego, California, weighing in at 180lbs, she is The Wrath of the Desert…FURY!!!
The intro to “Zombie” hits as the fans stand in anticipation. A pyro shoots up from the entrance ramp as Vero walks out to the ramp with a scowl on her face. She begins her slow descent down the ramp with her still not acknowledging the crowd nor making any contact. Once she reaches the end of the entrance ramp, she looks at the crowd around her, surveying her surroundings before running towards the ring and sliding under the ropes.
She heads straight for the upper left turnbuckle and climbs it surveying the crowd without any taunt, like an animal stalking their prey. She then heads towards the opposite turnbuckle and does the same. She descends the top right turnbuckle and does stretches using the ropes as she waits for the bell to ring or for her opponent to arrive.
Allie Queen: As we saw a few minutes ago as we came on the air, Jacina missed her flight and has been removed from this match! This is now one on one, Fury vs Larissa!
Wayne Miller: The winner goes on the challenge Jessica for the SCW International Heavyweight Championship! Either of them facing Jessica and coming out on top would be one hell of a shocker! My money is on Fury taking it home tonight, and leaving TLC with SCW gold!
Anne Carpenter: And her opponent, from Shanghai, Larissa!
As the Chinese National Anthem began playing, Larissa came out on stage and stepped onto a pedestal. It began rotating slowly while she held her hands up in the air. After a few revolutions, it slowed to a stop and Larissa stepped off and began making her way to the ring. Coming down the ramp, she removed a compact mirror and began admiring herself. After climbing into the ring, Larissa put the mirror away and stood in the corner.
Allie Queen: Larissa chances have increased in this match, with Jacina being removed.
Wayne Miller: Nah, Fury is taking this one home!
The bell rang and the two women charged at each other. Fury took Larissa down with a Lariat, but both women got back to their feet quickly. Larissa sent a dropkick Fury’s way, but it was dodged. Larissa got up and took a kick to the gut. Fury then went for a kick to the head,, but Larissa dodged it and dropkicked Fury into the ropes.
Allie Queen: Good back and forth here in the very beginning. You have to wonder, who really wants it the most, though, and who will be able to capitalize.
Wayne Miller: Oh, I think…wait, what is she doing out here?!
On the stage, the SCW International Heavyweight Champion, Jessica Tendonin, had appeared, carrying the championship over her shoulder. The fans popped as she made her way down the ramp, stopping halfway. Larissa and Fury both turned to look her way briefly.
Allie Queen: Getting a closer look at her next challenger, I expect.
Wayne Miller: I hope that’s all. We know how she gets sometimes.
Larissa turned to Fury and took her down with a Snapmare, driving her head first into the mat. Larissa went for a knee drop, and Fury rolled out of the way. Larissa got back to her feet as Fury went for a clothesline. Larissa countered into an armbar. They were in the center of the ring, and Fury had nowhere to go. Amazingly, Fury broke out of the hold.
Allie Queen: I can’t believe it!
Wayne Miller: Fury using her immense strength to simply yank her arm out of the armbar!
Allie Queen: Right back into the frying pan! Larissa’s got the Hammerlock!
Larissa indeed was executing another move. One arm pulled around Fury’s back, Larissa hooked her head, and then drove her into the mat with a Hammerlock DDT, driving the crowd wild. Larissa quickly rolled into a cover.
The bell rang as the crowd exploded, having not expected the sudden finish. The Chinese National Anthem began playing.
Wayne Miller: OH MY GOD!!! IT IS OVER! LARISSA HAS JUST KNOCKED OFF FURY!
Allie Queen: I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! THE FANS CAN’T BELIEVE IT! LARISSA CAN BELIEVE IT, BUT THIS JUST HAPPENED!
In the ring, Larissa is looking around, mouth open and eyes wide, still in shock.
Anne Carpenter: Ladies and gentlemen, here is your winner, and the new number one contender for the SCW International Heavyweight Championship…Larissa!
Jessica Tendonin made her way to the ring, applauding Larissa as she entered. Jessica was handed a microphone and Larissa’s music died down.
Jessica Tendonin: I’ve gotta say, I’m shocked. Here I’ve been preparing to face Fury again, and you’ve completely thrown a wrench into my preparation. Congratulations, Larissa. I’m looking forward to our match at TLC even more now.
Wayne Miller: I think this is going to be an interesting match.
Allie Queen: This night has started off with a huge upset.
Jessica looked around the arena before continuing.
Jessica Tendonin: Mr. Walker has given me carte blanche as it pertains to our match at TLC. And so…I’ve decided to go old school. Larissa, you and I will battle over this International Heavyweight Championship…in a TLC Match. Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, all fair game. Good luck, Larissa.
Allie Queen: TLC Match!
With that, Jessica exited the ring and walked up the ramp, the crowd cheering for her and Larissa.
NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR SCW INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Backstage, Brian Kennedy, Lucius Tendonin, and Jessica Tendonin are standing in front of the DEA logo. Brian and Lucius are holding the SCW World Tag Team Championships, while Jessica holds the SCW International Championship. Brian begins speaking.
Brian Kennedy: You know what…I’m getting tired of all the talking and whining. All this talk about what people deserve, or favoritism, and just overall bullshit from people who don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about. I think it’s amazing how the people who have the most to say, know the least about what they’re talking about.
Lucius Tendonin: The DEA has never ran or ducked a challenge, from anybody, ever. So, when we hear people flapping their gums with our name in their mouth, we take that shit personal.
Brian Kennedy: Call me crazy. Call me a glutton for punishment. Call me whatever. Just don’t call me or my crew cowards. Hellfire, you’ve been talking shit for months now, and it has finally gotten to me. You clowns talk a big game, but you’ve had multiple chances, and you failed each time.
Lucius shook his head before speaking.
Lucius Tendonin: But…the Dragon Empire Agents are, if nothing else, ready for anything and anyone. Can you say the same, Hellfire? Well, we’re going to find out soon. Because at TLC, we’re giving you clowns another chance. But…it won’t be in a match you’ve ever seen before. You see, we’ve concocted a special match for you. Tell them about it, Brian.
Brian Kennedy: We’re calling it the BLACT Match. Now, get your mind out of the gutter and ignore the similarity to the name of that porn company that makes interracial porn. This is gonna be all hardcore. Mind out of the gutter again.
Lucius Tendonin: I’m certain we could have gone about that differently, but oh well. Hellfire, you’ve run your mouth for too long. Now, it’s time to shut you up again. It’s going to be a rough match for all involved, but I guarantee DEA will come out on top. And how, you might ask, am I gonna do that? Well…if there is one thing that everyone should have learned by now since SCW reopened…there are three people here who have been damn near untouchable since the Reunion.
No, I’m not saying it’s us, the DEA. Well, not totally. Paige Lewis has been smoking everyone she comes across. My guy Brian Kennedy is gonna put her down at TLC, though. Then, there is you, Emily Desmond. You’ve done pretty good with that Alternative Championship, and are one of the three I’m talking about. Oh, but the third…I’ve had the pleasure of watching her perform for nearly two decades.
So, when I say I guarantee the DEA will successfully defend the SCW World Tag Team Championship…well…
Lucius smiled as he handed his tag team belt to his wife, and the redhead batted her eyes while kissing his cheek. Jessica smiled, turned back to the camera now. The three of them began to laugh as the scene faded.
Cassie Mason: Ladies and gentlemen, the following singles contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from parts unknown…the Masked Avenger!
The intro to Sucker Punch by Korn blasts over air waves as The Masked Avenger comes out on stage and then taunts the fans. They boo the Avenger as the being walks down to the ring and then rolls into the ring and runs over to the ropes and then taunts the crowd on the ropes then The Avenger jumps down from the ropes and then waits for his opponent.
Cassie Mason: And his opponent, hailing from Canton, Ohio, he is part of the SCW World Tag Team Champions, and the number one contender for the SCW World Heavyweight Championship…Brian Kennedy!
As the rhythm picks up after around a minute of music plays and the words start to work its way through the arena the lights cut out and a spot light shines at the top of the ramp. Brian is seen standing there with a smile, in his hand is a 20 lb sledge hammer.
He had alot to say.
He had alot of nothing to say.
(We’ll miss him. 2x)
He had alot to say.
He had alot of nothing to say.
(We’ll miss him. 2x)
(We’re gonna miss him. 2x)
Fire shoots out from the stage. Smoke rises from the stage as he starts to walk toward the ring. He stops about Half way to the ring as he flexes in front of the camera kissing his sledge hammer. He smirks in to the camera yelling snide remarks.
We wish you well.
You told us how you weren’t afraid to die.
Well so looooooong.
Or feel too down.
Not all martyrs see divinity.
But at least you tried.
He climbs up the steps and turns toward the crowd and taunts them by flipping them off and girls scream his name. He stops and turns back towards the crowd and jumps over the top rope and stands in the middle of the ring, he looks around and drops the sledge hammer and flexes as the flashes flow through out the arena.
Standing above the crowd
he had a voice that was strong and loud.
(We’ll miss him. 2x)
Ranting and pointing his finger
at everything but his heart.
(We’ll miss him. 2x)
(We’re gonna miss him. 2x)
what it was that you had said to me,
like I care at alll.
But he was sooo louuud.
You sure could yell.
You took a stand on every little thing
and soooo louuuuuuuuud.
You, could be, the one, who saves, me from, my own, existence.
He climbs all the turnbuckles yet again doing a pose with his arms spread out wide from each one as the music fades.
Allie Queen: Kennedy is really ahead of the 8 ball right now. He is two matches away from making history here in SCW.
Wayne Miller: Yeah, TLC is going to be amazing! I still don’t know what an Ultimate Joke’s On You Match is!
The bell rang and both men charged at each other. Masked Avenger dodged a clothesline, and grabbed Kennedy by the hair, yanking backwards and driving their opponent into the mat. Kennedy clutched his head in pain as he got to his feet, but was knocked down again as Masked Avenger took him down with a leg sweep.
Allie Queen: Wow, Masked Avenger with multiple takedowns early on in this match.
Wayne Miller: We still don’t know much about him or her as it stands, and you have to wonder how that will work against Kennedy.
Kennedy was quickly on his feet, and this time, when Masked Avenger went for a take down, Kennedy blocked the attack and shoved his opponent backwards. Masked Avenger charged forward, and Kennedy took them down with a huge elbow to the face that stunned Masked Avenger. As Kennedy advanced on Masked Avenger, suddenly, the lights went out.
Allie Queen: What the hell?!
Wayne Miller: Who is messing with the lights?! We’ve got a match going on, dammit!
Movement was heard in the ring, and a moment later, when the lights came back on, Kennedy was laid out and Masked Avenger was covering him for a pin attempt.
Allie Queen: What the hell just happened here?
Wayne Miller: This shit has to stop! We can’t go one damn event with some shit happening to Kennedy now!
Cassie Mason: Ladies and gentlemen, here is your winner, Masked Avenger!
WINNER: MASKED AVENGER
Anne Carpenter: The following contest is the main event! First from New York, accompanied by Chris Desmond, weighing at 415 pounds, this is SCW Alternative champion Emily Desmond and Alzy Hawkshaw…..Hellfire!
Lights go out as “King Nothing” by Metallic comes up. Lights slowly come up at 30 seconds to show Alzy on one side, and Emily on the other, with Chris Desmond, dressed impeccably in a dark blue suit. Alzy and Emily are both wearing long black tights with flames of different shades of green and purple on them. Emily wears a solid green shirt and they both have black trench coats. Alzy wears his hair down, like he normally does when wrestling, where Emily has hers in a ponytail. At 40 seconds they start making their way to the ring, ignoring the boos from the fans. As they reach the ring the circle round it once going different sides. If their opponents aren’t in the ring, at 1:14 they climb in. If their opponents are in the ring, they remove their jackets outside the ring and stare down their opponents before suddenly charging the ring at 1:40.
Allie:Hellfire has been trying for some time to win the tag team titles. A few months ago Chris and Emily brought in Alzy.
Wayne: That hasn’t been going the way they hoped. Alzy has had ups and downs in SCW.
Emily and Alzy slide into the ring.
Anne Carpenter: And their opponents, the number one contender for the SCW Alternative Championship, and the current SCW International Heavyweight Champion, Johnathan Mills and Jessica Tendonin!
Party Monster by The Weeknd began playing through the arena audio system as the crowd exploded.
“I’m Good, I’m Good, I’m Great!”
After a few seconds, Jessica Tendonin walked out onto the stage, Johnathan Mills at her side, the SCW International Heavyweight Championship around her waist. She stood there for a moment, raising both arms above her head, posing for the fans who cheered her. Jessica then began walking down the ramp, slowly lowering her arms. Mills walked beside her, high fiving fans along the way.
Jessica reached the ring and stood for a moment, looking around at the arena. Basking in the cheers, Jessica smiled as she climbed into the ring while Mills held the ropes open for her. Then, Jessica held the ropes open for Mills.. She walked to the nearest turnbuckle and climbed it, posing for the crowd. Jessica unhooked the belt from her waist and held it in the air.
Jessica jumped down from the second rope, fistbumping Mills
Allie:These people are indeed ready to tear into each other. Emily and Alzy could get a huge win tonight. And think about it, we have a former Alternative champion, the current one, and the current challenger.
Wayne: And then there’s Alzy.
Each team debates who will start as the referee looks on. A few moments later, Johnathan and Emily step through the ropes as Jessica and Alzy step forward. The ref looks them over, arms outstretched to keep them apart. He then brings his arms together before signaling for the bell. Jessica and Alzy step forward to lock up. Even though Alzy might be the slightly bigger competitor they seem evenly matched. Alzy is able to power Jessica into a neutral corner. The referee orders the two to separate. Alzy backs off, hands in the air to signify compliance (something Jessica has been doing since being pushed into the corner). However before Jessica is back on her guard, Alzy slaps her across the face.
Allie:What the hell? What is Alzy doing?
Wayne: Signing his own death warrant.
Alzy back stepped to the middle of the ring, laughing arrogantly as Jessica raised a hand to her face slowly, amazed that Alzy had the gall to perform such a disrespectful action. However, after the shock dies down she smiles.
Allie:Why is Jessica smiling?
Jessica is still smiling slightly as she comes slowly out of the corner. Cautiously she raises her hands up, asking for another grapple. Alzy raises his arms as well, looking to oblige her. However Alzy lunges into Jessica’s stomach with a toe kick…but Jessica was looking for it and blocks it!
Jessica smirks at Alzy, who looks partly impressed, but mostly frustrated, that Jessica figured him out so quickly. Alzy hangs out helplessly until Jessica shoves his foot back down into the mat. Alzy then tries to sucker punch her while she’s not looking, but Jessica blocks this as well, ducking it and getting behind Alzy. Alzy whirls around, but is met with a big right hand from Jessica. Jessica connects with a second, then a third right hand, sending Alzy reeling into the ropes. Jessica comes after him and Irish whips him into the opposite corner. She then charges at the rebounding Alzy with a diving shoulder block. Alzy is knocked down and Jessica pops up, posing for the cheering crowd.
Wayne: Jessica is really handing it to Alzy.
Allie:It looks like she wants to end this quickly.
Jessica quickly moves to Alzy’s legs and picks them up, clearly going for a Sharpshooter. However Alzy resists and distracts Jessica long enough for Emily to storm into the ring and hit a clubbing blow to Jessica’s neck, knocking her down and freeing her partner. She then retreats quickly back to their corner and grabs the tag rope.
Allie:What the hell? What….why….
Wayne: I think we’re going to see Emily’s true colors come out tonight.
Allie: But what did Jessica ever do to her?
Wayne: Be liked more by the fans?
Alzy gets to his feet as Jessica crawls towards the ropes, intending to use them to help her stand. However Alzy sets up and hits a big kick to the ribs. This action is loudly denounced by the fans as Jessica is flipped over onto her back. It’s effective in that Jessica is now rolling slowly back and forth in the ring, unable to do anything more than groan and hold her stomach. Alzy smirks as he grabs Jessica by the ankle and drags her over to his corner. He then takes one hand off to tag in Emily. Alzy restrains Jessica while Emily comes in and stomps on Jessica’s chest and stomach. Emily makes a stomp to Jessica’s Ankle and leg as the ref gets Alzy out of the ring. This assault to Jessica’s legs continues with Emily place more stomps on Jessica’s ankles and thighs.
Wayne: She’s not the perfect girl you thought her to be?
Allie: She’s trying to keep Jessica down. This isn’t like Emily.
Wayne: She is Chris Desmond’s daughter.
Emily eventually relents, posing for the crowd as they boo her. Emily shrugs this off however, as she turns back to Jessica as she gets to her knees. Emily winds back and plows into Jessica with a right hand that sends Jessica reeling. However she comes back with a right hand of her own, striking Emily squarely in the stomach. Emily raises an eyebrow, then strikes Jessica again as she is on one knee. Jessica is forced back, but is on both feet again as she comes back with a right hand to Emily’s face. Emily returns with a third blow, and Jessica reciprocates. The two exchange several more right hands, with neither giving any ground. The exchange appears to be moving in Jessica’s favor, but Emily quickly hits a high knee to stop Jessica’s momentum dead. Emily looks around, smirking to the crowd that disapproves of her so as she drags Jessica over to the corner and tags Alzy in. Emily then holds Jessica up with a weak full Nelson.
Allie:The only good thing I can say about Hellfire is they are working extremely well as a team.
Wayne: Indeed. This is a side of this team that has been needed.
Allie:But why do they have to do this to Jessica?
Wayne: We agree on that at least.
The camera cuts to Johnathan chomping at the bit to get into the match before showing Alzy hit a strong right hand on the defenseless Jessica, knocking her to her knees once more but Jessica hits a right hand, trying to fight back. But its obvious how well Hellfire’s strategy is working. Alzy hits a kick to Jessica, knocking her over, but Jessica seems to have heard Allie and Wayne as she popped right back up. She met a right hand but she returned it. Alzy hits a knife edge chop to Jessica’s chest, but she throws another right hand. Alzy hits another punch, but Jessica has gotten a second wind and starts throwing repeated right hands, eventually sending Alzy into the ropes.
Allie:Jessica is definitely ready to fight back.
Jessica Irish whips Alzy into the opposite ropes, then hits a standing dropkick on Alzy, knocking him off his feet. However this maneuver takes Jessica off her feet as well. She begins crawling over towards her corner, where Johnathan is stretching out as far as he can. Jessica is almost there. But Emily leaps into the ring, intending to intercept Jessica. Emily never makes it out of her corner, but her job is done, as Johnathan is tagged in while the referee’s back is turned. Johnathan storms into the ring to attack Alzy, but Emily retreats to her corner and ref sees Mills in the ring. Since he never saw the tag, he rules Mills back to his corner!
Allie:Oh come on! He’s the one tagged in!
Eventually Mills is subdued and wrestled back to his corner as Alzy gets up and smirks at the crowd. He then nails Jessica with another chest chop, sending her back stepping into a neutral corner. Alzy then raises Jessica up and sitting her on the top rope. He then follows after her, clearly intending to his a Frankensteiner. However Jessica fights back with some right hands to Alzy’s stomach.
Wayne: Here comes Jessica we know.
Allie, muttering: About time.
Alzy is reeling from the blows, but remains on the top rope, even after several punches to the face. Finally however Jessica hits Alzy with a mean head butt and knocks him down to the mat. Alzy stumbles back up relatively quickly, but is met with a top rope tornado DDT for her trouble, laying both wrestlers out on the mat, each in between the other and his/her tag team partner.
Allie:Jessica finally has Alzy down.
Wayne: She needs to get up like….now.
The camera is showing the two legal wrestlers lying on the mat, each trying to come to their senses. Jessica quickly begins her trek over to Mills as Alzy tries to get to his feet. As soon as he does, he sees Jessica get almost within reach of her partner, but Alzy quickly grabs her by the ankle, holding her back. The crowd groans as one, then boos.
Allie:Jessica was so close.
Alzy smirks at Jessica as she struggles to free herself. Suddenly Jessica plunges towards Mills in one last, desperate attempt to tag. Alzy pulls Jessica quickly, causing Jessica to get a faceful of mat. But her hand nicks Mills! Mills is legal and comes running in!
Wayne: Finally! The fresh man storms into the ring!
That Mills does, clotheslining Alzy quickly. Alzy pops back up, but is met with another clothesline. Suddenly Mills changes gears and charges towards Hellfire’s corner, and for good reason—he clotheslines the would be sneak attack right of out Emily’s mind. Mills turns back to Alzy, clotheslines him a third time, and then turns to the crowd, posing quickly and energetically as he gets the fans fired up. Mills turns to Alzy (who is starting to get slowly up to his feet), grabs him in an inverted waistlock as he turns around and throws Alzy in an overhead belly to belly suplex.
Allie:Mills is going to town here. He’s working over Alzy’s back now.
Alzy rolls around on the mat a bit, holding his back as he does so. Mills watches him carefully, then runs against the tops and hits a dropkick to Alzy just as his back is exposed. Alzy holds his back some more as he rolls out of the ring. The ref tries to get Mills to back up. But as the ref is distracted with Mills, Chris runs around the ring, looking to sneak attack Jessica. But Jessica has been keeping an eye on Chris and turns to face him. Chris backs up, his hands in the air like he was only checking on Alzy.
Allie:You know, Chris has been keeping his nose out of this match.
Wayne: Yeah usually by now he’s done something to help his team.
Alzy rolls back into the ring only to be met with a kick to the back. Mills picks Alzy up and drags him to the middle of the ring where he executed a picture perfect snap suples. He then turned around to Alzy’s upper body, sits him up, and executes a surfboard stretch, driving the knee into (and continuing the focus on) Alzy’s back.
Allie:Mills sure is doing a number on Alzy’s back.
Wayne: It’s a good strategy really. If you beat down on the back you ground the man and it very hard to wrestling in the high flying style.
Alzy is clearly in pain as the referee checks him, but he’s nowhere near submission, even as Mills wrenches harder on the back. Alzy appears subdued for a time, but he begins to get a second wind and begins inching his way to his feet. He gets to his knees first, then to one knee. Then just as he has regained his vertical base, Mills switches gears on him, grabbing him under a shoulder and hits a belly to back suplex.
Desmond is shown on the outside of the ring, trying to get the crowd behind Hellfire, but the boos him instead. Mean while Mills is picking up Alzy and whipping him into Jessica’s corner. He makes the tag to the refreshed Jessica, then brings Alzy out to the middle of the ropes, waiting for Jessica to come over and grab Alzy’s other arm. They then throw him into the opposite ropes and charge as one towards him, hitting him with a double spear that lands Alzy hard on his back, working it over even more. The ref then gets Mills out of the ring, but Jessica begins to get confident. Jessica smirks at the crowd, then picks Alzy up into a military press. She tosses Alzy up and sends him sailing to the mat, back first. He arches his back and cringes, but does not cry out in pain. A sharp breath is noticeable, but no screaming. Yet, anyway, as Jessica moves towards Alzy’s legs again, intending to try the sharpshooter aga9in. Alzy fails around, knowing that this will come to no good, but Jessica stands strong, hunched over and stance staggered to keep steady. Suddenly Alzy reaches up and grabs Jessica’s upper body and rolls her into an inside cradle. The referee gets down quickly to count the pinfall.
Jessica kicks Alzy off and pops right up to her feet, while Alzy gets to his feet more slowly.
Allie:That was near fall of the match.
Wayne: I think Alzy took her by surprise…she wasn’t expecting a quick roll up in the midst of all that failing around.
‘Apparently not as Jessica was looking at Alzy with a most perplexed and amazed expression. This didn’t last long however as her gaze became angry and she charged at the battered Alzy. Alzy then ducks and hits a drop toe hold on her before hopping over to her upper body and grabbing her in a side headlocks. Jessica quickly gets to her feet from this headlock, backs against the ropes, and pushes Alzy against the opposite ropes. Alzy comes back and runs into a tilt a whirl that might have been an improvised set up for ….Paraguayan Imprint. But Alzy rolled through (after hooking Jessica’s head with his legs) and hits a big spinning head scissor. Alzy gets up at around the same time Jessica gets up to her feet, and he hits a spinning back kick on Jessica, causing her to stop and bend over slightly. Alzy then reaches up, grabs Jessica’s head, and snap mares her over onto the ground. He quickly pops up, then back down with a standing leg drop across Jessica’s throat. He then twists around into the bout’s second pinfall.
Wayne: Another near fall from Alzy!
Alzy gets to his feet, but it is clear that he is winded from that quick combo. However he’s in a better state than Jessica, who is struggling to get back to her feet. Soon she figures it’s better to crawl over to Mills and tag him in. Alzy intercepts her, grabbing her and dragging her back to the center of the ring. He then picks up one leg, grapevines it with his legs, and sits down in a leg lock.
Allie:It looks like Alzy is trying soften Jessica up for Emily’s finisher.
Alzy pulls and wrenches at Jessica’s leg, causing her to scream in pain. However she does not submit. Eventually Mills gets fed up and rushes into the ring, kicking Alzy off. However Emily comes in to intercept Mills, which results in a brawl in the ring as the referee loses control. Alzy gets up and attacks Mills from behind, resulting in a double team on Mills while Jessica recovers. Emily and Alzy beat down on Mills and eventually double clothesline him out of the ring. They then turn their attention to the ref, who is trying to get Emily out of the ring (but to no avail). Emily grabs Jessica from behind as Alzy moves to a corner and begins climbing it from inside the ring. Emily then jumps from behind, takes her knees, and drives them into Jessica’s back as she pulls her back in a lung blower, holding her there as Alzy reaches the top rope. Alzy then jumps off in a moonsault, hitting Jessica squarely with it and enhancing the damage because of Emily’s back cracker.
Allie:Wow…that’s a double-team maneuver to be proud of.
Emily smirks and rolls out of the ring to attack Mills as Alzy hooks a leg and covers Jessica.
Wayne: This could be over right here!
The referee is grabbed by the ankle and pulled outside the ring. Mills looks like he’s having a few words for the referee about how Jessica is being treated when Chris charges, looking to get a sneak attack on Mills. Instead the referee is pushed into the barricade, knocking him clear out. Suddenly as if all four competitors have a sixth sense as to when the ref is knocked out, they all get more sinister looks on their faces (some more than others). Jessica stumbles to her feet as Alzy smirks and rolls out of the ring and towards the announce table. Meanwhile Emily and Mills are brawling on the outside, exchanging right hands on the foot of the ramp.
Allie:Oh my…this match has just lost all order!
Wayne: You know what time it is, don’t you Allie?
Allie:What time is it?
Wayne: Its time for the blood to be spilled.
As Wayne sways this, Alzy takes a steel chair from the timekeeper and slides it into the ring (and him after it). Mills then Irish whips Emily into the steel steps, slamming into them hard, shoulder first. In the ring Alzy picks up the steel chair and raises it high about his head, having evil intentions with it. However Jessica springs into him with a superkick, causing him to drop the chair as he falls to the mat. Jessica then picks it up herself. On the outside, Emily is getting as Mills stalks behind her. Emily stands up and Mills grabs her in a waist lock before throwing her over his shoulder with a German suplex, sending Emily’s back and neck into the hard, stiff floor. Back inside the ring Jessica bangs the chair down on the mat as she waits for Alzy to stumble back to his feet. Alzy gets to his feet, staggers around a bit, then turns groggily around into a vicious chair shot from Jessica.
Allie:That was a chair shot and a half from Jessica!
Jessica just smirks down at the prone figure of Alzy, who appears to have a slight laceration in his forehead.
Wayne: Look blood!
Emily is struggling to her feet as Allie says this, but Mills grabs her head and slams it into the ring apron. Emily recoils, leaning against the ring but Mills grabs her and whips her into the ring post face first. Mills grins as Chris starts towards, then stops thinking it’s not a smart idea while keeping an eye on the ref. However he seems even frailer than most as he is still not stirring.
Allie: Damnit we need a new referee out here.
Emily crawls over to the barrier and tries to pull herself up as Mills stalks over to her. Mills slams her head into the barricade, causing Emily to stumble back into the ring apron. The camera shows that Emily is now bleeding from the forehead as well. The scene then cuts to in the ring, where Jessica has picked up Alzy and deposited him in the corner with Alzy’s back to the ring. Jessica then puts the chair down on the mat a few strides away from Alzy before going over to him and grabbing his head as if to snap mare him. She then runs forward onto the turnbuckles, pushing off of them into the air and turning to fall into the steel chair, driving Alzy’s already bleeding face into it.
Wayne: Oh that won’t feet good in the morning.
Mills goes to hit Emily in the face, but Emily blocks and punches Mills, fighting back. She hits a second, then a third. She then Irish whips Mills shoulder first into a set of steel steps of her own. She glances over at the prone figure of the ref (who is being watched closely for signs of life by Chris), then digs under the ring for something.
Allie:This can’t be good.
Wayne: What is Emily doing?
As they ponder what Emily is searching for, Jessica picks up the lifeless form of Alzy up and picks him up as if for a fallaway slam, positioning herself near the chair. She then seems to be trying to his the Paraguayan Imprint onto the chair. But Alzy springs to life and reverses into an Aero Cutter onto the chair! Now both legal wrestlers are down for the count. On the outside Emily finds what she was searching for…a spike!
Allie:What the hell is she going to do with that?
Wayne: I feel like we’re seeing an even darker, more deranged Emily than ever here.
Emily grins sadistically at Mills as he begins to stand up. She then goes over to Mills and hits him with a left hand (she’s holding the spike with her right hand). Mills reels, leaning back over the steels steps. Emily hits a left hander knife edge chop, sending Mills leaning once more. However when Mills returns to his upright position this time, his forehead meets the point of that spike Emily jams into his forehead. The whole crowd boos (and cringes) at this.
Allie:Oh my god! Now Johnathan is bleeding, for sure…and probably profusely!
Sure enough the camera shows Johnathan Mills bleeding from his forehead, drops trickling down his face even faster before he collapses down to the floor. Emily, who is not exactly clean faced, grins evilly, Chris Desmond wants in on this and grabs a chair then seeing Emily has things under control backs off, putting the chair down. Emily gives her dad a look that says she has it. Emily starts to go back to Mills but he feels a presence behind her. She turns around and sees the referee begin to stir. Nodding slightly to herself through her crimson mask, she hides her spike back under the mat.
As the referred begins crawling slowly into the ring, Mills has got back to his feet. Emily had gone over to her dad to talk to him, and Mills sneaks up and when Emily turns around Mills land a solid right hand. Chris pushes Mills back, ready to get in on the action but the referee is yelling at him to not do it. Chris backs off but not happy about it. The referee turns back to the ring and goes towards the two prone figures in the ring and try to moderate this violet situation. The two figures of Jessica and Alzy began struggling to find their vertical bases. Alzy is the first to find it, and he uses this advantage to raise a hand to his face to see if he is bleeding. Jessica is up shortly thereafter and conducts the same test (finding the same results). The two of them look at each other through the blood and smirk evilly at each other. Suddenly Jessica springs up and forward with a superkick!
Allie:Jessica is going to take Alzy’s head off!
But Alzy ducks it! He then grabs Jessica for an Aero Cutter. However Jessica pushes Alzy around, sending him sailing into the ropes. On his way back Jessica hits a big powerslam! The ref crawls over to where Jessica has covered Alzy and makes a slow count.
Allie:How did he kick out of that?
Wayne: I don’t know but what is Jessica going to do?
Jessica staggers up to her feet then yells at Alzy through her bloody facemask “Get up!”. Alzy seems to listen, as he begins stirring and pulling himself up using the ropes. He holds on to the ropes, even after getting to both feet. Tentatively he legs go and turns around, right into a modified sidewalk slam position. Jessica quickly twirls Alzy around, hitting the move perfect despite the fatigue that must surely be racking her body. She quickly falls onto Alzy, unable to hook a leg.
Emily had tried to get to the ring to break the cover, but Johnathan grabbed her leg, pulling her away.
Anne: Here are your winners…..Jessica Tendonin and Johnathan Mills!
As Mills and Tendonin got to their feet, Mills pulled Jessica into an excited hug, and kissed her on the lips. A shocked rustle went through the arena, and then, a few seconds later, Carry Me by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds hit the PA system. The audience popped as Jessica’s husband, Lucius, ran down the ramp. Sliding into the ring, he said “Not again, Mills!” but was hardly heard. The scene looked volatile until the trio left the ring together a moment later.
WINNERS: JESSICA TENDONIN AND JOHNATHAN MILLS
Big Gun by AC/DC hit the PA system and the crowd cheered. A few seconds later, the SCW North American Heavyweight Champion emerged onstage. He wore the belt around his waist, visible under his glowing jacket. As the crowd applauded, he began making his way to the ring. Sliding into the ring, he caught a mic that was tossed to him and signaled for his music to be cut.
Rich Anderson: I know we’re about to go off the air here, but I’m about to freaking pop! I can’t take it anymore. I demand that whoever attacked me several weeks ago come out here and explain themselves!
Allie Queen: We still don’t have any idea who is responsible! Maybe we’ll get some answers here!
Wayne Miller: He accused Jessica Tendonin a few weeks, but she swore she wasn’t behind it. Wait, what the?
The Titantron came to life with text on it.
SCW North American Heavyweight Championship…Defend it…against me!
Allie Queen: What…?
Wayne Miller: Oh, don’t fall for it, Rich…you don’t know who it is! It could be anyone!
Rich Anderson: Stop this nonsense and come ask me face to face!
The words on the Titantron changed.
Accept my challenge, and I will reveal myself…
Rich Anderson: NO! YOU COME OUT HERE RIGHT NOW!
Accept my challenge.
Allie Queen: My gosh, who is it?!
Wayne Miller: Wait a minute! No way! I am getting reports from my backstage people and they claim they saw P-
The crowd was cheering in excitement and suspense, waiting to see what would happen. Rich then swore.
Rich Anderson: GOD DAMMIT! I ACCEPT! I ACCEPT, OKAY?! NOW BRING YOUR ASS OUT HERE RIGHT NOW, DAMMIT! SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE SO I CAN PUT YOUR ASS THROUGH A TABLE AT TLC!
Wayne Miller: No! Don’t do it, Rich! It’s him! He’s back!
Passive by A Perfect Circle began playing over the PA system, and the crowd snapped into an uproar of excitement as they remembered the music. Fog filled the stage area and the lights went out, to be replaced by white and blue spotlights over the stage. A large figure then appeared in the fog, and the fans reached up trying to touch him.
Allie Queen: WAIT A MINUTE!!! IS THAT-
Wayne Miller: IT IS! IT’S HIM! DAMMIT, HE’S BACK!!!
The fog began thinning and after a moment, the figure was clearly seen. A man who hadn’t been seen in SCW in nearly a year. Former SCW Alternative Champion, Priest, stood on the stage, a wide grin on his face as he stared down to the ring at Rich Anderson who was still looking angry.
Allie Queen: PRIEST HAS RETURNED TO SCW!!!
Wayne Miller: AND HE’S GOING TO TLC TO CHALLENGE FOR THE SCW NORTH AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!
Allie Queen: MY GOD, NOBODY SAW THIS COMING!!!
Wayne Miller: TLC IS GOING TO BE INSANE! THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE TONIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! SEE YOU IN LONDON AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM!!!
The feed faded to the SCW logo, and then to nothing.
Strapped into the seat by a five-point harness, the redhead grabbed the handbrake, throwing the Challenger into a wide drift around a corner. The car was powerful, and Jessica hadn’t modded it very much, but it still packed quite a punch for hauling ass through the city. Johnathan had called her to tell her he was in town, if she wanted to get on camera. He was just as strange now as he had been many years ago.
He’d given her GPS coordinates instead of an address. The challenger picked up some traction and began going in a straight line again as Jessica checked her navigation. She was still about a mile out from the location Mills said to meet him. On the radio, Animato by Utada began playing, making her think of Urakih. Her Japanese Dragon hadn’t been around the ring much since giving birth. And, now that she thought about it, she hadn’t seen Candice in a while.
Candice. When Jessica and Johnathan had lost the WECW Tag Team Championship, Jessica had summoned Candice to be her partner, and they would go on to challenge for the belts. That was ages ago now, though. Jessica cruised through a yellow light, pushing about 50MPH. Cleveland Heights wasn’t that busy this time of night. Still, a cruise sped up behind her, and turned on their lights. Jessica ignored them, and kept cruising.
After about a minute, the cop pulled out from behind her and came alongside. Jessica rolled down her window and looked at the cop. Making eye contact, he braked, turned off his lights, and pulled down a side street. Jessica chuckled. Rumor on the street was that her juice had dried up. Greatly exaggerated, those rumors. A few minutes later, she had arrived. It was a Rally’s.
Jessica: What the fuck, Mills.
As she got out of the car, Mills had a man by the collar, and he reached back to smack him.
Johnathan: WHERE IS HE!
Jessica rolled her eyes before pulling Mills away from the frightened man, who stumbled while running up the street.
Jessica: Hey, relax. Did you bring me out here to watch you do Batman impressions, or are we going to cut another promo?
Johnathan: Batman? What the…are you high?
Jessica: Look who’s talking.
Mills shook his head.
Johnathan: Let’s get out of here…
Twenty minutes later, Jessica had driven the pair away, parked, extracted and set up her video equipment. After a final check, they were live. Jessica put the SCW International Championship over her left shoulder as they walked into frame.
Jessica: Do not adjust your television sets, ladies and gentlemen. You’re not looking into some weird time warp. You are indeed seeing Jessica Tendonin and Johnathan Mills teaming up again. We joined forces many years ago, and were relatively successful. But now, we are doing it one more time, for old times sake.
Now, since we’ve cleared up the confusion, I want to address those two who had a lot to say about me and Mills the other day. Hellfire. First of all, I am amused that you guys think you should be the only ones allowed to take advantage of the Freebird rule. Or did you two think we forgot that alzy wasn’t your original tag team partner, Emily Desmond?
I know what your frustration is, though. It’s that you’re both so bitter about your shortcomings. Emily, you’re bitter about failing repeatedly to capture the tag team titles. Alzy, you’re bitter about that AND the fact that you failed to beat Emily AND Paige Lewis. You know what I think, Alzy? I think you’re holding Emily back. I’ve heard rumors that you intentionally lost the match for the Alternative Championship.
I think you’ve got too much integrity to have done that. But, I KNOW Paige Lewis beating you was above board. That little brat, every time she gets in the ring, she proves she is a force to be reckoned with. Hell, she just knocked off Fury.
Jessica nodded appreciatively.
Jessica: Even I have only accomplished that feat once. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any love for her, but what I do have is respect. Her body count might not be that high, but look at who some of her victims are? Hell, even I am among them. As I said, I know your loss to Paige was legit, Alzy. It eats at you, doesn’t it? I know it does, because I’m still bitter about losing the title to her.
And Emily, you too had better be careful, because you’re on Paige’s radar, as well. You’ve seen what she has done. I feel a tad bit of pride saying this, but only I have ever defeated Paige Lewis. And look around, there’s no Duke trying to sell the recipe behind my back.
Mills turned to Jessica, grinning.
Johnathan: Did you just make a Bush’s Baked Beans reference?
Jessica: I did. Now, Hellfire, I’m going to be honest. Mills and I, while we know we can work together, we know this will be a one off thing. But don’t misunderstand. Even if it’s only for one night, we are going to bring the heat.
Johnathan: Cute of them to try to bring in some dissention. My goal is here in SCW, has led me to a shot at the SCW Alternative Championship. Should my goal also bring me before Jessica and her International Championship, I’ll do what it takes to achieve my goal.
Mills put and arms around Jessica’s shoulders, and the pair smiled.
Jessica: And should that day come, partner, hold nothing back. As for myself and the Alternative Championship. In the old SCW, I raised that Championship up, and made this iteration of it mean something. At times, it was almost on par with the SCW Championship. However, it is time for someone else to carry that torch. Besides…I can’t challenge for that belt, as I’m the Alternative Division Commissioner. Should my partner win the championship, though, I will be right there by his side, congratulating him.
Johnathan: She’s right about something, though, Jessica. I’m not the same person I was all those years ago. And I know you aren’t the same woman.
Jessica: It’s called growth. I don’t expect the twenty year old to know much about growth, though. I guess what I’m trying to say is…Hellfire…you just can’t seem to get it done when it matters. And right now…it matters. We’re going into TLC. 460 days as of today, Emily. I’m impressed, but not surprised. You’ve been a great champion. You’ve turned back all comers. I wonder, have you decided on a match stipulation against Mills yet? I assure you, he is more than capable of taking you to task in any match you can come up with.
Mills began rubbing his hands together.
Johnathan: I almost wish she had saved that submission only match. That would have been fun.
Jessica: And as for Larissa, I didn’t miss what you had to say about me. You talk a big game for someone who has yet to do anything that matters here in SCW. You’re counting out Jacina…fair enough, her head hasn’t been in the game lately. But you’re also dismissing Fury. And as someone who has faced her before, that is a huge mistake to be making. Tunnel vision is dangerous. You’re so focused on the idea of facing me, and somehow beating me, that you are overllooking a certified future legend of this industry.
Johnathan: Overdrive 49 is going to be something crazy.
Jessica: Yeah. It’s gonna be great, too. I think we’re done.
The Masked Avenger is seen sitting at a table in a motel room with several chairs Next to the being. The Masked Avenger looks to the right and then to a left and then shakes their head at the camera before speaking with a voice that is different from their actual voice for an example think of Darth Vader sounding voice. The Avenger begins to speak.
The Masked Avenger
Look to your right look to the left. I listened to BK’s promo and I found unamusing to say the least. I am sure he hears this from every competitor he faces. I am going to say it anyways. You are nothing more than an arrogant and a punk. You manipulate people into thinking that you are friending them and then stabbing them in the back. BK an ass beating is long overdue for you. Only this time you cannot use your creative control in order to win this match.
The Masked Avenger stares into the camera with their masks smiling facial expression only to pick back up where they left off.
You mean you don’t remember BK? You don’t remember when UCW was being run and you were in charge and you bought one Michael Maddox in You remember when Eric Herrera suggested you to push him towards the main event to have a feud with Herrera and told Herrera straight to his face he is not ready I am not impressed with him. DO you remember that. ANSWER ME BASTARD!!! You ain’t gonna answer because you run from the past. Well in this case the past is going to haunt you. Then you remember in 450 when you were clearly going to be beaten by Maddox in Stable Tournament again with the whining and politicking your way to wins. No I will tell you this right now I am not Michael Maddox. I am someone you at least would expect. Let’s just say I have been following you BK for a very long time.
Also what about when you faced Jennifer Enigma you politicked your way into a victory there why? Because you are an arrogant self absorbed prick who doesn’t like to put people over. You are selfish you will not pass the torch. When I came here I set out to cleanse SCW of all the people who have made me tick. The Only clue I will give anyone is that I have faced BK several times and have beaten him before. This time will be no different. BK you can have all the cronies you want. You can Bring your Empire with you but even if you somehow manage to beat me I will come back ten times harder til i beat you within an inch of your career that is how much I despise you!!!
Moving onto the subject of what BK has said to me. I know he will be lurking in the shadows to get Your first little scrape at me was quite freaking amusing not I am not Nate Redmond. No I am not some punk bitch I am your better and I always will be no matter what happens in the ring. If you paid any attention to anything that happened in the last show you would have known what my intentions were. If you are going to be able to defeat me. It means you know nothing about me well tick tock. The time is coming and I will wipe the floor with your bud. I never said you had to be afraid of me but you best not underestimate me either that is the last thing you want to do.
Brian Kennedy you are lame as hell you say the same things over again. Oh I am gonna kick your ass or I am the person that kicks everyone. But you know what you naming people off that you think I am It tells me you are running scared with your tail between your legs. Brian Brian you dont have to give me an introduction I know very well who you are. I use to watch you get your ask kicked in GWP by Maddox all the time. You claim to be the one man apocalypse well once I come into the ring and show you what I am capable of you maybe able to grasp at who I am. I am going to make you suffer for all the pain you have put me through in the passed and my predecessors.
Brian Kennedy if you think I am going to lay down for you got another thing coming. If you think I am going to sit down and let you get your way like you primarily do by whining you are not going to get your way. The Brian Kennedy that we once knew is going to be nevermore. I am going to erase you from the wrestling timeline. After you eventually find out who I am I will force you into retirement. No I am not Eric Herrera. It’s funny in 450 you politicked your way into beating Herrera at two separate occasions. So don’t give that hubble bubble about Eric finally getting a win over you.but this isn’t about Maddox,Redmond or Eric Herrera. The point is you will not get this win without a fight.
Brian you think your little threat oh I don’t give a fuck about if this is personal or not. It has always been personal between me and you. None of your cronies will be able to save you from this match. This match is a fight and I will come out the winner come hell or high water. I will expose Brian Kennedy for the real man he is. The Cowardly selfish no put anyone else over prick for but only care for himself. Once I reveal myself you will understand why I am coming after you. This match was a blessing in disguise. It is time someone stands up to you and knocks you down A Peg.
OH KENNEDY OH KENNEDY I AM HERE!!!!
I AM COMING FOR YOUR LIVELIHOOD.
BRING ALL YOU GOT TO THE TABLE BRING ALL YOUR SOLDIERS BECAUSE IN THE END I AM THE DEMON THAT HAUNTS YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. I AM THE DOUBT YOU HAVE IN YOUR MIND. I AM HERE FOR VENGEANCE. MY TRUE INTENTIONS WILL SOON BE CLEAR BUT THIS IS AN ADDED BONUS. AFTER COMING HEAD TO HEAD WITH ME BRIAN KENNEDY YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. SEE YOU IN THE RING BITCH!!!
The Avengers picks up a chair and tosses it at the cameraman violently as the screen goes to static before the cameras fade to black.
It had been a tough first few matches for Larissa. Two losses straight and it was about to get tougher as she had a legend in Veronica Rodriguez, who she was sort of concerned about. But the first person she would speak on, did not concern the red headed beauty at all. As she is seated, wearing her tool belt, which had her phone/watch in it, as well as several spy gadgets and guns, as well as her red spy suit, as she was preparing to go on a mission, she spoke.
Larissa: So a few weeks ago, I incurred another loss. But now, I find myself on the radar of a former champion who also happens to be a joke, in Jacina, and someone I consider an underrated legend, in Veronica Rodriguez. Let’s start with the joke.
As she continued on, her arrogance level grew when talking about Jacina. She knew Jacina wasnt anything to be concerned about. She knew this and would continue to drill it further, just how useless Jacina was. As she stood, in her office, which was where she was expecting a call, she spoke.
Larissa: Jacina. You had the title for one defense and lose it to another joke, in Stefanos Los Rios, who somehow had a longer reign than you. You know what that makes you? Two things actually. A loser and a joke. You couldn’t even hold on to the title against someone who’s less skilled than you. Let’s face it. SLR, like you, is a joke. The dude can’t win matches, just like you can’t, much less, when it matters. So why are you even in this match? That’s what I would like to know.
Her attitude then changed as she approached speaking about Veronica. She couldn’t trash talk her for reasons she would soon get into. As she smirked towards the camera, she would turn one shoulder to the camera, as she spoke.
Larissa: Vernoica, on the other hand, you’re someone I can’t trash talk. Why not? Because you, along with my friend and trainer, Rich Anderson, are two people I respect, and I don’t trash talk people I respect. I mean let’s look at what you’ve done. You’ve won titles in every fed you’ve been part of. And if I don’t win here, I’m sure you will. And for the love of everything, Ms. Rodriguez, please shut Tendonin up. And I really don’t care that Lucious will hear me. He can come find me and get his ass kicked. I ain’t afraid of anyone. But my point is, no matter which of us two wins, cause let’s face it, Jacina is not going to, let’s be sure to take Jessica down, once and for all.
At that point, her phone begins ringing. But as she couldn’t take a call right now, she knew she had to speed this up. As she finishes her promo, she speaks.
Larissa: Since I feel like I have said enough, I will end on this. Jacina, don’t even bother showing up. You’re overmatched by both Vero and by me. This isn’t a triple threat. It’s a handicap match for you, and one you won’t come out of. But by the end of it, it will be me coming out on top, and getting to kick Jessica in the teeth. And you two will both eat a Shanghai Noon. Prepare to be Shanghai’d, ladies.
She then turns to the front and strikes a Charlie’s Angels logo esque pose as the scene fades off.
Scene 2: The Mission Continues
Larissa could finally answer her phone. As she answers via watch, Charlie would begin speaking. As she listens carefully, she is seen, packing her things, from her hotel room in Paris, with her reading glasses around her neck, as she only wore them when she needed to see close up.
Charlie: At the end of our last mission, Agent Scarlett, we had you going after the flash drive. How is that mission proceeding?
The room wasn’t much but it would do. The walls were painted red, with black trim, with red curtains. The decor made things feel more like Russia or China in the last two Assassin’s Creed spinoff games, than France. She expected a bit more color, but this would do, as she was about to check out.
Agent Scarlett: I am currently in Paris. I have yet to find the flash drive, as the operative for Highlands escaped with it. But I have spoken to several people who seem to know where he is. They say he’s headed to London.
Charlie sighed. These Highlands folks were hard as hell to track but he had a beat on them as did she. At least she knew where they were going. Charlie then nods as he speaks again.
Charlie Good work. I have sent you tickets for the first train to London from Paris. You will board at 1 PM. It is now 12. Make your way to London Station as fast as possible, as if you miss the train, you will have possibly missed your chance at the flash drive, at least for now. Good luck, Charlie out.
Scarlett smiles as she realizes the mission now. At least she knew it before he did. He had to say no more. As she makes the mission clear one last time, she speaks.
Agent Scarlett: So I need to get to the station as soon as I can. Thankfully, I’m not far off so I can run and be there on time. I guess it’s that time. Let’s head that way.
Charlie then fades away, nodding, confirming her mission as what she had previously stated. A few hours after boarding, she was now in London. As she gets off the train, she speaks.
Agent Scarlett: London, I have arrived. Now, let’s go after that flash drive. But it’s not gonna be easy for sure. But first, I gotta get some food. Haven’t eaten all day. Damn time zones goofing things up. Let’s head into this cafe here for some food.
Once Scarlett is spotted by a Highlands member, gunfire starts to break out. She then draws her gun and begins shooting. As the Highlands member, disguised as a waiter, fires back, she does a few side rolls, to avoid the gunshots.
Agent Scarlett Oh crap! Gun shots! Let’s take care of this gunman or woman. Maybe they got the drive. I doubt it though. It wouldn’t be this easy. Maybe there’s some clue as to where they’ve gone if they’ve left.
She returns fire and immediately shoots the person in the head twice. She then does an Assasin’s Creed Chronicles: India, style loot, all to find some clues, but no drive. Apparently, this wasn’t the right member. As she realizes she can’t see the map without her reading glasses, she speaks.
Agent Scarlett: That’s taken care of. But what’s this? It looks like a map. I need to put my readers on. It seems it is pointing to the next locale and it looks like they’ve headed for Vienna. I need to get some way there asap. But will I get there in time?
As she removes her glasses and makes her way towards the train, the scene fades off.
The camera opens to show Emily Desmond pacing around the living room of her New York apartment. Given that it’s not very big she’s not covering much space but it seems to be helping her think. One problem was that she hadn’t shared what’s on her mind with her boyfriend Sean Foster, SCW interviewer. Emily has always been open and honest with Sean but something is eating at her. Sean is watching her walk around and finally can’t stand the quiet any longer.
Sean: Are you going to tell me what’s wrong?
Emily looks at him and sighs thinking that maybe it is time to talk some of what she was thinking out with someone, even Sean. She takes a seat on the couch next to him but she doesn’t snuggle up to him. Instead she perches on the edge of it. She runs a hand through her dark hair gathering her thoughts.
Emily: its….a lot of things. This match should be a walk in the park but instead I feel like we’re walking into something that can tear our team apart.
Sean: What do you mean?
Emily: Ok first off let’s start with who we’re facing. Jonathan Mills, who has a shot at my title, and Jessica Tendonin, the woman who….people believe to be the face of SCW. Heaven knows that she sure acts like she’s some damn savior to the fed and ….maybe she is. Now let’s add on that they have teamed together even if it was years ago. Then look at MY team.
Sean: But that’s not what I’m understanding. You and Alzy ARE a team, and have been
Emily: Yeah well there are times I wonder. Ok at first I teamed with Dad thinking all his years of experience would help us have a successful team and we were. The only thing we couldn’t do was capture the tag titles. Then Dad was getting old and he had the idea that Alzy would be a great tag partner as his attitude is similar to mine. Plus he was the Alternative champion in FTWO. Not to take a damn thing away from him, but Alzy hasn’t had the greatest record in SCW.
Sean: Maybe his win and loss record isn’t stellar but he’s stepped up every time.
Emily: I hope he steps up this show. This could be a huge boost in proving why we deserve another shot at the tag titles.
Sean lets out a sarcastic laugh causing Emily to look at him.
Sean: Sorry but the current champions are pathetic. I mean when was the last time the titles were defended? I’ve seen this in another fed, where a champion only stayed champion because they didn’t defend their title. Guess what? When he was put in the ring after months to defend it, he lost. What happen is it proved only reason he was still champion was because of not having to defend it.
Emily looks at Sean, puzzled at this.
Emily: You want to share what fed this was?
Emily’s jaw drops and she sits there staring at Sean. Finally she finds her voice.
Emily: Oh come on. You have to be kidding. Mom ran FTWO and ……
Sean: And William Tolston screwed up before your mom came along, saw the error, and promptly put Michael Black in a match. He lost the TransAtlantic title to Amy Chastaine, who vacated and then Cam won a tournament and……
Sean: It feels like Walker is taking a similar path or in all his hype of pushing Jessica and Paige and signing new talent that the tag titles have been forgotten.
Emily: See I know Requiem isn’t going to be around and then….and this I don’t agree with, but they allowed Kennedy to find a new partner to help him defend the titles and I think he chose Jessica.
Sean: Are you kidding me?
Emily: Take a look and it will show I’m right. You know if I had held those titles with Dad and he stepped down that they would make me give the titles up and then they could hold some big tournament or such to crown a champion. Which brings me to Alzy. Like I said I know he can win, and he’s done ok here in SCW but why the hell can’t I get the tag titles.?
Sean: What if you have to switch partners?
Emily: As this point there would be only one other person I could ask and I can’t ask her. She’s got too much going on.
Sean quirks an eyebrow at him, a name running through his mind. Emily looks at him and shrugs.
Emily: Maybe…..I should ask her.
Sean: Am I….are you thinking it should be….but
Emily: But she left SCW in tears. She gave up the tag titles and walked into retirement. Then she walked out of retirement and is now general manager of another company.
Sean: Another company? Em, she’s a huge part of…….
Emily: Precisely why I can’t ask her. But….maybe I should call Neela or Jin.
Sean is about to say something when there is a knock on the door. Emily gets up and looks to see Alzy standing there. She opens the door and lets him in.
Alzy: Sorry I’m a bit late, traffic is horrible out there. Well more horrible than normal. What’s going on?
Alzy walks into the front room to see Sean sitting there. He looks at Sean then Emily.
Emily: You mind if he’s here?
Alzy: No, he probably knows all the dirty laundry of the family.
Emily: Only a few things. I didn’t get into my parents history.
Alzy rolls his eyes and takes a seat in a chair. Emily comes back and sits next to Sean wondering how to broach the subject on her mind with her tag partner. Finally Alzy breaks the silence.
Alzy: Em I’m sure I’m not here to admire your art work, or lack thereof. What is on your mind?
Emily: Our match. We’re facing Jessica and Mills. Given that both are pretty talented I’m a bit worried.
Alzy: I’m pretty sure that we can do decent. We have the fact that we team together on a regular basis in our favor. The last time they worked together was years ago. I’m sure both have matured into great single wrestlers but that doesn’t always translate into a great team.
Emily: Which….I hate saying this.
Alzy has a pretty good idea where this is going.
Emily: You…..haven’t had the best singles run.
Alzy lets out an exasperated sigh.
Alzy: Look, I know I haven’t been winning like mad but I did win the MegaCup last year, I got a shot….in fact two shots. One I believe I was at you and the other for the World title. But hell …..
Emily: And then Brian Kennedy who beat you and now HE has a shot at Paige.
Alzy is trying to be patient with Emily but she’s not making it easy.
Emily: I’m starting to think bringing you out of retirement was a mistake.
Oops, wrong words. Alzy jumps to his feet.
Alzy: Are you saying we’re done? Are you saying you don’t want to tag with me?
Emily gets to her feet too and stops mere inches from Alzy.
Emily: I didn’t say that, and I’m not even really thinking it. I’m saying that this match could be huge. But we need to present a very united front.
Sean gets up and gently pushes Emily away from Alzy before slaps or blows are let loose. He’s about to say something when there is another knock at the door. Sean looks at Emily, who is puzzled. He goes and opens it to find Chris Desmond standing there.
Sean: Chris….um….I didn’t know you were coming by.
Chris: If you meant to say that you wouldn’t have been here if you had known, save it. I know you two are living together.
Sean steps aside, curious as to how Chris knows this little nugget of information. Emily sees her father, who is the last person she really wants to see right now. Chris looks at Emily then Alzy then Sean.
Chris: Have I missed something?
Sean: Not yet. They haven’t really laid into each other.
Emily: I simply told Alzy that we have to work together. We have to prove that Hellfire is a good team, a champion team. That’s all.
Chris: So that must be why there’s a camera crew on their way from the lobby.
Emily: I didn’t…..
Sean: I did. I thought it’s why you wanted Alzy to come over.
Emily rolls her eyes but Sean has indeed made it so that there’s no delay. The time is right and the clock is ticking. The knock at the door confirms what Chris had said and Sean lets them in. They quickly set up as Emily goes and runs a brush through her hair. Before long they are ready…..and Sean hopes Emily and Alzy are.
The camera opens to find Emily Desmond and Alzy Hawkshaw sitting before a large picture window that overlooks Central Park in New York City. It’s apparent that there is something on the minds of Hellfire and quickly we know what .
Emily: So Jonathan Mills you must feel like you’ve won the whole thing. I mean you get a shot at the Alternative title, this title….
Emily has the Alternative title sitting next to her and she looks at it, almost affectingly.
Emily: But this match isn’t about just you and me, it’s about a team. You and Jessica are teaming together and I looked back through all the records I could find and discovered that you two teamed together years ago, but the key word here is years. You’re not as fresh as you once were, you’re not as in tune with each other as you should be if you’re going to be a team. Granted you have Jessica as a partner, but even here in SCW you haven’t done much more than beat a group of people who in my opinion…..well shouldn’t hardly be let near a ring. I’m not saying that of you, I’m saying it of them. But in a way I guess it could be a shot at your talent. I mean they’re barely worth worrying about and that doesn’t mean you had a huge challenge in order to win.
Alzy: And then next to you we have Jessica Tendonin. Jessica I take nothing from you because you are very talented. You’ve held pretty much every title in SCW, even if I don’t agree with how you are became tag champion this time around. You were handed a title, and I don’t care if you’re the freakin second coming, I still say that when Requiem decided to take some time off, Kennedy should have been made to vacate just like what happens in other feds. Hell I’ve seen some people even fight to keep champions when the champions don’t deserve the titles. I won’t mention any names, but wait to see if you come up with anyone.
Emily: But one thing that has me wondering is….where are you? I expected the great Jessica and this wanna be Johnathan to speak out, to show that they are united, that they are a team but nothing. I have no idea what you two are doing but I get this feeling that even if you’re training….you’re not training.
Alzy: Please understand that we’re not saying that ….well if I was facing Jessica or Emily here was facing Jonathan that you wouldn’t be training, wouldn’t be watching old matches to see what you can learn, to see if you can any flaws. We would do that of you but the footage is so old it’s terribly irrelevant now. Now I know that Jessica has teamed with her husband, a man who is talented but some of the other people she …..hangs out with are questionable. Now I know the argument could be that we faced Kennedy and Requiem but one of those names is off taking care of family and I wish him the best. Yes Kennedy managed to barely beat me, but that doesn’t make him some god.
Emily: Jessica please know that I appreciate you were Alternative champion and like me you defeated Priest and …..well look around Jessica he’s gone. You were World champion and Paige beat you. You currently hold the International title, a title that had a name of North America championship but you got into your conceited head that you should be given the right to rename the title. The only good thing is that fortunately Mr. Walker appreciated what the title originally meant and came up with a fourth title and named it….North American championship. I’m surprised you haven’t decided you should challenge for it so you can say you really have held every singles title in SCW.
Alzy: But there is something here that you need to note in what Emily just said….you were BEATEN. See Jessica it proves that you can be taken down, that you are….fallible. I say that because if you were infallible then you wouldn’t have lost to anyone, Paige being the latest person. There are chinks in your armor.
Emily: Then we look at your record Jonathan and look at who you beaten and …..how am I, how are we to take you seriously? I mean let’s start with the whole “Firestorm” thing. You know I’ve heard that name before, and I don’t mean because it’s attached to you.
Alzy: It’s because it was the name of a great FTWO tag team, the team of the Crimson Cyclone Bryant McCoy and Kaji Fireson. Seriously they were a team to be reckoned with, a team that our family knows well because Lynn and Cam took them to the limits and pulled out a win. Please look through the FTWO archives if you want, or HVW, and you’ll find both names prevent as they were also FTWO World champions. You two barely scratch the surface of what these men were, together and apart.
Emily: Now I realize you two think that you can stop us, that Hellfire will once again go down with a loss but we are a team, and have been so for awhile now. I realize that people could make cracks about how I can’t seem to stick with a partner but I’m confident in my partner, and I know he’s confident of me. We know what the other can do in the ring. Hell we’ve even faced each other in the ring, not a pleasant thing both on a professional and personal level.
Alzy: But it’s how we were trained, what we learned, that sometimes you have to face family, no matter how unpleasant it is. Point is though we did it and if we had to we could do it again. Would you two be willing to face each other, no matter the prize? Maybe simple bragging rights, maybe a title. Maybe a title shot, wouldn’t matter. We would go through those ropes and expect the other to bring the full game. Not only do I think you two couldn’t or wouldn’t do it, I have a feeling one of you would destroy the other. Jonathan look at your partner and ask yourself if by some…..weird reason you won the Alternative title do you really think Jessica wouldn’t want a shot at you? Yes she’s held it, but we all know that Jessica isn’t happy unless she is either going for gold or holding it.
Emily: And Jessica how hungry is Jonathan? How far is he willing to go, including stabbing you in the back? I’ve looked into how long it’s been and he may not be the same person that he was back in the day. He might be willing to let you take a fall to save him for when he faces me.
Alzy: So see we have something you two don’t. We have each other and come Overdrive we are going to present our united front while I wonder if you two can even walk to the ring together. Well we’ll see who the winner is, we will see who is going into the pay per view with the win under their belts.
Emily: For me we’ll see Jonathan if you really do deserve this title shot or if it was a fluke that you won.
Alzy: While a loss would be disappointing, what we’ll be doing is exposing your faults, and yes even Jessica has faults.
Emily: The time has come to show up what you think you can do against us.
“Firestorm” Johnathan Mills stands in the line up at a soup kitchen. He deals out dollops of mashed potatoes to homeless people, taking care to study the face of each person that walks by.
Johnathan Mills had reunited, however briefly, with his first cousin at the asylum on Killswitch Island. Now the only other living relative…that he knows of…is in the wind. He didn’t get the chance to ask Tabitha Osborne where his father might have gone to ground from the nefarious Armand von Krauss, but he was fairly certain that the man was going to go dark if he was going to go dark.
Thomas Mills, better known to much of the wrestling world as Troy Adkins, was a man who played the part of the homeless bum well. He may have had money from a small lab here and there that created designer drugs and booze, but he didn’t often take on a permanent residence.
That’s when things would happen that you really don’t want to know about. Johnathan knows for certain. He was in such a facility in Hawaii that mass produced drugs and fulfilled the other vices of tourists and locals alike when it was attacked and he was killed by a man called Hammerhand.
Killed. The concept still gives Johnathan pause as he tries with all of his might to remember how it is that he made it back to the plane of the living. He remembered everything going dark in Hawaii and then waking up hundreds of miles away with a verbal contract to a shitty wrestling company that never made it off of the ground. He even cut promos for that company for them to never have him even get into the ring for a single show.
It was something for another day. the mystery of his Rebirth was destined to be just that. A mystery.
So, Johnathan Mills began instead to try to find his father. Maybe his father would know something about his mysterious rebirth.
Not that it was an easy task to try to find someone who might not even be in the soup kitchen out of the many in the town. It might even be that he wasn’t even in San Diego.
Johnathan finished up working the evening and began going person to person as they ate their given food with a picture in hand.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: Have you seen this person? Thomas Mills? Troy Adkins? These are his names? Maybe even Raymond Lancaster?
The answer that Johnathan would get would be a steady “No” or “No, I didn’t see him”.
Johnathan began to give up hope and decided to make his way to a local gym instead so that he can work out instead of hoping that someone may have seen Thomas Mills or even purchased from him.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: Well, I guess I need to try a different place. Prepare for my tag team match with-
Johnathan looks up from his downcast gaze, nearly running into someone. He looks up to see Jessica Tendonin, nearly bumping into her.
JESSICA TENDONIN: Have you managed to find your father? I used the picture that you gave me, but I haven’t seen him at all. You sure that he’s worth all of this effort? I did see him in the ring before. Filthy.
Johnathan just smiles, shaking his head with a chuckle.
JESSICA TENDONIN: No worry. If this is what you want, I won’t stand in your way. A few years ago, when my jet went down, I thought I lost my cousin forever. Thought I’d never see her again. I cried for days. And then, she turned up. She was never on the jet. We’ll find your father.
Jessica reached out and put her hand on Mills’ shoulder, reassuring him.
Johnathan pats the hand on his shoulder with a warm grin.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: Thank you. Your support means a lot. Now we have a match coming up? A tag team match against who?
JESSICA TENDONIN: They call themselves Hellfire. Which is funny, because the only hot thing about their team is the fact that Emily Desmond is seemingly nearly as unstoppable as myself and Paige Lewis. They’ve been jockeying for the SCW World Tag Team Championship since it was introduced, but have as yet failed. It’s actually been a while since the belts were defended…
JOHNATHAN MILLS: Hellfire. Sounds like more villains in funny suits. Desmond sounds familiar though. I think I’m to be kicking her butt soon enough for a title. Alternative title?
JESSICA TENDONIN: Yeah. The kid has skill, though. Be careful. She’s surpassed my record for time as Champion. Of course, it could be argued that she only has the championship because I’m not after it. I built that belt up back in the day, though, and it’s time for someone else to raise it up.
Johnathan laughs, raising an imaginary title over his head.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: Alternative and tag team champion right he-
Johnthan stops talking when a homeless bum bumps into him from a dark alley.
BUM: Hey, Troy. It’s about time you came back. That fellow with the clowns get done with you? You bring the goods? I been feigning!
JOHNATHAN MILLS: I’m not Troy, I’m…wait. What man with the clowns?
Jessica raised her eyebrows, but said nothing. She remembered well the antics of her former partner.
BUM: The man with the clowns! I was in North Carolina when I bought from him last. He said he was on his way here when the man riding the motorcycle with the clowns took him! Who are you to be looking all like him?
JOHNATHAN MILLS: His son? Do you know this man? Tell me!
Johnathan grabs the bum by the front of the shirt, ready to bash him in the face when he begins to cower and cry.
BUM: I don’t know! I don’t know! If he introduced himself, I was fucking high! If you can get me high again, maybe I will remember…
Johnathan back hands the bum, sending him running.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: There’s a man who rides with clowns working for XCW. Gabriel Tuck. After the show, I’m heading for their location to find him. I’ll drag the answers out of him by force if I must.
JESSICA TENDONIN: Wait, Gabriel Tuck? I thought motorcycles and clowns sounded familiar. He was in SCW not too long ago.
Jessica wracked her brain, trying to remember the last time she saw him in SCW…it may have been early this year or some time late last year.
Johnathan nods with a grin.
JOHNATHAN MILLS: I saw that. I watched a good amount of the archived shows while getting ready to come work for the place. Wanna train instead of dealing with drama?
Brian is seen sitting at a table with Andrew, LT, Jessica, and Requiem all in seats with plates of Spaghetti in front of them. The maid comes around pouring wine in the glasses, while the butler is attending to the needs of everyone.
Brian: “You know, I am getting sick of all these pour fucking ingrates wearing masks coming down to the ring attacking me. I know Curtis is behind all of this, and I swear the games he is playing are starting to make me lose my cool!”
Andrew: “Well, I can say this, I still won’t come to work for SCW, but I will be there whenever you need me. Just ask, I don’t need a damn contract to come kick ass and take names.”
Jessica, LT and Requiem all laugh as Brian smiles shaking his head in agreement.
Jessica: “I still wonder who they are going to place against us for the Tag Team Titles.”
Brian: “Well, it really doesn’t matter who they put in the ring against us, I am going to dominate just like I have been and like I said I am going to do. Paige is about to learn. Just like Neela done, she was 2-0 against me and when it comes down to it I took the World Title home with me for The Empire like I said I was gonna do.”
LT: “You know, I been wondering who those two men were in the masks. I have a feeling all this is personal Brian.”
Brian: “You know, I taught Curtis all he knows and honestly. Well, I already know there are plenty of guys who I have done pissed off over the past 10 years. Curt found a few guys that with all them together thinks they can top the DEA.”
They all laugh. They are all finishing their meals as the maid comes around taking all the dirty dishes from them. Brian takes a blunt out and lights it up. Taking a few hits he passes a case around the table where if they want. Brian has blunts rolled up and is offering each of them one to smoke after their dinner. He gets up as the rest of them do and they all walk into the living room. He takes one final hit as he sits down in his Lazy Boy propping his feet up. Each of his friends all take their seats as Brian turns on the TV.
Jessica: “You know, after we get done watching this movie I think you should go cut your promo for this upcoming match. I’m surprised that this masked man hasn’t broken his silence.”
Brian: “Great minds think alike Jess, I already called the camera crew. They are going to be here in about two hours.”
They watch the Dead Pool 2 as they wait for the camera crew to show up.
************ Two Hours Later ************
The final credits are rolling as the camera pans around the room. You can tell from the empty beer bottles and blunt roaches that The DEA has been relaxing just waiting till the clock runs out for the upcoming Overdrive. This is going to be the turning point for not only SCW, but for The DEA as well. There are a few new members that is going to be unveiled in the upcoming weeks. As long as a ground breaking announcement from Brian himself. The camera man has grown inpatient waiting for Brian to finally say something. But, Brian being Brian, he has made the man wait for the last 15 minutes of the movie as well as making him wait as he Rolled a blunt and taking a personal phone call. He finally looks up at the camera.
Brian: “Come out come out where ever you are! Hiding behind some mask doesn’t place any fear in my heart. Honestly that makes me look at you like you are nothing but some punk bitch. Scared of being beaten each and every time that I see you walking through the hall ways in the back stage. I ask you, are you the same punk that has been jumping me and the rest of my team over the past few months? Are you some new guy looking to make a name for himself? Or are you some returning star using our match to shock the world?”
He chuckles to himself.
“It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you are Nate fucking Redman coming out of retirement, or if you are Eric Herrera looking to finally get his win over me. Or whoever else you could be. You want to know why? Because I am proving a point right now and you got the shit end of the stick. Because you come across Brian Kennedy when he is one pissed off son of a bitch. You caught me when I have to do nothing less than beat the shit out of each and every person placed across from me in the ring. You come as such of a bad time that I am going to tell you here and now that I am sorry. I am sorry that I am not sorry. I hold not one ounce of remorse for what I am going to do to you when we get in the ring.”
He pauses for a few moments to allow what he has just said to sink in for those who have a problem understanding the simple English that Brian uses when he speaks.
“You might wonder why. Wondering why I would use such force when we square off in the ring. Well. Allow me to break this down for you in a few different ways that I hope you can grasp. Because I don’t want you to come back later saying that you wasn’t warned. In case you have been under some rock for the past 15 years. I am Brian Kennedy. The Living Legend. The One-Man Apocalypse, I am a one-man wrecking crew and you sir are the next stepping stone that I will use in my climb back to the top of the food chain. You see, I had to take some time off for the past few years and I just come back last year. And well, you stand in my way. You have a few choices you need to consider.”
He looks deep in the camera. You can tell from the look on his face that he means business.
“This is a one-time offer. You can Get down or Lay down. That is the most simple way I can bring it to you. Either you can be with us or you can be against us. I have to tell you. It would be better to just join us. Because here is the cons. The biggest one is, you will never have a shot at getting a Title here in SCW. The DEA holds The Tag Titles. Which those belts will not be going anywhere any time soon. I am going to be The World Champion here again at the PPV for the second time. Then Jess holds the International Title and the rest. Well, I am making it my sole mission to make sure that The Alliance holds all the titles. Meaning you don’t hold a snow ball’s chance in hell at getting anywhere past where you are now. Just a curtain Jerker. A no-body, just a speck of dust floating around the arena wishing that you mattered to just one person. When in reality, you don’t matter to anyone.”
Brian looks down at his watch.
“With that being said, come out come out where ever you are. If you’re not some little bitch. And it’s time I switch it up a bit. It doesn’t matter if you take this personal. Because I just don’t give a fuck,”
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